North Shore District 112 teachers are on strike this morning after the teachers union rejected a 1.3 percent raise offered yesterday. Teachers were seeking a 3 percent increase.
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Addison police shoot man who fired at officers
Addison police shot a man Monday night after he fired on an officer investigating a hit-and-run accident, authorities said. The man was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital, and no officers were hurt. Police set up a perimeter in the area, and because the shooting occurred about half mile from of Addison Trail High School, the school was evacuated. Full story.
Family of Cary man killed in Phoenix shocked
Family and friends of a former Cary man are reeling in shock by news of what police say is his killing last week in Phoenix at the hands of his girlfriend's ex-husband. Adam Moring, 29, had moved to Phoenix on Aug. 28 "to start a new life" with his girlfriend, said Adam's father, John Moring of Round Lake. David Walker, 29, of Chicago is accused of killing Moring with a baseball bat after flying to Phoenix and entering his ex-wife's home about 12:30 a.m. Full story.
Former Phoenix-area mayor wants to lead Arlington Heights
Ron Drake, an Arlington Heights resident who formerly led a Phoenix suburb as its mayor, hopes to do the same in his current hometown. Drake, 54, said yesterday he will be running for Arlington Heights village president in the April 2013 consolidated election. "I definitely understand what it takes to do the job in a way no one else running does," said Drake, who works in advertising in Chicago. Full story.
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A new, $40 million police station for Arlington Heights is part of a five-year capital improvement plan unanimously approved last night by the village board. While current, deteriorating station has been the subject of discussion for years, the new station still won't be built for years more. Full story.
District 300 strike vote may have little impact on continuing talks
Talks are scheduled to resume today between Community Unit District 300 and LEAD 300, the teachers union representing more than 1,200 educators in the district. The results of a Sunday vote overwhelmingly favoring a teachers strike might not play a big role in future negotiating sessions, representatives from both negotiating teams said. "Neither side has said anything about an impasse," said Mike Williamson, communications chairman for LEAD 300. Full story.
Baker again declared fit, trial to start today
Opening statements are scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the bench trial of Daniel Baker, the Deerfield man accused of killing his girlfriend's mother, Marina Aksman, in April 2010. Though he believes Baker to have "flights of fancy" and "significant mental health issues," Lake County Associate Judge Daniel Shanes declared yesterday he is an intelligent and precocious individual who is mentally fit to stand trial. Baker, 24, didn't follow through with an earlier plan to fire defense attorney Ed Genson but did go against his advice by waiving a jury trial. Full story.
U-46, education assistants reach deal, but transportation union talks continue
Education assistants in Elgin Area School District U-46 and the district school board have reached an agreement on a four-year contract, while the district's transportation union is headed back to the negotiating table to iron out a few language issues in a tentative agreement. The school board last night approved the 2011-2015 contract with the District U-46 Education Assistants union, DUEA, which includes 400 paraprofessionals in general education, special education, English Language Learners, early childhood education, library paraprofessionals, sign language interpreters and bilingual administrative liaisons, formerly home-school liaisons. Full story.
Hotel plan surfaces in Lake Zurich
Concept plans for a 130-room hotel at Route 22 and Old Rand Road were presented to the Lake Zurich village board Monday night. Board members gave what they called a "courtesy review" for the project presented by John Breugelmans, who heads Lakeland Asset Management Group. Elected officials agreed Breugelmans can proceed with the project to the advisory plan commission. Full story.
Wheeling might take over Wolf Road
The Wheeling village board will consider taking over Wolf Road from Milwaukee Avenue south to Manchester Drive from the state in exchange for getting the 8,000 feet widened and rehabilitated. The Illinois Department of Transportation is trying to persuade local governments to take over ownership and maintenance of major roads, Village Manager Jon Sfondilis told the board last night. Full story.
No Elburn Station vote until bridge is built
The Elburn village board won't vote on annexing and developing ShoDeen Homes' large Elburn Station project until after the Anderson Road extension and bridge is built. The board voted 4-3 to table the vote last night, with President Dave Anderson casting the tiebreaker. "We did not have enough votes to pass (the annexation agreement)," said Anderson, who favors the development on the 682-acre site that would feature commercial and industrial uses, plus 2,000 residences of various kinds. Full story.
Sunny but breezy with a high of 68 degrees today. Temperatures will only be about 45 degrees as you head out this morning, then it will dip back to 56 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Roadwork continues on Book Road between 87th Street and 111th Street in Naperville. The roadwork will continue through Oct. 2012. Full story.
Come on, Bulls, show us something
A week ago, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about the early preseason contests providing a baseline for where the team stood. Now, after three games and two losses, we know the Bulls' starting point is more basement-level. But there's another chance to make strides today against Milwaukee. Full story.