Arlington Heights teachers have a contract
After working without one since August, more than 400 teachers and support staff members at Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 have a new contract. The District 25 school board and the Arlington Teachers Association announced an agreement at last night's board meeting, but details were not revealed. Full story.
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DuPage sheriff's deputies sue their boss
Seven DuPage County sheriff's deputies filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing Sheriff John Zaruba of retaliating against them for supporting union efforts and refusing to fund his campaigns. All the plaintiffs allege they were demoted or passed up for promotions because they didn't support Zaruba's political interests. Full story.
Winfield to raise taxes to fix streets
Winfield property owners will pay higher taxes next year now that village board members have made a split decision to borrow up to $4.4 million to fix the town's worst streets. The board voted 3-2 on last night to approve the controversial plan, despite the fact most of the residents who spoke before the vote urged trustees to reject it. Full story.
Improvements on tap at Stevenson's stadium
As the Stevenson High Patriots prepare for Saturday's semifinal playoff game against the Loyola Academy Ramblers, officials are considering enhancing the Lincolnshire school's stadium. No work will begin until 2015, however, because different construction projects already are planned for next year, Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said. A key goal is improving the ease of ticket sales and entry. Full story.
St. Charles takes homeowner back to court
St. Charles officials want permission from a judge to move vehicles, construction materials and a large tank outside Cliff McIlvaine's home to a storage facility at McIlvaine's expense, according to court documents. The city sued McIlvaine in late 2010 in an effort to get him to complete a project at his home on the 600 block of Prairie Street for which he was first issued a permit in 1975. Full story.
Was text from Carpentersville trustee's wife harassing?
As soon as Stacy Klodz sat down after speaking in support of Carpentersville's full-time firefighters at a village board meeting Tuesday, she says she received what she calls a harassing text message from the wife of Trustee Kevin Rehberg. Regina Rehberg was watching a live stream of the meeting online and took Klodz to task via text message for failing to disclose to trustees her family connections in the village. Klodz and Regina Rehberg know each other from a local moms group. Full story.
Temperatures beginning about 40 degrees are expected to drop slightly throughout the day Friday, and light rain or snow is predicted. Tonight's low is projected at 21 degrees before a cold weekend with high temperatures only reaching the 20s. Full weather.
Aside from rush hour delays on expressways and tollways, crashes on Route 83 at Shorewood Road in the Round Lake area and on Skokie Highway at Stearns School Road in Gurnee have slowed traffic. A two-car crash about 7:15 a.m. at Route 59 and Schick Road also caused delays as three people were transported to hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said. The crash was cleared by about 8:15 a.m. Full traffic.
Hossa's back; Hawks win
The Blackhawks are a different team with Marian Hossa in the lineup -- different as in better. After playing three games without Hossa, two of which they lost, the Hawks had their veteran star back in the lineup last night against Winnipeg. Hossa snapped a 3-3 tie with a goal 3:11 into the third period as the Hawks beat the Jets 6-3 at MTS Centre. Full story.
Bulls' streak ends
Riding a 5-game winning streak into the first game of the annual circus road trip Thursday night in Denver, the Bulls fell 97-87 to the Nuggets. Former Bull Nate Robinson scored two late 3-pointers and set off a 13-point run for the Nuggets, who then rolled to victory against the Chicago squad missing starting two-guard Jimmy Butler because of a turf toe injury. Full story.
IHSA football playoffs continue this weekend
It's a big weekend for high school sports fans, who will be bundling up and cheering on their teams across the state in the IHSA football semifinal playoff round. Click here for the pairings and game times.