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Dawn Patrol: Delays on Metra BNSF; teen gets 90 days for fatal DUI

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  • Commuters on the Metra BNSF line could face longer commutes this morning after two people were struck and killed along the line Thursday afternoon in Chicago.

       Commuters on the Metra BNSF line could face longer commutes this morning after two people were struck and killed along the line Thursday afternoon in Chicago.
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Metra BNSF riders can expect longer commute

Metra riders may be facing a slightly longer commute this morning on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line -- the aftereffects of Thursday afternoon's rush-hour crash in which two people were struck and killed. Metra announced it was canceling four trains Friday morning, but restored normal service around 5:30 a.m. Full story.

Barrington Hills teen gets 90 days for fatal DUI crash

A Barrington Hills teen will spend 90 days in jail and another three years on probation for the 2013 head-on car crash that killed a 61-year-old Elgin man and seriously injured the man's fiancee. Judge Thomas Fecarotta issued the sentence yesterday against 19-year-old Karsten James Eilertsen, who pleaded guilty last month to aggravated DUI resulting in death and great bodily harm. He was taken into custody after the hearing. Full story.

Term limits may be on Arlington Hts. ballot in November

Voters in Arlington Heights may get to vote this November on a referendum question asking them if terms limits should be imposed on elected officials. It's Bill Gnech's second attempt to get such a question on the ballot, but in 2013 it was thrown off the ballot due to its format and the number of signatures. Gnech said he consulted with several lawyer friends this time and took the wording straight from a 2010 Naperville referendum. Full story.

Police seek public's help finding Elgin man

Police are looking for a missing Elgin man who hasn't been heard from since Tuesday. John Cotton Jr., 22, has been missing since 8 a.m. Tuesday from his home on the 1400 block of Knotty Pine Drive. Authorities said Cotton's unoccupied vehicle was found Tuesday night in Stevenson County, which is west of Rockford. Full story.

Sales of Kennedy gold coin at Rosemont convention suspended

You can still buy them online, but don't bother camping out anymore at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for a chance to buy the new John F. Kennedy gold half dollar. Officials at the U.S. Mint decided yesterday to suspend in-person sales of the coin as a safety precaution after long lines developed this week outside the World's Fair of Money convention in Rosemont and U.S. Mint locations in Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Full story.

McIlvaine seeks extension stemming from 1975 project

St. Charles homeowner Cliff McIlvaine says he'll remove some construction materials from his land by Monday, but city officials say he isn't doing his best to comply with city regulations. McIlvaine was sued by the city of St. Charles in an effort to get him to finish a project that he first pulled a permit for in 1975. "Again, Mr. McIlvaine is showing no urgency to complete anything," Phil Luetkehans, an attorney for the city, said Thursday. Full story.


Cloudy this morning with lows in the high 60s. Sunny this afternoon with temperatures reaching 75 degrees. Tonight, forecasters calling for patchy clouds and temperatures dipping back into the 60s. Full forecast.


Moving slow on the Jane Addams Tollway with an accident near Elmhurst Road. Reports of delays on westbound I-290 between Harlem Avenue and Fourth Avenue. Full traffic.

Bears kick off preseason schedule tonight

The Bears will play under the bright lights of Soldier Field tonight in their first preseason game, facing the Philadelphia Eagles. It'll be an important game for those looking to make the team. Coaches will cut the current 90-man roster to 53 at the end of the month. Beat writer Bob LeGere looks at some of the key battles for backup spots. Full story.

Baez hits two homers in Cubs win

Cubs rookie Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in 4 runs yesterday, leading the Cubs over the Colorado Rockies 6-2. Baez led off the sixth inning with a shot down the left-field line, and then hit a two-run homer to right field in the eighth. Full story.

White Sox ... not so much

Roenis Elias took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Dustin Ackley led a potent Seattle offense with a home run and four RBI, and the Mariners beat the White Sox 13-3 last night. Full story.

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