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Dawn Patrol: Arlington Hts. pond tragedy; goodbye, Soriano

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  • A man was pulled from this car in a pond yesterday in Arlington Heights after neighbors dived in to try to free him from it. They couldn't get a door or window open.

      A man was pulled from this car in a pond yesterday in Arlington Heights after neighbors dived in to try to free him from it. They couldn't get a door or window open.
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Neighbors tell how they couldn't rescue Arlington Hts. driver

In the final moments before Henry Laseke's SUV disappeared under water yesterday morning, he had a phone to his ear. Was he trying to call for help? Neighbors saw it happen, and they said the fact they couldn't save the driver will haunt them. Full story

Sveum: Soriano to Yankees about '99 percent done'

Alfonso Soriano's Cubs career appears all but over. The first telltale sign came last night when Soriano was a late lineup scratch from the Cubs' 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Soriano rarely, if ever, wants days off, and yesterday's was the second in two days. Bruce Miles reports.

Roselle may lift video gambling ban

More than three years after outlawing video gambling machines, the Roselle village board is ready to lift the ban. But bars, restaurants and a veterans establishment in town likely will have to meet several local requirements before they can install the machines. Full story

Accused West Dundee church youth director allowed to travel

A West Dundee church youth director accused of having sex with a minor made his first court appearance Thursday and was granted permission from a judge to travel to Massachusetts for a family reunion next month. Chad A. Coe, 31, of Elgin, was arrested earlier this month

Elgin fire displaces homeowner

A man was displaced from his home after a fire in Elgin yesterday afternoon. Full story

Huntley approves extension for village manager

The Huntley village board last night approved a contract extension for Village Manager Dave Johnson, one that guarantees his employment through spring 2017 and gives him more than $150,000 a year, five weeks of vacation and a village car to use. Full story

Pingree Grove village president vetoes salt barn

Pingree Grove Village President Greg Marston yesterday vetoed a decision by village board members to spend money toward the construction of a new salt storage barn, but the board still can override that with a "supermajority" vote, officials said. Full story

District 204 will use search firm to find superintendent

Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has reached out to several search firms as the first step toward finding a superintendent to succeed the retiring Kathy Birkett, officials said yesterday. Full story


Cool and only 68 degrees when you head out this morning. Thunderstorms will roll in this afternoon when temperatures climb to 78 degrees. The storms will continue through the evening when temperatures drop to 58 degrees overnight. Full story.


Monaville Road in Round Lake Beach remains closed to traffic between Route 83 and Cedar Lake Road. People are urged to use Rollins Road or Grand Avenue in Lake Villa as detour routes. More traffic.

Poll Vault: What's the biggest home project you've tackled?

In home-store commercials, couples everywhere are working together on their home projects happily. Not Michelle Holdway and her husband. What's the biggest home improvement project you've worked on? Leave your answer with Poll Vault.

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