The BIG program is one of several life preservers offered to Lake County small businesses by governmental and private organizations to help them remain open and employ people until COVID-19 is no longer a public health crisis.
- Driving around looking at Christmas lights is one of the few safe normal holiday activities this year. With that in mind, we compiled a list of some popular outdoor displays that can be viewed from a car in the suburbs.
- Prosecutors in Wisconsin are trying to block two California attorneys from defending Kyle Rittenhouse, alleging in a court filing that one lawyer’s involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.”
- The IHSA announced all low-risk sports will not begin till at least January 2021. Where that leaves boys and girls basketball, deemed high-risk sports by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is a mystery.
- As the holiday’s kick up, various donation drives and efforts are taking place around Lake County. This story looks at how those efforts are going in Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Libertyville, and what is expected. Also looks into whether or not the coronavirus is expected to impact those efforts.
- Joe Biden won Illinois by nearly 17 percentage points, 57.4% to 40.7%; Sen. Richard Durbin sailed to re-election over Republican Mark Curran 54.5% to 38.8%; and the graduated income tax fell by a not-insignificant margin of 53.4% to 46.6%. However, break the vote behind those landslides into the smallest electoral pieces — precincts — and a more nuanced picture emerges.
- Here's a look at holiday light displays at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Morton Arboretum Illumination in Lisle, the Farnsworth House in Plano and Santa’s Rock N Lights at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.
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- Winners announced for the Chicago Tribune's annual Holiday Cookie Contest. The 34th year finds a modern record of entries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Highland Park highlighted its approximately 70 women-owned businesses during National Women's Small Business month.
- The vehicle, police said, crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a guardrail on the south side of the road. The truck continued west before the trailer partially jackknifed, sheriff’s police said, and spilled its load of 25 tons of granular sludge.
- Libertyville's Gavin Bennett and Connor Lockwood have been teammates since seventh grade. They'll go their separate ways in college at Illinois and Valparaiso, respectively.
- The current tumultous election year is reminiscent of other elections in the last 20 years. Obviously, the 2000 presidential election immediately comes to mind, but the 2001 mayoral election in Waukegan was even closer — six votes separated winner Dan Drew from challenger Newton Finn.
- Putting their logic to work, Gonzalez, a 2014 Waukegan High School graduate, and Pasillas, a member of the Class of 2013, devised the $60 for 60 fundraising campaign to help the foundation fund its $5,000 Waukegan Strong Scholarship for a deserving senior.
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- The roadway will close to traffic in all directions between Highway 41 and Waveland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, remaining unavailable to motorists until 5 a.m. Dec. 7, for the demolition of a temporary railroad bridge, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
- With the mayoral election on the horizon, as well as contests for city clerk and treasurer, perhaps it is time to look back at what some call a simpler time, the late 1940s and 1950s.
- Holiday decorations adorning downtown Waukegan’s light poles on Genesee Street are the handiwork of members of the Waukegan High School Student Council.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health plans to operate more mobile testing sites starting nine days after Thanksgiving to continue curbing the spread of COVID-19.