Cause of Long Grove explosion may stay a mystery
The scene on the Trenton Court cul-de-sac and surrounding neighborhood in Long Grove after an explosion Friday night obliterated a home was something Jeff Steingart has not experienced in 32 years of firefighting. "The devastation -- it looks like a block that was hit by a tornado," said Steingart, chief of the Vernon Hills-based Countryside Fire Protection District. Natural gas is suspected, but Steingart said the exact cause may never be known because of the extent of the destruction. Full story.
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Bicyclist killed by train in Elgin identified
Elgin police on Monday identified a man who died after falling from his bicycle into the path of a freight train. Authorities said Steven John Cimaglia, 45, of Elgin died about 12:35 a.m. Saturday. Cimaglia was struck by the Canadian Pacific freight train near the National Street depot, according to police. Full story.
Another armed robbery in Woodridge
Woodridge police say they are investigating two armed robberies that happened in a four-day stretch. In both cases, the robber was described as about 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds with a thin build and dark spiked hair. He wore a hooded sweatshirt and a scarf to obscure his face during both armed robberies. Full story.
One killed in three-vehicle crash in Crystal Lake
One person died in a three-vehicle collision Monday night on Pyott Road in Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake police said they are investigating the crash that occurred about 5:45 p.m. on Pyott south of Rakow Road and near Lake in the Hills Airport. The collision forced a partial shutdown of Pyott between Rakowand south of the airfield until late evening. Full story.
Ritzy's Cafe ends long run in Rolling Meadows
Ritzy's Cafe and Backerei at 2765 Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows closed recently after 30 years in business. Valerie Dehner, Rolling Meadows' community development director, said she had no information about why the restaurant closed. Full story.
Cloudy with rain throughout the day. Heavy fog with temperatures of 49 degrees this morning, then temps will rise to 68 degrees this afternoon before dropping to 49 degrees overnight. The rain will be light this morning, then turn into scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. More weather.
Construction work continues on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 near Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays in the area. Full traffic.
Sharp not satisfied with one goal
In his column today, Barry Rozner writes that Patrick Sharp had every right to feel relieved. After all, he had been through in the St. Louis series -- hitting posts, missing nets, the physical beating -- frustration had to give way to pure joy. But there was none of that from Sharp postgame Sunday after his crucial third-period goal put the Hawks ahead by a pair. Full column.
Bulls back in action against Wizards tonight
Unless the Bulls rally to win this playoff series against Washington, the next loss will end the Carlos Boozer era in Chicago. It's impossible to imagine a scenario where Boozer is on the roster next season, mostly because his $16.8 million contract is such a deterrent to retooling the lineup, Mike McGraw writes. The one scenario where the Bulls don't use the amnesty clause is if they can find a way to trade him, and that's not likely. Full story.