Daily Archive : Thursday September 22, 2011


    Jeffrey Mortenson, of Lindenhurst, DOB 10/20/87, Agg child porn/poss film/photo ¬ Bond 10% of 100K.

    Lindenhurst man denies porn possession

    A Lindenhurst man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he had more than 250 images of child pornography on his computer. Jeffrey Mortenson, 23, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated child pornography but would also be eligible for probation.


    Buffalo Grove may start inspecting rented homes

    Buffalo Grove would keep a closer eye on its rental properties under a new program proposed this week that officials say could prevent neighborhood nuisances while also earning a little revenue for the village.

    Crew Chief Tello Wilfrido Thursday installs a plate cover over a light at the entrance to Scream in the Park in Rosemont's entertainment district.

    Rosemont to debut new haunted house

    A ghoulish castle with a giant skull atop the entrance and two skeletons on each side of the doorway will greet visitors to Rosemont's new haunted house this fall. It opens Oct. 1 in the village's new entertainment district.

    Raja Krishnamoorthi

    Krishnamoorthi not backing down in 8th

    In what is sure to be one of Illinois’ most closely watched congressional races, presidential adviser David Axelrod says it's a mistake for Raja Krishnamoorthi to force a Democratic primary fight with Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth for an open seat in the 8th District. Axelrod, a top adviser in President Barack Obama’s campaign, said he won’t try to push out Krishnamoorthi,...


    Panel recommends company to run Winchester House

    A panel reviewing proposals from two private nursing home providers to take over operations at the Winchester House in Libertyville has recommended a Minneapolis-based company to run the county-owned home. A presentation to the board will be made next week explain why the panel believes Health Dimensions Group is the more qualified company to manage the day-to-day operations.

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Thursday said he and fellow Democratic congressmen Danny Davis and Bobby Rush will not help defend the new congressional districts against a court challenge by Republicans.

    Jackson won’t back new congressional map

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Thursday that he and two other Democratic congressmen from Illinois won’t help defend the state’s new congressional voting districts, which he suggested fellow Democrats drew to help politicians instead of minority voters.

    Though focus remained on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, there were seven other presidential candidates at Thursday’s GOP debate. From left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were among them.

    Romney, Perry joust again at GOP debate

    Standing mere paces apart, Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry sarcastically accused each other in a confrontational debate Thursday night of flip-flopping on Social Security and health care, flashpoints in their early struggle for the party nomination

    Diane Tecic reacts to the taste of Asian carp at a dinner event at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School on Thursday in Chicago. The event is part of a campaign by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to try and change the fish’s image and teach people how to cook the ultra-bony meat.

    Tasters enjoy Asian carp

    Asian carp may be a plankton-gobbling nuisance threatening the Great Lakes, but Illinois officials on Thursday expressed their hope to change that perception one bite at a time. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public tasting event in Chicago with a Louisiana chef to start a campaign that may lead to feeding the fish to people facing hunger. Chef Philippe Parola sauteed fillets...

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he loves his job.

    Chicago mayor not interested in presidential run

    Rahm Emanuel’s decision to give a speech on Nov. 19 at the biggest Democratic fundraiser before the Iowa Caucuses is fueling speculation he may be laying the groundwork for a run for the presidency in 2016. The Chicago mayor tried to put that speculation to rest Thursday with a little prompting, saying “no, never. Not interested.”


    Kane County taxpayers say assessments too low

    Kane County Board members let Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong know they've been receiving a lot of calls about the new assessments residents are receiving. Oddly, the complaints are about assessments being lower and coming from people trying to sell their homes. Of course, tax bills are still higher for most folks.


    Cook County property tax rates climb

    Cook County's property tax rates were released by Clerk David Orr's office, showing an increase by most taxing bodies throughout the county. The county's overall rate jumped 7.4 percent as well.


    This club’s really in the country
    The Sept. 23 Suburban Political Recount.


    Clothes dryer sparks Glendale Heights fire

    A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a single-family home in Glendale Heights Thursday afternoon, authorities said.


    Palatine’s Buehler YMCA to add parking

    The Buehler YMCA in Palatine plans on expanding its existing parking lot by an additional 70 spaces. The gym at 1400 W. Northwest Hwy gets extremely crowded at certain times of the day, requiring more room.

    A preliminary ruling that would strip Edward Hospital in Naperville of its property tax exemption is on hold as parties work on a legislative compromise.

    Quinn pauses decision on tax exemption for Naperville hospital, two others

    Gov. Pat Quinn put a hold on a ruling denying property tax exemptions for three Illinois hospitals, including Edward Hospital in Naperville, while his office and other parties work on a legislative solution.

    Vincentio Provenzano

    Chicago man pleads guilty to cheating Barrington business employees

    A Chicago man whose criminal history spans 49 years pleaded guilty to bilking employees at a Barrington car dealership and a Barrinton jewelry store out of several hundred dollars after he promised them Cubs tickets that he couldn't deliver. A Cook County judge sentenced Vincentio Provenzano, 69, to two years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea.


    School superintendents won’t appeal ruling on salary

    The state’s regional school superintendents said Thursday they won’t appeal a court ruling upholding Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to cut off their salaries, choosing instead to fight for the money in the General Assembly. “Our members are working right now to educate legislators about all the services we provide and good work we do for our school system and taxpayers,” Bob Daiber, president of the...


    Charlotte housing CEO takes Chicago job

    The new head of Chicago’s public housing agency is Charlotte Housing Authority president Charles Woodyard. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement Thursday. He says Woodyard has focused on sound financial management, among other things. Woodyard takes over the Chicago Housing Authority on Oct. 24.


    Learn about ash borer

    Glen Ellyn residents are invited to volunteer at an emerald ash borer awareness event Saturday. Volunteers will learn how to identify trees infected with the invasive insect and help tag such trees in the community parkway.


    Roselle fire department to host open house
    The Roselle Fire Department will host an open house to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the fire station, 100 E. Maple, Roselle.

    Dr. Harris Goldenberg, of Northbrook, shows the kids how it’s done.

    Children at Jacob Duman JCC get an earful

    Children at the Jacob Dumann JCC in Buffalo Grove got an earful Thursday morning, when not one, not two, but three ram's horns were played to mark the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana.


    Day of play in Vernon Hills:

    Worldwide Day of Play is a free, family event encouraging families to get outdoors. In Vernon Hills, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Deerpath Park, near the Warrington Road entrance.


    Sports Shed benefit:

    The annual Sports Shed benefit is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Viper Alley, Milwaukee Avenue and Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire


    Living wall tour:

    Friends of Ryerson Woods will host a tour of the new “North Shore Gas Living Wall” at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, the first living wall in the Midwest, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.


    Sente to host special needs forum:

    To help raise awareness of the resources available to individuals with special needs and their families, state Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills will host a Special Needs Citizen Advisory Committee and Forum on Monday, Sept. 26.

    King and Queen Artie Checchin and Ellie Morgan take their coronation stroll around the inside of the school gym.

    RMHS crowns its king and queen
    A highlight of Rolling Meadows High School’s homecoming week was Friday morning, when Artie Checchin and Ellie Morgan, both of Arlington Heights, were crowned homecoming king and queen. The festivities continue Friday, with the 3-1 varsity Mustangs football team taking on Wheeling High School at 7:30 p.m.


    Taxpayers group sues to stop toll increase

    Taxpayers United of America is suing the Illinois tollway in hopes of stopping a Jan. 1 rate increase.


    Police say robbery suspect left photo on stolen laptop

    As far as one suburban man is concerned, a picture may be worth more than a thousand words: It might just add up to 4-15 years in prison. Riverside police arrested 43-year-old Dominick Harvey Wednesday after circulating a self-portrait photo they say he left behind on a stolen laptop.


    Police reports
    Levon Moses Odum, 30, of the 500 block of Woburn St. in Ypsilanti, Mich., was charged Sunday with criminal damage to property, according to a police report. Odum and a companion made repeated requests to workers at a tavern in downtown St. Charles to play some rap music. The music was never played. Witnesses said Odum then left the tavern, lunging into a glass door and causing it to break off its...


    Mundelein man admits drug possession

    A Mundelein man is facing up to four years in prison after admitting Thursday he had a small amount of heroin with him when police searched a car he was in. Robert Mann, 21, will also be eligible for probation when he returns to court to be sentenced on a date not yet set.

    Randy W. Mitchell

    Naperville man accused of growing pot in forest preserve

    Police worked for several weeks to figure out who was growing nine cannabis plants in Green Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville. This month they found Randy W. Mitchell of Naperville, who now faces charges that include growing the plants and resisting officers.

    Michael Carbone

    Grayslake D46 budget gains approval

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 has established a $48.5 million budget for 2011-12, which is up slightly from last year. Board members voted 4-1 late Wednesday, with one abstention, in favor of the budget that’s up about $1 million. Kip Evans was the lone objector, while Michael Carbone abstained out of protest — both cited concerns about District 46’s spending.

    William Clark III

    Ex-Marine gets 8 years for bayonet stabbing at mall

    A former Marine pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his ex-girlfriend with a seven-inch bayonet at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee and was sentenced to eight years in prison. William R. Clark III of Algonquin must serve 85 percent of his sentence for attempted first-degree murder.

    Chicago Bears 1985 Superbowl Season. Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon runs out of the pocket against the Baltimore Colts at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Images: The 1985 Bears
    The 1985-86 Chicago Bears have been invited to a ceremony at the White House on October 7th to honor the champions of the Super Bowl XX.


    Haunted house volunteers needed

    Volunteers are needed to help with a haunted house event in Glendale Heights. The village is seeking adult and teen volunteers, ages 10 and older, to be live actors at the haunted house, as well as those willing to assist in the construction of the house and other behind the scenes work.

    Rescuers from the Itasca Fire Protection District and the Elk Grove Village Fire Department pulled an elderly woman from the car she drove into a pond Thursday morning on Bay Drive in Itasca. She died despite the rescue efforts.

    Woman, 82, dies after driving car into Itasca pond

    An Itasca woman, 82, died Thursday morning after driving her car into a pond at Bay Drive in Itasca, south of Devon Avenue, police said. She was submerged underwater inside the car for 15 to 20 minutes. Police say the cause of the accident and her death are under investigation.

    The Lombard Historical Society is applying for the Sheldon Peck Homestead to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Lombard seeks national recognition for Peck house
    The Lombard Historical Society feels the village’s oldest house — the Sheldon Peck Homestead — is worthy of national recognition as a historic place. The trick to getting that recognition is convincing a state council of the property’s historical value and architectural integrity. "We think it's definitely worthy of national register status despite its renovation," said Jeanne Schultz Angel,...


    Northwst suburban police blotter

    A man around 17 years old broke a window at a home on the 1700 block of South Illinois Street in Des Plaines around 3 a.m. Sept. 20. The female resident woke up, walked into the kitchen and turned on the light to see the burglar grab her purse and run. Loss was estimated at $200.

    Albert Einstein, seen above in 1934, theorized that nothing is supposed to move faster than light. That has remained a bedrock belief of physics for nearly a century — and it's why scientists at CERN are being careful about saying it isn't true.

    Fermilab asked to help confirm physics finding

    A pillar of physics -- that nothing can go faster than the speed of light -- appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle busting Albert Einstein's theories. Scientists at the world's largest physics lab said they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than light. Fermilab in Batavia is already working to confirm or refute the findings.

    Toni Hoy, center, and Joe Jason, right, president of the Barrington area chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, receive a check for the chapter. It is presented by Matt Fink, territory manager for Safeco. Also shown is Annie Bowman, who works with Hoy at Hill & Stone Insurance agency in Lake Bluff, and who nominated Hoy for the award.

    Mom’s work earns donation for Barrington mental health advocates

    Safeco Insurance has donated $2,000 to the Barrington area chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illinois in honor of a Lake County woman’s work on behalf of children’s mental health. Toni Hoy, of Ingleside, received the company’s Community Hero award for her efforts.


    Glen Ellyn man charged with child porn possession

    A Glen Ellyn man has been arrested and charged with four counts of posession of child pornography. He is being held in DuPage County jail.


    Naperville parks warning of vehicle burglaries

    Naperville police and park district officials are investigating a series of vehicle burglaries that have been taking place at district-owned parks and facilities. The most recent burglary occurred between 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a news release Thursday.

    Deanna Williams

    Probation for Carpentersville babysitter who let baby die of hyperthermia

    A Carpentersville woman and unlicensed babysitter is sentenced to 30 months probation for the hyperthermia death of 8-month-old old baby who was left alone strapped in a car seat under a blanket in her house for more than five hours. Deanna Williams, 46, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct earlier this year and tearfully told the judge she was a changed woman.

    Island Lake officials have approved a deal with a homebuilder to finish the roads and other amenities in the virtually abandoned Walnut Glen subdivision. The work could be done this fall.

    Improvements would come to Walnut Glen under deal

    Left incomplete when the housing market crashed, the roads and sidewalks in Island Lake's Walnut Glen subdivision could soon be finished. The village board has sent a construction agreement to Residential Homes of America, the Libertyville builder responsible for the development. Near River and Dowell roads, Walnut Glen initially was supposed to contain more than 200 homes, but empty lots are...

    President Barack Obama is greeted on the tarmac upon his arrival at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky., Thursday.

    Obama stumps for jobs bill on GOP leaders’ turf

    Employing in-your-face politics, President Barack Obama sold his jobs plan Thursday from the turf of the top Republicans on Capitol Hill, combatively calling them out by name to demand action. There was no sign his confrontational approach was changing any minds in Congress.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and comedian Adam Samberg, right, smile during the f/8 conference in San Francisco on Thursday. Facebook is dramatically redesigning its users' profile pages to create what CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is a “new way to express who you are.”

    Facebook redesigns profiles, adds ‘timeline'

    Facebook is dramatically redesigning its users' profile pages to create what CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is a “new way to express who you are.” Zuckerberg introduced the Facebook “timeline” Thursday in San Francisco at the company's f8 conference for some 2,000 entrepreneurs, developers and journalists. The event is also being broadcast to more than 100,000 online viewers.

    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, as stocks plunged, extending a rout around the world.

    Wall Street plummets on fears about economy

    Investors on Wall Street and around the world sold stocks with abandon Thursday, more convinced than ever that a global recession is under way. The Dow Jones industrial average lost almost 400 points.


    Quinn pauses hospital tax decisions

    A spokesman for the Illinois Hospital Association says the group is looking forward to working with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration and other parties on a legislative solution on tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals.


    Still no agreement between Cary teachers and board

    The Cary Education Association and the Cary Elementary District 26 school board still have not reached an agreement on a new teacher contract for the 2011 school year and beyond.


    Suspended company still completes work in Elgin

    Missouri-based Insituform Technologies is the first contractor the City of Elgin has suspended since it started auditing for I-9 compliance in 2008. But just last week, the pipeline rehabilitation company was in Elgin lining pipes on Sept. 15 and 16, according to Todd O’Donoghue, the general counsel for Insituform in North America – a fact confirmed by Elgin officials.


    Indiana House collecting fines from Dem boycott

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House has collected more than $100,000 in fines imposed on Democratic members for their five-week boycott during this year’s legislative session, House records show.


    Indiana fair stage collapse victim awake from coma

    PENDLETON, Ind. — A woman badly hurt in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse is communicating with family and friends by writing messages on a dry-erase board.They say 30-year-old Andrea Vellinga of Pendleton began gradually waking up last week from the coma she had been in since suffering severe head injuries in the Aug. 13 collapse.


    Thousands volunteer to help with 2012 Super Bowl
    INDIANAPOLIS — Organizers preparing for the upcoming Super Bowl in Indianapolis say they’re elated that 13,000 people have volunteered to help with visitors and events surrounding the game.


    Pocket dialing may have saved Wisconsin woman

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — An accidental pocket dial from a cell phone may have saved a 20-year-old Town of Lima woman from greater harm.According to a criminal complaint, 21-year-old Floyd Rashid, of Sheboygan, is accused of pinning his girlfriend to the ground and threatening her life Monday night.


    Roundy’s recalls breaded chicken sold at Illinois, Wisconsin deli counters

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. is recalling about 360 pounds of breaded chicken breast that may have been undercooked.


    Wisconsin company moving jobs from Mexico

    OSSEO, Wis. — Instead of sending work to Mexico, a manufacturer is bringing jobs from Mexico to Wisconsin.


    Wisconsin’s public unions face uncertain future

    MADISON, Wis. — The largest public employee unions in Wisconsin face an uncertain future as they decide not to go through the process of keeping their official status. The decisions not to hold the required vote under Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining changes passed this year by the Legislature means the state will have no obligation to bargain with the unions.

    Students check out the new playground equipment at Nature Ridge Elementary School in Bartlett.

    Bartlett school gets handicapped accessible play area

    Forty volunteers organized by the PTO constructed a new handicap accessible playground on a recent Saturday at Nature Ridge Elementary School in Bartlett after years of planning and fundraising. The school is one of two schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 with space dedicated to students with special needs, most of whom are wheelchair bound.


    Spanish lawmakers pass wealth tax to cut deficit

    MADRID — Spain’s Parliament restored a deficit-reducing wealth tax Thursday in its final session before dissolving to make way for an election that opposition conservatives are favored to win.


    Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack
    ANKARA, Turkey — A Kurdish militant group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack near a school in the Turkish capital that killed three people and wounded 34, a pro-Kurdish news agency reported.


    French court orders trial for police in 2007 crash

    PARIS — Lawyers for the families of two teens whose deaths in a 2007 traffic accident touched off several days of rioting in Paris’ rough suburbs say the police officer who hit them has been ordered to stand trail on manslaughter charges.In a statement Thursday, the attorneys, Jean-Pierre Mignard and Emmanuel Tordjman, hailed the Versailles appeals court’s decision as “wise.”


    Cage fight for English kids prompts outrage

    LONDON — Footage of two slender boys wrestling in a cage in front of a cheering crowd in a British social club drew harsh condemnation Thursday from government officials and children’s advocates who blasted the match as barbaric.The 8-year-old and 9-year-old wore no protective padding or headgear, and at one point one was shown crying.


    Obama urges coordinated action on economy

    President Barack Obama used the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to press leaders, in public and private, to take “coordinated action” to prevent the world’s economy from slipping into a recession.


    Romney sharpens attacks on Republican rival Perry to narrow lead

    Mitt Romney spent the first five months of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination as a vulnerable frontrunner.Now that he has slipped behind Texas Governor Rick Perry in the polls, Romney’s team has refashioned a quiet campaign into an attack machine.


    Hilary may become Pacific hurricane near Mexican coast today

    Tropical Storm Hilary strengthened near southwestern Mexico and may become a Pacific hurricane today, while Ophelia is forecast to remain below hurricane strength as it continued westward in the Atlantic.


    Burger flippers, babysitting grandmas show recession lives on

    Americans flipped more burgers, rented more homes, used less-expensive heating fuel and asked for more government help last year, the U.S. Census Bureau says.More people worked fewer hours for less money. Fewer couples got married, and more grandparents cared for their grandchildren. Fewer children attended preschool, and more adults enrolled in graduate school than in 2009.


    Police officers charged in death of homeless man

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — The fatal police beating of a mentally ill, homeless man, prosecutors say, began with one officer snapping on a pair of latex gloves and a single threat.


    Gov. brokers deal to end Wash. teachers strike

    Negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for Tacoma teachers Wednesday night, providing a breakthrough to ending a strike that has forced the cancellation of more than a week of school.


    Budzban: Displays of love bring joy to to the giver
    We derive more from our giving than we will ever know. Our acts of generosity to another have a way of having everlasting effects on our lives and on the lives we touch by them.

    More than 100 dancers are expected to participate in the Grand Entry dance Saturday and Sunday at the 17th annual Harvest Pow Wow.

    Midwest SOARRING brings back its popular pow wow despite economic concerns

    Joseph Standing Bear Schranz has organized more than 50 pow wows in his life, each more important than the last. This weekend Schranz and his organization, the Midwest SOARRING Foundation, will host its 17th annual Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement. The organization's name is an acronym for Save Our Ancestors Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group.

    Participants are urged to bike, walk or car pool to the Illinois Prairie Path at Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park on Saturday for Moving Planet DuPage, an event aiming to draw attention to climate change and reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels.

    Moving Planet DuPage part of global effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

    Moving Planet DuPage is aiming for 350 participants to bike, walk or car pool to the Prairie Path in Villa Park on Saturday, Sept. 24. Why 350? That's the safe number of parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The organization, sponsored by 350.org and the Sierra Club, is part of a global call to action to address concerns about climate change and...

    Angelo Risolvo of River Grove tastes a variety from Berryville Vineyards of Claremont during last year's Art and Wine Festival in Itasca. The vineyard and the event will return Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, to Usher Park.

    Itasca pairs art, wine with weekend festival

    The annual Itasca Art and Wine Festival, "Benches on Parade," returns for its third year. Nearly 60 artists from across the country and five Illinois wineries will participate in the juried event. Founder Ellen Leahy said the fest has been gaining a good reputation since it launched in 2009. “I would say the momentum is building,” she said. “It's another festival in Itasca that...

    Maestro Paul Freeman conducted the Chicago Sinfonietta in a concert in tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance at Wentz Concert Hall persuaded the sinfonietta to make North Central College's stage its suburban home.

    Chicago Sinfonietta makes Naperville its new suburban home

    The Chicago Sinfonietta debuts at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall Saturday night in a performance that marks two notable beginnings: the first of four concerts planned in the sinfonietta's new West suburban home and the start of Mei-Ann Chen's tenure at the helm of the Chicago Sinfonietta's concert series.

    Those pennies you’ve got in piles all over your house can be put to good use at an upcoming penny social in West Dundee.

    Penny for your thoughts in West Dundee?

    Are you looking for a way to spend some of those pennies laying around the house? Well, Carpentersville’s Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5915 is holding its annual penny social next Wednesday at the post on 117 S. First Street in West Dundee.


    Hultgren ‘disappointed’ Walsh forcing GOP primary

    Rep. Randy Hultgren says he’s `disappointed’ that fellow Republican Rep. Joe Walsh is running against him and will force a primary if Illinois’ new congressional map stands.A primary spells the end to one of their congressional careers.


    Chicago to launch bike-sharing program in 2012

    The city of Chicago has announced plans to launch a bicycle-sharing program next year, with the goal of eventually providing 3,000 bikes for short-term


    Former credit union worker accused of fraud on job

    A southwestern Illinois woman faces a federal charge that she defrauded an Alton credit union where she once wo


    U of C Medical Center gets $42 million gift

    The University of Chicago Medical Center is getting a $42 million gift that’s designed to help improve doctor-patient communications.


    Ill. man sentenced to prison in deadly I-57 wreck

    A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to 8½ years in prison on a reckless homicide charge linked to a deadly wreck in March.


    Coroner’s jury rules attorney’s death a suicide

    An attorney found dead in his garage after failing to show up for federal sentencing in a fraud case died in his third suicide attempt since being charged, succumbing to an overdose of an anxiety medication and pain reliever, a coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday.


    Trial date set in Lincolnshire day care death case

    A trial is set for Oct. 31 for Melissa Calusinski, charged in a toddler’s 2009 death at a Lincolnshire day care center.


    Burlington Northern trains on the move again

    The Burlington Northern Santa Fe line was delayed all morning after a freight train broke down near north Aurora, Metra officials said.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    Cook County unveils new database website

    Cook County unveils a special website that allows visitors to access previously unreleased data sets including salary information, foreclosure locations and other items. Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the initiative is another step to make county government more transparent.


    You can review Wheaton parks budget

    Wheaton Park District opens a 30-day inspection period for its 2012 budget, which will lead into a public hearing in October.


    Kane County rethinking impact fees in sluggish economy

    It's time for Kane County to begin its 5-year review of impact fees and consider raising them. But the sluggish economy has county board members worried that impact fees in general will just slow development down even more.


    Grayslake District 46 delves into budget details

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 hosted a budget hearing Wednesday night where board members learned District 46 has a budget of about $48.5 million. Of that total, a little more than $30 million will go toward employee salaries and benefits, a ratio that’s typical for an Illinois school district.

    Minister Lynn Hopkins left comforts her partner Carolyn Bond after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last minute plea of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis in Jackson Ga. Wednesday. Davis was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for killing off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail.

    Dawn Patrol: News you need as you walk out the door

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Georgia Georgia man put to death, Elgin homes evacuated, Hossa returns to Hawks.

    Patrick Hurst is a profoundly gifted MIT junior who hails from Inverness. The computer science major thrives in his field but faces challenges most people don't, such as needing constant intellectual stimulation and feeling like an outsider.

    Inverness man: It's not always easy being a genius

    If Patrick Hurst's mind isn't constantly stimulated, this ... is ... what ... he ... hears ... all ... day ... long. The profoundly gifted 20-year-old from Inverness processes information far quicker than a normal person, resulting in a range of challenges from boredom to feeling like an outsider. “He has to have something occupying his mind, practically at all waking hours,” mother...



    These kickers sure give their teams a leg up

    They keep a struggling team competitive, make a good team great and a turn a great team into an even greater team. They're the intangible third of a football game from which successful coaches reap tangible benefits on the scoreboard. Kickers, they believe, go a long way in determining a team's short-term and long-term expectations.

    Former Buffalo Grove fotball coach Grant Blaney on the sidelines with his team following the Bison's state championship effort against Marist on Nov. 29, 1986 at Ilinois State University.

    Buffalo Grove honors Blaney, '86 champs

    The timing couldn't be better for Buffalo Grove to name its stadium after football coach Grant Blaney as the dedication ceremony at Friday's game will include a 25th anniversary celebration of his undefeated 1986 Class 6A state championship team.


    Big 12’s Beebe out, revenue sharing on table

    Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe is gone after five up-and-down years that included securing a 13-year, $1.2 billion contract with Fox Sports but sharp criticism for failing to keep Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) from leaving over the summer. Texas A&M plans to leave by July for the Southeastern Conference.


    Mundelein edges Stevenson

    Mundelein’s boys golf team needed four good scores to defeat Stevenson in the teams’ North Suburban Conference Lake Division showdown, and the Mustangs got just that Thursday on their home course.Grant Heelan and Derek Parola each shot even-par 36, and Brady Witt and Bret Cigelnik carded 38s, as Mundelein (148) edged Stevenson (151) at Steeple Chase Golf Club.Like Mundelein, Stevenson had two golfers — Nick Geissler and Reed Aren — shoot a 36.Jack Spellman had a 38 for the Patriots, whose fourth score was a 41.Antioch d. Lake Forest Academy: At Deerpath, the Sequoits (166) won by 15 strokes, as Grant Smith’s 37 earned him medalist honors.Smith was the only golfer to break 40.Grayslake North d. Wauconda: At Renwood Golf Course, the Knights shot a 187 and were led by medalist Andres Avila, who fired a 45. Anthony Harrop had a 46.Luke Bernard’s 46 paced Wauconda.Grant d. Waukegan: At Bonnie Brook, Michael Carrier shot a 42 to lead Grant (189) past host Waukegan (203).Richard Huber had a 44 for Grant.


    Family says beaten Giants fan is speaking again

    Family members of a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium said he is speaking and more responsive than ever since his attack nearly six months ago.

    Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith runs after a catch as Green Bay’s Morgan Burnett (42) defends last week in Charlotte, N.C. Smith and the Panthers had a field day through the air despite a 30-23 setback.

    Can Cutler become third QB to throw for over 400 vs. Pack?

    Quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to face intense pressure from the Packers' pass rush on Sunday, but the Green Bay defense has also been vulnerable to aerial attacks, having allowed an NFL-worst 800 passing yards.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Fantasy football owners of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles don’t have to give up on the season. Our fantasy football expert, John Dietz, says there’s time to work a trade if you can match your depth to another owner’s needs.

    Fantasy football: Here’s how to stay afloat

    Fantasy football owners of Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles are reeling right now, but don't despair. It's gut-check time, to be sure, and John Dietz gives some advice on how to keep your team afloat.

    Jay Cutler with blocking from Lance Louis against Arizona Cardinals’ on Saturday, August 28th at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    More line dancing: Who’s the front five?

    The Bears have allowed more sacks than any team in the NFL, and because of injuries, they will use their third different offensive line starting five on Sunday against the Packers.

    Keegan Bradley waves after completing his first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    PGA champ Bradley takes lead in Tour Championship

    Keegan Bradley, who won the PGA Championship last month in a playoff over Dufner, ran off four birdies on the back nine Thursday for a 6-under 64 to build a two-shot lead in the Tour Championship.


    Week 5 Lake County previews

    A preview of Week 5 football games in Lake County.

    Carmel’s Steven O’Block is one of the prominent place-kickers in Lake County this season.

    These booters are quite the hoot

    It was raining. And 47 long, long yards separated Steven O’Block from 3 points. The ball was snapped, held in place and O’Block blasted the ball with a kick so swift that it was like he was trying to, well, knock someone’s block off.


    West Aurora produces victory at West Chicago

    West Aurora topped host West Chicago in 2 games on Thursday, dropping the Wildcats 2 games off the DuPage Valley Conference lead.


    Football: Scouting Week 5, Northwest
    Previewing Week 5 of high school football for the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Corinne Gajcak of Naperville North goes up for a block against visiting Naperville Central on Thursday.

    Naperville Central outlasts North

    Naperville Central, trailing much of the night, fought off six match points in the second set and two more in the third to outlast host Naperville North 24-26, 31-29, 29-27 in a Thursday-night DuPage Valley Conference girls volleyball thriller.

    Streamwood’s Hannah McGlone goes for the block against South Elgin’s Corbin Kehe during Thursday’s game at South Elgin.

    South Elgin edges Streamwood

    The South Elgin Storm girls volleyball team made it an exciting one against District U-46 rival Streamwood. The Storm (7-8-1) defeated the Streamwood Sabres two games to none at South Elgin High School on Thursday by scores of 26-24 and 25-19.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Marmion's Mike Frasca celebrates after putting the Cadets up 1-0 while St. Charles East defenders protest during Thursday's action at the St. Charles East High School varsity soccer tournament.

    Marmion tops St. Charles E.

    While Marmion (8-3-4) solidified their defense, they also added a little more offensive punch on second-half goals from Mick Maley and Mike Frasca en route to Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the host Saints (4-5-1) in the 18th annual St. Charles East Soccer Invitational at Norris Stadium.


    Scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Royals

    Alexei Ramirez reacts after taking a called third strike to end the top of the fifth inning during the Sox’ loss in Cleveland on Thursday.

    While playing blame game, let’s not forget Williams

    Manager Ozzie Guillen has been all over the headlines and is taking much of the blame for the White Sox' disappointing season. Kenny Williams is also accountable, and like Guillen, the Sox' general manager has to face Jerry Reinsdorf at season's end.


    Scouting: Week 5 Fox Valley football

    Previewing Week 5 in Fox Valley football


    Palatine, Conant pool efforts toward tie

    The girls swimming teams from Conant and Palatine proved to be evenly matched Thursday — make that perfectly matched. The host Cougars delivered a 1-2 finish in the meet’s final event, the 400-meter freestyle relay to earn a 93-93 tie against the Pirates.


    Huntley makes school history

    The Huntley boys golf team made school history Thursday by beating Prairie Ridge to clinch no worse than a tie for the Valley Division title in the Fox Valley Conference. The conference title is the first in Huntley boys golf history, according to coach Jim Rolando. Huntley defeated Prairie Ridge 153-163 at Prairie Isle Golf Club in Crystal Lake, led by freshman Trent Craig (36), junior Ryan Craig (37), junior A.J. Fanselow (38), sophomore Gage Jereb (42) and senior Mason Wicks (42). Huntley (11-1, 5-1) won three road matches in four days to clinch a tie for its first league championship. The Red Raiders’ only Valley Division loss was by a stroke last week to Cary-Grove, which can still forge a tie for the title by winning its remaining match against Crystal Lake South. “That’s so great for the kids to come out and shoot so well when it mattered,” Rolando said. “They all knew what they were playing for and they came through.”


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 3, Lake Park 1: Alejandro Avalos, Mario Rodriguez and Brandon Malportida scored goals as Streamwood (3-11-1) notched an Upstate Eight crossover win. Jose Resendiz had 10 saves in goal for the Sabres.Plainfield Central 4, Burlington Central 2: The Rockets lost for the third straight time in the St. Charles East tournament. Paolo Sespene and Matt O’Connor scored for BC (7-3-4) and Riley Jensen (1 save) and Drew McMahon (9 saves) shared time in goal.Cary-Grove 9, St. Martin 0: Brett Fotre had 2 goals and 7 other Cary-Grove players scored in this win at the Carmel tournament. Dylan McDonough had 2 saves in goal for the Trojans (8-1).CL South 3, Huntley 0: Roberto Albuquerque scored twice and Charlie Oliver added a goal to lead the Gators (10-5, 2-0) to an FVC Valley win. Steve Follmer had 2 saves in goal for CL South and Austen Emery stopped 7 shots for Huntley (8-3-3, 1-1).Plainfield North 4, Elgin 1: Julian Villasenor scored Elgin’s only goal in this loss at the St. Charles East tournament. Tony Benitez had 12 saves in goal for the Maroons (6-4-4).Chicago Christian 6, St. Edward 0: Matt Hesch made 8 saves in goal for St. Edward (2-13-1, 1-5-0) in this Suburban Christian loss.Larkin 2, Dundee-Crown 1: Tony Hernandez and Erik Rodriguez scored goals for Larkin (9-3-2) in a nonconference win. Santiago Guerrero made 8 saves in goal for the Royals.Neuqua Valley 2, Bartlett 1: Fabio Aiello scored Bartlett’s lone goal in this Upstate Eight Valley loss. Christian Alva had 12 saves in goal for the Hawks (5-4-1, 0-2-1).Jacobs 2, Prairie Ridge 0: Kenny Finn and Nate Smith scored goals for the Golden Eagles (8-7-1, 1-1-1) in this FVC Valley win. Nick Matysek had 4 saves in goal for Jacobs.East Aurora 2, South Elgin 1: Tyler Pezcek scored South Elgin’s goal in this UEC crossover loss. Jarod Schieler had 5 saves in goal for the Storm (5-4-3).Hampshire d. Johnsburg: Jose Hernandez scored a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, as Hampshire (4-7, 1-0) notched a win in its first FVC Fox win. Bryan Contreras had 18 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs.

    Grayslake Central’s Gabi Casper spikes the ball past Grayslake North’s Lisa Lowry during action Thursday at Grayslake Central.

    Grayslake Central tops Grayslake North

    Five-foot-10 Beth Arnold, a two-year starting right side, negotiated a pole and an antenna to keep alive a ball during the second set of Grayslake Central’s 25-18, 25-17 win over visiting Grayslake North in the teams’ Fox Valley Conference Fox Division match Thursday night.


    St. Charles North wins quad

    Raghav Cherala led four St. Charles North players in the 30s, firing a 37 at the picturesque par-36 layout, to enable the North Stars to sweep the competition with a 153.


    Nunez, Gomez have Wheeling looking good

    Wheeling looks like a soccer club to watch as the state tournament approaches.Sergio Nunez scored twice and had a hand in two others Thursday night as the Wildcats (5-8-1) defeated visiting Hoffman Estates 4-0.

    Jim Macnider and his brother Jon hug after a sign is unveiled that honors the two longtime coaches in a dedication ceremony of the new Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover Park in Schaumburg on Thursday.

    Schaumburg's Macnider brothers honored

    For close to 40 years, Jim and Jon Macnider have been the face of the Schaumburg boys and girls cross country teams. On Thursday a name was added


    Jacobs handles CL South

    Jacobs junior standout Alyssa Ehrhardt can beat an opponent in numerous ways. She can beat you with a devastating serve, a powerful kill and solid defense.All of Ehrhardt’s skills were on display at Crystal Lake South’s Gator Alley Thursday night. South had no answer for the talented junior.The Jacobs outside hitter, a 3-year starter, blasted 10 kills with 6 aces and 10 digs to propel the Golden Eagles to a 25-22, 25-23 victory over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action.Ehrhardt was especially pleased with her serving placement.“I have really worked on my serve,” said Ehrhardt. “I realize a powerful serve can change the momentum of a game and really help the team. We were clicking as a team tonight and played well together. South is always tough. They always fight hard. This is a good win on the road.”Ehrhardt was a key figure in Game 1 for Jacobs (12-6, 3-2). With the Golden Eagles holding a slim 6-4 lead, Ehrhardt changed the complexion of the game, serving 4 consecutive aces as the Golden Eagles scored 8 straight points to take a 14-4 lead.The youthful Gators didn’t cave in and got to within 24-22 on a kill by freshman Carly Nolan. But Jacobs responded and grabbed Game 1 on a kill by Nikki Madoch.In Game 2, the Gators actually held a 19-18 lead after a kill by Avalon Nero. The game was tied at 23, before Jacobs scored the final 2 points capped by a game and match-winning kill from Madoch.“We started slow but overall we played well against a tough South team,” said Jacobs coach Lisa Dwyer. “We need to clean some things up, but it is always nice to beat good team like South at their place.”Madoch backed up Ehrhardt with 6 kills. Setter Taylor Lauder dished out 18 assists for the winners.Nicole Slimko led the Gators (6-7, 2-4) with 6 kills while Nolan collected 4 kills. Katie Meyers was solid on the defensive end with 14 digs.“We had our moments but with young players you are going to have mistakes,” said South coach Jorie Fontana. “Our younger players need to realize to be competitive in this league you have to be consistent.”


    Football: Scouting DuPage County, Week 5
    A preview of Week 5 in the high school football season in DuPage County this weekend.

    Leading the pack of her fellow teammates Kelsey Steenstrup of Schaumburg powers ahead to win the girls varsity cross country at Hoover Park in Schaumburg on Thursday.

    Schaumburg boys, girls sweep

    The Schaumburg boys cross country team, which took sixth at Saturday’s Peoria Notre Dame Invite, kept rolling on a special day Thursday. Schaumburg christened the newly dedicated Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover Park by cruising to 19-37 Mid-Suburban League West Division dual-meet victory over Conant.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward d. Larkin: Sarah Norman had 15 kills and Katie Swanson added 9 kills and 9 digs as St. Edward (12-5) won 25-11, 24-26, 25-18 in nonconference play. Rena Ranallo (5 kills, 6 digs), Katie Ayello (17 assists, 8 digs) and Callie Johnson (6 kills) also contributed for the Green Wave.Woodstock North d. Hampshire: Michelle Dumoulin had 8 kills and Kelly Meathe 12 digs but the Whip-Purs (4-13, 1-4) came up short in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division match, losing 25-21, 25-23.Cary-Grove d. Dundee-Crown: Cary-Grove bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Huntley by dismantling Dundee-Crown 25-8, 25-5 in the FVC Valley. Nicole Schuh had 16 digs and Melanie Jereb added 11 kills and 4 aces for the Trojans (15-1, 3-1). Lindsey Peterson had 3 kills for Dundee-Crown (4-9, 0-5).Huntley d. Woodstock: Sam Boesch had 7 kills and Hailey Vitacco added 6 as the Red Raiders (13-0) rolled to a 25-7, 25-19 FVC crossover win. Eli Manning served 13 points and had 10 assists for Huntley.St. Charles East d. Bartlett: Katie Hrbacek had 5 kills and Tori Burke added 13 assists and 7 digs but Bartlett (7-12, 0-3) fell to St. Charles East 25-14, 25-16 in an Upstate Eight crossover.Women’s volleyballOlivet Nazarene d. Judson: Judson saw its 5-match winning streak snapped with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19 CCAC loss. Carissa Oelke (16 kills, 17 digs), Kylee Koon (13 kills, 10 digs), Pristin Preuss (28 assists) and Taylor Lesner (16 digs) led the Eagles (6-8, 2-2).

    Cleveland Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera hit a 3-run homer and tied his career-high for RBIs. Kosuke Fukudome added 3 RBIs and Travis Hafner singled for his 1,000th career hit as Cleveland beat the Sox 11-2.

    Backed by Cabrera, Indians club Sox

    Asdrubal Cabrera drove in five runs and Jeanmar Gomez won his fifth straight start for Cleveland as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Thursday night to remain in second place in the AL Central.


    Kaneland rolls Rochelle

    Kaneland senior Katy Dudzinski was at it again Thursday night in Kaneland’s 25-19, 25-21 victory over Rochelle, rocketing a kill off the Hubs’ Sara Glaser during the Knights’ run to end Game 1 and blasting another thunderous kill late in Game 2.

    Dave Bierman

    Moore, Elgin to face Larkin for Town Jug

    Elgin High has kept the Town Jug on the city’s east side for two straight seasons. Larkin wants to take it home to the west side. Which team claims ownership of the traveling trophy for the next calendar year will be determined when Elgin (1-3, 0-2) hosts Larkin (2-2, 1-1) in the annual crosstown rivalry game at Memorial Field on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


    Prospect prevails behind 1-2 punch of Garmoe, Walsh

    On the final hole of her school-record 44th straight win in a Mid-Suburban League dual meet, Prospect senior Christine Garmoe’s drive was just a few feet away from the drive of teammate Allison Walsh.


    Carmel takes show to Iowa

    A bus ride of three hours and 15 minutes to Iowa today shouldn’t faze the Carmel football team. Depending on traffic and weather, after-school bus rides to East Suburban Catholic Conference rivals such as Joliet Catholic or Marist, which is on the far south side of Chicago, can be almost as long.


    Libertyville’s Randy Kuceyeski keyed up for final showdown with Stevenson

    After an exhausting week of cancer treatments, all Randy Kuceyeski could think about was football. The longtime Libertyville coach, who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in the spring, had just been released from the hospital last Friday and desperately needed a diversion from that scene.

    St Edward graduate Lissa Fehlman (right) is congratulated at third base by coach Peg Corcoran during the 2003 softball season. Fehlman will be inducted into the St. Edward Hall of Fame next weekend.

    Fehlman, Butzow relive St. Edward memories

    They come from three different eras of high school sports in Elgin, with all three of them, and their eras, being unique. St. Edward High School, the city’s second oldest high school, will enshrine three new inductees — two individuals and a team — into its Wall of Fame, aka Hall of Fame, next weekend when the Green Wave faithful host their annual Homecoming extravaganza


    Scouting: Tri-Cities football Week 5

    A preview of this weekend's high school football games for the Tri-Cities coverage area.

    Andrew Brunette, right, shown here with Daniel Carcillo and GM Stan Bowman, will get to show what kind of chemistry he has with his new Blackhawks teammates Friday night at the United Center.

    Brunette looking to pass chemistry test
    Skilled Brunette looking to find his way in his first season with the Blackhawks.

    While the Bears host the Packers on Sunday, the 2-0 Detroit Lions will play the 0-2 Minnesota Vikings in another NFC North game. Lions running back Jahvid Best got away from these Chiefs defenders in last week’s win by Detroit.

    NFL capsules (Week 3)

    Here's a closer look at the Week 3 matchups in the NFL, starting with the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Soldier Field. The Monday night game is Washington vs. Dallas.


    Bob LeGere’s NFL picks for Week 3

    Bob LeGere offers his weekly picks on all the NFL games this weekend.

    White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, left, is embraced by teammate Josh Fields after tossing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009.

    A Buehrle moment marked in time

    If this is the end for Mark Buehrle on the South Side, it will be an emotional time for White Sox fans who remember so many great moments from one of the best pitchers in team history. What I'll remember most involves, of all things, a walk.

    Chicago Cubs' DJ LeMahieu hits an two-run double off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Randy Wolf, scoring Alfonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Change is in the air for Cubs in 2012

    Keep your eye on the four corners when looking at the Cubs this off-season. They could wind up with different players at third base, first base, left field and right field next year. In other words, third baseman Aramis Ramirez might not be the only key player leaving this winter.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Kyle Whitman

    Football: Week 4 MVPs
    Kyle Whitman of Grant has been chosen the Daily Herald's offensive MVP for Week 4 of the high school football season, and the defensive MVP honor goes to Jon Gray of Batavia.

    Indiana Fever players Katie Douglas, left, and Tamika Catchings high five during their first round WNBA playoff basketball game against the New York Liberty in Indianapolis on Monday. Catchings, who has led the Fever to seven straight playoff berths, was named WNBA MVP for the first time in her career.

    Stevenson’s Catchings grabs MVP honors in WNBA

    INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever has been selected the WNBA’s most valuable player for the first time. A former star at Stevenson High School, Catchings averaged 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the WNBA this season.

    Northwestern senior quarterback Dan Persa is expected to return to action when the Wildcats face Illinois on Oct. 1. Persa has not played since rupturing his right Achilles’ tendon in a game last November. Thursday he clared, “I’m ready to go.”

    Northwestern QB Persa: I’m ready to go

    It's the news for which all Northwestern fans have been waiting: Dan Persa is strong enough to get on the field. NU's senior quarterback and head coach Pat Fitzgerald all but said Thursday that Persa will play on Oct. 1 at Illinois.

    Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe could be out of a job later today. Former Big Eight Commissioner Chuck Neinas told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he has been contacted by members of the Big 12 about possibly replacing commissioner Beebe on an interim basis, and that he’s interested.

    Big 12, Big East start picking up pieces

    Big 12 leaders will meet Thursday to seek ways to stabilize the conference, including changing the leadership. Former Big Eight Commissioner Chuck Neinas told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he has been contacted byBig 12 members about replacing commissioner Dan Beebe on an interim basis.

    Fans mobbed buses carrying the Chicago Bears through downtown Chicago to celebrate the team's Super Bowl XX victory over the New England Patriots on Jan. 26, 1986. While the team got its victory parade that day, they never made it to the White House afterward. Now, according to a CSNChicago.com report, they'll be honored by President Barack Obama on Oct. 7.

    Report: White House to finally honor 1985 Bears

    According to unnamed sources cited in a report by CSNChicago.com, the 1985-86 Chicago Bears have been extended an invitation from President Barack Obama to join him in a ceremony on Oct. 7 to honor the Super Bowl XX champions.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers congratulates Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after the Bears' 20-17 win last September in Chicago. The Packers beat the Bears 10-3 last January to make the playoffs, but Barry Rozner expects a high-scoring game this Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Ask the Sports Writers: Rozner on Bears-Packers

    Our weekly "Ask the Sports Writer" video segment returns with 5 questions for Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner about the Chicago Bears (1-1) as they prepare to host the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers (2-0) on Sunday at Soldier Field in another NFC North Division battle.



    AP Sources: Chrysler-UAW talks break down

    Negotiations over a new four-year contract between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have broken down as both sides refuse to budge on key financial issues, two people briefed on the bargaining said Thursday. The talks ended late Wednesday in a dispute over the number of workers who are paid an entry-level wage, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.

    Susan Schramm, head of marketing and corporate affairs, speaks Thursday as Nokia Siemens Networks unveils its new sign outside the Arlington Heights facility. The site is the former Motorola Solutions campus.

    Goodbye Moto, hello Nokia Siemens in Arlington Heights

    Kukec's eBuzz column features the unveiling of Nokia Siemen's changes after it acquired and moved into the former Motorola Solutions campus in Arlington Heights. And layoffs aren't immune to this bunch either.

    The new agreement will allow researchers and companies in China and Illinois to collaborate, while increasing communication that could lead to increased exports and investments, according to Gov. Pat Quinn’s office.

    Quinn announces biotech deal

    During his trade mission to China, Gov. Pat Quinn announced a deal on Thursday that is designed to increase collaboration between biotech companies and researchers in Illinois and in China. Quinn signed a memorandum of cooperation between the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, iBIO and China’s Shanghai Bio Pharmaceutics Association.


    For-profit colleges getting more GI Bill dollars

    A growing proportion of military veterans tapping into benefits from the new GI Bill are using them at for-profit colleges, according to a report from Senate critics of the industry.

    Discover Financial Services says its third-quarter profit more than doubled as its customers used their cards more and late payments reached a new low.

    Discover 3Q profit more than doubles, card use up

    Discover Financial Services says its third-quarter profit more than doubled as its customers used their cards more and late payments reached a new low.


    VASCO offers free sales training, certification to partners
    VASCO Data Security International is launching a free sales training and certification program for the channel partners worldwide.


    Physiotherapy Associates opens clinic in Buffalo Grove
    Physiotherapy Associates recently opened a new physical therapy clinic in Buffalo Grove at 701 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 101.


    ComEd hosts storm response conference in Oak Brook
    O As part of ComEd’s ongoing efforts to enhance its storm restoration process, the company is hosting a best practices round-table discussion today and Friday in Oak Brook, to learn from the solutions that have proved effective for other utilitie

    Recruiters interview job seekers at the Hot Dog on a Stick booth during a job fair at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Wednesday.

    Jobless claims in U.S. dropped 9,000 last week to 423,000

    More Americans than forecast filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments last week as the labor market struggled to improve.

    Target drummed up so much hype around its exclusive, limited-time line by upscale Italian designer Missoni that its website crashed.

    Target's blunder with designer continues

    Target is a victim of its own success. The discounter drummed up so much hype around its exclusive, limited-time line by upscale Italian designer Missoni that its website crashed and was down most of the day on Sept. 13 when the collection was launched, angering customers.

    City trader Kweku Adoboli, arrivies at City of London Magistrates' Court in London Thursday.

    Court rules that UBS trader should stay in custody

    A trader accused of losing Swiss banking giant UBS about $2.3 billion is "sorry beyond words," his lawyer said Thursday, as a judge ordered him to be held in jail until a hearing next month.

    Artist rendition shows the Viacom Inc. Paramount Pictures future sound stage that the movie studio will apply to the city of Los Angeles this week for approval on a 25-year, $700 million plan to refurbish the lot in Hollywood it has occupied since 1926.

    Paramount plans $700M revamp of Hollywood lot Paramount plans $700M revamp of Hollywood lot

    Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures movie studio plans to apply to the city of Los Angeles for approval on a 25-year, $700 million plan to refurbish the lot in Hollywood it has occupied since 1926.


    U.S. stock futures drop as global financiaal system risks grow

    Bank of America Corp., the biggest U.S. lender, lost 3.6 percent and Wells Fargo & Co. declined 3 percent in pre-market New York trading.


    Senate panel rejects GOP bid to undercut NLRB

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday failed in an effort to undercut the National Labor Relations Board's authority to challenge a company decision on where to locate its work force.


    Berlusconi gets much-needed boost with arrest vote

    Lawmakers in the lower Chamber of Deputies voted 312-305 to keep parliamentary immunity intact for Marco Milanese, a former top aide to Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti. Italian lawmakers enjoy immunity from arrest unless they vote to lift the permission.


    House kills spending bill with disaster aid

    In a rebuke to GOP leaders, the House on Wednesday rejected a measure providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to prevent a government shutdown at the end of next week.

    Arlington Downs includes luxury apartments in the former Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. panel sees Sheraton's future: luxury apartments, retail

    The new owners of the vacant Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights revealed more details about plans to convert the hotel: 170 to 180 luxury apartments, retail and restaurant uses, recreational options replacing the Coco Key water park, a 300-room hotel and possibly additional residential buildings on the roughly 24-acre site adjacent to Arlington Park.

Life & Entertainment

    Beyoncé, sporting her baby bump, unveils her new fragrance “Pulse” at the Dream Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in New York.

    Pregnancy, fragrance make Beyonce ‘feel so empowered'

    Now that Beyoncé is pregnant, there are certain smells that turn her stomach. Luckily, her new fragrance is not one of them. On Wednesday, Beyoncé was busy promoting Pulse, her third scent. For the creator of girl-power anthems, Pulse represents another extension of that theme. “I always meet strong, powerful women and they always have a signature scent. ... so I am so proud of this,” the 30-year-old said.

    Roni Geva, from left, Nora Dunn, Barbara Robertson, Felicia Fields and Katie O'Brien star in Broadway in Chicago's "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron from the book by Ilene Beckerman.

    ‘Love, Loss' a light look at women and fashion

    Five women discuss fashion and the role it played in milestone life moments in "Love, Loss and What I Wore," a pleasantly innocuous confection that opened this week at the Broadway Playhouse.

    Katie Holmes portrays Jacqueline Kennedy in the eight-part miniseries, “The Kennedys,” now on DVD.

    Controversial ‘Kennedys' arrives on DVD

    "The Kennedys," a controversial eight-part miniseries, is now out on DVD. It stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kenedy, Greg Kinnear as JFK and Tom Wilkinson as his powerful father.

    Making “iced cream” is a breeze with just four ingredients and an ice cream maker.

    Easiest “Iced Cream Ever
    Iced Cream

    Katharine Hepburn (Melissa Carlson) retreats to her family's Connecticut home during a rough patch in her career in First Folio's production of “Tea at Five.”

    Hepburn's life story makes for poignant ‘Tea'

    Playing a world-famous actress — especially one as demanding and distinctive as the great Katharine Hepburn — is a daunting task indeed. In First Folio Theatre's staging of the one-woman show “Tea at Five,” Melissa Carlson walks that line beautifully. Her take on Hepburn draws on a host of emotions — and a surprising store of vulnerability — while still making quite clear why Hepburn was once dubbed “Katharine of Arrogance.”

    “Whitney,” starring Whitney Cummings, who also is the executive producer on the NBC show, is a relationship ensemble show that has drawn comparisons to “Friends.”

    Whitney Cummings juggles 2 shows this season

    So far, Whitney Cummings is halfway to having a great autumn. She co-created and co-produces the show “2 Broke Girls,” which premiered Monday to 19.2 million CBS viewers. What could make this season her best ever is if her eponymous NBC sitcom, "Whitney," which premieres Thursday on NBC, does well, too.

    Zooey Deschanel stars in Fox's "New Girl," which had a strong debut Tuesday.

    ‘New Girl' soars, ‘Glee' tanks in ratings for Fox

    Fox had a classic good news-bad news scenario in Tuesday night's television ratings. First, the good: Actress Zooey Deschanel's new sitcom, “New Girl,” had a strong series debut. The Nielsen Co. said Wednesday that “New Girl” was watched by just more than 10.1 million people. It was the most popular show of the night among young viewers.


    Honey-Thyme Glazed Chickens with Cider Gravy
    Honey-Thyme Glazed Chicken with Apple Cider Gravy


    Baby Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
    Pomegranate Salad

    An ex-special ops soldier (Jason Statham) goes on an assassination spree to save his mentor in “Killer Elite.”

    Mindless action misfires in ‘Killer Elite'

    The action thriller "Killer Elite" offers a kajillion bad guys who've lost their razors and participate in blurry, over-edited fight scenes so fast and confusing they make Jason Bourne battles look like slow-motion pieces of poetry. At least Robert De Niro is back on the screen beating up people and shooting them with unhindered efficiency.

    Detective Dee (Andy Lau) attacks a demonic chaplain in the martial arts fantasy “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.”

    'Dee' a feast for the eyes, but a mess for the mind

    "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" is an intricate, but illogical piece of great-looking film, while funeral crashers find mutual affection in "Restless." And can a hardened film critic be creeped out by a horror movie and it's local inspiration?

    Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) gets an idea for winning baseball games from a frumpy Yale grad (Jonah Hill) in the fact-based "Moneyball."

    Masterful ‘Moneyball' touches all the bases

    "Moneyball" is a classic sports underdog movie that thinks way outside of the batter's box as it traces the efforts of the Oakland A's general manager (Brad Pitt) to reinvent his 2002 team up against the crushing budget of the New York Yankees. The characters engage and the dialogue slams like a bat crack.

    Former “Saturday Night Live” star Molly Shannon will discuss and sign her new children’s book, “Tilly the Trickster,” on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

    Book notes: Molly Shannon debuts kids’ book in Naperville

    Actress Molly Shannon, best known for her comical characters on TV's "Saturday Night Live," signs copies of her new picture book for children, "Tilly the Trickster," on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at North Central College in Naperville.


    Night life events: Party with Wedding Banned at Lisle’s Lodge

    Skip the ceremony, cover band Wedding Banned says, and start the party at The Lodge in Lisle on Friday, Sept. 23. Or head to the Landshark Beer Garden at Chicago's Navy Pier, where Oktoberfest deals run through Monday, Oct. 10. Another option is to grab a $3 847 Suburban Wheat Ale special every Tuesday at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville.

    Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) helps Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) feed a wounded mammal in “Dolphin Tale.”

    Detail-challenged ‘Dolphin' still tugs at the heartstrings

    "Dolphin Tale" borders on hokey drama with factual misinformation about marine mammals, but it strums the heartstrings near the end, and almost succeeds in compensating for the filmmakers' lack of attention to detail and for their joyful embracing of movie cliches.

    Making “iced cream” is a breeze with just four ingredients and an ice cream maker.

    ‘Iced' cream, you scream, we all scream for ‘iced' cream

    A friend of mine called the other day and announced: “I'm making homemade ice cream on the deck today. Come on over.” Funny how all my “straightening up the house” plans for that Sunday afternoon disappeared at the words “homemade ice cream.” That invitation got me thinking: When is the last time I made homemade ice cream? Years ago, for sure. I've been on a sorbet kick for a while now and had all but given up on ice cream. Why? Mainly because it seems like too much work.



    Schools should keep social media policies current

    A Daily Herald editorial supports social networking policies, such as the one recently adopted by District 214, but cautions that, like technology itself, such guidelines should be works in progress.


    A good newspaper reports news that helps people

    Negative news isn't the only thing you'll find in the Daily Herald, columnist Jim Slusher says. You'll also find a lot of stories about people helping those in need.


    Obama knows the right way to cut a deficit

    The big fight with Republicans is over taxes. The president proposed raising taxes, mainly on high-income Americans and corporations. His idea of actually lowering the rates on corporations but getting rid of a bunch of special tax deals powerful interests wrested from paid-off politicians makes powerful sense.


    Specter of a sequester

    Leon Panetta’s most immediate worry, however, is visible from the windows of his office overlooking the Potomac — Capitol Hill, where the “supercommittee” created by August’s debt-ceiling agreement is sitting. By Thanksgiving it will either agree to do something important — reduce the next decade’s debt by at least $1.2 trillion — or its disagreements will trigger something important: A sequester.


    Look past the lies about oil reserves
    In one of President Obama's talks recently, he said that we (America) have less than 2 percent of the oil reserves. Perhaps that is why the American public has been bamboozled. Perhaps that is why we are spending so much for our gallon of gasoline at our local station.


    Let people prosper by their own doing
    The decline in 1929 was met by a government under FDR whose answer was bigger more expensive government and the rise of the nanny state. Citizens were no longer to be self-reliant and prosperous their labor because the government would make sure everything was OK.


    Like fixing a flat with duct tape
    Obama, in his latest bit of class warfare legislation, will fix all that is bad with the overspending central government’s budget, by taxing the wealthy. Obviously, a couple thousand of the most “fortunate” among us didn’t pay enough, leading to massive debt and a poor economy.


    How real was Obama’s lifeline?
    Obama’s lifeline was a rhetorical one, a nice-sounding chant that lulled the American public to sleep. In three years, Obama has been transformed from a messianic figure to a flappy-eared caricature of his own making.


    Taxing the rich is hardly ‘class warfare’
    Here we go again. The Republicans are calling President Obama’s deficit reduction plan “class warfare.” Once again, they’re playing the fear card to distract us from the facts.


    Who’s really open to compromise?
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: Your editorial denouncing Joe Walsh’s non-attendance at President Obamas stump speech for Stimulus II was a joke.


    Don’t block jobs plan because it’s Obama’s
    Letter to the Editor: It is time to support, and vote to fully fund, President Obama’s comprehensive, common sense plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.The Republican strategy has been to consistently vote against anything that President Obama suggests, even if it is part of the Republican platform. The Republican “no” votes have continued to destroy our economy.


    We deserve hospital in Huntley
    Letter to the Editor: We have the right to receive convenient access to high-quality care. We have the right to have our voices heard by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and most of all, we deserve Centegra Hospital-Huntley.


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