U-46 settles discrimination case
Elgin Area School District U-46 settled a nine-year-old discrimination lawsuit for $2.5 million, the district said yesterday. A judge determined the school district discriminated against Latino students by placing them in a separate, segregated elementary gifted program. He called for U-46 to fix issues with the gifted program by the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Full story.
District 300 headquarters moving to Algonquin
After spending at least 25 years operating out of Carpentersville, Community Unit District 300 is packing up and moving its headquarters to Algonquin. By a unanimous vote last night -- and amid criticism from three parents -- the school board approved erecting a new administration building estimated to cost between $5 million and $5.5 million on property it owns near Jacobs High School at Golden Eagle and Harnish drives. Full story.
Fire damages Crystal Lake condo complex
A fire at a Crystal Lake condominium complex yesterday afternoon severely damaged one unit and left both buildings with smoke and water damage. Nobody was injured. The blaze did $350,000 in damage. Full story.
DuPage forum discusses overdose-reversal drug
Facing an epidemic of heroin use, suburban communities look to battle the problem by training police officers to administer the overdose reversal drug, Narcan, in a spray form. An initiative of the DuPage County Health Department, others at a forum yesterday suggested more people from the community should learn to use Narcan as well. Full story.
Same-sex marriages begin in Cook County
Yesterday was the first day same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in the suburbs, but weddings have already begun. The Cook County clerk's downtown office began issuing licenses last Friday. As of 3 p.m. Monday, 80 couples had received licenses. Full story.
Blue line revamp means weekend station closings
Work on the CTA's Blue Line O'Hare Branch means closures on part of the route and shuttle busses between some stops between March and August on weekends. Some stations would be shut down from 10 p.m. on Fridays to 4 a.m. Mondays. Full story.
Sentencing for Wheaton College professor expected
A former Christian education professor at Wheaton College convicted of aggravated child pornography charges is expected to be sentenced today. Donald Ratcliff, 62, faces up to seven years in prison. Carol Stream police found more than 500 images of child pornography in his possession. Full story.
The polar vortex returns tonight when temperatures drop to 3 degrees below zero. It will be 16 degrees this morning when you head out, then 18 degrees this afternoon. Full weather.
Construction continues on Route 22 between Route 14 and Route 12. People should expect delays in the area and should seek alternate routes. Full traffic.
Olympic athletes stop at O'Hare
Roughly 20 members of Team USA stopped at O'Hare International Airport yesterday afternoon -- including four medalists -- while traveling home from Sochi, Russia. The athletes stopped to pose for pics and autographs while walking through Terminal 1 to catch connecting flights home. Full story.