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    Police ID Hoffman Estates man killed in fatal crash

    Rescue personnel work at the scene of an fatal accident Monday involving a motorcycle and a vehicle at Roselle Road and Hartford Drive in Schaumburg.

    Jul 29, 2014 7:52 AM

    A motorcyclist killed in a crash with another vehicle in Schaumburg Monday afternoon has been identified by Schaumburg police. Wayne Grothe, 23, of Hoffman Estates was riding a motorcycle when it collided with a four-door Taurus driven by a 77-year-old Schaumburg woman just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Roselle Road and Hartford Drive, police said in a release.

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    Lake County trying new smart traffic light system

    The Lake County Division of Transportation wants to install smarter traffic signals on Gilmer Road from Fremont Center Road to Midlothian Road.

    Jul 29, 2014 8:34 AM

    The Lake County Division of Transportation is using a new technology that allows for real-time collection of traffic data and signal timing. The first corridor is being installed along Aptakisic Road in Buffalo Grove, and a second is being considered for Gilmer Road near Hawthorn Woods. “If it were a holiday or if it were a snowstorm and people went home early, it reacts to actual traffic,” Paula Trigg, a county engineer, said.

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    Report: Falsified work logs at Metra caused problems

    A report says falsified work logs at Metra led to payroll problems at the commuter rail agency.

    Jul 29, 2014 5:39 AM

    Falsified work logs at Metra led to some employees being paid for work they didn't do and others not getting paid when they showed up, a report released Monday says. But the commuter rail agency blasted the Illinois executive inspector general's report as a waste of time that documented a practice that was once widely used and was abandoned by Metra three years ago.

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    Downers Grove adds five medics on two wheels

    Five new team members have joined the Downers Grove Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Bike Medic program. They received their training earlier this month.

    Jul 29, 2014 5:19 AM

    Seventeen years after it first started using bicycles to reach areas where ambulances can’t go, the Downers Grove Fire Department is bolstering its Emergency Medical Services Bike Medic program. The department recently added five new members to the program, bringing the total number of team members to about a dozen. “These new guys are going to be the ones who end up carrying the torch when I leave,” said firefighter/paramedic Scott Magee, who helps oversee the program.

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    Neighbors protest removal of Rolling Meadows trees

    Joanne Kroll and her neighbor Stanley Reynolds look over the Rolling Meadows property near their homes where several old-growth trees were cut down over the weekend.

    Jul 29, 2014 6:36 AM

    Some Rolling Meadows residents are mourning the loss of old-growth trees cut down Friday and Saturday from property in their northwest side neighborhood, but city officials say the land's owner was within his rights. Neighbors especially wanted three centuries-old oaks at 4500 Fairfax Ave. saved.

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    Judge: Elgin Mental health escapee to get fitness test

    Jesse Vega

    Jul 28, 2014 10:06 PM

    A judge Monday ordered a man who authorities say escaped custody of the Elgin Mental Health Center and led police on an eight-hour manhunt earlier this month to undergo a fitness test next week.

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