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  • The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the “Hooded Bandit,” suspected of at least five robberies since February 2013.

    Hooded Bandit strikes again in BensenvilleApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities believe the man they have dubbed the “Hooded Bandit,” who theysuspected of robbing five banks in Rolling Meadows, Wood Dale and Bensenville in the past year, has struck again in Bensenville Monday.

     
  • Jashaun Wright

    Inmate gets 7 years for punching DuPage deputyApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A DuPage County jail inmate, awaiting trial on a burglary charge, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for punching a deputy sheriff. Prosecutors say Jashaun Wright, 24, of Bellwood, punched a deputy who was attempting to retrieve Wright’s meal tray from his cell on Oct. 3 2013.

     
  • An arrest has been made in the 1997 murder of Amber Creek, shown here on her 13th birthday.

    Dawn Patrol: Palatine girl’s ’97 murder; Wauconda cops’ gunfire fatalApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Armed man shot by Wauconda police dies. Elgin woman forfeits horses. Lake Zurich overturns gaming ban. Elk Grove man drowns in Chicago River. Elgin man pleads guilty to shooting. UConn beats Kentucky for NCAA title. White Sox fall to Rockies.

     
  • Last of Naperville smart meter criminal cases expected to endApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The final case against one of two Naperville women who stood in the way of crews attempting to install wireless, electronic smart meters on their homes is likely to come to an end today. Malia “Kim” Bendis, 41, of 2200 block of Mercer Court, faces misdemeanor charges of attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer for allegedly filming the January 2013 arrest of another Naperville woman who refused to let workers install a smart meter on her home and resisting her own arrest.

     
  • The Human Race, organized by Giving DuPage, brings together supporters of nearly 60 DuPage nonprofits for a single 5K run and fitness walk with participants choosing which group benefits from their registration fees.

    Runners help the cause of their choice in Human RaceApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Many groups working directly in DuPage County don’t have the resources to organize their own 5K fundraisers. Fortunately, Giving DuPage does. A nonprofit itself, Giving DuPage aims to match donors and volunteers to nonprofit groups serving the county. To this end, the group created the Human Race, a 5K run and fitness walk that benefits not one but nearly 60 participating DuPage nonprofits.

     
  • Joe Knupp and his wife, Doris, of Glen Ellyn. Knupp is a World War II veteran and is set to visit the memorial in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as part of an Honor Flight.

    Glen Ellyn WWII vet to take Honor Flight to Washington D.C.Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joe Knupp says his luck in World War II is the reason he’s alive today. At 88, fortune has smiled on Knupp again by giving him the opportunity to join 90 other World War II veterans on Wednesday for an Honor Flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

     
  • Amber Creek’s body was discovered Feb. 9, 1997, in the Karcher Wildlife Refuge located in Burlington, Wis. The identity of the man suspected of slaying the 14-year-old Palatine girl is set to be released this afternoon by Wisconsin authorities.

    Dawn Patrol: Arrest made in 1997 slaying; Family moved by supportApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Report: Arrest made in 1997 slaying of Palatine girl; family moved by support after toddler’s tragic death; body found in Evanston could be that of missing Des Plaines woman; woman fights off would-be abductor near Elgin hospital; Revolutionary War figures honored at Elk Grove Cemetery

     
  • Tia Greenfield leads a Tai Chi class, an ancient Chinese martial art turned into a healing art, on Sunday during the second annual Age Well DuPage at the College of DuPage. The event showed older residents how to stay physically, mentally and fiscally healthy as they age.

    Age Well DuPage event gives seniors tools for healthy livingApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hundreds of seniors and soon-to-be seniors from all over DuPage County gathered Sunday in Glen Ellyn to learn how to stay active, fit and healthy as they get older. The College of DuPage hosted the second annual Age Well DuPage event, which provided information about everything from how to navigate the federal Medicare program to the physical benefits of tai chi and gardening.

     
  • Jennifer Maples, left, and Kristen Nevdal, senior assistant DuPage County public defenders, show off the many ties available, usually for defendants going on trial.

    When it comes to trial, clothes make the defendantApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    While preparing clients for trial, one of the biggest issues facing DuPage County Public Defender Jeff York is often his client's wardrobe. “I usually will ask my client, 'If you're going to church with your grandmother, what would you wear?'” he said. That's when a special wardrobe closet at the public defender's office often comes into play.

     
  • Heroin was a hidden scourge in the suburbs when the Daily Herald started a special series more than 10 years ago.

    Hidden no more: Heroin in suburbsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    What the Daily Herald addressed more than a decade ago as a “Hidden Scourge” is hidden no more. In the years since our first series of extensive reports on the effects of heroin on lives in the suburbs, the deadly addiction has grown relentlessly more visible.

     
  • Robert Peickert

    A twist in battle for DuPage Democrat leadershipApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the latest twist in the drama over who’s going to lead the Democratic Party in DuPage County, state Sen. Tom Cullerton says he won’t challenge party Chairman Robert Peickert. But a Naperville man is planning to run against Peickert during this month’s local Democratic convention. “I have been committed to electing Democrats for years now,” Bill Habel said in a statement. “I have seen the potential to win in DuPage squandered by the polarization of the local party by our current chairman. My main goal is to change that dynamic.”

     
  • Joshua Smoron of Gurnee realizes he’s just taken second place in the championship round of the state competition of the National Geographic Bee, held Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Gurnee, Oak Brook kids place 2nd, 3rd at state Geographic BeeApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joshua Smoron, a seventh-grader from Gurnee, took second place at the Illinois Geographic Bee Friday. Of the 100 fifth- through eighth-graders who competed in the bee, more than 30 students were from the suburbs. “It’s just amazing what these kids know, and at such a young age,” said Michael Middleton, Illinois Geographic Bee coordinator.

     
  • Illinois Geographic Bee participantsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students from across the suburbs participated in the Illinois State Geographic Bee on Friday at College of DuPage.

     
  • Crews buried radioactive thorium at the Kerr-McGee site in West Chicago on March 6, 1990. A $5.15 billion settlement was reached Thursday to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites — including some in West Chicago.

    Dawn Patrol: Huge pollution settlement includes West ChicagoApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Environmental settlement includes former West Chicago sites. Vallas doesn't want local schools to pay for pensions. 3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash. Waukegan man sentenced to 59 years in jail. Algonquin car-in-pond victim in critical condition. Hawks and Cubs win, Sox lose.

     
  • Richard Madison

    Limo driver carryingl students to prom guilty of DUIApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A limousine driver pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk while busing 23 high school students to their prom near Glen Ellyn. The blood alcohol content was twice the legal threshold for Richard L. Madison, 55, of Palos Heights. “He gambled with the lives of these students and blatantly deceived their parents, who thought their children were being safely transported to their prom celebration,” said Assistant States Attorney Will Thayer.

     
  • Larissa Pyykkonen

    Plea deal struck in Wheaton drug buysApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 21-year-old Wheaton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to her role in a series of drug buys orchestrated by undercover agents. Larissa Pyykkonen, 21, of 518 Kipling Ct. pleaded guilty to to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 86 days in jail, of which she’s already served the required 43 days, two years of probation, and $1,200 in fines and fees.

     
  • Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream is our March Photo Finish contest winner for this macro photo of a snowflake. She bought a special flash this winter with the goal of creating a memorable snowflake shot.

    Single snowflake lands Carol Stream woman top prizeApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Angela Cichosz had ordered a new ring flash early in the winter, hoping it would help her photograph individual snowflakes. While she waited for it to arrive, she worried there wouldn't be enough snow to give her a chance to use it. But she had plenty of chances to practice before a snowfall on the first day of spring gave her just the right conditions and a photo that won our March Photo Finish contest.

     
  • The Pirates got the last laugh early this morning: Tony Sanchez, left, is grabbed by teammate Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) after driving in the winning run in the 16th inning against the Cubs in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3.

    Dawn Patrol: Trucking firm in fatal I-88 crash closed; 6-hour Cubs gameApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rampage leaves four dead at Fort Hood. Regulators shut down trucking company involved in fatal crash. Naperville wants to end mayoral pensions. House approves smoking ban on university campuses. Naperville to borrow for projects. White Sox rally for win. Coach: Toews will be 100 percent.

     
  • Jose Loera

    History of abuse before Aurora woman’s slayingApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite a domestic abuse conviction that came with an order not to go near his estranged girlfriend, Jose Loera persisted. And despite a tumultuous history with Aurora nurse Heather Jacobi, Loera convinced a judge he should be allowed to have contact with her. A day later, she was dead. “It sounds like he was determined that he was going to get back into her life one way or the other,” said Vickie Smith, of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

     
  • Our crazy weather continues. Monday’s warm temperatures meant Skyler Waclaw, 12 of Warrenville, could play a little basketball on Monday at Cerny Park in Warrenville. But the cold returned Tuesday. More rain and cold temperatures are expected this week.

    Strong storms, hail, flooding expected for IllinoisApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Weather Service says tornadoes, strong winds and large hail could pound portions of southern and southwestern Illinois in the coming days. In the suburbs, we are expecting rain and cold, windy weather.

     
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