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Elmhurst couple in murder-suicide were doting parents: neighbors

Four white crosses lined a fence outside a well-maintained home on a quiet street in Elmhurst on Sunday, a day after an elderly couple and their developmentally disabled adult children were found shot to death inside. Longtime neighbors say Joan and Francis “Frank” Stack were loving and doting parents who cared for their children well into their own old age.


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Durbin’s race against Oberweis no runaway


The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. Durbin is leading Oberweis 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent.

Bishop Larry Trotter backs Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate


Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, said Sunday he’s backing Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate, changing allegiance from longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Quinn announces $102 million investment for high-speed rail


A key swath of the high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis is set to get $102 million in upgrades, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Sunday. Officials plan to build a second set of tracks between downstate Mazonia and Elwood and a new bridge over the Kankakee River between Joliet and Dwight.

Quinn to live on minimum wage for a week


Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday he plans to live the next week on the equivalent of Illinois’ $79-a-week minimum wage as he pushes for a ballot measure on the issue.

Ex-cop convicted of protecting crooks is back on public payroll

In 1990, Clarence Wilson was found guilty of taking bribes to protect drug dealers and other criminals while he was a Chicago cop. Wilson’s felony conviction — part of the so-called Wentworth police scandal — landed him a 3-1/2-year prison term, of which he served roughly two and a half years. But the case didn’t end public-sector employment for Wilson in the crime prevention arena.

2nd man charged in murder of mother of 3


A second man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a mother of three in May on the Far South Side. Marsharra Tate, 19, was charged with one count of first-degree murder; one count of attempted first-degree murder; and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, police said Sunday morning.

Homeless man beaten to death in Logan Square


Two males got out of a vehicle in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway at 10:50 p.m. and beat the 59-year-old man with their hands and feet, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Man in custody after shooting at forest preserve in Oak Forest

A man was in custody Sunday night after a shooting in a south suburban forest preserve. The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. after a soccer game at the Bachelor Grove Woods forest preserve at 147th and Ridgeland in Oak Forest, according the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Man dies after fire crews pull him from lake near Foster Beach

About 8:30 a.m., the4 9-year-old man was swimming about 25 feet from the shore near the 5200 block of Simonds Drive when he went under the water, police said. Witnesses called 911. He was unreponsive when he was pulled out of the water by Chicago Fire Department crews, police said.

Firefighters extinguish blaze at Evanston towing company


A fire at a north suburban towing company was extinguished nearly five hours after it started Sunday afternoon. The Evanston Fire Department was cleaning up the scene about 7:30 p.m. at North Shore Towing, 2527 Oakton Street.

Women at work: Female ministers find obstacles on path to pulpit


Carol Jamieson Brown was in her early 20s when she told her pastor she had answered a call from God to pursue ministry and enrolled in seminary. But he put the brakes on her plans — he didn’t acknowledge women ministers. Many years later she found room. Only 11 percent of American congregations were led by women in 2012, said Duke University Sociology Professor Mark Chaves.

2 dead, 10 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening

Two men have been killed and 10 other people wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday evening.

Rogers Park woman killed in crash on Tri-State Tollway near Schiller Park

A Rogers Park woman was killed in a crash early Saturday in on the Tri-State Tollway near Schiller Park.

Prosecutors: Man in CTA stabbing permanently disfigured


A commuter was permanently disfigured after another CTA passenger slashed him in the face with a hunting knife, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday. Kevin Lee, 55, allegedly took the knife out and slashed the man from the mouth to the nose on a CTA bus …

Alvarez: Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun


Cmdr. Glenn Evans was released without having to post bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” a suspect’s throat and held a Taser to the man’s groin while threatening to kill him.