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Crime and police

Yard waste set on fire, and more

Batavia A purse containing a cell phone, credit cards and $50 was reported stolen from The Lodge on the Fox, 35 N. Water St., on … Read more ›

Excessive force lawsuit filed following Fermilab shooting

A Cicero teenager filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that a West Chicago police officer used excessive force earlier this month when he fired on … Read more ›

Off-duty cop shoots passenger in hit-run car on Fermilab property

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Saturday morning on the Fermilab grounds in Batavia that involved an off-duty police officer, officials said … Read more ›

A driver uses a cellphone in Evanston in 2010. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Ban on cell use while driving could go statewide

Drivers throughout Illinois would not be able to use hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel under a measure making its way through the Illinois … Read more ›

No injuries in barn fire near Batavia

Daily Herald reports: Batavia Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a vehicle fire that set a barn ablaze at 10:30 a.m. Monday. It … Read more ›

State police point finger at prints analyst

The Illinois State Police said Friday that it had reassigned a fingerprint analyst and is reviewing a number of the analyst’s cases in Cook and … Read more ›

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If you are drinking on New Year’s Eve, watch your step

Most New Year’s Eve revelers know it’s dangerous to drink and drive, but now there’s new evidence that it’s also dangerous to drink and walk. … Read more ›

Settlement announced over Countrywide loans

Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and federal officials today announced a $335 million national settlement with Bank of America stemming from former mortgage giant Countrywide … Read more ›

Student on probation in DUI death faces resentencing

A college student on probation for killing his friend in a 2009 drunken driving crash faces resentencing after the friend’s grandmother alerted Kane County authorities … Read more ›

Woman pleads guilty to DUI in fatal Kane County accident

An Aurora woman who was reaching for her sunglasses when she set off a chain reaction accident that killed a St. Charles motorcycling couple pleaded … Read more ›