Man Killed in Suburban Crash

Man Killed in Suburban Crash

A 41-year-old man is dead after he was ejected from his vehicle while driving on Lincoln Highway in suburban Lynwood on Sunday morning.

According to police, the man, identified as Abel Munoz of Mokena, was driving his vehicle westbound in Lincoln Highway when he attempted to drive onto the ramp to northbound Illinois 394 at approximately 6:08 a.m.

The man then lost control of his vehicle and drove off the roadway and onto the embankment near the road, police said. The man was ejected from his vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The roadway was closed for nearly four hours as police investigated the crash.

Published at Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:08:17 +0000

Cary-Grove drops quarterfinal matchup at Prairie Ridge

Cary-Grove drops quarterfinal matchup at Prairie Ridge

Prairie Ridge capitalized on Cary-Grove miscues and made critical defensive stops in its 14-13 Class 6A quarterfinal win Saturday in Crystal Lake.

The Wolves’ offense turned two second quarter fumbles into touchdowns. The defensive unit ended four Cary-Grove drives, one on an interception and three on fourth down conversion attempts.


Prairie Ridge advances to the semifinal round next weekend against Deerfield, a 21-20 winner over Lake Forest.

“We won this game because of our defense,” said Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp. “Our defense just stepped up and made the big plays when they needed to.”

“In the playoffs it often comes down to key plays,” Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg said. “But those plays weren’t the reason we lost. We didn’t execute when we needed to.”

Host Prairie Ridge (11-1) made the most of its offensive possessions as Cary-Grove (9-3) held the Wolves to 108 total yards.

The Trojans’ defense forced the Wolves to end seven of their 11 drives with punts. Five possession went three and out.

“I think our guys just got under their pads,” said Seaburg. “I think we stopped them at the point of attack and didn’t allow them to get their momentum going.”


“They were flying to the football, no doubt about that,” Schremp said. “Unfortunately we were getting a lot of push off the line.”

The field conditions made it tough for both teams.

“The footing was awful. With the exception of the Jacobs’ game, I haven’t seen a field this bad,” said Seaburg. “The field was in terrible shape but it was for both teams. I think that does adjust your game plan.”

Blake Skol got the Trojans on the board first with a 53-yard run with 2:50 left in the first quarter. The senior fullback provided most of his team’s offense, racking up 265 of Cary Grove’s 339 total yards. He rushed for 195 yards on 29 carries and caught two passes for 70 yards.

“We won every battle except the point game,” Skol said. “Our offense just dominated in the second half but we just came up short a couple of times. Our defense really shut them down.”


Facing fourth down on the Wolves’ 6-yard line in the second quarter, the Trojans punted. The snap was fumbled and Prairie Ridge recovered. On its first play from scrimmage, quarterback Connor Lydon connected with Taidhgin Trost for a 13-yard TD pass to tie the game 7-7.

Cary-Grove turned the ball over on its next possession. Starting from its own 49-yard line Prairie Ridge needed five plays to score its second touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Lydon to Ryan Goudschaal to put the Wolves up 14-7.

The Trojans threatened to tie the game as the first half wound down. Cary-Grove drove down to Prairie Ridge’s 25-yard line with less than a minute to play. Matt Loucks ended the threat when he picked off a Luke Eleftheriou pass (6 for 12 for 91 yards).

With 7:56 left in the game, the Trojans pulled within a point on a 14-yard Eleftheriou keeper. Cary-Grove opted for the PAT to tie the game. A bad snap forced kicker Nathan Splitt to pass the ball to Michael Sullivan, who was tackled before he could score.

Published at Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:46:23 +0000

Connor Murphy Activated From Injured Reserve

Connor Murphy Activated From Injured Reserve

The Chicago Blackhawks will get a boost to their defensive corps on Saturday evening as Connor Murphy has officially been activated from long-term injured reserve.

Murphy has been out of the team’s lineup since Oct. 22 as he’s battled a groin injury. After his activation, he will return to the team’s lineup Saturday when they take on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Murphy has 11 shots on goal in six games played so far this season. 

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch on the blue line for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four games and have gotten seven out of eight possible points in those contests.

The Blackhawks made a roster move earlier in the week as a precursor to the return of Murphy, sending defenseman Adam Boqvist back to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. Boqvist, the team’s 2018 first round draft pick, scored a goal in six games with the Blackhawks.

Published at Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:50:13 +0000

Chicago teachers approve contract deal that ended strike

Chicago teachers approve contract deal that ended strike

CHICAGO — Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker.

The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members went on strike Oct. 17 following months of unsuccessful negotiations with the school district and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration.


Teachers held marches and rallies across the city; the district kept school buildings open but canceled two weeks of classes. More than 300,000 students and their families were affected.

Teachers said they were striking for “social justice,’� with the aim of increasing resources such as nurses and social workers for students, and reducing class sizes, which teachers said exceed 30 or 40 students in some schools.

Union leaders said the strike forced the city to negotiate on issues they initially deemed out of bounds, including support for homeless students.

Lightfoot, who took office this year, said the strike was unnecessary and dubbed the city’s offer of a 16% raise for teachers over a five-year contract and other commitments on educators’ priorities ‘œhistoric.’�

Once the strike ended, Lightfoot said the entire city would benefit from the negotiated deal.

The district also committed $35 million to enforce class size limits and agreed to put nurses and social workers in every school by 2023.


‘œOur contract fight was about the larger movement to shift values and priorities in Chicago,’� said CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates in the union’s release Friday. ‘œWorking class taxpayers in Chicago have paid for skyscrapers that most will never visit – but a school nurse is someone their child in need can see on any day. In a city with immense wealth, corporations have the ability to pay to support the common good.’�

Teachers suspended the strike on Oct. 31 after more than half of the union’s elected delegates tentatively approved the agreement.

Union leaders have said the agreement would create ‘œreal and lasting change’� for students. But some members wanted to hold out for more concessions on classroom conditions.

With 80% of schools reporting, 81% of members had voted yes to ratify the new contract, a late Friday tweet from the union said.

‘œThis contract is a powerful advance for our city and our movement for real equity and educational justice for our school communities and the children we serve,’� the union’s president, Jesse Sharkey, said in the release.

The contract now must be approved by the Chicago Board of Education, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 20. The mayor appoints all the board’s members.

In a joint statement, Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice K. Jackson said they were happy with the teachers’ vote and ‘œproud’� of the benefits the agreement provides.

‘œThis historic, fiscally-responsible agreement includes investments and initiatives that will build on the incredible progress our schools have made and support our commitment to equity,’� the statement said.

Lightfoot and union leaders have agreed to make up five of the school days lost to the strike.

Published at Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:47:00 +0000

Why Garrett’s Helmet Attack Likely Won’t Result in Charges

Why Garrett’s Helmet Attack Likely Won’t Result in Charges

The attack was stunning even for a sport known for its violence: With eight seconds left in Thursday’s game, Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett tore off Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mason Rudolph’s helmet, then hit Rudolph’s head with it in a fit of rage.

Had the brawl happened on a street corner, Garrett very well could have been charged with assault. But on a football field — where athletes play knowing there is a risk they will get hurt — the lines are blurry, experts told NBC News. 

“If we’re going to be very technical, every single thing that takes place on a football field is assault,” said Tammi Gaw, an attorney and athletic trainer based in Washington, D.C., who is the founder of Advantage Rule, a consulting firm that works on sports policy. “But sports, especially contact sports, exist thanks to a doctrine of assumption of risk.” 

As part of the doctrine, athletes consent to the risk of injury that comes along with physical contact and are paid to consent to that. That means they are generally barred from taking legal action against their league or other players if they, for example, get hurt after being tackled because they have voluntarily exposed themselves to that possibility.

Published at Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:49:04 +0000

Jets’ Bryan Little Takes Nikolaj Ehlers’ Slap Shot Straight To The Head

Jets’ Bryan Little Takes Nikolaj Ehlers’ Slap Shot Straight To The Head

Watch as Bryan Little is in obvious pain after taking a slapshot straight to the head. He was bloodied on the play but was able to skate off under his own power.


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Aurora group aims to turn Buffalo Wild Wings incident into ‘teachable moment’

Aurora group aims to turn Buffalo Wild Wings incident into ‘teachable moment’

The Aurora-based fraternal organization Boys II Men will host two conversation sessions this weekend to turn a race-related incident Oct. 26 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville into a “teachable moment.”

The sessions come three weeks after a multiracial group of 18 children and adults — originally seated next to two white customers who were known to have made inappropriate race-related comments in the past — was asked to move, then chose to leave.


Justin Vahl, one of the adults in the group of 18, will speak during the sessions, called “When They See Us Part 1: A Conversation with Young Men about Race, Reactions & Lessons Learned.” Vahl’s son, Ethan, is involved with Boys II Men as a member of its Juniors group.

The conversations are scheduled for 10:02 a.m. Saturday at the Aurora Public Library 150 S. River St., directed toward boys in elementary and middle school; and 6:02 p.m. Sunday at Aurora police headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail, for young men in high school and college. The events are open to all boys, young men and their parents.

The first two “When They See Us” conversations are planned to become part of a larger communitywide discussion series, Boys II Men said in an email promoting this weekend’s events.

The events come days after police released a report containing interviews with several Buffalo Wild Wings employees and the white couple involved.

An attorney for the families in the group of 18 is working to address diversity, sensitivity, hiring, training and tolerance issues with Buffalo Wild Wings corporate leadership.

Published at Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:08:06 +0000

Browns’ Myles Garrett Decried for Helmet Hit on Steelers’ QB

Browns’ Myles Garrett Decried for Helmet Hit on Steelers’ QB

An otherwise unremarkable game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers descended into chaos Thursday night when, with the game long decided, the Browns’ Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him in the head with it, NBC News reported.

“It’s inexcusable,” Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield — Garrett’s own teammate — told Fox Sports after the game, which the Browns won, 21-7, in Cleveland. “I don’t care, rivalry or not. We can’t do that.”

Garrett and two other players, Cleveland defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, were ejected — Ogunjobi and Pouncey for their roles in the melee that ensued upon Garrett’s attack, which came with just eight seconds left in the game. During the brawl, Pouncey appeared to throw at least two punches and to kick Garrett in the helmet while he was on the ground., the National Football League’s official website, reported that Garrett and the other participants in the fight would be under review for possibly lengthy suspensions. Garrett wasn’t immediately made available for comment.

Published at Fri, 15 Nov 2019 06:43:38 +0000

Rod Stewart Reveals Railway Modeling Side Passion

Rod Stewart Reveals Railway Modeling Side Passion

For nearly 60 years rocker Rod Stewart has entertained music lovers across the globe, hauling in a Grammy and numerous other awards in a career that has spanned generations.

Now, the singer is showing the world his other passion, building a railway models. 

For more than two decades, Stewart reportedly spent long hours working on his 124ft long x 23ft wide railway city model that shows a vivid image of an American city during the 1940s. The masterpiece has hundreds of buildings, skyscrapers, cars in traffic, people walking and railroads.

Stewart told “Railway Modeller” magazine in a exclusive interview that his inspiration to create this epic model came from American railways and memories of his childhood home view. Stewart’s house overlooked train tracks, Daily Mail UK write-up of the interview said. The magazine is only available to subscribers and the print edition is sold out on its website.  

As his side passion, the rock star took the project very seriously. During concert tours he would take his painting tools and book an extra room to work on his model in between concerts. 

When home in Los Angeles, Stewart worked on his masterpiece in his house attic, where his masterpiece reportedly lives.

During the time he was building the model, Stewart released 13 studio albums and had 19 tours, BBC reported. “A lot of people laugh at it being a silly hobby, but it’s a wonderful hobby,” he said.

Published at Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:16:13 +0000

Suburban college students named Lincoln Student Laureates

Suburban college students named Lincoln Student Laureates

A dozen suburban college students are among 56 Lincoln Academy Student Laureates to be recognized for their leadership, service and overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities Saturday.

Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the state’s four-year colleges and universities and a student from Illinois community colleges is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award.


Each student will be presented with a certificate of merit signed by the governor, a Lincoln medallion, and a $1,000 check during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

It’s the 45th year The Lincoln Academy of Illinois has celebrated students’ excellence. This year’s honorees include:

•Rhome Apton, of Libertyville, Bradley University

•Stephany Starks, of Downers Grove, East-West University

•Kayley Lyn Rettberg, of Carol Stream, Illinois Wesleyan University

•Anali Cisneros, of Elgin, Judson University

•Adrian De La Cruz, of Hoffman Estates, Loyola University Chicago

•Noah Daniel Cordoba, of West Chicago, North Central College

•Lillian Guo, of Naperville, Northwestern University


•Shriram Chennakesavalu, of Schaumburg, University of Chicago

•Indira Escalante, of Hoffman Estates, Trinity Christian College

•Leigha Elizabeth Sommer, of Geneva, University of Illinois at Chicago

•Rachel Nesti, of Geneva, VanderCook College of Music

•Amna Razi, of Chicago, College of DuPage

Proceeds from the spring convocation support the Student Laureate program each fall.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois also confers current or former residents who have made outstanding contributions toward the progress and betterment of humanity with the “Order of Lincoln,” the state’s highest honor presented by the governor.

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Published at Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:04:02 +0000