Batavia Walgreens vote planned for Feb. 17:
The four-year wait for a vote on a new Walgreens in downtown Batavia, including $1.143 in financial incentives, may come as soon as Feb. 17. Full story:
Naperville sues smart grid online portal developer:
The city of Naperville is suing the company it hired to create the online energy management system for its $22 million smart grid initiative, seeking the return of nearly $800,000 in payments made to the company since 2010. The company couldn't get the online portal for customers done, so the city is having to find a new developer. Full story.
Rutherford running mate says he doesn't know details of allegations:
As unnamed allegations from one of his unnamed employees continues to dog Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford in his campaign for governor, his running mate says he's been kept away from the details of the ongoing drama because he's not part of the Republican's government office. Full story.
Harper College mourning longtime administrator:
Harper College is mourning longtime administrator Donn Stansbury, who served as the first admissions director and later the vice president of student affairs, steering the Palatine campus through rapid growth. Stansbury passed away on Jan. 27. Full story.
Ex-Elgin police chief put on leave in Florida:
Former Elgin Police Chief Lisa Womack, already scheduled to leave her chief's job in Lakeland, Fla., now has reportedly been placed on administrative leave over a hiring matter involving a family member. Womack worked in Elgin from 2005 to 2010. Full story.
Buffalo Grove Olympian gets first look at Sochi:
With the Opening Ceremony just two days away, Buffalo Grove Olympian Megan Bozek is getting her first look at the host city of Sochi, Russia. Bozek is a member of the U.S. women's hockey team, which opens its Olympic run against Finland on Saturday. Full story with pictures.
Waukegan man pleads guilty to killing cabdriver:
A Waukegan man accused of killing a Park City cabdriver in 2010 pleaded guilty in Lake County court to a single count of first-degree murder, authorities said. Darryel Garner, 42, faces a minimum of 45 years in prison. Full story.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon today for the suburbs and Chicago. Blowing snow is predicted with wind gusts of 20-25 mph. Snow accumulation is expected to reach as much as 5 inches, with temperatures steady in the low 20s. Full story.
Construction continues on Rollins Road between Route 83 and Route 45 in Round Lake Beach. People should expect delays. More traffic.
Ejection tirade costs Noah $15,000, but Bulls beat Suns:
Joakim Noah paid a price for his profane tirade against three NBA officials after an ejection Monday night during the Bulls loss to Sacramento. The Bulls' all-star center was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing the officials. On the court the Bulls beat Phoenix 101-92 last night. Full story.
Wisconsin extends Illini's losing streak to eight:
Illinois' misery on the hardwood continued last night, as Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece for Wisconsin in a 75-63 Badgers win in Champaign, extending the Illini's losing streak to eight games. Full story.