Dawn Patrol: Commute should be easier; W. Chicago Dist. 33 fallout

Updated 2/8/2013 6:03 AM
  • Julie Braun of Winfield takes some time to ask a few questions during the school board meeting at West Chicago Middle School Thursday. Well over 40 people took part in the meeting about the District 33 contract finally being settled. Some parents asked, did you have to call us at 2 in the morning to tell us school is back on?

      Julie Braun of Winfield takes some time to ask a few questions during the school board meeting at West Chicago Middle School Thursday. Well over 40 people took part in the meeting about the District 33 contract finally being settled. Some parents asked, did you have to call us at 2 in the morning to tell us school is back on? Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Snow hits the suburbs

This morning's commute should be better than last night's trip home was for many suburban drivers. Steady rain changed to snow and hit the area hard Thursday, with snow totals of as much as 8.5 inches reported in the Northern suburbs. Several accidents were reported on local roadways. Many schools canceled afternoon and evening activities, and about 225 flights were canceled at O'Hare. Full story.

District 33 agreement reached, but financial challenges remain

West Chicago District 33 officials told parents last night that financial challenges remain for the district, which experienced a three-day teachers strike this week. A tentative contract has been reached between the school board and union, which is expected to take a vote on the new deal Tuesday. Both sides said they made major concessions, but the school district still will have to deal with a budget deficit. Full story.

Two charged in theft of more than $12,000 in cold medicine

Police seek information even after two men were charged with stealing more than $12,000 worth of cold medicine from drugstores in Illinois and Wisconsin, Lincolnshire police said yesterday. Drashawn J. Griffin, 21, of the 500 block of Beechwood Drive in Round Lake, and Dave L. Windham, 23, of 2800 block of Elizabeth Lane in Zion, are in Lake County jail on $100,000 bail. Investigators learned some 17 similar thefts at drugstores in Illinois and Wisconsin had taken place. A task force was formed in December composed of police officers from South Barrington, Mundelein, Lake County, Mount Prospect, Grayslake, Spring Grove, Elgin, Elmhurst, and the Wisconsin police departments of Racine, Kenosha and Kenosha County. Full story.

Robber hits an Aurora bank, then catches a cab

A bank robber fled in a waiting cab yesterday after taking money from a teller in Aurora, authorities said. The robbery occurred about 12:10 p.m. at Banco Popular, 2 S. Broadway Ave., police said. The suspect handed the teller a note demanding money and, after taking an undisclosed amount of cash, left on foot and entered "what appeared to be" a waiting taxi, according to a police. Full story.

Information on Mount Prospect bank robbery sought

Mount Prospect police and FBI are seeking information after a man wearing a ski mask robbed a bank Thursday afternoon in Mount Prospect, authorities said. The robbery occurred at 2:40 p.m. at the Bank of America branch at 1080 S. Elmhurst Road, police said. They did not disclose how much the robber got away with. Full story.

Man sues fitness club after abuse charge against personal trainer

A 22-year-old Naperville man has filed suit against Life Time Fitness, alleging a personal trainer molested him at the club's Warrenville location when he was a teenager. The complaint filed yesterday in DuPage County Court by "John Doe" names former trainer Robert Theodore, who is already facing criminal charges stemming from the same allegations. The 22-year-old man's attorney says Theodore was convicted of trying to molest an 11-year-old boy in Arizona in 1986. Full story.

Fired Maine West coach wants hearing

Fired Maine West High School freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez is appealing his dismissal over allegations of hazing among team members. Rodriguez, a tenured teacher in the applied arts and technology department, was the second Maine West coach to be fired over the hazing scandal. Both coaches are suspended without pay while the dismissal process is pending, A hearing date has not yet been set. Full story. Full story.

East Dundee sues to prevent Walmart from getting TIF funds

The village of East Dundee is suing to prevent Walmart from getting any financial incentives from a tax increment finance district in Carpentersville, where the retailer plans to open a super center in 2015 in place of its East Dundee location. East Dundee is pointing to a part of the law that says a business would not qualify for TIF funding if it moves to another TIF district less than 10 miles away in another town. Full story.


The snow will stop, but it will be cloudy and 24 degrees when you head out the door this morning. Temperatures will climb to about 32 degrees this afternoon before clearing up and dipping back to 18 degrees this evening. Full story.


The snow has been pushed aside and travel times should be back to normal this morning. No major delays to report early, but be prepared for some slick conditions due to the freezing weather. Full traffic report from ABC Chicago.

Illini upset No. 1 Indiana

Illinois knocked off the No. 1 ranked team in the country last night -- rival Indiana -- thanks to an uncontested Tyler Griffey layup at the buzzer. The Illini trailed by double digits for most of the second half but closed the game on a 13-2 run and won by a final score of 74-72. Hundreds of Illinois students rushed the court. The upset ended a three-game losing streak for Illinois. Full story.

Poll Vault: Would you stand by a jailed spouse?

Let's say, for the sake of argument (hopefully), that your spouse is arrested and charged with a crime. That's what spouses of Schaumburg police officers arrested on drug charges are facing; in two cases, one spouse is standing by her husband, and in another, the wife has already filed for divorce. What would you do? What would it take for you to abandon your spouse? Michelle Holdway asks in Poll Vault, where you can answer with our new Facebook commenting (will you let your spouse see your answer?).

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