How gender change gives McHenry pastor unique insight
As the new minister coming to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison has an insight into the lives of single moms that many preachers do not. For starters, the transgender minister used to be a single mom. Full story.
Rosemont's athletic training facility almost done
Rosemont this week begins installing artificial turf covering the ground for a new athletic training facility next to The Ballpark at Rosemont. The facility will offer local athletic teams an indoor space to practice year round. The seven-story dome made of fabric covering the entire field will be delivered and installed sometime next week. Full story.
McSweeney slams Beaubien's Democrat-backed mailers
Republican David McSweeney is slamming the latest political mailer to go out on behalf of his opponent in the Barrington-area 52nd House District race, calling it an inaccurate insult and further proof that Dee Beaubien isn't the independent she claims to be. But Beaubien stands behind the piece and maintains that given the uphill battle independents face, she'll take all the help she can get, even from Democratic leaders. Full story.
District 116 health clinic plan drawing objection
Round Lake Area Unit District 116's plan to start a school-based health clinic is drawing opposition from an organization opposed to abortion. Lake County Right to Life President Bonnie Quirke said her group has come out against the District 116 clinic proposal, which first surfaced in 2010. She questioned the potential of students obtaining birth-control pills or abortion referrals without their parents' knowledge on school property. Full story.
Jewish college students not come home for the holidays
Rachel Cohen, of Buffalo Grove, admits it will be strange being away from home Monday, on Rosh Hashana. "It's just a very big family event," she said. But like many other college freshmen, Cohen will be taking advantage of the Hillel at University of Illinois to step in for her family for the High Holidays. Full story.
Sinkhole threatens East Dundee business
It started innocently enough at Dundee Automotive with a small dip in the parking lot eight weeks ago. But the dip has since developed into heaving pavement and a sinkhole that threatens to pull the East Dundee business down with it, said owner Randy Klemm. Full story.
Kaneland, Batavia schools must offer choice
Several schools in Batavia, St. Charles and Kaneland school districts have to offer school choice this year, based on students' test scores. But in some cases, there is little choice to be had. Full story.
Rescuers pull man from burning Warrenville home
Neighbors who pulled 33-year-old Will Lowe out of a burning house early Saturday morning are hoping for the best for the Warrenville man, whom family members say suffered third-degree burns on 40 percent of his body. The fire that severely burned Lowe completely destroyed the two-story, single-family house where he lived with several roommates. Full story.
Larkin's 50th brings back memories in Elgin
Larkin High School hosted an open house on Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it was the proverbial trip down memory lane for alumni who visited their old school. Hundreds of former students and faculty visited the Elgin school, which was dedicated Sept. 23, 1962. Full story.
Record-breaking day at Fox Valley Marathon
Justin Gillette says his secret to winning marathons is tuning out the pain. He did it well enough Sunday to set a new record for the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles, and in the process earned himself a spot in next year's Boston Marathon.
Emanuel seeks court order to end strike
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will seek a court order to end a teachers strike set to enter its second week. Emanuel said the strike is illegal under state law. The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Emanuel and the city schools. Full story.
Life & Entertainment
Minaj, Urban fill out 'American Idol' judges panel. Full story.
'Resident Evil,' 'The Master' storm the box office. Full story.
World & Nation
Afghan insider attack kills 4 US troops. Full story.
Furor fades a year after military's gay ban lifted. Full story.
Obama, Romney courting key constituencies. Full story.
Al-Qaida calls for more attacks on embassies. Full story.
Google says it won't take down anti-Muslim clip. Full story.
Multiple personalities of the Muslim rage. Full story.
NHL fans want hockey, not promise. Full story.
Powerful day for Cubs' Rizzo. Full story.
For Bears, it's a good time for an easy one. Full story.
Will all the accommodating for Cutler pay off? Full story.
Sox ride 6-run sixth to victory. Full story.