Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hundreds still enamored of Da Coach wait hours in line at Binny's in Niles to buy his line of wines and present helmets, footballs and posters to be autographed.
People came from as far away as McHenry County, and waited as long as four and a half hours in line, to meet former Bears Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka Wednesday evening. Iron Mike, as some in the crowd fondly called him, sat at a long table at Binny's Beverage Depot in Niles autographing bottles from his new line of wines from 6 to 8 p.m. Fans patiently waited in a long line that snaked through the gigantic store. "People started arriving at 1:30, and that's when the line began forming," said Chuck Campagna, general manager of the Binny's Beverage Depot Niles location. Like Patch on Facebook for news, conversation Rick Parenti, operations manager for Binny's Beverage Depot's stores, had the unenviable task of standing outside to …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Chicagoland news to talk about: Illinois legislators among best paid in the country.
The Illinois state Senate voted on Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary drivers licenses, and sent to the House the measure that would make Illinois the most populous U.S. state to allow such licenses. Only Washington state and New Mexico allow drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, while Utah allows driving permits. Republican leaders in the Illinois state legislature earlier on Tuesday announced their support for the proposal, after Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the November election. Illinois has some 2 million Hispanics, according to the 2010 Census, and lawmakers said there are an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants in the state. Illinois’ legislators are among the highest paid …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Ditka brothers Mark and Michael both face DUI charges.
Another Ditka is headed to court to face drunk driving charges after getting arrested in Deerfield on Saturday, according to TribLocal. The website states that Mark Ditka, 48, of Deerfield, was stopped in his Mercedes Benz on Route 43 at Kates Road around 3:27 a.m. on Sept. 24. TribLocal wrote that Mark had “red, blood shot eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath,” according to a police report. He was also cited for speeding and failure to show proof of registration. His brother, Michael Ditka, is currently facing DUI charges as well. He was arrested for dunk driving back in April. His trial has been scheduled for Nov. 28. However, earlier this month the Deerfield resident’s defense team indicated they were hoping …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Prosecutors claim Michael Ditka broke court ordered curfew.
In court Friday, Michael Ditka pleaded not guilty to DUI charges during an arraignment hearing. The 49-year-old son of former Bears coach Mike Ditka was originally arrested on April 20. Police say they spotted his Hummer leaving the Deerfield Village Center around 11:45 p.m. and drive into the rear parking lot of the West Deerfield Township Building. When officers approached the parked car, officers claim Ditka had “red blood shot eyes and slurred words.” But according to Ditka’s lawyer Robert Ritacca, Ditka wasn’t actually driving but instead sitting in a parked car. Court records show this is Ditka’s third time being charged with drunk driving. On Friday, a judge notified the Deerfield resident that the charge is a class 2 felony. If …
Friday, April 29, 2011
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Here's what happened in Patch sites around you this week: UPDATE: Man Killed by Metra Train in Des Plaines. Mike Ditka’s Son Charged with DUI. Video, Pictures of Armed Robbery Suspect Released. Empire Carpet Man, Evanston Resident, Dead at 89. Niles Man Makes Finalist For TV Gig, Asks For Votes. Glencoe's Drinking Water Named Tastiest In Illinois.