Daily Archive : Monday July 11, 2011



    Elgin Walkabout celebrates the arts
    The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission presents the fourth annual “Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet” in downtown Elgin on Saturdays, July 23 and 30.


    Deputy, two workers injured in tent collapse

    A Cook County Sheriff’s deputy and two workers from the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program were injured when powerful winds caused the collapse of a tent under which they had sought cover from Monday morning’s storms.

    A planned strike of the Lauterburg-Oehler Funeral Home in Arlington Heights and three other suburban facilities was postponed Tuesday as workers and management reached a new three-year deal.

    Arlington Heights, Des Plaines funeral workers reach deal

    A planned strike by 16 funeral directors, embalmers and livery drivers at four suburban funeral homes, including ones in Arlington Heights and Des Plaines, failed to materialize Tuesday.

    Plans for a 100-foot cellphone tower at a soccer field at Cannon Crossing Park in Hoffman Estates were approved on Monday.

    Hoffman Estates approves cell tower after T-Mobile lawsuit

    The Hoffman Esatates board reconsiders a cell phone tower plan after T-Mobile filed a lawsuit against their action that blocked the proposal.

    Mary Flores looks over the damage cause by a large Oak tree falling during Monday morning’s storm. Several cars in the driveway of her N. Bellevue Drive home in Round Lake Park were damaged.

    Images: Suburban Storm Damage
    Storms with winds exceeding 60 miles per hour moved through the suburbs Monday morning causing scattered power outages, road closures and downed trees.


    District 300 gets Preschool For All grant

    Community Unit District 300 will recall all aides and teachers from the Preschool for All program who were pink slipped in May.


    No sprinkler requirement in new Arlington Hts. homes

    Sprinklers should not be required in new single-family homes, the Arlington heights Village Board decided Monday night.

    Mary Flores looks over the damage cause by a large Oak tree falling during Monday morning's storm. Several cars in the driveway of her N. Bellevue Drive home in Round Lake Park were damaged.

    440,000 still without power out of 868,000 at peak

    ComEd says Monday's storms left the utility with its highest number of outages since it began using its current method of recordkeeping: 868,000 customers. It could take days to restore power to everyone.


    St. Charles rethinking rules for downtown businesses

    St. Charles may usher in more office space downtown to fill empty storefronts. But alderman fear a long-term loss of sales tax dollars.

    Police officials investigate the scene of a standoff Monday morning in the 900 block of Cedar Lake Road in Round Lake Beach.

    Man charged after Round Lake Beach standoff

    At least one person was arrested during an armed standoff in Round Lake Beach early Monday morning, police said.


    Overheated generator sparks fire on Glenbard East roof

    A generator which had been running since Glenbard East High School lost power Monday morning, overheated sparking a minor fire on the school's roof Monday evening, according to fire officials.

    The First United Methodist Church is holding weekly services at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights while its sanctuary is being rebuilt. The move has brought new life to the services, members say.

    Arlington Heights church at home in Metropolis theater

    Members of the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights added liturgical dance to their weekly worship service on Sunday. And why not? For the last six weeks, they have met at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights — in a space built for music and dance.

    Power lines were snapped on Kennicott Avenue at Wing Street in Arlington Heights after a thunderstorm producing winds reported at 70 mph Monday morning.

    Northwest suburbs struggle with more outages

    Thousands in the Northwest suburbs are without power after the severe storms. For many of them, especially in Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect, the outages are a repeat of last month.


    Funeral homes facing strikes vandalized overnight

    Three of four suburban funeral homes whose workers are planning to strike on Tuesday were vandalized overnight Sunday, causing extensive damage to the buildings, according to their owner.

    Danny Andersen, 12 of Homer Glen, gets a piece of the ball on a pitch from Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen worked with kids attending the Bulls/Sox Academy in Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

    Guillen teaches life lessons at Glen Ellyn clinic

    Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen spent part of Monday working with young baseball players in Glen Ellyn and Lisle and imparting lessons about both life and the game.


    Armed men tie up Lake Forest house sitter

    Three masked men, two with hanguns, broke into a Lake Forest home early Friday morning and tied up a house sitter, according to police.

    Many trees were damaged Monday morning during a fast-moving storm that raced through the region, including these in a yard on North Main Street in Wheaton.

    DuPage cleaning up in storm’s wake

    DuPage County residents are cleaning up in the wake of a storm that roared through the area Monday morning, knocking out power to more than 36,500 customers, ripping the roof off an apartment building near Willowbrook and downing countless trees.

    Round Lake Park resident Linda Whitmore surveys the damage after a tree hit her Clifton Road home Monday morning following the severe storm that blew through Lake County.

    Cleanup could take weeks in Lake County

    Cooling centers were opened in some areas and Lake County authorities put in a call to the state for help in clearing debris scattered far and wide in the aftermath of a quick but wicked storm Monday morning that packed winds of up to 75 mph.


    What food should you save, throw out after power's gone?

    What refrigerated and frozen foods can be saved, and which ones should be thrown out, after power's been out?

    No one knows for sure how several 5-inch fish ended up on a Buffalo Grove driveway after Monday’s storm.

    Story of ‘raining fish’ ends the way most fish tales do

    While newspaper people long to write a "It's raining fish" headline, that's not the meteorolgist's explanation of how two small fish ended up on a Buffalo Grove driveway after Monday's storm.


    Maine group promotes limited kid privacy

    Results from the 2010 Illinois Youth Survey indicate that kids are less likely to engage in risky behavior such as drinking alcohol, using drugs or smoking cigarettes if they think they might get caught.


    Veterans official speaks in Streamwood

    Dan Grant, the director of Illinois Veterans’ Affairs, will speak to VFW Post 5151 in Streamwood at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at 520 S. Bartlett Road.

    A large tree destroyed the bedroom of a home on Ellsworth Street in Crystal Lake early Monday. The homeowner had just left the house.

    Cary, Crystal Lake feel storms worst in the Fox Valley

    The greatest damage in the Fox Valley from Monday morning’s storms came in McHenry County, with various municipalities reporting problems of their own. Cary and Crystal Lake were among the hardest hit areas.

    The union has signs ready for when 16 funeral directors, embalmers and livery drivers from four suburban funeral homes go on strike.

    Funerals to go on despite strike

    Funeral directors, embalmers and drivers at four suburban funeral homes will go on strike Tuesday, but the corporation that owns the homes says there will be no service interruptions for families.


    Arboretum offers tips for damaged trees

    An expert from the Morton Arboretum in Lisle explains what to do if your tree was damaged in Monday morning's storm.

    Robert Breuder

    Clock ticking on new buildings at COD

    College of DuPage President Robert Breuder remains confident that an estimated 1,000 students will be able to take classes at new buildings on campus starting Aug. 22. But an ongoing debate with Glen Ellyn officials could put those plans on hold.


    Piano Man performs Thursday in Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District are bringing Piano Man, a tribute artist to Elton John and Billy Joel, to perform 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Hoffman Estates.


    Classic car show in Libertyville

    Cars 25 years and older will line Church Street in downtown Libertyville on Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. for MainStreet Libertyville’s third Car Fun on 21 classic car show of the summer season. Organizers invite car buffs to stroll around and admire the “mint condition” cars, grab a bite to eat and listen to music from the Downhome Sophisticates.


    ComEd text alerts get mixed reviews

    Some ComEd customers express frustration with ComEd's text alert system, saying they didn't receive any text notices following Monday's massive outage.

    Firefighters are probing the cause of an early morning blaze Monday that displaced more than 50 residents from Aspen Ridge Apartments on the 500 block of Carriage Drive in West Chicago. Officials said no residents were hurt, but one firefighter was treated for a slight injury.

    Six-alarm blaze ravages West Chicago apartment complex

    Firefighters were investigating a six-alarm blaze that displaced more than 50 residents, including about 30 children, from a West Chicago apartment building early Monday. Crews from more than 20 departments responded about 2:20 a.m. as flames tore through the 24-unit building at Aspen Ridge Apartments on the 500 block of Carriage Drive. No residents were hurt, officials said, but one firefighter...

    From left, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado and French Finance Minister Francois Baroin prepare to sign a copy of the ‘European Stability Mechanism’ in Brussels on Monday. European officials are trying to work out a strategy to prevent the eurozone’s debt crisis from spilling over into bigger economies.

    Stocks sink on fresh fears about global economy

    Concerns that the European debt crisis may be widening helped sink stocks Monday.

    Jack Cook

    Elgin park to honor past forest preserve president

    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners already have voted to honor the late Jack Cook in the naming of a park on Plank Road in Elgin. Now it’s the city’s turn to do the same. Elgin City Council members will consider officially naming the park the Jack E. Cook Park and Forest Preserve at their committee of the whole meeting Wednesday. Elgin purchased the 224-acre parcel in 2006 and...


    Des Plaines library may cancel “Do the Dewey” fundraiser

    The Des Plaines Public Library may put an end to its annual “Do the Dewey” fundraiser after calculating that the cost of putting on the event exceeds the money it’s collected.

    Ricardo Robledo-Espino

    Expert: abuse caused Elgin baby’s broken legs

    A radiologist testified Monday that the two broken legs that an eight-week-old Elgin girl suffered in spring 2010 were not self inflicted or the result of an accident. “Multiple fractures are more suggestive of child abuse,” said Jennifer Lim-Dunham, a radiologist at Loyola University Medical Center. The victim’s father, Richardo Robledo-Espino, 29, of the 300 block of McClure Avenue, is on trial...


    Police reports

    • Zachary Fournier, 18, of the 600 block of South Third Street in West Dundee, and Anthony T. Lira, 17, of the 200 block of Webster Street in Algonquin, both appeared in adult bond court Monday on felony charges of burglary to motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges of trespass to motor vehicle, according to court documents. The young men were arrested after entering two vehicles early Monday...


    Police reports

    • A desktop computer, an Xbox 360 Elite, a stereo, four speakers, a pearl necklace and a gold bracelet were stolen between 6 p.m. June 30 and 1:04 p.m. July 3 from a home in the 38W400 block of North Lakeview Circle near St. Charles, reports said.


    Waukegan school president resigns

    lake county news digest for tuesday, july 12.

    Nanci Radford

    District 116 moves to planning phase for student health center

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials have approved starting the planning process for a school-based health center that initially would target older students.


    Mooseheart annexation pact nearing finish

    Mooseheart and Batavia officials are close to an annexation agreement, but one matter remains: whether to require a conservation easement on land in the middle of the project.

    Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), left, must confront Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.” Some suburban theaters will be holding “Harry Potter” marathons before the premiere of “Part 2” Friday.

    2 nights, 8 ‘Potter' flicks in Gurnee

    Marcus Theatres in Gurnee will host a marathon of the seven Harry Potter movies before the eighth and final film opens Friday. And the Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles will show "Part 1" Thursday in advance of the premiere of "Part 2."


    Man charged with 5th DUI — in stolen car

    Tommy J. Droulias, 40, of Westchester is arrested in South Elgin over the weekend and charged with his fifth DUI, assaulting a cop, endangering the lives of two minor passengers in his vehicle, which authorities say is stolen. Droulias is due in court on July 28 and faces up to 15 years behind bars.

    Illinois tollway officials are pondering what major project to undertake next. Included in the choices is fixing the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.

    Tell tollway what road project you want adopted

    Have your say on what the Illinois tollway’s next big project should be at three upcoming suburban forums.The agency is at a crossroads, with its $6.3 billion congestion relief program wrapping up. Meanwhile, there’s a host of infrastructure needs out there and limited cash.

    Jeffrey S. Fisher

    Carol Stream man charged in fatal crash

    A Carol Stream man is faces up to seven years in prison after officials said he drove through train gates and caused an accident that killed his 30-year-old girlfriend over the Fourth of July weekend.


    Elgin gang unit investigates Sunday shooting

    The Elgin police department's gang unit is investigating the Sunday evening shooting death of a 34-year-old man.


    Agent testifies at bail hearing for Bulger's lover

    A bail hearing for the longtime girlfriend of former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger has featured testimony from an FBI agent about several calls the couple made to people in Boston while they were on the run.


    24K visitor passes distributed for 9/11 memorial

    More than 24,000 visitor passes to the new Sept. 11 memorial are gone — distributed Monday in just the first hours after the ticket website went live.

    From left, Claire Latourette plays Millie, Brent Groharing plays Jimmy Smith, Allison Kramer plays Muzzy van Hossmere, Samantha Callahan plays Miss Dorothy Brown, and Riley Brady plays Mrs. Meers in The King’s Players presentation of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” July 21-24 at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

    ‘Modern Millie’ cast to perform at Mt. Prospect shop

    The cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be featured at Cappanari Ice Cream from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 14, to promote the King’s Players upcoming show.

    Siobhan Carroll, of Arlington Heights, will be representing Chicago’s Irish community in next month’s finals of the Rose of Tralee in Ireland. Carroll is one of 32 finalists from all over the world chosen for the finals.

    Arlington Heights Irish “Rose” gains fame on Emerald Isle

    Most days, Siobhan Carroll of Arlington Heights works quietly upstairs in the administration department of the Wellness Center at Northwest Community Hospital.Consequently, few of its thousands of patrons know of her fame — across the sea, in Ireland.

    Car enthusiasts are invited to this month’s summer cruise night on Tuesday, July 12, in Algonquin.

    Cruise on over to cruise night in Algonquin

    The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce is ready to “rev” up the community with this month’s summer cruise night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.


    ATF to require gunbuyer information on border

    In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced Monday that all gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles.


    Ill. union to picket over Quinn canceling raises

    State workers plan to picket at government buildings across Illinois to protest Gov. Pat Quinn's attempt to cancel their raises.


    Chicago airports see storm delays, cancellations

    Severe thunderstorms in the Chicago area Monday morning caused delays and flight cancellations that have rippled through the day.


    US: No damage in NKorea chairing disarmament body

    The U.S. has no plans to make a big deal of North Korea becoming the new head of a global disarmament body.


    Science seeks ways to take sting out of sunburn

    If you've hit the beach, chances are you've experienced an unfortunate rite of summer: The sunburn. Skin so swollen it hurts to bend. The heat that rises from reddened shoulders. The "ow, ow, ow" from the shower after you'd thought the pain had faded.


    Obama says 'eat our peas' and pea growers agree

    President Barack Obama may not have won a political consensus on how to trim the budget, but he's getting quick agreement from the nation's pea growers.


    7 hurt when festival tent collapses in severe wind

    Officials in a southwest Chicago suburb say seven workers were hurt Monday when strong winds mowed down a large festival tent during a cleanup operation.

    From left, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado and French Finance Minister Francois Baroin prepare to sign a copy of the “European Stability Mechanism” at the EU Council building in Brussels Monday.

    Eurozone seeks to stop crisis from reaching Italy

    European officials tried Monday to prevent the eurozone’s debt crisis from spilling over into bigger economies such as Italy and Spain, as disagreements delayed a second bailout for Greece.

    James Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp. Europe and Asia, leaves News International’s office in London on Monday. The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire exploded in several directions Monday.

    Murdoch empire scandal spread to new papers

    The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire exploded in several directions Monday, with fresh reports of phone hacking attacks against some of the nation’s most powerful figures, including royals and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


    Stun gun found in commercial jet

    It does not appear a stun gun found aboard a JetBlue plane that landed late Friday in Newark was intended to be used in an attack, an FBI spokesman said Monday.

    Israeli left wing activists hold signs as they demonstrate against the suggested boycott law, in front of the Justice ministry in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 10, 2011. The Israeli parliament is bracing for a fiery debate over a bill that allow damage suits against Israelis who call for boycotting West Bank settlements. The signs read in Hebrew: " Peace Now", " Fighting the Government of Darkness", The Right Silent Me" .

    US, Mideast mediators meet with low expectations

    The United States and other Mideast mediators meet Monday in Washington, with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in shambles and an upcoming U.N. confrontation over whether to recognize Palestine as an independent country only likely to make the decades-old deadlock even more intractable.


    Coroner: Heat blamed in southwestern Ill. death

    The sweltering summer temperatures that have gripped the Midwest are being blamed in the suspected heat-stroke death of a 51-year-old man in southwestern Illinois.


    Ill. State University giving most employees raises

    Illinois State University President Al Bowman says about 2,200 of the school's employees will get merit-based raises that average 3 percent.


    State ends Catholic Charities adoption contracts

    Illinois officials say they won't renew foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities.


    Young boy jailed in central Illinois woman's death

    Authorities in central Illinois have arrested a young boy in the weekend shooting death of a 39-year-old woman.


    Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the state's new civil unions law in a dispute over adoptions with Catholic Charities.


    Lake County board reviews proposed court fees

    People convicted of most crimes in Lake County would face $10 in new fees to help fund court-related programs, according to a proposal before the county board.


    Send us your storm photos!

    We'd like to see what the storms have done to your house or neighborhood and perhaps include them in a special storm photo gallery. Email them to Richard Battin an online editor at dailyherald.com


    Elgin Walkabout celebrates the arts
    The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission presents the fourth annual “Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet” in downtown Elgin Saturdays, July 16, 23 and 30.


    Quill hails court ruling on construction program

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hailing a ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold a law creating a $31 billion statewide construction program.

    Ken Black of Roselle walks down the hall with Joey Sandoval, 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, where Joey is enrolled in summer camp. Joey’s mentor, Black, started the Adults Involved in Mentoring Students while working with the senior ministry at the church nine years ago. AIMS now serves students in five elementary districts, Lake Park High School District 108 and Trinity Lutheran School.

    Roselle mentor makes a difference in students’ lives
    Nine years ago, Ken Black of Roselle started the mentoring program that serves Lake Park High School and its feeder districts. The program matches students who need some extra attention with adult mentors, who meet with them weekly. Now he's ready to turn over the reins of the program.

    Michael Rea’s sculptural depiction of a professional video camera is titled “Super Porn” and will be on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum through Sept. 4.

    Sculptor reworks pop culture symbols in Elmhurst exhibit

    Chicago artist Michael Rea has an exhibit titled "Soiree" at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Rea specializes in larger than life sculptures made of unfinished wood.


    Wirtz: Ill. now 'saddled' with unfair taxes

    The company that challenged Illinois' $31 billion construction program says it's disappointed by its failure at the state Supreme Court.


    Woman admits plot to steal customers' ID info

    A worker at a dental business faces up to a year in federal prison after she admitted giving customers' personal information to a relative who used it to get credit cards in her name.


    Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity joins umbrella group

    Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is among eight Chicago-area Habitats affiliates that have joined to create Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity.


    Library offers free music downloads

    Vernon Area Public Library District patrons can download free music for their computers and portable devices with a service called Freegal.


    Unions: Workers relieved by construction ruling

    Union officials say Illinois workers should welcome a court ruling that upholds a massive statewide construction program.


    Shrine club's treasurer accused of theft

    The treasurer of a southern Illinois Shrine club is accused of pilfering more than $12,000 from the organization.

    Sammy Skobel is seen here in his “Hot Dogs Plus” restaurant, formerly on the Northwest corner of Busse Ave. and Main St., wearing the famous T-shirt that has been reissued by the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

    Classic T-shirt sales to benefit historical society

    To help residents cool off in style this summer, the Mount Prospect Historical Society has teamed up with a local legend. The Society recently announced its reissue of the classic T-shirt from Sammy Skobel's “Hot Dogs Plus.” This former fixture of the community was recreated with the approval and assistance of Sammy and Vee Skobel themselves.


    Grocery giveaway puts local farming in the spotlight

    The Illinois Farm Bureau is connecting consumers and producers with a sweepstakes featuring "family" farmers. The prize? A year of groceries. Three of the farmers featured in the contest are from Kane County.


    Court rules Ill. public works plan is legal

    The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously upheld a law Monday that created a $31 billion statewide construction program, rejecting arguments that lawmakers improperly mixed together different issues in a single piece of legislation.

    Characters Rose Arnott, left, and Lotty Wilton, interview Lady Caroline Bramble in the Harper production of “Enchanted April” directed by Kevin Long

    Together again: Theatrical couple back on stage in ‘Enchanted April'

    The Harper College production of the English romantic comedy, "Enchanted April,” will be performed July 19-21 and 26-28, in the Drama Lab, Building L, Room L109, of Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.


    US to protest Syria embassy attack

    The Obama administration will formally protest Monday's attack on the American embassy in Syria and may seek compensation for damage caused when a mob breached the wall of the compound before being dispersed by U.S. Marine guard.


    Lack of water blamed in Milwaukee runner collapses

    Sweltering heat and a shortage of water marred the Milwaukee Summerfest's inaugural Rock 'n Sole run on Sunday, when several runners collapsed and were taken to hospitals.


    US envoy target of pro-government Syrian protest

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. says pro-government demonstrators in the Syrian capital threw tomatoes, eggs and rocks at the U.S. Embassy to protest Ambassador Robert Ford's visit to the besieged rebel stronghold of Hama.

    Chez Reavie reacts after missing a putt on the eighteenth green during the final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament at TPC Deere Run Sunday in Silvis, Ill. Reavie finished tied 5th.

    Stricker wins Deere Classic for 3rd straight year

    Steve Stricker holed a 25-foot putt from off the 18th green to win the John Deere Classic for the third straight year. The shot that set it up was one to remember, too.

    At left, Palatine Gurudwara displayed its presence in the village of Palatine’s Independence Day Parade with a colorfully decorated float. At right, Sikh men, women, and children of all ages dressed in ethnic dresses march in the parade. The colorful turbans and women’s dupattas stood out in the parade.

    Sikh Religious Society participates in Fourth of July parade

    Sikh Religious Society of Chicago Palatine Gurudwara organized the participation of its community members in the Independence Day parade Saturday, July 2, in the village of Palatine. This annual parade with more than 80 entries was organized by the Palatine Jaycees.

    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.

    A Pakistani army soldier fires an artillery shell toward a target at a forward base during a military operation against militants in Pakistan's Khurram tribal region, Saturday, July 9, 2011. "A military operation in Kurram tribal region has been launched to clear the area of terrorists involved in all kinds of terrorist activities, including kidnapping and killing of locals, suicide attacks and blocking the road connecting Lower with upper Kurram," Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said.

    Tough line: US suspends military aid to Pakistan

    The Obama administration's decision to suspend $800 million in aid to the Pakistan's military signals a tougher U.S. line with a critical but sometimes unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism.

    In this photo provided by NBC News Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty speaks on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington, Sunday, July 10, 2011.

    Pawlenty blasts Bachmann's 'nonexistent' record

    Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Sunday that 2012 rival Michele Bachmann has a "nonexistent" record of accomplishment during her three terms in Congress.


    Ill. comptroller promoting pet adoption on website

    The Illinois comptroller is using her state website to help find new owners for homeless dogs and cats.


    SPOTLIGHT: Illinois wineries more than just wine

    In the garden of an old house where insurance once was sold are dozens of people enjoying the pairing of bocce ball and wine in what's now part of the Walnut Street Winery plus Saunas in Rochester.


    Mo. man drowns in southern Ill.'s Rend Lake

    Authorities in southern Illinois say a 62-year-old man was the second person in 10 days to drown in Rend Lake's Sandusky Beach area.

    Sara Davis, 9, who lives near Downers Grove, displays her SPARR wristband, which alerts people to call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office if she ever gets lost.

    Missing persons programs give families peace of mind

    The DuPage County sheriff's office and other police agencies across the suburbs are turning to pre-emptive missing persons programs to help those with special needs before misfortune strikes.

    Texting while driving is against the law in Illinois - and perhaps soon nationally, if one congresswoman gets her way - but that didn't stop dozens of drivers in Naperville from doing it, according to one high school class' study.

    Keeping eyes on road harder than it seems

    A pledge to avoid the cell phone and all other distractions behind the wheel didn't go so well. But under one congresswoman's plan, the law, not willpower, will stop drivers from texting, yakking on the phone or updating Facebook.


    Want to know more?
    Where to go for more information on missing persons programs in DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.

    One issue with transferring ownership of more of the Settler’s Hill Landfill from Kane County to the Kane County Forest Preserve District is the potential liability of taking on land that until recently was a working landfill.

    Landfill liability blocking Kane Co. golf course improvement

    A practice area with a driving range could be coming to the Settler's Hill golf course if only commissioners can make the right deal with themselves. Settler's Hill Golf Course is owned by the Kane County Forest Preserve District. But the rest of the former landfill, and all its liabilities, is owned by the county.

    The Glen A. Lloyd House, built in 1936, is the estate house in the Lloyd’s Woods portion of the Captain Daniel Wright Woods forest preserve near Mettawa.

    Demolition pending for Lloyd house

    A hidden estate in the woods near Mettawa, regarded as a significant early work of a master architect, will be demolished.

    Construction work on I-290 between I-355 and York Road last year.

    Help tollway pick project priorities
    weekly transpo column

    Alaa Jassim, a member of the library restoration staff, works on a damaged document at the Iraqi National Library in Baghdad.

    Tug-of-war over Iraqi Jewish trove in U.S. hands

    A trove of Jewish books and other materials, rescued from a sewage-filled Baghdad basement, was sent to the U.S. for safekeeping and restoration. Now, Iraqi officials want back.

    Anna Osowski, left, 12, from Barrington and Abby Moran, 11 from Rolling Meadows, perform a series of back flips for the crowd during the annual Palatine Jaycees Independence Day Parade Saturday morning.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This installment of the Week in Pictures photo gallery features images from around the Chicago suburbs including festivals, fireworks, parades and other events.



Life & Entertainment

    The Chicago area has miles and miles of trails for cycling enthusiasts to enjoy.

    Suburban trails a wheel deal for cycling fans

    While summer may be the prime time for bike riding, some enthusiasts enjoy area trails no matter the season or the weather. In fact to the delight of cycling fans, the number of bike trails has increased in Chicago and its suburbs, especially in the last 20 years.

    Layers of eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, peppers, herbs and goat cheese come together in 3 Vines' ratatouille. Enjoy it with Neal's Yard Dairy Stilton cheese and the proper wine.

    Wine and dine at sophisticated 3 Vines

    Lovers of food and wine will find much to like at 3 Vines, a surprisingly urban wine bar and contemporary American café in the quiet environs of Sleepy Hollow.

    British soccer player David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, shown here at the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, welcomed a baby girl Sunday.

    Beckhams welcome a baby girl

    David Beckham's spokesman said that the soccer star's wife, Victoria, has given birth to a healthy baby girl on Sunday.

    Kate Hudson and her fiance, Matt Bellamy, welcomed a baby boy Saturday.

    It's a boy for Kate Hudson, rocker fiance Bellamy

    Kate Hudson is a mom again, and the father is another rocker. Hudson's rep said Sunday that Hudson and fiance Matt Bellamy, singer with the British band Muse, are new parents.

    See Harry Potter and Voldemort battle it out in a movie marathon at Marcus Theatres in Gurnee before the screening of the final movie in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2."

    Gurnee's Marcus Theatre to host 'Potter' marathon

    Marcus Theatres in Gurnee and Orland Park and five other states plan to host a marathon of seven Harry Potter movies before the eighth and final one opens Friday.

    Darek Hendrych, 29, gets ready to jump off the 10-foot obstacle he just climbed at Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Va.

    Extreme training pushes competitors to the brink

    How does it feel to sprint with a medicine ball, vault over a trio of boxes, scurry through a tunnel, pull yourself over two pommel horses, climb a cargo net, hoist a sandbag while ascending a flight of stairs, run up an 8-foot wall and then flip a tractor tire 10 times?

    Michael Todd, bass player for Coheed and Cambria, was arrested Sunday and charged with robbing a pharmacy of prescription painkillers just hours before a show.

    Rocker accused of pharmacy robbery before show

    The bass player for the rock band Coheed and Cambria has been arrested and charged with robbing a Massachusetts pharmacy of prescription painkillers just hours before a show.

    Landscape designer John Staab stands under an arch of pear trees in the Barrington Hills potager. The first work he did for Vicky and John Wauterlek on their 10 acres was in 1985 when he was an intern.

    Landscape architect creates an award-winning potager

    “Potager” sounds fancier than “vegetable garden.” And not just because the word is French. Traditionally, these plots feature cutting flowers, fruit trees and berries as well as vegetables.

    Little Feat heads to Lincolnshire’s Viper Alley for a July 13 show.

    Little Feat jamming to Viper Alley

    After four decades, Little Feat still maintains its loose jam-based style and offbeat sense of humor. Fans can see for themselves when the band plays Viper Alley in Lincolnshire July 13.

    Kyra Sedgwick feels it's time to end her run as LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in TNT's “The Closer,” which begins its new season Monday.

    Kyra Sedgwick opens last season of ‘The Closer'

    Take heart, fans of “The Closer.” A new season of 10 weekly episodes begins at 8 p.m. Monday. But for Kyra Sedgwick, who stars as LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the end is in her sights and on her mind.


    Classic recollections: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

    The 1950s were infatuated with wild and whimsical dreams of air and space exploration. If ever a car capitalized on this fascination with rocketry and orbital flight, it was the ’59 Cadillac.


    Stroke patients’ intense rehab brings big gains, study finds

    The nation’s largest stroke rehabilitation study, conducted by the University of Florida, supports what one young stroke patient learned: People can benefit from physical therapy long after a stroke.


    Soup diet ahead for octogenarian?

    The drug Coreg identifies periodontitis as a potential side effect. This disorder occurs when inflammation and infection of the gums is delayed or remains left untreated.


    It’s calories vs. content when it comes to diet

    We may think that our bodies run by burning nutrients, not calories. Nutrients are substances your body absorbs from the foods you eat to create energy so you can thrive.

    Wearing sunglasses can protect children from harmful UV exposure.

    Eyeball sunglasses for best UV protection

    We all know the importance of guarding your skin with sunscreen, but what about protecting your eyes on these long, bright summer days? “We should all be protecting our eyes from both visible light and UV light, throughout our lifetimes, because (sun exposure) can damage structures in the cornea, the lens of the eye and the retina, as well as the skin around the eyes or eyelids,” says Michael Repka, a professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    Young woman skipping

    Your health: Jump to it
    Jumping rope, a favorite childhood past time, can be used by adults for a great cardio workout. To get that heart pumping, jump rope in a jogging motion by switching your feet with every rotation or the rope and try to pick up speed.



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