Daily Archive : Wednesday September 5, 2012


    The blueprint for Heritage Park renovations.

    Flood control project finally getting underway

    If suburban residents were starting to wonder what was happening with the Heritage Park Flood Control project, the answer for the past few months would be: Nothing. But now, a dispute between the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Village of Wheeling has been settled and, "Construction will start this week," confirmed MWRD spokeswoman Allison Fore in an email.

    Bob Castner, employee at The Wine Seller on Third Street in Geneva hands out samples of wine on day two of Geneva’s Festival of the Vine. Castner had five types of wine available to sample on the sidewalk and many more could be purchased in the store.

    Enjoy food, wine at Geneva’s Festival of the Vine

    For 30-plus years, Geneva's Festival of the Vine has highlighted and celebrated the flavors of fall and the bountiful harvest. The tradition continues this weekend. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7-9.

    Sergio of Sergio’s Cantina prepares food at the Flavor Fare tent at a previous Festival of the Vine. Sergio’s will return this year with Mexican specialties.

    What to eat and drink at Festival of the Vine
    What to eat and drink at Geneva's Festival of the Vine


    Waldorf hosts public party:

    Water's Edge Waldorf School, 150 W. Bonner Road, Wauconda, is hosting a free public celebration of its new identity as da Vinci Waldorf School with live music, food and family activities from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

    Bea Reyna-Hickey

    Chicago cost-cutter picked to watch transit

    The Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees Pace, Metra and the CTA, hired a chief financial officer whose previous employers include the city of Chicago.

    Improvements and restoration work have been completed at Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve and the preserve has reopened to the public.

    Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve reopens with healthier habitat

    The Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve in Warrenville has reopened following completion of several improvements for healthier habitat and better recreational access. The work was conducted as part of the ongoing restoration of the West Branch of the DuPage River, which included remediation of the waterway as it passes through Warrenville Grove.

    The PricewaterhouseCoopers office in Franklin, Tenn., is seen from outside its doors on Wednesday. The Secret Service said is investigating the reported theft of Mitt Romney’s federal tax records during a break-in at the office. The company said there was no evidence Romney tax files were stolen.

    Reported theft of Romney tax records being probed

    The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.

    Jarvis Postelwaite

    Parolee charged with attempted murder in Aurora robbery

    A man who has been out of prison for just over three months has been charged with attempted murder in connection with an armed robbery of an Aurora convenience store. An Aurora police officer watching surveillance tapes from the Aug. 22 robbery recognized not only the suspect's face but also his vehicle, said police spokesman Dan Ferrelli. "The patrol officers look at these videos and many times...


    DuPage forest preserve employees charged in fraud scheme

    Two former DuPage County Forest Preserve employees have been charged with running an elaborate scheme that bilked the district out of approximately $150,000 over a six-year-period. The charges came late Wednesday night more than a year after officials began investigating possible steering of information technologies contracts.

    Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday.

    Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech

    President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a rousing Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote. “I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for...

    Democrat Bill Foster told Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday that he supported nearly all of President Barack Obama's initiatives in Congress while he was there and hopes to do so again.

    Mike in Charlotte: Foster's pitch to delegates

    Democrat Bill Foster told Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention this morning that he supported nearly all of President Barack Obama's initiatives while he was in Congress and hopes to do so again. Foster, of Naperville, is running for Congress from the 11th District against Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale and has keyed in on the Obama initiatives that he...

    Nine-year-old Logan Marx of Algonquin gets his shirt signed by olympian Evan Jager who returned to H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin Wednesday.

    Evan Jager returns to Jacobs and his Algonquin fans

    Evan Jager has set an American record in the 3000-meter steeplechase and represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and still the Jacobs High School graduate places the state title-winning 4x800-meter relay his junior year in the top three performances of his career. “It was so much fun to be able to bring back the first relay title for the school with three of my best...

    President Barack Obama waves with former President Bill Clinton after Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

    Images: Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention
    Images of Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. .Former President Bill Clinton addressed the convention to nominate Barack Obama as the party nominee. Obama appeared briefly on stage following Clinton's speech.


    Chicago teachers file unfair labor grievance

    The Chicago Teachers Union says it has filed a grievance against the public school district for imposing changes in working conditions before a contract is reached. The union said Wednesday that it filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.


    Dist. 204 narrowly approves 2-year deal for teachers, administrators

    In an emotional vote, Indian Prairie District 204 board members approved new contracts for teachers and administrators by a 4-3 margin. Teachers get 2.13 percent raises for the 2012 school year and 2.89 percent the following year. Increases for administrators and non-bargaining staff were 2 percent the first year and 2.5 percent the following year.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday.

    Dems twist jobs numbers and GOP Medicare ideas

    On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, speakers cherry-picked employment numbers to make President Barack Obama's record on jobs look better than it is and misrepresented Republican proposals on Medicare to cast them in the worst light.

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan greets supporters during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse, Wednesday, in Adel, Iowa.

    Ryan supports prayer in schools if states agree

    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he supports prayer in public schools.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney picks up his order after stopping at Lui-Lui Restaurant on Wednesday in West Lebanon, N.H.

    Romney sequestered in Vermont for debate prep

    Obama-Biden signs dot the back roads of Vermont, a state that has voted for a Democratic president since 1988. And yet, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen a friend's home in rural Vermont to hunker down to prepare for next month's presidential debates.

    A delegate reacts after a vote held on the convention floor to pass a motion presented by Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday.

    Democrats change platform to add God, Jerusalem

    Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama intervened to order the changes.

    Willie Bell

    Zion man charged in shooting at Waukegan banquet hall

    A Zion man is in Lake County jail after being charged in connection with a shooting outside of a busy banquet hall on Sept. 1, authorities said. Willie Bell, 21, of the 2600 block of Hampson Way, was arrested minutes after midnight on Saturday after firing into the crowd in the 600 block of Lakehurst Road, Waukegan Police Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said.

    Nancy Bustos

    Glen Ellyn man indicted in ex-wife’s murder

    DuPage County prosecutors kept quiet for more than two months about the indictment of man accused of murdering his ex-wife because they didn't want to tip him off. On Wednesday, they broke that silence because investigators are seeking tips to try to find the suspect, Juan M. Granados.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Jury can see autopsy pictures of Vaughn children

    A forensic pathologist testified the children of an Oswego man accused of killing his family were shot with a gun fired between 1-1/2 and two feet away. He took the stand after Judge Daniel Rozak ruled the jury would be able to see photos taken during autopsies on Vaughn's slain children.

    Drew Peterson

    Peterson jurors to resume deliberations Thursday

    As they began deliberations Wednesday, jurors in Drew Peterson's trial immediately zeroed in on the case's trickiest issue: whether to believe secondhand hearsay statements that would often be barred from consideration in a criminal court. Jurors indicated just after 6 p.m. Wednesday that they would resume deliberations Thursday morning.

    This image provided by the U.S. National Cancer Institute shows the 46 human chromosomes, where DNA resides and does its work. Each chromosome contains genes, but genes comprise only 2 percent of DNA.

    New DNA encyclopedia shows complex inner workings

    A colossal international effort has yielded the first comprehensive look at how our DNA works, an encyclopedia of information that will rewrite the textbooks and offer new insights into the biology of disease.


    No one injured in Naperville factory fire

    A fire inside a Naperville factory Wednesday afternoon caused about $25,000 in damage, but there were no reported injuries.

    Republican Robert Dold, left, opposes Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Dold, Schneider pledge bipartisanship in ads

    Bipartisanship is the theme of the first TV ads for the candidates running in the 10th Congressional District. Both incumbent Republican Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider are playing to the middle in their spots.

    Andrea Chambliss poses for a photo Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Chambliss is a volunteer from California who came to Charlotte to see President Obama speak and is disappointed she won’t get to be there Thursday after Obama moved his speech.

    Obama backers disappointed over speech switch

    Organizers wary of a chance of thunderstorms pulled the plug Wednesday on plans for President Barack Obama's address Thursday at the city's open-air stadium. Instead, the president will accept his party's nomination at the arena down the street.


    Possible contempt of court for former Kane election chief

    A disbarred attorney -- who was hired several years ago to manage elections in Kane County -- was in court Wednesday to fight charges that he has not made a resitution payment in years after his conviction of looting a disabled man's $500,000 trust.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announces the display of the debt ticker during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27.

    Analysis: Record US debt hardly dents the campaign

    Some unpleasant, uninvited guests dropped in on the Democratic convention. The federal debt hit $16 trillion. U.S. factory activity shrank for a third straight month. And a poll found President Barack Obama's "unfavorable" ratings higher than his "favorables."

    An unidentified delegate holds a sign while watching a video presentation during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30.

    Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies

    It's unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truth-stretching in this year's presidential campaign has political fact-checkers busier than ever in their pursuit of the truth. But whose truth, precisely? And, in the context of a bitter campaign, does the actual truth — and the responsibility of a politician to tell it — really matter?


    Interim Kane ethics adviser hire moving along

    Hiring a former judge as an interim ethics adviser was recommended Wednesday by the Kane County Board's Executive Committee. But hiring a permanent adviser hit a delay.

    Francis George

    Cardinal has 1st chemotherapy treatment

    Cardinal Francis George has undergone his first chemotherapy treatment since cancer was found in his right kidney and liver. The head of the Archdiocese of Chicago underwent his first chemotherapy session on Wednesday. The archdiocese has said treatments will last four months.


    Des Plaines redraws ward maps; final approval expected Sept. 17

    The Des Plaines City Council expects to give final approval Sept. 17 to new boundaries for the city's eight wards. Since the 2000 census, the city's population has grown by 1,419 people to 58,364. Much of the growth has been in the city's 1st and 7th wards.


    Sugar Grove bans video gambling

    No video gambling for Sugar Grove: The village board banned it Tuesday night. Several trustees suggested, however, that people who want it should petition for an advisory referendum on the matter in the April election, saying they would be willing to follow the results.


    Lawsuit against former coroner settled, but no details given

    Attorneys have settled a lawsuit filed against former Kane County Coroner Chuch West. An attorney for the county said no one admits liability, and Loren Carrera will receive an undisclosed cash payment.


    Wheeling to level home damaged by 2011 fire

    Wheeling village board members hired a contractor Tuesday to tear down the remains of a one-story house at 115 W. Manchester Road that was destroyed by a January 2011 fire. The work will cost $19,780 and will take approximately six weeks, according to a contract approved by village trustees.

    A downed tree blocks the flow of water in Klein Creek near the 400 block of Silverleaf Boulevard in Carol Stream. Village officials say such major obstructions will be removed by a contractor this fall.

    Carol Stream creek cleanup doubles

    Crews will work to remove nearly 300 trees and branches from Klein and Thunderbird creeks in Carol Stream that have fallen in, primarily as the result of this summer's violent storms. Removing the flow obstructions seems to be an annual ritual in the village, though this year, there's more to remove.


    Carol Stream OKs sergeants contract

    Carol Stream has inked a three-year contract with the six-member police sergeants union -- the first contract with the sergeants, who the Illinois Labor Relations Board ruled in 2010 had the right to unionize. The deal calls for salary increases of 3 percent, 2 percent and 2.25 percent.


    West Aurora adding legal help in sex abuse probe

    West Aurora School District 129 is getting extra legal help to assist in the representation of three district officials involved in a Kane County state's attorney's office investigation that they may not have reported a possible sex abuse case as fast as they could have.


    New coating for Wheeling Metra parking lots

    The three Metra parking lots in Wheeling will be sealcoated for roughly $36,000, the Wheeling village board members decided at their meeting Tuesday night.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson

    Schaumburg mayor wins Sterling Friendship Award

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson has joined the ranks of some national celebrities in having been named the recipient of this year's Sterling Friendship Award from the parent company of Friendship Village of Schaumburg. Aong those who have been honored in previous years are CBS-TV anchormen Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson, former Depaul basketball coach Ray Meyer, Art Linketter, Dr. Joyce Brothers and...

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, faced with a plummeting stock price and deluge of shares hitting the market, said he won’t start selling his holdings in the company for at least a year.

    Facebook stock up on Zuckerberg’s no-sale pledge

    Facebook's stock increased nearly 5 percent on Wednesday following a disclosure that its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, won't sell stock in the company for at least a year.

    George M. Panos

    Glendale Heights man acquitted of murder gets another chance

    George M. Panos, a former Glendale Heights resident who was acquitted last fall on charges of murdering his elderly father, has been given two years' probation for failing to register as a sex offender.


    Enrollment down 6.8 percent at Eastern Illinois

    The campus in Charleston reported Wednesday that on-campus and off-campus enrollment was about 10,400 this fall semester. That's compared to nearly 11,200 last fall semester.

    Visitors walk past the 111-foot-high Bald Knob Cross of Peace last October in Alto Pass, Ill.

    Atheist goes to Supreme Court in cross challenge

    A Buffalo Grove atheist is using his last legal recourse in challenging the use of state funds to renovate a towering southern Illinois cross, but he acknowledges the odds are "pretty slim" that the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.


    Hospital deaths either double suicide or murder-suicide

    A male patient and a woman who had once lived with him died in a double suicide or murder-suicide at a long-term care facility in Sycamore, police said Wednesday.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Anthony Figures, 20, of the 1800 block of West Highland Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on a felony theft charge after being arrested Aug. 19, according to court documents. Figures is charged with taking $85 worth of alcohol from Neighborhood Liquors, 805 Walnut Ave.


    Job hunting classes at Cook library

    Openings for free job hunting classes at the Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville are still available.


    Circus coming to Round Lake Beach

    The Kelly Miller Circus will present shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the festival grounds of the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach.


    YMCA offers wellness exams

    PathFinder Health, a national preventive health provider, is offering on-site preventive health physical exams and Medicare annual wellness visits at both Lake County Family YMCA branches in September.


    International films at CLC

    Four well-known international films will be presented for free on Friday nights this fall by the College of Lake County Center for International Education.

    Round Lake Beach Police hope this donated Chevrolet Camaro squad car will help them build new bridges with the community.

    Round Lake Beach police to unveil Camaro squad car

    Round Lake Beach Police hope a new high-performance vehicle will help them score some public relations points with the community. The new police cruiser — a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS — will be unveiled during a special ceremony at Ray Chevrolet on Route 12 in Fox Lake on Friday, Sept. 14.

    Sandra D. Rogers

    Mundelein woman’s new trial to begin in November

    The new trial for a Mundelein woman serving a 30-year sentence for attempting to kill her ex-husband is slated to start Nov. 4. Sandra D. Rogers, who remains in jail in lieu of $4 million bail, was awarded a new trial in May by Judge John Phillips after he blamed attorneys on both sides for withholding evidence during the nearly 10-year-old case.


    Roosevelt University wins Conservation at Work award

    Roosevelt University's Schaumburg campus has received an inaugural Conservation at Work Award from the region's Conservation Foundation, which is considered to be a model for environmental excellence in the workplace.


    South Barrington doctor sentenced in fraud case

    A South Barrington surgeon was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded Medicare out of at least $10,000.


    Suicide suspected in Illinois hospital shooting

    A male patient and his female live-in companion died in what police say was a double suicide or murder-suicide at Kindred Hospital in the northern Illinois community of Sycamore.

    Richard Dunne

    Elgin council member leaves fire dept. to join FEMA

    Elgin Fire Lt. Richard Dunne is retiring after 25 years of service to take a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Chicago. Dunne, who turns 51 on Saturday, said he will keep his position on the Elgin City Council while working as fire program specialist for FEMA's region 5, which includes Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

    The remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed for examination of foul play, his widow said Wednesday.

    French judges to exhume Arafat body in West Bank

    The widow of Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that French investigators will soon visit the West Bank to dig up the remains of her husband in hopes of determining what killed the longtime Palestinian leader eight years ago.

    The dress first lady Michelle Obama wore for her address to the Democratic convention Tuesday night has drawn praise.

    Michelle Obama gets raves for Tracy Reese dress

    First lady Michelle Obama got rave reviews for the custom-made Tracy Reese pink and copper dress she wore while giving a tribute to her husband at the Democratic National Convention.

    Joe Gump

    Delegate diary: Like having a rock star in your living room

    Getting an up-close look at top Democratic politicians is "like having your favorite rock star play a solo performance in your living room," says Democratic National Convention delegate Joe Gump of Palatine. But the schedule of rallies, meetings and speechest in Charlotte, N.C., makes for some very full days, he says.

    Arlene Juracek

    Juracek formally announces run for Mount Prospect mayor

    Mount Prospect Village Trustee Arlene Juracek announced Wednesday she is running for mayor in 2013. Juracek will be seeking the office held for the last eight years by Irvana Wilks, who recently announced that she will not seek a third term.

    Gregory Pyle

    Former sergeant indicted on federal charges

    A former McHenry County Sheriff's deputy, who already was awaiting trial on sex charges, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury and charged with crossing state lines to engage in a sex act with as minor younger than 12 and one count of using a minor to produce child pornography, officials said. Gregory M. Pyle, 37, now of Crest Hills, faces anywhere 30 years to life in prison if convicted...


    Carol Stream police looking for home invaders

    Police said no one was injured in late night home invasion in Carol Stream Tuesday. Police said three men wearing ski masks entered the home and stole items. He said one weapon was displayed during the invasion.

    Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.

    Ex-presidents can be a burden or a blessing

    Bill Clinton's in, George W. Bush is out. Jimmy Carter gets only a cameo. Ronald Reagan is ever-present, almost a quarter century after his presidency and eight years after his death. The way Democrats and Republicans treat their ex-presidents at convention time reflects each man's personal popularity — and how well he's weathered changing party politics.

    The Democratic National Convention floor might be exciting, but it’s not all that comfortable for delegates, who have to deal with crowding, seat stealing and security.

    Postcard from Charlotte: Chaotic convention floor
    While the delegates here probably yell and scream more than you do while watching the Democratic National Convention on TV, you're probably more comfortable at home. The convention floor is a chaotic place, where credentials can be hard to come by and even Illinois delegates can get squeezed with their prime seating up front.


    God out of Democratic platform

    he Democratic Party's platform makes no reference to God, drawing criticism from Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

    Emanuel: Clinton will offer clear vision for Dems

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says former President Bill Clinton will help Democrats offer a clear vision of the future when he takes the podium at the Democratic National Convention.


    Conservatives to begin spending nearly $13M in ads

    Conservative groups have announced nearly $13 million in new ad spending to counter President Barack Obama's Democratic convention.

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Adel, Iowa.

    As debt rises, Ryan sees ‘country in decline’

    Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan says America is "a country in decline" because of national debt piling up under President Barack Obama.

    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

    The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades. Republicans chose Rubio, who is Cuban-American, to introduce Mitt Romney last week. Democrats picked Castro, who is Mexican-American, as keynote...

    President Barack Obama may face the voters in two months, but several Democrats are already laying the groundwork for a future White House run. Up-and-coming Democratic stars like Newark Mayor Cory Booker are making the rounds before state delegations and at private events surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

    Democrats creating 2016 White House buzz

    If Cory Booker decides to run for president one day, he already has a personal connection to the first caucus state of Iowa. The mayor of Newark, N.J., told about 60 Iowa delegates during a Democratic convention gathering that he was not only "a son of New Jersey but a grandson of Iowa." For Booker and a slate of rising stars in the Democratic Party, the national convention in Charlotte amounts...


    What to watch at the convention Wednesday

    Some things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday:1. THE CLINTON SHOW: The former president, no stranger to talking at length at Democratic conventions, takes the podium. How much of it will be about Barack Obama — and how much about Bill Clinton?

    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Norfolk State University, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.

    Obama’s convention speech being moved indoors

    Democratic officials are moving President Barack Obama's convention speech Thursday indoors because of the possibility of severe weather. Obama had planned to accept his party's nomination in an outdoor football stadium before a crowd of up to 74,000 people. But Obama officials said forecasters have predicted severe thunderstorms, raising concerns about the safety of supporters, volunteers,...


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Ravinia, Rogers, Reiser and ribs

    Richard and Sean's picks this weekend are all about the four Rs: Ravinia, Rogers, Reiser and ribs!


    U.S. senators warn Iraq over Iran shipments to Syria

    BAGHDAD — American senators visiting Iraq warned the Baghdad government Wednesday that it risked damaging relations with the U.S. if it is allowing Iran to fly over its airspace to deliver weapons to Syria.

    The Captain Underpants series author Dav Pilkey will sign the latest title in the series at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Naperville's Anderson's Bookshop. “I think they're silly, and their sense of humor is appropriate for the age level,” said Candy Purdom, publicity and events coordinator.

    Bring your best undies for author's visit in Naperville

    If you happen to be walking around downtown Naperville on Saturday, Sept. 8, don't be alarmed to see people walking around with underpants on their heads. Yes, they'll be clean (we hope!) and yes, there's a reason (for most of them, anyway) — to help Anderson's Bookshop set the world record for the greatest number of people wearing underpants on their heads — and to meet author Dav...


    Powerful earthquake reported in Costa Rica

    A powerful, magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Wednesday. There were no immediate accounts of damage or injuries.

    First Lady Michelle Obama walks on stage to speak to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

    Fact check: Some Obama programs embellished by Democrats

    Speakers at the Democratic National Convention portrayed President Barack Obama's presidency in glowing terms Tuesday evening, but sometimes left out important details or embellished his record. Others mischaracterized programs backed by Republican challenger Mitt Romney and GOP running mate Paul Ryan.

    Michael Hobin, left, and Ryan Childers, right, stand beside the 1,500-square-foot organic vegetable garden they planted behind Childers Eatery in Peoria this spring. Until this year, Childers and Hobin knew very little about gardening.

    Friends team up to transform weedy lot into organic garden

    Until this year, Ryan Childers and Michael Hobin knew very little about gardening. And yet the large vacant lot behind Childers Eatery, which is owned by Ryan's father, had been calling to the longtime friends for quite some time. "It had been pesticide-free for over 25 years," Hobin said. "We thought, why not make an organic garden out of it."


    NSF awards $1.6 million to Notre Dame physicists

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The National Science Foundation has awarded nuclear physicists at the University of Notre Dame a one-year, $1.6 million grant for continuing research and development of the first U.S.-based underground accelerator laboratory.


    Amtrak New Orleans service restoration continues

    NEW ORLEANS — Most Amtrak service to and from New Orleans has been restored following Hurricane Isaac, but the City of New Orleans’ service in Mississippi and Louisiana, remains suspended through Friday.The City of New Orleans, a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans, will continue to terminate and originate in Memphis, rather than in New Orleans, at least through Friday.


    Funeral set for man killed with girlfriend while camping

    CARMI, Ill. — Funeral arrangements are set for a former Iraq War veteran who authorities say was killed with his girlfriend while they were on a camping and fishing trip in southern Illinois.Prosecutors in White County have charged 36-year-old Danny Coston of Carmi with first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery with a firearm and concealing a homicide.


    Indiana University enrollment steady across state

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University says total enrollment at its eight campuses around the state is nearly unchanged from last year even with a slight decline at the main campus in Bloomington.


    Wisconsin man arrested 11 times for drunken driving

    HILLSBORO, Wis. — A rural Hillsboro man has been arrested for the 11th time on suspicion of drunken driving. Police say the 51-year-old man was picked up after driving on the wrong side of a highway in Hillsboro on Monday. The driver had been out on bond from a previous drunken driving arrest in March.


    NW Ind. statue honors popcorn king Orville Redenbacher

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — A life-size bronze statue of Orville Redenbacher has been unveiled in the northwestern Indiana city where he developed the popcorn that made him famous.


    ‘Portrait of a Soldier’ touring state in September

    An exhibit featuring hand-sketched portraits of about 300 service members who have been killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will travel across Illinois this month. “Portrait of a Soldier” will be in Troy on Saturday and Tinley Park on Sunday. It will be featured Sept. 11 through Sept. 24 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.


    Black bear hunt begins in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — A state ecologist says prospects are good for the black bear hunting season in Wisconsin.


    Students raise $1,700 to replace Ind. police dogs

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Students at a central Indiana school have given their city’s police department more than $1,700 toward replacing two police dogs that died from violent confrontations this summer.


    SIU-Carbondale’s fall enrollment down for eighth year

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Administrators say fall enrollment at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is down for the eighth year in row.WSIU Radio reports that 18,847 students are now enrolled at the school. That’s down 970 from a year ago.


    Muncie woman pleads guilty in 5-year-old’s death

    MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie woman whose sister’s 5-year-old stepdaughter died of malnutrition has pleaded guilty to not doing anything to stop the abuse.


    Loaded fuel tanker crashes in Wisconsin, 1 dead

    TOWNSHIP OF RICHFIELD, Wis. — One person has died in a fuel tanker crash in Wood County. Sheriff’s officials say the Kwik Trip tanker had a full load of fuel when the driver lost control on a curve in the Township of Richfield early Wednesday and rolled over in a ditch along county Highway A.


    Woman in downstate ATV crash died of multiple injuries

    Investigators in central Illinois say a 70-year-old Stanford woman killed in an ATV accident suffered multiple injuries, especially to the head, neck and chest.McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling released preliminary findings from the autopsy performed Tuesday on Mary Masters.


    Chicago mom not guilty due to insanity in son’s death

    A Cook County judge has ruled a Chicago woman accused of suffocating her eight-month-old son as she battled a postpartum condition was not guilty by reason of insanity.Judge James Linn called Janet Thies-Keogh a “very, very sick” woman before he rendered his decision Tuesday, after a bench trial.


    Illinois Rep. Mell doing well after cancer surgery

    Doctors treating Illinois Rep. Deborah Mell say she’s doing well following breast cancer surgery last month.The University of Chicago Medical Center released an update on Mell’s health Tuesday. Mell announced in June she’d been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.


    Dawn Patrol: Dist. 203 chief touts support; Quinn’s ‘facts’

    Quinn says facts "a scary subject" for Republicans. Naperville Dist. 203 superintendent says community has been supportive. Duckworth speaks of military service at national convention. DuPage West Nile cases up to 12. Lisle police continue to investigate stabbing of 19-year-old.


    McHenry board projects balanced general fund for FY2013

    As McHenry County plans for no cost-of-living increase in property taxes for the first time since the tax cap was imposed, a few county board members want to take a serious look at decreasing the size of county government in the future.


    50 years of helping the community marked by Libertyville Noon Rotary

    Fifty years ago, Lawrence Dunlap liked the idea for a local benevolent organization and became one of the charter members of the Libertyville Noon Rotary Club. "I never thought about it," he said of his involvement. "I didn't know if I would be here 50 years later." The chapter will celebrate its milestone with a dinner Thursday at the Forge Club in Vernon Hills.

    Republican Judy Biggert, left, opposes Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th congressional district for the 2012 General Election.

    Voters get rare opportunity in Foster, Biggert race

    It's not often that voters get a chance to pick between two candidates for Congress who have both voted on the same legislation. But the 11th District contest between Democrat Bill Foster of Naperville and U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale offers exactly that — a rare battle between an incumbent lawmaker and a challenger who served in Congress just two years before.

    Residents pack the Arlington Heights village board meeting Tuesday night as trustees approved a major renovation project at Lutheran Home.

    Arlington Hts. OKs Lutheran Home expansion

    Lutheran Home will be getting a major renovation and expansion after the Arlington Heights village board approved the project Tuesday night after several hours of public comment and questions. The senior living community received several variances to allow for renovation and additions to the Olson Pavilion, 800 W. Oakton St., as a part of a plan to modernize its facilities.


    The White Sox' Alex Rios circles the bases after blasting a grand slam in the first inning against the Twins. Rios added a 2-run homer in the sixth and finished with a career-high 6 RBI at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.

    Rios stands tall after rough ride in media

    Don't just credit Alex Rios for playing great this season. Credit him for not holding a grudge against fans and the media over the harsh treatment he received last season.

    The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, right, is forced out at second as San Diego Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe watches his throw to first during the fifth inning Wednesday in Los Angeles. Matt Kemp was safe at first.

    Padres upend Dodgers 4-3

    Center fielder Cameron Maybin robbed Matt Kemp of a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning after Carlos Quentin put San Diego ahead with a sacrifice fly, and the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Wednesday night to take two of three games in the series.


    Former Ravens owner Art Modell hospitalized
    Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has been hospitalized in Baltimore. Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations for the team, did not know Modell's condition. But Cleveland television station WKYC reported that Modell's vital organs are failing.

    Andy Roddick waves to fans after his loss to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the U.S. Open in New York. Roddick said he would retire after the match.

    Roddick’s career ends in 4th round of U.S. Open

    Serenaded by choruses of "Let's go, Andy!" that rang through Arthur Ashe Stadium in the closing moments of his career, the 2003 U.S. Open champion headed into retirement with a 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

    The Yankees’ Russell Martin, right, high-fives third base coach Rob Thomson after hitting a sixth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Error helps Yankees beat the Rays 6-4

    New York went ahead with help from a Tampa Bay error, Russell Martin homered and had three RBIs, and the Yankees regained sole possession of first-place in the division with a 6-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Dempster struck out eight Wednesday in Kansas City to win his fourth consecutive game.

    Beltre, Dempster lead Rangers over Royals 7-6

    Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer, Michael Young also went deep and Texas held on for a 7-6 victory over the Royals to open a five-game lead in their division.

    The Blue Jays’ Rajai Davis, left, celebrates hitting a home run against Baltimore during the third inning Wednesday in Toronto.

    Davis drives in 3 runs to lead Jays over Orioles

    Rookie Adeiny Hechavarria drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single, Rajai Davis homered and had three RBIs and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor allowed one hit, walked four and struck out seven Wednesday at home against the Colorado Rockies.

    Minor, Kimbrel pitch Braves to 1-0 win

    Mike Minor held Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned the first four-out save of his career and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies 1-0 on Wednesday night.

    Seattle Mariners outfielders Trayvon Robinson, left, Casper Wells and Eric Thames celebrate after the team beat the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at home.

    Mariners edge Red Sox 2-1

    Kevin Millwood pitched six stingy innings to win for the first time in 5½ weeks, and the Seattle Mariners beat the staggering Red Sox 2-1 Wednesday night, handing Boston its eighth defeat in nine games.

    The Brewers’ Rickie Weeks watches his two-run home run during the third inning Wednesday in Miami.

    Weeks hits 2 homers to lead Brewers over Marlins

    Rickie Weeks homered twice and tied a career high with four RBIs to help Wily Peralta win his first major league start and lead the surging Brewers over the Miami Marlins 8-5 on Wednesday night.

    Arizona Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill retired the first 16 batters he faced Wednesday in San Francisco.

    Cahill carries no-hitter into 7th for D-backs

    Trevor Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Wednesday night in a game in which the benches cleared after a tag play at third base.

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia allowed just one run and four hits Wednesday against Houston.

    Correia makes solid spot start for Pirates

    Kevin Correia and Alex Presley used rare starts to make big contributions for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Correia pitched six solid innings and Presley had two hits and scored three runs as Pittsburgh beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night to gain ground in the wild-card race.

    The Angels’ Torii Hunter, left, and Albert Pujols celebrate after scoring against the Athletics in the third inning Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.

    Angels beat A’s 7-1 to complete 3-game sweep

    Torii Hunter drove in three runs Wednesday and the Angels completed a three-game sweep by rolling to a 7-1 victory after Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a liner off his head in the fourth inning.

    Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree scores a touchdown as the Giants’ Kenny Phillips defends in the second half Wednesday. Ogletree caught 8 passes for 114 yards and a pair of TDs.

    Ogletree emerges as Cowboys get revenge over Giants

    The Dallas Cowboys waited all year for another shot at the New York Giants. When they got it in the 2012 season opener, they were ready. So were the replacement officials, who barely were a story as Dallas dominated the Super Bowl champions for much of a 24-17 victory Wednesday night that wasn't nearly so close.

    Offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who missed the final 14 games last season with a knee injury, will take awhile before he is playing at full speed, according to Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

    Tice: Carimi not all the way back yet

    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice raised concern after Wednesday's practice that right tackle Gabe Carimi's surgical knee is not back to 100 percent yet, and he might need to be spelled during Sunday's game.

    Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, right, confronts home plate umpire Larry Vanover after being thrown out of a baseball game in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    Nationals club Cubs; Sveum ejected

    Bryce Harper hit two homers and the Washington Nationals went deep six times for the second consecutive game, sending Gio Gonzalez to his 18th victory in a 9-1 rout of the Cubs on Wednesday night.


    St. Francis shows ‘signs of beauty’

    Peg Kopec is picky about her volleyball. As good as her St. Francis Spartans look now, she knows they haven't scratched the surface of their potential. "We're not crisp enough yet," Kopec said, "but we show signs of beauty. We see pockets of exceptional volleyball." Immaculate Conception couldn't argue Wednesday night, after Kopec's No. 1 Spartans quickly dispatched of the No. 20 Knights 25-9, 25-12 in a matchup of unbeatens at Wheaton's Spyglass Center


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    New Trier deals Stevenson its first loss

    Stevenson’s girls volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday night.New Trier captured a 25-15, 26-24 win in nonconference action, despite the Patriots receiving 6 kills from Jenna Radtke and five from Liza Pflugradt. Khailia Donaldson added 4 kills for Stevenson (9-1), while Anne Geocaris had 3 kills, 9 assists and 7 digs. Alexa Bykowski also lofted 12 assists.


    Ou leads Libertyville to breakthrough win

    Camilla Ou kept sinking birdie putts, and Libertyville’s girls golf team finally sunk nemesis Stevenson on Wednesday.Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller earned medalist honors by shooting a 34 on Willow Glen’s layout, but host Libertyville’s 165 was good for a three-shot victory in the North Suburban Conference match.The Wildcats (6-0 NSC) were paced by Ou’s 36, which included 3 birdies. Libertyville also received a 41 from Lauren Dohse, a 43 from Izzy Alesna and a 45 from Paige Webb. Dohse also had a birdie.Nikki Marquardt had a 39 for Stevenson (168).Mundelein d. Vernon Hills: Courteney Fabbri fired a 43, as the Mustangs carded a 182 on Countryside’s Traditional course to defeat Vernon Hills (208).Holly Gotlund (45), Lorrielle Martin (46), Christina Loverde (48) and Hannah Thompson (49) also turned in solid scores for Mundelein.Vernon Hills was led by Jenny Park’s 48.Lake Forest d. Grant: At Antioch Golf Club, Paige Skinner’s 40 led the Scouts (170).Sadie Contreras had a 63 for Grant (266).Carmel goes 1-2 in ESCC quad: At Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect, St. Viator shot a winning 180, followed by Benet Academy (189), which edged Carmel Catholic (190). Fenwick had a 220 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference quad.Carmel had solid play again from freshmen Kayla Ryan (team-best 45) and Alexa Amato (47), who have been “playing well and very steady all season,” coach Jill Franz said. Carmel is 3-2 in ESCC play and 7-3 overall.


    Marquez makes his Mark for Wauconda

    Jesus Marquez scored twice, leading Wauconda’s boys soccer team to a 3-1 win over visiting Marengo in a nonconference match Wednesday.Brandon Morales added a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (6-4-1), and Marco Arrequin also had an assist. Wauconda keeper Cristian Tapia made 3 saves.


    IC’s Fenton gets message

    Football is often about adjustments. Perhaps no one has made a greater adjustment than Immaculate Conception senior lineman Sean Fenton. Born 75 percent deaf, at the age of 3 he received a hearing aid he said actually deteriorated his hearing to "absolute zero." At 4 he got a cochlear implant, which he wears constantly except for swimming, sleep and football. The last is a challenge he's learned to overcome.

    St. Viator’s Caroline Young tries to keep the ball in play during Wednesday’s volleyball match against Resurrection.

    Young St. Viator squad making progress

    With only two seniors on the roster, St. Viator has one of its youngest teams in coach Charlie Curtin's sixth season. So the Lions are willing to be patient and learn as the season progresses. Resurrection visited the Cahill Gymnasium on Wednesday night and the Chicago-based private school posted a 25-18, 25-22 victory over the host Lions.

    Joey Rhattigan

    Football: Week 2 MVPs

    Senior running back Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua Valley and junior defensive back Sam Franckowiak of Dundee-Crown have earned the Daily Herald's offensive and defensive MVP awards for their performances in Week 2 of the high school football season.

    The Larkin Royals hoist the town jug after defeating the Elgin Maroons in this September, 2002 Daily Herald file photo. The Town Jug game returns to Friday night this season for the first time since that 2002 game.

    Elgin-Larkin back where it should be — on Friday night

    For the first time in 10 years, the Town Jug rivalry football game between Elgin and Larkin will be played where it belongs: under Friday night lights. The last time the Maroons and Royals met in a night game was Sept. 13, 2002. Due to off-field security concerns that evening, the following year's game was moved to Saturday afternoon. It remained that way through 2011. The schools mutually agreed last spring to return the game to Friday.


    St. Edward, Westminster earn wins

    Shannon Igelski had 6 kills and 6 digs while Katie Swanson and Cory Kelly each had 4 kills to lead St. Edward’s girls volleyball team to a 25-14, 25-11 win over Walther Lutheran in the Green Wave’s Suburban Christian Conference opener.Casey Gredzieleski added 6 assists and 7 aces and Mallory Gross had 14 assists for St. Edward (6-7, 1-0).Westminster Christian d. Chicagoland Jewish: Savannah Dutcher had 9 kills and 3 blocks and Cara Tyrell added 6 digs and 2 kills to lead Westminster to a 25-11, 25-13 nonconference win. Claire Speweik added 3 aces and 3 kills for the Warriors (9-1), while Elizabeth Farwell had 4 aces and 9 assists and Christina Cusumano added 4 aces and 3 kills.

    Anthony Scaccia, Batavia football

    Batavia-Geneva hits 100-year milestone

    A landmark number in a premier rivalry, this year marks the 100th year of football between Batavia and Geneva high schools. The 94th meeting — the teams have not played every year since 1913, weird things like the influenza epidemic of 1918 or Batavia's "retrenchment" of 1934-36 periodically interrupting matters — will commence with the 7:30 p.m. Friday kickoff at Bulldog Stadium in Batavia. For excavating little nuggets such as the 12 fumbles that occurred in the 6-6 tie of 1958 to compiling big-ticket items like Geneva's overall series lead of 51 wins, 37 losses and 5 ties, thank goodness to Batavia Public Library Director George H. Scheetz.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, top, catches a ball against cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Expections soar, but key still O-line charts

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is excited about the offense, and not just because of the addition of prolific pass catcher Brandon Marshall.

    D.J. Moore

    Moore not so fondly recalls Vandy days

    The upcoming game between Northwestern and Vanderbilt has Bears players talking.Especially D.J. Moore.


    Plenty of mileage left in the boat-towing debate

    Powerful vehicles are needed for towing boats, but the long-range goals of the EPA for better mileage may be at odds with the horsepower requirements for hauling heavy loads, according to one longtime outdoors writer.


    An offer he couldn’t refuse

    Lisle — where history and destiny merge.In the track and cross country programs, at least. Last school year Lisle posted coach job offerings for both the Lions' girls and boys cross country teams as well as the boys track team.

    Buffalo Grove’s Lauren, left, and Dana Goggin on first day of the girls state tennis tournament at Buffalo Grove last fall. Back for their senior year, the Goggins lead a Bison team with high hopes this fall.

    Girls tennis: Scouting Northwest

    A look at the girls tennis teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyden and Maine West.

    Libertyville senior swimmer Morgan Dickson placed in the top six in the 200 and 500-yard freestyles at state last year. She hopes focusing on leg strength will give her a leg up on the competition as she begins her senior year.

    Libertyville’s Dickson kicks it into gear for senior year

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

    Illini head coach Tim Beckman isn’t expected to announce whether starting QB Nathan Scheelhaase, who injured his ankle in the Western Michigan game, will be allowed to play Saturday at Arizona State. Scheelhaase practiced Wednesday and Beckman said he appears to be making progress.

    Illini coach will make starting QB call Thursday

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman expects to have a decision Thursday regarding the starting quarterback for Saturday's game at Arizona State. The only news Wednesday was that Nathan Scheelhaase did practice, but is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in last weekend's win over Western Michigan.

    Jay Cutler, right, played the best football of his life last season after snatching the offense away from Mike Martz. Cutler should improve this season simply because the Bears offense is not farcical and new wide receiver Brandon Marshall, left, will catch anything thrown in his direction, according to Barry Rozner.

    Good Bears need great Cutler

    The Bears' offense should be dynamite this season, and it might need to be if the defense finally shows its age. That means Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall need to be better than they've ever been.


    Northern confident in offensive coordinator switch

    Northern Illinois made a change on the coaching staff this week. Offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar is leaving the team to focus on battling an unspecificed cancer. He was in his first season at the school, but Huskies coach Dan Doeren is confident they have coaches on staff who can formulate the game plan and call plays.

    Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is the lone rookie on the 2012 European Ryder Cup team. This week he’s playing in the Dutch Open.

    Ryder Cup rookie Colsaerts tuning up at Dutch Open

    Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts hopes to use the opening two rounds of the Dutch Open to impress Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Colsaerts will play with Olazabal and another European Ryder Cup member, Martin Kaymer, for the first two rounds on the Hilversumsche course.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak)

    Sox quickly right the ship

    After losing to the Twins 18-9 Tuesday night, the White Sox bounced back big Wednesday afternoon behind a strong start from Jake Peavy and 2 home runs from Alex Rios, including a grand slam in the first inning.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, is surrounded by one fan from each of the league’s 32 teams who were chosen to take part in the NFL’s Back to Football Photo Day in New York.

    At forum, NFL fans tell Goodell they want cheaper tickets

    NFL fans want cheaper tickets for preseason games and an end to blackouts. They want to be online at the game. Fans up North are looking for more cold-weather Super Bowls, and maybe even a chance to host the draft. Got all that, Roger Goodell?

    Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, left, comes to the aid of pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) who was hit in the head by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy left the game after the incident.

    A’s McCarthy hit by line drive in head

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland A's starter Brandon McCarthy left in the fourth inning Wednesday after a hard line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels hit him in the head.McCarthy, a former White Sox pitcher, had almost no time to react when Aybar lined his 91 mph cutter back. The ball bounced off the right side of McCarthy's head, knocking the A's pitcher down. He also landed on his head on the infield grass.

    Tyler Hamilton alleges in his book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” that Lance Armstrong, shown here in 1999, 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.

    Hamilton says Armstrong book provides relief

    Tyler Hamilton says writing his tell-all book about Lance Armstrong felt like taking "a thousand-pound backpack" off his shoulders. Hamilton says he always thought he'd take some of the secrets about doping and cycling to the grave with him. But he says his world changed when he received a subpoena to testify to a grand jury looking into the Armstrong case.


    Fishing’s greatest reward: A shared memory

    A recent episode of a television fishing show reminds Mike Jackson that it's the pursuit - and the company that's along during it - that makes fishing so special.

    European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, left, said he was surprised by Hunter Mahan’s absence from the U.S. Ryder Cup team, but he understands why Brandt Snedeker was chosen instead.

    Olazabal surprised Mahan not on U.S. Ryder team

    Hunter Mahan's absence from the U.S. Ryder Cup team surprised European captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Olazabal, in Hilversum getting ready for this week's Dutch Open, was sure Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would receive wild cards. U.S. captain Davis Love III gave the other two to Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, passing over Mahan, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and part of the last five Ryder Cup teams.

    Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings en route to his 18th win Wednesday in St. Louis.

    Dickey wins 18th as Mets top Cards 6-2

    R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher in the majors to win 18 games this season, and Ike Davis hit a three-run homer to lift the New York Mets to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Alex Rios hits his second home run against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

    Rios homers twice to lead White Sox over Twins 6-2

    Alex Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to help extend Chicago's lead in the AL Central to 1 1/2 games over Detroit, which plays later tonight. The Twins erupted for 18 runs against Chicago pitching Tuesday, but White Sox starter Jake Peavy (10-10) silenced Minnesota's bats a day later, allowing one run on six hits to win for the first time since Aug. 1.

    Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, left, runs an option play against Miami of Ohio on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes could be officially recognized as division champs, but they would not be allowed to play in the Big Ten title game due to NCAA sanctions.

    Big Ten: Lions, Buckeyes can win division, trophy

    Even though Penn State and Ohio State are banned from playing in the Big Ten title game or a bowl as part of NCAA sanctions, both are still eligible to win the conference's Leaders Division and receive a trophy this season.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passes against Western Michigan during Saturday’s win in Champaign, Ill. Scheelhaase injured his ankle in the game.

    Scheelhaase practices, but ankle still a question

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman said earlier this week he has a hard time imagining his injured starting quarterback playing much at Arizona State this weekend if he couldn't practice. On Wednesday, Nathan Scheelhaase cleared that hurdle.

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay is 110-0 when he is staked to a lead of at least four runs.

    Phillies’ power backs Halladay in win over Reds

    Give Roy Halladay a four-run lead and then sit back and watch the Doc do the rest. Erik Kratz hit a three-run home run, Chase Utley added a two-run shot, and the Phillies' ace right-hander held off the Reds in Philadelphia's 6-2 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    Laurie Navon wraps her arms around her boyfriend, former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is struggling with early on-set dementia and other health issues since he retired from the NFL. The Sept. 10 issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands now, tells their story along with other women now caring for former NFL stars.

    SI cover story: Jim McMahon’s health struggles

    Jim McMahon, the former punky QB who led the Chicago Bears to their only Super Bowl title, has landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated again, and this time he's not alone or celebrating a comeback. McMahon and girlfriend Laurie Navon, who cares for him, are part of the SI cover story on the women behind former players suffering with debilitating health issues.

    DePaul and leading scorer Cleveland Melvin (12) will open the Big East season at Allstate Arena on Jan. 2 against Seton Hall.

    DePaul basketball opens Big East play Jan. 2

    DePaul men's basketball will open Big East on Jan. 2, 2013 against Seton Hall at Allstate Arena, and five Blue Demons games will be carried on ESPN2 or ESPNU, school officials announced Wednesday. The Seton Hall game marks the eighth year for the Blue Demons in the Big East as DePaul begins its league slate at home for the second straight season.


    NFL pledges $30M for medical research into brain injuries

    The NFL has pledged $30 million for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


    Mike North video: Back from Vegas

    Mike North is back from Las Vegas and is in the Tasty Trade studios today. Mike talks about all the sports betting in Vegas and what is on the cover of the Vegas papers. He is also quizzed on the top 10 richest NFL players.


    Prospect still perfect in match play

    Defending Class AA girls golf state champion Prospect improved to 6-0 in match play on Tuesday when it scored a 156 at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course on Tuesday.The Knights topped visiting New Trier (160) and Maine South (165), which is coached by Jeff Hamann, the brother of Prospect coach Jim Hamann.

    Minnesota Twins’ Trevor Plouffe gets under the tag of White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis with an RBI triple during Tuesday’s fifth inning.

    Sox shellacked at home by Twins

    Chris Parmelee homered to cap a 10-run fifth inning and the Minnesota Twins routed the White Sox 18-9 on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins also batted around in a seven-run second against rookie Jose Quintana, but the first-place Sox remained one game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers lost 3-2 to Cleveland.



    Hoffman Estates may offer tax incentive to ADP Dealer Services

    Hoffman Estates is considering an economic incentive agreement with ADP Dealer Services that would give the company 25 percent of the annual sales tax it generates at its Hassell Road location, up to $120,000 a year, for the next five years. According to the agreement, the company has also committed to bring 70 new jobs to the property.

    This is the Motorola RAZR HD.

    Motorola broadens Razr brand with new smartphones

    Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility division updated its phone lineup at Verizon Wireless with three new models, including one with an edge-to-edge screen, in a bid to challenge Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

    Most U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lower for a second day, amid a slump in FedEx Corp. and disappointing global economic data as investors awaited the European Central Bank’s plan to buy bonds.

    Stocks barely move; FedEx sinks on profit warning

    U.S. stock prices are closing mixed, held in check by a warning from the huge package delivery company FedEx that its profits would be hurt because of a slowdown in the global economy.

    A member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staff reaches into thick oil in the Northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La., Tuesday, June 15, 2010, following the Gulf oil spill.

    Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

    The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill.


    Deadline extended to Sept. 17 for Heart of BG award nominations

    Get your nominations in by Monday, Sept. 17 for the 2012 Heart of Buffalo Grove awards, sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. The deadline has been extended an extra week to Sept. 17.

    Rolling Meadows is one of only a few Northwest suburbs that does not currently outsource its garbage collection, like here in Elgin.

    Rolling Meadows to hold info meetings on outsourcing garbage

    Before Rolling Meadows residents vote on whether they want to privatize garbage collection, city officials will hold two informational meetings, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the city council chambers, 3600 Kirchoff Road.


    Cameron: Britain to review its airport capacity

    The tug-of-war over expanding London's Heathrow Airport heated up Wednesday after Britain's leader announced the government will hold an inquiry into improving capacity at its stretched airports. But amid the fierce debate between business groups and environmentalists, Prime Minister David Cameron promised that he won't expand Heathrow before the 2015 election.

    The head of Greece’s Association of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Vassiliki Thanou, reads out a speech during a protest of judicial officials at the country’s Supreme Court building, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Judges and prosecutors are threatening to cut court hours in response to pay cuts expected as part of a massive new austerity package demanded by Greece’s rescue creditors.

    Greek judges, police take to streets over cuts

    Judges, public prosecutors and court workers have gathered in a demonstration at Greece's Supreme Court to protest new pay cuts expected in a new government austerity package. Organizers of Wednesday's protest threatened to cut operating hours at the country's backlogged courts if their salaries are slashed as part of austerity measures.


    Oil prices dragged down by economic headwinds

    The price of oil drifted below $95 on Wednesday, giving up early gains that came on the heels of a report showing U.S. vehicle sales rising sharply last month.


    FedEx falls as slow economy spurs first earnings drop since 2009

    FedEx Corp. fell in U.S. trading after projecting its first quarterly earnings decline since 2009 as slowing economic growth hurt demand for the express packages that provide most of its sales.


    Investors cautious ahead of ECB meeting

    Global markets fluctuated Wednesday as investors weighed poor economic data against expectations that the European Central Bank will announce a plan to support financially weak countries in the 17-member eurozone.


    Japan panel favors relaxing U.S. beef import limits

    Japan is moving toward relaxing restrictions on American beef imports, which had been limited because of fears about mad-cow disease.


    Gazprom shares down as EU opens antitrust probe

    Shares in Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom suffered their biggest drop in five weeks Wednesday, on news that it is the subject of a European antitrust investigation.

    In this Sunday, July 1, 2012 file photo, Israeli businessman Nochi Dankner, sits at the annual gathering of the rabbi’s followers and supporters in the town of Netivot, southern Israel. One of Israel’s wealthiest businessmen may quickly be going from riches to rags.

    Struggling billionaire could drag Israel down with him

    One of Israel's wealthiest businessmen may quickly be going from riches to rags, and experts warn he could drag Israel's economy down with him. Nochi Dankner, a favorite of Israel's business community who is often credited with helping rescue Israel's economy at the height of a Palestinian uprising, is struggling to keep his mammoth holding company above water.

    U.S. companies got more output from their workers this spring than initially thought. Productivity rose at a modest 2.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, largely because employers cut back sharply on hiring.

    U.S. productivity grew at 2.2 pct. rate in spring

    U.S. companies got more output from their workers this spring than initially thought. Productivity rose at a modest 2.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, largely because employers cut back sharply on hiring. Most economists expect productivity will slow later this year, a trend that could boost hiring.

    European Central Bank Mario Draghi gets another chance Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. to spell out how the bank intends to rescue the 17 countries that use the euro from financial disaster. Expectations have been high since late July when the ECB head vowed to do “whatever it takes” to hold the eurozone together.

    All eyes on Draghi’s bond rescue plan for Europe

    European Central bank President Mario Draghi gets another chance Thursday to spell out how the bank intends to rescue the 17 countries that use the euro from financial disaster. Expectations have been high since late July when the ECB head vowed to do "whatever it takes" to hold the eurozone together.


    3M, Avery: We’ll try to address antitrust issues

    Office products makers 3M Co. and Avery Dennison Corp. said they have not cancelled the agreement for 3M to acquire Avery Dennison's office and consumer products operations and will work to address federal antitrust concerns and seal a deal.


    Revlon will cut 250 jobs, restructure operations

    Makeup company Revlon Inc. says it is cutting 250 jobs, or about 5 percent of its workforce, and is closing two plants in a broad restructuring as it seeks to cut costs.


    CITGO refinery donates 60 computers to help unemployed

    The CITGO Lemont Refinery donated 60 desktop computers to the POWER Connection, a community organization that works to "Empower People for Life."


    Radio Flyer picks LeSaint as distribution partner

    Radio Flyer, the manufacturer of the iconic toy wagons, tricycles and three-wheeled scooters in the United States with a supply chain that extends around the world, has selected LeSaint Logistics as its 3PL partner.


    Stern Pinball welcomes veteran designer Freres

    Stern Pinball Inc., the world's only maker of real pinball games, said game designer Greg Freres has joined the company.


    Subaru’s strong sales might boost Indiana plant’s work

    Strong sales figures for Subaru could lead to increased production at its central Indiana factory.


    Food-stamp use climbed to record 46.7 million in June, U.S. says

    A record 46.7 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 0.4 percent from the previous month, the government said. Participation was 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier and has remained higher than 46 million all year as the unemployment rate has stagnated just above 8 percent. New jobless numbers will be released Sept. 7.

    Dust swirls behind his tractor as a farmer works his dry field near Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Exceptional drought conditions have eased slightly in parts of Oklahoma, though most of the state remains in extreme drought.

    Drought dampens optimism of U.S. farmers, agribusiness

    U.S. farmers struggling through the worst drought in a half century are less optimistic about their circumstances and more hopeful about the future than they were in March, a survey by DTN/The Progressive Farmer shows. "This year will be a tougher year for us," said Dietrich Kastens, who said he'll have "significant losses" with the wheat, corn, sorghum and peas he's raising in Kansas.

    In this Aug. 16, 2012 photo, a combine harvests corn next to another field where soybeans grow near Coy, Ark. Weekend rain brought some relief to farmers in the nationís midsection as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades.

    Isaac gives drought-stricken farmers brief respite

    Several days of rain have given farmers in the nation's midsection a welcome break from irrigating and hauling water for livestock as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped several inches of rain on wide areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri as the storm trudged north. Some spots got more than a half-foot of rain.

Life & Entertainment

    Apples stuffed with gorp make a brown-bag lunch something special

    Gorp-Stuffed Apples
    Gorp-stuffed Apples

    The most important guideline for a smooth bedtime routine is consistency.

    Amount of sleep for children is more important than the time it starts

    Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, a local pediatrician and author, talks with Suburban Parent about bedtimes for children -- and what she says may surprise you, such as a child’s overall sleep pattern, and the total hours of sleep duration, are more important for health and development than what the specific hour bedtime is — and yes, there are age-appropriate guidelines for proper sleep amounts.

    Gary Midkiff turned ground turkey, tomatillos, wheat berries and coconut milk into Turkey Cakes with Tomacado Sauce.

    Turkey Cakes with Tomacado Sauce
    Turkey Cakes with Tomacado Sauce: Gary Midkiff

    Michael Pennisi created turkey and lettuce wraps with wheat berries, and coconut lime rice with tomatillo.

    Asian-Style Turkey-Wheat Berry Lettuce Wraps with Coconut-Tomatillo Rice
    :Michael Pennisi

    Heart-healthy pistachios and almonds make this couscous a nutritious dish.

    North African Sweet Couscous with Almonds and Pistachios
    North African Sweet Couscous

    Heart-healthy pistachios and almonds make this couscous a nutritious dish.

    Eat right, live well: Good health in a nutshell

    Looking for a healthy, satisfying snack with the added benefit of decreasing your risk for heart disease? Look no further than pistachios. A growing body of evidence says a diet containing pistachios can assist in reducing the risk of heart disease that affects millions of adults in the United States and is a leading cause of death.


    Tomato Salad-Topped Grilled Pizza
    Tomato Salad-Topped Grilled Pizza

    Yo-Yo Ma performs with The Knights at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Weekend picks: Yo-Yo Ma closes out Ravinia season

    It's a weekend for music lovers: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma helps to close out the Ravinia Festival's 2012 season on Friday. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band rock Wrigley Field at two sold-out shows this weekend. Country star Kenny Rogers performs his hits Friday at the Arcada Theatre. Plus, there's more: Rusted Root headlines Viper Alley in Lincolnshire while Local H plays Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

    Packing healthy foods can help teach your children to make food choices that are good for them.

    Boredom busters: Delicious and nutritious lunches

    Every kid seems to have his staple lunch that he wants every single day. That is, until one day, when he declares that he will never eat it again.That morning, you find yourself staring blankly into the fridge wondering what you can make that's fast, nutritious, different, but still something he'll eat.:

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Rachel Hencz created a sherry and blueberry barbecue sauce for her kale and feta-stuffed pork chops.

    Sherry-Sherry Blueberry “Q”’d Kale- and Feta-Stuffed Pork Chops
    Sherry-Sherry Blueberry "Q"'d Kale- and Feta-Stuffed Pork Chops: Rachel Hencz

    Tumbling River Ranch in Grant, Colo., offers traditional dude ranch activities like horseback riding, fly-fishing, swimming, rodeos and white-water rafting.

    Your homework: Get some fall family fun on the schedule

    If you talk to the kids about fall's gorgeous colors, you'll see eyes rolling and hear the back door slam as they high-tail out of there. When it comes to a fall family getaway, be sure there's plenty of action for the kids as you enjoy the colorful magic of the trees in the background. You're bound to develop a future leaf-peeper or two.

    Apple Tea Cake is perfect midafternoon snack that also can be served for brunch or dessert.

    Make the most of afternoon break with apple tea cake

    Apple tea cake is the perfect small sweet; it goes well with brunch, but also works as an after-dinner delight. Leftovers that are wrapped tightly will keep up to four days, so there isn't pressure to eat the whole thing. But, best of all, the cake is a cinch to stir together; you don't even need a mixer.

    Eric Church has been nominated for five Country Music Association Awards, including album of the year, male vocalist, single and song of the year.

    5 CMA nominations surprise rising star Eric Church

    No one was more surprised by Eric Church's leading five Country Music Awards nominations than the rising star from North Carolina. He didn't even know they were happening. Church not only received the first major CMA nominations of his career, but that he'd also broken through in the prestigious album, male vocalist and song of the year categories. He was followed by married couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who had four nominations apiece. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town have three apiece.

    Associated Press Discovery Channel stars Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage, are coming to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates with the touring show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths” on Saturday, Nov. 10.

    ‘MythBusters’ heading to Sears Centre
    "MythBusters: Behind the Myths" is coming to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

    Haley Reinhart during a visit to Wheeling last year.

    Haley Reinhart highlights Girl Scout celebration Sept. 8

    Wheeling native Haley Reinhart will be in Chicago this weekend to help Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary. "I really always love speaking to kids and telling them to be whatever they aspire to," said Reinhart, a former Scout who came in third on the 10th season of "American Idol."

    Blue Bunny Bomb Pops

    From the Food Editor: Frugal family dinners and turning ice pops into chicken wings

    If you've feeling the pinch of higher grocery prices consider investing $17.99 for a copy of "The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners Cookbook," Daily Herald Food Editor Deborah Pankey says. Or if you want to get creative -- or impress your young cooks -- check out a chicken wing recipe using Blue Bunny Bomb Pops.

    Los Angeles prosecutors charged Amanda Bynes with two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run on Tuesday. The actress faces up to a year in jail or $2,000 fine if convicted of both counts.

    Prosecutors charge Amanda Bynes with hit-and-run

    Prosecutors have charged Amanda Bynes with hit-and-run in connection with two traffic crashes in recent months. According to a Los Angeles City attorney's spokesman, Bynes was charged for leaving the scene of two accidents, one on April 10 and another on Aug. 4, without providing proper information.


    Night life events: Fleming’s hosts ‘Bottle Wars’

    Rival wines are highlighted at four unique wine tastings every Friday in September at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar's "Bottle Wars." From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, the war is a "Pinot Smackdown," featuring pinot noirs from California's Central Coast competing against pinot noirs from Sonoma, Oregon and the Anderson Valley.


    Author Judy Blume diagnosed with breast cancer

    Children's author Judy Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery. The 74-year-old Blume wrote on her blog Wednesday that she learned in June that she had cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction in late July.

    Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who died of an apparent gunshot wound last week, was laid to rest Wednesday in New York.

    Stars attend funeral of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty

    Some of hip-hop's biggest stars gathered for the Manhattan funeral of manager Chris Lighty. The mourners Wednesday included Sean "Diddy" Combs, Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, 50 Cent and Grandmaster Flash.

    Sliced apple Tea cake is perfect for brunch, tea or dessert.

    Apple Tea Cake
    Apple Tea Cake: Kitchen Scoop

    Bob Barker, who hosted the game show “The Price Is Right” for 35 years, says he has not been invited to be part of the 40th anniversary special.

    Barker ‘fine’ with being excluded from ‘Price’ special

    Bob Barker hosted "The Price Is Right" for 35 years, but he wasn't invited to participate in the game show's 40th anniversary special. The 88-year-old TV personality says the show's producers "chose to ignore me, which is fine."

    Ron Nunes

    Contestants get creative with challenge ingredients

    What did you cook for dinner last night? Did it involve kale and cooking sherry? Or perhaps wheat berries, tomatillos and coconut milk? Read the recipes that our Cook of the Week Challenge contestants came up with, and those ingredients might well be on your next shopping list.


    Recipe challenge Week 1: Holland House sherry cooking wine, pork chops, blueberries and kale
    How did Rachel Hencz and Ron Nunes develop their recipes using Holland House Sherry, pork chops, blueberries and kale?

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Rachel Hencz created a sherry and blueberry barbecue sauce for her kale and feta-stuffed pork chops.

    Sherry-Sherry Blueberry “Q” Sauce
    Kale- and Feta-Stuffed Pork Chops: Rachel Hencz


    Recipe challenge week 1: 365 Everyday Value coconut milk, ground turkey, wheat berries and tomatillos
    What went through the contestants' minds when faced with the coconut milk, turkey, tomatillos and wheat berry recipe challenge.

    Ronald Nunes created a blueberry salsa for his grilled pork chops and serves it with a nutty kale salad.

    Blueberry Pork Chop Confusion with Kale, Blueberry and Walnut Toss
    Blueberry Pork Chop Confusion with Kale, Walnut and Blueberry Toss: Ron Nines

    Ronald Nunes serves a kale, blueberry and walnut salad with blueberry salsa-topped pork chops.

    Kale, Blueberry and Walnut Toss
    Kale, Walnut and Blueberry Toss: Ron Nunes

    Singer Taylor Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year’s Country Music Association Awards.

    Taylor Swift among CMA’s entertainer of the year nominees

    Taylor Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year's Country Music Association Awards. The two-time winner is nominated in the category with previous winners Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton.

    Actress Marg Helgenberger, left, appears at the Stand Up To Cancer Day announcement at Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday.

    ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ adds Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake

    More A-listers have signed on to support the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Organizers say Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, and Olympic gold medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Missy Franklin will participate in the hourlong TV special. It is set to air Friday on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and more than a dozen cable channels.

    “Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life” by Gretchen Rubin

    Happiness is serious business for Gretchen Rubin

    Gretchen Rubin's new sequel, "Happier at Home," takes a closer look at how to improve areas that usually mean the most — bonding with family, creating a comfortable living space and utilizing time management. Her latest project spanned nine months, with each chapter focusing on a different goal. She offers some new solutions for old problems and useful tips to make changes that cultivate quality of life.


    Fall playtime sneaks in life lessons

    When children look at a playground they see swings, slides, room to run, and other kids with whom they can play. They see fun and excitement. A parent might see an opportunity for independent play and imagination to develop. Children can learn to look at their options, make choices and then test those choices.

    Alanis Morissette is feeling a little more appreciated as a woman these days, and her new album, “Havoc and Bright Lights,” is a reflection of that.

    Morissette draws from marriage, son for new album

    Alanis Morissette is feeling a little more appreciated as a woman these days, and her new album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," is a reflection of that. “There's a new climate that I'm noticing ... of women just being loved and respected and honored in a way that even 10 years (ago) I didn't notice,” she said recently. Her new outlook also may be due in part to her role as a mother.


    First to fly the coop wields Jedi power with simple phrase
    Our oldest child Haley went off to college at the end of August. It was a sad moment. Over the summer, Haley spent her time in two pursuits working in order to make money for college, and spending time with her friends. She did not spend much time attending to her responsibilities around the house, which pretty much is just making sure her room is clean.


    Today’s moments forge the legacy of family bonds

    Sometimes in the mundane, ordinary, seemingly meaningless moments in our days we lose sight of the big picture. While we are wiping crumbs off counters, changing diapers, driving kids to soccer practice and imparting bits of wisdom, we forget that we are building something.

    Sibling rivalry might try parents’ patience — but it can have some benefits for kids, experts say.

    Sibling rivalry not all bad, doctor says

    In families with more than one child, sibling rivalry is practically unavoidable, but it's also perfectly normal - and isn't all bad, pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman Dr. Anita Chandra-Puri says.



    Editorial: State Democrats, DNC and compromise

    A Daily Herald editorial says that Illinois Democrats listening to complaints this week about GOP unwillingness to compromise should remember those complaints when they return to Springfield to discuss solutions to the pension crisis.


    Joe Lieberman: Party of one

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Sen. Joe Lieberman — just 12 years after taking the stage in Los Angeles as the Democratic vice presidential nominee — was not invited to this year's Democratic convention. Or the Republican convention.


    Profitability and insuring the elderly

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Those who liken the health plan for government employees to the Republican plan for moving Medicare to private insurers miss a significant difference: the patients.


    Vouchers do not protect Medicare
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: I recently received a mailing from Congressman Dold which stated: "Protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security for our seniors is a top priority for Robert Dold." The congressman is only partially correct in his claim of protecting and preserving Medicare for seniors.


    Be selective about athletic scholarships
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Every day we read in the paper or hear it on the TV sports shows: another athlete from this college team or that college team has been arrested on charges of drugs or rape or another major crime. Why is it that the NCAA does not enforce its rules about due diligence when recruiting players?


    Will column misstates history
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: In his Aug. 28 column, George Will either willfully or negligently misstates two important facts.


    A vote for Obama is a vote for socialism
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: We've seen socialism collapse the Soviet Union. Today, we see the decay of European socialistic countries. Socialism has never worked and will never work.


    People with integrity needed in Congress
    A Palatine letter to the editor: It really disgusts me to hear Joe Walsh derogating Tammy Duckworth's military service. While supporting the sending of our young people off to fight in foreign wars, Walsh has been careful to avoid all military service himself.


    Service people rely on your generosity
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The restaurants industry does not pay well enough for the people to live strictly on what is being paid. It's set up because of the gratuities expectation.


    No seat anymore at the ruling table
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: To think that such inane issues as abortion, gay marriage and right to own a gun would trump the advent of our collapsing economy and the loss of millions of jobs to outsourcing and corporate downsizing is incredulous at best. And while politicians continue to wave the moral flag about social and religious issues, the simple question is: Where are the jobs?


    Eastwood was just previewing new film
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Let's not be too hard on the weird, rambling, profane, incomprehensible convention endorsement Clint Eastwood gave Mitt Romney.


    Religious freedom stand appreciated
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I'd like to thank Congresswoman Judy Biggert for her commitment to religious freedom in health care. As a Christian Scientist, I feel that ensuring individuals have access to effective health care, and respecting their religious freedom is important.


    Read the bill? Perhaps you should
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Steve Morrissey, in his letter to the editor about the Obama health care plan, suggests people should "read the bill" and then gives totally inaccurate statistics that have been sent in a viral email since 2011. These claims that Medicare Part B will rise to a premium of $247 per person per month in 2014 are totally false.


    Ryan not quite a man of the people
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Paul Ryan is a one percenter. His congressional salary is $174,000 and he has disclosed 2010 investment income between $168,000 and $1.2 million annually.


    They vaccinate horses, don’t they?
    A Dundee Township letter to the editor: Ruth Kramer wrote wanting to know why there is no vaccine for the West Nile virus. Well, there is ... for horses. If my mini horse can be protected, why not me?


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