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Daily Archive : Thursday August 4, 2011

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    Gracie the Pomeranian was stolen June 9 but recovered June 22. Police say the dog is valued at $500 and the men planned to sell her to buy cocaine.

    Police: Neighbors stole Pomeranian to sell for cocaine

    The culprits who burglarized a Round Lake Beach man's home in June and stole his white Pomeranian, Gracie, turned out to be the man's own next-door neighbors, authorities said. The three men had stolen Gracie to sell her for cocaine, prosecutors said.

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    Congressman Joe Walsh answers questions as he holds the first of ten town hall meetings Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Wauconda. The packed meeting room listened as he explained the reasons behind his recent debt ceiling vote.

    Walsh on child support lawsuit: This is personal

    At a crowded town hall meeting Thursday night in Wauconda, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh pledged to fight the recently reported allegations that he owes his ex-wife more than $117,000 in child support. “Virtually everything in that Sun-Times piece was wildly inaccurate,” Walsh said.

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    Myrtle Rose, the widow of William R. Rose who was one of the founders of South Barrington, was the pilot who accidentally flew into protected airspace during President Barack Obama's visit.

    75-yr-old S. Barrington widow surprised by F-16s

    A 75-year-old South Barrington pilot got the surprise of her life when her small plane was intercepted by two F-16 fighter jets Wednesday night after it entered restricted airspace temporarily put in place for President Barack Obama's visit to Chicago.

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    This summer's cicadas have been louder than normal, entomologists say. Cicadas are noisiest during the day, and the crickets and katydids take over in the evening. The early evening is the loudest time because of the overlap.

    Why this summer's cicadas are noisier than usual

    Every night across the suburbs, you hear them. Oooo-eee--ooo. Ooo-eee--ooo. The cicadas, crickets and katydids have been unusually noisy this summer, and you have the heat to thank for that.

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    Lake County Fielders boss Richard Ehrenreich says he's tired of a temporary ballpark owned by Zion and wants the city to start on a permanent facility this month. Zion says Ehrenreich owes $185,000 in back rent.

    Lake County Fielders threaten folding ‘within days'

    Lake County Fielders boss Richard Ehrenreich says he may be “within days” of folding the team if Zion doesn't commit to finishing a permanent stadium. Zion officials say they want $185,000 in back rent.

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    Fire jumps from one Waukegan home to another

    One person and two firemen suffered minor injuries during a fire in Waukegan Thursday night that left two families without homes. The fire had started in the garage and was rapidly gaining steam before firemen arrived.

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    Aurora making strides to tone down radio interference

    An Aurora technology official says the city is making progress toward removing sources of interference that have caused communication problems since public safety employees switched to a new radio system late last year. “We have a couple areas of town that we want to enhance coverage,” Chief Technology Officer Ted Beck said.

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    Renowned Mexican folk ensemble to perform free in Elgin

    Wing Park will be bursting with Mexican culture Saturday as the Gran Kermés “fair” brings music, dancing and food to the Elgin venue. Members of the Elgin Mexican heritage organization OME teamed up with the U-46 Bilingual Parents Advisory Council to create a festival out of a free concert series presented by Comcast, featuring Sones de México, a nationally renowned folk music ensemble.

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    Kane County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Guethle and his fellow party members believe the stars may be aligning for a Democrat to win the Kane County Board chairman seat for the first time in possibly 160 years.

    Kane Dems eyeing shot at county board chairmanship

    Democrats agree 2012 will be the best chance for them to take the Kane County Board chairman seat in a long time as there will be no entrenched GOP incumbent. The problem is, no Democrat is stepping forward to run yet.

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    Ingleside man pleads not guilty on weapons charge

    An Ingleside man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he pointed a pistol he was not allowed to possess at another man during an argument.

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    A bus company is seeking a special-use permit from Lisle that would allow it to use this lot near Burlington and Yender avenues as a school bus yard.

    Lisle bus yard plan irks neighbors

    A plan to park about 70 school buses in a vacant Lisle parking lot has won preliminary approval from the village, despite claims by some neighbors that the proposal would lower property values, cause air and noise pollution and create a traffic nightmare.

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    Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira recommended against increasing the distance sex offenders have to live away from schools, parks and school bus stops, saying doing so would provide a “false sense of security” and could have the unintended consequence of making it harder to keep track of sex offenders.

    Batavia leaves sex offender distance law as-is

    Batavia will keep its 500-foot limit for sex offenders to stay away from schools, parks, school bus stops and day-care centers, despite a resident's request to raise that to 1,000 or 2,000 feet. An increased distance would give a "false sense of security," said Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira.

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    Police reports
    A bicycle and $200 in cash were taken at about 1 p.m. Wednesday from a home in the 400 block of Algona Avenue in Elgin, according to police reports. A resident told police she was sleeping in the living room and heard knocking at the front door. When she got up about 10 minutes later she noticed an open window in the bedroom and the items missing, reports said.

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    Many seniors may even see a dip in their prescription costs, particularly if they shop around during open enrollment season this fall.

    Medicare prescription premiums won’t rise in 2012
    The Obama administration had good news for seniors Thursday: The average monthly premium for Medicare’s popular prescription program won’t go up next year. The Health and Human Services Department projects the average premium for 2012 will be about $30 a month, hardly changed from $30.76 this year.

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    Elburn arranges cheaper electricity for residents

    Elburn residents will pay 23 percent less for electricity, under a deal the village brokered with Direct Energy. Voters gave the village permission to arrange for a bulk purchase in an April referendum. It's the third town in the area to do so; North Aurora and Sugar Grove did so in July.

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    Bloomingdale’s annual Septemberfest and its parade will return after a year’s hiatus on Oct. 8.

    Scaled-back Septemberfest returns to Bloomingdale

    Bloomingdale's Septemberfest is back after a year's hiatus. There are a few changes to the fest that was resurrected after budget woes, including a new date on Oct. 8.

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    Efforts start to help Batavia family of explosion victims

    A lemonade sale and other fundraisers are being held Friday and Saturday to help the Chidester family of Batavia. Dennis and Carolyn Chidester were killed, and their grandchild injured, when a vacation house in Wisconsin exploded Sunday afternoon, according to police.

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    Carol Swanson Glemza will be first to take a dip in the renovated Swanson pool Saturday at Pottawatomie Park. When the pool opened in 1938, Glemza was also the first person to step foot in the pool. The St. Charles Park District, to celebrate its 100-year anniversary, is only charging a dime to enter on Saturday. Glemza started working part-time at the park district in 1942, and is now the administrative assistant. She is pictured in front of the Baker Community Center.

    St. Charles Park District celebrates refurbished Swanson Pool

    A dime has little value in today’s economy, but on Saturday it's the price to pay to enter Swanson Pool. From noon to 4 p.m. the Swanson Pool will take a trip to the past for a day in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the St. Charles Park District.

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    Joy Matthiessen poses in the history center’s collections storage area.

    Longtime head of Des Plaines History Center built legacy

    As the first paid director of the Des Plaines History Center, Joy Matthiessen oversaw its expansion and growth as one of the hubs of downtown Des Plaines. On Wednesday, she died after an eight-year battle with cancer.

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    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled for Lisa O'Brien in a divorce case Thursday.

    ‘Hi’ court ruling: Greeting doesn’t taint judge

    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that when a Lake County woman cordially greeted the judge in her divorce case in a fitness center parking lot, she didn’t forge a relationship that would taint decisions in her case.

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    Past District Governor Michael Ericksen installs Julie Clark as president of the Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Rotary Club.

    Schaumburg, Hoffman Rotary honors members

    The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates honored members for outstanding contributions and installed the 2011-2012 board of directors at its annual installation dinner Thursday, June 30.

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    Scientists fear the voracious Asian carp could starve out prized Great Lakes sport fish if they get into the lakes.

    No Asian carp found in 4-day hunt near Chicago

    Crews used electric jolts to stun fish and set huge nets during stepped-up surveillance of Lake Calumet and the Calumet River this week, but they didn't find any Asian carp.

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    The Pro Men Criterium finishes out the 2010 Tour of Elk Grove.

    World's best cyclists coming to Elk Grove

    Some of the best riders on Earth will be in Elk Grove Village Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7, for this year's Tour of Elk Grove, the internationally-sanctioned bicycle races that have put the village and the Northwest suburbs on the world's bicycling map.

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    Weight loss clinic owners indicted

    The owner of three Chicago-area weight loss clinics and his wife have been indicted on charges they illegally dispensed amphetamine-based drugs to patients.

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    Woman admits slitting husband’s throat

    A Romeoville woman has been sentenced to 8½ years in prison for stabbing her estranged husband and using a paring knife to slit his throat. Nicole Sodt pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder.

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    Corey Noble as Algernon, left, Jocelyn Adamski as Cecily, Dennis Edward, standing, as Jack/Earnest, Brian Rabinowitz as Lady Bracknel and Lucy Zukaitis as Gwendolen in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Elgin’s Janus Theatre Company.

    See Shakespeare and Wilde comedies in Elgin

    Two classics, two directors, one theater company and one month. Janus will perform a rotating repertory of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night throughout the month of August.

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    Judy Marcus, author of “Where are My Keys?” a book about improved memory skills, will demonstrate and explain her techniques at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Indian Trails Public Library.

    Learn to improve your memory at Wheeling library

    Author and memory trainer Judy Marcus will demonstrate techniques based on the improved memory skills presented in her book, “Where are My Keys?” Aug. 10 at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling.

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    Stephen P. Sweigart

    3 years for abduction attempt outside Aurora grocery store

    Stephen P. Sweigart, 62, of Aurora was sentenced to three years in prison for trying to lure an 8-year-old child into his car outside a grocery store on Aurora's west side.

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    Police reports
    A Batavia man was charged Sunday with theft of items valued at less than $500 at Quarry Beach. Police said he stole two backpacks.

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    Nataly Rios, 17, of Aurora immigrated from Mexico at age 11, without speaking any English. She's now class president and a few months ago she was named student representative on the West Aurora High School District 129 board.

    From no English to the voice of 12,500 students

    Nataly Rios, 17, emigrated from Mexico at age 11 without speaking any English. She's now class president and a few months ago she was named student representative on the West Aurora High School District 129 board.

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    Elgin police officers Robert Copland, left, and Eric Echevarria work the scene of a reported shooting Thursday on Hill Avenue south of Columbia Avenue Thursday. One person was transported to Sherman Hospital.

    Man in Elgin hospital for gunshot wound

    Elgin police are investigating a call about a shooting shortly after 11 a.m. today near Route 25 and Lincoln Avenue. One man was taken to Sherman Hospital, according to a city spokeswoman. Police department spokeswoman Sue Olafson said the shooting is still unconfirmed, and police have moved to investigate in the area of Hill and Lincoln avenues instead of along Route 25.

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    A small, single-engine plane like this one, a Kitfox Model 2, flew into temporarily restricted airspace Wednesday during President Obama's visist to Chicago.

    F-16s intercept plane in Barrington as Obama arrives in Chicago

    A plane flying out of Barrington was intercepted by two F-16 jets early Wednesday night after the plane entered restricted airspace, that was temporarily put in place for President Obama's visit to Chicago.

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    Police report: Drunk trooper used racial slur

    Witnesses said a state police officer assigned to protect the governor was staggering drunk and used a racial slur when he got into a St. Patrick’s Day bar fight, according to a newly disclosed police report on the incident.

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    Appeals panel puts insurance changes on hold

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration must wait before making sweeping changes to state employees’ health insurance plans.

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    The Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Va. was locked down after three youths said they saw a man

    Va. Tech lifts campus alert after report of gunman

    Virginia Tech was locked down Thursday when three children attending a summer camp said they saw a man holding what looked like a gun on the campus where a 2007 massacre left 33 people dead.

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    An Antarctic penguin that wound up stranded on a New Zealand beach is prepared for an X-ray at Wellington Zoo in Wellington, New Zealand, on June 29.

    Wayward penguin delights Web viewers

    The wayward emperor penguin, discovered on a New Zealand beach six weeks ago, will soon be returned to the wild but not before he picked up an online following of more than 120,000.

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    Volunteer Phil Supel of Aurora waits for people who want to use their Link cards to get tokens to allow them to buy food at the Aurora Farmers Market.

    Local farmers markets try to reach needy with Link card

    While more suburban farmers markets are beginning to accept the Link card, it's getting very little use so far. Those involved cite technical, logistical and marketing issues as factors that have slowed both implementation and usage.

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    Riders make a turn during the Pro Men Criterium to finish out the 2010 Tour of Elk Grove.

    Tour of Elk Grove draws record number of pro cyclists

    The 2011 Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove has a record number of professional men and women cyclists registered for the race, which begins Friday, Aug. 5.

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    Get an Illinois history lesson from a Harper professor

    There’s a lot about Illinois history that you might not know – but Jim Edstrom does. The Harper College Professor can quickly rattle off a plethora of trivia tidbits about the Prairie State, from the geographic reason for the cold winters and hot summers to an overview of the nearly abandoned first capital city.

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    Vietnam vets need to file claims by Aug. 30

    The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County is reminding Vietnam veterans who have existing medical diagnoses for certain diseases to file their claims before Aug 30.

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    Carpentersville men honored for putting out fire

    It was a clear case of neighbors helping neighbors. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Carpentersville village board and Fire Chief John Schuldt honored four regular men for putting out a vehicle fire as it spread to a nearby house.

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    The car show is one of the highlights of Warrenville’s Summer Daze festival. More than 100 participants are expected to show off their rides from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Warrenville.

    Kick back for Warrenville’s Summer Daze

    Warrenville’s Summer Daze festival returns with more entertainment and a larger art show that organizers hope will draw bigger crowds. The two-day festival runs Friday and Saturday. “It’s a big tradition in town,” said Diane Dillow of the Warrenville Park District.

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    Summer Daze of Warrenville
    Warrenville's Summer Daze festival opens Friday and runs though Saturday.

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    Kendall Gill, who played in the NBA 15 seasons, says as a youngster, he took 300 shots a day.

    Ex-Bull Kendall Gill wows kids in Lisle

    Sure, he’s been out of the league for a few years, so the kids wondered if Kendall Gill could still dunk a basketball. He can and he did. Gill, a 15-year NBA player including one season with the Bulls and current Bulls TV analyst, is among the Bulls alumni appearing this week at the Bulls/Sox Training Academy in Lisle.

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    Lawsuits claim ex-Bartlett priest abused 2 women

    Two women in their 60s have filed separate lawsuites against the Chicago Archdoices, claiming they were sexually abused as young children by a priest at St. Peter Damian Catholic Church in Bartlett.

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    Missing canoeist’s body found in DuPage retention pond

    Authorities found a Bolingbrook man’s body in a retention pond near Woodridge this morning, two days after his canoe capsized during an early-morning paddle. Police had been searching for 25-year-old Jeremy Asbell he was reported missing about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

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    PGA Tour veteran and Wheaton native Kevin Streelman.

    PGA Tour golfer Kevin Streelman leads youth clinic at Cantigny

    Kevin Streelman, a PGA Tour golfer who developed his skills on DuPage County golf courses, including Cantigny, returns Friday to offer tips and pointers to junior golfers. “He was always a very genuine kind of person, much more than just talent,” Cantigny golf pro Patrick Lynch said.

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    John Zaruba

    DuPage sheriff: No cuts to ‘stretched’ staff, please

    Saying his staff is already “stretched,” DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba is urging county board members to spare his department from staff cuts next year. In fact, Zaruba is calling on the county board to adopt a 2012 budget that fully funds the sheriff department’s authorized full-time head count of 545 employees. “My staffing is stretched but manageable at its current strength,” he said.

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    Food stamp use has increased by 46 percent in Cook County, 133 percent in DuPage County, 84 percent in Lake County, 96 percent in Kane County, 168 percent in McHenry County and 74 percent in Will County.

    Food stamp use nearly doubles in suburbs

    Hunger in the suburbs is on the rise and use of food stamps has nearly doubled in the region in the last five years, state data shows. Food stamp use has increased by 46% in Cook County, 133% in DuPage, 84% in Lake, 96% in Kane, 168% in McHenry and 74% in Will.

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    Being a good listener takes patience, self-control

    God gave us two ears so we could be good listeners, which often takes practice, patience and self-conrol.

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    Chicago boy, 13, killed playing basketball

    Police in Chicago are investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy who gunned down while playing basketball at a park on the city's South Side.

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    Lincoln museum seeks material on black soldiers

    The Lincoln Presidential Library is looking for information about black soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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    Illinois notifies seniors eligible for free rides

    Postcards are in the mail to Illinois low-income senior citizens eligible to ride free on public transit. The Department on Aging announced Wednesday the postcards went to seniors enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program.

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    In the Shakespeare on Clark production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Lynn Meredith of Elburn plays Mistress Ford, Jerry Urbik of Aurora is Sir John Falstaff, and Elizabeth Krahulek of Downers Grove is Mistress Page.

    Batavia place for Shakespeare Old West-style

    Shakespeare on Clark combines the wild, wild west with Shakespeare during its free outdoor production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Performances are on Clark Island in Batavia Fridays to Sundays through Aug. 14. Bring the kids before the show to pan for gold or take photos in western garb.

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    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO Tony Voleck of Rolling Meadows has a pile of corn to husk for the 2010 Cornfest.

    Cornfest is Saturday at Community Church of Rolling Meadows

    What started as a small backyard barbecue at Community Church of Rolling Meadows is now in its 55th year. Cornfest, one of the simplest and tastiest summer festivals in the Northwest suburbs, will take place Saturday, Aug. 6.

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    Rick Anselme, superintendent of the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center, Kane County Chief Judge F. Ketih Brown, and a host of other officials from Kane and DuPage counties toured Kane’s juvenile justice center Wednesday.

    Officials take a tour of Kane County’s youth jail

    Kane and DuPage officials toured Kane’s juvenile detention center in a show of support for the counties combining inmate populations. Kane would make money; DuPage would save money. But potential pitfalls include a pending change in the age limit for juvenile offenders.

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    Mundelein area schools cut deal to share services

    Two Mundelein area elementary school districts are following the lead of neighbors to the east by entering into a cost-cutting pact to share services. Under a proposed deal between the school boards of Mundelein District 75 and Fremont District 79, the two districts initially will share the work of a bilingual education administrator.

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    Fifteen antique tractors paraded around the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock Wednesday. They will parade the grounds each afternoon.

    Images: Opening day of the 2011 McHenry County Fair
    Opening day of the 2011 McHenry County Fair in Woodstock, featuring an antique tractor parade and the fair queen pageant.

Sports

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    Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational and sent a strong statement that his leg was as healthy as he thought.

    Woods off to strong start at Bridgestone with 68

    Tiger Woods appeared to face a big test Thursday in his return to golf. It was a 3-wood around the trees on the 658-yard 16th hole at Firestone that required him to go at it hard, cut short his back swing to produce the sharp fade, then let the momentum of his motion carry his body forward with an awkward step.

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    Philip Humber looks at the scoreboard during the second inning Thursday night.

    Yankees complete sweep of White Sox

    Ivan Nova struck out a career-high 10 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep and winning their seventh in a row overall. The White Sox have lost six straight games.

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    Blake DeWitt is greeted by teammates Marlon Byrd, left, and Geovany Soto after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald in the fourth inning Thursday night.

    Cubs' 7-6 win completes 4-game sweep of Pirates

    Carlos Pena hit one of Chicago's three home runs and walked with the bases loaded during a three-run eighth-inning rally as the Cubs won their season-high fifth straight, a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Pena, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt homered to give Chicago 10 in the four-game sweep.

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    Which coach is having a more difficult time right now: Tom Thibodeau with no team to coach or Ozzie Guillen with a team that can’t win at home?

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Thibodeau, Guillen, Arlington

    Mike Spellman's weekly Scorecard column touches on Tom Thibodeau, Ozzie Guillen, Tiger Woods, Arlington Park and much more.

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    The Chicago Rush earned this ring by winning ArenaBowl XX in 2006. Now the team is one win away from earning a spot in ArenaBowl XXIV. They must beat the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday to advance.

    Rush hits road for AFL conference title game

    The Chicago Rush head to Phoenix this weekend to take on the league-leading Arizona Rattlers for the conference title and a spot in the AFL finals.

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    After losing to the New York Liberty on Thursday, coach Pokey Chatman’s Chicago Sky team is now 9-12 on the season.

    Sky falls after scoring 1 point in fourth

    After building a 12-point lead, the Chicago Sky couldn't hold on as the New York Liberty claimed a 59-49 win Thursday in their WNBA battle at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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    Beating the heat to land Lake Geneva bass

    Mike Jackson, with a little help from some friends, finds some great largemouth bass fishing on Lake Geneva in the dead of summer.

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    The Big Ten, led by commissioner Jim Delany, will shift to a nine-game conference schedule for football beginning in 2017. Big Ten teams now play eight conference games per season.

    Big Ten moving to 9 conference games in 2017

    Big Ten officials announced today that conference football programs will move to a nine-game Big Ten schedule beginning with the 2017 season. The Big Ten has not had a full nine-game conference schedule since the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

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    Chicago Fire interim coach Frank Klopas, center, knows his team must start collecting wins to make the MLS playoffs. The Fire has played to 13 ties this season.

    Believe it or not, Fire still has a shot at MLS playoffs

    Despite having just two victories in 21 games so far this season, the Fire still has a shot at the MLS playoffs.The league not only added expansion teams in Portland and Vancouver this season, it expanded its playoff field to 10 teams from eight. The Fire is aiming for that 10th and final spot, but it has some climbing to do to get there.

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    Time is right for prime perching

    Lakefront perch fishing has been terrific since the season re-opened on Monday.

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    New Chicago Fire midfielder Pavel Pardo celebrates his second-half goal in the Fire’s 1-1 draw against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

    Chicago Fire shows spark despite another draw

    New midfielders Pavel Pardo and Sebastian Grazzini immediately improved the Chicago Fire's attack in their first MLS game. They couldn’t improve the result, a 1-1 draw Wednesday night against Philadelphia in front of 10,557 fans at Toyota Park.

Business

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    Chrysler recalling 367,000 minivans a second time

    Chrysler is recalling more than 367,000 Dodge and Chrysler minivans because the air bags can go off unexpectedly.

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    Dow’s 513-point plunge wipes out year’s gains

    The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points Thursday. Investors are concerned that the U.S. economy will enter another recession and that Europe’s debt problems are not closed to being solved.

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    Smartphone app allows you to track your buy-1-get-1 deals

    A new app called Stampt could eliminate all those loyalty cards tucked in your wallet or purse.

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    PlayStation Vita won’t be here by Christmas

    Sony’s next-generation portable game machine, the PlayStation Vita, won’t be going on sale in the U.S. or Europe in time for the key Christmas shopping season.

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    Electrolux completes move from Illinois to N.C.

    Electrolux has completed the move of its Home Care Products division from Bloomington, Ill., to Charlotte, N.C. Company spokeswoman Caryn Klebba told WJBC radio that about 90 employees moved to the new division headquarters.

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    Paylocity named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest companies

    Paylocity, America's leading independent provider of payroll and HR solutions announces being named among Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the International Association for Food Protection that the government hopes to find the source of a salmonella outbreak linked to ground turkey "very, very" soon.

    Turkey salmonella links spurs second biggest recall

    Cargill Inc. initiated the second- biggest U.S. meat recall, pulling almost 36 million pounds of ground turkey after a salmonella outbreak linked to one death and 79 illnesses in 26 states, including seven in Illinois.

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    Batavia-based ALDI recalls ground turkey product

    Batavia-based Aldi has voluntarily recalled its Fit & Active fresh ground turkey as a precautionary measure in cooperation with Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation's recall.

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    Arthur J. Gallagher names Bohstedt corporate vice president

    Itasca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s board of directors has appointed Bill Bohstedt as a corporate vice president.

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    TreeHouse Foods reports lower second quarter earnings
    PRNewswireOakbrook-based TreeHouse Foods Inc. reported second quarter earnings of declined over last year, due to increases in freight, transportation and packaging costs.The company reported an earning of 39 cents per share, compared to 60 cents per share reported for the second quarter of last year.  On an adjusted basis, the company reported earnings per share of 43 cents compared to 70 cents the prior year, “Our very strong sales in the quarter were overshadowed by the negative impact of rapidly rising input and transportation costs on our gross margins.  We have aggressively pursued price increases to offset these costs, and have succeeded in achieving the pricing necessary to recover our margin shortfalls over the back half of the year,” said Sam K. Reed, TreeHouse chairman and CEO,The company noted that the recent closing of its Springfield, Mo. plant and the integration of freight and warehouse operations into a consolidated distribution network as well as the costs associated with the integration of Sturm Foods and S.T. Specialty Foods, had a negative impact in the quarterly earnings.

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    Libertyville firm files copyright infringement lawsuit
    PRNewswireHearthware Inc. of Libertyville, maker of the NuWave Oven, has filed a federal lawsuit against E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., over its sale of The Sharper Image Super Wave Oven, claiming copyright infringement.The complaint, filed in Northern District of Illinois federal court in Chicago, alleges violation of Federal and State laws including copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false association/designation of origin, false advertising, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.“The NuWave Oven is an extremely successful and popular brand, and we will not tolerate trademark or copyright infringements. It is apparent that E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., has confused consumers into thinking that the Super Wave is part of Hearthware’s NuWave line. Consumers have called us with their complaints about the Super Wave and expressed actual confusion,” said Lewis T. Steadman Jr., general counsel for Hearthware.

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    Stocks are plunging in another broad sell-off as investors grow concerned about an economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe.

    Stocks plunge as economic, Europe worries continue

    Stocks are plunging in another broad sell-off as investors grow concerned about an economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe.

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    Northfield-based Kraft foods plans to split into two companies.

    Kraft Foods plans to split into 2 companies

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Inc. said Thursday that it plans to split into two publicly traded companies, with one concentrating on its snack business like Oreo cookies and Trident gum while the other focuses on the North American grocery business, which includes Kraft cheese and Maxwell House coffee.

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    Career Education slides on disclosure of 'improper' practices

    Schaumburg-based Career Education Corp., a for-profit college chain, slid as much as 18 percent following the close of regular trading after the company identified “improper practices” at some campuses and said enrollment and profit fell.

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    Illinoisan admits $2.4 million investment scheme

    EAST ST. LOUIS -- A judge has set a November sentencing date for a southwestern Illinois businessman who's admitted orchestrating a scheme that swindled $2.4 million from two dozen would-be investors.Sixty-three-year-old Edward Moskop of Belleville pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to mail fraud and money laundering charges.Prosecutors say Moskop carried out the crimes even after he was barred from peddling securities two decades ago, victimizing relatives, military veterans and customers of his insurance business.As part of the scheme, Moskop created bogus receipts to clients, along with fraudulent account numbers or forged certificates. He also sent clients fake annual statements summarizing the supposed investments and their earnings.Sentencing will be Nov. 18.

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    Chicago Board of Options Exchange

    CBOE earning exceed estimates as free climb, expenses fall

    CBOE Holdings Inc., the U.S. options market that went public a year ago, reported second-quarter earnings that beat the average analyst projection as higher access fees boosted revenue and expenses dropped.

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    The trustee for Giordano's Enterprises Inc., the owner of Chicago's World Famous Stuffed Pizza, announced that he quickly settled most disputes with franchisees who were on what the trustee called a “royalty strike.”

    Giordano's settles royalty dispute with franchises

    The trustee for Giordano's Enterprises Inc., the owner of Chicago's World Famous Stuffed Pizza, announced that he quickly settled most disputes with franchisees who were on what the trustee called a “royalty strike.”

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    CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.

    CVS Caremark 2Q profit slips 1 percent

    CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.

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    T-Mobile U.S.A continued to lose wireless customers in the second quarter, but did a better job of keeping them than in the first three months of the year, when subscribers fled in record numbers.

    T-Mobile U.S.A loses subscribers in second quarter

    T-Mobile U.S.A continued to lose wireless customers in the second quarter, but did a better job of keeping them than in the first three months of the year, when subscribers fled in record numbers.

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    Oil down near $91 amid grim U.S., EU economy outlook

    Oil prices fell to near $91 a barrel Thursday as investors continued to fret over the global economic recovery.

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    GM asembly line worker Edward Houie moves a door into position for a 2012 Chevrolet Volt at the General Motors Hamtramck Assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich.

    GM says 2Q profit nearly doubles on sales, prices

    General Motors Co. says its second-quarter profit nearly doubled to $2.5 billion as it got higher prices for its cars and trucks worldwide.

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    Former Clinton aide to speak in Schaumburg

    Laura Schwartz, the former White House director of events and special assistant to President Bill Clinton, will speak to the Schaumburg Business Association about the networking power of social events from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Chandler's Banquets, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

Life & Entertainment

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    "American Idol's" Haley Reinhart, Wheeling, has been waiting for her hometown tour date all summer. She will perform Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Haley can't wait for hometown tour stop in suburbs

    All summer, Wheeling native Haley Reinhart has been looking forward to Saturday's Allstate Arena concert. “It will be super cool to come home and sing in front of my fans, friends and family,” she said.

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    Rapper Lil Wayne is being sued for $15 million over allegations he stole the hit song "Bedrock."

    Lil Wayne sued for $15 million over 'Bedrock'

    Rapper Lil Wayne faces a $15 million legal battle over allegations he stole the hit song "Bedrock." Georgia-based production company Done Deal Enterprises is suing Wayne, Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment for copyright infringement.

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    Amy Winehouse's duet with Tony Bennett will be released in September as a charity single.

    Winehouse, Tony Bennett duet to be charity single

    Amy Winehouse's final recording, a duet with Tony Bennett called "Body and Soul," will be released in September as a charity single with proceeds going to the newly established Amy Winehouse Foundation, her family said Thursday.

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    Mary Ross recommends Gran Fuedo Rosado from Navarra, Spain.

    Enjoy a Navarran vineyard picnic

    When you want to give your standard picnic a new flavor, take a tip from the world’s winegrowers. Grape farmers have served delicious outdoor meals for millennia, first to feed hungry vineyard workers.

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    After 45 years Jerry Lewis, 85, will no longer be appearing on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day telethon.

    Jerry Lewis out as MDA chairman, off telethon

    Comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national chairman and won't be appearing on this year's Labor Day telethon, the nonprofit agency has announced. Lewis, 85, has been the MDA's national chairman since the early 1950s and has hosted the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon since 1966.

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    We the Kings play Durty Nellie's Friday night with The Summer Set and The Downtown Fiction.

    Music notes: Kings plays Durty Nellie's

    We the Kings, an up-and-coming punk-pop band from Florida, will headline a show in Palatine this weekend. The band is touring behind its just-released record, “Sunshine State of Mind.”

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    Fountains of Wayne, “Sky Full of Holes”

    Fountains of Wayne in good form again

    Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne are sharp enough songwriters that they haven't made a bad album. They write finely etched portraits of lives in miniature, usually to ridiculously catchy pop-rock backgrounds.

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    Faye Dunaway says she wasn't evicted

    Faye Dunaway denies she's been evicted from her New York City apartment. The Oscar-winning actress tells The New York Times she gave up the one-bedroom walk-up in May because it was in poor condition and she was spending less time in New York.

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    Faye Dunaway says she wasn't evicted

    Faye Dunaway denies she's been evicted from her New York City apartment. The Oscar-winning actress tells The New York Times she gave up the one-bedroom walk-up in May because it was in poor condition and she was spending less time in New York.

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    Campfire Salmon Cakes
    campfire slamon cakes

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    This meat-veggie-cheese pasta dish from “Ultimate Camp Cooking” is the kind of all-in-one meal that makes camp cooking fun and tasty.

    Case Pasta
    pasta

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    Omelet in a Bag
    omelet

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    Campfire food for foodies

    eat in and save...camp cooking

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    Oprah Winfrey is receiving criticism for being selected to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Academy defends Winfrey as honorary Oscar winner

    Film academy president Tom Sherak is coming to Oprah Winfrey's defense. Sherak says Winfrey is "one of the most philanthropic performers in the world" and thus deserving of the academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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    Mitch (Ryan Reynolds), foreground, and his best friend Dave (Jason Bateman) get their wishes to have each other's lives in the comedy “The Change-Up.”

    Crassness trumps cleverness in ‘Change-Up'

    Body-switch movies enjoyed a great run back in the 1980s. "Change-Up" adds little to the argument they should return.

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    Caesar, a super smart chimpanzee, contemplates stealing a deadly virus in the science-fiction prequel

    ‘Apes' prequel proves itself an action-packed thriller

    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may have too many prepositions in its title, but it's a smart and scary prequel to Charlton Heston's 1968 "Planet of the Apes," endlessly referenced in this new film.

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    Sophie (director/writer Miranda July) practices some fancy dance moves in her surreal drama "The Future."

    Reel life: 'Future' seems flawed

    Miranda July's "The Future" seems not-so-bright (albeit snappy), and Lee Tamahori's "The Devil's Double" simmers with rage and sensationalism. Also, a reader calls him out on skipping "The Smurfs," but was it his fault?

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    The Kid decides to break for a little training with his trusty hammer in “Bastion.”

    ‘Bastion' a riveting trip to the wasteland

    The post-apocalyptic wasteland has become a familiar setting for video games, but few of them ponder the tragedies that got them there. And then there's “Bastion.” It's a somewhat humble offering from a new studio, but it delivers a devastating emotional punch.

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    Lyric Opera tickets now available

    With summer at the midway point, Lyric Opera of Chicago is already moving toward the opening night of its 57th season on Oct. 1. Individual tickets have just gone on sale for all eight operas, and season subscriptions are also still available.

Discuss

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    Funding, needs at odds in tollway plan

    A Daily Herald editorial says the Illinois Tollway's proposed $12 billion capital plan needs deeper review, both in terms of the projects it envisions and the plan for funding them.

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    A clarifying debate

    During various liberal ascendancies, the federal spider has woven a web of dependencies. The political purpose has been to produce growing constituencies of voters disposed to vote Democratic.

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    Democrats also need a presidential primary in 2012

    Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that’s what Obama has been doing. Obama should have grabbed the bully pulpit early on, bellowing that everything can be discussed but America’s honor, which requires making good on its debt obligations.

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    Get rid of all the politicians
    A Round Lake Park letter to the editor: All of our congressmen and senators should be fired. They are so concerned about protecting their own special piece of the pie that they are allowing the pie to be tossed into the garbage disposal.

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    White Sox need all new management
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Why must we White Sox fans put up with this ongoing misery? Game after game, we are subjected to the same old story. The team we hope will go to the playoffs each year simply does not deliver.

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    Farnham is in touch with constituents
    Letter to the Editor: I want to recognize State Rep. Keith Farnham for doing the right thing and voting to cut his own pay. Too often legislators are involved with only themselves, removed from their constituents and fail to see the struggles that many are going through, especially now as we continue to deal with a national recession.

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    Southwest posts 2Q profit of $161 million

    Southwest Airlines is making more money than it did a year ago because of higher fares and the acquisition of AirTran Airways.

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