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Dawn Patrol: Naperville fire victims mourned; Larry Lujack dies

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  • Naperville firefighters respond to a midmorning house fire on Field Court in Naperville.

      Naperville firefighters respond to a midmorning house fire on Field Court in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer


Naperville residents mourn fire victims

Some residents on Field Court in Naperville recently gathered for a healing ceremony for Tom and Jan Lambert in their home, never imagining that a fire would take the couple's lives and injure three others a short time later. Neighbors called in the blaze just before 7 a.m. Wednesday; its cause is under investigation. Full story.

'Animal Stories' radio legend Larry Lujack dies

Radio legend Larry "Uncle Lar" Lujack, famed for his WLS programs with Tommy Edwards, died yesterday of esophageal cancer. The one-time Palatine resident was 73. He had become a "Superjock" doing such bits as "Animal Stories" before he retired from radio in 1987 and left Palatine for Santa Fe, N.M. Full story.

Testimony continues in Maine West hazing trial

The prosecution is expected to call one more witness this morning and then rest its case after a former Maine West High School soccer player testified yesterday that coach Michael Divincenzo did occasionally tell his players to stop the roughhousing and that he was nearby during conversations about initiations. A former student testified about hazing and being hazed, saying it made him feel like part of the family. Full story.

Teen helps save Aurora couple from fire

Eighteen-year-old Josue Lopez heard the cries of a woman yelling that her parents were trapped in a fire and ran to the burning house. Noticing a ladder chained to the garage, he and a police officer who arrived were able to pull it from the garage and help the couple down. They and four dogs were rescued from the blaze yesterday morning. Full story.

Ex-carnival worker found guilty again in stabbing death

A jury again found an ex-carnival worker guilty in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old St. Charles man. Arthur Manning, 62, was convicted in 2009, but an appellate court overturned the verdict because jurors were not allowed to consider self-defense. Jurors deliberated less than two hours. Full story.

RTA names interim chief

The Regional Transportation Authority named an interim leader yesterday, senior planner Leanne Redden. Redden's appointment comes on the heels of a recent report of improprieties by previous Executive Director Joe Costello, then Chief of Staff Jordan Matyas, who were investigated last year for racial insensitivities and sexually offensive remarks. Full story.

Schaumburg swears in new police chief

James Lamkin officially took the top police title this week at a swearing-in ceremony officially making him chief. The former St. Charles chief joined five veteran officers who were recently promoted to higher ranks. Full story.


Cloudy but warmer with temperatures of 42 degrees this afternoon. Mostly clear and 34 degrees this morning, then 32 degrees tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on North Delany Road near Gurnee between West Wadsworth Road and Sunset Avenue. Only one lane gets by in each direction. Full story.

Briggs' status unclear for Sunday

Linebacker Lance Briggs' limited practice yesterday has caused diminished expectations for what was expected to be his return Sunday against the Eagles. Briggs has missed the previous seven games since suffering a shoulder fracture Oct. 20. His snaps will likely be limited, coaches say. Full story.

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