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Dawn Patrol: Elgin man dead in torched apartment; Kim Jong Il dead

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  • In this Oct. 23, 2000, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stand together at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean television announced in a "special broadcast" that its leader Kim Jong Il died in Pyongyang.

      In this Oct. 23, 2000, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stand together at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean television announced in a "special broadcast" that its leader Kim Jong Il died in Pyongyang.
    Associated Press

  • Jessica Leach, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old James S. Granger.

      Jessica Leach, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old James S. Granger.

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook, bottom, lies on the ice after being hit by Calgary Flames' Rene Bourque (17) for a penalty in the first period of an NHL game last night in Chicago.

      Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook, bottom, lies on the ice after being hit by Calgary Flames' Rene Bourque (17) for a penalty in the first period of an NHL game last night in Chicago.
    Associated Press

 
 

Woman charged after Elgin man found murdered in torched apartment

A 28-year-old Elgin woman has been charged with the murder of James S. Granger of Elgin, who was found dead inside a burning apartment Saturday morning. Jessica Leach is due in bond court this morning, while a second suspect in the murder remains in police custody. Police have released few details because charges against the second suspect are pending. Police said the two suspects had planned to rob the man. Full story.

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il dead at 69

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died of heart failure at the age of 69 and will likely be succeeded by his twenty-something son Kim Jong Un. North Korean state media reported the communist leader's death in a "special broadcast" last night. South Korea put its military on "high alert" after the news of Kim's death. Kim, whose life details were shrouded in secrecy, is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008. Full story.

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Rolling Meadows house fire causes $125,000 in damages

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Weather

Mostly cloudy but mild today with highs of about 45 degrees this morning A slight cold front will move through the area later this morning, forcing temperatures to remain in the mid 40s rather than rise. A mix of rain and snow will begin to fall overnight tonight. Full weather.

Traffic

Quiet morning so far on the area roadways with only minor fender benders to report throughout the system. Construction and widening of Walkup Road in Crystal Lake continues from just south of Route 176 to Burning Bush Trail. This will continue through November of 2012, officials report. Full traffic.

Bears' playoff hopes disintegrating, Knox out for season

Things went from bad to worse at Soldier Field Sunday as the Jay Cutler-less Bears extended their losing streak to four games and lost leading receiver Johnny Knox to a back injury. Caleb Hanie threw three interceptions in the 38-14 loss to a mediocre Seattle Seahawks team. "This is not our team," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "This is not how we're supposed to play. This is not how we should play." The Bears had a lead at the half, but were outscored 31-0 in the second half. Full story.

Joel Quenneville wins 600th career game

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville became just the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 600 career victories last night as the Hawks continued their hot streak with a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Quenneville got to 600 wins in 1,114 games, the second fastest ever behind Scotty Bowman, now the Hawks' senior adviser. "There have been some good teams in some great organizations and some great players and coaches to be around," Quenneville said. "I've been fortunate in a lot of ways and I'm in a great spot right here." Full story.

Seabrook suffers head injury in Hawks victory

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook left Sunday's game after a blow to the head when he was driven into the glass from behind by former Blackhawk Rene Bourque. The team did not say whether Seabrook suffered a concussion, but he has had three in his career. Coach Joel Quenneville was optimistic about the injury, saying he hopes Seabrook will make the trip to Pittsburgh for Tuesday's game against the Penguins. Full story.

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