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Car crashes into Arlington Heights laundromat
A car crashed into the window of an Arlington Heights laundromat Saturday afternoon. The driver was issued a citation for no valid driver's license. No injuries occured.
Two injured in Arlington Heights crash
Two cars collided just north of the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Golf Road Saturday afternoon, resulting in both drivers being injured. Police say Latrece Edwards, 41, of Hampton, Va., was issued a citation for failure to yield while exiting a private driveway.
Glen Ellyn fire causes estimated $250,000 in damages
A fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damages to an apartment duplex in Glen Ellyn Saturday afternoon, a Lombard fire department spokesman said. It took 30 minutes to put out the fire with the help of six other fire departments. No injuries were reported.
Train hits man in Aurora
A male pedestrian was struck by an inbound Metra train Saturday afternoon in Aurora, shortly after it left the city's train station.
Horse therapy builds skills, confidence for children with special needs
Joshua Gallegos was in the zone Saturday morning. The 10-year-old Aurora boy, dressed in full Batman suit and mask, sat straight upon his horse Midnight. Flanked by trained therapists, the pair trotted around the ring, stopping to toss a series of beanbags at a marker during the Blazing Prairie Stars annual Riders Celebration in Maple Park. After dismounting, he ran to his mother, Maria, with a...
U.N. suspends observer mission in Syria
The United Nations suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday because of the rapidly escalating violence there, leaving a U.N. peace plan for the country in tatters and raising fears that a slide into all-out civil war may be unavoidable.
Stage collapses before Radiohead concert; 1 dead
A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin Saturday left one person dead and three others injured, officials said. Emergency Medical Services officials ssaid a man who was trapped under the rubble was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said he was in his mid-30s. A 45-year-old man was hospitalized with a head injury and two others were treated at the scene for...
Crespo calls immigration group’s protest against him ‘almost personal’
A pro-immigration group Saturday protested State Rep. Fred Crespo's votes, targeting him as the first of five Democrats they say are separating children from their families.
Ex-operator of Naperville day care sentenced in prostitution case
The former operator of a Naperville day care recently found guilty of prostitution was placed on a year of conditional discharge Friday. Amy Thoren ran ABC and TLC Home Daycare until her arrest in June 2010.
Singing and swinging the blues in Aurora
Toes were tapping Saturday at the 16th annual Blues on the Fox festival. Thousands attended the two-day fest, which concluded Saturday night at North River Street Park in downtown Aurora.
Islamic conference moves from Rolling Meadows to south suburb
A controversial Islamic conference originally planned for Rolling Meadows now will be held Sunday in South suburban Hickory Hills, organizers announced Saturday. Organizers of the Khilafah Conference 2012, "Revolution: Liberation by Revelation — Muslims Marching Toward Victory," began searching for a new venue after the owner of its original location, The Meadows Club, withdrew as the event...
‘If Naperville had a queen, it would be Rita Harvard’
Naperville native Rita Harvard spent most of her life in her hometown, and those who knew her best say her civic involvement helped the city evolve into what it is today. Harvard, 82, died Friday following a long illness. Except for a few years away at college and teaching in Dixon, she focused her energies on family and her community, donating countless hours to civic groups, her church and...
Ohio woman drives into crowd, injuring dozens
A 63-year-old woman suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square in northwest Ohio and struck bystanders, sending some through the air and injuring about 30 people, some of whom were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it, authorities and witnesses said.
Scots enjoy favorite cultural traditions at Itasca festival
Thousands of Scots by birth, heritage or inclination enjoyed music, dancing, athletic events, food and Celtic traditions Saturday at the 26th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca. "We welcome everyone who enjoys Scottish culture," said Gus Noble, president of the Illinois St. Andrew Society's Chicago Scots, which hosts the two-day event. "The games itself is how we celebrate our...
Authorities suspect cigarette caused Batavia deck fire
The use of a garden hose by some neighbors prevented a Friday deck fire in Batavia from spreading. Firefighters say the fire was probably caused by a discarded cigarette.
Forty years later, Watergate crime scene is forgotten
When the Watergate complex was built in the 1960s, it was just a group of buildings on the western edge of the nation's capital. Then, 40 years ago Sunday, police in Washington arrested five men breaking into the office of the Democratic National Committee there.
Injecting life into a dying mall
While St. Charles city officials contemplate what to do after a consultant told them what most everyone already knew — that the Charlestowne Mall is dying — some artistic minds have come up with a way to temporarily fill up at least a few storefronts.
Ryland looking to build homes for seniors in Huntley
Ryland Homes, which built the Talamore subdivision for all age groups in Huntley, is looking to add an active senior component to its housing stock. Huntley recently gave the developer the green light to outline a project of 86 ranch homes that would be reserved for this segment of the population. That's a big change from the 126 townhouses for all ages that the company scrapped when the economy...
Batavia formalizing downtown tax-incentive extension
Batavia is likely to extend the life of a downtown tax-increment financing district another 13 years, as it uses property taxes from it to do various economic-incentive and physical projects to improve the area. That includes grants for improving buildings, and paying for much of the proposed streetscape improvement project.
Geneva police looking for missing man
Geneva police are searching for a 60-year-old man who hasn't made contact with family members since Tuesday. David R. Erickson told his family he was going to Chicago for a meeting when he left his house at 7:30 a.m. Family members told police they haven't seen him since.
Glenview pool remains closed after 4-year-old’s death
The 4-year-old boy who died after being pulled from a Glenview pool was identified Saturday as Vincente Cardenas of the 2300 block of Chestnut Avenue in Glenview, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Additional crews arrive at large Colorado wildfire
More firefighting crews were arriving Saturday at a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched about 85 square miles and damaged or destroyed at least 112 homes.
Two firefighters hurt in Crystal Lake blaze
Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze that caused roughly $100,000 damage to a house in Crystal Lake, authorities said Saturday. Both firefighters were taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said.
Suu Kyi: Nobel Peace Prize shattered my isolation
OSLO, Norway — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared Saturday that the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland.
Japan OKs restart of 1st reactors since tsunami
TOKYO — Japan's government on Saturday approved bringing the country's first nuclear reactors back online since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown, going against wider public opinion that is opposed to nuclear power after Fukushima.
China sends first woman into space
JIUQUAN, China — China launched its most ambitious space mission yet on Saturday, carrying its first female astronaut and two male colleagues in an attempt to dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week.
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef has died
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, the hard-line interior minister who spearheaded Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown crushing al-Qaida's branch in the country after the 9/11 attacks and then rose to become next in line to the throne, has died. He was in his late 70s.
New law to keep booze flowing for Dem convention
RALEIGH, N.C. — Adding a twist to blue laws in an increasingly red state, North Carolina's Republican-led legislature is toasting a measure intended to keep the booze flowing at the Democratic National Convention.
Carlotta weakens, downgraded to tropical storm
ACAPULCO, Mexico — Officials downgraded Carlotta from a hurricane to a tropical storm early Saturday as it weakened while moving across southern Mexico. Authorities in the southern state of Oaxaca blamed the storm on the deaths of two young girls killed in a mudslide.
University of Chicago gets $6M health care grant
The University of Chicago has been awarded a $6.1 million grant to provide better care for Medicare patients.
Chicago veterinarians make house call in Colombia
Two veterinarians from the Chicago Zoological Society traveled last weekend to Colombia to treat a very large toothache.
Law ensures police, others can do roadside charity
Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads — even if they wanted to.
Car collides with Chicago bus, injuring 10
Ten people have been taken to hospitals after a car crossed the center lane of a Chicago street and collided with a CTA bus.
Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s Swedish Days will run Tuesday, June 19, through Sunday, June 24, in downtown Geneva. The 63rd annual Midsommar festival will feature a variety of musical entertainment. Visit genevachamber.com for festival maps.TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Zip line, ethnic food add excitement to Geneva’s 63rd annual Swedish Days
Get ready to fly above the crowds. A zip line is one of the many new attractions at this year's Geneva's Swedish Days Midsommar Festival. "After 63 years, it's time to shake things up," said Laura Rush, communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.
Raising high school dropout age proving difficult
President Barack Obama's call for states to raise the minimum age at which students can drop out of high school seems about as popular as a homework assignment on Friday afternoon. Since the president urged the change in his State of the Union speech in January, only one state has raised its dropout age to 18, and that won't take effect for five years. Even legislators in Obama's home state of...
5 reasons the next gay marriage referendums might pass
Opponents of gay marriage have an unblemished track record in U.S. elections, chalking up 32 victories in 32 public votes. Gay marriage supporters are optimistic that they can end their losing ways this year, with four states voting on the issue in November. They're particularly encouraged by the prospects in Washington and Maine. Meanwhile, opponents have taken steps to maintain their unflawed...
Local police dog nominated for 2012 Hero Dog Award
Maxx, the Wauconda police dog, is currently a top candidate for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Award. Sgt. John Combs, Maxx's long-time partner, said he is thankful for the support Maxx has received. "It's absolutely awesome, we wouldn't be able to have a canine unit without that support," he said.
Most suburbs keeping fireworks displays
Mount Prospect and Elgin are two towns that are part of a larger trend: they've fought to preserve or bring back fireworks shows in the face of shrinking budgets. Still, economic realities put constraints on what these towns are capable of producing. "There's no question it's tradition," Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said. "I just think we all have to realize now that we can't do what we used to do."
Complaint filed against Lake Co. clerk — in Wisconsin
A formal complaint has been filed in Wisconsin against Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, apparently over an encounter she had with a voter while Helander was acting as a poll watcher for the state's June 5 recall election.
Big night for Rush on and off the field
The AFL Players Union and owners reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement Saturday night while the Chicago Rush defeated the Georgia Force 62-27.
Furyk, McDowell share the lead as Tiger tumbles
Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk, a pair of U.S. Open champions, managed to beat par at The Olympic Club. Tiger Woods simply got battered. In the 33 times he has started a round atop the leaderboard at a major, Woods never had a tougher struggle with par than Saturday at the U.S. Open — a 5-over 75 that made his uphill climb to the majestic clubhouse overlooking San Francisco feel a lot longer.
Sveum happy Marmol back as Cubs closer
Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol earned his first save since May 2 when he closed out Friday's 3-0 victory over the Red Sox. If Marmol can have success, it will go a long way toward stabilizing the bullpen and letting pitchers work in roles best for them.
Borenstein, Kernels sink Cougars 7-5
Kane County Cougars game report:
Sky fall to Fever 84-70
Jessica Davenport scored 19 points to lead the Indiana Fever to an 84-70 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.
Saltalamacchia leads Red Sox past Cubs, 4-3
Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to back a strong start by Jon Lester, and the struggling Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday.
Prairie State Festival quite a day at Arlington
A half hour rain delay to start the day, heavy favorites rolling, heavy favorites fizzling. Longshots, front-runners, stone-cold closers, you name it, and Saturday's Prairie State Festival at Arlington Park had it .
NIU-bound Savarise thinking White Sox
As he sat in a packed Angel Stadium of Anaheim on an October night, fans buzzing all around him, a young pitcher talked baseball with Robin Ventura.Jon Savarise was all of about 11 years old.The thrills got better in that 2005 baseball season for the son of White Sox senior vice president of stadium operations Terry Savarise.About a week later, the White Sox, including former players like the current manager Ventura, celebrated the team’s first World Series championship since 1917 with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.“I got to go on the field afterward, go in the clubhouse with all the champagne spraying and everything,” Jon Savarise said. “It was a lot of fun.”No kidding, kid.But the thrills got better still for Savarise, who’s no longer a kid.A 6-foot-1, 205-pound left-handed pitcher/first baseman and 2012 graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Savarise was selected in the 33rd round of the recent Major League Baseball amateur draft by none other than his favorite White Sox.“It was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” said Savarise, who calls himself a die-hard White Sox fan. “It was pretty much a dream come true.”Living out the dream will have to wait, however. A couple of days after being drafted, Savarise gave a verbal commitment to Northern Illinois University, which recruited him to pitch.“I know my parents wanted me to go to school, first,” Savarise said. “I don’t think they would have let me (sign a professional contract). It was very tempting, obviously, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”So it’s off to DeKalb for the Lincolnshire resident, who played varsity baseball for Loyola Academy as a sophomore and junior before transferring to Stevenson, where this spring he earned honorable mention All-North Suburban Conference honors and helped the Patriots win 23 games and a regional title.College baseball players are draft-eligible following their junior year.“I had no idea I was going to be drafted, so that was really cool,” Savarise said. “I’m hoping to get better through college and then get drafted higher up in an earlier round maybe later … I did want to go to college first so it was a pretty easy decision.”On the day he got drafted, just before he arrived home with a friend, Savarise said his mother, Tara, received a phone call from the White Sox saying they were going to draft her son.“She ran and told me and started crying,” Savarise said. “We listened to the draft on the computer, and then they called my name.”Dad no had idea he was about to receive an early Father’s Day present from his employer. “He was completely surprised by it,” Savarise said. “We were both pretty shocked.”Being the son of a White Sox executive has afforded Savarise some great privileges. He has roamed the team clubhouse, met players and taken U.S. Cellular Field with his baseball glove on.When the White Sox used to have spring training in Tucson, Ariz., he served as a bat boy for some exhibition games.“He’s taken me (to U.S. Cellular Field) my whole life,” Savarise said of his father, a White Sox employee for more than 30 years. “I’ve grown up there. It’s another home to me.”In 2005, Terry Savarise took his son on every road trip during the postseason. The only game Jon missed was Game 1 of the American League championship series, which happened to be the only game the White Sox lost during the playoffs.“They were calling me the good-luck charm after awhile,” Savarise said with a laugh.No wonder they drafted the talented lefty.
Boomers rally to earn sweep
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Ambrose takes Sprint Cup pole at over 203 mph
The last time anyone was this fast in qualifying in NASCAR's top series, Richard Petty was still driving. He's an owner now, but when Marcos Ambrose won the Sprint Cup pole at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday for Richard Petty Motorsports, the Hall of Famer was on hand to put the accomplishment in perspective. Ambrose posted a speed of 203.241 mph, the first time since 1987 the 200 mph mark was broken during Sprint Cup qualifying.
Sad sack fact: For Cutler to thrive, it's up to O-line
The Bears have added some fancy weapons to the offense this year, but history says they will be wasted unless quarterback Jay Cuter gets better protection than he's had the past two seasons.
Ludzik won't be bullied by Parkinson's
Former Blackhawks center Steve Ludzik is celebrating Father's Day like he always has, with his wife and sons in Canada. What's different this year is now he has admitted to the world that the head shots he suffered during his career have left him with Parkinson's disease.
Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race at Milwaukee
Ryan Hunter-Reay found his way back to victory lane at the Milwaukee Mile, holding off Tony Kanaan on Saturday.
Czechs beat Poland 1-0 to make quarterfinals
Petr Jiracek scored a second-half winner to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 victory over Poland on Saturday and a place in the quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Greece tops Russia 1-0, makes quarters at Euro
Greece surged into the European Championship quarterfinals, defeating Russia 1-0 Saturday on a goal by Giorgos Karagounis just before halftime.
Americans hang on after recession drains accounts
The recession claimed nearly 40 percent of Americans' wealth, the Federal Reserve reported last week. The new figures, showing Americans' net worth has plunged back to what it was in 1992, left economists shuddering while sharpening attention on the pocketbook issues at the center of the presidential campaign. But for families across the country, the report, tracking the period from 2007 to 2010, confirms what they already felt in their gut and saw in their checkbooks. It is one more reminder that they're not alone.
First Look: New MacBook screen is epiphany
One of its new MacBook Pro models has a "Retina" display, a screen that packs four times as many pixels as a standard display. Why is this a big deal? It's not easy to describe in print, but a look at the screen tells the whole story. It's like putting on glasses and realizing you're nearsighted. Much like the screen on the latest iPad, the new display makes all other screens look dull and fuzzy.
Good dog, good job? More dogs sit, stay at work
Like any new addition to an office, Dolly had an adjustment period. The hardest part: learning not to bark at the mailman. Dolly is one of millions of dogs that accompany their owners to dog-friendly businesses every day. Even more will join her next Friday for Take Your Dog to Work Day. "I consider it a benefit like health care. It's a huge attraction," said Dolly's owner Erin McCormack, who works at Authentic Entertainment in Los Angeles as a producer on the Discovery Channel's "Auction Kings."
Youthful rebel Tsipras targets Greek establishment
Alexis Tsipras has rarely been on good terms with Greece's establishment. In high school, he led a student protest. Two decades later, he's campaigning to become Greece's next leader with a simple message: Tear up the agreement that bailed Greece out. "The rotten and reliant establishment is making its last stand. Their dominance is ending after they looted the country and saddled it with debt," Tsipras said at a recent campaign appearance.
Hopeful sign: Small manufacturers buy big machines
Small businesses that make machines and components for other manufacturers are experiencing an upswing that could be a sign of things to come for the broader economy. The industries fueling the demand varnearsightedases, business is coming from medical device makers, which are expected to see increasing growth as baby boomers age and need more medical care. An uptick in orders is coming from oil and gas producers supplying energy to growing economies in countries such as China and India.
Apple’s show satisfies, but the real fireworks may come this fall
Every year, Apple developers flock to what amounts to their Mecca — the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held in San Francisco.For a week, Apple takes up residence in the Moscone Center (a massive set of convention spaces) and holds a series of engineering sessions, workshops and even an awards show. It’s where developers go to renew their faith — and they usually leave spreading the gospel.The whole thing kicks off with a big keynote event, where Apple talks about its recent successes and what products developers should be getting excited about for the future. Not surprisingly, the rest of the world really likes this part of the conference, too.On Monday, company head Tim Cook and other executives took to the stage at Moscone West and introduced a number of new products and new software to the cheering crowd. As with most Apple events these days, rumors and speculation had run rampant prior to the event, so many of the announcements were expected — but others were a surprise.On the list of expected developments, Apple showed off the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system (nicknamed Mountain Lion), and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6.Interestingly, Mountain Lion seems far more influenced by iOS than the other way around, boasting a new “notification center” that lets you see messages, alerts and updates from applications, integration with Messages (Apple’s mobile message app) and deeper connections to online services like iCloud and Game Center. The company has also brought Facebook and Twitter sharing to OS X, making it easier to beam your activities into the wide, waiting world.Apple has also tweaked its security on application installation, including a new product called Gatekeeper that allows apps to be digitally signed, meaning Apple can keep track of where they come from and whether or not they’re from a trusted source. You can also use the software to limit where your apps come from, which will probably make developers who are still independent from Apple’s OS X App Store a little more likely to climb on board.On the mobile side, the next version of iOS won’t be so much a revolution as an evolution — a process Apple has gotten pretty comfortable with over the past few years. This time around, the company has made somewhat of a big gamble in parting ways with Google, which it had previously partnered with on Maps in the core operating system.Apple has made huge investments in its own mapping service, as well as strategic partnerships with companies like TomTom (the GPS maker) to deliver its own map experience in iOS 6. The new service will function much like Google’s version, though it won’t go feature for feature in every area. Apple has created a breathtaking new 3-D map view that it calls Flyover, which is more pretty than it is useful, and will include turn-by-turn driving directions natively that can be triggered by Siri — the much-advertised virtual assistant.Siri was another area where Apple showed off improved functionality, including new features like sports scores, movie ticket purchases and restaurant reservations in the beta software. And the company added new apps as well, including an odd pouch for plane boarding passes and movie tickets it calls Passbook.Overall, however, iOS 6 won’t feel very far away from the previous version — which left some people at the show wondering what Apple might have up its sleeve come the fall, when it’s expected to release the next iPhone. I would venture to guess that we haven’t seen everything the forthcoming OS is capable of.The biggest news at the show actually did come on the hardware front, however. The company not only updated its entire line of portables (the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks), but also introduced a new, shockingly different model of the MacBook Pro that includes a super-high-resolution Retina display.
Facebook to debut real-time bidding for ads
acebook plans to introduce real-time bidding for advertising on its site, a technology used by Google and other Web companies to more effectively target ads to consumers. The service, Facebook Exchange, will let advertisers reach specific types of users on the social network based on their browsing history, Annie Ta, a company spokeswoman, said Wednesday. Prices will be based on the cost per thousand viewers and sold through third-party technology partners.
New breed of websites makes selling more social
Are you trying to make some cash selling off your surplus skinny jeans, but nervous about selling to strangers? A new crop of websites and apps with names like Copious.com, Threadflip, HipSwap and Poshmark are trying to make selling more social, connecting with networks like Facebook and Twitter to help buyers and sellers feel more comfortable. "We're trying to take the creepiness out of buying and selling," said Jim Rose, CEO and co-founder of Copious.com.
Life & Entertainment
Developer sees good things taking place in Wheeling
Making money isn't what drives Mark and Vivian Smith of Smith Family Construction, based in Wheeling. While Mark admits he needs to make a living and support his family, which includes five children, he said he is much more driven to make a difference in the community he calls home and where his wife and children were all born and raised.
Home furnishings created by students in IIT project
IIT students created furniture pieces and home accessory items from a storm-felled tree. The items, now on exhibit, evoke the importance of using "urban" wood to reduce dependance on commercial logging.
Nine summer fashion tips
You want to relax at the beach. You want to feel good. You want to look as if you don't have a care in the world. It takes a little bit of effort to appear so effortless. You want to make smart choices but not overthink it, says swimwear designer Shoshanna Gruss. "You want to feel comfortable and sexy, but, yes, that's a little hard because you are basically walking around in your underwear."
Disney’s Doc McStuffins inspires black mothers, daughters
A pig-tailed girl whose favorite accessory is a pink stethoscope has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire. Doc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children, dreams of becoming an M.D. and, for now, runs a cheerful home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls. "I haven't lost a toy yet!" Doc exclaims as she hugs a blue dinosaur in need of attention."It's so nice to see this child of color in a starring role, not just in the supporting cast. It's all about her," said Dr. Myiesha Taylor, who watches the show with her 4-year-old daughter, Hana.
Russian ‘It Girl’ turns to politics, protests
Ksenia Sobchak, Russia's "It Girl," began her foray into political activism by taking the stage at a protest in December to jeers and boos from protesters. Six months later, she has been accepted into the ranks of Russia's protest leaders, completing a transformation that reflects the civic awakening of millions of young Russians after a decade of political passivity.
First lady’s book gets rave reviews from her daughters
Michelle Obama gets a rare thumbs-up from her adolescent daughters for publishing her first gardening book. The first lady said her daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 13, were pulled in by the beautiful pictures and eventually read "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." "Eventually, I got, actually, a thumbs-up," she said.
Louvre hosts Italian fashion designer Ferragamo
For the first time in its history, the French capital's iconic Louvre Museum opened up its storied arcades Tuesday to fashion: a catwalk show by Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo.
Weekend picks: Sculpture debuts
A new Preston Jackson sculpture to commemorate Lake County's role in the Underground Railroad at the time of slavery, will be unveiled in the lobby of the College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus Saturday. Or step back in time during Garfield Farm Museum's 1840s Days. The event features guided tours and period demonstrations by costumed interpreters. Visitors can walk through the restored 1846 brick inn and the museum's historical barns.
San Francisco: 5 free activities for visitors
Even though San Francisco was at the heart of the Gold Rush, you don't have to break the bank to experience the City by the Bay. Strolling along the Golden Gate Bridge, touring a craft brewery and enjoying the city's cable car system are just three things to do without opening your wallet.
‘Birthday Suit’ a charming story of a clothing-challenged toddler
Every toddler who's ever peeled off his clothes and raced through the room will love this story because author Olive Senior's mischievous main character also knows the freedom of frolicking in the foam without his pants.
Cars Land part of Disney park redo
Disney is done with its do-over of Disney California Adventure. Last week marks the end of a five-year, $1 billion-plus overhaul to correct problems at the park. The venue, which was supposed to turn the Disneyland Resort into a multiple-day destination like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., had become a source of embarrassment for the company almost from the moment it opened in 2001.
Husband’s has tax liens will stand, even if he is removed from deed
Q. Our home loan is in my name, with my husband listed on the deed. When our home was refinanced, the lender was supposed to take my husband's name off the deed, but they didn't. He has outstanding tax liens levied against the home. Would it be beneficial to get his name off the deed, and how?
Don’t just assume FHA loan is a better deal than conventional
Along with many other observers of the mortgage scene, I have long attributed the imperfections of the market in large part to information asymmetry — the fact that borrowers have access to less information than the loan originators they deal with. Borrowers enter the market once or a few times in their life, whereas originators are in it every day.
Condo Talk: Basic guide to unit owner bankruptcies
The filing of a bankruptcy petition by a unit owner can have a harmful impact on a homeowners association's cash flow. When a bankruptcy petition is filed by a unit owner, an association should explore its options to collect unpaid association fees.
On the market: Chalet Hills Estates home overlooking golf course
Feel like you are on vacation year-round in this lovely, spacious, brick-and-cedar ranch home. Its large finished lower level boasts spectacular views of a lake, fairways and greens on the Chalet Hills Golf Course in Oakwood Hills near Cary.
How to repair doors in a 1970s-era house
Q. I have a home from the 1970s and it's starting to show its age. I can fix most small problems, but I'm having trouble with a couple of doors. One door is split on the side right where the latch holds the door closed, and another door will not close and is rubbing at the top of the frame.
Daily Herald editors reflect on a range of topics, from celebrating a celebrated dad in Barrington to the value and good fortune of seeking bids for lights at Glenbard West High School.
Abuses in elder care need exposure
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: While I understand that facilities are overloaded, that government programs do not, necessarily, provide enough funds for adequate care and that there are workers in the field who do their best, it apparently is not enough.
It’s time the peasants revolt
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: It is quite obvious that we have yet another special class of citizens, again at our expense.
Walker types will destroy middle class
A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The parasites are now pouring millions into politics in an attempt to destroy the rights of public sector workers.
Religious liberty is at stake
An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The president assured Archbishop Timothy Dolan last fall that when the final version was released, any fears would be allayed. So much for promises.
Add line-item veto to term limits
A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I fully agree with Charles L. Barr Jr. and his letter to the editor on Sunday, June 10, on term limits. I would like to take it a few steps further. First I would like to advocate a line-item veto so each bill would have to stand on its own merits.
Charging to see Venus shameful
An Elgin letter to the editor: We were excited to go to see the Venus Transit viewing, which was organized at the Elgin National Watch Observatory in Elgin. The handmade sign invited people to view the transit. When we arrived, we were shocked to see that they were charging for the opportunity to do so.
Not exactly what the Founders thought
A Big Rock letter writer: Fence Post writer Michael Lee of Wheeling writes that "it is not capitalism that made America great, it is democracy and the willingness to listen to points of view that do not agree with your own that makes American (sic) great." Big Rock writer John Babush says the Founding Fathers had a different take.