Dawn Patrol: Gymnasts Olympic sendoff; repeat Elmhurst bank robber
Police in Lombard have shut down traffic along Main and St. Charles roads in the downtown area while searching for a burglary suspect on foot. The burglary started in Wood Dale before it moved to the Lombard area. While information remains sketchy, the burglary suspect fled Wood Dale in a vehicle before crashing in Lombard, then continued the chase on foot. More details will be released later this morning.
Aurora gymnast gets a big send-off to London Olympics
Family and friends of 23-year-old Aurora resident Anna Li gathered last night to formally send her off to the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, where she will compete as an alternate for the U.S. Woman's Gymnastics team. Li graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2006 and attended UCLA where her team won the NCAA title her senior year. "I wanted to finish without any regrets," Li said. "I had a dream of being in the Olympics since I was a little girl. It's never too late to believe in your dreams." Full story.
FBI: Man wanted in three suburban bank robberies
A man suspected in a Bensenville bank robbery in April and an Elmhurst heist last month struck at the same Elmhurst bank Monday morning. The suspect robbed the Inland Bank and Trust, 539 S. Spring Road, on the second Monday of April at about 10:10 a.m. and struck this Monday at 10:22 a.m., according to the FBI. The Bensenville bank robbery also occurred on a Monday morning. Full story.
Boy, 12, falls from third-story balcony in Gurnee
A 12-year-old boy is recovering from a three-story fall from the balcony of a Gurnee apartment last night. The boy was "horsing around" in his family's apartment unit when he went through the screen door leading to the balcony, and over the railing, officials said. He also struck the railing of the balcony below his unit, but landed in grass and was alert when paramedics arrived. Full story.
Brush fires doused Pingree Grove fireworks finale
Onlookers at Pingree Grove's fireworks show Saturday night missed out on a grand finale that would have included 70 shells bursting over a three-minute stretch. The fire protection district pulled the plug on the close to the show because the fireworks had already set off 15 small brush fires. "The potential for it to go bad was there, because they were taxed with what they are already putting out here and there," Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Childers said. Full story.
Carol Stream inches toward allowing video gambling
Although Carol Stream board members say they would prefer to ban video gambling, officials say they would be left in the dust by neighboring municipalities such as Winfield, Huntley, Fox Lake, Wauconda and others that have already approved ordinances allowing video gambling. "Our six trustees and I are gonna take a lot of heat for putting gambling in this town," Village President Frank Saverino said. "But everyone else is doing it. If it's gonna happen, I'd rather be part of it than the restaurants in our town losing business from it." Full story.
Sen. Durbin calls for check of vulnerable bridges
Nearly a week after a Glenview couple was killed in a train derailment, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is requesting spot-checks of railway bridges in the region. Durbin said the checks are needed on infrastructure that could be vulnerable to changes because of heat or traffic. "This tragic accident is a reminder of the vulnerability we have when infrastructure fails," he said. A preliminary investigation indicated heat caused the rails to expand, which lead to Wednesday's derailment. Full story.
Mostly cloudy with a high of only 70 degrees will start the day, but the sun will come out and temperatures will rise to 84 degrees this afternoon. An overnight low of 64 degrees will greet us tonight. Full story.
Only difficulties right now is the closure of St. Charles Road in Lombard due to the breaking police search in Lombard. In addition, motorists are urged to avoid Book Road from 111th Street to 87th Street in Naperville due to construction delays. Full story.
What a ride so far ó in White Sox' own words
As most MLB players take a few days off during the all-star break, Daily Herald White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor took a look back at the team's surprisingly successful first half. Gregor picked out a few choice quotes from the year so far for the team that Sports Illustrated picked to lose 95 games this season. They would have to go 20-57 in the second half to make that a reality. Full story.
Youkilis names AL player of the week
A big reason for the White Sox' strong finish to the first half could be Kevin Youkilis, who was named American League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Youkilis his .478 with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 7 runs scored, a .571 on-base percentage and .913 slugging percentage during six-game homestand. Full story.
Prince Fielder wins Home Run Derby
Detroit slugger Prince Fielder made a splash at the All-Star Home Run Derby, hitting several shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto's Jose Bautista 12-7 in the final Monday night. Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball's big boppers. He becomes the second player in history to win the event, joining Ken Griffey Jr. on that list. Fielder had a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event on the eve of the All-Star game. He hit the four longest drives of the night, including a pair at 476 feet. Full story.
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