Patch Roundup: Man Killed by Metra Train; President to Visit West-Chicago Suburbs
Also this week: a long-missing man is found safe hours after police issue an alert, a local boy will appear of 'Law & Order," and a massive new mall is opening in Rosemont.
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's west Chicago region:
Westmont—Male Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Metra Train in Westmont—Commuters were delayed more than an hour Thursday night after a BNSF train struck and killed a 30-year-old man at Cass Avenue.
Lemont—Obama Visiting Argonne Next Friday to Talk Energy Policy—The focus of the trip is to “focus on American energy,” officials said.
Warrenville—Missing from Wheaton Since September, Man Found Safe—The 56-year-old man was located Wednesday, the same day that Warrenville Police sent out a release asking for help in finding him.
St. Charles—St. Charles Youth Wins Guest Spot on ‘Law & Order: SVU’—Ethan Cutkosky, the St. Charles youth who stepped into acting and now is starring in Showtime’s comedy-drama Shameless, has been tapped to star in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, according to an exclusive by TVGuide.com.
Rosemont—Huge, Upscale Outlet Mall Opening Near O'Hare—Fashion Outlets of Chicago will open in August just a few miles north of Elmhurst and will feature 120 stores carrying mostly luxury brands.
Burr Ridge—Man Fakes Armed Robbery Call to Get Gas Faster: Police—The man wanted gas, and he wanted it now.
Wheaton—Boken Family: Phone Industry, Apple Partially to Blame for Megan's Murder—Reports suggest that the Wheaton native and St. Francis alum was killed in a robbery over her iPhone, a device that has been involved in many violent and fatal thefts.
Naperville—City Approves Route for Naperville Marathon—Route for highly-anticipated Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon will run in an extensive loop throughout central, south and east Naperville.
Geneva—Drunken Geneva Brothers Wreak Havoc on St. Charles' Filling Station—Kevin and Michael Hayes are slammed with multiple charges after one of them slams into a man in a wheelchair. The incident sparks scrutiny of The Filling Station and adds to controversy over the St. Charles bar scene.
Oak Park—Writer Sought to Work in Ernest Hemingway’s Birth Home: Aspiring writers have a chance to work where one of the best began: Ernest Hemingway's attic.
River Forest—Same-Sex River Forest Couple Speaks Out Against Prop 8, DOMA—A same-sex River Forest couple and their son was featured in a Washington D.C. news conference last week to show support for the lawsuit against California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.
Hickory Hills—Police Release Identity of Man Killed Thursday by Metra Train—Eric Bennett of Hickory Hills was killed Thursday evening after he was hit by an eastbound Metra train, police said Friday.
Downers Grove—Omega Restaurant Returns to Downers Grove—The popular Downers Grove eatery has been closed since mid-July after losing its water and electricity service.
Elmhurst—Embers Goes Up in Smoke After Less Than Six Months—The restaurant, which catered to families while still drawing college students, has closed.
La Grange—District 102 to Discuss Making Election Day a School Holiday—A parent says the number of strange people accessing the building that day pose a risk to students, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Darien—Darien Man Charged With Robbing Juvenile Near Clarendon Hills—Leverenzel Booth and two other men were charged with felony robbery Thursday after an incident near Clarendon Hills, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office says.
Wheaton—Q&A: What Do ISAT Scoring Changes Mean For District 200 Students?—District 200 Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Faith Dahlquist answers questions about ISAT scoring changes and the district's preparation for implementing common core standards.