Daily Archive : Tuesday August 28, 2012

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    Goodman announces additions to its artistic collective

    Goodman Theatre announced Tuesday it has named director Henry Wishcamper as its newest artistic associate and Chicago-based playwright, director and performer Seth Bockley as artist-in-residence for the next two years.

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    People rescue cows from floodwaters after Isaac passed through the region, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

    Images: Gulf Residents Swamped by Isaac
    Images of Isaac-related scenes along the Gulf Coast on Thursday .Residents of the storm-saturated Gulf Coast ventured out Thursday to examine damage from Isaac as local governments lifted curfews. Some neighborhoods flooded as the tropical storm continued dumping heavy rains on its slow trek northward. Some coastal businesses and roads reopened.

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    Lake County and municipal officials have reached a tentative deal that could pave the way for a shopping center on the Dimucci family’s vacant property near Hawthorn Woods, shown here in the background.

    Tentative deal on Lake County shopping center proposal

    Lake County officials have reached a tentative deal with the mayors of North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods allowing a smaller shopping center than had been proposed on the Dimucci family's property near the two villages. "It's a very significant development," County Administrator Barry Burton said.

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    A group of musicians play folk music during last year’s 35th Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park on the Fox River in Geneva. The group meets up every year to play together; some are old friends and some are new.

    Fox Valley Folk Festival features music and storytelling

    Stories old and new will be shared through song and spoken word at the 36th annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, set for Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3, at Island Park in Geneva. The two days will feature more than 100 hours of folk music, dance, stories and workshops performed by more than thirty-five of the finest Midwest and national folk music and storytelling acts.

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    A house at the corner of N. Miro and Columbus Streets in New Orleans collapsed during the height of the Hurricane Isaac.

    Images: Isaac Lashes the Gulf
    Images of Hurricane Isaac damage and reaction along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Isaac weakened to a tropical storm as it lashed southeast Louisiana and the region with wind, rain.

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    Keeping chickens in suburban and urban settings is a growing trend, one expert told Arlington Heights residents this week.

    Arlington Heights residents pushing backyard chickens

    Some residents in Arlington Heights don't want to take no for an answer on having backyard chickens and are circulating a petition to gain support for the idea in the village.

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    Dist. 204 modeling new curriculum program

    With the click of a mouse, elementary school teachers in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 can pull up the district's new math curriculum along with a host of lessons, videos, web links and other support materials. The new, interactive system replaces a paper-heavy one. "I think it will change the way our teachers do their day-to-day work," said Kathy Duncan, chief academic officer.

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    Des Plaines 911 center might disband

    The North Suburban Emergency Communications Center, which provides 911 dispatch services for Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles and Morton Grove, could be disbanded, Executive Director Sherrill Ornberg said Tuesday. Morton Grove already has decided to leave the cooperative with Niles expected to follow, while Des Plaines and Park Ridge are considering joining with Northwest Central Dispatch System.

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    Irwin Cohen

    Renowned Olympian, judo coach from Buffalo Grove dies

    Irwin Cohen, a 1972 U.S. Olympian and a longtime judo coach, died Monday. The Buffalo Grove man coached many, many students, including some future Olympians. "He made these kids what they are today," said Kim Golembo of Vernon Hills, whose son, Max, worked with Cohen from the age of 5.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a gambling bill stymied Arlington Park racetrack again in its attempt to gain approval for slot machines.

    Gambling backers focus on overriding Quinn veto

    The impact of Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to veto a major gambling proposal spread far and wide across the suburbs Tuesday, from employees at Arlington Park to mayors who cheered or decried Quinn's move. Quinn's veto blocks a plan that would have allowed up to 1,200 slot machines at Arlington Park, as well as new casinos in Lake County, Chicago and elsewhere. State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan...

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    Gabriela Wyatt

    Delegate diary: Aurora woman enjoys beach

    Gabriela Wyatt, of Aurora, a delegate to the Republican National Convention under way in Tampa, talks about her committee role -- and about sunning on the beach as Tropical Storm Isaac loomed.

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    Michael Menis

    Delegate diary: Third convention for Inverness surgeon

    Delegate diary: Being a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa can make for a long day of official duties and listening to speeches, as Inverness oral surgeon Michael Menis describes — but at least the "swag bag" given to delegates includes free chocolate bars.

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    Mauyak, a beluga whale at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, swims with her newly born calf at the aquarium’s Abbott Oceanarium. Shedd’s animal care team estimates that the calf is 4½ feet long and weighs about 150 pounds. The newborn is the sixth successful birth as part of Shedd’s collaboration in the beluga whale breeding cooperative.

    Shedd welcomes new baby beluga whale

    There's a new baby beluga at the Shedd Aquarium. Aquarium officials announced the baby beluga whale was born early Monday at 4 1/2-feet long and 150 pounds. Officials say both mother and calf appear to be doing well and are under 24-hour observation by animal health staff.

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    Rain gardens to help with Aurora sewer improvements

    As part of a federally mandated plan to improve Aurora's combined sewer system, the city will be installing rain gardens at 28 intersections to filter stormwater before it enters sewer pipes. The $1.7 million work will be supported by $1.4 million in reimbursements from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; and the rain gardens will be designed by Hey and Associates of Aurora under a...

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Gov. Walker previews his RNC speech

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will talk about his last year and half in office at the Republican National Convention. When Walker took office in 2011, he faced a $3.6 billion shortfall and part of his solution included requiring state workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, deep cuts to public education, local governments and state agency spending.

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    Emanuel says he’ll keep pushing for Chicago casino

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will keep pushing for a casino in the city after Gov. Pat Quinn rejected a bill that would have allowed one to be built.

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    Drought-stricken states welcome rain from Isaac

    OMAHA, Neb. — The remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it’s unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest.

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    Bloomington man gets 16 years for sex assault

    BLOOMINGTON — A judge in central Illinois has handed down a 16-year prison sentence for a Bloomington man accused of sexually assaulting a girl more than 400 times over three years.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Assistant State’s Attorney Karle Koritz asked for a 30-year sentence for 49-year-old Rob Mathews.

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Wisconsin Gov. Walker touts recall win at convention

    Gov. Scott Walker played up his historic recall victory in a speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, saying taxpayers chose to stick with a leader with bold plans for reform. Walker told delegates at the convention in Tampa, Fla., that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is reformer just like him and can help the nation's unemployed get back to work. He praised Romney, too, for...

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    A deserted Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is shown as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New Orleans. Hurricane Isaac made landfall south of New Orleans Tuesday night.

    Water tops levy south of New Orleans

    Hurricane Isaac knocked out power, flooded Gulf-front roads and pushed water over the top of an 18-mile section of a rural Louisiana levee before dawn Wednesday as it began a slow, wet slog across the state with a newly fortified New Orleans in its path.

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    Rigger Omar Acebedo climbs down on on a ladder to floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times

    Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the “man American needs” and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

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    Aurora bars win in vote allowing video gaming

    About 25 Aurora bar and restaurant owners got what they wanted from the Aurora City Council Tuesday night as the council voted 10-2 to allow video gambling at establishments with liquor licenses. The decision means 98 Aurora businesses are eligible to apply for state and city permission to operate up to five video gaming machines that can pay out a maximum of $500 at a time. "We need this to keep...

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    Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

    Images: Tuesday at the Republican National Convention
    Images of Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Ann Romney and Chris Christie addressed the convention.

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    Group gets more time to build Lombard-area mosque

    A group planning to construct a mosque near Lombard says it needs another year to finish the project. On Tuesday night, DuPage County Board members gave Muslim Community Association of the Western Suburbs eight months to complete the structure along Roosevelt Road.

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    National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport briefs a national television audience o the progress of Hurricane Isaac Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at the NHC in Miami.

    Images: Isaac approaches Gulf Coast
    Images of Hurricane Isaac making landfall along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday. The storm arrived as a category 1 storm.

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    Vreth Liberty Zatikyan from Santa Monica, Calif., shows his support for Rep. Ron Paul, during a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Sunday.

    GOP convention gets rowdy in rift over Ron Paul

    Feeling slighted, supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul's presidential bid chanted and booed Tuesday after Republican convention delegates adopted new rules that could impede insurgent candidates in the future.

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    Itasca man injured in house fire

    An Itasca man suffered minor injuries while attempting to put out a bedroom fire late Tuesday morning, officials said.

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    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson

    Schaumburg mayor to pay own way on orchestra’s Europe trip

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson will pay his own way when he accompanies the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra on its trip to the United Kingdom and France next June, he said Tuesday. That reduces by $4,651 what the village planned to pay for him and five staff members to accompany the concert tour. "I've got some time to save my pennies," Larson said.

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    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    With choreographed conventions, is something lost?

    As Chris Christie's moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After all, who knew what might happen? "He doesn't seem to have a filter," said David Shimkin, a delegate from New York. But the famously freewheeling Christie does in fact have filters: He's using a teleprompter, and he's reading...

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    A man uses a United Airlines check-in kiosk at San Francisco last month. United passengers faced delays Tuesday after some of its major computer systems and website failed.

    United faces systemwide computer outage, delays into the night

    United Airlines faced a systemwide computer system outage Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to have a significant impact on passengers this evening. The airline's system for reservations, ticketing and check-ins was down for more than two hours.

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    Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com Elgin fire and police personnel responded to a crash which involved a minivan on its side along Larkin Avenue near Melrose Avenue on Tuesday evening.

    Elgin woman pinned in vehicle for 30 minutes after crash

    A 68-year-old woman was trapped in her overturned vehicle for about 30 minutes after she was struck early Tuesday evening in Elgin, according to police. The driver of the second vehicle was cited for failing to yield.

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    President Barack Obama waves arrives in Fort Collins, Colo., Tuesday to campaign after hours earlier assuring the nation his administration was capable of handling the problems Hurricane Isaac may cause.

    Obama juggles roles as president and as candidate

    Trying to keep his job as he does his job, President Barack Obama assured the nation Tuesday his administration was capably ready for a menacing Hurricane Isaac. And then he climbed aboard his helicopter and went searching for votes.

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    Geneva house fire causes $150,000 in damage

    A fire inside a two-story Geneva home caused approximately $150,000 in damage Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.

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    Candido Chavez-Barreto

    Prosecutors: Man accused of sex assault wrote victim’s family

    Cook County prosecutors asked a judge Tuesday to increase the bond for a Palatine man charged with sexually assaulting a minor and with child pornography. Prosecutors say Candido Chavez-Baretto, 44, sent a letter to the complaining witness' family asking for forgiveness and requesting the return of his property.

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    Preckwinkle at Barrington Hills polo match

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will throw out the first ball at the eighth annual LeCompte Kalaway Landowners Cup polo match at Oakwood Farms in Barrington Hills on Saturday, Sept. 8. Gates open at 11 a.m. at 362 Bateman Road.

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    Oakton receives $1.46 million grant

    The Illinois Community College Board has awarded Oakton Community College $1.46 million for adult education and family literacy allocations. The funds will provide educational opportunities for adult learners who participate in English as a second language, literacy, family literacy, GED, evening high school, and citizenship education classes.

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    MCC budget calls for no tuition increase

    McHenry County College's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 includes expanded outreach and satellite sites in Huntley and Harvard, and no increase in tuition.

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    The Carol Stream Park District board is expected to pick a name this fall for the $18 million recreation center now under construction at Gary Avenue and Fountain View Drive in the Town Center.

    Carol Stream still seeking perfect name for rec center

    Carol Stream Park District board members could evaluate up to 189 potential names before choosing one for the new recreation center. That's a much larger number than the eight top names, as narrowed down by park district staff, included in an online survey sent out last week to subscribers of the district's e-newsletter. "I'm not too keen with what we have right now," Board Vice President Wynn...

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    Construction continues this week on the site of the new Carol Stream Park District recreation center, where “undocumented” fill soil was discovered and has since resulted in additional costs to investigate and fix the problem.

    Soil costs mount at Carol Stream rec center site

    The Carol Stream Park District is continuing to spend money to fix "undocumented" fill soil at the site of its new recreation center. The potentially unstable soil was discovered after officials broke ground on the $18 million project last fall, and since then, consultants have evaluated whether it was wise to build on the Town Center site at Gary Avenue and Lies Road.

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    Kane County considers higher tag fee for animals

    Registration fees for non-spayed and non-neutered cats and dogs may be increased in Kane County this fall. The county board's public health committee approved the measure Tuesday.

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    Job center open house

    As part of the celebration of Workforce Development Week, the Lake County Job Center will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Waukegan Job Center, 1 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

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    CLC trustee nominating petitions

    Nominating petitions are available for those interested in running for a College of Lake County trustee post.

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    Josh Zuchniarz, a Wauconda High School student, has scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

    Wauconda High student earns top ACT score

    Wauconda High School senior Josh Zuchniarz recorded a top score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, school officials have announced.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into six vehicles in Mount Prospect overnight Aug. 23 and the next night broke into two work vans in an apartment parking lot, stealing power tools valued at $939 from one van and power tools valued at $2,130 out of the other van.

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    Retired teachers meeting

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Sept. 11 at Lambs Farm restaurant on Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway in Libertyville.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Mary L. Godee, 40, of Elburn, was charged with retail theft at 6:02 p.m. Thursday at Kohl's, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

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    President Barack Obama announced new fuel efficency standards Tuesday that he says will save families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and bring an average savings of $8,000 over the lifetime of a new vehicle sold in 2025.

    New mileage standards would double fuel efficiency

    The average gas mileage of new cars and trucks will have to nearly double by 2025 under regulations that were finalized Tuesday by the Obama administration.

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    Stevenson High again ties its record score for ACT exam

    Stevenson High School's most recent graduates matched campus records on the ACT college-entrance exam, school officials announced. The students in the Lincolnshire school's Class of 2012, who took the test at various times during the 2011-12 term, posted a composite score of 26.2 out of a possible 36, officials said.

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    Cardinal Francis George

    Cardinal Francis George to undergo chemotherapy

    Cardinal Francis George will undergo four months of chemotherapy beginning next week after tests confirmed cancerous cells in his kidney and liver. The Archdiocese of Chicago said George, 75, met with his doctors Monday at Loyola University Medical Center to discuss his test results, diagnosis and suggested treatment plan.

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    Martin Waitzman

    Huntley trustee wants to run for township supervisor

    The field of Republican candidates for Grafton Township Supervisor grew to three after Huntley Village Trustee Pam Fender threw her hat in the ring on Tuesday. Current Supervisor Linda Moore and Algonquin attorney Martin Waitzman announced last week their intention to run in the February primary. The general election is in April.

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    Neal Shusterman, author of the popular young adult science fiction novel, “Unwind,” speaks to students Tuesday at Plum Grove Junior High in Rolling Meadows. His appearance coincided with the release of the sequel, “UnWholly.”

    Author discusses books, morality with Dist. 15 students

    In just their second day back at school, students at Plum Grove Junior High in Rolling Meadows already were contemplating morality, abortion, tissue harvesting and other thought-provoking and often divisive issues. The discussion came courtesy of a visit by Neal Shusterman, author of the wildly popular young adult science fiction novel "Unwind" and its much-anticipated sequel, "UnWholly."

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    Elgin police reports
    William N. Frangos, 30, of the 700 block of Turtle Point Court in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on a misdemeanor theft charge, according to court documents. Frangos is charged with stealing jewelry from his mother, which she valued at $300, and selling it to a pawn shop last week in Roselle for $175, police reports said. Bail was set at $5,000, of which Frangos must pay 10 percent to be...

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    East Dundee still considering video gambling

    The video gambling discussion is not over in East Dundee. While the village board decided earlier this month not to redo a 2010 referendum in which residents voted to ban video gambling, members discussed the matter again Monday. Area business owners collected 650 signatures in support of putting a question on the November ballot as part of a binding referendum. Village Administrator Bob Skurla...

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    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are considering plans to raze the Jefferson Early Childhood Center and replace it with a new facility.

    District 200 residents get say on future of early childhood center

    The first community forum on the future of the Jefferson Early Childhood Center drew both advocates for a new facility and neighbors concerned about the scope of a potential project at the Wheaton site. Roughly two dozen people attended the forum Monday night, held in a gymnasium without air-conditioning at the school — one of the challenges in a building that has remained largely untouched...

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    The “Fahrfunflinger” shoots watermelons at 130 mph at the 10th annual Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival.

    See melons fly at LITH Summer Sunset Fest

    Where can you see watermelons being launched hundreds of feet and splat on the ground? At the 12th annual Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival, of course. The festival starts Friday, Aug. 31 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 2.

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    Rockford man linked to armed robberies in Zion, Waukegan

    A Rockford man who was injured in a high-speed crash after the armed robbery of an Antioch gas station is now also accused of stickups at stations in Zion and Waukegan, Lake County State's Attorney officials said Tuesday. Kenneth Cooper, 33, is now charged with four total counts of armed robbery and a single count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Assistant States Attorney Tim Niehus said...

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    Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s Tavern Day celebration will allow folks of all ages to get a taste of pioneer life.

    Glen Ellyn’s Tavern Day a step back in time

    Visitors will be able to step back to the time of the pioneers when the Glen Ellyn Historical Society celebrates Tavern Day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Stacy's Historic Corners, 800 N. Main St.

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    All clear at Streamwood H.S.; it was a ‘misunderstanding’

    Streamwood High School is back to normal, after an earlier scare this morning that police were on a manhunt in the school's neighborhood had school officials keep the students inside. The whole thing was a bit of a misunderstanding, police belidve.

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    Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, wipes lipstick off his face after kissing him during a campaign rally in March.

    Postcard from Tampa: Blue state blues
    Greetings from Tampa! Or, rather, Clearwater Beach. The Illinois delegation's hotel is a solid 45-minute drive from the site of the Republican National Convention, partly because of Illinois' reputation as a "blue state," Daily Herald politics and projects writer Kerry Lester writes.

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    Protestors interrupt Illinois delegates’ breakfast

    As Illinois GOP delegates were sitting down to eggs and bacon Tuesday morning, a small group of activists crashed the breakfast meeting and took the stage to chant for a minimum-wage increase, noting "you can't make a living off $7.25." State party officials organizing the four-day delegation trip were taken by surprise as the protesters — affiliated with activists groups MoveOn.org and...

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    A truck makes its way along flooded Bienville Blvd. at the Dauphin Island Ferry landing Tuesday in Dauphin Island, Ala., as residents prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast.

    Ryan opposed new, Obama-backed disaster aid regime

    As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks, in part, to a new system that budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.

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    Mark Kirk in 2010.

    Kirk gets standing ovation for convention message

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sent a video message to Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention wishing them well and received a lengthy standing ovation from them today. Kirk, the state's highest ranking Republican, continues to recover from a serious stroke he suffered in January.

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    Yosemite officials announced a second person had died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after staying in one of Yosemite National Park’s most popular lodging areas, prompting federal officials to step up efforts to locate and warn recent visitors.

    Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors risk disease

    Yosemite officials told 1,700 past visitors on Tuesday they may have been exposed to a rodent-borne disease already blamed for the deaths of two people who stayed in cabins at the national park.

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    Former Sen. Arlen Specter confirmed Tuesday he is fighting cancer again, calling the latest diagnosis “another battle I intend to win.”

    Ex-US Sen. Specter says he has cancer again

    Former Sen. Arlen Specter confirmed Tuesday that he is fighting cancer again, calling the latest diagnosis "another battle I intend to win."

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    A pedestrian bridge is proposed to go over the Canadian National Railway tracks near McKinley Avenue and the town´s train station. The bridge would allow Metra commuters and area residents cross the tracks more safely.

    Pedestrian bridge proposed for Mundelein downtown near commuter train station

    A pedestrian bridge could become part of Mundelein's long-awaited downtown redevelopment. The bridge — proposed to go over the Canadian National Railway tracks near McKinley Avenue and the town's train station — would allow Metra commuters and area residents cross the tracks more safely, Village Administrator John Lobaito said Tuesday.

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    St. Charles’ First Street gets temporary parking

    Workers are expected to begin construction Thursday on First Street in downtown St. Charles to create an additional 50 parking spaces.

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    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns is seeking a fourth term.

    Burns has eye on fourth term

    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns announced Tuesday he will seek a fourth term as mayor.

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    Drew Peterson

    Peterson witness: 3rd wife died accidentally

    A pathologist has testified for the defense at Drew Peterson's murder trial that the former Illinois police officer's third wife died as a result of an accidental fall, not murder. Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen's testimony Tuesday counters state witnesses who told jurors they thought someone killed Kathleen Savio.

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    The former Pure Oil service station at 502 W. State St. in Geneva is slated to be turned into bank drive-up lanes.

    Geneva council favors bank on historic Pure Oil site

    Looks like the former Pure Oil service station will deal with automobiles again, this time as a bank drive-up. The Geneva City Council favors the plan, and will vote on it Sept. 4.

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    Fixing congestion on the Circle Interchange is no piece of cake, experts conclude.

    Have your say on notorious bottleneck

    Chicago's Circle Interchange often is more parking lot than expressway as more than 300,000 vehicles a day shoehorn into outdated infrastructure during rush hours. The state hopes to improve the chronic congestion by hiring engineering consultants to study the chokepoint, and on Thursday the public is invited to comment on some of the conceptual designs.

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    Jan Shupert-Arick, the new executive director of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, is looking for more ways to share Glen Ellyn’s rich history with the community, including having changing exhibits in the lobby of the Glen Ellyn History Center.

    Historical society director wants to tell Glen Ellyn’s stories

    Glen Ellyn Historical Society's new executive director, Jan Shupert-Arick, has plenty of background working at museums. But as she dons the many hats required in her new role, her main goal is to find new and better ways to tell Glen Ellyn's story, and to get more people involved in preserving its history.

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    No hands! Teens have a blast at last year’s carnival.

    Buffalo Grove Days goes Hollywood

    Buffalo Grove Days 2012 opens Wednesday with the annual charity softball game and closes Monday with the Rotary duck race, and in between is five full days of food, rides, music (including Casey Abrams from "American Idol," and Jamie Lono from "The Voice"), games, arts and crafts, instructional classes by the police, a business expo, parade, fireworks and much, much more.

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    Jennifer Jones, a Grand Marshal for various bands and events, poses for a photo in the Treme section of New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The face of New Orleans is changing: Seven years after Hurricane Katrina the city many said would not recover is racially more diverse, and whiter, younger and richer; indicators not of failure but its success at reinventing itself. In fact, the city is experiencing a boom, and even gentrifying.

    New Orleans’ post-Katrina gentrification is touchy

    With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago. Private and government investment is fueling the push to overhaul some of the city's troubled but culturally rich neighborhoods near the French Quarter, where poor families are being replaced as wealthier ones move in. While the city's in a boom and...

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    Obama courts college students returning to campus

    WASHINGTON — As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama’s campaign will be there waiting for them.

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    Jim Saletta

    Huntley fire chief to retire in November

    After spending 36 years in the firefighting industry, including the last 11 as head of the Huntley Fire Protection District, Chief Jim Saletta is ready to call it a career. Saletta, 62, has announced his intention to retire, effective Nov. 2. "I've had a long career in fire service and I think it's time for me to move on," Saletta said.

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    Eve Loeffler, daughter of Paralympic Games founder Ludwig Guttman, meets members of the Canadian Paralympic women’s wheelchair basketball team, at the athletes village at the Paralympic park. Her father Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish neurosurgeon who fled Nazi Germany, pioneered athletic competition as therapy for patients with spinal injuries.

    Pioneering doctor remembered for Paralympic idea

    LONDON — The Olympics have Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern games. The Paralympics have Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

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    Disabled North Korean table tennis players practice at the Taedonggong Cultural Center for the Disabled in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea, long accused of shunting its disabled residents off to isolated detention camps, will take part for the first time this year in the Paralympics, which open Wednesday, Aug. 29 in London.

    North Korea’s first Paralympian inspires the disabled

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea, long accused by rights activists of shunting its disabled residents off to isolated detention camps, will take part for the first time this year in the Paralympics, which open Wednesday in London.

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    Cindy, right, and Craig Corrie, center, the parents of Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, sit together with their daughter Sarah in the courtroom just before the district court’s ruling in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. An Israeli court on Monday rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the Corries.

    Israeli court rejects slain U.S. activist’s family lawsuit

    HAIFA, Israel — An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that the military was not at fault for killing a U.S. activist crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration, rejecting a lawsuit filed by her parents.

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    Car bomb kills 12 in Damascus suburb in Syria

    BEIRUT — Syria’s official news agency SANA says a car bomb in a Damascus suburb has killed 12 people and wounded 43.SANA says Tuesday’s blast in Jaramana targeted a funeral procession for two people who were killed the previous day. The news agency says it was the third bombing in Jaramana in the past 24 hours.

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    Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday

    The trick for GOP: Being heard above Isaac’s gales

    Tropical Storm Isaac forced the Republicans to do what the Democrats had already done voluntarily: shorten their national convention from four days to three. But the show, as they say, must go on. Political conventions are calibrated theater, after all, and as with any big show, random elements can cause chaos. As the GOP convenes in Tampa for a convention delayed by a major storm and clouded by...

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    In this Aug. 18, 1992, file photo, first lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome.

    Barbara Bush set the stage for nominees’ wives

    Expecting Ann Romney and Michelle Obama to pick out a nice frock and take the stage to assure Americans that their men are swell husbands and fathers may sound like a holdover from the 1950s, but it's a relatively recent convention tradition. Among first ladies, politically savvy Nellie Taft was the first to attend a national convention — and it was the opposing party's. Gazing up silently...

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    President Barack Obama speaks about Tropical Storm Isaac, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington.

    Obama tells residents to heed officials on Isaac

    President Barack Obama says residents of the Gulf Coast should listen to local authorities and follow their directions as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches.

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    Downstate man imprisoned for bilking church, school

    A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend more than five years in federal prison for using schemes involving leased copy machines to defraud a school, a church and several community groups. Forty-nine-year-old Kevin Welch of Altamont also was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution.

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    Illinois finishes streamlining criminal laws

    Illinois officials have taken the rare step of making state law shorter and simpler.A rewrite cuts the length of the state criminal code by one-third by deleting outeating, conflicting and confusing material.Gov. Pat Quinn approved the last piece of the legal overhaul on Monday.

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    IEMA seeks volunteers for radiation emergencies

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is looking for a few good volunteers — in case of a radiation accident near one of the state’s six nuclear power plants.The agency says it will create a pool of volunteers trained to help the state if it has to respond to a large-scale radiological accident.

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    ND man accused of killing kids to enter plea

    MADISON, Wis. — A North Dakota construction worker accused of killing his three young daughters is expected to enter a plea in a Wisconsin court.

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    U. of Michigan getting grant for Asian carp study

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan is expected to get nearly $300,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the possible effects of Asian carp on the Great Lakes.Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced the grant funding Monday for the Ann Arbor-based school.

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    Repairs needed after Evansville tower’s fire

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Officials say several dozen apartment doors must be replaced in a 10-story apartment building in Evansville evacuated because of a weekend fire before residents can return.The city’s building commissioner says a contractor was expected on Tuesday to deliver replacements for about 75 apartment doors that were damaged during search operations Sunday at Grandview Tower.

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    Mercury Marine expands Fond du Lac headquarters

    FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Mercury Marine has begun a $20 million expansion at its Fond du Lac headquarters. The construction plans were made after the company decided three years ago to move its Stillwater, Okla., operations to Fond du Lac.Company spokesman Steve Fleming says the expansion will help Mercury stay competitive in the marine engine industry.

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    Indiana State plans Larry Bird campus statue

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State University is moving ahead with plans for a 15-foot-tall bronze statue honoring basketball great Larry Bird.Such a statue has been talked about for several years, but officials now expect to dedicate it in the fall of 2013 at the Hulman Center arena on the Terre Haute campus.

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    1 dead after shooting in Galesburg

    GALESBURG — Police in Galesburg are investigating a shooting that killed a 38-year-old man in the western Illinois community.WGIL Radio reports that police say Terrell Allen was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting was reported just before 11 p.m. Monday.

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    Midwife accused of abandoning Indiana patient records

    MUNCIE, Ind. — A midwife is denying allegations by the Indiana attorney general’s office that she abandoned the medical records of about 1,600 patients at her former Indianapolis office.Officials say nurse midwife Barb Bechtel ignored a deadline set by the building owner to collect the records and that she told the attorney general’s office that she didn’t intend to get them.

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    State landfill space increases in 2011

    An annual report on landfills in Illinois shows there is enough remaining space for refuse that will be accumulated over the next 23 years.

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    Belleville man gets 11 years for role in death

    BELLEVILLE — A judge has sentenced a Belleville man to 11 years in prison for his role in the death of an 18-year-old Swansea man during a dispute over a stolen bicycle.During Monday’s sentencing, Judge John Baricevic called the altercation “stupid” on the part of both sides.

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    Donor gives $20K to replace C. Ind. police dogs

    ANDERSON, Ind. — A businessman has donated $20,000 to a central Indiana city toward replacing two police dogs that died from violent confrontations in the past month.

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    Peterson lawyers to resume defense case

    Drew Peterson's attorneys are hoping to dent the credibility of his vanished fourth wife heading into their second day presenting evidence as they seek to show he didn't murder his third wife.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann, arrive at Brewster Academy, for convention preparations in Wolfeboro, N.H., Aug. 27, 2012.

    Convention: What to watch for Tuesday

    Will Romney surprise delegates? Will Isaac hit? Here are some things to watch for at the GOP convention Tuesday.

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    Man shot during St. Louis carjacking

    ST. LOUIS — Two men are in jail for allegedly taking a car in a carjacking near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and shooting one of the victims.KSDK-TV reports that the crime happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. A couple was watching the river when a pickup truck stopped. Two men in the pickup told the couple to get out of the car.

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    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

    Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

    Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions. They are getting help from other delegates, though it is unclear whether they can rally enough support to challenge the rules on the floor of the convention Tuesday.

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    Ryan opposed new, Obama-backed disaster aid regime

    As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks to a new system that budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.

Sports

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    Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki scores past Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger after Rickie Weeks was caught in a rundown trying to steal second during the eighth inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

    One mistake ends up costing Wood

    Travis Wood did it all for the Cubs Tuesday night, and that was the problem. Wood worked 7-innings of 5-hit, 3-run ball and chipped in with the bat as he hit a home run leading off the bottom of the third.

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    Too tough for Sky to beat Sun twice

    Tina Charles had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun open a four-game road trip with an 83-72 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

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    These items on display at the Ryder Cup Exhibit at Oakbrook Center are just part of the 4,000-square-foot historical display. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge through Sept. 30.

    Ryder Cup exhibit puts its history on display

    A few feet away from the main fountain at Oakbrook Center, just across from Macy's, lies a relatively non-descript storefront. Inside however, it's anything but, as golf history — more specifically Ryder Cup history — is spread out before you in the first-ever exhibit chronicling the storied event, the 2012 edition which will be coming to Medinah Country Club in late September.

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    Hole 1 of the Ryder Cup course at Medinah. 433 yards/387 meters, Par-4, The green has a slight pitch, from back-to-front. The toughest hole placement is back-right, with only 18 feet of green behind the front-right bunker. It’s an easy opening hole, compared to the rest of the course, and can give a player a false sense of security.

    Images: A Virtual Tour of the Ryder Cup Course at Medinah
    The 39th Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 28-30 at Medinah Country Club's famed Course No. 3, which is a Par-72 course (7,657 yards/6,991 meters). Here is a look at all 18 holes, provided by Michael J. Scully, who joined the Medinah staff as a head professional in 2004 and became Director of Golf in 2010.

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    Hole 1 of the Ryder Cup course at Medinah. 433 yards/387 meters, Par-4, The green has a slight pitch, from back-to-front. The toughest hole placement is back-right, with only 18 feet of green behind the front-right bunker. It's an easy opening hole, compared to the rest of the course, and can give a player a false sense of security.

    Medinah Country Club: Hole by hole

    The 39th Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 28-30 at Medinah Country Club's famed Course No. 3, which is a Par-72 course (7,657 yards/6,991 meters). Here is a look at all 18 holes, provided by Michael J. Scully, who joined the Medinah staff as a head professional in 2004 and became Director of Golf in 2010.

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    Arenkill helps Wheaton North to victory

    Kendra Arenkill had 5 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs and Wheaton North rallied past winless St. Charles East 20-25, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday in Wheaton. Sara Fiala added 11 assists, Erica Walker 12 digs, Ali Royer 6 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces, Amanda Mordacq 3 kills and 5 blocks and Grace Tiesman 3 kills, 2 aces and 5 blocks for Wheaton North (3-3).WW South d. Downers Grove South:Talia Holze had 6 kills and 2 blocks in the Tigers’ 25-21, 25-22 season-opening win. Stephanie Budlong added 3 kills and 4 digs, Zoe Weber 3 kills and 2 blocks and Jessica Bossmann 13 assists.Fenton d. Proviso West:Nicole Susmarski had 5 kills and 4 aces, 2 of the aces coming in a key service run in the first set for the Bison (3-3) in a 25-21, 19-25, 25-9 nonconference win. Nicole Celarek added 8 kills and 4 aces and Hannah Wassmann 16 assists.Providence d. Glenbard South:Tarah Valdez and Jane Trzaska each had 7 kills, but the Raiders fell in New Lenox 27-25, 25-18. Colleen Cooney chipped in 10 digs, Nicole Schutte 5 aces and Sam Howard 15 assists for Glenbard South (3-3).Montini d. Latin:The Broncos (4-2) beat Latin 25-20, 25-14 behind 7 kills apiece from Natalie Lopez and Monica Loftus.Glenbard West d. Glenbard East:The No. 3 Hilltoppers (6-0) rolled 25-5, 25-11 in Lombard. Meghan Hanewall had 3 kills, Sam Bell 6 assists and Megan Cotterill 10 digs for the Rams (2-4).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Northwest roundup

    The St. Viator girls golf team won its sixth consecutive match with a 177-211 triumph over Wheaton St. Francis on Tuesday at Cantigny Golf Course. Top scorers for the Lions were Dana Gattone (40), Haley Gainer (44), Amy Stringfellow (45), Chrissy Wimberly and Courtney Christophe (48).

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    Northwest roundup

    Hersey's girls volleyball team improved its record to 2-0 on Tuesday with a 25-15 25-12 victory over host Hoffman Estates in the Mid-Suburban League crossover.The Huskies were led on attack by senior Anna Mullen-Muhr (8-8, 4 kills) and sophomore Gabriella Olhava (5-7, 4 kills) while freshman Liz Fuerst and senior setter Abby Fesl each had 2 kills.

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    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has signed a seven-year deal with the club.

    With Castro deal, Cubs commit to youth
    As expected, the Cubs have finally completed a long-range deal with 22-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro that is worth at least $60 million. The Cubs announced Tuesday that Castro has agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension that includes a club option for an eighth season in 2020.

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    Boomers get past Miners

    In the first game of a crucial series with major playoff implications, Schaumburg Boomers starter Robby Donovan led his squad to a pivotal 5-2 victory over the Southern Miners at Boomers Stadium Tuesday evening.

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    Positive changes continuing to surface for Vernon Hills

    Changes for the Vernon Hills boys soccer team have helped produce a huge turnaround to start the season. The Cougars are off to their best start in years, as they are unbeaten in five games. They played to a scoreless tie with visiting Deerfield at Rust-Oleum Field Tuesday night.

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    Bees sting Cougars 3-1

    Kane County Cougars game report:

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    Bartlett’s Connor Rachford leads the pack for the win in the Elgin City Classic at Lords Park on Thursday.

    Bartlett’s Rachford claims Elgin City Classic

    Clad in neon green, Bartlett's Connor Rachford was impossible to miss. The senior was equa lly hard to catch. Rachford took the lead early and maintained it throughout the hilly three-mile course at Elgin's Lords Park to win the individual title at the Elgin City Classic cross-country meet Tuesday. "My strategy was to see how the others ran the first mile, play with them the second mile, then the third just see much guts they had," Rachford said.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Erik Rodriguez was on fire for Larkin's boys soccer team Tuesday night, scoring 3 goals and dishing out 3 assists as the Royals rolled to an 8-1 win over Geneva in Upstate Eight River action. Tony Hernandez had a goal and 4 assists for the Royals (3-1, 1-0), who led 5-0 at halftime. Jorge Sibrian, Chris Villalobos, Michael Gomez and Diego Ramirez each scored a single goal.

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    Sky lose again, 83-72

    Tina Charles had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun open a four-game road trip with an 83-72 win over the Sky on Tuesday night.

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    Bartlett’s Nicole Watkins takes the win in the girls varsity Elgin City Classic at Lords Park on Thursday.

    Bartlett’s Watkins surges to win at Elgin City Classic

    Bartlett senior Nicole Watkins had seven North Stars on her tail through the two-mile mark of Tuesday's Elgin City Classic cross-country meet at Lord's Park in Elgin, enough to form a constellation. The St. Charles North pack accomplished its goal of a first-place team finish, but none of the North Stars could reel in Watkins, the meet's Big Dipper. A top-10 finisher in the same race each of the previous two seasons, Watkins surged after a hill climb with 800 meters remaining to pull away from St. Charles North junior Ashley England. Watkins finished in 18:38.2, winning by over 12 seconds.

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    Jeff Bianchi hit a three-run shot for his first big league homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

    Brewers top Cubs 4-1

    Jeff Bianchi hit a three-run shot for his first big league homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

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    Hoffman Estates’ Alondra Aguirre wins Tuesday’s cross country meet with Prospect at Barrington Pond.

    Hoffman Estates reloads in win over Prospect

    Hoffman Estates lost three-time all-state cross country runner Haley Goers to graduation, but the Hawks didn't miss a beat in its opener. Sophomore Alondra Aguirre (19:32) and junior Solome Haile (19:40) went 1-2 leading the Hawks to an impressive 15-43 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over visiting Prospect at Barrington Pond on Tuesday. Hoffman swept the top five spots in putting a crunch on the defending MSL champions.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Prospect’s Quentin Shaffer runs toward the finish line during Tuesday’s cross country meet in Hoffman Estates.

    Shaffer’s growth continues for Prospect

    Prospect's Quentin Shaffer was a relative unknown at the beginning of the last year's cross country season. But the Knights senior had solid fall, then exploded during spring's track season and capped it by winning the 3,200 (9:17) at the Loyola sectional. Shaffer has picked up where he left off, cruising to a first place finish to lead Prospect to a 19-41 Mid-Suburban League opening dual meet victory on Tuesday over host Hoffman Estates at Barrington Pond.

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    Lake Zurich player Kiley McPeek dives for the ball against visiting Prairie Ridge on Tuesday.

    Versatile Prairie Ridge sinks Lake Zurich

    Prairie Ridge senior Caitlin Brauneis is headed East for her college volleyball career. She will play next at Georgetown University in the Washington D.C. And the Hoyas are getting quite a versatile player. She can certainly hit the ball hard for the Wolves, as her 10 kills were key in a 23-25, 25-21, 25-23 win over Lake Zurich on Tuesday night. But she's also listed as a setter on the team's roster. "I set in club but I'm a hitter here," Brauneis said. "We played well tonight. We had so much energy."

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    Gajcak, Naperville North ace test against Metea Valley

    Corinne Gajcak claimed she was lucky to drop in a few of her aces Tuesday. Perhaps, or maybe she's just being modest. "Corinne's a pretty good server," confirmed her coach, Naperville North's Jennifer Urban. There is no arguing the impact Gajcak had at the service line. The Huskies senior served 6 aces during an 8-point run to end the first set. No. 13 Naperville North never looked back in beating Metea Valley 25-18, 25-15 in Aurora.

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    Jacobs’ experience overwhelms Bartlett

    Quick and decisive. Those two words aptly describe Jacobs' 25-17, 25-13 win over Bartlett in nonconference girls volleyball action in Algonquin Tuesday night. The season opener for the Golden Eagles lasted only 42 minutes. "For a first match, we played well," said Jacobs coach Lisa Dwyer. "We missed some serves and had some hitting errors. We have some things to work on and need to clean up our house a little."

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    Pydo produce as Conant edges Wheaton North

    Justin Pydo rescued Conant from what looked like an 80-minute draw with Wheaton North on Tuesday as the senior poked in the lone goal of the night in the 72nd minute to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory over the visiting Falcons in Hoffman Estates.

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    Bears running back Lorenzo Booker enjoyed a 105-yard kickoff return against the Redskins in the second preseason game at Soldier Field.

    Booker looking to make a run with Bears

    Thursday night might be the last time Lorenzo Booker wears a Bears uniform, since final cuts are due less than 24 hours after the preseason finale at Cleveland. But the fifth-year veteran running back isn't obsessing over it. "I don't control what goes on up there in the coaches' offices, and I don't even want to stress myself out like that," Booker said.

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    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers against the Baltimore Orioles Tiesday during the second inning in Baltimore.

    White Sox offense silent in 6-0 loss to Orioles

    Chris Tillman allowed one hit over seven innings, Nick Markakis drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles defeated Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Lew Ford homered for the second time in two nights and Adam Jones hit his 100th career home run for the Orioles, who moved a season-high 14 games over .500 (71-57) and remained atop the AL wild-card standings.

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    Hard-working Fremd team looks sharp

    Led by sophomore Lane Hindenburg (7 kills), sophomore Maise Koo (5) and senior Niole Obos (4), Fremd improved to 2-0 with a 25-13, 25-11 victory over visiting Elk Grove in a Mid-Suburban League crossover on Tuesday.

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    National slow pitch tournament in Elgin this weekend

    The Slow-Pitch Softball Association will holds its 2012 Men's 16-inch Major Nationals this weekend at the Elgin Sports Complex. The tournament will consist of 27 of the best men's slow pitch teams in the country, including six teams from Iowa and one from California. The weekend's festivities will include a skills competition, a home run derby and an Illinois vs. USA All-Star game.

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    The sport of horse racing will not survive in Illinois without slots, and Gov. Quinn has to know that, Barry Rozner says.

    Quinn’s gambling bill kill bad news for horse racing

    After two decades of negotiations, it took Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn two minutes to kill gambling legislation and put horse racing on life support. Perhaps he was merely trying to placate those who are against growth in gaming, but Quinn was never opposed to adding five new casinos. I don't know about you, but that sounds like gambling expansion to me.

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    Andy Roddick returns a shot to Rhyne Williams Tuesday during the first round at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament.

    Roddick, Venus Williams keep on keeping on at US Open

    That Andy Roddick's last match as a twenty-something would not be his last match at the 2012 U.S. Open was hardly in doubt Tuesday, especially whenever he was launching that intimidating, tough-to-handle serve of his. To close the first set: ace at 141 mph. To close the second: ace at 134 mph. To close the third: ace at 127 mph.

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    Brian Price, who lost his sister in a hit-and-run incident, needs to have a big game Thursday when the Bears close out their exhibition schedule in Cleveland.

    Big game for Bears' Price, who’s had a rough road

    The Bears traded for former second-round pick Brian Price early in training camp, even though they knew the defensive tackle wasn’t in optimum shape — physically or mentally. The 6-foot-1, 303-pound UCLA product is still dealing with the death of his sister Bridget, 30, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the spring, leaving two young boys without a mother.

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    Fantasy football writer John Dietz believes that the Bears’ Matt Forte will be a lock for 1,500 yards from scrimmage this season, which is a big reason Dietz ranked Forte fourth among running backs.

    Tougher than ever to figure running backs

    John Dietz gives Daily Herald readers advice on which running backs to take in their upcoming fantasy football drafts. Check out which players he believes will help lead your team to a title ... and which ones are best left to your opponents.

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    Kelly says suspensions were solely his call

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly sized up the situation and said the call was solely his when he suspended starting running back Cierre Wood and backup defensive Justin Utupo two games each for violating team rules. "We want more accountable citizens. We want people representing our program in the right way," Kelly said Tuesday, the day before the Irish leave for their season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland.

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    Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines play Alabama for just the fourth time on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, despite having combined for 1,709 wins and 25 national titles.

    Michigan can polish Big Ten image with upset of Alabama

    Michigan and Michigan State are giving the Big Ten a couple of early chances to burnish its national reputation. The conference's image has taken a beating in some quarters, and not just because of the child-sex scandal at Penn State or the NCAA penalties at Ohio State. There is the perceived gap between the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference, a gap many think is growing wider each season.

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    European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal has assembled a veteran team for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Olazabal has only one rookie among his 12 players, and Europe has won four of the last five competitions.

    Europe’s Ryder Cup team loaded with experience

    If Ryder Cup experience means anything the U.S. team will be in big trouble when the biennial matches come to Medinah Country Club for their 39th staging beginning Sept. 25. Europe's 12-man squad is loaded with veterans, to say nothing of talent.

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    After watching all-everything quarterback Chandler Harnish rewrite the NIU record book last season, Jordan Lynch (6) gets his turn to run the Huskies offense this season. NIU plays Iowa on Saturday at Soldier Field.

    NIU schedule should help its young offense

    After getting off to a slow start last season, Northern Illinois and head coach Dave Doeren closed with nine straight wins, a MAC title and a bowl victory. Five of the Huskies' 11 victories were decided by three points or fewer, so the young replacements on offense will be challenged to repeat that level of success.

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    Beckman: Illini depth to be tested by Broncos

    New Illinois coach Tim Beckman knows from experience that Western Michigan likes to put the ball in the air. Beckman said Tuesday that the key to defending the Broncos in Saturday's season opener will be to keep fresh legs on the field — he just doesn't know if he has the depth on defense to do it.

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    Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain will captain the 2012 European Ryder Cup team.

    Images: Ryder Cup European Competitors
    These are competitors in the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in 2012 from Europe. The Europeans are led by team captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

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    USA’s Boo Weekley reacts after sinking a putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club, in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. The colorful rookie character Weekley fueled an American victory.

    Images: Memorable Moments in Ryder Cup History
    Images of memorable moments in Ryder Cup history. From Seve Ballesteros' spirited play in 1997 to the emotional play of Darren Clarke in 2006 after losing his wife shortly before the tournament, here are some images from the storied competition. Also of note is the controversial behavior of the American team as they celebrated a 1999 win.

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    This Medinah Country Club program from 1949 is among vintage golf items on display,

    Images: Ryder Cup exhibit at Oakbrook Center
    Images from Oakbrook Center and a Ryder Cup history display — spread out in the first-ever exhibit chronicling the storied event. The 2012 edition will be coming to Medinah Country Club in late September.The free exhibit, which features items from the collections of golf legends and the Ryder Cup, runs through Sept. 30.

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    Montee Ball and the Wisconsin Badgers are hungry after consecutive Rose Bowl losses and they have Ball, one of the nation’s best running backs.

    A guide to the upcoming college football season

    College football is in for some big and, some say, much-needed changes with the switch to a four-team playoff. Before we get to that, there's still a couple more seasons under the current system; the playoffs don't begin until 2014. And this one will be worth watching. There's plenty of interesting story lines, from Penn State trying to rebuild in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal to Urban Meyer's return to coaching with Ohio State.

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    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has signed a seven-year deal with the club.

    Castro’s 7-year Cubs deal worth $60 million

    As expected, the Cubs have finally completed a long-range deal with 22-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro that is worth at least $60 million. The Cubs announced Tuesday that Castro has agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension that includes a club option for an eighth season in 2020.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett allowed three runs over 5 2-3 innings Monday night in Denver.

    Rockies spoil Beckett’s debut with Dodgers

    Jeff Francis and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Colorado Rockies beat Josh Beckett and the Dodgers 10-0 Monday night.

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    The Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning Monday night in New York.

    Rasmus, Blue Jays rally past Yankees in 11

    Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of Derek Lowe's wild pickoff throw in the 11th to beat New York 8-7 Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

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    San Diego Padres starter Casey Kelly allowed three hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two Monday night at home against the Atlanta Braves.

    Padres’ Kelly wins MLB debut, 3-0 over Braves

    Casey Kelly combined with three relievers on a four-hitter to win his major league debut, and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Monday night to extend their season-high streak to eight straight wins.

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    Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez hasn’t lost a decision since June 12.

    King Felix goes distance again to beat Twins 1-0

    Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

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    The Cardinals’ Matt Holliday drills a solo home run in the sixth inning Monday night in Pittsburgh.

    Holliday’s HR leads Cards over Pirates 4-3

    Matt Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead of Pittsburgh for good Monday nihgt.

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    The Reds’ Bronson Arroyo gets a high-five from teammate Drew Stubbs after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning Monday in Phoenix.

    Arroyo’s homer lifts Reds over Diamondbacks 3-2

    Bronson Arroyo pitched six strong innings and homered in the sixth inning for the go-ahead run of the Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 victory over the fading Arizona Diamondbacks.

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    Oakland starting pitcher Brett Anderson delivers against the Indians in the seventh inning Monday in Cleveland.

    Athletics’ Anderson beats Indians 3-0

    Brett Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Monday night. "His stuff was electric," manager Bob Melvin said after Oakland's ninth win in 11 games.

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    Former Cub Grace now facing a big crossroad

    After being charged with DUI in Arizona, Mark Grace is taking a leave of absence after a DUI arrest. Mike North, from personal experience, knows the road back involves a personal commitment only Grace can make. North also shares his thoughts on White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, and why Vince Scully leads his Top 5 baseball broadcasters of all time. And a Chicagoan gets the No. 5 spot.

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    Kaneland’s Stephanie Karolewicz plays Wheaton Academy’s Kylie Hultgren Wednesday in Maple Park.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from football, golf, tennis, soccer and volleyball.

Business

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    Sam’s Club is opening in Elgin Wednesday and it has already become part of the community. Out of the almost 200 employees hired, 99 percent of them live in Elgin and the club has already committed $45,000 to local organizations, including $7,500 to sponsor the Elgin International Festival and $20,000 to the YWCA of Elgin. Employees have been on the job for weeks readying for the opening and people have been signing up for their Sam’s Club memberships just as long.

    Elgin Sam’s Club is now open

    Danielle Merrill had been unemployed for a couple years when she heard Sam's Club was opening in Elgin. After 15 years working in child care, she figured it was time for a change of pace and decided to apply. Merrill is one of almost 200 employees hired for Wednesday's grand opening of the region's newest Sam's Club, which has already committed $45,000 to local organizations and will be the largest sponsor of Elgin's International Festival on Saturday. And like 99 percent of her colleagues, Merrill lives in Elgin. The company has already firmly committed to the community with sponsorships and hiring decisions.

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    Bank of America helped U.S. bank earnings rise 21 percent in the April-June quarter and lending to consumers increase. That adds to evidence the industry is strengthening four years after the financial crisis.

    US bank earnings rose 21 percent in 2Q, lending up

    U.S. bank earnings rose 21 percent in the April-June quarter and lending to consumers increased, adding to evidence that the industry is strengthening four years after the financial crisis.

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    People walk past by banners advertising Samsung and Apple’s smart phones at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday. A U.S. jury’s $1 billion verdict against Samsung for what rival Apple claimed was the illegal copying of its iPhone and iPad designs signals a turning point for the South Korean electronics giant.

    Apple’s victory means soul-searching for Samsung

    A U.S. jury's $1 billion verdict against Samsung for what rival Apple claimed was the illegal copying of its iPhone and iPad designs signals a turning point for the South Korean electronics giant known for its prowess in adapting the innovations of others and nimbly executing production.

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    U.S. stocks fell, following yesterday’s drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as investors watched economic reports ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s speech on the economy in three days.

    Stocks mixed in light trading; oil creeps to $96

    Mixed economic data kept the stock market hovering near break-even Tuesday. One report on home prices looked encouraging, and another on consumer confidence was worrisome.

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    Nude photographs of Britain’s Prince Harry published recently in a British newspaper drew some 3,600 complaints.

    Watchdog: 3,600 complaints over naked prince pics

    A press watchdog says it has received some 3,600 complaints over The Sun's decision to publish nude photos of Britain's Prince Harry.

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    The Motorola Mobility unit of Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, was sued by a patent holder claiming infringement of two U.S. patents for applications that allow remote-data access from handheld devices.

    Motorola Mobility sued over two Cloud-data patents

    The Motorola Mobility unit of Google Inc., the world's most popular Internet search engine, was sued by a patent holder claiming infringement of two U.S. patents for applications that allow remote-data access from handheld devices.

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    Financially troubled Solyndra, a solar energy company, is trying to form a reorganization plan.

    DOE questions Solyndra bankruptcy plan

    Lawyers for the federal government say Solyndra LLC needs to provide more information in its reorganization plan about tax breaks that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to private equity funds that control the failed solar power company.

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    An outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland.

    Gold-based scam unravels, robbing Poles of savings

    It was pretty much all the money Bozena Oracz had after a working life as an accountant: the equivalent of $15,000. She placed it in a fund investing in gold, with the hope of paying for her daughter's studies and getting treatment for a bad knee.Those dreams were dashed when she discovered she had fallen victim to an elaborate fraud scheme that has left thousands of Poles, many of them elderly, facing financial ruin.

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    A United Airbus A320 passenger plane takes off at Newark Liberty International airport.

    Philippine Airlines to buy 54 Airbus jets

    Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines signed a $7-billion deal on Tuesday to buy 54 Airbus jets as part of an ambitious plan to overhaul its fleet to meet higher demands for transporting passengers and cargo in Asia, the Middle East and Australia, airline officials said.

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    Samsung takes wraps off of Windows 8 desktop PCs

    Samsung will offer three different choices to people interested in buying a desktop computer equipped with the redesigned version of Windows going on sale. The personal computers previewed Tuesday by Samsung provide one of the first glimpses at the wave of Windows 8 machines scheduled to hit the market on Oct. 26.

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    Lexmark to cut 1,700 jobs, explore sale of inkjet technology

    Lexmark International Inc., the U.S. printer maker, plans to eliminate 1,700 positions and shut a factory in the Philippines as it explores a sale of its inkjet technology to bolster profitability.The inkjet manufacturing facilities in Cebu will be closed by the end of 2015, Lexington, Kentucky-based Lexmark said in a statement today. The company will cut 1,100 manufacturing positions and also reduce positions in research and development, supply chain and support functions. The reorganization will generate annual savings of $95 million.

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    Kevin Johnson, right, and Victoria Maroulis, left, attorneys for Samsung, leave the US Courthouse and Federal building after a jury reached a decision in the Apple Samsung trial.

    Apple seeks ban on U.S. Sales of eight Samsung smartphones

    Apple Inc. is seeking a U.S. sales ban on eight models of Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and the extension of a preliminary ban on a tablet computer after winning a patent trial against the South Korean company.Apple, which won more than $1 billion Aug. 24 after a jury found Samsung infringed six of seven patents at stake in the trial, named the phones it wants barred in a filing yesterday with U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. The list includes several devices in the bestselling Galaxy lineup.

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    Early morning sunlight illuminates fuel storage tanks at a North Little Rock, Ark., petroleum distributorship.

    Oil down slightly after storm forecast downgrade

    Oil prices remained stable Tuesday as the threat to production in the Gulf of Mexico from Tropical Storm Isaac appeared to lessen.Forecasts for Isaac have been toned down, easing concerns that the storm could damage key oil and gas operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Weather forecasters now say the storm will grow to a Category 1 hurricane instead of a stronger Category 2. Although the storm isn't expected to damage refineries, refinery owners often shut down operations in advance of a storm. The refineries will likely stay off line for about three days.

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    A electronic stock price board shows the 7.45 percent nosedive of Samsung Electronics Co. share price, at a bank in Seoul, South Korea, Monday,

    Markets stall as traders await US Fed chief speech

    Stock markets retreated Tuesday due to global worries about the impact of the eurozone debt crisis and as investors awaited a key speech by the U.S. central bank chief.Investors are looking for confirmation that central banks in the U.S. and China will provide more economic stimulus and that the European Central Bank will intervene in bond markets to lower some countries' high borrowing costs.

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    The new headquarter of the European Central Bank rises behind barbed wire in Frankfurt, Germany

    Draghi skips Jackson Hole as ECB shapes bond plans

    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi calls off his trip to an annual conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, due to a heavy workload as top ECB officials shape their plans to intervene in bond markets and lower borrowing costs for indebted governments. The bank holds a key meeting Sept. 6 where key aspects of any government bond purchases will be discussed.

Life & Entertainment

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    Christine Kaberna taps a beer at Lombard's new Trademark Tavern.

    Trademark Tavern aiming to make mark with modern menu, drinks

    Opened since July, Lombard's Trademark Tavern offers a little something for everyone. Whether you're a beer lover, cocktail connoisseur, sports fan, foodie or looking for a gorgeous space to hold a private party, you'll want to check Trademark out.

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    Despite concerts planned for the fall, there are conflicting reports on whether the band Foo Fighters will stop performing.

    Will Foo Fighters stop performing?

    Music industry online magazine NME says the Foo Fighters have played their "last show for a long time," but an official familiar with the group says it has more concerts scheduled.

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    3,600 complaints over naked prince pics in newspaper

    A press watchdog says it has received some 3,600 complaints over The Sun's decision to publish nude photos of Britain's Prince Harry. The tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point.

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    “True Blood: East, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps” by Marcelle Bienvenu

    ‘True Blood’ cookbook full of crimson delicacies

    "True Blood" is filmed partly in Louisiana and is set in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The state's cuisine is often referenced in the series, where vampires and mortals mingle over bowls of okra gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice. The cookbook, "True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps," was compiled by Cajun chef Marcelle Bienvenu and is being released in bookstores today,

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    A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah has rejected “The New Normal,” the sitcom about a single mother’s journey through life as a surrogate for a gay couple, starring Andrew Rannells as Bryan, left, and Justin Bartha as David.

    Utah NBC affiliate won’t air show about gay couple

    A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah won't air an upcoming sitcom about a gay couple that invites a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby because the station deems the content inappropriate for its audience. "The New Normal" is set to debut Sept. 11 on NBC.

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    ‘Walking Dead’ actor charged with DUI in Ga.

    An actor on the television show "The Walking Dead" has been charged with driving drunk in Georgia, where the show is filmed. Peachtree City police arrested 70-year-old Scott Wilson at 2 a.m. Aug. 18 after someone called 911 to report a Chrysler PT Cruiser driving erratically.

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    New album a ‘rebirth’ for Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera is comparing her upcoming album to a "rebirth." With more than a decade in the music business behind her, the album will be a culmination of "everything I've experienced up until this point," the 31-year-old pop star says, including divorce.

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    Renowned pianist Van Cliburn diagnosed with cancer

    Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday. The 78-year-old Cliburn is under excellent care and his spirits are high, said longtime friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone.

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    “Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara” by Terry Brooks

    'Wards of Faerie' will charm fantasy fans

    Author Terry Brooks has delivered some of the best fantasy tales written in the past 35 years. His latest, "Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara," continues the saga that started with a sword in 1977. A young Elven girl falls in love with a bad boy thousands of years ago. When their relationship ends, he steals the magical Elfstones from her. In the present, a young druid persuades the leader of the druids to launch an expedition to find the missing stones.

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    Despite the “New” in its title, “New Super Mario Bros. 2” is more of a look back to the 1980s.

    Mario's latest gold rush doesn't pan out

    Whenever video-game companies stretch out popular franchises for financial reasons, disenchanted customers call it a "money grab." It's a charge Nintendo has largely been immune to. That changes with "New Super Mario Bros. 2," which takes the whole money-grab concept quite literally. The whole point of the game is to grab money — namely, the sparkling gold coins that have littered almost every Mario release since the mid-1980s.

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    Wrestlers will rumble in WWE's “Supershow” at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Get ready to rumble at WWE RAW

    WWE wrestling stars like John Cena, Randy Orton and Chicago's own CM Punk will compete Monday at the WWE RAW Supershow at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Fans of the Coen Brothers' “The Big Lebowski” won't want to miss this chance to go bowling at Tivoli Bowl before catching a midnight Friday film screening at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Plus, Ravinia hosts Daryl Hall & John Oates Saturday.

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    An Australian photographer’s love of warm, golden yellow Australian sun from his home country inspired designer Brian Patrick Flynn to cover the entire space in bright yellow tones in his client’s dining room in Los Angeles.

    Inspiration from summer travels can brighten indoor spaces

    Summer travel leaves many of us with memories of ocean sunsets or foreign street scenes or other only-on-vacation sights. Once we've returned home, how can we hold onto some of that beauty and bring it into our living spaces? The weeks after a trip can be the perfect time to make small but powerful changes to your home.

Discuss

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    Editorial: A stronger state GOP good for Illinois

    If the Republican Party wants to be a major player again in Illinois, it needs to come together after the national convention and figure out how best to make a strong showing in November, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    A Big Ten strategy for GOP?

    Columnist George Will: Mitt Romney's great political challenge is to wean Obama supporters away by making them faintly embarrassed about their former infatuation.

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    Coolidge is sensible alternative for 6th
    A Barrington Hiills letter to the editor: Leslie Coolidge is my choice to represent the 6th District in Congress. She will focus on helping the middle class find jobs that will be created by bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.

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    View pensions as part of worker’s pay
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Pensions are really just income with the payment put off until after the person retires. So the value of the pension should be looked at as part of the overall compensation, and we have to ask whether that compensation is reasonable and fair.

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    ID’s are required everywhere you turn
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: You need an I.D. to cash a check, to get a driver's license, visit the doctor's office and hospital. You also need an I.D. to get married. Even when you die you need an I.D.

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    Docs, patients hurt by Medicare cuts
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I treat cancer patients daily at American Cancer Center. As a radiation oncologist, I am deeply troubled by the proposed Medicare cuts that could take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. My patients depend on these vital treatments, and these cuts would be devastating to my practice and my patients.

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    Leave farmers to food production
    A Wayne letter to the editor: We need to drill for oil here and become self-sustaining with our own supply. Allow the farmers to supply the food chain as they should do, rather than producing ethanol, which would result in lower food prices at our tables. Now, does that make any sense?

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    Feminism of 40 years ago pays off
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Your recent editorial about the Olympic athletes from the suburbs was interesting and informative. I was struck by the fact that 10 of the 15 athletes listed were women.

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    Working for small business relief
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I am eager to elect men and women to Congress that truly want to represent their constituents. Congressman Peter Roskam has been doing just that, fighting to create jobs and put a stop to excessive regulations that are hurting small businesses right here in Illinois.

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    Thomas column straight propaganda
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In Cal Thomas' recent column, he states, "Romney-Ryan should feature at every campaign stop someone who has succeeded without help from the federal government." That is straight propaganda. Did they invent something? Federal patent office protects it.

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