Federal agencies investigating I-88 crash
Two federal agencies are investigating the semitrailer truck crash that killed Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injured a state trooper along I-88 in Aurora. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called for an investigation, leading to the probe by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Full story.
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District 57 teachers file intent-to-strike notice
The union representing teachers in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 voted overwhelmingly last night to declare an intent to strike -- a formal declaration that legally paves the way for an actual strike as soon as 10 days from now. But the union has not set a strike date. Full story.
Cop charged in DUI crash awarded disability pay
Carol Stream police Sgt. Bryan Pece will begin receiving monthly non-duty disability leave payments since he can't return to work after being injured in a May 5 traffic accident. Pece, a 22-year-member of the force, faces charges of driving under the influence in that crash. He applied for the disability leave the day after the crash, and the Carol Stream Police Pension Fund Board voted unanimously last night to award the disability pay. Full story.
Arlington Heights man sentenced for killing mother
An 58-year-old Arlington Heights man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for the 2006 death of his mother. Wayne Weinke Jr. was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison after being convicted in May of killing his mother, Gloria Weinke. Prosecutors said greed motivated the son, angry over the conditions of a family trust. Full story.
Carry permits could come out in March
The first applicants seeking to carry concealed handguns in public could have their permits by mid-March, according to Illinois State Police officials. As of yesterday, 16,800 people from area counties filed concealed carry applications. Cook County residents filed about half of the area applications with 8,105. There is a $150 fee for the permit. Full story.
Two suburban women to work with NASA on astronomy program
Two Northwest suburban women will spend a week working with NASA on scientific missions this spring. Mundelein's Marcella Linahan and Long Grove's Lynne Zielinski will participate in the space agency's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, and they hope to encourage exploration and math-and-science education. Full story.
It should be around 13 degrees and mostly cloudy when you head out the door this morning. Light snow should start falling this afternoon with high temperatures around 19 degrees. A winter storm watch is in effect for the area through Saturday afternoon. The snow should pick up throughout the evening with temperatures around 16 degrees. The area could see as much as six inches of snow by Saturday afternoon. Complete forecast.
No major delays on the expressways so far this morning. ABC 7 Traffic report.
Breaking down the big game
Daily Herald football writer Bob LeGere takes a look at this Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, including a glance at some key numbers, key players, a little forecast for the outdoor game and a prediction. Full story.
Noah named to all-star team
Joakim Noah has been selected for the second year in a row to play in the NBA All-Star game. Noah got off to a slow start this season after missing most of training camp with a groin strain, but by January, he kicked it into high gear. The game is next Thursday in New Orleans. Full story.