Carol Stream man guilty on all sexual abuse charges
A Carol Stream man was found guilty yesterday of several molestation charges involving a teen and faces a minimum 28 years in prison. A DuPage County jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Joel Augustine, 35, guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, two counts of criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of child pornography. Jurors concluded Augustine routinely assaulted one of his girlfriend's teenage daughters from the fall of 2009 through the fall of 2012. Full story.
Proposal would give firefighters say in staffing levels
Lawmakers could light a fire under local governments if firefighters are given a say in the number of employees each department needs. A proposal in the Senate would mandate that communities other than Chicago must negotiate minimum staffing levels as part of collective bargaining with firefighters. The plan got the go-ahead in the House. Full story.
Elgin veteran who fought at Iwo Jima dies
Gordon Schnulle, an Elgin resident who fought in the famous battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, was as much a hero as he was an entertainer, those who knew him said. Schnulle, 88, died after battling pancreatic cancer, said his daughter-in-law, Vicki Lang of Algonquin. Schnulle and his wife, Dorothy, grew up in Elgin and would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary May 8, Lang said. Full story.
Elgin man charged with sexual assault
An Elgin man faces charges of criminal sexual assault of a 25-year-old woman with whom he was staying at a motel in Woodstock, police said yesterday. Woodstock police responded to a disturbance at about 10 a.m. Sunday at the Super 8 Motel at 1220 Davis Road. Upon arrival, the 25-year-old woman told officers she had been sexually assaulted, police said. The man she accused was later identified as Timothy E. Levis, 54, of Elgin, who had fled the area before police arrived. Full story.
Number of homeless children rises in DuPage
A growing number of the homeless people in DuPage County are children, according to a new report. The DuPage Homeless Continuum of Care said 1,424 people used emergency shelter services in DuPage between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Even more troubling to continuum members is that the number of children at the shelters increased from 250 in 2012 to 333 last year. Full story.
Celebrating a century of Wrigley Field today
Wrigley Field not-so-newcomer Rick Renteria -- he did play at the park during his career -- will be on the top step of the dugout today when the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. There will be special pregame ceremonies, featuring past Cubs greats. The Cubs will wear uniforms of the Chicago Federal League team, the first occupants of the ballpark -- the Cubs moved in for the 1916 season. Full story.
Clear but only 35 degrees to start Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to rise to 52 degrees before dropping back to 42 degrees tonight. Some showers are also expected later. Full weather,
Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 83 and Route 45 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect long delays in the area. Full story.
Bulls lose in OT -- calling Carmelo Anthony?
Carmelo Anthony is the subplot to everything the Bulls do, and he will be during the off-season. That became even truer during the first two games of the Bulls' first-round playoff series against Washington. Too often the Bulls looked like elephants trying to spray the ball into the basket. The Bulls suffered an eight-minute stretch without scoring last night on the way to a 101-99 overtime loss to the Wizards in Game 2 at the United Center. Mike Imrem's column.