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Dawn Patrol: New Metra resignation; Hoffman woman wins $1,000/week

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  • Yow! A truck fully became engulfed in flames yesterday morning in the parking lot of the White Castle restaurant on the corner of North and Gary Avenues in Carol Stream. The truck driver had pulled into the lot after seeing a spark from the engine, and he got out safely.

      Yow! A truck fully became engulfed in flames yesterday morning in the parking lot of the White Castle restaurant on the corner of North and Gary Avenues in Carol Stream. The truck driver had pulled into the lot after seeing a spark from the engine, and he got out safely.
    Courtesy of Duane Marski

 
 

Another resignation from embattled Metra Board

The fallout over ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford's resignation continued as the DuPage County appointee to the Metra board of directors resigned yesterday, effective immediately. Paul Darley of Elmhurst told county board Chairman Dan Cronin in a letter that it was a difficult decision and he supported a "comprehensive investigation" into Clifford's resignation and patronage allegations. Full story.

Hoffman Estates woman wins $1,000 a week for 20 years

"Huh?" That's what Hoffman Estates resident Jose Martinez said when his wife, Lilia, called to say she won $1,000 a week for the next 20 years. That's a total of $1,040,000. "She won the check the Saturday before Father's Day, and we picked it up the following Monday. I didn't believe her until that Monday," Jose Martinez, 53, said. Full story.

One injured in Arlington Heights crash

An Arlington Heights woman suffered minor injuries after running a red light during last night's rush hour at East Hintz Road and North Windsor Drive in Arlington Heights, hitting another car, destroying an electrical box and damaging a tree. Full story.

Batavia church open house leaves its future uncertain

More than 100 people toured the former First Baptist Church of Batavia last night, as city officials listened to opinions about what should be done with the property. Many were former church members who would like the sanctuary part saved, but at least one felt less strongly. "God left with us" when the congregation moved, said Sherry Kenneavy. Full story.

Dist. 300 looks for ways to offset taxpayers' cost of Sears breaks

A deal state lawmakers approved almost two years ago that extended tax breaks for Sears could mean major tax increases next year for Community Unit District 300 taxpayers if district officials don't act to cushion the blow. School board members discussed a course of action that would restructure existing debt, extending payments but avoiding a big jump on next year's tax bill. Full story.

One charged in Palatine home invasion, second suspect at large

One of the two men suspected of tying up a Palatine woman at gunpoint last fall in her home is in custody, Palatine Deputy Chief Alan Stoeckel said yesterday. Police are attempting to locate the second suspect. Full story.

No injuries in spectacular Carol Stream truck fire

There were no injuries Tuesday morning when the cab of a semitrailer truck burst into flames shortly after pulling into the parking lot of a White Castle restaurant on the corner of North and Gary avenues in Carol Stream, authorities said. Full story.

Kane County chairman outlines half-year accomplishments

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen reviewed the first half-year under his rule yesterday, offering kind words about the spirit of cooperation he has seen on the board's committees. Lauzen briefly mentioned the controversial hiring of a person to review the finances of the animal control shelter, in the absence of having a director. Full story.

Weather

Cool and wet with a high of only 76 degrees today. It will be about 64 degrees with a light rain as you head out the door, before a thunderstorm moves in this afternoon. Temps will dip back to 65 degrees later this evening. Full story.

Traffic

Monaville Road remains closed between Route 83 and Cedar Lake Road in Round Lake Beach due to resurfacing. People are urged to use Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach, or Grand Avenue in Lake Villa to bypass the roadwork. More traffic.

Jake Peavy changes Sox, heads to Boston

It seems like Jake Peavy has been giving his goodbye speech since early June when, after scratching and clawing back to the .500 mark at 24-24, the White Sox lost eight in a row and fell hopelessly out of contention. Peavy finally make his way to the exit door last night. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal that included the Detroit Tigers. Full story.

So close yet so far for the Cubs

Jeff Bianchi delivered a 2-run single off shortstop Starlin Castro's glove with 2 outs in the ninth to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs and a day-night doubleheader sweep yesterday. Full story.

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