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Dawn Patrol: Grayslake Central teen honored; warrant issued in Elgin stabbing

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  • Video: Classmates remember Matt Reed

  • Students console each other after a balloon launch for Grayslake Central drowning victim Matt Reed.

      Students console each other after a balloon launch for Grayslake Central drowning victim Matt Reed.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer


Friends gather at Grayslake Central to honor teen who drowned

Friends of a 16-year-old Grayslake Central High School student who drowned in Third Lake honored the teen Tuesday by releasing green and white helium-filled balloons matching the school's colors. Dozens of teens and adults gathered on the school's football field to remember Matt Reed, an incoming junior from Grayslake who died Monday while boating and swimming with friends in the neighboring community. Full story with video.

Experts: Wear flotation devices away from shore

Personal flotation devices should always be worn by swimmers -- no matter how experienced -- when in the middle of a lake, the head of a regional dive rescue team and other experts say. Full story and video.

Warrant issued for Elgin man accused of stabbing wife

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of stabbing his wife before he injured himself on Monday evening at their home in Elgin's Valley Creek subdivision. The warrant was issued for Rigoberto Catalan, 56, of the 600 block of Shenandoah Trail, for one count of aggravated domestic battery, a felony, Elgin police said. Full story.

DuPage leaders on federal West Chicago thorium cleanup funds: 'Pay it now'

DuPage County officials are calling on the federal government to provide the roughly $30 million to complete an environmental cleanup at the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago. After officials spent decades and roughly $1.2 billion cleaning area sites polluted with radioactive thorium waste from the former factory, the environmental response trust overseeing the work is in jeopardy of running out of money because it hasn't received federal funding since fiscal 2008. Full story with video.

Police searching for Oswego home invasion suspects

Oswego police are searching for four masked men who invaded a home on the 300 block of Hemlock Lane early Tuesday. Authorities said the four suspects brandished handguns as they entered the home at about 6:02 a.m. and took the phones and keys from a 40-year-old female victim and five other male victims, ranging in age from 21 to 17. Full story.

Northwest Community looks to add rehab facility

Northwest Community Healthcare hopes to open a 17-bed rehabilitation facility at its Arlington Heights hospital. The $3 million project would take up the entire third floor of the original building on the NCH campus, 800 W. Central Road. But health care companies that have rehab facilities nearby oppose the plan. Full story.

Elgin teen who accosted woman on trail gets probation

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 18 months' probation after admitting to accosting a woman walking on the Fox River Trail in April, according to Kane County court records. As part of the plea agreement reached last week, Ulises C. Bibriescas, of the 500 block of Raymond Street, Elgin, also must pay $2,090 in fines and fees, records show. Full story.


Partly cloudy and 67 degrees to start. Temperatures will only climb to 73 degrees this afternoon, before dropping to 60 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on IL Route 59 between New York Street and North Aurora Road near Naperville. People should see heavy delays and may want to seek alternate routes. Full story.

Who knew Maddux would be such a freak?

Sunday will encapsulate 106 years of Cubs futility. Greg Maddux, this generation's Lou Brock -- who was a previous generation's Greg Maddux -- will join Brock in baseball's Hall of Fame today. These are the two most prominent Cubs that got away. Full story by Mike Imrem.

Sox HOFers: 'Hawk' Harrelson's big contribution, big regret

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson talks about he gave soon-to-be Hall of Famer Frank Thomas his "Big Hurt" nickname, and how feels the big hurt of firing managing great Tony LaRussa, who also will welcomed in Cooperstown. Full story by Scot Gregor.

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