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Dawn Patrol: Metea mourns teacher; Dist. 34 kindergarten unconstitutional?

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  • This tree branch fell on three guests Sunday afternoon at Cantigny Park.

    This tree branch fell on three guests Sunday afternoon at Cantigny Park.
    courtesy of Jeff Reiter


Metea Valley mourns young teacher, coach

Metea Valley High School in Aurora mourns the loss of science teacher and coach Michael Riley Wegrzyn, who died Friday after suffering a stroke several days earlier. The 32-year-old taught biology and advanced environmental science at Metea and previously had taught at Neuqua Valley High School. He also coached the varsity girls lacrosse team for Neuqua and Metea students. Full story.

Suit calls Dist. 34 kindergarten fee unconstitutional

A lawsuit filed yesterday against Winfield School District 34 Monday claims the district's $2,416.50 fee for all-day kindergarten is unconstitutional. The district has said that it is entitled to charge tuition because the full-day program is not required and constitutes an extracurricular "after-school" program, according to a release sent out last night. Full story.

Cantigny tree branch collapse 'isolated incident'

The collapse of a heavy tree branch Sunday at Cantigny Park that injured three people was an isolated incident. The incident has heightened awareness of the condition of the trees on the property. The branch fell from an oak tree. Full story.

Rolling Meadows police looking for parolee

Rolling Meadows police say they're looking for a parolee who pushed his way into the home of an elderly woman over the weekend and took money from her after failing to scam another woman nearby. Stanley Miller, 32, is wanted on a warrant charging him home invasion related to that break-in. Full story.

Teens could be prosecuted as adults in Elgin robbery, beating

Three teens accused of beating and robbing an 87-year-old will be prosecuted as adults if Kane County prosecutors get their way. The 15-year-olds face felony charges of armed violence, armed robbery, robbery and aggravated battery of a victim more than 60 years old. The attack happened Saturday morning while the victim was practicing golf at Wing Park in Elgin. A judge will consider the issue in July. Full story.

Gurnee man reported missing

Gurnee police want help from the public in finding a man who went out for a bike ride Sunday morning and never returned. Andrew Adler, 57, left his home on the south side of Gurnee around 9 a.m. riding a blue Cannondale bike and wearing black shorts, police said in a release. Full story.


Cloudy and 59 degrees to start the day, with rain expected to move in later this morning when temperatures rise to 71 degrees. Thunderstorms are expected tonight when temperatures dip back to 58 degrees. Full story.


Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 near Round Lake Beach. People should use alternate routes and expect heavy delays. Full traffic.

Sox notch sweet win over Tigers

The White Sox aren't putting too much importance on a big four-game series with the first-place Tigers this week, but they were feeling better than worse after beating Detroit 6-5 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Read Scot Gregor's take here.

Graduation season comes to a close

Maine East's commencement ceremony Monday night in Rosemont marked the end of the 2014 graduation season in the Daily Herald coverage area. But the pomp and circumstance live on at Click here to view all of this spring's graduation photo galleries and order reprints.

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