Early voting starts with a bang in Cook County
Day one of 13 early voting days in Cook County resulted in long lines and a 75 percent increase from the first day of early voting four years ago. By yesterday evening more than 13,500 residents had cast their vote. The Arlington Heights village hall was the second busiest polling place in suburban Cook County. Full story.
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Obama, Romney bring domestic issues into foreign policy debate
President Obama and Mitt Romney were on the offensive from the start of the third presidential debate last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The two candidates agreed on a few topics, including U.S. support for Israel and opposition to U.S. military involvement in efforts to bring down Syria's president, but took jabs at each other on their varying approaches to issues in the Middle East and their ability to be a leader in a dangerous world. The conversation also repeatedly turned to domestic issues, such as the state of the economy. Full story.
Mundelein votes to allow video gambling
Mayor Kenneth Kessler broke a tie vote during Mundelein's village board meeting last night with a yes vote that allows video gambling into the village. Antioch, Lake Villa, Fox Lake and Round Lake Beach are among the Lake County towns that have voted to allow video gambling. Full story.
District 204 closes two school bus stops near suspect's home
Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has worked with its bus contractor to eliminate two stops for about 15 Cowlishaw, Hill and Metea Valley High School students on the 700 block of Violet Circle in Naperville, where a 50-year-old man accused of processing child pornography lived. Renzo Barduagani was arrested last week and said he was likely to post his necessary $30,000 bail, but remained in custody yesterday. Full story.
Palatine family credits dog for safe escape from fire
A family of three was able to escape their burning home after the barks of their young yellow Labrador, Bo, roused them out of a sound sleep. Upon hearing the noise from the usually quiet dog, Jim Wacker got up to check the bedroom where his 14-year-old daughter and Bo slept and saw the orange glow of the fire, which started in the garage below the room. Full story.
Gambling interests send lawmakers campaign cash
A review of campaign finance records shows Arlington Park and a casino company that owns Hollywood Casino in Aurora have given thousands of dollars to state-level candidates since lawmakers finished their session in June. The donations come at a time when state lawmakers are possibly poised to consider a tough vote in upcoming months over whether to expand gambling in Illinois. Full story.
Foggy but warm this morning with a high of about 60 degrees as you head out this morning. Temperatures will climb to 75 degrees, but thunderstorms are expected to hit throughout the day. Temperatures will dip back to 65 overnight tonight. Full story.
Construction continues in Warrenville where Batavia Road north of Butterfield Road is closed for road widening. A detour has been established on Route 59 for people looking to get around the construction. Full story.
Bears beat Lions 13-7, winning fourth straight game
It wasn't an easy win, but the Bears gave a devastating blow to the Lions last night at Soldier Field with a 13-7 victory. The second half included a key fumble recovery by Brian Urlacher and an apparent rib injury for Jay Cutler, who took a hard sack from Ndamukong Suh. Full story.
Heading to World Series? Not the Cardinals
The San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series after a 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NL championship series. They will host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 Wednesday night. Full story.