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Article updated: 10/16/2013 5:51 AM

Dawn Patrol: 66 years for hammer attack, child rape, dog stabbing

By Sara Hooker Lee Filas

Man gets 66 years for rape, hammer attack and dog stabbing

A judge yesterday sentenced Daniel Happ of Carpentersville to 66 years in prison for attacking a female acquaintance with a hammer, raping a child in her care and then stabbing the family's dog. Happ had pleaded guilty but mentally ill. He'll serve at least 56 years behind bars in the end. Full story.

GOP governor candidates: It's about beating Quinn

All four GOP candidates running for governor agreed last night in Bloomingdale that one way to fix Illinois' problems is to get a Republican in the executive mansion. State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner appeared before suburban Republicans to make their case for why they have what it takes to defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn next year. Full story.

Man awaiting trial in drag racing death gets final warning

An Antioch Township man awaiting trial in the street racing death in June of a friend has been given one last chance to follow the rules or he'll be returned to jail. Jeremy Betancourt, 17, is free from jail on $100,000 bail for aggravated driving under the influence only if he follows the rules at a drug treatment facility. Full story.

Maine West hazing lawsuit dropped but not done

A Cook County judge dropped a lawsuit yesterday against Maine West Township High School District 207 filed by four student-athletes who say they were hazed at Maine West High School. The judge will allow them to refile the suit, saying the original ruling was based on the plaintiff's "failure to allege facts sufficient to permit the lawsuit to go forward." Full story.

Crystal Lake baseball coach appears in court on child porn charges

A former volunteer coach for the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League appeared in a McHenry County Court yesterday on child pornography charges. Marcus J. Sabo, 41, was charged in March with having 60 images of child pornography on his computer, officials said. Full story.

Glen Ellyn approves new tax district

A new tax district aims at increasing economic development along the Roosevelt Road corridor with boundaries excluding the Parkside Apartments. The village board approved the new district unanimously in an effort to stimulate retail, mixed-use and commercial growth in the hopes of generating additional sales tax revenue. Full story.

Weather

Cloudy and 48 degrees this morning, but temperatures are expected to rise to 57 degrees this afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy and 47 degrees tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on Route 31 at IL Route 176. The roadwork is expected to continue drawing delays and should be avoided. Full traffic.

Big win for Sharp, the Blackhawks

When Patrick Sharp scored a goal in the first period last night, he kissed his glove and pointed to the sky. But it had nothing to do with the fact it was his 200th career goal. This was for the girls back home -- his wife, Abby, new daughter Sadie Ellen and her big sister Madelyn. The Blackhawks also happened to beat the Carolina Hurricanes last night 3-2 to claim the 2,500th victory in club history. And Sharp scored the winning goal, too. Full story.

Forte critical to Bears' success

The Bears' offense isn't about balance, Head Coach Marc Trestman said. It's about scoring and winning games -- however that happens. An important part to that success is Matt Forte, who is fourth in combined yards from scrimmage per game with 114. Full story.

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