Daily Archive : Tuesday July 26, 2011


    Jake Robertson plays Groucho and Carlos Kmet is Chico in a scene from “The Cocoanuts” at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.

    Marx Brothers comedy comes to Prairie Center stage

    Schaumburg Summer Theatre stages "The Cocoanuts," a Marx Brothers comedy, at the Prairie Center.

    Bert rides Scooby-Blue, left, as he races Bobo on Sasha during the Banana Derby with “America's Favorite Monkey Jockeys” Tuesday at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. Bert won the race to the cheers of the crowd.

    Monkey jockeys ride into Lake County Fair

    Horns blew, music blasted and the crowd cheered as the banana derby racing with “America's favorite monkey jockeys” was under way at the Lake County Fair. Featuring monkeys riding dogs, it is one of the new attractions at the fair, which runs through Sunday.

    Children will be able to see what it’s like to milk a cow at the AgVentureland area of the DuPage County Fair. Kids can try their skills on Maggie the lifelike cow, a popular bovine milked by more than 3,000 people each year at the fair.

    DuPage Fair’s AgVentureland helps kids experience farm life

    Milk a cow, pedal a tractor, learn to fish and more in AgVentureland, a hands-on area at the DuPage County Fair where children can learn about farm life and where their food comes from. The area also features a petting zoo and pony rides.

    A mosque in Lombard proposed by a Muslim group will have to do without the signature dome after the DuPage County Board rejected a height variance. Meanwhile, the actual proposal to build the mosque was sent back to the zoning board of appeals.

    DuPage board rejects 50-foot-dome for mosque near Lombard

    The DuPage County board has rejected a height variance that would have allowed a mosque near Lombard to build a 50-foot dome. Also, the proposal to build the Muslim mosque will be sent back to the zoning board.


    Liberals, tea partyers in suburbs protest debt ceiling moves

    Two dueling rallies take place at Rep. Peter Roskam's Wheaton office Tuesday - a group of suburbanites frustrated with House Republican's debt ceiling negotiation tactics - and another group of local tea partyers who support the GOP's cut, cap and balance plan. Following Obama's call Monday encouraging residents to contact their local lawmakers to urge a compromise, we take the pulse in the...

    St. Charles police investigate a robbery Tuesday at the TCF National Bank inside the Jewel-Osco store near Randall Road and Prairie Street in St. Charles.

    Manhunt underway for St. Charles bank robber

    St. Charles police are searching for a man who Tuesday morning robbed the TCF National Bank branch located inside the Jewel-Osco store at 2073 Prairie Street. Police said the man implied he had a gun, but never showed a weapon, then escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.


    Armed robber strikes Arlington Heights Mobil station

    An armed robber stole $50 from the Mobil gas station, 3005 E. Rand Road in Arlington Heights, police said. The man pointed a black pistol in the face of the 19-year-old male clerk and demanded money around 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

    Congressman Luis Gutierrez was arrested outside the White House while protesting U.S. immigration policies Tuesday.

    Chicago congressman arrested during protest

    Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez again has been arrested outside the White House while protesting U.S. immigration policies.Gutierrez’s spokesman Douglas Rivlin says Gutierrez and several others sat on a sidewalk near the White House and refused to leave when ordered by police.

    An operating agreement signed by Schaumburg officials Tuesday night makes a new baseball team the tenant of Alexian Field, where the Schaumburg Flyers played from 1999 to 2010.

    New Schaumburg ball team signs lease

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday signed an operating agreement with the owners of the still unnamed baseball team that will begin playing at Alexian Field next spring to replace the ousted Flyers.

    A motocross Pro 450 rider crosses the finish line.

    Images: Opening day of the Lake County Fair
    The 83rd Annual Lake County Fair runs through Sunday, July 31 in Grayslake. Tuesday's schedule was packed full of events including motocross races, the Miss Lake County Fair pageant, Banana Derby racing, entertainment, animal demonstrations, rides and food.

    House Speaker John Boehner is retooling his debt proposal to make it more acceptable to his own House Republicans.

    Boehner, Reid giving ground in debt standoff

    Judging by the latest plans advanced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner, both sides appear to have substantially conceded points in an effort to end the debt impasse.

    Micky Dolenz of The Monkees performs Tuesday evening as part of the summer concert series on the Elk Grove Village Green.

    Images: Mickey Dolenz in Elk Grove
    Mickey Dolenz of the Monkeys performed at Elk Grove's Village Green on Tuesday night.


    16-year-old arrested after fatal Des Plaines shooting

    A 16-year-old gang member from Des Plaines is in custody after being linked to the shooting death of a rival gang member over the weekend, according to police.

    Molly Kohl

    Mt. Prospect girl loses battle with cancer

    A Mount Prospect girl, whose leukemia diagnosis sparked an outpouring of support from the community over the last year, has lost her battle. Molly Kohl passed away on Monday, July 25, after an 18-month struggle with cancer. She was 10.

    Maria Thompson, director of innovation strategy with Motorola, talks to students at Harper College in a program to bolster first-year student success at the college in Palatine.

    Harper program helps struggling students prosper

    Harper College’s Choice Scholars Institute program, a course to help students who were placed in at least one remedial class, has a track record of producing students who go on to maintain solid grades.

    Chicago police officer Michael Bailey was shot and killed early July 18, 2010. Bailey was a 20-year veteran of the department.

    Charges filed in cop’s murder

    First-degree murder charges have been filed against a man in the shooting death of an off-duty Chicago police officer. Officer Michael Bailey was shot and killed July 18, 2010, as he was washing his car outside his South Side home.

    Jackie Mirza of Des Plaines throws a kids table and chair atop the huge pile of trash in front of her house. It all came out of her basement.

    Des Plaines assesses flood damage

    Des Plaines city officials are urging residents and businesses to participate in a survey to assess flood damage from the July 23 storms.

    Antonio Crawford has been charged with attempting to rob a Prospect Heights bank on July 19, according to police.

    FBI details attempted Prospect Heights bank robbery

    A 21-year-old man who was identified by an ID card left in a cab has admitted to having a loaded handgun when he attempted to rob a Prospect Heights bank last week, authorities said.


    No leads yet on Arlington Hts. gun thefts

    Arlington Heights police have no leads yet on the theft of five guns and $10,000 in cash from a residence on the 1800 block of North Windsor Drive last week, Commander Kenneth Galinski said Tuesday.


    Des Plaines Library looks to market itself

    Des Plaines Public Library officials recently discussed ideas to market the library better and to supplement the library's discontinued bookmobile service. The bookmobile will make its final run on Dec. 17.


    Meetings with residents to spur ideas for Batavia Park District

    The Batavia Park District is holding a series of community engagement meetings next month to learn what residents want from the district.


    DuPage committee pushes plan to save up to $28 million in 20 years

    DuPage County officials say a proposal to modify employee benefits could save the county as much as $28 million over the next two decades. If adopted by the DuPage County Board, the plan would reduce the number of sick, personal or vacation days employees can build up every year as well as make other minor changes to the policies.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals smashed a basement window with a brick at a home on the 1700 block of North Verde Drive in Arlington Heights between 11 a.m. July 21 and 5 p.m. July 23; rain water flooded the basement, causing extensive damage valued at $40,000.


    Elgin considers axing Centre and Hemmens advisory boards

    Elgin City Council members will discuss merging several boards and commissions at their committee of the whole meeting Wednesday in hopes of eliminating unnecessary positions and increasing efficiency.


    McHenry County holding off on capital projects

    Several long-term capital projects, including a $20 million to $30 million public safety building, are planned in McHenry County, but officials don't plan to fund them in next year's operating budget.


    Chicago unions try to avoid layoffs

    Union leaders issued a report Tuesday that outlines ways Chicago can save $242 million while also saving the jobs of hundreds of city workers whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he must lay off.


    Palatine Township residents learn how to live with coyotes

    Palatine Township held a "Coping with Coyotes" seminar, educating residents on how to deal with coyotes in the area.

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted in June on multiple corruption charges. His attorneys claim he was deprived the “presumption of innocence.”

    Blagojevich claims judicial bias in bid for new trial

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich alleges a litany of errors at his recent corruption retrial in seeking yet another trial, including that a prosecutor should not have been allowed to call him “a convicted liar” in front of jurors.

    The Glen Ellyn village board has approved demolition of a century-old building at 810 N. Main St. An attached commercial storefront will be kept.

    Preservationists question demolition of Glen Ellyn building

    Despite concerns from preservationists, a century-old building near a strategic corner in Glen Ellyn will be coming down.


    Road closure on Biesterfield

    Elk Grove Village public works crews will be reconstructing the brick paver crosswalk at the corner of Biesterfield Road and Gibson Drive. To speed up construction, the intersection will be closed to all traffic for three to four weeks.


    Cary District 26 hires administrators for growing junior high

    Two new assistants have been named at Cary Junior High School to replace an assistant who resigned and to accomodate for the growing student body. The school has more than 1,000 students now that it has taken in sixth graders from the shuttered Prairie Hill School.

    A volunteer group wants to turn the long-closed Brainerd school building in Libertyville into a community center.

    Brainerd deal tweaked in Libertyville

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials are tweaking the deal that could allow Libertyville officials and a volunteer group to turn the long-unused Brainerd school buildings into a community center.


    Fabulous Thunderbirds play Septemberfest

    The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson and opening act Heartsfield will be the main stage musical acts during the middle night of Schaumburg's Septemberfest Sunday, Sept. 4.


    Third teen sentenced in Palatine vandalism case

    An Elmhurst teen who - along with two other teens - vandalized Palatine mailboxes in February while driving in a car that did not belong to them, was sentenced to 24 months probation Monday in Rolling Meadows. The judge also ordered Alyssa Kessel, who has no other criminal background, to pay restitution totalling more than $4,000 and perform 20 hours of work as pat of the sheriff's work...

    Adolfo Ortiz

    2 men charged after 800 grams of cocaine seized in Lisle

    Two men are facing drug charges after authorities found about 800 grams of cocaine this week at a Lisle condominium. Adolfo Ortiz, 27, of Lisle, was charged with felony unlawful possession of between 400 to 900 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver following a search of his home on Monday, according to police. Wheaton resident Rene Cruz Dominquez, 26, also was arrested on cocaine possession...


    Flood-damaged materials delay pickup

    Storm debris is so heavy that Groot will have to complete pick up south of Oakton Street on Wednesday, July27.


    Police reports

    Police blotter from the Fox Valley

    Vernon Hills police have charged 47-year-old Vernon Hills man Ronald Stolberg with murder after his wife’s death last week.

    Vernon Hills murder suspect posts bond, placed on 24-hour curfew

    The man accused of murdering his wife in Vernon Hills last month posted $300,000 in cash for bond Tuesday and walked out of jail. A Lake County judge placed numerous conditions on Ronald Stolberg’s movements while he is free, requiring Stolberg to remain inside his mother’s Cook County residence at almost all times.


    St. Charles man knows attention-grabbing public art

    People have stopped in their tracks to get a look at the 26-foot Marilyn Monroe sculpture on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. A St. Charles man can appreciate the tourist attraction more than most of us, especially because he created a 15-foot sculpture that towers over the Fox River in his hometown.


    Police reports

    Police blotter

    Four-month-old boarder collie “Sotsie” already is starting to work the sheep that Richard Crome of downstate Charleston brought to the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton, which begins Wednesday.

    Animal safety a priority at DuPage County Fair

    Hundreds of animals arrived Tuesday at the county fairgrounds in Wheaton in preparation of the DuPage County Fair, which begins Wednesday. After dangerously high temperatures during the Kane County Fair last week, officials have made safety a top priority for DuPage’s 57th annual fair.

    Edward F. Bachner IV

    Plea deal may be near in Lake in the Hills puffer fish case

    A 38-year-old Lake in the Hills man may be close to pleading guilty to charges he tried to amass lethal puffer fish toxin so he could poison his wife and collect millions in insurance proceeds, according to his lawyer. “This case has been dragging on for a long time,” the judge said.

    Kathy Bodnar from West Chicago sings along to the band Jordan at the second annual Anonapalooza Family Summerfest in Geneva last year.

    Music, food and an alcohol-free environment for Anonapalooza

    The third annual Anonapalooza music festival marks its biggest year to date with 40 live bands on four stages. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at Good Templar Park, Geneva. Admission is $5; all money raised will be donated to Serenity House in Addison.


    Obama veto threat on debt sends stocks lower

    A White House threat to veto legislation that would avert a debt default pushed stocks lower Tuesday.


    Driver with dogs in car blamed for crash in Hampshire

    A 53-year-old driver of a subcompact car was at fault in a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Hampshire involving a semitrailer truck, police said Tuesday. The St. Charles man, who had two Labrador retrievers in the car, was ticketed.


    Island Lake meeting canceled

    An Island Lake village board meeting scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled, Mayor Debbie Herrmann announced Tuesday.


    Program on bats Saturday at Volo Bog

    A program on bats is set for 6:50 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Volo Bog State Natural Area on Brandenburg Road off Route 12 between routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Volo Bog is home to the largest known maternity colony of little brown bats in Illinois.


    Rubber duck fundraiser in Mundelein

    The Mundelein Park District will host its annual rubber duck race at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, 1461 N. Midlothian Road.

    The 12U Palatine Red Demons at the Lake in the Hills Thunderstruck Tournament.

    Palatine 12U Red Demons win tournament

    The Palatine Red Demons ended its very successful season with a championship win against the Deerfield Warriors July 17 at the Lake in the Hills Thunderstruck Tournament.

    Jenna Gudritz and Sasha Boudko, first place Regional 13-15 Duet, practice a throw move at Lattof Y, with coach Nan Zack observing.

    AquaSprites advance 14 routines to U.S. championship in Washington

    The Lattof Y AquaSprites Synchronized Swim Team advanced 14 routines to the U.S. Age Group Championship held in Seattle Wash., at the North Zone Regional Championship held in Indianapolis, Ind. All routines placing first, second or third advance to the championship meet.

    Open class judging for livestock competitors begins Wednesday with 4-H and Junior Open Class Sheep at 8 a.m. in the Sheep Barn. Livestock barns are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    DuPage County Fair adds beer to boost budget

    The DuPage County Fair is back for another fun-filled year. It runs from Wednesday, July 27, to Sunday, July 31. For the first time the fair will have a beer and wine garden and will showcase returning family favorites like the demolition derby.


    Feds: Taliban supporter charged in drug sting

    Federal authorities said Tuesday they've found fresh evidence of the growing cooperation between the drug trade and terrorists in a probe of two major overseas networks of narcotics dealers.


    Nominate the best people, businesses in Buffalo Grove business

    The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards honoring caring individuals and businesses serving the Buffalo Grove community. The awards are for Community Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Environmentally Consciousness, Educator, Business Philanthropy and an Above & Beyond Award. We all know someone that gives of their time who should be...

    JOHN STARKS/jstarks@dailyherald.com, 2009 Competitors leave the starting line of the Founders’ Run 5K and 10K during the last day of the 49th annual Algonquin Founders’ Days festival.

    Founders’ Days organizers expect better festival this year

    It’s the end of July, which means that in the village of Algonquin, its biggest celebration is about to begin. Algonquin will be hosting the 51st annual Algonquin Founders’ Days starting today and continuing through Sunday at Towne Park in the downtown area.


    Peoples homes of the past shares stories of history

    When Matilda Weilinski sold us her house in 1961 because she was moving out West, she was said to have sold 28 other pieces of property in town. She was a well-to-do woman.In her last grandiose gesture of generosity to the new owners, she waved her hands at the sailcloth curtains on the back porch and told us, “I’m leaving the curtains for you.” There were no curtain rods. We found a certain...


    Review: No evidence of cancer-9/11 exposure in NYC

    A federal review says scientific evidence thus far doesn't support adding cancer to a list of diseases linked to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

    Clients of the Association for Individual Development learn job skills in sheltered workshop environments.

    Disabled people learn life skills through Aurora agency

    The Association for Individual Development, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, began as a school for disabled students. Over five decades, the Aurora-based agency has grown to offer an array of services for children and adults to enhance the individual’s skills and opportunities for independence.


    Enjoy ‘Bach and Beyond’ at Aurora church
    The Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present the 12th annual “Bach and Beyond” at the Abbey Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 at the Marmion Abbey Church, 850 Butterfield Road in Aurora.


    DuPage Fair, shelters team up to find strays permanent homes

    The DuPage County Fair will feature a dog adoption program. Partnering with 10 adoption and rescue centers, members of the fair board hope to find homes for at least 50 furry friends. “It’s an opportunity for us to help our community,” said fair Director Carey Peterson, who is organizing the adoption event.


    Speed, inexperience led to fatal Elburn crash

    Speed and driver inexperience led to a May 16 fatal crash in Elburn that killed a Batavia High School student and severely injured her passenger, Kane County Sheriff’s police said today.


    Veterans groups invited to White House meeting

    Leaders from veterans service organizations have been invited to the White House for a meeting Tuesday to discuss what might happen to veterans' benefits if a deal isn't reached by the Aug. 2 deadline to increase the government's borrowing limit.


    Ill. man charged with sex assault of 93-year-old

    A Chicago-area nursing home says a worker charged with sexually assaulting a 93-year-old dementia patient had been working at the facility for less than two weeks.


    New West Dundee laws target public drinking, motorized vehicles

    Don't even think about riding that mini-bike in the street or drinking that beer in a public place. There are now two new laws in place in West Dundee meant to restrict unregistered motorized vehicles and keep residents from opening alcohol in public.


    Milwaukee moves closer to downtown streetcar line

    Milwaukee is big step closer to getting a modern streetcar line downtown.


    Anderson Japanese Gardens aim for tranquility

    Japanese gardens are about inspiring and soothing the soul. And you don't have to be a gardening expert or Zen Buddhist to appreciate all they have to offer — the beauty, the tranquility, even the Zen.


    Fugitive Ill. schools chief caught after 19 years

    A former school superintendent convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy is in custody in central Illinois after nearly 20 years on the run.


    Carpentersville car show rained out, will be rescheduled

    The heavy rains Saturday morning resulted in low turnout for an antique car show in Carpentersville, so organizers have decided to reschedule it, possibly for October. The car show was a fundraiser for the maintenance of the fire department’s September 11 memorial.


    DuPage County Fair teams with Project Linus to collect blankets for hospitalized children

    No matter the weather, consider taking a blanket to the DuPage County Fair. It could make a world of difference to a child. Fair organizers are teaming up with Project Linus to collect blankets for children at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Edward Hospital in Naperville.


    Administration defends terror prosecution decision

    Prosecuting a suspected Somali terrorist in a U.S. civilian court is in the best interest of the country's national security, the Obama administration said Tuesday, pushing back against Republicans who have challenged the government's decision to use civilian courts to try terrorists.


    Chicago unions issue report, try to avoid layoffs

    Union leaders say they have found ways to save Chicago about $242 million that will also save the jobs of as many as 625 workers who Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to lay off.

    The film “True Grit” is shown as one of the titles available on Walmart’s new video-streaming service. The worldís largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD.

    Walmart offers video streaming on website

    Now playing: Movies at Walmart.com. The world’s largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD.

    House Speaker John Boehner, right, and Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, center, listen as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    Conservative revolt casts doubt on House GOP plan

    Conservative Republicans on Tuesday balked at House GOP leaders’ pleas to stop whining and back their plan to slash spending and increase the nation’s borrowing authority, jeopardizing the party’s suggested path out of the debt crisis.

    Flowers and tributes are left for British singer Amy Winehouse outside her home in London, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The singer, who had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years, was found dead Saturday at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her.

    Images: London funeral for singer Amy Winehouse
    Images from the London funeral of singer Amy Winehouse.


    Blago: Testified on mistaken assumption

    Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich claims he never would have testified at his recent corruption trial had he known the judge would stop him from making certain statements.


    House bill targets aid to Pakistan

    House Republicans have unveiled a foreign aid bill that restricts U.S. taxpayer dollars to Pakistan if it fails to cooperate in the war on terror.


    Post office ponders closing 1 in 10 retail outlets

    The Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets. The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. But many of those may be replaced by Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.

    Ed Hockfield, right, executive vice president of Little City’s board of directors, reads the inscription on the President’s Cabinet Award presented to state Sen. Matt Murphy, center, for his support to people with disabilities. Looking on is Little City Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers.

    Little City honors State Senator Matt Murphy
    Citing his outstanding leadership and support of people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, the board of directors of Little City Foundation honored state Sen. Matt Murphy with its highest honor — the President’s Cabinet Award.

    Pictured, from left, Des Plaines VFW Post 2992 special projects Officer Mike Lake, Deputy Fire Chief Ron Eilken and VFW Commander William Fiegel pose for a photograph as the VFW Post presents a check for $400 to the Des Plaines Fire Department. According to Deputy Chief Eilken, the fire department hopes to have the 9/11 Memorial in place for this year’s Sept. 11, 2011, ceremony at city hall.

    Des Plaines receives $400 check from VFW Post 2992

    Members of Des Plaines VFW Post #2992 recently presented the Des Plaines Fire Department with a check for $400 to be used to help finance the installation of a beam from the World Trade Center from Sept. 11, in a memorial that will be on display at city hall.


    Journal Communications earnings down 24 percent

    Journal Communications Inc. said Tuesday its earnings fell 24 percent last quarter amid a continuing ad slump, and warned that publishing revenue was expected to drop further next quarter.

    Rocco Smeriglio of Arlington Heights tests his golf skills against St. Viator golf team member Patrick Schuetz of Barrington.

    Saint Viator supporters go the distance with golf team members

    At the Million Dollar Classic Golf outing last week, an outing that raises money for St. Viator athletic programs, golfers got a real bang for their buck.


    Gov. Quinn to meet with Chicago mayor on McCormick

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legislative leaders to talk about keeping labor reforms at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center.

    Traveling some 5 billion years into the future, viewers of the Adler’s space show, “Journey to the Stars,” witness a startling sight: our own familiar Sun has ballooned into a red giant nearly engulfing Earth.

    Sun’s extinction is billions of years away

    Scientists are still trying to figure out if the sun will gobble up Earth when, billions of years into the future, the glowing orb finally nears the end of its life and puffs out to 100 times its size.


    Ela Theater Company presents ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘Seuessical Jr.’

    The Lake Zurich-based Ela Theater Company will performing two musicals July 28-31 at the Wauconda High School Performing Arts Center.


    ‘Merry Wives’ heads West in Batavia show
    Shakespeare on Clark will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” opening July 29 in downtown Batavia.

    Jon Conover, Nancy Vance, center, executive director of LivingWell, and Susan Lyons, development director of LivingWell, prepare for Jon’s CD release party and benefit concert.

    Jon Conover to perform at release party in St. Charles
    Musician and local native Jon Conover will perform at the Arcada Theatre from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 29, at his release party for his new CD, “Make It ‘til November.”


    Obama pays respects at Norwegian embassy

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden extended their condolences in person Tuesday over the massacre in Oslo during an unannounced trip to the Norwegian ambassador's residence in Washington.


    US counterterror official: Al-Qaida on the defense

    Al-Qaida is on the defensive but remains a "significant and present danger" to Americans, according to President Barack Obama's pick to lead the nation's top counterterrorism body.


    WH: Boehner plan can't pass in Senate

    The White House says House Speaker John Boehner's Republican debt ceiling plan cannot pass in the Senate. But White House spokesman Jay Carney says the administration remains confident Congress will "act appropriately" and extend the nation's borrowing authority before an Aug. 2 deadline.

    Samantha Bowden/sbowden@dailyherald.com Meteorologists said thunderstorms packing the potential to dump heavy rain is most likely headed to Illinois overnight Wednesday into Thursday. However, they said, the heaviest rain should fall on the Iowa-side of Illinois and, at this time, should not add more problems to the recently receding Des Plaines River.

    More rain’s coming, but don’t panic yet

    Forecasters are calling for heavy showers overnight Wednesday, but people should continue to put their sandbags away. If everything remains true to form, forecasters are onlyexpecting about an inch of rain to fall over the Des Plaines River watershed, not nearly enough to continue the floods that damaged numerous homes last week.

    Mike Donner of Arlington Heights clears out some of the flood damage to his basement.

    How to properly clean flooded basements

    By the time the Donner family pumped water from the weekend storms out of their Arlington Heights home, everything in the basement was lost. Now they and others must clean up safely. "This is not a do-it-yourself project," one expert advises.


    Gay nuptials unveil financial boon for NY services

    A lot of people are happy to see same-sex marriage legal in New York: lawyers, marriage counselors, insurance agents.


    Oregon Congressman David Wu says he's resigning

    Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon has announced that he is resigning in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman.


    Man who struck Ill. deputy charged with DUI

    A man faces DUI charges after police say he drove the wrong way on the interstate and struck a western Illinois sheriff's deputy head-on.


    Blago asks for new trial citing judicial bias

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking for a new trial because of alleged judicial bias and "fundamentally unfair proceedings."


    Lawyers, counselors may see gain from gay marriage

    A lot of people are happy to see same-sex marriage legal in New York: lawyers, marriage counselors, insurance agents.

    Some high school students in Elgin Area School District U-46 will have to walk as much as a mile and a half to their school bus stops this upcoming school year, under cost-cutting measures being undertaken by the district. The move is expected to save up to $1.25 million.

    U-46 bus cuts mean longer walks, fewer stops

    High school students in Elgin Area U-46 will need to walk up to a mile and a half to catch the bus to school. Reduced state funding has forced the district to restructure its transportation routes.


    Chicago State let failing students stay

    Chicago State University allowed failing students to continue registering for classes to boost enrollment numbers while it was at risk of losing accreditation because of poor enrollment and retention, according to a published report Tuesday.


    Army chief sees cybersecurity as "defining issue"

    The Obama administration's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is telling Congress that he expects cybersecurity to be a defining issue of his tenure.


    2 western Ill. deaths blamed on heat

    Authorities in western Illinois suspect extreme heat contributed to the deaths of two more people.


    Japanese beetle problem grows for Mo., Ill. farms

    The Japanese beetle has been striking Missouri and Illinois with full force, eating its way through rose bushes and tomato plants and now threatening major crops like corn and soybeans.


    Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt strikesout to end the game Tuesday at Miller Park.

    Cubs’ streak won’t reach 4

    Ryan Braun doubled in a run, former Cubs prospect Casey McGehee added a 2-run triple and the Brewers bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings to lift Milwaukee to a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

    Things looked promising for the White Sox in the first inning when Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed a 2-run homer to Adam Dunn.

    Sox nick Verlander twice, but Tigers ace hangs tough

    Despite touching Detroit ace Justin Verlander for a pair of 2-run home runs, the White Sox managed little else in the Tigers’ back-and-forth 5-4 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Ozzie Guillen says this year's White Sox team is more talented than the 2005 squad that won the World Series.

    Guillen: We're better than the '05 team

    Manager Ozzie Guillen said this year's disappointing White Sox team actually has more talent than the 2005 World Series champions. “I think we have a better ballclub right now than in '05, talking about man to man,” Guillen said. “In '05 we had a lot of ifs."


    St. Edward to host 7-on-7 Friday

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


    St. Viator bows out of summer tourney

    Machesney Park Harlem scored 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past St. Viator 7-4, eliminating Viator from the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Benedictine University.


    Neuqua Valley out of Summer Classic

    With two losses Tuesday in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Naperville's North Central College, Neuqua Valley's baseball team was eliminated from the eight-team tournament.


    Tolzien signs with Chargers

    Former Fremd High School and Wisconsin star quarterback Scott Tolzien signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.


    Elgin, Elk Grove set for state Legion

    Elgin and Elk Grove meet in Wednesday's opening game of the six-team American Legion baseball state tournament in Galesburg.

    Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, left, celebrates with Wilson Betemit after the Tigers’ 5-4 win Tuesday over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox take tough loss against Tigers

    The White Sox put up a good fight against Justin Verlander and the Tigers Tuesday night before falling 5-4 at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Sky outshined at home

    The Connecticut Sun scored 17 points off of the Chicago Sky’s 20 turnovers en route to a 77-66 victory.

    Aramis Ramirez is congratulated by teammate Jeff Baker after both scored on Ramirez’s 2-run homer in the first inning.

    Cubs’ Quade still believes in magic

    Saying he is not "a lunatic," Cubs manager Mike Quade talked bravely of his team getting back into the NL Central race as it prepared to open a series at Milwaukee against the Brewers.


    Koyie’s back with Cubs, but now Kerry’s gone

    The Cubs keep fighting the injury and illness bugs. Reliever Kerry Wood spent part of Tuesday taking fluids for a nasty stomach bug. Outfielder Reed Johnson was still "stiff and sore," according to manager Mike Quade. Johnson has had back problems.

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko hits a two-run homer off Detroit’s Justin Verlander during Tuesday’s sixth inning.

    Sox homers can’t beat Verlander, Tigers

    Two-run homers by Adam Dunn in the first and Paul Konerko in the sixth weren’t enough to beat Justin Verlander, who threw 125 pitches Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field and came back to strike out Konerko and Dunn with a runner on in the eighth.

    Dan Carcillo was a pain in the Hawks’ sides when he played for Philly, but now he calls Chicago home.

    It shouldn’t take long for Hawks fans to warm to Carcillo

    Dan Carcillo has been known to cause as much trouble for his own team as the opposition. But the Hawks will keep him under control and fans will learn to love him.


    Arouca leads Illinois Open by 4

    Philip Arouca heads into the final round of the 62nd Illinois Open Championship with a 4-shot lead after carding a four-under-par 67 in Tuesday’s second round at Hawthorn Woods Country Club.


    What we learned from the NFL labor dispute

    Some random thoughts on the NFL labor dispute, like the impression the American public agaonized more over it than over the debt-limit negotiations in Washington. Oh yeah, and what Jay Cutler was thinking when he ended his engagement.

    Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was busy Tuesday, starting with signing 19 rookie free agents to contracts with the club to open training camp.

    Bears sign 19 rookie free agents

    A day after the NFL's owners and players agreed to a new collective bargaining deal, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with 19 undrafted rookie free agents:

    Club America’s Pavel Pardo, top, and Pumas’ Israel Castro battle during a Mexican soccer league game in Mexico City, last May. The 25-year-old Pardo has signed to play for the Chicago Fire.

    Fire signs Mexican midfielder Pardo

    The Chicago Fire has signed former Mexican international soccer star Pavel Pardo, a 35-year-old defensive midfielder from Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Brad Maynard and Robbie Gould enjoyed a lot of success with the Bears on the field goal unit. Maynard, a holder and punter, will not be back with the Bears this season.

    Bears’ Gould will miss Maynard’s help

    In his six years with the Bears, place-kicker Robbie Gould has become the fifth-most-accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history. Gould has benefited from having Patrick Mannelly as his long-snapper and punter Brad Maynard as his holder every step of the way. That combination is history now that the Bears have told Maynard that he no longer figures into their plans.

    Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije, right, listens to Robbie Gould speaks at a news conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest on Tuesday. Both players insist there won’t be any issues with teammates reporting to camp out of shape.

    Bears players: We’re ready to go

    Kicker Robbie Gould and defensive end Israel Idonije don’t believe the Bears will suffer any issues with players being out of shape because of the four-and-a-half month work stoppage that obliterated off-season practices and workouts. “There are always injuries in football, as soon as you start putting on the pads and hitting,” Idonije said. “Everybody’s been working out because the guys take their jobs seriously.”

    Amateur Peter Uihlein, here competing in the second round of the U.S. Open Championship in Bethesda, Md., last month, will try to win the Western Am next week in Glencoe. Uihlein is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion.

    Western Am pulls in top talent again

    The next big golf tournament in the Chicago area is the Western Amateur, but its organizers are somewhat justified in their claim that "there’s nothing amateur about it.’’ Without doubt a segment of the 156 starters in next week’s tournament at North Shore Country Club in Glencoe can play with the best professionals.


    Tellabs will lay off 330, including some at its Naperville headquarters.

    Tellabs losses lead to 330 job cuts

    Tellabs Inc., a global company that makes equipment for the telecommunications industry, said Tuesday it plans to cut 330 workers, or about 10 percent of its staff, including some from its Naperville headquarters.

    John “Jack” Rooney speaks during an interview the day he retired as U.S. Cellular CEO in May 2010.

    Services today for retired U.S. Cellular CEO Rooney

    John "Jack" Rooney of Wheaton, the retired CEO of U.S. Cellular who was one of the prioneers of the wireless industry, has died.


    Oil near $100 a barrel as debt talks continue

    Oil rose Tuesday as lawmakers labored to strike an agreement on the nation's debt limit and the dollar weakened on uncertainty about the economy.


    Ex-investment manager convicted in NYC

    A jury has convicted a former investment manager known as Wall Street's "bad boy" in a $140 million scheme.


    Gridlock over raising debt limit weighs on stocks

    The debt gridlock in Washington pulled stocks lower Tuesday. Industrial companies fell sharply after 3M and U.S. Steel reported weakness in TV sales and demand for steel.


    CBS back on top in Nielsen ratings

    NBC may have talent, but CBS has virtually everything else that prime-time viewers are interested in these days.


    White House threatens to veto Boehner's House plan

    The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto emergency legislation pending in the House to avert a threatened national default, a pre-emptive strike issued as Republican Speaker John Boehner labored to line up enough votes to pass the measure.


    Spring buying gives housing market temporary lift

    Home prices rose for the second straight month in most major U.S. cities and are stabilizing after years of declines. But analysts say the trend in prices hardly signals a rebound for the troubled housing market.

    The deal to turn the former Hoffman Estates police station into a car dealership has fallen through.

    Deal for old Hoffman Estates police station falls through

    For now, prospective luxury car purchasers in Hoffman Estates won’t be able to browse the lot while greeted by the sweet aroma of White Castle. That’s because a deal for an Audi dealership at the former Hoffman Estates police station has fallen through.


    Anixter 2Q profit jumps 51 pct

    Wire and cable distributor Anixter International Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit jumped 51 percent, boosted by sales stemming from a recent acquisition, along with favorable copper prices and exchange rates.


    Treasurys edge up despite debt-limit impasse

    Government bond prices are slightly higher even as negotiations to raise the country's borrowing limit remain at an impasse.

    A McDonald's Cheeseburger Happy Meal with the new apple slices option is shown on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Pittsburgh. McDonald's Corp. says it is adding apple slices to every Happy Meal, part of the chain's larger push to paint itself as a healthy place to eat.

    McDonald's: Apple slices in every Happy Meal

    McDonald's Corp. is adding apples to all its Happy Meals and launching a nutrition-focused mobile phone app as part of a broader health push.


    Recusal policy reveals oil industry-gov't ties

    Documents obtained by the Associated Press show that ties between the offshore oil industry and government regulators persist — even after the Obama administration instituted a new ethics policy to deter cozy relationships.


    Fidelity National jumps after profit beats esimates

    Fidelity National Financial Inc., the largest U.S. title insurer, climbed the most in a year after profit beat analysts’ estimates on a rebound in sales to commercial real estate clients.The insurer jumped 90 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $16.66 at 12:05 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.Second-quarter earnings per share of 36 cents beat by 5 cents the average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Net income was $80 million, compared with $139.6 million a year earlier when the insurer recorded an after-tax gain of $63 million tied to the sale of a claims-management unit, the Jacksonville, Florida-based company said late yesterday in a statement.“The strength of our commercial business” aided results amid a slump in the residential market, Chairman William P. Foley said in the statement.Title insurers use their records and public documents to verify a seller is the property’s true owner and that the real estate is free from liens. Revenue from the commercial segment climbed 38 percent to $93.8 million from $68.1 million a year earlier.


    Jefferson County hired bankruptcy lawyer Klee

    Jefferson County, Alabama, which may vote in two days to file a record U.S. municipal bankruptcy, hired attorneys who represented Orange County, California, when it sought protection from creditors in 1994.County commissioners voted 5-0 today to retain Kenneth Klee and his Los Angeles firm Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP. The commissioners have scheduled a July 28 meeting in which they may decide to file bankruptcy, extend negotiations with creditors on restructuring more than $3 billion of sewer bonds or approve a settlement.Creditors including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc. haven’t responded to a county proposal seeking to lower the amount it must repay to about $2 billion, while raising sewer rates by 8 percent for the next three years, commissioners said. The county will likely file for bankruptcy if creditors don’t respond this week, they said.“My constituents are saying pull the trigger,” Commissioner Sandra Little Brown said at a meeting.The county, home to Birmingham and a population of more than 658,000, has been under fiscal stress for more than three years after a sewer-bond refinancing collapsed during the credit crisis. Its woes intensified when the state Legislature refused to act after a court struck down an occupational tax in March. The tax generated about a quarter of the county’s general-fund revenue, and its absence forced officials to put more than 500 employees on unpaid leave.Standstill PeriodThe July 28 meeting will come one day before the end of a 30-day standstill period in which the county and creditors agreed to pursue a settlement.The county will pay Klee a $50,000 retainer and $500,000 if it moves forward with bankruptcy. Commission President David Carrington said bankruptcy would cost the county $1 million per month. He declined to discuss legal strategy.Commissioner Joe Knight said the cost may be worth it to settle the county’s debt crisis.“We can afford $1 million to close this convoluted saga,” Knight said.At today’s meeting, officials also approved the authority to issue new bonds in the event of a settlement.--Editors: Jerry Hart, Mark TannenbaumTo contact the reporters on this story: Martin Z. Braun in New York at mbraun6bloomberg.net Kathleen Edwards in Birmingham, Alabama, atTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannenbloomberg.net


    Mexico sells 7 billion pesos on 1-yeear Cetes at auction

    Mexico sold all 7 billion pesos of the one-year Cetes it offered at auction today, the central bank said on its website.The government sold 5.5 billion pesos of 28-day Cetes, 6.5 billion pesos of 91-day Cetes and 7 billion pesos of 182-day Cetes, the bank said.To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andres R. Martinez at amartinez28bloomberg.net


    Cyprus still on track to implement austeriy plan

    Cyprus’s fiscal consolidation package that the government agreed on with political parties on July 22 remains on track to be implemented, Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis said.“The government is ready to implement it,” Stavrakis told reporters in Nicosia today. “Part of what has been agreed is the consultation of the president with the public-sector trade unions on measures concerning them.”Talks to finalize the package broke down today when representatives of political parties at a meeting at the finance ministry walked out in protest, lawmaker Nicholas Papadopoulos said earlier.“The minister of finance retracted from measures we agreed at the meeting on Friday,” Papadopoulos, who is also vice- president of center-right DIKO, the junior partner in Cyprus’s government, said in an interview. Stavrakis “withdrew every measure that angered trade unions.”The revised version of the fiscal consolidation package the finance minister presented today reduced budget cuts for this year from 118.8 million euros ($172.3 million) to 97.5 million euros and from 545.7 million euros to 268.5 million euros in 2012, opposition DISY party lawmaker Averof Neofytou said.


    Babbitt blasts 'radical' GOP bill on public lands

    Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is blasting as "radical" a Republican proposal to open up more than 50 million acres of public lands to logging and other development.


    SEC to require biggest traders report activity

    Large traders will be required to register with the government and make available more information about their trades under a rule adopted by federal regulators.


    Investors selling dollars as debt fracas continues

    The dollar slid Tuesday as U.S. politicians remained divided over how to raise the government's ability to borrow, with a key deadline a week away.


    Consumer confidence rises in July

    Americans' confidence in the economy continues its rollercoaster ride. As their short-term outlook on jobs and income eased somewhat, U.S. consumers' confidence rose slightly in July, according to a monthly survey out on Tuesday, but confidence levels still remain weak overall.


    Hershey 2Q profit rises, as do its expectations

    After yet another strong quarter for Hershey, the nation's second-largest candymaker raised its outlook for the full year Tuesday, predicting that sales will rise by 6 percent and earnings will jump by 10 percen


    UPS sticks with its outlook as 2Q earnings rise

    UPS said on Tuesday that the sluggish U.S. economy will continue to impact its results, but it will grow earnings by raising prices and improving volume overseas.


    Rival plans ensnarl Congress over debt ceiling

    One week from a potentially debilitating debt crisis, Democrats and Republicans clashed Tuesday over rival plans to slash spending and increase the nation's borrowing ability despite President Barack Obama's endgame appeal for compromise. Financial markets registered their nervousness with the stalemate.


    House plans vote on balanced budget amendment

    House GOP leaders are planning a vote Thursday on a proposed amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget.

    Jewel-Osco parent company Supervalu Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $74 million, or 35 cents per share, for the quarter. That's up from $67 million, or 31 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

    Earnings up for Jewel-Osco parent Supervalu

    Jewel-Osco parent company Supervalu Inc.'s first-quarter net income rose 10 percent on cost-cutting, evidence that the grocery chain's turnaround plan appears to be bearing fruit.


    Wealth gap widens between whites, minorities

    The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

    FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a man uses his BlackBerry in Ahmadabad, India. Threats by the governments of India, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to shut down BlackBerry's corporate e-mail services reflect unease about a technology that the U.S. government also took a while to accept. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ajit Solanki, File)

    Sleep with your iPhone? You’re not alone

    You gave it a pet name. It knows more about you than your mother does. Sometimes you even sleep with it. In fact, you’re so attached to it that being separated for only a few minutes could send you into a panic.

    A program for tablet computers and smart phones that is designed to help calm symptoms of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

    Invisible wounds of war: There's an app for that?

    When terrifying battlefield memories come rushing back, causing night sweats, flashbacks or a panic attack, some troops and vets now find comfort by reaching for their smartphones.


    Whirlpool can change Maytag retirees' benefits

    A federal judge has ruled that Whirlpool can change benefits for about 3,000 people who had retired from Maytag.


    Lockheed Martin 2Q profit falls 10 percent

    Lockheed Martin Corp. says its second-quarter profit dropped 10 percent, burdened by a charge tied to some job cuts and a pension adjustment. But its results still topped analysts' expectations.


    Kodak posts wider 2Q loss on lower revenue

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Co. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened to $179 million as a sharp rise in sales of consumer inkjet printers was more than offset by slumping revenue from digital cameras and film.The photography and printing company also projected a bigger loss for all of 2011 than it previously forecast. Its shares fell 8 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $2.25 in premarket trading.Kodak said its fourth consecutive quarterly loss amounted to 67 cents a share in the April-to-June period. That compares with a loss of $168 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue fell 5 percent to $1.49 billion.The results missed Wall Street expectations. Excluding items, Kodak said it lost 62 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected an adjusted loss of 59 cents on revenue of $1.56 billion.Revenue from its digital businesses was little changed at $1.09 billion, but film group revenue fell 14 percent to $396 million.Sales of commercial and consumer inkjet printers, workflow software and packaging rose by a combined 22 percent in the quarter, led by 48 percent growth in home printers and ink.The four businesses remain a bright spot in the 131-year-old company’s long and painful drive to recast itself by 2012 into a profitable player in the cutthroat digital arena. However, Kodak said it now expects 2011 segment losses of $100 million to $300 million, down from a previous projection ranging from breakeven to a loss of $200 million. It also projects a loss from continuing operations of $200 million to $400 million. That’s up from earlier projections of a loss from continuing operations of $100 million to $300 million.Its revenue forecast of $6.4 billion to $6.7 billion remains unchanged.Since 2004, Kodak has reported only one full year profit — in 2007 — and anticipates another annual loss this year before crossing back to profitability sometime in 2012. It has trimmed its work force to 18,800 from 70,000 in 2002.Kodak’s sales of low-end cameras have been hurt by stiff competition from smartphones and video cameras and by its recent shift to pricier models. But operating losses in its consumer digital imaging division narrowed to $92 million from $123 million a year earlier on higher camera and printer ink profits. The segment’s sales slid 8 percent to $404 million.Graphic communications sales rose 4 percent to $685 million. But investments in commercial inkjet printing and rising raw material costs widened its operating losses to $45 million from $17 million a year earlier. Kodak expects to turn its first profit from home inkjet printers late this year, and its commercial line of printers is targeted to turn profitable in 2012.Kodak is banking on replacing the huge profits it once made from film with ink revenue. More than 3 million people already own Kodak home inkjet printers, and analysts estimate 5.3 million units will be installed by year-end.Investors are focusing intensely on Kodak’s strategy of brokering licenses or settlements from its trove of digital-imaging patents. It didn’t pick intellectual-property payments in the quarter but still expects to haul in $250 million to $350 million in revenue this year.Kodak has been burning through cash as it invests in digital inkjet printer businesses that are expected to turn their first profit this year. It had $1.3 billion in cash at the end of March, down from $1.6 billion in December.The company said it now expects to have a year-end cash balance of $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion, down from a previous projection of $1.7 billion to $1.8 billion.Mining its 1,100 digital-imaging inventions for repeated cash infusions has become an indispensable tactic driven in large part by Kodak’s digital turnaround. Since 2008, it has generated almost $2 billion in licensing fees and royalties.


    JetBlue profit falls as rising costs offset sales

    NEW YORK — JetBlue said Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings fell 19 percent as rising costs for fuel and maintenance overshadowed rising revenue from higher fares. The airline, based in New York, said Tuesday it earned $25 million, or 8 cents per share, compared with year-ago results of $31 million, or 10 cents per share. Revenue rose 22 percent to $1.15 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet Research expected a profit of 9 cents per share on $1.13 billion in sales. JetBlue Airways Corp. says it paid 58 percent more for fuel between April and June than it did the year before. Maintenance costs rose by 29 percent. JetBlue flew about 8 percent more passengers in the three-month period than it did a year ago, and it made 14 percent more per passenger, mostly due to higher fares. Its capacity, or number of available seats, grew by 9 percent as the airline continued its expansion in and out of Boston and the Caribbean. Planes were not as full as a year ago, but occupancy rates still topped 80 percent on average. For the third quarter, costs per available seat mile — a measure of how much it costs to fly a paying passenger a single mile — are expected to increase between 13 and 15 percent. JetBlue said all of that increase is attributable to higher fuel prices. Excluding fuel, costs are expected to be down between 2 and 4 percent. Capacity is expected to increase between nine and 11 percent in the third quarter and between six and eight percent for the full year.


    Chrysler reports 2Q loss due to bailout repayment

    Chrysler retreated to a loss for the second quarter, but only because the expense of shedding its government debt erased what would have been a modest profit.

    A Ford logo on a wheel at a car dealership in Omaha, Neb.

    Ford says 2Q profit falls as costs rise

    Ford Motor Co. says its second-quarter profit dropped slightly as higher sales were offset by the cost of developing new products and expanding sales in Asia. The company earned $2.4 billion, or 59 cents per share, down 8 percent from a profit of $2.6 billion, or 61 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2010.

Life & Entertainment



    Moms teach lessons of perseverance in face of tragedy

    Losing a child, especially in a violent or senseless way, is unimaginable. Yet, three suburbam moms who are working tirelessly on behalf of their children, can teach all of us lessons in dealing with that grief, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Get used to stalemates

    Leading up to the 2012 election, both political parties have trouble with their bases. Republicans must contend with The Dissatisfied, and Democrats with The Disappointed.


    The education of Herman Cain

    On a deep-brain level, Herman Cain, like many Americans, fundamentally distrusts Muslims for all the reasons we know. But, as Cain conceded, fear of Muslims and the Muslim-thrashing that certain politicians have engaged in is an exercise in stereotyping that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other case.


    Handling of Social Security is mob-like
    Democrats gave immigrants Social Security at age 65 although they did not pay into it. Please explain to me the difference of the government tapping into a trust fund and what the Chicago Mob did with the Teamsters Fund.


    Tea partyers holding the process hostage
    Tthe Republicans would have us believe their same old snake oil — that they are the party of fiscal responsibility, even though their record is one of massive spending combined with massive tax cuts for their fat-cat friends, thus running up the national debt.


    Video gambling will be boon for towns
    Letter to the Editor: The Daily Herald’s recent editorial and news coverage on gaming failed to acknowledge the benefits of video gaming for Illinois, including how it will bring significant revenue to local municipalities and vastly improve state gaming laws.While video gaming will be present long after initial capital projects are completed, it is critical to acknowledge that video gaming is already here; operating in thousands of locations across Illinois without regulation or oversight and illegally.


    A solution to moving American jobs overseas
    Letter to the Editor: Imports to the United States, with a couple of very minor exceptions, are not subject to federal tax. Any American manufacturer is encouraged to move its production lines and jobs overseas. That way, it immediately realizes a cost reduction greater than the entire labor cost and can ship anywhere from that foreign factory, including to the U.S., without federal tax. There is a way to correct this. It is known as H.R. 25, The Fair Tax Act of 2011. Urge your Congressman to support it.


    Who really runs the country?
    We never really know who we are electing till after the election is over and we see who are appointed to the president-elect’s cabinet. When I speak with other politically knowledgeable activists, they agree. The time for change in this practice is now.


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