Mixed martial arts in Naperville? No way, council says
Organizers of a mixed martial arts fight originally scheduled for Oct. 19 in Naperville have thrown in the towel. The staff from American Predator Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts said yesterday it will consolidate the fight scheduled for Naperville with an event Oct. 5 in McCook after city councilmen said they will consider banning MMA competitions citywide. Full story.
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Cook suburbs to get $13.9 million for flood recovery
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department announced this week it is awarding $13.9 million to suburban Cook County to aid in the recovery from last spring's devastating storms, strong winds and flooding. HUD will publish a notice that will regulate the use of the funds announced this week. State and local grantees will then finalize disaster "action plans." Full story.
Schakowsky: 'Shadow of Iraq' slowing Congress on Syria
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky believes there is more than enough evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of its citizens, but she understands her congressional colleagues' hesitation to back party leaders' support for an American military response. Schakowsky believes the vote to invade Iraq in 2002, based on faulty intelligence, has made Congress gun-shy. Full story.
Naperville native missing in California
A burned body was found Wednesday in California just a few miles from where a missing 19-year-old, originally from Naperville, was last located. Los Angeles County sheriff's department spokesman Richard Pena said because the body was burned beyond recognition there is no way to tell if it was Naperville Central High School graduate Bryce Laspia until an autopsy is complete. Full story.
Aurora teen gets probation for crash that killed friend
A 16-year-old Aurora boy was sentenced to probation but has a prison term hanging over his head after pleading guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a crash that killed one of his friends. The teen was charged as an adult but is not being identified because his case was resolved in juvenile court. He was ordered to serve probation until his 21st birthday. Full story.
East Dundee OKs $2.25 million loan for renovations
East Dundee trustees has signed off on the terms of a $2.25 million loan for village hall and police department renovations after getting its terms in writing. The board was expected to ratify the loan at a meeting last month, but trustees Rob Gorman and Jeff Lynam questioned why the draft ordinance and a separate letter from the bank didn't match what they were being told at the meeting. Full story.
Aurora man guilty of threatening judge
A 25-year-old Aurora man will be sentenced Oct. 31 after being found guilty of threatening a Kane County judge earlier this year. A jury Tuesday found Christopher Garcia Jr., of the 500 block of Charles Street, guilty of threatening a public official, a felony that carries a penalty ranging from probation to five years in prison. Full story.
Police: iPads, iPods taken from Lake Zurich school
Lake Zurich police say they are investigating a burglary at a village school that resulted in the loss of Apple iPods and iPads. Police Cmdr. David Bradstreet said the burglary happened at Seth Paine Elementary School, which serves kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Police said the building at 50 Miller Road was reported burglarized at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Full story.
Partly cloudy with temperatures around 70 degrees to start the day. Temperatures will increase to 75 degrees this afternoon, before dipping back to 58 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 45 between East Lake-Cook Road and IL Route 83. The resurfacing project is expected to last through Nov. 15th. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Full traffic.
Williams, Bostic ready to start for Bears
D.J. Williams didn't play a single snap in the preseason, but the 10th-year veteran could start at middle linebacker for the Bears in Sunday's season opener against the Bengals. Williams suffered a calf injury in training camp that kept him from practicing with teammates until this week. Rookie Jon Bostic, who stepped in while Williams recovered, said he understands if he's replaced. Full story.
Yankees beat White Sox 6-5, sweep series
Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning, helping the New York Yankees hold off the White Sox 6-5 on last night for a three-game sweep. Full story.