Driver dies in Route 59 crash
Authorities are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Route 59 and Hawthorne Lane near West Chicago. One person, the only person in the car, was killed. Full story
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Vigil tonight at 'Wall That Heals' in Elgin
A ceremony and candlelight vigil honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action will take place at 7 p.m. today at "The Wall That Heals," a miniature version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that has been set up at 150 Dexter Court, between city hall and the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Veterans and veterans' loved ones began visiting the wall yesterday. Full story.
Fire damages popular Carpentersville pizzeria
The popular Village Pizza & Pub caught fire yesterday afternoon and may be out of commission for awhile. Stunned restaurant employees, neighbors and other bystanders watched as firefighters climbed the roof and worked to put out the blaze at the 35-year-old Carpentersville eatery. Full story with video.
'Molly' among the drugs found in Antioch bust
An Antioch couple have been charged with selling "Molly," a drug that law enforcement officials say is surging throughout the Midwest thanks in part to some musicians glorifying its use to teens. More than 650 capsules and 42 grams of MDMA were confiscated, police said yesterday. Full story.
Glendale Hts. man accused of burglary
A Glendale Heights man has been charged with burglarizing a home near Lombard. Ernest Robinson, 34, of the 100 block of Waters Edge Drive, was charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary after police received a call Wednesday morning. Full story
Tollway may relax time to pay back tolls
You'd still owe for that missed toll, but you'd have more time to scrounge money or buy a lottery ticket to cover the cost under a plan adopted by a tollway panel yesterday. Members of the Illinois tollway's Customer Service Committee agreed to extend the time from 56 to 90 days for people facing fines. Their decision still needs approval from the full board. Full story.
'Big Brother' winner from Aurora might have lost COD job
The latest winner of CBS' "Big Brother" -- an Aurora native -- said yesterday he's saddened by the controversy the show generated this season and hoped it wouldn't jeopardize his job at the College of DuPage. But COD issued a statement saying, "Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor. He does not currently work for the college." Full story.
Cloudy and cool with a high of only 68 degrees as you head out this morning. Thunderstorms could spring up today when temperatures climb to 77 degrees, but they'll move out by this evening when temps dip back to 54 degrees overnight. Full story.
Construction continues on Quentin Road as people approach Quentin Collection Drive near Lake Zurich. Only one lane gets by, so people should find an alternate route. Full story.
Penguins best Blackhawks in shootout
Beau Bennet scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night. Full story.
Poll Vault: Are American Indian team names racist?
Naperville Central and Huntley high schools replaced "Redskins" with other mascot names (the RedHawks and Red Raiders). Chicago's Stanley Cup champion team calls itself the Blackhawks. Michelle Holdway asks, is it possible to have a mascot that honors Indians? Leave your opinion among the comments below this week's Poll Vault.