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Dawn Patrol: Body found in Des Plaines fire; temps to climb

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  • People walk past one of the competition scarecrows on display on the Riverwalk Sunday at the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. This year the festival split into three locations, to mixed reviews.

      People walk past one of the competition scarecrows on display on the Riverwalk Sunday at the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. This year the festival split into three locations, to mixed reviews.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer


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One person was found dead inside a burning home in the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue in Des Plaines this morning. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Full story.

Arrest made in slaying of local Bears fan in Jacksonville

Authorities say they plan to release details today regarding the arrest of a suspect accused of fatally stabbing a Lake Villa Township man who was in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend to watch the Bears play. William Christopher Pettry, 42, of unincorporated Lake County near Lake Villa, died from injuries he suffered early Sunday during a disturbance inside an Irish pub that's part of the downtown Jacksonville Landing area, according to police. Full story.

Ex-Naperville police commander resigns amid downstate investigation

A former Naperville police commander now has resigned as police chief of downtown Edwardsville, and city officials said federal agents have subpoenaed department documents as part of an investigation. Police Chief James Bedell resigned Friday. He had been with the department since 2007, when he transferred from Naperville. Mayor Gary Niebur declined to provide any comment or details on the investigation. Full story.

St. Charles' Scarecrow Fest draws tens of thousands in three locations

Tens of thousands of people swarmed downtown St. Charles over the weekend for the Scarecrow Fest, which filled three different locations on both sides of the Fox River. With more than 150,000 people at last year's event, organizers wanted to cut down on congestion of festival goers and vehicle traffic, adding locations along First Street and the Riverwalk. Some people complained about the new layout, especially because people had to visit all three areas to see all the entries in the scarecrow contest. Others liked the change. Full story.

Civil War Symposium brings 'medical re-enactors' to Cantigny

Disease -- not rifles or bayonets -- was the most deadly obstacle facing soldiers during the Civil War. For every one soldier killed in combat, two were killed by diseases like dysentery, malaria and typhoid fever, according to the "medical re-enactors" who visited Cantigny Park in Wheaton yesterday. The medical discussion was part of a Civil War Symposium that took place all weekend. Full story.


Clear but cool to start this morning with temperatures of only 36 degrees to start the morning. Temperatures will increase to about 60 degrees this afternoon, before it dips back overnight to 42 degrees. Full story.


Roadwork continues on Book Road between 87th Street and 111th Street in Naperville. The work is expected to continue through October. Full story.

Bears' tenacious D does it again

For the second straight game an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Charles Tillman jump-started a sluggish offense and provided the turning point in a 41-3 victory over Jacksonville that was close for a while but turned into a rout. And for the second straight week, linebacker Lance Briggs also returned an interception for a touchdown, completing the blowout and sending Jaguars fans streaming out of steamy EverBank Field. Full story.

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