Daily Archive : Wednesday June 29, 2011


    During this weekend’s Civil War reenactment, husband and wife re-enactors Max and Donna Daniels will portray President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln in a dramatic sketch, based on the night Lincoln was assassinated.

    Aurora’s role in Civil War commemorated July 3

    The Aurora Historical Society will commemorate the Civil War with an encampment Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, at the Tanner House Museum at Oak and Cedar streets in Aurora.


    Fourth of July weekend events in the Fox Valley
    Many towns in the Fox Valley have scaled back their Fourth of July festivities, but there are still plenty of places to watch a parade and view fireworks. Here's where.

    Robert J. Adams of Arlington Heights admits he lied about how he found a bag with $17,000 in it.

    Arlington Hts. man hailed for honesty charged with lying to cops

    Three weeks after Robert J. Adams was hailed for finding a bag with $17,021 in cash and turning it over to police, the Arlington Heights man's true honesty led to him being charged with filing a false police report.

    West Dundee has received a $2.5 million grant to repair its slice of Huntley Road between Tartans Drive and Grand Pointe Boulevard. But the village needs to find another $4 million to get the project done.

    $2.5 million grant to help with Huntley Road improvements

    First, the good news. The village of West Dundee has received a $2.5 million grant from the Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors to widen and repair the village’s section of Huntley Road. Now, the bad news. The project costs $6.5 million and the village doesn’t have the remaining $4 million needed to complete it.

    Salvador Sarabia

    Bond set in Elgin home burglary

    Two men were charged with residential burglary after Elgin police encountered them exiting a home with stolen property. Prosecutors say defendants Fidel Romero and Salvador Sarabia have criminal backgrounds and have served time.

    Cynthia Pruim Haran

    Lake Co. public defender running for circuit court clerk

    A Lake County public defender announced that she will be seeking the Democratic nomination for 2012 Clerk of the Lake County Circuit court election.

    Patrick Taylor

    Rolling Meadows murder trial has several outbursts

    Defense attorney admonitions to stay silent did not stop Patrick Taylor from reacting audibly to the testimony of prosecution witnesses as his trial for the 2006 murder of Rolling Meadows resident Marquis Lovings entered its second day.


    Des Plaines parties yield 105 charges

    Des Plaines police cited more than 100 minors for underage drinking in recent days after breaking up two large parties, one of them held inside a carwash.

    Smoke from the Las Conchas fire fills the sky near the Los Alamos Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.

    Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke

    Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents.

    The sky is the limit for Des Plaines 18-year-old Svilena Bochukova, who heads to Harvard in the fall, just eight years after moving to the U.S. without knowing a single word of English.

    Immigrant to Harvard-bound in 8 years for Des Plaines teen

    Svilena Bochukova, as a fourth-grader whose family was settling into their new American life after immigrating from Bulgaria, didn't speak a lick of English. Eight years later, the Maine West grad is preparing for Harvard University.


    Chicago police officer accused of stealing from father

    A Chicago police officer has been charged with theft, fraud and financial exploitation of the elderly for stealing $50,000 from his father to pay off bills and gambling debts, authorities said.

    Agents from the U.S. marshals office and Lake County sheriff’s office search for Ronnie Nicholson Wednesday near the Grand Oaks Apartment Complex in Gurnee.

    Suspect eludes capture in Gurnee-area manhunt

    A 25-year-old Chicago man wanted for delivering the drugs that killed a Round Lake Park man in May remains on the run after eluding capture by the U.S. Marshall’s Office early Wednesday morning.


    Crystal Lake man killed in Island Lake crash

    A motorcyclist was killed on Route 176 in Island Lake Wednesday after being struck by an SUV around 1 p.m., according to police.

    State transportation officials join investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board near Fallon, Nev., to conduct tests and examine new crossing guard equipment where a truck slammed into an Amtrak train on June 24. One of the Amtrak passenger cars that burned in the fiery crash is in the background.

    Judge orders Amtrak crash evidence protected

    A judge handling the first lawsuit in a deadly Amtrak crash in Nevada issued a protective order Wednesday prohibiting the destruction or disposal of any evidence tied to last week’s fiery collision between a truck and a passenger train that left six dead at a rail crossing in the high desert.


    Police reports

    • James R. Dobbins, 21, of the 0-99 block of Middlesex Drive in Carpentersville, appeared in bond court Wednesday on felony charges of possession of 85 grams of marijuana and possession with the intent to deliver as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, according to court documents. Carpentersville police approached Dobbins at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Maple Avenue...


    Tri-Cities police briefs

    A resident of the 0-99 block of Oak Terrace Court in Batavia reported $6,181 was stolen via a telephone scheme in which the victim was persuaded to wire the money to an address in Canada. The report was filed June 28.


    Lake Co. courthouse disturbance sends 2 to jail

    A disturbance that broke out inside and outside of a Lake County courtroom Wednesday resulted in two people being sent to jail.

    Lura Lynn Ryan died on Monday at a hospital in Kankakee. She was 76.

    Private services held for Lura Lynn Ryan

    Private funeral services have been held for former Illinois first lady Lura Lynn Ryan, but her imprisoned husband did not attend.

    DHL volunteers, UNOs Pizza representatives and Girl Scouts form an assembly line to load up a plane that will deliver pizzas to soldiers in the Middle East.

    Elk Grove group sends more pizzas to troops

    There is nothing like a slice of home to make soldiers feel appreciated, and one Elk Grove Village resident is interpreting that idea quite literally. For the past three years Pizzas 4 Patriots, led by retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Evans, has sent over 60,000 pizzas to military personnel on duty in the Middle East.


    The Heart of a Marine hosts fundraiser July 21

    Elk Grove Village-based The Heart of a Marine Foundation will host a fundraising event July 21 at the Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Schaumburg.The event will raise money for the Adaptive Athletes Race the foundation is sponsoring as part of the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove cycling competition Sunday, Aug. 7.

    Deborah Nelson

    SBA welcomes new VP of operations

    Deborah Nelson recently joined the staff of the Schaumburg Business Association as vice president of operations.In that role, Nelson will work to innovate and implement continuous improvement strategies to increase productivity and strengthen the SBA’s value for its more than 600 members who are connecting and growing their businesses through the organization.


    Buffalo Grove offers prescription disposal

    The village of Buffalo Grove is offering its citizens a safe, environmentally friendly way to drop off unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medications.

    Gun-control groups are bracing for a battle over concealed-carry in Illinois in the spring, just as state legislators face voters in primary elections.

    Illinois likely to see fierce battle over gun control

    Illinois is on the verge of becoming the only state that bars people from carrying concealed guns, a situation that advocates of gun rights are eager to change.

    Brooke Beal

    Suburban waste agency sues former director

    The former director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, who is charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his former employer, is now being sued by the agency in an attempt to recoup those funds.


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    Author visiting Vernon Area library

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    Libertyville car dealers help pay for fireworks

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    Lake Co. museum plans art sale

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    Island Lake budget meeting rescheduled

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    Above, a field ant harvests nectar from a dandelion.

    Ants dig in in the suburbs

    Ants are beginning to peak and seem more common since the saturated ground is driving them up and into our homes. So what can you do about them?


    Glen Ellyn, COD still tussling over building inspections

    On Wednesday, Glen Ellyn officials formally filed a motion in DuPage County circuit court seeking “injunctive relief” that would prohibit four newly constructed buildings at the College of DuPage from being occupied, in the absence of village-issued certificates of occupancy.

    A Schaumburg police sergeant views the rear axles of a truck involved in a fatal collision late Tuesday afternoon with motorcycle at Mitchell Boulevard and Irving Park Road.

    Glen Ellyn man killed in Schaumburg crash

    A motorcyclist from Glen Ellyn was killed late Tuesday afternoon in a collision with a truck that forced Schaumburg police to close down a stretch of Irving Park Road. The crash remains under investigation.

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay chokes up as she thanks her family for supporting the long hours away from home inherent with her political career.

    McConnaughay's bid for state senate may revive polticial rivalry

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay pledged to reduce the state's debt, reform state pensions and create jobs while announcing her candidacy for the 33rd District State Senate seat. The announcement may signal the renewal of an old political rivalry that once played out on a larger stage.

    Tony Reyes

    Winfield trustees battle over priorities

    One Winfield trustee says a colleague should get back to focusing on road repairs instead of the Riverwalk projects. But his colleague says he has already made good on a promise to set up an audit to find more money for the road repairs.


    Two-way traffic on Palatine Road to resume

    The Palatine Road improvement project in downtown Palatine is continuing to progress, with two-way traffic scheduled to resume Friday east of the train tracks.

    Stephen Cohn with some of the books he and classmates collected to donate to the hospital in Puerto Rico where he was treated for bleeding ulcers during spring break.

    Teen donates books, DVDs to Puerto Rico hospital where he was treated

    With plenty of help from classmates in Buffalo Grove, Stephen Cohn is using his spring break illness to bring a little joy to some youth in Puerto Rico.


    Batavia schools hire new bus company

    Batavia schoolchildren will be transported to school by a new bus company this fall. The school district has dropped First Student, unhappy with its service for regular transportation. In a memo about the contract, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Kris Monn said First Student had failed this year “to promptly deliver all students in a safe and efficient manner,” including an...


    4 communities file census challenges

    Clinton, DeKalb, Edwardsville and South Jacksonville say their 2010 census counts are too low.

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

    Blagojevich spokesman: Airline ad in ‘bad taste’

    Responding to Spirit Airlines’ website ad touting “f-ing golden” low fares, Rod Blagojevich spokesman Glenn Selig noted the convicted former governor has a wife and two daughters and that “nothing about what’s happened is funny.”

    Raimonda Uva

    Wood Dale serial embezzler gets 7 years in prison

    A former Wood Dale bookkeeper with a history of financial crime was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for stealing about $120,000 from an elderly business owner and a widowed mother of five.


    Libertyville High bands headed to sea

    It’s apparently not enough for the Libertyville High School student bands to take their show on the road. Next year, they’ll be hitting the open seas for a gig.

    A riot policeman kicks a protesting drummer, during clashes in Syntagma Square in Athens on Wednesday.

    Greece backs austerity plan

    Greece’s lawmakers approved a key austerity bill Wednesday needed to avert default next month, despite a second day of rioting on the streets of Athens that left dozens of police and protesters injured.

    An elderly man watches the smoke of tear gas during clashes at the Athens’ main Syntagma square Wednesday. Greece’s approval of a key austerity bill Wednesday lifted markets in the U.S.

    Stocks rise as Greece nears debt solution

    Stocks closed higher for the third day in a row Wednesday after Greece cleared a hurdle toward getting more emergency loans.

    David Vaught

    Naperville chamber hears from Quinn’s budget guru

    Even as Illinois faces a continued budget crunch, more legislators from both sides are talking about possible solutions, Gov. Pat Quinn's top budget official told about 50 members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

    Chuck West

    West’s attorney fighting case in front of new judge

    The death of Judge Jordan Gallagher has moved the misconduct case of Kane County Coroner Chuck West to Judge Bruce Lester. West’s attorney is arguing that the coroner statute is “unconstitutionally vague” when it comes to disposing of and handling valuable property of the deceased. Lester will rule on this in July and if the charges are not tossed, the case appears headed to...

    Gov. Pat Quinn will be in Asia on a trade mission from Sept. 16 through Sept. 28.

    Quinn says he’ll visit Asia in September

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday confirmed he'll make a 12-day trip to China and Japan. The governor says he will make stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


    Chicago man indicted in Medicare fraud case

    Federal authorities say they’ve arrested the operator of two Chicago-area home health care businesses on charges he swindled Medicare out of at least $20 million over the last five years.

    Bill Lipinski served 22 years in Congress.

    Federal building in Chicago named for Lipinski

    The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board building in downtown Chicago has been renamed the William O. Lipinski Federal Building.


    Algonquin includes apartment complexes in new garbage contract

    Algonquin is planning to require residents of apartment complexes to use Waste Management for refuse services, including free recycling, which the village believes will come at a savings for residents. Currently, only townhouses and single family homes are serviced by the village’s contract with Waste Management.

    With other tech giants like Google and Apple being examined for antitrust violations, Facebook might be next as it it deepens its symbiotic relationship with some online games. That’s Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seen above.

    Facebook headed for antitrust scrutiny?

    With U.S. antitrust enforcers already examining Google and Apple for violations, some say that Facebook should also go under the microscope.

    DuPage County Forest Preserve workers lift a tree into a chipper Wednesday at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. They had just cut down the tree, which was hanging over a trail following last week's storms.

    DuPage forest district storm cleanup continues

    Cleanup continues from last week's storm that knocked down hundreds of trees in the Chicago region. And one place facing a huge cleanup, of course, is the place with the most trees: The DuPage County Forest Preserve.

    Four towns — Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst and Wood Dale — will join forces for this year's four-day LibertyFest that opens Friday, July 1, and continues through Monday, July 4, in Bensenville's Redmond Park.

    DuPage towns join together for LibertyFest

    Libertyfest is a four-day Fourth of July extravaganza sponsored by Bensenville, Addison, Elmhurst and Wood Dale. This year's festival runs July 1 to 4 in Redmond Park in Bensenville

    Andy Bauer, 23, of Bartlett works on a project while in Africa on behalf of a charitable group that he and two friends formed called Pangea Educational Development.

    Young Bartlett teacher reaches out to kids in Africa

    Andy Bauer has visions of a changed world: one with less poverty and violence, with better schools and living conditions for all. Bauer, a teacher from Bartlett, has co-founded Pangea Educational Development, which works to empower students and unify communities by building schools in underprivileged areas.

    Die Musikmeisters, a German Oompah Band, will kick off Algonquin's summer concert series on Thursday, June 30.

    Algonquin Summer Concert Series starts June 30

    The village of Algonquin invites you and your family to this year's Summer Concert Series, starting June 30 through Aug. 18. The concerts are free; bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music on the scenic Fox River waterfront. The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Riverfront Park, one block north of Algonquin Road on Harrison Street.

    Cassidy Raasch, Miss Northern Suburbs’ Outstanding Pre-Teen 2011.

    Vernon Hills girl vies for preteen title
    Cassidy Raasch of Vernon Hills will represent the northern Illinois area as Miss Northern Suburbs Outstanding PreTeen to compete for the title of Miss Illinois Outstanding Pre-Teen 2011 July 1 in Marion, Ill..


    Dance-a-thon in Streamwood to support special recreation group

    All are invited to travel back in time with Northwest Special Recreation Association and Special Leisure Services Foundation at the first “Back to the Amazing 80s Dance-A-Thon” in Streamwood.

    Daniel Baker is charged in the April 1, 2010 murder of Vernon Hills resident Marina Aksman.

    Baker's defense has week to decide on report

    A Lake County judge on Wednesday gave attorneys for the man accused of the 2010 murder of a Vernon Hills woman one more week to decide if they will challenge a report finding their client psychologically fit to stand trial.


    Your future, for $5

    Harper College will help you figure out your future — for just five bucks. The College this summer is hosting Career Interest Workshops aimed at helping unemployed and underemployed adults who are eyeing new professions in the down economy.


    Hanover Township helping seniors in need

    The Hanover Township Senior Center's Christmas in July program will provide care packages consisting of needed items such as paper towels, clothing, detergent, and food to seniors in need.

    Wood ants feed on sap atop a peony bud.

    Oh, the ants you’ll see...
    What kind of ants will you see in the suburbs? Take a look.


    Waubonsee Community College seeking nominees for award

    Nominations are being sought for Waubonsee Community College’s 2011 Distinguished Contributor and Distinguished Alumnus awards. Nominations must be received by Friday, July 1.


    Lake Co. beach makes pollution “repeat offender” list

    A Lake County attraction has landed on a nonprofit environmental group's list of the most persistently contaminated beaches. The North Beach at the North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor was identified as a “Top 10 Repeat Offender” by the National Resources Defense Council.


    Antioch teen gets prison for bicycle theft

    An Antioch teenager was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after admitting he stole a custom bicycle from outside a store.

    Actress Lindsay Lohan has finished serving her 35 days of house arrest.

    Lindsay Lohan released from house arrest

    Lindsay Lohan was freed from house arrest Wednesday morning, ending a drama-filled 35 days and opening the next chapter in the troubled starlet’s efforts to put her court troubles behind her.Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Lohan’s electronic monitoring equipment was removed shortly before 10 a.m. and she was removed from the jail system around 10:20 a.m.

    Players pictured, from left, are: back row: Meghan Slowik, Gianna Parise, Haley Ban, Dana Stutzman, Emily Carnes and Sammy Stejskal; front row: Cameron Stewart, Claire Petrus, Ashlyn Sordo, Megan King and Tara Hagerty.

    Patriots U12 softball team places second at tourney

    The Arlington Heights Patriots fastpitch softball organization participated in the Trevian Tournament in Winnetka with five teams entered: U10, U11, U12 and two U14 teams.


    Federal report out after Chicago fireman's death

    Federal investigators that looked into the death of a Chicago firefighter say the city's fire department should have a written policy on using fire escapes.


    Obama: Ending tax breaks for wealthy not radical

    President Barack Obama says it is not a radical idea to end tax breaks for the wealthy and high earning oil and gas companies.


    Obama stops short of endorsing gay marriage

    President Barack Obama says gays are our friends and neighbors and should be treated like every other American.


    LibertyFest schedule
    Libertyfest is a four-town four-day extravaganza sponsored by Bensenville, Addison, Elmhurst and Wood Dale. This year's festival will be held July 1-4 in Redmond Park in Bensenville.


    Pro-Obama group launches 5 state ad campaign

    A fundraising group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election bid is airing ads accusing Republicans of blocking progress on the economy.


    Nygren challenges decision to leave him off ballot

    A Republican state lawmaker filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding that his name be placed on the ballot in an upcoming recall election against a Democratic state senator.


    Peoria man survives 150-foot fall

    Police say an 82-year-old Peoria man survived a fall down a 150-foot ravine.


    Illinois farmers optimistic about corn, soybeans

    Crop experts and farmers think Illinois' corn and soybean crops could turn out just fine this year in spite of a wet and sometimes cool growing season.


    Report: Illinois inmates wear dirty, old underwear

    A watchdog group says inmates in at least one of Illinois' prisons are being forced to wear the same underwear for days at a time because of a clothing shortage.

    The Elgin Knights of Columbus Monsignor Schryer Council 654 has named its new leadership for the 2011-12 fraternal year. This year’s new officers are: Robert Allanson, Grand Knight; James Walsh, Deputy Grand Knight; Lhito Camson, Chancellor; Larry Ruiz, recording secretary; Tim Eternick, treasurer; Marshall Spangler, financial secretary; Tony Long, Warden; Mark Weber, Advocate; Mike Kearney, Lecturer; Jason Crum, Inside Guard; Lupe Mancilla, Outside Guard; and trustees, Don Beyer, Greg Begel and Larry Smith. Not pictured are: Lupe Mancilla and Larry Smith. For more information about the works of the Knights of Columbus, visit kofc654.org.

    Elgin Knights of Columbus names new board
    The Elgin Knights of Columbus Monsignor Schryer Council 654 has named its new leadership board for the 2011-12 fraternal year. For more information about the works of the Knights of Columbus or about becoming a member, visit the group's website at kofc654.org.


    Round Lake Beach pawnshop wants to buy firearms

    Gold and silver have provided a good base but a Round Lake Beach pawnshop owner thinks firearms would add pop to the business.

    Isabela Siegienczuk embraces her daughter, Angelica, after an emotional ceremony to dedicate the Legacy of Life Wall at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

    Advocate Condell Medical Center dedicates wall recognizing organ donors

    Advocate Condell Medical Center has dedicated a Legacy of Life Wall to honor patients who have saved lives through organ donation.

    South Elgin Lion Ray Eaton honors Karen McCarthy of Elgin as the Lion of the Year for her work and dedication to the South Elgin Lions Club.

    S. Elgin Lions honor past members, residents

    The South Elgin Lions Club, which has been active in the community since 1954, held its installation dinner on June 10, honoring several Lions and area residents for their years of service.


    Obama says US companies need freedom to relocate

    President Barack Obama says it would defy common sense for Boeing Co. to have to shut down a new aircraft plant or lay off workers as a result of a labor dispute with the government.


    Rolling Meadows city council tackles salary issues

    The Rolling Meadows city council discussed a variety of salary-related issues Tuesday. With labor negotiations underway with public safety unions, the issue is likely to remain at the forefront in coming weeks.


    Take the right steps for committed relationship

    Boyfriend, who is afraid of the idea of divorce, wants to move in together for trial run.


    Senate tries to speed confirmation for fed workers

    The Senate is taking the rare step of curbing its own power.


    Obama not ready to declare victory in Afghanistan

    President Barack Obama says the U.S. mission in Afghanistan can be successful, but he is not ready to declare victory just yet.


    Dozens of US cities line up to contest 2010 census

    With jobs and federal aid at stake, dozens of U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as too low.

    Members of STYX, who will be performing Saturday in Naperville, say they've been touring more since 1999 than they did in the band's entire history up to that point.

    Worldwide tour brings STYX to Ribfest

    Fresh from performances in Sweden and England, STYX will perform Saturday, July 2, as part of Naperville's Ribfrest celebration.


    Obama: A lot of the 'fuss' over Libya is politics

    President Barack Obama says a lot of the 'fuss' made by members of Congress over U.S. military involvement in Libya is political.

    American Council on Education Fellow Charlene Gilbert, center, listens to a guide during a recent tour of the Harper College campus in Palatine, part of the 2010-2011 Fellows Program, which aims to better prepare future college presidents in an era of high turnover in the profession. About 40 Fellows visited Harper to discuss a variety of higher education issues.

    Harper hosts program for new college presidents

    Nearly four dozen higher education leaders toured Harper College recently as part of a program aimed at preparing prospective college presidents in an era of high turnover in the profession.

    Former Ryan Chief of Staff Scott Fawell

    Fawell reflects on prison life for Blagojevich, Ryan

    "Check your ego at the door." Scott Fawell says, talking candidly about what Rod Blagojevich can expect - and should prepare himself for - in federal prison.

    Dave Corron hauls a load of hay out of the barn at the Corron family farm in 2002 before the family sold the land it’s owned since the 1830s to Campton Township. It’s now preserved as open space and a museum of sorts.

    Corron Farm celebrates 175-year mark

    "Old Wasco Days" will be held Sunday, July 3, at the Corron Farm in Campton Township. It will celebrate the farm's 175th anniversary and a new beginning as a historic farm and commmunity museum.


    Report: More than 100 million suffer lasting pain

    A new report finds at least 116 million U.S. adults experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months. Too often, they feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them.


    2nd acquittal at NY toxic tower trial

    A second construction-company supervisor has been acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges in a blaze that killed two firefighters at a condemned bank tower at ground zero.


    McHenry Historical Society to host quilt exhibit
    The McHenry County Historical Society and Museum will be open for free for a special preview of “Glorious Quilts,” which is part of the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

    Illinois lawmakers get stipends for chairing the legislature's numerous committees. Those stipents cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $1.7 million — the second-highest in the nation behind New York, which will pay out $2.5 million in leadership stipends to lawmakers this year.

    State legislators' stipends cost taxpayers $1.7 million

    Just 41 Illinois lawmakers make the base salary of $64,716 a year for their work in Springfield. The other 136 will get added stipends that cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $1.7 million a year -- the second-highest in the nation behind New York.

    The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau announced Tuesday a new marketing slogan: “Chicago: Second to None.” But a very similar phrase has been in use for more than five years in Aurora, "A City Second to None."

    Chicago adopts slogan similar to Aurora's

    The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau announced a new marketing slogan: “Chicago: Second to None.” but Aurora has used "A City Second to None" for the past five years. “No disrespect to Aurora, but Aurora is not Chicago,” a convention exec said in defending Chicago's choice.


    Insiders got early notice of college savings deal

    CHICAGO — People with connections to the Illinois treasurer's office got early notice of a limited offer that added cash to college savings accounts, giving them an edge over thousands of people who were shut out of the deal.

    Grace Auersch, 6, of Big Rock rides with her mom Deanna during a previous Sugar Grove Fourth of July bike parade.

    Fox Valley towns, small and large, ready to celebrate the Fourth

    Many towns in the Fox Valley have scaled back their Fourth of July festivities, but there are still plenty of places to watch a parade and view fireworks. Here's where.


    Champaign man convicted in fatal shooting

    A jury in east-central Illinois has convicted a Champaign man of first-degree murder for his role in the death of a 34-year-old man gunned down while with his wife and children.


    Suspect in cab driver's death pleads not guilty

    One of four teenagers accused in the shooting death of a Mount Vernon cab driver has pleaded not guilty.


    Man admits possessing parts for pipe bomb

    A southern Illinois man faces up to 20 years in federal prison now that he's admitted possessing components to make a pipe bomb.


    Pediatricians' group publishes new sick kids guide

    The nation's largest pediatrician group has a new guide with advice on caring for a sick child and when to call the doctor.



    Aurora Christian QB Maddie picks W. Michigan

    Aurora Christian quarterback Anthony Maddie has got it. Western Michigan University saw it in Maddie, who repaid the compliment on Tuesday night by issuing his verbal commitment to a full scholarship from the Broncos, an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team.

    Carlos Quentin and Juan Pierre high-five after defeating the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday night in Denver.

    Williams doesn’t want Sox looking in rearview mirror

    Kenny Williams is fond of saying he looks for players that are not only talented, but “Chicago tough.” Right now the White Sox GM sees a team missing that edge.

    Dallas Stars center Brad Richards is the top free agent available, but Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has several needs to fill.

    Bowman makes trade for Montador

    The pressure is on Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman to make some impact signings when free agency starts on Friday.

    Ryan Dempster had one of his best outings of the season in Wednesday night's win over the Giants.

    Ramirez rescues Cubs, ends Giants' 7-game streak

    Ryan Dempster wanted to stay in the game. He had only thrown 83 pitches, given up three hits, was ahead 1-0 in the ninth inning and had retired 20 straight hitters at one point. Dempster was winning a duel with Tim Lincecum.

    Aramis Ramirez watches his game-winning single, scoring Tony Campana, as he runs up the first-base line in the ninth inning Wednesday night.

    Hendry: No fire sale for Cubs

    Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Wednesday he would not conduct a "fire sale" by trading away a lot of players between now and the trading deadline. He said many of the players rumored to be dealt are part of the Cubs' future.

    Carlos Quentin is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning Wednesday in Denver.

    Pierzynski's sacrifice fly gives White Sox 3-2 win

    A.J. Pierzynski drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the White Sox hung on to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Wednesday night.

    The Cubs cleared a roster spot Wednesday for infielder Darwin Barney, above, by releasing left-handed pitcher Doug Davis. Barney, who missed 15 days with a knee sprain, is hitting .294 this season. Davis leaves with a 1-7 record and 6.50 ERA.

    Cubs activate Barney; release Davis

    The Cubs on Wednesday activated second baseman Darwin Barney off the disabled list and granted left-handed pitcher Doug Davis his unconditional release. Davis was 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA.

    Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon took Brian Campbell’s contract. Barry Rozner is hoping the former Blackhawks GM will take on a few more of Chicago’s bad sports contracts.

    Tallon can keep shopping in Chicago

    Since Dale Tallon has taken on Brian Campbell and is not done shopping yet, maybe there are some other names in Chicago we can interest him in.


    Cougars’ winning streak snapped

    BURLINGTON, Iowa — The Kane County Cougars’ season-best five-game winning streak ended with a 9-5 loss Wednesday night to the Burlington Bees at Community Field.Yordano Ventura (2-3) took the loss. He allowed 2 first-inning runs, as the Cougars trailed for the first time in 44⅔ innings. Ventura gave up 6 runs on 7 hits in 3-plus innings.The Cougars’ Brett Eibner hit a pair of homer runs, including a 2-run blast, and Angel Franco added his first homer of the season and an RBI single.The Cougars hit a dozen homers during their six-game road trip, and Eibner hit 4.


    A shore lunch worth writing — and shouting — about

    As I listened to Theo’s voice on the phone, I knew what was coming next.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

    Goodell, Smith back in Minnesota to negotiate

    The day began with the NFL commissioner and the players' association head starting another round of talks, this one set to run through Friday, aimed at ending a lockout that is now in its fourth month.

    North Korea’s Kim Su Gyong, left, and the United States’ Abby Wambach challenge for the ball Tuesday during Women’s Soccer World Cup action in Dresden, Germany.

    Americans still underdogs at women’s World Cup

    The American women opened the 2011 World Cup with a solid 2-0 victory against North Korea, but they didn’t do anything to change their underdog status.

    Scoring champion Kevin Durant, left, gives a demonstration of his summer practice routine to children during the annual Kevin Durant youth basketball camp Wednesday at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. With time running out for the NBA to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement with its players, Durant seems to think a lockout is inevitable, but he repeatedly said he was trying to stay positive.

    NBA lockout could be a long one
    This isn't exactly going out on a limb, but I'm going to predict a greater portion of the next NBA season will be wiped out by a lockout than in the NFL. The NBA has more serious issues and it seems as though both sides are digging in for a long fight.


    Bandits game day
    Bandits game day scouting report by Jayna Johns:

    Roger Federer squandered a two-set lead Wednesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.

    Federer upset by Tsonga in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    Six-time champion Roger Federer was upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.


Life & Entertainment


    Night life: Outdoor patio specials

    Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery says hello July with its seasonal Summer Blonde Honey Ale, a crisp, golden-colored ale with a subtle hint of honey that adds a bit of sweetness for $5.15 a pint.

    Deviled eggs are a classic accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecues; this version reduces the fat not the flavor.

    Heavenly deviled eggs

    Deviled eggs are a classic accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecue. But they generally are loaded with fat and calories from the egg yolks and mayonnaise.

    Deviled eggs are a classic accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecues; this version reduces the fat, not the flavor.

    Not-so-sinful Deviled Eggs
    Not-so-sinful Deviled Eggs

    Jeni Britton Bauer is the 37-year-old founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a Columbus, Ohio, company that has expanded to nationwide distribution.

    Science meets art in Jeni’s ice cream

    Ask most people whether they would be willing to pay $10 for a pint of ice cream, and they will probably say, “No, thanks.” But start listing flavors from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and they might reconsider: Salty caramel, sweet corn and raspberry, and brown butter almond brittle sound more like edible art than a summer snack.

    Alicia Ross/Desperation Dinners For a quick and crowd-pleasing meal, serve Lowcountry Shrimp Tacos and Corn.

    A summery take on tacos

    Question: What do you get when you cross a Lowcountry boil and a taco bar? Answer: Deliciously flavored shrimp tacos and sumptuous corn on the cob, which also equals a party!

    Easy malted ice cream is made without the need for an ice cream maker.

    No ice cream maker? No worry.

    This ice cream is made without the need for an ice cream maker. So if you haven't gotten around to buying one — or don't have the space for one — this luscious and super rich frozen treat is perfect for you.


    Other uses for lasagna noodles
    When your pantry is low on supplies, it’s time to get creative. If you’re down to a box of lasagna noodles and don’t have any other type of pasta, don’t despair. They have uses other than to make lasagna.

    Vegan meals like this beautiful and tasty vegetable dish from “Vegan Family Meals” offer simple alternatives to those wanting to eat less meat.

    Part-time veganism, full-time health

    Three years ago, Mark Bittman — New York Times writer, best-selling cookbook author, food blogger and TV personality — surprised many “gourmets” by advocating a diet he called “less-meatarianism.”


    Bollywood Stars Make Indian Wine Sexy

    By night, Rajeev Samant parties at Mumbai clubs with supermodels and Bollywood friends like director Rohan Sippy. By day, he’s the restless chief executive officer of India’s largest winemaker, Sula Vineyards.


    How much is enough protein

    Q. Do older adults need extra protein to avoid losing muscle? If so, how much is enough?

    Food is a family affair at Kyriaki in Barrington, run by Georgia, left, and Louis Giannakopoulos with their daughter Nikoleta.

    Kyriaki evokes feel, flavors of Greece

    These days I can't head off to the beaches and ruins of Greece easily, but thanks to Louis and Georgia Giannakopoulos I can drive to Kyriaki in Barrington for authentic tastes of the bucolic Mediterranean country.

    Lightning McQueen from the Disney/Pixar film “Cars” is just one of the famed Hollywood autos featured in the George Barris Charity Car Show and Festival at the Volo Auto Museum.

    Best bets: Zoom into charity car show in Volo

    Get ready to ogle all sorts of vintage cars and famous Hollywood autos (including Lightning McQueen from “Cars”) when the George Barris Charity Car Show and Festival returns this weekend to the Volo Auto Museum.

    Beverly McClellan is a top four finalist on "The Voice" and is being mentored by celebrity judge Christina Aguilera.

    Gay singers get a chance on ‘Voice'

    NBC's hit show “The Voice” is giving a voice to gay singers.The singing competition wraps its first season today with four contestants battling for the championship. Two of those finalists are gay.

    “Buried Secrets” by Joseph Finder

    ‘Buried Secrets’ a gripping page-turner

    Nick Heller, the main character in Joseph Finder’s “Vanished,” returns in the author’s new thriller, “Buried Secrets.” It will hold readers’ attention from beginning to end.

    Elizabeth Taylor's collection of jewelry, art, designer clothing and memorabilia will go on a three-month tour starting in September.

    Liz Taylor jewels taking world tour before NY sale

    Elizabeth Taylor's prized collection of jewelry, art, designer clothing and other memorabilia will go on an international three-month tour before it is sold in New York in December, Christie's auction house announced Wednesday.


    Dining events: Lobster lovin’ at Buca di Beppo

    New summer lobster specials will make everyone feel fine at Buca di Beppo. Choose from the lobster Caesar salad, the Lobster Fra Diavolo pizza and the lobster ravioli in a rosa sauce.

    Callie Thorne portrays Danielle Santino in the new USA Network series "Necessary Roughness," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

    Callie Thorne in 'Rescue Me' and a new show, too

    This summer, fans of Callie Thorne are in for a treat. She will soon be returning with Denis Leary in FX's "Rescue Me" on July 13. And she's starring in her own new USA series, "Necessary Roughness," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday — the same time slot as "Rescue Me."

    Easy Malted Ice Cream somes together without an ice cream maker, hand-crank or otherwise.

    Easy Malted Ice Cream
    Malted Ice Cream

    Alicia Ross/Desperation Dinners For a quick and crowd-pleasing meal, serve Lowcountry Shrimp Tacos and Corn.

    Lowcountry Shrimp Tacos and Corn
    Desperation dinners: Tacos

    Vegan meals like this beautiful and tasty vegetable dish from “Vegan Family Meals” offer simple alternatives to those wanting to eat less meat.

    One-Pot Vegetables and Tofu with Sesame Rice
    Eat in and save: One-pot Vegetabkes and Tofu with Sesame Rice



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