Daily Archive : Friday July 22, 2011



    MCC plans to dip into reserves, again

    McHenry County College is planning to dip into its reserves to update its computer system and perform safety upgrades next year. It's the second year in a row it will have taken from reserves, but the college should still will double its minimum of three months of operating expenses saved up.


    Man gets probation for accepting pot shipment

    A Buffalo Grove man was placed on probation for four years Friday for receiving a package containing 5½ pounds of marijuana. Brian Song, 22, was also fined $10,000 and was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

    This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011. Breivik is a suspect in a.

    Norway suspect wanted European anti-Muslim crusade

    The man blamed for attacks on Norway's government headquarters and a youth retreat that left at least 93 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday.

    Beverly Holmes Hughes on the job in 2004 as director of the Sugar Grove Library. She was fired July 14 after 21 years with the library.

    Longtime Sugar Grove Library director fired

    The Sugar Grove Library has fired its longtime director, Beverly Hughes Holmes. Hughes and some of the library board trustees had a strained relationship the last several years.

    Eddie Bartee

    25 arrested in Elgin warrant sweep

    Elgin police and the U.S. Marshals conducted a joint warrant sweep Thursday in Elgin that targeted suspected drug dealers; 25 people were arrested on drug charges, ranging from misdemeanor possession to felony charges for selling drugs near schools, churches or parks, police said.


    Fire damages Hampshire garage

    An unattached garage fire in Hampshire on Friday afternoon left $100,000 worth of damages, authorities said.

    Donald B. Eggers

    Roselle man accused of stealing copper wire

    A 39-year-old Roselle man posed as a construction worker who works on electric and phone lines so he could steal copper wire hidden behind ceiling tiles in Bloomingdale office buildings, police said.

    Sarah I. Markis

    4 charged in Carol Stream prostitution sting

    Four individuals have been charged as a result of a prostitution sting in Carol Stream, authorities said.

    Threatening clouds move into the Lisle area Friday morning.

    Images: Friday morning storms
    A line of strong thunderstorms moved through the suburbs Friday morning. The storms produced heavy lightning and torrential downpours.

    Riders Brett Olmstead, left, and Brad Check wait for the start of the Professional Championship Bullriders tour stop at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Friday.

    Images: Friday night at the 2011 Kane County Fair
    Friday night at the2011 Kane County Fair in St. Charles, featuring the championship bullriding competition.

    Garden Clubbers Thom Kraak and Diane Bolash helped Chris Clarizio, 14, of Arlington Heights, design and build a three-section compost bin on the grounds of the Arlington Heights History Center for his Eagle Scout project.

    Arlington Hts. garden walk only one part of their story

    If flower arranging and teas come to mind at the mention of “garden club,” you haven’t connected with the one in Arlington Heights. Composting and environmental education could rank as high on a member’s list as which flowers to plant where. Yes, the Arlington Heights Garden Club sponsors a garden walk Sunday, July 24, but this is not your grandmother’s group.

    Wheaton Park District officials have given a private developer the go-ahead to investigate the viability of constructing a hotel at Arrowhead Golf Club. Park officials say talks are in the preliminary stages, but such a project could generate revenue for the district.

    Wheaton Park District to consider hotel at Arrowhead

    Wheaton Park District officials say they're exploring a proposal to lease space at Arrowhead Golf Club to a developer who wants to build a hotel.

    This photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office shows a counterfeit driver's license hidden inside a game shipped from China. At a news conference Friday in Chicago, Sheriff Tom Dart said 1,700 counterfeit drivers's licenses were seized by Customs agents after being shipped earlier this year from China. Dart said 40 young people between the ages of 17 and 20 years old have been charged with buying the fake IDs.

    Teens arrested for buying fake IDs from China

    Some Chicago area high school and college students who bought fake IDs from China over the Internet got more than they bargained for when detectives knocked on their doors with some doubly bad news: Not only were they being arrested, but they might have given crooks more than enough information to steal their identities.

    North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator Ri Yong Ho met face-to-face with his South Korean counterpart, Wi Sung-lac on the sidelines of Asia’s largest security forum Friday. Yonhap news agency has quoted North Korea’s top nuclear envoy as saying the two Koreas have agreed to work together to resume stalled disarmament talks.

    Divided Koreas resume talks

    BALI, Indonesia — The United States cautiously welcomed a thaw in tensions between North Korea and South Korea and also among China and its neighbors, while warning of more difficult diplomatic work ahead.

    Batavia firefighters Lt. Jamie White, left, and Chris LaFleur survey the scene where a large tree came down in Friday morning’s storm, shutting down traffic about 10 a.m. along Batavia Avenue (Route 31) near McKee Street.

    Downed tree closes Route 31 in Batavia

    Friday morning's storm felled trees and power lines, and a downed tree shut down Route 31 at McKee Street in Batavia for a short time.

    Chicago commodities broker Arthur Gerald Jones, 72, disappeared more than three decades ago and was declared legally dead. He has been found living under a false name and working as a bookie in Las Vegas.

    Chicago man once thought dead arrested in Vegas

    A former Chicago commodities broker who disappeared amid gambling and marital problems 32 years ago and was later declared legally dead has been found living under a false name and working as a bookie in Las Vegas, authorities said Friday.


    Oldest bison at Lords Park Zoo dies

    Cahoya, the oldest bison at the Lords Park Zoo in Elgin, has gone onto greener pastures. The 24-year-old bison passed away Friday morning, after living her entire life at the zoo. The official cause was unknown but an e-mail from City Manager Sean Stegall to the council indicates her advanced age, rather than the heat wave, was the reason behind her death. Captive bison typically live to between...

    A B-17 bomber was the first of the World War ll airplanes to arrive Friday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. The Collings Foundation will give tours of the B-17 as well as other vintage war planes all weekend for a nominal fee.

    Open house at Wheeling airport features vintage war planes

    The Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring vintage airplanes, as well as food, exhibits and family entertainment. The Collings Foundation will display World War II aircraft from its collection of war birds: the B-17, B-24 and P-51 aircraft. The planes will arrive at the airport Friday. While the open house is only on Saturday,...


    Ohio man convicted of murder in 11 deaths

    CLEVELAND — A man who lived among the rotting remains of 11 women was convicted Friday of killing all of them, bringing closure to a case that has haunted the city of Cleveland ever since the bodies were unearthed from a house that smelled like death.


    Jailed American makes final court appeal in Cuba

    HAVANA — An American government contractor imprisoned in Cuba made a final appeal Friday to have his 15-year prison sentence reduced or dismissed, and a senior U.S. diplomat said Washington hopes he eventually will be released.

    Counterfeit driver’s licenses arrived at buyers’ homes hidden inside games or other items from China, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Friday.

    40 charged with buying fake IDs

    Forty young people from suburbs including Arlington Heights, Wheeling and Northbrook as well as Chicago are charged with buying fake IDs after Cook County authorities discovered a counterfeiting ring based in China.

    Dmitry Smirnov

    Westmont woman’s killer: She deserved it

    Jitka Vesel, her killer said in court Friday, deserved to die for “dumping” him. Dmitry Smirnov asked a DuPage County judge for a life sentence as he entered the guilty plea for ambushing his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend in an Oak Brook parking lot in April. When Judge Blanche Hill Fawell asked why he did it, Smirnov said, “Because you can’t just expect to just dump someone...

    President Barack Obama Friday during his Town Hall at the Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of University of Maryland.

    Obama, bipartisan leaders to meet again Saturday

    WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to cut federal spending and avert a threatened government default, sending compromise efforts into an instant crisis.

    Patrick Grill, community development director for Hanover Park, addresses business owners on July 21 talking about developer incentives.

    Hanover Park uses ads, bus tour to lure development

    Hanover Park touts tax incentives available to developers in a bus tour this week and in radio ads starring "TIF Man."


    Quinn grants 50 clemency petitions

    Gov. Pat Quinn has again dealt with a backlog of clemency petitions, granting 50 and denying 111 others. A Friday statement from Quinn’s office says he continues to chip away at more than 2,500 clemency cases that built up under his predecessor, ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    Bob McNamara, pump operator with the city of Arlington Heights, stands in knee-high stormwater almost 40 feet underground in the stormwater station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. He is getting ready to clean any debris that might clog the pumps' impellers, which will cause a flow problem and a possible backup.

    Tour underground world often taken for granted

    Ever wonder what happens 40 feet below the hustle and bustle of suburban life? Well, take a tour underneath Arlington Heights with the city's public works department to see how they keep us clean and dry.


    Lake County health programs to be cut

    The Lake County health department and community health center is reducing some programs and trimming jobs because of financial cuts, officials announced Friday. Customers will see some services disappear or have to wait longer for others, officials said. In all, 25 employees will lose their jobs, too.

    Cook County Circuit Judge Richard Billik granted Gov. Pat Quinn’s request Friday to hold off paying a 2 percent raise to state employees. An arbitrator ruled earlier this week that Quinn had to pay.

    Judge halts union raises temporarily

    Gov. Pat Quinn won a temporary halt on paying state employee raises that were due earlier this month. Cook County Circuit Judge Richard Billik granted Quinn’s request Friday to hold off paying the 2 percent raise.


    Palatine police continue railroad safety initiative

    Palatine police continue to focus on the department’s “Look, Listen and Live” initiative aimed at educating the public on railroad safety through the end of the year. Officers have increased their presence near the train tracks, warning people not to cross once lights start to flash and the gates lower. Fliers are being handed out and 35 violators have been cited.


    Hoffman Estates library branch’s future still unclear

    The Palatine Palatine Public Library District released a statement Friday that the future of the Freeman Road Branch in Hoffman Estates remains unclear after it learned the building from which it leases space went into foreclosure July 11. Officials are exploring options, looking into residents' suggestions and asking for everyone's patience.

    Some scientists say if the voracious Asian carp establish a foothold in the Great Lakes, they could unravel the food web by gobbling plankton needed by smaller fish that feed prized sport varieties such as walleye and trout.

    2 samples of Asian carp DNA found near Lake Michgan

    Two more samples taken from a waterway near Lake Michigan contained genetic material from invasive Asian carp, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. The samples were drawn from Lake Calumet, on Chicago’s South Side, during a second round of testing triggered by the discovery of Asian carp DNA there in May and June.

    Chicago resident Mary Ware sits next to a fan in her basement apartment on Thursday. She can’t afford air-conditioning.

    Heat a factor in 7 Chicago-area deaths

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office listed “heat stress” or “heat stroke” as the causes of death for seven people Friday.They range in age from 47 to 93.

    Browsing for handicrafts at the Arlington Heights Garden Club’s Unique Boutique at the Historical Museum Grounds.

    Arlington Heights Garden Club Garden Walk & Unique Boutique

    The 12th Annual Arlington Heights Garden Club Garden Walk and Unique Boutique will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont.

    Stephen Orland

    Additional sex charges against West Aurora band teacher

    Prosecutors add 27 sex charges against Stephen Orland, 42, of North Aurora. Orland was arrested in the spring on charges he had sex with two of his female students. Friday's indictment outlines sexual encounters at the West Aurora High School band room and in Orland's car.


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    Barkhausen seeks county board seat:

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    District 46 boss lauded as a patriot:

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 23

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined President Obama and Adm. Mike Mullen, the joint chiefs of staff chairman, in signing a notice and sending it to Congress certifying that military readiness would not be hurt by repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

    Obama ends ban on gays serving openly in military

    President Barack Obama on Friday formally signed off on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, doing away with a policy that's been controversial from the day it was enacted and making good on his 2008 campaign promise to the gay community.


    Police reports
    An Aurora man was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 12:17 a.m. Thursday at Phillips Park in Aurora. The man was accused of jumping the fence and swimming in the pool after it was closed.

    A landscape worker in Grayslake is reported in good condition after being involved in a lightning strike early Friday, authorities said. The employee was working outside at 5:50 a.m. at Landscape Concepts when lightning struck nearby and he received a shock, officials said.

    Grayslake landscaper shocked in lightning strike

    A landscape employee is resting at home after being shocked during a lightning strike early Friday, and one doctor said the victim is “very lucky” the outcome wasn’t worse. Officials said the victim, a 35-year-old man, was shocked while at work at Landscape Concepts in the 3100 block of Allegheny Road in Grayslake about 5:50 a.m.


    MCC adjunct faculty to get raises

    Adjunct faculty union members at McHenry County College are on track to get raises over the next four years so their salaries can match corresponding averages at other community colleges in the area, MCC officials said.

    Bob McNamara, pump operator for the city of Arlington Heights, stands in knee-high storm water down almost 40 feet underground in the storm water station located on the border of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. He is getting ready to clean any debris that might clog the pumps impellers which will cause a flow problem and a possible backup.

    Images: Beneath the streets of Arlington Heights


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stocked up on clothing only to be arrested according to two blotter incidents reported last weekend at Woodfield Shopping Center. One is accused of taking hundreds of dollars of jeans and another clothes valued at $734.


    Calif. man gets 4 years for stalking on Facebook

    SACRAMENTO, California — A Northern California man who trolled women’s Facebook pages searching for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.Superior Court Judge Lawrence Brown on Friday said George Bronk’s actions were equivalent to a peeping Tom who peered into people’s homes.


    Decatur gets ready for Farm Progress Show

    DECATUR, Ill. — Organizers say the heat that’s hit central Illinois is good news in one way for the Farm Progress Show.Show manager Matt Jungmann says the warmth should help late-planted demonstration crops get ready in time for the event, which starts on Aug. 30.But Jungmann admits the people getting ready for the show aren’t as happy about the heat as the corn is.


    Chicago middle school tosses thousands of dollars in supplies
    A Chicago middle school has allegedly discarded thousands of dollars in school supplies, some of them unused, even as the district grapples with budget cuts.WFLD-TV in Chicago reports that Northwest Middle School tossed books, chalk, glue and reams of paper, among other items, into a trash bin.


    Police identify boy, 5, shot dead by older brother

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Police in southwestern Illinois have identified a 5-year-old Belleville boy who was accidentally shot in the head with a shotgun fired by his 10-year-old brother. Belleville police say Kaden Mallory was killed Wednesday night at his home, and they’re still trying to figure out how the siblings got access to the weapon.


    Parolee gets 10 years on shooting-related charge

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A parolee convicted of shooting a man outside a southwestern Illinois strip club has been sentenced to a decade in prison.A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 45-year-old Raymond Smoot of Brooklyn to the maximum punishment for being a felon with a gun.


    1 dead, 2 wounded in Cortland shooting

    CORTLAND, Ill. — Authorities in northern Illinois say an Arkansas man is dead and two other people are wounded after a shooting in the DeKalb County town of Cortland. The DeKalb County sheriff’s department says 46-year-old Michael Sebourn of Redfield, Ark., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 3 a.m. Friday.


    Quinn touts drug prevention in new Ill. laws

    Gov. Pat Quinn says new laws that crack down on such things as key hallucinogenic substances in “bath salts” will strengthen the state’s drug-prevention efforts.


    Joliet officials eye closed prison as tourist draw

    Joliet officials believe a massive limestone prison featured in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers” could become a tourist destination.


    Peoria man convicted in 2009 killing

    PEORIA — A 31-year-old Peoria man could be sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of shooting another man to death in 2009.The Journal-Star newspaper in Peoria reports that David Brown was found guilty of murder Thursday in the death of Johnnie Whitehead of Peoria.Brown’s conviction carries a possible life sentence. He will be sentenced Sept. 8.


    Herrmann: Settlement reached in Island Lake dispute

    Island Lake officials have agreed to resolve the issues that prompted Mayor Debbie Herrmann to sue four trustees, Herrmann announced Friday.The lawsuit, filed in March in Lake County circuit court, will be dismissed if the village board approves an unspecified number of resolutions at its Aug. 11 meeting,


    Sugar Grove residents to get cheaper electricity

    Sugar Grove residents will see lower electric bills starting in October, as the village has arranged a lower-cost supplier than ComEd.


    World Youth Day celebrated in Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines

    Can’t make it to Madrid this coming August for World Youth Day 2011? The Archdiocese of Chicago is inviting Catholic teens and youth adults to participate in local events to celebrate the occasion, to be held at St. Mary's in Buffalo Grove and at Maryville in Des Plaines.


    Last suspect extradited to UN war crimes tribunal

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The last suspect wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal was extradited and jailed Friday, paving the way for the final prosecution by the court created 18 years ago at the height of the bloody ethnic wars in the crumbling Yugoslavia.


    AP Interview: IAEA chief says no Syria progress

    VIENNA — The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says his experts met recently with Syrian officials, but came away with no new information on Damascus’ nuclear activities.Yukiya Amano says “there was nothing concluded” from the talks earlier this month, which arose from a pledge by Damascus to cooperate with an IAEA probe.


    Hey, Americans: Advice from Earth’s heat experts

    There are places in the world where no one would think of frying an egg on the sidewalk — if only because there are few sidewalks, and eggs can be in short supply as well.But heat? They’ve got plenty of that.And they have plenty of advice for Americans who are wilting in a heat wave: Watch what you wear. Drink the right beverages. And if you can find a neem tree, camp out under it.


    Lawyer: Oligarch agrees to UK’s biggest divorce

    LONDON — Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has agreed to Britain’s biggest divorce settlement to date, his second wife’s lawyer said Friday.Deborah Levy said 52-year-old Galina Besharova got the settlement after Berezovsky admitted unreasonable behavior.


    Auction house says it sold Josef Mengele journals

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut auction house says it has sold the journals written by Nazi death camp doctor Josef Mengele. The sale is drawing criticism from a leader of Holocaust survivors who says the business was profiting off the sale of one of the worst mass murderers in history.


    Father of NYC subway bomb plotter is convicted

    NEW YORK — The father of an admitted terrorist was convicted Friday of charges he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son’s al-Qaida-sanctioned plot to attack the New York City subways in 2009 as one of a trio of suicide bombers.

    Christopher Hankins/chankins@dailyherald.com Batavia firefighters Lt. Jamie White, left and Chris LaFleur survey the scene where a large tree came down in Friday morning's storm, shutting down traffic along Rt. 31 near McKee Street. Crews hoped to have at least the northbound lanes reopened later this morning.

    Storms rumble through suburbs

    A line of strong thunderstorms moved through the suburbs this morning. They were not considered severe at this time, but but produced nearly continuous lightning as well as torrential rain.

    Jesus Escareno of Mount Prospect pours water on his head to cool down after a group run in Arlington Heights.

    North, northwest suburbs spared heat-related deaths

    Suburban hosptial emergency rooms have seen as much as a 20 percent increase in activity because of the heat wave, but so far no deaths have been attributed to heat in the North, Northwest and Western suburbs.

    World War II veteran Joe Chovelak holds a photo of the B-29 bomber he flew during the war. Chovelak flew 35 missions as a radio operator in the Pacific Theater.

    Naperville veteran to fly in vintage B-29 bomber

    Joe Chovelak of Naperville knows a little something about the World War II-era B-29 bomber that will be at DuPage Airport this weekend. His crew flew 35 missions during the war in the Pacific, he says, and he survived without "one single scratch."

    The DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore will open Saturday in Addison.

    DuPage Habitat opens Addison home improvement resale shop

    DuPage residents looking to revamp their homes for less will have a new resource starting Saturday, when Habitat for Humanity opens its first ReStore in the county at its new home in Addison.


    Elgin gets $634,000 to help cure flooding issue

    The City of Elgin will receive $634,000 in grant money from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – part of $5 million in green infrastructure funding announced Thursday to aid in stormwater management. Elgin’s portion will go toward combating sewer overflow in the Lord Street basin in the central part of the city.


    D21 strengthening its special education program

    Wheeling School District 21 plans to expand and strengthen its special education program as it prepares for the 2011-12 school year. A five-goal plan emphasizes including all students in general education, involving families as equal partners in the education and approaching student learning from a strength-based perspective.

    MacKenzie Schroeder, 2, of DeKalb, and her dad, Shaun, near the finish line in the Toddler Trot at the 13th annual Viking Summer Sunset Races.

    Geneva Summer Sunset Races a family affair

    Many families will run together or support a family member during the 14th annual Summer Sunset Races in Geneva. Around 650 to 700 runners are expected at this summer’s event, set for Wednesday, July 27, at Geneva Middle School South. “It’s a different kind of race,” said Doug Jones of Batavia. “There are a lot of families there, and we see a lot more variety from a...


    Harper guitar class for children gets grant

    Harper College's low-cost guitar course for local children received a big boost from the D’Addario Music Foundation -- a grant that will allow the college to fund scholarships for semiprivate and private lessons.

    Chicago Black Hawk Patrick Sharp, left, congratulates Peter Ninchich on his Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarship.

    Mount Prospect police welcome new member to force

    Sharman Galezewski, Community Consolidated School District 15 music facilitator and music teacher at Janes Addams School, received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to travel to the University of Maryland to attend a weeklong seminar titled “North American Slavery.”

    The life and comedy of Jack Benny will be explored by local historian Jim Bernard at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling.

    Comedy of Jack Benny at Indian Trails library program

    The comedy of Jack Benny will be detailed by local historian Jim Bernard as he remembers Benny’s life, career and plays excerpts from some of Benny’s radio programs at a special program 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling.

    This 1994 family photo provided by Lyle "Brad" Pogofsky via attorney Michael Botti shows part of a collection of autographed baseballs belonging to the late Larry Pogofsky, of Highland, Park, who had spent about 30 years collecting until his death in December. On Thursday, Pogofsky's son, Lyle "Brad" Pogofsky appeared in Lake Coounty court, on felony theft and burglary charges that came after the family alerted police he'd made off with some of his late fatherís autographed baseballs.

    Family feuds over Highland Park dad's baseball collection

    A family feud over valuable baseballs signed by the likes of Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio has included a will, a lawsuit, an order of protection and criminal theft charges. And behind it are two brothers whose Highland Park father had sat on the Chicago White Sox board of directors.


    Illinois motorcycle rider killed in southwest ND

    A motorcycle rider from Illinois was killed in a collision with a pickup truck in southwest North Dakota.


    Springfield considers waiting period for copper

    Copper thefts are on the rise, and officials in Springfield are considering a two-day waiting period to deter thieves looking to cash in their ill-gotten goods. Springfield Police Chief Robert Williams says he supports requiring a waiting period before people can get cash in exchange for precious metals.


    Indiana boy, 4, accidentally shot to death

    Authorities in suburban Chicago are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself at a liquor store.


    Naperville bookshop offers tech petting zoo for digital age

    Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville holds a "Technology Petting Zoo" July 25 to teach customers how to buy Google eBooks from their website and read them on a variety of new technology gadgets.


    Walking tours highlight unseen Naperville history

    Ever notice the antique architecture in a favorite restaurant? Or spot a particularly old looking building downtown? This summer Naper Settlement is taking to the streets to unearth the history residents experience in their every day lives.


    Prison resumes forcible medication of Loughner

    Prison officials have resumed forcibly medicating the man accused of wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, lawyers for the suspect said Thursday.

    The artificial limb put on the tortoise at didn't come from a high tech prosthetics lab. It came from an Ace Hardware store. The caster style wheel cost around $7.

    Tortoise's artificial limb came from Ace Hardware

    The artificial limb put on an African tortoise at Washington State University didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman.

    Wreckage identified as a Japanese torpedo plane was salvaged from the bottom of Pearl Harbor following the surprise attack Dec. 7, 1941.

    Skull discovered at Pearl Harbor

    Forensic scientists are conducting tests on a skull unearthed at the bottom of Pearl Harbor to determine if it belonged to a Japanese pilot who died in the historic attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

    Andrew Grant DeYoung

    Georgia's videotaped execution sets new precedent

    The video camera that recorded the execution of a Georgia death row inmate did more than give attorneys an account of the man's reaction to a new lethal injection drug. Death penalty experts say it could also lead to a flurry of new legal moves seeking more public access to secretive death chambers.

    The developer of the Roselle’s Rose Glen, above, and Darien’s Myers Commons senior housing projects is offering to help the DuPage Housing Authority prove it doesn’t owe the federal government as much as it’s been told to pay.

    Can developer bail out DuPage housing group?

    A developer insists the DuPage Housing Authority might not have to repay some of the millions of dollars it owes the federal government. But first, Michael Pizzuto must convince federal officials that he wasn’t given two no-bid contracts from the housing authority board he once served on.

    Swimmers enjoy Harold Hall Quarry Beach in Batavia Monday. The Batavia Park District is seeking bids for repairs that would prevent water from leaking out.

    Quarry Beach repair bids sought

    Bids are being sought for the renovation of Harold Hall Quarry Beach in Batavia.


    Garrett, local leaders to discuss power outages

    State Sen. Susan Garrett is asking municipal leaders in Lake and Cook counties to a meeting on July 28 in Lake Forest to discuss how to keep communities operating in widespread power outages.


    Bloomingdale school wants special-needs playground

    Parents and staff at DuJardin Elementary School in Bloomingdale would like to see their slogan "Playground fun for Everyone" become a reality. That's why they are working to raise $300,000 for a special-needs park at the school.

    Benjamin Wehrle, 10, of West Dundee is thrilled to be given the dubious honor of being named the winner of the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Thursday at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. The upside of having the stinkiest shoes was a $200 prize. He said his secret was “all kinds of manure.”

    Too much heat means too few people at Kane County Fair

    The second day of the Kane County Fair had vendors and others saying the same thing: It’s just too hot outside with a heat index of 100 degrees. "(Wednesday) was a disappointment. The hot weather just kind of kept people away,” Kane County Fair Board President Larry Breon said.

    A new Smashburger will open in Wheaton with a VIP event on Tuesday, July 26. Those interested can sign up for an online drawing. Winners will be notified by email.

    New Smashburger in Wheaton invites you to VIP event

    A new burger restaurant in Wheaton wants you to come in and see what it has to offer during a free VIP event. But first, you must go online to enter a drawing.


    Old divisions resurface at Winfield board meeting

    Winfield President Deb Birutis and Trustee Tony Reyes butted heads Thursday over recently lofted accusations she called "false" and "misleading." But at least the board first united to repeal limits on trustee communication with developers.

    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Oahu, Hawaii in June 2010.

    Images: Photo contest finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 18th.


    How to contact your federal lawmakers
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    How to contact your state lawmakers
    The 97th General Assembly will be sworn in today with a state in financial disarray and the economy dogging Illinoisans’ personal finances _ challenges in governing that don’t get much bigger.

    Participants in the 2010 Walk included: Back row: Linda Osikowicz, Walt Preucil, Ginger Hellwarth and Grant Hellwarth; front row: James Preucil and Betty Reed.

    Committee plans 29th annual Barrington Area CROP Walk

    Representatives of area churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations are preparing for the 29th annual Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk, an annual community hunger education and fundraising event sponsored by Church World Service.

    From left, District 96 Superintendent Julie Schmidt, Twin Groves eighth-grade Superintendent Award recipients Matthew Zalewski and Kya Suzuki, and Principal Jeff Brown.

    Twin Groves students receive superintendent awards

    The District 96 Twin Groves Middle School graduation ceremony took place on May 31. Board of Education members and Superintendent Schmidt celebrated the 203 eighth-grade graduates in the Class of 2011, including Superintendent Award recipients Kya Suzuki and Matthew Zalewski.


    Lake County probation featured at training workshops

    Representatives from the Lake County probation department will present two workshops at the upcoming training institute for the American Probation and Parole Association.

    The 15U Lake County Sidewinders members include: Alex Alvarez, Jeff Burton, Pat Burba, Alex Garland, Adam Gomski, Mike Kaska, Jerry LaSaint, Simeon Lucas, Ryan Newman, Ryan Noda, David Rzewnicki, Joe Sisk, Drake Talles, and Tino Torres; with head coach Larry Lucas and assistand coaches Bob Sisk and Tom Noda.

    Lake County Sidewinders head to USSSA World Series

    The 15U Lake County Sidewinders won the USSSA Carthage College Clash Tournament and qualified to play in the USSSA International World Series Championship Tournament held in Crystal Lake.


    Gavin Floyd threw 7⅔ innings of scoreless baseball Friday night in Cleveland.

    Guillen doesn’t regret postgame tirade
    Carlos Quentin hit a 3-run homer and Gavin Floyd shut down the Indians as the White Sox responded to manager Ozzie Guillen's criticism with a win over Cleveland.

    PAUL MICHNA/Pmichna@dailyherald.com Manchester United’s Ji-Sung Park has traveled the world, but sight-seeing opportunities are few and far between.

    Manchester United players mostly stick to business

    A six-year veteran with Manchester United, 30-year-old Ji-Sung Park has traveled the world and seen surprisingly little of it.

    Gavin Floyd was sharp, earning his second straight win after going 0-4 over six previous starts. The Sox blanked the Indians, 3-0.

    Floyd pitches Sox over Indians

    Gavin Floyd allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give the White Sox a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

    Darwin Barney, right, steals third as Houston's Chris Johnson applies a late tag during the fifth inning of the Cubs' win at Wrigley Field on Friday.

    Cubs' motto: Just win, baby

    It may have been only the Houston Astros, but the Cubs were more than happy to get a come-from-behind victory Friday over the Astros at Wrigley Field.

    Sylvia Fowles has been wearing a black wrap around her left wrist since injuring it on June 23. Fowles will miss today’s WNBA All-Star Game as she gets the wrist examined during the break in the regular-season schedule.

    Sky better hope Fowles’ wrist injury isn’t serious

    All-star weekend will be tarnished for Sylvia Fowles, Sky


    Winchester takes his shot in Stars and Stripes stakes

    Millionaire and multiple Grade I stakes winner Winchester heads a field of seven grass runners entered for Saturday's Grade III Stars and Stripes stakes, a 1½-mile turf contest that headlines Arlington Park’s Military Appreciation Day.

    Starlin Castro, left, attempts to tag Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio last Saturday. Castro came under fire from Cubs manager Mike Quade for missing a flyball against the Phillies on Wednesday, but the two seem to have moved past on.

    Quade says he wasn’t singling out Castro

    All seemed well between Cubs manager Mike Quade and shortstop Starlin Castro Friday, two days after Quade criticized Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney for a misplayed popup.

    Alfonso Soriano's solo homer helped spark a 4-run rally in the fifth inning as the Cubs beat the Astros 4-2 Friday.

    Homers power Cubs over Astros

    Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano hit fifth-inning homers and the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Friday.


    Andy Schleck is new leader in Tour de France

    ALPE D’HUEZ, France — Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck captured the Tour de France yellow jersey Friday on the famed Alpe d’Huez, setting up a pulsating finish with a weekend time trial and final dash to the Champs Elysees in Paris.Schleck overtook Frenchman Thomas Voeckler on the final day of racing in the Alps, making up a 15-second deficit during a 68-mile, brutally steep stage.“My motivation is super, my legs are good, my condition is there,” Schleck said. “So I’m confident I can keep this till Paris.”Voeckler cracked on the first of three daunting climbs. He never caught the leaders despite a gritty struggle and gave up the yellow jersey after wearing it for 10 days.With the race ending Sunday in Paris, Schleck leads brother Frank by 53 seconds. Australia’s Cadel Evans is third, 57 seconds behind.Frenchman Pierre Rolland captured the 19th stage, rewarding thousands of wildly cheering French fans who packed the finish. He attacked near the end of the mountain’s 21 punishing bends, dropping three-time champion Alberto Contador and Olympic champ Samuel Sanchez.“I grew up watching Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, watching how they climb the Alpe d’Huez,” Rolland said. “Now I’ve won the Alpe d’Huez. It’s going to take a minute to sink in.”Schleck , who lost the 2010 Tour by just 39 seconds to Contador, made good on Thursday’s promise to claim the yellow jersey. He had missed a chance to take the lead on top of the Galibier pass following a daring solo attack.On Friday, Schleck rode much of the time in a small group alongside Contador. But he chose not to follow the Spaniard when he attacked at the bottom of the 8.5-mile Alpe d’Huez.“I had no interest in chasing Contador or Sanchez,” Schleck said, with neither rider in contention for the yellow jersey. “Today I had bigger goals than to win the stage.”Schleck said he has not previewed Saturday’s stage, a 26-mile individual time trial in Grenoble. But he dismissed concerns that he isn’t a good enough time trialist to hold off Evans.“Everybody tells me it’s a time trial that suits me good, so I believe everybody and hope to show a good performance,” Schleck said.Rolland, who rides for Europcar and is in his third Tour, attacked as the stage drew to a tense finish toward the top of the 6,100-foot final climb. He clenched his fists and grinned widely as he crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of Sanchez and 23 ahead of Contador.Andy Schleck rode in 57 seconds behind Rolland in a group of six riders that included his brother and Evans. Voeckler arrived 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind Rolland. He dropped to fourth place overall, 2:10 behind.


    Chiefs’ owner confident of small-market clubs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sharing a sports complex with the Kansas City Royals gave Clark Hunt a firsthand look at a system that favors the rich. The Royals won the World Series in 1985. Since then, dwindling revenues and questionable management doomed baseball in Kansas City to a quarter century of last-place futility. But if the NFL owners’ proposal is approved by players, Hunt is confident there will still be a place for teams like the Packers, Jaguars and his Kansas City Chiefs. Revenue sharing and the viability of all franchises have been cornerstones of the league since his late father, Lamar Hunt, helped construct the modern NFL. Clark Hunt is a member of the owners’ negotiating committee. He says the proposal would be a good deal for everyone.


    Packers’ Underwood pleads not guilty to charge

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood pleaded not guilty to a count of disorderly conduct Friday after being charged in an incident with his wife the night the team got their Super Bowl rings last month.Authorities allege the 25-year-old Underwood ripped a necklace off his wife, Brandie, and pushed her to the ground at their home following the June 16 ring ceremony.Brandie Underwood has said the incident has been blown out of proportion and that’s she’s never been afraid of her husband even though she filed for divorce in May. She said earlier this month they are still living together and receiving counseling. Underwood is scheduled to face trial on Sept. 26. The Packers are aware of the incident, but have declined comment.


    Annett avoids jail time for drunk driving arrest

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Annett entered his plea Friday in North Carolina District Court. He was given a suspended jail sentence of 120 days and sentenced to two years unsupervised probation. Annett also was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and fined $200. Annett also must forfeit his driver’s license for one year. Annett’s sentencing was first reported by Scene Daily. He was arrested Feb. 6 after he ran into another car stopped at a light in Mooresville. Charges of resisting arrest, failure to reduce speed and unlawful use of a mobile phone were dismissed. Annett is ninth in the Nationwide standings and scheduled to compete this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.


    NFL executives meet to make plans for season

    ATLANTA — The NFL had hoped Friday’s seminar for general managers and other team executives would be spent discussing a labor agreement ratified by both players and owners.Instead, with players declining to vote on a proposed deal on Thursday night, the executives could only make sketchy plans.The lockout continues.“As far as I know,” said Broncos chief of football operations John Elway. “We were told there’s a lockout still in place as far as the way we handle it, the way we’re supposed to handle it.”No deal. No football — at least not yet.“We’re still in the same place we were,” Elway said.Executives from each team met for about four hours at an Atlanta airport hotel. The topic was the tentative 10-year agreement approved by owners on Thursday night.Owners want the players to approve their proposal, which would lead to the end of the lockout. But general managers were leaving Atlanta without knowing when they can begin negotiations with free agents.There also is no firm date for opening training camps.“The nature of our business is there’s always surprises and you have to be flexible,” said Carolina general manager Marty Hurney. “I think that applies right now more than any.”The version of the labor agreement that owners approved Thursday called for club facilities to open their doors for voluntary training on Saturday. But an Atlanta Falcons official said the team now is not expecting any players on Saturday.While awaiting the players’ vote, GMs were bracing for an accelerated free agency period which could overlap the start of training camp.Exciting?“I don’t know whether exciting is the right word,” Hurney said.“Obviously everybody has spent time preparing. That’s what we do. Now it’s just waiting. Be flexible and wait and see what happens.”When asked if he still hopes players could be at his facility this weekend, Hurney only shook his head.“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know.”After watching Hurney and other executives agonize over the continued uncertainty, Elway said he realized he was fortunate to be in his first year running Denver’s football operations.“I guess it’s a little easier for me than everybody else just from the fact everybody else is pretty used to a pretty unified offseason where everything is on a timeline,” Elway said.“For me, being in my first year and not knowing exactly what that is ... I guess I’m not as impatient as everybody else.”When asked if he is prepared for the hectic pace which would follow the players’ approval of the labor agreement, Elway said “We’re as ready as we can be.“We’ve been getting ready for seven months, so as soon as they shoot the gun off, we’ll be ready.”Hurney said his emphasis will be retaining the Panthers’ free agents, which include defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams.“I think we’ve said that all along,” Hurney said. “That’s been our philosophy and will continue to be our philosophy.”The four-month-old lockout wiped out normal offseason work, including mini-camps, which give rookies and newly signed free agents a chance to learn playbooks and schemes.Already, one game has been lost. The league called off the Hall of Fame exhibition opener, set for Aug. 7 between Chicago and St. Louis.


    Fowler tempted by Champions Tour challenge

    WALTON ON THE HILL, England — Much-traveled Peter Fowler of Australia is ready to try his luck on the Champions Tour in the United States.In 25 years on the European Tour, Fowler only won one event — the BMW International Open in 1993 — and hasn’t been in contention in the majors.However, Fowler is two shots off the lead at the Senior British Open. He’s quickly gained ground in three years on the senior tour, winning two tournaments this year along with three top-three finishes.The 52-year-old Fowler says he likes his chances in the United States, possibly starting next season.“Having played all around the world, I’d love to play there and actually experience American golf on a longer-term basis,” Fowler said Friday after shooting a 68. “I’ve traveled to Asia a lot and I’ve lived in England. I know how the rest of the world works. I don’t really know how America works.“But it would be great experience to play with players like Tom Watson on a regular basis. It would be a lovely opportunity.”If he keeps his place at the top of the European Order of Merit standings, Fowler would be exempt from qualifying and would go straight to the school finals, which take place at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona from Nov. 14-20. After four rounds, Fowler would have to finish in the top five to make the Champions Tour.Fowler’s resurgence after a modest career is all the more remarkable considering he had surgery on his back and hip in 2009.“My body’s feeling much better than it has for a while. I’ve done a lot of rehab — and I’m still doing it — and the body feels good,” Fowler said. “I think it’s helping my golf swing because I’ve got to pay special attention to make sure that my body doesn’t move around too much. I’ve played pretty good since November last year.”Fowler, who partnered Wayne Grady to a World Cup win for Australia in 1989, has his sights on a first major title after his strong start at Walton Heath.“I’ve just got to maintain what I’m doing,” he said. “I feel comfortable, so just more of the same.”


    Calcavecchia, Rinker lead US charge at Senior Open

    WALTON ON THE HILL, England — Americans Mark Calcavecchia and Lee Rinker had a two-shot lead after the second round of the Senior British Open on Friday.Calcavecchia — one of three overnight leaders — made six birdies in his 3-under 69. He was joined at 7 under by Rinker and Canada’s Rod Spittle, who each shot 67 at Walton Heath.It’s the first time since 2004 that at least three players have held a share of the lead after 36 holes of a Senior British Open.Australian Peter Fowler was two shots back after a 68, with American pair John Cook (67) and Mike Goodes (70) tied at 4 under. Defending champion Bernhard Langer faded with a 76, nine shots off the pace.Fowler, a two-time winner on the Senior European Tour this season, holed a pitch shot for birdie on No. 16. England’s Kevin Spurgeon had the low round with eight birdies for a 66.Bob Tway (70) and 2010 runner-up Corey Pavin (72) were tied at 3 under with England’s Barry Lane (70).Tom Watson had a bogey-free 68 to move into contention at 1 under, along with Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman, who each had a 72. Americans filled six of the top nine places, improving the likelihood of an eighth U.S. winner in nine years.Australia’s Mike Harwood and Zimbabwean-born Mark McNulty shared the overnight lead with Calcavecchia, but finished at 74 and 76, respectively.Calcavecchia and Rinker live near each other in Jupiter, Fla., and grew up playing junior golf together. However, their careers have taken different paths.While the 50-year-old Rinker doesn’t have a career victory, Calcavecchia is best known for winning the British Open at Troon in 1989 and has 12 more wins on the PGA tour.Calcavecchia is bidding to become the fourth player — after Watson, Gary Player and Bob Charles — to achieve the British Open double.“That would be awesome company to keep. They’re three Hall of Famers. That would be really special,” Calcavecchia said.Rinker, in his first season on the Champions Tour, only sealed his spot at Walton Heath with a top-10 finish last month at Endicott, N.Y. He had five birdies in a blemish-free round.“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this position,” said Rinker, whose best showings were two second places in 1997. “But my game’s been coming along this year. We’ll see how I hold up.”Spittle joined the American pair atop the leaderboard toward the end of the round, finishing with six birdies in the last 10 holes.Langer had a double bogey on the par-4 No. 4, adding to three other dropped shots.However, the two-time Masters champion made the cut, which came at 4 over. American amateurs Paul Simson (2 over) and Randy Haag (3 over) also made the cut.


    Khan, Judah meet in a crossroads 140-pound fight

    LAS VEGAS — Amir Khan often spars in camp with Manny Pacquiao, so he’s used to tough fights. Zab Judah plans to give him just that when they meet for real Saturday in a 140-pound unification fight.Khan and Judah both bring titles into the bout, which pits a veteran who has been in the ring against some big names against a fighter who seems to just be reaching his prime. It figures to be a crossroads fight for both boxers, though Khan is the one with a potentially brighter future.The British fighter said he took the fight because he only wants to fight the best.“I think everyone knows I’ve got a big task in front of me. I’ve got Zab Judah,” Khan said.

    Ozzie Guillen unloaded on his entire lineup — for good reason — after a dismal, uninspired loss to the Royals. Here, he argues a call against Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) with home plate umpire Jerry Meals, left, in the ninth inning of their baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday.

    Off-day good time for all to cool down

    Interesting how both of our managers blew their respective tops on the same day. Ozzie Guillen unloaded on his entire lineup after a dismal, uninspired loss to the Royals. Mike Quade lashed out at two of his youngest players for … simply losing a ball in the sun.

    Fever center Jessica Davenport attempts to shoot over Sky defenders Sylvia Fowles (34) and Michelle Snow on Thursday night.

    Fever wins again over Sky

    INDIANAPOLIS — After losing back to back games on the road, the Indiana Fever was glad to be back home.Jessica Davenport scored 20 points and had 5 rebounds to lead the Fever to a 77-63 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night. Indiana snapped a three-game skid and moved a half-game ahead of Connecticut for first place in the Eastern Conference.“It’s always nice to be at home and to have that home crowd behind us,” Davenport said. “I thought our road trip was pretty tough, but we had a great practice yesterday and everyone had energy. I think just being at home helped a lot.”The win was Indiana’s seventh straight over the Sky as the Fever improved to 18-4 all time against Chicago.The Sky’s Sylvia Fowles, who leads the league in scoring, had 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting.“We never bounced back when they went on their run,” Fowles said. “We didn’t do what we needed to do. We never got into a groove offensively.”Fowles attacked in the paint on several plays until the Fever made her more of a focal point on defense.“We had a really good effort being disruptive on defense tonight,” Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. “Sylvia had 21, but it was a hard 21. I thought we fought her and made her work hard.”Fowles, third in the league in rebounding, had just 1 on Thursday. Erin Thorn had 15 points and Epiphanny Prince added 12 for the Sky (8-9). The Sky only lead once, early in the first quarter at 5-3.“They came out like a team that lost a few and needed the win,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. “We’re at the turning point where we need to grow up, step up and recognize opportunities. It’s mental to physical. We played like a young team.”Davenport came off the bench for the second straight game. She started her first game with the Fever on June 25 and was in the starting rotation for eight straight games. But Davenport says she still is entering each game with the same goal.“My role hasn’t changed,” she said. “They still want me to be a presence down low whatever game we play or whoever we play against.”Tamika Catchings had 13 points and Tangela Smith added 10 for the Fever (11-6). Katie Douglas added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.“We came out real focused tonight,” Catchings said. “What we wanted to do was attack and score in transition. Between transition offense and even transition defense and on the boards, we talked about that. Between the three things we did a great job and got the ‘W.’”


    "I want to be entirely clear, no one wants default on the full faith and credit of the United States government, and I'm convinced that we will not," House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Friday.

    Debt talks crisis: Boehner, Obama trading blame

    House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and avert a threatened government default, sending already uncertain compromise efforts into instant crisis.


    Tech earnings help stocks end week with solid gain

    A big earnings miss from Caterpillar Friday wasn't enough to derail a rally that pushed the stock market up 2 percent for the week.


    Frontier Airlines back to normal service Saturday

    DENVER — Frontier Airlines says it expects to return to normal service including a full schedule on Saturday after repairing planes that were damaged by hail.A storm last week damaged 18 of Frontier’s Airbus aircraft at its hub at Denver International Airport. The airline canceled some flights after taking the damaged planes out of service for repair.Through Tuesday, Frontier had canceled more than 200 flights since the July 13 storm that caused about 1,000 passengers to be stranded at the Denver airport overnight. Frontier did not immediately return messages Friday seeking an updated number.The airline, a unit of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., said earlier this week that it contracted with charter airlines to operate 36 flights.


    Treasurys edge higher on hopes of debt deal

    NEW YORK — Treasury bond prices are edging higher after reports that President Obama is close to reaching a deal with Congressional Republicans to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. The deal is said to include $3 trillion in spending cuts and overhauls of the tax code that could raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues. Neither party has confirmed that a debt ceiling agreement is imminent. But if it is passed, the deal would allow the U.S. to avoid defaulting on its debt. The 10-year Treasury note is up 37 cents for every $100 invested Friday. Its yield fell to 2.97 percent from 3 percent late Thursday.The 30-year Treasury is up 72 cents for every $100 invested. Its yield fell to 4.27 percent from 4.31 percent.


    AP source: Apple considering Hulu bid

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. is in talks to potentially bid for video-streaming service Hulu, according to a person close to the situation.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about the matter. An acquisition of Hulu could bolster Apple’s iTunes store, which provides videos users can rent or buy, and help it compete with Netflix Inc. Hulu offers a subscription streaming service. It also brings in revenue from ads that accompany content it streams to users free-of-charge. Hulu, whose owners include The Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast Corp., started presenting its financial information to interested bidders late last month, after an unsolicited offer prompted its board to look for other offers.Apple’s interest in Hulu was reported earlier by Bloomberg News.


    Feds: Gulf disaster final report delayed slightly

    ATLANTA — A joint final report by the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling on what caused last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster will be delayed again.Following several extensions, the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement was due to release its final report by Wednesday. But a spokeswoman for the joint investigation team said Friday there will be a slight delay. Another formal extension has been approved.A new date wasn’t given.In its own preliminary findings, the Coast Guard said flaws in rig owner Transocean’s emergency training and equipment and a poor safety culture contributed to the April 20, 2010 explosion off Louisiana that killed 11 people. The blast led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


    Unemployment rates rose in majority of US states

    WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That’s a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment rates.Twenty-six states reported a net gain in jobs in June, while 24 states lost jobs. The changing trend in state unemployment rates reflects a weaker economy hampered by high gas prices and lower factory output. Nationally, employers added only 18,000 net jobs in June, the second straight month of feeble hiring. The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent.The economy expanded only 1.9 percent in the January-March period, and most economists expect similar growth in the April-June quarter. The government releases its first estimate for second-quarter growth on July 29.Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states for the 13th straight month. It rose in June to 12.4 percent, up from 12.1 percent in May. The state has been hampered by foreclosures, depressed home sales and a decline in tourism.It was followed by California (11.8 percent) and Rhode Island (10.8 percent). North Dakota reported the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.2 percent. Booming oil, agriculture and manufacturing industries have helped the state keep the nation’s lowest unemployment rate since November 2008. It was followed by Nebraska (4.1 percent) and South Dakota (4.8 percent).Some companies are cutting their work forces. Layoffs rose to their highest level in nine months in May, according to a separate Labor Department report last week. Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia reported the biggest job losses. Tennessee said 16,900 jobs were cut last month, led by steep losses in state and local government. Missouri suffered its biggest losses in education and health services.Those states were also affected by harsh weather this spring, which may have led to some job losses. Tennessee was swept by flooding, high winds, hail and tornadoes in June, which washed out bridges, downed power lines and temporarily closed a sewer treatment facility and a local airport.A May 22 tornado in Joplin, Mo., killed 159 people, destroyed more than 7,000 homes and displaced 5,000 workers in a city of just 50,000. The area reported 9,400 jobs were lost in June. The impasse in Washington over raising the federal government’s borrowing limit could affect several states, including Tennessee and Virginia. Those states could see a downgrade to their credit rating if the U.S. defaults on its debt, according to Moody’s Investors Services. The government reached its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit in May. The Treasury Department has said it will default on its debt if the limit is not raised by Aug. 2.Virginia is closely tied to the federal government because of its large number of military bases, defense contractors and government employees. A downgrade to a state’s rating would mean it would pay higher interest rates to borrow money. Analysts are expecting another weak month of hiring in July, based on recent data.The economy needs to generate about 125,000 jobs per month to keep up with population growth and prevent the unemployment rate from rising. It needs at least twice that many to rapidly reduce unemployment.

    The Wrigley Building

    Gum giant Wrigley leaving Wrigley Building

    Anybody who wants to talk gum with the folks at the Wrigley will soon have to go somewhere other than the Wrigley Building.


    ConocoPhillips reports power failure at Wood River refinery

    ConocoPhillips reported a power disruption yesterday at its Wood River refinery in Illinois, according to a filing with regulators.More than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide was released, according to the filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.Bill Stephens, a spokesman for ConocoPhillips, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail before normal business hours.The 380,900-barrel-a-day refinery north east of St. Louis operated at reduced rates for almost a month after a power failure June 25. The plant returned to planned rates by July 18.The refinery is located on the east side of the Mississippi River near Roxana, Illinois, about 15 miles northeast of St. Louis.


    Oil above $99 as Greece aid deal reached

    Oil prices hovered above toward $99 a barrel Friday after European leaders reached an aid deal aimed at stanching Greece's financial crisis.

    Chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, James Murdoch

    James Murdoch contradicted by his ex-legal manager

    James Murdoch was under pressure Friday over claims he misled lawmakers about Britain's phone hacking scandal, as a lawmaker called for a police investigation and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the media scion had "questions to answer" about what he knew and when he knew it.

    A Verizon worker is seen working near city hall in Newark, N.J.

    Verizon pulls in subscribers with iPhone; new CEO

    Verizon Communications Inc. is seeing a big boost from the iPhone, adding more new subscribers on contracts in the second quarter than it has in two and half years.

    A Caterpillar 328D LCR hydraulic excavator is shown working at the new Florida Marlins baseball stadium in Miami.

    Caterpillar 2Q profit jumps but shares tumble

    Caterpillar's second-quarter profit grew 44 percent and with strong demand for its heavy equipment, the company bumped up its outlook for the entire year Friday.


    GE 2Q profit up 21 percent, financial arm improves

    General Electric Co. said Friday that earnings grew 21 percent in the second quarter as its GE Capital lending arm continued to recover from the recession.

    A sign points to the McDonald's restaurant near the historic Pantheon in Rome, Italy.

    McDonald's net income rises 15 pct on strong sales

    Oakrook-based McDonald's Corp. says its net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter to $1.4 billion on rising sales around the world. The world's largest burger chain reported net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.35 per share, up from $1.2 billion, or $1.13 per share in last year's second quarter. Revenue rose 16 percent to $6.9 billion.


    U.S. stock futures mixed after Greece rescue deal

    U.S. stock futures are nearly flat as traders await a resolution to the impasse over the U.S. debt limit. News of a second bailout for Greece is lifting overseas markets.

Life & Entertainment


    Don’t let your origin determine your destiny

    Is it ever OK to tell a teen that if his parent(s) had a say, he would have been aborted? How about if a teen thinks his deceased parent (three years ago) was wonderful and his mother is the enemy, whereas the truth is the father wanted to abort the child when he found out about the pregnancy?

    "Beavis and Butt-head" creator Mike Judge came to San Diego's Comic-Con on Thursday to talk about the reboot of the series, which is set to premiere in October.

    Beavis & Butt-head return to MTV feisty as ever

    When the ever-adolescent Beavis and Butt-head return to MTV in the fall, even their own network won't be safe from the trash-talking duo's mockery, creator Mike Judge said during Comic-Con on Thursday.

    Barbara Robertson stars in Writers' Theatre world premiere of Keith Huff's crime drama "The Detective's Wife," directed by Gary Griffin.

    Theater events: 'Detective's Wife' run extended

    Barbara Robertson, star of Keith Huff's one-woman play "The Detective's Wife," remains on the case at Glencoe's Writers' Theatre, which has announced a second extension of the world premiere.

    Homes along Starling Lane in Rolling Meadows areamong the first homes built in the village by developer Kimball Hill.

    Neighborhood profile: Kimball Hill, Rolling Meadows

    The Kimball Hill subdivision began when builder Kimball Hill constructed small, affordable ranch homes in 1953 and named his development Rolling Meadows.


    Book notes: 'Civil War Road Trip' author at Lisle library

    Learn about Civil War sites in the United States, when Civil War historian and author Michael Weeks presents the "Finding Hallowed Ground: America's Civil War Sites Today" program at the Lisle Public Library.

    For the first time, music fans will be able to watch live concert coverage of Lollapalooza on YouTube.

    YouTube to live stream Lollapalooza

    "For those of us who can't make it (to Lollapalooza) — we have YouTube," founder Perry Farrell said when the video site announced it will live stream the Chicago music fest, which runs Aug. 5-7. For the first time, fans will be able to see extensive live concert coverage and YouTube will host "Lollapalooza Week" leading up to the event.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is indicating he does not want to pay his wife Maria Shriver spousal support following their upcoming divorce.

    Schwarzenegger doesn't want to pay Shriver support

    Arnold Schwarzenegger indicated in a court filing that he does not want to pay wife Maria Shriver spousal support or attorney fees as the couple ends their 25-year marriage. The dispute may have little impact on the divorce, since the former Hollywood couple is expected to reach a confidential, out-of-court settlement.

    You don't need to live near an ocean or be a New Englander to enjoy a clambake.

    Happy as a clam(bake)

    Like Thanksgiving dinner, clambakes are inextricably tied to New England, where historical lore tells us that American Indians instructed the Pilgrims in the process of steaming shellfish over seaweed in a rock-lined fire pit.


    Super Handyman: Maintain A/C unit to keep your cool this summer

    It’s hard to keep your cool during a long, hot summer, especially when your air conditioner can barely keep up with the excessive heat. We are here with some super-cool tips to help your air conditioner do its thing.

    Chris Evans, star of "Captain America: The First Avenger," waves to photographers at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.

    Chris Evans savors his time as 'Captain'

    "I just thought, 'There's no chance these people will have any idea who I am."' It's hard to imagine that anyone isn't aware of Chris Evans. The announcement that Evans would personify Captain America was met with both suspicion and excitement from fans. It's a feeling Evans understood.


    The nation’s housing: Referrals under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON — You probably know that federal law prohibits kickbacks among brokers and others in home real estate deals. That sounds pretty straightforward: You can’t give money to someone simply for steering a homebuyer or refinancer to a particular title agency, mortgage lender or escrow company without providing any actual services to the consumer.


    About Real Estate: Top five tax havens for retired homeowners

    Some states offer elderly homeowners lots of financial benefits, an important consideration for those who are (or will soon be) living on a fixed income.


    Home inspector: Reader finds fault in recent article

    Q. As a Realtor, I am a big fan of your column, but I’m concerned about some advice you gave in a recent article. A couple was planning to sell their home and wanted advice about disclosure.

    The Swifty Swine Productions Racing Pigs are set to return to the Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Enjoy the fun at the fair

    Yes, it may be hot outside, but what's summer without a county fair? Enjoy pig racing, carnival rides, animal exhibits, live music, games, food and more at the annual Kane County Fair this weekend.



    Hammer out a new union deal now

    Once again, state politicians have backed themselves into a corner and we all are expected to pay to rescue them, a Daily Herald editorial says. How about instead the politicians and union leaders finally face some harsh realities and hammer out a reasonable deal?


    Note to tea party: Don’t help Obama

    Columnist George Will: The tea party can reinstate a conservative agenda in government, but to do so, tea partyers must not help the incumbent achieve strike a splashy bargain involving big but hypothetical and nonbinding numbers.


    Leaders lead; this president hasn’t
    Isn’t it obvious at this point that President Obama is not a leader? Leaders take on a task and assume the responsibility for all facets of the job; they do not continue to blame virtually everyone else that preceded them when their job performance by all measure continues to decline.


    Some tough choices for fixing economy
    A Hawthorn Woods businessman offers some tough choices for the country to achieve fiscal stability.


    GOP will pay for wars, not services
    A Prairie View writers says Republicans are willing to pay for wars that a GOP president brought on but won't raise the debt ceiling to cover services and benefits that the American taxpayers have been taxed for.


    Holding the bag on Breuder’s contract?
    I am an employee of the College of DuPage and I have some concerns about the board’s recent actions. If Chairman David Carlin had wanted to give Dr. Breuder a vote of confidence, he could have done just that. It would have been appropriate for the board to go in turn and publicly praise Dr. Breuder’s accomplishments during his tenure as president of our college. Instead, Chairman Carlin chose to give Dr. Breuder an extension of his already lucrative contract. Dr. Breuder was already one of the highest paid community college presidents in the state, in large part due to the substantial raise he received after just four months on the job. Dr. Breuder had a good contract before, one that he felt was fair or he would not have accepted its conditions. By sidestepping the contract and adding a third non-negotiated year to an already lucrative contract, Chairman Carlin has put the taxpayers of District 502 on the hook for over a million extra dollars over the course of this contract. Chairman Carlin references previous boards in the July 17 article, and we all would do well to remember that those boards bought out the contracts of the two previous presidents. There is no reason to assume that this president will serve out this contract, and the taxpayers will once again be left holding the bag. Bob Hazard AuroraAssistant professor of English


    Teen drug problem still underestimated
    Upon the news of the apparent drug- and alcohol-related teen deaths recently in the Naperville area, it is heartbreaking that we’re burdened by such tragedies, and yet feel helpless about how to change these epidemics. The affordability of and ease of access to lethal substances and other drugs in this area have long been underestimated. We’re treating younger populations who have become more clever and resourceful about altering their state of reality.

    Daily Herald photographer George LeClaire took my ill-fated experiment of more than a decade ago to new heights by successfully frying an egg on the dashboard of his car.

    Daily Herald scoop: You can fry an egg in car

    More than a decade ago, I tried to confirm or deny the legend that in a heat wave that you can fry an egg on a car. Didn't work. But a Daily Herald photographer tried again this week -- with success!


    Cain scrutiny: Time to call out this bigot

    Eugene Robinson: It is time to stop giving Herman Cain’s unapologetic bigotry a free pass. The man and his poison need to be seen clearly and taken seriously.


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