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  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, left, won't even be in the next Congress as he's lost his Republican primary election. Does that mean House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Wheaton, front, will rise up the ranks further?

      House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, left, won't even be in the next Congress as he's lost his Republican primary election. Does that mean House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Wheaton, front, will rise up the ranks further?
    Associated Press, 2011

 
By Safiya Merchant

What does Cantor's loss mean for Roskam?

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert said it's too early to tell if House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss last night in Virginia could spark a Republican leadership change that sends U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton further up the GOP power ladder. Cantor, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned by a little-known, Tea Party-backed Republican primary challenger David Brat. Roskam would be next in line if congressmen simply moved up, but Hastert said it's not that simple. Full story.

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Clinton returns to local roots for book tour

As Hillary Clinton rolls through Chicago today on her book tour and possible presidential campaign warm-up, Democrats from her former hometown of Park Ridge and the surrounding suburbs will be watching. Clinton's ties as a Chicago native and Maine South High School alumna could give local Democrats extra incentive to work hard for a 2016 campaign. Full story.

Avoid the Kennedy this weekend, IDOT warns

This upcoming weekend could be the worst for Northwest suburban drivers heading into Chicago, who will face a bottleneck on the eastbound Kennedy from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The expressway will be down to two lanes from Chicago to Grand avenues in addition to the reversible lanes. Full story.

Will defendant take stand in murder trial?

As Miguel Hernandez's defense attorneys concluded their case yesterday, one question remained: Would their client, charged with first-degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Eric Galarza Jr. of Elgin, testify on his own behalf? Outside the presence of the jury, Hernandez told Cook County Judge Bridget Hughes he was unable to decide. Hughes gave him until 10 a.m. today to make up his mind. Either way, she said, jurors will hear closing arguments and begin deliberations. Full story.

Laptops stolen from Barrington High School storage closet

Barrington police are investigating the theft of 59 MacBook Air computers from a locked storage closet at Barrington High School. School employees made the discovery before school ended for summer vacation, according to a statement posted Monday on the District 220 website. Full story.

Elk Grove District 59 students getting computers and tablets

Nearly all students in Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59 will be getting their own computer devices next school year that officials say will provide opportunities for expanded learning. Full story.

Prosecutors get more time to prepare case against Palatine man

The prosecutors aiming to put James P. Eaton, the man accused of killing a 14-year-old Palatine girl in 1997, behind bars were granted more time to prepare their evidence at a court hearing in Wisconsin yesterday. Racine County District Attorney Richard Chiapete said at the hearing that so far sheriff's investigators had turned over one large binder of evidence to prosecutors and that the amount of materials in the case is "voluminous." Full story. Full story.

Mokena family remembers soldier killed by friendly fire

Among the five American troops killed this week during a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan was a soldier from Illinois who deployed a month after his father died: Aaron Toppen, 19, family spokeswoman Jennie Swartz told The Associated Press from the family's Mokena home, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Swartz said representatives from the U.S. Army came to the door of Toppen's mother, Pam Toppen, in the middle of the night to deliver the news. Full story.

Naperville looks to extend fire training to other departments

As six new firefighters work their first 24-hour shifts this week in Naperville, they should already be familiar with their surroundings. The department trained this group of new hires in-house, and officials say they would like to offer their training program to new members of other departments. Full story.

Weather

Rain to start the morning with temperatures hovering at about 57 degrees. The rain is expected to disappear this afternoon when temperatures reach 66 degrees. Temperatures will then fall to 55 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on Route 14 in Palatine at Hicks Road and again at Smith Road. People should expect heavy delays and may want to seek alternate routes. Full traffic.

Re-sign Samardzija or trade him? How about neither?

The debate for a long time has been whether to re-sign Samardzija for a lot of money or deal him for a lot of prospects. What if the Cubs choose Door No. 3: Hold on to Samardzija for the rest of this season and all of next season? Mike Imrem ponders.

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