Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines
A man in his 40s died after he was hit by an outbound Metra train on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line late yesterday afternoon in Des Plaines. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Full story.
Quinn: No speed limit increase in the suburbs
Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. Full story.
Elk Grove Village officials: No tarps or blankets at next summer's concerts
Don't expect to plop down tarps, blankets or tables next year to reserve your spot for one of Elk Grove Village's popular summer concerts. But you can still bring lawn chairs and coolers, village officials say. Mayor Craig Johnson said the village staff will be cracking down on use of large items to reserve space in an effort to allow enough room for the growing crowds at the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series. Full story.
Pierotti: I was surprised DuPage forest exec director was let go
While DuPage County Forest Preserve commission President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr. knew Executive Director Arnie Biondo was on thin ice with some commissioners, Pierotti says he had no idea the entire board would decide to give Biondo the option to either retire early or be terminated without cause. Full story.
Algonquin man arrested on heroin-related charges
An Algonquin man has been arrested after law enforcement officials found heroin in a vehicle, police said. Brandon P. Trina, 20, was charged with unlawful possession of heroin, hypodermic syringes and paraphernalia, and unlawful delivery of heroin, according to a McHenry County sheriff's office news release. Full story.
Prosecutors: Deng should stand trial for 2005 Bethell murder
Prosecutors say a 22-year-old Aurora man should head to trial after an appellate court threw out his guilty plea and prison sentence for the 2005 murder of a substance abuse counselor. Garang Deng was 14 when prosecutors say he fatally shot Marilyn Bethell, of Aurora, on Halloween 2005. Full story.
Roskam talks tax reform, health care, immigration in St. Charles
Congressman Peter Roskam began his speech yesterday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in St. Charles with a call to tax reform, but he soon found himself fielding questions about the Keystone Pipeline, immigration and health care reform. Full story.
Mostly cloudy and 67 degrees this morning, with temperatures expected to climb to the upper 70s this afternoon. A chance of thunderstorms tonight with temperatures in the 60s. Full story.
People should expect construction delays on Algonquin Road between Penny Road and Roselle Road near Hoffman Estates. Full traffic.
Bears' Lynch out to make most of final opportunity
Playing football is what Jordan Lynch has wanted more than anything since he was in grade school, and Thursday night in Cleveland he gets one last chance to show Bears coaches he deserves a place on their 53-man roster -- or at least on the practice squad. Full story.