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Dawn patrol: Guilty verdict in murder; Elgin council member in ICU

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  • Fellow Troopers give a salute as the casket of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter is carried from Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Tuesday morning.

    Fellow Troopers give a salute as the casket of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter is carried from Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Tuesday morning.
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The Lake County Task Force and Vernon Hills Police are investigating a shooting at the Vernon Hills Police Department early Wednesday morning. Authorities said a man walked into the police station at about 12 a.m. and asked to file an accident report. When an officer showed up to take the report, the unidentified man pulled out a hand gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer drew his service weapon and shot the man once in the hip.

Guilty verdict in Carrick death

A jury last night returned a guilty verdict in the 2002 death of Johnsburg teen Brian Carrick. Mario Casciaro, 29, was found guilty of first-degree murder. Carrick's body was never found. Full story.

Police officers convene for trooper's funeral

Law enforcement officials traveled from all over the state to pay their last respects to fallen state trooper James Sauter, of Vernon Hills. The trooper died Friday after his squad car was rear-ended by a semi on the Tri-State Tollway. Full story.

Elgin council member in ICU

Bob Gilliam, an Elgin City Council member, has been in the hospital since March 22 after experiencing complications from asthma. He issued a statement last night saying that he'll make a full recovery, and that he's prepared for next weeks' election. Full story.

Naperville's Water Street project advances

A 2.4 acre project on Water Street in downtown Naperville that includes hotel, office space, a parking deck and improvements to the south end of the Riverwalk advanced with a 6-2 vote on the final plat. Difficult financial discussions lie ahead, however, as developers are expected to ask for significant tax incentives on the project. Full story.

Video gaming rules established in Wauconda

The Wauconda village board approved rules and fees for video gambling within the village at a meeting last night. Rules include purchasing at $25 annual permit and limit the number of machines in each establishment to five. Full story.

Aurora's East New York Street getting makeover

East New York Street in Aurora will benefit from a $6 to $7 million reconstruction project to begin later this year, city officials said last night. A milelong stretch from Asbury Drive to Welsh Avenue will be reconstructed, while a separate project is being studied to convert a one-way westbound street to hold two-way traffic. Full story.

Man shot in Aurora, police say

A man was shot last night after a confrontation between two groups of people in the 300 block of Cedar Street, police said. The victim suffered a non life-threatening wound to the shoulder. The suspects fled on foot, police say. Full story.


Clear but cool to start the day with a high of only 26 degrees as you head out the door. Temperatures will climb to 46 degrees this afternoon, before dipping back to 30 degrees tonight. Full story.


Construction continues in St. Charles at Red Gate Road and IL route 31. People should seek alternate routes to avoid the construction that is expected to last through June.

Bulls fall to Washington

Carlos Boozer had 17 points and eight rebounds but the Bulls still fell last night in Washington to the Wizards 90-86. The Wizards started out their season 4-28. Full story.

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