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Dawn Patrol: Quick hits to start your day

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We're debuting a new Dawn Patrol column this week designed to help you conveniently get the top news you need to know as you head out the door. Each weekday by 6 a.m., we'll post our Dawn Patrol column summarizing key stories you may have missed overnight, as well as items breaking this morning -- along with a look at weather, traffic and sports. We'll update the column and keep it posted on our home page (look for it in the upper right-hand corner) through the midmorning hours to make it easier for you.

So, here's a quick look at the news you'll need as you walk out the door today.

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Breaking news

• Oak Brook Police were involved in a high speed vehicle chase overnight with a man in an Infiniti.

• What initially started as a report of an Arlington Heights woman battering a man in their apartment complex laundry room turned out to be a neighbor squable. Arlington Heights police officials said the incident was investigated and that no charges were filed.

• A 45-year-old Lake Bluff woman was killed in car accident on I-94 near Deerfield Road Monday.

We'll bring you more details as they become available.

Two Rolling Meadows women killed in DUI crash

More charges are possible today against a Mokena man who police said was drunk and under the influence of an opiate when he crashed head-on into a vehicle killing two Rolling Meadows women. Margaret Simons, 72, and Suzanne Thomson, 92, died in the crash Sunday night. Joseph E. Slattery could face between six and 28 years in prison if convicted on the six counts of aggravated DUI he currently faces. Full story.

Long Grove student's death prompts safety campaign

The University of Notre Dame has launched a national awareness campaign aimed at improving aerial lift safety. The Upright! program is supported by the family of student videographer Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old from Long Grove killed last fall when the scissor lift he was on collapsed in the wake of high winds. "Almost 30 people die each year in accidents using aerial lifts," father Barry Sullivan says. "I cannot bring Declan back, but I can help spread the word on aerial lift safety." Full story.

One injured in Arlington Heights rollover

One person was injured when his vehicle rolled over during a four-vehicle crash in Arlington Heights early Monday evening, according to police. The man who was injured was initially trapped inside the vehicle on Rand Road just east of Arlington Heights Road but was able to crawl out of the car by the time emergency crews arrived, officials said. Full story.

Witness found in 1982 murder?

A Lake County prosecutor says he has found another potential witness has been located in the case against Robert Bostic, who is scheduled to go on trial this week for a 1982 murder. Bostic, 71, was charged earlier this year with the June 25, 1982 shooting death of Carlton Richmond, 31, in a Round Lake Beach garage that had been converted into a clubhouse for the Wheelmen motorcycle club. Full story.

Hoffman Estates board gives ComEd deadline to respond about outages

After meeting for nearly three hours last night, trustees on the Hoffman Estates village board gave ComEd a 30-day deadline to prepare answers for angry residents who say they are receiving bad service from the electric company. About 50 residents attended a meeting last night to vent their frustrations to ComEd executives. Full story.

Traffic

Congestion on the highways is starting to decrease. But people should also keep an eye on construction projects starting today on Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village, and the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield roads in Wheaton.
Full traffic

Weather

Expect clouds this morning before it turns partly cloudy with highs in a lower 80s today. Showers or thunderstorms are expected to roll in overnight. Full weather.

Chester Taylor still in the Bears' backfield plans?

Although Bears running back Chester Taylor did not see the field during Saturday's game and was a no-show at Monday's practice, Lovie Smith says he remains on the team. Taylor has just six preseason carries for 10 yards but has three years remaining on his $12.5 million deal that he signed last year. With the Bears carrying four backs on their roster, it is likely one will be dropped when the team cuts the roster to the final 53 Saturday. Full story.

Buehrle's gem keeps Sox in the race

White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle's hot second half is keeping his team within striking distance of the Detroit Tigers, as he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings last night in the Sox' shutout of the Twins. Buehrle has been 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in eight starts since the all-star break while the sox remain five games behind the Tigers. The two teams meet in Detroit this weekend, in a series that could decide the division. Full story.

Wells tosses a gem

Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells pitched a two-hit shutout last night for his first complete game while the Cubs hit four homers to beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 7 to 0. Full story.

NU's Persa might not be ready for opener

Who will be Northwestern's starting quarterback for the season opener at Boston College? It's still up in the air as Heisman hopeful Dan Persa continues to rehab his Achilles tendon. The first-team all-Big Ten QB was expected to be ready to start the season. "Like I said, I think, 1,000,432 times, he's a guy that's going to do everything in his power to get healthy, to get ready to play," NU coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Full story.

Denise Richards said Midwestern upbringing kept her grounded

Make sure you read a report by Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff with Denise Richards -- the ex-wife of "Mr. Winning" Charlie Sheen -- who said staying true to the core Midwestern values she developed growing up in Downers Grove helped keep her grounded amid the swirling tabloid storm. Full story.

This year's 'Dancing with the Stars' class

Do you think Cutler will vote for Cavallari? ABC officials announced late Monday that Jay Cutler's ex-fiance Kristin Cavallari is among the 12 stars announced to be on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." Cutler and Cavallari were an item for about a year, but the Chicago Bears quarterback and the former star of "The Hills" split up just before Cutler reported to training camp in July. Cavallari joins Set to tango and quickstep with professional dance partners will be basketball star Ron Artest; World Cup soccer player Hope Solo; reality stars Robert Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Chaz Bono; TV personalities Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ricki Lake; singer-actress Chynna Phillips; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, who may be better known in the United States for being George Clooney's ex-girlfriend.

Ryan O'Neal was set to join the cast, but his publicist said the actor had not yet fully recovered from recent knee-replacement surgery.

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