Predators win 4-1 to sweep Blackhawks out of playoffs
The obit was penned by a supremely talented, blazing-fast, rough and gritty Nashville Predators squad that swept the Hawks out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Preds hammered the final nail home with a 4-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena last night. Full story.
Tests show driver who killed 3 Arlington Heights residents was drunk
The driver of a Mercedes-Benz that struck and killed three Arlington Heights family members in February was drunk -- with a blood alcohol content almost three-times the legal limit -- toxicology results released yesterday revealed. Full story.
Elgin molester faces up to 30 years in prison
An Elgin man faces up to 30 years prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a child he knew, officials said. Paul E. Wheeler, 43, aka Paul D'Amico, was found guilty Tuesday of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for crimes that happened between September 2004 and December 2005, the Kane County state's attorney's office said in a statement. Full story.
Dry cleaning company puts prom within girls' reach
Zengeler Cleaners, which has eight locations, including two in Libertyville, has collected 5,863 prom dresses so far this year, and more are coming in each day. The dresses and accessories are collected on behalf of the Glass Slipper Project, which distributes them high school girls who otherwise might not be able to afford prom. Full story.
Beach Park man held on $2 million bail
A Beach Park man is being held in the Lake County jail on a $2 million bail after being picked up on a warrant for weapon, drug and battery charges, police said yesterday. Raymundo Acosta, 27, of the 38400 block of North Sheridan Road, failed to appear in court on charges related to a Waukegan investigation, and a $250,000 warrant was issued for his arrest, the Lake County sheriff's office said. Full story.
Funeral set for Huntley woman killed in motorcycle crash
Funeral services for a Huntley woman who died from injuries in a motorcycle crash Saturday in Boone County are scheduled this weekend. Carolyn Hladilek, 32, was a passenger on one of two northbound motorcycles northbound on Capron Road, just north of Hunter Road, when they left the roadway after failing to negotiate a slight curve, according to a Boone County sheriff's office news release. Full story.
Hoffman Estates resident will be on 'Jeopardy!' Monday
Emma Florio of Hoffman Estates will fulfill a yearslong quest Monday afternoon when she appears on the 3:30 p.m. broadcast of her favorite game show, "Jeopardy!," on Chicago's ABC 7. The 25-year-old library assistant started taking the online tests and going to the auditions for the college version of the program five years ago. Full story.
Bulls-Celtics series shifts to United Center
A win tonight would give the Bulls a 3-0 series lead over Boston. Can they avoid a letdown on their home court? Read beat writer Mike McGraw's preview here.
Mostly cloudy and much chillier today, with a high of only 53 degrees. Lows tonight in the low 40s. Full forecast.
No delays early this morning on suburban expressways. Traffic report.