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  • Three Schaumburg police officers who face drug conspiracy charges in DuPage County -- from left, Matthew Hudak, Terrance O'Brien and John Cichy -- will face cameras in the courtroom today in a hearing over whether to reduce their bail.

      Three Schaumburg police officers who face drug conspiracy charges in DuPage County -- from left, Matthew Hudak, Terrance O'Brien and John Cichy -- will face cameras in the courtroom today in a hearing over whether to reduce their bail.

 
 

State police investigating whether drugs missing from Schaumburg PD

Illinois State Police are investigating whether heroin linked to a teenager's fatal drug overdose went missing after being turned over to the Schaumburg Police Department last year, village sources confirmed yesterday. The discrepancy involves the number of bags of heroin a Schaumburg woman found on her property after her 19-year-old son's September overdose. It came to light as a result of the village's internal investigation of three former officers arrested on drug conspiracy charges earlier this month. Full story.

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Accused Schaumburg cops will face cameras in court today

The three Schaumburg police officers charged with criminal drug conspiracy will face cameras when they go before a judge today to ask for lower bonds. At a series of hearings Wednesday, DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell granted extended courtroom access to members of the media. Two of the officers, John Cichy and Terrance O'Brien, objected to the coverage, while a third, Matthew Hudak, did not. The bond reduction hearings mark the first time cameras will be allowed inside a DuPage criminal court for attorney arguments. Full story.

Hoffman Estates teen accused of stabbing girlfriend after comments on Facebook

An argument that began Monday on Facebook spilled over into real life, ending in a Hoffman Estates teenager stabbing his 17-year-old girlfriend -- the mother of his 1-month-old child -- multiple times, authorities said yesterday. Bail was set Wednesday at $2 million for Apolinar Serna-Jacob, 17, who has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. The argument was over whether he's the father of the child. Full story.

Two stabbed at Aurora apartment

Two men were stabbed during a possible home invasion last night in Aurora, officials said. The stabbings occurred about 7:24 p.m. on the 500 block of Fourth Avenue in an upper-level apartment. Shots were fired after the stabbing, but the 22-year-old and 32-year-old victims were not hit by the gunfire. Full story.

Local roads, bridges, bike paths get state money

Several projects to improve suburban streets, bridges and bike routes are getting funds from a state and federal program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday. The money comes from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, which lets local officials compete for money for their projects. Some winners include Lake County, which will receive about $2 million for an underpass for the Millennium Trail, and South Elgin, which will receive about $1.2 million for State Street bridge enhancements. Full story.

Potential Kane County hire sparks calls of cronyism

The potential hiring of a running mate has Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen facing the same accusations of cronyism he campaigned against. Lauzen said he supports naming unsuccessful county board candidate Robert Sauceda -- whom he ran with in 2012 under the "Reform Party" banner -- as the new billing manager for the county's animal control department. It may not be a move his fellow county board members support, though. Full story.

Weather

Remember how it was 65 degrees earlier this week? Well, you have reached the opposite side of the spectrum. It's currently 18 degrees, but wind chills make it feel like it's -2 degrees. Worse, this is the warmest it will feel today because temperatures will drop to zero degrees this evening with winds making it feel like it is -18 degrees. Full story.

Traffic

Police are on the scene of a crash on W. Geneva Road and Main Street near Wheaton. In the meantime, a light snow and freezing temperatures has made traveling dangerous. Please use due care when driving. Full story.

Blackhawks lose first game

Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, handing the Blackhawks their first loss in seven games this season. Full story.

Robinson leads way to Bulls win over Bucks

Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 104-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Chicago broke open the game midway through the second quarter, using a 20-4 run to take a 49-30 lead. Full story.

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