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Dawn Patrol: Suburban burglary ring busted; Medinah shines

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  • The Mount Prospect police training room is filled with stolen items recovered from a home where three residents were arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of 60 burglaries.

    The Mount Prospect police training room is filled with stolen items recovered from a home where three residents were arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of 60 burglaries.
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Medinah glows in national and international spotlight

As the dust settles in the wake of Team Europe's comeback win at Medinah Country Club Sunday, fans and organizers are taking note of the tournament's success and enhancement of the prestige of the country club. "Even though the team we wanted to didn't win, I think it exceeded all of our expectations," said the club's director of golf. "The golf course looked so beautiful on screen. The city of Chicago, DuPage County, Medinah -- we all delivered the deal." The TV ratings Sunday were up 71 percent from 2010 coverage. Full story.

Mt. Prospect police break up suburban burglary ring

Authorities are sorting through approximately 1,000 stolen items that were recovered from an Elk Grove Village home where police say three residents ran a burglary ring out of. The residents were arrested last week and are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars of property during more than 60 break-ins in Mount Prospect and other parts of the Northwest suburbs. "We are ecstatic," said Deputy Police Chief Tim Janowick. "It was good detective work." Full story.

Walsh wants more debates, Duckworth disagrees

Although 8th District congressional candidates Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh have debated twice, Walsh complained yesterday during an event when he and his opponent spoke separately. A spokeswoman for Duckworth said she would rather "listen to voters than hear more of Joe Walsh's extreme and partisan rhetoric." The two are set to debate at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows Oct. 9 and on WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight" on Oct. 18. Full story.

Cops: Aurora man caught with cocaine entering courthouse

An Aurora man nearly slipped by security at the Kane County courthouse last week, but on his second trip through the metal detectors a guard spotted a small bag of cocaine in his bin, authorities said. "There's a security checkpoint; it's not a surprise that you are going to be checked when you go through," said Kane County sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. "The officer was pretty attentive to see what it was. A small bag of cocaine is pretty small." Police said the man tried to flee, but was grabbed by officers. Full story.

Round Lake man charged with DUI in crash that killed passenger

A 23-year-old Round Lake man who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed into a tree in downtown Fox Lake Saturday, killing David J. Letchinger Jr. of McHenry, has been charged with alcohol-related offenses. Anthony Cechini was charged with aggravated DUI involving death among other charges. Cechini was on crutches and had a broken wrist in court yesterday. Police said he initially fled the soon of the crash but was captured soon after. Full story.

Teen charged with armed home invasion in Grayslake

An 18-year-old Waukegan teenager has been charged in connection with an armed home invasion in Grayslake Friday night. Police said Richard A. Kellog and two other invaders were armed with handguns and a bat when they robbed a resident on the 1000 block of Manchester Circle. The suspects fled at a high rate of speed from the scene, but crashed into a utility police while attempting to flee police. Full story.


Mostly cloudy skies with a high of only about 69 degrees today. A shower is expected to fall this evening when temperatures dip back to 55 degrees, and it will be only about 57 when you head out the door this morning. Full story.


Construction continues on Pingree Road between Cog Circle and Grandview Drive in Crystal Lake. The roadway is scheduled to be closed until mid-October, and a detour route can use IL-31 between US-14 and Crystal Lake Avenue. More traffic.

Bears in a first-place tie. Really.

Once again, the Bears' defense came up with some huge plays last night, and they were more than enough to lead the visitors to a 34-18 victory over the Cowboys. With the defense picking off 5 passes, the Bears' offense simply went along for the ride, doing more than enough on its end to help lift the winners to a 3-1 mark and into a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Full story.

Sox let one slip away? Uh, yes

The White Sox finally helped themselves last night, beating the Indians 11-0 at Progressive Field. But they didn't get any needed help from the Royals, who lost at home to the Tigers, 6-3. With the win, Detroit clinched first place in the AL Central. The White Sox, who looked equal parts tight and tired while losing 10 of 12 before pounding Cleveland, are finished for the season after Wednesday night's game against the Indians. "We feel like we let one slip away," Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy told reporters in Cleveland. Full story.

100-loss Cubs still better than the Astros, or are they?

If the Cubs were going to avoid a 100-loss season, they had the right opponents at Wrigley Field: the Houston Astros. As bad as things have gone for the Cubs, they've been even worse for the Astros, who entered yesterday's series opener at Wrigley Field with a record of 53-106. It wasn't to be, though, as the Astros blanked a listless looking Cubs team 3-0. Full story.

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