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Dawn Patrol: Messy winter day all day; boyfriend saves Antioch family

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  • Wheeling native Danni Allen competes on the "Biggest Loser." She made it to the top five in last night's episode.

    Wheeling native Danni Allen competes on the "Biggest Loser." She made it to the top five in last night's episode.


Winter storm watch in effect

A storm spreading blizzard-like conditions is expected to hit today with a winter storm watch through this evening. Wet snow, possibly mixed with sleet could bring as much as six to eight inches throughout the day. Full story.

Boyfriend credited for saving Antioch family

A family overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning was saved by their daughter's boyfriend after he stopped by the house yesterday morning, saw someone slumped over on the floor through a window and called 911. Full story.

Man who killed family in DUI crash charged again

A man who served years in prison after being found guilty of killing a Crystal Lake family in a DUI crash in 1999 was charged with another DUI Sunday. Walter J. Depner, 61, was out on parole. Full story.

U-46 board OKs revised calendar with Aug. 19 start date

The Elgin Area School District U-46 board unanimously voted to approve a 2013-14 school calendar last night that includes a start date of Aug. 19 and will keep students in school on Veterans Day. The vote was influenced by community input on an earlier proposal to start the school year Aug. 14. Full story.

Wheeling woman makes 'Biggest Loser' finals

Wheeling native Danni Allen made it to the final five competitors on the episode of the "Biggest Loser" that aired last night. Allen, a Mundelein High School graduate, has lost 74 pounds so far. Full story.

DuPage forest commissioners oppose consolidation

A recent suggestion by state lawmakers to consolidate the DuPage County Forest Preserve District with the DuPage County Board doesn't sit well with forest preserve commissioners, who say the separation of the two entities 10 years ago has helped prevent conflicts of interest between the county's development interests and the forest preserve's environmental mission. Full story.

Concealed carry going before state House today

The Illinois House will break down the issue of carrying concealed firearms into more than two dozen votes in a seldom-used process beginning today. House Speaker Michael Madigan is using the so-called weekly order of business to allow lawmakers to submit amendments to a gun-control bill he intentionally left blank. Full story.

Illinois senators split on Obama's nomination

Two U.S. senators from Illinois feel totally opposite about President Barack Obama's nomination Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin strongly favors the appointment, while Sen. Mark Kirk strongly opposes. Full story.


As the plains continues to get pummeled by snow, meteorologists claim the snow will start here around 9 a.m. It should be heavy at times, tapering off later this evening, but not stopping completely until late tonight or tomorrow morning. Between 4-inches and 7-inches are expected, while temperatures are expected to hover between 34 and 37 degrees throughout the entire day. Full story.


Construction continues on Crystal Lake Avenue between Main Street and Erick Street in Crystal Lake. More traffic.

Hawks extend their points streak to 19 games

Marian Hossa scored in overtime last night, leading the Blackhawks to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at the United Center. The Blackhawks extend their record-opening points streak to 19. Full story.

Shooting sinks Bulls

The Chicago Bulls took a 30-point loss last night in Oklahoma City, continuing a season-long trend of sketchy shooting. The Bulls are shooting at .436 from the field this season, which ranks at 25th in the league. Full story.

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