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Dawn Patrol: Fire at Arlington Hts. home; Elgin teacher wins honor

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  • Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman takes her AP environmental science class out into the woods by campus to take soil samples Monday.

      Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman takes her AP environmental science class out into the woods by campus to take soil samples Monday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer


Fire damages Arlington Heights home

A fire yesterday morning did $100,000 in damage to an Arlington Heights home. Smoke and heat heavily damaged much of the first floor of the home on the 300 block of South Windsor Drive. The fire, which started in the breezeway, remains under investigation. Full story.

Elgin teacher named Environmental Educator of the Year

Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. She has taught biology and environmental science at Elgin High for more than 20 years and was recognized for her creative use of roughly 40 acres of natural areas next to the high school as an instructional tool. Full story.

Car crash cancels Lake Zurich board meeting

A car crashed into a transformer outside the Lake Zurich village hall last night, disrupting power and causing the village board meeting to be canceled. Shortly after 6 p.m., a man, who police believe had a medical emergency, crashed into a couple of light poles, a flagpole, a decorative wall and then electrical boxes outside village hall. Full story.

Police: Video shows Oak Brook burglary suspects

Oak Brook police say they have a video of three suspects who broke into Lord & Taylor last week in the Oakbrook Center mall and stole more than 150 pieces of jewelry and watches worth more than $100,000. Full story.

Report: Enforcement of marijuana laws varies

A report by Roosevelt University found that different law enforcement agencies penalize people with small amounts of marijuana differently throughout the state. In Chicago and Aurora, someone possessing marijuana would likely be arrested, while in Countryside, they'd likely get a ticket for the same offense. Full story.

Winfield's Roosevelt Road plan could lead to rezoning

Winfield trustees last week approved a comprehensive plan that will help guide development in the village. As part of its recommendations, the comprehensive plan is calling for a commercial focus with some higher-density housing along Roosevelt, which will require some rezoning. Full story.


Temperatures are expected to climb to 81 degrees this afternoon, but strong thunderstorms could roll in with the warmer than normal temperatures. It will be 62 degrees as you head out the door this morning. Full story.


Construction continues on Rollins Road between route 45 and Route 83 near Round Lake Beach. Motorists could see long delays in the area, so people should seek alternate routes Full traffic.

White Sox rally for a W

The White Sox rallied last night out a 5-run hole to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6. Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, and Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also hit home runs. Full story.

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