Daily Archive : Thursday August 30, 2012



    Heroin use rises among young, whites in suburbs

    Heroin use is on the rise among young, white people in the suburbs, and the Chicago metropolitan area has more heroin-related emergency room visits than New York, Boston and Detroit, according to a study released today by Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. "This trend is going to be long and pronounced, and we're still in the midst of it," says study co-author and...

    “How Tia Lola Learned to Teach,” by Julia Alvarez

    Reading list is out for Suburban Mosaic Books of the Year

    The book list is out for the Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program, now in its ninth year -- and this year's titles deal with issues of tolerance and social justice."Reading does challenge us to think about and feel things we wouldn't otherwise," said Cathleen Blair, readers' adviser at the Mount Prospect Public Library.


    Pingree Grove sues former village engineer

    The village of Pingree Grove has filed a lawsuit against a former village engineer alleging overbilling, fraud, breach of contract and more, and seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. The 13-count lawsuit filed Thursday in Kane County Circuit Court names Jeremy Lin, owner and principal of Lintech Enginering, as well as his company.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.

    Fact check: Romney's deficit vow lacks specifics

    Mitt Romney promised voters Thursday night that he would cut deficits and put America on track to a balanced budget as president, but he left voters to take it on faith — or not — that he could deliver. The details behind that pledge, and the painful spending choices involved, are conspicuously lacking in his agenda.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has often presented himself as the alternative to four more years of what he says are the failed policies of the Obama administration. He wants voters to trust him on that, but he offers little detail on how he would accomplish the goals he promises.

    Analysis: Romney to voters: Trust me on details

    Republicans wrapped up their "trust me" convention Thursday, sending presidential nominee Mitt Romney into the final weeks of a campaign that is long on promises and strikingly short on details.

    Actor Clint Eastwood addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.

    Eastwood mocked for bit at RNC

    Standing on the convention stage with an empty chair, Hollywood filmmaker Clint Eastwood carried on a sometimes rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama. The Oscar-winning director of "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby" criticized Obama for failing to turn the economy around and for wanting to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right, joined by Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, waves to delegates Thursday after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Romney's convention promise: 'Jobs, lots of jobs'

    Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House night with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time audience Thursday night, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times. "Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney said.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Kathie Kane-Willis leads a candlelight vigil and remembrance ceremony Thursday at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg for victims of drug overdoses.

    Families and friends light candles for overdose victims

    It was an event that, as a reporter, you would wish there was not one story to tell. Because it would mean there would be no life lost and no battle still to be fought. But on Thursday night, hundreds came to a candlelight vigil on the Schaumburg campus of Roosevelt University to raise awareness about the danger of drug overdose. And everyone — parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and...


    Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law

    A federal court on Thursday blocked a controversial new voter ID law in Texas, ruling the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.

    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.

    Fact checkers criticized after saying Ryan erred

    Did Paul Ryan bend the truth? The verdict, rendered by a slew of media fact checkers, was immediate and unequivocal: He repeatedly left out key facts, ignored context and was blind to his own hypocrisy. But the push-back from the Romney campaign, and Republicans at large, was just as quick and just as self-assured.

    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin points out the balloons with his wife Janna to their children, from left, Charlie, Sam and Liza at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Postcard from Tampa: People-watching at the convention

    In a postcard from Tampa, Kerry Lester writes: The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday here in Tampa, and delegates left tired but energized. The scene on the convention floor Thursday night was crowded, hot and electric. Delegates pressed shoulder-to-shoulder to get the best views and security was high.

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses delegates Thursday during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Rubio says Romney knows what makes America great

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says Mitt Romney knows what makes America exceptional. Rubio told the GOP convention Thursday night that Romney understands prosperity doesn't happen because the government spends more money, that it happens because people use their own money to open businesses.


    Suspect arrested after fleeing Bartlett crash with school bus

    A bus driver for Elgin Area School District U-46 was injured in a hit-and-run crash Thursday morning in Bartlett. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, which happened about 8:55 a.m. at the intersection of Oak Avenue and Route 20. Police apprehended the suspect, who had fled his vehicle, just after noon and are expecting charges to be filed tonight.


    Barrington man found dead in vehicle on Route 53

    A 49-year-old Barrington man was found unresponsive in a vehicle on the shoulder of Route 53 near Palatine Road late Thursday afternoon and was pronounced dead at the scene. State police said the suspicious death showed no signs of foul play, and a medical examiner's spokesman said there were no immediate signs of trauma.


    Island Lake officials field questions on new municipal complex

    For the second time in less than a week, Island Lake residents filled the gymnasium at village hall Thursday night to learn the details of a plan to build a new municipal center.Mayor Debbie Herrmann and a table of consultants fielded questions about the project's financing options, the scope of the project, the construction timeline and other aspects of the proposal.

    Residents of the Cambridge Neighborhood in LaPlace Louisiana Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012 evacuate their neighborhood. The state sent scores of buses and dozens of high-water vehicles to help evacuate about 3,000 people from St. John the Baptist Parish after Tropical Storm Isaac pushed water from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas into parts of LaPlace.

    Weakening Isaac hovers over water-logged Louisiana

    Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods.

    After years of avoiding direct mention of his religion, Mitt Romney will open up about his Mormon faith as he accepts the Republican nomination for president.

    Fellow Mormons praise Romney as a caring friend

    After years of avoiding direct mention of his religion, Mitt Romney will open up about his Mormon faith as he accepts the Republican nomination for president. "I think this is a speech where he's going to talk a lot about what's informed his values, what's informed his outlook. Of course his faith is an important part of that," Romney aide Kevin Madden said in Tampa this week. "It's an important...

    Drew Peterson

    Testimony finished in Peterson trial

    A judge sent jurors home after they heard the last testimony at Drew Peterson's murder trial on Thursday, saying they will return after Labor Day to hear closing arguments. The state called just two witnesses, both forensic pathologists, in a one-day rebuttal as they entered the last evidence against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant.

    Frantz Placide and Sean Duffy, center, listen to Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, left, as he speaks Thursday during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president

    TAMPA, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says President Barack Obama should stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the country’s economic woes.Bush said a real leader would accept responsibility for his own policies.Bush told the GOP convention Thursday night that his brother is a man of integrity, courage and honor.

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Gingrich: We need ‘real leadership’ in White House

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it's time to put "real leadership" back in the White House this November. Gingrich stood by his wife, Callista, when he told delegates Thursday night that it is "striking" how President Barack Obama took the nation down a path that, he says, weakened America's confidence in itself and Americans' hope for a better future.

    Erick Smith

    Aurora man admits to armed robbery

    An Aurora man pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery Thursday in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence

    Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, spoke before the convention Tuesday and shared intimate details of their marriage.

    TMI? Ann Romney shares miscarriage, depression

    In the post-Oprah era of reality shows and TMI, Ann Romney communicates with a level of candor never seen from the spouse of a president or a man who might someday be one, experts say. Now the question is: Is that a good thing?

    Donald E. Rericka Jr.

    West Chicago man guilty in DUI crash that injured Geneva woman

    A West Chicago man has been found guilty of driving off a St. Charles roadway while drunk and striking a tree that fell and severely injured a Geneva woman in early 2010.


    Murder charges dropped after 15 years

    The Cook County state's attorney has vacated the murder conviction of a man who has been incarcerated since 1997. Alprentiss Nash, 37, was serving 80 years in prison for the 1995 death of a Chicago man on the city's South Side.


    Chicago teachers set strike date

    The Chicago Teachers Union says members will walk off the job on Sept. 10 unless a new contract is reached with Chicago Public Schools. Thursday's announcement comes one day after the union issued a 10-day strike notice.

    A video tribute to President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush is shown Wednesday during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Mixed legacy of George W. Bush hovers over Tampa

    Where is George W. Bush? The last Republican president was a no-show at the Republican convention this week. And the party that he led for eight years barely mentioned him — or his record. Nevertheless, Bush's fiscal legacy — including hundreds of billions spent on two wars that helped balloon the federal deficit — loomed large over the gathering, as Republicans tried to make...


    Judge rules state must set money aside in pay dispute

    The judge in a dispute over Illinois workers' pay raises told Gov. Pat Quinn's administration Thursday to hand over unspent money from the state budget in case the employees win the court battle and back wages.

    The scoreboard is shown at the new $60 million football stadium at Allen High School. The stadium will be christened tonight with a matchup against defending state champion Southlake Carroll.

    Texas school to open $60 million football field of dreams

    It's not the biggest high school stadium in football-mad Texas, but Eagle Stadium is the grandest, with a spacious weight room for the players and practice areas for Allen High School's wrestling and golf teams. The school district decided to build it in a down economy, knowing full well it will never recoup the costs.


    Naperville priest suspended in wake of abuse allegations

    A Naperville priest has been suspended by the Joliet Diocese following allegations he sexually abused a child more than 25 years ago. Rev. James Nowak, 75, who served as pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church from 2002 to 2007, was placed on temporary administrative leave.

    Daniel Baker

    Defense raises questions in Aksman killing

    The whereabouts of Kristina Aksman on the night her mother was bludgeoned to death could become an issue in the scheduled October murder trail of Daniel Baker, a defense attorney said Thursday. Baker, now 24, is accused of killing 50-year-old Marina Aksman with an aluminum baseball bat in her Vernon Hills home in April 2010.

    Mark Shepherd

    Delegate diary: Christie ‘gets most of it from his mom’

    Mark Shepherd of suburban Hebron describes being bumped from an alternate to a full delegate this week, and meeting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's father, among other highlights at the Republican National Convention.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Robert G. Foster, 67, of Geneva, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court for DUI charges from the Kane County Sheriff's Department at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report.


    Changes in beer sales will have to wait at Naperville fests

    Beer drinkers should be prepared to fork over their cash for at least one more Last Fling in Naperville. Despite their best efforts, organizers of the Jaycees' four-day bash that opens Friday in downtown said there just wasn't enough time to implement a system in which tickets are substituted for cash during alcohol purchases.


    Property tax payment due

    The second installment of Lake County property taxes is due Thursday, Sept. 6.


    Early release Friday at MHS

    Mundelein High School students will be released at 1:40 p.m. today, earlier than usual, because higher-than-usual temperatures are predicted for the day.


    D118 special education meeting

    Wauconda Unit District 118 will host a meeting to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who live within the district and will attend private schools or are home-schooled for the 2012-13 school year.


    Student assessment volunteers

    Volunteers are sought to evaluate and read to children as part of a collaboration between the United Way of Lake County and Waukegan District 60 to evaluate skills and school readiness of incoming kindergartners.

    Kevin R. Smith

    Winfield man pleads guilty to obscenity in child porn case

    A Winfield man accused of possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, court records show. Kevin R. Smith, 24, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obscenity Tuesday and was sentenced to two years of probation by DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell.

    Edward Kliest

    Wheaton man pleads guilty in fatal drug case

    The last of three people charged after a woman's heroin-related death in Carol Stream has been sentenced to three years in prison. Edward Kliest, 43, of Wheaton, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance Wednesday and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, according to court records.

    Construction is expected to begin next week on the Jane Addams Tollway bridge over Sleepy Hollow Road between Elgin and Sleepy Hollow. The roadway will be closed for a week, and up top, motorists on the tollway will be squeezed into two lanes.

    Detours as I-90 bridge over Sleepy Hollow Road repaired

    Sleepy Hollow Road/McLean Boulevard will be closed at the site of the I-90 overpass for a week, starting Sept. 5, as crews do repair work to the bridge deck and supports. In addition, tollway traffic will be squeezed into two lanes around the bridge to accommodate workers and equipment.

    Michael Kirever, left, and Brian Judge, sell buttons of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. While buttons are seen at the convention, they are far from ubiquitous, and the days when delegates were littered with partisan messages from seemingly head to toe appear to be long past.

    In the digital age, whither the campaign button?

    Eugene Ola was on a street corner hawking some political buttons with phrases like "Believe in America" and featuring photos of a smiling GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. But most passersby simply smiled and kept on walking, barely looking at the piece of cardboard he carted around with 50 buttons fastened to it. "Maybe they are just going out of fashion,"...

    Police speak with a protestor who chained herself to pipes at the Big Bend Power Station a coal-fired plant, Thursday during a demonstration in Apollo Beach, Fla. Protestors gathered in demonstration against the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Fla.

    Protests fizzle during GOP convention

    The three dozen chanting anti-GOP protesters hit a lull of silence as they marched through a low-income neighborhood in west Tampa. "What are you guys doing? Taking a nap?" shouted one protester to his cohorts, exhorting them to yell. Another shouted, "You guys are reeeeaaal quiet now!" Quiet is the right word for protests at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

    John Hutton

    Gurnee District 56 leaves flood-prone building for new headquarters

    Gurnee Elementary District 56's administrative operations have moved from a flood-prone building to a new structure. Superintendent John Hutton said District 56 started using the building on Gurnee's east side this week. The 6,500-square-foot structure is adjacent to Spaulding School.


    Huntley 158 teams with Michigan State to add second teacher

    Huntley Unit District 158 has entered into a partnership with the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University to assist in training and hiring Mandarin language teachers. In addition, Streamwood High School in Elgin Area School District U-46 is offering Mandarin for the first time at its Languages Academy.

    Sandy Cole

    Health, wellness fair causes dispute between state representative candidates

    A health fair for seniors and women sponsored by Republican state Rep. Sandy Cole triggered a dispute Wednesday with her Democratic opponent in the November election. Cole and challenger Sam Yingling are competing to represent the 62nd House District covering Grayslake and the Round Lake area.

    This photo provided by Kenneth McNulty shows a 28-year-old block of cheddar, one of three boxes of unintentionally aged cheddar recently discovered in a Milwaukee cheese market. The three boxes — 28, 34 and 40 years old — will be auctioned to the public. Some experts say it might be the oldest collection of cheese ever assembled.

    Wisconsin shop owner finds decades-old cheddar

    A recently discovered block of eastern Wisconsin cheddar cheese that dates back to the Nixon presidency will be sold for $10 per ounce. Edward Zahn, 73, was in Z's Cheese Shoppe's walk-in cooler last month, preparing to shut down his Oconto store. He pushed aside stacks of cheese to reveal several wooden boxes that had been overlooked for years.


    Motorists aid injured victim, stop attack in Fox Lake park

    A 39-year-old man is in Lake County jail after attacking three people during a scuffle at Fox Lake's Lakefront Park, police said. Valhaua A. Johnson, of the 200 block of Grand Avenue, Fox Lake, faces several charged including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery in a public place, after the attack at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fox Lake Police Chief Mike Behan said.

    Fred Moreno Jr.

    Two years probation in South Elgin pot bust

    Fred Moreno Jr, formerly of South Elgin, pleaded guilty this month to felony possesssion of marijuana with intent to deliver and got two years probation and 90 days of home monitoring. Moreno, 33, faced up to seven years in prison but did not have any previous felony convictions. He also was fined nearly $6,800.


    Court: Even juveniles deserve strong legal defense

    Lawyers are supposed to win cases for their clients. Lawyers in the juvenile justice system want what's best for troubled children. And when the two impulses are in conflict, the attorney should focus on presenting the best possible defense, a deeply divided Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

    Cliff McIlvaine

    St. Charles man to spend second week in jail

    Trading construction overalls for an orange jail jumpsuit for a week has had no effect on Cliff McIlvaine. The St. Charles man, who the city says has had a construction project languishing since 1975, will remain jailed another week after refusing Thursday to agree to connect to the city's water system.


    District 204, teachers agree to two-year contract

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 teachers are poised to receive raises that will total roughly 5 percent over the next two years. The district and the Indian Prairie Education Association teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract. The pact, which teachers are expected to ratify Friday, will provide about 2,100 teachers with average raises of 2.13 percent for the...


    Itasca man facing federal fraud charges

    A 51-year-old Itasca man was arrested Thursday on federal fraud charges. Prosecutors said David Tresch bilked his employer out of nearly $1 million by approving payments for work that was never done to an outside company, which in turn paid Tresch. He is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.


    Illinois taxpayers can donate to cancer research

    Illinois residents now can make voluntary contributions to children's cancer research when they pay their state income taxes. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this week adding a childhood cancer research fund to the state's income tax checkoff program.

    Richard Dates

    Former Chicago-area tutor arrested in child porn case

    A New Mexico man who worked as a tutor in the Chicago area has been charged in a massive child porn ring. Authorities say the suspect talked about raping and cooking children and was an aspiring horror writer.The Gallup Independent reports that Richard Dates posted a vampire story on the writing website Helium. In his story, a vampire father and son raid a hospital of blood.


    Elmhurst woman sentenced to 20 months in Medicare fraud

    A 45-year-old Elmhurst woman was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for health care fraud Thursday. Merigrace Orillo co-owned a home health care service with offices in Chicago, Freeport and Morris that prosecutors said overbilled the Medicare system and provided kickbacks to a Chicago doctor that referred patients to her company. She is also ordered to pay $744,481 in restitution to...

    The wreckage of a Megabus is removed from the bridge support pillar that it slammed into after blowing a tire near downstate Litchfield on Aug. 2, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others.

    Driver says he did everything he could in Megabus crash

    The 25-year-old driver who was at the wheel during a fatal Megabus crash in south-central Illinois says he did everything he could to control the double-decker after a tire blew out. "When I heard the tire pop, I immediately grabbed hold extra tight to the steering wheel and let go of the accelerator. But I did not apply the brakes because I knew at highway speed it likely would have caused the...

    North Central College history professor Ann Durkin Keating will discuss her new book, “Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago,” during a special program Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Naperville school.

    North Central College celebrates its faculty’s work

    Community members are invited to hear faculty members discuss books they've wrote, present findings of their scholarly research and talk about partnerships with local organizations during an academic conference Sept. 4 at North Central College in Naperville. "A Promising Start: Excellence in Scholarship" continues the college's celebration of its Sesquicentennial.

    Kevin Burns

    Geneva mayor opposes letting liquor licensees hold office

    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns adamantly opposes changing the city's liquor law to allow people who have liquor licenses to be aldermen.


    McHenry Co. distributes free materials to combat West Nile

    The McHenry County Health Department is providing free insect repellent wipes and informational fliers about the West Nile virus, whose risk will be elevated until the first frost, officials said.

    Charles Vallas

    Wheeling man charged with sexually assault of 11-year-old

    A Wheeling man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, after he admitted he inappropriately touched an 11-year old boy, police said.

    Author Ray Bradbury, a native of Waukegan, was investigated by the FBI in the 1950s and 1960s.

    FBI suspected Ray Bradbury of communist sympathies

    The FBI investigated "Fahrenheit 451" author and Waukegan-native Ray Bradbury in the 1950s and 1960s because of suspected communist sympathies, and gave him a mixed review.

    Stephanie Schmitz of Schaumburg assembles candles at her home in preparation for tonight's vigil at Roosevelt University.

    17 groups unite for anti-drug vigil in Schaumburg

    They've each held small events around the suburbs for the past few years, but tonight, 17 suburban groups will unite for a candlelight vigil in Schaumburg to memorialize those who have died of drug overdoses and to advocate for lifesaving solutions. “I don't know if we can reach people, but I have to try. As a mother who lost a child, I just don't want his death to be in vain,” said...

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush slams Republican anti-immigrant stance as loser

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said his party's anti-immigration policies are costing Republicans elections and contributing to lower fertility rates and gloom in the U.S.

    Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus saw higher enrollment than expected and taught about 9,500 students in its first year after opening in June 2011. The college is continuing to see increasing enrollment this fall for classes at the 18 S. River St. location.

    Waubonsee’s Aurora enrollment exceeds expectations

    Enrollment exceeded expectations for the first year at Waubonsee Community College's downtown Aurora campus, which opened in June 2011 at 18 S. River St. About 9,500 students enrolled in classes at the campus last year, which topped expectations of about 6,000 students, or 3,000 a semester, spokesman Jeff Noblitt said. Enrollment this fall also is up 10 percent compared with last year's fall...


    Kane Animal Control asks again to defer loan payment

    The Kane County Animal Control Department is officially asking permission to defer part of its annual mortgage payment for its shelter. The county board's public health committee agreed this week to the measure.

    The new Ryder Cup page being introduced on dailyherald.com

    Talk with the Editor: We’re trying Storify and a whole lot more

    In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen says hello to Storify, but so long to longtime prep writer Marty Maciaszek. But that's just the tip of the column. There's a lot more. Join the conversation.


    Clean energy group criticizes costs of new Illinois power plant

    A group opposed to coal-fired electrical plants released a report Wednesday saying that electricity from the Prairie State plant will cost much more than plant officials promised when selling municipalites, such as Batavia, Geneva, on investing in construction and buying its power.

    Oakton Community College President Margaret B. Lee and Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton seal the deal with a handshake on Wednesday.

    Oakton, Roosevelt jointly offer dual degree program

    Oakton Community College and Roosevelt University are partnering to offer a new Dual Degree Program aimed at making it easier for students to earn their associate's and bachelor's degrees from both colleges. Earlier this year, Roosevelt and Harper College implemented a similar program.


    Dold urges compromise in Congress

    Congressman Bob Dold, speaking at a breakfast meeting of Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention, outlined what he called "common sense" solutions to boost the economy. The Kenilworth Republican said Democrats and Republicans in Congress need to reach toward compromise on economic solutions.

    Loved ones of Ron Buonauro, the late founder of Buonauro’s Cafe in Naperville, volunteer each year at Last Fling in his honor.

    Family keeps dad’s spirit alive by volunteering at Naperville’s Last Fling

    Ron Buonauro once won a $25,000 gift certificate as a prize for hitting a hole-in-one. He booked a room at Hugo's Frog Bar and treated members of all his favorite charities, his friends and his family. And he used the event to raise $30,000 for those charities. The Buonauro family carries on that giving spirit each year by volunteering at Last Fling.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in April. Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities.

    GOP platform calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips

    Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman's gathering. The 2012 platform approved this week also endorses "stand your ground" rights for gun owners.

    A two minute and eighteen second time exposure of the Altas V launch from the end of Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida. A 19-story United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying twin NASA satellites lifted off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Thursday morning Aug. 30, 2012.

    NASA launches twin satellites to radiation belts

    Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth's treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts.

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi addresses a summit of the Nonaligned Movement in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Morsi arrived in Tehran on Thursday in the first visit by an Egyptian leader to Iran after decades of hostility between the two countries.

    Egypt leader slams Syrian regime during Iran visit

    TEHRAN, Iran — In a clear rebuke to Syria’s key ally Iran, Egypt’s new president said Thursday that Bashar Assad’s “oppressive” regime has lost its legitimacy and told an international conference in Tehran that the world must stand behind the Syrian rebels.

    A Los Angeles City firefighter assists a child, one of eight people injured when a car sped onto a sidewalk and plowed into a group of parents and children outside Main Street Elementary school, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles. The crash occurred at 2:50 p.m., shortly after school had let out for the day, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near L.A. school

    LOS ANGELES — The screams of women and children didn’t cause a 100-year-old driver to stop as he backed his large powder blue Cadillac onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school and hit 11 people, including nine children. So people began pounding on his windows screaming for him to stop, a witness said.


    Russia claims killer demands punk rockers freed

    MOSCOW — The bodies of two slain women were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band, officials said Thursday.

    Margaret Maughan, Britain’s first Paralympic gold medalist, lights the Paralympic flame during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012.

    ‘Spirit in Motion’ gala opens London’s Paralympics

    LONDON — Volleys of fireworks lit up the night sky, Beverley Knight belted out “I am what I am,” and Britain’s first Paralympic gold medalist lit the caldron to open the 2012 London Paralympic Games.


    Pakistani officials confirm death of key militant

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that a U.S. drone strike last week near the Afghan border killed the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network, a major blow to one of the most feared groups fighting American troops in Afghanistan.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Charlottesville, Va.

    Obama: GOP could cooperate more in second term

    President Barack Obama says his re-election might help end the political stalemate in Washington, much like “popping a blister.”In an interview with Time magazine, Obama says he expects Republicans in Congress to work more cooperatively in a second term, since his re-election would no longer be a factor.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will make his case to the nation about why he should be elected president — and why he thinks President Barack Obama should be sent packing.

    What to watch for at the GOP convention Thursday

    Here are some things to watch for at the Republican National Convention Thursday.

    Carl Tomaso

    Late Huntley manager remembered at interchange ceremony

    During Monday afternoon's groundbreaking of the full interchange at Route 47 and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Huntley Village President Chuck Sass took time to recognize Carl Tomaso, the late village manager. Tomaso died in 2008 and had been credited with managing Huntley's rapid growth and economic boom.

    Larry and Barbara Weiss, who live on a country road near Pocahontas, with a 20-pound fossil of a bird.

    Experts scrutinize family’s ‘fossil’

    Barbara Weiss stepped carefully over rocks in a dry creek bed, her head down, searching for a fossil fish like the one that sat on a window sill in her friend Wanda's kitchen.It was a blue sky, sunny day about 40 years ago at her friend's country home outside the tiny Arkansas community of Osage Mills, when Weiss found a "bird" instead of a fish.


    Group to judge: Dogs shouldn’t hunt Wis. wolves

    Allowing hunters to use dogs to track down wolves without any restrictions will result in bloody encounters between the animals, lawyers for animal rights groups argued Wednesday. A coalition of humane societies filed a lawsuit arguing that state wildlife officials didn't impose restrictions on hunting dogs for this year's wolf hunt, which creates the potential for brutal wolf-dog clashes that...


    Purdue group meets to discuss Daniels appointment

    Some Purdue University students and faculty members remain dissatisfied about the selection of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as the school's next president. A group called the Society for an Open, Accountable Purdue plans an open forum Friday afternoon at Stewart Center on the West Lafayette campus.


    Chicago man gets life sentence for killing 3

    A Chicago man must spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murder in a 2009 crime spree that left his wife and former girlfriend dead and eventually killed his father. James Amison wept Wednesday as he apologized to the victims' relatives; he told his children that he's the "perfect example of what not to be."

    A blue moon occurs when there’s a second full moon in one calendar month. The moon actually won’t be colored blue.

    ’Blue moon’ on same day as Neil Armstrong service

    A blue moon occurs when there's a second full moon in one calendar month. It won't happen again until July 2015. The full moon cycle is 29.5 days so a blue moon is uncommon and has come to mean something rare. The moon actually won't be colored blue. Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb said the moon is far more important to lovers, literature and folklore than to science.

    A stage hand adjusts the TelePrompTer for Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during a walk through ahead of his speech.

    On RNC stage, nettlesome issues unmentioned

    Viewers tuning into the Republican National Convention have heard Ann Romney speak lovingly of her husband and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledge "a new era of truth telling." What they haven't heard is talk of offshore tax havens, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, or questions about President Barack Obama's birthplace — the kind of divisive issues that have bedeviled Mitt Romney in...

    One way to think about this year's election is as a contest between the impact of a sour economy (advantage Romney) and the power of the nation's shifting demographics (advantage Obama).

    Watching the show: Are demographics destiny?

    One way to think about this year's election is as a contest between the impact of a sour economy (advantage Romney) and the power of the nation's shifting demographics (advantage Obama). Put simply, the groups that support President Barack Obama most strongly — blacks, Hispanics, young people, unmarried women — have been growing as a share of the electorate. Those who support Mitt...


    Dawn Patrol: Paul Ryan rallies GOP; Illnois rep touts Mike Madigan

    Paul Ryan accepts "calling of my generation." Illinois congressman Schock says GOP should take a page from Michael Madigan's book. Father of boy who brought gun to Island Lake school charged. Gas prices to rise before Labor Day weekend. DuPage Housing exec fired after 8 months.

    Congressman Bob Dold, of Kenilworth, who will address Illinois delegates today at the Republican National Convention, seeks to define himself as an independent and attract moderates and women while also championing the causes of today’s GOP.

    Kerry in Tampa: Dold seeks to redefine himself as independent Republican

    Republican Congressman Bob Dold, analysts say, has the "privilege of having the most Democratic district for a sitting Republican congressman." He's getting help from the national GOP organization, which is evident from his growing war chest. But facing Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider, Dold is walking a narrow line at the Republican National Convention between fully backing the party and...


    Brittan Golden (82) celebrates with teammate Dane Sanzenbacher (18) after Golden returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of their preseason game Thursday.

    McCown may have saved his job

    With no starters playing in the final preseason game Thursday night, Josh McCown got an opportunity to play the entire game and prove he's worth keeping as the No. 3 quarterback. In an otherwise meaningless game where none of the Bears’ regulars were in the starting lineup, McCown played well start to finish in a 28-20 victory. He orchestrated impressive drives on each of the Bears’ first two possessions, even though the second was just one play.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

    Bears down Browns 28-20

    Quarterback Colt McCoy did little to solidify winning Cleveland's backup job — or impress any other NFL team — and the Bears' Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Bears to a 28-20 victory over the Browns on Thursday night in the exhibition finale.

    From left, Libertyville's Matsen Dziedzic, Jack Deichl, Justin Jost, Joey Nield log some serious work as part of their Navy SEALs training program.

    Navy SEAL workout gets Libertyville Wildcats in shape

    They crawled through mud on their bellies. They pressed and pressed, arms shaking, through hundreds of military-style push-ups. They raced around the track in teams of six or seven, while balancing 250-pound logs above their shoulders. And that was all in just one practice for the Libertyville Wildcats, who adopted a Navy SEALs training program. “I think a lot of guys were questioning how they were going to make it through the day,” “said senior quarterback Jack Deichl.

    Mundelein football coach George Kaider and senior defensive end Mike Miranda, right, know bullying is a big problem in high school.

    Coach helps Mundelein put the hurt on bullying

    Mundelein football player Mike Miranda has felt the effects of bullying first-hand. " I was the chubby, little, small kid,” he said. But he's got a valuable ally in coach George Kaider, who is also a school counselor and is taking steps to minimize the effects of bullying. “It's an absolute, real, daily problem,” Kaide said.

    BYU’s Kaneakua Friel, center, is congratulated by quarterback Riley Nelson after a touchdown against Washington State on Thursday in Provo, Utah.

    BYU roughs up Washington State, spoils Leach’s return

    Riley Nelson threw for two touchdowns and third-string quarterback Taysom Hill added another on his first collegiate pass as Brigham Young beat Washington State 30-6 on Thursday night to spoil Mike Leach's return to coaching.

    Arizona State safety Viliami Moeakiola intercepts a pass against the Northern Arizona during the first half Thursday in Tempe, Ariz.

    Arizona State overwhelms Northern Arizona 63-6

    Marion Grice ran for three touchdowns, Taylor Kelly was efficient in his desert debut and Arizona State opened the Todd Graham era with a 63-6 rout over Northern Arizona Thursday night.

    Denver’s Nate Irving (56) celebrates his fumble recovery against the Arizona Cardinals with teammates Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half of a preseason game Thursday in Glendale, Ariz.

    Denver backups beat Arizona 16-13

    Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos' starters took the fourth game of the preseason off, and Denver got a 44-yard field goal from Matt Prater as the game ended to beat the Arizona Cardinals 16-13 on Thursday night.

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Carlos Villaneuva allowed five hits — all singles — to win Thursday for the first time since July 27.

    Villanueva leads Blue Jays past slumping Rays 2-0

    Shutout losses are becoming a troubling trend for the Tampa Bay Rays. Carlos Villanueva pitched six sharp innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat slumping Tampa Bay 2-0 on Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Rays.

    Arizona’s Chris Young, left, follows his two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis watch during the fourth inning Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Diamondbacks beat Dodgers 2-0 to end 6-game skid

    Ian Kennedy pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Chris Young hit a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Thursday night, snapping a six-game skid.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson follows through on a pitch during the eighth inning Thursday at home against St. Louis.

    Jackson fans 10 for Nats in win over Cards

    Edwin Jackson fanned 10 in eight stellar innings Thursday night as the Washington Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the punchless St. Louis Cardinals.

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros 8-4 on Thursday in Houston.

    Giants rally for 8-4 win over Astros

    Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Giants downed the Astros 8-4.

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie walked none and struck out three Thursday in a home win over Detroit.

    Guthrie pitches Royals past Tigers 2-1 for sweep

    Jeremy Guthrie became the latest Kansas City pitcher to give the Tigers fits. Guthrie pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon homered to lead the Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after scoring on a hit by Alberto Callaspo during the third inning against Boston on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

    Angels win 5-2, finish 1st season sweep of Boston

    Zack Greinke yielded five hits over seven strong innings, Albert Pujols hit an early two-run double and the Los Angeles Angels swept their season series with Boston for the first time with a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

    South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore (21) celebrates his game-winning touchdown against Vanderbilt with teammates Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

    No. 9 South Carolina rallies, beats Vanderbilt 17-13

    Ninth-ranked South Carolina and coach Steve Spurrier got a big scare to open the season. Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw helped the Gamecocks grind their way through past scrappy Vanderbilt.

    UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (23) gains yards against Rice during the first half Thursday in Houston.

    Franklin has 3 TDs as UCLA runs past Rice 49-24

    Johnathan Franklin rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA racked up 348 yards on the ground en route to a 49-24 season-opening victory over Rice.


    Western Illinois beats Butler 23-15

    Caulton Ray ran for two touchdowns and Western Illinois held on to beat Butler 23-15 Thursday night in the season opener for both schools.


    Garoppolo slings EIU by SIU 49-28

    Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to victory over Southern Illinois in the two teams' season opener Thursday night, 49-28.

    Colts tight end Dominique Jones (46) breaks away from Cincinnati Bengals defensive back T.J. Heath on his way to a touchdown in the second half of a preseason game Thursday in Indianapolis.

    Colts come from behind to beat Bengals 20-16

    Chandler Harnish, the last pick in this year's draft, threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Jones with 6:54 left in the game and gave the Colts a 20-16 victory over Cincinnati in Thursday night's preseason finale.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of a preseason game Thursday in San Francisco.

    Kaepnernick throws two TD passes in Niners win

    Delanie Walker caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith handed off five times before calling it a night and the San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the preseason with a 35-3 win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.

    Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) dives into the end zone for a touchdown over guard Dylan Gandy (65) during the first half of a preseason game Thursday against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit.

    Lions complete preseason with 38-32 victory over Bills

    Mikel Leshoure turned a short pass into a 33-yard reception to set up Detroit's first touchdown and ran for a 2-yard score to give the Lions the lead in a 38-32 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night in the fourth and final preseason game.

    The Seahawks’ Cooper Helfet celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the second half of a preseason game Thursday in Seattle.

    Seattle finishes preseason undefeated

    Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson played just one quarter in his final tuneup before the regular season, so high-priced backup Matt Flynn led Seattle on a three scoring drives. The Seahawks closed out the second perfect preseason in franchise history with a 21-3 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders catches a throw from Charlie Batch for a touchdown against Carolina in the first quarter of their preseason game Thursday in Pittsburgh.

    Batch shines as Steelers edge Panthers 17-16

    Charlie Batch and Jimmy Clausen just wanted to show they deserved to be employed after NFL teams trim their rosters to 53 players on Friday. Rainbow throws from quarterbacks on opposite ends of their careers may have done the trick.

    Kansas City’s Jeff Allen pressures Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell during the second half of a preseason game Thursday in Green Bay, Wis.

    Harrell has big night as Packers beat Chiefs 24-3

    Graham Harrell finally showed why the Green Bay Packers believed he could be Aaron Rodgers' primary backup. Brushing off a shaky preseason, Harrell drove the offense for touchdowns on all three of his possessions and the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3 Thursday night.

    St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola dives into the end zone past Baltimore Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan after catching a 7-yard pass for a touchdown during the first quarter of a preseason game Thursday in St. Louis.

    Rams dominate early in 31-17 victory over Ravens

    St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher ended up giving his starters plenty of playing time. Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in 11/2 quarters, giving the Rams an early lead in a 31-17 win on Thursday night.

    Houston Texans defensive tackle Rennie Moore wraps up Minnesota Vikings quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson during the second half of Thursday’s preseason game in Houston.

    Texans beat Vikings in preseason finale

    Trindon Holliday had his third kick return for a touchdown of the preseason, and Justin Forsett rushed for 114 yards and two more scores in the Houston Texans' 28-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason finale Thursday.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Venus Williams fell 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany at the U.S. Open.

    Venus Williams exits U.S. Open

    At a U.S. Open that will be remembered for goodbyes by Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters, another former No. 1 and Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, left with a spirited second-round loss that felt nothing like a farewell.


    Fremd rolls to victory

    Fremd's girls golf team improved to 7-0 in the Mid-Suburban League with a 160-232 triumph over Schaumburg at the Palatine Hills Golf Course on Thursday.


    Wheaton stifles Benedictine under the lights

    Wheaton College running back Peter Jarrett saw enough of the Thunder defense Thursday night to know how to describe his friends on the other side of the ball: "stifling," he said. The offense couldn't be stifled when it took the field also in a 48-7 nonconference victory against visiting Benedictine in the team's season opener.


    Scouting Week 2 in the Tri-Cities

    Taking a look at the Week 2 football matchups in the Tri-Cities.

    Fremd sophomore Erica King takes a look at the record board after breaking the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle Wednesday at Wheeling in 5:09.32. For a look at all the area’s girls swimming teams, take a look at today’s Sports Extra (Section 4).

    Frosh make a splash in Barrington-Elk Grove dual

    Barrington freshman Kirsten Jacobsen won a pair of races and Elk Grove freshman Nikki Sugihara broke a team record in the 100-yard backstroke as the visiting Fillies topped the Grens on Thursday.


    Barrington tops St. Charles North, nets title berth

    Barrington booked a spot in its own boys soccer tournament final for the first time since 2008 after defeating St. Charles North 1-0 Thursday night to earn 3 vital points and the top spot in pool play of its division. Jack Hoots helped his club claim top honors with his goal in the 24th minute. Barrington (3-1-1) will meet Rockford Boylan (3-2-1) at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Barrington Community Park. The Titans topped Wheaton Warrenville South 3-0 to capture top honors in the red group division.


    Hersey charges ahead with MSL East win

    Defending Mid-Suburban League East champ Hersey started its conference schedule on Thursday night with a 25-14, 25-10 victory over visiting Prospect. Senior setter Abby Fesl recorded 5 kills and 19 assists to help lead the Huskies (3-0, 1-0).


    Cougars fall in 12

    While only managing 2 hits, the Kane County Cougars kept the Quad Cities River Bandits even all the way until the 12th inning when host Quad Cities pulled off a 2-1 victory on Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park.Jonathan Cornelius started for the River Bandits (66-69, 31-35) and went 6 perfect innings before Justin Trapp began the seventh with a double to right-center as Cornelius was quickly lifted in favor of Yunior Castillo, who pitched the rest of the seventh without surrendering a run. Castillo did cough up a run in the eight as Julio Aparicio blasted a home run to left-center, giving the Cougars (66-70, 32-34) a 1-0 lead.Mike Giovenco worked through the first five frames for the Cougars as he made his first start after a season’s worth of relief appearances and shutout Quad Cities on three hits. Jose Brazoban worked through the eighth but the lead slip as Matt Williams walked to commence the bottom of the eighth before scoring on a two-out single from Stephen Piscotty. Heath Wyatt worked three perfect frames for Quad Cities, beginning in the ninth inning while Ethan Cole (4-1) fired off a perfect 12th. Malcom Culver (2-1) wiggled out of Quad Cities scoring chances in the 10th and 11th innings before the River Bandits loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th with no outs. Gary Apelian drilled a liner to right-center that Aparicio caught, but his throw to the plate was late as Nick Martini scored the game-winning run. The Cougars are at Modern Woodmen Park on Friday when they take on the River Bandits at 7:00 p.m. You can listen to the broadcast on www.kccougars.com, beginning with Cougars on Deck at 6:45 p.m. Right-hander Jason Mitchell (4-6) will start for the Cougars against fellow righty Sam Gaviglio (8-9). The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Saturday when they host the Peoria Chiefs (Single-A Chicago Cubs) at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.


    Adibi among Bears who impress

    Linebacker Xavier Adibi led a group of Bears players who needed impressive performances in the preseason finale to bolster their chances of making the final 53-man roster, which will be announced by 8 Friday night.

    Micah Coffey passing for 4 touchdowns and running for another against Glenbard North was the most impressive performance in Week 1, writes Craig Brueske.

    Plenty of highs and lows in Week 1

    Football coaches tend to devote most of their attention on the next game. Practices are geared for the upcoming contest as players learn about tendencies and possible formations used by their opponents.


    Williams paces Libertyville’s win

    Libertyville’s boys golf team has been searching for players to break 40 for nine holes.Matt Williams came through Thursday.Williams’ 4-over-par 39 led the Wildcats to wins over Wauconda and host Grant at Antioch Golf Club. Libertyville (160) also received matching 40s from Bobby Snader and Danilo Sutic, while Peter Henderson carded a 40. The Wildcats played well enough that they didn’t count the 43s turned in by Billy Knutson and Matt Reed.Wauconda (179) was led by Mike Gertz’s 43. Annette Yandall, playing in another boys meet, shot a 45, as did her teammate Brad Efflandt.Richard Huber and Cody Volpe shot 41 and 42, respectively, for Grant (182).Prairie Ridge d. Grayslake North: At Renwood Golf Course, Connor Sullivan’s 40 led the Wolves (164) past the host Knights (181) in a Fox Valley Conference crossover.Grayslake North (2-3) received a 43 from Sam Stanfel.


    Football/Scouting Week 2 in the Fox Valley

    A look at Week 2 football matchups in the Fox Valley.


    Boylan shuts out Wheaton Warrenville South

    A Mitchell Lotko-inspired Rockford Boylan stormed into the 24th annual Barrington Classic finals after its impressive 3-0 win over Wheaton Warrenville South on Thursday afternoon at Barrington Community Park.

    Starlin Castro crosses the plate with the winning run on a hit by Alfonso Soriano to beat Milwaukee 12-11 Thursday at Wrigley Field. At left is Welington Castillo.

    Cubs have a rough start, but a rousing finish

    The Cubs scored an improbable 12-11 victory Thursday over the Brewers at Wrigley Field. But the story of the day, believe it or not, was pitching. Starter Brooks Raley was shut down for the season because of an innings limit, and more of that might be coming in September.


    Salgado salvos propel Round Lake

    A double dose of Salgado helped carry Round Lake’s boys soccer team Thursday.Miguel Salgado scored twice, and Mauricio Salgado (no relation) had a goal and an assist, as the Panthers blanked Johnsburg 4-0 in a nonconference match.Abraham Murua’s goal had the Panthers up 1-0 at halftime. Mauricio Salgado set up Miguel Salgado’s first tally.Then after Round Lake keeper Jose Martinez blocked a penalty kick for one of his 6 saves, Mauricio Salgado scored off an assist from Freddie Ramirez.Crystal Lake South 3, Lake Zurich 2: At Barrington, John Repplinger and Ryan Wagoner scored for the Bears.The Gators (2-3, 1-2) led 1-0 at halftime and later increased their advantage to 3-1.Huntley 1, Wauconda 0: The Red Raiders improved to 4-0 with their fourth shutout.


    Carmel gets even, gets past Marian Central

    Carmel Catholic's girls volleyball team earned some revenge, while remaining undefeated. The Corsairs outlasted host Marian Central 26-28, 25-11, 25-15 Thursday night in a rematch of last year's supersectional to improve to 5-0.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Larkin boys soccer team is on a roll.The Royals (4-1) picked up their fourth straight victory Thursday night, coming from behind to down Chicago Juarez 5-2 in nonconference action in Chicago.“We had some guys who didn’t play together last year, so I think our offense is starting to jell together and that has been the biggest part of the winning streak,” said Larkin head coach Ken Hall, whose team was behind 2-1 at halftimeErik Rodriguez (1 assist), Chris Villalobos, Michael Gomez, Jorge Sibrian, and Diego Ramirez each found the back of the net for the Royals while Tony Hernandez (2 assists), Matthias Warren, and Jazael Medina added the assists. Aldair Dominguez recorded 5 saves in goal for Larkin.South Elgin 2, Elk Grove 2: After a slow start, the Storm (4-1-1) managed to climb their way back as they scored the game-tying goal with 4 seconds left in the second half to earn a draw in this nonconference game.“It was a great game and we dominated play in the second half,” stated South Elgin head coach John Uveges.Jose Hernandez scored the Storm’s first goal on an assist from Owen Bott while Phil Saccameno provided the late game heroics as he took a feed from Erik Stacy and sneaked his shot into the top right corner with just seconds remaining to secure the tie. Tyler Shipon turned away 11 shots on goal.Streamwood 4, Batavia 2: The Sabres (4-2, 2-0) charged to a 2-1 halftime lead and never looked back as they defeated the Bulldogs in this Upstate Eight River game. Christian Vences led the Sabres with a goal and an assist while Mario Rodriguez, Alejandro Avalos, and Isamel Diaz also recorded goals. Edwin Rueda turned in 1 assist while Bryan Contreras turned away 4 shots on goal. Elgin 9, CICS Northtown 0: The Maroons (3-1-1) used a dominant half of play as they scored all 9 goals in the first half to lead them to a victory in the St. Patrick Tournament. Tony Escamilla and Juan Flores paced the Maroons with 2 goals and 1 assist a piece. Oscar Rodriguez and Jose Morales also scored 2 goals each while Juan Perez rounded out the scoring with a goal of his own. Flavio Jaimes preserved the shutout with 6 saves in goal.Dundee-Crown 9, Sycamore 0: The Chargers (5-1) used a balanced offensive attack as they easily handled Sycamore to earn a nonconference victory at home. Ceasar Valdez and Luis Ariaz (1 assist) each recorded 2 goals for the Chargers. Francisco Nava, Malik Washington, Eduardo Arellano, Juan Ramos, and Richard Tinajero also found the back of the net while Jonathan Castillo (2 assists), Nester Franco, Ben Stone, and Salvador Rodriguez added assists. Christian Martinez played shutout soccer as he turned away all 3 shots on goal for the Chargers.Crystal Lake South 3, Lake Zurich 2: The Gators (2-3) carried an early 1-0 lead out of the first half and held on to earn their first victory in pool play at the Barrington Tournament. Andrew Perrine got the Gators on the board off an assist from Bobby Mayer. Michael Conley and Matt Tobolt rounded out the scoring as Sam Murdock and David Tagatz assisted, respectively. Gus Alvarez recorded 6 saves in goal.Elgin Academy 5, Christian Liberty 2: Julian Romano started the Hilltoppers (1-0) season out right as he recorded 2 goals to lead Elgin Academy to a victory in its home opener. Freshman Carl Rauschenberger was a key contributor in his varsity debut as he scored once and added an assist. Brandon Perez and Billy Gracik rounded out the scoring for the Hilltoppers while Armin Ward added an assist. Liam Phalen turned away 4 shots on goal in the win.


    Chicago officials seek waiver for sports if teachers strike

    Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a waiver that would allow students to participate in sports if teachers go on strike. CPS on Thursday said it sent a letter to the Illinois High School Association seeking permission for the district's 11,000 student-athletes to practice and compete during a strike.

    Geneva’s Grant Bracken, left, tries to steal possession of the ball from Kaneland’s Diego Ochoa in the first half on Thursday, August 30.

    Kaneland, Geneva can’t break tie

    Geneva and Kaneland left the Knights field in Maple Park in a 1-1 tie Thursday, each lamenting a golden opportunity that could have turned the outcome in their favor.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    The Larkin girls volleyball team moved to 3-0 on the season Thursday night with a 25-15, 18-25, 25-20 Upstate Eight crossover win over Bartlett.Olivia Kofie had a big night for the Royals with 14 kills, 4 blocks, 9 digs and an ace. Brianna Stewart added 7 kills, 3 blocks and 7 digs, Amelia Gill had 6 aces and 12 digs and Alyssa McGhee dished out 16 assists.Haley Hasenstein had 5 kills and 4 aces for the Hawks (0-5) with Rachel Hartford and Cara Carrion added 8 digs each.Cary-Grove d. Grayslake North: The Trojans opened the season with a 25-17, 25-15 Fox Valley crossover win behind 8 blocks and 5 aces from Alex Larsen. Jess Bartczyszn dished out 32 assists and Abby Schebel had 4 kills.St. Charles North d. South Elgin: Amanda Nadler, Allison Osborne and Bri Reum each had 4 kills to lead South Elgin in its 25-16, 25-16 Upstate Eight crossover loss. Ashley Oandasan had 6 digs for the Storm.Lake Park d. Elgin: Hope Demel had 7 kills and 3 assists in Elgin’s 25-23, 26-24 Upstate Eight crossover loss. Abby Pierce-Louis added 3 blocks for the Maroons (1-2).CL South d. Woodstock: Carly Nolan had 7 kills and Nicole Jurkash 10 digs to lead the Gators (5-2) to a 25-10, 25-4 FVC crossover win. Kylie Portera served 4 aces for Crystal Lake South.Jacobs d. Johnsburg: Alyssa Ehrhardt had 13 kills and Maris Smith added 10 kills and 9 digs as Jacobs held off Johnsburg 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 in an FVC crossover. Taylor Lauder had 19 assists and Mackie Traub added 13 for the Golden Eagles (2-0). Katie Mahoney had 4 blocks and Jenna Bilgrien added 6 kills.Huntley d. Grayslake Central: Emily Westermeyer had 10 kills and Erin Erb added 9 as the Red Raiders win this FVC crossover 25-11, 25-14. Westermeyer and Rachel Shores each had 8 digs for Huntley (3-4) and Kelsey DeWulf added 20 assists and 7 service points.Burlington Central d. Rock Falls: Allie O’Reilly had 25 digs and was 12 of 13 on serve receive and Laura Wiltsie added 13 kills and 10 digs as BC outlasted Rock Falls 25-17, 20-25, 25-19 in a Big Northern crossover at Rock Falls. Lexie Bouza had 6 kills and 13 digs for the Rockets (2-1), while McKenna Jensen added 5 kills and Jenna Schudel had 6 kills and 9 digs. Jess Emrich dished out 25 assists for BC, which had 72 total digs in the match. McHenry d. Hampshire: Jen Dumoulin had 10 kills and Julianna Gass 23 digs but Hampshire fell in this FVC crossover 17-25, 25-13, 25-22. Brittany Laffin added 15 assists and 18 digs for the Whip-Purs.Harvest Christian d. Alden-Hebron: Katelyn Floyd had 3 aces, 11 assists and 7 digs and Erica Manusos added 5 kills and 5 aces to lead the Lions to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Jordan Sollars added 9 aces, 3 kills and 4 digs for Harvest Christian.Westminster Christian d. Rockford Christian Life: Claire Speweik had 12 kills, Savannah Dutcher added 8 and Cassidy Finnegan had 13 digs as the Warriors won in the NAC 13-25, 25-16, 25-14. Cara Tyrell added 6 aces, 6 kills and 13 digs for Westminster (4-0, 1-0), Christian Cusumano had 5 kills and Elizabeth Farwell 13 assists.John Radtke contributed to this report


    Palatine hangs on against Barrington

    The Palatine and Barrington girls volleyball teams opened the Mid-Suburban West season with a big finish on Thursday night.After splitting the first two games, the visiting Pirates surged ahead 24-17 in Set 3.But the Fillies, who struggled at the service line most of the match, got a beautiful string of points from Emily Watkins.She held off 6 match points before Taylor Fricano's ninth kill gave the Pirates a nerve-wracking 25-19, 12-25, 25-23 triumph over the defending MSL champs.


    Football: Scouting Week 2, Lake County

    A look at Week 2 of the high school football season, involving teams from Lake County.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher waits on the catch for a 30-yard touchdown under pressure from Cleveland Browns cornerback Trevin Wade during the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Cleveland.

    Images: Bears vs Browns, preseason football
    The Chicago Bears faced and were victorious over the Cleveland Browns 28-20 Thursday night in Cleveland. This is the fourth and final preseason game for the Bears who open the regular season at home on September 9th against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Prospect cross country runners Brooke Wolfe, left, and Lauren Poplowski are aiming for conclude their standout careers with a state trophy.

    Wolfe, Poplawski power up for senior season at Prospect

    Prospect seniors Lauren Poplawski and Brooke Wolfe have had stellar cross country careers, with only one thing missing: A state trophy.

    Jacobs’ Anthony Moscatello taps the ball through the legs of Bartlett goalkeeper Justin Busch Thursday in Algonquin. He scored the first goal of the game.

    Speedy Jacobs flys past Bartlett

    Speed is a dangerous weapon on a soccer field. The Jacobs boys soccer team has plenty of speed and displayed it Thursday evening. All three goals came as Golden Eagles players beat Bartlett defenders to the ball and scored as Jacobs beat the Hawks, 3-0, in Algonquin.

    Shea Thayer of Batavia hits the ball past Stephanie Vas of Neuqua Valley during girls varsity volleyball in Naperville. Batavia won 2-0.

    Batavia beats Neuqua Valley for first time

    Batavia coach Lori Trippi-Payne was so excited she had to pause and catch her breath.She had good reason.Trippi-Payne's Bulldogs beat Neuqua Valley for the first time ever on Thursday in Naperville, 25-22, 25-15, the landmark win also exacting a small measure of revenge for Batavia's Senior Night loss last season.Trippi-Payne was bursting.


    Kudos to Maciaszek for two-plus decades of excellence

    The Scorecard says goodbye to a co-worker, looks at the Cubs by the numbers and offers though on the Bears and the menu for a Labor Day weekend.


    Football: Week 2 scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 2 Cook County football matchups.

    The White Sox’s Gordon Beckham (15), Alex Rios (51), batting coach Jeff Manto (31) and others leave the dugout Thursday after losing to the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 in Baltimore.

    Sox head to Detroit for huge 3-game series

    As they head into the final month of the regular season, the White Sox can create some breathing room this weekend when they play a big three-game series against the second-place Tigers at Comerica Park.

    Christian Gossin/cgossin@dailyherald.com Brett Jackson hits a 2-run shot, tying the game at 9-9 in the sixth inning of the Cubs’ victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

    Looks like Vitters is odd man out

    After recently saying that Josh Vitters would see most of the playing time at third base, Cubs manager Dale Sveum shifted gears Thursday, giving Luis Valbuena his third straight start and saying Valbuena now would get the bulk of the starts.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Here is the Daily Herald Preseason Top 20 in boys soccer.


    As the clock winds down, thanks, everyone, for the ride
    Daily Herald high school staffer Marty Maciaszek celebrates 20 years on the job with a heartfelt 'thanks' to all those who helped make it possible as he prepares for the next challenge in his own professional arena.


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of the top high school football games in the DuPage County coverage area.

    Marmion’s John Graft finished second in his season-opening meet last Saturday at Marmion.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys cross country teams

    Now in his 18th season coaching the Kaneland boys cross country team, Chad Clarey has learned that having a senior-dominated team usually translates into a strong season. If that adage proves to be true again, look out for the Knights this fall.

    Tyler Hamilton fights his way up the hill during the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse in 2001. Hamilton alleges in his new book that Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France.

    In new book, Hamilton says Armstrong gave him EPO

    Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998.

    Kaneland’s Madison Jurcenko and Angelica Emmanouil, right, talk at the net late during a first doubles win over Mackenzie Schiff and Betsy Jones of Wheaton Academy earlier this month.

    Batavia aims to repeat recent success

    The 2011 season couldn't have gone much better for Batavia. Upstate Eight River Division champions. West Aurora sectional champions. Placed in the top 20 at state. A 22-3-1 overall record and 6-0 in conference — undefeated for the third consecutive year.

    Naperville North’s Griffin Haugen comes in 27th place with a time of 15:04 in the 3A state cross country final in Peoria on Saturday, November 5.

    Scouting DuPage County boys cross country

    A complete look at the upcoming boys cross country season in DuPage County.

    Alfonso Soriano celebrates after his game-winning hit Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Cubs rally, overcome Lucroy’s 7 RBI to beat Brews

    Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee, but Alfonso Soriano's RBI single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning Thursday that lifted the Cubs over the Brewers 12-11. In a seesaw game featuring a combined 15 extra-base hits, the Cubs led 3-0, trailed 9-3 and were still down 11-9 going into the ninth.

    Andy Roddick said Thursday that the U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career.

    Roddick says he’ll retire after U.S. Open

    NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is ready to walk away from tennis whenever his U.S. Open ends.The 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1-ranked player surprisingly announced his plans to retire at a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, his 30th birthday.“I’ll make this short and sweet: I’ve decided that this is going to be my last tournament,” said Roddick, wearing a black T-shirt and baseball cap with his clothing sponsor’s logos.“I just feel like it’s time. I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.”The 20th-seeded Roddick is scheduled to play 19-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I don’t know how tomorrow’s going to go, and I hope it goes well, and I’m sticking around,” Roddick said.He was, by turns, in reflective and joking moods while speaking to reporters about his decision.“If I do run into some emotions tomorrow or in four days, I don’t want people to think I’m a little unstable. Or more unstable,” Roddick said with a chuckle. “So that’s why I came to this decision.”His title in New York nine years ago was the last time an American man won a Grand Slam singles title, and Roddick spoke wistfully — as he often has in the past — about coming to the U.S. Open with his parents as a present he turned 8 years old.He said he’s “been thinking about (retirement) for a little bit,” and knew for sure that the time to quit was now after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 first-round victory over 21-year-old American Rhyne Williams on Tuesday.“I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament,” he said, “and when I played the first round, I knew.”In addition to winning his U.S. Open trophy, Roddick also played in four other Grand Slam finals — three at Wimbledon and one at the U.S. Open, losing to 17-time major champion Roger Federer each time. That included a 16-14 defeat in the fifth set at the All England Club in 2009, when Roddick was saluted by spectators who chanted his name at the end of the match.Roddick’s announcement came one day after four-time major champion Kim Clijsters played the last singles match of her career, a second-round loss to Laura Robson at Flushing Meadows.“I haven’t done this before. I’m sure it’ll be very emotional. I’m sure I’ll still be nervous,” Roddick said, looking ahead to facing Tomic. “I don’t know.”

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro crosses the plate as the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a hit by Alfonso Soriano to beat Milwaukee 12-11 during Thursday’s game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. At left is Welington Castillo.

    Images: Cubs 12, Brewers 11
    Images of the Cubs' 12-11 victory over the Brewers at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The northsiders won in dramatic fashion, scoring three times in the ninth inning. Thirty-one hits were registered in this game.

    Maddie Haggerty helped Benet win a state championship last season before transferring to St. Francis for this season.

    Haggerty already feeling comfortable in St. Francis blue

    Maddie Haggerty is fitting in just fine at St. Francis, just a summer removed from her state championship-winning effort with Benet's girls volleyball program.

    Penn State coach Joe Paterno watches a 2006 game against Youngstown State from the sidelines in State College, Pa. Paterno died of cancer in January 2012, just months after losing his job in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

    Paterno family adjusts to new era at Penn State

    Penn State's season opener this Saturday will be the first since 1965 not featuring someone with the last name Paterno on the sidelines. They're out of the picture, like the campus statue of the family patriarch; erased like his coaching records.

    The Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins safely slides into second for a double past New York Mets shortstop Ronny Cedeno during the third inning Thursday in Philadelphia. Rollins was benched later in the game.

    Rollins benched after blunders, but Phils beat Mets

    Jimmy Rollins was benched after a pair of baserunning blunders Thursday in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over the New York Mets. It was the second time in two weeks the 2007 NL MVP was scolded for not hustling on the basepaths.

    Oakland’s Josh Reddick, right, is greeted by Yoenis Cespedes after hitting a two-run home run off the Indians’ Justin Masterson on Thursday in Cleveland.

    Athletics sweep Indians with 12-7 win

    Oakland capped a four-game sweep of the free-falling Indians with a 12-7 victory on Thursday. The Athletics, who have won six straight and eight of nine, finish the season series against Cleveland with an 8-2 record.

    Seattle pitcher Blake Beavan scattered five hits, walked two and struck out one Thursday for a victory in Minneapolis.

    Beavan pitches Mariners past Twins 5-4

    Blake Beavan gave up two runs in seven innings and Trayvon Robinson drove in two runs to lift Seattle to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

    White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn looks at home plate umpire Brian Runge after he struck out Thursday during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.

    White Sox lose to Orioles 5-3, head to Detroit

    The White Sox couldn't get out of Camden Yards fast enough after losing three of four to the surging Baltimore Orioles. Orioles left-hander Zach Britton struck out a career-high 10, Taylor Teagarden and Adam Jones homered, and Baltimore beat Chicago 5-3 Thursday in a duel of AL playoff contenders. Next up for the White Sox: A showdown with Detroit. "You've got to go in there and put this series behind us and hopefully go into Detroit and play well," A.J. Pierzynski said.


    Girls cross country / Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look ahead at the girls cross country season for the team of Lake County.

    Lake Zurich’s Layne Self slams the ball past Carmel defenders during action earlier this season between Lake Zurich at Carmel Catholic in Mundelein.

    Girls volleyball / Scouting Lake County

    Another girls volleyball season is upon us. And that means it's time for the Daily Herald's girls volleyball season preview. Of course, this season starts on a down note with the the loss of Stevenson's powerful Rachel Baader who fell victim to a knee injury. But Stevenson coach Tim Crow says his Patriots will battle without this key senior. Around the county, this should be another exciting season as several teams posted 20 or more wins a season ago and bring back key players. There are new coaches taking over the reins at Wauconda and Round Lake and four area coaches are now working in their seventh season.

    Warren’s Daniel Szczepanek, middle, is mobbed by teammates Alex Buvala, left and Leon Mardehow after Szczepanek’s second goal of last season’s North Suburban Conference title game against visiting Round Lake.

    Leadership fits Warren’s Szczepanek

    During his first two years, Warren's Daniel Szczepanek totaled 10 goals and 12 assists. He then had a breakout campaign last fall, recording 20 goals and 22 assists. It seems as if a leadership role suits the Blue Devils' senior standout.


    Boys cross country / Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from boys cross teams in the North Suburban Conference, plus Carmel Catholic, Grayslake Central and Grayslake North.


    Boys soccer: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from Lake County's boys soccer teams this fall.

    Stevenson doubles players Kendall Kirsch, left, and Alexxis Kiven congratulate one another after earning a point against Hinsdale Central during state semifinal action last fall.

    Stevenson refills, and reloads

    Tenth months ago, following the state meet at Prospect, Stevenson girls tennis coach Tom Stanhope's squad was hungry, hungry, hungry. It mattered little that the Patriots had just accomplished something — a third-place showing at state — that would have satisfied most teams. "It was like they all wanted to continue to work hard, right then and there," recalled Stanhope, who welcomed back five of his six state qualifiers.


    Lake Zurich aims for repeat performance

    Lake Zurich's relatively young squad ran to an 18th-place state meet finish at Detweiller Park last season. But the experience it gained in that meet is immeasurable heading into the 2012 season. While the Bears did lose their No. 3 and 4 runners from last year's state qualifier to graduation, they do have five of their top seven back and hope to defend their NSC championship.

    You’ll catch Warren’s Martin Martinez, here at left competing against Mundelein’s Nick Dudzinski last winner, on the wrestling mats in the winter season. This fall you’ll spot him on cross country courses, likely leading the way for the Blue Devils.

    In any sports setting, Warren’s Martinez measures up

    Warren's Martin Martinez is embarking on his fourth and final cross country season this fall, and he has already reached the state meet in this sport with an impressive 24th-place run to earn all-state honors in Class 3A last November at Peoria's Detweiller Park. But Martinez is not just a great runner. In the winter he switches gears to wrestling where he has been all-conference in that sport during his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons on the Blue Devils' solid squad.

    Bartlett junior Jen Gates will be seeking her third straight state tournament berth this season.

    Girls tennis/Fox Valley preview

    A preview of girls tennis teams in the Fox Valley for 2012.

    Streamwood’s Gabby Juarez finishes first for her team in the Elgin City Classic at Lords Park on Tuesday.

    Girls cross country/Fox Valley preview

    Things are looking up for the Harvest Christian Academy girls cross country team. Harvest, in its second season as an IHSA-sanctioned school, now has 13 runners on the team, up from only seven last year.

    South Elgin’s Nick Zimmerman (71), Jeff Broger (20) and Nick Culver (51) celebrate a big play during the Storm’s 48-35 win over Downers Grove South last week. South Elgin will host Benet on Saturday.

    South Elgin shows its new weapons

    South Elgin's previously unproven offense demonstrated its versatility in Saturday's 48-35 victory over visiting Downers Grove South. The Storm took the field with a new quarterback (Robert Cuda), a new tailback (Jeff Broger), two new wide receivers and three new linemen, yet the relatively green offense amassed 469 total yards. South Elgin found room to run in the first half when Broger, a senior, gained the majority of his game-high 160 yards and ran for his 2 touchdowns.

    Prairie Ridge’s Marisa Barton placed third in the 50-yard freestyle at the state championships in Winnetka last fall. She’s back in action for her senior year.

    Girls swimming/Fox Valley preview

    South Elgin girls' swimming coach Margie Ellwood has plenty to smile about. The Storm return a number of swimmers who will play integral roles this season. Carly Mette is one of those swimmers. "She comes to us with a long history of competing and has textbook backstroke turns and streamlines off the wall," said Ellwood. "She favors the backstroke, but is an incredible flyer as well."

    South Elgin’s Jose Gonzalez finishes first for the Storm in the Elgin City Classic at Lords Park on Thursday.

    Boys cross country/Fox Valley preview

    Another year and another talented crop of cross-country runners in the Fox Valley Conference. The 2012 season figures to feature plenty of top area runners out of a conference that annually has a reputation for excellence in the sport. One team that has the attention of area FVC coaches is Jacobs. The Golden Eagles , under the direction of coach Kevin Christian, finished third in the conference last year.

    Elgin’s Josue Chavez. right, passes the ball against Larkin last season.

    Boys soccer/Fox Valley preview

    A preview of the boys soccer season in the Fox Valley.


    Illini to open Big Ten basketball season at Purdue

    Illinois will open its first Big Ten basketball season under new coach John Groce on the road at Purdue on Jan. 2 but then play three of its next four games at home. The Big Ten released conference basketball schedules Thursday.

    St. Charles East Izzie Bindseil swims the 200-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries last November.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area girls swimming teams

    Preview of Tri-Cities area girls swim season.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East's Paige Jordan, reacts to her putt on the second green during the IHSA Regional girls golf at Sycamore Golf Club Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

    St. Charles E. headlines Tri-Cities teams

    When the 2011 girls cross country season came to an end at the state meet in Peoria, Denise Heffin's talented St. Charles East squad had left all they had on the course at Detweiller Park in Peoria not knowing if it was good enough to bring home a state trophy.

    St. Charles East’s Kevin Kurtz, right, and Batavia’s Nick Samperi compete for a header during the Saints’ win to start the season.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys soccer teams

    A preview of the boys soccer teams in Tri-Cities area.

    Bryan Wells

    Barton left legacy on, off court at Geneva

    On Aug. 3, former Geneva High School teacher and boys basketball coach John Barton died at age 71 after a two-year fight against cancer. Shortly after Mr. Barton's passing, Daily Herald columnist Dave Heun wrote an article saluting Mr. Barton's work as both a physical education teacher and driving instructor as well a leader of Vikings boys basketball.

    Madeleine Payne, left and Meg DeMaar, right, of Glenbard West in action during their two-game win over Glenbard East Tuesday in Lombard.

    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball
    A complete look at the girls volleyball season in DuPage County.

    Liz Oprins, right, gives a high-five to her Glenbard South doubles partner Rachel Rettger during their match against Lake Park in girls tennis action on Monday in Glen Ellyn.

    Scouting DuPage County girls tennis

    A complete look at the upcoming season in DuPage County girls tennis.


    U.S. stocks retreated, trimming the third straight monthly advance for the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, amid concern about a worsening of Europe’s debt crisis and of a further slowdown of the global economy.

    Stocks fall as market’s August lull nears an end

    The late-summer lull is about to end. Stocks fell Thursday, with investors too worried about high gas prices and stagnant employment to be impressed by higher consumer spending.

    JackGems is a new line of tech jewelry that has a Swarovski crystal-encrusted plug for your smartphone or tablet. Each costs $26 and is available at www.jackgems.com.

    Moto partners with Comcast on new IP-based set-top boxes

    Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility is licensing the Reference Design Kit from Comcast Corp. This software platform will take the set-top box to the next generation of Internet-based services, meaning it will communicate with your smartphone and other devices in your house. It also will provide more easy-to-use program guide and other interface changes, said Rob Folk, director of product management at Motorola's Home Devices business. "This arrangement is intended to enable participants in the cable industry to build products faster and offer more standardized interfaces that can provide more applications and features," Folk said.

    Elgin City Council members must decide what to do with The Hemmens Cultural Center, which has been in need of renovations for years. A partnership with the Grand Victoria Casino to build a new entertainment venue seems to have disappeared, leaving the council to decide how much city money to spend on fixing up the Hemmens.

    Elgin mayor seeks decision on Hemmens future

    The City of Elgin partnered with the Grand Victoria Casino over the winter to explore collaborating on a downtown entertainment venue, but now casino management has backed away from the partnership and city council members are left with procrastination on building renovations at the Hemmens Cultural Center. "And I was part of that," Mayor David Kaptain said. "Well, now it's time to talk about it."


    Lighting, sounds, pyrotechnics to be part of Six Flags’ new ‘igNIGHT’ stage show in 2013

    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee will "igNIGHT" the evenings in 2013. Theme park officials announced Thursday that the most "technologically advanced" stage show - entitled igNIGHT - is the latest attraction added for the 2013 season.

    An unusually large one-day jump in gas prices, mainly caused by tropical storm Isaac disrupting gas and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, has the Obama administration again considering releasing some of the government’s oil reserves.

    Carney says White House ‘studying our options’ on oil prices

    The Obama administration is continuing to look at all its options to make sure oil prices don't crimp the global economy, Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said.

    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and Donald L. Kohn, governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, walk along the veranda of the Jackson Lake Lodge with the Grand Tetons in the distance, at the start of the annual Federal Reserve conference in Jackson, Wyo., on Aug. 27, 2010.

    Why world markets focus on tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming?

    Every August, the world's financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce — New York, London, Tokyo — to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. So how did Jackson Hole come to wield such outsize importance in global economic affairs?

    When Sears fell off the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index on Thursday, it led to a fall in its stock price.

    Sears declines after losing place on S&P 500

    Sears Holding Corp., the retailer controlled by hedge fund manager Edward Lampert, fell the most in three months after being replaced in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index by chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries NV.


    SHC Direct names Thacker chief marketing strategist

    Loyalty and database marketing company SHC Direct appointed Bob Thacker as Chief Marketing Strategist to lead its marketing initiatives.


    Sears’ MetaScale partners with Hortonworks
    MetaScale, the IT managed services subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., said it is partnering with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop.


    Navman named to Inc. fast-growing company list

    Navman Wireless, a provider of GPS-based fleet optimization tools and services for corporate and construction fleets, last week was named to the 2012 Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held U.S. companies.

    The remnants of Hurricane Isaac should bring welcome rain to some inland states, but experts say it is unlikely to break the drought in the Midwest.

    Report: Corn Belt benefits from recent rains

    Some key farm states punished by the nation's worst drought in decades benefited slightly from recent rains, with a bigger dousing forecast from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

    Traffic heading into Gurnee’s Six Flags Great America. It’s New Jersey sister is working at becoming the world’s largest theme park.

    New Jersey’s Six Flags aims to become world’s largest theme park

    The nosy giraffes, fearless llamas and casual rhinos that motorists have had to maneuver around at a popular New Jersey theme park will be back again next year, but park staff will be doing the driving. Six Flags Great Adventure told The Associated Press on Thursday it is combining its animal safari with its amusement and water parks into one attraction that it claims will be the world's largest theme park next year.

    A visitor touches Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica’s new Charging Bull statue, which is a similar version of his Wall Street Bull Thursday in Shanghai, China. Shares fell Thursday in Asia, as positive news on U.S. economic growth dashed hopes for fresh measures by the Federal Reserve, and gloomy retail sales in Japan deepened concern over its recovery.

    World stocks mostly down amid economic uncertainty

    Shares fell Thursday as positive news on U.S. economic growth dashed hopes for fresh measures by the U.S. Federal Reserve, and gloomy retail sales in Japan deepened concern over its recovery. In early European trading, the FTSE index of leading British shares fell 0.2 percent to 5,729.76, while France's CAC-40 also edged 0.2 percent lower, to 3,407.41. The DAX in Germany lost 0.6 percent to 6,966.11.


    Oil falls as US Gulf Coast storm heads inland

    Oil prices fell Thursday after a powerful storm that had shut down refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast started to ease as it moved inland.Benchmark oil for October delivery was down 17 cents at midday Bangkok time to $95.32 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 84 cents to finish at $95.49 per barrel on the Nymex on Wednesday.


    Journalist arrested in UK computer hacking probe

    British police investigating computer hacking and privacy offenses arrested a journalist Wednesday at his home.The 28-year-old man was being questioned at a London police station for alleged hacking related to the identification of an anonymous blogger in 2009. He is also suspected of perverting the course of justice, police said.

    Antony Jenkins

    Barclays appoints retail head as new CEO

    Barclays PLC has picked the head of its retail and business banking operations to become the group's new chief executive. The bank announced Thursday that Antony Jenkins would fill the post vacated by the resignation of Bob Diamond in the wake of a scandal over attempting to manipulate a key interest rate index.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras shake hands after a joint news conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany.

    Merkel in control despite allies’ Greek cacophony

    Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the Greeks to keep the euro. Her vice chancellor says it wouldn't be so bad if they abandoned the common currency. Another ally says Greece should leave the euro club within months. Merkel's image abroad may be that of Europe's determined taskmaster, but at home the picture has long been less clear: Her coalition government has become notorious for infighting over a range of issues. At first glance, the cacophony over Greece fits that picture — but it shouldn't be mistaken for policy drift.

    The Hotel Metropol has seen the extremes of Russian life, from austere revolutionary fervor to flashy pop indulgence.

    Historic Moscow hotel sold at auction

    Michael Jackson slept there. Vladimir Lenin harangued Bolsheviks there. Over the past century, the Hotel Metropol has seen the extremes of Russian life, from austere revolutionary fervor to flashy pop indulgence. The hotel was sold Thursday for $275 million — slightly more expensive than the starting price of $272 million — after an auction organized by the Moscow city government as part of its privatization program. The amount was expected to get much higher — in steps of 435 million rubles ($13.6 million).

    Sales of bank-owned homes and those already on the foreclosure path fell sharply in the second quarter, reflecting a thinner slate of properties for sale in many cities as banks take a measured approach to placing homes on the market.

    Foreclosure sales fell sharply in 2Q

    Sales of bank-owned homes and those already on the foreclosure path fell sharply in the second quarter, reflecting a thinner slate of properties for sale in many cities as banks take a measured approach to placing homes on the market. Even so, foreclosure sales' share of all U.S. home purchases grew in the April-to-June period, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. The combination of fewer bank-owned homes for sale and stronger demand during the traditional spring home-buying season also pushed sale prices higher.

    Marlon Brando in a scene from Paramount Pictures’ “The Godfather.”

    Paramount and ‘Godfather’ author heirs clash in NY

    The dispute over the future of "The Godfather" franchise is moving to federal court in Manhattan as Paramount Pictures and heirs of the story's author face off at a hearing Thursday.The son of "The Godfather" creator Mario Puzo wants a judge to end Paramount's rights to make future "Godfather" films.Lawyers for Anthony Puzo said in court papers that the company breached its contract when it tried in December to stop publication of "The Family Corleone," a "Godfather" sequel that was published in May.


    Mount Prospect seeks public input on future of downtown

    Mount Prospect residents will be asked to give their opinion about the downtown area's present and future during an open house discussion on Thursday, Sept. 13. "We're hoping we get people from across the community — downtown business owners and residents from all over," Community Development Director Bill Cooney said.

Life & Entertainment

    Songwriter Sam Abrams (Bill Bannon) is marooned on a magical Mediterranean island by a mythological Siren (Angela Sprinkle) in Fox Valley Repertory's production of Deborah Zoe Laufer's romantic comedy “Sirens.”

    Pheasant Run's 'Sirens' a satisfying romantic comedy

    Couples seeking a great “date-night” show should flock to “Sirens,” Deborah Zoe Laufer's 2010 romantic comedy now receiving a confident production by Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. And you might want to get your seats now, especially if the constant opening-night audience laughter translates to a positive word-of-mouth demand for tickets.

    Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter announced in January that he would stop serving his restaurant’s sought-after multicourse meals and instead pursue higher education. The final service at the restaurant was Thursday evening, followed by an intimate, sold-out meal prepared by some of the city’s top chefs on Friday.

    Chicago’s famed Charlie Trotter’s to serve last meal

    Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter is closing his iconic Chicago restaurant after 25 years, setting out on a new path as bold and surprising as many of the dishes he served to the world of foodie fans he helped foster. At 52, he's going back to college to study philosophy. "You can't do the same thing forever or your head just might blow up," Trotter told The Associated Press this week.

    This CD cover image released by Plus 1 Music Group shows the latest release by Tamia, “Beautiful Surprise.”

    Review: R&B singer Tamia is consistent on 5th CD

    Tamia, whose voice is one of music's most powerful — and underrated — should be among the ranks of divas like Aretha, Chaka, Mariah and Beyonce. But her 14-year career hasn't translated to chart-topping songs and multiplatinum album sales. The R&B songstress has released four outstanding albums, and her fifth sounds just as good.

    A Baccarat table is one of 48 table game stations at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.

    A half-dozen above-par entertainment options for Ryder Cup week

    Man cannot live on golf alone — even in Medinah. So if you’re planning to be in town for the Ryder Cup in late September, you’re going to want to get out and see some sights. If you're looking for something less touristy, we have a half-dozen ideas that will give you a flavor for the lesser-known delights the Windy City and its suburbs have to offer.

    Alex Suha, of Wheeling, and Kristina Coccaro, of New Lenox, perform together in auditions at the Joffrey Ballet building in Chicago for Clown College, the training ground for all clowns with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

    Local clowns strive for spot in coveted Ringling Bros. college

    Hoping to land a job as a performer, Wheeling resident Alex Suha and Wheaton's Will Austin walk into an audition looking like clowns. But that's just the first step as they both vie to win spots in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's famed Clown College. “Look at me. I'm not going to get the girl,” says Suha.

    Nick Cave, the Australian singer-songwriter, has gradually expanded beyond music into fiction, poetry and screenwriting. His new film, "Lawless," which stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, is his second film with director John Hillcoat following the even bloodier Aussie Western "The Proposition."

    In ‘Lawless,’ Nick Cave crafts a new murder ballad

    Writing the Prohibition-era bootlegger crime film "Lawless" — his second realized script and largest movie production yet — taught Australian songwriter Nick Cave certain foundational lessons of Hollywood moviemaking. "I learned that it's a waste of time to graphically kill animals in scripts," Cave says, laughing. "It's going to hit the cutting room floor." The education and development of Nick Cave, screenwriter, continues with "Lawless," a tale of three bootlegging brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) in rural 1920s Virginia.

    Em (Natasha Calis) becomes victimized by a dybbuk, a Jewish demon, in the routine exorcism horror tale “The Possession.”

    Exorcism thriller ‘Possession’ too tame, familiar

    In the Jewish exorcism thriller "The Possession," Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and ex-wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) assume that daughter Em and her sister Hannah suffer from post-divorce syndrome. Dad begins to suspect the worst when Em stabs him with a fork. And her pupils disappear like Little Orphan Annie. "This wild behavior!" Dad says. "There's something else going on here!" Ya think?


    New film to chronicle Rolling Stones’ journey

    A documentary with newly released historic footage will trace The Rolling Stones' 50-year journey from teenagers to rock icons, publicists for the band said Thursday. The film, titled "Crossfire Hurricane" — from a lyric in "Jumping Jack Flash" — is due for release in some British cinemas in October.

    LeAnn Rimes has voluntarily entered a 30-day in-patient treatment facility to get professional help for anxiety and stress.

    LeAnn Rimes seeks treatment for anxiety, stress

    Country singer LeAnn Rimes is getting professional help for anxiety and stress. Her publicist, Marcel Pariseau, says Rimes has voluntarily entered a 30-day in-patient treatment facility "to learn and develop coping mechanisms."

    Robin Roberts, co-host of “Good Morning America,” said goodbye Thursday while she goes on medical leave for a bone-marrow transplant.

    Robin Roberts exits ‘GMA’ with promise to return

    Robin Roberts has said goodbye to ABC's "Good Morning America," but only for a while. The "GMA" anchor made her final appearance Thursday before going on medical leave for a bone-marrow transplant.


    Pippa Middleton to publish party book

    Pippa Middleton is publishing her first book: A guide to home entertaining. The 28-year-old younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, says that the book is based on her experience in her family's party business and work in an events company.

    Bill and Giuliana Rancic have welcomed son Edward Duke to their family via a gestational surrogate.

    Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s welcome a son

    Giuliana and Bill Rancic have welcomed son Edward Duke to their family. Edward was born in Denver by a gestational surrogate Wednesday night. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces.

    Rebecca Hall stars in "The Awakening."

    'Awakening' hardly enough to keep audiences awake

    A reader accuses Dann of being "a horrible person," and that's even before he delivers a less-than-glowing review of the new supernatural non-thriller "The Awakening" and interviews Matt Bondurant, grandson of the main character in the new Prohibition-era moonshining drama "Lawless," based on Matt's novel.


    Will dispute prevents Sherman Hemsley’s burial

    The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television's George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will. In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24 he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a "beloved partner," as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.

    Prince and Paris Jackson, son and daughter to the late pop icon Michael Jackson, display T-shirts given to them by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson Wednesday in Gary, Ind. Members of Michael’s family are in the Northwestern Indiana city on what would have been Jackson’s 54th birthday.

    Jackson family in Gary to mark pop star’s birthday

    The scene outside the childhood home of Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind., resembled a party as fans joined members of the pop star's family for a vigil Wednesday, which would have been his 54th birthday. Fans danced to Jackson's music prior to the arrival of his children and mother at the house at 2300 Jackson St., where the King of Pop, his siblings and their parents lived until 1969. In the days after Jackson's death in 2009, the singer's admirers piled stuffed animals, flowers and photos outside the tiny home.


    Night life events: Fish fry Fridays at Snuggery

    It's more than fish and beer for The Snuggery in Schaumburg. It's a mission from cod. Wash down the Friday all-you-can-eat $8.99 cod with drink specials that include $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Bud Light aluminum pints, $5 Sauza margaritas on the rocks, $5 Patron, Jameson and Sub Zero Jager shots or try a $6 Big Jameson Ginger.

    In last season's cliffhanger, the doctors of ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” were fighting to survive in the wilderness following a plane crash. Tune in Sept. 27 to see how they've fared.

    Your favorite shows left you hanging, but you won't have to wait long

    So what happens next? That's what fans are left wondering when many shows end their seasons, and it can make for a very long summer. However one might feel about the hot-weather months nearing their end, the good news in television terms is that a new season is at hand ... and with it, the answers to those burning questions about series and their characters.


    Readers tips

    While Carolyn Hax is on vacation, readers hand out their own sage words about a few topics.



    A storm inside the GOP convention

    Columnist Dana Milbank: Romney is discovering that he cannot control Isaac, he can't control the press corps and he certainly can't control Paul supporters. If he is going to be president, he had better get used to it.


    Voters, are you bluffing?

    Now begins the final phase of this cognitive dissonance campaign. America’s 57th presidential election is the first devoted to calling the nation’s bluff. When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan, Republicans undertook the perilous but commendable project of forcing voters to face the fact that they fervently hold flatly incompatible beliefs. Twice as many Americans identify themselves as conservative as opposed to liberal. Nov. 6 we will know if they mean it. If they are ideologically conservative but operationally liberal. If they talk like Jeffersonians but want to be governed by Hamiltonians. If their commitment to limited government is rhetorical or actual. If it is, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan suspected, a “civic religion, avowed but not constraining.” This is the problem for uneasy Republicans. The Democrats’ problem is worse because they are not uneasy about their dissonance, being blissfully unaware of it. In “Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic” — a book more measured and scholarly than its overwrought title — Jay Cost of The Weekly Standard says the party has succumbed to “clientelism,” the process of purchasing cohorts of voters with federal favors. This has turned the party into the servant of the strong. Before Franklin Roosevelt, “liberal” described policies emphasizing liberty and individual rights. He, however, pioneered the politics of collective rights — of group entitlements. And his liberalism systematically developed policies not just to buy the allegiance of existing groups but to create groups that henceforth would be dependent on government. Under FDR, liberalism became the politics of creating an electoral majority from a mosaic of client groups. Labor unions got special legal standing, farmers got crop supports, business people got tariff protection and other subsidies, the elderly got pensions, and so on and on. Government no longer existed to protect natural rights but to confer special rights on favored cohorts. As Irving Kristol said, the New Deal preached not equal rights for all but equal privileges for all — for all, that is, who banded together to become wards of the government.In the 1960s, public-employee unions were expanded to feast from quantitative liberalism (favors measured in quantities of money). And qualitative liberalism was born as environmentalists, feminists and others got government to regulate behavior in the service of social “diversity,” “meaningful” work, etc. Cost notes that with the 1982 amendments to the Voting Rights Act, a few government-approved minorities were given an entitlement to public offices: About 40 “majority-minority” congressional districts would henceforth be guaranteed to elect minority members. Walter Mondale, conceding to Ronald Reagan after the 1984 election, listed the groups he thought government should assist: “the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, the handicapped, the helpless and the sad.” Yes, the sad. Republicans also practice clientelism, but with a (sometimes) uneasy conscience. Both parties have narrowed their appeals as they have broadened their search for clients to cosset. Today’s Democratic Party does not understand what one of its saints understood — that big government is generally a patron of the privileged, a partner of rent-seekers.


    Getting local to lure attention of the Cynical 75

    One of the aims of the Daily Herald is to present what happens at the political conventions in a way that brings it home to even reluctant readers, columnist Jim Slusher says.


    Disturbed by Scouts who returned medals
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Your Aug. 6 article on Eagle Scouts returning their medals due to the Boy Scouts' reaffirmed policy of excluding gays was very disturbing.


    Priest misleading on Islamic attacks
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As a Catholic whose son graduated from St. Viator's, I felt that I needed to respond to the attack on Congressman Joe Walsh by Father Corey Brost.


    Democrats bent on more spending
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: If immaturity and irresponsibility were for sale, the Democrats would be first in line and own it all. One only has to look at Spain, Portugal and Italy so see the direction to which the U.S. is headed.


    Working families can’t pay public pensions
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: I am writing this to clamor to whoever will listen to the plight of the working person trying to provide for my family.


    Smart meters smack of Big Brotherism
    A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: Smart meters are both a literally unwarranted intrusion upon our privacy in our homes and part of a government-backed plan of behavior modification


    Plutocracy not for me
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: With the Supreme Court ruling and the Romney-Ryan budget, they want to give more to the wealthy and less to the middle and poor classes. Plutocracy is a government run by the wealthy and that is exactly what their budget is.


    Ask doc about whooping cough
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Rather than doing their own research as one Fence Post writer suggests, which often leads to unreliable Internet sources with a hidden agenda, people should talk to their doctor and get reliable information about the benefits and risks of vaccines.


    Don’t believe Medicare fears
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The $500 billion taken out of Medicare is from eliminating waste and fraud. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the House bill will result in "savings" of $219 billion in Medicare.


    Puzzled about Wheaton College goal
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Some of the language in the Aug. 18 Daily Herald article, "Wheaton College suit changes health rules," has me wondering about the college's status. The lawsuit in question was filed asking the federal government to change its guidelines for "religious institutions."


    Letter on helmet-wearing was silly
    A Naperville letter to the editor: While I'm glad to hear that Mark Schrader (Fence Post, Aug. 15) has the common sense to wear a helmet when riding his motorcycle, the logic of his letter is downright silly. Why on earth would an article about a car accident mention whether occupants were wearing helmets?


    Going to Mass might be better sentence
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: I applaud Russian authorities for convicting "Pussy Riot" — the very name suggesting sex and violence — of committing a hate crime against religion. The all girl punk band willfully, maliciously and blasphemously desecrated a Russian Orthodox Church.


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