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  • Endorsement: Hinds for DuPage County clerk Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends Republican Paul Hinds for DuPage County clerk

  • DuPage candidates differ on consolidating fire districts Oct 19, 2014 6:14 AM
    DuPage County Board candidate Jeremy Custer says county officials are “moving too fast” to consolidate fire districts and fire departments. But his opponent in the Nov. 4 election — District 4 incumbent Grant Eckhoff — insists he’s already waited five years to see progress made on the fire consolidation issue.

  • Good feelings run high at Cantigny cancer walk Oct 19, 2014 4:29 PM
    Wheaton’s Cantigny Park was filled Sunday morning with the kind of celebration that occurs when people band together to do something good. More than 2,000 people participated in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk at Cantigny, organizers said. “It’s a great feeling,” said Dale Lavoy of Oswego, a first-time participant in the walk.

  • Ex-Schaumburg cop’s trial in drug-skimming case delayed Oct 17, 2014 9:05 PM
    A trial date has been pushed back for a former Schaumburg police officer accused with two others of skimming drugs from police seizures and then using an informant to sell the narcotics on the street. The trial for John Cichy, 31, was set to begin Tuesday in DuPage County, but Judge Blanche Hill Fawell agreed Friday to delay it for an unspecified time at the request of the officer’s attorney, Jay Fuller.

  • Oak Brook man donates $50,000 for heroin fight Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    After losing his 18-year-old grandson to a heroin overdose in March, Edward Heil wanted to do something to prevent others from being killed by the drug. On Thursday, the Oak Brook man donated $50,000 to the DuPage Narcan Program, which trains police officers on how to administer the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

  • Dawn Patrol: 2 McHenry deputies shot, manhunt ends; OD drug’s success Oct 17, 2014 6:17 AM
    Holiday Hills shooting suspect caught after passers-by spotted him; man gets 78 years for shooting Elgin boy; judge says Crystal Lake South bleachers must come down; opiate overdose reversal drug saves 25 lives in DuPage; negotiations break down again in Waukegan school district; Streamwood father wins $1.3 million lottery prize.

  • Dawn Patrol: Mundelein firm selling Ebola gear; O’Hare screenings today Oct 16, 2014 6:03 AM
    Demand up for Mundelein company’s Ebola fighting gear. Elgin officer fights termination. Man charged with twice robbing Crystal Lake 7-Eleven. Hampshire rescue going well, horses still available.N. Aurora man charged with robbery, theft.

  • Opiate overdose reversal drug saves 25 lives in DuPage Oct 17, 2014 11:06 AM
    DuPage County authorities reported Thursday that 25 lives have been saved since the county started a program that equips local police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

  • Endorsements: Murphy, Burns for DuPage forest preserve board Oct 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    For DuPage Forest Preserve Commission, the Daily Herald recommends Republican Barbara Murphy in District 1 and Democrat Shannon Burns in District 6.

  • Endorsements: Zaruba for DuPage County sheriff Oct 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses John Zaruba for DuPage County sheriff.

  • Constable: Suburban hospitals prepare for Ebola, worry about flu Oct 16, 2014 5:46 AM
    On the front lines of infectious dieseases, suburban hospital workers face a long list of stuff much more likely than Ebola to kill them.

  • Former Maywood cop: ‘I never forced myself on her’ Oct 16, 2014 5:41 PM
    The former Maywood police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2012 in a Villa Park hotel room maintained Thursday, sometimes in graphic detail, that the sexual encounter was consensual. Deon Sams faces between 10 and 60 years in prison if found guilty of all the criminal sexual assault and official misconduct charges he is facing. “I never forced myself on her,” Sams said. “I never forced myself. She was awake the whole time and she never said no.”

  • Endorsements: Fichtner, Curran, Eckhoff, Khouri, Nowak Oct 15, 2014 1:47 PM
    For DuPage County Board, the Daily Herald recommends Republican Paul Fichtner in District 1, Republican John Curran in District 3, Republican Grant Eckhoff in District 4, Tonia Khouri in District 5 and Democrat Laurie Nowak in District 6.

  • Dawn Patrol: Rauner, Quinn on income tax; 3 Gavin teachers to be fired Oct 15, 2014 5:46 AM
    Quinn doesn’t stand by tax-extension timetable. Duckworth announces military retirement. Naperville man charged in Bartlett standoff. 3 Gavin teachers to be fired over molestation charges. Huntley man found with $42,730 in drugs, police say. Police seek tips in Crystal Lake 7-Eleven robbery. Marklund expanding its school in Bloomingdale. Spellman: Keith an Ironman on skates.

  • Woman: Maywood cop ‘took something from me’ Oct 15, 2014 7:49 PM
    A 36-year-old Bellwood woman testified Wednesday that she “dozed in and out” of consciousness as she was being sexually assaulted by a Maywood police officer in March 2014 in a Villa Park hotel room. The woman, locked out of her Bellwood home and with no working cellphone in the early morning hours of March 24, 2012, said a marked Maywood squad was initially a welcome sight.

  • District 46 House candidates disagree on marriage equality Oct 15, 2014 4:26 PM
    When it comes to marriage equality, the two candidates for the state’s 46th District House seat could not be any further apart. Heidi Holan is the Republican challenger running against incumbent Democrat Deb Conroy, who has held the seat since 2013.

  • Endorsement: Cronin an outstanding leader for DuPage County Oct 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald recommends Dan Cronin for DuPage County Board Chairman

  • Nine years for woman who supplied fatal dose of heroin in Wheaton Oct 15, 2014 4:55 PM
    A 34-year-old Summit woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for supplying her friend with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012 in Wheaton. Jennifer Nere will be required to serve 75 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole. She also will receive credit for 419 days already spent in custody, DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin said. Nere was just the second person to be charged with, tried and convicted on drug-induced homicide charges in DuPage. A jury of 12 also convicted Nere in August of the lesser charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. “This is not a typical case of homicide as we know it,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jae Kwon. “It’s sad all the way around. This case has devastated multiple families.” Nere brought heroin to her friend, 32-year-old Wheaton resident Augustina Taylor, during the late-night hours of June 27, 2012, following a family party celebrating Taylor’s release after a year in prison. In the early morning hours of June 28, 2012, Taylor was found dead in her mother’s bathroom. Her death was ruled an overdose from a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Guerin called the interaction between Taylor and Nere that night a “deadly game of Russian roulette.” “But the focus today is not on the victim’s actions. For that she lost her life,” Guerin said. “And the defendant must pay with her freedom.” A teary-eyed Nere addressed Taylor’s family when given a chance to speak. “I’m very sorry. That was a stupid decision that I made,” Nere said. “I never want to touch drugs again. I miss my kids more than anything.” During the trial, prosecutors played a video and read a letter in which Nere admitted to bringing Taylor the “rock and blow” in an old sock she had previously used to wipe blood from one of her own track marks. Nere’s attorney, David Gaughan, sought the minimum sentence of six years. “The best hope to come from this tragedy is that Jennifer gets out and helps the next Tina or Jennifer get off drugs or keeps the next Tina or Jennifer from getting into drugs,” Gaughan said. Prosecutors said the case is yet another difficult story about the use of heroin in the county. “While we have made some progress in educating the public about the dangers of heroin use, we continue to see an alarming rate of heroin overdose deaths,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said in a news release. “The circumstances of this case are particularly disheartening considering that the defendant and the victim were friends.”

  • Dawn Patrol: Ebola measures in suburbs; Biden in suburbs next week Oct 14, 2014 7:07 AM
    Suburban hospitals play it safe with Ebola; one patient in Elgin put in isolation. Biden plans to show in suburbs for Schneider. Lake County investigators to be honored for baby killer case. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry visits Arlington Heights store. Batavia school district to hold forum on referendum. Palatine artist repairing statue damaged twice in Chicago. Bears offense well-rounded in victory.

  • Trial to begin for former cop charged with assaulting woman in Villa Park Oct 14, 2014 12:45 PM
    The trial of a former Maywood police officer accused of picking up a woman while on duty and later sexually assaulting her at a Villa Park hotel will begin Wednesday. DuPage County Judge George Bakalis will preside over the bench trial of Deon Sams, 40, of Bolingbrook.

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