Inverness home destroyed, damage more than $1 million
More than 100 firefighters from at least two dozen suburban departments battled a three-alarm blaze at a mansion in Inverness yesterday afternoon that caused at least $1 million in damages. Two firefighters were overcome by heat by evening, but the homeowner and his son escaped the house unharmed. Full story with videos during and after the blaze.
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Fire causes $600,000 damage to Schaumburg townhouse
More than a dozen people escaped without incident yesterday as fire caused $600,000 damage to a townhouse complex in Schaumburg. Four of the eight units were declared unfit for habitation. Full story.
Schaumburg told to drop undercover unit
Schaumburg's hired police consultants last night recommended the village police department no longer maintain an expansive undercover vice unit of the kind that resulted in three officers being charged with multiple drug conspiracy offenses in January. Full story with video.
Bomb threat empties Independence Grove
A summer concert was canceled and one of Lake County's most popular forest preserves cleared of visitors last night after a bomb threat was received. Full story.
Sugar Grove nixes selling guns from storage
Sugar Grove is as eager as any other suburb to find more money for its budget, but last night village board informally decided that selling guns isn't the way to do that. The Sugar Grove police chief believed the village could have fetched $6,000 from the guns turned in to the department. Full story.
Metra strife continues
Turmoil continued yesterday at Metra, the commuter rail agency, with one director demanding beleaguered Chairman Brad O'Halloran stop keeping the board "in the dark" on the spiraling costs of ex-CEO Alex Clifford's separation agreement. Full story.
Antioch teen remains free on bond
Despite a second attempt to increase bail, it will remain the same for a 17-year-old Antioch Township boy charged with aggravated DUI in the death of a teenage girl during a street race in Gurnee last month. Lake County Judge Raymond Collins said Jeremy Betancourt can remain free on $100,000 bail but said it will be reviewed again when the former Antioch High School student completes treatment at a Streamwood behavioral health facility. Full story.
Partly sunny, but hot and humid with a high of 92 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will start at 77 degrees, then dip back to 75 degrees overnight tonight. Full weather.
Construction continues on Rout 62 between Pyott Road and IL Route 31/MAIN ST. People should expect delays as only one lane gets by in each direction. The work will continue through 2014. More traffic.
Rivera perfect, AL wins All Star game
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance and the American League beat the National League 3-0 last night to stop a three-year losing streak. Full story with video of Chicago all-stars Chris Sale and Jesse Crain.