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  • McHenry County Fair crowns a new queen Jul 30, 2014 10:21 PM
    The 66th McHenry County Fair kicked off its five-day run Wednesday with Stephanie Vargas of Algonquin being crowned the fair's queen. Vargas, 18, who was one of 11 contestants, earned a $2,000 scholarship and will have other duties throughout the year. “Pageants help bring out the confidence in young women,” she said onstage during the question portion of the pageant. “They bring out the brains, and I think that's amazing.”

  • McHenry County might restrict horse racing Jul 30, 2014 7:55 PM
    Horse racing soon may be allowed only in a few places in McHenry County. The county board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposed unified development ordinance that includes new restrictions for horse racing events in unincorporated areas. The change would mean races won’t be allowed in farm areas where they are typically held. The move has riled area stable owners who have spent years fighting such a ban. “The idea is to have horse racing in the country ... where the people can go for a picnic,” said Silvia McLain, owner of Tomlin Stables on Tomlin Road in Marengo.

  • Dawn Patrol: Boy, rescuers reunite; Murder charge in punching death Jul 30, 2014 5:56 AM
    Boy, 9, reunites with Coast Guard rescuers. Palatine man charged with murder in punching death. Suspect arrested in Round Lake Beach shooting. Hoffman Estates man accused of firing at ex's new boyfriend. Man on motorized bike dies after hitting parked car in Waukegan. Three injured in Aurora home invasion. Illini hope for better days. Starlin Castro gives Cubs a 4-3 win in 16 innings.

  • Milk a cow for $2 as part of 4-H fundraiser Jul 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    The McHenry County Fair opens Wednesday, and a 4-H fundraiser will allow people to milk a cow.

  • McHenry County Fair opens Wednesday Jul 29, 2014 8:52 AM
    For Susan Simons of Marengo, the McHenry County Fair has been a staple summer event since her daughter started participating in a 4-H club 13 years ago. Since then, Simons' involvement in the fair has grown. Simons said she is amazed at how much work is put into the fair each year. “When you come to the fair, you don't realize what all goes on behind the scenes,” she said.

  • Dawn Patrol: Chicago greats in Hall of Fame; Lisle man killed in crash Jul 28, 2014 5:49 AM
    Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing; 'emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown; Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash; Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs; Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest; firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire

  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

  • Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest Jul 27, 2014 5:05 PM
    A Lake in the Hills man accused of dealing drugs out of his home gets a second chance when prosecutors let him plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge; Aurora police and support personnel will volunteer at an Illinois Special Olympics fundraiser Aug. 6; a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a fatal February 2013 crash in Batavia has been settled.

  • Fisherman rescued from Fox River dam in Algonquin Jul 25, 2014 5:01 PM
    A fisherman who drifted too close to the Algonquin dam was rescued from the Fox River early Friday morning. Peter Van Dorpe, Assistant Chief with the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department, said the unidentified man drifted too close to the Algonquin Dam when fishing at about 7:15 a.m., and was swept into the boil.

  • Dawn Patrol: Mom dies saving boy; Traffic problems on eastbound I-90 Jul 25, 2014 7:15 AM
    Mundelein teen gets second chance at play tonight; Arlington Hts. mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake; Bensenville community rallying to help grieving family; McHenry man charged with murder; Fremd graduate killed in California motorcycle crash; missing Palatine man found in California; Bears start training camp today; Arlington trainer Catalano hospitalized with pneumonia.

  • McHenry man charged with murder Jul 24, 2014 7:51 PM
    A 62-year-old McHenry man was charged with murder Thursday after authorities say they gathered additional evidence that connects him to last year’s discovery of a body in his house. William J. Ross was taken into custody on the 600 block of Country Club Road about 1:30 p.m. by McHenry County sheriff’s officers and U.S. marshals

  • Dawn Patrol: Boy killed in fire; gentleman’s club sued over drowning Jul 24, 2014 5:56 AM
    A 4-year-old boy died in a fire in Bensenville; family of drowned Elk Grove Village man sues gentleman's club; giant wooden soldier dismantled in St. Charles; Carpentersville woman accused of violating probation on murder plea; Palatine police seek missing ill man.

  • Round Lake Beach, Spring Grove men face child pornography charges Jul 24, 2014 4:20 PM
    Two suburban men have been snared in a statewide initiative seeking those who download and trade child pornography online, authorities said Thursday.

  • Dawn Patrol: Grayslake Central teen honored; warrant issued in Elgin stabbing Jul 23, 2014 5:42 AM
    Friends honor Grayslake teen who drowned. Warrant issued for Elgin man accused of stabbing wife. DuPage leaders on federal West Chicago thorium cleanup funds: 'Pay it now.' Police searching for Oswego home invasion suspects. Northwest Community looks to add rehab facility. Elgin teen who accosted woman on trail gets probation. Who knew Maddux would be such a freak?

  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders' Days Jul 22, 2014 9:01 PM
    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town's founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders' Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

  • Chance of storms tonight, then it gets cooler Jul 22, 2014 7:10 PM
    After temperatures hit 90 earlier today, the National Weather Service is saying we’ll have a chance of storms tonight, perhaps as soon as 9 p.m. The weather service has issued no warnings this evening, and rain is not certain. It says there’s a 40 percent chance in the suburbs.

  • Officials share tips for staying safe in the water Jul 24, 2014 10:19 PM
    Personal floattation devices should always be worn by swimmers - no matter how experienced - if they want to jump in the middle of a lake from a boat, says the head of dive rescue team for Lake and Mchenry counties.

  • Dawn Patrol: Teen’s body found in Third Lake; no to U-46 charter Jul 22, 2014 5:54 AM
    Grayslake Central student's body found in Third Lake; police say speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55; U-46 board rejects Elgin charter school proposal; police say man stabbed woman in Elgin; Mount Prospect man identified as Fox River drowning victim; driver's blood alcohol was .142 in Naperville quarry deaths; Sale helps Sox beat Royals

  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders’ Days Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    By Lauren Rohr

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town’s founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders’ Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

  • Paddle board fans sought for Founders’ Days competition Jul 22, 2014 3:54 PM
    Returning to the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival for the second year in a row is the stand up paddle board competition. The challenge will begin at Riverfront Park, and competitors will race down the Fox River in two separate timed events. Prizes will be given out to the winners in each division.

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