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Dawn Patrol: Lake Arlington safety; 10 days to ban assault weapons

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  • A fire does considerable damage to a house in the Terra Vita Estates subdivision in South Barrington yesterday.

      A fire does considerable damage to a house in the Terra Vita Estates subdivision in South Barrington yesterday.
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Park district to revisit Lake Arlington trail safety

Arlington Heights Park District officials say they'll again look at how to increase safety at Lake Arlington after a woman struck by a bicyclist recently died from her injuries. Police and park district officials say the situation was a tragic accident. Full story.

Suburbs have 10 days to ban assault weapons

With a new law approving concealed handguns to be a reality soon, communities throughout the suburbs will have 10 days to create another addition to the law by banning assault weapons within their communities. If they choose to do nothing, any future laws about it must come from the state. Full story.

Arlington Heights' first full-time firefighter dies

The Arlington Heights Fire Department's first full-time firefighter, David Mills, has died. Mills was 84. Mills was hired in 1957 and worked for the department for 32 years, becoming deputy chief before retiring in 1989. Full story.

Gas station near Glen Ellyn draws ire

Plans for a new gas station, convenience store and car wash in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn has potential neighbors concerned that their property would be affected. The 1.5-acre development is proposed for the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road. Full story.

Fire causes extensive damage to South Barrington home

A South Barrington home struck by lightning yesterday afternoon was damaged extensively, but the homeowners were able to escape without injury. The red, brick house on the 0-100 block of Terra Vita Drive burned throughout the afternoon, as firefighters from numerous nearby departments shuttled water in to fight the blaze. Full story with video.

Motorcyclists hurt in Gurnee crashes

Two motorcyclists were injured in separate crashes Monday in Gurnee and were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center. One suffered minor injuries, but the other remains in the intensive care unit, fire officials said yesterday. Full story.

Arlington Heights ends fiscal year with $3.5 million surplus

In one of the village's strongest years since the recession, Arlington Heights leaders say they've ended the fiscal year with a $3.5 million surplus. A number of one-time revenues led to the surplus, which officials say they'll use to help pay for several long-term projects in the village. Full story.


Partly cloudy with temperatures around 78 degrees as you head out the door. Temperatures will climb to about 83 degrees this afternoon, before falling back to 63 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on Route 137/Peterson Road in Libertyville at Milwaukee Avenue. People should expect heavy delays during the roadwork. More traffic.

Cubs work the old and new

Veteran and newbie Cubs players worked together to mount a 7-2 victory last night over the Los Angeles Angels. Alfonso Soriano led the five-home run evening by hitting his 14th and 15th of the year. Full story.

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