Controversial book headed back to Glen Ellyn school's library shelves
A controversial book removed in April from eighth-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn will be back on the shelves when students return to class in the fall. The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board voted 6-1 last night to overturn the decision by a previous board to remove copies of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" from eighth-grade literacy classrooms over concerns about sexually explicit content and language. Full story.
Crowd protests Barrington fire service split
Barrington's village board was deluged last night by a standing-room-only crowd of firefighters and residents angered by the planned split of the village fire department and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District at the end of the year. Full story.
Arlington Heights to join online hotel tax lawsuit
Arlington Heights will join a lawsuit with several other Illinois municipalities in an effort to recoup tax money lost when people book hotel rooms through outside travel websites. Trustees decided last night to approve a legal agreement to join several other communities in the class-action lawsuit. Full story.
Quinn pushes for combined pension plan
Gov. Pat Quinn met with legislative leaders yesterday and pushed the idea of combining the two pension plans being floated by leaders of the House and Senate. Lawmakers convene again in Springfield next week, where Quinn is pushing for them to pass pension reform legislation. Full story.
Naperville woman fighting cancer vies for Kona Ironman spot
Naperville athlete Kristin McQueen has competed in 17 marathons and 9 Ironman competitions -- almost all while battling cancer for the past 10 years. The 34-year-old is competing for a spot in the Kona Ironman through an online contest, Kona Inspired, which selects a winner based on the most votes. Full story.
Wilmette school seeing lots of double
Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette has two dozen sets of twins in its fifth-grade class -- a number that, once confirmed, will break the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record is 16 sets of twins in one grade. Full story with a picture gallery of all the twins.
Addison Trail senior still in critical condition
An Addison Trail senior remained in critical condition late last night after he was struck by a vehicle in Chicago early Sunday just hours before he was set to graduate. Dylan Domek, 19, suffered severe injuries to his head and legs after he was hit while trying to cross Lake Shore Drive near Division Street on foot. Full story.
Road construction closes Hoffman Estates library
The Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Township Public Library is closed today due to electricity being shut off as part of the Hassell Road reconstruction project. The branch, at 1550 Hassell Road, will reopen Wednesday. Full story.
A dense fog advisory is in effect for areas surrounding Lake Michigan, but that should burn off after the sun is up. Otherwise, it should be warm and sunny today with a high of about 87 degrees this afternoon. It'll be in the high 60s when you head out the door this morning, then dip back to 67 degrees tonight. Full weather.
Construction continues in South Elgin, on McDonald Road between the west village limits and Robin Glen Road. The roadwork is expected to last through June. Full story.
Blackhawks veterans dishing out advice
Other then the core group from 2010, this year's edition is a completely different squad. But that core group has been to the Stanley Cup Finals, and they know what to tell all their teammates who have not been there. Full story.
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