Daily Archive : Thursday August 23, 2012



    Burgers and Badges fundraiser on Sept. 1

    Tom & Eddie's restaurant, 1260 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills will celebrate its first year with the Burger and Badges fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Lovers of the grape might want to get their taste buds in shape for the Naperville Wine Festival, which opens Friday and continues Saturday with more than 300 wines to sample.

    Sip and savor the Naperville Wine Festival this weekend

    Wine and food and friends. It's sorta like cookies and milk. Peanut butter and jelly. But better. You can relish in the adult version of your old childhood favorites Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, at the 10th annual Naperville Wine Festival where there will be more than 300 wines to sip. "Wine and food and friends just go together," said Victoria Peterson, who owns Peterson Spirits and Fine...

    Fremd High School freshman Zach Kuehn places his new iPad in a case during social studies class with teacher Shawn McCusker as 300 students at the high school were issued iPads on the first day of school in Palatine on Thursday.

    High School District 211 gives out iPads to 1,500 students

    The world of the kids nowadays is more and more virtual. So school life won't fall behind, District 211 started its "one-to-one electronic device pilot program" Thursday, distributing new iPads to 1,500 students. "Putting the material you teach online is just not enough," explained Keith Sorensen, director of educational technology for the district.

    Naperville council members have agreed to rebate $1.75 million in sales tax revenues back to the company over 10 years.

    Keeping Walmart worth $1.75 million? Naperville thinks so.

    Losing Walmart to Aurora likely would also mean losing Sam's Club and a total of $1 million in sales tax revenue, Naperville officials say. That's a risk city council members aren't willing to take. Council members have agreed to rebate $1.75 million in sales tax revenues back to the company over 10 years.

    Staci Boris

    New curator joins Elmhurst Art Museum

    A Chicago-based curator of contemporary art, Staci Boris, has been named chief curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Executive Director Phyllis O'Neill said officials saw Boris at work when she curated the newly installed exhibition in the Elmhurst museum's Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House. "With Ms. Boris' curatorial vision, upcoming exhibitions will continue the museum's tradition of...

    Christopher Vaughn

    Murder suspect visited gun range, strip club, witnesses say

    In the days leading up to the killings of his wife and three children, an Oswego accused in the deaths spent nearly $5,000 at a strip club and visited a gun range for target practice, witnesses testified Thursday at his murder trial.

    Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky, a second year medical student at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, gets a test for tuberculosis along with her fellow medical students after a luncheon at the school in Springfield.

    Former Miss Illinois studies medicine

    Royalty has arrived in Springfield, but don't expect Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky, a former Miss Illinois, to wear her sash or crown at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine."They are in a nice display case in my parents' house, and that's probably where they will stay," Thorpe-Klinsky said last week, as she and 71 other medical students began their second year of medical school. The first...

    Donna Fruehe, daughter, Eileen Mueller, wife, and Lombard President Pro Tem Greg Gron honor the late Village President President Bill Mueller, who died Aug. 18, during a moment of silence on Thursday.

    Lombard trustees honor Mueller at first meeting since death

    Those who knew Bill Mueller well say the Lombard village president cared most about his family and his hometown. On Thursday, those two important parts of Mueller's life came together at the first meeting of the village board since Mueller's death last Saturday from complications of West Nile virus. “He’s still advocating for us. We have an advocate for ourselves now, in a different...


    Expert :U-46 bilinigual program a top example for other districts

    A bilingual education expert told a federal court on Thursday that Elgin Area School District U-46 consistently provided teachers with quality professional development.


    Grand jury indicts JetBlue passenger from Chicago

    A Chicago man accused of groping a pregnant woman and not following crew instructions on a JetBlue flight that made an emergency landing in Denver has been formally indicted on two federal charges.

    Tynell D. Dixon

    Man gets life in prison for assaulting Carpentersville boys

    A Chicago man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two young boys at their Carpentersville home from 2004 through 2007.

    Mourners gather outside the funeral for Megan Boken at St. Michael Church in Wheaton on Thursday.

    Two teens in custody in Wheaton volleyball star’s murder

    As friends and family members gathered in Wheaton to remember local volleyball star Megan Boken, police nearly 300 miles away brought two 18-year-olds into custody. St. Louis police will present the case to prosecutors Friday for charges. "We are confident that based on the evidence we have captured the killers of Megan Boken and will bring them to justice," the police department said in a...


    Priest’s homily for Megan: ‘No one can replace her.’
    Megan Boken funeral homily from Rev. Daniel Hoehn.


    Carpentersville man sentenced for sexual contact with teenager

    A 43-year-old Carpentersville man who had repeated sexual contact with a girl who was younger than 17 has been sentenced to three years in prison.

    Leon Gonzalez

    Bartlett teens accused of beating man, stealing phone

    Two 17-year-old Bartlett residents have been charged for striking a man with a baseball bat and stealing his cellphone in Hanover Park, police said.


    Prank call sends large police response to Cary home

    A prank phone call to a 911 dispatcher sent a large police presence to a Cary home Wednesday afternoon thinking that a shooting had occurred.

    The Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, is viewed across the water of the Garrison Channel from Harbour Island in downtown Tampa, Fla. Weather forecasts continue to show Florida in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac — and any storm surge could directly affect the convention site.

    Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

    Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.

    This is the 20th century Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ before, left, and after, right, an elderly amateur artist Celia Gimenez, 80, took it upon herself to restore it in a church in the Spanish agricultural town of Borja.

    Painting of Christ disfigured in Spanish town

    Celia Gimenez decided to touch up a fresco of Christ wearing a crown of thorns in a Spanish church. No one realized how badly disfigured the painting was until she rang town hall to say what she had done.

    Pentagon officials said Thursday that they have identified the former Navy SEAL who is anonymously penning a tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, but it remained unclear whether the author listed under the pseudonym of Mark Owen had violated any secrecy rules about the still-classified mission.

    SEAL who wrote bin Laden raid book identified

    The Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym was identified Thursday as Matt Bissonnette, who retired from the Navy last summer.


    Former Schaumburg man linked to extortion plot

    An aspiring Hollywood actor who attended high school in Schaumburg has been indicted on federal charges alleging he attempted to extort money from five wealthy individuals, including studio mogul Harvey Weinstein and West Virginia coal magnate Christopher Cline. Vivek M. Shah, 25, of West Hollywood, Calif. was arrested Aug. 10 while visiting family in Schaumburg, according to court records.

    Anieka Johnson

    12-year term for Aurora ‘vigilante’ who shot at SUV

    A 34-year-old Aurora woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of firing two shots at an SUV full of teens, one of whom fought with the woman's relative earlier in the day. Anieka Johnson was convicted of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm for the Aug. 30, 2010, offense, but acquitted of attempted murder.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outlines his energy plans while campaigning Thursday in Hobbs, N.M.

    Romney promises energy independence by 2020

    HOBBS, N.M. — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney promised on Thursday to aggressively expand off-shore oil drilling along Virginia, North Carolina and the Gulf of Mexico, changing the subject from social issues like abortion and Medicare that have dominated the debate in the days before the critical Republican National Convention.

    Penn State’s disgraced former president Graham Spanier is trying to convince the public he had no idea that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester — and that he most certainly did not protect one.

    Experts question Spanier's 'I didn't know' defense

    The story being told by Penn State president Graham Spanier as he defends himself against accusations that he covered up a sex abuse allegation runs contrary into his own reputation as a detail-oriented manager. But experts in university governance also suggest that if Spanier truly didn't know what was going on, he showed a willful ignorance and a disturbing lack of curiosity about a scandal...


    Island Lake schedules two public meetings to discuss village hall proposal

    Community presentations regarding a proposed new municipal center in Island Lake are planned for Saturday, Aug. 25 and Thursday, Aug. 30. The presentations will include information regarding the history of the project, drawings and question and answer sessions.

    Police say the man in this photo robbed a clerk at knifepoint Tuesday afternoon at the Fiesta Food Mart in Aurora.

    Clerk injured during Aurora armed robbery

    Aurora police are looking for a man who stabbed a 19-year-old convenience store clerk in the hand during an armed robbery of the store Tuesday afternoon.


    MHS open house Aug. 29:

    Mundelein High School hosts its annual open house for the parents and guardians of all MHS students on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at school at 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Fire safety expo:

    The Lake County Fire Chiefs Association will host its annual Fire Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Gurnee Mills.


    Avon Township hosts Touch a Truck:

    Avon Township's Touch a Truck event is set for Saturday, Sept. 8.

    Moon Khan

    DuPage Muslims invite Walsh for ‘enlightenment’

    A Lombard Republican who became the first Muslim elected to a partisan office DuPage County is hoping to "enlighten" Congressman Joe Walsh after his "radical Islam" comments. Moon Khan says that he and other area Muslims plan to meet Friday night with Walsh "to showcase the diversity of the Muslims that the congressman is certainly unfamiliar with."

    Angela Burton

    Another top Des Plaines cop retires; more changes in ranks

    Des Plaines is losing another top cop this week with the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Angela Burton today after serving 24 years with the department. Burton, 53, said Thursday she had thought about retiring last year and that it was now time with management changes within the department.


    Stormwater Awards nominations:

    The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is accepting nominations for the 7th annual Stormwater Awards program.

    As construction progresses on the Carol Stream Park District’s new $18 million recreation center, parks officials are asking residents in an online survey to help pick the facility’s name.

    Hey, Carol Stream: Got a name for rec center?

    Carol Stream residents are being asked to help name the park district's new $18 million, 90,846-square-foot recreation center now under construction. An online survey made available to subscribers of the park district's e-newsletter asks people to choose from eight different names, and once the survey closes later this week, the park board is expected to take the results into consideration when...

    Pat Groody

    Raises, potential performance bonuses in District 128 teachers contract

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 teachers will receive raises and have a shot at performance recognition bonuses under a new three-year contract. District 128 board members approved the contract during a special meeting Wednesday. Members of the District 128 branch of the Lake County Federation of Teachers union approved their end of the deal before it went to the school...


    Arlington Heights library to compare jobs and salaries

    The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is about to start a "job classification and salary structure project" to compare the salaries and benefits offered its workers with those of similar employers in the Northwest suburbs.

    Aaron Zibutis

    Naperville man gets 9 years for pizza robbery

    A Naperville man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday for robbing a local pizza parlor at gunpoint, prosecutors said. Aaron Zibutis, 22, of the 200 block of Bay Colony Drive, had pleaded guilty in June.

    Woodland Primary School dual-language kindergarten teacher Rian Bogdala works with students Annaliese Filkins, left, and Reese Divis on Thursday.

    Woodland District 50 dual-language program starts at primary school

    More than 100 kindergarten students at Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake began learning in two languages as part of a new program that started Thursday. Students who made it into the program through a lottery will receive instruction for half of their days in English and the other half in Spanish. Primary school Principal Stacey Anderson said the children will be in the dual-language program...


    64-year-old Elgin man dies of West Nile Virus

    A 64-year-old Elgin man has died of West Nile Virus, officials from the Kane County Health Department confirmed Thursday. The man is not being identified.


    Miss Septemberfest to be crowned Aug. 31

    Schaumburg's Miss Septemberfest, a scholarship program sponsored by The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates, will be crowned at the club's noon luncheon meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    George E. Ghawi, 36, of St. Charles, was charged with disorderly conduct at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at Delnor Hospital, 300 S. Randall Road, according to a police report.

    NIU sophomores Tony Lombardo of Algonquin, left, and Caleb Bardy of Zion help unload a car of belongings on move-in day at New Residence Hall East and West at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on Thursday, August 23.

    Images: New NIU Dorms on Move-In Day
    Images of NIU's first new residence hall in 44 years. Among the highlights : All 1,008 occupants will have their own private bedroom, each bathroom will be shared by only two students. Students will live in clusters of 12, with six mini-suites of bedrooms surrounding a large common area that includes a kitchenette, plus a social area with a 55-inch flat screen.

    Bob Lee discusses his Ride for 3 Reasons with fellow residents at Barrington's Fourth of July Festival last month. Lee's ride, which will raise money for ALS and cancer research, as well as hospice care, begins Sept. 5 in Vancouver, Canada.

    70-year-old Barrington bicyclist kicks off fundraising trek

    The Barrington area is preparing to send off resident Bob Lee, 70, on his third Ride for 3 Reasons at a special event Sunday, Sept. 2. A send-off party with ice cream sundaes will be held at Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar in Barrington, just before Lee begins a 2,500-mile bike ride from Vancouver, Canadam to Tijuana, Mexico.

    Casimere Jollette, 16, of Addison, trains at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove.

    Addison dancer flies high after overcoming injury

    Casimere Jollette of Addison always starts and ends her days in the same fashion — with her feet soaking in ice water. Far from being some kind of cruel punishment, it's a ritual the 16-year-old enjoys. Casimere is getting ready to compete in Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest and most prestigious student ballet scholarship competition. "Last year I prepared for it. This year,...


    Rescue groups help dogs find happy homes

    As a crusader for the rejects of the canine world, Erica Brown has seen the inevitable horror stories. Since the Gurnee woman co-founded Secondhand Snoots Rescue in 2010, the organization has plucked 77 dogs from the abyss, including a 6-month-old puppy dumped at an animal control shelter with two broken back legs. "I don't understand how anybody can mistreat a dog or any other animal," said...


    Carmel student organizes ‘Skating with the Starz’ fundraiser at Glacier Ice Arena

    The Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills will host "Skating with the Starz" Saturday, Sept. 1, with proceeds from the event to benefit the Advocate Condell Cancer Care program.

    The organizers of West Dundee’s Heritage Fest are looking for antique collectors and dealers to display their wares Sept. 15-16 in Grafelman Park.

    Be an informed voter; visit a candidate forum

    The League of Women Voters of McHenry has lined up several forums to help you get to know who's running for some of our local offices. The first one has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at McHenry County College. McHenry County Board candidates from districts one, two, and three are expected to attend.

    Eliu Villicana-Mancilla

    Prolific robber gets 20 years for Glendale Heights holdup

    For three months last year, Eliu Villicana-Mancilla led a "roving gang of armed robbers" through the suburbs, terrorizing Hispanic business owners scattered across six counties, prosecutors said. On Thursday, the 27-year-old Chicago man received his lengthiest prison stay yet -- 20 years -- from a DuPage County judge who said he essentially preyed on other immigrants.

    Forty four College of DuPage students and two organizers of a financial aid fraud ring used student aid for their personal use after dropping out of online classes they enrolled in last spring, college officials said. The matter is in the hands of federal investigators who say a loosely knit nationwide group is targeting community colleges.

    College of DuPage unearths financial aid scam

    Forty-four College of DuPage students and two organizers of a financial aid fraud ring used student aid for their personal use after dropping out of online classes they enrolled in last spring, college officials said. The matter is in the hands of federal investigators who say a loosely knit nationwide group is targeting community colleges. In total, $354,000 has been lost to fraud the past four...

    This is the Hanover Township Senior Center.

    Hanover Township Senior Center receives national accrediation

    The Hanover Township Senior Center is the first township-run senior center in Illinois to achieve national accreditation."The standard that we set — it's never good enough," said township Supervisor Brian McGuire. "You always have to strive to be better."

    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt

    Court order amended to allow Schmidt to care for elderly neighbor

    A Lake County judge has altered a no-stalking order to allow state Sen. Suzi Schmidt to assist an elderly neighbor recovering from hip surgery. Schmidt is the only other person in her Lake Villa Township subdivision able to care for the elderly woman, her attorney said. However, that will allow Schmidt to be across the street from the family that filed an anti-stalking, no-contact order against...

    Daniel Mack

    Family member turns in suspected DuPage bank robber

    A tip from an immediate family member has led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing four DuPage County banks this month.Daniel Mack, 34, of Tinley Park was arrested Wednesday night after he pulled into a gas station in Villa Park driving a copper-colored Cadillac Seville he is accused of stealing from a former housemate.


    Dist. 301 comes to terms on teacher contract

    The Central Unit District 301 school board and its teachers union reach a two-year contract agreement that includes pay raises and reduced retirement costs.

    This 360-degree panorama provided by NASA Wednesday shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA’s Curiosity rover. The rover made its first move, Wednesday, going forward about 15 feet.

    New NASA video captures drama of Mars landing

    Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new NASA video detailing the final moments of touchdown.

    Nude photographs of Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room were published on the Internet Wednesday, but British newspapers — many not known for restraint — heeded a warning from Buckingham Palace not to publish them in their editions.

    UK newspapers steer clear of naked Harry photos

    The prince has no clothes — but British newspapers aren't running the pictures.

    Rodney King’s death in June was ruled an accidental drowning and there were multiple illegal drugs in his system. King was the black motorist severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The officers’ acquittal triggered the devastating 1992 Los Angeles riot.

    Rodney King death ruled accidental

    Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned, a coroner's report released Thursday concluded.


    Improv Playhouse holds audition for ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Libertyville

    Page 2 - 7.75"An Audition call for third through ninth graders for the Improv Playhouse Young Actors Workshop production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" will be held from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at IP's Black Box Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Wednesday, Aug. 29.

    Tanner Conroyd, 20, of St. Charles is being treated at a Chicago area hospital, sheriff’s police said Thursday afternoon. She had been missing since Sunday.

    Missing St. Charles woman found at hospital

    The Kane County Sheriff's Department said Thursday afternoon officials from a Chicago area hospital contacted them to say a missing 20-year-old St. Charles woman was at their facility.The name of the hospital was not released.Lt. Patrick Gengler said there was at least one possible sighting of Tanner Conroyd in downtown Chicago Tuesday morning, and that tips had been received in the 24 hours...

    Clifford McIlvaine

    McIlvaine refuses city inspection so he’s jailed for contempt

    Cliff McIlvaine, a St. Charles man who has had a home construction project languishing since 1975, was sent to jail for contempt of court Thursday after he refused a final offer from a judge to connect to the city's water supply within three weeks. "You are refusing to acknowledge the law," the judge said. "Now you're back before the court trying to rewrite the rules. It doesn't work that way."


    Toastmasters tries to ease the strain of public speaking

    Can you imagine being a public speaker? Do your knees shake at the thought? Tori Libby of West Chicago has been a speaker for Amplify Youth Development for almost 10 years and a member of Toastmasters for six. She says her experience with Toastmasters helped develop her public speaking skills and gave her the confidence to face an audience of teens and keep their attention while persuading them...

    A specialty grocery store and a multi-tenant building could be on tap for a 3-acre spot on Milwaukee Avenue on the south end of Libertyville. A previously proposed grocery store on site was partially constructed but later torn down.

    Failed site in Libertyville gets a second proposal for a specialty grocer

    A two-building retail center proposed in Libertyville features a specialty grocery store that could deliver a sales tax boost to the village. The 3-acre spot on Milwaukee Avenue at Artaius Parkway on the south end of the village is the same location where construction of a different grocery store concept began, stalled and was eventually torn down.

    Jeffrey Tackes

    No jail for Niles North teacher in strip poker game with cheerleaders

    A former math teacher at Niles North High School in Skokie must register as a sex offender after he admitted in court Thursday to playing strip poker with a two cheerleaders. Jeffrey Tackes, 30, of Bensenville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child.

    In this 1975 file photo, Mark David Chapman is seen at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith, Ark. New York corrections officials say Chapman, 57, John Lennon’s killer, was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before the state Department of Corrections three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012.

    Lennon’s killer denied parole for 7th time in NY

    John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said. Mark David Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday.

    Antonio Houston, 8, of Aurora investigates dragonfly larvae during last year’s Bug Fest at the Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora. This year’s festival is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

    Learn all about insects at Bug Fest

    The buzz is back as Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Red Oak Nature Center, with insects as the star attraction. The event is free, with no registration required. "Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating and often misunderstood," said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at the Red Oak.


    First lady to visit Sikh shooting victims’ families

    MILWAUKEE — The Sikh temple where a white supremacist killed six people earlier this month has been largely repaired. A crisp new American flag flies out front, prayer services have returned to a normal schedule and walls once scarred by gunfire are now covered with banners of support from around the world.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Canyon Springs High School, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in North Las Vegas, Nev.

    Politics by demographics: Obama hunts for votes

    WASHINGTON — For all the recent diversions over Medicare and abortion, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is still running a campaign that paints with a broad economic brush in hopes of rallying voters on jobs and fiscal policy. President Barack Obama, by contrast, is painting by the numbers, filling in the Democratic landscape step by demographic step.

    A Pakistani butcher waits for customers at a flooded street in Nowshera, near Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Pakistani officials say heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the country’s north have caused at least 26 deaths.

    Pakistan: 26 die from heavy rains, flooding

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani officials say heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the country’s north have caused at least 26 deaths.An official at the State Disaster Management Authority, Khawaja Zia, said torrential rains that started Wednesday have killed 17 people and damaged about 500 homes in the Pakistan-held Kashmir region.


    Syrian rebels advance in town along Iraqi border

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels waged fierce battles with regime troops in a town along the Iraqi border on Thursday, capturing a string of security posts and the local police headquarters despite heavy government shelling and airstrikes by warplanes, activists said.


    Syria blames rebels for journalist’s death

    DAMASCUS, Syria — A senior Syrian official has denied rebel claims that a Japanese journalist who died in the northern city of Aleppo this week was killed by government troops.Veteran Japanese war correspondent Mika Yamamoto on Monday became the first foreign journalist to die in Aleppo since clashes between rebels and regime forces erupted there almost a month ago.


    Clinton pitches for Obama in new campaign ad

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is promoting President Barack Obama in a new presidential campaign ad, the first to feature the two-term Democrat. Clinton says Obama has a plan to “rebuild America from the ground up,” and says that requires a strong middle class.He says “that’s what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan.”


    Obama campaign now accepting donations via text

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign is taking donations via text message. Both Obama and rival Mitt Romney as are accepting text contributions as a way to tap small-dollar donors. The Federal Election Commission has given the practice a green light.

    Damage to the Washington National Cathedral is seen the day after a 2011 earthquake shook Washington and much of the East Coast. While West Coast earthquake veterans scoffed at what they viewed as only a moderate temblor, last year’s quake has forever changed the way officials along the East Coast view emergency preparedness.

    East Coast earthquake created a ‘new normal’

    MINERAL, Va. — When the “Big One” rocked the East Coast one year ago, the earthquake centered on this rural Virginia town cracked ceiling tiles and damaged two local school buildings so badly that they had to be shuttered for good. Now as the academic year gets under way, students are reciting a new safety mantra: Drop, cover, and hold on.


    Pakistan summons U.S. diplomat to protest drones

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to protest recent drone strikes targeting militants in the country’s northwest tribal region near the Afghan border.Pakistani officials told the diplomat, who was not identified, that the attacks were unacceptable, unlawful and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.


    Hippo stuck in South Africa swimming pool

    JOHANNESBURG — A hefty hippo chased away from his herd at a South African game reserve has found a refreshing place to relax: the lodge’s swimming pool. Now it’s stuck there.


    Official: 50 people missing from Kenyan clashes

    NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kenya Red Cross says that at least 52 people are dead and another 50 missing after hundreds of farmers attacked cattle herders in southeast Kenya on Wednesday.


    Tropical Storm Isaac lashes northern Caribbean

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for torrential rains on Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac churned waves as high as 10 feet (3 meters) in the Caribbean and threatened to become a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as Republicans gather for their national convention.

    Abraham Barajas

    Charges dropped in 2011 Carpentersville drive-by shooting

    Kane County prosecutors have dropped attempted murder and other weapons charges against Abraham Barajas, a 24-year-old Carpentersville man accused of shooting at two other cars in July 2011. Barajas's defense attorney said a third party witness, not initially available to police, said Barajas was not at the scene.

    Antioch native Terrill “Joker” Banser, showing off his dog tag from Vietnam in 2011, organized a fundraiser Saturday in Lake Geneva, Wis. to benefit the Chaplain’s Fund at the veteran’s hospital in North Chicago.

    Fundraiser for Iraq and Afghan war vets

    Military veterans sometimes find it frustrating to go through the federal government for emergency needs such as clothing, food and transportation, so in the suburbs, some rely on help from the Chaplain's Fund at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center. Longtime Antioch resident and Vietnam veteran Terrill “Joker” Banser set up the fundraiser to help replenish the fund.


    Veterans Art Museum to close next month, move

    The National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago will hold a closing ceremony Sept. 22 to celebrate 16 years in Chicago's South Loop. The event will mark the transition to its new location in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood, or Six Corners.


    Wisconsin harassment investigated, suspect found dead

    Manitowoc police called in special operations officers to investigate a harassment complaint and say they found the suspect dead in a closet at his home. Police say officers had investigated several incidents involving the suspect since Saturday, including one in which he wanted to borrow a gun to retaliate against someone with whom he had an argument at a local bar.


    28 arrested by ICE agents in NE Wisconsin

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say they've arrested 28 people in northeastern Wisconsin. ICE says the arrests took place over five days from Baileys Harbor to Fond du Lac and cities in between. The federal agency says 26 of the immigrants arrested had prior convictions for crimes, including possessing cocaine and sexually assaulting a minor.


    U of Illinois icon set to reopen after renovation

    After a three-year renovation project, one of the centerpiece buildings at the University of Illinois' main campus is reopening.University officials say 101-year-old Lincoln Hall is reopening this fall. The Daily Illini newspaper reports that a ceremony marking the official reopening is planned for homecoming weekend in late October.


    All-American Rejects, Neon Trees coming to Benedictine

    Benedictine University's annual BenFest will feature the synth-pop alternative group Neon Trees and rockers The All-American Rejects at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex on Saturday. And before they hit the suburbs, members from both groups share details about what the crowds can look forward to at the show.


    Dawn Patrol: Major crash in Hanover Park; hammer attack

    Aurora man accused of beating wife with hammer. Alexian Brothers employee accused of stealing medical documents. Arlington Heights man burned by homemade fireworks. Walsh criticizes GOP over Akin stance. Duckworth claimed two homeowner exemptions. St. Charles woman missing since early Monday.

    Putting these peaches in a jar for the winter is rewarding financially and emotionally, says Marisa McClellan, a nationally acclaimed author and canner appearing at Saturday's farmers market in Batavia.

    Batavia market lures 'primo pickler' for canning demo

    Queen bees in organic hives don't generate the kind of buzz Marisa McClellan is bringing to Saturday's farmers market in downtown Batavia. In a real coup, nationally acclaimed pickler, canner, preserver and "Food in Jars" blogger Marisa McClellan will sign copies of her book and give a canning demonstration Saturday. “This is the biggest thing that has happened to the farmers market,”...


    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and several teammates were in agreement Wednesday, saying the controversy over Cutler's behavoir toward left tackle J'Marcus Webb in the Green Bay loss is behind them.

    Bears, Cutler put controversy behind them

    Now that the Bears' sideline controversy involving quarterback Jay Cutler and his offensive lienmen has supposedly blown over, it still remains to be seen if the trust among the players has been damaged.


    Mike North video: How long will Derek Jeter be great?

    How good is New York Yankee Derek Jeter? He's the first Yankee with 3000 hits. He has 17 years of 150 hits and 16 years of 10 plus home runs. Mike North wonders how long can this Yankee captain play at this level.

    Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history.

    Armstrong facing loss of 7 Tour de France titles

    Never one to back away from a fight, Lance Armstrong is finally giving in and the cost of quitting is steep: His seven Tour de France titles could be gone as soon as Friday. The superstar cyclist, whose stirring victories after his comeback from cancer helped him transcend sports, chose not to pursue arbitration in the drug case brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. That was his last option in his bitter fight with USADA.

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito allowed five hits, struck out five and walked three Thursday night in a win at home over Atlanta.

    Zito, Sanchez lead Giants past Braves 5-2

    Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

    The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton watches his sacrifice RBI fly ball during the fifth inning Thursday against the Minnesota Twins in Arlingto, Texas.

    Hamilton drives in 5 as Rangers down Twins

    Josh Hamilton had five RBIs and Mitch Moreland doubled in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.


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


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


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


    Thursday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb struck out eight and walked two Thursday at home against Oakland in his second career complete game.

    Cobb pitches 4-hitter, surging Rays beat A’s 5-0

    Alex Cobb pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 on Thursday night to pull within 2½ games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

    Red Sox third baseman Pedro Ciriaco, top, tries unsuccessfully to catch the Angels’ Mike Trout diving back to third on a rundown in the third inning Thursday in Boston.

    Angels outlast Boston for sweep

    Kendrys Morales led off Los Angeles' two-run 10th inning with a solo homer, and the Angels completed a three-game sweep of Boston by outlasting the Red Sox 14-13 on Thursday night.

    Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr. watches his single to left field in the 11th inning Thursday at home.

    Mayberry’s hit lifts Phillies over Reds in the 11th

    John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

    The Cardinals’ Jon Jay, left, Shane Robinson and Matt Carpenter celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros on Thursday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals club Astros 13-5, finish sweep

    David Freese's three-run homer snapped the team's seven-game long-ball drought, and Matt Holliday's three-run double was the go-ahead blow as St. Louis beat the Houston Astros 13-5 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

    The Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood delivers a pitch during the first inning of Thursday’s game in New York. Chatwood was pulled after allowing three hits over three innings.

    Rockies beat Mets 1-0 for 4-game sweep

    Tyler Chatwood combined with four relievers in a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday, completing a four-game sweep and giving the last-place Rockies a five-game winning streak that tied their season high.

    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws to a receiver as he is pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman C.J. Mosley (99), defensive end Andre Branch (90) and defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey in the first half of a preseason game Thursday in Baltimore.

    Ravens meet goals, rout Jaguars

    The Baltimore Ravens did just about everything they set out to do in their most significant game of the preseason. In the process, they provided the Jacksonville Jaguars with a harsh taste of reality.

    Molly Palmer poses with her catch — a 12-foot marlin that took more than four hours to get on her team’s boat, weighing in at more than a half-ton — in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

    What a whopper! Hawaii woman reels half-ton marlin

    A Hawaii tournament angler fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin in the Pacific Ocean for more than four hours before she and her teammates got the monster fish out of the water — but she missed out on the glory and thousands of dollars in prize money.

    Green Bay offensive tackle T.J. Lang lifts quarterback Aaron Rodgers into the air after Rodgers ran for a touchdown in the first half of a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday in Cincinnati.

    Rodgers leads Packers over Bengals 27-13

    Aaron Rodgers was the best running back on the field. The MVP quarterback led Green Bay to a big first half Thursday night, running for 52 yards and two touchdowns during a 27-13 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, who simply couldn't catch him.

    Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker went 11 of 20 for 134 yards with a 109.2 passer rating in Thursday’s preseason win over Arizona in Nashville.

    Locker throws for 2 TD in Titans’ win over Cardinals

    Jake Locker showed why the Tennessee Titans picked him as their starting quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals leave town still trying to figure out their own situation after neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb looked very impressive.


    Blue ribbon to go on Penn State helmets

    Penn State football players will have a blue ribbon on the back of their helmets to show support for child abuse victims. Acting athletic director Dave Joyner made the announcement on a Penn State football radio show Thursday night.


    Northeastern Athletic race a tough call

    It's always tough to tell what will happen in the small-school, spread out Northeastern Athletic Conference but Mooseheart and North Shore Country Day figure to lead the way.


    Fremd improves to 5-0 in MSL

    Fremd's girls golf team kept its record perfect in the Mid-Suburban League by winning its tri-meet on Thursday at the Palatine Hills Golf Course. The Vikings improved to 5-0 in the league by shooting a 171 to top Buffalo Grove (178) and Wheeling (223).

    Batavia goalkeeper Nick Foster slides to stop a shot by Daniel DiLeonardi Thursday in St. Charles. Batavia defender Chase Correll, right, helps defend.

    St. Charles E. blanks Batavia

    The St. Charles East boys soccer team is making a road trip down to Carbondale this weekend. Thanks to Thursday's 3-0 shutout over Batavia in the Upstate Eight River Conference opener for both squads, an undefeated record will accompany the Saints to a city most known for its Salukis.


    Fremd in fine form for opener

    Fremd started its girls volleyball season with a 25-13, 25-23 triumph over Vernln Hills.


    Scouting Week 1 in the Tri-Cities
    By Dave Oberhelmandoberhelman@dailyherald.comBatavia at Glenbard NorthGame time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.Last year: Did not play.Outlook: This opener is a step up in class for Batavia but it’s a meeting that just seems natural. The Bulldogs graduated loads of talent off its 12-1 Class 6A semifinalist but returns a lot. Glenbard North, which enters tied with Maine South at the No. 3 spot in the preseason Associated Press 8A poll, came out of the superlative DuPage Valley Conference with a 6-3 record then advanced to the semifinals to lose to state runner-up Loyola. Though the Panthers spy a DVC title, of this nonconference battle coach Ryan Wilkens has said: “There’s no way I’m looking past that.” Both these teams hit, hard, and also offer speed that will be enhanced on Glenbard North’s turf. As an example of their toughness, returning Glenbard North starting quarterback Brian Murphy, who ran for 464 out of his nearly 1,300 total yards, has committed to Michigan — to wrestle. The Panthers offer three returning starting offensive linemen including 6-foot-3, 285-pound D’Angelo Hodges, which will help junior Justin Jackson improve upon his sophomore numbers of 741 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jackson already has offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Boston College and Purdue. Murphy, who directed Glenbard North to runner-up at the Wheaton Warrenville South, has returning receiver Ryan Storto to target. The interesting thing about that 7-on-7 at WW South is Batavia went 4-1-1 there and lost to ... Glenbard North. “One of our toughest games is our opener,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. Though Glenbard North will primarily look to run the football, should Murphy drop back he’ll likely meet Batavia’s Marquise Jenkins, the fastest lineman at West Aurora’s Battle of the Big Butts and who had 30 quarterback hurries as a junior. Much already has been written about the battle for Batavia’s starting quarterback position between last season’s backup, senior Dan Albrecht, and incoming junior Micah Coffey, who led the Bulldogs sophomores to a 9-0 record. Piron has said the competition may be evaluated even into the season — and this game against one of the area’s top teams will give Piron and offensive coordinator Mike Gaspari much to work with in making future considerations. Next week: Plainfield East at Batavia, Aug. 31; Glenbard North at Carmel, Aug. 31.Oswego at GenevaGame time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.Last year: Did not play.


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of the top Week 1 football contests for the DuPage Valley coverage area.


    Hersey, Libertyville exceed the hype

    A showdown between two of the Daily Herald's top four volleyball teams lived up to its billing on Thursday night at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.Host Hersey (No. 2) and Liberytville (No. 4) battled to the final points of Set 3 before the Huskies prevailed 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 on an error by the Wildcats.


    Great defense not enough to save Boomers

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball coverage


    Football/Scouting Week 1 in the Fox Valley

    A look at Week 1 football games in the Fox Valley.


    Warren’s Solis leaves Wheeling no solace

    It was all Auner Solis, early and often, for Warren’s boys soccer team.The Blue Devils blanked Wheeling 4-0 in the Glenbrook South tournament Thursday, as Solis scored every goal. He netted a pair of goals in the match’s first four minutes.Marquette-bound Daniel Szczepanek assisted on a pair of tallies, while Chris Travis and Sean Kirwan also had assists.Stevenson 2, Schurz 0: At Glenbrook South, the Patriots got goals from Mike Dobin and Jacob Krause. Jared Moelaart and Kamal Starks contributed assists as well.Grayslake Central 1, St. Patrick 0: At Vernon Hills, Alex Stickler scored his second goal in as many games for the Rams.Prairie Ridge 4, Grant 0: The host Bulldogs fell to 0-2 on the season.

    Dundee-Crown and quarterback Garrett Ryan will try to snap the Chargers’ 26-game losing streak tonight when they host Elgin in the season opener.

    Football/Scouting Week 1 in the Fox Valley

    A preview of Week 1 in high school football in the Fox Valley.


    Geneva’s younger siblings get their turn

    Brotherly love is alive in Geneva. At least that's how Vikings coach Rob Wicinski feels about it. He loves all these younger brothers of former Geneva stars whose time has come to create their own varsity legacy. "It's nice when families have multiple brothers," Wicinski said. It'd be great if they just magically beamed aboard with vast varsity experience, but the coach is pleased with his youngsters in a program whose overall numbers are higher than he can recall, at around 200.


    Scouting DuPage County football/Week 1
    Scouting this weekend's DuPage County high school football games.

    Round Lake will look to linebacker Zach Williamson (42) to defend the pass again this season.

    Round Lake dresses for success

    A group of Round Lake football players wearing their Game Day uniforms watched the first toss of the season on their home field land softly at midfield. It made sense to Panthers coach John Coursey. It made cents, too. In a break from the norm, due in part because they have ample players on their varsity roster this season, Coursey and his staff held an intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday. Usually, they hold just a practice on the Saturday before the start of the season. To simulate the routine of an actual game, there was a coin toss.

    Defensive back Sam Maloof makes an interception during drills on the first day of practice at Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills intends to field a postseason participant

    As the first Vernon Hills football team to place their cleats on the newly installed artificial turf at Rust-Oleum Field, the Cougars want to avoid a misstep. In the 12-year history of varsity football at the school, the Cougars have never missed the state playoffs in consecutive seasons. "We've had a great summer," coach Tony Monken said. "Our numbers are up. The kids are fired up. We just got to figure out a way to come up with (6 wins)."

    Senior Anthony Bozin returns for his third varsity season for Stevenson.

    Stevenson hopes tweak helps them reach their peak

    Since last season, small changes have been made to the football workout regimen at Stevenson. The Patriots are hoping that those small changes pay big dividends, particularly in the playoffs. "We've been working really hard at our speed, strength and conditioning and focusing more on endurance," Stevenson coach Bill McNamara said. "We've got a great strength and conditioning coordinator in Brian Burja and he's constantly tweaking our program to help with injuries and the long grind. "Football is a long, physical season and we want to make a long (playoff) run. We've got to make sure we can endure that."

    Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, here chasing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, had 2½ sacks in last Saturday’s victory over Washington.

    Both Bears lines to be tested against Giants

    Bears coach Lovie Smith may be asking a bit much from his defensive line in Friday night’s game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Clearly the Bears’ offensive line has a tough job, considering the Giants’ defensive line was the catalyst to their title run. But Smith is putting pressure on his D-line as well.


    Neuqua notches 1st win over St. Charles E.

    The 10 seniors on Neuqua Valley's roster have made life easier for coach Kelly Simon so far this year, and on Thursday they also made a little history in St. Charles.


    Cougars shut out by Bandits

    Kane County Cougars game report:


    White Sox scouting report
    White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular FieldTV: Comcast SportsNet Friday and Sunday; WGN SaturdayRadio: WSCR 670-AMPitching matchups: The White Sox’ Jake Peavy (9-9) vs. Jason Vargas (13-8) Friday at 7:10 p.m.; Jose Quintana (5-2) vs. Blake Beavan (8-7) Saturday at 6:10 p.m.; Gavin Floyd (9-9) vs. Kevin Millwood (4-10) Sunday at 1:10 p.m.At a glance: After sweeping the Yankees, the White Sox wrap up their homestand against red-hot Seattle. The Mariners are riding an eight-game winning streak, their longest since 2007. The Sox have won 18 of their last 23 home games. They are 5-1 vs. Seattle this season and 21-4 since 2010. Peavy is 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 8 career starts vs. the Mariners.Next: Baltimore Orioles, Monday-Thursday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards— Scot Gregor

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Running back Davonta Jennings receives a pitch out during football practice at Grayslake Central High School Tuesday.

    Football: Scouting Week 1, Lake County

    Here's a look at Week 1 in the high school football season for teams from Lake County.

    Chicago Bandits pitcher Monica Abbott, named the 2012 Pitcher of the Year in the NPF, needs one more win to send the Bandits to the NPF Championship game this weekend at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The Bandits took Game 1 of their series against Carolina with an 11-1 decision.

    Bandits open championship series with 4 top awards

    With NPF Pitcher of the Year Monica Abbott on the mound, the Chicago Bandits cruised to a convincing 11-1 victory over the Carolina Diamonds Thursday at The Ballpark of Rosemont. One more victory and the Bandits will move on to the NPF Championship Series this weekend. Game 2 of the Bandits-Diamonds series is 8:30 p.m. Friday.


    Maine West perfect after topping South Elgin

    Maine West's boys soccer team stayed undefeated in its tournament following a 3-1 victory over visiting South Elgin as the third round of the Warriors Invite came to a close Thursday in Des Plaines.


    Round Lake sharp in Shootout

    The season has started out with a couple of Shootout victories for Round Lake's boys soccer team. That's not to be confused with shootout victories — these first two wins have been anything but close. The Panthers won their second straight convincing game with a 4-0 shutout over host Lake Forest in the North Shore Shootout semifinals Thursday.

    White Sox closer Addison Reed has set the team record for saves by a rookie.

    Changeup closes the deal for White Sox’ Reed

    Thanks to an effective changeup which perfectly compliments his fastball and slider, Addison Reed has come a long ways and is thriving as the White Sox' rookie closer.


    Streamwood notches first win

    Mario Rodriguez played a starring role in the first victory of the season for Streamwood when the Sabres rolled over Chicago Taft (0-3-0) Thursday evening 5-0 in third round play of the Warriors Invite boys soccer tournament in Des Plaines.


    Big Northern East still goes through Richmond

    When is a question more like an answer? When the question pertains to Richmond-Burton's ability to reload and still challenge for the Big Northern Conference's East Division title. Entering last season it seemed as though the Rockets' run of back-to-back division titles was in jeopardy. They opened the campaign with new players at 17 of 22 positions following an 11-1 finish in 2010. They were vulnerable, right?


    Spellman’s Scorecard: Second NFL team in Chicago?

    Another NFL team in Chicago? Mike Spellman doubts that's going to happen. The Scorecard also talks horse, hockey and Lovie Smith.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report


    Epstein can’t change Cubs culture overnight

    Theo Epstein has thrown a giant bone to Cubs fans who despise a losing culture and the players who prefer comfort over a change in lifestyle and a chance for a World Series ring.

    Dundee-Crown and quarterback Garrett Ryan will try to snap the Chargers’ 26-game losing streak tonight when they host Elgin in the season opener.

    Football/Scouting Week 1 in the Fox Valley

    A preview of Week 1 in high school football in the Fox Valley.

    With limited playing time, the Cubs’ Bryan LaHair is working hard to get his offense back on track.

    LaHair adjusting to new role with Cubs

    Bryan LaHair has gone from the Cubs' starting first baseman and an all-start to a part-time role player in right field. "I have a role now, and I'm just trying to do the best job I can possibly do and learn that role," he said.

    Raul Anaya is a key to Maine West’s hopes in the Central Suburban North.

    Improvement expected in CSL North

    Last year the Central Suburban North was one of only four conferences in Illinois with at least six teams to send only its champion to the playoffs. Deerfield looks to defend its title in a league some coaches see as vastly improved.

    Wauconda is high on lineman David Lowe, who is one of several returning starters for the Bulldogs this season.

    With impressive group in place, Wauconda reloads

    David Starkey started wearing his new uniform last fall, and it came with a helmet and pads. He's now ready for his first full season as a Wauconda Bulldog football player, but the senior knows one soldier doesn't win a fight. "Individually, I'm not setting too many goals because it's just about being part of the team," said Starkey, who transferred in from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., early last season but wasn't ruled eligible by the IHSA until Week 5. "That's what matters to me." The return of the strapping Starkey has Wauconda coach Dave Mills smiling and so does the return of 13 other starters who are trying to prove that the team is better than the one that won only twice last season.

    The Bears have waived backup running back Kahlil Bell .Bell played 20 games for the Bears the last three seasons and made three starts, including the final two last season after Matt Forte sprained his knee. Bell would have been the third-string back behind Forte and Michael Bush. Bell reportedly declined to take a pay cut.

    Bears waive Kahlil Bell

    The Bears have waived backup running back Kahlil Bell .Bell played 20 games for the Bears the last three seasons and made three starts, including the final two last season after Matt Forte sprained his knee. Bell would have been the third-string back behind Forte and Michael Bush. Bell reportedly declined to take a pay cut.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Kyle Brown hauls in a catch during Geneva's first day of football practice in LaFox Wednesday.

    Geneva’s younger siblings get their turn

    Brotherly love is alive in Geneva. At least that's how Vikings coach Rob Wicinski feels about it. He loves all these younger brothers of former Geneva stars whose time has come to create their own varsity legacy.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Kyle Brown hauls in a catch during Geneva's first day of football practice in LaFox Wednesday.

    Geneva’s younger siblings get their turn

    Brotherly love is alive in Geneva. At least that's how Vikings coach Rob Wicinski feels about it. He loves all these younger brothers of former Geneva stars whose time has come to create their own varsity legacy.

    Padraig Harrington of Ireland, hits his drive on the 17th hole during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photos/Henny Ray Abrams)

    Harrington races out to 64 at Bethpage

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Thursday. He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead at The Barclays.And that surely got the attention of Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal.Harrington has to rely on a captain’s pick to make his seventh straight European team, and that looks to be unlikely. Not only has the three-time major champion gone four years without winning against a strong field, he and Olazabal are not the best of friends after a dispute at the Seve Trophy from nine years ago.The Irishman had the toughest time Thursday after he got off the difficult Black course. There were so many questions about the Ryder Cup, his chances of making the team and what he has to do to impress Olazabal, that at one point Harrington adopted the American way.“The only answer I can give at this stage is I’m pleading the Fifth Amendment on that one,” Harrington said. “I honestly don’t know what to say. I don’t want to go in there and try too desperately to beg for a pick, or I don’t want to go in there and give excuses for anything. I’ll just leave it be what it is. I’m just going to play golf.”That part was superb on a calm day that became increasingly warm.It took Harrington a few holes to realize that he was back at Bethpage Black, but not at the U.S. Open. The greens were soft. The rough was deep, but not terribly dense. The pressure was not quite the same. And par wasn’t going to cut it.He came to life on the back nine with four straight birdies to cap off his 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Nick Watney and Brian Harman among the early starters. The hotter it became, the crustier the greens were, and it was unlikely anyone would catch him.Sergio Garcia was part of the group at 66, while defending champion Dustin Johnson and K.J. Choi were among those at 67.Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup — Woods at No. 1, McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start. Woods scrambled nicely to recover from a few errant shots and scratched out a 68. McIlroy smashed one driver after another to set up short irons into the greens, and while he had three birdies through six holes, he let the good start get away from him and settled for a 69.If this is a rivalry, it figures to be a friendly one. Woods genuinely likes this 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, who already has two eight-shot wins in the majors. He chatted more than usual, even for a Thursday, and during one wait on the par-3 14th, McIlroy listened intently with a smile on his face as Woods told a story, then broke into a big laugh upon hearing the punch line.Worth repeating for a family newspaper?“No,” McIlroy said with another laugh.“He’s a nice kid, he really is,” Woods said. “As I said yesterday, I played with him in Abu Dhabi. We struck up a friendship back then, and it’s continued. And I think it’s only going to get better.”Woods won the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in 2002, and he tied for sixth when the U.S. Open returned to this public course on Long Island in 2009. It looks the same, especially how the rough frames each fairway. And while there were differences in the softness of the greens and hole locations, the most obvious difference was scoring.“I shot 3-under par and I’m not even in the top 10,” Woods said. “So it’s a little different deal.”Harrington was even par through four holes, typically not a bad score, except that he watched Troy Matteson open with a birdie on the second hole and chip in for eagle on the fourth to reach 3 under early in the round.

    Usain Bolt from Jamaica, right, crosses the line to win the men's 200-meter race, in front of his fellow Jamaicans Jason Young and Nickel Ashmeade at the Athletissima Diamond League Athletics Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, Aug 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Usain Bolt clocks 19.58 in 200 meters in Switzerland

    Usain Bolt clocked 19.58 seconds to win the 200 meters at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting on Thursday, after training partner Yohan Blake matched Tyson Gay as the second-fastest man in the world.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    Scouting report by Patricia Babcock McGraw as the Chicago Sky (8-13) travel to take on the Tulsa Shock (3-18) at 7 p.m. Friday at the BOK Center.


    There’s still something pretty special about high school football

    My Facebook status Wednesday evening said it all. I started working in the newspaper business 37 years ago. While some might think the beginning of another high school sports year would be routine and boring for me by now, there's still something about producing the first football edition of the season that gets me going.

    With a prolific season already under his belt, Warren’s Adam Reuss, here running against New Trier last season, is hoping for bigger things this fall as the Blue Devils become more comfortable with the spread offense.

    High-flying offense fitting better at Warren

    Get out the slippers and the fuzzy blanket, they're finally getting comfy over at Warren. Last year, the Blue Devils put in a new offense and they weren't always feeling so good about it. Nor, as a result, did they feel so good about their 3-6 final record, which came on the heels of four straight playoff appearances. "We never really mastered our new system last year," Warren coach Dave Mohapp said. "But we understand it much better now. We're feeling much more comfortable with it now."

    Freshman starting quarterback Gavin Graves delivers on the first day of Mundelein practice.

    Kaider aims to see Mundelein mature quickly

    There seems to be a theme at work at Mundelein. In his freshman season as head coach of the Mustangs, George Kaider will turn the keys of the offense over to another freshman. Quarterback Gavin Graves is a fresh-faced ninth grader who is hoping to help Kaider breathe a breath of fresh air into a program that has been struggling to gain traction in the rugged North Suburban Lake Division for years. Kaider takes over for Bob Stone, who notched just four wins over the previous four seasons.

    Quarterback Jack Deichl pitches the ball during the practice at Libertyville.

    New look suits Jones, Libertyville to a T

    In looking to the future, one of the first things new Libertyville coach Mike Jones did when he took over the program during the off-season was to give a nod to the past. During some of Libertyville's most successful years under former longtime head coach Randy Kuceyeski, the Wing-T offense was used. Over the last few years, Kuceyeski, who retired last year after 18 seasons, changed that up in order to incorporate more of a pass-oriented offense. He thought it would better fit his personnel at the time. Jones, who watched from afar as Libertyville's defensive coordinator for the last eight years, was anxious to go back to the Wing-T, even though he's got 10 of 11 starters back who spent all of last season trying to get used to a pistol-type of spread offense with a single back. "I just like (the Wing-T)," Jones said. "My first year, the biggest thing I want to do is to emphasize a level of consistency and I really think this kind of offense fits your personnel no matter what it is. We can run this year after year. I've been on the defensive side of the football and the misdirection and all the options in an offense like this can be really tough to stop."

    Lake Zurich will look for production again from senior Jake Stauner.

    Big changes — and expectations — at Lake Zurich

    There was a saying that former Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz liked to pull out at the start of every new season. "It was that the program was bigger than any one person,'" said Shane Williams, an assistant under Stortz, who was trying to assure his returning players that they would be just fine even if the team's best players from the year before were lost to graduation. Williams says the same philosophy held true for how the Bears dealt with Stortz's departure. He took a new job in the off-season as the head coach at Rock Island, despite building a perennial power at Lake Zurich and winning a state title in 2007.

    Wide receiver Andrew Spencer returns after helping Lakes advance to the Class 6A state quarterfinals last season.

    Clark, Lakes reload in playoff pursuit

    With Direll, all's well that ends well. Take last season. "We went into last year wanting to monitor his carries because we knew we'd need him at the end," Lakes coach Luke Mertens said of star running back Direll Clark. "We went into games not wanting to give him 20 carries a game. As we got toward the end of the (regular) season and we were getting ready for the playoffs, we said, Now we got to give him the ball more.' We knew he could always do that. We knew as a team we could run the ball, but there are only so many hits a body can take."

    Running back Connor Daly rushes through the line during drills at practice at Grayslake Central on Tuesday.

    Grayslake Central’s out for sustained success

    History could be made at Grayslake Central if the Rams come up with a playoff appearance at the end of the season. After back-to-back trips to the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, Grayslake Central is seeking the elusive three-peat. Interestingly, there have been four playoff berths in school history and the other two also happened in back-to-back years (1989 and 1990).

    Grant’s explosive Jonathon Wells (8) figures to be one of the top running backs in Lake County again this season.

    Athletic approach suits Grant

    Forget cheerleader push-ups after touchdowns. How about a standing backflip from senior Luis Echeverria after each TD scored by Grant's football team this season? Echeverria, mind you, stands 6 feet and weighs two-cheerleaders-plus (250 pounds). After starting at right offensive guard last fall, the big Bulldog bounced, performing for the cheerleading squad during the winter. "I don't know if he can anymore — he bulked up after cheerleading season — but he could do a standing back flip before," coach Kurt Rous said. "He's pretty athletic." Senior Kyle Whitman and junior Jonathan Wells are two more athletic Bulldogs worth watching.

    David Collins is among the offensive playmakers in Grayslake North’s attack this fall.

    Expect significant air time at Grayslake North

    Grayslake North fans would be wise to bring comfy seat cushions with them to games this season. Like last season, they could be in for some long games. Passing teams tend to play longer into the night, because there are typically more stoppages in play than in a game that features mostly rushing plays. "If we have to throw it 30 or 40 times to win, we will," Grayslake North coach Steve Wood said.

    Jake Gierlak

    Jacobs hoping to take that next step

    Jacobs has been rising up the Fox Valley Conference charts with a bullet since hall of famer Bill Mitz took over. The Golden Eagles finished 6-4 in 2010 and 7-3 in 2011, each campaign resulting in a playoff berth.With nine starters returning to a defense that held opponents to 16.9 points and 248 yards per game, the Golden Eagles aspire to become chart toppers.

    New coach George Kaider is ready to make an impact at Mundelein.

    Change is the constant as fewer Lake County coaches return

    It seems like only yesterday that Dave Mohapp and I were "the newbies." Mohapp was in his first year as head football coach at Warren in 1997 when I got hired to cover high school sports at the Daily Herald. Sixteen years later, we're definitely feeling our age a little more. I just threw out my back for the first time evermaking the bed, of all things. And Mohapp told me that he's at the point where he almost can't stand going another day walking around on his bad knee. A former star fullback at Wisconsin in the early 1980s who withstood years of relentless pounding, he had one knee replaced a few years ago and is planning to have the other done sooner rather than later.

    Carmel returns one of the best kickers in Lake County in strong-legged Steven O’Block.

    Looks like Carmel’s lookin’ good

    Clad in his sparkling brown home jersey with gold trim, with his last name and jersey number in white, a Carmel Catholic football player walked proudly on picture day. The Corsairs debuted the flashy jerseys last year. "We still got the same road uniforms, though," the player said. The Corsairs' starting offensive backfield is new, at least.

    Senior Cameron Slate, left, returns in the defensive secondary for Antioch.

    Listen up: Antioch’s young, but skilled

    Since taking over a program that hit rock-bottom with an 0-9 campaign in 2006, Antioch coach Brian Glashagel has taken the Sequoits to the state playoffs three times, including the last two seasons. Suffice it to say, the program has reached the point where it expects to make the playoffs every year. So, yes, the Sequoits expect to see lots of good things on film this season, even though they'll head into it having graduated a talented senior class.

    Vince Williams (30) will work on both sides of the ball again this season for Streamwood.

    Streamwood has talent to make playoffs again

    Streamwood hopes to someday reflect on its 2011 playoff appearance as the starting point of a long, successful run. The Sabres reached the postseason last year for the first time since 2002, thanks to a 6-3 regular season that resulted in a third-place finish in the Upstate Eight Conference's River Division (3-3). They played Crystal Lake South tough for a half before bowing out in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs, 35-7.

    St. Edward running back Devontae Elam returns for his third varsity season this fall.

    Rolando believes St. Edward can get back to playoffs

    Play hard, stay healthy, win five games. That's the blueprint for a playoff return for the St. Edward football team, a 21-man squad with talent but little depth. "We have some of our lowest numbers since I've been here, but the strength is there," said eighth-year St. Edward coach Mike Rolando, whose team finished 4-5 last season on the heels of consecutive playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. "We'll be a very tough team as long as we stay in shape and play four quarters," Rolando said. "We have to avoid being hit by the injury bug. If we can stay healthy, I think there are 5 wins out there for us."

    Dale Schabert will be coaching a lot of new South Elgin players this season, but he says, “It’s been fun and exciting.”

    South Elgin has speed to burn

    South Elgin's revamped lineup boasts the kind of overall team speed that could make Storm chasers of opponents this season. The fastest player of all for the Storm is tailback Jeff Broger (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), the reigning sectional champion in the 400-meter dash. He won the St. Charles North sectional last May as a junior (49.32) and went on to place ninth in the event at the state track meet. Broger did not play football last year.

    Alex Schabert

    Push back to the playoffs is Larkin’s goal

    Larkin's push for its first playoff berth since 2006 has heft behind it. Providing the muscle are two of the biggest senior offensive linemen in the Upstate Eight Conference, Alex Schabert (6-2, 320) and Adam Hamiel (6-3, 285). Right guard Schabert is a returning all-area pick and a two-time all-UEC River selection with interest from several major Division-I college programs. Hamiel will play left guard. Each enters his third varsity season.

    New coach John Hart, who guided his Indiana team to a pair of state titles, has had 24 winning seasons in 27 years.

    Hart expects Huntley to think like winners

    No more wading slowly into the treacherous waters of the Fox Valley Conference for the Huntley football program. With the hiring last spring of two-time Indiana state-champion coach John Hart and promises from the District 158 administration to spend significantly on infrastructure like improved weight room facilities and new turf, Huntley took a headfirst dive into the deep end of competitive high school football.

    Hampshire features an experienced quarterback returning this season in senior Kyle Anderson.

    Hampshire will be bigger, more physical

    On the heels of a 1-8 campaign in 2011, the Hampshire football team enters its second season in the Fox Division of the Fox Valley Conference better equipped to compete. The beefed up Whip-Purs — with 37 varsity players and over 100 in the program overall, both school records — return six starters on either side of the ball, including quarterback Kyle Anderson and four offensive linemen.

    Junior Ryan Sitter takes over the quarterback duties for Elgin this season.

    There’s talent despite low numbers at Elgin

    Football is a game of inches. It's also a numbers game. Coming off a 1-8 season in 2011, the Elgin football team has some burgeoning young talent, but a roster of only 24 varsity players means the talent layer is skin deep. Multiple players are poised to play on both sides of the ball and special teams, so avoiding the trainer's room is a must if the Maroons are to remain relevant in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. They went 0-6 in River Division games last year.

    Second-year Dundee-Crown coach Vito Andriola believes his team is ready to snap the Chargers’ 26-game losing streak.

    Dundee-Crown eager to snap streak

    Hard work is the only way to end a 26-game losing streak. With that in mind, the young Dundee-Crown varsity football team set out to change the program's dynamic via a highly productive off-season in the weight room, according to second-year coach Vito Andriola. The Chargers' mentor said last year's sophomore-dominated lineup returns bigger, faster and stronger, not to mention a year smarter. Will such off-season dedication translate to a victory for the first time since Week 1 of the 2009 season?

    Senior tailback Zevin Clark will look to pile up more yards this season for Crystal Lake South.

    Don’t count Crystal Lake South out

    The Crystal Lake South football team might be a bit green now, but forecasts call for another bumper crop of victories come October. The Gators graduated several key players from a team that split the FVC Valley Division crown with eventual Class 6A champion Prairie Ridge and bowed out in the second round of the playoffs against eventual Class 7A champion Rockford Boylan. However, any opponent who counts the Gators out of contention for their third straight FVC Valley title does so at his own risk. The healthy CL South football program continues to produce quality players able to plug holes. These Gators enter the 2012 season ranked ninth in Class 7A.

    Bartlett’s Nick Mazzei fends off the defense in a play during a practice last season.

    Bartlett’s attack might look new, but it’s not

    It's not a new formula, more like Bartlett "classic." The Hawks enjoyed multiple successful seasons in the 2000s by combining two hallmarks: a punishing defense and a smash-mouth, run-oriented offense that featured a power-blocking fullback and multiple-tight end sets. The punishing defense part has rarely wavered since, but the offense took on a distinct aerial flair over the past several seasons under former offensive coordinator Eric Ilich, a former Neuqua Valley quarterback now in his first season as head coach at Hoffman Estates.

    Burlington Central senior wide receiver Joe Breeden possesses breakaway speed.

    Burlington Central focused on who it has

    The Burlington Central coaching staff addressed the elephant in the huddle right at the start of summer camp in June. Yes, leading rusher and all-state honorable mention selectee Joel Bouagnon was gone, transferred to Aurora Christian. And, yes, all-Big Northern East defensive end Andrew Yarwood left for St. Edward. Two other contributors moved on for various reasons. One a big lineman, the other a starting linebacker. Rather than dwell on who wasn't there, the Central coaching staff concentrated on who was.

    Quarterback Quinn Baker, the leading scorer in the Fox Valley area a year ago, returns to lead Cary-Grove’s offense this season.

    Cary-Grove has Valley title aspirations

    Two years removed from its last title in the Fox Valley Conference, the Cary-Grove football team aims to reclaim its Valley Division throne. The Trojans continued their successful run of playoff appearances last season when they went 8-3 and reached a second-round playoff for a remarkable seventh straight season. However, losses to Jacobs and Crystal Lake South dropped the Trojans to 4-2 in the division and a tie for third place. Prairie Ridge and CL South split the title. That came on the heels of a second-place finish to the Gators in 2011.

    St. Charles North is counting on Chase Gianacakos to be a key part of its offensive line.

    St. Charles N. hopes to shine for Gould’s finale

    Mark Gould enters his 13th and final season as St. Charles North's head coach. He'd love to end on a high note — for his players. "A couple kids mentioned that they would like to help me go out in a successful season," said Gould, who since 1979 has coached in St. Charles save one season at Geneva.

    Matt Allen makes a tough catch during St. Charles East’s first day of football practice.

    Saints trust strides are coming

    The lasting image of St. Charles East's 2011 season was not its 0-5 start. It was since-graduated quarterback Charlie Fisher's sideline victory dance after the Saints beat St. Charles North in the season finale.

    Head coach Dennis Piron directs his team during Batavia’s first day of football practice.

    Piron pleased with commitment; Geneva’s turf good to go

    It was Aug. 8, the first official day of football practice. Batavia's coaches were putting the players through their paces. A reporter was on hand and after the session he told head coach Dennis Piron he was impressed with the "style" of the coaches, Piron said, no screaming and yelling.

    West Aurora’s Anthony Oros (10) and Tyler Thomas celebrate a touchdown last year against St. Charles East. Both return this year for their senior seasons.

    New starters abound at West Aurora

    West Aurora's ongoing pursuit is securing the elusive playoff appearance, which hasn't happened since 1994. The combination of having graduated 10 of 11 defensive starters and the typically rugged DuPage Valley Conference schedule will make this the usual challenge.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Players do "up and downs" during practice during Batavia's first day of football practice Wednesday.

    Batavia primed for another big year

    In a football program dating back 100 years, in 2011 Batavia went undefeated in the regular season, 9-0, for the first time in history. There's a chance this was not a once-in-a-lifetime event.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Michael Kinder, left, and Bradley Johnson work the chutes during the varsity Kaneland Knights practice on Tuesday afternoon, August 14.

    Kaneland wants to stay on top

    Asked his team's weaknesses, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly hesitated a long while before speaking. When a team returns four of five starting offensive lineman, a quarterback who passed for 39 touchdowns as a sophomore, a 1,000-yard rusher and a seven starting defenders from a Class 5A semifinalist, there's not much to say.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Discarded gloves during Marmion Academy varsity football practice on Thursday, August 9.

    New-look Marmion mixing it up

    You've got to go with your strength, so Marmion coach Dan Thorpe is adjusting to suit his personnel. That also goes for the coaching staff, which saw the departure of Kurt Becker to become head coach at his alma mater, East Aurora. Thorpe moves to the offensive side of the ball for the first time in several years.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ The Aurora Christain captains (from left: Roman Czerwinski, Grayson Roberts, Anthony Maddie and Kenny McCracken) hoist the championship trophy following their win over Mt. Carmel at the IHSA class 3A state finals Friday in Champaign. ¬

    Aurora Christian eyes repeat

    The stock question for Don Beebe, coach of defending Class 3A state champion Aurora Christian, would be: What to do for an encore?


    Scouting the Naperville North Huskies

    Behind an experienced and talented offensive line, Naperville North expects to contend again in the DuPage Valley Conference and advance in the playoffs.


    Scouting the Naperville Central Redhawks

    After advancing to the Class 8A semifinals last year, Naperville Central looks to reload, starting with junior quarterback Jake Kolbe.


    Scouting the Hinsdale South Hornets

    Hinsdale South has gone six seasons without a playoff berth, but with 14 returning starters the Hornets look poised to end that skid this season.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com ¬ Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch during first day of football practice on Wednesday in Wheaton.

    Muhitch shares principles with business world

    Football can serve as a microcosm of life itself. Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch proved it yet again. A seven-time state champion either as defensive coordinator or head coach for the Tigers, on Aug. 16 Muhitch presented an address at the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce's monthly membership luncheon titled: "The Fine Art of Building a Winning Team: Lessons for Business Learned on the Gridiron."

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Naperville North High School football coach Sean Drendel prepares for the upcoming season.

    Naperville North, Comcast going all out to do ‘All In’

    Comcast's Erik Anschicks and Mark Krueger had no idea what they were getting themselves into.Neither did Naperville North football coach Sean Drendel and Huskies athletic director Jim Konrad.But with everyone jumping in feet first, "All In" is taking on a completely different meaning this fall."It's all I think about," Krueger said with a laugh. "I wake up thinking about it."


    Scouting the West Chicago Wildcats

    New coach Bill Bicker has set about rebuilding the West Chicago program by emphasizing the defensive side of the ball.



    Niles company resolves discrimination claim

    The Justice Department has announced a settlement with a Niles company resolving a discrimination claim.The agreement with MicroLink Devices settles allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act by posting online job notices with citizenship requirements.The Justice Department says employers generally cannot discriminate on the basis of citizenship status. Such discrimination could illegally exclude lawful permanent residents, refugees or individuals given asylum in the United States.MicroLink Devices agreed to pay $12,000 in civil penalties and to revise its hiring and recruiting procedures. MicroLink Devices makes wireless communication materials and advanced solar cells. The company did not immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment on the agreement.


    FDA names Ind. farm tied to salmonella in melons

    The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The FDA says Chamberlain Farms of Owensville could be one source of the multistate outbreak.

    Stacy Johnson

    FoodMafia offers new app for on-the-go foodies

    Kukec's eBuzz features FoodMafia.com, a restaurant review web site that now offers a free app.

    J. Crew CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler talks with employees at a J. Crew store in New York. Under his leadership, J. Crew has carved out a place in the fashion hierarchy that’s just between trendsetter and accessible, and Drexler seems to like living in that space.

    J. Crew CEO Drexler emphasizes hospitality

    Under the leadership if Millard "Mickey" Drexler, J. Crew has carved out a place in the fashion hierarchy that's just between trendsetter and accessible, and he seems to like living in that space.

    U.S. stocks fell, as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posted its biggest decline in a month, amid investor concern that European leaders aren’t making progress in solving the region’s debt crisis.

    Stocks down; Fed moves seem less like a sure thing

    Nobody ever said reading the Federal Reserve was easy. The prospect of Fed help seemed much less certain Thursday, and stocks fell because of it.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said it sold the remaining securities in its Maiden Lane III LLC portfolio created to hold toxic debt assumed as part of the rescue of American International Group Inc.

    New York Fed sells last securities from AIG rescue

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says it's sold the remainder of the securities that it had bought as part of the rescue of beleaguered insurance giant American International Group during the financial crisis.

    Facebook Inc., owner of the world’s most popular social-network, is updating its application for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad to make it faster for users who access the service via mobile devices.

    Facebook updates iPhone app to speed it up iPhones

    What's the biggest complaint about Facebook's iPhone app? Users say it's slow. Facebook Inc. says it's addressing those gripes, with the launch of a new, faster version of the app for Apple's iPhone and iPad on Thursday.

    Tribune Co. creditors can halt the television and newspaper company’s exit from bankruptcy temporarily if they agree to post a $1.5 billion bond, a judge ruled.

    Tribune creditors win chance to halt bankruptcy exit plan

    Tribune Co. creditors can halt the television and newspaper company’s exit from bankruptcy temporarily if they agree to post a $1.5 billion bond, a judge ruled.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey agreed with noteholders who claimed they would be “irreparably harmed” if Tribune exits bankruptcy before creditors have a chance to try to overturn the company’s reorganization plan by appealing it to a higher court.“It will certainly be difficult to ‘unscramble the egg,’” Carey said yesterday in an opinion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.Aurelius Capital Management LP and other holders of Tribune’s oldest debts had asked Carey to suspend his order approving the plan and a related legal settlement until a higher court reviews the case.Aurelius claims Carey erred when he approved a settlement that ended some lawsuits against lenders that financed the more than $8 billion leveraged buyout of Tribune in 2007.Carey ruled that before creditors holding the older debt can move forward with their appeal, they must post a bond for $1.5 billion to ensure that newer lenders who support the reorganization plan aren’t harmed by any delay. The creditors must post the bond by Aug. 29, Carey ruled.Request DeniedAurelius didn’t respond yesterday to an e-mail sent to the company’s general e-mail address or to a phone call requesting comment on the ruling.Tribune Chief Executive Officer Eddy Hartenstein said in an e-mail to employees that he expects creditors to “seek some relief” from Carey’s ruling yesterday, possibly by filing another appeal.“It is extremely important that we all remain intently focused on operating our business units efficiently and on serving our customers,” Hartenstein said.Some of Tribune’s oldest bonds, issued in 1995, rose today by more than 3 percent. The 7.5 percent bonds, which mature in 2023, climbed to 34.25 cents on the dollar, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.Carey denied a related request by creditors to try speed the appeal process by sending the case directly to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Instead, it must first go to a U.S. District Court judge in Wilmington.$13 Billion OwedTribune, based in Chicago, owes creditors about $13 billion. The company is valued at more than $7 billion, Tribune said in court papers.Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and television and radio stations around the country.If the creditors fail to post the bond, or should the appeals fail, Tribune will be free to move to the next phase in the bankruptcy: winning approval from federal regulators to transfer its radio and television licenses to the proposed new owners.Tribune officials have said the company will be able to exit bankruptcy this year if federal regulators approve the reorganization plan and the license transfers.The case is In re Tribune Co., 08-bk-13141, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

    Sanjay Gupta

    Allstate hires Gupta to challenge Buffett’s Gecko, LeBron James

    Sanjay Gupta, who led the rebranding of Ally Financial Inc.'s bank, is joining Allstate Corp. as the insurer competes with Geico Corp.'s gecko mascot and Progressive Corp.'s spunky saleswoman, Flo, to win customers.Gupta was named executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Allstate, the second-largest U.S. auto and home insurer, according to a statement today from the company. He will join the Northbrook, Illinois-based firm Sept. 1 and report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson.


    Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital cuts jobs

    Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it has laid off about 230 employees over the past month in an effort to reduce costs.

    Job seekers wait in line at a construction job fair in New York.

    Applications for US unemployment aid up slightly

    The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose a slight 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, evidence that the job market's recovery remains modest and uneven.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 3,750 to 368,000. Applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. When they fall consistently below 375,000, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.

    Boeing Co. lost 35 orders for 787-9 planes, the biggest Dreamliner cancellation, after Qantas Airways Ltd. scrapped a contract after delivery delays and losses on international routes.

    Boeing loses 35 dreamliners orders from Qantas after delays

    Boeing Co. lost 35 orders for 787-9 planes, the biggest Dreamliner cancellation, after Qantas Airways Ltd. scrapped a contract after delivery delays and losses on international routes. The Australian carrier will also get $433 million from the planemaker, including more than $300 million compensation for 787 delays and a refund of deposits for the canceled order, Chief Financial Official Gareth Evans said today at a press briefing in Sydney.

    A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphone, top, and Galaxy S III smartphone are arranged for a photograph at the company's Galaxy Zone showroom in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics are waging a battle on four continents for dominance in a smartphone market valued by Bloomberg Industries at $219.1 billion. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

    Jurors to resume deliberations in Apple Samsung case

    Jurors were set to begin their second day of deliberations Thursday in a multibillion dollar patent infringement case pitting Apple against Samsung over the design of iPhones and iPads. After a three-week federal trial in San Jose, a jury of seven men and two women picked from a pool of Silicon Valley residents will try to decide if Samsung Electronics Co. ripped off Apple Inc. designs or whether Apple wronged Samsung.

    A security guard opens the gate at the Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse shut down by federal regulators after they received video showing dairy cows being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered.

    USDA, McDonald’s suspend slaughterhouse buys

    Federal officials say nothing they have seen so far in covert video shot in a California slaughterhouse shows meat from cows that may have been sick made it into the food supply. But the federal government and McDonald's Corp. have suspended purchases of meat from the facility. The suspensions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the fast-food chain came after an animal welfare group's video shot at a slaughterhouse operated by Central Valley Meat Co. showed cows that appeared to be sick or lame being beaten, kicked, shot and shocked in an attempt to get them to walk to slaughter.


    German minister skeptical on more time for Greece

    Giving Greece more time to carry out reforms and spending cuts won't resolve the debt-laden country's problems, Germany's finance minister said Thursday, a day before the Greek prime minister meets Chancellor Angela Merkel. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is seeking to earn his nation more time to complete reforms and hold on to bailout loans — without which Greece would be forced into a chaotic default on its debts and could be forced out of the 17-country eurozone.


    U.S, China stimulus hopes boost global markets

    World financial markets rose Thursday on hopes that more help for the global economy is on the way, after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve showed policy makers favor further stimulus and poor manufacturing data out of China fueled speculation Beijing will take more action to boost its economy.


    Infrastructure problems disrupt Internet to Syria

    Turkey's telecommunications company says its Internet services to neighboring Syria have come to a halt due to infrastructure problems in the war-torn country.


    Fed signals readiness to add stimulus without U.S. Pickup

    Federal Reserve policy makers signaled readiness to boost record stimulus unless they are convinced the economy is poised to rebound. Recent signs of strength may not be enough to satisfy them. Many members of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said further action would probably be needed "fairly soon" without evidence of "substantial and sustainable" improvement in the recovery, according to minutes of the July 31-Aug. 1 meeting released yesterday in Washington.

    An oil pump works in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday.

    Oil prices up on hopes for US central bank action

    Crude prices rose to nearly $98 per barrel Thursday, with oil markets being driven by hopes that the Federal Reserve is leaning toward action to help the U.S. economy's stalled recovery. Benchmark crude for October delivery rose 66 cents in midday trading in London to $97.92 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 42 cents to finish at $97.26 per barrel in New York on Wednesday.

    Chardonel grapes show the shrivelling effects of the Midwest’s drought in the six-acre vineyard at OakGlenn Winery near Hermann, Mo.

    Drought could produce good wine in Midwest

    Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation.

Life & Entertainment


    It’s a brand new day for this peanut butter loving guy
    Several years ago reduced-fat peanut butter appeared at my supermarket, and I was one excited guy, until I looked at the Food Fact label and found that it delivered 190 calories and 12 fat grams. Sure, reduced-fat peanut butter had less fat, but they added carbohydrates, which kept the calories the same. Those carbs seemed to make reduced-fat peanut taste sweeter to me, too. Not much of an advantage.

    Balloons fall on the floor as Republican presidential nominee John McCain is joined by his wife, Cindy, his family and his running mate, Sarah Palin, on stage after his acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

    Are TV viewers still interested in conventions?

    Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check. Viewer interest in this summer's Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear. With the parties' quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to raise TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely predictable spectacles nearly devoid of suspense.

    Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes to the streets of New York to deliver a mystery envelope in David Koepp's stunt-stuffed thriller "Premium Rush."

    Nonstop bike messenger action thriller delivers the goods

    The streamlined action thriller "Premium Rush" was built for speed, baby, not comfort, and it moves so fast that it effortlessly leaps over minor lapses in common sense and character consistency.Joseph Gordon-Levitt, last seen in "The Dark Knight Rises," plays Wilee, king of New York's elite bicycle messengers and a disgruntled law school dropout who races his bike like a suicidal maniac.

    Kenn Viselman, chairman of the Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company, has a new project — “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure,” a film for preschoolers.

    ‘Teletubbies’ creator tries hand at preschoolers’ movie

    The marketing genius behind "Thomas the Tank Engine" and those scandalous "Teletubbies" knows how to capture the hearts and minds of toddlers. Now he's after their feet. For his next project, "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure," Kenn Viselman is taking a new approach to the preschool audience. The movie opens Wednesday, Aug. 29, and will have auditory and visual cues that prompt the children to sing and dance in the aisles.

    Angelina Jolie’s youngest daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 4, will play a “minor role” as a young Princess Aurora in the upcoming film, “Maleficent.” Jolie plays the title character in the Disney film, which is set to hit theaters in March of 2014.

    Vivienne Jolie-Pitt makes her film debut with mom

    Four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt is making her movie debut alongside her famous mom. Walt Disney Studios says Angelina Jolie's youngest daughter will play a "minor role" in "Maleficent," in which Jolie plays the title character.

    Martin Solveig’s “Smash”

    France’s Solveig dances to U.S. with ‘Smash’

    With his boyish looks and catchy tunes, it was just a matter of time before French-born electronic DJ-producer Martin Solveig made it to the big leagues, aka the United States. With the U.S. release of his fifth studio album, "Smash," Solveig wins the award for the longest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean: The album has been out in Europe for more than a year.


    Book notes: Meet Louise Penny at book launch in Naperville

    Author Louise Penny launches her latest title, "The Beautiful Mystery," at an author event sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Penny will read from and sign copies of her book.

    Frank (Frank Langella), a retired cat burglar, persuades his personal robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) to help him with a burglary in the science-fiction family drama “Robot and Frank.”

    Stellar cast in charming 'Robot and Frank'

    Like its succinct title, “Robot and Frank” is an efficient little work of science fiction less concerned with hardware than with the softer wear of the human spirit. Frank Langella brings graceful gravitas to Frank, a cranky retired cat burglar suffering from alarming memory lapses. Dann also gets a terse verbal whipping from a fan of "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."


    Music notes: Rock on with Warrant at Viper Alley

    Warrant came from the decadent Hollywood metal scene of the 1980s. And today, the band is touring behind its most recent record, "Rockaholic," with a new lead singer but the same brash, in-your-face glam-metal sound. Catch them live on Friday, Aug. 24, at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.

    An estimated 3,000 people all dressed in white attend a flash mob feast at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The venue was a secret until just before the dinner started at 7 p.m. when registered guests got emails telling them where to go.

    Thousands gather for NYC secret outdoor dinner

    :Guess who came to dinner? On Monday night in Manhattan, the answer was 3,000 people — all dressed in white, descending on the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

    Rich Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson, left) and his driver (Kevin Durand) encounter various challenges in getting across Manhattan in “Cosmopolis.”

    'Cosmopolis' a static, stagey glimpse of the future

    Lifeless, stagey and lacking a palpable subversive pulse despite the ready opportunities offered by the material, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a stillborn adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel that will initially attract some Robert Pattinson fans but will be widely met with audience indifference.



    Editorial: Even small projects merit breaks, if ...

    Incentives to lure businesses, no matter how small, can be effective, but towns must use them cautiously, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Openness in an hour of pain is a gift to rest of us

    Columnist Jim Slusher: When survivors of those who die tragically are willing and able to crack open the window of their heartbreak, the distance between the reading and the suffering closes a bit.


    Property tax system unfair to retirees
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The senior retirees have no children in these schools and by and large do not pay a substantial amount in state income tax because most of their income is in the form of pensions, Social Security and IRA withdrawals, which are not taxable by the state.


    Don’t be swayed by movie gun battles
    ASchaumburg letter to the editor: Doesn't the perpetrator usually have the advantage in almost all circumstances, seeing that he has fewer boundaries than a law-abiding citizen?


    Not all can afford to serve on a jury
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Responsibility to provide for family takes precedence over jury duty. It is not fair to require or expect anyone to risk financial disaster by serving on a jury.


    Some thoughts after visiting Ireland
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: After spending six weeks in Ireland in the city of Galway on business, yes, I'm glad to be home here in the states. I can tell you this, the Irish still hold us Americans in high regard.


    Take unsightly weeds out of sight
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Do the officials of all of the offending towns ever drive past these weed-infested medians and curbs? Do they have their budgetary blinders on when they do?


    Obama has no regard for military
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The men and women in the military know he has no regard for them. His White House is putting their lives in jeopardy with the classified leaks and then restricting their votes.


    Criticism of Exxon taxes uninformed
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I am always amazed with the information the left-wingers have regarding corporate income taxes since corporate income tax returns are private. No one except Exxon Mobil, their auditors and the IRS knows how much federal income tax Exxon Mobil paid for any one year.


    Our policies should support families
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: As a society we have shifted away from policies that recognize the value of families, faith and work. Are ever-increasing entitlements good for us as a nation?


    Comfort in uniting against tragedy
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I wondered why in a multi-faith, free nation like ours, we still have people with so much hatred buried in their hearts.


    Sensitivity needed on other stories
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I, too, would like to thank the Daily Herald for refusing to exploit the senseless killings in Aurora, Colo. by limiting its coverage. As a matter af fact, I'd appreciate it if you would also extend this sensitivity to content like your recent column "Bartlett Bad Girl' now among suburban reality stars."


    Planning a ‘no’ vote for the incumbents
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: Due to the bickering of our so-called leaders in Washington, there is a very real potential for another recession, worse than the one from which we are now recovering.


    Mayors might end up eating crow
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: We are struck by how orderly and enthusiastic the crowds are that line up to show their support for the stand Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, has taken. We are likewise shocked that the mayors of several of our largest cities, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, are quick to condemn Cathy, even while the huge crowds seem to demonstrate that the mayors' views are not shared by citizens.


    Thanks to church volunteers for help
    A Maple Park letter to the editor: Thank you to Christ Community Church's DeKalb Campus for coming to HorsePower in Maple Park for our Super Second Saturday Volunteer Days June 9 and July 14. You came to us with your hearts in your hands and a willingness to work — and work you did.


    Single-payer care good for business
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: To reduce costs and ensure coverage for everyone, an individual mandate is essential for any health care plan, which is why Gov. Romney chose that model for Massachusetts. And just think of how much more competitive American businesses would be if they did not have the cost of providing health care for their employees.


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