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  • Victims rights, voting rights among proposed amendments Oct 24, 2014 6:38 AM
    When voters go to the polls on Nov. 4, they won't just be picking among candidates who have bombarded them with TV ads and mailers for months now. They also will be voting on two possible amendments to the Illinois constitution — one dealing with victims' rights and the other with voting rights.

  • Dawn Patrol: Cops praised for heroism; pit bull attacks mail carrier Oct 24, 2014 5:19 AM
    How two Island Lake officers saved wounded deputies. Pit bull attacks mail carrier in Carpentersville. Child molester sentenced to 35 years. $1 million lottery ticket sold in Elmhurst. Teacher files lawsuit against District 300. Top skating stars at the Sears Centre. Bears offense lacks identity. Special Olympian rolls 300 game. Two-goal deficit too much for Hawks.

  • $5 million bail for Westmont man in synagogue vandalism Oct 24, 2014 6:38 PM
    A 40-year-old Westmont man is being held on $5 million bail and is charged with hate crimes related to vandalism at a Lombard synagogue. John White, of 13 Tartan Lakes Dr. is accused of smashing windows Tuesday and vandalizing the Etz Chaim Synagogue located at 1710 South Highland Ave. in Lombard. White is charged with a hate crime, criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm without a FOID card and institutional vandalism of a place of worship.

  • Sex slavery rampant in the suburbs, experts say Oct 24, 2014 1:35 PM
    Sex slavery is rampant in the suburbs and Chicago, say FBI agents and victims advocates. About 25,000 women and underage girls are trafficked in, around and through local neighborhoods each year. "The people responsible for these crimes are the pimps and johns and those making money from the slaves,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren. "It's a local problem."

  • Bloomingdale teen sentenced for summer 2013 'crime wave' Oct 24, 2014 11:40 PM
    The first member of what DuPage County Judge John Kinsella called a “two-man crime wave” that preyed on suburban businesses last summer, is headed to prison. Nicholas Panoski, 19, of the 200 block of Oakwood Lane, in Bloomingdale pleaded guilty late last month to two counts of burglary and was sentenced Friday to four years in prison, followed by four years of probation. "This defendant is a budding criminal mind beginning to bloom,” said Assistant State's Attorney Nicole Wilkes-English.

  • DuPage County Board mourns death of member J.R. McBride Oct 24, 2014 9:21 PM
    The life of the DuPage County Board has passed away. J.R. McBride, who represented county board District 4, died early Friday morning at his Glen Ellyn home after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. On Friday, friends used words like “funny,” “smart,” and “gregarious” to describe McBride, an insurance broker who had served on the county board since 2006.

  • Quinn orders 21-day quarantine for Ebola patient contacts Oct 24, 2014 11:38 PM
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that he has ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for “high-risk” individuals who have had direct contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

  • Dawn Patrol: Joe Biden in Vernon Hills; Batavia police seek cop attacker Oct 23, 2014 5:50 AM
    Vice President Biden in Vernon Hills. Waukegan teachers strike continues. Batavia police looking for man who attacked officer. Carpentersville defies ruling to release post-traffic stop death details. Prospect Hts. man killed in Indiana crash. Long Grove man dies in crash. Prospect Hts. police save man from heroin overdose. Butler injury hopefully heals quick.

  • Officials rethink vote-counting after attorney general decree Oct 23, 2014 8:51 PM
    An Illinois attorney general’s opinion has election officials worried about delays in announcing results on Election Day if they can’t count early votes before polls close.

  • Jail time and probation for Ray Graham thefts Oct 23, 2014 4:58 PM
    A Chicago woman was sentenced to a combination of jail and probation for stealing Illinois Link Cards from two disabled residents of Lisle’s Ray Graham Association. Nakarria L. Bell, 31, of the 1500 block of North Mayfield Street, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of aggravated identity theft.

  • Carol Stream man gets 35 years for sexual assaults Oct 23, 2014 6:54 PM
    A DuPage County judge Thursday sentenced a Carol Stream man to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing and taking lewd photographs of his longtime girlfriend’s young daughter. A jury deliberated for less than two hours in April before finding Joel Augustine, 36, guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, three counts of criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of child pornography.

  • Former Naperville adoption agency CEO gets 54 months in prison for theft Oct 23, 2014 5:20 PM
    The former director of a Naperville adoption agency was sentenced to four and a half years in prison Thursday for stealing more than $100,000 from the organization, Robert Geniesse, 52, was found guilty, last month, of theft of more than $100,000, forgery and wire fraud in connection to the theft at Our Children’s Homestead adoption agency.

  • Dawn Patrol: 2 passengers into O’Hare monitored; Biden in Vernon Hills Oct 22, 2014 6:09 AM
    Passengers flying into O'Hare quarantined with Ebola-like symptoms. Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit today. Lawsuit: Mom, daughter assaulted by clowns with sex toys at haunted house. Naperville police looking for person of interest in inappropriate contact case. Elk Grove Village police make arrest in bank robbery. Lombard synangogue vandalized. Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies. Hawks power their way to shutout win.

  • Quick start to early voting in suburbs Oct 22, 2014 7:33 PM
    Early voting is off to a fast start in the suburbs, with some counties reporting twice as many voters casting early ballots than during the 2010 gubernatorial election. Here's why...

  • Firefighters battling Downers Grove apartment blaze Oct 22, 2014 10:21 AM
    Firefighters are battling a blaze in the 2000 block of Prentiss Drive in Downers Grove. Media reports claim the garden apartment of the multiunit complex caught fire at about 6 a.m. Wednesday near Woodward Avenue.

  • Roskam: Feds may help fund W. Chicago thorium cleanup Oct 22, 2014 9:30 PM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says progress has been made to find funding for the removal of thorium waste from a former factory site in West Chicago. The U.S. Department of Energy, he said, has agreed to consider paying claims for remediation of radioactive contamination stemming from federal atomic energy programs in the 1970s. Roskam learned of the department's decision this week in a letter from Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

  • Gasoline prices below $3 in Kane, DuPage, Lake counties Oct 22, 2014 6:13 PM
    Gasoline prices at some spots in the Western suburbs are the lowest they have been in several years, dipping below $3 a gallon last week for 87 octane regular unleaded.

  • CDH proposes $14.2 million expansion of Winfield campus Oct 22, 2014 3:44 PM
    Central DuPage Hospital is hoping to pursue a $14.2 million plan to modernize its pediatrics unit and neonatal intensive care unit. The Winfield-based hospital earlier this month submitted an application for expansion with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The application is scheduled to be reviewed by the panel in December.

  • Griffin: Some residents taxed twice for sheriff patrols Oct 22, 2014 4:59 AM
    Taxpayers from unincorporated areas in four DuPage County townships are spending an extra $530,648 this year to pay for special sheriff's patrols. While voters approved paying for the special patrols more than two decades ago, some are questioning it since those costs will balloon over the next four years.

  • Lawmakers press for more thorium cleanup money Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    With money running out to pay for removal of radioactive thorium waste at a former factory site in West Chicago, local officials are appealing to the federal government for help. So far, their request for as much as $40 million in federal funding for the cleanup hasn’t been granted.

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