Teachers strike vote possible at Grayslake District 46
Lake County Federation of Teachers President Michael McGue said last night stalled contract talks at Grayslake Elementary District 46 may lead to union members taking a strike vote next week. McGue said District 46 officials have declared negotiations for a new teachers contract are at an impasse and the last, best offer has been made. Roughly 300 teachers at District 46 will get details about the contract offer during a closed union membership meeting Oct. 15. Full story.
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State Sen. Schmidt not guilty of trespassing, other charges
Republican State Sen. Suzi Schmidt of Lake Villa was found not guilty of walking onto her neighbor's land and puncturing a bag of chicken feed during a dispute. That ruling came from Lake County Associate Judge George Strickland. Schmidt skipped a jury trial and elected to have Strickland decide the case yesterday. There remains a civil order of protection by the neighbors against Schmidt, 61. Full story.
Huntley teachers show solidarity before talks
Teachers in Huntley Unit District 158 showed solidarity with their union leaders by wearing green and congregating outside the school district's administration building yesterday before a scheduled mediation session. It was the first meeting between the school district and the Huntley Education Association with the help of a mediator. Negotiating teams for the school district and the union began talks on a new agreement in July. Both sides reached a tentative agreement in early September, but union members rejected the proposed contract. Teachers have been working under an expired contract, which included pay freezes. Full story.
Defense says wrestling move led to stabbing in Naperville
A defense attorney says a Lombard man who was kicked out of a Naperville bar for smoking in the women's restroom used justifiable force when he knifed a bouncer to escape a wrestling move known as a "guillotine chokehold." Adam Hearn, 33, is on trial in DuPage County circuit court on charges of attempted murder and armed violence in the March 2011 stabbing of security guard Sean Brutto at BlackFinn American Saloon. The trial continues today. Full story.
Elk Grove High School is a little quieter now
Students and staff members now have a newly renovated and soundproofed Elk Grove High School after years of effort and millions of dollars' worth of work. The Elk Grove sound abatement project was part of a $15.5 million reimbursable grant from the FAA, said Deb Parenti, associate superintendent for finance and operations at Northwest Suburban High School District 214. Elk Grove High is below one of O'Hare International Airport's main flight paths. Full story.
Judy Biggert has a beef with debate co-sponsor AARP
Longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert has dropped out of a radio debate with Democratic challenger Bill Foster that was set for Oct. 16, saying a co-sponsor didn't appear neutral. AARP was co-sponsoring with debate with WLS 890-AM. Biggert announced her withdrawal in a statement yesterday, questioning AARP and the organization's logo appearing in liberal-sponsored television advertising and mailers that attacked her. Foster and Biggert are running in the 11th Congressional District. Full story.
Clear but cool with a temperature of only 40 degrees as you head out the door. Temperatures will climb to 65 degrees before dipping back to 37 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on IL Route 38 at York Street in Elmurst. Construction is expect to last through the end of the month. More traffic.
Bears' big boss says he likes quarterback Jay Cutler
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may not win a popularity contest among some fans and media, but he has support from where it counts most. Bears GM Phil Emery, coming out of hibernation to speak to the media yesterday for the first time since training camp, steadfastly defended Cutler's sideline demeanor, which has included bumping offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb and walking away from offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Full story.