Classmate of murder suspect wants to end confusion about names
Jimmy E. Eaton, a Palatine native who now lives in Utah, said his Facebook page "has blown up" this week since a former high school classmate with almost the same name was charged with murder. "It's been a little worrisome," Jimmy E. Eaton said. "People have been saying all kinds of things on Facebook. James P. Eaton of Palatine has been charged with the 1997 murder of Amber Creek. Full story.
Two different portraits of man shot by police
Friends and an ex-wife of 36-year-old John T. Nightingale recalled differing memories of the man shot dead by Wauconda police Monday on the 100 block of Slocum Lake Road after he refused to drop a gun in his hand. Friends described him as generous and a good man, while his ex-wife said he had a drug issue and hadn't been in contact with his young sons in years. Full story.
Fire damages two homes on Fox River
An extra-alarm blaze damaged two homes along the Fox River yesterday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake, fire officials said. The fire may have started in a grill and may have been exacerbated by the explosion of a propane tank, firefighters said. Full story.
Investigators clear speaker of meddling in Metra jobs
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other lawmakers were cleared of patronage hiring yesterday by the Illinois General Assembly's inspector general. Madigan and others were accused of strong-arming Metra administrators over jobs. Reforms will be suggested in the coming days. Full story.
Suburban state reps kill millionaires tax
Two suburban Democrats who oppose House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed millionaires tax kill the proposal for now. The proposal would add a 3 percent tax to yearly incomes of more than $1 million as a way to raise money for schools. State Reps. Scott Drury of Highwood and Jack Franks of Marengo say they won't vote for the plan. Full story.
Elgin votes to fill vacant council seat
The city of Elgin will be seeking applications to fill a vacant seat on the city council, members determined last night in closed session. Former Councilwoman Anna Moeller resigned her seat March 30, when she was sworn in as state representative for the 43rd House District. Full story.
Elgin panel delays downtown bar decision
An Elgin liquor control commission yesterday took no action against a downtown bar accused of liquor code violations, instead agreeing to continue the hearing next month. Officials say the Gasthaus Zur Linde, 15 N. Grove Ave., served a minor in May 2013 and operated as a nightclub, which is beyond the scope of its liquor license. Full story.
Mostly clear and 54 degrees to start the day. Temperatures climb to 62 degrees, but an afternoon shower is possible. Temperatures will dip to 38 degrees overnight. Full story.
Construction continues on Prospect Street and Route 20 near Marengo. Delays are expected. Full traffic.
Noah's fourth triple double leads to 6th straight win
The Chicago Bulls took a sixth straight win last night with the help of Joakim Noah, who racked up his fourth triple double of the season and led the Bulls to a 102-87 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center. Full story.
Wild finish goes Blackhawks' way
It took quite a while for the Blackhawks and the Canadiens to really kick it in last night at the United Center -- about 50 minutes or so to be exact -- but when the two Original Six teams finally found their groove, it proved well-worth the wait. It was the Hawks' first overtime win of the season. Full story.