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Dawn Patrol: 4-hour wait for a Cubs win; U-46 minority program flap

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  • The heavy rain didn't last very long last night at Wrigley Field, but it was long enough to drench the field not covered by an unsuspecting umpire and grounds crew, so the delay lasted past 1:15 a.m.

      The heavy rain didn't last very long last night at Wrigley Field, but it was long enough to drench the field not covered by an unsuspecting umpire and grounds crew, so the delay lasted past 1:15 a.m.
    Bruce Miles | Staff Photographer


Waiting until 1:15 a.m. for same Cubs score as at 8:45 p.m.

The Cubs are entering the serious spoiler portion of their schedule, but the biggest spoiler last night at Wrigley Field was a short but strong rainstorm that hit as the Cubs were about to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning leading the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on a first-inning 2-run homer by Anthony Rizzo. The delay started at 8:42 p.m., and the players, coaches, media and remaining fans waited more than 4 hours for the game to be declared over after 1:15 a.m. Full story by sleepy Cubs writer Bruce Miles.

U-46 criticized for paying parents $1,000 in minority leadership program

A program that helps develop parent leaders from within the Latino and black communities of Elgin Area School District U-46 has come under fire from some district taxpayers. Dozens of U-46 parents and taxpayers primarily from Bartlett and Wayne packed a school board meeting complaining about being overtaxed and about the district's Hispanic and African-American parent leadership institutes in which parents can get $1,000. Full story.

Quick guilty verdict in 2010 Mount Prospect murder

A Cook County jury deliberated for about an hour before convicting Edwin Paniagua of murdering Jean Louis Wattecamps of Mount Prospect. "I think the jury saw things as they were," Wattecamps' sister, Marie Schutt, said after hearing the verdict yesterday. "It's still a sad day for all of us." Full story.

12-year-old girl who drowned in Arlington Heights pool identified

The Cook County medical examiner's office last night identified a 12-year-old Chicago girl who died after she was pulled from a pool in an Arlington Heights apartment complex, police said. An apartment complex employee jumped in to retrieve Jasanae Poole, but she died yesterday morning. Full story.

Ex-Arlington Hts. PTA president charged with theft

A former president of the South Middle School PTA in Arlington Heights is charged with stealing money from the group she was responsible for managing, officials said. Denise Hoppe, 48, was arrested Thursday on one count of theft greater than $500 but less than $10,000, and one count of forgery, Arlington Heights police said yesterday. Both charges are felonies. Full story.

Batavia customers file suit against electricity provider

Nine Batavia utility customers have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming consultants were negligent when advising city officials whether to make a 30-year, $240 million investment in the Prairie State Energy Campus. The suit, filed yesterday, contends that as a result of the alleged negligence, Batavia has paid at least $19 million more for electricity generated by the Washington County plant than it would have if it bought the electricity elsewhere. Full story.

DuPage courts expert Lapinski to lead forest preserve

The next executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District doesn't have a resume that screams "natural resources expert." But forest preserve commissioners say they're convinced they've got the right guy this time around. John J. Lapinski, 53, the trial court administrator for DuPage County's chief judge, signed a three-year contract Tuesday that will pay him $160,000 a year when he takes the reins on Oct. 1. Full story.

Stratton Lock and Dam getting $16 million renovation

The Stratton Lock and Dam in McHenry will receive a $16.7 million facelift that officials say should significantly cut the time boaters wait to travel between the upper Fox River and Chain O' Lakes and the lower river in Algonquin. However, officials said, the new gates will not help alleviate flooding on the recreational waterway, something nearby residents had hoped for since potential renovations to the aging dam were first mentioned in 2012. Full story.


Mostly clear this morning with temperatures in the 60s. Highs in the mid 80s this afternoon with the chance of thunderstorms tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 45 and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. People are urged to seek an alternate route. Full traffic.

Chicago Little League team tops Texas 6-1

Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings and Chicago's Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1 in an elimination game in the Little League World Series on last night. Chicago will face the loser of Wednesday's game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Full story.

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