Teen dies after being pulled from Fox River
An 18-year-old from Crystal Lake died yesterday, less than 24 hours after he was pulled from the Fox River by friends who lost sight of him while swimming. Connor Priesz was playing catch with friends in a shallow part of the river when eyewitnesses said he may have suffered a seizure or other medical condition and slipped beneath the surface. Friends struggled to find him in the murky water, according to police. Full story.
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Elgin affirms ban on video gambling outside casino
Elgin will maintain its ban on video gambling in bars or restaurants that serve alcohol and other organizations that fall under the Video Gaming Act passed in 2009. "For communities that do not already have a casino within their borders, this might make a little more sense," said Councilwoman Tish Powell about allowing the machines. "Us having the Grand Victoria here, I don't think it makes sense. … This isn't Vegas." Full story.
Lake Michigan water to be on the Wauconda ballot in November
Wauconda officials will let voters decide whether the village should undertake a $50 million project to transfer from wells to Lake Michigan water. The infrastructure would be funded through property taxes and would take about five years to complete. Officials predict the wells that provide the village with water now will run dry in about 18 years. Full story.
Charges dropped against naked man covered in blood
A 35-year-old man who Des Plaines police said was naked and covered in what appeared to be blood during an encounter in late April had drug-related charges against him dismissed yesterday. The man told police he was forced to fight with someone and that someone had been murdered inside his Des Plaines home around midnight April 23, but police who forced their way in did not find a victim. Full story.
Boy, 11, remains critical after being struck by truck
An 11-year-old boy remained in critical condition last night after he was struck by a semitrailer truck Tuesday while crossing a four-line road with a friend near Elk Grove Village. The boy was struck near Oakton Street and Higgins Road will walking to a fast-food restaurant, police said. The truck driver did not see the boy in time and had his 12-year-old grandson in the truck when he struck the victim. Full story.
Prosectors: DUI suspect in fatal Naperville crash had cocaine in system
A Plainfield man who police originally said was under the influence of marijuana when he struck and killed a motorcyclist during a road rage episode in Naperville, was also under the influence of cocaine, prosecutors said yesterday. The additional drug added a second aggravated driving under the influence charge for Michael Moreno, who is accused of striking and killing Gerald Puglise. Full story.
Partly cloudy and cool to start the day, with a high of only 68 degrees when you head out the door. But temperatures will rise to 91 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will dip back to 67 degrees this evening. Full story.
No major delays to report early Thursday on area highways and tollways. People are urged to avoid Carpenter Street between Maple Avenue and Gilbert Avenue in Downers Grove due to construction work. Full story.
McGraw: Bulls the perfect fit for Howard
The biggest news on the NBA's opening day of free-agent signing was what didn't happen, according to Chicago Bulls beat writer Mike McGraw. Dwight Howard stayed put, despite rumors of a four-team trade that would have sent him from the Orlando Magic to the Brooklyn Nets to tag up with Deron Williams. Although Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be interested in the all-star center, McGraw argues, the Bulls seem to once again be the perfect fit. Full story.