Schaumburg parents sue Dist. 54 over medical marijuana
Schaumburg parents are suing Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and the state in federal court for not allowing their daughter, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, to take medical marijuana at school. A district spokeswoman said they cannot legally grant the request because the state's medical marijuana law prohibits the possession or use of cannabis on school grounds. Full story.
Kennedy criticizes Pritzker tax breaks, says Rauner sabotaged state government
Democratic candidate for Governor Chris Kennedy called rival J.B. Pritzker a "poster child" for hypocrisy exhibited by party leaders who game the property assessment system to stay in power. "Pritzker won't speak out against what's happening," Kennedy told the Daily Herald editorial board Thursday. "It's tangible evidence of his desire to protect the status quo." He also took swipes at Gov. Bruce Rauner. Full story.
Rudd's lawyers dismissed over possible conflict of interest
A Lake County judge determined Thursday that a law firm assisting defense attorneys with the perjury case against former Coroner Thomas Rudd should be dismissed due to a possible conflict of interest, attorneys said. Judge Victoria Rossetti dismissed the law firm of Odelson and Sterk from Rudd's defense team. Full story.
Cary-Grove senior sues school board, alleging free speech stifled
A Cary-Grove High School senior is accusing school officials of stifling his First Amendment right to free speech in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Matthew Ahmann said administrators gave him an in-school suspension for recording a speech by Cary Village President Mark Kownick during a school visit and posting the video and audio recording on a political website. Full story.
Aurora treatment facility employee charged with sexually assaulting patient
An employee at a residential psychiatric treatment facility in Aurora has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor patient over a four-month span. Darius Jones, 38, of the 3600 block of West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, faces three felony counts. Full story.
FBI: Homeless man robbed Hoffman Estates bank for rent money
A homeless man accused of robbing the Chase Bank in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday was trying to get money to pay his rent, according to federal court documents. Justin Hernandez, 24, is charged with bank robbery in connection with the holdup at 2555 W. Golf Road shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Full story.
Kegarise likely staying on 56th District GOP ballot
All signs late Thursday pointed to Republican 56th District state representative candidate Charlotte "Char" Kegarise's overcoming an objection to her nominating petitions, allowing her to remain on the March primary ballot to face fellow Republican Jillian Rose Bernas. Bernas said she has no plans to appeal. Full story.
Cloudy and 23 degrees this morning, with wind chill readings in the single digits. Snow showers possible today, with highs in the 20s. Lows tonight in the single digits. Full story.
No delays to report early this morning. Road work is scheduled to cause restrictions on Butterfield Road in both directions near Raddant Road in Aurora until June 8. Full traffic.
Bears hire former Oregon coach
The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator, according to multiple sources. Helfrich won 33 games in his first three seasons (2013-15) and went to the national title game after the 2014 season, losing 42-20 to Ohio State. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman trophy that season with Helfrich calling offensive plays. Full story.
Maddon comfortable with revamped Cubs bullpen
The Cubs are going into the 2018 season this summer with a revamped relief corps. Gone is closer Wade Davis, who signed a free-agent deal with the Colorado Rockies. Former closer Hector Rondon was not tendered a contract, and he signed with the Houston Astros. Dependable lefty Brian Duensing is a free agent after one season with the Cubs. Full story.