Hamburglars Rob McDonald’s, Caught After Crashing Into Mayor

Hamburglars Rob McDonald’s, Caught After Crashing Into Mayor

In a scenario that any number of Happy Meal-raised kids played out with cheap plastic McDonald’s toys on their living room carpet, a robbery attempt at an Illinois Golden Arches was thwarted when the robbers crashed into the mayor’s car. [More]

Why Do People Not Check Clothes For Thousands Of Dollars Before Donating To Goodwill?

Why Do People Not Check Clothes For Thousands Of Dollars Before Donating To Goodwill?

I’m willing to bet that most of us check your clothes pockets for money and other objects before tossing things in the wash or handing stuff over to a dry cleaner. And I’m also pretty certain that for most of us, all that pocket-mining has never turned up more than an errant $20 bill or two. But time and again, people keep donating old duds to Goodwill without checking to see if there might be a few thousand dollars hidden inside. [More]

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Cops Have To Shut Down Pump After $.011/Gallon Gas Glitch

For a few hours during the overnight shift, a gas station in Illinois gave away an awful lot of free fuel, as a screwed-up (or screwed-with) pump was only charging customers a penny a gallon. [More]

Cops Shoot Alleged Thanksgiving Night Shoplifter Dragging Officer With Car

Cops Shoot Alleged Thanksgiving Night Shoplifter Dragging Officer With Car

Some Black Friday shoppers brawl over discounted junk, and some people aren’t interested in paying those discounted prices at all. Not because they’re staying home: don’t be ridiculous. Brown Thursday turned dangerous in Illinois when a police officer shot an accused shoplifter. For shoplifting? No, for dragging a fellow officer whose arm was stuck in his car door. [More]

When Tornado Takes Your House But Leaves Your PS4, You’ve Just Gotta Smile

When Tornado Takes Your House But Leaves Your PS4, You’ve Just Gotta Smile

It was a horrible weekend for many people in parts of the Midwest who are the victims of devastating tornadoes that destroyed homes and property… but not this guy’s spankin’ new PS4. [More]

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Illinois Sues Company For Breaking Into Homes To Evict Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

When a mortgage servicer forecloses on a home, it becomes responsible for the maintenance of the property (though banks don’t always live up to that obligation), and will often hire an outside firm to determine if a property is vacant and to handle the upkeep until the building is sold. However, a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General accuses the nation’s largest foreclosed-property maintenance company of illegally evicting homeowners and tenants in that state by, among other things, breaking in and changing the locks so that the residents can’t get back in. [More]

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Man Ate In Restaurants, Refused To Pay: Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

Authorities don’t know why an Illinois man skipped out on his tabs at two restaurants. Was he broke? Was the food terrible? We don’t know. What we do know is that twice in a period of two months, he ordered a nice meal at a restaurant, then simply told waitstaff that he couldn’t pay and waited for the police to arrive. [More]

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In addition to the many people driven out of their homes or stranded by flood waters in Illinois, recent storms have wreaked havoc on a piece of fast-food history, with the site of the first McDonald’s opened by Ray Kroc now underwater. [More]

In just a few days, area residents and businesses have raised nearly $80,000 to save Once Upon a Toy.

Community Raises $80,000 In Attempt To Save Local Toy Store

Just a week ago, it looked like an independent Illinois toy store would be going out of business after the bank chose to not renew the store’s business loan for another year. But online efforts to raise money by today’s deadline may have saved the store. [More]

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Mom Sues McDonald’s After Son Allegedly Eats Used Condom Found On Floor

Another mom is taking McDonald’s to task for the conditions of its restaurants’ play areas. But this time, it’s not about microscopic pathogens lurking on the slide; it’s about how some of a used condom allegedly ended up in a child’s stomach. [More]

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Nearly three years after an exotic meat supplier in Illinois made headlines by selling lion meat to an Arizona restaurant, a lawmaker in the Land of Lincoln is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to breed, import or export from the state, or buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. [via WBBM]

The couple says they are being charged 12,000% interest for a clerical error.

Couple Says Clerical Screw-Up Resulted In $27,331 Fine From Tollway

An Illinois couple say that a confluence of clerical cock-ups not only resulted in one of their vehicles racking up several hundred dollars in skipped highway tolls, but having those missed tolls spiral out into more than $27,000 in fines, penalties and late fees. [More]

After 2 Fatal Megabus Accidents In A Week, Illinois Governor Wishes Feds Cared

After 2 Fatal Megabus Accidents In A Week, Illinois Governor Wishes Feds Cared

Megabus is not having a very good week. The company settled a wrongful death lawsuit, agreeing to pay $5.1 million to the family of a man hit and killed by a Megabus in a downtown Chicago crosswalk in 2010. The day before the settlement was announced, another Megabus hit and killed another elderly pedestrian in a crosswalk just a few blocks away from where the 2010 accident occurred. Last week, a bus leaving Chicago hit an overpass, killing one passenger and injuring dozens more. Oh, and a Charlotte-bound bus caught fire in Georgia this week, too. The National Transportation Safety Board declined to investigate this week’s incidents, and Governor Pat Quinn isn’t happy about that. [More]

Illinois Judge: Law Requiring Amazon To Collect Sales Tax Is Unconstitutional

Illinois Judge: Law Requiring Amazon To Collect Sales Tax Is Unconstitutional

Last year, Illinois joined the ranks of states passing laws requiring Amazon and other online-only retailers to collect sales tax on purchases by that state’s residents. Yesterday afternoon, a judge in Cook County, IL, surprised a lot of people by ruling this law violates the U.S. Constitution. [More]

Mayor Calls For Boycott Of Gas Stations In His Town

Mayor Calls For Boycott Of Gas Stations In His Town

It’s a common occurrence for a town’s mayor to make a public plea for residents to spend their money at local businesses, rather than driving a few miles outside of town to save a couple bucks. But one mayor in Illinois is so fed-up with the price of gas in his town that he’s asking residents to go elsewhere when it’s time to fill up their tanks. [More]

ID Now Needed To Buy Drain Cleaner In Illinois

ID Now Needed To Buy Drain Cleaner In Illinois

With every new year comes a new set of laws, some of which are destined to, in the words of the great Arsenio Hall, make you go “hmmm…” One of the latest is a new regulation in Illinois that requires you to show your ID and sign a log if you purchase drain cleaner or other similarly caustic substances. [More]

Comcast Balks On Replacing Cockroach-Infested Cable Box

Comcast Balks On Replacing Cockroach-Infested Cable Box

We’ve certainly gotten a number of complaints about Comcast cable boxes containing bugs of the electronic glitch variety, but an Illinois man received a box from Kabletown that he says was full of actual cockroaches. [More]

Judge: McDonald's Was Right To Call Cops On Angry Customer

Judge: McDonald's Was Right To Call Cops On Angry Customer

A Chicago-area man recently attempted to sue McDonald’s, alleging that his civil rights were violated when the eatery called the cops after he became angry because he didn’t receive the free burgers he’d been promised. But the judge in the case basically said that if he didn’t want the cops called, he shouldn’t have gotten so upset over a cheeseburger. [More]