Daily Archive : Wednesday July 27, 2011



    Government: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

    The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report released Thursday.

    This artist’s rendition what scientists at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing are dubbing “Xiaotingia zhengi.” The discovery of its fossilized remains helped scientists propose an evolutionary tree that suggests archaeopteryx is not a bird.

    Famed fossil isn’t a bird after all?

    One of the world’s most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn’t a bird at all.

    Elgin City Council members gave preliminary approval Wednesday to solicit bids for replacing fencing of the bison pen at Lords Park Zoo. There is only one lone bison left of the city's herd since Cahoya died of old age last week.

    Lords Park Zoo closer to getting a bison fence

    Slowly but surely the recommendation by the Lords Park Task Force to replace the bison fencing in the park's zoo is moving forward. Elgin City Council members voted Wednesday to grant preliminary approval to develop final plans and start the bid process.

    BIll Thompson

    Lake County loses lifelong educator

    The only way to sum up William L. Thompson, a lifelong resident and prominent educator of Lake County, is to say that he was “loved by all, hated by no one.” Those words were dedicated to Mr. Thompson in a notice put up on Facebook by his 16-year-old grand nephew John Wood following his death Friday, July 22, at the age of 87.

    When her brother started winning wrestling medals, Erin Golston of Lake in the Hills decided at age 6 that she wanted some of her own.

    Lake in the Hills female wrestler still chasing Olympic dream

    Lake in the Hills native Erin Golston will wrestle in Romania this week at the Junior World Championships, just another step in her long list of accomplishments toward her goal of becoming an Olympic wrestler.

    Former police sergeant Drew Peterson yells to reporters as he arrives at the Will County courthouse in Joliet in 2009. A state appellate court on Tuesday refused to overturn a Will County judge’s decision barring prosecutors from using some hearsay evidence against him.

    Case against Drew Peterson in jeopardy, experts say

    The high-profile murder case against former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, may never make it to trial, experts say, after a court agreed prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to use certain hearsay statements as evidence.


    Superman movie to film in Sugar Grove

    Filming of a new "Superman" movie will shut down Route 56 in Sugar Grove the second week of August.

    The soon-to-be-mothballed Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia may have turned up more evidence of the presence of a Higgs-Boson subatomic particle, in the search for an explanation in to how matter got mass.

    Fermilab closer to finding ‘God particle'

    The soon-to-be-mothballed Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia may have turned up more evidence of the presence of a Higgs-Boson subatomic particle, in the search for an explanation in to how matter got mass.


    Fermilab employees take buyouts; layoffs possible

    Forty-four Fermilab employees are taking the voluntary separation incentive, in which the lab had hoped to trim 100 workers. Layoffs may be the next move.

    Former Stevenson High School District 125 Assistant Superintendent James Hintz got an extra $33,365 in his pension this year, thanks to an annual cost-of-living increase the state banked for him until he turned 61.

    Ex-school administrators get big pension boosts

    Some former suburban public school administrators who retire early get a big pension boost at age 61. That's because even though they can't collect cost-of-living increases before 61, the Teachers Retirement System holds the money for them and includes it in their pension checks during that year.


    Ex-Cubs bullpen catcher sentenced
    A former Chicago Cubs bullpen catcher has been sentenced to two years’ probation for attempted possession of more than a pound of marijuana in Nebraska.

    Marni Yang was found guilty in March of first-degree murder in the Oct. 4, 2007, slaying of Reuter and Reuter’s unborn child. Reuter was the girlfriend of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle.

    Yang ordered to pay $40 million to victim’s family

    A Cook County jury has decided against Marni Yang in a lawsuit filed by the family of the woman she was convicted of killing. The family of Rhoni Reuter was awarded $40 million on Wednesday.

    Antwon Carter, 24, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the July 18, 2010, shooting of off-duty Chicago police officer Michael Bailey.

    No bail for suspect in cop’s murder

    Bail has been denied for a 24-year-old man charged with killing an off-duty Chicago police officer. Antwon Carter appeared in bond court Wednesday after being charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in the death of officer Michael Bailey.


    Fugitive schools chief headed to prison

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

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says aggravated assaults and batteries against police have more than doubled in the last decade.

    Assaults on cops are up

    Chicago’s top cop says he doesn’t know why police-involved shootings are up, but he says there’s been a spike in assaults and batteries on cops.


    Prairie View garage destroyed by fire

    A late-afternoon fire in Prairie View destroyed a garage and its contents. Seven surrounding fire departments assisted the Long Grove Fire Protection District on the 16100 block of Aptakisic Road as the unattached garage went up in flames.


    Woodridge man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 52-year-old Woodridge man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he collided with another vehicle while riding a motorcycle in Darien, according to authorities.


    Lawsuit challenging new congressional map filed by GOP

    Republicans Wednesday filed a court challenge to Illinois' newly drawn congressional boundaries. The new "gerrymandered" map, it charges, violates both the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment.

    Helen Brylinke

    Car burglary suspects arrested in Vernon Hills

    Four people have been charged after police on a sting operation targeting car burglaries in Vernon Hills spotted their vehicle, which was linked to a previous car burglary.

    DuPage County Board member JR McBride is recuperating from brain surgery.

    DuPage board member McBride recovering from brain surgery

    DuPage County Board member J.R. McBride had surgery this week to remove a benign brain tumor, county officials announced Wednesday.“I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The surgery was successful and I plan to return to the county soon,” McBride said in a statement.


    Chicago settles lawsuit in fatal 2004 accident

    The city of Chicago will pay $6.5 million to the family of an 8-year-old boy who died in 2004 after being run over by an unmarked police car.

    Wood Dale Police Chief Frank Biniewicz

    Wood Dale police chief retiring after 35 years

    After 35 years with the Wood Dale Police Department and more than six years as chief, Frank Biniewicz will retire at the end of August.


    Des Plaines observes National Night Out

    The Des Plaines Police Department will host an open house from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday for National Night Out at the police station, 1418 Miner St.


    Barrington wins historic preservation grant

    The village of Barrington has received a $3,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation of the Donnelley Preservation Fund for Illinois.


    Bedroom fire damages Batavia home

    Batavia fire officials continue to investigate what started a blaze that caused about $25,000 in damage to a home Wednesday afternoon.


    Suspect gave permission for search, detective says

    A detective testified Wednesday that James Ealy invited him to “look around all you want” when police were at Ealy's apartment investigating the 2006 murder of Mary Hutchison at the former Burger King restaurant in Lindenhurst.


    Elk Grove Village cop hearing Thursday

    The Elk Grove Village Police and Fire Commission could determine Thursday whether to fire police officer David Klingsporn, who faces a charge of violating police department rules. The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the village council chambers.


    Former Barrington student not guilty of rape, other charges remain

    A 20-year-old Palatine man is found not guilty by a McHenry County judge of raping a girl in 2009 while he was a Barrington High School senior. But Bruce Arthur Johnston still faces a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge from 2009 for a relationship he had with a 14-year-old at the time.


    Grayslake skate park benefit Saturday

    A fundraiser to benefit the Daniel Barry Memorial Skate Park in Grayslake will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The eighth annual Grayslake SK8 Comp will feature skateboards and blades along with expert, intermediate and beginner divisions for competition. Thousands in cash and prizes will be awarded.


    Disabled can tour Van Patten Woods in golf cart

    eople with physical disabilities can take a free cart tour of the Van Patten Woods forest preserve near Wadsworth on Aug. 14.


    CLC passes balanced 2011-12 budget

    College of Lake County board members have passed a $96.79 million operating budget for the financial period that officially started July 1 and runs through June 30, 2012. Officials said the balanced budget represents a 5.73 percent increase over 2011.


    Vernon library hosts workshops for businesses

    The vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire has scheduled three noontime workshops and webinars -- all free -- to help area businesspeople.


    Man pleads not guilty to charges in fatal crash

    A man from downstate Collum, IL pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he was under the influence of marijuana when his speeding car slammed into and killed a Lake Barrington woman. Thomas Murphy, 40, faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and reckless homicide.

    Gary Schuning

    Addison man ‘deserved’ life term for murders of mom, prostitute

    Gary Schuning of Addison received a mandatory life sentence Wednesday for murdering his mother and a prostitute. Schuning, 28, was convicted by a jury in May of first-degree murder in the 2006 stabbing deaths of his mother, Doris Pagliaro, 40, and Chicago call girl Kristi Hoenig, 21. “The defendant deserves no less than a life sentence,” Judge John Kinsella said. “This crime speaks of utter...


    Minor fire breaks out at Northwest Community Hospital

    A small fire broke out inside a radiation therapy room at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights early this afternoon but was quickly extinguished, officials said.

    Myeong Lim

    Two charged with prostitution in Buffalo Grove

    A 64-year-old Arlington Heights masseuse has been arrested and charged with prostitution for the second time in the last 18 months at a Buffalo Grove spa, police said.

    North Carolina coach Butch Davis pauses during interviews at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff Monday in Pinehurst, N.C. University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Wednesday that Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the football program.

    North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

    North Carolina has fired football coach Butch Davis. The school issued a statement Wednesday night announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice.


    DuPage police union gets first contract, 2% raises

    Union officials in DuPage County have claimed victory over Sheriff John Zaruba and former county board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom after they negotiated their first union contract. The Metropolitan Alliance of Police officials said the two “failed” in their “obstructionist” efforts to block the union and that they “have the taint of wasted taxpayer money as their legacy and on their hands.”


    Heat wave death toll hits 16 in Cook County

    A 16th person in the Chicago area has died of heat-related causes. The Cook County medical examiner’s office listed heat stroke and hypertension as the causes of death for 70-year-old William Blackledge of Chicago on Wednesday.

    Illinois State Police said the body of Maria Ridulph, who was killed in 1957, was exhumed Wednesday from the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.

    Authorities examine body of girl killed in 1957

    Authorities on Wednesday began examining the remains of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl who was abducted and killed more than 50 years ago, trying to find clues that would help them put together a criminal case against a 71-year-old former neighbor.

    Players who suffer head blows or other impact that causes the head to suddenly jerk may still have concussions even if they don’t lose consciousness. Symptoms may be as subtle as headaches, feeling momentarily dazed, forgetting a play, and even sleep problems.

    Docs spread word about concussions to coaches

    There’s no such thing as a “ding,” concussion experts told Illinois school coaches, trainers and administrators Wednesday in preparation for state legislation aimed at preventing affected young athletes from resuming play too soon.


    Here are a few ways to help East Africa’s hungry

    The drought consuming the Horn of Africa is the worst in 60 years, leaving millions of people, many of them children, in danger of death. Local and national charities are providing aid. Here are some ways you can help.


    District 300 visit with Michelle Obama canceled

    The White House has canceled a reception with First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate the achievements of schools across the country in promoting healthy habits to students, including schools from Community Unit District 300. An email from the White House to the district last week blames "unforseen circumstances."

    Anthony Capasso, 4, of Chicago, rests in the wheel of ‘Outback Thunda” attraction.

    Images: Opening day of the 2011 DuPage County Fair
    Images of opening day of the 2011 DuPage County Fair, including exotic animals, duck races, and 4-H judging


    Algonquin, Huntley plan to share IT staff

    Algonquin likes to be a good neighbor, and make a profit while at it. The village is planning to provide IT services to Huntley's police department. It is already providing some services to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire protection district, Carpentersville and Pingree Grove.


    Teachers recalled in Cary District 26

    The closure of Prairie Hill School in Cary has allowed the Cary Elementary District 26 school board to recall about a dozen teachers who were laid off earlier this year.


    Fox River Grove man accused in Ponzi scheme pleads guilty to mail fraud

    Paul Cirigliano, a Fox River Grove man charged in a federal complaint of mail fraud and other crimes, including operating a Ponzi scheme that reportedly bilked investors out of nearly $2 million, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud Monday in a federal court in Rockford. He faces between 110 and 137 months in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 27.


    Fox River fire district wants St. Charles station

    The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District is courting the empathy of St. Charles Unit District 303 in its attempts to find a location for a new third station. The key man in the decision could be school board member Jim Gaffney, who also happens to be president of the fire district.


    Stocks fall as debt debate rages

    Stocks plunged Wednesday as the U.S. edged closer to defaulting on its debt and the economy showed more signs of deteriorating. Major indexes gave up all of their gains for the month.


    Police reports

    A DVD player installed in a 2000 Dodge Grand Voyager was taken when the vehicle was ransacked between 11 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday while it was parked in the 100 block of Cherry Street in Elgin, according to police reports.

    Workers will begin construction on a new boardwalk near Spring Brook Nature Center in Itasca starting next month.

    Itasca OKs new $115,000 boardwalk

    Nature lovers in Itasca must say goodbye to the boardwalk that runs through the marsh lands near Spring Brook Nature Center next week. But just temporarily, as workers will begin building an improved boardwalk in mid-August.

    Raymond Winters

    Reduced plea in 12-year-old Wheaton murder

    A man who had claimed that he was “merely present” for a Wheaton drug dealer’s murder 12 years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted armed robbery as part of a deal with prosecutors that requires him to cooperate with unspecified investigations in DuPage and Cook counties. Raymond Winters, 44, formerly of Chicago, was facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the July 1999...


    Erin Golston’s road to success
    A fact box on Erin Golston's wrestling success as she prepares to compete in the 2011 Junior World Championships.


    Woman assaulted in Mount Prospect theft

    A man in Mount Prospect first tried to lure a woman into his car, then assaulted her and stole her necklace when he was unsuccessful, police said.

    Jeff Nemcher, sales associate at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep, shows Wesley Hawk of Bartlett the 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge car in the dealership’s showroom in Schaumburg on Wednesday. The dealership was chosen to help reintroduce the Fiat brand to the U.S. market.

    Fiat opens showroom in Schaumburg in U.S. sales push

    One of three Chicago area dealerships chosen to help reintroduce the Fiat brand to the U.S. market, Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Schaumburg has opened a temporary showroom in its parking lot.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio emerges from a closed-door caucus with House Republicans as work continues to avert a default Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

    GOP retools debt fix plan

    Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans appeared to be coalescing Wednesday around a work-in-progress plan by House Speaker John Boehner to increase the U.S. borrowing limit and chop $1 trillion in federal spending.

    Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi is seen in this undated image. He was assassinated Wednesday by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban, Afghan officials said.

    Suicide bomber kills Kandahar mayor

    A suicide bomber hiding explosives in his turban assassinated the mayor of Kandahar on Wednesday, just two weeks after President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half brother was slain in the southern province that is critical to the U.S.-led war effort.


    It's sidewalk sale time in downtown Wheaton

    Brightly colored balloons will mark the Wheaton stores where fashionistas and summer shoppers alike can score discounts this weekend during the Downtown Wheaton Sidewalk Sale.

    There are roughly 300 members of DuPage County 4-H groups participating in this year's county fair. Competitors may submit entries in areas ranging from woodworking to stained glass to livestock displays.

    4-H offers suburban youth chance to share creativity

    DuPage County Fair participant Rachael Miller doesn't shear sheep or raise cattle. Nonetheless, Miller has been an avid member of the DuPage County 4-H Club for 10 years. “4-H isn't just about farming and livestock,” Miller said. “I know that's kind of what it started out as, but it's definitely more diverse than it used to be.”

    Neighbors of Terrace View Pond in Lombard wish the village and the park district would move faster on their plans to improve stormwater management at the site. A study of options to decrease the likelihood of flooding is expected to be complete by September.

    Lombard residents want flood improvements speeded up

    With rain from last weekend soaked into the soil, and more wet weather in the forecast, Lombard residents living near Terrace View Pond wish efforts to increase the pond’s stormwater capacity would move along faster. “They’re using our yards and basements as retention ponds,” Lombard resident Linda Sullivan said. “We feel like the village owes us a functioning sewer system, a functioning...

    Patrons browse thousands of books at last year’s Little City Book Fair, which is being relocated from Skokie to Harper College in Palatine.

    Famed Little City book fair moves closer to foundation’s Palatine campus

    Little City staff acknowledge they're taking a chance by not only moving their lucrative used book sale from Skokie to Harper College in Palatine, but also reducing the event from 10 days to just three.

    Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican independence in Aurora, has been free to fest-goers. Plans to charge a $2 admission fee this year were scrapped, but questions linger about how funds from the festival are used.

    Aurora Hispanic leaders spar over festival admission fee, funding

    Plans to charge a $2 admission to Fiestas Patrias in Aurora this year were quickly scrapped when word of such plans got around. “This festival is a celebration of Mexican independence. It’s the same as charging for the fireworks on the Fourth of July,” Alderman Juany Garza said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole two dining room chairs, box of toys, food processor and wok from a driveway in Mount Prospect after the victim placed the items there because the home was flooded. Value was estimated at $400.

    A ComEd truck in a cornfield outside Tampico, near the the scene where two farm workers were killed in an electrocution accident while they were removing tassels from corn .

    Investigation continues into cornfield deaths

    Whiteside County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Henson says deputies are trying to determine how two 14-year-olds were electrocuted detasseling corn in northwestern Illinois. Jade Garza and Hannah Kendall, both of Sterling, were killed Monday when they came into contact with a field irrigator while working near Tampico.

    Drew Peterson

    Hearsay ruling a big blow to Peterson prosecutors

    A state appellate court has refused to overturn a Will County judge’s decision barring prosecutors from using some hearsay evidence against former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson

    Roger Blakely of Arlington Heights wrote the novel “Chief” in his spare time.

    Arlington Heights Army officer sets e-book thriller in the burbs

    Roger Blakely is an Army officer in his late-40s, stationed in Arlington Heights, living with his cat and training soldiers in the final weeks before they ship out overseas. And he’s written a thriller novel about an Arlington Heights Army retiree who lives with his cat and ends up dealing with a planned terrorist attack here in the suburbs.

    Fortune Brands CEO Bruce Carbonari

    Fortune Brands CEO to retire at end of the year

    Deerfield-based Fortune Brands Inc., which makes a variety of products from security items to Jim Beam liquor, said Wednesday that its Chairman and CEO Bruce Carbonari will retire at the end of the year, as plans for its separation into two separate public companies continue.

    A thunderstorm rolls across Boone County Wednesday morning after passing through the Rockford area. The storm was tracking toward McHenry County and northern Lake County producing heavy rains and lightning, but lacking the high winds that have wreaked havoc during previous storms this summer.

    Storms moving over suburbs

    People should keep an eye on the skies today as small, isolated thunderstorms are expected to strike on and off throughout Wednesday. Brief but heavy rainfall with frequent lightning has been forecasted by the National Weather Service. However, officials said the hardest rain and thrunderstorms are expected later this afternoon and into tonight and Thursday.

    Dave Burroughs cooks up a batch of bicolor sweet corn at a previous Sugar Grove Corn Boil. Organizers estimate they’ll cook up 11,000 ears this weekend.

    Sugar Grove Corn Boil offers new events this year

    The 44th annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil features several new events starting with the opening day parade. The festival, in the park behind John Shields Elementary School, kicks off on Friday, July 29.

    The information commons is painted in bright green and lined with computers.

    Poplar Creek Library wins design award

    The $23 million modernization and expansion of the Poplar Creek Library’s main branch in Streamwood, which reopened in June 2009 with twice the space, has received the No. 1 ranking among new libraries from The Library Journal, a well recognized national library publication.


    Downstate man killed in Tri-State motorcycle crash

    A downstatem man was killed Monday night in a crash on the Tri-State Tollway near Wadsworth. James Ewing of Gifford, IL., crossed three lanes of highway before hitting the center median while riding his motorcycle.


    Lake County hosts free hepatitis health fair

    In observance of World Hepatitis Day, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center will host a free hepatitis health fair Thursday, July 28.

    Kids keep cool at last year’s National Night Out event in Vernon Hills.

    Lake County communities plan National Night Out events

    Lake County communities are scheduled to host National Night Out activities Tuesday, Aug. 2, demonstrating their support for anti-crime efforts, improving police and neighborhood partnerships, and promoting a message to criminals of fighting back.

    People gather around the spot where Gabriella Drozdz, 18 of Lake Zurich, was killed last Friday night by a hit-and-run driver. This stretch of Church Street in Lake Zurich very dark.

    Lake Zurich hit-and-run sparks road safety concerns

    Lake Zurich-area officials say they plan to discuss ways to increase safety along a stretch of Church Street where a teenager was killed after a hit-and-run accident. “Now that there's been an accident and a tragedy, improvements to the road are something to look into,” said State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr.

    Aretha Franklin will stop by the Sears Centre on Sept. 24 for Fashion on Ice. Skaters, including Olympians Sasha Cohen and Sarah Hughes, will perform while Franklin sings. The performance will be broadcast on Nov. 13 on NBC.

    Aretha Franklin, star skaters team up at Sears Centre

    Aretha Franklin will stop by the Sears Centre on Sept. 24 for Fashion on Ice. Skaters, including Olympians Sasha Cohen and Sarah Hughes, will perform while Franklin sings. The performance will be broadcast on Nov. 13 on NBC.

    Todd Younger

    New Dist. 214 board member is from Arlington Hts.

    Todd Younger, an Arlington Heights resident and a commercial banker by trade, has been chosen to fill the vacancy on the District 214 school board, created when Lenore Gonzales Bragaw moved out of the district earlier this year.


    Aurora council tightens liquor license rules

    If a new liquor store or bar and grill wants to come into Aurora, its management will need to plan a trip to a city council meeting and prepare a business plan for council review. “Anytime a new business wants to come in for a liquor license, it’ll be given to the council” for a vote, under a resolution approved Tuesday night, City Clerk Cheryl Vonhoff said.

    Geneva is likely to approve an intergovernmental pact that means it can finally have community garden plots next year at Prairie Green Preserve. The deal between the city, Geneva Park District and Kane County Forest Preserve would create 140 plots on the site.

    Geneva ready to approve pact for community gardens

    By next spring, Geneva gardeners should be able to farm their veggies in community garden plots at Prairie Green Preserve. The Geneva City Council gave preliminary approval to an agreement with the Kane County Forest Preserve to annex property for the public gardens.


    Itasca seeks members for home-rule committee

    Itasca leaders will form a committee of residents, business leaders and elected officials to explore whether the village should ask for home rule status in a referendum on March 20.


    GreenRoom to present ‘Sound of Music’ in Huntley
    GreenRoom Productions will present “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 29-30, Aug. 5-6, and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 31 and Aug. 7, at the Cosman Cutural Arts Center, 12015 Mill St., Huntley.


    Festival of Singers returns to Elgin
    By popular demand The Festival of Singers is returning every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 28 at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Ave. in downtown Elgin.


    ECC to stage ‘Spelling Bee’
    Nervous youngsters and their ultracompetitive parents continue center stage during “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical performed by the Elgin Community College Musical Theatre through Sunday, Aug. 7.


    Register for OSHA class at MCC

    McHenry County College Shah Center is accepting registration for the OSHA 30-Hour in General Industry class set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 17, 29 and 31 at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry.

    Mihag Gedi Farah, who at a 7 months old weighs just 7 pounds, is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee in Dadaab, Kenya, on Tuesday.

    Aid workers rush to help East Africa’s hungry

    Seven-month-old Mihag Gedi Farah is the frail face of famine in the Horn of Africa. He stares out wide-eyed almost in alarm. Mihag is just one of 800,000 children who officials warn could die across the region.


    Carlos Zambrano says, “I still have the Cubs in my heart. If the change has to be me, that's OK.”

    Big Z: Change, change, change needed

    Amid a host of mostly baseless trade rumors involving him, Carlos Zambrano took the mound Wednesday night at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers. Zambrano fell 2-0 and said the Cubs need "change."

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy says, “I want to be here for this team, but I can't make any promises.” Peavy continues to battle a post-surgical lack of endurance and velocity.

    Peavy knows Sox' gamble includes him

    With the team down to a five-man rotation after the Edwin Jackson trade, Jake Peavy is not deluding himself or White Sox fans. He's not 100 percent and admits his arm strength has been slow to return after lat surgery.

    White Sox starter John Danks (4-8) allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 6 innings Wednesday against the Tigers. Danks, who tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last 6 starts.

    Determined Danks prevails for White Sox

    John Danks didn't have his best command Wednesday but he was able to work out of big jams in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to help the White Sox edge the first-place Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Elgin powers past Elk Grove at state Legion

    Elgin used three homers and an 8-run fourth inning to beat Elk Grove 14-8 in the first game of the American Legion baseball state tournament Wednesday in Galesburg.


    Heckmann to lead Wauconda soccer teams

    Wauconda has named Patrick Heckmann its new boys and girls soccer coach. Heckmann, who’s been an assistant in the boys and girls programs for 13 years, replaces Terry Stevig, who retired this summer.


    Warren’s Riley signed by Bengals

    Warren graduate and former Illinois State offensive tackle Chris Riley has agreed to an undrafted free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and will join the team for fall training camp when it reports today.

    Geovany Soto argues with home plate umpire Marty Foster after a strike three call during the fourth inning Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

    Greinke, Brewers shut down Cubs

    MILWAUKEE — Prince Fielder hit his 23rd home run and Rickie Weeks needed to be helped off the field when he injured his left ankle running out a throw to first in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.Zack Greinke (8-4) worked effectively into the seventh inning as Milwaukee kept pace in the crowded NL Central, but losing Weeks would be a huge blow to the Brewers' playoff chances.Fielder homered off Carlos Zambrano (7-6) to start the second before Weeks hit a bouncing ball to shortstop Starlin Castro. Weeks stretched to beat the throw, landing awkwardly at the bag and stumbling down the first-base line.The All-Star second baseman went to the hospital for further tests after being helped off the field.

    A source says that the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings are working on a deal to send Donovan McNabb to Minnesota.

    AP Sources: Vikings get QB McNabb from Redskins

    Donovan McNabb's arrival in Minnesota has been a rumored scenario for at least five years, ever since Brad Childress left the Philadelphia Eagles to take over the Vikings in 2006.

    Philip Arouca with his first Illinois Open championship trophy at Hawthorn Woods Country Club.

    Arouca wins Illinois Open duel with Schachner

    Wilmette's Philip Arouca took advantage of a rocky finish for Libertyville's Michael Schachner to win the Illinois Open championship by 1 stroke Wednesday at Hawthorn Woods Country Club.


    Slumping Soriano grabs some bench

    Alfonso Soriano found a seat on the Cubs bench for the start of Wednesday night's game at Milwaukee. Soriano entered the night hitting just .171 in July

    Geneva graduate Pat Schiller, left, and Boone Thorgesen of Kaneland are now teammates and roommates at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

    Schiller the Huskies’ man in the middle

    Northern Illinois senior Pat Schiller, a 2007 Geneva High School graduate, is back where he loves to play in the Huskies' 4-3 defense.


    Don’t let costly stereotypes price you out of the fishing fun

    Fly-fishing can be expensive, but it certainly doesn't have to be. Don't let the snooty stereotype scare you away from discovering a great way to go fishing.

    Michael Phelps heads for victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the swimming world championships in Shanghai on Wednesday.

    Phelps golden again in 200 butterfly

    Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday in Shanghai for his first victory in the swimming world championships.

    Chicago White Sox closing pitcher Sergio Santos left, celebrates with teammate Alejandro De Aza after defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox shake things up and get a win

    Alejandro De Aza came up from Class AAA Charlotte Wednesday and immediately sparked the White Sox with a 2-run homer. That begs the question - how long does De Aza keep Alex Rios on the bench?

    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jason Frasor was 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 44 relief appearances with Toronto this season. The Sox acquired the 33-year-old Frasor, who lives in Oak Forest and pitched at Southern Illinois University.

    Sox swap Jackson, Teahen for 2 Jays pitchers

    In a cost-cutting move, the White Sox traded starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays Wednesday in exchange for relief pitcher Jason Frasor and minor-league starter Zach Stewart.

    John Danks delivers a pitch during the fifth inning Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    De Aza helps White Sox knock off Tigers 2-1

    Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Wednesday.


    Sky scouting report

    Chicago Sky (8-10) at Tulsa Shock (1-15)


    If you go
    Legendary MMA fighters Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson headline a star-studded fight card Saturday at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates. Here’s a glance at the schedule for the Strikeforce and M-1 Global event:Friday, July 29:4-4:30 p.m.: Weigh-ins at Sears Center. Free and open to the public.Saturday, July 30:5:30 p.m.: Doors open for ticketholders6:30 p.m.: First MMA bout 9 p.m.: Main card begins and is carried live on ShowtimeMain card:Ÿ Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan HendersonŸ Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate for Women’s 135-lb. championshipŸ Robbie Lawler vs. Tim KennedyŸ Paul Daley vs. Tyron WoodleyŸ Scott Smith vs. Tarec SaffiedineTickets: $37, $52, $77, $102, $202 and $352 available at the Sears Centre Arena box office, searscentre.com, or at (888) 732-7784.

    Mixed martial arts legends Fedor Emelianenko, left, and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will battle for the first time on Saturday night at the Sears Centre.

    MMA showdown features legendary fighters

    MMA legends Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianko will face off for the first time on Saturday at the Sears Center Arena.

    Ervin Santana, center, gets a hug from catcher Bobby Wilson after throwing a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday.

    Santana pitches Angels' first no-hitter since 1984

    Ervin Santana pitched the first no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 and leading Los Angeles over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday.

    The Bears will open their training camp at Olivet Nazarene Univerity in Bourbonnais with a 2:30 p.m. practice on Saturday. The first night practice is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.

    Bears release training camp schedule

    The Bears will return to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., for the tenth consecutive season, starting with Saturday's practice (no pads) at 2:30 p.m. The team releases the tentative practice schedule on Wednesday and the first night practice begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

    Chicago Fire fans turned out in force for the friendly soccer match between Manchester United and the Fire at Soldier Field last weekend. The Fire, however, needs to put together a win streak to make the playoffs and draw fans back to Toyota Park.

    Man-U game was nice, but Fire needs wins

    Fire owner Andrew Hauptman and Andell Holdings' Javier Leon will need to figure out how to turn around the Fire if the once-proud franchise misses the MLS playoffs for a second straight season.

    Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle has signed a four-year contract with the Bears, who picked him in the fifth-round of the April’s NFL Draft.

    Bears sign draft picks Enderle, Thomas

    Bears chief contract negotiator Cliff Stein is off to a fast start. Fifth-round quarterback Nathan Enderle and sixth-round linebacker J.T. Thomas have already agreed to terms on four-year deals. According to Internet repots, Enderle’s deal is for $2.2 million and includes a $170,000 signing bonus.

    Champion Cadel Evans, middle, is flanked by second-place Andy Schleck, left, and his older brother Frank on the award podium Sunday in Paris.

    Evans' victory caps a Tour classic

    It was a Tour de France many hailed as a classic. There were crashes, dropouts, surprises and, above all, a new champion. With Cadel Evans becoming the first Australian to win cycling's most prestigious race, the Tour de France had a completely new look this year.



    Walmart Express store opens in Chicago

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken another step toward expanding in Chicago with the opening of its first urban Walmart Express store.

    Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. shot up in trading on their first day on the Nasdaq.

    Dunkin’ stock soars nearly 47 percent in IPO

    Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. soared nearly 47 percent on Wednesday, their first day of trading, feeding the demand of investors looking to trade in coffee and doughnuts.


    Stock futures mixed as debt stalemate continues

    U.S. stock futures are mixed as lawmakers remain at odds over how to avoid a debt default. House Speaker John Boehner had planned to hold a vote on his debt-limit plan on Wednesday.


    Hospira reports second quarter net earnings at $1.4 billion

    Lake Forest-based Hospira, Inc. a leading global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Net sales for the quarter were $1.1 billion.

    Siemens CEO Peter Loescher

    Siemens extends CEO contract for 5 years

    Industrial equipment maker Siemens AG says its board has extended CEO Peter Loescher's contract for another five years. Siemens has local operations in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove, Mundelein, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale.

    A Boeing Co. worker works on the 767 assembly line, in Everett, Wash. Businesses cut back on orders for aircraft, autos, heavy machinery and computers in June, sending demand for long-lasting manufactured goods lower for the second month in the past three.

    Durable goods orders fall 2.1 percent in June

    Businesses cut back on orders for aircraft, autos, heavy machinery and computers in June, sending demand for long-lasting manufactured goods lower for the second month in the past three.


    AutoNation reports record 2011 second quarter results

    AutoNation, Inc. America's largest automotive retailer, today reported 2011 second quarter net income of $73 million, or $0.49 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $62 million, or $0.38 per share, for the same period in the prior year, a 29% improvement on a per-share basis.

    Boeing Co.'s second-quarter profit beat analysts' estimates, buoyed by higher commercial sales, and increased its forecast for full-year earnings.

    Boeing beats profit estimates, boosts 2011 earnings forecast

    Net income rose 20 percent to $941 million, or $1.25 a share, from $787 million, or $1.06, a year earlier, Chicago-based Boeing said in a statement today. The average estimate of 22 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for 97 cents. Sales climbed 6 percent to $16.5 billion.

Life & Entertainment

    New issues in dealing with addictions have arisen in the wake of the death of British singer Amy Winehouse.

    Should the music industry have tried to save Amy?

    There's a long history, to be sure, of performers who wither away due to addiction while the world watches, but Amy Winehouse's death Saturday at age 27 has rekindled questions about the role the music industry should play in helping stars kick self-destructive habits.

    Amy Krotser of Crystal Lake makes a toast with good friends at Hartley's.

    For a chill night out, think Hartley's in Crystal Lake

    Hartley's Restaurant in Crystal Lake opened in May, taking over On the Rocks' former home. The spot offers a night out with a bit of old-school elegance, hearty food, classic decor and chill live music.

    On Wednesday, Britain's Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling in the epic battle between George Lucas' movie empire and a prop designer over the iconic stormtrooper helmets from the "Star Wars" films.

    Lucas loses U.K. battle over stormtrooper helmets

    The Empire has struck out. Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday defeated a bid by George Lucas' company to stop a prop designer making and selling replicas of the iconic stormtrooper helmets from the "Star Wars" films.

    Texting or tweeting is considered an etiquette no-no when dining out.

    Put your cooking talent to the test

    For our Cook of the Week Challenge, we're asking readers to submit an original recipe. Just what does “original” mean? It means I can't plug the ingredients into Google and find the recipe online.

    Tomato Basil Pasta with Asiago

    Tomato-Basil Pasta with Asiago
    Meatless Monday: Pasts

    British singer Amy Winehouse, shown performing in Brazil in January, is back on the Billboard charts following her death.

    Winehouse's death lands her back on the charts

    Death has landed Amy Winehouse back on the charts. The British singer's "Back to Black" album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No. 9, with 37,000 albums sold in the United States in the past week. Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late Tuesday. Her debut album "Frank" sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads.

    The rock group America is shown in this photo dated 1976. Members of the group, from left are: Dewey Bunnel, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. Peek died Sunday in bed in his home in Farmington, Mo.

    Dan Peek, founding member of band America, dies

    Dan Peek, a founding member of the popular 1970s band America and singer of high harmonies on hits that included "A Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway," has died, his father said Tuesday. He was 60.

    Courtesy of Royal Rose Radicchio

    Grilled greens rich with flavor

    Vegetables have been gaining ground as weekend warriors discover the bold flavors tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini develop after a little time on the flames. Yes, even lettuces contain natural sugars that caramelize, giving them deeper flavors after a little time over an open fire.

    Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson performs Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. While in town, he'll also be doing some recording.

    Brian Wilson returns to St. Charles to perform, record

    When Brian Wilson arrives in St. Charles this weekend, it will be something of a homecoming for the former Beach Boy, who recorded “Imagination” in a house just a few miles from where he'll be playing. And the legendary songwriter liked recording here so much, he plans to do it again.



    Remember the three R’s of toll hikes

    A toll increase is part of the discussion before the Illinois Toll Highway Authority board, but a Daily Herald editorial says, while roads have to be maintained and major projects like Elgin-O’Hare pursued, now is not the time for a systemwide toll hike.


    GOP must be careful with 10th amendment

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Federal powers must be at least implied by the Constitution, not merely conjured by the courts. But that is not identical to Republicanism.


    Headaches are the least of GOP’s worries

    Columnist Richard Cohen: To fix what ails us will take time, ingenuity and political courage. At the moment, it is the latter that’s nowhere in sight. The right wing of the GOP is willing, if not able, to take the nation right into default and a bevy of Republican leaders, most of them knowing better, are too cowed to object.


    GOP opposes deficit when it’s convenient
    By the time Reagan-Bush left office the deficit was at $4.9 trillion. Then Clinton became president and the deficit was again a huge issue with the Republicans.


    Be wary of emails that circulate
    Barack Obama has always been open about his father, in interviews and writing, stating that he went back to Kenya. How could anyone then think that Obama would state that this man deserved veteran benefits?


    Give riders better warning for trains
    Letter to the Editor: Metra needs to ensure that it gives adequate information to riders regarding which platform they should board the train from to avoid situations where riders are scrambling to switch platforms once they see the train.


    Nothing fair about ‘fair trade’ pacts
    Letter to the Editor: Proposed “fair” trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia are an extension of NAFTA, which already has cost the U.S. millions of jobs. Why do you think corporations and big banks are pushing for these agreements that result in low wages, no benefits, no pollution control, no concern for the environment; child labor and low taxes?


    Hughes has been a Sugar Grove leader
    Letter to the Editor: The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry was saddened to learn of the dismissal of Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes on July 14. Beverly, as an elected member of the Sugar Grove Chamber board of directors, was instrumental in organizing the chamber in 1991 and through her professional leadership and guidance helped grow the chamber over the past 20 years.


    Baseball analogy was a stretch
    The economy is in dire straits, to be sure. But to blame the low attendance at Cubs-Nationals game on it is completely ignoring the fact that the Cubs aren’t playing anywhere near the level of a Major League Baseball team.


    Walsh should start cooperating
    Grayslake letter to the editor: Congressman Joe Walsh, you were sent to D.C. to get something done, not to be acting like a 5-year-old when thing don’t go your way.


    Haboob stirs up Anti-Arabic sentiment
    Letter to the Editor: It seems that some residents of Arizona are having some difficulty with the recent sandstorms in that state. Actually not with the storms themselves, but with the name “haboob” that the National Weather Service is using for the storms.


    Thanks for food pantry donations
    On behalf of Peoples Resource and Interfaith food pantries we wish to thank all who contributed so generously to the St. Matthew Shopping Cart Brigade, at the Wheaton 4th of July parade.


    Is pasteuriziation a campaign issue?
    If Paul considers pasteurization to be a major issue facing our nation, he will be penned in most certainly to a single-digit candidacy.


    Failure of long march to socialism
    Envy and revenge seem to rule the roost on the left side of the aisle, and I would hazard a guess that more Americans are realizing the failure of the long march toward socialism that we’ve been subject to over the last 60 years, a few dabbles with conservatism notwithstanding.


    Were GOP serious on deficit reduction ...
    If Republicans were truly concerned about budget deficits, they wouldn’t insist on renewing Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest among us; that reduction in revenue is responsible for 60 percent of the current deficit.


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