Daily Archive : Sunday July 10, 2011


    A home is engulfed by floodwater in Hamburg, Iowa, from the rising Missouri River. Insurance agents in states along the swollen Missouri River basin say federal officials are causing widespread confusion.

    Insurance agents complain FEMA creating confusion

    Insurance agents in states along the swollen Missouri River basin say federal officials are causing widespread confusion among property owners by pushing the sale of flood insurance policies that might not cover damage from the river flooding that began this month.

    Barbara Wheeler

    Wheeler running for state Dist. 64 House seat

    After nearly 10 years on the McHenry County Board, Barbara Wheeler has announced her decision to run for the new 64th District State rep seat Sunday night in hopes of bringing tight fiscal policies to the state level.


    Make-A-Wish for Green Oaks resident

    An 11-year-old Green Oaks girl with cystic fibrosis will be among the recipients of a campaign to grant the wishes of ill children. From July 11 to July 24, Panera Bread stores in the Chicago area will donate 10 cents of every Flower Cookie to Make-A-Wish to help fulfill the dreams including that of Olivia Tomasetti, who was diagnosed with the disease that causes difficulty breathing and lung...


    Gurnee police enforcement results

    Gurnee police have reported results from extra impaired driver and safety restraint enforcement activities throughout the village from June 17 through July 4.


    Tollway meeting rescheduled

    The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has rescheduled its “Capital Planning Forum” in Lake County to July 15 at 9 a.m. It was originally scheduled for July 14.


    Woman killed in Wadsworth crash

    Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon two vehicle crash in Wadsworth that killed a woman on Route 173.


    Blame prosecutors, not juries, for verdicts

    In just a finger snap, it seems the American jury system has gone from worst to first and back again. But if you don't like a verdict, blame the prosecutor, not the jury.

    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, met with congressional leadership at the White House on Sunday to discuss the debt.

    Debt talks stall again

    Talks among President Barack Obama and congressional leaders Sunday evening failed to break a partisan stalemate over how to raise the federal borrowing limit, leaving the politically charged negotiations in limbo.

    The band Scrabble performs at Glendale Heights Fest Sunday in Camera Park. Sunday was the last day of the annual summer festival.

    Glendale Hts. wraps up this year’s fest

    Glendale Heights annual summer fest ends today with live music and a fireworks display.


    Oily rags spark garage fire in Batavia

    A Batavia garage caught fire early Sunday evening when a trash bag full of rags used on wood sealant spontaneously combusted, according to fire officials.

    Dan Sauber, middle, tries to keep the ball away from opponents Matt Molenkamp, left, of Itasca, and Fernando Duarte, right, 13, of Cicero. The three are part of a wheelchair rugby team sponsored by the Rehab Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Bears.

    Schaumburg expo highlights abilities of the disabled

    The key to Ability Expo, held over the weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, is in the name. Or rather, what’s not in it. It emphasizes ability, not disability.


    Naperville woman hurt in apartment fire

    A Naperville woman was injured Saturday night after a fire broke out in her stove, Naperville fire officials said. The injury was not considered serious, and damage from the fire was confined to the oven.

    With his wife, Karin, and daughter, Kristina, at his side, Ron Raidy recovers at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest while marching in Hinsdale’s July Fourth parade.

    “Miracle” for Bartlett man who collapsed in Fourth of July parade

    Bartlett resident Ron Raidy was pushing a Civil War cannon in the Hinsdale Fourth of July parade as part of his reeneactors' unit, when he went into cardiac arrest and went down. Luckily for him, hospital personnel happened to be on a float just behind him.

    Still sitting after West Chicago's Railroad Days parade passed by Sunday, residents Rich Kassanits and Mark Patenaude relax in the shade on a hot summer day.

    Parade caps West Chicago Railroad Days

    A parade with the them "Honor and Sacrifice" got the final day of West Chicago Railroad Days off to a rousing start Sunday. The festival lasted four days and included a carnival, live music and a car show.


    7 years for Elgin gang shooting

    An Elgin man is sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a shooting last year in which a 15-year-old was injured.


    Carpentersville ticket amnesty program brings nearly $3,700 in first week

    A week into its ticket amnesty program, Carpentersville has already collected $3,685, authorities said Friday. The one-time program started July 1 and runs through Aug. 15. It gives people with outstanding tickets an opportunity to pay half of what they owe before the village ushers in significant penalties.

    The shuttle Atlantis docks at the International Space Station on Sunday. Atlantis delivered more than 4 tons of food, clothes and other space station provisions.

    Shuttle docks with space station final time

    In a flight full of passion, Atlantis made the final docking in shuttle history Sunday, pulling up at the International Space Station with a year's worth of supplies.

    Two boys fish in the Connecticut River across from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

    NRC, nuke industry criticized for skirting public

    When a nuclear watchdog group asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a study on leaks of radioactive water at the Vermont Yankee plant, it was told the NRC had seen the report but had never officially taken custody of it so it wasn’t public.

    Families and friends help a survivor upon the arrival of the Arabella riverboat with dozens of survivors of a shipwreck in Kazan, Sunday, on the Volga River, in central Russia.

    Russia: Dozens of kids among 101 ferry missing

    A half-century-old tourist boat with 188 people on board listed and sank quickly in one of the world’s largest reservoirs amid wind and rain Sunday, authorities and survivors said, and dozens of children were believed to be among the 101 people missing. Two bodies were recovered.

    Smoke bellows from a chimney stack at BlueScope Steel’s steelworks at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, Australia. Australia will force its 500 worst polluters to pay $25 for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit.

    Australia to tax nation’s worst polluters

    Australia will force its 500 worst polluters to pay $25 for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, with the government promising to compensate households hit with higher power bills under a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions unveiled Sunday.

    International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Sunday she foresees “real nasty consequences” for the U.S. and global economies if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.

    IMF chief urges US to raise borrowing limit

    The International Monetary Fund’s new chief foresees “real nasty consequences” for the U.S. and global economies if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.

    Chairman of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch, left, and Chief Executive of News International Rebekah Brooks met in London on Sunday — the day on which Britain’s tabloid newspaper News of the World ceased publication.

    Murdoch swoops into UK tabloid offices

    Rupert Murdoch touched down in London on Sunday to take charge of his media empire’s phone-hacking crisis as his best-selling Sunday tabloid, the News of the World, published its last.

    Col. James White discusses his new role as lead chaplain of Fort Lee, Va.

    Chaplain helps soldiers find inner peace

    “Our nation’s at war, and less than 2 percent of this nation has a commitment to that like the soldiers, the Navy, the Marines. It’s taking a toll on families,” Col. James White said. “Seeing that put back together, you feel like you’re fulfilling your calling in life, when you see changed lives.”


    Woman starts all-female Legion post

    Launched in January, Post 540 in Fayetteville is the only all-female Legion unit in North Carolina, but its 16 members represent a rare growth area for veterans groups.

    If Gov. Pat Quinn ultimately uses his amendatory veto on the gambling expansion bill to make changes, lawmakers would need a supermajority — 71 in the House and 36 in the Senate — to override him.

    For Quinn, casino expansion like a house of cards

    Gov. Pat Quinn faces some severe fallout if he tries to trim a massive gambling expansion plan approved by the state legislature in the spring.


    More than veggies grow by county jail

    A 30- by 50-foot garden plot can yield confidence and pride to jail inmates as well as food for the needy.

    Retired farmer Glenn Bradd, 87, of Bloomington, Ill., uses a punching bag during a workout at the YMCA in Bloomington. Three days a week, he lifts weights, jumps rope, uses the punching bag, does sit-ups and stretching. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, Steve Smedley)

    Exercise keeping octogenarians fit

    Glenn Bradd, who will turn 87 on July 22, has been exercising at the Bloomington-Normal YMCA for more than 50 years.

    Iranian soldiers take part in military exercises on the eastern border with Afghanistan. Iran was a major foe of Afghanistan’s Taliban, which sheltered al-Qaida before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks and remains its close ally.

    Top al-Qaida ranks keep footholds in Iran

    Since 2001, Iran has appeared a somewhat reluctant host for al-Qaida operatives who fled there after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Now, though Iran remains on the edge of al-Qaida’s orbit, it seems to be a more comfortable haven for those operatives.

    Detroit firemen carry a 13-foot crucifix from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on the city’s east side after a five-alarm fire destroyed the church in 1963.

    Crucifix saved in 1963 to be refurbished

    An all-but-forgotten cross neglected and found on the floor behind an altar at Detroit’s Good Shepherd Church covered by a sheet will soon be restored to its original beauty.

    San Jose, Ill., resident Josh McKinley, left, speaks with Rev. Derek Riddle of St. Luke Lutheran Church about fencing and ramp construction at McKinley’s home. Riddle organized a group of student volunteers from around Illinois, Missouri and Iowa as well as a handful of adult volunteers to complete work projects around town during the course of several days from June 27 to 30.

    Church volunteers on charitable errands

    While many teens lazily revel in the warmth of a new summer, students from around the Midwest have been working long days repairing houses for needy families in San Jose as part of a local church’s Community Builders Servant event.

    Nurse Chelsi Clauson checks the temperature of patient Lenore Mohr while working in the Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican in Rockford, Ill.

    Rockford nurse takes talents to Africa

    On a ship, on the other side of the world, Chelsi Clauson truly realized what it means to be a nurse.

    Janet Marrufo

    Round Lake names new Hometown Hero

    Marine Staff Sgt. Janet Marrufo has been named the Hometown Hero for July, the Round Lake Area Exchange Club announced.


    Book helps explain pet’s death to kids

    How to explain the death of a pet to young children and how to help them how to cope.

    This year’s polo tournament at Blackberry Polo Field Sunday, July 17, will feature teams from around the county.

    Sport of kings comes to Batavia

    The annual Polo Tournament at Blackberry Polo Field hosts teams from around the county, and this year ticket sales to the championship game will go to support Batavia MainStreet’s Shakespeare on Clark project. The polo match will start at noon Sunday, July 17 at the fields, off Bliss Road, half-mile south of Main Street.

    Earlier this year, artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner of Algonquin spoke about her paintings of local veterans in “Portraits of American Veterans: A Continuing Dialogue.” The exhibit, sponsored by the National Veterans Art Museum, is on display in Chicago.

    Veterans art exhibit features Algonquin artist
    The art exhibit “Portraits of American Veterans; A Continuing Dialogue” is now on display through July 28, in the lobby gallery of Northern Trust Bank, 50 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago.

    Think you can snap a great image at the DuPage County Fairgrounds? You’ll get your chance July 27 during the fair’s inaugural Shootout photo contest.

    DuPage County Fair launches photo contest

    The DuPage County Fair is launching a new photo contest that will give photographers a chance to take and show off their best images of the fairgrounds.


    Dayan Viciedo

    It’s simple: The time is now for Viciedo

    Someone associated with the White Sox is being stubborn or stupid, and you can take your pick whom it is and take your pick which it is. Regardless, this has become silly. It’s time to just go ahead and promote Dayan Viciedo from the minor leagues.


    Blackhawks sign Stalberg

    The Blackhawks have signed left wing Viktor Stalberg to a new two-year contract.

    Abby Wambach is wrapped in a U.S. flag after her team defeated Brazil in a penalty shootout.

    U.S. World Cup win ranks with all-time best

    Playing their best game of the World Cup, the U.S. women's soccer team overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to defeat mighty Brazil — 5-3 in a penalty-kick shootout after overtime ended 2-2 — and advance to Wednesday’s semifinal (10:30 a.m., ESPN) against France.

    Frederik Willems of Belgium, left, and David Zabriskie of the U.S. get treatment after crashing during Sunday’s 9th stage.

    Tour rest day welcome after crashes

    The bleeding and battered Tour de France field endured its worst day yet of crashes, a strange and dangerous ordeal in which even a car took out riders.


    Flowers in for Castro as Sox’ backup catcher

    With catcher Ramon Castro out indefinitely after fracturing his right hand and index finger, Tyler Flowers was called up from Class AAA Charlotte to take his roster spot.

    Abby Wambach, left, and goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrate Sunday’s U.S. victory over Brazil.

    U.S. women score thrilling World Cup win

    The U.S. women's soccer team packed an entire World Cup’s worth of theatrics into a 15-minute span by beating Brazil 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie Sunday night.


    Players helped spoil great deal from 1999 NBA lockout
    The NBA lockout is underway and negotiations figure to putter along at about the same pace a basketball loses air. Until the scheduled start of preseason arrives in October, there will be no sense of urgency and, by all accounts, the two sides are miles apart.

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed 5 runs on 10 hits in Sunday’s loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Struggling Sox could use the four days off

    The White Sox stumbled into the all-star break Sunday with a 6-3 loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The only good news? They play in the AL Central.

    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano leans on teammate Blake DeWitt on Sunday while waiting to hit during batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    Cubs dominated by Pirates’ Maholm — again

    Entering the all-star break with the second-worst record in the majors, the Cubs are looking forward to the time off.

    White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn walks back to the dugout Sunday after striking out during the fourth inning against the Twins.

    Sox back to losing ways against Twins

    Anthony Swarzak dominated over six innings, and the Minnesota Twins got back to beating the Chicago White Sox with a 6-3 victory on Sunday.

    When it comes to its terrain, Royal St. George’s is simply like no other.

    Royal St. George’s like ‘golf on the moon’

    When it comes to its terrain, Royal St. George’s is simply like no other.


    Sue Briesch, owner of Wise Women Gallery and Gifts in Lake Zurich

    Art gallery, gift shop grows in Lake Zurich

    Profile ofWise Women gifts in Lake Zurich, "an ongoing permanent art fair open five days a week. We sell meaningful, one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts created by local fine artists and craftspeople in a permanent shop location."


    401(k) can help owner recoup lost business wealth

    You might be able to make up some of the dollars the recession took away. One option is to keep working and rebuild the business. Another is to take a look at your business’ retirement plan.

    Mary Casey-Lockyer

    She’s hooked on disasters on a national scale

    Mary Casey-Lockyer usually arrives at disaster sites after the danger is gone. But at the end of a volunteer stint helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, the nursing supervisor and emergency response coordinator from Palatine was in a plane on the tarmac at the Jackson, Miss., airport when Hurricane Rita was bearing down.

    Deborah Goldring stands in the living room of her Baltimore home. From growing up black in the segregated 1960s, Goldring pulled herself out of poverty and earned a middle-class life -- until the Great Recession.

    Blacks’ economic gains erased by recession

    For many in the black community, job loss during the recession has knocked them out of the middle class and back into poverty.

    LevelUp comes from the folks behind Scvngr (pronounced “scavenger”), a mobile-gaming startup in Cambridge, Mass., created by 22-year-old Princeton dropout Seth Priebatsch. It plans to expand this summer to major markets such as San Francisco, New York and Chicago, the home turf of market leader Groupon.

    LevelUp challenges Groupon’s model with trio of deals

    A new site called LevelUp believes it has a way for restaurants, nail salons and other local businesses to keep people coming back. To drum up repeat business, the company offers consumers a series of three deals, each better than the one before.

    Palestinians shop inside the Khoudari grocery store in Gaza City. Israel eased its blockade of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory a year ago and now allows virtually all consumer goods in. But more than 70 percent of the population relies on food handouts, making fancy chocolates, like any other non-essential goods, a luxury most cannot afford.

    Israel’s easing of blockade helps Gaza’s economy

    Israel eased its blockade of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory a year ago and now allows virtually all consumer goods in, meaning there are no longer acute shortages of foods or basic household items.

    A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges breach of contract by Bank of America NA and subsidiary BAC Home Loans Servicing LP. The suit accuses BAC of disregarding agreements to reduce the monthly mortgage payments of troubled borrowers.

    Borrowers sue over apparent loan modification mishaps

    A growing number of legal complaints accuse banks of disregarding what should be binding agreements to reduce the monthly mortgage payments of troubled borrowers.

    Commuters rush to catch trains at North Station in Boston. By one survey, more than 80 percent of U.S. transit systems had cut service, raised fares or both since the economic downturn started.

    Recession hits transit budgets despite rising need

    The Great Recession and cuts in government subsidies have wreaked havoc on mass transit in America, even as rising gasoline prices mean push up demand for reliable bus, train and subway service in cities big and small.

    Brooke Astor’s son and lawyer were convicted in 2009 of exploiting her failing mind to steal millions from her nearly $200 million fortune. Astor died at 105 in 2007.

    Aging issues can put retirees’ money at risk

    Failing to prepare for the day when growing older hampers your judgment can be costly at an age when more is at stake.

    Graduates of the School of Theology celebrate during Emory University’s commencement ceremony in May in Atlanta. School isn’t over just yet for new college graduates. The next test is figuring out how to repay those student loans.

    5 ways to take control of student loan bills now

    If you don’t think you’ll be able to cover the monthly bills when they start arriving in a few months, here are five options that can make student loan payments more manageable.

    A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last month. Investors are rarely rewarded for being complacent. They certainly weren’t in the spring, and they likely won’t be now that summer is here, and volatility is back in the stock market.

    2Q fund results jolt investors accustomed to gains

    Three months ago, everything seemed to be in place for another quarter of strong mutual fund returns.

    Homeowners accepted into the foreclosure assistance program receive interest rates as low as 2 percent for five years. They can repay their loans over a longer period. The median savings for those who remain in the program is about $526 per month.

    Government eases foreclosure rules for unemployed

    Starting Aug. 1, the Federal Housing Administration will extend the period for unemployed homeowners to miss mortgage payments to a full year from three or four months.

Life & Entertainment

    The Sather Gate is a well-known attraction on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

    Berkeley offes a glimpse of tie-dyed past

    For a one-time hotbed of protest, this liberal college town is pretty chill these days. You're more likely to hear rumblings about the latest in the food revolution than people power. But you can still have a radically good time here.

    The mixture of fine sand and pebbles on Glen Haven beach alongside Lake Michigan in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore earned the top ranking by Stephen Leatherman, known as “Dr. Beach.”

    Sleeping Bear tops Great Lakes beaches

    Partly because of this splendid isolation just a short drive from a busy resort town, Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman — nicknamed “Dr. Beach” — has awarded Sleeping Bear Dunes the top ranking in his initial survey of Great Lakes beaches.

    This is a fine example of the Louis Marx & Co. Doughboy Tank.

    How much is this ‘Doughboy Tank’ worth?

    A reader inquires about the potential worth of a World War I “Doughboy Tank” that is in perfect working order, along with its original box, which is in mint condition.

    Watch re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at the Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

    Weekend picks: Relive the past at Civil War Days

    Watch re-enactments of famous Civil War battles, learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers in their camps and more during the annual Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

    “1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana” is part of the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.

    On the road: Explore eight great Indiana towns

    Visit Hamilton County, Ind., and you get the best of eight towns in one weekend. Just minutes north of Indianapolis, there's a lot to explore in such places as the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers.

    A horse-drawn carriage makes its way on the Mount Washington Auto Road, billed as America’s oldest man-made tourist attraction.

    Rugged Mount Washington road celebrates 150 years

    For 150 years, the steep, narrow eight-mile road to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington has been delighting and scaring the living daylights out of visitors. Special events throughout the summer will help celebrate the anniversary.


    Home repair: Seal or replace black-spotted deck?

    Q. Five years ago our deck was enlarged using composite decking, Home Depot brand. The deck is at ground level on the west side and gets a fair amount of sun. In the spring when the snow melts, large and small black mold or mildew spots are present over the entire deck; a few spots develop during the summer. Every spring the deck is cleaned with a cleaner, which bleaches the spots out after using it on the worst spots two or three times. Should I use a sealer to prevent recurrence? If so, which sealer or alternate solution would you recommend? Or should I replace with a better quality composite decking?

    Retro Kitchen Accessories Museum inside of Jazz’e Junque accessory store in Chicago.

    Chicago store specializes in retro kitchenware
    Looking for Pyrex, red and white enamelware, teapots, character drinkware or cotton tablecloths or aprons for your retro kitchen? Head over to Jazz’e Junque Inc. in Chicago, where you can find literally hundreds of retro items.

    In a 1950s or ’60s home, you don’t have to build a “time capsule” kitchen, but you can still stay true to the style of the original house during a remodeling project. DDS Design Services remodeled this bungalow in Oak Park.

    Remodelers embracing homes’ bygone eras

    Think percolators, not drip coffee pots, and June Cleaver pearls or funky printed window treatments from the “Mad Men” era. What we’re looking at is retro kitchens. Retro is only beginning to make inroads into the Midwest, but it’s a swell trend that’s coming.

    Scripps Howard News Service/DIY Network With high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, you may be able to add a second lavatory sink.

    Ask the plumber: Efficient fixtures may add extra bathroom option

    Q.My wife and I purchased our first home and we're remodeling our old-style master bathroom. We plan on replacing all the present plumbing fixtures, but because of budget requirements we are leaving the existing water and drain lines in place.


    Rental forum: A win-win way to break lease

    Q. We have been renting an apartment for nearly two years. When our lease expired last fall, we signed a new 12-month lease that runs through October. Currently, our adult daughter lives with us and is paying one-third of our total rent. She has decided that she will be moving to her own apartment in early August.


    Aunt finds inner pettiness over godparent choice

    Q. We just got an invitation to the baptism of my seventh nephew on my husband’s side. Once again we were not considered as godparents. I feel snubbed.



    Standard teen driving laws a good idea

    In an editorial, the Daily Herald supports efforts by a local congressman to standaridize state programs across the country in an effort to help teen drivers be safer drivers.


    We are (largely) what we eat

    Who wants to think about our national obesity crisis while we’re trying to enjoy ourselves at the county fair? But it’s not what we eat at the trip to the fair, it’s what we eat every day that matters.


    A nation born in pain

    Sudan’s north and south have been at war, nearly without respite, since 1955 — imagine America’s Civil War lasting half a century. Millions have died from fighting and famine. This area of Northern Bahr el Ghazal was subject to frequent raids to capture slaves — many of whom are still held in captivity by northern tribes. Armed conflict continues along the border.


    Arlington Hts. parade rules being ignored
    I am a rule-abiding citizen and read your headline in Saturday’s paper about not putting out blankets to reserve spots along the parade route. I pulled up on Oakton Street at 6:58 p.m. and there was scarcely a spot left on Dunton — it wqasn’t even 7 p.m.! Luckily we sit on Oakton, but there were plenty of blankets already down there as well.


    Arlington Hts. parade filled with good cheer
    Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made the Arlington Heights Fourth of July Parade such a success. As a marcher with the Wheeling Township Democratic Organization, a special thank you to all the enthusiastic parade viewers who so warmly greeted our group


    End to tax incentive will hurt Illinois
    Every little advantage that our competitors abroad can take, they do — costing us dearly. Ending these tax incentives will hurt our ability to compete, thus costing us jobs and damaging our economic recovery.


    A poignant contrast in governorships
    The neighborhood is sad today. Sad for Rod and Patty and especially their girls, Amy and Annie. But let us not forget that there are some distinguished governors in our history, one of whom is memorialized, ironically, just a few blocks from the Blagojevich residence.


    Take action against pancreatic cancer
    Pancreatic cancer still has a survival rate of just 6 percent and still no early detection tools or effective treatments. In spite of the statistics, the National Cancer Institute allocates only about 2 percent of its $5 billion research budget for pancreatic cancer.


    Keep politics out of July 4th parades
    I would like to applaud the Palatine Jaycees for their refusal to allow a pro-life group to march in the 4th of July parade. If you allow this, you must also allow pro-choice groups to march and it becomes more of a parade of politics more than anything else.


    Not happy with EGV’s recent decisions
    Mayor Johnson’s announcement of hiring a (former) Buffalo Grove village management employee to “temporarily” head the Elk Grove Village Fire Department smacks of politics and interference. However good Mr. Balling’s management and dispatch experience, he has not lived the life, does not claim the loyalty of individuals who put their lives on the line with every call, has no intimate knowledge of the village.


    Palatine busy protecting us ... from what?
    I am so proud to live in Palatine. Our village officials are actively engaged in making certain that people smoking outside are at least 15 feet from any doorway in order to indulge in their “disgusting” habit.


    Des Plaines mayor proud of city’s storm response
    As mayor of the City of Des Plaines, I want to extend a sincere “thank you” to Des Plaines residents, our fire and police department, members of Fire Corps, Citizens on Patrol, the Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency, the Public Works Department and the many city employees and volunteers who worked diligently during the storm of June 21 and the days that followed.


    Barrington residents do NOT want big
    Over the past few decades I have talked to thousands of Barrington residents, all of whom prefer to maintain the quaint charm and character of our town. They do NOT want five or six story buildings.


    Palatine Jaycees president led pro-choice group
    In news accounts and letters to the editor about the palatine Jaycees' decision not to permit an anti-abortion group to march in the July 4th parade with their banner, it was never mentioned that Jaycees President Chrissy Trilling-Raices, was past president of a pro-choice group “Campus for Choice” at the University of Illinois.


    Grateful for Wheeling fundraiser
    I would like to thank all those who participated in our Flag-Tag fundraiser at the Wheeling Sam’s Club, 6/24 — 6/26. First, thank you to all the volunteers, both Vietnam veterans and friends, who donated their time over the three days.


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