Wheaton's Day in the NewsWest suburban Wheaton, Illinois spent most of Friday making headlines. Okay, headlines in the local media. For those of you not familiar with the City of Wheaton, it's a suburb of Chicago approximately 20 miles directly west of the city wedged between Glen Ellyn and Winfield.
Friday's news cycle began with reports of Wheaton College's near upset of BYU. No, the little Division III school from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) didn't lose to the Brigham Young University Cougars in football. Wheaton College was ranked number two on The Princeton Review's "Stone Cold Sober" school list. Being an Elmhurst College alumnus, we always poked fun at our Wheaton College peers for signing a mandatory agreement not to drink, smoke or dance. Look who's partying now. Or not.
As Friday rolled along, Wheaton continued to top local news stories. After lunch, around 1:30 p.m., a 41-year-old man used a knife to steal a gun from a Wheaton police officer. The man entered Wheaton Bank and Trust and created a standoff. Downtown businesses were evacuated and train service to the nearby Metra line were stopped. Nearly three hours later, the gunman turned the weapon on himself and ended the situation.
Who says nothing happens in the suburbs?