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  • Dawn Patrol: Mundelein teachers may strike; flap over Cary housing plan Sep 26, 2014 5:50 AM
    Cary approves controversial affordable-housing project; Mundelein District 75 teachers file authorization to strike; police seek Round Lake Beach man in battery case after Lake Villa school lockdown; tollway workers will have to pay their tolls in 2015; Robert Dold says don't repeal ACA; search Saturday for missing Bartlett man.

  • Previous Elgin, Aurora incidents that shut down air traffic Sep 26, 2014 2:04 PM
    Previous incidents at Elgin and Aurora FAA facilities have disrupted air traffic at O'Hare and Midway airports.

  • Dawn Patrol: District: misconduct unreported; Waukegan torture case Sep 25, 2014 6:04 AM
    Fourth person involved in Waukegan torture, murder gets 40 years. Gavin district: Teachers didn’t report misconduct. Oakwood Hills power plant proposal dies. Developer to sell The Arboretum of South Barrington. Wounded vet gets home in St. Charles. Cubs end season with a win. Benches clear in Sox loss.

  • Student trio win prestigious award: Sep 25, 2014 3:25 PM
    High school students from Bolingbrook and South Barrington and a 2014 graduate from Hawthorn Woods were named by The College Board as Illinois Advanced Placement Scholars in recognition of exceptional achievement on the exams.

  • Boy Scout's goats help forest preserve with pesky plants Sep 26, 2014 9:26 AM
    Looking for a more eco-friendly way to remove invasive species from your property? Bartlett Boy Scout Gavin Burseth says goats are the way to go. Gavin, 16, showed how goats are the new lawn mowers Wednesday at the Blackwell Forest Preserve Family Campground near Warrenville, where he brought 38 of the creatures to munch on pesky plants, including poison ivy.

  • Former Joliet man found guilty in Downers Grove murder Sep 29, 2014 1:26 PM
    A former Joliet man has been found guilty of murder in the 1997 slaying of a Downers Grove man. Jose Ruvalcaba-Quezada, 36, was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jose Ortiz on Dec. 27, 1997. Prosecutors said Thursday he was paid $10,000 and given a car to commit the murder.

  • Dawn Patrol: Mundelein man goes on trial; car hits restaurant Sep 24, 2014 5:55 AM
    Mundelein man's crash trial starts. Police say Naperville man had, distributed child porn. Car hits Elk Grove Village Wendy’s. Attorney accused of lying to help Iraqi asylum-seekers. Ex-St. Charles man convicted of sex assault. Castillo bails out the Cubs. Bears’ defense tough when it matters most.

  • Police capture escaped southern Illinois prisoner Sep 24, 2014 9:59 AM
    Illinois State Police on Wednesday morning captured an inmate who escaped from a southern Illinois prison on Tuesday afternoon, Illinois Department of Corrections officials said. Marcus Battice, 21, was taken into custody without incident at about 7:30 a.m. on foot along Interstate 70 about 3 1/2 miles from Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • 14-year-old girl helps USS Indianapolis survivor tell his story Sep 24, 2014 10:38 AM
    In the past year, Ellie Rutan has formed a passion for meeting and interviewing World War II veterans. Of all the veterans she has met, the 14-year-old has been particularly inspired by Edgar Harrell, one of the only remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Harrell has agreed, at Ellie's request, to share his story story during a free event Friday, Oct. 3 at College Church in Wheaton. “I really wanted others to be able to hear his story and to hear his testimony,” Ellie said.

  • DuPage school districts talk state funding with legislators Sep 24, 2014 6:57 PM
    Representatives from three suburban districts had a chance to hear from leaders on both sides of the aisle Wednesday about how local students would be affected by a proposed bill to make sweeping changes to the way state funding for school districts is determined. Administrators and board of education members from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 met with legislators over breakfast at Lincoln Junior High in Naperville to discuss the possible impact of Senate Bill 16.

  • Trial begins in 1997 Downers Grove slaying Sep 25, 2014 10:58 AM
    Libni Ortiz was just a 15-year-old child enjoying his winter break on the morning of Dec. 27, 1997, when he heard two gunshots that would change his life. Ortiz, now 31, testified Wednesday in the trial of the man accused of firing those shots that killed Libni's father, Jose Ortiz.

  • 24th Senate District candidates debate pension plans Sep 23, 2014 6:38 PM
    As Illinois lawmakers wait to learn the legality of the pension reform plan signed into law last December by Gov. Pat Quinn, both candidates for the 24th Senate District -- incumbent Chris Nybo and challenger Suzanne Glowiak -- seat have their own ideas about how to solve the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall.

  • Constable: Tweets joking about abuse lead to awareness opportunities Sep 22, 2014 5:22 PM
    “It's a knockout deal,” read the tweet offering 20 percent discounts at Cheesie's Pub and Grub. “We're calling it the Ray Rice ;)” “I was so sad to see that, because I personally love Cheesie's,” says Karli Johnson, leader of the Eva Alliance, a new DuPage agency that raises awareness, offers prevention programs and works with the victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. “So I called immediately.”

  • Helping individuals shipwrecked by drug abuse Sep 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    There is a battle going on in DuPage County — a battle against drug abuse. Since the heroin-related deaths of seven young people in 2011, the mobilization of community and private efforts to combat this problem has been significant. School programs, counseling centers, hospitals and even church groups, have increased their efforts to help individuals caught in the web of drug use.

  • Forecasters: This winter won't be as bad as last year Sep 22, 2014 7:06 AM
    While summer ended nearly spot-on as far as average temperature goes, it probably didn't seem that way because of a soggy atmosphere and overcast skies that frequently lurked. “What was lacking this year were the warm spells,” Tom Skilling said. The good news? Forecasters say the winter ahead won't be nearly as bad as the last one.

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra might build summer home in Naperville Sep 23, 2014 6:09 AM
    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is considering a privately owned site in Naperville as a location for a permanent outdoor concert venue. But DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says a lot has to happen before the proposal becomes a reality.

  • Defense in DuPage murder trial argues sex assault happened after death Sep 22, 2014 5:02 PM
    The timing of Alyssa Van Meter’s death is likely to be an important issue in the DuPage County murder trial of the man accused of killing and sexually assaulting her, Adam Belmont.

  • Dawn Patrol: Hypothermia killed man; woman with autism missing Sep 22, 2014 5:41 AM
    Naperville man who went missing in S. Dakota died from hypothermia; Glen Ellyn police search for missing autistic woman; Wheeling man crashes into parked car, lamp post, spa; woman injured after being pinned in car near West Dundee; beginners shine at annual Fox Valley Marathon; Naperville celebrates 20th annual Harvest Pow Wow; Bears must move Jets’ monster trucks

  • Illinois awards $25.8 million in health outreach grants Sep 19, 2014 5:18 PM
    Most of the same Illinois organizations that helped consumers sign up for insurance in the first year of President Barack Obama’s expanded health coverage will receive additional funding for a second year, state officials announced Friday.

  • Aurora man charged with exposing himself to Warrenville child Sep 19, 2014 1:47 PM
    A 24-year-old Aurora man faces a series of charges after authorities say he exposed himself to a juvenile. Josue Pedraza-Lopez, of the 600 block of East Galena Boulevard is charged with unlawful distribution of harmful material to a minor and sexual exploitation of a child.

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