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Dawn Patrol: South Elgin misses mayor; Hawks at Walter Reed

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  • The Blackhawks visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday on an off day and greeted war veterans.

    The Blackhawks visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday on an off day and greeted war veterans.


South Elgin board pays tribute to late president

The South Elgin village board paid tribute to its late president with a moment of silence and kind words during a board meeting last night. Jim Hansen died last week after a five-month battle with lung cancer. Full story and pictures.

Blackhawks spend day with president, war heroes

After an overtime loss to Calgary Sunday night, the Blackhawks hopped a plane to Washington, D.C., and spent their day off visiting with President Barack Obama and war veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the players say the real heroes live. Full story.

Dist. 203 approves all-day kindergarten for remaining schools

In line with its two-year rollout plan, Naperville Unit District 203 approved all-day kindergarten for its remaining seven elementary schools. Beginning in August 2014, kindergartners will attend full school days at Highlands, Kingsley, Maplebrook, Meadow Glens, Prairie, Ranch View and Steeple Run elementary schools at an estimated cost of $1.3 million. Full story.

St. Charles aldermen approve early Charlestowne design

St. Charles aldermen last night completed the first step in a long process to rejuvenate Charlestowne Mall. A preliminary design concept met unanimous approval and could include a significant facelift to the exterior of the 82-acre mall property. Full story.

Oak Brook theater takes top honors

First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook topped the suburban competition in the 2013 Joseph Jefferson Awards with two top honors during last night's awards ceremony for its revival of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." The awards honor excellence in Chicago-area theater. Full story.

Celebration in Bartlett for the Hindu new year

Hundreds of Hindus have been gathering at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, or temple, in Bartlett over the weekend and early this week to celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of lights. Small lamps, colorful clothing and sweet smells from Indian food could be found throughout the elaborate temple yesterday, which marked the first day of the Hindu new year. Full story.

Barrington fire district to have three assistant chiefs

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District last night approved the hire of three part-time assistant chiefs, as well as OK'd an automatic-aid agreement with a neighboring town. In less than two months, the district will be operating independently after being unable to come to an agreement with the Barrington Fire Department. Full story.


A shower or two is expected to fall this afternoon, with temperatures hovering at about 58 degrees. It will be 50 degrees when you head out the door this morning, thin dip back to 50 degrees tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on Route 176 between Roberts Road and South River Road in Island Lake. People should avoid the area if possible.

Bears beat the Packers in Green Bay

Monday night football became a battle of the backup quarterbacks -- and Chicago won. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers injured his non-throwing shoulder in the 27-20 victory led by Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown. The Bears now are in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with a 5-3 record. Full story.

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