Daily Archive : Thursday August 9, 2012


    Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano watches his two run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning during a MLB baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Soriano's HR lifts Cubs over slumping Reds 5-3
    Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.


    E. Dundee fire district wants new station on ballot

    East Dundee fire district trustees will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, to discuss an ordinance that would place a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot to sell general obligations bonds to build a new fire station.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Arlington Heights police have identified two 17-year-old suspects from Arlington Heights and Palatine in at least some of the recent incidents in which many vehicles have been vandalized with BB-gun pellets, according to police reports.

    Kevin H. Roberson

    First of Aurora trio gets 3 years for neglecting mother

    Kevin Roberson of Aurora was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for the criminal neglect of his 77-year-old mother, with whom he lived. "No matter how busy one's life may be, no matter how difficult it is (to provide care), it must be done," Kane County Associate Judge Clint Hull said.

    Drew Peterson

    Savio said Peterson grabbed her by throat, friend testifies

    Drew Peterson's third wife told a friend a year before she was found dead in her bathtub that the former Bolingbrook police officer once broke into her home, grabbed her by the throat, pinned her down and asked a threatening question, the friend testified Thursday. "She said that her husband said, "`Why don't you just die?"' Mary Parks told jurors, her voice quivering as she delivered more of...

    Dennis Reboletti

    Quinn signs heroin crackdown into law

    Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday signed into law a plan intended to send more heroin dealers to prison. The new law means automatic prison time for anyone convicted of possessing at least three grams of heroin.

    Josh Stumpenhorst

    Naperville teacher co-grand marshal of state fair parade

    Two teachers, including Naperville's Josh Stumpenhorst, will be grand marshals of this year's Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Stumpenhorst teaches sixth grade language arts and social science at Naperville's Lincoln Junior High School.


    Inmate claims link between Lincoln, Peterson

    Abraham Lincoln has made cameo appearance at the Drew Peterson trial. As proceedings began Thursday, the judge announced in court that he's received a letter from an inmate in Illinois who claims to have information about a link between the former police officer's murder trial and the 16th president's assassination.

    Debbie Herrmann

    Mayor: New Island Lake village hall still just an idea

    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann assured a group of about 40 residents that plans for a new village hall and police station were still in a preliminary stage. "As much as I would love to give you all the bells and whistles today, I don't have them," Herrmann said.


    District 214 approves tentative budget

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 approved a balanced tentative budget for 2012-13 at Thursday's school board meeting and will hold a public hearing on the budget on Sept. 20. "As usual, we're conservative with our revenues," Superintendent David Schuler said.

    Congressman Joe Walsh, a McHenry Republican

    Suburban Muslims say they're becoming “punching bag” for GOP

    Suburban Muslims are refuting claims made by Congressman Joe Walsh about the growth of "radical Islam" in the suburbs, saying instead that their religion is increasingly becoming a "punching bag" for Republicans. "They took it very offensively," Jamil Zara, General Secretary at the Midwest Islamic Center Masid Al-Huda in Schaumburg said of remarks Walsh made Wednesday at an Elk Grove Village...

    Katie Bell of the United States dives during the women’s 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday, August 9
    Athletes from the United States competed in water polo, soccer, and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Thursday, August 9th. Crystal Lake native Amy LePeilbet is a member of the gold medal soccer team, and Hoffman Estates native Melissa Seidemann is on the gold medal water polo team.


    Seven injured in Hampshire crash

    Seven people were taken to area hospitals after a crash in rural Hampshire Thursday afternoon, officials said. The Hampshire Fire Department responded to the scene at Allen and Walker roads at 4 p.m. Thursday along with the Kane County sheriff's office.


    Former Antioch firefighter charged with sexual abuse

    A 40-year-old former employee of the Antioch Fire Department has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, the Lake County sheriff's office said Thursday. Matthew Bilecki, of the 43000 block of Mary Avenue in Antioch, is also facing charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.


    Mundelein man dies in Michigan rafting accident

    A 59-year-old Mundelein man was killed in a river rafting accident Tuesday in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Mark D. Fackler was on a guided rafting trip on the Menominee River in Norway, Mich., when the raft he was on struck a rock formation and went airborne Tuesday afternoon, according to Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello.

    James W. Pennebaker is author of “The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us.”

    Study tracks rise of feminine pronoun

    According to a study released Thursday, the "he-she" gap in books — one that has always favored the masculine — has dramatically narrowed in the recent decades.

    Nancy Brinker, who has long been the public face of the charity, will relinquish her chief executive’s role for a position focused on fundraising and strategic planning.

    Komen founder to step down as chief executive

    Nancy G. Brinker, the public face of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is stepping down as CEO, about six months after the organization's hotly debated decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast screenings.

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. been on medical leave for two months. He’s currently being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.

    Congressman Jackson expected back in weeks

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who disappeared on a secretive medical leave two months ago, is expected back home within a matter of weeks, an aide said Thursday. Jackson, 47, currently is being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has been away from the public eye since June 10 when family members said he collapsed at their Washington home.

    President Barack Obama talks to supporters during a campaign rally at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday.

    Romney, Obama bemoan attack ads — but both benefit

    Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama both deplored the pervasive presence of televised attack ads in the race for the White House on Thursday, though neither acknowledged being helped as well as harmed. Each blamed his foe.


    Quinn seeks federal probe of Megabus

    Gov. Pat Quinn wants a federal investigation of the Megabus.com transportation company, which saw two fatal accidents in Illinois in less than a week. In one, a bus crashed in central Illinois, killing one person. In the other, the mirror on one of the company's buses hit and killed a pedestrian in Chicago.


    Water main breaks on Route 137 in Libertyville

    Crews were on the scene of a water main break on Route 137 in Libertyville early Thursday evening.


    Kane County eyes less expensive solutions to add court space

    Kane County can't afford the full-size judicial center expansion it wants, so it may settle for a half-size version that would still bring five new courts online within the next few years. But it's still not clear if the half-size option is affordable. The cost would have to come in at less than $40 million for the plan to even be financially feasible. Meanwhile, night court as a cheap...


    D300, teachers union negotiations continue with mediator

    Community Unit District 300 and its teachers union, LEAD300, have selected a mediator to help with current contract negotiations for the 2012 year and beyond agreement. The district dispelled rumors that the board has approved plans to increase class sizes. There has been discussion between the two sides on overload pay, or pay teachers receive related to the number of students in the classroom.

    Megan Rapinoe, right, fights for possession of the ball during the women’s soccer gold medal match at the London Olympics Thursday. Rapinoe, one of the stars of the U.S. team, is one of few Olympic athletes to have publicly stated they are gay.

    Openly gay athletes still scarce at Olympic Games
    There are more than 10,000 athletes competing at the London games, but when the gay website OutSports.com set out to count how many were openly gay, it came up with 23. "It's an absurdly low number," said site co-founder Jim Buzinski. He said that compared to the arts, politics or business worlds, "sports is still the final closet in society."


    Gilberts establishments prepare for video gambling

    With licensed gambling officially legal in Gilberts, two bars and a fraternal organization are just waiting for the state to process their requests before installing the machines. Bob Sroka, president of the Gilberts Fraternal Order of Eagles and gaming manager, said the license application is in, fingerprinting is done and now the club is waiting on background checks and a site inspection before...


    Dogs used to find Buffalo Grove man charged with burglary

    Police used dogs to find a man who was seen attempting to break into a Buffalo Grove home, resulting in the arrest of a Buffalo Grove man around 4 p.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of North McHenry Road, reports said.


    Megabus settles with victim’s family in 2010 accident

    Megabus has agreed to pay $5.1 million to the family of a man who was struck by a bus as he crossed a downtown Chicago street in 2010. Wes Krueger of South Holland was in the crosswalk when the bus hit him. The 64-year-old Krueger was pinned under the bus and later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


    McHenry, Kendall counties get health grants

    Smoke-free parks, doughnut-free work meetings and school gyms open to the community? Those are just some of the ideas that public health departments in McHenry and Kendall Ccounties hope to promote as part of a long-term, comprehensive approach to health funded by "We Choose Health" grant money awarded this week by the Illinois Department of Public Health.


    Body found in Hoffman Estates hotel

    Police are investigating the cause of death for a 26-year-old Schaumburg woman whose body was found in a Hoffman Estates hotel room on Tuesday afternoon. Foul play was not suspected.

    James Wesolaski

    Des Plaines man gets 30 months in dog beating case

    A Des Plaines man who struck his dog in the face multiple times, causing serious injuries to the animal, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Police said the dog has made a full recovery from the beating and has been adopted into a new home.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Danielle M. Erpito, 22, of the 400 block of Blackhawk Avenue in Carpentersville, appeared in bond court Wednesday on felony charges of possession and possession with the intent to deliver 50 Alprazolam pills, prescription medication for anxiety disorders, according to court documents.

    John Barton

    Former Geneva High basketball coach John Barton dies

    Former Geneva High School teacher and basketball coach John Barton died week. He was known for treating all his students respectfully ... and for a memorable victory on the court at East Aurora High School in 1981.

    Keith R. Clausen

    Batavia man accused of stealing his own guns, filing burglary report

    A 40-year-old Batavia man has been charged with stealing three guns from his own residence. Keith R. Clausen was arrested July 27 on charges of filing a false police report, police said. Police continued their investigation and charged him with thefts of three guns and armed violence, a felony that carries a minimum six-year prison term. Clausen, who police said is a convicted felon, was not...

    Cook County Clerk David Orr

    Report shows lobbying down in Cook County

    Cook County Clerk David Orr's semi-annual lobbying report shows 211 active lobbyists in the county earned nearly $1.2 million during the first six months of the year, making 540 contacts with elected officials and high-ranking county employees.


    Flavored rolling papers banned

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Thursday that bans the sale of non-menthol flavored wrapping paper more commonly called "blunt warps." Opponents say they're used to smoke marijuana and other drugs.

    Michael Chacon

    Calls disconnected for man charged in fatal dog beating

    A man accused of beating his girlfriend's Chihuahua to death was barred Thursday from using the phone at the DuPage County jail after prosecutors argued he violated court orders by calling the dog owner 24 times since his arrest about two weeks ago. "I want there to be some consequence for this large number of phone calls," a judge told Michael Chacon.

    Rosa E. Villarruel

    Carpentersville woman gets 6 years for theft in Wayne

    The former manager of a Wayne food store was sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling more than $250,000 from the store, authorities said Thursday. Rosa E. Villarruel, 43, formerly of the 2600 block of Helm Road in Carpentersville, pleaded guilty last week to felony theft.

    North Aurora Village Administrator Wes Kornowske is leaving at the end of August for a job in Wisconsin.

    North Aurora losing 2 executives

    North Aurora is losing two senior staffers at the end of the month, as the village administrator takes a job in Wisconsin, and the community development director starts work in Batavia.


    Vernon Hills seeks alternatives to grow investments

    With the recent drop in returns on government agency bonds, Vernon Hills is looking for safe alternatives to increase yields and will be investing $1.75 million in brokered CDs.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A wallet, a money clip and two keys were stolen out of a vehicle in the 400 block of West Wilson Street in Batavia, it was reported at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday, police said.


    St. Mark rummage sale

    St. Mark Lutheran Church and Education Center in Lindenhurst is hosting its annual rummage sale, which is under way and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11.


    Readers sought for students

    United Way of Lake County seeks individuals to volunteer as readers or reading tutors for elementary school students in Waukegan classrooms. Training will be provided for all volunteers.


    Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville

    MainStreet Libertyville's Car Fun on 21 returns on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Classic cars 25 years and older in mint condition will be displayed from 6 to 9 p.m. on Church Street adjoining Cook Park in downtown Libertyville.


    Buffalo Grove town-hall forum

    Residents of the Buffalo Grove area will get a chance to receive an update on the status of important public issues at the state, county and municipal level at a town-hall meeting with state Rep. Sid Mathias, Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman and Buffalo Grove Village President Jeffrey Braiman 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Vernon Township Community Services Building, 2900 N. Main...

    M. Lynn Barkley was a kindergarten instructor at Avon Center School in Round Lake Beach in 2005 when she won the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award. Barkley, who became Avon’s principal and handled other top administrative duties in her long tenure for Grayslake Elementary District 46, is leaving for another job.

    Veteran educator says farewell to Grayslake District 46

    M. Lynn Barkley bid farewell this week to Grayslake Elementary District 46, where the educator donned several hats in her long career there. In her emotional goodbye at Wednesday's school board meeting, Barkley announced she's leaving after 17 years to become human resources director for Hawthorn Elementary District 73 in Vernon Hills.

    This is the manhole a 76-year-old woman fell through Monday morning.

    Woman who fell down manhole stays calm in 911 call

    A 76-year-old woman who fell down an uncovered manhole in Palatine on Monday remains remarkably calm, if a bit dazed and confused, on the 911 call she made from the bottom of the hole."I'm somewhere north on Hicks," the woman says. "I fell through a drain cover. There's like a wood thing over the manhole cover still in place so I don't know how the heck I got down here ... when I look up, there's...

    A video screen shot of Mark Kirk during a rehab session at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

    Experimental stroke therapy helps Kirk

    Good luck and experimental therapy may have helped U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk recover more extensively than he would have with standard care after he suffered a stroke in January. Kirk credits lead researcher and physical therapist T. George Hornby at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, whose work may change standard therapy for stroke patients.


    Private records removed from Illinois Commerce Commission site

    The state auditor found significant personal information about consumers filing complaints with the Illinois Commerce Commission published on the agency's website, problems the regulatory agency began fixing last fall. Auditor General William Holland reported Thursday that the ICC's "e-Docket" complaint system held a wealth of readily available private data posted by consumers.


    Hoffman Estates outdoor concert tonight canceled

    Due to inclement weather, an outdoor concert in Hoffman Estates has been canceled. The Jin and Tonic Band was set to perform at 7 p.m. on the Village Green in Prairie Stone. The performance will not be rescheduled.

    Elgin native Susan Lopez, a graduate of Streamwood High School, is headed to UCLA to pursue a law degree in hopes of working in the field of immigration or human rights. Her passion for public service got its start during volunteer projects with the Youth Leadership Academy, a nonprofit collaboration with Elgin Community College that provides support for higher education to low-income students in the ECC district.

    Streamwood grad credits leadership program with success

    Susan Lopez was accepted to the Youth Leadership Academy at Elgin Community College when she was in sixth grade. She stuck with it through high school graduation, crediting the education-focused service learning organization with a share of her success in the years since. Lopez, 24, graduated from Streamwood High School in 2006 and went on to the University of Chicago for Sociology.

    A 360-degree panorama in color of Gale Crater Vista, taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover is displayed at the Malin Space Science Systems, MSSS, control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday.

    Mars rover sends back 1st 360-degree color view

    The Curiosity rover has returned another postcard from Mars — the first 360-degree color view from Gale Crater.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday there’s been a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people.

    CDC: 158 cases of new swine flu strain from pigs

    Health officials Thursday reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people.


    Improv Playhouse holds auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

    An audition call for fourth- through ninth-graders to audition for the Improv Playhouse Libertyville Showstoppers production of the Broadway musical classic "Beauty And The Beast" will be Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Improv Playhouse Theater in Libertyville.


    Vernon Hills Stingers hold girls travel softball tryouts

    The Vernon Hills Stingers are holding travel softball tryouts.


    Des Plaines names economic development director

    Des Plaines City Manager Michael Bartholomew Wednesday announced the appointment of Alexander Dambach as the city's new director of community and economic development. Dambach's first day on the job is Sept. 17.

    Waves crash along the Lake Michigan bike path wall at Chicago’s North Ave. beach in this October, 2011 file photo. Waters will be especially rough during Thursday evening through Friday on the south end of Lake Michigan. Winterlike wave action is forecast from Milwaukee through Chicago, Gary, Ind., and Benton Harbor, Mich.

    Rough winterlike waters around Chicago Friday

    AccuWeather.com is warning bathers, boaters and fishermen that an unusually strong storm system is rolling across the Great Lakes region. Waters in the Chicago area will become especially rough beginning Thursday evening and continuing into the weekend.

    Lake County health officials warned Wednesday that the risk of mosquitoes transmitting the potentially dangerous West Nile virus has significantly increased.

    Infected mosquitoes a concern of Lake County health officials

    Lake County health officials warned Wednesday that the risk of mosquitoes transmitting the potentially dangerous West Nile virus has significantly increased. The red flag comes after 32 batches of mosquitoes sampled throughout the county tested positive for the potentially fatal virus — well above the record pace of 2005.


    Luxury pet resort to open in Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week voted to allow the Barkington Palace, an upscale pet resort, to open at 300 Lexington Drive. "We are bringing to the community of Buffalo Grove the finest pet care in the region," said Renne Sclafani, who is opening the facility with her business partner Linda Webster.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a forest green 1997 Acura Intergra and auto parts in the garage including 15-inch wheels, transmission, motor, seats, suspenson, steering wheel, fiberglass hood, and racing tires from a garage at a Palatine home. Loss was estimated at $11,200.

    Richard Mikel

    Elk Grove Village hires new fire chief

    The Elk Grove Village board Wednesday named career fireman Richard Mikel as the town's new fire chief, replacing Acting Fire Chief William "Bill" Balling. Mikel's annual salary is $130,000. His first day on the job is Aug. 13. He will be sworn in at the Aug. 14 village board meeting.

    Glen Ellyn’s Carolena Carstens Salceda, competing for Panama, lost her fight against Spain’s Brigitte Yague Enrique on Wednesday in the women’s 49 kg taekwondo competition at the London Olympics.

    Local Olympians to watch today
    Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake) and the U.S. women’s soccer team go for the gold against Japan today; Melissa Seidemann (Hoffman Estates) and the U.S. women’s water polo team face Spain for Olympic gold.


    Antioch, Round Lake Beach reschedule fireworks shows

    About a month after drought conditions forced Antioch to postpone its Fourth of July fireworks show, officials have rescheduled the event. The show will go on at the village-approved 99 Year Street Dance on Sept. 22 in honor of the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department's 99th anniversary and to raise funds for next year's centennial celebration.


    Carpentersville park commission has openings

    The Carpentersville Park Commission is looking for some new blood. If you'd like to join, send a letter of interest to the village hall, to the attention of Village President Ed Ritter. Village hall is at 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, IL 60110.


    No injuries reported in Lake Zurich fire

    Fire and smoke caused damage to a garage at a Kildeer home, officials said. Lake Zurich fire officials said they were called to the home in the 21000 block of Cambridge Drive about 2 p.m. Wednesday when a residential fire alarm system alerted the fire department.

    President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies aren’t waiting for Mitt Romney to reveal his vice presidential choice. They’re already trying to scuff up those considered by political insiders to be most likely to join the GOP ticket, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

    Obama camp picks at possible Romney VP choices

    CINCINNATI — President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies aren’t waiting for Republican Mitt Romney to reveal his vice presidential choice. They’re already trying to scuff up those considered by political insiders to be most likely to join the GOP ticket.

    Associated Press Syrians on motorcycles look at the damage of a destroyed house after it was hit by an airstrike killing six Syrians in town of Tal Rifat on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.

    Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Syria’s Aleppo

    BEIRUT — Clashes between government troops and rebels raged Thursday in opposition bastions of the besieged city of Aleppo as President Bashar Assad’s key state backer Iran prepared to host a gathering of allies for talks on how to end the conflict.


    Ernesto skirting coast on way to flood-prone Mexico

    VERACRUZ, Mexico — Tropical Storm Ernesto neared a collision with Mexico’s flood-prone southern Gulf coast Thursday after hurling rain across the Yucatán Peninsula but causing little major damage.Ernesto spun through the southern Gulf of Mexico overnight, across waters dotted with oil rigs operated by the state oil company.


    NYC vibrator giveaway shut down due to crowds

    NEW YORK — A vibrator giveaway that attracted long lines in New York City came to an abrupt end when the city told the promoters to pack it up.The Trojan condom company set up “Pleasure Carts” on Wednesday in two Manhattan neighborhoods, and were set to give away 10,000 vibrating sex toys. Nearly 300 people had lined up at each of the hot-dog-style carts.


    Romney hammers Obama on accuracy of campaign TV ad

    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is charging that President Barack Obama has gone beyond the bounds of acceptable campaign speech with a TV ad linking him to a woman’s death from cancer.


    DC man orders TV, gets assault rifle instead

    WASHINGTON — A Washington musician who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon.com was shocked to receive a semiautomatic assault rifle instead.Thirty-eight-year-old Seth Horvitz says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS on Tuesday evening, and it seemed too small to contain the TV. He says he initially thought it contained accessories.

    Ronald Poppo

    Face-chewing victim speaks out in police interview

    MIAMI — A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre assault alongside a busy South Florida highway told police that his attacker “just ripped me to ribbons.”

    This video image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai, second left, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, being taken into the Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei Thursday Aug. 9, 2012. According to testimony Thursday in one of China’s highest-profile murder trials in years, Gu lured British businessman Neil Heywood to a hotel, where she got him drunk and fed him poison.

    Chinese politician’s wife doesn’t deny killing Brit

    HEFEI, China — The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai lured a British businessman to a hotel in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, where she got him drunk and poisoned him, testimony revealed Thursday in one of China’s highest-profile murder trials.

    Scott Hewitt removes a smoldering log from the tub drive that once housed the mechanism that powered the old Carpenter’s Mill in Springfield.

    Low river exposes Ill. historic site

    Low water levels on the Sangamon River have exposed some of Sangamon County's pioneer past.Foundation blocks and possibly some of the inner workings of what was once Carpenter's Mill have been revealed at Riverside Park, just west of the Business Route 55 Bridge.

    Butter cow being created at the 2005 Illinois State Fair.

    Ill. State Fair unveils butter cow, new ag tent

    The incomplete but ever-popular butter cow sculpture will be unveiled at the Dairy Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Dairy Building Superintendent Marla Behrends will preside over the ceremony Thursday afternoon. Sculptor Sharon BuMann will finish the butter cow in front of fairgoers during the beginning of the 2012 Illinois State Fair.


    Southern Illinois man found dead in lake

    Authorities are investigating the death of a Fairview Heights man whose body was pulled from a lake at Frank Holten State Park.


    Indiana man sentenced for 52 pounds of mailed marijuana

    A northern Indiana judge says he favors decriminalizing marijuana but that he couldn't avoid punishing a man for getting 52 pounds of the drug through the mail.


    Not guilty plea in Wisconsin crash that killed husband

    A woman accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed her husband will stand trial in Vernon County.


    Ill. River Wetlands gain international recognition

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is celebrating two restored Illinois River wetlands that have gained international recognition for their biodiversity. Simon says the Dixon refuge and Emiquon Complex are international models of environmental restoration, supporting vulnerable plant and animals, and attracting environmental tourism. Both areas were officially designated Wetlands of International Importance...


    Lawsuit seeks to stop Wis. wolf hunt

    A coalition is suing the Department of Natural Resources to try to stop Wisconsin's planned wolf hunt.The Wisconsin State Journal reports a group of humane societies filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Dane County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims the DNR failed to put in place regulations to prevent the inhumane deaths of hunting dogs in confrontations with wolves.


    Another $15 million going to Chicago ‘El’ project

    Another $15 million is going into a project to overhaul the line that forms the backbone of Chicago's "El."The new money for the north Red Line stations project will be used to replace elevated stretches of track so deteriorated that train drivers are forced to slow down when they drive over them.


    Ill. state construction agency unveils new website

    An Illinois state construction agency is introducing a new website that makes it easier for builders to watch for upcoming projects and track payments for ongoing work.


    Ill. court to rule on inaction over possible abuse

    The Illinois Supreme Court may clarify the duties of school officials who fear a teacher poses a sexual threat to students. The case involves a teacher who was forced to resign from a job in Bloomington-Normal after viewing pornography on a school computer and being accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.


    Dawn Patrol: Charges in double fatal, weather cools

    Joe Walsh taking heat for calling President Obama "son." Kane County mosque plans face new vote. Gov. Quinn says a pension plan can be reached before Aug. 17. Barrington lawn jockey sparks debate. 20-year-old charged a month after double fatal crash in Woodstock. Three injured in Wheaton crash.

    After taping his eyes shut, mentalist Christopher Carter of Sleepy Hollow identifies objects plucked from his audience and reveals names, numbers and even secrets written on pieces of paper.

    Sleepy Hollow mentalist predicted you would read this

    A chubby nerd who could do a few magic tricks as a boy, Sleepy Hollow's Christopher Carter grew up to be one of the most-popular and unusual performers by perfecting a "mentalist" act that messes with your mind. “I was a nerd,” Carter says, remembering his childhood in Springfield.


    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) looks to pass under pressure from Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije (71) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The Broncos won 31-3. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Welsh) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT

    Bears start rocky but room for improvement

    The start of Thursday night's preseason opener began several minutes late because of lightning at Soldier Field, but the Bears' offense never arrived in a 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. There was no danger to Peyton Manning and his surgical neck from the Bears' pass rush in the one possession that the future Hall of Fame quarterback played.


    Broncos beat Bears 31-3

    Peyton Manning's first appearance with the Denver Broncos was brief and a bit uneven. Manning got intercepted near the goal line on the game's opening possession and watched from the sideline the rest of the way as Denver beat the Bears 31-3 in the preseason opener on Thursday night. All eyes were on Manning and the results were mixed for the four-time MVP. Considering he missed all of last season with a nerve injury in his neck that weakened his throwing arm and led to his tearful farewell from the Indianapolis Colts, it was hardly a surprise.

    Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs over six innings Thursday as Cleveland won its second straight after losing 11 in a row.

    Jimenez pitches Indians past Red Sox 5-3

    Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 for his first win in more than a month and the Indians beat Boston 5-3 on Thursday night, handing the Red Sox their seventh loss in nine games.

    The Royals’ Billy Butler connects for a triple in the fifth inning Thursday in Baltimore.

    Butler leads Royals over Orioles 8-2

    Billy Butler finished a single shy of hitting for the cycle, and the Kansas City Royals picked up a 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

    The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira hits a solo home run in the eighth inning Thursday in Detroit.

    Teixeira, Chavez HRs help Yankees top Tigers 4-3

    Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning that put New York ahead after manager Joe Girardi was ejected, and the Yankees held off the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday to split a four-game series.

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, right, greets Jason Kubel after a win against the Pirates Thursday in Pittsburgh.

    Kubel belts two homers as Arizona downs Pittsburgh

    With Jason Kubel mired in a 5-for-39 slump heading into Wednesday's game, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson wanted to sit him out for a couple days to clear his head. Come Thursday, Gibson reconsidered.

    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright struck out seven and walked three Thursday in a home victory over San Francisco.

    Wainwright, Cardinals slow Giants with 3-1 win

    Adam Wainwright helped the Cardinals get back on track after a blowout loss, pitching seven strong innings and lifting St. Louis over the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Thursday.

    Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, right, beats Miami’s Jose Reyes to first base for an out during the eighth inning Thursday in New York.

    Dickey goes the distance in 15th win

    R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game for his 15th victory, stopping Jose Reyes' 26-game hitting streak in the process and helping the New York Mets end their nine-game home skid with a 6-1 win Thursday over the Miami Marlins.

    The Nationals’ Michael Morse passes Astros first baseman Scott Moore on his way around the bases on a solo homer in the sixth inning Thursday in Houston.

    Morse homers twice as Nationals blank Astros

    Michael Morse homered twice, Jordan Zimmermann matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and the Washington Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.


    Mozingo blasts 2 homers, but Boomers fall

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball coverage

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass during the first quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Broncos
    The Bears played the Broncos in a preseason matchup at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday, August 9. This was Peyton Manning's first appearance in a game for the Broncos.

    Josh Vitters connects for his first major-league hit with a double in the seventh inning to drive in a pair of runs earlier this week at San Diego.

    New Cubs Jackson, Vitters happy to be at Wrigley

    The Cubs returned home to Wrigley Field Thursday, and there was a whole new look at feel in the clubhouse. Just over a week ago, the locker room was populated by familiar veterans, some of whom have been traded. In their place are highly touted prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, who were eagerly looking forward to their Wrigley debuts.


    Rain postpones Northbrook’s Legion opener

    Rain postponed Northbrook's opener in the Great Lakes American Legion regional baseball tournament from Thursday evening to 9 a.m. Friday against host Midland, Mich. Schaumburg graduate Bronson Wittkamp will play baseball at Augustana and Rolling Meadows all-area football player Ryan Gundersen is on the Illinois roster as a walk-on wide receiver.

    White Sox relief pitcher Brett Myers has made 9 appearances and pitched 7 scoreless innings since joining the team.

    Myers a strong addition to White Sox’ bullpen

    Since arriving in a July 21 trade from the Houston Astros, veteran right-hander Brett Myers has bolstered the White Sox' bullpen. Myers has not allowed an earned run in 9 appearances with the Sox. Myers has been nothing short of spectacular since joining the White Sox. The veteran right-hander has made 9 appearances and pitched 7? scoreless innings.


    Glenbrook South grad Prchal wins Illinois State Amateur tourney

    The college players' domination of the Illinois State Amateur golf tournament is over.Collegians had won eight straight times until Glenview's Quinn Prchal came through with rounds of 66-69 on Thursday at The Links at Kokopelli to notch a 2-stroke victory over Derek Meinhart of Mattoon. Prchal went through the three-day, 72-hole test in 8-under-par 272.A recent Glenbrook South graduate, Prchal hasn yet to play a college event, but it won't be long. He'll play in his last junior event next week in Greensboro, N.C., then is off to Princeton University for the start of his freshman year.

    Rory McIlroy watches his fairway shot on the 16th hole Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    A breakthrough for players and sun at PGA

    The breakthrough moment Thursday wasn't just the sun shining over Kiawah Island. It was Carl Pettersson breaking 70 for the first time in 21 tries at the PGA Championship to take the lead, Rory McIlroy flashing that boyish smile and bashing tee shots. And yes, even John Daly showing there might be another cycle left in that up-and-down career. "There really wasn't much wind on the front nine, so I knew I had to keep going low because I figured the wind would get up," Pettersson said.

    Brenda Villa of the United States shoots at goal during Thursday the women’s water polo gold medal match against Spain.

    US women win 1st gold in Olympic water polo

    The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday. "I am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," U.S. captain Brenda Villa said. "I can't describe it. It's the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending."

    The United States' Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring Thursday during the gold medal match against Japan.

    US tops Japan to take Olympic women's soccer gold

    Abby Wambach didn't put on her "Greatness Has Been Found" T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield — and cried into a U.S. flag. Yes, greatness has been found. And payback has been achieved. The Americans are again on top of the women's soccer world. They won their third straight Olympic gold medal Thursday, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year's World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in their history.

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates Thursday as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final.

    Bolt wins 200, Rudisha gets 800 record at Olympics

    Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds Thursday night to become the first man with two Olympic titles at that distance. Bolt beat countryman Yohan Blake by .12 seconds, and Warren Weir took third to make it a 1-2-3 sweep for Jamaica.

    Tiger Woods tips his hat to the gallery on the 13th hole Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship.

    Tiger Woods scrambles to stay in the hunt

    For the first time in a dozen years, Tiger Woods has started three straight majors with a round in the 60s. Nothing less was going to suffice Thursday in the PGA Championship. In steamy weather, with virtually no wind along the Atlantic shore, Woods ran off three straight birdies around the turn at Kiawah Island and kept the round from turning ugly by getting up-and-down for bogey on three holes for a 3-under 69 that left him three shots off the early lead.

    USA's Destinee Hooker (19) goes up for a smash in front of South Korea's Han Song-yi (12) during a women's volleyball semifinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    US women reach Olympic volleyball gold-medal match

    Coach Hugh McCutcheon made a special point of seeking out captain Lindsey Berg for a quick hug after the U.S. women's volleyball team advanced to the gold medal match at the London Olympics. "It's game time and I feel great, and I don't care how I feel after Saturday," Berg said, referring to the final, a rematch of 2008 Olympic finale against Brazil.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore reacts Thursday after being called for a balk during the first inning.

    Moore sharp, Rays finish 3-game sweep of Toronto

    Matt Moore pitched six sharp innings and Jose Lobaton drove in three runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

    United States triple jumper Christian Taylor competes Thursday in the men’s triple jump final.

    Taylor wins Olympic triple jump gold for US

    Christian Taylor won the Olympic triple jump gold medal Thursday night, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.

    Visitation and funeral services for Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, left, will take place this weekend. The 22-year-old soccer star from Lombard died at a restaurant Sunday, and the Columbus Crew will honor him with several tributes before Saturday's MLS game.

    MLS team to honor Lombard soccer star Urso

    Visitation and funeral services for Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso will take place this weekend in his hometown. The 22-year-old soccer star from Lombard died at a restaurant Sunday, and the Columbus Crew will honor him with several tributes before Saturday's MLS game, including a video and a special patch to be worn by his teammates.

    South Africa’s Caster Semenya reacts Thursday after competing in the women’s 800-meter semifinal.

    Semenya advances to 800-meter final at Olympics

    Closing in on an Olympic medal three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, Caster Semenya of South Africa won her 800-meter semifinal heat in 1 minute, 57.67 seconds on Thursday night. "I'm very happy to get through to the finals," Semenya said. "It was very hard, but I tried my best. I just have to go to my bed."


    Chicago Wolves sign 20-year-old goalie

    The Chicago Wolves have signed 20-year-old goaltender Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault, team officials announced Thursday. Corbeil-Theriault, a Montreal native, led the QMJHL with a career-high 37 victories and a 2.38 goals-against average last season.

    Fire head coach Frank Klopas has his team in position to make the MLS playoffs this season, but there are still 12 games to play and contenders to hold off.

    Fire pointing the way to end playoff drought

    Heading into the final third of the Chicago Fire's regular season, the club probably needs 11-15 standings points out of a possible 36 remaining points to clinch a playoff berth and end a two-year playoff drought, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.


    Mike North video: Should the Nationals shut down Strasburg?

    Mike North talks about the Washington Nationals and GM Mike Rizzo shutting down Steven Strasburg at 160 innings pitched. Hear how a Washington repoter is silenced when asking a question about Mike Rizzo. Being a part of the playoffs doesn't come around often and Mike thinks Strausburg should go for it.


    High school football player collapses, dies

    SPRING VALLEY, Ill. — Grief counselors have been called in to help students today at Hall High School deal with the death of one of the football players at the north-central Illinois school Wednesday. According to authoriities, the team was 20 minutes into its practice Wednesday when 17-year-old Daniel Lule collapsed during a non-contact agility drill.

    The IOC is set to formally strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Games and reassign the medals after his admission of doping, according to an Olympic official familiar with the case.

    AP: IOC to strip U.S. cyclist Hamilton of Athens gold

    The IOC is set to formally strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Games and reassign the medals after his admission of doping, according to an Olympic official familiar with the case.


    Cubs scouting report

    The Cubs are 2-3 against the Reds this year, 1-2 at Wrigley Field. They’ll meet again next weekend in Cincinnati, with a day-night doubleheader Aug. 18. The Reds have lost four in a row; they were just swept in three games at Milwaukee.

    Team USA defender and Crystal Lake native Amy Le Peilbet, right, and Canada’s Sophie Schmidt compete for the ball during Monday’s Olympic semifinal match in Manchester, England.

    U.S. women to take on Japan in redemption match today

    A day before the Olympic gold medal game, players and coaches from the U.S. and Japanese women's soccer teams stood in front of reporters side by side, like buddies on the same squad, arms linked around each other's waists. The white warmup jackets of the United States alternated with the blue ones from Japan. All that cordiality? It ends at kickoff. "They snatched our dream last year," U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe said.


    Travelers still have to put up with packed planes, rising fees and unpredictable security lines, but they are missing fewer business meetings or chances to tuck their kids into bed. Nearly 84 percent of domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of their schedule time in the first half of the year, the best performance since the government started tracking such data in 1988.

    Now arriving on time: Your flight and suitcase

    U.S. airlines are more punctual and less likely to lose your bag than at any time in more than two decades.

    Tom Callam, left, director of human resources at Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, PC, makes a point at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Newsmakers’ Forum on HR, Insurance and Benefits in Oak Brook. Also on the panel are Jennifer Lollino, vice president of HR consulting services for Sikich LLP; Bret McKitrick, HR consultant with Associated Financial Group; and Mary Lynn Fayoumi, president and CEO of the Management Association of Illinois.

    HR panel: Take care of your ‘superstars’

    Although economic uncertainty has kept business growth in limbo, it's important to take care of the "superstars" in your organization to make sure they are not lured away and to assure your company's future success. "You have to know who are the keepers, who are the future of the company, then you have to focus on them," said Tom Callam, director of HR for Corbett, Duncan and Hubly PC in Itasca.

    Joseph Stiglitz is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

    Nobel economist: Inequality weighs on U.S. economy

    To Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, the U.S. economy's strange behavior can be traced to the growing gap between wealthy Americans and everyone else.

    Most U.S. stocks rose, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its longest rally since March, as data showing an unexpected decline in jobless claims last week tempered concern about a worsening of Europe’s economy.

    Stocks waver; signs on the economy hard to read

    U.S. stocks dawdled between small gains and losses Thursday with investors unable to decide what to focus on: incremental encouraging news about the U.S. economy, or incremental negative news about China and elsewhere.

    Tony Palcheck

    Motorola Solutions’ investment could pay in the future

    You can't exactly say Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the company's investment unit, is on a spree. It's already made significant investments, upward to $5 million, in a number of companies so far this year, including Visage, Vocera and Retailigence. This week, it made another such investment in Fixmo, a Sterling, Va.-based provider of mobile security and other products for both the public and private sectors. And that's just the area that Motorola wants.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Willow Creek Community Church Global Leadership Summit Thursday in South Barrington.

    Rice shares her principles of leadership

    "I love policy, not politics," former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday morning to the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Comnmunity Church in South Barrington, addressing her lack of interest in being Mitt Romney's running mate. Rice said she believes her personality is better suited to public service than elected politics.

    General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson addresses the media before the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Detroit. He told company employees that he’s working to wipe out fiefdoms that remain in the company and to bring its culture into the 21st century.

    GM CEO says old culture still hinders change

    A frustrated but upbeat General Motors CEO told employees that he's working to wipe out fiefdoms that remain in the company and bring its culture into the 21st Century.

    Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, right, kicks the ball as Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano, left, defends, during a friendly soccer match in Goteborg, Sweden, Aug. 8. Manchester United is readying for its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

    Manchester United lines up stock market debut

    The world's most popular sports team is getting ready to list its stock on the world's largest exchange.

    Google is paying a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple’s Safari browser.

    Google agrees to record $22.5M fine on privacy

    Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it breached Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser.


    ‘Game-changing’ downtown Naperville development gets OK

    A potentially "game-changing" development that officials say could propel downtown Naperville for years to come won approval early Thursday morning from the city's planning and zoning commission. Commissioners voted 5-3 to recommend approval of the Water Street District project that is expected to include a 130-room Holiday Inn, a 551-space parking garage, 63 rental apartments and 16,000 square feet of office space. The proposal next goes to the city council.

    Shoppers browse the Aurora Farmers Market during its 98th year in 2010. The market is celebrating its centennial Saturday with a ceremony at 10 a.m. in North River Street Park at River and Cedar streets.

    Farmers market celebrates 100 years in Aurora

    One hundred years ago, Aurora reporters were busy previewing the first farmers market to be held in the city, bringing growers with "vegetables of all kinds, fruits, eggs, poultry (dressed and live), butter, cheese" to shoppers for a morning of commerce. The first market brought only one farmer — much later than expected and without enough food. But fast forward a century and that same market has 45 vendors and a history as the longest continuously running market in the state.


    U.S. wholesale stockpiles fell as sales plummeted

    U.S. wholesale companies cut back their stockpiles in June as sales fell by the most in three years. The declines in sales and inventories could signal slower growth in the coming months. Even though stockpiles declined, the steeper drop in sales means it would take wholesalers longer to clear out their inventories. That suggests they may order fewer goods to keep their stockpiles from getting any larger.


    JPMorgan revises 1Q profit down amid trading probe

    JPMorgan Chase on Thursday formally revised its first-quarter financial results to show a lower profit, after deciding that traders at its main investment arm had overstated the value of certain derivatives.


    E-Trade ousting its CEO; naming chairman to post

    E-Trade Financial has ousted its CEO, Citigroup veteran Steven Freiberg, just two years into a four-year contract as the online broker deals with declining trading by customers. The company said Thursday that it's looking for a new CEO as it adjusts its business strategy, which is focused on strengthening its financial position. It named its chairman to the top spot until a permanent replacement can be found.

    In this Friday, July 13, 2012, photo, a container ship from China is offloaded at Massport’s Conley Terminal in the port of Boston. The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 18 months in June, pushed down by a steep drop in oil imports and a small rise in exports.

    U.S. trade deficit falls to lowest in 18 months

    The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 18 months in June, pushed down by a steep drop in oil imports and a rise in exports. The trade gap narrowed to $42.9 billion in June, down from $48 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, a level consistent with modest gains in hiring.

    U.S. applications for unemployment aid fall by 6,000

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 368,250 in the week that ended Aug. 4.

    The Wendy’s Co. says Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 that it lost money in the second quarter because of costs to refinance debt. But a key sales figure rose as it worked to reinvent itself as a higher-end hamburger chain. The Dublin, Ohio-based fast-food company says sales at restaurants open at least 15 months rose 3.2 percent for the quarter.

    Wendy’s posts loss on refinancing; sales figure up

    The Wendy's Co. lost money in the second quarter because of costs to refinance debt. But a key sales figure rose as it worked to reinvent itself as a higher-end hamburger chain.


    T-Mobile loses subscribers, smartphones flat

    The long slide of T-Mobile USA continued in the latest quarter, as the country's No. 4 cellphone company lost subscribers and struggled to sign people up for smartphones.

    Tony LaFrenere, executive director for the Schaumburg Park District, holds the Links Technology Cup.

    Big turnout for Schaumburg Park Foundation golf outing

    About 200 people came out to the fifth annual Links Technology Cup Wednesday at the Schaumburg Golf Club to raise money for the Schaumburg Park Foundation. Organizers were hopeful the fundraiser would generate at least $40,000 for the foundation, which uses the money for a variety of initiatives, including renovations to the park district's Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary.


    Golf: Foundation initiatives benefit
    With great weather to start and a bigger turnout than ever before, the fifth annual Links Technology Cup was on par Wednesday to be a success for the Schaumburg Park Foundation.“This is the perfect example of a private enterprise and a public enterprise working together,” said Brian Burke, president of Links Technology in Schaumburg. “It’s good for (the Foundation); it’s good for us.”About 200 people came out to the Schaumburg Golf Club to participate in the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Participants came from many area businesses that sponsored the event, including John Barleycorn, Mesirow Financial and the Daily Herald.Burke said being a resident of Schaumburg for more than 40 years, along with his involvement with the park district for more than 30 years, helped lead him to the decision five years ago to put on the event.“It was a natural thing,” he said. “(The foundation) wanted to raise money and they were looking for a new way — something different.”Patricia Casler, director of communications and corporate relations for the Schaumburg Park District, said the event has grown to be not only a fundraiser, but also a “friend-raiser.”“It gives us visibility in the community, as well as it really brings together all the people who have supported the foundation over the years,” she said. Casler said the event raised about $40,000 last year. She was hopeful the same amount or more would be raised this year.Money raised from the event is used for a variety of foundation initiatives, including scholarships, the LATER after-school program for kids, and renovations at Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary.Bob Schmidt, president of both the Schaumburg Park Foundation and the Park District Board of Commissioners, said in the past money from the foundation has helped with the purchase of a horse-drawn wagon and livestock for Spring Valley, along with the donation of a bathroom-equipped bus to the park district.“It’s really a community effort,” Schmidt said of the fundraiser. “(The participants) believe in what we do.” Prior to teeing off, Burke introduced the park district’s new executive director, Tony LaFrenere, who was on his first day of the job. He replaces recently retired Jean Schlinkmann, who also was present at the outing.Burke said the golf outing’s benefits stretch throughout the year.“If this goes well, it helps (the foundation) in more ways than one,” he said. “It doesn’t just help with a dollar today. It helps over time because the exposure for the foundation ... is really critical.”


    Improvements on tap for Carol Stream gas stations

    Two Carol Stream gas stations properties will be renovated this year to include new convenience stores and other amenities. The village board approved zoning variances for the projects.

    Exterior of Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Facebook pressured to remove page deemed racist

    Facebook is under pressure in Australia to take down a page that insults Aborigines with the government accusing the social networking company of using its U.S. base to avoid Australian anti-discrimination laws. The Aboriginal Memes Facebook page has created a furor in Australia this week with its depictions of indigenous Australians as drunks and welfare cheats.


    UN agency: Global food prices up sharply in July

    International food prices rose sharply in July after three months of decline, driven by a spike in grain and sugar prices, a United Nations report said Thursday. Severe drought gripping the U.S. Midwest has sent corn prices soaring by almost 23 percent and expectations of worsened crop prospects in Russia because of dry weather sent world wheat prices up 19 percent.


    Guilty plea from former Chicago Deloitte partner

    A Chicago-based accountant has pleaded guilty to securities fraud for profiting from information that was not yet public about companies he was auditing. Federal prosecutors say 64-year-old Thomas Flanagan was a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP (duh-LOYT' and TOOCH') when he engaged in insider trading between December 2006 and May 2008.

    Postbank workers protest against government privatization plans outside the Finance Ministry during a 24-hour strike in Athens, Wednesday.

    EU deeply concerned about unemployment in Greece

    The European Commission considers unemployment in Greece a matter of "deep concern," commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said."Unprecedented" levels of unemployment, and especially of youth unemployment, are an issue that Greek authorities and the so-called troika of international lenders must address, Bailly told reporters in Brussels today.


    Oil hovers above $93 as China inflation eases

    Oil hovered above $93 a barrel Thursday in Asia as lower inflation in China reinforced expectations for more stimulus measures to boost waning economic growth. Benchmark crude was up 14 cents to $93.49 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 32 cents on Wednesday to settle at $93.35 in New York.

    Nestle’s CEO Paul Bulcke

    Nestle posts strong H1 profits but outlook tough

    Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA posted a 8.9 percent rise in first-half profits but predicted that the remainder of 2012 will be challenging.Helped by strong demand from emerging markets, price rises and cost-cutting, the world's biggest food and beverage maker said its net profit rose to 5.120 billion Swiss francs ($5.27 billion) from January to June, up from 4.703 billion francs in the comparable 2011 period.

    A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

    Fire is latest pollution problem at Chevron plant

    A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

    An undated an artist’s sketch shows a scene at the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London in 1851.

    The Olympics: World’s Fairs of the 21st century?

    It rose in England's capital with the promise of showcasing humanity's best: supreme accomplishments, fresh technologies, people from far-flung lands and their cultural traditions. It was both trumpeted as a global achievement and dismissed as overly commercialized "trumpery."It was not the Olympics.

    More U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages gone unpaid even as they pulled back on home repossessions.

    Number of homes facing foreclosure rose in July

    More U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages gone unpaid even as they pulled back on home repossessions. The number of homes that received an initial notice of default — the first step in the foreclosure process — increased 6 percent in July compared to the same month last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Life & Entertainment

    A physically and mentally enhanced agent named Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) becomes a target for his own country in the political paranoia sequel “The Bourne Legacy.”

    Less action, less personality mark Damonless 'Bourne' sequel

    Once it gets going, "The Bourne Legacy" — the third sequel in the frenetic, critically acclaimed action franchise based on Robert Ludlum's literary Jason Bourne — doesn't get going very long. It offers quality kills and fleeting sensational stunts, but they're stuck in an overly lengthy film (135 minutes) that needs another pass through the editing software to get down to fighting weight.


    Marriott to stage Webber revue, ‘9 to 5’ in 2013

    The Marriott Theatre's 2013 season will start off with the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and wrap up with a spoonful of sugar from the stage's most beloved nanny, the theater announced Thursday.


    Local theater: ‘Man of La Mancha’ returns
    Light Opera Works' "Man of La Mancha" and Metropolis' remount of 16th Street Theatre's "Enfrascada" are among this week's suburban theater openings.

    Country singer Randy Travis, who has been charged with driving while intoxicated, was released on $21,500 bond.

    Randy Travis released on bond

    Country singer Randy Travis was lying in the middle of the road with no car in sight when another driver spotted him and called 911, according to a recording released Thursday. "I just found a guy laying in the road," the caller said in a recording released by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. He added later, "I want to say he had no shirt on, but I don't know."

    Jimmy “Mac” McInerney, program director at radio station 95.9 FM “The River” in Aurora, is also a devoted “Star Wars” fan and collector. He will be interviewing fans at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con for a “Star Wars”-related podcast he co-hosts.

    Suburban radio man brings 'Star Wars' love to Rosemont comic convention

    Face front, true believers! The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con has returned to Rosemont. And podcasting from the floor will be suburban native, radio personality and "Star Wars" megafan Jimmy "Mac" McInerney.

    Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Trey Parker in front of the Eugene O’Neill Theater where the Tony-award winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” is performing in New York. The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical opens its first national tour in Denver this month.

    ‘Book of Mormon’ ready for road tour

    "The Book of Mormon" arrived on Broadway like a bawdy toddler, cursing and making poo jokes, but winning hearts anyway. Now it's ready for a road trip. The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical opens its first national tour in Denver this month after its creators have gently prepared the little sister version to stagger off without them.

    Lady Gaga is featured on the cover of the September issue of Vogue magazine.

    Lady Gaga likes life on the wild side

    Lady Gaga is one of the most visible celebrities in the world, but she says not everything she does is documented. In the September issue of Vogue magazine, Gaga says she likes to "feel a little irresponsible and act like I'm 19." She goes on to admit she even manages to "roll into a bar" and dance topless or have sex on the beach without getting recognized.

    The title couple (Rashida Jones, left, and Andy Samberg) remain close friends post-divorce in “Celeste & Jesse Forever.”

    'Celeste & Jesse' a case of squandered potential

    Dann introduces the immortal horror director John Carpenter at the 10th annual Flashback Weekend Horror Convention, whips up some Reel Life notes and reviews Andy Samberg's new anti-romantic comedy "Celeste & Jesse Forever" which he calls "another comedy (with serious dramatic overtones) where the main cast could be verbally crippled simply by eliminating two words: "Awesome!" and "Great!"

    “Is Your Love Big Enough?” by Lianne La Havas

    U.K.’s Lianne La Havas is touching on debut

    Lianne La Havas, the 22-year-old London newcomer, uses her husky vocals to create stunning songs like "Lost & Found" on her outstanding debut album, "Is Your Love Big Enough?" La Havas sings about the many facets of love: On most songs she's cooing about lost love, sounding scorned, or ready to move on. But on others she's happy.

    Elle Varner’s “Perfectly Imperfect”

    Elle Varner’s debut disc is R&B gold

    Elle Varner's debut album is titled "Perfectly Imperfect," but she should have called it "Perfect." The newcomer's 11-track set is pure excellence, full of R&B gems that are silky, smooth and jamming.


    Night life events: Mickey Finn’s hosts Backlot Brewfest

    Celebrate 18 years of Mickey Finn's at the Backlot Brewfest, a rib cook-off and brewfest from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Performers include Rock City 7, Betty Soul, Almost Famous, and Tim and Ned. Admission is free until 5 p.m.

    “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” is a tribute to the late Johnny Cash.

    A few great moments on ‘We Walk the Line’

    "We Walk the Line" chronicles a concert held earlier this year in Austin, Texas, to celebrate what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday. Drawing musicians from not just the world of country music, but also from rock, pop and folk, this DVD/CD shows just how wide-ranging an influence the American icon remains.

    Potatoes and vegetables wrapped in foil and cooked over an open fire make for hearty camp cuisine.

    Camp Potatoes
    Camp Potatoes

    Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), left, meets his Republican challenger Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) in the smart and lowbrow political comedy "The Campaign."

    'Campaign' a political tragedy disguised as R-rated comedy

    Jay Roach's crazy, messy, R-rated political film "The Campaign" will be an unlikely snapshot of America's political landscape back in 2012. Why? Look at how Roach uses outrageous events and lowbrow slapstick in this comedy — written by Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell and Adam McKay — to lay out what's wrong with our political process without being confrontational or partisan. Smart and funny!

    Potatoes and vegetables wrapped in foil and cooked over an open fire make for hearty camp cuisine.

    Move over Mom: Foil-packet potatoes easy camp food that fills you up

    When we camp we use a propane stove to make dinner or we cook right over the camp fire. Easy camping foods are foods that they don't need a lot of preparing and ingredients. Foil-packet potatoes use ingreidents that can be prepped at home or at the campsite. And leftovers can be turned into morning hash.



    Editorial: Who will care for the caregivers?

    Home caregivers are among the lowest-paid workers in America, but their services are more vital then ever, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Money matters, but it’s not everything

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Worry about an enthusiasm gap for the president? Why not? The chattering class needs something to chatter about. But will money decide this election?

    Rajinder Singh Mago

    Better understanding needed of all Americans

    Guest columnist Rajinder Singh Mago: No one is an enemy, no one is stranger. We befriend all. Believe in Fatherhood of God, and brotherhood of mankind. We are one family. One becomes inferior or superior only by one's deeds and not by what caste class creed or tribe one is born in.


    Romney and his faith

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Mormonism is the reason for Romney's rectitude, the explanation for his wholesomeness, the key to understanding his persona. Without it, he would merely be a stiff, able management consultant.


    Urge Quinn to veto plastic bag bill
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: We do not want to allow Big Plastic to decide what we can and cannot do over the next five years. Plastic bags are horrible for the environment.


    Editorial on guns was out of touch
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: These firearms (seldom weapons) are commonly used for sport, hunting and self-defense. Claiming their only purpose is "to efficiently kill human beings" is pandering to the emotions and ignorance of the uninformed.


    Homeowners grateful for county’s vote
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: You made a difference and saved our unincorporated Glen Ellyn from additional flooding and overbuilding from the developer with inadequate detention basins.


    Corporations not paying their share
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Wouldn't it be nice if society (the American people) had some of the tax money back that these corporations have been saving through special tax breaks?


    All the giving to government is tiring
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: We, the people, no longer work to earn a living, we work to pay taxes.


    Tough life lessons to learn in the stands
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: If you don't get your baseball, metaphorically speaking, just go before a television camera and start to cry. Somebody (the government) will throw you a ball.


    Don’t raise taxes for MCC
    A Harvard letter to the editor: I have read several articles recently about MCC's perceived need to expand. The big impression I came away with is that the growth is not going to happen and this white elephant they want to build is going to double their future taxes.


    Will Daily Herald pick Romney or Obama?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Obama has done nothing to address high health care costs and everything to increase premiums and government control. Meanwhile, Romney has racked up one professional success after another. Gee, I wonder who the Herald will endorse this time.


    Constitution supports health care act
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Republicans call the Affordable Health Care Act socialism. They think they cannot be destitute but they can. Perhaps they will realize as they often never do, our Constitution includes "promote the general welfare;" thus they cannot deny or arrogantly abuse the needy.


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