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Dawn Patrol: Fund for boy caught in sinkhole; Barrington road projects

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  • Benjamin Hernandez, 15, of Elgin, suffered serious injuries after the car he was riding in last week plunged into a sinkhole on a rural Kane County road.

    Benjamin Hernandez, 15, of Elgin, suffered serious injuries after the car he was riding in last week plunged into a sinkhole on a rural Kane County road.
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Boy caught in sinkhole home, fund set up

Benjamin Hernandez, the Elgin boy who was seriously injured when his mother's vehicle drove into a sinkhole, is home and a fund has been set up to help with his care. The 15-year-old suffered a broken jaw and a broken rib, and lost some teeth July 1 when the car he was riding in fell into a sinkhole near Burlington. His mother says he's still in quite a bit of pain. Full story with fundraiser information.

Barrington OK's work on some of its roads

Barrington trustees approved funds Monday evening for the annual road and utility program that will improve 1.25 miles of the village's more distressed roads. Among the streets involved in this year's project, approved at a special meeting, are Lake Zurich Road, Old Northwest Highway, Raymond Avenue and eight others. Full story.

Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health center

DuPage County Health Department officials are hopeful construction on a new 33,000-square-foot community center can start next month after Wheaton officials approved a special use permit for the building last night. The one-story building will be just east of the department's existing public health center on the DuPage County campus, at 111 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. Full story.

With video gambling, Lake Zurich guarding against 'mini Las Vegas'

Now that Lake Zurich officials are on board with video gambling, Mayor Thomas Poynton said last night he and other officials want to ensure the village doesn't develop a "mini Las Vegas" appearance. Lake Zurich trustees voted 6-0 in favor of a comprehensive review on what businesses are allowed to promote in windows. Full story.

Boating victim identified as Arlington Heights woman

An Arlington Heights woman who starred in two sports at St. Viator High School was identified as the body pulled from Lake Michigan June 28 after the boat she was riding in caught fire May 31. Megan Blenner was a member of the 2003 state championship soccer team and played both soccer and basketball at Carroll University. Full story.

Fire at Rizzo's in Naperville started outside

A fire that damaged Naperville bar Rizzo's Sunday morning started on a back porch or roof and made its way into the building, fire officials said. The fire caused $200,000 in damage to the southwest corner of the building, including the second floor bathrooms and smoke and water damage to the second floor. Full story.

Mount Prospect settles with bar owner

The Village of Mount Prospect settled a suit with the owner of Ye Olde Town Inn, who accused the village of conspiring to seize his land and carry on with a redevelopment project without him. Tod Curtis filed the suit in 2008 saying village officials have been trying to drive him out for a decade. Full story.

Cary man accused of drug crimes, resisting arrest

Palatine police stopped a Cary man who drove under activated railroad gates last week and found two pounds of marijuana, as well as crystal meth, paraphernalia, and a switch blade knife, authorities said Monday. Police used a Taser on David J. Lee, 45, of Cary, after they say he resisted arrest. Full story.

Why don't we see lightning bugs in the suburbs?

With grand fireworks displays and lightning shows aplenty, one thing that isn't as common in the suburban night's sky anymore is lightning bugs. Experts say chemicals are killing them all off, in addition to cold weather, floods and insects. Full column by Burt Constable.


Some thunderstorms this morning, before sunny skies appear. Temperatures will start at about 70 degrees, climb to 79 degrees this afternoon, and drop to 61 degrees tonight. Another thunderstorm is possible this evening. Full story.


Construction continues on IL Route 62 near Barrington between Roselle Road and East Palatine Road/Westlake Drive. People should expect heavy delays and seek alternate routes. Full story.

Carmelo Anthony talk continues

With no definitive news about where Carmelo Anthony might play next season, the Chicago Bulls hold out hope that he's in fact very interested in becoming a Bull. The Bulls are not the highest bidders, but they're hoping his interest in winning outweighs a bigger paycheck. Full story.

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