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Dawn Patrol: Schaumburg trustee tells of surviving Oklahoma tornado

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  • Steve Kozak visited his parents in the hospital after they were injured in a tornado that struck Moore, Okla., Monday evening. Frank Kozak is a Schaumburg trustee.

    Steve Kozak visited his parents in the hospital after they were injured in a tornado that struck Moore, Okla., Monday evening. Frank Kozak is a Schaumburg trustee.


Schaumburg trustee details Oklahoma tornado experience

A water heater and a wall that fell on Schaumburg Trustee Frank Kozak and his wife, Char, may have saved them from the EF-5 tornado that struck the house in the Oklahoma City area where they were visiting Char's family. Kozak detailed their experience via video from a hospital room where the Kozaks are recovering from their injuries. Full story with videos.

Barrington District 220 so far still picks neither Rt. 14 solution

Last night for a second time, Barrington Unit District 220 board members held back from passing a resolution supporting either a Route 14 underpass or overpass at the Canadian National Railway crossing in Barrington. But the board appeared to be leaning toward supporting a nonspecific grade separation at the railroad tracks at its next meeting, June 4. Full story.

Grayslake Dist. 46 teacher admits to threatening board member

A substitute teacher in Grayslake District 46 was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision after agreeing to a plea deal related to the harassment of a school board member. Christopher Culp, 43, of Round Lake admitted yesterday to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after police say he left a threatening phone message for then-board member Shannon Smigielski. Full story.

Former Elgin deputy chief charged

A former Elgin deputy chief was arrested yesterday and charged with identity theft and official misconduct. Robert Beeter, 51, now the police chief in Stockton, was arrested at his job after a Kane County grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of identity theft and four counts of misconduct. Police say he hacked into another person's email and misused the department's records system. Full story.

Cadillac Ranch agrees to give up 4 a.m. license, will now close at 3

A popular nightclub in Bartlett will permanently close its doors an hour earlier after voluntarily surrendering its 4 a.m. liquor license, village officials said last night. In exchange for giving up its extended liquor license, the Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., has been issued two new liquor licenses. Full story.

Naperville extends 2 mobile food vendors through year's end

Naperville City Council members last night extended the mobile vending permits for John's Rib House and Joey's Red Hots through the end of the year. Full story.

Carpentersville honeybee ban lifted

Carpentersville residents are now free to raise backyard honeybee colonies as a hobby after board members lifted the ban last night. Originally banned for being a poisonous insect, board members reconsidered that language and determined that residents can keep one colony on their property, with some other rules. Full story.

Batavia police: Crime-free rental housing project working

Batavia police are pleased with the results of the test of a crime-free rental housing initiative that they said last night is resulting in fewer calls for service to eight of the town's apartment complexes. Full story.

Union-backed pension reform savings in question

A union-backed pension reform plan proposed by the state Senate that calls for cutting public employee benefits may not save the state as much money as originally thought, according to number crunchers with the Illinois state pension funds. Full story.


Cloudy and some light rain to start the day, with temperatures expected to be about 66 degrees as you head out. Thunderstorms are expected to roll in later, causing temps to hover around 74 degrees before dipping back to 52 degrees tonight. Full story.


Wet roads will cause some early delays so people should be prepared for it. Van Buren Street in East Dundee is under construction between IL Route 72 and William Street. The construction is expected to last through November. Full story.

Bullpen blows Garza's return

Matt Garza returned to the mound last night and allowed just 1 hit over 5 shutout innings, but the Pittsburgh Pirates battered the bullpen for a 5-4 win over the Cubs on the road. Full story.

Want to see your school's graduation pictures?

We have galleries of suburban high school graduations going up the same days they happen. Just posted on our graduation gallery page last night: East Leyden, Rosary, St. Edward and St. Francis. See our full graduation page here.

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