A Goliath of a ride is coming to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Park officials are set to announce early today that construction of the new "Goliath" roller coaster will begin in the fall and open next spring. When completed, it will be the fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world, officials said. Full story.
31 charged in DuPage County heroin bust
Calling heroin deaths a regional "epidemic," authorities yesterday announced charges against 31 people accused of peddling the drug for a massive distribution network in Cook and DuPage counties. DuPage State's Attorney Bob Berlin said the charges stem from an extensive investigation that began in February and involved numerous law enforcement agencies and more than 17 court-authorized wiretaps. Full story with video.
Bolingbrook teen drowns in quarry
A teenager drowned in a Bolingbrook quarry last night, according to police. Three 17-year-old boys from Bolingbrook entered a water-filled section of a quarry at 1421 W. 135th St. around 7:30 p.m., police said. The boys were swimming laps across the quarry when one of them began to struggle. Full story.
Zion mother wants search for dead son to continue
The mother of deceased 5-month-old Joshua Summeries wants police to continue the search for her son's body in a Zion landfill, a family spokesman said during a news conference yesterday. Kisha Summeries stood silently in front of the landfill at 701 Green Bay Road as spokesman Clyde McLemore said the family is upset that police have ended the search. Full story.
Upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood plan draws laughs, objections
Residents of an upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood who paid between $750,000 to over $1 million for their homes in 2008 are objecting to a developer's plans to builder smaller homes on vacant lots in their subdivision. They said the lesser properties, which could be sold for between $300,000 to $400,000, would diminish their community's value and character. Full story.
Metra board member says he's done at end of term
The lone Metra board member who voted against the controversial severance package for the agency's former CEO says he's leaving the board once his term expires in June. "Eight years is more than enough for any rational human being to serve on a board like this," McHenry County appointee Jack Schaffer said. "My term runs out in June and I have no intention of serving beyond that." Full story.
Second man charged in $40,000 Naperville cellphone theft
A DuPage County judge set bail yesterday for one of two men charged with robbing a Naperville Radio Shack of more than $40,000 worth of cellphones. Dennis Clark, 23, of Chicago, confessed to the Aug. 12 holdup during an interview with detectives late Tuesday, according to prosecutors. Clark is accused of threatening two employees with a gun during the 6:30 p.m. robbery at 1223 E. Ogden Ave. Full story.
Another heat wave is moving in as temperatures are forecast to climb to 88 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will start out at about 77 degrees this afternoon, then dip back to 70 degrees tonight.
Construction continues between IL Route 120 between Main Street in McHenry and IL Route 60 near Round Lake. Lane blockages are possible until further notice. Full traffic.
Bears QB hopefuls need to understand offense
Recently signed quarterback Trent Edwards, who will take over after Jordan Palmer plays the first half against the Cleveland Browns in tonight's preseason game, has been with the team for only 11 days, one fewer than Palmer. Although both are considered quick studies, neither has an encyclopedic knowledge of the offense or the personnel. Full story.
Dodgers beat Cubs 4-0 with Nolasco, 2 homers
Edwin Jackson's pitching was good enough. His fielding, not so much. His throwing error cost the Chicago Cubs two runs in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Jackson gave up four runs -- two earned -- and six hits against his old team. He struck out five and walked two on a season-high 124 pitches in dropping his third straight decision. Full story.