Daily Archive : Tuesday July 24, 2012



    Schaumburg man killed in Route 53 crash identified

    Authorities today identified the Schaumburg man was killed Tuesday when the vehicle he was driving struck the back of a semitrailer truck on Route 53 near Higgins Road. Peter Sabella, 36, who was driving a GMC Envoy, was traveling at about the speed limit when his vehicle collided with the rear of the semitrailer, which was stopped in the northbound lanes, according to a witness.


    Horse boarding still a hot-button issue in Barrington Hills

    Most Barrington Hills village board members Monday expected to end a long-running public debate by letting stand regulations allowing commercial horse boarding as a home occupation business use. But the board was deluged by several angry residents calling for better clarification of what those regulations are. "We can't trust and rely that people will be responsible," one resident said.

    Teacher Dolly McComb works with a student at the Larkin Center School in Elgin Tuesday. Larkin Center School has been selected as a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a private school by the professional association.

    Larkin Center School recognized for special education

    The Larkin Center School in Elgin has been named a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers, the highest honor a school of its kind can receive from the professional association.

    Player Lauren Behm and her “buddy” Nicolette Fanelli take a turn batting during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.

    Images from Buddy Baseball Leagues in the suburbs
    Every summer, from Bartlett to Wheaton to Buffalo Grove, Buddy Baseball Leagues can be found bringing together special needs athletes and non-disabled kids. But in recent years, some teams report, enrollment has decreased. There is a hope amongst coaches that more people will become aware of the programs so they can reap the benefits - ranging from comradery to self-confidence - that buddy...

    A large tree was downed near the Mill Creek Golf Club clubhouse in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.

    Close to 16,000 still without power after storms

    Storms, which whipped through the region early Tuesday morning, produced wind gusts of up to 70 mph in some areas such as Naperville in DuPage County and Elburn in Kane County.As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, about 16,000 customers remained without power, and some of those might not be back up and running until Thursday night, according to a ComEd spokeswoman.

    In this courtroom sketch, Joel Brodsky, left, attorney for Drew Peterson, second from left, look on as Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow addresses Will County Judge Edward Burmila during the first day of jury selection in Peterson's murder trial, Monday

    Jury selected for Drew Peterson murder trial

    A full jury was selected Tuesday for the murder trial of former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson, who was charged with killing his third wife after his fourth wife disappeared in 2007. It took two days to pick the 12 jurors and four alternates. The jury will get the next few days off and begin hearing testimony after opening statements next week.

    William Balfour was convicted in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson.

    Life sentence in Jennifer Hudson family slayings

    The man convicted of gunning down the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson will spend the rest of his life in prison.


    Illinois sees boost in tourism during 2011

    Illinois had a record number of visitors in 2011, with more than 93 million tourists visiting the state. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said Monday the state saw an 8.4 percent bump in tourism last year. Visitors generated $31.8 billion for the state economy.

    Judge John Darrah, left, swears in Ray Soden into the Illinois Senate at the VFW hall in Wood Dale in 2003.

    Former national VFW leader, state senator Ray Soden dies

    Ray Soden of Wood Dale, a former national head of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who served a brief stint as Republican state senator from DuPage County, died Sunday. Soden, 88, served as head of the VFW in 1973 and 1974 and was a Navy veteran of World War II. And it was veterans issues that defined his time in the Illinois Senate, where he served in 2003.


    Seven face federal fraud charges in mortgage 'scheme'

    Federal prosecutors indict seven Chicago area men on an array of mortgage fraud charges. Prosecutors said the men fraudulently obtained more than 20 residential loans totaling more than $8.5 million from various lenders for properties in neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


    Aurora's new housing criteria may exclude Jericho Circle

    When Aurora aldermen Tuesday night approved a new set of criteria to determine if future housing projects can be built, some of them had one proposed development in mind: Jericho Circle. The development's location has "few, if any employment opportunities (and a) lack of social service providers willing to deliver services," according to a housing authority correspondence.

    Corn struggles to grow due to a lack of water and excessive heat in a field farmed by Bill Cassibry of Paducah, Ken.

    Society would have to change to stop global warming

    "Will global warming end?" asked students in Katherine Crawford's fifth-grade classroom at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein. Kids Ink says society as a whole would have to make major changes to the way it operates in order to stop the global warming effects on the Earth.


    Divided council allows garbage refendum in Rolling Meadows

    A divided Rolling Meadows City Council officially voted 4-3 on Tuesday to let the question of outsourcing garbage collection go to the residents on the November ballot. Not everyone was happy, though. "Last year we took away the (Fourth of July) parade to save the residents money, we took away the chipper service to save the residents money," Alderman Brad Judd said. Mayor Tom Rooney said people...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    C&F Forge, 1243 N. Kirk Road, Batavia, reported at 3:51 p.m. Friday the theft of 13,877 pounds of stainless steel, police said. Three days later, at 3:53 p.m. Monday, it was reported to police that someone stole 1,966 pounds of metal from the company.


    Batavia school board appoints new member

    Tina Blakely of Batavia joined the Batavia school board Tuesday night. She will serve the remaining nine months of the term of Jayne Resek. Resek quit due to increased time required to take care of her family and responsibilities of her job.


    Schaumburg considers electric aggregation after all

    Among the many suburban municipalities pursuing electric aggregation programs, Schaumburg is more or less bringing up the rear with its Tuesday decision to aim for the same type of referendum on Nov. 6 that most held in March. Though trustees unanimously directed village staff to begin preparing the paperwork, the final decision of whether to put the referendum question on the ballot will be made...

    Katherine Thorp shows Chad Everett, the star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center.” Everett, who went on to appear in such films and shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place,” died Tuesday. He was 75.

    ’Medical Center’ star Chad Everett dies at 75

    Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the 1970s TV series "Medical Center" who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and "Melrose Place," has died. He was 75.

    Isabel Sanford, left, and Sherman Hemsley, stars the television sitcom “The Jeffersons,” pose for a photograph in New York. Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of “The Jeffersons” one of television’s most memorable characters, was found dead Tuesday.

    Sherman Hemsley of “The Jeffersons” dies

    Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74.

    John Larimer

    Visitation Friday for Crystal Lake man killed in theater shooting

    Funeral arraingments have been set for 27-year-old John T. Larimer, the Crystal Lake man who died of a gunshot wound while shielding his girlfriend from a gunman inside a Denver-area movie theater last week. Larimer is survived by both his parents and his four siblings.

    Paula Morgan, 24, died in a fire early Sunday at this home on the 1000 block of South Ahrens Avenue in Lombard. A Villa Park man was charged Tuesday with setting the fire that killed her.

    Man charged with murder in fatal Lombard fire

    A 23-year-old Villa Park man was charged Tuesday with the first-degree murder of a Lombard woman who died in an arson fire the day before her 25th birthday, prosecutors said. In addition to murder, Todd Mandoline, 23, faces charges of arson and aggravated arson in the Sunday fire that killed 24-year-old Paula Morgan.

    Katie Medley kisses her newborn son Hugo Jackson Medley at the hospital in Aurora, Colo, Tuesday. When she gave birth to the healthy baby boy her husband, Caleb, wounded in Colorado’s theater shooting, lay in a medically-induced coma one floor below her.

    Could Colorado shooting suspect inspire copycats?
    The news media's focus on the Colorado shootings suspect inspired some familiar criticism. Was the attention to the details of an alleged mass killer's life not just wrong but also potentially lethal? Could the media's gaze inspire the next nobody to commit a similar act in a sick attempt to become somebody, too?

    Actor Christian Bale carries flowers Tuesday as he visits a memorial to the victims of Friday’s mass shooting n Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire during a late-night showing of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”, which stars Bale as Batman.

    Batman star Bale visits shooting victims, memorial site

    Batman star Christian Bale visited survivors of the Colorado theater shooting Tuesday, and thanked medical staff and police officers who responded to the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others. Bale visited with little advance warning and also stopped by a makeshift memorial to victims near the movie theater that was showing "The Dark Knight Rises" when the gunfire erupted.


    $157K settlement from one defendant in Bianchi conspiracy case

    One of the special prosecutors who handled the two failed misconduct cases against McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi in 2011 has agreed to settle a conspiracy lawsuit for $157,500. Henry Tonigan, a former judge in Lake County, filed the papers this week and did not admit guilt in the case in which Bianchi and his secretary accuse two prosecutors and a computer firm of conspiracy.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the VFW convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, before he embarks on an international trip.

    Romney seeks independent probe of White House leak

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into claims the White House had leaked national security information for President Barack Obama's political gain, part of a searing speech that marked a wholesale indictment of the Democrat's foreign policy.

    Prospect High School has installed new synthetic turf on the football field for the upcoming school year. New fields also were installed this summer at Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools.

    New football turfs nearly done in District 214

    With a few finishing touches, new synthetic turf fields at Buffalo Grove, Prospect and Rolling Meadows high schools will be completed early next week, ahead of schedule and in time for fall sports practices, said officials at Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

    Dion Spears

    73-year sentence for 2008 Elgin banquet hall murder

    A Chicago man is sentenced to 73 years in prison for a 2008 slaying outside an Elgin banquet hall. Dion Spears, 29, had been to prison three times before, and was convicted in May of gunning down 29-year-old Derrick Bey in the 800 block of North State Street. Spears was hit by a car and seriously injured when he tried to escape.

    Nunu Sung

    Court: Plea in Wheaton abandonment violated public policy

    DuPage County's former state's attorney violated public policy and failed to act in the best interest of an infant abandoned in Wheaton when his office entered into a plea agreement with the child's mother two years ago, an appeals court wrote in an opinion released Tuesday.

    Clinton Johnson

    15-year sentence in 2008 Hoffman Estates murder

    For his part in the 2008 shooting death of 19-year-old Joseph Ziegler, Clinton Johnson was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison. Johnson, 25, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ziegler, who was shot to death in the basement of the family's Hoffman Estates home on Sept. 4, 2008. But he agreed to testify against co-defendent Matthew Zucco and in exchange was allowed to...

    A rendering of the 128-bed hospital Centegra Health System plans to build in Huntley.

    State finally approves Huntley hospital

    Now that Centegra Health System has received state permission to build a hospital in Huntley, the village has taken another step toward becoming a more complete community, Trustee Pam Fender said. "First the (I-90) interchange, now this — Huntley's really going places," Fender said. "It's just one step closer to all of the dreams we have."


    Wingfest for charity in Schaumburg Sunday

    The Woodfield Area Children's Organization, which benefits children from low-income families, will hold its annual Wingfest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Drink, 871 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg. The $25 admission covers two drinks and all the wings you can eat. Attendees must be at least 21.


    Naperville 75 percent done with smart meter installations

    Naperville electric officials are crediting dry weather conditions and few technical glitches with the rapid pace of smart meter installations throughout the city. As of Tuesday afternoon, city contractors have installed 42,520, or 73 percent, of the 59,712 meters scheduled to be installed on every residential and commercial building throughout the city.


    St. Charles to buy $76,000 fence for six residents

    St. Charles will pay $76,000 to install a fence that will benefit six homeowners who believe the safety of their neighborhood has been compromised by the Red Gate Road bridge construction.

    PAUL VALADE/pvalade@dailyherald.com 2010 Gurnee Grade School is targeted for demolition in spring 2013 so it’s removed from a flood-prone area near the Des Plaines River.

    Engineer says Gurnee remains on top of flood protection

    Gurnee continues to be aggressive in protecting property from flooding, according to the village engineer's presentation to elected officials. Engineer Scott Drabicki told the village board at a meeting Monday night that Gurnee continues to remove buildings from flood-prone areas and encourages homeowner associations to be proactive in ensuring pipes carrying stormwater remain clear, so they...


    No foul play in June Batavia river trail death

    A man found dead on the west bank of the Fox River in June in Batavia died of a heart-rhythm disturbance brought on by drug use, according to the Kane County Coroner's office.


    Assessments on the way early:

    Lake County property assessment notices may arrive slightly earlier than in previous years as a change in state law provides counties the ability to publish assessments before Aug. 10 and maintain a 30 day assessment appeal period.


    Illinois Brass Band free concert

    The Illinois Brass Band will perform a free community concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, off Hook Drive west of Route 83.


    Bandoleros to perform in Mundelein

    A band called The Bandoleros will perform Sunday, July 29 in Kracklauer Park as part of Mundelein's outdoor concert series.


    Wauconda lifts outdoor watering ban

    The temporary outdoor watering ban issued for Wauconda on July 9 due to the drought had been lifted. The ban has been lifted and regular outdoor water conservation measures are back in effect.


    Buffalo Grove hopes to boost community involvement

    Buffalo Grove trustees are continuing their push for a strategic plan for the village that will address issues both internal, such as employee training and mobility, as well as external, including renewed efforts to boost community involvement.

    A large tree was downed near the Mill Creek Golf Club clubhouse in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.

    Early-morning storm knocks out electricity, downs trees

    A storm that rolled through the Tri-Cities area Tuesday morning left areas of Geneva and Batavia without power and several downed trees. An approximate five-square mile area in the southeast section of Batavia had its power knocked out by the storm that came through around 6 a.m., Batavia Public Works Director Gary Holm said.

    Cary Collins, left, and Michael Noland

    Collins stays on ballot to challenge Noland for 22nd State Senate seat

    Republican Cary Collins has survived a challenge to his candidacy and will remain on the ballot for the 22nd District Senate seat. Collins, who was slated for the seat by the Republican party in April, is challenging incumbent Michael Noland. Frank Imhoff, of Elgin, filed a petition with the State Board of Elections in June, arguing many of Collins' signatures were invalid but Collins ended up...


    Lake County talk about rezoning land could be delayed

    Lake County officials are scheduled Wednesday to discuss a controversial rezoning request for the Dimucci family property near Hawthorn Woods, but the talk may be delayed until next month. The debate could be put off so Hawthorn Woods and North Barrington officials opposing the plan can meet privately with county leaders and the land owners about their concerns for plans for the unincorporated...

    Jesus K. Martinez

    Elgin man charged with armed robbery

    Police arrested an Elgin man minutes after an armed robbery near the intersection of State and Morgan streets in Elgin Monday afternoon. Jesus K. Martinez, 22, of the 300 block of Orchard Street, was found in an alley just a couple of blocks from the scene of the robbery at about 2:30 p.m., according to Lt. Dan O'Shea. The victim and a witness both identified the man, who was also found with...


    Lindenhurst to ban some outdoor water use

    Due to continued drought conditions, Lindenhurst has chosen to implement a ban on some outdoor water use to ensure an adequate water supply. The ban excludes watering bushes, trees and flowers, those items that would have a much more difficult time surviving in drought-like conditions.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jorge Soto, 22, of Elgin was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a street gang member, possession of a firearm when on parole, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card and two counts of domestic battery on Sunday, according to police reports.


    Des Plaines burglars steal $75,000 in jewelry and cash from safe

    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    The DuPage County Fair’s agricultural educational program strives to channel the area’s rural roots while still capturing modern advancements in the industry.

    Fair’s educational efforts cover roosters to robots

    Ah, the good ol county fair. The nostalgia assaults your senses: sweet blueberry pies, squealing pigs, twirling carnival rides - a whole lot of old-timey, Americana fun. But at the DuPage County Fair, organizers also want you to check out robots and GPS technology.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals dropped fireworks into a portable toilet in Meadows Park, 1401 W. Gregory St., Mount Prospect, around 8 p.m. July 21. The holding tank was destroyed in the explosion, which caused $500 damage. A witness saw several teenage boys running from the scene just after a loud explosion.

    Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington last January.The nonpartisan budget arm of Congress has released its findings on the effects of the health care reform law, the first in-depth look at the law since the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional.

    Budget office: Obama’s health law reduces deficit

    Congress' budget scorekeepers are taking a new look at President Barack Obama's health care law — and they still say it is expected to reduce federal deficits.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hosts a small-business roundtable during a campaign stop at Endural LLC, Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.

    Romney calls leak of bin Laden info political

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of leaking for political gain classified details of the raid that killed al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and covert actions in Iran.

    This is the logo being used by the group seeking term limits.

    Push on for term limits in Arlington Heights.

    A drive to place term limits for the Arlington Heights village board on the spring ballot is going well, an organizer reports."People support it because they're looking for new blood," said Bill Gnech. "I think we'll get 6,000 signatures just to show how serious it is." He says the move is not aimed at Arlene Mulder, who remains unfazed. "Term limits is an issue that some people say that's what...

    Kyle Smith, 14, of Round Lake Beach, poses at Football University's Chicago camp last month. His mom raised $2,500 through small fundraisers so he could attend Football University's TOP GUN camp in Virginia this week.

    Round Lake mom raises $2,500 in three weeks for son's football camp

    Determined to raise the money she needed for her son to attend an exclusive, invite-only football camp in Virginia, a Round Lake Beach mom used small fundraisers, like collection jars and a car wash, to raise nearly $2,500 in three weeks. Thanks to Tina Nicholas-Williams' tenacity and the community's generosity, her son, Kyle, a 6-foot, 232-pound, incoming Round Lake High School freshman,...

    Aaron Sleger, a certified beer cicerone, pours a Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale at Kryptonite in Rockford.

    Rockford man is beer expert

    The easiest part of Aaron Sleger's full-time job as a certified beer cicerone? "Drinking good beer, naturally," Sleger, 26, of Rockford said. The hardest? "Convincing people that what I do is actually a real job," he said.As a certified beer cicerone, Sleger has proven expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving today's wide range of beers.


    ‘Black Madam’ charged in buttocks injection death

    A woman who calls herself the "Black Madam" is charged with murder in the death of a London tourist police say died from a buttocks-enhancing silicone injection at a Philadelphia airport hotel.Philadelphia police say Padge Windslowe was arrested Monday night and charged with third-degree murder in last year's death of 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi.


    Romney hits Obama on national security before overseas trip
    Mitt Romney is blaming President Barack Obama for intelligence leaks and planned defense spending cuts, as he highlights his foreign policy and national security differences with his rival before a six-day overseas trip. The presumed Republican nominee is charging that secret national security information -- including details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden -- has been divulged for...


    Families of theater shooting victims plan goodbyes

    With their anger and tears stirred by the sight of James Holmes in a courtroom with red hair and glassy eyes, the families of those killed in the Colorado theater massacre now must go home to plan their final goodbyes.


    Holder to announce New Orleans police reforms

    Attorney General Eric Holder will announce a sweeping federal consent decree Tuesday to reform New Orleans's long-troubled police department. A person with direct knowledge of the plan said the agreement between the Justice Department and the city will be signed and filed in federal court and Holder will speak in New Orleans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had...


    Decatur man sentenced to 8 years in fatal DUI

    A judge in central Illinois has sentenced a 31-year-old Decatur man to eight years in prison for driving drunk during an accident that killed a Bloomington man in December.


    2 accused in ID theft involving elderly patients

    EAST ST. LOUIS — A worker at a southern Illinois hospital and a second woman face federal charges that they plotted to steal identities of elderly patients.A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned an indictment accusing Ashley Drummond of Belleville and Susan Harris of Fairview Heights with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and identity theft. Both women are 27.


    Dawn Patrol: Suspect in Lombard fire? No chickens, bees in Mundelein

    Police questioning suspect after fatal Lombard fire. Man threatened to 'pop' Waukegan bank teller, according to the FBI. DeVry to lay off more than 500 employees. Wheeling OKs plans for Town Center. Wood Dale man falls out of tree, dies. Mundelein rejects chicken proposal.


    Severe thunderstorm warnings until 7:15 a.m.

    Debbie Vojtsek wipes away a tear while speaking to the media outside the home of her niece Julia Vojtsek in Algonquin. Julia said her boyfriend, John Larimer of Crystal Lake, saved her life by shielding her from the bullets that claimed him and 11 others in the movie theater shooting in Colorado Friday. Debbie Vojtsek talked about his bravery and how appreciative her family is for the actions that saved the life of her niece.

    Colorado shooting turns private lives into public knowledge

    One minute she was just a private young woman watching a movie, and in an instant she became known publicly as "shooting massacre victim's girlfriend." Julia Vojtsek returned home to the Chicago suburbs grieving and seeking privacy, but also wanting the world to know that her boyfriend, John Larimer of Crystal Lake, died while saving her life in the Aurora, Colo., shootings.



    Dunn, Konerko solid 1-2 punch for White Sox

    Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko had another big night for the White Sox Tuesday, and the duo sparked an 11-4 win over the Twins in front of another capacity crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, left, rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald Tuesday during first inning.

    Maholm wins 5th start in row, Cubs beat Pirates

    All the trade speculation concerning Chicago Cubs pitchers seems to center around Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.However, Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm might also be becoming attractive to contenders as he has been one of the top pitchers in the major leagues in recent weeks. Maholm threw eight strong innings Tuesday night to win his fifth straight start and lead the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.

    Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster says there’s still time to consider any trade possibilities.

    No reason to blame Cubs’ Dempster for no trade

    Although Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has been one of the more popular players in recent team history, he seems to be taking an unpopular stand in not rushing to approve a trade away from the Cubs. Dempster spoke to reporters about the situation Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where the Cubs are playing the Pirates.

    Jenna Pearson of Wheaton will be trying to win the Illinois Women's Open for third time when she tees off Wednesday.

    Wheaton’s Pearson going for third Illinois Women’s Open title

    Wheaton's Jenna Pearson is seeking to win her third Illinois Women's Open title this week. Pearson, who played collegiate golf in the SEC at South Carolina, won the IWO in 2006 and 2011. Our golf columnist, Len Ziehm, has more on her golf career, and the lastest on Illinois golf coach Mike Small and other tournament news of note.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler arrives at training camp Tuesday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

    This could be year Bears’ pass doesnt fail

    The Bears appear poised to have a legitimate NFL passing game, albeit merely in a balanced offense. History cautions to see it before believiing it.

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko looks back at left field as he celebrates his home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Cole De Vries with Alex Rios Tuesday during the fifth inning.

    Dunn, Viciedo lead White Sox past Twins

    Adam Dunn tied the game with his major league-leading 30th homer and Dayan Viciedo hit a bases-loaded single to cap a four-run seventh Tuesday night as the White Sox rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 11-4. The victory allowed the White Sox to move into a tie for the AL Central lead with Detroit, which lost at Cleveland.

    Milwaukee Brewers’ Zack Greinke throws in the first inning of a baseball game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Philadelphia.

    White Sox may have eye on Brewers’ Greinke

    As the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is reportedly making a strong push to land Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

    Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers arrives at NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Tuesday, July 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bears know it's a 'win-now league'

    Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher enters his 13th season and the final year of his contract. Even though he's 34, Urlacher, who made his seventh Pro Bowl last season, would love to get a new deal before the current one expires.


    Bears RB Forte talks about contract talks

    Phil Emery downplayed the angst that others felt over Matt Forte’s uncertain contract status, which wasn’t resolved until last week when the Pro Bowl running back signed a four-year, $32 million deal that was a year in the making.

    Newly acquired Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich gets reacquainted with the mediat Tuesday at the Berto Center.

    Hinrich happy to be back home with Bulls

    Two years after he was evicted from his NBA home of seven seasons, Kirk Hinrich was back at the Berto Center, once again an official member of the Bulls.Hinrich’s return has been common knowledge for weeks, but after waiting for some other transactions to take place, he finally signed a contract and met with the media Tuesday.“It’s a little weird being back, because I didn’t know at the time if I would be back,” he said. “So it’s a little strange, but I think it’s a great fit and I’m looking forward to working with all the guys.”On draft night 2010, Hinrich was traded to Washington in what amounted to a salary dump so the Bulls would have the cap space to pursue LeBron James and another significant player in free agency.James didn’t work out, but the Bulls did produce the best regular-season record in the NBA the past two seasons while Hinrich watched from Washington and Atlanta wishing he could have experienced the success.“It was tough to swallow at first, to go from Chicago and the two years they had here, not to be a part of it,” he said. “I felt we were at a place where we had a chance to finally really be good.“Then I got traded, but that’s just how it is in this business. I still tried to go about the game and approach it the same way and bring professionalism wherever I was at.”While Hinrich, 31, returned to his old home, the Bulls signed former New Orleans shooting guard Marco Belinelli, are on the verge of adding veteran center Nazr Mohammed and refused to match Omer Asik’s offer sheet from Houston.General manager Gar Forman didn’t comment on the Asik decision, but the move speaks for itself.It was a product of the team’s success, in many ways. A second-round draft pick in 2008, the Bulls waited two years for Asik to play out his contract in Turkey, and he quickly developed into one of the league’s best defensive centers.The Rockets jumped at the chance to give the restricted free agent a three-year deal worth $25.1 million total, including a third-year salary of $14.9 million. As much as the Bulls liked Asik, that salary is too much for a non-starter.The Bulls will have 12 players under contract once Mohammed officially is on board and will pay the NBA’s luxury tax for the first time next season. The team payroll sits at around $71.8 million, while the tax threshold starts at $70.3 million.The Bulls signed Belinelli using the biannual exception of $1.9 million. It’s not clear if the contract is for one or two years, but Forman predicted a lengthy stay for the Italian shooting guard.“He’s got a versatile game we think will fit with some of the other guys on our team,” Forman said. “We think he’ll be a real key piece for us, not only in the coming year, but into the future.”Hinrich won’t need many introductions when training camp begins. He played with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson with the Bulls.During his time in Atlanta, Hinrich teamed with new acquisition Vladimir Radmanovic, and he knows rookie point guard Marquis Teague through older brother Jeff.“Throughout the process, I talked to Derrick a couple times and Joakim a lot,” Hinrich said. “At the end of the day, my heart and my gut told me this was the right move for me and my family. Right now, I’ve got the process behind me and am excited to get ready for the season.”Hinrich kept his home in Bannockburn, although his wife and two young daughters followed him to Washington and Atlanta. He got a better offer from Milwaukee this summer, according to reports, but settled on the Bulls after meeting a few times with coach Tom Thibodeau.“It was evident by watching the team play how good a coach he is,” Hinrich said. “That was a huge factor in the decision. I was able to talk to him a couple times, get a little more comfortable with how he saw things, how I saw things. I think it’s going to be a good relationship.”

    LeBron James, right, dives for the ball against Victor Claver, center, of Spain Men’s Senior National Team Tuesday during an exhibition match in Barcelona, Spain.

    US beats Spain 100-78 in basketball exhibition

    Gold medal at stake or nothing at all, the U.S. Olympic basketball team was bringing its best Tuesday. Being back on the Dream Team's turf required it. Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to score 23 of his 27 points in the first half, and the Americans beat Spain 100-78 in a rematch of the gold-medal game — and possible preview of the next one.

    Phil Emery, the Chicago Bears general manager, says the Bears have some things to prove before they can be considered a Super Bowl contender. That label, he said, has to be earned on the field.

    Bears GM says Super Bowl talk has to be earned

    Trading for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, adding nine unrestricted free agents, and re-signing Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte to a four-year $32 million contract just before the start of training camp has the Bears headed in the right direction. That direction, of course, is aimed toward the Super Bowl. "I think we've made progress, OK?" Bears GM Phil Emery said. "But to say a Super Bowl contender, it has to be earned on the field.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien says his priority right now is to try to convince his current players from transferring.

    O’Brien: Penn State program far from dead

    The mere suggestion that NCAA sanctions against Penn State were worse than receiving the so-called death penalty were enough to make first-year coach Bill O'Brien raise his voice a notch. "No. We are playing football," O'Brien said forcefully during a conference call Tuesday with reporters. "We open our season on Sept. 1 in front of 108,000 strong against Ohio University. We're playing football and we're on TV. We get to practice. We get to get better as football players, and get to do it for Penn State."


    Agreement reached on longer Chicago school day

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says an agreement to staff a longer school day by hiring back tenured teachers is a "step in the right direction" as tense contract negotiations continue with the city.

    Sherjill MacDonald of West Brom, here blocking the bath of a player in a Barclays Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion, has signed with the Chicago Fire and is practicing with the team today.

    Chicago Fire signs Dutch striker MacDonald

    The Chicago Fire's long-awaited signing of striker Sherjill MacDonald is a gamble that he will have greater production in Major League Soccer than he did in Belgium, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz. And the Fire needs a scoring boost.

    Mike Lombardo, Medinah member and Ryder Cup volunteer

    Medinah members reap the benefits of hosting Ryder Cup

    Longtime Medinah member Mike Lombardo discusses the excitement surrounding the Ryder Cup and the benefits to club members in the latest Daily Herald Q&A in our Ryder Cup Insider series.

    Wisconsin's Russell Wilson helped the Badgers defeat Michigan State 42-39 in the Big Ten Conference championship game last December in Indianapolis. Tickets for the 2012 title game will go on sale Saturday.

    Big Ten to offer ticket reservations for conference championship game

    Fans can reserve a ticket to the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game for a $10 nonrefundable fee beginning Saturday.


    Penn State loses one sponsor, others could follow

    State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State football broadcasts, while General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal and Wall Street is threatening to downgrade the school's credit rating, suggesting the price of the sexual abuse scandal could go well beyond the $60 million fine and other penalties imposed by the NCAA.

    The 2012 Ryder Cup is two months away, and the extreme heat throughout the area has forced caretakers to employ several methods to protect the course from damage.

    Extreme heat testing Medinah’s famed course

    Hey, it's not the heat, it's the ....OK, stop right there. It is the heat. Without a doubt. And the non-stop baking the area has suffered through this summer is not making things any easier for the folks at Medinah Country Club as they prepare to host the 2012 Ryder Cup in two months time.

    DePaul returns its top four scorers from last season, including forward Cleveland Melvin, for the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

    DePaul men’s basketball sets nonconference slate

    DePaul men's basketball team will host eight home nonconference games — with seven at Allstate Arena in Rosemont — for the opening portion of its 2012-13 schedule. The nonconference schedule includes local matchups against Chicago State, Northern Illinois and Loyola.

    The Reds’ Scott Rolen (27) welcomes home Ryan Ludwick after he scored on a double by Todd Frazier in the eighth inning Monday in Houston.

    Reds down Astros 8-3 for 5th straight win

    Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier had three hits and two RBIs each and Brandon Phillips continued his solid play since the injury to Joey Votto to help the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.


    Area teams ready for Cook County tourney

    sElk Grove swooned a bit in June but has been flying through July like a team ready to defend its Cook County American Legion baseball championship. The Red Sox (24-8) have won 15 of their last 18 games — including a second-place finish at the 84-team Gopher Classic in Minnesota — to earn the second seed in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament which begins today and runs through Saturday. All games are nine innings with the first three days hosted by the higher seeds, the final two days at Rec Park in Arlington Heights and the winner advancing to next week's state tournament in Mattoon.



    Illinois Lottery reports $2.67 billion in revenue

    Illinois Lottery officials say sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30 topped $2.67 billion, a nearly 18 percent increase over the previous year.Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says a key to increased sales was the change in the lottery's image. The lottery is managed by a private company called Northstar Lottery Group.

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on her banjo.

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon to honor The Onion in song

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon plans to declare July 31 “The Onion Day” in Illinois to honor the satirical newspaper's decision to move its media operations from New York to Chicago. Simon plans to play banjo and dedicate a new song to The Onion at a fund-raiser July 31 for the Better Government Association.


    Carpentersville board delays video gambling vote again

    Carpentersville once again postponed a vote on video gambling Tuesday night because there were not enough trustees in attendance to make a decision. Three trustees didn't come to the meeting, so the board was unable to make a decision on video gambling or replacing trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. "Sometimes it's just circumstances — nobody planned on not being there, it just worked out that way," President Ed Ritter said.


    I-GO cars make another go at Northwest suburbs

    After testing I-GO cars in Des Plaines for a year and getting insufficient demand, the Chicago-based nonprofit is partnering with a Rosemont business that will use the cars during the week. Area residents who are I-GO members will be able to use the cars on weekends.

    An Apple worker, left, gives a tutorial on Apple iPad to customers at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Apple sags in 3Q as iPhone gets cheaper

    Apple is getting less for its products. That's a disappointment for investors who thought the company would keep boosting profits and revenues at its previous breakneck pace.

    Madonna performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots last February in Indianapolis.

    Pepsi to sponsor Super Bowl halftime show

    Pepsi has scored the Super Bowl halftime show. The soda giant says it struck a multiyear deal to sponsor the big game's musical performance.

    Basketball team members from Canada jump in the air in front of the Olympic rings inside the London 2012 Olympic Village on Tuesday.

    Wanna bet? Gambling on the London Olympics

    London betting houses will offer odds on almost anything, including all 26 sports at the London Olympics, from the 100-meter dash to fencing, from diving to soccer. The industry expects to handle a record $155 million in wagers during the July 27-Aug.12 competition — even some pretty outlandish parlays.

    United Parcel Service lowered its earnings expectations for the year on Tuesday as economic weakness and uncertainty persist around the globe.

    Stocks drop for a 3rd day as earnings slide

    A parade of grim news, from weak corporate earnings to a pullback at U.S. factories to spreading fault lines in Europe's debt crisis, sent investors fleeing stocks for a third straight day on Tuesday.

    Josh Scholl of Lake in the Hills, a finalist on ABC’s 2011 “Karaoke Battle USA,” will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Algonquin Commons Summer Concert Series.

    Taste of Algonquin Commons pairs with concert series

    When you head out to the final concert of the season at Algonquin Commons' Summer Concert series this weekend, you can leave the picnic basket at home this time. As part of a daylong series of concerts, the outdoor mall also will be hosting a daylong food event featuring food from your favorite restaurants.

    A federal court has ruled the government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price in print and online ads.

    Airline bid to block consumer protections rejected

    The U.S. Court of Appeals says the government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in print and online ads.

    President Barack Obama talks June 15 about granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.

    DHS: Deportation proposal could cost $585 million

    The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

    The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning April 21, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La.

    Board: BP missed the big hazard issues in spill

    BP and the drilling contractor it hired to operate the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon focused too closely on workers' personal safety at the expense of preventing major hazards, such as those that ultimately caused the rig to blow up in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 people, federal investigators said Tuesday.


    Former Allstate exec to run SafeAuto

    Ron Davies, a former senior vice president with Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance Co., has been named CEO of SafeAuto Insurance Co.


    TreeHouse Foods names Sliva to new executive position

    Treehouse Foods Inc. has hired Christopher D. Sliva to the newly-created position of chief operating ifficer of its Bay Valley Foods operating unit and senior vice president of Treehouse Foods.


    Pernix Group ranked in top contractor list

    LOMBARD — Pernix Group Inc. was recognized by Engineering News — Record Magazine, a leading publication for the engineering and construction industry, as one of the top 50 contractors working abroad.


    Camping World to open new store in New York

    Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, announces plans to open their newest retail location in Kingston, N.Y. The location will be named Camping World of the Hudson Valley and offer a wide array of RV sales, service and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast.

    Wolf Camera, 500 W. Golf Road, in Schaumburg will close on Monday, July 30.

    Schaumburg Wolf Camera to close

    A Wolf Camera in Schaumburg is closing next week. The store, 500 W. Golf Road, is currently selling liquidation merchandise. It is part of Ritz Camera Centers Inc., which filed bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in February 2009.

    Katrin Hoeper, senior security research engineer, and Pooja Gautham, senior software engineer, teach Girl Scouts about careers in engineering at a Science Fair held at Journey World, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s experiential learning center.

    Motorola Foundation grants $30 million to support STEM education

    With the latest set of grants, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has given away about $30 million in the last five years, primary to students in science and engineering and with a particular emphasis on girls. "I cannot begin to tell you what a difference this makes in our ability to put forth exciting, quality programming for girls," says Vicki King with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

    AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it saw declining smartphone sales in the second quarter, leading to the best profitability ever in its wireless arm as it saved on phone subsidies.

    AT&T smartphone sales fall as consumers keep them longer

    AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it saw declining smartphone sales in the second quarter, leading to the best profitability ever in its wireless arm as it saved on phone subsidies.

    Spirit Airlines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. lost a challenge to U.S. rules requiring carriers to prominently display the total cost of a ticket, including taxes, when advertising airfares.

    Spirit, Southwest lose challenge to airfare advertising rule

    Spirit Airlines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. lost a challenge to U.S. rules requiring carriers to prominently display the total cost of a ticket, including taxes, when advertising airfares. In a 2-1 decision today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected the airlines' allegations that such rules violated the companies' rights to engage in commercial and political speech and are an effort by the government to hide taxes in airfares.

    UPS lowered its earnings expectations for the year on Tuesday as economic weakness and uncertainty persist around the globe. United Parcel Service Inc. lowered its full-year forecast by 25 cents per share to $4.50 to $4.75. The world’s largest package delivery company said its customers are worried about the global economy weakening in the second half of the year.

    UPS cuts year forecast on weakness overseas

    UPS sees a tough road ahead for the global economy. The world's largest package delivery company is more pessimistic about global growth than many economists. It predicts global trade will grow even slower than the world's economies — a trend not seen since the recession. It's making cuts in its business and reducing its earnings projections.

    Laura Lovins, a Penn State University sophomore from State College, Pa., center, reacts while listening to a television in the HUB on the Penn State University main campus in State College, Pa., as the NCAA sanctions against the Penn State University football program are announced Monday, July 23, 2012.

    Moody’s may downgrade Penn State’s credit rating

    Moody's Investors Service said it may cut its rating on Penn State's credit as the university deals with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case and sanctions against the school's football team. The agency has an "Aa1" rating on Pennsylvania State University's credit. That is its second-highest possible rating.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said early childhood education is “crucial” and that effective schooling supports the economy by reducing poverty, boosting wages and increasing job satisfaction.

    Bernanke says childhood education is ‘key’ to economic growth

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said early childhood education is “crucial” and that effective schooling supports the economy by reducing poverty, boosting wages and increasing job satisfaction.“Specialists in economic development have identified educational attainment as a key source of economic growth and rising incomes in many countries around the world,” Bernanke said in recorded remarks to be delivered by video today to the Children’s Defense Fund national conference in Cincinnati.Children who attended “high-quality” preschools were more likely to own homes at age 40 than those who didn’t attend preschool, Bernanke said. Economic benefits also extend to society as a whole because workers are more skilled, said Bernanke, a 58-year-old former Princeton University professor whose wife, Anna, is a teacher.Early support makes children more likely to succeed in school and to contribute to society as adults, while those without it are “more likely to drop out of school, earn lower wages, depend on government programs, or be incarcerated,” the Fed chairman said, citing research from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.“Economically speaking, early childhood programs are a good investment, with inflation-adjusted annual rates of return on the funds dedicated to these programs estimated to reach 10 percent or higher,” Bernanke said. “Very few alternative investments can promise that kind of return.”

    Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch received a base salary of $1.1 million, up 22 percent from his base salary of $900,000 last year. He received a $450,000 bonus and other compensation of $32,750 for insurance and retirement payments, a car allowance and relocation costs.

    Barnes & Noble CEO get $8.4M compensation increase

    The CEO of bookstore chain Barnes & Noble's compensation skyrocketed to $10 million from just $1.6 million last year, due to a hefty stock option grant, as the company sought to compensate William Lynch for his work on expanding Barnes & Noble's digital business. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company planned to give CEO William Lynch double the $5.3 million in stock options it granted, but found it couldn't due to its 2009 incentive plan rules.


    EU probes a possible cartel of 13 CD drive makers

    The EU says it has informed 13 makers of CD and DVD drives for computers of its "preliminary view" that they may have broken antitrust rules by participating in a worldwide cartel and engaging in price-fixing.


    Tribune creditors ask judge to halt plan to exit bankruptcy
    Tribune Co. creditors appealed the newspaper chain's reorganization plan and asked a judge to temporarily halt the company's effort to exit bankruptcy.Aurelius Capital Management LP and other holders of Tribune's oldest debts asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey to suspend his order approving the plan and a related legal settlement until a higher court reviews the case. Aurelius claims Carey erred when he approved a settlement that ended some lawsuits against lenders that financed the more than $8 billion leveraged buyout of Tribune in 2007.

    Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Tuesday that its net income nearly tripled in second-quarter as higher prices helped offset flat cigarette volumes compared with a year ago when its results were depressed by a big charge.

    Marlboro maker Altria 2Q profit nearly triples

    Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Tuesday that its net income nearly tripled in second-quarter as higher prices helped offset flat cigarette volumes compared with a year ago when its results were depressed by a big charge. The owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, reported net income of $1.23 billion.


    Republicans tell NRC not to overwhelm industry with regulations

    U.S. House Republicans led by John Shimkus of Illinois warned Allison Macfarlane, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two weeks, against distracting the power industry with too much regulation.“The NRC and the industry had a full workload of safety improvements under development before the Fukushima accident occurred,” Shimkus said in prepared remarks before Macfarlane’s first congressional appearance since being sworn in on July 9. “The commission must be diligent about ensuring its licensees can focus on completing changes with greatest safety significance rather than being diverted onto other, less important changes simply to meet artificial timelines.”Macfarlane succeeded Gregory Jaczko, who resigned amid accusations he kept information from other commissioners and berated and bullied the staff. Jaczko also clashed with colleagues, advocating faster implementation of recommendations made by the agency after the 2011 triple-meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant following an earthquake and tsunami.In prepared testimony, Macfarlane said U.S. reactors face no imminent risks and that additional requirements will be imposed on power companies to assure nuclear facilities are able to cope with “beyond-design-basis” natural disasters. She said she began to meet regularly with her commissioner colleagues, drawing a contrast between her and Jaczko.“I make this commitment to you today: I will devote all my energies to serving on the NRC with the attributes that I consider important to good governance -- openness, efficiency and transparency,” she said in testimony. “I will make a strong commitment to collegiality at all levels. An agency endowed with the public trust such as the NRC requires a respectful working environment to assure its integrity.”Commissioner Kristine Svinicki, who joined the NRC during the Bush administration, said the tone Macfarlane has set in two weeks is constructive and “most welcome.”


    District 211 recognized as a national Energy Star

    The U.S. EPA and Department of Energy have recognized District 211 as an Energy Star Leader and a Top Performer, nationally, based on a high energy performance score -- and also on making a 30 percent improvement compared to data first collected in 2004.

    A herd of cattle belonging to Kendal Grecian drink from a water tank at his ranch in Palco, Kan.

    Plains ranchers sell cattle as U.S. drought spreads

    Kansas cattleman Ken Grecian sold 20 pairs of cows and calves a few weeks after drought had sucked his pastures dry and no rain was in the forecast. He sold 20 more pairs Friday.Grecian spent years meticulously breeding his cows to improve the genetics in each generation, but with Kansas in one of the worst droughts seen in decades, he's struggling to find enough grazing to feed 300 cows, plus their calves. He hopes to get by with selling only a quarter of his herd, but there are no guarantees with the drought expected to linger through October.


    Wal-Mart opposed to $6B card fee settlement

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is urging retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.The settlement, reached earlier this month, had been considered a victory for retailers. It settled a lawsuit alleging that card issuers conspired to fix merchants' fees for accepting credit cards.


    DuPont earnings fall on weak volumes

    The DuPont Co. says its second-quarter earnings fell as volumes were off in several business units and the company saw continued weakness in the market for titanium dioxide, particularly in Europe and Asia.DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., said net income for the three months ending June 30 totaled $1.18 billion, or $1.25 per share, down from $1.22 billion, or $1.29 per share, for the same period last year.

    Oil workers are seen fixing pipes at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain.

    Oil stabilizes as China shows signs of recovery

    The price of oil stabilized on Tuesday, after sliding the day before on Europe's deepening debt turmoil, as a survey suggested a recovery in China's manufacturing is taking hold.Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 2 cents at $88.16 a barrel by late morning European time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

    Greek PM warns of even deeper recession

    Greece's prime minister says the country's economy could contract by more than seven percent this year, but can return to growth within 18 months. Antonis Samaras also says he hopes to reduce unemployment from a record high of nearly 24 percent to 10 percent by the end of his four-year term in office.


    German court: Split decision in Apple-Samsung case

    A Duesseldorf court has issued a split decision in a patent dispute between rivals Apple and Samsung over two of the Korean company's tablet computers.California-based Apple sued to have sales of both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 stopped.But the Duesseldorf state court ruled Tuesday that Samsung made enough changes to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in its 10.1N that it no longer infringes upon any Apple iPad patents or designs.


    White House: Families’ taxes could go up $1,600

    A standoff with Congress that results in the January expiration of wide-ranging tax cuts would mean 114 million families would see average tax increases of $1,600 next year, the White House says. In a report Tuesday on the tax standoff with Republicans, the White House tried putting a human face on the showdown and shifting the blame to the GOP.


    Stocks stabilize as China manufacturing shows gain

    World stock markets were on firmer footing Tuesday as a sign China's manufacturing is beginning to recover provided respite from Europe's deepening debt turmoil. Global markets slid the day before as Spain's borrowing costs soared, raising the risk that it will require a financial bailout that Europe probably can't afford.

Life & Entertainment

    Woody James led online voting in the first round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. Now, it's time to vote in round two.

    Vote for your favorite Suburban Chicago's Got Talent star
    The latest round of online voting for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent is under way. Now through noon, Friday, July 27, the general public can have their say in the summer-long contest by voting on a Fan Favorite from the top 10 finalists.

    A mysterious woman named Ruby (Zoe Kazan) steps out of the pages of a novel by a struggling writer named Calvin (Paul Dano) in the romance fantasy “Ruby Sparks.”

    'Ruby' sparks with romance, fantasy

    Zoe Kazan wrote "Ruby Sparks" as a clever reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Pygmalion, whose sculptures came to life one day. A writer (Paul Dano) is slightly shocked when the dream woman from his novel comes to life. Ruby (Kazan) seems to be perfect, until she uses the independent spirit he gave her. Husband-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris of "Little Miss Sunshine" direct.

    Wheat Berry Salad with Goat Cheese

    Wheat Berry Salad with Goat Cheese
    Wheatberry Salad with Goat Cheese


    Cast of ‘Modern Family’ sues over contract

    The stars of the hit comedy "Modern Family" are suing to void their contracts. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles argues that the contracts with 20th Century Fox Television violate a California law prohibiting personal service contracts from extending for more than seven years. The suit was filed by series stars Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell.


    ‘SNL’ to air prime-time election spoofs this fall

    NBC will air two "Saturday Night Live" prime-time election specials, and it's leaving the door open to cult-favorite comedy "Community" to return after next season's abbreviated run.

    Deputies responded to Katherine Jackson’s home in Calabasas, Calif., on Monday after a family disturbance was reported. There were no arrests made, but deputies determined that two people had been involved in a physical altercation at the house and a report on a possible battery case was taken, officials said.

    Jackson estate expresses concern for singer’s kids

    The executors of Michael Jackson's estate said Tuesday they were concerned about the welfare of the singer's mother and his three children amid a nasty family feud over money that has prompted three law enforcement investigations. Executors John Branca and John McClain wrote in a letter posted online to fans of the pop superstar that they were doing everything they can to protect his children.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Wheat Berries

    Bulgur, quinoa star in summer salads

    Summer and salads have an obvious relationship: when the mercury flirts with 100 degrees you're likely to lean toward lighter, cooler, leafy meals. What's probably less obvious is that grain-based salads fill the craving for a light meal while packing in fiber and protein missing from many greens-based salads.

    Quinoa with Jicima and Red Peppers

    Quinoa with Jicama, Red Pepper and Lime

    Tomatillos give a citrusy tang to this quick and easy chilled soup.

    Tomatillo Avocado Soup
    Tomatillo Avocado Soup

    Kids enjoy the teacup ride at a previous year's Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Best bets: County fair season in full swing

    The Lake County Fair returns to Grayslake from Wednesday through Sunday, July 25-29, to satisfy your itch for cotton candy and carnival rides. For comedy, check out "The League's" Steve Rannazzisi at Zanies in Rosemont Friday and Saturday. Visit Ravinia Festival for the CSO's presentation of Holst's "The Planets."

    Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh

    Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh
    Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh

    Barley and Spinach Salad

    Barley and Spinach Salad
    1 cup (7½ ounces) medium pearl barley, not quick-cook 3 cups vegetable stock 4 thyme sprigs 2 garlic cloves, minced Salt 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided Freshly ground pepper 2 shallots, thinly sliced 7 ounces baby spinach (8 cups) ¼ cup basil leaves, torn 3 tablespoons chopped mint ¼ cup rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 7 ounces firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbledIn a medium saucepan, combine the barley, stock, thyme and half of the garlic. Add a generous pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the barley is tender, 40-50 minutes. Discard the thyme. Drain the barley and transfer to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat ½ tablespoon oil. Add the shallots and season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Scrape the shallots mushrooms into the barley and toss. Add the spinach, basil and mint, but do not stir.Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Add the remaining garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add the vinegar, lemon juice and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until heated through. Stir in the tofu and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the dressing over the salad and toss. Serve warm.Serves eight.Adapted from “A Top Chef’s Weight-Loss Secrets” by Lee Ann Wong (Food and Wine 2009)


    Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables
    Farro and Roasted Vegetables


    Dining events: Real Urban Barbecue opens with eating challenge

    Here's the RUB in Vernon Hills: a new restaurant — Real Urban Barbecue. Grand opening festivities take place this weekend with an eating challenge for high schoolers on Sunday: The Hungry Home-wrecker throwback sandwich — 1½ pounds andouille sausage, 2 pounds pulled pork, hot sauce, a pint of coleslaw and 6 ounces of RUB's brain buster pickles. Winners get a free sandwich daily for a year.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays police officer John Blake in the action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises.” After the theater shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. quickly pulled a trailer for its upcoming film “Gangster Squad.”

    Hollywood deflects blame for ‘Dark Knight’ shooting

    There seems to be very little of the blame-it-on-Hollywood backlash in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre that so often occurs when people struggle to make sense of a senseless, violent act. Many agree that you simply can't hold the art form itself responsible in the shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured at a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."


    Simon Cowell welcomes 'X Factor' cohorts

    Simon Cowell says Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are the tough cookies on "The X Factor." With the new "X Factor" judges at his side Monday, the reliably acerbic Cowell said Spears is "quite mean" and Lovato is "a brat." But, Cowell added, he's long wanted to work with Spears and said "there's really something likable" about Lovato.

    Musician Chuck Berry will be honored this fall by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its American Music Masters series.

    Special Rock Hall honor for Chuck Berry

    One of rock's pioneers will be celebrated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this fall. Chuck Berry will be honored by the hall as part of its American Music Masters series.

    Growing up in an Italian family gave Tony Barone of Naperville a head start in the kitchen.

    Lawyer's recipe wins favorable judgment at chili cookoff

    Law may be Tony Baron's profession, but cooking is his avocation. A three-foot tall trophy proudly displayed in Tony's Oak Brook offices is testimony to his first-place win at the International Chili Society's Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff in 2011.

    Playing as a knight swinging across a gem-filled sky in “Knights of the Round Cable” can provide hours of entertainment on the iPad.

    Chillingo's 'Knights' and more storm the iPad

    When I was a boy, my parents were always spoiling my summer vacation by making me go outside. Kids today have it easier: As long as you can sneak your iPad out of the house, you can stay entertained until the battery runs dry. And "Knights of the Round Cable" hits the iPad sweet spot: You can learn it in seconds and then find you've spent hours twirling through its castles.

    “Creole Belle” by James Lee Burke

    'Creole Belle' a heart-pounding thriller

    Dave Robicheaux, a police detective in New Iberia, La., and his huge and dangerous sidekick, Clete Purcell, are back at it, battling the evil forces that corrupt and despoil their beloved Southern Louisiana. When we last left them in "The Glass Rainbow," they were both near death, shot to pieces in a gunfight on the Bayou Teche. Now, as James Lee Burke's "Creole Belle" opens, Robicheaux is still in the hospital with a morphine drip in his arm.


    Tony’s Prize Winning Chili
    Tony's Award-Winning Chili

    Rachel Harley

    Schaumburg grad not typical reality show wanna-be star

    Schaumburg High grad Rachel Harley has a beautiful life, and she told CBS, "I don't want it dragged through the mud on a reality show." So, producers traveled to Schaumburg to assure Harley that the show would be a good thing. After two hours, Harley said, "It sounded like it would be a really positive experience." Harley makes her TV debut on CBS' reality TV series "3" at 9 p.m. Thursday.


    Barone’s Braciole
    Braciole: Tony Barone


    Courtesy of Drozdz family Gabby Drozdz was killed by a hit-and-run driver on July 22, 2011, in Lake Zurich.

    Help police find Gabby’s killer

    A Daily Herald edtitorial urges those who may know something about the hit-and-run death of a Lake Zurich teenager a year ago to do the right thing and come forward.


    What the tax returns won’t tell us

    Columnist Richard Cohen: To paraphrase Rhett Butler, I don't care if Mitt Romney releases more of his tax returns. I expect to learn nothing from them, aside from the fact that he is very rich and has paid less in taxes than he has acknowledged.


    The dark night in all our souls

    Columnist Cal Thomas: What is always left out of this familiar scenario is an in-depth discussion of evil. Politicians and commentators almost never speak of evil as something that resides deep inside the human heart.


    Legalizing pot makes fiscal sense
    A Naperville letter to the editor: If Illinois were to also make such moves as to legalizing medical marijuana, the amount of money made from taxes could ultimately pay for our criminal justice and education systems. This would be a way to supplement our criminal justice program with extra tax money so that pay cuts, and job cuts would not have to be made.


    Girl, not Boy Scouts have it right
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: By excluding gays and atheists from membership, the Boy Scouts teach our young boys at a very early age that it is quite proper for them to be discriminatory toward others based on religion and on sexual orientation, and that it is quite acceptable to adopt an exclusionary philosophy of life.


    The candidates and global warming
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Group, an independent (and once skeptical) group confirmed beyond a doubt that global warming exists. Human actions may not be the only reason for this but it has also been proven that they are a major culprit.


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