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14-year-old Wonder Lake boy remains hospitalized after crashing relative's car, police say

WONDER LAKE — A 14-year-old boy remains hospitalized after police said he took a relative’s car without permission over the weekend and crashed into a utility pole in unincorporated Wonder Lake. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District responded about 5:37 a.m. Saturday to the 2200 b [...]

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner at Capitol, denies Russia collusion

WASHINGTON – Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner denied Monday that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump’s White House bid, declaring in a statement ahead of interviews with congressional committees that he has “nothing to hide.” He arrived shortly before 10 a.m. EDT on Capitol H [...]

Charlie Gard: UK parents halt court battle over their sick baby Charlie

LONDON – The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard wept as they dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental medical treatment, acknowledging that the window of opportunity to help him had closed. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, hugged her husband Chris Gard as they described thei [...]

McHenry City Council sends its affordable housing proposal for veterans, people with disabilities to Planni...

MCHENRY – A developer is looking to build a three-story affordable apartment complex for veterans and tenants with physical impairments. On July 17, the McHenry City Council examined a preliminary concept from Full Circle Communities for a 25-unit project at the northeast corner of Richmond Road and Pearl Street, and advanced the [...]

Here's why Fed cares about opioid epidemic

Bill Polacek’s industry is dealing with a labor market problem so big, even Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is talking about it. A few years ago, Polacek interviewed 350 people to fill openings for 50 welders and machinists at his Johnstown, Pennsylvania-based manufacturing company. After narrowing the pool down to 100, he foun [...]