'Life-threatening' cold expected today
The second half of a brutal one-two punch of winter weather lands Monday morning as dangerously cold conditions that experts describe as "life-threatening" grip the suburbs. The high temperature is predicted to be about 7 degrees below zero, with many parts of the Chicago area getting no warmer than 15 degrees below. The wind chills are even scarier; forecasters say they'll range from minus 30 to minus 50 degrees. Full story.
Are our students ready for college?
The ACT has been the benchmark for measuring college readiness since 1959. It's still an important factor, but things have changed: the test is tougher, it's graded harder, and suburban students are more diverse. "It has no resemblance to actual student performance," said Steve Cordogan of District 214. Administrators are looking for new ways to measure college readiness and new programs to ensure it. We examined approaches in four school districts, including widely diverse Elgin Area District U-46 working to bridge the achievement gap between white and Hispanic students; Huntley schools focusing on early intervention; and Naperville schools putting more efforts on the individual student. Full story.
CBS reporter charges with DUI in Naperville hit-and-run
CBS 2 Chicago investigative reporter Dave Savini was arrested in Naperville and charged with battery, driving under the influence of alcohol, and endangering the life of a child after he left the scene of an accident, officials said. Savini, who lives in Naperville, was arrested at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday after a minor accident that took place in the parking lot of Taco Bell at 75th Street and Rickert Drive, Naperville police said. Full story.
Faith, basketball help player deal with tragedy
Anyone who spent time with former Batavia boys basketball coach Jim Roberts knew exactly how the Hall of Famer would end a conversation after one of the Bulldogs' games in the dead of winter. "Drive safe." Those words came to mind last week following the tragic car accident that took the life of Jarred Harrell, the 21-year-old brother of Aurora Christian senior Jonathan Harrell. Full story.
Mundelein jeweler unlikely to make snow refunds
Chances are customers of a Mundelein jewelry store will not be getting refunds for about $151,000 worth of purchases, although not all is lost yet. Rich Bennett, owner of P.K. Bennett Jewelers, ran an "If It Snows, It's Free" promotion offering refunds for purchases made between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24 if it snowed more than 3 inches from midnight to noon on New Year's Day at O'Hare International Airport. Alas, apparently just a little over 1.1 inches fell in that 12-hour period, Bennett said. Full story.
Globe-trotting Lake County ER doctor at home for Sochi Olympics
When Dr. Timur Kouliev of Lake County leaves Monday for his job as a medical coordinator for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he'll be returning to a place where his family vacationed when he was growing up in Moscow. "I stayed with my family in Sochi when I was a child," remembers Kouliev, 36, who was born in Russia and took summer vacations to the resort city from his family home in Moscow. "We went to the beach." Full story.
"Duck Dynasty" star visits Naperville
Alan Robertson, star of the popular A&E reality television series "Duck Dynasty," received a standing ovation Saturday after giving a sermon to a packed crowd at The Compass Church's Hobson Campus in Naperville. The show has been mired in controversy over comments made by Robertson's father and co-star, Phil Robertson, about homosexuality and race relations in a December article for GQ Magazine. Full story.
Palatine man charged in roommate's stabbing
An argument between two roommates escalated and culminated in one stabbing the other outside their Palatine apartment, Palatine police said. And now, while his roommate lingers in critical condition in intensive care at Lutheran General Hospital with wounds to his abdomen, Enrique Galeana, 38, faces two felony counts of aggravated battery. Full story.
Boy hurt in sledding accident
A boy hurt in a sledding accident in Cary was airlifted to a hospital on Friday afternoon, officials said. Cary Fire Protection District Lt. Andy Veath said the accident happened at about 3:15 p.m. at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road in Cary. Full story.
Carpentersville rallies around family that lost everything in fire
The Carpentersville Fire Department, a local church and a charity have united to support a family of five who lost everything they own in a New Year's Eve house fire. The Herrera family had been vacationing in Mexico at the time of the blaze and returned home Thursday to find their house destroyed, Deputy Fire Chief John Skillman said. Full story.
World & Nation
1 killed, 2 injured in Aspen plane crash. Full story.
Below-zero temps push into Midwest, Northeast. Full story.
Election-year politics shape congressional agenda. Full story.
A look at what 2014 may hold for small businesses. Full story.
Selling social media becomes big business. Full story.
Marijuana: Frequently asked questions. Full story.
'Frozen' freezes out 'Paranormal' spinoff. Full story.
Hanks, Bullock, Streep honored at film festival. Full story.
Bears' GM, coach can only hope Cutler 'isn't on them.' Full story.
Will Lovie coach just as he did with Bears? Full story.
Cutler showed Bears early that he was their man. Full story.
Kerr is NBA's best 3-point shooter. Full story.
Teravainen shaping up as another rising Blackhawks star. Full story.
Hawks still struggling with shootouts. Full story.
49ers send Green Bay packin'. Full story.