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Dawn Patrol: Driver killed in rural Hampshire; road rage fatality

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  • The bronze statue "Little Scholar" was stolen from the Waukegan Library's courtyard during the overnight hours of May 29-30. The statue was sold to a scrap yard in Chicago, according to police.

      The bronze statue "Little Scholar" was stolen from the Waukegan Library's courtyard during the overnight hours of May 29-30. The statue was sold to a scrap yard in Chicago, according to police.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Library

  • The bronze statue "Imagine That" was stolen from the Waukegan Library's courtyard during the overnight hours of May 29-30. The statue was sold to a scrap yard in Chicago, according to police.

      The bronze statue "Imagine That" was stolen from the Waukegan Library's courtyard during the overnight hours of May 29-30. The statue was sold to a scrap yard in Chicago, according to police.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Library

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Driver killed on rural Hampshire road

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on a rural Hampshire road Thursday night, officials said. The vehicle was split in two during the crash, which occurred on Walker Road between Route 72 and Allen Road just before 9 p.m., officials said. The driver was the only person in the vehicle. Kane County sheriff's deputies are investigating. Full story.

Cops: Road rage incident led to Lombard motorcyclist's death

A 63-year-old Lombard man was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a motorist who drove into his path in a "road rage incident" while under the influence of marijuana, according to police. The 31-year-old Plainfield man has a history of driving offenses and is being held on $750,000 bail, police said. He admitted to smoking marijuana before he pursued a 16-year-old Naperville motorist on Ogden Avenue where he struck the motorcyclist, police say. Full story.

Quinn signs $1.6 billion Medicaid cut, $1 cigarette tax

More than 25,000 Illinois working parents will be thrown off Medicaid and dental care for adults will be gone after the signing of a $1.6 billion health care safety-net spending cut that Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law yesterday. The state will now have a program with a level of services similar to elsewhere across the nation, experts say. Quinn signed five bills Thursday totaling $2.7 billion in cuts and taxes to repair the deficit of the program. Full story.

Man accused of stealing statues from Waukegan library, selling them as scrap

A Waukegan man is being held on $50,000 bail after police say he admitted to stealing two bronze statues of children from the Waukegan Public Library and selling them for scrap. The statues' combined value was about $15,000, but the man and a second suspect who has not yet been charged got just over $265 for the bronze. Both sculptures have already been melted down, according to police. Full story.

Driver charged with DUI in death of 19-year-old from Palatine

A 26-year-old Schaumburg man whose background includes a 2007 DUI has been charged with driving under influence resulting in the death of 19-year-old Cole Deacon, who died more than a month ago. Timothy Hughes told officers he consumed four beers over a four-hour period and smoked marijuana about two hours before the crash, according to prosecutors. Full story.

Avon Township offering grants to help seniors, veterans pay taxes

Seniors and veterans in Avon Township are eligible for grants averaging $200 to $300 to pay their property tax bills, thanks to a new program started this year. The foundation will fund the grants with pay increased that have been returned in recent years by seven elected township officials. Full story.

Weather

Hot today with high temperatures reaching 90 degrees later this afternoon. It's only 63 degrees this morning, but will start to climb early. Temperatures will drop back to 70 degrees tonight, before temperatures climb back up to 92 degrees tomorrow. Full story.

Traffic

A crash is slowing thing down at Sycamore and Barrington roads in Hanover Park, so people should avoid that area if possible. Roadwork continues on Book Road from 111th Street to 87th Street in Naperville. Full story.

Sox another to St. Louis

David Freese homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night. Full story.

Tigers fans pack Wrigley

The Detroit Tigers might not make many trips to Wrigley Field, but on Thursday, their fans invaded the friendly confines, drawing a surprised response from both the Cubs players and coaches. The 42,292 packed house watched Justin Verlander and the Tigers beat the Cubs 5-3. "I think most, 50 percent of the fans, was cheering for Detroit," said Alfonso Soriano. "We've got to do our jobs no matter what, if the fans are there are not," he added. Full story.

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