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Dawn Patrol: Heat wave continues today; Barrington places want gambling

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  • Only a handful of cars dot the parking lot at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Is it because the mall is and always was too big?

       Only a handful of cars dot the parking lot at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Is it because the mall is and always was too big?
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Weather

Clear and hot today with a high of 95 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will be 80 degrees as you head out the door this morning, then dip back to 70 degrees tonight. Stay cool. Full story. Suburban school closings due to heat today

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Indian Prairie Unit District 204 in Naperville, St. Charles Unit District 303, West Aurora District 129 and Waukegan District 60, as well as a Lisle school, announced early dismissals or closings due to the expected heat and humidity today. Full story.

Businesses speak in favor of Barrington video gambling

Barrington trustees last night heard from several businesses in support of allowing video gambling and from one out-of-town critic. Businesses say video gambling keeps them competitive when so many neighboring towns allow it -- including Fox River Grove, East Dundee, Hoffman Estates and unincorporated Lake County. A vote is anticipated on Oct. 14. Full story.

Charlestowne Mall buyer says smaller is better

A potential buyer of the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles says the mall was built too big to be successful. In order to bring the mall back to its former glory, the buyer told aldermen last night that he would cut off the empty Sears building, a bit of the building on the west, as well as the food court wing and the double-deck carousel. Full story.

Drivers must prepare for I-90 widening

Drivers on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) between Elgin and the Kennedy Expressway can expect lane closures at night while workers prepare for the second phase of the project. Work on the left and right shoulders will mean one lane in each direction will be closed at night and reopen by morning. Full story.

Model from suburbs advocates for animals

Glenview native Katie Cleary, a model and actress who was a finalist on "America's Next Top Model," has a new focus on an old love: animals. The longtime animal lover and advocate is using her professional platform to rally for animal rights. Cleary also held case number 11 on "Deal or No Deal" for four years. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on IL Route 56 between North Farnsworth Road and Mitchell Road. The construction is planned to take place through September of 2013. Full traffic.

Trestman emphasizes work ahead in talk of win

After Marc Trestman's coaching victory in his Bears debut, he's letting his players enjoy the win while focusing on areas of improvement. Trestman listed defensive improvements and work on the offensive running game as a couple of areas that need work before Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Full story.

Cubs win 2-0

Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood beat the team that traded him when the Cubs bested the Cincinnati Reds last night. Wood (9-11) was 0-4 against the Reds in his career. He allowed six hits and struck out seven. Full story.

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