Slain soldier's family blasts defense secretary
The parents of a Bartlett soldier said Wednesday U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should either retire to a nursing home or publicly condemn members of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's unit as liars. The family of Bartlett soldier Matthew Martinek were told by Bergdahl's former comrades that Martinek died while trying to rescue Bergdahl. Hagel told reporters Wednesday he is unaware of any soldiers dying while trying to rescue Bergdahl. Full story.
Wheeling woman enters home, demands beer
A 52-year-old woman entered the unlocked door of a stranger's home Monday and demanded beer from the owner, authorities said. The woman has a prior history of residential burglary. Full story.
Few details so far in Island Lake woman's homicide
More details could come today about the death of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli of Island Lake, which was ruled a homicide. Police officers found her body in a bedroom of her home on the 700 block of Dartmouth Drive after getting a phone call from a concerned acquaintance, authorities said, and a man who was arrested Tuesday after crashing Scavelli's stolen Pontiac Grand Am into a Mundelein house remains a person of interest in the case, authorities said. Full story.
Second arrest in large Gilberts drug bust
A 50-year-old Elgin man is the second man arrested in connection with the discovery of more than 15 pounds of cocaine and 24 pounds of marijuana in a Gilberts home. Police said the Elgin man had cocaine on his person at the time of his arrest. Full story.
Lombard stabbing victim was prepared to die, she says
A woman who was stabbed at least four times offered detailed testimony yesterday of how an argument escalated from a drink being slapped out of her hand to moments of desperation while trying to keep an attacker out of the bathroom she hid inside. She began praying when the knife entered her a third time, she said. Testimony resumes today. Full story.
Beloved Stevenson High School teacher dies
A 47-year-old writing and film teacher at Stevenson High School died yesterday, leaving former students to mourn on the district's Facebook page as they awaited details of the circumstances. Doug Koski spent nearly 20 years at the school. Full story.
Hawthorn Woods crash hospitalizes three
Traffic was blocked from traveling on Old McHenry Road for four hours Wednesday after a head-on vehicle crash that hospitalized two adults and one child. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Full story.
Mostly sunny and warmer with highs around 74 degrees. Temperatures will be 54 degrees when you head out the door this morning. Full story.
Construction continues on IL route 53 in Addison between Thorndale Avenue and Army Trail Boulevard. People should seek alternate routes. Full traffic.
Cubs win ugly
Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to offset an error in the first inning that led to three runs to help the Cubs outlast the New York Mets for a 5-4 win. Full story.
Don Zimmer: With all due respect, a baseball man
Former Cubs manager Don Zimmer died yesterday in Dunedin, Fla., at the age of 83. He had been hospitalized since undergoing heart-valve surgery in April, and he leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Soot, many children and grandchildren, and thousands of baseball friends. Barry Rozner remembers how he first met him. Full story.