| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON While the federal government decides how to regulate electronic cigarettes, many university officials across the country are moving ahead with their own rules about e-cigs on campus.
Several universities have already prohibited e-cigs or are...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:07 PM
What started as thick mud clogging the Fox River waterways is now freshly granulated soil that will soon cover the grounds of a Chicago park in a neighborhood desperate for green space.
As part of the state's Mud to Parks Program, 500 semitrucks carrying...
| Nov 24, 2013
After working for nearly three decades as a high-powered attorney specializing in corporate law, Jim Blanco shifted his focus in retirement to volunteering for causes ranging from disaster relief to fixing up public schools and parks to feeding the...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:01 PM
In a room with concrete block walls from which he can barely see the sky, Drake Deming explores the heavens.
Several days a week he can be found in his office at the University of Maryland, College Park, surrounded by three computer screens, analyzing...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 10:02 AM
The governor's office recently recognized Arlington Heights for its green initiatives with a sustainability award, showcasing efforts that officials say are a key goal for the village.
The village was one of 27 companies and organizations in the state...
| Nov 12, 2013
Chinese-American civic leader Leonard Louie may be best remembered for his contributions to the creation of Ping Tom Memorial Park and the recently opened field house in Chicago's Chinatown.
"He wanted to see that park become reality," said longtime...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:50 PM
After noticing there weren't many activities geared toward young Catholics in the Orland Park area, Stephanie Thomas and Laura Soppet decided to do something about it.
The two women thought a Bible study group for Catholics in their 20s and 30s would...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:20 PM
The driver of a pickup truck that went over a curb and struck two students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, killing one of them, had marijuana in his system and faces felony charges or driving under the influence, Champaign County...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:15 PM
The Orland Park Public Library board met Monday night to take up its new budget, but that's not why about 75 people attended the meeting.
Most came either to speak or to listen during public comment on the library's adult Internet policy, which allows...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Emonie "Star" Beasley-Brown lived just three weeks before she was suffocated. Her grandmother was accused of placing her hands over the infant's mouth to hush her crying as the 14-year-old mother stood by.
Clayton Condiff, four months old, died after...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Jim Hile has signed his own marching orders.
The popular leader of the Highland Park High School marching band has chosen to leave his position and the school at the end of the academic year.
His last high school football game appearance was Oct. 25....