Hawks clinch against Minnesota
It's on to the Western Conference finals for the Blackhawks, who put away the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night in overtime, 2-1. Patrick Kane scored the game-winner, and Corey Crawford stopped 34 of 35 shots on goal. Read Mike Spellman's take here.
COD drops theater troupe
College of DuPage officials have ended the school's 27-year affiliation with the professional Buffalo Theater Ensemble. The group, which received about half its financial support from the college, had canceled the last half of its 2013-14 season due to financial difficulties. Full story.
Additional cuts could be in store for Carpentersville
Less than two months after approving a balanced budget, Carpentersville officials are again eyeing cuts to the spending plan, this time over fresh concerns Springfield might reduce the village's share of income tax revenue. "One possibility is always layoffs," Village President Ed Ritter warned yesterday. "Another possibility is service cuts." Full story.
Arsonist sentenced to probation
A 47-year-old man was sentenced to four years of probation yesterday after pleading guilty to a spring 2013 arson at an Elgin engineering company that caused nearly $47,000 damage. Kane County Judge Karen Simpson said arson is a serious crime, but she balanced that with the fact no one was injured and Mark A. Clough, formerly of South Elgin, was battling alcoholism, a severe head injury, depression and was stressed out from returning to his maintenance position at Advanced Engineering. Full story.
New details emerge in investigation of Palatine teen's murder
Authorities investigating the 1997 murder of Palatine teenager Amber Creek last month seized a laptop, iPhone and Facebook data belonging to James Paul Eaton, the man now accused of killing her, according to search warrant documents obtained by the Daily Herald. Authorities said they are searching for mementos Eaton might have kept from the crime. Full story.
Judge considers additional testimony
Lawyers for D'Andre Howard argued Tuesday that jurors should hear testimony from hospital personnel and social workers about Howard's mental state when his murder trial begins later this month. Howard is accused of killing three members of his ex-girlfriend's family in Hoffman Estates. Full story.
Cloudy and chilly with a high of only 58 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will be about 51 when you head out the door, then dip back to 43 degrees tonight. Some scattered rain is also possible throughout the day. Full weather.
Construction continues at Dempster Street at U.S. Route 12/Graceland Avenue. People are urged to avoid the area and the delays involved. Full traffic.
Prospect a step away from joining Sox
Second baseman Micah Johnson was promoted from Class AA Birmingham to AAA Charlotte yesterday. His ascension is a sliver of good news for the Sox, who were routed 11-0 by Oakland last night. Read Scot Gregor's take here.
Cubs lose in 12th inning
Reliever Justin Grimm hit Greg Garcia with the bases loaded, sending the Cubs to a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals in 12 innings last night. Adding to fans' irritation was the absence of slugger Mike Olt from manager Rick Renteria's starting lineup. Read Bruce Miles' take here.