Metropolis theater in Arlington Heights gets biggest donation ever

Funds from a "substantial" donation the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre will be used to modernize the downtown Arlington Heights theater's lobby -- which will be named for donor Jack Whisler and his family -- and enhance theater operations. Full story.

Des Plaines District 62 school board keeps absent superintendent on paid leave

Des Plaines Elementary District 62 Superintendent Floyd Williams will remain on paid leave for undisclosed reasons after the school board deliberated behind closed doors for two hours last night and again decided not to act on his job status. Hired less than a year and a half ago, he's been absent from the district since mid-October. Full story.

Zion police investigating fatal hit-and-run

Zion police said last night a vehicle traveling north struck and fatally injured Shepard on Lewis Avenue. The Lake County coroner's office identified the victim as 47-year-old Latatia Shepard of Zion. Full story.

Pace raises bus fares, blames state budget

Pace directors voted on Wednesday for a $232 million operating budget and the first fare hike since 2009. Riders can expect a 25-cent fare increase in 2018 along with other changes to offset an estimated $12 million shortfall, officials said. Full story.

Arlington Heights police looking for pair who stole $4k in medicine

Arlington Heights police are looking for two people officials say stole nearly $4,000 in over-the-counter drugs from a Jewel-Osco store last month. Read about the theft here.

Rosemont mayor defends freezer death investigation

Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens defended the village public safety department's handling of the Kenneka Jenkins death investigation yesterday after critics came to a village board meeting. Jenkins' body was found in a hotel freezer in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, almost 24 hours after she went missing, and her death was determined to be accidental. Full story.

Immigration lawsuit filed against McHenry County Sheriff dismissed

The McHenry County sheriff's office announced yesterday that lawyers representing a plaintiff in a class action immigration lawsuit filed against Sheriff Bill Prim and his office voluntarily dismissed the suit. Full story.

Chicago Blackhawks' DeBrincat wants to do more

Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville slotted Alex DeBrincat in on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik in four of the last five games. Tonight against the Flyers, he'll team up with buddies Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman. Full story.

Weather

Expect a cooler day than Wednesday with highs around 41 degrees. It will be cloudy this morning before turning sunny and clear in the afternoon. See a full forecast here.

Traffic

Major roads are clear while Metra isn't experiencing any delays. Stay up to date on the morning commute by checking out sigalert.com and Metra's website.