Expect traffic as Mannheim Road northbound exit closes today
Motorists traveling to Rosemont hotels, restaurants, or the Allstate Arena can look forward to traffic snarls starting today when the Illinois Department of Transportation closes the Mannheim Road northbound exit off I-190, the spur running from I-90 to O'Hare International Airport. Construction is scheduled to be completed around Nov. 22. Full story.
11 burglaries in 2 weeks in Naperville
Police believe two people or groups of people likely are responsible for 11 residential burglaries reported in Naperville during the past two weeks. Sgt. Louis Cammiso said one burglar or crew of burglars appear to be striking during the day, on the city's north and west sides. Another group seems to be operating at night, entering unlocked homes on the south end of town while residents are sleeping. Full story.
Life sentence for 1998 Aurora double murder in alley
A 36-year-old Aurora man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without the chance for parole after his conviction earlier this year of killing two men in an Aurora alley in 1998. A beer bottle with his DNA on it was a key piece of evidence that helped convict Jaime M. Diaz of killing Brendon Anderson, 21, of North Aurora, and Elias Calcano, 21, of Aurora. Full story.
'Coward' gets 9 years for leaving friend to die in Wheaton crash
For two years, Gregory Hoctor's parents were left searching for answers about the accident that killed their son. Kevin McCartney knew the whole time. McCartney yesterday was called "coward" by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who sentenced him to nine years in prison for leaving his friend to die in an October 2009 crash. Full story.
Elgin, ESO reach a repayment deal
The city of Elgin and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra finally have agreed on a debt repayment plan for the symphony after more than a year of wrangling, both in public and in private. The Elgin City Council approved in a 6-3 vote last night a plan that requires ESO to repay to the city $233,920 plus interest over the course of 15 years. Full story.
House ethics committee extends Roskam probe
The U.S. House Committee on Ethics today extended the timeline for its review into U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's 2011 trip to Taiwan. The panel began looking into whether the $25,000 trip was proper after an Office of Congressional Ethics report called for an additional review and, in an expected move, extended its review by 45 days. Roskam has argued the Committee on Ethics reviewed the trip before he even left. Full story.
Teen with BB gun puts Gages Lake schools on lockdown
Gages Lake schools were placed on lockdown yesterday afternoon after a school bus driver observed a teen near a school with what appeared to be a rifle, according to a news release. A 17-year-old boy was found in a wooded area near Laremont School with a BB gun shortly before 3 p.m. He said he was shooting birds in the woods but he was taken into custody. Full story.
Mobile home residents sue Wheeling for discrimination
About 50 residents of a mainly Hispanic mobile home community in Wheeling claim the village is enforcing its building code in a discriminatory manner in an effort to remove them from their homes. According to their complaint, the Fox Point mobile home development along Milwaukee Avenue experienced flooding during an April storm, leading the village to condemn homes based on code violations. Full story.
Mostly clear and cooler today with a high hovering around 78 degrees. Temperatures will be 69 degrees when you head out the door tomorrow, then 53 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on IL Route 47 between Plato Road and US Route 20. Only one lane gets by in each direction until October 11th. More traffic.
Bears face big challenge in stopping Peterson
Job one for the Bears' defense Sunday against the Vikings is containing running back Adrian Peterson, who came back from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second-highest total in NFL history. Peterson has said he wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier isn't about to doubt him. Full story.
Primer on the FedExCup playoffs at the BMW Championship
The BMW Championship is what the golfers call "moving day." Play well at Conway Farms and you're in contention for the big prize in the final round -- in this case the final tournament of the series -- The Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta next week. Full story.