Daily Archive : Saturday August 27, 2011


    Playing piano “is a full-body workout for me; it's Pilates,” says Chris Errera of Schaumburg, who overcomes the limitations of his short, stiff fingers and small reach through his music. The 38-year-old wrote and plays on his first CD and also stars in a new documentary titled “Composed.”

    Schaumburg pianist lives dream with music

    Schaumburg's Chris Errara has a new CD out and is the subject of a new documentary. And he realizes that somewhere in this story, we have to mention that he is paralyzed from the waist down and is 4 feet, 2 inches tall.

    A blaze that Crystal Lake firefighters extinguished on Friday night at a downtown auto body shop started in a car inside the building, officials said Saturday.

    Crystal Lake fire started in car, authorities say

    No one was injured in a fire that broke out at an auto body shop in Crystal Lake Friday night, authorities said. Battalion Chief Bill Whyte said the blaze started inside a car on a lift. Investigators don’t know yet what caused the fire in the car, Whyte said.

    Fourth-grader Maja Keska gets splashed as Cameron Shapiro, principal of Seth Paine Elementary School, is dropped in the dunk tank at the school's 50th birthday party held by Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 at the school in Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Lake Zurich school's birthday bash a splash

    Even at 50, Seth Paine still rocks. More than 300 people took advantage of beautiful weather Saturday to dance, eat and play in honor of the 50th birthday of Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich.

    Kaj Frandsen of Palatine remembers when he worked for Pure Oil Co. in Schaumburg, across from farmland later occupied by Woodfield Shopping Center. Frandsen and his wife, Ardelle, have lived in the Northwest suburbs since the late '50s.

    95-year-old tells the story of how Schaumburg began

    In many people's minds, the story of Schaumburg's growth into the commercial hub of the Northwest suburbs begins with the opening of Woodfield in 1971. But 95-year-old Kaj Frandsen of Palatine knows it all started 15 years earlier with Pure Oil.

    The walkway leading up to the front door of the abandoned home has increasingly dense plant life leading to a door that is almost totally obscured by the growth.

    Suburbs fight to keep foreclosed homes maintained

    Foreclosure numbers indicate thousands of suburban residents may look out their windows each morning to the eyesore of an unkept, vacant property. Experts say the solution is a mix of tracking, talking, sleuthing, fining and policing.

    The New York City skyline is seen under clouds Saturday night as Hurricane Irene approaches.

    Irene dumps foot of rain; 2 million powerless

    A still-dangerous Hurricane Irene shut down New York and menaced other cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms on Saturday.


    Hungry families make too much for assistance

    INDIANAPOLIS — A new study has found that about one in five children in central Indiana are at risk of hunger.The Indianapolis Star reports the study of food insecurity found that 40 percent of families that can't put enough nutritious food on the table make too much money to be eligible for federal assistance such as food stamps.

    On Saturday night, people walk in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan during inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irene. Mayor Bloomberg advised all New Yorkers to prepare as the region girded for wind, rain and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state.

    NYC mayor says edge of Irene reaching city

    The normally bustling streets emptied out and the rumble of the subways came to a stop. New York buttoned up Saturday against Hurricane Irene, which threatened to paralyze Wall Street and give the big city its worst thrashing from a storm since at least the 1980s.

    A worker for Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned utility, repairs a power line downed Saturday by Hurricane Irene in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Nearly 1.5 million lose power as Irene moves north

    Nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses lost power as Hurricane Irene slammed into the East Coast. A million or more could be in the dark by Saturday night as the storm charges north.


    Volunteers personally drawn to Geneva Parkinson’s fundraiser

    Nearly 200 volunteers helped organize this year’s "Concerts for the Cure," the annual benefit for the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Reseach in Geneva. Profits are expected to surpass last year’s $125,000 total, said Paul Ruby, of Geneva, who works as manager of the Herrington Inn in Geneva, and was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2006.


    14-year-old drowns in Wilmette

    A 14-year-old boy Evanston boy was pronounced dead Saturday night after rescuers pulled his body from the water at a Wilmette beach, officials said.


    Boy trapped under car rescued in Schaumburg

    A five-year-old boy who was trapped underneath a moving car and rescued by Schaumburg firefighters Saturday night is doing “remarkably well,” officials said.

    Two men paddle a boat bown a streete flooded by Hurricane Irene approaches Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Manteo, N.C. Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms.

    Images: Hurricane Irene - Saturday
    Hurricane Irene made landfall in the United States on Saturday.

    Waves crash onto a beach Saturday in Ocean City, Md. as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.

    Levee projects incomplete, nation’s capital vulnerable to major flooding

    Already bruised by an earthquake that damaged two of its iconic structures, the nation’s capital was watching and waiting Saturday for its first hurricane in more than a half-century, a storm that could test its ability to protect both national treasures and vulnerable residents.


    New York quiet as residents wait for storm

    New York City hunkered down Saturday as mass transit closed, theaters went dark and some residents of low- lying neighborhoods evacuated to public shelters before Hurricane Irene’s expected arrival.

    Big crowds are expected Sunday morning at Red Grange Field for Wheaton Warrenville South's nationally-televised football game against Glenbard West.

    WWS-Glenbard game to be featured on ESPN2

    The latest chapter in a 96-year-old rivalry will play out on a national stage, when Wheaton Warrenville South takes on Glenbard West at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

    Daniel Wiggin, center, instructs Richard Franzen on how to draw the outline of Hawaii on Saturday as part of work on Daniel’s Eagle Scout project of painting a map of the United States on the playground blacktop at Oakbrook Elementary School in Wood Dale.

    Scouts paint U.S. map on Wood Dale playground

    The pavement playground at Oakbrook Elementary School in Wood Dale got a new addition Saturday to its painted four-square courts and basketball free throw lines — a map of the United States. Daniel Wiggin, 15, of Wood Dale, organized a group of 30 volunteers to paint the map for his Eagle Scout community service project.

    Steve Roe of Lombard looks at art by George Ceffalio on Saturday during the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts at Lake Ellyn Park.

    ‘Sights and sounds’ enliven Glen Ellyn art fest

    The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts is all about sights and sounds. “It was always an arts fest with music, but it is sight and sound — that’s what makes it different from most art fests,” said Geoff Bevington, a member of the Glen Ellyn Lions Club, which organized the event. “It’s not often you see a 10-piece mariachi band in Lombard or Glen Ellyn.”

    Sgt. Carlos Velazquez of Wood Dale hugs Dolores Zamminer of Chicago during a welcome home ceremony held Saturday in Wood Dale to honor Velazquez’s return from service in the Army National Guard.

    Wood Dale soldier happy to be home

    Home is what Army National Guard Sgt. Carlos Velazquez said he missed almost as much his family while serving a year in Afghanistan. “There is no place like home,” Velazquez said as almost 100 people welcomed him home to Wood Dale.

    The Scooby’s/Tastee Freez in St. Charles is one business that so far has survived a recession that has taken a toll on other Tri-Cities area businesses.

    Scooby’s in St. Charles breaks trend

    Never-never land? Would that be what you call it when a restaurant just can’t seem to get itself open? There have been a handful of misses, but it appears Scooby's Hot Dogs near downtown St. Charles has broken the trend, columnist Dave Heun says.


    These immigrants bring their Porsches, Maseratis

    For years, national security experts have warned that Mexico’s drug violence could send a wave of refugees fleeing to the United States. Now, the refugees are arriving — but they are driving BMWs and snapping up half-million-dollar homes.


    Sex offender charged with taking minor to Elgin park
    An Elgin man, who is a convicted sex offender, was charged Saturday with taking an 8-year-old boy to a park in Elgin.


    How ESPN chose to showcase game

    There’s likely thousands of high school football games taking place across the country this weekend. Only 13, though, are on national television, including the much-anticipated 11 a.m. Sunday matchup between Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard West on ESPN2.


    Palatine man faces drug charges
    A Palatine man is charged with possesson of cocaine and cannibus.


    Skokie man charged with possession, theft in Buffalo Grove
    A Skokie man is charged with unlawful possession of cannibus and retail theft in Buffalo Grove.


    Illinois rebooting professional licenses website
    It soon will be easier to navigate the state's professional licensing website to find registered physicians, architects and accountants, bankers, barbers and veterinarians. The retooled site is set to launch Monday morning.


    Man leads police on chase with toddler onboard

    A Springfield man is in custody after he hijacked a sport utility vehicle with a 19-month old girl inside and led police on a chase that reached 100 mph, police said. The child was not injured.


    Lower Manhattan's power could be cut

    Consolidated Edison said it will decide between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, whether to cut power to a swath of Lower Manhattan because of possible flooding while Hurricane Irene lashes the city.


    Helicopter low on fuel before crashing in Missouri

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials say a medical helicopter was running low on fuel when it crashed into a northwest Missouri field, killing all four people on board.A 58-year-old female patient, a pilot and two medical workers died when the craft went down about 7 p.m. Friday near the small town of Mosby, about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City.


    Al-Qaida’s No. 2 killed in Pakistan, US official says

    Al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, U.S. officials said Saturday.


    Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend reach settlement

    After sparring for more than a year, Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend have reached a financial and custody settlement of a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner’s reputation damaged.


    ‘Klan buster’ Stetson Kennedy dies at 94

    Author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan six decades ago and exposed its secrets to authorities and the public but was also criticized for possibly exaggerating his exploits, died Saturday. He was 94.

    Libertyville resident Kendra Fischl, left, with fitness guru Billy Blanks at the Libertyville Sports Complex.

    Tae Bo star leads workout at Libertyville Sports Complex

    More than 100 people worked out Aug. 21 at the Libertyville Sports Complex Fitness Center, but this workout was different from most — it was led by the international Tae Bo Fitness guru Billy Blanks.

    Teasel after blooming. The prickly plant is an aggressive and nonnative species that came from Europe.

    Teasel takes over where wildflowers grow

    It stands tall and prickly, bearing seed heads that dare you to get close. Where there’s one, there are legions. They are well-armed and on the offense. The plant is teasel, a species that hitched a ride across the Atlantic from Europe in the early 19th century.

    Metra riders could pay up to 25 percent more to ride and see service reductions becaue the rail agency is anticipating a $100 million budget shortfall by 2013.

    Metra’s future looks pricier for riders

    Metra’s Citizens Advisory Board met on Friday to discuss a proposed hike in fares and service reductions.Board member Christian Gutierrez, who represents DuPage County, said passengers could be willing to pay more, “if there is better service.” The commuter rail agency is anticipating a $100 million budget shortfall by 2013.


    Lisle-inspired law could be ‘anti-democratic,’ group complains

    A local government watchdog group says a new state law inspired by a zoning debate in Lisle has the potential of “justifying anti-democratic procedures” during public hearings.But the state lawmaker who sponsored the measure insists it won’t remove the rights of citizens.

    A white-tailed deer browses in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

    Kane Co. might use hunters to control deer population

    Fresh off the controversy of deer culling to test for Chronic Wasting Disease, Kane County Forest Preserve District officials announced Friday they will explore what will likely be a similarly controversial program to kill deer because there are too many deer in some parts of the county.


    District 26 parents want music, art back in classrooms

    Cary Elementary District 26 parents are trying to get together supplemental art classes for students. The district cut art, music and physical education last school year for budgetary reasons. Parents will meet Tuesday morning to discuss a plan.


    Some D26 parents seek signatures for vote of no confidence in leaders

    Cary Elementary District 26 parents will meet Monday night to share their concerns about decisions administration and the school board has made in recent years. The group, District 26 Parents with a Voice, will also petition a vote of no confidence.

    This week someone stole the sign that goes in front of homes that host Blue Tulip parties in the North East Neighborhood. The sign symbolizes a 15-year tradition and residents are asking for the sign’s safe return. “It’s really ugly and tacky but it means a lot to the neighborhood,” resident Betsy Couture said.

    Blue Tulip sign goes missing in Elgin

    Sacre bleu! Who dared to steal the wooden blue tulip sign that, for the North Eastern Neighborhood in Elgin, has grown to symbolize community spirit for 15 years?


    Kaneville Township, village, celebrate 175 years

    Kaneville Township and the village of Kaneville are celebrating the 175th anniversary of settlers moving in to the area. There's going to be fireworks, softball games, a church service, a potluck picnic, cemetery and historical house tours and more Saturday and Sunday.

    Confederate headstones can be seen in rows at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. There are 866 Confederate graves making up a separate section at Camp Butler, which was created in 1862 as one of the first national cemeteries.

    Camp Butler cemetery home to Confederates

    There are 866 Confederate graves from the days when Camp Butler in Springfield was used as a prison camp. With the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War and a continuing interest in genealogy, there is a fascination with that part of the camp’s history.

    This combination image of screen captures shows maps of the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y., available on the Bing website, left, and Google maps services website on Aug. 18 In the post-9/11 world, the blurred image of this and other sites is the product of New York state’s homeland security apparatus.

    Uneven post-9/11 data-cloaking persists

    As a staggered nation scrambled after Sept. 11, 2001, to anticipate possible next targets, there was a widespread sanitizing of publicly available information suddenly viewed as tipsheets and road maps for terrorists. But what also resulted, as shown by an Associated Press review for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, were some befuddling inconsistencies.

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, top center, and Congressman John Lewis, leaning on shovel, becoming emotional as Ambassador Andrew Young, top right, speaks about the significance of the late Martin Luther King Jr. during the groundbreaking for King’s memorial on the National Mall in Washington in 2006

    King aides bound by history to dedicate memorial

    In the more than four decades since the death of the civil rights icon, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congressman John Lewis, the Rev. Joseph Lowery and Ambassador Andrew Young have remained tied to Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and to each other.

    Kevin Held displays a section of a 9/11 memorial quilt at a storage facility in Gilbert, Ariz. Held formed Stage 1 Productions in 2003 to promote the American Quilt Memorial honoring the lives lost on Sept. 11. He said thousands of individual pieces would be crafted together on white king-size sheets that, when sewn together, would stretch 1½ miles across an eight-lane highway. That never happened. The $713,000 that Held raised from students, school fundraising campaigns, T-shirt sales and other donations is gone.

    Some 9/11 charities failed miserably

    Americans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows some of those nonprofits spent huge sums on themselves, cannot account for the money they received and have few results to show for their spending . Yet many of the charities continue to raise money in the name of Sept. 11.

    Lorie Van Auken, who lost her husband, Kenneth, during the Sept. 11 attacks, became an activist as a result of the tragedy. She is one of four New Jersey widows, known as the Jersey Girls, who pressed the government to do deeper digging into the causes of the attacks.

    Jersey Girls who emerged after 9/11 stay activists

    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, turned them into widows and the four Jersey Girls, as they became known, turned themselves into activists. A decade later, at least two of them are still trying to make change in public policy.


    Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is no stranger to pressure in the pocket.

    NU QB Dan Persa that close to full health

    There's not a single player on Northwestern's football roster who's been through a losing season. That's a dramatic change from the past. Alas, there's not a single player on NU's roster who's been part of a bowl victory. That's the way it has been for 60 years ... might that change in 2011?

    Coach Ron Zook celebrates with tight end Evan Wilson after Illinois beat Purdue 44-10 last season. Wilson is back this fall.

    Illinois shoots for back-to-back bowl berths

    Illinois has never won bowl games in back-to-back years. Heck, the Illini haven't earned bowl bids in back-to-back years since 1992. Is this the year Ron Zook's crew becomes a consistent winner?

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, right, talks with catcher Tyler Flowers after allowing a hit by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Viciedo here, now what?
    Touted prospect Dayan Viciedo finally joined the White Sox on Saturday from Triple A Charlotte. But the Sox didn't use him and didn't need him in a 3-0 win over the Mariners.

    Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck loses the ball on an incomplete pass as he is hit by Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije on Saturday night during preseason action.

    Some strides, but Bears offense still struggles

    The Bears starting offense was better, but it still sputtered in the red zone Saturday in their 14-13 loss to the Tennesse Titans. Yet there were pluses “The offensive line did a good job for the second week in a row,” coach Lovie Smith said. “Pass protection was pretty good, and we did a good job opening holes in the run game.”


    Bears will pay Matt Forte what they want

    Bears' running back Matt Forte deserves all the money he's asking for but in the end will have to settle for what he's being offered.

    Brett Jackson, the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2009, may not be called up to the major leagues Sept. 1 despite putting up solid numbers at Class AAA Iowa.

    What's up with Brett Jackson? Cubs being coy

    September call-ups are coming soon, and Cubs prospect Brett Jackson is making a strong case. However, the Cubs don't seem inclined to bring Jackson up when rosters expand.

    Starter John Danks was all smiles after pitching a complete game and the White Sox topped the Seattle Mariners 3-0 Saturday in Seattle.

    Danks goes the distance, stiffles Mariners

    John Danks threw a three-hitter and struck out ten to lead the White Sox to a 3-0 complete game win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

    Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tripped up by Tennessee Titans cornerback LeQuan Lewis (49) in the third quarter of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)

    Bennett’s punt return really special to Toub

    Earl Bennett was bright spot in weak special teams unit Saturday. "Every time we put Earl in on a special teams, he does something good. He always stands out to me," Special teams coach Dave Toud said.


    Antioch’s Tylka answers chance to coach at Loyola

    After three successsful seasons as Antioch's softball coach, Jeff Tylka has resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola University.

    Huntley’s Samantha Boesch, now a senior, is primed to lead the Red Raiders to new heights this season.

    Huntley primed for big season

    This is the year Huntley volleyball has been anticipating since 2008. That was the year coach Michelle Jakubowski elevated three promising freshmen to her varsity team: libero extraordinaire Amy Dion, hard-hitting outside hitter Sam Boesch and point-scoring machine Ashley Smith.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) scores a touchdown on a 3-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Images: Bears vs Titans
    The Titans (2-1) had trouble stopping the Bears (1-2) as the Bears outgained Tennessee 416-220. But the Titans came up with two interceptions and the final one stymied a late Bears drive and proved to be the backbreaker. Chicago lost the contest 13-14.

    The Fire’s Patrick Nyarko controls the ball against the Rapids’ Jeff Larentowicz on Saturday.

    Has the Chicago Fire turned the corner?

    With its second consecutive MLS victory Saturday night against defending MLS Cup champion Colorado, the Chicago Fire showed there is a chance it can turn around what has so far been a dismal season.


    Kane County Cougars fall to Peoria Chiefs before season-best crowd

    For the third game in a row, the Kane County Cougars never led. On Saturday night against the Peoria Chiefs in the opener of a four-game series, the Cougars rallied from a 4-0 deficit but fell 4-3 before a season-high 13,138 at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva.


    Ryan Dempster’s hex over Brewers vanishes

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has seen his string of dominance over the Milwaukee Brewers end. Dempster lost his second straight to the Brewers Saturday night as the Cubs fell 6-4 at Miller Park.

    The Titans (2-1) had trouble stopping the Bears (1-2) as the Bears outgained Tennessee 416-220. But the Titans came up with two interceptions and the final one stymied a late Bears drive and proved to be the backbreaker.

    Late pick-6 rallies Titans over Bears

    Seventh-round draft pick Tommie Campbell returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Tennessee Titans rallied to beat the Bears 14-13 on Saturday nigh

    Batavia celebrates it’s 2-game victory over Metea Valley Thursday.

    Tri-Cities girls volleyball previews

    Aurora CentralCoach: Jeanne CzipriLast year: 29-8Key returnees: Jill Huseman, S, sr.; Kendall Adams, MH, sr.; Ashley Wilk, OH, sr.; Katilyn Rosa, OH, sr.; Sam Koziol, DS, sr.; Emily Schroeder, OH, sr.Top newcomers: Ally Kane, DS, jr.; Amber Konen, DS, jr.; Claire Tack, DS, so.; Gail Koziol, S, jr.; Santia Miller, MH, jr.; Kelsey Talkington, MH, jr.; Kaitlin Blackwell, OH, jr.; Sam Chmielewski, OH, jr.Outlook: The Chargers enter 2011 after setting the program record for wins for the second straight season, this time going 29-8 to claim the co-championship of the SCC Blue Division after they won the Blue outright in 2009. The Chargers also won the Timothy Chrisitian/Chicago Christian Invite and Plano Invite, took 3rd at the St. Viator Invite and fourth at the Kaneland Spikefest. Senior 5-foot-10 outside hitter Wilk was part of both of those teams, a 3-year returning starter. “(Wilk) adds much experience and power to the offense and mobility to the defense,” Chargers coach Jeanne Czipri said. “She is anxious and excited to play her role as our senior outside.” Adams is another 3-year varsity player and returning starter, and a “strong offensive and defensive threat” according to Czipri.Huseman takes over the role as quarterbacking the offense after seeing time both defensively and as setter last year. Czipri is looking for Koziol, Kane, Konen and Tack to provide a strong back court. Czipri said Schroeder developed in the off-season and will contend for court time with junior outsides Blackwell Chmielewski. Middles Miller and Talkington will compete for the other starting middle role. The Chargers finished second to Neuqua Valley in the summer league at Great Lakes. “Summer went extremely well,” Czipri said. “We have a team this year that has a ton of depth and talent at every position, and much stronger ball control across the board than the program has had in past years.” That depth has made selecting a starting lineup harder than past years. “It is difficult to determine who will be my starters because every athlete plays such a unique role and brings their own strengths and weapons to the court,” Czipri said. This promises to be a challenging season for Aurora Central in its first year in the tougher Gold Division of the SCC but the Chargers will be 2A instead of 3A come the postseason. “We are thrilled to challenge the consistently talented programs in our conference,” Czipri said. “It will be a tough road, but we are using our highly competitive conference and tournament schedule to prepare us for the road to state.”Aurora ChristianCoach: Andrew PalmerLast year: 18-17Key returnees: Taylor Knauf, S, jr.; Emily Neely, RS, sr.; Faith Montalbano, MH, jr.; Courtney Pendry, DS, sr.Top newcomers: Danielle Huseman, OH, so.; Lauren Weaver, OH, sr.; Lindsey Larson, MH, sr.


    Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyball

    2011 Fox Valley area girls volleyball season preview capsules


    Robert Morris falls in first game

    Robert Morris University played its first game in program history and was in position to win going into the fourth quarter before falling 21-18 at Mayville State in North Dakota.

    West Aurora junior Omar Gomez opened the season Saturday by winning the Aurora City meet.

    West Aurora wins city title

    After graduating the front runners from its first state team in 35 years, the West Aurora cross country program could have pointed to 2011 as a rebuilding year. If the Aurora City Meet is any indication, it's going to be much more of a reloading season for Matt Sinnott's Blackhawks.

    Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Hart’s run-scoring triple helped the Brewers top the Cubs 6-4 Saturday night in Milwaukee Saturday night.

    Cubs can’t slow streaking Brewers

    Yovani Gallardo matched a season high with 10 strikeouts over seven innings and Prince Fielder hit a 443-foot homer before the Brewers bullpen held on in Milwaukee’s 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.


    IC’s Carr enjoys change of scenery

    It took Demetrius Carr one game to experience what he had missed all last football season. Victory.

    Runners fight for position during the first 200 yards of the girls cross country meet at Marmion High School.

    West Aurora edges Waubonsie for city title

    Waubonsie Valley junior Ashley Bruner expected her top challenge to come from West Aurora on Saturday at the Aurora City Meet. The person providing that challenge proved to be a surprise.


    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball

    DuPage volleyball capsule previews

    Mike Odom of Benet is pulled down by a defender during the Benet at Nazareth football Saturday in LaGrange Park.

    Nazareth shuts out Benet

    Nazareth quarterback Sam Poulos has been waiting a longtime for the class of 2012 and 2013 to finally combine forces on a varsity football field.

    Porter Ontko of Benet pulls down Rudy Romagnano of Nazareth during the Benet at Nazareth football Saturday in LaGrange Park.

    Gallery: Benet Academy vs. Nazareth Academy football
    Benet Academy vs. Nazareth Academy football at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park. Benet lost to Nazareth 17-0 Saturday.

    St. Charles North junior Quinten Payne committed to Loyola on Friday, becoming the first boys basketball player at the school to earn a Division I scholarship.

    Payne commits to Loyola

    Quinten Payne has grown up playing countless hours of basketball with his older siblings Cully and Katelyn. Now he'll get to play in college with his older brother.


    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball

    A capsule look at girls volleyball in DuPage County.


    Lake Forest wins at Bittersweet

    Joe Willis fired a winning 73, a stroke better than teammate Matt Garrity, leading Lake Forest’s boys golf team to the championship of the Warren invitational at Bittersweet Golf Club on Saturday.


    Grayslake North learns, and wins

    Carson Klarck scored in the second half, and senior goalkeeper Stevie Streeter earned his first clean sheet, as Grayslake North shut out Grayslake Central 1-0 at Vernon Hills on Saturday.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South wins title: Crystal Lake South win its own invitational Saturday, defeating Rolling Meadows 5-0 in the championship match. Charlie Oliver and Roberto Albuquerque each scored twice for the Gators (3-1) and Sam Murdock had a goal. Steve Follmer made 2 saves in goal for his first shutout of the season. Oliver was named the tournament MVP.Jacobs invite: Jacobs fell to Harvard 2-1 on PKs then came back to beat Crystal Lake Central 5-0 in the Jacobs Invitational. Blake Micel scored the Golden Eagles’ goal against Harvard and Nick Matysek had 3 saves in goal. Against CLC, Brad Cleveland, Anthony Mosctaello, Mike Mammola, Kyle Heverdjs and Nick Lorusso had goal for Jacobs. Matysek and John Berndt each had 1 save in the net.South Elgin 4, Taft 1: David Left and Mike Kozielek each scored twice to lead the Storm (2-0) to a win at the Maine West tournament. Jarod Shieler and Tyler Shipon each had 1 save in goal for South Elgin.Burlington wins 2: The Rockets notched two shutout wins at the DeKalb Barb Cup, winning the tournament championship by beating the host Barbs and Yorkville by identical 3-0 scores. Chris Gousios, Matt O’Connor and Brady Weinrich scored goals against DeKalb and Riley Jensen made 9 saves in goal. Against Yorkville, Brad Yarwood, Gousios and Josh Lung scored for BC (2-0-2) and Jensen had 5 saves in the net.Hampshire 3, Marian Central 2: Jose Hernandez, Jason Bishop and Ismael Morales scored second-half goals to life the Whip-Purs (2-2) to a win at the Crystal Lake South tournament. Darren Bishop (5 saves) and Andy Pederson (4 saves) split time in goal for Hampshire.St. Edward 3, Harvest Christian 0: Johnny Shepherd, Carlos Moreno and Austin Davis had goals for the Green Wave (1-1-1) in this win at their own tournament. Matt Hesch made 4 saves in goal for St. Edward and Chris DeSouza had 5 saves in the net for Harvest Christian (0-3).Dundee-Crown 6, St. Patrick 1: Ben Stone and Kyle Hogan scored twice each to lead the Chargers to a victory at the North Shore Shootout. Adolfo Sandoval and Alex Garcia also scored for D-C and Christian Martinez had 3 saves in goal.Wheaton North 1, Streamwood 0: Jose Resendez had 7 saves in goal for the Sabres (1-2-1) in this loss at the Lake Park Lancer Classic.


    Huntley wins Plainfield N. title

    Huntley’s girls volleyball team achieved one of its early-season goals Saturday by winning the championship of the Plainfield North tournament.Sam Boesch had 12 kills and Ashley Smith 11 in the title match as the Red Raiders downed Naperville North 25-21, 25-19 to remain undefeated on the season at 6-0.Previously, Huntley defeated Hinsdale South 25-16, 25-20 in the semifinal, that after downing Oswego 25-18, 25-18 in the first match of the day.Boesch had 25 kills Saturday and Smith added 21. Amy Dion had 53 digs and 17 points for the Red Raiders, and Eli Manning contributed 73 assists.St. Edward 5th: St. Edward went 3-2 for the weekend and beat Reavis 25-21, 26-24 to take 5th place at the Chicago Christian Invitational. Katie Ayello (92 assists, 24 digs), Sarah Normal (30 kills, 8 aces, 4 blocks, 38 digs), Katie Swanson (16 kills, 5 blocks, 29 digs), Callie Johnson (20 kills, 7 aces, 4 blocks, 15 digs), Shannon Igelski (10 kills), Allison Kruk (42 digs) and Clara McDowell (21 digs) led the Green Wave for the weekend.


    Erny’s goal lifts Stevenson to title

    Zach Erny scored the winning goal to help Stevenson to its first tournament title at Glenbrook South in 10 years with a 2-1 victory over Mather in the championship game Saturday in Glenview.

    Senior Annie McGarrigle of Cary Grove finished strong during the McHenry girls cross country meet at Huntley High School on Saturday.

    Cary-Grove’s pack shines at county

    On the surface, cross country seems to be the ultimate individual sport with little team ramifications.Cary-Grove girls cross country coach Mark Anderson certainly doesn’t adhere to that philosophy.“We’ve had one all-stater since I have been here, but we usually have great depth great leadership and great team chemistry,” said the 11th-year Trojans coach. “We believe in pack running and the girls buy into that..”Cary-Grove’s team concepts were certainly on display at Saturday’s non-team scoring McHenry County meet held at Huntley High School.Junior Sarah Englund was the Trojans’ top runner with a 14th place finish in the 3-mile race.Then, the Trojans’ pack running took effect as they grabbed places 20 through 25. Talia Duzey placed 20th, followed by Kathie Wollney, Anne McGarrigle, Natasha Geiger-Powell, Paige Freund and Gretchen Price.“For a first race of the season the girls really ran well and we ran well as a pack,” said Anderson. “We have a lot of depth again this season and we will improve as the season goes on.”Crystal Lake Central’s Kelly McNeely grabbed individual honors with a 3-mile time of 18:08.5, which is a course record.Huntley freshman Kelly Meehlieb didn’t let the nerves of her first varsity race hinder her performance. Meehleib was fifth in a clocking of 19:22.5.“I was very nervous being my first varsity race,” said Meehlieb. “The weather was a little warm, but I felt I ran well.”Teammate Emily Kahl joined Meehlieb in the Top 15 with a 13th place finish. Other Red Raiders who were in the Top 50 included Sara Scarbro (17th), Amy Kahl(26th), Beth Parks (27th), McKenna Moffett (35th), and Delaney Loprieno (47th).Jacobs placed three runners in the Top 10 with Lauren VanVlierbergen (7th), Samantha Baran (9th) and Kayla Giuliano (10th). Tiffany Johnson (32nd) and Courtney Eubanks (33rd) were also in the Top 50 for the Golden Eagles.Crystal Lake South’s top runner was Sara Lejsner with a 39th place finish while Alyssa Walker placed 43rd.

    Junior Ryan Ross of Jacobs competes in the McHenry County boys cross country meet at Huntley High School on Saturday.

    Strong showing for Jacobs at county meet

    With two freshmen and two sophomores among his top runners, Jacobs boys cross country coach Kevin Christian knows his patience will be tested this season.It was a mixed bag for the Jacobs coach at Saturday’s non-team scoring McHenry County meet at Huntley High School.The Golden Eagles placed 5 runners in the Top 25 and 8 competitors in the Top 45.William Hennessy led Jacobs with an 11th-place finish, followed by Ryan Ross (15th), Patrick Nerja (20th), Trevor Tschosik (24th), Zachary Johnson (25th), Matthew Johnson (30th), Sebastian Baran (39th) and Jon Godinez (45th).“I was happy with some of our performances,” said Christian. “We are so young I have no clue how good we will be. We will have some growing pains.”Prairie Ridge’s Mitch Wilkins claimed individual honors with a 3-mile time of 15:24.4“It was a little warmer than I would have liked, but overall I ran well,” said Wilkins. “I got the lead and got up front early and felt comfortable.”Crystal Lake South coach Rich Eschmann knows to win big meets you need a runner consistently in the Top 10. Eschmann may have found that talent in junior Duncan Henderson, who placed seventh with a time of 16:12.9.“Last year we had a pack of runners in the 30s, but nobody who scored high,” said Eschmann. “Duncan might be the guy who can finish high in all the big meets and give us a chance to have a low team score at the big meets.”Ian Meador was the next Gator to cross the finish line with a 17th place finish. Ryan Wolf was 21st, followed by Brian Roesslein (37th) and Nick Kopp was 47th.Dustin Throw was the only Cary-Grove runner to finish in the Top 50 placing 16th.Huntley was led by Trevor Obecny with a 19th place finish. Sam Marcuccelli placed 23rd and Ricky Lopez was 36th for the Red Raiders.


    CL South cruises past Thornridge

    When Crystal Lake South cornerback Brad Walovitch spoke about his 3 interceptions in Saturday’s nonconference game at Thornridge, the senior immediately deferred the attention to his defensive line.


    Keepers star as Prospect, Maine West go scoreless

    Maine West goalkeeper Dennis Chronopoulos and Prospect keeper Brad Reibel were the stars in boys soccer tournament play on Saturday as the Warriors and Knights played to a scoreless tie.


    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    Here is the first Daily Herald girls volleyball Top 20 of the season. Last year's records are in parenthesis.


    Palatine steps up against St. Viator

    Piotr Karpierz scored once in each half as Palatine's boys soccer team shut out St. Viator 4-0 on Saturday.

    He’s back. The White Sox have recalled outfielder/infielder Dayan Viciedo to join their roster after they placed Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Viciedo batted .297 with Charlotte this season.

    Sox put Quentin on DL, call up Viciedo

    Before tonight’s game at Seattle, the White Sox placed Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and recalled Dayan Viciedo from Class AAA Charlotte.

    Kristen Pedersen, left, and Kelsey Haas, right, will be a formidable duo this season for perennial volleyball power Hersey.

    Twin-win situation for Hersey

    Kelsey Haas and Kristen Pedersen will be key performers for Hersey's girls volleyball team this fall. They resemble one another physically and positionally, and the similarities don't stop there - both also have a twin brother.


    Luther North lines up a winner vs. Christian Liberty

    Luther North, the lone team Christian Liberty beat last season, earned a 40-0 victory over the Chargers on Saturday in Northeastern Athletic Conference play in Chicago.


    Girls volleyball / Scouting Northwest

    A team-by-team preview of high school girls volleyball in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

    Rolling Meadows Ryan Gundersen is tackled by York’s Kevin Szeluga in the second quarter of play in opening night of Friday night football in the northwest suburbs.

    Rolling Meadows wins stunning shootout

    Jack Milas threw for 483 yards and 6 touchdowns as Rolling Meadows rallied from two big deficits for a wild 50-49 victory over York.



    NYSE, Nasdaq expect to open Monday

    NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., the two biggest operators of U.S. stock exchanges, said they are prepared to open on Aug. 29 as Hurricane Irene threatened the first market shutdown due to weather since 1985.


    U.S. eastern oil refiners shut some plants

    Oil refiners in the U.S. Northeast, including Sunoco Inc., ConocoPhillips, PBF Energy Co. LLC, Hess Corp. and NuStar Energy LP, are shutting some of their combined daily capacity of 1.5 million barrels and are preparing to close more as Hurricane Irene approaches the area.


    American Eagle pilots divided on need for concessions

    Some pilots at AMR Corp.’s American Eagle are disputing the need for concessions as the regional carrier negotiates a flying agreement with American Airlines prior to its planned spinoff.

    Christine Lagarde, of France, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, arrives Saturday at the morning session of the Economic Policy Symposium at Jackson Hole in Moran, Wyo.

    IMF chief urges U.S. policymakers to help economy

    The new head of the International Monetary Fund urged U.S. policymakers to take more aggressive steps to stimulate the economy and ease the housing crisis.


    Refinery near Tripoli to restart, says official

    The largest refinery in Libya’s gasoline-starved west is set to restart operations within a day or two, an official at the facility said on Saturday.

    The larger model of the MacBook Air, weighing just under 3 pounds, has a 13.3-inch display and 4 gigabytes. It starts at $1,299. Like all the Airs, it uses chips rather than a hard drive to store data.

    Review: Apple fine-tunes MacBook Air, making best better

    The Air at first glimpse is little changed. But Apple has made enough improvements, most of them under the hood, to cement its position as the most enjoyable laptop you can buy, according to reviewer Rich Jaroslovsky.


    Blackberry to synch with Android apps as RIM seeks sales boost

    Rolling Meadows-based Research In Motion Ltd., seeking to boost the appeal of its BlackBerrys and revive slowing sales, plans to enable models expected next year to run applications built for Google Inc.’s Android operating system, three people familiar with the plan said.

    Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced Tuesday that it had agreed with Time to make all 21 of its U.S. releases available on its Nook Color e-reader by the end of the year.

    People and other magazines added to Nook

    People, Fortune, Time and Sports Illustrated were added Tuesday to the Nook Newsstand, with InStyle and Entertainment Weekly among those expected over the next few months. As of Tuesday, the Meredith Corp.’s Fitness and Parents magazine also were available on the Nook.

    Steve Jobs leaves a team of deputies behind as Apple gets ready to delve into iCloud and competition heats up from Google.

    What’s next for Apple without Jobs? iCloud and competition

    Steve Jobs, departing as Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer after a more than 9,000-percent share gain since 1997, leaves the company he co-founded in the hands of deputies to prove they can keep building best-selling products that change how people compute and communicate.

    Customers in Apple stores were focusing on deciding what products to buy instead of chatting about Steve Jobs resignation as CEO this week.

    Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs

    Apple fans and would-be customers seemed to agree that while Steve Jobs’ charisma and innovative genius is one-of-a-kind, the company he built will survive without him.


    Verizon Wireless starts using Facebook

    Thinking about picking up a new smartphone but unsure what phone to choose? Verizon Wireless has turned to Facebook to create a series of unique features on the Verizon Facebook page to help fans share information and receive feedback from friends before picking up the latest piece of technology.By clicking on the “Shop Tips” tab, Verizon Wireless fans can create polls to post on their Facebook walls to quickly receive feedback.“Shop Tips” also has an “Ask a friend” feature that allows the users to send a message, including specs on a specific product, to their tech-savvy friends to get their thoughts.And, to make the shopping experience even easier, Facebook fans can click a link right on the Facebook page to go to the Verizon Wireless page to purchase the device.“Everyone has someone in their group of friends who is the technology expert, their go to person to ask an opinion before picking up the latest technology,” said John Harrobin, Verizon Wireless vice president of marketing. “Using these tools, customers can use a social media platform they are comfortable with to quickly gain insight from friends and share expertise.”In addition to “Shop Tips,” the Verizon Facebook page has added a fun smartphone glossary. The glossary, created in partnership with Someecards, provides simple, jargon-free, explanations of common Smartphone terms such as 4G, LTE and Apps, in a fun, off-beat, e-card format. Verizon Facebook fans can share the cards on their personal pages.“This latest effort by Verizon really demonstrates how a brand can take advantage of our platform to create a meaningful and social experience for consumers,” said Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook.


    Little Golden books launches apps

    Random House Children’s Books announced that The Poky Little Puppy app, the first of more Little Golden Books apps to come, is now available in the iTunes store. The Little Golden Book that today’s adults loved as children can now be shared with a whole new generation in this magically interactive storybook app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The Poky Little Puppy is the best-selling picture book of all time and is one of the twelve original Little Golden Books published in 1942. Written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, this charming book tells the tale of the instantly recognizable little puppy who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake. Beloved by children and adults of all ages, The Poky Little Puppy is an essential part of any child’s home library. The Poky Little Puppy appretails for $4.99, but is available now at the special introductory price of $3.99.Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, e-books, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series.

    Like the new Bold model announced three weeks ago, the new Curves will have built-in Near-Field Communications chips, so they can be used in place of credit cards by swiping them across properly equipped payment terminals.

    RIM introduces new BlackBerry Curves

    Research In Motion Ltd. announced three new models in its popular low-end BlackBerry Curve range, featuring its new BlackBerry 7 operating system. The new Curve models — 9350, 9360 and 9370 — will go on sale in Canada this month and in the rest of the world in September. In the U.S., Sprint Nextel Corp. said it will start selling the 9350 on Sept. 9 for $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

    Quality assurance team leader Harshada Baviskar, center, works with a software programmer as they develop applications at the MoFirst Solutions Pvt. office in Mumbai, India.

    India’s next outsource market converges with iPhone apps

    MoFirst is tapping India’s next wave in outsourcing, with thousands of programmers that charge a fraction of Silicon Valley prices to capitalize on demand for programs for Apple's iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software.

    Computer makers shipped about 18.5 million PCs in China in the second quarter, compared with 17.7 million in the U.S.

    China becomes biggest PC market

    China has passed an important technological milestone: It became the world’s biggest consumer of PCs in the second quarter, according to new market research by IDC.

    Apple’s first foray into the living room was an uncharacteristically halfhearted effort. Jobs later referred to the Apple TV as a “hobby.” It was expensive and hard to use.

    7 products Steve Jobs got wrong

    Steve Jobs pushed the envelope many times when it came to product design, and the results weren’t always pretty. Here are seven products created under his direction that failed commercially or functionally.

    Sifteo Cubes exist in that rare but intriguing realm between digital video games and hands-on-toys, an experience that’s both on-screen and tactile.

    Review: Sifteo a fun but pricey new way to play

    Sifteo Cubes appear aimed mainly at kids, but they’re also fun for adults. These slick, white blocks with color LCD screens and smooth, rounded corners are an addictive pastime. But at $149, it’s a pricey proposition even for such a promising diversion, one reviewer says.

    AmazonLocal already is available in the Chicago area.

    Amazon brings new local deals site to more cities

    Amazon.com Inc. is expanding its new local deals site to New York and other parts of the country, hoping discount-happy consumers will flock to its offerings as they have embraced market leader Groupon.

Life & Entertainment

    Solaire makes a series of outdoor grills that use infrared heat instead of convection cooking. This method sears in flavors, speeds cooking time and reduces the amount of propane used, the company says.

    Industry Insider: PMA Outdoor

    Outdoor cooking enthusiasts have another item to add to their “wish list:” a Solaire infrared grill.

    Visitors to the temporary memorial to United Flight 93 overlook the crash site.

    Flight 93 site attracts visitors to southwest Pennsylvania

    In one sense, Shanksville is a tiny village far from major cities and cultural attractions. But the crash of Flight 93 in a field there on Sept. 11, 2001, has brought visitors from around the world to the national park site that now marks the spot where the hijacked plane came down.

    The Meteor Crater, near Winslow, Ariz., is the world’s best-preserved meteor impact site. It’s nearly a mile wide and over 550 feet deep.

    Fun things to enjoy in Flagstaff

    Flagstaff, at about 7,000 feet above sea level, is more like the Rocky Mountains than the desert, with towering peaks, pine trees and mild temperatures. Heck, you might even need a jacket. The Arizona town also makes a great jumping-off point for other major regional attractions.

    A model wears fashion created with feathers at the Pamella Roland Fall 2011 Collection, during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York. The fashion flock seems to have developed a taste for feathers. They’re decorating cocktail dresses with them and using it for bohemian jewelry, and they’re even being braided into hair.

    Feathers catching the fancy of fashion insiders

    The fashion flock seems to have developed a fancy for feathers: They’re decorating cocktail dresses and bohemian jewelry, and being braided into hair. They’re statements of femininity and luxury — without being too frilly, experts say.

    Tony and Jesica Huber pose with their sons Ethan, 8, left, and Andrew, 11, at their home near Plainville, Ill. Andrew, was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, which after years of research is now considered the leading cause of inherited mental impairment and the leading known cause of autism.

    Family learns about Fragile X Syndrome

    Fragile X Syndrome is considered the leading cause of inherited mental impairment and the leading known cause of autism. But there are only a handful of medical centers in the nation that specialize in the condition. “We’ve had to figure out most of this on our own,” says mom Jesica Huber.

    Bruce Willis’s mob hit-man travels to the future in next year’s movie “Looper,” which was filmed in China.

    Chinese film industry ‘growing like a rocket ship’

    Box office receipts in China grew 64 percent last year to $1.6 billion. While that’s still a fraction of the $10.6 billion receipts in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo, it’s one of the biggest potential growth markets for Hollywood.

    Omar Salama, 21, reads before the family prepares to break the Ramadan fast at their home in Fullerton, Calif. on Aug. 7.

    Growing up Muslim after Sept. 11 a test of faith

    Every day, housands of children navigate the subtle and complex challenges that come with growing up Muslim in a deeply traumatized post-Sept. 11 America. Their childhoods have been deeply touched by the pain and anger of a nation struggling to come to terms with a day that, for them, represents the worst perversion of their faith.

    Actor Kevin Farrell, dressed as Dee W. Ieye, sells Tupperware products during a party in Bellflower, Calif. He sells a lot of Tupperware — six figures’ worth most years.

    At 65, Tupperware enjoys a renaissance

    Long gone is the signature burp, that whoosh of air from pressing on the center of a lid to tightly seal in the goodness. Also gone are the color goldenrod, fussy floral accents, and the soft pastels of the 1950s and `60s. Today’s Tupperware is drenched in edgy shades of “purplicious” and “fuchsia kiss."

    Taste a variety of barbecued ribs from five Chicago-area rib vendors at Vernon Hills' Little Bear Ribfest.

    Weekend picks: Enjoy ribs, blues at Vernon Hills fest

    Sample a variety of barbecue ribs from five Chicago-area rib vendors at Vernon Hills' Little Bear Ribfest at Century Park Saturday. Blue legends Lonnie Brooks and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater headline the fest, too.

    Landscape designers reveal the creative ways they can make an area of privacy in your yard.

    Landscape designers share their tips for creating privacy

    Your house may have a beautiful outdoor living space, perfect for quiet morning coffee or fun evening get-togethers. But if adjacent homes loom large, or your home backs up to public land, you can’t truly relax until your “al fresco” space becomes a little more private.


    Mortgage Professor: Don’t be labeled a ‘borrower in distress’

    Borrowers in distress often contact many lenders hoping to find one who will approve them. For this reason, multiple inquiries can have a negative impact on a consumer’s credit score.


    On homes and real estate: Ads worry homeowner

    Q. In today’s era, I see ads where people say they’ve lost their homes as a result of identity theft. What are the steps that people can take to protect themselves and their property?



    The Soapbox

    The Daily Herald Editorial board takes up busing in U-46, politicizing the toll debate, wood chips in Lake County, fall sportsmanship and much more in this week's Soapbox.


    No purpose in advertising tollways
    How can anyone have confidence in any of the financial decisions of the tollway when they put window-sized posters around town telling people to consider taking the tollway? Really? Do any of us not realize that there are tollways to use?


    Let’s stop bashing our president
    I know President Obama hasn’t been able to accomplish all the things he spoke of during his presidential campaign, but who in this world has a magic wand? A lot of the issues he is accused of were started long ago during his predecessor’s administration.


    Quade criticism way off base
    Mike Quade has had to put together a staff that required moving players back and forth from the minors. Working with overpaid and underachieving players such as Soriano and Zambrano isn’t an easy task.


    Group sending its own liberal message
    Catholics United is nothing more than a radical left-wing front group that has tried to hijack the Catholic religion as a way of getting their agenda out. They use partisan political rhetoric to promote causes such as public worker unions and socialized health care.


    Bring troops home to protect our borders
    How can we provide the medical treatment and jobs for the thousands of military personnel when we can’t provide for the millions of Americans who are now unemployed or underemployed? Yet we are providing for a vast number of illegal or undocumented aliens with free or low-cost health care and, more recently, education benefits.


    Mourning loss of St. John Lutheran
    It had been my intention to write of this last fall, but I was unable to put into words the sense of loss. It has been just a year since a part of our community died. Many were not even aware that it happened. It went away so quietly, no announcement in the papers, no stories, just those who were forced to endure the loss directly. St. John Lutheran School was a part of the Wheaton community for 55 joyous years. A quiet gem of a school that developed exceptionally well rounded and well prepared Christian youth. August 2010 saw the stunning elimination of grades 1-8. Gone are the years of science fairs, with so many students advancing to earn gold ribbons at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science. Gone are the geography bees, musicals, band concerts, choirs, fine arts festivals, service projects, children running at recess, chess competitions. Gone are the athletics — volleyball, basketball, track & field, and multiple state titles for its cross country team, and hosting the highly regarded St John Invitational Basketball Tournament for 27 years. Gone are the Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale, 50 Hecto (5K) Race, and Christmas Confection Sale. Gone are so many exceptional teachers and staff. All gone. It’s so quiet now. Perhaps you didn’t even know. Another piece of our community has slipped away without even a whisper. How incredibly sad.Christine BoydWheaton


    Little understanding on adoption
    The Daily Herald reveals a profound lack of understanding when it argues that homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt children because in the Daily Herald’s view “Loving families and good parenting skills are not limited to straight couples or single people.”


    Small businesses get no respect
    When the news media needs a business perspective they interview the CEOs of large multinational corporations, not the local guy. Small businesses really don’t have the time or money to buy lobbyists and if they did they would put it into the growth of their business, not into the pocket of a politician.


    Biblical consistency doesn’t force hostility
    Wheaton College is not monolithic, nor is it a church. It claims no authority over any church and makes no pronouncements concerning the practices of specific denominations like the Episcopal Church that allows for women ministers and homosexuality among its members and clergy.


    Attack on Wheaton College intolerant
    Lovely, this attack on Wheaton College and the Christian church (Fence Post letter, Aug. 23). It’s just another fine example of the growing hostility. Frankly it’s an attempt to shut up anyone who holds standards, anyone who proclaims they follow Christ, and to push to get the government to regulate the teachings of the church.


    Confusion over half-day kindergarten
    We received a letter from J.B Nelson school on June 1 informing us which session of kindergarten our children have been placed in. On the bottom of that letter is written: “Please note that there has been a change in the specials schedule for half-day kindergarten starting this Fall. In order to increase the amount of daily minutes that our half-day students will have working with the core curriculum, half-day students will not be leaving the classroom for Art, Music and Physical Education. They will have wellness class one time a week with the school social worker.” In this statement, there is no mention that their day has been shortened 15 minutes from the previous year. This statement mentions nothing about budget cuts as a reason as later described by the superintendent. The school tries to make it appear that these changes will benefit our children. Shortening the day and eliminating specials is not a benefit. Forcing kindergarten teachers to teach more in less time will not benefit anyone, especially the students. This statement also leads parents to believe that all kindergartners will have specials cut equally since Batavia 101 only offers half-day kindergarten. It fails to mention that if you are enrolled in “morning with after-school enrichment,” your specials have been retained. On your website for Batavia Public Schools, it states: “Illinois Public Schools are required to provide a half-day kindergarten program for students. BPS101 only offers a half-day kindergarten program.” How can a district provide different education to the same students from the same grade? They are ALL half-day kindergartners. Some parents have chosen to pay for their children to stay after their morning half-day kindergarten class is over to “practice and reinforce skills taught in kindergarten.” This paid program is called the “After School Enrichment Program.” It is not full day kindergarten. Music, art and physical education are not part of the after-school enrichment program. They can be “practiced and reinforced” in the after-school enrichment program, but they cannot be introduced as new education. You cannot group these children into two separate groups and teach them differently. There is only one kind of kindergarten student in BPS101, a half-day kindergartner. Chris Hunecke Batavia


    End stipends for state boards
    A Geneva letter to the editor: If it is such an honor to serve on a state board, they should serve as a dollar-a-year person for the public good.


    After toll hikes, it’s time to move
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Thank you, Gov. Quinn for making my life unbearable living in Illinois.


    Toll increase bullies drivers
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The Illinois Tollway does not need an outrageous 88 percent toll increase at this time. Even Director Bill Morris’ proposed 38 percent increase is too much.


    End tax breaks for corporations
    A Park City letter to the editor: At a time when the free enterprise system needs to flourish and the size of government must shrink, I have an actionable first step to getting the nation back on track. End corporate welfare as we know it.


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