Daily Archive : Wednesday September 26, 2012


    Rita Mayfield

    Both 60th House candidates say they’d oppose gay marriage

    The potential legalization of gay marriage is an issue that often divides Democrats and Republicans running for state office. That's not the case in Lake County's 60th House District, where both candidates oppose such a step.


    Naperville man charged with street racing in fatal crash

    A Naperville man has been charged with aggravated street racing in connection with a May 3 crash that killed a 20-year-old driver, authorities said Wednesday. Yair Lopez-Laviano, 21, of the 2600 block of Whitehall Lane, was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury on Tuesday. He is charged in connection with the death of Matthew McMahon, also of Naperville.


    $100,000 unaccounted for in Cook County Board expenses

    An investigation by Cook County's inspector general reveals nearly $100,000 given to county commissioners to cover routine expenses over the past three years is unaccounted for. The report also raises questions about some of the commissioners' documented expenses, including purchase of a car.

    Daniel T. Diomedes

    Ex-Geneva High student gets probation for email threat

    Daniel T. Diomedes, 19, who pleaded guilty in earlier this year to sending an email to a third party that threatened a Geneva High School dean, is sentenced to 30 months probation and GPS monitoring. Diomedes, who is no longer a student at the high school, faced anywhere from probation to three years in prison on the felony charge.

    Sharon Kimble

    Hoffman Estates woman lauded as ‘tireless volunteer’

    Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod paused at the village board meeting to remember the contributions of Sharon Kimble, a more than 50-year resident and tireless volunteer. "Sharon Kimble was active in virtually every good cause in our community," McLeod said, "both in Hoffman Estates and in Schaumburg Township. She was an outstanding citizen — and a dedicated public servant," he said. Kimble...

    Diana Jensen and her daughter, Livia, 4, meet with Aurora 911 dispatcher Jill Schmidt three days after Schmidt answered Livia's 911 call and dispatched medical help to their home for Jensen, who has Lupus and was dealing with intense pain.

    'Exceptional' 4-year-old gets help for mother with calm 911 call

    A bulletin board in Livia Jensen's Aurora home lists dozens of her best traits. "I am CONFIDENT." "I am a GOOD HELPER." "I like to make my Mommy proud." In a 911 call Livia placed Sunday when her mother needed help, the 4-year-old displayed all those traits and a sense of calm beyond her years, says the veteran 911 operator who took the call. "She's exceptional," said 911 operator Jill Schmidt.

    Glen Ellyn’s Tavern Day is full of 19th century fun such as learning to use a lasso or playing pioneer games. The event on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Stacy’s Tavern also invites visitors to try their hands at settler-era chores.

    Tavern Day takes visitors to Glen Ellyn’s past

    In a simpler time, children and adults took on tasks like making a broom or fixing the house out of necessity. And now that such chores are a novelty, it turns out they're fun to try. At Tavern Day — Glen Ellyn Historical Society's annual throwback to a simpler time — the fun lies in making a broom, dipping candles, shelling corn and generally experiencing a day from the past.

    Elgin animal control officers James Rog, left, and Matt Ciesielczyk load a crate with three cats that are now being treated for various infections by a local animal hospital. Officers responded to reports of animal cruelty Wednesday and found an estimated 60 dead cats in a van in the backyard of a home on Villa Street. One dead dog was also found in the van.

    Police find 60 dead cats inside van at Elgin house

    A 60-year-old Elgin man was arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty Wednesday after police found an estimated 60 dead cats and one dead dog in a van in his backyard. Elgin Police Lt. Dan O'Shea said the resident was cooperative and gave officers consent to search his home and a van parked in the backyard.


    Cops: Crystal Lake man torched arcade game, attacked resident

    A 24-year-old Crystal Lake man has been charged with arson and aggravated assault among numerous other charges after striking another man and burning a large arcade game in his backyard, according to police.


    Elgin OKs plan for northeast side bike path

    Elgin will partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation to use federal dollars to cover most of the cost of a bike path on the city's northeast side. Councilman John Prigge was the only city council member to vote against the proposal at Wednesday night's meeting; it will cost the city $122,346 by the time the project is complete. The discussion Wednesday was about whether to budget...

    Cathleen Koch

    Woman gets 8 years for not stopping man from beating her daughter

    A judge issues an 8-year prison sentence to a mom who pleaded guilty to allowing her then-boyfriend to severely beat her toddler daughter in a St. Charles hotel room in October 2010. Cathleen Koch lied to police and covered for her boyfriend, who got a 15-year sentence in the beating of Molly Koch, who will be 4 this November and has brain damage and permanent disabilities.

    Michael Delaney

    Judge to allow stress disorder testimony at Wheaton murder trial

    A DuPage County judge will allow testimony that a Wheaton man has post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from a 1980s military accident when he stands trial on first-degree murder charges. Defense attorneys say the condition may have caused Michael Delaney to believe he was acting in self-defense when he allegedly stabbed neighbor Micheal Scalzo during a June 2009 confrontation in Wheaton.

    This is a file photo of a bicyclist riding the Poplar Creek bike trail in Hoffman Estates. Police said they will have bike patrols out looking for a teenager who robbed two joggers of their cellphones.

    Police search for teen who robbed joggers in Hoffman Estates

    Police are searching for a suspect who robbed two runners at gunpoint on the Poplar Creek bike trial in Hoffman Estates Wednesday afternoon. The suspect rode up to two seperate runners while on a bicycle and robbed them of their cellphones. Police spent the afternoon searching for the suspect.


    Palatine woman tied up by armed burglars, robbed

    Two armed men tied up a Palatine woman inside her home Wednesday morning before stealing her purse and SUV, according to police.

    Oscar Guerrero

    Elgin man sentenced to two years for killing dog

    An Elgin man who killed his roomate's Chihuahua by throwing it against a wall was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday.

    With early voting starting next week in the battleground state of Ohio, both presidential candidates — President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney — courted voters there Wednesday with greater urgency, using a sport legend and China trade to make their cases.

    Slipping in polls, Romney assures voters ‘I care’

    Slipping in states that could sink his presidential bid, Republican Mitt Romney declared Wednesday that "I care about the people of America" and can do more than President Barack Obama to improve their lives. In an all-day Ohio duel, Obama scoffed that a challenger who calls half the nation "victims" was unlikely to be of much help.

    Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Wednesday.

    Egypt’s Morsi assumes major role in Mideast

    Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight's role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that the civil war raging in Syria is the "tragedy of the age" and must be brought to an end.

    Residents of Glendale Heights and the Winfield Park District could be able to use the new indoor swimming pool at the Carol Stream Park District’s recreation center, now under construction, and pay resident rates, under agreements approved by the park board. Students at Glenbard North High School might also be able to use the pool, should the school board give its approval.

    New pacts in place for Carol Stream rec center use

    Residents of Carol Stream won't be the only ones who will be able to use the park district's new eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool inside the recreation center now under construction. Those who live within Glendale Heights and the Winfield Park District's boundaries will be able to pay the same resident rates to swim as those who live within the borders of the Carol Stream Park District, under...

    This July 20 file photo shows police outside movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., after a shooting during the showing of a movie. Guns are used in two-thirds of homicides, according to the FBI.

    How election could affect nation’s gun control laws

    The odds are good that the next president will have a chance to fill at least one Supreme Court seat, and the current court is narrowly divided on gun-control questions.

    Gurnee police dog Shane and Buffalo Grove four-legged cop Saxon join other working canines during Wednesday’s unveiling ceremony for the Northern Illinois Police K-9 Memorial. It’s at Highland Memorial Park near Gurnee and open to the public.

    Regional police dog memorial unveiled at cemetery near Gurnee

    Four-legged crime fighters now have a permanent memorial recognizing their loyal service at a cemetery just south of Gurnee. Scores of law-enforcement professionals were present Wednesday for a ceremony unveiling the Northern Illinois Police K-9 Memorial. It resulted from a community fundraising effort that began in 2011 with the help of retired Lake County sheriff's canine unit Deputy Anthony...

    Cast members Debra Fowler, left, Rita Lopienski, Donna Latham, Niykee Heaton, Marrisa Langlais and Scott Surowiecki are performing in Bartlett Adult Theatre’s upcoming show “Autosave.”

    Local playwrights, actors welcome in Bartlett Adult Theatre

    Local playwrights and actors over the age of 18 can find opportunities abound through the new Bartlett Adult Theatre. "It's never too late to try something new and creative for yourself," founder Rita Lopienski said, adding that even people who don't have previous acting experience are welcome to participate. The group's sixth production, titled "Autosave," takes place this weekend at the...


    Fire destroys large Barrington Hills home

    Firefighters Wednesday were continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that led to the total loss of an approximately 16,000-square-foot home in Barrington Hills between Monday night and midmorning Tuesday. The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District received the call of a possible structure fire at the 3½-story home in the 0-100 block of Otis Road at 9:35 p.m. Monday.


    Barrington fixes sewer after water main breaks

    Barrington continued to address utility mishaps Wednesday after discovering collateral damage to the adjacent sanitary sewer while repairing breaks Tuesday in a water main that serves the Barrington High School area. Meanwhile, Barrington High School was itself recovering from the disruption to its restrooms caused by Tuesday's original water main breaks.


    Chili AutumnFest in Round Lake Beach

    Chili AutumnFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Cultural & Civic Center off Hook Drive west of Route 83 in Round Lake Beach.


    “The Living Bible” returns

    First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville will present "The Living Bible" for the first time in 12 years from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29.


    Stevenson students collecting electronics

    A Stevenson High School environmental club will host an electronics recycling drive Friday. The Students Against Violations of the Environment group put together the event.


    Fireworks in Wauconda on Saturday

    Postponed this summer because of the drought, Wauconda's Independence Day fireworks show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the park district headquarters, 600 N. Main St.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Raymond H. Bonner, 23, of the 1700 block of Berkley Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, resisting an officer and obstructing identification, all misdemeanors, according to court documents. Officers responded to a domestic dispute and found Bonner in possession of a metal smoking pipe, documents said. He is charged with...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ritu Bhambhani, 43, of Aurora, was charged with retail theft at 8:08 p.m. Sunday at Kohl's, 251 N. Randall Road, Batavia, according to a police report. Bhambhani is accused of stealing jewelry.

    Kevin Woodside

    New contracts for Gurnee police officers and sergeants

    Gurnee village trustees have approved contracts with two unions representing police officers and sergeants. Officials said the deals will run through April 30, 2015.


    District 41 explains deficit, possible options during forum

    A deficit fueled by declining enrollment and state financial issues may force Lake Villa Elementary District 41 to consider options including changes in student activities and a referendum, officials said. Superintendent John Van Pelt said the district does not know when or if any of options would be implemented, but added none would happen before next school year.

    The former Hubble Middle School in Wheaton is facing the wrecking ball this week.

    Former Hubble Middle School surrenders to wrecking ball

    The former Hubble Middle School, along with its storied past in Wheaton, is surrendering this week to the wrecking ball. Demolition crews are tearing down the western portion of the building in preparation for the 2013 opening of a Mariano's Fresh Market grocery store at the highly visible property on Roosevelt and Naperville roads.

    Robert Lyons

    Schaumburg library trustee retiring after 44 years on board

    Schaumburg Township District Library Trustee Robert Lyons, a member of the board since 1969, will not seek re-election in the spring."Forty-four years is a long time," Lyons said. "I just looked at it from the perspective that it was time."

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Cameron Schwartz of the U.S. Navy, who was deployed in Afghanistan for eight months, surprises younger brother Julian Trujillo during his fourth-grade class Wednesday at Hunting Ridge School in Palatine.

    Palatine native back from Afghanistan surprises siblings

    Hunting Ridge Elementary School fourth-grader Julian Trujillo and older sister Jackie Trujillo, a freshman at Fremd High School in Palatine, got a big surprise Wednesday in their classrooms. Paying them a visit was their big brother and personal hero, Petty Officer Cameron Schwartz of the U.S. Navy, back safe from an eight-month-long deployment in Afghanistan.

    The St. Charles Singers will open its 29th season with a concert program titled “Magnificent Mozart.”

    St. Charles Singers to open season with ‘Magnificent Mozart’ Sept. 29-30

    The St. Charles Singers will open its 29th concert season in September with "Magnificent Mozart," an all-Mozart concert with an unusually diverse lineup of sacred choral works, plus an instrumental piece composed purely for entertainment, on Saturday, Sept. 29, in St. Charles and Sunday, Sept. 30, in Wheaton.

    Four states are voting on gay marriage this November and there have been TV ads backing the issue. But what was missing from the ad campaigns were gay people speaking for themselves.

    What’s missing from pro-gay marriage TV ads? Gays

    Four states are voting on gay marriage this November and there have been TV ads backing the issue. But what was missing from the ad campaigns were gay people speaking for themselves.


    North Central in Naperville plans Recycling Extravaganza

    DuPage County residents may take part in a Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at North Central College in Naperville.

    DAILY HERALD A preliminary report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said planes in two recent near-collision incidents at O’Hare International Airport came within a few hundred feet of each other.

    FAA says changes cut risk of O’Hare collisions

    Federal aviation authorities say they've taken steps to eliminate the risk of midair collisions over two runways at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks Wednesday with employees of American Spring Wire during a campaign stop in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

    Romney, Obama descend on battleground Ohio

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he understands the struggles of working families and has the know-how to fix them as he sought to counteract fallout from a secret video that President Barack Obama won't let him live down. Wiith polls showing the president ahead in key swing states that will decide the race, the White House expressed confidence.


    Wheeling District 21 to discuss bullying

    Dorothy Espelage, professor of child development at the University of Illinois, will speak on the harmful effects of bullying and what can be done to disrupt such interactions at Wheeling Elementary District 21's annual State of the Schools meetings. Parents and community members are invited to attend any of the three meetings — one at each of the district's middle schools.

    Visitors can get a close look at Benedictine University’s new Neff Welcome Center during a Monday open house.

    Benedictine University unveiling Neff Welcome Center

    After a six-month construction process, Benedictine University will unveil its $2.5 million Neff Welcome Center, anchored by the historic Neff Farmhouse, one of the oldest stone structures in DuPage County, with an open house celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

    The former Glenwood School for Boys campus on Silver Glen Road could become a drug and alcohol treatment center, according to Campton Hills officials.

    Concerns abound for high-end Campton Hills rehab center

    Discussion on a proposal to convert a former school into a residential drug and alcohol treatment center and then annex it into Campton Hills has been continued to October. A report on the water/sewer system at the former Glenwood School for Boys, 41W400 Silver Glen Road, and a report from the fire protection district are still needed before the plan commission makes any recommendation on the...

    Jack Barshinger

    Batavia schools’ salary report released

    What did teachers and administrators make in Batavia last fiscal year? A state-mandated report has been released.

    Hemingway curator Susan Wrynn, right, and intern Jessica Green collate documents from the Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

    Dear Papa: Letters to Hemingway get crucial repair

    The paper conservator's scalpel picked at the red and black specks, flicking away the fly droppings that had stained Ingrid Bergman's letter to Ernest Hemingway."I shall remember people like you and forget the rest of the world," the actress wrote to her author friend from Rome in 1950. Six decades later, an effort to preserve that memory, and others that are part of the writer's legacy, recently...

    Andy Williams

    Crooner Andy Wiliams dies at 84

    Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording "Moon River" and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday.


    Twin suicide blasts strike Syrian army; 4 killed

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Two suicide car bombers struck Syria’s army command headquarters on Wednesday, killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime in flames, state-run media and witnesses said.

    Participants applaud in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill. Americans may not be all that crazy about President Barack Obama’s health care law, but a new poll shows they don’t see it going away.

    AP-GfK Poll: Most see health law being implemented

    They may not like it, but they don't see it going away. About 7 in 10 Americans think President Barack Obama's health care law will go fully into effect with some changes, ranging from minor to major alterations, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Just 12 percent say they expect the Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to dismissive opponents — to be repealed completely.


    New ID laws could delay outcome of close election

    WASHINGTON — The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.

    A Los Angeles County Serriff’s deputy in a patrol car passes the home of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who made the film “Innocence of Muslims” that has sparked violent protests, on a street in Cerritos, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The filmmaker has received death threats and was forced into hiding, putting his house up for sale, after the 14-minute movie trailer rose to prominence.

    Anti-Muslim filmmaker’s probation case creeps on

    CERRITOS, Calif. — The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case.


    Golf outing drives to help couples become families

    When you're expecting, it seems everywhere you look you see baby bumps and bulging bellies. From celebrities to women in the grocery store, you can't help but notice their joy. It's your joy. When you're hoping for a baby, you see those same joyful women and it makes your heart ache.

    Darla Tegtmaier performs a “toe reading” for Jennifer DuBose at a previous Fox Valley Holistic Health Celebration.

    Healthy lifestyles are the focus of holistic health fair

    Are you ready to take control of your health? Or do you just want help making those small changes in your life that will add up to big improvements in your daily function? For answers and healthy living tips, visit the Fourth Annual Fox Valley Holistic Health Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30, in the parking lot of Soup to Nuts Alternative Grocery, 716 W. State St., Geneva.

    Marck Ishcar of Crystal Lake casts as he joins other fisherman during the opening of trout fishing season 2011 at Lake Atwood at the Hollows Conservation Area in Cary.

    Illinois fall trout season opens Oct. 20

    The fall trout fishing season in Illinois opens Oct. 20. Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller said Tuesday the agency stocks 37 ponds and lakes around the state with 70,000 trout before opening day. The program is funded by participants who buy inland trout stamps. No one may catch trout before 5 a.m. on Oct. 20. Anglers must have a fishing license as well as a stamp, except for...


    Wis. officials expect 3 million voters in November

    Wisconsin's top elections official expects at least 3 million people will vote in the November election. State Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy says about 4.37 million people in Wisconsin old enough to vote. He says turnout is usually high when voters feel they have a stake in the elections and the stagnant economy has touched almost everyone.


    Family of Illinois Megabus fatality files lawsuit

    The family of a University of Missouri graduate student who was killed when a Megabus slammed into a bridge pillar along an interstate in south-central Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the bus operator.


    Dawn Patrol: Ryder Cup celebs; deadly Willowbrook drive-by

    Celebrities join pros in exhibition at Medinah. Giant Ryder Cup golf ball stolen. Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre to maintain management. Willowbrook teen killed in drive-by shooting. Kane County committee OKs tax levy increase. White Sox fall into 1st place tie with Tigers.

    Democrat Jan Schakowsky opposes Republican Timothy Wolfe in the 9th Congressional District.

    9th District candidates weigh in on national deficit, jobs

    Candidates vying for the 9th Congressional District seat in the November general election have starkly differing views on government’s role in creating jobs and providing health care on and how to reduce the budget deficit — expected to top $1 trillion for the fourth straight year.

    DuPage Water Commission contractors Kevin Sweeney, right, and Wally Callahan are building a water metering station in eastern Naperville, one of several capital projects the financially troubled agency is undertaking.

    Why suburban water rates are skyrocketing

    Some suburban residents are paying hundreds of dollars more this year for water than they did last year, thanks to a combination of rate increases. And in many towns, there are more rate increases to come. “We were concerned that we were not keeping up with what the true costs were,” Winfield Village Manager Curt Barrett said, for example.


    Ray Gomoll waves to Grant fans after his son, injured cornerback Chris Gomoll (81), received a check before the school's homecoming game against Vernon Hills on Saturday. At left is Chris's mother, Angie, and brother Ethan, 13, right.

    Grant's Gomoll tackles cruel twist with a shot of love

    During Week 3 of the football season, on Friday, Sept. 7 in Fox Lake, Grant's Chris Gomoll, a starting cornerback for the Bulldogs, ran to make a tackle after Wauconda running back David Starkey caught a short pass. Despite good form on the play, he broke his neck in three places. Last weekend, Gomoll walked under his own power into Grant's football stadium, completing the first leg of his recovery thanks to great support from his parents, Angie and Ray, his brother Ethan, and his schoolmates.

    Replacement officials signal a touchdown 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 Monday night. Negotiations between locked-out officials and the NFL have resumed.

    Regular refs to work Thursday game after agreement

    The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration throughout the league — the NFL and the officials' union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.


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


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


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


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


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


    Key N4C tests await Harper

    It's a critical week in North Central Community College Conference athletics as many of the conference's top teams match up against Harper College in several sports.

    The Indians’ Vinny Rottino celebrates with third-base coach Steve Smith after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning to put the White Sox behind 6-4.

    White Sox fall out of first place

    The White Sox hear the same question day after day. And night after night.“You guys relaxed? Having fun? Enjoying the playoff race?”The Sox give the same answer.“What’s the pressure?” Adam Dunn said. “There’s no pressure. You’re going out playing hard every day like you did from Day One. You can make pressure from anything. Anybody can add pressure. Once you add pressure, it’s hard to work that way.”“You’ve got to try to make it fun,” said Jake Peavy, who starts against Tampa By on Thursday night. “That’s the thing. We’ve got to play as loose as we possibly can, knowing what’s on the line, and go out and do what we’ve done all year. We’ve really done well when we’ve had some adversity this year.”Peavy is right, and now we’ll see how the White Sox respond to their most dire situation of the season.After seemingly having no fun at all in a 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox fell out of first place in the AL Central.Considering there are only seven games left in the regular season and they have no realistic shot at grabbing a wild-card spot, the White Sox’ improbable playoff run is quickly veering off course at the worst possible time.Not only did the White Sox lose two of three home games to a team that is 65-91, they’ve dropped seven of eight and are out of first place for the first time since July 23.“We’re going to continue to battle,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re going to scratch and claw. We don’t plan on going anywhere.”Wednesday’s game started out on a promising note as the Sox scored 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in the first inning after the Indians took a quick 1-0 lead against rookie starter Hector Santiago.Even better, or so it seemed, the White Sox didn’t need a home run to get on the scoreboard as they threatened to knock out Cleveland starter Justin Masterson early.Instead, Paul Konerko drew a bases-loaded walk, Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly and A.J. Pierzynski followed with an RBI double.The Sox appeared to be happy with the 3 runs, but with Konerko on third base and Pierzynski on second with only one out, Alexei Ramirez and Dewayne Wise grounded out to end what could have been a blowout first inning.And as the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Kansas City 5-4 at Comerica Park, the White Sox failed to keep pace.The Sox stopped hitting after the first inning, outside of Ramirez’s run-scoring double with two outs in the fifth inning to give them a 4-3 lead.“We needed home runs today,” Ventura said. “We did everything else, but a home run would have been nice.”The Indians took advantage of a White Sox pitching staff that looks to be out of gas.Santiago and six Sox relief pitchers combined to issue 12 walks, sapping most of the excitement out of another small crowd of 20,166.“There were a lot of tough situations tonight,” Ventura said. “They were either looking for the strikeout or trying to make the perfect pitch.”sgregor@dailyherald.com

    It’s a given that first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be back next season, but many of his current teammates figure to be elsewhere.

    Cubs should have plenty of turnover in 2013

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer is in Denver with the team, and he was asked by reporters about the young players who have come up this year. "I think it's probably been mixed," Hoyer responded. "I think some of those guys have shown a lot. Some have done enough to not earn a position with the team but strong consideration for the winter. Some have probably indicated that they need more seasoning. Starting next year in Iowa is probably for the best."


    Burlington Central’s Heinz battles back to contribute

    Anyone who has ever dealt with back pain can appreciate the comeback Burlington Central volleyball player Megan Heinz is making this season. According to Rockets coach Marv Leavitt, Heinz, a defensive specialist, made the varsity team last season as a junior but was unable to compete due to spondylolisthesis, a painful condition in which a vertebra slips out of place and presses on the bone beneath. Years of diving and jumping for volleyballs throughout grade school, club and high school had taken a toll. The only remedy in her case was surgery, which included the insertion of rods and pins.


    St. Francis beats St. Edward in two games

    Filling in for the injured Maddie Haggerty, Kristen Acciavatti put down 9 kills to help No. 2 St. Francis past St. Edward 25-16, 28-26 on Wednesday in Elgin.Haggerty missed Monday’s match with Wheaton Academy and Wednesday with a blister on the bottom of her foot. Her status for this weekend’s Asics Challenge is uncertain.Molly Haggerty had 14 kills, Mary Boken 5 blocks and McKenna Kelsay 23 assists and 15 service points for the Spartans (21-3).Immaculate Conception d. Montini:Delaney D’Amore had 5 kills and 7 digs and Kim Martino 4 kills, 5 digs and 3 assists, as the Knights cruised to a 25-18, 25-19 win in Lombard. Rory Manion added 2 kills, 4 digs and 7 aces and Liz Martino 5 assists and 4 digs for IC (16-4).Wheaton Academy d. Marian Central:Bianca Cifaldi and Sydney Vischer each had 12 kills for the host Warriors (18-6) in a 26-24, 25-14 Suburban Christian Crossover win. Cifaldi added 5 digs and 3 blocks, Vischer 2 digs and 2 blocks, Sarah McClain 30 assists and Brianna Tellschow 3 kills and 3 blocks.

    The Akoo Theatre in Rosemont hosted the 39th Ryder Cup Gala.

    Images: Ryder Cup Gala
    Images of 39th Ryder Cup Gala at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. Chicago sports legends, luminaries, and celebrities gathered in advance of the Ryder Cup which is to take place at the Medinah Country Club this weekend.


    St. Viator claims ESCC crown

    After back-to-back finishes in the East Suburban Catholic Conference meet, the St. Viator girls golf team found itself at the top this season. The Lions, who lost only once during conference dual meet play, claimed the ESCC title on Wednesday at the Links at Carillon in Romeoville by shooting a 340.

    Cleveland Indians shortstop Brent Lillibridge, left, tags out Minnesota Twins’ Pedro Florimon trying to steal second earlier this season.

    Small crowds at U.S. Cellular shock Lillibridge

    Even though Brent Lillibridge is playing for his third team of the season — the Indians — he still considers himself part of the White Sox. Lillibridge, now playing for Cleveland, has been disappointed by the crowds at this week. "A first-place team with only 6 home games left and the lower bowl isn't even full," Lillibridge tweeted. "You're better than that Chicago."

    Palatine’s Alex Heidrich, right, tries to tip the ball past Lake Zurich’s Mallory Parsons during Wednesday’s game.

    Palatine edges LZ in battle of familiar coaching foes

    While playing for the Illinois State's men's volleyball club team, middle blocker Dan Gavin took his sets from Matt Aiello for four years.The two former Mid-Suburban League volleyball standouts were together on the court again Wednesday night _ as head high school girls volleyball coaches.Gavin's Pirates shook off a first-set loss to Aiello's Bears and the two teams battled pretty much neck-and-neck the rest of the way before host Palatine prevailed 20-25, 25-23, 25-23.


    Sky get No. 2 pick in WNBA draft lottery

    Sky gets No. 2 pick in 2013 WNBA Draft.


    Grayslake Central wins while getting well

    Grayslake Central, healthier and suddenly playing its best soccer of the season, posted its fifth straight victory with a 2-1 decision over visiting Wauconda in a nonconference match on Wednesday night in Grayslake.

    Kyle Norberg

    Football MVPs, Week 5

    Senior fullback Kyle Norberg of Cary-Grove and senior linebacker Ivan Nevarez of Leyden have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 5 of the high school football season. Norberg rumbled for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 45-14 victory over Jacobs, while Nevarez had 4 sacks and returned a fumble for a score in the Eagles' key win at Hinsdale South.

    Neuqua Valley’s Jason Roach, watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the Upstate Eight boys golf tournament at St. Andrews in West Chicago Wednesday September 26, 2012.

    Neuqua, St. Charles N. win UEC titles

    Seven schools were mathematically alive for divisional championships at the Upstate Eight Conference boys golf tournament Wednesday afternoon in West Chicago. In the end, however, Neuqua Valley and St. Charles North reversed their lone regular-season divisional dual-meet losses to emerge triumphantly against the backdrop of St. Andrews' demanding par-71 layout.

    Kaneland’s Lyndi Scholl spikes the ball over to Geneva’s Taylor Marmitt and Jess Wicinski in the third match on Wednesday, September 26.

    Geneva rally stuns Kaneland

    Late in the third game between Geneva and Kaneland Wednesday night a local photographer positioned herself on the Knights' side getting ready for photos of their postgame celebration. A few points later, the photographer had to hustle to the other end of the court as Kaneland's commanding lead quickly disappeared and it became evident it would be the Vikings getting the last laugh. It was that kind of back-and-forth match on Volley for the Cure night. Geneva scored 11 of the final 12 points, turning a 21-14 deficit in the deciding third game into a stunning 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 victory.

    A.J. Pierzynski hits an RBI double against the Indians during the first inning Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox’ Peavy admits extra day off helps

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy is an old-school pitcher.Even with a rash of recent injuries, including a detached lat muscle in 2010 that threatened to end his career, Peavy still likes taking the ball every fifth day.The Sox have been giving first-year starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana breaks throughout the season, and Quintana is actually being skipped from his next scheduled start, tonight against Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.Quintana is likely to start against David Price (18-5, 2.58) and the Rays on Sunday at the Cell, but the White Sox have been juggling the rotation almost daily and nothing is set in stone.Peavy starts tonight in the first of four big games against the Rays, and he’ll be working with an extra day of rest.“They just made a decision and just let me know,” Peavy said. “That’s how I found out about it. There was no dialogue. I do understand it. Any time you get an extra day this time of year, it helps.”Peavy leads the Sox’ staff with 203 innings, and he’s failed to reach the seventh inning his each of his last five starts. Maybe the added day off will help.“Any time you get an extra day, you feel a little more recovered,” Peavy said. “You do more stuff in the training room and make your body feel better than it did in the four days, but it’s still not a problem pitching on four days by any means. I’m excited about pitching tomorrow night and getting prepared for a tough Tampa team.”Fatigue factor:As they head into their final two series of the regular season, there is little doubt the White Sox have been playing like a team that is tired.You can say the same thing about baseball’s other 29 teams at this late stage.“They’re tired,” manager Robin Ventura said of the Sox. “The season is long but they’re not tired where they can’t play. They’re focused and ready to play.“Everybody in the big leagues is tired to an extent. This is fun. And you’re at the end of the season with a chance to make the playoffs. If they’re that tired that they can’t play, they won’t play.”Black and blue:Since joining the White Sox on June 24, third baseman Kevin Youkilis has missed time with a sore back, knee and ankle.Youkilis appeared to injure his hand while grounding out against the Indians on Tuesday, but it turned out to be a cracked fingernail. He was back in the lineup Wednesday.

    Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, here stripping the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, will be a big challenge for the Bears on Monday night.

    Bears’ offensive line faces another big test

    There isn't any conflict this week over priorities for a Bears offense that must contend with Cowboys pass-rush terror DeMarcus Ware, who was second in the NFL last season with 19 1/2 sacks and already had 4 this year.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Brigitte Keslinke had 6 kills, 13 digs and 7 aces and Claire Flugel added 6 kills, 12 digs and 2 aces as Elgin Academy’s girls volleyball team downed Mooseheart 25-20, 25-20 Wednesday in nonconference action.Trennedy Kleczewski added 12 assists, 6 digs and 2 kills for the Hilltoppers (7-9).St. Francis d. St. Edward: The Green Wave fought against Suburban Christian power St. Francis before dropping a 25-16, 28-26 decision. Katie Swanson (7 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs), Rena Ranallo (5 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs), Mallory Gross (15 assists, 2 kills), Cory Kelly (3 kills, 3 blocks) and Shannon Igielski (3 kills, 2 blocks) led St. Edward (8-12, 3-2).


    Missing practice just part of pitching in for Ryder Cup

    It's been an odd and challenging week for Lake Park's football program with the Ryder Cup being held at Medinah Country Club across the street from the school's East Campus. Ultimately it should be a profitable week. Lake Park coach Chris Roll had all hands on deck helping out with parking duty at three locations, Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights, the East Branch Forest Preserve in Glendale Heights and at Medinah itself.

    Fans attempt to get a photograph of Team United States players as they leave the first tee during a Ryder Cup practice round Wednesday.

    Not so easy to work up dislike for Team Europe

    To be honest, I'm finding it a little difficult to arouse much hatred for the Europeans in the Ryder Cup this week. Look, I understand the whole European burden on our economy and how we're having trouble selling as many Big Macs to Norwegians as we'd like. But cross-pond bitterness over golf? Maybe if victory meant somebody in Paris had to make my mortgage payments for a year, but not otherwise.

    Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy of Team Europe line up a shot on the third green during practice Wednesday for the Ryder Cup. McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, finished 1-1-2 in his Ryder Cup debut in 2010.

    Rory McIlroy a marked man at Ryder Cup

    There's a new sheriff in town this week at Medinah Country Club and he goes by the name of Rory McIlroy. Four victories in 2012, including the PGA Championship and a pair of wins during the FedEx Cup playoffs, plus coming into the week as the world's No. 1 ranked golfer will do that to a guy. "This week I'm not the No. 1 player in the world; I'm one person on a 12-man team, and that's it," McIlroy said Wednesday morning.

    USA’s captain Davis Love III and Tiger Woods pose with the Ryder Cup trophy at Medinah Country Club.

    Love’s nature perfect to be U.S. captain

    The more you listen to, talk with and watch Davis Love III in action, the more you come to one conclusion: the guy was born to be a Ryder Cup captain. From his background, literally born into golf as the son of the late club pro Davis Love Jr., to his love of the history of the game. And who better to pass that along than his late friend, Harvey Penick, the man whom his father learned the game from?


    Recchia hopes to bring excitement back to W. Chicago

    West Chicago hopes to return some of that old Recchia magic to the boys basketball program.

    The European Ryder Cup team captain Jose Maria Olazabal pose Tuesday for a portrait with the Ryder Cup.

    Memories of Seve behind Olazabal’s competitive spirit

    Though Jose Maria Olazabal won two Masters titles, his career worldwide is best defined by the things he did with Seve Ballesteros at his side. They formed the most successful partnership in Ryder Cup history, going 11-2-2 in matches they played together. It's the competitive spirit they had together that Olazabal hopes to create as captain at this 39th Ryder Cup, and the team's golf bag tribute to Ballesteros underscores that."He was a great figure, not just for myself but for the whole European squad every year that he played," said Olazabal. "We are going to miss him a lot. He was a special man."


    Bears’ Forte expects to play against Dallas

    Bears running back Matt Forte expects to play Monday against the Dallas Cowboys after missing a game because of a sprained right ankle. The Pro Bowl player practiced Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in a loss at Green Bay on Sept. 13. He sat out last week's win over the St. Louis Rams.

    Hole No. 15 at Medinah Country Club.

    Big hitters might back off on Medinah’s 15th hole

    Much of the talk concerning the recent renovation at Medinah centered around the redesigned, now-driveable Par 4 15th hole, which, it was hoped, would lure players into pulling out their drivers and going for it.Doesn't sound like that's going to happen too often, at least in the opinion of Phil Mickelson.

    Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson of Team USA could be a likely pairing at the Ryder Cup. Mickelson said he likes the energy and enthusiasm the rookie brings to the course.

    US Ryder Cup rookies have a wealth of experience

    U.S. captain Davis Love considers Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker Ryder Cup rookies in name only. "They may be rookies here at the Ryder Cup, but they're major championship winners, they're FedExCup winners," Love said. "They're veterans that are playing in their first Ryder Cup."They've done a lot and played a lot of great golf. They're really comfortable, confident guys."

    Sergio Garcia of Team Europe pats down the hair of a member of the Team Europe support staff, during practice for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

    Images: Ryder Cup Competitors Practice Wednesday
    Images of Ryder Cup competitors practicing, and of fanfare at Medinah County Club on Wednesday.

    Officials signal a touchdown and a touchback after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pulled in a last-second pass for a touchdown from quarterback Russell Wilson to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 Monday night. On Wednesday, the NFL and the referees’ union appeared on the brink of ending a three-month stalemate, two days after the Green Bay Packers lost a game they would have won if not for a less adept crew of replacement officials.

    In NFL ref woes, key role of expertise spotlighted

    If good help is hard to find, just how expendable is expertise? In a year of strife between worker and manager, NFL referees found themselves with a bargaining chip that Chicago teachers, striking bulldozer builders and locked-out sugar makers lacked: a staggering blunder by overmatched replacements, resulting in a worst-case, told-ya-so fiasco laid bare for millions to watch in disbelief on national television.

    Former Warren High School star Brandon Paul returns for another season of college basketball at Illinois. He was instrumental in the Illini upseting Ohio State last January.

    BTN releases men’s basketball schedule

    The Big Ten Network will televise 67 men's basketball conference matchups, including four Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament games and other nonconference games, BTN officials announced Wednesday. Broadcaster Gus Johnson returns to BTN for his fifth season.

    Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne jokes about his health Wednesday as he announces his retiring as of Jan. 1, during a news conference held in Lincoln, Neb. The 75-year-old Osborne said “the perception” that you're getting old “can get in the way.” He also said he didn't want to be a distraction.

    Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne retiring

    Tom Osborne, who put together one of the most successful coaching runs in college football history before serving in Congress and taking the reins as Nebraska's athletic director five years ago, is retiring. The 75-year-old Osborne announced at a news conference Wednesday that he would step down Jan. 1, though he will stay for an additional six months to assist in the transition to a new athletic director.

    Central Michigan defensive lineman Shafer Johnson celebrates after his team’s 32-31 victory over Iowa Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

    MAC still felling tall timbers in big conferences

    Power conferences like the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Big East and SEC are getting so they really don't want to schedule teams from the Mid-American Conference anymore. The MAC glories in its heritage of upending the haves. Four tall timbers were cut down just last weekend. How much longer before those aren't considered upsets?

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his conduct toward a replacement official. Belichick grabbed an official’s arm at the end of Sunday night’s game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal.

    Belichick fined 50K, Kyle Shanahan 25K by NFL

    The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for their conduct toward replacement officials. The fines come as the league and its referees' union are meeting amid reports they are close to ending the lockout of the regular officials.

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning in Minneapolis.

    Sabathia, Yanks stretch lead with 8-2 win at Twins

    C.C. Sabathia struck out 10 batters over eight innings for New York to help the Yankees stretch their AL East lead to two games over Baltimore by beating the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Wednesday. The Orioles hosted Toronto later Wednesday. The Yankees visit the Blue Jays for four games starting Thursday. Baltimore, after an off day, plays Boston at home this weekend.

    NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin celebrates Sunday with his team after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

    Darian Grubb proves he’s the right fit for Hamlin

    Darian Grubb had job offers from all over the garage, but Denny Hamlin wasn't convinced he was the best fit for the No. 11 team. Hamlin had been with Mike Ford for his entire Sprint Cup Series career, and he didn't necessarily need to make a change. True, he was coming off a flat 2011 season after nearly winning the title the year before, but there wasn't a pressing need to replace Ford.

    Europe's Rory McIlroy is the No. 1 player in the world heading into this week's Ryder Cup competition at Medinah Country Club. McIlroy also is a former Junior Ryder Cup participant. Team USA won its third straight Junior Ryder Cup at Olympia Fields on Tuesday.

    USA captures Junior Ryder Cup again

    The United States won the 8th Junior Ryder Cup Tuesday at Olympia Fields Country Club with a convincing 14½ to 9½ victory in the two-day tournament. The United States now owns a 4-3-1 overall record in the Junior Ryder Cup, and has not lost since 2004.

    The Solheim Cup in 2009 drew more than 120,000 fans to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, and Michelle Wie, here waving an American Flag in celebration, led the charge to defeat Europe.

    Chicago’s golf history runs long and deep

    Given their global impact, this week's 39th Ryder Cup matches at Medinah Country Club may be the biggest sports event ever in the Chicago area. Without question it'll be the biggest golf event — and that's saying a lot. Chicago, and its suburbs, may well have the richest golf history of any city in the country. Len Ziehm, who has covered golf here for more than 40 years, looks back on Chicago's rich history with the game.


    Grayslake N. Buckels down in 9th PK round

    Lucas Buckels knocked in the winning goal in the ninth round of penalty kicks, as Grayslake North's boys soccer team outlasted visiting Woodstock 4-3 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division thriller Tuesday night. Before Buckels' PK, Knights keeper Dean Jones came up with a big save.


    Mike North video: Top Ten NFL players who weren’t drafted

    The NFL stated that the Green Bay Packer / Seattle Seahawks game stands as declared by the replacement referees. Vegas was pleased with the decision because the bettors took Green Bay. The Tasty Trade studio quizzes Mike about the top ten NFL players who weren't drafted.


    Rockies top Cubs, 10-5 in rain-shortened affair

    DJ LeMahieu had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle, Wilin Rosario went deep and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cubs 10-5 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.


    Kottaras’ HR in 10th lifts A’s over Rangers 3-2

    George Kottaras hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning and the Oakland Athletics moved within four games of the AL West lead by beating the first-place Texas Rangers 3-2 Tuesday night. The A’s began the day two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot. The Angels played later against Seattle.


    Myspace investor Justin Timberlake is featured in what is another comeback attempt by the social network site.

    Mr. Sexy Back tries to bring Myspace back

    Myspace, the once-mighty social network, is trying to stage yet another comeback with the help of Justin Timberlake. The new site, for which people can request an invitation, looks a bit like an entertainment-focused version of Pinterest, with a dash of Twitter and Facebook thrown in.


    Whirlpool begins layoffs at Evansville center

    Whirlpool will soon begin laying off workers as it prepares to close its Evansville product development center.The Evansville Courier-Press reports the company alerted the state in a Sept. 19 letter that it would begin laying off workers "on or about Nov. 23." Whirlpool announced last month it was closing its Evansville center and moving the work to Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Mich.

    Corn being harvested at Duane Braesch’s farm in Bennington, Neb. Braesch’s cornfields are prime evidence of how unforgiving the elements have been for him and so many others across the Midwest this summer.

    Video shows how drought turned crops to crisp

    Duane Braesch's cornfields are prime evidence of how unforgiving the elements have been for him and so many others across the Midwest this summer. To demonstrate the hardship, the 79-year-old Nebraska farmer let The Associated Press show the world what he's weathered during the worst U.S. drought in decades. Using a camera powered by solar panels, AP photographer Nati Harnik chronicled the wilting effects of extreme heat.


    Utility warns customers of scam targeting Latinos

    A power company is warning its customers of a telephone scam that appears to target Hispanic and Latino households.Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power says the scam involves a caller claiming to represent the utility or its parent company, American electric Power.

    The task force noted the desolate, vast parking lot of Charlestowne Mall.

    St. Charles task force considers ideas for mall

    St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force members gave a thumbs-up to three community-created visions for the redevelopment of Charlestowne Mall Wednesday night. Community members brainstormed the three plans for the mall several weeks ago. A consultant tweaked those plans into visions suitable for would-be developers to consider.

    McDonald’s patrons watch the new McDonald’s television channel at a McDonald’s restaurant in Norwalk, Calif. McDonald’s is testing its own TV channel in 700 California restaurants in a pilot project that could expand to all the company’s restaurants.

    McDonald’s asks, TV with that? New channel on menu

    The question of the moment at 700 pioneering McDonald's restaurants: You want TV with those fries? Not just any television, but the custom-made M Channel, formulated and tested with the same attention to detail that made Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets cultural icons.

    A fire bomb explodes among riot police during clashes in Athens Wednesday. Greek workers walked off the job Wednesday for the first general strike since the country’s coalition government was formed in June, as the prime minister and finance minister hammered out a package of $14.87 billion in spending cuts.

    U.S. stocks down on Europe unrest, weaker home sales

    A mixed report about the housing market and unrest in Europe on Wednesday extended the longest losing streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index since mid-July. Other risky assets, like European stocks and oil, fell more sharply.

    Europe’s Martin Kaymer putts during a practice round for the Ryder Cup tournament Tuesday at the Medinah Country Club.

    Ticked off: Swiss watch companies vie at Ryder Cup

    Even as the Ryder Cup moves toward a more congenial competition, one battle is shaping up to be more acrimonious than any golf match. It's not between the Americans and Europeans, rather two companies. It’s not between the Americans and Europeans, rather two companies. And they’re from Switzerland, off all places, a country with a history of being neutral.

    Regional Fed Chief Charles Evans said Wednesday he wholeheartedly supported the moves the Fed took earlier this month to buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities every month in an effort to drive interest rates lower and stimulate economic growth.

    Chicago Fed president defends central bank moves

    Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who advocates aggressive moves on the part of the central bank to combat high unemployment, says the country cannot afford timid efforts to support the economy.

    A fire bomb explodes among riot police during clashes in Athens Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job Wednesday for the first general strike since the country’s coalition government was formed in June, as the prime minister and finance minister hammered out a package of euros 11.5 billion ($14.87 billion) in spending cuts.

    Greek protest turns violent during general strike

    Police clashed with protesters hurling petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens Wednesday after an anti-government rally called as part of a general strike in Greece turned violent. Riot police used tear gas and pepper spray against several hundred demonstrators after the violence broke out near the country's parliament.

    A demonstrator sprays “Police kills” during a march to the Spanish Parliament against the austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain’s government was hit hard by the country’s financial crisis on multiple fronts Tuesday as protesters enraged with austerity cutbacks and tax hikes clashed with police near Parliament, a separatist-minded region set elections seen as an independence referendum and the nation’s high borrowing costs rose again.

    Spain counts cost of anti-austerity protest

    The Bank of Spain warned Wednesday that the country is in a deep recession, a day after clashes in Madrid between protesters and the police led to 38 people arrested and 64 injured. The demonstrations on Tuesday evening against the government's austerity drive at a time of mass unemployment put in sharp relief the scale of discontent that's brewing in a country suffering its second recession in three years and an unemployment rate of nearly 25 percent.

    A group led by American Greetings CEO Zev Weiss wants to buy the company and take it private in a deal that values it at about $581 million.

    American Greetings gets offer to go private

    American Greetings Corp. said Wednesday that a group led by its CEO and chief operating officer wants to buy the company and take it private in a deal that values it at about $581 million.

    Sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount. New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 percent from July’s revised rate of 374,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

    New U.S. home sales edged down 0.3 percent in August

    Sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount. New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 percent from July's revised rate of 374,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.


    Fewer U.S. CEOs planning to expand, hire

    A survey of U.S. chief executives shows a sharp drop in the number of large companies that plan to add jobs or hire more workers.


    Markets fretful over global economy, euro crisis

    Growing concerns over the global economy combined with renewed worries over Europe's debt problems to send stocks around the world sharply lower Wednesday.A day after U.S. stocks suffered their biggest retreat in three months in the wake of comments from a leading official at the Federal Reserve, investors in Europe and Asia are jittery. The euro is down further below $1.30 while oil prices edged back toward $90 a barrel, further indications of rising investor unease.


    RadioShack CEO Gooch steps down

    adioShack says CEO James Gooch has agreed to step down immediately and is leaving its board of directors.The struggling consumer electronics company has begun a search for a replacement. RadioShack says Chief Financial Officer Dorvin Lively will serve as interim CEO.

    One of the two new Nook tablets the company will be releasing in the fall of 2012.

    Barnes & Noble launches new Nook HD

    Barnes & Noble is rolling out two new versions of its Nook tablet with sleek new hardware and a sharper high-definition screen. The bookseller's move heightens the already intense tablet wars heading into the holiday season. Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that its new Nook HD will come in two sizes, one with a 7-inch screen (measured diagonally), starting at $199, and one with a new 9-inch diagonal screen, called the Nook HD+, starting at $269.

    Airline passengers can expect fewer carriers to choose from, fewer flights to smaller cities and more baggage and other fees as the industry continues to grapple with high fuel prices and a weak economy, according to a government report released Tuesday.

    More fees, fewer choices for air travelers

    Airline passengers can expect fewer carriers to choose from, fewer flights to smaller cities and more baggage and other fees as the industry continues to grapple with high fuel prices and a weak economy, according to a government report released Tuesday.The airline industry is still in transition after a tumultuous decade in which bankruptcies and mergers cut the number of airlines accounting for the bulk of domestic flights in half, to just five: American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways, the report by the Department of Transportation's inspector general said.

    The price of oil fell below $91 a barrel Wednesday, tracking stock markets which dropped on renewed pessimism about the outlook for economic growth.

    Oil extends losses as economy pessimism persists

    The price of oil fell below $91 a barrel Wednesday, tracking stock markets which dropped on renewed pessimism about the outlook for economic growth. Benchmark crude was down 59 cents to $90.78 a barrel by midmorning London time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 56 cents to settle at $91.37 a barrel Tuesday in New York.


    Chicago schools hires new chief financial officer
    Chicago Public Schools has named a former Citigroup and Diners Club International executive as the district's new chief financial officer.The district says Peter Rogers was named to the post on Tuesday after his appointment was approved by the Chicago Board of Education.

    The S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday that Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group, which is being spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., will replace Alpha Natural Resources Inc. on the S&P 500.

    Kraft Foods Group joining S&P 500

    The S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday that Kraft Foods Group, which is being spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., will replace Alpha Natural Resources Inc. on the S&P 500.Kraft Foods Group is a food and beverage business based in Northfieldl. Kraft Foods Inc. is being renamed Mondelez International Inc. and is changing its ticker symbol to "MDLZ." It will remain in the S&P 100 and the S&P 500.

    The pre-auction staircase at Brooke Astor’s Westchester estate, Holly Hill, in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

    Brooke Astor home auction fetches $18.8M in NYC

    An auction of the contents of philanthropist Brooke Astor's two homes brought in over $18.8 million, Sotheby's said Tuesday.Sotheby's offered 901 objects in all, including European and Asian furnishings, Old Masters, Qing Dynasty paintings, tea sets, silverware, jewelry, a porcelain menagerie, more than 100 dog paintings and even the uniforms of her domestic staff at a two-day auction that began Monday.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets campaign volunteers at a phone banking center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Economic trend lines, for now, favoring Obama

    For the past year, as the presidential election unfolded, President Barack Obama confronted a dizzying swell of economic news — hiring up, hiring down, a euro crisis abroad, seesawing gasoline prices at the pump, foreclosures dragging down home values. Six weeks before the election, those highs and lows are merging into a straighter line which, while below optimum performance, is moving in a positive direction for the country and for the president in his contest with Republican rival Mitt Romney.

    Workers form a large spindle from glowing hot metal at Solmet Technologies in Canton, Ohio. Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six weeks left in the presidential race.

    Americans feel more confident in economy

    Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six weeks left in the presidential race. A new survey of consumer confidence rose Tuesday to its highest level since February on expectations that hiring will soon pick up. And a separate report showed home values rising steadily, signaling sustained improvement in housing.

Life & Entertainment

    Rock and folk singer Shawn Colvin headlines Schaumburg’s Prairie Center for the Arts Friday, Sept. 28.

    Weekend picks: Catch Shawn Colvin at Prairie Center

    Shawn Colvin brings her distinctive rock/folk blend to the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts Friday. Go for all the apple-inspired treats, and stay for the fun at Long Grove's 20th Annual Apple Festival this weekend at the Long Grove Historic Village. Urban bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks performs with the Cedric Burnside Project at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire Friday.

    “Self Portrait: Trapped in Freedom” by Andrea Harris is just one of 80 works that will be on display at “The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women’s Art” at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus Oct. 4-26.

    Women’s art exhibit at Oakton focuses on politics

    It's an election year — and women's issues have been high on the political agenda. Gain a new perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time at "The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women's Art," a new exhibition that opens Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Koehnline Museum of Art on the Oakton Community College Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road.

    Olive oil keeps corn bread moist without adding saturated fat.

    Lean and lovin’ it: Olive a more healthful option for all kinds of cooking

    Leave the shortening in the can and use olive oil or butter or margarine (where the words "partially hydrogenated" never appear). Olive oil has become my go-to cooking oil for almost everything, including popping popcorn.

    Olive oil keeps corn bread moist without adding saturated fat.

    Big Batch Olive Oil Cornbread
    Olive Oil Corn Bread

    David Finch, left, David M. Lutken, Helen J. Russell and Darcie Deaville make up the first-rate quartet of musician/actors starring in Northlight Theatre’s “Woody Sez.”

    ‘Woody Sez’ an endearing musical portrait of an American original

    "The only story I tried to write down is you." Seminal folk artist Woody Guthrie utters those words in "Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie," the toe-tapping, heartstring-tugging bio-revue currently playing at Skokie's Northlight Theatre. Indeed, long before the Occupy Movement introduced the term "99-percenter," their existence was chronicled in his music. Coming as it does during the centennial of Guthrie's birth, "Woody Sez" is as entertaining as it is timely.

    Meeker Merlot is just one of many options at WineSplash in Long Grove.

    Long Grove's WineSplash caters to wine lovers

    Starting as a dream of two wine-loving friends, WineSplash in Long Grove has become a hub for drinkers looking to expand their palate or just chill out. The regularly changing selection of wine means there's always something new to try.

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

    Rocket Salad
    Ryder Cup Rocket Salad


    Frugal living: Freeze dairy products before they spoil

    Dairy products often spoil before you can use the entire carton. Milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk and eggnog can be frozen (before they expire) in ice cube trays and transferred to freezer storage bags to enjoy later. One quart fills three trays. The frozen cube form makes them ideal for smoothies.

    The TLC network said Wednesday that it has ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials focusing on its 7-year-old breakout star, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.

    TLC orders specials, extra episodes of Honey Boo Boo

    Get ready for some Honey Boo Boo holidays. The TLC network said Wednesday that it has ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials focusing on its 7-year-old breakout star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

    Grilled Zucchini Hummus is a delicious new way to use up the season’s bounty.

    Finally, a zucchini recipe to get excited about!

    The trouble with late summer's bounty of zucchini isn't in the volume of the vegetable itself. Rather, it is in the lack of creative recipes for using it. Because frankly what the world most certainly does not need are more recipes for zucchini muffins and breads and casseroles. The website AllRecipes.com, for example, lists some 244 recipes for zucchini bread alone.

    Caption credit:Steven Lee/The Washington Post Soon-Ja Kim, left, and Sung-Hoon Kim demonstrate the messy joy of preparing kimchi at the Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival in Centreville, Va. earlier this month.

    Kimchi: Korea’s affordable health care

    Best I can tell, the former South Korean minister of food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries is trying to convince me that fermented cabbage could be sold at Sephora as a regenerative skin-care product."I'm 73 years old," says Sung-Hoon Kim, standing under the Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival tent in Bull Run Regional Park the other day in Centreville, Va. "Do you see any wrinkles on me?"


    Recipe challenge Round 1, week 4: Fortune Fish Key West pink shrimp
    Week 4 recipe challenge: Fortune fish shrimp, peanut butter, edamame and frozen cheese ravioli

    Cinnamon aroma is added to a peanut butter and milk chocolate dome dessert at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. This esteemed cooking school north of New York City is dramatically pumping up science instruction, saying that tomorrow's chefs will need more technical know-how in the age of molecular gastronomy and sous-vide.

    Famous culinary school stresses science in kitchen

    The basics of a culinary education are getting a little less basic at the Culinary Institute of America. Recognizing that for the chefs of tomorrow well-honed knife skills and a mastery of the mother sauces won't be enough, the culinary school in Hyde Park, N.Y. is pumping up its curriculum with a host of science lab-worthy tools and techniques.

    Sandi Thom’s “Flesh and Blood”

    Thom makes her mark with ‘Flesh and Blood’

    After the success of "Merchants & Thieves" in 2010, Sandi Thom returns with her fourth album, "Flesh and Blood" — an album she calls "a coming of age." Produced by Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes and released on her independent label Guardian Angels Records, Thom proves that she is still relevant and in great vocal shape. From the moment you hit play, the raw soulfulness of Thom's voice on the upbeat track "Help Me" makes it obvious it's coming from the heart.


    Recipe challenge - Round 1, week 4: Suparossa gluten-free pizza dough, salsify root and no more than eight other ingredients
    Week 4 recipe challenge: Suparossa gluten-free pizza dough, salsify root

    Louann Zundel of Des Plaines

    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorites
    The voters have had their say and the Round 1, Week 3 Fan Favorites are Louann Zundel's Baja-style tofu tacos and Chuck Federici's chicken legs wrapped in spaghetti squash.

    “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

    J.K. Rowling's debut novel for adults worth a read

    So look, here's the thing: This. Is. Not. A. Children's. Book. If you're looking for what made Harry Potter magical, you're not going to find it. If you're looking for what makes J.K. Rowling magical — emotion, heart — you will. "The Casual Vacancy" is her first novel written for adults. Already at No. 1 on Amazon, the book has gotten early buzz from PG-13 references to sex and drugs. It is set in the small British village of Pagford, and tells the story of what happens after the unexpected death of a town official leaves a vacancy on the town's governing body.


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Apples, ‘Full House’ auditions, and a worldwide play day

    Alpples, a musical based on "Full House", more apples and a play day for the whole family are among the items features in The Suburbs this weekend.

    British writer J.K. Rowling says her next book will be for young people.

    J.K. Rowling not ruling out another Potter book

    J.K. Rowling says she plans to return to writing for young people — and doesn't rule out another book set in Harry Potter's magical world. Rowling became the world's most successful living author with her seven novels about a boy who discovers that he is a wizard and is pitched into battle against the forces of evil.


    Ask the Nutritionist: Don’t give up on picky eaters

    Picky eating" is common among children. How parents handle it can strongly influence its severity and duration. Fear of trying new foods called food neophobia is typical of young children and often peaks from ages two to five, but it can occasionally be an ongoing tendency.


    Fan Favorite voting prizes
    Each week two people who vote in the Fan Favorite competition are randomly selected to win prizes from our sponsors.Round 1, week 3Robert Gephart: jar of Vulvan’s Fire Salt from The Spice House in GenevaLawrence M. Garrett Sr.: $25 gift certificate to Q7 Ranch in Marengo

    Chuck Federici wrapped chicken legs in spaghetti squash and topped them with a pepita pesto.

    Cooks impress with takes on tofu, spaghetti squash

    The owner of a beef stand created a tofu taco that won the vegetarian recipe matchup in the Cook of the Challenge and will be moving into Round 2 along side a high school maintenance worker who wowed the judges with his ways with spaghetti squash.

    Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) gets help staying sober and solving crimes from Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) in CBS' new drama “Elementary.”

    CBS' pairing of Holmes with female Watson more than 'Elementary'

    When CBS premieres its contemporary take on the tale of Sherlock Holmes, fans of Holmes and Watson will have an entirely new wrinkle in the relationship to tickle their imaginations. "Elementary" stars British actor Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes, a Londoner whose drug-fueled fall from grace sent him to rehab and then to Manhattan. And Watson? She's a woman -- played by Lucy Liu.

    Biscuit mix speeds you onto homemade cinnamon roll goodness.

    Kitchen scoop: Test baking skills with super-easy rolls
    Always use the correct measuring tools and make sure your oven is preheated to the proper temp are among Alicia Ross' top five baking tips. Keep reading to learn her other.

    Gwen Stefani and drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt performed Friday at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas to promote the band’s new album, “Push and Shove.”

    No Doubt ready to rock again after making babies

    When the members of No Doubt got together again to make new music, something unexpected came with them: a bit of doubt. It had been 11 years since they'd put out "Rock Steady" and their priorities had changed. Each of the four had gotten married and had kids. Music was no longer the most important thing in their lives. Could they still make it work? "That's pretty complicated stuff when you start to really look at it," lead singer Gwen Stefani says.

    Ronnie Baker Brooks plays his brand of urban blues at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire Friday.

    Music notes: Viper Alley hosts Ronnie Baker Brooks

    Rising blues star Ronnie Baker Brooks brings his genre-bending, contemporary take on urban blues to the Viper Alley in Lincolnshire on Friday. Catch Mission of Burma, touring behind its most recent release, “Unsound,” at Lincoln Hall in Chicago Saturday.

    “The Lincoln Conspiracy” by Timothy L. O'Brien

    Fictional account of Lincoln's death is gripping

    Timothy L. O'Brien takes a harsh, fictional look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and its aftermath in "The Lincoln Conspiracy." A month after Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre, police detective Temple McFadden ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time when he witnesses the murder of a man at a train station. Two books are strapped to his body, and Temple soon realizes the books are diaries that reveal the depth of "The Lincoln Conspiracy."


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    Keep your mug full at the Filling Station's second annual Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest party in St. Charles featuring German music, food and beer Saturday, Sept. 29. For $10, get a commemorative mug. Fill it up all night for $7 each refill. Grab a brat and listen to The Alpiners who play at 6 p.m.

    Anthony Barone cooks ravioli like Asian pot stickers and serves them with a tropical salsa along side peanut-sauced shrimp.

    Ravioli Pot Stickers with Warm Tropical Salsa
    Ravioli Pot Stickers with Salsa :Anthony Barone

    Ravioli pot stickers with tropical salsa and shrimp with edamame with a curry coconut peanut sauce is Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Anthony Barone entry in the shrimp and peanut butter contest.

    Shrimp and Edamame with Curry Coconut Peanut Sauce
    Shrimp and Edamame with Curry Coconut Peanut Sauce: Anthony Barone

    Thai shrimp and noodles with Asian fried ravioli

    Fried Asian Ravioli with Thai Basil Oil
    Fried Asian Ravioli: William Babiarz

    William Babiarz created a peanuty sauce for shrimp and serves it over udon noodles and edamame. Fried ravioli is on the side.

    Thai Shrimp and Noodles with Fried Asian Ravioli
    Thai Shrimp and Noodles with Fried Asian Ravioli: William Babiarz

    Sarah Lee created crispy tostadas from gluten-free pizza dough topped with spicy shredded chicken and refried salsify root.

    Spicy Korean Chicken Tostadas with Refried Salsify and Pear Salsa
    :Sarah Lee

    Michelle Abraham tops gluten-free pizza crust with roasted salsify root and mushrooms and serves a pear and spinach salad on the side.

    Savory Salsify and Spinach Pizza with Provolone and Pear Salad
    Savory Salsify and Spinach Pizza with Provolone and Pear Salad: Michelle Abraham

    Tanya Kostetsky

    Meet this week’s Cook of the Week Challenge judges
    Tanya Kostetsky from Whole Foods Market in Palatine joins this week's judging panel.


    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com David Kolssak built a small park with the help of the Village of Wheeling which he dedicated to the father, Louis Kolssak II along Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling.

    Editorial: Wheeling park is symbol of pride, partnership

    A Daily Herald editorial points to a small park in Wheeling as an example of how a citizen's vision and a community's cooperation can result in something nice that neither party could have brought to pass alone.


    Looking forward, not back

    Columnist Susan Estrich: As I write this, Jews across the world are preparing for the holiest day of the year: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is the day on which we seek forgiveness for the sins of the past year and ask God to inscribe us and those we love in the book of life.


    Missing an opening

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Republican embrace of one portion of the conservative movement — immigration opponents — will eventually deprive every other element of conservatism (pro-defense, pro-life, pro-business) of national influence.


    The GOP’s brain drain

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The Republican Party has had a brain drain so that now its highest intellectual achievement is — like an infant in the Terrible Twos — simply to say no to everything, especially taxes. To paraphrase Marx, rise up GOP moderates. You have nothing to lose ... but losing.


    52nd District race critical
    A letter to the editor: Locally, there is a critical race in the 52nd District that pits conservative Republican David McSweeney versus liberal Dee Beaubien. We are supporting David McSweeney in this race.


    Let’s honor, not denigrate, our teachers
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: All of you out there who think that you could do just as good a job, feel free to try it some time, keep order in a classroom, teach, and inspire 25 to 30 disparate children all with their own special needs and individual learning requirements, in addition to attending the daily staff meetings and more.


    Check out true facts before voting
    A letter to the editor: Leave emotion out of the political discourse and while we are at let us leave telling the truth out as well.


    Businesses need motive to invest
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The great American job creation machine is stalled. The headline 8.1 percent unemployment rate, which is "adjusted," understates the unadjusted 15 percent U6 unemployment rate. To get Americans working again, we need to send people like Peter Roskam to Washington.


    Support fight against breast cancer
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Did you know that one out of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support? You can help end breast cancer by participating in the society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Oct. 21.


    Vote early, but vote once
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: How many elections are really won by the real registered voters as compared to the manufactured votes that can't be checked? And why is it that the Democrats are the ones who don't want the voters to be checked or have photo voter ID cards?


    Froma can’t speak for rest of us
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: This letter is in regard to Froma Harrop's column in the Sept. 11 edition of the Daily Herald in which she claimed to be better off than she was four years ago. Ms. Harrop was obviously responding to the question raised at the Republican convention last month, which I am sure was not directed at Ms. Harrop or others of similar status in our society.


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