Daily Archive : Monday August 20, 2012



    West Dundee arts center project inches forward

    The West Dundee village board agreed to let an initiative to create a performing arts center downtown move forward after its supporters packed village hall Monday night. Local architect Rick Browne wants to convert the old Ziegler's Ace Hardware, now owned by the village, into the Fox Performing Arts Center, a venue he says will revitalize downtown and host performances by local arts groups.


    Carol Stream eyes in-house traffic court prosecutor

    Carol Stream isn't raising fines for traffic violations — but village officials are hoping to make more money off them. The village is looking into hiring its own attorney to prosecute offenses in traffic court, instead of the current arrangement in which the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office represents the village — and to which the village must pay a fee.

    Patrons gather near the food booths during the 2011 Palatine Downtown Street Fest.

    Palatine Street Fest starts Friday

    Palatine Street Fest 2012, a free festival in downtown Palatine, begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and runs through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Here's a look at some of the food, music and events that will be part of the party.


    How suburbs are dealing with the emerald ash borer

    There are almost as many different ways for communities to treat the emerald ash borer as there are communities. Here is a sampling of how Chicago suburbs have decided to "treat with" the pest.


    Complaints prompt St. Charles to look at closing bars earlier

    In response to complaints about patrons leaving downtown St. Charles bars and getting into drunken clashes with each other and police officers, Mayor Don DeWitte proposed closing the establishments earlier Monday night. DeWitte, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner, proposed reducing the hours of operation for downtown bars by one hour.


    Naperville, Bolingbrook, Wheaton make ‘Best Places’ list

    Money magazine has named three area towns — Naperville, Bolingbrook and Wheaton — among the 100 Best Places to Live among small cities in the United States.

    Antioch Fire Department and Antioch Rescue Squad are housed in this building at 825-835 Holbeck Drive in Antioch. The rescue squad is not affiliated with the fire department.

    Two Antioch Rescue Squad paramedics facing license revocation

    Two EMTs could lose their licenses amid allegations they abused and mistreated patients and co-workers while working at the Antioch Rescue Squad, state officials confirmed. The Illinois Department of Public Health officials said they are investigating the conduct of Kyle Shouse and Chris McBrady and will decide if they should ever again work as EMTs or paramedics.


    Aurora library taking precautions against TB spreading

    Aurora Library officials are cautioning residents and employees that two people who regularly visited the city's Main Library have been diagnosed with TB. Kane County Health Department officials were at the library Monday testing employees, but officials say they don't believe there's anything to fear.

    Batavia schools Superintendent Jack Barshinger and volunteer Jaime Schumacher gives the thumbs-up — and bananas — to Alice Gustafson Elementary School students who walked or biked to school in honor of International Walk to School month, in 2009. Barshinger announced Monday he will retire at the end of the school year.

    Final year on job for Batavia schools chief

    Batavia schools Superintendent Jack Barshinger announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the school year.

    Dan Bridges

    Dist. 203 drops 'interim' from Dan Bridges' superintendent title

    The District 203 board ended its months-long search for Mark Mitrovich's successor and signed Dan Bridges to a 3-year contract worth $225,000 a year. Board President Mike Jaensch said throughout the search process, board members knew they were looking for an inspirational leader who has consistently demonstrated the highest ethical and moral standards. "As these discussions matured, we realized...


    Will County man held in girlfriend's death in Wisconsin

    Authorities say a Will County Illinois man has confessed to killing his girlfriend while the couple was in Wisconsin's Door County to attend a wedding. Sheriff Terry Vogel did not identify the victim or suspect but says the 35-year-old man is from Will County according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons has been trying to arrange the purchase of Illinois’ Thomson Correctional Center for years.

    Virginia representative blocks Illinois sale of Thompson prison to feds

    The federal government wants to buy a prison. The state of Illinois has one to sell. Problem solved, right? Wrong. Before the federal Bureau of Prisons can buy the state's vacant Thomson penitentiary, it needs permission from Congress to shuffle some money around within its budget. But Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican who chairs a key subcommittee, refuses to sign off.

    Luis Zaragoza, of Chicago, and Jason O. Brown of Murphysboro fly above Carbondale as part of a training exercise to practice flying with their service dogs, Cheyenne and Tonka, in Carbondale.

    Service dogs help vets to new heights

    Howard Mattice was nervous. A Marine from Tucson, Ariz., Mattice was deployed three times to Iraq. But as Mattice and some soldiers returning to civilian life have found, post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries and other stressors can make the next stage of their lives difficult and nerve-wracking. That's where Illinois-based This Able Veteran comes in, pairing veterans with service dogs.


    Divers discover remains in Lake Michigan

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. — Door County sheriff’s officials say remains discovered by a group of divers in Lake Michigan could be a diver who disappeared in 1999. Sheriff Terry Vogel says the divers found the remains over the weekend near Whitefish Bay in about 225 feet of water. WLUK-TV reports the name of the diver is not being released until the identity is confirmed.


    Attendance up at Illinois State Fair

    Attendance was up nearly 15 percent at this year's Illinois State Fair.State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield attendees seemed to enjoy the mild weather after weeks of heat earlier in the summer. Attendance for the 10-day fair was just more than 844,000 this year. Last year it was about 735,600.


    Circus employee’s death under investigation in Kane County

    A 22-year-old circus employee was found unconscious in his trailer at the Kane County fairgrounds early Saturday morning and was pronounced dead shortly after, police announced Monday. Police said a metal pipe fell on the man's head earlier in the night, but he appeared fine to other employees after the accident.

    Thirty-four-year-old Nora Peterson, of Elgin, has been charged with murder after striking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan, causing him to fall and later die, according to police.

    Police: Woman struck boyfriend with pan, killing him

    A 34-year-old Elgin woman has been charged with murder after striking her boyfriend in the head with a frying pan, causing him to fall and later die, according to police. Nora P. Peterson called 911 for an ambulance after Michael N. Mielczarek struck his head on the floor and stopped breathing Saturday afternoon, according to police.

    A police officer guards the entrance to a home on the 700 block of Jorstad Drive in North Aurora’s Tanner Trails subdivision where police say a man was stabbed to death Monday morning during a domestic argument.

    N. Aurora man charged with stabbing father to death

    Martrell Harris, 23, of North Aurora, is charged with first-degree murder ih the Monday morning stabbing death of his father, according to the Kane County state's attorney's office. Michael D. Harris Sr., 41, of North Aurora, was found on the porch of a home on the 700 block of Jorstad Drive around 10:15 a.m. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

    Dan O'Leary

    E. Dundee votes to keep disputed land in village hands

    On Monday night, the East Dundee village board said it would not give ex-village President Dan O'Leary a piece of land on Lake Shore Drive that's adjacent to his property and has become a source of controversey for his next-door neighbors.


    Arlington Hts. signs off on dealership plans

    The Arlington Heights village board on Monday approved plans for the Napleton Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep car dealership, which plans to open in early 2013. The auto dealership will be relocating from Des Plaines to 1155 W. Dundee Road in Arlington Heights.


    Barrington approves tax breaks for Ace Hardware

    Barrington trustees Monday approved an economic incentive agreement and special use permit for a long-sought Ace Hardware store to move into the building currently occupied by Fisher Nut on Northwest Highway. The economic incentive agreement would allow the hardware store to recoup up to $13,000 per year in municipal sales tax for its first five years.


    Antioch not yet ready to allow — or ban — video gambling

    Antioch remains undecided about whether to join several other suburbs in allowing video gambling at bars, restaurants, truck stops and other eligible places in the village. Village board trustees Monday night voted 6-0 against an ordinance paving the way for the devices.


    U-46 budget in black despite reductions from state

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board approves the 2012-2013 budget for public didplay. The budget shows that local revenue and funds from the state and federal governments will increase over last year, but funding for categoricals like special education will decline.


    Police reports
    Juan M. Alonso, 36, of the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Friday on charges of possession of cocaine and possession with the intent to deliver, two felonies, according to court documents. Police stopped Alonso early Friday morning in Carpentersville and cited him with an obstructed front windshield before finding him in possession of less than 50 grams of cocaine,...

    Ricardo Robles

    Brothers charged with mob action after Villa Park fight

    Two Montgomery men have been charged with mob action following a weekend fight outside a Villa Park apartment, during which both suspects were stabbed and left unconscious, according to police.


    Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing of Palatine man

    Palatine police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing Sunday night of a 21-year-old Palatine man. Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder would only say that police were questioning the suspect Monday afternoon, and that the man came accompanied by his attorney to the police station to turn himself in.

    Phyllis Diller was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s — when female comics were rare — until her retirement in 2002.

    Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95

    Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Monday morning in Los Angeles at age 95.


    Westmont man charged with stabbing Chicago security guard

    A Westmont man is being held by Chcago police for stabbing a security guard, trying to stab a police sergeant, and causing an accident in downtown Chicago Saturday. Nomad Khan, 20, of Westmont, is being charged with four counts of attempted murder after the Saturday morning stabbing and the crash in the Loop, Chicago Police Spokesman Mike Sullivan said.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Oswego father’s murder trial opens

    Prosecutors in the trial of an Oswego man accused of killing his wife and three children began their case Monday displaying graphic photos of the scene of the shootings. With the photos in clear view of the eight men and four women on the jury, Channahon police Sgt. Steve Weiss described finding the Vaughn family SUV on June 14, 2007, with the bodies of Kimberly Vaughn and the children inside.

    Peter Roskam

    Illinois delegation joins criticism of Akin

    Republican members of the Illinois congressional delegation - who represent a spectrum of stances on the legality of abortion - are jumping on the bandwagon decrying Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments about how women's bodies function during "legitimate" rape.


    Mount Prospect worker burned in flash fire dies

    A Mount Prospect worker injured in a chemical fire earlier this month near Willowbrook has died, authorities said. Luis Macias, 29, died Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

    U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican

    Missouri congressman fights to save GOP Senate bid

    Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney's campaign after saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases.


    Trailer full of padding ignites behind Palatine strip mall

    A semitrailer full of carpet padding caught fire behind a Palatine strip mall late Monday afternoon, filling the sky with black smoke that could be seen for miles. Police and fire dispatchers received multiple 911 calls reporting that businesses in the area were on fire due to the heavy smoke, but firefighters responding to the back of Carpet Outlet found the blaze was contained to the trailer.


    Even in tough times, job search a matter of degree

    Two new studies offer emphatic answers to much-discussed questions about higher education: Yes, a college degree is worth it, but yes, it's the middle-class that's getting particularly squeezed with student debt in the pursuit of one.

    Arlington Park owner Richard Duchossois

    Duchossois recalls ‘remarkable’ Diller

    Arlington Park Chairman Dick Duchossois remembers his ongtime friend Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at age 95, as a "remarkable woman."


    Wynonna Judd’s husband loses leg after crash

    Wynonna Judd's husband has lost his leg after a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit a car. A representative for Judd said Monday that Moser's leg was "severed at the scene of the accident" and that doctors have amputated his leg above his knee.

    In this April 11, 2011 file photo, television personality Rosie O’Donnell attends the New York Women in Communications’ 2011 Matrix Awards in New York. O’Donnell said on her blog, Monday that she’s ìlucky to be here after suffering a heart attack last week.

    Rosie O’Donnell suffers heart attack, gets stent

    Rosie O'Donnell says she suffered a heart attack last week and is "lucky to be here." The 50-year-old comedian detailed the experience on her blog Monday. She says an artery was 99 percent blocked and a stent was inserted.

    The Brainerd building in Libertyville.

    Brainerd group may gauge public support for community center project

    The Brainerd Community Center Inc., a non-profit group that has been trying to establish the former Libertyville High School as a community center may ask voters next spring in an advisory referendum what they think. What that question would say and what it may mean to pocketbooks is to be determined. A full renovation of the nearly century-old building up and the adjoining Jackson Gym could cost...


    Rolling Meadows traffic crackdown through Labor Day

    Rolling Meadows police will be participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click it or Ticket" crackdown during the 2012 Labor Day holiday, officials said. The stepped up enforcement began August 17 and will run through Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

    Wheaton native Megan Boken, a former volleyball standout at St. Francis High School and St. Louis University, was shot and killed Saturday in St. Louis, authorities said.

    Police probe robbery motive in Wheaton volleyball star’s murder

    The fatal shooting of Wheaton volleyball standout Megan Boken was a probable robbery, St. Louis authorities said Monday, urging the public to turn over any video footage taken near the scene of the murder. "Hopefully, the suspect is on camera somewhere, even several blocks away," St. Louis police spokesman Dave Marzullo said. "We've got a good description of him."


    Slain Wheaton native was ‘shining example’ for others, parents say
    The parents of Megan Boken released a statement Monday calling their daughter's murder a "devastating loss to our family, the St. Louis University community, the volleyball community and her many friends."

    More than 500 students and faculty gathered in front of St. Peter Lutheran School on Monday for a flag raising on the first day of school. Students also celebrated the opening of the school’s new 17,000-square-foot wing that includes an assembly area and four new preschool rooms.

    St. Peter Lutheran celebrates expansion on first day of school

    More than 500 students faculty gathered in front of St. Peter Lutheran School on Monday for a flag raising on the first day of school. Students also celebrated the opening of the school's new 17,000-square-foot wing that includes an assembly area and four new preschool rooms.

    Grant Wegner

    Prospective Kane Co. ethics adviser sees obstacle in new law

    The man who would be appointed as Kane County's new ethics adviser warned officials Monday that the specter of two Kane County State's Attorneys opinions cutting down the new ethics law will be an ongoing issue of concern. The main issue would be politicians and employees thinking they don't have to follow the new rules because they may be legally unenforceable.


    Island Lake electoral board to meet:

    The Island Lake Electoral Board will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., to consider an objection to petitions seeking an advisory referendum to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot regarding a village municipal complex.


    Lincolnshire citizen police academy:

    The Lincolnshire police department will host a citizens' police academy from Oct. 2 to Dec. 4.


    Lake County fire safety expo:

    The Lake County Fire Chiefs Association hosts a free fire safety expo on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Gurnee Mills. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in parking lot E, near Value City furniture.


    Sheriff temporarily covers Navy school:

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran says his deputies will temporarily cover a school at Great Lakes Naval Station because of a contract dispute.

    On Friday, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Cardinal Francis George has cancerous cells in his kidney and liver.

    Cardinal George will undergo more tests

    The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will undergo additional tests this week after doctors found cancerous cells in his kidney and liver. The archdiocese gave an update Monday on George's condition saying the 75-year-old cardinal rested over the weekend and was "actively engaged" in his administrative responsibilities.


    Chicago teachers take contract case to schools

    The Chicago Teachers Union has begun informational pickets at several elementary schools to call attention to ongoing contract talks. Teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians began picketing Monday at six year-round schools where students have returned from summer break.


    Tainted cantaloupe sickens 17 in Illinois

    Illinois health officials say an outbreak of infection from the salmonella bacteria is linked to cantaloupes grown on a farm in southwestern Indiana. The Department of Public Health announced Monday that the outbreak includes 17 cases in Illinois. Of those, eight people have been hospitalized. More than 140 people have been infected in 20 states.

    It may not be the claim to fame parents wish for the college their child attends, but the top party school in the country this year is West Virginia University, as judged by The Princeton Review.

    Survey: WVU makes top party school, beats Ohio U.

    West Virginia University is back on top for the first time in five years, bumping off Ohio University to reclaim its title as the nation's No. 1 party school.


    New Dering Lane Park features soccer fields, youth camp, trail

    Lake Villa Township officials will host a dedication ceremony for Dering Lane Park at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, next to Olive Martin School off Route 59 south of Petite Lake Road. The $2.2 million park feature three socer fields and other amenities.

    William Mueller

    Funeral services set for Lombard village president

    Funeral services are set for Lombard Village President William "Bill" Mueller. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1025 E. Madison, Lombard. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Mueller, 76, who had been battling the cancer multiple myeloma, died Aug. 18 from complications...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man used a ruse to steal a pellet rifle with an electric charger, 300-round magazine and tactical vest when he met with the seller in a parking lot at 806 W. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights, around 12:05 p.m. Aug. 19. The man told the seller he wanted to show the gun to his wife, got in black Honda CR-V and drove away.

    Steven E. Reynolds

    Ex-Sandburg teacher guilty of molesting student

    A former substitute teacher at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a 17-year-old student. Steven E. Reynolds, 27, of Hinsdale, was sentenced to 30 months of probation, 15 days in jail with work release, and 200 hours of community service. He also must register as a sex offender for 10 years and have no contact with the victim, according to a plea...

    Ron Levinson, a master certified arborist with TruGreen in West Chicago, drills small holes into an ash tree in Bartlett to prepare it for treatment.

    Treat or remove? Suburbs struggle with ash borer

    That emerald ash borer treatments work is no longer in doubt. The question for cities and homeowners is more personal: Is it worth it? Arborists say trees being treated will need to continue getting the insecticide for 6-8 years, long enough for the pest to have died out or moved on. "Treating trees buys you time," says Jim Bell, Elgin parks superintendent.

    ]Gambling in Aurora could spread outside the walls of Hollywood Casino and into bars, veterans posts and other establishments if a proposal before the city council gains approval.

    Aurora may reverse video gambling ban

    Gambling in Aurora could spread outside the walls of Hollywood Casino and into bars, veterans posts and other establishments if a proposal before the Aurora City Council gains approval. Alderman will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in city hall to consider an ordinance that would allow businesses with liquor licenses to install up to five video gaming terminals, each for an annual city licensing fee of...

    New Carol Stream Deputy Fire Chief Bob Hoff, right, was hired in February as part of a district leadership reorganization plan by Fire Chief Rick Kolomay. Critics on the fire district board suggested Kolomay was molding the position for Hoff, who stepped down two weeks before as Chicago Fire Department commissioner.

    Why Carol Stream fire chief shuffled administrators

    Carol Stream Fire Chief Rick Kolomay says this year's shuffle in the fire protection district's leadership ranks that brought former Chicago Fire Commissioner Bob Hoff to the district was necessitated by a desire to spread out an ever-increasing workload. Critics have questioned whether Kolomay was molding the position for Hoff. "We reached a point in my second year as fire chief, where I sat...

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, applauds at right as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally Monday in Manchester N.H.

    Romney calls for Fed audit as party mulls similar stance

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney renewed support for auditing the Federal Reserve today, wading into an issue that threatens to spark a fight at his party's national convention next week.

    Kevin Yoder, a conservative Republican congressman from Kansas who is running unopposed for re-election, has apologized for his naked swim in the Sea of Galilee last summer.

    Kansas congressman apologizes for nude dip in Sea of Galilee

    A Republican congressman representing Kansas has apologized for embarrassing his supporters by swimming naked at the holy site of the Sea of Galilee while on a fact-finding mission to Israel.

    Syrians Bassem Kharfani, left, and Mahmoud Jikar sit at the door of Jikar’s house, one of more than a dozen homes destroyed in a Syrian government bombing last week that killed more than 40 people, in Azaz, Syria, Monday.

    Obama: Chemical weapon would alter Syrian equation

    President Barack Obama says U.S. thinking on possible military involvement in Syria would change if chemical or biological weapons came into play in the Syrian civil war.

    Historic levels of snow stopped the region in its tracks February 2011.

    Can our roads weather the storm?

    Record-breaking heat buckles a railway track July 4, causing a derailment, bridge collapse and the death of a Glenview couple. A freak blizzard Feb. 1, 2011, engulfs Lake Shore Drive in snow. Unprecedented rainfall July 23, 2011, floods the suburbs, shutting down major roadways and intersections. July was the third hottest on record in Illinois. Uncommon weather is becoming common.Can our roads...


    ‘Sopranos’ actors reunited for Nickelodeon kids' film

    Nickelodeon is reuniting four members of the classic mob drama "The Sopranos" for a kids TV movie. The new film, "Nicky Deuce," stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa. They played gang members Christopher and Bobby.

    Tammy traveled from downstate last week to attend Friends and Family Day at Maryville Academy, where she was able to visit the son she hadn’t seen in seven years. Maryville hosts the event annually to help its residents stay in touch with family members they’ve left behind.

    Families reunite on special day at Maryville Academy

    A tender moment played out last week at the beginning of Friends and Family Day at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, when a mother and son reunited after not seeing each other for seven years. "I wasn't sure it was him; I haven't seen him since he was 8," said Tammy, a single mother who traveled from southern Illinois for the event. "I'm overwhelmed."


    Palatine library encourages visits

    September is National Library Card Sign-up month and the Palatine Public Library District will celebrate with give-aways and contests for current and first-time cardholders. Visit any of our locations during the month of September to get a new library card and receive a welcome gift! Current cardholders who use their cards at the library will receive a thank-you gift as well.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Mayor Emanuel among Democratic convention speakers

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick are among prominent Democrats who will speak at their party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Lonny Lemon

    Meet Lake County’s new superintendents

    Students aren't alone in facing fresh experiences as a new school year unfolds in Lake County. Several new superintendents have assumed the day-to-day management in districts. The Daily Herald asked eight new superintendents about challenges and goals in the 2012-13 school year.

    Hula dancers and participants in the hula days workshops perform for the public during the three-day event in September.

    Hula Days brings Hawaiian culture to Lisle

    The rhythmic tones of a strumming ukulele will connect Hawaiians and visitors at Hawaiian Hula Days presented by the Hula Association of the Midwest. In its sixth year, the nonprofit organization promotes the Hawaiian culture, values and traditions. This year's hula days are Friday to Sunday, Sept. 7 to 9, at the Wyndam Lisle. "Everyone is welcome to join us," association President Kathy Griep...


    Palatine man found fatally stabbed

    A Palatine man died Sunday night after being stabbed in northwest suburban Palatine.Corey Frazier, 21, of the 700 block of East Rand Grove Lane, was fatally stabbed somewhere in his apartment complex, officials from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Monday morning.

    Carol Stream police say the number of traffic stops they’re making hasn’t changed despite a drop in the number of tickets issued. Between July 2011 and June, the number of traffic tickets issued in DuPage County was 149,977 — 16,905 fewer than the previous year.

    DuPage County police writing fewer tickets

    Law enforcement officials say a variety of factors — including resources, public safety awareness and the economy — have contributed to a drop-off in the total number of tickets issued to motorists in DuPage County. Overall, DuPage had 149,977 traffic tickets between July 2011 and June, according to data from the circuit court clerk's office. That's 16,905 fewer cases than the...


    Florida bid to restrict early voting days rejected by court

    Florida's attempt to restrict the number of early voting days in November's presidential election was rejected by a three-judge panel because of the impact the proposed change could have on minority voters. The ruling came in a lawsuit Florida brought against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in August 2011 to compel approval of a cutback in the number of early voting days to eight from 14 and...

    Lombard Village President Bill Mueller enjoyed working with children as a Cubmaster and in other roles. Here, he cheers on students at Hammerschmidt School as they participated in a jumping jack activity in October 2011.

    Weekend in Review: Lombard president dies; strip club tax

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Wheaton volleyball standout shot to death: Quinn signs strip club tax; 'Top Gun' director jumps to his death; how emerald ash borer is changing the suburbs; Lombard village president dies; Lake Zurich's Blanchard trying to make Bears; Cutler and Co. cut through Redskins; Sox lose to Royals and the Cubs lose to Reds.

    Gu Kailai, center, the wife of a disgraced Chinese politician, was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide in a case that rocked the country’s top political leadership.

    Gu Kailai gets suspended death sentence for murder

    The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide in a case that rocked the country's top political leadership.


    Chicago to expand Shakespeare in the Park program

    Can't get enough of the Bard of Avon? Next summer, Chicago will offer more chances than ever for the public to watch a performance of Shakespeare's plays.Officials say this summer's inaugural Shakespeare in the Parks program was so successful that it will be expanded next year.


    Body found in cemetery, death suspicious
    Investigators say the death of a woman whose body was found in a Kenosha County cemetery is suspicious. A Kenosha police officer discovered the body shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday at the Bnai-Zedek Cemetery in Somers.

    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad swims in the Florida Straits between Cuba and the Florida Keys Sunday. She’s trying to become the first swimmer to transit the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Keys without a shark cage.

    Endurance swimmer Nyad moves from Cuba toward Fla.

    Open-water swimmer Diana Nyad pushed through dark waters early Monday as she tried to complete a record 103-mile unassisted swim without the aid of a shark cage. Her team had been trying to find a path through a storm that was nearly stationary over the 62-year-old Los Angeles woman. But they said Nyad was safe and feeling strong as she swims.


    Top U.S. general in Afghanistan to discuss attacks

    The U.S. military's top general was meeting with senior officials in Afghanistan on Monday to attempt to stop the recent wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police against international forces in the country.

    Syrians look for the bodies of two girls thought to be under the rubble of a building hit by a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday.

    Intense fighting rages in Syria’s city of Aleppo

    Syrian government forces on Monday marked the second day of a major Muslim holiday with heavy shelling of the cities of Aleppo and Daraa and a suburb of the capital Damascus, killing up to 30 people, rights groups and activists said.


    6 dead in earthquake on northern Indonesian island

    The death toll rose to six on Monday from a powerful weekend earthquake in Indonesia as rescuers reached mountainous villages that had been cut off by landslides, officials said. At least 43 others were injured, including eight in critical condition.

    Britain’s Prince Philip thanks hospital staff as he leaves Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Monday after five days of treatment for a bladder infection.

    Prince Philip leaves hospital after treatment

    Britain's Prince Philip left a Scottish hospital Monday after five days of treatment for a bladder infection. The 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Wednesday with a recurrence of an infection he suffered earlier this summer.

    The fire inside the Plumas National Forest in Northern California has burned through 67 square miles and is 20 percent contained.

    Northern Calif. fire forces thousands to evacuate

    Thousands of people were told to leave their homes Sunday as a growing wildfire burning out of control in thick forest threatened rural communities in far Northern California. The fire that started Saturday has destroyed seven homes and consumed nearly 19 square miles near the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

    Sara Weaver stands outside her horse ranch near Kalispell, Mont. Weaver has finally forgiven the federal agents who 20 years ago shot her mother and younger brother to death during the siege at Idaho’s Ruby Ridge.

    20 years after Ruby Ridge, there’s forgiveness

    "Ruby Ridge was the opening shot of a new era of anti-government hatred not seen since the Civil War," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, 20 years later, Sara Weaver, whose mother and brother were killed in the seige in Idaho, has left the anger behind, finding religion — and forgiveness. "All bitterness and anger had to go," she said. "I forgave those that pulled...

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is ready to face New Hampshire voters and answer their questions, especially about the Republican plan for Medicare that has left some seniors skittish.

    Romney, Ryan to discuss Medicare with N.H. voters

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are ready to face New Hampshire voters and answer their questions, especially about the Republican plan for Medicare that has left some seniors skittish. Romney and Ryan on Monday will try to explain to voters — particularly seniors, who reliably cast ballots — that their proposal to offer a private alternative to Medicare would not affect anyone over age 55.


    Jamaican woman faces marriage fraud trial in Kan.

    A Jamaican woman accused of entering into a "sham marriage" with a Kansas soldier faces a federal trial Tuesday during which jurors must decide whether she wed for love or for immigration purposes in a criminal prosecution.

    New physical education teacher Nichole Vittorino works with young students at the Goddard School in Elgin. Vittorino, 25, from Gilberts, is the first PE teacher from among 400 Goddard locations across the country.

    Elgin's Goddard School first in country to add pre-K gym class

    The owners of the Goddard School in Elgin like to do things a little differently from the hundreds of other locations around the country. The Bushwood Drive location was the first to use hardwood floors through its building. The grass in the backyard is from Soldier Field. A culinary chef prepares nutritious meals daily. Now, Elgin's is the only Goddard School in the country to have a full-time...


    Dawn Patrol: Wheaton native killed; Elgin man dead

    Wheaton native killed by gunman in St. Louis. Man dies after domestic disturbance in Elgin. A look at the changing landscape due to the emerald ash borer. New hospital building opens in Addison. Numbers up across the board for Arlington Million. White Sox swept by Royals.


    Choosing a treatment? Here’s a guide
    Three popular treatments for the emerald ash borer are TREE-Age, Safari and Imidacloprid. They work in different ways and for different costs -- see which one might be right for you.

    Republican Arie Friedman, left, opposes Democrat Julie Morrison in the 29th Senate District race.

    29th District candidates Morrison, Friedman spar over gun control

    As Arie Friedman and Julie Morrison campaign to replace retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett in the 29th Senate District in November, gun control is becoming an issue where the two candidates are setting themselves apart. Morriso suggests legislation requiring courts to report mental health issues. Friedman said he doesn’t think Morrison’s plan is the right way to go.

    Jakob Snyder, 4, of Wheaton dresses as his favorite pilot, during the “Learning is All Around Me” program at the DuPage Children’s Museum.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features festivals, talent shows, and several first days at school.


    Chicago White Sox’s Gordon Beckham (15) and Dewayne Wise celebrate at home after Wise’s two-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday in Chicago.

    Ramirez 2-run HR keys Sox win over Yankees

    Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, Adam Dunn added his major league leading 36th an inning later and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 9-6 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

    San Diego starter Edinson Volquez allowed one run and five hits Monday night at home against Pittsburgh.

    Volquez leads Padres to 3-1 win over Pirates

    Edinson Volquez struck out 10 and Will Venable drove in two runs to lift the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

    Monday night’s trade reunites Stephen Drewwith former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin.

    A’s acquire Stephen Drew from Diamondbacks

    The Oakland Athletics landed their veteran shortstop in Stephen Drew. The A's acquired Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday in exchange for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson.

    The Mariners’ Michael Saunders watches the path of his two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians in the third inning Monday in Seattle.

    Saunders hits pair of 2-run homers in Mariners’ 5-3 win

    Michael Saunders hit a pair of two-run home runs to help Seattle beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Monday night for the Mariners' sixth straight victory. Saunders also hit a two-run homer on Sunday and now has a career high 13 homers.

    The Twins’ Pedro Florimon slides in to score as Athletics catcher Derek Norris waits for the ball in the eighth inning Monday in Oakland.

    Twins bounce back from sweep, beat A’s 7-2

    Josh Willingham drove in two runs against his former team, Joe Mauer hit a two-run single and the Minnesota Twins snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory over the Athletics on Monday night.

    Chicago White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez, right, is greeted by third base coach Joe McEwing after hitting a two-run home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Boone Logan, also scoring A.J. Pierzynski, during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday in Chicago.

    Good start for what Sox need to do

    The White Sox have to start playing better, winning games and looking like a division leader. Monday night was a good start.


    Giants beat Dodgers 2-1 to regain NL West lead

    Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval drove in both runs and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Monday night to regain the NL West lead by a half-game.


    Monday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Monday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tracy’s single in 13th lifts Nats over Braves 5-4

    Chad Tracy singled in the 13th inning to score Danny Espinosa and lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.Washington grabbed a six-game lead in the NL East, handing Atlanta its third straight loss.

    The addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall as a key target for quarterback Jay Cutler is just one of the many reasons to like the Bears’ chances, says Mike North.

    Can Da Bears win it all? It’s possible

    With Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall joining forces, this year's Chicago Bears look good enough to win a spot in the playoffs. Mike North is feeling more encouraged about this team than he has in a long time, and he believes Lovie Smith could take them all the way if the team can stay injury free. North also weighs in on the White Sox vs. the Paper Tigers, why there's one New York Yankees player he can't hate, and his Dummy of the Week winner.

    The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton is greeted at home plate by teammate Justin Ruggiano and Carlos Lee after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning Monday in Phoenix.

    Stanton homers twice as Marlins crush D-backs 12-3

    Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, including the first of back-to-back home runs during Miami's nine-run fourth inning, and the Marlins routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-3 on Monday night. Justin Ruggiano homered after Stanton, and Jose Reyes had four hits — including three doubles — scored twice and drove in a run. John Buck homered among his three hits and Donnie Murphy added an RBI triple for the Marlins, who have won three of their last four.


    White Sox GM not thinking about awards

    When asked about the possibility of being named Executive of the Year — assuming the White Sox don't tank over the final quarter of the season — Kenny Williams dismissed any speculation. "It's not going to happen," he said. "If you don't win it when you win a World Series, you ain't going to win it."


    White Sox’ De Aza still not good to go

    Alejandro De Aza missed his third straight game Monday with a sore lower back, and the White Sox' center fielder is in danger of landing on the disabled list."We're still trying to figure out how much he can go," manager Robin Ventura said. "We'll see how long it's going to take."


    No. 14 Judson women open with win

    The Judson University women’s soccer team, ranked No. 14 in NAIA, opened the season Monday with a 6-0 with over Saint Francis of Indiana.Angela Bianchi led the Eagles with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Jordan Rossi, Joslin Ward and Jenna Steffensen each added a goal. Sara Hoffman earned her first shutout of the season in goal for Judson.Boys soccerHampshire 1, Belvidere 1: Tyler Koppie scored off an assist from Paul Novacovici as the Whip-Purs opened the season with a nonconference tie. Andrew Pederson had 8 saves in goal for Hampshire.CL South 5, Rockford Jefferson 0: Michael Conley scored the hat trick and Matt Tobolt added 2 goals as the Gators won easily in their season opener. Steven Follmer (1 save) and Gus Alvarez (6 saves) shared the shutout in the net.Boys basketballJacobs High School is seeking one varsity team for its annual boys basketball tournament due to the late departure of Chicago Hope. The five-game, 16-team tournament will take place in Algonquin Dec. 22 and Dec 26-29. Interested parties should call Jacobs basketball coach Jim Hinkle at (847) 532-6106 or Jacobs athletic director Dan Vosnos at (847) 532-6151.

    Montini Catholic’s Joey Borsellino prepares for the upcoming season.

    The SCC starts with Montini

    The team with three straight state titles under its belt must enter the season as its conference favorite. Montini may well get some heat in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division from St. Francis,

    Chicago Cubs’ Darwin Barney, top, is upended as he forces out Milwaukee Brewers’ Rickie Weeks at second base and throws on to first base for a double play on Brewers’ Ryan Braun during the first inning of a baseball game Monday in Milwaukee.

    Lucroy’s 2 homers lead Brewers over Cubs 9-4

    Jonathan Lucroy hit two home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers scored eight runs in the fifth inning Monday night to rally for a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

    New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (96) drops Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) to the field on a hard hit during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Monday night in Foxborough, Mass. Vick left the game after the play. At left is Philadelphia Eagles tackle Todd Herremans.

    Vick shaken up, Eagles top Patriots 27-17

    Michael Vick keeps taking his lumps. His Philadelphia Eagles keep winning. Vick was leveled after throwing a long pass in the first quarter and underwent X-rays for the second straight game — negative again. Then backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 27-17 preseason victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night.


    Prospect off to winning MSL start

    Four-time defending Mid-Suburban League champ Prospect kicked off its conference schedule on Monday with a 161-227 triumph over visiting Wheeling at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course.


    Shutout win for Antioch

    Krystian Streit scored 2 goals and Bobby Miranda assisted on 2 as Antioch rolled past Crystal Lake Central 5-0 Monday for a shutout in its nonconference season opener.


    Cougars slam Bees 5-4

    Trailing by 2 in the eighth inning, the Kane County Cougars battled back as Chris Elder's grand slam provided a 5-4 victory over the Burlington Bees on Monday night at Community Field.


    Dempster leads Texas in 5-1 win over Orioles

    Ryan Dempster pitched eight innings, his longest outing in more than two months and his best since being traded to Texas, and the AL West-leading Rangers beat the surprising Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.


    Colvin, Rockies beat Mets 3-1

    NEW YORK — Tyler Colvin hit a tying homer off R.A. Dickey in the fifth inning then made a diving play in the eighth to preserve the lead, and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Monday night.Jonathan Herrera bunted for a hit in the top of the eighth and made his way around the bases with help from some inept defense to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.Colvin’s first home run in 105 at-bats, denied the knuckleballer a chance at his 16th win and helped the Rockies to their sixth victory in eight games.The loss dropped the Mets (57-65) into a third-place tie with Philadelphia in the NL East, 18 1-2 games behind first-place Washington.With Michael Cuddyer the latest Colorado player to go on the disabled list, Colvin was playing first base. He made a lunging stop on pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin’s sharp grounder just inside the bag with the bases loaded and his toss to reliever Matt Belisle just beat a diving Valdespin to the bag. Valdepsin jumped up, waving his arms in disbelief, and manager Terry Collins engaged first base umpire Lance Barksdale in a prolonged discussion.Rafael Betancourt, the Rockies’ fifth pitcher, put two runners on before getting Mike Baxter to fly out to center finishing his 24th save.Guillermo Moscoso gave up a hit in 2 1-3 innings, Rex Brothers (7-2) allowed a hit in 1 1-3 innings and Belisle got one big out for the Rockies.Alex White was done after four wild, but effective innings under manager Jim Tracy’s four-man rotation. He allowed three hits and two walks on 83 pitches — 46 strikes. Tracy has been limiting his pitchers to about 75 tosses a game.The team could go back to a five-man rotation soon. Jhoulys Chacin (pectoral nerve irritation) is scheduled to make his first start since May 1 on Tuesday and Drew Pomeranz will make his next start Friday, Tracy said. Depending on how Chacin does, all five could remain.Dickey was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and Herrera led off the eighth with a push a bunt toward first base. Reliever Josh Edgin (1-1) tried to shovel the ball with his glove to first baseman Ike Davis but the toss went way off line and Herrera raced to second on the Mets’ first error in 10 games.Herrera advanced to third on Chris Nelson’s sacrifice and scored on a passed ball by Kelly Shoppach, who struck out batting for Josh Thole in the seventh with a runner on first.The Mets loaded the bases against Brothers in the bottom half, getting a runner past first for the first time since they went ahead 1-0 on Daniel Murphy’s single in the opening inning.Baxter hit a bloop double with one out and David Wright was intentionally walked. Davis struck out then Murphy walked. Belisle relieved and Valdespin then grounded out.Pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez had an RBI single off Jon Rauch in the ninth to make it 3-1 and help send the Mets to their 10th loss in 14 games.While the Mets have shifted to a six-man rotation to give extra rest to Johan Santana and Chris Young and help limit rookie Matt Harvey’s innings, Dickey will pitch on his regular schedule to give him a couple of more chances at a possible 20-win season.The knuckleballer was coming off a rough start at Cincinnati in which he was asked to remove two bracelets and matched season highs by giving up three homers and 10 hits.He had little trouble with the Rockies’ injury-depleted lineup. Dickey retired the first eight batters before White looped a single over the outstretched glove of a leaping Murphy, the second baseman. He gave up three hits overall and walked two in seven innings.But a Mets offense that has averaged less than three runs a game over their previous 13 provided him with little support and he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of a tie game.

    This Feb. 27, 2008 file photo shows Roger Clemens throwing a pitch during batting practice at the Houston Astros minor league spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. Clemens has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start for them on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

    Clemens returning to baseball

    Roger Clemens' signing with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters has some wondering if it is the first step in a return to the majors. The 50-year-old Clemens signed with the Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Monday and he is expected to start for the minor league team on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

    St. Charles North’s Raghav Cherala gets a fist bump from teammate Mick Vyzral of St. Charles East after sinking a putt.

    Batavia, Geneva defend Cup

    The first two rounds of the McChensey Cup could not have been more hotly contested Monday afternoon at the Geneva Country Club.


    Mayberry, offense lead Phillies over Reds

    John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz had solo shots to back Roy Halladay, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Monday night.


    Hellickson goes 7, Rays beats Royals

    Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings for his first home win in three months and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Monday night. Hellickson (8-8) allowed one run and six hits in ending a stretch of seven consecutive home winless starts, dating back to a 2-1 victory over Boston on May 16.

    Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts with teammate Osi Umenyiora (72) after sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in Saturday’s preseason game.

    Giants pose big challenge for Bears’ O-line

    The Bears' offense, and especially the O-line, couldn't ask for a tougher test than the Super Bowl-champion Giants will provide in Friday night's third preseason game at MetLife Stadium.The Giants' trio of defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck are the envy of every other NFL team. Bob LeGere explores the challenge facing the Bears.

    Dylan Warden of Waubonsie looks to pass during the Waubonsie Valley vs. Neuqua Valley game at North Central College Friday in Naperville.

    Waubonsie looking to overtake Bartlett in UEC Valley

    Waubonsie Valley is favored to win the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division this season, while Batavia looks strongest in the River Division.

    Lake Zurich’s golfer Adam Schulte tees off on the first hole during the Lake County boys golf invite Monday at Antioch Golf Club.

    Heelan helps Mundelein to Hawthorn hardware

    Mundelein, led by individual medalist Bobby Heelan, took top honors in the Hawthorn Woods Invite before heavy storms postponed the Lake County Invitational while it was in progress Monday.

    Hannah Kaminsky of Benet reacts to a score. This took place during the Plainfield Central vs. Benet at West Aurora girls volleyball sectional final in Aurora Thursday.

    Benet, St. Charles East working out new lineups

    When Benet and St. Charles East serve up the girls volleyball season tonight, it will be a rematch of last year's Class 4A state semifinal.A rematch, you might say, in name only.

    Standout pitcher Monica Abbott and the Chicago Bandits will try to defend their NPF Championship title when they host the league’s pro softball playoffs beginning Thursday at the Ballpark at Rosemont.

    Nation’s top softball talent headed to Rosemont for NPF championship series

    The Ballpark in Rosemont, home of the Chicago Bandits, will play host to the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch Championship this weekend. The stadium, constructed in 2011, is the only venue in the country built exclusively for professional softball.


    Jacobs needs team for Christmas tournament

    Jacobs High School is seeking one varsity team for its annual boys basketball tournament due to the late departure of Chicago Hope. The five-game, 16-team tournament will take place in Algonquin Dec. 22 and Dec 26-29. Interested parties should call Jacobs basketball coach Jim Hinkle at (847) 532-6106 or Jacobs athletic director Dan Vosnos at (847) 532-6151.


    Sky scouting report

    Sky scout for Tuesday: New York Liberty at Sky


    Champions players applaud Augusta’s decision

    Four prominent members of golf's Champions Tour learned of Augusta National's decision to admit two women as members just as they were about to announce a new tournament coming to Chicago. And all four were delighted that the annual site of the Masters tournament was ending its all-male membership policy.

    Jeff Sluman, one of the key players behind the Champions Tour's return to Chicago next season, also has a big role in next month's Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Sluman, a vice captain for Team USA, expects the course to be in terrific shape for the Ryder Cup.

    With eye on Ryder, Sluman welcomes Champions event

    Hinsdale's Jeff Sluman showed up at Chicago's East Bank Club on Monday for the announcement of the return of golf's Champions Tour to Chicago for the $1.8 million Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview next June 17-23. Sluman, who will play a prominent role in next month's Ryder Cup matches at Medinah Country Club as vice captain of the U.S. squad, talked with Len Ziehm about the famed Medinah course and final preparations for next month's big event.


    More WNBA honors for Fever’s Catchings

    Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Aug. 16-20. For Catchings, a former Stevenson High School star and reigning league MVP, it represents her third Player of the Week award and 17th of her career, second most in league history behind only Seattle's Lauren Jackson (19).


    Wolves sign young defenseman Negrin

    The Chicago Wolves have signed defenseman John Negrin, a 23-year-old hockey player who split the 2011-12 AHL season playing for the Abbotsford Heat and St. John's IceCaps.


    Injury at ISU sidelines Willowbrook’s Colbert for season

    llinois State senior wide receiver Milton Colbert, a Willowbrook grad, will miss the remainder of the 2012 season due to an ankle injury suffered in the team's Red-White Scrimmage Saturday, head coach Brock Spack announced Monday.


    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    St. Francis has drawn the No. 1 ranking in the first girls volleyball Top 20 of schools covered by the Daily Herald.

    Condoleezza Rice

    Augusta adds first female members

    Augusta National Golf Club admitted former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, a partner at private investment firm Rainwater Inc., as its first female members. "We are fortunate to consider many qualified candidates for membership at Augusta National," Chairman of Augusta National and the Masters Tournament Billy Payne said in an e- mailed statement.


    Mike North video: Bears will be #1

    Mike North picks the Bears to win their division. With offensive weapons like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the Bears have a very good chance to beat Detroit and the overrated Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers. Keep Brian Urlacher healthy and the Bears are on their way.Ÿ For more, see www.northtonorth.com . Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. You can also hear him Sunday evenings on WIND 560AM. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike’s podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml

    Adam Dunn, left, is congratulated by White Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis after hitting career home run No. 400 on Saturday.

    White Sox, Tigers figure to battle to the finish

    Rongey: Both the White Sox and their division rivals, the Detroit Tigers, teams have their imperfections that likely would prevent one from running away from the other. Even though the Tigers boast two of the best hitters in the game in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Sox' offense still has been quite comparable this year, and I don't see any reason for that to cease.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija figures to come to spring training next year trying to win the job of opening-day starter.

    While tough to see, change for Cubs was inevitable

    Kasper: It's always a surprise when you hear about long-tenured, well-respected members of the organization being dismissed. Oneri Fleita, the Cubs VP of player personnel, and Chuck Wasserstrom, manager of baseball information, had been in the organization for a long time.



    Hyundai dealer to anchor Palatine’s newest tax district

    Just minutes after Palatine officials Monday approved establishing a fourth TIF district, a multimillion dollar redevelopment project within its boundaries received the village council's go-ahead. Patrick Dealer Group plans to open a Patrick Hyundai dealership at the southeast corner of Lake-Cook and Rand roads.

    Apple set a U.S. record for market value, surpassing the high mark reached by Microsoft Corp. during the Internet heyday, on optimism the next version of the iPhone will meet high demand.

    Apple sets record for company value at $624 billion

    Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $623 billion, beating the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom. After a four-month dip, Apple's stock has hit new highs recently because of optimism around what is believed to be the impending launch of the iPhone 5, and possibly a smaller, cheaper iPad.

    Trading ended lower Monday, but Apple became the most valuable company ever — with a market value of $623 billion, surpassing Microsoft’s record from 1999.

    Stocks slip, but Apple sets a record

    Stocks slipped Monday in one of the quietest trading sessions of the year. Worries about European debt crept up again, and Apple became the most valuable company of all time.

    Private jet operations will become much more frequent at DuPage Airport in West Chicago next month during the Ryder Cup tournament.

    DuPage Airport readies for Ryder Cup onslaught

    DuPage Airport is expected to be a transportation hub for the Ryder Cup, with U.S. team members and corporate executives generating perhaps four times as many flights at the airport in West Chicago. "We're forecasting a considerable increase in traffic for that week," said David Bird, airport executive director.

    DAILY HERALD Gas prices have been climbing, and more all-time daily highs are expected until after the peak driving season ends with the Labor Day weekend.

    Gas price hits record high for this day

    Pump prices are at a record high for this time of year in the U.S. after refinery breakdowns tightened supply.


    Facebook stock rebounds after dropping below $19

    Facebook's beleaguered stock got an afternoon boost after hitting its lowest level ever earlier in the day.Facebook Inc. hit a new low of $18.75 before bouncing back to $19.86 in afternoon trading Monday. That's up 81 cents, or 2.3 percent, for the day.


    Google failed to comply with order on commentators, judge says

    Google Inc. failed to comply with an order to disclose any payments made to bloggers or commentators writing about the company’s dispute with Oracle Corp., a federal judge said.


    Viacom overpaid Redstone, others by $36.6 Million, suit says

    Viacom Inc. wrongly overpaid Chairman Sumner Redstone and two top executives by more than $36.6 million from 2008 to 2011, a shareholder claimed in a lawsuit.


    Euro rises as European leaders meet

    The euro is trading higher against the dollar as traders watch a series of meetings by European leaders this week. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is visiting Germany and France and is expected to ask for an extension for Greece to meet fiscal targets as it carries out painful reforms.

    There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.

    Lunch workers study how to get kids to eat healthy

    There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. "We don't want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are eating this stuff," said Kern Halls, a former Disney World restaurant manager who now works in school nutrition at Orange County Public Schools in Florida.

    Frank Soprano

    Former chamber president a “great ambassador” for Arlington Heights

    Former Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce President Frank Soprano, known as a great ambassador for the village and Arlington Park, died Aug. 9 after a long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 69. Chamber colleagues recalled Soprano was among the group of local business leaders that worked with former Arlington Park President John J. Mooney, when he organized the first Arlington Million, to welcome international owners and trainers to Arlington Heights.


    Greek, German ministers kick off euro diplomacy

    Greece's foreign minister meets his German counterpart Monday at the start of a new high-stakes round of financial diplomacy that could help determine the future of the 17 countries that use the euro.Germany's Guido Westerwelle is hosting Greece's Dimitris Avramopoulos ahead of a meeting in Berlin on Friday between their countries' leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel and new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

    Workers Wiil Warmbold, left, and Charles Davidson load wood planks recently cut from discarded tree trunks into a truck for the town of Secaucus, N.J., at Citilog in Newark, N.J.

    Sawmills move out of the forest, into the city

    It looks like any sawmill in the forest — piles of cherry, walnut and oak tree trunks stacked high, trucks rumbling in and out, workers operating a saw. There's one exception though: There's seemingly no forest near its location, right off the highway in New Jersey's largest city. Citilog begs to differ. The Newark company takes unwanted trees from the so-called urban forest — parks, yards, streets and wherever else a tree might grow in a city — and turns them into furniture, flooring and other materials.

    Hubert Joly

    Report: Best Buy to name new CEO

    Best Buy Co. plans to announce Monday it has picked the former CEO of global hospitality company Carlson as its new CEO, according to a published online report. The Wall Street Journal says Hubert Joly is expected to take over the nation's largest consumer electronics chain in early September. Carlson, which operates such businesses as Radisson and T.G.I Friday's, announced on Sunday that Joly resigned from the top role.


    Markets cautious ahead of key week for Greece

    World stock markets fluctuated in lackluster trading Monday, as investors remained cautious ahead of a crucial week for Greek leaders as they try to show they are making progress in implementing reforms and austerity measures In early European trading, the FTSE-100 index of leading British companies edged 0.2 percent lower to 5,843.08 while Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent at 7,066.17. France's CAC-40 was almost 0.1 percent higher at 3,488.86.


    Carlson travel and hospitality names new CEO

    Global hospitality and travel company Carlson on Sunday said president and CEO Hubert Joly resigned and named Trudy Rautio as its new president and CEO, making her just the fifth chief executive in the 74-year history of the family owned company whose brands include Radisson hotels, T.G.I. Friday's restaurants and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.


    Germany’s Bundesbank still skeptical of bond buys

    Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, remains skeptical of proposed purchases of government bonds by the European Central Bank. The German national central bank said in its monthly report Monday that it continues to "critically assess" such purchases and that they would carry "substantial risks."


    Oil stays above $96 on firm US consumer confidence

    Oil prices rose for a fifth straight day of gains Monday, on the back of rising consumer confidence in the U.S. economy. Benchmark oil for September delivery rose 5 cents to $96.06 per barrel in late morning European time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 41 cents to end at $96.01 per barrel on the Nymex on Friday.

    Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at a campaign stop at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

    Ryan gets heat from Dems over Social Security

    Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. It was a fight that didn't go well for the GOP when President George W. Bush pushed the idea in 2005.In his 2010 "Road Map for America's Future," the Wisconsin congressman proposed a plan to allow younger workers to divert more than one-third of their Social Security taxes into personal accounts that they would own and could will to their heirs.

    Lowe’s fiscal second-quarter net income dropped 10 percent, hurt by a timing shift and a charge tied to job cuts. Its performance missed Wall Street’s expectations.

    Lowe’s 2Q results miss expectations, cuts outlook

    Lowe's fiscal second-quarter net income dropped 10 percent, hurt by a timing shift and a charge tied to job cuts. Its performance missed Wall Street's expectations.The world's second-biggest home improvement retailer also lowered its fiscal 2012 earnings and revenue outlooks on Monday.Lowe's Cos. earned $747 million, or 64 cents per share, for the period ended Aug. 3. That's down from $830 million, or 64 cents per share, a year ago.

    Cattle belonging to Todd Eggerling, of Martell, Neb., walk single-file through thin pasture to a water source beyond the hill.

    Ranchers lose hope drought aid will come in time

    It's hard to tell what frustrates Todd Eggerling more — the weather or Congress.Searing temperatures and drought scorched Eggerling's land in southeast Nebraska, leaving little grass to feed his 100 cattle. Then Congress left for a five-week break without agreeing on aid to help ranchers through one of the worst droughts in the nation's history.


    Financing options include crowdfunding, new angel group

    There are some decidedly nontraditional but potentially fruitful solutions to the perpetual small business financing issue.Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at financing options, including crowfunding.

    Kenneth J. Klein, owner of Consumers’ Auto Detective in Elgin.

    Elgin business assists auto accident victims with diminished value
    In our local business coverge, an Elgin business owner helps people who were victims of an auto accident get the money they are entitled to in diminished value.

Life & Entertainment

    Anthony Bourdain wrote his first graphic novel, "Get Jiro!," that follows a Los Angeles sushi chef.

    Anthony Bourdain ventures into graphic novel territory

    "Get Jiro!" Anthony Bourdain's debut graphic novel — set in a dystopian Los Angeles in which two rival chefs rule the city with iron ladles — plays out as a blood-spattered, spaghetti-western homage to the people and philosophies that Bourdain salutes.


    Chris Brown, Drake sued again over NYC club brawl

    A model who was injured during a bottle-throwing nightclub brawl between Chris Brown and Drake is suing both singers and the owners of the New York nightclub.


    More implied nudity on prime time, watchdog warns

    A watchdog group says broadcast television is implying a lot more nudity in prime time than it used to. The Parents Television Council said Monday that its researchers found 76 instances where a person appeared nude, with private parts obscured, in prime time last season. It happened on 37 different shows. The group says that's a sharp rise from the 15 instances the networks aired the season before that.

    Sara Moulton took a tip from her chef friend and used pureed corn to achieve a silky richness without any additional fat in this spicy creamed corn side dish.

    Rich and creamy creamed corn without the cream

    There are few foods as simple, delicious and complete as fresh seasonal corn on the cob, says Sara Moulton. When it's really fresh, she'll even eat it raw. No boiling, no butter, no salt. It's perfectly sweet and tender right off the stalk. Still, even perfection can get boring, and she recently began wondering what else she could do with fresh corn.

    TLC has found its niche in reality shows like “Four Weddings.”

    As other networks branch out, TLC sticks with reality

    As networks like History and Bravo branch out into scripted shows, cable station TLC is sticking to what it does best — reality TV.


    Rapper Juvenile arrested after Fla. club fight

    Rapper Juvenile has been arrested on disorderly conduct charges after police responded to a fight at a nightclub in Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel.

    A source close to Nicki Minaj said the singer-rapper has been in talks to judge “American Idol” and that a deal is in works.

    Source: Nicki Minaj close to signing on for ‘Idol’

    Nicki Minaj sings about "Starships," but is she a star-maker? The singer-rapper could be joining the ranks of "American Idol" judges. A person close to Minaj said the 29-year-old entertainer has been in talks to judge the Fox TV competition and that a deal is in the works.

    Sara Moulton took a tip from her chef friend and used pureed corn to achieve a silky richness without any additional fat in this spicy creamed corn side dish.

    Spicy ‘Creamed’ Corn
    Healthy Creamed Corn

    A classic cheeseburger is one of many burger options at Bulldogs Grill in Wauconda.

    Tummy growling? Get to Bulldogs for burgers

    Burger lovers can gorge themselves to their hearts' content at Bulldogs Grill, a kitschy fast-casual retro diner concept with locations in Wauconda and Grayslake. Those with big appetites appreciate the half-pound, fresh-ground grilled patties with too many toppings combinations to count.

    Experts recommend gradually getting children into a regular sleep routine before school begins.

    How to get in school shape

    Successfully navigating elementary, middle and high school can require families to develop different habits along the way. Proper sleep and getting organized are two things every family can follow, regardless of a child's age, to get ready for back to school.

    Kaitlin Karalunas of Pittston, Pa., comes down the home stretch of the Warrior Dash.

    Down and dirty with challenging obstacle courses

    More than 10,000 people trekked to northeastern Pennsylvania to scale walls, leap fire and crawl commando-style through a mud pit topped with barbed wire. Willingly. For kicks. And they paid money to do it. That's obstacle course racing for you: grueling, mud-spattered and, to its legions of fans, addictive fun.


    Many options exist for whitening teeth

    If discolored teeth are making you self-conscious, you've got a lot to smile about. The interest in whitening teeth has grown greatly in the past decade, and these days there are many teeth-whitening options — both at the drugstore and at the dentist's office.

    Organizers of a Colorado fundraiser say country music legend Willie Nelson canceled an appearance Saturday because of health problems.

    Organizers: Willie Nelson cancels Colorado event

    Organizers of a Colorado fundraiser say country music legend Willie Nelson cancelled a weekend appearance because of health problems.

    Scott McKenzie, center, poses with the Mamas and the Papas in London, from left, Denny Doherty, Michele Gillian, Scott McKenzie, Cass Elliott and John Phillips.

    Singer Scott McKenzie dies

    Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" — which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" — has died. A statement on McKenzie's website says the 73-year-old died on Saturday in Los Angeles. McKenzie battled Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, and had been in and out of the hospital since 2010.

    SHNS PHOTO BY RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is campaigning to get mall shoppers to park farther away to increase exercise.

    Fighting obesity just a walk in the parking lot

    So you always thought the best parking spot was in the front row? Well, an experimental program in Minnesota wants you to move back to see if a stroll in the parking lot will help fight obesity.


    Teens see oral sex as safer alternative

    Two-thirds of U.S. teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24 have had oral sex, according to U.S. researchers who say people in this group may mistakenly feel it's less risky than vaginal intercourse. This is the first time researchers asked young people about the timing of oral sex relative to vaginal intercourse, according to findings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    Smoking raises risk of leukemia in women, researchers say

    Female smokers have a higher risk of developing leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer. The risks of Hodgkin lymphoma and some bone marrow cancers were doubled in women who smoked about 20 cigarettes a day compared with nonsmokers in research that looked at 1.3 million middle-aged women, Cancer Research U.K. said in a statement.

    Adding a lemon or lime to your water can help balance the acid in your body and rid it of toxins.

    Your health: Go alkaline
    Learn about the alkaline diet, along with how to be smart about what foods you put into your body.


    New heart attack test may cut diagnosis by hours

    Doctors may be able to reduce the time it takes to diagnose a heart attack to one hour from as many as six with a new test approach that could save time, money and crowding in hospital emergency rooms, researchers said. Using more-sensitive screening technology to detect changes in cardiac troponin, a substance in the blood tested for evidence of heart attack, and then inputting the data into an algorithm, doctors were able to rule in or rule out heart attack in 77 percent of patients within an hour of arriving at the hospital with chest pain, according to new research.

    SHNS PHOTO BY RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE Patrick DeNucci says the Medtronic device implanted in the roof of his mouth has reduced his snoring.

    Small soft palate implant may reduce snoring

    It would be an exaggeration to say that Patrick DeNucci's snoring endangered his marriage. But quieting his nightly rumble has saved him "a few elbows to the head." DeNucci's doctor, Philip Rapport, thinks life — and sleep — could also get better for more of the estimated 90 million snoring American adults now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved more extensive use of Medtronic's Pillar Palatal Implant System.

    Avocados and coconuts are both good sources of healthy fats.

    It’s beneficial to know about good, bad fats

    Fats come in both healthy and unhealthy forms. Learn which ones to avoid and which ones to eat more frequently.

    1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe

    Back in the day, 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe was ‘gangsta’

    When Russ Regnier first saw his 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe, it "was more of a parts car than something to restore." He found the car in Rolling Meadows in 1976 and wasn't deterred by its shoddy condition.

    Northern sea oats will flower even if it sits in a full day of dappled shade. The drooping “oats” turn copper as they mature.

    Some ornamental grasses can perform in a shady garden

    Prized for their elegant stature and movement with summer breezes, ornamental grasses are often disregarded when planning a shade garden as they are often thought to thrive only in full sun. With careful selection, there are grasses available that can be used effectively in a shady landscape.



    Editorial: Cutting the clatter on two entitlements
    A new tool offered by the AARP can help sort out the rhetoric on Social Security and Medicare, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Facts get in the way

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: The Romney campaign decided to deal with the anticipated Democratic onslaught by striking first with the claim that it is Obama, not Romney, who wants to take away your Medicare.


    Death of a salesgirl

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Good manners preclude speaking ill of the dead, but surely HGB would appreciate straight talk in the service of reality. In her own words: "I am a feminist ... I am for total equality. My relevance is that I deal with reality."


    Mussman is in this for us, not herself
    Letter to the editor: Jan Reichling of Schaumburg is impressed with state Rep. Michelle Mussman's 24/7 work ethic. "I feel like she is a neighbor who relates to me AND a leader who is trying to make the best choices to get our state going back in the right direction," she writes.


    Arts center should go in new downtown
    Letter to the editor: Larry Schneider of Buffalo Grove says the park district needs to rethink its purchase of Beth Am for an arts center. "Wouldn't it make more sense to locate an arts center (in the proposed new town center) and let the business development director focus on finding a new tenant for the Beth Am site?" he writes.


    Day as a Knight a great time for kids
    Letter to the editor: Loretta Herout of Rolling Meadows is disappointed the Day for a Knight event at Prospect High School didn't get better coverage. "These students worked hard to put on a great program for children of all ages to participate in a musical experience and try out a selection of instruments," she writes.


    Special needs classes at Harper start soon
    Leter to the editor: Mike Baker of the Schaumburg Autism Society urges parents of special needs young adults to take advantage of the Harper College Career Skills Voational Institute, starting next month.


    Job ‘boot camp’ gave him info he needed
    Letter to the editor: Sadaf Syed expresses his gratitude to state Rep. NMichelle Mussman for the job "boot camp" held recently at the local library. "As a recent graduate, the information was very helpful in regards to finding out what potential employers are looking for concerning resumes and cover letters," he writes.


    It’s time for GOP to lead state legislature
    Letter to the edfitor: Wheeling Township Republican Committeewoman Ruth O'Connell says there's one sure-fire way to get Springfield out of the mess its in. "Our best hope is to change the leadership in Springfield, each of us doing our part to give Republicans an opportunity to lead — something our state has not seen in the past 10 years," she writes.


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