Marengo woman gives birth on tollway
The commute from Trevor Farina's home in Marengo to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin is typically a 35-minute drive. But on the day of his son's birth, he made it there in 20 minutes. It still wasn't fast enough. Trevor's wife, Beth Farina, 24, gave birth to her third son by herself in the moving car while Trevor, 22, was driving on the Jane Addams Tollway to the hospital. Full story (with adorable pictures).
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Boy in hospital, road might reopen after mom, son fall into sinkhole
An Elgin teenager remains at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after the car he and his mother were in plunged into a sinkhole on a rural Kane County road and then was run over by a pickup truck. Benjamin Hernandez, 15, suffered a spinal fracture, a broken rib and a broken jaw, and he lost some teeth in the crash, his mother San Juanita Pineda said. Burlington Township Highway Commissioner Jack Krueger suggests Thomas Road in Kane County could reopen today. Full story with videos.
Police: Boy accidentally shoots brother with rifle
A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen by his brother yesterday, officials said. Police responded to the 9700 block of Wright Road, in an unincorporated area near Harvard, around 11 a.m., according to a news release from the McHenry County sheriff's office. Full story.
Aurora Sportsmen's Club sued over contamination at Sugar Grove site
The Illinois attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against the Aurora Sportsmen's Club, seeking damages and cleanup of lead shot deposited on several acres at the Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, where the club used to shoot until five years ago. The lawsuit, filed in Kane County on behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the state's Environmental Protection Agency and state's Nature Preserves Commission, seeks a $10,000-per-day fine dating back to July 2009, a total of nearly $18 million. Full story.
DuPage Forest Preserve approves early retirement program
DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners unanimously approved an early retirement program yesterday. The program will take effect Aug. 31 and offer early retirement packages to about 65 eligible employees who are 50 and older and have at least 20 years of service credit with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Full story.
Des Plaines plans to restructure special tax district
Des Plaines officials want to restructure a special taxing district that's long operated in the red, with an eye toward making the area more enticing for developers. The city established its sixth tax increment financing district on the northeast corner of Higgins and Mannheim roads in 2001 in an effort to spur redevelopment. But a number of proposed projects have failed to get off the ground, while the city finds itself with an estimated $6.8 million deficit in the TIF 6 fund. Full story.
U-46 educators to train teachers in Ghana
A group of Elgin Area School District U-46 elementary school teachers will visit Ghana over winter break to train educators there how to use storybooks and computers in their classrooms. The effort is part of the Books for Ghana project by sixth-grade gifted students at Sycamore Trails Elementary School in Bartlett. Full story.
Cooler today with high temperatures around 66 degrees. Temperatures are around 63 degrees as you head out the door. The cool off continues tonight with temperatures in the upper 50s. Full story.
Bartlett Road is closed between IL Route 72/Higgins Road and Shoe Factory Road near Hoffman Estates. People will need to find alternate routes around the roadwork. Full story.
U.S. soccer team far from a disappointment
As much as we wanted to believe in this U.S. national soccer team, we always knew a long run through this World Cup was a lot to ask. If that doesn't make you feel any better about Tuesday's 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium, that's a good thing. Full story.
Cubs grind out 2-1 win over Boston -- enjoy it while you can
The Cubs began the second half of their season last night at Fenway Park with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. They're probably both halfway home and halfway to nowhere. The Cubs' record of 35-46 was identical to the first-half record of last year. Then came the eventual sell-off, and the record settled in at 66-96 at the end. That may well again happen this season if the Cubs deal pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to contending teams. Full story.