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Dawn Patrol: Dist. 54 scolds superintendent; All-Area girls teams

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  • Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 will be renegotiating its contract with Superintendent Andy DuRoss, it decided Thursday night after a closed-door session in which the school board prepared and presented a letter of reprimand.

      Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 will be renegotiating its contract with Superintendent Andy DuRoss, it decided Thursday night after a closed-door session in which the school board prepared and presented a letter of reprimand.


Dist. 54 reprimands DuRoss, will renegotiate contract

Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members Thursday issued a letter of reprimand to Superintendent Andy DuRoss and called for his five-year contract to be renegotiated two days after he pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving. The move came after a lengthy closed-door session and after a couple of residents offered differing views on disciplining DuRoss. Full story.

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Our All-Area girls basketball teams are here!

Our selections are complete and our All-Area girls basketball teams assembled. You can check out the one for your area, as well as see a photo gallery of honorary captains and our Sports Extra poster fronts honoring the teams, at

Meanwhile, state tournament time in Normal

The Burlington Central girls play Montini at noon today, and Geneva plays Rolling Meadows at 6:30 p.m. You can follow our coverage and get scores as they come in at

Ex-Carol Stream cop pleads guilty to DUI, but apology helps him

A former Carol Stream police sergeant yesterday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a crash last May in Hanover Park in which he and two others were injured. Bryan R. Pece avoided jail time after he apologized to the victims, who accepted and forgave him. Full story.

Fire destroys house in Ingleside

Firefighters are still investigating what caused a fire in an Ingleside home yesterday afternoon. Crews arrived on the scene at 1:19 p.m. and reported fire coming from the second story of the house on the 34000 block of North Michael Road. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes, but crews stayed on the scene for several hours to put out hot spots and investigate. Full story.

One dead in Woodstock fire

One person is dead after a house fire in Woodstock, officials confirmed last night. Firefighters responded to the 500 block of Kimball Avenue around 7:30 p.m., said Woodstock Fire Capt. Michael Hill. Full story.

'Food Court Wars' eatery opens next week in W. Dundee

The countdown is on for when suburbanites can sink their teeth into Mexican-inspired food from a new restaurant that, thanks to "Food Court Wars," recently won a rent-free space at Spring Hill Mall. Owners of Taco in a Bag, the winning team/restaurant from Sunday's episode of the Food Network show, are running around like mad to ensure their place opens March 14 in the mall that straddles West Dundee and Carpentersville. Full story.

Investigation continues into fire at Master Cast

The origin and cause of a fire that damaged the Master Cast building in Batavia Wednesday night had not been determined yesterday, but it did leave the 94-year-old building uninhabitable, city officials said. Full story.


It will be 42 degrees this afternoon, but a possible shower accompanies the warm weather. It will be about 17 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and could dip back to 27 degrees tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on Route 56 near Naperville between Naperville Road and IL Route 59. Full story.

Blackhawks shuffle lines, beat Blue Jackets

After 2 losses in three games coming out of the Olympic break, Joel Quenneville promoted Andrew Shaw from the third line to the first with Toews, and the gritty winger responded with 2 goals last night in the Blackhawks' 6-1 rout of Columbus at the United Center. Tim Sassone reports.

To keep or not to keep, that is the Bears question

With 19 players due to become free agents Tuesday, it will be a busy off-season for the Bears -- whether re-signing their own players or replacing those who depart. Arguments can be made for keeping each of the 19 or for letting them walk. Full story.

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