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Reluctant heroes in Aurora surprised with Quilts of Valor

As chairman of the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council -- sponsor of the city's inaugural Veterans Week that concludes Memorial Day – Joe Toma has dealt with his share of challenges recently.<p>But this one had him particularly concerned.<p>Somehow, he had to figure out a way to get Art Lomas to the Aurora …

Quilting

Man sets himself on fire at festival, 2 officers injured

Two Chicago police officers were injured Sunday evening after a man attending a festival set himself and a building on fire in the city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood.<p>About 7:30 p.m., a man attended a festival near the area of 18th Street and Ashland Avenue, and set himself and a building on fire, …

Festivals

Illinois daily fantasy sports betting bill shelved

Legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois was shelved Sunday after the proposal became mired in vote-buying allegations.<p>Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski, one of the bill's sponsors, told colleagues in a House committee Sunday that he would not put the proposal up to a vote …

Ben Zobrist, John Lackey too much as Cubs sweep Phillies, win 5th straight

May may as well go on for the next 114 game days — and beyond — as far as Ben Zobrist is concerned.<p>Same goes for the Cubs, who, thanks in large part to their 35-year-old second baseman, found themselves 20 games north of .500 as the 29th day of the month closed Sunday with a 7-2 victory against the …

Philadelphia Phillies

Lone Star: Jordan Spieth's 8th PGA win is 1st in Texas, at Colonial

Jordan Spieth found the perfect cure for his Masters misery.<p>With an impressive back nine at Colonial, Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three consecutive birdies after making the turn, and three more in a row to finish his 5-under 65 on Sunday, including a …

American South

West Side man charged in string of armed-robberies

A West Side man was charged Sunday in connection with five armed robberies after he was caught on video surveillance, officials said.<p>Commodore Roberts, 55, of the 4900 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was charged with five felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, police said.<p>Police said the …

Video Surveillance

Series preview: Dodgers at Cubs

<i>All games on WSCR-AM 670.</i><p><b>Season series:</b> First meeting. Dodgers 4-3 last season.<p><b>Monday:</b> 4:05 p.m., WGN-9.<p>RH Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17) vs. LH Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03).<p><b>Tuesday:</b> 7:05 p.m., ABC-7.<p>RH Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72) vs. LH Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84).<p><b>Wednesday:</b> 7:05 p.m., CSN, ESPN.<p>LH Jon Lester (5-3, …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Robin Ventura reacts to White Sox's recent bullpen struggles

Major League Baseball

Cubs to dodge Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw

With two words, a comma and a chuckle, the man of many words summed up his feelings about the Cubs dodging Dodgers all-world left-hander <b>Clayton Kershaw</b> during the teams' upcoming four-game series.<p>"Bummer, man," Cubs manager <b>Joe Maddon</b> said Sunday before his team completed a three-game sweep of the …

Clayton Kershaw

Gov. Rauner vows to veto Madigan budget if it reaches his desk

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday vowed to veto a House Democratic state budget bill if it gets to his desk, setting up a potential election-year blame game against Speaker Michael Madigan should public schools throughout Illinois fail to open this fall.<p>The threat came as Rauner and Mayor Rahm …

Chicago

Ivy Leaguers keep grip on Colombia economy as drug chaos spreads

Earlier this year, a cocaine gang shut down an entire region of northern Colombia, torching cars that defied its orders to stay off the highways. Police officers were assassinated and a truck driver was murdered.<p>In what might as well be a parallel universe, the country's finance officials, educated …

World News

Austin Jackson leaves game with turf toe; status uncertain

<b>Austin Jackson</b> had to leave Sunday's game during the Royals' eighth-inning comeback because of a foot injury.<p>The initial diagnosis was turf toe in his left foot.<p>"I just felt it grab a little bit when I made the catch (off <b>Alcides Escobar's</b> fly ball) in the seventh," Jackson said. "I never had it …

Texas

Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

Candice Kashani graduated from law school debt-free this spring, thanks to a modern twist on an age-old arrangement.<p>During her first year, she faced tuition and expenses that ran nearly $50,000, even after a scholarship. So she decided to check out a dating website that connected women looking for …

Tuition

Chris Sale denied his 10th win but says White Sox have kept the faith

Just when it looked like the White Sox had picked themselves up off the mat, the Royals floored them again Sunday.<p>A late-inning bullpen collapse, this time by Nate Jones in the eighth, let a two-run lead slip away, giving the Royals a 5-4 win and a sweep of the three-game series.<p>Chris Sale, whose …

Chicago White Sox

TSA scrambling resources to deal with long lines at airports

The threatened summer of discontent for American travelers got underway Memorial Day weekend as the understaffed Transportation Security Administration struggled to keep its security lines moving in the nation's airports.<p>The backups happened at most big airports and some smaller ones, particularly …

Airlines

Cops: Man pulled from lake, police search for second victim

A 46-year-old man was pulled from Lake Michigan Sunday afternoon, and the Chicago Police Marine Unit was searching for another man who jumped from the same boat, police said.<p>The first victim was rescued about 3 p.m. near the 1600 block of North Lake Shore Drive, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a …

Policing

Supreme Court nominee encourages high school grads to focus on others

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Sunday bid the graduates of his alma mater Niles West to "go out and do some good in the world" in his second noteworthy commencement address at the Skokie high school.<p>"When you are facing the unanticipated twists and turns that life shall surely take, when …

Merrick Garland

Joe Maddon on Cubs' 7-2 win over Phillies

Joe Maddon

John Lackey on Cubs' pitchers: 'You don't want to let down the other guys'

Major League Baseball

Woman who witnessed fiance's shooting death held on $350,000

An Aurora woman accused of firing warning shots at the offender who killed her fiancé and father of her two children appeared in court facing felony firearm charges.<p>Ashley Harrison, 26, of Aurora, was skittish and emotional as she stood before Cook County Judge Adam Donald Bourgeois Jr., faces …

Ben Zobrist: 'I don't think I've ever had a month that I've hit this well'

Veterans remembered at Dundee Memorial Day celebration

Hundreds of people descended on East and West Dundee Sunday to pay tribute to veterans during the annual Memorial Day celebration.<p>The event began with a parade that stepped off at Van Buren and Main streets in East Dundee about 2 p.m. and continued west on Main Street to Grafelman Park in West …

Scotland

Gunman among at least 2 dead in Houston shooting

A gunman and at least one other person were killed Sunday, authorities said, as many shots were fired in a Houston neighborhood where police had urged people to remain in their homes.<p>Police spokesman John Cannon says there were two armed suspects involved, one of whom was killed and one who was …

Houston

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian presidential nomination

The Libertarian Party again nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate Sunday, believing he can challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton because of their poor showing in popularity polls.<p>Johnson, 63, won the …

Gary Johnson

At Rolling Thunder rally, Trump says those in U.S. illegally treated better than vets

Donald Trump told a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday that the government often takes better care of people in the U.S. illegally than the nation's military veterans.<p>"We're not going to allow that to happen any longer," Trump told supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.<p>…

Donald Trump

Man sues Chicago cop accused of punching him in hospital

A Chicago man who accuses a police officer of punching him while handcuffed two years ago is suing that officer, the police department and the city.<p>A lawsuit filed Sunday in federal court on behalf of Rayshon Gartley says Officer Clauzell Gause violated his civil rights when he was struck at …

Hospitals

Man wounded in shooting on South Side

A 20-year-old man was wounded in a shooting Sunday afternoon, following about two dozen other attacks during the Memorial Day weekend that has left four dead and at least 37 wounded.<p>As of Sunday afternoon, the majority of the shootings have happened on the West Side within a half-mile of the …

Memorial Day Weekend

Shortstop in 1st women's pro baseball league dies at 90

A member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was immortalized in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own" has died. Lucille "Lou" Richards was 90.<p>Jon Richards tells The Associated Press that his mother died May 20 at the Cape Royal Nursing and Rehab Facility in Buzzards Bay, …

Women's Sports

Remains of Blue Island Marine killed in WWII to be returned

After nearly 73 years, Charles Oetjen is finally coming home.<p>Sometime this summer, siblings Margaret and Ken Oetjen, and their sister Joanne Hoeksema, expect to take delivery of the remains of a cousin they never knew but still consider family.<p>"There's a lot to that saying 'Blood is thicker than …

Netherlands

Trump: Illegal immigrants treated better than veterans in U.S.

Donald Trump told a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday that people in the U.S. illegally often are cared for better than the nation's military veterans.<p>"We're not going to allow that to happen any longer," Trump told supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.<p>Dedicated to …

Military