Hawks win in double overtime
The Chicago Blackhawks stayed alive last night by beating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime for the 5-4 victory. Read Mike Spellman's take here.
Budget not shaping up to Quinn's outline
Two months ago, Gov. Pat Quinn outlined two stark budget plans -- one that called for extending the income tax hike beyond Jan. 1 and another that presented deep cuts to state programs. With the November election looming, Democrats are moving away from both options Quinn presented. Full story.
Former Des Plaines, Wheeling official dies
A former city manager for Des Plaines, Wheeling and Wood Dale passed away this week. Franklyn Wallace "Wally" Douthwaite collapsed at his home Monday in Summerville, South Carolina, and he never regained consciousness. Full story.
Naperville man dies in I-55 crash
A Naperville man died yesterday after his SUV veered off Interstate 55 near Interstate 355 in Lemont, police said. Vernon H. Joy Jr., 71, was traveling south when the vehicle left the road and crashed into a utility pole. He might have suffered a medical problem before the crash. Full story.
Marmion coach on the mend after freak accident
Marmion Academy coach Ed DeGeeter is out of the hospital, six days after being hit in the head with a shot put during warm-ups Friday at a sectional track and field meet at Elgin High School. DeGeeter, 42, of Naperville, was standing well outside the throwing sector when the accident happened. Full story.
Murderer sorry for Mount Prospect crime
Jean Louis Wattecamps, a 52-year-old airline baggage handler, bought lunch for the two men charged with killing him in 2010 in his Mount Prospect apartment. He was kind and gentle, his family said. One of the two men, former gang member Marko Guardiola, 41, of Mount Prospect, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison. Full story.
Partly sunny and clear throughout the day with high temperatures around 73 degrees. It will be around 54 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and be about 54 degrees when you fall asleep this evening. Full weather.
Authorities report 75th Street in Aurora closed at Rt. 34 while police finish investigating a serious injury crash that occurred overnight. Please are urged to seek alternate routes. Full traffic.
Stabbing victim forgave killer, sister testifies
Laura Englehardt forgave her killer, her sister Amanda testified yesterday during the first day of D'Andre Howard's murder trial. Howard, Amanda's former fiance, is charged with stabbing to death three members of her family after the couple argued. Full story.