Two charged in Batavia armed robbery
A Geneva woman and St. Charles juvenile have been charged with armed robbery and retail theft, accused of taking a television at knife point from a Batavia Walmart. Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of 353 Brittany Court in Geneva is charged with armed robbery and retail theft. The unidentified 17-year-old male juvenile from St. Charles is charged with armed robbery, robbery and retail theft. According to police, the pair entered the store at 801 N. Randall Road just before 6 a.m. and attempted to leave without paying for the television. The arrest came as other Tri-Cities robberies were being investigated. Full Story
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Naperville's Route 59 and Diehl Road closed for 8 hours
The intersection of Route 59 and Diehl Road was closed for more than eight hours Wednesday and was still closed late last night as crews cleaned up an earlier accident. Naperville officials were warning drivers to avoid the area of Route 59 and Diehl Road after a dump truck pulled down overhead cable lines. Full Story
Jury resuming deliberations today in Elgin case
After more than six hours of deliberations last night, jurors will try again starting this morning to reach a verdict in the trial of an Elgin man charged with the shooting death of 5-year-old Eric Galarza Jr. Cook County Judge Bridget Hughes sent the jury home about 11 p.m., and they will return to the Rolling Meadows courthouse at 10 a.m. today to resume deliberations. The jury began deliberating the fate of Miguel Hernandez Jr. about 4:50 p.m. yesterday after a long day of testimony that included two hours of impassioned closing arguments. Full Story
No decision for Elgin's Gasthaus
Attorneys' tempers flared last night before the Elgin's liquor control commission ran out of time -- for the third time since April -- to make a decision regarding a downtown bar accused of liquor license violations. The city alleges the Gasthaus Zur Linde operated as a nightclub without serving food in March 2013, which exceeds the scope of its liquor license, and served alcohol to a minor in May 2013. Gasthaus owner Marco Muscarello said he believes the city has been targeting his bar because of the possible redevelopment of the nearby Elgin Tower Building by Wisconsin-based Gorman & Co. Full Story
Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach to close for three days
Rollins Road between Hainesville Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach will close for about three days to through traffic from 7 p.m. Friday until about noon Monday. But the work to be done then and continue the following week is regarded as a milestone in a nearly two-year project to untangle traffic at one of the more frustrating spots in Lake County. Full Story
State board recognizes best teachers
A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon yesterday at the governor's mansion in Springfield. Full Story
Misty fog and cool with temperatures hovering at about 62 degrees this morning, but the mist will lift and temperatures will climb to 79 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will drop back to about 53 degrees this evening and a thunderstorm could move in. Full weather.
Construction continues on Bartlett Road between Higgins Road and Shoe Factory Road near Bartlett. People should expect heavy delays and may want to seek an alternate route. Full story.
Pirates beat Cubs 4-2, and pitchers win, too!
Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at rainy PNC Park last night. Full Story. Does this really mean Cubs starting pitchers are getting good run support? Bruce Miles reports.
Maybe this is a big series for the Sox
If the Sox are making a playoff push in August or September, they can look back to this week's meeting against the first-place Tigers as the series that finally got them pointed in the right direction. After winning their second straight game over Detroit, an 8-2 pounding last night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox (33-33) are only 2½ games off the pace. Scot Gregor reports.