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Dawn Patrol: Mundelein sex offender arrest; 7-vote margin in judge race

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  • Just seven votes separate Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler in their primary race for a circuit court judge seat in Kane County.

      Just seven votes separate Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler in their primary race for a circuit court judge seat in Kane County.

 
 

Sex offender arrested in Mundelein

A registered sex offender was arrested Monday after he was spotted near a Mundelein school, police said. Howard Sebring, 55, of the 300 block of West Main Street in Hainesville, was charged with being a child sex offender in a school zone. Full story.

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7-vote cliffhanger in judge race

A Geneva defense attorney held a 7-vote lead yesterday after all absentee and other ballots were counted in a race for the Republican nomination for a circuit judge seat in Kane County. D.J. Tegeler tallied 6,220 votes to 6,213 for Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny, according to the totals from Kane County clerk's office and Aurora Election Commission. Full story.

Suburban teens named Golden Apple Scholars

Dozens of area high school students have been named 2014 Golden Apple Scholars, the organization announced yesterday. The state program offers tuition assistance to students who plan to become teachers and study at any of 52 Illinois universities. Click here for a list of local winners.

Group pitches higher gas tax for better roads

Repairing Illinois roads and keeping them in good shape for future generations could come at a higher cost at the gas pump under a proposal by a group of business leaders. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition wants to raise the price at the pump by 4 cents for motor fuel and by 7 cents for diesel fuel. Full story.

Elgin man charged in two crimes

An Elgin man is facing charges in separate thefts, police said yesterday. Thomas J. Williams, 28, of the 900 block of Bode Road, is charged with felony counts of theft and burglary. Elgin police investigating a theft of construction materials at a business on the 200 block of Willard Avenue spotted a vehicle that matched the description of an auto seen leaving the crime scene, authorities said in a news release. Full story.

No injuries in Schaumburg fire

A fire caused about $10,000 in damage to a Schaumburg manufacturing business last night, authorities said. No one was hurt in the 6 p.m. blaze at Graphic Packaging, 1228 Tower Road. The fire appears to have started while roof repairs were being made, Schaumburg firefighters said. Full story.

Weather

Partly cloudy and 37 degrees as you head out this morning. Temperatures are expected to reach 45 degrees this afternoon before dropping back to 37 tonight. Some rain is possible later this evening. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays. Full story.

Reserving judgment on Abreu

In Monday's season opener, Jose Abreu could have gone 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts and that would have been just fine with White Sox GM Rick Hahn. And should Abreu find himself in teammate Adam Dunn's recent statistical territory at the end of April, May or even September, that's OK, too. "The Jose Abreu signing is going to be judged over the next six years, how many championships we're in position to win over those six years," Hahn said. Read Scot Gregor's full story.

Why facing Pacers might be Bulls' best bet

While the first round of the NBA playoffs will be a challenge regardless, whatever seed gives the Bulls the best chance to face Indiana in the second round looks like the preferred spot. Read Mike McGraw's full analysis here.

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