Naperville Unit District 203’s new superintendent says he has received overwhelming support from the community amid allegations that he failed to report a possible sex abuse case immediately while he was principal at West Aurora High School. Dan Bridges’ comments yesterday were his first in public since officials with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stated that the school broke state reporting law by not contacting DCFS immediately. Full story.
Gov. Pat Quinn was one of a handful of Illinois politicians who spoke during the first day at the Democratic National Convention yesterday, and during his speech he focused on what he said were misstatements by the GOP about President Obama last week. “Tonight, I want to talk to you about a scary subject for many, many Republicans,” Quinn said. “I want to talk about facts.” Full story.
Tammy Duckworth, who is running against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh for the 8th District congressional seat, spoke of her military service and injury as well as her perspective as an Asian-American woman and veteran at the Democratic National Convention. Duckworth urged delegates to unite and spoke of the helicopter crash that resulted in the loss of both her legs in Iraq in 2004. Walsh criticized Duckworth for attending the convention and said she should be at home with voters in the district. Full story.
Two more human cases of West Nile have been reported in DuPage County in the past week, upping the total to 12. The most recent cases, reported since Friday, were in Hinsdale and Westmont. There have been two people statewide to die of West Nile this year, one of them being Lombard Village President Bill Mueller, 76, who was also battling the cancer multiple myeloma. Full story.
Police continue to investigate the stabbing of a 19-year-old Lisle man who was injured during a weekend fight. Police have interviewed witnesses and several people involved but no one was in custody as of last night. The victim was stabbed multiple times during the fight and was taken to an area hospital, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. Full story.
A decision on whether Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay improperly gave 14 county employees raises won’t come until after the Nov. 6 election. McConnaughay’s lawyers argued that the lawsuit filed against her by the man who ran against her for the GOP nomination for county board chairman is deficient and moot. The suit does not seek to undo the raises but wants McConnaughay to promise not to issue more before she leaves office in December. Full story.
Another round of rain and thunder is bearing down on the Chicago area. Temperatures are paused at 67 degrees right now, but temperatures are expected to rise to about 90 degrees before a cold front moves in. The rain should be here by midmorning, before those temperatures dip back to about 67 degrees overnight. Full story.
Bridge work has forced the closure of McLean Blvd/Sleepy Hollow Rd at I-90 until Sept. 12 in Elgin. Motorists can use McLean Blvd and EB Big Timber Road to avoid the construction area. Full story.
Cubs drop another in Washington
Chris Rusin made an impressive major-league debut for the Cubs on Aug. 21, allowing 1 run over 5 innings in a loss at Milwaukee. On Tuesday night, he looked more like a rookie. Rusin was pulled in the second inning after allowing 5 runs on 8 hits as the Cubs lost 11-5 to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Full story.
A smashing success in his first 15 starts for the Sox, rookie left-hander Jose Quintana turned in his third straight dud in Tuesday night’s 18-9 loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. However, the good news is the Tigers dropped their second straight home game to Cleveland on Tuesday, so the White Sox still hold a 1-game lead in the AL Central. Full story.
The selection of the U.S. Ryder Cup team is now complete after captain Davis Love III’s selection of veterans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, along with long-hitting Dustin Johnson and putting wizard Brandt Snedeker, who is one of four rookies on the 2012 U.S. team that will take on the European squad three weeks from now at Medinah Country Club. “I couldn’t be more excited about our team,” Love said. “We think we’ve got a great team — it’s deeper than it’s ever been.” Mike Spellman reports.
Initially asked if he was enjoying the playoff chase, White Sox GM Kenny Williams turned the question around and probed the White Sox’ “intellect” while getting swept in a three-game series at Detroit last weekend. “This is September, man,” Williams said. “It’s September in the midst of a playoff run. There are common denominators for the teams that will ultimately survive this stretch. It’s the will, the intellect and the talent, and not necessarily in that order.” Scot Gregor reports.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.