Daily Archive : Thursday September 6, 2012


    President Barack Obama admires the crowd before his speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

    Images: Thursday at the Democratic National Convention
    Images of Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. .President Barack Obama addressed the convention and accepted a nomination of him for President of the United States. James Taylor performed, and Gabrielle Giffords offered the Pledge of Allegiance.

    “The first golden rule of honey is to get to know your beekeeper.” So says Kim Flottum, author of multiple books on beekeeping, honey-making and gardening for pollinators. She will be on hand Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7 to 9, for the Morton Arboretum’s Honey Bee Weekend, a festival celebrating all things bee.

    Morton Arboretum gets sweet on bees and their honey this weekend

    "The first golden rule of honey is to get to know your beekeeper." So says Kim Flottum, author of multiple books on beekeeping, honey-making and gardening for pollinators. Flottum and other experts will be on hand Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7 to 9, for the Morton Arboretum's Honey Bee Weekend, a festival celebrating all things bee.

    Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn, right, will tap the first keg of the village's Oktoberfest around 5 p.m. Friday to open the two-day festival. Event organizer Dan Kompanowski, left, says he bought lederhosen to fit in with the enthusiastic German crowd.

    Itasca's big weekend: Oktoberfest and NFL kickoff party

    In one weekend, Itasca combines bratwursts and lederhosen with hot dogs and football jerseys in two two distinct celebrations united by beer. Oktoberfest features German staples on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, in a tent downtown along Orchard Street. On Sunday, Sept. 9, the oompah music gives way to the Comcast NFL RedZone Kickoff and chili cook-off.


    Lombard Town Centre director ready to recruit, raise funds

    Lombard Town Centre's new executive director has a background in nonprofit work and fundraising, lives in downtown Lombard and says she's ready to get down to business as soon as she assumes the post Monday. "I'm going to hit the ground running because I don't have to ramp up and get to know the area," said Michelle Iwinski, who starts her new job Monday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two more burglaries of unlocked garages in Des Plaines were reported, continuing a recent rash of such thefts. Burglars stole six saws, two machine welders, generator, nail gun, and two mountain bikes out of an unlocked garage on the 1600 block of Wicke Avenue between 4 p.m. Sept. 1 and noon Sept. 2. Value was estimated at $7,200. Burglars stole a snowblower valued at $400 out of an open garage...


    Man in custody after attempted Aurora child abduction

    A 50-year-old Aurora man is being questioned by Aurora police after a possible attempted child abduction Thursday morning a few blocks away from a west-side middle school, authorities said. A 13-year-old Aurora girl who was walking to Jefferson Middle School was approached about 8:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of Monomoy Street by a man driving an older black vehicle with a child seat in the back,...

    Wheaton park officials OK’d a $2 million contract to renovate a portion of the shuttered Hubble Middle School.

    Wheaton parks OKs Hubble renovation

    The Wheaton Park District has awarded a roughly $2 million contract to a construction company to renovate a portion of the former Hubble Middle School site.


    Elgin man, daughter dead in Lakewood motorcycle crash

    An Elgin man and his 16-year-old daughter were killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 47 in Lakewood Tuesday. Authorities said the 49-year-old driver of a Jeep Liberty turned in front of the motorcycle, causing both victims to be thrown from the bike.

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, right, administers the oath of office to new Police Chief William Kushner at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

    Des Plaines swears in new police chief amid turmoil

    Des Plaines' new police chief, William Kushner, has taken the helm of a department in turmoil. His top priority will be addressing internal issues, including changes in the command structure with the departure of several top-ranking officers, an internal investigation into the possible misreporting and misuse of a federal grant, and multiple lawsuits filed against the city and some of its...


    Island Lake’s Venetian Night canceled due to low water levels

    Island Lake's annual Venetian Night boating extravaganza has been canceled because of low water levels on the town's eponymous lake, officials said. The circus-themed event, set for Saturday night, won't be rescheduled, Mayor Debbie Herrmann said. It would have included a contest and a floating picnic at Eastway Park.

    Libertyville native and Air Force Capt. Russell Campbell talks after flying in his A-10 Thunderbolt II into Waukegan Municipal Airport on Thursday. The plane will be used as a backup for the 2012 Wings Over Waukegan air show on Saturday.

    Pilot with Libertyville roots in town for air show

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Russell Campbell of Libertyville arrived at the Waukegan Regional Airport in style Thursday. Campbell, who is in town for the annual Wings Over Waukegan air show, touched down in his A-10 Thunderbolt II and was greeted by family. "What do you think, ma?" he asked his mother, Susan Campbell.

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

    Protests persist after towns reach Dimucci mall deal

    Hearings on a controversial commercial proposal on the Dimucci property in between North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods continued Thursday — though protesters were asked to ignore that the two villages they'd considered their allies had recently reached a compromise on what can go there. Residents say they object to the revised plan and the closed-door process by which it was reached.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Asking 2nd term, Obama says nation will recover

    His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met." “Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place,” he declared.

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, walks with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

    Giffords inspires crowd at Democratic convention

    Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.


    Lombard fails to choose acting village president

    Six Lombard trustees trying Thursday night to choose an acting village president to serve until the April election rejected motions nominating four out of the six of them before postponing the matter to a later meeting. Votes to choose trustees Zachary Wilson, Greg Gron, Laura Fitzpatrick and Bill Ware to handle the role previously filled by Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller, who died...


    District 214: We’re reaching our goals

    With the new school year under way, the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board got an update on how its schools are living up to distric wide goals. "The data are all faces, our students faces, and that's how our staff views it," said Superintendent Dave Schuler. "The data helps us structure how we do things and what types of interventions are needed."

    Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    Durbin introduces Obama once again

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took the Democratic National Convention stage Thursday night as one of President Barack Obama's biggest and earliest political backers, introducing his fellow Illinois Democrat to a Charlotte crowd and asking them to re-elect the man he mentored. "President Obama, your values, your courage, your vision for justice are still worth fighting for," Durbin told the crowd.

    David Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    A conventional love affair for stars, Democrats

    Clint Eastwood's oddball GOP convention monologue didn't sit well, but Democrats proved they know how to exploit their unabashed love affair with Hollywood.

    Omaha-based Buchanan Energy plans to demolish the old Mobil gas station on Route 60 in Vernon Hills and replace it with a new station, convenience store and car wash.

    New gas station, convenience store combo planned in Vernon Hills

    Omaha-based Buchanan Energy plans to demolish an old Mobil gas station on Route 60 in Vernon Hills and create a new station/car wash from the ground up. The company purchased 81 Mobil stations in the Chicago area and this project would be among the first do-overs, so to speak. "It's going to be brand-new from under the ground to the top," said Richard McMahon, who works in real estate development...

    Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty Thursday of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Peterson verdict could set precedent

    Drew Peterson — the crass former Illinois police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007 — was convicted Thursday of murdering a previous wife in a potentially precedent-setting case centered on secondhand hearsay statements. Peterson, 58, sat stoically looking straight ahead and did not react as the judge announced jurors had found him guilty of...

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

    Absent from convention, Schneider ‘focused on the district’

    The 10th Congressional District has been called the most Democratic-leaning district in the nation that's now held by a Republican. Yet, Illinois delegates leave the Democratic National Convention today without having seen 10th District candidate Brad Schneider. He stayed in Illinois, opting to host local parties to watch President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night.

    Cliff McIlvaine

    St. Charles man released from jail, but construction woes persist

    Cliff McIlvaine, a St. Charles homeowner who has had a construction project languishing at his home since 1975, is released after spending two weeks in jai for contempt of court. The judge still wants him to connect to the city water supply and said if jail doesn't force him to do that, maybe the threat of the city demolishing his home will. McIlvaine is due in court again Sept. 20.


    Former Benet president guilty of obscenity

    A former president of Benet Academy who retired after "inappropriate" images of "an adult sexual nature" were found on the computer in his office at the Lisle school has been convicted on misdemeanor obscenity charges.

    Actress Eva Longoria is interviewed on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Longoria promises ‘no empty chairs’ at convention

    Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood's speech to Republicans. Longoria tells NBC's "Today" there will be no empty chairs.

    Andrew Zinke

    3 in GOP race for McHenry Co. sheriff

    With the upcoming retirement of the longtime McHenry County sheriff, the field of Republican candidates vying for the post has grown to three, even with the election still more than two years away. Retired police commander Bill Prim, 53, of Cary, and attorney Jim Harrison, 54, of Johnsburg, recently announced their intention to run for office, joining McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, who...

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital on Thursday, a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive. McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head Wednesday by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He was knocked down by the shot and hit his head on the ground.

    A's McCarthy alert after surgery on skull fracture
    Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital on Thursday, a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive. McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head Wednesday by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He was knocked down by the shot and hit his head on...


    Examples of hearsay statements from Peterson trial

    JOLIET — Prosecutors relied on normally barred secondhand hearsay statements to convict former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Illinois passed a law in 2008, dubbed “Drew’s Law,” making the evidence admissible at trials in rare circumstances. Witnesses at Peterson’s first-degree murder trial testified about what Savio told them before she died in...


    Quotes from the Drew Peterson trial

    Highlights of comments from the murder trial of Drew Peterson, who was convicted Thursday of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio: "The defendant in this case was a coward and a bully," Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said shortly after the verdict.

    The Department of Natural Resources has determined a river otter harvest is now biologically sustainable, and trapping season will begin Nov. 5.

    Thriving river otters fair game for trappers

    Since river otters' reintroduction in Illinois in the mid-1990s, their population has boomed, helped by expanding populations in surrounding states. The trapping season begins Nov. 5 in the zone north of Interstate 72, while the start date will be Nov. 10 in the southern zone.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Pathologist: Antidepressant found in murder victim

    A forensic pathologist testified the antidepressant drug Nortriptyline was found at toxic levels in the wife of the Oswego man accused of killing her and their three children. Larry Blum's testimony came in trial of Christopher Vaughn, who prosecutors say killed his wife and children in June 2007 so he could move to Canada.

    Mary Marra

    Woodridge woman faces sentencing in $550,000 theft from law firm

    A former receptionist convicted of stealing more than half a million dollars from a Downers Grove law firm had been accused of theft on at least four prior occasions, including one in which she fished bills from a drop box safe using a weighted string and tape, authorities said. The earlier allegations were presented in DuPage County court Thursday as a sentencing hearing got under way for Mary...

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, campaigns in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday.

    Ryan says Obama fell ‘woefully short’ as president

    President Barack Obama has broken too many promises to earn a second term and four more years under his leadership could leave America as a "welfare state with a debt crisis," Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Thursday.


    New firefighter sworn in in Wheeling

    Ryan A. Burns was sworn into the office of Wheeling firefighter by village clerk Elaine Simpson, on Tuesday in Wheeling's village hall. Burns comes from a firefighter dynasty: His grandfather served as a firefighter in Chicago and his uncles were fire lieutenants/paramedics for over 30 years in Wheeling.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Quinn’s lucky tie goes national
    Suburban political recount column for Friday, Sept. 7.

    Ed Goldberg, CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center

    St. Alexius CEO resigning in November

    St. Alexius Medical Center CEO Ed Goldberg is resigning Nov. 2 to focus on his health and spend time with his family. He is battling Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, a rare form of lymphoma.

    Fifth grade students at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights work on their rotoscope animation project on iPads.

    Arlington Hts. student iPad video could be national winner

    Students in art classes are used to drawing, painting and working with clay — but one Arlington Heights teacher took art to the next level, combining it with technology to help her students create an animated video, drawn completely on iPads. Their creativity might be rewarded with a big prize.

    Though former President Bill Clinton said he combed Wednesday nights’ speech carefully for lines that might be taken out of context and used against President Barack Obama, it took only a day for Mitt Romney’s campaign to produce an ad doing just that.

    New Romney ad uses Clinton’s words against Obama

    A new television ad from Mitt Romney's campaign is using Bill Clinton's words against President Barack Obama.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks with the news media after making a stop at the “New Hampshire Veterans and Military Families for Mitt” event in Concord, N.H., Thursday.

    Romney defends Afghanistan omission

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his decision not to discuss the Afghanistan war in his convention speech. He said he didn't plan to watch President Barack Obama's convention address but offered some advice.


    Man questions 11-year-old waiting for bus in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines police report a suspicious man talking to school students at bus stops. An 11-year-old girl told police that about 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, a man 30-40 years old driving a black pickup truck pulled up to a school bus stop on the southeast corner of Jarvis Avenue and Plainfield Drive and asked what school she went to, her age and name.

    T.R. Smith

    Veteran only ‘no’ vote on increasing pay for veterans affairs employee

    Kane County Board member T.R. Smith, a proud veteran, cast the sole "no" vote on giving a Veterans Affairs Commission employee a raise. The commission's director said the man has done exceptional work, and that there is money in the budget to give the raise.

    Vice President Joe Biden waves from the VIP gallery after being nominated for a second term as vice president at the Democratic National Convention.

    Democrats nominate Biden for second term as VP

    Democrats have nominated Joe Biden for a second term as vice president, rounding out the ticket headed by President Barack Obama.

    Will we see a Jane Addams Tollway and Railway in the future?

    New law allows tollway to build railroad tracks

    First tollways, now railways? A new state law authorizes the Illinois tollway to design and construct railroad tracks. While high-speed rail advocates are thrilled, tollway officials say there's nothing in the works yet.

    In this Tuesday image originally released by the White House, President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch first lady Michelle Obama speak on television. For many TV viewers, it will surely be a surprise to see how much the Obama daughters have grown when they appear in Charlotte Thursday night.

    Where’d the time go? Obama girls now young women

    Who are those tall, willowy young women with Barack and Michelle Obama — and where'd they hide little Sasha and Malia? TV viewers may be truly startled at just how much they've grown when they appear after their father's speech Thursday night. "It's kind of like coming home for Christmas after many years," one watcher says.

    Former President Bill Clinton sounded good Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C., but was all that he said true?

    Fact check: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch

    When former President Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, he portrayed President Barack Obama as a pragmatic compromiser who has been stymied at every turn by Republicans. There was no mention of the role that the president and the Democrats have played in grinding compromise to a halt on some of the most important issues facing the country.


    Des Plaines investigating smart water meters

    Des Plaines city officials are considering replacing the city's aging analog water meters and with a new digital smart meter system that would allow city staff to remotely read meters through radio frequency.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Four vehicles in the 43W800 block of Midlothian Turnpike near Elburn were burglarized between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff's report. Some of the items taken were a backpack containing four wallets and a checkbook, along with compact discs and loose change.

    In this Feb. 28 file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerry’s speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night is an audition of sorts for secretary of state if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

    Kerry speech a possible tryout for job at State

    Sen. John Kerry dismissed Republican Mitt Romney as "out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream" in a Democratic National convention speech that's the Democrat's audition of sorts for secretary of state if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

    In this Dec. 18, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Three topics are noticeably missing from the Democrats’ meeting: Climate change, economic stimulus and the massive bank bailout.

    Not heard in Charlotte: TARP, stimulus, climate

    They are the missing pages of a convention story line, ideas and initiatives once prominently featured in President Barack Obama's agenda. Climate change. Economic stimulus. The massive bank bailout known as TARP.


    144 schools will stay open if Chicago teachers strike

    The 144 public schools that will be open in the event of a teacher strike have been announced by the Chicago Public Schools.The schools will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Breakfast will be served, and students will have two 55-minute activity periods during the day. Lunch will also be served, after which the students will be dismissed.

    Delegates watch Thursday night as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The placards on display as Clinton addressed the DNC said, “Middle Class First.” And indeed, speaker after speaker has evoked the party’s devotion to the lot of middle-class Americans in 2012.

    Democrats focus on middle class, but not poor

    "Middle Class First," said the placards on display as Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic Convention. And indeed, speaker after speaker has invoked the party's devotion to the lot of middle-class Americans in 2012. The rich also have featured in the rhetoric, albeit as a punching bag. But the poor? Not so much. They've been mentioned only fleetingly.

    Singer Marc Anthony performs during a sound check on day three of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday. President Barack Obama’s prime-time nomination acceptance speech tonight at the DNC will be aimed at convincing voters that a slow economic recovery will accelerate if they give him a second term.

    Obama uses MTV to draw young viewers to speech

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama is turning to MTV to get young people to tune in for his speech at the Democratic Party’s national convention.Obama’s campaign is running a television ad Thursday night at the end of the cable channel’s annual movie awards show. It will air just minutes before the president is to speak.


    Route 21/137 lanes shifted, reduced:

    Weather permitting, traffic heading north and south on Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) from from Rollingwoods Drive to about 1,000 feet north of Route 137 in Libertyville on Friday will be pushed to the east side of the existing pavement to create a work zone to build new southbound lanes.


    No ‘Cruizen the Mills’ show:

    Gurnee Mills officials announced Thursday that the first "Cruizen the Mills" nostalgic car show that had been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 has been postponed until further notice.


    Mundelein police open house:

    The Mundelein Police Department is sponsoring an open house on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 221 N. Lake St.

    Michael Carbone

    Grayslake Dist. 46 procedure set to investigate employees’ complaint

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 will use a private grievance process to determine accusations made by two employees against board member Michael Carbone related to an encounter with him during school registration of his child. At a meeting Wednesday night, five of seven school board members supported using the private process to investigate the signed and notarized internal complaint. Carbone...


    Wheeling gets federal grant for victim services

    The village of Wheeling is receiving a $66,458 Victims of Crime Act grant to fund the Victim Services Coordinator position in the Social Services Division of its Human Services Department. The coordinator offers services to victims of crime and their families, such as court-related advocacy, support services, information and referral services, and crisis counseling.

    Sue Walton

    Delegate diary: Basking in Obama’s fame

    Delegate Sue Walton of Rolling Meadows talks about the Democratic National Convention's late nights, early mornings and the fun of meeting political stars. Name-dropping native son Barack Obama is a perk of being from Illinois, says Walton, who hosted some events for him years ago. "If I tell the story to someone, they will be: Oh, my gosh, you know (Obama)? You were...

    Mark McDonald

    DuPage forest district sues to recoup funds

    The day after two ex-employees were charged with scamming the DuPage Forest Preserve District out of more than $150,000, the district filed a civil suit Thursday seeking to recover the lost funds. "We want to make sure we take every step possible to recover every dollar possible for taxpayers," said forest preserve board President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr.


    Wheeling allowing ads in village, senior newsletters

    Newsletters for the village of Wheeling and the Wheeling Senior Center will for the first time include advertising beginning next year, a move officials say should cover the publications' costs. Village trustees this week approved a two-year contract with Liturgical Publications, Inc. to produce the bimonthly village newsletters that now will feature 2.5 pages of ads on 12 total pages. The...

    Marcia Savio, step-mother of Kathleen Savio cries outside the Will County Courthouse after word that former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. Marcia Savio is accompanied by Kathleen Savio’s half-brother Nicholas Savio.

    Images: Drew Peterson Guilty
    Images from the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. and of the case of Drew Peterson, found guilty in the murder of Kathleen Savio. Savio was the third wife of former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer  Peterson.The verdict capped a sensational, five-year legal saga that began after the swaggering former Illinois police officer's fourth wife vanished. Peterson, 58, faces a maximum 60-year...


    Illinois to decide on essential health benefits

    Gov. Pat Quinn has less than a month to choose which benefits will be required in basic health insurance plans sold to individuals and small businesses in Illinois under the federal health care law, an important decision that will determine the cost of future premiums and how broad coverage will be for many patients.


    Drought fueling deer disease in Illinois, Midwest

    The drought that's dried out much of the Midwest is now fueling an outbreak of a disease often fatal to deer in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. More than 700 deer are known to have been killed so far this summer in Illinois by epizootic hemorrhagic disease.


    Santorum at Schaumburg book signing Oct. 19

    Onetime presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will appear at the Barnes & Noble store in Schaumburg next month to sign copies of his new book, "American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom." The signing will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the store at 590 E. Golf Road in the Woodfield Plaza Shopping Center.


    Plainfield police withdraw school gun safe request

    Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek had initially requested the safes, saying they could be used to store weapons for officers to use in case of violence at the schools. In a letter to the school district, the police chief says the request has received so much attention it's drawn the focus away from education and that some of the potential security measures have been compromised.


    Geneva dam drowning case pushed to October

    A lawsuit filed by relatives of a Naperville man who died saving a boy from the waters at the Geneva dam in August 2011 will next be up in court in October. The attorney for relatives of Randy Suchy has until then to change the lawsuit. Defense attorneys say the city and park district are immune from liability, and since people know the area is dangerous, they don't have to fix or correct it.


    Fines, community service for crash that damaged 12 headstones

    Kevin Malone, 27, of Elgin, is sentenced to 250 hours of community service and fined $1,700 for reckless driving in May 2011 in which he crashed into a city-owned cemetery in Batavia, causing $20,000 damage by hitting a dozen gravestones.

    Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, has been missing since 2007.

    Stacy’s family hoping for a break in the case

    Stacy Peterson's sister, Cassandra Cales, says she hopes Drew Peterson's murder conviction will lead to a break in the Stacy Peterson disappearance. Cales spoke to reporters Thursday outside the Will County courthouse after jurors convicted the former suburban Chicago police officer in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Stacy Peterson is Drew Peterson's fourth wife. He was named a...

    Attorneys for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson — Joel Brodsky, left, and Steven Greenberg — confer Thursday outside the Will County Courthouse.

    Peterson lawyer: We will appeal

    An attorney for Drew Peterson says the defense team will appeal the former police officer's conviction in the slaying of his third wife. Attorney Ralph Meczyk says the defense raised reasonable doubt in the case. He says Peterson was sad, but didn't say much after the guilty verdict was read Thursday.

    COURTESY of the SAVIO FAMILY Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson’s third wife.

    Savio family ‘finally got justice’

    The brother of Drew Peterson's third wife says his conviction is "a very long time in coming." Nick Savio spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon outside the Will County courthouse in Joliet after jurors convicted Peterson in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Nick Savio said at least he knows his sister will get justice and although they can't have her back "we hope she can rest in peace." Nick Savio...


    Fox Valley police reports Thursday
    Jeremy D. Kolenda, 34, of the 600 block of Reed Street in Beecher, Ill., appeared in bond court Thursday on a felony theft charge, acording to court documents. Kolenda is charged with taking an $8,000 wedding ring and $500 pair of earrings Aug. 20 from an Elgin home while installing hardwood floors.


    Kane animal control fee hike, loan payment delay goes to full board

    A plan to charge higher registration fees for non-spayed and non-neutered animals was recommended to the Kane County Board, but some members question whether it is fair to animal breeders and owners of elderly animals or those too young to be spayed or neutered.


    Elk Grove coalition recognizes residents for good character

    The Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove will conduct its fourth annual Celebration of Character from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Elk Grove Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village.

    Sisters Aliya, left, and Dana de Grazia of Long Grove attend school in Kenya. Aliya founded a nonprofit to provide clean water to a remote village, while Dana works to save big cats from extinction.

    Long Grove sisters share in mission

    Aliya de Grazia, 21, knows the joy of helping to prevent disease by providing a Kenyan village with a clean water source. Dana de Grazia, 18, can say she's punched a lion in the face and survived. Together the sisters from Long Grove are committing their lives to protecting human and animal rights. "Life matters," Aliya said.


    Be part of the Elgin’s green movement at recycling event
    To finalize the run of Elgin Public Museum's temporary exhibit, "The Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement," they have partnered with the sponsor, ECCO, and Elgin Recycling for an Electronic Recycling event on Saturday, Sept. 8, between 9 a.m. and noon. It will take place in the parking lot in Lords Park, off Grand Boulevard on Elgin's east side.

    Re-enactors portraying British soldiers will take up their guns in two battles both Saturday and Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Re-enactors recreate Revolutionary War in Wheaton

    Weekends are usually synonymous with leisure, but consider Tim Hess. The Streamwood man will be living without electricity, hunting for food and water and trying to avoid death on a battlefield Saturday and Sunday. Well, a simulated battlefield, part of Cantigny Park's Revolutionary War re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9. Still, "it's the real deal," Hess, 48, said.


    Two arrested in Lake Villa on drug charges after foot chase with police

    A Lake Villa Township man and a juvenile runaway have been charged with various crimes following a foot chase in Lake Villa, authorities said Thursday. Marcello Brown, 28, of the 37000 block of Avon Drive, was charged with criminal trespass to a residence, resisting a police officer and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth said. The...

    The addition of a new wheelchair-accesible path at the south end of Concord Park in South Elgin was completed last winter. With the help of a state grant, the village will extend the path farther, completing the trail system in the park.

    New trail to open opportunities in South Elgin park

    A woman in a wheelchair wanting to see her grandson play baseball at South Elgin's Concord Park was able to this summer because of an ADA-accessible trail completed last winter. Now, because of an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant, the village can extend the accessible pathway even farther, completing the trail system in the park.

    Robert Henry conducting the band in District 57.

    Northwest suburbs loses longtime music educator

    Band directors and former students around the Northwest suburbs are mourning the death of Robert Henry, who taught band students in District 57 for nearly four decades, before retiring to teach privately. "Students loved him, and he had a huge impact on the success of our Hersey and MacArthur Junior High School band programs for many years," says Scott Casagrande, Hersey High School band director.

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Have lots of unpaid tolls? The Illinois tollway could be taking you to court.

    Tollway taking scofflaws to court

    Got some outstanding tollway fines? Here's a warning. The Illinois tollway is lawyering up. The agency will slap its" worst" skofflaws with lawsuits starting this week.

    President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

    Obama speech about job security — for him, for all

    To a nation short on job security, President Barack Obama has his night to protect his own. Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday will be about promise — the kind he'll say he has kept, and the kind of feeling he wants to stir once more.

    Ellen Correll

    Parents concerned about no air conditioning at two Grayslake schools

    Some parents at Grayslake Elementary District 46 are unhappy about the lack of air conditioning at two schools. District 46 board members heard from the parents whose children attend Meadowview and Woodview schools, both in Grayslake, during public comment time at a meeting Wednesday.


    Theosophical Society in America stats
    Programs: Offered daily Fridays and some Saturdays; schedule at theosophical.orgWhere: 1926 N. Main St., WheatonVisitors welcome? YesFees: Many programs are free, donation-based or $5 for members, $10 for guests, except workshops, retreats, webinars and most classes

    More than 30 entries are expected to participate in Sunday afternoon’s parade, which is the staple of the Good Old Days festival in downtown Winfield.

    Winfield festival brings reunion atmosphere

    On the surface, Winfield's Good Old Days is a festival with four days of live music, carnival rides and fair food. But at its heart, the summer tradition is a reunion, organizers say. "It brings back people who have moved away," said volunteer Jenny Saylor. "It also brings the community together." The 45th annual festival starts Thursday, Sept. 6, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 9, by the...

    The Theosophical Society in America hosts the annual TheosoFEST, offering presenters, activities and entertainment meant to encourage understanding and appreciation of diversity.

    Theosophical Society fest celebrates our differences

    Politics, social issues, religion — at this point in our national history, we Americans seem particularly bent on picking a point of view and sticking to it. We eschew civil discourse and consider compromise a sign of weakness.The Theosophical Society in America, however, stands opposed to that approach. The organization, which has its national center in Wheaton, encourages members to...

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Daily Herald State Government Writer Mike Riopell

    Postcard from Charlotte: Hoffa’s new slogan
    Illinois Democrats' breakfast meetings all week were peppered with a high-powered speaking lineup of national labor leaders, an acknowledgment of the importance of union support to the party's candidates.

    Drew Peterson

    Jury deliberates for second day in Peterson trial

    A Will County jury is deliberating for a second day in the Drew Peterson murder trial.


    Illinois treasurer has $1.6B in unclaimed property

    The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office says it has another $100 million in unclaimed property, which brings the current total to $1.6 billion.Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking Illinois residents to go online and find out if they or their relatives have unclaimed property being held by the state.


    IU unveils plan to expand online education

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University is investing $8 million to help develop and deliver online courses at its campuses statewide and extend the university’s global reach.


    Workers ready to lift next section of Ohio River bridge

    MILTON, Ky. — Workers building a new Ohio River bridge between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., will move a 727-foot preassembled section into place next week.The Courier-Journal reports the span will be floated into position and lifted using a method called “strand jacking.” The section was assembled on barges in Milton.


    Wisconsin’s Baldwin gets prime-time slot at convention

    MADISON, Wis. — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin gets a chance to raise her profile and make her case against Republican Tommy Thompson during a prime-time speaking slot at her party’s national convention.Baldwin is slated to speak Thursday night in the 7 p.m. hour, shortly before President Barack Obama takes the stage.

    Vice President Joe Biden, left, walks out with a stage manager for a microphone check in preparation for his speech at the Democratic National Convention early Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

    Obama advisers don’t expect big bounce in polls

    President Barack Obama will lay out his vision for a second term, even as advisers say they don't anticipate a big bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention.

    First lady Michelle Obama walks onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tracy Reese, who designed Obama’s hot pink silk jacquard dress with pale blue trim at the hem, says she’s rushing to make more of them. She told NBC’s “Today” show that the dress will cost under $500.

    Designer to rush production of first lady’s dress
    Want a dress like the one first lady Michelle Obama wore at the Democratic convention? Designer Tracy Reese says she's rushing to make dresses.

    President Barack Obama stands with Former President Bill Clinton after Clintons’ address to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

    Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch

    President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters. Obama senior adviser David Plouffe promised the president would give voters "a very clear sense of where he thinks the country needs to go...

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters after the Supreme Court questioned Arizona’s “show me your papers” immigration law in April. On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, Brewer’s office said the most contentious section of Arizona’s immigration law is expected to go into effect shortly. A spokesman says Brewer is pleased with a federal judge’s decision on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 to allow enforcement of the law. It enables officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The National Immigration Law Center says it’s considering “legal options” after the ruling.

    Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

    PHOENIX — More than two years after it was signed into law, the most contentious part of Arizona’s landmark immigration legislation is expected to go into effect following a federal court ruling issue late Wednesday.

    NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital Thursday morning after appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because he felt “lightheaded” on the set of the news-talk program.

    NBC’s Tom Brokaw hospitalized, says he’s doing OK

    NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital Thursday morning after appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He later tweeted that he was doing OK. The network says Brokaw felt "lightheaded" on the set of the news-talk program, which has been originating this week from Charlotte. "Out of an abundance of caution," he was taken to a Charlotte-area hospita.


    Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

    Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society that treated them like outcasts.


    Syrian troops take town on refugee flight route

    BEIRUT — Syrian troops recaptured from rebels Thursday a border town used by refugees to cross to Jordan, activists said, an apparent bid by the regime to stem the flood of Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war.

    A glow of a large fire seen after an explosion at an ammunition store in Afyonkarahisar in western Turkey which has killed some 25 soldiers and wounded at least four others, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. The blast happened on Wednesday night at a military storage for hand grenades in Afyon, military said. Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu said the explosion was most likely caused by an accident.

    Turkey: 25 killed in ammunition depot blast

    ANKARA, Turkey — An explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at a Turkish ammunition depot, the government said Thursday.

    Hearses leave the site of a shooting rampage that left four adults dead and a 7-year-old girl hospitalized near Chevaline, French Alps, Thursday Sept. 6, 2012. French investigators say they still don’t know the reasons for the killings of what appears to be a family of British vacationers found in a car in the French Alps.

    Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps

    CHEVALINE, France — French investigators struggled Thursday to explain how a 4-year-old girl could go undetected for eight hours in a car full of corpses in the French Alps.They also acknowledged that they still don’t know why a family of British vacationers were slain in a BMW on a remote mountain road near the French village of Chevaline.

    Associated Press The courtyard of Abu Salim prison, in Tripoli, Libya. Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, that depicted in unprecedented detail the sweep of abuses in secret prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.

    Human Rights Watch reports evidence of wider U.S. waterboarding

    Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.


    Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy holds his head after being struck by a ball hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar in the fourth inning Wednesday at home. He underwent surgery on Thursday.

    A’s McCarthy alert after surgery for skull fracture

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital on Thursday, a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Surging Schaumburg stops Palatine

    Schaumburg's girls volleyball team moved above .500 for the season and also moved into a tie for second in the Mid-Suburban West by defeating visiting Palatine 25-20, 25-21.Kiana Lewis (15 kills) and Kelly Koutnik (11) paced the attack which was set by Marisa Christy (20 assists) as the Saxons improved to 5-4 and 2-1 in the MSL West.

    Hersey senior Amanda Petro heads toward victory in the 200-meter IM on Thursday at Palatine.

    Szymaszek, Hersey like the result at Palatine

    Senior Karolina Szymaszek helped Hersey to a 116-70 victory over host Palatine on Thursday in girls swimming.


    Prospect sets lowest nine record

    One season after putting itself into the history books with a Class AA state championship, Prospect's girls golf team continues to book more history.On Thursday, playing the front nine at its own Mt. Prospect Golf Course, the Knights set the school record for their lowest nine-hole total.Also, junior Kiley Walsh tied the school record for nine holes as Prospect (147) topped Hersey (186) in the Mid-Suburban League East dual meet in Mt Prospect.


    Football: Week 3 previews, Northwest

    A look at Week 3 of the high school football season in the Mid-Suburban League, plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    The Rangers’ Ian Kinsler beats the tag by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas for a triple during the 10th inning Thursday night in Kansas City.

    Rangers top Royals in 10 to extend AL West lead

    Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Michael Young's single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday night. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to help the AL West leaders overcome a 3-0 deficit.


    Scouting Week 3 football in the Fox Valley

    Taking a look at Week 3 football games in the Fox Valley.

    Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinal round of play Thursday at the U.S. Open in New York.

    Djokovic gets past del Potro to reach Open semis

    Playing terrific defense and catching lines with his shots all night long, defending U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals at a 10th consecutive Grand Slam tournament.


    Scouting Week 3 football in Lake County

    Previewing Week 3 of the high school football season in Lake County.


    Borden powers Vernon Hills victory

    Evan Borden’s hat trick did the trick for Vernon Hills’ boys soccer team.Borden tallied all 3 goals in the Cougars’ 3-1 win over Ridgewood in a nonconference match Thursday. Tony Orozco, David White and Matthew Tabrizi earned assists, as Vernon Hills improved to 6-2-1.Lake Zurich 7, Mundelein 0: Matt Montemayor and Miguel Hernandez each scored twice for the visiting Bears, who built a 3-0 halftime advantage in the North Suburban Lake contest.Ian Murray, Danny Suerth and Ian Hesch also scored, while Tim Burroughs had 3 assists in helping Lake Zurich improve to 2-5-1 and 1-1 in the division. Will O’Brien also picked up an assist. Bears keepers Braven Bacardi (5 saves) and Mike Savio (2 saves) combined on the shutout.Antioch 2, North Chicago 0: Iven Hernandez had a goal and an assist for the Sequoits in their North Suburban Prairie opener. JR Lonergan also scored and Tommy Tritschler earned the shutout in goal for Antioch (5-3).


    Team effort lifts Lakes

    Lakes’ girls volleyball team received contributions from nearly every player on its roster in a 25-13, 25-12 win over Round Lake on Thursday night.Shannon Grant (7-of-8 hitting) and Sarah Horner (6-6 hitting) each slammed 5 kills, and Stephanie Reed set 44 of 46 with 22 assists, as the Eagles remained undefeated at 5-0 while improving to 2-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Other Eagles who made an impact included Kim Olson (4 kills), Abbey Buehler (3 kills, 3 aces), Emily Aigner (2 kills, 8 digs), Alex Silvola (3 kills, 7 digs), Abbi Mehnert (2 kills), Shelby Trkla (2 kills, 1 ace), Haley Halberg (5 digs, 3 aces), Aly Bathery (3 digs, ace) and Krystal Hawks (1-2 hitting).Grayslake Central d. Woodstock: Alexandria Dahlstrom delivered 8 kills and 3 aces for the Rams in their 25-4, 25-21 win.Grayslake Central (6-3, 2-0 Fox Valley Fox) got 3 kills apiece from Gabi Casper, Anna Basten and Lexi Beckman. Hannah Thomas set 38 of 38 with 14 assists and also served 3 aces. Beckman added 3 blocks.“We played well tonight and had everyone step up their game,” coach Jason Janczak said. “It was a total team effort.”Johnsburg d. Grayslake North: Joanna Guhl had 5 kills on 10-of-10 hitting for the Knights, who fell 25-19, 25-18 in their Fox Valley Fox opener.Melanie Aikin added 4 kills for Grayslake North (2-6), and Lisa Lowry dished out 13 assists and delivered 5 aces.Larkin d. Vernon Hills: Shannon Nugent’s 6 kills on 20-of-20 hitting and 2 blocks weren’t enough for the Cougars in their 25-19, 25-16 nonconference loss.Sophomore Kasey Firnbach hit 5 of 5 with 3 kills for Vernon Hills (4-6).


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Taking a look at Week 3 in Tri-Cities football

    The Orioles’ Chris Davis celebrates his home run with Adam Jones, left, during the eighth inning Thursday at home against the New York Yankees.

    Orioles go deep 6 times against Yankees

    Mark Reynolds hit two of Baltimore's season-high six home runs — three in a wild eighth inning — and the Orioles climbed back into a first-place tie with the Yankees in the AL East by defeating New York 10-6 Thursday night before a euphoric sellout crowd at Camden Yards.

    Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands Thursday after the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

    McIlroy in tie for lead, Woods 1 behind at BMW

    Rory McIlroy was dialed in with his irons and birdied his last two holes Thursday for an 8-under 64 that got him into a four-way tie for the BMW Championship lead at Crooked Stick. Tiger Woods chipped in from 30 feet for birdie on his last hole and was one shot behind at 65.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin d. Vernon Hills: Olivia Kofie had 6 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs and 4 aces as Larkin downed Vernon Hills 25-19, 25-16 in nonconference action. Brianna Stewart added 7 kills and 4 blocks for the Royals (5-5) and Alyssa McGhee had 11 assists.Westminster Christian d. IMSA: Cara Tyrell had 8 kills, 4 aces and 4 digs and Courtney Gnan added 11 assists and 5 digs to lead Westminster to a 25-23, 25-11 Northeast Athletics Conference win. Claire Speweik added 7 kills and 3 digs and Savannah Dutcher had 8 kills for the Warriors (10-1, 2-0).CL South d. Huntley: Avalon Nero had 11 kills and 4 aces and Kylie Portera added 8 kills as Crystal Lake South prevailed 24-26, 25-21, 25-19 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. Lindsey Murphy added 33 assists for the Gators (7-2, 2-0) while Erin Lyman (15 kills), Ellish Regan (16 digs) and Kelsey DeWulf (26 assists) led Huntley (3-6, 0-2).South Elgin d. Bartlett: Bri Reum had 6 kills and Corbin Kehe dished out 17 assists and 8 digs as South Elgin won this Upstate Eight Valley matchup 25-19, 25-14. Ashley Oandasan added 9 digs for the Storm (3-1-3, 1-0) and Rachel Murray had 6 digs. Katie Hrbacek had 5 kills and Rachel Hartford added 4 for Bartlett (2-9, 0-2).Jacobs d. McHenry: Alyssa Ehrhardt put down 8 kills, had 5 digs and 6 aces to lead Jacobs to a 25-22, 25-21 FVC Valley win. Taylor Lauder had 10 assists and Mackie Traub added 7 for the Golden Eagles (7-2, 1-0).Burlington Central d. Rockford Christian: Lauren Wiltsie had 7 kills and 3 aces and Karrington Bell 10 digs to lead the Rockets to a 25-9, 25-9 Big Northern East win, the 596th win of BC coach Marv Leavitt’s career. Allie O’Reilly (13 digs, 4 aces), Lexie Bouza (4 kills, 2 aces), Jess Emrich (17 assists, 5 digs) and Tori Settani (3 kills, 2 blocks) also contributed for the Rockets (5-4, 1-0).Cary-Grove d. Hampshire: Alex Larsen had 5 kills and Mallory Wilczynski 3 aces to lead Cary-Grove (6-2) to a 25-14, 25-13 FVC crossover win. Micah Duzey added 6 kills for the Trojans. Jen Dumoulin had 6 kills to lead Hampshire.Harvest Christian d. Mooseheart: Jordan Sollars had 5 kills, 8 assists and 2 aces and Sydney Doby added 12 kills and 2 aces to lead Harvest (6-3) to a nonconference win. Katelyn Floyd had 3 aces and 4 assists for the Lions, Sarah Kott added 2 aces and 4 kills and Jade Martinez had 11 digs.Prairie Ridge d. Dundee-Crown: Cori Eischen had 4 assists while Steph Magsamen and Julia Parreno added 4 digs each for Dundee-Crown (1-3, 0-2) in a 25-8, 25-14 FVC Valley loss.


    Round Lake wins this numbers game

    Going down a man could've caused quite a dilemma for Round Lake's boys soccer team. Not only were they vulnerable in the game at hand, but a loss to Lakes could very well have ended up costing them a chance at winning the North Suburban Prairie title. Instead, the Panthers found strength in their remaining numbers — 10 of them — and got past visiting Lakes 2-1 in Round Lake on Thursday. Brothers Eddie and Freddie Ramirez scored the Panthers' goals.

    Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with teammates after his solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Nationals sweep Cubs 9-2 in fight-filled game

    Adam LaRoche added to his home run tear with a two-run shot and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2 in a fight-filled game Thursday night to finish a lopsided four-game sweep.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 2, Guerin 1: Kevin Olenek scored in the first half and Johnny Shepherd kicked one home in the second half to lead St. Edward to a Suburban Christian win. Matt Hesch had 2 saves in goal for the Green Wave (3-4, 1-1).Cary-Grove 3, Grayslake Central 0: Kevin Wilde, Brett Schuerg and Dale Opasser scored goals for the Trojans in this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Kevin Schenk had 2 saves in goal for Cary-Grove.Dundee-Crown 3, Woodstock 0: The Chargers won their eighth straight in this FVC crossover. Jose Angeles, Alex Ramirez and Malik Washington scored for D-C (8-1) and Christian Martinez had 4 saves in the net.Burlington Central 8, North Boone 0: Eight different players scored for the Rockets in this Big Northern East romp. Alan Camarena, Sean Fitzgerald, Bryce Warner, Josh Lung, Ian Graffagna, Matt O’Connor, Stefan Jochum and Jose Uribe all scored goals for BC (6-1-2, 3-0-1) and Jon Boneta had 3 saves in goal.CL South 3, CL Central 2: Sam Murdock scored twice in the second half to lead the Gators to a come-from-behind win in this FVC crossover. Jack Carlson added a goal in the first half for Crystal Lake South (4-4) and Gus Alvarez made 1 save in goal.Jacobs 1, Woodstock North 0: Chris Rigby scored off an assist from Eric Soto in the 79th minute to lead Jacobs to an FVC crossover win. Stuart Wolf had 3 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (6-1).Harvest Christian 4, Berean Baptist 1: Stuart Wolff scored a hat trick and Zach Harbuagh had the other goal to lead the Lions (3-2-2) to a nonconference win. Patrick McGuire was in the net for Harvest Christian.Westminster Christian 2, Elgin Academy 2: Will Woodhouse and Robert Kleczynski scored for Westminster, while Karl Rauschenburger and Brandon Perez had the goals for Elgin Academy in this nonconference tie. Sam Carani had 4 saves in goal for the Warriors (4-1-1) and Liam Phalen made 2 stops in the net for the Hilltoppers (3-0-1).Metea Valley 2, South Elgin 0: Tyler Shipon made 9 saves in goal and Michael Cortez had 6 but South Elgin couldn’t dent the other side in this Upstate Eight Valley loss.


    Taylor helps Fremd serve up MSL West win

    Fremd girls volleyball coach Curt Pinley found that Briana Taylor was serving quite well in recent practices.That meant the senior defensive specialist found herself in the starting lineup for the first time on Thursday.And it was a tailor-made situation for the Vikings' success.Taylor strung together two key service runs toward the end of each set as the Vikings topped visiting Barrington 25-23, 25-18 in the Mid-Suburban West match.


    West Aurora wins early DVC showdown

    In an early season showdown between a pair of Top 10 teams, it paid to have match experience — and Lauren Carlini — on your side. No. 4 West Aurora continued its fast start to the 2012 season, coming from behind to win Game 1 and then never trailing in the second game of its 25-22, 25-21 victory over No. 8 Naperville Central Thursday night in Aurora.


    Geneva holds serve against St. Charles N.

    Rob Prentiss has been an eyewitness to the evolving landscape of boys prep golf.

    Jake Loncar of Neuqua,left, and Jack Cordes of Waubonsie go up for a ball during the Neuqua Vally at Waubonsie Valley boys Soccer game Thursday.

    Neuqua Valley starts to change its fortunes

    Neuqua Valley made the short trip to Waubonsie Valley on Thursday night with an atypical 2-4-0 record.The Wildcats have started the season slowly, but a lot of that has been due to harsh competition. Their losses have come to Benet, Lyons Twp., Naperville North and defending Class 3A champion Morton, four programs that combined to post a 72-14-7 record a season ago.


    Huntley controls Hampshire

    Huntley didn't exactly score in bunches, but the Red Raiders scored throughout the game, defeating Hampshire 7-1 in Fox Valley Conference crossover boys soccer action in Hampshire Thursday. Lucas Baker scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Red Raiders (7-0).


    Simplified St. Viator squad awaits Joliet Catholic

    Two games into the season, St. Viator has already equaled its 2011 win total with victories over Foreman and Deerfield. It's the result of a culture change created by new head coach Brandon New, who stressed that everyone had a clean slate coming into this season. "To be honest, everything is different," New said of changes from last season to this season. "I came in day one and told them that the past is the past. There is only one direction to go, and that's forward."

    Grant’s unfortunate preseason episode, which occurred on this deck, has turned into a bonding experience for the program.

    It turns out things are falling into place for Grant

    A deck collapse hasn't derailed Grant's football team from starting the season in winning form.


    Waubonsie Valley falls to Hinsdale South

    Lisa Martinez knows how good her Hinsdale South team can be when whole. Beating Class 4A favorite Marist the first night out this season was proof. Finally at full strength again, Martinez's 12th-ranked Hornets pulled away to beat No. 15 Waubonsie Valley 25-22, 25-12 on Thursday in Aurora.

    Larkin’s Tony Hernandez, left, battles Streamwood’s Edwin Rueda, right, for control of the ball during a varsity soccer game at Memorial Field in Elgin on Thursday night.

    Freshman Ramirez delivers for Larkin

    Larkin boys soccer coach Ken Hall was hesitant to put a freshman in the center midfield spot. But when that freshman is as talented as Diego Ramirez, it was an easy decision and it has paid off so far early in the season. Ramirez netted his third goal of the season Thursday night as the Royals beat Streamwood, 1-0, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play at Memorial Field.

    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, here at right talkin with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, likes a lot of what he some of his minor-leaguers have been doing recently.

    White Sox’ future has some bright lights

    While he might be agonizing over the White Sox' up-and down play as they make a push for the playoffs, general manager Kenny Williams is feeling good about several prospects in the minor-league system.


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Taking a look at the top football games in DuPage County for Week 3.


    Immersed in football

    So much football randomness rambling through my mind, it's time to let some of it out.


    NASCAR puts limits on Hendrick development

    NASCAR on Thursday passed a rule that will curb the ability of teams to set their cars up in a way that gives the driver easier rear steer. The technical bulletin issued by NASCAR goes into effect next week at Chicago, when the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins, and many believe it is aimed directly at powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports.

    Frank Klopas smiles after being named head coach of the Chicago Fire MLS soccer team during a news conference at Toyota Park, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Bridgeview, Ill. Klopas was picked as the Fire’s head coach on Thursday, five months after he got the job on an interim basis when the Major League Soccer club got off to a bad start. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Coach’s steadying hand has Fire poised for playoffs

    Talk to Chicago Fire players and you can hear Frank Klopas' voice coming through.This team clearly follows its coach's lead, and Klopas is on the verge of leading the Fire back to the MLS playoffs.Just don't tell him that.

    Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV in Jan. 28, 2001. Modell, 87, died Thursday.

    Modell dies at 87; legacy depends on perspective

    Football pioneer Art Modell died early Thursday, leaving behind a legacy that was unblemished save for one decision that hounded him the rest of his life: moving his team from Cleveland to Baltimore. David Modell said he and his brother, John, were at their father's side when he "died peacefully of natural causes." He was 87.

    In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2012, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passes against Western Michigan during an NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill. Head coach Tim Beckman isn't expected to announce whether Scheelhaase, who injured his ankle in the game, will be allowed to play Saturday, Sept. 8 at Arizona State. Scheelhaase did practice Wednesday and may be able to play. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    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.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals


    NIU, Wyoming agree to 2015, 2016 games

    Northern Illinois University has agreed to play football games against Wyoming in 2015 and 2016. Northern Illinois said Wednesday that it will host the Cowboys on Sept. 26, 2015. The teams will open the 2016 season with a game in Laramie, Wyo., on Sept. 3.Huskies Athletic Director Jeff Compher called the games good matchups against a team from a quality conference. Wyoming plays in the Mountain West.The 2015 game will be the first meeting between the two teams.


    Bryan twins will play for men’s doubles title at U.S. Open

    Bob and Mike Bryan beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals Thursday at the U.S. Open. They've won 11 career Grand Slam championships, including three U.S. Open titles.


    Wall of silence crumbling in cycling world

    Broaching the subject of doping in cycling used to cause riders to pedal for the hills. Now, some are lining up to speak out. In recent weeks, and amid the backdrop of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's dogged pursuit of Lance Armstrong, the wall of silence that once formed an impenetrable ring about cycling has been crumbling.

    Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson improved his record to 14-5 with a 1-0 victory Thursday over the Colorado Rockies in Atlanta.

    Braves pull out another 1-0 win over Rockies

    Led by seven scoreless innings from Tim Hudson, the Atlanta Braves posted their second straight 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies, winning both times with an unearned run. It was the first time in more than 28 years that a team triumphed that way in back-to-back games.

    The Miami Marlins’ Josh Johnson allowed two runs and four hits while striking out seven Thursday at home against Milwaukee.

    Johnson goes 7 innings in Marlins’ win over Brewers

    Josh Johnson is looking to finish strong after a tough start to the season. Johnson pitched seven solid innings and ended his career-worst four-game losing skid, leading the Miami Marlins past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Thursday.

    Dundee-Crown’s Vito Andriola has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for Week 2.

    Dundee-Crown’s Andriola Bears Coach of Week

    Dundee-Crown head football coach Vito Andriola has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for Week 2. Andriola led his team to a 27-7 victory over Streamwood last Friday, which improved the Chargers' record to 2-0 on the season.

    Fantasy football writer John Dietz believes Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith, right, will have a big game this weekend.

    A father’s perspective about kids and fantasy football

    Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us, but before the games begin, fantasy football writer John Dietz has some advice for the younger generation. And, of course, plenty of helpful advice on which fringe starters might have big games, and which ones may not.

    Associated Press Will Power of Australia competes during the IZOD Grand Prix of Baltimore auto race last Sunday. Power leads Hunter-Reay by 17 points in the championship standings.

    Power and Hunter-Reay go down to the wire in IndyCar championship
    Ryan Hunter-Reay went into last weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix with his IndCar championship chances dwindling, and pulled off a victory that kept him in the title race. He heads into the Sept. 15 season finale trailing Will Power by 17 points. Still, team owner Michael Andretti believes winning the title won't be easy.


    Mike North video: How big is Notre Dame’s opening win?

    Notre Dame's season opening win over Navy in Ireland was a huge win for coach Brian Kelly. Navy won two of the last three games, so this victory helps to set the tone for Notre Dame's season.



    Farmers hopeful for soybean crops despite drought

    The worst drought in the United States in decades may already have done its damage to the nation's corn crop now being harvested. But growers say their soybeans may turn out far better.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rallied to the highest level since 2008 as the European Central Bank announced specifics of its bond-buying plan and data boosted optimism in the American economy.

    Stocks soar after ECB unveils bond buying effort

    Investors finally got what they wanted from the European Central Bank: a concrete plan to support struggling countries in the region by buying up large amounts of government bonds.

    Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, holds the Kindle Paperwhite at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite devices in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday.

    Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire

    Amazon is updating its Kindle Fire tablet computer as it steps up competition with Apple's iPad.

    President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi listens to questions during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, following a meeting of the ECB governing council on the European financial crisis.

    ECB unveils bond-buying program to fight crisis

    FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank unveiled its most ambitious plan yet to halt Europe’s financial crisis on Thursday with a pledge to buy unlimited amounts of the government bonds of countries struggling to manage their debts.Large-scale purchases of short-term government bonds would drive up their price and push down their interest rate, or yield, making it less expensive for countries to borrow money. The new plan goes well beyond the ECB’s earlier, limited bond-purchase program, which was not big enough to decisively lower borrowing costs.After the ECB plan — dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions or OMT— was announced, the yields on government bonds across Europe fell and stock markets rallied.“This is a potential game-changer,” says Jacob Kirkegaard, research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “This is the first time the ECB has committed its balance sheet in this way. And the way it is done is politically sustainable in Europe.”But the ECB’s pledge of support came with a caveat: countries that want the central bank to help with their debts must first seek emergency aid from the bailout funds managed by the 17 countries that use the euro and submit their economic policies to the scrutiny of the International Monetary Fund. That puts enormous pressure on heavily indebted countries such as Spain and Italy, which have been reluctant to seek help from their euro partners.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, welcomed the ECB plan Thursday and said the organization stood “ready to cooperate”.Analysts warned that while the ECB plan would provide short-term relief to European countries and financial markets, it doesn’t address underlying economic weakness across the region, which could persist for years.Still, investors cheered the move. Spain’s interest rate on three-year bond was down 0.17 percentage points to 3.73 percent while its 10-year bond was down 0.3 percentage points on the day at 6.12 percent. Meanwhile Italy’s 10-year rate was down 0.1 percentage points at 5.33 percent and its rate for three-year bonds was down 0.06 percentage points to 3.02 percentIn Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 2.7 percent at 7,153 while the CAC-40 in France surged 2.7 percent to 3,497. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 1.6 percent higher at 5,750.The possibility of ECB intervention impresses markets because, in theory, the central bank has unlimited funds at its disposal. As the issuer of the euro currency, it can simply create new money to buy the bonds from banks. The eurozone’s bailout funds could buy bonds as well, but they have concrete limits on their finances set by governments that are putting up taxpayer money — and much of that is already committed anyway to bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal.Still, rescuing governments from immediate disaster will only buy the eurozone time to fix its underlying problems. For one, the purchases do not solve the chronic imbalances that plague the currency union, with some countries able to export and grow while others remain uncompetitive.There were other technical but important details revealed Thursday. The ECB agreed to give up preferred creditor status, which could have frightened away countries’ other creditors afraid they would take all the losses in case of a default.It also agreed to ward off any increase in the supply of money in the economy, a side effect of making purchases with newly created money. The bank said it would withdraw an equivalent amount from the financial system, which it can do by taking deposits or selling notes. That helps deflect off any criticism it is using its monetary powers to finance governments, which it is forbidden to do by the European Union treaty that created the euro.

    Navistar is cutting about 700 jobs, including some at its headquarters in Lisle, after it reported third-quarter income plunged 94 percent.

    Navistar to cut 700 jobs, some in Lisle, after income plunges

    Navistar is cutting about 700 jobs, including some at its headquarters in Lisle, after it reported third-quarter income plunged 94 percent. "It is safe to say that with a significant portion of our salaried workforce located at the Lisle campus, that there are some reductions taking place at Lisle," said Navistar spokeswoman Karen Denning.


    W.S. Darley unveils home emergency preparedness products

    First responder equipment manufacturer W.S. Darley & Co. has unveiled a new line of disaster preparedness products for home use.


    Abbott, Astellas to collaborate on CMV vaccine trial

    Lake County-based drugmakers Abbott Laboratories and Astellas Pharma said they will collaborate on a clinical trial on a vaccine licensed from Vical Inc. for preventing


    AAR shares rise on higher preliminary profit

    Aircraft maintenance and services supplier AAR Corp. rose the most in almost two months after the company announced preliminary first-quarter profit that beat estimates.

    Exterior view of home with a reduced price sign in Palo Alto, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the week of Aug. 30, 2012, and are just slightly above record lows reached earlier this year. The low rates have contributed to a modest housing recovery.

    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans decline to 3.55%

    U.S. mortgage rates for 30-year loans declined for a second week, lowering borrowing costs as fewer Americans sought financing for home purchases. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.55 percent in the week ended today from 3.59 percent, McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac said in a statement. The average 15- year rate held at 2.86 percent.


    Realty Income buying American Realty Capital

    Real estate investment trust Realty Income is buying American Realty Capital Trust Inc. for about $1.9 billion in stock. Realty Income Corp., which owns and manages single-tenant retail properties, said Thursday that the deal will help it increase the revenue it derives from investment-grade tenants such as FedEx, Walgreen's and CVS. It will also diversify the company's holdings outside the retail industry, as American Realty focuses on commercial properties.

    Walgreen has lost customers this year to CVS Caremark Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after its agreement to provide prescriptions for Express Scripts customers expired.

    Walgreen shares slide after sales trail estimates

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. fell the most in more than two months after posting fiscal fourth-quarter revenue that trailed analysts’ estimates as the lack of Express Scripts Inc. customers hurt pharmacy sales.The shares slid 1.6 percent to $35.31 at 10:24 a.m. in New York and earlier dropped as much as 3.5 percent for the biggest intraday decline since June 20. Walgreen, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, gained 8.5 percent this year through Wednesday.Sales in the three months ended Aug. 31 fell about 4.9 percent to $17.1 billion, Walgreen said Thursday in a statement. That trailed the $17.2 billion average of 17 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.Walgreen has lost customers this year to CVS Caremark Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after its agreement to provide prescriptions for Express Scripts customers expired. Walgreen and Express Scripts renewed that contract in July, and the drugstore chain will become part of the benefits provider’s network again on Sept. 15.Not being part of Express Scripts’ network reduced comparable-store prescription sales by 10.7 percentage points in August, Walgreen said. Total August pharmacy sales slid 7.2 percent, the company said.Adding to Walgreen’s slump today is a decision by Tricare, the health plan for military personnel and their dependents, to continue excluding the company from its network of retail pharmacies, said John Heinbockel, an analyst at Guggenheim Securities LLC in New York. The retailer left the Tricare network Dec. 31 when its contract with Express Scripts ended.“We had assumed that Walgreen would be in this plan and that it would recover 50 percent of the lost business,” Heinbockel wrote today in a note. He rates Walgreen a buy.

    In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, Scott Marshall, top, of Calhoun, Ga., files for unemployment, in Dalton, Ga. Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment.

    U.S. hiring outlook improves as jobless claims drop

    Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up to 371,250.


    U.S. service firms grew at faster pace in August

    U.S. service companies grew at a faster pace in August than July and stepped up hiring, further evidence that the economy may be improving. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of non-manufacturing activity increased in August to 53.7, up from a July reading of 52.6. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.


    Report: U.S. health care system wastes $750B a year

    The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign. But the counterintuitive finding from the report is that deep cuts are possible without rationing, and a leaner system may even produce better quality.


    Scam targets Illinois businesses

    State officials are warning Illinois businesses of a scam that attempts to collect a bogus “annual minutes records form” fee.


    Ben & Jerry’s sues Ben & Cherry’s

    Ben & Jerry's considers "Ben & Cherry's" in bad taste. The ice cream maker that introduced the flavors Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra sued the maker of "Ben & Cherry's" X-rated DVDs Wednesday, saying the "hardcore pornographic" films have smeared its reputation.


    Cummins starts hiring freeze after slower sales

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Engine maker Cummins Inc. says it has instituted a global hiring freeze for at least the rest of this year with an uncertain impact on announced expansions of Indiana operations.The move by the Columbus-based company comes after seeing a recent drop in sales in some of its markets in North America, China and Brazil. The company told The Republic newspaper on Wednesday that it was taking necessary steps to manage growth by reducing costs.Cummins has seen substantial growth in recent years and says it has a record worldwide workforce of 46,200 people. Cummins has some 7,800 Indiana workers.Company spokesman Jon Mills said he couldn’t discuss how the freeze would affect expansions of its Columbus offices or a $219 million project at its Seymour factory.


    British company drops bid to run Indiana’s lottery

    INDIANAPOLIS — A British company has dropped out of the bidding to become the first private manager of Indiana’s lottery, saying the state’s process encourages bidders to propose artificially high revenue targets.Camelot Global Services runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom among four firms that had submitted information to Hoosier Lottery officials for background checks in anticipation of submitting private management proposals. Camelot spokeswoman Laura Pearson tells The Indianapolis Star that the Indiana process won’t allow the operator to maximize returns in a responsible way.Lottery spokesman Al Larsen says the agency disagrees with Camelot’s conclusions.Lottery officials haven’t released information about formal proposals from bidders that were due last week.

    Adrian Stone talks to a customer about the T-shirts he is selling during Carolina Fest in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. Stone had to spend six months getting his designs approved by the Democratic National Convention and getting permission to sell the shirts in the convention zone.

    Convention can be profitable for small businesses

    For entrepreneurs outside the Democratic National Convention, the easy part may be the hours of smoking meat, screen-printing T-shirts or pumping out pedicab rides. Those small business owners have needed a balance of patience and scrappiness to negotiate a series of physical and bureaucratic barriers for a share of the $200 million visitors are expected to spend this week in Charlotte. But the hustle pays off when they're able to make a big score, such as selling $10,000 in barbecue sandwiches in one day.

    The European Union’s highest court says wines cannot make assertions like “easily digestible” since it is a health claim unbefitting alcoholic drinks.

    Don’t call wines ‘easily digestible’ in the EU

    BRUSSELS — The European Union’s highest court says wines cannot make assertions like “easily digestible” since it is a health claim unbefitting alcoholic drinks. Thursday’s EU Court of Justice ruling means that the Germany’s Deutsches Weintor cooperative will have to change the labels on its Dornfelder and Burgunder wines which it described as “mild edition” with “gentle acidity.” The court said a health claim is already made with the hint of the “mere preservation of a good state of health despite the potentially harmful consumption.” The German cooperative had lauded its wines as easily digestible because it underwent a special process of acidity reduction, the court said. Local authorities banned such use and when this was challenged, German courts sought a clarification from the EU.


    Lawyer: October decision for hacker wanted by US

    The lawyer for a British hacker wanted in America for breaking into sensitive computer networks at U.S. military and space installations says that officials will rule on the case by next month.

    Assembler Richard Lott works on a golf car engine at the E-Z-GO plant on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August 2012 as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe.

    Recession ‘taking hold’ in Eurozone, OECD says

    Europe's debt crisis is pushing the 17-country eurozone toward recession and dragging down the global economy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday. Even growth in traditional economic powerhouse Germany is slowing, and the OECD's interim assessment said that Europe's largest economy could slip into recession by the end of the year.

    Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, left, and Jomo Sundaram, Assistant Director-General FAO, meet journalists at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Prices of basic foods remained flat in August, offering assurances that a repeat of the global food price crisis that sparked rioting several years ago is unlikely, U.N. food agency officials said Thursday.

    UN: No evidence of new food price crisis

    The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization says current prices do not justify talk of a new world food crisis.

    A man walks near a banner advertising Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Samsung said global sales of its Galaxy S III smartphone have surpassed 20 million in a little more than three months.

    Samsung says Galaxy S III sales hit 20 million

    Samsung says global sales of its Galaxy S III smartphone have surpassed 20 million in a little more than three months. Samsung Electronics Co. launched the flagship smartphone powered by Google's Android operating system in Europe in late May. The release schedule was about three months ahead of new phone announcement by rivals Apple, Nokia and Motorola.

    Protesters march to the Department of Energy building at suburban Taguig city, east of Manila Thursday Sept. 6, 2012. The protesters are against the Independent Oil Price Review Committee report allegedly concluding that “oil companies are not overpricing the public and gaining excessive profits from consumers. The oil companies have been steadily raising oil prices due to situations in the world market.

    Oil price rises ahead of key European bank meeting

    Oil prices rose Thursday ahead of a meeting of European central bankers who are expected to announce a plan to help financially strapped countries. The European Central Bank is expected to announce a bond-buying program to reduce high borrowing costs in Spain and Italy. That could lower their chances of needing an emergency bailout, ease concerns about their economies and translate into growth and more demand for energy.

    Crew members of the Lufthansa airline are pictured during a six hours strike at the Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. A union representing Lufthansa flight attendants escalated a bitter pay dispute on Tuesday, calling members out on strike at three German airports _ including the two biggest, Frankfurt and Munich _ in a showdown with an airline determined to bring down costs in the face of increasingly tough competition.

    Lufthansa apologizes for strike disruption

    Lufthansa is apologizing to customers ahead of time for the widespread disruption expected Friday during a 24-hour walkout by flight attendants. Still the German airline is making it clear it's up to the union to return to negotiations.

Life & Entertainment

    Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for “What Makes You Beautiful” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.

    Images: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
    Images of the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Thursday night.

    Matt Glasson

    'Love Stalker' explores the dark side

    Mount Prospect native Matt Glasson wrote, directed and stars in "Love Stalker," a low-budget look at the seamier side of romance and love. Dann also takes a look at "Samsara" and "Bachelorette."

    Pink performs at the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night in Los Angeles.

    One Direction, Rihanna top tame VMAs

    One Direction had the girls screaming, Frank Ocean gave a soft, poignant performance and Chris Brown and Drake were in the same venue with not a bottle thrown. Save for a saucy Rihanna number and a few off-color jokes, the MTV Video Music Awards were a rather tame affair this year.

    Composer Andrew Lippa pens the score to a forthcoming Broadway-aimed musical version of “Big Fish.”

    Will ‘Big Fish’ make a splash in Chicago?

    The pre-Broadway world premiere of the new musical "Big Fish" is set to play Chicago's Oriental Theatre from April 2 to May 5, 2013. Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman ("The Producers," "Contact") is set to direct and choreograph, while two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "The Last 5 Years") is set to star.


    Boyfriend is making her feel like a fifth wheel

    A reader says her boyfriend acts like two different people depending on if they are alone or out. When they go out he needs to be the center of attention and can be flirtatious with other women. Carolyn Hax says if you aren't happy, change the status quo.


    Oscar-nominated ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ now on DVD

    "Monsieur Lazhar," an emotionally charged and inspirational film, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It's now available on DVD.


    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of classic car shows, cruise nights and monthly meetings for area car clubs and motorcycle groups.

    The Aston Martin V12 DBS coupe, which was featured in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” is the top attraction at a charity auction marking the 50th anniversary of the first 007 film, “Dr. No.”

    James Bond’s Aston Martin in charity auction

    For sale: used sports car, one debonair but dangerous owner. An Aston Martin V12 DBS coupe, which was featured in the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace," is the top attraction at a charity auction marking the 50th anniversary of "Dr. No," the first 007 film, Christie's auctioneers said Thursday.

    Lady Gaga’s dress made of meat has made its way to Washington, along with Loretta Lynn’s song about “The Pill” and other relics from music history. It will be displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with an explanation of her political message.

    Lady Gaga’s meat dress to be shown in D.C. museum

    Lady Gaga's famous meat dress has made its way to Washington, along with Loretta Lynn's song about "The Pill" and other relics from music history. Beyond its shock value, though, it's being displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with an explanation of her political message.

    Nicki Minaj is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards with a special guest on Thursday, Sept. 6.

    All the pieces in place for very memorable VMAs

    There may be no baby bump to talk about this year, but given its track record, the MTV Video Music Awards will surely provide some water cooler moments when the show airs at 7 p.m. Thursday. Nicki Minaj, who recently caused a stir with a rhyme endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president, has a planned collaboration with a special guest. Green Day is expected to perform despite lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's trip to an emergency room earlier this week. And Rihanna is set to kick off the show with A$AP Rocky. Rihanna and Drake are the show's top nominees with five apiece.

    Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” has been named the song of the summer by Billboard.

    Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ named song of summer

    There's no maybe about it: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is the song of the summer. Billboard says the 16-year-old Canadian's infectious pop song about infatuation love topped its "Songs of Summer" chart. The list annually ranks the overall performance of hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 4th annual Governors Awards dinner set for Dec. 1.

    Jeffrey Katzenberg, others, to get honorary Oscars

    The first Oscars of the season have been awarded. The film academy's board of governors voted Wednesday to present honorary Academy Awards to stuntman Hal Needham, documentarian D. A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr. The group also announced that producer and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

    Lecrae’s “Gravity”

    Gospel rapper Lecrae’s new album is solid

    On his sixth album, "Gravity," Lecrae delivers a strong piece of work. He's not afraid to rap about his past mistakes, supplying inspirational rhymes filled with Christian values backed by well-produced secular hip-hop beats.

    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will play two sold-out shows at Wrigley Field this weekend.

    Music notes: See The Boss from above

    Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will be in town this weekend for two shows at Wrigley Field, both of which are sold out. But fear not: Wrigleyville Rooftops is offering fans a chance to see the show from one of three rooftops near the park — at 1032 W. Waveland, 3609 N. Sheffield and 3643 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $100 per show, and that includes unlimited food, beer, wine and more.

    While on his honeymoon with his supportive wife (Zoe Saldana), a writer (Bradley Cooper) finds a manuscript in an old briefcase in “The Words.”

    Melodrama bogs down overly complicated 'The Words'

    For a movie about writing and the importance of crafting something timeless and true, "The Words" is needlessly complicated. It boasts an impressive cast and some glimmers of strong performances, notably from a grizzled Jeremy Irons, whose character sets the film's many stories-within-stories in motion as a young man. But ultimately, "The Words" seems more interested in melodrama than anything else.

    The Greek Fire pizza and meatball-stuffed Bomb-Bola appetizers are customer favorites at Pizzeria Bombola in Lisle.

    Lisle’s Pizzeria Bombola on target with family-friendly fare

    Pizzeria Bombola Burgers and Brews is a family-friendly hang inspired by a trip John Skoubis, a partner at the now-transformed Pete and Johnny's, took to Italy's Amalfi Coast. That inspiration translated to a from-scratch menu of thin-crust pies and gut-busting burgers.


    Steps for a good skin care routine
    Tips for a good skin care routine for your children.

    This strawberry smoothie has a surprising ingredient — cucumber.

    Cool as a Cucumber Strawberry Smoothies
    Cool as a Cucumber Strawberry Smoothie

    Make sunscreen use a lifelong habit to prevent wrinkles, spots and cancer. The habit should start when kids are young, say dermatologists.

    Surprise skin care product is tops, say dermatologists

    Dr. Kelly Stankiewicz hears the same thing almost every day from her patients at The Dermatology Institute in Naperville. "All day long we hear people who say if I would have only known that sunscreen would have stopped these sun spots, that sunscreen would've prevented these deep wrinkles, that sunscreen would've stopped this skin cancer — if only I would've known that," Stankiewicz said.

    Teen cooks had to use cucumbers and any number of items from this eclectic pantry to create after-school snacks.

    Summer cooking club furthers culinary creativity

    This summer Jerome Gabriel participated in the Palatine Library District's teen cooking program. The finale was an "Iron Chef"-style competition in which five teams had to use cucumbers to create four afterschool snacks.

    Any pet presence in a home can turn buyers off.

    Biggest turnoffs when touring a home
    Here are five huge turnoffs agents and their buyer clients see when touring homes and how to avoid them.



    Editorial: Mr. President, tell us why we should believe

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on President Barack Obama to use his speech tonight to explain why deserves to be elected rather than why Mitt Romney does not.


    Editorial: Mr. President, tell us why we should believe

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on President Barack Obama to explain tonght why he deserves to be elected rather than why he believes Mitt Romney does not.


    Citizen reporting, instant news and the role of editors

    Columnist Jim Slusher:


    Michelle’s valentine to men

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The larger message of the first lady's statement was not political. It was that being a man means taking care of your family. It means showing up and being there. It means that children need a father.


    Minimum wage needs to increase
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I have felt energized to tell the story of the working family with the hopes of finally raising the minimum wage in our state.


    Second Amendment goes only so far
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Gun advocates fail to recognize that the Supreme Court has placed reasonable and necessary limits on other rights purportedly guaranteed rights in writing by our Constitution.


    Watch for extra fees when using plastic
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The phrase "paper or plastic" is about to have a whole new meaning. The courts have just recently decided in favor of merchants on the issue of charging customers for the fees merchants pay to credit card companies.


    Leaving the state only solution left
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It's amazing and dispiriting to realize that Speaker Madigan thinks that we're actually that stupid. But, again, how could he not after experiencing years of mindless support from his constituency?


    Speak up about Lomabrd noise law
    A Lombard letter to the editor: The Lombard noise ordinance was adopted in 1996. It was citizens who first brought the issue to the village board. It is time to update a 16-year-old ordinance.


    New jobs for new citizens?
    New jobs for new citizens?President Obama’s recent amnesty to a select group of illegal immigrants numbering millions seems to be more of the proverbial carrot on a stick gesture to get extra votes in the coming November election rather than the amnesty plan being based on sound economic principles. Just where will these millions of new citizens find jobs when we already have so many millions of native born Americans looking for work that, for the most part, is just not there?Walter SantiBloomingdale


    A prosperous future as well
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Don't be fooled. Peter Roskam and Todd Akin are birds of a feather. We may be appalled by Akin's ridiculous claims about legitimate rape not resulting in pregnancy, but both Roskam and Akin are of the same mind when it comes to women, women's rights and women's health.


    Don’t make assumptions about Obama voters
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I am in my 60s, hold a master's degree, have never looked for a handout or received government aid. I wouldn't define a "loser" this way.


    Why photo IDs are important for election
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Before you discount the importance of a photo ID to identify yourself on election day, ask yourself why not use that safety check? Most people already have two or more and they are not all that difficult to acquire.


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