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  • Dawn Patrol: Lottery winner sets record; Rose hurt again Feb 27, 2015 1:52 PM
    Naperville lottery winner sets record. Bank robbed in Fox Lake. Des Plaines residents speak out about O'Hare Lake plans. Wheaton College student accused of recording woman in shower. Massage therapist sentenced for assaulting Barrington teen. Bulls' Rose out again with knee injury, needs surgery.

     
  • Legislators, mayors sound off on Rauner's proposed cuts Feb 25, 2015 5:49 AM
    While some suburban lawmakers called for caution and even optimism in the wake of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut in half municipalities' shares of state income taxes, local officials said the idea is unacceptable. “I think it's an unreasonable request,” state Sen. Karen McConnaughay said, “but that does not mean that somewhere in the course of negotiations there isn't going to be some consensus to cut some part of (local state income taxes).”

     
  • Prosecutors: Trucker in fatal I-88 crash said he 'cheated all the time' Feb 25, 2015 5:55 AM
    “I cheat all the time. You have to cheat to make money.” Prosecutors say that admission from Hanover Park truck driver Renato Velasquez is the cornerstone of their case to convict the 47-year-old of charges stemming from a fatal crash on Jan. 27, 2014, along I-88 near Aurora. Velasquez, whose trial opened Tuesday, is charged with operating a commercial motor vehicle while fatigued or impaired and making a false report of his record and duty status.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Rosemont rebated Garth Brooks $1M; Breuder responds Feb 24, 2015 5:42 AM
    Rosemont rebated Garth Brooks more than $1 million. Breuder: COD union’s accusations are ‘irresponsible and unfounded.’ Speed likely a factor in fatal Elgin crash. Woodfield, Schaumburg police say they’ll remain vigilant. Mundelein plan commissioner who wrote critical letter fired. McHenry dems protest hiring of sheriff with DUI, assault convictions. A Naperville man won $265 million, but who? Subs deliver as Bulls subdue Bucks.

     
  • Warrenville police investigating armed robbery Feb 23, 2015 5:39 PM
    Warrenville police are investigating a late-morning armed robbery Monday at the Mobil gas station at 28W050 Warrenville Road. Police said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and winter coat entered the store about 10:15 a.m., displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

     
  • Why hands-free driving isn't risk-free Feb 24, 2015 5:58 AM
    Thanks to technology, drivers can conference call, set up a play-date, yell at underlings, order pizza AND drive with a hands-free device. Yet, safety experts warn, hands-free doesn't mean risk-free. “You need your brain to drive and you need your brain to talk,” cognitive psychologist Paul Atchley cautions. “If you try to do both at once, you increase the risk of being in a crash.”

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Oscars anything but dull; brutal cold this morning Feb 23, 2015 5:53 AM
    Oscar was predictable, but he wasn't dull. Suspect charged in lottery ticket thefts. Brutal cold expected this morning. Naperville candidates explore traffic solutions. ESO celebrates Oscars with movie music. Logano wins his first Daytona 500. Three White Sox pitchers on comeback trail.

     
  • Warrenville 4th Ward candidates debate city’s economic development Feb 23, 2015 7:04 PM
    The two candidates vying for Warrenville’s Fourth Ward seat have vastly different thoughts on plans for the city’s economic development goals and how to achieve them. One says the city needs to focus on increasing its population to draw larger commercial interest while the other believes investing in “small independent businesses” is the way to go. o.

     
  • Fatal crash's impact will resonate beyond the courtroom Feb 23, 2015 1:18 PM
    The impact of a January 2014 crash along Interstate 88 that killed a tollway worker and seriously injured a state trooper will likely resonate beyond this week's trial thanks to legislation now being pushed in Springfield. Renato Velasquez, 46, of Hanover Park is set to stand trial Tuesday on charges he drove while fatigued or impaired and falsified driving records.

     
  • Residents fighting proposed annexation by Bensenville Feb 23, 2015 7:31 PM
    White Pines residents opposed to seeing their neighborhood annexed into Bensenville have formed a group and are hosting a Wednesday night meeting to rally support for their cause.

     
  • Naperville native's Antarctica journey inspires play Feb 22, 2015 8:32 AM
    Being outside his comfort zone doesn't bother Naperville native and playwright Mat Smart, who chose for his most recent excursion one of the most isolated places on earth: the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Smart spent three months in this “cruel, beautiful, inhospitable environment,” and his experience inspired “The Royal Society of Antarctica,” a play making its world premiere at The Gift Theatre in Chicago.

     
  • Spot check show rampant texting, driving in suburbs Feb 23, 2015 1:28 PM
    Daily Herald staff members staked out 10 busy intersections across the suburbs and spotted more than 1,000 scofflaws in a hour who just couldn't break the connection addiction. "When it comes to information that has value only for a limited amount of time, people feel like they must access it or lose that value,” said Paul Atchley, a University of Kansas professor. “They know it's bad and illegal and they engage in it anyway.”

     
  • Kline Creek ready to welcome baby lambs Feb 22, 2015 8:52 AM
    Lambing season has begun at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, and ewes are expected to give birth to between 15 to 25 lambs between now and the second week of March. “Sheep are seasonal breeders, so it's typical for them to be born around this time,” said Keith McClow, the education site manager for the farm.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Ex-COD radio engineer charged; fire in Gilberts Feb 20, 2015 5:53 AM
    $400,000 bail for former COD radio engineer charged with theft; Gilberts industrial building catches fire; Rauner plan could charge schools bigger pension penalties; Man pleads not guilty to attacking woman for "annoying" him; Leave continues for Mount Prospect Village Manager Janonis; Cubs announce several tributes to Ernie Banks; spring training preview: White Sox roster battles

     
  • Technology Center gives students head start on college, careers Feb 20, 2015 12:28 PM
    February is Career and Technical Education Month. For those unfamiliar with the term, CTE focuses on college and career readiness through innovative work-based learning experiences, rigorous academic application, and dual credit opportunities (both high school and college credit, concurrently) like those offered at Technology Center of DuPage.

     
  • Wheaton doctor serves his patients through house calls Feb 20, 2015 8:39 AM
    Twenty-three years ago, Dr. Paul Chiang could not have imagined practicing medicine the way he does in 2015. As with many internal medicine doctors finishing their residencies, his career path lead him from working in a teaching hospital to a traditional clinical practice. Today, his practice consists of making house calls.

     
  • 35-year sentence — again — for murder of Aurora woman Feb 20, 2015 5:29 PM
    Nearly 10 years after her death, Marilyn Bethell's can possibly have some closure. Gareng Deng on Friday pleaded guilty to killing the substance abuse counselor after he broke into her Aurora home around Halloween 2005 and was sentenced again to 35 years in prison. Deng, a Sudanese immigrant who was 14 when he killed Bethell, 47, originally pleaded guilty, but an appellate court overturned that plea on a technicality.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Schools closed due to deep freeze; coyotes vs. deer Feb 19, 2015 5:42 AM
    Seven reasons Rauner’s budget affects the suburbs. Some suburban schools close today. U-46 fires substitute teacher who taunted student. Coyotes spotted near dead deer in West Chicago. Olaksa to claim self-defense in Naperville stabbing murder. Charges filed in Gurnee-area home invasion. Blackhawks take positive approach to loss.

     
  • $400,000 bail for former COD radio engineer charged with theft Feb 20, 2015 8:19 AM
    A former part-time College of DuPage employee is being held on $400,000 bail after being charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the campus radio station in a 7-year span. John Valenta, 65, of Wheaton, was charged Thursday with felony theft stemming from a portion of his time as a radio engineer at WDCB 90.9-FM. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Ex-imam charged with sex abuse; no bail for Geneva woman Feb 18, 2015 5:56 AM
    Muslim community shocked by imam sex abuse charges. Geneva woman remains in Canadian custody, no bail. COD trustees: ‘No confidence’ vote spurred Breuder’s exit. 7-year-old son of former Bears running back dies. 14th case of measles confirmed in Cook County. Metea student disciplined after fight with South Elgin student. Bulls prepare for finishing kick.

     
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