Palatine boy dies while at family reunion
A 13-year-old Palatine boy died after slipping from a rope swing near downstate Effingham just a day before he was set to begin eighth grade. Ben Stepp struck his head after falling and drowned in a deep body of water, according to his family. Ben was at Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School last week helping seventh-graders at their orientation, and today would have been his first day of eighth grade. Full story.
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Local delegates' GOP convention plans altered by storm
Tropical Storm Issac is throwing a wrench into local delegates' plans, but none plan to skip the Tampa, Fla., event completely. Jay Bergman, a delegate from the 11th Congressional District, postponed plans to fly to Tampa on Sunday with State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Rep. Tom Cross and state Rep. Dan Brady. Instead he will head south late Monday or early Tuesday, after the storm is expected to pass. Full story.
Scholarships improperly given to some CLC students
Four College of Lake County financial aid office employees elected to resign or were transferred to other jobs after it was discovered they improperly awarded scholarships to students, school officials have confirmed. CLC officials said nearly $11,400 was involved and that employees were in "cahoots" with the 11 students who received the scholarships despite being ineligible. Full story.
Elgin teacher says new law would have prevented attack
It will never replace the eye she lost in the unexpected knife attack by a former student who had considered her a favorite teacher, but Elgin High School teacher Carolyn Gilbert says new school safety legislation could prevent future tragedies. The legislation is slated to be signed into law today at the high school, more than four years after Gilbert was attacked by a student who was the subject of two pending police investigations. Full story.
Three charged after Gurnee robbery, standoff
Three Lake County men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Friday night in Gurnee and resulted in a multi-hour standoff with police. The suspects surrendered to police after an emergency tactical team deployed tear gas into an apartment. Police say the suspects robbed and struck two 18-year-old victims before the standoff. Full story.
Gavin Floyd leaves Sox game with elbow injury
The White Sox won another game yesterday, their sixth in a row. But they might have lost starting pitcher Gavin Floyd for an extended period with an elbow injury. Floyd only lasted 2 innings before being pulled with discomfort in his elbow. Full story.
This week the Bears must cut the roster to 53
Twenty-two Bears who are on the roster for Thursday night's preseason finale will not make the final 53 -- which must be determined by 8 p.m. the next day. Most of the decisions will have already been made by the time the Bears and Browns kick off Thursday's 6:30 p.m. exercise, but it's possible one or more players could take advantage of their last chance. There are decisions to be made at almost every position. Bob LeGere analyzes.