Daily Archive : Thursday August 25, 2011


    Police gather on Barr Court in Hanover Park while conducting an investigation outside a residence.

    Hanover Park police looking for armed man Thursday

    Hanover Park police have cordoned off part of a village street Thursday while officers from multiple law enforcement agencies investigate an undisclosed crime and seek a reportedly armed and suicidal man.


    East Coast braces for Irene’s punch

    A monstrous Hurricane Irene tightened its aim on the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, threatening 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England. One of the nation’s top experts called it his “nightmare” scenario.


    Three Chicago fighters injured battling blaze

    Three Chicago firefighters have been injured while battling a fire in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood. Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff says two firefighters suffered face, hand and respiratory burns. One is in critical condition, the other in serious condition.

    Federal, state, county and city officials gathered Thursday in St. Charles to mark the start of construction for the new Red Gate Road Bridge crossing over the Fox River.

    Red Gate Road Bridge work begins

    State, county and city officials all gather in St. Charles Thursday to mark the beginning of construction for the Red Gate Road Bridge. The project will provide a new vehicle and pedestrian crossing over the Fox River.


    Family of Cary woman killed in crash awarded $1.27 million

    The family of a 25-year-old Cary woman who was killed in a head-on collision in 2007 was awarded more than $1 million Thursday.


    Duck races bring in $50,000:

    The 18th annual Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois duck races and pool parties, held recently in Barrington and Woodstock, raised more than $50,000 for the nonprofit organization.


    Parking, traffic changes coming to Elgin

    A new stop sign on Knollwood Drive and load limits for some residential streets are the latest responses by the city of Elgin to address residents' concerns. But a mildly unpopular change will come with the more benign ones. Daytime parking restrictions will also be implemented on Tennyson Court based on difficulties delivering city services.


    Holy Family offers Avon products with mammograms

    Holy Family Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center in Des Plaines and Avon are partnering for the “Wednesdays are for Women” campaign offering free Avon products to women who come in any Wednesday in September for a mammogram.


    Man accused of injuring Naperville police dog

    A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with injuring a police dog from the Naperville Police Department early Sunday morning.

    Mike Charewicz

    Police called to Des Plaines alderman’s home

    Arguments between Des Plaines 8th Ward Alderman Mike Charewicz and his wife have escalated to the point where she recently filed a domestic battery complaint with police but later decided not to press charges.

    Don Haworth

    Millions of court records bound for shredder

    Wrestling with the challenges of documents in the digital age, U.S. officials are destroying millions of paper federal court records to save storage costs and raising the ire of some historians, private detectives and others who heavily rely on the files.


    Naperville crash victim identified

    An elderly woman remains hospitalized in Naprville after being hit by a car late Wednesday night.

    Get ready for tolls to nearly double on Jan. 1 after a vote Thursday by Illinois tollway directors.

    Drivers pay higher tolls starting Jan. 1

    Tollway drivers will pay nearly double current rates starting Jan. 1 after Illinois tollway directors approved a massive $12 billion, 15-year capital program on Thursday.

    Local business owner Vic Portincaso poses a question about bank lending to Congressman Randy Hultgren at the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday at Elgin Community College. Portincaso owns Boss Automotive in unincorporated Kane County, and says he can’t get a bank loan.

    Hultgren addresses Elgin chamber on jobs, D.C. politics

    When Vic Portincaso was laid off from his process engineering job in Lisle, he dipped into his savings several years early to open Boss Automotive in unincorporated Kane County. He's asked four banks for loans to hire more people, but they've all said no.


    Minnesota truck driver killed in Highland Park crash

    A 51-year-old Minnesota man was killed when his semi-truck slammed into the rear of a second semi on Route 41 near Half Day Road in Highland Park. Richard Stolt of Cleveland, Minn., was behind the wheel of the semi that started the chain-reaction crash Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said Thursday.


    Judge will rule Friday on superintendents’ pay

    A Sangamon County judge says he is “aghast” at the hardships created by Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to cancel salaries for the state’s regional school superintendents. But Judge John Schmidt also indicated Thursday that he’s reluctant to interfere with the executive branch. Schmidt will announce his decision at noon on Friday.


    Chicago man gets 120 years for Elgin rape

    Rodney McGowan, a Chicago man convicted of beating and raping an elderly Elgin woman, is sentenced to 120 year in prison. The judge says the 43-year-old is a danger to civilized society.


    Motorcyclist hurt in crash with van in Schaumburg

    A 34-year-old Hanover Park man was seriously injured Thursday after the motorcycle he was riding apparently struck the side of a van at the intersection of Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive in Schaumburg. The man was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of what were first considered possibly life-threatening injuries.

    Gov. Patrick Quinn

    Where was Quinn on tollway hike?

    Save an occasional comment here or there, Quinn has mostly stayed out of the debate over higher tolls, a move that’s raised the eyebrows of some observers and drawn praise from others.


    Tri-Cities police reports

    Randy M. Winn, 35, of the 100 block of Sherman Avenue, Montgomery, was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest after officers responded at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday in the 2S800 block of Hart Road near Batavia in which Winn was banging on a house’s windows, according to sheriff’s reports.


    Fox Valley police reports

    Elgin police responded to reports of an armed robbery shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Citgo station at 1005 N. Liberty Street. According to police, a man entered the station with a gun, told the attendant to turn off the lights so it looked like the store was closed and then took cash from the register and opened a safe, according to heavily redacted police reports.

    Toby Mangold of Palatine talks about toll hikes while visiting the Des Plaines Oasis Thursday.

    I-PASS users vent on toll hike
    Most I-PASS users give a thumb's down to the rate increase.


    No bat infestation at Madison airport

    Federal and state investigators found no evidence to substantiate reports of a bat infestation at the Madison airport and have closed their investigation, officials said Thursday. The inquiry followed an Aug. 5 incident in which a bat made its way onto a Delta flight from Madison to Atlanta.

    Kari Knox

    Lake in the Hills pair guilty in pimp case

    A jury convicted Antwanette Atkins and Kari Knox, both of Lake in the Hills, in a prostitution scheme involving a 14-year-old from Kansas. They could get up to 30 years in prison in October when sentenced for involuntary servitude of a minor.

    Renee Harris, of Zion, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a host of charges filed against her in what officials say was brazen daylight attack in the Gurnee Mills parking lot.

    Zion woman denies Gurnee Mills robbery, attack

    A Zion woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to a host of charges filed against her in what officials say was a brazen daylight attack in the Gurnee Mills parking lot. Renee Harris, 41, faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted in the June 18 attack in which she is alleged to have forced her way into another woman’s car, threatened her with a razor and beat and bit her.

    Willie C. Davis of Round Lake Park is charged with armed violence, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and reckless conduct. Police say he threw a landscaping brick at an SUV on the 400 block of Highmoor Drive on July 17 when he saw a fellow gang member being chased by rival gang members. The SUV crashed and one person was killed.

    Round Lake Park man pleads not guilty in fatal attack

    A Round Lake Park man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges stemming from what police say was a clash between rival gangs that left one man dead. Willie Davis Jr., 20, is charged with armed violence, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and reckless conduct.

    The first first phase of construction is nearly finished on the $14 million New Leaf Development in Roselle, at the southeast corner of Roselle and Irving Park roads.

    Roselle’s New Leaf project making progress

    New Leaf Development in Roselle might be behind schedule, but it's now seeing some major progress with the opening of a bank that is a key part of the development. New Leaf is the last major parcel in the village’s 22-year-old TIF district.


    Mount Prospect helping residents go green

    The village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Public Library will work together this fall to hold a series of educational programs regarding the environment and living a "green" lifestyle. The programs will be paid for with a federal grant awarded to the village in 2009.


    Aurora run for Athletes raises $3,830

    The fourth annual Run for the Athletes 5K organized by the Aurora Police Department raised $3,830 for Special Olympics Illinois, organizers said. The Aug. 17 event drew 235 runners along with 11 police and fire teams who competed in the second annual Police vs. Fire 5K Challenge.


    IRS honors Naperville food pantry

    Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville was honored by the Internal Revenue Service for its inaugural year of offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.


    Lombard to host soccer showcase

    The Lombard Firebirds Soccer Club will host its Soccer Showcase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 28, at Four Seasons Park, Finley Road and 16th Street, Lombard.


    West Nile found in Lake County

    A mosquito pool, sampled Aug. 4 in Buffalo Grove, has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first confirmed indicator of the disease’s presence in Lake County in 2011.


    Sign language classes

    The John Powers Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing will offer sign language classes for all interested individuals.


    Safety award for Mundelein

    The village of Mundelein won second place in the 2010-11 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation.


    New public works chief in Mundelein

    The Mundelein village board has hired a new public works and engineering director.


    Cary plans to interview 6 for administrator post

    Cary is making progress in the search for a new village administrator, as officials plan to interview six candidates within the next week or two.

    Kelley Byrne, 18, of Grayslake, receives free pizza from Noemi Seville of Zion during Welcome Week at College of Lake County’s flagship campus in Grayslake.

    College of Lake County enrollment dips slightly

    College of Lake County is reporting a slight enrollment dip to start the new academic season, bucking a growth trend from the past couple of years. “Usually in tough economic times, our enrollment tends to go up,” CLC President Jerry Weber said.

    St. Charles officials and resident Clifford McIlvaine have reached an agreement about fixing most of the building code violations the city sued him over. McIlvaine has had a home-improvement project going since 1975 at 605 Prairie St.; the city said the building permits for that expired in 1976.

    St. Charles, man reach partial deal on 36-year project

    St. Charles and Clifford McIlvaine have reached agreement on bringing his 36-year-old home-improvement project to an end -- for the most part. But they still aren't budging on one aspect -- whether he has to connect to the city's water system.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars smashed a front window at AV Eye Boutique in Wheeling, ransacked the store and stole eyeglass frames, sunglasses and an eye exam headset specialty instrument. Loss was estimated at $41,000.

    Edizon Dayao

    Your news Music of 1950s and ‘60s comes alive at Indian Trails Library

    The 1950s and 60s is often thought of as a golden age in popular music. Edizon Dayao will bring the hits from Broadway and the early days of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life again 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling.

    Kenneth Rochau, assistant building services supervisor, Des Plaines Park District.

    Des Plaines parks appoints new assistant building supervisor

    The Des Plaines Park District appointed Kenneth Rochau to assistant building services supervisor, responsible for the daily maintenance at the Administrative and Leisure Center, Prairie Lakes Community Center, the field houses at West and Arndt parks and the Golf Center Des Plaines.

    Practice over, Vinny Caruso chomps on watermelon before his helmet slips down onto his head.

    Bartlett team celebrates end of doubles practice
    The Bartlett High School varsity football team traditionally ends its summer doubles practices by digging into watermelon.

    Doug McConnell, left, and Don Macdonald, both of Barrington, planned separate swims across the English Channel this month for charity. McConnell completed the crossing Sunday, but Macdonald’s trek has been postponed by bad weather.

    Barrington swimmers encounter change of Channel

    A pair of Barrington men who planned separate swims across the English Channel this month encountered very different luck when it comes to the weather.While Doug McConnell, 53, crossed the Channel earlier this week, the attempt by fellow swimmer Don Macdonald, 49, has been put on hold by stormy conditions.

    The space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center on May 26, 2010, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Report: NASA made proper pick for retired shuttles

    NASA acted properly when it picked new homes for the retired space shuttles, the space agency’s watchdog said Thursday. Among the cities turned down was Chicago.

    Rebel fighters search a captured loyalist soldier during fighting in the Abu Salim district in Tripoli, LIbya, Thursday.

    Intense battles erupt near Gadhafi seized compound

    One thousand rebels bombarded buildings filled with regime fighters hiding amid civilians in a ferocious battle Thursday for Moammar Gadhafi’s last major stronghold in Tripoli. The Libyan leader, still in hiding, sent a new message calling on his supporters to kill the rebels.


    John Dietz ranks the running backs

    Daily Herald fantasy football columnist John Dietz ranks the running backs complete with statistics predictions.

    John Exiner

    Wheaton man gets jail time for firing rifle from window

    A Wheaton man says he regrets drunkenly firing a .22 caliber rifle from his apartment twice this spring, narrowly missing two neighbors watching TV and a family of five driving by. “I thank God every day that no one was hurt,” John Exiner, 35, told a judge Thursday.

    Patrick Mooney gets a hug from longtime friend Cathy Hughes of Elk Grove Village.

    Roselle welcomes home soldier

    U.S. Army Specialist Patrick Mooney got a hero's welcome Wednesday, when he returned from Afghanistan to his family home in Roselle. Friends and family were there to greet him, and the Roselle and Bloomingdale police and fire department gave him an escort.

    Crystal Engle gets a hug from her mom Loretta at the doorway to her second-grade class with Kristin Miller on the first day of school Wednesday at Anne Fox School in Hanover Park.

    Start of school a suburban passage that always hits home

    The start of school plays out differently across the suburbs. We have sobbing kindergartners, jaded teens trudging through high school doors, weepy moms who have to be pried from the college dorm and anxious parents shipping kids off to foreign lands.

    In an image provided by NOAA, Hurricane Irene is shown as it moves over the Bahamas Thursday.

    Airlines begin canceling flights as Irene nears

    Airlines began to cancel flights and get planes out of the way as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the U.S. mainland on Thursday. The storm will likely force hundreds of flights to be cancelled through this weekend and create delays that could ripple across the country.

    Jay Radcliffe displays a radio device he uses to perform an attack on an insulin pump by taking control of the device wirelessly.

    Insulin pump maker identified after hacking talk

    When Jay Radcliffe revealed three weeks ago that he’d found serious security holes in a popular type of insulin pump that diabetics wear, he kept two important details secret: the pump maker’s name, and the specific technique he used to hack the device.

    Lakemoor officials have authorized a contract to buy a home adjoining Morrison Park on Lily Lake, right. The future of the home is to be determined but a park expansion is possible.

    Lakemoor buys home for park expansion

    Lakemoor officials recently authorized a contract to buy a home that went up for sale on Lily Lake. The closing is pending but the property may be used to expand the lakefront Morrison Park. “The opportunity was there. The price was right. Better to secure it now,” Mayor Todd Weihofen said.


    Cary school board considers central office for savings

    Cary Elementary District 26 school board members have vowed to review administrative staffing levels. Some community members say the district has not trimmed enough from the administration in the face of deep cuts, which includes the closure of two schools.


    Kane County: Health department change working

    The first full quarter of data is in for the privitization of services formally performed by the Kane County Health Department. The data indicates no loss of services as far as the county can tell.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser, Jr. won’t face criminal charges over allegations that he choked Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in June as the justices deliberated on a legal challenge to GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law.

    No charge for Wisconsin justice accused in choking

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser won’t face criminal charges over allegations that he choked a liberal colleague,as the justices deliberated Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law.

    The tiny Hines Emerald Dragonfly DuPage faces extinction, so officials are trying to save its habitat in a forest preserve near Darien.

    DuPage forest district may spend $128,000 to save endangered dragonfly

    It’s a little bug causing a lot of fuss. The endagered Hines Emerald Dragonfly lives in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, not far from Argonne National Laboratory near Darien. Officials may spend up to $128,000 to stop erosion that threatens the bug's habitat.

    Glen Ellyn Village President Mark Pfefferman, left, and Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk say Sunday?s nationally televised matchup between Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South high schools is a ?friendly rivalry,? one that prompted them to lay civic pride on the line in a wager on the game.

    Wheaton, Glen Ellyn leaders wager flagpole space on football game

    Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk and Glen Ellyn Village President Mark Pfefferman have wagered on the Wheaton Warrenville South-Glenbard West football game airing Sunday on ESPN2. “Now it's more of a friendly, but intense rivalry,” Pfefferman said.


    Habitat for Humanity’s Elgin ReStore seeks volunteers
    Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley ReStore, 800 N. State St., Elgin, is seeking volunteers to help with store operations. ReStore has seen a drop in volunteer hours in the last couple of months. This is mostly due to volunteers who had been unemployed getting back into the workforce.

    Andre, a sea turtle who survived catastrophic injuries and underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries, has been found dead, three weeks after he was released off the Florida coast.

    Sea turtle who had global following found dead

    Andre, a sea turtle who survived catastrophic injuries and underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries, has been found dead, three weeks after he was released off the Florida coast.

    Flames light up the evening sky near Missoula, Mont., as a wildfire burns through timber. The fire spread quickly up the mountainside, and there were no reports of structures damaged or injuries.

    Weather forecast works against Montana firefighters

    Fire-stoking winds and lightning are forecast across much of the Northern Rockies Thursday as crews rush to bolster protective lines around more than a dozen blazes that already have scorched tens of thousands of acres.


    Aurora pawn law already netting arrests

    After less than a month in use, an online database where Aurora pawn shops and secondhand dealers are required to post information about every transaction already is helping the city’s police department track stolen goods and make arrests, authorities said Wednesday.

    Daniel Holmes

    McHenry man charged with assaulting two 17-year-old girls

    Daniel Holmes of McHenry has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault after police said he provided alcohol to two minors, and then engaged in sexual conduct with them.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 44-year-old Streamwood man was charged with production/possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Reports said officers saw marijuana plants growing on a second-floor balcony and found a drug pipe and other drug paraphernalia in his bedroom.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 20-year-old Barrington man was arrested Aug. 21 at Northwest Highway and Dundee Road in Barrington and charged with five felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.


    Mladic returns to court for pretrial hearing

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic returned to the U.N. Yugoslav tribunal on Thursday for a pretrial hearing, looking far calmer than at his chaotic arraignment in July.


    Tricksters entering Buffalo Grove homes

    Buffalo Grove police have reported two recent scam attempts that rely on distracting the homeowner, with one of them ending in success and one in failure.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 32-year-old Wheeling resident and charged with battery in Buffalo Grove after, according to police reports.he kicked a dog and pushed its female owner, causing her head to snap back, at Happy Tails Dog Park.

    Downtown Palatine is full of festgoers.

    Takin’ it to the streets in Palatine this weekend
    The three-day Palatine Street Fest is back this weekend in downtown Palatine. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 26; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

    The 2011 Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts will feature more than 80 artists specializing in painting, sculpture, jewelry making and more.

    Festival brings art, music to Lake Ellyn Park

    Before a chill creeps into the air and the leaves begin to fall, the Glen Ellyn Lions Club invites art aficionados of all ages to Lake Ellyn Park for the 42nd annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts.

    Rockford resident Joseph Mongan creates outdoor sculptures from a variety of metals and glass. For the first time, he will be showing his work at the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts.

    Glen Ellyn fest welcomes Rockford metal artist

    Rockford resident Joseph Mongan never realized he had a talent for metal sculpting until his wife wanted him to re-create a metal Christmas tree from a flea market. Now he owns his own store and is one of more than 80 artists set to appear at Glen Ellyn's Festival of the Arts.

    Cody Crawford has been arrested on hate crime charges for the November 2010 firebombing of a mosque in Corvallis, Ore.

    Man arrested for hate crime in fire at Ore. mosque

    PORTLAND, Ore. — A 24-year-old man has been arrested on hate crime charges for the November firebombing of a mosque in Corvallis, Ore., where the suspect in a Portland, Ore., bomb plot once worshipped, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.


    Hispanic gains push U.S. college student enrollment to record

    A surge in Hispanic enrollment brought the number of U.S. college students ages 18 to 24 to a record high last year even as the number of young whites at universities fell, a Pew Hispanic Center study found.


    Vacationing Obama, family head for the beach

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama is being kept abreast of preparations for Hurricane Irene, White House aides say, as he and his family round out their vacation at picturesque Martha’s Vineyard.

    So far this year, 396 international troops have died in Afghanistan, including at least 294 Americans.

    NATO coalition says 3 troops killed in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Roadside bombings have killed three NATO service members in southern Afghanistan.The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that one trooper was killed in a blast and two others were killed in a separate explosion.The coalition did not disclose any other details about the deaths.


    Survey finds risky behaviors among suburban teens

    New research shows that worrisome numbers of suburban Chicago teens are engaging in risky health behaviors.Some 40 percent of suburban public high school kids say they’ve tried cigarettes; nearly one in four has had recent sex, and more than three-fourths don’t get at least an hour of physical activity each day.


    Wisconsin governor surveying storm damage

    CHILI, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker will survey tornado damage in central Wisconsin Thursday. Walker will be in the Clark County community of Chili, which was hit hard by an EF2 tornado Tuesday. Four houses were destroyed and dozens of others were damaged, as well as outbuildings and crops.

    Joshua Rangel

    Missing Schaumburg teen located

    A 14-year-old Schaumburg boy reported missing after he did not return home from school Wednesday has been found safe, police and officials in Palatine-Schaumburg Township District 211 reported this morning.


    Elmhurst College asks students about LGBT status

    Elmhurst College has become the first in the country to ask students directly on admissions applications about their gender identity and sexual orientation.The application asks: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”


    Debts soon to be paid at Wisconsin State Fair Park

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Wisconsin State Fair Park is close to paying off its debt to the state after it had a $4.3 million surplus in 2010.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports strong attendance in 2010 and revenue from year-round events helped Wisconsin State Fair Park. The 2010 fiscal year ended June 30.


    NTSB says pilot lost control in fatal lake crash

    OSHKOSH, Wis. — Investigators say the pilot of a plane that crashed into Lake Winnebago last month lost control during an aerobatic maneuver. The National Transportation Safety Board says a Piper Cub that went down in the lake near Van Dyne July 25 had left Wittman Airport in Oshkosh with another plane for a sight-seeing flight. EAA AirVenture was under way at the time.


    Death after Indiana police chase ruled suicide

    ELKHART, Ind. — A man who stabbed two women in a northern Indiana city is a person of interest in a nearby house fire that killed a father and two sons, and a man who burned to death inside a car registered to the same person committed suicide, authorities said.


    Census: South, West lead U.S. in marriages, divorces

    WASHINGTON — Singles, take note: With marriages at an all-time low, states in the South and West rank among the highest for couples hearing wedding bells. But many of these states also have higher rates of divorce.


    Officials trying to identify body found in Muncie

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Authorities in Muncie are trying to determine whether a body found on the city’s north side is that of a woman who’s been missing for more than three weeks.


    Roof fire damages Indianapolis elementary school

    INDIANAPOLIS — An elementary school in Indianapolis is closed for at least a day after a fire damaged its roof.


    Cook County property taxes likely due first week in November

    Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said today that the Second Installment of the 2010 property taxes will be tentatively due the first week of November. The official due date will be determined after calculations concerning property values and tax rates are finalized by the Cook County Assessor and the Cook County Clerk’s office.


    W. Ind. school district keeping buses off I-70

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A western Indiana school district isn’t allowing its buses to travel on Interstate 70 because of safety concerns with several construction projects on the highway.Vigo County School Corp. Superintendent Dan Tanoos says the decision was made after district leaders talked with police departments and people who travel I-70 between Terre Haute and Indianapolis.


    VA to buy hospital property for clinic in Joliet

    A hospital emergency room in suburban Chicago will be transformed into an outpatient clinic for veterans.U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs is purchasing the property from Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.


    Madigan warns against identity theft

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging vigilance against identity theft as her office announces charges against two women.Madigan says her office received more than 3,800 identity theft complaints last year. They included fraudulent charges on victims’ accounts and unauthorized people opening new accounts in their names.


    Cook County reports man is second West Nile case

    A suburban Chicago man in his 20s is the second confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Cook County.The county’s Department of Public Health says the South Holland man is doing well after getting sick and being hospitalized earlier this month.


    Woman acquitted of secretly recording Chicago cops

    A woman accused of eavesdropping for secretly recording an interview with two Chicago police internal affairs investigators has been acquitted of the charge.


    Oakbrook Terrace group urges caution on excess radiation

    An accrediting group based in Oakbrook Terrace is urging hospitals to find ways to reduce patients’ exposure to repeated radiation doses.


    Quinn signs legislation affecting drinking water

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three bills he says will help conserve and protect drinking water in the state.One bill allows recycled, treated wastewater to be used for purposes that don’t include consumption, such as watering golf courses or parks. Experts say this would save drinking water used for the same purposes.


    Ind. woman accused of running over officer’s foot

    LAKE STATION, Ind. — A northwestern Indiana woman faces a criminal charge for allegedly driving over the foot of an officer who had just ticketed her for speeding.The Times of Munster reports that the 37-year-old New Chicago woman, Graciela Cardenas, was charged Monday in Lake County with resisting law enforcement.


    Indictments coming in Terre Haute officer’s slaying

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Federal prosecutors are preparing to announce six indictments in connection with the fatal shooting of a Terre Haute police officer.


    Indiana ends hunting/fishing agreement with Ohio

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s wildlife agency has ended an agreement with the state of Ohio that had allowed Ohio residents who own land in Indiana to hunt and fish in the Hoosier State without an Indiana license.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the state’s reciprocal agreement with Ohio was terminated because of a law recently passed by Ohio’s Legislature.


    Ind. AG sues 2 foreclosure consulting companies

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general’s office is suing two companies it says preyed on Hoosiers trying to save their homes from foreclosure.


    Announcement set on possible Ind. schools takeover

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state schools superintendent is set to announce whether he’ll support the first state takeover of troubled public schools. Five high schools and a middle school in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Roosevelt High School in Gary face that possibility based on test results released this summer by the state Department of Education.


    Semi crashes into Indiana cemetery

    ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A semitrailer barreled through a cemetery after running off Interstate 65 in central Indiana.

    Dogs and children played big roles in Ron Santo's life. Here he is with his grandson Sam and three dogs, left to right: Hanna, Joker and Summer. Vicki Santo wants to bring awareness to alert dogs for diabetics.

    Vicki Santo honors Ron as she learns dogs help diabetics

    Vicki Santo was shocked to learn there's a way dogs can help save diabetics' lives. Even Ron never knew about it, but now she wants to spread the word.

    It looks like an increase in tolls is coming, but will it be generally 35 to 45 cents, or 15 cents for current 40-cent tolls? The smaller plan could at least get some debate today.

    Toll hike likely, but rival plan to be debated, too

    All indications are drivers should prepare for a rate hike Jan. 1. But before tollway directors vote on the issue possibly today, a debate is expected on an alternate plan by Director Bill Morris of Grayslake. The key difference between the two is cost to drivers.


    Carlos Pena slides in safely with a steal of second in front of the tag by Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla.

    Images: Cubs 3, Braves 8
    The Chicago Cubs were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 8-3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Thursday afternoon. The pitching matchup featured Matt Garza starting for the Cubs and Brandon Beachy starting for the Braves. Catcher Brian McCann homered twice for Atlanta, while outfielderMarlon Byrd homered for Chicago.

    Streamwood's Alex Morrow is one of the top returning running backs in the area.

    Streamwood hoping to end postseason drought

    Season preview for Streamwood football

    Wide receiver Roy Williams might want to debate whether he dropped any passes against the Giants, but this much is indisputable: He still hasn't caught a pass in a Bears uniform. He gets another chance Saturday night at Tennessee.

    Spellman's Scorecard: Some things just make no sense

    As Mike Spellman declares in his Scorecard column, if Roy Williams did not drop those passes in the Bears-Giants game, then it stands to reason that Adam Dunn knew there were only two outs in the inning.

    Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has averaged 28.7 TD passes and 4.3 TD runs since becoming a starter in 2008.

    Rodgers or Vick? Who is No. 1 fantasy QB?

    I'm giving the slight nod to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who missed most of two games in 2010 yet still threw for 3,922 yards, ran for 356 and had 32 total touchdowns. Vick missed most of five games, threw for 3,018 yards, ran for 676 and amassed 30 total TDs.


    Thursday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Thursday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


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


    Scouting: Stillman Valley at Aurora Christian
    A preview of Friday's football game between Aurora Christian and Stillman Valley.


    Scouting: Rockford Lutheran at Aurora Central
    A preview of Friday's football game between Aurora Central and Rockford Lutheran.

    Jacobs quarterback Jason Judson is a three-year starter who will try to help the Golden Eagles capture their second straight playoff berth.

    Jacobs poised to take next step

    Season preview for Jacobs football


    Scouting: Hinsdale Central at St. Charles North
    A preview of Friday's football game between St. Charles North and Hinsdale Central.


    Scouting: Cary-Grove at St. Charles East
    A preview of Friday's football game between St. Charles East and Cary-Grove.


    Scouting: Brooks at Kaneland
    A preview of Friday's football game between Kaneland and Brooks.


    Scouting: Rock Island at Geneva
    A preview of Friday's football game between Geneva and Rock Island.


    Scouting: Marmion at Batavia
    A preview of Friday's football game between Batavia and Marmion.


    Harper aiming high in women’s volleyball

    The sixth-ranked Harper College women’s volleyball team looks to capture at least a share of the program’s fourth North Central Community College Conference title since 2005 this season. And if things go perfectly for the Hawks, that will be on the way to winning a national title.


    Wauconda wins opener

    Girls volleyballWauconda d. Woodstock: The Bulldogs won their season opener 25-15, 25-16, as Erinn Hellweg and Megan Tallman each had 2 kills and 3 aces.Ali Morrison added 2 kills and 2 blocks for Wauconda. Hellweg had 2 blocks, as well.Lake Forest d. Carmel: The Corsairs suffered their first loss, 25-23, 16-25, 25-16, despite Taylor Pippen’s 4 kills and 9 blocks.Carmel (2-1) received 3 kills apeice from Janelle Dewald, Megan Mowery and Jessie Wayland. Mowery recorded 17 disgs, and Dewald dished out 9 assists.Barrington d. Mundelein: Madi Wilcox had 5 kills and set 19 of 19 with 3 assists for the Mustangs in their 25-23, 25-18 loss.Brittany Busscher contributed 3 kills for Mundelein (1-1).Fremd d. Vernon Hills: Shannon Nugent pounded 10 kills, but the Cougars lost 25-16, 25-22 to fall to 1-1 on the season.Jenn Claussen and Megan Meline had 4 and 3 kills, respectively, for the Cougars.Johnsburg d. Grant: Brooke Buckley’s 5 kills were not enough for the Bulldogs, who dropped a 25-19, 25-20 decision.Lakes d. Waukegan: Rachel Sieracke and Emily Aigner each had 5 kills for the Eagles in their 25-8, 25-15 win.Sarah Horner served 4 aces for Lakes (2-0).


    Heelan heatin’ up for Mundelein

    Mundelein's Grant Heelan fired a 34 to lead the Mustangs to vitory over Libertyville on Thursday.


    Stevenson blanks Loyola

    Boy soccerStevenson 5, Loyola 0: At Glenbrook South, Toshiki Niimi scored on a penalty kick and also had an assist, as the Patriots won their first match of the season.Stevenson (1-0-1) also got goals from Joe Hugener, Constantine Kuhlman, Brendon Sexson and Sam Shaw. Zach Erny, Ricky Lekakh and Hayden Ford added assists.Three Stevenson goalies — Quinton Low, Jacob Azriel and Chris Broutos — shared the shutout. The Patriots led 2-0 at halftime.Grant 2, McHenry 1: Alex Zepeda and Andres Velarde scored for the Bulldogs (1-1).Zion-Benton 4, Grayslake Central 1: At Vernon Hills, Diego Gomez scored the lone goal for the Rams (1-1), who trailed 2-0 at halftime.Warren 2, Mather 2: At Glenbrook North, Warren overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to remain undefeated, getting goals from Auner Solis and Patric Schulz. Daniel Szczepanek assisted on both tallies.Brady Walsh made 6 saves for Warren (2-0-1).Grayslake North 4, Vernon Hills 2: At Vernon Hills, the Knights struck for a pair of goals in each half, overcoming a 1-0 deficit, as they evened their record at 1-1.Carson Klarck, Daniel Bazan, Sintayehu Meyer and Mark Lewis scored for Grayslake North, while Michael Rohrer had 2 assists. Meyer broke a 2-2 tie in the second half after taking a pass from Klarck.“Our boys showed great spirit for the second game in a row and are consistently showing really good signs for the season ahead,” Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. “Juniors Michael Rohrer, John Derango and Carson Klarck, as well as seniors Mark Lewis and Daniel Bazan all had efforts to be very proud of.”Grayslake North and Grayslake Central play each other at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vernon Hills.


    MSL power Hersey opens with volleyball victory

    Cook County volleyball rap


    Carmel, Lakes fall at LF

    Carmel Catholic’s boys soccer team made a strong effort to get past Deerfield and reach the finals of the North Shore Shootout at Lake Forest on Thursday.But Deerfield pulled out a 1-0 decision, advancing the Warriors (3-0, 2-0) to Saturday’s 10 a.m. championship match against Highland Park (2-1, 2-0).Carmel (1-1-1, 1-1) will face Lakes (2-1, 1-1) for third place, also at 10 a.m. Saturday.Carmel dominated most of the play against Deerfield.“We had a lot of midfield possession, which was nice to see,” Carmel coach John Halloran said. “But you need do something with it and we weren’t moving the ball fast enough. We were taking 3-4 touches, and by the time we were switching the field, (Deerfield) had us closed off. If we moved the ball faster, we would have been more successful.“We just need to be more creative.”It proved to be a frustrating game for Corsairs midfielder Ian Heinrich and his teammates.“Our team is set up to be a possession-style team,” Heinrich said. “We have a lot of talented players. We just couldn’t find the through ball. We did a good job hitting the ball around but couldn’t do anything in the attacking third.”Deerfield has had Carmel’s number for the last couple years in the tournament — and in the postseason.“Carmel had a much better first half than us,” Deerfield coach Elliott Hurtig said. “We were struggling to get our rhythm. Carmel’s midfield was outplaying our midfield.“Our guys played with a lot of passion, focus and intensity in the second half. We have a strong defense back there.”Deerfield got the game’s only goal from Joey Calistri on a penalty kick in the 13th minute.Calistri, who recently verbally committed to Northwestern, scored his seventh goal in three games after he was knocked down in the box by a couple of Carmel defenders.“It was a one-touch through ball and I was trying to make a move around the keeper (Steve Sliwa),” Calistri said. “(Sliwa) got a hand on it. I made the move to the left and kept going for the ball. Then I got bumped a bit.“I thought, as a team, we had to fight through it all.”Highland Park 3, Lakes 1: Lakes got off to a great start and led 1-0 at halftime but the Giants scored 3 unanswered second-half goals in the other semifinal at Lake Forest.The Eagles, who played their third game in three days, got a goal from Tom Langbein. Jonathan Stanley picked up the assist.“We had our chances and didn’t finish them, especially in the first half,” Lakes coach Kevin Kullby said. “Highland Park was a good and strong team. Maybe playing three games in three days, we might have had tired legs.”

    Elgin football head coach Dave Bierman will lead his Maroons against Dundee-Crown tonight in the season opener at Memorial Field.

    Scouting Week 1 in the Fox Valley

    Week 1 Fox Valley football game preview capsules


    White Sox scouting report

    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Mariners


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Charles North d. Bartlett: Jennifer Krick had 11 kills and Lexie Mason added 10 but Bartlett (0-2) fell to St. Charles North 24-26, 25-23, 25-14 in an Upstate Eight crossover. Mason and Tori Burke each had 12 digs for the Hawks and Amy Hurban added 9. Burke also had 24 assists.Neuqua Valley d. Elgin: Bri Hamilton had 2 kills and Hope Demel 5 assists for Elgin (0-2) in this 25-14, 25-9 Upstate Eight crossover loss.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Nestor Ascencio and Alejandro Avalos scored goals as Streamwood won its first boys soccer game of the season Thursday night, 2-1 over Downers Grove North.Jose Resendez made 9 saves in goal for the Sabres (1-1-1).Westminster Christian 1, St. Edward 1: Josh Beachler scored for Westminster and Carlos Moreno for St. Edward as the two Elgin schools tied at the St. Edward tournament. Johnny Shepherd assisted Moreno’s goal and Beachler’s knock was on a penalty kick. Sam Carni had 22 saves in goal for the Warriors (1-1-1) and Matt Hesch made 6 saves for St. Edward (0-1-1).Burlington Central 1, Belvidere North 1: Chris Gousios scored BC’s lone goal in this tie at the DeKalb tournament. Riley Jensen had 12 saves for the Rockets (0-0-2).Neuqua Valley 4, Elgin 0: Tony Benitez made 14 saves in goal for the Maroons (0-2) in this Upstate Eight crossover loss.Christian Liberty 3, Harvest Christian 0: Luke Agase had 2 saves and Dan Turpin 3 saves but Harvest Christian (0-2) couldn’t find the back of the net in this nonconference loss.


    St. Charles North holds off E. Aurora

    Two of the finest boys soccer programs in the far western suburbs met on Thursday night in Aurora, and St. Charles North authored a signature win to start its season.In the process, the North Stars welcomed back Tyler Davis with open arms.The junior midfielder, who skipped the high school season last year to play club soccer, scored twice in a 90-second span to conclude a 3-goal outburst by St. Charles North to end a scoreless draw early in the second half.Davis’ twin scores capped the North Stars’ four-minute and 20-second frenzy that Matt Picinich began, and St. Charles North withstood two late East Aurora goals to win the thrilling Upstate Eight Conference crossover 3-2.“It was certainly an entertaining second half,” St. Charles North coach Eric Willson said. “(East Aurora) is certainly one of the tougher places to play.”The Tomcats (1-1), coming off a program-best 17-win campaign in which the squad captured the River Division, had eight starters returning.The North Stars (1-0) had a noticeable height advantage, but the Tomcats’ frightening speed and collective skill set established the early tone in which both teams had quality chances slide by the goal.St. Charles North keeper Garrett Creasor stoned East Aurora sophomore forward Salvador Ibarra from point-blank range in the final minute of the scoreless first half.The North Stars, expunging their first-game jitters, then seized control in the second 40 minutes.Davis’ blistering low runner was brilliantly saved by East Aurora keeper Osvaldo Mata early in the second half, but the North Stars’ first set play off a free kick minutes later broke the scoreless but frenetic play.Picinich and Alex Behm collaborated to perfection with the former heading in the long pass to the upper-left edge of the Tomcats’ goal.“I saw myself with the ball at the far post,” Picinich said. “I flicked it in with my head.”But Davis’ play would ultimately prove to be the difference in the pulsating contest.Picinich broke the ice seven-plus minutes into the second half, and Davis’ blast off a rebound exactly two minutes later doubled the North Stars’ cushion to 2-0 with 30:32 remaining to play.“Someone hit a nice shot, and it bounced right to me,” Davis said. “I just hit it; I wasn’t even aiming.”East Aurora coach Jason Rollins said the first goal had a lasting impact on his squad.“The first goal kind of rattled us,” Rollins said. “We struggled and couldn’t clear the ball (on Davis’ first goal).”Ninety second later, Davis’ second goal was a highlight reel as his initial header bounced off the crossbar.The junior had the presence of mind to rebound his own miss with another header that found the mark.“It all started with Mike’s cross,” Davis said of the first feed from Mike Winhoffer. “I should have scored off of it.”The Tomcats’ David Reynoso and Angel Barajas scored for the hosts; the last came with 24 seconds to play.

    Jason Kubel, right, was the subject of rumors that he had been picked off waivers by the White Sox. Kenny Williams denied the reports.

    Sox’ Williams says LOL on Kubel claim

    General manager Kenny Williams laughed off reports the White Sox have been awarded a waiver claim on Twins outfielder/designated hitter Jason Kubel.

    Former Prospect head coach Brent Pearlman will direct Lake Zurich’s offense this fall. Pearlman won three state championships at Prospect.

    Lake Zurich goes on the offensive with Pearlman

    Brent Pearlman, who won three state championships as Prospect's head football coach, will direct Lake Zurich's offense this fall in coach Bryan Stortz's program.

    Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem tonight before the kickoff of the Barrington at Libertyville season opener.

    Libertyville treat: Messmer to sing Friday night

    Libertyville might not need the public address system tonight when the national anthem is sung before the Wildcats' season-opening football game against visiting Barrington.


    Scouting Waubonsie Valley at Naperville Central
    A preview of Friday night's football game between Waubonsie Valley and Naperville Central


    Scouting Bartlett at Wheaton North
    High five football preview for Bartlett at Wheaton North.


    Scouting Palatine at Montini
    A preview of Friday night's football game between Palatine and Montini


    Scouting Naperville North at Neuqua Valley
    A preview of Friday night's football game between Naperville North and Neuqua Valley


    Scouting Glenbard West at WW South
    High five football preview for Glenbard West at WW South.


    CL South handles Hampshire

    Welcome to the Fox Valley Conference, Hampshire. Although the game won’t count in the FVC standings, Crystal Lake South gave the Whip-Purs a taste of life in their new league with a 7-1 boys soccer victory in the CLS tournament Thursday. Charlie Oliver scored 4 times for the Gators, who will face Rolling Meadows for the tournament title Saturday. Orlando Tapia, Jack Carlson and Michael Conley also scored for the Gators. Oliver scored twice to put the Gators up 2-0 at the break. South dominated the first 40 minutes, outshooting the Whip-Purs 10-0, but a couple of acrobatic saves by goalkeeper Andy Pederson and a couple of sharp defensive plays by Michael Gonzalez kept the Gators from putting the game away earlier. The floodgates opened quickly in the second half, however. Oliver scored his third goal just 35 seconds into the second half. The Gators added 4 more before Jose Hernandez got Hampshire on the board with 33 seconds left to play. “We’ve been instilling the fact that they need to not get complacent,” said South coach Brian Allen. “You’ve got to continue to finish teams off. The defense is starting to get their shape and close things down. It’s unfortunate that we gave one up so late, but we were solid on both sides of the ball.” After being surprised in their season opener, the Gators made sure it was a complete effort. “We’re all starting to come together and starting to play as a team, which is key for high school soccer,” said Oliver. “I think we’re definitely moving forward.” Oliver scored his first goal with 16:44 left in the first half. Pederson stopped his initial shot, but he slid the rebound just past the prone keeper. Oliver added a second goal on a breakaway 11 minutes later. It became 3-0 after Oliver pounced on a loose ball a half-minute into the second half. Eight minutes later, Tapia took a pass from David Tagatz and broke in alone on the goalkeeper, scoring from 10 yards out. Carlson scored on a free kick to make it 5-0. Oliver’s last goal was a beauty as he feathered a shot into the corner of the net from 20 yards or so away. Conley completed the Gators’ scoring by beating 2 defenders and beating the keeper from point-blank range. Hernandez finally broke the ice for the Whip-Purs with a long shot from the right side. If the game was a rude awakening for Hampshire, it’s just as well that it come early in the year. “That’s why we do these (games),” said Hampshire coach John Gosling. “We don’t want to walk into a new conference after playing against sappy teams and learn nothing. ‘Cause we’re going to get rolled on if we don’t play good teams.”


    Buffalo Grove, Glenbard East battle to 1-1 draw

    Hugo Aguilar struck 40 seconds from time to help Glenbard East earn a 1-1 draw with Buffalo Grove on Thursday afternoon as the 20th annual Lancer Classic at Lake Park got under way.

    Johnny Knox could be back soon as the Bears’ No. 1 wide receiver.

    Bears’ Knox more than motivated to win job back

    A demotion has helped motivate wide receiver Johnny Knox to the point where he's performing better than Roy Williams, the player who replaced him in the starting lineup.

    Jay Cutler and teammate Brian Urlacher stand on the sideline during the Bears’ preseason game against the Giants. Cutler understands Mike Martz’s offense much better this year and has no problems telling teammates when they do something wrong.

    Bears’ Cutler steps right into leadership role

    Quarterback Jay Cutler is taking on more of a leadership role in his third season with the Bears.

    Chicago Fire midfielder Dominic Oduro has a chance to become the Fire’s first player to score more than 10 goals since Damani Raplh in 2004.

    Oduro’s big season could have been even bigger

    Dominic Oduro leads the Fire with 8 goals this season, a career high. But Oduro has struggled at times to finish some pretty good scoring chances, goals that would have helped the Fire to a few more much-needed wins in Major League Soccer.

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney throws out Brian McCann from his knees during Thursday’s game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

    Waiver wire even confuses Quade

    If you don’t really understand all this talk about the waiver wire, you’re not alone.“I heard Ozzie (Guillen) talking about the waiver thing; I really don’t understand it as much and don’t get it,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said, “but I know Randy (Bush) is taking care of it.”


    High school football — still unique and special

    It's time for football in the Fox Valley.


    The Rest of the Best
    Week 1 football game previews for DuPage County.

    Maine West looks to make a move in the Central Suburban North with senior quarterback Jake Korbecki.

    Clear divide in CSL North

    There is usually a clear dividing line for football in the Central Suburban League’s North division. For six straight years and nine of the last 10, Glenbrook North, Highland Park and Deerfield have finished in the CSL North’s top three.

    Matt Garza allowed 6 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 5 innings of work. He struck out 6.

    Cubs commit 4 errors in 8-3 loss

    Before Thursday's game, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said the biggest factor in his team's improvement since the All-Star break was better defensive play. He might have spoken too soon.

    Bryce McNaul, a fifth-year senior, is the lone returning starter at linebacker for Northwestern, but there is plenty of competition at each linebacker spot for the Wildcats, and the coaching staff says the final unit could be its fastest yet.

    Northwestern’s linebacking corps tackles speed issue

    Northwestern coaches aren't sure which three players will be the starting linebackers for the Sept. 3 opener at Boston College, but they do know one thing: Everybody who steps on the field will be faster than last year's crew.


    Hurricanes' Golden: Miami still deciding football eligibility

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami coach Al Golden says the scandal-hit Hurricanes have not finalized their depth chart for the season-opener at Maryland.University officials are still working through the process of deciding the eligibility of 15 student-athletes implicated in an extra-benefits scandal. The investigation involves a booster who says he gave cash and gifts to players between 2002 and 2010. The NCAA has been looking into the matter for about five months.Golden says all the players involved are able to practice with the team. None of the implicated players have been available for comment.Golden says “we really don’t know what the future brings.” He says he expects to find out quickly if suspensions against players are warranted.Miami opens at Maryland on Sept. 5.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    sky scout for Friday


    Steve Stricker becoming ‘Mr. September’ in FedEx Cup

    EDISON, N.J. — The numbers alone fail to explain why Steve Stricker plays some of his best golf this time of the year.He is the only player to complete all 64 rounds of the FedEx Cup playoff events since they started in 2007. Along with two wins, only twice has he finished out of the 20 in those 16 tournaments. He has topped $5.7 million in prize money.So why does he play so well? Why do some of his peers call him “Mr. September?”Because he can see the finish line.“The only thing I can think of is that the end of the season is about four tournaments away, and I really get excited for the end of the year, spending more time at home,” Stricker said. “Hunting season is a month away, and I get to do a lot of that.”Stricker is the No. 2 seed and among the favorites to capture the $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup. He finished second to Tiger Woods in 2007, and he was third behind Woods and Phil Mickelson two years ago.It starts Thursday at The Barclays, the opening event of four tournaments with $8 million in prize money. It ends the last week of September at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, and just about anything can happen.Nick Watney, who comes into this year’s postseason No. 1 in point standings, barely made it to the FedEx Cup finale last year at East Lake for the top 30 players. He was No. 28, and had a chance in the final hour of the last round in Atlanta to win the cup.The top five seeds this year are Watney, Stricker, Webb Simpson, world No. 1 Luke Donald and PGA champion Keegan Bradley. Whether they stay there over the next three tournaments — or event this week — is up in the air. The points are worth five times as much as the regular season, so this is the time for players to get their games in order.“These four tournaments, they mean more,” Stricker said. “If you can’t get fired up and excited to play these four, then you have issues, I imagine. It’s a good time. I enjoy this time of year.”There are a few changes to these playoffs.It starts with the field. Not only did Woods fail to qualify for the playoffs for the first time, some of the names accustomed to being around the top are actually closer to the bottom.Padraig Harrington, a three-time major champion, barely finished among the top 125 to get into the playoffs. He is at No. 124, and will need to finish among the top 30 at The Barclays just to join the 100 players who advance to the second round in Chicago.“I’m of the opinion that I’m in a great position going into this, that I’m just like every other guy,” Harrington said. “In order to win the FedEx Cup, you’re going to have to win one of the first three events, and the last event. I’ve got nearly the same chance as anybody else of winning this outright. I just need to perform a little bit quicker than other guys.”The biggest turnaround belongs to Ernie Els.A year ago, he was the No. 1 seed. Now he’s at No. 118, and he had to play in North Carolina last week just to qualify. The odds of Els making it to the Tour Championship — he joins Stricker, defending FedEx Cup champion Jim Furyk, Mickelson and Hunter Mahan as the only players to reach the final playoff event all four years — are far greater than last year.But at least he has a chance.“It’s a little different,” Els said Wednesday. “But I think this is almost a better mentality. I feel I need to be aggressive and get up the bloody points list. Otherwise, I’m going home. Last year I was the No. 1 seed, but I wasn’t quite playing as good as I was in March. This year, I feel like I have to make a move. And I feel a little more comfortable with that.“I had three good rounds last week, and I feel my game is coming along,” he said. “It’s a good feeling going in.”The other big change is the golf course.


    Lions add to defense with new linebackers

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Gunther Cunningham didn’t mince words when asked what his linebackers could do this season that they couldn’t do a year ago.“Everything,” the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator said Wednesday. In 2010, even as the Lions were winning their final four games to provide a rare burst of hope for their downtrodden fans, Cunningham and coach Jim Schwartz knew that they needed to fix the rest of the defense. They also knew that a complete overhaul wasn’t going to be possible in one offseason, especially one where the players were locked out all summer.They had to pick their spots and by adding two free agents at linebacker, the coaches think they have found a nice complement to a defensive line that includes Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams.The new linebacker trio, with returning DeAndre Levy between the newly arrived Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant, will get their longest run of the preseason on Saturday night against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.Schwartz stressed it won’t be a make-or-break game.“They get tested in every preseason game, and there’s not one that is more important than any other,” he said. “This will be longer, and we’re doing a little more planning for New England, but we’re still not giving them a full game plan to work with.”Durant, though, thinks it will be a good measure of how far the group has come in a limited amount of time.“The third preseason game is really important, because it is the closest thing you have to a dry run before the first regular-season game,” he said. “We didn’t get mini-camps and OTAs this summer, so we’ve had to bond together in a couple weeks.”Durant is new to Detroit’s system, coming to the Lions from Jacksonville, but Tulloch played for Schwartz and alongside Vanden Bosch in Tennessee.“Because of Tulloch’s experience in Coach Schwartz’s system, we’ve got two players out there who can make defensive calls — both him and DeAndre,” Cunningham said. “That helps us a lot.”All three players are in their mid-20s — Tulloch is the oldest at 26 — which makes the growing process more exciting.“This is a really young group, with three good players and we already work well together,” Tulloch said. “Once we’ve been together for a couple years, this should be the best group of linebackers that I’ve ever played with.”If Tulloch is right — and Schwartz and Cunningham both expect that he is — the Lions will be two-thirds of the way toward building a defense that can match the explosive offense they are also putting together.Notes: Vanden Bosch and WR Calvin Johnson both missed Wednesday’s practice as they deal with shoulder problems. Schwartz said it wasn’t a serious situation and “if this were the regular season, they would be day-to-day at worst.” ... RB Jahvid Best returned to practice after sustaining a concussion in last week’s preseason win over Cleveland. “Obviously, he passed all the tests or we wouldn’t have him on the field, but it was still a non-contact practice. We just wanted to let him run around a bit. We’re still going to be cautious.” ... The Lions have sold out Saturday’s game against the Patriots, and also announced Wednesday that they have sold out the Monday night game against Chicago on Oct. 10. The team is also close to selling out the Thanksgiving Day game against Green Bay.


    Jets’ Burress says no ‘extra juice’ for Giants

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Plaxico Burress walked into the New York Giants’ training facility a few weeks ago and saw a familiar face.There he was, in a larger-than-life picture hanging on a wall, making the catch that beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008. It was a great moment for Burress, whose Giants career was over and his NFL future in doubt less than a year later.“There’s no anger toward anybody over there,” said the Jets wide receiver, now on the other side of the New York-New Jersey-area rivalry. “Everything that happened to me, I brought it upon myself.”The fines by the team. The disagreements with coach Tom Coughlin. His release in April 2009. The 20-month prison sentence he served for accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub.Some fans and media believed the Giants had a good chance of going back to the Super Bowl before that incident. They finished 12-4, but lost to Philadelphia in the divisional round of the playoffs.“We had a really good team, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “We definitely had some special players. We had a good thing going. It’s unfortunate that everything happened the way that it did.“I’ve moved on.”After he was released and looking to resume his playing career, he visited Coughlin, Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and general manager Jerry Reese. It wasn’t so much to become a member of the Giants again, but to put his mind and conscience at peace.“I went back more to have some closure to the situation,” Burress said Wednesday. “It was good to see (them) and be able to have an opportunity to really sit down face-to-face with them for the first time, and just tell them how much I appreciated them bringing me in and allowing my game to flourish and put me in a situation where I could have some success. “Everything went well. It was a great meeting. Business is business, and now I’m over here.”No longer in blue, Burress is catching passes in green these days — still wearing that familiar No. 17 — and will play his former team Saturday night. “There’s not any extra added incentive or juice or whatever you want to call it,” he said. “It’s a preseason game. I have a lot of work to do personally, as far as me getting better and contributing to this football team.”That doesn’t mean Burress isn’t excited to see some of his friends again, players who visited him while he was in prison and shared some of his greatest moments on the field.“It’s going to be fun, man,” Burress said. “I’m still in contact with a lot of those guys. We definitely did something special.”Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t visit Burress in jail, but called him a few weeks after he was released.“He was a great teammate for the Giants,” Manning said. “He had a great run. Things happened and, honestly, he is with the Jets now and playing well and I am happy for him and look forward to seeing him. I haven’t seen him in a long time.”The Giants saw a familiar sight in Burress’ Jets debut Sunday night when he made a terrific over-the-shoulder touchdown catch in New York’s preseason win over Cincinnati. “I really do think Plaxico, definitely with his first outing, is making the best of his situation and I’m happy for him,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. “He deserves every attribute and every good thing that is coming his way now.”Burress also met with the Steelers during free agency, and could have gone back to the team his started his career with. Instead, he chose to join Rex Ryan’s Jets without even making a visit.“Personally, I just think I needed a fresh start,” he said. “If I wanted to go somewhere and get more money, I could’ve went to a couple more places and signed a two- or three-year deal, different things like that. I just wanted to put myself in a situation to go somewhere fresh and have an opportunity to play for a great organization and for a great head coach in Rex and a great team.

    Shawn Sundquist returns for a Wauconda team ready for the rigors of football in the North Suburban Prairie.

    Wauconda’s wish: Fewer injuries, more wins

    Injuries were not kind to Wauconda last season. So the Bulldogs have done everything possible in the months since then to make sure that they can better weather all the bumps, bruises, sprains and strains that are a part of every football season.

    Bob Boesch is one of several candidates at quarterback for Warren, which debuts its new playing surface in Week 2 against New Trier.

    Warren wants to field a winner

    Warren is scheduled to unveil its newly renovated O’Plaine Campus stadium for their Week 2 game against New Trier. The field will feature synthetic turf, including Warren-blue end zones. “It’s going to be really nice,” said coach Dave Mohapp, whose team opens on the road Friday against defending Class 8A state champ Maine South “It’s going to be a nice thing for our school, and I think it’s going to be very nice for our community. It’s exciting watching that thing go up.”

    Quarterback Steve Nelson is one of the higher-profile names returning at Vernon Hills, which hopes to maintain its usual high standards this season.

    New-look Vernon Hills embraces same lofty goals

    The roster at Vernon Hills will be missing some big names. But the Cougars still have the same big goals. They’ll try to again compete for the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division title and advance deep into the playoffs. Only this year, for the first time in four years, they’ll have to do so without DaVaris Daniels and Evan Spencer, their two Division I stars who started since freshmen and graduated last spring.

    Expect to see more of Stevenson senior Nate Kahn in the thick of things this fall.

    Stevenson aims to extend playoff pattern

    Expect Stevenson to keep winning -- but perhaps in a differen manner. The Patriots won their first 11 games last season, before losing to eventual Class 8A state champ Maine South in the quarterfinals. This year's roster features a different blend of personnel. “We don’t have that big, high-profile player out there like we had with Brion Wood and Kevin Earl and Joe Cassata, but we have a lot very solid football players,” said coach Bill McNamara. “We’re really excited about the team that we’re going to put on the field this year.”

    Anthony Burton is one of two quality options at quarterback in what’s shaping up as a competitive season for Round Lake.

    Round Lake maintains positive outlook

    The term “quarterback controversy” has a bit of a negative connotation. And what’s going on at Round Lake is anything but negative. The Panthers prefer to look at their quarterback situation as a competition rather than a controversy. And head coach John Coursey loves a good competition. He’s not sure if Anthony Gutierrez will be his starting quarterback, or if Anthony Burton will get the nod.

    Quarterback Gable Leppert runs the offense during practice at Mundelein High School this week.

    Mundelein makes a final run on the grass

    Those days of power football, chewing up yards and oftentimes chunks of grass in the process, are dwindling at Mundelein. The Mustangs begin their final home season on real grass tonight when they host Wheeling. The process of installing synthetic turf in the stadium is scheduled to start following the season.

    Minnesota-bound Jack Lynn reaches out to catch a pass on Aug. 10 at Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich’s focus: excellence fulfillment

    Lake Zurich football coach Bryan Stortz has taken the Bears to the state finals in three of the past five seasons, but he's not about to define success for this year's team in those terms. A passionate fan base might need to adjust its expectations. “I don’t mean to offend them when I say this,” coach Bryan Stortz said. “But, really, the state championship is not the ultimate goal to me. The ultimate goal is to become the best football team that we can possibly become."

    Alex Gough, left, Luke Mathewson, Michael Parker, Steve Skul and Sam Styler model the camouflage jerseys they’ll be wearing in the season opener tonight against visiting Barrington.

    Weighty matters, lofty goals for Libertyville

    Libertyville coach Randy Kuceyeski would much rather talk about his football team, as opposed to the fact that it's his last season as Wildcats head coach, and he's persevering while battling cancer. “The success of our season will be determined by how well we rush the football,” Kuceyeski said. “We will have a junior-dominated line, and the sooner they come of age, the more effectively we will run the football.”

    Lakes’ Tanner Blain rises above Antioch’s Kuris Vepley last season.

    Lakes doesn’t want to put on the brakes

    The football future looks bright at Lakes. Especially if it turns out to be even half as bright as the past. Last year, the Eagles didn’t lose a game at the freshman and sophomore levels. And now, many of those players are on the varsity.

    Grant offensive lineman Dan Haeffele runs through a play during practice Wednesday in Fox Lake.

    Grant in line for big things?

    Grant rolled up more than 1,400 rushing yards last year with three sophomores — center Jared Lalanda, guard Luis Echeverria and tackle Dan Haeffele — starting on the offensive line. Considering those three are now seasoned juniors, and a year older and wiser, Grant is hoping its rushing game will be even more potent this season.

    Antioch’s Zach Epker, left, and George Gonzalez keep after Grant QB Leo Minne last season.

    Antioch’s Glashagel hopes to wed marital, gridiron bliss

    Now in his fifth season, Brian Glashagel has led Antioch to two playoff appearances and a winning record in all but his first season. And in 2008, Antioch made its deepest run ever into the playoffs by advancing all the way to the Class 6A semifinals.

    Quarterback Ray Beckman is among the returning players giving Grayslake Central reason for optimism.

    Grayslake Central’s keywords: Inspiration, perspiration

    Since taking over at Grayslake Central, coach Nick Goshe has seen his team increase its win total in each of his four seasons. The Rams baby-stepped from 0 wins in 2007 to 1 the following season, jumped to 4 in 2009 and vaulted to 6 last year, earning the program’s first playoff berth since 2003. Now, Goshe’s practice field is filled with inspired players — and high expectations.

    Camel’s Jordan Kos tries to break free against Joliet Catholic in East Suburban Catholic Conference play last season.

    Carmel sizes up a promising season

    Carmel football coach Andy Bitto welcomes back some sizeable linemen as well as the most experienced stable of runners and positions players in his 15 years as head coach.

    Grayslake North quarterback and strong all-around athlete A.J. Fish returns to direct the Knights’ offense this fall.

    Grayslake North wants to make a name for itself

    Grayslake North's football team has a terrific three-sport athlete in A.J. Fish running the offense, and there are plenty of other reasons to think the Knights can find success this season.

    St. Edward defensive lineman Evan Finnane, a the Division I recruit, will be tough for opponents to handle this season.

    St. Edward shooting for playoff three-peat

    Season preview for St. Edward football

    Quarterback Zach Gross will be at the controls for South Elgin this fall.

    South Elgin gains home-field advantage

    Season preview for South Elgin football

    Keiren McKenzie dodges the defense in a drill during Larkin High School’s varsity football practice on Wednesday, August 10.

    Larkin, Newquist look to make new connections

    Season preview for Larkin football

    Second-year Huntley coach Matt Gehrig has his team ready to compete in the tough Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. The Red Raiders open the season at home tonight against Crystal Lake Central.

    Huntley aims for improvement in tough FVC Valley

    Season preview for Huntley football

    Mobile junior Kyle Anderson will be calling the plays for Hampshire, which opens the season at home tonight against Burlington Central.

    Young Hampshire preparing for Fox Valley tests

    Season preview for Hampshire football

    Senior running back/safety Dennis Moore, during Elgin High School football practice Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

    Elgin targeting second straight playoff berth

    Season preview for Elgin football

    Dundee-Crown junior quarterback Garrett Ryan and his teammates hope to quickly snap a 17-game losing streak.

    Dundee-Crown, Andriola begin long road back

    Season preview for Dundee-Crown football

    Cary-Grove’s Patrick O’Malley runs against Rockford Boylan during a 2010 playoff game in Cary. The Trojans open the season under new coach Brad Seaburg tonight at St. Charles East.

    Speed, experience among Cary-Grove’s strengths

    Season preview for Cary-Grove football


    Crystal Lake South enters post-Ormseth era

    Season preview for Crystal Lake South football

    Bartlett quarterback AJ Bilyeu is ready to lead the Hawks again this season.

    Experienced Bartlett aiming for repeat and more

    Season preview for Bartlett football

    New head coach Rich Crabel talks to his players during the first day of Burlington Central football practice. The Rockets open the season tonight at Hampshire.

    Burlington Central aims for turnaround

    Season preview for Burlington Central football


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    Stan Bowman, vice president/general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, and John McDonough, president and CEO, answer questions at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Newsmakers Forum Thursday in Hoffman Estates.

    McDonough: Blackhawks a winning business, but it's not enough

    While the Chicago Blackhawks have enjoyed tremendous success over the past five years, the status quo isn't good enough for the future, team presdient and CEO John McDonough told a group of suburban business leaders Thursday.

    Bank of American share are climbing after Warren Buffett invested $5 million in the bank, but overall, stocks suffered a down day.

    Stocks end 3-day rally

    A three-day stock rally ended much like it began, with a steep and sudden turn. Stocks started higher early Thursday but turned lower within 20 minutes. Indexes in the U.S. and Europe sank after Germany’s main stock index, the DAX, suddenly dipped 4 percent.

    After this week, the Mitsubishi plant in downstate Normal will no longer produce the Eclipse and two other models.

    Normal’s Mitsubishi plant says goodbye to 3 models

    The Mitsubishi plant in Normal will produce its last Eclipse coupes, Spyder convertibles and Endeavor SUVs this week. The assembly line is scheduled to be retooled to begin producing the Outlander Sport crossover SUV by mid-2012.


    WOW quietly chips away at Comcast, AT&T

    WOW, also known as Wide Open West, has been quietly expanding around the suburbs, eager to steal away Comcast or AT&T customers for its triple play of high-speed Internet, TV and phone services. But don’t expect the Denver, Colo.-based firm to barrel through and blanket the whole market by the end of the year. It’s cherry picking its towns.


    New rule requires union rights posters at work

    The National Labor Relations Board has approved a new rule that requires private employers to display posters that tell workers about their right to form a union.


    Food costs to rise 3% to 4%, USDA says

    U.S. food prices will rise 3 percent to 4 percent in 2011, the Department of Agriculture said today in a report on its website. The USDA’s forecast hasn’t changed since February.The department also projected food costs to rise 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in 2012.


    Naperville’s MetroWest building sold

    Bixby Bridge Capital and Franklin Partners announced today that the firms have partnered to acquire 55 Shuman Blvd., a 205,000-square-foot, high-profile office building in Naperville.


    UOP to provide technology for petrochemicals production in China

    UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Jiangsu Haili Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. to provide key technologies to produce propylene, cumene and phenol at its facility in Dafeng City, Jiangsu Province, China.


    Sikich Investment Banking moves into new Chicago location

    The Chicago office of Sikich Investment Banking is relocating to 123 North Wacker Drive. Sikich Investment Banking, a middle-market investment banking firm, has 15 employees locally, as well as a presence in Aurora.


    ‘Free Gyros Day’ to help military families

    Kronos Foods Inc., a manufacturer of premium Gyros and other Mediterranean specialty food items, will hold third Annual “Kronos Free Gyros Day” on Tuesday, Aug. 30, with this year’s event aimed to help military families.

    Oil dropped Thursday on higher U.S. unemployment claims and concerns about less demand for oil and gas. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil lost 95 cents at $84.18 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price oil produced abroad, fell 49 cents to $109.66 per barrel in London.

    Oil prices drop on jobless claims

    Oil dropped Thursday on higher U.S. unemployment claims and concerns about less demand for oil and gas. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil lost 95 cents at $84.18 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price oil produced abroad, fell 49 cents to $109.66 per barrel in London.

    Once Google closes on the purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings based in Libertyville, could it turn around and resell it or part of it and keep what it wants? Some analysts think so.

    Analysts: Motorola Mobility could be sold again

    Once the deal closes on the sale of Motorola Mobility, Google could turn around and sell or spin off the Libertyville-based phone business and just keep the patents, some analysts predict. They believe Google may be looking to unload the rest very quickly.


    Stocks open lower; BofA jumps on Buffett deal

    Stocks fell in morning trading Thursday, giving up early gains. Bank of America Corp. led other bank stocks higher on news that Warren Buffett is investing $5 billion in the bank.

    Over the past decade, though, Apple has emerged as a trendsetter and a wealth-making machine — in large part due to Steve Jobs.

    Apple's magic enthralls Main Street, Wall Street

    It's easy to forget now, but Apple's magnetism was once confined to a cult-like following of geeks. Now, Apple is a trendsetter that appeals to cool cats in hip cafes and fat cats looking to make a Wall Street killing.


    Fixed mortgage rates rise from decades lows

    WASHINGTON — Fixed mortgage rates edged up this week from their lowest levels in decades. But few have been able to capitalize on them.Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose to 4.22 percent. That’s up from 4.15 percent last week, the lowest level on records dating to 1971. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinancing option, rose to 3.44 percent. Last week it fell to 3.36 percent, Mortgage rates typically track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Yields rose this week as investors shifted money back into stocks. Bond yields rise as their prices fall.Low rates have not been enough to revive the weak housing market. Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell last week to a 15-year low.


    BofA shares soar after Buffett invests $5 billion

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is investing $5 billion in Bank of America, sending its shares soaring by 24 percent.


    Foreclosures made up 31 percent of home sales in 2Q

    Foreclosures made up roughly one-third of all home sales this spring. While that’s a smaller share of sales from the previous quarter, it’s six times the percentage of foreclosures in a healthy housing market.


    Delta confirms plan to buy 100 Boeing planes

    Delta Air Lines on Thursday confirmed its plan to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets as part of a fleet upgrade, with delivery set for 2013 to 2018. The order announced Thursday is valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, although airlines commonly get discounts. The 737-900 extended-range aircraft from Boeing Co. have a single aisle and up to 180 seats when set up with economy and first class. They have the range to fly on any of Delta’s current domestic routes. The 737-900 is the newest of Boeing’s popular 737 model.Delta Air Lines Inc., which is based in Atlanta, said in January it was considering an order for as many as 200 jets — possibly with options for 200 more — to replace the aging fleet it uses for domestic flying. It said the timing of its delivery plan announced Thursday will allow it to keep its capital spending plan on target for this year. Keeping its costs under control is key to its goal of reducing its debt over the next two years. The new planes will replace Delta workhorses such as the DC-9-50s and Airbus A320s that it got when it bought Northwest Airlines in 2008, as well as Boeing 757-200s, which both airlines have operated. The average age of Delta’s planes is 16 years. It has some Boeing planes that are less than two years old. But its DC-9s date back to the 1970s. They are the oldest commercial passenger planes flown today by a U.S. airline. The purchase is good news for Chicago-based Boeing, which lost its exclusive hold on American Airlines’ fleet last month. The airline, which is owned by AMR Corp., announced plans to split a massive plane order between Boeing and rival Airbus. It was the biggest plane order in history: 460 aircraft (260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing) with options to buy 465 more.


    Apple stock recovers from shock of Jobs resigning

    NEW YORK — Investors in Apple on Thursday morning appeared to be getting over the worst of the shock of Steve Jobs resignation from the CEO post.Apple shares were down $9.03, or 2.4 percent, at $367.15 in pre-market trading. That’s half the loss seen in Thursday’s extended trading, after Apple said Jobs would be ceding the CEO job to Tim Cook.Analyst tried to soothe investors with a reminder that Jobs’ departure was expected due to his health problems, even if the timing was not certain. Peter Misek at Jefferies & Co. said it was a “very positive” sign that Jobs will assume the role of chairman. Misek had expected Jobs to depart completely from the company. As chairman, “Jobs will be able to continue to offer his insights and visions for the future of Apple.”Futures on the Nasdaq 100, which gets more than half its value from technology companies like Apple Inc., fell slightly before the opening bell. Richard Gardner at Citigroup recommended investors buy the stock if it drops. Jobs laid a strong foundation for the company, and Gardner expects it to gain market share for years to come.“In our view, Tim (Cook) is a tough but well-regarded leader who will continue to hold Apple employees to an extremely high standard of performance,” Gardner wrote.In Taiwan, shares of Apple’s suppliers and contractors fell harder than Apple shares. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn, saw its shares fall 4.6 percent. The company assembles Apple’s iPhones and iPads in an enormous factory town on the Chinese mainland.Shares of Wintek Corp., which makes touch screens for Apple, fell 6.9 percent in Taiwanese trading. Shares of Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., which makes headphone jacks and other connecting components, fell 4.3 percent.Shares of Taiwanese Apple competitor HTC Corp. rose 1.4 percent, going against the market. Overall, the Taiwan market fell 1.2 percent.Shares of Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and AT&T Inc., which all sell Apple’s iPhone, were little changed.

    Thousands of Verizon workers on strike pushed the number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week to its highest level in a month.

    Verizon strike boosts unemployment aid requests

    Thousands of Verizon workers on strike pushed the number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week to its highest level in a month. But excluding the work stoppage, layoffs appear to be stabilizing. That should help ease fears that the economy is on the verge of a recession.


    Workers plan march in Chicago to protest minimum wage

    Low-wage workers and their advocates will march along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” to campaign for an increase in Illinois’ minimum wage. The march begins Thursday at 11 a.m. along Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower Plaza to Huron Street.The event is sponsored by Raise Illinois. It’s a coalition of community, business, religious and labor organizations working for an increase in the minimum wage. The coalition contends the General Assembly has helped businesses along Chicago’s premiere shopping street by reforming the workers’ compensation law. They want lawmakers to increase the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour gradually over four years to more than $10. The group says that’s the equivalent in today’s dollars of what minimum-wage workers made in 1969.

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company’s chief operating officer.

    Steve Jobs’ letter to Apple board and community
    Here is the text of Steve Jobs’ resignation letter Wednesday:To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: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. Unfortunately, that day has come.I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.Steve

    Steve Jobs press conference on iPhone 4 in 2010.

    10 products that defined Steve Jobs’ career

    Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he’s listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents. Here is a list of 10 significant products that were created under his direction


    Timeline of Steve Jobs’s health reports since 2003

    The following timeline details reports about Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs’s health since his cancer diagnosis in 2003. Jobs resigned today and took the role of chairman, and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was named CEO to succeed him.October 2003: Jobs is diagnosed with cancer in his pancreas and tries to treat the illness by switching to a special diet to avoid surgery, according to a 2008 article in Fortune magazine citing people familiar with the matter. Apple decides not to tell investors after consulting lawyers, the magazine said.Aug. 1, 2004: Jobs, then 49, discloses the cancer for the first time, saying he had successful surgery to extract the tumor. The operation removed the cancer in time and he won’t require chemotherapy or radiation, Jobs says. Cook runs the company until Jobs returns to work in September.June 12, 2005: Jobs talks about his fight with cancer during a commencement speech at Stanford University. He says he was diagnosed about a year earlier and that doctors told him he wouldn’t live longer than six months. The cancer turned out to be treatable with surgery “and I’m fine now,” he says.June 9, 2008: Jobs, while introducing the iPhone 3G at Apple’s developers’ conference, appears thinner and frail. The company blames a “common bug.”July 21, 2008: Responding to concerns about Jobs’s appearance, Apple says he has no plans to leave the company and that his health is a private matter. Investors aren’t reassured, and the shares fall 10 percent.July 23, 2008: The New York Times reports that Jobs has been telling associates and Apple’s board he is cancer-free. Jobs had a surgical procedure earlier in the year to address a problem that contributed to his weight loss, the newspaper reports, citing unnamed people close to the executive.Sept. 9, 2008: Jobs, introducing new iPod media players at an event in San Francisco, still looks thin. “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” Jobs jokes.Dec. 16, 2008: Apple says Jobs won’t give his usual speech at the Macworld conference. Jobs had used the forum to introduce new products for 11 straight years.Jan. 5, 2009: Jobs says he has a hormone imbalance, causing him to lose weight. Jobs vows to remain CEO during treatment. “The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward,” Jobs says in an open letter.Jan. 14, 2009: Jobs gives up day-to-day operations to Cook until June, saying his health problems are more complex than originally thought. Jobs says he will remain involved in major strategic decisions. “I look forward to seeing all of you this summer,” he says in a letter to employees.June 23, 2009: Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, confirms in a statement that Jobs had a liver transplant and has “an excellent prognosis.”June 29, 2009: Apple announces Jobs’s return to work. At the time, Apple shares had risen 70 percent since Jan. 15.Sept. 9, 2009: Jobs makes his first public appearance since his return to work, introducing new iPod models in San Francisco. He says he was the recipient of a liver transplanted from a young adult who had died in a car crash. “I am back at Apple and loving every minute of it,” he says.Oct. 20, 2010: Jobs appears on stage to unveil a lighter MacBook Air laptop and a version of the Macintosh operating system called Lion.Jan. 17, 2011: Jobs begins another medical leave, telling employees in an e-mail that “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can.” Cook, who received total compensation of $59.1 million in fiscal 2010 because of bonuses for filling in for Jobs, is left in charge.Feb. 23, 2011: Apple shareholders reject a proposal seeking more disclosure about its chief executive officer succession plan.

    During his 13 years at Apple, the 50-year-old Tim Cook has mastered an expanding list of operational roles, including manufacturing, distribution, sales and customer service. The thing he has not shown is whether he’s a product visionary.

    Cook to be Apple’s new ‘gravitational force’

    During his 13 years at Apple, the 50-year-old Tim Cook has mastered an expanding list of operational roles, including manufacturing, distribution, sales and customer service. The thing he has not shown is whether he’s a product visionary.

    Asian markets rose Thursday after stocks in Europe and the U.S. closed higher on a surge in demand for cars and planes in July that offered an unexpectedly upbeat sign of life in the U.S. economy.

    World stocks rise after data drives Wall Street up

    World stock markets rose Thursday as worries eased that the U.S. might be slipping toward recession, while the resignation of Steve Jobs — the creative force behind Apple Inc. — sent ripples through the technology sector.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows confidence in President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy has slipped from just a few months ago, notably among fellow Democrats.

    Views on economy, Obama role sour, poll shows

    Americans’ views on the economy have dimmed this summer. But so far, the growing pessimism doesn’t seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects. More people now believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.


    Asian currencies weaken as Fed stimulus speculation recedes

    Asian currencies fell, led by South Korea’s won, as data pointed to slowing growth in the region and speculation receded that the Federal Reserve will inject more dollars into the financial system.Reports today showed South Korean consumer confidence dropped to the lowest since March and Philippine imports declined 7.9 percent from a month earlier in June. Better-than expected durable-goods orders and home-price data from the U.S. curbed speculation Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will announce a third round of bond purchases that boost the supply of dollars, known as quantitative easing, when he speaks tomorrow at a symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.“Expectations for QE3 have been pared down because the recent economic data isn’t conclusive” enough to warrant urgent action, said Sim Moh Siong, a foreign-exchange strategist at Bank of Singapore Ltd. The dollar’s strength “is consistent” with those expectations, he said.The won weakened 0.5 percent to 1,087.66 per dollar as of the 3 p.m. close in Seoul. Malaysia’s ringgit fell 0.4 percent to 2.9868, Indonesia’s rupiah dropped 0.3 percent to 8,584 and the Singapore dollar declined 0.2 percent to S$1.2078.Global funds sold $3.7 billion more South Korean, Thai and Indonesian stocks than they bought in the first three days of this week, according to exchange data.U.S. house prices rose 0.9 percent in June from the month before, the biggest increase since September 2005, a report showed yesterday. Durable-goods orders jumped 4 percent in July from a year earlier, following a revised 1.3 percent contraction the previous month.UBS AG downgraded its growth and currency forecasts for several Southeast Asian economies, citing the deteriorating global outlook, in a research note released today. It cut its 2011 growth estimate for Thailand to 3.5 percent, from 4.5 percent, and that for Singapore to 4.5 percent from 5.5 percent. The bank lowered its year-end projection for the Thai baht to 31 per dollar from 30, and that for the ringgit to 3.10 from 3.The won weakened for a second day after the Bank of Korea said today its sentiment index fell to 99 in August from 102 in July. A reading below 100 indicates people are more pessimistic than the average between the first quarter of 1999 and the second quarter of 2008.“There’s skepticism in the market whether there’s an effective stimulus measure that Bernanke can announce at the meeting,” said Ryoo Hyun Jung, chief currency dealer at Citibank Inc. in Seoul. “This uncertainty is preventing players from taking a strong one-sided position.”The peso dropped for a second day as the slump in imports fanned concern the nation’s economic outlook is deteriorating. Annual growth rates for imports in May and June were the lowest in a year.“Imports have been in a decelerating mode,” said Radhika Rao, an economist at Forecast Pte in Singapore. “There’s not much optimism among local manufacturers to step up purchases when you don’t see sustainable end demand. Capital imports have been quite under the weather.”Elsewhere, the baht and India’s rupee dropped 0.2 percent to 29.98 and 46.0638, respectively. The Taiwan dollar and the Philippine peso weakened 0.1 percent to NT$29.041 and 42.515, respectively, and China’s yuan slipped 0.02 percent to 6.39.


    Nokia launches its cheapest phones at $30-$35

    HELSINKI — Nokia has unveiled its two cheapest cellphones to date aimed at attracting users in the low end market as it fights increasing competition from Asian manufacturers.The Nokia 100 and 101 — priced $30 ((euro) 20) and $35 ((euro) 25) respectively — will be available in the third and fourth quarters of the year.Thursday’s launch comes a day after Nokia announced three new mass-market smartphones, including what the Finland-based company called the world’s smallest touch-screen smartphone and one with the world’s brightest display.Nokia is being increasingly squeezed in the low end market with manufacturers like ZTE and in the high end by makers of smartphones like Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s Blackberry.


    Social media firms meet UK government for riot talks

    Executives from Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. are meeting the British government and police Thursday to discuss how to prevent social networks from being used to plot violence.

    Stock prices rose at Sony, Nokie, Samsung and HTC Corp. after Steve Jobs announced his retirement as the CEO of Apple.

    Jobs exit may be ‘lease of life’ for Sony, Nokia

    Steve Jobs shook up the electronics world for a decade with the iPod, iPhone and iPad at the expense Sony Corp., Nokia Oyj and Hewlett-Packard Co. His exit as Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer may pave the way for competitors to regain market share, analysts said.


    Volkswagen’s Slovak unit increases production 45% on SUV demand

    The Slovak unit of Volkswagen AG increased car production 45 percent in the first six months from a year ago, driven by rising demand for sport-utility vehicles.Volkswagen Slovakia assembled 94,600 vehicles from January to June, the company said in an e-mailed statement from Bratislava, Slovakia, today. Sales jumped 33 percent to 2.4 billion euros ($3.5 billion).The German-based carmaker assembles Touareg and Audi-brand Q7 SUVs as well as bodies for Porsche Cayenne at its Bratislava factory.Production in the second half of this year will be “positively influenced” by the start of serial assembly of the so-called New Small Family compact cars, the company said.


    PetroChina 1H profit near flat on refining loss

    SHANGHAI — PetroChina Ltd., China’s biggest oil and gas company, said Thursday that first-half profit edged up 1 percent as losses in its refining business eroded gains from higher oil and gas output.The Beijing-based company reported profit of 66 billion yuan ($10.3 billion) for the six months ended June 30, compared with 65.3 billion yuan a year earlier.Revenue rose 39 percent to 952.2 billion yuan ($148.8 billion), helped by higher production and increases in government-controlled fuel prices.PetroChina reported a refining loss of 21 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) as higher costs for imported crude oil outpaced the gains in prices for its products.The state-owned company said it would seek stable and balanced growth, while seeking to minimize risks, warning that “the uncertainty and instability of the global economic recovery may become more severe, while the global financial markets and crude prices may see greater fluctuations.”PetroChina said its output of oil and gas climbed 5.1 percent to 643.5 million barrels of oil equivalent in January-June. A 5 percent increase in crude oil output to 446 million barrels was the strongest growth in years, the company said.PetroChina said it would continue to expand its international operations.Like other Chinese energy and resource companies, it has actively sought access to resources overseas to help diversify its risks and ensure a steady supply of oil and gas needed to power China’s fast-growing economy.


    Exxon reports flares at Joliet refinery

    Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, flared gases at its Joliet refinery in Illinois, according to a filing with regulators.The flaring took place at 2:24 p.m. local time Wednesday, Irving, Texas-based Exxon said in the statement to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The report didn’t say what caused the release.A filing with the National Response Center said a release of gases occurred at the plant, without giving details. U.S. refineries must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund.


    Taiwan, China telecom trade up 50 percent

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Taiwanese official says trade in telecom products between Taiwan and China totaled $4.5 billion in 2010, up 50 percent from the previous year.Taiwan’s Vice Economics Minister Huang Jung-chiou said Thursday that Taiwan has emerged a strategic partner for Chinese telecom firms, not just a parts supplier.He says the sides are engaged in broadband and other ventures, including one by China’s China Mobile to develop the fourth generation TD-LTE mobile network with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Group and several research institutes.He spoke at a conference attended by officials from China’s top telecom firms and equipment providers.Taiwan and China have bolstered their economic ties under an engagement policy initiated by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in 2008.

Life & Entertainment

    Marshmallows, 54 of them actually, give a slightly firm yet creamy body to a no-bake cheesecake that’s perfect for end-of-summer entertaining.

    Marshmallows add body to no-bake cheesecake

    After a season of ending meals with juicy watermelon slices and fruit salads, we’re ready for an upscale dessert again. Yet it can still be too hot to want to turn on the oven. I’m on the contant lookout for no-bake dessert recipes; specifically ones that showcase an unusual ingredient or theme.

    Barbra Streisand has recorded more than 60 songs from the songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

    Barbra Streisand pays tribute to songwriting ‘family'

    Barbra Streisand was often the one who often approached the songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman when she found a Bergman song that she wanted to claim as her own. Over the decades, Streisand put her stamp on such memorable tunes as “The Way We Were” and “You Don't Bring Me Flowers.”

    Jeff Bridges' “Jeff Bridges”

    Jeff Bridges is country solid on new album

    If Bad Blake, the boozy country singer Jeff Bridges played in 2009's “Crazy Heart,” could make albums, he may have made something like “Jeff Bridges.” The actor's self-titled album is decidedly country, at once sad and hopeful, laced with heartfelt harmonies and slide guitars.


    Night life: Evening of fine wine in Lincolnshire

    Fleming's in Lincolnshire offers wine under the stars Saturday featuring Napa Valley's Stags' Leap wines. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres paired with four Stags' Leap wines for $59 per person.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Blueberry and green pepper chutney accents roasted duck breast; this recipe is one of Mike Massoth’s favorites.

    Blueberry Green Peppercorn Chutney
    Blueberry Chutney: Mike Massoth

    Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) makes her living as an assassin while seeking revenge against the men who killed her parents in “Colombiana.”

    Silly, but solid action propels ‘Colombiana'

    A brawny B-action picture with a gorgeous, graceful woman wreaking havoc at its center: Yup, “Colombiana” is a Luc Besson movie.

    “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher, left, pokes fun at host David Letterman by wearing a helmet and bullet proof vest labeled “Not Dave,” on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday.

    Letterman gets ribbing about fatwa

    Like David Letterman, Ashton Kutcher isn’t afraid of a little fatwa humor. Kutcher taped an appearance for Letterman’s talk show Wednesday, and the actor came on stage wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest printed with the phrase, “Not Dave.”

    Film critic Dann Gire, left, and teen librarian Tom Spicer, right, flank first-place winner Ross Constable, third-place winner Danaca Fiedler and second-place winner Kyrie Fiedler at the Teen Film Fest at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

    Suburban teens win local Film Fest

    Film critic Dann Gire talks about the teens from Arlington Heights and Oak Park winning the top three awards in the fifth annual Teen Film Fest sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library last Friday. Plus, he interviews Oscar winner Patty Duke about her upcoming appearance in St. Charles.

    Ned is “Our Idiot Brother,” a pleasant and innocuous little comedy with a low-key charm from Paul Rudd.

    Rudd's charm drives ‘Our Idiot Brother'

    “Our Idiot Brother” is a pleasant, innocuous little comedy given extra bounce and life by Paul Rudd's charming and fluid performance as an idealistic man whose heart exceeds the size of his brain.

    In “Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,” Sally (Bailee Madison) takes a bath as ancient creatures assault her.

    ‘Dark' remake an all-too-familiar creature feature

    "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" started out as a scary made-for-TV horror tale in 1973. Now it's a too familiar, moderately suspenseful feature diminished by disappointing creatures and absurd events.

    The decor fits the name at The Lodge Bar & Grill in Lisle.

    Bands, beer and burgers draw regulars to Lisle's Lodge

    Open for more than eight years, The Lodge Bar & Grill has settled down from its rowdy early days and undergone renovations to improve its stage and sound quality. Now it's even a better place to catch music of all sorts while sipping cheap drinks.

    In this July 27, 2011 photo, musician Glen Campbell poses for a portrait in Malibu, Calif. Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, is planning a farewell tour before retiring from the music. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    Family helps Glen Campbell fight the darkness

    Glen Campbell is having a great time. Make no mistake, it is tragic that Alzheimer's disease is slowly stripping away the memories and abilities that define one of music's greats. But day to day, “I'm really not worried about anything,” he said.


    Kids have to come first for single, widowed dad

    Q. I’ve been dating a guy for about four months now. He is the single dad of a gaggle of children; his ex-wife died about a year ago. It’s been hard finding time to get together, since he feels he should be there for dinner and putting them to bed every night. I think it’s great he’s devoted, but sometimes I think it’s a way to keep things from getting more serious.


    Car Club calendar
    Auto show calendar. Daily herald listing of area car shows, cruise nights and monthly meetings.



    Especially now, tollway perk should go

    With the Illinois Toll Highway Authority board expected to vote as early as today on a major toll increase, a Daily Herald editorial questions why the toll authority continues to give its employees a pass from paying tolls on their way to and from work.

    George Timberlake

    Why juvenile offenders need ‘aftercare’

    And almost all youth — even those who have made serious mistakes — can become productive members of our communities, if we provide the necessary support, structure and supervision.


    ‘Enforcement’ of immigration laws already here

    The Obama administration has been far less dramatic than George W. Bush's but far more effective. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has done thousands of “silent raids” on employee records. A company found to employ illegal workers must let them go and pay a fine. Many are now returning to their native countries.


    Responding to trustee’s complaints
    In response to Trustee Tim Allen’s Aug. 11 letter to the editor, it is clear that Tim will continue misleading residents and slandering other board members. He will continue to make up facts, hoping the residents can be fooled — like the idea that he just found an additional $208,020 of red light camera revenue that could be used on the roads.


    Uncle Sam not dead, just abused
    I, too, heard the story of old Uncle Sam that Walt Zlotow related in the Aug. 9 Fence Post. Sam wasn’t dead but he had seen a lot of abuse and it had been getting steadily worse over the last three years. See, old Sam was found homeless on that hill in D.C. and told of how he had taken up with a new face in town.


    No vote for candidates tied to pledges
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: I want to put all politicians on notice that I will boycott any candidate who vows never to compromise even if I agree with him, or her, on some specific issues.


    Some thoughts for fixing economy
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: To boost our economy and get it to where we all feel a little more comfortable in our wallets and our mindsets, have they ever considered this?


    Media still bowing to Obama administration
    The Obama administration has simply decided not to enforce our illegal — and, yes, I mean illegal — immigration laws. They will no longer deport people who illegally immigrate to our country. So much for a deterrent.


    Big spenders come in GOP packages, too
    President Obama tried to put money back into our economy by giving spending power back to the middle class for jobs to grow. Job growth is very slow but positive during the last 15 months. We must remember 1929-30. FDR spent money for programs like the WPA, CCC, so Americans could go back to work.


    Blame the state for U-46 bus woes
    If the state paid even half of their $3.5 million shortfall, it would more than cover the savings of the new bus routes, and then perhaps the students could resume their former routes.


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