Month: July 2018

Report: Gurnee officers who shot woman in May acted appropriately

The two Gurnee Police officers who shot and killed a woman who pointed a rifle at them in May acted reasonably and appropriately, according to an investigation by the Lake County state’s attorney’s office. The investigation report was made available to the public Friday. In it,…

Fire displaces Mount Prospect apartment residents

A fire contained to a single unit displaced some residents at an apartment complex Friday in Mount Prospect. The fire Friday evening at the Colony Country complex on Yarmouth Place was contained to one unit, but four other units suffered water damage in the building of…

‘A lot of dust’: Residents get quick peek at fire-ravaged condos

Twelve-year-old David Pantoja returned to his lifelong home in Prospect Heights Friday to find it horribly transformed. Accompanying his father, Rodrigo, to recover belongings from their fire-ravaged building at the River Trails condominium complex, David said he was overwhelmed by both the mess and the smell.…

With fewer refugees to resettle, World Relief aims to broaden its role

In World Relief’s new Carol Stream offices are dry-erase boards tracking refugee arrivals to the suburbs. In most years, World Relief DuPage/Aurora would cover the so-called “arrival boards” with lists of families the nonprofit was expecting to resettle over two or three months. But the three…

Topgolf cut from Lincolnshire redevelopment proposal

Plans for a three-story Topgolf driving range have been cut from a proposed development in Lincolnshire, months after the concept was criticized by residents. Updated documents for the project, which focuses on a 43-acre office campus on Half Day Road west of the Tri-State Tollway, no…

Officials: No criminal intent in Prospect Heights apartment fire

Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith confirmed Friday that a juvenile who would not be named had accidentally started the fire that caused massive damage to three buildings of the River Trails Condominium complex. The investigation determined no criminal intent by the juvenile, Smith added. related…

Man arrested in Aurora robbery in which shot was fired

A 22-year-old Aurora man has been arrested and charged with the armed robbery of a near westside convenience store in late June in which a shot was fired into a ceiling during a struggle, according to police and court records. Clayton W. Vaughan, of the 900…

Kane County Fair opens

As a quartet from Marmion Academy sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the opening of the 150th annual Kane County Fair Thursday, Norm Skala rose from his wheelchair and saluted the flag. The 95-year-old Army veteran, who rode horses while in a cavalry unit in India during…

How to best help Prospect Heights fire victims right now

The Prospect Heights community and others from across the area are rallying to help nearly 100 families left homeless by Wednesday’s massive apartment fire. American Red Cross officials on Thursday said local churches are opening their doors for shelter, stores are donating food and neighbors are…

Whirlyball bringing game center to Naperville

“The most fun you can have going 4 mph” is coming to an area of northwest Naperville that’s quickly growing into an entertainment district. WhirlyBall plans to build a facility at 3103 Odyssey Ave. near where Topgolf opened in 2015 and where an ice arena and…

Village recommends tax incentive for Elk Grove Technology Park

Elk Grove Village has recommended a tax incentive for a new $1 billion technology park ahead of a groundbreaking ceremony next week. The village board voted this week to give Elk Grove Technology Park a property tax break for 85 acres at the former Busse Farm…

Man dressed as construction worker attempts to rob Des Plaines bank

A man wearing a yellow construction helmet and worksite clothes attempted to rob a TCF Bank about noon Wednesday inside a Des Plaines Jewel-Osco store, authorities say. Authorities described the suspect who entered the store at 1500 Lee St. as a white man in his late…

Residents fear ‘irreplaceable losses’ after devastating fire

Eric Bowman believes he’ll find nothing worth saving when authorities allow him back into his family’s apartment, one of dozens left in ruins Wednesday after a massive fire ripped through three Prospect Heights condominium buildings. But some losses stand out more than others: family photos, childhood…