Daily Archive : Friday August 3, 2012


    Ken Black, 82, the oldest member of the Chicagoland Legends Softball League throws the ball back to the pitcher.

    Prospect Hts. man’s 72-year softball career comes to an end

    At age 82, Ken Black of Prospect Heights has played organized baseball for an amazing 72 years. "He lives, drinks, sleeps baseball," Thom Black said of his dad, who is being benched by a new age limit in the Palatine Park District 50-and-over league. "We may be the only father and son team in an over-50 league."

    Haley Reinhart performs during Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Friday at the BMI stage.

    Images: Lollapalooza Friday
    Images from Friday at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, including Pop singer and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart, Metric, Black Sabbath, The Shins, and The Black Keys.

    Skydivers land in a drop zone during practice Thursday in Ottawa, Ill. More than 140 sky divers reaching speeds in excess of 180 mph gathered in the skies over central Illinois to set a new world record in vertical flying.

    Skydiving world record broken in Illinois

    Falling at speeds of up to 220 mph, nearly 140 sky divers have shattered the vertical sky diving world record by flying heads-down in a massive snowflake formation in Illinois. Three judges representing the international air sports federation certified that 138 sky divers successfully created the formation Friday during a sky diving festival in Ottawa.

    Juan Macedo Jr.

    Elgin man gets 28 years in shooting

    An Elgin man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for trying to kill someone he thought was a rival gang member, the Kane County state's attorney's office said Friday.

    Gina M. Cusimano

    Gurnee pair charged with soliciting child

    A four-day investigation by the Lake County sheriff's office resulted in the arrest of two Gurnee residents on charges of indecent solicitation of a child.

    Images from Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove 2012 time trails on Friday.

    Images: Friday at the Tour of Elk Grove
    Images from Friday events as part of the Tour of Elk Grove bicycle race. A bicycle clinic was featured, as well as the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau Women's Stage 1 Time Trail .


    The Onion sparks ire with image of plane, building

    The satirical newspaper The Onion is attracting some public ire for an image that shows an airliner about to crash into Chicago's Willis Tower, the tallest building in the country.

    Samantha Bolet,17, of Lake in the Hills wins the crown in the 2012 Miss McHenry County Queen pageant. 2012 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Brittani Schisler, left, was on hand to help with the festivities.

    Images: 2012 McHenry County Fair
    Images of the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock, including 4-H animals, the queen pageant, and much more.


    Fourth Waukegan man pleads not guilty to murder

    The fourth man involved with the brutal murder of a Waukegan man in 2011 pleaded not guilty to first degree murder in court Thursday, officials said. Eric Castillo, 24, of Beach Park, remains in Lake County jail in lieu of $5 million bond for the July 5 murder of David Campbell.


    Illinois gas prices shock motorists this week

    The shock of sharp gas-price increases is hitting motorists across Illinois. In Romeoville, Willa Watkins said she paid $65 to fill her tank. Last week it cost her $50.

    Roberto Amaro

    Waukegan police arrest 3 on gun charges

    Waukegan police late Friday announced the arrested of three men, who it said are self-admitted gang members. Roberto Amaro, 18, of the 800 block of North Butrick, faces two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.Jeremy Ollie, 22, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and no valid firearm owners identification card. Jonathon Ollie, 22, was charged with possession of a firearm by a street...

    Sarah Gumm

    Waukegan baby sitter charged in infant’s death

    A Waukegan woman charged with first-degree murder was being held on $3 million bail in connection with the death of a 3-month-old girl last month, police said. Sarah Gumm, 33, of the 1100 block of Bob O'Farrell Lane had been babysitting the infant, police said in a release.

    Haley Reinhart did a 40-minute set on the BMI stage.

    'Unique,' 'original': Reinhart makes Lollapalooza debut

    Hundreds of fans took a break from the sun to watch Wheeling native Haley Reinhart make her Lollapalooza debut on the tree-shaded BMI stage in Grant Park Friday afternoon."She's got an awesome, awesome voice," said Tony Bazdor of Lake in the Hills. "It's so unique and original."


    MADD walk in Libertyville

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving are hosting Walk Like MADD, a 5K walk Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve on Route 137 east of Route 21 near Libertyville.

    Vernon Hills Police dispatcher Sarah Silliman handles calls for the Libertyville Police Department. Vernon Hills began handling calls for Libertyville this week.

    Switch of fire and police calls from Libetyville to Vernon Hills complete

    Dispatchers in Vernon Hills this past week began handling police and fire calls for Libertyville. The transfer, which ended a years long debate, went without a hitch, officials said. The joint dispatch operation is expected to save Libertyville more than $1.2 million in operating and other costs over five years.


    EPA issues air pollution alert for area

    State officials have issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for Friday for the Chicago metropolitan area. The alert comes from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Partners for Clean Air. Officials say regional air quality is expected to be "unhealthy for sensitive groups." This is the ninth action day for 2012.

    This is one of the many boxes of shoes donated by the Solid Action Waste Agency of Lake County to Share Your Soles.

    Hawthorn Woods Jumps on ‘Reuse-A-Shoe’ Bandwagon

    Hawthorn Woods will join other local villages by participating in " Reuse-A-Shoe," a program run by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. Shoes will be collected at the farmers market, car shows, and village concerts held at Community Park. "Whether we get one pair or a thousand, I would just like to see people do their part and embrace the project," said Kelly Carlson, village recreation...

    Holland R. Hernandez

    Waukegan woman faces drug charges after traffic stop in Volo

    A Waukegan woman faces drug charges after police said they found prescription pills in her trunk during a traffic stop Thursday in Volo. Police said they confiscated more than 2,300 prescription pills, more than $4,700 in cash and a shotgun with shells.

    David G. Bode

    Limo driver sues Glen Ellyn man he says beat him

    A limousine driver has filed a lawsuit claiming he was repeatedly punched the head by an irate and "extremely intoxicated" Glen Ellyn man while cruising I-88 at highway speeds. "He slugged me in the back of my head on the right side, yelling, 'Where are you taking me? I'll rip your (expletive) head off,'" the driver told police.


    Suspicious powder found in Glendale Heights warehouse

    Hazardous materials teams responded Friday to a report of a suspicious black powdery substance in a Glendale Heights warehouse, but investigators said the material posed no danger. Authorities said an employee at Creative Recycling, 237 Windy Point, opened a small box containing the black powder about 1:15 p.m. in the company warehouse. After the box was open, the employee found a label...


    Naperville man charged with falsifying robbery report

    In the end, Anthony Reyes got the ride home he was looking for. But he also picked up a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct along the way, authorities said Friday. Reyes, 21, of the 900 block of Jungles Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report after he told Naperville officers he was robbed at knife point June 12 and had his iPad and headphones stolen,...

    Carpentersville trustees may hire a company to cut down 31 large trees infested with the emerald ash borer because the trees are too close to homes and power lines.

    Carpentersville may hire company to cut down 31 ash trees

    On Tuesday, the Carpentersville village board is scheduled to take a vote on whether to hire a company to remove infested ash trees from precarious locations near houses and power lines.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Russell R. Jenkins of Batavia was charged with disorderly conduct at 3:48 p.m. Thursday at McDonald's, 125 W. Wilson Street, according to a police report.

    Supreme Court Justice and opera aficionado Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a panel discussion Friday during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Ginsburg was joined other panelists as they listened to performances of arias in an unusual discussion of the lessons operatic performance can bring to the law.

    Justice Ginsburg connects opera and law

    It turns out lawyers and opera singers have more in common than booming voices and a love of melodrama. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is among the jurists who have looked for legal lessons in arias, and she got a chance Friday to indulge both passions at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in Chicago. "The founders of our country were great men with a vision," she said.

    Ashley Peters of Elburn speaks with Dominic Cassat of Phoenix Staffing & Management Systems during the “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair Friday at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. Her husband serves in the Air Force and is stationed in Arkansas.

    High marks for ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ fair in Sugar Grove

    Several local chambers of commerce host a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. Seventy employers participated in the event that showcases jobs for veterans, active military personnel and their spouses.


    Reward offered in Naperville toilet arson

    A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the arson fire of a portable toilet at Naperville's Prairie Park, police said Friday. The toilet was set ablaze about 11 p.m. Tuesday at the park, 416 S. Charles Avenue. Witnesses told police they saw two teen boys run from the area and leave in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck.


    Police report
    Michael Williams, 40, of the 300 block of North Commonwealth Avenue, Elgin, was arrested and charged with possession of 1,475 grams, or 3.25 pounds, of marijuana and 5 grams of psychedelic mushrooms at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Elgin police reports. Williams was taken into custody for a separate case, reports said. A search warrant for was issued and police found the drugs at his...

    Anna Doman, sister of Kathleen Savio, is comforted outside the Will County courthouse after a bond hearing in this 2009 file photo.

    Savio feared for her life, sister testifies

    Drew Peterson's ex-wife told her sister six weeks before her death that she believed he would kill her, then begged her sister to take care of her two sons, the sister testified Friday. Anna Doman provided the trial's first testimony including what prosecutors have called "from the grave" statements — comments Peterson's ex-wife Kathleen Savio allegedly made to others about him threatening...

    Cassandra McKinney

    CLC hires leader for Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center

    Cassandra McKinney has been hired to head College of Lake County's new Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center. McKinney discusses some of her plans for the center.

    The wreckage of a Megabus is removed from the bridge support pilar that it slammed into Thursday on Interstate 55 near downstate Litchfield.

    Blown tire likely caused bus crash, authorities say

    A blown tire likely caused a double-decker bus to lurch out of control and strike a bridge pillar in the grassy median of an interstate highway, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others, an Illinois State Police investigator said Friday. A fully packed Megabus crashed head-on into the concrete pillar Thursday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, about 55 miles northeast...

    West Chicago Park District is seeking community input Aug. 14 on a revised proposal for a $15 million recreation center. Voters rejected a proposal in April to raise taxes to build a $19.9 million version of the center.

    West Chicago seeks input on revised rec center proposal

    The West Chicago Park District isn't ready to give up on the idea of a new recreation center. After roughly 53 percent of district voters rejected an April proposal to borrow $19.5 million to build a recreation center, park officials have a new design that is 25 percent smaller and would cost $15 million to build. Officials say this would reduce the estimated monthly tax increase impact to about...

    A church group from Indiana sleeps Friday outside the Saint Labre Mission after evacuating a bible school at the Morning Star Baptist Church, fleeing the fire in Lame Deer, Mont. Wildfires in southeastern Montana have forced evacuations in Lame Deer, a town of 2,000 residents and the seat of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.

    Wildfire forces evacuations on Montana reservation

    As a wildfire's flames raced to the edge of Lame Deer's town limits, police drove the streets with loudspeakers blaring orders for residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community to grab their most important belongings and get out.


    Ex-Idaho senator: Bathroom trip official business

    Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig aims to fend off a federal election lawsuit against him by arguing his infamous July 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in his sex-sting arrest was part of his official Senate business.

    Octavia L. Williams

    Suspect in St. Charles apartment attack asks for diversion program

    A second defendant in an April 2012 attack in which police said two women entered the apartment of a St. Charles man and beat his new girlfrield wants to enter Kane County's pre-trial diversion program. Octavia Williams, 23, of Gilberts, told Judge Allen Anderson she plans to apply to the program, that if successful, will wipe out the felony home invasion charges against her that carry a minimum...


    Task force to transform school day in U-46

    If you ask students, teachers, administrators and parents what the ideal school day looks like in Elgin Area School District U-46 looks like, you'll get at least four different answers. A joint task force borne out of more than nine months of contract negotiations between the teachers union and the school board is working on a solution to reconfigure the school day — for teachers and...


    Zion man charged with delivery of cocaine

    Kevin D. Howell, 43, of Zion, was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance during a traffic stop 23rd Street and Lewis Avenue in Zion, authorities said.


    Antioch library end-of-summer party

    Antioch Public Library District is hosting an end-of-summer party on Saturday as their last summer event. Enjoy games, prizes and food in the Eide Room from 2:30-4 p.m. Summer reading program baskets, Kindle and iPod prizes will be awarded. Library patrons ages 12-19 years old must register online at apld.info.


    Learn about bison at Lake County forest preserve

    You can learn about the return of bison to Illinois and prairie restoration in a program at the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve near Deerfield on Aug. 18. The program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the welcome center. It's open to anyone 10 or older. Admission is $10 for Friends of Ryerson Woods members or $15 for anyone else. To register, visit lcpfd.org or call (847) 968-3321.

    Lakemoor police chief William Kushner is leaving to take the top job with the Des Plaines Police Department, effective Sept. 4.

    Des Plaines names Lakemoor’s top cop as the new police chief

    Des Plaines has hired William Kushner, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, as the city's new police chief ending a nationwide search following the retirement of Police Chief James Prandini, officials said Friday. Kushner's most recent job was as Lakemoor chief.

    Jorge P. Castillo

    Lisle man charged with soliciting preteens in park

    A Lisle man was arrested after he approached two 12-year-old girls in a public park and offered them money for sex, police said Friday. Jorge Castillo, 42, faces misdemeanor charges of solicitation of a sex act and disorderly conduct following the incident Thursday at Beau Bien Park on Old Tavern Road.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the trunk emblems off a variety of vehicles July 28 in Hoffman Estates. Among them were a 2011 BMW, 2006 BMW, 2010 Toyota Camry, and 2007 Kia Spectra on the 4400 block of Capstan Dive and from a 2009 Audi sedan on the 1600 block of Castaway Lane. In addition, thieves stole an emblem from a 2005 Pontiac on the 4400 block of Shorewood Drive and from a 1995 Cadillac on the 1700 block...


    Nine arrested at Hanover Park party

    Nine people were arrested about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday at a party in Hanover Park, according to police reports. Freddy Cruz, 21, of the 1000 block of Yorkshire, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and Christian Cruz, 19, of the same address, was charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Also charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor at that same...

    Riders dive into the right angle turn onto Victoria Avenue from Elk Grove Boulevard during the Pro Women's Stage 2 Road Race on the second day of the Tour of Elk Grove.

    Tour of Elk Grove draws top international cycling teams

    The Tour of Elk Grove begins today with hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists taking to the streets, including a number of elite international pro riders participating this year due to the race's upgraded ranking. "We've got 715 racers already" with many more expected to sign up on race day, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said earlier this week.

    A rare combination of troubles is driving up gas prices in the Great Lakes region.

    Here’s why you’re paying so much more for gas this week

    If you've been to a gasoline station today you may have noticed a siginifcant increase in the price of fuel. Some area residents have reported paying as much as $4.21 a gallon. Seems like only yesterday it was at least under $4. Well, in most places it was. Here's what happened.

    Much of the Tour of Elk Grove is on local streets, but some major roadways are temporarily affected.

    Watch for detours, closures during Tour of Elk Grove

    Drivers traversing Elk Grove Village this weekend should watch for detours and road closures during the HYPERLINK "http://www.tourofelkgrove.com/"Tour of Elk Grove, which is expected to draw hundreds of riders and thousands of spectators starting today. Though much of the racing will be done on local village streets, some major roadways will be temporarily affected.

    Hutch hammers a shoe on a hoof as the horse (mostly) stands still. The hammering sometimes scares the horse and he has to calm it down using a firm voice.

    Moving Picture: Arlington Park farrier readies hooves

    His clients have funny, unusual names — Kokakoka Ocean, Teambdancing and Half Foxy — but they also have four feet and wear aluminum shoes. For Hutch Holsapple, 42, of Rolling Meadows, the horses with those names and their owners and trainers make up his everyday life on the backstretch at Arlington Park racetrack, where he's worked for nearly 11 years.


    Inmates now learn English in McHenry County

    The first graduates of the new English as a Second Language program at the McHenry County jail got their certificates of completion on Thursday, and the program — a partnership with McHenry County College — was such a success that officials are planning another one in the fall and possibly more. "It went exceptionally well," the instructor said. "They were very serious students, were...


    Lake Villa pilot program yields tons of electronics and household hazardous waste

    Participation has been modest but those in Lake Villa Township who use the special collection service for hazardous waste and electronics were able to dispose of nearly four tons of materials without leaving home. The first six months of the "At Your Door" program yielded 3,400 pounds of electronics, 5,190 pounds of household materials, such as motor oil and antifreeze and 265 pounds of batteries...

    Clients at Countryside Association for People with Disabilities affix labels to paint cans for Sunnyside Corp. The organization next week will open its new 9,000-square-foot addition.

    Palatine’s Countryside completes expansion, renovation

    The Countryside Association for People with Disabilities in Palatine is gearing up for the grand opening of its new 9,000-square-foot expansion. The additional space will enable the human services agency to expand its current client base by another 50 people. "In Illinois, there are 22,000 people waiting for services ... and we wanted to chip away at that number," said Countryside Executive...


    Arlington Hts. police warn of telephone scam

    Arlington Heights police issued a warning about telephone scams Friday after an 83-year-old resident was almost victimized by one about 10 a.m. Thursday.


    Fire destroys home in Aurora

    A fire destroyed a two-story home on the 2000 block of Chesterfield Lane in Aurora Thursday afternoon. Fire officials said the cause of the 3 p.m. blaze remains under investigation, but that flames started outside of the home and ignited some vinyl siding.


    Rosemont residents may apply for tax grants

    Rosemont homeowners may again apply for property grants up to $3,465 in 2012, village officials said. This is the 17th year Rosemont has offered the grants. The amount per household has grown each year.

    Imagine you're running for president. Convince us that you're the right person for the job.

    Poll Vault: If a presidential candidate, what'd be your big issue?

    Suppose you're the Democratic or Republican nominee for president. What's your platform? Why should we vote for you?


    Residents escape early-morning Geneva fire

    No one was injured in an early morning fire Friday in the 300 block of South Fifth Street in Geneva, fire officials said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


    Swarm of thousands of bees delay Pittsburgh flight

    IMPERIAL, Pa. — A beekeeper says he had to be called into gather up a swarm of thousands of bees that delayed a Delta Air Lines flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to New York.


    Belarus expels Sweden’s ambassador

    STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s foreign minister says Belarus has expelled its ambassador `for being too supportive of human rights.’Carl Bildt says Sweden in turn has decided that the incoming Belarusian ambassador to Sweden won’t be welcome. He also says two Belarusian diplomats have been asked to leave the Nordic country.

    Iftikhar Ahmed, the father of murdered teenager Shafilea Ahmed. A British court on Friday Aug. 3, 2012 found a mother and father guilty of murdering their teenage daughter Shafilea Ahmed in a so-called honor killing. The Chester Crown Court found that Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, both originally from Pakistan, suffocated their 17-year-old daughter, Shafilea, in 2003. During the trial, Shafilea’s sister Alesha told the jury that her parents pushed Shafilea onto the couch and she heard her mother say “just finish it here” as they forced a plastic bag into the girl’s mouth.

    Parents found guilty of murdering daughter in ‘honor killing’

    LONDON — A British court has found a mother and father guilty of murdering their teenage daughter in a so-called honor killing.The Chester Crown Court found that Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, both originally from Pakistan, suffocated their 17-year-old daughter, Shafilea, in 2003.


    In Syria, mortars kill 21 in Damascus refugee camp

    BEIRUT — Mortars rained down on a crowded marketplace in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, killing 21 people as regime forces and rebels clashed on the southern outskirts of Damascus, activists said Friday.


    Russia denies reports of warships heading to Syria

    MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry denied reports Friday that the country is sending three warships carrying some 360 marines total to the Syrian port of Tartus.The reports, which quoted an unnamed military official, said the vessels were sailing to Tartus to pick up supplies.


    Pakistan’s top court strikes down contempt law

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday struck down a recently passed law to protect the prime minister from being charged with contempt of court and ousted from office, like his predecessor, for refusing to reopen an old corruption case against the president.


    Most Ind. fair collapse victims accept settlement

    INDIANAPOLIS — Most victims of a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair have agreed to accept shares of a $13.2 million settlement offer from the state and two private companies, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday.

    Sara Ditchman, 11, of Batavia lingers on a liquid mosaic mixed media piece by artist husband and wife team Inna and Alex Deriy on the opening day of last year's Art in Your Eye festival in Batavia. The couple uses resins with pigments, metal powders, foils and more in their pieces, using a technique of their own invention. Though some might think they are paintings, they are not.

    Batavia's Art in Your Eye showcases art, music, poetry

    This year's Batavia's Art in Your Eye Fine Art Show and Festival will have indoor and outdoor venues featuring nearly 150 artists, 13 bands, continuous films and ongoing readings from local writers and poets. Festival Coordinator Rebecca Allen said about 8,000 people have visited each year of the event. “You can't tell the difference between (a student) and professional art,” Allen...

    A 23-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower will help set the scene for French Connection Day next weekend at Cantigny Park.

    Cantigny preparing to celebrate French Connection Day

    Cantigny Park will play host to its annual French Connection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The French theme commemorates an important chapter in the life of Robert R. McCormick, Cantigny’s benefactor and a World War I hero.


    View meteor shower from Schaumburg nature center

    It may not come with the rousing soundtrack of a typical fireworks display, but a shower of shooting stars on a summer night is an exciting way to see what nature itself is capable of.


    Palatine cancer organization launches suspender campaign

    Few garments offer support the way suspenders do, so Palatine-based SuperSibs! is launching a new movement built around the classic accessory that also aims to help the brothers and sisters of children with pediatric cancer feel recognized, honored and supported.

    University of Illinois graduate Megan Grant, left, and NYU student and Urbana native Rachel Swindle, pick peppers in the high tunnel at the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm in Urbana.

    Harvest bountiful at UI student farm

    Three-and-a-half years after it was first established on campus, the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm is having its best year ever.Despite the drought. Workers and volunteers have harvested salad greens, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and plenty of that ubiquitous summer vegetable, the zucchini.


    Cook County corrections officer charged with misconduct

    A veteran Cook County corrections officer is accused of striking a jail inmate and has been charged with official misconduct.Rico Palomino has been a correctional officer for 12 years. He was charged Thursday in connection with a June 16 incident in the receiving area of Cook County Jail.


    Will County officials keep pushing new airport

    Will County officials say they plan to meet later this month with Illinois' transportation director to talk about the proposed Peotone airport.Nick Palmer is chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, and he says the meeting with Transportation Director Ann Schneider will take place in Springfield. County officials say the meeting is an indication efforts continue to get the airport built.


    2 N. Ind. men arrested in arson double-fatal

    Two northern Indiana men have been arrested on murder, arson and other charges in an apartment fire that killed a Gary woman and her teenage daughter.


    2 dead in shooting at Milwaukee business

    Police say an employee at a Milwaukee manufacturing plant fatally shot his supervisor and then killed himself. Authorities say the 58-year-old supervisor was shot multiple times at Trans-Coil International, or TCI, about 6 p.m. Thursday on the city's northwest side. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


    Police: Wisconsin shooting victim was not targeted

    Police say a 15-year-old boy fatally shot in Green Bay was "in the wrong place at the wrong time." The accused gunman, an 18-year-old Oneida man, is expected in Brown County Circuit Court Friday. Five other men and a woman are also being held in connection with the death of Jeremy Teller Tuesday night.


    Dawn Patrol: FBI joins DuPage forest probe; Tour of Elk Grove begins
    The FBI is now part of an investigation into contracts awarded by the DuPage County forest preserve district. The Tour of Elk Grove begins today. A suspicious item closes a terminal at O'Hare. Mold is discovered again at St. Charles East.


    Batavia involves writers at Art in Your Eye

    The Batavia Art in Your Eye festival has a new feature, "Drawn With Words." This exhibit will feature collaborative works of art from local writers and artists.

    Taken this week in the 100 degree heat, our Great Dane, Contessa, suns herself on the hot, black trampoline in the backyard. However, her underbelly and lips enjoy the draft from below! This is how she spends her mornings when we let her 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 30th.


    Jeff Samardzija (7-9) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings without walking a batter and struck out three.

    Cubs fall to Dodgers, 6-1

    Chad Billingsley won his third straight start since coming off the disabled list, batterymate A.J. Ellis hit two solo homers and had an RBI single, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Friday night.

    The Padres’ Carlos Quentin knocks the ball loose as he plows into New York Mets catcher Josh Thole during the seventh inning Friday in San Diego.

    Padres deny Dickey 15th victory

    Carlos Quentin scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when he knocked the ball out of catcher Josh Thole's glove, and the San Diego Padres denied R.A. Dickey his 15th victory with a 3-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.

    Alex Rios, right, smiles as he celebrates with teammates after hitting the two-run game-winning home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday night at the Cell.

    Rios homers twice, Sox beat Angels in 10

    Alex Rios hit his second homer of the game, connecting for a two-run shot in the 10th inning Friday night that lifted the White Sox over the Los Angeles Angels 8-6.

    The Giants’ Ryan Theriot (5) and Hunter Pence (8) congratulate teammate Buster Posey after his three-run home run in the eighth inning Friday in Denver.

    Posey homers as Giants overwhelm Rockies

    Ryan Vogelsong pitched into the seventh inning, Buster Posey homered among his four hits and the San Francisco Giants broke out of an offensive slump to beat the Colorado Rockies 16-4 on Friday.

    Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison held the Royals to two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings on Friday in Kansas City.

    Harrison, Moreland lead Rangers over Royals

    The Rangers starters had allowed at least six runs in each of the previous four games. But Matt Harrison's strong start and Mitch Moreland's three-run homer led the Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

    Detroit’s Prince Fielder tosses his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of Friday’s game in Cleveland.

    Fielder, Tigers rout Indians 10-2

    Prince Fielder homered and drove in four runs, helping Anibal Sanchez win for the first time with the Tigers in Detroit's 10-2 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

    New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia improved to 8-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his past eight starts against the Mariners on Friday.

    Sabathia dominates Mariners again

    CC Sabathia pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10, dominating the Mariners as usual while leading the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory Friday night that stopped Seattle's seven-game winning streak.

    The Twins’ Jamey Carroll follows through on a go-ahead RBI single during the 10th inning Friday in Boston.

    Carroll’s single in 10th lifts Twins over Red Sox

    Jamey Carroll had four hits, including a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that sent the Minnesota Twins over the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Friday night.

    Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson improved to 9-1 lifetime against Washington on Friday. He fell one out short of his first complete game since April 26, 2010.

    Marlins and Nats split doubleheader

    Josh Johnson outpitched Gio Gonzalez for another win over Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 5-2 Friday night to split their doubleheader.

    The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning Friday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals clock Brewers 9-3

    Rookie right-hander Joe Kelly broke a three-start losing streak and drove in the go-ahead run to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

    Braves second baseman Dan Uggla throws across his body after fielding a ball hit for a single by Houston’s Ben Francisco in the sixth inning Friday at home.

    Braves stay hot, beat reeling Astros 4-1

    Tim Hudson gave up only four hits and no earned runs in 7 1-3 innings to remain unbeaten in his career against Houston, and the Braves stayed hot with a 4-1 win Friday night that left the Astros with their worst 32-game stretch in franchise history.

    Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton and his brother Justin, who plans for Arizona, both hit their 100th home runs on Friday night. They both hit their 99th homers during games on July 20.

    Upton matches brother with 100th homer as Rays beat Orioles

    B.J. Upton joined elite company that includes his brother by hitting his 100th career homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Friday night.

    Associated Press The Diamondbacks’ Jason Kubel, left, Chris Young, middle, and Justin Upton celebrate Friday’s road win over Philadelphia.

    Upton, Kennedy lead Diamondbacks over Phillies

    Justin Upton hit his 100th career homer shortly before his sibling accomplished the same feat, Ian Kennedy threw six effective innings, and the streaking Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Friday night.

    Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton was traded to the Dodgers on Friday after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers. Blanton will join outfielder Shane Victorino, who was sent from the Phillies to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    Phillies deal Blanton to Dodgers

    Joe Blanton earned a World Series ring the last time he was traded. He's hoping for an encore. The right-hander was sent from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Dodgers on Friday after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers.

    Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos tips his cap Friday as he leaves the game in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home.

    Latos pitches and hits Reds past Pirates 3-0

    Mat Latos has dominated Pittsburgh on the mound throughout his career. On Friday night, he also did damage at the plate.


    South Elgin hires Ward as athletic director

    South Elgin High School has hired Jason Ward as new athletic director.Ward comes from Cowherd Middle School in Aurora, where he was assistant principal (2011-12). Prior to that he was the dean of students at East Aurora High School (2008-11). Ward, who attended Crete-Monee High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and track and field, graduated from Benedictine University in 2003 with a B.A. in special education. He has an M.S. in education leadership from the University of St. Francis. He taught special education at West Aurora High School from 2003-08.


    White Sox GM believes roster is set ... maybe

    While admitting he's always looking to make the next move, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said he's unlikely to make any waiver deals in August. Williams said the Sox should be in good shape over the final two months of the regular season if they keep following the same path.


    Cougars fall 8-1 at Beloit

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    Boomers fall 2-0 to Slammers

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball coverage

    Jim Furyk is all smiles after shooting a second round four under 66 at the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Friday in Akron, Ohio.

    Furyk scrambles to 4-under 66, stays in lead

    Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods each carried momentum into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. That meant the best 36-hole score for Furyk in his PGA Tour career, and the worst start for Woods in nearly fourth months. Furyk had another good day with the putter, making a few birdies early and saving par from the bunker four times on the back nine at Firestone for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.

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    The new curling? Archery was hot at London Games

    Maybe it's the effect of "The Hunger Games" and bow-and-arrow-toting heroine Katniss Everdeen, or the lure of competing at a 200-year-old venue. Or maybe it's the Robin Hood factor. Whatever the reason, archery is hot at the London Olympics — sometimes hotter than anything else NBC showed on its cable channels during the opening week of the games.


    Win, then loss for Wheaton in state tourney

    It was a long Friday for Wheaton in the American Legion state baseball tournament at Grimes Field in Mattoon.Wheaton came back at 10 a.m. to finish the last two innings of its 11-3 win over Northbrook that was suspended because of rain Thursday. That set up a battle of unbeatens early Friday evening against Moline (42-6).Wheaton fell behind early, got within a run midway through the game but couldn't get anything else going offensively as it lost 4-2. That put Wheaton in a late elimination game which was scheduled to start at approximately 9:15 p.m. against Danville (26-13).

    Ashley Berggren

    Berggren tackles a new sport

    During summer break before her sixth-grade year at Barrington Middle School, Ashley Berggren randomly wrote a story about leading her beloved Bears to a Super Bowl championship — and she would be the one replacing Jim McMahon at quarterback.Berggren's sister, Kathy Pollicita, is convinced she still has the story, somewhere, and has been looking everywhere for it.That's because Berggren on Saturday afternoon steps onto Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the first women's football game ever played at an NFL stadium.Berggren, who earned 11 varsity letters in three sports (volleyball, basketball and softball) at Barrington High School and then went on to an All-American basketball career at the University of Illinois, is now a two-way player in her second season for the Chicago Force.The Force competes in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), a league consisting of 63 teams across North America, mostly in the U.S.

    Cycling's international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised

    UCI tries to block USADA charges against Armstrong
    Cycling's international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised "advantages" in exchange for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner.


    Jeter leads quick women's 100 heats at Olympics
    Expectations that the London Olympics track meet would be filled with good times were quickly confirmed on Day 1, with seven sprinters running women's 100-meter heats in 11 seconds or better Friday night, led by the 10.83 turned in by world champion Carmelita Jeter of the U.S.

    United States swimmer Michael Phelps takes the start in the men’s 100-meter butterfly swimming final Friday at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

    Phelps goes out in style, rallying in 100 fly

    In what amounted to a symbolic changing of the guard Friday, swimmer Michael Phelps claimed the 17th gold medal of a career that has just 24 hours to go — on the same night one teenager, Missy Franklin, broke a world record in the backstroke and another, Katie Ledecky, took down a hallowed American mark that was set nearly eight years before she was born.

    When will the Cubs call up Josh Vitters, below and Brett Jackson?

    Could Vitters, Jackson be next for Cubs?

    When will the Cubs bring up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson? With the club having made a flurry of trades this week, the Vitters and Jackson questions followed quickly. Cubs president Theo Epstein and manager Dale Sveum weighed in on the topic.


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    Toronto FC at Chicago FireWhen: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota ParkTV: NBC Nonstop (Channel 5.2)Scouting Toronto FC: Toronto (5-12-4, 19 points) has found new life under new coach Paul Mariner, but it’s still in last place in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday’s 5-1 victory in CONCACAF Champions League play was impressive, however.Scouting the Fire: The Fire (9-7-5, 32 points) could debut new midfielder Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup, but look for new forward Sherjill MacDonald to be a second-half substitute. The Fire is 6-0-1 when scoring the first goal, the one blemish coming last week at San Jose in the 98th minute.Next: at Philadelphia Union, 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at PPL Park— Orrin Schwarz

    Defensive tackle Stephen Paea says he’s in the best shape of his life heading into this season.

    Bears’ Paea ready to take his game to next level

    Second-year defensive tackle Stephen Paea is keeping it simple this season, and the early results are encouraging.At Thursday's practice, Paea took the majority of the first-team reps at nose tackle, the first indication that he may have permanently moved past his mentor and close friend, Matt Toeaina, on the depth chart.

    Roger Federer celebrates Friday after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the Olympic semifinal at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

    Federer edges Del Potro in Olympic semifinals

    Roger Federer leaned on the net, exhausted but exhilarated after winning the final set 19-17 to earn his first Olympic singles medal. "It has been a long time coming," he said.

    Missy Franklin reacts Friday to her gold medal win in the women's 200-meter backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park .

    Franklin completes Olympics backstroke sweep with world record

    Missy Franklin won the 200-meter backstroke in a world-record time at the London Olympics, adding it to the gold medal she won in the 100-meter event five days ago. Franklin, a 17-year-old Colorado high school student, won today in 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, breaking the mark of 2:04.81 set by Kristy Coventry of Zimbabwe in 2009. Anastasia Zueva of Russia was second, 1.86 seconds behind, and Elizabeth Beisel of the U.S. was third.

    Phil Dalhausser dives into Friday sand during a Beach Volleyball match Against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    US men, defending champs, lose in beach volleyball

    Defending beach volleyball gold medalist Phil Dalhausser saw the Italian points pile up on the scoreboard and knew his hopes for a repeat were over when Todd Rogers' final Olympic touch fell short of the net. "It's a little bit different when you win: It takes about a month for it to sink in," Dalhausser said Friday after the Americans lost to Italy in the round of 16 at Horse Guards Parade. "When you lose, it smacks you right in the face the second the ball hits the sand."

    Ryan Nowicki

    Penn St offensive lineman Nowicki going to Illinois

    An official at the University of Illinois tells The Associated Press that Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki will transfer to Illinois. The redshirt freshman is in the process of completing the necessary paperwork, according to the official who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because Nowicki's move has not been announced by either school.

    United States' Evan Jager competes in a men's 3000-meter steeplechase heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

    Jager qualifies for Olympic finals in steeplechase

    Evan Jager, a graduate of Jacobs High School, qualified Friday for Sunday's final in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas acknowledges the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

    Douglas shatters glass ceiling with historic win

    Gabby Douglas believed two years ago, when she convinced her mother to let her move across the country. Martha Karolyi became a convert over the winter, when the bubbly teen developed the tenacity required to be a champion. On the biggest stage, that belief shattered a glass ceiling. Even if the first African-American to win an Olympic all-around title didn't quite realize it. "I kind of forgot about that," Douglas said.

    AP photographer Gregory Bull knew it would come — the moment when Gabby Douglas does that little bit extra. Her leap, high above the beam, in the women’s all-around individual gymnastics competition on Thursday is one of the iconic shots of the London Games.

    Olympic Gold: Gabby Douglas’ moment to remember

    AP photographer Gregory Bull knew it would come — the moment when Gabby Douglas does that little bit extra. Her leap, high above the beam, in the women’s all-around individual gymnastics competition on Thursday is one of the iconic shots of the London Games.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., exits the Clark County Detention Center after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Las Vegas.

    Mayweather released from Vegas jail after 2 months

    Boxer Floyd Mayweather was released from a Las Vegas jail early Friday after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.


    People wave signs Wednesday at the Schaumburg Chick-fil-A to show their support of the restaurant chain president’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

    ‘Kiss-in’ a mild response to Chick-fil-A appreciation day

    The "kiss-in" called for Friday to counter "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Wednesday was a mild counter-demonstration to the restaurant chain owner's public opposition to gay marriage. One group of teens marched outside the Schaumburg restaurant carrying a sign. "We're trying to make our point and say this is discriminating, this statement against homosexuals," said Ashley Rubin.

    Online poster for "Same-Sex Kiss Day".

    More than gay marriage driving Chick-fil-A flap

    Weeks after a fast-food executive doubled down on his opposition to gay marriage, debate rages on about equality, religious values and free speech. "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Wednesday, with supporters flooding the chain's franchises around the country, was countered with "kiss-ins" by same-sex couples at assorted locations Friday, long after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's initial comments to a religious publication touched off the clash.


    Failure of bank in Illinois brings 2012 total to 40

    WASHINGTON — Regulators have closed a small bank in Illinois, bringing to 40 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized Waukegan Savings Bank, based in Waukegan, Ill.The bank had about $88.9 million in assets and $77.5 million in deposits as of March 31.First Midwest Bank, based in Itasca, Ill., agreed to assume all of Waukegan Savings’ deposits and purchase essentially all of the failed bank’s assets.The failure of Waukegan Savings is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $19.8 million.The bank, which had two branches, is the sixth FDIC-insured institution in Illinois to fail this year.

    Billy Ying sweeps the floor around the Knight Capital trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the close of trading Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Knight Capital's stock soared after the battered trading firm received a financial lifeline and clients said they expect to resume routing trades through the system. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Knight gets a boost, helped by loyal clients

    After a grisly two days, Knight Capital got a few breaks. Relatively speaking, anyway. The battered trading firm, whose software glitch briefly sent stock trading into chaos on Wednesday, reportedly got a new line of credit, which was crucial after the company drained its resources to pay for Wednesday's debacle.

    Specialists Mario Picone, left, and Robert Nelson, center, work Friday at their posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are rising sharply on Wall Street after a July jobs report revealed the strongest hiring trends in five months.

    Stocks soar on surprisingly strong July job report

    Stocks are surging on Wall Street, breaking a four-day losing streak, after the government reported a sharp pickup in hiring by U.S. employers in July. The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 226 points to 13,105 as of 3 p.m. on Friday. The Dow was heading for its best day since June 29.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Inc. reported a strong second quarter and first half that company officials said was due to growth in its Power Brands products, as well as favorable global pricing, productivity gains and aggressive overhead cost management.

    Kraft reports strong 2Q; plans to split on Oct. 1

    Kraft Foods Inc. reported a strong second quarter and first half that company officials said was due to growth in its Power Brands products, as well as favorable global pricing, productivity gains and aggressive overhead cost management.

    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Walgreens Headquarters property, flag and sign in Deerfield.

    Walgreen to expand in suburbs, add 500 jobs

    Walgreen Co. will hire 500 people to work in their Chicago-area corporate offices over the next three years under a tax breaks deal with the state, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday. In addition, the Deerfield-based company will renovate some of their 27 offices spread throughout the area in Deerfield, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Mt. Prospect, Northlake and Chicago.


    United, negotiators for pilots agree on labor deal

    United Airlines says it has a deal with union negotiators on a new labor contract with its own pilots and those from the former Continental Airlines. United Continental Holdings Inc. said Friday that the agreement is an important step in creating a single workforce at the company, which was formed by a 2010 merger.

    The Airbus A320neo

    Airbus secures 301 jet orders in year so far, lagging Boeing

    Airbus SAS secured orders for 301 passenger jets so far this year, less than half of rival Boeing Co.'s tally and leaving the European planemaker at the mid-point of its minimum 2012 target.Airlines and leasing companies booked 48 orders in July, the company said today in a statement. Airbus lost orders for eight planes through cancellations, bringing the year-to-date tally to 31. Boeing, which lagged last year, has 736 gross orders, and 36 cancellations.

    Walgreen plans to invest $75 million to expand and renovate more than two dozen corporate offices in northern Illinois.

    Walgreen expanding state operations, adding 500 jobs

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. plans to expand its operations in Illinois and create 500 jobs over the next three years.In announcing the expansion Friday, Governor Pat Quinn and Walgreen said the agreement is part of the "Invest Illinois Initiative." It calls for Walgreen to invest $75 million to expand and renovate more than two dozen corporate offices in northern Illinois.


    Samsung vies for spotlight ahead of iPhone launch

    Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile-phone maker, said Friday it plans to show a new mobile device in late August, trying to stay in the consumer spotlight ahead of Apple's expected release of the latest iPhone in September. The move comes as Samsung is ensnarled in a closely-watched courtroom fight with Apple Inc. over smartphone and tablet patents. Each side is seeking billions of dollars in compensation or royalty payments.

    Mitt Romney campaigning in Golden, Colo. Undecided voters in swing states hold the key to the presidential election, but there ís no obvious recipe for winning them over.

    Jobs report presents mixed blessing for Obama

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are both getting new talking points on the economy, with the government reporting the addition of 163,000 jobs in July while the overall unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent. With the presidential election now less than 100 days away, the economy still looms as the key issue in determining whether Obama will get a second term.

    People looking for work talk at a Primerica job booth at a job fair in San Jose, Calif. U.S. hiring was likely sluggish in July for a fourth straight month, held back by slower economic growth and an uncertain outlook.

    U.S. economy adds 163K jobs, rate rises to 8.3 pct.

    U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, a hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring.The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June. July's hiring was the best since February. Still, the economy has added an average of 151,000 jobs a month this year, roughly the same as last year's pace. That's not enough to satisfy the 12.8 million Americans who are unemployed.

    Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti, walk together during a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Thursday.

    Leaders of Spain, Italy meet as markets drop

    Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti said his country will not seek a sovereign bailout, though Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy, whom he met with on Thursday, dodged the question altogether as financial markets dropped sharply.Both leaders said at a joint press conference in Madrid that they welcomed European Central Bank president Mario Draghi's commitment that "the euro currency was irreversible."

    InTecur founder and CEO William Saito in his office in Tokyo.

    Decline of entrepreneurship blamed for Japan woes

    Worn out and resigned to its dwindling national status, Japan Inc. is said to be quietly shuffling off the world stage. But don't tell that to Kenji Hasegawa who is ready to conquer the global auto market with his nifty innovation, a bolt that doesn't need a nut. Or Chiaki Hayashi who makes millions teaching big-name companies to be creative again.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, right, both members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, pass each other during final votes before the Senate leaves for a five-week recess, Thursday.

    Congress, with much left to do, takes 5 weeks off

    After a final day of partisan battles over drought relief and cybersecurity, members of Congress streamed out of the Capitol looking forward to five weeks of vacation and a fall fraught with decisions on the political and economic future of the country. Most lawmakers were headed home to make their party's case for who should be entitled to tax cuts, how the government should avoid automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs and who should be the next president.


    Oil rises in Asia ahead of U.S. jobs report

    Oil was higher in Asia on Friday after a 2 percent drop the day before as attention turned from an anticlimactic ECB meeting to the monthly report on U.S. hiring. Benchmark crude was up 95 cents at $88.08 a barrel at midafternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped $1.78 to end Thursday at $87.13 in New York. Brent crude was up 76 cents at $106.66 on the ICE futures exchange in London.


    Siemens to buy back shares worth $3.6 billion

    German engineering company Siemens says it is starting a shares repurchasing program worth up to (euro) 3 billion ($3.6 billion). Munich-based Siemens AG says the program will run through the end of the year and will be financed by issuing new long-term debt.

    Toyotaís most popular model “Prius” at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo.

    Toyota raises sales plan as quarterly profit zooms

    Toyota raised its sales target for this year to a record 9.76 million vehicles and reported a strong recovery in quarterly profit Friday, underlining its bounce back from a disaster plagued 2011.Toyota Motor Corp. said April-June profit zoomed to $3.7 billion. Its new sales target would represent a 23 percent increase from the 7.95 million vehicles sold in 2011, and is 180,000 vehicles more than Toyota's last forecast in February.

    An investor, center, speaks to another while they look at the stock price monitor at a private securities company Friday in Shanghai, China.

    European stocks stabilize after ECB-led selloff

    European markets rose slightly on Friday, recovering only some of the losses made the previous day, when the European Central Bank failed to deliver on bold promises of action to overcome the region's debt crisis. A week after vowing to do whatever it takes to keep the euro common currency intact, ECB President Mario Draghi offered no concrete new measures, only a plan that is to go through committee approval.

    Ching Thao, of Mao’s Farm, center, gives change to Richard Wolk, right, at the Vineyard Farmers Market in Fresno, Calif.

    Number of U.S. farmers markets surges

    As demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased, so too has the number of urban farmers markets sprouting up across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce Friday that the number of direct-sales markets has increased 9.6 percent in the past year, with California and New York leading the way.

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    S’mores pancakes make everything you love about this campfire treat breakfast-friendly.

    S’mores pancakes bring the campfire to breakfast

    The trouble with s'mores is that you really do end up wanting more and more of them. So during a recent vacation that generally ended every evening with s'mores by a campfire, I decided to sort out a way to start every day with them, too.

    Crowds of Metra-friendly hipsters at Lollapalooza will mean crowding and subsequent delays on trains.

    Lolla’s hot music equals slower trains

    Think "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" not "Helter Skelter," for Metra trains this weekend. What we mean is the heat and Lollapalooza crowds combined equal train delays.

    Large flowerheads are made up of tiny florets on sedum.

    Sedums deserve a place in the garden

    If you mention Autumn Joy in conversation with other gardeners most nod in recognition. Mention Angelina, Vera Jameson, or John Creech and puzzled looks may be the result. All belong to a diverse group of plants in the stonecrop family, botanically known as sedum, that deserve a place in your garden.

    Kevin Nealon plays Doug Wilson in the seventh season of “Weeds.” Nealon comes across as a mellow guy in his new Showtime comedy “Kevin Nealon: Whelmed But Not Overly.”

    Kevin Nealon ‘Whelmed’ in new standup special

    Kevin Nealon comes across as a mellow guy, which makes the title of his new Showtime comedy special a proper fit. "Kevin Nealon: Whelmed But Not Overly," debuting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, is the actor-comedian's examination of his phobias that range from inoculations to cellphones to chimpanzees.

    Tourists on a double-decker bus photograph Seward Johnson’s 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, in her most famous windblown pose, when it was in Chicago last year.

    Marilyn Monroe still a strong brand 50 years later

    There is a career after death, at least if while alive you wielded star power like Marilyn Monroe. The bombshell actress continues to be a successful celebrity brand even 50 years after she died on Aug. 5, 1962, with a new digital emphasis to complement the wealth of photos, fashion, films and other cultural touchstones she left behind.


    Singer of U.S. metal band released on bail in Prague

    The frontman of U.S. heavy metal band Lamb of God has been released on $400,000 bail from a Prague prison, several weeks after his arrest in connection with a fan's death in 2010, a court official said Friday.

    CBS amended its filing this week alleging that ABC copied elements of “Big Brother” for its reality TV competition series “The Glass House.” Apollo, left, and Jeffrey are two of the contestants on the show.

    CBS going forward with ‘Glass House’ lawsuit

    CBS still wants to evict "The Glass House" from the airwaves. The network amended its filing this week alleging that ABC copied elements of "Big Brother" for its reality TV competition series "The Glass House."


    Lauren Alaina cancels weekend gigs for vocal rest

    Lauren Alaina is canceling her shows this weekend because of vocal issues. Alaina said in a statement Thursday that her doctor is putting her on "vocal rest." She was set to open for country duo Sugarland on Friday in Cincinnati.

    Wheeling native Haley Reinhart will return to the area to play the Lollapalooza music fest on Friday.

    Reinhart hopes Lollapalooza concert boosts her profile

    Pop singer and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart will take the stage Friday at Lollapalooza, the massive 3-day music fest in Chicago's Grant Park. It promises to be a big day for Reinhart and other emerging acts on the bill. “The fact that I'm the first 'Idol' to do this, and that I'll be playing for people who might not be familiar with me — I feel like this is a great way to break out a bit, build my audience,” she said.

    Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, known as Avicii will play the main stage show at Lollapalooza this year in Chicago.

    Lollapalooza bringing a dance focus to Chicago

    Get ready to dance, Lollapalooza fans. This year's three-day, sold-out mega-festival that starts Friday on Chicago's lakefront will have well-known headliners like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys. But it also will have a special focus on dance music. Two electronic heavyweights, Avicii and Justice, will play main stage shows this year.

    Former boxer Mike Tyson holds hands with his wife, Kiki, at the curtain call for the opening night of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on Thursday in New York. The one-man show starring Tyson was directed by Spike Lee and written by Kiki.

    Tyson says he’s used to putting life on stage

    Pounding out the details of his personal life on a Broadway stage doesn't seem to faze Mike Tyson. The former heavyweight champ says that's what's used to doing, "and at least now I don't have to go to the hospital every time." The 46-year old Tyson is appearing in the one-man show, "Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth," directed by Spike Lee.

    Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen.”

    Olympics inspire list of Queen Elizabeth II movies

    Queen Elizabeth II became an unofficial Bond girl last Friday after parachuting out of a helicopter with Daniel Craig during the lavish opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Well, not really. It was all a bit of movie trickery. Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed only a few times in major films, but they've been indelible.

    Playwright David Alex, center, works with the cast for “Adrift,” presented by Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the The Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

    Writing adds up to success for former Hoffman Estates math teacher

    David Alex is living proof that the expression “Those who can't do, teach” is dead wrong. For most of his 30-year career as a math teacher at Hoffman Estates High School, Alex juggled teaching with writing — a passion he's had since childhood. Retired for nine years, he now devotes his time to writing and sending his work out. And his play "Adrift" is now being staged in Chicago.

    Country singer/songwriter Woody James received the most votes after the initial top 20 round of online voting for the “Fan Favorite.”

    Final five gear up for last round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Which of the final five remaining acts in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent will win a trip to audition for NBC-TV's “America's Got Talent”? We take a look at the finalists before the last round of competition Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. "In all cases, we hope the finalists bring their very best game to the table," judge Charlie Beck said.

    Mark Knudson, manager and mixologist at Smith Street Station, ignites the Veev Sour. The drink requires a little bit of heat to activate its secret ingredients.

    Hand-crafted cocktails keep Smith Street Station on the right track

    Hand-crafted cocktails keep the crowd right on track at Smith Street Station, a new 25 and older lounge by the owners of Durty Nellie's. The lounge was carved into unused space under the rooftop dining area at Durty Nellie's, a longtime face on the suburban night life scene. Where Nellie's attracts a boisterous, beer-loving crowd, Smith Street Station aims for more sophisticated customers seeking cocktails and conversation.

    Jordyn Dane, 7. of Deerfield, created Tom and Eddie’s new milkshake “I Want S’more.”

    Eating out: 7-year-old’s shake recipe makes Tom and Eddie’s menu

    Family-friendly burger joint Tom and Eddie's recently added a new milkshake flavor — "I Want S'more," a recipe courtesy of 7-year-old Jordyn Dane. Dane, of Deerfield, won a recent contest with her mashup of vanilla ice cream, crushed graham crackers, syrup and marshmallows.

    Nat Faxon, left, and Dakota Johnson star as the title characters in Fox's fall sitcom “Ben and Kate.” It's the tale of a freewheeling brother, Ben, who comes back into the life of his single-mother sister. The show is based on the relationship of its creator, Dana Fox, with her own big brother.

    Sitcom creators mine real life for laughs

    Got a goofy older brother? Parents you still live with even though you're grown up? An unconventional friendship? If so, you're too late to turn those ideas into a hit sitcom. But while you comb your life for something else to fuel a comedy, consider that three fall sitcoms have been spawned from the personal lives of their creators.


    Townhouse neighbor trys to avoid roof repairs

    We live in a complex of townhouses. Our bylaws are so broad that it's hard to enforce replacement of the roofs when the neighbor doesn't attend meetings and won't respond to letters. What do you recommend?


    Install grab bars for safety in the bathroom

    Installing grab bars in your bathroom, especially in the shower or tub, can be pretty helpful. If you don't have these already, you should install some. You never know when you might need them.

    CherryBrook Village in Palatine was built in the mid-1980s.

    Palatine’s CherryBrook Village unlike other suburban townhouses

    Cynthia Vidales wanted to live in Palatine's CherryBrook Villagetownhouse community long before she purchased a two-bedroom home there eight years ago. "I always liked the looks of the neighborhood," Vidales said. "It's so quaint and cozy with the lamp posts ..."


    Yard sales raise key insurance issues

    Garage sales generate an estimated $1 billion in revenue each year, but it could turn out to be a costly proposition if a bargain hunter gets hurt while visiting the property.


    No evidence yet that mortgage lending standards are easing

    WASHINGTON — With home prices rising in many markets around the country, might mortgage lenders start loosening up on their hyper-strict underwriting rules and extend loans to buyers who now find themselves on the sidelines?

    More than 200 show-car owners recently attended the ninth annual event at the veterans hospital at Naval Station Great Lakes.

    Hospitalized veterans enjoy seeing classic cars

    At the annual classic car show at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, volunteers and employees work to put on the event with the simple focus of bringing classic cars out for the veterans who reside there.



    Editorial: Urgency, plus plan, needed on pensions

    A Daily Herald editorial says Gov. Pat Quinn shows the proper urgency in calling for an Aug. 17 special session on pension reform, but the effort is doomed without a plan.


    Politically and otherwise, the Mountain West swings

    Columnist Froma Harrop: For all the legends of the spacious West, the region is one of the most urbanized. And it is getting more so, which is why once-dependably Republican Colorado is in the "leaning who-knows-where" category in the upcoming election.


    Romney’s message of strength in Poland

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The same week that President Obama's health regulations go into effect, forcing people of faith to violate their conscience or shut their doors, Mitt Romney was preaching the gospel of economic and religious freedom in Poland and Israel. By that juxtaposition, the contrast in presidential candidates could not be starker.


    She had a fun time at Irish Fest this year
    Letter to the editor: Ann Marie Lundstrom says it was fun to watch the yougn families enjoying Irish Fest in Arlington Hts. "The children running around with faces painted and big smiles was fun for us older folks," she says.


    Unlike Penn State, church evades sex scandals
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: As a cradle Catholic I find it difficult to differentiate between the behavior of the high-ranking officials at Penn State and those in the Catholic Church.


    Obamacare swells government power
    A Schaumrburg letter to the editor: Please vote for the Republicans in November so that Obamacare can be fully repealed and we can start over with some of the good parts in the law. The future of our country is at stake.


    We’ll ‘adapt’ while Exxon profits soar
    APalatine letter to the editor: Sorry, Rex. Rather, I decided to take the same energy that is making everyone uncomfortably hot and use it to keep me comfortably and affordably cool. I converted my home to solar generated electricity.


    Keep my taxes out of your church
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: The erosion of The First Amendment is what has let government into religion, and attacking this law further weakens the amendment. I do not want my tax dollars used for religious purposes.


    ‘Radicalized Republicans’ a threat to America
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Have you noticed how Republican propaganda is always based on fear and hate — of immigrants, gays, lesbian, gun control, labor unions, Muslims and abortion? The message is delivered by a wannabe TV news service that conveniently omits accurate facts in favor of half-truths, as well as syndicated commentators who are paid rock-star wages and must deliver fear and hate daily or face unemployment.


    Skip the sensational, present the facts
    Words can barely express my gratitude for your precarious, conscience-driven stand to minimize exploitation of the tragic event in Colorado. Perhaps, if film producers could awake to the connection between their self-imposed mandate to actualize, on film, the exaggerated, imagined, sinister nature of mankind, they would realize that they are providing fuel for those already troubled individuals among us who seek notoriety in any form.


    Need to know about Romney investments
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I have read somewhere that Mr. Romney may have placed some of his investments in offshore locations like the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Of course, if they are there, those investments cannot be subject to U.S. taxes. Placing them there would be a smart way to save money.


    Emanuel: punishment for your thoughts?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The most disturbing aspect of the Chick-fil-a/gay marriage controversy has nothing to do with either Chick-fil-a or gay marriage. The most disturbing aspect is that a mayor of a major American city would think it appropriate to punish someone for their thoughts.


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