Daily Archive : Saturday July 23, 2011


    Mundelein 12-year-old Rebecca Ackerman and her mom, Michele, sells items to Christopher Elliott, 5, of Mundelein, at a garage sale Saturday the girl organized to raise money for Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    Mundelein girl with rare disease raises funds

    12-year-old Rebecca Ackerman of Mundelein has had several surgeries at Children's Memorial Hospital. This weekend, she held a garage sale to raise money as one way to help the hospital that helped her.

    Itasca Fire Chief James Burke took the helm of the Itasca Fire Protection District in April.

    Itasca fire chief honed skills on front line

    James Burke has been there, fighting fires and saving lives. His new bosses say the experience will distinguish him in his new role as chief of the Itasca Fire Protection District. “If things get hairy, he has the knowledge to step right in and do what needs to be done,” said Mike Sullivan, president of the fire district board.


    Elgin church damaged by lightning

    No one was injured after lightning struck the steeple of Vineyard Christian Church in Elgin church early Saturday morning.


    Des Plaines man fatally shot

    :A Des Plaines man was fatally shot Friday night in what police describe as a dispute between rival gang members, Des Plaines police confirmed.

    David Borcean places flowers at the scene where a Lake Zurich teen was killed after a hit-and-run in Lake Zurich on Friday night. Two other teens were injured.

    Hit-and-run kills Lake Zurich teen

    An 18-year-old Lake Zurich woman died after she and two other teenagers were hit by a vehicle that fled the scene after a crash Friday night in Lake Zurich, authorities said.

    John Mesa vacuums the water off the ground in his brothers basement, in Mt. Prospect Saturday morning. There was about 6 inches of water this morning in his basment. Bill Mesa said his basement has never flooded like this before. They started the clean-up efforts at 5 this morning.

    Images: Record rainfall hits suburbs
    An intense round of storms brought historic rainfall to the suburbs Friday night into Saturday causing power outages and flooding. Here is a compilation of your photos and those shot by Daily Herald photographers.

    Floodwaters covered virtually the entire parking lot of International Plaza on Golf Road in Arlington Heights Saturday morning.

    Flooded parking lot gets attention

    The parking lot of International Plaza in Arlington Heights turned into a body of water so large it practically deserved a name Saturday after 7.25 inches of rain soaked the area in 24 hours.

    An unoccupied limo is stranded in high water on the east frontage road of Route 53 in Arlington Heights Saturday.

    Rain leads to floods, rescues

    An intense round of storms brought historic rainfall to the Chicago area Friday night into Saturday, and left the suburbs to deal with its consequences Saturday and beyond. “The ground is not going to have enough time to recover, even though we were dry for so long,” said meteorologist Richard Castro says.

    Libertyville resident Lance Corporal Kevin Cronin reacts to the large crowd that attended his homecoming parade which stepped off at Century Electric Supply in Libertyville and traveled west on Peterson Road to Austin’s Saloon and Eatery.

    Libertyville Marine returns to hero’s welcome

    A homecoming parade greeted Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Cronin on his return home to Libertyville Saturday.

    Joe Chovelak was a member of the 20th Air Force 29th Bomb group No. 314th Wing during World War II, stationed out of Guam. Where he was a radio operator on the B-29 Bomber. On Saturday, the Commemorative Air Force flew to the DuPage Airport their restored B-29 Bomber named “FIFI.”

    Vintage bomber draws crowds to DuPage Airport

    Jim McWethy couldn’t help but think of his father Saturday as he circled a vintage B-29 bomber at DuPage Airport with two cameras in tow. “I’m kind of reliving some of the stories my father told me at the dinner table as a kid,” he said.

    British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London today, July 23. The singer was 27 years old.

    Singer Amy Winehouse dead at age 27

    Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

    British singer Amy Winehouse performs during a concert at the Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

    Images: Amy Winehouse
    Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. A cause of death was not immediately known.

    Workers install safety fences after a fire displaced residents at the Colonial Green Apartments in Mount Prospect.

    Fire destroys Mount Prospect apartment

    Residents of a three-story apartment building in Mount Prospect escaped unharmed when a fire early Saturday destroyed a building in the Colonial Green complex.

    Max Zalusky, 1921-2011

    A D-Day survivor, a witness to history

    One of the first to reach Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, Max Zalusky survived D-Day while men all around him were killed. The suburban resident went on to lead a long, active life, passing away last week at the age of 90.


    Palatine man charged with selling heroin

    A 43-year-old Palatine man has charged with posession of heroin after a sting operation by local police.


    Barrington man faces rape charges

    A 20-year-old Barrington man was jailed Saturday on charges of raping a 16-year-old neighbor during the July 11 power outage.

    Richard Mario Distasio

    N. Aurora man charged with sex assault

    A North Aurora man is being held in jail on $100,000 bond after being charged with multiple offenses including aggravated criminal sexual assault and endangering the health/life of a child, authorities said.North Aurora


    Mount Prospect library closed due to flooding

    Flooded parking garage forced Mount Prospect Public Library to close Saturday and Sunday. Staff hopes to reopen Monday.

    In this Aug. 11, 1993 file photo, Army Gen. John Shalikashvili speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington accompanied by President Bill Clinton and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell. On Saturday, July 23, 2011, the White House said Retired Gen. Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died.

    Retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili dies

    Retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who counseled President Bill Clinton on the use of troops in Bosnia and other trouble spots, has died, the Army said in a statement. He was 75.


    Celebrities tweet responses to Winehouse’s death

    Celebrities used Twitter Saturday to react to news of singer Amy Winehouse's death.

    Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, right, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra attend a vigil for victims of Friday’s attacks in Oslo and Utoya island, outside Oslo Cathedral, Saturday, July 23, 2011. A massive bombing Friday in the heart of Oslo was followed by a horrific shooting spree on an island hosting a youth retreat for the prime minister’s center-left party. The same man, a Norwegian with reported Christian fundamentalist, anti-Muslim views, was suspected in both attacks.

    Norway police arrived 90 minutes after firing began

    Police arrived at an island massacre about an hour and a half after a gunman first opened fire, slowed because they didn’t have quick access to a helicopter and then couldn’t find a boat to make their way to the scene just several hundred yards (meters) offshore. The assailant surrendered when police finally reached him, but 82 people died before that.

    Firefighters and civilians search for passenger from the wreckage of a train crash in Wenzhou, in east China’s Zhejiang province, Saturday, July 23, 2011. A Chinese bullet train lost power after being struck by lightning and was hit from behind by another train, knocking two of its carriages off a bridge.

    At least 32 dead in China train crash

    China’s state media is reporting that at least 32 people were killed when a Chinese high-speed bullet train lost power after being struck by lightning and was hit from behind by another train.

    President Barack Obama meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., right, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Washington, to discuss the debt.

    Debt crisis: Obama, leaders briefly meet

    Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the U.S. workweek.


    Passenger train derails in Syria

    A passenger train derailed and caught fire in central Syria on Saturday, killing the driver, authorities said. The regime blamed the crash on "saboteurs" tied to the country's four-month-old uprising, but opposition figures dismissed the accusation.

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center is seen in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2001. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military’s flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care for more than a century, is closing its doors.

    After more than a century, Walter Reed to close

    Hundreds of thousands of the nation’s war wounded from World War I to today have received treatment at Walter Reed, including 18,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    A worker unloads rubble at a landfill Thursday in Galena, Kan., where some of the 2 million cubic yards of tornado debris have been hauled from nearby Joplin, Mo. Two months after a tornado destroyed a large swath of Joplin and killed 159 people, cleanup and rebuilding rebuilding efforts are taking shape across the city.

    Cleaning up the aftermath of the Joplin tornado

    Two months after a huge tornado split Joplin in half, the recovery here has barely begun, and the city remains focused on cleaning up massive mounds of debris. But local leaders say Joplin and the neighboring village of Duquesne already face another question: How much to rebuild and how much to reinvent?

    Some airline customers won’t see savings this weekend even though several federal taxes on tickets have expired. The taxes expired after midnight Friday, July 22, 2011, when Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration running. A number of airlines say they’ve raised fares to offset any tax savings.

    Some airlines hike fares as taxes expire

    Some airline customers won’t see savings this weekend even though several federal taxes on tickets have expired. US Airways and American Airlines raised fares to offset the tax savings.


    Glen Ellyn apartments damaged in blaze

    Firefighters evacuated four families from a burning apartment building in Glen Ellyn early Saturday, but officials said no one was hurt. The blaze on Greenwood Court, northwest of Roosevelt Road and Main Street, broke out about 6:40 a.m.

    “American Picker” co-star Frank Fritz and appraiser Brian Meyer, right, try to determine the value of a post- World War II Baier cigarette lighter owned by Matt Reed, left, a computer programmer for Sears.

    ‘American Pickers' star comes to Hoffman Estates

    "American Picker" star and antique collector Frank Fritz visited Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, where hundreds of employees lined up with their family treasures for him to evaluate.

    Wildlife veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen monitors the heart of an anesthetized muskox.

    Former Wheaton woman tends to Alaskan wildlife

    Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen treats her patients - the moose, caribou, sea lions and other wildlife populations of Alaska - in some pretty unusual circumstances. Once, “I had to keep up to seven bears (at a time) anesthetized on a bush plane,” the Wheaton Central grad said.

    Mary Ware sits still on her bed next to the fan while waiting for a ride for dialysis July 21 in Chicago. Ware, 62, who suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes and requires dialysis three times a week, lives in a basement Chicago apartment with her son and daughter. She receives disability income but can't afford air-conditioning. Thousands of low-income people across the nation are having trouble paying their electric bills during this sweltering summer because the assistance normally available isn't there after Congress cut millions of dollars used for the program.

    Utility: Electricity demand up with temperatures

    Electricity usage in Illinois has soared along with the sweltering temperatures. Ameren Illinois says it hit new highs this week for electricity demand during the oppressive heat.


    Ill. ads urge African-Americans to be organ donors

    Secretary of State Jesse White is launching an ad campaign aimed at urging more African-Americans to be organ and tissue donors.


    Weak demand, economy slow Indy redevelopment plan

    Big plans to redevelop eyesores near downtown Indianapolis have been slow to get off the ground because of a weak market and sluggish economy, but city leaders say they're confident the projects will move forward — eventually.


    Area faith leaders invited to attend breakfast focusing on unemployed

    A nondenominational prayer breakfast to address the issue of unemployment in the suburbs will be held 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. The breakfast is organized by the nonprofit CareerPlace, the former Barrington Career Center, which helps job seekers in nearly 80 communities in the North and Northwest suburbs.

    Micky Dolenz

    Micky Dolenz in concert in Elk Grove Tuesday

    Micky Dolenz, lead singer of the Monkees, will be the final performer of the Elk Grove Village summer concert series, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Village Green, on Wellington Avenue. The concert is free.

    Wall fans cool feeding holsteins at the Simpson farm July 21 in Braintree, Vt. It's not often Vermont gets temperatures in the 90s, with high humidity. When it does, dairy farmers make sure their cows have plenty of water and shade and know to expect less milk. That's what they're doing now, as the state endures more sweltering summer weather. At Circle Saw Farm in Braintree, Robert Simpson has huge ceiling fans in a free-stall open air barn holding 300 cows.

    Wis. dairy farmers grateful for cooling temps

    Wisconsin dairy farmers are glad to see temperatures returning to manageable levels. Dairy cows generally prefer cool temperatures. When the mercury hits the 90s, as it did this week, cows tend not to produce as much milk.


    Mt. Prospect Friday concert is acoustic ensemble

    The next Mount Prospect Friday Concert on the Green is scheduled for July 29, featuring the band, Not Too Far From the Tree, a fiery acoustic roots ensemble. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at Village Green, in front of village hall, 50 S. Emerson Street.


    Des Plaines dance troupe performs at ‘Live at the Lake’

    Fresh from their impressive stand at the 2011 Dance America Nationals competition, Artistry in Motion of the Des Plaines Park District, performed 20 pieces from their repertoire at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion on July 14.


    Hanover Twp. collecting school supplies for needy kids

    Once again, Hanover Township is asking the community for donations of school supplies and backpacks for youth returning to school in the fall. Last year, over 700 backpacks filled with supplies were given to community youth.


    KeyLime Cove raises funds for Gurnee programs

    Various community organizations in Gurnee will be the beneficiary of a special "Community Days" fundraising effort by KeyLime Cove and United Way of Lake County. The promotional event raised more than $69,000.

    Citizens for Conservation workers use a seining net to see what lurks in the water.

    Kids can explore water with naturalist

    Citizens for Conservation presents “Up a Creek with CFC,” a Leave No Child Inside class, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Join in a fun-filled afternoon discovering what lives in creeks.

    A volunteer distributes silly hats at last year’s National Night Out in Schaumburg.

    Open swim at Schaumburg Night Out

    The Schaumburg Park District will host National Night Out from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way.

    Before setting out on a walk to see fireflies, Kane County Forest Preserve Naturalist Valerie Blaine explains how to identify the male and female of species. Males have two lighted segments (seen here) and females have one. Females also fly close to the ground, and males fly higher up, often in the trees.

    Fireflies figure in summer memories

    It’s tough to name an insect that is universally loved, but there is one that is near and dear to everyone’s heart: the firefly.

    Wheaton’s Cantigny Park will celebrate the 131st anniversary of Robert McCormick’s birthday with a variety of ceremonies and activities Saturday, July 30.

    Cantigny to celebrate anniversary of McCormick’s birth

    It won't be your average birthday party when Cantigny Park celebrates the 131st anniversary of Col. Robert McCormick's birth. The bash is scheduled for July 30.

    Got water filling your basement? Or tree limbs littering your yard? Share your photos with us at storm@dailyherald.com and we will publish.

    Share your storm, flooding photos with us

    Got water filling your basement? Or tree limbs littering your yard? Share your photos with us at storm@dailyherald.com and we will publish.


    3 years later, Kane County gets Hurricane Ike money

    It’s been almost three years since the remnants of Hurricane Ike drenched Kane County, but the storm’s legacy is now raining money on a couple local communities. Kane County learned this week it will receive $2.27 million is disaster relief money that languished for years in state coffers.

    The DuPage County Plowboys, Somonauk Blue Stockings and Oregon Ganymedes will play a round-robin vintage baseball tournament from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Cantigny Park.

    Cantigny playing host to vintage baseball

    You think the Cubs and Sox are setting baseball back 100 years? Check out Cantigny Park this weekend when vintage baseball teams will show you how things were done on the diamond in 1858.


    Rules and lingo
    Cantigny Park will once again celebrate America's favorite past time by having a day to watch baseball played by 1858 rules and regulations on Sunday, July 24.

    Mark Mitrovich

    Mitrovich gets $25,000 bump entering final year of contract

    Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Mark Mitrovich gets a 12 percent boost in pay and benefits in the final year of his three-year contract. School board members say the extra $25,000 will keep the district competitive if it needs to search for a new leader.

    Former U.S. Army Cpl. Rodolfo Hernandez, seated, and former Navy Petty Officer Michael Thornton, with microphone, acknowledge the applause. On the right are Chip Borkowski, Medal of Honor committee volunteer and Richard L. Duchossois, of Arlington Park racetrack.

    Barrington welcomes Medal of Honor winners

    Two of the 85 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor spoke to an enthusiastic reception at Barrington High School on Friday, a moving and fascinating event.

    Chicago Fire defender Pari Pantazopoulos waits after practice in front of an American flag hanging on a fence around Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

    Mount Prospect native fired up to face ManU

    In January Pari Pantazopoulos, Mount Prospect proud, beat 210 other wannabes from 19 nations in the Chicago Fire’s open tryout. And this weekend he could find himself on the same field as the world’s most famous club, Manchester United, competing against some of the best athletes in the world.

    Associated Press Andrew Hosman confers on a patient’s chart with his grandfather Elliott Partridge, chief of the medical staff and chief of emergency medicine at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Ill.

    Grandson joins granddad in health care

    Ferrell Hospital in downstate Eldorado boasts what is undoubtedly one of the few grandfather-grandson combinations in rural health care.

    Charlotte Rayburn, left, shows an optical device to a group of children in the one-room Bethel School in June at the Friends Creek Conservation Area near Cisco, Ill. Built circa 1890, the school welcomed its last class in 1946.

    One-room schoolhouse still offers lessons

    The one-room Bethel School, tucked away amid the splendid isolation of Friends Creek Conservation Area near Cisco, hasn’t heard the patter of tiny feet since 1946, when it welcomed its last class. But building still has much to teach us about the way America used to learn how to read, write and do `rithmetic.

    Queen Bess

    Vocal Siamese have distinct personalities

    Siamese cats have been around for thousands of years, and were considered royality in Siam. Today's Siamese have different colorings and shapes, but have very distinct personalities.

    Zack, Cosley Zoo gift shop’s “guard cat,” is a rescue — just like many of the animals that live there.

    Cosley’s ‘guard cat’ reinforces zoo’s mission

    The gift shop at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton has a guard cat. His name is Zack, and he takes his job very seriously. Like many animals at the park, Zack is a rescue and gives zoo staff an opportunity to talk to visitors about animals that depend on humans for survival.

    Becky Anderson, president of the American Booksellers Association, served as a panelist in July for the 2011 Booksellers New Zealand annual conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Naperville bookseller named trade association president

    Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville and Downers Grove, recently was elected president of the American Booksellers Association.

    The Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of Larry J. Carle, performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” June 30 at Lake Park.

    Des Plaines band performs Live at the Lake

    The Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band performed Thursday, June 30, at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion as part of the Live at the Lake free summer entertainment series.


    War over, but massacres continue in Ivory Coast

    ON THE BANKS OF THE CAVALLY RIVER, Ivory Coast — The inauguration of Ivory Coast’s new president played out before a crowd of tens of thousands. Women wore dresses printed with his portrait. World leaders flew in for the day in a show of international support.The massacre by the president’s men started the day after, at dinnertime.

    Ed Ikemire, of Findlay, Ill., is making a casket for himself in red oak with walnut trim and inlays.

    Woodworker crafts own casket

    Ed Ikemire is about six months into the coffin creation, and if he really puts the hammer to the nails, reckons he could be done in four months. Not that he’s in any rush to go gentle into that good night.

    Jenni Rook, acting clinical director at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, works with Jaden, 5, during a therapy session in Chicago.

    Art therapy offers outlets for military children

    Operation Oak Tree, a Chicago-based arts therapy program, helps families of military personnel deal with the emotional roller coaster that accompanies the many stages of deployment. About 230 family members of Illinois National Guard soldiers have taken part.


    Flash flood warnings in effect throughout suburbs

    A flash flood warning remains in effect in northern Cook, Lake, DeKalb, McHenry and northern Kane counties until 6:30 a.m., the National Weather Service says. And a warning is in effect until 7:30 a.m. in southern Cook and northeastern DuPage counties. Flooding's been seen in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg.

    George Bronk listens as he is sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday in Sacramento, Calif. Bronk, who violated the online privacy of women in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and England, had searched their Facebook pages for clues that allowed him to take over the their email accounts. After searching their folders for nude or seminude photographs or videos they had sent to their husbands or boyfriends, he then distributed the images to their contact lists.

    California man gets 4 years for stalking on Facebook

    A California man who trolled women’s Facebook pages searching for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts was sentenced Friday to more than four years in state prison after a judge rejected a plea for a lighter sentence and likened the man to a peeping Tom.

    Kane County Judge Clint Hull, center, recently swore in nine new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers: Lisa Buss, Veronica Castro, Yuri Gadbois, Luanne Irvin, Laura Martinez, Linda Morrical, Mary Ann O’Donnell, Kristie Svaleson, Kara Overman.

    Judge swears in advocate volunteers

    Kane County Judge Clint Hull recently presided over the swearing in of nine new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.


    Audition for ‘Bleacher Bums’
    The Geneva Underground Playhouse will hold auditions for September performances of “Bleacher Bums,” the play written by Joe Mantegna and members of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company about die-hard, bleacher fans of the Chicago Cubs.


    MCC offers computer training

    The McHenry County College Shah Center offers instructor led, hands-on computer training with access to the most up-to-date techniques and standards in business and industry. These programs will be held at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry.

    ManorCare of Elk Grove Village Volunteers of the Year Stephe Worobec and Sue Alberger at the “Volunteers are Everyday Heroes” appreciation event in June.

    ManorCare of Elk Grove recognizes volunteers at appreciation event

    On Wednesday, June 22, ManorCare of Elk Grove Village hosted a volunteer appreciation event, “Volunteers are Everyday Heroes.” There were 25 volunteers in attendance and recognized: individual volunteers, youth groups, community groups, church volunteers and time and talent volunteers along with patient and family volunteers.

    Silver medalist Sydney Niewiedzial of Hoffman Estates.

    Irish dancers medal at championships

    Moira Kramp and Sydney Niewiedzial of Chicago’s Trinity Academy of Irish Dance took silver medals at the North American Irish Dancing Championships, held July 2-6 in Nashville, Tenn.


    Cory Gibbs looks to the goal after his header to give the Chicago Fire a 1-0 lead over Manchester United at Soldier Field on Saturday.

    Fire stoked by its performance vs. mighty ManU

    All the troubles the Chicago Fire has had scoring in Major League Soccer this season, then it goes and throws a scare into mighty Manchester United. Maybe the Fire's problem hasn't been that it was outplayed by MLS teams.Maybe it's just been bored by them.The players were proud of their performance despite losing 3-1 to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon in front of 61,308 at Soldier Field. The Fire led for 53 minutes, the only MLS team so far on this American tour to take an advantage on Manchester United. In fact, the Fire had a number of chances to expand its lead.Not that the Fire wanted to think about the ones that got away.“You have to understand who we're playing against,” Fire interim coach/technical director Frank Klopas said. “We put a very good challenge.”“For me more than anything we made the game competitive and every time we step on the field I want to make sure we improve and get better as a team. In the final third we still need to be working on stuff, the decision-making, the final pass.”“We had to work hard for the victory, then once we equalized we were able to do anything,” Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson said of his club's 3 consecutive second-half goals. “The Chicago Fire played well. Very good in the counterattack. They gave us some problems. They could have scored 2 or 3 more. “So it was a good workout for us. We're pleased with that.”The truth is the Fire hasn't been as bad as its place in the MLS standings would indicate. As its dozen draws suggest, the Fire hasn't been blown out in league play, just as it wasn't blown out Saturday. And for the most part, the club has good talent by MLS standards, if not by English Premier League standards. The Fire's 1-0 halftime lead was no fluke. The Fire had more shots on goal in the first half (5-1) and outshot Manchester United 10-5. Young Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was tested a few times and earned a mixed review from Ferguson.In was a typical Fire game: lots of shots, including Orr Barouch hitting the left post in the 63rd minute, but trouble finishing. Defensively, a mistake was costly on the second goal, again a persistent problem for the Fire.“I think when you're playing against a team like that you need those (shots like Barouch's) to go in,” Fire captain Logan Pause said. “We created some pretty good chances. Hopefully, the fans enjoyed it because anytime you get to play against guys like that it's fantastic. We enjoyed it. Obviously, the result wasn't what we had hoped, but the result's not the most important thing in this situation.”The Fire took the lead in the 13th minute, Cory Gibbs heading in a Marco Pappa free kick. “It was awesome,” first-half Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson said. “It definitely gave us a boost to start off. To be able to go up a goal early on a team like that, I think it does wonders for your team's confidence.”Manchester United's first goal came in the 66th minute when Wayne Rooney tracked down a long ball from Rio Ferdinand and deftly chipped it over 6-foot-6 backup goalkeeper Jon Conway, who was charging Rooney with his arms upright.Rafael da Silva gave Manchester United the lead in the 75th minute when he showed some skill dribbling in on Conway from the keeper's left and putting a shot off his leg and into the net.Nani took advantage of miscommunication in the back between Gibbs and Conway to make it 3-1 in the 82nd.“When you give teams like this one or two opportunities, they don't miss,” Klopas said. “But I was very happy, very pleased with first the performance of all my players, and it was great because we got an opportunity at least to get everyone on the field.”


    Rush plagued by turnovers, penalties in loss

    After a season of battling turnovers and penalties, the Chicago Rush gave away Saturday's regular season finale in familiar fashion: turnovers and penalties.


    Rush stumbles in regular-season finale

    Just a week after securing the Central Division title with a win over the second-place Dallas Vigilantes, the Chicago Rush fell apart against the Milwaukee Mustangs in the Allstate Arena, giving up their regular-season finale 54-34 Saturday.


    Cook County Legion, IHSBCA postponed

    Heavy rains Saturday morning forced the postponements of the Cook County American Legion baseball tournament finals and the championship game of the Lake Park regional between Schaumburg and St. Viator in the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Summer Classic.


    Elgin Post 57 advances to state finals

    The baseball team representing American Legion Post 57 of Elgin continues to make winning look easy. Post 57 hammered the host team from Lena 16-0 in seven innings to win the Second Division Tournament on Saturday. The victory advances Elgin (26-9-1) to the American Legion state finals at Jim Sundberg Field in Galesburg July 27-29. It is the third state finals berth in Elgin Post 57’s history and its first since 1995.

    Carlos Quentin has the only 3 home runs hit by the White Sox since the all-star break.

    Sox need to turn on the power

    The White Sox have hit only 3 home runs since the all-star break and Carlos Quentin has supplied all the power. Don't blame the Sox for failing to clear the fence Saturday night - their game against the Indians at Progressive Field was rained out.

    The West’s Swin Cash, left, drives around the East’s Tamika Catchings during the second half of the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday. Cash was named MVP despite a 118-113 victory by the East.

    Douglas’ 3-pointer leads WNBA East stars

    Four-time all-star Katie Douglas capped one of the closest WNBA midseason showcases ever by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.7 seconds left, and the Eastern Conference hung on for just its third All-Star Game victory over the West, 118-113 on Saturday.


    Rose, NBA stars shine overseas

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose joined a group of NBA stars for an exhibition game in the Philippines on Saturday. One highlight of the 131-105 victory by the NBA squad was a one-handed alley-oop pass from player-coach Kobe Bryant to Rose.

    The West’s Becky Hammon, right, is blocked by the East’s Tamika Catchings during the second half of the WNBA All-Star Game. Catchings was named one of the top 15 players in the league’s history Saturday.

    Leslie, Cooper, Taurasi top WNBA’s Top 15

    Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper and Diana Taurasi lead the list, and one-time Stevenson High School standout Tamika Catchings also has been chosen as one of the WNBA’s Top 15 players of all time.

    Fans wait out a rain delay before the start of a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox Saturday

    Rain postpones White Sox at Indians

    CLEVELAND — David Huff lived up to the nickname he acquired in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. Yep, The Rain Man struck again.The left-hander never got a chance to make his scheduled start against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, which was postponed by rain without a pitch being thrown."I'm used to this," Huff said. "When I pitched at Triple-A in Buffalo a few years ago, they called me 'The Rain Man' because every time I was scheduled, we got postponed or I had to go out there in bad weather."This time, Huff lost his chance completely. Indians manager Manny Acta said right-hander Justin Masterson will start the series finale Sunday against Chicago. Huff will be moved back in the rotation.White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will stick with Edwin Jackson, who was geared up to try to beat the Indians for the ninth consecutive time until the rains came. The right-hander is 8-1 in his career against Cleveland.The teams and fans waited for exactly two hours before a decision was made. A makeup date was not announced. The White Sox return to Cleveland for a three-game series, scheduled for Sept. 20-22.With radar showing a line of thunderstorms approaching, the infield was covered minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, although it was not raining. There was a brief shower and some occasional drizzle, but for the most part fans sat in the stands watching other games or old cartoons on the giant videoboard."I couldn't sit still for a while, because I was pumped up to pitch," said Huff, who worked seven shutout innings Monday after being called up from Triple-A Columbus.Notes: Indians rookie RHP Alex White reported no discomfort Saturday, one day after throwing a bullpen session. White, out since May 21 with a strained right middle finger, threw all his pitches and is scheduled to work a simulated game Monday. ... Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar left the team to go to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction of his younger brother, Roberto. Minor league field coordinator Tom Wiedenbauer will coach first in his absence. ... The rainout was Cleveland's fourth, and third at home, this year.

    Randy Wells allowed the first two Astros runners to reach base Saturday, but the Cubs’ righty didn’t allow either to score.

    Wells stays calm, works out of first-inning jam

    When Randy Wells opened Saturday’s game against the Astros by allowing the first two men he faced to reach base, no one could be blamed for thinking it looked like deja vu all over again.The young righty, who has struggled early in games all season, was thinking the same thing.“For a second there I thought, ‘Here we go again,’” said Wells (2-3). “I just tried to stay calm and make pitches.”That he did, inducing Hunter Pence to fly out and ending the jam with strikeouts of Carlos Lee and Chris Johnson.“I was able to make some key pitches and make some big outs,” Wells said. “It was good. That got me a little fired up and ready to go.” The Sori story:After going 2-for-4 Friday, including his first home run in over a month, Alfonso Soriano was upbeat and quick to credit an improved mental approach at the plate.“I can’t control the whole situation,” Soriano said. “I have to think about me and what I can do to help the team win.“I can’t think too much about the situation — just see the ball and do my job. When I think too much, I forget how to see the ball and forget how to hit.”Cubs manager Mike Quade likes the new approach.“There’s a fine line between your thought processes and being up there thinking,” Quade said. “Normally, once you step in the batter’s box, your mind better be clear because you’re going to be a better player, a better hitter if it is.”Things didn’t go quite as well for Soriano on Saturday; he was 0-for-3 and was booed lustily after striking out in the seventh inning.Random hops:Aramis Ramirez leads the majors with eight first-pitch home runs this season. ... Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland was in attendance Saturday. … Following this homestand, 35 of the Cubs’ final 60 games will be on the road. … The Cubs have 24 come-from-behind wins this season (T-7), but have lost 30 games in which they’ve had the lead — that’s most in the majors. The quote:“He’s not just been good, but consistently good.”— Mike Quade on Aramis Ramirez, who came into Saturday’s game hitting .378 with 13 home runs and 27 RBI dating back to June 24.

    Manchester United's Gabriel Obertan, left, chases the ball past Chicago Fire's Gonzalo Segares during the first half of a friendly soccer match at Soldier Field Saturday.

    Da Silva breaks through as United beats Fire 3-1

    Once again, Manchester United used a second-half surge to overwhelm a Major League Soccer opponent. Trailing by a goal to the Chicago Fire at halftime, United got goals from Wayne Rooney, Rafael da Silva and Nani, rallying for a 3-1 victory in an exhibition match at Soldier Field on Saturday.

    Free Fighter heads for victory in the Stars and Stripes Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park with Timothy Thornton up.

    Free Fighter puts his foot down in Stars and Stripes Stakes

    Hunch bettors might have left Arlington Park with a smile on Saturday afternoon. The track presented Military Appreciation Day and a horse by the name of Free Fighter scored a surprising 2-length victory in the Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes.

    DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, is asked a question Wednesday as he arrives at the NFL Players Association offices in Washington.

    NFL on hold as players study deal

    The NFL is stuck in a holding pattern, with work still to be done to end the lockout. Heck, the players haven't even scheduled a vote.People from both sides of the labor dispute planned to talk through the weekend — although not face-to-face — to try to resolve the differences that are preventing players from accepting the owner-approved proposal that would put the league back in business.After the NFL Players Association decided not to vote Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, it's now possible the group won't make any decision until next week. It all comes down to how long it takes to resolve the remaining issues.As it is, clubs won't open their facilities to players Saturday, when owners wanted to unlock the gates."Now it's just waiting," Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said at an Atlanta hotel where team executives were briefed Friday on new rules for next season. "Be flexible, and wait and see what happens."Owners ratified the tentative terms 31-0 — the Oakland Raiders abstained — on Thursday, provided players would give their OK, too, and re-establish their union within a certain timeframe.But players decided later Thursday not to hold a vote, saying they hadn't had a chance to see a finished product.By Friday, it was in hand."Player leadership is discussing the most recent written proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right process for addressing recertification," NFLPA president Kevin Mawae said in a statement released by the group. "There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft."Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith attended Friday's funeral in Newton, Mass., for the wife of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft.Even when players decide they're OK with a final agreement, their approval process is more complicated than the owners' was. The 32 team reps will have to recommend accepting the settlement. Then the 10 named plaintiffs in the players' lawsuit against the league — including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees — must officially inform the court of their approval.Eventually, all 1,900 players would take a majority vote to approve returning the NFLPA to union status. When talks broke down in March, allowing the old collective bargaining agreement to expire, the players dissolved the union, turning the NFLPA into a trade association. That's what allowed the players to sue the owners in federal court under antitrust law.Only after the NFLPA is again a union can it negotiate certain parts of a new CBA. Among those items that are of most concern to players:—the league's personal conduct policy;—drug testing;—benefits, such as pension funds, the disability plan, and the "88 Plan," which provides money for care of former players with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.The major economic framework for a 10-year deal was worked out a week ago. That included how the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues will be divided (about 53 percent to owners and 47 percent to players over the next decade; the old CBA resulted in nearly a 50-50 split); a per-club cap of about $120 million for salary and bonuses in 2011 — and at least that in 2012 and 2013 — plus about $22 million benefits; a salary system to rein in spending on first-round draft picks; and unrestricted free agency for most players after four seasons.One item in the document ratified by owners that Smith said caught players by surprise because it hadn't been discussed during negotiations between the league and players: a supplemental revenue-sharing plan for clubs.

    Kosuke Fukudome hits a triple off Houston relief pitcher Sergio Escalona during the eighth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Can Cubs make it three straight win on Sunday?

    Sure, Randy Wells was sharp in picking up his first victory since April 4. Sure, Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd came through with solo home runs to give the Cubs a lead they would never relinquish Saturday against the Astros in soggy, then sunny, then surprisingly comfy Wrigley Field.

    Geovany Soto, left, is greeted at home by Marlon Byrd after his home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez during the fifth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs' Wells wins for first time since April

    Randy Wells pitched six strong innings to earn his first win since April 4 and Geovany Soto added a solo shot and an RBI single in the ninth to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the major league-worst Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon.

    The Central Illinois Wood Bat League is an outlet for baseball players who have left high school or college and want to continue their love of the game, particularly fastpitch ball played with wood bats instead of aluminum.

    Wood bat league keeps older players in the game

    The Central Illinois Wood Bat League is an outlet for baseball players who have left high school or college and want to continue their love of the game, particularly fastpitch ball played with wood bats instead of aluminum.


    One tough test ahead for St. Charles North grads

    St. Charles North graduates Steve Miller and Jack Skelton will compete today in the Tough Mudder, a 10-mile course strewn with more than 20 devilishly difficult obstacles in Wisconsin.


    Elk Grove one win from Cook County title

    Elk Grove is just one win away from winning the Cook County American Legion baseball title after beating Palatine 6-3 on Friday. Arlington and Palatine will play an elimination game Saturday with the winner facing Elk Grove for a berth in the state tournament.


    Galaxy Macau, a $1.9 billion casino resort, opened in May in Macau. New theme parks, resorts and casinos are scheduled to open from Singapore to Seoul over the next several years by property developers and entertainment companies hoping to draw Asia’s rapidly growing middle classes.

    Asian theme park boom is big business for designers

    New theme parks, resorts and casinos are scheduled to open from Singapore to Seoul over the next several years as property developers and entertainment companies aim to draw Asia’s rapidly growing middle classes. They’re betting there will be a big market for family amusement rides, live shows and the chance to pose for a picture with Disney characters.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, is featured in an electronic football game during a news conference Monday at Electronic Arts BioWare in Austin. Officials announced they are expanding their EA Sports division and adding 300 jobs in central Texas.

    Video game company EA adding 300 jobs in Texas

    Video game company Electronic Arts Inc. is expanding its EA Sports division and adding 300 jobs in central Texas. The jobs will include software engineers, game designers, artists, programmers and senior technical positions.

    Apple executive Phil Schiller talks about the new Lion operation system in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    Apple’s Lion operating system available for $30

    Having just reported a blowout quarter, Apple Inc. began selling its latest operating system, Lion, as a download for $30 on Wednesday.

    The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Microsoft’s second economic-development donation to the region in six years Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

    Microsoft gift supports Appalachian workforce

    Nonprofit groups in the 13 Appalachian states can share a $2 million software donation from Microsoft Corp. aimed at training the region’s work force to compete in an economy driven by knowledge and technology.

    Google Inc. purchased the domain g.co from .CO Internet SAS.

    Google rolls out shortcut for its sites

    Google Inc. will start using the domain g.co to shrink Web addresses that lead to its products and services.

    An Associated Press reporter demonstrates the camera on the Apple iPad 2 in San Francisco. New research released recently shows that the U.S. and European markets are shrinking as economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of tablet computers are causing fewer people to buy PCs.

    Rebooting the PC industry: Tablets force a shift

    The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple’s iPad.

    The Acer Iconia Windows laptop looks like any other when the lid is down. But when you open it, you’ll find two touch-sensitive screens and no keyboard, similar to a tablet computer.

    Threatened by iPad, PCs start to look like tablets

    The “if you can’t beat `em, join `em” strategy” is prompting a wave of experimentation with the design of the laptop, which has been largely unchanged for two decades. Touch-sensitive screens and the use of Google’s Android system for mobile devices are two ways the PC industry is adapting.

    An Associated Press reporter demonstrates Spotify during a product review in San Francisco. Spotify is an online streaming music service that made its U.S. debut last week.

    Review: Tuning in to music service Spotify

    Spotify brings free, ad-supported access to more than 15 million songs on computers. Five bucks a month lets you listen without all those ads. Ten bucks lets you listen to music offline and on a smartphone as well.

    South Korean student Jang Woo-dam, right, and her classmates use tablet PCs to study in a class at Sosu Elementary School in Goesan, South Korea. The country is taking a $2 billion gamble that its students are ready to ditch paper textbooks in favor of tablet PCs as part of a vast digital scholastic network.

    S. Korean students ditch paper for digital books

    France, Singapore, Japan and others are racing to create classrooms where touch-screens provide instant access to millions of pieces of information. But South Korea believes it enjoys an advantage over these countries, with kids who are considered the world’s savviest navigators of the digital universe.


    Examples of increased fees
    Some examples of the fees states and cities across the nation are raising to bring in new money for governments reeling from cuts and revenue shortfalls.

    “Angry Birds” has been downloaded on more than 200 million devices since its 2009 debut.

    Roku to sell ‘Angry Birds’ streaming box for $100

    Roku is ready to hatch the popular “Angry Birds” video game on a new version of its set-top box for streaming online entertainment to TVs.

    Now students can use Kindles for more than reading popular fiction. Amazon.com Inc. has begun renting textbooks.

    You can rent textbooks on Kindle

    In an effort to snag a larger segment of the college textbook market, Amazon.com Inc. has begun renting textbooks on its Kindle e-reader.

    An attendant at Scarborough State Beach collects an entrance fee from a beach-goer in Narragansett, R.I. The state of Rhode Island has nearly doubled the fees to park at some of its state beaches this year.

    States eye fee increases as alternative to taxes

    As states and municipalities continue to grapple with the recession’s fallout, few turned to big, noticeable tax hikes this year. Instead, they’re slashing spending and turning to more modest, narrowly crafted increases in fees and fines — nickel-and-diming their way to a balanced budget.

    Borders Group filed for bankruptcy Monday after seeking court approval to liquidate its 399 stores when the company failed to receive any bids that would keep the 40-year-old chain in operation.

    Borders end to have ripple effect across country

    The biggest changes could come to the book publishing industry: As Borders stores disappear, the bookselling landscape could rapidly change, forcing authors to look for other places to market their work.

    At his confirmation hearing last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told senators America’s next great battle will likely entail cyber warfare.

    Nation’s fight against cyber intruders goes local

    The next frontier in the fight to keep crucial electronic networks safe from harm will play out as close to home as town hall and require more involvement from private industry, which controls 85 percent of the infrastructure, experts say.

    Matt Beiersdorf digs into a quesadilla meal last year at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Arlington Heights. Chipotle is a darling of the stock market because of its profitable business model, rapid growth, and a concept that resonates with customers.

    With few other options, investors bid up Chipotle

    For $320, you could buy 37 burritos at restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill. Or a single share of its stock. Since going public in January 2006, Chipotle has jumped from $44 a share to $320 July 15 — a 630 percent return for investors who held on the whole time.

    Jodi Haxmeier, of Moline Ill, shows off a jar of Jodi’s Top Shelf Gourmet Salsa. Two Hy-Vee stores started carrying Top Self Salsa in March, and now it’s available at 19 Hy-Vee locations.

    Moline woman’s salsa business growing

    When Jodi Haxmeier first perfected her salsa recipe, she made it once a month for family and friends. As demand increased, she began making it twice a month, then once a week. Then, Haxmeier decided to start a company. “They said people would buy it. Sure enough, it’s taken off.”

    Andrew Abbott, left, and Shari Smiley carefully position a planter over the base as it is lowered into place at Classic Garden Ornaments Ltd., also known as Longshadow in Pomona, Ill.

    Forest factory ships garden ornaments coast to coast

    The operation began with an idea: To produce limestone garden ornaments immune to weather and create the best product on the market.

Life & Entertainment

    Actor Tom Felton, who plays Harry Potter’s nemesis, poses for a photo with 18-year-old Jordan Martner of Sugar Grove at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville on Saturday. “I got here at 6 a.m. this morning and sat in the rain for five hours to be first in line,” Martner said. “It was worth every second.”

    Villain draws Potter fans to Naperville

    Technically, he’s a villain – but that didn’t stop hundreds of Harry Potter fans from waiting hours in line Saturday to meet Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, in the flesh. “He’s cute,” said 15-year-old Kirsten Slora of Palatine.

    One of the rewards of hiking the Appalachian Trail is making it to Lovers' Leap Rock near Hot Springs, N.C., to enjoy the breathtaking view.

    ‘Slack packers' enjoy trek on Appalachian Trail

    Slack packers — it's a nickname that an old friend and I now proudly wear after a long weekend hiking on the Appalachian Trail in western North Carolina. The 22 miles we covered over 2½ days near Asheville hardly seemed scoff-worthy.

    A model wears a Nicolita swim suit during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Fla.

    Pants as beach cover-ups wow at swim fashion week

    Next summer, women can be comfortable, feel glamorous and look trend-right in pants as beach cover-ups. Bold-colored and printed pantsuits were one of the popular styles on the runway during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012, which ended Monday. Slouchy pants in bright pink and black, and even a Spandex, bohemian-print legging, also might be coming soon to a beach near you.

    A model walks down the runway during the Mara Hoffman Swim show during Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, Fla.

    Images: Swimsuit fashion week
    Playful prints and vibrant hues — hot pink, acid green, cobalt blue — had their place on the catwalks at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami Beach, as well as geometric shapes and animal-inspired prints, colors and stripes. But bold-colored and printed pantsuits were one of the popular styles on the runway, along with slouchy pants in bright pink and black, and even a Spandex, bohemian-print legging.

    In the ‘70s you had your bellbottoms and in the ‘80s your tight designer jeans. In the ‘90s, you went from distressed grungy jeans to dressy denim, and then came about the skinny-jean revolution in the 2000s.

    Fall fashion looks trendless for demin

    In the ‘70s you had your bellbottoms and in the ‘80s your tight designer jeans. In the ‘90s, you went from distressed grungy to dressy denim, and then came the skinny-jean revolution in the 2000s. But, say insiders, there isn’t a defining denim trend heading into the important fall shopping season this year — and that’s expected to be a good thing for the women’s apparel market.

    Richard Vogel’s dog Marley, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, rides home from the vet in Vogel’s vehicle wearing a cast for a broken toe, in Los Angeles. Marley broke her toe after chasing after a squirrel in a dog park.

    How to handle pets with broken bones

    Broken bones for dogs and cats may not be life threatening, but a trip to the vet can guard against more serious injury. Even for the most mild-mannered of pets, a car crash, fight or fall can be traumatizing and require extra care in handling,

    Andrew Myers, 14, of Hoopeston, Ill., recuperates in the intensive care unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago with his parents, Melissa and James Myers. Andrew underwent heart transplant surgery July 7.

    Teen gets new heart, new life

    From the moment the problem was diagnosed in his tiny infant heart, Andrew Myers has never had a life like other kids. There’s been so much medicine and surgery. But no running or roller-coaster rides. Now this 14-year-old has a new heart, and with it, a chance for a whole different kind of life.

    Andy Serkis showed fans at Comic-Con why he's the king of performance-capture with footage from the new movie "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

    Serkis rouses Comic-Con fans with a new great ape

    Andy Serkis left no doubt in the minds of Comic-Con fans that he's the king of the apes. With footage from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Serkis also showed an audience at the fan convention Thursday why he's the king of performance-capture.

    Get a close-up look at some classic cars and enjoy a variety of food at the Classic Car Night event at Miller's Dog N' Suds in Ingleside.

    Weekend picks: Calling all car enthusiasts

    Stroll by a variety of classic cars while listening to a musical tribute to Neil Diamond during the Classic Car Night Saturday at Miller's Dog N' Suds Drive-In, 517 Washington St., Ingleside. Guests can dig in to root beer floats, Coney dogs, Texas burgers and more.


    Is it safe to invest in real estate again?

    Just a few years back during the real estate boom, flipping homes and investing in residential real estate was all the rage – until the bubble burst and buyers nearly became an endangered species. But new data show that real estate investors are becoming more active in the market, as evidenced by survey results from online real estate firm Move, Inc. released in late spring.


    Mortgage Professor: When to opt for an adjustable home loan

    Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are only about 10 percent of the market today, yet I would guess that perhaps half of all new borrowers would select an ARM if they understood them.


    On homes and real estate: Making ownership clear

    Q. My husband and I live in a house that I purchased 13 years ago. When he moved in, he made an extra lump sum mortgage payment to the principal of $30,000, which was equivalent to my equity in the house at that time. Of course that enabled us to pay down the mortgage more quickly, and we now own the house outright — or rather I do.

    Fran Dugo of Your Choice Real Estate Services in West Dundee says the economy has created a large demand for rental homes.

    Industry insider: Fran Dugo, Your Choice Real Estate Services

    Today’s real estate market in the Chicago area resembles a candy shop for people with money, says real estate broker Fran Dugo, owner of Your Choice Real Estate Services in West Dundee.


    Ask the broker: Rental income and mortgages

    Q. My daughter and son-in-law want to buy a bigger house. They have owned their current house since 2003 and have never missed a payment or been late. They have excellent credit, sufficient income to qualify for another house and someone who wants to rent their current home for three years. The problem is that the property is underwater and lenders will only count rental income to qualify for the new home if the current property has been rented for a year or there's 30 percent equity. What can they do?

    For entertaining or just kicking back, the house has a swimming pool, hot tub and gazebo.

    On the Market: Colonial-style home in Inverness

    You have to see the backyard of this lovely center-entry brick colonial to believe it. The in-ground pool and other amenities make this home a picture-perfect retreat after a hard day at work or school. It is truly a private paradise.

    By balancing elements in this room, it has become a social hub.

    The right balance can make a room pop

    Have you ever walked into a room that just felt awkward? If so, you may have come upon a room that was suffering from the "bad-balance blues."

    Agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and actor Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) return for the final season of HBO's “Entourage.”

    ‘Entourage' moves into final season

    The whip-smart and Emmy-winning HBO showbiz-insider comedy series “Entourage” starts its eighth and final season Sunday, July 24, while rumors abound about a possible feature-film spinoff a la HBO's “Sex and the City.”



    The Soapbox

    In this week's Soapbox, the Daily Herald Editorial Board offers ideas on heat safety, roadwork in Schaumburg, the power struggle between Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage, creative finances in Round Lake Beach and more.


    Lights at Glenbard West totally unfair
    We live on Hawthorne, about three blocks west of Glenbard West High School. Even though we don’t live in the immediate neighborhood, we firmly believe that the installation of lights and a sound system at Memorial Field would be a gross imposition on the surrounding neighborhood.


    Real home of racism is Democratic Party
    According to letter writer Walt Zlotow (July 17), the Republican Party is a racist party, because David Duke has decided to run for president as a Republican ... Naturally, the historical context is more interesting. The Republican Party was founded specifically to abolish slavery. The KKK became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.


    Blagojevich guilty ... of too much talking
    The jury only heard prosecutors tell them that he did crimes, but proved nothing. They did not listen to Blagojevich’s lawyers who told them that he did nothing illegal. They got the verdict wrong. They are sending him to jail for a lot of talking.


    Can’t really serve two masters
    Congressman Peter Roskam has pledged his allegiance to Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that promises to “cut the size” of the U.S. government to where it is ineffectual and useless. Incredibly, Roskam has also pledged his allegiance to the United States. Roskam can’t serve two masters, especially when Norquist has famously threatened to drown Uncle Sam in the bathtub. So far it looks like Roskam’s heart belongs to Norquist. Michael Glass Glen Ellyn


    If you want taxes raised, just wait
    In response to Tom Teune’s posted on July 16: The only thing I can agree on is that I, too, have had it with this president. A strong global military presence is necessary to maintain global stability and security for our nation’s shores — and that’s permanent.


    Unions assure fair treatment of teachers
    Libertyville letter to the editor: Like it or not, unions are a necessary part of the teaching profession and contracts give teachers some leverage when they’re being unfairly treated. It happens. The powers that be (and they are lurking out there) could easily use one teacher’s well-meaning personal choice against hundreds of teachers during negotiations.


    Even the ballpark shows Obama failures
    Libertyville letter to the editor: I recently had an opportunity to watch the Cubs v. Nationals on television. 1 noticed that the stands were quite empty. Although Michelle Obama was present, nevertheless, the economic strategy of the Democratic majority keeps the seats in Major League Baseball pretty empty these days.


    Don’t be fooled by scare tactics
    Mundelein letter to the editor: Yes, the debt problem is huge, but not beyond fixing. If the debt ceiling is raised and raised and raised, the problem might not be able to be fixed.


    Teachers ignore facts in Winthrop Harbor
    Withrop Harbor letter to the editor: Citizens asked the administration and teachers at Winthrop Harbor School Dist. No. 1 to consider a rollback in pay due to the recession, a recession which has grown deeper and currently does not have an end in sight. The request seemed unnoticed.


    ‘Failure to launch’ a recessional epidemic
    Libertyville letter to the editor: In the hit movie, “Failure to Launch,” Matthew McConaughey played a young man who just couldn’t grow up and move out of his parents’ house. It was funny then. In this recession, “failure to launch” is an epidemic.


    Close loopholes, put Congress on budget
    Letter to the Editor: I am in favor of tax changes plus no earmarks, much less foreign aid, closing tax loopholes and cutting subsidies to big farm corporations, reducing the secret covert operations budget and eliminating billions in fraud and waste. And we should cut the benefits to Congress, put them on Social Security and give them a voucher for health care and establish term limits.


    GOP is unreasonable in deficit solution
    Letter to the Editor: Reducing the deficit is essential but it needs to be done on a fair basis. I feel the Republicans are unreasonable in their demands. They push very hard to represent the interest of the wealthy, the few, and neglect the middle class and poor, the many.


    Make politicians work for us
    Letter to the Editor: It is time to stand up and let the nation know how you feel. How you feel about the foreign spending, the spending of the House and Senate, and the welfare state that this country has become due to lack of leadership.


    Second by second, deeper in debt
    Letter to the Editor: $14,300,000,000,000 in public debt outstanding, approximately divided by 7,415,971,200 seconds since our country was founded = $1,928.27 for every second of time from July 4, 1776 until July 4, 2011.


    Spending? We have influence problem
    Letter to the Editor: Someone really needs to tell the Republicans that we don’t have a spending problem, we have an influence problem.


    The Soapbox

    In this week's Soapbox, the Daily Herald Editorial Board offers ideas on heat safety, roadwork in Schaumburg, the power struggle between Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage, creative finances in Round Lake Beach and more.


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