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Dawn Patrol: Lots of snow to fall along with the apple

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  • Workers handle cables attached to the New Year's Eve ball during a test atop the 1 Times Square building Monday in New York. The iconic 11,875-pound geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles will descend a 130-foot pole to mark the stroke of midnight during the annual Times Square celebration.

      Workers handle cables attached to the New Year's Eve ball during a test atop the 1 Times Square building Monday in New York. The iconic 11,875-pound geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles will descend a 130-foot pole to mark the stroke of midnight during the annual Times Square celebration.
    Associated Press

 
 

Dreaming of a white ... new year

Weather forecasters are calling for a snowy start to the new year as anywhere from 2 to 4 inches could fall on the suburbs today into Wednesday morning. Snow is expected to start falling this afternoon and end sometime Wednesday night. Full story.

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Search fails to locate former Des Plaines woman

A second day of searching for a former Des Plaines woman swept away by a swollen Indiana river Sunday was suspended last night due to darkness. Rescuers expect to begin the search again today for Kathryn McGill, 31, who was a passenger in a pickup truck swept off the road by floodwater. Full story.

Island Lake considering raising boat sticker prices

Boaters on Island Lake may pay an increased fee to enjoy the waters in 2015. The village's lake management committee met yesterday and discussed an increase for the following year. The stickers vary in price, but typically they're $18.75 for residents or $37.50 for nonresidents. Full story.

North Barrington school honored for conservation

Montessori Children's House of North Barrington recently became the first school to win the Barrington Area Conservation Trust's Conservation@School award. The award honor's the school's work at applying the principles of native-species restoration and sustainability to its own grounds. Full story.

Vernon Hills considers $3.5 million police station remodel

The Vernon Hills police station may get a $3.5 million makeover in the coming year. Officials there say the building at 754 Lakeview Parkway needs upgrades that include a new roof and heating/air conditioning system, as well as additional locker room space for female employees and more. Full story.

ABC 7 to count down from Rosemont

One of the sites for tonight's New Year's Eve "Countdown Chicago 2014" on ABC 7 is the MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Ryan Chiaverini, co-host of ABC's "Windy City LIVE," and Ji Suk Lee, the show's news and social media producer, will be on hand as co-hosts. Full story.

Blackhawks beat Los Angeles

The Blackhawks brought happiness last night to Chicago sports fans who needed a boost after Sunday's season-ending Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers. Goalie Antti Raanta made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Brandon Saad scored as the Blackhawks beat Los Angeles 1-0. Full story.

Bulls beat Grizzlies in Memphis

Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer added 21 in last night's 95-91 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bulls won without leading scorer Luol Deng, who missed his fifth straight game with a sore left Achilles. Full story.

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