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  • Metra board approves 10.8 percent fare hike Nov 14, 2014 2:28 PM
    Metra leaders Friday approved an average 10.8 percent fare hike that will pay employees more and buy essential equipment but won’t deliver any extras such as more express trains or additional weekend and late-night service. Board Director John Zediker of Naperville suggested halving the increase. “Clearly, we can’t balance everything on the backs of the riders” he said.

  • Island Lake fatal crash cited as Illinois no-tolerance DUI pot law is challenged Nov 14, 2014 5:23 AM
    Some argue Illinois' zero-tolerance law deeming a driver impaired if any amount of marijuana is detected is archaic. The state bar association has submitted legislation to change it. But prosecutors and other law enforcement officials stand firmly behind the so-called "trace" law. Absent a medical marijuana card "and we take a blood test and it's in your system, you're going to go to jail,” said Limey Nargelenas, deputy director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

  • DuPage jury finds Chicago man guilty of drug charges Nov 15, 2014 12:13 AM
    A DuPage County jury is currently deciding the fate of the Chicago man prosecutors say was the first lieutenant of a massive heroin distribution network in Cook and DuPage counties for the past several years. Terrence Steele, 37, of Chicago is charged with nine counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of racketeering and conspiracy and one count of racketeering.

  • Suburban women in politics on Jane Byrne as an inspiration Nov 16, 2014 11:10 AM
    Suburban women in politics said Friday they owe a lot to Jane Byrne for making it clear that women, too, could be players in the political arena. “She was an inspiration for me,” former Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins said. “(Her election) gave any woman the idea that it was possible that a woman could be mayor."

  • Dawn Patrol: Dog poisoned; Lake County murder suspect arrested Nov 13, 2014 5:54 AM
    Lake County murder suspect captured. Man sentenced to 26 years for Mount Prospect slaying. Poisoned Schaumburg dog was deliberately targeted. Suburban priest remembered for prowess with homilies and hockey. Streamwood man pleads guilty to reckless conduct. Public gets chance to comment on Route 53/120 corridor. Rose teammates say actions speak louder than words.

  • Police officer gets probation for station altercation Nov 13, 2014 6:20 PM
    Michael Hart, a Skokie police officer from Gurnee, pleaded guilty Wednesday to official misconduct related to an incident that took place last year at the Skokie Police Department when he shoved a woman into a holding cell causing her to slam her face and head into a concrete bench.

  • Court records: Ex-Elgin deputy chief took money from ex-wife, hacked rival’s email Nov 13, 2014 11:53 AM
    A former Elgin deputy police chief facing felony misconduct and identity theft charges hacked into his then-wife's personal bank account in April 2010 and took $8,500 only to return it later, according to court recrds. Prosecutors want this "prior bad act" by Robert Beeter, 53, of Elgin, admitted as evidence should the case go to trial. Beeter also hacked into his mistress' husband's email nearly 1,000 times in a nine-month span, prosecutors say.

  • Workshop on improving volunteer engagement Nov. 19 Nov 12, 2014 8:56 AM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago is pleased host a workshop by volunteer impact expert, Tony Goodrow on Wednesday, Nov. 19, entitled “Relative Impact ROI: A More Meaningful Way to Measure Volunteer Engagement.”

  • Dawn Patrol: Sikh mission on fire; cops defended in shooting Nov 12, 2014 5:57 AM
    Fire destroys Sikh mission building. Cops who shot Waukegan man to death followed protocol, officials say. 5th teen referred to juvenile court in sexting, cyberbullying case. Schaumburg police investigating report of tainted dog treats. Mundelein officials narrowly approve controversial deal to lure Wal-Mart. Sex abuse victims’ attorneys want more priest names revealed. Proposed marijuana dispensary raises concerns in Lombard. New gated subdivision proposed in Barrington. Rozner: Cubs got their money’s worth in Maddon.

  • Taxpayers in neighboring districts funding legal fight in Dist. 211 rape case Nov 12, 2014 11:19 AM
    For eight years, taxpayers in three suburban school districts have been helping fund the fight against a lawsuit brought by the families of five former special education students who were raped by a classmate at a District 211 school. Offiicals think that's OK, but “I definitely think that if the school board was overseeing this there might be a little more understanding of the human toll of this case,” said Catherine Massarelli, representing four of the families.

  • Chicago theater honored at White House Nov 11, 2014 8:59 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama is presenting the Chicago Shakespeare Theater with the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

  • Dawn Patrol: Veterans Day in the suburbs; fire hurts 1 in W. Chicago Nov 11, 2014 5:48 AM
    It’s Veterans Day. Former Rep. Mikva to get Presidential Medal of Freedom. Three-alarm fire damages West Chicago area home. Man pleads not guilty in Lombard hate crime. Funeral home gains Lake Zurich approval. Aurora police seek help from public in hit and run. Lake County prosecutors: No charges yet in juvenile sexting, cyberbullying case. DuPage forest preserve releases director’s termination. Abreu named rookie of the year.

  • Sex abuse victims’ attorneys want more priest names revealed Nov 11, 2014 8:04 PM
    Less than a week after the Archdiocese of Chicago released child sex abuse files pertaining to 36 priests, two attorneys for victims said they want more priests' names revealed, including ones for whom the accusations were not found to be credible.

  • Dawn Patrol: Phil Crane dies; colder temps coming Nov 10, 2014 5:44 AM
    Longtime suburban congressman Phil Crane dies; unseasonably cold temps to sweep through suburbs Tuesday; inside Naperville’s marathon from start to finish; trial date set in 2013 murder of Elgin artist; cops comparing notes after burglaries in Aurora, Oak Brook; south suburban man sought in Round Lake Beach slaying; suspect arrested in Beach Park hit-and-run that injured skateboarder; Elgin man shot in hand on way to party

  • Cook County puts surplus good up for auction Nov 10, 2014 5:36 PM
    From an old piano to a pair of meat slicers, Cook County is generating revenue by selling obsolete and occasionally odd property on an online auction site. “These items are helping the county bring in money instead of collecting dust in a warehouse,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

  • Legion Post 690 seeks donations for Adopt a Sailor holiday dinner Nov 10, 2014 1:24 PM
    The American Legion Post 690 family is seeking donations for its Adopt a Sailor dinner which is to be held on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 27, when sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station will come to the newly renovated American Legion hall for a Thanksgiving dinner.

  • North Barrington attorney charged with home invasion, firing gun in Hawthorn Woods Nov 10, 2014 11:48 AM
    An attorney from North Barrington remains held in the Lake County jail on charges he broke into a Hawthorn Woods residence Friday night and fired a handgun, authorities said. Raymond Clutts, 57, of the 100 block of Clubhouse Drive, faces charges of home invasion and felony reckless discharge of a weapon.

  • Alert issued after 4 robberies near University of Chicago Nov 9, 2014 9:05 AM
    Police are warning students at the University of Chicago and nearby residents to be cautious after four recent robberies near the campus. Police say in a news release that in each case the robber either displayed a handgun or implied he or she had one before demanding the victim’s property. The robberies occurred at various times of day and night on four occasions beginning Oct. 31. The most recent was Friday. It was unclear how many people were responsible. According to police, some victims described the offender as a man with dreadlocks, wearing a hoodie and with a scar or tattoo on his neck. Others said they were robbed by a woman.

  • Deputies find drugs, AK-47 during check on parolee Nov 9, 2014 9:05 AM
    Cook County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a check on a parolee on electronic monitoring found suspected crack cocaine and two firearms, including a fully loaded AK-47 rifle. Authorities say 23-year-old Michael Rivers is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of cocaine and marijuana. Investigators from the sheriff’s electronic monitoring unit responded Thursday afternoon to a Chicago home after receiving a report that Rivers had violated curfew. Rivers is on electronic monitoring. Deputies determined Rivers had a legitimate reason to have left. But when they went to check the monitoring unit, they found what appeared to be crack cocaine on a plate on the dining room floor. Deputies also recovered the AK-47, a .357-caliber revolver and suspected marijuana. A phone number for Rivers was disconnected.

  • First lady honors Chicago Shakespeare Theater Nov 10, 2014 12:05 AM
    Chicago Shakespeare Theater will receive receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from first lady Michelle Obama during an official White House ceremony Monday. The award recognizes CST's arts education partnership with Chicago Public Schools to serve at-risk children.

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