Daily Archive : Wednesday July 25, 2012


    Carol Stream Library Director Ann Kennedy holds back tears as she speaks to a crowd of residents after her firing by the library board Wednesday. The board voted 4-2 to fire her, despite pleas from a packed room of her supporters.

    Carol Stream fires library director in 4-2 vote

    On July 18, Ann Kennedy thought she had been fired. A week later, she is. The Carol Stream Public Library board voted 4-2 Wednesday to dismiss Kennedy as library director after six years in the position and a total of 20 years working at the library. Board President Mike Wade called a revote after learning the board's original 3-1 vote that he was short a vote to fire Kennedy.

    Upgrades to Elgin’s Eastside Recreation Center will be delayed.

    Elgin, contractors still adjusting to responsible bidder ordinance

    Upgrades to Elgin's Eastside Recreation Center will be delayed because of noncompliance with a relatively new responsible bidder ordinance that applies to large city projects.

    FILE - This Oct. 6, 2001, file photo shows Cal Ripken escorting his mother, Vi, from the field, after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Cal's final game at Oriole Park in Baltimore.

    Police: Cal Ripken's mom abducted, now safe

    The 74-year-old mother of Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken was safe Wednesday, a day after an armed man abducted her from her home northeast of Baltimore, police said.

    Todd Mandoline

    Prosecutor: Ignored texts may have prompted Lombard arson

    Todd Mandoline was so enraged when his ex-girlfriend didn't respond to a text message that he torched her car, igniting a quick-moving fire that killed the Lombard woman who had just celebrated her birthday, prosecutors said. The Villa Park man was being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and arson in the Sunday fire that killed Paula Morgan, 24, and critically...

    Michael Madigan

    Vote on state pension cuts could come in August

    A coalition of labor leaders said House Speak Michael Madigan is considering asking for a vote on pension cuts for lawmakers and state workers — but not teachers — when lawmakers return to Springfield for one day next month. “That bill is part of what needs to be done — but not all of it,” said Brooke Anderson, spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Lake County's zoning board of appeals on Wednesday postponed a planned public discussion on the controversial plans for the Dimucci family property near Hawthorn Woods.

    Dimucci mall plan talk delayed

    As expected, Lake County's zoning board of appeals on Wednesday postponed a planned public discussion on the controversial plans for the Dimucci family property near Hawthorn Woods. The schedule change was prompted by a request from Lake County administrators, who want to take time to speak with officials from Hawthorn Woods and North Barrington regarding their concerns about the plan.

    Gregory Perisho of Warrenville moves in to get a shot of a tractor during the Photography Shoot-Out competition on the opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    Photo enthusiasts tell visual story of DuPage County Fair

    Patrick Spence held up his Nikon D90 and snapped a few pictures of children riding a carousel. Watching his surroundings as he walked, he found his way to a duck race, where a father held out a duck for his young daughter to let loose. But it was when he landed at a row of empty red swings that Spence found the shot he was looking for. The Naperville native was one of 14 contestants that competed...

    Jayson P. Sturdivant

    Police: Elgin man wanted to sell drugs near elementary school

    A 31-year-old Elgin man, who was on probation for drug charges, is accused of trying to sell cocaine and marijuana near an Elgin elementary school, according to court records. Jayson P. Sturdivant, of the 1100 block of Morton Avenue, made a brief appearance in Kane County court Wednesday on charges that could land him in prison for a minimum of six years.

    James Pobol

    Authorities: Man injures 2 ECC officers

    A 25-year-old man is accused of assaulting two Elgin Community College police officers who were responding to an area of the campus where the he was making workers feel uncomfortable, according to a school spokesman. James N. Pobol, who is not an ECC student, was in the school's Visual & Performing Arts Center for an unknown reason on July 18, Elgin Community College spokesman Jeff Julian said.

    Children from Camp Gan Israel of Greater Chicago in Northbrook look at the giant Roller Skate car on display from the Volo Auto Museum during the first day of the Lake County Fair Wednesday in Grayslake.

    Images: Wednesday’s Lake County Fair
    The 84th Annual Lake County Fair "A Fair to Remember" is enjoyed by fairgoers from Wednesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 29. Rides, food, animals, entertainment and queen crownings are all part of this annual fair in Grayslake.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Obama pledges to work with Congress on violence

    In one of his most expansive responses yet to gun crime, President Barack Obama on Wednesday embraced some degree of control on the sale of weapons but said he would also seek a national consensus on combating violence.

    Shadia Sikkema, 12, left, her mother, Diane Sikkema, and sister, Spenser Sikkema, 19, visit the memorial across from the movie theater Wednesday in Aurora, Colo.

    Report: Suspect described killings in package

    The university once attended by a man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater confirmed Wednesday it received a suspicious package two days earlier that was turned over to authorities, but it wouldn't confirm its contents or sender.

    The opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton on Wednesday.

    Images: The DuPage County Fair in Wheaton
    The DuPage County Fair opened Wednesday in Wheaton for a five day run.

    A campaign sticker for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen on a street sign for Romney Street in London on Wednesday. The GOP candidate arrived in London to meet with world leaders, hold fundraisers and attend the opening of the Olympic games.

    Romney ready for his international closeup

    Mitt Romney — a one-term governor untested on the world's political stage — faces high stakes in the coming week during visits to England, Israel and Poland. It's a trip that amounts to an international audition.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discusses Senate passage of the Democrats’ version of a yearlong tax cut extension bill by a near party-line vote Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

    Senate OKs Dem tax-cut bill in showdown with GOP

    Democrats pushed a yearlong extension of tax cuts for all but the highest-earning Americans through the Senate on Wednesday, giving President Barack Obama and his party a significant political victory on a measure that is fated to go no further in Congress.

    Lynn Pranga

    St. Charles banker charged with theft, forgery, financial exploitation of elderly man

    A St. Charles woman has been charged with financially exploiting an elderly person, forgery and theft. According to a complaint filed in Kane County circuit court, Lynn A. Pranga, while in a position of trust and confidence, financially exploited an 81-year-old man by knowingly obtaining control over more than $5,000 of his money.

    Kody Brown, center, poses with his wives, from left, Janelle, Christine, Meri and Robyn in a promotional photo for TLC’s reality TV show, “Sister Wives.” Utah has said it won’t prosecute consenting adult polygamists unless there are other crimes involved.

    ’Sister Wives’ family challenges Utah bigamy law

    Kody Brown and his four wives just want to live like any other family — free from the threat of being tossed in prison. But in Utah, just claiming to have more than one wife is a third-degree felony punishable by a sentence of up to five years.

    Coco Lomeli, 4, isn’t quite ready for her brother, Christian, to leave her and go back to school. But Christian said he likes going to school year-round because he sees his friends all the time.

    School’s in session

    It was back to school Wednesday for students and staff at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village. One of the few year-round schools in the Northwest suburbs, Ridge is in Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59, which has students from Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights.


    LEDs to replace roadway incandescent lights

    The Cook County Highway Department will be replacing incandescent streetlights with LEDs starting this year and going into 2013. The LEDs consume significantly less power than incandescent signals, but are brighter and have a longer life, officials say.

    This Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine airplane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in a cornfield just north of the Aurora Municipal Airport after losing power during takeoff.

    Men escape Aurora emergency landing unharmed

    Two California men were uninjured when their single-engine plane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning into a cornfield just north of the Aurora Municipal Airport. Their single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza lost engine power as they were taking off. "They just brought it down to a soft landing in the corn field," said Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunke lKunkel said.


    Discrimination suit against District 15 moves forward

    A federal judge has allowed a former assistant principal's wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit against Palatine Township Elementary District 15 to move forward, according to court documents. In the suit, Elizabeth Wong, a former assistant principal at Carl Sandburg Junior High School in Rolling Meadows, claims she was fired in March 2011 for reporting to district authorities that her...

    Residents at the Highland Crossing Condominiums in Hoffman Estates are complaining about the way police respond to crime in their neighborhood. Some believe the problems may stem from a neighboring condominium complex.

    Meeting to address crime at Hoffman Estates condos

    Hoffman Estates officials will meet Thursday night with condominium residents to address their concerns about crime and the police department's response to complaints. Highland Crossing property manager Kathy Doherty said residents tell her they frequently deal with drunk trespassers and speeding cars, but are unsatisfied with police response.


    Hoffman Estates moves closer to allowing video gambling

    The Hoffman Estates village board approved a zoning code amendment this week that excludes state-licensed video gaming terminals from the village's definition of "amusement device," a move that brings officials closer to authorizing video gambling in village establishments.


    2011 Elk Grove Tour nominated for award

    SportsTravel magazine has announced that the 2011 Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove has been nominated for a 2012 SportsTravel Award. "The people of Elk Grove Village should take great pride in knowing that an event held in their city is being recognized for its excellence," said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine.


    Local athlete in national event

    Grayslake North High School student AJ Fish will play in a prestigious national lacrosse match Friday.


    Democratic candidates forum in Schaumburg Aug. 6

    The Schaumburg Area Democrats will host a Democratic Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Chandler's Chop House at the Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Scheduled to attend are 8th Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth, 56th District state Rep. Michelle Mussman, 22nd District state Sen. Mike Noland, 28th District state Sen. Dan Kotowski, and possibly more.


    Beach in Island Lake closed

    Island Lake's Park Beach has been closed due to E. coli bacteria contamination, officials confirmed Wednesday.


    Wauconda students win national business awards

    A communitywide effort helped some members of a Wauconda High School business club to finish in the top 10 of a national competition that featured 8,000 students. The Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA Club), which ended 41 years ago at Wauconda High, was reactivated just two years ago, officials said. Teacher Wendy Mills, who restarted the club said it continues to grow with local...

    An SUV was pulled out of the pond in the Tree House Apartment complex in Schaumburg Wednesday afternoon after its driver accidentally plunged the vehicle into the water. The woman was able to get out of the vehicle unharmed.

    Woman drives car into Schaumburg pond, escapes unharmed

    A woman who accidentally drove her car into a pond Wednesday afternoon at a Schaumburg apartment complex near the 2500 block of Brush Road, got out safely, authorities said. Police said no one else was in the vehicle.

    Eileen Conway is the new superintendent for Emmons Grade School District 33 in Antioch.

    Emmons Elementary District 33 welcomes new principal, superintendent

    Emmons Elementary District 33 is getting used to a new face this summer as the newly hired superintendent and principal prepares for her next three years. Two weeks in to her job in the one-school K-8 district, Eileen Conway said what she is most looking forward to is being able to work in many different areas.

    Jack McKeever

    Grayslake honors acting police chief, new top cop starts Monday

    Jack McKeever has received recognition from Grayslake's elected officials for his willingness to temporarily lead the police department after the former chief was charged with causing an alcohol-related crash in Wisconsin. Grayslake's new police chief,Phillip Perlini,takes over Monday.


    Western Bypass agreements approved by Algonquin

    The Algonquin village board has approved various agreements to move forward with the construction of the so-called Western Bypass of Route 31 in Algonquin, officials said.


    Free arthritis seminar Friday in Buffalo Grove

    State Rep. Sid Mathias and the Arthritis Foundation, will sponsor a free arthritis and exercise seminar from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, July 27 at the Buffalo Grove Park District Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove. Learn about arthritis and its symptoms, and medications and exercises that help with pain management.

    The gymnasium at Batavia High School is always packed for graduation ceremonies. The school is considering moving the event off-site in 2013 to allow for more guests.

    Batavia graduation ceremony might go off-site in 2013

    Batavia High School may join the ranks of Kane County high schools and conduct graduation ceremonies off-site. Principal Lisa Hichens told the school board Tuesday that she and the secretary who plans the ceremony have been investigating parents' interest and looking into potential places.

    Replicas of Columbus’ ships will come to Waukegan Harbor July 26-30.

    ‘Sailing museum’ of Columbus replica ships to dock in Waukegan

    Replicas of Columbus' ships will come to Waukegan Harbor July 26-30. The "sailing museum" will educate members of the public about the Portuguese ships, caravels, which were used by early explorers. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 5-16.


    Waubonsee remains committed to diversity and inclusion

    People from a variety of cultural backgrounds represent our friends and neighbors, our colleagues and classmates. Waubonsee Community College is proud to have received the Illinois Community College Trustees Association's 2012 Equity Award for our efforts in promoting collegewide equity and diversity.


    Food pantry experiencing drought of perishable food

    Like the weather outside, the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville is going through a drought of money its volunteers use to buy items such as meat, fruits and vegetables. Volunteers need about $7,000 a month to buy the perishable food, said pantry President Mary Graziano.

    Sally Ride, foreground, and Tam O-Shaughnessy discuss the role of women in science and how the earth’s climate is changing during an American Library Association conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 2008.

    Sally Ride sparks posthumous debate on coming out

    Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out.

    This file photo made available July 9, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Ri Sol Ju as they applaud with others during a performance by North Korea’s new Moranbong band in Pyongyang, North Korea earlier in July

    North Korea confirms Kim is married

    North Korea ended weeks of speculation Wednesday by confirming that the mystery woman beside young leader Kim Jong Un at recent public events is indeed his wife, "comrade Ri Sol Ju."

    A rare T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card similar to this is part of federal indictment involving three suburban men and a Missouri man who are accused of rigging memorabilia auctions over the past decade.

    Suburban men charged in collectibles auction fraud

    The former owner of a renowned memorabilia auction house based in suburban Chicago and three others have been indicted on federal fraud charges. The indictment alleges the men rigged auctions and misrepresented the authenticity and condition of some items to buyers. The men face 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Multiple fire departments respond to a barn fire in Elburn in May.

    Barn fires in McHenry County under investigation

    McHenry County Sheriff investigators are looking for help from the public to solve a slew of barn fires that ignited in the past couple of weeks. Sheriff Keith Nygren announced Wednesday an active investigation has been opened regarding multiple fires in the rural McHenry County area.

    Bike racks at the Metra station in Arlington Heights are among the reasons it ranks as one of the most transit-friendly towns in the region.

    Four suburbs make it on transit-friendly list

    Got express trains? Decent coffee, bike racks, clean washrooms and well-lit parking for commuters? Arlington Heights does and so do Wheaton, Naperville, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect, joining 20 other municipalities on a DePaul University list of the “Top Transit Suburbs” released Wednesday. Given that some commuters may take the train to work 10,000 times in their life, “it's...

    Terrance Gallagher

    Police: Gilberts man charged with 5th DUI, ‘unaware’ of crash

    A 56-year-old Gilberts man had a blood-alcohol level nearly 3.5 times the legal limit after being arrested by Elgin Police and charged with his fifth DUI, records show. Terrance P. Gallagher faces four to 15 years in prison on aggravated DUI. Police arrested him at his home in the 700 block of Tipperary Street after a hit-and-run crash at 4:28 p.m. Saturday at Randall and Big Timber roads in...

    Andrew Drabik of Aurora pulls out a cooked batch of sweet corn at last year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil. Each year, more than 10,000 ears of corn are boiled and served over the festival’s three days. This year’s corn boil takes place Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at Volunteer Park.

    Corn Boil longtime Sugar Grove tradition

    When the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil began 45 years ago, the town had just been incorporated, and its population was in the hundreds, not the thousands. The corn was boiled in an old steam train engine. Much of the festival's corn was grown by the very same hands who gathered to eat it. Today, the festival no longer utilizes an old steam engine to boil its corn — in fact, more than 10,000...

    Birds of a feather will splash together this week when the Great American Duck Race returns to the DuPage County Fair.

    The Great American Duck Race fills the bill at DuPage County Fair

    The Great American Duck Race is returning to the DuPage County Fair with multiple shows through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Wheaton. In an odd twist of fate, the guy who runs them is named Robert Duck. Really. "Usually I have to show them my ID, my driver's license," Duck said of skeptics who can't wrap their heads around the story of a man and his namesake sport. He has some big-league birds in...

    In this July 24, 2012, photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, following a political strategy session, as from back left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., listen. The Senate is bracing for a tax-cut showdown that is all about Democrats and Republicans showing voters their differences over taxing the well-off while accusing each other of threatening to shove the government over a fiscal cliff. Senators planned to vote Wednesday, July 25 on a $250 billion Democratic bill that would extend expiring tax cuts next year for all but the highest earners. Republicans were forcing Reid to corral 60 votes for the proposal, which he does not have.

    Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders moved toward showdown votes Wednesday on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.


    Lawsuit vs ex-rep in Conn. settled

    HARTFORD, Conn. — The family of a Connecticut woman found frozen to death in 2009 has settled a lawsuit against a former state lawmaker and a Cromwell tavern accused of negligence and recklessness.


    Iowa woman pleads guilty to ‘19 Kids’ extortion

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to extort the parent company of cable network TLC by threatening to reveal an alleged affair involving a cast member of the popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting.”

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2012 photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump during the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos over Roswell, N.M. On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, the 43-year-old Austrian plunged to Earth from an altitude of more than 18 miles landing safely near Roswell, N.M. It’s was second stratospheric leap for “Fearless Felix.” He’s aiming for a record-breaking jump from 125,000 feet, or 23 miles, in another month. He hopes to go supersonic, breaking the speed of sound with just his body.

    Parachutist Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles

    Skydiver “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner has done it again.On Wednesday, Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M., according to a project spokeswoman.


    Mild quake rattles Los Angeles area; no damage

    LOS ANGELES — Seismologists say a mild earthquake widely felt throughout Southern California was centered along the coast west of downtown Los Angeles. No injuries were reported.


    Un is now 2: North Korea confirms Kim is married

    SEOUL, South Korea — With the briefest of remarks, North Korea ended weeks of speculation: The mystery woman accompanying young leader Kim Jong Un to recent public events is his wife, “comrade Ri Sol Ju.”

    Scott Schneider, at the outfield fence of Ruzicka Field, awaits his end-of-year trophy in the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division.

    Buddy baseball gives kids a chance at classic sport

    Every summer, from Bartlett to Wheaton to Buffalo Grove, buddy baseball leagues can be found bringing together special needs athletes and non-disabled kids. As more programs spring up, there is a hope among coaches that more people will reap the benefits - ranging from commraderie to self-confidence - that buddy baseball offers to everyone involved.

    Tuesday's storm brought some much-needed rain to the area. "We're slowly starting to turn the corner here, but we still need several weeks of good rains," a meteorologist said.

    It rained! So is the drought over? Not quite

    Is it over? Have the recent rains ended this summer's drought, saved our plants, and spared the Midwest's corn crop? Here in the suburbs, Tuesday's rain helped bring monthly precipitation to near-normal levels, but don't pack your sprinkler away just yet. "We're slowly starting to turn the corner here, but we still need several weeks of good rains," a meteorologist said.

    A new bike trail connecting several destinations in the Mundelein and Grayslake area was recently completed six weeks ahead of schedule. Users can take the Prairie Crossing bike path to the Lake County Fair, which starts today.

    New bike path connects central Lake County

    A new bike trail along Midlothian Road connecting several destinations in the Mundelein and Grayslake areas has been completed six weeks aghead of schedule. Users can take the Prairie Crossing bike path to the Lake County Fair, which starts Wednesday.

    The DuPage River has improved in quality since monitoring began 12 years ago, but a Sierra Club report says it could be better.

    DuPage rivers good, could be better, report says

    A new report by a local Sierra Club group says that DuPage County's rivers are healthier than they were 12 years ago but that more work is needed. "They (the waterways) are all improving," said Tom Richardson of the River Prairie Group. "Yet there are still challenges."


    District 204 puts overcrowding in its sights

    Overcrowded Indian Prairie District 204 schools, such as Young Elementary, can expect boundary changes for next year, while other schools may see boundary changes the follwing year. "In October, we're going to tell you where the problems are and it's going to be put right back in your lap with how to proceed," said Mark Porter of the consulting firm the district hired this week.

    This will be the last year for riders to participate in the Conservation Foundation’s Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride. The ride will take off at midnight Sunday, July 29, and all proceeds benefit the foundation’s preservation and education programs.

    Conservation Foundation bids farewell to midnight bike ride

    At midnight on Sunday, July 29, Jill Johnson will stand back and watch 500 red, blinking lights ride off in the darkness as Eric Clapton's "After Midnight" plays in the background. Those blinking lights will belong to bicyclists participating in theChase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride to benefit the Naperville-based Conservation Foundation.

    A flock of mostly green-winged teal takes off from the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Ill.

    Drought might help hunters

    Dry conditions this summer are helping managers of migratory-bird refuges cultivate ideal habitat conditions in Illinois River Valley wetlands. Couple that with reports of record numbers of ducks on the breeding grounds in the north-central United States and Canada, and the stage is set for a spectacular fall migration in central Illinois.That could be good news for waterfowl hunters.


    Man’s burned body found in vacant lot in Gary
    Northwestern Indiana police are investigating the grisly discovery of a man's severely burned body in a vacant lot in Gary.


    Rep. Constance Howard resigns from Legislature

    An Illinois lawmaker who promoted an AIDS awareness organization that attracted the interest of federal prosecutors has resigned.


    Ind. fairgrounds Coliseum upgrade to add new arena

    The $63 million renovation of the Indiana State Fairgrounds' Coliseum complex will include adding a new, 20,000-square-foot arena.


    Man convicted of killing teen playing video games

    A Will County jury has convicted a suburban Chicago man in the January 2011 murder of a 14-year-old boy who was playing video games in his Lockport home when he was shot to death.

    Back from left: Vincent Strand; Luke Strand and Jacob Strand with, front from left: Theresa Krausert; Bernadette Strand and Jerry Strand in Dousman, Wis.

    3 brothers from 1 Wis. Family to become priests

    When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to earn a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children.Now he's a priest and that's not all. His brother, Vincent, is on his way to being ordained a Jesuit priest and their youngest brother, Jake, was ordained in the spring.

    Oli Barraclough, 9, of Glen Ellyn tends to his sheep in preparation for today's opening of the DuPage County Fair. Find more fair coverage in today's NEIGHBOR.

    Competition is fierce for animal exhibitors at the DuPage County Fair

    Richard Crome clicks with the sheep he shows and sells — they're compatible, he says. "They have a lot of interesting characteristics that we as human beings can learn from," he said. Animal exhibitors like Crome began arriving at the DuPage County Fair with their animals early Tuesday in preparation for opening day on Wednesday.


    Dawn Patrol: Shooting victim’s visitation; fatal Rt. 53 crash

    Funeral set for Crystal Lake theater shooting victim. Schaumburg man killed in Route 53 crash. Thousands remain without power after Tuesday morning's storm. Man charged with murder, arson after Lombard fire. FBI: Suspects robbed 4th bank since May. Bears GM Emery says team needs to earn Super Bowl talk.

    Motocross riders like these will be among the featured attractions Saturday as the DuPage County Fair continues in Wheaton.

    From country singers to racing pigs, it's at DuPage Fair

    There's something 'bout a hot summer day at the DuPage County Fair. A big ol' sign that says "come on in." The smell of festival food, farm animals and the sounds of fun. Something 'bout a hot summer day at the DuPage County Fair. At least that's how main stage headliner and "Something 'Bout a Truck" country music artist Kip Moore might sing a song about the fair, which runs 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.


    Lindenhurst to study water, sewer for Village Green

    Lindenhurst has hired a company that will study extending water and sewer system to the Village Green property at routes 45 and 132 in hope to attract developers to the property. “We decided that rather than wait for a developer to come in and pay for water to get to that site, we decided to be proactive and say we're going to put that infrastructure in so we are a much more attractive area...


    Ruling: Security union can’t get arbitration, can strike

    An appellate court panel has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a union that represents court security officers in Kane County. The officers have been working without a contract since 2008, but a judge issued a favorable ruling last fall that they were essential employees and had a right to arbitration through the Illinois Labor Relations Board. An appellate panel reversed that decision. "We're back...

    Ann Kennedy

    Carol Stream library director on firing line — again

    The Carol Stream Public Library board will try again Wednesday to give Director Ann Kennedy the pink slip. The seven-member board last week voted 3-1 to dismiss Kennedy, a 20-year employee who has been director for the past six years. But two trustees abstained and one was absent and members learned the following morning their bylaws required four votes, or a majority of trustees present, to make...


    Lake County Teen Court program seeks new funding

    A Lake County program that has given first-time juvenile offenders a second chance at a clean record for more than 17 years may be shut down. Teen Court, a program run by Nicasa, a behavioral health organization serving Lake County communities, is no longer receiving state funding, forcing them to run fundraisers and appeal to local townships for grant money. Bruce Johnson, a former police chief...

    Courtesy of the FBI Surveillance photos show a suspect robbing a TCF Bank branch inside a Bartlett Jewel-Osco on June 6. The suspect is wanted in connection to a Monday morning robbery of a Elmhurst bank.

    FBI: Suspects rob 4th area bank since late May

    Three men are accused of robbing their fourth suburban bank in the past two months, this time in Elmhust. Police say the suspects robbed the TCF Branch inside a Jewel-Osco at 944 S. York Road just before noon Monday.


    A banner celebrating the 44 bowl games that the Penn State football team has played in hangs outside of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University main campus in State College, Pa., Monday, July 23, 2012. Penn State football was all but leveled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property.

    Penn State players vow to stick together post-scandal

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — More than 30 Penn State football players say they're staying in Happy Valley despite NCAA sanctions that will keep the Nittany Lions out of a bowl game for the rest of their careers.Flanked by more than two dozen teammates, seniors Michael Mauti and Michael Zordich vowed to restore Penn State to greatness after an unprecedented child sex abuse scandal that shattered the program's image as a place where “success with honor” was the rule.“We want to let the nation know that we're proud of who we are,” Zordich said Wednesday. “We're the true Penn Staters, and we're going to stick together through this. We're going to see this thing through, and we're going to do everything we can for the university. We know it's not going to be easy, but we know what we're made of.” Neither Zordich nor Mauti — both sons of former Penn State players — mentioned former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky by name.“We take this as an opportunity to create our own legacy,” Mauti said. “This program was not built by one man and it's sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man. This program was built on every alumni, every single player that came before us, built on their backs.”The Nittany Lions will not be able to play in a bowl game until the 2016 season, and the scholarship reductions they'll receive could make it difficult for new coach Bill O'Brien to field a competitive squad during the next few seasons. That's why support will be needed from fans and alumni more than ever, the players said.“We're going to do everything in our power to get this place back on track,” Zordich said. “I'm personally calling out every member of Nittany Nation — all the students, faculty, fans and family members, alumni, everything that there is. Please, please come support us through this, because we need you just as much as you need us. And together we're going to get through this thing to the end.”It's been less than two weeks since an investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh concluded former coach Joe Paterno and other high-ranking university officials covered up abuse allegations involving Sandusky, who awaits sentencing on charges he abused 10 boys, some of them in team facilities.In that time, Paterno's bronze likeness has been removed from outside Beaver Stadium and the NCAA imposed harsh sanctions that include a $60 million fine and a four-year bowl ban. The NCAA also erased 14 years of Paterno's victories, stripping him of his standing as the winningest coach in the history of big-time college football. “No sanction, no politician is ever going to take away what we've got here,” Mauti said. “None of that's ever going to tear us apart. Right now all we can do is put our heads down, and we're just going to work. That's all we can do. We're going to fight for Penn State, fight for each other, because this is what Penn State's about — fighting through adversity.”


    Mount Prospect follows advice, wins twice

    Using the wisdom of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden would be regarded as a wise move.Mount Prospect American Legion baseball coach Tom Krumsee has seen how powerful it can be the last few weeks. Particularly on Wednesday when his team was faced with two nine-inning Cook County tournament games at two different places in heat approaching 100 degrees.Fourth-seeded Prospect (13-17-1) beat No. 5 Palatine 8-7 at Harper College and then went over to Rec Park in Arlington Heights and held on for a stunning 7-6 upset of top-seeded Arlington (22-13).


    Roth, Valadez propel Boomers

    An RBI-single in the fourth off the bat of catcher Mike Valadez provided the only run as the Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Joliet Slammers 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel Wednesday at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.Coming off a big series victory against the Windy City ThunderBolts, the Boomers (36-25) rode the left arm of starter Cameron Roth (7-4, 3.26) to win their second straight and improve to 25-9 at Boomers Stadium.The 6-foot-4 former Baltimore Orioles farmhand struck out eight in 8 shutout innings. Closer Patrick Mincey clinched another Boomers victory by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 11th save of the season.K.C. Judge, the newest member of the Boomers, acquired Tuesday in a trade that sent J.B. Brown to the Normal CornBelters, was the lone Schaumburg batter with multiple hits on the night. Karexon Sanchez reached base three times for the Boomers out of the leadoff spot, thanks to a hit and a pair of walks.


    Rattlers pounce on Cougars

    A five-run second inning was all the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers needed as they knocked off the Kane County Cougars 5-2 Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.Angel Baez (5-3) had only allowed 1 earned run all month until the Timber Rattlers (58-42, 14-17) busted things open in the top of the second.Nick Ramirez doubled with one out and scored on a single off the bat of Mike Garza. Garza ended up at third after a Rafael Neda single which loaded the bases. Yadiel Rivera’s fielder’s choice scored Garza.Chadwin Stang came up with the big blow, a triple into right-center, scoring Lance Roenicke and Rivera. Stang.Baez didn’t give up another hit as he made it through 5 innings while striking out five. Matt Miller (8-7) started for the Timber Rattlers and worked 8 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits.Justin Trapp helped the Cougars (50-51, 16-15) take the lead in the bottom of the first by singling and stealing second before scoring on a base hit from Danny Mateo.Trapp ripped a triple to deep center in the seventh which brought Kenny Swab across the plate.


    Crisp hits 2 HRs, A’s romp to 7th straight win

    TORONTO — Coco Crisp hit two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes had a pair of RBI doubles, leading A.J. Griffin and the Oakland Athletics over the Toronto Blue Jays 16-0 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight win.It was the most-lopsided shutout loss ever for Toronto. Things got so out of hand that the Blue Jays used catcher Jeff Mathis to pitch the ninth inning, and he gave up two runs on an RBI double by Brandon Hicks and an RBI single by Brandon Moss.Chris Carter homered and drove in three runs. He drew a bases-loaded walk from Ricky Romero during an eight-run second inning as Oakland improved to 16-2 in July.Griffin (3-0) gave up three hits in six innings. The rookie struck out nine.


    Angels beat Royals 11-6 behind Weaver, Trout

    Five innings on a muggy afternoon were enough this time for Jered Weaver. Weaver won his seventh straight start to tie a career best and Torii Hunter, Mike Trout and Bobby Wilson homered for the Los Angeles Angels in an 11-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Stevenson's Rachel Baader spikes the ball during their game against Hersey Monday night at Stevenson High School.

    Patriots’ Baader to have ACL surgery

    Say “Hallo” — Or is it “Gruezi” or “Guten Tag” in German? — to Rachel Baader, who’s aiming to be new and improved in more ways than one in a few months.Wish Stevenson’s volleyball star good luck (English will suffice) on her surgery scheduled for next Thursday, too.The operation to repair her torn left ACL will sideline her long enough that she’ll miss her senior season for the Patriots. It’s a tough break for the 5-foot-10 outside hitter who over Spring Break verbally committed to play Ivy League volleyball for the University of Pennsylvania.This summer, Baader’s Sky High club team was playing Sports Performance at nationals in Orlando, Fla., when she chased a ball near the antennae, jumped and landed on the ref’s stand.“My knee just blew out,” Baader said. “I landed and I started yelling out, ‘It’s broken!’ because I heard something. But it turned out that it was a pop rather than a crack. It was my ACL that had torn.“They had to like drag me off the court.”She actually laughed when recalling that agonizing moment on the court. Go ahead and laugh along with Baader, because she’s not crying about her misfortune.Stevenson volleyball may be melancholy about the reality that its three-year all-area hitter will miss the entire fall season, but the unflappable player isn’t about to use any foul language.She’s just going to learn a new language.And tie an apron on, too.“It was rough,” Baader said of her initial reaction to her season-ending injury. “When I went down, the first things that went through my head were, one, ‘I want to be with my team to win nationals,’ and, two, ‘My high school season.’ But, you know, there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s how I look at it. It happened. I can’t say, ‘Oh, what if it didn’t happen?’ Now I just have to deal with it. I have to stick with my physical therapy and stay positive.”She’s positively positive about that. So, she plans to use her down time to, in her words, “better myself as a person.”She plans to learn how to cook and how to speak German. Her dad and aunt speak German. She takes Spanish at Stevenson.Is it any surprise that the bright girl with the bright future (she plans to study finance at Penn) has cooked up a game plan? Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. Baader’s positive attitude has always been one of her strengths as an athlete and person.“I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, but I’ve never really had the time,” Baader said. “(Last week) I cooked chicken potpies for my family. It was pretty good.”Maybe she’ll hit the kitchen and cook up something for her coaches at Penn when she makes an official visit in the fall. After all, after seeing how the coaches attended to her at nationals following her injury, she left Florida with a good taste in her mouth.“They’ve been so supportive,” Baader said. “They were actually at the game when it happened. They took me to the trainer and everything. My coach was on the phone with her trainer back at Penn, trying to figure out what (the injury) was.”While she waits to have her wounded knee cut open, Baader is doing “pre-hab” so the muscles supporting her knee will be in the best possible shape following surgery. The plan is to have her doing light running in two months and actual volleyball activities in 5-6 months. If all goes well, she could be back playing for her club team in the spring.Maybe she’ll return to the court before Derrick Rose. One of the doctors who performed the ACL surgery on the Bulls’ MVP is Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph. He’s Baader’s orthopedic, as well.“So I’m going to be doing all the things that Derrick Rose is doing to get better.” Baader said, proudly.The high school volleyball season will be strange at Stevenson with no Baader playing. Siblings Jennifer, Kristen and John all starred for the Patriots.


    Travel softball teams set tryouts

    The Northern Illinois Lightning, Elgin Heat. Fox Valley Renegades and Crystal Lake Tidal Waves fastpitch softball organizations have set their tryout dates for the 2012-13 travel softball season.Northern Illinois Lightning tryouts: The Lightning will hold tryouts for the 16U and 18U levels beginning Aug. 7 at Judson University in Elgin. Tryouts for the 16U team will be from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 and from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. Tryouts for the 18U team will be from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. For more information, call (847) 812-1522 or log on to northernillinoislightning.com. Preregistration is encouraged. The Lightning will not have a 14U team in 2012-13.Elgin Heat tryouts: The Elgin Heat will field teams at the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U levels and hold tryouts at the Elgin Sports Complex. All levels will try out on fields 6 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Aug. 4, and then 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. For more information call Steve Cooper at (224) 629-6281.Fox Valley Renegades tryouts: The Renegades will hold tryouts at Jockey Field in East Dundee. Tryouts for 12U and 14U will be on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tryouts for 16U and 18U will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. For more information, contact Glenn Smith at (630) 936-6070. An online registration form is available at www.foxvalleyrenegadessoftball.com.Tidal Waves tryouts: The Tidal Waves will hold tryouts at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake on Aug. 4, 5, 8 and 11. Tryout times for the 10U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U and 18U teams are available at www.tidalwaves.org.


    With clucth win, Jacobs knocks Montini out of Lawler Classic

    Jacobs may have lost the first baseball matchup with Montini, but the Golden Eagles won the game that mattered most: the rematch.Jacobs avenged Monday's loss to the Broncos with Wednesday's 4-2 elimination game victory in the Lawler Summer Classic at Benedictine University. The Golden Eagles face Lyons Township in the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Lisle with a berth in the final on the line.


    Scherzer wins 4th straight as Tigers beat Indians

    Max Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians for only the second time in eight games this season with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night. Quintin Berry had three hits and drove in two runs to help Scherzer (10-5) win for the first time in four career starts at Progressive Field.

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers Wednesday during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh.

    Dempster tosses water cooler as Cubs lose

    If Ryan Dempster did indeed make his final start for the Chicago Cubs, he left a lasting impression.Pulled for a pinch hitter by manager Dale Sveum in the seventh inning Wednesday, Dempster threw a water cooler in the dugout as the Cubs went on to lose a 3-2 game to the Pittsburgh Pirates."I have a lot of respect for our manager, but I don't always have to agree with every move he makes," Dempster said. "I'm allowed to be upset, but I was over it as soon as I got to the clubhouse."Dempster has had a lot on his mind this week. He is mulling whether to accept a trade to Atlanta and said he also is "keeping all my options open."

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy improved to 8-7 after struggling through 6 innings to beat the Twins on Wednesday.

    Grinding it out suits these Sox just fine
    Yes. the Twins are a bad baseball team. But the White Sox overcame a bad road trip and were more than good enough to complete a three-game sweep over Minnesota Wednesday with an 8-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Bears coach Lovie Smith, who is in the last year of his contract, says there’s always pressure in Chicago to succeed.

    Heat is on Bears like never before

    As the players filed into Bourbonnais this week, this Bears team was already expected by many in Chicago to be an NFC title contender. Yes, one day into camp there is already tremendous pressure on this roster to reach the Super Bowl.


    Sox reliever Crain trying to take positives from rough outing

    Fresh off his second trip to the disabled list this season, White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crian said he still is rusty after issuing 3 walks during Wedensday's win over the Twins.

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is battling former Colt teammate Kelvin Hayden for a starting job.

    Deja vu in battle for Bears’ starting cornerback spot

    There is an odd dynamic at work in the Bears' secondary, where former Colts teammates Tim Jennings and Kelvin Hayden are competing to start at the other cornerback spot alongside Pro Bowler Charles Tillman.The two contestants played together in Indianapolis for four years and now they are competing again"He's like my brother," Hayden said. "It's good to see him doing well, seeing him go out there and make plays and see the progress that he's made from being a rookie until now."


    Youkilis says he’ll be ready to play Friday

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game early Wednesday with what the team said was a sprained left ankle. Youkilis, whose RBI single in the third put the White Sox up 3-1 against the Minnesota Twins, was removed for a pinch-hitter an inning later.

    Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren's Huskies were picked to finish second in the MAC West Division in the annual preseason poll by writers. With a nine-game win streak in the line, the Huskies open the season against Iowa at Soldier Field.

    NIU football rated second in MAC poll

    Northern Illinois, the defending Mid-American Conference champions with the longest win streak in the nation, is ranked second in the MAC's West Division behind Toledo in the 2012 MAC Preseason Poll released Tuesday by the league office.

    White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) shakes hands with Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios Wednesday after scoring on Dayan Viciedo’s hit in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Viciedo’s 4 RBIs lead White Sox over Twins 8-2

    Dayan Viciedo homered and drove in four runs, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep of the last-place Twins. Viciedo hit a two-run single in the second inning and added a two-run homer in the fourth, finishing with three hits. Alex Rios also homered for the White Sox, who have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

    While Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox says he’s doing some jogging, he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return to action. Knox is rehabbing from spinal fusion surgery he needed after a brutal hit last season.

    Bears’ Knox jogging, but return a long way off

    For now, the best that injured Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox can hope for are baby steps. The brutal hit he took late last season necessitated spinal fusion surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process that is still in its early stages. "I'm jogging," said Knox, who still hasn't regained much of the 30 pounds he lost from an already spindly frame. "I don't have that same burst that I used to have, but that's to be expected with this injury. But I'm jogging and moving around pretty good."

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, left, lifts teammate Jimmy Rollins up as Juan Pierre, right, joins in to celebrate Rollins’ game-winning RBI Wednesday during the 10th inning in Philadelphia. The Phillies beat the Brewers 7-6.

    Phillies rally again to beat Brewers 7-6 in 10

    PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the 10th and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied in their last at-bat for the fourth straight day, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 to complete their first three-game sweep of the season on Wednesday.The five-time defending NL East champions have won four in a row, including three walkoff wins.Rollins had the winning hit in the 12th against San Francisco on Sunday. The Phillies scored four runs off Rodriguez in the ninth in a 7-6 win Monday, and six in the eighth in a 7-6 win Tuesday.Earlier in the day, the Phillies signed Cole Hamels to a $144 million, six-year deal that prevents the 2008 World Series MVP from becoming a free agent in November.

    Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann scores as Miami Marlins catcher Brett Hayes attempts the tag Wednesday during the sixth inning in Miami. The Braves defeated the Marlins 7-1.

    Francisco homers as Braves beat Marlins 7-1

    Juan Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 Wednesday after the downsizing Marlins jettisoned yet another star player by trading Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


    Rock bass deserve more than a sneer

    While many guides and angler prefer to throw a fit or smirk at those who enjoy the tussle from a rock bass, Mike Jackson says he take a rock bass over no bites at all any time under the hot sun. He explains why in this week's outdoors column.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches Wednesday during the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York.

    Strasburg Ks 11, Nats complete sweep of Mets

    Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven dominant innings, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the free-falling New York Mets on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory. Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for a second straight day, and Espinosa doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth win in a row. The team with the NL's best record (58-39) has won seven of 10.

    Evan Jager celebrates after winning the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on June 28 in Eugene, Ore. Since then, Jager broke the U.S. record at an international meet last Friday in Monaco.

    Jager named USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week

    After setting a new U.S. record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Algonquin native and Jacobs High School grad Evan Jager was named Athlete of the Week by USA Track and Field on Wednesday. Jager ran a record time of 8:06.81 in the event in Monaco on Friday, besting the previous U.S. mark, set by Daniel Lincoln, by two seconds. Jager dropped 11 seconds off his qualifying time from the U.S. trials. He finished third in the event and will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Aug. 3.

    Here is the logo for the Chicago Soul, which will play its Major Indoor Soccer League games at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates this winter.

    New soccer franchise to bare its Soul in suburbs

    Now there is a new name and a new face — or logo to be accurate — to put with the newest pro sports franchise in the suburbs. The newest member of the 8-team Major Indoor Soccer League will be officially known as Chicago Soul FC, and team officials unveiled a new logo Wednesday for the fledging franchise. The logo features black, white, neon green and silver colors within a triangular emblem and consists of a blazing soccer ball over the text, "Chicago Soul FC."

    Pennsylvania conservation officers tranquilized a small female bear at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall Sears on Saturday night.

    A cougar at large, a goat man and a bear in a mall

    In addition to his local fishing notes, Mike Jackson's outdoors notes has the latest on a cougar sighting in Wisconsin, the story of a mysterious mountain goat in Utah, and bears on the prowl at a mall in Pittsburgh. Check out the online links to photos, video and more.


    Mike North video: It could have been worse for Penn State

    Mike North thinks Penn State's punishment should have been much more harsh considering the crimes committed. Avoiding the death penalty saved Penn State's other college sports.


    New solar panels have been installed on the rooftop of the Ikea in Schaumburg. Local officials and company executives gathered Wednesday to debut the new power system.

    Ikea installs solar panels to generate own power

    Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea Wednesday debuted perhaps the largest commercial rooftop solar energy panel arrays in the state on its stores in Schaumburg and Bolingbrook. The company aims to install the panels in at least 39 of its 44 U.S. stores, distribution centers and offices as part of its global initiative to conserve energy, Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth said.

    This rendering shows the 70-bed hospital Mercy Health System hopes to build in Crystal Lake. Mercy previously wanted to construct a 128-bed facility, but the state rejected that plan in 2011.

    Mercy officials looking ahead to hearing for new hospital

    While one hospital system is looking forward to building in McHenry County, another hospital system remains in limbo over whether it can do the same. Mercy Health System has to wait until September before the board considers hears its appeal on building a 70-bed hospital in Crystal Lake. "We're confident that we will present a case that is compelling," said Rich Gruber, Mercy's vice president of community advocacy.

    People watch as spring and fall calves are auctioned off at the Burwell Livestock Market in Burwell, Neb. Cattlemen throughout the middle and western part of the U.S. are selling off cattle as the mounting drought dries up grazing land and corn fields.

    USDA says drought will push up food prices in 2013

    The drought gripping more than half the country is a major reason why consumers can expect to pay 3 percent to 4 percent more for groceries next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.


    Schaumburg opposes diving shop in unincorporated home

    Schaumburg trustees have formally opposed a request before the Cook County Board for a relocated scuba diving shop to operate in a home just beyond the village's borders. Sea Lions Dive Center moved from a rented location in Hanover Park into a home at 422 Springsouth Road late last year due to the economy's impact on the diving industry.

    Apple says its growth slowed in the most recent quarter, disappointing investors who thought its progress was unstoppable. Apple sold 26 million iPhones in the quarter, at the low end of expectations. It sold 17 million iPads, beating forecasts.

    S&P 500 slips on weak earnings; Dow gains

    Whipsawed by strong earnings from some companies, weak ones from others, including the once infallible Apple, investors couldn't make up their mind whether to buy or sell on Wednesday. In the end, they mostly sold, but barely.

    A Fresh Market store will be built on the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Half Day Road, in the heart of what´s considered downtown Lincolnshire.

    Lincolnshire to get first grocery store, should open in 2013

    Lincolnshire's mayor hopes newly approved plans for the village's first grocery store will lead to more activity in the developing downtown area. "A grocery store tends to draw people in and bring a community together, much like a train station," Mayor Brett Blomberg said Wednesday, two days after the village board approved plans for the Fresh Market store.

    Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg.

    Motorola Solutions profits down, but growth anticipated

    Motorola Solutions posted lower earnings in the second quarter, but they said it's because last year's second quarter was unusually large with the sale of its networks business. CEO Greg Brown wasn’t worried that net earnings for the second quarter were $182 million, compared to $349 million the year before. That second-quarter 2011 was unusually large due to the sale of its Networks business.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee. He warned Congress that Europe’s debt crisis and a looming budget crisis in Washington could weaken an already-fragile U.S. economy unless regulators pursue stricter oversight of the financial system.

    GOP: Geithner failed to tell Congress about LIBOR

    Republican lawmakers are criticizing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to alert Congress four years ago that banks could have been manipulating a key global interest rate.

    A member of the Horse Guards Parade stands watch outside the Admiralty House at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Wednesday in London. NBC said it has already sold $1 billion in ads for the Games.

    NBC tops $1 billion in Olympics ad sales

    NBC says it has topped the $1 billion mark in advertising sales for the Olympic Games beginning this week in London.

    American Airlines President and CEO Thomas W. Horton wants to set the record straight: it was he who approached US Airways CEO Doug Parker about the possibility of combining the two airlines, not the other way around.

    American CEO bashes US Airways; calls it desperate

    American Airlines CEO Tom Horton wants to set the record straight: It was he who approached US Airways CEO Doug Parker about the possibility of combining the two airlines, not the other way around.

    The Schaumburg Boomers are among the draws for tourists to the area.

    Suburban tourism -- and tax revenues -- increase

    Local counties were among those gaining the most tourism dollars across the state during 2011, which is fueling a so-called road show with state officials touting those numbers to help keep the momentum going. Cook and DuPage counties saw revenues climb more than 8 percent. Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties saw about 6 percent more revenue pouring back in after some tough years.

    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. says its second-quarter profit soared 67 percent because of growing demand for its construction and mining equipment, and the company boosted its outlook for the year.

    Caterpillar shares jump as 2q profit grows 67 pct

    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. says its second-quarter profit soared 67 percent because of growing demand for its construction and mining equipment, and the company boosted its outlook for the year. Shares jumped $3.63, or 4.5 percent, to $85.06 in premarket trading.

    Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc., the maker of blood products and intravenous drugs, raised its dividend 34 percent and said it authorized a new share buyback program of as much as $2 billion.

    Baxter raises dividend as $2 billion share buyback approved

    Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc., the maker of blood products and intravenous drugs, raised its dividend 34 percent and said it authorized a new share buyback program of as much as $2 billion. A quarterly dividend of 45 cents a share will be payable Oct. 1 to stockholders, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company said in a statement today

    A Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off during the Farnborough International Airshow, in Farnborough, England. Boeing Co. posted an unexpected 3 percent improvement in second-quarter net income on strong sales of commercial airplanes.

    Boeing 2Q net income up; raises outlook

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. posted an unexpected 3 percent improvement in second-quarter net income on strong sales of commercial airplanes. The results surprised Wall Street and the company raised its earnings forecast for the year.The results announced before the markets opened Wednesday eased investors' fears of an imminent slowdown in the company's defense unit, which produces Chinook helicopters and F-18s among many other aircraft models.

    The cost to protect against a default by RadioShack Corp. jumped to a record after the electronics retail chain reported an unexpected second-quarter loss.

    Radioshack swaps jump to record after unexpected quarterly loss

    The cost to protect against a default by RadioShack Corp. jumped to a record after the electronics retail chain reported an unexpected second-quarter loss.


    ConocoPphillips 2Q profit falls 33 pct

    ConocoPhillips said Wednesday that net income fell 33 percent in the second quarter as it shed assets and sold oil and natural gas at lower prices.Its results still beat Wall Street estimates, however, and the company's stock price rose slightly in premarket trading.


    US airways profit triples; fares up, fuel down

    US Airways says its second-quarter profit tripled to $306 million as fares rose and fuel prices fell.The airline says the quarterly profit was the biggest in its history.

    An Apple customer Shayan Hooshmand, 11, uses PhotoBooth on a 21.5-inch iMac at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Apple drops as results miss estimates on iPhone-sales

    Apple Inc. fell after reporting iPhone sales that missed analysts' projections, underscoring the computer maker's reliance on demand for the smartphone.The company sold 26 million iPhones in the fiscal third quarter, shy of the 28.4 million predicted by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. That caused Apple to miss analysts' quarterly sales and profit estimates for the second time since 2003.

    Associated Press Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. beat analysts’ second-quarter profit estimates as fare increases helped the carriers reap more revenue from each passenger.

    Delta joins us airways beating profit estimates on higher fares

    Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. beat analysts' second-quarter profit estimates as fare increases helped the carriers reap more revenue from each passenger.Delta's earnings excluding some costs were $586 million, or 69 cents a share, while US Airways said its adjusted profit was $321 million, or $1.61 a share. JetBlue Airways Corp. reported net income of $52 million, or 16 cents a share, matching analysts' estimates.

    Ford’s profit fell 57 percent in the second quarter as losses in Europe and Asia swamped a healthy performance in North America.

    Ford profit falls 57 pct to $1 billion in 2Q

    Ford's profit fell 57 percent in the second quarter as losses in Europe and Asia swamped a healthy performance in North America. The company also lowered its full-year profit forecast on Wednesday. The automaker said it still expects a "strong" operating profit, but it will be lower than the $8.7 billion in 2011. Previously Ford had expected to make about the same amount as 2011.

    Containers of bath salts, a synthetic cocaine, sit on a counter in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations so intense that thousands of them seek help at emergency rooms.

    Many drugs remain legal after “bath salts” ban

    People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up. Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines and other illegal stimulants.

    This March 26, 2012 file photo shows the sign outside the State College, Pa. office of The Second Mile. The charity for troubled youths started by Jerry Sandusky more than three decades ago.

    Record Penn State fine to help abused kids

    The NCAA's unprecedented $60 million fine against Penn State will hurt the university in its pocketbook. The silver lining is that it will help plenty of abused kids, and it could even wind up preventing abuse — if it is distributed carefully, child welfare advocates say.


    NY guilty plea scheduled for head of Oregon firm

    A person familiar with a criminal securities fraud case against the head of an Oregon investment research firm says he's expected to plead guilty on Wednesday in New York. The person requested anonymity because he's not authorized to speak publicly about the plea. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that John Kinnucan would enter the plea.

    Banners are seen in front of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) headquarters during a demonstration in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

    ECB survey shows demand for loans remains weak

    Demand for loans from business and consumers remains weak in Europe in the face of the continent's debt crisis, a closely watched European Central Bank survey showed Wednesday. The anemic demand for credit indicates how the economy is still lagging in the 17 countries that use the euro, even though the ECB has cut interest rates to record lows and carried out a massive infusion of credit into the banking system.


    Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

    The Senate is bracing for a tax-cut showdown that is all about Democrats and Republicans showing voters their differences over taxing the well-off while accusing each other of threatening to shove the government over a fiscal cliff.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid.

    Romney-Bain contacts outlasted exit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney's actions at the time, he stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company.

    PepsiCo Inc. says its profit fell 21 percent in the second quarter as one-time restructuring costs and a stronger dollar ate into results.

    PepsiCo’s profit falls 21 percent in 2Q

    PepsiCo Inc. says its profit fell 21 percent in the second quarter as one-time restructuring costs and a stronger dollar ate into results. The company, whose brands include Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Tropicana, is among the many U.S companies taking a hit as the dollar strengthens.


    Oil near $88 ahead of US inventory figures

    Oil was little changed near $88 a barrel Wednesday in Asia ahead of weekly U.S. crude inventory figures that give a reading on the state of near-term demand for fuel.Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 31 cents at $88.14 a barrel at midafternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 36 cents to end Tuesday at $88.50 per barrel in New York.

    Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first six months of this year, a strong result that could see the Japanese automaker regain its crown as the world’s top automaker from General Motors Co.

    Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles in first half

    Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first six months of this year, a strong result that could see the Japanese automaker regain its crown as the world's top automaker from General Motors Co.The number, released Wednesday, underlines Toyota Motor Corp.'s powerful rebound from a period of dismal sales, and the resilience of its brand as it gains traction in new markets such as China and Southeast Asia while clawing back lost market share in the U.S.

    An investor gestures in front of the stock price monitor at a private securities company Tuesday July 24, 2012 in Shanghai, China.

    Markets recoup ground but European fears remain

    Financial markets recovered their poise Wednesday but a run of disappointing economic data in Europe and worse-than-expected earnings from Apple kept the recovery in check.Markets have been recently rattled by fears that Spain, the eurozone's fourth-largest economy, will need a bailout along the lines of Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

Life & Entertainment

    Comedian Steve Rannazzisi is set to perform this weekend at Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Rosemont Zanies hosts 'League' comedian

    If you've enjoyed comedian Steve Rannazzisi in FX's “The League” or MTV's “Punk'd,” then don't miss his weekend performances at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont. Check out several DeLoreans at the midnight Friday showing of “Back to the Future” at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove. Celebrate the late, great Cubs third baseman at Ron Santo Night at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Saturday.

    The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate say they are concerned about the welfare of the singer’s mother and his three children, Prince Jackson, left, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson.

    Katherine Jackson apparently back home

    Katherine Jackson is apparently back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson's children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her days-long absence from them. Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: "grandma's here! #thankyougod."

    Salvador Mateos spreads mulch around a vegetable garden Wednesday at the Growing Grace Landscape Association exhibit at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at the Lake County Fair. The show offers variations on outdoor gardens created by area landscape designers.

    Chicago Flower & Garden Show comes to Lake County Fair

    Some of the lushest landscapes in a parched Lake County have been assembled piece by piece and are on display through Sunday as part of Chicago Flower & Garden Show at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. “It's an opportunity to take an 84-year-old event and keep it relevant and current,” said Tony Abruscato, owner of Flower Show Productions, which every spring presents its signature indoor show at Navy Pier.

    The family room of KB Home's house of the future in Waldorf, Md., has low-energy windows. Such features are becoming more common in houses, as homeowners become more environmentally aware and cost conscious.

    Model home shows off its green side

    Not long ago, the house of the future was designed to let you to stay plugged in to your music, sports and movies no matter where you were. But that was before the recession. Now, the new house of the future is being marketed with a decidedly more practical goal in mind: to save you big bucks in energy and water consumption.


    Best bet to raising kids? Don’t be a helicopter parent

    A "helicopter" parent doesn't allow their kid to grow up and spread their wings. Carolyn Hax says let your children do more things on their own.

    In their 1960s prime, a 1968 publicity photo of the British group the Zombies.

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Irish fest, Zombie veterans, dragon boats and the RUB

    Dragon boats, Zombies, and Irish festival and a new restaurnt are among items featured in this weeks's the Suburbs This Weekend.

    Johnny Depp, left, will play Tonto, as a spirit warrior on a personal quest, who joins forces in a fight for justice with Armie Hammer, as John Reid, a lawman who has become a masked avenger.

    Native Americans have mixed feelings on new Tonto

    To most people, the upcoming "Lone Ranger" movie is just a Disney blockbuster featuring action, adventure and Johnny Depp looking over-the-top. But to Native Americans, it's personal.

    Tara Lynne Barr, left, and Joel Murray from “God Bless America,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged man who recently learned he’s dying of a brain tumor and his perky teenage sidekick who go on a killing spree.

    Filmmakers often use terror to jar movies within movies

    There's something about the dark and quiet of a movie theater that allows us to make ourselves vulnerable. We enter into an implicit pact, giving over to the images, letting ourselves laugh at something silly or cry at something poignant, all in the cloistered company of strangers. That's why when something unexpected interrupts that experience, it's that much more startling, like being awakened suddenly from a vivid dream.

    Minted strawberries make a nice topping for buttery, homemade pound cake.

    Fresh strawberries add zing to old-fashioned pound cake

    Today we see all kinds of blends and flavors of pound cakes, but an old-fashioned, buttery pound cake never goes out of style and is worth keeping in the recipe box. This cake still feeds bunches — 20 servings, in fact. So it would be perfect for a summer cookout, picnic or family reunion.

    Sharon Osbourne tweeted Tuesday that says she’s ready to say goodbye to “America’s Got Talent.” NBC said Osbourne hasn’t informed the network that she intends to leave the show, which is now airing its seventh season.

    Osbourne tweets she’s leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’

    Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she's ready to say goodbye to NBC's "America's Got Talent," taking the network by surprise. In a posting on Twitter, Osbourne addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern and said, "money is not the reason I'm not returning" to the show. Her tweet trailed off with "it's because ...." and didn't elaborate.


    Feud continues to roil Michael Jackson’s family

    Turmoil in Michael Jackson's family continued Tuesday as a family feud that has engulfed the singer's mother and children continued to play out in online posts, on national television and in a videotaped driveway confrontation that authorities continue to investigate. It should perhaps be no surprise that a family that has spent decades in the spotlight is airing its troubles in public, but the dispute has left many, including estate executors, worried.


    Frugal living: Using up taco meat

    Taco recipes often call for one pound of ground beef. You can use leftover taco meat in almost any dish that has ground beef, such as taco salad, soup, casserole, chili, nachos, lettuce wraps, spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, empanadas or omelets, or serve over French fries or baked potatoes.

    Try one of RA Sushi's new summer drinks.

    Night life events: RA Sushi shakes up five new drinks

    An updated drink menu at RA Sushi now features five new drinks. Try the Strawberry Saketini made with Svedka Citron, Nigori Sake, strawberry purée and lemon juice for $9 or the Coconut Moshi Mojito made with Cruzan Estate light rum muddled with fresh lime, sugar, soda, fresh mint and coconut flavor for $8.

    Passion Pit’s “Gossamer”

    Passion Pit hits the right notes on new CD

    From their achingly hip EP "Chunk of Change" to their 2010 follow-up "Manners," anticipation has been turbocharged for another pitch-perfect, electro-pop album from Passion Pit. And their latest, "Gossamer," hits all the right notes.

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

    Chilled avocado soup shows its versatility

    Tomatillos, with their citrus and herbal flavor, are the key to this refreshing chilled avocado soup. This recipe also can be used to dress salad greens, or as a dip for veggies and chips.

    Shrimp tempura rolls are “simple but good,” says @Bangkok Thai owner Sam Phounsavat.

    Algonquin’s where it’s @ for fine Thai

    Lovers of Thai curries and Japanese sushi don't have to go to separate restaurants to enjoy both Asian specialties if they know about @Bangkok Thai & Sushi. This strip-mall spot in Algonquin excels on all levels: food, service and ambience. The menu has a serious sushi section, along with a Thai section of the classics, such as Thai spring rolls, chicken satay, tom yum soup, pad thai and several curries.

    Minted strawberries make a nice topping for buttery, homemade pound cake.

    Minted Strawberries
    Minted Strawberries:Kitchen Scoop

    Minted strawberries make a nice topping for buttery, homemade pound cake.

    Old-Fashioned Butter Pound Cake
    Old Fashioned Poundcake: Kitchen Scoop

    Catherine Lord of Naperville plays the evil witch Magenta in the Marriott Theatre’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

    ‘Sleeping Beauty’ gets colorful adaptation at Marriott

    "Sleeping Beauty" gets a rather colorful modern-day remake in a new children's production opening Saturday at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre. Changes include everything from the classic tale's themes to the names of the characters, said director/choreographer Matt Raftery.



    Editorial: Penn State and the responsibility gap

    Amid the furor over the effect of NCAA sanctions, Penn State must remember its responsibilities to the sex abuse victims, Daily Herald editorial says.


    Did the state make you great?

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Obama compounds the fallacy by declaring the state to be the font of entrepreneurial success. How so? It created the infrastructure — roads, bridges, schools, Internet — off which we all thrive. Absurd.


    No logic in claims about conceal carry
    A Deer Park letter to the editor: If conceal carry laws lead to violence, why do the remaining 49 states who have conceal carry have so few gun death problems compared to, let's see, Chicago?


    Romney’s success is an asset
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: I was confused by Eugene Robinson's article, "Amassing wealth is legal, but is it good for politics?"


    Lombard remap was self-serving
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: In response to "Lombard trustees keep districts in remap," July 14, the facts lead to the conclusion that incumbency protection was the number one priority.


    All views are needed on gay couples
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I believe the Herald served its readership well to look past the narrow scope of people like Ms. Biggerstaff, who refer to this couple derogatorily as "these two men."


    Follow science, Bible on homosexuality
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: No court decisions, and no wave of anti-Christianism, will convince me ignoring 2,000-plus years of wisdom is anything less than absurd.


    Hard to fathom immigration policy
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: America's past and present immigration policies seem to be based more on politics than practicality. Many of us senior citizens remember the prelude to World War II when European Jewry was becoming alarmed at the Nazi regime's extreme vocal policies against their Jewish minority.


    UN stance on global warming disturbing
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Eugene Robinson's column on July 4 has the potential to mislead readers. Robinson believes in anthropogenic global warming (AGW) or that carbon emissions cause climate change. As I stated in a recent Fencepost letter, our sun plays a major role in climate change, in spite of deceptive data to the contrary from the United Nations Panel on Climate Change. In fact, a number of people and groups associated with the UN are responsible for advancing this position on global warming.


    Keep tighter leash on letter writers
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing to suggest that letters to the editor be held to higher standards than currently seems to be the case. The two standards are civility and factual accuracy.


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