District 214 spends $1.1 million annually on special ed taxis
Forty-seven school districts in the state, many in the suburbs, have spent nearly $50 million over the past six years on taxi services, according to contracts obtained through FOIs by a watchdog group, For the Good of Illinois. Northwest Suburban High School District 214 leads the list, spending $6.8 million over the past six years. Full story.
Grayslake chief to stay on payroll until July 1
Matthew McCutcheon has been on the public payroll for more than two months since informing Grayslake's mayor in April he intended to resign as police chief after Wisconsin authorities accused him of causing an alcohol-related crash. In a letter obtained by the Daily Herald through a Freedom of Information Act request, McCutcheon wrote that his resignation is effective July 1. Officials said he's been on paid administrative leave since April 6. Full story.
Huge fire sweeps across Zion factory
Fire departments from across the north suburbs battled a huge blaze at a plastics factory Sunday that sent black smoke billowing over the skies above Zion. One firefighter was treated for exhaustion, but no other injuries were reported. Full story.
Suburban dad embraces life, after beating cancer twice
48-year-old Hoffman Estates dad Ray Summins and his kids can appreciate Father's Day this year after he turned back cancer for a second time. Last November, the skin cancer survivor discovered a lump in his mouth that turned out to be osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that typically shows up in the arms and legs of adolescents. Full story.
Ryland seeks to build active senior homes in Huntley
Ryland Homes, which has built the Talamore subdivision for all age groups in Huntley, is looking to add an active senior component to its housing stock. Huntley is giving the developer the green light to outline a project of 86 ranch homes near Route 47 north of Ackman Road that would be reserved for this segment of the population. Full story.
Suburban cops crack down on tinted windows
Aurora is among towns where police are beginning to use a new device to crack down on drivers whose vehicles have windows tinted darker than state law allows. Full story.
Car crashes into Arlington Heights laundromat
A 25-year-old Rolling Meadows man was cited for driving without a license after crashing a car through the window of an Arlington Heights laundromat Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Full story.
Fire tears through Glen Ellyn apartments
An apartment duplex fire in Glen Ellyn caused an estimated $250,000 in damages Saturday afternoon, a spokesman from the Lombard Fire Department said. The fire is believed to have started on a rear porch at the north side of the duplex and completely destroyed one side. No injuries were reported. Full story.
Wauconda police dog up for hero award
Maxx, the Wauconda police dog, is currently a top candidate for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Award. Sgt. John Combs, Maxx's longtime partner, said he is thankful for the support Maxx has received. "It's absolutely awesome, we wouldn't be able to have a canine unit without that support," he said. Full story.
World & Nation
Rodney King, key figure in LA riots, dies at 47. Full story.
Radiohead drum tech killed in stage collapse. Full story.
Plummer going strong after 82 years, 1 Oscar. Full story.
40 years later, Watergate scene is forgotten. Full story.
Pro-bailout conservatives in Greece win election. Full story.
Sandusky strategy emerges after trial's first week. Full story.
Americans drivers turn to smaller, better engines. Full story.
Facebook settles sponsored stories suit for $10 million. Full story.
The words that define Obama, Romney on economy. Full story.
Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter details affair. Full story.
Webb Simpson wins U.S. Open. Full story.
Sox vs. Cubs, Round Two: Sweeps, seats swaps, starters. Full story.
17-year-old Hossler amazes at U.S. Open. Full story.
Heat take series lead. Full story.
Sox blow lead, lose in 10th inning. Full story.
Trade Deng? Luxury tax could make Bulls deal him. Full story.
Cubs falter against Red Sox. Full story.