Daily Archive : Monday August 1, 2011


    Fire Chief Donald Gould, Michael Smyth, Timothy Morris and Susan Gram from Illinois American Water, who presented a grant check for $1,500 to the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District for the purchase of new fire helmets.

    Prospect Heights firefighters receive grant to purchase new helmets

    In June, the Illinois American Water Company presented Fire Chief Donald R. Gould a grant check in the amount of $1,500 for the purchase of new firefighting helmets.


    Man injured after car strikes Arlingotn Heights tree

    The driver of a two-door Volkswagen was hospitalized Tuesday night after smashing into a tree in Arlington Heights and rolling the vehicle into the middle of a park, police said.

    Sabino Martinez

    Glendale Heights man gets 18 years for assaulting girl, 9

    A former Glendale Heights man was sentenced to an 18-year prison term Monday for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl who authorities say was provided to him by one of her family members. Sabino Martinez, 67, pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in June.


    Palatine residents push for flooding fix

    Palatine residents pressed village officials Monday, looking for answers and relief from the recent storm that flooded their houses. The storm hit Palatine hard with more than 7 inches of rain falling in a 24-hour period, including a three-hour span where 5.4 inches fell.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com, file photo Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Wheaton spent Monday persuading members of the House to back a plan that would raise the debt ceiling and cut government spending.

    Suburban reps play key roles in debt ceiling storm

    With hours to go before a government debt default, Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton was walking the marble halls of Congress trying to sway votes, but two members of Illinois' suburban GOP delegation stood firm: Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren.


    Residents ask Arlington Hts. to stop flooding

    Seventeen people, most from the Westgate neighborhood, asked the Arlington Heights village board Monday night to do something to prevent flooding and sewage backup in their homes.

    Adelina Weber

    Ex-Waukegan man guilty of plotting witnesses' murders

    A former Waukegan man wasn't playing travel agent when he suggested a pair of witnesses in the murder case against him be sent "on vacation," a judge ruled Monday. Clarence Weber, already in prison for killing his wife, could face another 40 years behind bars after being found guilty of trying to hire a hit man.

    Crews removed downed trees from Thunderbird Trail in Carol Stream Thursday. The village received mutual aid assistance from nearby towns after declaring a state of disaster.

    Carol Stream officials to meet with ComEd

    Carol Stream leaders will meet with ComEd officials Tuesday to diagnose ongoing power outage problems in the village.


    Parents attack U-46 board over administrative hire

    About a dozen parents addressed the Elgin Area District U-46 school board on Monday over the recent hiring of an Equity and Social Justice Director for the district.

    A car crashed into a man who was changing a tire Monday on Route 53 northbound near Kirchoff in Rolling Meadows. Illinois State police responded to the call at about 8 p.m.

    Man struck while changing tire in Rolling Meadows

    A man was seriously injured Monday night when a vehicle slammed into him while he was changing a tire on Route 53 in Rolling Meadows, according to police.


    Wheaton City Council will most likely hike ambulance fees

    Wheaton city council will increase ambulance fees to align them more closely with surrounding communities and increase revenue.

    Multiple fire departments responded to a barn fire on Meredith Road just south of Virgil where the road was closed from Winters Road to Beith Road.

    22 departments fight major barn fire in Maple Park

    It took 22 fire departments, about 200,000 gallons of water and nearly 12 hours of work to douse a large fire that destroyed one barn and damaged a second in Maple Park Monday.

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday. She was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year.

    Applause greets Giffords’ surprise return to House

    Slowly, with a sense of purpose, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords entered the House chamber Monday night to cast her first vote since she was shot in the head last January, a dramatic return that surprised colleagues.

    Zach Tran was killed in a 2003 soccer goal accident in Vernon Hills. The tragedy led to the creation of “Zach’s Law,” which Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign Tuesday in Waukegan.

    Quinn to sign safety law inspired by Vernon Hills boy

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday will sign the Moveable Soccer Goals Safety Act into law, which was prompted by the death in 2003 of Vernon Hills resident Zachary Tran, who was killed when a soccer goal fell on him.

    Louis Bianchi

    Defense: 2nd Bianchi case is ‘fairy-tale’

    The second misconduct trial begins for McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi, this time on charges he cut deals and lessened penalties for relatives and political supporters. He and his secretary were acquitted in March of charges they conspired to use county resources to bolster his re-election campaign.


    House passes debt-ceiling bill

    Emergency legislation to scrape past an economy-rattling national financial default sped through the House Monday night a scant day before the deadline for action. The moment was made all the more electric by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ first appearance in Congress since being shot in the head six months earlier.


    Arlington Hts.’ grant money cut; therefore, so are its grants

    Arlington Heights cuts funds to area not-for-profit agencies by about 18 percent because the federal government cut the village's Community Development Block Grants.


    Utility bill checkup Aug. 8 in Schaumburg

    Citizens Utility Board will discuss how Schaumburg area consumers can cut their electric, natural gas, and phone bills by hundreds of dollars a year, at a free Utility Bill Checkup, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.


    Northwest suburbs mark National Night Out

    Tuesday is National Night Out, the original Take Back the Night event that has changed over the years for many communities to be an outdoor festivals that encourage residents and their local police to mingle. All events listed here are on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

    Local volunteers are searching for Queenie, a dog who got loose from her owner, a long-distance truck driver from Oregon, during a delivery stop in Wood Dale on July 20.

    Wood Dale community rallies to look for Oregon dog

    She doesn't know it yet, but Queenie might be the most sought after dog in town. Nearly a dozen strangers are searching for the dog from Oregon, after she was separated from her truck-driver owner in Wood Dale nearly three weeks ago.

    Sandy Cole

    Lake County House contest heating up

    A battle for the Illinois House from central Lake County heated up Monday as both a Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger announced plans to run in 2012.


    Gurnee cardboard regatta coming Aug. 10

    Gurnee Park District camp counselors and other employees will captain approximately 20 boats crafted from cardboard, plastic drop cloths, packing tape and duct tape next week in an attempt to sail across Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center.


    Brainerd festival seeks volunteers

    The second North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar and Food Festival is set for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Libertyville High School’s old Brainerd building. The event is the major fundraiser for Save Brainerd, an organization dedicated to restoring the old high school building into a community center.


    Giant grill visiting Vernon Hills

    The world’s largest touring grill — the The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill — will be visiting the Mariano’s Fresh Market in Vernon Hills from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 as part of an event to raise money for Chicago area charities.


    Smart grid opponents not happy with Naperville alternative

    Naperville to offer non-wireless smart meters to businesses and residents at a cost.

    The gas station being restored stands next to this building, the former Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market (circa 2007) in Money Mississippi.

    Building tied to Emmett Till killing to be restored

    The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is providing $152,000 to restore a gas station in Money as part of the story of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago who was lynched for whistling at a white woman in 1955.


    West Chicago football parents in row with county fair over parking duties

    Parents of West Chicago High School football players say the DuPage County Fair owes them some money. But organizers are saying the students did not live up to a verbal agreement.

    Clayton Larson, 17, of Grayslake cleans the barns Monday at the Lake County fairgrounds in Grayslake. Despite a drop in attendance for this year’s fair, organizers said Monday they still have much to celebrate.

    Lake County Fair attendance down from 2010

    Despite a 17 percent drop in attendance from last year - blamed at least partly on the weather - Lake County Fair organizers say they have much to celebrate about the 2011 fair that ended Sunday.


    Ex-husband gets 5 years for break-in

    A Mount Prospect charged last year with stalking and breaking into his ex-wife's Arlington Heights home was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a single charge of residential burglary.

    The Dahlin family dresses the part for the Superman ride. They are, from left, Kurt, Michelle, Kyle, 15, and Aaron, 12.

    Family finishes coaster vacation at Great America

    A Southern California family visited Six Flags Great America in Gurnee on Thursday, the last stop on their three-week whirlwind tour of the nation's great amusement parks. The family are great fans of roller coasters, and they were hand-picked by Discover for the vacation.


    Bank robbery suspect arrested after fleeing in cab

    A bank robbery suspect learned the hard way Monday that fleeing a holdup in a cab is a surefire way to get caught. Waukegan police said they arrested a Chicago man in connection with a holdup of a TCF National Bank after he used a taxi as a getaway car.


    Police reports

    An Elgin man was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital with multiple wounds to his face and head after an armed robbery at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Locust Street, according to a police report. The man was attacked by three young men after he bought them food in response to being threatened with a knife. They ultimately took his wallet and demanded the PIN for his ATM card.


    New program trains pharmacy technicians in Elgin

    Rx Tech Prep will soon offer Elgin area residents a chance at a new career. The Rockford-based pharmacy technician school is expanding to the Chicago region, with classes being offered in Elgin starting Aug. 24. Founders bill the program as an accelerated alternative to the more expensive programs offered by other schools.

    Grant Bettag, 5, of Campton Hills and his sister Tessa, 3, see what it’s like in the driver’s seat of Kane County Forest Preserve police officer Michael Siciliano’s motorbike during last year’s Campton Hills National Night Out.

    Fox Valley, Tri-Cities differ in National Night Out celebrations

    Many villages and cities will celebrate National Night Out in the Fox Valley and Tri-Cities area this Tuesday, Aug. 2, yet others will have to sit and watch as budget cuts strain them of valuable crime prevention programs.


    National Night Out in the Fox Valley
    A list of National Night Out events in the Fox Valley

    PGA Tour pro Kevin Streelman returns to his native Wheaton on Friday.

    Golf pro visits Wheaton

    PGA Tour professional Kevin Streelman will be at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton on Friday to offer tips and encouragement to junior golfers. A Wheaton native and former Cantigny golf employee, Streelman will be there for the Illinois Junior Golf Association Wilson Staff Slam Finals that start at 10 a.m. The competition will be followed by a picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., awards presentation at...

    House Speaker John Boehner is seen on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday.

    Concerns about the economy end early Dow rally

    The Dow started the day up nearly 140 points after President Barack Obama and congressional leaders said Sunday that a deal had been reached to raise the nation’s borrowing limit and avoid a possible debt default. But things went south from there.

    Ricardo Robledo-Espino

    Elgin man guilty of breaking baby girl’s legs

    An Elgin man was found guilty Monday of aggravated battery, breaking the legs of an 8-week-old girl. Judge Patricia Piper Golden cited Ricardo Robledo-Espino's two-week delay in explaining how the injury happened, and medical testimony on the type of fractures, in her ruling.


    Bowl for world record

    Fox Bowl in Wheaton is joining other bowling centers across the nation to help set a new world record for games bowled in a single day. To that end, the local bowling alley will offer two free games to everyone who comes through their doors from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. The center’s 10-foot all walking bowling pin will make appearances at 1 and 4 p.m. for...

    Georgene Geils

    Bloomingdale loses longtime volunteer, businesswoman

    After 43 years in Bloomingdale, Georgene Geils touched nearly every aspect of the community with her volunteer work and her business savvy. Geils, 83, died Saturday due to complications from cancer.


    Schaumburg teen gets 2 years for molesting child

    Luis Alvarez-Suchini pleads guilty in sex abuse case involving a child in Schaumburg.

    Chauntel Tims

    Willowbrook man held on stalking charge

    A DuPage County judge set bail Monday at $100,000 for a Willowbrook man accused of leaving flowers and an “explicit sexual message” on a woman’s doorstep. Chauntel Tims, 38, faces one count of felony stalking.


    Teens perform ‘Charlie Brown’ in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg On Stage, a Northwest suburban theater group for young actors, will present its musical theater summer performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Schaumburg High School auditorium from Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 6.


    Lawyers: FDNY needs monitoring of hiring practices

    The Fire Department of New York must be monitored as it works to change its hiring practices after a federal judge ruled the nation's largest department discriminated against minorities, lawyers argued Monday.

    Arthur Olvera

    $1 million warrant in Great America gun case

    A $1 million arrest warrant was issued Monday for an Indiana man who failed to appear in a Lake County courtroom to face allegations he tried to bring a gun into Six Flags Great America.


    New RTA senior fare cards in the mail

    New transit identification cards issued by the Regional Transportation Authority should be trickling into mailboxes this week.The RTA began mailing two types of permits last month as it gears up for changes to the Seniors Ride Free program effective Sept. 1.

    Former judge Sam Amirante, who co-authored the book “Defending a Monster” about his work as John Wayne Gacy's defense attorney, reveals details from behind the scenes of the case, including sites in Des Plaines where Gacy carried out his horrible acts.

    Attorney: John Wayne Gacy had a 34th victim

    Notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy told his defense attorney, Sam Amirante, there had been a 34th victim in his late '70s murder spree. Amirante's new book, "Defending the Monster," reveals details of that murder and what it was like to be the lawyer for the most hated man on the planet.

    Prospect High School Service Club members, from left, Megan McCoy, Ashley Sargus, Urszula Tyl, Natalie Pacini, John Sullivan, Rachel Foster and Kristen Klippert volunteered building houses for Habitat for Humanity in Washington County, Wis.

    Prospect students help build home in Wisconsin

    Nine students and staff members from Prospect High School in Mount Prospect traveled to Washington County, Wis., to help Habitat for Humanity with construction of a new duplex for two needy families and its new Re-Store in West Bend.

    PGA golf instructor Eric Pick demonstrates tips for a successful chip and run shot at Golf Center Des Plaines on July 26.

    Golfers get tips from PGA instructor Eric Pick

    PGA golf instructor Eric Pick recently presented tips and techniques for mastering a successful chip and run shot at Golf Center Des Plaines's “Tips From a Pro” clinic. The next clinic will be Aug. 4.


    Other books and movies on John Wayne Gacy
    John Wayne Gacy's defense attorney, former judge Sam Amirante, has written a book about his experience called "Defending the Monster."


    Lessons learned, default fault abounds

    It took the threat of economic calamity to force Congress and President Barack Obama to finally reach a debt deal. Just like it took a near government shutdown to compel them to strike a budget agreement in April. And the prospect of an unpopular tax hike at the start of the year to force them to compromise in December.

    Bart Starr has his photo taken with a fan at a previous convention.

    National sports collectibles show starts Aug. 3 in Rosemont

    Mike Tyson will be among the most-sought-after autographs this week at the National Sports Collectors Convention, starting Aug. 3 in Rosemont. But he's only the tip of the iceberg for die-hard sports collectors, say fans


    Clinton swears in new US envoy to China

    Former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has been sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to China, becoming the first Chinese-American to hold the post, which has become a focal point for U.S. and international diplomacy.

    Worshippers participate in Friday afternoon prayers at the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines. Muslims worldwide are preparing for long summer days of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins today.

    Muslims promoting interfaith relations during Ramadan

    Muslim Americans will face 16-hour days of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which starts Monday. A tougher challenge for Muslims has been the long road to gaining acceptance from the greater American community in a post-Sept. 11 era.


    Met Opera, orchestra union reach contract accord

    New York City's Metropolitan Opera and the union representing its orchestra have reached a contract agreement.


    Wait likely to fix storm-damaged Quincy sidewalks

    It may take until next year to repair sidewalks damaged in Quincy during a severe storm in June.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men cut a lock and stole 50 used batteries out of a storage cage at Walmart in Streamwood between 11:50 a.m. and noon July 27. The truck appears to be the same one used to steal batteries during previous burglaries.

    Vice President Joe Biden arrives at the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday to help finalize the debt deal agreed on by Republicans and Democrats to avert a default.

    Debt deal picks up momentum in Senate

    The White House and congressional leaders worked Monday to align lawmakers from both parties behind their formula for averting a financial meltdown and halting the government’s prolific spending habits.


    Fitch affirms ratings for Harley-Davidson

    Fitch Ratings on Monday raised its debt ratings outlook on Harley-Davidson Inc. and two of its subsidiaries, saying the market for heavyweight motorcycles appears to have stabilized and should see sales rise modestly this year.

    This 2010 artist’s rendering depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft with Jupiter in the background. The robotic explorer Juno is set to become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun. Launch is set for Friday.

    NASA going green with Jupiter probe

    NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft. The robotic explorer Juno is set to become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun.


    Ohio U voted top party school in U.S.

    Ohio University, set in an Appalachian town known for its rowdy Halloween bashes, has been named the nation’s No. 1 party school, pushing the University of Georgia down a slot in the 2011 Princeton Review survey released Monday.


    Benld's Coliseum Ballroom destroyed in fire

    A decades-old theater in the small central Illinois town of Benld that once hosted musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington has burned down.

    Artist's sketches of the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper', made from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle, Nov. 24, 1971.

    FBI: 'Credible lead' surfaces in D.B. Cooper case

    The FBI says it has a "credible" lead in the D.B. Cooper case involving the 1971 hijacking of a passenger jet over Washington state and the suspect's legendary parachute escape. The fate and identity of the hijacker dubbed "D.B. Cooper" has remained a mystery in the 40 years since a man jumped from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 flight with $200,000 in ransom.


    Recognizing voices harder for people with dyslexia

    Pick up the phone and hear, "Hey, what's up?" Chances are, those few words are enough to recognize who's speaking — perhaps unless you have dyslexia.


    Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

    Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.


    Gay marriage: awkward issue for some GOP hopefuls

    NEW YORK — Same-sex marriage might seem like a straightforward issue: You're for it or against it. Yet for the field of Republican presidential hopefuls, it's proving to be an awkward topic as public attitudes change and more states legalize gay unions, the latest being New York.


    Rockford man pleads guilty to Alton woman's murder

    A 21-year-old northern Illinois man has pleaded guilty in the death of an Alton woman stabbed 20 times before her body was found in her burning mobile home earlier this year.


    Pro-Romney group raises $12M

    A new "super" political action committee supportive of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has raised more than $12 million, drawing on big-dollar donations to help the former Republican governor in his bid for the White House.


    Illinois governor signs college scholarship bill

    Illinois made it easier for illegal immigrants to pay for college when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Monday creating a privately funded college scholarship program.


    Cook County jail inmates cleaning animal shelter

    Cook County jail inmates are cleaning cages at an animal shelter on Chicago's West Side — the first time officials have allowed inmates to leave the jail to do such chores.


    Former Obama aide Sher returns to Univ. of Chicago

    Michelle Obama's former chief of staff has landed a new gig at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


    Treasurer: Illinois investment funds remain safe

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says rising interest rates are helping the state earn more than expected in investments.

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich might find out at a status hearing today when he will be sentenced.

    Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6

    A federal judge has set an Oct. 6 sentencing date for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Judge James Zagel set the date during a status hearing Monday. Blagojevich didn't attend the hearing.

    CBAI scholarship winner DeLaney Harter and Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights President Frank Appleby.

    Walnut senior wins statewide scholarship

    DeLaney Harter, a senior at Walnut School for the Arts has been chosen as the 2011 statewide Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) scholarship winner.

    Local soccer players Nicole, left, and Samantha Lombardo of St. Charles were selected to attend the Illinois Olympic Development Program State Combine.

    St. Charles sisters selected for state soccer team
    Nicole and Samantha Lombardo of St. Charles participated in soccer tryouts and training sessions for months under the eyes of coaches from around the state as part of the Illinois Olympic Development Program.


    Space Needle wants to send a person to suborbit

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seattle's iconic Space Needle, organizers want to go beyond Earth.

    Matthew Sheahin

    Lawyer joins Catholic Charities’ Northwest advisory board

    Matthew Sheahin, a partner at Lavelle Law Ltd., was appointed to the Northwest Regional advisory board of Catholic Charities by Monsignor Michael Boland, administrator, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities.


    Former ski team member attacked by black bear

    Former U.S. Ski Team member Ani Haas says she feels fortunate to have suffered just scratches to her left arm and chest when she encountered a black bear while running in western Montana.

    Immanuel Preschool students enjoy the Water Table. Additional spots have been opened for the upcoming school year for both PK3 and PK4.

    East Dundee preschool has new fall openings

    Parents of preschoolers have a late summer opportunity for registering their little ones at Immanuel East Dundee’s preschool. Additional spots have been opened for the upcoming school year for both PK3 and PK4.

    Gary Sowerby, left, who drove Ralph, a pelican, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter, Newport, N.C., in March, 2010, takes a photo as Herta Henderson, Wildlife Rehabilitator, at the shelter and volunteer David Jasper release the pelican back into the wild at the Cedar Point Tideland Trail area Cedar Point, N.C., Saturday, July 30, 2011. Ralph was brought to the shelter being blown off course in a hurricane earlier this year and crash landing at Ralph's Club, Nova Scotia Canada.

    Shelter provides animal rehabilitation

    Christy Gerbitz remembers in detail her favorite animal rescue story. A young boy brought in a turtle with a fishhook stuck in its mouth and eye to Wild TAILS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where Gerbitz is the assistant manager.


    ICE arrests 30 men in Milwaukee

    Federal officials have arrested 30 men in Milwaukee as part of an anti-gang operation.

    Ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagoevich.

    Judge could set Blagojevich sentencing date
    A federal judge may be ready to set a sentencing date for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.If the judge does so during a Monday status hearing, that'd give Blagojevich and his family a clearer idea of when he'd start serving time.


    Asset sales raise $7 million for fraud victims

    Sales of homes, jewelry and other assets that once belonged to a former Decatur resident convicted of investment fraud have raised more than $7 million. But that's less than a third of the money William Huber was convicted of stealing.

    National Night Out began as a show of solidarity between law enforcement and residents. It has grown to include firefighters, public works personnel and more, and fosters a friendly relationship between families and civic workers.

    National Night Out unites police, communities

    Nobody likes crime in their community. But how do residents prevent it? Join forces with the DuPage law enforcement and work together to keep drugs and crime away by participating in National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2, local organizers say.


    Mundelein High students to report first, as usual

    As usual, Mundelein High School will be the first campus in Lake County to begin the 2011-12 term. Incoming freshmen will take part in orientation from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.


    Des Plaines Fire Corps volunteers needed

    The Des Plaines Fire Corps Program, a group of volunteers that supplements first responders during times of emergency and city events, is seeking volunteers. Fire Corps, a partner program of Citizen Corps, is part of the Des Plaines Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

    Paul McCartney performs at Wrigley Field, Sunday, July 31, 2011 in Chicago.

    Images: Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field
    In his first Chicago concert since 2005, Paul McCartney treated fans at a sold-out Wrigley Field to a musical journey that stretched back to his years with the Beatles and included hits from a half century of singing and songwriting. He returns to the stage Monday for a second concert.

    Motocross pro 450 riders entertain the crowd at the Lake County Fair.

    Images: The week in pictures
    This installment of the Week in Pictures photo gallery features images from around the Chicago suburbs including monkey jockeys at the county fair, storm damage, and a wide variety of other events.


    Quinn adviser fined for activity

    A senior adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has been fined $500 for sending a political email from a state telephone.


    North Aurora to celebrate National Night Out
    The village of North Aurora Police Department will participate in the 28th annual “National Night Out” event Tuesday, Aug. 2. The police and fire departments and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit North Aurora neighborhoods.

    Men and boys from the area who love to sing are invited to join the Community Chorus to sing three songs with the New Tradition Chorus at an Aug. 27 performance. Participants must attend three rehearsals before the event.

    Sing with New Tradition Chorus in Huntley
    The New Tradition Chorus, an award-winning men’s chorus, will present “Fabulous Broadway Four and More” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Men and boys from the community are invited to sing with them during the concert.


    Batavia Women in Business to host progressive luncheon
    During a progressive business lunch, multi-tasking goes to a new level. Batavia Women in Business invite you to join them Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Lincoln Inn Banquets, 1345 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia, for a multi-chamber progressive luncheon.

    Josh Billings

    What we think we know about kistory can hurt us

    What We Don't Know about History Can Hurt Us ''It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so." That famous line, attributed to many authors but apparently said by humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (aka Josh Billings), applies to history as much as anything.


    DeKalb shelter provides wild animal rehab

    While many animal shelters only deal with domestic animals, Wild TAILS in DeKalb takes in and rehabilitates wild animals with the goal of returning them to nature. "I guess it's a given that you like animals," said Jon Bockman, manager of Wild TAILS.


    NYC veteran upset over torching of his US flag

    An 85-year-old veteran in New York City who says he still has traumatic dreams about World War II is extremely upset over the torching of his American flag.


    Worker dies after accident at Keystone Steel

    A 51-year-old man is dead after an accident Sunday afternoon at the Keystone Steel & Wire Co. plant in central Illinois. A maintenance worker was driving a golf cart through the plant when it veered off path and collided with a horizontal I-beam. He was the second Keystone employee to die at work in July.


    Gay marriage: awkward issue for some GOP hopefuls

    Same-sex marriage might seem like a straightforward issue: You're for it or against it. Yet for the field of Republican presidential hopefuls, it's proving to be an awkward topic as public attitudes change and more states legalize gay unions, the latest being New York.


    McCain says he'll 'swallow hard' and support deal

    Sen. John McCain says he'll vote for compromise legislation averting a government default, although "I will probably have to swallow hard."


    Obama turns 50 amid debt debate

    Turning 50 is hard enough. But it's got to be even harder when you're president, because the whole world knows about it, and harder still when one of life's milestones is nearly overshadowed by a nasty tussle with Congress over money.


    Analysis: Bipartisan deal, bipartisan opposition

    The newly struck debt-ceiling compromise between President Barack Obama and the Republican leaders of Congress represents a historic accomplishment of divided government, with all the disappointment that implies for the most ardent partisans inside the two major parties and out.


    Paul Konerko had to sit out Monday's game against the Yankees after being hit by a pitch in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Konerko unsure when he'll be back

    Paul Konerko is still feeling pain in his left leg after being hit by a pitch from Boston's Andrew Miller Sunday. The White Sox' captain sat out Monday and is not sure when he'll return.

    Chris Chelios finished his playing career with the the Chicago Wolves during the 2009-2010 season. He officially retired last August.

    Chelios named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

    Former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios was named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. “I played so long and people talked about it, but now that I'm being inducted, it's pretty hard to believe,” Chelios said.

    Adam Dunn reacts after striking out in the fourth inning. He finished 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts in the White Sox' loss to the Yankees.

    Lillibridge, Dunn struggle in loss to Yankees

    You can blame Brent Lillibridge for Monday night's 3-2 loss to the Yankees, but White Sox fans at U.S. Cellular Field were more disgusted with Adam Dunn (0-for-4, 3 strikeouts).


    Sanzenbacher catches a lot of attention

    It was difficult to not notice undrafted rookie wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher during the Bears’ muggy Monday night practice, their first with pads.

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Derrek Lee (25) is greeted by Ryan Ludwick as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. It was Lee’s second home run of the game. The Cubs won 5-3.

    Lee’s 2 homers not enough for Pirates

    A night after winning the series finale against the Cardinals, the Cubs came together behind the solid pitching of Carlos Zambrano to top the Pirates 5-3, despite the best efforts of former teammate Derrek Lee, who carried the weight for the Pirates with a pair of home runs in his Pittsburgh debut.


    Golf’s best amateurs coming to Glenview

    A challenging format, a challenging course and a challenging field.That pretty much sums up what lies ahead for 156 of the best amateur players in the world this week in the Western Amateur, which runs Tuesday through Saturday at historic North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Troubled White Sox DH Adam Dunn, playing first base Monday for the injured Paul Konerko, bobbles a ball hit by New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sabathia pitches Yankees past Sox

    CC Sabathia pitched eight strong innings to earn his major league-best 16th win and the New York Yankees beat the White Sox 3-2 on Monday for their fourth consecutive victory.

    Craig MacTavish is looking forward to coaching the Chicago Wolves next season.

    Wolves tab MacTavish as new head coach

    The Chicago Wolves have announced Craig MacTavish as their new head coach, following the team's recent affiliation with the Vancouver Canucks.

    Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano throws in Monday’s first inning at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

    Cubs edge Maholm, Pirates

    Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night to spoil slugger Derrek Lee’s two-homer debut with his new team.

    NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher, right, NBA union chief Billy Hunter, left, and the Lakers’ Theo Ratliff arrive for Monday’s meeting with the NBA.

    Stern: Nothing to be encouraged about in NBA talks

    NBA Commissioner David Stern said Monday that he doesn't “feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way” when it comes to labor negotiations.

    Bears players say they’ll miss the leadership of center Olin Kreutz, but they believe they have other veterans who can help fill that void.

    Urlacher: Kreutz will be missed

    Fallout and reaction from the Bears' failure to re-sign six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz continues, and it’s likely to be a season-long issue. "It's sad," said linebacker Brian Urlacher. "I learned a lot from Olin. I don't play O-line, but just from watching him when I was a rookie and the last 11 years watching the way he works."

    This April 20, 2010, file photo shows Jason Taylor talking to reporters, in Weston, Fla. Taylor says he’s rejoining the Miami Dolphins.The NFL’s active career sacks leader, who wants to play a 15th NFL season, disclosed his plans Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, on his foundation’s Facebook page. The Dolphins declined to comment.

    Taylor returns to Dolphins

    Jason Taylor, the NFL’s active career sacks leader who is preparing for his 15th season, signed Monday with the Miami Dolphins. He became a free agent when the New York Jets released him in March. Taylor, who turns 37 on Sept. 1, spent his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins and has kept a home in South Florida. He played for Washington in 2008, rejoined the Dolphins in 2009 and played last year for their biggest rivals, the Jets.

    This Oct. 9, 2000, photo shows Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss jumping into the crowd to celebrate his 42-yard touchdown pass from Daunte Culpepper during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Minneapolis. Moss is calling it a career after 13 seasons in the NFL as one of the most dynamic and polarizing players the league has ever seen.

    Agent: Randy Moss retiring from the NFL

    Randy Moss is calling it a career after 13 seasons in the NFL as one of the most dynamic and polarizing players the league has ever seen.


    Making sense out of big dollars

    Ask yourself, would you need more than a minute, much less 60 of them, to accept $4 million to stick flaming needles in your eyes, much less to play sports for a year?


    Edgar O. Huber

    Sears names new CEO of Lands' End business

    Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that it has hired Edgar O. Huber as CEO and President of its Lands' End business. Huber comes to Sears Holdings from Liz Claiborne Inc., where he was the executive vice president of global business development. He also worked as president and CEO of the Juicy Couture brand before that.

    An artist rendering shows the new Midwestern University’s dental clinic, which aims to provide low-cost dental services to patients starting in 2013.

    Midwestern University to expand in Downers Grove

    Midwestern University, known for cranking out health care students with 10 types of degrees, is breaking ground Monday with a $298.8 million capital construction project that includes a new dental school, a medical clinic, and upgrades to its Downers Grove Campus. The clinic is expected to serve all of DuPage.


    Weak manufacturing report ends early Dow rally

    A see-saw day on Wall Street is ending with an 11-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average.


    Credit raters have lobbying clout

    The three major credit rating companies poised to decide whether to downgrade the nation's top-ranked debt standing are at the same time spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby the Obama administration and Congress over the way the government regulates them.


    Airport inspectors pay own way amid FAA impasse

    Airport safety inspectors nationwide are working without pay and shouldering travel expenses themselves as the Federal Aviation Administration's budget crisis enters a second week, transportation officials said Monday.


    NASA going green with solar-powered Jupiter probe

    NASA's upcoming mission to Jupiter can't get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft.

    Allstate reported a $620 million second-quarter loss Monday, hammered by a previously disclosed $2.3 billion in catastrophe losses from waves of tornadoes, wildfires and storms this year.

    Allstate 2Q weather beaten, but a silver lining

    Allstate reported a second-quarter loss Monday, hammered by $2.3 billion in catastrophe losses from waves of tornadoes, wildfires and storms.

    Allstate Corp, the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, said it will shutter its banking unit after the collapse of a deal to sell deposits to Discover Financial Services.

    Allstate closes bank unit as Discover deal falls through

    Allstate Corp, the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, said it will shutter its banking unit after the collapse of a deal to sell deposits to Discover Financial Services.“We are continuing with plans to wind down the Allstate Bank's operations and anticipate obtaining regulatory approval to cancel its banking charter by year-end 2011,” Allstate said today in a regulatory filing.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Apple suit puts Samsung tablets on hold in Australia

    Apple Inc. won an agreement from Samsung Electronics Co. that the South Korean company won't sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved.


    Corus Bank Holding company has September bankruptcy
    Corus Bankshares Inc., a holding company whose bank subsidiary was taken over by regulators in September 2009, returns to bankruptcy court on Sept. 27 for a confirmation hearing to approve the Chapter 11 plan.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is all smiles as he walks to the Senate floor to announce that a deal has been reached on the debt ceiling.

    Smirks, shrugs, shaking heads meet debt deal news

    Americans seem relieved that the wrangling over the debt limit is over. But for the deal itself — not so much. People around the country had a range of reactions to the agreement hammered out Sunday by the president and top lawmakers, but mild disappointment with an occasional touch of sympathy were about as positive as they got.

    Kodak employee Dan Vandelinder operates a machine that packages medium format film in Rochester, N.Y.

    Kodak adopts shareholder rights plan

    Photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. said Monday that its board has adopted a shareholder rights agreement designed to preserve its tax assets.


    ‘Aha!’ moment, peer advisers help businesses succeed

    Post Meridian and Bitter Jester Creative should be struggling. Both are small businesses living in a marketing world where dollars traditionally are the first to be cut and last to be restored. Yet, both are doing well, the result of a peer group connection that began in September 2009 for Post Meridian and an “aha!” moment last summer at BJC.


    Economy puts pinch on Las Vegas strip clubs
    Las Vegas strip clubs are feeling the pinch of the economy and are offering discounts and freebies to keep customers coming through the doors.


    Oil rises to near $97 after US debt deal reached
    Oil prices rose to near $97 a barrel Monday after U.S. lawmakers struck a last-minute agreement to raise the government's debt limit, avoiding a default.

    After a tense weekend of bargaining, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced the agreement Sunday night, providing an instant boost to Asian financial markets and a huge dose of relief to an administration and Congress frazzled by months of partisan warfare and the chance that a default could send the still-fragile economy into recession.

    Congress moving quickly on debt and spending deal

    WASHINGTON — Congress is moving quickly on an agreement to avert a potentially devastating default on U.S. obligations, with legislation that mixes a record increase in the government's borrowing cap with the promise of more than $2 trillion in spending cuts.

    Aleksandra Efimova of Riverwoods signs her “Sleeping Beauty Ballet” book at the Joffrey Ballet in May.

    Riverwoods businesswoman supports the arts, Russian culture

    Little did Aleksandra Efimova know that taking piano and ballet lessons as a child growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia, would lead to a home at Riverwoods, participation as a director on several arts-related boards, and ownership of her own businesses in Chicago.

    Rachel Gutierrez recently started a Once Upon a Child franchise in Oak Brook

    Once Upon a Child franchise growing in Oak Brook

    With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Rachel Gutierrez started looking for a business opportunity that would allow her to have a better work-life balance. She found it with Once Upon A Child in Oak Brook.

Life & Entertainment

    Tokio Pub's five-piece crispy rice combination allows diners to sample a selection of pub-style sushi.

    Tokio Pub's Asian-influenced small plates a fusion feast

    Everything we ate at Schaumburg's Tokio Pub boldly popped, subtlety delighted or had some twist that made us say “I've never eaten anything like that before.” Lettuce Entertain You's newest concept opened in May at the Streets of Woodfield.

    Darren Criss will take over for Daniel Radcliffe in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" for a three-week run starting Jan. 3.

    'Glee's' Criss to sub for Radcliffe on Broadway

    Producers of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" have turned to TV to find a replacement for star Daniel Radcliffe. Darren Criss of Fox's hit show "Glee" will make his Broadway debut Jan. 3.

    Gap is rolling out a marketing campaign that features 30- to 90-second online documentary-style videos centered around the goings on at its denim design studio in Los Angeles.

    Gap touts jeans with tacos and Twitter

    The "1969: L.A. and Beyond" series of short videos has all the elements of a reality TV show. It has action. It has fashion. And the star of the show is always in demand.


    Family harmony a factor in children’s learning

    Research strongly suggests that the most essential factor in children performing to their full potential in school is the health of their families -- more important than teacher, facility and learning resources, and even sometimes more important than IQ.

    A judge has granted Halle Berry a three-year civil restraining order against a man charged with stalking her.

    Berry granted restraining order against stalker

    A judge has granted Halle Berry a three-year civil restraining order against a man charged with stalking the Oscar-winning actress.


    Flirtation at work leads to unrequited feelings

    Carolyn Hax dishes out advice on a flirtation at work and other relationships issues.

    Singer Colbie Caillat, here performing at the Nobel Peace concert in honor of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in Oslo, Norway, in December, says “I think that you should write from your heart, write from what you're feeling, write songs that will help people get through life situations.”

    Colbie Caillat keeps her sunny demeanor

    It's not as if Colbie Caillat has never had her heart broken, experienced a major letdown or had a low point in her life. But instead of wallowing in sorrow through her songs, she prefers to have her music focus on whatever positive lessons can be taken from a setback.

    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, met with British politicians Monday to discuss creating a drug rehab center aimed at young people.

    Winehouse family working on rehab center, foundation

    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, met with British politicians Monday to discuss setting up a treatment center for young people. He also wants to get involved in things that would have been important to her, saying "That is why we are going to be setting up the Amy Winehouse Foundation."


    Vaccine reducing chickenpox deaths

    Chickenpox vaccine has dramatically cut deaths from the disease, especially in children, says a new government study proclaiming an important public health victory. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that chickenpox deaths fell from an average of 105 per year to 14 after the vaccine had been available for a dozen years.

    The free email service "Daily Challenge" motivates subscribers to get healthy with one easy task a day.

    Your health: Take the ‘Daily Challenge'

    For people who tend to have an all-or-nothing attitude toward health, signing up for a free email called the “Daily Challenge” at meyouhealth.com might be just the ticket, according to The Washington Post.

    1966 Plymouth Barracuda

    Classic recollections: 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

    What's a high-performance fastback doing with a 7-foot-long utility space? It's a fair question and one period advertising posed regarding the 1966 Plymouth Barracuda. The response? “Making sport of utility.”

    Studies find the positive effects of being away on vacation fade quickly.

    Maybe just stay home for vacation

    Do vacations make us happy for long? According to studies published in recent years, not really. Not only are the positive effects of holidays on our well-being weak, they also fade very fast. Once the traveling was over, researchers found, those who had gone away didn't feel any better than those who had stayed home.

    Shyanne Allen, right, performs compressions as Shreyas Garga, left, and Marquesia Atwater get instruction from Dr. Greg Wagner during a lesson in the ER at Faurquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va. It's all part of an unusual program at a small Virginia hospital that aims to hook kids on the possibilities of a medical career.

    Kids learn about med careers at camp

    Programs to entice budding scientists, from building robots to measuring pollution, increasingly are becoming part of the summer ritual. Now more medical camps are cropping up and giving youngsters a taste of what beginning medical students learn.


    Heroin vaccine shows promise

    A new study by a team of researchers in California shows it is possible to vaccinate laboratory animals against the effects of heroin. The vaccine not only blunted the painkilling action of heroin, it also prevented rats from becoming addicted to the drug.



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