Tour of Elk Grove canceled over scheduling rift
The Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove, the Chicago region's most prominent cycling event, will cease to exist because of a scheduling conflict with USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson announced Sunday. In an open letter published in Sunday's Daily Herald, Johnson writes that a decision by cycling's governing bodies to expand the Tour of Utah -- which now will become a seven-day event -- will put it in conflict with the The Tour of Elk Grove, depriving the suburban event of the opportunity to attract top riders as it has during its 8-year run. Full story.
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Girl, 6, dies from injuries in Lake County crash
A 6-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered Saturday in a two-vehicle crash in Round Lake Beach, authorities said. Leyzle Artega, of Round Lake, was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. Saturday. Full story.
GiGi's Playhouse adding programs for adults with Down syndrome
Nancy Gianni took a chance 10 years ago to open a Down syndrome awareness center in Hoffman Estates. Since then GiGi's Playhouse has expanded to more than a dozen locations. Now, the organization is moving to a new location that will have a bigger play area, more learning labs, a comprehensive learning program for adults called GiGi University and a retail store called Hugs & Mugs run by adults with Down syndrome. "This is really a statement that people are believing in us, that they believe in our kids," Gianni said. Full story.
Little League series links 3 generations of St. Charles family
When Tommy Vargulich of St. Charles played with his suburban team in Saturday's Challenger exhibition game for athletes with mental or physical disabilities, he became the third generation of his family to take part in the Little League Baseball World Series. "This is a great connection between me and my dad and now Tommy," says Tommy's father, Peter Vargulich, who played on that same field in 1972 with his father, Tom, coaching. Full story.
Boyfriend charged with Zion baby's murder
While police continue to search for the remains of 5-month-old Joshua Summeries in a Zion landfill, authorities have charged the boyfriend of the boy's mother with his murder. Police said Saturday morning at a news conference that Demetries Thorpe, 26, of Zion, confessed to killing the boy, placing his body in a backpack and putting the backpack in a Dumpster. Full story. Search called off for Zion baby. Full story.
Chain boaters oppose tougher regulations pushed after Petite Lake tragedy
A state lawmaker and relative of the Libertyville boy who was struck and killed last year by an impaired boater while tubing with his family on Petite Lake has launched an effort to impose tougher boating regulations on state waterways. Boaters say it's "overkill" and are expected to speak out against the legislation at a meeting Thursday to discuss her proposals. Full story.
ECC students can get a four-year-degree without a move
Kerry McCullor is just one class away from meeting the graduation requirements for an associate degree from Elgin Community College. McCullor, 38, wants a bachelor's degree, too, and thanks to a partnership with Columbia College of Missouri, she can stay right where she is and get it. Similar partnerships are in place with Judson University and Northern Illinois University. Full story.
Overdose rally in Schaumburg calls for action, remembering
Patty Lynn's son has been clean almost six months, but the Villa Park woman is familiar with the always-looming threat of relapse. She attended a training class for the overdose drug Naxalone at Saturday's rally in Schaumburg to kick off International Overdose Awareness week. "I've known about it, but didn't know it was available to me," Lynn said. "I can't explain what it means to have it. I'm just thankful. I don't want to find my son dead." Full story.
New school year, new start for two Glenbard principals
Students heading back to classes Monday at two Glen Ellyn-area high schools will be greeted by new principals, both of whom have been preparing for this moment since officially taking their jobs over the summer. Here's a look at what brought them to their jobs, and their visions for their schools. Full story.
Arlington Heights man found dead in trunk of car
An Arlington Heights man who was found dead Friday afternoon had been struggling with personal "issues" for a long time, his sister said. Scott Verden, 50, was found dead in the trunk of a car parked at his parents' home in the 2100 block of East Park Street, said his sister, Susan Verden of Evergreen, Colo. Full story.
Kane County investigates inmate's death
Kane County authorities continue to investigate the death of a 52-year-old South Elgin woman found dead in her cell at the county jail Friday afternoon. Terry A. Hart died as a result of asphyxiation by hanging, according to preliminary results of an autopsy conducted by the Kane County coroner. Full story.
Millions of patients' data stole from Advocate
Four computers containing personal data for some 4 million Advocate Medical Group patients were stolen last month from one of the company's Park Ridge administrative offices, hospital officials announced. The computers, stolen during an overnight burglary on July 15, contained patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, but did not contain patient medical records, officials said. Full story.
World & Nation
Syria agrees to UN chemicap weapons investigation. Full story.
Yosemite fire 'poses every challenge there can be.' Full story.
Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states. Full story.
Trump's institute accused of fraud. Full story.
Divide over religious exemptions to gay marriage. Full story.
Couple charged after 40 pythons found in hotel. Full story.
Fort Hood shooter convicted on 13 counts of murder. Full story.
'The Butler' hangs on to No. 1 at box office. Full story.
VMAs are good to Justin Timberlake. Full story.
Padres outlast Cubs in 15 innings. Full story.
Sox' lack of fire bothers Kenny Williams. Full story.
Sox win eight of last nine games. Full story.
Fourth preasons game big for plenty of Bears. Full story.
Zbikowski, Aromashodu among 14 cut by Bears. Full story.
Danks for the memories. Full story.
Fantasy football: WR/TE preview. Full story.