Pedestrian killed in downtown Aurora crash
A pedestrian was killed early yesterday morning when struck by an SUV in downtown Aurora. Police said the unidentified victim, described as a Hispanic man in his late 30s or 40s, was walking south on Broadway Avenue (Route 25), just north of Spring Street, about 3:58 a.m. when the accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Full story.
Suburban cheer teams step it up at sectionals
Lindsey Corcoran was all smiles after finding out the cheerleading squad from Fremd High School in Palatine had qualified for the state finals. "It's wonderful," said Corcoran, Fremd's cheerleading coach, while members of her squad screamed and hugged each other. Other squads that qualified Sunday included Rolling Meadows, Stevenson, St. Charles East, Schaumburg, Barrington, Mundelein and Wauconda High Schools. Full story.
Six more weeks of winter, grumpy groundhog says
Woodstock Willie was in a grumpy mood early Sunday morning, screeching, squirming and generally resisting efforts to be pulled from his hole to make his famous annual forecast. His reluctance to appear was with good reason. Willie, the Groundhog Day mascot for the McHenry County community, saw his shadow when he came out, meaning six more weeks of winter and putting many of us in the same grumpy mood. Full story.
Snow returns Tuesday
In keeping with Woodstock Willie's prognostication, today's high temperatures are expected to reach 22 degrees with partly sunny skies. Temperatures tonight will fall to 10 degrees tonight. Get ready for the snow to return Tuesday -- between two and four inches are expected to hit the area. Full report.
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, was found dead yesterday in his Greenwich Village apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. He was 46. Full story.
Seattle stomps Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had their way with the Denver Broncos. And, with help from their relentless top-ranked defense, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning & Co. just plain miserable, winning Sunday night's Super Bowl 43-8 at the Meadowlands. Full story.
Lighter year for Super Bowl ads
Advertisers played it safe in Super Bowl ads this year. There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable story lines were all but missing. And in their place, much more sedate ads. With a 30-second spot costing around $4 million and more than 108 million viewers expected to tune in to the championship game, it's was crucial for advertisers to make their investment count. Full story.
Balmoral Avenue between the Balmoral Avenue ramp to northbound Mannheim Road and Route 12 near O'Hare International Airport was closed, but expected to reopen at 6:08 a.m. Otherwise, you're looking at a pretty smooth commute. Full report.