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  • Joseph Gerdes of Crystal Lake has been charged with setting five McHenry County barns on fire, which caused more than $1 million in damages to the structures, according to police.

      Joseph Gerdes of Crystal Lake has been charged with setting five McHenry County barns on fire, which caused more than $1 million in damages to the structures, according to police.

  • Andrew Wiegand of Crystal Lake has been charged with setting five McHenry County barns on fire, which caused more than $1 million in damages to the structures, according to police.

      Andrew Wiegand of Crystal Lake has been charged with setting five McHenry County barns on fire, which caused more than $1 million in damages to the structures, according to police.

 
 

Motorola Mobility losing tax credits over job cuts

Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. is expected to lose its state tax credits after cutting 700 jobs in the suburbs during a restructuring plan announced Monday by its parent company, Google Inc. The state's tax credit required the company to maintain 2,500 employees in Illinois. Google plans to cut about 4,000 jobs worldwide at Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility agreed to stay in Illinois in May 2011 in exchange for tax credits worth more than $110 million. Full story.

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Cops: Bored teens lit 5 McHenry County barns on fire

Two 17-year-olds have been charged in connection to at least five barn fires that caused more than $1 million in damage over a 60 day period, police said. The Crystal Lake teens admitted to the fires, which destroyed a number of the structures, and told police they lit the hay on fire inside the barns because they were bored. "It's amazing that nobody was injured, or worse, in any of these incidents that occurred," said Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior. Full story.

'Not a comfortable feeling' after 2nd attack on suburban Muslim group

About 50 worshippers were inside a Muslim school in Lombard Sunday night when someone set off a "MacGyver bomb," constructed in a plastic 2-liter bottle near a window. The attack is the second in three days on a suburban Muslim organization. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago issued a statement saying it was "appalled at the increasing attacks on Muslim institutions." Full story.

Charges pending against mom who left disabled daughter in Tennessee bar

An Algonquin mom who drove her developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and left her in a bar in late June may face felony charges in that state. A grand jury is considering charges of flagrant nonsupport of a child and willful neglect and exploitation of an impaired adult against Eva Cameron, who returned to Illinois without her 19-year-old daughter. Full story.

Des Plaines officer faces 2nd federal lawsuit

A Des Plaines police officer who was recently fired after allegations of misconduct has been named in a second federal lawsuit alleging he violated a woman's rights by falsely arresting her. The lawsuit claims John Bueno and two other Des Plaines officers threatened that the woman would spend her birthday in jail if she didn't sign a consent form to search her home. Full story.

Mariano's to open in Hoffman Estates

A new Mariano's Fresh Market is set to open in Hoffman Estates in two weeks in the Hoffman Village Shopping Center at Barrington and Golf roads. The upscale grocery store will take the spot left vacant by Dominick's. A village official said two more businesses plan on moving into the shopping center as a result of Mariano's decision to come to the village. Full story.

Weather

Cool and foggy this morning with temperatures of only about 59 degrees right now. However, mostly sunny skies and temperatures of about 80 degrees will move in this afternoon. Temperatures will dip back to about 63 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on US Route 45 from the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Washington Street in Grayslake. The pavement patching project will be in place until October 31st, and lane closures and reductions are possible. Flaggers will be on scene to direct traffic. Full story.

White Sox' Konerko cleared by doctors

Out with a concussion after taking a Jarrod Dyson elbow to the right side of the head in last Tuesday's game against Kansas City, Konerko underwent a series of tests Monday at Rush University Medical Center and was cleared to resume physical activity. "Everything is looking good," manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Toronto, before the White Sox lost to the Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings at Rogers Centre. "(Tuesday) he'll probably start riding a bike and doing physical stuff. I don't know if he will do a whole lot of baseball stuff, but he will start getting some activity in to see how that goes. But things are progressing." Full story.

Cubs beat Astros thanks to Soriano and Barney

Darwin Barney put the Cubs ahead with a 2-run homer off Astros starter Armando Galarraga in the second, the Alfonso Soriano added a 2-run shot, his 21st, in the fifth to push the Cubs to the win. Jeff Samardzija took care of things on the pitching end, working 7 innings of 4-hit ball. Samardzija's 11 strikeouts matched his career best. Full story.

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