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  • It’s barbecue fest weekend in the Fox Valley Jul 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    The aroma of grilled meats and the sounds of live music will fill the air this weekend at two barbecue festivals in the Fox Valley -- Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest and the Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Competition and Festival in St. Charles.

  • Mt. Prospect man who killed 4 in 1999 DUI admits to another on same road Jul 8, 2014 6:51 AM
    A Mount Prospect man who killed four people in a 1999 DUI crash pleaded guilty Monday to a February 2013 DUI in McHenry. Walter J. Depner, 62, faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on Aug. 29. Depner served 12 years in prison for killing Eva Burlson and her three children on their way back from Great America in August 1999. Prosecutors said Depner mixed alcohol and his girlfriend's prescription drugs in 2013 before plowing into a snowbank.

  • Dawn Patrol: Construction at Good Shepherd, Fire at Naperville restaurant Jul 7, 2014 6:02 AM
    Work begins on new entrance at Good Shepherd; fire leaves Naperville restaurant uninhabitable; St. Charles police warn of suburban IRS scam; Dog Day at Frontier Days; sky diving comes to Naperville’s north side; two White Sox players make the All-Star Game, but not Sale; Cubs’ Castro an all-star; Samardzija in limbo

  • St. Charles police warn of suburban IRS scam Jul 6, 2014 4:45 PM
    St. Charles police are warning of a suburban scam in which a caller with a 202 area code tells potential victims they owe money to the IRS and immediate payment is needed to avoid arrest and eviction; an Elgin man faces up to six years in prison for a gang fight last year.

  • Experts warn fireworks may trigger PTSD episodes in veterans Jul 4, 2014 9:52 AM
    Fireworks aren't the symbols of freedom and liberty to many suburban combat veterans like they are to everyone else. Instead, the loud explosions and intermittent flashes trigger the anxiety and stress symptomatic of post-traumatic stress disorder. “What’s worse for these veterans are the days before or after and the unexpected booms,” said Amanda Feiner, an Arlington Heights therapist.

  • Dawn Patrol: Boy walks after sinkhole fall; fatal Naperville motorcycle crash Jul 3, 2014 5:38 AM
    Elgin boy takes steps after sinkhole accident. One killed, one injured in Naperville motorcycle crash. Local clergy hand out condoms at Hobby Lobby. Email prompts Quinn to withhold COD funding. Geneva doctor’s license suspended. Tollway named for Medal of Honor holder. Cubs beat Red Sox, sweep series. Bulls waiting on Carmelo, have options. Cubs beat Red Sox, sweep series. Fireworks, festival options.

  • The top six fireworks shows in the suburbs Jul 4, 2014 9:55 AM
    If you're looking for someplace to watch Fourth of July fireworks in the suburbs, you probably don't have to go too far. The Independence Day fireworks shows are a point of pride for many suburbs, but the biggest bangs can be found in Arlington Heights, Elgin, Great Lakes, Hoffman Estates, Itasca and St. Charles. Check out our interactive graphic to find times and locations for all shows in the suburbs.

  • Dawn Patrol: Baby born on I-90 near Elgin; sinkhole victim in hospital Jul 2, 2014 5:48 AM
    Marengo woman gives birth on tollway. Boy still in hospital after he, his mother fall into sinkhole. Aurora Sportsmen's Club sued over contamination at Sugar Grove site. Des Plaines plans to restructure special tax district. U-46 educators to train teachers in Ghana. Police: Boy accidentally shoots brother with rifle. DuPage Forest Preserve approves early retirement program. U.S. soccer team far from a disappointment.

  • Storms cause major delays on I-190, flooding in suburbs Jul 1, 2014 11:48 AM
    Flood warnings remain in effect for the entire area after torrential downpours overnight caused flash flooding and standing water on major roadways. The National Weather Service said the I-190 spur was flooded between River and Manheim roads, causing major delays for people trying to get to O’Hare International Airport. Many people got out of their cars and tried walking to the airport on the shoulder of I-190, multiple news agencies reported.

  • Police: Boy accidentally shoots brother with rifle Jul 1, 2014 7:48 PM
    A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen by his brother Tuesday, officials said.Police responded to the 9700 block of Wright Road in an unincorporated area near Harvard around 11 a.m., according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Huntley driver hits car, house with truck Jul 1, 2014 4:32 PM
    A 23-year-old Huntley man faces several charges after police said he ran a stop sign Monday evening before hitting a car with his truck and plowing into a nearby house before fleeing the scene. The truck hit the Huntley home's gas meter, causing a leak and power outage, and displacing its resident, police said.

  • This time, Ventra launch going smoothly so far Jul 1, 2014 4:38 PM
    The first full-day of Ventra or cash only transactions at Pace and CTA have gone smoothly, according to transit agency officials. Nearly a year since it's ill-fated introduction, the Ventra card fare system allows commuters to switch between the two transit options seamlessly.

  • Dawn Patrol: Storms blow through suburbs; Team USA plays Belgium today Jul 1, 2014 7:25 AM
    Storms blow through suburbs. Arlington Hts. golfer hits identical holes-in-one. Driver avoids state prison for racing crash. Private schools to continue shooter drills. Last night's rain means a Sox doubleheader today. The Bulls are meeting with Carmelo Anthony today. And Team USA is back in World Cup action, playing Belgium in an elimination game.

  • Storms through suburbs take out power, disrupt travel Jul 1, 2014 4:42 AM
    Storms came in with driving wind, rain and lightning Monday evening, but damage from the earliest line of bad weather was largely limited to lightning strikes and downed power lines and trees, officials said. An early line of storms moved into the area around 6 p.m., disrupting air and train travel and leaving about 63,000 ComEd customers without power as of 10 p.m. Airlines reported more than two-hour delays with 450 flights canceled at O'Hare.

  • Dawn Patrol: Q&A with Cubs President; cats resuscitated after fire Jun 30, 2014 5:48 AM
    Q&A: For Cubs’ Epstein, the connections are real; cats resuscitated after Hoffman Estates house fire; Schaumburg police seek help after bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run; one dead, one injured in Waukegan crash; Interfaith group hosts Buffalo Grove walk to feed the hungry; the water flies at annual Fox Lake fire fest; Quintana gets win, Sox blank Blue Jays

  • Kane County Bar Association, volunteers help with legal advice Jun 29, 2014 4:21 PM
    Thanks to volunteer attorneys, the Kane County Bar Association offers programs that act as a starting point for people who must navigate the legal system; Geneva mourns the loss of a police department records specialist.

  • McHenry man killed in motorcycle vs. truck-trailer accident Jun 28, 2014 10:41 AM
    A 24-year-old McHenry man was killed Friday evening after his motorcycle hit a pickup truck that was towing a small trailer in McHenry, authorities said. William C. Baehne was pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m., according to a release from Dr. Anne Majewski, the McHenry County Coroner.

  • How to navigate the weekend on area roads and transit Jun 27, 2014 7:57 PM
    As construction continues on major roads, traffic for the upcoming weekend is likely to be jampacked. Here are some options to get you smoothly on your way.

  • Free kids event in Algonquin explains community services Jun 28, 2014 6:31 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe Children’s Safety Expo, held Saturday at Heineman Middle School in Algonquin was a one-stop information source for parents and their children on detailed resources available in the community. The three-hour event, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) and state Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), served up a hodge-podge of attractions meant to appeal to children and their parents.

  • Boating restrictions lifted on the Chain O’ Lakes, Fox River Jun 27, 2014 2:25 PM
    Boats can again travel at top speeds after the Fox Waterway Agency in Fox Lake lifted no-wake restrictions on the Chain O' Lakes and Fox River.

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