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Dawn Patrol: Arlington racetrack opens; girl's attacker on loose

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  • Spotter Gina Pantano checks in a horse on its way to the track in preparation for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.

      Spotter Gina Pantano checks in a horse on its way to the track in preparation for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer


Arlington racetrack opens today, with free admission

Arlington International Racecourse's top management has been listening to many suggestions from fans -- and taking action on some. Of course, if fans truly got all they wanted, admission would be free and a beer and a sandwich wouldn't cost as much as a three-horse exacta box. Well, today's your lucky day: General admission is free, with a 3 p.m. post, and the first 4,000 guests will receive coupons for a hot dog and their choice of beer or soda for just 50 cents. Full story.

Illinois House sends pension package to Senate

When the Illinois House yesterday approved Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to cut teachers' and state workers' retirement benefits, it became more clear than ever their retirement future hinges on a conflict between two of the state's most powerful Democrats. But nothing forces the legislation to come for a vote in the Senate soon, if ever. Full story.

Girl attacked near Des Plaines; suspect at large

Authorities are hunting for a man who attacked a 12-year-old girl near Des Plaines Wednesday evening. Cook County sheriff's officials said the girl fought her attacker and escaped from a wooded area near Golf Road and Interstate 294. Full story.

Darien shooter warned 'people were after him'

Jacob Nodarse seemed increasingly worried but not delusional in the weeks before he shot and killed three members of a Darien family, according to testimony yesterday at the murder trial of co-defendant Johnny Borizov. Full story.

Cook County, Schaumburg tout joint road projects for 2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county officials joined with their Schaumburg counterparts yesterday to mark this year's important collaborative road projects and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cook County Highway Department. Full story.

Bicyclist killed near Lake Villa

Lake County sheriff's police say they are investigating a crash in which a bicyclist was killed yesterday afternoon. Officials said a white 2000 Toyota Camry was traveling south on Route 45, north of Grand Avenue, in unincorporated Lake Villa Township and collided with a bicyclist about 2:15 p.m. Full story.


Cool to start with a high of only 41 degrees this morning. Temperatures will climb to about 51 degrees today, and stay there as the rain passes this evening. 50 degrees is expected tonight, and 66 tomorrow. Full weather.


Construction continues in South Elgin on McDonald Road between the west village limits and Robin Glen Road. the Construction is expected to remain through June. Full traffic.

Bulls fall just short, and now they go to a Game 7

The Bulls' quest to close out their first-round playoff series against Brooklyn last night played out like sort of the "Tough Mudder" version of postseason basketball. That's sort of an extended obstacle course/bonding exercise that's growing in popularity. After pulling together and holding the Nets to just 35 points in the second half on 27.8-percent shooting, they couldn't take that last step. Mike McGraw reports.

Bad White Sox injury news

Before the first pitch was thrown at chilly Rangers Ballpark last night, there was even more negative news on the Sox injury front. Scheduled starter Jake Peavy was scratched with back spasms, forcing converted reliever Hector Santiago to pitch one day earlier than originally scheduled. Santiago was moved to the rotation after Gavin Floyd suffered what was originally diagnosed as a flexor strain in his right arm last Saturday, but after last night's game, Floyd told reporters he had a tear in the flexor muscle in his right elbow and an unstable ulnar collateral ligament. Full story.

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