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updated: 10/26/2012 6:05 AM

Dawn Patrol: Lake County Board candidate has past under another name

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  • Cathleen Koch, 30, of Elgin, was sentenced to eight years in prison last month but had her sentenced reduced to four years yesterday.

    Cathleen Koch, 30, of Elgin, was sentenced to eight years in prison last month but had her sentenced reduced to four years yesterday.


Lake County Board candidate Michael Carbone was once Michael Jorudd

While Lake County Board candidate Michael Carbone has a criminal history, it's not by the name he uses as an elected official. Carbone, 39, of Round Lake, a Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member since 2009, was Michael R. Jorudd of unincorporated Ingleside when he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Fox Lake as part of a negotiated deal on Aug. 8, 2006, court records show. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $1,500. Full story

Bloomingdale firefighter 'shocked' by statewide honor

It's a rare situation that can stun Jeff Janus. As a battalion chief with the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District, he's accustomed to working under extremely high-pressure conditions. But this month, Janus found himself "completely shocked" when he received word that the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors named him Fire Instructor of the Year. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around it," said Janus, who's worked in Bloomingdale for 18 years. Full story

Antioch Rescue Squad chief retires

Wayne Sobczak, the longtime chief of the Antioch Rescue Squad, elected to retire Thursday. Sobczak has been under fire for the last six months for not effectively managing the rescue squad.

Judge halves mom's sentence in toddler daughter's beating

A Kane County judge yesterday reduced the sentence of a woman who pleaded guilty for failing to protect her toddler daughter from an October 2010 beating at a St. Charles hotel that left her permanently brain damaged. Cathleen Koch, 30, of Elgin, was sentenced to eight years in prison last month but had her sentenced reduced to four years by Judge Timothy Sheldon. Full story

Congresswoman who needed abortions blasts Walsh

Calling the Republican-led House a "sandbox for extremism," a Democratic congresswoman who underwent two medically necessary abortions traveled to the 8th Congressional District to pan Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's notion that science and technological advancements have made the procedure largely unnecessary. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California made her comments at a Thursday news conference held at Hoffman Estates Democrat Tammy Duckworth's Rolling Meadows campaign office. Full story

McHenry Co. undersheriff denies misconduct allegation

A judge could hear arguments next week about whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a misconduct claim made by a McHenry County sheriff's department sergeant against Undersheriff Andrew Zinke. The complaint made by John Koziol accuses Zinke of tipping off a business owner over the summer that the Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating a case in which 60,000 pounds of marijuana was being shipped to his Crystal Lake business. Zinke, who is one of three people seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff in 2014, called Koziol's allegations the product of a "disgruntled employee." Full story

Attack on U-46 teacher unprovoked, police say

A 51-year-old science teacher attacked by a student before a class Wednesday at Larkin High School in Elgin is recovering at home with facial contusions and injuries around his eyes, Elgin Area School District U-46 officials and Elgin police said yesterday. U-46 Public Safety Coordinator John Heiderscheidt said the unprovoked attack happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday in a classroom during a passing period. Heiderscheidt described the attack as "senseless." Full story

Three charged in St. Charles robbery

Bail was set at $100,000 each for two Chicago men accused of roughing up a 44-year-old man and taking his wallet Wednesday in St. Charles. Police said a 16-year-old St. Charles boy also was involved in the crime, but he's being held at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center. Full story

Batavia woman honored by TriCity Family Services

As a young mother with her hands full raising two children in 1986, Carolyn Sprawka of Batavia said she somehow became aware of -- and interested in -- the plight of homeless people. Sprawka has spent 25 years as a Hesed House volunteer, 20 years as a Hesed board member and 17 years as president of that board. She was honored last night with the 28th annual William D. Barth Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a volunteer by TriCity Family Services, during a ceremony at Riverside Receptions in Geneva. Full story

Tollway budget includes lots of construction

The Illinois tollway's 2013 preliminary budget is big on road building with steep increases in construction spending for projects such as expanding the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Officials yesterday outlined a $1.5 billion budget proposal, up from 2012's projected costs of $1.1 billion, although actual spending this year should be closer to $929 million because of deferred work. Full story.


Cloudy and cool with a high of only 40 degrees as you head out the door early this morning. Clouds will break but temperatures will only climb to about 50 degrees later today. Temperatures will dip to 34 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Eastbound US Route 20 is closed between Lambert Lane and Naperville Road in Bartlett due to an accident. The fire department remains on the scene, and westbound US Route 20 remains open. More traffic.

Giants lead World Series 2-0

Madison Bumgarner pitched 2-hit ball over 7 innings, and Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 last night to take a 2-0 World Series lead. Full story

White Sox promote Hahn, Williams

It was presented as an "exclusive" announcement by FOX Chicago last night during a break in the World Series, but the news comes as no surprise to White Sox fans. Rick Hahn is being promoted from assistant general manager to general manager Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. Kenny Williams, the Sox' GM the past 12 seasons, is being elevated to president of baseball operations. Full story

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