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Dawn Patrol: Benefit for 2-year-old; Elgin driver smashes into house

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  • Caitlin Cox, almost 3, walks with her parents Meghan and Jeff during a Juvenile Arthritis benefit walk organized by the St. Charles East High School student council Sunday at the school's Sports Center. She was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis last September. They are from St. Charles.

       Caitlin Cox, almost 3, walks with her parents Meghan and Jeff during a Juvenile Arthritis benefit walk organized by the St. Charles East High School student council Sunday at the school's Sports Center. She was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis last September. They are from St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

St. Charles East students help 2-year-old girl's cause

Six months ago, Caitlin Cox couldn't even bend her knees. Swelling and pain had stiffened the two-year-old's joints so badly she had to be carried around the house. On Sunday, the St. Charles girl couldn't be stopped. At an organized walk to benefit Juvenile Arthritis, called the Hop-A-Thon, Caitlin's family watched her bounce around the St. Charles East High School Sports Center. Full story.

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Elgin driver charged after smashing into house

A 35-year-old Elgin man who went to prison for fighting with emergency crews responding to a 2009 fire at his parents' Elgin home is in trouble again. James R. Beavers Jr., of the 500 block of Cumberland Trail, was arrested April 4 and charged with driving under the influence after, authorities say, he crashed his girlfriend's car into a house and later lied to police that someone stole the car. Full story.

Arlington Hts. church recreates march into Jerusalem

Arlington Heights doubled for Jerusalem on Sunday, as the Rev. Claudio Diaz, Jr. recreated Jesus' march into the city during a Palm Sunday procession from St. Thomas Villanova in Palatine to his home church of Mision San Juan Diego. Dressed in a robe of gold and red and riding atop a horse, Diaz was accompanied on his journey by a huge crowd of parishioners wearing period costumes as Jesus' followers. Full story.

Wood Dale egg hunt goes to the dogs

An Easter egg hunt went to the dogs Sunday, as various weight classes of canines and their owners battled for treats and other goodies during the sixth annual Doggie Egg Hunt at the Cabin Nature Center White Oaks Dog Park in Wood Dale. About 100 dogs participated in the event, in which they searched the park for plastic eggs filled with treats and coupons. Full story.

Weather

A horrible day weather wise is on tap as light rain is expected to turn into light snow later today. It's 39 degrees to start the morning, but temperatures will cap out at 40 degrees this afternoon, before dipping back to 26 degrees overnight. Full story.

Traffic

Traffic delays continue on Rollins Road between Route 83 and Route 45 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays. Full traffic.

Hawks, Blues start playoffs Thursday

Somehow, some way, the Blackhawks will begin their title defense against St. Louis on Thursday night. Just about a week ago, Coach Joel Quenneville called a first-round matchup against Colorado "inevitable." Mike Spellman's full report.

Ramirez homer saves another White Sox bullpen mishap

Showing once again this is not the 2013 offense, Alexei Ramirez ended a long, rainy Sunday afternoon game on the South Side with a 2-run homer off new Indians closer John Axford. Full story.

Cubs drop 2 of 3 to Cardinals

Despite a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo early, and a chance to tie the game with their hottest hitter at the plate late, the Cardinals proved to be too much for the Cubs, beating them 6-4. Full story.

Knicks snap Bulls' winning streak

The Knicks got hot from long range before and after halftime Sunday night, and the Bulls' late rally fell short. The 100-89 loss at Madison Square Garden ended a seven-game winning streak and knocked the Bulls out of the No. 3 slot in the East with two games remaining. Full story.

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