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Dawn Patrol: Boy walks after sinkhole fall; fatal Naperville motorcycle crash

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  • San Juanita Pineda comforts her son Benjamin Hernandez, 15, in the pediatric intensive care unit at Loyal Hospital in Maywood on Tuesday. Benjamin was severely injured after the two drove into a sinkhole in Kane County early Tuesday morning.

       San Juanita Pineda comforts her son Benjamin Hernandez, 15, in the pediatric intensive care unit at Loyal Hospital in Maywood on Tuesday. Benjamin was severely injured after the two drove into a sinkhole in Kane County early Tuesday morning.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer


Elgin boy takes steps after sinkhole accident

An Elgin mother took solace in the first steps her son took yesterday after being injured when their vehicle drove into a sinkhole Tuesday. Benjamin Hernandez, 15, fractured his spine and has a broken rib and jaw -- an overwhelming amount of injuries for San Juanita Pineda, who was delivering newspapers when the crash happened south of Burlington. Full story.

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One killed, one injured in Naperville motorcycle crash

A Minnesota man was killed and his wife injured when a car turned in front of their Harley Davidson motorcycle yesterday afternoon in Naperville. The crash happened at Ogden Avenue and Iroquois Drive just before 1 p.m. Full story.

Geneva doctor's license suspended

A Geneva doctor has had his license suspended by the state after accusations of having sexual relationships with patients and inappropriately prescribing controlled substances. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suspended Mark G. Lewis, of St. Charles, effective June 26. Full story.

Local clergy hand out condoms at Hobby Lobby

In response to this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a small group of clergy and representatives from Planned Parenthood passed out condoms last night in front of a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora. Protesters hoped to spread the message that Christians have a wide variety of opinions regarding birth control. Full story.

Email prompts Quinn to withhold COD funding

An email detailing College of DuPage President Robert Breuder's strategy to secure the long-promised funding for the Glen Ellyn school has caused Gov. Pat Quinn to change his mind on a $20 million construction grant promised to the college. The governor did not like the "tactics" Breuder used. Full story.

Tollway named for Medal of Honor holder

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority yesterday unveiled signs on I-94's north- and southbound lanes at Grand Avenue for the newly named Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass. Lynch risked his life to single-handedly rescue three wounded soldiers under fire. Full story.


Light rain and cool to start the day, with temperatures hovering at 58 degrees. Temperatures will climb to 71 degrees this afternoon, before falling back to 56 degrees overnight. Full story.


Construction continues on Tyler Road between IL-64 and Kirk Road in St. Charles. People should expect delays and seek alternate routes. Full story.

Bulls waiting on Carmelo, have options

The Chicago Bulls spent Tuesday wooing Carmelo Anthony, but yesterday the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks had their shot. The Bulls are feeling good about Anthony, but should he choose another team, an alternate plan isn't quite as clear. Full story.

Cubs beat Red Sox, sweep series

The Chicago Cubs not only swept the Boston Red Sox last night, but they did it with a good old-fashioned beat down: 16-9. The nine-inning game took 4 hours and 19 minutes. The Cubs got home runs from Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt, Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz in the series. Full story.

Where to find fireworks in the suburbs

Check out our interactive map featuring places that are having fireworks shows as well as times, details and useful links.

Weekend Picks, Fourth of July edition

Aside from fireworks, take a look at our list of choices for festivals and more going on in the suburbs this weekend.

You can choose among big-name musical acts

All our suburban festivals mean serious competition for serious musical acts, like George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and the BoDeans. Full list.

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