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Dawn Patrol: One shot in Elgin; Hawks need top players to step up

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  • The 59th annual Lilac Parade stepped off in hot humid weather Sunday on Main Street in Lombard. Members of the Glenbard East cheerleading squad lead the parade.

      The 59th annual Lilac Parade stepped off in hot humid weather Sunday on Main Street in Lombard. Members of the Glenbard East cheerleading squad lead the parade.
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Elgin Police: One hurt in gang-related shooting

Elgin police are investigating a shooting from early yesterday morning that may have been gang-related. Police responded to reports of shots fired at about 1:35 a.m. and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg near Jefferson Avenue and Porter Street, according to officials. The injured man was taken to Sherman Hospital, police said. Full story.

Des Plaines River racers pay tribute to event's founder

For the first time in the 56-year history of the Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon, the man who was its guiding force was absent. But the memory of Ralph Frese, who died in December at the age of 86, loomed large as event co-chair Jack Snarr gave the signal to start yesterday morning at the Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch near Libertyville. Full story.

Fox Lake dedicates firefighter memorial

Fox Lake celebrated its history of volunteer firefighters with a new memorial dedicated at the department's original fire station yesterday afternoon. More than 100 community members came to recognize 105-year history of the Fox Lake Fire Protection District and honor the memory of 68 former firefighters and volunteers who have passed away with two statues unveiled Sunday. Full story.

Lombard's Lilac Parade gets nostalgic

Lombard's Lilac Parade yesterday took spectators on a trip through the past. The theme of the 59th annual Lilac Parade was "Nostalgia from the '60s, '70s and '80s." Many of the organizations marching in the parade reflected that theme. The local VFW Post, for example, carried signs that listed "Movies Of Our Time" ("Apocalypse Now") and "Songs of Our Time" ("Age of Aquarius"). For all the looking back, though, the spectators said the parade represented what lies ahead -- another summer season in Lombard. Full story.


Mostly sunny with temperatures around 78 degrees this morning. Temperatures will climb to about 87 degrees this afternoon, with a couple of strong storms expected to blow in. Temperatures will drop to 67 degrees tonight. Full story.


Road work on Charles J. Miller Rd between Green Street and River Road continues in McHenry. The construction is expected to last through October, so people should be prepared fro delays. Full story.

Hawks' best players were invisible in Game 2

Viktor Stalberg is likely returning to the Blackhawks' lineup for Game 3 tonight. Never has so much been written about such a marginal player. If the Hawks are to rebound from Saturday's horrendous effort and regain control of the Western Conference semifinal series with the Red Wings, it's not going to be Stalberg who makes the difference. How about a goal from Jonathan Toews? He has none so far in the playoffs. Full story.

Castro's potential all 'up to him'

The Cubs are still looking for more from shortstop Starlin Castro. Castro did not look great in the field over the weekend. He also has shown a tendency to swing at pitches out of the strike zone in favorable counts. Since Castro came up in 2010, each Cubs manager -- Lou Piniella, Mike Quade and Dale Sveum -- has touted the 23-year-old's potential, but each has sounded cautions. "His potential is what he wants it to be," Sveum said Sunday before the Cubs' 4-3 loss. "That's the bottom line. How good he wants to be, that's up to him." Full story.

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