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Dawn Patrol: Vigils for slain Sikhs; Romney comes to town

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  • Kawal Preet and her son Prabhnek, 15 months, visiting from San Francisco, take part in the candlelight vigil at Illinois Sikh Communty Center in Wheaton last night.

      Kawal Preet and her son Prabhnek, 15 months, visiting from San Francisco, take part in the candlelight vigil at Illinois Sikh Communty Center in Wheaton last night.
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Sikhs, non-Sikhs unite at suburban vigils

Interfaith prayer services and candlelight vigils took place at both the Sikh Religious Society in Palatine and the Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton yesterday, following Sunday morning's shooting at a suburban Milwaukee temple. "When one part of our community is affected by such hate, we all want to share in their grief," said Arlington Heights resident Ted Williams, who is Jewish. Full story.

Romney to speak in Elk Grove, fundraise in Chicago today

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will speak at an Elk Grove Village manufacturing plant this morning before heading to two fundraising events in Chicago. The speech at Acme Manufacturing is set for about 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the private Chicago afternoon events range from $5,000 to more than $75,000 per person, but the campaign has not commented on the locations of those fundraisers. Full story.

Lombard MLS player likely died a "natural death"

Preliminary reports indicate the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso was a "natural death." The 22-year-old Lombard native died after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant early Sunday morning. In addition to toxicology tests, the coroner's office will also take a closer look at what Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak referred to as "heart changes." Full story.

Gurnee board rejects memorial settlement

Following three years of controversy, the Gurnee village board trustees rejected a tentative settlement that would have requires construction of a memorial to troops who died in Afghanistan and Iraq last night. The rejection follows a feud that started in 2009 over who should be in charge of building the memorial. Full story.

Bartlett woman killed in Streamwood crash taught music for 34 years

Friends and relatives of 66-year-old Bartlett resident Linda Reinert remembered her as a big kid who loved chocolate and music. Reinert was killed in a three-vehicle crash Saturday in Streamwood. Reinert, a retired music teacher in the Elgin Area School District U-46, taught music for 34 years. Full story.

DuPage sued over mosque denial

The Islamic Center of Western Suburbs filed a lawsuit alleging DuPage County discriminated against the group by denying its request to transform a house near West Chicago into a mosque. The group's lawyer said legal action was needed because the group exhausted all remedies by the time the county board voted 15-3 to reject the proposal May 8. Full story.


Sunny but cool this morning with a high of 63 early. It'll jump to about 90 degrees today and remain sunny this afternoon, before temperatures dip back to about 70 degrees overnight. Full story.


Construction on U.S. Route 45 from the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Washington Street near Grayslake. This is a pavement patching project that will be in place until October 31st. Lane closures and lane reductions are possible, and flaggers will be on scene. Please drive carefully. Full story.

Cubs lose to San Diego

Eric Stults and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Stults allowed five hits as he pitched 5 1-3 innings in his first start since June 3. Prospect Brett Jackson struck out four times while Josh Vitters was 0 for 4, including a groundout to end the sixth inning with runners at second and third. Full story.

Peeved no more: Peavy likes Sox' approach

Jake Peavy praised the Sox and how the team not only switched to a six-man starting rotation but communicated the switch. But in the praise, is there really a shot at Ozzie Guillen? "That's something that hasn't happened here in the past and it's so nice to see an organization work as a cohesive group from the top of the chain all the way down to us and make good decisions for all the players involved," Peavy said. Hmmm. Full story.

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