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Dawn Patrol: Bears win big; Our Lady of Guadalupe to draw thousands

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  • Former Bears head coach and tight end Mike Ditka speaks during his number-retirement ceremony during halftime against the Dallas Cowboys Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Former Bears head coach and tight end Mike Ditka speaks during his number-retirement ceremony during halftime against the Dallas Cowboys Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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Da Bears, da Bears, da Bears

In the frigid cold and with a struggling defense, the Chicago Bears bested the Dallas Cowboys last night in a 45-28 victory. The Bears (7-6) pulled even with Detroit in the division race. Fans also saw Hall of Famer and former coach Mike Ditka's number retired during halftime. Full story.

Glen Ellyn proposes salt storage expansion

After nearly running out of salt the last couple of years, Glen Ellyn leaders are pushing for an $800,000 expansion of a salt storage facility to prevent a "salt emergency." A lack of storage space forces midseason emergency purchases at more than twice the initial rate. In 2007-08, that meant an extra $36,000 when salt prices jumped from $40 per ton to $95 per ton. Full story.

Our lady of Guadalupe to draw thousands

The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines this week, many on foot, to celebrate. The fest begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday and continues with Masses -- both outdoors and inside the gymnasium at Maryville -- every two hours until the closing liturgy at 7 p.m. Thursday. A feast day Mass will be held at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Full story.

More than 6 pounds of marijuana mailed to Elgin home, police say

An Elgin man accused of having someone from California mail him more than six pounds of marijuana was arrested Friday after police witnessed him accept the package, officials said. The most severe charge is possession of between 2,000 and 5,000 grams with the intent to deliver. Full story.


Windy and frigid with temperatures topping out at only 17 degrees this afternoon, but with wind chills making it feel like it's zero degrees. It will be only 1 degree as you head out the door this morning, but wind chills will make it feel like 13 degrees below zero. It will drop to 11 degrees overnight. Full story.


Construction continues on Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach between Route 83 and Route 45. People should expect delays in that area. More traffic from ABC 7 Chicago.

NIU quarterback a Heisman finalist

Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch joins five others being considered for the Heisman Trophy. They are: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams. Full story.

McCown smoking hot against Dallas

After averaging 21 points in the previous four games, inquiring minds want to know if Jay Cutler should still be the starting quarterback? Josh McCown got the job done last night with the Bears' offense compiling 33 first downs in the 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Full story.

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