Dawn Patrol: Police officer hurt in fire; Benedictine bans alcohol
Police officer hurt in Vernon Hills fire
Approximately six families were displaced and a Vernon Hills police officer was injured after a fire at an apartment complex in Vernon Hills Thursday. According to information provided by the Countryside Fire Protection District, firefighters responded at 3 p.m. to a fire on the 900 block of Commonwealth Court. Full story
Ex-Mundelein police chief now Lake undersheriff
A lingering question about the intentions of former Mundelein Police Chief Raymond J. Rose was dispelled Thursday with his appointment as Lake County Undersheriff. Sheriff Mark Curran named Rose to the post that has been vacant since November 2011 with the retirement of Charles Fagan. Such appointments are within Curran's authority as an elected official and are not subject to a county board vote. Full story.
No more alcohol at Benedictine
The roughly 700 Benedictine University students living on the school's Lisle campus have until 10 p.m. Friday to rid their rooms of all alcohol. The mandate comes as part of a new university policy announced Thursday that bans alcohol possession and consumption in all campus housing areas. Full story.
Tollway employees fired for bullying, growing pot
An Illinois tollway employee growing marijuana -- although not on the premises -- and maintenance workers going AWOL were among the findings in a semiannual report by the agency's inspector general issued Thursday. There was even a case of bullying. Full story.
Are you dealing with food allergies?
Is anyone in your family at risk of a potentially deadly reaction to nuts, eggs, milk or other common foods? Share your story in this week's Poll Vault.
Guthrie, Laugh lead Royals over White Sox 3-2
Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Full story
Cutler's calmer, and Bears are better
Bears coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler's even temperament is part of the reason for his early success. That includes passer ratings of 90-plus in three straight games for Cutler, the first time he has done that in the same season in four years. Click here to read Bob LeGere's take.
AccuWeather says we can expect a mostly sunny and warm day today, with temperatures rising to 79 degrees after a morning low of 55. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy and mild, reaching about 57 degrees before another seasonably warm day on Saturday. Full story.
Two crashes have been reported on Roosevelt Road this morning, one at Main Street in Lombard and another at Route 59 in West Chicago. A crash on eastbound I-90 near Barrington Road also is causing delays beginning at Route 25, and an accident has been reported at Park Avenue and St. Mary's Road in Libertyville. Construction projects on Randall Road near Big Timber Road and on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora will continue to slow drivers in those areas. Full story.