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Cook County treasurer markets easy availability of tax information
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, in an effort to highlight the amount of information she is now making available about taxes at cookcountytreasurer.com, placed a 139-page insert inside today's printed copies of the Daily Herald distributed in Cook County. Pappas said her compilation of tax data is the first of its kind in the nation and that it was inspired by a very fundamental reason:...
Ribfest crowns tasty lineup of winners
Rain may have delayed Sunday's edition of the Naperville Exchange Club's 25th annual Ribfest, but even the strongest storms couldn't postpone the judging of the annual rib competition. When the judges finished their duties, Armadillo's was declared the winner in the best ribs category and best sauce honors went to Porky N' Beans.
Eagles' Joe Walsh sings Tammy Duckworth's praises at concert
Joe Walsh put his arm around Tammy Duckworth, the Democrat running in the 8th Congressional District race, and said she would be "a breath of fresh air" and a "voice of reason" in Washington D.C. No, those words didn't come from U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, Duckworth's Republican opponent. They came from legendary singer and guitarist Joe Walsh, who performed at a fundraising concert Sunday on...
28-year-old drowns in Lake Villa lake
A 28-year-old Chicago man drowned while attempting to swim to shore from a boat in Lake Villa's Deep Lake Sunday afternoon. Lukasz Barabasz's friends lost sight of him as they were rowing back to a resort and later found his body near the resort's swimming area, according to police.
Palatine gamers set Guinness record for handheld game playing
Andrew McCurley, of Palatine, now has claim to four world records. He joined 122 others at the village's Hometown Fest on Sunday to set a Guinness World Record for most people playing handheld games at the same time in the same place. McCurley also helped set records for the largest number of people simultaneously high-fiving, dressed up as superheroes, and in harmonica band. “Seems like a...
Beyonce, Kanye, Jay-Z win at BET Awards
Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston's mother gave a rousing performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that left the crowd in tears. But the nearly four-hour BET Awards was more like the Bleep...
PRI president: Polls irreversibly favor Pena Nieto
The president of Mexico's formerly long-ruling party says all polls "irreversibly" show that the Institutional Revolutionary Party will return to presidency after 12 years out of office.
Rep. Joe Walsh says Obamacare is “the issue in 2012”
On the same day that musician Joe Walsh gave a concert in Schaumburg in honor of Tammy Duckworth, the candidate for the 8th Congressional District, Duckworth's opponent, Joe Walsh, delivered a performance of his own at a town-hall meeting in Elk Grove Village. Before a packed room at Belvedere Events & Banquets, Walsh stoked the partisan fires as he gave his interpretation of the significance of...
’Unreal’: Residents tour Colo. blaze devastation
Melted bowling balls in the front yard were among the strange sights that met C.J. Moore upon her return Sunday to her two-story home, now reduced to ashes by the worst wildfire in Colorado history.
Round Lake Exchange Club honors
The Round Lake Area Exchange Club awarded Bruce Johnson as The Exchangite of the Year and Judy Armstrong as Outstanding Past President at the Annual Installation Breakfast held on June 27.
Dist. 95 preschool screening
Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will offer a preschool screening on Thursday, July 19 for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech-language, or conceptual development.
Andre Dawson book signing
Former Chicago Cub and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, will sign copies of his new memoir, "If You Love This Game: An MVP's Life in Baseball" at the Vernon Hills Sam's Club on Monday, July 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Storyteller coming to Ela library
Professional storyteller and actor Paddy Lynn returns to the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich with a fun-filled storytime adventure on Wednesday, July 11.
Veterans angered over overturned lying law
Jack Jacobs can proudly — and truthfully — say he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Vietnam. After a recent Supreme Court ruling, anyone else is free under the First Amendment to make the same claim, whether it's true or not. A lot veterans aren't happy about it.
Mundelein teen dies in one-vehicle crash near Grayslake
Lake County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a one-vehicle crash near Grayslake early Sunday morning that took the life of a 17-year-old boy. Harrison C. Fischer of Mundelein was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey.
Man found dead after police standoff in Algonquin
An Algonquin man was found dead in his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police Sunday afternoon. Officers from a half dozen law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT unit from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, responded to the home in the 900 block of Glacier Parkway after Algonquin police received a call 11 a.m. call about a suicidal man in his home...
Mid-Atlantic power outages could last days
A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, 3 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights.
Two McHenry Co. teens killed in single-vehicle crash
Two 16-year-old McHenry County boys died early Sunday in a single-vehicle car crash near Woodstock, authorities said. Alec J. Kaiser and Jacob S. Norys, both of Woodstock, were in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra that crashed into a brick pillar and a tree about 2 a.m. Sunday, according the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.
Memories of 1946 train crash don’t fade with time
OTTAWA, Ill. — For Ivan Umphress, Friday the 13th is a day to be reckoned with.That was the day, in December 1946, the Streator man’s life changed forever.
Downstate farmer scores big with hay-bailer invention
PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Owen Brown turned a trade-off into a profit thanks to some problem-solving skills. With soil erosion a concern on his farmland southwest of Pittsfield, Brown targeted raising hay instead of row crops and trying to meet the market demand.
What is the Mahomet Aquifer?
CLINTON, Ill. — The Mahomet Aquifer, an important source of drinking water for central Illinois, is a formation of sand and gravel that runs roughly from the Indiana state line west to the Illinois River in Cass County.
Fourth of July can be stressful time for your pet
The Fourth of July is almost here. Families and friends getting together outside for picnics, BBQs, games of Frisbee, inspiring parades, and when the sun goes down, fireworks. Independence Day can be very stressful on some of our pets. While some dogs can sleep peacefully through the booming and noise of the fireworks display, other dogs have a difficult time.
Transportation bill good for Chicago area, officials say
Illinois will get a chunk of change for highways and transit now that Congress has ended its squabbling on a new transportation funding bill. But funding for the Elgin O'Hare extension and other items on the region's wishlist isn't a slam dunk.
Budget problems loom for paratransit
Once again, Pace is challenged to balance its budget for providing rides to disabled passengers. And a new influx of cash from sales taxes isn't enough. "We need to monitor this throughout the year," RTA Chairman John S. Gates Jr. said.
Ribfest planning is a year-round effort
The Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest celebration may begin and end over a period of five days, but the planning is year-round. Budgets need to be set, bands need to be booked and efforts need to be coordinated for the festival, which runs through Tuesday, July 3, at Knoch Park near downtown.
Colleges move toward absolute bans on smoking
Bans on use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of college campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, staff and faculty. The movement is driven by mounting evidence of the health risks of secondhand smoke, the reduced costs of smoke-free dorms and a drive to minimize enticements to smoke at a critical age...
Doctor: Kidney in Carpentersville boy working 'perfectly,' he could go home this week
Those rooting for Nathan Saavedra, 3, of Carpentersville, are hopeful that the new kidney he just received marks the beginning of a new Nathan. He remains in intensive care on oxygen, but if all continues to go well, he could be home by the Fourth of July. "It's definitely in reach, but we make no promises," his doctor said.
Healthcare ruling affects suburban candidates' spin
Some suburban congressional candidates in swing districts are tempering their statements on the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act as they seek to draw independent votes in the Nov. 6 election. The question is "who can put who on the defensive," said Bruce Newman, a political marketing professor at DePaul University in Chicago.
Sen. Durbin highlights Palatine brothers for DREAM Act
Apprehended by immigration officers during a train trip to visit a buddy at Harvard University and fearing deportation, the Robles brothers of Palatine are thrilled with the recent change in immigration policy that allows them to continue their college careers and keep their dreams of eventually becoming U.S. citizens. "Would America be a better place if Carlos and Rafael are deported? Of course,...
McHenry County woman teaches self-defense to sex-trafficking victims
Belle Staurowsky, 48, of Oakwood Hills, is the founder of Green Tara Project, which teaches self-defense to girls who are victims of human sex trafficking. "One girl had probably about 12 cigarette burns on one arm. Another had her front tooth knocked out," Staurowsky said of girls she has trained on two trips to India.
Syria conference leaves open Assad question
An international conference on Saturday accepted a U.N.-brokered peace plan that calls for the creation of a transitional government in Syria, but at Russia's insistence the compromise agreement left the door open to Syria's president being part of it.
Bicyclist hurt in accident near Glendale Heights
DuPage County Sheriff's police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist near Glendale Heights Saturday morning.
Few in suburbs cast absentee ballots for Mexican president
Blanca Trejo, 39, a student at College of DuPage, is among about 45,500 Mexicans living in the United States who registered to vote from abroad in today's Mexican presidential election. But most, like Elginite Jaime Garcia, aren't voting. "Yes, I had the chance, but I just never did it. I guess it just wasn't a priority."
All-Star Game nods to Cubs’ Castro, LaHair
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was named to the MLB All-Star Game for the second consecutive year, and the Cubs also got a surprise selection when first baseman Bryan LaHair was named to the NL squad as a reserve.
Woods’ win caps wild weekend in Washington
One day after spectators were kept away from the golf course because of debris from a violent wind storm, they returned Sunday in full force and got what they expected — Tiger Woods in his red shirt, outlasting Bo Van Pelt in a back-nine duel, and posing with another trophy.
Sky rallies to stop losing streak at 4
The Chicago Sky's hair-raising 71-69 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Dream at the Allstate Arena sure had the feel of the improbable magic that Epiphanny Prince worked early in the season.
Rockets’ offer to Asik may be too big for Bulls to match
The Bulls always loved Omer Asik's potential to become a quality all-around center. So do the Houston Rockets. According to multiple reports, the Rockets came to an agreement Sunday with Asik for an offer sheet of $25.1 million over three years.
‘Dominating outing’ by Cubs’ Wood in win over Astros
Don't look now, but Travis Wood is making a charge for the Cubs. The 25-year-old lefty picked up his third straight victory Sunday as the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 3-0 to sweep the three-game series and gain their fifth win in six games.
Sale ecstatic to join all-stars Konerko, Dunn
For the first time since 2006, the Chicago White Sox will send more than two players to the MLB All-Star Game. Pitcher Chris Sale, first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn were all named to the 2012 American League all-star team Monday as reserves. "It's awesome," Sale told reporters after Sunday's announcement. "It's something I've honestly thought about for a long time since I was a kid, playing baseball, being a fan of baseball. I was kind of speechless. They told me. It was just crazy."
Wood, Rizzo lead Cubs to sweep over Astros
Travis Wood pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and used some nifty baserunning to set up Anthony Rizzo's go-ahead single as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 3-0 win on Sunday.
On long seasons, Rizzo hype and Samardzija woes
In his weekly Cubs column, broadcaster Len Kasper talks about the "long" season, the hype surrounding Anthony Rizzo, the division race and the struggles of late by pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and why he still believes Samardzija has a chance to develop into a No. 1 starter.
On Youkilis, young Sox bullpen and the new Rios
In his weekly White Sox column, broadcaster Chris Rongey talks about the positives of adding Kevin Youkilis at third base, and explains his view as to why Alex Rios is playing at such a high level this season. He discusses the challenges ahead for a young bullpen.
Yankees outlast Sox in the heat
Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer after wasting a chance with the bases loaded his first time up against Gavin Floyd, and the New York Yankees again rode the long ball to a 4-2 win Sunday over the White Sox for a series split between division leaders.
Hawks sign free-agent defenseman Brookbank
With the first day of the NHL free-agency signing period under way, the Blackhawks agreed to terms with Anaheim defenseman Sheldon Brookbank on a two-year contract. Brookbank, 31, recorded career highs in goals (3), assists (11) and points (14) and led the Anaheim Ducks with a +11 plus/minus rating while appearing in 80 regular-season games in 2011-12.
Scouting report: Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky
It's Gospel Night, and the Sky, which will host a gospel concert after the game, could use some divine intervention. A loss to Phoenix on Friday extended the Sky's losing streak to four straight.
Southwest Airlines to sell live-TV service on 5 planes
Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July. The airline said that it would offer seven sports and news channels for passengers to watch on their own devices. Southwest said it will test prices from $3 to $8 during a trial period. Passengers will need a Wi-Fi-enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer.
Midweek July Fourth causes muddle for travelers
Who knew the calendar could cause so much vacation heartburn? For the first time in five years Independence Day falls on a Wednesday, leaving travelers unsure when to celebrate and worrying those who make a living off tourists.“The midweek holiday seems to have travelers confused,” said Anthony Del Gaudio, vice president of hotel sales for Loews Hotels, which isn’t seeing the normal July Fourth spike in bookings.
GOP: Voters will have final say on health care law
Republican congressional leaders said Sunday that voters — not the Supreme Court — will have the final word on President Barack Obama's health care law come November. And they are betting that the law's unpopularity will be enough to drive Democrats from power.
Surprise: Stocks are having a strong year
NEW YORK — For all the scary headlines — a bailout of Spanish banks, JPMorgan’s huge trading loss, the sputtering job market, Facebook’s failed initial public offering — it’s a wonder stocks aren’t down more this year.Actually, stocks aren’t down. That was a trick sentence. At the halfway mark for 2012, stocks are up more than 8 percent.“People think we’re down because memories are short,” says Rex Macey, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. “It feels like the market’s been worse than it actually has.”The year began with investors focusing on corporate America’s record profits and scooping up stocks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index surged 12 percent from January through March.It looked like that gain might be wiped out in the second quarter. Investors worried about Europe’s inability to find a lasting solution to its debt crisis and about slower job growth in the United States.Then came Friday: European leaders announced a broad strategy to funnel money into failing banks and keep borrowing costs down for governments, and stocks soared around the world.It all left the S&P 500 up a healthy 8.3 percent for the year.What happens next will probably depend on corporate earnings again. For April through June, they are expected to fall 0.7 percent from a year ago, according to S&P Capital IQ, a research firm. That would be the first drop in nearly three years.So far, though, stocks in the U.S. are trouncing those in many countries. European markets are nearly all down this year, and several are down more than 10 percent. And many big emerging markets are struggling. China is down 1 percent, Russia 7 percent and Brazil 14 percent.The backdrop is a darkening economic picture. China’s economy is slowing, consumer confidence in the U.S. has sunk for four straight months, and a report next Friday is expected to show a fourth straight month of weak job growth.As if that weren’t bad enough, U.S. companies, from retailers to consumer goods makers to technology firms, are talking down investor expectations for how much they’ll earn over the next several months, and that is sinking their stocks.In mid-June, defense contractor AAR dropped 11 percent after cutting its outlook. Then Philip Morris fell 3 percent after it trimmed earnings estimates. Ryder System, a truck leasing company, reined in guidance last week and fell 13 percent.Then there’s the sorry case of Bed Bath & Beyond, which had been an investor favorite. It lowered earnings estimates June 21 and disclosed it had to give out more coupons to get people to shop. The stock plummeted 17 percent, erasing in hours most of what it gained over several months.Tally them up, and for every company raising its expected earnings, nearly four are lowering them, according to Thomson Reuters, a financial information company. Projections haven’t been that negative in more than a decade.“We began the year thinking we’d achieved escape velocity,” says Barry Knapp, chief U.S. equity strategist at Barclays Capital. “But the second quarter data has deteriorated.”Well, not all of it. The price of gasoline has dropped to a five-month low, which means Americans have more money to spend elsewhere and boost the economy. And the housing market may finally be recovering.Prices of homes in most major cities rose in April, the latest month for which data are available, and the trend may continue. People have been signing contracts to buy existing homes at the fastest pace in two years, encouraged by low mortgage rates. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has fallen to 3.66 percent, the lowest on record.James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, says falling gas prices and mortgage rates have kick-started economic growth in the second halves of the previous two years, and he thinks they will this time, too.He thinks the S&P 500 could end 2012 at 1,500, up 19 percent for the year. It closed Friday at 1,362.
Big U.S. cities boom as young adults shun suburbs
For the first time in a century, most of America's largest cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs as young adults seeking a foothold in the weak job market shun home-buying and stay put in bustling urban centers. Driving the resurgence are young adults, who are delaying careers, marriage and having children amid persistently high unemployment.
Work advice: Does the friendship justify the means?
I have gotten myself into a sticky situation at work. I recently hired a person who is a close personal friend; we have worked really well together on previous occasions. I hired her because she seemed enthusiastic about the work, but her performance, while solid, has not been dazzling.
Small business advocate finds middle ground
Todd McCracken's job brings together two of his great interests — the economy and politics. He studied economics at Trinity University in San Antonio and later came to Washington as a member of the staff of then-Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. But after six months, he was ready to move on, and in 1988, he took a position as a junior government affairs staffer at the NSBA. In 1997, he became CEO. McCracken spoke with The Associated Press recently about some of the issues involving small business. Here are excerpts from the conversation
Seeking elusive ‘alpha,’ investors scour the globe
You can leap off a mountainside in extreme skiing, kick and claw to near death in extreme fighting and twist yourself into a pretzel in extreme yoga. Why not turn investing into an adventure sport? Professional money managers are scouring the world for oddball assets, desperate to find anything that moves to its own beat rather than rising and falling with everything else in the financial markets.
Midyear tax checkup makes extra sense this year
Tax cuts put into place under the Bush administration that slashed rates on wages, dividends and capital gains are set to expire at the end of 2012. The Social Security payroll tax cut enacted this year also will end, as will the exemption of millions of middle-class families from the alternative minimum tax. It behooves you to spend a little time examining your own situation ahead of time. A midyear tax review always makes sense, but more so than ever this year.
Some public stations can air political ads, but should they?
A federal court decision has created the possibility that some public television and radio stations that are perpetually challenged financially could see a windfall of cash from political advertising. Stations that get that chance would have to weigh whether the money is worth the risk of alienating their audiences. "I haven't spoken with many of my colleagues about this," said Bill Davis, president of South California Public Radio. "But my hope is that they would have the good sense not to take these ads."
What people really do when they work from home
Most bosses are dubious about the telecommuting -- and possibly with good reason. A new study shows 43 percent of workers say they've watched TV or a movie while "working" remotely, while 35 percent have done household chores and 28 percent have cooked dinner.
Life & Entertainment
Ask the plumber: New dual-flush toilets can be twice as easy to use
Q. My present toilet is located under a shelf and I want to replace it since it is old and uses a lot of water per flush. I want to get a dual-flush style, but the toilets I have seen have buttons on top of the tank and this will not work with my built-in shelf. Do they make regular-looking side-lever dual-flush toilets?
Ask the plumber: Stone-cold facts for a new bathroom
Q. My wife and I are planning to install a new bathroom. We want this to be a green-style bathroom with as many natural products as possible. Can you please give us some information on popular natural-stone products that can be used in the bathroom?
Turn to the Brits for clergy-based TV shows
This summer, one reviewer suggests you aim your browser to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon and puzzle over the odd role of vicars and priests in British and Irish life by streaming some great sitcoms and dramas about the clergy.
Summer months spell trouble for animal shelters
At the majority of animal shelters in the country, kittens make up problem Nos. 1 through 10 every summer, said Dr. Kate F. Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California at Davis Center for Companion Animal Health. "People are more likely to get a dog fixed than a cat, more likely to microchip a dog than a cat and more likely to claim a dog than a cat. Cats are the throwaways, and we end up with way too many litters," said Barbara Bruin, director of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department..
Ads for spirits go after female demographic
Maybe it's the ad's strikingly handsome spokesman dressed in fireman's gear. Maybe it's the fact that his shirt has a winsome habit of disappearing, revealing sculpted pecs. Maybe it's the beret-wearing kitten he chats with. In French. Whatever the reason, you don't have to watch Sauza Blue Tequila's latest YouTube video long before realizing this is not exactly your father's liquor ad. Or your boyfriend's.
Farewell to a ‘charming’ ballet dancer
In the ballet world, they call him the charming one. In fact, the word "charming" is used so often to describe Angel Corella, American Ballet Theatre's dashing Spanish star, that it seems to have become part of his name. But anyone seeking to disprove the thesis that Corella, now 36, is eternally charming will be sorely disappointed by sitting down with him. His famously sunny smile is in ready supply. He speaks with abundant generosity of the many ballerinas he's partnered. And he seems to be in awe of the 17-year ABT career that he's been privileged to have — and is about to end.
Final Olympic countdown for London
The stadium is up and ready to go, the final rehearsals all completed. In central London's main shopping district, rows of giant flags representing 206 countries flutter over Regent Street, reminding even the most focused shopper: The Olympics are here. London's cheerleading mayor, Boris Johnson, has long boasted that the British capital is more than ready for "the greatest Olympics ever."
Arlington Heights couple no longer owns 'ugliest' basement
Matt and Anne Edwards have lived in their ranch home in the suburbs for two years, and they'll be the first to admit the basement was bad. Real bad. Their basement was so ugly, in fact, the Arlington Heights couple won the Ugliest Basement contest by Matrix Basement Finishing System.
U.S. Mint in Philly reopens with new tour
The last time the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia upgraded its public exhibits, Richard Nixon was in the first year of his presidency and The Beatles had just performed their final concert. On Tuesday, July 3, the Mint opens to the public with a new $3.9 million self-guided tour that is the first update since 1969.
What if other Founding Fathers were vampire hunters?
It makes sense that Abraham Lincoln, known for his youthful rail-splitting abilities, would be a top pick to take on vampires, as he does in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But go back a generation and you'll find that some of our local Founding Fathers (and one Mother) had the goods to take on an army of bloodsuckers.
Ductless air conditioning is easily installed
Q. My wife and I are getting too old to install window air conditioners each year. We are considering central air. Is it more cost-effective to have a licensed contractor perform the installation during the peak season, or would we save money by having the work done between Labor Day and early December?
On the road: Botanic garden hosts art festival
Art and nature go hand in hand at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival where you can stroll and shop on the Esplanade and view works by more than 80 juried artists. Also, the Grant Park Orchestra Independence Day concerts commemorate our country's 236th birthday with beloved favorites and a few surprises by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Sousa and others.
Show how you care for a couple without the high costs
Q. Lucky me, about half a dozen of my good friends are getting married in the next three months. I would love to be able to express my happiness for them through a lavish gift, but I'm in my mid-20s and have a limited budget. I have prepared for these costs by setting some money aside throughout the past year, but I'm worried I haven't saved enough.
Sunday picks: Yes, that's ZZ Top at Ribfest
Classic rockers ZZ Top headline Naperville's Ribfest tonight. So get some ribs and grab a seat early for this concert. Help celebrate the 110th “birthday” of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Car 20 trolley with cake, ice cream and trolley rides at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin. Cap off the day with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Lisle's Eyes to the Skies fest.
Editorial: Dangers to health and the public’s right to know
Following revelations of official silence in two unrelated cases -- a sludge leak in Schaumburg and investigations into three state nursing homes -- a Daily Herald editorial says such government secrecy must end.
Romney’s strategic failure on immigration
Columnist Michael Gerson: Very few coast to the presidency based on the failures of others. A challenger who does not shape his own image will have it shaped for him.
Columnist Susan Estrich: The president's speech reacting to the ruling was one of the first times I've heard him carefully, succinctly and convincingly explain everything that is good about the bill.
Bible believers must show compassion
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Love and compassion comes from within ourselves, something that many lack even when they sit in a house of worship every Sunday.
Concealed carry could lower crime
An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: If you don't want to carry, it is your right, but the rest of us would like to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Put a Republican back in White House
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama's lack of experience and socialist background has to have our forefathers spinning in their graves because we are a republic, not a socialist state.
Judging at Naperville Ribfest no laughing matter
It's been a while since DuPage Editor Jim Davis served as a rib judge at Naperville's Ribfest. He observes that it seems to be a much more formal process today, as he prepares to take the "Rib Judges Oath."