Boisterous crowd fuels Walsh, Duckworth debate
Before last night, Congressman Joe Walsh and candidate Tammy Duckworth had only one another to spar with before a moderator and a set of cameras. But a third variable Tuesday -- a boisterous crowd free to purchase liquor throughout the night -- fueled the heated, vitriolic two-hour match between the two candidates in the nationally watched race, and helped make sure nothing was left off the table. Full story.
Six Flags halts cockroach-eating contest
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has suspended its seasonal cockroach-eating contest, in response to reports of a man's death after a similar competition at a Florida pet store. The 32-year-old man reportedly collapsed last week after eating dozens of roaches and worms during a contest to win a python at a pet store in Deerfield Beach, according to The Associated Press. "Insects are considered a delicacy in many cultures; however, even though this appears to be an isolated incident, we are reviewing the eating contests at our parks to ensure we maintain a safe environment for our guests," said a Six Flags statement. Full story.
Teen arrested after SUV crashes into Glen Ellyn home
Two people were injured when a teenage driver crashed an SUV into a Glen Ellyn home Monday night at the corner of Park Boulevard and Pershing Avenue, police said yesterday. The driver, 17, was cited with making an improper turn and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident; she also was arrested and charged with DUI. Full story.
Schaumburg police: 911 call false alarm
Schaumburg police responded to a call of shots fired yesterday afternoon but found no evidence of a shooting. Police responded to a 911 call at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday from a witness reporting two shots fired after a domestic dispute between a man and woman in a car on the 400 block of east Wise Road, police said. "We didn't find any physical evidence at the scene such as sites where a bullet may have hit or bullet casings," said Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl. Full story.
Aurora firefighters get lowest raise in 20 years
Aurora city council gave final approval last night to a contract the city reached with its firefighters union last month. The contract gives the union's 161 members from the rank of firefighter to lieutenant the lowest average pay raises in any three-year contract the city has awarded over the past 20 years, said Alex Alexandrou, chief administrative services officer. Full story.
Worker injured in Libertyville fire
A maintenance worker was injured last night after a fire broke out in the basement of a Libertyville home on the 700 block of E. Rockland Road. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, officials said. Full story.
Bears' Smith evasive on Jeffery's injury
Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least a couple of games with a fractured right hand, although Bears coach Lovie Smith seems to be hoping that if he ignores the injury it will go away. Jeffery suffered the injury on his 10-yard TD catch on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday and did not return. But the Bears' coach wouldn't even confirm the time of the injury after Tuesday's abbreviated practice leading up to this weekend's bye. "Minor injury, and it's going to take a few … hopefully I'm not going to go into how long, but he'll be back out there before we know it," Smith said. Full story.