Roskam votes 'yes,' Hultgren votes 'no' on ending shutdown
The suburbs' Democratic congressmen all voted to end the government shutdown, but the two Republican representatives were split. Congressman Peter Roskam said the country has to pay its bills. "I'm unwilling to risk the full faith and credit of the United States," he said. But congressman Randy Hultgren of Winfield said the legislation didn't address the health care law, the primary cause of the standoff. "I don't see that this bill does anything to address my concerns," Hultgren said. Full story.
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Training exercise tonight at O'Hare
Don't be alarmed by the hubbub at O'Hare International Airport tonight. There's an earthquake training exercise scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Des Plaines response teams also will participate. Full story.
Larkin Center in Elgin to close Friday
The Larkin Center in Elgin will close its doors Friday after 117 years of helping people, particularly children, with emotional- and mental-health difficulties, officials announced Wednesday. Another agency, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, will lease and manage four of Larkin's group homes and move a treatment program to Hall's Chicago campus, according to a prepared statement from Lawrence Hall. Full story.
Police: Missing Schaumburg woman could be in danger
Beata Candre, 48, was reported missing by her family on Saturday, according to police. Candre, a wife and mother, has a medical condition that leads police and her family to be concerned about her well-being. Sgt. John Nebl of the Schaumburg Police Department said 50 to 60 volunteers who have formed a grass-roots effort to find Candre met Wednesday night at a Hoffman Estates church. Full story.
3 arrested in prescription drug scheme
Kane County authorities have charged three people with various felonies in a scheme to illegally obtain prescription drugs and painkillers. "Here we have people who are more likely than not making their own prescriptions at home and driving to the nearest pharmacy," said Kane County sheriff's Department Lt. Pat Gengler. Full story.
District 95 considering excessive heat policy
Lake Zurich Unit District 95 is considering the possibility of creating a formal policy addressing how to handle extreme heat at schools without air conditioning. Five of eight District 95 schools are not centrally air-conditioned, which led to some parental concern when a heat wave hit early in the current academic year. Full story.
A light rain today with high temperatures of about 57 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 47 degrees as you head out the door this morning, and 42 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on IL Route 83 between 3rd Avenue and IL Route 72/East Higgins Road near Mount Prospect. People should expect heavy delays. Full traffic.
Outdoor hockey coming to Rosemont's ice rink
The ice rink in Rosemont's entertainment district already is a popular wintertime destination for skaters, but come February, the rink will be open for those with sticks and pucks, too. The village is planning to host hockey games and make the rink available for practices from Feb. 9 through March 2, officials said Wednesday. Full story.
Rose scores 22 as Bulls beat Pistons 96-81
Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center court to lead the Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Read Mike McGraw's take here.