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Dawn Patrol: Wintry mix makes for dangerous driving; NIU's bowl game

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  • A Vernon Hills Public Works snowplow clears the Fairway Drive as snow blanketed the suburbs on Sunday.

      A Vernon Hills Public Works snowplow clears the Fairway Drive as snow blanketed the suburbs on Sunday.
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Wintry mix makes for dangerous driving

Authorities reported numerous minor crashes and spinouts across the suburbs yesterday as a wintry mix of snow and ice made travel hazardous in some areas. Full story.

NIU going to Poinsettia Bowl

Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium. Full story.

Accident halts finale of St. Viator festival

An offstage accident forced St. Viator High School to halt the finale of its Winter Arts Festival yesterday afternoon. Full story.

Without Crawford, Blackhawks top Panthers

Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks scored a season-high three times on the power play in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night at United Center. The Blackhawks used their potent offense to win after starting goalie Corey Crawford left in the first period because of a lower-body injury. Full story.

It's beginning to look like (an 1890s) Christmas at Kline Creek

Christmas 2013 is approaching fast, but the Kline Creek Farm living history museum in West Chicago is giving visitors a chance to experience an older version of the holiday. Full story.


Light snow and bitterly cold with a high of only 23 degrees. Temperatures will decrease throughout the day, until it reaches only 9 degrees tonight. Full traffic.


Construction continues on the westbound lanes of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway between Meacham Road and Roselle Road. People should expect delays. Full traffic from ABC 7 Chicago.

Bears' offense needs to step up the short game tonight

It's ironic that the biggest failures of the Bears' offense have come, yardage-wise, on the smallest plays. Marc Trestman's team has come up big in total yards (ranking No. 8), passing yards (No. 6) and points (No. 5). But when it comes to gaining one yard, the Bears too often have come up short, most noticeably in the past two weeks. Full story.

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