Republican governor candidates sharpen attacks
With a few days to go before early voting starts in Illinois, state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady sharpened their attacks last night at the first televised Chicago-area debate in the Republican primary race for governor. The debate was the last major public forum candidates had before Illinoisans start making their picks via early voting Monday. "My friend Bill Brady has lost twice and the third time's not a charm," Dillard said. "Mr. Rauner spent millions on TV ads, and like his watch, talk is cheap." Full story with video clips from ABC 7.
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Deceptive website debated in 8th GOP primary
Eighth Congressional District GOP hopeful Larry Kaifesh is calling foul on a deceptive website set up in his name by an Indian American SuperPAC that supports his rival in the March 18 primary, Manju Goel. Kaifesh is calling on his opponent to put a stop to the attacks posted on the website, as well as on related Facebook and Twitter accounts. Goel says she has no relationship with the SuperPAC. Full story.
Naperville police seeking suspect in 2 burglaries
Naperville police are looking for leads in two home burglaries and a residential burglary attempt they believe are related, authorities said yesterday. The two burglaries and burglary attempt all took place during the day Monday within about a two-mile area south of 75th Street and west of Greene Valley Forest Preserve, police said. Full story.
2 hurt after car hits tree in Carpentersville
A driver and passenger of a car had to be extricated from their vehicle after it struck a tree last night in Carpentersville, authorities said. First responders were called to the 400 block of Tulsa Ave. at 9:15 p.m. Full story.
Carpentersville planning layoffs
Carpentersville officials have announced villagewide layoffs to help plug a projected $400,000 deficit. The village intends to lay off two full-time firefighters, a part-time records clerk in the police department, a community service officer and a part-time ambulance billing clerk in the fire department. "At this time, this is all that I foresee," Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said of the layoffs. Full story.
Extremely cold to start the morning with temperatures hovering at 4 degrees. Temps will climb to 25 degrees this afternoon before falling back to 19 degrees tonight. Snow is expected to begin later today. Full weather.
Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 83 and Route 45 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect heavy delays in the area. More traffic.
First game back for Hawks results in loss
The Blackhawks' first game back from the Olympics break last night resulted in a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Peter Regin scored the Hawks' lone goal with 11.6 seconds left in the game, and Patrick Kane nearly tied it seconds later but was stopped by Cam Talbot. Full story.
Cubs lose Cactus League opener in new Mesa stadium
A Cactus League-record crowd of 14,486 witnessed the Cubs lose their Spring Training opener at their new stadium yesterday in Mesa, Ariz. A pregame celebration included fireworks and remarks by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. "It was exciting," said Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who pitched two shutout innings in the game. "I think this was the first time the Cubbies had fireworks, ever." Full story.