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Dawn Patrol: Body found in Addison; State trooper killed in crash

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  • West Chicago firefighters battled a house fire yesterday on Alamance Drive in West Chicago. Four people were hurt in the end.

      West Chicago firefighters battled a house fire yesterday on Alamance Drive in West Chicago. Four people were hurt in the end.
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An Illinois State Trooper was killed in a crash on the Tri-State Tollway overnight. A semitrailer truck hit the trooper from behind. The incident remains under investigation.

Body recovered from Salt Creek in Addison

Addison Fire Protection officials confirmed that a dead body was recovered yesterday afternoon from Salt Creek. Authorities said firefighters recovered the body of an unidentified male at 3:45 p.m. near the corner of Lake Street and Villa Avenue. Full story.

Buffalo Grove police warn residents after burglaries

Buffalo Grove police are advising residents to keep alert for suspicious noises, vehicles or people around their homes, aftera series of burglaries involving forced entry. Police said there have been seven residential burglaries in Buffalo Grove during February and March, during the afternoon and evening hours. Full story.

N. Aurora man faces multiple charges after Naperville theft, chase

Naperville police, after a lengthy chase during which the suspect struck several cars with his vehicle, arrested a North Aurora man in connection with a theft at a Target store. Dwayne K. Smith, 21, has been charged with two counts of felony retail theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage of $1,500, driving without a license, driving without insurance and resisting arrest. Full story.

Four hurt as fire sweeps through West Chicago house

Three residents and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries yesterday at an area hospital after fire swept through a house in West Chicago, authorities said. Firefighters said the injuries could have been worse if neighbors had not alerted the residents to the blaze around 12:20 p.m. on the 2400 block of Alamance Drive. Full story.

Tollway watchdog digs up scams, employee misdeeds

Recent shenanigans by now ex-tollway workers or contract employees included a supervisor who bullied underlings when he was not sleeping on the job and a call center attendant who offered to make I-PASS fines disappear for a price, Inspector General Jim Wagner announced yesterday. Full story.

How 'embarrassing photos' may affect Villa Park race

Villa Park village presidential candidate John Heidelmeier may have learned a lesson this week when pictures of him that were posted on a pornographic video-chat website began making the rounds in town, forcing him to apologize publicly for what he called a "personally embarrassing" photo. Full story.

Ex-jockey Douglas back on track in Dubai

For the first time since his accident, Rene Douglas, who was paralyzed after a horrific fall at Arlington Park, will be on the track Saturday in Dubai along with the five other buddies who make up Good Friends Stable, hoping Private Zone can bring him back into what was once such familiar territory for him -- the winner's circle. Full story.

DuPage traffic stops yields $500,000 drug bust

What began as a routine traffic stop in Bloomingdale resulted in DuPage County sheriff's deputies finding cocaine and methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $500,000 hidden inside a car, authorities said yesterday. Now the 26-year-old Calumet City man who was driving the vehicle is facing several felony drug charges. Full story.


Some sun and warmer temperatures are finally here, with a high of 54 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 36 degrees as you head out the door this morning, and temperatures will dip back to 30 degrees tonight. Full story.


All lanes on the Tri-State Tollway have been reopened following a fiery crash that killed a state trooper this morning. The crash took place on Interstate 294 south of Willow Road. More traffic.

Orange crushed: Syracuse takes down No. 1 Indiana

With its 2-3 zone defense disruptive from start to finish, and Michael Carter-Williams pouring in 24 points, fourth-seeded Syracuse upset No. 1 seed Indiana 61-50 Thursday night to reach the NCAA tournament's East Regional final. Full story.

Poll Vault: Who will win more games -- Cubs or Sox?

Over the years, Opening Day has given rise to some wild and wacky wagering in the Daily Herald newsroom on how Chicago's clubs will finish. Michelle Holdway asks you, which team will get more wins in 2013? Who will finish better? Which player will do the best? Can the Cubs finish better than fifth? Leave your thoughts with Poll Vault.

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