Palatine woman gets 12 years for 7th DUI
A Palatine woman who was drunk when she picked up her 1-year-old granddaughter from a day care center was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday. Jeanine Jenkins, 53, was intoxicated on April 23, 2012, when she picked up the toddler from a Palatine day care center and drove away over the protests from day care employees. Full story.
New Fox River & Countryside fire station clears first obstacle
Construction on a new Station No. 3 that sits within the coverage area of the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District might begin by the end of the year. The Kane County Board's Development Committee gave an initial approval to the plans yesterday after learning the station has the support of the neighboring subdivision, several local homeowner associations and the Village of Wayne. Full story.
Rabid bat found in Batavia
A rabid bat was found in a Batavia yard Saturday, the Kane County Health Department reported yesterday. No humans suffered exposure to the rabies virus, department spokesman Tom Schlueter said. It is the first rabies-positive bat found in Kane County this year. The health department is reminding people to make sure pets' rabies vaccinations are up to date, including indoor pets. Full story.
Shanghai Ghetto survivors to gather in Rosemont
More than a dozen survivors of the Shanghai Ghetto will be honored in Rosemont tonight, including Gerry and Kurt Jacoby of Lincolnshire. The brothers were among approximately 20,000 Jewish people who fled Europe in the late 1930s for a Jewish ghetto permitted by the Japanese in one square mile of Shanghai, China. Full story.
Addison festival pays tribute to actor Dennis Farina
Entrepreneur Ron Onesti said he was crushed when he learned of actor Dennis Farina's recent death. But with his 8th annual Little Italy Fest-West starting today in Addison, Onesti also knew he had the perfect platform to honor Farina, whom he met through a family connection, off with a bang. The fest will feature a $125,000 fireworks display, Italian-themed entertainment and a special Farina tribute. Full story.
Des Plaines loses another department head to Lake Zurich
Des Plaines' revolving door keeps spinning as yet another city department head is leaving for the shores of Lake Zurich. Mike Earl, the city's human resources director, is the third top level manager to give up his Des Plaines job to take up a post in the Lake County village. He will serve as Lake Zurich's director of community services, a new position that comes with a $129,000 salary plus benefits. Full story.
Partly sunny and nice with temperatures hovering around 76 degrees this afternoon. The weather will start and end cool, though, with temperatures hovering around 56 degrees this morning and tonight. Full weather.
Monaville Road in Round Lake Beach has reopened to traffic between Cedar Lake Road and Route 83, the Lake County Department of Transportation announced. The road was shut while a new roundabout was installed to ease traffic at Cedar Lake. Additional traffic.
Preps football practice begins across the suburbs
The calendar may say August, but with the cool weather, it feels more like fall. And with the opening of the high school football season yesterday, that seasonal feeling has intensified even more. "I have been thinking about this day since the middle of winter," Fremd senior linebacker Stephen Walsh said. Full story.
Arrieta promoted for shot in Cubs' starting rotation
The Cubs will call up right-hander Jake Arrieta to start Friday's series opener against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Arrieta, whom the Cubs obtained from Baltimore in the July 2 trade for Scott Feldman, will remain in the rotation, with Carlos Villanueva going back to the bullpen for a second time this season. Full story.