South Elgin man wins Fittest Loser Challenge
In just 12 weeks, John Bohanek lost 87 pounds, or 25 percent of his original body weight -- making him the winner of the Daily Herald's 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge. "When you have a destination or a goal and you know where you want to go ... it's really about the journey," he told the audience of 350 people during a ceremony Thursday at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca. Full story.
Age-progressed photo of missing boy released
Timmothy Pitzen of Aurora was last seen on May 11, 2011. Aurora police released an age-progressed photo of what Timmothy may look like now. Full story.
Fire damages Warrenville bakery
A fire at a bakery in Warrenville caused about $20,000 in damage last night, but no one was injured. The Warrenville Fire Protection District responded to Sandy's Bakery, which is in a strip mall on Route 59, at 7:16 p.m., Lt. Judd Weber said. Crews had to open up the roof and several walls to extinguish hot spots, but the fire was contained to the one business, Weber said. Full story.
Suburban Democrats split on state budget
The Illinois House approved a spending plan that relies on extending the state income tax hike, with some suburban Democrats who could face some of the tightest re-election battles voting against it. The budget proposals don't extend the state's 5 percent tax rate into 2015, but the state would need the money from that extension to pay for the spending Democrats approved on Thursday. Full story.
Two DuPage residents part of 5 lung transplants
Two DuPage County residents were part of a historic day for Loyola Medical Center. Julie D'Agostino, 21, of Elmhurst and Robert Senander, 68, of Winfield both received lung transplants. "I just can't believe I'm here," D'Agostino said Thursday. The medical center in Maywood became the first facility in Illinois to perform five successful lung transplants in barely more than 24 hours. Full story.
Police: Man went to Stevenson to meet girl for sex
Authorities say a 25-year-old man was arrested after he went to Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire with the intent of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Lincolnshire police announced Thursday that Emmanuel A. Perez, of the 200 block of Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills, was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child. Full story.
It's only 40 degrees and a light shower is passing through parts of the suburbs to start the morning. Temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees this afternoon before temperatures dip back to 36 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays and should seek an alternate route. Full story.
Blackhawks optimistic on Shaw's return
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville continued to sound optimistic concerning the prognosis of injured forward Andrew Shaw, who might return in time to see action in the Western Conference finals. "We expect to have him back on the ice this weekend and we'll get a better determination of when he'll play," Quenneville said. Read Mike Spellman's report here.
Kristufek's Preakness picks
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the odds-on favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek believes the Art Sherman-trained horse will handle the 10-horse field to win the second stage of racing's Triple Crown tomorrow. Click here to see the rest of his predictions.