Duckworth returns pay to reflect sequestration cuts
A suburban Democratic congresswoman said Wednesday she wrote a $1,218 check to the U.S. Treasury Department to refund a portion of her pay to reflect federal sequestration cuts. "I'm sending off my check to the treasury today," Tammy Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, told attendees at a morning round-table on Social Security and Medicare in Elk Grove Village. Full story.
Elk Grove Village man accused in bombing plot unfit to stand trial
A former Elk Grove Village man accused of plotting to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches with Molotov cocktails is incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The decision by U.S. Magistrate Paul J. Cleary means Gregory Arthur Weiler II will undergo more evaluation and possible treatment, with the goal of making him well enough to stand trial. Full story.
Police address recent violence at Elgin meeting
Recent incidents of violence in Elgin -- a murder and two reports of shots fired in the last nine days -- are not necessarily related and don't represent a significant increase in gang activity, Elgin police said during a community meeting Wednesday night. About 50 people attended the meeting hosted by the Elgin Gang & Drug Task Force at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren. Full story.
Parents of autistic student sue St. Charles D303 over treatment
A couple has sued St. Charles School District 303, arguing their 18-year-old autistic son was retaliated against after they pushed to have him included in advanced classes at St. Charles North High School last school year. Sandra and Bogdan Stanek of St. Charles seek $900,000 in damages for infliction of emotional distress and violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Full story.
Cops: Felony Lane Gang burglarizing cars in Naperville
A large number of burglaries to vehicles in recent weeks in Naperville appear to be the work of an organized criminal group known as the Felony Lane Gang, which preys on women who leave their purses in cars. Police said burglars have entered at least 15 vehicles in south Naperville since the beginning of March, striking in parking lots at day care centers, churches and several parks. Full story.
Fire damages Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights
Roofing materials caused a fire on the roof of the Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured, but firefighters say the cost of damage to the building was between $80,000 and $100,000 and the restaurant will be closed until some repairs are made. Full story.
Man charged in NIU student slaying sentenced to 37 years
A man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park days after she disappeared entered a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence Wednesday. William Curl entered the plea a day after prosecutors announced a deal in the 2010 slaying of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller a Neuqua Valley High School graduate from Plainfield. Full story.
Gorgeous day on tap with a high of 56 degrees today. Temperatures are expected to be only about 27 degrees as you head out the door, then dip back to 34 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
IL Route 59 is closed in both directions between Monaville Road and Lincoln Drive due to an accident with injuries. A light pole was knocked down in the crash, authorities said. People are urged to seek alternate routes around the crash until the pole can be removed. More traffic.
Cubs can't solve Rodriguez, fall 3-0
Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night for their first win of the year. Andrew McCutchen smacked an RBI double for the Pirates. Starling Marte and Gaby Sanchez also drove in a run, more than enough for Rodriguez on a frigid night. Full story.
Not pretty, but Sox happy to be 2-0
Jake Peavy was borderline sharp in his first start of the year, and the White Sox' bullpen was even better, allowing 1 hit over 3 scoreless innings. But the Sox' defense was a mess, committing 3 errors on a cold, windy day. Full story.