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Dawn patrol: O'Hare delays, animal hoarding, report cards

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  • This dog and 18 others are now in the care of McHenry County animal control after being discovered among 88 living and three dead animals in a Woodstock-area home.

    This dog and 18 others are now in the care of McHenry County animal control after being discovered among 88 living and three dead animals in a Woodstock-area home.
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Two children found dead in Naperville home

According to local media reports, two children have been found dead in a Naperville home. Police will not release details, but said there will be more information available around 9 a.m. Full story.

Stevenson tops in school report cards

Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire again has swept the five academic categories among high schools, according to state report card data from 92 suburban school districts examined by the Daily Herald. For the second consecutive year, Stevenson District 125 led a top-10 list for Prairie State Achievement Exam composite scores, reading, math, science and ACT college entrance exam results. Full story.

For complete report card coverage and a searchable database can be found at

91 animals, 3 dead, found in McHenry County home

McHenry County authorities are investigating an apparent case of animal hoarding in which 91 animals were found in a Woodstock-area home where the owner had not been seen for weeks. Animals found at the home of 54-year-old Virginia E. Dinucci included 55 birds, 19 dogs, 11 cats, three rabbits as well as one dead bird, dog and cat. Dinucci was located yesterday in Park Ridge and authorities were set to question her about the animals and their condition. Full story.

O'Hare, Midway still seeing delays from Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was still making her presence known at O'Hare International Airport with wind gusts delaying some flight arrivals along with causing multiple cancellations. As of last night, nearly 500 flights to the East Coast from O'Hare had been canceled while at Midway more than 75 flights were grounded, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported. Delays averaged 45 minutes at O'Hare and 30 minutes at Midway. Full story.

Cops: Man stabs woman to death, then kills self

North Aurora police are continuing to investigate an apparent murder-suicide that occurred Monday night at the Eden Supportive Living building at 311 S. Lincolnway St. Police have not yet named the deceased 58-year-old man who is a suspect in the stabbing of 50-year-old Tomi Vandiver of North Aurora. The man is said to have stabbed Vandiver, then jumped from his third-story window about 9 p.m. Monday night. He died Tuesday afternoon. Full story.

Beer thief nets 1,800 cases, DuPage prosecutors say

DuPage County authorities yesterday charged an ex-con from Melrose Park with stealing more than 1,800 cases. Thomas Gibbons, 45, is accused in the heist at a McHenry-based Miller distributor. Prosecutors said 22 pallets of brew -- and a trailer they were riding in -- went missing along with a tractor Sunday or Monday.

Fights force extra policing in downtown Naperville

Naperville police will be giving the city's downtown area special treatment this weekend after the area's third violent fight since late August. Four men from surrounding communities were arrested about 1:30 a.m. Saturday outside BlackFinn American Saloon, 16 W. Jefferson St., after a fight inside the bar spilled out onto the street. The violence comes less than two weeks after police Chief Bob Marshall outlined a plan to curb downtown violence. Full story.

Changes recommended for Lake County jail

Lake County authorities are considering the results of a space use study from a consultant charged with examining ways to prepare the county's jail for an expected rising population. The study recommended turning some single-bunk cells into double cells and putting prisoners who pose relatively low security risks into dormitory-style areas to free up other space. The jail's population is predicted to rise slightly between now and 2030, exceeding an average daily count of 750 secure detention inmates by then. Full story.

Hampshire man likely had marijuana in system during crash

Police are awaiting official toxicology results but suspect a 45-year-old Hampshire man cited for driving under the influence of drugs Monday when he drove his truck into a ditch Monday afternoon near Hebron had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. Harold E. Wiese Jr., of the 17N300 block of Widmayer Road, is suspected to have been under the influence of marijuana about 2:15 p.m. Monday when he drove his Volkswagen truck off Route 47, half a mile north of Vanderkarr Road south of Hebron. Full story.

Trick-or-treating hours in the suburbs

To help ensure a safe and fun Halloween, communities have established official hours for trick-or-treating activities. See our compilation of hours suburb by suburb.


Today will be chilly with cloudy skies and a high of only 48 degrees. Winds will die down from yesterday, but gusts are still expected to reach around 21 mph. It will be about 34 degrees when people head out the door this morning. Temperatures will dip into the mid 30s tonight. Full story.


Expect minor delays on the roads this morning. Police are responding to an accident at Yackley and Ogden Avenues in Lisle, causing moderate delays. Roadwork on Carpenter Street, between Maple and Gilbert Avenues in Downers Grove continues through November. As of 7:30 a.m. about 135 flights were canceled at O'Hare, most due to Hurricane Sandy. Full story.

Bulls open season tonight against Kings

Without superstar point guard Derrick Rose for the first half of the season, the Bulls plan to use a team approach to make up for his scoring production as they open their season at 7 tonight at the United Center against the Sacramento Kings. "You can't replace Derrick with one person. There's only one Derrick Rose. We've all got to find ways to win," forward Carlos Boozer said. Full story.

Sox sign Peavy to 2-year deal

The White Sox have signed starting pitcher Jake Peavy to a two-year, $29-million contract extension with an option for a third season just days before Peavy likely would have filed for free agency. The 31-year-old Peavy repeatedly expressed a strong desire to return to the Sox next season and beyond. Full story.

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