Daily Archive : Friday July 27, 2012



    Motorola: Rep. Sullivan says Quinn ‘stabbed Libertyville in the back’

    Turning away from decades-long roots in the suburbs, Motorola Mobility Inc. plans to leave its Libertyville campus for a downtown Chicago location seen as more in keeping with the image of its new Google owners.

    Schaumburg police composite sketch of suspect in attack on a female jogger.

    Schaumburg police release sketch of man who attacked female jogger

    Schaumburg police have released a sketch of the man they suspect in an attack on an 18-year-old Streamwood woman jogging in Schaumburg Thursday night. The woman said the attack occurred at 9:45 p.m. while she was jogging west on the sidewalk along Schaumburg Road west of Odlum Drive.


    Chemical leaks out of drum in Elk Grove Village

    Hazardous materials crews were called to an Elk Grove Village business Friday afternoon after a worker driving a forklift clipped the bottom of a 55-gallon drum and caused a small chemical leak. The leak occurred about 2 p.m. at Porreca Freight Inc., 77 Garlisch Drive, according to the Elk Grove Fire Department.


    Arlington Heights fire destroys garage, vehicle

    Smoldering coals in a garbage can might have sparked a fire that destroyed a garage and a vehicle in it Friday night in Arlington Heights, authorities said. The fire in the detached garage broke out about 7 p.m. on the 2400 block of North Pine Avenue, according to Battalion Cmdr. Tom Zerfass of the Arlington Heights Fire Department.


    Harper College approves two union contracts, close on third

    Harper College recently agreed to new contracts with two of its unions and reached a tentative deal with a third.

    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. went on leave June 10, though his office didn’t disclose it until weeks later.

    Jackson Jr. in Mayo Clinic for depression

    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose whereabouts haven't been disclosed since he mysteriously took a medical leave several weeks ago, is being treated for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to a statement Friday from the hospital. Jackson is undergoing an extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and for gastrointestinal issues, according to the statement, which also...

    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis. Negotiators at the United Nations failed to meet a Friday deadline to put final touches on a treaty cracking down on the $60 billion global illicit trade in small arms. In the United States, gun activists denounced it as an end-run around their constitutional right to bear arms.

    United Nations fails to reach global arms trade treaty

    Member states failed to reach agreement Friday on a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade, and some diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for triggering the unraveling of the monthlong negotiating conference.

    Associated Press A relative holds the body of a six year old Syrian boy Bilal El-Lababidi during his funeral Friday in Ramtha, Jordan.

    Syrian troops kill 6-year-old fleeing into Jordan

    The boy, killed in the early hours Friday, was the first Syrian shot to death by border guards while trying to escape into neighboring Jordan from the bloodshed of their homeland's 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

    Associated Press/October, 2001 The Pyotr Velikiy, Peter the Great, Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser. Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov, Russia’s navy chief said Friday that Moscow is talking to Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about housing Russian navy ships.

    Russia seeks navy bases in Cuba, Vietnam

    Russia is in talks to set up naval bases in former Cold War allies Cuba and Vietnam as President Vladimir Putin undertakes the country's biggest military overhaul since the Soviet era.


    Construction to begin on Sprenger Park in Antioch subdivision

    Pushing through the summer drought, the village of Antioch is moving forward with its plans to begin Phase II of Sprenger Park, a public park in the Neuhaven subdivision. Work on many amenities is set to begin in the next two weeks.

    Capuchin monkeys “Burt”, left, and “Bobo” race during the banana derby at the Lake County Fair Friday in Grayslake.

    Images: Friday’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.

    U.S. Congressman John Shimkus visited and toured the farm of Luke Timmermann of St. Rose, Illinois on Friday to meet with area farmers and see first-hand the effects of the drought on Illinois agriculture.

    House to vote on drought relief, farm bill

    The House, under pressure to extend relief to drought-hit farmers and ranchers before Congress begins its summer recess, is expected to take up legislation next week to revive several expired disaster assistance programs.The legislation slated to reach the House floor as early as Wednesday would also extend for one year the five-year farm and food act that is set to expire at the end of September.

    Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London.

    Images from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics
    Athletes from 204 nations paraded into Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies. Greece had the lead, as the spiritual home of the games, and Team Great Britain was last, as the host. The tradition of athletes marching into the stadium by nation began at London's first Olympics, in 1908.

    The Olympic rings are illuminated during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London.

    Images from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics
    London greeted the world Friday night in a celebration of Old England that was stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic and cheeky, even featuring a stand-in for Queen Elizabeth II parachuting into Olympic Stadium.


    Sugar Grove names Citizen of the Year

    Helen Jorgensen was named Sugar Grove's 2012 Citizen of the Year at tonight's corn boil. She has lived in town for 48 years and has been involved in myriad volunteer efforts.


    MCC administrators get 2-percent raises

    The McHenry County College board of trustees voted Thursday to give 2-percent raises to 38 administrators. Employees who are at the top of their pay ranges will get a 1.7-percent cost-of-living increase.


    Little City’s 49th annual golf tournament Aug. 13

    It's no fluke that the annual Little City Invitational is one of the state's longest-running golf tournaments. Not only does the fundraiser benefit a worthy Palatine nonprofit agency, but organizers say the event, now in its 49th year, is truly first-class. This year's Little City Invitational will take place Monday, Aug. 13.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, meets with U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican, at his home on Thursday.

    Kirk health update: Senator has walked 15 miles, calls every day a “challenge”

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has walked 15 miles during rehabilitation from a stroke but considers every day "a challenge," his office reported in an update on his healath. The senator from Highland Park suffered a stroke in January.

    Constance Howard

    Ex-state lawmaker subpoenaed over scholarships

    Shortly after an Illinois legislator resigned amid speculation about a federal investigation of an AIDS awareness group she was involved in, investigators have filed a subpoena seeking records related to a scholarship named in her honor.

    Preliminary autopsy results show that the July 8 death of 65-year-old Pontiac Correctional Center inmate Richard Anderson was heat-related.

    2 inmate deaths might be heat-related

    Preliminary autopsy results show at least one Pontiac prison inmate's death this month was heat-related. Another Pontiac inmate died the same weekend, and heat hasn't been ruled out as a factor.

    The midway during day three of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    Images: The DuPage County Fair
    Corn dogs, clowns, carnival rides, and butterflies dotted the midway during day three at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton Friday.

    Anthony Michelotti, 6, of Palatine exits a B-17, one of three World War II planes on display Friday for the Wings of Freedom stop at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

    Vintage planes on display in Wheeling
    Several World War II-era planes are on display through noon Monday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling/Prospect Heights as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. The tour, now in its 23rd year, is an effort to educate younger Americans about U.S. defense operations and honor those who have fought in wars over the years.

    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Walsh criticizes Motorola Mobility move

    Congressman Joe Walsh, during a taping of WBBM 780-AM's "At Issue," criticizes Motorola Mobility's move from Libertyville to downtown Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's part in the decision to leave the suburbs.


    District 50 band director

    A Woodland Middle School band director will make a guest appearance as a conductor during the Palatine Concert Band's final outdoor concert next month.


    Waukegan library fines

    Beginning Aug. 1, Waukegan Public Library patrons can sign up for a new payment plan to gradually reconcile any outstanding fines.


    Island Lake beach reopens

    Island Lake's Park Beach has reopened to residents. The Lake County Health Department shut the beach down earlier this week because of E. coli bacteria contamination.


    State ends contract with Chicago mental health agency

    The Illinois Department of Human Services has dropped its contract with the Community Mental Health Council on Chicago's South Side, contending the agency is fiscally mismanaged.

    A man between 50 and 55 years old and about 6 feet tall is suspected of robbing a TCF Bank in Glendale Heights Friday.

    Glendale Heights police looking for bank robber

    Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a TCF Bank in Glendale Heights Friday afternoon. The robbery occurred at 12:55 p.m. at the bank, located at 2164 Bloomingdale Road, according to the Glendale Heights Police Department.

    Lynn Cameron

    Tennessee grand jury to look into Algonquin mom

    A Tennessee grand jury will decide in two weeks whether to bring charges against Eva Cameron of Algonquin, who last month left her severely disabled daughter alone at a bar in Tennessee, authorities said.

    This sonar image provided by GK Consulting & AWS Expeditions/Joe Mazraani, shows a World War II-era German submarine U-550, found by a team of explorers on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean 70 miles south of Nantucket Island, Mass.

    Explorers find German U-Boat off U.S. coast

    Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket.


    School for autistic children may move to Hoffman Estates

    A school for autistic children has received permission to move from Schaumburg into a Hoffman Estates commerical property. The Chicago Education project wants to expand in a building at 2353 Hassell Road, where operators of the school hope to accept students on a waiting list.

    Associated Press New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, right, and State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes.

    Troopers charged in 100-mph caravan escort

    Two state troopers charged Friday with records-tampering turned a state highway into a "virtual speedway" when they gave a caravan of luxury cars a high-speed escort, taping over their own license plates to conceal their involvement, the attorney general said.

    Keith Renfroe Jr.

    Authorities: Man who died in Kane jail strangled himself

    A 20-year Minnesota man strangled himself with a shirt in May at the Kane County jail, according to an internal investigation. But the attorney for the family of Keith Renfroe Jr. doubts that conclusion. An autopsy stated that Renfroe's cause of "death was asphyxia due to ligature strangulation" and that he had a byproduct of nicotine but no illegal substances in his bloodstream.

    Associated Press/Courtesy of Prince George’s, Md. County Police Weapons found in the possession of a suspect who police say was plotting a shooting in his workplace.

    Police: Man calling himself ‘a joker’ threatened shooting

    A Maryland man who called himself "a joker" and had an arsenal of semi-automatic rifles threatened to shoot up the business from which he was being fired and was wearing a T-shirt that read "Guns don't kill people. I do," when first confronted by officers, police said Friday.

    Clifford McIlvaine

    Slight progress made in three-decade St. Charles home project

    A St. Charles man who faces sanctions for a home construction project that has been languishing since 1975 presented a Kane County judge Friday with roofing plans that had been approved by the city. However, Judge Robert Mueller still wants Clifford McIlvaine next Thursday to bring a completion timetable for the roof, along with a plan for McIlvaine to connect to the city water supply.

    Faith Derrick, 3, of Wheaton holds a painted lady butterfly in the Ag-Ventureland’s Butterfly Kingdom Friday during the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    DuPage County Fair exhibit gives kids education in butterflies

    A traveling Butterfly Kingdom exhibit has set up shop this weekend at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton and gives kids -- and their parents -- a chance to interact with the insects.


    Sundays at Safety Park in Schaumburg

    Children ages 3 to 7 can spend a summer Sunday learning helpful safety tips from the Schaumburg Park District. "Sundays at Safety Park" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on both July 29 and Aug. 19 at Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Rogelio Soto, 33, of the 500 block of West 14th Place, Chicago, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday, according to police reports. Soto was intoxicated and sitting on a porch when police found him, reports said. They found a syringe, Alprazolam pills and 32 methadone pills on Soto, reports...

    The proposed Fox Performing Arts Center is in danger of not becoming a reality. Fundraising has fallen far short of the $500,000 that West Dundee leaders requested of the man proposing to redevelop the former Zeigler’s Ace Hardware store.

    Performing arts center in West Dundee in limbo

    Rick Browne has until Monday to raise $500,000 in seed money in order to realize his vision of turning an abandoned West Dundee hardware store into a regional performing arts venue. But barring a miracle, it doesn't appear Browne will reach that deadline, as he's only raised $121,000, an amount has the village president questioning whether the board should continue its partnership with Browne.

    Raymond Kasper

    Gacy’s nephew guilty of sexual assault, abuse of girl

    Raymond Kasper, a former Algonquin resident who is the nephew of infamous child killer John Wayne Gacy, was convicted Friday of charges he sexually assaulted and sexually abused a 12-year-old girl he knew. The jury did not know of his relationship to Gacy. He faces 21 years to 120 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 28.

    Residents packed Island Lake’s village hall Thursday to oppose plans to build a new hall and police station.

    Ex-mayor questions plan for new Island Lake village hall

    Former Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich and other residents packed the village hall boardroom Thursday to question plans for a new hall and police station. They criticized the speed at which the project has progressed and urged Mayor Debbie Herrmann and the board to let voters decide if a new municipal facility should be built. "I don't understand what the big hurry is to push this through,"...

    St. Raymond de Penafort Catholic Church in Mount Prospect is running a fundraising campaign to renovate the church and school properties.

    St. Raymond in Mt. Prospect raising $3.1 million for renovation

    St. Raymond de Penafort parish in Mount Prospect is nearly two-thirds of the way toward completing a major fundraising effort that would pay for extensive renoations to the parish campus.

    Blessing Steele

    Miss Addison crowned this week

    Blessing Steele, a 2011 graduate from Addison Trail High School, won the Miss Addison pageant this week. Now a sophomore at Elmhurst College, where she is majoring in political science with a concentration in international law, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship for her studies.


    Arlington Heights charity to hold benefit concert

    A benefit concert featuring a Neil Diamond tribute band will be held to raise funds for FLOOD, a charity started by an Arlington Heights teen to bring clean water to an area in need of it. The concert will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

    Round Lake Park police say Glenford O. Coombs of Volo used this loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol to threaten a man and his 11-year-old daughter Tuesday. Police said they also recovered roughly 100 rounds of 9 mm ammunition from Coombs’ Mercedes-Benz.

    Police: Volo man pointed gun at father, 11-year-old girl

    Criminal charges have been filed against a Volo man accused of pointing a loaded pistol at an 11-year-old girl and her father, Round Lake Park authorities said Friday. Glenford O. Coombs, 40, was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of weapon, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Police said Coombs was freed after posting bail at the Lake County jail, but a court date wasn't...

    The original John Philip Sousa.

    Mt. Prospect Band Sousa concert coming July 30

    On July 30 for the 19th year, the Mount Prospect Community Band will close its summer series with the annual Sousa concert — a highly anticipated event each year. Michael Golemo, chairman of the music department and director of bands at Iowa State University, returns in the person of John Philip Sousa to conduct the band in a concert reminiscent of the Sousa bands of old.

    Todd Mandoline

    Prosecutors: Suspect in Lombard arson murder was jealous

    The Villa Park man accused of lighting a fire that killed his 24-year-old girlfriend told police he was enraged because he believed she was spending time with another man, according to a recent court filing. Todd Mandoline, 23, made the statement in a videotaped interview with Lombard police after firefighters pulled Paula Morgan and Jason Cassidy from Morgan's burning home early Sunday.

    Ann Kennedy, right, hugs Mary Clemens, the interim director of the Carol Stream Public Library, a day after the library board voted to dismiss Kennedy as director.

    Carol Stream library director: 'No doubt this was personal'

    Former Carol Stream Library Director Ann Kennedy believes two board members were seeking revenge when they joined two other board members in voting to dismiss her. Kennedy had previously fired those board members' significant others. "There's no doubt this is personal,” said Kennedy, who has not made a decision about a wrongful termination suit.

    Zach Huseen, 13, of Wauconda paddles through the water lilies as members of the Adventures in Nature Camp kayak on a lake at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The weeklong summer camp, run by the Lake County Forest Preserve District, included an obstacle course, biking, swimming and hiking.

    Lake County Forest Preserve District program lets students trying kayaking

    A group of seventh- and eighth-grade students can include kayaking when they list what they did on their summer vacation. The students participated in the Lake County Forest Preserve District's weeklong program called "Adventures in Nature." Campers spent the week kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming, and running through an obstacle course at various forest preserves around the county.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a stove, refrigerator, several hand tools, tile cutter, drill and charger, angle drill and angle grinder out of a condominium on the 600 block of Mesa Drive overnight July 25. They also stole two wall air conditioners valued at $100 out of a vacant unit in the same condo building.


    Railroad repairs to close Dundee Road in Wheeling

    Drivers in Wheeling will need to detour around a railroad crossing repair project that will close part of Dundee Road from Aug. 3 through Aug. 10.


    Two men receive prison sentences for child porn

    Two suburban men receive prison sentences after pleading guilty to posessing child pornography. A Lockport man who worked as a live-in babysitter for a Wheaton family received a nearly 13-year prison sentence, while a former Arlington Heights man received a prison sentence of more than seven years.

    Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt looks on during a reception Thursday hosted by Britain’s Prince Charles, at Clarence House in London for the delegates of the Global Investment Conference.

    Google admits it didn’t delete all Street View data

    The company said it recently discovered the data while undertaking a comprehensive manual review of Street View disks. The company said it had contacted regulators in all of the countries where it had promised to delete data but realized it had not.

    More fences and increased security will be in place for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park in an effort to avoid landscape damage and prevent gate-crashing.

    More fences, better security for Lollapalooza

    More fences and increased security will be in place for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park in an effort to avoid landscape damage and prevent gate-crashing. Grant Park Conservancy President Bob O'Neill says bushes and flower gardens will be fenced off, forcing festival patrons onto streets that can "take a lot of impact."


    Former Chicago prep basketball player fatally shot

    Police in Chicago are investigating the shooting death of a former Chicago high school basketball standout who recently committed to play at a Division I school. Authorities say 22-year-old Michael Haynes was shot Thursday and died at a suburban Chicago hospital. Family members say he was shot while trying to break up a fight near his home.

    Devin Davis of Paul Tree Farms in Plesant Plains Ill., uses a special water canon to water 30,000 trees on the 60 acre farm. The trees as well as livestock, wildlife and crops are struggling from lack of rain and a heat wave covering most of the country.

    In deep drought, Illinois towns turn to water limits

    Lake Springfield is 2 feet below full. That happens every year but not usually until fall. The drought that's drying more than half the country has lowered the level of the lake that the Springfield uses for water enough that the city is joining many others that have either restricted water use or are considering it. Illinois is one of the hardest hit states. It saw its percentage of land in...


    Schaumburg farm camp participants care for 10 piglets

    Ten little piggies have arrived this summer at Spring Valley Nature Center's Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg. Born to the farm's Berkshire sow, the entire litter of dark black piglets has survived — a rare occurrence, according to farm staff. The new little pigs have become a particular draw for children in the community.

    The works of Edgar Allan Poe will be featured this weekend at Elgin Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet.

    Walkabout Theater returns to Elgin with eerie tales

    Looking to send a shiver down your spine this weekend? Local theater companies are aiming for a taste of the macabre at their fifth annual Elgin Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet. This year, ignoring the sunny and warm summer, the theme of the weekend is the works of 19th century author Edgar Allan Poe.


    Fair fundraiser to benefit Friends of DuPage

    They say it takes a village to raise a child. But how many people does it take to put smiles on thousands of faces young and old during the DuPage County Fair?


    Summer Place to stage ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’

    You wouldn't think the Bible and rock, jazz and Western styles of music and dance would mesh together well. But in Summer Place Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat," that's just what happens — an Old Testament story is revamped and made fun.

    Miss Vernon Hills 2012 Natalie Chiarello, 17, a senior at Vernon Hills High School, from left, Little Miss Vernon Hills 2012 Valerie Burda, 9, a fourth-grader at Hawthorn Elementary School, and Junior Miss Vernon Hills 2012 Brianna Bolotin, 12, a seventh-grader at Hawthorn Middle School North.

    Three Vernon Hills queens chosen to reign

    Three contestants who have been there before, including a past winner, reign as Vernon Hills queens for 2012.


    Amazon CEO gives $2.5M for Wash. gay marriage law

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington’s same-sex marriage law.With the gift, Washington United for Marriage has raised more than $5 million for its referendum campaign.

    West Chicago has canceled plans for its annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day citing a lack of volunteer and vendor support.

    West Chicago cancels Mexican Independence Day celebration

    West Chicago officials have scrapped plans for the city's Mexican Independence Day celebration, citing a lack of vendors and volunteers. In a city where slightly more than half the residents are Hispanic, organizers said they anticipated a boost in volunteers after the city council unanimously appointed Ruben Pineda acting mayor in May — making him the first mayor of Hispanic descent in...

    Corvette restoration specialist Cary Kuczkowski of D&M Corvette Specialists in Downers Grove finishes reassembling a dash.

    Moving Picture: Restoring Corvettes a labor of love

    Restoring thousands of Corvettes has been a labor of love for Cary Kuczkowski and 14 other employees of D&M Corvette Specialists, Ltd., in Downers Grove. "You can touch it, you can feel it, control it, and you can go out to the garage and look at it," Kuczkowski said. "With stocks and bonds, what are you going to do, go to the bank every week?"


    West Dundee cancels Night Out event

    The financial impact of the closure of West Dundee's Best Buy has trickled down to the police department, which due to budget cuts will cancel this year's Night Out Against Crime event.

    Former Carol Stream Library Director Ann Kennedy says she was planning a technology upgrade for the library and a celebration for its 50th anniversary, but those plans now are on hold. “Nobody feels like partying right now,” she said.

    Carol Stream begins search for new library director

    The search for a new Carol Stream Public Library director is about to begin in the wake of this week's firing of Ann Kennedy, but it's unlikely a decision will come soon. Board President Mike Wade said he hasn't yet talked with interim Director Mary Clemens about finding a permanent replacement, but the library may use a search firm to evaluate resumes and interview applicants.The board plans to...


    Fake doctor charged in buttocks injection death

    A South Florida woman posing as a doctor was arrested Thursday and charged in the death of a woman who died after authorities said her body was pumped with unknown toxic substances during a tocks-enhancement surgery. Shatarka Nuby, a 31-year-old mother, paid a woman known as "Dutchess" hundreds of dollars to come to her house and inject her buttocks, hips, thighs and breasts with an unknown...


    Volunteers needed for Elgin strategic plan committee

    The City of Elgin needs four people from the community to round out its strategic plan advisory committee. City Manager Sean Stegall gave a progress update to the city council Wednesday outlining recommendations for the new committee, which would be made up of seven representatives of existing boards and commissions and four "at large" members of the community.


    Colo. shooting: Police pleaded for ambulances

    DENVER — As the horror unfolded for police first on the scene of the Colorado theater massacre, the officers repeatedly sent out urgent pleas for more ambulances even as a two-man crew and their rig were idling just a few miles away.


    Boy hit by bird on NJ roller coaster

    A boy is recovering after he was hit in the face by a bird while riding a roller coaster at an amusement park in New Jersey. The collision occurred as the Kingda Ka coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson was returning to the station Thursday.

    Lorene Helmuth, of Beachey's Bookkeeping, reads out a message to an Amish client by telephone from the company's office in Arthur, Ill.

    Arthur's Amish stay in touch

    The "English," or non-Amish, in Arthur and the surrounding communities may have access to high-tech smartphones that provide nearly every means of communication possible, but their Amish neighbors don't seem to mind living without the latest gadgets. In Arthur's Amish Country, everything, including communication, moves at a slower pace.

    From left, University of Illinois iron workers Ron Cler, Todd Hawkins, Gary Fry, and brick mason Bill Mastny place the bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln into it’s alcove in after it was restored, the main entrance to Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois campus, in Urbana.

    Lucky Lincoln returns to U of I hall

    A year after leaving the hall at the University of Illinois that bears his name, a bust of Abraham Lincoln has returned to its place of honor. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the bronze Lincoln bust that was a fixture in Lincoln Hall has been away while the building was renovated. The bust is back in its familiar place at the base of a marble staircase.


    Prison transferring inmates ahead of closure

    Prison officials looking to close a southern Illinois maximum-security prison say they've begun relocating that lockup's minimum-security inmates.

    Batavia resident David Sutton performs for his audience at a previous Art and Soul on the Fox. This year’s celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Elgin.

    Art and Soul on the Fox livens up downtown Elgin

    Downtown Elgin will once again be covered in art of all types this weekend at the fourth annual Art and Soul on the Fox. The event, which brings together artists from the area to exhibit local talent, will be put on in conjunction with the Kaleidoscope music festival Saturday and Elgin Walkabout Theater throughout the weekend.


    Former library director gets to 6 years in prison

    A judge in north-central Illinois has sentenced a former library director to six years in prison for stealing money from the Odell Public Library.


    3 killed in crash involving deer

    Illinois State Police officials say a 41-year-old woman and her two daughters are dead after a crash on Interstate 70 that happened after the woman stopped her vehicle because of deer on the roadway.


    DuPage County Fair offering dog adoptions

    Cody is a seven-pound brown-and-black terrier mix who likes running in the yard and snuggles on the couch, according to his profile provided by Annie's Little Angels, a rescue organization. Cody may be among the dozens of rescue dogs to attend the DuPage County Fair.


    Wisconsin’s Lake Delton dyed a tourist-pleasing blue

    The lake that's home to the long-running Tommy Bartlett ski show has gone from pea green to a more aesthetically-pleasing color. Five-hundred gallons of dye bought with nearly $30,000 in taxpayers' money has turned the 267-acre Lake Delton to a tranquil, tourist-attracting aqua-blue.


    Report: Rural Illinoisans worry about education

    A recent tour of rural areas by Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has resulted in a report that shows residents expect their quality of life to improve.The report from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University was released Thursday. It details feedback Simon received from citizens during her spring rural listening tour.

    Among the Olympians competing in the 2012 Games in London with ties to the suburbs are (top left to right) Evan Jager in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Candace Parker in basketball, Sean Rooney in volleyball, and Sylvia Fowles in basketball; (middle left to right) Amy LePeilbet in soccer, Tamika Catchings in basketball, and Sarah Zelenka in rowing; (bottom left to right), Melissa Seidemann in water polo, Swin Cash in basketball, and Richard Oruche in basketball. Oruche is on team Nigeria, while the others represent team USA.

    Suburban athletes take shot at Olympics in London

    With the 2012 Olympic Games opening Friday night in London, the stage is set for stars from the suburbs, Chicago and across Illinois to enjoy their shot at Olympic glory. In all, 45 Olympians have ties to the Chicago area or the state of Illinois, with 15 having some roots in the suburbs. Here's a look at some of the local athletes to watch.


    Dawn Patrol: Motorola Mobility moving; big fake-pot sting

    Motorola Mobility moving from Libertyville to Chicago. Crystal Lake shooting victim's body returns home. Lake County recovers $100,000, guns, fake pot, heroin during sting. Last day to vote for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. Kane County sheriff, county facing new lawsuit. Tollway project to add 35 jobs.

    Roberta Jake, president of the Highland Crossing Condominium Association, expresses her concerns Thursday to Hoffman Estates police Chief Michael Hish and other condo residents during a meeting to discuss police response to crime at the condos at the Hoffman Estates Police Department.

    Residents, police discuss crime at Hoffman Estates condos

    Around 100 people attended a meeting Thursday night at the Hoffman Estates Police Department to discuss crime at the Highland Crossing Condominiums and police response. Police Chief Michael Hish said some of the problems brought up at the meeting may be a "quality-of-life issue." "Call 911, and if you don't get the service that you think you deserve then call me," he said.


    Lawsuit says Des Plaines cops beat man

    A Dupage County man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Des Plaines and two police officers charging they beat him up while he was in police custody. Des Plaines fired one of the officers earlier this year and suspended the other officer for four months.


    Waste Management, Illinois EPA also must OK plans

    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials are ready to move forward with public hearings for the redevelopment vision of the 700-acred Fabyan Parkway campus. Most commissioners aren't worried about any environmental hazards.

    Cardinal Francis George talks to inmate Roy Robert Bridges as he visits the Lake County jail in Waukegan on Thursday.

    Cardinal George visits Lake County jail to meet, bless inmates

    Francis Cardinal George visited the Lake County jail in Waukegan Thursday. George went from cell to cell greeting prisoners and offering blessings on the jail. Sheriff Mark Curran said George's presence was an inspiration for inmates and long-time staff. "My visit is to be present to people so they don't feel as if they're totally isolated from society," he said. "They're still a part of society."

    Coach Bela Karolyi carries injured gymnast Kerri Strug after the U.S. women’s team received its gold medals in Atlanta in 1996.

    Poll Vault: What’s your favorite moment in U.S. Olympic history?

    Greg Louganis hitting his head, then still winning gold. The Dream Team destroying the world in 1992. Kerri Strug doing that vault dismount on the injured ankle. What's your favorite American Olympic moment?

    I took this shot at Freeman Kame in Kane County as a flock of Egrets was leaving one of the few watering holes left in the area for them to feed. I processed this shot in black and white in hopes of making the detail of the feathers and face stand out.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 23rd.


    Chicago Rush head coach Bob McMillen, here celebrating a touchdown with wide receiver Reggie Gray while keeping his eyes on the next play, missed the playoffs this season.

    Rush misses playoffs ... and future is uncertain

    As the Chicago Rush enterthe offseason after missing the postseason for the first time in franchise history, uncertainty looms amid asearch for new ownership and Arena League labor negotiations.

    Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    With royalty and rock, Britain opens its Olympics

    The queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who. And the creative genius of Danny Boyle spliced it all together. Brilliant. Cheeky, too.

    The Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez hits a two-run home run off Giants pitcher Sergio Romo during the 10th inning Friday night in San Francisco.

    Ramirez’s HR in 10th lifts Dodgers over Giants

    Dodgers newcomer Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NL West.

    Minnesota’s Scott Diamond allowed just one Cleveland baserunner after the fifth inning, striking out six and notching his first career shutout Friday at home.

    Diamond tosses 3-hitter in Twins’ win

    Scott Diamond tossed a three-hitter, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham hit three-run homers, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 11-0 on Friday night.

    Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws out the Rockies’ Dexter Fowler at first Friday night in Denver.

    Arroyo pitches streaking Reds past Rockies 3-0

    Coors Field has given Bronson Arroyo fits in his career, but the right-hander finally got the better of the place for one night. Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Ryan Ludwick scored twice and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 Friday night for their eighth straight victory.

    The Pirates’ Rod Barajas, right, yells for teammate Drew Sutton to run home after a wild pitch in the ninth inning Friday in Houston.

    Astros lose 11th straight, 6-5 to Pirates

    Drew Sutton dashed home on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to propel the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the hapless Astros on Friday night.

    The Braves’ Chipper Jones connects to bounce a fly to center field over the wall for a ground-rule double against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in Atlanta.

    Braves take advantage of wild Hamels

    Ben Sheets, signed to a minor league contract nearly four weeks ago, was sharp. Cole Hamels, who signed a $144 million deal two days ago, had the worst control of his career.

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols takes off on a base hit that scored two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning Friday in Anaheim, Calif.

    Angels top Rays 3-1

    Albert Pujols had three hits, including a two-run double, and Dan Haren won his second straight start since coming off the disabled list as the Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak against the Rays.

    San Diego’s Alexi Amarista and Cameron Maybin celebrate their win Friday in Miami.

    Padres rough up Zambrano in 7-2 win over Miami

    Carlos Zambrano (5-9) allowed five runs — four earned — and three hits in five innings as the slumping Marlins lost for the eighth time in nine games.

    The Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy, top, was tagged out trying to steal second base by the Nationals’ Steve Lombardozzi during the fourth inning Friday in Milwaukee.

    Brewers snap 7-game skid

    Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to back another fine pitching performance by Mike Fiers as Milwaukee snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

    The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates after scoring on a home run hit by Russell Martin during the fourth inning Friday at home against Boston.

    Yankees give Suzuki grand welcome

    Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers, Curtis Granderson capped the scoring with an eighth-inning grand slam and the Yankees powered past the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night in Ichiro Suzuki's first home game in New York.

    John Jaso watches his three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals on Friday in Seattle.

    Royals fall 6-1 to Mariners

    John Jaso drove in four runs and Blake Beavan pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the Royals on Friday night, pushing the Mariners to 5-1 against Kansas City this year.

    Oakland’s Coco Crisp celebrates with Jemile Weeks after they both scored on a double by Seth Smith during the ninth inning Friday in Baltimore.

    Athletics use 6-run 9th to beat Orioles

    Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson, and the Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 on Friday night.


    Another sweep for Boomers

    The first-place Schaumburg Boomers were just one out away from a series shutout, but in the end settled for a 7-1 win and a series sweep of the defending Frontier League Champion Joliet Slammers in front of 5,248 fans on Friday in Schaumburg.


    Cougars drop fourth straight

    The Kane County Cougars managed just a pair of hits en rote to dropping their fourth straight game, this time a 4-1 decision to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in front of a season-high 10,133 fans at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    Seven-year-old Spencer Brown, grandson of Hall of Famer Ron Santo, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during Ron Santo Day on Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs looking for hitters to break out of slumps

    The Cubs did manage to score Friday in their 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. But too many spots in the batting order have been unproductive of late, and manager Dale Sveum needs for several hitters to step up.

    Zack Greinke has been traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers.

    Sox whiff on getting Brewers’ Greinke
    Zack Greinke was traded to the Angels Friday night, so the White Sox have to go to Plan B if they indeed were making a big push for the Brewers' ace starter. Getting John Danks off the disabled list is one option for the Sox, but the left-hander might not be back until September, if at all this season.

    Incumbent J’Marcus Webb and Chris Williams (74) are battling for the starting left tackle spot. They will have to be more effective than on this play when the Packers’ Jarrett Bush sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Bears’ left tackle job will come down to protecting Cutler

    BOURBONNAIS — The winner of the battle for the left tackle spot between incumbent J'Marcus Webb and Chris Williams will not be determined on who does a better job as a run blocker.For the Bears, as with all other NFL teams, the starting left tackle is the guy who does the best job protecting his quarterback's blind side. The NFL has never been more pass-heavy than it is now, and that means keeping quarterback Jay Cutler upright and healthy.

    The Cubs’ Travis Wood served up a home run in each of the first five innings Friday, becoming the first starting pitcher in major-league history to accomplish the dubious feat.

    Cubs’ Wood gets cuffed around for third straight start

    If and when the Cubs trade starting pitchers Ryan Dempster and/or Matt Garza, somebody will have to fill their spots in the rotation, and the possibilities are not appetizing. Manager Dale Sveum wouldn't let himself look that far ahead after Friday's 9-6 loss to the Cardinals. St. Louis batters cuffed around Cubs lefty Travis Wood for 5 home runs.


    Can Fernandez ignite sputtering offense?

    The Fire traded for Seattle Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez on Friday in an much-needed move to improve its stagnating offense, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.


    Big hit no big deal to Hester

    Following a big hit in practice Friday, Devin Hester was slow to get up, but he returned to the field a few plays later despite a minor ankle injury."If you don't expect accidents, then you shouldn't play football," Hester said, downplaying the collision. "It's just the nature of the beast."

    The Bulls officially signed Nazr Mohammed, shown here playing for the Knicks.

    Bulls bypass big splash while Rose rehabs knee
    The Bulls may still add a couple of players before the start of training camp. But with the roster nearly set, should fans be up in arms about the lack of major moves and dismantling of "Bench Mob?" Let's take a closer look at the Bulls' summer.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo watches his 2-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday during first inning at Wrigley Field.

    Travis Wood allows 5 HRs in Cubs' loss to Cards

    Travis Wood was consistent. First inning — home run. Second inning — home run. Third inning — home run. Fourth inning — home run. Fifth inning — home run. "Things didn't go as planned," Wood said Friday after tying the Chicago Cubs record for home runs allowed in a 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "I missed some pitches, and they didn't miss the pitches that I missed."

    U.S. women's Olympic basketball player Tamika Catchings is hoping to win her third gold medal at age 33. The former Stevenson High School star helped capture the gold in 2004 and 2008 for Team USA.

    Catchings, Team USA looking to grab more gold

    Women's Watch for Saturday: The U.S. women's basketball team is going for its seventh gold medal in the last eight Olympic Games. Four players with Chicago ties, Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Swin Cash, will lead the way.

    Naperville's Candace Parker is one of several suburban residents competing in the Olympics.

    How to follow our local Olympians in London

    To help you follow our local Olympians, we've put together a detailed set bios with career highlights, competition dates and contact information should you want to follow them on Twitter, Facebook or their own Web pages.


    White Sox scouting report
    White Sox vs. Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in ArlingtonTV: Channel 26 Friday; Comcast SportsNet Saturday and SundayRadio: WSCR 670-AMPitching matchups: The White Sox’ Chris Sale (11-3) vs. Yu Darvish (11-6) Friday at 7:05 p.m.; Philip Humber (4-5) vs. Matt Harrison (12-5) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.; Gavin Floyd (8-8) vs. Roy Oswalt (3-1) Sunday at 6:05 p.m.At a glance: The White Sox are riding a five-game losing streak on the road, and they visit a Texas team with the best home record (31-17) in the American League. The Sox are 4-2 vs. the Rangers this season after sweeping a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in early July. Sale had his eight-game winning streak snapped at Detroit on Saturday, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings. The left-hander beat the Rangers at home on July 3, allowing 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings. Right fielder Alex Rios is 6-for-17 with a double, 3 home runs and 8 RBI in his last four games.Next: Minnesota Twins, Monday-Wednesday at Target Field— Scot Gregor


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley FieldTV: Comcast SportsNet Friday and Saturday; WGN SundayRadio: WGN 720-AMPitching matchups: The Cubs’ Travis Wood (4-5) vs. Lance Lynn (12-4) Friday at 1:20 p.m.; Jeff Samardzija (7-8) vs. Joe Kelly (1-3) Saturday at 12:05 p.m.; Paul Maholm (9-6) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-10) Sunday 1:20 p.m.At a glance: The Cardinals improved to 53-46 Thursday with a 7-4 victory over the Dodgers. St. Louis is battling to stay alive for one of the two wild cards. Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran pace a potent Cardinals attack. Beltran entered Thursday with a .400 on-base percentage, 22 home runs and 71 RBI. The Cardinals were first in runs scored and OBP and second in slugging in the NL. Their pitchers ranked sixth in ERA (3.70), while the Cubs were 14th (4.27). Wood moves up in the rotation because of the triceps injury to Matt Garza. Maholm is the Cubs’ leader in victories, and he has an ERA of 3.88.Next: Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, Monday-Wednesday — Bruce Miles

    Gordon Beckham has been struggling at the plate for the White Sox, going just 4 for 33 over the last 10 games. Here he breaks his bat on a checked swing against the Tigers last week.

    Beckham and Dempster both hard to figure out

    Gordon Beckham is a very likeable guy with good defensive skills, but the White Sox thought he was going to be an offensive sparkplug, and it doesn't look like that is going to happen. And now we're not sure if Ryan Dempster is the great guy all the Cubs fans thought he was in the clubhouse. Mike North checks in on both players in today's column.


    Marco’s district manager Chris Hayes, left, fills an order with corporate trainer Bob Falk, right, on the first day of business at Marco’s Pizza in Wheeling.

    Wheeling home to new Marco's Pizza

    Family Video aims to transform how you get videos by introducing an Internet-based ordering system and by partnering with Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza so you can pair your movie with a meal. The company opened a new Marco's Monday in Wheeling.

    Vice President of Public Relations Donald A. Perry

    Longtime Chick-fil-A spokesman Donald Perry dies

    The longtime spokesman for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A died Friday. He was 60.

    Associated Press/July 19, 2012 A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A, whose founder distinguished the fast-food chain by closing on Sunday out of religious piety, continues to mix theology with business.

    Mayor Bloomberg: Chick-fil-A flap not government’s business

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that despite his own support of same-sex marriage, he disagrees with some of his fellow mayors who have said that the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because of its opposition to gay marriage.

    Associated Press/May 7, 2012 Amazon founder, president and CEO Jeff Bezos and wife Mackenzie Bezos arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit.

    Amazon CEO gives $2.5 million for gay marriage law

    Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington's same-sex marriage law.


    Aurora aldermen promote first Shop Local Weekend

    Shops offering car repaisr, computer assistance, dry cleaning, pet care, flowers and a variety of food on the far East side of Aurora all will be offering specials as part of the first Shop Local Weekend organized by three aldermen. "We wanted to make sure that our local residents were paying attention to the businesses that were right around the corner from them," Alderman Rick Mervine said.

    Mieka Yochin of Lombard and Andrea Meighan of Roselle dine outside The Corner House on Friday afternoon in Lombard. The Corner House and two other downtown restaurants added outdoor seating areas this summer after the village board waived the permit fee for downtown restaurants to add such seating.

    Outdoor dining heats up in downtown Lombard

    Before this summer really heated up, Lombard trustees had a vision of more people eating outside at downtown restaurants and cafes. They waived the permit fee for creating outdoor seating areas and now, three downtown restaurants have added new outdoor areas. "On the cooler nights where we've had a handful of people, we're very enthused about it," said Betty Shissler, owner of Punky's Pub, which added three outdoor tables this summer. "I'm sure it's going to go over very well as soon as the weather gets normal again."

    The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad.

    Facebook shares sink to new low

    Facebook's stock hit a new low Friday after it reported lukewarm second-quarter results and didn't give an outlook for the coming months.The stock fell $2.88, or nearly 11 percent, to $23.97 in afternoon trading Friday.

    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop in downtown Roanoke, Va. New figures released Friday by the White House predict this year’s federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion.

    Administration projects $1.2 trillion budget deficit

    The White House predicts this year's federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion, marking the fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar-plus deficits during President Barack Obama's administration.


    Capital One leases office space in Rolling Meadows

    In one of the largest suburban commercial real estate deals this year, credit card company Capital One Financial Corp. will eventually house up to 1,000 employees in the Rolling Meadows Atrium Corporate Center. "It's quite a coup for us to get such a large deal," said Rolling Meadows Community Development Director Valerie Dehner


    Asian buffet to fill Old Country Buffet location in Rolling Meadows

    A new Asian cuisine buffet is expected to open in Rolling Meadows where the Old Country Buffet closed in March. Flaming Grill &Supreme Buffet hopes to be open this fall, which the mayor says is a win for the city considering the many high-profile closures the area has had recently.

    Specialist Philip Finale, at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial finished above 13,000, a key psychological market that it hasn't hit since May 8.

    Stocks move higher, Dow crosses above 13,000

    Faced with Facebook, Starbucks and Angela Merkel, the market chose to focus on Merkel. For a second day, the U.S. stock market powered higher on optimism generated by pledges from European leaders, including German chancellor Merkel, to preserve the union of the 17 countries that use the euro. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly flitted above 13,000.

    A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta.

    Chik-fil-A sandwiches become a political symbol

    All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political statement.Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.


    Management shake-up at JPMorgan

    Some analysts were left scratching their heads after the announcement, trying to figure out what the reshuffle meant."JPMorgan is sending message that it is breaking up Main Street from Wall Street," said Mike Mayo, a banking analyst at brokerage CLSA.


    Court leaves ruling against big tobacco intact

    A federal appeals court has left intact a court judgment against tobacco companies that they must do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking. The companies sought to overturn a federal judge's order which was based on a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.


    Worldwide market share for smartphones

    IDC reported Friday that Samsung has extended its lead over Apple in smartphone shipments worldwide, in part because its new Galaxy phones came out before Apple updated its iPhone.


    Survey: U.S. consumers less confident in July

    Americans were less confident in the U.S. economy in July, expressing concerns about their job and income prospects.The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment dipped to 72.3 from 73.2 in June. The index is still higher than the same month last year, when the reading was 63.7.


    NYC mayor disagrees with others on Chick-fil-A

    ew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he strongly disagrees with the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco over Chick-fil-A's position on gay marriage.


    Gallagher announces third quarter dividend

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 34 cents per share on common stock, payable on October 15 to stockholders of record as of September 28.


    Horizon Pharma gets FDA approval of arthritis drug Rayos

    The Food and Drug Administration has given approval to Horizon Pharma's rheumatoid arthritis drug Rayos for sale in the U.S.


    AMCOL International sees 6 percent 2Q net sales gain

    AMCOL International Corp. reported net sales increased 6.1 percent during the second quarter, which the company attributed to strong business in its mining and oil field divisions.


    Delta to shut down regional carrier Comair

    Delta Air Lines said Friday it will close its regional carrier Comair at the end of September as it switches more of its flying to bigger jets. Operating regional carriers has become more expensive while customers have been demanding roomier planes. Comair operates a fleet of mostly 50-seat regional jets, which Delta doesn't want to fly anymore.


    Chevron 2Q profit slips 7 percent

    Chevron says its net income fell nearly 7 percent in the second quarter as oil prices and production eclined.The oil company earned $7.21 billion, or $3.66 per share, lower than the $7.73 billion, or $3.85, a year earlier. Revenue fell by 9 percent to $62.6 billion.

    Associated Press Maria Contrero, of Boston, removes an elite running shoe from a sole press during the assembly process at the New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. factory in Boston. A U.S. economy that plodded along in the first three months of the year likely grew even less in the April-June quarter.

    U.S. economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

    The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew a little better than previously thought in the January-March quarter. It raised its estimate to a 2 percent rate, up from 1.9 percent.

    Terri LoPrimo on the painted lawn in her the front yard in the Staten Island borough of New York.

    Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

    When this summer's drought turned her prized lawn brown, Terri LoPrimo fought back, but not with sprinklers: She had it painted green, making her suddenly lush-appearing yard the envy of her neighborhood. The Staten Island, N.Y., resident and her husband, Ronnie, hired a local entrepreneur to spruce up their yard by spraying it with a deep-green organic dye. By Monday, the couple's property was aglow with newly green blades of grass and no watering needed to sustain it.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company Friday.

    ECB-driven rally runs out of steam in Europe

    European markets stabilized Friday after the previous day's rally, which had been driven by the European Central Bank chief's pledge to do whatever it takes to save the euro currency union.ECB President Mario Draghi triggered a jump in stock markets — which lasted through Asian trading but faded in Europe on Friday — by suggesting Thursday that the central bank could intervene in markets to lower the borrowing rates of financially weak countries like Spain.

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission chief Poul Thomsen leaves from Maximos mansion after a meeting with Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, Friday.

    Samaras confers with creditors as eu urges Greece to deliver

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met international creditors to hear demands to reinvigorate economic reforms in order to get more funding, as European Commission President Jose Barroso urged him to fulfill promises. "The prime minister was briefed on the results of the troika's talks in Athens and the initiatives that must be taken so that the Greek program can return to being on track," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told reporters in the Greek capital after the meeting today.


    Barclays profit rises to 4.2 Billion pounds

    Barclays Plc said pretax profit excluding debt-valuation adjustments and other one-time items for the six months ended June 30 rose to 4.227 billion pounds. That beat/missed the 3.9 billion-pound median estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.


    UK man wins ‘Twitter threat’ appeal

    A British man has won a challenge against his conviction for tweeting that he would blow up an airport if his flight was canceled. Paul Chambers became an Internet free-speech cause celebre when he was convicted and fined in 2010 for using Twitter to say he would blow Robin Hood Airport in northern England "sky high" if his flight, due to leave a week later, was delayed.


    Oil extends rise after ECB head vows to save euro

    Oil extended gains Friday in Asia after the European Central Bank chief promised to do what it takes to keep the euro currency union intact and China stepped up stimulus efforts to counter its slowdown.

    Stickers on a window show which credit cards are valid in a shop in Frankfurt, central Germany.

    Germany welcomes ECB promise to secure euro

    Germany's finance minister on Friday welcomed a pledge by the European Central Bank's president to do what is needed to save the euro, though he also stressed that politicians must themselves act to resolve countries' problems.


    Airbus owner EADS ups targets, delays A350

    Airbus parent company EADS NV on Friday announced a further delay to its new A350 aircraft as it reported second-quarter earnings that almost quadrupled from a year ago. Net profit at the Leiden, Netherlands-based European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company was $567 million, up from in the same period a year ago.

Life & Entertainment

    Threadleaf Coreopsis is a sun-lover that tolerates drought while producing masses of daisylike flowers atop fine-textured foliage.

    Art in the garden: Easy-to-care-for perennials good for small yards or busy lifestyles

    Today's smaller yards and busy lifestyles send us to our local garden centers looking for well-behaved, neat and tidy plants. We want plants that are easy to care for and have pretty flowers, compact growth habits, and attractive foliage all season long.

    The Olympic caldron is lit during Friday’s Opening Ceremony in London. NBC showed the ceremony on tape delay in the United States.

    NBC draws ire for not streaming ceremony

    Even before NBC signed on for its coverage of the Summer Olympics in London on Friday, it drew a storm online for its decision not to stream the opening ceremony digitally. NBC Sports spokesman Christopher McCloskey said the ceremonies "are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them."


    Crystal Lake's Raue Center finalizes new lineup

    The Raue Center in Crystal Lake announces its 2012- 2013 lineup with big name stars like Amy Grant and John Michael Coppola and also fan favorites such as "The Nutcracker."

    Comedian and commentator Dennis Miller is set to appear at NewsAM 560 Wind’s “One Night Only” event on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont.

    Conservative radio hosts to appear in Rosemont

    Tickets go on sale Monday to see conservative talk show hosts like Glen Beck, Dennis Miller, Michael Medved and more from AM 560 WIND at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont.

    Katie Couric attends the Disney ABC panel for "Katie" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    Couric launching a talk show, dreams of Broadway

    Katie Couric is getting ready to star in a daytime talk show, but she dreams of starring in a Broadway musical. The ABC newswoman and TV personality listed several items Thursday from her personal bucket list that also includes going on a date with George Clooney and jumping out of an airplane, despite her fear of heights. Couric said she's excited to be starting from scratch with her new program "that tackles some of the things that you think are important, that you think people want to know more about."

    The Zombies will perform Tuesday, July 31, at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire and Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Mayne Stage in Chicago.

    51 years later, The Zombies bring '60s revival to Lincolnshire

    More than a half-century after the '60s band formed, it comes as a "wonderful surprise" to Colin Blunstone to still be performing the music of The Zombies for audiences across the globe, including a show next week in Lincolnshire. "When the band started, the thought that there was a career path in music that could last a lifetime, it didn't really occur to me at all," the lead singer said.

    A set of Olympic rings are stationed near apartments for athletes in London.

    Where to catch the Olympics on TV, online

    If you miss any of your favorite events during the Summer Olympics in London, don't blame NBC. Every sport, every single competition will be streamed live online or telecast by NBC and its affiliated cable networks in the U.S. NBC will offer 5,535 hours of Olympics coverage. The NBC broadcast network itself will have 271 hours, including the flagship prime-time telecast that will amount to a “greatest hits” of each day's competition.

    Agne G, 10, of Downers Grove, is one of 10 finalists in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. Voting conludes Friday at noon.

    Only minutes left in talent contest voting

    Online voting for the Fan Favorite for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent concludes at noon today. The Fan Favorite winner receives a Funjet vaction for two.


    CNN chief Jim Walton calls it quits

    CNN chief Jim Walton is quitting, saying the beleaguered news network needs a different leader with a new perspective and plans.

    These newer two-story and ranch homes are typical of those found in the Chesterfield neighborhood of North Aurora.

    North Aurora's quaint Chesterfield has good sense of community

    The Chesterfield neighborhood of North Aurora is a small, quaint area with a good sense of community, said Barbara Daly, Realtor with Keller Williams, Fox Valley Realty. "You see kids playing outside, people doing yard work. It's a typical all-American neighborhood," she said.

    Fred Willard, left, joked around with host Jimmy Fallon on the set of Fallon’s NBC show “Late Night” in an effort at damage control.

    Willard says he did nothing to warrant arrest

    Fred Willard said his recent lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater was "very embarrassing" but insisted he did nothing wrong. "It's the last time I'm going to listen to my wife when she says, Why don't you go and see a movie?'" Willard said during an appearance Thursday on Jimmy Fallon's NBC show "Late Night."

    Madonna’s MDNA concert at Olympia Hall in Paris on Thursday drew boos and cries of “refund!” when she left the stage after only 45 minutes.

    Short Madonna concert gets boos from Paris crowd

    A small Madonna concert that the pop star said was intended to celebrate France's tolerance instead tested it, drawing boos and cries of "refund!" when she left the stage after just 45 minutes. The show Thursday, billed as an intimate event at Paris' Olympia club, was streamed live on YouTube. By Friday morning, the channel that showed the event disabled comments and had more than 12,000 dislikes compared with 10,000 likes.

    Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is joining Christina Aguilera as her team’s mentor this season on NBC’s “The Voice.”

    Billie Joe Armstrong joins NBC’s ‘Voice’ as mentor

    NBC said Thursday that Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has joined "The Voice" as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team this coming season. He started taping Wednesday.

    Israeli Ilana Romano, widow of an Israeli Olympian killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, talks to the media during a news conference ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in London. Relatives of the victims are calling on spectators to stage a silent protest during the opening of the London games, but the International Olympic Committee says the opening ceremony is not an appropriate arena to remember the dead, despite pressure from politicians in the United States, Israel and Germany.

    40 years of pain worth a minute of Olympic silence

    A minute of silence carved out of a three-hour opening ceremony is not too much to ask. It works out to little more than five seconds for each victim. Besides, the widows and families of the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Games have been waiting for 40 years. “They came with dreams and came home in coffins,” said Anke Spitzer, whose husband, Andrei, was a fencer.

    The HBO documentary “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now” details the lives of supermodels.

    HBO’s ‘About Face’ offers a peek into the world of supermodels

    HBO's warm, chatty documentary "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" features candid interviews with a Who's Who of American beauties from the 1950s through the '80s. They offer a peek behind the runways and glossy photo spreads that idealized (not to say manufactured) physical perfection. And it doesn’t aim to be anything close to a definitive history of the modeling industry, its social impact or its financial reverberations.

    St. Charles native Chris Witaske calls being part of the current Second City show a dream come true.

    St. Charles native finds niche with Second City

    Chris Witaske proved a bit of a comic long before he was paid to make people laugh. Nowadays, though, the 29-year-old St. Charles native is living his dream as part of The Second City show "We're All in This Room Together." “Second City is kind of its own special thing,” Witaske said. “We get to play our own characters.”


    Here are some ideas for using extra molding

    Crown molding, shoe molding and door trim are a few of the fancier moldings you can install in your home. Some people describe it as the icing on the cake of home decor.You can use the leftovers and even the "mistakes" for other smaller projects. Here are some of our favorites.

    Actor Mark Wahlberg hopes to sell his California mansion, with sweeping canyon views, for about $13 million.

    Wahlberg lists Beverly Hills mansion for $13 million

    He's great at starring in action films and Hollywood blockbusters, and was even a decent singer back in the day, but Mark Wahlberg has not done quite as well when it comes to selling his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.


    How to sell a home when a spouse or co-owner ‘goes missing’

    An estimated 500,000 home sales are delayed each year because a spouse, an heir or an unrelated co-investor cannot be found. A "quiet title" action can clear the way for a deal to be completed.

    As the unrivaled focal point in a room, the fireplace mantel is the star of the show. So it’s fun to give this all-important spot a new look every so often.

    Make your fireplace mantel a hot focal point

    As the unrivaled focal point in a room, your fireplace mantel is the star of the show. So it's fun to give this all-important spot a new look every so often. Here are three very different — but equally dramatic — summer mantel treatments to inspire you.


    Home Show returns with ideas, inspiration
    Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles will spotlight professionals in the homebuilding industry when The Old House New House Home Show arrives in September. About 300 of the area's award-winning contractors, talented designers, creative craftsmen, landscape architects and home maintenance specialists will bring exhibits to the home show Sept. 29 and 30.


    The return of supply and demand in housing
    Though many home shoppers who assume they are still in a buyer's market find it hard to believe, one of the sobering fundamentals shaping real estate this summer is shrinking inventory. The supply of houses for sale is down significantly in most areas compared with a year ago, sometimes dramatically so.


    A buyer’s real estate agent must fairly represent seller

    Q. In some of your articles, you give readers the impression that the buyer's real estate agent is supposed to represent the financial interests of the buyer. According to law in most states, the buyer's agent has a fiduciary responsibility to the seller of the property because the commission the agent receives is paid by the seller.

    Lolo Jones

    Variety of hometowns claim newest Olympians

    According to the Team USA website, 269 women and 261 men from nearly as many cities and towns are heading to London to represent the red, white and blue. We're taking a look at a few of those Olympians' hometowns.



    Editorial: Planning, training to keep our kids safe

    A Daily Herald Editorial says that coordination and planning. like that conducted recently by U-46 and Elgin, is an integral part of ensuring the safety of the public..


    Letter writer did not understand taxes
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In a letter published July 18, Marcie Leonard wants the Village of Elk Grove to cease special events due to an increase in her tax bill. Unfortunately, Ms. Leonard does not seem to fully understand her tax bill,


    Another sign of media hypocrisy?
    A Wauconda letter to the editor compares Romney-Bain to Obama-Wright.


    Civil unions create unequal treatment
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Regarding the Herald's opinion of July 2 regarding its position on gay marriage, two points must be stressed.


    Letter misstated facts about Medicare
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Elke Trescott in a recent letter to Fence post states that "Medicare premiums will increase a whopping 100 percent by 2014" and cites Obamacare as the reason. This is patently false and shows that Trescott does not have a basic understanding of how Medicare works.


    Editorial on gay marriage was shameful
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: God created humans, and if they choose that way of life, fine, but leave the rest of us out of it.


    Children raised by gay parents thrive
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Extensive studies have found that children of same-sex couples may have an advantage because they become less aggressive, more nurturing and more tolerant of diversity.


    Free birth control is not a right
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you have a right to free birth control pills to have sex. If you want them, pay for them yourself.


    Need better policy to invest in U.S.
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The political discussion and consternation revolving around investing abroad and outsourcing has been interesting. Most see this as only the practice of the wealthy.


    Religious freedom hurt by Obamacare
    A Winfield letter to the editor: The issue of federally funded abortion resulting from "Obamacare" is broader than the Roman Catholic Church. Most evangelical Christians would likely not take issue with funding contraception, at least not morally. But abortion is a significant matter for many Protestant Christians and especially evangelical Christian schools and Protestant para-church organizations.


    Cartoon a new low for Daily Herald
    A Lombard letter to the editor: A recent cartoon in the Daily Herald Fence Post section depicted the perverted perpetrator Jerry Sandusky's "helmet" with the hash marks of his victims. These boys are scarred for life and are desperately trying to seek normalcy.


    Government not all bad, Cal
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: This is in regard to the editorial column by Cal Thomas July 18 stating that government doesn't do anything right. What nonsense is he spewing?


    Throw out your voter card
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There is growing momentum across the country to put a resolution on the November ballot to repeal Citizens United. In 2009, the Supreme Court said that corporations are people and now with personhood, money is speech. Therefore, corporations are now able to give unlimited, unaccountable, unregulated contributions to candidates and political parties.


    Why afraid of voter ID cards with photos?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: What are Eugene Robinson and most Democrat politicians afraid of? A truer vote.


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