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Dawn Patrol: Major Zion fire, Prospect Hts. motorcyclist killed

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  • More than 100 firefighters spent most of Sunday fighting a blaze outside Maine Plastics, 1817 Kenosha Road in Zion.

      More than 100 firefighters spent most of Sunday fighting a blaze outside Maine Plastics, 1817 Kenosha Road in Zion.
    Courtesy of Tim Olk, Fire Department Photo Unit

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Officials investigating cause of major Sunday fire

Zion fire officials are investigating what caused a "stubborn" blaze that took more than 100 firefighters from 28 departments all of Sunday to extinguish. One firefighter was sent to the hospital for exhaustion, but no one else was injured in the fire at Maine Plastics, 1817 Kenosha Road, Zion. Full story

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Prospect Heights motorcyclist killed in Glenview

A Prospect Heights man died early Sunday morning after he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle on I-294 near Glenview. Christian Borowski, 28, was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m. Borowski was driving a 2006 Honda motorcycle northbound on I-294 near Willow Road when he lost control. Full story.

Geneva Swedish fest celebrates 102nd year

Suburban Sweeds celebrated their heritage with the annual Swedish Day Midsommar Festival yesterday in Geneva. With the atmosphere of a family picnic, more than a thousand gathered to enjoy treats like Swedish pancakes, meatballs, lingonberries and herring; purchase authentic crafts, housewares and trinkets; play games; and listen to traditional folk music. "Everything is done the old-fashioned way," said Jody Moreen of Naperville, one of about 100 event volunteers. "This is the oldest Illinois festival." Full story.

Rodney King found dead in L.A.

Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers led to some of the nation's most destructive race riots, has died at age 47. King was stopped for speeding in March 1991 by four officers who hit him more than 50 times, kicked him and shot him with stun guns. A bystander videotaped the beating. The officers were acquitted a year later, sparking a riot that would leave 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. Full story

'Madagascar' on top for another box office weekend

Neither "Rock of Ages" nor Adam Sandler's new "That's My Boy" could shake "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" from the top spot in the box office this weekend. The animated hit that stars Ben Stiller as one of the lead voices brought in $35.5 million for the sequel's second weekend in domestic theaters. The star-studded musical "Rock of Ages," whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin, flopped at No. 3 with $15.1 million. Sandler's "That's My Boy" bombed with $13 million, the worst showing for one of his broad comedies since the mid-1990s. Full story

Weather

Breezy, hot and humid temperatures are expected to hit today. It'll be about 94 degrees this afternoon, with a slight change of showers rolling in up north due to a storm that is rolling through Wisconsin. It'll be about 74 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and will dip to 76 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.

Traffic

A gas leak has caused Route 43/Waukegan Road to be shut down between Deerfield and Lake Cook roads near Lake Bluff. There are also delays being reported on southbound Milwaukee Ave. south of Golf Road due to a water main break that is blocking one lane. Libertyville officials expect the repairs to take several hours and will affect the morning rush hour commute. Full story.

Preparing for Sox vs. Cubs, Round Two

As both Chicago teams prepare for the second round of crosstown play, both teams are trying to shake off tough losses and build momentum for the rest of the season. The White Sox will host the Cubs Monday through Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. Full story.

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