Daily Archive : Friday September 16, 2011


    A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show Sept. 16 in Reno Nevada. The World War II-era fighter plane flown by a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward plunged Friday into the edge of the grandstands during the popular air race creating a horrific scene strewn with smoking debris.

    Reno WWII plane crash's death toll at 9

    The death toll in the terrifying crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race has risen to at least nine people, including the pilot and eight spectators, authorities said Saturday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves smashed a window on one vehicle in Buffalo Grove, stole the wheels and interior components out of another, and stole a 1996 Honda Civic at EPIX Inc.

    Better Government Association

    Stormwater director backed contracts for firm employing his wife

    DuPage County government has awarded engineering contracts totaling more than a half-million dollars to a firm that employs the wife of a top county official, who formally recommended the company for some of the work. County officials maintain the St. Charles-based firm, Wills Burke Kelsey Associates Ltd., is well qualified, and its contracts went through several layers of review before final...

    Illinois, which crushed South Dakota State 56-3 last week, will have a tougher test Saturday against No. 22 Arizona State.

    On the bus, Illini fans hear a Devil of a message

    Illini fans who climb aboard a bus near Memorial Stadium around game time Saturday are likely to hear a surprising message. “Go Devils!” WDWS radio in Champaign reports that some fans of No. 22 Arizona State have paid to place the audio ads on some buses in the area before Saturday’s game at Illinois.


    West Nile detected at Naperville park

    A Naperville city mosquito trap at Iroquois Avenue and Columbia Street in Arrowhead Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials announced this week. Park district officials said programs and activities scheduled at Arrowhead Park will go on as planned.

    Gregory D. Flesher

    Ex-Waukegan mayoral candidate charged with 2 arsons, one fatal

    Former Waukegan mayoral candidate Gregory D. Flesher has been charged with arson in Waukegan and Ontario, Canada, in connection with two building fires one of which left a woman dead. He is accused of burning down a former Salvation Army building and another building blocks away. Flesher ran as a Republican candidate for mayor in 2009, finishing a distant third.


    Conant students receive grant to build electric vehicle

    The Conant High School Engineering and Electronics Club has been awarded a $5,000 grant to design and build a one-of-a-kind electric vehicle, which they will present and have judged against 10 other Midwest high schools' creations at the Michigan International Speedway in May.


    Police briefs
    • Deavonte J. Cain, 17, of the 200 block of Wilcox Avenue, Elgin, faces several charges alleging he attacked a police officer while officers tried to investigate a shooting Thursday on his block, police said Friday. According to reports, Cain elbowed a police officer in the right eye, pulled away from the same officer and hit him, then interfered with another officer who was trying to secure the...


    Wheaton councilwoman Ives will run for House

    Wheaton City Councilwoman Jeanne Ives will announce Monday that she will run for state office in 2012, making a run to be representative of the 42nd district of the Illinois House.

    Colin Cook, 26, poses for a portrait at the multipurpose room of the REST Shelter in Chicago where he will be sleeping for two nights before finally getting his own place.

    Illinois poverty growing as state help shrinking

    State budget cuts are leaving many Illinois social services agencies scrambling, especially homeless shelters. The result is many of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable are left with fewer options and more uncertainty. This comes at a time when census data show Illinois’ highest poverty rate in nearly two decades and a high jobless rate.


    14-year-old cross country runner dies in accident

    A high school freshman cross-country athlete has died after being hit by car while running in a Southwest suburban forest preserve.


    Homecoming ceremonies held for Illinois soldiers

    Homecoming ceremonies have been held for about 170 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers who returned from deployments that took them to Iraq and Kuwait. Ceremonies were held Friday in North Riverside, East St. Louis, Paris and Springfield. The soldiers were with the 1244th Transportation Company in North Riverside.


    Man convicted of shooting DePaul honor student

    A reputed Chicago street gang member has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a DePaul University honors student. Narcisco Gatica, also found guilty Friday of aggravated battery, was accused of shooting at several people after being expelled from a house party. Francisco Valencia Jr. was fatally wounded and a second person was seriously injured.

    Jared Manwell, a senior at Elk Grove High School, and Haley Junius, a senior at Prospect High School, are both Culinary Arts 2 students. They are preparing Oreo truffles in the new professional kitchen for students at Rolling Meadows High School.

    Student interest in cooking leads Rolling Meadows to expand culinary program

    Rolling Meadows High School will be offering students their own version of "Top Chef." With a brand new professional kitchen, students are perfecting their gourmet skills during cooking and technical classes.

    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz. The base was on lockdown Friday afternoon.

    No gunman; Air Force base off lockdown

    Col. John Cherrie, commander Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the outskirts of Tucson, says officials were satisfied that the base was safe again after an extensive search.

    Wheaton native William Howard “Howie” Chittenden, 92, left, was the keynote speaker in a ceremony to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. On the right is Leonard Prescott from American Legion Post 187 in Elmhurst.

    92-year-old Wheaton POW shares tales of war

    For nearly 45 months, William “Howie” Chittenden was surrounded by death, hunger and disease. Captured by enemy forces the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, he would spend the duration of the WWII's Pacific theater as a prisoner of war. “For almost four years, I was hungry,” the 92-year-old Wheaton resident said. “I went from 150 pounds to just over 100 pounds. Everyone...

    Shelby Watts of Wayne, left, with her horse, Calvin, and Alexis Muuss of Bartlett, accompanied by Ivy, take a break at the West Chicago McDonald’s on Route 59.

    Horsing around at West Chicago McDonald’s

    Shelby Watts, Alexis Muuss and their horses take a break at the West Chicago McDonald's, at North Avenue and Route 59. The horses enjoyed some apple slices and french fries, but their owners decided against taking them through the drive-through.

    Thomas Albea Jr.

    Waukegan man accused in beating death of 3-year-old

    A Waukegan man has been charged with the beating death of a 3-year-old toddler he was watching late Wednesday night, authorities said. Thomas Albea Jr., 18, of the 1700 block of McAree Road, has been charged with aggravated battery of a child and is being held in Lake County jail in lieu of $1 million bond, authorities said.

    This year’s queen and king, Arianna Dinelli and Parker Tortorello, enjoyed the parade.

    Alumni turn out for Mundelein’s 50th homecoming parade

    Mundelein High School's 50th anniversary homecoming parade on Friday was a happy mix of past and present -- where the Class of 1963 turned out in good numbers to salute their alma mater and mix with the kids of today.

    Shabniz Musani of Bolingbrook sits with her daughter, Saadia, 3, before taking the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony Friday at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

    Schaumburg ceremony welcomes new citizens

    About 75 new U.S. citizens who took their citizenship oaths Friday at the Schaumburg Township library talked of the long struggle for and deep meaning of the achievement. They said they treasure the freedom and opportunity they find in America.

    Firefighters from Aurora and Warrenville battle a garage fire, containing a van, that extended to the porch of a home along Sunrise Road in unincorporated DuPage County.

    Fire does near $350,00 damage to home near Naperville

    A garage and nearby back porch were completely destroyed in a fire Thursday in unincorporated Naperville Township.


    Get rid of hazardous waste:
    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will host a household chemical waste collection from 8 a.m. at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Lake Forest Municipal Services Center, 800 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest.


    Gurnee police credit witness:

    Gurnee police Friday credited a witness for helping them catch a man accused in a home burglary, but coming across a burglary in progress and providing police with key details on the man's physical description, his car and his license plate.


    Stevenson club collects books
    Edufund, a Stevenson High School club dedicated to helping underfunded Chicago-area schools, collected 5,107 books during last weekend’s Buffalo Grove Farmer’s Market. The books will go to poor students around Lake County.

    Metra riders should brace for fare hikes if proposals discussed Friday are adopted.

    Metra tickets could spike by more than 30 percent

    Metra riders can expect significant fare hikes if scenarios offered at Friday’s board meeting are finalized. The increase could be as much as an average of 32 percent for 10-ride passes, an average of 29.8 percent for monthly passes or an average of 17 percent for one-way tickets. “Never before in our history have we been faced with a challenge of this magnitude,” CEO Alex Clifford said.


    Police not citing driver in Rolling Meadows bank crash

    The elderly woman who drove her SUV into a Rolling Meadows bank, injuring two tellers, won’t be issued a citation, police said. “It was just a freak accident,” Rolling Meadows Police Sgt. Tom Gadomski said. Both tellers, one of whom was trapped under the counter, have been treated and released from an area hospital.


    Des Plaines church hosts rummage sale

    Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines is hosting a yard sale this Saturday. Participants may bring gently-used items to the church on 259 E. Central Road in exchange for other items. The event dubbed Circulation Day is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cathy Hurlbut

    Hurlbut wants to be Kane County circuit court clerk

    Kane County Board member Cathy Hurlbut from Elgin announces she will run for circuit court clerk.

    Alexis Cruz

    Mixed results in Elgin love triangle murder case

    Prosecutors dropped obstruction of justice charges against a woman who was witness to a February 2010 murder in Elgin. Amilkar Caro, 33, is still on the run for the murder of 29-year-old Hugo Navarro. But a 20-year-old Elgin man who drove Caro to the murder scene got a 17-year sentence last month and Alexis Cruz, 20, could testify against Caro if he is caught.

    Rabbi Steven Bob displays one of the new solar panels installed Friday on the roof of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard. He said the panels should provide 20 percent of the energy the synagogue uses.

    Lombard synagogue touts new solar panels

    A Lombard synagogue will dedicate “a birthday present for the world” Sunday in the form of 136 newly installed solar roofing panels. The dedication takes place less than two weeks before Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year, or as Rabbi Steven Bob of Congregation Etz Chaim puts it, “the day the world was created,” its birthday.


    Bensenville school had premonition of national honor

    For the first time ever, Mohawk Elementary School in Bensenville earned one of the top education honors in the country this week. And while the school faces challenges like a high level of low-income students, its still boasts strong academic scores.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a torch set and 40 cans of spray paint out of a rear storage lot at a business in Elk Grove Village. Loss was estimated at $3,300. In other incidents, thieves stole a truck and a car with a combined value of $45,000.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for city workers’ health care problems that are manageable.

    Emanuel: Wellness program needed for city workers

    Chicago city employees would have to pay $50 per month more for health care if they choose not to participate in a wellness program announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor said Friday that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for health care problems that are manageable. The program would include screening and wellness training for conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.


    Indiana euthanizes 15 cattle with bovine tuberculosis

    State animal health officials say 15 beef cattle have been euthanized in southeastern Indiana after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis. The State Board of Animal Health said Friday it recently completed its bovine tuberculosis testing campaign for all livestock herds linked to a herd in Dearborn County where one cow was found during slaughter in December to have the disease.

    Associated Press Debris from a downed small plane lies in the foreground in Noblesville, Ind. The single-engine plane crashed into a golf course which winds through a neighborhood along Morse Reservoir in Noblesville. Both people inside the plane were killed, but no injuries were reported on the ground.

    South suburban man killed in Indiana plane crash

    Police say those killed when a small plane crashed into a suburban Indianapolis golf course are both 21-year-old men. Noblesville police identify the pilot as Joshua Deboer of South suburban Chicago Heights and the passenger as Joseph Neuzerling of Noblesville.

    Constance Collins

    Round Lake District 116 approves $82 million budget

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will operate with an $82 million budget for the 2011-12 academic year, an increase over last year's $80 million budget. Employee salaries and benefits will take up the lion's share of the budget.


    Dine with your dog at Algonquin restaurant for fundraiser
    “Doggy Dine” will be Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Port Edwards in Algonquin. Dogs can join their owners out on the patio and enjoy a special doggy menu as well as support Assisi Animal Foundation.


    Stevenson High sees 97 percent of graduates in college

    Ninety-seven percent of the students in Stevenson High School’s Class of 2011 are in college this fall, according to a newly released survey. Those graduates can be found on 192 campuses this fall, according to the annual survey from the Lincolnshire school’s college and career center.


    Elk Grove Village retains AAA bond rating

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson gave himself, the village board and employees a pat on the back after announcing this week that Moody’s has renewed the village’s AAA bond rating based on how well officials have managed village finances during the economic downturn.

    Elk Grove Park District cheerleaders lead the Six Pilars Shuffle.

    Elk Grove to host Celebration of Character party

    Elk Grove Village is an exceptional community and the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove is celebrating this title with a free party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Hattendorf Center, in Elk Grove Village.

    Help MSI celebrate 70 years of Christmas Around the World by sharing photos of your visit to the exhibit. For details, visit msichicago.org.

    Chicago museum wants Christmas exhibit snapshots

    In 2011, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Chicago, is celebrating 70 years of the beloved Christmas Around the World exhibit. During this landmark anniversary, MSI is collecting the special snapshots the public has taken at this Chicago tradition through the years.


    Vista hosts ‘Healthy Woman expo, dinner

    Healthy Woman, a Vista Health System resource, is celebrating its third anniversary Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. The event will begin with a free Women's Health Expo from 3 - 6 p.m., immediately followed by a ticketed dinner featuring inspirational guest speaker Abby Rike from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”


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    The village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Public Library are using grant funds to offer educational programs to help residents reduce energy consumption.


    Small acts of kindness can have a big impact

    Our Ken Potts says little things impress him. He was stopped at the light at a busy intersection when he noticed a white guy and a Hispanic guy talking. No big deal — except this was in a suburb not exactly known as a hotbed of multiculturalism.


    Tri-Cities police reports

    An estimated $4,000 worth of brass fittings, couplers and copper wire was stolen between 1 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday from a well drilling business in the 43W400 block of Main Street near Elburn, a Kane County Sheriff’s report said.

    Robert Ward smiles Friday during his murder trial.

    Millionaire must overcome own words in murder trial

    For developer Bob Ward to convince jurors that his wife killed herself in the wealthy neighborhood they shared with Tiger Woods and other celebrities, he will have to overcome a tough witness: himself.

    Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys lists from the amount of water being pumped inside Thursday.

    Progress in effort to save cruise ship

    Salvage teams reported progress on Friday as they pumped water from a tilting Norwegian cruise liner in danger of capsizing, a day after a fire on board killed two crew members and forced the evacuation of 260 other people.

    Sharon Podgorski tests one of the controllers that was just assembled.

    Images: Behind the scenes at Otto Engineering
    Behind the scenes at Otto Engineering in Carpentersville where controllers and switches are designed and manufactured for all sorts of applications, including military aircraft, agricultural machinery, construction equipment as well as police and fire communications equipment.

    Otto Engineering employee Sharon Podgorski tests one of the controllers that was just assembled.

    Here's how Otto Engineering's little parts play a big role

    Behind the scenes at Otto Engineering in Carpentersville where controllers and switches are designed and manufactured for all sorts of applications, including military aircraft.

    This is a photo of a beautiful Dahlia from my neighbors yard. I wanted to capture it’s beauty before the end of the season.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 12th.

    The top 50 runners slowly start to trickle in at the Dick Pond Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles last September 2010. More than 1,000 participants generally followed a path along the Fox River through several towns.

    2,100 to run ‘beautiful' Fox Valley Marathon on Sunday

    The second Fox Valley Marathon kicks off Sunday in St. Charles, offering an improved 26.2-mile course, more run options and an alternative to the crowded Chicago Marathon. It runs through Geneva, Batavia and North Aurora before turning around in Aurora. “It's so well organized. There's tons of great fan support. The course is beautiful,” one runner said.

    Police found Molly Koch unconscious, severely beaten and not breathing at a Super 8 hotel in St. Charles nearly a year ago. An investigation led to the arrest of her mother, Cathleen Koch, and her mother's boyfriend, James C. Cooper.

    Elgin grandma refuses to be silenced in girl's abuse case

    The Elgin grandmother of Molly Koch, found beaten in a St. Charles hotel room last year, is struggling to gain custody of the 2-year-old. She blames a system biased against extended family of victims and Easter Seals not liking her talking to the media. Easter Seals says the grandma is hurting the case. "If at the end of this I can't say I did everything I could possibly do to protect her, then...

    Ruth O'Connell

    Wheeling Twp. trustee loses bid to become GOP chair

    In a backroom of a Chicago Greek restaurant, Cook County GOP officials elected a South suburban highway commissioner over a Wheeling Township trustee as party chair Thursday night.


    Vacant-home owners to pay $700 in fees in Elgin

    Owners of vacant residences in Elgin soon will be expected to pay an annual $200 registration fee as well as a one-time $500 inspection fee as the city works to enforce a vacant residential building ordinance passed last November. The council approved a contract Wednesday for the enforcement work after extensive discussion.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Palatine police reported two more ruse burglaries. Two men stole eight gold chains valued at $5,000 Sept. 9 by tricking the elderly female resident with a power supply question. And two men stole a designer watch and gold chain valued out of $4,500 out of a townhouse Sept. 10 by tricking the elderly female resident with a story of needing to measure her rear deck for washing and painting.


    Huntley might fine anglers who keep fish

    It soon may become a crime in Huntley to keep the fish you catch from certain village ponds. Thursday night, the village board discussed adding a new law on the books that would punish anglers who don’t throw back what they’ve caught from four retention ponds in town. The ponds were stocked so the fish could eat mosquitoes. “One guy can destroy the whole ecosystem, so that can become a problem...

    Recording artist Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell have posted an official notice of intention to marry at the London Marylebone Register Office.

    Paul McCartney, Nancy Shuvell to wed in London

    Paul McCartney is set to tie the knot at the venue where he first married more than 40 years ago. Officials say the former Beatle and fiancee Nancy Shevell have posted a notice of intention to marry at London’s Marylebone Register Office meaning the couple could marry anytime after Sept. 30.


    Illinois among states warned in cantaloupe recall

    A melon farm in Colorado has issued a recall of cantaloupe, distributed in Illinois and several othe states, following a deadly Listeria outbreak that has spread to several states.

    Tyler Halas, 14, of West Chicago was a member of the USA 14U National Team, which won a gold medal in this year’s 2011 COPABE A/14U Pan-American Championships in San Felipe, Venezuela.

    West Chicago ballplayer part of USA Baseball’s National Team

    Fourteen-year-old Tyler Halas was a member of the USA 14U National Team, which won a gold medal in this year’s 2011 COPABE A/14U Pan-American Championships in San Felipe, Venezuela.


    Judge approves $30 million sale of Olsen's Mill

    A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a sale of assets that gives Archer Daniels Midland capacity to store 20 million bushels of grain in Wisconsin.

    Nearly 400 classic and vintage cars will take over Cantigny Park on Sunday, Sept. 18, for the sixth annual Cantigny Car Show.

    Cars, pride on display at Cantigny's sixth annual show

    Hundreds of car enthusiasts will flock to Wheaton on Sunday for the sixth annual Cantigny Car Show. Up to 400 vintage vehicles will be displayed as owners vie for honors in 24 categories, including Best of Show, Best Military Vehicle and Best Original Engine.


    Wis National Guard troops to get send-off ceremony

    About 150 troops from Wisconsin's Army National Guard are preparing for an eventual deployment to Kosovo.


    Bring entire family to Primrose Farm Frolic

    The annual Primrose Farm Frolic will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Primrose Farm Park, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles. Funds raised from this family event will support the continued development of Primrose Farm.


    Police defend officer who let impaired driver go

    Wis. Fond du Lac police are defending an officer who let an impaired woman drive away, only to be arrested about an hour later for drunken driving in another jurisdiction.


    Kind won’t run for US Senate

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse says he won’t run for U.S. Senate.The Democrat was named as a possible candidate for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who is retiring.Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin became the first official Democratic candidate last week.


    Protester dumps beer on lawmaker at Madison bar

    MADISON, Wis. — Police are searching for a man who dumped a beer on the head of Republican state Rep. Robin Vos on Wednesday night at a Madison bar, splashing two other Republican lawmakers in the process.

    Two week old baby Vivien Slattery is held outside her mobile home at the Dale Farm travelers site, near Basildon, Essex, England. Within days, baby Vivien and more than 200 others will be evicted, the losers in a decade-long battle between local officials and their community of Irish Travelers that has drawn attention around the world and concern from the United Nations.

    Evicted UK Travelers forced to hit the road

    CRAYS HILL, England — Vivien Slattery has lived her whole life — all 16 days of it — in a tidy mobile home, one of dozens more like it on a crowded site beside green English fields. Her mother grew up here, surrounded by friends and extended family.

    Visitors to Blackberry Farm Park in Aurora on Sunday, Sept. 18, can decorate pottery Raku-style, have it fired on-site and take it home the same day. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Create a Raku masterpiece at Blackberry Farm

    Blackberry Farm potters will host Raku Pottery Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, bringing the ancient form of Japanese pottery making to life for the public.

    Supermodel Tyra Banks discusses her new book series “Modelland” on Thursday at a North Central College event sponsored by Anderson's books.

    Tyra Banks launches book tour in Naperville

    Supermodel, TV host and entrepreneur Tyra Banks came to Naperville Thursday to expand her resume. The newly-minted author launched the tour for her first book "Modelland" with fans at North Central College. “'Modelland' for me is about expanding the message of beauty and doing it through entertainment,” Banks said.


    Michael Dyson says Rev. King would criticize Obama

    Rev. Michael Dyson spoke about the message of Dr. Martin Luther King for the 21st Century Thursday night at Elmhurst College.


    Winfield bus company to install 2 above-ground fuel tanks

    Despite objections from neighbors, a bus company that serves 109 routes per day in 11 communities throughout DuPage County will get its above-ground fuel tanks.


    One bid not enough for Lombard accessibility project

    Lombard received a grant to improve the accessibility of the village hall board room, but requests for bids on the project drew only one response. And because the $48,618 in grant money for the project comes from the Community Development Block Grant, a federal program, that one lone bid is not good enough.


    Obama admin ignored warnings about Solyndra

    The Obama administration ignored repeated warnings about a clean-energy loan program that has become an embarrassment for the White House amid the collapse of a California solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans.

    Charles Adkins Jr.

    Round Lake-area school board applauds 3

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 board members Thursday night recognized two employees and a resident for receiving a statewide excellence honor. District 116 human resources administrative assistant Karla Schneider, Round Lake Village Elementary School volunteer Shelley Trump and Round Lake High School teacher Charles Adkins Jr. recently were named winners of the Illinois State Board of...


    Both sides rest in blogger's Conn. threat case

    When a New Jersey blogger urged readers to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested that government leaders "obey the Constitution or die," his words went above and beyond the usual threats public officials receive, two Connecticut officials testified Thursday.


    4 Chicago firefighters fired for mileage fraud

    Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff says four firefighters will be terminated for falsifying mileage reports.


    Man admits fatally beating girlfriend’s son, 4

    EDWARDSVILLE — A southwestern Illinois man faces about a half century in prison after pleading guilty to charges he fatally beat his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.Thirty-four-year-old Sean Starwalt pleaded guilty Thursday in Madison County to a first-degree murder charge. Prosecutors agreed to not seek more than a 48-year prison term.


    Transit union 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. Two ATU international vice presidents were named as trustees to oversee the local.


    Springfield firm receives federal employer award

    SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield engineering and architecture firm is one of 15 recipients of the U.S. Defense Department’s highest employer award.


    2 Chicago schools reject longer day for students

    The staffs at two Chicago public schools don’t appear too enthusiastic about joining a pilot program requiring a longer day for students.


    Chicago reduces its credit card total to eight

    Chicago’s staff, which once possessed about 500 credit cards, will now have access to just eight due to a crackdown by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Members of the St. Catherine of Siena Church youth mission team and their chaperones recently volunteered with over 300 other teens from neighboring states through the Catholic Heart Work Camp in Kansas City, Kansas. The youth mission team fulfilled a variety of needs during the day and ended each evening with prayer, activities and song for an inspirational week.

    Youth mission team helps out in Kansas

    The Youth Mission Team of St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee recently spent a week in Kansas City, Kansas, volunteering their services to help those in need throughout the area.


    Ark. courthouse gunman accused of abuse by ex-wife

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The ex-wife of a gunman who opened fire in a rural Arkansas courthouse this week won a protective order against him before their divorce, claiming he was violent and threatened to buy assault weapons to hunt “two legged” targets, according to court documents released Thursday.


    British rescue workers find 2nd miner dead

    LONDON — British rescue workers have found the body of a second miner while searching a flooded coal mine in south Wales.Police said a search and rescue operation is still ongoing to find two others trapped underground in the Gleision Colliery near Swansea.Earlier Friday, police discovered the body of one miner at the bottom of the main mine shaft.


    Senate extends aviation, highway programs

    WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bill Thursday temporarily extending federal aviation and highway programs, averting another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, after a Republican senator abruptly dropped his campaign to block passage of the measure.

    A Libyan fighter guards a road in Bani Walid, Libya, Friday.

    Libyan fighters move on Gadhafi area

    BANI WALID, Libya — Libyan revolutionary forces faced fierce resistance as they streamed into one of the remaining bastions of support for Moammar Gadhafi on Friday, while the Turkish prime minister met with the country’s new rulers in the capital Tripoli.

    From left, Ahmed Ramadan, Bassma Kodmani, Abdulbaset Seida and Imad Aldeen Rashid speak as a group of Syrian opposition members announced a Syrian National Council in their bid to present a united front against President Bashar Assad’s regime, in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Activists: Syrian soldiers kill 4 protesters

    BEIRUT — Syrian security forces opened fire at protesters who streamed into the streets after Friday prayers, hours after troops killed at least four people in raids in the central province of Hama, activists said.


    K Koreas’ nuclear envoys to meet next week oreas’ nuclear envoys to meet next week

    SEOUL, South Korea — The nuclear envoys of North and South Korea plan to meet for talks in Beijing next week, a senior South Korean official said Friday in the latest sign of diplomatic wrangling aimed at restarting long-stalled nuclear negotiations.


    Soyuz lands safely in Kazakhstan, rattles nerves

    MOSCOW — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three returning astronauts from the International Space Station has touched down safely in the central steppes of Kazakhstan, but not without rattling nerves after a breakdown in communications.


    Jewish congregation opens up to community

    On the cusp of their 120th year, Congregation Kneseth Israel’s membership approved a series of new initiatives aimed at better serving the Jewish community of the greater Fox Valley area.

    The Kids Equipment Network works with special needs children throughout the Chicago area by providing them with adaptive equipment. Rehab supplier Ron Mack, above, restores a chair at MainFreight USA in Bensenville, which donated office space for an equipment clinic the group held last week. Eileen Spangler, right, provides an extra hand.

    Volunteers provide equipment for special needs children
    The Kids Equipment Network works with special needs children by providing them with adaptive equipment they need to conduct their daily lives. The nonprofit group will host a clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for a handfull of children at Mainfrieght U.S.A., 123 Sievert, Bensenville. For details, visit tken.org.

    Consumers Credit Union is hosting “Car Buying Made Easy” to help you find the car that fits your needs and budget.

    Credit union sponsors car-buying seminar

    Are you in the market to buy a new or used vehicle, but are confused about the best way to find a vehicle that fits your needs and your budget? Consumers Credit Union is hosting “Car Buying Made Easy,” a no-cost seminar to help you do just that.


    Dist. 158 Parent-Tot Center offers parenting series
    Parent-Tot Center Director Carla Elam recently announced a six-week parenting series, “Love and Logic,” available to all Huntley Unit District 158 residents.


    Huntley High to stage ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
    Huntley High School Theatre will present the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

    The Rev. Jennifer Slade

    Unitarian church in Woodstock names interim pastor
    The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock welcomes the Rev. Jennifer M. Slade as the interim minister for current church year.

    Katie Anklam

    Former MCC students named Academic Athletes of the Year
    The McHenry County College Athletics Department has announced that two former student athletes were recognized as NJCAA Academic Athletes of the Year for having achieved over a 3.60 grade point average for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Members of Light of Christ Church in Algonquin put up a sign about the additional worship at Westfield School. From left are Jack Belford, Nora Belford, the Rev. Sharon Rogers, Michelle Hippler, the Rev. Kendall Koenig, Tony Laquet, Mark Foster and Steve Fiorentino.

    Algonquin church to worship at new location

    After 25 years of worship, Light of Christ Lutheran Church has outgrown its worship space at 100 Hanson Road in Algonquin and has rented space at Westfield Community School, 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road in Algonquin, for worship Sunday mornings.

    Help the Museum of Science and Industry celebrate 70 years of Christmas Around the Wold by sharing photos of your visit to the holiday exhibit. For information, visit msichicago.org.

    Museum seeking photos of Christmas Around the World

    This year, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, is celebrating 70 years of the beloved Christmas Around the World exhibit. For this occasion, the museum is asking you to send in photos of your visits at this Chicago tradition for a special exhibit.


    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits as you head out the door

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Ex-candidate charged with arson, 2 shootings in Elgin, car hits bank, Urlacher to play, new fees in Elgin, new Cook County GOP chair and both Cubs and Sox are depressing.


    Michael Cardamone timeline
    The Daily Herald looks back on nine years of the Michael Cardamone case.


    Although he's a nearly point-a-game scores for the Blackhawks, winger Patrick Kane says he wants to focus on being more consistant and improving all facets of his game.

    Kane serious about taking game to a new level

    Patrick Kane already is an estabished star in the NHL, but the Blackhawks' 22-year-old winger is looking to take his game to an even higher level this season. He wants to be a player who controls games and consistently makes big plays all over the ice.

    Jacobs' Jason Judson sets up to pass against McHenry on Friday.

    Jacobs hammers McHenry to remain unbeaten

    The interception by sophomore Hunter Williams that ended the first half wasn't the only great play Jacobs made in a 42-19 victory at McHenry Friday night, but it symbolized the tenacity with which the Golden Eagles played throughout their fourth straight victory to open the season.

    Dylan Warden of Aurora runs the ball during the Lake Park at Waubonise Valley football game Friday.

    Waubonsie Valley pounces for win

    Like a fumble recovery drill but under Friday night lights, Waubonsie Valley pounced on numerous footballs — and Lake Park. The Warriors recovered 5 fumbles and intercepted a pass, scoring off every Lancers miscue for a 54-7 homecoming win at Dick Kerner Stadium in Aurora.

    What could have been a touchdown for Conant's Nick Blaha in the first quarter slips through his fingers as Hersey applies pressure at Conant on Friday.

    Conant sacks Hersey

    Conant's defense threw Hersey for an 18-7 loss with 9 sacks in Friday's Mid-Suburban League crossover.

    Bartlett's Kyle Garcia (11) and Zach Karys (2) combine on a tackle and forced fumble as they bring down Batavia's Evan Zeddies during Friday's game at Batavia.

    Batavia picks off Bartlett

    The same two quarterbacks from Bartlett's 40-22 victory over Batavia last year returned to the field Friday night, this time in Batavia.And what a difference a year makes.

    Naperville North High School's Kevin Walsh (33) and Tim Davis (47) tackle Wheaton Warrenville South High School's Brady Banda (6).

    Naperville North stops WW South's streak

    Naperville North's football team ended two years of DuPage Valley Conference dominance Friday night. The host Huskies topped two-time defending DVC champion Wheaton Warrenville South 17-14 to halt the Tigers' 15-game conference winning streak

    Vernon Hills' Jarret Wood scored a touchdown after receiving the ball from wide reciever MJ Crowley, who'd just received the ball from quarterback Steve Nelson, at Antioch on Friday.

    Gonzalez' pick, kick lift Antioch

    Victory was sealed with a kick, and then a pick. And both came at the hands (well, technically one was via the foot) of George Gonzalez. The Antioch senior did a little bit of everything Friday night, and it was just enough. He kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining to give the host Sequoits a 10-7 lead over North Suburban Conference Prairie Division nemesis Vernon Hills.


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


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


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


    IC rolls over Walther Lutheran

    Immaculate Conception took advantage of 3 first-half turnovers by Walther Lutheran, while on offense, the Knights rushed for 391 yards.In the end the opportunistic defense along with a versatile ground game was the difference in a 41-6 win for the Knights on Friday at Serpico Field in Melrose Park.Walther Lutheran turned the ball over on three of its first five possessions, which translated into 14 points for Immaculate Conception.“The defense came up big tonight, and as soon as we got a couple of turnovers, I knew we had to capitalize on them,” Immaculate Conception quarterback Demetrius Carr said. “Our first drive really set the tone for the game.”The Knights’ first drive occurred after a fumble on the 1-yard line by Walther Lutheran during the Broncos’ first offensive possession.Carr then managed an 8-play, 99-yard scoring drive, set up by a 46-yard run by Carr on his team’s first offensive play from scrimmage. Carr ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.On the Broncos’ next possession Michael Lestina intercepted Walther Lutheran quarterback Joe Lomnicki at the Immaculate Conception 36-yard line, leading to a 12-yard touchdown run by Dan Vatch, putting the Knights up 14-0.“We try to put as many of our best athletes on defense as we can and we really think we can run with a lot of different offenses,” Immaculate Conception coach Chris VanDyke said. “We preach in practice all the time about getting picks and turning them into scoring opportunities.”Vatch scored his second touchdown of the game right before halftime, catching a pass from Carr in the flat and then threading through the Broncos defense for 17 yards into the end zone, putting his team up 21-0. The Knights (3-0, 2-0) put the game out of reach on their first possession of the third quarter. In a drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock, Matt Mesnard scored from 4 yards out for a 27-0 lead.“We wanted to give the defense a break so they would be rested and ready to come in and get another stop for us,” Carr said of the long third-quarter possession.Carr rushed for 149 yards on the ground and showcased his athletic ability on several plays, according to VanDyke.“Demetrius showed his athleticism tonight,” VanDyke said. “He made a lot happen by himself, which in the first two games he didn’t need to do that. Tonight, when some of the blocking broke down, he made something happen.”


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


    Barrington thinks fast, sinks Wheeling

    After three games that went down to the wire, Barrington coach Joe Sanchez was looking for his team to get some breathing room this week. The Broncos obliged — in less than 30 seconds.Before a half minute elapsed at Wheeling on Friday night, Barrington got into the end zone twice; once on defense and once on offense in a 37-15 victory.


    Palatine thinks big and delivers at Prospect

    Palatine came up with some big plays offensively, and the Pirates’ defense came up with some similarly big stops. It all added up to a big 28-8 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory for Palatine (3-1) over host Prospect at George Gattas Stadium.


    Geneva puts away Elgin early

    All anyone needed to know that it wasn’t going to be Elgin’s night at Geneva’s Burgess Field on Friday took place at the 4:05 mark of the first quarter in the Vikings’ 45-14 Upstate Eight River Division blowout over the Maroons.


    Larkin blocks St. Charles E.

    Luka Bogicevic broke through the line, got his left hand on Danny Muzzalupo’s 27-yard field goal attempt, and watched teammate Shaquille Mosley scoop up the ball and race 83 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to lift Larkin(2-2, 1-1) to a dramatic 26-20 victory over St. Charles East (0-4, 0-2) at Norris Stadium.


    Fremd finishes off Buffalo Grove

    Fremd was at its best in the second half, rolling up 235 of its 322 yards in total offense, unleashing A.J. McGhee (15 carries, 83 yards, 2 TDs) and finding Josh Jyawook 4 times for 66 yards and a TD’s worth of passing offense en route to a 31-10 victory over Buffalo Grove.


    Morton comeback catches Willowbrook

    Willowbrook appeared to be in control early on against Morton, but a valiant effort by Mustangs quarterback Ismael Ledezma led a spirited Morton attack in the second half en route to a 35-28 West Suburban Gold victory for Morton Friday night in Berwyn.


    Conant piles up different kinds of losses

    The last Mid-Suburban League football team with a perfect record realizes it isn’t perfect. “We know as a team we make mistakes,” said Conant senior defensive lineman Adam Starks. “One of the reasons we’ve had some success is we’ve been able to build off our mistakes every week.” But make no mistake: Conant is building the kind of success that hasn’t been seen in its program in awhile. It improved to 4-0 and doubled its win total from a year ago when it lost its final seven games.


    Marmion rolls St. Edward

    Marmion junior Matt Lally doesn’t get the opportunity to catch many passes, but the one he caught Friday night set the tone for the Cadets’ 38-6 victory over St. Edward.


    Wheaton North defeats West Chicago

    Wheaton North was missing starting tailback Patrick Sharp due to a right ankle injury, but that was no problem as the Falcons cruised to a 28-6 victory against West Chicago. Junior Mikey Sammer filled in for the banged-up Sharp and finished with 109 yards on 9 carries and 3 touchdowns. But don’t expect a rift between the two running backs after this performance. “We are, like, best friends so there are no ill feelings,” Sammer said with a smile. “I root for him, he roots for me. But tonight the offensive line just made huge holes. The holes were so big there would be no problem driving a truck through them.” The game started off fast and furious for the Falcons (3-1, 2-0 DuPage Valley Conference) as they got into the end zone three times in their first eight offensive plays. On the third play of the game, Sammer got free on a sweep for a 35-yard touchdown run. Two offensive plays after that, it was Sammer getting free again, this time from 48 yards out. On the eighth offensive play, quarterback John Peltz hooked up with wideout Johnny Daniels from 23 yards out, giving Wheaton North a 21-0 to end the first quarter. “Offensively, we did a good job putting points on the board,” Wheaton North coach Joe Wardynski said. “Mikey made some huge plays for us early on. We had a lot of quick drives where we were able to score rather fast. I will have a better idea on how well our offense played after getting a chance to look at the game film. But I am very pleased.” One bright spot for West Chicago (0-4, 0-2) was the way it was able to control the ball in the second half. The Wildcats received the second-half kickoff and proceeded to keep the ball for more than 8½ minutes, converting two fourth-down situations and scoring on a quarterback keeper by Matt Green from 12 yards out. “It was nice to see the kids execute in the second half, especially in the start of the second half,” West Chicago coach Paul Reinke said. “We wanted to take the game one play at a time, and tonight we did that. Obviously, the result is not where we want it, but we are taking strides. Wheaton North is a great team and we did some nice things in the second half.”


    Naperville C. denies W. Aurora again

    Naperville Central (3-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference) used contributions from all three phases to capture its 15 straight conference triumph, 35-20 over the Blackhawks (2-2, 0-2).


    Kaneland cruises at LaSalle-Peru

    La Salle-Peru chose to do so Friday night, and Quinn Buschbacher made the Cavaliers pay.Buschbacher returned the opening kickoff 92 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that set the tone of a 56-14 Kaneland victory at Howard Fellows Stadium in La Salle.


    Rolling Meadows stays defensive

    Another solid defensive effort propelled Rolling Meadows to a 53-7 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory at Hoffman Estates.

    Bears players were happy to welcome teammate Brian Urlacher back at practice Friday. “Football is the only sport where you can physically beat a man and not get taken to jail,” nose tackle Anthony Adams said. “You can let out all your aggressions on somebody and just leave it out on the field.”

    Bears teammates offer support for mourning Urlacher

    Teammates welcomed Brian Urlacher back at practice, and they will have him for Sunday's game after he attends his mother's funeral. Teammates were glad to have him back the past two days, and they hoped that being among the support system of his football family and then being able to play a game Sunday would be therapeutic.

    The Kansas City Royals topped the White Sox 7-6 Friday night.

    Royals’ 6th straight win is Sox’ 6th loss in a row

    Eric Hosmer had 3 hits and doubled in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift Kansas City to a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Friday night that extended the Royals’ winning streak to six games.


    Gray even better under bright lights

    Batavia has seen a few stars emerge through the years during 7-on-7 summer camps. That’s nice, but they prefer stars break out under the Friday Night Lights every time. Looks like they’ve got one of both in senior corner back/wide receiver Jon Gray.


    Grayslake Central happily breaks tradition

    Grayslake Central football coach Nick Goshe was happy to see one tradition end and, hopefully, a new one start. For the first time since 1999, Grayslake Central won its homecoming game by shutting out Woodstock 35-0 in a Fox Valley Fox Division game Friday night.


    Montini falls short at Marian

    Montini came up a point short in a gut-wrenching 21-20 loss to the No. 3-ranked Hurricanes in Woodstock on Friday night.

    Week 4- Dylan Warden of Waubonsie Valley runs the ball.

    Images: Lake Park vs. Waubonsie Valley football
    Waubonsie Valley high school in Aurora hosted Lake Park High School for football on Friday night. Waubonsie Valley won 54-7.


    Deichl stands tall as Libertyville delivers

    Making his first varsity start at quarterback, Jack Deichl threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in three quarters, and Libertyville beat jacked-up rival Mundelein 28-7 on a cool, damp Friday night.


    Benet loses on last-second FG

    Marist’s Cillian Gannon booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired, sending Benet to another gut wrenching loss, 17-14


    Glenbard South falters at Crete-Monee

    Crete-Monee used 366 yards of first-half offense and 6 first-half touchdowns to help overcome Glenbard South 64-19 Friday night in Crete.


    Glenbard North speeds past Glenbard East

    The Glenbard North defense created 4 turnovers, the offense scored 7 touchdowns and special teams blocked a punt. It all added up to a 49-0 road win against Glenbard East for the Panthers in Lombard.


    Laudible audible as Grant rallies past Wauconda

    Someone on the Grant coaching staff deserves some sort of “genius of the week award.” Grant decided to mix things up offensively before facing Wauconda, switching junior Kyle Whitman to fullback and moving sophomore Jonathon Wells to the wing. All Whitman did was run for an astonishing 342 yards on 25 carries. He also set up Alex Villa’s 10-yard touchdown with seven seconds left that gave visiting Grant a 44-41 victory in a contest that was as dramatic as it was high-scoring. Grant trailed 34-14 at halftime.


    Addison Trail defense stifles Hinsdale South

    Addison Trail's defense allowed just 89 yards of total offense in a 21-0 shutout of Hinsdale South on Friday in Darien.


    Aggressive LZ bears down, shuts out Lakes

    Host Lake Zurich struck for 28 first-half points, staggering Lakes with a potent running attack and sneaky air “jabs” from senior quarterback Zach Till. LZ’s swarming defense floored Lakes’ weapons in both halves, as the hosts skipped to a 28-0 victory. The result, in front of a packed Mel Eide Field audience, left both teams with 3-1 marks.


    Neuqua Valley preps with win at East Aurora

    Neuqua Valley rolled to a 56-7 victory at East Aurora as it prepared for a tough stretch of its season in the coming weeks.


    Elk Grove meets Schaumburg’s challenge

    Elk Grove’s 20-7 Mid-Suburban League crossover football victory over visiting Schaumburg Friday night was tempered by a shoulder injury to quarterback Dejan Basara. Basara, who had already scored 3 touchdowns, went down midway through the third quarter and Grenadiers coach Brian Doll said the prognosis was “not good.” With Basara and several other Grens as well out with injuries, Elk Grove’s defense and special teams stepped up to the challenge.


    CL South rolls over Huntley

    Crystal Lake South was looking for a quick start to Friday’s football game against Huntley. Brad Walovitch gave the Gators that quick start — literally.


    Carmel outruns Marian Catholic

    Carmel Catholic rushed past visiting Marian Catholic 44-20 on Friday night in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game in Mundelein. The Corsairs (3-1, 3-1) amassed 324 yards of offense — every single one on the ground.

    The Cubs' Carlos Pena, left, and Geovany Soto congratulate Marlon Byrd after Byrd hit a game-winning RBI-single that scored Starlin Castro for a 4-3 victory in the 12th inning Friday against the Astros at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs win weird one in 12

    The Cubs and Astros, the bottom two teams in the NL Central hooked up Friday at Wrigley Field. The game lived down to its hype as both teams made mistakes, with the Cubs finally prevailing 4-3 in 12 innings on an infield single by Marlon Byrd with the bases loaded.


    Previewing Michigan State (2-0) at Notre Dame (0-2)
    Believe it or not, Notre Dame will be off to its third 0-3 start in 11 seasons if it can't figure out a way to solve No. 15 Michigan State on Saturday afternoon in South Bend.


    Previewing Arizona State (2-0) at Illinois (2-0)
    If Illinois wants to return to the national Top 25 for the first time in 36 months, then it will take care of business against high-powered No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday night.


    Previewing Northwestern (2-0) at Army (0-2)
    Northwestern shoots for its third 3-0 start in the last four years as the Wildcats make their first trip to West Point since 1988.

    Maya Moore was chosen as the WNBA rookie of the year on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.

    Can Lynx complete turnaround with WNBA title?

    women's watch...wnba playoff preview with focus on minnesota lynx


    Grayslake North cleans up at Johnsburg

    Grayslake North coach Steve Wood told his players in the postgame huddle to wash their uniforms right away due to stains from the Johnsburg High School turf. The uniform stains turned out to be the only blemishes on an otherwise nearly spotless performance by the Knights in a 30-6 win Friday night in a Fox Valley Fox Division matchup.


    Streamwood dumps SCN to go 4-0

    Alex Morrow said the Streamwood football team always came out believing it could win, even in recent seasons when wins were hard to come by. Those victories are less rare this season.


    Stevenson boots Warren in OT

    Stevenson senior quarterback and kicker Matt Micucci drilled an 18-yard field goal to end the game as the Patriots edged host Warren 24-21 in double overtime on Friday.


    Defense picks up St. Francis

    St. Francis got its first two touchdowns from interception returns and cruised to a 56-12 victory against Wheaton Academy on Friday night in Glen Ellyn.


    Burlington gets big win over Stillman

    Burlington Central’s football team just keeps moving forward. The Rockets took another big step in the playoff direction with a 35-7 dismantling of defending Class 3A runner-up Stillman Valley in a Big Northern crossover here Friday night.


    Magical finish for Schaumburg

    The magic continues for Schaumburg. The Saxons broke the heart of visiting Palatine on Friday night when Kristian Pawlikowski fired in the game-winner just four minutes into the first OT period to give the hosts a 1-0 victory and another 3 points to increase its lead to 6 points over Fremd in the Mid-Suburban League table as another week of boys soccer draws to a close.


    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire scout


    Star QB in Virginia has leg amputated after unusual injury

    A highly touted prep quarterback at a private school in Virginia has had part of his right leg amputated after suffering an unusual injury during a scrimmage.Officials at Woodberry Forest School, located about 30 miles northeast of Charlottesville, say Jacob Rainey suffered a severe knee injury on Sept. 3 and it was later discovered the main artery in his leg had been severed. Rainey underwent surgery on Saturday at Fairfax Inova Hospital a week after the injury.

    At 21, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro would become the youngest player in franchise history to reach 200 hits and the first Cubs player to get there as a shortstop. He'd also become only the fifth major-leaguer since 1940 to collect at least 200 hits at 21 or younger.

    Starlin Castro's quest for 200 hits temporarily stalled

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro walked twice Friday but did not get a hit, as his hits total held at 193 for the season. Castro and the Cubs would love for him to reach the 200-hits mark on this final homestand of the season.

    Marian Hossa has been excused from Blackhawks training camp. He is in Slovakia, mourning the death of Pavol Demitra.

    Demitra’s death hits Blackhawks’ Hossa hard

    Marian Hossa is excused for the first few days of training camp while he mourns best friend Pavol Demitra back in his home country of Slovakia.Demitra was one of the players killed in the plane crash that claimed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team last week in Russia.It was Hossa on Friday who raised Demitra’s No. 38 jersey to the rafters during a memorial at the arena in Trencin, Slovakia.“Marian has gone through a tough time here,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “It’s a real tough situation for him to deal with. We certainly want to give him the time to be ready to step on the ice.“Our thoughts are with him. It’s tough to lose a close friend and it was a terrible tragedy. It’s not an easy time for him, but he will be here soon.”Toews’ big hit:Jonathan Toews was surprised to hear how many people had seen the video of him colliding with a kid on the ice at a camp earlier this week.Toews knew most of his friends had seen it.“I thought it was funny because I got like a million texts, more than anything else my biddies had seen on the Internet,” joked Toews. “They said, ‘Wow, you learned how to hit during the off-season.’“He’s OK, though. We were playing a game of keep away and the kid turned one way and I must have looked away or something and he cut right back in. I had absolutely no time to get out of the way and I kind of ran him over. It was ugly.”Goalie news:Coach Joel Quenneville said No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford will play three full exhibition games, leaving four games for Ray Emery and Alexander Salak in their battle for the backup role.As for the regular season, Quenneville sees Crawford starting about 55 games.“To put an exact number on Crow, I would say the mid-50s is the number we’re looking at,” Quenneville said. “That would be a healthy dose for him.”Stan Bowman said the fact Emery is without a contract while Salak has a one-way deal, meaning he’d get his NHL salary even in Rockford, would have no bearing on the battle to be the backup.“We want to do what’s best for the team and we’re going to find a way to make it work for whoever is on the team,” Bowman said. “We watch them play in the preseason and they earn the right to be on the team based on their play. We’ve got two viable candidates for that role and at this time we’ll see who earns it.”Sharp update:It sounds as if Patrick Sharp is on schedule to be back on the ice skating in a few weeks following his emergency appendectomy Monday.“I wouldn’t say it impacts our training or the season, really,” Stan Bowman said. “It should be a few weeks and we’ll have him back and ready to go. In the scheme of things, it’s minor. It’s too early to predict timing. It’s basically four weeks and we’ll see how it goes.”

    Mark Wilson waves to the crowd after making par on the 18th hole during the second round of the BMW Championship in Lemont on Friday.

    Elmhurst’s Wilson tied for lead at BMW Championship

    Mark Wilson started the day 2 shots behind Justin Rose, but with a walking gallery of about 100 family and friends on hand, roared to a 5-under round of 66 to tie Rose for the lead after two rounds. Playoff points leader Webb Simpson is 2 shots off the lead.


    At last, Harper set to play at home

    Harper College's football team finally gets its home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, as the Hawks host Iowa Central in Midwest Football Conference play.

    Mark Wilson watches his bunker shot on the 18th hole during the second round at the BMW Championship. Wilson is the co-leader and searching for his third victory of the season.

    Hot finish should put Wilson in Player of the Year mix

    Second round co-leader Mark Wilson was asked if he holds on this weekend to win the BMW Championship for his third win of the season, should he be part of the equation for PGA Player of the Year?“I do, yeah,” Wilson said

    Carlos Pena, Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez celebrate their 4-3 win in 12 innings over the Houston Astros Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Byrd, Garza propel Cubs past Astros in 12

    Matt Garza pitched nine strong innings and Marlon Byrd hit an infield single in the 12th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. Garza was one strike from finishing off a five-hitter when Carlos Lee hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot into the left-field bleachers that tied it 3-all. But the Cubs rallied anyway.


    New NFL pat-downs move from waist up to ankle up

    The NFL has “enhanced” its security pat-down procedures for fans entering stadiums.The league asked its 32 teams to instruct stadium security to search fans from the ankles up for banned items such as alcohol and weapons. Previously, the search was from the waist up.

    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, says the racing should be clean in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend — at least early on.

    Edwards expects give and take in the Chase
    Carl Edwards has finished second four times this season, but don’t expect him to use his bumper to turn some of those seconds into wins during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup—at least not early on. “I think you have to let it go down to the end of the season,” Edwards said.

    NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick checks with crew members during practice Friday for the Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Sunday.

    Team meeting spurs Harvick toward Chase run

    The 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup officially begins for 12 drivers when the green flag drops for Sunday’s Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. But for one driver, Kevin Harvick, the Chase may have begun emotionally two weeks ago at a team meeting.

    Courtney Vandersloot of the Chicago Sky was voted by WNBA coaches to the 2011 rookie team on Friday.

    WNBA rookie team honors for Sky’s Vandersloot

    Rookie of the Year Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and the San Antonio Silver Stars’ Danielle Robinson headline the 2011 WNBA All-Rookie Team, which includes the Tulsa Shock’s Liz Cambage, Chicago Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot, and Silver Stars’ Danielle Adams.

    NIU coach Dave Doeren spent the past five years as an assistant at Wisconsin, serving as defensive coordinator for the last three. He’ll take the Huskies to Soldier Field on Saturday to play the Badgers.

    College football previews: Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois
    While Northern Illinois has beaten two Big Ten schools in recent years (Purdue and Minnesota), the Huskies will be big underdogs when they face No. 7 Wisconsin at Soldier Field on Saturday. NIU's high-scoring offense is powerful, but the defense couldn't find a way to stop Kansas last weekend. Mike McGraw previews the matchup.

    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.

    Get prepped: What's hot in high school sports

    South Elgin breaks in a new football stadium tonight when they face unbeaten Metea Valley tomorrow. Elk Grove's senior quarterback, linebacker and place kicker Dejan Basara makes it tough to take him off the field. Both Naperville North and Wheaton Warrenville South need a win tonight. And Stevenson running back Anthony Bozin is playing it safe after suffering a concussion earlier this football season.

    Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round at the BMW Championship golf tournament on Thursday in Lemont.

    Hey, Phil, enough already on Dubsdread drubbing

    OK. OK. We get it, Phil Mickelson. You don’t like the redesign of Cog Hill’s Dubsdread. Well, it looks like you won’t have the course to kick around much longer, so put your head down and try your best to compete for that paltry $8 million in prize money.



    Illinois, other states join telecom antitrust suit

    Seven state attorneys general have joined the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block the merger of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. The department announced that state attorneys general from New York, Washington, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania have joined Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against AT&T, T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom AG, the owner of T-Mobile.

    The American Invents Act is displayed Friday after President Barack Obama signed it into law.

    Obama signs major patent law change

    The bill is meant to ensure that the patent office, now facing a backlog of 1.2 million pending patents, has the money to expedite the application process.

    The Charlestowne Mall on Route 64 in St. Charles.

    Despite some stumbles, business climate looking up in St. Charles

    St. Charles, like many cities and towns, has felt the economic downturn. But there is hope on the horizon. “We have continued to grow economically the last few years, and there's at least half a dozen good examples of that,” Mayor Don DeWitte said. The cornerstone of that evidence is the city's First Street redevelopment project. The project has been dubbed the crown jewel of the city's downtown district.


    Abbott named a “Top Employer” by Science Magazine

    Abbott Laboratories was named one of the top 20 employers in Science magazine’s 2011 Top Biopharma Employers survey.The annual survey polls employees at innovation-based companies and determines the best employers based on 23 characteristics.  According to the survey, Libertyville-based Abbott’s top three characteristics are: conducting important, quality research; being socially responsible; and treating employees with respect. The complete rankings are available online and in the Oct. 7 issue of Science.“Abbott’s success begins with our scientists and we are honored to be included on Science magazine’s list of top employers,” said John Leonard, M.D., senior vice president, pharmaceuticals, research and development, Abbott and chair of Abbott’s scientific governing board. “Abbott has worked hard to create a diverse and creative scientific organization that encourages and rewards innovative thinking to find meaningful solutions for patients around the world.”Abbott was also recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine.At Abbott, employees are given opportunities to succeed, lead and grow in their careers through training, mentoring, networking groups and development programs.  Abbott scientists are rewarded through the Chairman’s awards, President’s awards, patent/inventor awards and induction into the prestigious Volwiler Society, which was established in 1985 to recognize the company’s most distinguished scientists and engineers.Named for the late Ernest H. Volwiler, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scientist and former Abbott president and chairman of the board, the society encourages professional growth, and is meant to spur, recognize and showcase scientific innovation at Abbott.  Each year, the Volwiler Society issues “Outstanding Research” awards to the Abbott scientists and teams who have made significant contributions to their scientific fields.


    AAR reports first quarter fiscal year 2012 results

    Wood-Dale-based AAR today reported fiscal year 2012 first quarter sales of $479.3 million and income from continuing operations of $17.0 million, or $0.41 diluted earnings per share. For the first quarter of last fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $404.4 million and income from continuing operations of $14.0 million, or $0.36 diluted earnings per share.


    Household wealth dipped in the spring

    Americans’ wealth fell this spring for the first time in a year. Falling stocks and investments made many slightly poorer, a trend that worsened this summer.

    Newly released emails show that the Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape. An email from a White House budget official to a co-worker discussed the likely effect of a default by Solyndra Inc. on President Barack Obamaís re-election campaign.

    White House wary of Solyndra re-election effects

    The Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company — and the political fallout it could bring — even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape, newly released emails show. An email from a White House budget official to a co-worker discussed the likely effect of a default by Solyndra Inc. on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.


    Inaugural Illinois innovation index released

    Today, four organizations partnered to recognize the inspiring participation of venture capital investors in growing Illinois business and unveil a new, monthly digital monitor to report innovation activities and performance.Innovative, emerging startups, mainly within the Chicagoland area, have been attracting investors at record levels since the end of the recession in June, 2009. The dedication of venture capital investors to build up Illinois businesses progressively encourages economic vigor within the city and state, increasing productivity and supporting job growth.According to data generously provided by the Illinois Venture Capital Association, in 2010, more than $1.4 billion was invested in Illinois businesses, and the first two quarters of 2011 have followed this pattern, with a total of nearly $856 million invested, year to date.“Illinois has been an innovation hub for many decades, and the promising resurgence in venture capital investment ties to the state’s hotbed of young companies, technology start-ups, the strong pipeline of higher education institutions, exceptional talent as well as state and local government support,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This is good news for enterprise and policymakers that look to Illinois as a prime destination for investment.”“The new Illinois Innovation Index is testament to the power of collaboration among many of the organizations charged with making the city and state the premier place to start or grow a business,” said Rita Athas, President of World Business Chicago. “The Index will be a significant benchmarking tool as we work to grow, attract and retain companies.”The Illinois Innovation Index, a visually-dynamic monthly monitor, will provide vital information on investment activity across the state. The inaugural issue is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, September 15, with subsequent monthly digital deliveries including entrepreneurial survey results and data on university tech transfer, productivity, and new business startups. The data, analysis, and insight from each edition will form the basis of a larger report on innovation. In addition, the underlying data and related tools that inform each issue will remain available for additional use and analysis and can be accessed via IllinoisInnovation.com.


    Morningstar expands investment services

    Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., (MIS) today introduced a suite of new strategies to Morningstar Managed Portfolios, a fee-based discretionary investment management program offered exclusively through financial advisors. The strategies, which include active/passive, momentum ETF, and global tactical ETF portfolios, tap innovative methodologies developed by Ibbotson Associates, a world leader in asset allocation. MIS and Ibbotson are registered investment advisors within Morningstar’s Investment Management division.“We’re thrilled to make the Ibbotson portfolios available to the more than 30,000 independent financial advisors who have access to the Morningstar Managed Portfolios platform,” said Jeffrey Ptak, president and chief investment officer of MIS. “Advisors have increasingly sought low-cost, active investing solutions that employ exchange-traded funds. We think they’ll find plenty to like in the Ibbotson portfolios, which further broaden our lineup while putting Ibbotson’s institutional capabilities within their clients’ reach.”Some asset classes, like small-cap and emerging markets equities, can present better opportunities for active managers than others, such as government bonds and large-cap equities. The five Ibbotson Active/Passive Portfolios use ETFs or indexed mutual funds in areas that are less ripe for active managers, and actively managed funds in realms where a talented portfolio manager is more likely to add value after taking risk into account. Broadly diversified and low cost, these portfolios are designed to bring investors the strength of both approachesMomentum investing is a well-documented investing style that takes advantage of trends in investment returns. The five Momentum ETF Portfolios seek to exploit these patterns by systematically under- or over-weighting asset classes based on proprietary momentum signals developed by Ibbotson. The portfolios confer the benefits of low-cost, broadly diversified investing, but also rapidly adjust to evolving market conditions.


    Kmart to award $25,000 in scholarships

    Kmart is launching the Latina Smart Fund in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Promoted through Kmart’s Latina Smart Facebook page, the Latina Smart Fund will award $25,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and/or students currently enrolled in college, technical or trade schools.According to The Pew Hispanic Center, dropout rates are the highest among Hispanics; and although nine out of 10 Hispanic young adults surveyed said that a college education is important for success in life, less than 50 percent had plans for secondary education.(1) Latina Smart Fund seeks to improve these statistics by motivating young Hispanic women to pursue higher education, providing financial support through scholarships and offering encouragement through its social media channels.“Kmart recognizes education is a passion point within the Latino culture,” said Nydia Sahagun, multicultural marketing director, Sears Holdings Corporation. “Through the Latina Smart Fund, we aim to further engage and empower the Hispanic community that represents some of Kmart’s most loyal customers.”Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31, eligible candidates can apply for the Latina Smart Fund scholarship by either submitting a 750-1,000 word essay or uploading a two minute video of themselves answering a topical question to Kmart’s Latina Smart Facebook page. The top 50 contestants, or most “Liked” entries, will be rated by the Latina Smart Ambassadors (Blogueras) based on criteria such as originality, style, and enthusiasm. The top 20 selections will then advance to the final round where a panel of experts in the areas of business and education will choose one $10,000 scholarship recipient and three $5,000 runner-up awards. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/latinasmart.

    Working Mother has named Northfield-based Kraft Foods to its list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for the sixth consecutive year. Abbott Labs in Libertyville Township, also made the list.

    Kraft, Abbott one of working mother's ‘100 best'

    Working Mother has named Northfield-based Kraft Foods to its list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for the sixth consecutive year. Abbott Labs in Libertyville Township, also made the list.


    P&G launches site for Latin women

    CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co. has launched an online site aimed at Latin women that offers beauty and household tips, inspirational stories, and information about some of its consumer products.The www.orgullosa.com site is part of a Hispanic Heritage Month initiative and also of P&G’s increased marketing to U.S. Hispanics. The name of the site is Spanish for “proud.”The fast-growing group now accounts for 16 percent of the nation’s population.The bilingual site features P&G products including Olay skin cream, CoverGirl makeup and Febreze air fresheners.

    Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader, center, enters a prison van following his appearance at the City of London magistrates court in London, U.K., on Friday. Adoboli, the trader arrested on suspicion of fraud at UBS AG, hired lawyers at Kingsley Napley LLP in London to represent him, a spokeswoman for the law firm said today in a phone interview.

    UBS trader ordered held over fraud allegation

    An alleged renegade trader accused of losing Swiss bank UBS about $2 billion in unauthorized trading was ordered held in prison custody Friday charged with fraud and false accounting. Adoboli, who is charged with one offense of fraud by abuse of position and two offenses of false accounting, did not enter any pleas at the brief hearing at a London court.


    GE inks health care, energy deals in Russia

    NEW YORK — General Electric Co. said Friday it has secured two separate deals in Russia that could generate between $10 billion and $15 billion in sales.The agreements focus on the energy and health care industries. The energy deal allows GE to manufacture and sell natural gas turbines in the country. The health care deal clears GE to make and sell high-tech medical diagnostic equipment. The products will be built in Russia, with GE running the operation. GE will start building a plant for its turbine operation later this year. It expects to build turbines with a total generating capacity of up to 5 gigawatts of power. Its new Russian energy business is a joint venture with Inter RAO UES, one of the country’s largest power companies, and Russia’s United Engine Corp. On the health care side, GE said it will start making CT scanners and then expand to other types of diagnostic equipment. GE estimates Russia has a need for about 3,000 CT scanners. The country plans to spend more than $30 billion by 2014 on health care, according to GE. The health care business is a joint venture with Russian Technologies. GE has been working in the country since the early 20th century. Its Russian operation, headquartered in Moscow, crosses a variety of fields including health care, transportation, aviation, electrical power, oil and gas, water treatment and financial services.Shares of the Fairfield, Conn., company fell 12 cents to $15.96 in premarket trading.


    Foreign Treasury holdings fell during debt debate

    The two biggest foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities kept investing during a tense fight in Washington over raising the government’s borrowing limit. But overall foreign holdings fell for only the second time in more than two years, a sign that some investors worried about a possible default.


    Citi to raise monthly fees on checking accounts

    Citi is raising the monthly fee on its basic checking account. The new fee will be $10, up from the previous $8. At the same time, the bank said Friday that it will waive fees and offer bigger rewards if customers sign up for more services.


    Oil drops as U.S., Europe clash over debt crisis

    NEW YORK — Oil prices are sliding as the U.S. and Europe clash over how to handle the debt crisis in Greece.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude on Friday dropped $1.47, nearly 2 percent, to $87.94 per barrel in New York.U.S. Treasury chief Timothy Geithner is with European finance ministers in Poland, suggesting that the U.S. is growing more concerned about Europe’s economic state. If the Greek government defaults, there will be a ripple effect across the continent that could potentially reach the U.S. A weakened global economy pushes energy prices lower. The U.S. is pushing for a more decisive solution. On Friday, European leaders pushed back a decision on more Greek payouts until October.Meanwhile, retail gasoline prices fell in the U.S. by more than a penny to $3.611 per gallon.

    Jay Kober, 60, of Portland, who has been unemployed for 10 months, waits in line with others during the 2011 Maximum Connections Job and Career Fair Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in Portland, Ore. Unemployment rates rose in a majority of states in August for a third straight month, further proof that job growth is weak nationwide.

    Unemployment rates rose in majority of states

    WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in a majority of states in August for a third straight month, further proof that job growth is weak nationwide.The Labor Department says unemployment rates increased in 26 states. They fell in 12 and remained unchanged in 12. Nevada had the nation’s highest unemployment rate among states at 13.4 percent. It rose from 12.9 percent in July. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.5 percent. That’s up from 3.3 percent in July.Nationwide, hiring fell significantly in August. The economy added no new net jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent for the second straight month.


    Spain reintroduces wealth tax to help cut debts

    MADRID — Spain’s debt-laden Socialist government voted Friday to reintroduce a wealth tax it had suspended just three years ago, arguing now that it is only fair for richer people to chip in more in times of crisis.The Cabinet approved the new tax in a decree and it will go to Parliament next week.The legislature dissolves later this month ahead of Nov. 20 general elections that will be dominated by an economy saddled with a 21 percent jobless rate, anemic growth after nearly two years of recession and debt woes which periodically prompt worries Spain might be the next euro zone country to need a bailout.The new wealth tax — a levy on a person’s net worth — tweaks the old one so only the wealthiest Spaniards will pay. Critics insist however that Spain’s truly super-wealthy have their fortunes tucked away in special investment funds that are taxed rather gently.The new wealth tax will be in effect just for 2011 and 2012, and will only tax people’s net worth above (euro) 700,000 ($963,000). That’s about seven times the earlier threshold. The government says only about 160,000 people will be affected.Emilio Botin, president of Banco Santander and one of Spain’s richest men, said he strongly disapproved of the tax.“I’ve said it once, and I repeat it now. I think it is a very bad idea to reintroduce it,” Botin said speaking at the unveiling of an art gallery project in his native northern city of Santander.The average yearly salary in Spain is about (euro) 20,000 ($27,520).“There are millions of Spaniards who would be delighted to have to pay this tax,” government spokesman Jose Blanco said after Friday’s Cabinet meeting. “This is a decisive moment for many Spaniards. Lots of people are looking for work. Lots of families are struggling.”He added: “It is only fair to spread the burden of the crisis.”Opposition parties have criticized the idea of reinstating the tax, arguing among other things it is a desperate bid by the government to appease leftist voters angry over austerity measures such as cuts in civil servant salaries, an extension of the retirement age and business-friendly labor market reforms.Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, spokeswoman for the opposition center-right Popular Party, which is heavily favored to win the election, said Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his party are engaging in “political improvisation to keep their people happy.”Zapatero suspended the wealth tax in 2008 on grounds it hurt the middle-class disproportionately and in effect penalized people who saved their money, just as the global economic crisis was starting to bite deep in Spain.Now the argument is to spread the pain of the crisis to the wealthier classes and bring in an extra (euro) 1.1 billion a year in badly needed revenue.


    Paper: London police want sources on hacking story

    LONDON — The Guardian newspaper says London police are demanding it reveal its sources for the story that reignited Britain’s phone-hacking scandal.The paper says police are seeking an order forcing it to unveil sources behind stories that exposed how the now-defunct tabloid News of the World hacked the phone of missing schoolgirl, Milly Dowler. The girl was later found murdered.The hacking scandal has prompted the resignation of two top police officers and shaken Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger says he will “resist this extraordinary demand to the utmost.”Police could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

    U.S. stocks alternated between gains and losses Friday after European finance ministers pushed back a decision about how to solve the region’s debt crisis.

    Stocks trade mixed as European leaders meet

    U.S. stocks alternated between gains and losses Friday after European finance ministers pushed back a decision about how to solve the region’s debt crisis.Blackberry maker Research in Motion Ltd. lost one-fifth of its value after reporting sharply lower revenue and income. The company is facing stiff competition from Apple Inc.’s iPhone and phones that use Google Inc.’s Android software.At 11:17 a.m. Eastern time, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 5 points to 11,439. It had been up as many as 99 points earlier. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 1, or 0.1 percent, to 1,208. The Nasdaq composite index rose 2, or 0.1 percent, to 2,609.Traders are waiting for news from a gathering of European finance ministers. The group is meeting in Poland to discuss a debt crisis that threatens to engulf several countries. They are joined by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who helped craft the response to the 2008 financial crisis.The group will not decide until next month whether Greece has qualified for its next round of bailout money, its leader said early Friday. Geithner had urged his counterparts to provide a decisive solution to the crisis.European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet is expected to speak after European markets close, around midday in New York.Analysts said some stock-sellers were pocketing profits after a week that lifted shares nearly 5 percent. Antony Conroy, head trader for BNY ConvergEx Group, said traders’ sentiment is mixed, with some buying undervalued stocks and others selling on long-term concerns about Europe.“Even though we’ve had a good couple of days, people still believe there’s a good chance that the credit crisis in Europe is going to cause something like a 2008 event,” he said.Stocks rose every day this week, their first four-day winning streak since August. The rally lifted the Dow and the S&P by about 5 percent. The Dow is still down 1 percent for the month, the S&P 0.3 percent. Research in Motion said after the market closed Thursday that it lost ground against competitors in the three months ended Aug. 27. The company sold far fewer tablets and phones, struggling in a category dominated by the iPhone and iPad.The troubled company has lost more than half of its market value this year. RIM said July that it would lay off 2,000 workers, about 10 percent of its work force.Stocks have not risen for five days in a row since the week ending July 1, before nervousness about the sluggish economy and Europe sent shares falling. Markets surged on Thursday after five central banks said they would offer unlimited dollar loans to the European banks. Some banks have been unable to borrow to pay for their daily operations. They can’t get loans from other banks because no one knows how much bad debt they hold.


    UAW official says agreement may be near with GM

    DETROIT — It looks like the United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. are nearing an agreement on a new contract.UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, the union’s chief negotiator, told workers in an email update Friday that bargainers are getting “very close” to the framework of a deal.“I am optimistic that the negotiations process is entering its final stage,” Ashton wrote. “I truly believe that a settlement is within reach.”But Ashton also cautioned that both sides still need to do more work, saying that agreements of this size undergo many revisions before they are final.Contract talks between the union and GM, Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. began in July and will determine wages and benefits for factory workers at all three companies. They will 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 of people. The talks are the first since GM and Chrysler needed government aid to make it through bankruptcy protection in 2009.Workers at all three companies have stayed on the job under terms of a contract that expired Wednesday night. Workers at GM and Chrysler cannot strike over wages under the terms of the companies’ 2009 government bailouts. Ford workers can still strike. Each company negotiates with the union separately.Negotiators with GM and the union bargained until around 9 p.m. Thursday and resumed talks on Friday morning.“We continue to make progress in negotiations,” GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said, declining further comment.The union is seeking bigger profit-sharing checks, guarantees of more jobs, signing bonuses and raises for entry-level workers. Ford and GM want to cut their hourly labor costs, which still are higher than Asian automakers with U.S. factories. Chrysler is trying to hold its costs steady.Talks with Chrysler and Ford also are continuing, but have slowed as the union concentrates on GM. Any deal with GM would be used as a template for the other two companies, although unlike past years, there will be differences to match each company’s finances.

    The board of directors of Lake County's Libertytownship-based Abbott today declared a quarterly common dividend of 48 cents per share.

    Abbott declares 351st consecutive quarterly dividend

    The board of directors of Lake County's Libertytownship-based Abbott today declared a quarterly common dividend of 48 cents per share.


    Chicago businesses learn about opportunities in india at summit
    News ServicesChicago will host one of the largest foreign delegations in the city’s history. Over 40 leaders from India’s business and government will participate in the U.S.-India Economic Summit,Tuedazy hosted by The Executives’ Club of Chicago in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.The distinguished group will include the Ministers of Commerce, Industry and Textiles as well as the Ministers of New and Renewable Energy and Power. They will discuss business opportunities, growth sectors and new policies affecting foreign investment.The expected audience of 300 includes participants from as far away as Washington, DC, Minnesota and Kentucky.Mayor Rahm Emanuel will open the Summit and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will close the event. The dozens of speakers in between include the new Ambassador of India to the United States, Nirupama Rao, who will make her first speech as Ambassador.India’s connections to Chicago are many. In addition to the many professionals and students, Chicago’s companies are finding opportunities in India and vice versa. Schneider Electric North America, whose CEO Chris Curtis will speak at lunch, has 31 industrial sites in India, and has announced 4,000 retail outlets by 2012 as well as plans to design and manufacture three solar plants generating 35 gigawatts.“This is a city-wide effort. The Executives’ Club is delighted to be working with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American India Foundation, the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities, and the India Chamber of Commerce,” said David Nelms, CEO of Discover Financial Services and Chairman of The Executives’ Club of Chicago.Chicago companies are also excited. Sponsors include American Airlines, Deloitte, CME, Discover, Baxter, ITW, BMO Financial, Mesirow, Nalco, S&C, Potash, and Boeing.“The Executives’ Club has a rich tradition of bringing global business leaders such as His Excellency Anand Sharma and Ambassador Rao to Chicago, and Deloitte is proud to support the Club’s efforts to serve as a voice for the Chicagoland region in the international business community,” said Deb DeHaas, vice chairman and Central region managing partner for Deloitte LLP. “As India has become a strategic market for global business growth by Chicagoland companies, forums like the U.S.-India Summit are critical to understanding the right strategies for successful expansion into the Indian market, as well as the potential impact to our regional economy and workforce.”A video message from the Secretary of Energy as well as letters from Senator Dick Durban and Governor Pat Quinn will be delivered at the Summit.A statement by one of the attendees, who said he ‘usually has to travel to New York for this type of thing’, captures the growing sentiment of Chicago’s importance for international business. For companies with operations or interests in India, this is one event not to be missed.Event Details Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 7:30 - 6:00 p.m. The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, ILThe Executives’ Club of Chicago is a business forum for thought leadership, professional development, and best business practices. Founded in 1911, The Club is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious business organizations. The Executives’ Club serves Chicago’s business community by providing information and resources needed to establish effective global partnerships, enhance intellectual exchange, develop future diverse business leaders, and promote Chicago as a world class global business center.

    Job seekers line up for a career fair in Oak Brook. Associated Press

    Illinois unemployment up sharply to 9.9 percent

    Illinois’ unemployment rate shot up almost half a percentage point in August to 9.9 percent. It was a fourth straight month of diminishing job prospects that state officials blame on weak consumer confidence and the struggles of the national economy.

Life & Entertainment

    Will this be the year that Jon Hamm wins an Emmy for his work in AMC's “Mad Men”?

    Could this be Hamm's year? Or Steve Carell's?

    It's hard to picture TV stars such as Steve Carell, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie as perennial bridesmaids. But that's what they've been in recent years at Emmy time, as rival nominees hog the golden statuettes. Will any of the threesome shed his bridesmaid status this year?

    Jane Lynch speaks before the rollout of the red carpet for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Lynch is hosting the Emmy Awards, which take place Sunday, Sept. 18, in Los Angeles.

    Jane Lynch rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

    Despite some anxiety issues, Jane Lynch has been hard at work backstage preparing for Sunday's 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards with longtime pals Jill and Faith Soloway from Chicago. The trio previously worked together on Annoyance Theatre's “The Real Live Brady Bunch” in the 1990s. The first-time host promised that the Chi-town ladies would bring “kind of a Chicago feel” to the show.

    Actor Jonah Hill co-stars with Brad Pitt in the upcoming film “Moneyball.”

    Actor Jonah Hill getting serious

    Actor Jonah Hill, the 27-year-old star of “Superbad,” “Get Him to the Greek” and next year's big-screen update of “21 Jump Street,” continues his move from comedic roles into more serious parts with the upcoming "Moneyball" with costar Brad Pitt.

    Kat Dennings, left, and Beth Behrs formed a quick bond while filming the comedy series “2 Broke Girls,” which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, on CBS.

    2 budding stars go for broke on ‘2 Broke Girls'

    The gals who play the 2 broke girls are cracking each other up. In real life, Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings share laughs and a chemistry that seems years in the making just as they do on their sassy new comedy as struggling waitresses at a Brooklyn greasy spoon. “2 Broke Girls” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, on CBS before settling into its regular slot at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, hammocked between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men.”

    You'll want to gobble up these small, frosting-filled cake sandwiches, aka “gobs.”

    Gobble a Gob

    Trying to start a food trend is a little bit like trying to give yourself a nickname ­— it almost never works. Yet a young writer/entrepreneur/baker named Steven Gdula seems to have done it. Gdula was born in western Pennsylvania and raised on “gobs,” a confection that an outsider could be forgiven for confusing with a whoopie pie.


    Dining events: Morton’s pairs dinner with fine cigars

    It’s a cigar dinner — a meal under the stars at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Schaumburg paired with fine cigars from the Habana Cigar House. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and the meal includes an appetizer of colossal shrimp cocktail, an iceberg wedge salad, a 12-ounce New York Strip and a twice baked potato with carrot cake for dessert.

    Kristin Chenoweth's "Some Lessons Learned"

    Kristin Chenoweth not country enough to sing country

    Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth has the pipes for Broadway and brings a country music background to her first Nashville-recorded album. But country music embraces personality as well as talent, and Chenoweth doesn’t establish any identity of her own on her new album.


    Book notes: Ebert to sign books in Skokie

    Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert signs copies of his memoir, “Life Itself,” which was released Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Barnes and Noble — Old Orchard in Skokie.

    Charlie Sheen on the “Tonight Show” Thursday said he is no longer angry with the producers who fired him from “Two and a Half Men.”

    Charlie Sheen in forgiving mood toward ‘Men'

    Charlie Sheen seems to have buried the hatchet. Appearing on Thursday's “Tonight Show,” the former star of “Two and a Half Men” radiated a forgiving mood toward his old workplace. Asked by host Jay Leno if he's still angry at the sitcom's producers and network, he said no: He would have fired himself had he been in their shoes. Then he added with a laugh, “Well, maybe not like they did.”

    Karen Culver, left, and Alexandria Cook serve up a variety of brews at Bauer's Brauhaus in Palatine.

    Suburban bars celebrate Oktoberfest with special brews

    Summer brews are gone, making way for taps and shelves stocked with Oktoberfest beers. From Palatine to Downers Grove to Schaumburg and more, drink in some fall flavor as bars all over the suburbs celebrate with plenty of German beer, food and special events.

    Alien Ant Farm

    Weekend picks: Tonight's all about the tunes

    Retro rockers Sha Na Na bring the best songs of the '50s and a heavy dose of pompadour-wearing humor to Lincolnshire's Viper Alley tonight. Or if your seafood craving is strong, get your music with a side order of oysters at Guinness Oyster Festival in Chicago. Read on for more weekend events.

    Ryland Homes, which is developing Patriot Place in Bolingbrook, has launched a new Houseworks Program to offer buyers many ‘green' options, such as paint and carpeting made with fewer chemicals.

    For many, conservation is key in home building

    The concept of green building is not new. Thousands of years ago, the Anasazi Indian tribe of the Southwest built whole villages where homes received solar heat in the winter to cut down on wood usage.

    You’ll want to gobble up these small, frosting-filled cake sandwiches, aka “gobs.”

    S.F. Chocolate Vanilla Gob
    S.F. Vanilla Gob


    Night life: Huddle up at Libertyville's Casa Bonita

    Catch the taping of Comcast SportsNet’s “Chicago Huddle” at 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Casa Bonita in Libertyville. Hosted by sportscaster and former Bear Dan Jiggetts, current Chicago Bears players will co-host each week.


    Primetime Emmy Award nominations
    List of this year’s 63rd Primetime Emmy Award nominations


    Super Handyman: Tips to help you adapt your home as you age

    More and more, we are seeing people opt to stay in their homes as they age, rather than move to retirement homes and the like. You can do a lot of things to your home to make it more accessible and, in most cases, spend a lot less money than you would if you moved. Here are some guidelines you can use to adapt your home for easier accessibility.


    About Real Estate: With sales slow, offering home as ‘fixer upper’ is a bad idea

    Home sellers who don’t make inexpensive cosmetic changes or easy repairs may risk a 20-percent drop in their sale price.


    The nation’s housing: Changes in title insurance industry

    WASHINGTON — When you spent $2,000 to $3,000 to buy title insurance and closing services on your home purchase or refinance, did you really know where your money was going?


    Home inspector: Color coding different for commercial wiring

    Q. Are the electrical wires in a home color-coded for positive, negative and ground? Our wires are brown, blue, and green/yellow. Which ones should we connect to which screws?



    More education needed about crosswalk law

    A Daily Herald survey of several suburban police departments shows few tickets have been written for violations of the state's new crosswalk law. A Daily Herald editorial says a statewide campaign to get out the word about the law is needed.


    President Obama’s folly

    This president is such a prisoner of his leftist ideology he seems incapable of pulling a Clinton and triangulating to get something done that motivates the private sector to hire workers and spur economic growth.

    "I have nothing but the highest respect for the office of the president, but I will never apologize for listening to my constituents over another one of the president's political speeches," Joe Walsh says in an op-ed piece in response to a Daily Herald editorial.

    Joe Walsh: ‘My constituents are my bosses'

    "I have nothing but the highest respect for the office of the president, but I will never apologize for listening to my constituents over another one of the president's political speeches," Joe Walsh says in an op-ed piece in response to a Daily Herald editorial.


    A politican with actual solutions
    I’m ardently supporting businessman Herman Cain for the Republican nomination and of course the 2012 general election. He is the only candidate who consistently puts forth actual solutions to address the many problems our nation faces.


    Animals treated better than babies?
    Are animals more important in our society now than human babies in the womb? Babies, unborn yet, but already able to feel excruciating pain are tortured daily in abortion clinics in our United States.


    Maybe Obama would still be a senator
    In his letter of Sept. 6, Paul Bischoff stated, “I voted for Barack Obama because I thought America needed a black for its president.” From what I hear, many others felt the same way. Apparently those voters didn’t heed the words of the foremost civil right leader of our time, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said in 1963, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” If Mr. Biscoff and the others had heeded those words, Barack Obama might still be a mediocre senator.Mary Ann Cronauer Naperville


    ‘Remembrance’ was soul stirring
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: On behalf of the residents of the Village of Lake Zurich, thank you to all who organized, planned and participated in this wonderful memorial program that was so appropriate for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.


    Sheriffs must enforce all laws
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I don’t believe anywhere in the oath does it say that I will enforce the laws I think should be enforced and those I don’t like I won’t enforce.


    Road divider a matter of safety
    Who needs to die before the entry onto Meadow Green Lane gets the divider that the original builder didn’t install? Because of the layout of the entry, why did the village allow the divider to be eliminated? The yellow strips at the entry have disappeared because of people cutting the corner and driving over them. Even after the death of a motorcyclist on Cedar Lake Rd. and Meadow Green Lane, the yellow strips haven’t even been repainted.I’ve been told that the person cutting the corner would have made no difference in the death of the motorcyclist. Who, how many have to die? How many accidents does it take? Steven Kopp Round Lake Beach


    Thanks, Fox News, for enlightening me
    I haven’t yet been able to totally justify my new lack of compassion for less-fortunate people, but hopefully another few months of watching Fox News exclusively I’ll understand I should only be looking out for myself.


    Government’s role is to protect innovation
    Simple Econ 101: Individuals outside the public sector do the innovating, not complacent and wasteful statists.Government is there to protect and provide a safety net, not be the engine of economic growth.


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    Letter to the Editor: Our Founders set up a system of checks and balances to ensure gridlock. Gridlock is good. It ensures that Congress is not ramming needless legislation down our throats.


    Persuade extremists to get with program
    Letter to the Editor: If 75 percent of the Muslim world is not extremist, perhaps this large majority should begin to impress itself upon those radicals around the world who are giving the rest of you such a bad name.


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