Daily Archive : Tuesday September 25, 2012


    Scott Melzer, left, Matthew Fesemyer and Daniel Stopka stand in front of the village board.

    Hoffman Estates welcomes three new policemen

    Three new police officers were swore in to the Hoffman Estates Police Department by Mayor William McLeod during a village board. Scott Melzer, Matthew Fesemyer and Daniel Stopka were the first new hires for the department since September 2008.

    Philip Herman, executive director of the Greater Wheeling Area Youth Organization, shoots pool with students in 2011 when the group’s center opened in Arlington Heights. Herman is leaving the organization to pursue full-time work as a youth minister.

    With founder leaving, GWAYO turns focus to Latino youth

    Philip Herman has been through a lot with the organization he founded 11 years ago to get low-income Northwest Suburban High School District 214 students ready to succeed in college. Now as Herman prepares to leave Greater Wheeling Area Youth Outreach to seek a full-time job as a Christian youth pastor, the group is facing another challenge: redefining itself as a Latino organization.

    Able Contractors takes down the 40,000-gallon water tower that supplied pressure for the old fire sprinkler system at the Milk Pail Restaurant complex near East Dundee. The 120-foot-tall tower was built in 1952 and was in operation until 1992.

    Milk Pail's leaning water tower felled in E. Dundee

    A leaning water tower near East Dundee that was erected in 1952 behind the Milk Pail Restaurant complex, came crashing down 60 years later Tuesday afternoon, amid cheers and several high fives. The tower's purpose was to provide water pressure for the complex's sprinkler system in case of fire. But once the complex hooked up to East Dundee's water and sewer system in 1992, the tower was rendered...

    Drew Peterson

    Peterson lawyer asks judge to postpone sentencing

    The lead attorney for Drew Peterson is asking a judge to postpone the former police sergeant’s sentencing for the murder of his third wife. Joel Brodsky said that fighting among the defense team has kept him from finishing a post-trial motion.


    Illinois launches contest for rain barrel designs

    It's time for Illinois students to showcase their artistic skills. The state's Department of Transportation has launched its 2012 Rain Barrel Design Competition for the third year. The goal is to educate students about storm water management and highlight green efforts. The department's secretary, Ann Schneider, says the contest's popularity has increased.


    Hundreds gather for Suu Kyi’s visit in Ind. city

    Hundreds of people are gathering at a northeastern Indiana arena in anticipation of a visit by the leader of Myanmar's democracy movement.About 200 people were lining up Tuesday morning outside Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum some two hours before a scheduled speech by Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee). They raced inside to claim their seats at 7:30 a.m. EDT when the coliseum's doors opened.

    Cary Collins Republican Candidate for 22nd District Senate.

    Senate candidates talk taxes, regulation and jobs

    Cary Collins, a Hoffman Estates attorney and Republican challenger in the 22nd district state senate race, tried to convince voters Tuesday that Springfield needs new faces — his, specifically — even while acknowledging his opponent Michael Noland has stood up to his own party while in office. The pair debated business taxation, regulation and employment during a forum hosted by political group...

    The Mundelein High School board approved a budget for the new fiscal year Tuesday night.

    Mundelein High board adopts $41 million budget, a slight drop from last year

    The Mundelein High School board approved a buidget for the new fiscal year Tuesday night.


    Kane County committee OKs tax levy increase

    The Kane County Board's Finance and Budget Committee wants to raise your taxes. The money isn't needed for raises, but officials aren't ready to tell you what they need the additional cash to spend on.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with former President Bill Clinton, Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

    Presidential campaign is nice, and then again not

    In a split-screen race for the presidency, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama were on their best campaign behavior in public Tuesday, all the while slashing away at each other in paid television ads.

    Robert B. Plagemann

    Police: Musician son bilked elderly South Elgin father

    An Elgin man and trombone instructor is accused of stealing from his elderly father and failing to pay about $100,000 in nursing home expenses for the 90-year-old man, who is living in a South Elgin nursing home, according to police.

    Keith C. Joyce

    Waukegan parolee charged with stealing $200 in baby formula

    A 40-year-old Waukegan man who was out on parole for a retail theft conviction has been charged with attempting to steal more than $200 worth of baby formula from a Walmart.


    Water main breaks cancel activities at Barrington High School

    Three simultaneous water main breaks that disrupted some after-school activities and shut down bathrooms at Barrington High School Tuesday afternoon were expected to be repaired by late Tuesday night. The breaks all occurred on Hart Road, immediately west of the high school.

    Comedian Bill Murray signs autographs while walking at Medinah.

    Images: Ryder Cup Celebrity Scramble
    Images from Medinah Country Club in Itasca for a Ryder Cup celebrity event on Tuesday afternoon. Olympian Michael Phelps, movie star Bill Murray, and recording artist Justin Timberlake were among the celebrities who appeared.

    In this artist’s concept released by Panoramic Interests is a 300 square-foot apartment proposed for San Francisco.

    San Francisco lawmakers delay vote on tiny apartments

    San Francisco lawmakers have postponed voting on a proposal that would make the city home to some of the smallest apartments in the country.

    Rupam Dave

    Lake circuit clerk candidates differ on how to best upgrade office computer system

    Candidates running for Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court have very different opinions on how available funds should be spent to improve a severely outdated computer system. Democrat Rupam Dave said the aged system should be replaced with a new, user-friendly version. Republican Keith Brin said the entire system doesn’t need to be junked, but instead could be updated.

    Wildwood artist Jeff Budzban’s “Chicago’s Best,” which was on display in downtown Chicago as part of a charity exhibit for the Ryder Cup, hopes the theft of his 3-foot-tall artwork will bring more attention to the cause.

    Giant Ryder Cup golf ball stolen from Mag Mile

    A Wildwood artist who painted a giant Ryder Cup golf ball that was stolen over the weekend says he hopes the theft will bring attention to the other 49 balls in downtown Chicago, which are set to be auctioned off for charity.


    U-46 panel’s ideas could turn school day ‘on its head’

    Leaders in Elgin Area School District U-46 know there are some lofty goals and ideas in the first report of the Transformation Task Force, but teachers, administrators and board members are confident the outcome will turn education in the state’s second largest district on its head.


    District 200 ready to OK balanced budget

    Preview of District 200 budget talks.

    Keith Surroz

    Grayslake District 46 nearing deadline to adopt budget for 2012-13

    With the clock ticking toward a state-mandated deadline, Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members are expected to try again Thursday to approve a proposed $49.1 million budget for the 2012-13 school year. School districts are required to adopt new budgets by Sept. 30, a deadline set by the Illinois State Board of Education. Last week, the District 46 board voted 3-3, with one member absent,...

    Dan Cronin

    DuPage board returns power to chairman

    Just two years after wresting authority from the DuPage County Board chairman position, county board members have given some of that power back. In what some are calling "a vote of confidence" for Chairman Dan Cronin, the board on Tuesday voted 14-4 to adopt a new set of rules that restores the chairman’s ability to make committee assignments and pick committee leadership. Cronin also can be an...


    Naperville couple sentenced for contract fraud

    A Naperville couple was sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining government contracts aimed at minority business owners. The pair were also ordered to pay almost $1 million in restitution. They will begin serving federal prison sentences later this year.

    Patrick McCaskey

    Antioch-based Catholic radio station targets spring launch

    An FM radio station based in Antioch, with involvement from Chicago Bears senior director Patrick McCaskey, is expected to launch next spring featuring Catholic programming. WSFI 88.5-FM’s studios would occupy the administrative offices of the new St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Antioch. Organizers say it would broadcast to northern Illinois and souther Wisconsin with a potential...

    Sen. Dick Durbin gets a tour of the Northern Illinois Food Bank from the bank’s chief executive officer, Pete Schaefer, Tuesday in Geneva. September is National Hunger Awareness Month.

    Senator visits charity food bank, discusses changes in need

    Sen. Richard Durbin learned a little more about hunger in the suburbs Tuesday, as he visited the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva and talked to leaders of several charity food pantries.

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is leading a group of graduate students who are conducting an inventory of abandoned buildings in Gary, researching successful municipal budget practices and developing a plan that would give neighborhoods more predictable services with a regular schedule for work on potholes.

    Daley rallies help for Indiana steel town

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and a group of University of Chicago graduate students he now teaches are reaching across the state line to help the battered steel town of Gary, Ind.


    Candidate resource night

    Lake County Clerk Willard Helander will host a Candidate Resource Night at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.


    Family Visitation Center grant

    Family Visitation Center has been awarded a $226,173 federal grant that will help maintain existing operations and expand services for the victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abused, said Fred Foreman, chief judge of the 19th circuit.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Luis J. Romo, 18, of the 100 block of Devonshire Circle in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday after being charged with two counts of aggravated DUI, both felonies, and a misdemeanor underage drinking offense, according to police reports. Romo is charged with driving a truck just before 1 a.m. Sunday, running a stop sign and causing a crash in Elgin that sent himself and two others to local...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Twelve unauthorized credit card charges, totaling $868, were made between noon Sept. 15 and noon Sept. 19 on the account of a resident of the 34W900 block of Stanton Drive near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Advocates: Time to move forward after teachers strike

    Advance Illinois held a news conference Tuesday, a week after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to end a seven-day walkout. Co-chair Bill Daley said too much attention was paid to disagreements within public education.


    Chicago voter registration down compared to 2008

    The Chicago Board of Elections says the number of registered voters in the city is about 225,000 less than it was when voter registration closed four years ago.


    Fremont board member resigns

    Fremont Elementary District 79 board member Glen Gustafson resigned Monday because he’s moving to Kentucky. The board is seeking applicants to fill Gustafson’s seat, through April 2013.


    Libertyville panels OK grocery plan

    Two Libertyville review panels on Monday approved measures that could bring a new grocery store to town.

    The vote on rezoning of the Dimucci property now moves to the Lake County Board.

    Lake County commercial plan clears another hurdle

    A proposal to rezone land for eventual commercial use at Old McHenry Road and Rand Road cleared another hurdle Tuesday. By unanimous vote, Lake County's planning, building and zoning committee recommended approval of the Dimucci family applicaton. The nod included 16 pages of conditions for 650,000 square feet of retail and office space as well as a letter of intent between the county, Hawthorn...


    D214 board member honored by journalism association

    William Dussling, a board member at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, has been selected as one of five “Friend of Scholastic Journalism” national honorees for 2012 by the Journalism Education Association.


    Barrington area awarded first historical markers

    Two Illinois State Historical Markers will be unveiled in Barrington Hills at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 — a first for the Barrington area. Both markers represent sites of early settler history. One is at the David Haeger Schoolhouse and Cemetery on Meadow Hill Road, and the other is at the Ira C. Goodrich Homestead on Plum Tree Road.

    A $6.3 million improvement project at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn approved this week includes upgrades to the clubhouse, parking lot and golf course. Previous renovations to the course were made in 2004.

    Village Links upgrades approved by Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn’s golf course will undergo $6.3 million in improvements, including major upgrades to the clubhouse and parking lot, in time for next year's golf season. The course has “long been described as a jewel in the community,” Trustee Phil Hartweg said. “It’s time to spiff up the jewel a little bit.”


    Driver services available today in Schaumburg

    The Illinois Secretary of State mobile unit will be providing certain driver and vehicle services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wedneday, Sept. 26, today at the Schaumburg Barn, 231 S. Civic Drive in Schaumburg. Services include driver’s license renewals and ID card issuances.


    Owners of Naperville company accused of skipping taxes

    The owners of a Naperville-based company are charged with underreporting their income and failing to pay federal income taxes on more than $22 million they diverted from the corporation. The two men face a maximum of three years in prison if convicted.


    Mount Prospect doctor charged in kickback scheme

    A Mount Prospect doctor is one nine defendants charged in a Medicare fraud scheme. Masood Syed, 53, is facing five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He is accused of accepting nearly $5,000 in kickbacks from the owners of a Skokie home health care agency in exchange for referring Medicare patients.

    Mark Segal with his mother Naomi Moderick and siblings Allen and Carin during Thanksgiving 2009. Moderick has organized this weekend's Breathe Deep Lake Arlington walk to raise money for the fight against lung cancer, which claimed Segal's life in 2011.

    Mom plans Arlington Heights cancer walk in son's memory

    One suburban mother is turning her family tragedy into a way to help others through a walk around Lake Arlington this weekend to raise money in the fight against lung cancer. “I wanted to do something not only to honor Mark, but also to help other lung cancer patients," said Naomi Moderick. Moderick is organizing her first charity event to honor her late son Mark Segal, who died last year...

    Norma Hernandez

    $100,000 bail for ex-Bensenville employee charged with theft

    A former Bensenville employee accused of stealing more than $45,000 from village coffers was ordered held Tuesday on $100,000 bail. Norma Hernandez, 49, of the 300 block of Marshall Street in Bensenville, appeared in DuPage County bond court on a felony theft charge.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, right, will succeed former CEO Sam Palmisano, left, as chairman of the board, it was announced Tuesday.

    IBM CEO Rometty succeeds Palmisano as board chairman

    International Business Machines Corp. Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty will succeed former CEO Sam Palmisano as chairman of the board, cementing her transition as leader of the century-old company.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals drew graffiti and rode skateboards over freshly poured concrete at Chippewa Park, 123 N. Eighth Ave., Des Plaines, between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

    Medinah Country Club Executive Chef Bryan Panico’s Pork and Apple Sausage en Croute will be on the menu during the Ryder Cup.

    Medinah chef eager to feed golf’s elite during Ryder Cup week

    Medinah Country Club Executive Chef Bryan Panico has been planning for a year to feed the U.S. and European teams and their families, PGA officials and guests and high-end corporate sponsors during the Ryder Cup. Here's how he'll do it -- and some of the recipes he created.


    Man sentenced to 11 years for Schaumburg drug delivery

    A Franklin Park man, arrested by Schaumburg police during an undercover drug sting, has pleaded guilty to manufacturing and delivering cocaine. Sergio Garcia, 25, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.


    Buffalo Grove finally getting performing arts center?

    Two decades of discussions about Bufflao Grove's need for a performing arts center finally are bearing fruit. The park district Monday authorized the $3.7 million purchase of the Congregation Beth Am property at 225 McHenry Road and plan to convert it into a 450-500 seat performing arts center.


    District 204 finishes year in the red

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 closed the books on fiscal 2012 about $171,000 in the red, as it approved a $287 million budget for fiscal 2013 “Tight budgets require ongoing oversight and control,” assistant superintendent Jay Strang said. “We simply don’t have any wiggle room in our budget to go over any line item.”


    Kaneland District 302 releases salary report

    Want to know who makes what in the Kaneland school district? The annual report on salaries and benefits for teachers and administrators has been released.

    Kenneth Krejckant

    Man charged with growing pot in his backyard

    A 49-year-old man faces charges that he was growing between 50 and 200 marijuana plants in his backyard near South Elgin. Kenneth Krejckant was arrested Friday after a witness spotted the plants, authorities said.


    Teen slain in Willowbrook-area shooting

    An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Monday at an intersection near Willowbrook, police said this morning. Authorities identified the victim as Joshua Holmes of Honeysuckle Rose Lane in unincorporated Willowbrook.


    Welcome to the 2012-13 Leadership Team
    Hello, educators and students and welcome to the 2012-13 Daily Herald Leadership Team! We’re excited to be launching another year of Leadership and Academic Team competition -- “friendly” competitions where everyone is a winner and the best and brightest of our high schoolers are celebrated.

    On one aspect of whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry, both sides agree: The issue defines what kind of nation we are. Half a dozen states and the District of Columbia have made history by legalizing it, but it is prohibited elsewhere, and 30 states have placed bans in their constitutions.

    Why it matters: gay marriage

    On one aspect of whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry, both sides agree: The issue defines what kind of nation we are.

    In this photo taken Sunday, masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali walks past a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia.

    Party over for Somali pirates? Attacks way down

    The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this once-bustling shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.


    Hispanic sports leaders honored in Aurora

    Six area sports leaders recently were honored for their achievements in soccer, baseball and boxing during the eighth annual Aurora Hispanic Pioneers Breakfast.

    Andy Warhol portraits of Queen Elizabeth II are displayed in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday. They will form part of the “Portraits of a Monarch” exhibit starting in November at the castle until June 2013. The screenprints are based on a formal photograph of the queen wearing a tiara and necklace that was used during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

    Breach of confidence: Don’t quote the queen

    Britons got a rare glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II's personal views Tuesday when a prominent BBC reporter told a live radio audience about a conversation he had with the queen in which she apparently described telling a minister of her concern about the continued liberty of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.


    Palatine Twp. GOP group to welcome Rutherford at Oct. 6 meeting

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO) will feature Illinois State Treasurer and Romney Campaign Illinois Chairman Dan Rutherford at its regular monthly meeting in October. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the PTRO office, 839 N. Quentin Road, Palatine. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

    Rupam C. Dave

    Lake County circuit court clerk candidates discuss online, technology issues

    Two Lake County attorneys are facing off to be named Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court in the upcoming November election. Republican Keith Brin, 40, of Highland Park, is running against Democrat Rupam Dave, 50, of Grayslake. The position carries a 4-year term.

    Catlow theater co-owner Tim O’Connor demonstrates how movie film is currently loaded onto a giant reel table that is then fed into the mid-20th century Simplex XL film projector at the theater in Barrington. O’Connor said that allows the film projector operator to show the film as one piece versus holding a new reel one-third of the way through a movie.

    Barrington’s Catlow theater fundraising drive ends far past goal

    It took The Catlow theater in Barrington only seven days this summer to raise the $100,000 needed for a new digital projector through an online fundraiser. But by the time the full 60-day campaign on Kickstarter.com ended Monday afternoon, 1,394 backers had helped the 85-year-old landmark raise $175,395.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2000 Honda Civic in an apartment lot on the 2200 block of South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights between 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and stole the in-dash stereo, GPS unit and 400 mm camera lens. Loss was estimated at $8,900.

    President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

    Obama urges UN to confront roots of Muslim rage

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney steps to the podium after an introduction by former President Bill Clinton, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

    Romney says Clinton can ‘do a man a lot of good’

    NEW YORK — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is unlikely to win Bill Clinton’s vote, but that doesn’t mean he can’t soak up a bit of the popular former president’s luster.


    Roselle launches campaign to save fireworks

    After three years with no funds for Fourth of July fireworks, Roselle officials announced a new campaign to raise money for the village's annual display. The campaign, dubbed "Get a Bang for Your Buck," aims to raise $25,000 to cover the cost of a fireworks display for 2013.

    As many as 2,000 luminarias will light the road at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery for a special outdoor Mass.

    Naperville church’s special Mass shines light on those who help

    For one night in October, a Naperville mother-daughter team will lead an effort that puts a visual symbol on something not so tangible. Rita Schmidt and her daughter, Cheryl Kinley, want locals to pay tribute to people who have impacted their lives.

    In this satellite image taken Aug. 29, 2012 by DigitalGlobe and provided Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, structures which an analyst says a newly commenced construction site of what is probably a new rocket launch control center for the entire Tonghae launch complex and a large, still unfinished rocket assembly building are seen near the village of Musudan-ri on the northeast coast of North Korea.

    Images show North Korea launchpad halt

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has stopped construction on a launchpad where intercontinental-range rockets could be tested, an interruption possibly due to heavy rains and that could stall completion up to two years, according to an analysis of new satellite imagery.

    An Iraqi soldier stands guard next to a poster depicting late Iran’s spiritual leaders Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and Ayatollah Khamenei, left, in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iranís presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Iran’s supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war.

    Iran ayatollah is poster boy for influence in Iraq

    BAGHDAD — After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iran’s presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Iran’s supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war.

    In this video image taken from KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds up his credential at the Supreme People’s Assembly’s second meeting of the year, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. North Korea’s parliament convened Tuesday for the second time in six months, passing a law that adds one year of compulsory education for children in the socialist nation, the first publicly-announced policy change under leader Kim.

    North Korean parliament holds second session this year

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s parliament convened Tuesday for the second time in six months, passing a law that adds one year of compulsory education for children in the socialist nation, the first publicly announced policy change under leader Kim Jong Un.

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, U.S., on Sunday.

    Former President Clinton urges religious tolerance

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says the followers of Islam shouldn’t resort to violence when they hear their faith challenged in an increasingly diverse and Internet-connected world.Clinton tells CBS “This Morning” that “you cannot live in a shame-based world. You won’t make it in the 21st century.”

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 67th session of the General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at U.N. headquarters.

    UN chief demands global action to end war in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding international action to stop the war in Syria, which is now “a regional calamity with global ramifications.”

    The dry, hot summer that devastated the corn crop, scalded tomato plants and turned suburban lawns brown didn't cut into the pumpkin harvest at Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center in South Barrington.

    Fall gives us great pumpkins

    A summer of record heat and the worst drought in half a century wiped out some Illinois cornfields. Suburban lawns were so brown and dry, it hurt to walk barefoot. But now that fall is back, Illinois is back to doing what we do better than anyone: growing pumpkins.

    Trendy Tots, a consignment shop at the corner of Huntley and Randall Roads in Carpentersville, offers used Halloween costumes and has planned a Girls Night Out for Friday, Sept. 28.

    Halloween pop-up stores offer costume choices

    It's getting to be decision time. Halloween will be here in about a month, and you need to settle on a costume. To help you in your decision-making process, many Halloween specialty shops have opened or are opening up temporarily along Randall Road.

    This Aug. 26, 2003, image made available by NASA shows Mars photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on the planet’s closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years.

    Living on Mars would take a lot of problem solving

    Students in Katherine Crawford's fifth-grade class at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein wanted to know, "Could people ever live on Mars?" According to scientists, the dream of inhabiting the Red Planet would take a lot of work and problem solving due to lack of oxygen, good soil and water. But anything is possible with technology and innovation.

    Judge Mitch Shick looks at sworn statements from Charleston Riot witnesses and participants as he spreads them out on a table at the Coles County Courthouse in Charleston.

    Charleston Riot remembrance in works

    The conflicts of the Civil War reached Coles County on March 28, 1864, when a fight in Charleston between U.S. soldiers and Confederate sympathizers left nine people dead and 12 wounded.With the 150th anniversary of what became known as the Charleston Riot approaching, plans are taking place for a sesquicentennial commemoration. The three-day event will be centered at the Coles County Courthouse,...


    Wis. DNR to hold hearing on Asian carp defenses

    The public will get a chance this week to learn about a federal project to test possible new Asian carp defenses in La Crosse.

    Actor David Eigenberg, 48, of Naperville, co-stars in the new NBC drama series “Chicago Fire.”

    ‘Chicago Fire’ role meaningful to Naperville actor

    He's not the kind of celebrity that TMZ follows around, or winds up on magazine covers. David Eigenberg says he's just a regular guy — something that might have helped the Naperville native land a co-starring role in the new series, "Chicago Fire." "We're renting an apartment in Bucktown, and when I'm at the park with my son, people will come up to me and say,


    Dawn Patrol: Ryder Cup greens ready; St. Charles bars unite

    Medinah grounds keeper had rough summer preparing for Ryder Cup. St. Charles bars unite to stay open late. Man convicted in puffer fish toxin murder scheme sentenced to 7.5 years. Trustee Hayes to run for Arlington Heights mayor. St. Charles teen said brakes failed before serious crash in Elgin. Former Bensenville employee charged with stealing from village.


    Ryder Cup captains Jose Maria Olazabal, left, and Davis Love III arrived at Medinah County Club on Monday. Their moves throughout the week will be watched closely.

    Quick start crucial to winning Ryder Cup

    The Super Bowl of golf is nearly here, the first practice only hours away and Team USA is looking at a significant home-course advantage. The U.S. is favored to win even though Europe has taken nine of the last 13 Ryder Cups after winning in Wales by a point in 2010. So does Medinah offer the U.S. a 1-point advantage? Definitely. But will it be enough to overcome Team USA's competitive issues? Maybe.

    Tiger Woods, left, and Steve Stricker shared a practice round Tuesday at Medinah Country Club. The two Team USA members could be paired in matches this weekend.

    Tiger feels at home with Ryder Cup in Chicago

    With five wins at Cog Hill and a pair of PGA Championships at Medinah, Chicago has been a special place for Tiger Woods the last 15 years. Maybe that will turn Woods’ fortunes in the Ryder Cup. To this point, the U.S. has gone 2-5 vs. Europe during the Woods era — and he missed the victory in 2008 at Valhalla after knee surgery. Wood’s only experience with a Team USA win was in the “Battle at Brookline,’’ where the U.S. mounted a miraculous Sunday rally.

    Arlington Park is scheduled to have 89 days of live racing next year beginning May 1.

    Arlington Park gets derby rights, but not all requests

    Arguing for "opportunities it has earned," Arlington Park officials squared off against Hawthorne Race Course Tuesday, petitioning the Illinois Racing Board for the right to host racing on Kentucky Derby Day.

    A Notre Dame defensive player walks past “Touchdown Jesus” as he arrives Saturday for the game against Michigan Saturday.

    Notre Dame exercises 3-year out in Michigan football deal

    Notre Dame is opting out of its series with Michigan, meaning the last scheduled game between college football's winningest programs will take place in 2014. A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon cancelling games in 2015-2017 was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Penn State football head coach Bill O’Brien talks to the media Tuesday during his weekly news conference at Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus.

    Penn State downplays querys about Illini recruiting

    Penn State's over it. If there's any lingering bitterness against Illinois for the way Illini coaches recruited Nittany Lions in the wake of NCAA sanctions, head coach Bill O'Brien and his players certainly didn't voice it Tuesday. The Nittany Lions (2-2) assert that they want to beat Illinois (2-2) on Saturday simply because they want to build on their solid performance last week in a 24-13 win over Temple and extend their two-game winning streak into Big Ten play.


    Hard-working Mundelein defends NSC title

    Placing five players in the top 11, Mundelein successfully defended its NSC championship by shooting a 297, two strokes better than Lake Forest (299). Stevenson (302) was third.

    Stevenson golfer Stephanie Miller tees off on the third hole during the North Suburban Conference girls golf tournament Tuesday at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest. Libertyville golfer Camilla Ou is to the right.

    Another knockout effort from Stevenson’s Miller

    Stevenson's Stephanie Miller delivered a 1-under-par 71 at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest on Tuesday, winning her third straight North Suburban Conference championship. She finished 9 strokes ahead of Wauconda sophomore Annette Yandall (80) and Zion-Benton junior Morgan Kukla (80), who finished second and third, respectively.

    Cubs starter Chris Rusin throws in the first inning Tuesday at Coors Field against the Rockies.

    Tough for Cubs to get quality starts
    Quality starts by Cubs pitchers have all but disappeared. With the trades of two key pitchers, the injury to another and the shutting down of yet another, the Cubs have been lucky to get 5 innings from their starters. That continued Tuesday in Colorado.


    Eloyza goals power Schaumburg

    Buffalo Grove midfielder Alberto Eloyza scored twice, once unassisted and once with a helper from Irving Balboa, as the visiting Bison made the two first-period scores hold up.Kristian Pawlikowski had a first-half goal assisted by Alan Santana for Schaumburg.Fremd 3, Hoffman Estates 0: Junior Nathan Dolan scored twice and senior midfielder Jeremy Kosacz once to help the Vikings in MSL West play.Palatine 1, Elk Grove 0: The league-leading Pirates got a goal from senior midfielder Dave Clark and made it hold up as Palatine goalkeeper Kyle Leber made 3 saves in earning the shutout.Westminster Christian 2, Christian Liberty 1: Jack Salsgiver scored with an assist from David Colbert, but visiting Westminster Christian scored once in each period to earn the victory. Aaron Karr made 6 saves in goal for Christian Liberty.Elgin forfeits 7 contests: The Elgin boys soccer team forfeited 5 victories and 2 ties last week when it was discovered the team had competed with two ineligible players.The players in question are enrolled in their ninth semester at Elgin High School as they work toward an expected January graduation.According to IHSA bylaw 3.051, “after they enroll in the ninth grade, students shall be eligible for no more than eight semesters.”Elgin self-imposed the forfeits once the error was discovered. Those forfeitures include the St. Patrick Tournament title. That trophy has since been returned.“It was an oversight in our registration process and we didn’t catch it until later, unfortunately,” second-year Elgin athletic director Paul Pennington said Tuesday “It’s a rare occasion when we have some fifth-year seniors. We don’t know about those. We don’t know all of our students that well and some of our coaches don’t know the IHSA rule. “Once it was brought to our attention, we had to investigate and take (action) before it proceeded further.” Pennington said the eligibility of all seniors within the Elgin athletic program has since been reviewed. The issue was isolated to the two soccer players. Adjustments to the eligibility review process have since been made.“When we go through the registration process initially, if we have seniors, we’re going to check them all on eligibility as to when did they enroll in high school. We’re changing things so we don’t have this situation come down the pike again.“It’s sensitive and it’s gut-wrenching for me to have to make that decision (forfeits). But when those things are going on you have to do what’s best for the integrity of the school and the program. No matter whose mistake it was or whoever’s oversight it was, we take ownership, move on and learn from it. “It’s a hard lesson to learn. I take responsibility for the negative stuff that comes from this and we’ll move forward.”— Jerry Fitzpatrick


    Logan can’t hold Yankees lead in 5-4 loss to Twins

    Phil Hughes ran out of gas in the seventh inning and Boone Logan couldn’t hold the lead for him as the New York Yankees missed a chance to go up 2½ games on Baltimore in a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.


    Morton sharp in shutout victory over Leyden

    Morton showed no letdown after its heart-breaking 1-0 loss in the Pepsi Showdown last Sunday at Toyota Park. The Mustangs gave a superb 80-minute performance Tuesday night before a big home crowd at Leyden in a 2-0 victory.

    Hersey’s Ben Juarez, left, and Rolling Meadows’ Freddy Zarate battle for position along the sideline during Tuesday’s game.

    Vukovic goal helps Hersey

    It would be an understatement to say that this might be the biggest week of the regular season for Hersey. With a date at Mid-Suburban League East co-leader Buffalo Grove set for this Friday, matches with Rolling Meadows and Fremd take on added importance if the Huskies hope its contest with the Bison decides which club represents the division in the MSL Cup next month. Nikola Vukovic did his part to keep the Huskies’ alive in the race when the senior scored a dramatic late winner to earn the home side 3 vital points in a 1-0 victory over Rolling Meadows on Tuesday.


    Carey’s free kick carries WW South

    Often in soccer, both teams put forth strong performances, yet a single play or sequence sends one of the squads home victorious. Red Grange Field on Tuesday night was the site of one such game. Host Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard North presented solid performances. But with 27:57 left in the game, the Tigers’ Max Carey connected solidly on a 25-yard free kick that went right into the far side of the net. And with that, WW South emerged with a 1-0 victory.


    Cardinals win 4th straight, 4-0 over Astros

    Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings and Jon Jay drove in two runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals improve their playoff chances with a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. The Cardinals won their fourth straight and extended their winning streak over the last-place Astros to a franchise-best 10 games.


    Giants not planning to use Cabrera in postseason

    The San Francisco Giants have no plans to bring back suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera for the postseason if the club is still playing when he is eligible to return. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that he and general manager Brian Sabean are meeting to finalize their 25-man roster for the best-of-five division series.


    Alvarez homers, drives in 4 as Pirates beat Mets

    Pedro Alvarez hit his 30th homer and drove in four runs, leading Wandy Rodriguez and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Mets 10-6 on Tuesday night, ending New York’s four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh avoided elimination in the playoff race, remaining mathematically in contention for the second NL wild-card spot.


    Reds’ 4-2 win hurts Brewers’ playoff chances

    Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL’s top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they’ll be without their manager for the rest of the week. The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time.


    Laffey, 5 relievers help Toronto shut out Orioles

    Aaron Laffey and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the second straight game, 4-0 on Tuesday night. Laffey (4-6) allowed five singles in 5 2-3 innings and won his first game since Aug. 5.


    Ruf hits first career homer, Phils beat Nats

    Darin Ruf homered for his first major league hit, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the playoff-bound Washington Nationals 6-3 Tuesday night. Cole Hamels (16-6) overcame five shaky innings to set a career high in wins and help the five-time defending NL East champion Phillies keep their faint postseason hopes alive.


    Price strikes out 13 in Rays’ 5-2 win at Boston

    David Price struck out a season-high 13 and Jeff Keppinger hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night, extending the Rays’ winning streak to six and keeping their playoff hopes alive. Tampa Bay entered the day three games behind Oakland for the AL’s second wild-card spot and has only eight games remaining, making a loss to the struggling Red Sox in the two-game series especially costly.


    Braves back in playoffs with 4-3 win over Marlins

    Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to put the Atlanta Braves back in the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Freeman’s dramatic drive off Mike Dunn clinched at least a National League wild-card berth for the Braves, who squandered a big lead in the wild-card race with a huge collapse last September.


    Marian ends Benet’s 36-game streak

    Benet’s 36-match winning streak came to an end Tuesday night, as Marian Catholic rallied 15-25, 25-23, 25-20 in Chicago Heights. Cara Mattaliano had 17 kills, Brittany Pavich 9 and Nicki Barnes 5 for the Redwings (16-1, 1-1 East Suburban Catholic), who play at Marist Thursday. Hannah Kaminsky set 34 assists and Sheila Doyle had 11 digs.

    Pat Flynn of Naperville Central reacts after making a second goal in the first half against visiting Wheaton North on Tuesday.

    Naperville Central returns to form

    Naperville Central knew it needed a fast start at home against Wheaton North on Tuesday. After a too-close-for-comfort 3-1 victory against Oswego East on Saturday, the Redhawks used their trademark stifling defense and the always-reliable Pat Flynn on offense against the Falcons. The result was a 5-0 DuPage Valley Conference win that kept the defending Class 3A runners-up undefeated at 13-0-0 (3-0-0 in the DVC).

    White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez reacts to being called out at stealing second base by umpire Mike Estabrook Tuesday during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians.

    White Sox stumble with 4-3 loss to Indians

    For the first time in more than three weeks, the White Sox have company atop the AL Central. The White Sox gave Detroit an opening to tie for the division lead when Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the last-place Cleveland Indians. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "(Detroit is) not going to go away. They'll keep playing hard."

    Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, left, is congratulated by Delmon Young after scoring on an RBI single by Prince Fielder Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals.

    Sanchez's shutout puts Tigers in tie for first

    Anibal Sanchez retired the final batter on a weak grounder, and Detroit players began celebrating around the mound. Moments later, the home crowd roared a little louder when the AL Central standings were posted on the scoreboard in left field — with the Tigers back in a tie for first. "We control our own destiny. We've just got to continue to play good baseball," catcher Gerald Laird said. "We don't have to rely on anybody to beat anybody now. It's all on our shoulders."


    Leyden picks up WSC Gold win

    Leyden improved to 3-1 in West Suburban Gold play with a 27-25, 23-25, 26-24 victory over Willowbrook in Villa Park on Tuesday.The Eagles (7-11 overall) were led by junior outside Kelly Murphy with 15 kills and senior setter Sarah Smerz with 24 assists.Joliet Catholic d. St. Viator: The host Lions fell 25-17, 25-12 in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.Mary Cleary had a team-best 4 kills and 3 blocks for the Lions, and Mary Ziegler led the team with 8 digs.Westminster Christian d. Christian Liberty: The host Chargers fell 25-12, 25-11.

    White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.

    Sox hope extra rest benefits Peavy

    The White Sox’ starting rotation continues to change by the day, if not the hour and minute.Before Tuesday’s loss to the Indians, manager Robin Ventura confirmed veteran Jake Peavy is going to be pushed back a day, from Wednesday to Thursday, and hopefully benefit from the extra rest.Hector Santiago makes a spot start for Peavy on Wednesday, and it sounded like the rest of the Sox’ rotation was also going to be moved back a day.“Most of it is just getting those guys an extra day,” Ventura said. “Even watching Chris (Sale on Monday) night, he’s at a different point than he’s been at in his career. It’s just good to get him an extra day. Whenever that’s happened, he’s been a little stronger.”Later, the White Sox announced Gavin Floyd is going to start Friday, Chris Sale on Saturday and Sunday is TBA.Floyd and Sale would go on regular four days rest, and Sale would also be lined up to pitch a potential Game 163 tiebreaker against the Tigers, as would Justin Verlander for Detroit.Mr. Versatile:Hector Santiago makes his third start of the season for the Sox on Wednesday night.The left-hander opened the season as the White Sox’ closer and has made 38 relief appearances.Santiago isn’t fully stretched out, so the Sox would gladly settle for 4-5 quality innings.“A couple days before, you want to go 6-7-8 (innings),” Santiago said. “But the day of the start, you get to the first, get through the second and go one by one and try to go as deep as you can.”In his 2 starts, Santiago has allowed 1 run in 9 innings while striking out 14.Power over average:Adam Dunn ranks near the top of American League leaders with 41 home runs.He also ranks near the bottom with a .209 batting average.According to White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto, Dunn is capable of hitting for a much higher average.“If he wanted to, he could probably hit .280 to .300, without question,” Manto said. “He’s one of the most athletic, big sluggers that I’ve ever been around. He can do lots of things. He chooses to drive the ball as hard as he can. If he wanted to go to left field more often, I’m sure he would. Right now, I don’t know if we are calling for that. He’s a special, special hitter.”Hawk’s a homer:In what should come as no surprise, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson was deemed the biggest homer among major-league broadcasters in a study done by the Wall Street Journal.The newspaper analyzed broadcast crews for one winning home game this season and charted words like “we” and “us” while also tracking celebrations and over the top nicknames.The WSJ evaluated Harrelson and partner Steve Stone during a July 5 home win over the Rangers and came up with 104 “biased comments.”The Indians’ crew of Rick Manning and Matt Underwood was second with 23.Harrelson is nearing the end of his 28th season in the TV booth and is well known for his rabid support and style.“You just made my day,” Harrelson told the WSJ. “That’s the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball.”

    Don Heine, lower left, is pictured with hs daughters Missy, top left, Chrissy and Jackie. Chrissy and Jackie Heine are former Daily Herald all-area girls basketball captains. Don Heine, a 1974 Hampshire graduate, passed away suddenly on Saturday. He was 56.

    ‘Gentle giant’ Heine left an impact on all of Hampshire

    Rarely over the past decade could you walk into the Hampshire High School gym for a girls basketball game and not see this strapping big man with a strapping big beard sitting right smack in the middle of the front row. In fact, over the past 40 years or so, that same man was every bit a part of Hampshire sports and the Hampshire community as anyone. Don Heine was one of those guys you didn’t miss. And now we’ll miss him tremendously.

    Paul Konerko hits a solo home run in the ninth inning Tuesday but the White Sox’ offense ended there in the loss to Cleveland.

    There’s just no magic in this White Sox-Tigers race

    The White Sox have trouble sustaining any magic, excitement or quality play, which raises the question: "This is a pennant race?"

    White Sox starting pitcher Francisco Liriano walks off the field after getting lifted by manager Robin Ventura, second from right, in the fourth inning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ offense has power but little else

    If winning home run derbies determined major-league playoff qualifiers, the White Sox probably would be favored to win the World Series. Unfortunately for the Sox, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s just going to take some hits together that don’t go over the fence,” Gordon Beckham said after the White Sox hit 3 solo home runs and not much else in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon


    Timothy Christian serves up impressive win

    Watching Timothy Christian Tuesday night, one thought kept coming to mind. This team has seven losses? Glenbard South would sure need some convincing. The Trojans controlled large chunks of the first and third sets in Elmhurst, handing the 19th-ranked Raiders their first Metro Suburban Conference loss 25-17, 27-29, 25-14.

    Two sports legends, Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps, joined David Feherty at Golf Channel’s “Feherty Live from the Ryder Cup” show, which was taped Monday at the Tivoli Theatre. It airs tonight at 8 p.m.

    A walk on the wild side with ‘Feherty Live’

    There is something inherently weird about walking down a deserted red carpet with klieg lights still blasting away and the only other people in the vicinity a couple walking their dog and a young lady with the all-important credentials smiling at my awkwardness from way, way down at the other end of the carpet.Welcome to the beginning of my VIP experience at Monday night’s taping of “Feherty Live,” at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove.


    Playoff outlook yields some sure things, some longshots

    My, how time flies. It’s hard to believe but we’ve already reached the unofficial halfway point of the high school football regular season (5 of the 9 weeks completed).

    Officials signal after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night in Seattle. The touchdown call stood after review.

    Please, enough already with these NFL ‘officials’

    Complaints about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his use of replacement officials reached an unprecedented level after the Monday night madness that ensured at the end of the Packers loss to the Seahawks. Green Bay appeared to have won the game, until officials stepped in to award a controversial victory to the Seahawks.

    Taylor Arenson, from Naperville North, likes her put on the 10th green at the DuPage Valley Conference girls golf at Phillips Park in Aurora.

    Quite a finish for Pierson, Naperville North

    Naperville North junior Caroline Pierson said girls golf coach Greta Williams has a simple message for her team. “Our coach always says to start strong and finish stronger,” Pierson said Tuesday afternoon at the DuPage Valley Conference tournament at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora. Pierson birdied her first hole and made it a bookend finish to remember: the Huskies’ second-rated player sank a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish with a 3-over 75. Not only was it 9 strokes lower than her previous career best and the top score for Naperville North; the final Pierson birdie would acquire a significance of its own when the final team scores were tabulated. With able support from Taylor Arenson, Christine Grzesick and Blayne Yarmat, Naperville North ended the four-year Wheaton Warrenville South league championship run by a mere stroke, 327-328.

    The play of Connor Allen, right, is among the reasons for Naperville Central’s successful season. At left are Glenbard East’s Carlos Urbina and Matt Rossetti.

    Central adding to Naperville’s soccer reputation

    For a fifth consecutive season, something special is brewing in Naperville boys soccer. The Naperville Central Redhawks are unbeaten and clearly among the state's elite teams.

    Team camaraderie is important in Ryder Cup competitions, and Phil Mickelson, U.S. captain Davis Love III and Tiger Woods shared a fun moment during team pictures Tuesday at Medinah. Players on both sides are expecting spirited U.S. fans this weekend.

    Medinah offers Team USA big Ryder Cup edge

    Players on both teams are aware of how loud Medinah will be over the weekend if Team USA starts making putts. “This is a great sporting town to begin with, and they obviously have supported the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, you name it,” Tiger Woods said.“They just love sport, period.

    Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup Team makes his home in Chicago and will have plenty of fans pulling for him this weekend.

    Europe’s Donald feels quite at home in Chicago

    It’s difficult to imagine Luke Donald drawing hecklers when the 39th Ryder Cup matches tee off on Friday at Medinah Country Club. But it could happen. A former NCAA champion for Northwestern, Donald has been a class act since establishing residence in Chicago 15 years ago. This week, though, U.S. golf fans will view Donald as part of the enemy. He’s a key member of the 12-man European team that will try to beat the U.S. in the biennial competition for the fifth time in six tries.

    Team Europe's Peter Hanson comes to the Ryder Cup fresh from winning the KLM Open, an event he almost withdrew after learning his 1-year-old son was hospitalized at home in Florida.

    European team paying tribute to Ballesteros

    To say it’s been a crazy month for Sweden’s Peter Hanson doesn’t do justice to the word crazy. It began at the KLM Open in Holland when Hanson found out that his 1-year-old son Tim had been hospitalized with a respiratory virus back in Florida.Hanson was all ready to fly home, but his wife convinced him to stay, and as luck would have it, the 34-year-old ended up winning the tournament, his first victory in two years.

    Forward Chris Rolfe, right, and the Fire can take the Eastern Conference lead from Kansas City when the two teams Friday.

    Fire’s next game an important one

    The Chicago Fire’s match Friday night at Sporting Kansas City might seem like just another MLS match. It’s not.

    Green Bay Packers fan Mike LePak holds a sign Tuesday on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wis., in protest of a controversial call in the Packers 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night in Seattle. Just when it seemed that NFL coaches, players and fans couldn't get any angrier, along came a fiasco that trumped any of the complaints from the weekend.

    NFL upholds Seahawks' disputed win over Packers

    The NFL put its stamp of approval on the still-smoldering outcome of the Green Bay-Seattle game: Wrong call. Right review. Wrong team still wins. Seahawks 14, Packers 12. With frustration mounting among coaches, players and fans, the worst fear finally materialized: a mistake by a replacement official would decide the outcome of a game. It came while the NFL and its regular officials, locked out since June, were in resumed talks in an attempt to resolve the impasse.

    Northwestern defensive line Brian Arnfelt celebrates Saturday with defensive line Sean McEvilly after recovering a fumble against South Dakota in Evanston. Northwestern and Minnesota are two feel-good stories so far this season. Both teams are 4-0.

    Big Ten surprises Northwestern, Minnesota both 4-0

    For all the Big Ten bashing that's been going on the first month of the season, there are a couple feel-good stories playing out at Minnesota and Northwestern. The Gophers and Wildcats — teams that typically fade from the conference spotlight in October — are celebrating 4-0 starts and aiming to remain relevant. "We're building a program," second-year Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said.

    The United States Ryder Cup team poses for their team photo.

    Images: Ryder Cup Competitors Practice
    Images of Ryder Cup competitors practicing at Medinah Country Club in Itasca on Tuesday. The teams also posed for the traditional team photo, and met with members of the media.


    NHL, union to resume labor talks Friday

    The NHL and its players' union are to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the lockout began, although the talks will concentrate on secondary economic issues. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association special counsel Steve Fehr met Tuesday in Toronto and set up the session, which will be in New York.

    Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates with wide receiver Kevin Walter (83), outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) and tackle Ryan Harris (68) after scoring a touchdown Sunday against Denver. The Texans are the fourth team to be ranked No. 1 in the AP Pro32 power rankings.

    Texans take over top spot in AP's power rankings

    The top of the AP Pro32 power rankings is a tough spot to hold. The Houston Texans became the fourth team in as many weeks to sit first overall in the rankings. Fresh off an impressive victory at Denver to go 3-0 for the first time, Houston replaced San Francisco as the No. 1 team in voting Tuesday by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Houston earned nine first-place votes and 380 points.

    David Feherty has fun with the audience Monday at Golf Channel’s ‘Feherty Live From the Ryder Cup’ at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

    Ex-Europe player Feherty will root for US at Ryder Cup

    The Americans wasted no time taking one from Europeans. Golf funny man David Feherty said he’ll be rooting for the U.S. when the Ryder Cup tees off Friday morning. Never mind that Feherty is from Northern Ireland, played for Europe at the 1991 Ryder Cup and still counts Sam Torrance as his “BFF.” “To be honest, I’ve been leaning in that direction for quite a while now,” Feherty said Tuesday during a conference call.


    Nadal not sure when he’ll return from knee injury

    Rafael Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury, and the 11-time Grand Slam champion isn't sure if he'll play the Australian Open in January."All that is in my mind is to keep working hard to come back," Nadal said.


    IOC urged to test earlier to catch Olympic dopers

    The World Anti-Doping Agency wants the IOC to test athletes earlier before future Olympics to catch drug cheats. A WADA panel that monitored the anti-doping program at the London Olympics suggests the IOC adopt "more intelligent testing as far in advance of competition as possible" instead of simply conducting more tests.

    If he had to choose between Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo or Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Mike North says he'd pick Romo. The two franchises play next Monday in Dallas.

    Cowboys and Bears have a lot in common

    The Chicago Bears seem to be a mirror image of the Dallas Cowboys. They have the same type of quarterbacks, and both have yet to achieve much in the postseason. Mike North still thinks the Bears have a better chance than the Cowboys to make the playoffs.

    Grant’s Joe Sadausakas celebrates his touchdown against Vernon Hills Saturday in Fox Lake.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from tennis, soccer, golf, swimming, football and volleyball.


    The Sears Centre Arena.

    Hoffman Estates board extends sponsorship, management agreements at Sears Centre

    The Hoffman Estates village board extended its agreement with the Sears Centre Arena's management and sponsorship companies on Monday, but one trustee complained the decision was rushed. “I feel strongly about bringing something to committee on the same night that it comes to the board to vote on and it isn’t very open to the public,” said trustee Raymond Kincaid. “It didn’t need to be done that quickly.”

    Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.

    Airlines set bag fee record in first half of year

    U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

    U.S. stocks declined, erasing earlier gains after benchmark indexes approached five-year highs, amid concern that global stimulus measures won’t be enough to boost growth at the world’s largest economy.

    Dow drops 100 after Fed official’s warning

    A quiet day on Wall Street turned into the worst sell-off in three months after a Federal Reserve official said he doubted the bank’s effort to boost economic growth would work.

    Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins says the company’s BlackBerry phone is poised to regain its stature as a trailblazing device even as many investors fret about its potential demise.

    CEO of BlackBerry maker makes case for comeback

    Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins is convinced the company’s BlackBerry phone is poised to regain its stature as a trailblazing device even as many investors fret about its potential demise.

    A researcher looks at the computer system inside a driverless car on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford is among the sites developing technology that could help make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.

    Calif. governor to sign bill to OK driverless cars

    Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign legislation Tuesday at the headquarters of Google Inc. that will pave the way for driverless cars in California. The bill would establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.

    Workers take photos of a car turned over after a brawl by employees at Foxconn’s industrial zone in Taiyuan, capital of Northern China’s Shanxi province. A Chinese factory owned by Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones, has resumed production after a brawl involving some 2,000 workers highlighted chronic labor tensions in a country that prohibits independent unions.

    Apple supplier’s factory back up after China brawl

    A factory in China owned by the manufacturer of Apple's iPhones resumed production Tuesday after a brawl by workers highlighted tensions that labor groups say were worsened by the pressure of a new iPhone launch. Foxconn and police said as many as 2,000 employees were involved in the brawl and 40 people were reported injured.


    Toys R Us to hire 45,000 temp holiday staffers

    Toys R Us is hiring 45,000 seasonal workers to staff up its pop up stores and help fulfill its expanded customer services, like shipping online purchases to stores, this holiday. That a nearly 13 percent jump from the 40,000 seasonal workers the Wayne, N.J.-based company hired in 2011.


    Barnes & Noble to introduce Nook Video service

    Barnes & Noble Inc. says it will launch a video service this fall that lets users buy and watch movies and TV shows on their mobile devices and televisions.


    Staples to speed up closure of 15 stores in U.S.

    Staples is speeding up the closure of about 15 of its U.S. stores and plans to close 45 stores and some delivery businesses in Europe. The office products company also says it will invest more in its online and mobile efforts and will expand the product assortment that it offers to its business customers.

    U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook.

    U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 7-month high

    U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 70.3. That's up from 61.3 in August, which was revised higher. And it's the highest reading since February, when the economy added 259,000 jobs.


    Caterpillar cuts 2015 profit outlook as mining spend falls

    Caterpillar Inc., the world's biggest construction and mining equipment maker, cut its forecast for 2015 earnings after commodity producers reduced capital expenditure.Caterpillar said profit will be $12 to $18 a share, compared with previous projections of $15 to $20. While a global recession remains possible, Caterpillar is forecasting moderate and "anemic" growth through 2015, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman said yesterday in a presentation to analysts at the MINExpo industry

    Discover Financial Services Headquarters in Riverwoods at Lake Cook Road and Discover Way.

    Feds order Discover to refund $200M to cardholders

    Discover Bank will pay millions in fees to settle accusations by regulators that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. Discover, the sixth-biggest U.S. credit card issuer, will pay a $14 million fine and refund $200 million directly to more than 3.5 million customers, federal authorities said Monday.


    Illinois unclaimed property unit returns $8.1 million to Lake Forest company

    The Illinois state treasurer says an $8.1 million check presented to officials at a Lake Forest company is the largest asset returned since the state's unclaimed property program started.The check to officials at Tenneco Inc. represents 45 properties transferred on behalf of the Pullman Company, which was bought by Tenneco in 1996.

    Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures.

    Home prices rose in July in 20 major US cities

    Home prices kept rising in July across the United States, buoyed by greater sales and fewer foreclosures. National home prices increased 1.2 percent in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index released Tuesday. That's the second straight year-over-year gain after two years without one.

    May 1, 1997 file photo of Brooke Astor, then 95.

    Brooke Astor home auction fetches $8.7M in NYC

    The first day of an auction of the contents of philanthropist Brooke Astor's two homes brought in $8.7 million, Sotheby's said.Sotheby's is offering the contents of both homes, 901 objects in all, including European and Asian furnishings, Old Masters, Qing Dynasty paintings, tea sets, silverware, jewelry, a porcelain menagerie, over 100 dog paintings — and even the uniforms of her domestic staff. The two-day auction continues Tuesday.


    Vogue publisher to open cafe outpost in Dubai

    Vogue’s fashion-loving fans will soon have a chance to drink in the magazine’s aura at a new cafe in Dubai. The glossy’s global publisher, Conde Nast International, said Tuesday that it expects to open the Vogue Cafe in the glitzy Gulf emirate’s largest shopping mall by the end of the year. It will be the company’s first such cafe in the Middle East, where luxury fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Chanel are extremely popular among the region’s well-heeled shoppers.

    A shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. A study says seniors in seven of the 10 most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will be hit with double-digit premium hikes next year if they donít shop for a better deal.

    Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans

    Seniors enrolled in seven of the 10 most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will be hit with double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.The report Monday by Avalere Health is a reality check on the Obama's administration's upbeat pronouncements. Back in August, officials had announced that the average premium for basic prescription drug coverage will stay the same in 2013, at $30 a month.


    Eurozone considers boosting bailout fund firepower

    Germany says eurozone officials are discussing the possibility of boosting the firepower of their new, permanent (euro) 500 billion ($650 billion) rescue fund by involving private investors. Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Kotthaus said Monday that "the discussion in Brussels is not concluded" on the issue and it's not possible to say by how much a so-called leveraging of the fund, the European Stability Mechanism, might increase its power.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company in Shanghai, China, Tuesday.

    Global growth fears drag down financial markets

    Global financial markets drifted lower Monday as growing concerns about the state of the world economy offset any remaining optimism over central banks' stimulus efforts.Stocks have risen in recent weeks as the U.S. Federal Reserve and monetary authorities in other major economies announced measures to support economic activity. The European Central Bank unveiled a new plan to restore investor confidence in the government finances of the 17-country eurozone.

    Trader Frederick Reimer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. futures head lower on more gloom from Europe

    Stock futures slid Monday as investors, with few indicators from the U.S., pored over more gloomy economic data out of Europe. Dow Jones industrial futures fell 48 points to 13,452. The broader S&P futures slipped 5.9 points to 1,446. Nasdaq futures gave up 17.25 points to 2,835.25.


    Oil rises ahead of US consumer confidence survey

    Expectations of improved consumer confidence in the U.S. helped boost oil prices on Tuesday. Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 50 cents to $92.43 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    A Tesla Motors Roadster in San Jose, Calif.,

    Tesla unveils faster electric car charging station

    Tesla Motors Inc. is unveiling a solar-powered charging station that it says will make refueling electric vehicles on long trips about as fast as stopping for gas and a bathroom break in a conventional car.CEO Elon Musk said at a news conference Monday night at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., that the company's roadside Supercharger already has been installed at six highway rest stops in California.

    Dr. Phillip Epstein, left, and Steve Landers of the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago talk about the new iPad app being released Tuesday

    Einstein’s brain is now interactive iPad app

    Albert Einstein's brain can now be downloaded as an app for $9.99.The exclusive iPad application is launching Tuesday. It promises to make detailed images of Einstein's brain tissue more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who's curious can also get a look.

Life & Entertainment


    What to do for a sister who has lost her way?

    Her little sister was unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend just three months prior to their wedding. Now her sister has gone into a downward spiral (drinking, random encounters with men). What can friends and family do to help her snap out of it?


    Goldenrod comes in many varieties, but none cause sneezing

    Q. I would like to grow goldenrod to add color to my autumn garden. However, I keep reading that is causes hay fever. A. Goldenrod needs a good press agent. Not only is it falsely maligned as a common sneeze-causing weed, but it has also been oversimplified as one single plant.

    Use the freshest Swiss chard you can find and you'll be pleased with the flavor of this hearty lentil soup.

    Soupalooza: Produce freshness influences soup flavors

    Here's my question for you, fellow soup savants: Why is it when you remake a tried-and-true recipe, the results can turn out so differently? I know. I know. We soup lovers like to make soup because, well, because it's a little more free flowing than, say, baking puff pastry.

    Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray have some fun with a young golf fan before teeing off.

    Murray, Timberlake big hits at Ryder Cup celebrity event

    The rules for the golf match that happened Tuesday at the Medinah Country Club were decidedly more relaxed than the rest of the games happening this week during the Ryder Cup. The match featured stars like Bill Murray donning loud golf pants, comedian George Lopez smoking cigars, and fans gently chiding novice player and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

    Wendy Pellegrino, of Downers Grove, anchor of Comcast’s Golf Chicago TV, sported colorful Loudmouth brand pants, similar to those worn by actor Bill Murray Tuesday. Pellegrino, who also wore orange-framed eyeglasses, said she owns six pairs of the bright patterned pants and plans to wear a different one every day of the Ryder Cup. “You have no idea how much I’ve been stopped. People want their picture taken with me,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘Oh my God, you look awesome!’”

    Spectator fashion also part of Ryder Cup show

    Tuesday’s Ryder Cup crowds flocked around celebs like Bill Murray, clad in bright-colored pants. But he wasn't the only one to stand out in the crowd. With thousands of spectators mulling around Medinah Country Club, it was easy to spot some fashion risk-takers mixed in among the golf shirt-and-khakis contingent.

    John Hiatt’s “Mystic Pinball”

    Hiatt sings of Funyuns, more on new album

    Some performers can sound good singing a grocery list, and it turns out John Hiatt is one of them. "Eggs," Hiatt warbles on the "Fargo"-esque "Wood Chipper." "Hamburger meat. Bread. Funyuns." Fans hungry for fresh Hiatt will be well-satisfied by "Mystic Pinball," his 21st album. When he's not contrasting mundane shopping to murder, he offers tuneful observations on addiction, gratitude, faith, doubt and love gone right or (mostly) wrong.

    Mumford & Sons’ “Babel”

    Mumford & Sons bring on the beautiful grit

    Mumford & Sons' sophomore release is epic for a number of reasons: the gripping emotion, vulnerability, dark moments, the banjo — all elements for a great musical composition. And then there is Marcus Mumford's voice. The songs on "Babel" are anchored by his powerful tone, which is beautifully gritty and gravely, and downright commanding. “Babel,” with its indie folk-rock swag, is one of the year’s bests.


    Dining events: Arrowhead serves up Oktoberfest faves

    Now through Oct. 7, enjoy Oktoberfest favorites like Munich-style potato pancakes, homemade spaetzle and knackwurst at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. Also, dine with Emmett's Ale House's beer and food gods at the autumn brewmaster dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

    Colombia’s singer Juanes has received five nominations for the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards.

    Juan Luis Guerra leads Latin Grammy nominees

    Dominican singer, songwriter and producer Juan Luis Guerra is the leading nominee at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards. The Latin Recording Academy announced its nominations for the 13th annual Latin Grammy honors Tuesday at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

    Grilled Zucchini Hummus is a tasty way to use up late summer’s harvest.

    Grilled Zucchini Hummus
    Zucchini Hummus

    Biscuit mix speeds you onto homemade cinnamon roll goodness.

    Super-Easy Cinnamon Twirl Biscuits
    Super Easy Cinnamon Twirl Biscuits

    The European Ryder Cup team will be dining on Pork and Apple Sausage en Croute and Rocket Salad, above, that Medinah Country Club Executive Chef Bryan Panico created for the tournament.

    Pork and Apple Sausage en Croute
    Pork and Apple Sausage en Croute with Rocket Salad

    “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon

    Chabon back in style with ‘Telegraph Avenue’

    It's been more than a decade since Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his epic "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay." With his new novel, "Telegraph Avenue," it feels like he's finally delivered a proper follow-up. But where "Kavalier and Clay" spanned continents and decades with its story of comic book pioneers, "Telegraph Avenue" is homey and intimate as it dives deep into the lives and struggles, over just a few weeks, of two Oakland, Calif., families in August 2004.

    Use the freshest Swiss chard you can find and you’ll be pleased with the flavor of this hearty lentil soup.

    Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup
    Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

    Willie Nelson will release his memoir “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” on Nov. 13.

    Willie Nelson pens new memoir

    Willie Nelson has proved to be one of America's most prolific songwriters. Turns out he's no slouch when it comes to memoirs, either. Nelson will release "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" on Nov. 13.

    Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror and mingle with some creepy characters as part of Frightfest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Best bets: Fests of frights and apples

    The ghosts and ghouls return to Six Flags Great America for Fright Fest, while Long Grove rolls out its annual Apple Fest this weekend; cabaret star Michael Feinstein brings Gershwin to the Auditorium Theatre Saturday; and New Jersey comedian Bret Ernst performs standup at Zanies in St. Charles.

    No Doubt’s “Push and Shove”

    No Doubt bring playful rock back

    No Doubt fans have been waiting for the band's sixth album anxiously for the past 11 years. From the first listen one can tell it was worth the wait. "Push and Shove" returns to the group's type of ska mixed with dancehall, electro pop and a pinch of magic, expertly dished out by producer Spike Stent. The resulting 11-track album doesn't sound a day over 1995's "Tragic Kingdom," but that doesn't make it dated. It's that rare breed of record that carries the musicians' touch wherever on the timeline.

    A free-spirited brother (Nat Faxon), right, drops in on his more uptight and responsible sister (Dakota Johnson) in the new Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate.”

    On-screen siblings bond on Fox sitcom ‘Ben and Kate’

    In no time, Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson were tight. That's good, since they star as brother and sister on their new Fox comedy, "Ben and Kate."Ben is a free spirit, a good-cheer gadfly blowing in and out of town without notice. Younger sister Kate is uptight, a bit shell-shocked by life, and no wonder: She's a single mother struggling to raise her little girl on a shoestring.

    The right glass brings out the best in beer.

    From the Food Editor: Choosing the right glass for the beer and the setting

    Don’t hoist a stein with your friends just yet. You put some time into finding the right Oktoberfest brew for the occasion, now make sure you have the perfect glass for enjoying that beer. The wrong glass also can destroy the spritzy character of beer and let the foamy head go flat too soon. For those times when a glass glass isn't appropriate for the setting, pick up a reusable Red Party Cup.

    The diverse character lineup and the seemingly infinite arsenal in “Borderlands 2” allow you to play each mission in your own style.

    Shoot, loot and laugh in ‘Borderlands 2’

    At the beginning of "Borderlands 2" you've been left for dead on this godforsaken planet. Fortunately, Claptrap, the chatty robot from the original "Borderlands," comes to your rescue and nurses you back into fighting trim. The bad news: You cannot escape. The good news: There are so many guns lying around Pandora you can dish out way more pain than you can take.

    “Black Fridays” by Michael Sears

    'Black Fridays' is worth the investment

    Author Michael Sears clearly knows his way around the financial world. What makes his debut novel, "Black Fridays," stand out from other financial thrillers is Stafford's devotion to his 5-year-old son, who is severely autistic. Although the family dynamic outshines the thriller elements of the novel — which are also well-done — "Black Fridays" is definitely worth the investment.



    Editorial: Health clinic proposal needs open discussion

    A Daily Herald editorial urges open minds and an open discussion about a proposed health clinic at Round Lake High School.


    Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: On June 4, 2009, in Cairo, Obama promised "a new beginning" offering Muslims "mutual respect."But no matter. Obama had come to remonstrate and restrain the hyperpower that, by his telling, had lost its way after 9/11, creating Guantanamo, practicing torture, imposing its will with arrogance and presumption.


    When blue-collar whites turned Republican

    By Froma Harrop: Can Democrats recapture the blue-collar hearts they began losing 60 years ago? Perhaps. The very real declining fortunes of whites without college degrees could again make economic security their prime concern. Nothing stays the same.


    Use Quran’s words instead of bombs
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: As a Muslim, it is not that I deny jihad; in fact, I embrace it because I understand it well. Jihad is not repeatedly emphasized in the Holy Quran so that we can shed blood, spread disorder and disloyalty, or disrupt civil peace in its name.


    Quinn being played by legislative leaders
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As governor, Quinn could have marched into both chambers, pointed at its leaders, Madigan and Cullerton, and stated that these leaders refuse to allow the chambers to discuss pensions, and that they better figure out what to tell the people of Illinois why.


    At least some jobs are not outsourced
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: What will MoveOn.org and 99uniting.org. protest when there are no more jobs left?


    What seems normal ignores reality
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Sure, some people will say, "It's just a TV show," but if you look at the bigger picture, there has been a concerted effort to equate the gay lifestyle as being no different from heterosexual relationships.


    Blame for economy is misdirected
    A letter to the editor: Even if Mitt Romney were to be elected, you now go back to square one, and chances are things really wouldn't change much but could get worse.


    Rail transit not for tollway to undertake
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Illinois pioneered the concept of incorporating rail transit in the highway system 60 years ago. But the Tollway apparently feels that they must ignore the body of knowledge already in existence. Let them stick to building road and raising tolls. They already have a lot of talent for both.


    Keep squirrels out of office
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Don't listen to the squirrels. They can't fix everything, we have to fix some things ourselves.


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