Breaking News: As many as a dozen fire departments are battling a blaze on Lakewood Lane in Lake Zurich. Cause and injuries are unknown at this point.
Power outage in Streamwood
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The Streamwood Fire Department reported a power outage that forced several businesses to close Thursday evening. According to firefighters, a component of the electrical grid malfunctioned. Full story
$30,000 bill comes as a shock in Island Lake
Plans for a new village hall in Island Lake sank after the April municipal election, so a newly received $30,000 bill for services related to the project has surprised some officials. Village Attorney David McArdle told the trustees to prepare for a potentially costly legal battle if they fight the bill. Full story
Seven juveniles charged in 'Drano bomb' case
Seven minors have been charged in connection to six "Drano bomb" episodes in North Aurora between May 25 and June 1. No one was injured by the bombs, which were overpressure devices made out of plastic bottles and household chemicals, police said. Full story
Lots of hoopla on the first day of school
Schools across the suburbs are celebrating the return of students. Was there much of carnival atmosphere back in your day? Weigh in on this week's Poll Vault question.
Affleck will don Batman's cape and cowl.
Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together. The studio says Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from "Man of Steel." The movie will also reunite "Man of Steel" stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. Full story
'9 to 5: The Musical' feels dated
Watching "9 to 5: The Musical" at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre is like eating chicken-fried steak from a fine china plate. The presentation is fine; the problem is the second-tier material. Full review
Clear but cooler to start this morning with temperatures around 63 degrees. Temperatures will climb to 80 degrees this afternoon, before dipping back to 59 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 47 between Plato Road and US Route 20. Only one lane gets by in each direction until October 11th. Full story.
Cubs a lost cause at Wrigley
There were so many "go-figure" moments at Wrigley Field on Thursday that it was easy to lose track over 13 innings. One thing held to form, though: The Cubs lost again at home. Full story
Trio of former Sox return as Rangers
The Texas Rangers are in town this weekend, but the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field is going to have a decided White Sox flavor. Full story