Daily Archive : Wednesday August 17, 2011


    Cardboard boat builders will hope to stay afloat Saturday when the Fox Valley United Way sponsors its annual “What Floats Your Boat” regatta at Mastodon Lake in Aurora's Phillips Park.

    Cardboard boat races launch Fox Valley United Way campaign

    Cardboard boat builders will be hoping to stay afloat Saturday when Fox Valley United Way launches its annual fundraising campaign with races at Phillips Park in Aurora. Quick tip: Don't count on it.

    Sporting bright orange T-shirts, supporters of gambling expansion, many especially interested in slots at race tracks like Arlington Park, gather to lobby Gov. Pat Quinn to sign the Illinois gambling expansion law.

    Governor repeats concerns about slots at Arlington

    It appears that changes are likely coming to the gambling plan that would put 1,200 slot machines at Arlington Park and a casino in Lake County, but who would get left out of an eventual updated proposal remains unclear. Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday continued expressing his general distaste for the idea of new casinos and slot machines at horse tracks.

    Wilfredo Gonzalez-Cruz will serve 12 days in jail for theft.

    Thief who swallowed ring pleads guilty

    A Chicago man who gulped down a diamond ring while trying to conceal a theft has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.

    Michael Cardamone

    Judge dismisses ‘vindictive’ sex charges against Aurora gymnastic coach

    A DuPage County judge Wednesday dismissed two recently filed sex charges against former Aurora gymnastics coach Michael Cardamone, saying they carried an "appearance of vindictiveness." The charges were filed in May, about three years after a state appellate court overturned Cardamone’s 2005 conviction on charges he sexually abused seven girls.

    New Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Wheelock took the oath of office in a ceremony Monday. Wheelock, a department veteran, replaces former chief Terry Mastandrea, who retired in July.

    Wheelock sworn in as new Lake Zurich fire chief

    Lake Zurich officially has a new fire chief, though he isn’t really new to the department or the town. David Wheelock was sworn in as fire chief at a ceremony Monday night after working for the village for 32 years, spending 20 years.

    Bridgette Buckner

    Charges mount for Bartlett women who lied about deaths

    A Bartlett woman who admitted making up a story about the deaths of her daughter and supposed FBI agent husband in a bizarre insurance scam was indicted again Wednesday -- this time on charges she stole the identities of 29 people across the country.

    The Lake County Fielders' center fielder Chad Bischette takes the field during their with Kenosha County Wednesday night.

    Fielders dress just 9 players for Kenosha game

    At least the nine Lake County Fielders players didn't outnumber the fans at Wednesday night's game. Roughly 125 spectators went to the temporary stadium in Zion. And the public-address announcer called the other team the Kenosha Fielders instead of the Kings.

    A girl on the Galesburg High School volleyball team reacts Wednesday as she gets to meet President Barack Obama as he visits the school during his three-day economic bus tour.

    Obama to issue new job creation proposal

    President Barack Obama has decided to press Congress for a new round of stimulus spending and tax cuts as he seeks to address the great domestic policy quandary of his tenure: how to spur job growth in an age of austerity.

    Michael Mungovan

    Three charged in Glendale Hts. man’s beating

    Three men have been charged with aggravated battery after a weekend fight at a party near West Chicago left a 19-year-old Glendale Heights man with a number of missing teeth, a broken jaw and an inability to eat solid food.


    Tampa student arrested in school bomb plot

    Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, they said Wednesday.


    Elderly Chicago mobster defiant at sentencing

    Sam Volpendesto began his adult life celebrated as a war hero. Now 87, he is almost certain to die behind bars, derided as a mobster.


    Harper passes balanced budget in wake of dwindling state support

    With state funding continuing to dwindle, Harper College trustees passed a fiscal year 2012 budget that relies more than ever on student support. Though tuition and fees are up, officials lauded a minimal spending increase. “We are pleased to present a budget that honors the board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility despite the continuing decline in state revenues,” Harper President Ken Ender...

    Symbiotic Sojourn, a sculpture by Jeff Adams that’s part of Naperville’s Century Walk project, recently was reinstalled outside the Main Street Promenade.

    Naperville scultpure offers lessons in recycling and the arts

    The reinstallation of the Symbiotic Sojourn scultpure in downtown Naperville provides our Stephanie Penick with some lessons in both recycling and the arts.


    Charity says it’s exempt from civil unions law

    A Catholic adoption and foster care charity that has worked as a state contractor for 40 years told an Illinois judge Wednesday that it shouldn’t be forced to place children in homes of unmarried couples, as state officials say is required by a new law recognizing civil unions.


    ‘Poison’ on car forces Naperville home evacuations

    A number of Naperville homes were evacuated as a precaution Wednesday afternoon when police found a man slumped over the wheel of a parked car with the word “Poison” written on it.

    Bartlett police have released this photo from a July 24 armed robbery of a Burger King, asking for the public’s help in tracking down the thief.

    Bartlett police seek identity of armed robber

    Bartlett police release photos from an armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant, asking for the public's help in tracking down the perpetrator.

    D'Andre Howard

    Howard claims self-defense in videotaped interview

    Prosecutors will play the final 30 minutes or so of the videotaped statement D'Andre Howard gave to police following the April 2009 slayings of three members of the Engelhardt family in their Hoffman Estates home. Defense attorneys argue that the 23-year-old defendant's statement should be suppressed. Howard has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Laura Engelhardt,...


    Mt. Prospect weighs Melas Park lights

    Melas Park neighbors made it clear to Mount Prospect village trustees Tuesday night they oppose plans to install 70-foot-tall lights on practice fields and a proposed driving range on the property. The village board discussed the matter Tuesday ahead of a possible vote on the proposal Sept. 6.

    $START_URL$Great America ;http://www.sixflagsjobs.com/$STOP_URL$needs actors for its annual Fright Fest. Auditions will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug 19, at Key Lime Cove, 1700 Nations Drive in Gurnee.

    Want to scare people at Great America?

    Gurnee's Six Flags Great America will host a hiring fair on Friday, Aug 19, for its annual Fright Fest.


    Alderman: Des Plaines library may have water damage

    Des Plaines 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten alerted city officials to a potential water damage problem at the library. City officials say they will look into it.


    New venture for Algonquin spa owner

    After 21 years spent working in human resources consulting, Heather Kinsley was laid off in the fall of 2009. Less than two years later, the Algonquin woman has reinvented herself by opening a spa, venturing into a new business and different lifestyle by opening Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Algonquin.


    Geneva leads the way in ACT composite score

    When it came to the class of 2011 and the ACT exam, Geneva High led the way. Composite scores within a pair of Fox Valley school districts dipped ever so slightly while those in three others districts increased just a bit, with two remaining below the state and national average composite scores.

    Jerry Cain

    Judson University president plans retirement

    Judson University President Jerry Cain announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2012 academic year. Cain has served as the university's president since 1998 and oversaw many accomplishments including the transition from a college to a university.


    D300 sharing fiber optic cable network with others

    As Community Unit District 300 builds a fiber-optic cable network connecting all its 27 schools, some local communities are finding out they can tap into that resource and save money in the process.

    Jim Ludman, a Carol Stream village engineering inspector, conducts an inventory assessment of flow obstructions at Klein and Thunderbird creeks last week. Officials are now seeking an outside company to assist with cleanup work.

    140 trees, branches clogging Carol Stream creeks

    Carol Stream is seeking quotes from contractors to remove about 140 trees and branches clogging Klein and Thunderbird creeks. The trees and other debris are the result of recent storms. The largest obstruction is a tree 30 inches in diameter.

    Secretary of State Jesse White takes the oath of office on Jan. 10, 2011, in Springfield. The 77-year-old Democrat announced Wednesday that he’ll seek a fifth term in 2014.

    Jesse White says he’ll run again

    Democrat Jesse White announced Wednesday that he plans to run for a fifth term as Illinois secretary of state. Gov. Pat Quinn called White “our secretary of state forever.”

    Elauterio Pacheco, 29, of Palatine was found guilty of attempting to deliver 2 kilograms of cocaine to an undercover Elgin police officer.

    Palatine man guilty of selling 2 kilos of cocaine

    A 29-year-old Palatine man was found guilty Wednesday of delivering two kilograms of cocaine to an undercover Elgin police officer and could face up to 60 years in prison.


    Tri-Cities police reports

    A burglar stole a diamond ring, $100 from a Toys for Tots donation canister, jewelry, binoculars and spare change and bills, out of a house in the 7N700 block of Route 47, Maple Park, between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. According to a sheriff’s report, the burglar forced open the front door.


    Fox Valley police reports

    An Elgin man appeared in bond court Wednesday on a felony charge of trespass to residence knowing people are present, according to court documents. Elgin police responded to the trespassing call in the 400 block of Griswold Street Tuesday.


    Unions criticize Quinn at Democratic events

    Policy disputes trumped party unity Wednesday as Illinois Democrats gathered for a perfunctory celebration of Governor’s Day at the state fair.Unions protested Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to cancel raises promised in labor contracts with state government, while Quinn blamed legislators.


    Oakton board fills trustee vacancy

    The Oakton Community College board this week named Eric Staley of Northfield to fill the seat left vacant by Monday’s resignation of trustee William Jackson Jr. Staley will serve out Jackson’s term, which expires April 2013.


    Deer Park could end police deal with Kildeer

    Is Deer Park getting bang for its buck when it comes to its deal for Kildeer police to patrol the village? That's a question village officials are asking themselves as they review whether the town is getting the level of police attention promised.

    Andy Masters

    New conductor joins Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

    The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will welcome a new conductor to its ranks for the 2011-2012 season. Andy Masters, of North Aurora, will start as the conductor of the Prelude Orchestra, working with string musicians primarily in grades four through 12.


    Kane County may let residents opt out of ComEd

    Kane County may put a referendum on the ballot allowing it to contract with a company other than ComEd to deliver power to local unincorporated residents. A county committee learned Wednesday that such a move could result in residents saving up to 25 percent on their electric bills by taking advantage of a system the majority of the corporate world in Illinois already utilizes.


    Vanderventer to run again

    Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer will seek re-election in 2012.


    Meet Rep. Sente for coffee:

    State Rep. Carol Sente will stop at coffee shops around the 59th district this fall to talk with constituents about whatever is on their minds -- starting with a stop from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Market Square Restaurant, 600 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling.


    Rotary Club to hear about drug abuse

    Ela Township social worker Susan Kostner will talk to the Lake Zurich Rotary Club about teen substance abuse Friday.


    Hawthorn Woods concerts

    The Hawthorn Woods summer “Concert in the Park” series is nearing an end, and only two concerts remain.


    Woman denies charges

    A Wilmot, Wis., woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony DUI and aggravated battery charges involving an occurrence June 20 on Grass Lake Road in Lindenhurst.


    Court orders Chicago to hire 111 black firefighters

    Some 6,000 blacks who passed a Chicago Fire Department entrance exam nearly 16 years ago will walk away with either jobs or cash under a federal court order entered Wednesday. The city of Chicago must hire 111 of the applicants and provide $30 million in back pay to the others.

    President Barack Obama visits with Norma Haan, 68, center at the Whiteside County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Morrison, Ill.

    Images: Obama’s Midwest Bus Tour
    President Obama toured the Midwest over the course of three days, visiting Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. The President wrapped up the tour with visits to the western Illinois towns of Atkinson and Morrison.

    Alexander Bailey

    Cops: Medinah man caught with stolen loot

    A 23-year-old Medinah man is facing criminal charges after DuPage County Sheriff’s detectives investigating a series of residential burglaries in Medinah say they caught him with a bag of stolen property. Alexander J. Bailey of the 6N600 block of Medinah Road has been charged with one count of felony burglary in connection with a break-in that occurred Tuesday afternoon on the 22W100 block of...

    Adam Cibulka

    Addison Trail names new principal

    Students at Addison Trail High School will recognize their new principal in the 2012-13 school year as a familiar face. This week, officials named Assistant Principal Adam Cibulka to lead the school, as part of major administrative changes happening in the district.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2001 Dodge minivan in Palatine and stole a purse and bag with two cellphones and camera, value estimated at $815, and broke into 2008 Honda minivan and stole a purse valued at $100, both at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.


    Elgin, Schaumburg host free foreclosure seminars

    The nonprofit Neighborhood Community Foundation is holding two free seminars, in Elgin and Schaumburg, for people threatened by foreclosure. The Elgin seminar is Sept. 7; the Schaumburg one is Sept. 14.


    Little City Book Fair starts Friday at Harper College in Palatine

    The 2011 Little City Book Fair runs this weekend at the Harper College gymnasium, Algonquin and Roselle roads, Palatine. It’s the first time the nationally renowned event has taken place in the Northwest suburbs since it started in 1958 in Skokie.


    Lindenhurst man faces child porn charges

    A Lindenhurst man was ordered held on $100,000 bond Wednesday after being charged with possession of more than 250 images of child pornography. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Stanton said Jeffrey Mortenson, 23, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated child pornography.

    Elgin-based illustrator Sue Dettman has helped bring her mother-in-law’s picture book to life. The story of Determo the squirrel details her mother-in-law’s battle with a crafty red squirrel.

    Local artist illustrates for loved one, children’s stories

    Elgin-based illustrator Sue Dettman has helped bring her mother-in-law’s picture book to life. The story of Determo the squirrel details her mother-in-law’s battle with a crafty red squirrel.

    Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s lobby is located inside Batavia High School.

    Batavia High School’s Fine Arts Centre to open Saturday

    It will be an emotional moment for many who sit in the new auditorium for the first time when the Batavia Fine Arts Centre opens to the public this Saturday night, Aug. 20. Billed as a Red Carpet Gala, the Fine Arts Centre opening is sponsored by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

    Wendy Constable, a director of applied arts at Stevenson High School, leads teachers on a tour of the recently renovated library.

    Stevenson library catches up to 21st century

    With a collection of 70 iPads, a dozen semiprivate study rooms and a veritable sea of comfortable couches and chairs, Stevenson High School’s new information and learning center scarcely resembles a traditional high school library. “I think it’s amazing,” head librarian Lisa Dettling said. “I’m so excited, I don’t know how to contain myself.”


    Preckwinkle will go online to discuss budget

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold an online town hall at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, inviting Cook County residents to offer their ideas about the county budget and the important financial decisions that will be made in the coming weeks and months.


    Benet, Naperville, Indian Prairie celebrate ACT results

    Educators at several Naperville-area high schools are celebrating this week after new composite numbers showed their students scored very well on the ACTs. Indian Prairie Unit District 204, in fact, reported the highest composite score in its history.

    The Rev. Patrick Durkin, one of 15 Viatorians who founded St. Viator High School, has died. Fr. Durkin taught biology at the Arlington Heights school beginning in 1961 and later served as its dean of men.

    Rev. Patrick Durkin, one of St. Viator’s founders, passes

    The Rev. Patrick Durkin, one of 15 Viatorians who founded St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights 50 years ago, has died. He was 85.


    Grant High School construction completed in time for students

    Grant High School officials said students will see some renovated classrooms and more cafeteria space when they return for the new school year, starting Aug. 22. “It’s been very hectic getting it completed,” Superintendent John Benedetti said of the $6.5 million project.


    Aurora mayor: Examine affordable housing citywide

    The Aurora Housing Authority wants to redevelop the troubled Jericho Circle housing complex on the city’s west side, but Mayor Tom Weisner wants to begin a broader discussion about affordable housing solutions for the entire city.

    Kaden Kane, 9, and Max Myzka, 10, both of Palatine, participate in last year’s Fox Lake Cardboard Boat Race.

    Whatever floats your boat at Fox Lake race

    Cardboard and duct tape will be the construction supplies needed to race a boat on the Chain O’ Lakes Sunday, Aug. 21. The annual Fox Lake Cardboard Boat Race will take place at the Fox Lake Lakefront Park on Nippersink Drive at 8 a.m. with registration and on-site boat building. The races will begin at noon.

    Eleazav Cervanantes of Elgin shovels down eight cups of vanilla ice cream to win the adult category in the Colonial Cafe ice cream eating contest at South Elgin’s Riverfest Express. This was his first ice cream eating contest.

    New attractions on tap for South Elgin Riverfest

    Last summer, South Elgin was all ears as Radio Disney debuted at the village’s Riverfest Express. This week, South Elgin will let freedom ring in the 15th installment of this literal riverfest with a civil war re-enactment and the Freedom Express Museum.


    Roselle, Itasca part of traffic crackdown
    The Roselle and Itasca police departments, along with other police departments through the state, will step up late-night traffic enforcement starting Friday.


    Roselle Explorers win at state
    Members of Roselle Police Explorer Post 151 took high honors in the Illinois Law Enforcement Explorers Conference last week in Springfield.


    Blood drive in Addison
    Lifesource will host a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at St. Philip the Apostle school gym, 1223 Holtz, Addison.


    Doctor’s set to go on trial for accidentally amputating penis

    The dispute between a Kentucky man and a surgeon over the necessity of amputating the patient’s penis during surgery in 2008 is set to go to trial this week.


    Budzban: God will never put your calls on hold

    Even during these days of mass communications, it's hard to get a hold of friends. With God, however, he's never more than a prayer away.


    Don’t write apology to ex without consulting current wife

    Man wants to write letter to first wife apologizing for any pain he may have caused. But before he does that, he should talk to his current spouse before other problems arise.

    A selection of aluminum wire and glass bead art by Florida artists is displayed at the 19th annual Long Grove Art Fest.

    Enjoy music, wine at Long Grove Art Fest

    The Long Grove Art Fest is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Along with a variety of mediums from artists across the country, there will be musical entertainment and wine samplings.


    Accreditor evaluating Lombard police procedures

    The Lombard Police Department's is seeking reaccreditation to help keep insurance costs down and build relationships with Lombard residents. “It ensures that the police department is meeting the needs of the public,” accreditation manager Bruce Longino said. “It holds us accountable for that public trust that they put into us.”


    What’s the age of the moon? It could be waning

    That old moon might not be as antique as we thought.

    Author and Addison native Jamie Freveletti has a new novel hitting stores in September and has been tapped by late author Robert Ludlum's estate to write the next book in Ludlum's “Covert-One” series.

    Addison native takes on Robert Ludlum franchise

    Author and Addison native Jamie Freveletti has been handpicked by the estate of famed novelist Robert Ludlum to pen a new series of Ludlum-inspired books. In addition, Freveletti's own popular Emma Caldridge thriller series returns in September.


    Defense attorney demands hearing in 1957 killing

    The defense attorney for a man charged in the 1957 kidnapping and murder of an Illinois girl has demanded a preliminary hearing for 71-year-old Jack McCullough, who is charged in the murder of Maria Ridulph, his 7-year-old former neighbor in Sycamore.


    Carpentersville ticket amnesty program collects more than $30,000

    If you hoped to take advantage of a Carpentersville program that let you pay half the face value of your old tickets, you’re fresh out of luck. The one-time amnesty program ended Monday, with police settling a total of 1,044 tickets and collecting $30,680 as a result, said Ed Dennis, the police chief’s project coordinator.


    Mt. Prospect Family Bike Ride is Saturday

    Get out Saturday morning, and join the annual Mount Prospect Family Bike Ride. Bring your bike to Melas Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Free T-shirts go to the first 500 pre-registered participants.

    “Muskie Attack” is the first book in the “Up North Adventure” series targeting ages 9 to 12.

    Children’s author to appear at First Huntley ARTFEST

    Children’s author G.M. Moore will appear at the First Huntley ARTFEST in Huntley to sign copies of “Snakehead Invasion,” the third book in her Up North Adventure series. The just-released title rounds out the series, which includes “Muskie Attack” and “Ancient Elk Hunt.”


    Central High Booster Club to host golf outing
    It will be raining golf balls at the Central High School Booster Club golf outing Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn.


    Des Plaines waives permit fees for flood repairs

    Des Plaines will waive permit fees for flood damage repairs and improvements needed as a result of July 23 flooding, city officials said this week.

    Downed power lines such as these, and the speed at which they were restored, were among the complaints Comed officials heard from Rolling Meadows residents..

    Rolling Meadows the latest to vent at ComEd over outages

    Rolling Meadows council members and residents took their turn venting to ComEd Tuesday night, as the company continued its tour of reporting its annual statistics to area communities. For about two hours, ComEd officials were grilled over outage response times, shouted at by frustrated residents, and pleaded with by those who wanted fewer excuses and more action.

    Principal Bill Wiesbrook greets junior Justin Tardy on the first day of school Wednesday in the fully renovated Naperville Central High School.

    ‘New' Naperville Central steals show for second straight year

    Students at Naperville Central returned to classes Wednesday and for the second straight year many felt as if they were walking into a new high school. A new entrance and classrooms greeted many students as the second and final phase of a massive construction and renovation project at the school.

    Angel Facio, convicted of attempted murder in the stabbing of Elgin High School teacher Carolyn Gilbert, now sits in an isolated prison cell for 23 hours a day.

    Incarceration: Rehabilitation not part of Angel Facio's life

    He'd be taking classes at Elgin Community College by now, he imagines. But his attack on an Elgin High teacher with a knife put future plans on hold. Because of his actions, he'll be mostly isolated in adult prison for the next 10 years, until he's 29.

    Furniture and other basement belongings damaged by floods were a common sight outside Mount Prospect homes after last month’s record rains. Now village officials are hiring an engineering firm to visit damaged homes and help determine how to reduce or prevent flooding in the future.

    Mount Prospect hires engineers to visit flooded homes

    Mount Prospect is hiring a Kansas City-based engineering firm to visit homes flooded by the July 23 storms and help the village determine how to prevent it in the future. The work done by the firm Burns and McDonnell — at a cost not to exceed $44,500 — will supplement visits already being conducted by village staff.

    Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his wife Anita arrive for the Politics and Eggs Breakfast, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

    Perry’s swagger on Bernanke may raise doubts beyond Texas

    In Texas, Governor Rick Perry could comment about secession from the United States and letting college students pack concealed weapons without attracting much attention beyond the state’s borders.

    Freshmen attend an orientation session in the new resource center at Wheaton's St. Francis High School. The center and a science suite that's opening this fall are part of a $7 million addition and renovation project at the school.

    Many DuPage students return to new digs

    Fresh pencils and crayons aren't the only new tools in store for back-to-school season. At schools throughout DuPage County, students will find new wings, classrooms and more as several districts undergo some major upgrades.

    The seventh annual Warren Wave Wipeout Fastpitch Tournament was held July 22-24 at Warren Township Center in Gurnee. The tournament hosted 68 teams in five divisions and included a Homerun Derby.

    Warren fastpitch tourney fields 68 teams
    The seventh annual Warren Wave Wipeout Fastpitch Tournament, held July 22-24, was a huge success despite rain and thunderstorms each day. Played at Warren Township Center in Gurnee, the tournament hosted 68 teams.


    15 years for killing NZ taxi driver

    A Shanghai court sentenced a Chinese man who admitted killing a New Zealand taxi driver before fleeing to his homeland to 15 years in prison Wednesday.


    Prosecution wants to hasten Mladic trial

    U.N. prosecutors say they want to try Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic for the Srebrenica massacre first, and then try him separately on other charges, fearing his health is too fragile for a lengthy all-encompassing court appearance.


    Spain: Student plotted attack on anti-Pope crowd

    Remains believed to be a 3-year-old Missouri girl who went missing more than a week ago were found Tuesday near a series of ditches where authorities say a neighbor is suspected of dumping her body after suffocating her with a plastic bag.


    Remains of missing 3-year-old Mo. girl found

    Remains believed to be a 3-year-old Missouri girl who went missing more than a week ago were found Tuesday near a series of ditches where authorities say a neighbor is suspected of dumping her body after suffocating her with a plastic bag.


    Test shows quarter of Ill. students college ready

    Results of ACT college-admission tests indicate more than three-quarters of Illinois high school graduates aren’t completely prepared for college.


    Pregnant Chicago teen killed, but baby saved

    Authorities in Chicago say a pregnant teenager was fatally shot, but doctors were able to save her baby.

    Last year’s book fair was the last inside the tents in the Old Orchard parking lots.

    Little City Book Fair opens Friday at Harper

    The Little City Book Fair has moved to Harper College and has gone from 10 days to three. But when the doors open Friday, Aug. 19, the hundreds of thousands of books for sale, piled on the tables, will look familiar.

    Kaleb Silo, 8, of Barlett, seals a dehydrated meal while volunteering for the organization Kids Against Hunger during the Jubilee! festival at Poplar Creek Church in Bartlett Sunday afternoon.

    Bartlett church hosts Jubilee! festival
    The Jubilee festival, held Sunday on the grounds of Popular Creek Church in Bartlett, featured food, music, businesses, nonprofits and churches doing projects for charity.


    Theatre-Hikes to premiere show at Cantigny

    Visitors to Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Aug. 20 will have a chance to view the Theatre-Hikes premiere of "Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright."


    Gardening, English programs set for Ela library

    The Ela Area Public Library is offering gardening and English as a second language courses this month.

    Cherie, a Yorkie mix, one of the dogs rescued by Save-A-Pet Adoption Center during last month’s power outages.

    Save-A-Pet rescues animals despite power outage
    Save-A-Pet Adoption Center, Lake County's largest no-kill rescue and full-time adoption facility, continues to "feel the heat" from a recent weeklong power outage and from the continuous demand for its no-kill rescue services.

    Brian Brushwood

    Harper opens new semester with ‘master of bizarre’

    Brian Brushwood, a fire-eating, spiky-haired master of the bizarre, will perform various tricks to welcome students to fall semester at Harper College at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Quad area in the center of the Palatine campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road.

    Zion’s unfinished baseball stadium will be where the Lake County Fielders host the semiprofessional Kenosha Kings at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Lake County Fielders season ticket holder: Refund me, Costner

    Jason Kern says he and a friend spent good money to buy Lake County Fielders season tickets for this year - but not for games with a semiprofessional team starting Wednesday. He wants a refund. “I’m not spending $1,800 a year to watch a semipro game,” Kern said.


    The Why: Experts analyze why Facio stabbed his teacher

    Angel Facio didn’t know he was going to hurt Carolyn Gilbert that cold January day.Committing such a random act is not unusual for teens pushed to the brink, experts say. Facio’s knife attack on Gilbert was a horrific culmination of his cries to be heard, a psychiatric evaluation conducted on the Elgin teen concluded.

    National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss scans the Doppler radar from his workstation at Chicago Center, the FAA’s air traffic control facility in Aurora.

    What it takes to direct air traffic from Aurora facility

    A rare up-close tour shows how controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration's Chicago Center in Aurora work. A good controller “has a Type A personality,” veteran employee Toby Hauck explains. “You need to make quick, correct decisions." Weather and politics have created turbulence this summer and cast controllers in the national spotlight.



    Wednesday’s girls golf scoreboard
    Summaries of Wednesday's girls golf meets.


    Wednesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    Summaries of Wednesday's boys golf results.


    Carmel Catholic to offer boys lacrosse

    Carmel Catholic is offering boys lacrosse in the spring of 2012.


    Trying to make sense of Sox’ nonsensical season

    There was no way Mark Buehrle could lose, and no chance Fausto Carmona could win. So, of course, the Indians knocked off the Sox on the South Side Wednesday night.

    Mark Buehrle, right, talks with catcher Donny Lucy during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Carmona leads Indians over White Sox

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (10-6) allowed a season-high 12 hits and had his streak of consecutive starts allowing three runs or less snapped at 18 games as the Indians beat the Sox 4-1 Wednesday night. Buehrle allowed four runs in 7 1-3 innings.

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle allowed more than 3 runs for the first time in 19 starts Wednesday night.

    White Sox lose, but stay 3½ back of Tigers

    Manager Ozzie Guillen has some major-league mixed feelings about the White Sox' status. First, he is disgusted with the Sox' record, which dropped back to .500 (61-61) following Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. “I'm embarrassed,” Guillen said. “With this ballclub, it's not built to be a .500 club.”


    Cougars get snapped up 8-1

    After a three-game sweep over Cedar Rapids and an off-day Tuesday, the Kane County Cougars returned home Wednesday night only to suffer an 8-1 loss against the Beloit Snappers at Elfstrom Stadium.It was the Cougars’ most lopsided loss of the year. They still lead Clinton by 3 games for the top playoff spot in the Western Division with 19 games left.Scoreless through five innings, the game turned out to be one of the Cougars’ most frustrating of the season. Offensively they went 1-2-3 just once but stranded 12 runners.Starter Greg Billo (9-3) suffered the tough-luck loss despite turning in his eighth quality start in 10 outings. He gave up all 3 runs in sixth on a homer to Jairo Perez that came after a flyball to the outfield with two outs dropped in.The Cougars managed their only run in the sixth against Ryan O’Rourke (5-3) when Jovan Pickett singled with the bases loaded. Billo yielded the 3 runs on 4 hits, walked one and struck out seven in 6 innings. His minor-league-best ERA rose from 1.40 to 1.56.


    Lucy happily puts baseball before politics

    Donny Lucy has spent eight seasons in the White Sox' minor-league system. But the 29-year-old catcher is the epitome of perseverance and he started Wednesday night's game against the Indians.


    Lance Louis' illness gives Bears a peek at different O-line

    Lance Louis' illness during Wednesday afternoon's practice enabled offensive line coach Mike Tice to get a look at a different starting lineup without causing a lot of commotion.

    Brian Barnhart, IndyCar’s director of competition and operations, has admitted he made a mistake in Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

    IndyCar’s Barnhart takes the heat

    An IndyCar race official has plenty to consider and little time to make critical decisions. The fallout from those decisions lasts a lot longer.That’s certainly the case for Brian Barnhart.


    Stevenson’s Miller already in winning form

    Stevenson junior Stephanie Miller fired a tournament record 69 to win the Prospect Invite on Wednesday.

    Natalya Schleebs of Metea during the golf meet at Naperville Country Club Wednesday.

    Metea Valley girls take trophy

    Metea Valley’s girls golf team won Wednesday’s Vern McGonagle Naperville City Championship at Naperville Country Club, shooting a 168 in the nine-hole tournament to defeat second-place Waubonsie Valley by 9 strokes. Benet placed third with a 179.

    Caleb Hanie is still the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback and doing just fine, says offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

    Bears’ Hanie has backing of Martz, Cutler

    Mike Martz does not foresee rookie Nathan Enderle moving past backup Caleb Hanie on the depth chart this season. “Not unless Caleb’s arm falls off or something,” said the Bears’ offensive coordinator.

    South Elgin?s Xavier Owens putts on the 14th green during the Larkin Invitational at the Highlands Golf Club in Elgin on Wednesday.

    South Elgin's Owens wins Larkin Invitational

    South Elgin's Xavier Owens shot a 69 to win the Larkin Invitational on Wednesday at the Highlands of Elgin.

    New Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas

    New Illinois AD busy getting to know his way around

    Mike Thomas doesn’t become Illinois’ athletic director on a full-time basis until Aug. 29. But when he’s not tying up loose ends at the University of Cincinnati, he’s whipping around the Midwest getting a jump-start on his new gig.

    U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches.

    Couples says Woods needs to play to make team

    U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches. Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship — only his second tournament in four months — and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

    Ndamukong Suh

    NFL fines Lions' Suh $20K for slamming Bengals QB

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Ndamukong Suh has been fined a third time for roughing up three different quarterbacks in less than a year.The Detroit Lions defensive tackle doesn't plan to change his game."Not by any means," he said Wednesday after he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton last week. He didn't like it much, tweeting: "$20,000REALLY???!!!"The former Nebraska star said he plans to appeal the fine."Who wouldn't?" Suh asked.The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed Dalton and threw the rookie to the turf after he had gotten rid of the ball late in the first quarter of Friday's preseason game. Suh was flagged for unnecessary roughness."The league puts it on the defensive player to know when the ball is gone," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.Suh was fined twice last year for hits on Chicago's Jay Cutler during the regular season and Cleveland's Jake Delhomme in a preseason game.Suh's checking account can absorb the latest hit. His five-year contract is worth $40 million guaranteed and as much as $68 million, though the NFL has increased the fine each time."Twenty grand? For the preseason? They're trying to send a message," teammate Nate Burleson said.Suh was fined $7,500 for what he did to Delhomme, grabbing his face mask, twisting it and slamming him to the ground. He was docked $15,000 for shoving Cutler hard and high in the back from behind during a game last December.Detroit's second exhibition game is Friday at Cleveland. Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas said he and his teammates are mindful of what Suh can do."Everybody sees it and it's the back of your head, but it's not really something you worry about," Thomas said. "Most of our focus and attention is between the whistles and it seems he's getting a name for himself for what happens after the whistle."Suh, though, likes the comparison that has been made between him and former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, whose size and power made him simply stronger than opponents, some of whom fell or flopped after he touched them."Shaq had the same problem when he was in the NBA," Suh said. "He kept playing. NBA Hall of Famer soon to come, one of the greatest big men I've ever seen, so I hope to follow in his footsteps."Suh has some sympathy for the officials, trying to determine if he's playing within the rules."I really feel like I put the refs in a tough situation because of my strength," he said.But it's not going to stop his relentless pursuit of players with the ball?"I'm not going to stop playing hard," he said. "I owe it to my fans, my teammates, the coaches. That's one of the reasons why football is football. It's physical contact, aggression that is made exciting."

    The Cubs’ Geovany Soto breaks his bat as he grounds into a fielder’s choice in the ninth inning Wednesday.

    Cubs’ series streak ends at four

    The Cubs failed miserably in the clutch Wednesday, going 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 men on base in a 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

    Casey Coleman delivers a pitch Wednesday in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros.

    Coleman struggles in Cubs' 4-3 loss to Astros

    Casey Coleman is hoping to impress the Chicago Cubs in his fourth stint with the team this season. He's off to a rocky start. Coleman yielded Matt Downs' go-ahead two-run single and failed to make it out of the fourth inning as the Cubs lost 4-3 on Wednesday.


    DePaul wins 2 games in France

    Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young combined for 51 points to lead DePaul to a 98-80 win over Toulouges for its second victory in as many games in France. The Blue Demons held a 49-48 advantage before outscoring Toulouges, 49-32, in the final two periods.


    Outdoors notebook: Weekly fishing update

    Mike Jackson's weekly outdoors notebook offers the latest fishing update on Lake Michigan, the Fox Chain, Bangs Lake, and the Fox River.

    A simple selection of flies aimed at imitating large land-based insects like grasshoppers and crickets can make for fast panfishing at this time of year.

    Mike Jackson on the outdoors: Heavy duty panfishing

    Bluegills and other panfish can't pass up up the chance to gobble a grasshopper, a fact savvy anglers can turn to their advantage in the late summer.

    Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa, who ranks second on the team with 5 goals this season, said the rumors that he has been contacted by a European clubs are not true.

    Fire roster unchanged as Johnson declines MLS offer

    The rumor mill came to a halt Wednesday as former U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson decided not to join MLS action, and Fire officials said no European clubs have contacted them about acquiring Marco Pappa.

    Television news teams flocked to the University of Miami Isadore Hecht Athletic Center in Coral Gables., Fla., Wednesday to get reaction to a Yahoo! Sports report that former booster Nevin Shapiro treated football players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other cash gifts. NCAA investigators also were on campus this week to investigate the claims.

    Miami booster scandal includes link to Hester

    An 11-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports revealed that former Miami Hurricanes booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami, including Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.

    Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken called this year’s draft signings “hugely satisfying” thanks to the financial commitment by Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, above. The Cubs signed 34 of their 50 draft picks, which more than doubled their financial commitment from the previous year.

    Cubs’ draft signings get a big ‘wow’
    The Cubs beat the deadline dash to sign their draft picks, and they came away with a franchise-record haul, spending about $12 million. Scouting director Tim Wilken said Tuesday he came away feeling pretty good about what the Cubs acoomplished in replenishing their farm system.


    A trader looks at a graph displaying activity on the French Stock Exchange in Paris Wednesday. The leaders of France and Germany called Tuesday for greater economic discipline and unity among European nations but declined to take immediate financial measures seen by many investors as the only way to halt the continent's spiraling debt crisis.

    French, German leaders urge elected eurozone chief

    BRUSSELS — The leaders of France and Germany said Wednesday that they want the heads of the eurozone countries to elect the president of a new "economic government" who would direct regular summits to respond to the continent's financial crisis.For many in the markets, the proposal fell short of hopes: a grand plan to save the euro and, in particular, a sign the eurozone was moving toward a single bond issued by the 17 countries.French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined their proposals in a letter to Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council. They said that they hoped Van Rompuy would get the job.The two leaders, who met in Paris on Tuesday, called the twice-yearly summits "the cornerstone of the new economic government of the eurozone."However, heads of the eurozone governments already hold summits, though not regularly scheduled ones, under the chairmanship of Van Rompuy. The first was in 2008.Sarkozy and Merkel also raised the politically sensitive issue of pensions, saying eurozone states should rapidly implement structural reforms, including changes in "retirement policy." They did not elaborate.As global stocks fell, shares in stock exchange operators were hit particularly hard on news the two leaders want to introduce a tax on financial transactions. Deutsche Boerse slid 3.7 percent and the London Stock Exchange Group PLC was down 4.7 percent. Merkel and Sarkozy said the two countries' finance ministers would come up with a proposal by September that would be forwarded to the European Commission.A transaction tax — a small percentage taken from foreign exchange and share transactions, for instance — has been proposed as a source of money to pay for bank bailouts. But European Central Bank head Jean-Claude Trichet says it would only work if introduced globally. The U.S. is also against the idea.German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the proposals would bring a "higher level of commitment" to efforts to stabilize budgets and fight debt. Yet Wednesday's letter seemed to back away from the boldest proposal Sarkozy had put forward a day earlier — the creation of a eurozone economic government. The letter gave few details and described it primarily as a reinforcement of current policies.Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt told VRT radio the biannual summits would "absolutely not create an economic government," and called the proposal window dressing.A prominent opposition lawmaker in Germany was equally unimpressed."What has been proposed here isn't a European economic government, but that Mr. Van Rompuy will be allowed to give an occasional report to Ms. Merkel and Mr. Sarkozy," Juergen Trittin, a co-leader of the Greens' parliamentary group, told Radio Eins.Analysts said the proposals would do little to pull Europe out of its quagmire."It's all very long-term stuff, which is why the outcome's been quite disappointing," said Jennifer McKeown, a European economist at Capital Economics. "It doesn't address the current problems."She said Sarkozy and Merkel had avoided the only real solution: a close fiscal union in which struggling countries could receive aid quickly without long negotiations. The eurobond would be one likely outcome of a closer union and would allow weaker countries to borrow more cheaply since the bonds would be backed by the entire eurozone. It might, however, raise costs for a powerhouse like Germany.Sarkozy and Merkel said Tuesday that a eurobond might eventually be created, but not in the near future. Eurobonds are viewed with suspicion in Germany, where critics say they would encourage other countries to continue running up debt.Without such a move, the eurozone is doomed, said McKeown.

    In December 2007, gold for about $840 an ounce. A little over a year later, it rose above $1,000 for the first time. It climbed gradually for the next two years. Then in March 2011, it began rocketing up. On Tuesday, it traded at $1,788 an ounce, up 26 percent this year.

    A new American gold rush as prices soar

    For what is normally a sleepy month, there are so many customers at the Gold Standard, a New York company that buys jewelry, that it feels like Christmas in August. Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop in Cleveland has never seen a rush like this. The price of gold is on a remarkable run, setting a record seemingly every other day. Stomach-churning volatility in the stock market this month has only made investors covet gold more.


    Charter, cargo airlines target pilot safety rule

    Amid fierce opposition from charter and cargo airlines, as well as alarms raised by Pentagon officials, the Obama administration has delayed new safety rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from becoming so exhausted that they make dangerous mistakes.


    SEC attorney alleges vast destruction of documents

    An attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging that the agency destroyed documents related to thousands of preliminary investigations, including on Bernard Madoff and major financial firms.

    Mock-up graphic cigarette packages prepared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Cigarette lawsuit could delay bolder warnings

    The tobacco industry's latest legal challenge to increased government regulation may not hold up in court, but it could mean it will be years before cigarette packs carry pictures of a smoker's corpse or other graphic images meant to convey the dangers of smoking.

    Hugo Chavez

    Chavez: Venezuela recalling $11B in gold reserves

    President Hugo Chavez announced Wednesday that he is nationalizing Venezuela's gold mining industry and that he intends to bring home $11 billion in gold reserves currently held in U.S. and European banks.

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino

    Abercrombie asks 'The Situation' to shop elsewhere

    The Situation doesn't usually require a lot of motivation to lose the shirt. But Abercrombie & Fitch wants him to go one further — the company has offered to pay "Jersey Shore" cast members to stop wearing clothes carrying their brand.


    Mexico domestic auto sales to grow 6.2%

    Mexico domestic sales of cars and light trucks will rise 6.2 percent to 871,490 units this year, said the dealership association known as AMDA.“We believe that insecurity and a lack of confidence from consumers will persist for the rest of 2011, preventing greater growth of sales,” said Guillermo Rosales, the association’s director of institutional relations, according to an e-mailed statement today.


    Mcgraw-hill to hire evercore for education unit advice

    McGraw-Hill Cos., the owner of Standard & Poor’s, hired Evercore Partners Inc. to advise on a possible separation of its education unit, the company’s largest by revenue, people with knowledge of the move said today.Evercore was hired in March to review whether a separation of its education business makes sense, and if so, whether it should be sold, spun off or offered in an initial share sale, said one of the people, who declined to be named because the discussions haven’t been made public.The 123-year-old publishing and finance company said in June it would conduct a review of the company and hired Morgan Stanley to help sell its broadcast business. New York-based McGraw-Hill also hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for advice on strategy, people familiar with that arrangement said earlier this month. Shareholder Jana Partners LLC, a New York hedge fund, met with McGraw-Hill management in July to seek ways to boost shareholder value.Patti Rockenwagner, a spokeswoman for McGraw-Hill, declined to comment, as did as a spokesman for New York-based Evercore.The education unit accounted for 39 percent of McGraw- Hill’s 2010 revenue, while contributing only 23 percent of its profit, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Jana and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, whose shares are managed by Jana, together own a 5.2 percent stake in McGraw- Hill.McGraw-Hill, based in New York, rose 46 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $39.27 at 2:16 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares had risen 6.6 percent this year before today.


    Deere profit beats estimates as farm-equipment demand gains

    Deere & Co., the world’s largest farm-equipment maker, reported fiscal third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates and raised its full-year earnings forecast as global demand improved. The shares fell after margins on new sales trailed analysts’ projections.Net income rose to $1.69 a share in the quarter ended July 31 from $1.44 a year earlier, Moline, Illinois-based Deere said today in a statement, topping the $1.67 a share average estimate of 12 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. Deere predicted profit will be $2.7 billion for the year ending Oct. 31, more than the $2.65 billion forecast in May.Deere, led by Chief Executive Officer Sam Allen, plans to double annual sales to $50 billion by 2018 while raising the proportion of revenue from outside the U.S. and Canada to 50 percent from 35 percent in fiscal 2010. The company is introducing new products and expanding manufacturing in countries such as China, Russia and India to serve rising worldwide demand for food, shelter and infrastructure.“We remain confident that these positive macroeconomic trends have staying power,” Allen said in the statement.Deere fell $1.38, or 1.8 percent, to $73.79 as of 2:14 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have dropped 11 percent this year.Deere’s so-called incremental margin, the profit on new sales, was about 6 percent, compared with the 11 percent estimate from Stephen Volkmann, a New York-based analyst at Jefferies & Co. who has a “hold” rating on the shares.‘Lower Than Expected’“The report is neutral to slightly negative for shares,” Larry De Maria, a New York-based analyst for William Blair & Co. who rates Deere “market perform,” said in a telephone interview. “The incremental margins were lower than expected.”Raw-material costs rose by $165 million in the quarter while expenses primarily related to “global-growth initiatives,” foreign-exchange rates and pay incentives increased by about $75 million, Deere said on a conference call with analysts.“Over a longer period of time, I think you can think about the incremental margins that this company has historically enjoyed and have every expectation that we’ll enjoy those incremental margins going forward,” Deere Chief Financial Officer James Field said on the conference call.Sales ClimbNet income increased 15 percent to $712.3 million in the quarter from $617 million. Sales climbed 22 percent to $8.37 billion from $6.84 billion. Equipment sales will increase about 20 percent in the fourth quarter, Deere said, and about 25 percent in fiscal 2011, up from a May forecast for the full-year of 21 percent to 23 percent.Agriculture-industry sales in western and central Europe will advance 10 percent to 15 percent in the current financial year, Deere said.“Deere’s array of over 100 new products in the region and a renewed focus on its dealer network are contributing to the company’s outperformance in key countries,” Ann Duignan, a New York-based analyst for JPMorgan Chase & Co. who rates the shares “overweight,” said in a report on Aug. 15.

    Associated Press/July 22 A tractor plows over a recently harvested corn field near Hondo, Texas. Agriculture officials say estimated crop and livestock losses from the blistering drought are a record $5.2 billion, and could go higher.

    Texas agricultural losses forecast at record $5.2 billion

    The blistering drought in Texas has caused an estimated $5.2 billion in crop and livestock losses this agricultural season.

    Associated Press/June 14 Various prescription drugs move on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. Companies paid higher prices for tobacco, pickup trucks and pharmaceuticals in July, driving underlying wholesale inflation up by the most in six months.

    Core wholesale inflation up most in 6 months

    Most economists say they aren’t concerned about the increase in wholesale prices.


    Fund investors yank $40 billion in one week

    Rattled investors pulled more than $40 billion from stock and bond funds in a single week this month as fears about the global economy intensified.


    Pentagon research agency faces conflict-of-interest audit

    The U.S. Defense Department Inspector General has begun an audit of contracting practices at the Pentagon’s top research and development agency.


    FDA approves gene-targeting skin cancer drug

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind drug to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    A lawyer in Mexico for Bannockburn-based Baxter International Inc. offered to pay an opposing expert if he would leave the country on a key court date to undermine the case, according to a recording of the conversation and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press.

    Baxter attorney said to offer lawsuit payment

    A lawyer in Mexico for Bannockburn-based Baxter International Inc. offered to pay an opposing expert if he would leave the country on a key court date to undermine the case, according to a recording of the conversation and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press.

    Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner, the world's first composite-plastic commercial jet, finished its 20- month flight-test program last weekend in the final hurdle toward approval for passenger service that could start next month.

    Boeing 787 finishes flight tests in move toward OK

    Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner, the world's first composite-plastic commercial jet, finished its 20- month flight-test program last weekend in the final hurdle toward approval for passenger service that could start next month.


    U.S. Judge to review madoff trustee’s anti-class action lawsuit

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said he will decide if the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s firm may stop a class-action suit against directors and advisers of so- called feeder fund Thema International Fund Plc, according to a court filing yesterday in Manhattan.Trustee Irving Picard sued the class-action plaintiffs in April, claiming they were undermining the U.S. bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction over Madoff’s estate. They said Picard was trying to “commandeer” their claims by suing some of the same defendants and wouldn’t share any recoveries with them.


    Wealthy take estate-tax exemptions beyond grave until 2013
    Wealthy individuals in the U.S. will find it easier to cut their estate-tax bill as a result of a provision for using their deceased spouses’ exemption credit.


    US stock futures little changed

    NEW YORK — U.S. stock futures were little changed Wednesday after companies offered a mixed picture of how the economy will affect their profits. Companies are still reporting stronger earnings: Those in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index are on pace to top profits from the previous year for the seventh straight quarter. But economic growth is weak around the world, and some economists worry that a second recession may be coming. Computer maker Dell Inc. said late Tuesday its profit rose 63 percent last quarter after businesses and government agencies bought more machines. But it also cut its forecast for annual revenue growth because of a shakier demand outlook. It now expects growth of only up to 5 percent, down from its earlier forecast for up to 9 percent. Dell fell 6.5 percent in premarket trading.But other companies are more optimistic. Office products retailer Staples Inc. raised its profit forecast for the year after saying strong international sales pushed earnings up 36 percent last quarter. Staples shares rose 10.5 percent in premarket trading. Retailer Target Corp. gave a profit forecast for this year that was above Wall Street’s expectations after reporting a 3.7 percent rise in earnings last quarter. Its stock rose 5.8 percent in premarket trading. Deere & Co also raised its forecast for full-year earnings. It now expects to earn $2.7 billion this fiscal year, up from a May forecast of $2.65 billion. The maker of tractors and other equipment said its profit rose 15 percent last quarter on strong demand for farm equipment. Deere still edged lower, less than 1 percent, in premarket trading. About 90 minutes ahead of the opening of trading, Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 38 points, or 0.3 percent, to 11,425. S&P 500 index futures rose 4.30, or 0.4 percent, to 1,196.60. Nasdaq 100 futures rose less than a point to 2,199.50. Stock futures don’t always accurately predict how markets will open. 199.

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott has announced it will invest $230 million to build a state-of-the-art nutrition manufacturing facility in Jiaxing, China.

    Abbott to build $230 million plant in China

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott invest $230 million to build a state-of-the-art nutrition manufacturing facility in Jiaxing, China.

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Wednesday he is negotiating with multiple Asian governments to find a base for a new premium airline that the Australian carrier hopes will turnaround its loss-making international business.

    Qantas yet to decide base for new Asian airline

    CEO Alan Joyce said Wednesday he is negotiating with multiple Asian governments to find a base for a new premium airline that the Australian carrier hopes will turnaround its loss-making international business.


    Implosion of Vegas hotel tower complex but doable

    The prospect of an imploding hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip conjures images of Hollywood blockbusters — lots of dynamite, a dramatic fall and billowing clouds of dust.


    Oil rises above $87 amid mixed US supply report

    SINGAPORE — Oil prices rose above $87 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a report on U.S. crude inventories revealed mixed signs about consumer demand.Benchmark oil for September delivery was up 50 cents to $87.15 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude fell $1.23 to settle at $86.65 on Tuesday.In London, Brent crude for October delivery was up 65 cents to $109.78 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. The American Petroleum Institute said late Tuesday that crude inventories rose 1.7 million barrels last week while analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., had predicted a decrease of 500,000 barrels.However, inventories of gasoline fell 5.4 million barrels last week while distillates dropped 1.3 million barrels, the API said.The Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports its weekly supply data later Wednesday.Oil has rebounded from below $76 last week as investors began to expect the U.S. will muddle through the second half of the year with weak economic growth, but not slip into a recession. Crude traders are closely watching economic indicators from around the world to gauge how much economic growth and oil demand may slow.“The oil market is preoccupied with connecting the dots between downsized economic growth expectations and a reduction in oil demand forecasts across this year and next,” energy analyst Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report.In other Nymex trading in September contracts, heating oil rose 2.3 cents to $2.96 a gallon while gasoline advanced 2.3 cents at $2.72 a gallon. Natural gas futures slid 2.1 cents at $3.91 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Life & Entertainment

    “General Hospital” stars Bradford Anderson, left, Brandon Barash, Scott Reeves and Steve Burton perform together as Port Chuck at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Best bets: ‘GH' stars rock out in St. Charles

    Get ready to swoon: “General Hospital” actors Brandon Barash, Bradford Anderson, Scott Reeves and Steve Burton bring their rock cover band Port Chuck to the Pheasant Run Resort Ballroom in St. Charles on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

    Steven Tyler Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson will be returning to "American Idol" for another season.

    Lopez, Tyler and Jackson re-up with ‘Idol'

    “American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will return for the 11th season of Fox TV's prime-time singing competition in January. “Idol,” the most-watched series on television, returns on Jan. 22.

    Martina McBride enlisted some famous cancer survivors to appear in her new video for "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," which debuts on CMT.com on Wednesday.

    McBride taps famous cancer survivors for video

    Martina McBride's new single, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," is an inspirational song about going through cancer, and for the video, she enlisted the help of a few famous faces to convey the message.

    View life through their eyes of billionaire Richard Branson in the first episode of the Hulu series "A Day in the Life," which premieres Wednesday, Aug. 17.

    Spurlock starts 'Day in the Life' series on Hulu

    What can documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock do for Hulu? The streaming website will find out Wednesday with the premiere of Spurlock's "A Day in the Life," which follows billionaire Richard Branson in the first episode.

    Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Monday night.

    Will ‘Housewives' husband's death affect show?

    Bravo isn't saying what might happen to the second season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” set to premiere Sept. 5, following the unexpected death of Russell Armstrong, estranged husband of cast member Taylor Armstrong.

    Matt Tagney and Kyle Jendra play a game of bags inside Q Sports Bar in Downers Grove.

    Q Sports Bar & Grill makes for a fun night out

    The Darien-based Q Sports Bar & Grill took over the 63rd Street Billiards & Bar in Downers Grove in February. While the focus remains on pool, the food and service make it a fine choice for a night out even if you're not looking to play.

    When peanut butter and crackers or a piece of fruit just isn't enough for the kids after a long day of learning, but these peanut butter and jelly cubes fill the bill.

    After-school snacks worth rushing home for

    To keep after-school snacking interesting and easy for your children, try peanut butter and jelly cubes, blueberry blendies or sweet quesadillas.

    This easy pancake and bacon breakfast-lunch lets kids assemble their own meal.

    Creative school lunches

    Getting creative with kids' lunches can be a bit of a minefield. But that doesn't mean you can't break free of the same-old-sandwich routine. It's just a matter of using foods already in your children's comfort zone, but working with them in new and creative ways.


    Kidman, Cage, De Niro titles head to Toronto fest

    Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz's British spy tale "Page Eight" has been chosen to close next month's Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world's biggest cinema showcases. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis, "Page Eight" will bring down the curtain on the festival that runs Sept. 8-18.


    Rocker Mellencamp's divorce from model Irwin final

    Rocker John Mellencamp and his ex-wife, Elaine Irwin, have finalized their divorce, taking joint custody of their two sons with Mellencamp paying an unspecified amount of child support. The Herald-Times reported Tuesday that Irwin will have primary physical custody of the couple's two sons, 17-year-old Speck and 16-year-old Hud.


    Music notes: Waco Bros bring the rock to Fitzgerald's

    The Waco Brothers, one of the greatest live acts on the planet, will bring their raucous, sweaty brand of country-inflected rock 'n' roll to the suburbs this weekend.



    Why attacker of Elgin High teacher must get help

    Angel Facio is due to be released from prison in about 10 years, 13 years after he brutally attacked Elgin High School Carolyn Gilbert for reasons even he can't understand. Unfortunately, a Daily Herald editorial cautions, the general lack of mental health treatment he has received behind bars offers little reassurance that he won't pose a threat to the public when get gets out.


    JFK’s Berlin blunder

    Tens of millions of East Europeans might have been spared 27 years of tyranny, and the West might have been spared considerable dangers and costs, if Kennedy had not been complicit in preventing the unraveling of East Germany.


    The Texas gipper

    Reading up on Perry’s record is an intriguing exercise. It is full of contradictions showing a subtlety that is not reflected in his rhetoric. He has done from Austin what he would not want done from Washington


    It isn’t the party; it’s the person
    Letter to the Editor: What a statement — “Vote against all incumbents all of the time.” What happens to those incumbents who are working hard for their constituents’ benefit, especially if they are replaced by “new blood” who doesn’t product results?


    Bianchi vindicated; go after real scoundrels
    Letter to the Editor: Perhaps now that the final chapter in the total vindication of State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi has been written, real justice will descend upon those most responsible for this abject misuse of taxpayer dollars.


    Burt needs a history lesson
    Senator????? Lincoln.Mr. Constable must have studied at the Bachman-Palin Historical Institute.Bill MoylanElgin


    Left will make us slaves to debt
    Letter to the Editor: Credit agencies keep warning us to stop deficit spending and start paying down the debt, or our credit rating will continue to drop. That could be a “death spiral” if we aren’t careful.


    Obama demonstrated right leadership
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In resolving the debt ceiling crisis, President Obama proved to be a master of the art of compromise, which is the only way to lead effectively with divided government. In the end, no one had to eat crow; and everyone ate their peas.


    No peace until driver is found
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: There is a heartless cruel murderer who has yet to turn himself or herself in.


    Action needed on quiet zone
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: What is taking so long to get the quiet zone done?


    Can’t create money out of thin air
    The real problem is the way our money system operates and that there is simply is not enough real money in the system to pay off all our debts. The reason for this is banks are allowed to lend more money than they have on deposit. So if this money doesn’t exist, where does this money that they lend out come from?


    Better choice for front-page news
    Excuse me, Daily Herald, but I do believe that our Standard & Poor’s bond downgrade should have been front page news. I am perplexed that a Naperville man’s heroic actions warranted a headline that should have gone to something extremely historic.


    Give raises to the middle class
    Growing the economy means that it needs more money infused into it. Obviously, our government does not have the money to do that. Who does? Big businesses are sitting on windfalls because of all their tax breaks.


    Leave Walsh’s divorce out of it
    Anyone who has ever been through a divorce can say it is not a pleasant experience. Most are extremely bitter and leave scars that never really heal. I’m sure that 8th District Rep. Joe Walsh and his ex-wife, Laura, are still locked in this emotional event that was finalized years ago.


    Why Congress hits when economy down
    Recently passed debt-ceiling/deficit legislation mandates that presents go only to rich people and hugely profitable companies. Sorry, but I can’t explain why Congress is hitting a guy (economy) when it’s down.


    Uncle Sam just ran out of money
    Regarding Walt Zlotow’s Aug. 9 Fence Post letter, Uncle Sam didn’t die, Walt, he just ran out of money. To you and the others who feel that government has the money to solve everything for everybody: Well, no government in history has been able to sustain that program.


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