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Dawn Patrol: Marklund to expand; U-46 says 'no' to charter school

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  • Susan Semla of Bloomingdale, who has an autistic daughter, gets emotional as another mother of an autistic child speaks during Bloomingdale's village board meeting last night. Residents spoke for and against Marklund's proposal to expand its school for autism.

       Susan Semla of Bloomingdale, who has an autistic daughter, gets emotional as another mother of an autistic child speaks during Bloomingdale's village board meeting last night. Residents spoke for and against Marklund's proposal to expand its school for autism.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer


Bloomingdale allows Marklund to expand

Marklund can proceed with a planned expansion of its Bloomingdale school for children with autism as long as it complies with certain conditions. Bloomingdale's village board last night voted 4-1 to grant Marklund's request to construct a nearly 12,000-square-foot addition on its Bloomingdale campus at 164 S. Prairie Ave. Not all the neighbors supported the move. Full story.

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U-46 says 'no' to charter school

A committee tasked with considering a charter school proposal for Elgin Area School District U-46 last night recommended turning down the plan. The Elgin Charter School Initiative is proposing to open the Elgin Math and Science Academy on the site of the Fox River Country Day School at 1600 Dundee Ave., but the committee did not like the charter school's answers to questions. Full story.

Barrington area residents can soon monitor well water

Barrington-area residents, faced with a shrinking water table, will soon be able to monitor water levels on three local wells with reports every 15 minutes on ground water levels. Installing the monitors is the latest step in ongoing efforts to understand the water table, educate the public about it and, ultimately, preserve it, officials said. Full story.

Road repairs slowing traffic in Carol Stream

Portions of Gary Avenue in Carol Stream are down to one lane in each direction as work continues on an $11.3 million project to improve the heavily traveled strip. The project stretches from North Avenue on south to Army Trail Road on the north. It involves road widening in some areas, as well as resurfacing, drainage improvements, and improved signals. Full story.

Two men charged in Aurora prostitution sting

Two Chicago men accused of arranging sexual encounters between men and two teenage girls were arrested and charged with promoting juvenile prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school. The charges were part of a collaboration between the Aurora Police Special Operations Group and FBI working together on a national joint sting operation called "Operation Cross Country." Full story.

Lombard pedestrian underpass meeting set

Anyone who wants more information about a pedestrian underpass project slated to begin next week in downtown Lombard can attend an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Helen Plum Memorial Library. The finished underpass will eliminate at-grade pedestrian crossing and add canopies and shelters. Full story.

Waukegan man charged in stabbings

A Waukegan man accused of stabbing two men Saturday night has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Police say Juan Guajardo, 39, stabbed Manuel Alaniz, 40, of Waukegan, during a fight. Alaniz later died. Another man had minor injuries. Full story.

Antioch man charged with having fraudulent ID

An Antioch man could get up to three years in prison after he was accused of telling police he was someone else during a traffic stop last week. Larry Terry, 47, used a different identity when stopped and was in possession of IDs and other credit cards in various names, police said. Full story.


Possible showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. It will start out at 74 degrees this morning, before reaching 85 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will dip to 63 degrees this evening. Full weather.


Washington Street remains closed between North Cedar Lake Road and North Hainesville Road near Round Lake Park. People should use Rollins Road as an alternate route. Full story.

Kasper: Light at the end of the tunnel for Cubs fans

Brick by brick, the Chicago Cubs are building their dream home, and Len Kasper says in the next couple of years it should start to take shape, in the form of young, homegrown, cost-effective talent at all levels. It's taking shape, and there's light at the end of the tunnel, Kasper says. Full story.

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