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Dawn Patrol: Bartlett 6th-grader dies; rushing flood assessments

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  • A newborn bison calf gets a bath from its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. Calves were born Sunday and Monday and they're hoping for another eight to 10.

      A newborn bison calf gets a bath from its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. Calves were born Sunday and Monday and they're hoping for another eight to 10.
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Bartlett school mourns sixth-grader

Students and staffers at Centennial Elementary School in Bartlett are mourning the loss of a sixth-grade student who died after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Crisis teams joined the school staff Monday and Tuesday to assist with grief counseling. Full story.

Flood damage estimates coming today?

Lake County communities were scrambling to assess the costs of flood damage, which must be forwarded to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency by 3 p.m. today. How much the widespread flooding has cost Lake County residents, business owners and communities was being determined yesterday as Fox Lake area businesses struggled to operate. Full story.

In Des Plaines, additional inspection teams will be going door to door today to continue assessments that began yesterday. Full story.

Surviving family member testifies in triple murder trial

A Darien woman yesterday described how she barricaded herself in a closet and called 911 while her parents and brother were fatally shot during a March 2010 break-in. "I'm in my house. There's shooting," Angela Kramer is heard in a 911 call. Kramer was the second witness called to testify at the trial of her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Borizov, who is charged with the murders of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son Michael. The trial continues today. Full story.

Evidence points to fight in Elgin death

An Elgin woman murdered during a home invasion may have struggled with her attacker after skin under her fingernails and a blood trail to the murder suspect's townhouse have been found. Paul A. Johnson, 34, of Elgin, was charged in the death of Lisa Koziol-Ellis. Full story.

Jury expected to get Wood Dale home invasion case today

A DuPage County jury will likely begin deliberating home invasion charges against Kerin Ramirez related to the 2011 incident at the home of a Wood Dale police sergeant. The sergeant's wife and neighbor gave testimony yesterday. Full story.

Testimony resumes in Cardamone-related forgery trial

Testimony continues this morning in the trial against Michael Cardamone's mother and an office manager who are accused of forging official business documents to help Cardamone's defense. Cardamone was convicted of improperly touching 14 students at his family's Aurora gymnasium. Full story.

Fermilab's bison begin birthing season

Two bison have been born since Sunday within the Fermilab bison herd and as many as a dozen total are expected. Fermilab's first director bought the first bison in 1969 to honor the heritage of the Batavia lab's site and preserve the image of the American prairie. Full story.

Consultant recommends Wauconda water rate increase

A recommendation by a consultant could result in a 24 percent billing increase annually for Wauconda residents and other users after a summary of the report was read last night at a village meeting. The consultant suggested higher water rates but lower sewer rates. Full story.


Cool but some sun with a high temperature of 51 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will be around 37 degrees when you head out the door this morning, then dip back to 38 degrees tonight. A snow flurry or two could fall overnight as well. Full story.


Numerous roads remain closed in Fox Lake, McHenry, and Des Plaines due to flooding. People should avoid driving through standing water and remember, "Don't drown, turn around." Full traffic.

Cubs come through with win

The Cubs beat the Reds last night 4-2 in 10 innings at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. The win broke a four-game losing streak. Full story.

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