Prairie Ridge coach saves a life
Varsity boys basketball coach and Prairie Ridge High School P.E. teacher Corky Card was credited with saving the life of a janitor at the school after a recent game. Card led the effort to revive Daniel Pauling using CPR and a defibrillator. Full story.
Woodridge man ruled legally insane during slaying
A Woodridge man with a history of mental health issues was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2011 slaying of his father. Yashesh Desai, 22, is believed to have a schizoaffective disorder and other mental issues that led to the ruling yesterday during a bench trial in the death of Sanjiv Desai, 47. Full story.
Schaumburg police chief cleared of criminal charges
An investigation into stalking allegations against Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton has been dropped. Officials received word yesterday that a 10-month investigation by the Cook County state's attorney's office and the Illinois State Police uncovered no basis for the claims filed by his ex-girlfriend. The village of Schaumburg will continue its investigation, however. Full story.
Wood Dale man gets 9 years for child porn, explosives
A man who threatened to put a bomb in a little kid's bedroom was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for possessing child porn and explosives. Bryan Roehr, 25, pleaded guilty to both offenses in September. Full story.
DuPage inmate tries to hire hit on ex-girlfriend, prosecutors say
A DuPage County Jail inmate wanted to kill off his ex-girlfriend so she couldn't testify against him, prosecutors said. Joseph Spitalli pleaded not guilty yesterday to slashing the throat of Teymur Huseynli, of Skokie, in November. Spitalli lost phone and visiting privileges as a result of trying to hire someone to kill witnesses in his trial. Full story.
School restructuring raises alarms at Dist. 116
Round Lake Area Unit District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins says something must be done to bolster student academic performance -- and fast. More than 250 spectators gathered at Round Lake High School's theater last night to hear about restructuring plans for the district, which could include converting school buildings into "theme schools" or instituting a new literacy curriculum. Not all parents were happy about the ideas. Full story.
Down syndrome photo exhibit opens
A photo exhibit to raise awareness for Down syndrome opens today at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The exhibit, "One Million Voices," features black and white photos of suburban children with Down syndrome and their families. Full story.
Chilly to start with a high temperature of only 16 degrees, but temperatures will climb to 30 degrees today before dipping back to 20 degrees overnight. Fair warning: deep freeze is coming next week. Full story.
Traffic seems to be moving along without issues early. But, there is roadwork in Woodridge at Woodward Ave between Boughton Road and the I-55 bridge, Full story.
Bears narrow coaching choices
At least three finalists will visit Halas Hall this week for a second round of interviews with general manager Phil Emery. All three have an offensive focus. They are: Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Full story.