Written by Darren McRoy
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:
NAPERVILLE—Construction Start Date Set for Route 59 Improvements—The city of Naperville is warning drivers to prepare for "significant traffic delays" once the $84.8 million project begins.
WARRENVILLE—Police: Man Broke into Warrenville Home, Sexually Assaulted Sleeping Woman—Police are looking for a man who entered a first-floor apartment through an unlocked patio door.
AURORA—Police Identify Man Whose Body Was Pulled From River in Downtown Aurora—A Patch reader sends photos showing the rescue attempt for a 38-year-old man who drowned in the Fox River.
WHEATON—Former Wheaton College Professor Pleads Guilty to Child Porn—The former education professor at the Christian school pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to aggravated child pornography possession.
GLEN ELLYN—Sheriff: Glendale Heights Man Charged in Murder-for-Hire Scheme—A 23-year-old wanted a hitman to get rid of his aunt, uncle and an elderly resident of the house, police said.
ELMHURST—Elmhurst Teen Dies After Jumping From Top Level of Schiller Deck—A 15-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the top of the four-story Schiller parking deck onto Robert Palmer Drive, just north of the Elmhurst Police Station, early Saturday morning.
LA GRANGE—Former LT Employee Sentenced in Child Porn Case—The La Grange Park man had roughly 70,000 pornographic images of children on his personal computer and external hard drive, according to federal attorneys.
BROOKFIELD—Update: 6-Day-Old Dolphin Dies at Brookfield Zoo—The calf died Thursday after she began to show signs of weakening Wednesday.
OAK PARK—Oak Park Man Bound Girls' Hands, Feet in Home Invasion: Sheriff—An Oak Park man is charged with burglary and home invasion after he allegedly held two girls at gunpoint while binding their hands and feet with zip ties before he and another man robbed their Zion home.
RIVER FOREST—Teens Charged in River Forest Burglary—Police found two teens hiding in the basement during their second check of a home that had been broken into in River Forest.DARIEN—Darien Rockers’ Band Wins Contest, Recording Session—The Dead Hands, a half-Darien band, will enter a Chicago studio in September to record their first professional EP.
FOREST PARK—Man Brandishes Knife in Nail Salon Robbery Attempt—The man needed extra cash to buy cocaine, so he tried to rob a nail salon on Harlem Avenue, according to police.
HINSDALE—Hinsdale Church's Money Collection Stolen—An unknown thief took a bag containing about $500 in donated cash and checks.
GENEVA—Community Mourns Death of Teenager—A 17-year-old athlete who seemed to have everything going for him dies suddenly and far too soon.LA GRANGE—La Grange Parishioner in Need of Life-Saving Bone Marrow Transplant—Tammy Aguilar has been battling cancer since 2009. Now she needs the community's help to finally beat it.
BURR RIDGE—Plan For 2 New Burr Ridge Hotels Nixed—The Burr Ridge Plan Commission recommended unanimously Monday that a special-use permit for the development of two five-story hotels on South Frontage Road not be granted.
ELMHURST—Loving Neighbors, Honored Veterans; Elmhurst is Full of Beautiful People—The Kochs of Elmhurst are more like family than neighbors to 94-year-old Marvin Mischnik. They fully participated in Marvin's Honor Flight celebration Wednesday.
WHEATON—Princeton Review Names Wheaton College As A Top “Stone-Cold Sober School”—Wheaton College has once again ranked near the top of this annual Princeton Review list of dry campuses.
ST. CHARLES—D303 Board Member Blasts Schlomann Over Red Gate Traffic Lights—Ed McNally tells the St. Charles City Council he wants to set the record straight on Red Gate Road stoplights.
GENEVA—Secrets of the Coultrap Time Capsule Revealed!—School officials haven’t yet opened the time capsule they discovered in the cornerstone of a demolished 1922 school building, but a researcher found hints at what treasures the mystery vault might hold.
ST. CHARLES—Mayor Taps Mark Koenen as New City Administrator—23-year veteran Public Works chief’s would step into new role on Aug. 31, pending City Council ratification on Aug. 19.