Daily Archive : Thursday September 13, 2012


    Mad Chad Taylor juggles three chain saws while performing a 30-minute comedy juggling show during Harper College’s Hullabaloo Thursday in Palatine. Taylor, a “Guinness World Records” holder, is known as the “Evel Knievel of comedy,” a reference to the famed daredevil motorcycle stunt man.

    Harper students wowed by juggler of chain saws

    The sight of Mad Chad Taylor performing feats such as juggling three chain saws at once was the highlight of the Harper College Hullabaloo fall semester kickoff. Riding a unicycle, Taylor juggled two-knifes and an apple while taking bites out of the apple. Then with the crowd of 300 students in a frenzy cheerng "chain saws, chain saws, chain saws," Taylor fired up and juggled three of them at...

    Re-enactor Claude Pagacz of Elmhurst explains a Civil War-era cannon to Matt Fink of Naperville on Saturday during Depot Days in Lisle.

    Lisle Depot Days brings visitors back in time

    Providing opportunities to "enjoy yesterday today" was the aim of Lisle Heritage Society volunteers who hosted the first day of Depot Days Saturday in conjunction with the Lisle Park District. The event brought Civil War cannon-firing demonstrations, 19th Century children's games, hay rides and tours of Lisle's pioneer cemetery to The Museums at Lisle Station Park, where families took a step back...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man rang the doorbell at a home on East Wallace Street around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10; he shoved the female resident aside when she opened the door and entered the home. He told her he was a police officer and was going to repossess her vehicle. He then said he worked for a vehicle repossession company. When she said that her daughter had the vehicle, he left in a tan Pontiac sedan. He was...


    Scout-O-Rama at Saint Mary of Vernon

    Saint Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, Route 45 west of Butterfield Road, Vernon Hills, will host its Fall Scout-O-Rama recruiting day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.L


    Delany Road to close in Wadsworth

    Delany Road between Sunset Avenue and York House Road in Wadsworth will be closed for two weeks beginning on the morning of Monday, Sept. 24, for the installation of culverts, removal of poor soils, and to raise the elevation as part of a reconstruction and widening project.

    Shannon Fox

    Island Lake Facebook page under scrutiny, but debate delayed

    A planned discussion about the operation of Island Lake's Facebook page was postponed Thursday night. The page, primarily maintained by Trustee Shannon Fox, has been criticized in recent weeks by some residents and political activists.

    Michael Delaney

    Judge to rule on stress disorder testimony in Wheaton murder trial

    After he witnessed a military accident that left eight dead and more than 150 injured, Michael Delaney developed "hyper-arousal and overreaction to perceived threats," his attorneys say. Now, a DuPage County judge must decide whether that's relevant to his murder case.

    Winfield police released a sketch of a man who offered a 9-year-old boy candy to get into his vehicle Tuesday. A man matching the description was seen around the same area Thursday.

    Winfield cops: Man offered boy candy to get in vehicle

    Winfield police are on the lookout for a man who tried to lure a boy into his car Tuesday afternoon by offering him candy.


    Candidates in four state races square off

    From throwing out all incumbents to stronger commitment to bipartisan cooperation, a variety of approaches was suggested to improving the state of the state at a candidates forum hosted by the Schaumburg Business Association Thursday night. The event at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts featured the Republican and Democratic candidates in the 44th and 56th District state House and 22nd and...


    Waukegan man murdered in Zion parking lot

    A Waukegan man was shot dead in a parking lot outside a Zion business Tuesday night, according to authorities.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

    Cullerton: No pension reform action until January

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's government worker pension program is most likely to come in January.The Chicago Democrat said Thursday there aren't enough votes to pass changes now, despite Gov. Pat Quinn's calls for action. He says action will come when it's clear who will stay in office and who will go.

    Kate Quigley, who says her brother Glen Doherty was among the Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, faces reporters Thursday with her husband Mark Quigley, right.

    State Department IDs last two Americans killed in Libya

    The State Department has identified the other two Americans who were killed this week in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


    Kane County could see courtroom cameras by year end

    A committee working to have cameras in Kane County courtrooms could have its plan finalized next month and approved by the Illinois Supreme Court by the end of the year. Committee chair and Kendall County Judge Timothy McCann said he hopes the committee will ratify the plan in mid-October.

    Children in strollers join thousands of public school teachers rallying outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Thursday. The teachers were protesting against Penny Pritzker, whom they accuse of benefiting from her position on the boards of both the Chicago Board of Education and Hyatt Hotels.

    Talks to end strike make progress

    The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they were drawing closer to a deal to end the nearly weeklong strike. "We are optimistic, but we are still hammering things out," said Karen Lewis, the union president. Word of the progress in negotiations came less...

    Jack McCullough

    Trial for 1957 murder nears end

    Testimony ended Thursday in the trial of a man charged in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl, and both sides rested after four days focused on childhood memories and a deathbed accusation. Seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted while playing outside, and her death horrified the community and unsettled parents nationwide.

    Egyptian protesters throw stones Thursday next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

    U.S. braces for more violence from anti-Muslim film

    The Obama administration was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Now it is bracing for another potential eruption of violent demonstrations in parts of the Muslim world after Friday's weekly prayers — traditionally a time of protest in the Middle East and North Africa.


    Indiana mom charged with neglect after son’s suicide

    An Indiana woman whose 16-year-old son committed suicide in July is facing a neglect charge in his death after prosecutors determined there wasn't enough evidence to support a preliminary charge alleging that her drug use drove him to take his life.


    Durbin supports visa waiver for Polish citizens

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he will support legislation that would allow Polish citizens to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa. Poland is among the few European Union countries left out of a U.S. waiver program.


    Priest accused of abuse to resume limited duties

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet will allow a priest to resume limited duties after the Vatican determined his alleged sexual relationship with a teenager in the 1970s didn't meet the criteria of a crime under church law at that time.

    Sidney Mathias and Carol Sente.

    Mathias challenges Sente to debates in 59th district

    State Rep. Sidney Mathias has challenged state Rep. Carol Sente to three debates this fall, as the two incumbents have been forced by redistricting into a faceoff in the November election. "It's a new district for me and partially new for (Sente), so I think it's very important that the residents of the district get to meet their new state representative, whoever that may be and discuss the...


    Driver charged in Woodstock hit-and-run that killed boy

    An 83-year-old woman charged with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 6-year-old boy in Woodstock last weekend told police she thought a branch had fallen on her car, authorities said. The McHenry County sheriff's contacted auto shops and tow companies in a plea for help locating the driver after Bryan Silva of Leland was struck while crossing a rural Woodstock street Saturday night.


    Boyfriend loses gamble in murder trial

    A man who successfully appealed his 20-year prison sentence on the grounds that the punishment in a shotgun killing wasn't enough lost his gamble Thursday when jurors convicted him of murder, subjecting him now to up to four times his original prison term.

    Students walk across a bridge on the first day of classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on Aug. 20. Enrollment at many of Illinois’ public universities is down this fall.

    Enrollment down at most state universities

    Enrollment is down this fall at most of Illinois' public universities, and administrators and experts say the sluggish economy, rising tuition and dwindling financial aid are likely to blame. At least eight of Illinois' 12 public universities saw their enrollments drop this fall, while just two — one of them the University of Illinois flagship campus — have reported increases.


    Teachers strike carries risks for young athletes

    The Chicago teachers strike may have unintended consequences for student athletes with college dreams tied to the field. For now, the walkout in the nation's third-largest school district means canceled practices and games. But if classes don't resume soon, 11,000 students enrolled in fall varsity sports could also lose playoff and championship opportunities.


    Teacher contract talks continue in Districts 158, 300

    Huntley Unit District 158 and Community Unit District 300 are in the middle of contract negotiations with their respective teachers unions. District 158 and its union reached a tentative deal that was rejected by teachers this week. Meanwhile, District 300 has requested a mediator to help with negotiations.

    Rahiem Grier

    Teens charged with throwing rocks at cars in Glendale Heights

    Three 18-year-olds were charged Thursday with throwing rocks at passing cars from a railroad overpass in Glendale Heights, authorities said. Police say the teens, who were charged with felony vehicular endangerment, were throwing the rocks from a bridge on Glen Ellyn Road at Windy Point Drive at 2:25 a.m. Thursday.

    Meadowdale International Raceway near Carpentersville attracted some of the most popular racers from the 1950s and 60s, before the track closed in 1970. Saturday, the Meadowdale International Raceways Preservation Association will celebrate some of that history during its fourth annual event, “Motor Sports and Memories.”

    Event to celebrate history of Meadowdale Raceway

    On Saturday, a local preservation group is holding "Motorsports and Memories," a fourth-annual event that celebrates Meadowdale International Raceway's past as a 3.27 mile track that attracted some of the biggest racing legends of the 1950s and 60s.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Streamwood man was arrested at Sam's Club om Streamwood and charged with theft after he reportedly took four used tires, putting two of them on a relative's van Aug. 31 and placing two tires in the bed of his truck Sept. 1. Value was estimated at $807.

    Mario Williams

    Chicago man charged with Elmhurst robbery, suspected in another

    A Chicago man was jailed Thursday on charges he robbed an Elmhurst gas station of about $600, and police are investigating whether he previously robbed the same location, prosecutors said. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $300,000 for Mario Williams, 24.

    Golfing great Arnold Palmer, center, receives the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday from House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

    House votes to protect honor of military medals

    Those who lie about military service or make false claims about receiving military medals with the intent of benefiting from those claims would be committing a crime under legislation passed by the House Wednesday.


    Hanover Twp. trustee not seeking reelection

    Hanover Township Trustee HYPERLINK "http://www.hanover-township.org/en/government/electedofficials.aspx"Sandra Westlund-Deenihan won't seek re-election in 2013, she announced this week. The Streamwood resident, who's president of HYPERLINK "http://www.metalfloat.com/"Quality Float Works Inc. in Schaumburg, said she'll be focusing on her business.


    Prospect Hts. drainage study on hold while city awaits funding

    A drainage study to help Prospect Heights prepare for and reduce instances of flooding is on hold because the city has not been able to obtain a grant to fund it, city leaders learned this week.

    Four roofers were giving a peak performance Thursday as they rappel down from the peak of the First Christian Church, 760 Washington Avenue in Alton.

    Illinois foreclosures surge

    Illinois soared to the highest foreclosure rate in the U.S. last month as job losses mounted.

    Victor Laska

    Lifelong sign professional Victor Laska had many community ties

    Victor Laska's first job in the sign business — painting three stories up in a precarious position — may have scared others off but it blossomed into a lifetime career for the Libertyville and Green Oaks resident. Laska, a sign industry professional for 60 years and former owner of North Shore Sign Co. died last Sunday. He was 79.


    Ribs on downtown Grayslake’s menu Sunday

    Grayslake will be teeming in pork for a fundraiser in the village's downtown Sunday. Money from the Downtown Rib Throwdown will go to The Oasis Grayslake Youth Center. Visitors can sample ribs for $1 per bone.


    Schaumburg man killed in early morning crash

    A Schaumburg man was killed in an early morning car crash in Elk Grove Village Thursday. Ramon Echevarria, 24, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette west on Estes Avenue from Nicholas Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a building a 1801 Estes shortly after midnight, police announced Thursday afternoon.

    Mundelein Police Chief Raymond J. Rose announced this week he will retire Jan. 31 after 20 years in the top job. He made a mark in regional law-enforcement issues during his time in Mundelein and in Elk Grove Village.

    Longtime Mundelein police chief retiring

    With his 20th anniversary as Mundelein's police chief approaching, Raymond J. Rose says he's decided the time is right to retire. After he steps down Jan. 31, Rose will leave a career that includes work on a host of regional law-enforcement issues, and serving as the lead investigator in Elk Grove Village on the notorious murders of Patricia Columbo's father, mother and 13-year-old brother in...

    Zachary Wilson

    Attempt to undo ‘gerrymandered’ Lombard district fails

    Lombard Trustee Zachary Wilson thought the village's new district map, approved in July, should not have been drawn to keep trustees in their current districts. "The problem with that map was it seemed to be gerrymandered for District 2," Wilson said. His efforts to produce a less incumbent-friendly map, however, was rejected.


    Woodland school improvement day

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 will host its first of four school improvement planning days for the school year on Friday, Sept. 14.


    Elgin police reports
    Allen L. Lane, 23, of East Chicago Street, Elgin, was arrested at about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of North Gifford Street and charged with battery, police reports said. Lane was riding on a bicycle when the victim, who was on foot, told him that the bicycle belonged to him. Allen then punched the person in the face, the report said. Video surveillance from a nearby business confirms it,...


    Lake Zurich history

    Silverado Senior Living — Lake Zurich will host a lunch and presentation by the Ela Historical Society on the history of Lake Zurich on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Silverado is at 555 America Court.


    Grayslake library board vacancy

    The Grayslake Area Public Library District is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent death of a veteran trustee.


    LHS movie night

    The Libertyville High School Student Council will host the first Community Movie Night on Saturday, Sept. 15 on the school's football field.


    Police warn of telephone scam

    Island Lake police and village officials are warning people about a telephone scam that's been reported in the suburbs.


    Inverness puts electrical aggregation referendum on ballot

    Inverness officials who originally agreed that negotiating lower electricity rates on residents' behalf isn't the role of local government have reconsidered their position. The village board has approved placing an electrical aggregation referendum on November's ballot, a move prompted by resident feedback and Chicago's decision to also put the question to voters.


    NW Indiana’s clogged railroads to get $71 million upgrade

    Northwestern Indiana's congested railroad corridors will see some upgrades with $71 million in federal money to help speed the flow of passenger and freight trains and perhaps help progress on a Chicago-to-Detroit high-speed Amtrak rail route.

    Mark Walsten

    Walsten announces bid for Des Plaines mayor

    Des Plaines 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten announced Thursday he will run for mayor in April 2013. Former mayor Tony Arredia announced in August that he would be running for mayor in April. "Since (Arredia) announced, I have really been flooded with people encouraging me to run," Walsten said.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Judge denies 2nd mistrial motion in Vaughn trial

    A Will County judge has denied a second mistrial motion from defense attorneys for an Oswego man accused of killing his wife and three young children. Christopher Vaughn's defense attorney says he expects to finish his case Tuesday, setting closing arguments for next week.


    Kane-area agencies get grants to improve health

    Five agencies or governments have received grants from Kane County to improve residents' health. The money came via the American Public Health Association.

    Yemeni protestors break windows of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Dozens of protesters gather in front of the US Embassy in Sanaa to protest against the American film “The Innocence of Muslims” deemed blasphemous and Islamophobic.

    Security boosted at US sites after Libya attack

    U.S. embassies across the world ramped up security Thursday following an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, as Muslims angry over an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. mission in Yemen and clashed with police near the American mission in Cairo. President Barack Obama ordered increased security at U.S. sites worldwide after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed...


    Lawyer from Elmhurst pleads guilty in huge tax fraud case

    A lawyer from Elmhurst pleaded guilty Thursday to helping wealthy clients dodge tens of millions of dollars in taxes in what prosecutors have called the largest tax fraud prosecution in history. Donna Guerin, 52, entered the plea in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion, charges that carry a total of up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing was set for Jan. 11.

    Pace looks to expand service in its upcoming budget.

    More service, new buses, no fare hikes in Pace budget

    After years of frugality, Pace is talking about adding bus service in Lake County and Aurora and on I-90. No fare hikes are expected next year when, for a change, the budget news is not so bad. Pace financial planners estimated operating expenses for its suburban bus program will be $207.8 million in 2013, compared to $192.7 million in 2012.


    Ambassador’s uncle says death is loss for nation

    TIGERTON, Wis. — The uncle of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya says his death is not only a tremendous loss for his family, but the entire nation.

    Protesters run as police, unseen, open fire into the air near the U.S. Embassy during a protest Thursday.

    Security boosted throughout world after Libya attack

    President Barack Obama ordered increased security at U.S. sites worldwide after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    Laurette Grove of Geneva does some touch-up work to a cherry dresser Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s St. Peter Barn Sale at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The Geneva Catholic church conducts the sale Saturday and Sunday. Grove’s work raised the asking price of the dresser from $30 to $70.

    Annual sale starts Saturday at county fairgrounds

    The St. Peter Barn Sale begins a two-day run Saturday morning at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.


    Dist. 200 wants more input on Jefferson facility

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials will be asking a broader section of the community for feedback on the future of the Jefferson Early Childhood Center after a series of forums at the Wheaton facility attracted only 62 people. Officials will mail a survey Sept. 24 to about 35,000 homes in the district to gather input on the building at 130 N. Hazelton Ave. and other aging facilities.

    The Wheaton North High School Marching Falcons will perform an exhibition piece during the marching band competition they are hosting Saturday at their school in Wheaton.

    Marching bands to compete Saturday at Wheaton North

    One of the largest marching band competitions of the season is set for Saturday at Wheaton North High School. Wheaton North's 25th annual Falcon Fest will feature bands from 16 high schools competing in three different classes.

    In this image from a cell phone, plumes of smoke rise from the Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire as seen Thursday from Palin, south of Guatemala City.

    33,000 flee Guatemala volcano eruption

    A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala's most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

    Associated Press/April 24, 2012 Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali.

    Mali robber describes Shariah amputation

    Youssoufa Hamidou borrowed the phone of a hospital attendant and braved the guards posted outside his door to call a journalist hundreds of miles away in Mali's capital and tell the world what he went through.

    Iranian protestors chant slogans Thursday during a demonstration against a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in front of Swiss Embassy in Tehran.

    U.N. meeting rebukes Iran’s nuclear defiance

    The 35-nation board of the U.N. nuclear agency overwhelmingly rebuked Iran on Thursday for refusing to heed demands that it take actions to diminish fears that it might be seeking atomic arms.

    Major roof repairs at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center were completed Thursday, Glen Ellyn Park District officials said.

    Glen Ellyn rec center roof work done

    Major repair work to the leaking roof at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center is complete, Glen Ellyn Park District officials said Thursday. A system of buckets, tarps and flexible piping that has been in place around the building to control the leaks will be dismantled in the next two or three weeks “once we have complete confidence,” Dave Harris, the park district executive...

    Tractor rides are among the offerings at Prairie Fest at Corron Farm.

    Campton Twp. Prairie Fest offers peek to the past

    Campton Township will host its sixth annual Prairie Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road. The event, rain or shine, features music, tours of the historic Corron House, scavenger hunts and refreshments.

    Anthony Almendarez

    Chicago man gets 8 years for Villa Park shooting

    A reputed gang member accused of shooting a man during a melee in Villa Park last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison, authorities said Thursday. Anthony Almendarez, 22, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman.

    Tony Zaputil

    West Chicago parks appoints new commissioner

    West Chicago Park District officials this week appointed Anthony Zaputil to a vacant commissoner seat that expires in May 2013. Zaputil replaces Bill Spelman, who resigned in early August and said he is considering a run for mayor in April 2013. "The park district has always been very important to (my family)," Zaputil said.


    Arlington Hts. library lot closing for repairs

    The underground parking lot of Arlington Heights Memorial Library, including library entrances and drive-up service, will be closed due to repaving from Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Sept. 28. Library customers are asked to use the Dunton Avenue entrance during that time.


    Salary cuts enacted for next batch of elected Avon Township officials

    Governments sometimes are known for increasing spending but in Avon Township, those running for office next spring can expect 2008 level salaries if they win. The board also mandated that the next batch of elected township officials contribute to health care costs in moves expected to save about $60,000 the first year. Salary structures for the next batch of officials must be set by the current...


    Existing agency is best choice for Lake Michigan water, Lindenhurst decides

    Lindenhurst officials have picked an option that could bring Lake Michigan water to the village by 2015. Village trustees have decided to pursue membership in the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency as the quickest and most cost effective route. Public info sessions are planned in advance of any official deal.


    Fox Lake spends $70,000 to hire associate village administrator

    Fox lake officials hired an associate village administrator Tuesday night. Tara Semenchuk, the former assistant in Cary, began her employment in Fox Lake Wednesday. She will earn $70,000 a year.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a GPS unit and holder, phone charger, satellite radio, duffel bag with clothes, and loose change out of a 2005 Honda Accord in a Wheeling townhouse lot and rifled through a taxicab in the same complex Sept. 10. Burglars also stole a computer monitor and wallet out of an unlocked 1999 Pontiac Grand Am in the same townhouse complex during the same time.

    Brandon A. Balkom

    Evanston man charged with burglary from Gurnee employer

    An Evanston man has been charged with burglary and criminal damage to property after allegedly stealing from his Gurnee employer, police authorities said. Brandon A. Balkom, 31, entered Timothy O'Tooles Pub at 5572 Grand Ave., in Gurnee at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday, broke into a register drawer and took a small amount of cash, police said Thursday.

    A collection of memorabilia at Larkin High School will be on display as the Elgin school celebrates its 50th anniversary.

    Larkin High School celebrates its golden jubilee

    The Queen of England celebrated her diamond jubilee — recognizing her 60th anniversary — earlier this year, and now some local Royals are preparing to usher in a 50th anniversary. Larkin High School in Elgin will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to commemorate 50 years since the school opened in September 1962.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals slashed tires and scratched the paint on 16 vehicles overnight Sept. 5-6 in Des Plaines. And in Mount Prospect, a man was charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass to motor vehicle after an officer on patrol saw him standing behind a 2002 Honda that had been ransacked and gave chase.


    AP: U.S. identifies anti-Muslim filmmaker

    WASHINGTON — A U.S. law enforcement official says a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is behind the anti-Muslim film being blamed for mob attacks in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.A man who calls himself Sam Bacile has said he created the film, but The Associated Press on Wednesday connected Nakoula to the Bacile persona.


    House to pass 6-month spending bill

    WASHINGTON — As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months.

    A composite image from September 8 CCTV footage made available by Swedish Police on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, shows the victim, returning home after a drunken night on the town, falling down on the tracks at Sandsborg metro station south of Stockholm. He was then robbed and left to be run over by an oncoming train. The man survived, sustaining serious injuries.

    No good Samaritan: Swedes shocked by subway thief

    STOCKHOLM — A drunk, middle-aged man falls off a subway platform and is knocked unconscious as his head hits the tracks.A bystander who witnessed the accident jumps down after him — but not for a daring rescue before the train arrives. Instead, the witness steals the man’s valuables, climbs back on the platform and leaves his victim to be hit by a train.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes comments on the killing of U.S. embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Obama, Romney trade tough words over attacks

    Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trading tough words over the handling of foreign attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, injecting foreign policy into a presidential campaign that has focused on a sour economy.


    Will County couple sentenced for million-dollar fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice says a Will County couple has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $1 million through an investment scheme.


    Pastor: Image of lynching meant to boost voting

    INDIANAPOLIS — A pastor says a sign in front of his Indianapolis church with images of a lynching and slaves in chains is meant to remind people of the importance of their voting rights.One side of the sign outside Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church features a photo of the 1930 lynching of two black men in Marion, Ind. Below it is written: “Is this a reason to vote?”


    Wisconsin election chief hopes for post-Nov. voter ID ruling

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s elections chief says a state Supreme Court ruling on voter ID before Nov. 6 wouldn’t provide enough time to get ready for the change at the polls.


    Police say Indiana man fatally stabbed by son

    GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Police say a 21-year-old man fatally stabbed his father during a fight at the younger man’s home in a central Indiana city.Greencastle police say 53-year-old Tommie Badgley of Greencastle was stabbed in the upper chest Wednesday evening and was later pronounced dead at Putnam County Hospital.


    State senator returns home after cancer surgery

    RUSHVILLE — State Sen. John Sullivan is back home after having surgery at a Baltimore hospital to remove a rare but highly treatable type of cancer.In a statement Wednesday, Sullivan said he’s happy to be home with his family and friends. The 53-year-old Rushville Democrat says he’ll need time to recover but he’s looking forward to getting back to work.


    Hundreds honor Indiana Marine slain in Afghanistan

    HUNTINGBURG, Ind. — Hundreds of people lined a route around a southern Indiana county as the body of a 21-year-old Marine killed during combat in Afghanistan arrived for the start of his funeral services.Fellow Marines stood at attention with Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske’s family as his flag-draped casket was taken from a plane at the Huntingburg airport Wednesday.

    A family waves at a large group of public school teachers as they march on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago on Wednesday.

    Teacher evaluations at center of Chicago strike

    Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city's school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require performance evaluations based in part on how well students succeed. So what's the problem in Chicago, where 25,000 teachers have responded to a demand that teacher evaluations be tied to student performance by walking off the job?

    Visitors to the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair are treated to seeing original works by artists from all over the country. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday in downtown Naperville.

    Riverwalk art fair brings originals to downtown Naperville

    George Ceffalio compares getting into the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair to winning the lottery. The Glen Ellyn artist will return to the event hosted by the Naperville Art League for the fourth year to unveil his oil paintings. That's no easy accomplishment. The juried fair, running Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, selects only about 135 artists out of a pool of 750 applicants.


    More costly gas drives up wholesale prices

    A sharp rise in gasoline costs drove up wholesale prices last month by the most in more than three years. But outside energy and food, price gains were mild. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, jumped 1.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase was mostly because gas prices soared 13.6 percent, the biggest gain in...


    Dawn Patrol: More attacks against U.S.; Sox lose

    Lake Forest teachers strike. Suburban officials don't want to gamble on train derailment odds. Judge lowers bail for man charged in connection with Arlington Heights murder. Vernon Hills man killed in motorcycle crash. Bears-Packers tonight.


    Afghan president postpones trip over prophet film

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has cancelled an official visit to Norway amid concerns over Mideast riots about a film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi said on Thursday that the trip will be held at a later date. He did not say why the trip has been postponed.


    Morsi says Egyptians reject ‘unlawful acts’

    BRUSSELS — Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi vowed Thursday not to allow further attacks on foreign embassies in Cairo, saying the Egyptian people reject such “unlawful acts.”


    US consulate in Berlin evacuated as precaution

    BERLIN — The U.S. Embassy says its consulate in Berlin has been evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.Spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said the smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application given to consular employees by the applicant in person Thursday morning.

    A worker grinds a piece of steel for a brace as work is done to stabilize and repair the replica Viking ship in Geneva. The copy of a 9th-century Viking ship was sailed to the Chicago from Norway for the World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893.

    Viking replica ship in Geneva fans’ hands

    The Viking ship is in the hands of the people who value it most, the Friends of the Viking Ship. The Chicago Park District relinquished control of the 120-year-old wooden vessel in a Chicago courtroom Wednesday morning. "This was a good day for Chicago because this ship is a part of Chicago history," said retired judge Perry Gulbrandsen.

    Workers at the Waste Management Recovery Facility in Grayslake separate materials to be recycled.

    Lake County officials launch recycling initiative

    Lake County officials launched an educational program on Wednesday in hopes that trash will take a back seat to recycling. "Recycle First. Trash Last" is a comprehensive campaign to change the way people think about recycling. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County has teamed with Curbside Value Partnership to reduce the amount of trash tossed in landfills.

    Twelve-year-old ventriloquist Noah Simmons of Huntley and his five characters, from left: Steve the parrot, Charles, Buster the dog, Dylan and Sidney.

    Read his lips: Huntley ventriloquist will go far

    When 12-year-old Noah Simmons first saw a professional ventriloquist on TV last year, he was excited to realize that ventriloquism is all about getting away with mischief. “I saw Jeff Dunham on TV and I thought, 'Oh, I really want to try that. I want to make people laugh and get away with things,'” Noah said. "That's basically what you do, blame it on the puppet. If he says something...

    Atheist Rob Sherman addresses a downstate group in May while trying to stop Illinois from awarding $20,000 in state funds for the renovation of the 111-foot-high Bald Knob Cross of Peace. He lost that legal battle but appealed this week to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    New voice in church and state tiff may seem heaven-sent

    For decades, Rob Sherman has been the suburban face of atheism and the battles between church and state. For those of you who are sick and tired of stories about Rob Sherman and are afraid this will be another, fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. A new voice for those concerned with the separation of church and state will be born today in Illinois: The Secular Coalition...


    Warren offensive lineman Joe Zumpano, left, and Libertyville defender Jimmy Stoil have a war of wills at Warren on Friday.

    Deichl, Libertyville dial up a winner

    If you had been trying to call Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl during his game on Friday night, he probably could have taken your call while he also scanned the field for open receivers. Deichl had so much time in the pocket that he probably could have filed his nails and taken a quick power nap, too. With his offensive linemen barely challenged by Warren's three-man rush, Deichl went to town in the passing game. He calmly, coolly and seemingly nonchalantly at times completed 24-of-34 passes for 309 yards in guiding Libertyville to a 42-24 victory over the host Blue Devils.

    Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews sacks Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Weak second effort for Bears

    For the second straight game the Bears' offense got off to a disjointed, ineffective start. This time it never got any better in a pathetic, demoralizing 23-10 loss to the Packers that left both NFC North foes at 1-1. Even when the attack finally got moving on the first possession of the second half, there was ultimately disappointment


    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.

    The Green Bay Packers’ D.J. Smith breaks up a pass intended for Bears tight end Kellen Davis Thursday during the first half.

    Big opportunity and Cutler fails to deliver for Bears

    Football is the ultimate team game, but generally only quarterbacks are referred to as The Franchise. The Packers know they have one in Aaron Rodgers. The Bears think they have one in Jay Cutler. The difference between "know" and "think" is wide. Cutler had the chance to close that gap Thursday night but only widened it during the Packers' 23-10 victory in Lambeau Field.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson looks to pass as centner Braxston Cave, right, blocks during the first half against Purdue in South Bend, Ind. All too often last week the Irish offensive line struggled against Purdue, allowing four sacks and rushing for just 53 yards. The linemen are looking for redemption against No. 10 Michigan State’s tough defensive line on Saturday.

    Irish line seeks redemption against Michigan State

    Notre Dame center Braxston Cave snapped the ball on a third-and-6 play early in the game against Purdue, put a quick hit on defensive tackle Kawann Short then stepped to the right — allowing Short to race up the middle and sack Irish quarterback Everett Golson for a 9-yard loss. "That was all on me," Cave said. "I just slid the wrong way."

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sacks Bears quarterback Jay Cutler Thursday during the second half .

    Bears loss has familiar ding to it

    If you haven't purchased tickets for that train ride to New Orleans, you might want to hold off on those Super Bowl plans for a couple of weeks. Not only did the Bears look like something less than a playoff team in a stumbling, bumbling — and at times, stupefying — performance Thursday night, but any notion that the Packers were finished because of a Week 1 loss to a very good Niners team was clearly more fantasy than reality.


    Schaumburg improves to 3-2 in MSL West

    Schaumburg's girls volleyball team climbed above .500 to complete the first half of its Mid-Suburban West schedule at 3-2 with a 25-16, 25-20 victory over Hoffman Estates.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins


    Bob LeGere’s NFL picks/Week 2

    WEEK 2SUNDAY’S GAMES-3 BILLS 24, Chiefs 20-3 Saints, 31, PANTHERS 17-7 ½ BENGALS 17, Browns 14-1 ½ Viking 25, COLTS 21-8 Texans 20, JAGUARS 16-3 Raiders 23, DOLPHINS 13-15 PATRIOTS 27, Cardinals 19-9 GIANTS 24, Bucs 10+1 Ravens 30, EAGLS 23-3 Cowboys 31, SEAHAWKS 21+3 RAMS 20, Redskins 17-6 STEELERS 28, Jets 14-6 ½ CHARGERS 27, Titans 19-7 49ERS31, Lions 21 MONDAY’s GAME-3 ½ FALCONS 33, Broncos 23Last week:Straight up: 10-6Vs. spread: 10-6

    A member of the U.S. Cellular Field grounds crew helps cover the field as a rain delay postpones the start of Thursday’s game the Detroit Tigers. The game eventually was rained out.

    Rainout pushes Sox’ Sale back a night

    There was a big Chicago game scheduled for Thursday night not involving the Bears. The White Sox were set to face the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in a rematch of Sox ace Chris Sale and Detroit counterpart Justin Verlander. On Sept. 2, Verlander and the Tigers bested Sale and the White Sox 4-2 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

    Palatine’s Sarah Schiffner celebrates a point near the end of set one during the Pirates’ victory over visiting Fremd on Thursday.

    Palatine powers past Fremd

    In order to attend a rehearsal for his brother's wedding, Palatine girls volleyball coach Dan Gavin was not at Thursday's match against visiting Fremd. Instead, Joyce Richardson, who directed the program nine years ago, was back in charge. "To me, it as just like an Old Home Week," said Richardson, now the Pirates junior varsity coach. "Just in a bigger setting." The setting was big - a chance for Palatine to tie for first place in the Mid-Suburban West - and the Pirates came up big. With Dayton-bound Taylor Fricano putting down a match-high 7 kills and junior Hannah Bridier serving 3 aces with 2 blocks, the Pirates (9-3, 4-1) endured two tough sets to post a 25-23, 25-21 victory over visiting Fremd (10-4, 3-1).


    Elgin getting strong leadership

    The Elgin boys’ cross country team has plenty to be excited about these days.The Maroons were fifth at the Elgin City Classic, seventh at Crystal Lake South and 10th out of 20 teams at Lake Park. Junior Emilio Mancha is Elgin’s top runner. He averages under 16:30 and has finished in the medal places in the team’s first 2 races.Team captain Chris Porras has provided strong leadership, while seniors Cristian Martinez, Tanner Bednar, Nathan Hasken and Fabian Salazar have shown great competitive spirit. Junior Richard Childs also is running well and sophomore Logan Jostes could crack the varsity lineup soon. Nathan Hasken is back after sitting out last season and has enjoyed solid workouts and the embracement of competitive strategy on race days, according to coach John Devine.“It’s been a special season so far, really since summer camp in July,” said Devine. “Our seniors are great leaders and have strong work ethics. We expect to surprise some of our competitors this season.”Larkin: The Royals started the season by placing 4 runners in the Top 70 at Crystal Lake South. Cameron Powers, Mitch Pepa, Alex O’Claire and Ernesto Garcia topped the score card at South. Powers took 28th.“Cameron has been running real strong for us,” said Larkin coach Eric Hill. “He leads the team and was voted co-captain as a junior. He is a real competitor. Racing is what Cameron seems to enjoy most.”Powers and O’Claire also ran well at Lake Park. “Alex is fresh and excited, works hard and has a maturity in the sport in regard to pace and competing despite this being his first year out for cross country,” said Hill. “He’s been a great diamond-in-the-rough for our team. The guys seem on pace and are practicing well and doing the workouts. I’m proud of the way we are coming together and supporting each other. As long as that continues Larkin cross country is in good shape.”Bartlett: The Hawks had two strong showings in invites thus far, finishing second at the Elgin City Classic and sixth at Lake Park. Connor Rachford, Anthony Peters and Dan Cotton all are running below 16:00. Senior Mitch Sullivan and sophomore Myles Zilinsky have provided key sparks for the team, while junior Anthony Peters had shown major improvements in the early going.“We’ve had some strong individual races from almost everyone on varsity,” said Bartlett coach Ryan Korn. “Each week someone new has been stepping up and running well to compensate for someone who may have had an off day. The weekly improvement they have shown so far gives us reason to expect our best races are still to come.”Dundee-Crown: The Dundee-Crown boys’ team has been lead by seniors David Breyette, Thomas Halverson and Trevor Vogler. “Those three seniors are off to a good start and are leading us in meets and in practice,” said D-C coach Tom Smith. “They are running with consistency and getting better each week.”Freshman Josh Wizgird has been a fine addition to the team. “Josh has really come on and is going to help our varsity team as the season progresses,” said Smith. “He has a great stride, is competitive and is a racer.”D-C heads to the tough Palatine Meet of Champions next Saturday.“We are showing improvement each week,” said Smith. “This team has a great attitude and a desire to really move up as the season goes forward.”South Elgin: Jose Gonzalez and Matt Stover were Top 20 finishers at the Elgin City Classic, while Stover, Jack Zaley and Jimmy Hartnett earned medals at the Plainfield Central invitational. South Elgin coach Kari Turcan noted Stover “has become a running machine.”“Almost all the athletes are really working hard to be the best they can be,” said Turcan. “They are dedicated to the team, the sport and their health. I’m very pleased with our numbers and the number of athletes dedicated to the sport. Everyone is working hard to be their best and doing it not just for themselves, but for the team.”

    Alfonso Soriano might be getting MVP consideration if he were playing for a winning team.

    One good thing: Cubs haven’t quit on Sveum

    Even though the Cubs may end up losing 100 games this season, there is something to be said for their approach down the stretch, says Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles. The Cubs haven't quit, and that's a tribute to manager Dale Sveum and his staff.


    Ehrhardt, Jacobs hold off Huntley

    With the match on the line, Jacobs knows the volleyball has to be set to senior standout Alyssa Ehrhardt. Ehrhardt, a Toledo recruit, didn't disappoint. Ehrhardt's 19 kills, which included 7 in the crucial third game, keyed Jacobs' hard-fought 27-25, 17-25, 26-24 win over Huntley in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin Thursday night.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Prairie Ridge d. CL South: Carly Nolan had 10 kills and Lindsey Murphy dished out 24 assists but the Gators fell in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division 17-25, 25-11, 25-22. Avalon Nero added 5 kills and Nicole Slimko had 4 for Crystal Lake South (8-3, 3-1).Metea Valley d. Larkin: Brianna Stewart had 8 blocks, 8 digs and 4 kills and Olivia Kofie added 3 blocks, 4 digs and 2 kills in this 25-10, 25-22 Upstate Eight crossover loss. Paige Grantham added 4 blocks for the Royals (8-8).Dundee-Crown d. Woodstock North: Steph Magsamen had 8 kills and 6 digs, Jillian Hostetler added 6 kills and 4 aces and Lauren Lococo had 6 kills as Dundee-Crown won this FVC crossover. Cori Eischen added 17 assists for the Chargers (5-6) while Franki Scarpelli had 6 digs.Cary-Grove d. McHenry: Alex Larsen and Mallory Wilczynski each had 8 kills to lead Cary-Grove to a 22-25, 25-20, 25-14 FVC Valley win. Sam Katchen served 4 aces for the Trojans (8-7, 1-2).Harvest Christian d. Christian Liberty: Sydney Doby had 10 kills and 4 aces and Jordan Sollars added 6 kills, 4 assists and 3 aces to lead the Lions (9-3, 4-0) to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Katelyn Floyd added 13 assists and 5 aces for Harvest Christian.


    Hersey tops Buffalo Grove for key MSL East win

    Hersey took a big step toward a sixth straight Mid-Suburban East girls swimming title by topping host Buffalo Grove in a dual meet Thursday. Huskies senior Amanda Petro broke a pair of pool records in the effort.


    Palatine tips Hoffman, retains MSL lead

    Palatine's boys soccer team confirmed its early season promise with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Chic Anderson Stadium on Thursday night against Hoffman Estates. Jeremy Velinski's first-half goal stood up the rest of the way to give the Pirates (7-0-2, 4-0-1) another 3 points to help keep Willie Filians' club atop the MSL table with 13 points.


    DeKalb denies Kaneland’s comeback

    Kaneland nearly had a comeback for the ages. The DeKalb girls volleyball team had 7 match points Thursday night against Kaneland in Maple Park, only to see the Knights stave off every conceivable final winner the Barbs might entertain. Unfortunately, the Knights' attempt to send the Northern Illinois Big XII East match into a second extra session came up a point short as DeKalb junior Madison Lord had the last of her 7 kills to deny Kaneland. With its 25-20, 26-28 and 25-23 victory DeKalb moved to 17-3 overall and 2-0 in the league; Kaneland fell to 10-4, 0-2.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Lyons 3, Huntley 2: The Red Raiders were dealt their first loss of the season in this Pepsi Showdown quarterfinal contest. Lucas Baker and Eduardo Gonzalez scored for Huntley (9-1 and Auston Emery had 2 saves in goal.Streamwood 1, East Aurora 0: Alejandro Avales scored for the Sabres in this Pepsi Showdown win. Phil Lewy had 3 saves in goal for Streamwood (7-4).Lake Zurich 3, Bartlett 1: In yet another Pepsi Showdown game, Carlos Avina scored Bartlett’s goal. Justin Busch had 10 saves in goal for the Hawks (0-9).Dundee-Crown 4, Grayslake Central 0: Malik Washington scored 2 goals and Christian Martinez registered the save in goal as Dundee-Crown won this Fox Valley Conference crossover, the Chargers’ 10th straight win. Salvador Rodriguez and Richard Tinahero scored the other goals for Dundee-Crown (10-1).Christian Liberty 2, Harvest Christian 1: Adam Salowitz scored for Harvest in this Northeast Athletic Conference loss. Patrick McGuire had 3 saves in goal for the Lions (3-4-2, 0-2-0).Burlington Central 4, Rockford Christian 1: Bryce Warner, Matt O’Connor, Alan Camarena and Ian Graffagna scored goals for the Rockets in this Big Northern East win. Brett Rau (3 saves) and Drew McMahon (2 saves) shared time in goal for BC (8-1-2, 5-0-1).Cary-Grove 1, Johnsburg 1: Tyler Szydlo scored for Cary-Grove in this FVC crossover. Kevin Schenk had 7 saves in goal for the Trojans (7-0-2).Jacobs 4, Hampshire 1: Mike Mamola, Chris Rigby, Anthony Moscatello and Timmy Gallagher scored goals for Jacobs (8-1) in this FVC crossover. Svonko Kvalji had 5 saves in the net for the Golden Eagles.CL South 2, Grayslake North 0: Charlie Ruff and Troy Bittenbender scored goals for Crystal Lake South in this FVC crossover win. Gus Alvarez had 4 saves in goal for the Gators (6-5).St. Edward 1, Montini 0: Joe French scored on a penalty kick to lift St. Edward to a Suburban Christian win. Matt Hesch had 5 saves in goal for the Green Wave (4-7, 2-2).


    Kick-A-Thon sets record with 150 kickers

    Last Friday's Kick-A-Thon before the football game between St. Charles East and host St. Charles North came early this year. But the kickers were in late-season form.


    Viator tops Warren, makes Pepsi Showdown semis

    St. Viator (6-0-2) has reached the Pepsi Showdown semifinals against Lyons Township after beating top-seeded Warren 3-0 Thursday afternoon on a rain-soaked pitch in Arlington Heights. The Lions will visit LaGrange this Saturday in a rematch; a game between St. Viator and Lyons played on the last day of August ended in a 2-2 draw.


    Prospect steadily gains momentum

    Prospect's girls cross country team didn't start the season with a bang, but the Knights are certainly starting to sharpen their attack now. Sophomore Ellen Siefke (19:20) and senior Brooke Wolfe (19:21) finished 1-2 leading the Knights to a hard-fought 23-34 Mid-Suburban League East victory over Hersey at Melas Park in Arlington Heights on Thursday.


    Hersey having fun in East this fall

    The Hersey boys cross country team finished in eighth place at the Mid-Suburban League meet last year and missed out on all the postseason fun. This year the young Huskies are looking to join the party, and they made quite a statement on Thursday. Hersey attacked the first mile and then held its ground for the final 2 miles in defeating Prospect 23-32 in a high stakes MSL East dual meet at Melas Park in Arlington Heights.

    Metea Valley goalkeeper Gabe Gongora-Falla collides with teammate Jack Staton as Larkin’s Erik Rodriguez tries to head the corner kick Thursday in Elgin. There was no goal on the play.

    Late score lifts Larkin to Pepsi semis

    Eventually the chances had to go in the net. That's what the Larkin boys soccer team thought Thursday night. And eventually, they did. The Royals scored twice in the final 10 minutes, including one with 17.4 seconds remaining, to beat Metea Valley, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the Pepsi Showdown at Memorial Field.

    Marmion’s Gavin Sanchez and Aurora Central Catholic’s Saul Sanchez, right, collide Thursday in Aurora.

    Sanchez sparks Marmion’s rally past ACC

    Trailing Aurora Central Catholic 1-0 at halftime on Thursday, Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro had an easy halftime speech to deliver. "The adjustments at halftime we made is we really hate losing to ACC so much that our coach just told us to refer to the scoreboard and that should be enough motivation for us to come out on top," Marmion sophomore Gavin Sanchez said. Sanchez shouldered much of the load in making sure the Cadets did indeed come out on top, scoring a pair of second-half goals including the game-winner with 3:43 remaining to give Marmion a 3-2 win in a nail-biter that saw both teams score clutch goals in the final eight minutes.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Vernon Hills football coach Tony Monken, right, with his son, Anthony, who plays for Libertyville; and Stevenson football coach Bill McNamara, in green, with his two sons, Dylan (33) and Connor (12), who play for Vernon Hills.

    It’s a complex time for the Monken, McNamara families

    Football brings the Monken and McNamara families together - and also manages to keep them apart. The coaches of the Vernon Hills and Stevenson football programs have sons who play for other schools, making quality hard to come by during the fall.


    A Mayor’s Cup, with a coach-QB twist

    Conant plays for three Mayor's Cups and this year, they are all in consecutive weeks. The first of them is tonight at Elk Grove. Cougars coach Bill Modelski is familiar with most of the Grenadiers players because his sons, including starting quarterback Danny, grew up playing sports in Elk Grove. "I've seen a lot of these kids play baseball, basketball and football as they have grown up," Modelski said. "I have known a lot of those kids since they were very young, so for me personally, it's a little strange."


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Taking a look at Week 4 in the Tri-Cities


    Pack running a strength for Streamwood

    The Streamwood girls cross country team has strength in numbers. The Sabres started the season with a strong second-place showing at the Elgin City Classic. The Sabres had 5 runners (sophomores Gabby Juarez, Samantha Harding, Adelaide Kelly, Cassidy Wingerd and junior Marisol Lazaro) in the Top 18 (89 runners in the race) with a split of 89 seconds between them.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose breaks down and cries Thursday during a news conference unveiling his new shoe the Adidas D Rose 3.

    Bulls G Rose says knee’s improving

    Derrick Rose says his surgically repaired left knee is getting better and he is even jumping on it. The Bulls' superstar started doing that "a couple of days ago," another step in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.


    Football: Scouting Week 4, Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 4 matchups in Lake County high school football.


    Football: Week 4 previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at the high school football matchups for Week 4 in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.


    Football: Scouting Week 4 in the Fox Valley

    Taking a look at Week 4 football games in the Fox Valley.


    The scoop on concussions

    An athlete may consult a doctor about a concussion. A couple pain pills might help remedy the headaches.Treatment, though, starts at home."The most important treatment is rest," said Dr. Mohammad Sajed, Medical Director of Neurocritical Care at the Edward Neurosciences Institute. "Rest as much as possible."


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Taking a look at this weekend's football games in DuPage County.


    Smith captures his fourth U.S. Mid-Am golf title

    Pittsburgh's Nathan Smith made U.S. golf history Thursday en route to earning another coveted invitation to next April's Masters tournament.Smith became the first four-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur — the national championship for players 25 and over — with a tense 1-up victory over Canadian Garrett Rank in the 36-hole final at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

    Sidney Crosby speaks to reporters Thursday during a news conference in New York. With a lockout looking increasingly certain, the NHL players union meets Thursday followed by an owners’ meeting at league headquarters with Commissioner Gary Bettman.

    Bettman says another NHL lockout looms

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman maintains the league will lock out players Sunday if a new labor deal isn't reached, and star player Sidney Crosby isn't optimistic the season will start on time. "Two other leagues — the NBA and the NFL — their players have recognized that in these economic times there is a need to retrench," Bettman said during a news conference that followed the unanimous endorsement of a lockout during a two-hour owners' meeting.

    Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun reacts to a call in the second half against Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional in Indianapolis. Calhoun is officially retiring, Thursday as men’s basketball coach at Connecticut after a 40-year college career and three national championships.

    UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun retires

    Jim Calhoun retired as Connecticut's basketball coach Thursday, closing a 26-year career at the school with thanks to everyone who helped him turn UConn from an athletic backwater into a national power that won three national titles. In thanking administrators, players, fans and his family, Calhoun said he feels blessed and is grateful that "you trusted us."

    Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is a very popular free agent pick up in many leagues this week.

    A fair way to pick up fantasy football free agents

    Free-agent pickups.They are critical to the success of any fantasy team, and savvy owners win championshps by identifying future studs early.But what's amazing to me about the process is how every league does it differently. Much like snowflakes, no two leagues are alike in how they allow teams to pick up players. Here's a way that is fair to all ...

    The defending champion at Chicagoland Speedway, Tony Stewart, has a long and successful history at the Joliet track. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, the Geico 400, takes place Saturday in Joliet.

    Can Stewart continue Chicagoland dominance?

    When it comes to racing in Chicago, no NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has more wins at Chicagoland than Tony Stewart. Or laps led. Or a better average finish or a better average running position. In this Q&A, Stewart talks about his past success in Chicago, the nature of this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, and which driver he is worried about the most this weekend when NASCAR's best race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet for the 2012 Geico 400.

    Joe Hoscheit

    Football: Week 3 MVPs

    St. Charles East senior fullback Joe Hoscheit and Willowbrook junior defensive back Hayden Adams have been selected MVPs by the Daily Herald for their peformances in Week 3 of the high school football season.


    Mike North video: No chirping about injuries

    Walter Payton told Mike North once to keep your injuries quiet and that's what Mike wants Chicago White Sox player Adam Dunn to do. Don't let on that you are hurting!

    Naperville paralympian swimmer Alyssa Gialamas sports her podium jacket from the London Games at her family’s Naperville home Wednesday. She is pictured with her mother, Lisa. She did not win any medals, but she looks forward to 2016.

    Naperville paralympian returns home with high hopes for the future

    Paralympic hardware was just out of reach for 17-year-old swimmer Alyssa Gialamas during the Summer Paralympic Games in London. But the Naperville teen, who just returned home, believes gold can be well within her grasp in 2016.

    Aurora native and Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medalist Joe Berenyi, left, chats with Jostein Alvestad of Elmhurst and Andy Kerr of Batavia on Wednesday night before the start of practice races at a training session in West Chicago.

    Oswego man ‘back to being dad’ after golden Paralympics

    A day after coming home with the three medals he won during the Paralympic Games in London, Joe Berenyi wasn't focused on cycling. The 43-year-old Oswego man mowed the lawn while his gold, silver and bronze medals sat on the kitchen table. "I am getting back to being dad," the father of three said.


    Trader Warren Meyers reacts to the announcement of the Federal Reserve as he watches a television screen Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks surge on Fed announcement

    The stock market staged a huge rally Thursday after investors got the aggressive economic help they wanted from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones industrial average spiked more than 200 points and cleared 13,500 for the first time since the beginning of the Great Recession. The average is within 625 points of its all-time high.

    Soft drinks are on display Wednesday during a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals. Health officials approved an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks.

    NYC bans big-soda sales

    New York City will restrict sales of sugary soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces a cup in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas after the Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan.

    The Federal Reserve says it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities for long as necessary to stimulate the still-weak economy and reduce high unemployment.

    Fed to spend $40B a month on bond purchases

    The Federal Reserve says it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities for long as necessary to stimulate the still-weak economy and reduce high unemployment. It also extended a plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid-2015. And it said it's ready to take other steps to boost the economy even after it strengthens.

    The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage held steady this week, staying slightly above the lowest level on record. Low mortgage rates have aided a modest housing recovery.

    Average on 30-year US mortgage stays at 3.55 pct.

    The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage held steady this week, staying slightly above the lowest level on record. Low mortgage rates have aided a modest housing recovery. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan was unchanged at 3.55 percent. In July, the rate fell to 3.49 percent, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.


    Hurricane Isaac sends U..S jobless claims up to 382K

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 367,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the fourth straight week to 375,000.


    Ex-Stanford exec gets 3 years for $7B swindle

    HOUSTON — A once top executive in the now defunct empire of disgraced Texas financier R. Allen Stanford was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for her role in helping the once jet-setting businessman bilk investors out of more than $7 billion.Former Stanford chief investment officer Laura Pendergest-Holt’s sentence was part of a plea agreement she had reached with federal prosecutors. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge David Hittner. Pendergest-Holt, 38, pleaded guilty in June to one count of obstruction of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proceeding in exchange for the three-year prison sentence. The obstruction count had carried a maximum prison term of five years. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will drop 20 other counts she faced, including conspiracy, wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors said Stanford, 62, used the money from investors who bought certificates of deposit, or CDs, from his bank on the Caribbean island nation of Antigua to fund a string of failed businesses, bribe regulators and pay for a lavish lifestyle that included yachts, a fleet of private jets and sponsorship of cricket tournaments. The one-time billionaire was convicted in March on 13 of 14 fraud-related counts for orchestrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. In June, Hittner sentenced Stanford to 110 years in prison. Prosecutors said Stanford lied to investors from more than 100 countries, telling them their funds were being safely invested in stocks, bonds and other securities.Pendergest-Holt, a native of Baldwyn, Miss., was the first person indicted in the case. Prosecutors said she and other executives conspired to hide the bank’s true financial health and provide misleading testimony to the SEC in 2009 when it was investigating Stanford’s bank. Two other indicted ex-executives — Gilbert Lopez, the ex-chief accounting officer, and Mark Kuhrt, the ex-global controller — are set for trial later this month. A former Antiguan financial regulator was also indicted and awaits extradition to the U.S. Another indicted ex-executive — former chief financial officer James M. Davis — has pleaded guilty and faces up to 30 years in prison.

    Nintendo’s Bill Trinen demonstrates the Wii U GamePad. The gaming console will start at $300 and go on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in time for the holidays, the company said Thursday.

    Nintendo says Wii U will launch on Nov. 18

    Nintendo's upcoming Wii U gaming console will start at $300 and go on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in time for the holidays, the company said Thursday. Nintendo Co. has been trying to drum up excitement for the Wii U, which is the first major gaming console to launch since 2006. The device has a touch-screen controller called the Wii U GamePad. It also plays games made for the original Wii.

    Some typical screens a user would see when using the new Verizon Mobile Security app for Android smartphones.

    Verizon app helps you to remotely delete personal data if phone is stolen

    Your smartphone is just like your home PC, vulnerable to security breaches. That's why Verizon Wireless, which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, said it has launched the Verizon Mobile Security app to help customers protect their Android smartphones if they fall into the wrong hands, Anna Marie Kukec writes in this week's eBuzz column. The app, created in cooperation with McAfee and Asurion, allows users to remotely locate, lock or even wipe away data from the lost or stolen phone.

    Red Lantern Restaurant on Algonquin Road is closed for renovations and will reopen under new management in October.

    RM restaurant news: Red Lantern under new management, Einstein closed

    Einstein's Bagels and the Red Lantern have closed in Rolling Meadows, but officials say more eateries are coming. "We've been really fortunate with restaurants. Something closes, but for the most part it doesn't stay closed long," said Valerie Dehner, community development director for the city.


    Company defends plans for oil pipeline in Michigan

    BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A company is defending its plans for a new oil pipeline in Michigan, saying the project will meet safety standards.The Detroit Free Press reports Enbridge Energy sent a letter to local officials dated Aug. 30 disputing claims that the new pipeline might not meet the same standards as one it wants to build in Canada. The Michigan pipeline is replacing one that runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario.The letter points to improvements, including increased pipeline wall thickness and enhanced leak detection.The letter appears to be in response to a resolution passed in August by Oakland County’s Brandon Township, expressing concerns.Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.’s current pipeline burst in 2010 near Marshall, dumping more than 800,000 gallons of oil into a southwestern Michigan river.

    Charles Ding, Huawei Technologies Ltd’s senior vice president for the U.S., is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee as lawmakers probe whether Chinese tech giants’ expansion in the U.S. market pose a threat to national security.

    U.S. congressional panel probes China tech firms

    The chairman of a U.S. House intelligence panel says two major Chinese technology companies have so far failed to address its concerns that they could be used to spy against America. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers says Huawei Technologies Ltd. and its rival ZTE Corp have refused to turn over corporate documents on the grounds it would potentially violate China's state secrecy laws.

    Three former Hewlett-Packard Co. managers were charged in Germany in a corruption investigation over improper payments made to win a 35 million-euro sale of computers to Russia about nine years ago. They were charged with bribery, breach of trust and aiding in tax evasion.

    Ex-Hewlett-Packard managers charged in Germany on Russia bribery

    Three former Hewlett-Packard Co. managers were charged in Germany in a corruption investigation over improper payments made to win a 35 million-euro sale of computers to Russia about nine years ago. They were charged with bribery, breach of trust and aiding in tax evasion.


    Pittsburgh ice cream ‘bank’ draws regulator’s ire

    State regulators are cool on a Pittsburgh businessman's idea for a bank that pays interest in ice cream shop gift cards.

    The evolution of the U.S. foreclosure crisis is increasingly diverging along state lines. On a national level, fewer homes were placed on the foreclosure track last month than in August last year, when they hit a 17-year high, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

    Foreclosure starts fell on annual basis in August

    The evolution of the U.S. foreclosure crisis is increasingly diverging along state lines. On a national level, fewer homes were placed on the foreclosure track last month than in August last year, when they hit a 17-year high, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

    In this May 15, 2011 file photo, the complex of Galaxy Macau is illuminated in Macau. In the Philippines, a $4-billion casino project will soon rise from reclaimed land on Manila Bay. In South Korea, foreign investors are scheduled to break ground next year on a clutch of casino resorts offshore.

    Asian casino boom aims to lure region’s new rich

    In the Philippines, a $4-billion casino will soon rise from reclaimed land on Manila Bay. In South Korea, foreign investors are expected to break ground next year on a clutch of casino resorts offshore. And on the eastern edge of Russia, authorities plan a resort zone aimed at drawing Chinese high-rollers.

    Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said he expects Europe’s auto industry to take many years to recover from shrinking demand and excess capacity.

    Nissan CEO sees mediocre years in Europe

    Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said he expects Europe's auto industry to take many years to recover from shrinking demand and excess capacity. Nissan is "preparing for many mediocre years" in Europe, Ghosn said today. While Europe faces overcapacity, the region "will not see any kind of Armageddon," he said.

Life & Entertainment

    A wall-mounted iPad controls heating, lighting and audio systems in the Sonoma model at Thousand Oaks in Spring Grove.

    21st century homes arrive as construction industry evolves

    Twenty-first century homes will not be like the childhood home you remember. Changing lifestyles, advances in home technology and green building trends — with a focus on cost savings and energy efficiency — are beginning to reshape how homes are constructed today.

    Actress Sally Struthers was arrested early Wednesday on charges of drunken driving after being pulled over on U.S. Route 1 in southern Maine.

    Sally Struthers charged with DUI in Maine

    Police in Maine say actress Sally Struthers has been charged with drunken driving. Police say Struthers was arrested early Wednesday morning after being pulled over on U.S. Route 1 in the southern Maine resort town of Ogunquit.

    Curious onlookers are able to watch the filming two years ago of the film “Munger Road” by St. Charles North High School graduate Nicholas Smith across the street from the St. Charles Municipal Center on Main Street.

    Local horror film back at Charlestowne 18 Theatre

    "Munger Road," the film based on the road between Wayne and Bartlett, will return to St. Charles' Charlestowne 18 just in time for the Halloween season. Writer and director Nicholas Smith, a St. Charles native, will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss the film and interact with fans.

    An evil queen (Charlize Theron) plots against her stepdaughter in “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

    ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’ now on DVD

    "Snow White & The Huntsman" is a dark, exciting retelling of the classic tale featuring lots of special effects and outstanding cinematography. Charlize Theron is the backbone of the film as the evil age-defying Queen Ravenna, plotting against her stepdaughter.

    Kix Brooks’ “New to this Town”

    Mixed bag for post-duo Kix Brooks

    "New to This Town" is Kix Brooks' first album since the end of Brooks & Dunn — and the second solo effort of his career. The album's high points revel in the rambunctious attitude the Louisiana native brought to the long-running superstar duo. The low points, however, serve as a reminder why Ronnie Dunn was such a good partner for Brooks.

    Kirk Douglas has doubled his Los Angeles Skid Row pledge for homeless women to $10 million — surprising even his wife, Anne, for whom the effort is named.

    Kirk Douglas doubles Skid Row pledge to $10M

    Kirk Douglas has doubled his Los Angeles Skid Row pledge for homeless women to $10 million — surprising even his wife, for whom the effort is named.

    The Woolworth Mansion features a grand front drawing room spanning 35 feet with windows that stretch from the floor to the 14-foot-high ceiling.

    Mansion available for $150,000 — a month

    Woolworth Mansion, once a contender for most expensive house, now a pricey rental.


    ‘SNL’ elects to switch Jay Pharoah to Obama role

    "Saturday Night Live" has elected a new Barack Obama: Jay Pharoah will take over the plum role of impersonating the president. "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels announced the casting switch in an interview with The New York Times. Michaels said it was time "to shake it up."


    CBS, Showtime team up for ‘60 Minutes of Sports’

    CBS is teaming with Showtime to create a monthly version of "60 Minutes" devoted to sports stories. "60 Minutes of Sports" will start airing in November. It will feature regular "60 Minutes" correspondents as well as CBS Sports contributors like Jim Brown and Jim Nantz.

    Michael Madsen was released from a hospital after being arrested for investigation of drunken driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, his attorney said Thursday.

    Madsen released from hospital after arrest

    Actor Michael Madsen was released from a hospital after being arrested for investigation of drunken driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, his attorney said Thursday.

    Nick and Vanessa Lachey welcomed their first child, a son named Camden John, on Wednesday.

    Nick and Vanessa Lachey welcome a son

    Nick and Vanessa Lachey are now on diaper duty. They welcomed their first child, a son named Camden John, on Wednesday. He weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and measured 21 inches.

    George Grande, left, Sharon Smith and Bob Ley were just a few of the first broadcasters on ESPN’s SportsCenter back in 1981. On Thursday, ESPN will air its 50,000th SportsCenter, the network’s flagship show of highlights, news and analysis that has had a major impact on the nation’s sports culture.

    ESPN’s SportsCenter to air its 50,000th show

    Former ESPN anchor George Grande says that when he signed on to host the first SportsCenter in 1979, he had a feeling there might be a market for more than just the 3 minutes of sports people were used to seeing on the local news. He was right. On Thursday, ESPN will air its 50,000th SportsCenter, the network's flagship show of highlights, news and analysis that has had a major impact on the nation's sports culture. "It's changed the expectation of every sports fan in the United States," said Dennis Deninger, a former ESPN executive.

    Model and TV host Heidi Klum is denying that she had an affair with her bodyguard while married to pop singer Seal. But now, having split from Seal, she says she is seeing the bodyguard.

    Klum: I was faithful to Seal while we were wed

    Heidi Klum is denying that she had an affair with her bodyguard while married to pop singer Seal. But now, having split from Seal, she says she is seeing the bodyguard. On Wednesday's edition of the Katie Couric talk show, Klum said she "never looked at another man" while she and Seal were together.

    With 17 nominations, Kanye West is the leader at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air on BET on Oct. 9.

    Kanye West nominated for 17 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    Kanye West hasn't released a solo album since 2010, but the rapper has kept relevant with another strong year. West received the most nominations with 17 for the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air Oct. 9.

    Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars received the Duo/Group of the Year award at the 11th annual Americana Honors & Awards Wednesday in Nashville.

    Gillian Welch, Civil Wars capture Americana Awards

    Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday night's Americana Honors & Awards. Five of six winners at the Ryman Auditorium event are based in Nashville, further cementing the city's growing reputation as a roots music destination.


    It’s finally time for wife to stand up to her parents

    Recently, my wife's parents moved to our city. They have a dog, which their whole world revolves around. I can respect and accept what others do in their home, but I am not fond of dogs, and I am allergic to them. Problem is, my wife will not say anything, and if I do, it will not be well received.

    Mark Knopfler’s “Privateering”

    Knopfler creates subtly beautiful tunes

    Mark Knopfler, the British guitarist best known as the frontman to Dire Straits, returns with his seventh solo record, the subtle "Privateering" that's a moody and entrancing musical travelogue spread over two discs.

    Little Big Town’s “Tornado”

    Little Big Town turns it up on ‘Tornado’

    By the first chorus of opening song "Pavement Ends," Little Big Town makes it obvious they are taking a more modern, more adventurous approach on their fifth album, "Tornado." One of country music's most rousing live acts, the band's recent single "Pontoon" has become the first No. 1 hit in the group's 10-year history.

    Alkaline Trio plays Sunday, Sept. 16, at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park in Chicago.

    Alkaline Trio ‘psyched’ to rock Riot Fest

    McHenry's Matt Skiba, founding member of Alkaline Trio, says he wakes up and falls sleep each day thinking about playing Riot Fest Sunday in the slot between two of his idols — Iggy and the Stooges and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The fest starts with shows at the Congress Theater Friday and then moves to Humboldt Park for a two-day lineup of punk, rock and alternative bands including Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Rise Against, The Offspring and more.

    Northwestern University alum and former football star Fred Williamson co-stars as the head of the American Civil Liberties Organization in the drama “Last Ounce of Courage.”

    Faith, freedom and family merge in hokey ‘Last Ounce’

    Regardless of its less-than-subtle message, "Last Ounce of Courage" — starring Marshall Teague — has been directed with ample sincerity by screenwriter Darrel Campbell and producer Kevin McAfee, who seamlessly blend their announced values of family, faith and freedom into an effective emotional pitch that easily bypasses left brain functions and hits the bull's-eye of its target audience.

    Dinesh D'Souza interviews President Obama's half-brother George during a scene from Gerald Molen's documentary "2016 Obama's America."

    Does ‘2016’ live up to all the hype?

    Dann offers up his take on the journalistically crippled, political documentary phenomenon titled "2016 Obama's America," plus provides his usual Reel Life film notes (the Naperville Independent Film Festival is on the way!) and celebrates the return of Dann and Raymond's Movie Club starting its unprecedented fifth season at the Arlington Memorial Library in, of course, Arlington Heights.

    Brooke (Brit Marling) confronts her financier father (Richard Gere) about missing funds in the capitalistic thriller “Arbitrage.”

    ‘Arbitrage’ a slickly produced, morally messy thriller

    "Arbitrage" offers satisfying perks as an edgy little thriller, but wants us to warm up to Richard Gere's corrupt, manslaughtering capitalist and quietly root for him to somehow get out of his financial and criminal mess just as the innocent hero of an Alfred Hitchcock movie might do.Not going to happen, especially with Gere constantly applying the brakes to his character's vulnerability.



    Editorial: Emanuel must try harder with suburbs

    The DuPage Water Commission received decidedly less than what they asked for in a report on why the city is increasing water rates. A Daily Herald editorial questions whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is serious about transparency and cooperation with the suburbs.


    Romney’s health care dither

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Mitt Romney knows full well that if he fulfills his promises, or threats, regarding Obamacare, there won't be any affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. No wonder Romney has so much trouble sticking to a consistent story.


    New language might have helped tame the Old West

    Columnist Jim Slusher: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend," the press says at the end of the movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Might the legend have turned out differently in the language of today?


    Different speeches, similar philosophy

    Columnist Michael Gerson: During a presidential election in which both campaigns seem mainly intent on turning out their most ideologically typical voters — through the endless application of construction metaphors ("We did build that!") or abortion applause lines on demand — it is worth recalling that candidates have not always run and won in this way.


    Election advice all should heed
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: A recent daily meditation from "Forward Day by Day" has a good reminder for us as citizens of this great country.


    State justices hold key to the future
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The only people who can really save our nation are the Supreme Court judges in every state. If they make the right common-sense decisions, we can survive.


    Why honor workers who retire in 50s?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: These public employees retiring so young is largest problem this state is facing. The taxpayers will be "giving" these three people millions of dollars over the rest of their lives and will receive nothing in return.


    Teachers take hit for low scores unfairly
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Parents in the burbs generally put more effort into the education of their kids, often getting them tutors to make sure they get good grades. So the issue for education is the active participation of the parents, not the quality or education level of the teachers.


    Consider these ideas before you vote
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Remember that the president has one power that has a long-lasting impact on the country — lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. Think carefully about whom you want choosing any new justices, as their decisions will impact our personal lives and society as a whole for a long time to come.


    Tea Party members deserving of respect
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: They are people of all colors, religions and ages. Many are from the Greatest Generation, a term describing the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity on the war's homefront made decisive material contributions to the war effort.


    Remove the hate from the dialogue
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In my opinion this rhetoric mainly comes from the conservatives of our country and has been aimed at our president since day one he took office. It has just snowballed after that. Yes, our country has changed. My one request is that we all become informed citizens before we go the polls.


    No such thing as ‘law-abiding’ illegals
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Please help me out here. Why would columnist Froma Harrop use an obvious oxymoron to describe immigrants as "law-abiding illegal" in her recent article? Froma, you can't have it both ways!


    Marty’s dedication to local sports showed
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Marty Maciaszek took the time to personally get to know hundreds of local high school athletes and coaches each year to provide the best coverage of local sports anyone has ever seen.


    Replace Sen. Durbin in 2016
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Why Dick Durbin doesn't renounce his citizenship and move to a Latin American country is beyond me. He's always using the office of the U.S. Senate to support illegal immigrants.


    Why the income tax is untenable
    A Huntley letter to the editor: From time to time the Supreme Court rules on a question of whether our income tax is constitutional. They always rule it as constitutional, no matter what argument is presented. They always imply that the supplicant is a little goofy or not really serious, and generally they are correct.


    Becoming American still dream to many
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I feel honored to know that even in times of unrest and political discourse, America is still a beacon of light for many people. I hope hearing that people still yearn to become Americans touches you as this still affects me. We may have many faults in this country of ours, but we will move forward and we will always persevere.


    Workers’ comp a big state problem
    An Aurora letter to the editor; Lately you've been hearing a lot about "in sourcing jobs back to Illinois" from our political leaders. It doesn't take a political bureaucrat to see many are unemployed or underemployed with no real end in sight. Our political leaders are not seeing the real issue for the failed job-creation programs in Illinois.


    Nation needs your prayers and vote
    An Addison letter to the editor: Christian conservative women and men must vote in this election. We must fight for our families, our culture, our children, born and unborn, our religious freedom, the sanctity of marriage and our faith. There is a war on women because girl babies are being aborted in India and China and now sex selection abortion is allowed in USA.


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