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    4-year-old boy dies in Bensenville house fire

    Nicor, ComEd and fire officials investigate what caused a fire Wednesday afternoon at 1555 E. Devon Ave. in Bensenville, in which a child was killed.

    Jul 24, 2014 5:08 AM

    A 4-year-old boy hiding behind a dresser didn’t escape a house fire and died Wednesday afternoon in Bensenville despite the efforts of his mother, a neighbor, passers-by, police and firefighters. “Every minute seemed to be like 100 minutes,” neighbor Kathleen Barroso said of their efforts to save Martin Pletz. “You are trying to do something. ... You’re only two feet from him and you just can’t get to him.”


    Auora-based supplier of expired beef in China apologizes

    An electronic screen shows the safety record of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier owned by an Aurora company for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China.

    Jul 24, 2014 6:58 AM

    The chairman of an Aurora-based meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products from Shanghai Husi Food Co. after a television station reported last weekend it repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. “What happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable. I will not try to defend it or explain it,” said Sheldon...


    Investigations of Metra engineers on the rise for 2014

    With thousands of trains running a year, Metra's track record is a good one, official said.

    Jul 24, 2014 5:14 AM

    The number of discipline cases involving Metra engineers for the first half of 2014 is 11 - the same total for all of 2013. The negative trend ... officials said. A look at problems over three years revealed speeding and signal violations plus a bathroom faux pas. “Some years you have relatively low numbers and some you have relatively high numbers," Metra Executive Director Don Orseno said. "We're doing everything we can do to drive those numbers down.”


    Boy with heart defect is Buffalo Grove cop for a day

    Adam Brodersen stands with Police Chief Steven Casstevens, left, and Cmdr. Jim Newton after being sworn in as a police officer for a day with the Buffalo Grove Police Department.

    Jul 24, 2014 5:30 AM

    A first-grader from Palatine who was born with a heart defect lived out his dream of being a police officer thanks to the generosity of the Buffalo Grove force. "I'm going to catch the bad guys!" the delighted 7-year-old exclaimed. (With adorable video and picture gallery!)


    Former Horizon Farms owners sue Cook County, bank

    A sign marks the main road of Horizon Farms, a 400-acre equestrian estate in Barrington Hills, which the Cook County Forest Preserve District owns. The previous owners have filed a lawsuit against the district and several others alleging fraud in the sale that gave the forest district ownership.

    Jul 24, 2014 5:22 AM

    The former owners of Horizon Farms have sued a local bank and others, disputing the legality of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's purchase of the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, and claiming the forest preserve paid almost double the appraisal price.


    Bears not about to rest on laurels during training camp

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman listens to questions at a news conference at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday. Trestman and the Bears have their first training-camp practice Friday.

    Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM

    On paper it looks like this could be a great season for the Bears, who have accumulated a talented group of young and old players. But the difficult process of transforming paper to production and performance still remains, beginning with training camp practices which begin on Friday. “We've got to turn paper into performance and excellence,” Trestman said.


    Hampshire star's major-league dream coming true

    Padres first baseman and Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert makes a line-drive out in the second inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Goebbert was called up when San Diego's regular first baseman, Yonder Alonso, went on the disabled list in mid-June.

    Jul 24, 2014 6:26 AM

    There's talking about living the dream, and then there's actually doing it. Jake Goebbert is doing it. After over 2,000 at-bats in the minor leagues the Hampshire graduate finally got his opportunity to wear a major league baseball uniform a little over a month ago wtih the San Diego Padres. “For every child who has a dream I can say chase it and believe in yourself,” said Goebbert.

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