Police charge man in suburban Chicago sexual assault wave

During the months of March through June of this year, south suburban areas of Chicago experienced a rash of sexual assaults. Six separate incidences involving groping and similar sexual attacks were reported across the Richton Park and Park Forest area. Now, police have charged a Steger man in connection with the assaults and believe he may be responsible for three other attacks. …

Million-dollar bail for driver accused in fatal truck accident

Illinois State Police say that 51-year-old truck driver from Leesburg, Indiana, is responsible for a multi-vehicle crash that killed four people and injured four others. Police say the truck driver was traveling in excess of posted speeds on July 21 when he attempted to abruptly change lanes in a construction zone on I-55 near Arsenal Road in Elwood, Illinois. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. …

Ken Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin’s high-asset divorce

A high-asset divorce can sometimes be complex and intense to work through, especially when a family is responsible for personal business ventures that may or may not have been shared. As an Illinois couple begins the process for their high-asset divorce, they may feel a combination of anxiety and determination when it comes to protecting their accomplishments. Recently, one wealthy couple — Ken Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin — made the decision to end their decade-long marriage.Ken Griffin, the billionaire executive who created Citadel Investments, was purportedly the one who filed for divorce from his wife, though the reason has not been released. …

OSHA concerned over rise in construction accidents

Many Chicago construction workers are seen on high-rise buildings, which projects often use scaffolding for support. Height risks as well as the use of heavy machinery and dangerous equipment can lead to injuries and even deaths in workplace. Statistics from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that 806 construction workers died on the job in 2012, up 9 percent from the previous year. …

Bankruptcy Wasn’t For The Shrouts

A recent post on NPR (“Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival”) casts one family’s saga of surviving a personal debt crisis as one in which you get cancer, rack up nearly $50,000 in debt, and yet pull yourself up by your bootstraps and pay it back rather than file for bankruptcy. “Shrout says they briefly considered filing for bankruptcy, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right choice. She says they felt they understood where their hardships came from and that they had gotten themselves into this debt, so they could also get out.” That’s an interesting perspective. …