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Judge Tells Accused 'Porn Truck' Driver To Steer Clear Of Teen's Family

Homewood-Flossmoor, IL Patch | Posted 08.30.2011 | Chicago

A 48-year-old Homewood man appeared in Markham Court Wednesday in connection with an incident in which he attempting to lure a teenage girl into his p...

Four Men Charged With Sex Trafficking And Rape Of 13-Year-Old Girl

Clinton Hill, NY Patch | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York

A young woman allegedly forced into prostitution starting at age 13 was at the center of a case announced Wednesday against four men accused of sex tr...

Blagojevich Juror: He Was 'Manipulative ... But The Kind Of Guy You'd Sit Down And Have A Drink With'

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Carrie Frillman | Email the Author | June 28, 2011 | Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago

To Karen Wojcieszak, it was clear pretty early in the second trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he had "manipulated the situation." ...

Homeless Man Uses Social Media To Advocate For Those In Need

Oak Park - River Forest, IL Patch | Casey Cora | Email the Author | June 27, 2011 | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

When you watch Revolution MacInnes walking through the streets of Oak Park, you get the feeling you're seeing, if nothing else, someone different. ...

Brooklyn Gun Buy-Back Yields 71 Weapons

Bed-Stuy, NY Patch | C. Zawadi Morris | Email the Author | June 26, 2011 | Posted 08.27.2011 | New York

The public surrendered 71 guns anonymously yesterday at the 13th Cash-for-Guns campaign at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville Saturday. Accord...

Suburban Man Dies In Plane Crash Near Lewis University

Romeoville, IL Patch | Andre Salles, Lauren Williamson, and Shannon Antinori | Email the Authors | June 26, 2011 | Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Victor Pantaleo, of Darien, was killed in a plane crash near Lewis University Airport Sunday afternoon, his family has confirmed. Another person was s...

Woman Gets 11 Years In Prison, Stole More Than $1 Million From Employer

Des Plaines, IL Patch | Lisa Cisneros | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

A Des Plaines woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from her employer pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of theft and was sentenced to 11.5 ...

Suburban Woman Fabricated Alleyway Attack Claim

Crystal Lake, IL Patch | C. M. Schmidlkofer | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

A 38-year-old woman who claimed she was attacked in a Williams Street alley on June 6 has admitted to police the complaint was fraudulent. On June...

Craigslist Prank Sexes Up Man's Cell Phone

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Carrie Frillman | Email the Author | June 17, 2011 | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

After erotic photos, texts and overtures for sex flooded a 20-year-old Tinley Park man's cell phone this week, he realized his number had been posted ...

National Whiffleball Playoffs Swing Into Town

Skokie, IL Patch | Ross Jacobson | Email the Author | 6:00am | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

Thirty years ago, Jim Bottorff and one of his friends had the idea to organize a whiffleball tournament in Mishawaka, IN. Over time, the competition g...

Teen Intern Takes Aim At Koch Brothers, Citizens United Case

Buffalo Grove, IL Patch | Steve Sadin | Email the Author | June 21, 2011 | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

When a member of Rep. Robert Dold's (R-Kenilworth) staff asked for "two more questions" toward the end of an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Town Hall ...

Man Kayaks On Five Great Lakes In Five Days

Lakewood, OH Patch | John Deike | Email the Author | June 17, 2011 | Posted 08.20.2011 | Chicago

Henry Dorfman, 62, a Cincinnati outdoor recreation enthusiast, decided it was time to do something that's never been done before -- paddle all five Gr...

Explosive Device Found At Suburban Police Station

Evanston, IL Patch | Jessica Rudis | Posted 08.20.2011 | Chicago

Evanston police said an explosive device was found in back of their Howard Street outpost on Saturday. A person of interest in the case has been taken...

Cops: After Son's Arrest, Irate Mother Drives Car At Officers

Orland Park, IL Patch | Ben Feldheim | Email the Author | 5:51am | Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

After Hasan A. Hadid, 18, was placed in a squad car, officers saw a black sports utility vehicle quickly back out of a driveway on Lahinch Drive and t...

LISTEN: Man Tells 911 Operator He Killed His Own Father

Palatine, IL Patch | Brian Slupski | Email the Author | June 15, 2011 | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Arlington Heights Police charged Steven M. Cole, 41, with killing his father late Monday night. Police said that Cole "viciously" attacked his fath...

Man Accused Of Killing Father Had A History Of Violence, Police Say

Palatine, IL Patch | Brian Slupski | Email the Author | 2:13pm | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago

Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Kenneth Galinski said 66-year-old Stuart Cole and his son had a past history of violence. Cole was beaten to death M...

Suburban Teen Competing For Spot On 'The Glee Project'

Grayslake, IL Patch | Marcia Sagendorph | Email the Author | June 13, 2011 | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago

Ellis Wylie of Grayslake is singing to land the opportunity of a lifetime on the new competition series, The Glee Project. She is one of 12 contest...

Palatine Pro-Life Group Kicked Out Of Parade Over Fetus Banner

Palatine, IL Patch | Brian Slupski | Email the Author | 3:27pm | Posted 08.13.2011 | Chicago

A pro-life group is out of the Hometown Fest July 2 parade after refusing to drop a banner that included a picture of a live fetus. "They decided t...

Facebook Helps Reunite Missing Parrot With Owner

Barrington, IL Patch | Morgan Delack | Email the Author | 12:00pm | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago

The powers of Facebook reunited a lost parrot with its owner on June 9. A Lake Zurich pet parrot named Kasha decided to take off from its home on J...

Local News Is Everyone's (Good) Business

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.09.2011 | Media
Howard Fineman

Last week, Gov. Chris Christie blithely used a state-owned helicopter to fly to his son's baseball game. Our Patch.com had the exclusive scoop on the chiseling chopper story.

Elderly Couple, Invader All Dead After McHenry County Home Invasion

Lake in the Hills, IL Patch | Amie Schaenzer | Email the Author | 1:00pm | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago

A Marengo couple in their 80s and the Marengo man accused of stabbing them are all dead after an attack in the couple's home Tuesday night. John G....

Corporations: Pillars of the Community?

Marian Salzman | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Marian Salzman

There's a real paradox today in the meaning of the word community. On one hand, we're building our communities online and forming tribes with like-min...

Illinois Rep. Mark Beaubien Dies Suddenly

Barrington, IL Patch | Morgan Delack | Email the Author | June 5, 2011 | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Rep. Mark Beaubien, Jr. of the 52nd District died suddenly of a heart attack June 5 at Arlington Park race track, according to the Chicago Tr...

Kevorkian Patient Hailed From Suburban Skokie

Skokie, IL Patch | Carrie Porter | Email the Author | June 3, 2011 | Posted 08.04.2011 | Chicago

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died Friday, leaving behind an uncertain legacy. Known by some as "Dr. Death," the controversial pathologist helped about 130 peopl...

Unemployment Is Lower In North Chicago Suburbs

Morton Grove, IL Patch | Carrie Miller | Email the Author | June 1, 2011 | Posted 08.03.2011 | Chicago

While unemployment gradually inches downward in Illinois, jobless rates are lower in Chicago's northern suburbs. Niles' unemployment rate is 6.7 pe...