Where's Fermilab's giant electromagnet now?
A circular, 50-foot-wide electromagnet en route from a federal laboratory in New York to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia is scheduled to be at the Hidden Lake Forest Preserve near Glen Ellyn this morning, and be there all day until it starts rolling again at 11 p.m. People came out for a science lesson on the repurposed physics tool yesterday in Bolingbrook. Full story.
Pit bull that killed Shih Tzu attacked other animals
A 20-pound Shih Tzu was attacked and killed by a pit bull while a caretaker was walking the smaller dog in Wauconda's Cook Park, police said yesterday. Authorities said the pit bull's owner has been cited in the past because the dog has attacked other animals before. Full story
Arlington Heights man killed in crash near Channahon
A 61-year-old Arlington Heights man died of injuries he sustained during a Wednesday morning crash that involved four vehicles near Channahon on I-55, authorities said. John R. Hoeppel was pronounced dead at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center at 4:01 p.m. and his preliminary cause of death was an aortic rupture, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Fred Rivera said. Full story
Indoor sky diving breezes through Naperville zoning commission
Members of the Naperville planning and zoning commission last night became some of the first to hear iFly's plans to build a 9,800-square-foot indoor sky diving facility with a 50-foot-tall flight chamber at Freedom Commons on the city's north side. Full story.
Elgin group to protest stand-your-ground laws
Occupy Elgin is planning a Saturday protest against national stand-your-ground self-defense laws on the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. The protest will take place at 1 p.m. at the corner of Grove Avenue and Kimball Street. Full story
Lisle man leaves state job after making false statements
A Lisle man resigned from his state job after lying about inspecting a ski lift and bouncy house and leaving work early to go to side gigs as a vocal impressionist throughout the suburbs, a report from the state's executive inspector general says. The report also says former Illinois Department of Labor inspector Charles Dräger inflated his personal tollway costs. Full story
Teen stabbed during Villa Park fight
Villa Park police have arrested a 15-year-old for what they say was his role in a Monday night stabbing. The child has been charged with aggravated battery charge. Police said a 17-year-old was found with a stab wound in the area of area of Yale Avenue and Ridge Road. Full story
Mostly clear and cool to start the day with temperatures hovering at about 58 degrees. Temperatures will climb to 79 degrees this afternoon before dipping back to 64 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 45 between East Lake-Cook Road and IL Route 83. The construction work lasts through November, and will include lane reductions in each direction. More traffic.
Emery: No Bears contracts addressed this year
General manager Phil Emery and new head coach Marc Trestman laid out their plans for the 2013 season yesterday, the day players reported to Olivet Nazarene University for the Bears' training camp. Emery said that with all 90 players under contract there should be no distractions. Full story.
Epstein: Soriano to take 2-3 days to think on trade
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano has met with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum, and all indications are that Soriano seems willing to be traded, but Epstein told reporters Soriano wants a couple of days to think about it. Bruce Miles reports.
White Sox trade talk really heating up
Since the White Sox are anything but a contender this year, the upcoming week figures to be the most interesting of the season, Scot Gregor writes. The July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline is quickly approaching, and as a flock of scouts continue to monitor the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, the rumors are really heating up. Full story.