Daily Archive : Thursday September 27, 2012


    Ivy Hill students work on raised flower beds in the new community garden behind their school.

    Students, community build garden at Ivy Hill school in Arlington Hts.

    Students, parents and staff will be working Sunday morning to lay the groundwork for a new community garden behind Ivy Hill School in Arlington Heights where school officials said the public is invited to come lend a hand, or a shovel. Ivy Hill has received more than $6,000 in grants to develop a community garden over the past year and has been working with master gardeners from the Arlington...

    This screen shot of the "#MyJihad" Twitter feed shows people tweeting positive messages about what the word jihad means to Muslims.

    Muslims use social media to counter anti-Islam messages

    Suburban Muslims are reacting in a positive manner, including with social media, to the controversial movie slandering Islam's Prophet Muhammad and a locally started Twitter campaign to counter advertisements in New York City subways maligning the word "jihad." "I think it's a brilliant way to use social media. ... It's the most peaceful way," said a mother of three.

    William C. Tinkler

    Smell of dead animals worried neighbors for months
    Families living next door to William Tinkler on Villa Street in Elgin definitely noticed the smell of what turned out to be dead animals, but no one imagined the scenario police discovered Wednesday: 43 animals, mostly cats, in varying states of decay in a van in Tinkler’s backyard. “We didn’t know where the smell was coming from,” a neighbor said. “But now we know.”


    Buffalo Grove likely to boost tax levy

    As Buffalo Grove works on the budget for its upcoming year, village officials find it will be difficult to avoid an increase in the tax levy. Finance Director Scott Anderson said the figure for the increase at the moment looks like 3.5 percent, roughly a $500,000 increase. Last year, the village had a 0 percent levy increase.

    Davis Love III, captain of Team USA, speaks to the large crowd as Team Europe’s Jose Maria Olazabal looks on with other members of the European team at the opening ceremonies at the Ryder Cup in Medinah on Thursday.

    Ryder opening focuses on friendship

    While golf's most prestigious event is an avid competition for national pride, both Ryder Cup team captains emphasized friendship and respect during Thursday's opening ceremony. The event at Medinah Country Club attracted hundreds of fans as well as a sprinkling of celebrities like Donald Trump. "The camaraderie of both sides is something I want to cherish forever," the European captain said.

    The Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color Festival opens Sunday, Sept. 30, and runs through October featuring more than 4,000 types of trees, shrubs and plants.

    Morton Arboretum gears up for its annual Fall Color Festival

    The folks at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle last year dubbed their annual tribute to all things fall AutumnFest. Kind of predictable, huh? But organizers of this year's sprawling, long-running event have resurrected the old moniker, Fall Color Festival, to celebrate the vibrant shades of the arboretum's star attraction this time of year: more than 4,000 different types of trees, shrubs and other...


    Northwestern student’s body found in harbor

    The body of a Northwestern University student who was last seen leaving a weekend party has been found in a harbor near the campus. Authorities say the body of 18-year-old sophomore Harsha Maddula was pulled late Thursday from a harbor in Wilmette.

    Members of the College of DuPage faculty senate say the administration is spending too much money on landscaping for the 273-acre Glen Ellyn campus, but COD President Robert Breuder says beautification efforts have led to enrollment growth.

    COD faculty upset with administration over landscaping spending

    Faculty members at the College of DuPage say the administration is spending too much money on high-maintenance landscaping and isn't taking good care of the college's natural spaces. A resolution passed unanimously by the 24-member faculty senate calls upon the college's board of trustees "to adopt an approach to landscaping and stewardship of the natural areas that reflect both environmental and...


    Dist. 211 approves budget with surplus

    A $272.6 million budget for the 2012-13 school year was unanimously approved without any discussion by the Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 board on Thursday.The budget is balanced, with a $3.8 million surplus in the balance of the district's four main funds and a projected $12.9 million in excess revenue over expenditures. It is up about 8 percent from last year.

    An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago.

    Buddhist statue found by Nazis made from meteorite

    An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago.

    Keith Surroz

    Grayslake District 46 adopts budget with $1.2 million hole for 2012-13 school year

    After much discussion among members at a special meeting Thursday, Grayslake Elementary District 46's board agreed to adopt a 2012-13 academic year budget that projects a $1.2 million deficit.

    A U.S. Federal marshal, right, prepares to transport Nakoula Basseley Nakoula after his arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday.

    Man behind anti-Islam film arrested, jailed

    A federal judge on Thursday determined a California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that inflamed parts of the Middle East is a flight risk and ordered him detained.

    “Today” show host Matt Lauer, left, poses with Adam Greenberg Thursday, after the Miami Marlins said they signed Greenberg to a one-day contract and will play him Tuesday against the New York Mets.

    Ex-Cub finally gets second chance

    Seven years after Chicago Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was hit in the head and injured by the first and only pitch he saw in the Major Leagues, the 31-year-old is making good on his vow to return to The Show. The Marlins will put him on the field next Tuesday against the New York Mets. "Believe me, you're going to get one at-bat," David Sampson, president of the Marlins, told Greenberg Thursday on...

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows an illustration Thursday as he describes his concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

    Netanyahu draws his ‘red line’ for Iran

    In his most detailed plea to date for global action against Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday the world has until next summer at the latest to stop Iran before it can build a nuclear bomb.

    Julie Schaid, associate dean for college readiness and school partnerships at ECC, opens the first meeting of the 2012-13 school year for the Alliance for College Readiness with news of a baseline college-going rate and persistence rate for students graduating from public high schools in the district. While ECC doesn’t have rates for other community college districts to compare the data to, it will mark a starting point to judge future success.

    Alliance aims to prepare local grads for work, college

    Out of all the 2009 high school graduates within the Elgin Community College district boundaries, 76 percent enrolled in a college program within two years and 89 percent of those students stuck it out for a second year. As ECC President David Sam told gathered educators Thursday, those numbers don't mean much right now, but they're providing a benchmark to gauge improvement moving forward. The...

    Actor Johnny Lewis poses for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

    ’Sons of Anarchy’ actor dies, suspected of killing woman

    An actor whose character died a violent death on the TV drama "Sons of Anarchy" plunged to his death in a driveway after apparently killing his landlady and attacking neighbors near Hollywood, police said Thursday.

    A firefighter who was first on the scene of a house fire on the 200 block of Riverview in Carpentersville on Thursday afternoon gets ready to put water on the blaze, which was started by a boy playing with a lighter.

    Child playing with lighter destroys Carpentersville home

    A 4-year-old boy playing with a lighter in bed sparked a fire that destroyed a Carpentersville home late Thursday morning. The boy was home with his aunt inside the single-story home on the 200 block of Riverview Drive when the mattress went up in flames about 11:45 a.m., but both escaped with minor injuries.

    William Cellini

    Cellini’s lawyers pushing probation

    Lawyers for convicted Illinois power broker William Cellini filed papers Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Chicago arguing their client deserves probation for his role in a scheme to get a campaign donation from a Hollywood producer. In the filing, the lawyers point to hundreds of letters by Cellini supporters, including former Gov. Jim Edgar.


    Sex offender charged with assaulting Algonquin relative

    A Joliet man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old a decade ago now has been charged with sexually assaulting a female relative in Algonquin.


    20 Glenbard S. athletes disciplined over Facebook photos

    Twenty Glenbard South High School students won't be able to participate in a portion of their athletic seasons after photos surfaced on Facebook showing them at an underage drinking party, school district officials said. The party took place at a student's house last Saturday night, and Glenbard South administrators learned about it Monday, Superintendent Dave Larson said.


    Maker of Japan’s bullet train chosen for U.S. rail cars

    The company that makes Japan’s bullet train cars has been selected to manufacture a fleet of next-generation passenger cars for Amtrak rail corridors in the Midwest and California.Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and California are teaming up to buy the 130 bi-level cars for $352 million from a joint venture by Nippon-Sharyo and Sumitomo Corp. of America.

    A protester gets arrested during an Occupy Chicago march and protest Oct. 23, 2011, in Grant Park in Chicago. More than 90 arrests came after members of the group refused to take down tents and leave Grant Park when it closed at 11 p.m.

    Judge throws out Occupy Chicago arrests

    A judge on Thursday threw out the arrests of more than 90 Occupy Chicago protesters in a city park and ruled that the curfew for the area was unconstitutional. Cook County Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly said in his ruling that the city often chooses not to enforce the curfew for events it supports.


    4½ years for Des Plaines man who tried to lure child

    A 31-year-old Des Plaines man was convicted of attempting to lure a boy into his car last year in Elmwood Park. Jeffrey Jewitt, of the 1600 block of S. Chestnut, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison, with credit for 443 days in custody.

    Juan Rosario

    Schaumburg man with Down syndrome, mother missing

    Police are asking for the public's help finding a Schaumburg woman and her son and are concerned for their well-being. Family members of Rosa Rosario, 61, who cares for her 41-year-old son Juan Rosario, who has Down syndrome, reported the two missing Wednesday, according to police.


    St. Charles man charged with stalking

    A Cook County judge ordered a 38-year-old St. Charles man charged with stalking a Schaumburg resident held on a total bond of $300,000. At the time of his arrest on the stalking charge, Robert Klopp was on two years conditional discharge, following a a conviction last month for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.


    Two dead, 4 wounded in Minneapolis office shooting

    A workplace shooting Thursday in Minneapolis killed at least two people and injured four others, including three critically, police and hospital officials said.

    James Wagner

    Mixed bag of bad behavior in tollway report

    A tollway inspector general investigation found examples of toll collectors profiting from fraud, a 2008 case of rule-breaking involving a minority-owned business, and an abusive manager.


    Palatine man charged in assault of ‘incapacitated’ woman

    A Palatine man has been charged with criminal sexual assault after authorities say he assaulted a woman at a party. A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 for Daniel Felix-Sanchez, 29.


    Man gets seven years for Palatine car burglary

    A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a car in Palatine was sentenced to seven years in prison based on a 27-year history of previous convictions. Terry Seawood, 58, had multiple convictions for burglary, retail theft and possession of a controlled substance, which made him eligible for an extended sentence, prosecutors said.


    Shark attacks spark kill orders in Australia

    The government of Western Australia said it plans to track, catch and if necessary kill sharks threatening beachgoers after a record five fatal attacks in the state in the past year.

    DuPage Airport in West Chicago is experiencing a big increase in air traffic, with fans jetting in to see the Ryder Cup.

    Ryder Cup fans fill airspace over DuPage airport

    The busiest day of an already hectic week at DuPage Airport came Thursday when a steady stream of private jets carrying Ryder Cup fans and corporate sponsors began landing at the West Chicago airport. Airport officials said they expect to stay busy on Friday because the number of arrivals related to the international golf competition at Medinah Country Club.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves removed a red Toro Ex Mark Stand Cart law mower valued at $4,000 which was left unattended between 10:45 a.m. and noon on Sept. 26 at Methodist Park, 201 N. Gibbons, Arlington Heights. A second mower was not taken.

    Juan Cueller

    Mom, son charged with Willowbrook killing

    A mother and son have been charged in connection with a Willowbrook man's murder in broad daylight Monday. Juan Cueller, 23, of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane in Willowbrook, is accused of shooting 18-year-old Joshua Holmes six times about 6:35 p.m. in the area of Honeysuckle Rose and Hyacinth Lanes in an unincorporated area near Willowbrook. Cueller's mother, Elva Hernandez, 42, has been charged...

    Cliff McIlvaine

    Decades old St. Charles project dealt another setback

    Last week, St. Charles officials said they were cautiously optimistic that a homeowner was making progress on completing an addition that started in 1975. Thursday, it was another delay as city inspectors discovered Cliff McIlvaine had installed a valve in his water piping that would essentially allow him to use water from his home's cistern for bathing and drinking — which is a condition...

    Associated Press People photograph the driveway Wednesday in Roseville, Mich., where police plan to take soil samples.

    Latest possible Hoffa burial site draws visitors

    Jimmy Hoffa was last seen July 30, 1975, outside a restaurant in Oakland County, more than 30 miles to the west.

    The Fabyan Parkway/Settler’s Hill redevelopment concept plan

    Kane forest preserve officials to detail Fabyan plans

    Redevelopment plans for the 700-acre Fabyan Parkway/Settler's Hill campus received the first nod of approval from a Kane County Forest Preserve District committee Thursday, signaling a possible end to the planning and a move toward bringing the vision to life in coming months.


    Bayer, Onyx win FDA approval for cancer drug

    Bayer, Germany's largest drugmaker, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals won regulatory approval Thursday for an advanced-colorectal cancer drug for patients whose disease progressed after trying standard therapies.

    An artist’s rendering of a proposed 625-foot Ferris wheel, billed as the world’s largest, planned as part of a retail and hotel complex along the Staten Island waterfront in New York.

    World’s biggest Ferris wheel to anchor Staten Island complex

    The world's largest Ferris wheel will be part of an almost $500 million development on Staten Island that will also feature an outlet mall and hotel next to an existing minor-league baseball stadium, New York City officials said.


    Elmhurst officer honored for DUI work

    Elmhurst police officer Matthew McCollum was honored Saturday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts to reduce alcohol abuse in the community. Officials said he made 73 drunken-driving arrests in 2011, more than any other Elmhurst officer.

    Judge Robert Gibson

    Gibson named DuPage associate judge

    DuPage County Judge Robert Gibson will remain on the bench after all. Gibson, an appointed circuit judge who lost a primary bid to run for the seat in March, has been appointed associate judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit, officials announced Thursday.

    Associated Press/May 8, 2012 Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock speaks in Indianapolis. A conservative super PAC has jumped back into the Indiana Senate race with a nearly $1 million ad buy highlighting Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly’s support for two of President Barack Obama’s policies.

    Older voters look beyond Medicare, Social Security

    Who wins the trust of seniors, a group that votes at a higher rate than any other, will be a deciding factor in the presidential election. That should be good news for Mitt Romney, because those 65 and older have backed the Republican candidate in both of the last two presidential elections.


    West Chicago Dist. 33, teachers ‘very far apart’

    A federal mediator has been asked to help jump-start stalled teacher contract talks in West Chicago Elementary District 33 that have left "significant issues" unresolved, negotiators for both sides said Thursday. The school board and the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago asked for the mediator after they were unable to reach an agreement following nearly 12 months of negotiations,...

    Associated Press/Jan. 18, 2012 Russian socialite and TV host Kseniya Sobchak, daughter of the late St. Petersburg mayor, Anatoly Sobchak, speaks to journalists during her interview at a radio station in Moscow.

    Russian TV host gets $2 million back from government

    A glamorous Russian TV host who has emerged as a face of anti-Kremlin protests has won an unlikely victory in her battle against the government by seeing the return of nearly $2 million seized by authorities.

    Desiree Cortes

    Ex-employee guilty of stealing $200,000 from Bensenville credit union

    A Bensenville woman faces up to 15 years in prison after she admitted stealing nearly $200,000 from her former employer, authorities said Thursday. Desiree Cortes, 31, of the 100 block of Bridget Court, pleaded guilty to theft over $100,000. Sentencing is set for Nov. 5.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, right, walks off the stage with challengers Republican Todd Akin, left, and Libertarian Jonathan Dine following their debate in the Missouri Senate race last Friday.

    Akin says McCaskill more ‘ladylike’ in last race

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin said his Democratic opponent, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” in her campaign six years ago than when she debated him on Sept. 21.


    Lisle Park District buys Leask Lane site

    Lisle Park District has purchased four acres at 4S281 Leask Lane, near the intersection of Warrenville Road, to meet open space needs in the northwest corner of the district, officials said Thursday. Director of Parks and Recreation Dan Garvy said the district bought the site for $525,000 from the Bruce A. Germain Trust to better serve residents in the Pine Hill, Exeter, Canterbury, Corporate...

    Campbell’s soup cans sit on shelves in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Campbell announced Thursday that it will be closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining canned soup consumption.

    Economic data looks better on closer inspection

    WASHINGTON — At first glance, a batch of U.S. economic data released Thursday looked dispiriting. Companies slashed orders for factory goods. The government cut its most recent growth estimate. And fewer people signed contracts to buy homes.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday.

    Panetta: Terrorists behind attack in Libya

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday there can be no doubt that terrorists had planned and carried out the attack on the U.S. Consulate in eastern Libya two weeks ago that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.


    Geithner urges regulators to press SEC on money-market overhaul

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner urged a council of regulators to recommend that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission tighten rules on money- market mutual funds.

    Bob Getz

    Kane County Board candidates disagree on time commitment

    The two candidates in the race for the Kane County Board's 22nd District have different takes on who could better serve the residents — a full-time employee or someone who is retired.

    Dee Beaubien and David McSweeney

    McSweeney, Beaubien differ on how to fix pension crisis

    The two hopefuls vying for the 52nd District state House seat agree on the need for significant pension reform in Illinois. How Republican David McSweeney and independent Dee Beaubien would go about solving the crisis differs, however.


    D50 receives PR awards

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 has received an award for its communications efforts from a statewide group.


    ‘Drug Take Back’ on Saturday

    The Lake County sheriff's office will participate in the National Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Beach Park and Deer Park village halls.


    Vote by mail applications available

    Registered voters, including students away at school, traveling snowbirds or any residents choosing to vote by mail in Nov. 6 election, may complete and download their official application for ballot at LakeVoterPower.info.


    Hawthorn principals read at libraries

    Hawthorn Elementary District 73 principals are carefully selecting some of their favorite books to read aloud during special evenings at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.


    $42.6 million FEMA trailer settlements approved

    A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters.

    David Barkhausen

    Retiring Republican incumbent endorses Democrat in Lake County Board District 13 race

    Republican Susan Loving Gravenhorst has jumped party lines and endorsed the Democrat running for her Lake County Board seat. Gravenhorst, who will retire instead of seeking re-election to the District 13 seat she has held for 10 years, threw her support behind Sandra Hart in a letter to Republicans in the district. Hart is running against Republican David Barkhausen.


    Renoir up for auction allegedly stolen from Baltimore museum

    WASHINGTON — The highly anticipated auction of a painting believed to be a Renoir and purchased for $7 at a West Virginia flea market has been canceled, after evidence surfaced this week that the piece was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art decades ago.

    Carole Pankau

    23rd Senate candidates focus on job creation

    The two candidates for state Senator in the 23rd District agree on one thing: job creation is the most important issue facing their constituents. But incumbent Republican Carole Pankau and Democratic challenger Tom Cullerton offer different ideas for how state government can spur job creation.

    Dana Even of Lakes Community High School marches to “Without Evil There Is No Good,” from its show, “Pandora’s Box.”

    Prospect wins Chicagoland Marching Band fest

    The 45th annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival was held Saturday at Wheeling High School, with 28 of the area's top high school marching bands performing and vying for awards. Prospect High School was named Grand Champion for its show, "To the Moon and Back," which also got them the grand champion trophy at the Lancer Joust a week before.


    Chef guilty of murdering, boiling his wife
    A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.


    Barrington alpaca farm opens to the public

    Safehouse Farm Alpacas in Barrington will be participating this weekend in National Alpaca Farm Days, providing visitors a free opportunity to interact with and learn more about alpacas and their fleece. The farm, at 25550 Cuba Road, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Associated Press/NASA The robotic arm of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm.

    Mars rover Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

    Scientists say NASA's newest Mars rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed.

    Warren Kostka

    Fix up home or tear it down, judge tells former Palatine leader

    Former Palatine Councilman Warren Kostka must decide whether to tear down his dilapidated home or proceed with extensive repairs to the property, a judge said Thursday. With a group of frustrated neighbors looking on, Cook County Judge Margarita Kulys Hoffman told Kostka he needs to come up with proposals, cost estimates and a timeline for the work, and in the meantime clear any trash from the...


    Bearing sons can alter your mind
    The study found that women with more male DNA in their brains were less likely to have suffered from Alzheimer's disease — hinting that the male DNA could help protect the mothers from the disease, the researchers say.


    Christian right election-year rally set for Philly

    Steve Strang, the influential Pentecostal publisher of Charisma magazine, wrote in a blog post inviting readers to join him in Philadelphia that America is under threat from a "radical homosexual agenda" and President Obama "seems to be moving toward some form of European socialism."


    Free portraits for military families in Arlington Heights

    Military families looking for the perfect holiday present to send to their loved one overseas can pose for a new family photo for free this fall in Arlington Heights.The Arlington Camera Club, Inc. is partnering with the Christian Church of Arlington Heights to take family portraits of families who have members serving overseas.

    Geneva is considering prohibiting collection boxes such as these from being placed in parking lots, such as this one in a shopping center at Fabyan Parkway and Randall Road. City development staff say the boxes take up parking spaces, that people leave donations outside of them, and that the boxes are poorly maintained.

    Geneva might kick collection boxes out of parking lots

    Geneva might prohibit collection boxes from being placed in parking lots, but allow them next to buildings, under rules the city council is considering.


    Retired CLC professor killed by falling tree

    A former College of Lake County professor died after being struck by a falling tree in central Wisconsin, authorities said Thursday. James A. Reinemann, 67, of Gurnee, was cutting down trees Monday on the farm he owned in Adams County when one struck him, Deputy Medical Examiner Rebecca Koehn said.

    Ladislav Fromelius

    Naperville man, 73, ordered hit on estate executor

    After an estate executor withheld a $100,000 inheritance from Ladislav Fromelius, the Naperville man, then 71, turned to a hitman named "Mr. G" to even the score. In a series of conversations, Fromelius detailed how he wanted the executor's legs broken with a baseball bat and talked of "eliminating" her. What he didn't know was that 'Mr. G," in reality, was an undercover DuPage County sheriff's...


    Powerball ticket sold in suburban Des Moines

    A winning $202 million Powerball ticket was purchased at a convenience store in the suburban Des Moines city of Bondurant, but nobody had claimed it by midday Thursday.


    Barrington, fire district begin process that could end in split

    An exchange of letters between the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and the village of Barrington has kicked off a 15-month period in which the two agencies must either negotiate a new intergovernmental agreement or go their separate ways. The mutual letters of intent to terminate the current long-running contract between the two governments stemmed from fire district officials'...

    John Walters

    Heated Kane County judicial race pits Walters against Dalton

    John Dalton, a judicial candidate for Kane County's 16th Circuit Court, defended his qualifications in front of voters, sparring with opponent John Walters, who Dalton said has lied on the campaign trail and withheld information. The two faced off during a candidate forum hosted by political group Elgin OCTAVE Tuesday that became especially contentious at times.

    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District.

    Two more SuperPACs backing Walsh

    More outside cash is pouring in to help Republican Congressman Joe Walsh's re-election bid against Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Three groups have reported another $243,788 in expenditures on Walsh's behalf.

    Republican Judy Biggert opposes Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District race.

    New 11th Congressional ad uses bogus quote

    A new ad attacking Democrat Bill Foster in 11th Congressional District race rehashes an old accusation the Daily Herald proved as misleading four years ago in the Foster vs. Jim Oberweis contest. The ad comes from a SuperPAC originally formed to support Republican candidates in favor of gay rights. The claim uses a previously debunked, out-of-context quote by Foster to try and paint him as a...

    A $3.7 million winning lottery ticket was sold at the Meijer in Rolling Meadows, officials said on Thursday. The winner has yet to come forward.

    $3.7 million Lotto ticket sold in Rolling Meadows

    A $3.7 million winning Lotto ticket was sold at the Meijer in Rolling Meadows, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday, but the winner has not yet come forward.

    Syria’s conflict is the most violent to emerge from last year’s Arab Spring. The protests started peacefully but prompted a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s government. The fighting has escalated into a civil war.


    The issue: Syria’s conflict is the most violent to emerge from last year’s Arab Spring. The protests started peacefully but prompted a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s government. The fighting has escalated into a civil war.


    Discover 3Q profit slips, but tops Street view

    Discover Financial Services on Thursday reported a slight earnings decline in its fiscal third quarter, but the result easily beat Wall Street expectations as credit card use increased and more customers paid off their card balances on time.

    Steve Smouse

    Changes planned for troubled Antioch Rescue Squad

    The Antioch Rescue Squad board of directors will be replaced and other changes implemented under a plan of correction the troubled squad has sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The changes come on the heels of a scathing IDPH letter regarding problems and unprofessional behavior. "I've been planning on fading off into the sunset at the rescue squad for quite some time now," board...


    Candidate forums planned for Waukegan, Grayslake

    Lake County voters can learn where candidates for state and county offices stand on important issues at a pair of public forums next month. One event will be Oct. 10 in Waukegan. The second will be Oct. 17 in Grayslake.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to the United Nations this week with a single item on his agenda: Iran. Netanyahu is convinced the Islamic Republic isn’t taking American vows to block it from acquiring nuclear weapons seriously and that time is quickly running out to stop them.

    Netanyahu brings fears about Iran to UN

    UNITED NATIONS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make his case against Iran before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, arguing that time is quickly running out to stop the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power and the threat of force must be seriously considered.

    In this file photo, Pope Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter’s square as his then-butler Paolo Gabriele, bottom, and his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein sit in the car with him. Pope Benedict XVI’s ex-butler Paolo Gabriele and another Vatican lay employee, Claudio Sciarpelletti, are scheduled to go on trial Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in the embarrassing theft of papal documents that exposed alleged corruption at the Holy See’s highest levels.

    Pope’s ex-butler goes on trial for leaked papers

    VATICAN CITY — There was a time when a Vatican trial could end with a heretic being burned at the stake. Paolo Gabriele doesn’t risk nearly as dire a fate, but he and the Holy See face a very public airing over the gravest security breach in the Vatican’s recent history following the theft and leaking of the pope’s personal papers.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center at Kent State University Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Kent, Ohio.

    Obama touts ‘economic patriotism’ in 2-minute ad

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is pitching a broad economic argument to voters before next week’s debate with Republican opponent Mitt Romney, buying TV time in seven battleground states to promote a “new economic patriotism.”


    McHenry Co. weighing whether to put county executive info online

    The chairman of McHenry County Board's legislative committee said he wants to put information on the county's website about the county executive form of government before voters weigh in on a new form of government on election day.

    Robert Dold and Brad Schneider

    Is Israel a wild card in 10th Congressional race?

    In a district where nearly one quarter of voters are Jewish, the wildcard in the nailbiter 10th Congressional District race between incumbent Bob Dold of Kenilworth and Brad Schneider of Deerfield may well be Israel. "I am a staunch Democrat, but I supported Kirk in 2002 and 2004," Steve Sheffey, a Highland Park blogger and activist, said. "In my opinion those Democrats weren't good enough on...


    Israel upholds ban on Gaza students in West Bank

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s supreme court has upheld a ban on Palestinian students from the Gaza Strip studying in the West Bank.Israeli and Palestinian rights groups petitioned the court to allow five students from Gaza to travel to the West Bank for a master’s program in gender studies. They argue the two separate Palestinian territories should be treated as a single entity.

    Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei waves to the journalists as he arrives to the Beijing No. 2 People’s Intermediate Court in Beijing Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Chinese authorities on Thursday rejected Ai’s second appeal of a $2.4 million tax fine.

    Chinese activist artist won’t pay rest of $2.4M fine

    BEIJING — Activist artist Ai Weiwei said he does not intend to pay $1.1 million demanded by Beijing tax officials after he lost a final appeal in the case on Thursday, a defiant stance that threatens further confrontation with authorities.

    After honing his on-air persona during national TV interviews such as this one with Dr. Phil McGraw, would Drew Peterson have acted differently during his recent murder trial if there had been a TV camera inside the courtroom?

    Courtroom cameras more about entertainment than justice

    There are benefits to American's penchant for recording everything these days. We get unscripted, honest moments from politicians, and wacky hijinks involving animals, obsese people, celebrities and children. But we don't need cameras in courtrooms.

    The tower of the Romanesque Revival home in Peoria.

    Peoria couple updates historic home

    Nancy and Dr. Z. Vesoulis are painstakingly restoring the historic three-story home they purchased five years ago. Built in 1890 by Peoria flour baron J.W. Gift, the old house needed a lot of attention. Plaster had come loose from the lathe on many ceilings and the pipes were clogged to a slow trickle.


    Indiana pumpkin crop looks strong despite drought

    A Purdue Extension expert says Indiana's pumpkin crop has mostly fared well despite the drought that has gripped the Midwest, and consumers should have plenty of healthy pumpkins to choose from this fall.Purdue Extension plant pathologist. Dan Engel says pumpkins germinated properly despite fears they would not, and the dryness protected them from many of the diseases that hurt them in wetter...


    Wis. historians to stage Civil War re-enactment

    The Wisconsin Historical Society is gearing up to present its annual Civil War re-enactment. The historical society's 22nd annual Civil War Weekend is scheduled to run Saturday and Sunday at Wade House, a historic stagecoach inn in Greenbush.


    Cook County plans crackdown on tax violators

    Cook County is trying two new methods to go after unpaid taxes and fines. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office announced the programs Wednesday, predicting they could bring in $4 million to the 2013 budget.


    11 people accused of drug trafficking in E Wis.

    Eleven people from three eastern Wisconsin counties have been indicted for drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Authorities say they seized about 70 pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of more than $225,000 from a vehicle in western Wisconsin occupied by two of the defendants. U.S. Attorney James Santelle says agents also seized 11 guns and more than $20


    Wild plane passenger tackled on flight to Calif.

    Passengers said they had to tackle a man who was behaving aggressively and grabbing women during a flight from Chicago to Orange County's John Wayne Airport Tuesday night.Arash Durrani, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday night after passengers restrained him with their belts to stop him from scaring passengers on United Flight 473, according to the Orange County Register

    Elgin animal control officers James Rog, left, and Matt Ciesielczyk load a crate with three cats that were saved during an investigation where Elgin police and animal control officers search the property on the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin. More cats still have to be chased down today to ensure they’re OK.

    Dawn Patrol: Dead cats in Elgin van; 4-year-old girl saves mom

    60 dead cats found in Elgin man's van. NFL strikes deal with refs, officials working tonight's game. 4-year-old Aurora girl calmly calls 911 for mom. Teen robbed two runners at gunpoint along bike trail in Hoffman Estates. Hubble Middle School demolition begins. Palatine woman tied up inside her home by burglars.

    Daniel Kotowski, left, opposes Jim O’Donnell in the 28th Senate District for the 2012 General Election.

    Senate 28 hopefuls talk jobs, income tax

    The two hopefuls vying for the 28th Senate District seat in November agree creating jobs will require reforming the way Illinois does business, but they differ on just how that can be accomplished.Republican political newcomer Jim O'Donnell and state Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Democrat representing the 33rd Senate District, go head-to-head on Nov. 6.

    Fans look for their favorite stars, such as Justin Timberlake.

    Fans flock to Ryder Cup gala to see favorite celebs

    As part of the new changes to the 39th annual Ryder Cup attractions this year, PGA of America hosted a gala for fans that included performances by George Lopez and the band Chicago, and appearances by stars like Ryder Team USA liason Justin Timberlake on Wednesday at the Akoo Theater in Rosemont.



    Football: Week 6 previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at the high school football matchups involving the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West, Leyden, Christian Liberty and St. Viator for Week 6 of the high school football season.

    Jim Furyk celebrates after sinking a putt in the final round of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. That was the last victory for the U.S. team.

    Fear not, gentlemen, only a half billion people are watching you.

    OK, gentlemen, welcome to the first tee. No need to be nervous, though, because there are only thousands of rabid fans in the bleachers and strewn out along the fairway here at Medinah Country Club — even at this ungodly early hour.You may also notice that some fans have their faces painted, others are singing and waving flags and most are chanting for their respective sides.


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


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


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


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


    Thursday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Thursday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco makes a sliding catch on a pop fly by the Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton during the ninth inning Thursday in San Francisco.

    Giants dispatch D-backs 7-3

    Midseason acquisitions Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro each hit two-run homers in the second inning to back another solid day by Barry Zito, and the NL West champion San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 Thursday in their regular-season home finale.

    The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez scores on a single by A.J. Ellis during the fourth inning Thursday in San Diego.

    Dodgers beat Padres 8-4, inch closer to Cardinals

    Chris Capuano won for the first time in eight starts, and the Los Angeles Dodgers inched closer in the wild-card race, beating the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Thursday night.

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson struck out four and walked two Thursday night at home against Miami.

    Hanson earns elusive win as Braves beat Marlins 6-2

    Tommy Hanson allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since July 30, and the Braves topped the Marlins 6-2.

    Braves third baseman Chipper Jones waves to the crowd before batting in the second inning Thursday against the Miami Marlins in Atlanta.

    Chipper Jones savoring final homestand in Atlanta

    With one last trip to the postseason assured — albeit maybe for just nine innings — Chipper Jones is relishing the final days of his last season.

    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre connects for a single off Oakland’s Pedro Figueroa in the sixth inning Thursday in Arlington, Texas.

    Rangers win 9-7 over A’s for split, 4-game lead

    Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer to start a five-run first inning, Matt Harrison got his 18th victory and the two-time defending American League champions held on for a 9-7 victory Thursday.

    Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez catches a fly ball hit by the Angels’ Mike Trout in the fifth inning Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

    Mariners avoid sweep, slow Angels’ playoff surge

    John Jaso hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for Seattle, and the Angels wasted a golden chance to get within one game of an AL wild-card spot with a 9-4 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

    Washington’s Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs and six hits Thursday in a road win over Philadelphia.

    Nats’ Gonzalez becomes first 21-game winner

    Gio Gonzalez became the first 21-game winner in the majors, Michael Morse hit two homers and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Thursday night to move closer to an NL East title.

    The Yankees’ Derek Jeter sits dejectedly in the dugout alongside manager Joe Girardi, right, during the ninth inning of a 6-0 loss in Toronto.

    Yankees blanked by Blue Jays 6-0, lead cut to 1

    Brandon Morrow and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 victory over the Yankees on Thursday night that trimmed New York's lead in the tight AL East.

    Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in Thursday’s victory over the Pirates in New York.

    Dickey gets 20th win, leads Mets over Pirates 6-5

    David Wright boosted him into the lead with a tiebreaking three-run homer, and R.A. Dickey led New York over Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday to become the first knuckleballer in more than three decades to win 20 games.

    Cincinnati’s Dioner Navarro, bottom, covers his head as he is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a triple to drive in the winning run Thursday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Reds dent Brewers’ chances with 2-1 win

    Slumping Todd Frazier tied the game with a two-out homer in the ninth inning, and Dioner Navarro followed with an RBI triple that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory Thursday and dealt a major setback to the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff chances.

    The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Detroit. After Thursday’s 5-4 victory over Kansas City, Cabrera is hitting .326 with 42 homers and 133 RBIs.

    Detroit’s Cabrera chasing Triple Crown

    Nobody has won baseball's Triple Crown in 45 years. It takes a special blend of power, discipline, consistency — and yes, luck, if you believe in such a thing. But Miguel Cabrera is making perhaps the strongest bid since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967.

    Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tackles Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs as Cribbs’ helmet is dislodged from a hit by another player Thursday night in Baltimore.

    Fans cheer refs, and Ravens beat Browns 23-16

    The regular NFL officials returned to action, and the ending of their first game was eerily familiar to the one that hastened the exit of the replacement refs. This time, however, there were no replays or arguments at the end. Just another win by the Baltimore Ravens over the Cleveland Browns, 23-16 on Thursday night.

    Washington’s Desmond Trufant celebrates his interception against Stanford late in the second half Thursday in Seattle.

    Washington rallies to upset No. 8 Stanford

    Kasen Williams took a quick screen pass from Keith Price, broke a tackle and the line of scrimmage and raced 35 yards for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left, and Washington rallied from 10 points down to stun No. 8 Stanford 17-13 on Thursday night.

    Tampa Bay Rays’ Ben Zobrist, left, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Carlos Pena as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks to the field during the fourth inning Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox fall to Rays 3-2, now 2 behind Detroit

    Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight game Thursday night, handing the White Sox a 3-2 loss that hurts Chicago's playoff hopes.The Rays remained two games back in the race for the second AL wild card, while the White Sox fell two games behind Detroit in the AL Central after their eighth loss in nine games. Tampa Bay and Chicago have six games to go, including three more against each other. Detroit beat Kansas City 5-4 earlier Thursday.Longoria's 14th homer came on the eve of the anniversary of his dramatic shot that beat the Yankees on the final day last season and gave the Rays the AL wild card.Joel Peralta (2-6) pitched an inning for the win and Fernando Rodney finished for his club-record 46th save in 48 chances. After giving up a two-out single to Kevin Youkilis, Rodney struck out Adam Dunn on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.Brett Myers (3-4) gave up Longoria 's homer while pitching 1 2-3 innings. The right-hander has allowed a run in each of his last two outings after a run of six consecutive scoreless appearances.The sliding White Sox wasted a handful of opportunities to grab control of the game, continuing their recent struggles to hit with runners on base.A.J. Pierzynski led off the eighth with a single. Pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise then struck out after failing out to get down a bunt and pinch-runner Jordan Danks was ruled out on a double play on Alexei Ramirez's fly ball when he apparently failed to retouch second base on his way back to first. Chicago left 10 on base.The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in both the fourth and fifth innings and scored just two runs. Paul Konerko hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the fifth, tying it at 2.Luke Scott started the fifth with a drive off Jake Peavy for his 14th homer, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.Ben Zobrist doubled to open the fourth, moved up on a fly ball and scored on Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.Chicago tied it in the bottom half when James Shields walked two and gave up a single to Alex Rios to load the bases with no outs. One out later, Shields hit Dayan Viciedo with a pitch to force in a run, but he retired the next two batters to avert the big inning.Shields gave up six hits in 6 1-3 innings, throwing 117 pitches. He struck out six and walked four.Peavy went 7 1-3 innings, leaving after walking pinch-hitter Sam Fuld. He gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one.Tampa Bay had runners at the corners with two outs in the second when Peavy made a fake throw to first and was called for a balk by first base umpire Chad Fairchild.Jeff Keppinger was waved in from third before the umpires conferred and wiped out the balk call, sending the runners back to their bases. Rays manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout for an explanation from home plate umpire Brian O'Nora before Peavy struck out Matt Joyce to end the inning.NOTES: The White Sox still have not named a starter for Sunday's series finale to oppose Rays ace David Price. Jeremy Hellickson (9-10) goes for Tampa Bay on Friday against Gavin Floyd (10-11) and Saturday it's Matt Moore (10-11) vs. Chicago's Chris Sale (17- 7). ... Rays C Jose Molina (right quad strain) missed a second straight game. Maddon said "he's doing better," but isn't sure when Molina will be able to return to action. ... Dan Johnson, who homered for Tampa Bay to tie the game with the Yankees on the final day last year, is now a reserve with the White Sox and lined out in the ninth Thursday night. "It's very strange that Danny's over there," Maddon said. "Great guy. He's a big part of Devil Ray/Ray history. ... I know how calm he is in big moments."

    Did USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, left, make the right choices for his his team and the pairings? We’ll find out today as play begins for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah.

    Time for Team USA to show Ryder Cup mettle

    The time for talk is over. The time to play is now. It is the 39th Ryder Cup, a global event seen by a half billion people and featuring more pressure than most of these 24 golfers will face in their sporting lives. For the Americans, Medinah will promise a tremendous advantage if the U.S. can make some birdies early Friday and get the crowd involved.


    Barrington keeps pace by topping Schaumburg

    Barrington 1, Schaumburg 0: A second-half goal from forward Danny Jaderholm helped visiting Barrington stay in second place in the MSL standings and set up a showdown with league leader Palatine next week. Broncos goalkeeper Pat Deroche made 3 saves in earning the shutout.Buffalo Grove 1, Prospect 0: The host Bison improved to 6-2 in league play as a goal by Rafa Drakos (assisted by Demo Drakoulis) was the difference.Wheeling 4, Rolling Meadows 1: The Wildcats scored three times in the first half and held on for an MSL win at Rolling Meadows.Jose Garcia scored twice in the first half and once more in the second half, Luis Herrera had a first-half goal and Javier Ocampo made 7 saves for Wheeling.Fremd 2, Hersey 0: Brock VonHolt and Zach Schoffstall scored second-half goals for visiting Fremd (5-3 in the MSL) while Vikings keeper Steven Soltykiewicz made 2 saves for the shutout. Senior Irving Velasquez saved 2 shots for Hersey, which is also 5-3 in the league.Maine West 1, Deerfield 0: Gerardo Espinoza scored the game-winner with 1:15 left on an assist from Miguel Lopez.Jecsan Torres’ shutout included 3 saves as the visiting Warriors improved to 4-2 in the CSL North.


    Rolling Meadows snaps streak against BG

    For the first time since 2004, the Mustangs bucked the Bison. Rolling Meadows' girls swimming team pulled out a 98-87 victory over visiting Buffalo Grove on Thursday, the first time in eight years that's happened.


    Football: Scouting Week 6 in the Fox Valley

    Hampshire (2-3, 1-1) at Johnsburg (0-5, 0-3)When: today at 7:15 p.m.Last year: Hampshire 27, Johnsburg 26Last week: Grayslake North 54, Hampshire 22; Grayslake Central 29, Johnsburg 12Outlook: Six turnovers short-circuited Hampshire’s offense and put its defense in precarious situations last week. The Whip-Purs have surrendered 9 more turnovers than they’ve forced. “We’ve got to work on taking care of the ball; that has to be a priority,” coach Dan Cavanaugh said. “Not shooting ourselves in the foot should translate to more points.” Hampshire center Nick DeNardo is expected to miss a second straight game due to pneumonia. Senior Phil LaPointe leads the team in rushing (67-313-4.7 avg.) and touchdowns (7). The Whips’ lone win a year ago came against the Skyhawks, who enter this Fox Valley Fox Division contest on a 17-game losing streak dating back to Week 7 of the 2010 season. On a two-game skid themselves, the Whip-Purs won’t take this opponent lightly. “They’ve got some good size on that team,” Cavanaugh said. “From what I’ve seen on film, they move the ball real well and their sophomore quarterback handles things. I’d like to see us get back on track. We have to get back to playing good defense and build on our offense.”Next: Woodstock at Hampshire; Johnsburg at McHenryBurlington Central (4-1, 3-0) at Marengo (1-4, 0-3)When: today at 7 p.m. at Rod Poppe FieldLast year: Burlington Central 55, Marengo 3Last week: Burlington Central 26, Genoa-Kingston 14; Harvard 10, Marengo 6Outlook: Quarterback Ryan Ritchie underwent surgery this week for a torn thumb ligament. Whether he can return this season in a cast at another position has yet to be determined. Capable senior Tyler Majewski will again take over as signal caller. In three games subbing for Ritchie this season, he has completed 24 of 34 attempts for 231 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception. “We miss a little athletically there, but Tyler does a really nice job running the offense,” Central coach Rich Crabel said. “Unfortunately, it also takes him away from playing that receiver spot and he’s played some cornerback, too.” The Rockets have dominated the series against the Indians, winning the last 7 straight meetings. Central will look to stop Marengo senior running back John Lesiak in order to remain unbeaten in Big Northern East play. “He’s going to draw a lot of our attention,” Crabel said. “We’ll be pretty focused on him.”Next: Richmond-Burton at Burlington Central; Marengo at Stillman ValleySt. Edward (1-4) at Chicago Christian (2-3)When: today at 7:30 p.m.Last meeting (2010): St. Edward 28, Chicago Christian 6Last week: Aurora Central Catholic 25, St. Edward 7; Chicago Christian 21, Guerin 0


    The last good PK goes to Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown continued its roll, but it wasn't easy. Meanwhile, Jacobs' frustration continued. Juan Ramos made the Chargers' final shot in sudden-death while Christian Martinez stopped Jacobs' final shot as the Chargers downed the Golden Eagles, 2-1, on penalty kicks in boys soccer action Thursday night. Jose Angeles scored D-C's only goal in regulation in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin.

    Nathan Hall,left, of Glenbrad West and Mike Parzy of Bartlett move the ball during the bartlett at Glenbard West boys soccer game Thursday.

    Glenbard West overtakes Bartlett

    Nathan Hall wasn't very impressed with how the Glenbard West boys soccer team played Thursday night in Glen Ellyn. He was just happy the Hilltoppers walked away with a 2-1 victory against Bartlett.


    White Sox players like Ventura’s approach

    When something needs to be said, White Sox manager Robin Ventura prefers talking to his players on an individual basis. "He comes up and talks to us all the time," said rookie relief pitcher Nate Jones. "He tells us not to worry about what's around us and what Detroit's doing."

    Round Lake players swarm Jose Sedano after he scores the first goal of the game Thursday against visiting Antioch.

    Flexibly, Round Lake prevails

    Jose Sedano, normally a defender for Round Lake's boys soccer team, made the most of his opportunity. As a result, both he and the Panthers are moving up. Sedano stepped up and scored his first goal of the season, and just the second in his varsity career, Thursday. It was good time to do it — Senior Night and already the final home game for the Panthers, who got past visiting Antioch 3-1 in a North Suburban Prairie Division match on Thursday night.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown d. McHenry: The Chargers won their first Fox Valley Conference Valley Division match of the season, 25-21, 25-14. Steph Magsamen had 6 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces, while Sam Pagano added 4 kills and 3 blocks for Dundee-Crown (6-9, 1-6). Jillian Hostetler *4 kills), Emily Michalski (3 kills), Payton De Luga (3 kills, 5 digs), Cori Eischen (15 assists, 5 aces) and Franki Scarpelli (4 digs) also contributed for the Chargers.Prairie Ridge d. Huntley: Rachel Shores had 8 digs, Elish Reagan 6 digs, Emily Westermeyer 4 digs and an ace and Kelsey DeWulf 6 digs for Huntley (6-9, 2-5) in an FVC Valley loss.Grayslake Central d. Hampshire: Jen Dumoulin had 5 kills and 6 digs to lead Hampshire in a 25-21, 25-23 FVC Fox loss. Arianna Romninski added 9 kills, Julianna Gass had 13 digs and Brittany Laffin added 6 digs for the Whip-Purs.Geneva d. Bartlett: Katie Hrbacek had 6 digs for Bartlett (4-16) in a 25-15, 25-9 Upstate Eight crossover loss.Harvest Christian d. Elgin: Sydney Doby had 6 kills, 7 blocks and 2 aces and Jordan Sollars added 12 kills and 6 assists to lead Harvest to a 25-15, 25-16 nonconference win. Erica Manusos (8 kills) and Katelyn Floys (12 assists) also contributed for the Lions (16-3). Hope Demel (6 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs), Maggie Powers (3 kills), Kristin Tayag (7 assists), Jackie Shioli (4 kills), Taylor Hedl (3 aces, 4 digs) and Abhy Pierre-Louis (4 kills, 2 blocks) led Elgin (1-21-2).Westminster Christian d. Somonauk: Cara Tyrell had 9 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces and Claire Speweik added 8 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks to lead Westminster to a nonconference win. Elizabeth Farwell (13 assists, 11 digs), Cassidy Finnegan (16 digs), Savannah Dutcher (8 kills) and Emma Kovachevich (11 digs, 3 aces, 5 assists) also contributed for the Warriors (14-5).


    Metea Valley thwarts Benet

    The Benet and Metea Valley boys soccer teams gathered Thursday night at Metea for a nonconference contest and a break from the rigors of conference play. Well, actually both teams took a break from the rigors of league play and went right into the rigors of nonconference play. In a physical game at a consistenly quick pace, the host Mustangs prevailed 2-1 on their senior night.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 1, CL South 1: Jack Carlson scored for Crystal Lake South and Edgar Zavala answered for Elgin in this nonconference tie. Gus Alvarez had 7 saves in goal for the Gators (9-9-1) and Joel Chavez made stops for Elgin (3-10-2Harvest Christian 2, Paw Paw 1: Alex Reinhold and Stuart Wolff scored for Harvest in this nonconference win. Patrick McGuire had 7 saves in goal for the Lions (7-5-2).U-High 3, Elgin Academy 1: Drew Wilmington scored Elgin Academy’s only goal in this Independent School League loss. Nate Johnson had 15 saves for the Hilltoppers (5-4-3).Glenbard North 2, South Elgin 1: Owen Bott scored South Elgin’s goal in nonconference action. Tyler Shipon had 3 saves in goal for the Storm (5-8-1).West Chicago 2, Larkin 1: Jazael Medina scored Larkin’s only goal in this nonconference loss. Aldaire Dominguez had 10 saves in goal for the Royals (10-5-1).Woodstock 5, Hampshire 2: Zack Suthers and Jayson Franke scored Hampshire’s goals in this Fox Valley Conference Fox Division loss. Andy Pederson made 3 saves in goal in the first half for the Whip-Purs (4-10-1, 0-3) and Cesear Esparza had 3 stops in the second half.


    Elk Grove pushes the issue in victory

    A tough season got a little tougher Thursday night for host Hoffman Estates after visiting Elk Grove dealt the Hawks a 2-0 Senior Night defeat. The Grens (4-5-4, 3-5-1) were in control as soon as the second half began after coach Joe Bush changed his formation, adding a third striker. Though it took nearly half an hour for Elk Grove to double its lead, there was no doubt who was the more dynamic side after the Hawks had honored their senior players and their families.


    Palatine, Prospect run to divisional titles

    The Palatine girls cross country team has had several near-misses this season. The Pirates have finished third at the Hinsdale Central Invite, Richard Springs Invite and Palatine Invite. On Thursday, the Pirates were out in front. Palatine won the Mid-Suburban League West Division title with a pair of victories at Deer Grove East. Palatine defeated Schaumburg 17-40 and added a 19-42 victory over Hoffman Estates. Schaumburg defeated Hoffman Estates 25-30. In the East Division, Prospect wrapped up the title with victories over Wheeling and Rolling Meadows.

    Meg DeMaar of Glenbard West bumbs the ball over in in girls volleyball action against Willowbrook on Monday in Glen Ellyn.

    DeMaar, Doyle are two of a kind

    Sheila Doyle and Meg DeMaar both burned circuitous paths to their current volleyball positions.Doyle, a senior at Benet, played libero for the freshman B team her first year. She only started playing club after her sophomore year, and didn't start at six rotations for Benet until last October."I was definitely a late bloomer," said Doyle, who will play next year at North Carolina.DeMaar, a junior at Glenbard West, did soccer until sixth grade. Dragged to her first volleyball tryout, she showed up in Converse sneakers and basketball shorts. Meg's grandpa Wayne DeMaar was the long-time baseball coach and AD at St. Charles High School, her dad played baseball and mom was a figure skater. Volleyball proved to suit Meg best."They tried to get me into skating when I was little," Meg said, "but my legs were too long."

    Raymond Knoll of Naperville North watches his drive from the 6th tee during DuPage Valley Conference boys golf at Bartlett Hills Golf course on Thursday.

    Knoll, Naperville North win DVC again

    With the eyes of the golf world fixated on suburban Chicago starting today, Raymond Knoll had a starry-eyed experience of his own earlier this week. "We took the whole team (to the Ryder Cup at Medinah) on Tuesday," Naperville North coach Ryan Hantak said. "The way (the American and European team members) play the game is so inspiring," Knoll said Thursday shortly after ending his extraordinary DuPage Valley Conference golf days with his second individual title. "I try to incorporate what they were doing into my game."


    Interchangeably, Palatine mass-producing points

    Coming into this season, Palatine (4-1, 1-0) projected its starting wide receivers to be Cam Kuksa, Jesse Bobbit, Alex Nawrot and Lucas Rago. But due to injuries, that lineup has never come to fruition. It hasn't mattered for quarterback Ethan Olles and company. The machine that is Palatine's offense has kept rolling along, substituting one part for another and piling up the points.

    Schaumburg’s Kiana Lewis, right, tries for a kill as Barrington’s Christy Roney attempts to block the ball during Thursday’s game.

    Schaumburg keeps the pressure on

    Fremd and Palatine have been leading the Mid-Suburban West all season but Schaumburg continues to lurk just off the pace. And it sure was a change of pace when the Saxons met visiting Barrington on Thursday night. After falling in two sets to the Fillies on Sept. 4, Schaumburg turned the tables with its own two-set win.Junior outside hitter Kiana Lewis put down 11 kills and senior outside hitter Kelly Koutnik added 7 as the Saxons posted a 25-22, 25-21 triumph.


    Almost time for fantasy owners to make QB changes

    What's wrong with the top-tier quarterbacks this season? And what's with Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzptrick at the top of the fantasy QB point totals? John Dietz examines the subject in this week's column.

    St. Charles East’s Haydyn Jones returns a two-handed shot as she plays #1 Doubles with Kelsie Roberton against Batavia’s Amelia Cogan and Jenny Mizikar Thursday in St. Charles.

    Batavia keeps its River record perfect

    Batavia's girls tennis team sure has taken a liking to playing in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division. Participating in the UEC River for the third straight year since departing the now-defunct Western Sun Conference, the Bulldogs had yet to suffer a single defeat in 16 matches heading into Thursday's clash with St. Charles East in St. Charles. Make that 17.

    Junior kicker Kat Stutesman is the first female player at St. Charles North.

    Stutesman takes her kicks with St. Charles North

    Last Saturday Kat Stutesman was in net for her club soccer team, Fox Valley Strikers, when an opponent dribbled in close looking to score.Stutesman tackled her.

    Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Ryan Graham will lead the Tigers into action against West Chicago on Friday night.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    A preview of the top high school football games in the DuPage County coverage area for Week 6


    Crystal Lake South denies Cary-Grove

    Crystal Lake South took Cary Grove’s best shot, got off the canvas then proceeded to win the match.Led by a 9-killm 4-block effort from junior Nicole Slimko, the Gators held off the upset-minded Trojans 25-17, 25-20 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls volleyball action in Cary Thursday night.“Cary-Grove was a much better team than the first time we played them,” said Slimko. “They came out with a lot of fire and we had to keep our poise when they got some momentum. We were able to stay out of any deep holes. We put a lot of practice and hard work in to prepare for this match. The hard work paid off. It was a great win.”Sophomore outside hitter Carly Nolan backed up Slimko with 7 kills and Avalon Nero collected 6 kills with 4 blocks. Setter Lindsey Murphy distributed 24 assists.Defensively, senior Nicole Jurkash had 12 digs for the winners.“We showed growth and maturity tonight,” said South coach Jorie Fontana. “When Cary-Grove came at us hard we kept our poise. We haven’t always done that this year. I am proud of our team. We beat a Cary-Grove team which has got much better and played a great match. It was a hard-earned win.”In Game 1, South (19-6, 6-1) never trailed in grabbing a 1-0 lead in the match. Holding a 22-17 advantage, the Gators scored the final 3 points on kills by Slimko, Nolan and Kylie Portera.The Trojans (10-9, 3-4) started Game 2 with every intention of tying the match. Led by 3 kills from Alex Larsen, Cary-Grove catapulted to a 6-1 lead.But Crystal Lake South battled back to tie the game at 12 on a kill by Nero. The Gators seized the lead for good, 17-16 on a kill by Slimko.Finishing the game and match on a 10-4 run, the Gators polished off the Trojans on a kill by Portera.Larsen paced Cary-Grove with 8 kills while Jess Bartczyszyn collected 18 assists while Micah Duzey contributed 10 digs.“We are getting better and improving every match,” said Patty Langanis. “The effort tonight was excellent. Alex had an amazing match. We have gotten better as a team, but so has South They have a strong offense with so many weapons. They are a very good team.”


    Palatine, Hersey clinch division titles

    Palatine's boys cross country team ran a bit cold in a sixth-place finish on Saturday in the invitational it hosted, but the Pirates were sure hot on Thursday. Palatine had seven runners finish in the top 10 in cruising to two victories at the Mid-Suburban League West triangular at Deer Grove East. Hersey clinches the East Division crown with victories over Buffalo Grove and Elk Grove.


    McKune leads Cary-Grove past Huntley

    Cary-Grove's Mike McKune is the type of soccer player who doesn't care to mention how many goals he has scored, preferring instead to focus on his team's overall effort. But opposing coaches don't hesitate to tout the senior center midfielder's value, particularly on a day like Wednesday when McKune scored on a free kick and led the defense by heading a dozen balls out of the box on corners and set pieces to lead the Trojans to a 2-0 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory at Huntley.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    A preview of high school football games in the the Tri-Cities coverage area for Week 6


    Elgin Academy names Rodriguez new coach

    Elgin Academy has named Bill Rodriguez as its new varsity girls basketball coach.Rodrigues replaces Charlie Porter, who resigned last month to accept an assistant coaching job at Lake Forest College.“Bill has all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach,” said athletic director Dewayne Robinson. “He was chosen over other candidates due to his extensive knowledge of the game and the Elgin Academy community.”Rodriguez served as Elgin Academy’s middle school coach for the last five years.


    Football: Scouting Week 6, Lake County

    Here's a look ahead at Week 6 of the high school football season for the teams of Lake County.


    Cubs' Volstad struggles, Rockies complete sweep

    The Cubs were on the verge of a game-tying rally and possible rare road victory. Unfortunately starter Chris Volstad had dug them a hole too big in the first three innings of Thursday's game with the Colorado Rockies. "Home runs got me again," Volstad said. "It was a spinning curveball and a fastball in that got me. Other than that, it was singles mainly and four of them in the infield."

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears are the worst team in the NFL on first downs, average 3.32 yards per snap through the first three games.

    Bears looking to improve on first down

    When it comes to getting off on the wrong foot, the Bears' offense has every other team in the league beaten, hands down. No team in the NFL is worse on first downs than the Bears, who average a skimpy 3.32 yards per snap, the lowest by a wide margin. Every other team averages at least 4.03 yards on first down; the NFL average is 5.35. "(When we're) putting ourselves in second-and-15, second-and-12, it's hard to call a game," said Jay Cutler, who has suffered when put in obvious, third-and-long passing situations.

    USA's Bubba Watson, left, and Webb Simpson have become good friends on and off the course. Watson won the Masters this year, and Simpson won the U.S. Open.

    With Bubba Watson, anything is possible

    Bubba Watson wasn't picked by U.S. captain Davis Love III to play in this morning's foursomes format in the Ryder Cup, but if the 33-year-old delivers the game that he brought to Augustana National in April, Watson could put the home crowd into a frenzy. His laid-back, loose and fun-loving nature make him a fan-favorite candidate.


    Ryder Cup ground rules
    Here is a glance at the various rules in place during the 39th Ryder Cup competition at Medinah Country Club, along with safety tips for spectators:

    Team USA veteran Phil Mickelson, here talking with Webb Simpson at right, will set a record with his ninth Ryder Cup appearance this weekend. Having played every Ryder Cup since 1995, Mickelson owns the record for the most defeats and is 11-17-6 overall.

    Time to test your Ryder Cup trivia

    How well do you know Ryder Cup history? Try this quiz put together by Doug Ferguson, AP national golf writer:

    Sports has helped Lakes receiver Andrew Spencer meet the challenge of growing up without his father.

    Football helps Lakes’ Spencer along his own path

    Sure, Andrew Spencer is playing football. He has since he was 7 years old, and now, 10 years later, he's a superstar senior wide receiver and defensive back for a Lakes team that is 4-1 and on its way to its best season in school history. But Spencer is still waiting for his dad to see him play. He's still waiting for his dad to watch him with the same pride that he did with his older brothers, Keon and Phillip.

    Submitted photo Jason Wieder, a 2002 graduate of Wheeling, will lead the varsity program into the upcoming season.

    Wieder eager to get varsity baseball rolling at Wheeling

    Jason Wieder, a 2002 Wheeling graduate, can't think of a better job than the one he was chosen for a week ago as the new varsity baseball coach for the Wildcats. He's grateful to people such as assistant principal for student activities Steve May, boys athletic director Neal Weiner and associate principal Kate Kraft for the opportunity.


    DeTrempe, Renner lead St. Viator to ESCC title

    St. Viator won the boys golf championship in the East Suburban Catholic Conference on Thursday by winning the league tournament at Old Orchard Golf Course. The Lions trailed Carmel by a single point in the overall ESCC standings heading into Thursday's action. But St. Viator, behind medalist Luke DeTrempe (74) and runner-up Robert Renner (76), earned 11 points for its winning total of 318, enough to vault it past the Corsairs by 1 point in the final conference standings.

    The United States, left, and European teams rise as recording artist Jordin Sparks sings the national anthem.

    Images: Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies
    Images of opening ceremonies for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Recording artist Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. All-star golfers from Europe and the USA were introduced to a huge crowd assembled at the clubhouse.

    USA’s Webb Simpson, left to right, Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk look over the green on the fourth hole Thursday during a practice round at the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Snedeker to get early baptism in Ryder Cup

    Davis Love III sent out his hottest player. Jose Maria Olazabal went with his strongest teams. The Ryder Cup captains had the same objectives Thursday when they announced their teams for the opening sessions at Medinah. Win points, the sooner the better. "We have to go for it," Olazabal said. "I know we are playing away. The crowds are going to be on their side. They set up the course to their liking. At the end of the day, you have to make a bunch of birdies out there to win points."

    Huntley’s Ryan Craig tees off at the sixth hole in the Fox Valley Conference tournament at Crystal Woods Golf Course in Woodstock on Thursday.

    Ryan Craig, Huntley nab FVC championships

    Huntley's home golf course is Pinecrest, but senior Ryan Craig has always considered Crystal Woods Golf Club his second home. The Huntley standout lives about a mile from Crystal Woods, located on Illinois Route 47 in Woodstock. Thus, he has played it more times than he can count. That knowledge worked to his advantage Wednesday when the standout shot a 2-under par 70 to win the individual Fox Valley Conference Tournament title by 5 strokes, thereby leading the Red Raiders to their second straight FVC team title.

    Penn State quarterback Matthew McGloin looks to pass Satuday against Temple in State College, Pa.

    QB McGloin on roll as Penn St braces for Big Ten

    Matt McGloin's game-day scowl was wiped away by a sly grin as he walked into Beaver Stadium. In the crowd greeting the Penn State team at the tunnel entrance was a giant cutout bearing the image of his smiling face, with McGloin's family and friends among those frantically waving the cutout. Finally entrenched as the starter at Penn State after two roller-coaster seasons, McGloin has a lot to smile about as the Nittany Lions (2-2) prepare for tougher competition this weekend when they visit Illinois.


    NHL cancels the rest of preseason games

    The NHL canceled the rest of the 2012 preseason Thursday, just a day before negotiations were set to resume in an effort to end the lockout. The league announced its second cancellation of preseason games in a two-sentence statement. NHL owners locked out players on Sept. 16 when the collective bargaining agreement expired.


    Fister fans 9 in a row, Tigers stay in first place

    Doug Fister set an AL record by striking out nine straight batters and the Detroit Tigers kept their lead in the Central, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Thursday on Alex Avila's grounder in the ninth inning.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures to fans before a game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys in East Rutherford, N.J. The NFL and referees union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.

    Goodell apologizes to fans for replacement games

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to the fans who fretted through three weeks of replacement officials calling their favorite teams' games. "Obviously when you go through something like this, it's painful for everybody. Most importantly, it's painful for fans," he said on a conference call Thursday, about 12 hours after the league reached a deal to bring back the regular officials.

    Michael Scully joined Medinah in 2004 and has been its Director of Golf since 2010.

    A hole-by-hole tour of Medinah’s Ryder Cup course

    The 39th Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 28-30 at Medinah Country Club's famed Course No. 3, which is a Par-72 course (7,657 yards/6,991 meters). Here is a look at the challenges posed by all 18 holes, provided by Michael J. Scully, who joined the Medinah staff as a head professional in 2004 and became Director of Golf in 2010. A native of Mount Prospect, Scully is a graduate of Prospect High School and the University of Illinois, where he played football.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, left, talks with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, center, and relief pitcher Nate Jones Wednesday during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians.

    White Sox lose, fall out of AL Central lead

    The slumping Chicago White Sox fell out of the AL Central lead for the first time in two months, walking 12 batters and losing to the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Wednesday night. Chicago, which has lost seven of eight, had been in sole possession or tied at the top every day since July 24. But Detroit moved ahead by a game, beating Kansas City 5-4 with a week left in the regular season.

    Ashley Rosch

    Ellett sisters excelling at NIU

    Hampshire’s Ellett sisters are enjoying success on the collegiate links as members of the Northern Illinois University women’s golf team.The Elletts recently helped NIU place second at the Green Bay invitational. Connie Ellett, a freshman, finished in the Top 10 in the tournament. She trimmed 2 strokes off her first-round of 79 to move up five spots and finish her first collegiate competition tying for ninth with a 2-round total of 156.Taylor Ellett posted a final round 84 and finished in 19th place with a 163.NIU also finished seventh at the Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind., recently.Connie Ellett led the Huskies with a fifth-place finish. She had a 2-round total of 153 (76-77). Taylor Ellett jumped 12 spots after shooting a final-round 79. She finished in 42nd place with a 2-day total of 166.At the Cougar Classic at Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago, NIU finished fifth. Taylor Ellett moved up 14 spots on the last day to 30th with a score of 164 (83-81), while Connie Ellett cut 10 strokes off her first-round effort and shot 81 on the final day to end in 65th place with a 172.Krebs honored: Cary-Grove product and current North Park University quarterback Tyler Krebs recently earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin offensive player of the week honors.Krebs, a junior at the school majoring in communications), completed 11 of 13 passes for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns during the team’s 46-21 triumph over Olivet College recently. Krebs did not throw an interception and also had 2 touchdown runs of 29 and 4 yards. Krebs was leading the team in total offense through late last week with 559 yards (186.3 yards per game).Rosch earns repeat league honor: Cary-Grove alum Ashley Rosch was named the Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the week for a second time this season. Rosch is a freshman outside hitter on the Illinois State University women’s volleyball team.She was honored for her recent performance in Illinois State’s home series against Northern Iowa and Bradley.Rosch led the way with 30 kills, 21 digs, 2 aces and 6 blocks against the two teams. She notched a new career high with 22 kills and 26 points in the Redbirds’ 4-set victory against Bradley, recording 20-plus kills for the first time in her career.She posted her fourth double-double of the season with 22 kills and 13 digs and recorded her seventh match of the year with 10 or more digs and kills. Rosch hit .326 and averaged more than 4 kills per set in the two matches.At the time of the award, Rosch ranked first on the team in kills (144) and kills per set (2.94), while ranking third in digs (144) and hitting percentage (. 218).She earned her first freshman of the week honor for her performance in Illinois State’s three wins at the Rocket Classic in early September.Off at college wants your help: Send information and/or statistics on Fox Valley area athletes playing collegiately to Mike Miazga at difbulator@aol.com.


    Motorola Mobility launched its first custom-fit wireless headset called the Motorola S11-FLEX HD Wireless Headset.

    Moto offers its ultimate fit for headset

    When it comes to getting a custom fit for a headset, Motorola Mobility enlisted the help of its Libertyville workers to improve a long-standing product, Anna Marie Kukec writes in her eBuzz column this week. "As part of our development, we set up fit stations in the cafeteria and had a lot of employees try on the prototypes," Dickon Isaacs, design director for Motorola Mobility's consumer experience design department, said.


    Lands’ End to cut nearly 200 jobs in Wis.

    Apparel and home products retailer Lands' End plans to cut nearly 200 jobs in Dodgeville by the end of January.Dodgeville-based Lands' End said Wednesday it is culling its call center workforce by 29 percent and streamlining other operations as more of the company's sales are made online.

    Bradley University freshman Jeremy Lee, right, tapes a cardboard box on top of freshman Zach Singleton, turning him into “cardboard man” during Wednesday’s annual Habitat for Humanity’s fundraiser, “Shack-a-Thon” on the Bradley campus in Peoria. Students built cardboard homes and later slept overnight in them to experience the plight of the homeless.

    Jobless rates fall in August around Illinois

    The monthly metro unemployment report released Thursday showed only Decatur area had higher unemployment last month than a year earlier.

    The tollway wants an “independent” firm to evaluate its construction programs.

    Tollway balks at contractor after scrutiny

    Illinois tollway directors pulled a controversial contract from their agenda after a two-hour closed door debate. The contract with Hill International to review past tollway projects drew questions because the company had done work for the tollway previously.

    Police clash with protesters during a demonstration at the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday.

    Stocks end higher after 5-day losing streak

    Stocks climbed modestly Thursday on Wall Street, perhaps headed for their first gain of the week, after unemployment claims in the United States fell to their lowest level in two months.


    Discover shares soar as profit beats estimates

    Discover rose 7.3 percent to close at $39.71 in New York, the highest since being spun-off by Morgan Stanley in June 2007 and the most since Aug. 11, 2011.

    Associated Press/Sept. 12, 2012 A woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark.

    Pastors protest Hobby Lobby birth control fight

    A coalition of liberal Christian groups has come out against Hobby Lobby's lawsuit challenging federal health care guidelines that require companies to provide insurance that covers the morning-after pill.


    These gadgets do the work then dissolve — inside you

    Scientists reported Thursday that they succeeded in creating tiny medical devices sealed in silk cocoons that did the work they were designed for, then dissolved in the bodies of lab mice.


    Goldman Sachs to pay $14.4 Million to settle political cases

    Neil Morrison, who was a vice president in Goldman Sachs's Boston office, worked for Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign from November 2008 to October 2010, sometimes during his office hours, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement today.


    Germany ratifies EU bailout fund treaty

    Germany's president has signed off on the ratification of the eurozone's permanent $645 billion rescue fund, clearing its last legal hurdle in Germany.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell again to new record lows. The decline suggests the Federal Reserve’s stimulus efforts may be having an impact on mortgage rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, the rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.40 percent. That’s down from last week’s rate of 3.49 percent, which was the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

    Rate on 30-year mortgage hits record low 3.40 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell again to new record lows. The decline suggests the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts may be having an impact on mortgage rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.40 percent. That's down from last week's rate of 3.49 percent, which was the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

    The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in August from a two-year high in July. The National Association of Realtors says its index of sales agreements dropped 2.6 percent last month to 99.2. In July, the index rose to 101.9. That was the highest level since April 2010, when the market benefited from a federal home-buying tax credit.

    Contracts to buy U.S. homes fell slightly in August

    The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in August from a two-year high in July. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its index of sales agreements dropped 2.6 percent last month to 99.2. In July, the index rose to 101.9. That was the highest level since April 2010, when the market benefited from a federal home-buying tax credit.


    U.S. Navy tests mine-seeking sub during Gulf drills

    The admiral in charge of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet says a prototype mine-detecting drone was put through more tests during military exercises in and around the Persian Gulf this month.

    The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, held back by the severe drought that reduced farm production in the Midwest. About half of the downward revision to growth came from a decline in farm production. The estimate for crop production was slashed by $12 billion.

    U.S. economy grew 1.3 percent in second quarter

    The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, held back by the severe drought that reduced farm production in the Midwest. The growth rate was lowered from a previous estimate of 1.7 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday.


    U.S. durable orders fall, but business inv

    Demand for long-lasting manufactured goods plunged in August because of a huge drop in volatile commercial aircraft orders. But in a hopeful sign, orders that reflect business investment plans rose.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, a hopeful sign for the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 4,500 to 374,000. That’s the first drop in six weeks.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications at 2-month low

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, a hopeful sign for the job market. It's the lowest level of weekly applications in nine weeks. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 4,500 to 374,000. That's the first drop in six weeks.

    In this 2007 photo, John Fenton and others examine neighbor Louis Meeks’ water in Pavillion, Wyo., where federal officials indicated people shouldn’t drink water from 40 wells in and around this central Wyoming farming and ranching community. The U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday released tables showing the amounts of dozens of various chemicals in the groundwater below the Pavillion area of west-central Wyoming.

    New information on Wyo. frack site awaits interpretation

    The meaning of reams of new data from groundwater testing in a remote Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sparked concern last year will be a matter of interpretation. Does the new science shore up damnation of hydraulic fracturing? Or does it refute criticism of the technique as too much anxious hand-wringing?


    China steel-mill closing curbs ship demand

    Baoshan Iron & Steel Co.'s suspension of some production will curb demand for imports of iron ore and ships that carry the commodity, according to Arctic Securities ASA. China's largest listed steelmaker shuttered two unprofitable plants and processing facilities with a combined producing capacity of 3 million metric tons after demand fell for slabs used to make ships and bridges,


    Comcast, NBCUniversal get behind zeebox app

    Comcast Corp. and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV.The cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company, but executives said that starting next month it will start advertising how zeebox will be integrated into its shows.


    More workers at American Airlines take severance

    American Airlines says almost 1,600 mechanics and maintenance clerks are seeking early-out payments to leave the financially strapped carrier. The workers could get $12,500 to $22,500 depending on their jobs.


    Tempur-pedic to acquire mattress maker Sealy for $2.20 A share

    empur-Pedic International Inc., a pioneer of memory-foam mattresses, agreed to buy Sealy Corp. for $2.20 a share to create a global bedding provider. The offer is 2.8 percent more than Sealy's closing price yesterday. Tempur-Pedic, based in Lexington, Kentucky, will also assume or repay all of Sealy's outstanding and convertible debt, according to a statement today.

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

    Markets steady as focus remains on Spain, Greece

    Financial markets recovered their poise Thursday, a day after investors were spooked by rising levels of discontent in Greece and Spain over upcoming austerity packages. Though the mood in markets has improved modestly, investors remain concerned about developments in Europe, where Greece and Spain have witnessed violent protests against debt reduction measures they are due to announce this week.

    Oil rebounded from the lowest close in almost two months after U.S. crude inventories declined and as investors speculated that recent losses were excessive.

    Oil recovers from eight-week low after U.S. inventories dropped

    Oil rebounded from the lowest close in almost two months after U.S. crude inventories declined and as investors speculated that recent losses were excessive.Futures rose as much as 0.6 percent in New York after falling close to technical-support levels.


    Harvard endowment shrinks; still wealthiest in U.S.

    Harvard University's endowment shrunk slightly during the last fiscal year to $30.7 billion, but the Ivy League school remains the wealthiest in the nation.Harvard Management Co., which oversees the school's investments, reported Wednesday that the endowment dipped 0.05 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, or about $16 million.

    A Boeing flag flutters as an Airbus A380 flies past during a demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

    EU seeks $12B in sanctions vs US over Boeing case

    The European Union is seeking some $12 billion in sanctions against the United States as part of a long-running dispute before the World Trade Organization involving subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing. The Geneva-based trade body said Thursday that the EU plans request on Oct. 23 the right to impose the sanctions.

    A Florida businessman is spicing up kids’ parties by bringing tiny alligators and letting them swim in clients’ pools.

    Florida man offers alligators to swim at parties

    Forget about ponies, bounce houses and clowns. For $175, a Florida businessman is spicing up kids' parties by bringing tiny alligators and letting them swim in clients' pools. Bob Barrett says the gator pool parties are totally safe — the reptiles' mouths are clamped shut with veterinary-grade tape.

    Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the “Master of Degrees,” holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy DC activities in Washington.

    Student debt stretches to record 1 in 5 households

    With college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households — nearly 1 in 5 — with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor. The analysis by the Pew Research Center found that 22.4 million households, or 19 percent, had college debt in 2010. That is double the share in 1989, and up from 15 percent in 2007, just prior to the recession — representing the biggest three-year increase in student debt in more than two decades.

    Cargo ships dock at a jetty in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday.

    Myanmar praises US decision to ease ban on imports

    Washington's announcement that it will ease a ban on imports from Myanmar has won praise in the emerging Southeast Asian democracy. Presidential aide Zaw Htay said Thursday that the U.S. move was the result of efforts by both reformist Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Life & Entertainment

    Authorities say actor Johnny Lewis Lewis fell to his death after killing an elderly Los Angeles woman. Lewis appeared in the FX television show “Sons of Anarchy” for two seasons.

    ‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor suspected of killing woman

    Johnny Lewis, an actor who played Kip "Half Sack" Epps on the cable TV show "Sons of Anarchy," has fallen to his death after apparently beating to death his elderly landlady at a hillside home, authorities said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Thursday identified the bodies as those of Lewis, 28, and Catherine Davis, 81.


    On mortgages, strict is still the rule

    WASHINGTON — With 30-year mortgage rates hitting new lows and recent borrowers' payment performance the best by far in decades, you'd think that banks and other lenders might be loosening up on their hyper-strict underwriting standards.

    Cindy Lou (Katie Siri), Betty Jean (Amy Malouf), Missy (Kristine Burdi) and Suzy (Ashley Wolfe) perform at Springfield High School’s 1958 senior prom as “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” now being presented by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    ‘Wonderettes’ sing well, but lack character

    "The Marvelous Wonderettes" pays more attention to musical nostalgia rather than believable characters and a logical plot flow at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Actress Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed new baby Tennessee James into their family today.

    Reese Witherspoon welcomes 3rd baby

    Reese Witherspoon has given birth to her third child, naming him after a place close to her heart. Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson, Witherspoon's publicist, said Thursday that "Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today. Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled."

    Mumford and Sons — Ben Lovett, left, Winston Marshall, Ted Dwane and Marcus Mumford — join Emmylou Harris to explore their shared love of high harmony, sad songs and, yes, the oft-belittled banjo on an episode of “CMT Crossroads” on Thursday, Sept. 27.

    Emmylou, Mumford & Sons team for ‘CMT Crossroads’

    Emmylou Harris loves Mumford & Sons for a special reason. "They're making the banjo respectable, which is not an easy feat, and I'm so glad it's finally happening," Harris joked. Harris, an iconic singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Mumford & Sons, platinum-selling lads from London who have sparked a folk-rock resurgence, are joining together to explore their shared love of high harmony and the banjo on an episode of "CMT Crossroads" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.


    Celine Dion, Usher to perform for Houston special

    Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston in a one-hour TV special. "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" will tape Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and will feature performances by Dion, Hudson and Usher. It will air Nov. 16 on CBS.

    Recording artist Lil Wayne now has the most entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

    Lil Wayne tops Elvis Presley’s Billboard record

    Lil Wayne is not only making rap history, he's making rock'n'roll history: the rapper has surpassed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.


    Taking your husband’s name, nor not, is a woman’s choice

    A reader wants to know if it is obnoxious to ask women why they choose to take their husband's name after marriage. Carolyn says, yes, just a little. After all, it's the woman's right to make that choice without being judged.

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

    'Looper' a little mind-boggling, but entertaining

    "Looper" makes sense for the most part. But what's smart about it — and what makes it more compelling than colder sci-fi — is the way writer-director Rian Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face.

    Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson navigate the sometimes difficult waters of teenage life in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

    ‘Perks’ a clear look at the troubles of youth

    "Perks of Being a Wallflower" takes an effective look at the difficulties teenagers face; "Solomon Kane" takes on the good fight in a mediocre flick; and "Vulgaria" tries just a little too hard to be something it can't. Also, free discussions of the films based on Stephen King stories and of films made in and around Chicago.

    Angie Stone’s “Rich Girl”

    Nothing poor in Stone’s ‘Rich Girl’ return

    Angie Stone is back! The soul songstress makes a triumphant return on her sixth album, "Rich Girl," with a collection of positive, in-your-face, fresh funky tunes. The majority of this record comes from Stone — the background, arrangements and lyrical content. It's just her and the producers, and they've created an immaculate album for one of the biggest soul stars of modern times.

    “Pete Remembers Woody” by Pete Seeger

    Seeger remembers Woody, offers new tunes

    At 93, no one expects anything new from Pete Seeger, but that's not stopping the folk music icon from putting out two new releases on the same day. Seeger gets some help on "A More Perfect Union" from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Dar Williams. And on "Pete Remembers Woody," Seeger offers his own memories in spoken word of Woody Guthrie.

    The “Idol” cast, from left, Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were in Chicago Wednesday evaluating local talent.

    Could suburbs produce another ‘Idol’ contender?

    The suburbs have a decent track record on "American Idol," with natives like Gina Glocksen and Haley Reinhart making strong showings and Lee DeWyze winning the crown in the recent past. This week, the judges for the 2013 edition of the show were in Chicago looking for the next local star.

    Teacher Nona (Viola Davis) rallies supporters of a parent empowerment law to take over her school while Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) watches in the drama "Won't Back Down."

    'Won't Back Down' won't stand up as inspiring drama

    "Won't Back Down" stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two women who join forces to remake a failing school against overwhelming odds. Yet, the movie never achieves the level of inspiration it clearly strives for, critic Dann Gire says.

    Vampire Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) shares a "zing" with Jonathan (Andy Samberg) while Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) watches in "Hotel Transylvania." Hey, why is Jonathan the only one showing his teeth?

    Nothing ‘awesome’ about awful ‘Hotel’

    Genndy Tartakovsky's animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania" tries to fit a formula protective father/rebellious daughter story into a monster world without respect or understanding for that world. Come on now. Kids know that vampires aren't living beings. So when that old bat Dracula shouts at his teenage vampire daughter Mavis, "I want you to live your life!" is he being sarcastic? Or dumb?

    Beca (Anna Kendrick), top center, leads the Bellas' a cappella singing group in Jason Moore's punchy, funny musical comedy "Pitch Perfect."

    ‘Perfect’ pitches a delightful musical campus comedy

    "Pitch Perfect" works because of the focused, crisp and punchy direction of feature newcomer Jason Moore, who brought the same snappy energy to the Tony-winning best musical "Avenue Q." It works because the superb cast of young, attractive performers reeks with charisma and salubrious sexuality. It works because the numbers are so great you want to run out after the movie and join a choir.



    Editorial: Time we got to know our neighbors

    A Hanover Park-sponsored forum on the Muslim faith is a model for communities to build bridges between cultures and religions, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Once upon a disappearance

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting — and surely the disappearance of a friend is one. Dail Dinwiddie was my son's baby sitter/nanny when she vanished on Sept. 24, 1992.


    Laity can help determine cardinal’s successor

    Guest columnist Paul Culhane: A new website enables Catholics in the Chicago Archdiocese to express their views on the qualities needed in our next archbishop and on the archdiocese's needs and, optionally, to recommend potential candidates.


    Battle of ‘gifts’ in 6th District
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Leslie Coolidge, the Democratic candidate for Congress, is running against Peter Roskam, one of the truly gifted Republican candidates; he's gifted with Republican money, with a social focus so narrow one could call it laserlike, with insight into women's lives that allows him to justify controlling women's choices, and with a sense of political responsibility that allows him to focus solely on attacking Obama to the exclusion (and detriment) of constituent needs.


    Democrats action on God was typical
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: When the Democratic National Convention was criticized by Republicans for removing any mention of GOD in the platform, they tried to restore GOD with a voice vote needing a two/thirds majority. God lost in all three votes the speaker tried.


    Foreign policy not working out so well
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    No reason to vote GOP this year
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: If you don't like the Democratic Party candidate, look at third party candidates. But to vote for Republicans on this Election Day — appalling.


    Support limits to campaign spending
    A Geneva letter to the editor: We have an overwhelming consensus that unlimited private spending on campaigns is not good for freedom for all.


    Election referendum on socialism
    A Lombard letter to the editor: This election is really about whether our nation is going to become socialized like a number of European countries with the inherent: 1. Big government. 2. High taxes to pay for the big government.


    Obscure video? Wait ‘til movie arrives
    A Naperville letter to the editor: We are told that the Middle East is aflame because of an obscure video, seen by a handful of people.


    Gire no fan of Christian movies
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I am writing after viewing "Last Ounce of Courage" this afternoon. I found it very inspiring and full of patriotism. I am a devout Christian and willing to be stand up and be counted as such.


    Mitt’s contradiction on tax-paying
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: With regard to his own income tax returns, Mitt Romney posited that the American electorate surely would not want a president who paid more tax than he owed.


    Time to stop blaming teachers
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Schools are not failing in Chicago or anywhere else in this country. However, our education system is flawed and needs to be overhauled.


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