Daily Archive : Friday September 21, 2012


    Ralph Grieco, father of Kevin Grieco, helps his grandson Joshua, 8, attach and raise the American flag during a ceremony where the Three Fires Council honored the Eagle Scout and Illinois National Guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

    Boy Scout flagpole memorial in Elgin honors fallen soldier

    Kevin D. Grieco, a Bartlett soldier who died in Afghanistan four years ago and who embodied the Boy Scouts' founding principles, was honored Saturday with a new flagpole memorial at Three Fires Council's Camp Big Timber in Elgin. "I can't think of a better way to pay tribute to someone who served like he did," said Kathy Pelkey, a family friend.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets out of his vehicle Friday before boarding his campaign plane in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    Romney gives Dem support for tax deductions claim

    Mitt Romney has given Democrats plenty of support for their claim he manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate above a certain threshold for political purposes.

    New York police say a man who cleared two fences at the Bronx Zoo and ended up in an exhibit has been mauled by a tiger and has lost a leg.

    Mauled NY man: I wanted to be one with the tiger

    A man who was mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo is facing arrest after telling investigators he wanted "to be one" with the 400-pound beast, police said Saturday. David Villalobos also claimed that despite his serious injuries, he was able to pet the tiger before zookeepers came to his rescue, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

    Police block off the area around Three Gateway Center, building left rear, where they are negotiating with a man who claims to have a bomb, in downtown Pittsburgh Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A call about an armed man inside the building promptrf an evacuation amid reports of a hostage situation.

    Facebook posts worry police in Pa. hostage-taking

    Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building — and not just because he had a knife.

    Sue Reid’s daughter, Kendall, saved her money for more than a year to purchase Floyd from a breeder. Floyd is now missing after a coyote attack Thursday night in Wheaton.

    Coyotes attack two small dogs in Wheaton

    One small dog is recovering from his injuries and another is missing after being attacked Thursday by a pack of coyotes in Wheaton. The dogs' owner said Jake, a 12-year-old silky terrier, and Floyd, a 15-month-old Yorkshire terrier, were surrounded by between four and six coyotes Thursday night in the backyard of their home on Mohican Drive, near Herrick Lake in the Arrowhead Estates neighborhood.


    Vernon Hills lawyer charged with using clients’ credit cards

    A Vernon Hills lawyer is facing federal fraud charges claiming he made unauthorized cash advances and purchases on bankruptcy clients' credit cards. Bradley F. Aubel, 47, is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Fremd beat Barrington 24-7 Friday, Sept. 21, in Palatine.

    Images: Fremd vs. Barrington football
    The 4-1 Fremd Vikings hosted and won 24-7 over the 2-3 Barrington Broncos on Friday in Palatine.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County courthouse in custody after being found guilty of multiple charges of child sexual abuse in June in Bellefonte, Pa. He’ll be sentenced Oct. 9.

    Son’s abuse allegations gutted Sandusky defense

    Jerry Sandusky reversed course and decided not to take the witness stand after his adopted son came forward and told prosecutors the former Penn State assistant football coach had abused him, documents show. Trial transcripts posted online Friday offer a glimpse into Sandusky's decision to remain silent during his child sex-abuse trial.

    This photo released by Harvard University shows a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. But international scholars say the fragment’s grammar, form and content raise several red flags.

    Harvard journal: Jesus ‘wife’ papyrus unverified

    A Harvard University journal says it hasn't fully verified research that purportedly shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife, even though Harvard's divinity school touted the research during a publicity blitz this week.


    Worker finds body of man missing from train

    A retired California firefighter who disappeared from a Chicago-bound train has been found dead in western Nebraska. The family of 69-year-old Charlie Dowd said Friday night that his body was spotted by a railway worker in Haigler, an area where investigators had focused their search.

    This armed robber on Thursday ordered two T-Mobile store employees to the back of the Elgin store and tied them together, police said.

    Man with gun robs Elgin store, ties up employees

    A man brandishing a handgun tied up two employees of a T-Mobile store before stealing cellphones and money on Thursday, Elgin police said Friday. The armed robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at the store at 273 S. Randall Road. The suspect struck one of the employees with the gun and ordered both employees to the back of the store where they were tied together, police said.

    Michelle Mussman

    Mussman, Lawson: Dump the corporate tax

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg and Republican challenger John Lawson of Schaumburg have differing approaches and priorities when it comes to representing House District 56 in the Northwest suburbs. Job creation and fixing the state's budget rank high with both candidates. But they each argue that their own life and professional experience make them better suited to finding...

    Central School, built in 1896, awaits restoration at 103 S. Maple St. in Mount Prospect.

    Mt. Prospect Historical Society kicks off drive to restore Central School

    The Mount Prospect Historical Society has kicked off a four-year campaign to raise funds to restore the village's most historic building — Central School — by announcing that its 22-member board has pledged $30,000. The society estimates it will need $129,000 to complete the adaptive restoration of the 1896 building. "We were gratified by the turnout of our supporters and by their...


    House catches fire in Sugar Grove

    Crews were on scene of a fire at a two-story house in Sugar Grove Friday night, authorities said. The fire broke out in the 600 block of Wildwood Drive about 7:30 p.m., according to an official with the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District.

    New research greatly strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic. Two major experiments found that children and teens gained less weight when they regularly drank calorie-free beverages instead of sugary ones. A third study gives the first clear evidence that consuming sugary drinks interacts with genes that affect weight. Scientists say the results add weight to the push for taxes, size limits and other policies to curb consumption.

    Studies more firmly tie sugary drinks to obesity

    New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic.

    Stephen Orland

    Lawsuit: Dist. 129 officials ignored concerns about ex-band director

    One of two students who were sexually abused by a former Aurora School District 129 band teacher has sued the district, the teacher and Superintendent James Rydland. The student, identified only as Jane Doe, argues the district didn't do enough to report to state officials suspected abuse by Stephen Orland, who pleaded guilty earlier this year and is serving a 12-year prison term.


    Legal bills mount as U-46 trial returns for last chapter

    In the past eight years, Elgin Area School District U-46 has spent $16.7 million defending school boundary changes in the 2004-2005 school year that a lawsuit claims were racially biased.

    Brian P. Kerns

    Waukegan man arrested on drug charges

    A Waukegan man was arrested on drug charges after authorities executed a search warrant at his house Thursday, police said Friday. Brian P. Kerns, 31, of the 2400 block of Linden Avenue, was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver — both felonies.


    Schaumburg company co-hosts fundraiser for Navy SEALS

    A Schaumburg company is helping host a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for the families of Navy SEALS. "Because of the commitment they've made to the country they don't get to spend a lot of time their families," said Craig Cassel, senior director with Cushman & Wakefield. "We just want to make sure people know about the sacrifices they make for us."


    Former Aurora credit union president stole to gamble: court records

    The former president of the Aurora Firefighters Credit Union faces felony charges that she stole $36,000 from the group over a five-year span to feed a gambling addiction. Anne M. Schaal, 66, of Sugar Grove, turned herself in earlier this week and also is being sued by the union. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and is due in court on Oct. 5.


    RSDSA fundraiser:

    An RSDSA fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at The Cubby Bear, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.

    Rodney Gaiter

    Westmont man gets 5 years for role in check-forging scheme

    A Westmont man who tried to cash a fake check at an Aurora store was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a regional check-forging scheme, authorities said Friday. Rodney Gaiter, 44, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of Florence Avenue, pleaded guilty July 18 to one count of forgery, a class 3 felony.

    Gregory Gentles

    Buffalo Grove sex offender charged with soliciting child

    A 29-year-old registered sex offender from Buffalo Grove has been accused of soliciting a child near an elementary school, police said. Gregory Gentles, of the 200 block of Bernard Drive, remains in custody in the Cook County Jail after a judge at the courthouse in Rolling Meadows set his bail at $200,000.


    Understanding emotions workshop:

    Free workshop "Smarts Alone are Not Enough for Success — Understanding Emotions & Emotional Regulation" will be facilitated by Warren Township Youth and Family Services on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


    Aurora, firefighters reach contract agreement

    Halfway through the time governed by a three-year contract between the city of Aurora and International Association of Firefighters Local 99, the two sides reached an agreement that gives firefighters yearly raises but changes their insurance plan. The contract is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011 and runs until Dec. 31, 2013.

    Marcelino Villa-Rodriguez

    Algonquin man charged with growing pot in DuPage forest preserve

    An Algonquin man is accused of growing more than $1.4 million worth of cannabis in Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve near Wayne, authorities said Friday. Marcelino Villa-Rodriguez, of the 200 block of Blackhawk Trail in Algonquin, is charged with unlawful production of cannabis, possession of cannabis with an intent to deliver, and criminal damage to property, authorities said.


    Take a brewery tour in Milwaukee:

    The Vernon Hills Park District is hosting a day trip to the Miller/Coors Brewery plus dinner from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.


    Lake Zurich High receives grant:

    The Lake Zurich High School business education department has received a $12,000 grant from The Discover Brighter Futures Fund, Riverwoods.


    Half Day teacher honored:

    Sharyn Powell, a third-grade teacher at Half Day School in Lincolnshire, was honored with a Heroes in the Classroom Award on Sept. 11.

    Joe McMahon

    Proposed new Kane Co. court fee recalls former fee push

    Anyone found guilty of any crime from a traffic ticket to a felony may soon find himself paying $2 more in restitution. Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon proposed a new $2 fee to pay for the computer record keeping associated with prosecuting the crime Friday. The amount is small, but Kane County added a $10 fee to those same crimes last year to fund the Child Advocacy Center. And there...


    Aurora dance instructor fired for duct taping 8-year-old

    An Aurora dance instructor was fired after she silenced an 8-year-old student with duct tape, the studio's artistic director said Friday. "This is not something we would ever tolerate or ever condone," Rebecca Rosenberg said.


    Antioch drops out of Lake Michigan water planning group

    Antioch plans to drop out of a consortium studying how best to get Lake Michigan water as the future of the group comprised of entities in north and west Lake County is in flux. "It just seems like little by little, towns are going in different directions," said Antioch Mayor Larry Hanson. Two weeks ago, Lindenhurst announced it was dropping out.

    Thomas Kilbride

    Illinois news broadcasters honor chief justice

    The Illinois News Broadcasters Association has named Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride as the recipient of its 2012 Illinoisan of the Year award.


    Grant Township board to discuss increasing salaries for elected officials

    Grant Township trustees will discuss whether to the increase salaries of elected officials during a special board meeting Monday night. "We haven't been able to decide whether to increase salaries at this point or not," Supervisor Kay Starostovic said. "We are kind of torn on the idea."


    Wirtz office manager pleads guilty to $1 million theft

    Officials say 49-year-old Linda Bessert of Winnebago pleaded guilty Friday in Winnebago County circuit court. The judge sentenced Bessert to four years in state prison and two years of mandatory supervised release. Bessert worked in the Rockford office of Schaumburg-based Wirtz Beverage.


    Teachers unions to fight ‘top-down’ school reform

    Seeking to capitalize on the momentum of the Chicago teachers strike, unions and allied parent and community groups promised Friday to launch a nationwide fight against government-led school reform efforts that they say are only making public education worse.


    Construction begins on Joliet transportation hub

    The $42 million project will overhaul the rail center. Gov. Pat Quinn's office calls it a "key stop" on the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. State officials say it will create nearly 400 construction jobs.

    Space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, passes over the Golden Gate Bridge Friday in San Francisco. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.

    Endeavour lands at LA airport after aerial tour

    Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday after a whirlwind aerial tour around California landmarks. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the pair touched down around 1 p.m. after a nearly five-hour flyover. One of the crew members stuck an American flag out of the hatch of the jet.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Family marks verdict with lemon drop martinis

    Relatives of a murdered Oswego mother say they celebrated her husband's conviction with her favorite drink, lemon drop martinis. Jurors took just 50 minutes to deliberate before convicting Christopher Vaughn of shooting his wife and three children during a road trip.


    Public can vote on name for Shedd Aquarium dolphin

    Shedd Aquarium is asking the public for help naming a 4-month-old Pacific white-sided dolphin. The male calf was born on Memorial Day and has been thriving at the Chicago aquarium.

    Pakistani protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans at a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Pakistan has blocked cellphone service in major cities to prevent militants from using phones to detonate bombs during a national day of protest against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

    Pakistani protests of anti-Muslim film turn deadly

    Pakistan's "Day of Love for the Prophet" turned into a deadly day of gunfire, tear gas and arson. Thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in several Pakistani cities Friday in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to declare a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Muhammad.


    Teachers to vote Oct. 2 on their new contract

    The Chicago Teachers Union says its members will vote Oct. 2 on a tentative contract with the school district that was reached after a seven-day strike. Union financial secretary Kristine Mayle said Thursday that packets of information, including the new contract and ballots, should arrive in schools Sept. 28.


    Ann Romney makes emergency landing in Colorado

    The plane carrying the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is making an emergency landing. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Ann Romney's plane made an unexpected landing on Friday afternoon in Colorado after it filled with smoke. Saul says no one was injured in the incident.


    No deadline for Lombard to choose acting mayor

    Lombard trustees trying — and so far failing — to choose an acting leader in the month since former Village President Bill Mueller's death aren't necessarily working against a ticking clock. State law requires the village board to elect an acting president, but does not set any certain deadline. "It's going to have to be a new idea, something that will make both sides compromise,"...


    Police reports
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsA 17-year-old girl was arrested by the McHenry County Sheriff's office and charged with disorderly conduct and false report of an offense after making up a story about being abducted, according to a sheriff's news release. The sheriff's office received a call Sept. 16 that the girl ran away from home, and it conducted an investigation. On Sept. 18, the sheriff's office...

    State Sen. Matt Murphy, left, and Democrat David Page.

    Murphy, Page vie for 27th district senate seat

    In the race for the 27th state senate district, incumbent state Sen. Matt Murphy is being opposed by Democrat David Page, president of the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board. Murphy, a Palatine lawyer who was first elected in 2006, didn’t have a primary challenger in March. Likewise, no Democrats ran in the primary, and Page was slated this summer.


    Community forum to focus on financial struggles at District 41

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 officials will host a community forum on Tuesday to discuss their current financial issues. The district is operating with a budget defecit of $1.8 million, despite trimming $1.5 million in the past year, officials said.


    Construction project to close Delany Road near Gurnee for 12 days

    The Lake County Department of Transportation will close Delany Road between W. York House Road and Sunset Road near the border of Waukegan and Gurnee on Monday morning, officials announced. The road is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 5.

    Ominous clouds appear over a newly sided barn at Applewood Farm in Alden, NY in August.

    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 17.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Daniel J. Stoffel, 24, of the 7N400 block of Fox Glove Court, St. Charles, was arrested and charged with possession and delivery of marijuana after a traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at Route 64 and Renaux Road near St. Charles, according to a Kane County Sheriff's report. Authorities found 28 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in Stoffel's vehicle, reports said.

    HorsePower Therapeutic Riding director Carrie Capes holds student Trevin Kuhl, 4, of Sycamore, as he feeds a treat to his therapy horse, Ronan.

    Moving Picture: When horses are therapeutic

    Carrie Capes of Maple Park discovered that therapeutic horse riding had huge benefits for her son, Max, so she started HorsePower Therapeutic Riding at Fox Chase Farms in Maple Park to offer the same benefits to other individuals with special needs. "There's something magical to that horse and child partnership," she said, "they'll overcome challenges that are quite remarkable because they're...

    Joshua S. Griffith

    Multistate tire theft suspect faces charge in Naperville

    A Chicago man suspected of stealing tires from car dealerships in three states has been charged with hitting a Naperville lot in June. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail Friday at $150,000 for Joshua Griffith, 35, of the 6200 block of Touhy Avenue.

    Former Stevenson High School Superintendent Harold Banser died Tuesday.

    Harold Banser, Stevenson’s first superintendent, dies at 84

    Harold Banser, Stevenson High School's first superintedent, has died. He was 84. Banser, who served as Stevenson's superintendent for 11 years starting in 1965, was known as someone who was always looking for another way to do things.


    New bronze sculpture to greet COD visitors

    A 29-foot bronze sculpture with a trickling waterfall will greet visitors to the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn come next year. The COD board of trustees Thursday authorized college officials to enter into a contract with sculptor John Medwedeff to create the sculpture, which will be located in front of the Berg Instructional Center at what is being called the college's "front door."


    Harper College adjuncts reach four-year deal

    Harper has reached a four-year deal with its adjunct faculty union, which for the first time also includes adjunct librarians and custodians. Pay increases range from 2 percent to 5 percent each year.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 29-year-old Sleepy Hollow man was arrested Sept. 16 at Cabela's in Hoffman Estates and charged with retail theft after he reportedly put on a pair of shoes valued at $109, placed his own shoes in the shoe box, and walked out wearing the stolen shoes.


    Huntley Bingo group is in the spotlight

    Woman's Day Magazine is interested in featuring Huntley Bingo about a piece it's working on about community events with a purpose. The story is scheduled to run in the magazine's January issue and will note how Huntley Bingo's main goal is raising money for families who have loved ones fighting pediatric cancer.

    Police Chief William Kushner, right, and Cmdr. Dan Niemann talk about the Des Plaines Police Department’s new iForce bicycles outside the police station Friday.

    Des Plaines police get new bicycles for patrol

    Des Plaines police officers assigned to bike patrol have new equipment to supplement the two 12-year-old bikes in the department's inventory. City officials showed off four new iForce bicycles Friday morning outside the police station. A recent police department memo explained the need for the additional bikes, which cost $1,850 each: "In order to effectively use a proactive approach to criminal...


    Ind. woman, 3 others charged in Amish attacks

    BERNE, Ind. — Four northern Indiana residents are facing felony charges in connection with a series of attacks and robberies on local Amish traveling in horse-drawn buggies. Court documents allege that 42-year-old Michelle Rodriguez hatched a plan to rob Amish residents in the Adams County town of Berne to get money she needed to move from Berne to Fort Wayne and to buy cocaine.

    Abdirizak Bihi, a spokesman for the family of 21-year-old Omar Farah, said Farah traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab, renewing fears that the terror group is continuing to recruit U.S. Somalis to return to their homeland to fight despite some high-profile prosecutions in America and the deaths of some who have joined the insurgents.

    Family: Minnesota Somali left to join al-Shabab terror group

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man recently traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab, a spokesman for his family said, renewing fears that the terror group is continuing to recruit Somalis living in the U.S. to return to their homeland to fight.

    An American alligator approaches the shore while in the Everglades, Fla. on Friday, September 14th.

    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 17th.


    Militants kill Israeli soldier on Egypt border

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says a soldier was killed in a shootout with militants along the Israel-Egypt border.Israeli troops shot and killed three militants who attempted to infiltrate the country on Friday, thwarting an attack.

    The nation’s largest cancer center is launching a massive “moonshot” effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston expects to spend as much as $3 billion on the project over the next 10 years and already has “tens of millions” of dollars in gifts to jump start it now, said its president, Dr. Ronald DePinho.

    Texas hospital plans ‘moonshot’ against cancer

    The nation's largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston expects to spend as much as $3 billion on the project over the next 10 years and already has "tens of millions" of dollars in gifts to jump start it now,...

    Robert Franklin of Sapulpa, Okla., tried out one of the video gambling machines at The Assembly American Bar & Cafe in Hoffman Estates Thursday. He lost $6. “I look at it like going to the movies, except that you can make some money,” he said. “If you don’t have the money to lose, then don’t play.”

    Video gambling going live at suburban bars

    After more than a two-year wait, legalized video gambling is finally expected to go live across Illinois — as in, the machines will be turned on and customers will be able to play — in the next couple of weeks.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gestures during a campaign rally at the Ringling Museum of Art Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Sarasota, Fla. (

    Romney tries to seize mantle of change

    Now it's Mitt Romney who wants to be the candidate of change. Romney seized on President Barack Obama's comment that "you can't change Washington from the inside." Grasping for a way to right his campaign and appeal to independents, the Republican nominee said he has what it takes to end the nasty partisanship in the nation's capital.


    Syria’s Assad says rebels will be defeated

    BEIRUT — The Syrian president said in remarks published Friday that he is adamant his regime will not fall and he also lashed out at Gulf countries, which he accused of using their enormous oil wealth to try to drive him from power.

    Don Koehler, of Walker, stands next to the 1927 Ford T-bucket he purchased and fixed up after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident that would restrict him from driving his Harley-Davidson.

    Macon hot rod man preaches motorcycle safety

    Don Koehler's T-bucket hot rod needed almost as many repairs as its driver.Koehler says that's what you get for believing the silver-tongued promises of the radical street monster's former owner. "When I bought it, they said it had a rebuilt motor, a rebuilt tranny (transmission) and a rebuilt rear end," he explains. "But I found out there ain't nothin' rebuilt."


    Money to promote women's safety on 2 Ill. campuses

    The U.S. Department of Justice has given more than $500,000 to a pair of Illinois colleges to help them improve the safety of women on campus. A news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the department's Office of Violence Against Women gave $270,000 to Loyola University in Chicago and $297,000 to Joliet Junior College.


    Wisconsin tax proposal would benefit married taxpayers

    evenue officials want to ease the so-called marriage penalty that's expected to affect the majority of married taxpayers in Wisconsin next year.


    Deer malady suspected in 40-plus Ind. counties

    A deadly virus has killed deer in at least four Indiana counties and is suspected in dozens more.


    SIU students return to halls after bomb threat

    Students at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale were allowed to return to their residence halls at Brush Towers early Friday after police checked out a bomb threat.


    Dawn Patrol: Yes vote for Rand/Old McHenry mall; no Lombard mayor

    Vote paves way for Lake County shopping center plan. Lombard fails again to pick an acting mayor. Man accused of pulling box cutter on Arlington Heights cop. Oswego man guilty of killing wife, 3 children. American Airlines pilots bring stirke to O'Hare. Aliano's reopens in Batavia.


    Noise walls may separate Hoffman Estates homes from CN tracks

    Residents in neighborhoods in or near Hoffman Estates may soon have a noise wall separating their homes from Canadian National railroad tracks. CN will fund the noise walls or noise reduction alternatives to the walls. Residents are invited to a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Timber Trails School, 1675 McDonough Road, to discuss the proposal.


    Tollway customer service contract would aid the visually impaired

    The Illinois tollway is remaking its customer call center by contracting with a nonprofit organization that represents people who are visually impaired. The new headquarters will be on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

    The Illinois tollway may reintroduce transponders that talk back.

    I-PASS transponders may be breaking their silence

    Plans are under way to reintroduce I-Pass transponders that beep when drivers successfully pay tolls and also communicate the status of I-PASS accounts, administrators said at a Thursday meeting. Ninety percent of customers surveyed in 2009 were interested in getting a "feedback transponder," Business Systems Acting Chief Shauna Whitehead said, adding that 38 percent were willing to pay for the...


    Rules on video gambling

    A few key provision regarding video gambling in Illinois:Ÿ The Video Gaming Act was enacted in July 2009 for bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations, veterans groups and truck stops. Ÿ Video gambling machines must be located in areas restricted to people ages 21 and older, and the areas’ entrances must be within view of at least one employee 21 and older.

    Election season can create some tension if you and your spouse are at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

    Poll Vault: Do your political views mirror your family’s?

    Does your family talk politics at the dinner table? Or would it just turn into "Hardball with Chris Matthews"? Do you and your spouse share the same political views, or is now a real bad time for you two?



    Grayslake Central heats up, jolts Johnsburg

    Host Grayslake Central was fired up to win its Fox Valley Conference homecoming football game Friday night against Johnsburg. And after building a 22-0 halftime lead the Rams did just that as they held off a strong surge by the Skyhawks in the third quarter before capturing a 29-12 FVC Fox Division victory.

    Giants catcher Buster Posey tags out the Padres’ Chase Headley at home plate in the sixth inning Friday in San Francisco. Headley attempted to score on a double by Yasmani Grandal.

    Posey paves the way for Giants’ victory over Padres

    Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking RBI single after receiving a prestigious award before the game, and the San Francisco Giants reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to two with a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday.

    Catcher Miguel Olivo greets closer Tom Wilhelmsen after the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Friday in Seattle. Wilhelmsen earned the save, and Olivo had a two-run home run in the game.

    Mariners beat short-handed Rangers 6-3

    Carlos Triunfel drove in the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning and Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

    Lakes running back Direll Clark celebrates a first-quarter touchdown at Antioch on Friday.

    One clean, hard win for Lakes

    Lakes jumped to a quick 28-0 lead and coasted to a 35-13 win at Antioch on Friday on North Suburban Prairie action. Clark ran for 158 yards and quarterback T.J. Edwards threw for 225 yards in the first half alone, but the Sequoits stepped up and stayed competitive for most of the final three quarters.

    Chris Volstad is 3-10 on the season with a 6.22 ERA.

    Tough to say if Volstad will return next season

    It's questionable whether Chris Volstad will be part of the Cubs' starting rotation next year. In Friday's 5-4, 11-inning victory over the Cardinals, Volstad ran his pitch count up and lasted only 5 innings.


    Conant, Schaumburg battle to draw

    Curtis King scored twice to fuel two Conant comebacks on a rainy homecoming evening Friday at Schaumburg as the two Mid-Suburban West boys soccer clubs played to a 2-2 draw. A big crowd at Gary Scholz stadium saw a match of few chances play out to a full 100 minutes.


    Notre Dame’s James tames Lions in decisive win

    What started so promisingly turned into a very rough evening for St. Viator. For the most part, they had Notre Dame running back Chris James to thank for that. James rushed for 268 yards and scored 6 touchdowns as the Dons defeated the Lions 49-20 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference matchup in Niles.


    Glenbard N. runs by W. Aurora

    Justin Jackson was looking to atone himself after one of his few mistakes Friday night in Aurora. West Aurora had narrowed the first-half Glenbard North three-score football lead to a one-possession game four plays after Jackson fumbled. The junior more than redeemed himself on the Panthers' ensuing possession, however, taking a pitch and rumbling for 49 of his game-high 240 yards.


    Leyden steps up at Hinsdale South

    Leyden's defensive unit flexed its muscles enough to spoil Hinsdale South's homecoming, as well as hand the Hornets their first loss of the season. The Eagles (4-1, 3-0) pulled out a 17-14 victory Friday night in Darien. Leyden forced 6 turnovers with the help of senior linebacker Ivan Nevarrez and senior lineman Bill Kralis. Nevarrez notched back-to-back late-game sacks and returned a 53-yard fumble for a touchdown while Kralis tallied 2 sacks as well. Leyden junior cornerback and tailback Aaron Whigham also had an interception.


    Aurora Christian strong against St. Francis

    Aurora Christian settled any debate about competing against the heavies in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Lasoda Thompson of Naperville Central eludes a tackle by Wheaton Warrenville South in football action on Friday in Naperville.

    Naperville Central doesn’t take any chances

    Naperville Central's stunning start blunted any chance at another Wheaton Warrenville South fantastic finish.The Redhawks used a first-quarter blitz and held off a late rally to beat visiting WW South 24-13 in Friday's DuPage Valley Conference football matchup. Notching its third straight win Naperville Central (3-2, 3-0) also notched its first win over the Tigers (2-3, 2-1) since 2004. Ben Andreas accounted for all 3 touchdowns — returning a punt, catching a pass from Jake Kolbe and throwing one to Blake Butler — as the Redhawks burst to a 21-0 first quarter lead.


    Montini struggles to hold off Marmion

    Lewis Borsellino fired off a warning shot as Montini's postgame huddle broke Friday."No way do you get to the final game playing like that," barked the Broncos' offensive coordinator.On a damp evening in Lombard the No. 2 Broncos alternated between sharp and sloppy, ultimately holding off a game Marmion challenge 30-22.It didn't sit well with Broncos head coach Chris Andriano."A very uninspired second half. I couldn't believe what I was witnessing, actually," said Andriano, whose team never trailed and led 21-7 at the half. "Our tackling, missed blocks, dropped passes. I gotta give Marmion's kids credit; they kept coming after us. It was a ballgame."

    Arizona starter Wade Miley on Friday became the second rookie NL pitcher since 1986 to win 16 games.

    Miley wins 16th as Diamondbacks top Rockies 15-5

    Wade Miley showed no signs he was feeling ill when he took the mound to face the Colorado Rockies. An offensive outburst by the Arizona Diamondbacks left the rookie pitcher in even better shape.

    Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (8) high-fives teammates after they downed the Nationals 4-2 on Friday night in Washington.

    Brewers rally to defeat Nationals

    Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez had consecutive RBI hits in the ninth inning off reliever Tyler Clippard, and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 4-2 win over Washington on Friday night.


    No worries — Prospect reigns

    On a night when Prospect dedicated its new artificial turf with a ceremony before the game, the rain during the first half gave the surface its biggest test to date. "The traction was pretty good," said Knights senior quarter back Devin O'Hara. "Nothing too much to worry about. Gripping the football was hard but the footing was no problem." And neither was winning for the Knights, who cruised to a 34-14 victory in their Mid-Suburban League East opener against Buffalo Grove.

    The Astros’ Jed Lowrie hits a three-run home run during the first inning Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Houston.

    Astros hand Pirates 4th straight loss

    Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and Justin Maxwell and Brett Wallace added solo shots to help the Astros coast to a 7-1 win Friday, further dampening the Pirates' already dim postseason hopes.


    Persistence pays for Hersey in OT triumph

    On the first play of Hersey's possession in the second overtime, Mario Thomas ran around left end and scored standing up to give the Huskies a 33-30 victory over visiting Elk Grove on Friday in Mid-Suburban East play.


    Grayslake North tops Hampshire for 4th straight

    It wouldn't seem as if it could get much better for a Grayslake North football team that achieved its best start and its best winning streak in program history after rolling up 535 yards of offense in Friday night's 54-22 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division victory at Hampshire. The scary part for the Knights (4-1, 2-0) is they know they can get better after taking advantage of 6 turnovers and moving into a tie for the division lead with Crystal Lake Central with their fourth straight victory. The good part is they also know they must get better in order to reach the playoffs for the first time in the program's seven-year history.


    Streamwood breaks loose against Larkin

    After being held scoreless for the last 9 quarters, Streamwood came to a tipping point and posed a clear message for Larkin. "We really wanted to get a point across that we could score," Sabres wideout Blake Holder said. "We felt that we played three really good teams the past three weeks and we felt we had to come out and prove something and we feel like we did."


    Wheaton North rolls over Glenbard East

    Wheaton North gave up a touchdown Friday night at Glenbard East. That's news, considering the Falcons had only allowed 14 points in their first four games this season. "It's pretty nice looking in the newspaper, yeah, No. 1 defense in the state," defensive back Jaylen Howze said after the Falcons' 57-7 victory over the Rams in Lombard. "Pretty happy about that, but we're not going to let that distract us from what we want to do. Coach (Joe) Wardynski has us at practice going hard all the time."

    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Norberg (44) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Trojans’ win over Jacobs Friday night in Cary.

    Norberg’s big runs push Cary-Grove past Jacobs

    Jacobs entered Friday's game at Cary-Grove with the intention of slowing down fullback Kyle Norberg, but it took only 2 carries to put that notion to rest. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound senior burned the Golden Eagles for touchdown runs of 63 and 75 yards on his first two touches to lead Cary-Grove past Jacobs 45-14 in a FVC Valley tilt at Al Bohrer Field."That's never happened to me before, so it was definitely a good feeling," Norberg said of his early scoring bursts.


    Huntley holds off Dundee-Crown

    A funny thing happened in the fourth quarter of an offensive shootout between Huntley and Dundee-Crown — defense. Kameron Sallee kicked a 29-yard field goal to break a tie and Huntley's defense made it hold up with a pair of defensive stands for a 31-28 victory in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division showdown in Huntley Fridady night.


    Stevenson takes to the sky against Warren

    Quarterback Willie Bourbon connected with Alan Velev and a handful of other receivers again and again as Stevenson's aerial assault tore through Warren's defense to the tune of a 39-7 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory. The victory moves Stevenson, which was up 20-7 at halftime, to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Lake while Warren drops to 2-3 and 1-2 in the Lake.


    Lake Zurich adds to winning identity

    For the first time in two weeks, Lake Zurich's fans found their football team playing a game. A week after winning by forfeit over Lake Forest due to the Lake Forest teachers strike, Lake Zurich rolled to a 56-0 win over Round Lake in a North Suburban Conference crossover.


    Comfortable Aurora CC downs St. Edward

    In his first year as a head football coach at Aurora Central Catholic, Brian Casey was a little reluctant to run a double handoff. Now in his third year, Casey and the Chargers have made the play a staple. The double handoff worked all throughout the second half as the Chargers used it frequently to spoil St. Edward's homecoming with a 25-7 Suburban Christian crossover victory at Greg True Field in Elgin Friday night.


    Conant’s second-half surge sinks Schaumburg

    Quarterback Danny Modelski and Conant came out their first-half funk to rally past Schaumburg 30-21 Friday at Gary Scholz Field in Schaumburg. Conant (4-1, 1-0) came from a long way back — down 14-0 early in the third quarter — to put up 30 second-half points and claim victory, their second consecutive Mayor's Cup in as many weeks.


    Benet ends ESCC skid in big way

    Benet's first East Suburban Catholic Conference victory in two years came in dominating fashion. The Redwings, however, needed an entire quarter before their offense finally started to click.


    Neuqua Valley shuts out East Aurora

    It's a common trait among good football teams that they never want to look past their next opponent, but with Neuqua Valley preparing to host winless East Aurora on Friday night, the Wildcats allowed themselves a little peak at the upcoming schedule before going out and posting a 48-0 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division victory over the Tomcats.


    Naperville North rebounds for win

    After losing to Naperville North a year ago, the Wildcats must have thought they were suffering from a case of déjà vu trailing the 2012 matchup by two touchdowns after the first quarter.

    St. Charles North’s George Edlund, left, congratulates teammate Evan Kurtz after Kurtz scored a first-half touchdown against visiting Geneva on Friday night.

    St. Charles North sparkles under pressure

    For the second consecutive week, St. Charles North (2-3, 2-1) showcased a stingy defense, solid special teams and an opportunistic offense during its 25-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph over Geneva (1-4, 1-2) in St. Charles.


    Batavia holds off Lake Park

    Batavia's offense was in top form in the Upstate Eight Conference crossover game, both in the air and on the ground. The defense made some key plays also and the Bulldogs went home 33-29 winners to move to 5-0.


    Sledd, Highland Park slip past Maine West

    Maine West and Highland Park were tied at halftime of their Central Suburban North contest on Friday night on the Warriors' home field. It appeared Maine West had momentum on its side too, after Kyle Cook pounced on a fumble in the end zone to tie the score at 14 with 6:58 to play in the first half. But the Warriors' opening drive of the second half stalled, and Highland Park leaned on their power running attack, led by tailback Andrew Sledd, to score 28 straight second-half points and ultimately win 42-21.


    Grayslake North picks up momentum

    It wouldn't seem as if it could get much better for a Grayslake North football team that achieved its best start and its best winning streak in program history after rolling up 535 yards of offense in Friday night's 54-22 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division victory at Hampshire. The scary part for the Knights (4-1, 2-0) is they know they can get better after taking advantage of 6 turnovers and moving into a tie for the division lead with Crystal Lake Central with their fourth straight victory. The good part is they also know they must get better in order to reach the playoffs for the first time in the program's seven-year history.


    Crystal Lake S. dismantles McHenry

    A Crystal Lake South win and the Gators still had a solid chance to make a 12th straight appearance in the IHSA playoffs. A loss and the Gators' chances for an invite to the postseason party would have been slim. South got the job done. Moving to 2-3 on the season, the Gators, led by a 142-yard effort by Zevin Clarkm sloshed to a 28-12 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over McHenry at South's Ken Bruhn Field Friday night.


    Libertyville extends cycle of winning

    All week long, Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl was a bit under the weather. He decided he needed an extra gear in order to get his game ready for homecoming. Deichl used an exercise bike for some extra workout time off the field. Smooth move. At game time, Deichl and his team put the pedal to the metal. The QB went 15-for-15 passing for 167 yards and 1 TD, and Wildcats running back Brian Swift (7 carries, 156 yards) rushed for 5 TDs — all in the first half — as Libertyville rolled past visiting Mundelein 40-8 in a North Suburban Lake Division game on Friday night.

    Lasoda Thompson of Naperville Central eludes a tackle.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Naperville Central football
    Naperville Central hosted and won 24-13 over Wheaton Warrenville South for Friday night football on September 21.

    Fremd’s Stephen Helbing wraps up Barrington’s Justin Dragosz before driving him out of bounds in Palatine on Friday.

    Fremd glad to have McGlade

    According to his coach, Jeff McGlade is the type of player that won't ever leave the field. Unless he has to, of course. Cramps forced McGlade out of the game for a short while, but that was about the only thing that could derail the Fremd running back. McGlade ran for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 carries, helping Fremd top Barrington 24-7 at Hale Hildebrandt Field in a Mid-Suburban West divisional opener.


    More evidence of Palatine’s improvement

    Memo to Class 8A football in Illinois: Palatine keeps improving. The Pirates continued their march toward the playoffs Friday night and looked every bit a legitimate 8A threat in a 48-7 Mid-Suburban West-opening win at Hoffman Estates.Palatine (4-1, 1-0) scored on its first seven possessions in overpowering winless but gutty Hoffman (0-5, 0-1).


    Waubonsie Valley blanks Bartlett

    With explosive offensive threats like Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido and Bartlett's Aaron Everson, one might have expected a high scoring matchup in Friday night's Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division football showdown. However, it was a defensive battle that ended in the Warriors defeating the host Hawks 19-0 at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Cary-Grove’s Zach Marszal goes around the end for a touchdown in the second quarter.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Jacobs football
    Jacobs lost 45-14 to Cary-Grove for Friday night football on September 21.

    Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte will sit out the Bears' game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Lovie Smith said Friday that Forte "is making a lot of progress," but isn't ready to play. Forte went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of last week's loss at Green Bay after he appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled by Charles Woodson

    Missing Forte, Bears must move on

    Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte will sit out the Bears' game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Lovie Smith said Friday that Forte "is making a lot of progress," but isn't ready to play. Forte went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of last week's loss at Green Bay after he appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled by Charles Woodson


    Balanced effort carries Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows sent a message to the rest of the Mid-Suburban East in its divisional opener on Friday night. The Mustangs (4-1, 1-0) held Wheeling (2-3, 1-1) to 101 yards of total offense in cruising to a 35-9 win on the road.

    Jim Furyk made seven birdies through 10 holes Friday at East Lake — including seven 3s to start the round — until he missed a few greens on the back nine that slowed his momentum. He wound up with a 6-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend at the Tour Championship.

    Furyk races out to a 64 and the lead at East Lake

    Jim Furyk, the only American on the Ryder Cup team without a win this year, now has another chance to change that. Furyk made seven birdies through 10 holes Friday at East Lake — including seven 3s to start the round — until he missed a few greens on the back nine that slowed his momentum. He wound up with a 6-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend at the Tour Championship.

    Lakes quarterback T.J. Edwards passes against Antioch.

    Images: Antioch vs. Lakes football
    The Antioch Sequoits hosted and lost 35-13 to the Lakes Eagles for football action on Friday, Sept. 21 in Antioch.

    Ohio State’s Jake Stoneburner celebrates his touchdown against California during the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s game in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Cal 35-28.

    UAB, Ohio State have different goals in matchup

    There are wins and then there are small victories. UAB coach Garrick McGee has to settle for the latter. He knows he doesn't have as much talent as No. 16 Ohio State does coming into Saturday's game at Ohio Stadium. UAB is 0-2 and a 37-point underdog.


    Ritchie hurt again in Burlington Central win

    Burlington Central senior Ryan Ritchie returned from injury Friday night. He didn't finish the game. Ritchie threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Rockets defeated Genoa-Kingston, 26-14, in Big Northern East football at Rocket Hill. But after Central's final touchdown, Ritchie was sacked on the 2-point conversion attempt and injured his right thumb.

    Kansas City starter Luis Mendoza allowed two runs and eight hits on Friday in a home win over Cleveland.

    Mendoza helps Royals beat Indians 6-3

    Luis Mendoza pitched into the seventh inning in his first start since a bout with strep throat, and the Kansas City Royals beat the struggling Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Friday night.

    The Yankees’ Russell Martin watches his walk-off home run in the 10th inning at home against Oakland.

    Martin delivers Yankees win in 10th inning

    Russell Martin led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer off Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win.

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has piled up 944 yards of total offense in his previous two games against Notre Dame.

    Somehow Irish must trip up “Shoelace” Robinson

    Denard Robinson has left Notre Dame feeling helpless. Two years ago, the Michigan quarterback known as Shoelace burst into the national spotlight with 502 yards of total offense and scored the game-winning TD with 27 seconds left against the Fighting Irish.

    New York’s Ike Davis celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning Friday at home against the Miami Marlins.

    Mets get 1st home win in month

    The Mets managed to avoid falling into last place in the NL East, beating the cellar-dwelling Marlins 7-3 as Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer and RBI triple.

    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, second from left, argues a call with an official during a game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Miami. Mindful of speculation his job might be in jeopardy, Guillen says he’s glad he rented a house in Miami rather than buying when he took the job.

    Guillen laughs off rumors of possible firing

    Ozzie Guillen has heard the rumors that his job may be in trouble. "Ha. Ha. Ha," the Miami manager said Friday. "That's the last thing going through my mind every day, if I'm going to have a job next year."

    Gophers quarterback Max Shortell breaks the tackle of Western Michigan safety Trevor Ishmael during the first half of last Saturday’s game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 28-23.

    Shortell takes the reins at Minnesota

    By the time Ryan Nassib and Syracuse's aerial offense got off the ground against Northwestern and USC, it was just a little too late. So the Orange are focused on getting off to a better start. Minnesota quarterback Max Shortell is just excited to be starting at all.

    The Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez steals second base as Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips catches the late throw in the second inning Friday in Cincinnati.

    Dodgers down Reds 3-1 in 10 innings

    Matt Kemp's two-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory Friday night that denied the Cincinnati Reds on their first chance to clinch the NL Central.

    Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick struck out six Friday in a home win over Atlanta.

    Kendrick pitches Phillies to win over Braves

    Kevin Frandsen hit one of Philadelphia's four solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick, and the Phillies inched closer in the NL playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

    Chicago Cubs' Welington Castillo, right, celebrates with Matt Garza after the Cubs defeated St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 after the 11th inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Barney’s clutch homer paves way to Cubs’ victory

    Darwin Barney hit a game-tying 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Fernando Salas. In the 11th, David DeJesus singled home pinch runner Brett Jackson with the game-winner, and the Cubs had an improbable victory over their Gateway Arch rivals, who are trying to hang on to a wild-card spot.

    Tampa Bay’s Jose Molina, left, is congratulated by teammate Carlos Pena after his two-run home run during the second inning Friday against Toronto in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Rays throttle Blue Jays, stay in playoff race

    James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches Friday night to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention with a 12-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Baltimore’s Matt Wieters connects on a two-run single in the fourth inning Friday in Boston.

    Wieters’ 3 RBIs lift Orioles over Red Sox

    Matt Wieters drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles remained one game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

    James Buescher hoists the trophy after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday in Sparta, Ky.

    Buescher wins at Kentucky Speedway

    Once the smoke cleared, James Buescher made sure the field knew his truck was the strongest. Again. Buescher won the wreck-filled NASCAR Trucks race Friday night to complete a Kentucky Speedway season sweep, using strong pit stops and restarts to stay in contention before pulling away en route to his fourth victory of the year.

    Photo courtesy of South Dakota Athletics/Aaron Packard South Dakota takes on Colgate in its 2012 home opener at the DakotaDome on September 8, 2012.

    NU’s foe has plenty of local products on its squad

    Northwestern is hoping to improve to 4-0 by beating FCS foe South Dakota on Saturday ay Ryan Field. This won't be a routine road trip for the Coyotes, though, who have eight players from the Chicago suburbs on their two-deeps.


    Elgin Academy notches win

    Freshman Julien Romano scored twice Friday as the Elgin Academy soccer team defeated Newark 6-3 in nonconference action.Drew Wilmington, Owen Rogers, Billy Gracik and Karl Rauschenberger added goals for the Hilltoppers, while Rauschenberger, Jin Park, Nate Johnson, Jeffrey Tang and Armando Sanchez each had assists.Liam Phalen made 3 saves in the goal for Elgin Academy (5-3-2).Schaumburg Christian 2, Harvest Christian 0: Patrick McGuire had 6 saves in goal but the Lions (4-6-2) couldn’t find the back of the bet in this nonconference loss.Cary-Grove 2, Carmel 1: Kevin Wilde scored off a Mike McKune assist in the first half then Wilde fed McKune for the game-winner as Cary-Grove won at the Carmel tournament. Kevin Schenk had 6 saves in goal for the Trojans (9-0-2).


    Young Illinois golfers to show off skills at Medinah

    With the world's premiere golfers waiting in the wings to take the Ryder Cup stage, some of Illinois' best youth golf talent will get a taste of the spotlight today at Medinah Country Club. They'll take part in the Ryder Cup's Youth Skills Challenge, featuring 32 finalists ranging from ages 6 to17.

    First-year Rams coach Jeff Fisher holds the Bears’ record with 58 punt returns in a season set in 1984.

    Can Melton continue sack attack?

    Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is off to a fast start with 3 sacks and 5 tackles, but it's a long season, according to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.


    Cary-Grove tops Lake Zurich

    Cary-Grove d. Lake Zurich: Alex Larsen had 3 blocks, 15 digs and 10 kills and Jess Bartczyszn added 22 assists and 6 kills as Cary-Grove outlasted Lake Zurich 25-11, 22-25, 25-19 in nonconference action Friday. Bree Coffey added 3 aces for the Trojans (9-7).

    Darwin Barney spoiled Chris Carpenter's season debut with a two-run, tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David DeJesus smacked a game-winning single in the 11th to lift the Cubs over the playoff-hopeful St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday.

    Cubs rally in 9th, beat Cardinals in 11th

    Darwin Barney spoiled Chris Carpenter's season debut with a two-run, tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David DeJesus smacked a game-winning single in the 11th to lift the Cubs over the playoff-hopeful St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday.

    The Sky’s Ticha Penicheiro listens to head coach Pokey Chatman during a game earlier this season. Penicheiro, the all-time WNBA leader in assists, will close out her 15-year career Saturday.

    Retiring Sky guard playing last game Saturday

    Sky guard Ticha Penicheiro is retiring after 15 years in the WNBA. She is the league's all-time leader in assists.

    The Illini defense sacks Charleston Southern quarterback Briar Van Brunt last Saturday in Champaign.

    Illinois braces for La Tech offensive onslaught

    When Illini coach Tim Beckman looks at Louisiana Tech's offense, he sees a precise, point-producing, state-of-the-art attack. The Bulldogs average 56 points and 80 plays a game. In the red zone, they have scored 14 touchdowns in 14 trips. The offense puts up those points so fast that the Bulldogs are 101st in the country in time of possession at just under 27 minutes a game.

    Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell fumbles the ball as he is hit by Notre Dame’s T.J. Jones during the fourth quarter last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 21 Michigan State aims to bounce back after loss

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio hopes his team bounces back from a lopsided loss to Notre Dame just as it did last season. The Fighting Irish handed Michigan State a 31-13 setback last year, and it responded by winning four straight and eight of nine to earn a spot in the Big Ten's first championship game.

    Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead runs 57 yards for a touchdown against Southern Miss on Sept. 1. He’s missed the last two games with a sprained ligament.

    Huskers’ Burkhead returns to face Idaho State

    Rex Burkhead is back just in time to test his left knee before Big Ten play starts. Really, the only unknowns about No. 25 Nebraska's game against Idaho State on Saturday are how many carries Burkhead will get and how effective he'll be after missing two games with a sprained ligament.

    Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin throws during the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Navy.

    Temple, Penn State both in new eras

    In the family of Pennsylvania college football, Temple is like Penn State's kid brother. The Owls inch closer each year to ending decades of futility against the Nittany Lions, only to be outmuscled at the end by their in-state foe. If this is a rivalry, it's decidedly one-sided — though Penn State's adversity-tested players aren't talking like it is.

    NIU’s Martel Moore catches a pass over Army’s Tyler Dickson on a drive that lead to the game-winning touchdown last Saturday.

    NIU, Kansas going in opposite directions

    Northern Illinois looks to extend a 16-game home winning streak on Saturday against a Kansas team going the opposite way. The Jayhawks (1-2) have dropped 16 straight on the road entering the series' third meeting and first at Huskie Stadium. The series is tied at one win apiece.

    Boston College’s Jaryd Rudolph forces Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter to fumble during the third quarter last Saturday in Evanston.

    For Northwestern, perfect record but imperfect play

    For all the work that needs to be done, there's one area where Northwestern is absolutely perfect. That would be its record. The Wildcats will try to keep it that way when they host South Dakota in what appears to be a breather after opening with three wins over BCS teams.

    JerShon Cobb won’t play for Northwestern this season.

    Northwestern suspends Cobb for season

    Northwestern junior guard JerShon Cobb has been suspended for the 2012-13 season for violating team policy. The 6-foot-5 Cobb averaged 7.1 points in 21 games last season and 7.4 points as a freshman in 27 games. He started 33 games the last two seasons.

    Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, right, will try to end KU's 13-game road losing streak when the Jayhawks take on Northern Illinois in DeKalb. NIU, however, has a 16-game win streak at Huskie Stadium.

    College football previews: ND, NIU, Northwestern, Illini
    Mike McGraw offers a glimpse at four college football games Saturday with Michigan at Notre Dame, Kansas at Northern Illinois, South Dakota at Northwestern, and Lousiana Tech at Illinois.

    A coroner has ruled that Columbus Crew rookie midfielder Kirk Urso of Lombard, left, died Aug. 5 of heart failure caused by arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. A former star at the University of North Carolina, Urso was 22 at the time of his death.

    Lombard soccer star died from heart failure

    Rookie Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died of a preexisting heart condition that he likely did not know he had, Franklin County coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak told The Columbus Dispatch Friday. The final autopsy report is being processed, but Gorniak told reporter Adam Jardy that Urso died of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis could provide the Cubs with instant leadership next season, according to Mike Spellman.

    How about A.J., Youk wearing Cubbie blue next season?

    Maybe the Cubs ought to look no further than across town to fill their needs at third base and catcher, says Mike Spellman in this week's Spellman's Scorecard. Kevin Youkilis and A.J. Pierzynski could provied the Cubs some instant leadership.

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has said he doesn’t plan to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.

    Selig should take a harder look at Cabrera

    Bud Selig has forgotten what his MLB drug policy was put in place to control. Mike North is stunned by Selig's lack of action over Melky Cabrera possibly winning the batting title. On a more positive note, North is happy to see D.J. Moore of the Bears speak his mind, and he offers up his NFL picks for Week 3.


    Wal-Mart plans to close this store in East Dundee and build a Walmart Super Center, complete with a grocery store, two miles away in Carpentersville. The new store is scheduled to open in 2015.

    What East Dundee tried to keep Walmart

    East Dundee officials say they gave it their all to keep a Walmart in town. They even suggested working on its signage to increase its visibility and giving them a sales-tax rebate to help with new construction. "We said everything was on the table," Village President Jerald Bartels said. But it wasn't enough.


    Google says it will shut China music service

    Google Inc. said Friday it will close a music download service in China, further reducing its presence in the world's most populous Internet market two years after the company closed its mainland search engine in a dispute over censorship and computer hacking.

    Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI, including the hugely lucrative Beatles catalog, the European Union's competition regulator said Friday Sept 21 2012, but must jettison some of the famed label's other big acts, including Coldplay and Pink Floyd.

    EU OK's Universal purchase of British label EMI

    Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI, including the hugely lucrative Beatles catalog, the European Union's competition regulator said Friday, but must jettison some of the famed label's other big acts, including Coldplay and Pink Floyd. The EU's approval is just one hurdle cleared for Universal, which already represents Jay-Z, Nirvana and U2.


    Stocks slip in late trading, after long Fed rally

    The market took a recess Friday from the Fed rally. Stocks have been pushing higher for weeks, not because investors think the economy is healed but because of expectations, then confirmation, that the Federal Reserve would step in and try to fix it. The Dow lost 17.46 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,579.47. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell in the final minutes of trading, closing down a minuscule 0.11 point, or 0.01 percent, to 1,460.15.


    Wal-Mart’s holiday hiring to increase slightly

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday it expects to hire more than 50,000 people this holiday season and will be offering more hours to its existing employees. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., said that this year's seasonal hiring will be up slightly from last year, although it declined to give a precise figure for increase.

    Tom Carroll poses for a portrait with his collection of paper stocks in Washington. At a time when most stock trading is powered by rapid-fire computers, some relish paper stocks for their palpability.

    In automated market, old-fashioned paper hangs on

    Bob Kerstein loves his paper stock certificates. At a time when stock trading is dominated by rapid-fire computers, he relishes paper stocks for their palpability. Wall Street seems cryptic and far away, but certificates are something he can see and hold. For years, people have been writing the obituary for paper stocks. And yet they keep sticking around, stubbornly analog in a world gone digital.

    With American Airlines canceling dozens of flights every day, passengers with fall travel plans are confronting an inconvenient question: Should they avoid the nation’s third-largest carrier because labor strife might cause delays and cancelations?

    Labor strife threatens American Airlines schedule

    With American Airlines canceling dozens of flights every day, passengers with fall travel plans are confronting an inconvenient question: Should they avoid the nation's third-largest carrier because labor strife might cause delays and cancelations?


    House moves to quash Obama coal, gas rules

    House Republicans voted Friday to cramp President Barack Obama's environmental policies in favor of increased coal production, in a parting jab before returning home to campaign. The bill would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting greenhouse gases, quash stricter fuel efficiency standards for cars and give states control over disposal of harmful coal byproducts.

    Anantha Subramanya of Wheeling, left, and Sanjeeva Kanduri of Arlington Heights wait in line to buy the new iPhone 5 the AT&T Store in Arlington Heights.

    iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide

    In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops across the globe to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple stores to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone. Jimmy Peralta waited three hours before getting the chance to buy his new gadget. Was it worth the wait? "Definitely," he said.


    BlackBerry service down in Europe, Mideast, Africa

    The chief executive of struggling BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion apologized Friday after an outage in Europe and Africa interrupted service for customers on the very day Apple Inc. released its new iPhone 5. BlackBerry announced the issues in postings on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, and later said it resolved the issue.


    Leopardo wins award with Hanover Park police HQ

    The Hanover Park Police headquarters built by Leopardo Co. was recently awarded ENR Midwest Best Project of 2012 in the Government/Public Building category.


    Abbott recoignized as top employer in industry
    Abbott Laboratories was named one of the Top 20 Employers by the journal Science.Based on the views of working scientists, the annual survey identifies the most respected employers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.


    Behind the music, Farm Aid’s work helps farmers

    Farm Aid is synonymous with star-studded rock concerts, like the one expected to draw 30,000 people to southeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. But the real work of the organization happens mostly behind the scenes across rural America every day.


    Wal-Mart to open Indian stores in 12-18 months

    Wal-Mart plans to open retail outlets in India in the next 12 months to 18 months, the company said Friday, making it the first multinational to jump on the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign players.


    GM recalls midsize cars to fix transmission cables

    General Motors is recalling nearly 474,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars to fix a transmission problem that can cause the cars to roll away unexpectedly. The recall affects 2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibus, Pontiac G6s and Saturn Auras in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as a small number of exports. All the cars have four-speed automatic transmissions.

    Pedestrians pass in front of an Olive Garden restaurant in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Darden Restaurants Inc., operators of casual dining restaurants in North America, is scheduled to release earnings data on Sept. 21.

    Darden profit rises ahead of Olive Garden revamp

    Darden Restaurants Inc. on Friday reported a better-than-expected profit for its fiscal first quarter as it prepared to revamp the menus for its struggling Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains. The company also declared a quarterly dividend, sending shares up more than 5 percent and briefly touching an all-time high.


    Unemployment rates rise in half of U.S. states

    Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states last month, the latest evidence that hiring remains tepid across the country.


    Harvard Club of Boston reaches tentative deal on waiters’ tips

    The Harvard Club of Boston reached a tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by waiters who said they weren't paid tips."It has been amicably resolved," Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer for the waiters, said yesterday in a phone interview. She declined to comment further. A Sept. 10 entry in the case docket in Massachusetts state court says "case settled" without giving details.


    Chick-fil-A makes another statement on controversy

    Chick-fil-A is once again in the public relations fryer.The controversy flared up this week when a Chicago politician said the company was no longer giving to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, angering Christian conservatives who supported Chick-fil-A this summer when its president reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage.


    Market mood sours after downbeat economic news

    The mood in financial markets turned sour Thursday after a round of disappointing economic news prompted investors to check their recent enthusiasm.Figures from Europe, Japan and China reminded investors that the world's economy is struggling, though a positive bond auction from Spain helped limit the retreat in markets.

Life & Entertainment

    Sigur Rós is set to perform at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

    Tickets on sale: Bonnie Raitt coming to Rosemont in October
    Tickets for Bonnie Raitt's concert at the Rosemont Theatre in October go on sale Saturday, June 15. Find out which bands and performers are coming to Chicago and the suburbs in the coming months.

    PBS’ “Downton Abbey” could claim outstanding drama honors at the Emmys, ending the winning streak for AMC’s “Mad Men.”

    Will ‘Downton Abbey’ end ‘Mad Men’ Emmy streak?

    Will "Mad Men" make TV history at the Emmys? Or will "Downton Abbey" take home prize for best drama? At first glance, Sunday's Emmycast on ABC looks particularly treacherous. But, this year's show, insiders say, could offer up a few surprises, including a new best reality series host.

    Chicago actor Michael Pena plays an L.A. cop in David Ayer's new street drama "End of Watch."

    Chicago's Michael Pena: a touch of Brando and bravado

    For Chicago actor Michael Pena, his new drama "End of Watch" leads an impressive resume of film roles in such diverse fare as "Crash," "Babel," "Million Dollar Baby," "World Trade Center" and "Tower Heist." Not bad for a high school dropout who grew up the son of former Mexican farmers at 16th and California. "I couldn't pay for acting classes," he said. "Auditions were my acting classes."

    Scott Parkinson, center, is riveting as Hamlet in the Writers' Theatre production, which also stars Shannon Cochran as Gertrude and Michael Canavan as Claudius.

    Writers' 'Hamlet' a brilliantly acted portrait of grief

    A potent reminder of a grieving son's anguish greets Writers' Theatre audiences the moment they enter the Glencoe theater. Casting their eyes upstage, they confront the gaping, charred hole defacing an imposing, prisonlike wall. It serves as a backdrop for director Michael Halberstam's engaging, brilliantly reasoned "Hamlet," a meticulously acted production featuring a masterful performance by Scott Parkinson.

    Apples work well in sweet and savory dishes, the key is knowing which variety to select.

    Which apple, which recipe? Our primer explains all

    During the last decade, the number of apple varieties has exploded, with heirlooms and "club" varieties — apples essentially licensed to only a specific group of growers and marketers — tumbling into the bins at farm stands and supermarkets. And apple taste, texture, acidity, sweetness and response to being cooked can vary dramatically from one variety to another.


    Theater events: Rob Schneider hits Chicago Improv
    "Saturday Night Live" veteran Rob Schneider headlines Schaumburg's Chicago Improv this weekend. First Folio remounts its seasonal favorite "The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe," while Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens its season with Gary Griffin's revival of "Sunday in the Park With George."


    Why indemnify a property manager

    Q. Our association is hiring a property manager, and the board is reviewing the proposed management agreement. The management agreement requires the association to indemnify the property manager against claims made by third parties. Is this a typical provision, and what does it mean?


    Pros and cons of holding a mortgage

    Q. I am going to sell a house I rent out, and I never went through anything like this before. What about holding a mortgage? What percentage should you get for down payment? I am over 70 years old. I want to do this myself without an agent.


    Think twice before choosing HELOC over HECM

    The major theme of the two previous articles in this series is that the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage has great potential value to senior homeowners planning their retirement. The value is realizable, however, only with the adjustable-rate HECM that provides multiple options for receiving payments. In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of specific HECM uses.

    Fiona Apple was arrested on charges of hashish possession in Sierra Blanca after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in her tour bus.

    Fiona Apple arrested charges of hashish possession

    Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple was arrested on charges of hashish possession at a West Texas Border Patrol checkpoint after a drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in her tour bus. Hudspeth County sheriff's office spokesman Rusty Fleming told the Associated Press on Thursday that Apple spent Wednesday night in the county jail in Sierra Blanca. Apple was released Thursday after posting bail.

    Help your photographer by having the rings, shoes, dress, and other items ready.

    Making the most of your wedding photographer

    When the cake is eaten, the guests are gone, and the flowers start to wilt, there is something that still remains intact: your wedding photos. Keep this in mind as you complete some tasks before and on your wedding day in order to ensure that you get amazing photos. Here are 10 tips on how to make the most of your wedding photographer.

    All homes in Villas at Fox Run in Plainfield feature an outdoor courtyard.

    Outdoor appeal is a major selling point for builders

    Whether it's sitting in a lounge chair on the patio or entertaining a crowd in your beautiful backyard kitchen, many homeowners want to enjoy scenic views and outdoor living. Today, many builders incorporate outdoor living spaces into their overall home design.

    Lucy (Sirena Irwin) and Ricky (Bill Mendieta) get comfortable in “I Love Lucy Live On Stage,” which plays the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

    Nostalgia wins out in ‘I Love Lucy Live’

    The funniest thing about "I Love Lucy" is that it forever finds perhaps the most popular comedienne in history, Lucille Ball, trying to entertain but being unable to. In the end, her undeniable comic ability can't help winning out. "I Love Lucy Live on Stage," the new musical based on the classic sitcom, has kind of the same thing going on.


    What’s new
    Chicago area shows opening this week include American Theater Company's double bill of "Doubt" and "Agnes of God;" Theo Ubique's production of the Lieber and Stoller revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe;" and Handspring Puppet Company's "Woyzeck on the Highveld" at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Richard Westphal, left, and Dean Dranias play former vaudeville partners who reunite for a TV show in Steel Beam Theatre’s revival of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.”

    Detachment casts shadow over Steel Beam’s ‘Sunshine Boys’

    The cast of Steel Beam Theatre’s “The Sunshine Boys” puts a lot of effort into Neil Simon’s comedy about estranged Vaudeville comedians who reluctantly reunite for a TV special. In fact, some of the ensemble members work so hard you can actually see them sweat. Yet the tireless efforts of director Donna Steele’s cast can’t quite sustain Steel Beam’s revival.

    Bartender Kristen Borowski pours an appletini at The Village Tavern in Long Grove.

    Long Grove’s popular Village Tavern has real staying power

    Stepping into the Village Tavern, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a bit like traveling back in time. The bar's strong emphasis on tradition has earned it a loyal following of customers who appreciate that the menu and many of the employees haven't changed for decades. Many customers come to The Village Tavern five or six times a week, greeting the owners with hugs as if visiting family.

    Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road”

    Corbin aims for escapism on latest album

    Country singer Easton Corbin radiates exuberance throughout his second album, "All Over the Road." The album is high on catchy guitar riffs and bouncy rhythms, and light on emotion or drama. "It's all right to keep it light now mama," Corbin sings in his current country radio hit, "Lovin' You is Fun." The Florida native follows that advice, perhaps too faithfully, through these 11 new songs.


    Book notes: Rebecca Skloot talks writing process at Elmhurst College
    Meet science author Rebecca Skloot as she discusses her book, along with her writing and research techniques, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $10 for the general public; free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni.


    Buyer’s inspection report can be valuable negotiating tool

    A homebuyer who pays for an inspection report isn't required to give the seller a copy, but can use it to lower the sale price or get other concessions if problems are found.


    FHA relaxes condo rules

    Here's some encouraging news for condominium unit owners, sellers and buyers: The biggest source of funding for low down payment condo mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration, has revamped controversial rules that caused thousands of buildings across the country to lose their eligibility for FHA financing.

    Whether your garage is slightly disheveled or looks more like a storage unit, the changeover to fall is an ideal time to give your parking pad a much-needed tune up using steps from organizational experts, including installing shelving such as Platinum elfa Garage Shelving and Storage from The Container Store, as seen above and at right.

    Fall’s a good time to give garage a tune up

    For many families, the end of summer means it's time to put away the inflatable kiddie pools, camping equipment and gardening tools for the season. If you plan to shove this gear into arbitrary piles in the garage, you're not alone: Many Americans say the garage is the most disorganized room in their home, according to the International Association of Business Organizing.


    The Tdap booster shot loses its efficacy faster than previously thought, a new study shows. (AP Photo)

    Editorial: Whooping cough trend goes the wrong way

    As cases of pertussis soar in Illinois, parents should know the signs and act responsibily to protect their children and others, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Preaching to the choir

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: You'll never hear any criticism of the deferred-action policy from so-called immigrant advocates. They tell only half the story: the part that makes Democrats look good and Republicans look bad. But, in reality, on immigration, both parties look awful.


    Buckle up for the robot revolution

    Columnist Froma Harrop: All bets are off about who will be the industrial superpower of the 21st century. But here's a hint: It may not be China, after all.


    Leave such stories to the tabloids
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The front page article on Sept. 16 called "How gender change gives pastor unique insight" was highly offensive to us. If we want to read such things, we will pick up a tabloid magazine in the grocery store.


    Seniors shouldn’t have to pay so much
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I have lived here for 48 years. There were not a bunch of retired seniors to help pay my taxes back then. I had three children in school, so I felt it was my fair share.


    Hockey officials threaten the game
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Commissioner Gary Bettman and his gang also want to cut the salary cap ceiling. If they are successful, there may be a few teams that cannot afford to dress 18 players for a game because they are paying their stars too much and there won't be enough for fringe players.


    Government giving isn’t road to heaven
    A letter to the editor: The nice lady from Libertyville who wrote that Christians should not in good conscience support Paul Ryan or his budget, is perhaps a little confused.


    How Dold could really move to center
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: I've been receiving Robert Dold's recent fliers touting his bipartisanship, independence and willingness to work with anyone


    Foreclosure help knows no party
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I recently attended a very well-organized event aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. I didn't know they did events like this, and I was glad to see it happen.


    Look at these missed opportunities
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Almost all income taxes are paid by legitimate businesses and their workers through payroll deductions. Why should more of our country's debt be paid by them?


    Will it be too costly to retire in Illinois?
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: If you complain to your state representatives as you've done, and they laugh in your face, what's the next step? I know several people who say they will have to move out of Illinois once they retire (if they can retire!) simply because they won't be able to afford it — and the corrupt Illinois politicians keep getting richer.


    Found editorial on objectivity insulting
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Your editorial Sept. 9 asking me to be objective in my approach to the November election indicates that the Herald editorial staff is trying to convince me that there are only nuanced differences between the two presidential candidates. You likewise suggest that I must overlook my biases in order to be objective because they might "color" my assessment. If that means what I think it means, I take that as highly insulting.


    When money = speech, speech isn’t free
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: When money is considered speech, speech is no longer free. Suddenly you are only entitled to as much freedom and democracy as your own wallet will allow, and the words of the rich will ring out louder than the voices of those who need most to be heard.


    Roskam should agree to debate
    A Glen Elyn letter to the editor: We recently had the good fortune to listen to Leslie Coolidge, candidate in the 6th Congressional District. We found her to have a genuine, approachable style and ability to field complex questions regarding the economy, and national government policy issues.


    Must be better way to create districts
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Thanks, Daily Herald, for printing the legislative district information for all of the towns in DuPage County. What a shame that Congressional, state senate and state house districts have been so eviscerated.


    Hardly the ideal family
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I read Kathleen Parker's column entitled "Michelle Obama's valentine to men" in the Sept. 6 issue of The Herald with great interest. I fully agree with Ms. Parker's praise of the First Lady's references to the importance of her father in her life and of the importance of her husband as father to their daughters.


    Mouthing nonsense

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Republican ideology pitting the "makers" against the "takers" offers nothing. No sympathy for our fellow citizens. No insight into our social challenge. No hope of change.


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