Prayer service today for teen killed in Aurora crash
A prayer service will be held today for Devin Meadows, a 15-year-old sophomore at Metea Valley High School in Aurora who was killed early Tuesday when a car he was a passenger in crashed into an Aurora home. Friends and family will mourn him at 5:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 Liberty St., in Aurora. Full story.
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Quinn aide suggests prison, university closings
Gov. Pat Quinn's top budget aide said yesterday that without pension reform, voters can "let their imaginations run wild" with what that state would have to do, including closing prisons or universities. "There's really no plan B. We can't not reform the pensions," Abdon Pallasch said. Full story.
Dold, Schneider go toe to toe in WTTW debate
Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider took their campaigns to the airwaves last night in an accusation-filled appearance on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." Seated elbow to elbow, the 10th District candidates argued about Schneider's reluctance to release his tax returns, whether Dold is as moderate as he claims and many other issues. Full story.
RTA expected to get earful from paratransit riders
The Regional Transportation Authority is expected to get an earful today from transit riders with disabilities who say they are angry and offended because of comments by agency Chairman John S. Gates Jr. characterizing paratransit as a "limousine" service. Gates told the Daily Herald editorial board Oct. 4 that paratransit is "a limousine service, but it's a federally mandated limousine service that we have to provide. It's hugely expensive, but it's something we have to do. It's the law. It's a civil right." Full story.
Antioch Rescue Squad fined $15,000
The Antioch Rescue Squad has been fined $15,000 by the state for allowing members unauthorized access to prescription medication and for staffing ambulances with unqualified personnel. The fines have been imposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and comes days after the group's treasurer, John Edgell, was charged with stealing more than $12,000 from the rescue squad. Full story.
Sherman picks Advocate Health
Elgin's Sherman Health has chosen to partner with Advocate Health Care and join the largest health system in Illinois. The decision comes after the Elgin hospital narrowed a field of potential partners from 12. Full story.
Legendary basketball coach dead at 75
Coach Bill Probst, who led winning programs at St. Viator High School, Harper College, McHenry County College and a pair of Lutheran elementary schools, died yesterday. Just three days earlier, Probst was inducted into the St. Viator High School Athletic Hall of Fame, where his coaching record included successful runs in both boys and girls basketball. Full story.
A gorgeous day today with a high of 79 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 60 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and will dip back to 63 degrees this evening. Enjoy! Full story.
Reconstruction and widening continues on Walkup Road from Route 176 to Burning Bush Trail in Crystal Lake. The construction is expected to last through next month. Full story.
World Series under way tonight
The San Francisco Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on tonight. Full story.
Cutler: 'I'll be good to go'
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler expects to practice this week and doesn't think the bruised ribs he suffered on a sack by Ndamukong Suh in Monday's win over the Detroit Lions will affect him Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Full story.