Bufffalo Grove's new top cop relishes challenges
When Steven Casstevens moves from his old position as chief of police in Cary to his new job as chief in Buffalo Grove, the size of the police force he leads and community he serves will more than double. But Casstevens, who served 2½ years as Cary's chief after a 30-year career with the Hoffman Estates Police Department, said he relishes the chance to take the helm in the larger suburb. Full story.
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Schaumburg soldier killed; friend accused
Nick Anderson of Schaumburg narrowly missed military deployments to Afghanistan this year, only to be accidentally shot and killed by an Army buddy and fellow 2008 Schaumburg High School graduate on Memorial Day, according to police in Georgia. Police in Hinesville, Ga., arrested Kyle Mirochna, 23, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and pointing or aiming a gun at another person in connection with Anderson's death. Full story.
Minority students excel in Palatine High program
Sunday's graduation ceremony at Palatine High School could have been viewed as the finish line for minority students challenging the stereotype of low expectations. Instead, the seniors in the high school's Project Excel group looked at the pomp and circumstance as simply a first step toward their college careers. Backed by a total of at least $180,000 in scholarships, all 32 seniors in the Excel program will be continuing their education at schools such as the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri, Illinois State University, Bradley University and Northern Illinois University. Full story.
Glen Ellyn family mourns elite 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 while in elementary school. Today, Janet Lorek realizes it's no surprise her son found a top-secret career at the FBI. 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.
Benet senior killed by lightning strike
Family and friends are mourning a Downers Grove teen struck and killed by lightning Thursday, just days before she was set to graduate from Benet Academy in Lisle. The DuPage County coroner's office said Jennie Dizon, 17, was found unresponsive about 5:20 p.m. Thursday at O'Brien Park in Downers Grove, just a few blocks from her home. Full story
Gun shop ready for concealed carry
It's about time. That more or less summarizes Greg Tropino's reaction to Friday's news that the state legislature has finally presented a court-mandated conceal-and-carry weapons bill to Gov. Pat Quinn. "We're the last state in the union to adopt conceal-and-carry," said Tropino, who owns and operates GAT Guns, a state-of-the-art firing range and weapons retailer located on Rt. 25 in East Dundee. "We have been preparing for this for two years." Full story.
Rosemont official new leader of Illinois GOP
Rosemont village trustee and statehouse lobbyist Jack Dorgan was named the Illinois Republican Party's new chairman Friday. He steps in to succeed Pat Brady of St. Charles, who was pressured to step down because he lobbied lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage. Full story.
Neighbors fight Arlington Hts. church expansion
A group of Arlington Heights residents will fight Orchard Evangelical Free Church's plan to expand its parking lot and raze eight homes on Haddow Street. Dozens of residents are expected to attend a neighborhood meeting Wednesday at village hall. "I can't imagine any answers they give are going to be acceptable other than dropping the project," resident Mark Fuller said. Full story.
Fire damages downtown Long Grove restaurant
A fire Sunday morning severely damaged portions of a downtown Long Grove restaurant, closing the business and leaving several planned high school graduation celebrations in limbo. No one was injured in the blaze at Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant, 343 Old McHenry Road. Full story.
Barrington Hills hopes change brings labor peace
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 helps repair the adversarial relationship with the union. Full story.
Police investigate threat to Palatine High graduation
Palatine police are investigating online reports of a bomb threat to Palatine High School's graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon. The ceremony took place as scheduled and police found no evidence of a bomb at the school, said police Sgt. Larry Canada. Full story.
Rutherford announces bid for governor
As expected, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced on his website Sunday that that he wants the Republican nomination in the 2014 governor's race. "We've seen one party at the levers of power for this state for a long time," Rutherford told the AP. "And it's not going so well." Full story.
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