Daily Archive : Monday September 12, 2011


    Terry Bratcher

    West Chicago man's trial starts in lawyer's '09 murder

    Terry Bratcher of West Chicago goes on trial Tuesday for the August 2009 murder of his former attorney, Carl Kuhn, 82, who was suffocated with a pillow during a robbery of his prized gun collection. Bratcher's co-defendant pleaded guilty in is now serving 46 years in prison.


    Talk with the Editor: How do we make commenting more civil?

    In the latest installment of Editor John Lampinen's new interactive column, he explores some ideas to make online commenting more civil.


    McHenry motorcyclist dies in head-on crash

    A 46-year-old McHenry man who was not wearing a helmet was killed in a head-on motorcycle crash Monday in unincorporated McHenry County, according to police.

    Pictured at the 2010 Women’s Golf Outing, from left, are Michele Paradise, Jacky Cartwright, Ethan Bontly, Jennifer LaRocco and Nancy Paveza. NWSRA will hold its 2011 Women’s Golf Outing Sept. 15. Call (847) 392-2848, ext. 264, for information.

    Women’s golf day to support special recreation foundation

    Ladies,join Special Leisure Services Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 15, for a day of laughs, golf and food at the annual Women’s Golf Outing.


    Rummel running for Lake County Board

    Former Lake Forest mayor Mike Rummel has announced his candidacy for the newly redrawn Lake County Board District 12 seat, which will include most of Lake Forest, Knollwood, and portions of Deerfield and Highland Park.


    Student loan default rates jump

    The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has risen substantially, highlighting concerns that rising college costs, low graduation rates and poor job prospects are getting more and more students over their heads in debt.


    Semitrailer runs over construction worker in Elmhurst

    A construction worker was run over and killed Monday morning when a truck driver cut a turn too tight in Elmhurst and rode up over the curb, according to police.

    Doug McConnell of Barrington in the midst of his successful swim across the English Channel last month. He became only the 48th person over the age of 50 to complete the challenging swim.

    Barrington swimmer conquers English Channel

    Doug McConnell heard the stories about swimmers who had conquered the English Channel saying they felt strong enough on the French shore to think about heading back to their starting place in Dover, England. But a one-way journey was just fine for the Barrington resident. At 53, McConnell was just the 48th person over the age of 50 to successfully cross the Channel.

    Murder victim Riley Fox

    Report: Security firm suing parents of Riley Fox

    A security firm is suing the parents of slain 3-year-old Riley Fox, saying they failed to to pay a $70,000 bill.


    Mother of dead teen charged with neglect

    Neglect charges have been filed against the mother of a 14-year-old mentally disabled boy found dead in the backyard of a West suburban home that was infested with insects and animals.


    Route 53 panel reviews the big job ahead it has

    A diverse group of heavy hitters representing a wide range of intersts began work in Libertyville on deciding whether or not an extension of Route 53 into central Lake County is the thing to do. “Before we can build anything, there are several questions to answer and this is what the council is here to do,” said Kristi Lafleur, tollway executive director.

    10th District Congressman Robert Dold

    Dold files payroll tax relief bill

    Tenth District Congressman Robert Dold is sponsoring legislation that would give businesses payroll tax relief if they hire unemployed workers.

    Republican presidential candidates, from left, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, businessman Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, sing the national anthem before a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

    Perry assailed by GOP rivals, defends his record

    Attacked from all sides by fellow Republicans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry softened his rhetoric if not his position on Social Security in a snarky presidential campaign debate Monday night. He fended off assaults on his record creating jobs and requiring the vaccination of schoolgirls against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted virus.


    Tour De Des Plaines Bike Ride coming Saturday

    Des Plaines city, police and park district officials will participate Saturday in the third annual Tour De Des Plaines Bike Ride being held in conjunction with Des Plaines Fall Fest. The roughly two-hour ride entails a 9-mile, police-escorted tour of the city beginning and ending at Lake Park at Howard and Lee streets.

    The Mundelein village board on Monday approved expansion plans for Menards home-improvement store in the Oak Creek Plaza shopping center. A new garden center is proposed.

    Mundelein gives Menards the go-ahead to expand

    The Mundelein village board on Monday night approved expansion plans for the Menards home improvement store in Oak Creek Plaza.

    A firefighter walks past a burning blaze as firefighters from throughout Lake County were called to the scene of a fire at the Knights Inn hotel Monday in North Chicago. The fire broke out shortly before 10:30 a.m. at the vacant hotel on Green Bay Road.

    North Chicago hotel destroyed by arson

    The Knights Inn hotel in North Chicago went up in flames on Monday, the result of arson. “Crews found multiple areas that had been ignited” said North Chicago Fire Cmdr. Dell Urban. “It was an intentional fire.”


    University of Illinois law school data questioned

    University of Illinois’ College of Law admissions dean Paul Pless has been placed on leave and an investigation into whether the school inflated test scores and grades in the profile of this fall’s incoming class is under way.


    Cary boy who fell into canyon released from hospital

    The 8-year-old Cary boy who fell 26 feet into a canyon at Starved Rock State Park more than a week ago has been released from the hospital, officials confirmed.


    Lawmakers on exchange panel get insurance funds

    The insurance industry is handing out cash to lawmakers, including Antioch Republican JoAnn Osmond, who will play pivotal roles in setting up Illinois’ health-benefits exchange.

    James Cooper

    St. Charles police: Mom of beaten toddler ‘relaxed’ in follow-up interviews

    A hearing to suppress statements made by Cathleen Koch, whose then 2-year-old daughter was severely beaten in a St. Charles hotel in October 2010, continued this week but might not wrap up until November. Koch, who is accused of obstructing the investigation and lying to cover up for her boyfriend, was crying in her first interview but calm in subsequent interviews with police, a detective...


    RTA names transit grant winners

    A handful of suburbs are in line to receive more than $8.7 million for transit-related programs.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn vetoes electricity rate-hike plan

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn followed through on a promise Monday when he vetoed legislation to raise electric rates that would have helped pay to modernize Illinois' power grid. “We must stand behind the consumers of Illinois and protect them from any overreaching by big utility companies,” Quinn said, calling the legislation a “nightmare” at a news conference with Illinois...

    Schaumburg police have released this sketch of a man who lured an elderly woman out of her home while an accomplice robbed the house of jewelry on Sept. 8.

    Police warn of distraction burglaries in Northwest suburbs

    Palatine police are warning residents to be alert for distraction burglaries after two Palatine homes recently were targeted. To educate the public on how they work, the department is circulating a video dramatizing various distraction burglary scenarios. Thieves also pulled off a ruse in Schaumburg last week.

    Andrzej Wojtkielewicz

    Trial begins in I-90 police chase that ended with gunfire in Elgin

    The attempted murder trial of Andrzej Wojtkielewicz began Monday in Kane County. Wojkielewicz, 23, of Elk Grove Village, is accused of leading Chicago police on a chase on I-90 in July 2009 in which he threw cocaine out the window of his SUV and tried to run over a cop at an Elgin toll plaza. Wojtkielewicz was shot in the chest.

    Trees are pulled to a wood chipper as crews from Clean Cut Tree Service begin removing trees Monday along Milwaukee Avenue north of Route 137 in Libertyville in preparation for the road widening project.

    Milwaukee Avenue widening project begins with tree removal

    The workweek at the Lake County Forest Preserve District began Monday with a touch of melancholy as the removal of hundreds of trees commenced along Milwaukee Avenue. Working from Route 137 north, crews during the next two weeks will clear about 2,100 trees on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue in advance of widening the last major two-lane stretch of the busy road in Lake County.


    Schakowsky will speak in Arlington Heights

    The Wheeling Township Democratic Organization will host U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, at its Sept. 24 meeting. Schakowsky is expected to discuss President Obama’s American Jobs Act as well as her own jobs plan and her 2012 election plans.


    District 214 Career Night programs announced

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will host three career night events this fall at high schools in the district, each focusing on different career paths and professions.

    The 5th annual Campton Township Prairie Fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road.

    Prairie Fest to connect kids with nature in Campton Township

    The fifth annual Prairie Fest will be held in Campton Township Saturday, featuring hayrides, bluegrass music and apple cider. Organizers say the free event is a great way to get the younger generation connected to nature.

    The new Rivers Casino is the most lucrative gambling facility in Illinois.

    New Rivers Casino hits Elgin’s Grand Victoria hard

    The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines took in nearly twice as much revenue in August than the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, the boat that had previously been the most lucrative casino in Illinois for much of its existence. The Rivers Casino pulled in $34.1 million in adjusted gross receipts the money bet on the casino floor. The Grand Victoria brought in about $18.5 million.

    Francisco J. Martinez

    Aurora man faces child porn charge

    Francisco Martinez, 50, of Aurora, was arrested over the weekend on child pornography charges after a routine search of employee lockers at the Q Center in St. Charles, according to police.


    Edgar to speak at farm bureau meet

    Former Gov. Jim Edgar will be the keynote speaker at the Lake County Farm Bureaus’ 97th annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.


    Shredding, electronics recycling:

    State Bank of the Lakes and its branches will host two shredding and electronics recycling events.


    SHS group gets grant

    Stevenson High School’s Students Helping Soldiers group will get a $1,000 grant to fund a project that sends used cellphones to soldiers stationed overseas.


    Palatine police report traffic arrests, violations

    Palatine police arrested eight motorists on driving under the influence charges during its Labor Day Holiday Traffic Safety Campaign, funded through an Illinois Department of Transportation grant, police said. More than 100 other tickets were issued.


    Zion man gets prison in pizza store robbery

    A Zion man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after he admitted his role in the robbery of a pizza restaurant where two employees were beaten. Keenan Morgan, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery during a hearing before Lake County Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak.


    Police reports

    Keith W. Delawder, 31, of the 0-99 block of Sparrow Road in Carpentersville, appeared in bond court Friday on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, a felony, according to court documents. Bail was set at $2,500, of which Delawder must pay 10 percent to be released before his next court date, scheduled for Sept. 15 in St. Charles.


    Ex-NBA player accuses restaurant of discrimination

    The retired NBA All-Star and a friend claim they were ousted from the bar of a ritzy Atlanta restaurant because they were black. The restaurant says they weren’t the victims of a discriminatory policy, but a long-standing practice rooted in Southern hospitality that allows women a seat at the bar when the place is packed.

    DuPage Children’s Museum’s new exhibit allows kids to pretend to be engineers, dispatchers and ticket agents. With the aid of a stepstool, left, Danny Flynn, and his grandmother Margie Flynn get a close-up view of the Lionel train layout.

    Train exhibit on track at DuPage Children’s Museum

    Let the whistle blow! Kids can indulge their fascination with choo-choos at DuPage Children's Museum's new "Trains -- Get on Board" exhibit that opened Monday. Youngsters can drive the engine, see two model trains running on the tracks, purchase their ride at the ticket booth, climb the control tower and do a host of other activities associated with trains.


    Four guitars stolen after Naperville concert

    Four expensive guiters were stolen from a country western band tht played a concert in Naperville over Labor Day weekend.

    Noise from jets flying over Elk Grove High School will be less of a classroom distraction next year after Northwest Suburban High School District 214 received an $11.6 million federal grant to help install soundproofing measures at the high school.

    Noises off: Elk Grove High gets federal money to reduce jet roar

    The long fight to reduce the noise and classroom distraction from jets flying overhead at Elk Grove High School is nearing a successful end. School officials announced Monday they've received an $11.6 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to help fund noise-reducing measures. The project's $15.5 million price tag will be funded through the federal grant and the city of Chicago's airport...

    Wheeling Orchesis members lend a hand at Dance for Life in August.

    Wheeling Orchesis members volunteer at Dance for Life

    Wheeling High School Orchesis members served as volunteer production assistants for the 18th year this past summer at Chicago's Dance for Life, whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and care while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.


    Elmhurst College to screen breast cancer documentary

    The Elmhurst College Relay For Life steering committee sponsors a special screening of the documentary “I Want So Much To Live” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. The film explores finding and funding a cure for breast cancer.

    Author Tony Ardizzone will be the first guest of ECC's 2011-2012 Writers Center Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 29.

    ECC welcomes author to reading series event

    Author Tony Ardizzone will be the first guest of the 2011-2012 Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 29. The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the ECC Arts Center, Room VPA 191D, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.


    Police reports

    Noel Carvajal, 24, of Batavia was charged with felony defrauding a drug and alcohol test at 3:15 p.m. Friday after a urine sample he gave at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles was unusually low, according to a sheriff’s report. Carvajal told authorities he purposely dipped the sample in water to disqualify it because he had recently smoked marijuana.

    Grayslake North High School junior Felicia Stancil won the 2011 BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, and earned a spot in the USA Cycling Elite BMX Program.

    Grayslake North junior selected to elite BMX program
    Felicia Stancil, a junior at Grayslake North High School, has been selected to participate in the USA Cycling Elite BMX Program which is based at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.


    Southwest suburban couple slain in home

    Autopsy results show a Palos Park husband and wife who were found dead in their home were victims of double homicide.


    Elgin ready to get vacant homes in check

    Elgin City Council members on Wednesday will consider an agreement that would contract out code enforcement duties to keep vacant properties in check. Collaborating with Hoffman Estates-based B&F Technical Code Services Inc. will mean the city can avoid hiring new employees but still have vacant properties monitored. But local real estate agents aren't wild about the onus it puts on them.


    Waukegan man gets 30 months in prison in drug arrest

    A Waukegan man was sentenced to 30 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Christopher Profit, 38, was stopped by Lake County sheriff's police on Jan. 31 after a deputy saw him driving on Route 41 in Wadsworth while not wearing his seatbelt.

    Christopher Basaten

    Kimball Hill School names new assistant principal

    Christopher Basaten was named assistant principal at Kimball Hill School.

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and others, holds a copy of his American Jobs Act while pushing for its passage in Congress at the White House Monday.

    Obama calls for jobs bill passage

    President Barack Obama bluntly challenged Congress Monday to act immediately on his new jobs plan, brandishing a copy of the legislation in the Rose Garden and demanding: “No games, no politics, no delays.”

    Bank of America will cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 billion per year.

    Bank of America will cut 30,000 jobs

    Bank of America will cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 billion per year. The cost-cutting drive is part of a broader effort to reshape and shrink the nation’s largest bank as it copes with fallout from the housing bust.

    Delays at the nation’s airports were trimmmed in July, and only one plane was stuck on a tarmac more than three hours.

    U.S. airlines curbed delays at peak of summer

    U.S. airlines curbed long delays in July and improved their overall on-time rates compared with both a month and year earlier, the Department of Transportation said Monday.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet audience members at the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial after laying a wreath at the Wall of Names near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Sunday.

    A somber funeral for remains from Flight 93

    The remains of those killed aboard Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania were buried Monday in a private ceremony for family members of the 40 passengers and crew, who were joined by those who responded to the scene on Sept. 11, 2001.


    Suburban restaurant to host ‘Huddle’ this season

    Comcast SportsNet’s “Chicago Huddle,” hosted by Dan Jiggetts, will tape its show each Tuesday evening during the season at Casa Bonita Mexican Bistro and Tequila Bar, 633 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Libertyville beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The first show’s co-host is Anthony Adams, defensive tackle.


    Comic fans step in to help Granite City man

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — The Superfriends of Metropolis are coming to the rescue of a Granite City man who had his Superman collection pilfered by an evildoer.


    Ind. agency: Closed bridge’s steel more brittle

    An Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman says the steel used for a closed bridge on Interstate 64 that connects Indiana and Louisville, Ky., is less resistant to cracking than steel used today.


    Board asks for attorney general opinion on recall

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin attorney general’s office is being asked for a legal opinion on whether a recall targeting the governor would also include the lieutenant governor.


    Company warns of data breach at Dells resort

    A Wisconsin company that supplies arcade equipment and vending machines to businesses says hackers broke into its credit-card-processing systems at resorts in Tennessee and Wisconsin.


    Man claims honking horn is protected by free speech

    MILWAUKEE — A state parole agent says his daily horn honking outside Gov. Scott Walker’s house in Wauwatosa is a matter of free speech. But, a Milwaukee County judge doesn’t see it that way.


    Wis. elections board clarifies student ID rules

    MADISON, Wis. — The state board that oversees elections in Wisconsin clarified Monday what student identification cards would be accepted under a new law taking effect next year that requires residents to show photo IDs at the polls to vote.


    Wis. concealed-carry fans turn to hunting classes

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Some people who want concealed-weapon permits are apparently trying to satisfy the training requirement by taking hunter-education classes, even though the classes weren’t intended to cover concealed-carry issues, state officials said.


    Grant extends Ind. homework hotline through 2014

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A homework hotline that helps Indiana middle and high school students perplexed by their math and science assignments has won a $1.8 million grant to keep going for the next three years.


    Purdue says enrollment steady for its campuses

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University says its fall semester enrollment has remained steady both statewide and at its main campus in West Lafayette.Purdue’s enrollment figures released Monday show that it has 75,436 students at its five campuses and various technology program sites around Indiana. That is about an increase of just under 1 percent from last year.

    Horses are a highlight of the Mexican Independence Day parade in downtown West Chicago starting at noon Sunday, Sept. 18.

    West Chicago to celebrate Mexican independence

    Music, dance, culture and crafts will line downtown West Chicago’s Main Street as the city celebrates Mexican Independence Day. The celebration will last throughout the afternoon and evening Sunday, Sept. 18, beginning with a parade at noon and concluding with a performance by Fuzion Musical.

    Students are getting back into the swing of things at Harper College in Palatine, which saw enrollment drop this fall after three consecutive years of growth.

    Growth spurt reverses at local community colleges

    History shows that community college enrollment skyrockets when the economy tanks. But despite the economic recovery inching along at a snail's pace, several suburban community colleges are reporting flat and even declining enrollment this fall. “We’re not sure what’s going on exactly,” College of Lake County spokeswoman Evelyn Schiele said. “There are some theories...


    No one injured in Wheaton fire

    Wheaton fire fighters snuffed out a blaze in a detached garage at about 9 p.m. Sunday morning. No injuries were reported.

    Wauconda Fire District Battalion Chief Bob Rucker, left, looks over the construction of the new dispatch center with dispatcher Jim Pepper.

    Lakemoor may switch police dispatch services to Wauconda

    The Lakemoor police department is considering contracting with Wauconda for its emergency dispatch services, officials from both villages confirmed. Currently, Lakemoor receives dispatch services from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, but Mayor Todd Weihofen said they are in the market for a new dispatch center after issues arose with the sheriff’s office.

    Police detained three passengers in Detroit Sunday after the crew of the Frontier Airlines flight from Denver reported suspicious activity on board and NORAD officials sent two F-16 jets to shadow the flight until it landed safely, the airline and federal officials said. The three passengers were later cleared.

    Military jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights

    Fighter jets were scrambled to escort two commercial flights into New York City and Detroit "out of an abundance of caution" after crews reported suspicious activity on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said. The bathroom use by some passengers aroused the suspicion Sunday, but all were released after being questioned by authorities on the ground.


    Emanuel orders review of city employee travel

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to know how much city employees are traveling and how much money they are being reimbursed. Emanuel’s office says the mayor has ordered the city comptroller to review travel expenditures for city departments as well as the travel and mileage reimbursement policies for the departments.

    An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Brett E. Wood of Spencer, Ind., early Monday at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Wood died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    C. Ind. soldier killed in Afghanistan bombing

    A 19-year-old soldier from central Indiana who enlisted in the Army last year with his brother was killed in an Afghanistan bombing just weeks after spending time back home recovering from a concussion he suffered in another bombing. The remains of 19-year-old Army Pfc. Brett Wood arrived early Monday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Relatives say he died in a roadside bombing on Friday.

    Lynn and Cheryl Riege, parents of slain Master Sgt. Christian Riege, attend a private memorial ceremony in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday. Riege was one of three Nevada National Guard members killed earlier this week by a gunman in an IHOP restaurant.

    Nevada Guard honor comrades killed in shooting

    Three members of the Nevada National Guard shot in a rampage Tuesday at an IHOP restaurant were remembered by their colleagues Sunday who offered tributes of the victims’ selflessness, humor and sense of duty. More than 700 people, many in uniform, hugged and cried in a wind-swept hangar, marking their final farewell to Lt. Col. Heath Kelly, Master Sgt. Christian Riege and Sgt. 1st Class...


    Sixth lawsuit filed against alcohol wipes company

    A Wisconsin medical products manufacturer faces a sixth lawsuit over its contaminated alcohol wipes. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tennessee contends the Triad Group and its sister company, H&P Industries, knowingly distributed the contaminated wipes


    Network of wildfires burns through central Calif.

    A sprawling network of central California wildfires tore through thousands of rural acres near Bakersfield and spurred some to leave their homes in mountain communities.The lightning-sparked fires had consumed more than 30,000 acres, or over 40 square miles, across Kern County by Sunday night, said county fire spokesman Dustin Allegranza. Residents in the communities of Keene, Hart Flat, Bear...


    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits as you head out the door

    Dawn Patrol: Boy recovering from motorcycle crash, Dems say Obama plan could add jobs here, roads close for construction and Bears and Cubs win.


    Explosion at nuclear plant in southern France

    An explosion rocked the Marcoule nuclear plant in southern France on Monday, the country’s nuclear safety body and local authorities said.

    Michael Lehrman, Executive Managing Director of Cantor Fitzgerld and Co., bows his head Sunday at the names of some of the more than 600 employees from Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks, while visiting the National September 11 Memorial in New York. The memorial opens to the public Monday.

    9/11 memorial plaza in NYC opens to public

    The plot of land that has been known for a decade as “the pile,” “the pit” and “ground zero” is opening to the public for the first time since that terrible morning in 2001, transformed into a memorial consisting of two serene reflecting pools ringed by the engraved names of the nearly 3,000 souls lost. The 9/11 memorial plaza planned to open its gates at 10...

    Pictured in the mayor’s office, from left, are: Carol Gale, Twenty-First Star Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week representative, Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan and Bonnie J. Reese, publicity chairman Twenty-First Star Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Join in Constitution Week Sept. 17-23 with DAR chapters

    Members of the Twenty-First Star Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently received a proclamation from Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan declaring September 17-23, 2011 as Constitution Week in the city of Des Plaines.

    Union troops fire their artillery pieces during Civil War Days at Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa.

    Civil War Days coming to Lake Villa on Sept. 17 and 18

    The Lake Villa Historical Society hosts the 9th Annual Lake Villa Civil War Days event at Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa. Daily hours are Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The mansion is at 485 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Leo Zarko, right, of Aurora, points out a photo of his mother to John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society. On the right is a photo of the congregation of Eola Mexican Chapel that includes many of Zarko’s relatives, including his grandfather.

    Exhibit spotlights Mexican American heritage in Aurora

    Leo Zarko is thrilled to find a photograph of his grandfather in the exhibit "Creating Mexican American Identities: Multiple Voices, Shared Dreams" on display in Aurora. So thrilled, he tells others to visit and brings in his own family photos. That’s exactly the reaction the exhibit aims to evoke, said John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society.

    Consultant Avery Grimes has a six-month contract with Metra worth $225,000. That contract is nearly up.

    Metra to weigh another $225,000 in consultant fees

    With few he could trust at scandal-plagued Metra, new CEO Alex Clifford turned to an expert consultant to right the ship. But will the Metra board OK a contract renewal of up to $225,000 as the agency contemplates a major ticket hike?


    District 207 eliminates deficit for 2010-11 school year

    Maine Township High School District 207 officials say they have eliminated a projected deficit in the 2010-11 fiscal year through cost-saving measures and because the district received more revenue than was earlier anticipated. The balanced budget follows two years of deficits totaling more than $16 million.

    Partly sunny skies, a cool breeze, and temperatures in the 70’s made the day easy Sunday at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival at Sunset Park on Miller Road. The annual three-day festival ended with fireworks at dusk.

    Pictures of the Week
    This installment of the Week in Pictures photo gallery features images from around the Chicago suburbs including festivals, September 11 tributes, and football.




    Red Robin to open in Deer Park

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. said Monday it plans to hire about 80 workers at its newest restaurant, 20506 N. Rand Road in Deer Park, which is set to open in October.

    McGraw-Hill Cos. offices in New York. McGraw-Hill Cos., which has been reviewing its businesses Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, will split up into two companies with one focused on education and the other on capital and commodities markets. Associated Press

    McGraw-Hill sets plan to split into 2 companies

    McGraw-Hill Cos. will split up into two public companies with one focused on education and the other centered on markets, featuring the Standard & Poor's unit.


    Late rally pushes stocks higher; 2nd gain in September

    A late afternoon rally pushed the stock market higher for only the second day this month. Major indexes spent most of Monday lower as investors worried that Greece could be edging closer to default.


    Obama calls on Congress to act on jobs bill

    :Surrounded by police officers, firefighters, teachers, construction workers and others, he said would be helped by the $447 billion package, the president said the only thing that would block its passage would be lawmakers deciding it wasn't good politics to work with him. "We can't afford these same political games, not now," Obama said.


    Canada dollar falls below parity as investors lose risk appetite

    Canada’s dollar slid below parity with its U.S. counterpart for the first time in a month amid a surge in risk aversion and a drop in stocks.The currency touched its weakest level since January in volatile trading as investors sought a refuge in the greenback on concern Greece is moving closer to default. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he won’t do more fiscal stimulus unless something “dramatic” occurs in the global economy.“The main themes continue to play out: concern over the situation in Europe and risk off,” said Matthew Perrier, director of foreign exchange at Bank of Montreal, by telephone today from Toronto. “The underlying situation remains tilted toward a negative risk scenario. One would expect the Canadian dollar to weaken.”The currency dropped as much as 0.6 percent to C$1.0027 per U.S. dollar, the weakest level since Jan. 31, before trading little changed at 99.76 cents at 1:38 p.m. in Toronto, compared with 99.67 Sept. 9. It was last on a one-for-one level with the greenback on Aug. 9. One Canadian dollar buys $1.0024.One-month implied volatility on the currency pair reached 11.6 percent today, the highest level since Aug. 15.The Canadian and U.S. dollars are among the biggest losers this year in a basket of 10 developed-nation currencies tracked by Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Currency Indexes. The two nations have the world’s largest trading relationship. The loonie, as the Canadian currency is known for the image of the aquatic bird on the C$1 coin, has lost 2.1 percent, while the U.S. dollar has dropped 2.2 percent.Euro FallsThe euro dropped to the lowest since 2001 against the yen on speculation German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing for a Greek default. The dollar strengthened to the highest level since February versus the 17-nation currency as fresh Greek austerity plans failed to calm financial-market stress.Government bonds due in less than 20 years fell, pushing up yields after they reached record lows earlier. Ten-year note yields rose two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to 2.13 percent after earlier dropping to 2.089 percent, the lowest since at least 1989. Thirty-year bond yields traded at 2.80 percent, down less than 1 basis point, after earlier falling two basis points to 2.789 percent, the least since at least 1990.Flaherty, speaking to reporters today in Whitby, Ontario, downplayed the likelihood of further stimulus.“What’s been done before can be done again if it’s essential, but it’s not what we expect,” the finance minister said. “What we expect is continuing modest growth in the Canadian economy through the end of this year and in 2012.”‘Challenging Times’Flaherty declined to comment specifically on the Canadian dollar and its dip below parity.“These are challenging economic times; we’re going to see some volatility,” he said.The government will sell C$3.5 billion ($3.51 billion) in two-year notes on Sept. 14, according to a central bank statement. The 1.5 percent debt will mature in November 2013.Canada’s net international debt increased for a ninth straight quarter in the April-June period, rising by C$5.1 billion to C$217.8 billion, as foreigners continued to buy Canadian bonds, Statistics Canada said in Ottawa today.The MSCI World Index of stocks declined 2.2 percent, after falling 3 percent on Sept. 9. The Canadian dollar’s correlation co-efficient with the measure of equities in developed nations was 0.84 today. A reading of 1 would indicate the securities move in lock-step.Crude oil, Canada’s biggest export, fluctuated. October futures fell as much as 2.6 percent to $85 a barrel in New York and rose as much as 2 percent to $88.95.‘Dragging Canada Up’


    Public service cuts salem reactor output because of river debris

    Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. said it slowed the Salem 1 reactor in New Jersey because water intake pipes were clogged by debris in the Delaware River churned up by last week’s rains.The 1,174-megawatt Unit 1 is operating at 44 percent of capacity, down from 94 percent on Sept. 9, as the plant draws in less from the river to condense steam produced by the reactor back into water, Joe Delmar, a spokesman for Public Service, said in an e-mail exchange. Last week, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused flooding in rivers across the Northeast after Hurricane Irene passed through.“We are going to monitor the river debris levels as well as the tide cycles -- it’s worse at low tide -- before we come back up in power,” Delmar said. “We continue to swap out different parts of the intake system and clean out different trains. We have large intake screens that catch the debris.”The 1,130-megawatt Salem 2 and the 1,061-megawatt Hope Creek 1, two other units at the plant about 18 miles south of Wilmington, Delaware, are generating at full power, he said.Clog trouble is usually worse in the spring thaw and runoff as grass and debris collects in the marshy area where the intake pipes for Unit 1 are located, he said. Unit 2 is not as affected because of the location of its pipes, while Hope Creek has a cooling tower that uses less water, he said.River Grass“We have never seen grassing like this at this time of year,” he said. “As it travels down the river to southern New Jersey, the river flow seemed to pick up more river grass and trash.”Hope Creek lowered output to 75 percent of capacity over the weekend to conduct scheduled testing on its main turbine valve and control rods, Delmar said.Reactor maintenance and outages can increase consumption of natural gas and coal to generate electricity. The average U.S. reactor refueling outage lasted 40 days in 2010, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute.


    complaint dismissed against man accused of posing as guggenheim

    A U.S. magistrate judge in Manhattan dismissed a complaint against David Birnbaum, who was accused of fraud for allegedly posing as a member of the Guggenheim family, according to a court filing.


    Ending aids price tag starts at $6 billion as donors pull back

    Michel Kazatchkine and Eric Goosby may be able to halt the spread of HIV. They just need the money.The two men control the funds that buy drugs for most of the world’s AIDS patients. Studies in July provided the strongest evidence yet that medicines used since 1994 to treat HIV can almost eliminate the chance an infected person will pass the virus to a sex partner. Given to healthy people, the treatments can also protect against infection, offering the potential to end a pandemic that has killed 30 million people in 30 years.Governments are now planning projects to assess whether those findings can be replicated in the real world, and what that might cost. Getting the drugs just to those patients who should be treated under existing guidelines would cost another $6 billion a year, according to the United Nations. Treating all those infected, in some of the world’s poorest countries, would cost tens of billions more.Finding more money will be difficult with economic growth stalling and nations including the U.S., the biggest donor to the AIDS fight worldwide, trying to curtail overall spending to rein in debt. Funding for AIDS in poorer nations fell 10 percent to $6.9 billion in 2010 from 2009 levels, according to the UN.“We may well be able to overcome AIDS,” Kazatchkine, the director of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said in an interview. Still, “the gap between what the science is telling us we can achieve and what we would be able to achieve is at risk of increasing.”Cutting TransmissionThe latest findings, presented at a conference in Rome in July, show that when treatment with antiretroviral drugs started straight after diagnosis, transmissions of the virus were reduced by 96 percent.“We all gasped at the starkness,” said Goosby, who oversees the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which pays for the drugs that treat 3.2 million people worldwide. Kazatchkine’s Global Fund also supports treatment for 3.2 million.Under current World Health Organization guidelines, however, patients don’t start treatment until their immune systems deteriorate to a certain level, postponing side effects that may include kidney damage and nausea and reducing costs. Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Gilead Sciences Inc., Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co. make antiretrovirals.More than 34 million people were living with HIV worldwide in 2010, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.Qualifying for TreatmentOf those, about 15 million qualify for treatment under the WHO guidelines that recommend patients start receiving medicines when their CD4 cells -- the immune system cells that HIV infects and kills -- fall below 350 in every microliter of blood. Fewer than half those who qualify, about 6.6 million people, are receiving the drugs, UNAIDS says.At a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in June, world leaders agreed to expand treatment to all 15 million patients by 2015, and committed to increase funding to at least $22 billion a year from $16 billion now.The WHO plans to make guidelines available within 12 months on how to use antiretrovirals for prevention, said Gottfried Hirnschall, the director of the Geneva-based agency’s HIV/AIDS department.Condoms lower the risk of transmitting HIV by more than 90 percent when used consistently. Still, less than half of people with more than one sex partner reported using a condom the last time they had intercourse, UNAIDS said in a report last year.Policy ChoicesWhile the latest data may give policymakers a new weapon in the fight against AIDS, they also present them with choices about how to allocate resources, and which approach is the best investment, said Helen Rees, co-chair of the South African National AIDS Council’s Programme Implementation Committee.


    Men selling panties may end as saudi lingerie shops hire women

    When Saudi student Sarah Abdul- Mohsen asked the salesman for a nude, 32C padded bra, she didn’t expect an argument about her cup size.After all, Abdul-Mohsen was wearing the mandatory black cloak and veil that disguise her shape, in a kingdom where custom forbids men from looking intimately at women.“He told me, ‘No, you’re not a C,’” Abdul-Mohsen, who was buying the bra for a cousin, said in an interview at a Ramadan meal for women in Riyadh. “I felt disgusted. It felt very degrading.”Abdul-Mohsen, like many women in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, is hoping that decades of embarrassing exchanges with salesmen about thongs, bras, frilly negligees and panties will soon come to an end. She may get her wish as stores begin implementing a July Labor Ministry directive to push male salesmen aside and hire women after a failed effort in 2006.Managers representing three boutiques said last week their stores will soon be staffed by women, though the transition won’t be easy. Male guards may be stationed outside to keep men shoppers away, while storeowners are considering posting signs saying the establishments are for “Families Only” and hanging heavy curtains to shield store windows so that men won’t look in and see women working.“It’s a good thing to happen, but it requires planning,” Ghaith Azzam, brand manager for La Vie En Rose, owned by Fawaz Alhokair Group, said in a telephone interview in Riyadh. He said another shop, La Senza, also owned by Alhokair, is making the switch too.No Mall JobSaudi Arabia enforces restrictions interpreted from the Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam. Men and women are strictly segregated in public, including at schools, restaurants and even at lines at fast-food takeouts. That keeps women out of sales jobs in malls and stores -- unless the store caters exclusively to a female clientele.King Abdullah, who has promised to improve the status of women, opened the first co-educational university in 2009. He appointed the kingdom’s first female deputy minister, Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez, the same year and has said he will provide more access to jobs for women. Women are still not allowed to drive, though.The changeover at lingerie stores is part of an order by Labor Minister Adel Faqih setting a deadline for all-female staffs by the end of the year. The minister’s decision followed a royal decree by King Abdullah in June, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, requiring that only women work in “shops selling women’s necessities.”Non-Working WomenSaudi women have the lowest employment rate in the six- nation Gulf Cooperation Council, estimated at 12 percent in 2008, Hatem Samman, director and lead economist of the Booz & Company Ideation Center, said in an interview from Dubai. The employment rate for women was 25 percent in Qatar and 28 percent in the U.A.E., he said. The U.S. rate for women 20 years and over was about 55 percent in August.The minister’s directive also includes shops that sell cosmetics and perfume, which have been given a year to replace their staff. Until then, women will continue buying make-up from men who smear lipstick or eye shadow on hairy wrists or rub cream on the back of their hands as they promote new products.Saudi women have been pushing for women vendors in lingerie stores for years. In 2008, Reem Asaad, a financial adviser at a bank in Jeddah, spearheaded a campaign that has included postings on Facebook, letters to international lingerie stores that operate in the kingdom and workshops to train Saudi women to work as vendors. After Faqih’s new directive, Asaad says she feels women’s efforts have paid off.Bearing Fruit“The publicity from the campaign bore fruit,” she said in a telephone interview from Jeddah. “The government has woken up.”A similar directive in 2006 was never implemented. It was opposed by religious hardliners who are against women working in a mixed-gender environment.


    French banks tumble on possible moody’s cut on Greek woes

    BNP Paribas SA, Societe Generale SA and Credit Agricole SA plunged in Paris on a possible ratings cut by Moody’s Investors Service, extending their more than 40 percent slide in the last three months.Societe Generale fell 11 percent to its lowest level in 19 years. Credit Agricole tumbled 11 percent to its lowest on record. BNP Paribas dropped 12 percent to a 2 ½-year low. Credit-default swaps tied to the senior debt of the three banks, reflecting the cost of insuring against default, rose to records, according to CMA.France’s three largest banks by market value may have their credit ratings cut as early as this week because of their Greek holdings, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The country’s lenders top the list of Greek creditors with $56.7 billion in overall exposure to private and public debt, according to a June report by the Basel, Switzerland-based Bank for International Settlements.“SocGen’s market value has lost about 20 billion euros over two months, you can’t explain that only with sovereign risks and a potential downgrade from Moody’s,” said Lutz Roehmeyer, who helps manage about $14 billion at Landesbank Berlin Investment GmbH and owns shares in Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole. “The market is playing broader themes. The fear is liquidity, banking crisis and of course recession.”Asset SalesMoody’s placed the three banks’ ratings on review in June, citing “the potential for inconsistency between the impact of a possible Greek default or restructuring and current rating levels.” Cuts are likely as the review period concludes, said the people who declined to be identified because the matter is confidential.Societe Generale said today it plans to sell assets to free up 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) of capital by 2013 in an effort to reassure investors about its finances. The Paris-based bank has “manageable” exposure to Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain, Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea said on a conference call.Oudea said Moody’s is studying a possible downgrade. Credit Agricole spokeswoman Anne-Sophie Gentil declined to comment as did BNP Paribas spokesman Antoine Sire.Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer said today that French banks are capable of facing any Greek situation. They don’t have liquidity or solvency problems, he said.Falling MoreBefore today, Societe Generale had slid 55 percent since June 15, while Credit Agricole declined 45 percent and BNP Paribas 42 percent. The Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index of 46 companies fell 30 percent in the period.“French banks are falling more than others because Moody’s is planning a downgrade,” said Christophe Nijdam, a Paris-based analyst at AlphaValue. “This isn’t a deterioration of the French banks’ franchises per se because one ought also to bear in mind that Moody’s is acting late compared with other rating agencies.”Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its ratings on Societe Generale and BNP Paribas in 2009 and on Credit Agricole in May. Moody’s currently rates BNP Paribas’ long-term debt at Aa2, the third-highest investment grade. Credit Agricole is rated Aa1, the second highest, while Societe Generale is Aa2.Government SupportThe reviews of Credit Agricole and BNP Paribas are unlikely to lead to downgrades of more than one level, Moody’s said when it put the banks under review. Societe Generale’s debt and deposit ratings may be cut as much as two grades because of the “uplift it receives from systemic support, which is currently higher than average for the French banking system,” the rating company said at the time.Further declines in the shares of BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and Societe Generale may depend on Moody’s rationale for the downgrade, said Jerome Forneris, who helps manage $10 billion, including shares in the three banks, at Banque Martin Maurel in Marseille.


    U.S. Sells 3-year notes at record low yield

    The Treasury sold $32 billion of three-year notes at a record low yield as concern Greece is moving closer to default bolstered the refuge appeal of government debt.Yields on benchmark 10-year yields fluctuated after reaching an all-time low when an adviser to Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that decisions taken in July by European leaders “won’t suffice” to save Greece from missing a payment on its debt. The bid-to-cover ratio at the auction, which gauges demand by comparing total bids with the amount of securities offered, was 3.15, compared with an average of 3.18 for the past 10 sales of three-year notes.“It’s a good auction,” said Ray Remy, head of fixed income in New York at Daiwa Capital Markets America Inc., one of 20 primary dealers that trade directly with the Fed. “It seems like there’s another shoe that drops with Europe every day, so it’s a constant concern in the U.S. marketplace.”Yields on 10-year notes rose less than one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 1.93 percent at 1:17 p.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices. The 2.125 percent securities maturing in August 2021 dropped 2/32, or 63 cents per $1,000 face amount, to 101 26/32. The yields earlier touched 1.8770 percent, the lowest on record in Federal Reserve data beginning 1953.The current three-year note increased four basis points to 0.33 percent. The yield on 30-year bonds dropped one basis point to 3.24 percent.Indirect BiddersIndirect bidders, an investor class that includes foreign central banks, purchased 35.7 percent of the notes, compared with 47.9 percent at the August sale of the notes and an average of 35.8 percent for the past 10 offerings.Direct bidders, non-primary-dealer investors that place their bids directly with the Treasury, purchased 10.6 percent of the securities, compared with an average of 13.2 percent for the past 10 auctions.The offering is the first of three note and bond auctions this week totaling $66 billion. The Treasury is scheduled to sell $21 billion in 10-year debt tomorrow and $13 billion of 30-year bonds on Sept. 14.The entire amount raised this week is new cash, with none of the proceeds dedicated to redeeming maturing securities, according to the Treasury Department.Germany’s ConcernTreasuries rose earlier today as Lars Feld, an economic adviser to Merkel, said today decisions taken in July by European leaders “won’t suffice” to save Greece from missing a payment on its debt.“There’s this ever-present flight-to-quality bid out there,” said David Coard, head of fixed-income trading in New York at Williams Capital Group, a brokerage for institutional investors. “We’ve moved powerfully.”Germany’s government is discussing how to strengthen the nation’s banks in case Greece fails to meet the budget-cutting terms of its aid package and is unable to get a bailout-loan payment, officials said Sept. 9.A haircut in the order of 50 percent will be necessary on Greek debt, and it’s better to go ahead “rather now than later,” Feld said today in an interview with Maryam Nemazee on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.”Merkel and European Commission President Jose Barroso agreed on the “paramount” importance of the euro, the German government said after the two met in Berlin today.Treasuries have underperformed bunds, with the extra yield investors get to hold 10-year U.S. notes instead of their German counterparts increasing to 19 basis points, the widest spread since Aug. 5.Relative StrengthThe seven-day relative strength index for the 10-year note yield was below 30 for a second day. A reading less than that level indicates a security may be poised for a change in direction. The index was at 30.838 today.Returns on inflation-linked bonds fell below those of government debt by the most in almost three years as a world economic slump makes it less likely that easy monetary policies will trigger spiraling consumer prices.


    Theft stirs worries for E. Ind. development group

    RICHMOND, Ind. — Some officials are concerned about the financial stability and effectiveness of an eastern Indiana economic development group after it lost more than $100,000 in a suspected electronic theft.The Wayne County commissioners have withheld $4,500 from the county’s $12,000 annual membership fee to the five-county Eastern Indiana Development District. Commissioners president Doug Williamson tells the Palladium-Item that the group appears shaky and county officials want to make sure it survives.A state police spokesman says an investigation into the missing money that started in January is continuing.Development district director Nancy Kinder says Henry, Randolph, Rush and Union counties have continued to pay their full membership fees. She says the agency has paid all its back expenses and expects to have the missing money reimbursed by its bonding agent.


    New law firm of Ruben Firsel & Rosenfeld LLC opens
    Philip E. Ruben, Michael D. Firsel and Ronald Rosenfeld have formed a new firm, Ruben Firsel & Rosenfeld LLC, with offices in Bannockburn and Chicago.


    Manitex gets $3.1 million in new orders
    Manitex International Inc. that its Liftking subsidiary was recently awarded orders valued at approximately $3.1 million for specialized material handling equipment from various military and international customers


    Grainger sales up 10 percent during August
    Grainger’s sales during August increased 10 percent, the compnay said Monday.


    Nalco program saves water, energy for Marriott Mumbai
    Nalco helped the 583-room Marriott Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre and Marriott Executive Apartments drastically reduce water use in its cooling systems, which also resulted in less energy use and wastewater discharge from the facility.


    Banks may seek class action status

    Banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. may pay more to resolve claims over their alleged roles in the collapse of a $2.3 trillion mortgage-backed securities market if sophisticated investors are allowed to sue as a group along with less savvy ones, Thom Weidlich of Bloomberg News reports.

    Employees assemble a Porsche Cayenne automobile at the company’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, Bloomberg News

    Porsche says august sales increased 43%

    Employees assemble a Porsche Cayenne automobile at the company's factory in Leipzig, Germany,

    Trader John Santiago works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks started the week on a downbeat note Monday.

    Europe’s debt crisis drags down U.S, stock futures
    U.S. stock futures are falling on worries that Europe’s debt crisis will drag down global markets. European markets are down sharply Monday. Treasury prices are rising, pushing yields near their lows for the year.


    Oil Drops a Third Day on European Debt Crisis; Gulf Storms Ease c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Oil fell for a third day in New York, the longest losing streak in a month, as investors bet that Europe’s debt crisis will limit economic growth. Production resumed in the Gulf of Mexico as the threat of storms eased.West Texas Intermediate crude slid as much as 2.6 percent as the euro dropped to its lowest level since 2001 against the yen on speculation that a Greek default will trigger a banking crisis in Europe. Nate, a storm over eastern Mexico, weakened as it moved further inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The oversupply of oil may disappear as the market absorbs the release of stockpiles, Goldman Sachs Group said.“The debt crisis in Europe is leading to fear about economic growth,” said Hannes Loacker, an analyst at Raiffeisen Bank International AG in Vienna and the fifth most-accurate forecast of Brent prices in the eight quarters to June. “If sentiment in the equity markets remains bad, it will be tough for oil to move higher.”Crude for October delivery fell as much as $2.24 to $85 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $85.43 at 9:12 a.m. London time. The contract slipped $1.81 to $87.24 on Sept. 9. Prices are 11 percent higher than a year ago.Brent oil for October settlement decreased $1.87, or 1.7 percent, to $110.90 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The European benchmark contract was at a premium of $25.47 to U.S. futures, compared with the record close of $26.87 on Sept. 6.Bullish BetsAbout 6.2 percent of oil production and 4 percent of natural gas output from the Gulf of Mexico are still shut after Lee battered the area, a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a Regulation and Enforcement report showed Sept. 9. Nate, downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Tuxpan, Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory before 10 p.m. Mexico City time yesterday.Hedge funds cut bullish bets on oil last week while increasing those on gasoline. The funds and other large speculators reduced wagers that prices will rise, with the number of futures and options combined falling by 5,780, or 3.6 percent, to 155,837, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Commitments of Traders report. Bets motor fuel will rally increased by 13 percent, the data showed.“The idea that European and U.S. economic growth is going to be weak over the next year seems like a reasonable forecast,” said John Vautrain, a senior vice president at Purvin & Gertz Inc. in Singapore. “WTI will stay enormously depressed, $10 to $20 a barrel or more below Brent.”Strategic ReleaseOil markets are likely to tighten over the remainder of the year and into 2012 as the market absorbs additional supplies from the release of strategic stockpiles in the U.S., Goldman Sachs Group said in a research note e-mailed today.The U.S. government released crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a 30.64 million-barrel sale to companies in cooperation with the Paris-based International Energy Agency. The IEA sought to counter lost Libyan output from the conflict between rebels and the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.The euro fell to its lowest level since 2001 against the yen and slid versus the dollar. Speculation that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing for a Greek default curbed demand for the shared currency, limiting investor demand for dollar-denominated oil futures as a hedge.“Oil is highly leveraged to global growth prospects,” said Michael McCarthy, a chief market strategist at CMC Markets Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. in Sydney. “Any negative sentiment around global growth does tend to weigh on the oil price, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve seen West Texas come off so heavily.”--With assistance from Ann Koh in Singapore. Editors: John Buckley, Raj Rajendran

    Nissan Motor Co. chief vehicle engineer Hidetoshi Kadota demonstrates a charger for electric vehicles that’s smaller, about half the price, and easier to install.

    Nissan develops cheaper, smaller charger for EVs
    Nissan has developed a charger for electric vehicles that’s smaller, about half the price, and easier to install. Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s No. 2 automaker, said Monday the new charger will go on sale in November in Japan and is planned later for the U.S. and Europe, although dates are not set.

    MetroWest, the high profile building visible from I-88 in Naperville has new owners.

    Barrington’s Swiss Automation founder hires ‘tinkerers’ like himself

    It’s a tough time to find skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. But Ken Malo, founder of 46-year-old Swiss Automation Inc. in Barrington, has his own methods that have proved to work. They seem to work as his company recently expanded to Cary. Find out all the local business news in Kim Mikus' column.

    David Glod

    Golf club company owner helps to drive sales worldwide

    Reaching worldwide was something David Glod didn’t expect more than 25 years ago when he started Tour Edge in the garage of his Warrenville home.


    How to find angel investors, obtain funding

    Angel investors, individuals willing to put money into young businesses and, sometimes, startups, can be hard to find. Even if you discover a group of angels who invest in your type of business, making it through the application and screening process to the presentation that will determine whether your business obtains funding is even tougher.

Life & Entertainment

    Bob Seger will release downloads of the concert albums “‘Live' Bullet” and “Nine Tonight” on iTunes and Amazon.com Tuesday.

    Bob Seger ends iTunes holdout

    Bob Seger is ending his time as an iTunes holdout. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's move into digital music sales will start Tuesday, when downloads of the concert albums “‘Live' Bullet” and “Nine Tonight” are set to appear on iTunes and Amazon.com.


    ‘Forks Over Knives' may change your mind about meat

    Documentaries often inspire viewers and make them think. “Forks Over Knives” does that and more. The film follows the journeys of two researchers who found in their separate research lots of evidence of the benefits of a plant-based diet and the many diseases that were prevented by altering one's diet to avoid animal products.

    “Life Itself” by Roger Ebert

    For Roger Ebert, ‘Life Itself' more than just movies

    A gentle look back, “Life Itself: A Memoir” is as moving as it is amusing, fresh evidence that Roger Ebert is a writer who happens to love movies, not a movie lover who happens to write. It's an episodic tale with a huge cast of characters, kind of like a Robert Altman movie with Ebert at the center, and sometimes on the edges, but taking it all in.

    Jamie Foxx will host “Michael Forever — The Tribute Concert” on Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.

    Jamie Foxx to host Michael Jackson tribute concert

    Jamie Foxx's spokesman said Monday that the Oscar-winning star of “Ray” will host “Michael Forever — The Tribute Concert,” which is scheduled for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.


    Favorite niece wants to share the wealth

    Carolyn Hax shares advice with niece who wants her aunt and uncle to stop playing favorites and share their wealth with her sister.


    Book notes: Tyra Banks discusses debut novel at NCC

    Supermodel, television personality and author Tyra Banks visits Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville to discuss and distribute autographed copies of her debut fantasy novel, "Modelland." The event is sponsored by North Central College and Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    Producer, director and writer Issa Rae created the Web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

    ‘Awkward Black Girl' web series grows through social media

    After growing tired of watching stereotypes of people of color on the screen, Issa Rae created her own vision of reality with “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” The Web-based show follows J, played by Rae, and her mishaps and successes in work and love. “The Web series came about because I really didn't see anybody like me on the screen, nobody that I could relate to,” she said.


    Hand washing key to avoiding nasty GI parasite

    It was not, the teen thought, a really great way to spend a week of her summer vacation. At least she wasn't throwing up, but all the other unpleasant GI symptoms were there. She had contracted giardiasis, which affects approximately 20,000 Americans each year. Typical victims include hikers who drink water contaminated with the waste of infected animals and kids younger than 5 who pick up the parasite courtesy of infected child care classmates.


    No flour, no sugar diet adjustable

    When trying to lose weight, a diet of no sugar or flour can be adjusted to a person's needs or wants. As you cut out sugar and flour, a person will likely experience some cravings, but these will lessen with time.


    Patients, medical bils feel pinch of drug shortages

    Record shortages of prescription drugs in the United States are forcing pharmacists and doctors to scramble to find medications for their patients or to delay potentially lifesaving treatments.

    Work on your balance by walking on raised curbs instead of the flat sidewalk.

    Your health: A balancing act

    Many simple, effective exercises can be done almost anytime and anywhere to target static balance and dynamic balance. Activities like taking the stairs or standing on one foot with your eyes open for as long as you can during a commercial break can make a difference over time.

    This electron micrograph image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria.

    More effective treatment targets Legionnaires

    Cases of Legionnaires' disease have tripled in the last decade, U.S. health officials said, but the risk of dying from it is lower because of more effective treatment. Legionnaires most often strikes the elderly and can cause deadly pneumonia.

    Choosing bulbs from each category of bloom time will give you a continuous show of color in the spring.

    Art in the garden: Plan now for bursts of color in spring

    Fall may be the time many gardeners focus on garden chores that tuck their gardens in for their winter naps, but they should be spending some of their time toward making next season's garden wake up in a burst of color.

    Wood decks are rapidly being replaced by plastic, aluminum and other man-made decking materials, which are prized for their easy maintenance.

    Decks getting fancier but easier to maintain

    Builders are making decks into showpieces, with multiple levels, custom railing and other perks. Even wood is getting an upgrade, with some buyers seeking out rare, tropical hardwoods for their durability. Ron Spillers, who builds 140 decks a year, said business is booming again after a two-year slump.

    Flu shot needles have often been an inch long or longer, at left. Now a new version, named Sanofi Pasteur's Fluzone Intradermal, is hitting the market this fall.

    Smaller flu shot needles on the way

    It's flu vaccine time again — and some lucky shot-seekers will find that the needle has shrunk. The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle is hitting the market this fall. Sorry kids, this option so far is just for adults, and it's so brand-new that it will take some searching to find a dose.

    Experts warn that in the near future wireless medical devices such as pacemakers could be tampered with from the outside.

    Could outside interference affect medical devices?

    Medical devices — such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and blood-glucose monitors — have been around for years, but scientific advances are raising worries about who can listen in. The advantages of the devices leave them vulnerable to outside interference.



    Recognize that it’s over

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: After 10 long years, perhaps we can finally get unstuck. Osama Bin Laden is dead, his terrorist organization in shreds. The al-Qaida that attacked us on 9/11 is defeated.


    The 9/11 ‘overreaction”? Nonsense.

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Perhaps, says the new conventional wisdom, but these exertions have bankrupted the country and led to our current mood of despair and decline. Rubbish. The total costs of “the two wars” is $1.3 trillion. That’s less than 1/11th of the national debt, less than one year of Obama deficit spending.


    Business come to aid of fundraiser
    Letter to the editor: A grandmother from Arlington Heights is grateful for the businesses that showed up to support a fundraiser for children with Pallister-Killian Syndrome, a rare condition whcih her granddaughter has.


    Mandate is a threat to religious freedom
    The new rule mandating free birth control and sterilization abrogates existing law and undermines the free-exercise protections of the First Amendment. Left unchanged, the Catholic Church will either be forced to withdraw from public ministry or violate deeply held beliefs.


    Recognize value of regional airports
    General aviation airports provide travelers with additional opportunities to access Main Street America, as well as the rest of Illinois. They are an essential part of America’s transportation system and contribute $6 billion each year to Illinois’ economy. That translates to $492 per capita — the seventh highest total in the country.


    Kids shouldn’t hit others for sport
    The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages boxing for children and adolescents. Participants are at risk of head, face and neck injuries, including concussions and long-term, serious neurological injuries.


    Had enough of tea party after one visit
    Letter to the editor: Joan Brody of Schaumburg went to a tea party meeting -- her first and last, she says. She's disappointed that a movement that started as a call for better taxpayer protection seems to have devolved into a home for bigots, and worse.


    Mt. Prospect waitress was local legend
    Letter to the editor: Barbara DelPrincipe worked at Litle America in Mount Prospect for more than 30 years until its closing, and her sisters think not enough people know what a special, loyal and hard-working person she is.


    Use anniversary of 9/11 to get prepared
    Letter to the editor: Tom Smith, coordinatorof the Palatine Emergency Management Agency, says September is National Preparedness Month, and a perfect time to make sure your family has a plan for dealing with emergencies. Here are his tips to get started.


    Arlington Hts. businesses make reading fun
    Letter to the editor: Deb Whisler salutes the local businesses in Arlington Heights that are finding creative ways to get the community reading, and talking.


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