Daily Archive : Friday July 8, 2011



    Shakespeare at the Center

    lake county news digest for friday, july 15.


    Mundelein parks seek input

    Community residents are asked to share input on the Mundelein Park & Recreation District’s recently updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan, which addresses any barriers that prevent a person with a disability from using facilities or programs. Action on the plan will be taken at the July 25 park district board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Mundelein Community Center,...


    Kids can learn to paint on canvas

    Kids can learn to paint on canvas in a special program July 18-21 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center near North Chicago. The course will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day. It’s open to kids ages 8-12. Admission is $20 for Lake County residents or $40 for anyone else. To register, visit lcfpd.org or call (847) 968-3321.


    Greek Fest in Libertyville Township

    St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville Township will host its annual food festival earlier than usual. This year's Lake County Greek Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday through Sunday, July 10 on the church grounds at 1400 O'Plaine Road between Route 137/Buckley Road and Route 120/Belvidere Road. Food offerings will include lamb on the spit, souvlakia (shish-kebab),...


    Dist. 70 wants to fill school board position

    Candidates are sought to fill a two-year term vacancy on the Libertyville Elementary District 70 school board that will be created as Joy Schwerman steps down. Schwerman has served on the board for 18 years but decided to avoid a conflict of interest when the district hires her son-in-law, Lorenzo Cervantes as the first dean of students for Highland Middle School. While Schwerman could legally...


    Baker's defense team delays decions

    Defense attorneys for the man accused of the 2010 murder of a woman in her Vernon Hills home said Thursday they have not decided a position on their client's mental fitness. Daniel Baker, 21, of Deerfield, was found mentally fit to stand trial for the murder of Marina Aksman, 50, by a court-appointed psychologist on May 14. Defense attorneys Edward Genson of Chicago and Michael Nerheim of...


    Friend’s attitude is putting trip in jeopardy

    Her best friend says she can't stay in her apartment when she visits Germany. Should she still go on the trip? Carolyn Hax dishes out advice.


    Police reports
    Three people were arrested July 3 in downtown St. Charles and charged with battery after an incident in downtown St. Charles.


    Search for McHenry Co. schools superintendent ongoing

    The search for a new McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools continues more than a month after the last superintendent — and the man elected to replace him — retired. McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler said he is “still looking at a number of options,” for filling the position. He said one of the biggest hurdles is how to pay for the position. For the time being, the county has...


    Police briefs
    A 39-year-old man was attacked by two strangers around 4:30 p.m. Thursday as he was walking from a grocery store on Lesenden Place in Elgin, police said. An officer spoke with the man at the hospital after the attack. The man said two men approached him and started yelling, but he couldn’t make out what they were saying. They both punched him in the face and proceeded to beat him before running...


    One person injured in Cary crash

    A 56-year-old Cary man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car Friday morning in Cary.

    Matt Schroeder of Gurnee as Oliver, Greg Nevil of Waukegan as Fagin and Ashley Rodriguez of Hainesville as Nancy rehearse a scene from the College of Lake County summer musical, “Oliver!”

    CLC presents its summer musical, ‘Oliver!’

    Take a quick trip to 19th century London by attending one of the most beloved British musicals, “Oliver!” at the College of Lake County. The departments of theatre, music and dance will present the summer musical over two weekends, July 15-24 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.

    Raised beds and walkways make the garden easy for all age groups to participate in its maintenance and care.

    Produce garden connects generations

    In February, the village of Schaumburg received a grant from the Model Communities Program, an initiative of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) project sponsored by the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.


    Pay your library fines with food donations

    Patrons of the Schaumburg Township District Library can whittle down their library fines by donating nonperishable food items throughout July.

    The Keiki open The Barefoot Hawaiian Live at the Lake performance July 6.

    Polynesian dancers perform in Des Plaines

    The Barefoot Hawaiian performed Wednesday, July 6, at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion as part of the Des Plaines Park District’s free summer entertainment series, Live at the Lake. The Polynesian Performing Arts company took the audience on a tour of the islands from Tahiti to Hawaii with traditional music, costume, and dance.


    Five bands compete in South Barrington ‘Battle’

    The South Barrington Park District has announced the bands performing in the South Barrington Park District Battle of the Bands on Thursday, July 14. Bands participating in the event will be Chupacabra, Scissors Beats Paper, The Draconian Crusade, Flounder Gus, and Remnants of Stars.

    Mundelein High School student Stephanie Derks took third place in the drawing category at the Best of the Best art contest.

    Mundelein students win art awards
    Two Mundelein High School student artists have been named “Best of the Best” by the Great Frame Up. The awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Thompson Center in Chicago.

    Warren Township Girls Softball held a free player’s clinic for more than 100 players, covering hitting, catching, throwing, pitching and fielding.

    Warren Township Girls Softball holds clinic

    Warren Township Girls Softball completed another extremely successful free player’s clinic hosted by the WTGS Board recently.

    Both the interior and exterior of this 18,000-square-foot mansion in Oak Brook are designed to look like a castle.

    Inside a $5 million Oak Brook ‘castle'

    If you've got around $5 million to spare and always wanted to live in a castle, a new mansion in Oak Brook may be just the thing for you.

    Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced a pay freeze that affects 30,000 state workers.

    Union files lawsuit over raises

    The lawsuit by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, filed in Springfield, asks a federal judge to rescind the pay freeze recently announced by Gov Pat. Quinn that affects 30,000 state workers.

    Elgin firefighters survey the damage and assess their next move Friday after a garage fire on the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue.

    Elgin garage fire ruled arson by juveniles

    A fire that burned down a detached garage at an east-side Elgin home Friday afternoon has been ruled an arson by juveniles, authorities said.

    Robert Burns of Mundelein gets his golden labrador retriever, Sedona, excited before competing in the DockDogs-Big Air Jumping competition.

    Images: Big Air dog jumping
    "DockDogs--Big Air Jumping" the Road to the National Championship 2011 began Friday as part of the Dog Days of Summer event being held in Libertyville this weekend. Dogs run down a 40-foot dock and jump into a 27,000-gallon 20x40 foot pool. The dog with the longest leap is the winner.

    Rosie, left, and Bella Colucci will collect toys for Children’s Memorial Hospital on Saturday at Photo’s Hot Dogs in Palatine.

    ‘Toy box’ collects donations today in Palatine

    A 6-year-old Palatine girl, Rosie Colucci, who continues to battling brain cancer; and her 11-year-old sister Bella, will be hosting a Toy Drive and Bake Sale fundraiser for Children’s Memorial Hospital outside Photo’s Hot Dogs, a popular local Palatine restaurant.

    Former first lady Betty Ford has died at 93.

    Betty Ford inspired addicts to get well

    Betty Ford has died at 93. Ford, the first lady and wife of fomer President Gerald Ford was known for her work wirh substance abuse and as the founder of the Betty Ford Center.

    Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

    Report: Youths on suicide watch don't have safe beds

    Two years after a child committed suicide at the St. Charles youth prison, the facility doesn't have safe beds that could prevent such a death in the cells juveniles are held in while they're on suicide watch, a prison watchdog group reported Friday.


    Fudge for troops:

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 9.


    Collecting books in Lake County:

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 9.


    Circuit court clerk candidate:

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 9.


    Former homeless man gets probation in theft from benefactor

    A formerly homeless man who stole diamond rings from a Beach Park woman who gave him a place to live pleaded guilty to theft Friday in Lake County Circuit Court.

    Jack Daniel McCullough

    Suspect says he didn’t kill Sycamore girl in ’57

    A former police officer arrested in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl said in a jailhouse interview that he has an “iron-clad alibi” and had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.


    Quinn signs 3 education bills

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three education bills aimed at preventing violence and encouraging reading and math.

    Bob Daiber

    Regional ed offices to operate despite cut

    Bob Daiber, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said Friday regional superintendents will fulfill their duties, which include inspecting schools and checking employee backgrounds.


    Elk Grove Village teen pleads guilty to auto burglaries

    The third of four teens charged with taking items from unlocked cars in a series of Elk Grove Village burglaries late last year, pled guilty in Rolling Meadows. Alex Bejcinovic, 18, of Elk Grove Village, was sentenced to three years in prison with a recommendation of boot camp.

    Carthage students Amber Bakkum and Steven Mathe stand below the Mobile Launch Platform at the base of Launchpad 39-A, where shuttle Atlantis sits 48 hours before its scheduled launch.

    Wauconda, Winthrop residents see shuttle history

    Wauconda resident Steven Mathe said watching the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis was one of the most amazing things he has ever seen.

    William “Bill” Balling.

    Balling, his firm, to assess needs of Elk Grove Village Fire Department

    Elk Grove Village officials are clarifying the role of the new interim fire chief, Bill Balling, saying the $168 an hour pay is not for one man but for his entire firm that will be doing a thorough assessment of the fire department.


    Des Plaines man sent to prison for 3 years

    A Des Plaines man pled guilty to battery of a woman and was sentenced to three years in prison. Janusz Owca, 33, had been in jail on a $350,000 bail. He received credit for 328 days in custody.


    Student aid agency director placed on leave

    The executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission has been placed on paid leave. The newly installed board of the commission voted Friday to oust Andrew Davis.

    Grave markers were found scattered on the floor of a shack in 2009 at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip. The cemetery’s former director pleaded guilty Friday to moneymaking scheme that involved digging up bodies and reselling plots.

    Former Burr Oak cemetery director sent to prison

    The former director of a historic South suburban cemetery has been convicted in a moneymaking scheme that involved digging up bodies and reselling plots.


    City approves casino liquor licenses
    The Des Plaines City Council recently approved six liquor licenses for the new Rivers Casino that are expected to generate $72,000 for the city this year alone.


    Burglary charges dismissed

    Prosecutors dismissed charged against Samuel H. Lee, 19, who resides in Chicago according to court records, on charges of burglarizing vehicles in Arlington Heights between June, 2010 and January, 2011.


    Appellate court says yes, casinos must pay tracks

    A federal appellate court Friday ruled that a law forcing suburban casinos to pay 3 percent of their revenues out to Illinois horse tracks can stand, setting up a possible Supreme Court appeal.

    Hanna Brown, 14, of Elgin belts out her part as students in Elgin Area School District U-46 rehearse their original opera, “EVIL/LIVE,” Friday at Elgin Community College.

    U-46 students explore inner turmoil in opera

    Mozart wrote his first complete opera, “La finta semplice,” when he was 12. A group of talented students from Elgin Area School District U-46 are giving Mozart a run for his money. About 50 students ages 10 to 13 have written an opera, “Evil/Live,” that they will perform at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre on Saturday, July 16.

    Lenora Trent, one of the nurses at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton, beats the rush to find flowers at the center’s annual plant sale Friday. The plants were on sale for $5 per flat and were donated by Cantigny.

    Plant sale benefits convalescent center

    The DuPage Convalescent Center sponsors a plant sale to raise money to increase the quality of life for some of its residents.

    Vernor P. Gumila

    Former gymnastics coach gets probation for child porn

    A former gymnastics coach was sentenced to 30 months probation Friday and ordered to undergo specialized sex offender treatment after being convicted last fall of possession of child pornography.

    A boarded-up Jewel store in downtown Wheaton remains an eyesore, but many city officials are optimistic the business climate is showing signs of improvement.

    Wheaton cautiously optimistic about downtown revival

    Wheaton officials are optimistic about downtown's appeal, despite vacant lots and large, unfinished developments dotting the area.


    West Chicago businesses banding to survive construction

    West Chicago businesses hurt by construction on Washington and Galena Streets are offering incentives to customers through the city-organized Great Summer Construction Sale.

    Fox Lake police chief Mike Behan, right, watched over the 2009 safety violation inspection of the Marina Motel.

    Marina Motel in Fox Lake targeted for shut down again

    Fox Lake Police Chief Mike Behan said he has reached the limit of his patience with the troubled Marina Motel. Now, the police chief said, it’s time for the business to be shut down.

    Builder Paul Iwanski points out the twenty-inch-thick walls used to frame the Oak Brook castle, an upscale residence located at 3015 Lincoln Road.

    Images: Behind the Scenes at The Oak Brook Castle
    A behind the scenes look inside the Oak Brook castle, an upscale residence located at 3015 Lincoln Road, off 31st Street just west of York Road. Built by Paul Iwanski, some of the interior is designed by Paulina Gajowniczek.


    Batavia horse rescue hosts camp
    Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption is hosting a “Horse Camp” from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 25-29, at the new horse facility in Batavia.


    Citigroup: Debt deal likely to include $1 trillion in cuts

    U.S. lawmakers are likely to raise the nation’s debt limit by $1 trillion to avoid defaulting on its debt as part of a compromise that would include an equal amount in budget cuts, according to Citigroup Inc.

    The wreckage of a small plane sticks out of the side of an unoccupied office building Thursday at Watsonville Community Hospital.

    NTSB: Four killed in California plane crash at medical office

    Federal investigators say a total of four people were killed in the small plane that crashed into a Central California medical building.


    Three workers locked in vault during high stakes theft

    Three employees were bound, blindfolded and locked in a vault during a million-dollar heist at a security transport company, authorities said.


    U.N. approves 7,000 peacekeepers for South Sudan

    The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a new peacekeeping force for South Sudan on Friday.

    Katy Perry

    Illness cancels Katy Perry's Rosemont show

    Singer Katy Perry's show at the Allstate Arena tonight has been canceled because of illness and recheduled for August 21. Meanwhile, Britney Spears is still scheduled to perform at United Center.


    Register now for Palatine’s Feet Fest 3k

    Registration is being taken now for the eighth annual Feet Fest 3K, Family Fun Run/Walk, being held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, in Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine.

    The first mosquitoes of the season to test positive for the West Nile virus in DuPage County were found this week in Lemont.

    West Nile virus found in DuPage

    The DuPage County Health Department is reporting the first positive test for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes that tested positive were collected in a trap located in the southern part of the county.

    Cynthia Yelich

    Oakton president named to Hall of Fame

    Oakton Community College president Margaret B. Lee was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday, June 9, at the College of Lake County.


    D300 saves money with four-day work week

    If you have business to conduct with Community Unit District 300, don’t leave it until the end of the week because district offices are closed Fridays throughout the summer.

    Raleigh Showens

    McHenry man named AMVETS commander
    Raleigh Showens of McHenry was elected the AMVETS State Commander for 2011-12 June 11. Showens is an active member of Post 269 in Woodstock.

    The Clefhanges, a barbershop quartet, will be one of the highlights of McHenry County Historical Society’s annual Heritage Fair Sunday, July 10.

    Visit Heritage Fair in McHenry Co.
    The McHenry County Historical Society will present its annual Heritage Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union.

    Lead singer Ron Porter of Aurora performs with the band August at the Montrose Room in Arlington Heights. The band will take the stage Sunday at Batavia’s Windmill City Festival.

    August to rock out at Batavia festival

    Reunited 1970s "garage band" August will be playing Windmill City Fest Sunday, July 10, on the Main Stage from noon until 1:30 pm.

    Glen Ellyn’s fifth annual Jazz Fest runs from 3 to 10 p.m. today in the heart of downtown.

    Jazz Fest transforms downtown Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn's Jazz Fest -- complete with a unique garden oasis setting in the heart of downtown -- returns for the fifth time Saturday featuring some of the Chicago area's best musicians.


    Batavia HS dance teams chosen

    On May 20, the 2011-12 Batavia High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams were announced.

    Riley Dean, 4, of Round Lake Beach makes chicken salad during the Lake County Family YMCA’s Little Chefs program.

    Kids can cook at Lake County YMCA’s Little Chefs

    Where can you find an active group of Little Chefs cooking up a storm each week? The Lake County Family YMCA offers a hands-on learning environment in which children ages 3-5 are taught how to read recipes, measure, mix, cut and blend.


    Favorite road trip song

    "Surrender?" "Radar Love?" "Keep the Car Running?" We want to know your favorite road trip song. Submit your pick along with the name of the musician and why you think it's the best road trip music ever and you could win a fabulous prize. Entries should be sent to Marni Pyke Feel free to attach an mp3 version if you like.

    Ryan Summerwill, 9, of St. Charles does a flip off the diving board while enjoying summer at Pottawatomie Pool in St. Charles.

    Family Circle names St. Charles No. 1 city in the country

    After hearing St. Charles had been named the No. 1 city in the country to raise a family by Family Circle magazine, Ray Ochromowicz said he just wanted to throw his hands in the air to celebrate.


    River Road reconstruction complete
    Work on the reconstruction of Des Plaines River Road from Higgins Road to Touhy Avenue wrapped up July 1 ahead of the much-anticipated grand opening of the Rivers Casino on July 18.The River Road project started a year ago on June 21. T

    The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday.

    'Final four' embark on last shuttle adventure

    Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA's last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era.

    Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 8, 2011. The STS135 mission, the final shuttle flight, will bring supplies to the international space station.

    Images: The final space shuttle launch
    With the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the NASA shuttle program will come to an end. The Atlantis is the final shuttle NASA will send into space.


    Grayslake may spend more to reduce roadwork time

    Grayslake may spend additional money to speed up a resurfacing project set for a north-south thoroughfare in an effort to ease commuting headaches.


    Wheaton cops probe attempted child abduction

    Wheaton police are investigating a reported attempted child abduction that occurred Thursday night.


    Councilman mails fake bomb to self

    Police say a city council member in Minnesota mailed himself a fake grenade to gain sympathy from his constituents.

    Casey Anthony

    Casey Anthony release pushed back to July 17

    Casey Anthony will have 10 more days behind bars to think about her future after authorities in Florida announced Thursday that she would not be released until July 17, four days after the date initially given.


    Lake Zurich D95 unveils who could be tested for drugs

    Lake Zurich High School students in extracurricular programs and with parking permits, and 90 other randomly selected students per school year would be tested for drugs under a proposal discussed Thursday.


    New Kane Co. development director gets 15 percent raise

    Tim Harbaugh will be Kane County’s first director of development since the retirement of Phil Bus a couple years ago. He’ll also get a 15 percent raise. But at least one board member believes the process hasn't been transparent enough.

    Dave Harris, a 19-year resident of Glen Ellyn who has spent more than 20 years in park district management, was selected as the new executive director of the Glen Ellyn Park District Thursday.

    Glen Ellyn Park District names new executive director

    Dave Harris, a 19-year resident of Glen Ellyn who has spent more than 20 years in park district management, was selected as the new executive director of the Glen Ellyn Park District Thursday.

    At the monthly St. Mary’s Family Rosary, the Knights of Columbus provide an Honor Guard during the recitation of the rosary on the second Tuesday of each month at St. Mary’s Church in Huntley.

    St. Mary Family Rosary set Tuesday in Huntley

    The St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society sponsors a monthly Family Rosary held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the church on Dundee Road. An Honor Guard is provided by the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus.

    We have made about 1,000 captions for this thoughtful orangutan at Brookfield Zoo.

    Images: Photo contest finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 4th.


    Perhaps Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is trying to figure out how his team hasn’t found a way to beat the Twins this season. The Twinkies are 6-0 against the Sox this year.

    Sox just can’t solve Twins

    Even when they give up five runs in the first inning, the Minnesota Twins find a way to beat the Chicago White Sox.They continued to dominate their AL Central foe Friday night, rallying for an 8-5 victory as Luke Hughes hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run fourth inning.The Twins are 6-0 against the White Sox this season, have won nine straight in the series going back to last year and are 28-6 in the past 34 games between the two AL Central foes.The White Sox scored five runs in the first, but starter Gavin Floyd couldn’t hold the 5-1 lead and was driven out after 3 2-3 innings when Rene Tosoni hit a bases-loaded single to tie it.Hughes greeted reliever Will Ohman with a long three-run homer to left, his third homer of the season, to put the Twins up 8-5. After starter Nick Blackburn gave up five in the first, he and four relievers shut out the White Sox the rest of the way.The Twins, with five key players on the disabled list, are counting on players such as Tosoni and Hughes.Floyd (6-9), winless in six starts since June 1, gave up nine hits and was charged with seven runs.Blackburn (7-6) survived the five-run outburst. He gave up 10 hits, including Adam Dunn’s two-run homer in the first.Blackburn had also struggled mightily in his previous two starts, allowing 19 hits and 13 earned runs over 8 1-3 innings, but on Friday night Minnesota’s offense helped him overcome the rough start.Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 20 chances.Dunn, in a 4-for-52 tailspin with 29 strikeouts over his previous 15 games, drove a 3-2 pitch from Blackburn 412 feet into the right field bleachers to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. Alexei Ramirez had singled with one out and scored on Paul Konerko’s double.After Dunn’s blast, his ninth homer of the season, Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios followed with back-to-back doubles to push the lead to three runs. Gordon Beckham’s RBI single completed the early outburst.It didn’t take long for the Twins to get to Floyd.Joe Mauer, back behind the plate after playing first base for the first time in the majors Thursday night, doubled off the right-center field fence with two outs in the first and scored on Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single.Minnesota loaded the bases in the third as Floyd hit Cuddyer with a pitch following a bunt single by Alexi Casilla and opposite-field single by Mauer. Danny Valencia hit a sacrifice fly, and one out later, Hughes walked to reload the bases. White Sox third baseman Brent Morel then made a nice play on a hard shot off the bat of Tsuyoshi Nishioka and threw him out to end the inning.Floyd hit Mauer to load the bases again in the fourth after singles by Matt Tolbert and Casilla. Cuddyer then delivered another RBI single, and one out later, Tosoni lined his two-run single to right to tie the game.“Me and Rene are boys. I come up behind him to hit, so we pull for each other,” Hughes said. “That was probably the key hit in the game right there. If Floyd gets out of it, it might be a different game. He came up and had a good at-bat and drove the ball.”

    White Sox reliever Will Ohman reacts as he walks back to the dugout after allowing a 3-run homer in the fourth.

    Fan’s fall has Sox taking care

    Thursday's tragedy in Texas has the White Sox thinking safety when it comes to throwing baseballs to fans in the stands.

    Carlos Marmol awaits a new ball as Pittsburgh’s Michael McKenry rounds the bases behind him after hitting a 3-run homer off him in the eighth inning of the Cubs’ loss to Pittsburgh.

    Hendry not about to ‘back up the truck’

    The Cubs walked into Pittsburgh Friday looking like sellers as the July 31 trading deadline approaches. The surprising Pirates look like buyers. The Pirates also looked like winners, beating the Cubs 7-4 with 4 runs in the eighth inning at PNC Park.

    United States goalkeeper Hope Solo stops a shot during practice before the Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany.

    Marta gets another shot at Solo

    The battle pitting Brazilian scoring star Marta against U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo should be worth watching in Women's World Cup action Sunday.


    Cougars keep division lead

    Thanks to 6 shutout innings from Greg Billo, 3 RBI from Cheslor Cuthbert and a 3-inning save from Chase Boruff, the Kane County Cougars maintained sole possession of first place in the Midwest League’s Western Division on Friday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough and GM Stan Bowman say they will miss Bill Peters. Peters, who coached the Blackhawks AHL affiliate for the past three seasons, signed a three-year contract Friday to join the Wings as an assistant to head coach Mike Babcock.

    Olsen aims to show he’s NHL-ready

    Dylan Olsen, a defenseman, who was the Hawks’ first-round selection in the 2009 draft, says he's ready to shake the prospect label.

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol gave up the game-winning 3-run homer to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Michael McKenry in the bottom of the eighth Friday and the Cubs fell yet again 7-4

    Marmol gives up game winner in eighth

    Mike McKenry’s first major league home run, a three-run shot in the eighth inning, lifted Pittsburgh to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday night and assured the Pirates of a winning record at the All-Star break for the first time in 19 years.


    Storms spoil U.S. Women’s Open

    Stacy Lewis made it through 29 holes Friday in the U.S. Women’s Open at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the region’s typical summer thunderstorms hit and she walked off the mountain course at 4-under par, with a 1-shot lead over I.K. Kim and Ryann O’Toole. Play had been suspended Thursday with 131 players still on the course, or still waiting to hit their first shots, so it will be a long weekend before the tournament is complete.

    Photo courtesy of FourFootedFotos ¬ It’s not Million Day, but it’s the next best thing when Arlington Park hosts Million Preview Day on Saturday

    Another big show at Arlington: Million Preview Day

    Exactly one week after more than 35,000 fans showed up for Arlington’s Park’s highly popular annual fireworks show, the track has another lights-out show slated for today. But this one will be at land level — specifically Arlington’s famed turf course. It’s not Million Day, but it’s the next best thing when Arlington Park hosts Million Preview Day.

    Laurel Richie, president of the WNBA, chats with team personnel prior to a Chicago Sky game at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont this week.

    Richie’s talk intrigued WNBA

    WNBA president Laurel Richie impressed just the right people with a speech about the Girls Scouts. Within weeks, she became the WNBA's third president.

    Former Ohio State University Football Coach Jim Tressel

    Ohio State vacates 2010 football wins, Sugar Bowl

    Ohio State says it's vacating its wins from the 2010 football season, including the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.


    Appeals court backs lockout, tosses judge's ruling

    The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge's order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners returned to negotiations.

    Paramedics arrive at Rangers Ballpark after a Texas Rangers fan fell about 20 feet onto concrete reaching out for a baseball tossed .

    Texas Rangers fan dies; fell reaching for ball

    Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton grabbed the foul ball that ricocheted into left field and tossed it into the stands, as he has countless times before. Shannon Stone, who was at the game with his young son, caught the ball but tumbled over a railing and plunged 20 feet onto concrete.

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, at right with hitting coach Greg Walker before Thursday night’s game against the Twins, is going to the All-Star Game next Tuesday.

    Put it on the board: Sox’ Konerko in

    Other sports stories, photos and graphics


    Palatine enjoys successful Connie Mack debut

    Frank Mariani hasn’t been taking it easy in his first month after his retirement from teaching at Palatine.Mariani is coaching a baseball team of players from Palatine in the first year of the six-team Suburban Chicago Connie Mack Baseball League. And it’s been a successful debut as it won the league title and has an 18-2 record. Palatine will play in the six-team Connie Mack state tournament starting next Wednesday in Ottawa.


    Cougars fall; Bandits roll

    After winning 10-7 Wednesday, the Kane County Cougars scored 4 runs in the top of the first inning Thursday. But the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers battled back to defeat the visiting Cougars 11-5 at Time Warner Cable Field.The Cougars’ lead for first place over Wisconsin is back to 1 game, and the three-game series is even at 1 win apiece.The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning against Matt Miller and ended up with 4 runs.Angel Franco scored on a passed ball, Brian Fletcher nailed an RBI double, Jake Kuebler drove in a run and reached on an error, and Kevin David brought home a teammate by grounding into a double play.But the Cougars did not score again until the eighth inning, and the Rattlers recovered against Leondy Perez.Perez (2-9) allowed a season-high 9 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings. The Rattlers sent seven hitters to the plate against him three different times, and Perez failed to record a strikeout for just the second time this season in 16 outings.Bandits 2, Racers 0:Fans were treated to a pitching matchup that lived up to its billing.Monica Abbott went inning for inning with Akron’s 2010 NPF Pitcher of the Year Lisa Norris until the Bandits grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.It was all the needed for its 12th victory.Abbott struck out 13. It was her second straight double-digit strikeout game and fourth on the season.


    Elk Grove takes second in Moline

    A notebook on Cook County American Legion baseball including Elk Grove's second-place finish at the Moline tournament.

    Warren’s Alex Letto takes a swing against St. Viator last spring.

    Letto getting it done for Indians

    Mundelein pitching coach Clay Kovac won’t need a scouting report on Warren catcher Alex Letto next spring. Kovac has seen lots of Letto this summer, up close, as the incoming senior has shined for Kovac’s Lake County-based 17U Indians Baseball travel team. Letto was Warren’s starting catcher during the spring and earned honorable mention all-conference honors.


    Lakes likes trip to North Carolina

    Lakes girls basketball coach Pete Schneider would like to start a winning tradition for his Eagles. He and his players no doubt whet their appetite for success on a recent road trip to the University of North Carolina. The Eagles played in a showcase tournament in addition to enjoying some of the sights.


Life & Entertainment

    Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) brings the Torchwood crew to American shores to explore the "miracle" of immortality.

    Today is 'Miracle Day' for 'Torchwood' fans

    Death has taken a holiday on “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” that goofy, sci-fi spinoff of BBC hit “Doctor Who” that's crossing the Atlantic after three seasons in the U.K.Teaming an American cast with three U.K. holdovers, the retooled show about alien hunters has the casual smarts of the old “X Files,” blowing away more recent homegrown efforts like “The Event” and “Falling Skies.”

    Burlap to Cashmere — Johnny Philippidis, left, Todd Caldwell, Steven Delopoulos, Chris Anderson and Theodore Pagano — are putting behind them the near-death experience of Philippidis and focusing on their music.

    Burlap to Cashmere back from tragedy

    Today, 33-year-old guitarist John Philippidis is feeling more alive than ever. His recovery from a 2005 road-rage incident in Brooklyn that left him in a coma sparked a reunion with folk-rock band Burlap to Cashmere. After a 12-year hiatus, the band is preparing to release its second album on July 19.

    “Strong at the Break” by Jon Land

    ‘Strong at the Break’ an amazing read

    Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong has issues from her past that collide with the present in “Strong at the Break,” Jon Land’s latest page-turner.

    "Deep Space Adventure" launches today at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

    Weekend picks: To infinity and beyond at Adler

    Explore the far reaches of the universe with dramatic space imagery at the brand new “Deep Space Adventure” experience starting Friday in the newly renovated Grainger Sky Theater at the Adler Planetarium.

    Daniel Fletcher and Brad Henshaw respectively star as Elwood and Jake Blues in “The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

    'Blues Brothers' tribute a lukewarm imitation

    "The All New Original Tribute the Blues Brothers" finally makes its U.S. debut at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, but is it really something to sing about?

    Over the past decade, fans have watched Harry Potter — and star Daniel Radcliffe — grow from a boy to a young man.

    How the Potter movies cast a decade-long spell

    The best of the seven “Harry Potter” movies thus far remains No. 3, “The Prisoner of Azkaban.” Can the eighth movie in the series match or eclipse the quality, imagination and power of Alfonso Cuaron's “Azkaban”? We will know when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” opens July 15.


    2 doomed ABC soaps may have won online reprieves

    A pair of canceled ABC soaps may find new life on the Internet. ABC has licensed "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" in a multi-year deal allowing their stories to continue beyond their imminent broadcast termination. The announcement was made Thursday by the network and by Prospect Park, the media company that has acquired both of the four-decade-old programs.

    British author J.K. Rowling, second left, joins actors Daniel Radcliffe, left, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Trafalgar Square, central London, for the world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” the last film in the series, Thursday.

    Tears flow as final Potter film opens

    Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains. Thousands of fans from around the world massed in London Thursday for the premiere of the final film in the magical adventure series.

    Deanna Bruckner, of Schaumburg, works on a garden for the Schaumburg Community Garden Club located behind Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Thursday. The vegetables grown in this garden are donated to the Schaumburg Township food pantry. The members expect to donate at least 1,000 pounds this year.

    Community gardeners grow fresh produce for local food pantry

    Members of the Schaumburg Garden Club work a plot of nearly 4,000 square feet out behind Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Schaumburg. They have been working together to raise fresh vegetables for more than 10 years now, and they contribute all of their harvest to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.


    Book notes: ‘Ernie Banks’ author comes to Anderson’s
    Author Phil Rogers reads from and signs copies of his new book "Ernie Banks: Mr. Cub and the Summer of '69" on Thursday, July 14, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    This Queen Anne-style house on North Main Street is among the many older homes in downtown Wheaton.

    Neighborhood profile: Downtown Wheaton

    Nancy and Chris Shepherd’s desire for an old Victorian home in a nice downtown area drew them to Wheaton’s charming center with its small-town feel just what they wanted.


    The nation’s housing: Banks ready for jumbo loan switch

    WASHINGTON — How big a deal is the upcoming cutback in mortgage limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration? Will buyers and sellers who depend on jumbo-sized loans find themselves in a financing squeeze after Oct. 1, when the limits plunge in key markets around the country?


    About Real Estate: New government loan program can help stave foreclosure, but homeowners must act quickly

    The Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program can provide up to $50,000 to financially troubled Americans, but the deadline to ask for the money is approaching soon.


    Super Handyman: Be safe in your yard this summer

    A backyard should be your own private oasis. But between the pests, pools and other problems, it can be downright dangerous! Here are a few tips for creating safer and more secure surroundings.


    Fans brace for final Potter film

    Suburban Harry Potter fans are brushing off their broomsticks and airing out their robes in preparation for one last ride on the Hogwarts Express.

    What other roles have made the actor behind Voldemort famous?

    Name that Brit!

    For the past decade, the Harry Potter films have provided steady employment for a who's who of British actors and actresses. Think you remember them all? Try our quiz.

    Mr. and Mrs. Pinkerton (Patrick Byrnes, left, and Rachel Klippel) don't know what to do with their cupcake-loving daughter in “Pinkalicious.”

    Bolingbrook native tickled pink by role

    Bolingbrook High School alum Rachel Klippel is enjoying her role as the harried mom in Emerald City Theatre's "Pinkalicious."

    A young woman (Amber Heard) gets arrested and tossed into “The Ward,” the home of an evil ghost in John Carpenter's movie.

    ‘The Ward' hardly Carpenter's best

    The big twist is just part of a stiff and artificial script for "The Ward" that even a horror master like John Carpenter can't overcome.


    On stage: Ensemble wraps up season

    This week's suburban openings include Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's "Faith Healer" and the start of St. Charles' first ever Summer Theater Festival.



    The Soapbox

    Today's Soapbox offers our editors' views on the state's smoking law, new transit cards, local roadwork and a different kind of climate change.


    Much is told by the look in one’s face
    I don’t quite know how physiognomy works. However, I do know that shrewd con artists use it to their advantage, “... but he looked so honest.”


    Limit overtime and watch the jobs grow
    Penalties and taxes on employers would help to reduce overtime. Without overtime, additional employees would be needed.


    There are ways to keep best teachers
    I do agree that we must weed out teachers who should not be in the classroom. And I agree that tenure has made it difficult. However, administrators have the ability to fire the teachers who should not be there.


    Don’t be fooled by public unions’ claims
    - Quinn should have led by example and done what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did (cut pay raises). Illinois is in serious money trouble and Quinn and AFSCME don’t get it.


    Second Amendment has leaders in check
    The sole purpose of the Second Amendment is to remind those in government who is really in control of the country. This is also the real reason many wish to get rid of it while pretending they’re concerned for public safety.


    Don’t extend tax deal to Sears
    Illinois recently gave $100 million to Motorola. If the state is considering anything of that magnitude for Sears, it would mean the total package, not including other incentives, could be in the range of $400 million. Using Sears’ highly inflated figure of 6,000 employees, that means a similar deal will cost the taxpayers of this state nearly $67,000 per job.Think about it, voters.


    Let taxpayers spend taxes carelessly
    President Obama’s $66 billion job stimulus did nothing more than cost the taxpayers more money. Sure, it saved and created 2.4 million jobs, but at the cost of $278 million per job. Common sense would tell you that if the stimulus money would have been given to the consumer, taxpayers, I believe the economy would have made a significant turnaround.


    What’s sensible about common sense gun laws?
    As for “common sense gun laws,” prohibiting the law abiding from carrying defensive arms only guarantees that the criminals will be the only ones doing so. How is that “common sense”?


    Stop borrowing; start raising taxes
    We must curtail spending but we also need increased revenue. Our current tax rates are near 60-year lows as measured by percentage of income taxed and by taxes as a percentage of gross domestic product. Without increased revenue it seems inevitable that the debt will continue to increase no matter the cuts in expenses.


    Shame we don’t know our history
    The school system has failed miserably at American history and civics. I hear about polls on this subject now and again and NBC’s Jay Leno has his Jaywalking segment where he asks mostly young people on the street about American history. I am sure older people do just as well. What a shame!


    Can you read this? Thank a teacher
    The District 41 school board works very hard to secure educators that enable that experience for Glen Ellyn children. Educators meet the needs of 25-plus clients at one time.


    Why protect illegal immigrants?
    Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning journalist, is an admitted illegal immigrant. Mr. Vargas has not been deported for being an illegal immigrant and for making false statements through passports, college documents, Social Security documents, employment application and drivers’ license forms.


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