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Dawn Patrol: Nativity scene controversy; sex trafficker gets life

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  • Antonio Romanucci, the lawyer of the mother of a 14-year-old boy, says he will soon offer proof that Maine Township High School District 207 was aware of a 2008 hazing incident the district says was handled by Maine West High School itself.

       Antonio Romanucci, the lawyer of the mother of a 14-year-old boy, says he will soon offer proof that Maine Township High School District 207 was aware of a 2008 hazing incident the district says was handled by Maine West High School itself.
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No Nativity scene? Lawyers are talking

The Arlington Heights Park District hopes to avoid a lawsuit after it rejected an offer from the Thomas More Society to add a Nativity scene to the annual holiday display at North School Park. The park district has a policy to use only its own lights and decorations. The Thomas More Society rejected that answer, saying the display has Hanukkah dreidels. Full story.

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Massage parlor owner gets life for sex trafficking

A convicted sex trafficker received a life sentence yesterday for his crimes that included forced labor and harboring illegal immigrants. Prosecutors said Alex Campbell, who once operated Day and Night Spa in Mount Prospect, forced women into the sex trade and emotionally and physically abused them. Campbell has no chance at bail. Full story.

Attorney criticizes District 207 for response to 2008 hazing

Attorneys for the family of a 14-year-old boy who says members of Maine West High School's soccer team sexually assaulted him during a hazing ritual this fall blasted the school for not handling previous hazing incident more seriously. In that incident, which took place in 2008, it's alleged that four members of the baseball team pulled down a teammate's pants in a school locker room. The same coach oversaw both soccer and baseball programs during both of those incidents. Full story.

Former solid waste exec to plead guilty

Attorneys expect the former executive director of Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County to plead guilty to charges that he stole $850,000 from the company. Christopher Brooke Beal, 49, is accused of submitting false expense reports during the last six years. If convicted, Beal faces six to 30 years in prison. Full story.

Huntley home catches fire

An unoccupied home under renovation near Huntley High School caught on fire yesterday afternoon. Members of the Huntley Fire Protection District responded to the call at 4:45 p.m. on the 13000 block of Harmony Road. Officials estimate about $50,000 in damages occurred. Full story.

Fire displaces five Bensenville families

A fire in a six-unit building in Bensenville displaced five families. The blaze started in an unoccupied unit of the building, on the 1000 block of Irving Park Road, where plumbers were making repairs. A burst pipe led to extensive water damage throughout, in addition to fire and smoke damage to three units. Full story.

Former Lake County sheriff dies

Orville St. Peter "Pat" Clavey, 80, was laid to rest yesterday. Clavey was a former Lake County coroner and was elected sheriff from 1970 to 1974. Full story.

Opposition grows against Round Lake Park transfer station

Although a hearing against a proposed transfer station is months away, residents are already looking for ways to fight it. Citing noise, pollution and adverse impacts to their home values, residents have been discussing strategy and gathering signatures in opposition. Full story.


Cool and crisp as you head out the door this morning, with a high of only 20 degrees. Temperatures will rise to about 35 degrees this afternoon, before dipping back to 26 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Reconstruction continues at Walkup Road. from just south of Route 176 to Burning Bush Trail in Crystal Lake. Full traffic.

Bulls lose to Bucks by 1

The Milwaukee Bucks mounted a 27-point comeback to stun the Chicago Bulls with a victory by 1 point Monday night. Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 30-12 in the fourth quarter. The loss prevents the Bulls from moving past the Bucks into first place in the Central Division. Full story.

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