Really bad news for the Bears
The Chicago Bears had a rough night last night in a 32-7 stomping by the San Francisco 49ers. With quarterback Jay Cutler sidelined by a concussion, the Bears offense struggled -- and in fact it might have struggled with Jay Cutler playing. For his part, Bears backup quarterback Jason Campbell threw a 13-yard touchdown pass, but he was sacked five times and threw two interceptions. The Bears fell to now 7-3. Full story.
Hanover Park salon workers win $1 million in lottery
You might call it "shear" luck. Nine women who work together at A Shear Delight in Hanover Park will split $1 million after snagging one of the winning tickets from the Illinois Lottery's Halloween Millionaire Raffle. "My first reaction was there's just no way," said Donna Carman, owner of the beauty salon. "It takes a long time for something like that to sink in." Full story
Huntley teachers agree to contract
The Huntley Area District 158 school board is expected to approve a contract with its teachers today. Huntley teachers ratified a contract yesterday evening after rejecting two previous offers. Of the 650 teachers represented by the Huntley Education Association, 98 percent voted in favor, union co-president Julie McLaughlin said. Details of the contract have not yet been released. Full story.
Lake County sheriff: Illegal immigrants should get driver's licenses
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is backing proposed legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, saying it's an economic imperative for our financially struggling state. "We need them to be getting to work," Curran said yesterday. "We need them to have driver's licenses." Full story
Arlington Heights changes minds, lowers its tax increase
After a week to consider it, Arlington Heights is now planning a smaller tax levy increase for next year than was previously proposed. The Arlington Heights village board last night approved an amendment to the tax levy ordinance it approved last week and will be asking for a 1.2 percent increase in 2012 rather than the 1.92 percent increase than was proposed last week. Board members called the smaller increase "prudent" because it will balance the village budget but have less impact on the taxpayers. Full story.
Cook County offers DUI memorial markers
Families of those killed by DUI drivers in Cook County now have the opportunity to purchase a memorial marker for the crash site. The program, announced yesterday, opens the memorials up to any DUI fatality since Jan. 1990 that has happened on a highway under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Transportation. The marker includes a "Please Don't Drink and Drive" sign and an optional commemorative plaque with their loved one's name and accident date. They cost $150. Full story.
Sanctions against Naperville's BlackFinn American Saloon lifted
BlackFinn American Saloon returns to normal business hours this week after a seven-day sanction for violating liquor permits. Mayor George Pradel revoked the establishment's late-night liquor permit for a week and issued a $1,000 fine. After an uneventful weekend, the establishment earned back its late night permit and will be open again until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturdays. Full story.
Carol Stream library votes to sell land once slated for library
A controversial piece of property in Carol Stream could soon sport a For Sale sign after the library board voted to list it with a real estate agent last night. The 7½-acre chunk of vacant land at 480 N. Kuhn Road was once expected to be the site of a new library. Voters rejected that idea in three separate referendums. Full story.
Arrest made in Oak Brook doctor's stabbing
A 56-year-old man is charged with attempted murder in connection with a weekend stabbing of an Oak Brook doctor inside a Chicago hotel. Authorities said officers captured the suspect, Jimmy Harris, near Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place after he stabbed two people inside the Westin Hotel. Full story.
Partly cloudy but warm with a high of 58 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 50 degrees when you head out this morning, then dip back to about 45 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Roadwork is continuing in Downers Grove at Carpenter Street between Maple and Gilbert. The construction would continue until November of 2012. More traffic.