State Senate could vote on pensions today
A union-backed plan to curb the state's escalating retirement costs passed its first test Wednesday, setting up a vote on the Illinois Senate floor as early as today. The Senate committee's approval of the proposal was widely expected. The pension plan is backed by Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago, and the committee's Democratic members are largely Cullerton allies. Full story.
'America's Got Talent' draws crowds to Rosemont
Four celebrity judges for the hit competition show "America's Got Talent" arrived in Rosemont Wednesday for the first of three days of taping at the Rosemont Theatre. Fashion icon Heidi Klum, actor/comedian Howie Mandel, ex-Spice Girls member Mel B. and radio personality Howard Stern were greeted by a thrilled crowd of thousands of fans waiting for a chance to be in the audience for the shows. Full story.
Defense attacks Darien gunman's credibility
DuPage County prosecutors on Wednesday rested their case against triple-murder suspect Johnny Borizov, while the defense sought to attack the credibility of a key witness. Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, faces first-degree murder charges in the March 2010 slayings of three members of his ex-girlfriend's family. Full story.
Accused East Dundee cop leaving department
The East Dundee Police Department has started the process to part ways with a sergeant who has three criminal cases pending in Carpentersville and Wisconsin. Sgt. Michael Seyller, 39, of Carpentersville, signed a separation agreement with the department last week and the village signed it Monday, Police Chief Terry Mee said. Full story.
Beloved Larkin teacher dies at 56
A Larkin High School nursing teacher, around whom hundreds rallied as she struggled to recover from multiple strokes and fight a rare form of cancer, died Tuesday at age 56. Deborah Daly, of Bartlett, started teaching at Larkin High School in 2002 and went on to sponsor the Health Occupations Students of America, where she helped numerous students on a path toward careers in the health fields. Full story.
Naperville councilman to run for mayor
The next municipal election is still two years away, but Steve Chirico already has launched his campaign for Naperville mayor. The first-term city council member officially announced his candidacy Wednesday for what is likely to be a crowded 2015 mayoral race to replace the iconic George Pradel. Full story.
Some clouds and chilly with a high of 54 degrees this morning. Storms are expected to roll in this afternoon, after temperatures reach 72 degrees. The storms will move in some cold air overnight, dropping temperatures to 48 degrees. Full weather.
Roadwork is continuing on Crystal Lake Avenue between Main Street and Erick Street in Crystal Lake. The construction is expected to last through May. Full story.
Bulls suffer meltdown in Miami
So much for that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble. Sure, they've lost homecourt advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the Bulls on Wednesday night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again. Full story.