Weekend in Review: Cops duke it out for charity; 3 firefighters hurt in condo fire

Posted10/28/2013 5:30 AM
  • Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda knocks down Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas Sunday night at the 2nd Annual Tuition Knockout police boxing event in Aurora. The main event featured the two chiefs while earlier events featured other officers and investigators and officials.

      Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda knocks down Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas Sunday night at the 2nd Annual Tuition Knockout police boxing event in Aurora. The main event featured the two chiefs while earlier events featured other officers and investigators and officials. John Starks | Staff Photographer

Cops, civic leaders duke it out for charity

Police officers and civic leaders from Aurora, Elgin and other suburban communities put on headgear and padded gloves Sunday night and duked it out in the ring for charity. The boxers, a group that included Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas and Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda, helped raise money for a youth scholarship program organized by the Aurora chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Full story.

Three firefighters injured in condo fire near Gurnee

Three firefighters were injured Sunday afternoon while battling a fire at a condo building in Gurnee. The two-alarm fire was under control within an hour, but five families were displaced, officials said. Full story.

Elgin native and friends seek evidence for ghosts

Did you ever go someplace and get an eerie feeling, the heebie jeebies, think you saw or heard something that isn't there, and end up scaring yourself? Vince Sheilds did that 99 times for his new "Chicago Haunted Handbook" of ghostly places in the suburbs and city. "We do this because we like doing this. It's fun," says Sheilds, 29, who grew up in Elgin before graduating from Huntley High School in 2002. Full story.

DuPage's Sleep Out Saturday a reminder of suburban homelessness

To combat what's being called a "family homelessness crisis," about 2,000 DuPage residents will forgo their beds Nov. 2 as part of Sleep Out Saturday. The event is organized by Bridge Communities, a Glen Ellyn-based nonprofit that helps homeless families get back on their feet. "People ask us why we didn't do it in July," said Mark Milligan, of Bridge Communities. "We do not want this to be a camping trip. We want some discomfort involved." Full story.

Man held on $350k bond in fiery SUV crash

A Lake County judge set bond at $350,000 Sunday for a Wisconsin man charged with causing a fiery crash early Friday that destroyed two townhouses and significantly damaged another in Hainesville. Adam R. Bileck, 32, of Kenosha, Wis., was charged with aggravated DUI, driving with a revoked license, having no valid driver's license and leaving a property damage scene. Full story.

One dead, one seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Waukegan

A Wisconsin man was being held in the Lake County jail Saturday on charges of reckless homicide and various other offenses in connection with the death of one of two pedestrians struck Friday in Waukegan. The two men were selling television packages in the residential area when a car driven by Aaron B. Stoen jumped the curb and struck them, police said. Stoen admitted using heroin before the accident, police said. Full story.

24 families displaced in DuPage fire

Twenty-four families were displaced after a fire early Saturday morning destroyed an apartment building between Lombard and Glen Ellyn in unincorporated DuPage County. Half of the three-story building was heavily damaged by the fire, which caved in the roof. Full story.

Displaced Niles animal shelter coming to Des Plaines

An animal shelter left without a home after a school bus crashed into its Niles facility will open a new location in Des Plaines. Wright Way Rescue will be moving into the former Des Plaines Family Pet Clinic at 965 Rand Road, thanks to a local veterinarian who is letting the shelter use the building for free until his lease expires there in August 2014. Full story.

Schaumburg makes employees' health a priority

It's been five years since Schaumburg Police Officer Frank Russo died from undiagnosed hypertensive cardiovascular disease while trying to apprehend an unruly customer being ejected from a nightclub after midnight on Halloween 2008. Now, an employee health initiative started by the village of Schaumburg since Russo's death aims to make it easier for workers to learn about such hidden physical problems and seek improvement in all aspects of their lives. Full story.

One dead, two hurt in Kane County crash

One person was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon west of Elburn in unincorporated Kane County. The Kane County sheriff's department responded to the crash on Route 38 west of Meredith Road about 12:30 p.m., authorities said. Full story.

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