Lake County News Sun http://newssun.suntimes.com Latest news from Lake County News Sun Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://newssun.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/newssun.gif Lake County News Sun http://newssun.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Real estate downturn continues to squeeze forest preserve ]]> Lead story image

The Lake County Forest Preserve District is reining in spending for the sixth consecutive year as a result of a continuing slide in property values that has translated into reductions in revenue. ]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:38:37 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/27750225-417/real-estate-downturn-continues-to-squeeze-forest-preserve.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/27750225-417/real-estate-downturn-continues-to-squeeze-forest-preserve.html <![CDATA[ Mini Abe gets celebrity treatment in Lake County ]]> Lead story image

He only stands about 12 inches tall — maybe a bit taller in his trademark stovepipe hat — so he could get lost in a crowd pretty easily. But Mini Abe was still hard to miss at Six Flags Great America this week as the Illinois Office of Tourism icon paid the first of what is expected to be a series of summertime visits to Lake County. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:16:00 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28184072-418/mini-abe-gets-celebrity-treatment-in-lake-county.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28184072-418/mini-abe-gets-celebrity-treatment-in-lake-county.html <![CDATA[ Third defendant indicted in Lake County car burglary ring ]]>

A third person was indicted this week by a Lake County Grand jury in a string of car burglaries that was broken by the Bannockburn Police Department and other Lake County area agencies in March. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:58:00 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28195948-418/third-defendant-indicted-in-lake-county-car-burglary-ring.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28195948-418/third-defendant-indicted-in-lake-county-car-burglary-ring.html <![CDATA[ School Notes ]]> Lead story image

Mundelein: Retirement: Dr. Jody Ware, superintendent of Mundelein High School District 120 for the past six years, was honored at a dinner/reception recently, as she prepares to retire from the district. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:46:01 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28152568-418/school-notes.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28152568-418/school-notes.html <![CDATA[ Man killed by freight train was crossing pedestrian walkway ]]> Lead story image

Police are still investigating the death of a man who was struck and killed by a northbound freight train near the West Lake Forest Train Station on Waukegan Road around 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:50:43 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28195784-418/man-killed-by-freight-train-was-crossing-pedestrian-walkway.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28195784-418/man-killed-by-freight-train-was-crossing-pedestrian-walkway.html <![CDATA[ Tempel Farms dancing Lippizan season opens ]]> Lead story image

At Tempel Farms, where public performances of the dancing horses return this weekend, trainer Ted Goad said the movements in dressage reflect what the nimble, thickset horses would do if left to their own devices. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:40:12 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28183952-418/tempel-farms-dancing-lippizan-season-opens.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28183952-418/tempel-farms-dancing-lippizan-season-opens.html <![CDATA[ Police tight lipped about ‘shots fired’ near Gurnee ]]>

The Lake County Sheriff’s office confirmed there was a “shots fired” incident about 8:35 p.m. from the 34000 block of Eastings Way, a subdivision just south of Washington Street on Hunt Club Road. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:45:32 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28182631-418/police-tight-lipped-about-shots-fired-near-gurnee.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28182631-418/police-tight-lipped-about-shots-fired-near-gurnee.html <![CDATA[ Waukegan man pleads guilty plea in fatal stabbing, gets 25 years ]]> Lead story image

A Waukegan man charged with murder in a fatal stabbing outside a Gurnee car dealership in 2011 pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday. Under the negotiated agreement, Zervont Thomas pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:40:45 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28174691-418/waukegan-man-pleads-guilty-plea-in-fatal-stabbing-gets-25-years.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28174691-418/waukegan-man-pleads-guilty-plea-in-fatal-stabbing-gets-25-years.html <![CDATA[ Lindenhurst man faces child porn charges ]]> Lead story image

A Lindenhurst man is the latest to be charged in a state initiative to track down the most active offenders in downloading and trading child pornography online. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:38:46 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28180916-418/lindenhurst-man-faces-child-porn-charges.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28180916-418/lindenhurst-man-faces-child-porn-charges.html <![CDATA[ Lake County’s 100 Club protects families of those who protect ]]> Lead story image

For the help and protection Lake County police officers, firefighters and paramedics provide, The 100 Club of Lake County wants to say thanks. They do so by providing financial assistance to families of first responders killed in the line of duty, as well as offering college scholarships to their spouses and children. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:39:48 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28180464-418/lake-countys-100-club-protects-families-of-those-who-protect.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28180464-418/lake-countys-100-club-protects-families-of-those-who-protect.html <![CDATA[ Former teacher spared prison with sexual abuse guilty plea ]]> Lead story image

A former Grant High School teacher was sentenced to 30 months probation Thursday for the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old student at the Fox Lake school. Amber Kraus, 30, of Mundelein, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:39:27 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28174708-418/former-teacher-spared-prison-with-sexual-abuse-guilty-plea.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28174708-418/former-teacher-spared-prison-with-sexual-abuse-guilty-plea.html <![CDATA[ Man gets 7 years for fatal DUI heroin crash in Waukegan ]]> Lead story image

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday under a negotiated guilty plea for striking and killing a pedestrian and injuring another last year after driving onto a Waukegan sidewalk while under the influence of heroin. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:39:38 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28175800-418/man-gets-7-years-for-fatal-dui-heroin-crash-in-waukegan.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28175800-418/man-gets-7-years-for-fatal-dui-heroin-crash-in-waukegan.html <![CDATA[ Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick retires ]]> Lead story image

After 33 years in law enforcement, the past 28 spent in wearing the uniform of the Gurnee Police Department, Cmdr. Jay Patrick is retiring from from a distinguished and varied career. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:40:23 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28177199-418/gurnee-police-cmdr-jay-patrick-retires.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28177199-418/gurnee-police-cmdr-jay-patrick-retires.html <![CDATA[ School board mulls name options for new preschool at former armory ]]> Lead story image

As the Waukegan Public School District prepares the former Marine Corps Reserve Center on McAree Road to reopen as a preschool later this summer, officials have started discussions on what exactly to name the facility. Names of former Waukegan educators were among those on an early list recommended by District 60 officials. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:39:58 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28177154-418/school-board-mulls-name-options-for-new-preschool-at-former-armory.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28177154-418/school-board-mulls-name-options-for-new-preschool-at-former-armory.html <![CDATA[ Mural comes to life at Warren Newport Public Library ]]> Lead story image

Those who frequent the Warren Newport Public Library have seen a sketch on a wall transform into a vibrant and colorful invitation to keep learning. Muralist Beth Shadur has been working for the past five weeks on the mural between the adult and the children’s section. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:43:55 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28176536-418/mural-comes-to-life-at-warren-newport-public-library.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28176536-418/mural-comes-to-life-at-warren-newport-public-library.html <![CDATA[ Coroner testing dead man’s DNA to confirm identity ]]>

Lake County Coroner is performing an autopsy to determine whether body found near Gurnee is that of missing bicyclist. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:39:18 -0500 http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28176827-418/coroner-testing-dead-mans-dna-to-confirm-identity.html http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28176827-418/coroner-testing-dead-mans-dna-to-confirm-identity.html