Dawn Patrol: Cook Challenge winner; state school report cards

Updated 10/31/2013 6:10 AM
  • Dan Rich of Elgin tells Daily Herald Food Editor Deb Pankey about his dish during the Cook of the Week Challenge finals, held Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. Rich won the competition.

      Dan Rich of Elgin tells Daily Herald Food Editor Deb Pankey about his dish during the Cook of the Week Challenge finals, held Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. Rich won the competition. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Elgin man wins Cook of the Week Challenge

Dan Rich is Elgin's superintendent of public works during the day, but when he's off the clock, he can sure cook up a mean dish. His Halloween-inspired "Goblin Delight" -- chicken breast stuffed with quinoa, fresh vegetables, creamed peas and a caramelized ginger fruit compote -- was the winning dish Wednesday night at the third annual Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge finals. Full story.

School report cards go live

More than 600 schools statewide joined the ranks of those failing to meet standards, according to the 2013 Illinois School Report Card released today by the Illinois State Board of Education. Click here to find out why so many are failing to make the grade. Also, you can see how your school compares to others in your town or anywhere else in the state with our Daily Herald School Checker.

Aurora man found guilty of wife's 1990 murder

An Aurora man accused of strangling his wife in summer of 1990, then rolling up her body in an area rug and burying it at a horse farm in Naperville, only to move it later, was found guilty by a Kane County jury Wednesday after more than three hours of deliberations. In a three-day trial this week, prosecutors argued a jealous Montano killed his wife because he thought she was being unfaithful. Full story.

Gogo to move headquarters from Itasca to Chicago

Gogo, which offers in-flight wireless services to airline passengers, will move its headquarters from Itasca to Chicago and could get a tax incentive package worth roughly $2 million from the city. The company will move to 111 N. Canal St., Chicago, with about 460 employees. Full story.

Oberweis edging closer to U.S. Senate run

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican and veteran of statewide campaigns in Illinois, says he's nearing the minimum number of petition signatures he needs to run for U.S. Senate. And Oberweis said if he reaches his goal number of signatures, he'll get into his third Republican primary for Senate for good. Full story.

8 Antioch students return to class after pill scare

Eight of 10 students hospitalized Tuesday for coming into contact with painkillers at Antioch Upper Grade School were back in class Wednesday, authorities said late Wednesday night. A ninth student remains hospitalized, but her hospitalization is not for ingesting the hydrocodone/acetaminophen pill that was passed out by a 13-year-old female student Tuesday morning, according to police. Full story.


The rain will be scary today as it will continue to fall intermittently throughout the day and night. Temperatures will 64 degrees this afternoon, but dip back to 45 degrees overnight. It will be about 62 as you head out the door this morning. Full story.


Wet, slick roads will greet people this morning, so people are urged to slow down and take it easy when heading to work and school. Construction continues on Fabyan Parkway between Kirk Road and IL Route 25 near Batavia. More traffic.

Red Sox win World Series title

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series title in 10 seasons. Full story.

Bulls pick up options on Teague, Butler

The Bulls still have more point guards than they need, but they chose to pick up next year's option on Marquis Teague's rookie scale contract Wednesday. Teague's future with the Bulls appeared to be in question when the team decided to keep veteran guard Mike James on the regular season roster. The Bulls also picked up the fourth year of Jimmy Butler's rookie scale contract. Full story.

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