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Pedestrian struck in Streamwood hit-and-run crash

Streamwood police are asking for anyone with information about a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian over the weekend to come forward. Police said that at 9:57 p.m. Friday, officers and firefighters responded to a call about a person who was struck by a vehicle on the 100 block of East Irving Park Road. Full story.

Teenager hospitalized after car crashes into house in Des Plaines

A teenage driver was hospitalized after a car crashed into a house in Des Plaines on Friday night, police said on Sunday. The SUV crashed into the corner of a house, but the occupant of the home was not injured. Full story.

Several DuPage taxing bodies asking for more money

Knowing they won't get another chance to ask voters for more money until next year, several government bodies in DuPage County are seeking approval for tax increases in Tuesday's election. A variety of ballot questions will be decided, from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's $17.6 million proposal to replace an aging preschool to a proposed sales-tax hike in Winfield. Full story.

Chicago area diplomat killed in Afghanistan

Chicago area friends and family are remembering River Forest native Anne Smedinghoff, who was killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan. The 25-year-old was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and was the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya. "It was a great adventure for her ... She loved it," her father, Tom Smedinghoff said on Sunday. "She was tailor-made for this job." Full story.

Weather

Mild and warm today, but rain is expected to spoil what could have been a great day. It will be cloudy with a high of 46 as you head out the door, then temperatures will increase to 65 degrees this afternoon with storms joining it. Temperatures will dip back to 48 degrees tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Roadwork in East Dundee continues at Van Buren Street between IL Route 72 and William Street, then again on Elgin Avenue between Barrington Road and the south corporate limits of the village. Full story.

Blackhawks clinch playoff spot

Rookie Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart midway through the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Sunday night to become the first team to clinch an NHL playoff spot this season. Full story.

Kasper: Something special about Wrigley Field

Ivy-covered outfield walls, a hand-operated scoreboard, constantly changing weather conditions, a chorus of 40,000 singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Just a few of the characteristics that make Wrigley Field truly unique, and, in my opinion, the best baseball experience in the big leagues. Monday, the old ballpark opens for business for the 100th year, with the Cubs occupying the Friendly Confines for 98 of those seasons. Full story.

Early, yes, but White Sox looking good so far

Chris Rongey offers his take on the Sox: Were I to be writing the following sentence in July, I'd be doing it with delight, The White Sox have been in first place every day since Opening Day. Sounds great, right? Great, except it's only April 8, and the Sox have purged just six games off the schedule. Full story.

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