Daily Archive : Tuesday July 19, 2011

News

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    Man dies after 40-foot fall in Lake Zurich

    A DeKalb man died at a Lake Zurich construction site Monday morning after falling about 40 feet. James Vaughn, 52, was working on a major warehouse addition to a manufacturing plant at 505 Oakwood Road, not far from Lake Zurich High School.

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    Camp counselor Karli Sayner dumps a bucket of water on Emma Ramirez, 9, of Batavia as kids from the Geneva Park District's "Adventure Camp" cool off at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Tuesday. The camp offers two-week sessions during the summer and they spend each Tuesday visiting a different park in the area.

    Local camps keep kids safe with A/C, water

    The heat is forcing suburban park officials to find safer places for kids in summer camps: Indoor dodgeball in Itasca, a water theme in Elgin, indoor rotations in Barrington and Arlington Heights, and "drip, drip, drench" in Lake County.

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    Lance Adams III

    Elgin cop accused of attacking amusement park workers

    Elgin police confirmed Tuesday putting a veteran cop on restricted duty after his weekend arrest on an assault charge at a Michigan amusement park. Officer Lance Adams III, 50, of Huntley, and his nephew each face a misdemeanor assault charge in Muskegon County. County police say Adams on Saturday night attacked a pair of workers at Michigan Adventure after the workers, believing he was drunk,...

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    Lake County Fielders pitcher Ryan Gunderson throws during a game against the Chico Outlaws last week in Zion.

    Lake County Fielders announcer quits on air

    Lake County Fielders radio announcer Qumar Zaman quit on the air as part of a rant the team had not paid all he's owed. The Fielders counter Zaman was paid in full when he quit. It's just the latest twist for the second-year minor league team.

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    Kane County decides against rooster regulations

    A Kane County Board committee decided Tuesday it won't put any new restrictions on rooster ownership. A fight between South Elgin neighbors about a gaggle of roosters one of them owns created the idea for new limits. But when 4-H fans turned out Tuesday to denounce new limits the committee decided one isolated problem was nothing to crow about.

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    President Barack Obama discusses continuing budget talks Tuesday in the the briefing room of the White House. He praised a bipartisan debt reduction plan taking shape in the Senate.

    House passes strict debt reduction plan

    Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened government default.

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    A Gordmans store is set to open Thursday at Algonquin Commons.

    New discount store to open in Algonquin

    Gordman's store is set to open soon in Algonquin Commons. Gordmans, based in Nebraska, is an off-price department store that sells name brands at discounted prices. It is something akin to a TJ Maxx or Marshalls, but on a bigger scale.

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    Muslim Community Association of the Western Suburbs hopes to build a 43000-square-foot mosque near Lombard.

    Muslim group tweaks Lombard mosque plan

    A group hoping to build a mosque near Lombard has revised its plan in an effort to eliminate concerns about traffic congestion. DuPage County Board members could vote as soon as next week on Muslim Community Association of the Western Suburbs' proposal.

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    Morgan Bollech, 16, of Kingston, tends her cows Monday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Her grandparents own Sum-Daze Holsteins, and they brought 11 cows to the fair.

    Kane County Fair ready to open Wednesday

    The smell of dust, sweat, farm animals and funnel cakes isn't all that will fill the air at the Kane County Fair and Festival. New this year, the fair, which opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday, will host an Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest.

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    Carpentersville trustee unable to overturn 2-dog rule

    One trustee’s move to lift restrictions on the number of dogs Carpentersville residents are allowed to have, rolled over and played dead. As a result, residents living in single-family homes are still restricted to two dogs older than six months.

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    Beaver Pond flooded into surrounding houses’ driveways and yards in 2008. Now the Bartlett Park District will be allowed to add fishing piers, a pavilion, horseshoe pits, a bike path, parking spaces and portable restrooms to Beaver Pond.

    Bartlett OKs Beaver Pond renovations; residents object

    The Bartlett village board approved renovations to Beaver Pond on Tuesday, avoiding a legal showdown with the park district but disappointing many nearby residents. Fishing piers, a pavilion, horseshoe pits, a bike path, parking spaces and portable restrooms will be added.

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    Blake Hadley

    Police say teen killed parents, then partied

    Neighbors knew Tyler Hadley as a polite and respectful teen who played basketball with his father in the driveway and built forts of junked wood as a kid not as someone who could kill his parents and throw a party while their bodies lay tucked beneath towels.

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    Arrests made in PayPal cyberattack

    Fourteen people were arrested Tuesday for allegedly mounting a cyberattack on the website of PayPal in retaliation for its suspending the accounts of WikiLeaks.

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    McHenry County Board votes to clarify ordinance

    The McHenry County Board voted on Tuesday to change the language of the ordinance that spells out the county administrator’s duties, partly in hopes of preventing any future repeats of a 2008 controversy over a department head’s firing.

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    Blaze ravages Lake Barrington home

    A large house fire burned for nearly two hours Tuesday night in Lake Barrington, significantly damaging the vacant home, officials said.

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    Construction of a platform tennis warming hut at Maryknoll Park is expected to restart after the Glen Ellyn Park District board voted Tuesday to lift suspension of the work.

    Glen Ellyn tennis warming hut gets funding

    Construction of a 1,200-square-foot platform tennis warming hut in Glen Ellyn will restart now that additional donations have been secured to fund the project.

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    Mundelein High School to expand surveillance system

    Police officers will be able to access Mundelein High School’s video surveillance system from their squad cars through wireless equipment the school board agreed to buy Tuesday night.

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    People cross the skybridge from the parking garage as motorists are turned away Monday because the Rivers Casino was at capacity on opening day in Des Plaines.

    Des Plaines casino calmer after Monday frenzy

    Traffic was more manageable Tuesday around the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines compared to Monday’s mad rush as thousands made a beeline for the grand opening.

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    Aurora seeks drag racing deterrent

    A few rings of drag racers have found a course on an industrial street on Aurora’s east side, but Aurora police and a city council committee are exploring ways to keep the drag racers away.

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    "Harry Potter" actor Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, will meet fans Friday through Sunday at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville.

    Harry Potter villain coming to Naperville

    As Harry Potter fans say their final farewell to the franchise, they can also have their last words this weekend with Harry's nemesis, Draco Malfoy. Actor Tom Felton will meet with fans Friday through Sunday at Hollywood Palms and Hollywood Boulevard Cinemas in Naperville and Woodridge.

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    At least two DuPage County judges say they oppose a proposal to close the county's youth home in Wheaton and transfer detainees to a facility in Kane County.

    Judge: 'Disastrous' to close DuPage youth home

    Another DuPage County judge has come out to publicly oppose a proposal to shutter the county's youth home.

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    Police search for man who beat, robbed track employee

    Arlington Heights police said they are searching for an Arlington Park racetrack employee who may have committed a robbery of another employee early Tuesday morning.

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    Missing Chicago man’s body identified

    Kankakee County authorities have identified a body found in a field two years ago as that of a former Chicago resident who disappeared in 2008.

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    12,000 lose power in DuPage County

    More than 12,000 west suburban ComEd customers lost power for about two hours tonight as hot and humid temperatures hovered around 90 degrees.

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    Chicago shooting kills 1, wounds 2

    Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and two others, including an elderly man, wounded on Chicago’s South Side.

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    Mark R. Lewis

    Brother of Naperville homicide victim found in Florida

    The brother of a murdered 59-year-old Naperville woman is being detained in Florida, police said Tuesday. Mark R. Lewis, 51, of Lakemoor was being held in the Escambia County jail near Pensacola, Fla., pending extradition back to Illinois, Naperville police said.

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    Cool air off Lake Michigan filters through as fog in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

    It’s too foggy to swim in Chicago

    It may be hot in Chicago, but cooling off in Lake Michigan isn’t an option. Chicago Park District officials issued a swim ban at the city’s beaches Tuesday because of fog. Authorities say lifeguards determined that they couldn’t keep swimmers safe.

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    Downtown Palatine to host sidewalk sales July 21-23

    The Downtown Palatine Business Association has organized three consecutive days of sidewalk sales beginning Thursday. Many local businesses in the village’s downtown area will be participating by offering various deals.

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    Inmate Johnathan Pinney wants the U.S. to grant him uninhabited land to start a new nation as compensation for, he says, repeatedly violating his rights.

    Prisoner demands land to start own country

    An Illinois prisoner in Dixon has filed a lawsuit with an eye-popping demand: He wants his own country.

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    United passenger indicted over diverted flight

    A college student accused of disrupting a flight headed from Chicago to Germany has been indicted in federal court in Cleveland on one count of interfering with a flight crew member or attendant.

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    Don Worden, 79, poses with his tennis racket outside his home Tuesday in Chicago. Healthy, active seniors enduring this week’s heat wave without any trouble are reminded that they need more water to keep the blood flowing and are far more at risk of dehydration and heat stroke.

    Over 65 and not worried about heat? You should be

    There are changes in an older person that raise the risk for heat stroke and other problems. An older body contains far less water than a younger one. Older brains can’t sense temperature changes as well, and they don’t recognize thirst as easily.

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    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, walk an informational picket line July 12 in Springfield to protest Quinn’s decision not to pay their contractual raises.

    Quinn must give workers raises, arbitrator says

    Gov. Pat Quinn violated a union contract with nearly 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise July 1, ruled an arbitrator who ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days.

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    Frantic, an 1.800-pound swiss dairy cow turns her ears down as Grace Shanks, 20, of Garden Prairie, Wis., sprays her Tuesday in the heat at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

    Images: The 2011 Kane County Fair
    From the talent show and 4-H competitions to the rodeo and demo derby events, here is a look at our ongoing gallery of images from the 2011 Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

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    Chicago firefighter applicant alleges discrimination

    A 27-year-old woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago, alleging that the fire department’s physical fitness test discriminates against female applicants.

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    Demolition under way at former May Whitney school in Lake Zurich

    Demolition of the old May Whitney Elementary School building in Lake Zurich is under way, and photos and live video of the work are streaming on the school district’s website.

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    In this June 7 courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, left, listens to defense attorney Patrick Blegen in federal court in Chicago. Jurors cleared Rana of involvement in the 2008 siege in that left more than 160 people dead in India’s largest city. But they convicted him of lesser charges, including that he provided material support to a Pakistani militant group that took responsibility for the attack.

    Judge: Unseal terror trial documents

    Dozens of sealed court papers from a recent Chicago trial related to the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks will be released publicly, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether they’ll contain any new revelations.

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    Eugene Riley was one of five people convicted in the beating death of Fenger High School sophomore Derrion Albert on Sept. 24, 2009. He was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison

    Man gets 32 years in Chicago beating death

    A Chicago man convicted in the 2009 videotaped beating death of a high school honors student was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Tuesday, the fourth of five defendants in the case to receive lengthy terms behind bars.

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    Former Batavia golf coach still has health challenges

    Rich Flores, a golf instructor and former coach at Batavia High, has been battling health issues lately. His friends and family are organizing a golf fundraiser in his name to be held Monday at both Pheasant Run in St. Charles and Mill Creek in Geneva, according to columnist Dave Heun.

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    Lake County expense reports posted online

    lake county news digest for wednesday, july 20

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    Photo safari at Ryerson Woods

    lake county news digest for wednesday, july 20

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    A parade for Lance Cpl. Kevin Cronin, who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, will be held Saturday in Libertyville.

    Libertyville Marine to get parade on return

    The route is fairly short — just a few blocks from the family business on Peterson Road in Libertyville to the restaurant down the street — but a good turnout is expected Saturday for a parade to welcome Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Cronin home from Afghanistan.

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    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin of Elmhurst

    Ramey takes helm of DuPage GOP

    Dan Cronin steps down as DuPage County GOP chair, and is replaced by state Rep. Randy Ramey, of Carol Stream.

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    Medal of Honor winners to visit Barrington High School

    A pair of Medal of Honor recipients will be speaking at Barrington High School on Friday, July 22, in a free event organized through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

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    Roberto R. Rodriguez

    Carol Stream police charge Schaumburg man with solicitation

    A Schaumburg man has been charged in Carol Stream with indecent solicitation of a child after he tried to meet up with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

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    Man admits $82,000 theft from Lake Forest College

    A former Lake Forest College official was sentenced to 18 months in jail Tuesday after admitting he stole $82,303 from the school over a nearly nine-year span. Mark Mollenhauer, 34, will be in jail when he is not working or performing the 200 public service hours that are also a part of his sentence.

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    Robert Westin

    Man charged with harassing witness on Lake County jail phone

    A Trevor, Wis., man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he used a phone at the Lake County jail to repeatedly call a woman he was ordered to not contact. Robert Westin, 47, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of harassment of a witness.

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    The toys of summer

    The Chicago Toy Show Summer A-Fair will take place alongside the Kane County Fair this weekend in St. Charles.

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    Buffalo Grove talks salary cuts for new workers

    In looking at ways to trim costs, Buffalo Grove officials may establish a new salary structure that would lower entry-level pay and lengthen how long it takes workers to reach their top salary.

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    Fox Valley police briefs

    Scott Richard Kwiatkoski, 36, who lives on Cascade Falls in Elgin, was charged with theft of services for walking out on an $84.99 bill at Tilted Kilt Restaurant and Pub in Elgin Sunday night, police said. According to reports: the bill for food and alcoholic beverages for Kwiatkoski and his female companion originally was $99.99 but they received a 15-percent discount because Kwiatkoski...

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    Naperville firefighters probe cause of pet store blaze

    Naperville firefighters are probing the cause of a blaze that caused more than $25,000 damage Tuesday morning to a pet store on Naper Boulevard.

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    Victor Nava

    Elgin man gets 13 years for shooting at cops

    Victor Nava, 23, of Elgin, is sentenced to 13 years in prison for shooting at an Elgin police officer - and missing - in July 2009. He pleaded guilty Tuesday and must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

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    Police reports

    A St. Charles man was charged Sunday with retail theft after an incident at Butera Foods, 2732 E. Main St., police said.

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    Antioch residents, police to come together for National Night Out

    Antioch residents are taking a stand against crime and drugs by participating in National Night Out for the first time, village officials announced. The first village-sponsored event comes from an initiative by the village and police department, officials said.

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    Coyote attacks spur Palatine Township seminar

    Following recent reports of coyote attacks in the area, Palatine Township is hosting a “Coping with Coyotes” seminar to educate its residents about coyote habits.

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    Trio fighting accusations they damaged Batavia statue

    Three men accused of toppling the "Self Made Man" statue in Batavia are suggesting the statue may have fallen over on its own, according to court records.

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    Controversial Fox Lake motel gets final warning

    Fox Lake Police Chief Mike Behan said the controversial Marina Motel has signed an agreement with the Lake County State’s Attorneys Office to stop issuing motel rooms to alleged gang members and drug dealers, and creating a nuisance . “They are basically giving the owner a chance to make good on the issues there,” Behan said. “If he doesn’t, he’s closed.”

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    Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income rose 18 percent as its business grew around the world, led by the strength of its namesake beverage.

    Stocks rebound on earnings, debt-limit proposal

    Strong profits, including from Coca-Cola and IBM, and a bipartisan plan to lift the U.S. debt limit drove a stock market rebound Tuesday.

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    Barrington to settle some tickets locally

    Barrington is setting up a local adjudication process to deal with code and ordinance violations, allowing its officers - as well as those cited - to avoid spending unnecessary time in court.

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    Robert 'Bobby' L. Bostic in a 2011 police mug shot.

    Charges stand in 1982 Round Lake Beach murder

    A Lake County judge on Tuesday rejected a second attempt to dismiss the charges against a Tennessee man accused of a 1982 murder in Round Lake Beach. Associate Judge George Bridges said police did not unnecessarily delay in charging Robert Bostic, 71, with the June 25, 1982 shooting death of Carlton Richmond.

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    Garrett Murphy, 9, of Mount Prospect, front, and his brother Michael, 11, cool off in the fountain at the Elk Grove Town Center Tuesday.

    Images: Heat Wave - Tuesday
    Images from around the suburbs as a heat wave continues.

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    Brian Wilson's former home in St. Charles is now on the market for $1.49 million.

    Beach Boy's former St. Charles house for sale

    The St. Charles house where former Beach Boys member Brian Wilson lived has a rich history. Famous people stayed there, music was written and recorded there, and now it's for sale.

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    Nicholas Marcogliese

    Wheaton cops: Downstate man solicited child online

    Wheaton police have arrested a downstate man on charges he solicited a child for sex, authorities said Tuesday. Nicholas Marcogliese, 32, of Kincaid, was being held in DuPage County jail on $250,000 bail.

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    Kyle Johnson, 10, takes a break with a Popsicle to cool off Tuesday with kids from Camp Adventure and Camp Butterflies at the Itasca Recreation Center. Participants were only allowed outside for a half-hour at a time because of the heat.

    Heat wave forcing DuPage summer campers inside

    Dangerously hot temperatures are forcing DuPage park officials to find cooler -- and safer -- places for kids in summer camps.

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    An arbitrator ruled Tuesday that Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with nearly 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise July 1.

    Arbitrator: Quinn must give pay raises to workers

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with nearly 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise July 1, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. Edwin Benn ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days.

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    The suburbs has many lakes and beaches where people can cool themselves off. Here is a list of some of them throughout the suburbs.

    Head to a suburban beach to beat the heat

    The suburbs has many lakes and beaches where people can cool themselves off. Here is a list of some of them throughout the suburbs.

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    Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones is on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

    Gurnee police chief optimistic about pending internal probe

    Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones has been placed on paid administrative leav pending the results of an internal investigation. “They’re doing an investigation,” Jones said, “and when it’s fully over, I expect to be back to work.”

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    Attorneys: Ill. murder suspect’s rights violated

    LINCOLN — Lawyers representing a central Illinois man charged in the killings of five members of a family claim evidence against him shouldn’t be used because investigators violated his rights.

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    Illinois professor who invented LED subject of documentary

    CHAMPAIGN — Most people have probably never heard of University of Illinois professor Nick Holonyak Jr., but a new documentary about his well-known invention and work will air on cable TV later this month.The 82-year-old invented the LED, or light-emitting diode, a half-century ago. His work led to the lasers that make CD and DVD players work and fiber-optic communications networks.

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    Illinois vet’s remains headed home after 40 years

    GLEN CARBON — Four decades after he died when his helicopter was shot down in Cambodia, a soldier from southwestern Illinois is finally coming home.Services will be Sunday in Glen Carbon for Randy Dalton, ending years of searches and efforts to positively identify the Army specialist’s remains.

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    Illinois gives nearly $270 million in preschool grants

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded nearly $270 million in preschool grants to programs around the state.The board announced Tuesday that the grants will help fund about 936 programs serving more than 77,000 children in fiscal year 2012.

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    Mom of Chicago teen in videotaped beating death speaks out
    Mom of teen in videotaped beating death speaks outCHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a Chicago teen whose 2009 beating death was captured on videotape and circulated worldwide says her son should be remembered for more than what’s seen on the tape.

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    Business groups complain about Illinois taxes

    Business groups are complaining to lawmakers about taxes in Illinois.The first in a series of hearings on the state’s tax structure was held Tuesday in Chicago.

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    Police probe death of southern Ill. girl, 8

    WEST FRANKFORT — Police in the southern Illinois city of West Frankfort are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl.Police Chief Jeff Tharp says the girl’s body was found early Tuesday in her home.

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    An aerial view (circa 1970s) of the Girl's School buildings and grounds formerly located on Route 25 in Geneva, south of the railroad tracks. The Fox Run subdivision is located there today.

    Geneva photo exhibit tells of school for girls

    Beginning Friday, July 22, the Geneva History Center museum will host "Who Was Sadie Cooksey?" a photographic traveling exhibition developed by Maine photographer Maggie Foskett.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday that there are no easy answers to the Greek debt crisis that threatens Euro zone financial stability.

    Merkel: No quick fixes at EU summit

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel dashed hopes Tuesday that the upcoming European Union summit on Greece would yield a quick and comprehensive solution to deal with the debt crisis.

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    The judge hearing an online book case involving Google is growing increasingly impatient and may soon issue a ruling. The case is being carefully watched by the publishing industry.

    Judge hearing Google book case grows impatient

    A judge warned lawyers for authors and publishers and Google Tuesday that he will decide whether snippets of books can be sold online without the permission of copyright holders if the sides do not settle their 6-year-old case soon.

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    Mill Creek Elementary losing principal to central office

    Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva will have a new principal this fall. The current principal is transferring to the district's central office.

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    Linc Smelser, music director, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra receive a standing ovation after the spring concert in April.

    DeKalb hosting Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert season

    The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra has announced its 35th annual concert season for 2011-2012. All concerts, except the Summer Concert in the Park and the Children’s Concert, are in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

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    Government advisers: Cover birth control for free

    Millions of women may soon gain free access to a broad menu of birth control methods, thanks to a recommendation issued Tuesday by health experts advising the government.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two Arlington Heights teens were arrested after a report that they shot an air gun, breaking a window in a bedroom in Arlington Heights.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered Bob Rohrman’s Used Cars in Hoffman Estates July 18. They entered an office but apparently did not take anything. Items left behind included a bag of 50 keys.

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    North Aurora police sergeants, village come to terms

    North Aurora has come to terms with its police sergeants' union on a three-year contract.

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    Pictured holding the SuperSibs banner are, from left, SuperSibs volunteers and Fremd High School students Sarah Perlin, Laura Altman and Samantha Barry and Julie Mueller, Suzanne Skala and Jennifer Lawlor, who all work at SuperSibs

    Palatine-based SuperSibs in running for Pepsi grant
    For the rest of July, the Palatine-based, national nonprofit, SuperSibs! will be saying "No Coke, Pepsi!" in support of their In a Word: the Sibling Journey art exhibit.

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    Who's Who in Siegel's tenure
    Jack Siegel has met a lot of well-known people in his municipal law work in more than 50 years, including George Halas, Bob Atcher and U.S. Sen. Paul Douglas. We threw out names and asked him for snapshot impressions.

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    National History Day Quest Academy finalists, from left, are: Frani O’Toole, West Dundee; Marissa Howe, Hoffman Estates; Jenna Chin, Inverness; Birkan Cetinkaya, Vernon Hills; Advith Chelikani, Palatine; Max Kontorovich, Buffalo Grove; and Owen Chang, Barrington.

    Success for Quest students at National History Day competition

    Seven students from Quest Academy, Palatine, beat out thousands to earn spots at the recent annual National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland June 12-16.

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    Carpenter Bob Brothers of Crystal Lake gets the last drop from his water bottle while working on a home renovation Monday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

    Burbs take another beating with brutal heat

    As we begin a week of potentially dangerous heat, we have to wonder: will our power stay on? And how much of this can a person who's used to Chicago weather realistically handle?

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    Jane Underys, with a sampling of the more than 200 quilts she has made at her Arlington Heights home.

    Arlington Hts. quilter to be featured artist in September show

    Jane Underys of Arlington Heights has been with the Northwest Suburban Quilters’ Guild for 20 years and in September she'll be honored as the featured artist at the Festival of Quilts, opening Sept. 16 at the Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center in Hoffman Estates. With more than 200 hand-made quilts to her name, what to bring?

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    Matt Klingbiel of Aurora, left, and Zach Gring of Carol Stream make quick changes to their number 58 car to get it ready for the next heat of the demolition derby at last year’s Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

    Grandstand shows provide thrills at Kane County Fair

    The Kane County Fair presents a Grandstand event each night of the five day fair. Each show features either a motor vehicles or an animal event. The fair opens Wednesday at 3 p.m. and ends on Sunday.

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    “The Breakfast Club” a high-energy 80s band, headlines the Goose is Loose festival on Saturday, July 23.

    Goose droppings benefit charity

    The Goose Is Loose Festival, the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary’s main fundraiser for charities, will be from 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23 on Church Street west of Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville.

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    A taxpayer watchdog group says some local school districts have enough cash to pay off bonds, lowering tax levies for debt repayment. Bonds often are issued to pay for construction work.

    Local tax group says schools could cut debt levies

    Northwest Suburban Taxpayers United found that 15 local school districts had $42 million in what it considers excess annual debt service costs. Four of those districts — Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 — accounted for $24.5 million of the extra costs.

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    Judge: Unseal Mumbai terror trial documents

    A federal judge in Chicago says dozens of sealed court papers from a recent terrorism-related trial that captured worldwide headlines can be released.

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    If College of DuPage attorneys submit the required certificates by 1 p.m. Wednesday, the village would issue occupancy permits for the college's four new or renovated buildings, according to a motion approved 6-0 by village trustees Monday or the village will seek an order barring occupancy.

    Glen Ellyn sets 1-day deadline for College of DuPage

    After a heated exchange between a trustee and College of DuPage's attorney, Glen Ellyn has set a one-day deadline for COD to submit certificates of compliance verifying that new buildings on campus were done to code.

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    Johnson and Johnson 2Q profit drops 20 %, still beats views

    Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on product launches, manufacturing and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations.

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    Vernon Hills Public Works worker Ryan Papak, right, beats the heat by dousing himself with water as he and his co-worker Sergio Soto, left, work to remove posting from Century Park following Vernon Hills summer Celebration Monday.

    High heat overstaying suburban welcome

    Suburbanites are being warned seek shelter today as another round of heat is expected to bla ket the area. Temperatures are expected to hit the high 90s with a heat index over 100 degrees. And there is no relief in sight with high temperatures expected through at least Sunday.

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    St. Charles Unit District 303 is taking over the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles because, it said, the district has been using the facility itself more and more.

    Dist. 303 taking over Norris Cultural Arts Center

    St. Charles District 303 will take over full operation of the Norris Cultural Arts Center, leaving the independent theater company that functioned out of the facility for more than 30 years looking for a new home.

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    Palatine approves bicycle transportation plan

    After years of wishing and months of planning, Palatine finally has approved a bicycle transportation plan that aims to make the village friendlier to one of America’s favorite recreational pastimes.

Sports

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    Batavia ousts St. Charles East

    Batavia pitcher Steven Patterson called it a kick save. Patterson's foot was in just the right place with the Bulldogs clinging to a 1-run lead in the seventh inning Tuesday of the 2011 IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Batavia.

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza uses the rosin bag during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was taken out in the eighth.

    Another tough-luck loss for Cubs' Garza

    Matt Garza pitched well enough to win again, but once again, he was robbed of a victory as the Phillies rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the eighth inning to beat the Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night.

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals.

    White Sox offense no help to Peavy

    The White Sox’ offense still is offering spotty run support at best, and Tuesday was another prime example with starter Jake Peavy holding up as well as he could though he's not 100 percent.

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    Elk Grove finds escape routes

    Elk Grove's Cody Gustafson escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams and Michael Anciulis' sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning led to a 6-5 win over Bartlett in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

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    Blackburn, Neuqua Valley finish off Hinsdale South

    Neuqua Valley's baseball team beat Hinsdale South 3-0 in Tuesday's IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament regional quarterfinals at Glenbard South.

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    Venchus, Willowbrook deliver under pressure

    A pitcher in command of his breaking ball can go a long way. Senior right-hander Zac Venchus took Willowbrook to the Glenbard South regional semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic with his 1-0 win over Wheaton North on Tuesday.

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    Top seed Elk Grove takes nothing for granted

    Palatine is the defending champion and Elk Grove is the top seed in the Cook County American Legion baseball tournament which begins Wednesday.

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    Could be fun with less time for coaching

    This could really be fun. If the NFL hates anything it's being disrupted from its customary routine. Teams will have no choice but to adjust on the fly if the lockout ends. as reportedly will happen later this week.

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    Elgin Post 57 stays hot

    The Elgin Post 57 offense — which averaged 10.5 runs per game last week in winning the American Legion District 11 baseball tournament — stayed red hot in Tuesday afternoon’s oppressive heat by jumping to a 9-1 lead over Fulton Post 402 and held on for an eventual 11-8 victory in the opening game of the Division 2 Tournament in Lena, Ill.

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    Sky guard Epiphanny Prince has been selected to represent the Eastern Conference in Saturday’s WBNA all-star game in San Antonio.

    Starry, starry night for victorious Sky

    Now an all-star, Epiphanny Price scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to help the Sky get a 78-69 victory over Seattle, the WNBA’s defending champion. The win pulls the Sky to 8-8 on the season and drops Seattle to 7-7.

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    Alfonso Soriano says he won't stand in the way of the Cubs trying to trade him ... but that won't be an easy task considering the underperforming outfielder has three years left on his contract at $18 million per season.

    Soriano would love to stay in Chicago

    Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano became the latest Cub to profess his love for Chicago. Although Soriano has a no-trade clause in his expensive contract, he made it sound Tuesday like he woudn't stand in the way of a deal.

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    Still no agreement in NFL talks

    The NFL Players Association’s executive committee reviewed only portions of a proposed deal to end the lockout and not enough to warrant a vote Tuesday, two people familiar with the league’s labor negotiations told The Associated Press.

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    Dave Haskins, pictured talking to former pitcher Wes Benjamin, coached his final game with St. Charles East on Tuesday.

    Haskins leaves St. Charles East

    Dave Haskins coached his final baseball game at St. Charles East Tuesday in the 2011 IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer Classic, ending a successful two-year stint with the Saints before he takes a teaching and coaching position at a new school next fall.

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    No sign of lockout ending, but NBA releases schedule

    Few people, if any at all, expect the NBA season to begin on time, due to the lockout and slow-moving labor negotiations. But the 2011-12 schedule was released Tuesday and the Bulls would open against the defending champs in Dallas on Nov. 1.

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    The Chicago Fire warms up at the Toyota Park practice field Tuesday, part of their preparation for Saturday’s big match-up with Manchester United at Soldier Field.

    Oduro starting to show some star power

    The Fire did not have any players make the MLS all-star squad, so the only chance they will have to meet Manchester United will be Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. Forward/midfielder Dominic Oduro probably came the closest to making the all-star team, placing fourth in fan text voting, losing to Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler. Oduro has 5 goals this season, already tying his personal-best season total.

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    Fox Valley travel softball teams set tryouts

    Travel softball teams are organizing tryouts for the summer 2011-12 season.

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    Seriously? Now Cubs like Gillick?

    Five years after it was clear the Cubs would be put up for sale, new owner Tom Ricketts may be considering bringing in a real baseball man to help run the team. Five years. What's the rush, right?

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    Much roster work ahead for Bears

    With a new CBA expected to take effect later this week, it will provide NFL teams a slim window in which to re-sign their own unrestricted free agents.So the Bears will be busy in the days immediately after a new deal becomes official.

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    Mike Small has won the Illinois Open four times. He will begin his quest for a fifth title Monday morning at Hawthorn Woods.

    Small can tie record for most Illinois Open victories

    The field is set for the 62nd Illinois Open, which begins Monday at Hawthorn Woods — and 57 amateurs are among the 156 qualifiers.Among the non-pros are Bloomington’s Kyle English, winner of this year’s Chicago District Amateur, and Aurora’s John Wright, who took the Illinois Public Links title. Also not to be missed is 67-year old John Seehausen, who was the medalist at the biggest of the seven statewide qualifying sessions. He posted a 3-under-par 69 at Inverness, his home course.None of the qualifiers, which whittled the field from the 716 who filed entry applications, posted a better score than 3 under, although Aurora’s Josh Butterfield’s 67 was the low among the medalists. He posted that result at the par-70 Willow Crest layout at Oak Brook Hills Resort.The pro contingent will be strong. It’s headed by defending champion Eric Mierdierks of Wilmette, who plays on Arizona’s Gateway Tour, and Illinois coach Mike Small, who is bidding for a fifth Illinois Open title. If he succeeds, he will tie Gary Pinns for most wins in the premier tournament for Illinois residents.Mierdierks will be paired in the first two rounds with another former champion, Aurora’s Curtis Malm, who won as an amateur in 2000. Small’s pairing includes Galesburg’s Adam Turner, who also won as an amateur a year before Malm. Turner was medalist in the qualifying session at Country Club of PeoriaMierdierks tees off at 8 a.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday, while Small goes off in the threesome immediately behind him both days. The field will play 18 holes Monday and Tuesday, then will be cut to the low 50 and ties for Wednesday’s final round.Big boost for the IWOThe 17th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open follows the men’s version, scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at Mistwood in Romeoville. That event has outside financial sponsorship for the first time, leading to an expansion of the event.BMO Harris Bank signed on as the lead sponsor, which led to the creation of the first pro-am in the history of the event. There’ll also be a champions’ dinner. Other sponsors are Greater Illinois Title Co., the Kosin family, Pierce & Associates and Mesirow Financial.Kosin, who succumbed to cancer in 2009, will be further honored as will his father Joe, who passed away during the winter. Two $1,000 scholarships in their honor will be presented to IWO entrants.The early entries include Chicago’s Nora Lucas, an Academic All-American at the University of Illinois. She’ll be the latest Illinois Women’s Amateur champion to attempt a sweep of the state’s two biggest titles for women. Lucas won the Amateur crown at Kishwaukee in DeKalb, but her best finish in three IWO appearances was a tie for 14th in 2008.Match to rememberThe match-play portion of the U.S. Junior Girls Championship begins today on Olympia Fields’ South course, and the national championship event can only hope to duplicate the dazzling final produced in last week’s 85th Women’s Western Junior at Flossmoor Country Club.Flossmoor’s final went 20 holes before Ashley Armstrong, playing on her home course, concluded her junior career with a big victory. The loser in that match, Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., stayed to play at Olympia Fields while Armstrong tried sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur before beginning her college career at Notre Dame.A record 1,084 entered the U.S. Junior Girls, which is being held in Illinois for only the second time. The first was in 1951, when only 32 entered the championship at Onwentsia in Lake Forest.One big difference between the Western and U.S. Junior Girls events: there will be a 36-hole final on Saturday at Olympia Fields. The Armstrong-Lippetz duel was scheduled as an 18-hole event.Did you know?

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    A new warning sticker on a railing is shown in the stands Tuesday at Texas Rangers ballpark before a news conference announcing new safety measures at the ballpark. The club announced Tuesday plans to raise the height of all rails in front of the seating areas "to the highest standard in the United States at this time," after a fan died when he fell from the stands reaching for a foul ball.

    Rangers to raise railings after fan death

    The Texas Rangers are doing architectural and engineering studies at their ballpark with plans to make all front-row rails the same height to make the stadium safer following the death of a fan during a recent game.

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    Alex Morgan greets fans Monday after she and other members of the U.S. soccer team arrived in New York's Times Square.

    US World Cup team receives warm welcome home

    One by one, tired and disappointed members of the U.S. Women's World Cup team trudged off the bus and were greeted with cheers and waves from appreciative fans who didn't seem to mind a bit that they came up short of a championship.

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    NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah, right, pauses Monday as he speaks to media in Washington. Carl Francis also with the NFL Players Association is at left.

    Eller says retired players won't block NFL deal

    Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller says he thinks a deal to end the NFL lockout will be reached this week — and that retired players won't stand in the way of an agreement.

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    Jim McMahan signs autographs during the 22nd American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev., on Wednesday. McMahon was taken to a Reno hospital Monday after the limousine he was riding in crashed through a fence. Authorities said no one was seriously injured in the accident.

    Former Bears QB Jim McMahon injured in limo accident

    Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured Monday when a limousine crashed through a fence south of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 395.

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    Pittsburg Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing for $1 million in damages after his tweets about Osama bin Laden and Sept. 11 led the Champion sports apparel company to drop his endorsement deal.

    Mendenhall sues Champion over tweet dispute

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract.

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    Thomas Voeckler speeds down the Col de Manse pass near Gap during the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race Tuesday.

    Contador attacks, gains on Tour leader Voeckler

    Defending champion Alberto Contador caught his Tour de France rivals by surprise with a brash climbing attack Tuesday, gaining time on leader Thomas Voeckler during a rainy 16th stage won by Thor Hushovd.

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    Yao Ming is likely to make it official on Wednesday, announcing what is expected to be his retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name in China. The 7-foot-6 center for the Houston Rockets played eight seasons in the NBA.

    Yao set to retire from basketball Wednesday

    Yao Ming is likely to make it official on Wednesday, announcing what is expected to be his retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name in China. The 7-foot-6 center for the Houston Rockets played eight seasons in the NBA.

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    Derrick Rose and the Bulls are scheduled to open the season in Dallas against the defending champion Mavericks.

    Bulls open season with Mavs, if season opens on time
    The Bulls are scheduled to face the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in Dallas to open the season, if the season starts on time. The NBA released its complete 2011-12 schedule Tuesday despite being in a lockout that could last months and cause it to be scrapped.

Business

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    Business groups complain about Illinois taxes

    Business groups vented to Illinois lawmakers Tuesday about taxes in the first of four legislative hearings to examine the state’s tax structure after some major employers threatened to pull up stakes.

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    Rupert Murdoch testifying today before British Parliament.

    Man rushes at Rupert Murdoch in hearing

    A protester splattered Rupert Murdoch with white foam in a foil pie dish on Tuesday, interrupting a dramatic hearing in which the media baron told British lawmakers he was not responsible for a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire.

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    Wells Fargo 2Q profit leaps 30 pct; defaults drop

    Wells Fargo & Co. on Tuesday said that its second-quarter profit rose 30 percent, as the number of uncollected loans and credit card bills dropped sharply, enabling the bank to release a big chunk of the money set aside to cover bad lending.

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    Oil up 2 pct on weaker dollar, strong home starts

    Oil climbed more than 2 percent Tuesday on a weaker dollar and an uptick in the U.S. housing market.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery gained $2.12 to $98.05 per barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Coca-Cola 2Q net income rises on overseas growth

    Coca-Cola Co.'s second-quarter net income rose 18 percent as it sold more drinks around the world and offset higher ingredient costs by raising some prices.

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    Goldman Sachs's earnings more than doubled in the second quarter, but a slump in its bond trading business kept its bottom-line results well below what analysts were expecting.

    Goldman's income jumps but still misses estimates

    Goldman Sachs's earnings more than doubled in the second quarter, but a slump in its bond trading business kept its bottom-line results well below what analysts were expecting.

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    BofA reports $9.1 billion loss in 2Q on settlement

    Things keep getting worse for Bank of America. The nation's largest bank reported a loss of $9.1billion during the second quarter, partly due to an $8.5 billion settlement with investors. That agreement, reached in June, settled claims that the bank had sold the investors poor-quality mortgage bonds.

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    U.S. builders broke ground on more single-family homes and apartments in June, helping the battered construction industry gain a little life after a dismal spring.

    Home building jumps in June after dismal spring

    U.S. builders broke ground on more single-family homes and apartments in June, helping the battered construction industry gain a little life after a dismal spring.

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    U.S. stocks open higher on stronger earnings

    U.S. stocks open higher on stronger earnings

Life & Entertainment

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    Seared scallops, Hugo's Frog Bar & Chophouse

    Rivers restaurants up the ante for casino eats

    With frog legs and french fries, pork dumplings and prime rib, the four new eateries and a quick-stop coffee shop that opened this week at the sparkling new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines deal a winning hand.

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    Players build an urban skyscraper in NimbleBit's “Tiny Tower” for the iPad and iPhone.

    There's no shortage of addictive new iPad games

    Everyone is looking for the next “Angry Birds.” There's no way to duplicate such success. But if any company has a shot, it would be Chillingo.

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    DeWyze appearing Wednesday on ABC 7 show

    Lee DeWyze, the 2010 Mount Prospect native who won the 2010 season on "American Idol," will appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday on "Windy City LIVE" on ABC 7 Chicago.

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    "Payback at Morning Peak" by Gene Hackman

    Gene Hackman's Western novel a good yarn

    While some of his fellow actors were busy writing memoirs, Gene Hackman was working on his first solo novel. "Payback at Morning Peak" is a satisfying revenge tale that takes place in New Mexico in a time when the American Southwest was still a lively frontier.

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    Her boyfriend has the post-vacation blues

    Should girlfriend give ultimatum to boyfriend who seems to have changed after going on vacation?

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    "Deepak Chopra's Leela" will use the Xbox 360 console's controller-free, camera-based Kinect system to detect users' bodies, then guide them through meditation exercises.

    Chopra hopes to connect minds, bodies with game

    At the end of a long day, many gamers zone out by competing in online death matches or escaping to virtual realms. Spiritual leader Deepak Chopra is hoping gamers will instead choose to chill out with "Leela," his ambitious new effort to combine gaming and meditation.

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    British actress Emma Watson announced she will return to Brown to finish her degree.

    Emma Watson: I'll return to Brown next year

    "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson says she plans to return to Brown University to complete her degree. The British actress who plays Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" series tells The Virginian-Pilot that she remains enrolled at Brown even though she'll study at England's Oxford University in the fall.

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    Lara Mainier plays the pink- and cupcake-loving lead in "Pinkalicious," the children's musical now at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through Sept. 3.

    'Pinkalicious' pleasing to the pig-tailed crowd

    Broadway in Chicago's "Pinkalicious," based on the popular children's book, is a fun play for little girls. It runs through Sept. 3 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

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    Glen Campbell's first performance since announcing he has Alzheimer's was largely a triumph. He performed Friday with his band, which includes many family members.

    Campbell shines in 1st show since Alzheimer's news

    It was classic Glen Campbell last Friday night in Biloxi, Miss. Alzheimer's disease may have changed a lot of things in the Country Music Hall of Famer's life, but his ability to create sounds that still resonate in our shared memory is virtually untouched.

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    Jamaican singer Ziggy Marley reflects on lessons learned from his dad, Bob Marley, on "Wild and Free."

    Ziggy Marley underlines differences with father

    Ziggy Marley is proudly carrying on his father's musical legacy, but he wants to remind reggae lovers of their differences. In his new album, "Wild and Free," the 42-year-old eldest son of Bob Marley reflects on lessons learned from his dad.

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    Def Leppard brings the rock to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park Thursday, July 28.

    Music events: Hair rock returns

    Def Leppard, the band responsible for such guilty-pleasure gems as “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Amageddon It” will take the stage in the suburbs next week to show they can still bang their heads with the best of 'em.

Discuss

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    Fielders, Zion must play ball with fans

    Some of the luster is gone from the once feel-good story about the Lake County Fielders and minor-league baseball coming to Zion. A Daily Herald editorial says that both the village and the team need to be more forthcoming with fans about what is going on.

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    Metra leaders must think ‘value’

    A Daily Herald editorial says Metra leaders need to proceed carefully as they weigh the possibilities of fare hikes, service cuts to balance the agency's budget.

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    Fixing the present, ensuring the future

    The election last November was an expression of the popular will. It was a repudiation of the direction in which President Obama and congressional Democrats are taking the country. Instead of moderating their far-left views, Democrats have doubled down and are behaving as if liberalism is on the rise rather than on the decline.

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    Just deserts for ‘Citizen Murdoch’

    The amazing thing about the current scandal is that at its heart is not some website or cable network or even a conventional broadcast property, but ink put down on processed pulp.

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    A story not quite right

    “I will never forget my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final months, having to worry about whether her insurance would refuse to pay for her treatment,” Obama told a sympathetic nation. The story touched hearts and swayed judgments. If only it were true.

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    What happened to the jobs?

    Currently, two out of three American kids don’t go to college. Some are quite smart but not suited for academics. Vocational training keeps many would-be dropouts in high school. It gets them a job with middle-class wages.

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    Where is leadership in Congress?
    Mr. McConnell stated, ‘we cannot succeed with this President.’ A letter writer from Grayslake says this lacks decency, and iIf a Democrat said this about Bush, he would have been deemed unpatriotic.

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    Who stole seniors’ Social Security?
    A Libertyville letter writer wonders what happened to the money in the so-called lockbox of Social Security. Did the political magicians do some sort of sorcery?

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    Lake County focusing on wrong priorities
    An Antioch letter writer asks why isn't Lake County focusing on the real traffic flow problems instead of wasting tax-payer dollars on unwanted and unnecessary "improvements"?

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    Sea of entitlement in Naperville schools
    Where are our spending priorities? Just when we thought that the focus on our national debt would be uppermost, I am reminded that there is a sea of entitlement right here, under our noses. Gas is high, while every other commodity increases.  Most of us can not control these trends.

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    Here are some ways to cut spending
    In March of 2006, when President Obama was a senator, he said the following: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”Interesting how his tune has changed, isn’t it? Cutting spending is the answer not raising the debt ceiling. Start with the National Endowment for the Arts, which could be funded by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Donald Trump among many others rather than it being funded with the tax dollars of those of us Americans who really can’t afford to go to the theater or art galleries, etc.Those who support Planned Parenthood’s mission can fund it just as those who support Crisis Pregnancy Centers work support them. So that’s another $300 million plus that can be cut. Send illegal aliens back home and save on all the medical and educational expenses incurred because they are in this country illegally. Space doesn’t permit other ideas but if I can think of them anybody can think of them. So, Mr. Obama and members of Congress, get busy and cut spending. And to those members of government (such as Senator Durbin) who seek to give illegals amnesty so as to get their votes next year — don’t even think about it. P.J. Bertrand Wood Dale

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    Facts missing in letter about Duke
    Walt Zlotow’s July 17 letter left a few facts out about former Grand Wizard David Duke. His initial party was the Democratic Party, which had no issue with accepting him. He was routinely third party, promoted in elections by those fed up with the usual candidates.

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    We need a fair and upfront Congress
    That is, if you fail at trying to impose your ideological agenda on the American people by a direct vote, and the opposing agenda prevails, then by withholding the funding for the programs you are opposed to, you can achieve the same end. This, in effect, negates the will of the people already expressed through their elected officials.

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    Raise decency level in movies, on TV
    I may sound like a prude, but why are we dragging down to the lowest levels much of our society? The United States should be a better example to the rest of the world.

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    Liberals perpetuate global warming hoax
    Al Gore would be impressed. After all, he called the American people the biggest users of carbon energy in the world, and to think there has been a whole .5-degree rise over those year shows what a hoax the liberals are trying to perpetrate.

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    Combine forces and save us some money
    As has been well publicized, the state of Illinois has literally thousands of taxing bodies to include the state, counties, townships, municipalities, villages, school districts, water districts, fire districts, sewer districts, library districts, etc. All of the bodies have boards or commissions, “leaders” of some sort, and staff, many of whom receive generous salaries, pensions and health care. Doesn’t the inefficiency, duplicity and high cost (taxes) get anyone’s attention? Who pays for the inefficiency? Why, the taxpayer does, of course.

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    Who’s really to blame for state’s shortfall?
    Governor Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis, but what about the tax breaks given to wealthy businessmen, maintained by a manipulation of legislators, via legislation to redistribute exorbitant amounts of money to their corporations?

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    So much for notion SS is untouchable
    For the past few days our president has been saying, “I cannot guarantee that the checks will be sent out next month.” This is the mother of cheap shots. Just a few years ago our politicians told us that Social Security is untouchable because the contributions are placed in a “lockbox” and no one can touch it.

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    Have Obama backers ease national debt
    To my knowledge, President Obama has already raised $600 million for his re-election campaign. No one else running for the presidency has that capability, even the richest of them personally.

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