Dawn Patrol: Dist. 211 transgender policy stands
Dist. 211's policy on transgender student will stand in deal with feds
An agreement with the federal government approved early this morning by the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school board dictates that a transgender student will continue to use a separate changing area within a girls locker room but not have unrestricted access to that locker room. About 250 people attended the open meeting earlier last night as several parents spoke for and against granting the student full access to the locker room. Then the school board went into closed session about 9:45 p.m. and emerged about 12:30 a.m. Full story.
Officials: Two suspects in San Bernardino shooting dead after police chase
Law enforcement authorities confirmed the identities of two people killed in a police chase Wednesday that came hours after at least two heavily armed attackers opened fire on a holiday banquet at a social services center for the disabled, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others. Police hunting for the killers riddled a black SUV with gunfire in a shootout 2 miles from the late-morning carnage, and a man and woman with assault rifles, handguns and "assault-style clothing" were killed, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. Full story.
Teen with autism missing in Palatine
The mother of a 15-year-old boy with autism who went missing Wednesday afternoon in Palatine says he has run away before, but this is the worst its ever been. Cook County sheriff's police are asking for help finding David Quattrochi, who was reported missing around 3 p.m. from Little City, 1760 W. Algonquin Road. "I'm not falling apart. I can't be. My faith is keeping me strong," his mom, Jennifer, said. "If I stopped to think of all the possibilities of things that could be happening, I could fall apart." Full story.
Schaumburg zoning panel recommends allowing handgun sales
A plan to allow handgun sales in a new Field & Stream and Dick's Sporting Goods combo store planned for the Streets of Woodfield Mall was recommended Wednesday night by the village's zoning board of appeals. The plan will now go before the Schaumburg village board at the Dec. 8 meeting. Full story.
Cloudy and 30 degrees to start this morning. Temperatures will climb to 42 degrees this afternoon before falling to 33 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Bridge reconstruction closes Ohio Street bridge in both directions between Rural Street and Indian Avenue in Aurora until November, 2016. Full traffic.
Chicago White Sox say so long to Flowers, Beckham, Turner
Tyler Flowers has plenty of positive qualities, but on Wednesday, the White Sox non-tendered Flowers and pitcher Jacob Turner, who they claimed off waivers from the Cubs in late October. Beckham rejoined the Sox last season after agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract, but he barely played after the all-star break. The Atlanta Braves reportedly signed Beckham to a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes $500,000 in incentives. Full story.
Cubs tender contracts of Arrieta, Wood; sign Brothers, Richard
The Cubs got some business done Wednesday. In addition to tendering contracts to key players such as pitchers Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood, they signed relievers Rex Brothers and Clayton Richard to one-year contracts for 2016. Full story.
Rose doesn't have high pain threshold, college coach says
John Calipari, who coached Derrick Rose in college at Memphis, went on a national talk show Wednesday and sought to defend Rose's reputation as being injury-prone. One of Calipari's lines sounded more like an insult, though, when he suggested Rose has a low tolerance for pain. Full story.
For Chicago Bears' Fangio, it's just another opponent
Two weeks ago the Chicago Bears hosted the Denver Broncos, head coach John Fox's previous team. This week, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's old team, the San Francisco 49ers, are in town. "I just look back on the four years with the 49ers with really good memories," Fangio said. "We had a nice run there. Got to a Super Bowl. Got to three (NFC) championship games. Won a lot of football games over a four-year period. Full story.