Daily Archive : Saturday September 24, 2011


    Ann Ericson of Rock Island looks at a bag by Sycamore-based Harvest Moon Designs during Saturday’s Country Folk Art Festival in St. Charles.

    Folk art show in St. Charles smaller, well-attended

    Rose Sutherland said she rarely misses the chance to check out folk art, traditional American crafts and reproductions of antiques at the annual Country Folk Art Festival in St. Charles. “It’s partly therapy,” Sutherland, who lives in Cary, said Saturday. “I just enjoy walking around and seeing everything. I like to buy a little trinket and gift once in a while for...

    Heather Schroeder and her son, Matthew, 2, both of Huntley, have a straw fight Saturday during the Huntley Fall Fest at Deicke Park. Their family assembled a scarecrow at the festival.

    Carnival, pony rides and more in Huntley

    Between the do-it-yourself-scarecrows, a petting zoo and pony rides, Nicole Jones knew her 5-year-old daughter Alessia was in for a fun Saturday at the Huntley Fall Fest. “She loves it, and I just love it too,” Jones said, while Alessia proudly showcased her scarecrow, clad in a purple shirt just like her.

    Ann Ericson of Rock Island looks at a bag by Sycamore-based Harvest Moon Designs during Saturday’s Country Folk Art Festival in St. Charles.

    Folk art show in St. Charles smaller, well-attended

    Rose Sutherland said she rarely misses the chance to check out folk art, traditional American crafts and reproductions of antiques at the annual Country Folk Art Festival in St. Charles. “It’s partly therapy,” Sutherland, who lives in Cary, said Saturday. “I just enjoy walking around and seeing everything. I like to buy a little trinket and gift once in a while for myself.”

    William Clark’s descendants Robert Holton, 8, and his sister, Greta, 4, and their father Rob Holton and their grandmother Carlota ‘Lotsie’ Holton, stand in front of their gift, a 36-foot canoe as Chinook elders, left, look on Saturday during the canoe reparation ceremony.

    Clark’s descendants replace stolen tribal canoe

    It was a long time coming, but the descendants of explorer William Clark have tried to make amends for a 205-year-old theft.


    Dysfunctional Congress back to partisan bickering

    The unexpected flare-up of partisan rancor over a minor line-item in the federal budget this week left lawmakers feeling increasingly gloomy about their ability to address issues of greater consequence.


    Elk hunter hospitalized after bear attack

    Eastern Idaho authorities say an elk hunter has been hospitalized in serious condition after being attacked by a bear Saturday morning.


    Hunka burnin’ love for Zippin Pippin

    A replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster in Green Bay has been twice as successful as city officials expected.


    Armed man near school fatally shot by Wash. police

    A man armed with two guns repeatedly opened fire near a high school where students were attending games Saturday, sending children and their parents running for cover under the bleachers before police arrived and killed him, authorities said.

    Tom Ciepiaszuk of Wheeling and Peter Kaminski of Palatine pack up to continue biking after making a stop Saturday at Moving Planet DuPage in Villa Park. The event focused on encouraging DuPage County-area residents to find ways to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

    Villa Park biking event promotes healthy atmosphere

    Biking instead of driving. Unplugging a cellphone charger when it’s not in use. Taking shorter showers. People who attended Moving Planet DuPage on Saturday in Villa Park recorded video pledges to take those actions and more to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks Saturday during a news conference at IMF/ World Bank Annual Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington as Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, second from left, looks on.

    World powers seek to contain Europe debt crisis

    Global finance officials pledged on Saturday to take bolder moves to confront a European debt crisis that threatens to plunge the world into another deep recession. But sharp disagreements about exactly what to do can't offer much reassurance to markets rocked by uncertainly in recent weeks.

    Down 13-10 with a first and 10 at the Western Michigan 14, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase ran left on an option with Young trailing him, taking the pitch just as Scheelhaase absorbed a wicked hit. The Illini survived 23-20 and are 4-0 for the first time since 1951.

    Illini survive over W. Michigan, 23-20

    Troy Pollard rushed for a career-high 133 yards and No. 24 Illinois needed all three of Derek Dimke's field goals Saturday to survive Western Michigan 23-20 and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1951. It wasn't easy. The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and booing fans recalled the 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008.

    Delegates cheer during a speech by Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain before a straw poll Saturday during a Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention in Orlando, Fla.

    Perry works to show he’s strongest GOP contender

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry worked to convince Florida Republicans Saturday that he is the strongest contender for the GOP nomination despite a shaky debate performance earlier this week that has sparked jitters about his bid.

    Mr. Brightside, named after a song by The Killers, sits in a display Saturday at the Ben Reifel Visitors Center at Badlands National Park in Interior, S.D. He is one of about 300 endangered black-footed ferrets kept in captivity for mating purposes.

    Biologists celebrate comeback of endangered ferret

    A decades-long recovery effort has seen the ferret population grow from 18 to more than 1,000 in the wild.

    Sarah Shourd, left, is reunited with Josh Fattal, center and Shane Bauer before leaving for the United States Saturday at the airport in Muscat, Oman.

    Freed hikers headed home

    Two Americans freed from an Iranian prison told reporters Saturday they were “eager to go home” just before boarding their flight to the U.S. from Oman.

    Robert Ward and his daughter Mallory wait Saturday as the jury in his murder trial returns to court.

    Florida millionaire convicted of murdering wife

    A millionaire developer who lived in the same central Florida neighborhood as Tiger Woods and other celebrities was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in their mansion.

    Richard R. “Dick” Furstenau

    Furstenau seeks DuPage County Board seat

    Former Naperville City Councilman Richard R. “Dick” Furstenau announced Saturday he will run for a District 5 seat on DuPage County Board in the Republican primary in March. “Serving and protecting the taxpayer and accounting for every dollar spent should be the county board’s first priority,” Furstenau said in a news release. “And it certainly is mine.”


    Waterspouts spotted on Lake Michigan

    The National Weather Service is warning mariners to watch out for some stormy weather over Lake Michigan that includes waterspouts.

    Adult volunteer Allison Greiner encourages Haley Olson to look at her when throwing a ball during a Haley’s Playground class at the North Aurora Community Center. Looking at the person you are playing with is a difficult task for children with autism, playground founder Jackie Olson said. (Photo submitted by Haley’s Playground Inc.)

    Special needs kids have safe haven to play

    Columnist Dave Heun talks about Haley’s Playground Inc., a nonprofit organization started by three women in North Aurora which offers a safe place to play, exercise and sensory development.

    William A. Howe

    Death of Naperville man accused in I-88 fatal ruled suicide

    The death of a Naperville man charged with reckless homicide after a deadly crash on I-88 was ruled a suicide Saturday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to the autopsy, multiple injuries suffered in the crash caused William J. Howe, 43, to die about 5 p.m. Friday at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

    Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart speaks Saturday at the 66th United Nations General Assembly. He told members that small island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific may be destroyed if current trends are not halted.

    Oceans swallowing island nations

    The U.N. General Assembly heard Saturday from the leaders of island nations feeling the impact of climate change.


    French ambassador attacked in Syria

    No injuries were reported to Ambassador Eric Chevallier or his aides in Saturday’s attack.


    U.S. paid $600 million in benefits to dead people

    In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued receiving payments for 37 years after his father’s death in 1971.

    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

    Kirk talks economy, foreign policy in Schaumburg

    Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk made an appearance Saturday morning at the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization's monthly meeting.

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky

    Schakowsky speaks in Arlington Hgts., now part of her Congressional district

    The key to creating jobs is to jump start manufacturing and "put money in people's pockets," Congresswoman Jan Schakowskysaid Saturday in speaking to Democrats in Arlington Heights, which is part of her district following the remap based on the 2010 Census.

    Pakistani protesters shout slogans at an anti-American rally in Multan, Pakistan on Sept 23. Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan _ the most serious allegations against Islamabad since the beginning of the Afghan war.

    Pakistan warns US against hot pursuit on its soil

    Pakistan's foreign minister on Saturday warned the United States against sending ground troops to her country to fight an Afghan militant group that America alleges is used as a proxy by Pakistan's top intelligence agency for attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.

    Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the cathedral in Freiburg, southern Germany, Sept. 24. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day official visit to his homeland Germany.

    Pope celebrates Mass despite shooting incident

    Facing discontent within his German flock, Pope Benedict XVI met with victims of clerical sex abuse as he called for Roman Catholics in the former communist East to rediscover their faith. The pontiff celebrated Mass with some 30,000 people early Saturday, unhindered by an incident on the edge of the security zone in which a man fired an air gun at a security guard about an hour before the...

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaking at a United Russia party congress in Moscow, Sept. 24. Russia's dominant political party on Saturday nominated Vladimir Putin for president, almost certainly ensuring his return to the office he held for eight years, and approved Putin's proposal that current president Dmitry Medvedev swap places and become prime minister.

    Putin to run for Russian presidency in 2012

    Vladimir Putin said Saturday he'll run for Russia's presidency next year, almost certainly ensuring he'll retake the office and foreshadowing years more of a strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy. The announcement sets up the possibility that he could rule Russia until 2024.

    Cynthia Wojtanowski has been arrested and charged with growing wild marijuana plants like these outside Pelican Rapids, Minn.

    Forest preserve guard accused of growing marijuana

    A Cook County Forest Preserve resident watchman whose duties include preventing the cultivation of marijuana on government land has been arrested and charged with growing pot.


    Forest preserve guard accused of growing marijuana

    A Cook County Forest Preserve resident watchman whose duties include preventing the cultivation of marijuana on government land has been arrested and charged with growing pot.


    Public invited to comment on coastal management

    Illinois officials will conduct a public hearing Oct. 14 to invite comments on a plan to protect and manage the Lake Michigan shoreline.


    Defense dismisses threat of sniper attack

    Attorneys for a Mexican drug cartel lieutenant jailed in Chicago have dismissed claims a sniper could try to kill him if he's allowed onto a rooftop recreation area to exercise.

    President Barack Obama stands with educators and students as he speaks about No Child Left Behind Reform, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Also pictured are Education Secretary Arne Duncan is at left, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, is second right, and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is at right.

    Obama lets states opt out of federal school rules

    Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled "failures," state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.


    Hanover Twp. Dial-A-Ride available for seniors, disabled

    Township residents over the age of 55 and those over the age of 19 with permanent disabilities can participate in the Hanover Township Dia-A-B-Bus program that provides transportation services for medical appointments and personal errands.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Streamwood police charged a Schaumburg woman and a Roselle man with criminal trespass to vehicle after witnesses saw them breaking into cars around 8:40 p.m. Sept. 15 in a restaurant lot at 990 S. Barrington Road, according to police reports.

    Jonathan Israel Kohn is the rabbi of Congregation Kneseth Israel. The Elgin congregation recently voted to leave the Conservative Judaism movement and is now a nondenominational synagogue.

    Elgin church conference targets restless youths

    Today’s youth are looking for identity and purpose in all the wrong places; for many, their search is largely the outcome of absent or ineffective fathering. That’s a topic “Restoring the Fatherless Generation,” a round-table conference will address Oct. 20-22 at Family Life Church in Elgin.

    Root around the attic for photos like this one, of Burkitt’s Garage in the early 1910s. In 1910, John Burkitt Sr. opened the first auto dealership in the village on Davis Street.

    On the hunt for old Arlington Heights photos
    Dust off the old photo albums and shoeboxes in the attic. With Arlington Heights preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012, the Historical Society wants to see your old photos to enhance our understanding of life in Arlington Heights through the years.

    Gurnee resident Carl Senger, a 14-year-old Boy Scout with Troop 627 in Gurnee, installed wood duck houses as part of his Eagle Scout project.

    Eagle Scout project protects ducks in Gurnee slough

    Gurnee resident Carl Senger and 10 of his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 627 recently built and installed seven wood duck houses at the Redwing Slough and Deer Lake on Route 173, west of Route 45 as his Eagle Scout project. A freshman at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, the 14-year-old Senger collected the materials from donors and secured the necessary permits from the Illinois Department...

    Teacher institute days may seem like a loss of instructional time, but educators say teachers come back with knowledge that benefits every child in their classrooms.

    Teachers spend institute days gathering, sharing ideas

    Just when parents settle into a new school year, along comes a teacher institute day and the family schedule needs to shift to make sure children are engaged and safe on their day off from school. So, why have teacher institute days? Do teachers get the day off, too? Quite the opposite. Teachers go to school because, to be an effective teacher, learning never stops.

    Paul Mercer

    Huntley trustee leaving Sun City for ... Sun City?

    A longtime Huntley trustee is leaving his Sun City, Huntley digs for a new home in Sun City Vistoso — in Oro Valley, Ariz. Trustee Paul Mercer resigned from the village board Thursday night, citing his pending relocation to the Arizona town just north of Tucson, with his wife Judy. He would much rather dodge snakes and scorpions down south, than the elements up here. “No ice, no snow, no...

    Randy Hultgren

    Hultgren says talks with Walsh about primary ‘didn’t go anywhere’

    In his first time talking publicly about the 14th District race since primary opponent and fellow Republican Congressman Joe Walsh delared earlier this week, Randy Hultgren talks about laying claim to the "incumbent" title, and reveals he had a few private sit-downs with Walsh about the issue that "didn't go anywhere." A Q and A.


    McHenry County College goes tobacco-free Oct. 1

    You could say that McHenry County College is blazing a trail among suburban community colleges without benefit of lighting a match. Smoking cigarettes or using any tobacco products such as dip or snuff will be forbidden at the Crystal Lake school beginning Oct 1.

    Julie Bank, executive director of New York’s Animal Care and Control, holds Willow, a 6-year calico cat that went missing from her Colorado home during a renovation five years ago, before a reunion with her owners Thursday in New York.

    Willow the cat reunited with owners in NYC

    Five years after she went missing from her Colorado home, Willow the cat has been reunited with her owners in New York City. How the calico cat ended up on a Manhattan street remains a mystery. But three children and their parents are certainly glad that she’ll be headed home with them.

    The fall colors begin to show up at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.

    We're on track for a colorful fall in the suburbs

    With the explosive colors of summer fireworks behind us, anticipation of the bright displays of fall foliage has returned to suburban Chicago. The summer storms won't have as much impact on the changing of the leaves as the sunshine and temperatures yet to come, an expert from Morton Arboretum in Lisle said.

    Janet Stone holds a hummingbird that she and her husband, George, rescued from a spider web outside their Carterville home.

    Downstate couple rescue hummingbird

    What started as an opportunity to photograph a spider instead turned into a bird rescue mission for a downstate couple. George Stone of Carterville was watering a flower garden in his backyard when he spotted a large garden spider near one of his many hummingbird feeders.

    Retired anthropologist Bill Fairbanks heads south on Route 32 after making a brief stop in Stewardson, Ill. Fairbanks is walking cross-country to find out more about America’s inhabitants and what drives them. He started his trip in California in 2009, and his final destination is Boston.

    Road is classroom for anthropologist

    Retired anthropologist Bill Fairbanks is walking cross-country to find out more about America's inhabitants and what drives them. He started his trip in California in 2009, and his final destination is Boston. He recently passed through south-central Illinois.


    Future of drones may involve automated killings

    One day, military drones might hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial “Terminators,” minus beefcake and time travel. But the prospect of machines able to perceive, reason and act in unscripted environments presents a challenge to the current understanding of international humanitarian law.

    Odil Sattorov, 29, takes a cigarette break outside the shack in the woods of suburban Moscow where he and two other migrants from the Khatlon region of Tajikistan live. In Moscow, prejudice against Central Asians gives young nationalists a target for their anger.

    Migrants face poverty and prejudice in post-Soviet Russia

    Moscow, a city of 11.5 million according to last year’s census, has as many as 5 million migrants, more than half of them undocumented. The migrants, many of them from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, exist on the fringes of society, harassed by police, victimized by employers and disliked by Russians, once their fellow Soviet citizens.

    “There were some issues early on with women feeling as though they hadn’t figured out what their role was going to be on the senior team at the White House,” senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says. “Most of the women hadn’t worked on the campaign, and so they didn’t have a personal relationship with the president.”

    Friction over women’s role in Obama White House was intense

    Friction over the role of women in the Obama White House grew so intense during the first two years of the president’s tenure that he was forced to take steps to reassure senior women on his staff that he valued their presence and input.Several senior female aides complained directly to the president that men enjoyed greater access to him and often muscled them out of key policy discussions.


    Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers hits Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the NFC Championship game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Today's focus on Bears' defensive line

    The Bears need their big guys up front on defense to play better than they did last week, when they face the Packers today at Soldier Field in the 183rd meeting of the league's oldest rivalry. Specifically, the focus will be on the Bears' defensive line, which is supposedly a strength and often the catalyst for the team's success. But that group was conspicuously absent against the Saints last week.

    White Sox starter John Danks tips his hat to the crowd after leaving Saturday night's game in the eighth inning. Danks got the win in his final start of the season

    White Sox pitchers limping to finish line

    John Danks pitched very well for the White Sox in Saturday night's 6-3 win over the Royals. The Sox' staff needed a solid outing after posting the highest ERA in the majors during September. The Sox' pitching staff was the obvious strength through the first five months of the season, but it looks like a lack of consistent offensive support finally took its toll.

    Fifth-year senior running back Troy Pollard finished with career highs of 133 yards on 14 carries for Illinois.

    No letdown for 4-0 Illinois

    Illinois starts out 4-0 for the first in 60 years, but only after needing 60 minutes to hold off Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon. No. 24 Illinois didn’t play like a ranked team on a gloomy Saturday afternoon custom-made for a letdown, but Ron Zook’s bunch played well enough to edge the Broncos 23-20 at Memorial Stadium.

    Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray, center, celebrates with teammates Tyler Eifert, left, and Braxston Cave after making a 79-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh in the second quarter Saturday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Rees rallies Notre Dame to defeat Pitt

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees shrugged off a miserable first three quarters to hit tight end Tyler Eifert for a 6-yard touchdown with less than 7 minutes to go and lift the Fighting Irish to a 15-12 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Associated Press Maybe Derrick Rose and the Bulls will be playing sooner than many people think.

    Optimistic signs in NBA labor situation

    The postponed opening of NBA training camps was not a surprise. But there is reason to feel optimistic that the season will be salvaged soon.

    St. Louis Cardinals' Adron Chambers (56) celebrates with teammate Rafael Furcal as he scores the game-winning run from third on a wild pitch by Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning Saturday in St. Louis. Marmol also gave up the tying run on a bases-loaded walk.

    Marmol wild and Cards top Cubs in 9th

    The Cardinals kept their faint wild-card hopes alive when Carlos Marmol forced home the tying run with a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Theriot with two outs in the ninth inning and followed with a game-ending wild pitch, giving St. Louis a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.


    Benet not half bad against Joliet Catholic

    For awhile Benet’s defense gave Joliet Catholic about all it could handle. Then the Hilltoppers got back to basics and rolled to a 35-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Benedictine University in Lisle on Saturday.


    Grayslake Central rolls past Johnsburg

    Grayslake Central had no trouble with its Week 5 opponent, easily topping host Johnsburg 47-6.


    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 cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's boys 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 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.

    Prospect’s Mike Latulip attacks the basket as Niles North’s Andre Shaw defends.

    Prospect’s LaTulip to walk on at Illinois

    Prospect guard and two-time all-area pick Mike LaTulip made a commitment to play at Illinois as a preferred walk-on and Barrington forward John Schneider made a verbal commitment to play at Western Illinois University.

    Grant’s Quinton Quarles tries to grab a Round Lake fumble as the Panthers’ Daniel Vega tries to recover.

    Fast Round Lake start; faster Grant finish

    It was a case of substance over style at Grant’s homecoming football game on Saturday afternoon. Round Lake pulled out some bling and made a splashy entrance by returning the opening kickoff 80 exhilarating yards for a touchdown. But Grant answered the entire rest of the way by methodically grinding away for yard after yard after yard — a mind-blowing 623 of them, to be exact. The host Bulldogs gained 530 of those yards on the ground as they ran away with a 48-13 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory over Round Lake.


    Larkin making a habit of fourth-quarter drama

    It's a fitting nickname, but Larkin football coach Mike Scianna would prefer something else. Anything else.

    Larkin linebacker Sylvester Smith (22) hoists the Town Jug after the Royal?s victory. Larkin beat Elgin 22 to 21 to win the town jug during the cross town football game Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Elgin's Town Jug goes back to Larkin

    It would be difficult to pinpoint a more thrilling three-minute stretch in the history of the series between rivals Elgin and Larkin than the final three minutes of the Royals' 22-21 heart-stopping victory at Memorial Field Saturday.


    Wawer excels in the water for Stevenson

    In the Lake County girls swimming and diving invitational on Saturday, Stevenson's Julia Wawer clocked a first-place 53.98 in the 100-yard freestyle , beating top-seeded Mika Hlavin of Lake Forest (2nd place, 54.32), and later led off the victorious 400 free relay (3:37.36, with Xiang, sophomore Riley Kirby and junior Madison Blaydes) as Stevenson finished runner-up to Lake Forest and one place ahead of last year’s runner-up, Barrington.


    Willowbrook, Glenbard South come out even

    Glenbard South outshot Willowbrook 26-8, but the Warriors scored just as many goals as the host Raiders in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn.

    Donovonn Young runs with the ball against Western Michigan safety Demetrius Pettway during the first half of the Illini’s victory Saturday in Champaign.

    Illini RB Pollard runs for career-high 133 yards

    How did Illinois get to 4-0? Thanks to the "The Old Guy" rushing for a career high...and in spite of the team's top lineman getting kicked out of the game.

    Alex Rios rounds the bases after hitting a 2-run home run during the second inning Saturday. The Sox held on to top the Royals 6-3.

    Homers help Sox snap 5-game skid

    Alex Rios and Brent Morel homered to back John Danks and lead the Sox over the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Saturday night, stopping Chicago’s five-game home losing streak.

    Barrington’s Joe Asher wraps up Hoffman Estates’ Anthony Patrick in the first half of game action at Barrington High School on Saturday.

    Barrington quickly takes care of business

    Barrington took care of business swiftly and decisively Saturday when it scored on its first play and had a 20-point lead after a quarter en route to a 44-6 Mid-Suburban West victory over Hoffman Estates.


    Huntley boys golfers on a roll

    Huntley's boys golf team won the 15th Fran Noyes Invitational at The Oak Club of Genoa Saturday.


    Barrington sweeps to victory at Elk Grove

    The Barrington girls volleyball program continued to rack up the wins on Saturday, and as a result the Fillies earned the championship of the Elk Grove Invite. Barrington (16-2) went 5-0, defeating Lakes (25-21, 24-26, 15-7), Crystal Lake South (20-25, 25-18, 15-6), Elk Grove (25-13, 25-16), Willowbrook (25-20, 25-10) and Stevenson (25-21, 25-12).


    Palatine gets tough, wins own Invite

    Palatine’s boys cross country team wasn’t at its best on Saturday — but the Pirates still proved to be better than the rest. Senior Anthony Gregorio (14:49) took seventh place in leading the top-ranked Pirates to the 28th annual Palatine Invitational title with 110 points at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve on cool, overcast Saturday morning.

    Alexa Steffi of Waubonsie in the 200 Medley Relay at the Downers Grove North swimming invitational Saturday.

    Downers North edges Waubonsie Valley at invite

    This season’s girls swimming sectionals and the state meet don’t take place for just less than two months. The work needed to succeed at the holy grails of this sport takes place at competitions such as Saturday’s Downers Grove North Trojan Team Challenge, where squads find themselves well into their regular-season schedules and going full speed with practice and training and facing seven other teams from all over the Chicago area.


    Rosary has a blast at Waubonsie

    Mia Wegman put down 10 kills, including match point, and Rosary beat Downers Grove North 25-19, 25-22 to win Waubonsie Valley's Warrior Blast.


    Libertyville prevails at Prospect

    The depth on Libertyville’s girls volleyball team was shining brightly on Saturday at the 30th annual Pifer Invitational at Prospect High School. Backup setter Molly Moon, making the first five starts of her varsity career, helped steer the Wildcats to their third straight championship of the invite named for longtime Knights girls volleyball coach Sandy Pifer. With Moon directing a 5-1 for most of the invite, the Wildcats went 5-0 for the third straight time in the Jean Walker Field House.

    Jordi Rubio, left, and Mauricio Salgado led Round Lake’s soccer team to the championship of Richmond-Burton’s 10th annual Dennis Louis invitational Saturday.

    Round Lake’s much more than a longshot

    Round Lake's impressive boys soccer team maintained its momentum by beating Belvidere 8-1 Saturday to win the Richmond-Burton tournament.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup
    A roundup of Saturday's boys soccer games in the Fox Valley.


    Schaumburg boys, girls run to Bartlett victory

    Schaumburg didn’t boast the top runner in either the girls or boys race Saturday morning at Sunrise Park. But strong packs helped the Saxons win both races at the Bartlett Invitational.


    Elgin Academy sweeps Larkin quad

    Elgin Academy went through a transition entering the girls tennis season. After graduating his No. 1 singles and doubles players, Hilltoppers’ coach Greg Repede looked to several younger players to step up. Everything came together Saturday as Elgin Academy (14 team points) swept Larkin (9), Elgin (7) and Streamwood (0) to take first place at Larkin’s quad.


    Rough start ends in Glenbard West’s blowout win

    Glenbard West’s most important opponent may have been its own expectations. To their standards, the Hilltoppers didn’t come out with their typical sharpness in Saturday afternoon’s football matchup at Oak Park


    Petro, Hersey make a splash at BG

    Hersey’s girls swimming team delivered a convincing performance in winning the Buffalo Grove Invitational on Saturday.The Huskies finished with 515 points, nearly doubling runner-up Jacobs (280), who was followed by the host Bison (267.5), Cary-Grove (234), Prospect (224.5) and Conant (224). Junior Amand Petro won the 200-yard freestyle in a pool-record 1:56.52 and also won the 100 free (54.59). She joined Erine Horne, Stefanie Kintzle and Kelsey O’Donnell on the winning 200 medley relay, and Petro joined Horne, Karolina Szymaszek and Kayla Dale on the winning 400 free relay in a pool-record 3:44.18.


    Glenbard N. tops Marmion for SCE title

    After Yhehia Akif scored the equalizer off a corner kick midway through the second half, Ryan Anderson’s header in the 64th minute proved to be the game-winning goal during Glenbard North's 4-3 victory over Marmion (8-4-4) Saturday in the St. Charles East invitational title game.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Naperville North's Rachel Prorok takes first place in the final heat of the 100 yard breaststroke at the Rosary Invitational on Saturday, September 24.

    Neuqua Valley ends Rosary’s streak

    Teams that are deep with quality swimmers have always done well at Rosary’s girls swimming invitational meet.In the five previous years the meet was held, the Beads were the deepest, fastest team and they won the meet. This year, that honor fell to Neuqua Valley and the Wildcats became the first team other than Rosary to win the Beads’ invitational, scoring a 377.5-293 victory over Rosary in the five-team meet.

    Barrington’s Joe Asher wraps up Hoffman Estates’ Anthony Patrick in the first half of game action at Barrington High School on Saturday.

    Images: Hoffman Estates vs. Barrington football
    The Barrington Broncos football team hosted the Hoffman Estates Hawks on Saturday afternoon in Barrington.

    Grant’s Kyle Whitman carries the ball as he is tackled by Round Lake’s Daniel Vega during Saturday’s game.

    Images: Round Lake vs. Grant football
    The Grant Bulldogs host the Round Lake Panthers for their Saturday homecoming football game September 24.

    Larkin players and fans celebrate after they take home the jug. Larkin beat Elgin 22 to 21 to win the town jug during the cross town football game Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Images: Elgin vs Larkin football
    Larkin beat Elgin for the town jug 22-21 during the cross town football game September 24 at Memorial Field.


    Wilde bros. key Cary-Grove’s win at Carmel

    Cary-Grove topped Carmel 3-0 on Saturday to wrap up the Carmel quad, where the host Corsairs, Trojans and Lakes' Eagles each finished with 2-1 records.


    NIU QB sets record as team tops Cal Poly

    Quarterback Chandler Harnish broke a 48-year-old school touchdown record as Northern Illinois snapped a two-game losing streak with a 47-30 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Lake Park's Kaylee Flanagan wins the Palatine cross country invitational Saturday.

    Emotional victory for Lake Park’s Flanagan

    Lake Park junior Kaylee Flanagan was missing one of her biggest fans on Saturday at the Palatine Invitational. Flanagan’s grandfather, Richard Wilson, passed away on Monday. He had been one of Kaylee’s biggest supporters. Flanagan ran with a heavy heart, but her feet were light as the junior cruised to an emotional victory in 16:51, easily outdistancing Maine South sophomore Emily Leonard (17:22) and Prospect defending champion junior Brooke Wolfe (17:25) on a cool but rain-free morning at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine.

    Kaneland quarterback Drew David threw for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half Friday against Rochelle.

    Kaneland’s high-powered attack keeps rolling

    As impressive as the halftime fireworks show was Friday night at Kaneland’s Homecoming football game — and that was some spectacular grand finale — it was nothing to the fireworks sophomore quarterback Drew David and his high-flying offense provided in the first half.


    It’s full speed ahead for Leyden

    Krystian Drozdz and Juan Recendez each scored a goal and had a hand in another as Leyden earned a 6-1 win over St. Ignatius in a nonconference soccer match Saturday afternoon in Northlake. The Eagles finished the week with a perfect 3-0 spurt and have won seven straight. They enter Tuesday’s match brimming with confidence. It’s a key date, as a showdown at Morton will likely decide the West Suburban Gold championship between the two rivals.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (43) celebrates with Jonathan Toews (19) and Viktor Stalberg (25) after Saad scoring the game winning goal during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Odds remain stacked against impressive Saad

    As impressive as left wing Brandon Saad has been for the Blackhawks in training camp, the odds of making the team remain stacked against the 18-year-old.

    Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg Viktor Stalberg has been fast and physical and noticeable with his chances around the net, two of which he turned into goals in Friday's 3-2 win over Washington at the United Center.

    Stalberg meeting challenges at competitive camp

    Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg is rising to the challenge to far in what has been a competitive training camp. “I think he's had a real good camp this year,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We always notice his speed and his energy, but this year there's a little more patience and more confidence in the scoring area."

    The Packers’ potent offensive weapons include Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers who led the team to a Super Bowl just seven month ago. The bottom line is that even if the Bears win Sunday and it’s always within the realm — both teams will be 2-1 and it will still feel like they’re going in opposite directions.

    Bears can win, but Packers poised to dominate for years

    Yes, the the Bears can compete with the Packers and win a game Sunday, but the reason it feels less likely than last year is that the two teams appear headed in opposite directions. And we could be entering an era of domination for Green Bay that may last several years.

    Wisconsin native and rookie Gabe Carimi (72) says he’s upset he won’t be able to go Saturday versus the Green Bay Packers due to a knee injury. Carimi says he will look to December’s game against the Pack to motivate him.

    Wisconsin native Carimi bummed to be missing Pack game

    Rookie Gabe Carimi, a Wisconsin native, won't get to play against the Packers today beacuse of a knee injury, but he expects to be back in the starting lineup soon.


    Windows 8, the next version of the world's most widely used operating system, is probably still a year from release. But Microsoft Corp. has begun to bang the drum for it, unveiling it to developers and the media at a conference last week in Southern California.

    Review: Windows 8 will be Microsoft's multitasker

    Even if the PC market is no longer the engine of growth it once was, a huge number of people work on PCs and will continue to for years. So Microsoft is attempting something extraordinarily ambitious with Windows 8: combining a state-of-the-art operating system for tablets and other mobile devices with a traditional desktop environment. Two for the price of one.

    Associated Press/July 13 The Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxis on the runway at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

    Boeing delivers its first 787

    Boeing delivers its first 787 jet on Sunday. It's been a long time coming. The new jet, which was supposed to be flying passengers three years ago, has been delayed by production and design problems. But now it's here, and airlines expect it to offer travelers much more comfort, open up new routes and provide significant fuel savings.

    This image provided by Sea Launch AG shows a European communications satellite lifting off into orbit Saturday.

    Sea Launch back with successful satellite launch

    “A fantastic mission. Sea Launch is back,” company President Kjell Karlsen said.


    Japan finds radiation in rice

    A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram.

    Universal pulled out of “The Dark Tower,” a three-movie, two-TV-series colossus based on books by Stephen King. because of budget pressure.

    Hollywood balks at big budget movies as DVDs drop

    Hollywood is becoming more cost-conscious, as movie executives rethink what they’re willing to pay to make a blockbuster. After years of beefing up budgets to meet audience expectations, movie studios are cutting back and canceling projects that are too costly. Half-baked, expensive movie ideas that would have received approval a few years ago are now under scrutiny.


    Nvidia pops a surprise: a 5th “core” for new chip

    Nvidia Corp., known for its processors that render graphics in PCs, is outlining a novel feature of a new chip for mobile devices. The chip has essentially grown another arm. The new chip, code-named Project Kal-El, was previously known to have four processing “cores,” or engines for performing computing tasks. Now it has a fifth.

    “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” is aimed at those who might witness bullying, on and off Facebook.

    Facebook, Time Warner launch anti-bullying app

    Facebook and Time Warner Inc. launched an app this week designed to help prevent bullying among children and young adults. The app on Facebook’s site is part of a broader partnership the two companies formed earlier this summer.

    Flash 11 will let developers create 3-D graphics and higher-quality 2-D animation.

    Adobe announces new Flash player

    Adobe Systems Inc. says the latest iteration of its ubiquitous Flash player will focus on showing high-quality online videos and letting developers create high-quality games for a broad range of devices.The latest installment of Flash, which is used to watch online videos, create visual graphics and power the bulk of Web-based games, comes as Apple Inc. continues to ban the technology from its iPhone and wildly popular iPad tablet computer.

    Samsung claims Apple’s iPhone and iPad use 3G technology that infringes on Samsung patents.

    Samsung files suits against Apple

    Samsung Electronics Co. filed four lawsuits against Apple Inc. in the Netherlands, and the first hearing in the cases is scheduled for Monday, according to The Hague court. Dutch website Webwereld.nl reported Samsung is claiming the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe on Samsung patents.


    Microsoft-backed AppNexus plans 2012 IPO

    AppNexus Inc., the online advertising company backed by Microsoft Corp., has turned profitable and may go public late next year, CEO Brian O’Kelley said. The New York-based company has raised $65.5 million since it was founded in 2007, with the last round of $50 million led by Microsoft in October.

    The Freetalk Connect-Me adapter sells for $40. That price includes an hour calling.

    Review: Skype phone and adapter for home calling

    With two new products, Skype has made it easier to make Internet calls from home phones, for savings on international calls and potentially also domestic ones. But compared to other Internet calling options for the home, Skype’s solution is a piecemeal and complicated way to save money, according to an Associated Press review.

    Female students who start in science, technology, engineering and math concentrations often switch to other fields before graduating, according to Marilyn Nagel, CEO of Watermark, a 4,000-member organization for professional women.

    Tech gender gap could hamper competitiveness

    While women hold about half the jobs in the broader U.S. economy, they account for less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and math positions, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. That disparity could hurt the U.S. in the global marketplace, some executives say.

Life & Entertainment

    Kids run, jump and tumble during a visit to the “Move” exhibit at the Chicago Children's Museum.

    ‘Move' exhibit encourages kids to climb, jump, skip

    Kids are often told not to run, but they are encouraged to scamper about at Chicago Children's Museum's temporary exhibit “Move.” The exhibit features bright-colored equipment designed by a brother and sister team that studied playgrounds to create elements that are durable but stimulating.

    Aretha Franklin sings classic songs and material from her new album,

    Weekend picks: 'Queen of Soul' joins skaters at Sears Centre

    America's legendary “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin performs classic material and songs from her new album, “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” alongside fashionably dressed world-famous figure skaters like Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, Sarah Hughes and more in “Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin” on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    In this photo taken Nov. 24, 2010, veteran Israeli actress Hanna Maron speaks at an anti-racism gathering organized by a youth movement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Maron has added another title to her resume — the world’s longest career in theater.

    Israeli actress sets record with 83 years on stage

    Veteran Israeli actress Hanna Maron has added another item to her resume — the world’s longest career in theater. Guinness World Records spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse says Maron’s 83 years on stage qualify as the “longest career as a theatrical actress.”

    Wendy Brooks cleans her windows with white vinegar and newspapers at her home in Phoenix. Brooks uses mostly borax and vinegar for the majority of her household cleaning. Borax can also be used to clean toilets.

    Kitchen staples can be green cleaners for bathroom

    Cleaning the bathroom can be daunting, even if you’re armed with traditional cleaners laden with bleach and strong but perhaps environmentally unfriendly ingredients. But what if you want to go green and still get the toilet bowl, sink and tile to sparkle? Start by stocking up on white vinegar and baking soda.

    Fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic looks at a dress in her workshop in London earlier this month.

    Roxy’s Moxie: Roksanda Ilincic turns heads in fashion world

    Next thing you know, the queen will be calling Roksanda Ilincic to ask if she can whip up something special for a big event. That’s how it must seem to Ilincic, the elegant Serbian-born designer whose colorful dresses just happen to have been worn this year by American first lady Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, the stylish Duchess of Cambridge. She’s no longer up and coming, she’s here.

    Gucci’s cropped jackets and high-waisted slim-fitting pants are at the same time minimalist and masculine.

    Gucci wows with dazzling styles, exciting events

    A renovated shop, a new collection and the inauguration of a private museum all combine to make Gucci the talk of the town as designers prepare to unveil their warm weather wear during the current Milan womenswear fashion week.

    Cen. Campbell, left, holds her son Jude Chisan, 1, and Serena Weingrod, holds her daughter, Adah, 2, at Blossom Birth in Palo Alto, Calif. Both potty trained their children early.

    Some parents try early potty training over diapers

    Cen Campbell travels unusually light for a mom with a young child. No wet wipes. No changing pad. No disposable diapers.The extra baggage isn’t necessary because when Campbell’s toddler Jude needs to go to the bathroom, she brings him to the toilet. They’ve been doing this — with mixed success — since he was just 12 days old.

    Humane Society of Waterville animal care technician Susan Wyman ttempts to give shelter cat Birch a pill Tuesday in Waterville, Maine. Wyman is using a pill syringe to administer the pill quickly. There is no question cats are harder to medicate than dogs.

    Many ways to give pills to pets

    Giving pills to your pet may be more traumatic for you than the animal, but it doesn’t have to be. You can hold a small dog or cat like a football or a baseball; wrap the cat like a burrito; try decoys and disguises; or arm yourself with squeeze cheese. Whatever you do, “be cool, calm, collected and quick,” said Janet Winikoff, director of education for the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County in Vero Beach, Fla.

    Madie Tomlinson, 10, left, delivers a family meal to Amy Roser and her daughter Paige, 3, as part of the Freezer Foodies meal exchange program in Bloomington, Ill.

    Dinner exchange pays off for 4 families

    What began as an answer to the busy weeknight question — “What’s for dinner?” — has had an expected result for four families: Friendship. “The community we have developed is equal to the meals we have shared,” Sarah Metivier says.

    This pristine, Arlington Heights ranch is on a cul-de-sac and close to shopping and dining.

    On the Market: Arlington Heights ranch

    This pristine brick ranch home in the Surrey Ridge subdivision of Arlington Heights, close to Woodfield Shopping Center and an abundance of stores and restaurants, is the Daily Herald listing of the week. The space inside, thanks to the partially-finished basement, is shocking. So it would be perfect for a young couple or family just starting out or for a couple that is ready to ditch the big house in favor of something that is smaller and less work.


    Mortgage Professor: Don’t sign these loan docs blindly

    As discussed last week, step one in preparing for the mortgage deluge that borrowers face at the closing is to identify the junk documents that can be signed quickly and set aside. That cuts the document pile roughly in half.

    Bringing this rustic, planked oak cocktail table by Sherrill CTH into a more simplified space captures the new sensibility: clean and modern combined with handcrafted and artisanal.

    Industry Insider: Toms-Price Home Furnishings

    Over the past 15 to 20 years, the American furniture industry has been devastated by competition from overseas. But things are starting to turn around. Since the fall of 2008, customers at Toms-Price Home Furnishings regularly ask if products they are considering were made in the USA. “They see it as a way to invest in and support America and I totally understand that," Scott Price said.


    On homes and real estate: Happily ever after

    Q. Nine years ago, you took the time to advise us not to turn over our home to our seven kids. We took your advice and have lived happily ever after. For what it’s worth, all seven kids have well-maintained homes of their own without any significant help from us, and we are all good friends.



    System broken for enforcing campaign finance rules

    A Daily Herald editorial says the state elections board must do a better job of collecting the fines it levies for violations of campaign finance rules. Otherwise, its existence is pointless.


    The return of the real Obama

    The authentic Obama is a leveler, a committed social democrat, a staunch believer in the redistributionist state, a tribune, above all, of “fairness” — understood as government-imposed and government-enforced equality. That’s why “soak the rich” is not just a campaign slogan to rally the base.


    You can drink to that

    Prohibition, we learn in Ken Burns' upcoming series, was intimately intertwined with people’s fear of cultural change. The Germans and Irish were seen as beer-swilling threats to America’s ideals — they drank too much, drank the “wrong” kind of liquor, and didn’t have as much self-control as “real” Americans.


    It’s time to call out GOP as obstructionist
    Letter to the Editor: It’s time to call Republican legislators out for focusing on ousting the president and not helping out-of-work Americans.


    GOP loves construction; why not Obama’s plan?
    Letter to the Editor: On Sept. 8, President Obama urged Congress to pass his American Jobs Act: “Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America. Everyone here knows we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over the country. Our highways are clogged with traffic.”Now a question arises: Can Republicans be persuaded to fund infrastructure projects? Perhaps the answer depends on who is asking for funding.


    For GOP, it’s ‘all about them’
    Letter to the Editor: The interests of the middle class and all other Americans are being mortgaged by the Republicans to the goal of preventing the president from being re-elected. Republicans are not focused on meeting the challenges ordinary Americans now face. As the saying goes: “It’s all about them.”


    Who cares about Sarah Palin?
    Letter to the Editor: Why is anyone still wondering if Sarah Palin will get into the presidential race? She is the most irrelevant person in the entire field, if not the world.


    Don’t solve ills on backs of unions
    Letter to the Editor: The people who risked their lives in the aftermath of 9/11 - firefighters and police officers - and those who followed - carpenters, electricians, iron workers, welders, plumbers, engravers, crane operators and truck drivers - are all union workers. This nation cannot continue trying to solve its financial woes on the backs of those who build it.


    Roundabout agreement improves safety
    A Lake County letter to the editor: A recent letter to the editor was filled with inaccurate information regarding the equestrian underpass on Hunt Club Road. Here are the facts.


    Hey, Obama didn’t cause this mess
    In answer to Mary Ann Cronauer’s letter in your paper about Obama being a mediocre senator — Ha! Who started all this mess? The geniuses in the Republican party, headed up by the rich boy from Texas.


    Anything but more GOP leadership
    I am very upset that most Republicans refuse to cooperate with the president’s plan for economic recovery. Here’s why. The White House under George W. Bush failed to heed the warnings before 9/11, and put troops on the Asiatic mainland, going after the Taliban via an invasion, instead of sending in a SWAT team, pinpointed to take out Al-Qaeda as President Obama did in Pakistan.


    Pedestrians can’t just walk into traffic
    Pedestrians may not simply walk out into traffic and expect vehicles to stop. They must wait for an appropriate time to cross, just like a car crossing from a minor street. It’s only when a vehicle comes upon a pedestrian already in the crosswalk that they must yield the right of way.


    Let’s not minimalize Sunday with sports
    What is the essence of a desirable community? A community is its people. The quality of its people determines the quality of the community.


    Some don’t bother to tidy up for dogs
    I’ve been walking my dogs in Madison Meadow Park in Lombard for 15 years and have found it no problem to pick up after them. Almost all of my neighbors and others who enjoy walking their dogs in the park have done the same. Unfortunately, I have been finding, of late, that many do not bother to pick up after their dogs.


    Nothing absurd about OK’ing Huntley hospital
    Letter to the Editor: Centegra wants to build a hospital. The residents are embracing the idea of having a hospital. The plan is backed by many levels of government. I cannot see logically why the state board would not pass this plan.


    Hampshire VFW had great fundraiser
    Letter to the Editor: Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8043 and Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank the members, Hampshire/Burlington and surrounding area community for the cooperation and financial support of the recent successful fundraiser to benefit Hampshire and Burlington Central scholarship fund.


    Many made Heritage Fest a success
    Letter to the Editor:I’d like to express our appreciation to all who participate in West Dundee's annual Heritage Fest and take the opportunity to come to our historic downtown and appreciate the great pride and sense of community spirit that is alive and well in West Dundee.


    Let’s end private campaign donations
    Why must we as intelligent Americans live our lives by having the pre-electoral electronic media, both radio and TV, dominate us by useless, repetitive advertisements that bludgeon us like punching bags? Make campaign contributions illegal.


    Teach kids to make good food choices
    If kids can master computers they can easily master the science of food preparation. It’s a skill they will always savor whether it leads to a career or to simply being well fed.


    The Soapbox: Fermilab tests speed-of-light barrier

    The soapbox questions a school district that was unaware of unsafe pool drains and lauds a suburban Emmy winner who remembered her home town.


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