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Daily Archive : Thursday September 15, 2011

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    Lantz retiring, Republican running for McHenry County coroner

    With Marlene Lantz out of the picture, it should be easier for Anne Majewski to run in the Republican primary for McHenry County coroner.

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    Vacant Long Grove home ignites days before scheduled burn

    A vacant Long Grove home, which firefighters had been using to simulate fires, unexpectedly went up in flames late Thursday morning, just days before the building was scheduled to be burned to the ground.

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    Rescue crews lift a jeep off the teller counter at a Rolling Meadows bank Thursday afternoon. The driver plowed through the Harris Bank, 1951 S. Plum Grove Road, injuring two tellers.

    Jeep plows through Rolling Meadows bank, injures 2 tellers

    Two tellers at a Rolling Meadows bank were injured when a car drove through the bank's front doors Thursday afternoon, plowed through the lobby and crashed into the tellers' counter, police said. An elderly woman driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee accidentally hit the gas while in the bank's parking lot, 1951 S. Plum Grove Road, and drove through the Harris Bank's two front wooden doors.

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    Elgin police investigate a shooting on Wilcox Street south of Erie Street Thursday afternoon.

    Police: Elgin shooting possibly gang-related

    Elgin police are investigating two shootings that occurred just minutes apart, sending at least one juvenile to the hospital, according to authorities. No one was hit during the first shooting, but police are investigating whether the two are connected. “We are actively pursuing leads,” said Elgin police spokeswoman Sue Olafson. “There are no suspects at this point.”

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    Having built a 29-year career as a letter carrier, Elgin resident Dave Beebe worries about what politicians might have in store for his U.S. Postal Service.

    Local ‘mailman' worries politicians will muck up job

    A veteran suburban letter-carrier worries about what politicians might do to the U.S. Postal Service in this age of electronic communication and for-profit delivery services. But history, and the Constitution, are on his side. “I've been a letter carrier for 29 years,” David Beebe says, his chin held high under the smile on his face. “I take care of my customers.”

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    Officials collect evidence along the train tracks at Butterfield Road near Route 60 in Vernon Hills this morning after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train.

    Pedestrian struck by train killed in Vernon Hills

    A pedestrian was killed early this morning when struck by a train in Vernon Hills, just south of Route 60, police said. Vernon Hills Deputy Police Chief Bill Price said the department received a call at 5:55 a.m. this morning after the Metra train hit the pedestrian on the tracks about a half block south of Route 60.

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    A consultant is expected to study options for parking garages and other streetscape improvements in downtown Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn considers downtown parking garages

    Two parking garages and streetscape improvements could be in downtown Glen Ellyn’s future.

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    Melissa Byrne

    St. Charles teacher finalist for top state award

    Melissa Byrne, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Haines Middle School in St. Charles, is one of nine finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. The award will be announced in mid-October.

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    District 57 considers tax hike request in 2012

    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 leaders continue to study the idea of asking voters to approve a tax increase next year. The school board is expected to discuss the idea at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 22.

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    Police reports

    Bryan K. Isibue, 42, of the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Thursday on charges of armed robbery and restraint, both felonies, according to court documents. Isibue is charged with taking $20 from another man after threatening him with a knife at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 in the 1000 block of Liberty Street in Elgin, according to police and court documents. Bail was set at...

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    Mount Prospect man charged with striking infant

    A 21-year-old Mount Prospect man is accussed of striking his girlfriend's infant, causing heading injuries that prosecutors say have kept the baby in the hospital for the last week. Jovanny Garduno is charged with aggravated battery to a child, a class X felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison. His bail was set at $35,000 on Thursday.

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    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor on Thursday to former Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyers, 23, from Greensburg, Ky., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

    Medal of Honor awarded to Marine who saved 36

    Defying orders and tempting fate, Marine corporal Dakota Meyer charged five times in a Humvee into heavy gunfire in the darkness of an Afghanistan valley to rescue comrades under attack from Taliban insurgents.

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    Supreme Court halts execution of Texas killer

    The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.

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    Senate OKs $7 billion relief bill

    Setting up a battle with the GOP-controlled House, Senate Democrats on Thursday muscled through a $7 billion bill to replenish nearly empty federal disaster aid accounts.

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    Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, seen here in 2007, said Thursday the 9/11 Commission’s 2004 report called for federal identification standards, but those haven’t succeeded because of civil liberties concerns and states’ desire to guard their own processes.

    Jim Thompson: We're still vulnerable

    Former members of the 9/11 commission, including former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, warned Thursday that despite efforts during the last decade to make American cities safer from terrorist attacks, the U.S. has failed to protect itself in at least three key areas.

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    Pedestrian struck by train near Naperville station

    A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train near the Naperville station during rush hour today.

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    Steven Miller

    DuPage teenagers charged with residential burglary

    Two DuPage County teenagers have been charged with residential burglary after police traced power drills the teens stole from a St. Charles garage to a pawn shop.

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    Stanley Wrice has spent nearly 30 years behind bars for rape. He says Chicago police tortured him to obtain a confession.

    State Supreme Court probes evidence in torture case

    Illinois Supreme Court justices challenged prosecutors Thursday about the strength of their evidence in the rape conviction of a man who says he was tortured into confessing by Chicago police officers. In oral arguments in a case with potentially far-reaching impact on how Illinois deals with police torture cases, prosecutors argued that the state had enough evidence to convict inmate Stanley...

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    Mario Casciaro

    Johnsburg murder trial postponed

    The long awaited murder trial of Mario Casciaro has been postponed one more time, officials said. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather agreed to put off Casciaro’s trial until Jan. 23, pushing it back from its original start date of Oct. 3, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office confirmed Thursday.

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    John Wayne Gacy

    Mother of Gacy victim wants body exhumed

    The body of one of Johm Wayne Gacy's victims may be exhumed to confirm his identity. Sherry Marino, of Chicago, said she's always had doubt that the body of her 14-year-old son, Michael, was the body that was recovered in Gacy's unincorporated Norwood Park Township crawl space more than 30 years ago.

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    Retired Chicago detective attacked by 4 women

    An 80-year-old retired Chicago police detective is demanding justice after being sprayed with a disabling chemical and beaten by four women who jumped into his vehicle.

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    Contractors remove brush and selected trees from St. Theresa Parish property in Palatine, upsetting some nearby residents.

    Palatine residents upset church razing trees, destroying views

    Some Palatine residents returned home from work Wednesday to find their forestlike views had given way to the garbage bins and service garages lining the back of a strip mall. St. Theresa Parish, which opened its doors on Benton Street in the 1950s, hired crews to chop down dozens of trees — some of them decades old — so that it can erect a six-foot-high chain-link fence around its...

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    The bodies of 28 young men and boys were found buried in the crawl space of John Wayne Gacy's Norwood Park Township home in December 1978.

    Mother wants tests to see if son was Gacy victim

    The mother of a 14-year-old boy who authorities say was among the 33 victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy wants a judge to order his remains exhumed. Sherry Marino wants to determine if the body that's been buried for more than 30 years is actually her son.

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    No injuries when Metra locomotive derails near Elburn

    Metra trains on the Union Pacific West Line will not be traveling any farther than the LaFox station for most of the night due to a derailment that occurred near the Elburn station tonight.

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    Dennis Reboletti

    DuPage GOP lawmakers decide where they’ll run for re-election

    The biggest GOP logjam in Illinois created by the new drawn-by-Democrats political map appears to have broken up, as three DuPage County state lawmakers who all live in the same new House district have chosen different paths for 2012.

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    Zanies, legendary beer hall coming to Rosemont

    Zanies Comedy Night Club and Hofbrauhaus beer hall will be coming soon to Rosemont’s new restaurant and entertainment district, while work begins next month on the village’s outlet mall.

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    Elk Grove Village backs Salt Creek flooding solution

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says a new study indicates that installation of an adjustable dam on Busse Lake would alleviate flooding along Salt Creek in Cook and DuPage counties.

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    Dist. 95 group plans a fun run

    The Lake Zurich School District 95 Educational Foundation will hold a 5K fun run and walk on Sunday, Oct. 2. Proceeds from the race will go to an effort called “Smart Schools. Bright Futures.”

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    Coupon expert in Mundelein

    Coupon guru Rita Cangialosi of Chi-town Cheapskate (www.chitowncheapskate.com) will provide guidance and tips from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 during a new Couponing 101 program at the Mundelein Park District.

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    Trustee Susanne Glazbrook swears in Bruce Jefferson, left.

    Palatine Public Library appoints Thresholds general counsel as trustee

    The Palatine Public Library District announced the appointment of Bruce Jefferson to fill a vacancy on the board of trustees. Jefferson works as general counsel for Thresholds, a not-for-profit mental health provider in the Chicago area.

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    Hanover Park starts CERT classes Oct. 5

    The Hanover Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that trains citizens to assist emergency services in disaster situations, will hold classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 5 to Nov. 9. They’ll take place at village hall, 2121 W. Lake St., Hanover Park.

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    Des Plaines District 62 seeks volunteer tutors

    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 is seeking volunteers for its OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program. The program matches trained volunteers age 50 years and older with students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade who need help developing reading and language skills.

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    Serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

    Images: John Wayne Gacy
    Images of John Wayne Gacy and from the serrial murder case that horrified residents of suburban Chicago. Thirty-three teenage boys and young men are said to have been buried in or near the Des Plaines home of Gacy between 1972 and 1978.

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    Transit union’s local leadership ousted in Chicago

    The leadership of a Chicago unit of the Amalgamated Transit Union has been ousted due to “runaway financial problems.” The union’s international president, Larry Hanley, says the leaders of Local 241 were relieved of their duties on Monday because of their inability to control and account for expenses.

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    The coloring books offer kids the chance to shade in images of Illinois’ state snack, popcorn, and the state’s prairie grass, Big Bluestem. Some even allow children to color their lawmakers.

    Lawmakers defend coloring book perk

    Is it time for Illinois lawmakers to give up their coloring books? Legislative coloring books are among the publications offered to lawmakers by the cash-strapped state’s Legislative Printing Unit, a $2.1 million division of the General Assembly that also prints letterhead stationery and envelops for official correspondence. Some lawmakers contend the coloring books serve a good purpose.

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    On Friday, Gov Pat Quinn will lead a delegation of about 30 people on an eight-day trade mission to China. It will be Quinn’s first visit to China.

    Quinn going to China on Friday

    Gov. Pat Quinn leaves Friday on an eight-day trade mission to China in search of new export opportunities and investments for Illinois businesses as unemployment in the state continues to rise. “I want to be the exporter in chief from the state of Illinois," the Chicago Democrat said.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals did $160,000 in damage to an Arlington Heights home when they turned on the backyard garden hose and left it running next to the foundation, police reports said. The owner of the home on the 2500 block of Hartford Court was out of town when two feet of water flooded the basement, damaging the furnace, furniture, pool table, walls and several fur coats.

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    The South Carolina house at Mooseheart can provide a place to live for up to five unwed pregnant teenagers.

    Mooseheart, charity open teen maternity home

    Mooseheart is teaming up with Maternity Homes of Fox Valley to help pregnant teenagers who need a place, other than their family homes, to stay. It is dedicating one of its houses to the effort, where girls 12 to 17 can stay until 10 weeks after giving birth.

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    Four Northwest Cook County schools honored

    Four Northwest suburban schools are among the 19 in Illinois garnering Blue Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education.

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    Four DuPage schools earn Blue Ribbon

    Four DuPage County schools were among just a handful in the nation on Thursday to be named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or success in closing achievement gaps.

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    Robert Thomas

    Justice recuses himself from torture case

    Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas has recused himself from a case involving allegations of torture by Chicago police.

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    Adolfo Sanchez

    Ex-Taco Bell manager denies groping teenage employee

    The former manager of an Antioch fast-food restaurant pleaded not guilty Thursday to accusations he groped a female employee in his office, an event authorities say was caught on a security camera. Adolfo Sanchez, 38, of Trevor, Wis., faces a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse stemming from the allegations involving a 17-year-old girl.

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    An electromagnetic meter nicknamed “the ghost meter” is one of the tools Tony Olszewski of the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group used while investigating Gurnee’s Mother Rudd Home for a spiritual presence.

    Investigators claim ghosts haunt Gurnee house

    Are there ghosts in Gurnee? Investigators from the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group think so after spending time at the Warren Township Historical Society's Mother Rudd Home. The 19th-century residence shows numerous signs of a ghostly presence, the group's leader says.

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    A Latin Kings tattoo on the shoulder of one man who was arrested during a federal gang crackdown targeting transnational gangs throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

    Federal gang crackdown hits suburbs, Chicago

    A weeklong gang crackdown by federal immigration enforcement officials with the help of local police departments resulted in the arrest of 25 Mexican nationals who will subsequently be deported. The arrests were part of a national Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative, called Operation Community Shield, which targets transnational street gangs.

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    The community center at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights was built as a WPA project in the '30s.

    Voters may be asked to approve $48 million Arlington Hts. parks upgrade

    The Arlington Heights Park District may hold a referendum next year asking voters to approve bonds to make $48 million in improvements to four of five major parks. It has hired a firm which currently is taking a public opinion survey to judge voter response.

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    Power in numbers? Towns consider alternate providers

    Libertyville village officials -- and other municipal leaders in Lake and Cook counties -- are considering an arrangement that could cut power costs to residents and small businesses, by joining with other towns to find other power suppliers.

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    Elgin OKs $11 million for water treatment plant project

    Elgin City Council members gave preliminary approval during the committee of the whole meeting Wednesday to spend almost $600,000 on engineering services to monitor the construction phase of the Airlite Treatment Plant improvement project. The council also officially approved a bid to give about $9.5 million to IHC Construction Company for construction.

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    The commons area of Wheaton North High School will be renamed the Robert J. Miller Commons Area, after the Wheaton native, shown here in Afghanistan, who died in battle there in 2008. He was awarded the Medal of Honor last October.

    Wheaton North honoring Medal of Honor recipient

    The commons area at Wheaton North High School will be renamed after Robert Miller, a 2002 alum who died in the war in Afghanistan and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Miller was killed Jan. 25, 2008, in a firefight with Taliban forces. Despite being wounded, he continued to advance, firing at the enemy and hurling grenades along the way. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President...

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    Chicago man gets 70 years in bus shooting death

    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison in the shooting death of a girl as she rode a Chicago Transit Authority bus in 2008. Milton Wardlaw, 27, was sentenced Thursday for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Kiyanna Salter, a high school senior.

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    4 Chicago firefighters fired for mileage fraud

    Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff says four firefighters will be terminated for falsifying mileage reports. Hoff’s announcement on Thursday comes after an investigation by the Chicago Inspector General found dozens of firefighters fraudulently added $100,000 worth of mileage to reports in 2009.

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    It could be slow going along Milwaukee Avenue through Lincolnshire next week because of patching work planned by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Not helping any is the fact the work will begin as crews continue concrete patching on Route 83.

    Lake County roadwork will cause more traffic headaches

    Driving north or south through southern and central Lake County already is difficult because of roadwork on Route 83 near Long Grove. Now it's about to get worse. And once again, road construction will be the culprit.

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    Cary hopes to make final administrator selection soon

    The search for a new Cary village administrator is approaching the final stretch. Village President Tom Kierna said the board will pick the finalists among the six semifinalists interviewed. The finalists will then be interviewed by the full board in executive session, possibly at its next meeting Sept. 27.

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    First Division Museum Executive Director Paul Herbert will lead a ceremony Friday to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The event starts at 11 a.m. Friday at First Division Museum at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

    Wheaton’s Cantigny war museum to honor POWs

    The First Division Museum at Cantigny has long been a destination for area residents to celebrate the military and their patriotism. But on Friday, the site will host a more somber gathering but one just as important. A 92-year-old Wheaton veteran who was captured and held by Japanese soldiers during World War II will be the keynote speaker at the park’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day...

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    Drivers must stop for pedestrians crossing Northwest Highway in front of Metra's Cumberland station in Des Plaines, even if there's no sign saying so. Police Chief James Prandini said it would help if the state installed more signs to that effect.

    Suburban police write few tickets on crosswalk law

    Des Plaines Police Chief James Prandini says it's tough to justify strict enforcement of a traffic law he believes few drivers know about. That explains why Des Plaines police officers have yet to issue a moving violation based on Illinois' revamped crosswalk law since it took effect in July 2010.

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    Xom M. Vongsaly

    10-year sentence for Elgin man in $4 millon I-90 pot bust

    The March 2011 arrest of two people driving on Interstate 90 with $4 million worth of marijuana in their van is now closed, with Xaiana Thammavong, 46, of Elgin, pleading guilty today and getting 10 years in prison. But his passenger in the van, Xom Vongsaly, 59, of Fresno, had her charges dismissed last week and she was released.

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    The McDonald’s Owners of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana presented a check to representatives of Conant High School to support their Cougars in Need program, which helps students and their families who face financial difficulties. Pictured, from left, is Steve Reckley, local McDonald’s owner/operator; Ronald McDonald; Kim Wiley, college and career counselor; Paula Hill, student services department chairwoman; and Yvette Jones, college and career counselor.

    Conant’s Cougars in Need gets McDonald’s help

    A Conant High School program that provides assistance for students and families with financial difficulties received some help of its own this week in the form of a $2,500 check from a group of McDonald’s restaurants.

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    Public asked to weigh in on Oakton’s nursing program

    The public is invited to share comments about Oakton Community College’s associate degree nursing program during a site review by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., Oct. 4 through 6.

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    Arlington Hts. library helps you live green

    If you want to be more green or think you should be, Arlington Heights Memorial Library has two events that might help. "Forks over Knives" is the first film in the new Screening Green series and Growing Green is a talk about environmentally friendly lawncare.

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    Wally Williams of Chicago gets ready to take his new kite on its first flight at the St. Peter Barn Sale inside the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Wally bought two kites for a dollar and also bought inline skates two years ago, the last time the Barn Sale was at the fairgrounds.

    Barn Sale back at Kane County Fairgrounds

    Organizers of this weekend's St. Peter Barn Sale say it's so large that it takes several hours to visit all of the various departments. The rummage sale will feature housewares, furniture, hardware, sporting goods, clothing, electronic items and more.

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    Speakers Kristen Mandziuk, left, Maya Jairam, Dr. Richard Benkin and Bhavna Shinde Hurley light the lamp at the Third Hinduism Summit in Chicago held at the Hindu Temple of Lake County in Grayslake.

    Your news Hindus come together for summit

    Bhavna Shinde Hurley, Spokeswoman of Forum for Hindu Awakening, drew attention to issues facing Hindus in America at the third Hinduism Summit held at the Hindu Temple of Lake County, such as distortion of Hinduism by American academicians, Hindu youth increasingly converting out of Hinduism, anti-Hindu bias in the media, and the rampant trivialization of Hindu Deities.

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    Freeze lifted on Section 8 vacancies in DuPage

    Federal officials temporarily have lifted a rental freeze that’s been in place since the DuPage Housing Authority was hit by a financial scandal. The recent decision by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development means the Wheaton-based agency can fill a total of nine vacancies at three Section 8 housing projects throughout the county. “It’s good for the citizens who need the...

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    Kids read over 150,000 pages in Lake Villa library contest

    In the friendly “Top Ten Reader” competition that is part of the Lake Villa District Library’s youth summer reading program, Angela Rauch, a fifth-grade student at Prince of Peace, topped the list with 30,024 pages.

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    Claire Reising will work as a teaching assistant in Mons, Belgium, just outside of Brussels.

    Rolling Meadows woman awarded scholarship to teach English abroad

    The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Rolling Meadows native Claire Therese Reising was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Belgium in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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    Teen stabs 37 classmates with needle

    A 14-year-old girl went on a playground rampage with a hypodermic needle, stabbing 37 classmates, Puerto Rican officials said Thursday.

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    Palatine shop launches Bikes for Needy Kids

    Mikes Bike Shop in Palatine is launching its 11th annual Bikes for Needy Kids program, which distributes cleaned and refurbished bicycles to less fortunate families in the Palatine area.

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    ECC a good choice for veterans

    Elgin Community College has been named a Top Military School by GI Jobs magazine; while Elgin's Sheridan Elementary School has one of the coolest teachers in the country in geography teacher Ani Smith.

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    “The Tetons and the Snake River” is part of the new national touring exhibition featuring works by celebrated nature photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984), Sept. 17 through Jan. 8, 2012 at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda.

    Ansel Adams’ photography comes to Lake County

    The “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams” exhibition presents a rare portfolio of 70 photographs hand-printed by the artist, and selected by him to represent the best of his life’s work, runs Sept. 17 through Jan. 8, 2012, at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda.

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    DuPage Convalescent Center’s Fall Festival features scarecrows and crafts that residents make.

    DuPage fall festival has activities for all

    DuPage Convalescent Center's 44th Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, features crafts by resdents, a garage sale, the center's famous apple slices, petting zoo and car show.

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    Dist. 200 passes balanced budget despite state shortfalls

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 approves its budget after holding off to see if the state would be sending any of its long-awaited state aid payments.

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    Former southwestern Illinois smelter being razed

    HARTFORD — The long-awaited demolition of a former copper smelter that’s been a southwestern Illinois eyesore is under way, though the state’s environmental agency says toxic slag on the federal Superfund property isn’t expected to be cleared out for years.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Josh Scholl of Lake in the Hills is a finalist on ABC's Karaoke Battle USA.

    Lake in the Hills singer seeks international karaoke fame

    It usually takes most people some liquid courage, minimal lighting, supportive friends and a great '80s ballad to sing karaoke in front of a group of people. But Lake in the Hills native Josh Scholl's loves performing. Scholl's is one of four finalists in ABCs Karaoke Battle USA. The final airs Friday night and the winner will represent at the International Karaoke Battle in Ireland.

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    An Iraqi police officer uses a bomb detector as a bus passes through a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept 15, 2011.

    10 suspects arrested in deadly Iraqi bus hijacking

    Authorities arrested 10 suspects Thursday accused of hijacking a busload of Shiite pilgrims this week and executing 22 men they took off the vehicle, in what Iraqi officials called a terrifying attempt by Sunni insurgents to revive sectarian violence.

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    Casey Anthony waits in the courtroom before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011. Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years for lying to investigators.

    Casey Anthony ordered to pay for investigation

    A Florida judge says that Casey Anthony must pay almost $100,000 in law enforcement costs for investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

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    Judge: Underwear bomb suspect’s words can be used

    Incriminating statements by a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a plane near Detroit can be used against him at trial, a judge said Thursday.

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    Robert Jones

    Two Gurnee trustees want chief complaints made public

    Two Gurnee trustees are calling for the release of some information about employee complaints about Police Chief Robert Jones, whose tenure ends Thursday with a $139,600 "retirement/separation" package. Greg Garner said the information should be released because of the amount of public money involved, but the mayor says personnel matters can't be made public.

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    Island Lake fire blamed on discarded cigarette

    A fire that gutted a former Island lake bar is being blamed on a carelessly discarded cigarette. No one was hurt in the Tuesday night blaze at the one-story, wood-frame building, which stood on Route 176 at Darrell Road. It once was known as Weichsville Tavern.

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    Wheaton Drama opens season with Monty Python-style comedy

    Wheaton Drama opens its 2011-12 season with the medieval comedy “Incorruptible,” a Monty Python-style farce filled with "ridiculous situations and very funny dialog," Director Tom Walker said. Assistant Director Kate Quan adds, “Truthfully it’s not a big moral lesson. Hopefully (audiences) just don’t stop laughing.”

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    The Naperville Independent Film Festival screens features, documentaries, shorts and, now, music videos, as well as workshops and appearances by movie makers and actors. Screenplay winner Chris Davane, left, joins star Karen Black and festival founder Edmond Coisson at 2008's Naperville Film Festival.

    Naperville rolls out the red carpet for indie films

    Naperville Independent Film Festival organizers are determined to make music videos cool again. The fourth annual Naperville Independent Film Festival opens Saturday, Sept. 17, at venues around the city. New this year is a category for music videos. “Who says music videos are dead? Not us,” said fest Executive Director Edmond Coisson.

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    Helen Krieger

    ‘Flood Streets' pours into Naperville film festival

    "Flood Streets" explores life in New Orleans a year after Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of the city, interweaving characters as diverse and eccentric as the city itself.

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    Classic Cinema Theater 6 Schedule
    Naperville Independent Film Festival schedule

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    Maternity Homes hosts Zumbathon, fair

    :Maternity Homes of Fox Valley in conjunction with Mooseheart Child City and School will host its first Zumbathon and Fall Vendor Fair Oct. 22 at the Mooseheart field house off Route 31.

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    Madden Theatre schedule
    Schedule of movies

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    Classic Cinemas Theater 5 Schedule
    Schedule of movies

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    ‘Incorruptible’ cast list
    Wheaton Drama's latest production, "Incorruptible" will take the stage Sept. 16 and run through Oct. 9. The play is a comedic production about a French monastery that begins fabricating holy relics to save the destitute group.

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    Strong earthquake hits northeast Japan, no tsunami

    A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off Japan's battered northeastern coast Thursday, but there was no risk of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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    French, Greek, German leaders discuss Greek crisis

    Greece says the leaders of Greece, France and Germany have stressed during an emergency teleconference that the debt-ridden country is an "integral" part of the eurozone, and that additional austerity measures Athens announced recently will ensure the country achieves its fiscal targets.

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    Suicide bomber kills 15 in northwest Pakistan

    Police say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a funeral in northwest Pakistan has now reached 15. Police officer Sher Hassan Khan says Thursday's blast took place at the funeral of a tribal leader who had formed a militia to oppose Islamist militants in the area.

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    Cruise ship with 262 aboard evacuated off Norway

    Police say two people have been killed in a fire on a cruise liner operating on a popular route along Norway's coast.

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    Palestinians to seek full UN membership

    The Palestinians will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, the top Palestinian diplomat said Thursday — a move that comes in defiance of Washington's threat to veto the statehood bid.

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    Packers to tweak Lambeau’s new sound system

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will tweak Lambeau Field’s new sound system after receiving mixed reviews for its performance during the home opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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    Show highlights building of Calatrava addition

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Art Museum is featuring an exhibition featuring art about the Santiago Calatrava-designed addition.The exhibition is called “Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum.” It features models, watercolors, videos, photos and drawings that show the evolution and construction of the Quadracci Pavilion.

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    Court denies Ill. family’s request to test print

    DECATUR — A fingerprint that three members of a Decatur family convicted of murder hoped might free them isn’t suitable for testing, a state appellate court has ruled.

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    28 Joliet city workers take early retirement

    JOLIET— More than two dozen city workers in Joliet are taking early retirement.

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    URGENT UK's Cameron urges Gadhafi, followers to 'give up' AP Photo AMX122

    Associated PressTRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a strong message to Moammar Gadhafi and his followers still waging war in Libya to "give up" the fight, warning that NATO's mission will continue "as long as it is necessary" to protect Libyans.

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    Fundraiser begins to repair Chicago conservatory

    The staff at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is in a race to save decades-old plants from the coming cool weather. The work was thrust upon them because a June 30 hail storm shattered the glass roofs of the 103-year-old facility.

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    New panel to advise on science of Ill. rivers

    SPRINGFIELD— A panel of scientists and experts is going to offer advice on how to improve the health of Illinois rivers.Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says the Science Advisory Council will recommend techniques to fight flood damage, protect river ecosystems and keep water safe.

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    Illinois urging seniors to get flu shots

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are urging seniors to get their flu shots.They say seniors can get the jump on flu season by getting vaccinated because older people are at increased risk for the flu, especially if you’ve got chronic health conditions.Officials say only one vaccine is needed. They say it’s good to get vaccinated every year against the flu bug.

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    The Lodge on the Fox restaurant recently opened in Batavia.

    New restaurants add more flavor to Batavia

    It’s great to see new restaurants opening in Batavia. The Lodge on the Fox (35 N. Water St.) opened recently and is now up and running with quite an impressive menu with great prices. The Gammon Coach House offers a simple menu, mostly burgers.

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    Dawn Patrol: Quicks hits as you head out the door

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Judge rules against Walsh, Stevenson construction, smoke gone, trainer saves a life, fire destroys Graysake house, hospitals named tops and Cubs and Sox lose.

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    The cast of “Big Brother 13” was narrowed down to winner Rachel Reilly Wednesday.

    ‘Big Brother’ jury chooses new champ

    The “Big Brother” results aren’t giving Rachel Reilly reason to pout. After being locked away from the outside world for 75 days, the weepy “Big Brother” veteran emerged Wednesday as the winner of CBS’ voyeuristic reality TV competition. The show’s six-person jury selected the 26-year-old cocktail waitress from Los Angeles to win the $500,000 grand prize over 23-year-old newbie contestant Porsche...

Sports

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    Matt Randolph

    Football: Week 3 MVPs

    For Week 3 of the high school football season, the Daily Herald's offensive MVP is Matt Randolph of Naperville Central, and the defensive MVP is Jorge Venegas of Round Lake.

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    The new scoreboard at South Elgin's new stadium will be in action on Saturday when the Storm hosts Metea Valley in the first football game to be played at South Elgin High School.

    The dawn of a new era at South Elgin

    Don't be surprised early Saturday afternoon if you see an Elgin Area School District U-46 school bus driving around the South Elgin parking lot with the Storm's football team aboard. Some habits are hard to break

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    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might have let it slip that he already has one foot out the door.

    Does Guillen already know he’s leaving White Sox?

    If Ozzie Guillen doesn't already know he's leaving the White Sox, he's at least acting -- and talking -- like someone with one foot out the door.

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had an incredible day against the Arizona Cardinals, but he should find it much tougher to put up big numbers against the Green Bay Packers this week.

    Taking a closer look at 8 high-scoring quarterbacks

    Fourteen quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards in Week 1. Many of them weren't expected to help fantasy teams much this season. Is there hope for some? John Dietz, the Daily Herald's fantasy football columnist, takes a closer look at eight of them in this week's report.

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    Anthony Bozin, here returning a kickoff during a preseason practice, is exercising caution before returning to the Stevenson lineup after sustaining a concussion.

    Concussion discussion is having an impact

    The treatment of Stevenson's Anthony Bozin shows how far the concussion discussion has come in high school football.

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    Elk Grove senior Dejan Basara has improved his passing in his first year as a starting varsity quarterback.

    Football no longer foreign to ironman Basara

    Dejan Basara didn't know any English or anything about football when he arrived in the United States from Serbia in grade school. But now he's fluent in both as a senior at Elk Grove who plays quarterback and linebacker and is a placekicker and long snapper on punts.

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    The Royals’ Alcides Escobar is tagged by Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle Thursday during the fourth inning.

    White Sox eliminated from playoffs after loss

    The inevitable became a certainty for the White Sox. The White Sox' 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night officially eliminated them from the playoff hunt. Melky Cabrera had four hits, including a home run, and Billy Butler hit a three-run homer to lead the Royals to a victory over the White Sox, who have dropped five straight.

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    Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez fields a ground ball hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey in the third inning Thursday night.

    Cubs end hard trip with a tough loss

    An emotional, grueling road trip could only have ended with an emotional, grueling loss for the Cubs. The Cubs scored twice in the ninth inning to send their game at Cincinnati to extra innings, but Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the 11th that lifted the Reds to an 8-6 victory Thursday night. The Cubs scored twice in the ninth inning to send their game at Cincinnati to extra innings, but Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the 11th that lifted the Reds to an 8-6 victory Thursday night.

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    Olin Kreutz, now the center for the Saints, faces his former team when the Bears visit New Orleans on Sunday.

    Olin Kreutz remains a friend of Bears as a foe

    He’s wearing a new number and a different jersey, but center Olin Kreutz hasn’t changed at all. He’s the same guy in his first season with the New Orleans Saints that he was in the previous 13 seasons with the Bears. It was quintessential Kreutz when he was asked in an interview with the Saints media if Sunday’s game against the Bears would be emotional.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Prospect’s Matthew Burikas celebrates his goal against Buffalo Grove drawing first blood during their matchup at Buffalo Grove High School.

    Quick-striking Prospect steps forward

    Mid-Suburban East leader Prospect took a giant stride forward in the division race by defeating rival Buffalo Grove 3-0 Thursday. The Knights struck 3 times in the first quarter-hour to build a comfortable lead over the hosts, then stayed water-tight the rest of the way to help senior keeper Brad Reibel set a program-record 16th career shutout.

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    Scouting: Tri-Cities football Week 4
    A roundup of this weekend's football games for the Tri-Cities coverage area

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    Scouting DuPage County football games
    Previews of this weekend's top footballl games in the DuPage County coverage area

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    Scouting: Fox Valley Week 4 football

    Preview capsules of Week 4 football games in the Fox Valley

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    The Bears defense will have to contain New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday when the Saints host the Bears in a noon game.

    NFL Week 2 preview capsules

    Drew Brees and Jay Cutler will matchup in a battle of quarterbacks at New Orleans at noon Sunday as the Saints (0-1) host the Chicago Bears (1-0). Here's a look at that game, plus previews of the other 15 NFL games taking place in Week 2:

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    PAUL MICHNA/Pmichna@dailyherald.com Hayley Gable,left, and Daiva Wisebothof St. Francis block a shot by Ryann Arundel of Mother McAuley. this took place during the Mother McAuley at St. Francis girls volleyball game Thursday.

    St. Francis stopped by Mother McAuley

    Peg Kopec warned her St. Francis girls after beating Marian Central recently that they’d see an even better defense Thursday. Mother McAuley didn’t disappoint. The Mighty Macs controlled their match pitting two schools with a combined 21 state championships and beat the fourth-ranked Spartans 25-19, 25-20 at Spyglass Center

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    Christian Liberty a perfect 10

    Christian Liberty continues to dazzle its opponents on the pitch. Thursday afternoon, the Chargers (10-0-0, 2-0-0) rolled over visiting Roycemore from Evanston 6-0. Three second-half goals in 13 minutes officially put an end to the upset hopes of the visiting Griffins (0-4-0), who fought hard for 80 minutes

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    Football / Scouting Lake County, Week 4

    A preview of the Week 4 high school football games in Lake County.

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    The Green Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb gets past New Orleans Saints’ Korey Hall during his 108-yard kickoff return

    Packers rookie Cobb humble after 2-TD debut

    Although it’s rare for a rookie to carry himself with the quiet brand of confidence Randall Cobb has shown in his short time with Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers has seen it before.

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    Football: Scouting Week 4, Northwest
    Previewing Week 4 of high school football for the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Grayslake North handles Woodstock

    Grayslake North earned a two-set victory over Woodstock on Thursday.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Sam Boesch had 18 kills and 17 digs Emily McGran 14 kills as Huntley was pushed to the limit by Fox Valley Conference Valley Division rival Jacobs Thursday night before prevailing for a 25-16, 21-25, 25-19 win to remain undefeated for the season.Amy Dion had 22 digs and Nicole Levra added 12 for the Red Raiders (11-0, 4-0). Eli Manning had 33 assists.For Jacobs, Alyssa Ehrhardt had 15 kills, 7 aces and 10 digs, while Maris Smith added 9 kills and 11 digs. Nikki Madoch had 4 kills and 3 digs for the Golden Eagles (10-6, 1-2) and Rebecca Jobst added 15 digs.“It was a phenomenal match,” said Jacobs coach Lisa Dwyer. “We allowed them to score too many points in a row. But I’m proud of the girls for fighting.”Dundee-Crown d. Woodstock North: Rebekah Hischke, Sam Pagano and Jillian Hostetler each had 3 kills as Dundee-Crown dropped Woodstock North 25-22, 25-20 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Tess Barnes had 12 kills and Cassie Sommers 12 digs for the Chargers (4-7).Prairie Ridge d. CL South: Carly Nolan and Nicole Slimko each had 5 kills and Katie Meyers 8 digs but Crystal Lake South (5-6, 1-3) fell to Prairie Ridge 25-23, 25-16 in the FVC Valley.Cary-Grove d. McHenry: Ashley Rosch had 7 kills as Cary-Grove rolled to a 25-15, 25-12 FVC Valley win over McHenry. Jess Bartczyszyn had 16 assists and 2 aces for the Trojans (15-0, 3-0).Westminster Christian d. Alden-Hebron: Cara Tyrell had 9 kills and 5 aces and Claire Spiewek added 10 kills and 13 digs to lead the Warriors (7-4, 3-1) to a 25-15, 29-27 Northeast Athletic Conference win.Geneva d. South Elgin: Ashley Oandasan had 5 kills and Emily Senne 8 digs but South Elgin (3-5-1, 1-1) fell to Geneva 25-14, 25-20 in the Upstate Eight Valley. Maggie Jakaitis added 14 assists and 5 digs for the Storm.

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    Kansas City’s Billy Butler (16) is followed into the dugout by Alex Gordon (4) and Melky Cabrera (53) after Butler hit a 3-run home run during the sixth inning Thursday night against the White Sox.

    Reed expected to pitch in soon for Sox

    The White Sox lost to the Royals Thursday night and were officially eliminated from the AL Central race. It's time to look toward the future, and 22-year-old relief pitcher Addison Reed has a bright one.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Drew Conner scored two second-half goals Thursday to lead the Cary-Grove boys soccer team to a 3-0 Fox Valley Conference crossover win over Johnsburg.Nolan Walsh also scored for the Trojans (7-1) and Tom Breen had 1 save in goal.“I have to give credit to Johnsburg,” said C-G coach Mark Olson. “We made some adjustments and were able to score in the second half.”Dundee-Crown 3, Grayslake Central 1: Tony Meza, Alejanboye Garcia and Adolfo Sandoval scored for the Chargers (6-2) in this FVC crossover. Christian Martinez had 2 saves for D-C.Lake Zurich 1, Streamwood 0: Jose Resendiz had 9 saves for Streamwood (1-10-1) but the Sabres couldn’t find the back of the net in this Pepsi Showdown loss.Burlington Central 0, Richmond 0: Riley Jensen made 12 saves in goal but after two overtimes the Big Northern East’s Rockets had to settle for a tie. Burlington’s Rockets are now 6-0-4 for the season and 3-0-1 in the league.Larkin 5, Mundelein 0: The Royals (6-3-2) scored another win in the Pepsi Showdown as Santiago Guerrero made 2 saves in goal for the shutout. Erik Rodriguez and Tony Escamilla each had 2 goals for Larkin and Manny Aguilar scored once.Bartlett 2, Oswego 1: Charlie Soridini and Ramiro Arroyo scored for the Hawks (4-3-1) in this Pepsi Showdown win. Salvador Arellano had 5 saves in goal for Bartlett.CL South 3, Grayslake North 2: Charlie Oliver scored twice and Orlando Tapia had a goal as the Gators (6-4) notched a Fox Valley crossover win. Oliver now has 17 goals on the season. Steven Follmer made 3 saves in goal for CL South.Huntley 8, CL South 0: Danny Diaz de Leon and Lucas Baker each had hat tricks as Huntley rolled to an FVC crossover win. Niko Mihilopolous and Aaron Koterbski also scored for the Red Raiders (6-2-2). Austen Emery (3 saves) and Jeffrey Husak (2 saves) split time in goal for Huntley.Bolingbrook 5, Elgin 2: Jonathon Sandoval and Samuel Escobar scored for the Maroons in this nonconference loss. Tony Benitez had 9 saves for Elgin.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    “His play speaks for itself,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Thursday as linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to the team following the unexpected death of his mother Monday night. “He’s been as good as anybody in this league for a lot of years,

    Urlacher returns, intends to play Sunday

    Brian Urlacher returned to practice Thursday after spending two days with his family following his mother's unexpected death.

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    Hoffman Estates kicks off against South Elgin during the first soccer game at South Elgin High School’s new stadium Thursday.

    Big win in new digs for South Elgin

    South Elgin boys soccer coach John Uveges had been hearing the buzz all week. From the band to the cheerleaders to the commemorative tickets handed out to everyone entering the Storm’s soccer match, there was no doubt the inaugural event on the SEHS Booster Stadium was going to be something special. Uveges just hoped it would not be a distraction as well.

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    Volleyball would be stronger with diversification

    Ashley Crawford played several sports growing up, and participated in her first volleyball camp in the sixth grade. She joined her first team the next year. “Volleyball is very competitive and I love team sports,” said Crawford, now a senior on Naperville North’s team. “It just seemed the right fit for me.” Crawford and teammate Sami Scroggins seem to be in the minority there. That is, African-American girls playing volleyball in DuPage County.

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    Atchison, Buffalo Grove thinking big

    A fast start to the cross country season has the Buffalo Grove boys team thinking big. The Bison had no letdown on Thursday, as they cruised to a 19-36 MSL East victory over visiting Wheeling at Willow Stream.

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    St. Charles North’s Meagan Popp, a freshman, emerges from the depths to win the 100 Yard Breaststroke against St. Charles East Thursday.

    St. Charles E. swims past St. Charles N.

    In a 116-70 victory over crosstown rival St. Charles North, St. Charles East's swimmers certainly had a cutting edge, but it didn’t cut quite like it could have.

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    Jacobs races past Hampshire

    Losing 13 seniors from last season’s team, not much was expected from the Jacobs boys soccer team in 2011. The Golden Eagles are proving the skeptics wrong early in the campaign.

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    South Elgin cheerleaders entertain the crowd .

    Images: South Elgin hosts first event at new stadium
    South Elgin High School hosted the first varsity event ever at its new athletic stadium on Thursday night. The Storm won 2-0 in boys soccer over the Hawks of Hoffman Estates.

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    The longer off-season can do nothing but help Blackhawks veteran Marian Hossa.

    Ten key questions for Blackhawks as camp opens

    An off-season that seemed to drag on forever comes to an end Friday when the Blackhawks report to the United Center for physicals and the start of training camp. Their first practices and scrimmages are Saturday, with the preseason opener happening already Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers in Saskatoon.

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    Full roster helps Viator pack up a victory at VH

    Rachel Horvath and Lauren Falotico were taking ACT’s on Saturday, but they returned to St. Viator's lineup Thursday and helped the Lions to a nonconference win at Vernon Hills.

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    Round Lake revels in breakthrough win

    Round Lake defeated Wauconda last week on a last-minute field goal to snap a 26-game losing streak in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division. In the moments that followed, players were hugging players, coaches were hugging players and North Chicago coach Glen Kozlowski, who was there scouting the game, felt compelled to hug someone, too.

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    Hersey, Elk Grove and BG earn MSL East wins

    Host Hersey produced an impressive 133-53 victory over the Knights in girls swimming on Thursday behind 1-2 finishes in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, and two individual wins from Amanda Petro (200, 100 freestyles).

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    Elk Grove waiting for Schaumburg rematch

    Football notes from the Northwest suburbs including Elk Grove's chance to avenge a playoff loss last year to Schaumburg and Barrington continuing to take strides forward.

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    Batavia adjusts, blocks Rosary

    After recording no block kills in either of the first two games, Batavia stuffed Rosary nine times in the final game of its 25-21, 15-25, 25-22 victory on Pack the Place night at Batavia.

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    In response to fellow pros bashing Cog Hill, Mark Wilson says “there’s more to Cog Hill than just a one-week golf tournament.”

    Wilson defends Jemsek family

    Mark Wilson admitted it’s been tough for him to hear his fellow pros criticize his home course this week. “It hurts a little because (Cog Hill owner) Frank Jemsek is such a nice man,” Wilson said.

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    St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, left, is congratulated by Lance Kendricks after running for a 47-yard touchdown during the first quarter Sunday.

    Rams RB Jackson may play vs Giants

    ST. LOUIS — Steven Jackson has not ruled himself out for the St. Louis Rams’ Monday night game against the New York Giants.Jackson strained his right quadriceps on a 47-yard scoring run on the Rams’ first offensive play of the season during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. Jackson said Thursday the injury has improved, but he hasn’t practiced yet this week.Coach Steve Spagnuolo says Jackson will be evaluated closer to game day.Jackson says he wants to play in the Rams’ first Monday night appearance since 2006. But he says being 100 percent for the next game — against Baltimore — must be considered.Backup Cadillac Williams had 91 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving in the 31-13 loss to Philadelphia.

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    Terrelle Pryor has hearing for suspension appeal

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — Suspended Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a hearing Thursday before Commissioner Roger Goodell to overturn his five-game ban.Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it was a productive meeting and that he appreciated Goodell and the union taking time to meet with Pryor. Rosenhaus said he expected to get a ruling shortly.Pryor did not attend the meeting in New York. He practiced on his own at the Raiders facility Thursday and was not available for comment.Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft on Aug. 22. Goodell suspended him, however, for the season’s first five games for manipulating his eligibility for that draft.Pryor originally said he would not contest the ban but changed his mind and filed the appeal through the union. Several members of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee previously have expressed concerns about Goodell suspending a player who was not yet in the league.Under terms of the suspension, Pryor can’t practice or play until the week of Oct. 10. He can attend meetings and has been working out on his own after practices. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into the team’s memorabilia-for-cash scandal. He originally was barred from entering the supplemental draft, then was approved by Goodell, with the proviso he must sit out five games. Pryor was subject to a similar suspension had he returned to Ohio State.He signed a four-year contract with the Raiders a few days after being drafted but did not appear in a preseason game.

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    Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden, right, runs wide of Denver Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter (52) and linebacker Joe Mays (51) in the fourth quarter Monday night. McFadden started this season the way he ended last one, making the big runs that ended talk about whether he would be another Oakland Raiders draft bust and started the conversation about where he ranks among elite NFL backs.

    McFadden picks up where he left off in 2010

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — Darren McFadden started this season the way he ended the last one.Oakland’s big-play running back delivered more of those long runs that ended talk about whether he would be another Raiders draft bust and started the conversation about where he ranks among elite NFL backs. McFadden ran for a league-high 150 yards in the season-opening 23-20 victory at Denver on Monday, building on the stellar performance last year when he rushed for 1,157 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.Coach Hue Jackson calls his star one of the most complete backs in the league and McFadden is starting to prove that on a weekly basis.

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    Browns’ Cribbs willing to be risky on returns

    BEREA, Ohio — Josh Cribbs gambled and it paid off. Next time, he might not be so daring.Catching the ball nine yards deep in the end zone, Cribbs returned a kickoff 52 yards last week in the first half against Cincinnati, a gutsy return that sparked the Browns, who overcame a 13-point deficit before losing their home opener 27-17 to the Bengals.The NFL’s new kickoff rules have forced returners like Cribbs, the career leader with eight kickoff return touchdowns, to risk being tackled deep in their own territory if they dare bring the ball out.Cribbs has been critical of the league’s decision to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line for safety concerns. He said returners have weigh risk with reward every time they field a kick. Cribbs won’t shy away from taking the ball, and taking a chance.

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    NFL maintains diversity hiring practice standards

    ORLANDO — The NFL is getting high marks for its diverse hiring practices.Despite labor unrest this year, the NFL showed an increase of 30 percent in the number of diverse employees in executive-level jobs, according to a study by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.Richard Lapchick, primary author of the annual report, lauded unprecedented gains at the top executive level within the league office. The report gave the league its second consecutive `A’ grade for racial hiring and its second consecutive `C’ on gender hiring. That gave the NFL a combined grade of `B’. Despite the lockout, the study showed the NFL continued to institute several programs aimed at attracting both women and ethnic minorities to leadership positions in its main office and on the team level.Diverse employees at or above the vice president level increased by 30 percent (from 20 in 2010 to 26 in 2011). The number of female employees increased by 36 percent (11 in 2010 to 15 in 2011). “I’ve never seen that much change at the top of an organization, especially in pro sports,” Lapchick said. “You usually see it at the entry level and at midlevel positions. It’s a really positive sign that changes should come even faster at the league level.”Lapchick also said the addition of Robert Gulliver to the NFL office as the league’s first executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer was a big step. Gulliver was previously head of human resources for a Wells Fargo division.“With the labor conflict this summer and questions of economy in general, leagues usually lose focus on diversity, and the NFL didn’t do that,” Lapchick said.At the league level, the biggest highlight was having eight head coaches of color at the start of the 2011 season, a record for the NFL. Only one of the six African-American head coaches in 2010 (San Francisco’s Mike Singletary) did not return this season. Two African-American coaches were hired in the offseason (Oakland’s Hue Jackson and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier), and the Carolina Panthers hired the league’s lone Latino head coach (Ron Rivera). There is still room for growth, though.Oakland’s Amy Trask is the only female president/CEO of an NFL franchise and there has never been an ethnic minority to serve in that role for any team. There is also yet to be a person of color to hold a majority ownership of a team.But Lapchick said he thinks the atmosphere does exist for it happen.“I think what we’ve seen historically in pro sports is a gradual acceptance with coaches and then general managers,” he said. “Ownership is the next tier. Because of the success lately for head coaches and GMs, it’s been a breakthrough area. That and the tone set by (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell make it possible that the next ownership group could be made of people of color and women.”

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    Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, here scoring a touchdown after a fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons, returned to Halas Hall in Lake Forest on Thursday, according to team sources. He is expected to play on Sunday at New Orleans

    Sources: Urlacher back at Halas Hall with Bears

    Team sources have confirmed that Brian Urlacher is back at Halas Hall today after leaving the team to be with his family in Texas following the death of his 51-year old mother earlier this week. Urlacher is expected to play Sunday at New Orleans against the Saints.

Business

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    Six suburban hospitals, including Delnor in Geneva, were named Wednesday as top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, an Oakbrook Terrace-based group.

    Suburban hospitals named as “top performers”

    Six suburban hospitals were named Wednesday as top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, an Oakbrook Terrace-based group. The hospitals are Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington; Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge; Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva; Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove; and the North Chicago VA Medical Center.

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    Visitors look at a Ferrari SpA California automobile during the Frankfurt Motor Show, in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Ferrari proves recession proof as ultra-luxury sells out

    Maserati SpA’s new sport-utility vehicle was one of the most sought-after models at the Frankfurt car show this week and Ferrari SpA predicted record sales as executives said ultra-luxury remains recession-proof.

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    Toys R Us won’t open as many holiday pop-up stores this year as last, betting that offering more exclusive toys — like Air Swimmers Extreme, a helium-filled, radio-controlled shark that floats through the air — will do more to attract shoppers to its stores during the all-important holiday season.

    Toys R Us expands exclusive toy offerings

    Toys R Us won’t open as many holiday pop-up stores this year as last, betting that offering more exclusive toys — like Air Swimmers Extreme, a helium-filled, radio-controlled shark that floats through the air will do more to attract shoppers.

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    1st NASCAR car wash opens

    NASCAR Car Wash CEO Dan Dyer secured exclusive rights last year to open NASCAR-branded car washes. The inaugural Romeoville location is just north of the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

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    Stocks rally on support plan for European banks

    A joint effort by five major central banks to support Europe's financial system set off a rally in U.S. stocks Thursday. Gold plunged and Treasury yields rose as traders sold the safest investments. Markets in Europe soared.

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    Netflix Inc., the mail-order and online film-rental service, fell the most in almost three years after cutting its forecast for U.S. subscribers in the third quarter.

    Netflix fallout: 600,000 fewer customers

    The customer backlash against higher rates, kicking in this month, has been much harsher than Netflix Inc. anticipated. That prompted management to predict Thursday that the company will end September with 600,000 fewer U.S. customers than it had in June.

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    Rogue trader causes $2 billion loss at UBS

    LONDON — Swiss banking giant UBS said Thursday that a rogue trader has caused it an estimated loss of $2 billion, stunning a beleaguered banking industry that has proven vulnerable to unauthorized trades.Police in London said they arrested a 31-year-old UBS trader, Kweku Adoboli, in the alleged fraud. UBS declined to confirm his name.Switzerland's largest bank warned that it could report a loss for the entire third quarter as a result of the rogue trade, while shares in UBS AG plummeted 8.7 percent to 9.98 francs ($11.41) on the Zurich exchange by mid afternoon.The case immediately evoked memories of Jerome Kerviel, the trader at French bank Societe Generale who secretly gambled away (euro) 4.9 billion ($6.7 billion). The scale of that fraud rocked the global financial industry and prompted banks to tighten oversight rules to ensure such large sums couldn't be traded unnoticed.The Swiss banking regulator Finma said it was in contact with UBS about the incident, which was discovered late Wednesday."From the scale of this case you can be sure that it's the biggest we've ever seen for a Swiss bank," Finma spokesman Tobias Lux told The Associated Press.UBS provided little specific information, saying the incident was still under investigation and no client money was involved. The unauthorized transactions could cost UBS almost as much as the 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.28 billion) the bank hopes to save by cutting 3,500 jobs over the next two years.It comes as UBS is struggling to restore its reputation after heavy subprime losses during the financial crisis that resulted in a government bailout, and an embarrassing U.S. tax evasion case that blew a hole in Switzerland's storied tradition of banking secrecy.Peter Thorne, a London-based equities analyst at Helvea, said the loss was financially manageable for UBS. But he said it was a blow to the reputation of UBS and its management, and will likely add to calls for the bank to slim down its investment banking unit.According to his profile on professional networking site LinkedIn, Adoboli worked on an equities desk at UBS called Delta One the same supposedly low risk operation that Kerviel was involved in when he lost $6.7 billion.In his Delta One role, Adoboli traded in Exchange Traded Funds, which track an underlying asset such as a stock exchange, a sector, or a commodity like gold. They are cheaper than traditional mutual funds, and have given retail investors the chance to get involved in products to which they might not have previously had easy access.ETFs have grown massively over the past few years and are thought to be worth over a trillion dollars. Some critics argue that many of the markets that the ETFs are indexed to are too small to absorb this amount of money and that's pushed up bad, as well as, good assets, as well as exacerbated boom-bust cycles.The LinkedIn page showed that Adoboli spent the past five years working at UBS's European Equity Trading division after three years as a trade support analyst for the bank.He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2003 with a degree in E-commerce and digital business, the university said.According to Philip Octave, Adoboli's former landlord, he lived in an expensive loft on Brune Street for several years before moving out about 4 1/2 months ago. The area is near London's Brick Lane, a busy street of curry houses, bars and vintage fashion shops only a few blocks from UBS's U.K. headquarters.Octave described Adoboli as a well-dressed quiet man who "was not the tidiest" of people but very well spoken.He fell behind in the rent twice but always paid up in the end, Octave said, adding that his rent was a hefty 4,000 pounds per month (US$6,320). He said he asked him to move out so he could refurbish the apartment."He was not a party chap," Octave said. "I found no problems."

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    Illinois' Aug. home foreclosures rose 17.6 percent.

    Illinois' Aug. home foreclosures rise 17.6 percent

    ]A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 12,493 foreclosure filings last month. Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions.

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    Strong autos lift factory output in August

    Strong auto production drove factory output higher for a second straight month in August. But manufacturing was otherwise weak last month, a troubling sign for the economy.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that factory output rose 0.5 percent in August, after increasing 0.6 percent in July. Autos and related products increased 2.6 percent, evidence that supply chain disruptions stemming from the Japan earthquake continued to ease. Overall industrial production ticked up 0.2 percent. That was weaker than July’s 0.9 percent increase.Separately, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said manufacturing weakened in that region for a fourth straight month, partly because businesses received fewer new orders and paid higher prices.U.S. manufacturing has been one of the strongest sectors of the economy since the recession ended. But it slowed this year, in part because of the supply chain disruptions but also because consumers have grown more cautious.Retail sales were unchanged in August from July, the government said Wednesday. Consumers spent less on autos, clothing and furniture.Analysts said Hurricane Irene likely disrupted sales along much of the East Coast. But many consumers pulled back after a series of events that suggested the economy was at risk of another downturn.The government reported that the economy barely grew in the first half of the year. Lawmakers fought over raising the debt ceiling. Standard & Poor’s downgraded long-term U.S. debt for the first time. Stocks tumbled — the Dow lost nearly 16 percent of its value from July 21 through Aug. 10.As a result, consumer confidence fell in August to its lowest level since April 2009, when the economy was still in recession. And employers added no net jobs during the month.Consumer spending is important because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. When consumers pull back, manufacturers respond by slowing their production lines.Europe’s financial problems also threaten U.S. manufacturers. Sales to Europe account for about a quarter of U.S. companies’ revenue, analysts say. If Europe tips back into recession, demand for their products would decline.

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    Savers, a retail thrift store, is set to open in April on the north end of the former Value City building at 1175 N. Gary Avenue in Carol Stream.

    Savers thrift store to move to Carol Stream

    A higher end retail thrift store is coming to Carol Stream next year to occupy part of a multi-tenant shopping center that has sat vacant for two years.

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    Abbott named to Working Mother Magazine's ‘best '

    Abbott announced today that it has been named one of the 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine. It marks the 11th consecutive year Abbott has been included on the list.

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    Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to record 4.09 pct.

    :Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.09 percent this week. That's the lowest rate seen since 1951.

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    ADSI named a UPS Readyprovider

    ADSI announced it has been approved as an UPS Readyprovider in conjunction with the release of Ship-IT Online.

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    Virgin America first airline to use new Gogo technology
    Virgin America announced it will be the first airline to offer Itasca-based Gogo’s next generation ATG-4 service.

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    Northbrook-based Allstate says catastrophes cost insurer $735 million in August

    Allstate says catastrophes cost insurer $735 million

    Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, had pretax losses of $735 million last month from natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene.

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    Job-seeker Michael Kautzman, left, talks to Tara Tran, right, a district manager for American Family Insurance, about employment possibilities as Linh Phung, center, puts a completed form in a collection box, during a National Career Fairs job fair, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. Associated Press

    Unemployment benefit requests jumped to 428K

    The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months. It’s a sign that the job market remains depressed. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000. The week included the Labor Day holiday.Applications typically drop during short work weeks. In this case, applications didn’t drop as much as the department expected, so the seasonally adjusted value rose. A Labor spokesman said the total wasn’t affected by Hurricane Irene. Still, applications appear to be trending up. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fourth straight week to 419,500. Applications need to fall below 375,000 to indicate that hiring is increasing enough to lower the unemployment rate. They haven’t been below that level since February. The economy added zero net jobs in August, the worst showing since September 2010. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent for the second straight month. The job figures were weak because companies hired fewer workers and not because they stepped up layoffs, economists said. Business and consumer confidence fell last month after a series of events renewed recession fears.The government reported that the economy barely grew in the first half of the year. Lawmakers fought over raising the debt ceiling. Standard & Poor’s downgraded long-term U.S. debt for the first time in history. Stocks tumbled — the Dow lost nearly 16 percent of its value from July 21 through Aug. 10.Businesses added only 17,000 jobs in August, which was a sharp drop from 156,000 in July. Government cut 17,000 jobs. Combined, total net payrolls did not change. Unemployment benefit applications are considered a measure of the pace of layoffs. The total number of people receiving benefits dipped 12,000 to 3.73 million, the third straight decline. But that doesn’t include about 3.4 million additional people receiving extended benefits under emergency programs put in place during the recession. All told, about 7.14 million people received benefits for the week ending Aug. 27, the latest data available.More jobs are desperately needed to fuel faster economic growth. Higher employment leads to more income. That boosts consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of economic growth. Higher gas and food prices have cut into their buying power this year. The economy expanded at an annual rate of just 0.7 percent, the slowest growth since the recession officially ended two years ago. The weakness has raised pressure on the Federal Reserve and the White House to take steps to boost economic growth.Many economists expect they will decide at its meeting next week to shift money out of short-term mortgage-backed securities and into longer-term Treasury bonds. The move could push down longer-term interest rates, including rates on mortgages, auto loans and other consumer and business borrowing.President Barack Obama has proposed a $447 billion job-creation package. He wants to cut Social Security taxes for workers, extend unemployment benefits, cut taxes for small businesses and spend more federal money to build roads, bridges and other public works projects.Republicans oppose the president’s plan, particularly after he said he wants to pay for it with higher taxes on wealthier households, hedge fund managers and oil companies.

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    Avis Budget drops bid for Dollar Thrifty

    Avis Budget Group Inc. said Wednesday that it's dropping its bid to buy rival rental car company Dollar Thrifty, citing current market conditions.

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    Turkey may sign deal to counter Cyprus drilling in Mediterranean

    Northern Cyprus and Turkey, the only country to recognize it as an independent state, may sign a continental-shelf agreement that would enable Turkish Cypriots to define and drill for oil and gas in waters they claim off the Mediterranean island.The agreement will be signed if the republic of Cyprus, a member of the United Nations and the European Union, starts drilling in waters to the south of the island, according to an e-mailed statement today from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry. The island has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded it after a coup by Greeks to unite Cyprus with Greece.Cyprus will drill for oil and gas in its offshore territory, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said Sept. 13, defying Turkish objections and threats to send warships to the area. Exploiting natural resources remains a “self-evident sovereign right” of a country, he said.Representatives of the Turkish Foreign and Energy ministries, as well as the state-run oil company, Turkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi, will go to northern Cyprus tomorrow for a round of meetings with officials, according to the statement.

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    Discovery communications ceo looks for acquisitions in Europe

    Discovery Communications Inc., the owner of cable television’s Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, is looking for acquisitions in Europe, Chief Executive Officer and President David Zaslav said in an interview in Cambridge, England today. Few properties are for sale, he said.

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    Toyota gave old robots new tools to trim U.S. Camry price 2%

    Toyota Motor Corp. was able to cut the U.S. price of its new Camry sedan about 2 percent from the previous version in part by re-using old assembly robots from its former joint-venture plant in California.“A lot of the tooling is new, however the equipment isn’t,” Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president for North American manufacturing and engineering, said in an interview. “We used a lot of used equipment” from the now-closed New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant, or Nummi, he said.The eight versions of the 2012 Camry that go on sale this month cost an average of $25,245.63, down $550.63 from the models they replace, based on prices released by Toyota in a statement on Aug. 23. The high-volume Camry LE’s price fell $200 and the XLE grade dropped $2,000.Toyota, Asia’s largest carmaker, is under pressure to trim costs and boost the appeal of models such as the top-selling Camry as Hyundai Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. expand sales of competing midsize and compact cars. While the Camry remains the best-selling car in the U.S. this year, sales are down 7 percent through August. Deliveries of Ford’s midsize Fusion sedan are up 16 percent and Hyundai’s Sonata is up 22 percent.Toyota’s U.S. sales unit is based in Torrance, California. The company’s shares rose 2.1 percent to 2,690 yen at the 3 p.m. close of trading in Tokyo.Toyota’s North American plants are finding more savings by salvaging equipment no longer needed at some factories, St. Angelo said at the company’s automotive museum this week.In case of the redesigned Camry, “we bought equipment from Nummi,” he said. “We used robots from Nummi.”Nummi was the Fremont, California, plant Toyota shared with the former General Motors Corp., which abandoned the factory when it entered a U.S.-backed bankruptcy in 2009. That company emerged as General Motors Co. Toyota opted not to operate the factory alone and closed it last year.Along with the production robots transferred to Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, plant that makes most of the Camrys sold in North America, Nummi equipment was also acquired by Toyota’s San Antonio plant and electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc.Tesla, which bought most of the former Nummi site, will begin building its battery-powered Model S sedan there next year. Toyota is also a shareholder of Tesla.--Editors: Bill Koenig, Terje Langelandrbattin@dailyherald.com

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    Kenya market regulator begins probe into cmc directors’ dispute

    Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority began a probe into a dispute between directors of CMC Holdings Ltd., the country’s biggest publicly traded auto dealership, said Kungu Gatabaki, chairman of the regulator.The authority also urged the company to appoint independent directors to avoid similar disputes in future, Gatabaki told reporters today in Nairobi.

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    Libya to pump 700,000 barrels oil a day by Dec., official says

    Libya’s oil output will reach about 700,000 barrels a day by the end of this year, said Abdulla Saudi, the nation’s representative to a meeting of Arab central bank governors in Doha.The North African country said crude production would be 1.6 million barrels a day by the end of next year.

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    Beijing auto, Hyundai in talks on China-only electric brand

    Beijing Automobile Industry Holding Co. and partner Hyundai Motor Co. are in talks to create a China-only brand that will focus on electric cars, Xu Heyi, chairman of the Chinese carmaker, said today.The first electric vehicle under the brand may be introduced by year’s end, Xu said in an interview in the Chinese port city of Dalian, where he’s attending the World Economic Forum meetings.Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Co. have already announced plans to add alternative-energy vehicles in China as the world’s largest polluter seeks to reduce emissions. The government aims to have 1 million electric-powered vehicles on the road by 2015, according to the Ministry of Science.Nissan will work with Wuhan-based Dongfeng Motor Group Co. to roll out an EV under the new Venucia marque, the company said July 26. Daimler and Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. aim to introduce an electric car in China in 2013, Ulrich Walker, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company’s chairman and chief executive officer for Northeast Asia, said in April.Separately, Xu said that Beijing Auto’s passenger-car venture with Daimler is seeking 12.8 billion yuan ($2 billion) in loans from a group of banks for new production lines and an engine factory.The Chinese automaker also plans to list unit BAIC Motor Co. next year, he said.--Liza Lin, Zheng Lifei. Editors: Michael Tighe, Neil DenslowTo contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Liza Lin in Shanghai at llin15bloomberg.net; Zheng Lifei in Beijing at lzheng32bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Kae Inoue at kinouebloomberg.net

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    Watson, Sandoz pay $145 million to settle drug-price case

    Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., the generic-drug maker, will pay $79 million and Novartis AG’s Sandoz unit will pay $66 million to resolve claims they defrauded U.S. and state governments by causing Medicaid to overpay for drugs.Both lawsuits were filed under the U.S. False Claims Act by Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys Inc., a specialty pharmacy. The settlements resolved portions of the U.S. false claims cases and similar claims by various states. The law allows whistle-blowers to file on behalf of the government and share in any recovery.Ven-A-Care has settled at least 18 lawsuits since 2000 that have allowed state and federal governments to collect at least $2.2 billion. Ven-A-Care has reaped more than $380 million in whistle-blower fees during that period. James Breen, an attorney for Ven-A-Care, declined to comment.The settlements by Watson and Sandoz were filed yesterday in federal court in Boston, where U.S. District Judge Patti Saris is overseeing the so-called Average Wholesale Price litigation against drugmakers.Charlie Mayr, a spokesman for Parsippany, New Jersey-based Watson, declined to comment. He referred to the company’s last annual report, filed in February, that said the company had reached a settlement with Ven-A-Care for $79 million in December.The claims were “unfounded,” and Sandoz settled “to end the uncertainty of protracted litigation,” Eric Althoff, a spokesman for Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis, said in an e- mail. “Sandoz is committed to conducting business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as our own high ethical standards,” he said.The case is In Re Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation, MDL No. 1456, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

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    Portugal to give central bank more means for intervention

    The Portuguese government approved a proposal to give the country’s central bank more means for intervention in the financial system.“The aim of the proposal is to promote stability in the financial sector and a greater protection of client deposits,” the government said in a statement handed to reporters in Lisbon today following the weekly cabinet meeting.

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    Report: BP ultimately responsible in Gulf spill

    BP bears ultimate responsibility for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a key government panel said Wednesday in a report that assigns more blame to the company than other investigations and could hurt its effort to fend off criminal charges and billions of dollars in penalties.The report concluded that BP violated federal regulations, ignored crucial warnings, was inattentive to safety and made bad decisions during the cementing of the well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven rig workers were killed in the April 2010 explosion, and some 200 million gallons of crude spewed from the bottom of the sea.The investigation was conducted by a team from the two main agencies responsible for drilling and safety in federal waters: the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement. In the report, other companies shared some of the blame. Rig owner Transocean was accused of being deficient in preventing or limiting the disaster, in part by bypassing alarms and automatic shutdown systems. Halliburton, the contractor responsible for mixing and testing the cement, was faulted as well.But BP, as the designated operator of the Macondo well, “was ultimately responsible for conducting operations at Macondo in a way that ensured the safety and protection of personnel, equipment, natural resources and the environment,” the panel concluded.The report identifies many of the same causes and faulty decisions found by previous investigations, including those conducted by a presidential commission, congressional committees and the companies themselves. But some of those earlier investigations spread the blame more evenly.The new report also marks the first time an investigative body looking into the spill has identified specific violations of federal regulations by BP and its contractors.The findings will be used to shape reforms in offshore drilling safety and regulation. They will also be used by lawyers for victims involved in court battles over the oil spill, and by government agencies considering charges and penalties.“It is only a question of time before BP — along with Transocean and Halliburton — will face criminal charges for their roles in the Gulf oil spill,” said David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan law professor who formerly led the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section.The Justice Department hasn’t commented on where its probe stands.Congressional leaders immediately scheduled hearings to discuss the findings,BP responded to the report by saying it is time for “other parties to acknowledge their roles in the accident and make changes to help prevent similar accidents in the future.” Transocean said it takes exception to any criticism of its drill crew. Halliburton did not comment.In the report, the primary cause of the disaster was identified — again — as the failure of the cement seal in the well. While it was Halliburton’s job to mix and test the cement, BP had the final word and made a series of decisions that saved money but increased risk and may have contributed to the cement’s failure, the panel said.The report said BP, and in some cases its contractors, violated seven federal regulations at the time of the disaster. The violations include failure to take necessary precautions to keep the well under control at all times, and failure to securely cement the well and maintain the blowout preventer. Cement is used as a barrier in wells to keep the highly pressurized oil and gas bottled up.This report is likely to carry more weight in Congress than the other investigations. Republican lawmakers had said they were unwilling to adopt reforms until the federal investigation was complete.

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    Merkel: must preserve unity in debt crisis

    FRANKFURT, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s “worth every effort” to preserve European unity in the debt crisis, but insists troubled countries are still responsible for tackling their own problems.Merkel said Thursday it is “completely clear” that Germany, the continent’s biggest economy, has a “duty and responsibility to make its contribution to securing the euro’s future.”But in a speech opening the Frankfurt Auto Show, she renewed her insistence that stabilizing the currency union will be a step-by-step process and “won’t happen overnight or with any one-time thunderbolt” — once again firmly rejecting the idea of so-called eurobonds, debt backed jointly by all 17 eurozone nations.Merkel insists “everyone must do their homework” to improve their own competitiveness.

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    Oil drops on decline in retail spending

    NEW YORK — Oil prices slipped below $90 per barrel Wednesday as the latest government data showed Americans keeping a tighter grip on their wallets.The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that consumers spent less on autos, clothing and furniture last month. Consumer spending drives the U.S. economy, and a decline in retail spending suggests Americans will continue to consume less fuel. Overall, retail sales were flat in August. That was a surprise, given a slew of private market reports from auto dealers and retailers that sales were up last month.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gave up $1.42 to $88.79 per barrel in New York while Brent crude lost 75 cents to $109.02 in London.Also on Wednesday, the government reported that oil supplies fell more than twice as much as expected last week while gasoline supplies rose. U.S. supplies were impacted earlier this month as Tropical Storm Lee temporarily shut down oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.The Energy Information Administration reported that wholesale gasoline demand dropped 2.7 percent as gasoline prices rose. Pump prices hit $3.634 per gallon overnight. A gallon of regular unleaded is 91.7 cents higher than it was the same time last year.In other commodities trading, heating oil fell 1.01 cents to $2.926 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 3.6 cents to $2.7064 per gallon. Natural gas added 6 cents to $4.04 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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    Police in London arrest suspect in UBS losses

    LONDON — Police in London’s financial district have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with a massive loss reported by Swiss bank UBS.City of London police said the man was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of fraud by abuse of position. His name was not released.UBS said earlier Thursday that a rogue trader caused it an estimated loss of $2 billion, and warned that it could report a loss for the entire third quarter as a result.

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    United Auto Workers President Bob King addresses the auto worker’s convention in Detroit.

    UAW extends Chrysler, GM contracts after deadline

    DETROIT-- The United Auto Workers union extended its contracts with General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC early Thursday after failing to meet a deadline to reach a new agreement.GM broke off talks after midnight and said they would resume at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday. Chrysler didn’t say when its talks would resume.The decision has little impact on the 71,000 U.S. factory workers covered by the GM and Chrysler contracts. In the past, workers might have gone on strike if the UAW hadn’t extended their contracts. But as part of their 2009 government bailouts, GM and Chrysler workers had to agree not to strike over wages.“We should continue to do the things we do until we receive official notification otherwise,” a UAW local official at a GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio, wrote Wednesday in a message posted on the local’s website.The UAW extended its contract with Ford Motor Co. last week, as talks have progressed more slowly with that automaker. The Ford contract covers around 40,000 workers.Up until the deadline, the negotiations that began over the summer appeared to be proceeding without the acrimony that plagued them in the past. But just before the 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday deadline, the CEO of Chrysler fired off a letter to UAW President Bob King saying an agreement likely wouldn’t be reached because King didn’t come to the table Wednesday night to finish the deal.“I know we are the smallest of the three automakers here in Detroit, but that does not make us less relevant,” Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.Marchionne said he planned to travel out of the country for business and will return next week. He said he would agree to a weeklong extension of Chrysler workers’ current contract. The UAW didn’t set a new deadline to reach agreements.UAW President Bob King wouldn’t comment on Marchionne’s letter when he was reached by phone early Thursday. The UAW extended its contract with Ford Motor Co. last week, as talks have progressed more slowly with that automaker. Marchionne said he and King met a week ago and agreed to finish work on the new contract before the deadline. He said not meeting the deadline hurts Chrysler’s workers.“You and I failed them today,” he wrote. “We did not accomplish what leaders who have been tasked with the turning of a new page for this industry should have done.”Things appeared to be progressing more smoothly at GM. Joe Ashton, the UAW’s vice president in charge of the GM negotiations, told local union officials Tuesday night in a note that bargainers have made “much progress” in talks with the company. GM has taken the lead on the negotiations and its agreement may be used to set the pattern for the other two companies.The contract talks will determine wages and benefits for 111,000 union workers at the auto makers, and they also set the bar for wages at auto parts companies, U.S. factories run by foreign automakers and other manufacturers, which employ hundreds of thousands more. The contract talks are the first since GM and Chrysler needed government aid to make it through bankruptcy protection in 2009. GM nearly ran out of cash and needed $49.5 billion from the government to survive, but it’s been making billions in the last two years because its debt and costs were lowered in bankruptcy and its new products have been selling well.Ashton wrote that “difficult restrictions” have been placed on the union and company as a result of the bailout. To get the government funding, the union had to agree not to strike over wages at GM and Chrysler. Also, unresolved issues can be taken to binding arbitration, and the union’s new contracts must keep the companies’ labor costs competitive with Asian automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.

Life & Entertainment

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    Easy Chicken Paprikash
    lean and lovin it: Chicken Paprikash

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    Learn what’s what in added sugar

    Want to avoid foods with a lot of added sugar? Finding added sugar isn't always as easy as looking for "sugar" on the product's food label.

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    Follow Luke, Yoda and the rest of the beloved characters of the “Star Wars” saga in a new Blu-ray DVD collection.

    Watch ‘Star Wars' in high-def, you will

    The most anticipated release in the history of Blu-ray — the complete “Star Wars” saga — is now available in a nine-disc collection, which includes more than 40 hours of special features with never-before-seen content from the archives. And the six movies have never looked or sounded better.

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    The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing claims by Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health risk.

    FDA disputes Dr. Oz's apple juice warning

    The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing suggestions by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health concern. Oz said on his show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab has found what he implied are troubling levels of arsenic in many juices.

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    Naperville Central High School grad Jim Hemphill, left, talks with stars John Shea and Lea Thompson on his movie

    Naperville, Elgin fight over film fans with competing festivals

    Elgin's Short Film Festival takes on Naperville's Independent Film Festival Saturday as the two fledgling fests compete for the attention of Northwest suburban movie lovers. Elgin's fest lasts one day, but Naperville's goes through Sept. 24. “This year, we even got an entry from Russia. So I guess you could say we're now an international film festival," said Elgin's co-chair Joe Vassallo.

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    Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker), left, and her pal Allison (Christina Hendricks) prepare for a school function in “I Don't Know How She Does It.”

    Working-mom comedy compromised by lame dialogue

    "I Don't Know How She Does It" casts Sarah Jessica Parker in a domestic comedy so lame and lazy that you can practically close your eyes, listen to the overwritten dialogue and know exactly what's going on without ever watching the screen, Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire says.

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    Alicia Ross/Desperation Dinners It doesn’t matter which comes first, the chicken or the egg, when gobbling up this lean protein salad.

    Creamy Dijon Dressing
    Creamy Dijon Dressing: Desperation Dinners

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    The mysterious Driver (Ryan Gosling) gets involved with his neighbor (Carey Mulligan) in “Drive.”

    Gosling steers violent, stylish ‘Drive'

    Ryan Gosling is simply known as the Driver in “Drive.” He's a stoic loner who does exactly what the title suggests. By day, he's a stunt driver, flipping cop cars for Hollywood productions. By night, he evades the police as a getaway driver for armed robberies. That he is such a cipher might seem frustrating, but Gosling's masculine, minimalist approach makes him mysteriously compelling.

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    Amy Steele and Greg Zawada play the naive and fanciful couple whose love is tested in Steel Beam Theatre's production of “The Fantasticks.”

    Steel Beam's ‘Fantasticks' hits the right notes

    Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy wins girl. While musicals have long embraced that formula, few do so with as much candor as “The Fantasticks.” The latest revival comes courtesy of St. Charles' Steel Beam Theatre whose intimate setting perfectly suits this sweet, little show, which always plays better in a small space. But the strength of Steel Beam's production rests with its young leads and its comic sidekicks.

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    Wickson apples hang from a tree at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, N.H.

    Old-style apples back in fashion

    What are Sheepnose, American Mother, Lady Sweet and Nickajack? They're antique or heirloom apple varieties growing at an orchard near you. After nearly disappearing from the marketplace, apple varieties that were popular decades or even centuries ago are making a resurgence. The varieties, known as antique or heirloom apples, number in the thousands. And thanks to growing interest in all foods local and heirloom, they increasingly are showing up at farm stands and markets, at pick-your-own orchards and in ciders and baked goods. The apples provide a fresh source of income for apple growers, allowing them to distinguish themselves from the average orchard. For consumers, the apples are a chance to buy and taste a uniquely local product, something unlikely to be grown anywhere else in the country.

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    Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home after a prison stint to find his family's dynamics have changed radically in “Gun Hill Road.”

    Family has to come first in 'Gun Hill Road'

    Esai Morales stars in a cautionary tale about the dangers of being closeminded when it comes to family in "Gun Hill Road," while "Bellflower" presents an unhinged, scary and unpredictable coming-of-age story. Film critic Dann Gire also finishes up his talk with Patty Duke about faith and death.

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    The Chicken and The Egg Chopped Salad
    Chicken and Chopped Egg Salad: Desperation Dinners

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    It doesn't matter which comes first, the chicken or the egg, when gobbling up this lean protein salad.

    Chopped salad for all

    Do you like chopped salads? I do! I love that with a chopped salad, you get a little bit of everything in every bite. When my kids were younger, a chopped salad was a sure way to get a variety of things in their dinner without turned-up noses and scowls.

Discuss

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    Cook County contracts need board vote

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's push to raise the dollar limit at which contracts require board approval is a bad idea, given the county's recent history, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Friendship takes step toward an awesome future

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Through the iPad and other technical advances, the Daily Herald can build on our neighborly approach to journalism, applying professional resources and community interest to produce a depth of coverage and a breadth of affection for each of our suburban towns available nowhere else.

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    Disapproval, of course, is a relative thing

    Columnist Froma Harrop: If the 2012 election were held today, Republicans could very well have their heads handed to them.

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    Waste that’s all in the (federal) family

    Columnist George Will: It is a wonder, this faith-based (and often campus-based) conviction that the government that brought us the ethanol program can be trusted to precisely execute wise policies that will render the world predictable and progressive.

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    Sept. 11 cartoon hit the nail on the head
    The Sept. 11 Daily Herald cartoon about either saying “always remember” versus “never forget” between the Democrats and Republicans hits the nail right on the head. One is a double positive, and one is a double negative. both trying to say the same thing,

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    Spend, borrow, tax. Been there, done that
    In the coming election shouldn’t we be thinking of backing people who have the discipline and financial experience to build a structure that will lead us out of this very serious financial morass, no matter their party?

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    Look at parties of high-paid officials
    Not a single mention of the township supervisors' parties seemed strange, so I checked online and was amazed to find out that all five were members of the Republican Party. One leader was a Democrat but switched parties, I guess to get elected.

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    Cable costs sending her back to basics
    Why do large companies have such control? It’s like Russia. They can have their fun, but I’ll stick to what I have.

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    Suit seeks proper use of Zion funds
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: A class-action lawsuit filed on July 14 in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, of which I am one of four plaintiffs, challenges ZionSolution LLC and the Bank of New York Mellon over the handling of the decommissioning trust fund.

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    Where are all the flags now?
    Letter to the Editor: I was very disappointed riding around my neighborhood on Sept. 11. There were very few flags out. On my whole block there were only two flags — mine and a family who flies their flag every day.

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    Eliminate government worker pensions
    Letter to the Editor: Little has been done to reduce spending where it would have the most dramatic impact and that would be the Illinois pension programs. These plans for teachers, policemen, firemen and municipal and state workers are luxurious plans that benefit a select few at a high cost to the majority of Illinois taxpayers.

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    Leave cursive instruction alone
    Letter to the Editor: The thought of the state board of education cutting back for the funding for cursive writing for our youth is certainly not a good idea or perhaps just poor judgment.

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