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Malt rye whiskey makes for a superior Sazerac cocktail

While everyone is drinking summery cocktails and cooling beers around you this Labor Day, what's a whiskey drinker to do? Switch to margaritas?<p>Not quite.<p>Whiskey cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and Manhattan can be great summer drinks too. And the cordial, spicy, rye-based Sazerac is king among …

Drinking

Amazon plans a bookstore in Chicago's Southport Corridor

Amazon is opening an offline bookstore in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.<p>"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday.<p>The store, targeted to open next year, will be at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the former location of …

Amazon

Elgin Muslim leader gets probation for sex abuse after guilty plea

A suburban Islamic leader who was accused of molesting an underage girl and a female employee pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon and was sentenced to 24 months probation.<p>Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, 77, who founded the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, must also register as a sex offender for …

Religion

Over-stressed trees may need to be replaced

My tree is looking very bad. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but only part of the tree has leaves now. There are also white spots in sections on the bark. Is there anything that can be done, or is it too late in the year to do anything about it?<p><i>— Beth Hansen, Bannockburn</i><p>There is not one …

Gardening

Elgin Muslim leader gets probation for sex abuse after guilty plea

A suburban Islamic leader who was accused of molesting an underage girl and a female employee pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon and was sentenced to 24 months probation.<p>Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, 77, who founded the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, must also register as a sex offender for …

Religion

Police find vehicle linked to Sycamore slayings near Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago police recovered a stolen vehicle near Lincoln Park Zoo believed to be connected to a double homicide near Sycamore in DeKalb County, officials said Thursday.<p>DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott called it a "significant development" in solving the slayings of Patricia Wilson, 85, and her son, …

Policing

Out-of-work financial execs still feeling bite of economic crisis

About 30 years ago, Lise Rosengard was persuaded by family and friends to set aside her passion for art and go for a secure job with good earning potential.<p>She went to work in banking and worked her way up to vice president at one of the world's most prominent financial institutions, Societe …

Recession

Prosecutors: Hit-and-run accident led up to 2015 fatal shooting

A 2015 hit and run accident in the East Garfield Park neighborhood led up to 16-year-old boy being fatally shot in the face, prosecutors said.<p>About 6 p.m. Nov. 25, prosecutors said James Armstrong, then 19, was driving a white Lincoln which spun out and struck a black vehicle near the intersection …

Pension decision in Gliniewicz case will have to wait, Fox Lake panel rules

The wife of shamed Fox Lake police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz will have to wait until criminal charges against her are resolved before she learns whether she will receive her late husband's pension.<p>The Fox Lake Police Pension Board unanimously voted Thursday to postpone hearings on Melodie Gliniewicz's …

Pensions

Chefs dig deeper into farm-to-table, linking with farms or growing their own

The line between farm and restaurant used to be crystal clear. Farmers grew crops on far off plots of land, some middleman assembled the bounty, and chefs purchased what they wanted to cook. But the demarcation of duties has begun to blur for a handful of Chicago restaurants, as owners look for …

Food

Woman who killed disabled daughter could go free, despite 4-year sentence

Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg woman who killed her severely disabled daughter, could be released from prison as soon as Thursday after appeal judges granted her bond, her lawyer said.<p>Liltz pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her adult daughter Courtney, admitting that she …

Northwestern University

Man being chased by cops is injured trying to hop onto truck on I-57: state police

A man who ran onto Interstate 57 while being pursued by Chicago police was injured Thursday morning when he fell under a semi truck that he attempted to hitch a ride on, according to Illinois State Police.<p>The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to state police. …

Policing

Woman who killed disabled daughter could go free, despite 4-year sentence

Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg woman who killed her severely disabled daughter, could be released from prison as soon as Thursday after appeal judges granted her bond, her lawyer said.<p>Liltz pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her adult daughter Courtney, admitting that she …

Prison

Two suspects charged in Waukegan drug lab investigation

Two suspects in a Waukegan drug laboratory investigation that forced an evacuation of an apartment building this week have been charged with multiple drug offenses and are scheduled to appear in court Friday.<p>Derek A. Ventresca, 28, and Vanessa Zavala, 20, both with a last known address in the 1000 …

Controlled Substances

FBI investigating Woodlawn bank robbery

A Chase Bank located in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood was robbed Thursday morning, officials said.<p>About 10:45 a.m., a man wearing a black T-shirt with yellow writing robbed a Chase Bank branch located in the 6600 block of South Stony Island Avenue, according to the FBI.<p>He was wearing a backpack, …

FBI

Man, 20, dies 2 days after being shot in Flossmoor

A 20-year-old man shot Tuesday in Flossmoor has died, according to police.<p>No suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting, Flossmoor Police Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter said.<p>"We don't believe it to be a random act," he said.<p>The victim was identified as Damarcus Roberts of Flossmoor, …

First aid

Standoff in parking lot near Joliet casino ends peacefully, police say

A despondent man who said he had a weapon was involved in a standoff with police Thursday morning at a parking lot across the street from Harrah's casino in downtown Joliet, police said.<p>The standoff, which lasted about 2 hours, ended peacefully and no one was injured, according to Joliet Deputy …

Parking

U. of C. tells incoming freshmen it does not support 'trigger warnings' or 'safe spaces'

University of Chicago class of 2020, get ready for a college experience filled with debate, discussion — and possibly discomfort.<p>As colleges across the country wrestle with balancing academic freedom and open discourse with student health and safety, University of Chicago Dean of Students John …

Chicago

Terrorism suspect mentally unfit for trial now, Chicago judge rules

A federal judge on Thursday ruled a man suspected of trying to detonate a bomb in the Loop is not mentally competent to stand trial at this time.<p>The terrorism suspect, Adel Daoud, will be sent to a mental treatment facility for three months, the judge said, and then re-evaluated to determine …

Secret societies

2 wounded in Little Village shooting

Two people were wounded Thursday morning in a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood, police said.<p>The shooting happened at 9:44 a.m. in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue, said Officer Jose Estrada, a spokesman for Chicago police. One male was shot in the right arm and another was shot …

Policing

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

Lynn Lucchese-Soto thought she was being scammed when she got a phone call at work earlier this year, supposedly from the Illinois State Treasurer's office, saying that two children she was raising were the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy.<p>Skeptical, the Chicago lawyer hung up, found the …

Life Insurance

Person injured after falling at Humboldt Park construction site

A person was injured Thursday after falling at a construction site in the 2400 block of West Cortez Street, officials said.<p>Firefighters were called at 8:40 a.m. to the Humboldt Park neighborhood for a call of a person who had fallen, said Chief Juan Hernandez, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire …

Construction

It's not too late: Fall is your patio's prime time

Trial begins for cop accused of DUI after squad car crashes into pole

A police officer accused of being under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his squad car told another officer that "those glasses of eggnog must have been bigger than I thought," according to a prosecutor at the start of the man's trial Wednesday.<p>Oscar Baez, who resigned from the Prairie …

Policing

Plainfield man charged with armed robbery of Bolingbrook bingo hall

A Plainfield man remains in custody with bail set at $1 million after being charged in the armed robbery of a bingo hall in Bolingbrook, officials said.<p>Patrick Daly, 24, of the 16500 block of Spangler Road, was arrested Saturday after a patron at the bingo hall tackled him as he attempted to flee, …

Armed robbery

Hashtags and jokes: Twitter reacts to new name for White Sox ballpark

The Chicago White Sox announced on Wednesday that on Nov. 1, U.S. Cellular Field's name will change to Guaranteed Rate Field.<p>An agreement for 13-year naming rights was reached with the mortgage lender.<p>Twitter reaction was swift, and full of jokes.<p>The owner and operator of the ballpark, the Illinois …

Jokes

Meet the real sausage king of Chicago

There is indeed a sausage king of Chicago and, contrary to popular belief, it is not Abe Froman, the mythical sovereign of tubed meat immortalized in the 1986 classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."<p>Oh, Vienna Beef CEO Jim Bodman will deny it, but who else?<p>Almost 50 years ago, Bodman took his first …

Chicago

Brandon Baltzley returns to Chicago for a one-night pop-up

Brandon Baltzley, the mercurial chef who had brief stints at such Chicago-area restaurants as Alinea, Schwa, Mado and Tribute — as well as TMIP, the Michigan City restaurant that was closed for permit problems — is returning to town for one night only.<p>Indianapolis' Jonathan Brooks, a 2015 Food & …

Food

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to allow 4 arrested players to play in opener

Facing the media for the first time since six of his players were arrested last weekend in two separate incidents, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday evening that his emotions ranged from disappointed to embarrassed to "mad as hell."<p>Kelly, who on Sunday dismissed senior starting …

Brian Kelly

Person fatally struck by Metra train

A person was fatally hit by a Metra train late Wednesday night, agency officials confirmed.<p>At about 11:30 p.m. an inbound train on the Milwaukee North line reported striking a pedestrian near the Forest Glen stop on the Northwest Side, according to a Metra spokeswoman.<p>It was later confirmed that …

Commuter rail