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Passenger dragged off United Airlines flight settles with carrier

Just weeks after David Dao’s nose was broken while being dragged from a United Airlines flight, the Kentucky physician has settled with the carrier. Full Story

Geneva woman who poisoned husband’s shake pleads guilty

A Geneva woman pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to charges she fatally poisoned her husband in January 2016 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Julia Gutierrez, who tried to commit suicide at least twice in jail, will receive access to mental health services while incarcerated. Full Story

Tollway board OKs Tri-State widening over objections from some suburbs

Illinois tollway directors Thursday agreed to widen the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) from Rosemont to Oak Lawn. Traffic engineers estimated the upgrade could get cars traveling from 25 percent to 55 percent faster, but homeowners and leaders in Hinsdale and Oak Brook object to the plan. Full Story

Missing Joliet toddler’s death ‘suspicious,’ authorities say

The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, police said Thursday. Full Story

Witnesses, video led to murder charge in Oak Brook tollway shooting

Law enforcement officials say it was a combination of eyewitness accounts and video surveillance technology that allowed them to quickly focus their attention on Anthony Tillmon as the prime suspect in Friday’s shooting death of a truck driver on the Reagan Tollway in Oak Brook.  Full Story

Nine charged in Crystal Lake attempted robbery

Nine people are facing charges in connection with an April 3 stabbing and attempted robbery in Crystal Lake, police said. Full Story

Inmate suing DuPage sheriff for ‘flimflam charade’

When Ignatius Pollara politely declined to testify during his March trial on shoplifting and burglary charges, it was one of the few times he appeared speechless. It now appears Pollara, 51, of Tamarac, Florida. was saving his thoughts on his burglary and retail theft convictions for a rambling, 22-page handwritten lawsuit he filed this week in DuPage County court. Full Story

After Harper College board winner leaves town, incumbent takes his spot

Though he lost his re-election bid, Harper College Trustee Walt Mundt was reappointed by his colleagues after the candidate who beat him moved out of town. Full Story

Daily Herald buys 3 Carbondale newspapers for southern Illinois group

Paddock Publications Inc., publishers of the Daily Herald and other publications, said Thursday it has acquired three Carbondale newspapers in southern Illinois, bringing its total to 15 newspapers in the region. Full Story

United dragging report: ‘Our review shows that many things went wrong that day’

In a new report, United Airlines admits several mistakes were made before, during and after a man was violently dragged off a flight earlier this month, including calling in law enforcement to resolve an incident that was neither a safety nor security issue. Full Story

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