Daily Archive : Wednesday August 24, 2011


    Brian Ringle of Wauconda waits for his $2,000 lottery check at the Des Plaines Illinois Lottery office on Wednesday. Ringle won the money after purchasing a scratch-off ticket, but because of a computer glitch, he has been waiting for his check since Monday.

    Glitch leaves local lottery winners without cash

    The Illinois Lottery needs some of Brian Ringle's luck. The Wauconda man won $2,000 with a $5 scratch-off ticket, but had to wait three days to redeem it because of a glitch in the lottery's new processing system.

    Longtime Glenbard West football fans say they're ready for Sunday's matchup with Wheaton Warrenville South. Gathered in the stands at Duchon Field are Jim Giesler, back row from left, Marty Detmer, Joy Murphy and Bill Duchon, and Greta Rothrock, front row from left, Betty Elliott, Joe Carlton, Harold Prichard and Dennis Murphy.

    Glen Ellyn fans renew rivalry against Wheaton with nationally televised game

    A group of longtime Glenbard West football fans go to every game - home and away - and they say they don't miss games for weddings or funerals. It's that type of passion that these die-hard fans are bringing to this Sunday's matchup with Wheaton Warrenville South, a storied, often checkered, rivalry that dates back to 1916.

    A ferry from from Ocracoke Island delivers passengers in Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. A visitor evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island as Hurricane Irene approaches the Carolinas and the east coast.

    Thousands evacuate ahead of Irene

    Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years.

    Bartlett’s Samantha McCue is a budding astronaut and pilot who interned at NASA earlier this year. The University of Illinois senior also has worked on the business side of the aerospace industry.

    Bartlett native on fast track to outer space

    If Bartlett native Samantha McCue has her way, one day she’ll again return from a space mission — not as an NASA intern practicing on a simulator — as a real astronaut manning a billion-dollar spacecraft. “There’s so much out there we don’t know about, I feel we’re like pioneers,” she said.

    Thanks in part to the efforts of students at Decatur Classical School in Chicago, a memorial to the victims of the American Airlines Flight 191 crash in Elk Grove Township finally will be unveiled in October. A total of 273 people died in the crash, making it the worst non-terrorist disaster in U.S. aviation history.

    Flight 191 crash memorial to be unveiled in Des Plaines

    After 32 years, a memorial for the 273 people who died when American Airlines Flight 191 crashed in Elk Grove Township shortly after takeoff from O'Hare International Airport finally will be unveiled Oct. 15 in Des Plaines.

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has spent much of the last two years away from day-to-day control of his business as he battled health concerns.

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigns

    Steve Jobs resigned Wednesday as the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs said in a statement.

    Lincolnshire residents could pay less for garbage removal under plans being weighed by the village board.

    Lincolnshire garbage pickup service could cost less

    Lincolnshire residents could pay less for garbage removal under plans being weighed by the village board. Three different proposals now are before the village board. Each contains a variety of garbage-removal options, with fees ranging from $15.80 to $23.80 a month.

    Construction continues at the September 11 Memorial waterfalls on Wednesday in New York. The arrangement of nearly 3,000 names at the World Trade Center memorial is now available as a free iPhone app.

    World Trade Center victims’ names on iPhone app

    The arrangement of nearly 3,000 names at the World Trade Center memorial is now available as a free iPhone app, memorial officials said Wednesday. The guide to the names, which includes biographical information about the victims and pinpoints the location of each name at the memorial, was placed online in May.


    Elgin council scraps roundabout at Dundee Ave., Summit St.

    Elgin City Council members gave unanimous approval Wednesday to cancel plans for a roundabout at the Dundee Avenue and Summit Street intersection. City staff members recommended scrapping the project largely because the need minimized after the economy crashed in 2008.


    Two teens charged in shooting of 1-year-old

    Gary Moore and Frederick Dean, both 16, were charged Wednesday as adults with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. The 1-year-old girl was shot in the head.


    Chicago school board approves budget, tax increase

    The school tax increase will cost Chicago homeowners on average $84 a year. The budget approved Wednesday also contains $400 million in cuts and potentially hundreds of layoffs.

    Darlene Ruscitti

    DuPage will pay regional school chief

    DuPage County Regional Superintendent of Schools Darlene Ruscitti will continue to receive a paycheck as she and other regional superintendents mount a legal fight to have their salaries reinstated by the state. County board members in DuPage this week agreed to pay a prorated share of Ruscitti’s $130,000 annual salary that will be retroactive to July 1 and continue through Nov. 30. “I am...


    Quinn backs toll hike

    Gov. Pat Quinn came out strongly in favor of a toll increase to pay for a major public works program. “Clearly there is public support to make sure we do this and do it right,” Quinn said.

    A rebel fighter climbs on top of a statue inside Moammar Gadhafi’s compound Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli early Wednesday.

    Libyan rebels hunt Gadhafi, try to secure Tripoli

    Libyans hunting Moammar Gadhafi offered a $2 million bounty on the fallen dictator’s head and amnesty for anyone who kills or captures him as rebels battled Wednesday to clear the last pockets of resistance from the capital Tripoli.

    Glen Ellyn was ranked the 54th best place to live in America by Money Magazine.

    Magazine ranks Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn among ‘best small towns’ in U.S.

    Residents in Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn can say they live in two of the best places in the country. That’s according to new rankings by Money Magazine, which publishes an annual list of America’s top 100 best small towns.

    Fire officials stand near the blackened remains of the banquet hall at the Holiday Inn in Gurnee on Wednesday after a Tuesday night fire.

    Investigation into Gurnee Hotel fire begins

    Gurnee fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a 5-alarm blaze that damaged a portion of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Gurnee. “They went out there at first light and started to look things over,” Deputy Fire Chief John Kavanagh said Wednesday. “We feel at this point that the fire was contained to the banquet and restaurant area, and the hotel only suffered minimal...


    Kane County officials say now is time for raises

    Kane County department heads were asked what they could live without if given a flat budget in 2012. Several responded they won’t live very well, particularly in the judicial system, where officials are stating their case about a need for salary increases.


    Court rules against right to stream prep games live

    The association that oversees Wisconsin high school sports can limit who streams its games live on the Internet even though most of its member schools are funded by taxpayers, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision could have First Amendment implications for media outlets nationwide.

    In this April 24, 1984, file photo, Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, then president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco.

    Images: Steve Jobs Steps Down at Apple
    Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. Apple Inc. said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman.


    Arlington Heights store evacuated due to truck fire

    An Arlington Heights store near the intersection of Rand and Palatine roads was evacuated Wednesday when a truck in the loading dock caught fire, officials said.

    Associated Press photographer Dario Lopez-Mills poses for a photo Thursday at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya. Lopez-Mills is among dozens of journalists who were trapped for days in the luxury hotel, kept there by government enforcers.

    Journalists describe tense days in Tripoli hotel

    Dozens of international journalists were freed from a Tripoli hotel on Wednesday after five grueling days of sniper fire, power cuts, dwindling supplies and threats by armed men loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

    Bank of America, recently beset by falling a stock value, in a memo Wednesday told its employees that rumors it is in talks to merge with JPMorgan Chase “baseless.”

    Bank of America quashes merger talk

    NEW YORK — Bank of America Corp. has sent a memo to employees quashing speculation that it is in talks to merge with rival JPMorgan Chase. The bank called the speculation “baseless,” and said it didn’t “make practical sense.”

    Marsha Hestad

    Former Libertyville District 70 educator dies

    Former Libertyville District 70 teacher and principal Marsha Hestad died Tuesday. The Northbrook resident was an energetic and innovative educator known as an expert in gifted education. “She was creative, innovative and always on the cutting edge with new instructional practices,” retired District 70 superintendent Mark Friedman said a statement from the district.


    Therapeutic school wants to open in Algonquin

    A new private, therapeutic day school for elementary through high school students with special needs is planning to come to Algonquin. The School of Expressive Arts and Learning (SEAL) has locations in Lombard and Romeoville. SEAL serves students with learning disabilities, mental impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, and more, officials said.


    Cary firefighters receive boost in pay

    For the first time in 15 years, the six full-time employees of the Cary Fire Protection District are getting base salary increases, officials said.

    Adolfo Sanchez, 38, of Trevor, Wis., is a manager at the Antioch Taco Bell and has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse, after police say he molested a teenage employee.

    Antioch Taco Bell manager charged with molesting teen employee

    A manager of Taco Bell in Antioch has been arrested on charges of fondling a 17-year-old female employee, Antioch Police said Wednesday. Adolfo Sanchez, 38, of Trevor, WI., is held on $150,000 bond in Lake County jail after being charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse, Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

    Kari Knox

    Victim testifies in Lake in the Hills teenage pimping case

    The case against two women accused of pimping out a 14-year-old from Kansas was dealt a setback Wednesday when a McHenry County judge threw out a host of child pornography charges.

    A masked man enters a Naperville 7-Eleven at 1925 S. Washington St. at 1:36 a.m. Wednesday with a gun pointed at the cashier. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

    Naperville police searching for gunman who robbed 7-Eleven

    Naperville Police are searching for a gunman who robbed a 7-Eleven early Wednesday.

    DuPage County Board members aren’t yet ready to draft an agreement with Kane County that could result in the closure of the youth home in Wheaton.

    DuPage board members balking on youth home plan

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin is vowing to win over board members who expressed apprehension this week about a proposal to keep the county’s most troubled youth at a Kane County facility. “I am determined to win you over on this,” he told boardmembers this week, “because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

    Rick Lesser announced his intention to run in the Republican Primary for the open Lake County Board District 13.

    Lesser seeking Lake County Board District 13 seat

    Small business owner Rick Lesser announced he will run for the Lake County Board District 13 seat. Lesser and another former Lake Bluff trustee, David Barkhausen, will face off in the March, 2012 Republican primary.

    Adrian Villagomez hoists the flag during Wednesday’s first day of school at Highland Elementary School in Elgin.

    First day a flag-raiser in U-46

    The first day of school in Elgin District U-46 was full of the usual jitters to go along with the new outfits and supplies. ... And that was just for the 10 new principals.


    Deficit grows in District 300

    The state of Illinois owes Community Unit District 300 $4.8 million for the 10-11 school year. Even if it comes through with that payment, the district will close the year $6.3 million in the red. It will also cause the district to start the current school year with a half-million deficit. Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Crates explains how the district got there and how it could have been far...


    Cyclists take to Palatine streets on Saturday

    CycleFest 2011 Tour of Palatine offers bicyclists and families the opportunity to take part in casual rides through the streets and paths of Palatine as part of the village’s annual StreetFest. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Towne Square, Smith and Slade streets.


    Hanover Park names new finance director

    The village of Hanover Park has promoted Rebekah Young to the position of finance director. She was first hired by the village in March as assistance finance director and most recently served as interim finance director after the departure of Lafayette Linear.

    Cody Reilly gets a push on the spinner from Shane Carr on Wednesday as first graders at Madison Elementary School enjoy the new playground equipment.

    New playground greets Lombard students

    Kids at Madison Elementary School in Lombard Elementary District 44 have a new playground to explore Wednesday, their first day of school.


    Lombard water tower ready for new paint job

    The faded Lombard water tower north of North Avenue will be repainted under a $318,000 contract with Tecorp Inc., of Joliet.


    Police reports

    Amarjeet Singh, 30, of the 500 block of Maple Avenue in Carpentersville, appeared in bond court Wednesday on four felony charges of aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a police officer, causing injury as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, according to court documents.


    Police reports

    Nicholas L. Janacek, 19, was charged with criminal trespass to state-supported property, at 4:52 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Houston Street, according to a police report.


    Aurora mayor: Hire back 4 cops

    After laying off eight police officers Jan. 1, Aurora now is in the financial position to bring four of them back, Mayor Tom Weisner said. “We’re looking to restore four of the police officers that we had to lay off immediately,” he said.

    Christina Beltran

    Woodridge murder conviction upheld

    A state appellate court has upheld the conviction of a former Woodridge woman serving a 40-year prison term for beating her 5-year-old daughter Evelyn to death in 2007 after the child soiled herself.


    E-newsletter for Naperville readers

    DuPage news digest for 8-25.


    Aurora riverwalk stairs slated for replacement

    The Aurora riverwalk stairs on the east bank of Stolp Island at New York Street will be replaced under a $59,500 contract with R.A. Ubert Construction of Yorkville the city council approved Tuesday.


    Boat safety class offered

    DuPage news digest for 8-25.


    Libertyville, cops ink contract:

    Libertyville police officers and the village have reached an agreement on a three-year contract.


    Free bird walk at Ryerson Woods:

    Join the Lake Cook Audubon Society on a free fall bird walk Sept. 10 at the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve near Deerfield.


    Football field work to begin:

    The Mundelein High School District 120 school board unanimously awarded an agreement with D.K. Contractors, Inc. for $450,561 to start drainage work on the Mundelein High School football field.


    Ex-candidate up for Island Lake post:

    The Island Lake village board will meet today to discuss naming two people to the lake management committee, among other business.


    Des Plaines man sentenced to 12½ years for sexually assaulting a child

    A Des Plaines man pleaded guilty Monday to predatory criminal sexual assault. A Cook County judge sentenced Dinesh Ray, 62, to 12 years and six months in prison.

    James Ealy

    Defense attorneys try to block statements in Lindenhurst murder

    A detective testified Wednesday that no one read James Ealy his Miranda rights, required before police question suspects, during the first hours Ealy was in police custody. But Det. Andy Ulloa also testified that no one asked Ealy any questions.

    Charles Treadwell

    Bail set in North Aurora standoff case

    A North Aurora man's bail was set at $10,000 Wednesday, the day after he held police at bay, on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without state firearm owners identification and possession of ammunition without state firearm owner's identification, according to court records.


    Students inspired new drug-disposal law

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed a law authorizing local police departments to collect and safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. The law was partly inspired by Antioch High School students who had sought to create a local drug-disposal program. A similar effort launched a few years ago at downstate Pontiac Township High School.


    District 204 opens lines of communication

    Indian Prairie District 204 officials say they’re pleased with the results of three new communication initiatives launched last year. In one, about 8,600 people saw the school board at work through on-demand videos of meetings available at 204tv.org.


    Bensenville Dist. 2 predicts budget surplus

    Even as Bensenville Elementary District 2 moves forward with a major construction project that will consolidate its schools, officials say its operating budget will have a $243,000 surplus next year. The surplus is part of the proposed $32.1 budget for the 2011-12 school year, and available for public viewing until Sept. 22.

    Mundelein High School science teacher Katie Giambeluca and her students will benefit from a newly adopted $41.1 million school budget.

    District 120 board approves $41.1 million budget

    The Mundelein High School board has adopted a $41.1 million budget for the new fiscal year, a sum that includes $6.1 million for on-campus improvements. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Business Manager Gary Lonquist said the district is in good financial shape. “Things haven’t changed too much,” Lonquist said. “We try to be as conservative as possible.”


    Aurora gets special gang prosecutor

    In the fight against gangs, Aurora police just found a new weapon — a special prosecutor. Aurora City Council this week unanimously approved the use of $60,000 in federal grant money to help Kane County hire a special prosecutor to work on gang issues.

    Minneapolis psychologist Dr. David Walsh, left, and Bart Teal, founder of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Inc. in South Carolina, talk during a conference at Grayslake Elementary District 46’s Park Campus in April. Teal’s conference may result in a $5,000 profit for District 46.

    Grayslake D46 may post conference profit

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 expects to post a profit from a spring education conference it co-hosted with a South Carolina company.

    Adam Tobler of Elgin poses with his prize-winning tomato that won first place in the Dundee Township Visitor's Center contest for the largest tomato. He won the contest two years ago and placed second in 2010.

    Ugly has its place in Dundee Twp. tomato contest

    There was a certainly a place for ugly during Dundee Township Visitor's Center's 14th annual largest tomato contest, held last weekend at the center in East Dundee. The contest attracted a total of 26 entries and Adam Tobler of Elgin, won it with a three-pound, 1¾ ounce green tomato that would never place in the beauty Olympics.

    Pictured, from left, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax; American Legion Post 36 Senior Vice Commander Don Meseth; American Legion Post 36 Commander Roger James; and Deputy Fire Chief Ron Eilken as the $250 check for the 9/11 Memorial is presented outside Fire Station 1, 405 S. River Road, Aug. 2.

    Community backs Des Plaines' 9/11 memorial plan

    The city of Des Plaines, recently accepted a $250 check for the development of a 9/11 Memorial outside Des Plaines City Hall from American Legion Post 36 Commander Roger James and Senior Vice Commander Don Meseth, on behalf of the American Legion.


    Dist. 204: Don’t look far for poor kids

    Sometimes Indian Prairie District 204 parents will approach Jason Altenbern and ask him what they can do to support a needy school. He tells them they need to look no further than the one their children attend.

    Jacob Nodarse

    Plea deal on table in Darien triple murder

    DuPage County prosecutors are working toward a plea deal with a man accused of slaying three members of a Darien family last year at a friend’s behest, they said in court Wednesday. Jacob Nodarse, 24, of Countryside, is one of two men charged in the fatal March 2, 2010, shootings of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son Mike.

    Plenty of fun is planned for this year’s Hainesville Fest Saturday in Union Square Park.

    Hainesville ready to party Saturday

    Music, beer, rides and more will be part of HainesvilleFest that runs from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Union Square Park. Village trustees agreed to pay $5,700 to A-Awesome Amusements Co. for chairs, tents, tables, a “Berry-Go-Round” ride, large slide and other necessities for the community event. The total festival budget is $10,000.

    Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on Wednesday announced the results of a long-term undercover investigation into sex trafficking.

    9 arrests in Chicago sex trafficking investigation

    Chicago authorities say nine people arrested on sex trafficking charges enslaved girls as young as 12.

    The Art Institute of Chicago’s board of trustees on Wednesday announced curator Douglas Druick’s appointment as new president and director.

    Curator named director at Art Institute of Chicago

    Douglas Druick has been chosen as the new president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum’s board of trustees announced Druick’s new appointments on Wednesday.

    Gurnee firefighters stand near the blackened remains of the Holiday Inn in Gurnee Wednesday after a fire decimated the building Tuesday night. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

    Cause of Gurnee hotel fire under investigation

    Gurnee fire investigators expect to narrow down the cause of a five-alarm blaze at the Holiday Inn Hotel on Grand Avenue by the end of today.

    Stephen Orland

    Dist. 129 dismisses band director accused of abuse

    Former West Aurora High School band director Stephen Orland was fired Tuesday. The 42-year-old North Aurora resident faces criminal charges that he sexually abused and sexually assaulted several West Aurora students.

    Sen. Martin Sandoval gave scholarships to five apparently unrelated students who all claimed to live at the same Chicago address in his district.

    Lawmaker’s scholarship awards raise questions

    The Illinois State Board of Education has notified the FBI about college scholarships awarded by state Sen. Martin Sandoval under suspicious circumstances.


    New candidate for Lake County State’s Attorney

    A 21-year veteran of the Lake County state’s attorney’s office has joined the race to replace her current boss when Michael Waller retires next year. Louise Hayes, 49, of Lake Bluff, will be the third candidate in the Republican primary next March and is the fifth candidate to officially enter the race.


    Buy a brick at Lake Zurich library

    Book your brick now and become a permanent part of Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Located along the walkway to the front entrance, engraved bricks enhance the landscaping, adding interest and personal insights from library lovers.


    Anger can eat away at our souls, robbing us of peace
    When was the last time you were angry? I mean really mad at something or someone? Maybe someone cut you off in traffic yesterday or today and it made you mad.


    Palatine library to host local authors
    The Palatine Public Library District will host a Local Author Fair from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 700 N. North Court. Staff invited authors who live or work within 10 miles of Palatine.

    This climbing bridge will be part of the fun at Round Lake Home Town Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. This Round Lake girl had a blast on the bridge last year.

    Round Lake ready to celebrate Home Town Fest

    Round Lake’s Home Town Fest will take over a field off Route 134 with offerings ranging from a Neil Diamond tribute singer to a taco-eating contest. Home Town Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 in the field bounded by Route 134, Goodnow Boulevard and Avilon Avenue. There is no admission charge.


    Donate food at BG Days parade

    If you are going to the Buffalo Grove Days parade on Sept. 4, be sure to bring nonperishable food to donate. The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce wants to fill a truck with donated food, to be distributed to area food pantries.

    Paul Runge

    DuPage cases dismissed against killer Runge

    Because they can’t put Paul Runge to death, DuPage County prosecutors Wednesday said they had little choice than to dismiss the last two murder cases against the man suspected of killing six women and a child in the 1990s. “There’s no additional punishment that can be given to him,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said.


    Northwest suburbs conducting traffic crackdowns

    Three Northwest suburban police departments are among those participating in state-funded Labor Day holiday traffic crackdowns that have already begun, according to news releases they issued.


    CBO: Budget deficit down slightly

    The federal budget deficit will hit $1.28 trillion this year, down slightly from the previous two years, with even bigger savings to come over the next decade, according to congressional projections released Wednesday.


    Book details IKEA founder’s Nazi links

    A new book claims IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad’s youth ties with Nazi groups extended beyond what he has previously admitted, saying Sweden’s intelligence agency even set up a special file on him.

    Northern Indiana's Goshen College, which has ties to the Mennonite Church, plans to play “America the Beautiful” at sporting events as a replacement for the national anthem after some students and graduates complained images of war and the military in the song's lyrics weren't in line with the school's pacifist message.

    Indiana college trades ‘Star-Spangled Banner' for ‘America the Beautiful'

    Northern Indiana's Goshen College, which has ties to the Mennonite Church, plans to play “America the Beautiful” at sporting events as a replacement for the national anthem after some complained about images of war and the military in the song's lyrics.

    Peter Neronha, U.S. attorney for the district of Rhode Island, announces a $500 million settlement with Internet giant Google over Canadian drug advertisements Wednesday, in Providence, R.I.

    Google settles pharmacy ad probe for $500 million

    Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a U.S. government investigation into the Internet search leader’s distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies.

    Carpentersville village board members have declared a Bartlett-based developer in default of its obligations to make good on various public improvements on the White Oaks subdivision, like on this stretch of Rosewood Drive.

    Carpentersville trustees to developer: finish work in subdivision or let us

    Carpentersville village board members have found a Bartlett-based developer in default of its obligations to make various public improvements on an east side subdivision. Trustees called the bond on the completed White Oaks subdivision of 68 homes, a move that forces Wyndham Deerpoint Homes to either finish the work or pay the village to do it.


    Free movie shown Thursday in Arlington Hts. park

    Yes, the summer's ending, and school's in session again. The Downtown Business Committee of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce still wants to celebrate a bit. The movie Gnomeo and Juliet will be shown outside at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in Harmony Park, Campbell Street and Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No charge.

    You can see a crack Wednesday at the top of the Washington Monument in Washington. A day after an earthquake rattled the nation’s capital, officials begin assessing the damage to some of the city’s oldest, and tallest, cultural landmarks including the National Cathedral and The Washington Monument.

    No tours of Washington Monument after earthquake damage

    A black fence encircled the Washington Monument, the obelisk most visible among memorials to American leaders on the National Mall, the day after a 5.8- magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia rocked the capital.


    Buffalo Grove teaming with neighbors to address foreclosures

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week formalized the village’s participation in the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative, an multi-suburb effort to address issues surrounding foreclosures and affordable housing. The village joins Arlington Heights and Palatine in the effort, and they’re expected to be joined soon by Rolling Meadows and Mount Prospect.

    Associated Press/Aug. 18 People pass below a New York Police security camera, upper left, situated above a mosque on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

    With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas

    Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has become one of the country's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies.

    Six-year-old first grade student America Arendondo gets some help finding her class from Lisa Mercado on the first day of school at Highland Elementary School in Elgin Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

    Images: The first day of school - Wednesday
    It's that time of year again when kids of all ages are heading back for another year of school. Wednesday was no exception with school beginning in many of our suburban school districts.


    Mundelein High, CLC to offer new program

    For the first time, seniors at Mundelein High School District 120 will receive a college English credit while taking class at the College of Lake County. The program targets students who are not enrolled in any AP courses at the high school but still wish to build college credit before heading to a 4-year university or community college. It starts in January for the spring semester.

    Schaumburg’s police dog, Thunder, will retire next month when his handler, Officer Bruce Cram, is promoted to sergeant.

    Schaumburg police dog takes ‘early retirement’

    Schaumburg’s police dog, Thunder, will take early retirement this fall because of the imminent promotion of his handler, Officer Bruce Cram. Cram will pay the village $6,571 to buy Thunder.

    The new ADA accessible playground at Kylemore Greens Park.

    Des Plaines Park District announces grand opening of Kylemore Greens

    On Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the community is invited to join the Des Plaines Park District staff and board of commissioners to celebrate the grand reopening of Kylemore Greens Park, corner of Kylemore Drive (Waterford Drive) and Carlow Drive. The unveiling of the new park sign and the ribbon cutting will be at 10:45 a.m. The park district has planned basketball games, light...


    Barrington Lyric lectures resume in September

    From "Boris Godunov to Aida," from "The Magic Flute" to "Show Boat, the lectures sponsored by Barrington Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago -- resuming in September -- will help you get the most out of the upcoming opera season.


    Algonquin's fees could mean game over for potential arcade

    The cost of licensing fees could keep you from playing some classic video games like “Pac-Man,” “Frogger” and “Galaga” in Algonquin. Two businessmen want to open a “No Limit Arcade” in the Winding Creek shopping center, but they say the $120 licensing fees on video games makes the plan "prohibitive."

    William Peterson makes $106,000 a year as the Vernon Township supervisor.

    How much does your township supervisor make? $106,000 in Vernon

    Pay for suburban township supervisors range from the high end of $106,000 a year to $7,800 a year on the low end. Supervisors contend the job is only what someone is willing to put into it, but critics argue that philosophy allows boards to arbitrarily inflate pay scales.

    This former quarry just south of I-88 in Aurora will be filled with clean construction and demolition debris over seven to 10 years to become a building pad for offices or research facilities.

    Aurora quarry to begin accepting construction debris

    In seven to 10 years, the city of Aurora expects a former quarry just south of I-88 to be transformed into a 50-acre, environmentally sound building pad for offices or research facilities. A contract the city council unanimously approved Tuesday night allows a company to buy the land and run it as a dump for clean construction and demolition debris until it becomes a buildable site.


    Russian space ship fails to reach orbit

    Russia’s space agency says an unmanned supply ship bound for the International Space Station has failed to reach its planned orbit.


    St. Francis collects backpacks, school supplies for needy kids

    The St. Francis de Sales Parish collected more than 480 backpacks filled with supplies as part of its fifth Annual Back-to-School Program, which benefits students in need throughout the Chicago area.


    U.S. budget deficit to hit $1.28T, down slightly

    The federal budget deficit will hit $1.28 trillion this year, down slightly from the previous two years, with even bigger savings to come over the next decade, according to congressional projections released Wednesday.

    Hoffman Estates Park Commissioner Craig Bernacki gives the thumbs up at the park foundation’s annual community golf outing in 2003.

    Bernacki resigns from Hoffman Estates Park Board

    Craig Bernacki resigns from the Hoffman Estates Park Board after a decade of service. Bernacki, who ran unsuccessfully for village board last spring, cited the need to focus on family, particulary caring for his aging parents.

    Rebel fighter seen inside Moammar Gadhafi’s main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed Wednesday to fight on “until victory or martyrdom,” as rebel fighters tried to end scattered attacks by regime loyalists in the nervous capital.

    Hunt for Qaddafi takes rebels fighters in search of tunnels

    When Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, he was nowhere to be found. The hunt for the Libyan dictator may now take them underground.


    Judge scolds lawyers in NYC boy’s death case

    NEW YORK — A judge has questioned the experience of two lawyers handling the case of a man accused of dismembering an 8-year-old New York City boy.Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog told the lawyers at a hearing Tuesday that his concern was to ensure the defendant, Levi Aron, got a fair trial.Aron is accused of killing Leiby Kletzky in July after the boy got lost walking home.


    California shaking from pair of earthquakes

    Office buildings, schools and towering landmarks were being inspected Wednesday for hidden structural flaws a day after initial checks turned up little damage from a rare East Coast earthquake.

    Debris covers the floor of the Miller’s Mart food store in Mineral, Va., a small town northwest of Richmond near the earthquake’s epicenter, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The most powerful earthquake to strike the East Coast in 67 years shook buildings and rattled nerves from South Carolina to Maine.

    Search starts for hidden damage after East Coast quake

    MINERAL, Va. — Office buildings, schools and towering landmarks were being inspected Wednesday for hidden structural flaws a day after initial checks turned up little damage from a rare East Coast earthquake.


    How to tell the purists among Glen Ellyn high school football fans

    A group of longtime Glenbard West football fans go to every game - home and away - and they say they don't miss games for weddings or funerals. It’s that type of passion that these die-hard fans are bringing to this Sunday’s matchup with Wheaton Warrenville South, a storied, often checkered, rivalry that dates back to 1916.


    Tom Ricketts faces a winter of Cubs fans' discontent, and he's on the spot to do something about it.

    Ricketts must find Cubs stadium solution

    If anyone around Tom Ricketts tells him the truth, and that seems unlikely, maybe someone will tell him that repairing a crumbling Wrigley Field isn't the answer to all his woes.

    Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden should take it to the next level behind a superb run-blocking line.

    Fantasy football: Foster, Peterson top of the running back class

    Adrian Peterson? Arian Foster? Chris Johnson? Who does John Dietz say is this year's No. 1 running back for fantasy football? And who are his sleepers and players to avoid?

    Bears receiver Dane Sanzenbacher has been a pleasant surprise at camp this season.

    Bears thrilled with Sanzenbacher's progress

    Undrafted rookie wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher of Ohio State continues to open eyes with his performance. “We're very pleased with him,” offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. “He's very quick, changes direction exceptionally well, competes very well, and we love his work habits."

    Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, says he isn’t concerned with wide receiver Roy Williams’ lack of production through the first two preseason games.

    Roy Williams, Bears sure things will work out

    Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Roy Williams is off to a slow start with the Bears, but teammates and coaches say it's too early to worry. “I’m fine, man. I’m fine,” Williams insisted Wednesday. “I played last week, played a half. I’m good to go.”

    Could the White Sox really get Jim Thome back?

    Busy waiver day means little to White Sox

    The White Sox didn't have any money to sign a veteran catcher when A.J. Pierzynski went down with a fractured wrist. Now, they are reportedly interested in claiming Jim Thome and/or Jason Kubel off waivers.

    Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo watches from behind the batting cage before Wednesday night's game. “What's going on right now is that we're not trusting ourselves enough because we're little concerned about getting beat with the fastball.”

    Cubs coach Rudy Jaramillo explains hitters' mindset

    The Cubs have had a rough go of it lately trying to hit with runners in scoring position. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo said Wednesday it's a matter of trust at the plate.


    Weaver handcuffs White Sox

    Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in 3 runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ sixth straight victory, 8-0 over the White Sox on Wednesday night.


    Wells, Cubs get past Braves

    In a lost season for Randy Wells, he may finally be starting to find himself. Wells pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Alfonso Soriano homered, and the Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Erik Rodriguez and Tony Escamilla each scored twice as Larkin won its first boys soccer game of the season Wednesday night, downing Riverside-Brookfield 6-1.“We scored 3 goals in the first 15 minutes and that set the pace for the game,” said Larkin coach Ken Hall.Matthew Warren and Manny Aguilar also scored for the Royals (1-0-1) while Santiago Guerrero made 5 saves in goal.South Elgin 3, Maine West 2: The Storm opened the season by getting goals from Phil Saccameno, David Left and Tyler Piszczek in the Maine West tournament. Danny Fry and EJ Hernandez each had assists, while Tyler Schipon (8 saves) and Jarod Schieler (7 saves) shared time in goal.Westminster Christian 5, Harvest Christian 0: Josh Beachler scored the hat trick and Tim Rogers added 2 goals as the Warriors (1-1) notched their first win of the season. Beachler and Rogers each had assists as well, with Nick Brian, Steve Beir and Noah Gannon each adding an assist. Beir (6 saves) and Sam Carani (6 saves) split time in goal for Westminster.Metea Valley 1, Streamwood 1: Christian Vences scored for Streamwood (0-1-1) and Jose Resendez had 11 saves in goal in this Upstate Eight crossover.Rockford Boylan 3, Cary-Grove 2: Kevin Wilde and Mike McKune scored Cary-Grove’s goals in this season-opening loss in Rockford. Zac Solarte had an assist for the Trojans and Tom Breen made 7 saves in goal.Huntley 4, Johnsburg 3: Lucas Baker scored twice, while Niko Miholopoulous and Scott Dorviller each had a single goal to lead Huntley (1-0-1) to a Fox Valley crossover win. Emery Austin (4 saves) and Jeff Husak (2 saves) split time in goal for the Red Raiders.Rolling Meadows 4, Hampshire 2: Ismael Morales scored both of Hampshire’s goals in this loss at the Crystal Lake South tournament. Jason Bishop and Jose Hernandez had assists for the Whip-Purs (1-1). Darren Sullivan and Andy Pederson each made 6 saves in goal.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South d. Bartlett: Bartlett got 12 kills and 10 digs from Lexi Mason, 9 digs from Tori Burke and 8 from Amy Hurban but fell to Crystal Lake South 27-25, 25-22. Burke added 18 assists for the Hawks.Dundee-Crown d. Streamwood: Rebekah Hischke (3 aces) and Jillian Hostetter each had 4 kills to help Dundee-Crown to a 25-23, 25-11 season-opening win. Alexa Shemanske added 6 aces, 3 kills and 6 digs for the Chargers and Cori Eischen had 10 assists.


    Wednesday’s girls volleyball results
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Wednesday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Brugioni’s 4 assists lift Lakes

    Scott Brugioni set a Lakes school record with 4 assists, giving him five in two games, as the Eagles topped Maine East 6-5 on Wednesday.


    Vernon Hills rolls in opener

    Rachel Lira pounded 6 kills and posted 5 blocks, and Megan Meline and Shannon Nugent added 5 kills apiece as Vernon Hills’ girls volleyball team opened its season with a 25-7, 25-12 win over Maine East on Wednesday night.

    In this Oct. 10, 1979, file photo, Baltimore Orioles’ Mike Flanagan throws to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter in Baltimore during the opening game of the World Series. Former Cy Young winner Flanagan, who won 167 games over 18 seasons with Baltimore and Toronto, has died.

    Former Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan found dead at home

    Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59. Authorities found a body outside Flanagan's home in Monkton, Md., Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, the Orioles confirmed that Flanagan was dead.


    Commissioner pays visit to Wrigley Field

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig visited Wrigley Field Wednesday and shared his thoughts about a number of topics, including the possibility of the Cubs hosting the 2014 All-Star Game.


    Cougars open series with 4-1 victory

    Thanks to the solid pitching of Jason Adam, Jason Mitchell and Nick Rogers and a clutch, 2-run single from Kevin David, the Kane County Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night.


    Warren shows skill in win over Wheeling

    An experienced Warren boys soccer team hopes to make a deep postseason run this spring and continued in the right direction Wednesday by beating Wheeling 3-0 in Glenbrook South tournament play.

    Burlington Central’s Hayley Brake celebrates a point with teammates in the Rockets 2-0 win over St. Edward Wednesday in Elgin.

    O’Reilly injured; BC downs St. Edward

    The Burlington Central girls volleyball team earned its first victory Wednesday evening, but the Rockets might have lost a lot more.

    Camel?s Matt Maher breaks free against Joliet Catholic last season in Mundelein. The Corsairs visit the Hilltoppers Friday in a Week 1 matchup that will likely be key in determining the East Suburban Catholic Conference championship.

    Carmel, Joliet Catholic lead tough ESCC

    There would be a natural inclination to declare the winner of Friday's visit by Carmel to Joliet Catholic as the East Suburban Catholic Conference football champion. The last four ESCC races have ended with defending champ Carmel and perennial powerhouse Joliet Catholic in the top two spots.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's first day of football practice on Wednesday in Wheaton.

    WW South riding 14-game streak in DVC

    In the last two years no team has come within two touchdowns of Wheaton Warrenville South in the DuPage Valley Conference. But this year the DVC looks to be more balanced.

    Senior Chandler Crary lifts one of his teammates during a drill on the first day of Burlington Central football practice. The Rockets open the season Friday night at neighborhood rival Hampshire.

    Richmond still team to beat in BN-E

    How dominant has Richmond-Burton been over the last three seasons? The Rockets have won the last two Big Northern Conference East Division titles and have reached the state semifinals two times and the state quarterfinals last year

    First-year Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren is focused on the Sept. 3 opener against Army.

    Clark helping NIU prepare for triple option

    Though Northern Illinois' opener against Army remains more than a week away, the Huskies are locked in as if it were Game Week. And a player who's not scheduled to contribute this year (LB Tyrone Clark) finds himself with a chance to aid his teammates.


    Fishing report

    It's starting to feel like fall on area fisheries, where cooler water temperatures means more active fish.


    Mike Jackson’s outdoors column: TV fishing world

    Fishing shows on television feature plenty of colorful words - some more laughable than others, as Mike Jackson reveals in this week's outdoors column.

    After five Sprint Cup titles in a row, Jimmy Johnson is again poised to make a bid for the NASCAR championship. (

    Johnson eager to begin push for 6th straight title

    The Chase for the Sprint Cup title begins in less than a month, which means it’s time to revisit what has become NASCAR’s annual, season-ending question: Can anyone beat Jimmie Johnson? Johnson sounds confident that he’ll be ready when the Chase begins Sept. 18 at Chicagoland.

    Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland warms up during practice at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.

    After injury, LB Borland eases back in for Badgers

    MILWAUKEE — After a standout freshman season in 2009, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland is coming back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for nearly all of last year. And he’s moving from outside linebacker to the middle, taking over defensive signal-calling responsibilities for a team that’s expected to contend for the Big Ten title — and beyond.That’s already a lot to ask, but Borland’s biggest challenge might be dialing down his intensity in practice. The 11th-ranked Badgers depend greatly on Borland being healthy, and coaches have brought him along slowly in camp. They don’t want him to do anything that would jeopardize his availability for the Sept. 1 season opener against UNLV. Borland says he’s trying to find a balance between “being aggressive and being stupid.”


    Te’o back to lead Irish defense

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Manti Te’o had his knee cleaned up with arthroscopic surgery in the offseason and was limited during spring practice. Now the leader of Notre Dame’s defense is healthy and eager to help the Irish build on their strong finish of a year ago.During a season-ending four game winning streak, Notre Dame allowed only 9.8 points and 92 yards rushing per game. T’eo was in the middle of it, even playing against Southern Cal with a broken nose. His 133 tackles last season were the most by an Irish defender since 1983. He leads a group of returning starters, including safety Harrison Smith and ends Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis Moore along with fellow linebacker Darius Fleming.

    IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti talking with reporters after winning the pole for the MoveThatBlock.com auto race, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. True to his nature, Franchitti shrugged at the mention of his success.

    Franchitti chasing another IndyCar title

    True to his nature, Dario Franchitti shrugged at the mention of his amazing success.“I’m proud of the championships I’ve won,” he said. “I’m trying very hard to get another one, but it’s going to be tough.”If only he hadn’t made that foray into NASCAR, Franchitti might be in the same territory as five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.As the IndyCar Series moves into the final five races of its season, Franchitti leads the standings again and is positioned to capture his third straight title and fourth in five years. The only blip in his impressive run came in 2008, when he left open-wheel racing to compete in NASCAR, leaving Scott Dixon to take the IndyCar title.Franchitti is coming off a 20th-place finish at New Hampshire that he is eager to put in his rearview mirror. He started on the pole Aug. 14 and led 115 of the first 119 laps before a crash on a restart ended his day. “You saw it last week. You’ve got to be good every week,” he said. Despite the setback, Franchitti holds a 47-point lead over Will Power of Team Penske heading into the road course at Sonoma this weekend.The two have been down this road before, and not so long ago.Franchitti beat Power by just five points to win the series title last year. A gearbox problem at Iowa in midseason cost Franchitti a boatload of points and made the championship race an uphill climb for the rest of the season.Franchitti trailed Power by 59 points with four races to go, whittled it to 12 entering the season finale at Homestead, then won the pole, led the most laps and took home the title when Power faded to eighth in the race.“It’s definitely possible for him (Power) and Scott (Dixon) to come back,” Franchitti said. “I think we’ve proved the past couple of years that until you’re mathematically out of these things, there’s always a chance.”Dixon, Franchitti’s teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, is third in the standings, 26 points behind Power.“It’s a little bit different this year,” Power said. “Last year at Sonoma, I had a lead of 50-something points with four to go whereas this year I’m chasing hard, so there’s a little bit of a different approach. I’m going to be aggressive at times.”Franchitti has soared since his breakthrough year in 2007. After 12 seasons of trying, he won four races, including the Indy 500, and finally captured his first IndyCar title at age 34 while driving for Andretti Green Racing. He now has 30 career wins in open wheel, one behind Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais for seventh place all-time.Still, winning that title wasn’t easy. Franchitti finished only 13 points ahead of Dixon, who ran out of fuel on the last lap of the season — he was about a pint short — to give his future teammate the win and the championship.With Franchitti jumping to NASCAR for a new challenge, Dixon won the IndyCar title three years ago. Since then, everybody’s been chasing the flying Scotsman.In 2009, Franchitti, Dixon and Ryan Briscoe swapped the top spot in the standings a record 15 times in 17 races and the title wasn’t decided until the final laps in the season finale at Homestead.Franchitti entered that race five points behind Dixon and three ahead of Briscoe and won it on fuel mileage when his rivals had to pit late. He beat Dixon by 11 points for his second championship.“He certainly at times has very good luck on his side, but he doesn’t make mistakes,” Power said. “The only way you can beat him is if something happens to him on the track — another competitor hits him — or we can beat him outright with speed. He’s a tough customer.”And about as cool and calm as a racer can be. The unflappable Franchitti won his second Indy 500 and third title last year.“He’s got a very strong team,” Power said. “It’s the team and driver who put the weekend together.”Power excels on road courses, but will need a strong effort on the twisting circuit at Sonoma to gain ground.


    Sherels making his mark with Vikings

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Marcus Sherels is listed at 5-foot-10 on the Minnesota Vikings roster. But he’s probably closer to 5-8. On his tiptoes. The odds have been stacked against him for most of his football life. He came to the University of Minnesota as a receiver and switched to defensive back midway through his career. He wasn’t even an undrafted free agent after playing on one of the worst defenses in the country, settling for a tryout with his hometown Vikings before last season. Somehow, he’s stuck around. He spent most of last season on the practice squad and returned an interception for a touchdown in the preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. In a muddled Vikings secondary, Sherels is doing all he can to make the decision a difficult one.


    Rex Burkhead ready to carry load for Nebraska

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Running back Rex Burkhead is the one sure thing Nebraska’s young and overhauled offense can count on going into the season.Burkhead will go it alone as the featured back for the 10th-ranked Huskers after combining with Roy Helu Jr. for more than 2,100 yards last year.Running backs coach Ron Brown says Burkhead is constantly looking for ways to improve. Burkhead even asked his coaches to dig into the archives to find film of Nebraska’s 1988 game against Oklahoma State so he could learn some of Barry Sanders’ moves. He also likes to watch NFL backs, particularly LaDainian Tomlinson.Coaches say Burkhead stayed late in the film room this summer and they him shut off the lights as the last man out.

    Paul Konerko hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning Tuesday night. It was Konerko's 2,000th career hit.

    White Sox rally in the 8th, fall in the 9th

    Peter Bourjos drove a single through a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.


    The stock market often makes big swings in late August with fewer traders at their desks, said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at the brokerage BTIG.

    Stocks post another gain

    NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, extending the biggest rally for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in a week, after reports on durable-goods orders and home prices beat economists’ forecasts and banks advanced.


    Pessimism rises on U.S. stocks

    Pessimism about U.S. stocks among newsletter writers increased the most since July 2007, a bullish signal to analysts who track investor sentiment as a contrarian indicator of share performance.


    Higher durable-goods orders eases economic worries

    A surge in demand for autos and aircraft drove orders for long-lasting manufactured goods higher in July, easing fears that the economy might be on the verge of another recession.


    Arlington Hts. firm makes entrepreneur list

    Arlington Heights-based Paylocity has been named to the Inc. Magazine 5000 list recognizing independent entrepreneurs.


    Qantas doubles annual profit to $263 million

    SYDNEY — Qantas Airways Ltd. said Wednesday it more than doubled annual profit to 250 million Australian dollars ($263 million) but warned the business environment is too challenging to forecast earnings for the coming year.The Australian flagship carrier’s result for the 12 months through June compares with AU$112 million net profit in the previous year. Qantas shares closed down 1.3 percent at AU$1.52 in Sydney. The airline said it was not possible to provide a profit forecast for the year ahead because of uncertain economic conditions and the major changes taking place in the company.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the result was achieved despite a number of challenges facing the company and industry.“This result reflects the strength of the Qantas Group’s portfolio and is our best performance since the global financial crisis,” he said in a statement.“We achieved the result while overcoming significant external and operational factors, including a series of natural disasters, a 28 percent increase in average fuel prices and an underperforming international business,” he said.Qantas announced last week plans to cut up to 1,000 jobs as part of a major shake-up of its loss-making international business that will include the launch of a new Asia-based airline.It will also launch a budget airline in Japan to be called Jetstar Japan in partnership with Japan Airlines Co. and Mitsubishi Corp.Qantas International on Wednesday reported a loss of more than AU$200 million.“We will continue to focus on improving the customer experience, develop a stronger and broader alliance network and increase our focus on the world’s fastest growing aviation region,” Joyce told reporters, referring to Asia.Qantas said underlying profit before tax — the airline’s preferred measure of financial performance — was AU$552 million, above the AU$377 achieved in the previous year.Analysts had forecast underlying profit before tax of AU$514 million, while company guidance was for a figure between AU$500 million to AU$550 million.Qantas said it had achieved its result despite a AU$224 million impact from natural disasters, including Australian cyclones, Japanese and New Zealand earthquakes and a tsunami and the Chilean volcanic ash cloud that grounded aircraft for days.Qantas also expects to increase capacity in the first half of the current fiscal year by 8 percent.Underlying fuel costs for the first half for the current fiscal year are estimated to increase by about AU$500 million to AU$2.2 billion.

    Toll Brothers Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 54 percent, partly helped by a higher tax benefit. But the nation’s biggest luxury homebuilder narrowed its full-year home delivery outlook, as market conditions remain unstable.

    Toll Brothers’ 3Q net income rises, revenue drops

    HORSHAM, Pa. — Toll Brothers Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 54 percent, partly helped by a higher tax benefit. But the nation’s biggest luxury homebuilder narrowed its full-year home delivery outlook, as market conditions remain unstable.Toll Brothers earned $42.1 million, or 25 cents a share, for the three months ended July 31. That compares with net income of $27.3 million, or 16 cents a share, in the prior-year period.This easily beat the 4 cents a share analysts polled by FactSet expected.The quarter included a $38.2 million tax benefit compared with a $26.5 million benefit a year ago.“This past quarter’s results indicated some continued stabilization in the upscale housing market, albeit at a level dramatically below historical levels,” CEO Douglas C. Yearley Jr. said in a statement.Revenue dropped 13 percent to $394.3 million from $454.2 million, missing Wall Street’s $409.2 million estimate.Home deliveries fell 14 percent to 693 houses, while net signed contracts rose 2 percent to $406.7 million. The average price of net signed contracts was basically flat at $570,000.Toll Brothers’ cancellation rate rose to 7.4 percent from 6.2 percent, but the Horsham, Pa. company said that it was consistent with pre-downturn historical averages.Backlog at the end of the quarter was $1.02 billion, up 8 percent.While buyers are concerned about recent stock market volatility, the downgrade of U.S. debt and shaky consumer confidence, Toll Brothers said that they typically have strong financial profiles that allow them the secure financing for homes. Yearley said the company also has a strong position in some of the more promising U.S. markets, which includes the metro-D.C.-to-Boston corridor and its high-rise business in metro New York City.“Our sales are gaining some traction, but consumer confidence is still weak and the housing sector remains in a fragile state,” Executive Chairman Robert Toll said in a statement.Toll Brothers, which has operations in 19 states, now expects to deliver between 2,475 and 2,675 homes during the year. Its prior forecast called for deliveries of 2,300 to 2,800 homes.


    Lehman paid managers, lawyers $28.6 million in July

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., whose bankruptcy fees are approaching $1.4 billion, paid lawyers and managers $28.6 million in July.Restructuring firm Alvarez & Marsal LLC, whose co-founder Bryan Marsal runs the defunct investment bank, received $460.1 million in fees for 34 1/2 months of “interim management,” including about $9 million last month, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, based in New York, whose fees totaled $326.6 million for acting as Lehman’s lead bankruptcy law firm, collected $7.7 million in July.Marsal, who bills Lehman hourly, ended a fight for control of the firm’s $65 billion liquidation by taking some potential payments from bondholders including hedge fund Paulson & Co. to give to derivatives creditors such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The chief executive officer has said holders of $100 billion in claims now support his liquidation plan, due to be voted on in November.Marsal has said he aims to raise $65 billion by selling the defunct company’s assets in the next few years to pay estimated claims of more than $300 billion. He will start distributing some cash by next year, or more than three years after the September 2008 bankruptcy filing, he has said.Kimberly Macleod, a Lehman spokeswoman, declined to comment on the fees.Lehman and its affiliates reported cash and investments of $25.2 billion on July 31, compared with $24.4 billion on June 30. Of the July total, $2.7 billion was unavailable for use, according to the filing.The Lehman bankruptcy in Manhattan became the most expensive in U.S. history in April 2010, when it topped the $757 million cost of energy trader Enron Corp.’s three-year liquidation, according to data compiled by Lynn LoPucki, a bankruptcy-law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.Lehman’s creditors range from banks and hedge funds to the New York Giants and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, as well as individuals who hold Lehman bonds. Once the world’s fourth- biggest investment bank, Lehman filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, with assets of $639 billion.


    Hertz, GE partner in China electric autos venture

    SHANGHAI — Rental car company Hertz Global Holdings says it plans to partner with General Electric in offering electric vehicles in China and expanding the charging networks needed to run them.An agreement to be signed in Shanghai’s “Auto City” of Anting on Wednesday calls for building 770 charging stations in major Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing, said Richard Broome, Hertz’s senior vice president for corporate affairs.The plan aligns with the government’s effort to promote commercialization of new energy vehicles as a way to reduce oil imports and help curb pollution. Setting up the infrastructure to charge such vehicles is viewed as a key hurdle toward enticing consumers to switch from cars that run on gasoline or diesel.The government has included building up the electric vehicle industry in its current five-year economic blueprint but despite its ambitious plans such vehicles are still a negligible part of China’s auto sales due to their high cost and inconvenience compared with regular vehicles.Incentives that are likely to be rolled out include easier access to license plates — a key concern in cities like Shanghai, where the price of plates obtained in monthly auctions recently surged above $8,000 apiece.“There’s a bit of a chicken and egg component,” Broome said.“We’re trying to provide some of the missing pieces,” he said. So far, electric vehicle development has been “a little pie-in-the-sky. This will make it grounded in reality.”Among the vehicles that Hertz will offer is the E6, a pure electric vehicle made by BYD Autos, a battery-maker turned car manufacturer that has been struggling to expand sales of both its conventional and non-conventional vehicles as competition in the industry heats up.“We think that’s the right car for our purposes. It’s a good car and it’s also got the range,” Broome said. The E6 can go 240 kilometers (180 miles) on a single charge — about the right distance for the kind of driving most customers would do in China’s sprawling, traffic-jammed cities.Park Ridge, New Jersey-based Hertz is not the first car rental company to offer electric vehicles in China. That honor goes to eHi Car, a local car rental company that is among the country’s biggest.But eHi Car’s only non-conventional offering is the BYD F3DM, a hybrid plug-in sedan available for hire only in the northeastern city of Harbin, according to staff manning the company’s rental hot-line.Hertz’s plan calls for offering electric vehicles in Beijing, Shanghai and the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, where BYD is based, and then expanding the program beyond those cities.Financial details of the project and charging network plan were not immediately available.Hertz has already begun offering electric vehicles in several U.S. and European cities, including London, San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.The company is looking to significantly expand its presence in China, where the top 10 car rental companies occupy less than 20 percent of the market. The remainder is crowded with local mom-and-pop outfits, Broome said.So far, more than three-quarters of China’s rental market is for long-term leasing, mainly chauffeured vehicles provided by companies to their employees. But as Chinese become keener on exploring their vast countryside by car, daily individual rentals are surging, Broome said.Customers will not pay a premium for electric vehicle rentals, he said, though costs are based on the value of the vehicles, which even with government subsidies of 60,000 yuan ($9,200) per vehicle remain relatively expensive compared with conventional autos. So far, most electric car use has been in fleets.

    C Japan had its rating cut to Aa3 from Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service, which concluded a review started on May 31. The outlook on the rating is stable.

    Moody’s downgrades Japan’s credit rating

    Moody’s downgraded Japan’s credit rating, citing the country’s weak growth prospects, massive government debt and constant political uncertainty. The cut in Japan’s government bond rating Wednesday to Aa3 from Aa2 puts the country three notches below Moody’s top Aaa rating.


    Illinois granted $5.1M for insurance exchange

    The Illinois Department of Insurance has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant to develop and maintain a health insurance exchange where consumers can shop for coverage.The nation’s new health care law requires the exchanges to be running in states by 2014Insurance exchanges will allow people and small businesses to comparison shop online for insurance. The concept has been described as Travelocity for health insurance. The grant will help Illinois design the information infrastructure. It will go toward hiring staff to plan and coordinate with consultants to create the design features.Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement released Tuesday that the grant will help create a strong exchange and develop tools to make it easy for everyone to use.


    Illinois agency helps companies hire

    Aon Corp. has hired 100 people with assistance from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Greg Besio is with the professional services firm. He says the Chicago-based insurance and consulting company sought state assistance in identifying qualified and talented candidates and Employment Security exceeded expectations. The temporary jobs as benefits advisers pay $17 to $20 an hour and will last through mid-December. The Employment Security Department helps businesses hire workers through job fairs, providing space for interviews and connecting employers with qualified applicants. The agency also helps job seekers improve their appeal with information on its website. The website also includes information on how employers can use tax incentive programs for adding staff.

    The Obama administration says states that have not adopted their own insurance exchanges may get a second chance to avoid one run by the U.S. government.

    States may get second chance at insurance exchange

    HELENA, Mont. — The Obama administration says states that have not adopted their own insurance exchanges may get a second chance to avoid one run by the U.S. government.Only 11 states have fully embraced the idea of taking federal money to set up their own state-run insurance exchange, a key part of Obama’s health care overhaul designed to help uninsured people buy coverage from a choice of plans with federal tax credits.But states that have been slow to accept the idea, or outright rejected it in resistance to the law, will have another chance.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials told Montana legislators Tuesday that the agency is working on a new partnership model to let state agencies help run the exchange without the need to get legislative authorization.

    Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, resigned from the now-defunct tabloid early in 2007 after a reporter and a private investigator were jailed for hacking into the voicemails of royal staff. Six months later he was hired as communications chief to Cameron, then Britain’s opposition leader.

    Britain’s phone-hacking scandal sizzles on

    It’s the crisis that just won’t go away. Britain’s phone hacking scandal, where journalists at the News of the World tabloid eavesdropped on the voice mails of royals, celebrities, politicians and even a teenage murder victim, has shaken Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the highest levels of government.

    Payday loans are marketed under a different name, but a handful of major banks already let customers borrow against their paychecks for a fee. And there are signs the option may soon become more widely available.

    Big banks offer payday loans by another name

    Payday loans may be coming to a bank near you. They’re marketed under a different name, but a handful of major banks already let customers borrow against their paychecks for a fee. And there are signs the option may soon become more widely available.


    Parents, ACLU sue NJ city over Facebook records

    The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is suing the state’s biggest city for refusing to release records related to a $100 million gift pledged to its schools by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    People wait in line during a job fair, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, on the campus of Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta. Economists no longer think the economy’s troubles are fleeting. Their gloominess reflects expectations that slow growth, high unemployment and weak consumer spending will persist into next year.

    AP survey: No recession but weakness will endure

    Another U.S. recession is not likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy. That’s the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks.

    A new Noodles & Company restaurant, like this one in Naperville, may open in Rolling Meadows.

    Noodles & Company clears hurdle in Rolling Meadows

    A new Noodles & Company restaurant is one step closer to coming to Rolling Meadows after the city council approved a first reading of a request to add a sign for it in the building that currently houses Five Guys on Golf Road. The restaurant would be located next to Five Guys in the Meadows Crossing Planned Development on the 1300 block of Golf Road.

Life & Entertainment

    A stash of frozen stash of chicken sausage saves dinner.

    Chicken Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Spaghetti
    Chicken Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Spaghetti: Desperation Dinners

    A stash of frozen stash of chicken sausage saves dinner.

    Chicken sausages save dinner

    One night I was digging through my freezer meat shelf looking for some shrimp to throw into a spaghetti sauce. And then I spotted some chicken sausages just begging to be dinner. The sausages had been pushed to the back for a few weeks, and now, it was as though I had hit the jackpot.


    Homemade peanut butter that’s quick and easy
    Quick and easy recipes for making peanut butter, chunky and smooth, at home as well as tips for freezing biscuit dough.

    Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the 1983 film “Scarface.”

    ‘Scarface' made its mark on Al Pacino

    Part of the charm of the film "Scarface," is that it wasn't initially a hit, said actor Al Pacino who played the gangster Tony Montana. “It's one of my favorites because of its whole evolution,” he said. “It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation.”

    “Bloodlines” by Richelle Mead

    Mead's new vampire spinoff stands apart

    Sydney doesn't have time to worry about pimples or a date to the prom. Instead, she's worried about the vampire princess she's sworn to protect to avoid a civil war that would likely cost human lives in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff “Bloodlines.”

    Plumes of smoke rise from the World Trade Center buildings in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. The Empire State Building is seen in the foreground. Television viewers who want to immerse themselves in memories of the terrorist attacks as the 10th anniversary approaches will have a staggering number of choices.

    TV turns its attention to Sept. 11

    Television viewers who want to immerse themselves in memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as the 10th anniversary approaches will have a staggering number of choices, and on the day itself, networks will all have their top talent on hand for special coverage.

    Bistro One West honors national Pots de Creme month with its version — topped with whipped cream and roasted pumpkin seed brittle.

    Dining events: Bistro One West fetes chocolate

    Who knew August is national Pots de Creme month? Bistro One West in St. Charles did, and they're celebrating this creamy chocolate dessert with a daily special.

    The Bacon Brothers headline the Paramount Theater in Aurora and the Metropolis in Arlington Heights next week.

    Music notes: Bacon Brothers in the 'burbs

    Kevin Bacon takes a break from his day job as an A-list actor to tour with his brother, Michael, as the Bacon Brothers. The duo will play in Aurora and Arlington Heights next week.

    Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Germanotta, dances with her father during a dance her senior year at Convent of the Sacred Heart School in New York in 2004. This is one of several images of celebrities shown before they became famous included in Ancestry.com's U.S. School Yearbook Collection available Wednesday.

    Would you believe this is Lady Gaga?

    Lady Gaga's first communion. Bradley Cooper's teenage tennis practice. Scarlett Johansson decorating a Christmas tree. These are just a few of the before-they-were-stars photos in Ancestry.com's new U.S. School Yearbook Collection.

    The annual Port Clinton Art Festival in downtown Highland Park returns this weekend.

    Best bets: High art, good eats in Highland Park

    Peruse art in various mediums from more than 260 juried artists as part of the 28th Port Clinton Art Festival, which coincides with the fifth annual Taste of Highland Park this weekend at Port Clinton Square in Highland Park.

    Since Ann Curry joined the “Today” show, the program has seen a slight increase in viewers.

    Resurgent ‘GMA’ challenging ‘Today’

    NBC’s “Today” show, making its biggest talent change since Katie Couric left in 2006, heads into the new television season with its 15-year dominance of morning TV challenged by a stronger ABC.


    Summer’s End Marshmallow Cheesecake
    Summer's End Marshamllow Cheese Cake


    Brits to honor Ben Stiller with comedy award

    Ben Stiller is being honored for his comedic contributions by the British Academy of Film and Television. The group’s Los Angeles branch says Stiller will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

    Craig Ferguson received an envelope Tuesday that was packed with white powder that turned out to be harmless.

    Police probe threats sent to Craig Ferguson

    Craig Ferguson managed to crack a few jokes on his talk show Tuesday after receiving an envelope packed with white powder that turned out to be harmless.

    Mike Massoth and his wife have become real foodies in recent years. He says he enjoys the challenge of interpreting recipes he finds on FoodNetwork.com and other recipe websites.

    Gourmet club challenges cook to up his game

    One of the reasons Mike Massoth of Geneva loves watching cooking competitions is that he is awed by what chefs can produce in 30 minutes. "It takes me 30 minutes just to get the pots and pans out,” he laughs.


    Chile Rellenos with Plantains
    Chile Rellenos:Mike Massot

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Pan roasted duck breast with potato pancakes and blueberry and green peppercorn chutney.

    Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Potato Rosti
    Duck with Blueberry Chutney: Mike Massoth



    A good time to line up against idling

    A Daily Herald editorial says one good lesson we can teach our kids at the start of the new school year is the value of not idling as we wait to drop them off or pick them up.


    Tea party holy war

    Secularists often assume their view is the definition of neutrality and thus deserves a privileged public place. The argument that religion is fundamentally illiberal thus provides an excuse to treat it illiberally.


    Rick Perry should stop and think

    Rick Perry has given us a glimpse of what happens when his ideology collides with reality. Ideology wins and it does so not on the up and up, but by cheating a bit — in the case of global warming with the fictitious numbers and false charges.


    Read between lines when comparing tolls
    Toll roads outside of Illinois serve an entire state and offer a convenience to long-distance travelers. I’d bet that in the other states the majority of tolls are paid by nonresidents.


    Big disappointment at tollway meeting
    At the urging of the Daily Herald editorial staff, my husband and I attended Thursday’s Tollway Authority meeting in Wheaton. I was hoping to hear some good, open discussion on the tollway’s $12 billion construction proposal. Boy, was I wrong.


    Trickle-up poverty has to stop
    Those earning over $118,000 pay 70 percent of the income taxes. President Obama’s favorite corporation, GE, pays no taxes. This trickle-up poverty has to stop.


    Tax Wall St. dealers’ profits to the max
    Our deficit could probably be solved if the “profits” of these Wall Street dealers were taxed at the max and their “losses” not given a tax write off.


    Facts getting in way of writer’s point
    Using “cooked surveys” applies to myopic conservatives, as much as it does to the far left. Those of us in the political center are tired of both “cooked surveys” and extreme “my team is always right” positions.


    We cannot tolerate Walsh much longer
    Joe Walsh is an embarrassment A) to his child for not paying his child support and B) to the people of the 8th Congressional District by showing that he clearly doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to understand how our government works and clearly demonstrated he doesn’t understand the difference between the budget, deficit spending, and the debt ceiling.


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