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Dawn Patrol: Bitter cold blasts Chicago; Car crashes into creek

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  • An aerial view of a Wednesday afternoon crash in Huntley that injured two people in the car.

    An aerial view of a Wednesday afternoon crash in Huntley that injured two people in the car.
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Bitter cold freezes Chicago area

Freezing temperatures and windchills far below zero iced the Chicago area last night into today. As of 10 p.m. the temperature at O'Hare was 2 degrees with a wind chill of 14 degrees below zero, with temperatures expected to keep dropping each hour. In Aurora, the wind chill stood at 31 degrees below zero. Full story.

Car lands in Huntley creek after crash

A vehicle with two occupants ended upside down in a creek after a crash at Kreutzer Road and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Huntley yesterday afternoon, police said. Huntley firefighters extricated the male driver from the vehicle. He and a female passenger were taken to local hospitals, both in stable condition, police said. Full story.

Supportive housing developers sue Palatine

Developers of a proposed apartment building in Palatine for people with disabilities have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to review the facts of the case after village officials denied a rezoning request that would have allowed the project to go forward. Full story.

Antioch superintendent to resign in June

Antioch Elementary School District 34 Superintendent Gregory Buchanan will resign effective June 30, 2014, district officials said in a news release last night. The school board accepted Buchanan's resignation at its meeting this week. According to the release, the board is moving forward immediately with the search firm Exec Connect to find a successor. Full story.


Bitterly cold this morning with temperatures hovering between 3 below and 10 below zero this morning. Worse, windchills are making the cold temperatures feel like it's between 9 degrees below and 15 degrees below zero. Temperatures are expected to climb to 19 degrees this afternoon, then dip slightly overnight to 14 degrees. Full weather.


Construction continues between West Wadsworth Road and Sunset Drive. People are urged to find an alternate route around the roadwork. Additional traffic from ABC 7 Chicago.

Trestman optimistic Cutler will start Sunday

Bears coach Marc Trestman says he's "optimistic" starting quarterback Jay Cutler will be back Sunday against the Cleveland Browns after missing the previous four games with a high ankle sprain. But not everyone would consider that good news, given the brilliant play of backup Josh McCown, who is the third-highest-rated quarterback in the NFL with a passer rating of 109.8. Full story.

Naperville's Hairston retires from baseball

Jerry Hairston Jr. is retiring after spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his ninth professional baseball team. The 37-year-old utility man is the grandson of former major leaguer Sam Hairston and the son of former White Sox manager Jerry Hairston. Full story.

Shaw's screens spice up Blackhawks' power play

Andrew Shaw makes a big difference on the power play with his presence in front of the net. Shaw is a key reason why the Blackhawks have scored power-play goals in seven straight games, including Wednesday against Philadelphia. "It's important when you think of all the shots and the way it's going in is because we have that net front presence," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Full story.

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