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Lake County lawmakers want to dissolve Fox Waterway Agency

The Fox Waterway Agency in Fox Lake would be abolished if a pair of state lawmakers from Lake County get their way. They say the agency is redundant. The proposal faces resistance from supporters of the Fox Lake-based agency who said the change could turn the Chain into a swamp and cripple communities that rely heavily on boater income. Full story.

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Burning Christmas tree causes Gurnee area house fire

An attempt to dispose of Christmas tree remains led to a house fire in the Grandwood Park subdivision near Gurnee yesterday morning, authorities said. Full story.

Elgin Academy marks 175th year as rare independent school

Elgin Academy, a charter school established in 1839, will celebrate its 175th anniversary this month. They will mark the occasion with a day of service Friday followed by a day of revelry Saturday. Full story.

School funding deal faces election year hurdles

A bipartisan collection of lawmakers has come together to pitch something not accomplished in years -- a change in Illinois' school funding formula that would narrow the gap between the amount spent on students in richer and poorer school districts. The caveat? It's an election year, so chances that lawmakers will ultimately act on the plan are in doubt. Full story.

Mayers helps Blackhawks fans relive Stanley Cup run

For the Blackhawks fans who showed up yesterday at the Fox Lake Theatre for a screening of the film "17 Seconds," their Stanley Cup runneth over. Not only did they get to relive the excitement of the championship season, with heartwarming and amusing scenes such as Patrick Sharp serving ice cream from the Cup at a family picnic, but they also had a chance to visit with one of the players, former Blackhawk and 17-year NHL veteran Jamal Mayers. Full story.

Weather

Warmer to start the morning with high temperatures of about 24 degrees. Temperatures should climb to 31 degrees this afternoon before dipping back to 21 degrees overnight tonight. However, a winter storm warning is in effect because about 4-8 inches of snow is expected to roll in today. Full story.

Traffic

Roadwork is causing delays on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83. People should be prepared for slower than usual commutes through the area, and might want to find alternate routes. More traffic.

Team USA could not be sitting prettier in medal picture

We're through the preliminary round of the men's Olympic hockey tournament -- and the United States couldn't be in much better shape. The Americans are seeded second behind Sweden with an automatic bye into the quarterfinal round after winning their group. On Wednesday, they will play the winner of Tuesday's game between Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Full story.

East prevails in All-Star scoring fest

The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin -- then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game. Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game's MVP, Carmelo Anthony made an All-Star record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East rallied for a 163-155 victory over the West last night. Full story.

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