Three women die in Arlington Heights fire
Officials say three women -- ages 93, 62 and 40 -- perished in the early morning house fire yesterday in Arlington Heights. The fire, on the 300 block of South Dunton Avenue, remains under investigation as fire officials attempt to determine what caused the fatal blaze. Full story.
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Mom files bullying suit against D303
A woman filed a lawsuit against St. Charles School District 303 and another family that says her first-grade son was bullied and later injured by another classmate at Davis Elementary School last fall. The suit argues that the boys were supposed to be separated at all times but were let out for recess together. One boy pushed the other, causing a fall that resulted in a broken arm, district officials said. Full story.
Sex assault charge added to Mundelein kidnapping
A man accused of kidnapping a 3-year-old Mundelein girl outside her apartment in September faces additional charges of sexual assault and child pornography. A Lake County grand jury indicted Jose Reyes yesterday. Authorities say Reyes, 28, of Chicago, took the girl and returned her a short time later. He also faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and kidnapping. Full story.
911 dispatcher disciplined in Arlington Heights car sinking
A dispatcher who handled the call in July when an 89-year-old man accidentally drove his vehicle into a pond was suspended without pay for three days after her bosses said she didn't follow the proper protocol. The man, Henry Leseke, drowned before he could be rescued. Full story.
Warner Bros. wants its cut in Polar Express rides
Many suburban park districts got letters from Warner Bros. related to the naming of their annual Polar Express events that create the magical train rides for children annually. Warner Bros.' anti-piracy department says they should be paying royalties. Park districts are required to license future events through its agent at Colorado-based Rail Events Inc. or to make significant changes. Full story.
Trotter death cause could take 2 months
The cause of death for food legend Charlie Trotter may take up to two weeks after an autopsy yesterday came back inconclusive. The Cook County medical examiner's office found no signs of foul play or trauma. Trotter, 54, died Tuesday. Full story.
Clear but cold with high temperatures around 48 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 31 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and temperatures will dip back to the freezing mark again tonight. Full weather.
Construction continues on Johnsburg Road between IL Route 31 and Chapel Hill Road in McHenry. Lane reductions are possible. Full story.
Cubs set to hire Renteria
The Cubs organization is expected to announce today that it hired San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as the team's manager. He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two seasons. The Cubs went 66-96 this season and finished at the bottom of the NL Central. Full story.
Marshall talks NFL bullying
Weighing in on the suspension of Miami's Richie Incognito after allegations of hazing against a rookie on his team, Brandon Marshall says bullying is in the culture of the NFL. Marshall and head coach Marc Trestman say the Chicago Bears don't tolerate disrespecting and demeaning other players. Full story.