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    Local fire chiefs worry about train hazmat incidents

    Aurora firefighter/paramedic John Ross, a hazmat specialist, demonstrates equipment that detects and identifies hazardous chemicals.

    Dec 22, 2014 5:16 AM

    Increased training. Modern tank cars. Better communication. No loitering freight trains. Local fire chiefs give their wish lists for safer transport of hazardous materials through towns. “If you had a major incident involving Bakken oil, it would tax several community resources, not just one community,” Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Keith Krestan said.


    Despite Lions' miscues, Bears fall 20-14

    Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen squats on the sidelines Sunday after the Bears' last possession in the loss to the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

    Dec 22, 2014 7:02 AM

    The Bears were able to get a little spark from new quarterback starter Jimmy Clausen, but it wasn't enough to prevent them from plummeting to 5-10 after a 20-14 loss to the playoff-bound Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.


    Imrem: Winston an intriguing question for Bears

    If Florida State’s Jameis Winston is available when the Bears make their first-round draft pick next spring, would they take him?

    Dec 21, 2014 8:28 PM

    Would the Bears be desperate enough for a quarterback to pick Jameis Winston if he dropped to them in the draft?


    Small equipment issues pose big threats on rails

    Freight trains carrying hazardous materials are part of the landscape in towns such as Barrington. But leaks and spills from tank cars add up to a significant amount of hazmat being released into the environment.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:35 AM

    Thousands of gallons of pollution are released across the region from train cars every year. The causes in most cases are preventable, from human error to loose screws. While shippers, manufacturers and railroads shift blame, affected towns just want it to stop. “The regulators need to get serious about what they’re doing,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.


    Palatine Marine returns home, feted at former school

    Cpl. Steven Kwiatkowski was out to breakfast with his mother, Ann, right, when he was greeted by members of the Warriors Watch Riders motorcycle club, which escorted the Marine and his family to Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, where an assembly was being held in his honor.

    Dec 20, 2014 8:43 PM

    Phil and Ann Kwiatkowski got one of the best Christmas presents parents with a child in the military can receive. Their oldest son Stephen ended his four-year hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps after two tours in Afghanistan and is back home in Palatine. "It's the only gift any of us need," Phil Kwiatkowski said. Stephen was feted at his alma mater, Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.


    10 stories you may have missed this weekend

    Barrington College student Amy DeJong, left, and her teammate Maya Warren compete in a challenge on “The Amazing Race.” The duo was named winners of the million-dollar prize.

    Dec 22, 2014 5:30 AM

    What you may have missed this weekend: Officials are investigating the death of a Blackhawks assistant equipment manager; there are now more minority students in Illinois than their white counterparts; two men have been charged with stealing from a Salvation Army donation bucket; a Bartlett college student won "The Amazing Race"; and two Bartlett High studetns and two St. Charles East students are facing charges in separate hacking incidents; and thousands of gallons of pollution are released...

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