Fire damages Long Grove restaurant, cancels graduation parties
Investigators are looking into what caused the Sunday morning fire that severely damaged a downtown Long Grove restaurant. No one was injured in the blaze at Enzo & Lucia Ristorante, 343 Old McHenry Road, but an owner said several post-graduation celebrations planned at the restaurant yesterday had to be canceled. Full story.
Police investigate bomb threat at Palatine graduation
Palatine police are investigating online reports of a bomb threat to Palatine High School's graduation ceremony yesterday afternoon. The ceremony took place as scheduled and police found no evidence of a bomb at the school, said police Sgt. Larry Canada. Officers were sent to the school, 1111 N. Rohlwing Road, about 2:46 p.m. during the ceremony in the gymnasium, but there was no disruption of the proceedings, Canada said. Full story.
Rutherford announces run for Illinois governor
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced on his website yesterday that he wants the Republican nomination in the 2014 governor's race. The announcement came on the same day he launched a three-day statewide tour to spread his message. He has planned stops in Chicago, Springfield, Pontiac, Rockford and Kankakee, among other places. Full story.
After defeat, Barrington Hills changes labor attorney
Just weeks after suffering an appellate court defeat in its legal fight with the village's police union, Barrington Hills officials have changed their special counsel in charge of labor relations with officers. Village President Martin McLaughlin hopes the change of attorney could potentially repair the adversarial relationship the village and police union have known during the past few years. Full story.
'He belonged to his country,' Glen Ellyn family says of late FBI agent
Even in fifth grade, Christopher Lorek knew he had his work cut out for him. "I'm going to protect my country. This is my job," the former Glen Ellyn man wrote when he was in elementary school, according to his mother. Christopher Lorek, 41, was one of two special agents who fell to their deaths in a May 20 counterterrorism exercise off the Virginia Beach coast. Full story.
There's no rain anywhere in sight, but it will be a cool morning with a high of only 43 degrees. Temperatures will climb to about 68 degrees, but then dip back to 52 degrees overnight. Full weather.
No problems to report early, though construction continues in East Dundee from Van Buren Street between IL Route 72 and William Street, then again on Elgin Avenue between Barrington Road and the south corporate limits. the roadwork continues through November. More traffic.
Blackhawks take 2-0 series lead
Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period, and the Blackhawks chased goalie Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at United Center. Full story.
Bears' Rodriguez apologizes after arrest
Bears fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez yesterday afternoon issued a statement regarding his early Friday morning arrest on charges of DUI. "I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night," Rodriguez said. "I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere. I realize that I made a very poor decision." Full story.
More high school graduation galleries are in!
The weekend was full of more high school graduations around the suburbs. Click here to see the latest in our collection of graduation picture galleries, and order reprints to keep.