Daily Archive : Monday August 22, 2011



    Barrington to demolish Adco building

    Barrington officials are preparing for the demolition of the Adco Van & Storage building which the village bought a decade ago for a comprehensive redevelopment of the commercial area in which it lies. The village hopes removal of the building will make its approximately one-acre site more attractive to developers.


    Arlington Hts. police want public comment

    As the Arlington Heights Police Department works to become reaccredited with the national accreditation orgranization, it is asking for public comment. Residents can come to a meeting, make a phone call or write an email or letter to particiapte.

    Fabian Torres

    Cops: Man who fire bombed Algonquin store once worked there

    The man who tossed a Molotov cocktail into a crowd at an Algonquin grocery store, used to work there, police confirmed Monday. Fabian J. Torres, 24, of Sleepy Hollow, is being held on $2 million bail for aggravated arson, authorities said. At the same time, police are not releasing any information about Torres' employment history at Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market, including whether he left the...

    I-PASS users will be paying more if the Illinois tollway board approves a rate increase this week.

    As rate hike looms, tollway workers get free I-PASS

    Hundreds of Illinois tollway employees don't have to pay tolls while en route to work. Meanwhile, the agency is considering toll increases to fund road repairs and new construction and today is the last day where you can speak up at public hearings.

    When Elgin's Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino launched in 1994, it became a cash cow for Kane County government. In recent years, some of that money has run aground.

    Kane County ponders life without casino cash

    Kane County may begin to wean itself off its reliance on riverboat gambling proceeds as the county's portion of the profits will shrink for a fifth straight year. In its heyday, Kane County received about $12 million a year from the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. When county officials opened the books Monday, they found $5.5 million coming their way.


    Arlington Hts. design commission offers to help fight flooding

    The Arlington heights Design Commission could be helpful if the village puts together a group to study flooding issues, the chairman said Monday night.


    Accomplice in University of Chicago student’s murder convicted

    A Cook County jury late Monday convicted a man accused of being an accomplice in the 2007 murder of a University of Chicago doctoral student from Senegal.


    Man puts gun to cabdriver’s head in Gurnee

    A man wearing a ski mask put a gun to a Gurnee cabdriver’s head Monday night before fleeing when the driver told him he did not have any money, according to police.

    A bus stop sign on a U-46 bus at the district’s transportation center in Elgin.

    U-46 parents at Elgin High reject 1½-mile walks to bus stops

    Angry parents again confronted Elgin Area School District U-46 officials over changes to transportation routes that will require high school students to walk up to 1½ miles to catch a bus to school.

    Libyan rebel fighters shoot towards pro-Gadhafi forces during fighting in downtown Tripoli, LIbya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

    Images: Libyan Rebels Reach Tripoli
    Libyan rebels reached the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded a setback for Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime. Scattered battles erupted, and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown.


    Driver located after Palatine hit-and-run

    The driver who fled a Monday afternoon crash in Palatine that injured a young child was located by police at an Arlington Heights home about four hours after the collision, according to authorities.

    Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam makes the victory sign as he appears at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday. Al-Islam was earlier reported arrested by Libya's rebels.

    Confusion over Libyan rebel victory claims

    TRIPOLI, Libya -- Forces loyal to the fugitive Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi struck back Monday against the rebel fighters who had swept euphorically into the capital the night before, forcing them to retreat from several strategic locations and tempering hopes that the battle for Tripoli was all but over.

    Cecilio Froulan

    Man charged in Round Lake Park arson

    An illegal immigrant is accused of dousing a vehicle with gasoline and torching it an an act of revenge early Monday in Round Lake Park, authorities said. Police said an immigration hold has been placed on Cecilio Froulan, 33, of Round Lake.


    State pulls health care licenses of sex offenders

    Illinois on Monday yanked the licenses of 11 health care workers, including several from the suburbs, citing a new law that bars registered sex offenders and people convicted of violent felonies from working in the field.


    Vernon Hills back in court on odor complaint

    Vernon Hills is back in court contending a homeowner who was ordered by a judge to abate animal odors emanating from the home has failed to comply. The home earlier this month was deemed unfit for human habitation.


    RTA may announce lawsuit today ?on tax havens Tuesday

    The Regional Transportation Authority holds a press conference today and is expected to announce it's suing to prevent companies headquartered in the metro region from moving their sales offices downstate to counties with lower taxes.

    Sidney Mathias

    Mathias to try for re-election

    Republican Rep. Sidney Mathias announced Monday that he’ll run for re-election to the Illinois House in 2012, ending speculation about his future after Democratic map drawers dealt him a tough matchup.


    Lawyer sentenced to work release for removing his electronic monitoring device

    Attorney Bruce Jorgensen pleaded guilty to cutting off his ankle monitor, a class 3 felony, and was sentenced to 24 months probation, and 60 days work release, which allows him out of jail for 40 hours per week.


    18 years for Palatine man who admitted sexually abusing two girls

    Francisco Villa, 50, of Palatine, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two young girls, videotaping one of them and downloading the images to a computer.


    Emanuel ramps up pressure on Quinn for casino

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel increased the pressure on Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday to sign legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois — including a Chicago casino — even though Quinn recently suggested Emanuel lay off because he hasn’t decided whether to sign or veto the bill.


    Contractor with Blagojevich links pleads guilty

    A 60-year-old contractor with ties to impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to four years of probation for bilking the state by submitting bogus bills for drug screenings.


    No bail for teen charged in pregnant girl’s death

    An 18-year-old facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting of a pregnant Chicago teenager whose baby was saved by doctors is being held without bail.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lists the redeployment of 500 police officers to the street from other areas of the department as one his accomplishments during his first 100 days in office.

    Emanuel touts accomplishments in first 100 days

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lists his accomplishments during the first 100 days since he replaced the retired Mayor Richard M. Daley.


    Man gets 60-year sentence for shooting detective

    A 60-year prison sentence has been handed down to a man convicted in June of attempted murder in the 2007 shooting of a Chicago police detective.


    Bloomingdale woman dies in charity motorcycle run

    A 73-year-old Bloomingdale woman was killed when her motorcycle went off the road Sunday in rural Kane County on a charity motorcycle run.

    Elgin City Council members will discuss scrapping plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Dundee Avenue and Summit Street. The intersection also involves the north end of Gifford Street where the car is seen turning here at left.

    Elgin may scrap roundabout at Dundee and Summit

    The City of Elgin may say goodbye to intersection improvements at Dundee Avenue and Summit Street – a project that began in 1995 and has more recently drawn heavy criticism from the community since a roundabout design was approved in 2008. The City Council will discuss its options Wednesday.


    Average ACT score up in Dist. 95

    For the fifth year in a row, the average ACT score in Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has risen, reaching a district record high of 24.3 out of 36, officials announced Monday.


    Free phone bill clinic

    Phone users can learn how to save money on their monthly bills during a telephone clinic at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural Center.

    Chuck West

    Embattled Kane coroner seeks to have charges tossed

    The attorney for embattled Kane County Coroner Chuck West argues that the coroner's statute is unconstitutionally vague in an attempt to throw out misconduct charges that West stole a 24-inch television from a dead Carpentersville man in 2007. Judge Bruce Lester will issue his ruling on Sept. 22.


    Gurnee robbers on loose

    Gurnee police are probing a robbery that occurred Sunday night at Viking Park on Old Grand Avenue.


    Hoffman Estates Citizen Police Academy accepting applications

    The Hoffman Estates Police Department is accepting applications for its 22nd annual Citizen Police Academy. Participants will be given the opportunity to get hands-on experience with real police equipment, including squad cars, jail cells and duty gear.


    Aurora’s Kifowit to run in 84th district

    Aurora Alderman Stephanie Kifowit intends to run for an Illinois House of Representatives seat in the newly created 84th district and will formally announce her candidacy at a reception Thursday.


    IDOT worker killed on the job in Woodstock

    A 34-year-old IDOT worker was killed on the job Monday morning in Woodstock while taking measurements of the western lanes at Route 14, authorities said.


    West Chicago library collects to recycle

    West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St., is collecting old cellphones and dead household batteries for recycling through September.


    Adopt a cat for less in Naperville

    Naperville Area Humane Society is running a “Feline Frenzy” promotion through Sept. 18 to encourage the adoption of cats.


    Police reports

    A woman reported that her house and car were egged at approximately 1:45 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of Heine Avenue in Elgin, according to police reports. A window screen was knocked off its frame in the process, reports said. The woman told police this has happened at least three times before, most recently about two weeks ago, reports said.


    Landmark tree has disease

    The landmark Russian elm at the entrance to the 95th Street Library in Naperville has Dutch elm disease, and limbs which are visibly affected will be removed from the tree this week.


    Streamwood man gets prison for striking officer

    A 50-year-old Streamwood man pleaded guilty to threatening and trying to disarm a Cook County Sheriff's Police Officer following a traffic stop earlier this year. Mark Hajduk was sentenced to three years in prison.


    Lombard fire officials must live nearby under amended ordinance

    Lombard’s fire chief, assistant fire chief and battalion chiefs now will be required to live within a five-mile radius of the intersection of Main Street and Wilson Avenue, under an ordinance amendment approved last week.


    Free Fox Valley fitness pass offered

    The Fox Valley Park District is running a “Fall into Fitness” promotion throughout September by offering a free seven-day pass to any of the district’s three fitness centers.


    Police reports

    An air conditioning unit and copper pipe, a total value of $8,500, were stolen between noon July 30 and 7 a.m. Aug. 1 from the 1600 block of Dearborn Avenue near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Des Plaines rail crossing closing for repairs

    The Wisconsin Railroad crossing at Rand Road (Route 12), north of Golf Road and south of Third Avenue in Des Plaines, will be closed for repairs from 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.


    Board ‘adopting’ schools at Grayslake D46

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members will "adopt" schools for the first time this academic year. Each board member will become a presence at assigned schools.


    Aurora dentist charged in fatal I-88 crash

    A Naperville dentist accused of causing a wrong-way crash on Interstate 88 that killed two people this month was charged Monday with two counts of reckless homicide. William A. Howe, 43, of the 2300 block of Emerson Lane, is accused of causing the deaths of Sher Ali Shalwani, 75, and Farzana Ali, 38, both of Elmhurst, in the Aug. 6 crash near Lisle.

    The economic climate seems to be dscouraging companies from announcing their IPO. Facebook is among the most eagerly awaited companies that might soon do so.

    Stock swings put hold on IPOs

    Companies have withdrawn initial public offerings this month at a pace not seen since December 2008. Only four have dared go public during three weeks marked by wild price swings.

    Chief James Quinn retires from the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department after 41 years of service. Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Dept. Fire Chief, James Quinn is set to retire September 15th. Chief Quinn received a Humanitarian Service Medal for his role in the Hurricane Katrina Response and Relief Effort. He was one of several chief officers selected that remained in Illinois to take part in the overhead command team for responders deployed to Louisiana.

    Quinn retiring from Deerfield fire district

    The longtime chief of the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department is retiring next month, officials announced Monday. Chief James Quinn, who’s served with the department for 41 years and led it for the last 21, will end his public safety career Sept. 15.


    Tyra Banks, Caroline Kennedy coming to Naperville

    Talk show host Tyra Banks will be in Naperville discussing and distributing autographed copies of her new teen fantasy novel “Modelland” at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

    Michael Whitney

    Suspect in 1976 Wheaton murder to plead guilty

    A former Wheaton man is prepared to plead guilty to the 1976 murder of a young female neighbor in exchange for a life sentence, his attorney said in court Monday. Michael Whitney, 58, was indicted just two weeks ago in the Aug. 18, 1976, slaying of 28-year-old Darlene Stack.

    Herbert Burgess

    Mount Prospect man accused of molesting two teens

    A 57-year-old Mount Prospect man faces three felony charges alleging he sexually molested two teens at a Buffalo Grove business. Herbert M. Burgess' bond was set at $1 million on Sunday.

    Allison Harvey gets her classroom ready for sixth graders’ return at Crone Middle School in Naperville.

    DuPage teachers ease students back into classroom

    As the summer ends for suburban children, their teachers have one common goal: Refocus students to the classroom. Megan Knops, a third-grade teacher at Westview Elementary School in Wood Dale, said the key to getting the younger students focused is to start before the end of the previous school year. “I always provide students with (summer) activities to keep going, like some math packets and at...


    Gages Lake child molester gets 12 years

    Michael Moore of unincorporated Gages Lake has been sentened to 12 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a girl in the early 2000s. Prosecutor Ryan Koehl said Moore sexually attacked a family friend while he was alone with her.

    A detail of the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen on the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, Aug., 21, 2011. The memorial for the late civil rights leader is scheduled to be dedicated later this week.

    Public to get first glimpse of King memorial

    Visitors got their first up-close look Monday at the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including a towering granite sculpture inspired by the civil rights leader's “I Have a Dream” speech.

    The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.

    Images: MLK Jr. Memorial
    Tourists and Washingtonians alike got their first up-close look at the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The site opened Monday morning without fanfare to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of Sunday's official dedication.

    A clown entertains guests Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Schaumburg Township Disability Services Luau Picnic.

    Schaumburg Township Disability Services holds picnic

    Guests at this year’s Schaumburg Township Disability Services Luau picnic participated in nature and science exploration activities by Brookfield Zoo. Guests also enjoyed entertainment by DJ Eric Brandt, The Chicago Slaughter mascot, a clown and magicians.

    The Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club sixth- and seventh-grade “Black” team, from left, front: Kyle McCurley and Matt Machala; second row: Nick Stasiewicz and Hunter Barco; third row: Bobby Bitter, Michael Orsini, Riley Callard, Mike Bingham, Miller Beyer and David Bailey; back row: Jesse Dever, Anthony Cucco, James Caruso, Conner Barco, Will Buchta, Ryan Voth, Tim Spears, T.J. Gavin and John Ito. The team is coached by Tony Orsini, Rick Bingham, Tom Voth and Mike Spears.

    Lake Zurich ‘Black’ team wins lacrosse title
    The Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club's 2011 sixth- and seventh-grade "Black" team captured the Northwest Chicago Youth Lacrosse FederationJunior "A" Division title.

    Messiah Lutheran Preschool students, along with, from left, Shawn Killackey, Messiah Lutheran Preschool School Board vice president; Pamela Newton, village of Hawthorn Woods COO and past school director; Stevenson Mountisier, Lake County Board; and Lynda Janezic, current school director, at the school’s kindergarten ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    Messiah Lutheran Preschool celebrates additions
    Messiah Lutheran Preschool in Wauconda celebrated the addition of a kindergarten program and two new preschool classrooms with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    Pictured at the Arlington Heights Citizens Police Academy Class 13 graduation ceremony are: front row, from left: Caffie Williams; Andrea Wienckowski; Cynthia Volante; Mayor Arlene Mulder; Marquerita Whitby; Monica Muramatsu. Middle row, from left: Police Officer Robert Kostka; Jeani Cunningham; Cheryl Talley; Roberta White; Carole O’Neill; Robert Lippold; Craig McNown; Thomas Gotlund; David Shurson; Fred Wimmer; Chief of Police Gerald Mourning. Back row from left: Mary Cotton; Joy Entzminger; Adam Thoma; Joseph Stacy; Nick Garbis; Roger Hughes; Jason Bugno.

    New Arlington Hts. citizens police academy class starts in September
    Want to know the inner workings of the Arlington Heights Police Department? Apply for the next class of the Citizens Police Academy, this fall. Applications are available now at the police department or online.

    James and Kathryn say”I do” in the historic Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Hoffman couple competes on TLC’s ‘Four Weddings’

    If you're a fan of "Four Weddings" on the TLC channel, pay special attention Friday, Aug. 26, when a Hoffman Estates couple pits their wedding at the historic Genesee Theater in Waukegan against four others.

    Thirty-one golfers teed off at the eighth annual Optimist Club Youth Golf Outing on Aug. 10, at Lake Park.

    Optimist Club hosts youth golf outing at Lake Park

    Thirty-one golfers ages 9-16 hit the Lake Park links on Wednesday, Aug. 10, for the eighth Annual Des Plaines Optimist Club Youth Golf Outing.

    Rubi Cabrera is accused of breaking her infant son’s legs and skull has been charged with aggravated battery of a child.

    Arlington Heights mother charged with breaking infant’s legs, skull

    Rubi Cabrera, a 19-year-old Arlington Heights mother, faces a charge of aggravated battery to a child alleging she caused fractures to her infant son’s legs and skull. She faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    President Barack Obama speaks about Libya on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

    Obama says ‘rule is over’ for Gadhafi

    President Barack Obama said Monday that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s “rule is over” although elements of his regime continue to resist rebels who have taken control much of the capital.

    David Letterman returned to the “Late Show” Monday, two weeks after a threat against his life was posted on a website.

    Letterman back at work after death threat

    David Letterman was back at “Late Show” on Monday after a two-week vacation, his first day at work since a threat against his life was posted on a jihadist website.

    Brandon Bohn

    Five charged in heroin sweep in Downers Grove, Westmont

    DuPage County narcotics investigators arrested two heroin suppliers, a street dealer, and two users in a recent sweep in Downers Grove and Westmont, police said Monday. “It was kind of a one-night-get-everybody situation,” said one official.

    Some coyotes have been following people with dogs at Raceway Woods in Carpentersville. The Kane County Forest Preserve has posted two signs on the property alerting visitors how to act and what to do in case they encounter one.

    Trustee runs into coyote in Raceway Woods

    Carpentersville Trustee Brad McFeggan did not expect to run into an aggressive coyote during a recent morning stroll through Raceway Woods, with his young daughter and dog in tow. But that’s exactly what happened.


    Palatine/Inverness Arts Council to host fair

    The Palatine/Inverness Arts Council will host its seventh annual juried art fair, An Art Affair Around the Square, Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 in downtown Palatine’s Towne Square, Smith Street and Palatine Road.

    Deb Carlson, left, and her husband Doug, right, have lunch with their adopted sons in Valrico, Fla. The Carlsons’ adopted sons have trashed bedrooms, stolen credit cards and threatened to kill them, one drew a disturbing pictures of throwing a party after beheading the southwest Florida couple. While the overwhelming majority of adoptions end happily, some families like the Carlsons say they werenít told about their new child’s psychological problems and canít get help from the government agencies that recruited them.

    Experts push disclosure of failed foster adoptions

    Deb and Doug Carlsons’ adopted sons have trashed bedrooms, stolen credit cards and threatened to kill them. While the overwhelming majority of adoptions end happily, some families like the Carlsons say they weren’t told about their new child’s psychological problems and can’t get help from the government agencies that recruited them.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man tricked a Bartlett woman by telling her he had purchased the home next door and going into her backyard while conversing. The woman discovered later someone had been in her home looking through drawers.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two Arlington Heights 18-year-old males were arrested around 9:50 p.m. Aug. 21 and charged with criminal trespass after a witness saw them on the roof of the Dunton House restaurant, 11 W. Davis St.

    Civil defense workers remove fallen trees from a road after hurricane Irene hit the area in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Hurricane Irene headed out over warm ocean water on a path that could take it to northeastern Dominican Republic and part of Haiti early Tuesday and to the U.S. mainland by the end of the week.

    Hurricane Irene heads toward Hispaniola and U.S.
    Hurricane Irene cut power to more than a million people in Puerto Rico, downing trees and flooding streets on Monday, and forecasters warned it could be a major storm as it threatens Florida and South Carolina by the end of the week.

    Dylan Dougherty-Stanley is escorted to court in Pueblo, Colo., on Monday. The filing of charges against the three fugitive siblings captured in Colorado has been delayed until next week.

    Siblings accused in cross-country crime spree

    Prosecutors in Colorado could be the first to pursue attempted murder and assault charges against three siblings accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida.


    Attorney: Documents show Vatican controls priests

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — An attorney for a man who claims he was sexually abused by an Oregon priest in the mid-1960s said Monday that newly released Vatican documents show the Holy See exercises firm control over the placement and removal of offending priests, a claim that a lawyer for the church quickly disputed.

    Megan Toothman, a victim of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, was the head cheerleading coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati. Toothman's family announced that they will donate her organs.

    Family of stage collapse victim donating organs

    The family of a 24-year-old cheerleading coach from Ohio who suffered serious head injuries when a stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed in high winds earlier this month said she is "no longer with us" and will undergo organ donation surgery Monday.

    Cuba’s soccer player Yosniel Mesa in action during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Cuba has always had a problem keeping talent on the island, but the exodus in sports and entertainment seems to be growing. Mesa defected during a visit to Charlotte, N.C. in June 2011.

    Defections prompt calls for change in Cuban sports

    Defections among athletes from Cuba are on the rise. Seven players from Cuba's version of the New York Yankees all defected after winning the country's 2010 baseball championship. Five National Ballet dancers stayed behind in Toronto after a performance in March. In June, soccer player Yosniel Mesa shimmied down a hotel fire escape and hopped into a waiting car in North Carolina.

    Libyan rebel fighters gesture at the former female military base in Tripoli, LIbya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime, but scattered battles erupted and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown.

    Rebels encountering resistence in Tripoli

    Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of Tripoli Monday after their swift advance on the capital heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year regime. But they still faced some fierce resistance, with scattered gunbattles erupting, and the mercurial leader was nowhere to be found.

    Schaumburg Park District will hold a free week of indoor cycling classes Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. For details, visit parkfun.com or call (847) 490-7015.

    Free Indoor Cycling Week at Schaumburg Park District

    Schaumburg Park District will hold a free week of indoor cycling classes Monday, Aug. 29, to Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Class options available include indoor cycling, RPM and Pump RPM.


    10,000th Paramount Theatre subscriber wins big

    Paramount Theatre in Aurora reaches its goal of enrolling 10,000 subscribers for its first self-produced Broadway series.


    Glen Ellyn church group treks to Montana

    Youth and adults from First Presbyterian Churcn in Ellyn made a mission trip to a Native American reservation in northwestern Montana for the 16th straight year.

    The second North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar, and Food Festival runs from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brainerd building in Libertyville. The event is a fundraiser for a group trying to convert the building into a community center.

    Beer, wine, food fest to save Brainerd building

    The second North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar, and Food Festival will raise funds for a community center in Libertyville. The event runs from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

    Mike DeMeritt gets ready for the DuPage PADS Run/Walk Sept. 10. Over the past two years, he has raised more than $20,000 for PADS by collecting a dollar from supporters for every mile he runs.

    Runner goes the extra mile to aid DuPage PADS

    People do amazing things every day to support DuPage PADS and its mission to end homelessness in DuPage County. Over the past two years, Mike DeMeritt has raised more than $20,000 in support of DuPage PADS Run/Walk by collecting a dollar from supporters for every mile he runs.


    Bloomingdale walk-to-run program hitting its stride

    Bloomingdale Park District's new Walk-to-Run Program, which teaches participants how to safely run 3 miles over a 10-week period, is surging in popularity. The free program is being offered again this fall.

    Blackberry Farm’s popular pedal tractor course will be revamped as part of a $1.5 million renovation project.

    Blackberry Farm getting $1.5M upgrade

    Visitors come to Blackberry Farm expecting a peek into the past, but some brand-new features are coming soon to the park and living history museum on Aurora’s southwest side. A performance shelter for live entertainment, a new restroom building, a boathouse and a dock for paddle boats are soon to be constructed as part of a $1.5 million renovation project.


    No 2020 Olympic bid for U.S.

    The U.S. Olympic Committee has notified all interested cities that it will not submit a bid to host the 2020 Olympics, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

    In this May 2, 2011 photo, NDP Leader Jack Layton speaks to supporters at the NDP headquarters in Toronto. Layton died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

    Canada opposition leader Jack Layton dies
    Associated PressTORONTO — Jack Layton, the feisty leader of Canada’s opposition party who was at the height of his political career, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 61.The New Democrat party issued a statement Monday morning, just weeks after a gaunt Layton held a news conference to announce he was fighting a second bout of cancer.


    Syrians say Assad rule will crumble like Gadhafi’s

    BEIRUT — Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets across Syria Monday after a televised appearance by President Bashar Assad, shouting for him to step down and chanting “Gadhafi is gone, now it’s your turn Bashar!”


    Iran moves some centrifuges to underground site

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has moved some of its centrifuges to an underground uranium enrichment site that offers better protection from possible airstrikes, the country’s vice president said Monday.


    Philly extends youth curfew after flash mobs

    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia officials are extending the curfew for minors for two more weeks until the regular school-year curfew takes effect.

    Casey Anthony’s attorney says that she’s returned to Florida and will report to a probation office in Orlando to start probation if an appeal fails.

    Casey Anthony is back in Florida

    Casey Anthony has returned to Florida. Speaking Sunday on Fox News’ “Geraldo at Large,” Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, said she’s in Florida and will report to a probation office in Orlando to start probation if an appeal fails.


    Hurricane Irene may target U.S.

    Puerto Ricans awoke to flooded and debris-strewn streets Monday following the overnight passage of Hurricane Irene, which next took aim at the Dominican Republic on a path that could take the storm to the U.S. by the end of the week.

    Shane C. Golitko is being held in connection with the stabbing death of assistant Boy Scout leader Arthur Ld. Anderson in northern Indiana.

    Scout leader fatally stabbed on Ind. hiking trip

    A 76-year-old man has been stabbed to death while leading Boy Scouts on a hiking trip in northern Indiana, and a suspect who battered his mother and killed a dog near the trail is under arrest, police said.


    Weather gives Ill. State Fair a boost

    Organizers at the Illinois State Fair say pleasant weather and a quality lineup of performers made this year’s fair a success.

    Karen Brunn and her 12-year-old son, Josh, say they feel lucky, despite the broken bones and other injuries they suffered when a stage collapsed on them Aug. 13 at the Indiana State Fair.

    Stage collapse survivor from Island Lake: 'I tried to run'

    Despite their broken bones, head injuries and other bumps and brusies, Karen Brunn and her son, Josh, of Island Lake, say they feel fortunate to have survived the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed seven fellow spectators.


    Monmouth College plans $40 million center

    Monmouth College is moving forward with what’s being called “a new academic era” with the $40 million Science and Business Center at the school in western Illinois.


    Fall from ladder kills Addison woman

    An Addison woman fell from a ladder and died early Sunday morning while trying to access the roof of a Chicago building, authorities said. Patrycja Wiszkowska, 22, fell roughly three stories about 4:55 a.m. Sunday after attending a party in the 4300 block of North Sheridan Road.

    Syrian protesters stand on the Martyrs statue wave Lebanese and Syrian flags during a vigil sit-in held by Lebanese intellectuals and journalists against the Syrian regime and to show their support to the protesters who demonstrate against the Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Syrians step up protests in wake of Gadhafi

    Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets across Syria Monday after a televised appearance by President Bashar Assad, shouting for him to step down and chanting “Gadhafi is gone, now it's your turn Bashar!”Security forces opened fire in the central city of Homs, killing at least one person, a witness said.

    Alla Andrej of Freeport, center, was among about150 local residents from 42 countries who became naturalized citizens in a second annual ceremony at Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium on Aug. 5. Andrej, 64, is a native of Germany. Other new citizens hailed form Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

    Residents become citizens at Aurora U.

    Almost 150 local residents from 42 countries became citizens in a second annual ceremony at Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium on Aug. 5.

    Immanuel Lutheran teacher Sue Domeier huddles up with her students at the Taiwan Children’s Center in July. She served as a member of the teaching mission team from Concordia University-Wisconsin to work with kids in Taiwan.

    E. Dundee teacher spent her summer in Taiwan

    This summer, Sue Domeier, a teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in East Dundee, traded in the lab coat for a whole new role as a member of the teaching mission team from Concordia University-Wisconsin to work with Taiwanese kids from age 7 to 12.


    14-year-old boy fatally shot in Chicago

    Authorities in Chicago are searching for the person who gunned down a 14-year-old boy who was walking down a West Side street Sunday to visit his older brother.


    GlenOaks installs the latest in breast cancer detection equipment

    Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights recently installed a full-field digital memmorgraphy system, the latest available diagnostic technology for early detection of breast cancer.

    Pictured at the Rotary Club of Schaumburg A.M. Installation & Awards Dinner, from left, are: District 6440 Governor Elect Dick Larson, Schaumburg A.M. Rotary President Jim McKenzie and Assistant Governor Greg Bruning.

    Schaumburg A.M. Rotary installs new president

    Jim McKenzie was installed as 2011-2012 president of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg A.M. during the club’s Installation & Awards Dinner held at Schaumburg’s Chicago Prime Steakhouse on Tuesday, June 28.


    Family goes to Ill., leaves 2-year-old in Kenosha

    KENOSHA, Wis. — Wisconsin authorities say a family accidentally left a 2-year-old girl in Kenosha while 10 other kids were being taken to a birthday party in Illinois.Kenosha police say the girl was found wandering in the street Thursday afternoon. She was unhurt.



    Sky scouting report
    sky scout for tuesday: dream at sky


    Smith thinks Bears can catch up

    Coach Lovie Smith has felt all along that with a veteran team and a stable, veteran coaching staff the Bears would be better able to withstand the difficulties that came with the lockout and the elimination of off-season programs.


    Monday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    Results from Monday's girls volleyball matches.


    Monday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    Results from Monday's girls tennis meets.


    Monday’s girls golf scoreboard
    Results from Monday's girls golf meets.


    Monday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    Results of Monday's boys soccer matches.


    Monday’s boys golf scoreboard
    Results from Monday's boys golf meets.


    Jacobs opens season with shutout win

    Jacobs began its boys soccer season with a 4-0 victory over Crystal Lake Central.


    Cubs strand 15 baserunners

    The Cubs left 15 runners stranded and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position Monday night in a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

    Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon catches a touchdown pass over Bears cornerback Corey Graham during the second quarter of Monday night’s preseason game.

    Bears struggle in all phases in 41-13 loss

    Monday night’s 41-13 preseason loss to the New York Giants certainly wasn’t as painful as the Bears’ 17-3 loss here last October.

    New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw gets past the Bears’ Brian Urlacher (54) and Ricky Henry (69) during Monday’s first quarter at the Meadowlands.

    Bears’ offense still lacking identity

    One big difference right now between the Bears and the Giants was on display Monday night, especially in the first half when the real players were in the game.


    LumberKings drop Cougars 12-1

    The Kane County Cougars suffered their most lopsided loss of the season Monday night, getting drubbed 12-1 by the Clinton LumberKings at Alliant Energy Field.

    Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster wipes the sweat from his face during Monday’s fourth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs shutout with Castro on the bench

    The Cubs lost to Atlanta on Monday without Starlin Castro, who was benched for a “mental day off” by manager Mike Quade after TV cameras captured the shortstop not paying attention as a pitch was thrown during Sunday's game.

    Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings tackles New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw during the first quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Giants
    The Chicago Bears met the New York Giants in an NFL preseason contest at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


    Herrera, Maine West edge Elk Grove

    Sophomore Nelson Herrera scored twice to help Maine West past Elk Grove in a boys soccer season opener for both teams.

    Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, right, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, talk during Pryor’s workout for NFL scouts Saturday.

    Pryor happy to be drafted by Raiders

    The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFL’s supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro wasn’t in the starting lineup Monday night after showing a lack of concentration on the field the previous night.

    Quade ‘rests apologetic Cubs shortstop Castro

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro got a "mental day off" Monday after being caught on camera being inattentive during Sunday night's nationallly televised game.

    Hockey legend Stan Mikita is announced during the Annual Chicago Blackhawks fan convention.

    Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita feels good about cancer battle

    Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita said he he feeling great after being diagnosed with Stage 1 oral cancer in May.


    Burlington C. falls in opener

    Burlington Central’s girls volleyball team played tough in Game 2 but dropped straight sets to Marian Central Monday night, falling in the season opener 15-25, 26-24.

    Blackhawks center Dave Bolland likes the off-season acquisition of fellow agitator Daniel Carcillo.

    Blackhawks expect a much better start

    After a long off-season, the Blackhawks are champing at the bit to get back on the ice at training camp.

    Zach Wood during the Metea scrimmage Friday.

    No predicting UEC outcome

    Tight conference races are always healthy. The Upstate Eight Conference’s two divisions seem pretty healthy. “Our side of the conference, it’s total parity,” said Lake Park coach Chris Roll, in his first year as head coach of the Lancers in the UEC Valley Division.

    PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM ¬ Wes Sanders moves the ball during the Glenbard South at Glenbard West football game Saturday. ¬ ¬

    The new kid is favored in MSC

    For a football league with only five teams, there’s an awful lot to keep track of in the Metro Suburban Conference. Without a doubt the biggest change this season is the addition of Glenbard South to the MSC. Independent no more, the Raiders enter the conference as immediate favorites to win the title.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ Montini's Jordan Westerkamp makes his second touchdown catch of the day against Chatham Glenwood during the Class 5A state championsip in Champaign Saturday.

    Blue who? In SCC it’s Montini, Marmion, Marian

    St. Francis football coach Greg Purnell clearly states what’s required to win the powerful Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division. “You’ve got to beat the three ‘M’s’. What more is there to say?” We’ll give it a shot. The teams Purnell alludes to are Montini, Marmion and Marian Central.

    Hersey and senior wide receiver Justin Jobski hope they can grab the Mid-Suburban East title.

    Can Hersey, Conant make MSL run?

    A look ahead at the Mid-Suburban League football season.

    Steve Skul of the Libertyville High School football team wears the new camouflage jersey that the team will be wearing at the Opening Night home game against Barrington.

    Libertyville salutes men in uniform
    When Libertyville’s football team opens its season at home Friday night against Barrington, the Wildcats will wear camouflage jerseys in tribute to former Wildcat football players who have served or are currently serving in the military.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    In the seven games he has started since catcher A.J. Pierzynski went on the disabled list, Tyler Flowers is batting .400 (10-25) for the White Sox.

    Tyler Flowers making most of big break with White Sox

    With A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Castro out with injuries, Tyler Flowers is getting a chance to play for the White Sox. The 25-year-old catcher is making the most of the opportunity.

    USA women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo, who threw out the first pitch before the Cardinals-Cubs game on Sunday, will take part in the Chicago Marathon as part of a charity relay team that will include 13 other runners and two of Solo’s teammates, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.

    USA soccer stars join Chicago Marathon relay event

    U.S. Women’s soccer stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan will swap their cleats and shin guards for running shoes on Oct. 9 to support the “Let’s Run Together” charity relaly program during the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will join European captain Jose Maria Olazabal at a special event next month at the Chicago Theatre to promote the 2012 event at Medinah Country Club. Tickets went on sale today.

    Ryder Cup captains coming to Chicago Theatre

    Ryder Cup captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal are coming to the Chicago Theatre next month for an evening "countdown" event to promote the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, left, is expected to attend an event in Chicago on Tuesday to unveil the new White Sox permanent Illinois license plate.

    State to unveil new White Sox license plate

    The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will unveil the new Chicago White Sox permanent Illinois license plate on Tuesday with the help of White Sox legends Bill "Moose" Skowron and Minnie Minoso.

    John J. Kelley sits in his dressing room after finishing fourth in the Boston Marathon in Boston. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and known to his fans as the first modern American road runner, has died. Amby Burfoot, a friend whom Kelley coached in high school in Groton in the early 1960s, confirmed his death. He said Kelley died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Stonington, Conn., at his daughter’s home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.

    John Kelley, ’57 Boston Marathon winner, dies

    STONINGTON, Conn. — John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and known to his fans as the first modern American road runner, has died.Amby Burfoot, a friend whom Kelley coached in high school in Groton in the early 1960s, confirmed his death. He said Kelley died Sunday in Stonington at his daughter’s home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.Kelley would sometimes be confused with 1935 and `45 Boston Marathon champion John A. Kelley, a patriarch of the race who ran it each year until 1992 when he was 84. John J. Kelley would be known as “Johnny the Younger.”Burfoot, an editor at Runner’s World, says Kelley finished second at Boston five times and won eight consecutive USA National Marathon titles.


    Wall Street, which opened firmly higher, also weakened in noon trading, bit the markets finished with modest gains.

    Stocks reverse four-week losing trend

    It was another day of big swings in the Dow Jones industrial average, but at least Monday ended with a modest gain.


    More Americans at risk of foreclosure in Q2

    The number of Americans at risk of foreclosure is rising, reflecting the U.S. economy’s continued struggles.


    Shell: 6 oil spills ‘sabotage’ in Nigeria delta

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says six recent oil spills in Nigeria’s southern delta were a result of “sabotage” on one of their pipelines, and that a seventh spill on a nearby line is showing similar damage.Shell said Monday that its Nigerian subsidiary saw the repeated damage on its 20½-mile (33-kilometer) Okordia-Rumuekpe trunk line that runs through Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta. The oil firm says the damage appears to have been caused by hacksaws.The company said another spill Sunday on its nearby Adibawa line also looked like it came from hacksaw cuts.Oil spills remain common in the Niger Delta, more than 50 years after the country saw its first well open. Nigeria is a major supplier of crude oil to the U.S.


    Quinn signs law to cut transportation costs for businesses

    A new Illinois law is designed to reduce fuel and equipment costs for Illinois businesses by allowing them to exceed size and weight restrictions for short trips.


    Illinois among states getting broadband funding

    Telecommunications companies in 16 states, including Illinois, are sharing more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to rural America.

    As the U.S. economy shows signs of sputtering, instability on Wall Street is sapping the confidence of would-be property buyers, said Karl Case, co-founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller home- price index. That means housing, which helped every recovery except one before the most recent recession, may deepen its five-year drag on growth.

    Homebuyers hunker down as housing drag may worse n

    As the U.S. economy shows signs of sputtering, instability on Wall Street is sapping the confidence of would-be property buyers, said Karl Case, co-founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller home- price index. That means housing, which helped every recovery except one before the most recent recession, may deepen its five-year drag on growth.


    BofA leading companies in drop in S&P 500

    Bank of America Corp. led decliners in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index after China Construction Bank Corp. said the U.S. lender will keep at least half its stake, spurring new debate on the American firm’s capital plans.Bank of America slipped 42 cents, or 6 percent, to $6.55 at 12:07 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading and sold for as little as $6.51. The lender, the biggest in the U.S., agreed to retain at least half its 10 percent holding, China Construction President Zhang Jianguo told reporters in Hong Kong. Some analysts, including Charles Peabody of Portales Partners LLC, had estimated the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank would divest all of its shares.“People like me thought they were going to unload the whole thing to help build their capital,” Peabody said in an interview. “It means the process of getting to their Basel 3 capital goals could be more elongated, or that they will be more dependent upon increasing their disposition of non-core assets.” The latter could further pinch revenue, he said.Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan, 51, has been selling businesses and assets as the firm seeks to comply with new international capital standards set by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Last week the company announced it was exiting credit-card markets outside the U.S., and Moynihan said the lender will continue to pursue such sales.Moynihan’s company has lost about half its market value this year as rising costs tied to the 2008 acquisition of subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. weighed on capital and sparked speculation that the firm would have to issue new stock. He has repeatedly said a stock sale isn’t needed and that he can divest non-core assets to meet capital standards.


    EEOC: 3M settles age discrimination complaint

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says technology giant 3M has agreed to pay a total of $3 million to several hundred former employees who accused the company of age discrimination.

    Skype said Monday that it plans to buy GroupMe, which provides group text messaging.

    Skype buying group message system GroupMe

    Skype is expanding even before it gets absorbed by Microsoft Corp. The online communications service said Monday that it plans to buy GroupMe, which provides group text messaging. Skype lets users make calls, conduct video chats and send instant messages over the Web. Its basic services are free, while users pay for services such as calling regular phones from a computer.


    Survey: Small raises for salaried workers in 2012

    NEW YORK — A new survey says salaried U.S. workers can expect another year of modest raises in 2012. After increasing salaries by 2.6 percent this year and last year, companies are planning a 2.8 percent bump in 2012, benefits and human resources consultancy Towers Watson reported Monday. That’s somewhat smaller than raises in the last decade. From 2000 to 2006, the year before the Great Recession began, salaries rose an average 3.9 percent for workers who were not executives.And the modest bump may not help add much buying power for shoppers. In the 12 months through July, prices for consumers have risen 3.6 percent, according to the government’s latest calculations. Salary increases have been small, even though many companies are sitting on huge cash stockpiles. They’re being conservative with permanent salary hikes because of uncertainty about the economy and memories of the deep cuts during the recession, said Laura Sejen of Towers Watson. Because of worries about the economy, companies are trying to avoid “fixed costs,” such as permanent payroll increases, Sejen said. Hiring has also been tepid this year. More than 9 percent of the country’s workers, or 13.9 million people, are unemployed. Instead, companies “are trying to pure more emphasis on the variable components of compensation,” she said. That means bonuses, which make up a far bigger chunk of total pay for executives than for other salaried workers — 41 percent this year, versus 10 percent. Salaries for executives are also expected to rise 2.8 percent next year, the survey said. The human resources company conducted the survey in June and July, polling 773 U.S. companies.


    Black journalists honor EBONY

    Chicago-based EBONY Magazine, the iconic Black American brand dedicated to celebrating and enriching the lives of Black Americans for over 65 years, has been recognized at the 2011 Salute to Excellence Awards hosted by The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ.)The Salute to Excellence awards recognized the EBONY staff, for their diligent and incomparable work in general reporting, magazine essay, specialty, single topic series, design and graphics.

    Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Global Product Development, left, and Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Motor Corporation executive vice president, Research & Development shake hands at a news conference in Dearborn, Mich., Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The automakers announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid System for light truck and SUV customers.

    Ford, Toyota join forces to produce hybrids

    Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest seller of gasoline-electric autos, said they will collaborate to develop a hybrid system for light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.The two automakers agreed to a memorandum of understanding that calls for developing the vehicle technology this decade, as well as working together on in-car communications systems and Internet-based services, according to a joint statement today.“This agreement brings together the capability of two global leaders in hybrid vehicles and hybrid technology to develop a better solution more quickly and affordably,” Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s product development chief, said in the statement.Ford is joining forces with the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker as the U.S. company plans to triple North American production of electric vehicles and hybrids to more than 100,000 models by 2013 as it works to make a quarter of its vehicles run at least partly on electricity. Ford now has three hybrid models and sells about 35,000 gasoline-electric autos annually.Toyota’s Prius car is the best-selling hybrid in the U.S., with 74,427 sold this year through July.Ford, based in Dearborn, Michigan, expanded production plans in June for the C-Max hybrid wagon and C-Max Energi plug- in hybrid. Ford plans to begin producing the five-passenger wagon next year in the U.S., where it doesn’t expect to sell a gasoline-only version. Ford also plans to introduce an electric version of its Focus small car in 2012.Ford now offers hybrid versions of the Escape sport-utility vehicle and the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans.Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally has revived the company in part by focusing on fuel efficiency and broadening the lineup with small cars such as the Fiesta subcompact. Ford is the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy, and earned $9.28 billion in the past two years after $30.1 billion in losses from 2006 through 2008. The automaker reported net income of $4.95 billion in this year’s first half.


    Europe stocks rise in hope of Fed move

    BRUSSELS) — European markets rose and Wall Street was poised for a higher open Monday as hopes the Federal Reserve might take action to keep the U.S. from slipping back into recession offset fears of a global slowdown.Brent crude fell to near $106 a barrel as Libyan rebels captured most of Tripoli, boosting hopes the OPEC nation’s oil exports could resume soon.Investors in Europe and the U.S. appeared to recover from a spout of panic selling late last week, when they dumped shares and bought up save-haven assets like gold and the Swiss franc amid concerns about the health of the U.S. and global economies.However, analysts warned that markets would likely stay volatile in the coming weeks as worries remain about levels of bank funding without a lasting solution for Europe’s debt troubles.Britain’s FTSE 100 jumped 1.1 percent to 5,095 while Germany’s DAX inched up 0.4 percent to 5,501. France’s CAC 40 gained 1.5 percent to 3,062.Wall Street was also set to gain, with Dow Jones industrial futures up 0.7 percent to 10,893 while S&P 500 futures added 0.9 percent to 1,133.70.The improved mood came following a jittery day of trading in Asia, where most markets closed in the red.Throughout the week, investors will be looking with anticipation to a speech Friday by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at a retreat in Wyoming.The Fed pledged earlier this month to keep interest rates super-low through mid-2013. Investors wonder whether Bernanke will announce, or at least preview, further steps to help the economy including a third round of bond purchases known as quantitative easing.“Given the absence of deflation risk, we do not expect him to announce QE3,” analysts at UniCredit in Milan wrote in a note, referring to a new round of bond buying. “But he is likely to reiterate that the Fed is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed.”With no key economic indicators scheduled for Europe Monday, investors will be looking at the European Central Bank’s disclosure of how much money it spent on government bonds from struggling countries like Italy and Spain last week. Analysts expect the figure to reach around (euro) 15 billion, down from a record (euro) 22 billion the week before.Even though most economists see the ECB’s purchases as only temporary sticking plaster in the eurozone’s fight against the debt crisis, they have succeeded in keeping the yields, or interest rates, on Italian and Spanish 10-year bonds below 5 percent, more than a percentage point below record levels seen in the week before the ECB resumed its bond buying program.Over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU President Herman Van Rompuy both ruled out the introduction of eurobonds — debt backed by all 17 euro countries — anytime soon, squashing investor hopes that a more lasting solution to the currency union’s debt troubles may be in the works.Germany’s finance minister, meanwhile, sought to calm fears that growth in Europe’s biggest economy was running out of steam, saying the Germany economy was still on course to grow by 3 percent this year despite an unexpectedly weak second-quarter performance.Earlier in Asia, markets ended the day mostly in negative territory, as investors reacted to a steep sell-off of U.S. stocks Friday.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1 percent to close at 8,628.13 — a five-month low — as a persistently strong yen rattled nerves. A strong yen hurts exports by making them more expensive.Japan intervened in currency markets earlier this month to try to reverse the yen’s climb. The decision to sell the yen and buy the dollar worked initially, sending the greenback toward 80 yen. But the dollar has been weighed down by the dimming outlook for U.S. economy and is back down to mid 76-yen levels.

    Lowe’s Cos., the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer, said Monday that it will buy back up to $5 billion of its common stock. Lowes recently closed this store in Schaumburg.

    Lowe’s to buy back up to $5 billion of its shares

    Lowe’s Cos., the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer, said Monday that it will buy back up to $5 billion of its common stock.Lowe’s board also announced that it is declaring a regular quarterly dividend of 14 cents. The dividend will be paid on Nov. 2 to shareholders of record on Oct. 19. Last week Lowe’s reported that its second-quarter net income was nearly flat due to volatile weather and shoppers’ worries about the economy.


    Vintner loses No. 1 status, toasts new growth

    VICTOR, N.Y. — Richard and Rob Sands have turned their father’s little wine company into a potent player in alcoholic drinks with moderately priced wines, spirits and imported beers like Robert Mondavi, Svedka and Corona Extra.Along the way, the brothers acquired one other label in 2003: world’s biggest vintner.Even in a highly fragmented industry in which Constellation Brands Inc. claimed just 4 percent of global wine production, it was a high point for a family business based in New York’s Finger Lakes wine country.But size doesn’t trump success. After a two-decade buying binge, Constellation has been pruning for five years to invigorate profits in a choppy economy.Now the No. 2 vintner, it is refocused on solidifying its supremacy in higher-margin wines priced from $5 to $20 a bottle.


    Warner Music chairman and CEO to switch jobs

    NEW YORK — Warner Music Group Corp.’s current chief executive and its chairman will switch jobs.Edgar Bronfman Jr., who had been serving as chief executive, was named chairman and will focus on the company’s strategy and growth opportunities. Stephen Cooper, the current chairman, was elected as chief executive and will be responsible for Warner Music’s day-to-day operations, the company said. Warner Music, home to artists such as Eric Clapton, Jason Mraz and Cee Lo Green, announced the changes Friday.Cooper will continue to serve on the company’s board, Warner Music said.Cooper also serves as a member of the supervisory board for chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries N.V. He’s also an adviser at Zolfo Cooper, a financial advisory and interim management firm that he co-founded, and managing partner of the private-equity firm Cooper Investment Partners.In addition, Thomas Lee, who served on Warner Music’s board from March 2004 through July 2011, was elected as a new director of the company. Lee is the chairman and chief executive of Thomas H. Lee Capital LLC. His appointment increases the size of Warner Music’s board to 10 members. Warner Music went private in July, after billionaire Len Blavatnik paid about $1.24 billion for the New York-based company.

    United Airlines plans to add flat-beed seats and Wi-Fi as part of $500 million in improvements.

    United Airlines spends $500M to improve seats

    United Airlines plans to invest more than $500 million to improve seating on its planes and to create the same look and feel across its fleet. The airline will be adding flatbed seats to first and business class cabins on long-haul aircraft, increasing overhead bin space on some jets and adding Wi-Fi to other planes.


    Italian politicians bicker over belt-tightening

    ROME — Italian politicians scrambled Sunday to find ways to modify the government’s plan for slashed spending and new taxes, a formula devised to reassure markets but which set Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s allies bickering among themselves and incensed ordinary citizens.Just before much of Italy shut down for the big mid-August holiday weekend, Berlusconi unveiled the hastily assembled (euro) 45.5 billion ($67 billion) austerity package.Reluctantly reneging on his promise to “never put the government’s hands in the pockets of citizens,” the billionaire media mogul announced a “solidarity” tax of an extra 5 percent on income over (euro) 90,000 ($130,000) and 10 percent over (euro) 150,000 ($220,000).The measures also include closing down local governments of towns with less than 1,000 citizens, speeding up the timetable for raising women’s retirement age and pledging to work for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.But cries are rising from ordinary Italians as well as some politicians that the government cut its own fat. Proposals include halving the number of Parliament’s handsomely paid members, and selling off villas and other state real estate. There have even been calls to break a sacred taboo by ending the property tax exemption on the Catholic church’s extensive holdings in Italy.The suggestions seemed to be reaching the ears of the government. Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa told Sky TG24 TV his ministry was considering selling off underused army barracks and other military facilities to raise cash.A cartoon on the front page of Corriere della Sera depicted Berlusconi as a crestfallen king, crown askew, holding out a tray of state palazzi and villas with the sign “for sale.”Senate committees start work on the austerity package Tuesday, to ready it for approval by Parliament in September when all lawmakers report back to work.“A lot of proposals, maybe too many proposals, are being examined,” Antonio Azzollini, head of the Senate budget committee, told Sky. Among measures that might be modified to make the austerity move “fairer” are pension reforms and the “solidarity” tax, he said.A Berlusconi ally, Adriana Poli Bertone, said her faction was willing to test the waters with other political parties about halving the number of parliamentarians.Italian newspapers are awash in letters from an angry public suggesting that the number of lawmakers be reduced, or at least be docked pay when they don’t show up for sessions, especially those who hold second “jobs” in law or industry.Berlusconi’s decision to pull the plug on local governments in Italy’s tiniest towns especially irked grass roots members of the Northern League, a populist party led by Umberto Bossi, whose support keeps Berlusconi’s 3-year-old government alive.Bossi himself has balked at pension reform, loathe to antagonize the working class base of his party. Holding court wearing an undershirt and with a cigar stub dangling from a corner of his mouth while vacationing, the Northern League leader openly criticized the reform, saying women need to retire earlier than men so they can baby-sit grandchildren.Berlusconi has been keeping a low profile. After vacationing at one of his seaside villas in Sardinia, he flew to his mansion outside Milan.Some politicians are calling for a slight increase in the sales tax as more democratic than the “solidarity tax.” Since tax evasion is endemic, the “solidarity” measure will largely be shouldered by salaried workers. Berlusconi had staunchly opposed raising the sales tax, but he seemed to be doing an about face. Italian news agency Lapresse quoted the premier’s top aide, Justice Minister Angelino Alfano, as saying Sunday that a sales tax increase is “worthwhile, if it really softens the cuts without diminishing consumer purchases.”Union and industrial leaders have complained that the austerity package offers no remedies for the sluggish economy.

    JetBlue Airways will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling through Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Irene.

    JetBlue to waive fees for tropical storm

    Due to inclement weather forecast to impact the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico areas, JetBlue Airways will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for Customers traveling through Tuesday, August 23.


    Yen weakens amid reports Japan may intervene in exchange market

    The yen weakened against the dollar after Nikkei newspaper reported Japan’s government and central bank are prepared to intervene in the foreign-exchange market this week if the nation’s currency continues to strengthen, citing unidentified government officials.The yen declined to 76.66 per dollar in early Asia-Pacific trading from 76.55 on at the end of last week in New York. The euro fell to $1.4378 from $1.4397 at the end of last week in New York. The Swiss franc declined to 78.95 centimes against the dollar from 78.51.The yen reached a post-World War II high of 75.95 versus the dollar last week, spurring speculation the Bank of Japan will move to weaken the currency as concern global growth is faltering fuels demand for refuge. The euro had the biggest weekly increase against the dollar in a month as European officials boosted efforts to curb the region’s debt crisis.The dollar dropped against the yen on Aug. 19 amid speculation Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will say this week at a Jackson Hole, Wyoming, conference that added measures may be needed to support the economy.

    Libyan Abdulhakim Abouabdalla fixes the rebel flag before a press conference at the Libyan consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday. Oil prices should fall in the next several months.

    Oil prices should fall with Gadhafi overthrow

    Oil prices around the world should start falling if Libyan rebels succeed in toppling Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, though the full effect won’t be felt for months.


    So. Calif. grocery workers reject contract deal

    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of Southern California grocery workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject a health care proposal from major supermarket chains and authorize their union leaders to call a strike, a spokesman said Sunday. More than 90 percent of voters from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, which has about 62,000 members, rejected the proposal from Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores.The rejection automatically authorizes union officials to call a strike after 72 hours Shimpock said the union would not release precise numbers on how many voted, but said the turnout was “huge.” The union will report the results to the dispute’s federal mediator on Monday and Shimpock said more talks would likely follow. “We’re willing to come back to the table and stay there,” Shimpock said. “Our goal here is not to go on strike, we don’t want to go on strike, but unfortunately we’ve been pushed into a corner by these corporations.” A four-month strike and lockout that began in 2003 cost Ralphs and other grocery chains an estimated $2 billion. In a written statement Sunday, Vons stressed the fact that negotiations were ongoing. “The employers intend to stay focused and engaged in the bargaining process,” the Vons release said. “We remain hopeful that we can peacefully reach a settlement that works for both sides. We would urge the union leadership to do the same.”To prepare for a possible strike, Albertsons has started to advertise for temporary replacement workers to make sure its stores can stay open, chain spokesman Fred Muir said Sunday. “Asking for strike authorization is a common tactic in negotiations and does not necessarily mean a strike will be called. Getting sidetracked by these tactics — especially when it is clear there is no complete contract offer on the table and because productive negotiations continue — will only delay our ability to reach a fair agreement for our associates,” Muir said. “The real work toward getting a fair contract will happen at the negotiating table and we hope that’s where the union leadership will focus its attention when we return to bargaining.”Ralphs Grocery Co. spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said her chain is committed to staying at the table to negotiate, and the grocers’ proposal was affordable and good for employees and their families. “Our employees want to keep working, and our stores are ready to serve customers,” Doyel said Sunday.Union members have been working without a contract since March. Both sides announced last month that they had reached a tentative agreement on the employers’ contributions to pension benefits, but payments to the union health care trust fund have been a major sticking point. Ralphs currently pays more than 90 percent of employee health coverage costs, Doyel said. Workers hired before 2004 pay nothing for health insurance while those hired later pay either $7 a week for single coverage or $15 a week for family coverage.The companies’ proposal would raise that to $9 a week for singles and $23 a week for families. That is much lower than the average cost of health care insurance in California, she said.But Shimpock said that the union is concerned about the long-term sustainability of the health care fund.“With the amount they’re offering now, the fund would go bankrupt by next September,” he said. “We’re worried about increased costs, of course. But it doesn’t matter if premiums are $2 or $200 if the benefits are eventually eliminated.”

    Wall Street firms pushed up estimates for Standard & Poor’s 500 Index earnings for a 10th straight quarter, forecasting a 17 percent gain in 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s 9.9 times more than economists say gross domestic product will grow. The average ratio since 1954 is 5.4 times, the data show.

    Analyst estimates 10 times higher than economists’

    Wall Street firms pushed up estimates for Standard & Poor’s 500 Index earnings for a 10th straight quarter, forecasting a 17 percent gain in 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s 9.9 times more than economists say gross domestic product will grow. The average ratio since 1954 is 5.4 times, the data show.

    Jim Brydon, LCSW, therapist and co-owner, meets a client at Arbor Counseling Center’s Buffalo Grove office.

    Arbor Counseling owner helps others in suburbs

    Arbor Counseling Center in Buffalo Grove started out with just three counselors in 1988 and now has a staff of 28 licensed therapists serving clients from our four office locations in Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Hoffman Estates and Crystal Lake.

    Wisconsin-based Steinhafels will open in Vernon Hills on Aug. 27.

    Family-owned Steinhafels invests in Vernon Hills

    After an intense eight months and a top-to-bottom renovation of the former EXPO Design Center in Vernon Hills, Steinhafels, the Wisconsin-based furniture and mattress giant, hopes to make a mark with its first Illinois store.


    Floods, outages reinforce need for recovery planning

    Even if your business has so far avoided this year’s storm-induced floods and power outages, there’s more to come. Count on it. That makes your recovery plan — the actions you take in advance to get your business back in operation as quickly as possible — important.

    All the Nielsen-Massey employees participate in the groundbreaking for the expansion at the Waukegan headquarters.

    Siblings look to expand Waukegan vanilla company

    A third generation has broken ground at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas to add a testing and demonstration kitchen, an extra 24,000 square feet for manufacturing and warehouse space, and another 4,800 square feet of office space. The construction is expected to be finished later this year. Then, the family might focus on its other facility in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Life & Entertainment

    A fire rips through the luxury home of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island in the Caribbean. Among the house guests were Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet who escaped uninjured .

    Kate Winslet escapes fire at Branson's island home

    Richard Branson says Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet helped rescue his elderly mother from a fire that destroyed his Caribbean home. The Virgin Group boss said about 20 people, including Winslet, her children, and his mother were staying in the eight-bedroom Great House on Necker when it was struck by lightning during a tropical storm.

    Actor Paul Rudd stars in the new dramedy “Our Idiot Brother.”

    Paul Rudd embraces ‘Idiot' side

    For more than a decade, Paul Rudd has served as a comedic chameleon, effortlessly moving from sidekick (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) to scene stealer (“Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) to straight man (“Dinner for Schmucks,” “I Love You, Man”). He's tackling his most transformative role yet in “Our Idiot Brother.”

    Executive Chef Michael Garbin of Naperville has been at the Union League of Chicago for 19 years.

    Naperville chef enjoys cooking for private club

    Michael Garbin began his culinary career in high school washing dishes, busing tables and cooking at local restaurants outside New York City. He eventually put down roots in Chicago where he has worked 19 years as executive chef at the Union League Club of Chicago.

    “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, who claims he's “destitute,” believes he should be given free legal representation to fight his prison sentence that was handed down in March.

    ‘Survivor' winner Hatch says he's ‘destitute'

    Richard Hatch, the winner of the first season of “Survivor,” is claiming he's “destitute” as he seeks a court-appointed lawyer to help him appeal a nine-month sentence for failing to settle his tax bill in his tax-evasion case.

    Chef Michael Garbin’s Sea Scallops with Roasted Corn and Peach Salad with Arugula and Cilantro Oil pleases diners at the Union League of Chicago. He said it takes about 45 minutes to prepare at home.

    Grilled Jumbo Sea Scallops with Roasted Corn and Peach Salad
    Sea Scallops


    Two right things to do when breaking up with straying girlfriend

    Q. I don't know what to do. My girlfriend of one year has been out of state taking a class and has made several friends of her new classmates. Before she left, we would hang out every day for hours on end. Now that she's gone, I hardly talk to her.


    Directv embraces web streaming with NFL Playstation offer

    DirecTV’s decision to make its “Sunday Ticket” package available to Sony Corp. PlayStation 3 users may be the first step toward giving viewers access to out- of-market NFL games on a range of Web-enabled devices, a DirecTV executive said.“If this test is successful, we have the opportunity to distribute ‘Sunday Ticket’ through various different devices, and we’re certainly open to relationships with other consoles and Internet-connected devices,” Alex Kaplan, senior director of sports marketing and product strategy for DirecTV, said in a telephone interview.DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-television provider, announced a partnership with Sony this week that allows PlayStation 3 users to stream as many as 14 games each Sunday. For non-DirecTV subscribers, the entire season costs $339.95 a year. It’s the first time the company has made its exclusive National Football League rights available to non-subscribers on a non-mobile, television-connected device, enabling them to watch games on their high-definition TVs.DirecTV, based in El Segundo, California, is migrating to providing Internet-connected viewing as more people choose online-video services. The top six U.S. publicly traded cable and satellite companies lost a record 580,000 video subscribers in the second quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. DirecTV attracted 26,000 net new U.S. satellite subscribers during the period, the smallest number in 10 years, Bloomberg and company data show.Changing WorldKaplan said his company is targeting viewers who, for various reasons, are unable to receive satellite TV.“This product is designed for people who cannot get DirecTV,” he said. “We’re trying to maximize value for Sunday Ticket in a world where how people consume media is changing, and we want to be at the forefront of that.”DirecTV rose 54 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $42.47 at 1:16 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading.DirecTV started its “Sunday Ticket to Go” application to non-subscribers in 2008, allowing users to watch games on mobile devices for $350 a year. The company will take in almost $1 billion in revenue from Sunday Ticket subscriptions in 2011, according to James Ratcliffe, a New York-based analyst for Barclays Capital Inc. Current DirecTV subscribers pay about $330 for ‘Sunday Ticket’ through their satellite dish.Internet-connected devices made by closely held Roku Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., including its video-game console Xbox 360, already allow video streaming from websites such as Netflix.com and Hulu.com. DirecTV CEO Michael White said earlier this month the company might consider acquiring Hulu, which has put itself up for sale.If DirecTV is satisfied with the results of its PlayStation 3 partnership, the company could potentially pre-load Internet- connected televisions with its app, said Kaplan. Target audiences of the PlayStation partnership include residents in cities such as New York, where tall buildings prevent a clear signal for satellites, and video-game playing college students, he said.“Getting the NFL to people who aren’t DirecTV subscribers certainly helps to defray the costs of broadcasting the games,” said analyst Matthew Harrigan at Wunderlich Securities in Denver. DirecTV is paying the NFL about $1 billion per season through 2014 for the rights to the games.There’s a risk the partnership with Tokyo-based Sony could cannibalize potential DirecTV satellite subscribers or lead to cancellations, Kaplan said. “Sunday Ticket” is one of DirecTV’s primary promotional tools for new customer additions. As a result, the company is capping the number of PlayStation subscribers to test how the partnership will affect the satellite business, he said.While marketing “Sunday Ticket” to non-DirecTV subscribers is a move away from satellite television, the goal is to turn PlayStation users into future DirecTV customers, said Kaplan.

    Samuel Larsen, left, 19, and Damian McGinty, 18, beat out Lindsay Pearce, 20, and Alex Newell, 18, during Sunday's finale for Oxygen's reality competition, “The Glee Project.” The winners will appear in a 7-episode arc on the third season of “Glee.”

    ‘Glee Project' finds two new faces

    "Glee" will have at least two new faces on the show this season as Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty both won the inaugural season of Oxygen's talent competition show, "The Glee Project."

    Former “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Quinn brings his Broadway comedy “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short” to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

    Quinn show finds quirks in history

    "Saturday Night Live" alum Colin Quinn brings his Broadway show "Colin Quinn Long Story Short" to Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place for a run from Wednesday, Aug. 24 through to Saturday, Sept. 10.

    Stock your pantry with healthy, quick after-school snacks.

    Your health: Keep those snacks healthy

    Kids are back in school, and when they get home from school, they're ravenous and ready to eat. The American Dietetic Association provides a week's worth of quick and healthful snacks.

    Rapper Lil Wayne is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park.

    Lil Wayne hurt in St. Louis skateboard accident

    ST. LOUIS — Rapper Lil Wayne is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park.The 28-year-old rapper was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center’s emergency room.Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell would not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne posted on Twitter Monday that he suffered a gash over his left eye that required nine stitches.Messages left with Lil Wayne’s management were not returned.Lil Wayne’s album “The Carter III” won the 2008 Grammy Award for best rap album. His latest, “The Carter IV,” will be in stores Aug. 29.

    Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good fans will rush out and get his new album.

    Lil Wayne seeks a boost from VMAs

    Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday’s show.

    Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis star in movie “The Help.” “The Help” continues to clean up at the box office, taking over the No. 1 spot with $20.5 million in its second weekend.

    'Help' sweeps into first place at box office

    “The Help” continues to clean up at the box office, taking over the No. 1 spot with $20.5 million in its second weekend. The DreamWorks Pictures film starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer in a drama about Southern black maids had debuted in second-place a week earlier. “The Help” raised its domestic total to $71.8 million.

    Health risks can be compounded if you sit behind a desk all day or spend hours in front of the television.

    Desk job means even more exercise needed

    You're chained to your desk at the office during the day. But most nights you hit the gym, lifting weights and doing cardio. You think you get enough exercise. Think again.

    Squat to press is one of eight exercises performed circuit-style in the Tabata workout.

    Tabata workout increases metabolism, burns calories

    In a training rut? Amp up your workout with the circuit-style training regime called Tabata, which is great for burning up maximum calories and fat while increasing your body's metabolic rate.


    Super sweaters find dry relief with Botox

    Imagine sweating so profusely that you destroy your clothes and feel embarrassed in public. That’s the curse of super sweaters, people suffering from a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Those with more severe cases are now turning to Botox, the same product used to reduce facial wrinkles.

    Thai-Chinese men and women perform morning exercises by practicing Chinese martial arts at a park in Bangkok, Thailand. New research concludes that even 15 minutes of moderate exercise like brisk walking can add years to your life.

    Studies show 15 minutes of daily exercise can help

    Don’t despair if you can’t fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Growing evidence suggests that just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day can lead to a longer life.


    Coumadin can cause cold feeling

    I have a family member who takes Coumadin and always complains of being very cold. Nothing she does externally helps to warm her up. I figure that the thinning of her blood causes the cold feeling. I just want to find out if you have any suggestions on how to help her counter this side effect.


    Tai chi may lessen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

    Practicing tai chi may significantly improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but a recent medical study demonstrated that the benefits of the martial arts exercises extend beyond simply reducing symptoms.

    Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division are evaluated during a cognitive testing exercise to help determine if they suffer from TBI. Red Cross volunteer Shelly Horner, center, helps with questions.

    Military steps up efforts to detect brain injuries

    A group of infantry just back from Afghanistan sat down in front of computers at Fort Carson and began answering a series of questions that are part of a battery of tests and interviews to identify soldiers who suffered even mild brain injuries that might go undetected.

    Traeger won best of class last year at the Geneva Concours d'Elegance car show.

    Classic recollections: 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4

    Supercars are like fine wines. Give them enough time and sure enough they become better with age. Such is the case with Ferrari's 365.


    Doug McAllister/Under the Hood: Heat changes tire pressure

    Q. I put air in my tires yesterday and had all the tires at the same pressure. My question is that if the tires are in direct sunlight, will that increase tire pressure?



    We agree that Lombard should move toward spending transparency

    A Daily Herald editorial endorses a move in Lombard toward spending transparency and urges the full village board -- and other suburbs -- to side with taxpayers, who deserve to know exactly how their money is spent.


    That suburban outburst or attack? Careful how you react

    Mental illness doesn't excuse violent or aberrant behavior, but a Daily Herald editorial says we all need to view it more compassionately and to treat mental health as seriously as we treat phyiscal health.


    What’s wrong with these bleeping people?

    A verbal indiscretion here or there might not constitute the unraveling of society, but each one uttered in another’s involuntary presence is a tiny act of violence against kindness, of which we surely could use more.


    A first step on life’s journey

    As has always been the case, some students naturally and effortlessly get through college, and life, either by knowing the right people or by knowing how to get others to help unravel their mystery.But no one teaches students exactly how to figure out the beginning of their careers for themselves.


    Back luck? Bad faith?

    In President Obama’s recounting, luck is only half the story. His economic recovery was ruined not just by acts of God and (foreign) men, but by Americans who care nothing for their country. These people, who inhabit Congress (guess what party?), refuse to set aside “politics” for the good of the nation.


    Taking treason seriously

    Based on his comments in Iowa, Perry may be a crowd pleaser, but he is not ready for prime time, let alone the presidency. Shame on him. If he is the best the Republicans have to offer — the new front-runner as some are saying — then his party is cruising for a bruising.


    Metra needs to clean up lots faster
    Letter to the Editor: Metra's Big Timber train station is an important part of the community in Elgin, and its quality is vital to current and potential new residents who commute in to the city. It's poorly maintained, in contrast to the Palatine lot, which I used to use.


    Next election holds little hope
    Letter to the Editor: Hindering is the Republican way and with the Democrats mumbling to themselves, it will be difficult. I am not looking forward to this upcoming election or the result with a new crop or the same old hacks going to Washington.


    Toll increase worth the benefits
    A toll increase will create thousands of jobs, repair and maintain our roadways and attract investment, including much-needed international investment. These projects will allow our region to maintain its preeminence as the nation’s transportation hub.


    College should admit hostility to gays
    Wheaton College cannot have it both ways. If the college does support biblical truth, it must concede it is in fact hostile and unfriendly to the gay and lesbian community, to all Episcopalians, and to all of us who shop on the Sabbath.


    Policies affecting jobs stall recovery
    Hold off on the overbearing regulations that are creating uncertainties with employers and preventing them from hiring.


    A better way to control p-card use
    P-cards and other credit avenues used by governmental employees will never lead to the control of expenses. Replace the former cards with a credit card in the employee’s name.


    Look to Coolidge for good sense
    One can only wonder how Coolidge would have handled the recent issues faced by our great nation; but, it seems certain that the country would not be in the bad shape it is today if Coolidge’s principles and philosophy could have been substituted for those of President Obama.


    We need a fresh start on Congress
    When my computer stops working, I can reboot it and it works again. When Congress stops working, how can I reboot Congress?


    Consider the benefits of legal cannabis
    Banning a substance doesn’t increase the regulations on it, it takes away all government regulations by creating an illegal underground market where distributors and consumers are criminals and have no methods for purity evaluations, no mechanisms for dispute resolutions — and people don’t call 911 for help because it is illegal.


    There’s a difference between P.E., gym
    Physical education is an academic subject that tests four learning domains: affective, cognitive, psychomotor and health-related fitness. What physical education teachers do (besides being certified by the Illinois State Board of Education and other accreditations) is specialized.


    Power fleets with natural gas
    Conversion to natural gas protects the environment and provides an economic benefit to the state. Illinois recognizes that the bigger and busier the vehicle, the greater the benefits of switching to natural gas.


    Retired teacher looks back with fondness
    Letter to the editor: "They say it takes an entire village to raise a child, and I think that applies to teaching as well," writes Carol Case, who retired from District 54 this year. "Working with other dedicated teachers made teaching meaningful and beneficial to our students."


    No need for tobacco shop in Palatine
    Letter to the editor: Colleen Rohrbacher, a registered nurse, is happy that the Palatine Village Council rejected the proposed tobacco shop. "Thank you, council, for making a positive decision for the health of our community," she writes.


    Why does Arlington Hts. ticket for backing in?
    Letter to the editor: A Rollng Meadows man writes that there are several reasons why Arlington Hts.should stop ticketing cars that back into parking spaces downtown -- for one, backing in is safer for women going alone to their cars at night.


    Asks D214 board to make budget public
    Letter to the editor: Roland Ley, president of Taxpayers United, asks District 214 to post the tentative budget online, and to agree not to award salary increases to any employees not contractually obligated to receive them.


    Officers should pay for their own fitness
    Letter to the editor: Tom Snyder wonders why Palatine feels it has to provide fitness equipment for police officers, when ordinary taxpayers don't get the same perk. "There seems to be a pervasive attitude among elected officials, and administrators in particular, to spend every dollar they can get their hands on." he writes.


    Ticket for backing into spot not right
    Letter to the editor: He and his friends went to the Taste of Arlington Heights in 2010, but their appetites were soured when they all got parking tickets for backing into their spaces. "Ticketing visitors who are not used to the commuter parking rules shows a tremendous lack of judgment on the part of the village and especially the police department," he writes.


    Agencies available to help boomers plan for aging
    Letter to the editor: Community resources will become increasingly important as baby boomers age, says Joyce Palmquist, executive director of the Barrington Center on Aging. "...Nine in 10 older Americans want to stay in their homes as they age," she writes. "But as they face health, financial and emotional challenges of aging, along with the reality that their caregivers are increasingly less likely to live nearby, older adults are becoming more dependent on service providers."


    Schools should pass balanced budgets
    Letter to the editor: "In an era when banks have irresponsibly issued mortgages, state governments are in deficit, and the federal government’s credit rating has been downgraded, I look to local boards of education to exemplify a “voice of reason,” writes Steven Long of Hoffman Estates. "I seem doomed to be disappointed."


    Must Wheeling build on every square inch?
    Letter to the editor: With the latest decision to convert open property into restaurants, Jack Caldwell wonders why the Wheeling village board has to cover every square inch with development.


    Doesn’t trust Dist. 57 with his money
    Letter to the editor: "District 57 is known for ... making bad financial decisions," writes Thomas Manion of Mount Prospect, protesting against the school district's plans to ask for a tax hike.


    Rattled as police car follows her at night
    Letter to the editor: It was after midnight and she was driving home from downtown Arlington Heights when a car started following her closely -- street after street, turn after turn. She was working up to a panic when it finally turned on its flashing lights -- a police car, there to give her 3 tickets.


    Will Kensington get repairs it needs?
    Letter to the editor: Tom Newton wonders when Kensington Road in Mount Prospect will finally get the promised repairs. "It is like a cow path with unimproved, potholed shoulders made of gravel," he complains.


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