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California Wildfires Force Thousands To Start From Scratch

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

The devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California are now largely contained -- but that's little solace for the thousands of people wh...

My Harrowing Wildfire Escape

Jeff Frost | Posted 08.26.2016 | Los Angeles
Jeff Frost

"No one is leaving this valley. The road is blocked at both ends by the fire, so stay put! It's gonna get really hot and windy. Do not shut your vehicle off!" said the fire chief.

Cop Gives Electronic Tablet To Girl Who Was Saving Up To Buy Device, Just To See Her Smile

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News

Summer is off to a pretty sweet start for one girl. Gabrielle Garcar, an elementary school student in Ohio, was selling lemonade to earn money to b...

David Lohr

Family Says Slain Teen Was 'Executed' By Police | David Lohr | Posted 04.29.2015 | Crime

A coroner's decision to rule the officer-involved shooting of Illinois teen Justus "Lil Meachi" Howell a homicide is of little comfort to the young ma...

WATCH: Black Bear Cubs Frolic In Florida Yard

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green

Ever opened your door to find yourself nose-to-nose with a mother black bear? That’s what happened to Laura Combee one Sunday afternoon in Lake Coun...

Illinois home foreclosures among the highest in the nation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Homes in Illinois were foreclosed on at double the national rate in June, a study from RealtyTrac found. The country's foreclosures were down in June ...

Dancing Eyebrows, Amanda Knox, and Jerry Hobbs: Assessing Guilt Based On Body Language Is a Dangerous Game

Steve Drizin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

There's no place for such conjecture testimony in the court system or the court of public opinion. It may make for great television but it is not science.

Here Are the 25 Illinois Counties with the Highest Average Home Values

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do you live in the Chicagoland area in Illinois? Odds are you have a much higher home value than the rest of the state. When taking a look at the 25 Illinois counties with the average highest home values, the majority of them are in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

Which Illinois Counties Have the Highest Median Income?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The progressive tax versus flat tax debate is raging on -- if Illinois moves towards a progressive tax system, where taxes vary based on income, counties with higher median incomes will probably have a lot to say.

David Lohr

Two Sisters Disappear Under Mysterious Circumstances 32 Years Apart | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

For 65 days in 1969, Marcia Shelton watched, waited and hoped against all odds that her missing 12-year-old daughter would turn up safe and sound. ...

Crushed by Property Taxes? Betcha You Live in Northern Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're an Illinois resident with a high property tax bill, chances are strong you live in one of the collar counties surrounding Chicago. That's not an end-all-be-all statement, but based on data from, it's a pretty safe assumption.

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

Where was Quinn's veto pen when we needed it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government and nothing is better for improving government than a large and active electorate. So the ...

Explosions Rock Florida Gas Plant

Posted 07.30.2013 | Green

Explosions at a gas plant in Lake County, Fla., were reported on Monday night. The series of fiery blasts began in the town of Tavares around 11 p...

The Bitterness of Coal: How This Dirty Fuel Punishes the Health of Latino Communitites

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

This environmental justice activist of Mexican origin has said enough is enough and started to fight for the retirement of the coal-burning plant that for decades has been poisoning the air and water of this mostly Latino community.

Flag Featuring Obama's Face Angers Veterans

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

Lake County, Fla., veterans are up in arms over an American flag featuring stars, stripes -- and President Barack Obama's face. WFTV-TV reports tha...

10 Non-Resolutions For Wine Drinkers

Mary Orlin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

I love New Year's -- a good excuse to drink bubbly, but I hate the idea of making New Year's resolutions, don't you? 

Shirtless Man With Samurai Sword Arrested On Indiana Highway

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

A Cicero man is being held in an Indiana jail after authorities found him marching shirtless down Interstate 65 wielding a 35-inch samurai sword Sunda...

Floating Foot In Lake Came From Nobody Important

Posted 10.11.2011 | Weird News

Authorities thought they were searching a lake for a drowned person, but were relieved when they discovered the victim was a dummy. A boy fishing ...

Girl Claims Coroner Molested Her 'Two, Three Times A Week' For Years

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A deputy coroner in Lake County, Ill. faces four charges of criminal sexual assault and two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, based on alle...

Funeral Home Mislabels Two Sets Of Ashes

TribLocal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Lake County funeral home recently sent two bodies to a crematorium, but the two sets of ashes it got back were labeled with the same name, the funer...

Lake County Judicial Race Heats Up

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Miles J. Zaremski

Judge Wallace B. Dunn has been a sitting judge for 24 years, while Mr. Mark Levitt, with no judicial experience, has been a public defender in Cook County for 20.

DNA Evidence Could Lead To Release Of Zion Man Jailed For Murdering Two Children

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Zion man jailed since 2005 on charges he murdered his young daughter and her friend could be released from custody as soon as Wednesday....

Former Teacher Pleads Guilty To Supplying Weed, Alcohol To Two 14-Year-Old Girls

Daily Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Assistant State's Attorney Fred Day said Krocza, a math teacher at the school who was hired in 2000 but has since resigned her position, paid two 14-y...

Leadville Deputy Tazed 30 Students At Career Fair | Jeffrey Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

LEADVILLE - Approximately 30 students voluntarily chose to be shot with a Taser by a sheriff's deputy during an annual career fair on Thursday. The Ta...