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  • Wheaton library to discuss renovations, opening of coffee cafe Feb 26, 2015 1:36 PM
    Wheaton Public Library officials may open a coffee cafe on the west side of the library building. “The space was always intended to be a coffee cafe or some type of space like that and so we’re very excited to have the opportunity to have that in the library,” library board President Christine Fenne said.

  • Two charged with robbing Batavia gas station Feb 26, 2015 4:26 PM
    A man and a woman accused of robbing a gasoline station Monday in Warrenville now face charges of robbing a station Tuesday morning in Batavia.

  • Day care slaying in Lincolnshire focus of upcoming “48 Hours” Feb 26, 2015 5:04 PM
    The case of a Carpentersville woman serving a 31-year prison sentence after being convicted of killing a 16-month old boy in 2009 will be the subject of a segment on the national news program “48 Hours” this weekend. The CBS program, airing at 9 p.m. Saturday, will focus on Melissa Calusinski, who was convicted in 2011 of killing Benjamin Kingan at a Lincolnshire day care.

  • New Batavia alderman to be sworn in Monday Feb 26, 2015 4:25 PM
    Kevin Botterman, an 11-year resident, will be the new alderman for Batavia's 5th Ward. Botterman will be sworn in Monday to replace his friend, Steve Vasilion, who resigned in January.

  • Fire causes heavy damage to room at old Hotel Bollero in Palatine Feb 26, 2015 12:11 PM
    An early-morning fire caused extensive damage to a room in a vacant Palatine hotel undergoing renovations, authorities said. Firefighters were called 5:16 a.m. Thursday to an activated fire alarm at the former Hotel Bollero on Northwest Highway.

  • Naperville man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted murder of mother Feb 26, 2015 2:35 PM
    A DuPage County judge has found not guilty by reason of insanity a Naperville man accused of attacking his mother with a butcher knife. Alexander Georg was charged with the August 2011 stabbing of his then-52-year-old mother. Georg had just been released from psychiatric care when he chased her into the street in front of their home on Spring Garden Circle and repeatedly stabbed her in the chest and neck, authorities said.

  • Sun City-Huntley homeowners irked by plan to reduce depth of pond Feb 26, 2015 12:13 PM
    Homeowners in Sun City-Huntley are upset over a village plan that would lower the depth of a retention pond within the senior living community. Residents say lowering the roughly 7-foot pond could affect property values, aesthetics of the pond and the ecology. “I don't want a swamp in my backyard. I want the pond,” said homeowner Joan Ekstrom, 59, who has lived there six years.

  • Campton Hills leaders want to take community pulse in wake of Rauner cuts Feb 26, 2015 8:09 AM
    Depending on the depth and duration of Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts in share of the state sales tax doled out to towns, Campton Hills could lose up to $1 million a year in funding, which is about the amount spent each year to run its police department. Village President candidates Patsy Smith and Harry Blecker say the village could be forced to use protection from the sheriff's department but should survey the community and perhaps hold a town hall meeting to see what residents want.

  • Town hall meets on ambulance question Feb 26, 2015 5:12 PM
    Town hall meetings to discuss funding ambulance service in Antioch and Antioch Township will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Fire Station 3, 24675 Grass Lake Road, and on Thursday, March 19 at Fire Station 1, 835 Holbek Drive. On April 7, voters in those areas will be asked to create a new tax to provide funding for ambulance services.

  • Veterans put their artistic talents on display Feb 26, 2015 5:12 PM
    The varied talents of veterans from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were on display Thursday during the 7th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

  • Elgin Professional Building meets life safety plan Feb 26, 2015 11:14 AM
    The owners of the Professional Building in downtown Elgin have finally installed smoke detectors in all units to complete a life safety plan more than three weeks after a deadline imposed by the city.

  • Super Bowl-winning coach talks about value of education Feb 26, 2015 5:11 PM
    Tony Dungy, Super Bowl-winning former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain met Thursday with a dozen members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township to talk about their life experiences, the importance of teamwork and the value of school.

  • Woman: Des Plaines alderman walked into her house unannounced Feb 26, 2015 5:54 PM
    A Des Plaines resident called police Wednesday evening after Alderman Dick Sayad walked into her house and went up the stairs Wednesday night, uninvited.

  • Aurora man charged with sharing child porn Feb 26, 2015 5:29 PM
    An Aurora man was arrested this week after police said he downloaded and distributed hundreds of child pornography pictures. Niraj V. Patel, of the 3600 block of Gabrielle Lane in Aurora, was arrested after a seven-month investigation, according to a news release.

  • MCC student killed in crash with commuter train Feb 26, 2015 5:55 PM
    The driver killed in a collision Wednesday night with a Metra train on Lily Pond Road was a 19-year-old McHenry County College student, the McHenry County coroner's office said Thursday.

  • Girl Scouts to host Winter Camp for girls March 7-8 Feb 26, 2015 5:57 PM
    There’s nothing like gathering around a blazing campfire with your closest friends during a chilly winter’s eve — the sky above you lit only by the moon and stars. Girls love to camp year-round, so Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois recently created a winter camping program especially for girls in fourth to 12th grade. “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” will be held from 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, to noon Sunday, March 8, at the Girl Scout Camp Dean in Big Rock.

  • Waukegan man accused of hacking radios to issue Gurnee Mills bomb threat Feb 26, 2015 7:35 PM
    A Waukegan man with a criminal history of tapping into and taking control of others’ electronic communication devices faces new charges alleging he caused a false bomb threat at Gurnee Mills shopping center Jan. 29, authorities said. Raymond Kelly, 25, could be sentenced to as much as 5 years in prison if convicted of issuing a false bomb or gas alarm.

  • Former Lake County YMCA in Waukegan to reopen Sunday as Church of Joy Feb 26, 2015 7:40 PM
    The building that housed the Lake County YMCA until financial troubles forced it to close in 2012 is set to reopen as a house of worship. The Church of Joy will celebrate a grand opening Sunday of its new ministry headquarters in the renovated building at 2000 Western Ave.

  • Man pleads guilty in Buffalo Grove pizzeria drug case Feb 26, 2015 7:40 PM
    A man accused of using a Buffalo Grove pizzeria as a front for a drug trafficking operation pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

  • Farnham sentencing won’t be delayed for illness Feb 26, 2015 7:27 PM
    Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former state Rep. Keith Farnham of Elgin on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.

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