Elmhurst woman faces slew of charges in police chase
An Elmhurst woman is due in bond court today after leading police on a chase Tuesday from Bensenville to Elk Grove Village and back. Nicole S. Evans, 30, of the 400 block of East Vallette Street, was charged yesterday with aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, criminal damage to government-supported property and driving under the influence of alcohol. Full story.
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DUI victim's mom forgives driver for fatal Addison crash
The mother of a man who was killed by a drunken driver last year on I-290 in Addison said at an emotional court hearing yesterday that she was sentencing the defendant to "forgiveness." Mary Ann Caruso told Daniel Clark of Naperville: "The judicial system will decide your legal sentence. God will decide your spiritual sentence. My sentence for you will be forgiveness." Clark is expected to be sentenced today. Full story.
Illinois lawmakers to revive talks on new casinos
Video gambling machines at bars and restaurants are already competing with Illinois' existing casinos, which could make five more casinos and slot machines at Arlington International Racecourse an even bigger problem for them, an industry lobbyist told state lawmakers yesterday. Illinois Casino Gaming Association Executive Director Tom Swoik said as many as 12,000 machines could be taking bets at bars soon. Full story.
Wrestlers guilty of damaging Naperville mayor's sculpture
A pair of college wrestlers who picked up a 5-foot-tall dragon sculpture from Naperville Mayor George Pradel's yard and chucked it off a bridge have now picked up misdemeanor convictions. Matthew Cavallaris, 21, and Adam Lehnus, 20, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court yesterday to damaging Pradel's "Mystical Dragon" sculpture in a drunken prank on June 1. Full story.
Navy wants sailors to connect with families for Thanksgiving
Great Lakes Naval Station brass are trying to boost the number of young sailors participating in a program dating to World War I by reminding them that local families want to do something nice by offering them a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day. This year, families living within a 50-mile radius of the base near North Chicago have an opportunity to participate in the Adopt-a-Sailor program. Full story.
Donations leading to Batavia ballfield improvements
The proposed $13 million renovation of the Batavia High School athletic fields will begin soon with the varsity baseball field, because a business and two sports groups are donating to the cause. The school board agreed to let Batavia Youth Baseball, the Batavia High School Bulldog Boosters Club and Eagle Concrete replace the dugouts and the backstop. Full story.
Chilly again today with high temperatures hovering around 45 degrees. Temperatures will be about 37 degrees as you head out the door this morning, then dip back to 30 degrees tonight. Full story.
Lake Zurich officials will close Ela Road from IL Route 12 to IL Route 22 on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 a.m. It is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 18. The closure is necessary as part of a water main replacement project. The signed detour route for this closure will be US Route 12 to IL Route 22. More traffic.
Red Sox beat Cardinals in World Series opener
Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series opener 8-1 last night. Mike Napoli hit a 3-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past St. Louis for their ninth straight Series win. Full story.
Bulls' Rose continues to show he's ready for season
Derrick Rose played more than 30 minutes for the second time in preseason as the Bulls defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95 last night in Wichita, Kan., to improve to 7-0 in the preseason. Rose scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including 3 baskets from 3-point range in the final four minutes. He played 35 minutes, a preseason high. Full story.