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Dawn Patrol: Area gay couples reflect; helping tornado victims

Donna Corpolongo, left, and Geri Winters, both of Lombard, celebrate as Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Corpolongo and Winters were married in Massachusetts and therefore will soon be recognized as a married couple in Illinois.

Donna Corpolongo, left, and Geri Winters, both of Lombard, celebrate as Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Corpolongo and Winters were married in Massachusetts and therefore will soon be recognized as a married couple in Illinois.


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Suburban couples reflect at same-sex marriage law signing

When Geri Winters and Donna Corpolongo met 31 years ago as students at Western Illinois University, they say it didn't take long for them to know they were going to be together forever. It was hard to imagine, though, that they'd ever be able to officially tie the knot. They got that wish yesterday when Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation making Illinois the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriages. Full story with video and a picture gallery from the ceremony.


Experts: Gay marriage law will bring change, slowly

The signing of gay marriage into law in Illinois doesn't mean instant acceptance in more conservative churches and communities, experts in the suburbs say -- but that will come with time. It may take as many as 20 years for some churches to come around to holding same sex marriage ceremonies, for example. Full story.

Facebook effort leads to truckload of donations for Washington, Ill.

What started with a whirlwind of messages on a Huntley Facebook page Sunday night has grown into a grass-roots community effort to help others affected by last weekend's devastating tornadoes. Mike Lyp of Lake in the Hills was scheduled early this morning to leave for Washington, Ill., with the first truckload of donated items. Full story.

More efforts to help the tornado victims

Moved by the widespread damage in central Illinois caused by the tornadoes Sunday, suburban groups, local governments, businesses and individuals are mobilizing to help victims by collecting donations of cleaning supplies, clothing and other needed items. See how you can help near you.

Woman leaves court, gets arrested again

An Elgin woman in court on charges of attempting to fill a bogus pill prescription at Wal-Mart left the Kane County courthouse Friday and less than 12 hours later was arrested on more drug charges. Colleen L. Bagley was charged Friday with possession of more than 100 grams of hydrocodone with intent to deliver. Full story.

Prosecutor likens gang attackers to a 'pack of hyenas'

Three gang members charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 22-year-old Wheaton man attacked and killed him like a "pack of hyenas," prosecutors say. Jonathan Jimenez, 19, of Aurora, and West Chicago residents Alejandro Martinez, 17, and Anthony Rios, 18, each face first-degree murder charges in the death of Thomas Tecuatl, who was found beaten and stabbed early Sunday along Route 59 in West Chicago. Full story.

$50,000 in damages from Naperville garage fire

Naperville fire officials say oily rags and construction materials may have started a garage fire yesterday. Nobody was hurt from the fire on the 2700 block of Pennyroyal Circle. Full story.


Overcast and cool to start the morning with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. Temps will climb to 49 degrees this afternoon before cool weather and rain move in, dropping temperatures to 36 degrees tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach at Route 83. The roadway remains closed through the weekend, and people should use an alternate detour route on Washington Street. Full traffic.

Bears' Long to face off with brother

Bears right guard Kyle Long meets up with his brother Chris Long this Sunday in St. Louis, but it's not a typical family visit. The brothers will be on opposite sides of the line, when Long, a defensive end for the Rams, meet again. Full story.

Injuries mounting, but Hawks still remain first

While the list of those injured keeps growing, the Blackhawks remain tied with Anaheim for first place in the Western Conference with 32 points. Those injured include Michal Handzus, Nikolai Khabibulin, defenseman Michael Kostka and Bryan Bickell. Full story.

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