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updated: 10/25/2013 8:41 AM

Dawn Patrol: 1 dead in Higgins Road crash; Elgin road closures

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  • Actress and author Octavia Spencer speaks to students Thursday at Young Elementary School in Aurora. The Oscar-winning actress, who was in the area to promote her new children's book, urged students to "pay attention to everything" and "dream big."

       Actress and author Octavia Spencer speaks to students Thursday at Young Elementary School in Aurora. The Oscar-winning actress, who was in the area to promote her new children's book, urged students to "pay attention to everything" and "dream big."
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1 dead in 4-vehicle crash that closes Higgins Road

Des Plaines firefighters said last night that a man was killed in a crash involving four vehicles on Higgins Road near I-90 in Rosemont. Racing is feared. Higgins is expected to remain closed between Mannheim Road and Touhy Avenue until 8 a.m. Full story

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Road closures start today in Elgin

Drivers will have to contend with about a week of intermittent closures starting today at McLean Boulevard and Route 20 in Elgin. The ramp onto westbound Route 20, for instance, will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Full story

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Weather

Temperatures this morning are right at the freezing line at 32 degrees, but it feels more like 27. Expect a partly sunny and chilly day with a high reaching 49 degrees. Tonight's low is expected to be 38 and breezy. Full weather.

Traffic

Rush-hour congestion has built on I-90 eastbound from Arlington Heights Road in to the Kennedy and on I-355 northbound approaching the inbound ramp to I-290. A car that crashed into a townhouse in Hainesville is causing delays on Hainesville road between Washington Street and Route 120, and another crash has been reported at Route 59 and North Avenue in West Chicago. Full traffic.

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Bulls look to close perfect preseason

As the Bulls prepare for a home matchup against the Denver Nuggets to close their thus far undefeated preseason, Bulls expert Mike McGraw pulls out a "Worry Meter" to analyze potential future challenges facing the team, like center Joakim Noah's lingering groin injury, guard Kirk Hinrich's concussion and coach Tom Thibodeau's potential to overwork the team. Full story.

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