Debate on Dimucci deal delayed because experts not present
An apparent miscommunication about procedure prompted the Lake County regional planning commission on Monday to delay a much-anticipated debate over a controversial shopping center plan. The postponement means the fate of the Dimucci family's vacant property on the southeast corner of Rand and Old McHenry roads will remain unclear for at least a week or two. A new meeting date wasn't set, but officials are aiming for early July. The 100 people at the meeting cheered the mere postponement. Full story.
Woman freed after self-defense verdict in 2010 Aurora murder
A 26-year-old Aurora woman was acquitted yesterday of first-degree murder charges that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend to death in November 2010 during an argument. "This is the best case of self-defense this court has ever witnessed," said Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon in announcing his not guilty decision for Faith M. Martin. Martin spent 19 months in jail while awaiting trial for the death of Willie J. Arrington, 44, on Nov. 21, 2010. During the five-day trial, a virtual parade of police, men and women, including Arrington's ex-wife, testified that Arrington was an abusive, violent man with a drinking and drug problem whose rage could not be controlled. Full story.
Former alderman calls for suburban inspector general's office
A former Chicago alderman is recommending creating a suburban inspector general's office in a report his University of Illinois at Chicago's political science department released yesterday. The report cites more than 100 cases of corruption involving suburban officials over the past three decades. There are more than 1,200 suburban government agencies. Full story.
Man killed by train was crossing pedestrian walkway on a bike
Metra officials are expected to release the name this morning of a man who was struck and killed while attempting to cross the tracks in Hanover Park yesterday. The man, who was approximately 30, was riding across the pedestrian crossing, which had activated flashing lights and bells, when he was struck by a commuter train that was not scheduled to stop at the station. Full story.
Cops: Streamwood man accidentally shot his own dog
A Streamwood man who admitted to firing a gun at his relative, accidentally shot his own dog over the weekend, according to police. The bullet ricocheted and struck the dog. Carey Nuyen, 48, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and a judge set bail at $50,000. The dog suffered extensive injuries and was euthanized. Full story.
Elgin man who escaped cops remains at large
An Elgin man who eluded police by running into a forest preserve near Wayne last week remains at large, police said. Police attempted to arrest Eric M. Galarza on domestic violence warrants but were unable to stop him on a five-mile chase before he took off into the forest preserve. The 31-year-old Elgin man struck his wife multiple times before pointing a gun at her head last Thursday warning her he would kill her if she told police of the battery, according to authorities. Full story.
Brush fire burns through Cuba Marsh
A Monday afternoon brush fire spread through 40 to 45 acres of Cuba Marsh near Barrington. The fire, which began near a railroad embankment, did not reach an 800-foot boardwalk nearby thanks to a number of local fire departments. There were no injuries or property damage reported. Full story.
Bartlett man makes final four on 'Bachelorette'
Chris Bukowski, a 25-year-old originally from Bartlett, was picked to be one of the final four contestants on "The Bachelorette" last night, and the show will now head to his hometown where the Bachelorette will meet his family. "I'm not ready for this to be over between me and her," he said with tears in his eyes before the final rose ceremony. Full story.
Hanover Park tennis dome collapses
For the second time since its 1999 opening, an air-supported dome that houses four of the Hanover Park Park District's tennis courts has collapsed. It took about 20 or 30 minutes for the dome, which has no structural supports, to collapse. Officials said a giant tear formed in the fabric and it could take a week to repair. No one was injured. Full story.
Sunny and pleasant with a high of about 80 degrees today. It will be about 60 degrees as you head out the door this morning, then will be about 60 degrees when the sun sets tonight. Sunny throughout the day and not a rain cloud in the sky. Enjoy. Full forecast.
No major problems are being reported early today, though gaper delays are being reported in the 700 block of 82nd Street on the south side of the city due to a major fire that has just has been reported. Motorists in Lake County should also avoid the Atkinson Road reconstruction project over the Tri-State Tollway near Green Oaks. People can use St. Mary's Road or Route 137 to avoid delays. Full traffic.
Sox drop games but Youlilis debuts as a White Sox
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis made his debut with the White Sox Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The newly acquired third baseman batted second in the batting order, going 1-for-4 after singling up the middle in his final at-bat. Full report.
Cubs halt 4 game skid
Travis Wood held the Mets scoreless while the offense picked up six runs to defeat the New York Mets by a final score of 6-1 Monday night. Full story>.
Anthony Rizzo to make Cubs debut today
Today is the day Cubs fans have been waiting for ever since they realized the team has no shot at a playoff berth this year -- the debut of first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Columnist Mike Imrem says he can't remember a more anticipated arrival of an athlete in Chicago, except maybe Mark Prior (for better or worse). Although Rizzo flopped when he was called up by San Diego last year, he has been on an absolute tear in the minors this year. Full story.