Dawn Patrol: West Chicago High teachers ready to strike Friday

 
 
Updated 2/14/2018 6:08 AM
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  • West Chicago High School teachers union President Brad Larson speaks during a candlelight vigil "to pray for a fair" contract settlement outside the school district office on Monday.

      West Chicago High School teachers union President Brad Larson speaks during a candlelight vigil "to pray for a fair" contract settlement outside the school district office on Monday. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

W. Chicago High teachers ready to strike Friday if no agreement

West Chicago High School teachers are preparing to go on strike Friday if they are unable to reach a contract settlement with the school board during a last-ditch negotiation session Thursday night. The West Chicago High School Teachers Association announced the potential strike date after a meeting of the union's 141 members late last night. A walkout would leave roughly 2,000 students out of classes. Full story.

Aurora approves city's first gay pride parade

Illinois' second-largest city will soon have its first gay pride parade. The Aurora Pride Parade is set to step off at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 17, bringing an event celebrating the LGBTQ community to a city that loves to promote its diversity. Full story.

Off-duty Chicago police commander shot

COURTESY OF CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENTCmdr. Paul R. Bauer was shot and killed while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building in downtown Chicago.
COURTESY OF CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENTCmdr. Paul R. Bauer was shot and killed while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building in downtown Chicago.

Chicagoans mourned the loss of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, killed Tuesday while jumping into a chase of a suspect while off-duty. The suspect, who hasn't been charged so far in Bauer's death, was wearing body armor and has a long felony record, including a conviction for armed robbery, according to court records and police sources. Full story.

Elgin fire union: Staffing cuts caused delay in fire response

The Elgin fire union president says overtime staffing cuts caused a delayed response and gap in water supply to a fire in which a 63-year-man died last month. David Moncatch died Jan. 21 when heating tape caused a fire at his trailer home on the 400 block of Sadler Avenue. Moncatch was found in the kitchen, apparently trying to get a fire extinguisher. Full story.

Cadaver/tracking dog to join Lake County coroner's office

The next Lake County deputy coroner to be sworn in will be a rarity in his field. Bones, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, is in training to become a cadaver dog, a first for Lake County and one of few among coroner offices in the country. Full story.

St. Charles Township house fire claims family cat

A St. Charles Township house near the big bend in the Fox River was rendered uninhabitable by a fire Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the blaze, but the family's cat died, Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District officials said. Full story.

Flood damaged Ellis Elementary in Round Lake Beach opens new modern library

Students at Ellis Elementary school showed off the high-tech features of their school's new Limitless Learning Commons during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Round Lake Beach school Tuesday afternoon. Full story.

Weather

Cloudy and 28 degrees this morning. Highs today in the low 40s. Areas of fog tonight, with lows in the upper 30s. Full story.

Traffic

No delays to report early Wednesday. Railroad crossing work is scheduled to close eastbound Crystal Lake Avenue from Main Street to East Street until Thursday. Traffic is detoured via Route 176. Full traffic.

Hoiberg sees a benefit to Bulls winning games

It's hard to say any fans at the United Center are openly rooting for the Bulls to lose in order to get a higher draft pick. The building was as loud as ever when Zach LaVine's steal and dunk sent the Bulls ahead of Orlando with 12.4 seconds left on Monday. But it's a debate that figures to linger during the remainder of the season, with the Bulls currently holding the NBA's eighth-worst record. Coach Fred Hoiberg addressed the topic on Tuesday. Full story.

Blackhawks' drop 7th straight game

The Chicago Blackhawks led 2-1 after two periods and were thoroughly outplaying Vegas, but Brad Hunt, Reilly Smith and David Perron scored three minutes and 40 seconds apart to send Quenneville's squad to its seventh straight loss. The Hawks have scored 2 goals or fewer in 12 of their last 15 games. Full story.

Bears to play Ravens in Hall of Fame game

The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will kick off the 2018 NFL season in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 2. It's a fitting match, as former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, Aug. 4. Full story.

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