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Article updated: 12/14/2012 6:17 AM

Dawn Patrol: Hit-and-run victim honored; teachers threaten strike

A portrait of Schaumburg High School student Mikias Tibebu looks back at his friends and classmates at a memorial service for him Thursday in the school gym. The portrait was done by Olivia Zubko.

A portrait of Schaumburg High School student Mikias Tibebu looks back at his friends and classmates at a memorial service for him Thursday in the school gym. The portrait was done by Olivia Zubko.

 

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

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Classmates remember Schaumburg teen

Hundreds of students gathered Thursday night to celebrate the life of Mikias Tibebu -- an 18-year-old Schaumburg High School student killed in a hit-and-run crash last weekend -- while officials continue searching for the driver. "There was so much about Mikias that made him special, it'll be impossible to describe it all," said Tibebu's cross country teammate A.J. Vetter. Full story.

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Dist. 33 teachers file strike notice

Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 filed an intent to strike notice Thursday that could have faculty members walking picket lines as early as Jan. 7. Union leaders said the district's 284 teachers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to authorize the possible strike. Full story.

Woman struck by train

Naperville police said a woman was taken to Edward Hospital in critical condition after she was struck by a Metra train Thursday. Schindlbeck said a preliminary investigation indicates that it was an intentional act on her part. The incident occurred just east of the platform. Full story.

Four vehicles involved in crash

Long Grove firefighters said they responded to a four-vehicle crash on Old Route 53 between Old McHenry Road and Schaeffer Road. According to the Long Grove department, one person was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, two people were released on their own power and one person left the scene. Full story.

Candle sparks house fire

A knocked-over candle started a fire at a home on the 1900 block of Jeanette Avenue in St. Charles Thursday, authorities said. No one was injured. Full story.

Mundelein family given a car

A Mundelein family on Thursday night received a car as a gift from Carstar, part of a national program called Recycled Rides. It's the second straight year the business donated a car to a needy Lake County resident. A green bow adorned the car when it was given to the Kovariks at Carstar. When she saw the car for the first time, Marita Kovarik got down on one knee. "God is good," she said. "Never give up." Full story.

Weather

Temperatures may start on the cold side this morning, but temperatures will climb to 50 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will be about 30 degrees when you head out the door this morning, then fall back to 39 degrees overnight. Some rain will fall late and last through Saturday evening. Full story.

Traffic

Westbound Bowes Road is closed in Elgin due to a crash near Randall Road. Police and a tow truck are on the scene, authorities said. More traffic.

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