Daily Archive : Saturday September 17, 2011


    Dorothy Grice

    Des Plaines loses a part of its history with death of longtime resident

    Dorothy Grice never held public office in Des Plaines, but she was something of a first lady for the city. As the granddaughter of some of Des Plaines’ earliest settlers, her roots in the area predated the Civil War. And she was the longest-serving member of the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, was among the first graduates of Maine Township High School, and attended the...

    Shoppers packed the kitchen and home appliances area in one of the buildings at the Kane County Fairgrounds for St. Peter Barn Sale Saturday.

    Shoppers corral deals at St. Charles barn sale

    From cookbooks, toys and bicycle helmets to treadmills, lawn mowers, fridges and much, much more, the St. Peter Barn Sale attracted an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people on Saturday. The sale continues Sunday, and benefits St. Peter Catholic Church and School in Geneva.

    Cami Kazian, 6, of Libertyville plays on the new Alcott Park playground before its dedication Saturday in Buffalo Grove. The adjacent playground was dedicated to the memory of her sister, Lexi.

    Gift makes Buffalo Grove playground accessible to all

    When children climb, swing and slide on the new playground equipment at Alcott Park in Buffalo Grove, their laughter and excitement will embody the memory of a little girl who loved the park. It memorializes Lexi Kazian, who was born with severe brain damage in 2002 and died in 2004.


    ComEd reps seek to clarify vetoed rate-hike plan

    In the midst of the ongoing mea culpa tour, representatives from Commonwealth Edison spoke with a handful of Des Plaines residents Saturday during a neighborhood meeting hosted by Illinois State Representative Rosemary Mulligan to "clear up some of the myths and misconceptions" about the legislation on proposed rate increases that Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed last week.

    John Dalton, Elgin Community College Trustee, greets Cassandra Lees of Elgin, who wrote and directed “Mistaken,” on the red carpet for the Elgin Short Film Festival at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Saturday, Sept. 17.

    Conant grad part of winning team at Elgin Short Film Festival

    The Elgin Short Film Festival returns to the Hemmens Cultural Center for its third run. Our own Dann Gire served as one of the judges. The winning entry "The Small Assassin," was produced by Conant High School grad John Bosher, based on a story by Waukegan native Ray Bradbury.

    A single engine T-28 from the six-plane Trojan Horsemen Demonstration Flight Team crashes and explodes during a performance at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va.

    Another air show crash, this time in West Virginia

    A World War II-era plane crashed at a West Virginia air show and burst into flames on Saturday, though officials did not immediately know of any injured spectators.

    The rededication ceremony at Mundelein High School auditorium was packed with former students who came back for the 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday.

    Mundelein alums celebrate past, present for school's 50th

    Mundelein High School celebrates its 50th anniversary with a day of events on Saturday, including a rededication and open house. Suzie Marshall remembers when Mundelein High School was one small, narrow building. “The school has changed tremendously,” said Marshall, 64. “The auditorium was still there, but there was no swimming pool or media room. That is all just fabulous."


    Illinois poverty growing as state help shrinking

    As legislators chopped the Department of Human Services budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, including $4.7 million for homeless services, the result is that many of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable are left with fewer options and more uncertainty even as census data shows Illinois grappling with its highest poverty rate in nearly two decades as the jobless rate rises.


    Elgin police reports

    A Lake in the Hills was charged with theft of lost/mislaid property after video surveillance from Grand Victoria Casino showed him pick up from the floor a wallet that had been reported stolen by a casino patron, police reports said. The stolen wallet reportedly contained $700.

    Ethan Gordon, right, demonstrates a First Robotics Entry during the science, technology, engineering and mathematics open house at Scullen Middle School in Naperville. Gordon is from the Illinois Math & Science Academy.

    Dist. 204 science fair sparks project ideas

    About 350 students and parents from Indian Prairie Unit District 204 explored topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics Saturday during the district’s first Science Project Ideas and ITEM Open House generating all kinds of ideas for future projecs.


    Man charged with threatening Lisa Madigan

    A Chicago man has been charged with threatening to kill Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in a lawsuit over the state’s sex offender registry.

    Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota., speaks Friday during a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif.

    GOP candidates revive private Social Security idea
    Texas Gov. Perry has helped make Social Security a leading issue in the campaign by writing in his book, “Fed Up!” that the program is a “Ponzi scheme” and a “failure.”

    Justin Keys holds the flag of Columbia during the Parade of Nations on Saturday in Aurora. The parade kicked off the second day of Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican independence.

    Fiestas Patrias celebrates Mexican, Hispanic cultures in Aurora

    Twenty children and teens carrying flags of South and Central American nations welcomed visitors to the second day of Fiestas Patrias on Saturday afternoon in Aurora. “The kids are living flagpoles,” said Delia Nila Basile, a member of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board who created the display called the Parade of Nations five years ago.

    Walter Mondale is hugged by his daughter Eleanor as his wife Joan looks on at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn., where Mondale conceded the presidential race to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    Walter Mondale’s daughter, Eleanor, dies

    Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out her own reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host and gossip magnet, has died at her home in Minnesota. She was 51.

    Kara Kennedy wipes a tear as President Barack Obama reads about her father, Massachusets Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy, as Obama awards him the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Oldest child of late Sen. Ted Kennedy dies

    Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, died at a Washington-area health club, her brother said Saturday. She was 51.

    The old Ace Hardware building on State Street in Geneva sits vacant, but not for long.

    Ace Hardware comes back to Geneva

    Geneva is getting Ace Hardware back on West State Street, according to columnist Dave Heun. And be on the lookout for sickly trees around town.


    Hanover Park man on parole for theft is arrested for speeding

    A 56-year-old Hanover Park man currently on parole for theft with a driving on a revoked license case pending in Will County was arrested Friday for another traffic offenses. A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 for Jerry Holt, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second degree murder in 1982.

    Jim Pelosi meets with children on one of his many visits to the pediatric oncology activity room at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    Kids Fight Cancer was Arlington Hts. businessman’s legacy
    Arlington Heights resident Jim Pelosi was first diagnosed with cancer at 19. He fought off the disease four times, founding Kids Fight Cancer along the way, which has raised $2 million. “People called him the man of steel,” says his son, Jim,


    Elgin man held for repeatedly driving on a revoked license

    An Elgin man was held on $25,000 bail Saturday after authorities say he drove while his license had been suspended for DUI. Juan Guajardo, 37, has received a total of six citations for driving on a revoked license since 1997.

    Terry Bratcher

    West Chicago man guilty in Bartlett lawyer’s murder

    A DuPage County jury Friday convicted a West Chicago man of suffocating his former lawyer during a gun heist at the 82-year-old victim’s home in rural Bartlett. A jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Terry Bratcher, 45, guilty of murdering Carl Kuhn in August 2009. “From day one, I had no doubts he would be found guilty,” Kuhn’s son, Evan Kuhn of Lakemoor, said. “We can’t bring my...

    In 1982, Sen. Charles Percy gestures prior to his appearance, in Washington on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation." West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office says Sept. 17, his father-in-law, former Illinois Sen. Percy, has died in Washington at age 91.

    Former Illinois Sen. Charles Percy dies at 91

    Former Sen. Charles H. Percy, a former Foreign Relations Committee chairman whose moderate Republican views put him at odds with conservatives including former President Richard Nixon, died Saturday in Washington. He was 91. Percy's daughter, Sharon Rockefeller, announced in March 2009 that he had Alzheimer's disease. His death was announced by the office of his son-in-law, West Virginia Sen. Jay...


    Foreign student enrollment hits record at Purdue

    The number of international students enrolled at Purdue University has surged to record levels, a growth that has surprised university officials and prompted more work to help meet the students' needs.


    15 killed in Ivory Coast villages near Liberia

    Armed men from Liberia have killed at least 15 people in attacks on villages along the border over the last two days, Ivory Coast's defense minister said Saturday. The violence began Thursday night in the country's southwest, a region that has seen fighting even after the resolution of Ivory Coast's bloody political crisis earlier this year.


    WIU plans for new police training academy

    The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board plans to open a new residential Police Academy and Research Institute at Western Illinois University.

    President Barack Obama delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 8. The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign Monday, Sept. 12, in politically key states to try and rally the public behind President Barack Obama's new jobs plan and pressure a divided Congress to act.

    Republicans seize on waning campus Obamamania

    The young people in the ad look dissatisfied and pouty. Barack Obama's voice and the words "winning the future," from one of his old campaign speeches, echo in the background. "You're LOSING my future," says one young man.

    Dog handler Mona Dean McGinnis loads her cadaver dogs near the base of Topaz Mountain as law enforcement look for missing Utah mother Susan Powell, on Sept. 16, 50 miles northwest of Delta, Utah. Powell disappeared from her West Valley City home in December 2009 and hasn't been seen since.

    Police dig in Utah desert in hunt for missing mom

    Authorities have been hampered by weather while digging through what they say is a shallow gravesite in the central Utah desert as part of a nearly two-year investigation into the disappearance of a missing Utah mother. Cadaver dogs led police to the site just off a dirt road near the base of Topaz Mountain, a popular rock-hounding area north of Delta. The site is more than 130 miles from where...

    In this photo from earlier in the year, U.S. hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, attend their trail in Iran. The defense lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran moved ahead with bail arrangements on Sept. 17 as international efforts intensified to seal a freedom-for-bail deal for the two men, convicted of spying.

    Iran: Court to commute sentences for 2 Americans

    Iran's foreign minister says the courts are willing "in near future" to commute the prison sentences for two jailed Americans convicted for spying. Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran's judiciary was ready to cancel the sentences as a gesture of Islamic mercy. But he did not give any clearer indication on when the two men could be released.


    Branch pickup coming in Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates’ free curbside tree branch pickup program will begin Monday, Sept. 26, but read on to understand all the do's and don'ts of what you can put out onto the curb.

    Dawn Harkins, a cabaret artist from St. Charles, is launching her second album, “This Is Romance,” with two CD release performances.

    St. Charles vocalist to debut 2nd album
    Dawn Harkins, singer, musician, teacher, actor and cabaret artist from St. Charles, is launching her second album, “This Is Romance,” on Sept. 22-23. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in Chicago, in collaboration with Chicago Jazz pianist Bobby Schiff.

    Oakton Community College faculty members, staff, administrators, students, trustees and Educational Foundation members gather Sept. 9 to kick off “Connecting What Matters,” the college’s new strategic planning process.

    Oakton kicks off new strategic planning process

    Oakton Community College kicked off the college’s new strategic planning process, “Connecting What Matters,” Sept. 9 with employees brainstorming about Oakton’s future and key elements for success.

    The Schaumburg Park District will dedicate the Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover School Park, 301 N. Springinsguth Road at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in honor of retired Schaumburg High School cross country coaches Jim and Jon Macnider.

    Cross country course to be dedicated to 2 Schaumburg coaches

    In honor of two successful Schaumburg High School track coaches, the Schaumburg Park District will dedicate the Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover School Park, 301 N. Springinsguth Road at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22.

    The LASC Twisters Blue squad recently won in the Black Division of Buffalo Grove’s Kickoff Classic, beating teams from Northbrook, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect.

    Your news Twisters win Buffalo Grove’s Kickoff Classic
    The LASC (Lindenhurst) Twisters Blue squad won in the Black Division of Buffalo Grove’s Kickoff Classic recently.


    Libertyville street dance Sat.
    MainStreet Libertyville will be “Rockn’ the Big Top” on Church Street downtown, from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 for its annual fundraiser.

    Fourth-grade students at St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich participate in last year’s walkathon their Spirit Day event.

    St. Francis de Sales School hosts year’s largest fundraising event

    St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich is celebrating its fifth annual Sprit Day fundraising event. On Thursday, Sept. 22, more than 500 students will descend on the streets of the village to help raise funds for continued technology improvements.

    Horse handler Jane Clement, of Barrington Hills, shows firefighter/paramedic Lark Sanders proper haltering techniques.

    Barrington Countryside firefighters trained in horse-handling

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society got together recently so firefighters could get trained in handling horses in case of an emergency.

    Lauren McLane's artwork is on the cover of the 2011-12 calendar for District 116.

    Student's artwork on first District 116 calendar

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 didn't need an expensive consultant to design an eye-catching cover for its first calendar. It was produced by a Round Lake High School senior.

    Gilberts Elementary School kids form a giant ‘C’ for Chicago Bears on its field to try to earn a $10,000 grant from the NFL’s Play 60 contest. A helicopter photographed them from the air.

    Gilberts Elementary calls in big guns for shot at grant

    Gilberts Elementary School students pull out all of the big guns as it tries to win an NFL grant worth $10,000. The Community Unit District 300 school enlisted the help of Connie Payton, wife of former Chicago Bear Walter Payton, Staley the Chicago Bears mascot and a helicopter.

    A lawsuit is pending on the possible new public works garage on County Line Road just South of Route 22 in Fox River Grove. Neighbors are concerned because trees have been cut down recently.

    Trees disappear from Fox River Grove garage site

    Fox River Grove resident Paula Kayler knew that the village’s plan to build a public works garage off County Line Road meant she probably would lose the view of verdant trees across the street from her house. But Kayler said she didn’t think it would happen while a lawsuit seeking to block the construction was pending.“We used to look at beautiful trees, deer and gorgeous birds. Now I have to...

    Lake in the Hills native Josh Scholl won ABC’s “Karaoke Battle USA” singing competition.

    Jacobs grad wins karaoke contest

    Lake in the Hills native Josh Scholl is the best karaoke singer in the country. That’s the verdict of the judges of ABC’s “Karaoke Battle USA,” a national singing competition that aired its season finale Friday night. Scholl, a Jacobs High School graduate, celebrated with family, friends and fans at Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin.


    Emmy-winning author teaches D303 students how to write

    Author and Emmy-winning children’s television writer Betty Birney engaged students at Munhall Elementary in St. Charles Unit District 303 Friday in a conversation about her writing process and the life of an author Friday.

    Cecilia von Beroldingen, a forensic scientist and director of the California Criminalistics Institute at the California Department of Justice, began using a guide dog in 1994, after a brain tumor led to her losing the sight in her left eye and most of her sight in her right in 1990. She relies on a guide dog as well as technology.

    Guide dogs have more distractions these days

    Guide dogs and their handlers have always undergone intense training on dealing with distractions from squirrels to skateboarders. But today's guide dogs have a whole new generation of things to worry about: quiet cars, button-activated walk signals, stroller traffic on handicapped curb-cuts, and a greater likelihood of interacting with other dogs.


    Enjoy pancakes with Elgin PADS to help shelter

    On Sunday, Sept. 18, join the volunteers of PADS of Elgin as they host a pancake breakfast and bake sale to benefit our community’s emergency shelter. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    Illinois 4-Hers honored for all their hard work

    The seventh and largest class of Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame inductees was recognized Aug. 13, during the 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair. One of the local honorees was Joseph White of Elburn, who is a 10-year member, and 14-year volunteer.

    A P-51 Mustang airplane is shown upside down right before crashing.

    Images: Reno Air Show Tragedy
    A vintage P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into an area of spectators at the Reno Air Show on Friday evening. The pilot, along with others on the ground, were killed.


    Illinois defensive back Steve Hull runs off the field while celebrating with fans after defeating Arizona State 17-14 in Champaign on Saturday.

    Suffocating ‘D’ paves way for Illinois

    Sparked by a defense that spent Saturday night in the Arizona State backfield, Illinois earned its first win over a ranked team in four years with a 17-14 home victory over the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils on Saturday night.


    Is it too late for Fire to make move into playoffs?

    The Fire just keeps hanging around, doing enough to stay on the fringes of the MLS playoff race but not jumping in with both feet.

    Floyd Mayweather delivers a knockout punch to Victor Ortiz in the fourth round during a WBC welterweight title fight, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.

    Mayweather wins with bizarre KO

    Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. remained unbeaten and did it in emphatic fashion Saturday night, stopping Victor Ortiz at 2:59 of the fourth round.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    South Elgin's varsity football team and marching band prepare to play Metea Valley at the new South Elgin Booster Stadium Saturday.

    A ‘perfect' home debut for South Elgin Stadium

    Money Magazine last month named South Elgin No. 98 among the top 100 small towns in America in which to live. The village of approximately 22,000 residents probably would have finished higher had the judges waited to consider Saturday's events.

    South Elgin's football team t Septemakes the field through the tunnel to play Metea Valley on Saturday at the new South Elgin Booster Stadium.

    South Elgin blanks Metea Valley in home debut

    The South Elgin football team gave the first on-campus home crowd in school history an afternoon to remember with a 33-0 victory over previously unbeaten Metea Valley Saturday. It was a day the Mustangs would prefer to forget entirely.


    Benet dances away with title

    Tournament MVP Jenna Jendryk had 9 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks - including a block at match point - and Benet avenged a loss to Hinsdale South in last year's sectional final with a 25-16, 25-22 win in the championship game of the Wheaton Classic.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Glenbard West's Mike Marston (1) intercepts a pass in front of Hinsdale Central's Tom Garvin (81). Glenbard West's Joe Marconi (25) looks up field for running room.

    Glenbard West swarms Hinsdale Central

    It took only 21 seconds for Glenbard West's football team to knock Hinsdale Central back on its heels. By the time the Red Devils finally settled into the game in the third quarter, Glenbard West was well on its way to Saturday's 45-14 West Suburban Silver victory in Glen Ellyn.

    North Chicago's Manros Nickens plows over Round Lake's defense in the first quarter for major yardage in their matchup on Saturday at Round Lake High School.

    Miracle finish for North Chicago at Round Lake

    Down to its final strike, North Chicago struck with Arnold Shead, its speedy, smooth, shakin'-and-bakin', smiling sophomore who improvised in the final seconds and connected with Nigel Williams on a 43-yard TD pass with four ticks left. The heroics rallied the Warhawks to a 20-17 victory that spoiled Round Lake's homecoming in a North Suburban Prairie Division thriller Saturday.

    Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, left, is knocked out-of-bounds by Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman, top left, and safety Kurtis Drummond. The Irish dominated Michigan State 31-13 to get their first win Saturday.

    Notre Dame gets first win, tops Mich. State, 31-13

    Cierre Wood ran for two touchdowns, freshman George Atkinson III returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and Robert Blanton had a late interception Saturday as Notre Dame beat No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 for its first win.

    North Chicago’s Manros Nickens plows over Round Lake’s defense in the first quarter for major yardage in their matchup on Saturday at Round Lake High School.

    Images: North Chicago vs. Round Lake football
    The Round Lake Panthers host the North Chicago Warhawks for their homecoming football game Saturday, September 17.


    Illinois holds off No. 22 Arizona State 17-14
    Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night.

    South Elgin’s Adolfo Pacheco brushes off Metea Valley defender Breon Hossier at South Elgin Saturday.

    Images: Metea Valley vs. South Elgin football
    Metea Valley visits the brand-new home of the South Elgin Storm for the school's first true home football game Saturday in South Elgin.

    Glenbard West’s Mike Marston intercepts a pass in front of Hinsdale Central’s Tom Garvin. Glenbard West’s Joe Marconi, 25 looks up field for running room.

    Images: Hinsdale Central at Glenbard West varsity football
    Glenbard West high school in Glen Ellyn hosts Hinsdale Central high school for Friday night football.


    South Elgin’s Owens, Fremd shine at D-C

    What a difference two years makes for South Elgin golfer Xavier Owens. As a sophomore at the Dundee-Crown Boys Golf Invitational in 2009, Owens’ round of 71 wasn’t good enough of for first place, as he placed second to Benet Academy’s John Calahan. This year, the senior’s round of 71 was good enough to place him second to none.

    Northwestern’s Demetrius Fields (8) can’t make the catch in front of Army defender Josh Jackson (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Army won, 21-14.

    Colter takes blame for Northwestern’s loss

    With Heisman hopeful quarterback Dan Persa confined to the sidelines with a nagging Achilles tendon injury, Northwestern struggled to convert crucial third-down plays as Army (1-2) topped the Wildcats 21-14 Saturday.

    The White Sox have lost seven in a row, matching their longest losing streak of the year. They dropped another game to the Kansas City Royals Saturday, 10-3.

    Royals pound White Sox for 7th straight win

    Mike Moustakas hit his third home run in four games and Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.


    Patrick Kane says there’s no chance he’ll miss season opener

    Patrick Kane reported no issues with his surgically repaired wrist after participating in two practices on Saturday.

    Elaina Ricci of Beads in the 200 IM during the West Chicago girls swimming invitational Saturday.

    Neuqua puts it all together

    Once again the Neuqua Valley swimming team’s high-quality depth prevailed.The Wildcats won all three relays and seven individual races to easily outscore the opposition in Saturday’s West Chicago Wildcats Invite with 309 points to second-place Lyons Twp.’s 214.


    Stevenson duo finds itself finishing on top

    Kaylin Dong and Zoe Manion won at first doubles and the Patriots also took the team title at Prospect's girls tennis invitational on Saturday.


    Kil wins Mundelein’s invitational

    At Countryside, Grace Kil fired a 4-over 76, 1 shot better than Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake Central Co-op, leading Buffalo Grove (350) to the invite championship on the Mundelein Invitational on Saturday in girls golf.


    Comfortably, Wauconda wins own tournament

    Wauconda’s girls volleyball team is getting more and more comfortable with its 6-2 offense that it installed at the beginning of the season. Erinn Hellweg had a team-best 45 kills, and Megan Tallman added 43 kills, 48 assists, 31 digs and 7 aces, as the Bulldogs captured their own tournament championship with a 5-0 record Saturday.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Claire Spiewek, Cara Tyrell and Whitney Vanden Bos were all selected to the all-tournament team Saturday as Westminster Christian’s girls volleyball team won the program’s first tournament championship, capturing first place at the Warriors’ own invitational.Westminster (11-4) defeated Harvest Christian in the championship match 25-18, 13-25, 25 — 15 after beating Elgin Academy, Kirkland Hiawatha and Mooseheart earlier in the tournament.Spiewek had 40 kills, Tyrell 31 kills and Vanden Bos 36 digs to lead Westminster Christian.Harvest Christian defeated Alden-Hebron and North Shore Country Day and split with Mooseheart before losing to Westminster in the final. Sydney Doby (13 blocks), Sarah Kott (6 aces), Shayna Manusos (6 aces), Erica Manusos (6 aces), Kaitlyn Floyd (54 assists) and Jade Martinez (12 digs) led the Lions.At St. Viator: Larkin took 6th place in the 12-team St. Viator invite, beating Elk Grove and Von Stueben and losing to Conant, Immaculate Conception and Carmel. Lexi Smithberg, Olivia Kofie and Brianna Stewart led the Royals (8-14).At Hersey: Elgin went 0-5 at the Hersey invite, losing to Schaumburg, Lake Zurich, Montini, Glenbard North and Hoffman Estates. Elyssa Helker (13 kills, 4 blocks), Hope Demel (34 assists, 12 digs), Monica Stockman (19 kills, 6 blocks), Briana Hamilton (15 kills) and Rachel Roth (48 digs, 9 aces) led the Maroons (3-19).At Maine East: South Elgin went 2-3 at the Maine East invite, beating Maine East and Niles North and losing to Trinity, Maine South and Addison Trail. Ali Osborne (19 kills, 6 aces), Amanda Nadler (16 kills), Rachel Murray (23 digs, 6 aces), Sam Kummerer (15 kills), Bri Reum (15 kills) and Maggie Jakaitis (71 assists) led the Storm (5-8-1).At Glenbard West: Streamwood went 1-4 at the Glenbard West invite, falling to Glenbard West, Northside Prep, Prospect and Rockford Guilford. The Sabres beat Morton and in that win, Hannah McGlone and Kelly Drwal each had 4 kills, Brittany Kemp 5 aces and Liz Simonelli 8 digs.John Radtke contributed to this report


    Hersey tops Lake Zurich for tourney triumph

    Despite dropping the first set, the Hersey rallied for a 19-25, 25-19, 25-21 triumph over Lake Zurich in the championship of the Hersey Invite.

    Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is tackled by Northern Illinois' Courtney Stephen, left, and Jimmie Ward during the fourth quarter of the Badgers' 49-7 victory at Soldier Field on Saturday.

    Wisconsin QB Wilson throws for 347 yards in rout of NIU

    No. 7 Wisconsin had no trouble putting away Northern Illinois 49-7 on Saturday at Soldier Field. Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson, who started the past three seasons at North Carolina State, paved the way with 347 passing yards.

    Justin Rose, of England, watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round at the BMW Championship golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Lemont.

    Justin looks back at the BMW field through Rose-colored glasses

    With Justin Rose opening up a 4-stroke lead and threatening to run away with the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, maybe optimism is all Mark Wilson and the rest of the field have to hang their hats on heading into Sunday's final round.


    NIU to build $7.5 million indoor practice facility

    While it was losing to Wisconsin on Saturday at Soldier Field, Northern Illinois announced plans to build an indoor practice facility to benefit football and other sports.


    Rules review goes in Mark Wilson’s favor

    Already struggling through the third round, Mark Wilson found himself very nearly penalized 2 more strokes when he went to replace his marked ball in a sand trap on No. 14.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup
    Sammy Escobar had 4 goals and an assist and Oscar Rodriguez added 3 goals and 2 assists as the Elgin boys soccer team defeated De La Salle 8-1 Saturday to win the Lasallian Cup at St. Patrick.


    Libertyville tops Morton, earns shot at Lyons

    Libertyville topped Morton 3-1 on Saturday to earn a spot in the Pepsi Showdown championship match at 2 p.m. Sunday against Lyons at Toyota Park.


    David Toews excited to be with big brother

    David Toews knows his brother's shadow is formidable, but all he wants is the opportunity to earn a place in the Blackhawks' organization.

    Laren Steinkamp of Jacobs returns a serve during first doubles play against Timothy Christian at Elk Grove High School Saturday.

    Jacobs edges Wheeling for Elk Grove title

    Jacobs edged Wheeling by 2 points to take top honors in the girls tennis invitational hosted by Elk Grove on Saturday.

    The Cubs beat the Houston Astros 2-1, sending the Astros to their 100th loss of the season. For the Cubs, the victory was their 4,000th at Wrigley Field, making them the third team to win at least 4,000 games in one home ballpark, joining the Red Sox (Fenway Park) and the Yankees (original Yankee Stadium).

    Plenty of milestones in Cubs 4,000th win

    The Cubs beat the Houston Astros 2-1 Saturday at Wrigley Field. It was the Cubs' 4,000th victory all time at Wrigley Field. They joined the Red Sox and Yankees as teams with at least 4,000 wins at one home ballpark. For the Astros, the defeat was their 100th this season.

    Burlington Central?s Clint Kliem and Jacobs? William Hennessy near the finish at the Kaneland Eddington cross country invitational on Saturday, September 17.

    Jacobs' Hennessy wins Eddington invite

    Senior William Hennessy kept the Jacobs streak going Saturday morning at Kaneland's Larry Eddington Invitational at Elburn Woods. Hennessy, second in the race last year to former teammate Nick Ellingson, spoke to Ellingson this week. Now at St. Mary's in California, Ellingson had some simple instructions. “He told me to try to keep the Jacobs streak alive,” Hennessy said. “I'll probably call him up later and say, ‘Hey, guess what?'” Hennessy made a furious charge to pass Burlington Central senior Clint Kliem at the final turn and take the victory in 15:47.9 to Kliem's 15:50.6.

    Kaneland?s Abby Dodis at the Kaneland Eddington cross country invitational on Saturday, September 17.

    Knowledge pays for Dodis, Kaneland

    The hills of Elburn Woods claimed a few more victims Saturday morning at Kaneland's annual Larry Eddington Invitational. That's when it pays to know the course like Knights junior Abby Dodis. Dodis turned in the best race of the day for host Kaneland, finishing eighth in 19 minutes, 45.6 seconds.

    Matt Garza has been the Cubs’ most effective starter this season, with an ERA of 3.51 to go with a hard-luck record of 8-10. Depending on what happens in the off-season, Garza could go into next spring with the inside track to being the Cubs’ opening-day starter and ace.

    Cubs need to start with pitching

    More than anything else, starting pitching figures to be the biggest concern for the Cubs this off-season. Their starters this year have compiled an ERA of close to 5.00, and they could explore several different options during the winter.

    Phil Mickelson and the rest of the pros who complained about Cog Hill earlier this week should just keep their mouths shut.

    PGA whiners should zip their lips about Cog Hill

    If pro golfers don't like Cog Hill, they should be forced to play the BMW Championship there every year. Heck, play all the major tournaments there, too, just to further irritate the whiners.


    WW South’s Kelly fires 69 at Chevy Chase

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tee-K Kelly shot 69 to win the Wheeling Invitational at Chevy Chase Country Club on Saturday.


    Focused Prospect wins Libertyville Invitational

    Prospect's boys cross country team was disappointed by an early exit from the state series last season, but a focused Knights team won the Libertyville Invitational on Saturday and is taking nothing for granted this fall.


    Prospect picks it up, places 3rd at Libertyville

    Prospect's Brooke Wolfe took top individual honors at the Libertyville girls cross country invitational, and the Knights placed third in the team race at Adler Park.


    Barrington rallies to edge Meadows

    Reid Strain rescued Barrington in regulation from what looked like sure defeat, and teammate Colter Williams finished off visiting Rolling Meadows (3-7-1, 1-4-1) in the 96th minute to give the host Broncos a 2-1 victory in a Mid-Suburban League soccer match Saturday afternoon.

    Jay Cutler threw for 312 yards in the Bears' 30-12 win over Atlanta. Can he engineer an encore performance in Week 2 at New Orleans?

    Can Cutler pick apart Saints' defense?

    Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense have to contend with a blitzing defense and a loud, hostile crowd Sunday in New Orleans, which could make for a long day if Drew Brees keeps the Saint' offense rolling.


    Cary-Grove breaks through Hampshire

    Needing a spark, Cary-Grove found one in Quinn Baker. The junior quarterback came off the bench to score 4 touchdowns and lead the Trojans past Hampshire, 35-6, on Homecoming Saturday at Al Bohrer Field in Cary.

    Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan, left, looks on as the Cubs’ Bryan LaHair watches his solo home run during Saturday’s fourth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs win 4,000th game at Wrigley

    The Cubs won 2-1 Saturday, the club’s 4,000th victory since moving into Wrigley Field in 1915. Only the Yankees at the original Yankee Stadium and Red Sox at Fenway Park have won more games in one ballpark than the Cubs have taken at their ivy-covered home.

    Week 4- Jacobs’ Caz Zyks breaks through a hole in McHenry’s defense in the second quarter.

    Images: Jacobs vs. McHenry football
    The Golden Eagles of Jacobs visited McHenry and extended their winning streak with a 42-19 victory.

    Week 4- Bartlett’s Zach Karys breaks for the open field as Batavia’s Michael Moffatt gives chase.

    Images: Bartlett vs. Batavia football
    The Bartlett Hawks visited Batavia to take on the Bulldogs in Friday night football action. Batavia won the game 35-13.

    Week 4- Conant’s Nick Blaha just misses a touchdown reception in the first quarter.

    Images: Conant vs. Hersey football
    The Conant Cougars football team moved to 4-0 with a 18-7 victory over the Hersey Huskies Friday night in Hoffman Estates.

    Week 4- Vernon Hills’ Jarret Wood scored a touchdown after receiving the ball from wide-reciever MJ Crowley, who had received the ball from quarterback Steve Nelson.

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. Antioch football
    The Antioch Sequoits hosted the Vernon Hills Cougars for Friday night football action September 16. Antioch won 10-7.

    Week 4- Naperville North High School’s Tyler Gehr celebrates a first-half touchdown run with Tim LaScala. Mike Langman watches the play.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South football
    Naperville North high school hosted Wheaton Warrenville South for Friday night football. Naperville North won 17-14.



    Duracell out to create new cell phone charging mats

    Procter & Gamble Co.'s Duracell battery unit is partnering with Powermat Ltd., hoping to get cell phone users to ditch their traditional power chargers. The two companies are teaming up to make small charging mats and receivers that wirelessly juice up cell phones and other small electronics.

    Associated Press/June 17, 2010 United Auto Workers President Bob King addresses the auto worker’s convention in Detroit last year.

    UAW members to get $5,000 signing bonus in GM pact

    The union said in a statement Friday that the contract includes some of its major goals, including improved profit-sharing, new jobs and better health care benefits.


    Farmers warn of post-Irene pumpkin shortage
    A late harvest can be fatal to business because pumpkin sales plummet after Halloween on Oct. 31.

    Facebook has allowed users to separate their friends into lists since 2007, this option took quite a bit of work and only a small fraction of Facebook users took advantage of it. Facebook revamped the technology this week to make it easier.

    Facebook to organize friends in ‘smart lists’

    It’s a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you’re not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law. Well, Facebook made life a little easier this week by revamping its friends list.


    Google’s new airfare search section takes off

    Google Inc.’s search results for airline tickets are finally getting a lift from a key piece of technology that it bought earlier this year.


    Apple cuts French App Store’s ‘Jew Or Not Jew’ app

    Apple Inc. has removed a mobile app, called “Jew or Not Jew?”, from its online App Store in France. The app let users consult a database of celebrities and public figures to determine if they are Jewish or not. Its removal follows a complaint from a French anti-racism group that threatened to sue the iPhone and iPad maker.

    Intel CEO Paul Otellini, right, is shown a solar powered chip by an Intel researcher, center, during Otellini’s keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday in San Francisco.

    Solar-powered processor a glimpse of the future?

    A solar cell the size of a stamp. That’s all Intel Corp. researchers needed to power a computer processor that could hold a tantalizing vision for the low-power chips of the future. The company showed off the feat this week at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.

    Shoppers can search in their browsers for electronics or appliances, and drag them to their “portfolios.” Digital Folio will present prices from Amazon, Best Buy, Sears, Target and Walmart, and lets the retailers quickly lower their prices if it turns out a competitor is cheaper.

    Digital Folio takes shopping service out of beta

    Denver-based Digital Folio Inc. has formally launched a service that lets retailers undercut each other to woo online shoppers. Digital Folio will present prices from Amazon, Best Buy, Sears, Target and Walmart.

    Facebook users will have to “opt in” to allow subscribers.

    Follow? No, Facebook to let users `subscribe’

    In a nod to rival social networks, Facebook is letting its users “subscribe” to news from other members — even those they are not friends with. This will let people hear from Facebook users they don’t know personally — such as celebrities or political figures.

    Messages are displayed in threaded conversations, but the Sparrow app has a quick reply feature that makes responding to an email feel as easy as sending a tweet.

    Sparrow cuts through your email clutter

    Overwhelmed by email? Mac owners should take a look at Sparrow, an IMAP mail app that aims to cut through the clutter.

    This frame grab provided by eBay Inc. is from a commercial that’s part of the new ad campaign focused on shopping via smartphone.

    EBay targets mobile users, hoping to seem hip

    Richelle Parham, eBay Inc.’s chief marketing officer, says plenty of people see eBay as an auction-focused marketplace, despite the reality. “We need to change that perception,” she says. Instead, the company wants to be seen as an e-commerce innovator.

    Three views of the Livescribe Echo smartpen, which starts at $100, making it more affordable than the iPad.

    Review: Livescribe smartpen is iPad’s opposite

    It’s as if Livescribe and Apple both looked at the old pen-and-pad combination, but completely disagreed on how to take it into the digital age. Apple put all the smarts into the pad. Livescribe put all the smarts in the pen.

    “Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter, right, flank a prop representing Watson during a practice round of the quiz show. Watson is being tapped by one of the nation’s largest health insurers, WellPoint Inc., to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

    IBM putting Watson to work in health insurance

    Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work. IBM’s supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world’s best “Jeopardy!” players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation’s largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

Life & Entertainment

    Some readers are complaining that Sarah Jessica Parker is too thin and stylish to reflect the frazzled main character in “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”

    How close to reality is parenting movie?

    Can Sarah Jessica Parker really embody Kate Reddy in the movie, "I Don't Know How She Does It?" Parker plays the role of a stretched-too-thin working mother. “Too thin” is literally true to some fans, because one of the biggest complaints among readers and potential viewers is that Parker is too thin and stylish to reflect the frazzled main character.

    A detail of a dress is shown as a model has a fitting backstage before the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection is modeled in New York.

    Marchesa creates underwater fantasy frocks

    Marchesa used the mermaid as its muse for a spring collection that marked the runway debut of the red-carpet favorite at New York Fashion Week.

    This undated photo courtesy of J.Crew shows a look from the JCrew Spring 2012 line presented during Fashion Week in New York.

    J.Crew says `timeless,’ but hits the trends anyway

    The clothes J.Crew presented at New York Fashion Week on aren’t necessarily for next season. They’re supposed to last longer than that.

    The spring 2012 collection of Michael Kors is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Kors’ jet-setting muses land in Africa this spring

    Pack your oversized, distressed leather bag: Michael Kors plans to take his customer on safari next spring. The heavily textured, mostly muted-colored clothes Kors offered for women and men at his New York Fashion Week show were inspired by the designer’s three safari trips to Africa.

    The J. Mendel Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Mendel’s daybook: Obama and NY Fashion Week

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was “so fabulous” and so “thrilling.” In fact, it was “historic.”That’s the week Gilles Mendel has had — and that was before his runway show at New York Fashion Week on that attracted the normally camera-shy Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.On Tuesday, he was in Washington to be honored by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt with a National Design Award. First lady Michelle Obama sat next to him at the luncheon.“It was beyond, beyond ... so inspirational,” he gushed.But then it was on to the next thing: the J. Mendel spring collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.He turned out vertical colorblocked dresses with pleat details for daytime and pleated georgette and mousseline ones for night. Strategically placed draped fabric kept the look soft, but there was a lot of architecture to the pieces, too.“With a slouchy modern style, the Mendel woman is both powerful and sexy,” he said in his notes.His best gowns had open backs, high-low hemlines and unexpected contrast insets. There were some high slits to make them that much sexier.Of course, there was fur — that’s where Mendel got his start — but it had a supporting role this time. A long-haired goat and shadow-fox bolero topped a sheer georgette bias-cut T-shirt, and a chalk-white vest made of mink was trimmed in goat hair.Mendel said in an interview before the show backstage that his inspiration was “modern Baroque” that had the regency of old Hollywood. He enjoyed experimenting with the more electric colors of yellow and blue, and playing with graphic white and black combinations.But, he added, in the end, it all comes down to “lots of skin, and ethereal looks that are feminine and light.”

    The spring 2012 Ralph Lauren Collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Ralph Lauren’s world: refined and relaxed

    The intersection of sportswear and elegance happens on the Ralph Lauren runway. It gives him a place on the American fashion scene like no one else.

    The Elie Tahari Spring 2012 collection modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Tahari goes for the glamour in spring collection

    What do ancient Egypt and the hourglass silhouettes of the early 20th century have in common? Nothing, except that they both inspired Elie Tahari’s spring collection, a glammed-up version of his famous daytime wear that made use of longer lengths, lots of gold — think Cleopatra — and sexier accents like harem pants, transparent tops and feathered vests.

    Patients who had experienced heart attacks rest on beds while being held under observation in the emergency room of a heart hospital in Beijing, China. Heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease have replaced hepatitis, diarrhea and malaria as desk work replaces farming, cars replace bicycles, and smoking remains stubbornly popular.

    New global killers: heart, lung disease and cancer

    What’s killing us? For decades, global health leaders have focused on diseases that can spread — AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs. They pushed for vaccines, better treatments and other ways to control germs that were only a plane ride away from seeding outbreaks anywhere in the world. Now they are turning to a new set of culprits causing what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls “a public health emergency in slow motion.”

    Producer and blues artist Dave Specter headlines the Blues & Barbeque Birthday Bash to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Weekend picks: Blues, barbecue and the Blackhawks

    Dave Specter plays the blues while you stuff your face with barbecue as College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center celebrates 25 years of great art and performances. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival kicks off hockey season, while the evening brings another Wheels Road Rallye in Schumburg.

    A lackluster entry is transformed with white paint, 30 framed da Vinci sketches torn out of a book and a large vintage portrait. Illustrates DESIGN-MAKEOVER (category l), by Terri Sapienza (c) 2011,The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (MUST CREDIT: Lauren Liess, left; Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey.)

    Creating an entry with impact

    Designer Lauren Liess says that when her family moved into their dated 1970s house, the two-story entry was “scary and dingy feeling.” With a few easy upgrades, she turned the dark and dreary space into one of the most welcoming places in her home.

    Tourists get off a trolley to enjoy the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla. Beach towns from Alabama through the Florida Panhandle have had a strong summer.

    Gulf Coast’s oily mess now just a memory

    Beach towns from Alabama through the Florida Panhandle have had a strong summer 2011 rebound after a 2010 marred by tar balls, crude oil sheen and cleanup crews and equipment ruining the views for any would-be sunbathers. “Tourists don’t even mention the spill now. They haven’t mentioned it really at all in the last six months,” said Ehrenreich.

    The first day they were in their house in Herndon, Va., the Liesses tore apart their kitchen. The improved space now boasts bead board, open shelving, painted cabinets and appliances, and a new chandelier and island.

    A fast facelift for a boring bi-level

    The morning Lauren Liess moved into her suburban home, she took a sledgehammer to the drop ceiling in the basement. Later that day, she and husband Dave ripped apart the kitchen. With Dave's DIY assistance, and $35,000 from savings and no-interest credit cards, Liess took a house that had been for sale for four years and, in six months, turned it into a jewel.

    Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki has opened a new movie “Where Do We Go Now?,” a bittersweet comedy about a group of wily women bent on keeping their hotheaded men out of harm’s way.

    Filmmaker Nadine Labaki is new face of Lebanon

    Lebanon may be known more for its civil strife than its fledgling movie industry, but Nadine Labakih hopes to change all that. The director-actress is out to transform the way the world sees her native country. So far, so good. Her debut feature film “Caramel” did more to overhaul Lebanon’s bullet-punctured image than a dozen million-dollar public relation campaigns.


    On homes and real estate: Assessment too low

    Q. I’m planning on selling my home within the year. My assessment hasn’t changed for years. My neighbors complain about high assessments, but my house is at least $100,000 under-assessed. Should I have it corrected and pay the higher taxes or leave it alone? I don’t want the current assessment to affect my asking price.


    Mortgage Professor: Identify junk forms at real estate closing

    At the end of a mortgage loan process that takes weeks and sometimes months, all the pieces come together at a “closing.” The major objective of a closing is to sign contracts and disburse the loan funds.

    This Spanish/Mediterranean-style home in Oak Brook was built by Hank Fossier.

    On the Market: Mediterranean-style house in Oak Brook

    A Hank Fossier-designed and built Spanish/Mediterranean-style home in the gated Oak Brook community of Covington is currently available for sale. It features Mediterranean details inside and out including a red tile roof; custom iron railing on the grand, sweeping staircase; granite flooring in the foyer and kitchen and hardwood floors virtually everywhere else.

    When John Seyerle’s fellowship was ending at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, he and his wife, Maria, told their daughters that a move might be in their future. When he took a job in Cincinnati, the couple took their girls — Anna, 8, left, and Sophia, 5 — house hunting.

    Tips to help your kids settle into a new house

    Moving can be more disruptive for kids than parents realize, said Doug Tynan, a child psychologist with the Nemours Foundation in Newark, Del. Be prepared to handle tears or unusual behavior as children adjust to their new setting.



    The Soapbox

    This week the Daily Herald Editorial Board lauds a hero in Wheaton and an age-defying athlete in Barrington. It also looks at the new study of a Route 53 extension and recognizes some small victories for the Chicago Sky.


    Beamer essay right to touch on PC
    In the Sept. 11 Daily Herald, an essay by David L. Beamer, father of Todd Beamer appeared in reflection of this past decade since the 9-11 terrorist attacks against our country. Mr. Beamer mentions a few things that, regrettably, haven’t changed, “As the enemy employs old tactics of terror and new ones of deceit, deception and infiltration to attack us from within, we employ strategies embracing political correctness, appeasement, compromise, apology, praise and passive leadership.” It’s good he lists political correctness first ...


    Road project laborer good job for Obama
    The president has a one-track mind and mistakenly feels that his will is best for the thousands who wish to ply their trade and use their learned skills. We have sent our young people to college to be denied their dreams of success?


    Column’s focus should be lawmakers
    One wonders if the purpose of Jake Griffin’s Tax Watchdog column was to “stir the pot” — so that the private sector readers will be against the pensions and benefits legally earned by the public worker. Shouldn’t the focus have been on the Springfield politicians who did not think long term when they created created multi-billion dollar deficits by failing to fund them?


    This is my town; I deserve a hospital
    Letter to the Editor: When the state review board said “no” to Centegra Health System’s application for a Huntley hospital, I took it personally. After all, I live in Huntley. I need this hospital. So do my neighbors in Sun City. So does my family.


    Thanks for making car show a success
    Letter to the Editor: I would like to thank the people who helped make our fifth annual charity car show a success. This year’s beneficiary was Special Olympics Illinois. We are still tallying the numbers and awaiting money that was pledged, but it appears we will be able to present Special Olympics Illinois with at least $6,000.


    Romney anything but a job creator
    Letter to the Editor: Mitt Romney didn’t create jobs in Massachusetts when he was governor. But, as a businessman, he sure knew how to make money destroying them. He is another Republican favoring tax cuts and less regulation for corporate “job creators” who are threatening to make the Middle Class extinct.


    Thanks for helping stop Muddy Paws
    A Deer Park letter to the editor: To all who gave so much of themselves to ensure justice was done in the Muddy Paws case, thank you.


    Celebrities should respect national anthem
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Am I the only one who is totally disgusted with so-called famous singers being invited to major public events to sing our national anthem and they don’t even know all the words and they’ll try to “jazz it up” instead of singing the proper melody.


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    Western option wrong for Rt. 45
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: The Lake County Board will soon have an opportunity to vote on the Highway 45 Millburn Bypass.


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