Daily Archive : Friday September 14, 2012


    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Radical Islam, immigration key subjects of Walsh-Duckworth debate

    Controversial comments made by Congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry about "radical Islam's" roots in the suburbs took center stage at the second debate between 8th Congressional District candidates Walsh and Tammy Duckworth. Democrat Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, accused him of propagating fear and hate and isolating the growing number of Muslims in the suburban district centered in Schaumburg.

    David McSweeney

    McSweeney slams Beaubien’s Democrat-backed mailers

    Republican David McSweeney is slamming the latest political mailer to go out on behalf of his opponent in the Barrington-area 52nd House District race, calling it an inaccurate insult and further proof that Dee Beaubien isn't the independent she claims to be. But Beaubien stands behind the piece and maintains that given the uphill battle independents face, she'll take all the help she can get,...

    Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago teachers union, departs a news conference after her meeting with the union's House of Delegates Sept. 14 in Chicago. Lewis told the delegates that a "framework" was in place to end the teachers strike.

    End to Chicago teachers strike is not assured

    Negotiators seeking an end to Chicago's teachers strike sound more hopeful than they have in weeks, announcing they have achieved a "framework" that could bring students back to the classroom by Monday. But the leader of the teachers union cautions against assuming the nearly weeklong walkout is over until her members have seen the final offer in writing in a meeting scheduled for Sunday.

    2011 Oktoberfest king Ken Chalmers, Rotary Club President Liz Noe and 2012 Oktoberfest king Jeff Johnson toast the start of the event Friday in Palatine.

    Palatine says ‘Prost!’ at Oktoberfest
    The Rotary Club of Palatine's fifth annual Oktoberfest started Friday evening in Fireman's Memorial parking lot at Brockway and Slade in downtown Palatine. Mayor Jim Schwantz helped get the party started by tapping a firkin of beer.


    Salon worker struck by SUV that plunged into shop

    The driver of an SUV crashed through the front window of a beauty salon in Wheeling Friday morning and struck an employee, authorities said. The crash occurred at 9:15 a.m. at Olivia's Beauty Salon, 16 W. Dundee Road.

    Heavily-armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops, U.S. officials said. Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, is stationed at the base on a four-month combat tour in Afghanistan. There was no immediate word on his whereabouts at the time of the attack.

    Two Marines killed in attack in Afghanistan

    Heavily armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops, U.S. officials said. Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, is stationed at the base on a four-month combat tour. There was no immediate word on his whereabouts at the time of the attack.

    Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades burn the U.S. flag Friday during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi, Libya.

    Violence erupts at protests of anti-Muslim film

    Fury over an anti-Islam film spread across the Muslim world Friday, with deadly clashes near Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, an American fast-food restaurant set ablaze in Lebanon, and international peacekeepers attacked in the Sinai despite an appeal for calm from Egypt's Islamist president.


    Rosemont to host first Oktoberfest

    Rosemont will host its first Oktoberfest celebration, from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 on the lawn of MB Financial Park at Rosemont, north of Balmoral Avenue fronting the Tri-State Tollway.


    Warrenville’s Lifetime Fitness closed due to chlorine smell

    Fifteen people were sent to area hospitals for treatment after a possible chlorine leak at a health club swimming pool in Warrenville on Friday, authorities said. Emergency crews were called to the Lifetime Fitness at 28141 Diehl Road just before 6 p.m.


    43 charged in gang-related investigation

    Authorities say dozens of members and associates of the Latin Kings street gang have been cited for drug violations. Most defendants are charged for roles in two drug-trafficking organizations that supplied heroin, cocaine and marijuana to dealers in Chicago and the South suburbs.


    Will County service dog honored for work

    A 63-pound Labrador retriever named Jackson has been honored for his service to Will County children who are alleged victims of abuse.

    Marcelo Arellano-Garcia

    Suspect in bizarre Addison-area trespassing case unfit for trial

    A man accused of trespassing into an Addison-area home and carrying around the homeowners' 6-year-old daughter was found mentally unfit for trial Friday. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell made the finding for Marcelo Arellano-Garcia after reviewing a recent psychological report.


    Investigation continues after Carpentersville lockdown

    Three schools in Carpentersville were put on a soft lockdown Friday morning after a suspect fled from police. Associate Superintendent Sarah Kedroski said students and staff were never in danger during the 40 minute episode.


    U of I trustees approve $5.4B budget for 3 campuses

    Trustees at the University of Illinois have approved a $5.4 billion operating budget that includes less money from the state but increases day-to-day spending by 3.7 percent. It applies to more than 77,000 students and 23,000 employees at three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

    A minaret of a mosque is silhouetted in front of the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

    Egypt’s Christians anxious, anticipate troubles

    The country's 8 million Coptic Christians were already feeling increasingly cornered amid the rise to power of hard-line Islamists in Egypt following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.


    Geneva teachers, schools still in mediation

    A federal mediator has been brought into contract negotiations between the Geneva Education Association and the Geneva school district. At issue are compensation, benefits, services to be made available for special-education students, and involuntary transfers. Neither union president Carol Young nor Assistant Superintendent Craign Collins, District 304's personnel chief, would provide details of...

    Daily Herald file photo New locomotives could be coming if the RTA takes out a loan to pay for transit infrastructure.

    Should RTA borrow to fix its transit systems?

    The RTA wants to borrow $2.5 billion to meet capital needs like buses and track and pay it back with sales tax revenues. But that plan already ran into some gridlock Friday as some suggested the money is needed for operating costs. And the CTA and Metra predicted some big budget problems down the lne.

    This undated booking photo provided by the Will County Sheriff's Office in Joliet, Ill., shows Christopher Vaughn, of Oswego, Ill. On Monday , Aug. 13, 2012, jury selection began at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., in the murder trial of Vaughn, who is of accused of shooting his wife and three children in June 2007. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office) )

    Video of search of defendant’s home shown to jury

    Defense attorneys for an Oswego man accused of killing his family presented a videotape of investigators searching his home after the slayings. The video documents Illinois State Police searching defendant Christopher Vaughn's home for camping equipment prosecutors say Vaughn was to use in his escape to the Canadian wilderness.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker accused the judge who struck down a state law ending collective bargaining of being a “liberal activist” who “wants to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor.”

    Unions claim victory after Wisconsin ruling

    A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Walker's administration immediately vowed to appeal, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory.

    Ramon Mendoza

    Speeding teen injures two in Carpentersville

    A 17-year-old Carpentersville teen crashed his Pontiac Fire Bird Trans Am into parked vehicles that subsequently hit two pedestrians standing behind the parked cars, police said. Ramon Mendoza estimated he was going about 20 to 25 mph over the 25 mph speed limit.


    ‘Guardian’ launches online edition

    The Elk Grove High School student newspaper, The Guardian, launched its online edition Sept. 14. "I'm proud of the newspaper staff for taking on an important role in providing news to students at EGHS," adviser Alissa Prendergast said.


    Roaring ‘20s gala benefits families in crisis

    The Michael Joseph Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary at "The Roaring Twenties Gala," a fundraiser held Saturday, Oct. 6 on the Sanfilippo estate in Barrington Hills.

    BEV HORNE/bhorne@dailyherald.com A Metra train leaves the Wheaton train station. Old rivalries between the suburbs and Chicago erupted Friday as Regional Transportation Authority leaders feuded over who should get $6 million — Pace, Metra or the CTA.

    Fracas over money leads to RTA gridlock

    It's Chicago vs the suburbs again at an RTA board meeting as directors feud over who deserves $6 million -- the CTA, Pace or Metra. Squabbling gave way to gridlock Friday and RTA directors failed to approve revenue allocations that the three transit agencies need to finalize their 2013 budgets.


    Police briefs
    A taxi driver was robbed of $145 and a cellphone after driving three male passengers from Schaumburg to Elgin about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7. The driver told police one of the passengers held a piece of string around his neck and demanded money when he stopped the vehicle outside of a home on Mulford Drive in Elgin. The three suspects ran away.

    Renovated patient rooms at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora will open for public tours during a picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday after an $11 million renovation project to upgrade 90 rooms and convert them from double to single occupancy.

    Provena Mercy offers tours of renovated rooms in Aurora

    The second batch of 90 private, renovated patient rooms at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora will open for tours Saturday during a public picnic featuring health information booths, children's activities and appearances by Mrs. Illinois and Kane County Cougars mascot Ozzie the Cougar.The 218-square-foot rooms were updated during an $11 million project meant to maximize space, modernize the...

    Sonny (Chris Critelli) and in-disguise muse Kira (Gina Milo) share a moment of artistic creative collaboration in “Xanadu” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    ‘Xanadu’ spoof shines at Drury Lane

    Drury Lane Theatre's "Xanadu" is both a loving spoof of the original 1980 film musical starring Olivia Newton-John and of the whole genre of film-based jukebox musicals. The Oakbrook Terrace theater's production runs through Oct. 28.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

    Jack McCullough

    Guilty verdict in 1957 murder brings relief

    For most of five decades, it seemed no one would ever be held accountable for murder of the 7-year-old Sycamore girl who was snatched from a small-town street corner as she played. Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished, her friends and family let out a deafening cheer Friday as a judge pronounced a former neighborhood teen — now a 72-year-old man — guilty of the murder and...

    Javier Beltran

    Waukegan man accused of having child porn

    A 19-year-old Waukegan man faces felony charges after authorities say they seized his computer containing "hundreds of images" of child pornography. Javier Beltran, of the 1500 block of Brookside Avenue, was charged with aggravated possession of child pornography after authorities executed a search warrant at his residence Wednesday, police said Friday.


    Naperville libraries among the last to remove content filters

    Naperville libraries will remove filters from adult-use computers due to regular conflicts between the filters and the websites maintained by schools. The filtering also has led to denial of access to valid websites.

    Work is nearly done on the CASA Kane County Healing Garden in downtown Geneva. The group is hoping to raise $1 million for an endowment fund through the garden. The garden is also a place for court personnel and community members to relax.

    Donations help Kane CASA Garden go ‘over and beyond’

    The CASA Kane County "Grow a Healthy Child Garden" on the west side of the Third Street courthouse in Geneva is moving along and could be done in a week. Officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 28 and there are still chances for people and groups to buy bricks or name a bench.


    Study finds no high-risk paths for Asian carp

    A study of 18 canals, ditches and other waterways that could link the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds found none were likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp, federal officials said Friday.

    Specialist David Pologruto works at his post Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a news conference in Washington.

    Fed seeking to create wealth, not just cut rates

    The idea is for the Fed's $40 billion-a-month in bond purchases to drive down interest rates and cause stock and home prices to rise, creating a "wealth effect" that would boost the economy.


    McHenry County to discuss new development ordinance

    A first draft of McHenry County's new unified development ordinance is now available for review, and the first public meetings are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and against Sept. 26-27. It updates and combines all zoning, subdivision and sign regulations, along with a smattering of other development regulations, to come up with a unified set of rules.


    District 73 hosts info sessions for parents

    Hawthorn District 73 in Vernon Hills is offering Parent University in a new format. Information sessions will highlight specific areas of interest beginning with how schools are graded at 6 p.m. Sept. 24.


    Mundelein to host senior academy

    The Mundelein Police Department's next senior citizens police academy will start Tuesday, Sept. 25. Classes will run every Tuesday for 10 weeks, and they'll start at 11 a.m. each day. Classes will be held at the Del Webb Community Center, 3555 Grand Dominion Circle. You do not need to be a resident of Del Webb to attend. To apply, call Jennifer Marshall at (847) 968-3770.

    Brad Schneider, left, and Congressman Robert Dold

    Four debates scheduled in 10th congressional district

    10th congressional district candidates Robert Dold and Brad Schneider have scheduled four public or televised debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election.


    Man killed in Des Plaines accident

    A 61-year-old man died after he lost control of his car, sideswiped a bus, struck a guard rail and collided with a truck Friday morning in Des Plaines, authorities said. The victim, identified as Charles Dessent, 61, of Mount Prospect, was driving his 2003 Cadillac southbound on Elmhurst Road at Oakton Street at 6:25 a.m. Friday.


    Quinn unhappy pensions may wait until next year

    The chances of quick action on Illinois' pension problems are growing slimmer. Gov. Pat Quinn wants action "as soon as possible," but his remarks did not suggest that will happen this fall.


    Valpo issues warning after finding vague threat

    Valparaiso University in Indiana has increased security and warned students via Twitter and email after receiving a vague threat through some graffiti.


    Latino Heritage Month kicks off at MCC

    McHenry County College will celebrate Latino Heritage Month with an array of cultural events and — for the second time — a day specifically aimed at encouraging high school students to go to college. Latino Heritage Month kicks off Monday and runs through Oct. 11, celebrates Latino culture and its traditions, and highlights the contributions made by Latinos.


    Itasca pairs charity brew tasting with Ryder Cup

    Itasca officials hope golf fans will head their town to, quite literally, toast the Ryder Cup on Sept. 28. The village will host the Itasca International Craft Beer Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. that night at the Holiday Inn of Itasca, 860 W. Irving Park Road. The event will will feature roughly 75 brews to raise money for two Itasca charities and celebrate two new breweries preparing to set up shop...

    Steven W. Allen

    Glenbard South student charged with having 30-inch weapon at school

    A student at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn is facing a felony charge after authorities say he went to school with a 30-inch weapon embedded with nails and shards of glass. Prosecutors said Steven W. Allen, 17, of Lombard, denied he had any nefarious plans, and no threats were made.

    Hermila Garcia

    Former teller charged in theft from DuPage nonprofit

    A former teller at a credit union for DuPage County government workers is free on bond after being charged with stealing $3,000 from the nonprofit agency, authorities announced Friday. Hermila Garcia, 33, of the 1600 block of Alison Drive in Elgin, is accused of taking the money from the DuPage County Employees Credit Union in Wheaton in June and July.

    Associated Press/U.S. Geological Survey A sea otter holds her pup Monday at Seacliff State Beach near Aptos, Calif.

    Otter that survived oil spill has a pup

    Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone for the first otter to survive an oiling in the state.

    Associated Press/Sept. 8, 2012 Iranian worker Mahmoud Kouhi, carries cans of Coke, in a grocery store in northern Tehran.

    ‘Great Satan’ supplying plenty of goods

    Even after decades of diplomatic estrangement and tightening economic sanctions, American products manage to find their way into the Iranian marketplace.


    Two arrested in Colombia after swallowing cash

    Colombian police on Friday said they had arrested two men at an airport in Medellin after discovering they were smuggling $80,000 in cash hidden in their stomachs.

    A policeman leads a man accused in the case of illegal alcohol Friday to the court in Zlin, Czech Republic, east of Prague.

    Czech bans spirit sales amid wave of poisonings

    The Czech Republic has banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks Friday during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington.

    Administration warns of ‘destructive’ budget cuts

    The cuts, combined with the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts at the end of the year, have been dubbed the "fiscal cliff." Economists warn that the one-two punch could drive the economy back into recession.

    Raymond Rogina

    Rogina to run for St. Charles mayor next spring

    St. Charles Alderman Ray Rogina announced Friday that he's running for mayon in the spring. Mayor Don DeWitte announced last week he will not seek another term in April 2013. Rogina says he has a strong connection to the community and wants to contribute more to the city.

    Four-year-old Jake Bozikis of Arlington Heights looks at children’s books while visiting the Arlington Heights Memorial Library bookmobile with his mom, Michele, on Sept. 12, near Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School.

    Arlington Hts. bookmobile more than mobile library

    While other libraries have put their bookmobiles to rest, the one operated by Arlington Heights Memorial Library is still going strong, making roughly 50 stops every month. It's a way of putting citizens in touch with books -- especially as the library does not have any branches.


    Island Lake employees get 3% raises under new labor deal

    Fourteen Island Lake village employees will get 3 percent salary increases this year under the terms of a new labor agreement, officials said Friday. They will continue to get 100 coverage of the premium for their health care costs.

    Five siblings in the Groth family of St. Charles are performing in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Six other sets of siblings also are part of the show.

    Fox Valley Theatre Company production features siblings

    Fractured family relationships are at the heart of the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." So it's entirely appropriate that among the "Joseph" cast for the show being staged in September by Fox Valley Theatre Company are five siblings, including two brothers playing brothers at odds with one another.

    Public school teachers rallying at Chicago's Congress Plaza protest against billionaire Hyatt Hotel mogul Penny Pritzker, who is also a member of the Chicago Board of Education on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Protesters said that $5.2 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds being used to build a new Hyatt hotel in Hyde Park would be better spent on meeting basic student needs.

    Teachers, union close to settling strike

    The city's nearly weeklong teachers strike appeared headed toward a resolution Friday after negotiators emerged from marathon talks to say they had achieved a "framework" that could end the walkout in time for students to return to class Monday.

    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walk back to their seats Friday after speaking during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

    Obama, Biden, Clinton at ceremony transfering remains from Libya

    President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others killed in the assault on the U.S. compound in Libya, calling them patriots who served America's ideals, and laid down their lives for others.

    Egyptian protesters assist an injured comrade during clashes with security forces Friday near the U.S. embassy in Cairo. The protests were part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

    Anti-Muslim filmmaker may have violated his probation

    Federal probation officials are investigating the activities of a southern California filmmaker convicted of financial crimes who has been linked to an anti-Islamic movie inflaming protests across the Middle East, a spokesman for the U.S. federal court system said Friday.

    The polluted Peru Creek, where studies have shown that not a single fish or bug can live in the water, at the Penn Mine near Keystone, Colo. Colorado mining authorities have dug through a mountainside and reopened the dark granite shaft of an abandoned mine, trying to find options for dealing with one of the West’s worst environmental problems.

    Illinois site among 12 added to EPA Superfund list

    The designation puts the sites in line for major cleanups, either by the government or by companies or people deemed responsible for the contamination.


    Chicago looking for goats to graze at O’Hare

    The Chicago Department of Aviation is looking for a few good goats.WFLD-TVreports that Chicago recently put out a bid for someone to supply goats to trim the grass at O’Hare International Airport. The bid also calls for a goat herder.

    Tim Cunningham checks the soles of his feet shortly after crossing the finish line to win last year’s Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles. Cunningham, from Virginia, ran the entire race without shoes. He represented a group that raises money to supply shoes to children who live in refugee camps and conflict zones around the world.

    Marathon will impact St. Charles streets

    Traffic will be delayed and some streets in and around St. Charles will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Sunday to accommodate runners in the Fox Valley Marathon.

    Mitt Romney would like to see actor Gene Hackman play him in a movie. He’s a fan of “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. And when it comes to bedtime attire, Romney’s says “as little as possible.”

    Romney: Gene Hackman should play him in a movie

    Mitt Romney would like to see actor Gene Hackman play him in a movie. He's a fan of "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. And when it comes to bedtime attire, Romney's says "as little as possible."

    Hoffman Estates Police Explorer Phil Giacone takes part in a simulated felony traffic stop in the police department parking lot.

    Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates program trains would-be police officers

    Phil Giacone aspires to become a police officer, and the training he's getting as one of the original Hoffman Estates Police Explorer Post 806 members is giving him the experience to do just that. The program, started by officer Lisa Notarnicola, provides training in everything from felony traffic stops to live-fire competition." I want to be a police officer, I'm very good in stressful...

    From left, Nikita Pillai, Soumik Biswas, Fiona Helgren and Jack Riedy.

    Four District 211 students get perfect ACT score

    Four students in Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 were celebrated at the Sept. 13 school board meeting for their perfect "36" scores on the ACT. They are Nikita Pillai of Conant High School, Soumik Biswas and Fiona Helgren of Fremd High School and Jack Riedy of Palatine High School.


    University of Texas orders evacuation after bomb threats

    AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas has evacuated all campus building after receiving phoned-in threat that multiple bombs had been placed on campus. Officials say no bombs have been found.An alert posted shortly before 10 a.m. Friday says people on campus should immediately evacuate all buildings and “get as far away as possible.”

    Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge talks to people in the crowd during a walk through a central city park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Prince William and Kate nine are in Malaysia for a three-day visit as part of a tour to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

    Topless photos of UK’s Kate draw royal scrutiny

    LONDON — A French magazine on Friday published what appeared to be photos of Prince William’s wife Kate sunbathing topless at a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation from the royal family.

    Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire blows outs a thick cloud of ash as seen from Antigua Guatemala, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. The volcano spewed rivers of bright orange lava down its flanks on Thursday. Authorities ordered more than 33,000 people from nearby communities evacuated.

    Guatemala volcano eruption draws tourists

    ANTIGUA, Guatemala — The eruption of the long-simmering Volcan del Fuego terrified nearby villagers but it has become a major draw for visitors in the nearby colonial city of Antigua.

    Pope Benedict XV waves during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Pope appeals for peace in Lebanon visit

    BEIRUT — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace Friday at a time of deep turmoil in the Middle East, calling the flow of weapons into Syria a “grave sin” as the country endures a bloody civil war.


    Search under way for fisherman on Wisconsin lake

    TOWN OF WASHINGTON, Wis. — A search has resumed for a fisherman on a lake in Shawano County. The sheriff’s department searched Korth Lake Thursday night after an empty fishing boat was found idling in a circle about 6:30 p.m. Authorities say the 57-year-old Green Bay man last had contact with someone around Thursday afternoon and indicated he would be in by dark.


    Authorities seize guns in SW Michigan traffic stop

    ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities in southwestern Michigan say they seized an arsenal of semiautomatic handguns, shotguns and rifles during a traffic stop on Interstate 94.


    Priest gets 2 years of probation in ashtray theft

    BELLEVILLE — A priest in southwestern Illinois has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he tried to shoplift an ashtray from an antique store while already on probation for pilfering butter and a sofa cover.Forty-three-year-old Steven Poole on Thursday pleaded guilty but mentally ill in St. Clair County to a charge of misdemeanor retail theft.


    1st woman named to Indiana Supreme Court since 1999

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels has named a Tippecanoe County judge as the first woman on the Indiana Supreme Court in 13 years.Daniels announced the appointment of Loretta Rush on Friday at the Statehouse.Rush is the first female justice since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the court.

    Jack McCullough

    Closing arguments set in trial of man in girl’s 1957 death

    Closing arguments are expected Friday in one of the oldest cold-case murders to make it to trial — the 1957 case of a former police officer accused of killing an Illinois schoolgirl after snatching her as she played in a small-town street.

    Dilan Samo, 13, holds a picture of slain U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens during a candlelight vigil outside the Libyan Embassy, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in New York. Stevens was killed by an angry mob during an assault on the American embassy in Benghazi that stemmed from the widespread anger generated by an American made anti-Muslim film.

    U.S. consulate attack in Libya said to be two-pronged operation

    Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover and may have had help from inside Libyan security in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, a senior Libyan official said Thursday.

    Joe Walsh

    8th District candidates clash over presidential comments on Libya

    8th District Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth says both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama were too quick to put political spin on the Libya attacks. Her opponent, Congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry says Romney "was right" to criticize the president.


    Libertarians to host state convention in Des Plaines

    The Libertarian Party of Illinois will conduct its second state convention this year from Sept. 21-23 at the O'Hare Hilton Garden Inn.


    Hanover Twp. health expo dedicated to late director

    Hanover Township is gearing up to host a community health and wellness expo that will also honor the memory of the woman who started it, Trish Simon.

    Bob Lee discusses his then upcoming Ride For 3 Reasons with residents at Barrington’s Fourth of July Festival this summer. Lee began his trip in Vancouver, British Columbia last week.

    Barrington bicyclist enjoys start of West Coast quest

    A week into his third Ride for 3 Reasons, 70-year-old Bob Lee of Barrington by Wednesday night had bicycled 305 miles of the 2,500 miles he plans to ride along North America's West Coast. As he has twice before, Lee embarked on the quest to raise money for cancer, ALS and hospice services.


    Dawn Patrol: Charge in hit-and-run killing boy; bumblin’ Bears

    Woman charged with hit-and-run that killed 6-year-old in Woodstock. Did PTSD play a role in Wheaton murder? Teacher contract talks continue in Dist. 300, 158. Schaumburg man killed in car crash into building. U.S. increases security at embassies around the world. Bears ... didn't win.


    Buffalo Grove road project could cost millions more

    Planned improvements to Weiland and Lake-Cook roads in Buffalo Grove could be significantly more expensive than originally estimated, an engineer told village leaders this week. The cost estimate of the Weiland improvements has grown from $32 million to $40 million, while the estimate of the Lake-Cook work has jumped from $40 million to $54 million.

    Although Northwest Fourth Fest lost about $128,000 this year, village officials say they are working on improvements for next year and believe it will start breaking even in a few years.

    Sparks fly over Northwest Fourth Fest

    Hoffman Estates mayoral candidate Craig Bernacki says the Northwest Fourth Fest had a lot of problems, not the least of which was not enough contributions from the other towns who participated. Mayor William McLeod, however, said the fest did well for its first year and the best is yet to come. "It's great working with our neighbors," he said.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Botswana John Kordek now lives in Arlington Heights and said the turmoil American embassy workers in the Middle East are facing in recent days is something the diplomatic staff trains for.

    Danger ever present, say ex-diplomats from suburbs

    Former diplomatic service workers from the suburbs say that danger is a very real and all-too-common part of work at a foreign embassy. They say that American embassies abroad and the workers who inhabit them are "targets" to those who oppose the United States. "You learn in the foreign service that you never leave at the same time and you never drive the same route," former Botswana ambassador...

    Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth talks to the Daily Herald Editorial Board on Thursday.

    Duckworth: Teacher strike ‘a failure on both sides’

    Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth — whose campaign has been strongly supported by unions — says the Chicago teachers strike "didn't need to happen." Her opponent, Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, says the teachers union stance is "outrageous."

    Sure, this kid looks like a sweetheart now. But after four hours cooped up on a plane, he might be bouncing off the walls.

    Poll Vault: How old were you the first time you traveled by plane?

    A recent poll of British travelers revealed more than a third of them would pay extra for a flight that banned children. I’m onboard with that idea.

    Matt Sriver, of Carpentersville, leads the field to the green flag in the TAG Masters class at the Rock Island Grand Prix during a recent Sunday. The Rock Island Grand Prix is in it’s 15 year and is a street race that draws karters from all over the country and several countries.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 10th.


    Student growth a factor in District 211 principal evaluations

    30 percent of the overall rating for principals, assistant principals and some other administrators in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 will be determined by student academic growth. The change is in compliance with the Performance Evaluation Reform Act, which went into effect this school year.


    Cat saved, birds die in Buffalo Grove house fire

    Seven birds died in a fire inside a Buffalo Grove home Thursday night, but firefighters were able to rescue the family's cat.


    The ball comes out last Saturday in Army’s loss to San Diego State. Army turned the ball over three times.

    Army determined to protect football against NIU

    Army was stunned 42-7 last week at San Diego State in their season opener, hurt again by the costly turnovers that spoiled last season. Now, Army faces pesky Northern Illinois (1-1), the reigning Mid-American Conference champion, in the Black Knights' home opener on Saturday at Michie Stadium.


    WW South stuns Naperville North on final play

    Ten minutes after catching the game-winning pass on the final play of the game, Wheaton Warrenville South wide receiver Brandon Moore wasn't about to let go of the football for a while."No, sir," the senior said.

    Iowa State’s Jake McDonough (94) hugs Jake Knott after Knott intercepted an Iowa pass during the fourth quarter last Saturday in Iowa City. The Cyclones host Western Illinois this week.

    WIU could have rough day at Iowa State

    Iowa State (2-0) hosts FCS school Western Illinois (2-0) in its final game before a bye week and the start of conference play.

    Schaumburg vs. Prospect, Friday, Sept. 14

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Prospect football

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Prospect football -- Schaumburg's Saxons improved to 4-0 with a 28-19 win over the Prospect Knights on Friday, Sept. 14. The Knights fall to 2-2.

    Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole scrambles against Arizona State last Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. O’Toole will start again for the Illini this Saturday against Charleston Southern.

    Illinois QB out again with injury

    University of Illinois starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will miss his second straight game Saturday with a sprained ankle. Sophomore Reilly O'Toole will start for a second straight week for Illinois (1-1).


    Wheaton North routs West Chicago

    Wheaton North has maintained an undefeated record using a two-quarterback rotation.It's a plan that suits coach Joe Wardynski just fine.Senior John Peltz, who is being recruited by North Dakota, started and completed all six of his pass attempts, while junior Clayton Thorson connected on his two pass attempts, including a 35-yard touchdown to Peltz.

    On a second-quarter Hail Mary pass play from Schaumburg quarterback Nick Anzelmo, the ball is tipped by Prospect’s Joe Gleason and Connor Knapp before falling into the hands of the Saxons’ Cole Reyes for a touchdown on Friday at Schaumburg.

    Schuamburg comes up big

    Schaumburg has had plenty of big plays light up the scoreboard this season, but it has been the Saxons' toughness in the shadows that has been the team's foundation so far. And the host Saxons needed every bit of that toughness on Friday against a resilient Prospect squad. Schaumburg had its back to wall and was clinging to a 2-point lead with 1:37 remaining, but senior Juwaan Richard came up with a key interception at the Prospect 25-yard line to propel the Saxons to a hard fought 28-19 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory at Gary Scholz Stadium.


    Aurora Christian Aurora Central both win big

    Aurora Christian displayed why it's ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, beating Wheaton Academy 55-7 Friday at West Chicago High School.

    Dimitri Taylor of Montini runs with the ball during the Montini vs. St Francis football game Friday in Glen Ellyn.

    Montini follows through against St. Francis

    St. Francis' offense rolled like a dark-blue wave on its first possession Friday. Then Montini dropped anchor.


    Conant’s all-around effort too much for Elk Grove

    After falling in the first round of the playoffs to Elk Grove last season, Conant's football team had plenty of motivation for Friday night's game."That game stuck with us," said Conant senior receiver and defensive back Tim Manczko. "Especially for our seniors. We wanted to come out fired up and never quit playing."It seems as if Manczko never does. He did it all on "Armed Forces Appreciation Night" at Robert Haskell Stadium, making a key interception, running for a touchdown, catching 5 passes for 97 yards, making tackles to prevent big runs and punting five times for an average of 36 yards.Manczko's all-around effort helped the visiting Cougars notch a 26-14 victory and take a 20-19 lead in the all-time series between the two teams who play for the Mayor's Cup each season.

    San Francisco’s Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro, top left, and Pablo Sandoval, right, greet Hunter Pence after his a grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning Friday in Phoenix.

    Pence belts grand slam in Giants’ victory over D-Backs

    Hunter Pence hit a grand slam, Matt Cain dodged trouble for five-plus innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.


    Wheeling turns back Hoffman’s OT challenge

    Sometimes adversity can be good for a football team — even the kind that's self-inflicted. Wheeling saw a 14-point fourth quarter lead disappear and then fumbled twice late in the game in its own territory. Yet the Wildcats (2-2) mustered up the defense to stop Hoffman Estates both times to force overtime with the teams tied at 20. One last defensive stand in overtime stopped the Hawks (0-4) inside the 1-yard line and gave Wheeling the ball and momentum. A third and 10 pass from sophomore Amani Dennis to Mike Yoshino near the pylon in the front right corner of the end zone gave the host Wildcats the 26-20 victory.

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera can’t handle the throw as the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez steals second base during the seventh inning Friday in San Diego.

    Rockies use big first inning to beat Padres 7-4

    Rookies Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco had consecutive two-run doubles in the first inning to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 7-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

    The Dodgers’ Luis Cruz hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning Friday at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Cruz’s 3-run HR lifts Dodgers over Cards

    Luis Cruz greeted St. Louis reliever Edwin Mujica with a first-pitch, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers tightened up the NL wild card race with an 8-5 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night.


    North Chicago passes Prairie test vs. Antioch

    North Chicago took a major step toward showing that it's back to being a power in the North Suburban Prairie Division on Friday night. The Warhawks exploded for 35 unanswered points to defeat visiting Antioch 35-7.

    Texas starter Yu Darvish struck out nine in seven innings Friday at home against Seattle.

    Darvish reaches 200 K’s in 15th win

    Yu Darvish surpassed 200 strikeouts in his rookie season while getting his 15th victory for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers in a 9-3 win against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.


    Marmion can’t keep up with Marian

    Marmion figured it would need a high-scoring game if it was going to upset the powerful offense of Marian during Friday's Suburban Christian Conference clash in Aurora. The Cadets were able to move the chains at times on Friday, but only found the end zone early in the first quarter, while the Hurricanes, led by standout quarterback Chris Streveler, tore through the Cadets defense for a 34-7 victory.

    The Athletics’ Yoenis Cespedes swings for a two-run home run off Baltimore’s Joe Saunders in the fourth inning Friday in Oakland, Calif.

    Cespedes delivers home run for Oakland with sore wrist

    Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer while playing with a sore right wrist, and the AL wild card-leading Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore 3-2 on Friday night to prevent the Orioles from moving into sole possession of first place in the AL East.


    Rough ride for depleted Grant, courtesy Stevenson

    With Grant down to its third-string quarterback, it couldn't match Stevenson's offensive firepower. The Patriots utilized plenty of weapons in their spread offense and won 42-7 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday night.


    Lake Park can’t stop Waubonsie Valley’s offense

    It was an admission that should have future opponents of the Waubonsie Valley football team shaking in their shoes. "We have so many weapons that we have stuff in the bag that we haven't even pulled out yet," said Warriors coach Paul Murphy after watching his squad post a 49-28 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division defeat of visiting Lake Park on Friday night. "We haven't had to show everything."


    Jackson racks up yards in Glenbard North win

    Glenbard North's Justin Jackson provided 428 yards on offense and special teams and scored 5 touchdowns as the Panthers defeated DuPage Valley Conference rival Glenbard East 56-14 in Carol Stream on Friday night. Jackson gained 346 yards on 12 carries from the line of scrimmage, believed to be the school's single-game rushing record.


    Viator drives past Carmel

    There hasn't been a lot of enthusiasm surrounding St. Viator football in recent years. It's safe to say that enthusiasm is back. Bobby Calmeyn's late touchdown pass and Jimmy Murphy's interception sealed a thrilling 28-25 victory over visiting Carmel in East Suburban Catholic action at Forest View Educational Center. The Lions (3-1, 1-1) have already equaled last season's ESCC win total and ended a 6-game losing streak to the Corsairs (1-3, 1-1).


    No. 1 Crete-Monee tops Glenbard South

    Crete-Monee football coach Jerry Verde has always stressed the importance of a strong start to his Warriors.The lesson seemed to have been absorbed and then some. Friday against host Glenbard South, The Warriors, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, used their high-octane passing attack with artistic flair and coupled that occasionally trickery with a hard-hitting defense to dispose of the Raiders in nonconference play 45-7.


    Freshman QB helps Geneva to 1st win over Larkin

    It wasn't as if Geneva's 56-23 win over visiting Larkin on Friday night could be measured in Biblical proportions, but the verse "and a child shall lead them" may ring true for the Vikings for the rest of the season. For the first time that any observer of Geneva football could remember, a freshman quarterback, Nick Derr, took the majority of snaps as the banged-up Vikings notched their first win of the season in the Upstate Eight clash.


    Bartlett’s big plays beat Metea Valley

    Don't blame the Metea Valley Mustangs if they aren't big fans of the big play after Friday's 47-27 defeat at the hands of the visiting Bartlett Hawks.

    Streamwood vs. Batavia, Friday night, Sept. 14, 2012

    Images: Streamwood vs. Batavia football

    The Streamwood Sabres traveled to Batavia Friday night to take on the Bulldogs, with home team coming away with the win 33-0.


    Victory wears well for Zion-Benton at Mundelein

    Friday night, for the first time since last year, the Zee-Bees took care of business and sported victory smiles afterward. As a reward for their 32-18, homecoming-spoiling win over host Mundelein, they get to wear their jerseys to school Monday.


    Sale, Sox sail past Twins, stay alone in 1st

    Chris Sale threw six scoreless innings to notch his 17th victory after being rained out the night before, helping the Sox keep their one-game lead in the AL Central by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-0 on Friday.


    Here’s the scoop: Defensive TD key for Wauconda

    Nate Magiera scored his first-ever touchdown by picking up a fumble and rumbling 60 yards for a Wauconda score on Friday night for the game-winning score. The credit, it turns out, goes to the promise of a big team breakfast for the Bulldogs' defense. Wauconda held off visiting Vernon Hills 20-14 in a North Suburban Prairie game in Wauconda.


    Kaneland wins big again

    STREATOR — One would be hard pressed to imagine two teams in moving in such disparate directions. Kaneland entered its Northern Illinois Big XII crossover football game against Streator without having dropped a regular-season game in almost three years.


    Neuqua Valley special in win over St. Charles East

    It didn't take long for St. Charles East to learn why Neuqua Valley is ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press Class 8A Poll.

    Batavia’s Zachary Strittmatter is congratulated after a touchdown against Streamwood during Friday’s game at Batavia.

    Batavia blanks Streamwood

    When it comes to motivating his offensive linemen, Batavia coach Dennis Piron can dangle a carrot like few others.


    Another sizzling effort for Fish, Grayslake North

    Many local restaurants offer all-you-can eat fish on Friday nights. For the past few seasons, it has also been an offering on Friday nights at Grayslake North football games — in the form of standout quarterback AJ Fish. While the Knights and their fans can't get enough of their quarterback, visiting Johnsburg had its fill and a little more as Fish and Grayslake North cruised past the Skyhawks 41-7 Friday night in their homecoming game, a Fox Valley Fox Division opener.


    Riddle, Palatine answer Hersey’s test

    Dan Riddle has been pestering the Palatine coaching staff about returning kickoffs. "I almost had one last year, so I wanted to try it again," Riddle said. "I have been bugging them about it, so they put me back there." Riddle answered his coaches' queries by returning the opening kickoff 88 yards, and Palatine never looked back from there as the Pirates rolled past visiting Hersey 49-14 Friday in a Mid-Suburban League crossover at Chic Anderson Stadium.

    The Mets’ Lucas Duda (21) is greeted by teammate Justin Turner after hitting a solo home run off the Brewers’ Manny Para during the sixth inning Friday in Milwaukee.

    Struggling Mets beat Brewers 7-3

    Lucas Duda homered and doubled, Jonathon Niese pitched six strong innings and the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the surging Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Friday night.

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers against the Cleveland Indians Friday in Cleveland.

    Verlander on target as Tigers down Indians 4-0

    Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings, getting huge defensive plays from Fielder and Miguel Cabrera to snuff Cleveland threats, and Detroit stayed within one game of first-place Chicago with a 4-0 win over the downward spiraling Indians on Friday night.

    The Angels’ Kendrys Morales hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

    Angels rally past Royals

    Pinch hitter Kendrys Morales had two-run homer during an eighth-inning rally Friday night that sent the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals 9-7.

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner allowed only two hits Friday in a home win over Cincinnati.

    Marlins rookie shuts down Reds 4-0

    Jacob Turner's 10th career start was his best yet Friday, when he pitched seven innings and earned his first National League victory by helping the Marlins beat NL Central leader Cincinnati 4-0.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates the Rays 6-4 win over the New York Yankees on Friday in New York.

    Rays top Yankees, stay close in AL East

    David Price earned his league-leading 18th win with another superb performance against the New York Yankees, and the Rays opened a key series against their AL East rival Friday night by taking advantage of a fading CC Sabathia and hanging on for a 6-4 victory.

    Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday in Houston.

    Phillies back on track with 12-6 win over Astros

    Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff homer, Domonic Brown had a two-run shot and John Mayberry and Ryan Howard each had three RBIs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 12-6 on Friday night.

    The Braves’ Andrelton Simmons reacts to scoring the game-winning run against the Washington Nationals on Friday in Atlanta.

    Throwing error gives Braves win over Nationals

    Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning Friday night.

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Pedro Ciriaco tags out the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie during the eighth inning Friday in Toronto.

    Red Sox snap losing streak against Blue Jays

    Mauro Gomez hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth inning, Daniel Nava made a game-saving grab in the outfield and Boston beat Toronto 8-5 on Friday night, snapping a six-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.


    Progress in defeat for Grayslake Central

    Host Woodstock's offense finally broke through with touchdowns on its last three possessions in a 31-0 victory over Grayslake Central on Friday at Larry Dale Field.


    More reasons for Barrington to believe

    Two weeks ago, you would've had a hard time finding anyone who believed in Barrington's varsity football team. The Broncos were 0-2 and had looked pretty lethargic much of the time, being outscored 65-27. Fast forward two weeks. The Broncos are 2-2, have outscored their last two opponents 82-16 and are seeminfly on cruise control heading into their Mid-Suburban West opener next week after Friday night's 40-10 win over visiting Buffalo Grove (1-3) in a Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover.

    Tom Murphy of St. Francis pulls down Dimitre Taylor of Montini .

    Images: Montini vs. St. Francis football
    The Montini Broncos won 28-7 over the St. Francis Spartans in football action on Friday, Sept. 14 at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.


    Naperville Central rolls past W. Aurora in second half

    West Aurora coach Nate Eimer tried to explain in simple terms how a 24-minute dogfight turned into a one-sided loss Friday night at Naperville Central. "We were battling, but at the end of the day you've got to make plays," he said. "Naperville Central made them tonight and we didn't."


    Lakes too steep a challenge for Round Lake

    Host Round Lake knew it was facing an uphill struggle when it met Lakes in North Suburban Prairie football action Friday night. But the short-handed Panthers could never imagine how tough a challenge they would face as 3 huge turnovers in the first quarter really put them behind the eight ball. The Eagles (3-1, 1-0) took full advantage of the Round Lake miscues as they built a commanding 34-0 lead after one quarter, extended that advantage to 54-0 at halftime, and wound up rolling to a 60-0 victory.


    Rolling Meadows airs it out against Fremd

    On a night where the student bodies in both grandstands wore orange in a tribute to former Fremd student Brian Larsen — a friend to many at both schools who passed away last year after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis — Mustangs quarterback Jack Milas completed 26-of-41 passes for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns as host Rolling Meadows topped Fremd 27-14.

    Huntley’s Jake Scalise (31) moves past Crystal Lake South’s Brendan Chrystal Friday night at Huntley.

    Huntley knocks off Crystal Lake S. for 1st time

    There was a little more emotion coming from the Huntley football team's sideline Friday night. The Red Raiders had never beaten Crystal Lake South and knew they had a good shot this season. Thanks to 3 touchdown passes from Kam Sallee and key defensive stops, the Red Raiders topped the Gators, 20-19, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play in Huntley.


    Abdulahi, Mooseheart hang on against Christian Liberty

    Bottom lines do matter in high school football, and no matter how many yards they gave up or how hard they were pushed on Friday by visiting Christian Liberty, Mooseheart found a way to win the Northeastern Athletic Conference game 33-22.

    Warren offensive lineman Joe Zumpano, left, blocks Libertyville defender Jimmy Stoil.

    Images: Libertyville vs. Warren football
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted and lost 42-24 to the Libertyville Wildcats in football action on Friday, Sept. 14 in Gurnee.


    Burlington Central denies Harvard

    Joe Breeden was just trying to let the punt bounce into the end zone. But like a guided missile, it found him and he caught it almost out of self-defense. Breeden seemingly shrugged and took off up the left sideline. Ninety-two yards later, Breeden was in the end zone and Burlington Central had a 14-3 lead against Harvard. The Rockets held on to win, 21-9, in Big Northern East Friday action at Dan Horne Field.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Danny Rodriguez and Michael Boutin scored goals and Robert Lucio and Paul Novacovici provided the assists as the Hampshire boys soccer team beat Sycamore 2-0 Friday in the opening game of the Hononegah Invite, the Whip-Purs’ first win of the season.Andrew Pederson had 7 saves in goal for Hampshire (1-5-1), which will play Rockford Christian and Champaign Central today.Jacobs 3, Springfield 1: Eric Soto, Kyle Heverdjs and Austin Ryan scored goals with Soto and Tommy Gallagher registering assists to lead Jacobs to a win at Hononegah. Johan Wolf had 4 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (9-1).CL South 1, Rockford Guilford 0: Also at Hononegah, Matt Tobolt scored off an assist from Michael Conley in the second half as the Gators handed Guilford just its second loss of the season. Steven Follmer was back in goal for Crystal Lake South (7-5) and had 9 saves. CLS will take on Hersey and East Moline United today.NSCD 2, Elgin Academy 1: The Hilltoppers suffered their first loss of the season in this Independent School League game. Karl Rauschenberger scored for Elgin Academy, which played without senior Brandon Perez (broken collarbone) for the first time, Armando Sanchez had the assist for the Hilltoppers (3-1-2) and Liam Phalen made 15 saves in goal.

    Huntley’s Jake Scalise moves past Crystal Lake South’s Brendan Chrystal .

    Images: Crystal Lake South vs. Huntley football
    The Huntley Red Raiders hosted and won 20-19 over Crystal Lake South Friday night in prep football action.

    Cubs starter Chris Rusin delivers a pitch against the Pirates on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Rusin worked 5 innings and earned his first major-league win as the Cubs beat the Pirates 7-4.

    Epstein wants no part of dreaded 100 losses

    If the Cubs have a "magic number," it's 6. With Friday's 7-6 victory over the Pirates at Wrigley Field, the Cubs need only 6 wins the rest of the way to avoid a 100-loss season. Team president Theo Epstein talked about that and other topics Friday.

    Kain Colter throws the ball downfield against Vanderbilt last Saturday. Colter is getting part of his pass protection this season from Montini grad Chuck Porcelli, a backup during his previous four years in Evanston.

    Perserverance pays off for Montini grad Porcelli

    Northwestern guard Chuck Porcelli, a Montini High School graduate, waited a long time for a chance to shine. He rarely saw the field for four years, but earned a starting spot as a fifth-year center and has played every offensive snap in the first two games.

    After 10 years in the WNBA, 3-point specialist Erin Thorn may grab her first championship with the Minnesota Lynx.

    Minnesota’s turnaround should inspire Sky

    In her Women's Watch column, Patricia Babcock McGraw looks at how the Minnesota Lynx quickly went from a sub-.500 team to a WNBA champion, and how that can give a team like the Chicago Sky hope. She talks with Lynx guard Erin Thorn, a former Sky player and WNBA veteran, about Minnesota's successful formula.

    Jay Cutler walks off the field after being sacked during the second half of the Bears’ loss in Green Bay on Thursday. Cutler was picked off four times yet at no point put any of the blame for the offense’s poor showing on his shoulders.

    Cutler needs to take some blame

    In the aftermath of Thursday's brutal loss to the Packers, the "leadership" style of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is in need of a makeover.

    Brett Jackson, right, celebrates with Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, who recorded his 19th straight save and 20th of the season Friday in a 7-4 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

    Top pick Almora basks in Wrigley Field aura

    The Cubs are welcoming a couple of their top prospects to Wrigley Field for workouts this weekend. Albert Almora, their No. 1 draft pick this year, was on hand Friday. Cuban signee Jorge Soler will take batting practice and workout Saturday.


    Urlacher: Maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were

    Are the Bears as bad as they looked vs. the Packers? There's a difference of opinion in the locker room.

    Starlin Castro celebrates with teammates Alfonso Soriano and Luis Valbuena after hitting a 3-run homer in the sixth inning Friday at Wrigley Field. The homer proved to be the difference maker as the Cubs topped the Pissburgh Pirated 7-4.

    Cubs hand reeling Pirates seventh straight loss

    The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh straight game Friday and kept fading in the NL wild-card race as Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer that sent the Cubs to a 7-4 win.

    United States' Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    U.S. women’s soccer team to host Germany here

    Tickets for the U.S. Women's National Team's match against Germany on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. CT Sept. 21. The game pits the two countries that currently sit at number one and two in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. The match is the fourth of the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

    Foreman High School football team captain Johnny Daniels, left, runs an unofficial practice for his team at Chopin Park on Friday in Chicago. Foreman football players have been holding unofficial practices with no coaches since the teachers went on strike Monday.

    How the strike is affecting young athletes

    Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game. But the senior wide receiver certainly didn't think the walkout would threaten his plans to pay for college. "Football is basically my way to get into college," Welch said. "I'm applying to schools, and some are asking for film of my senior games. If the strike continues, I won't be able to send in that film."


    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire scouting report by Orrin Schwarz:

    Brandt Snedeker is one of three rookies on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

    3 Ryder Cup rookies take early look at Medinah

    Despite their hectic schedules, a handful of U.S. captain Davis Love III's players — including three Ryder Cup rookies — decided to show up at Medinah this week to get the lay of the land.

    The Chicago Fire signed former Mexico international forward Guillermo Franco, center, on Friday.

    Fire adds experience in Mexican forward Franco

    The Fire's signing of Mexican forward Guillermo Franco is a win-win situation for a team planning ahead for the MLS playoffs, but don't expect a slew of goals in what remains of the season.

    Arlington Park will hosts its final graded stakes race of its season with the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes on Saturday. Besides that $175,000 purse race, the weekend card also includes two Illinois-bred races worth $65,000.

    Arlington hosts final graded stakes this weekend

    A full field of 12 fillies, topped by Volcat and Angegreen, will line up for Saturday's Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at a 1 ? mile on the turf, the final graded stakes race of the Arlington Park season and part of a stakes tripleheader that also includes a pair of $65,000-added races for state-breds — the Lady Lionel Handicap for fillies on the turf and the Tex's Zing Handicap for the boys, also on the lawn.

    It won’t be easy for Blackhawks fans if Jonathan Toews ends up playing overseas thanks to this NHL labor situation.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: What to do with Bears off this weekend

    Even though the Bears won't play again for over a week, Mike Spellman says not to worry, there's plenty of other events to keep you busy.The Scorecard also looks at some interesting numbers and marvels at the class of Tom Hanks.

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced earlier this week that Notre Dame would join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all the conference's sports except football.

    What Notre Dame wants, Notre Dame gets

    Notre Dame football calls all the shots when it comes to the Fighting Irish football program. This week's decision to join the ACC while staying independent in football proves that again. While Mike North admits he was wrong to pick Jim Thome over Adam Dunn this season, he expects RGIII will have a better NFL season than Andrew Luck.


    Sparks stop Sky

    Rookie Nneka Ogwumike scored a career-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 87-77 on Thursday night.Swin Cash scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half for the Sky, and Epiphanny Prince finished with 19. The Sky (12-18) fell a game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sky center Sylvia Fowles, an Olympian and the WNBA's second-leading rebounder, missed her third straight game because of a strained calf.


    Antioch blanks Grant

    Antioch 5, Grant 0: Iven Hernandez’s 3 goals led the Sequoits, who improved to 6-3-1 and 2-0-1 in the North Suburban Prairie.Krystian Streit and Christian Vargas also scored for Antioch. Keeper Tommy Tritschler earned the shutout in goal and also had an assist.Libertyville 4, Proviso East 2: Nick Vogel had 3 goals for the Wildcats in the Pepsi Showdown game.


    Libertyville prevails at LZ

    Girls volleyballLibertyville d. Lake Zurich: The Wildcats continued their road success, winning25-18, 22-25, 25-16 to improve to 8-2 and 2-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division.Kristen Webb anchored the defensively stout Wildcats with 24 digs, while Rhiannon Prentiss added 12. Alex Basler contributed 6 blocks, while Taylor Zant and Julia Smagacz had 6 kills apiece. Cindy Zhou totaled 6 blocks, 4 kills and 16 assists.Carmel d. Wheeling: Ellie Rengers hit 7 of 7 with 6 kills and a block, as the Corsairs captured the nonconference match 25-22, 25-7.“Wheeling has an athletic front line that kept us guessing defensively early on,” Carmel coach David Pazely said. “Our defense did a great job getting to the ball, and our serve receive was outstanding. Our team has been beat up these last two weeks, but everyone has done a great job making the adjustments and playing outside of their natural positions.”Erika Schofield added 5 kills, while Alyssa Armada and Mary Paterkiewicz lofted 13 and 11 assists, respectively.“Our setters were able to mix up our offense because of some great passing, and our hitters were very efficient across the board,” Pazely said. “A great team win as we head into the St. Viator tournament this weekend.”Grayslake North d. Woodstock: Kelsey Klausner and Joanna Guhl slammed 7 and 6 kills, respectively, as the Knights won 25-23, 25-14 to improve to 5-10 and 1-2 in the Fox Valley Fox Division.

    Green Bay Packers’ Tom Crabtree celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown on a pass from punter Tim Masthay during the first half.

    Images: Bears vs. Packers
    The Chicago Bears fell to 1-1 as they lost 23-10 at Lambeau Field to the Green Bay Packers in a Thursday night football match-up. The Packers improved to 1-1 with the win.



    Egan-Jones cuts U.S. debt rating

    The credit rating agency says the Fed's plans to buy mortgage bonds will likely hurt the economy more than help it.


    Delnor, Central DuPage get new leaders

    Cadence Health has promoted a new president for Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and hired one for Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

    A pair of traders work Thursday in their booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow ends trading at pre-recession level

    The gains came on top of a 206-point climb for the Dow on Thursday, when the Fed laid out additional plans to try to energize the economy, including buying $40 billion a month in mortgage bonds for as long as necessary.

    McDonald's wants to open a sixth restaurant in Naperville.

    Not all lovin' McDonald's tactics in Naperville

    McDonald's is attempting to breathe new life into a proposal that would bring a sixth Naperville location, but some Naperville officials think they're going about it all wrong. Councilman Robert Fieseler said Thursday he is "concerned that there is some back-of-the-house dealings having to do with McDonald's proposal" and said he thinks the entire plan should be re-vetted before the city's plan commission and city council.

    A young Indian girl with her mother waits for her order at a store, in New Delhi. India agreed Friday to open its huge market to foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart as part of a flurry of economic reforms aimed at sparking new growth in the country’s sputtering economy.

    India agrees to let in foreign retailers, again

    India agreed Friday to open its huge market to foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart in a surprising decision that was part of a flurry of economic reforms aimed at sparking new growth in the country's sputtering economy. The Cabinet's decision — after a similar proposal was withdrawn under withering criticism last year — immediately generated optimism that a government plagued by scandal was finally breaking out of the political paralysis that had stifled reforms for months.

    The new Apple Inc. iPhone 5

    Delivery times rise for iPhone 5

    Delivery times have climbed quickly as Apple takes orders for the iPhone 5, suggesting strong demand. Apple Inc. began taking orders for the phone at 12 a.m. Pacific time Friday, promising delivery by next Friday, when the new phone also goes on sale in stores. Four hours later, the expected delivery time had grown to two weeks, according to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.

    The Dow Jones industrial average, an index that is closely watched as a measure of the entire stock market, announced Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, that it would boot Kraft Foods to make room for UnitedHealth Group. The change, effective Sept. 24, is because Kraft is about to become a much smaller company, after it spins off its North American grocery business.

    UnitedHealth to replace Kraft in Dow 30

    UnitedHealth Group, the health insurance company, will replace Kraft Foods in the Dow Jones industrial average, the most widely known barometer of the American stock market. S&P Dow Jones Indices, which manages the Dow, said Friday that the change will take effect at the start of trading Sept. 24. It said the change reflected the growing importance of health care spending in the U.S. economy.


    Wisconsin’s Dairy Business Innovation Center to close

    MILWAUKEE — A nonprofit center that’s helped support Wisconsin’s dairy industry is closing at the end of September. Agricultural experts credit the Dairy Business Innovation Center for helping develop and promote specialty and artisan chees in Wisconsin. The center’s 20 consultants have helped more than 200 dairy entrepreneurs and assisted more than 120 projects to increase the state’s market share for dairy products. The organization contracted with the consultants to provide dairy plants free or low-cost technical assistanceFounder Dan Carter, in a letter to clients, says the loss of federal funding and no new sources of revenue means the virtual center will close. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the center opened in 2004 with $1 million in federal help.


    Norway court upholds ban on tobacco store displays

    A Norwegian court has upheld a ban on the display of tobacco products in stores, handing a defeat Friday to the Philip Morris company.

    U.S. industrial production fell in August by the largest amount in more than three years as factories produced fewer cars and other manufactured goods and Hurricane Isaac triggered shutdowns along the Gulf Coast, according to the Federal Reserve.

    U.S. industrial production fell 1.2 percent

    U.S. industrial production fell in August by the largest amount in more than three years as factories produced fewer cars and other manufactured goods and Hurricane Isaac triggered shutdowns along the Gulf Coast. Industrial production dropped 1.2 percent last month compared to July, the Federal Reserve said Friday. It was the biggest setback since a 1.7 percent decline in March 2009 when the country was in recession.

    Associated Press According to the Labor Department, more expensive gas drove up U.S. consumer prices in August by the most in three years. But outside energy, inflation was tame. The Labor Department says consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent.

    Higher gas costs drive up U.S. consumer prices

    More expensive gas drove up consumer prices in August by the most in three years. But outside energy, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Friday that consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent.


    NYSE paying $5M fine to settle charges on data

    The New York Stock Exchange is paying $5 million to settle federal civil charges that it gave some customers an unfair head start by providing them with trading data ahead of the wider public.

    This September 2012 photo provided by Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor Beef Products Inc., shows a sample of their lean, finely-textured beef. BPI filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday, Sept, 13, 2012 against ABC News for what it alleges was misleading reporting about a product that critics have dubbed “pink slime.”

    Lawyers: ‘Pink slime’ lawsuit an uphill climb

    Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say. BPI sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks to the media at the conference center following an Informal European economic and financial affairs council in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. European finance ministers are gathering in Cyprus for two days of discussions about the debt crisis and the latest developments in Greece and Spain.

    Euro ministers to discuss giving Greece more time

    Greece may be given some more breathing room to meet its bailout commitments but no more money, European finance ministers indicated Friday as they gathered in Cyprus for a top-level meeting. Finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro, along with European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde, are holding an informal meeting in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia in a period of relative calm.

    Indian people pull a car by rope and shout slogans during a protest against the price hike in diesel and capping the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. India’s government is facing angry protests from its political allies as well as the opposition after it raised the price of diesel fuel in a bid to curb its ballooning fiscal deficit and also announced a reduction in cooking gas subsidies. The replica of cooking gas cylinder on the right reads as “down with price rise.”

    India gov’t faces heat from over diesel hike

    India's beleaguered government faced angry protests from its political allies as well as the opposition Friday after it raised the price of diesel fuel in a bid to curb a ballooning national deficit. The government raised the price of diesel by five rupees (10 cents) a liter late Thursday. The price of diesel is regulated and kept much lower than gasoline prices in India.

    Kweku Adoboli, a former trader at UBS AG, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Adoboli is charged with falsifying records on exchange-traded fund transactions and other documents needed for accounting purposes as early as October 2008, according to his indictment.

    Ex-UBS trader goes on trial accused of $2B fraud

    A senior trader at Swiss bank UBS was a "master fraudster" who lost his bank $2.3 billion through risky deals and deceit in a bid to improve his status, bonus and job prospects, prosecutors said Friday. Prosecution lawyer Sasha Wass told a British jury that between 2008 and 2011 Kweku Adoboli lied to his employer, invented clients and breached the bank's safeguards against high-risk trading.


    Hong Kong tightens mortgages amid concerns of bubble

    Hong Kong's central bank tightened mortgage lending after saying a third round of quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve risks pushing up home prices that have already surpassed their 1997 peak.

    Volkswagen AG’s growth pace accelerated in August as the first-time inclusion of sales of the Porsche brand helped offset slumping demand in its home European market.

    VW sales jump in August as Porsche purchase rise

    Volkswagen AG's growth pace accelerated in August as the first-time inclusion of sales of the Porsche brand helped offset slumping demand in its home European market. Deliveries for the group, which includes the Audi, Skoda and Seat brands, rose 19 percent to 719,500 vehicles, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based carmaker said in an e-mailed statement today. Sales for the first eight months of 2012 advanced 10.2 percent to 5.91 million vehicles.

    Hugh Grant, the British actor who told a media-ethics inquiry the press had become “toxic” in its pursuit of celebrity gossip, sued News Corp.’s U.K. unit over claims its News of the World tabloid hacked his phone.

    Hugh Grant sues News Corp. over phone hacking by U.K. tabloid

    Hugh Grant, the British actor who told a media-ethics inquiry the press had become "toxic" in its pursuit of celebrity gossip, sued News Corp.'s U.K. unit over claims its News of the World tabloid hacked his phone. Grant, 52, joins dozens of other victims who've sued since February, when News Corp. settled an earlier wave of cases to avoid a civil trial.

    Batavia Enterprises Inc. proposes to build a new Walgreens store in downtown Batavia.

    Parking debate for Batavia Walgreens continues

    The Batavia Plan Commission will again consider a request to let a new downtown Walgreens store have a parking lot in front of the building, contrary to the city's zoning code. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the request in March, but in April that board and the plan commission tabled discussion of all matters Walgreens at the request of the owner and developer.

Life & Entertainment


    Divide to reinvigorate droopy sedums

    Q. I have several tall sedum plants that have been established for about 10 years. They seem to grow healthy each year until late summer, early fall. When they begin to bloom, the center of the plant falls. It looks like something was nesting in the middle of the plant, but that is not the case.

    Meg Chambers Steedle as Billie Kent may just be the budding It Girl “Boardwalk Empire” needs. The popular HBO series premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

    Meg Steedle steals the show on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

    How nice for Nucky (played by unlikely leading man Steve Buscemi) that as Season 3 of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" begins, he has lost his heart (or a reasonable facsimile) to Broadway chorine Billie Kent. And how nice, too, for viewers, who will surely fall for the Northwestern University grad who plays her, a budding It Girl named Meg Chambers Steedle.

    As other gay entertainers made pronouncements about their relationships, Brandi Carlile, while not hiding her sexuality, kept the public focus on her music. But with gay rights becoming more of a political issue each day, Carlile is taking a stand.

    Carlile hopes to inspire with same-sex marriage

    For years, acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile kept her personal life exactly that — personal. As other gay entertainers made pronouncements about their relationships, Carlile, while not hiding her sexuality, kept the public focus on her music. But with gay marriage embroiled in the political landscape, Carlile is taking a stand, and on Saturday, she will do it with the biggest step of her life — by getting married to her partner, Catherine Shepherd.

    Seven-year-old beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson speaks during an interview with her mother June Shannon in their home in McIntyre, Ga. The round-cheeked second-grader, who previously appeared on the TLC show “Toddlers & Tiaras,” has a penchant for outrageous catchphrases on her reality TV show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

    ‘Honey Boo Boo’ has hometown fans and critics

    "You better redneckognize!" The reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has been a ratings winner in recent weeks, capitalizing on redneck stereotypes and the oversized personality of a 6-year-old beauty pageant regular. But some who live nearby are concerned about the way their quiet pocket of central Georgia is being portrayed on the TLC series. Others insist the series shows a loving family that doesn't let outside opinions bother them.

    “Sleeping Dogs” offers lots of action and an engrossing story line set in Hong Kong.

    Story line gives ‘Sleeping Dogs’ some bite

    "Sleeping Dogs" is played in the traditional over-the-shoulder view of similar sandbox games such as "Grand Theft Auto" and "Saints Row." While I could stoop to calling this a "GTA" clone — the similarities are legion — the fluid combat, a few nice touches in the shooting mechanic and the exotic locale help it stand out quite a bit.

    Kathy Mattea’s “Calling Me Home”

    Mattea sings about her native Appalachia

    The album opens with a forlorn fiddle, feverish and fidgety until it finally settles on a D.With that, the tone is set. Bluegrass rarely gets more bluesy than on Kathy Mattea's "Calling Me Home." This is mountain music, sorrowful and restless and struggling to make sense of its surroundings and the way they've changed.

    "The Book of Mormon"

    Fall theater brings war horses, Mormons and more

    The national tours of Broadway blockbusters "The Book of Mormon" and "War Horse" headed our way over the next few months are among autumn's hottest tickets. Yet the fall season offers theatergoers more, such as Paramount Theatre's revival of "Grease," “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at the Metropolis and “The Lady With All the Answers” by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.

    Hot Chip’s “In Our Heads”

    Hot Chip channels ’80s vibe on latest

    Hot Chip rules the dance floor. You would not be judged for thinking you had been transported to a 1980s-era dance floor on first listen to Hot Chip's latest, "In Our Heads." The influence seems to be a common vein throughout the record.


    Local theater: ‘Sunshine Boys’ revival
    Elderly vaudeville comedians spar at Steel Beam, teen angels warble at the Metropolis and Northlight saluts folk icon Woody Guthrie this week in suburban theater.


    Tips for making repairs to marred table surface

    Table linens were designed to class up a plain table, but if you are using them to hide a damaged table surface, maybe it's time to make some repairs. Here are some of our favorite tips for cleaning up your tabletops and making them look presentable again.


    Even recent borrowers can save money by refinancing today

    The prolonged drop in mortgage rates has made it worthwhile for many homeowners to get a new loan, even if they have refinanced in the past few years.


    Home inspector: Foundation problem keeps on killing sales

    Q. Our home inspector found no major problems so we put it on the market and had a buyer in just three days. But the buyer's home inspector found a foundation problem that our inspector had missed. What can I do to resolve this situation?


    The nation’s housing: Housing reform AWOL on the trail

    Call it the political elephant in the room: Home building and sales are intimately linked with job creation, yet the subject of housing policy was virtually a no-show in either the Democratic or Republican conventions or in the party platforms.

    Amelia Barrett stars as advice columnist Ann Landers (aka Eppie Lederer) in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s production of David Rambo’s “The Lady with All the Answers” in College of DuPage’s Building K Theatre in Glen Ellyn.

    BTE's 'Lady' an endearing tribute to Ann Landers

    Since the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn is currently undergoing a $35 million renovation through early 2014, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble has had to relocate to a new venue at College of DuPage. But don't let the generically named Building-K on the west side of campus deter you from catching Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's production of “The Lady with All the Answers,” a one-woman bio-play about the late newspaper advice columnist Ann Landers.


    Book notes: Meet Tim Gunn at Anderson’s
    Tim Gunn of television's "Project Runway" signs copies of his book "Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Priority numbers for a place in the book-signing line come with the purchase of the author's book at Anderson's Bookshop.



    Editorial: We can still narrow school gender gap

    Parents and educators need to continue to encourage girls to pursue math and science for them to take them on and succeed, a Daily Herald editorial says.


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    Columnist Kathleen Parker: "This time, the imbeciles have won." That was the assessment of French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in his remembrance of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.


    The abandonment of Israel

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: At the same time that it does nothing, the administration warns Israel sternly, repeatedly, publicly, even threateningly not to strike the Iranian nuclear program.


    Post conventions, focus is on turnout

    Columnist Paul Green: What to expect in the next few weeks is a lot of back and forth chitchat until the first presidential debate in early October. No doubt this White House contest will be a "turnout election" (energize your base) rather than a "conversion election" (change voters' minds).


    Parents in city strike can’t complain
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: When the Round Lake Schools went on strike, for I believe 13 weeks, there were no special places for the kids to go. What were the parents of the CPS students doing during the summer?


    Sente can get things done in Springfield
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I want to take a moment to outline why I am supporting the re-election of Carol Sente to the Illinois House of Representative from the 59th District.


    Clinton, Obama alliance dubious
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I note well that the single person most responsible for the subprime mortgage mess (Clinton) is having a dangerously close connection with the single person most responsible for the present approximately $3 trillion debt mess (Obama).


    It’s time to turn nation back to God
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In the wake of the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, we saw a nation on its knees invoking the blessings and mercy of God. But as the events of that day faded, we fell back into old habits.


    Seek those mindful of the little guy
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: How can the Second Greatest Commandment be anything but a joke in a world built around the insular automobile, air-conditioned homes and the garage door opener?


    True purpose of education missed
    An Elgin letter to the editor: While District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann is to be commended for rejecting the foolish obsession with testing students, it is sad that neither he nor the speakers on his guest panel acknowledged the true purpose of public schools .


    Pension reform sans persecution
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Quinn's and Cross's pension reform plan persecutes current retired seniors by making them pay for the state's mistakes. Madigan's plan persecutes local taxpayers and no reductions in state spending. How about State Sen. Chris Lauzen's pension reform plan? It deserves to be heard.


    ‘Throw all the thieves out’
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Government loves to just steal a little of our money at a time, quite frequently. Once election time comes, people don't bother to vote, since there is no fresh sting of being relieved of your earnings in the form of confiscatory taxation.


    Roskam, Ryan: Two peas in a pod
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Peter Roskam and Paul Ryan are two peas in a pod. If you are at all concerned about the qualifications of Paul Ryan to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, you should also be concerned about returning Peter Roskam to Washington for a fourth term. Both men have worked their entire careers in the government, all the while assailing the government's role in our lives.


    GOP doesn’t need an Obama
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: "Why doesn't the Republican Party have a Barack Obama?" asks columnist Kathleen Parker. Does she want the GOP to simply have a black candidate? Is that really important, the ancestry of GOP candidates?


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