After weeks of a worsening scandal, Metra Board Chairman Brad O’Halloran resigned yesterday, blaming his downfall largely on former CEO Alex Clifford and on “a media and political frenzy” over allegations of political favoritism. Now a leadership vacuum is left. Full story
Visitors to Lake Arlington will see increased patrols, new signage and pathway markings indicating interim changes that were implemented starting yesterday in response to the death of a woman struck by a bicyclist on the path earlier this summer. The Share the Path Interim Action Plan includes changes at Lake Arlington and an education plan to help residents stay safe. Full story
Just months after a former majority on Winfield’s village board made a controversial decision to rezone a stretch of Roosevelt Road, trustees who now control the board have hit the reset button. Village President Erik Spande and his three political allies — trustees Jack Bajor, James McCurdy and Phillip Mustes — last night repealed a commercial zoning classification for more than a dozen properties along Roosevelt, Garys Mill and Wynwood roads. Full story
Workers rallied yesterday outside Grecian Delight in Elk Grove Village to protest the company’s latest contract proposal and threatening to strike if it does not change. Full story
Wayne Viehweg would like to get his pet tortoise back. Babe is a 17-year-old, 45-pound pet African spur thigh tortoise that made a daring escape July 17 from his enclosure behind Viehweg’s Wildwood home on Big Oaks Road. Full story
Preliminary autopsy results from the DuPage County coroner’s office indicate that a Bloomingdale man found on the side of a road Wednesday afternoon died of coronary atherosclerosis. Full story
It will be a wet Friday as thunderstorms and rain is expected to linger throughout the day. Temperatures will be about 63 when you head out the door this morning, then increase to about 83 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will dip back to 66 degrees overnight. Full story.
Construction continues on Winfield Road and between Route 21/Geneva Road and High Lake Road over Spring Brook. The roadwork is expected to last through October. More traffic.
Yasiel Puig hit a long home run and scored 2 runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 win over the Cubs yesterday. Full story
Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October. Full story
If all goes according to plan, Derrick Rose’s return to NBA action will not start in Chicago. Full story
Women are preparing to rock this year’s Lollapalooza music festival. The more than two-decade-old festival opens today in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park with a strong female lineup, building on headlining appearances in recent years by Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, and Neko Case. Full storyCopyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.