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updated: 9/20/2012 12:32 PM

Dawn Patrol: $1.3 million in gold, silver seized; Ryder prepping

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Feds seek $1.3 million in gold, silver seized during DuPage drug bust

Federal authorities are trying to gain legal control of more than $1.3 million worth of silver bars and gold and silver coins that were used in drug sales during a DuPage County-based operation that dealt more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. The cross-country operation was based in a Glen Ellyn residence, and the gold and silver were discovered in a Lisle storage unit, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday. The man charged in connection with the bust said "the South Side of Chicago will be hurting for weed for a while," according to court documents. Full story.

Ryder Cup host towns putting final touches ahead of tournament

The self-dubbed "host towns" for the international Ryder Cup golf tournament are putting the final preparations on their towns with only a few days left before thousands of visitors arrive. Some towns are planting flowers near Ryder Cup banners, some are encouraging area businesses to offer promotions linked to the tournament, and others are holding special events such as a golf tournament at Addison Park District's Links & Tees. Full story.

Des Plaines man charged in Chicago shooting that cops witnessed

A 31-year-old Des Plaines man has been charged in connection with a Chicago shooting that left a man in critical condition Monday night. Chicago police officers say they saw Jeffrey Grafton fire multiple rounds at the 33-year-old victim on the city's West Side and were able to arrest him after a short chase. Full story.

Lake County woman turns 108

Although Pearlie Young, the oldest woman in Lake County, drank bourbon, dipped snuff and didn't follow a healthy diet, her granddaughter was on hand yesterday afternoon to help ring in the Round Lake Beach woman's 108th birthday. "She's feisty and wants to live," said young's granddaughter, Alma Booker. "She's afraid of dying, is what it is." Young has outlived seven siblings, two children, two husbands and all but two of her grandchildren. Full story.

Mount Prospect residents upset with zoning change

Owners of apartments across the street from ARC Disposal on Busse Road were glad that Mount Prospect annexed the property, but after the village rezoned ARC's properties into a new industrial solid waste handling district last night, residents are far from happy. Property owners say the ordinance will allow the waste hauler to become a greater nuisance because of longer hours of operation, more truck traffic and more rats. Full story.


A decent day on tap, even if it is a bit chilly. It will be about 56 degrees as you head out the door this morning, and should climb to about 70 degrees this afternoon. It should dip back this evening to about 52 degrees, before more cool air pushes in tomorrow and brings some rain with it. Full story.


Construction is supposed to continue on Pingree Road between Cog Circle and Grandview Drive in Crystal Lake. The roadway will be closed until mid-October, and people are asked to use a detour of IL-31 between US-14 and Crystal Lake Ave. Full story.

Sox playoff tickets? Don't count your chickens

On the same day the White Sox announced tickets for potential American League wild card and division series games at U.S. Cellular Field go on sale Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, the Kansas City Royals said, "Not so fast." And the Tigers issued a similar statement from Detroit. A day after standout starting pitcher Max Scherzer had to make an early exit because of shoulder fatigue, Detroit posted its second straight win over a very good Oakland team. The White Sox, meanwhile, went down to Bruce Chen and the Royals 3-0 at Kauffman Stadium. Scot Gregor reports.

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