Daily Archive : Thursday August 18, 2011


    The crushed Yamaha bike after a hit-and-run accident Wednesday at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Moseley Street in Elgin.

    Elgin Police: Woman who fled fatal crash was driving without a license

    An Elgin woman with an extensive criminal history of driving without a license will face charges after police said she fled the scene of a crash that killed a 25-year-old Wednesday night.

    Police take measurements at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Moseley Street in Elgin after a hit-and-run accident on Wednesday evening.

    Motorcyclist killed in Elgin hit-and-run crash

    Elgin police continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash that killed a 25-year-old Elgin man on a motorcycle Wednesday night.


    Volunteer work for cancer patients pays off for Arlington Heights salon

    Technically, Chris Nelson owns a beauty salon. But it’s her work with cancer patients that convinced the Arlington Heights Village Board to let her stay in a building with the wrong zoning.

    The Kroozers Cars for Kids will have more than 360 classic cars and hot rods on display Saturday, Aug. 20, in Woodstock.

    Woodstock car show benefits youth service group
    The Youth Service Bureau, a division of Pioneer Center for Human Services, will hold its 15th annual Classic Car Show on the Woodstock Square from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.


    Harper to offer close look at Neptune

    The planet Neptune this week completed its first full orbit around the sun since its discovery 165 years ago, but you don’t have to head to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago to get a closer look. Harper College in Palatine has a 14-inch telescope at its Karl G. Henize Observatory, and will offer a free viewing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

    The scene after a storm swept through an open air music festival Thursday near Hasselt, about 50 miles east of Brussels, Belgium. The storm killed at least three people and injured over 70 others, an official said.

    Five die awaiting Chicago band when Belgian stage collapses
    A storm swept through an open air music festival in eastern Belgium on Thursday killing at least fivee people and injuring more than 70 others, an official said.


    Sugar Grove Library president to hire new interim director

    The Sugar Grove Library board Wednesday gave its president permission to hire another interim library director. And a trustee's wife has stepped forward, saying she wants to resurrect the Sugar Grove Library Friends.

    A dust storm consumes Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz., Thursday.

    Dust storm downs some power lines in Arizona

    PHOENIX — A dust storm moving through central Arizona has temporarily shut down air traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.Officials say planes aren't being allowed to land or take off until the weather improves.


    New policy doesn’t deport all illegal immigrants

    The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow many illegal immigrants facing deportation the chance to stay in this country and apply for a work permit, while focusing on removing from the U.S. convicted criminals and those who might be a national security or public safety threat.


    Illinois toll increases will create jobs, proponents say

    Foes of toll increases squared off against proponents of job creation Thursday at the Illinois tollway’s first hearings into a controversial $12 billion, 15-year capital plan.


    10-year-old South Elgin girl killed in boating accident

    The body of a 10-year-old South Elgin girl Thursday afternoon a day after she was run over by a boat while tubing in southwestern Michigan.

    In this undated photo combination provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show magnified views of an orange goo that appeared in August along the shore of the village of Kivalina, Alaska. The goo turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by preliminary analysis, scientists said.

    Orange goo on Alaska shore was fungal spores

    An orange-colored goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by preliminary analysis, scientists said Thursday.

    In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 photo, Jennifer Dejongh, and husband, George Dejongh, hold their 6-month-old daughter, Denver Dejongh in West Covina, Calif. Jennifer Dejongh is accused of abducting her three children, the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, a California Republican, while the boys were in Miller’s care in 2007.

    Mom accused of taking US rep’s grandsons speaks up

    A mother accused of taking the grandchildren of U.S. Rep. Gary Miller and fleeing to Mexico vowed to fight the case against her. “We’re not running anywhere. We’re going to stay and fight,” Jennifer Dejongh told the Pasadena Star-News in a story published Thursday.

    In this Aug. 17, 2011 photo provided by National Marine Mammal Laboratory, herds of Walrus line the shore off Point Lay Alaska. In winter, Pacific walruses are found at the edge of sea ice in the Bering Sea. Older males remain in the Bering Sea for the summer, but mothers and their young ride the edge of sea ice as it melts north through the Bering Strait and into the Chukchi Sea.

    Walrus herds gather on Alaska's northwest shore

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska Large herds of Pacific walrus have begun gathering on the northwest coast of Alaska, again forsaking sea ice for sand in what has become a symbol of climate warming in the region.


    Fox River Grove moves ahead with TIF study

    Fox River Grove has commissioned a study to look at the feasibility of creating a downtown Tax Increment Financing district. The village contracted Teska Associates for a fee not to exceed $23,000. The initial area of study for the TIF district runs along Northwest Highway from Opatrny Drive to School Drive.


    Lake Villa death not suspicious

    A man in his 40s was found dead in a wooded area near a Lake Villa home early Thursday night, but police said the death is not suspicious.


    Fox Valley police reports

    At 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, three men robbed a couple in the 300 block of Watch Court and made off with a cellular phone, police said. According the reports, one of the men pointed a gun at the couple and demanded money, which they said they didn’t have. The group took the cellular phone instead and were last seen running west on Watch Street.


    Tri Cities police reports

    Two 18-year-olds from Batavia were charged Tuesday with criminal defacement of property, accused of spray painting graffiti on the Illinois Prairie Path bridge over Route 25 near Bond Drive near Batavia.

    Members of a baseball team identified as the Kenosha County Fielders pause for the national anthem before playing the Lake County Fielders on Wednesday in Zion. The Kenosha squad consists of semipro players from several teams, a spokesman for the Lake County ballclub said.

    Who is taking field against the Fielders?

    Who exactly are the Lake County Fielders playing this week? A semipro team called the Kenosha Kings? Or a new squad called the Kenosha County Fielders? Both, it turns out.


    Oktoberfest in August opens today in Buffalo Grove

    The Chicago-area Schwaben Verein club celebrates its 134th annual summer festival beginning today with Oktoberfest in August in Buffalo Grove.

    A Toyota 4-Runner that was used in a Oak Brook armed robbery of a McDonald's drive-through window on Aug. 14 was recovered on Aug. 17.

    Men rob flagship McDonald’s drive-through window

    Oak Brook police are asking for the public's help locating two men who held up a cashier working the drive-through at a McDonald's restaurant on the campus of the fast food giant's headquarters, according to police.

    Antioch’s new logo

    Antioch unveils new logo, tagline

    “Antioch — Authentic by Nature.” That statement, and the name “Antioch” featuring a leaf where the “o” would be, will start appearing on village online websites, newsletters, and stationary as a way to capture a more hometown feel in the northern Lake County town, officials said.

    Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka calls President Barack Obama “baggage” that Democratic candidates will have to carry.

    State GOP lambastes Democrats on economy

    Republicans rallying Thursday at the Illinois State Fair hammered Democrats over their handling of the state budget and national economy, predicting angry voters are ready to support Republican candidates in 2012.


    Couple denies robbing Mundelein man during drug deal

    A man and a woman charged with robbing a man they set up a drug deal with pleaded not guilty Thursday in Lake County Circuit Court. Jlee Grant, 28, and Kimberly Morris, 25, both face up to seven years in prison if convicted of robbery but would also be eligible for probation.

    Community Housing Advocacy and Development conducts a groundbreaking ceremony for affordable housing units in Glen Ellyn. Holding shovels from left to right are: Paul Chedda, Carl Henninger, David Ware, Ken Edminster, Carrol Roark and William Malleris.

    Group breaks ground on ‘affordable’ apartments in Glen Ellyn

    Construction of a Glen Ellyn housing development for low- to moderate-income residents has begun after long-awaited state funding for the project came through last week.


    New Antioch nuisance ordinance targets landlords

    A new nuisance law in the village of Antioch targets landlords who look the other way when crimes take place in their rental properties. “Responsible landlords in the village of Antioch will have nothing to worry about with this at all,” Police Craig Chief Somerville said.


    Holy Family Fun Fest this Saturday

    Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines will host its third annual Holy Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center, 150 N. River Road. The event will feature games and activities for families, low-priced sports and school physicals, and free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Backpacks will be given to the first 100 children under...


    Chamber to show “Willy Wonka” on Sunday in downtown Palatine

    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce will present “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at dusk Sunday, Aug. 21 on the side of the Harris Bank building, 50 N. Brockway St., Palatine.

    Gurnee police investigate what they said was a stabbing that occurred in a moving vehicle on Grand Avenue near Anthony Auto Group.

    Gurnee mayhem: 1 stabbed to death in moving vehicle

    Mayhem erupted Thursday afternoon in a moving vehicle on Grand Avenue on Gurnee’s west side, with the result being one man stabbed to death and two others injured, police said. One of the three men in the vehicle was reported in Gurnee police custody. Authorities had yet to provide details about what led to the melee.

    Elizabeth Bender, left, helped organize the Kathryn Bender 5K Walk/Run to be held at Naperville North High School. After her sister’s unexpected death, Elizabeth and her family formed the Kathryn Bender Memorial Foundation.

    5K honors memory of Naperville North student

    After her sister died of Long QT syndrome at 17, Elizabeth Bender and her family decided they were going to do everything in their power to ensure a death like Kathryn's never happened again. On Saturday the family will host the fifth annual Kathryn Bender 5K Walk/Run to raise money for Midwest Heart Foundation screening programs.

    Martam Construction is offering a $10,000 for information leading to the return of a wheel loader similar to this one and the conviction of those responsible for stealing it.

    Reward in Oakbrook Terrace theft now $10,000

    An Elgin construction firm has increased to $10,000 its reward for information leading to the recovery of a wheel loader stolen from Oakbrook Terrace and the conviction of those responsible.


    Pingree Grove to vote on electricity provider

    Residents of Pingree Grove will vote in March whether to allow the village to seek bids for electricity from companies other than ComEd, which could result in savings for residents and small business.


    2-club challenge in Libertyville:

    A “2 Club Challenge” golf tournament will be held at Libertyville’s par 3, nine-hole course at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.


    Mead Jr. High celebrates 30 years

    Past and current families, teachers and principals of Margaret Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village are being invited back for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Schaumburg Township District 54 school on Aug. 25.

    The Arlington Heights Teen Center, which closed in 2010, will open next month under the auspices of a Christian organization. Village officials this week gave the group permission to occupy the building.

    Christian group reopening Arlington Heights teen center

    Metro Chicago Youth for Christ has leased the vacant building that formerly housed the Arlington Heights teen center and will welcome young people there in September. "Our goal is to get young people to join Bible-based Christian churches," said Richard A. Selk, executive director. "We will have no church services there whatsoever. We are not a church."

    The RTA plans to survey riders to get their views of Metra and the CTA.

    RTA to spend more than $400,000 on customer survey

    The RTA will spend up to $435,000 to ask readers what they think of transit service. “You can never do enough of asking customers what they think of your service,” RTA Chief Financial Officer Grace Gallucci said.

    The Army Corps of Engineers is studying whether to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds, which could include returning the rivers original flow in an attempt to stop Asian carp and other invasive species from traveling through the two basins.

    Voracious carp spur call to ‘re-reverse’ Chicago River

    The flow of the Chicago River was reversed in the late 1800s to prevent pollution from reaching Lake Michigan. Now, the threat of Asian carp has spurred talk of undertaking another engineering feat almost as bold as the original: reversing the river again to restore its flow into the lake.


    Chicago high school to breed racehorses

    A program starting this fall at a Chicago high school looks to teach students a little horse sense. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences will have students raise horses that will be sold and used in harness racing.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says “The Adventures of Augie March” by Saul Bellow is a “quintessential Chicago novel.”

    Saul Bellow novel chosen for Chicago book program

    The Chicago Public Library has chosen Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March" for the city’s “One Book, One Chicago” program.


    Northwestern’s medical school names new dean

    Northwestern medical school officials announced Wednesday that 61-year-old Dr. Eric Neilson will start as dean on Sept. 1.


    Arrests made during Chicago hearing on immigration program

    Several demonstrators, including some who admit being illegal immigrants, staged a sit-in during a Chicago hearing about a federal immigration enforcement program.Police say several people were arrested Wednesday after they marched out of the hearing on the “Secure Communities” program and blocked traffic.

    COURTESY OF RICHARD HERSCHBERGER Amish leaders in central Illinois want an exemption because of religious convictions about having their pictures taken for state identification cards.

    White questions photo exemption for Amish

    Jesse White, whose office issues state ID cards and driver’s licenses, says the Amish exemption idea doesn’t make a lot of sense to him. “How do you use this document as a form of identification?” White said. “You match the name with the face. I don’t see how that could take place without a picture.”


    Naperville North students suspended in alcohol probe

    More than 20 Naperville North High School students were questioned and an undisclosed number were suspended for appearing to be intoxicated Wednesday morning when they arrived for their first day of classes. District spokeswoman Susan Rice said school officials met with numerous students and their parents on Thursday.


    Judge rules against Catholic Charities on foster care

    A central Illinois judge has ruled that Catholic Charities does not have a right to state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements and Illinois officials may cut them off.

    Members of Portugal. The Man are, from left, Jason Sechrist, John Gourley, Ryan Neighbors and Zach Carothers.

    Portugal. The Man thanks Chicago police with doughnuts

    The band Portugal. The Man kept its word by sending Chicago detectives three dozen doughnuts as thanks for recovering musical instruments and equipment that was stolen at the Lollapalooza music festival.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    In Mt. Prospect, vandals climbed over a fence at an apartment pool on South Elmhurst Road between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 8 a.m. Aug. 16, tossed pool chairs into the water, and scratched the bottom of the pool. Damage was estimated at $2,000 if the pool surface has to be refinished.

    Homeowners on Geraldine Lane near Port Barrington are complaining that shoddy roadwork quickly deteriorated into sunken and cracked pavement in Wauconda Township.

    Wauconda Township neighborhood upset about road project

    Homeowners near Port Barrington are complaining that shoddy roadwork quickly deteriorated into sunken and cracked pavement on their dead-end street, and are pressuring Wauconda Township officials to have the work redone. “They paved it on a Thursday. The problems started the next day,” Fred Bailey, a Geraldine Lane homeowner, told trustees.


    Aurora man struck by car charged with crime

    A 41-year-old Aurora man has been charged with improper walking in a roadway, being an intoxicated person in a roadway and leaving a place of safety after getting hit by a car at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday near New York Street and West Park Place in Aurora, according to police.


    DuPage Housing board adopts ethics ordinance

    After the DuPage Housing Authority mismanaged more than $10 million by failing to follow federal regulations and its own policies, the agency’s new regime intends to follow a fresh set of rules geared toward preventing another financial scandal. The move was well-received by county board Chairman Dan Cronin. “They (the authority’s former leadership) became insulated and operated under the radar...

    Little America Restaurant is closing after nearly 30 years in business in downtown Mount Prospect. Mount Prospect State Bank will replace the restaurant.

    Mount Prospect eatery serving its last meal

    The Little America restaurant, long a staple in dowtown Mount Prospect, is closing after nearly three decades in town. Mount Prospect State Bank will build a new facility, incuding a drive-through, on the site.


    School has open safety time in Vernon Hills

    The Vernon Hills Police Department has designated Aug. 22-26 as School’s Open Safety Week in Vernon Hills. This runs in conjunction with the AAA-Chicago Motor Club’s 65th annual “School’s Open — Drive Carefully” campaign that aims to raise driver’s awareness as children go back to school.


    District 54 hosts day of races for literacy

    School District 54 and the Campanelli YMCA are hosting a day of races on Sunday, Sept. 25, to support literacy in School District 54. Our goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54.

    The Lima Lima Flight Team will be part of the 2011 Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

    Images: Chicago Air and Water show preview
    Thursday was Media Day for the Chicago Air & Water Show. The Chicago show this weekend is the oldest and largest air show in the United States. Featured are the Lima Lima Flight Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.


    Mundelein High School seeks tutors

    Want to volunteer in the Mundelein area but don't know who can use your skills? Do you connect with kids or have advice and academic expertise to offer? Look no further then the Mundelein High School AVID program. The program needs several part time tutors for the 2011-2012 school year.

    Louie Filskov

    Lombard man gets 8 years for ‘staggering’ thefts

    By the time anyone realized Louie Filskov had been stealing his employer, more than $900,000 was missing. That’s because the Lombard man “stole like it was his job,” prosecutors said in court Thursday.

    Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder congratulates Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday after he signs new mental health legislation at Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights. The legislation creates a task force to study how to improve access to mental health services.

    Mulder trying to bend Quinn’s ear on slots

    Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder said Thursday she is working with Gov. Pat Quinn’s staff to get one-on-one time with the governor to discuss slots at Arlington Park racetrack and the proposed gambling expansion plan’s effect on the village and the horse racing industry statewide.


    Batavia parks officials pleased with Memorial Park work

    Don't worry, tennis players: Memorial Park in Batavia will soon have tennis courts again. The Batavia Park District is renovating the park, including replacing the tennis courts.

    “Getting Political” is one of the quilts on exhibit at McHenry County Historical Society in Union.

    McHenry historical society offers quilt exhibit, appraisal
    The McHenry County Historical Society Museum will offer an afternoon of quilt appraisals by Crystal Lake quilt appraiser and author Sandy Schweitzer from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the museum, 6422 Main St., Union.


    Dancenter North to hold auditions for ‘Nutcracker’

    The search is on for the cast of Lake County’s annual production of “The Magic of the Nutcracker,” produced by Dancenter North.


    SportFest in Cary features Cub skybox chance
    This year’s “SportsFest 2011,” a sports and fitness showcase sponsored by the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.


    Road Races, whooping cough among Elgin headlines in 1911

    Historian Jerry Turnquist takes a look back at Elgin's top news stories in July and August 1911 including the Elgin Road Races, the shocking use city officials were making of an empty museum in Lords Park and the ill-mannered behavior of the “Newsies,” or boys selling newspapers.

    The Cary Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Cary Soccer Association for assistance in obtaining sign language interpreters. Pictured, from left, are Susan Schoepke, Cary Lions treasurer; Ellen Wisniewski; Andrew Wisniewski; Caulbert Smith; and Mark Wisniewski.

    Cary Lions make soccer easier for hearing-impaired
    The Cary Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Cary Soccer Association for assistance in obtaining sign interpreters for hearing-impaired children who require sign language to participate in soccer.

    Carmen Selke and Troy Bravenboer met Sunday at Whole Foods in Schaumburg for the return of the precious Montblanc pen belonging to Selke’s husband, retired Schaumburg High School Athletic Director John Selke.

    Stranger reunites pen with former Schaumburg H.S. athletic director

    A stranger goes to extraordinary lengths to return the lost, personalized pen of Schaumburg High School coaching legend John Selke.

    Madeline Levine

    Glenbard series provides ‘real-world’ parenting skills

    One way parents can learn about modern-day parenting issues is the Glenbard Parent Series, a program sponsored throughout the school year by Glenbard High School District 87 that brings in nationally renowned experts to help “facilitate real-world parenting skills.”

    The Des Plaines Fire Department has acquired this 114-pound steel girder that was among the supports holding up the World Trade Center Towers before they collapsed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The beam will be turned into a memorial that will be unveiled during a ceremony marking the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11.

    Des Plaines 9/11 memorial getting ready for anniversary

    Des Plaines’ 9/11 Memorial, to be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is starting to take shape thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.

    An Israeli bus involved in a shooting attack Thursday along the border between Israel and Egypt in southern Israel drives away from the site.

    Israel says gunmen who came through Egypt kill 7

    Squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel on Thursday and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol.

    Women take part in a demonstration late Wednesday to celebrate the recent advances in the battle front and the six-month anniversary of the uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.

    Rebels claim control of key Libyan oil refinery

    Opposition fighters in Libya's western mountains claimed control Thursday of the country's last functioning oil refinery.


    Another body found in search for woman at Niagra Falls

    Authorities in the Niagara Falls region have identified the body of a man found while they searched for a Japanese woman swept over the waterfall.


    Arrests in Palin stalking case

    A Pennsylvania man and his son have been arrested on charges of harassing Sarah Palin's family and lawyers.


    Preckwinkle to hold online town hall meeting

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold an online town hall 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, to give people a chance to “Tell Toni” their ideas on the Cook County budget and important financial decisions that will be made in the coming weeks and months.


    Roselle to mark Scout Lodge upgrades with ceremony

    Work is complete and under budget at Roselle Park District's Scout Lodge, where officials say rentals have spiked 40 percent. The community will host a rededication of the site at 6 p.m. Aug. 29.

    Kyle Burritt, associate principal at Elk Grove High School, talks about the damage caused to the pool's pumps and duct work by flooding last month.

    Elk Grove High's pool still closed from flood

    The last part of the repairs Elk Grove High School awaits from flooding last month that left four feet of rainwater in parts of the building is, ironically, the swimming pool. Several other areas of the school, including the basement, have already undergone extensive repairs.

    Kindergarten teacher Jena Seiler greets students Michael and Joey Byker as they arrive at Hampshire Elementary School for last year’s first day of school in District 300.

    New programs, equipment welcome Dist. 300, U-46 students

    When students in Elgin Area District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 return to school, they'll find some new and exciting things in their schools. From new computers to teaching methods, local schools will look a little different this fall.


    Deerfield Metra station to get $1.7 million upgrade

    Illinois will receive more than $16.9 million in federal grants for highway improvement and planning, $1.7 million of which will replace two pedestrian crossing and an underpass at the lakek-Cook Metra station in Deerfield.

    Amy Alonzo of the Hanover Park Police Department returns fire during a mock robbery demonstration at the new Homeland Security Education Center Wednesday.

    COD's new ‘4-D' cop training facility ‘as real as it gets'

    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy is opening a new 60,000-square-foot Homeland Security Education Center at COD. On Wednesday, cops conducted a mock bank robbery at the indoor village — complete with cops and robbers, guns and lots of noise.

    Irving Ruiz, 18, of Glen Ellyn, is the first in his family to attend college. He will be starting his freshman year at Wheaton College this month with a full ride.

    How a Glen Ellyn troublemaker became a role model

    Four years ago, Irving Ruiz stepped into the halls of Glenbard West High School labeled an "at-risk" student with little hope. This fall, he will be the first in his family to attend college, and on a full scholarship.


    Soulfest continues to make a difference in Aurora

    Aurora’s Soulfest and Black Business Expo long has supported the projects of called Citizens for Neighborhood Improvement, while offering food, music and games for kids. The 34th annual fest is Saturday, Aug. 20, in May Street Park.

    Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of America is making another attempt to get a height variance from DuPage County so the mosque the group plans to build near Willowbrook can have a dome and minaret.

    Islamic group seeks exception to DuPage height rules

    A group planning to construct a mosque near Willowbrook is making another attempt to convince DuPage County to waive its height regulations so the building can have its distinctive dome and minaret. “They're entitled to a variance,” an attorney said.

    Gary V. Giordano covers his head while being led to jail from a police station in San Nicolas, Aruba.

    AP Source: Aruba suspect tried to redeem policy

    A Maryland man detained in Aruba in the presumed death of his travel partner had an accidental-death insurance policy on her for $1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting her missing, a person who provided

    Vanessa Gould, 10, of Elburn, wipes down her crossbred Yorkshire pig after a brushing before going in the ring for the livestock judging at Elburn Days. Vanessa, a member of the Lincoln Highway 4H club, is showing for her second time at the festival.

    Community involvement the theme of Elburn Days

    The Elburn Lions Club brings Elburn Days, its largest fundraiser of the year, to the community. The event kicks off Friday, Aug. 19 with a parade and continues through Sunday, Aug. 21. Proceeds from the event go back into the community.

    The Wheaton All Night Flea Market will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. There will be a $7 admission fee for eager late night shoppers.

    All night flea market offers adventure, bargains in Wheaton

    Put new batteries in the flashlight and come ready to hunt for late-night bargains at the legendary Wheaton All Night Flea Market. The 35th annual event will be from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.

    Daily Herald File Members of Our Field, Our Town have started raising funds to pay for consultants and experts who are expected to testify at a plan commission meeting next week in an effort to fight installing lights at Glenbard West's athletic field.

    Glen Ellyn residents protest lights at Glenbard West field

    A group of Glen Ellyn residents are stepping up their efforts to defeat a proposal that calls for installation of lights at a Glenbard West High School field.

    A Walk in the Park steps off Sunday, Aug. 21. Tan Jie of Grayslake hangs her silk embroidery for a previous fair.

    Arlington Hts. Art Guild presents show Sunday

    More than 90 artists will display and sell their works during the 40th anniversary of the Arlington Heights Art Guild's show, which will be Sunday, Aug. 21, at North School Park, 410 N. Arlington Heights Road.

    A Vatican-approved, full-sized replica of Michelangelo’s “La Pietà” will be unveiled at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington Sunday, Aug. 21, during 11 a.m. Mass. The work will remain available for public viewing through Wednesday, Nov. 2.

    Barrington church to unveil Vatican-endorsed ‘La Pieta’

    A Vatican-approved replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece “La Pieta” will be unveiled Sunday morning at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington.The full-sized reproduction of the famed sculpture will remain on display at the church through Nov. 2.

    Harvey Scales

    Soul legend to dazzle late-night flea market crowds

    Soul legend "Twistin' Harvey" Scales is gearing up to rock the DuPage County Fairgrounds at the 35th annual Wheaton All Night Flea Market.

    Actor Lou Ferrigno will be among the celebrities to make an appearance Saturday, Aug. 20, at the 2011 Wheaton All Night Flea Market.

    Hulk, Soup Nazi to greet Wheaton flea market visitors

    What do "Seinfeld" Soup Nazi Larry Thomas and Lou Ferrigno from "The Incredible Hulk" have in common? Find out Saturday at the annual Wheaton All Night Flea Market.

    In a scene that sums up the 21st Century so far, this once-booming bookstore in Schaumburg tries to unload its inventory at bargain prices as it closes up shop.

    Schaumburg Borders' closing is a wake with bargains

    As you enter the going-out-of-business Borders in Schaumburg, the first display you see hawks classic books from the blacksmith heyday of the 19th century. For book lovers, it is the best of times in terms of sales, and it is the worst of times in that the lowered expectations on book sales means that two great literary novels can be had for a measly 12 bucks.

    Drivers stop to pay at a plaza on the Indiana Toll Road, where the rate for electronically paying passenger-car drivers is the same as Illinois'.

    Our tolls on low end compared to other states'

    Daily I-PASS users already may wince at their credit card bills, but, compared with tolls in other states, Illinois commuters aren't so bad off. We pay about 3 cents a mile; it's 4.2 cents a mile in Ohio and 7.7 cents a mile on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

    Wheeling native and “American Idol” third-place finisher Haley Reinhart says she wants her first album to sound perfect rather than rush it out.

    Haley Reinhart takes time to make album right

    Haley Reinhart says she will take her time making her debut album and that "she'd rather get things right then rush them." At the moment, she hasn't even recorded a track yet. "I'm giving a feel of my vibe, what I'm going for, to everybody," she says.


    Campton Hills sued over Fox Mill pond erosion fine

    Campton Hills is being sued by Fox Mill Ltd. over a $26,250 fine the village levied regarding upkeep of a detention pond in the Fox Mill subdivision. According to exhibits attached to the suit, the village charged Fox Mill with violating the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance by not fixing shoreline erosion that the village said created a drop-off that was “a danger to persons and property.”


    Veterans welcome to benefits, services fair in Woodstock
    The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair that will offer veterans a chance to learn about the benefits they have earned. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Woodstock Opera House.



    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Rangers

    Associated Press Governor Pat Quinn holds the fate of Illinois horse racing in his hands, according to Barry Rozner

    Will Illinois governor Pat Quinn choose to save Illinois horse racing?

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn has the power to save Illinois horse racing by signing a bill that allows for slots at the race tracks. But everything he says suggests he's not willing to do it.

    Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie looked sharp in practice Thursday.

    Caleb Hanie’s ‘feet, brains and everything’ click in crisp practice

    After a rocky start to training camp, quarterback Caleb Hanie had his best practice Thursday night.


    Important dates for Fire? They’re next year

    With the Fire all but eliminated from the MLS playoffs, the club needs to answer a few questions about its current roster. More importantly, the club needs to find a permanent coach soon and give him as much time as possible to experiment and learn and plan for next year.

    Associated Press White Sox starter Phil Humber reacts after being hit in the forehead by a liner off the bat of the Indians’ Kosuke Fukudome during the second inning Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Ouch! White Sox’ Phil Humber barely avoids serious injury

    The bad news for the White Sox is they lost a critical game to the Indians Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The good news is starting pitcher Phil Humber is OK after being hit by a line drive above the right eye.

    Adam Dunn looks down as he walks on the field after striking out during the fifth inning Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Masterson helps Indians top White Sox 4-2

    Justin Masterson pitched six effective innings, Kosuke Fukudome had a tiebreaking RBI triple and the Cleveland Indians inched closer to the top of the AL Central with a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night. Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox, which lost starter Phil Humber on a scary play in the second inning.


    Monica Abbott, Bandits cruise to playoff victory

    SULPHUR, La. — Monica Abbott, the 2011 NPF co-pitcher of the year, strutted her stuff Thursday night, leading the Chicago Bandits to an 8-1 victory over the Akron Racers in the first game of the best-of-three playoffs. Game 2 is today at 8:30 p.m.The Bandits spotted the Racers a 1-0 lead but battled back to take a 2-1 lead in the third. Tammy Williams put the icing on the victory with a 3-run homer in the top of the seventh that made the score 8-1.Abbott, who went the distance and struck out eight in 7 innings, found her rhythm after being called for a few illegal pitches.“Once (the plate umpire) told me what I was doing wrong I made the adjustments I needed to make,” said Abbott, who scattered 3 hits. “My confidence coming in was good. The last time I faced them I threw a perfect game, so I felt that we had the momentum.”“We hit the ball really well tonight,” said Bandits manager Darrick Brown. “Any time you hit the ball like we did you put yourself in a position to win the ballgame.”

    Vernon Hills senior Lauren Groody, shown here last season at Deerpath Golf Course, won the LHS invitational Thursday at Pine Meadow.

    VH’s Groody wins Libertyville Invite

    Vernon Hills senior Lauren Groody won Libertyville's girls golf invitational with an 85 at Pine Meadow on Thursday.

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison talks with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson between plays in the second quarter Thursday night.

    Roethlisberger sharp as Steelers rout Eagles 24-14

    Ben Roethlisberger completed 8 of 12 passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers cruised by the Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 on Thursday night. Roethlisberger directed the defending AFC champions to touchdowns on both drives he played.

    New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco gets congratulations from teammates including Aaron Hernandez, right, after his first quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

    Brady keys Patriots offense in 31-14 win over Bucs

    Tom Brady showed midseason form in his preseason debut. After sitting out New England’s preseason opener in Week 1, the reigning NFL MVP tossed a pair of touchdowns and completed 11 of 19 passes in the New England Patriots’ 31-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.


    Wolff scores in 73rd, United ties Fire 1-1

    Substitute forward Josh Wolff scored in the 73rd minute to help D.C. United tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Thursday night at Toyota Park. Chicago's Sebastian Grazzini opened the scoring in the 59th minute, converting Patrick Nyarko's pass into a goal with a low shot that eluded goalkeeper Steve Cronin.


    Girls golf / Thursday’s scoreboard
    Results from Thursday's girls golf meets.


    Boys golf / Thursday’s scoreboard
    Thursday’s meets*Leyden 175, Elmwood Park 192At Fresh Meadows, par 34Leyden— Barnett 37, Chilliman 45, Nardella 46, Acevedo 47.*Wheeling 157, Niles North 204At Chick Evans, par 36Wheeling — Ferguson 35, Taylor 38, Levin 40, Chechang 44.Niles North — Lazano 48, Ammer 51, Oppenheimer 52, Burke 53.*Maine W. 163, Waukegan 193At Chick Evans, par 36Maine West — Burchard 38, Kukec 38, Volk 42, O’Connell 45.Waukegan — Papandreou 41, Wozniak 45, Howard 55, Herman 52.*At Antioch Golf Course, par 35BELVIDERE NORTH 156, LAKES 158Belvidere North — Elliott 38, Geddes 38, Degner 39, Crawford 41.Lakes — Hirsch (medalist) 35, O’Connor 39, Bathery 42, Edwards 42.JV — Lakes 180, Belvidere North 209.


    Pierzynski hopes to come off DL early

    After getting a second opinion on his fractured left wrist Thursday, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been cleared to begin light baseball activities. Pierzynski's return target date is Sept. 1.


    Cougars blank Snappers

    Yordano Ventura, Antonio Cruz and Chase Boruff combined to pitch a 4-hitter Thursday night and the Kane County Cougars avenged a 10-1 loss from Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over the Beloit Snappers at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva.The three-game series is even at 1 win apiece, and the Cougars maintained a 3-game lead for the top second-half playoff spot in the Western Division with 18 games remaining. The Cougars also hold a seven-game lead over Beloit for a playoff berth of any kind. Ventura (3-4) gave up 4 singles, walked one and struck out five in the win. It was his first outing of 5-plus innings since July 4 and his first win since June 24. Cruz took over and saw the minimum in 2 innings, and Boruff retired all 6 batters he saw to record his sixth save. Beloit did not have a hit after the fifth inning, and Cruz and Boruff combined to retire the final 11 Snappers. Offensively the Cougars took advantage of a pair of breaks. Angel Franco scored the game’s first run in the fourth on a two-out balk by Manuel Soliman (7-9), and Brian Fletcher was hit by a pitch in the seventh and scored on a two-out bloop double by Jake Kuebler. The Cougars beat Soliman for the fourth time this season and are 11-5 against the Snappers.


    Prospect measures up at Guilford Invitational

    Prospect's girls golf team took second place in the Rockford Guilford Invite.

    St. Charles North’s John Carroll eyes up his shot before teeing off on the seventh hole in the Geneva Invitational tournament at Mill Creek Golf Course on Thursday, August 18.

    Geneva defends its title

    Geneva's boys golf team defended its team championship in the invitational at Mill Creek on Thursday.


    Wolves open 18th season on the road Oct. 8

    The Chicago Wolves will open the 2011-12 season against the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8, with the club’s 18th home opener at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.The team will play 23 of 38 home games on the weekend, which includes 14 Saturday matchups and nine Sunday matinees. The Wolves will battle one new opponent this season: the Charlotte Checkers.The 2011-12 Wolves schedule also is highlighted by four morning games, including two school-day games, which will take place when the Rockford IceHogs visit the Allstate Arena on Jan. 11, and against the Houston Aeros on Feb. 7.For the ninth straight year, the Wolves will broadcast regular-season games — and all playoff contests — live on cable television. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced soon.For season tickets, flex packs or group outings, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit chicagowolves.com.

    Alisa Goler of the Bandits earned Rookie of the Year honors in the NPF.

    Goler, Abbott claim NPF honors for Bandits

    Bandits rookie third baseman Alisa Goler won NPF Rookie of the Year honors, making it the fourth consecutive season that a Bandits rookie has earned the award.

    Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, right, talks with head coach Lovie Smith during NFL football training camp on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

    Bears GM Angelo believes offense will be better

    In an interview with the Daily Herald, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo talks about the need for the offense to improve, his confidence in offensive coordinator Mike Martz, and his preference for a fast surface at Soldier Field.

    The Blackhawks, with goalie Corey Crawford, received the maximum number of exclusive nationally televised games for next season.

    Blackhawks awarded 12 national TV appearances

    The Chicago Blackhawks will make 12 national television appearance during the 2011-12 regular season, NHL officials announced Thursday. The 12 national telecasts are the maximum allowed for a single club.

    Cubs general manager Jim Hendry recently handled many of the key contracts to restock the club’s minor league system, one good indicator that Tom Ricketts will keep Hendry in charge through the 2012 season.

    Most signs point to Cubs’ Hendry returning

    Let’s put aside for a moment whether we think Cubs general manager Jim Hendry should or should not be back next year. The question remains whether he will or won’t be back, and reading the Ricketts family tea leaves is not the easiest thing to do.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Miami’s head football coach Al Golden, right, says his team is recovering from the shock of scandalous allegations hitting the program and sparking talk from the NCAA for “fundamental change” in college sports.

    Miami football tries to move ahead amid scandal

    With Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst promising fans "there will be a better day," Miami returned to the practice field Thursday with a football team recovering from the "shock" of claims made by former booster Nevin Shapiro.

    He will have to sit out five games, but NFL officials ruled Thursday that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is eligible for Monday’s NFL supplemental draft.

    Pryor in NFL draft, but must sit 5 games

    Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was declared eligible for Monday’s NFL supplemental draft but must sit out the first five games after he signs a contract.


    Chicago Fire game day
    Chicago Fire game day scouting report


    Groupon's Super Bowl commercial featured actor Timothy Hutton at the Himalayan Restaurant & Bar.

    Himalayan restaurant partners with Groupon, social media

    A couple of tech guys started the Himalayan Restaurant & Bar in Bloomingdale, Gurnee and Niles and now heavily use social media to offer discounts and get the word out about their food. But it was their relationship with Groupon.com as well as a TV commercial that probably caught the nation's eye.

    John Trivedi

    Des Plaines hotelier wins award

    Des Plaines resident John Trivedi has been dubbed the winner of the 2011 Family Hotelier of the Year Award given out by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and sponsored by Procter & Gamble Professional. The award recognizes association members who contribute to their communities and have the highest levels of skill, determination, and sacrifice to successfully run family hotel businesses. Trivedi won a three-day, two-night trip for four to the 2011 Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual convention, June 15-18 in Las Vegas where he received his grand prize of $5,000. He was recognized this week during the Des Plaines city council meeting and received a plaque.

    More signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off in stocks Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 400 points in a return to the wild swings in the market last week.

    Stocks plunge on economic fears

    More signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off in stocks Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 400 points in a return to the wild swings in the market last week.


    Here we go again: Stocks plunge on economic fear

    NEW YORK — Stocks have plunged after more signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 419 points, or 3.7 percent, to 10,991. The S&P 500 is down 53, or 4.5 percent, to 1,141. The Nasdaq composite is down 131, or 5.2 percent, to 2,380. In the United States, there were reports that more people joined the unemployment line last week than a week earlier. Gasoline prices contributed to higher inflation. And manufacturing slowed in the mid-Atlantic. Investors also worried about debt problems in Europe, where bank stocks fell on worries about their access to funding. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note briefly fell to a record low. And gold rose to a record high as investors moved into investments considered safer.

    Investigators from The State Bar of California load documents Wednesday seized after a raid at a law office in Irvine, Calif.

    Lawyers accused of scam in bank lawsuits

    California prosecutors filed a major lawsuit against several lawyers and call center operators for allegedly running a nationwide scam to dupe desperate homeowners into paying thousands of dollars to join dubious lawsuits against some of the country's largest banks.


    Exxon fighting for major Gulf oil discovery

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and the federal government are fighting over one of the largest oil discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico that could yield billions of dollars of crude in coming years.


    Treasury yields sink to record lows

    Weak economic reports are driving Treasury prices higher and pushing yields to record lows.


    Fitch says U.S. Can issue more debt than other AAA nations

    The U.S. is able to issue and support more debt than other AAA-rated sovereign borrowers because of the dollar's status as the world's main reserve currency and its diversified economy, Fitch Ratings said.


    Postal union seeks ‘good faith' in contract talks

    Union leaders are calling on the Postal Service to disavow a proposal to slash up to 120,000 jobs.


    Private eye sues Murdoch's firm in hacking scandal

    British police made their 13th arrest Thursday in the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal, and a private investigator at the center of the crisis sued Rupert Murdoch's media empire for breach of contract.


    Anger over Finnish deal on Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS — A little-noticed deal requiring Greece to put up collateral in order to receive a bailout loan from Finland triggered similar requests from several other eurozone countries Thursday, complicating a broader 109 billion euro ($157 billion) Europe-wide bailout of Greece.The Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia said that they were also demanding collateral from Greece.Such deals could undermine the Europe-wide bailout by forcing Greece to spend part of that money on the collateral instead of servicing its debts, paying workers’ salaries and meeting other financial obligations.Greece on Tuesday agreed to deposit several hundred millions of euros in a Finnish state account, a sum that will eventually generate enough interest to fully secure Finland’s contribution to the second Greek bailout.Finland insisted on the collateral in order to get its parliament to sign off on its share of the second European bailout of Greece, which was left unable to pay its bills after investors worried about its massive national debt began demanding extremely high interest rates on Greek bonds.A provision for such added security was included in the July 21 agreement by eurozone leaders on providing a second rescue package for Greece.Estonian Finance Minister Jurgen Ligi blasted Finland’s agreement with Greece on Thursday, calling it “a deviation from the common policy of the eurozone.”In an interview with the Baltic News Service, Ligi also said Finland should have kept other eurozone members updated on its plans.A European Union official warned that the Finnish deal “creates asymmetries in the support provided to Greece and it opens the door” for special requests from other countries.The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions on the rescue package are still ongoing.Harald Waiglein, a spokesman for the Austrian finance ministry, said it was politically not viable to give a collateral deal to one country but not others.He said that the cost of providing collateral for the contributions of small countries whose banks don’t have a big exposure to Greece should be “manageable” but conceded that it could drive up the overall bailout sum.Slovenia’s finance ministry spokeswoman Irena Ferkulj said in a written statement to the AP that Slovenia is currently negotiating “possible guarantees” and will strive to get them for the complete sum that it pledged for Greece.Slovak government spokesman Rado Bato said Slovakia had also demanded collateral.Bato said that the plan was for Finland to negotiate its condition with Greece first, and the others act after Finland makes a deal. Bato said the Finance Ministry is analyzing the current situation but the analysis has not been completed yet.Dutch Finance Ministry spokesman Niels Redeker said that his country had always “indicated in discussions in Brussels that if Finland would get a collateral agreement that we also want a collateral agreement.”


    Falling reserves may signal bond market return: Argentina credit

    Argentine reserves are falling to their lowest levels in a year, fueling speculation the government may have to tap international debt markets in 2012 for the first time since its record default in 2001.Argentine reserves have fallen 4.8 percent this year to $50.1 billion, from a record $52.6 billion in January, as the government uses them to repay debt and support the peso, the third-worst performing currency in the world. The country may sell more than $5 billion in bonds next year, UBS AG said in an Aug. 2 report. The yield on Argentine dollar debt climbed 107 basis points, or 1.07 percentage point, to 9.90 percent this year through yesterday, the second-highest after Venezuela among 17 emerging-market economies tracked by JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBI+ index.Investors are pulling money out of South America’s second- biggest economy at a record pace, withdrawing $9.8 billion in the first six months compared with a total of $11.4 billion in all of 2010, according to the central bank. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who leads polls in her bid for a second, four-year term in October, has overseen inflation accelerating to as fast as 25 percent this year, according to economists including former central bank President Alfonso Prat-Gay.“The current economic model, which is based on a weak peso in real terms, is beginning to run out of space and out of room for maneuver,” Daniel Volberg, an economist at Morgan Stanley in New York, said in a telephone interview. “You’ve got stronger growth but not enough investment and inflation that’s too high and that’s the problem.”Debt RestructuringThe decline in Argentine reserves counters what is happening across South America, where central bank savings have risen to a record $700 billion this year while all the region’s other major currencies have gained.In 2010, Argentina restructured about $12.9 billion in bonds tied to the country’s 2001 default on $95 billion. Instead of selling bonds, it used $6.6 billion in central bank reserves to pay debt, and plans to use $7.5 billion this year.Press officials at the presidential palace and Economy Ministry didn’t return e-mailed messages seeking comment.Argentine reserves that exceed the money supply, which the government has been using to pay debt under a decree issued last year, will run out by the end of the year, making it more likely the government will move to sell bonds globally in 2012, said Federico Bragagnolo, an economist at Buenos Aires-based researcher Econviews.Fernandez, 58, declined to respond directly to a question about whether the country would need to sell debt in 2012 during an Aug. 15 news conference in Buenos Aires, citing turbulence in global financial markets.Money Supply“To talk about what is coming next year, in this world we see today, is like talking about what is coming two centuries from now,” Fernandez said. Using reserves has allowed the government to devote more of its resources to the “real economy,” she added.While Argentine reserves have declined 4.8 percent this year, the money supply, as measured by the M0 index, has grown 19 percent to 190.1 billion pesos ($45.6 billion) though Aug. 5, driving down the so-called “free and available reserves” to about $4.68 billion from $13.63 billion at the end of last year, according to data from the central bank. The M0 supply includes only cash or assets that can be quickly converted to cash.That cushion won’t be enough to cover Argentina’s 2012 obligations, which UBS AG estimates will include $15.5 billion in interest payments, amortization of debt and payments on securities tied to the country’s gross domestic product. Argentina’s reserves will fall to $49.6 billion by year-end as the peso weakens to 4.21 per U.S. dollar, according to Javier Kulesz, a Latin America economist for UBS.


    Exxon sues interior department over canceled gulf leases

    Exxon Mobil Corp. sued the U.S. Interior Department, asking a judge to set aside the agency’s decision to cancel offshore leases that may yield “billions of barrels of oil.”The department overstepped its authority in a ruling on Gulf of Mexico leases for the so-called Julia Unit, Exxon Mobil said in a complaint filed Aug. 12 in federal court in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Statoil ASA, a partner of Exxon Mobil’s in the Julia fields, filed a similar lawsuit in the same court on Aug. 15.“The Interior decision is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise contrary to law,” and “deprives Exxon Mobil of property without due process of law,” the Irving, Texas-based company said in its complaint.Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, said federal regulations allow oil producers to suspend production in their fields, partly “to facilitate proper development of a lease.” Because of drilling complexity, Exxon Mobil said, it asked for a suspension for Julia in 2008.The Interior Department denied the request in 2009, stating that the company “had not demonstrated a commitment to production,” according to court papers. Unsuccessful appeals followed.The Interior Department is reviewing the Exxon Mobil complaint, Melissa Schwartz, spokeswoman for the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, said in an e-mailed statement.‘Safe Development’“Our priority remains the safe development of the nation’s offshore energy resources, which is why we continue to approve extensions that meet regulatory standards,” Schwartz said.Jonathan A. Hunter, lead attorney on the suit for Exxon, and U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the dispute.The government must respond to the Exxon suit within 60 days of receiving the Aug. 15 summons, according to a court filing.Exxon Mobil fell $3.25, or 4.4 percent, to $71.27 at 1:12 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Statoil’s American depositary receipts, each representing one ordinary share, declined $1.56, or 6.5 percent, to $22.52.The lawsuits were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.Drilling HaltedPresident Barack Obama stopped deep-water oil and natural- gas drilling early last year after a BP Plc well blew out off the Louisiana coast, claiming 11 lives and causing the largest U.S. oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lifted the ban in October.Exxon alleges that the Interior Department canceled the Julia leases to gain new leases and make more money.“Cancellation of the original Julia leases would give Interior the opportunity to collect millions of dollars in bonuses and royalties that it otherwise would not be entitled to collect,” Exxon said in court papers.If the agency’s decision stands, Exxon Mobil and Statoil will “lose the enormous value of those leases and their hundreds of millions of dollars in investments,” Statoil said in its complaint.Ola Morten Aanestad, a spokesman for Stavanger, Norway- based Statoil, had no immediate comment on the complaints.


    U.S. company credit risk gauge rises, Goldman Sachs swaps climb

    The cost to protect corporate debt from losses rose to the highest level this week amid growing concern the economy is slowing. The perceived credit risk of Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. worsened.The Markit CDX North America Investment Grade Index, which investors use to hedge against losses on company debt or to speculate on creditworthiness, increased 5.4 basis points to a mid-price of 115.1 basis points as of 12:18 p.m. in New York, according to Markit Group Ltd. That’s the highest since Aug. 12.The gauge, which typically rises when investor confidence deteriorates and falls as it improves, is climbing after more Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, signaling the labor market is struggling. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s general economic index plunged this month to the lowest since March 2009, raising the specter of a new recession two years into the recovery.“That was not necessarily a red signal but definitely a bright yellow,” sign for the economy, said Mikhail Foux, a credit strategist at Citigroup Inc. in New York. “To me the market is just looking for direction, investors are extremely spooked,” he said.The Philadelphia Fed index fell to minus 30.7; readings less than zero indicate contraction. Jobless claims rose by 9,000 to 408,000 in the week ended Aug. 13, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg survey projected a rise in jobless claims to 400,000.Investors are reacting to negative economic data as they look ahead to an announcement from Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Aug. 26 that could signal another asset-buying program, Foux said. The Fed completed its second round of so-called quantitative easing, known as “QE2,” at the end of June.“The market is effectively demanding QE3, but I don’t think the Fed has any political will to do that,” Foux said.Credit-default swaps on Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America jumped 42.8 basis points to 334.3 basis points, according to data provider CMA, which is owned by CME Group Inc. and compiles prices quoted by dealers in the privately negotiated market. Swaps on New York-based Goldman Sachs rose 20.1 basis points to 205.1 points.Credit swaps pay the buyer face value if a borrower fails to meets its obligations, less the value of the defaulted debt. A basis point equals $1,000 annually on a contract protecting $10 million of debt.


    Anglo Irish plans 30-day talks on redundancies, union says

    Anglo Irish Bank Corp. plans to complete negotiations with staff representatives on its redundancy program within 30 days, according to a spokesman for the Irish Bank Officials Association.Anglo Irish management “expressed a desire to complete the consultation process” within 30 days, said Seamas Sheils, the IBOA labor union spokesman, by telephone, following an initial meeting between both sides today. Anglo Irish, which said yesterday it plans to eliminate as many as 350 jobs by the end of next year, has not yet detailed the terms of its planned redundancy package, he said. Some of the headcount reduction will result from asset sales, according to Anglo Irish.Any terms agreed “are certainly likely to set a precedent for remaining staff at Anglo who will be leaving as the bank is wound down” by 2020, Sheils said.


    Forest wins board battle against Icahn as investors rally

    Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Forest Laboratories Inc. won the support of shareholders today against billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s attempt to restructure the drugmaker’s board.Shareholders elected the company’s entire slate of board candidates “by a significant margin” based on preliminary estimates at its annual meeting in New York today, Forest said in a statement. Forest’s 10-member slate includes three new directors.Icahn is Forest’s second-biggest investor, with 9.2 percent of the stock, and had nominated four directors to the board. Icahn argued during the proxy fight that Forest’s average board tenure of 23 years was too long and cited a stock decline of more than 50 percent from the drugmaker’s 2004 high of $77.59.“Congratulations on your victory!” Icahn said in a separate statement. “I look forward to our next meeting.”Icahn also said that “activism, especially in bio-tech, usually takes longer than you believe it will.”Icahn cited experience at ImClone Systems Inc., Genzyme Corp. and Biogen Idec Inc. as recent examples. Icahn was involved with the sales of ImClone to Eli Lilly & Co. in 2008 for $6.5 billion and Genzyme to Sanofi in February for $20.1 billion. At Biogen, Icahn gained three seats on the board after a three-year battle, oversaw the appointment of Chief Executive Officer George Scangos and helped narrow the company’s research.Still InterestedIcahn is still interested in holding a stake in New York- based Forest, Alex Denner, senior managing director of Icahn Enterprises LP, said at the beginning of today’s meeting. Denner was one of the nominees.Forest, in letters to shareholders over the last month, said the company has outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, developed a diversified set of experimental medicines and has leadership “focused on continuing to build sustainable momentum and value for all shareholders.”The company’s best-seller, the antidepressant Lexapro, will lose its patent protection next year. Forest also makes Alzheimer’s medicine Namenda.Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services, owned by MSCI Inc., last week recommended investors vote for Forest’s slate, writing in a report that Icahn’s case wasn’t compelling enough for change at the board level.“Once ISS recommended for the company, we knew it was a real uphill battle,” Denner said in an interview after the meeting. “We do believe the company has made some positive governance changes because of our involvement.”Denner was the first audience speaker at today’s meeting, congratulating Forest on its win and saying the Icahn group still has “things we’d like to see” change.Forest Chief Executive Officer Howard Solomon responded that the company would “be in touch to set up a meeting.”Forest fell $1.33, or 3.9 percent, to $33.12 at 12:59 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index declined 4.1 percent.

    A job seeker looks at listings on a bulletin board at the One Stop Career Link Center in San Francisco.

    More people sought unemployment benefits

    The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000 last week. Still, the four-week average, a more reliable gauge of the job market, fell to the lowest level since mid-April.

    Existing home sales in the area spiked 19.2 percent in July compared to a year ago, the Illinois Association of Realtors reported Thursday. File photo

    Area existing home sales leap 19.2% over 2010

    Is the market improving? Existing home sales in the area spiked 19.2 percent in July compared to a year ago. 6,625 single family homes and condominiums were sold during the month, at a median price of $182,500.


    Benihana Inc reports. partial 2Q earnings
    Benihana Inc. today reported total restaurant sales and comparable restaurant sales for the first four-week period (July 18, 2011 - August 14, 2011) of the second fiscal quarter of 2012.


    Home sales dropped 3.5 pct. in July, hit 2011 low

    Fewer people bought previously occupied homes for the third time in four months.


    North Korea denies South Korean hacking claims

    North Korea has denied allegations by South Korea that it engaged in a hacking scheme to steal millions of dollars from online gaming sites.

    Mortgage rates declined for a third straight week, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.45 percent.

    Mortgage rates dip further

    Mortgage rates declined for a third straight week, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.45 percent


    Consumer prices rose by the most since March

    Consumers paid more for gas, food and clothes last month, pushing prices up by the most since the spring.


    Ask.Com expands web-based smart answers across new categories

    Ask.com today announced several partnerships to drive the expansion of Smart Answers across new categories, enabling people to more easily find actual answers- not links - while searching on topics like sports, recipes, travel and music

    The operator of Sears and Kmart stores said Thursday that it lost more money in the second quarter as it marked down items to clear shelves for fall merchandise.

    Sears Holdings 2Q loss widens, misses expectations
    The quarterly loss is the second straight for Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. and fourth in its last five quarters. The company cut 250 jobs and closed 29 stores during the second quarter to help cut costs.---- The net loss for long-struggling Sears Holdings totaled $1

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    Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet will participate in “Dance for Life,” which raises money for HIV/AIDS charities.

    Rolling Meadows man marks two decades of ‘Dance for Life’

    Rolling Meadows resident Keith Elliott is used to sold-out box office situations with “Dance for Life.” But Elliott is concerned that he and other producers might have aimed too high this year by presenting the event’s 20th anniversary in Chicago’s 3,877-seat Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

    Phil Spector won't get to appeal his murder conviction, the California Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

    Calif. Supreme Court won't hear Spector appeal

    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider legendary rock music producer Phil Spector's appeal of his murder conviction.

    The relationship between Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) changes over time in “One Day.”

    ‘One Day' feels oh-so-much longer

    "One Day" follows the many highs and lows and major life shifts that occur during the decades-spanning friendship/romance between Emma and Dexter. Too bad they're all wrong for each other.

    Butter sculptures are just on of the old-fashioned attractions at the Iowa State Fair.

    On the road: Annual Greek festival

    The annual Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and the 53rd annual Chicago Air and Water Show along Chicago’s lakefront are only two of the fun events coming up this week.

    Actor and musician Jeff Bridges has released a self-titled album.

    New introspective album is pure Jeff Bridges

    When you get right down to it, Jeff Bridges' new self-titled album got its start more than 30 years ago on the set of “Heaven's Gate.” The now legendary six-month shoot threw the actor together with a bunch of musicians, including Kris Kristofferson and one of Kristofferson's players — a young T Bone Burnett.

    A bank is seeking to foreclose on Burt Reynolds' Florida home so that it can collect about $1.2 million for a mortgage.

    Bank aims to foreclose on Burt Reynolds' Fla. home

    A bank is seeking to foreclose on Burt Reynolds' Florida home so it can collect about $1.2 million for a mortgage. Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Reynolds claiming the actor has not made a mortgage payment since Sept. 1, 2010, on a 12,500-square-foot house.

    A frequent poster on a jihadist website has threatened David Letterman, urging Muslim followers to "cut the tongue" of the late-night host because of a joke made by the comic on his late-night CBS show.

    Threat to Letterman posted on Muslim forum

    A frequent contributor to a jihadist website has threatened David Letterman, urging Muslim followers to "cut the tongue" of the late-night host because of a joke the comic made on his CBS show.

    Conan the Cimmerian (Jason Momoa) defends a “pure blood” woman (Rachel Nichols) from assault in Marcus Nispel's 3-D remake of John Milius' “Conan the Barbarian.”

    Flashes of inspiration can't brighten ‘Conan'

    Marcus Nispel updates John Milius' 1982 "Conan the Barbarian" with nudity, bad acting, wasted 3-D effects, perfect peasants' teeth and beefy Jason Momoa replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Tony Todd, of the “Final Destination” horror films, says his mysterious character, Bludworth, has a secret.

    ‘Final Destination's' Bludworth cloaked in mystery

    “Keep them guessing,” Tony Todd said of Bludworth, who he plays in the "Final Destination" series. “There's a very specific secret that he has. Look in his eyes. If you seriously study the movies, look at the twinkle. He knows something. The audience needs that character."

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soar through the sky in tight formation.

    Find the best seat for Chicago Air & Water Show

    The Chicago Air & Water Show has brought dazzling displays to the shores of Lake Michigan and the skies above it for more than a half century. This weekend the 53rd annual show features returning favorites and some new acts.

    Jerry the vampire (Colin Farrell) teaches Charley the teenager (Anton Yelchin) a lesson about crucifixes in the horror remake “Fright Night.”

    Humor, horror put bite in ‘Fright Night'

    "Fright Night" is a slick update of the 1985 vampire thriller, this time with Colin Farrell's inventively crafty portrait of Jerry, the bloodsucker next door.

    For an easy and versatile summer dessert, turn to Creamy Tart with Pecan Crust and Berries.

    Desperate and delicious dessert

    Desperate desserts are hard to come by. Bakers know that cutting time out of baking or prepping is a recipe for disaster. But even desperate cooks need dessert. Today’s quick and easy recipe is just in time for the final hurrah of summer’s fresh berries.

    St. Charles native Matthew Jones, right, stars with Gregg Edelman in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    ‘Sweeney Todd’ challenges St. Charles singer

    Matthew Jones is thrilled and more than a little intimidated to be performing for the first time in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic 1979 musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Jones is in the ensemble of the show, currently running at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace.



    A lesson in compassion in a courtroom

    A Daily Herald editorial says the family of Santiago "Jimmy" Balderas set a standard for compassion in their response to the guilty plea and sentencing of the driver who killed him.


    Time for tollway users to speak up

    Hearings start today on the Illinois Toll Highway Authority's plans to expand and increase tolls over the next 15 years. A less ambitious - and less costly plan is also on the table. Tollway users need to take advantage of these hearings and let their feelings known, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The commentary pages are no tea party

    The decline in the quality of our public discourse results not so much from an excess of spleen, but a deficit of well-constructed arguments. Few things upset partisans more than when the other side makes a case that bats home.


    Obama stumbling at the gate

    A campaign taking credit for positive economic accomplishments would be nearly silent. President Obama’s least attractive public attributes are his peevishness and blame shifting. Do we really have to endure a presidential campaign based on those traits?


    One cause that’s a real lemon

    Bloggers and tweeters who romanticize the lemonade stand as a symbol of American entrepreneurism have taken up Robert Fernandes’ cause and see Lemonade Freedom Day as an opportunity to raise a defiant glass to American dream-killing, big-government regulators who demand that community residents and businesses — gasp! — comply with local laws.


    Reporters’ biases push liberal causes
    Knowing reporters for some news organizations favor President Obama and the Democrats, and being keenly cognizant of their ability as wordsmiths, I am always amused by their covert use of words and phrases to praise liberal political beliefs and bash moderate and conservative thoughts and policies.


    ‘Rich’ are the ones who provide the jobs
    The Democrats want to waste even more money its never enough. The goal is to confiscate most money from the so-called “rich."


    Obama spends too much on his needs
    Beginning with the over-the-top inaugural galas, the number of servants to see to the Obamas’ every need, the frequent and luxurious trips with a cast of hundreds to whom he owes favors, and the stateside trips which greatly resemble campaigning on taxpayers’ dollars, what has been the cost to keep this narcissistic individual happy?


    A view of Uncle Sam’s shameful autopsy
    Letter to the Editor: What’s this? Has President Obama appointed yet another czar? This one would be, uh, let’s see now, I guess we’d have to call him the “national coroner.” His first autopsy? Uncle Sam.


    Obama zigged when should have zagged
    As claimed, this president changed how things are done in Washington: He expanded government, spent money we don’t have, sent more troops over to Afghanistan and gave Standard & Poor’s the data it needed to lower our credit rating. It’s now time for the country to zig when it should have zagged and vote out Obama-Reid-Pelosi.


    Route 53 extension vital for growth
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I would like to express my appreciation to the Illinois Tollway Board for recognizing the Route 53 extension as a priority for this region’s transportation system, and allocating funding in its proposed capital plan to conduct planning studies for the extension.


    Real solution depends on 2012 election
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: This nation and the American people may need to wait until after the 2012 election for leadership capable of enacting polices that at least will start us on a road back to financial responsibility and solvency.


    Need a march on economic stupidity
    Joshua’s army brought down the literal walls of Jericho, so what about the poltical walls of economic stupidity? We may all be in the poor house very, very soon if this president’s addiction to spending money is not halted.


    Report more fairly on gay rights issues
    When it comes to reporting on the homosexual rights movement, one-sided superficial stories are the norm. This is a complex issue with serious implications for individual liberty.


    Learn the facts on teacher pensions
    Teachers Retirement System currently has $37 billion in assets. Because TRS is meeting its long-term investment targets and is continuing to receive contributions from members and state government, we will have enough money to meet our annual obligations.


    Crowded trains costing Metra
    I ride the rail primarily on weekends to get to fun events with family and friends in the city. Of the last five trips, my 10-ride pass was punched on average of every other trip. This is because the trains are so packed on weekends that people are standing, shoulder-to-shoulder.


    Don’t base opinions on sound bites
    In the case of Casey Anthony it seems that the most vocal and convinced of her guilt are probably the ones who avoid jury duty at any cost and read no more than the headlines of the newspaper accounts of the trial. Unfortunately, it’s easy to make up one’s mind based on 10-second TV news accounts.


    Obama is worst president in decades
    I never thought I would live to see another U.S. president as bad as Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately, I was wrong. President Barack Obama has shattered all records in fiscal responsibility.


    Civil union law is about state funding
    If the state locked the doors and forbade people from using Catholic Charities, I would agree that it would be wrong. Instead I think that tax funding stopped. Here lies the difference.


    Why shouldn’t feds have to trim?
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: This is in response to Joseph M. Jason’s letter “Shortsighted to cut federal workforce.” Why does he think the federal government shouldn’t have to cut expenses?


    President has wrong idea of balance
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: There is now talk by our President to have higher taxes on millionaires — or billionaires — to obtain “proper balance.” But what about the other side of this “balance” — the approximately 47 percent — possibly 40 to 70 million — who pay no tax?


    Obama has been channeling Hoover
    Letter to the Editor: Three years into the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover made the statement,“Prosperity is just around the corner.” He lost the election, but the Depression did not end until after World War II. President Obama in his last several speeches is reminding people of what Hoover said in 1932.


    Banks skate because of who they know
    Letter to the Editor: What’s the difference between other large businesses and the large banks? Answer: Political bedfellows in high places, namely our government. And you can take that to the bank.


    Tea party getting all the blame
    The tea party has been blamed for the debt downgrade, racism, global warming, terrorism, SUVs, the coal industry, illegal immigration, incivility and obesity. So to me the blame game placed upon the tea party seems absurd, when one realizes that the tea party has no central party figure, and no real chosen spokesperson.


    Let’s stick to life-and-death issues
    I can live with a “made in China” T-shirt, In the meantime, let’s stick to the life-and-death issues. What does it profit our country to lose thousands of our nation’s finest for lower prices at the gas pump?

    We did not, for example, produce a three-day series about Angel Facio in order to create public sympathy for someone who viciously attacked a schoolteacher. We published that series because a curious reporter who has covered this story almost from the beginning more than three years ago couldn't stop thinking about questions that torment nearly every crime reporter at one time or another. Why, really why, did he do this?

    Yes, we have an agenda when we write stories

    Many people assume the Daily Herald has an overriding agenda with every story we produce, and they're right. Actually, we have two agendas to engage and to inform. What happens beyond that is, as it should be, largely outside of our control.


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