Daily Archive : Tuesday October 2, 2012


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

    11th Congressional candidates take skeptical views of Libya attack

    Congresswoman Judy Biggert is calling for a thorough investigation of why the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Libya was able to succeed. She believes there was a failure to beef up security at the embassy. Her opponent, Bill Foster, said it's easy to second guess the security in hindsight. He feels the security was appropriate unless there is evidence that further assistance was...

    Peter Breen

    Lombard will have 2 mayors until May

    Lombard's opposing blocs of trustees voted Tuesday night to split the remainder of the late Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller's term, with one member from each faction serving as acting village president for three-and-a-half months. Trustee Peter Breen will serve as acting president until Jan. 16, 2013. Trustee Bill Ware will fill the role from Jan. 17, 2013 until May 2, 2013.

    Renee Smith and her husband, Tony, a few days after a piece of shrapnel landed in her cheek. A backyard fire ignited two bullets Sunday night at their home near Johnsburg.

    McHenry County woman thankful bullet shrapnel wasn’t deadly

    Renee Smith didn't realize bullet shrapnel was embedded in her cheek until she went to the hospital on Sunday night. On Sunday night, Smith, 36, and her husband had set up a campfire in their backyard that ignited two bullets unknowingly left behind about a month ago.

    Luigi Castillo

    Private eye claimed he was investigating child porn

    DuPage County prosecutors on Tuesday accused a private detective of using "the Pete Townsend defense" to explain how more than 160 images of child pornography ended up on two of his computers and his cellphone. Luigi Castillo, 34, of Glendale Heights, pleaded guilty in July to possessing one of the images but had maintained he mistakenly downloaded child pornography and was investigating it to...

    Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

    State sells Thomson prison for $165 million

    The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois for $165 million. The sale of the prison had been stalled for years. Most recently, Virginia Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, who heads a key House subcommittee overseeing the federal Bureau of Prisons, objected to the purchase because he believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. The...

    Republican Sidney Mathias, left, opposes Democrat Carol Sente in the 59th State House District for the 2012 General Election.

    Sente, Mathias argue about experience

    As Republican Sidney Mathias and Democrat Carol Sente battle for a spot in the Illinois House, Sente is trying to portray Mathias as a "career politician" as he argues experience is important.

    Is a merger between the RTA and CMAP a match made in heaven?

    RTA merger proposal draws objections

    Can a civic group pressure the Regional Transportation Authority to merge with another government organization? Metropolis Strategies thinks it can, arguing that the status quo is unacceptable. But the RTA argues that such plans are unworkable and unhelpful in the midst of the latest transit crisis.


    Food booth at Evansville festival catches fire

    A food booth caught fire during a large street festival in Evansville when a worker believes its griddle got too hot.No one was hurt in the fire Monday evening during the 91st Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. Harwood Booster Club booth worker Chris Angle says it appears the griddle overheated a wall to start the fire.


    Emanuel criticizes candidate to lead sports authority

    Gov. Pat Quinn's top spokeswoman is in the running to lead the state agency that operates U.S. Cellular Field, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signaled that she isn't the top candidate.


    Buffalo Grove to register, inspect rental properties

    Beginning in January, owners of rental property in Buffalo Grove will have to register with the village, pay an annual fee and submit to yearly inspections. The village board this week approved the new Rental Housing Program, which aims to ensure that all rental units comply with the village's minimum housing standards, preserve property values, protect the character and stability of residential...

    Ryan Rubenstein

    Grinding ban not hurting Lake Zurich High School homecoming dance ticket sales

    Ticket sales for Saturday's homecoming dance appear unaffected by a recent letter from Lake Zurich High School administrators stating that sexually suggestive moves by students on the floor at such gatherings won't be tolerated, officials said. Ryan Rubenstein, assistant principal for student activities and facilities, said 1,200 to 1,400 pupils are expected for the annual dance. "We have had a...

    Authorities remove crime-scene tape Tuesday from a building in the 100 block of South River Road in North Aurora where police say two men were shot during a home invasion.

    2 men sought after 2 shot at apartment complex

    North Aurora police are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion where two people where shot, one in the arm and the other in the chest. Authorities are looking for two men in connecton with the attack at a second-floor apartment in the 100 block of South River Road, (Route 25), one block south of Butterfield Road.

    A worker helps prepare the set Tuesday for the presidential debate at the Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver in Denver.

    Presidential debate: 8 questions about the high-stakes face-off

    1. What’s at stake in the first debate in Denver? First debates usually attract the biggest audience, and so for both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, this is a high-stakes event. But it’s clearly much bigger for Romney.


    Sugar Grove Twp. looks to buy land for park, storage

    Sugar Grove Township and the township road district ran a plan to build a park and storage site on Municipal Drive past the village board Tuesday. Village trustees were warm to the park idea, cooler about storing gravel, sand and other materials near a residential neighborhood.

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

    SuperPAC re-cuts ad after Duckworth’s campaign complains

    A Washington, D.C.-based SuperPAC is making last-minute changes to a TV spot criticizing Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth after she refuted claims in the ad. A spokesman for Now or Never PAC confirmed that changes are being made to a commercial set to run on Chicago cable and broadcast stations. Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, is running in the 8th Congressional District against...


    Fire damages Naperville garage, but no one injured

    A fire inside an attached Naperville garage caused about $45,000 in damage to the structure and a vehicle inside late Tuesday afternoon.

    One person was injured in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Glen Ellyn at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Sheehan Avenue.

    One injured in Glen Ellyn rollover

    One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Glen Ellyn Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

    Analysts at the Combined Intelligence and Fusion Center for NORAD/Northcom in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Report: Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists

    A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuable intelligence on terrorism, a U.S. Senate report concludes. It portrays an effort that ballooned far beyond anyone's ability to control.

    A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

    Judge halts Pa.’s tough new voter ID requirement
    A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania's divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.


    Bar associations release judicial recommendations

    The Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Council of Lawers release recommendations on judicial candidates running for retention in Cook County and for candidates seeking to fill vacancies on the Illinois Supreme and Appellate courts and in the Circuit Court of Cook County, including the 11th, 12th and 13th subcircuits.

    Pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele sits in the wood-trimmed courtroom of the Vatican tribunal last Saturday.

    Vatican to probe treatment of Pope’s butler

    Pope Benedict XVI's onetime butler declared Tuesday he was innocent of a charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loves like a father.

    Bioengineer Melody Swartz, a 1987 graduate of Glenbard West High School, has been named one of 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2012. She will receive $500,000 in “no-strings-attached support” over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

    ‘Genius grant’ of $500,000 for Glenbard West alumna

    Bioengineer Melody Swartz, a 1987 graduate of Glenbard West High School, has been named one of 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2012. She will receive $500,000 in "no-strings-attached support" over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

    Miguel Rico

    Confession in Lake Villa home invasion was coerced, defense attorneys say

    The defense attorney for a 20-year-old man on trial for invading a Lake Villa home and attacking a resident two years ago said his client confessed to the crime only because he thought that's what police wanted to hear. Attorneys gave opening statements in Miguel Rico's trial at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan early Tuesday in front of Associate Judge Daniel Shanes.


    Conditional discharge for Palatine couple who resisted police

    :A Palatine couple involved last February in a scuffle with police officers pleaded guilty to amended charges Monday in a Rolling Meadows courtroom. A Cook County judge sentenced Mark Haze, 45, and Lisa Haze, 43, each to 18 months conditional discharge in exchange for their guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer.

    Jack McCullough

    Killer sends letter to Sycamore residents

    A man convicted last month of kidnapping and killing a Sycamore girl almost 55 years ago has written a letter to city residents blaming a judge for discarding documents that he says would prove his innocence. Jack McCullough contends that FBI records barred from his trial provide him an alibi for the night 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted.

    Cody A. Searles

    Lake Zurich man attempts to change plea in attempted drug- induced homicide

    A 21-year-old Lake Zurich man who pleaded guilty last month to attempted drug-induced homicide made a play to withdraw that plea Tuesday, claiming he didn't understand the charge he agreed to in negotiations with prosecutors. However, Lake County Judge John Phillips told Cody Searles of Lake Zurich that he clearly understood what he pleaded guilty to, and that he is unable to take it back now.


    Buffalo Grove group wants to recall officials

    A new group of Buffalo Grove residents is threatening to recall members of the village board if their concerns about a proposed new development in the village aren't addressed. The group, calling itself Save Buffalo Grove, filed a notice last week that it would seek the recall of the village president and three trustees.

    Frank Ferraro

    St. Charles woman gets probation for causing fatal crash in South Elgin

    Erika Scoliere, 23, of St. Charles, pleads guilty to DUI that caused the death of a South Elgin man in 2007 and gets two years probation, two years wearing an alcohol monitoring braclet, a curfew, and 500 hours of speaking at DUI panels. Scoliere was 18 when she caused the crash that killed Frank Ferraro of South Elgin.

    Andrew Dunlop III

    2 Naperville men charged with trying to sell pot at junior high

    Two 19-year-old Naperville men have been charged with attempting to sell marijuana on the property of Kennedy Junior High School in Lisle.According to Lisle police and Naperville Unit District 203 officials, students reported the pair to the school resource officer, who found and arrested the men around 3:45 p.m. Monday near the school at 2929 Green Trails Drive.


    Meet the candidates in Round Lake Beach:

    The Round Lake Area Public Library and the League of Women Voters will host a meet-the-candidates event on Sunday, Oct. 7.

    Allen Fox Mead, upon his graduation from the University of Wisconsin.

    Vikings sports was a passion for Allen Mead

    Allan Fox Mead spent most of his life in Geneva -- growing up there, returning home after World War II to cover its life for the Geneva Republican newspaper, leading civic efforts to improve the town and making sure the exploits of Geneva High School sports teams received their due.


    YMCA topic of special meeting:

    The Vernon Hills village board and Vernon Hills Park District board of commissioners will hold a special joint session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 to discuss the announced closing of the Lake County Family YMCA.

    Louis Rossi

    Kildeer police chief Rossi leaving for Nevada law enforcement job

    Kildeer Police Chief Louis Rossi plans to depart next week for a job in Nevada. Officials said a seach for a permanent top cop will begin. "His knowledge of law enforcement, dedication and friendly personality are wonderful attributes," Kildeer Mayor Nandia Black said.


    Feds back research to stop Great Lakes invasions

    Federal grants will support stepped-up research into ways to prevent invasions of the Great Lakes by foreign animal and plant species, with special emphasis on refining techniques that detect their DNA in the water, officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was distributing $8 million among 21 universities and nonprofit organizations for invasive species research...


    Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce hosts Buona fundraiser

    The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fundraiser at Buona Beef, 2352 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Between 15 to 25 percent of all sales — including dine-in, carryout, drive-through and Buona-by-the-pound orders — will be donated directly to the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce.


    Family research expert to offer tips:

    At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, Maureen Brady will demonstrate the powerful uses of FamilySearch.org. The free website provides family history researchers with access to original historical records


    Teachers go on strike in Evergreen Park

    Teachers in South suburban Evergreen Park are on the picket line. The teachers in Evergreen Park District 124 walked off the job after contract talks broke down late Monday.


    Fitch downgrades Chicago Board of Education bond rating

    A second major bond-rating agency has downgraded Chicago Board of Education debt following last month's Chicago Teachers Union strike. Fitch Ratings changed the rating from A+ to A and said the outlook remains negative.


    D304 superintendent cites confidentiality of contract negotiations

    Geneva schools Superintendent Kent Mutchler canceled a meeting between Heartland Elementary parents and the president of the Geneva Education Association, saying the planned discussion would violate a confidentiality agreement the union and the school district have regarding contract negotiations.


    Chicago teachers voting on contract

    Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are voting on a proposed contract reached after a seven-day strike last month. Teachers at more than 600 schools around the city started voting Tuesday before school, and voting is also taking place after school.

    Melissa Cole, 25 years old, of the 600 block of S 500W, Hebron, IN.

    Two arrested in Fox Lake with quarter pound of cannabis

    Two people were arrested after a traffic altercation with more than one-quarter of a pound of cannabis, Fox Lake Police officials said. Justin Diedrich, 20, of the 26000 block of Grand Avenue in Ingleside, and Melissa Cole, 25, of the 600 block of S. 500W in Hebron, Ind., were charged with unlawful possession of cannabis of over 30 grams following their arrest Monday, Lt. Mark Schindler said.

    This home in Elgin is 33 percent more energy efficient than state code requires, a statistic that earned its builder and the rating agency that scored it a rebate from the Nicor Gas and ComEd Residential New Construction Program. Naperville-based Kings Court Builders is working on another home in the Waterford subdivision in The Highlands of Elgin near this home.

    Nicor, ComEd offer rebates for energy efficient homes

    When Caryn Rosborough and her husband, Matt, started talking to builders about a new Elgin home, they were intrigued by the talk of high energy efficiency. Pete Stefani, president of Naperville-based Kings Court Builders, said the Elgin home his company built isn't LEED-certified or up to the standards of the green building program through the National Association of Homebuilders. But the energy...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 50W300 block of Main Street near Elburn lost a wallet between 2 and 3 p.m. Sept. 22, according to a sheriff's report. The woman got locked out of the home and tried to use a credit card to get back into the home but failed. She then walked to a gas station, realized that she left the wallet outside the home and returned to find it missing.

    A model wears a creation by British designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as part of the ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection.

    Chanel heads up imaginative day of Paris shows

    "Don't take things too seriously," said Karl Lagerfeld standing next to a towering wind turbine inside Paris' Grand Palais, "especially not fashion."Chanel's veteran designer, with trademark humor, thus summed up an important message of this Paris season.


    Aqua Illinois hosts open house:

    Aqua Illinois, a private water utility company, will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the barn at the Hawthorn Woods village hall, 2 Lagoon Drive.

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

    Dimucci property plans closer to approval in Lake County

    A controversial proposal that would rezone 109 acres in southwestern Lake County cleared another hurdle Tuesday morning. The Lake County Board's planning, building and zoning committee approved an intergovernmental agreement with village officials in Hawthorn Woods and North Barrington that places a variety of restrictions on what can be built on the site, now owned by members of the Dimucci...


    Bomb squad disarms eight devices in Palatine

    The Cook County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad on Sunday neutralized and disposed of eight chemical bombs found scattered throughout a Palatine condominium complex courtyard.

    Marty Moylan, left, opposes Susan Sweeney in the 55th State House District

    Gambling expansion divides 55th House hopefuls

    Candidates vying for the 55th House District seat on Nov. 6 are divided on gambling expansion. Newcomer Republican candidate Susan Sweeney says she would support slot machines at Illinois horse racing tracks while Democratic Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan is against it. Neither candidate backs legislation calling for additional casinos.


    Police reports
    A young man walked into a store at about 2:45 p.m. Sept. 27 in the 400 block of North Grove Avenue in Elgin, got a soda out of the refrigerator but told the cashier he didn't have money to pay for it, only to return with a gun five minutes later — after the woman let him have the drink for free — to demand money from the cash register, according to police reports. The young man left...

    A female poodle mix that animal control officers removed from under a car’s front grill. Authorities are trying to locate the dog’s owner.

    Dog in car’s grill survives 50-mph ride

    Animal welfare authorities say a dog survived an 11-mile ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island — at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour — after it was hit by a Toyota sedan and became wedged under the front grill.

    Associated Press/Sept. 26, 2012 A “sold” sign sits out in front of a home under construction at the Winthrop subdivision in Riverview, Fla.

    Economy showing resiliency

    Surveys by the private Conference Board and the University of Michigan show that while consumers are anxious about current conditions, they're more optimistic about the future.That helps explain why Americans are expected to step up spending during this year's holiday shopping season.

    Police tape blocks a driveway where authorities drilled for soil samples in the floor of a shed at a Roseville, Mich.

    Hoffa search comes up empty

    Tests on soil samples gathered last week from a backyard in suburban Detroit showed no traces that Jimmy Hoffa — or anyone else — was buried there, Roseville police announced Tuesday.

    The closed 405 freeway is eerily empty Saturday during Carmageddon II in Los Angeles.

    Traffic deaths jump after six-year decline

    The number of roadway fatalities jumped by 13.4 percent in the first three months of this year, and the total for April, May and June was 5.3 percent higher than in 2011.

    Shoppers pack the riverwalk along the Fox River in St. Charles for a previous Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show. This year’s show, part of St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Pottawatomie Park.

    Spotlight on seasonal crafts at St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

    The Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show has been running for nearly 30 years. This year, there will be 170 booths of handmade arts and crafts on display and for sale as part of the Scarecrow Fest, organizer Robin Reed said. "There is a mix of fine art and crafts. We have jewelry, wearing apparel and soft sculpture items."


    Teen drunken driving drops as gas prices rise

    Male students were more likely to drink and drive than females. High school boys ages 18 and older were the most likely to drve after consuming alcohol, and 16-year-old high school girls were least likely. About 11 percent of white students and 12 percent of Hispanic students reported driving after drinking, compared with 7 percent of black students.

    Sam Hurd

    Former Bear’s WR cousin to plead guilty in drug case

    A cousin of former Chicago Bear Sam Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in a federal drug conspiracy case involving the former NFL receiver. Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement Monday on one count of conspiracy to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.

    Derrick D. Chaney

    Other Aurora sexual assault suspect victims sought

    Police are looking for possible additional victims of a 37-year-old Aurora man arrested Friday, Sept. 28 accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old Davenport, Iowa, woman in January. Derrick D. Chaney of the 3300 block of Allspice Court in Aurora has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault, one count of unlawful restraint and one count of kidnapping in connection with a Jan.

    Donna Kurtz

    Candidates in McHenry Co. District 2 have varied priorities

    The four Republicans and two Democrats running in McHenry County's District 2 point to a wide range of priorities, from saving money through technology to creating commuter bike trails and teaching people about water conservation. District 2 includes parts of Algonquin and Grafton townships.

    Democrat Ed Erwin opposes Republican JoAnn Osmond in the 61st state House race.

    Veteran GOP politician has challenger in House District 61

    Democrat Ed Erwin is seeking to topple veteran Republican politician JoAnn Osmond for the 61st House District seat in the November election. They both talked to us. "The state needs to push harder toward a lean process of government," Erwin said. "Look for duplicate programs and consolidations in all departments," Osmond said.

    Leslie Coolidge opposes Peter Roskam in the 6th Congressional District race.

    6th District hopefuls both balk about toll proposal

    They're not even on the same planet on most issues but when it comes to tolling freeways, Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Leslie Coolidge are soulmates. "I think my preference would be not to do that," Coolidge said. "I'm not interested in laying another toll out on anybody right now," Roskam said.

    Linda Cottrell

    Manager charged in thefts from Warrenville assisted-living home

    A former manager at a Warrenville assisted-living home stole nearly $9,000 from four residents by using their bank cards without permission, authorities said Tuesday. Linda Cottrell, 37, of Justice, appeared in DuPage County bond court on a charge of financial exploitation of an disabled person.


    Pace launches call-n-ride in Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows

    Pace launched a new call-n-ride service for Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows residents on Monday, company officials said. The Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows call-n-ride is a reservation-based shared ride service that picks up passengers and takes them within town, Steve Andrews, Pace community relations representative, told the Arlington Heights village board on Monday.


    Missing Palatine teen found safe in Elgin hospital

    Palatine police said a missing 19-year-old has been found alive at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said authorities discovered Ryan Piezonka on Wednesday, Sept. 26, wandering around Cary-Algonquin Road in unincorporated McHenry County.


    Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Arizona
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, according to the Border Patrol.

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Clinton, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Ryan discussed presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax plan, fiscal policy and the outlook for his debate with Vice President Joe Biden.

    No. 2’s campaign while candidates prep for debates

    President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney were taking time off the campaign trail in secluded debate practice Tuesday, underscoring the stakes for both in their first televised encounter Wednesday night.

    Jim Otepka is retiring from his part-time job at Kairos Family Counseling Center in Elgin after almost 31 years. The center has operated rent-free in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church since 1975, offering counseling services on a sliding scale based on an individual’s ability to pay. Otepka also works full-time as the executive director of TriCity Family Services, and at 63, wants to see what it’s like to have just one job.

    Batavia man leaves Kairos, Elgin’s hidden gem

    When the First Presbyterian Church in Elgin offered its basement rent-free to family counselors interested in starting a practice, they did so with a couple conditions. First, there could be no waiting list, and second, therapists would have to serve anyone regardless of ability to pay. Jim Otepka, of Batavia, has worked for Kairos Family Counseling Center for almost 31 years — he said the...


    Wheeling OKs study linked to development on village’s northeast side

    The Wheeling village board Monday hired an engineering firm to study stormwater retention and paths on 5.8 acres owned by the village north of Meadow Lane and west of the Prairie Park condominiums, a move linked the possible development of a nearby site. A developer has inquired with the village about using the land for stormwater basins should it build on a neighboring site.


    Alleged shooter of Chicago teen charged as a juvenile

    Prosecutors have decided that a 14-year-old charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old as he walked home from his grandmother's home will be tried as a juvenile. The suspect on Monday was ordered held in Juvenile Court after being charged in the death of honor student Dejuan Jackson. The teen was killed Sept. 26, less than a block from home in the Oakland neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

    The Rev. Richard Dunn discusses plans to motivate church members in Miami to vote in the upcoming elections. It’s not just the collection plate that’s getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation.

    Churches using ‘souls to polls’ to rally vote

    MIAMI — It’s not just the collection plate that’s getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation.

    Mikhail Saakashvili on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012 has conceded defeat in the parliamentary election and says the opposition now has the right to form a government.

    Georgian president concedes election

    TBILISI, Georgia — President Mikhail Saakashvili on Tuesday conceded that his party lost Georgia’s parliamentary election, defying the opposition’s expectations that he would cling to power at all costs and preserving his legacy as a pro-Western leader who brought democracy to the former Soviet republic.


    Civilians struggle to check Pakistan army’s power

    ISLAMABAD — The footage was startling: A group of what appeared to be Pakistani soldiers gunning down several blindfolded men in a forested area. As the clips circulated online and the U.S. threatened to cut aid, Pakistan’s army chief promised a full investigation and punishment for any wrongdoers.Two years later: Silence.

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the NYPD will be doubling the size of its gang unit to combat a surge in social media-fueled violence. The reinforcements will focus largely on loosely affiliated groups of teens who trade dares and insults on Facebook.

    NYPD to boost gang unit over social media violence

    NEW YORK — The New York Police Department is planning to double the size of its gang unit to 300 detectives to combat teen violence fueled by dares and insults traded on social media.


    No Syria solution in sight at UN General Assembly

    UNITED NATIONS — After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year’s gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.


    A look at transition of power in ex-Soviet nations

    Georgia’s opposition won the parliamentary election and pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili conceded that his party lost. Saakashvili said that an opposition coalition led by a billionaire businessman, who made his fortune in Russia, has the right to form the new government, the first time in the country’s history that a government will be changed at the ballot box rather than through...


    Jordan charges 4 with trying to enter Syria

    AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan on Tuesday charged four men with illegally trying to cross into Syria after an exchange of gunfire with Jordanian border guards last week, a military prosecutor said.The prosecutor said three of the men were in custody following their arrest along an isolated stretch of the northern frontier with Syria.


    Video shows U.S. journalist held in Syria

    BEIRUT — A video clip posted online shows an American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria alive and apparently being held hostage by gunmen.The video is the first sign of Austin Tice’s condition since he disappeared in August.


    Syrian media lashes out at Palestinian Hamas group

    BEIRUT — Syria’s state-run media unleashed a scathing attack on the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, accusing him of turning his back on President Bashar Assad and describing him as ungrateful and traitorous.

    Guy Fraker, an attorney in Bloomington, Ill., with a flyer in his office announcing his new book, “Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency.” The book is about Abraham Lincoln’s years as a circuit-riding lawyer in Central Illinois.

    Book focuses on Lincoln’s lawyer years

    In a roundabout way, Central Illinois saved the United States. That's among the conclusions Bloomington attorney Guy Fraker reached in researching his book, "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency," about Abraham Lincoln's years as a circuit-riding lawyer in Central Illinois. The book goes on sale next month.


    Purdue’s computer science program marks 50 years

    Purdue University's computer science department is toasting its 50th anniversary this week with robotics demonstrations and tours of its sprawling campus digs. Purdue officials say the West Lafayette campus' Department of Computer Science was the first of its kind in the U.S. when it debuted in 1962 with a teaching staff of five people who taught more than 20 courses.


    Cook County adding 1,350 affordable housing units

    There will be more affordable housing in Cook County this year. In a news release on Monday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the creation of more than 1,350 new affordable housing units in 2012.


    Illinois gets grant to fight unemployment fraud

    Illinois is getting $2.7 million to strengthen its efforts to fight waste and fraud involving unemployment claims.The grant from the U.S. Labor Department will help beef up anti-fraud programs launched in the past year.


    Koppel to speak about journalism at Notre Dame

    Veteran journalist Ted Koppel will speak at a public discussion of contemporary journalism, politics and world affairs at the University of Notre Dame.


    Wisconsin Worker killed by pallets of paper

    Investigators are looking into the death of a worker at a paper distributor in Pewaukee. Police say the man was killed when a shelving unit stacked with pallets of copy paper gave way and fell on him at the xpedx (ehks-ped-ehks) plant Monday.

    The Mount Prospect police training room is filled with stolen items recovered from a home where three residents were arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of 60 burglaries.

    Dawn Patrol: Suburban burglary ring busted; Medinah shines

    Medinah shines in national spotlight. Mt. Prospect police bust burglary ring. Walsh, Duckworth disagree on number of debates. Aurora man caught with cocaine while entering Kane County court house. Teen charged in connection to armed home invasion in Grayslake. Round Lake teen charged with DUI in fatal crash.

    Republican Sandy Cole, left, opposes Democrat Sam Yingling in the 62nd State House District for the 2012 General Election.

    Jobs, growth important in House District 62, candidates say

    Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling, a Democrat who advocated smaller government and shared services, is challenging incumbent Sandy Cole, who is seeking a fourth term in House District 62 in central Lake County. Jobs, economic growth and property tax reform are key issues for both, though approaches differ.

    Corinne Pierog

    Republicans lead cash totals in state Senate 25, House 50

    Heading into the final month of the campaign, Republican Jim Oberweis leads Democrat Corinne Pierog in the 25th District State Senate money race, according to state election board records.

    Miguel Rico

    Trial set to begin in Lake Villa kidnapping, home invasion

    Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of a former Antioch man charged in a 2010 kidnapping and home invasion in Lake Villa. Miguel Rico is on trial for aggravated home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and armed violence charges in connection with the break-in of a home in 2010. Police said Rico pointed a gun at the victim, bound him with duct tape and zip ties, then fled with the...


    Hersey girls volleyball coach Nancy Lill thanks her team after earning her 800th career coaching victory during the Huskies’ MSL East-clinching effort Tuesday at Buffalo Grove.

    Lill gets win No. 800 as Hersey clinches division

    Buffalo Grove girls volleyball coach Matt Priban wasn't born in 1983 when Nancy Lill got the first coaching win of her career. But 29 years later, Priban was there to see Lill's milestone 800th win. And the first-year Bison coach saw a solid effort from the Huskies, who clinched a record tenth straight Mid-Suburban East title and 49th straight win in the division with a 25-12, 25-9 decision at Buffalo Grove. "What a great accomplishment," said the 26-year old Priban, whose club (11-11, 5-3) is second behind Hersey (19-3, 8-0) in the East. "I told her (Lill) after the match I hope I can get to that to that point. It' pretty amazing."

    A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at his sex abuse trial sued the university on Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation.

    McQueary files defamation suit against Penn State

    A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at his sex abuse trial sued the university on Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation.

    The Cardinals’ Allen Craig reacts to hitting into a double play to end the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals lose but clinch playoff spot anyway

    St. Louis clinched baseball's final postseason berth early Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 4-3 to San Francisco. After wrapping up the second NL wild card, the Cardinals will play at Atlanta on Friday in the new one-game playoff.

    Members of the Dodgers watch from the dugout during the ninth inning Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants won the game 4-3 in Los Angeles.

    Dodgers eliminated from playoff contention

    The Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from playoff contention, their wild-card hopes dashed Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants. The defeat left the Dodgers two games behind St. Louis with only one game left in the regular season.

    Coco Crisp, right, Josh Donaldson and other Oakland players celebrate Tuesday’s home win against the Texas Rangers.

    A’s surge into 1st-place tie with 3-1 win over Rangers

    Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings in a strong bounce-back performance that helped the Oakland Athletics move into a first-place tie in the AL West with Texas and set up a one-game showdown for the division title with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

    The Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill watches his walk-off three-run home run leave the park Tuesday at home against the Colorado Rockies.

    Hill’s homer in ninth lifts D-backs over Rockies

    Aaron Hill's second career walkoff home run and first since 2006 assured the Diamondbacks of a non-losing season. A win on Wednesday would give the Diamondbacks an 82-80 record and consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2007-08.

    Mariners fans razz the Angels’ Albert Pujols after he struck out swinging in the fifth inning Tuesday in Seattle.

    Mariners shut down Angels 6-1

    Kyle Seager became the first Seattle batter to hit 20 home runs in a season since 2009 with a solo shot in the first inning, and the Mariners beat Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Tuesday night.

    The Orioles’ Chris Davis follows the flight of his fourth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Davis homers again, and Orioles edge Rays 1-0

    Another one-run victory by the Baltimore Orioles pushed the AL East race to the final day of the season. Chris Davis homered for the sixth straight game, and the Orioles overcame a club-record 15 strikeouts by Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields to beat the Rays 1-0 Tuesday night.

    The Yankees’ Raul Ibanez, right, is congratulated by Curtis Granderson after hitting a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning Tuesday in New York. The Yankees won 4-3 in the 12th inning.

    Ibanez rallies Yankees to win

    Raul Ibanez tied it with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning, then had an RBI single in the 12th, helping the Yankees remain a game up on Baltimore in the AL East with one game to go by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia struck out five Tuesday night at home against the Braves.

    Correia, Pirates dispatch Braves 5-1

    Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Tuesday night.

    The Royals’ Alcides Escobar (2) hits a solo home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister during the first inning Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

    Royals rally past Tigers

    Alcides Esocbar and Jeff Francoeur homered for Kansas City on Tuesday night, and Salvador Perez had the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning as the Royals beat Detroit 4-2.

    Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera swings on a two-run single during the third inning Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

    With Triple Crown on the line, will Cabrera play on final day?

    Miguel Cabrera had two hits, drove in two runs and pressed ever closer to the first Triple Crown in 45 years Tuesday night. Now, the question facing the Detroit Tigers star is whether to play in the regular-season finale against Kansas City.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Adam Greenberg's second major league plate appearance went a lot better than the first one, even though he struck out. Returning to the big leagues seven years after he was beaned, Greenberg fanned on three pitches Tuesday night as a pinch-hitter for the Miami Marlins.

    Ex-Cub gets 2nd chance in majors after beaning

    Adam Greenberg's second major league plate appearance went a lot better than the first one, even though he struck out. Returning to the big leagues seven years after he was beaned, Greenberg fanned on three pitches Tuesday night as a pinch-hitter for the Miami Marlins.

    The Nationals’ Roger Bernadina beats the tag of Philadelphia catcher Erik Kratz during the eighth inning Tuesday in Washington.

    Nationals savor another celebratory moment

    A smile crept across Adam LaRoche's face while he rounded the bases Tuesday night after hitting his career-high 33rd homer to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season, another celebratory moment for NL East champion Washington during a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The Marlins’ Austin Kearns steals second base as New York Mets second baseman Jordany Valdespin drops the ball in the 10th inning Tuesday in Miami.

    Dickey reveals injury after Mets’ loss to Marlins

    MIAMI — New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s best season yet ended with a no-decision and some surprising news: He’ll have surgery Oct. 18.After pitching six innings in a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Miami Marlins, Dickey revealed he has pitched since mid-April with a strained muscle on the right side of his abdomen. Following the operation, Dickey said, he expects to be ready for the start of spring training.“The pain can be fairly significant from time to time,” he said. “It’s part of this game, playing with aches and scrapes and bruises and tears. It happened early this year, but we were able to work through it.”Dickey struck out one-shot wonder Adam Greenberg but also gave up two homers in his final start of a Cy Young-hopeful season. He said the injury bothered him more than in earlier outings.“I just felt we would keep trucking through,” he said. “I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain I’m feeling now I hadn’t felt before. But tonight it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It’s obvious it needs to be taken care of.”Greenberg fanned on three pitches when he batted for the first time in seven years in the sixth inning. He signed a one-day contract before the game, his first since he was beaned in his major league debut in 2005.“I think the story far transcends the result of the at-bat,” Dickey said. “It was important for me and him to treat him like a big-leaguer.”Dickey had beaten the Marlins in eight consecutive starts over the past two seasons, including five this year. He struck out eight to increase his NL-leading total to 230, and ended the season at 20-6 with an ERA of 2.73.Donovan Solano hit a game-winning, bases-loaded one-out single off Collin McHugh (0-4).Dickey left trailing 3-0, and manager Terry Collins said he could tell the injury was a factor.“It hasn’t bothered him,” Collins said. “Today he said it felt fine, then he aggravated it in the second inning. He said he still could go pitch.“You could tell in the fifth he had a limp to his gait. He said, `I’ll give you as much as I can give you.”’The Mets rallied with three runs in the eighth to tie the game. After Marlins rookie Jacob Turner allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings, beleaguered former All-Star Heath Bell helped blow their lead.Jose Reyes tripled off McHugh to start the 11th. Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Lee were intentionally walked, and after Rob Brantly struck out, Solano grounded a single up the middle.Solano struck out in his previous four at-bats.New York scored three times after Bell entered the game with two out in the eighth. David Wright hit an RBI single, a wild pitch scored another run and Scott Hairston followed with an infield single to drive in the tying run.Bell, who has come to symbolize the Marlins’ disappointing season, then departed to jeers from the crowd.With the score 3-all, the Mets’ Andres Torres tripled in the ninth. But Jordany Valdespin and Ruben Tejada struck out against Steve Cishek. New York loaded the bases in the 10th before Josh Thole struck out against Ryan Webb to end the threat.Gorkys Hernandez and Brantly each hit his third homer for Miami. Chad Gaudin (4-2), who had been scheduled to start the season finale Wednesday, pitched a perfect 11th inning.Turner, one of the few bright spots for the underachieving Marlins, allowed only three hits and two walks and lowered his ERA to 3.38. He made seven starts after being acquired from Detroit in late July and is expected to contend for a spot in the rotation next year.“He’s throwing the ball well,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’s got a shot to make the ballclub next year.”Notes: Before the game, Marlins INF Nick Green was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... Dickey has given up 24 homers, the most on the Mets’ staff. ... Marlins rookie Tom Koehler will make his first career start in Wednesday’s season finale against Jeremy Hefner.

    Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind tags out Minnesota’s Eduardo Escobar during third inning Tuesday in Toronto.

    Blue Jays beat Twins 4-3

    Chad Jenkins earned his first major league win, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3.


    Boys soccer / Northwest roundup

    Alexis Salgado scored, and Daniel Garibay did likewise with an assist from Nelson Herrera to lift Maine West to a 2-0 victory over Maine South in Central Suburban crossover play.Jecsan Torres made 5 saves to earn the shutout for Maine West.Conant 1, Hoffman Estates 0: The host Cougars made a second-half goal hold up in MSL action.Leyden 1, Willowbrook 0: Juan Recendez scored in the first half as the visiting Eagles earned a West Suburban Gold victory.Fremd 4, Rolling Meadows 1: Senior midfielder Jon Magnusson scored twice, and Zach Schoffstall and Jeremy Kosacz aso found the back of the net to lift host Vikings.Hersey 2, Elk Grove 2 (2 OT): The visiting Huskies scored twice in the first half before Elk Grove, which got goals from John Arzeta and David Bahena to equalize. Goalkeepers Daniel Alvarez (Elk Grove) and Irving Velasquez (Hersey) finished with 10 saves apiece.MSL West race: Palatine defeated Buffalo Grove 3-1 on Tuesday and Barrington topped Prospect to set up a Thursday meeting between the Pirates and Broncos which will decide the MSL West representive in the MSL Cup. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

    The Brewers’ Ryan Braun gives a high-five to Martin Maldonado after Maldonado hit a grand slam off San Diego’s Anthony Bass during the third inning Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Maldonado hits grand slam as Brewers beat Padres

    Rookie Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam and the Milwaukee Brewers used 10 newcomers in beating the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    Injured New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes gestures to fans as he is carted off the field during Sunday’s game against San Francisco in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Jets’ Holmes could be lost for rest of season

    A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night that Santonio Holmes has a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, likely leaving the New York Jets' struggling offense without its top playmaker for the rest of the season.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 2, Woodstock North 1: Michael Boutin scored the first goal for Hampshire (5-10-1, 1-3), assisted by Robert Lucio in this Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win. Paul Novacovici scored the Whip Purs’ second goal, assisted by Daniel Rodriguez. Andy Pederson was in goal and collected 20 saves for the game for Hampshire. Crystal Lake South 2, Jacobs 1: Crystal Lake South (10-9, 1-3) defeated Jacobs (11-6-1, 0-5) in Fox Valley (Valley) action Tuesday. The Gators’ 2 goals were scored by Matt Tobolt (assisted by David Tagatz) and Sam Murdock (PK). Eric Soto scored unassisted to lead Jacobs. Guz Alvarez (2 saves) was in goal for Crystal Lake South. Jacobs’ goalie was Johan Wolf (8 saves).McHenry 1, Huntley 0: McHenry scored a goal in the second half to pull out a victory over Huntley (14-5-1, 2-3). Auston Emery had 1 save for the Red Raiders.Elgin Academy 0: Chicago Latin 0: Even after two 5-minute overtime periods, the Hilltoppers (6-4-4) tied Latin during Independent School League competition. Nate Johnson had 10 saves, including a penalty kick for Elgin Academy,IMSA 6, Harvest Christian Academy 0: Patrick McGuire had 13 saves in goal, while Basilio Salazar had 2 saves in goal for Harvest Christian (8-5-1) in this nonconference loss.St. Charles North 3, Streamwood 1: Luis Rodriguez scored off a Christian Vences corner kick to put up the only goal for the Sabres (9-6, 2-3) in the UEC River. Phil Lewy collected 6 saves in goal for Streamwood.Burlington Central 9, North Boone 0: Nine different Rockets scored goals in this easy Big Northern East win. Alan Camarena, Ian Graffagna, Chris Rodriguez, James Raney, Josh Lung, Christian Moring, Austin VanAcker, Matt O’Connor and Bryce Warner each found the back of the net for BC. Brett Rau made 2 saves in goal for the Rockets (14-2-2, 8-1-1).


    Glenbard West clinches share of Silver

    No. 1 Glenbard West clinched a share of its first West Suburban Silver girls volleyball championship since 1984 on Tuesday in Glen Ellyn, beating York 25-18, 25-17. Caleigh Ryan had 4 kills, 11 digs and 2 blocks, Amanda Perry 7 kills and 8 digs and Meg DeMaar 14 digs for the Hilltoppers (26-0, 5-0). Megan Wagner added 3 kills, 5 digs and 3 blocks and Katie Ball 4 kills and 2 blocks.

    Houston Astros relief pitcher Wilton Lopez delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Chicago. The Astros won 3-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Cubs fall to Astros in matchup of 100-loss teams

    Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Jason Castro homered and the Houston beat the Cubs 3-0 Tuesday night in a matchup of 100-loss teams.


    Palatine outlasts Saxons, grab first place

    Palatine's girls volleyball team took over first place in the Mid-Suburban West on Tuesday night. And the Pirates did it dramatic fashion. After losing the first set to visiting Schaumburg, coach Dan Gavin's girls (18-4, 7-1) rallied for a 21-25, 25-23, 28-26 triumph that gave them a one-match lead over Fremd (17-5, 6-2), which fell in two sets to Barrington. Schaumburg (13-8, 5-3) holds third place with two matches remaining in league play.


    Kleinstein starts before LZ finishes against Stevenson

    Stevenson senior midfielder Jeremy Kleinstein had been waiting all season to get on the soccer field. Sidelined since suffering a knee injury just before the start of the season, Kleinstein started on senior night Tuesday against visiting Lake Zurich. As planned, he played only 10 seconds, hustling off the field after a ball was kicked out of bounds. Kleinstein watched the rest of the game from the sidelines, as Lake Zurich captured a 2-0 decision behind a couple of goals from Will O'Brien in the North Suburban Lake Division match.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs’ girls volleyball team used 12 kills and 3 blocks from Alyssa Ehrhardt Tuesday night to sweep McHenry 25-5, 25-13 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action.Taylor Lauder (11 assists, 5 digs), Maris Smith (9 digs, 1 ace, 1 kill), Kassie Kasper (6 digs, 2 aces), Mackie Traub (9 assists, 1 ace), Katie Mahoney (6 kills, 3 blocks) and Jenna Bilgrien (5 kills) were also major contributors for the Golden Eagles (19-6, 5-2).Burlington Central d. Rockford Christian: Burlington Central (18-7, 6-1) defeated Rockford Christian 25-22, 25-14 in Big Northern East action Tuesday thanks to a team-leading 28 digs by Allie O’Reilly. Jess Emrich (25 assists, 2 aces, 8 digs), Lauren Wiltsie (12 digs, 3 kills, 2 aces), Lexie Bouza (10 kills, 10 digs, 5 blocks), and Lauren Peltonen (5 blocks, 2 kills) all contributed to the Rockets’ victory.South Elgin d. Lake Park: Lake Park put up a fight but South Elgin was victorious 25-20, 25-23 in Upstate Eight (Valley) play Tuesday. Corbin Kehe had 15 assists, 5 aces, 3 digs and a block assist, while Ashley Oandasan registered 6 kills, 2 digs, and a block assist for South Elgin (12-7-3, 2-1). Allison Osbourne had 4 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace and 2 block assists. Amanda Nadler (5 kills, 3 block assists) and Karlee Bradley (8 digs) also aided in South Elgin’s victory. Neuqua Valley d. Bartlett: Neuqua Valley beat Bartlett 25-5, 25-18 while competing in Upstate Eight (Valley) Conference play. Bartlett (4-17, 1-3) was led by Hannah Senne (3 aces), Haley Hasenstein (2 solo blocks, 1 kill), Katie Hrbacek (4 digs), and Rachel Hartford (3 digs). Crystal Lake South d. Huntley: Nicole Jurkash had 9 kills and Lindsey Murphy finished with 22 assists and 8 digs to lead Crystal Lake South to a 25-19, 25-23 victory over Fox Valley (Valley) Conference opponent Huntley. Kylie Portera had 5 kills and 3 blocks for the Gators (20-6, 7-1). The Red Raiders (7-13, 1-5) were led by Erin Lyman (8 kills, 7 digs), Rachel Shores (12 digs), Kelsey DeWolf (22 assists, 3 digs), and Emily Westermeyer (7 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces).Prairie Ridge d. Dundee-Crown: Prairie Ridge swept the Chargers 25-19, 25-17 in the FVC Valley. Cori Eischen had 9 assists for Dundee-Crown (6-10, 1-7), while Emily Michalski, Sam Pagano, Gina Pagano, Jillian Hostetler, and Steph Magasmen all had 2 kills apiece.


    Neuqua Valley shining a bright light on cross country

    Paul Vandersteen had a vision to try something different. "I don't know where I came up with it," the Neuqua Valley boys cross country coach said. "I ran it across my athletic director (Barb Barrows) about 10 years ago." Wednesday night at Neuqua Valley, the other two Naperville high schools and the Wildcats' sister schools, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley, will come together for six races.


    Naperville Central pulls even with West Aurora

    When Naperville Central needs an emotional pick-me-up, it can always count on Nikki Connors. She isn't lacking in that department, and certainly wasn't Tuesday. The Redhawks senior middle sparked her team to start the second set after a rough first, then delivered match point in No. 8 Naperville Central's 18-25, 25-23, 25-22 win over No. 2 West Aurora in a matchup of DuPage Valley Conference leaders in Naperville.


    Lake County roundup

    Sintayehu Meyer scored in the fifth round of penalty kicks, and Grayslake North’s boys soccer team rallied to edged visiting Grayslake Central 3-2 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division thriller between crosstown rivals Tuesday night.Joey Mudd’s eighth goal of the season and Jackson Frey’s tally had staked Grayslake Central (8-8-1, 3-1) to a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes.“The quick goals against us seemed to spark some fight in us, and we began to match and exceed Central’s play,” Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. “After we began playing with more intent and found possession of the ball in our attacking third, we found ourselves creating many quality scoring chances, but missed several just barely.”Arnaud Laroche-Bataille pulled Grayslake North (6-12, 3-2) within a goal when he fired a long shot into the net after receiving a pass from Baruk Perez-Vera. The hosts netted the equalizer six minutes into the second half when Laroche-Bataille fed a ball to sophomore Gavin Amburn, whose shot found the upper corner of the net.The teams played two overtimes before heading to PKs.“The overtimes were well-played by both teams,” DeCaluwe said.Laroche-Bataille, Andreas Thedorf, Fernando Sanchez and Michael Rohrer kicked in goals for Grayslake North in the penalty-kick round before Meyer ended it, after Grayslake Central’s shooter fired wide.“I thought we dictated play in the first 35, going up 2-0,” Rams coach Mike McCaulou said. “But like many games prior to this, we struggled with finishing. We created great chances but were not composed in front of the goal. Give North credit for not letting down.”Round Lake 2, North Chicago 1: Mauricio Salgado scored twice, as the Panthers clinched the North Suburban Prairie Division title.Edgar Rodriguez and Eddie Ramirez had assists for Round Lake (15-2-1, 5-0), which is 12-0-1 in its last 13 games.Warren 1, Lake Forest Academy 0: Timmy Pieper scored in the 29th minute off an assist from Daniel Szczepanek, and Nick Hathuc made 4 saves in earning the shutout.The nonconference win improved the visiting Blue Devils’ record to 13-3-3.Lakes 7, Grant 2: Trevor Ray’s hat trick and 1 assist led the way for the visiting Eagles, who built a 5-0 lead by halftime in the North Suburban Prairie match.Lucas Istvanek added a pair of goals for Lakes (11-4-3). Caleb Arnwine and Brian Werchek also scored for the Eagles.Andres Velarde scored both goals for the Bulldogs. Tim Oehrlein assisted on the first tally by Velarde, who then knocked in a penalty kick.Antioch 1, Vernon Hills 1: Antioch netted the equalizer in the second half to earn the tie in the North Suburban Prairie match.Matthew Tabrizi scored in the first half for Vernon Hills (9-3-3) off an assist from David White.Libertyville 5, Lake Forest 3: Austin Bitto and Lloyd Chatfield each scored twice for the host Wildcats, who led the North Suburban Lake Division match 3-0 at halftime.Cam Fragassi also scored for Libertyville (11-2-1). Nick Vogel assisted on the first goal by Bitta, who later buried a free kick. Bitta earned the assist on Chatfield’s first goal.


    Lake County roundup

    St. Viator d. Carmel Catholic: The Corsairs fell 20-25, 25-22, 25-22 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference thriller.Gracie Schofield had 11 kills for Carmel (20-12, 2-3), while Shauna Meagher tallied 28 digs and served 2 aces.Antioch d. Round Lake: Sam Falco had 6 kills and 4 blocks, as the Sequoits won 25-15, 25-15 in North Suburban Prairie action.Antioch (13-8, 3-1) received 5 kills apiece from Linnea Lubkeman and Abbi McIlhany, while Marissa Grant lofted 14 assists, posted 4 blocks and served 2 aces. Meranda Masse delivered 4 aces for Antioch, and Amanda Spera added three. McIlhany also registered a team-best 11 digs.Johnsburg d. Grayslake North: The Knights dropped the Fox Valley Fox Division match 25-20, 25-11, despite Alaina Geissberger’s 3 blocks.Joanna Guhl and Kelsey Klausner each had 2 kills for Grayslake North (7-18, 1-6).

    Cary-Grove’s Kevin Wilde moves the ball downfield against Dundee-Crown in the first half on Tuesday in Cary. Wilde’s second-half goal lifted the Trojans to a 1-0 win.

    Wilde’s goal pushes Cary-Grove past Dundee-Crown

    Cary-Grove High School junior forward Kevin Wilde had absolutely no interest in playing overtime. So, Wilde took matters in his own hands and made sure the game was decided in regulation time. Wilde, who received a perfect pass from Mike McKune, pushed a shot past Dundee-Crown goalie Christian Martinez with 8:36 remaining in the game to give the Trojans a hard fought 1-0 win over the Chargers in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys soccer action in Cary Tuesday night.

    Grant Lesak of Naperville North jumps to catch a shot during the Naperville Central vs. Naperville North boys soccer game in Naperville Tuesday.

    Sharples, Naperville North beat Naperville Central in OT

    Both Jim Konrad and Troy Adams have experienced their share of cross-town soccer clashes both as coaches and players in Naperville.They know to expect tight battles, and they've seen their share of special plays. The overtime game-winning goal by the Huskies' Connor Sharples was pretty special Tuesday night, and it gave Naperville North (11-3, 4-1) a 2-1 victory and kept alive hopes of claiming at least a share of a fifth straight DuPage Valley Conference crown.


    Schaumburg survives fast, furious finish at Wheeling

    AJ Syvertson's game-winner at 100 minutes finished off an avalanche of goals in the final 15 minutes Tuesday night as Schaumburg defeated Wheeling 5-4 in two overtimes in a Mid-Suburban League boys soccer crossover hosted by the Wildcats (5-10-0, 3-7-0).

    Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, left, waits for the ball as Chicago White Sox's Orlando Hudson slides safely into second base on a steal in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    White Sox lose to Indians in 12

    Jason Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. White Sox starter Jake Peavy took a one-hitter and a 3-1 lead into the ninth. Michael Brantley led off with a singl and pinch hitter Travis Hafner followed with a tying homer.

    Grayslake Central’s Gabi Casper, left, and Lexi Beckman try to block the shot of Woodstock’s Amber Roberts on Tuesday at Grayslake Central.

    Dahlstrom serves up winning effort for Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central junior Alex Dahlstrom greeted visiting Woodstock with 11 straight points, and the Rams (18-8) never looked back in routing the Blue Streaks 25-14, 25-13. Her astounding 21 serving points and 7 aces were clearly the stats of the match.


    Cary-Grove steps up for 1st regional title

    Cary-Grove boys golf coach Kelly Muzzy was simply hoping his team could survive the loaded Class 3A Crystal Lake South regional. Instead, his players thrived. A week after they finished fourth at the Fox Valley Conference Tournament with a team score of 327, the Trojans surprised the field at Red Tail Golf Club in Lakewood by traversing the par-72, 6,550-yard layout in 297 strokes to secure the first regional title in program history.


    White Sox’ Konerko to have wrist surgery

    White Sox slugger Paul Konerko says he will have surgery on his left wrist Thursday.Konerko said the procedure will remove a bone fragment from the wrist. The surgery will be performed at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.


    Lake County roundup

    Lake Forest’s boys golf team earned some revenge in capturing its own Class 3A regional Tuesday.The Scouts shot a 308 at Lake Bluff Golf Course to win by a comfortable margin over runner-up Carmel Catholic (316) and Mundelein (318).At last week’s North Suburban Conference meet, Mundelein edged Lake Forest for the championship.Lake Forest, Mundelein and Carmel all advanced to Monday’s Barrington sectional at Makray Memorial Golf Course. Libertyville (330) finished fourth.Lake Forest was led by medalist Jackson Bedford, who fired a 2-over-par 74. The Scouts received 78s from Ian Mankoff, Drew Takas, Jack Garrity and Tommy Dee. Carmel got a 76 from Jared Moore, a 79 from Tommy Schofield, an 80 from Nathan Ley and an 81 from Jackson Wietecha.Grant Heelan turned in Mundelein’s best round with a 75, while Bret Cigelnik and Derek Parola both carded a 79. Jeff Lee’s 85 accounted for the Mustangs’ fourth score.Advancing individuals who were not part of the advancing teams included Libertyville’s Peter Henderson (80), Bobby Snader (81), Billy Knutson (83) and Danilo Sutic (86), Warren’s Chris Oberto (80), Jack Hansen (83) and Kyle Kane (88), and Grayslake North’s Christian DiBerardino (87).Crystal Lake South regional: At Red Tail Golf Course, Lake Zurich’s Adam Schulte shot a 76 to advance to Monday’s Class 3A Barrington sectional.The advancing teams were Cary-Grove (297), Huntley (301) and Barrington (307). Lake Zurich (336) finished ninth.

    Ryan Wolfe of Bartlett watches his drive during the Lake Park boys golf regional at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale Tuesday. Wolfe shot an 87 to advance to next Monday’s St. Charles East sectional at St. Andrews.

    Surprising Burlington Central advances

    When Burlington Central senior Matt Weber was ruled ineligible to play IHSA boys golf due to playing in an amateur tournament after the season had begun, Rockets coach Deb Twenhafel wasn't very optimistic about her team's chances of advancing in the postseason. Tuesday, the Rockets shocked even Twenhafel.


    Naperville N. doesn’t flop

    Ten years after Naperville North, Naperville Central and Benet became the three Class AA boys golf state representatives out of the same regional, the three traditional powers made another collective statement Tuesday in Plainfield.


    Batavia blasts past Geneva

    Liza Fruendt might not share the typical year-round schedule many of the area's top tennis players employ, but it hasn't stopped Batavia's junior No. 2 from winning nearly every match she plays.


    Bulls will ‘collectively’ deal with issues until Rose returns

    A constant topic for at least the first half of the season is how well the Bulls can survive while Derrick Rose recovers from ACL surgery. Carlos Boozer identified a specific issue on Tuesday at the Berto Center.

    DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys crashes into Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who fumbles the ball in the second half Monday night. The Bears beat the host Cowboys 34-19.

    Cutler downplays latest sideline incident

    It remains to be seen how Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice feels about Jay Cutler walsking away from him on the sideline during Monday night's game, but the quarterback said it wasn't a big deal.


    More premium seats proposed for Wrigley Field

    The Cubs would llike to add 56 more premium seats behind home plate at Wrigley Field. To do so, they're seeking permission from Chicago' landmarks commission to move the iconic brick wall behind home plate three feet closer to the playing field.

    St. Charles North’s Raghav Cherala won the Class 3A Larkin regional title Tuesday with a 1-over par 73 at The Highlands of Elgin.

    Cherala’s 73 leads St. Charles North to regional title

    St. Charles North boys golf coach Rob Prentiss jokingly says he wants to be like North Stars' junior Raghav Cherala when he grows up. Cherala sure did play some grown-up golf at The Highlands of Elgin Tuesday. While much of the 9-team field at the Class 3A Larkin regional struggled on the back 9, Cherala bounced from from a 40 frontside with a sizzling 33 on the back., His 1-over par 73 catapulted the North Stars to their first regional championship since 2002 and sent them flying into next Monday's St. Charles East sectional at St. Andrews as confident as ever.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn’t seem to understand that being under the media microscope is all part of the NFL being what it is.

    Yes, Jay, all this media attention is what NFL is

    Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler should be grateful that media, fans and America in general blow the NFL out of proportion.

    Tight end Kellen Davis, pulling in a pass in front of Cowboys defensive back Danny McCray, played a key role in the second-half offensive attack.

    Bears’ offense gets into the act, too

    The Bears' offense took a back seat to the dominant defensive performance Monday night, but it still made some important strides with a balanced attack.


    Golden moments for Stevenson, St. Viator and Wheeling’s Ferguson

    Stevenson golfer Tyler Golden lived up to his name Tuesday at the Class 3A St. Viator boys golf regional. The senior fired a 79, and teammate Reed Aren carded a 75 at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect to help the Patriots (320) win the regional and advance to Monday's sectional meet at Makray Memorial in Barrington. The host Lions (323) and Highland Park (325) were the other sectional team qualifiers. Meanwhile, Jack Ferguson's magical season continued. The Wheeling senior fired a 73 to win medalist honors and move on as an individual.


    Maine West, Conant earn sectional spots

    Conant took second place in the Lake Park Class 3A boys golf regional and Maine West finished third at the Glenbrook South regional to earn spots in next week's boys golf sectional meets.

    Europe’s Martin Kaymer celebrating his Ryder Cup-winning putt Sunday was just one of the many memories for a special weekend at Medinah Country Club.

    Despite loss, great week for USA golf, Ryder Cup

    For many in attendance, the Ryder Cup at Medinah was the single greatest sporting event they have ever attended, and the amazing finish only made it that much more astonishing.


    Season-best effort for Grant’s Smith

    Antioch's Grant Smith posted a season-best 76 in the Class 2A Vernon Hills boys golf regional on Tuesday at White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills. Teams advancing to the sectional round were Vernon Hills, Richmond-Burton and Grayslake Central.

    Curtis Malm, PGA assistant golf professional at St. Charles Country Club, captured the 61st Illinois PGA Match Play Championship trophy earlier this season at at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

    One last big event for state golf scene

    It'll be nothing like the just-completed Ryder Cup, but there is one big competitive event left in the Chicago golf season.The Illinois PGA will stage the last of its four major tournaments, the IPGA Players Championship, at Eagle Ridge in Galena on Monday and Tuesday. The section's player-of-the-year and assistant player-of-the-year awards will be on the line with Curtis Malm, assistant pro at St. Charles Country Club, in position to clinch them both.

    Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) moves in to sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half Monday night in Arlington, Texas.

    Bears Bites: Huge D in the Big D

    Um, remember the last time the Bears marched into Dallas and simply crushed the Cowboys? The year was 1985. Too soon? Maybe, but why not think big? This and more from Mike Spellman.


    Girls volleyball roundup / Lake County

    Grant d. Lake Forest Academy: Thanks in part to a team-leading 5 kills by Alyssa Wilhelm, Grant swept Lake Forest, 25-15, 25-15. The Bulldogs also got 4 kills out of Brooke Buckley and 9 assists out of setter Taylor Rossi. Gianna Gigliotti led Grant with 6 digs while Beka Couch added 2 blocks and Mallory Gizowski added 3 aces.


    Carmel just keeps improving

    The records keep falling for the Carmel girls golf team.Two weeks ago, the team set a school record for best team score with a 167. On Monday, the Corsairs bettered that mark significantly, finishing with a 159 in a narrow loss to Prairie Ridge (156) at Countryside Golf Course. It was Carmel’s final match of the regular season. The Corsairs take a 10-8 record into the postseason.“I am overjoyed with how the team played tonight and could not have asked for a better way to end the season,” Carmel coach Jill Franz said. “Anyone can peak at this point in the season and I think today really showed how deep we are as a team and how solid we can play when we are all in synch.”Senior Isabella Bagshaw carded her lowest career round and earned medalist honors by shooting an even par 36. Rachel Fraher, Taylor Smith and freshman Kayla Ryan all shot 41 for Carmel.Grant d. Harvard: At Beaver Creek Golf Course, the Bulldogs just edged Harvard, 221-222. The Bulldogs were led by Kirsten Bank, who finished with a 49.


    Girls cross country / Lake County roundup

    Lakes wins: At Cooks Park, Lakes won a meet that included Grant (20-41) and Wauconda (20-43). Grant’s Lindsey Lewis took first place with a 19:02 while Lakes’ top finisher was Brittani Griesbaum, who finished in third with a 19:27. Lexi Brunn of Wauconda took second in 19:15. Vernon Hills d. Antioch: At Fox River Park, Vernon Hills got an 18-45 win over Antioch. Kristen Whitney and Samantha Hershman led the way for the Cougars. They finished first and second respectively with a 20:03.48 and 20:03.75. Antioch’s top finisher was Alyssa Aschenbrener, who took third with a 20:14.01.


    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Wauconda d. North Chicago: Nick Ledvora and Brandon Morales each scored a goal and assisted on another in Wauconda’s 3-0 win over North Chicago. Giaovanni Marquez also scored a goal for the Bulldogs, who move to 7-9-3 on the season. Goalkeepers Cristian Tapia and Jake Ortiz each finished with 3 saves for Wauconda. Warren ties Evanston: Warren and Evanston each scored their only goal after halftime and couldn’t settle the score in what resulted in a 1-1 tie. Sean Kirwan scored Warren’s goal off an assist by Aunor Solis. Goalkeepers Nick Hathuc and RJ Hill had 5 and 4 saves respectively for Warren.


    Boys cross country / Lake County roundup

    Grant wins big: At Cooks Park, Grant not only got wins over Lakes (22-34) and Wauconda (15-46), the Bulldogs also won the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division with a 6-0 record. Peter Audrain of Grant took second place with a 16:03 while Ryan Prais of Lakes won the race with a 15:58. Austin Pequeno was Wauconda’s top finisher. He got ninth with a 17:28.Vernon Hills d. Antioch: Led by Nicholas Webber, Vernon Hills swept the top three spots at Fox River Park in a 22-34 win over Antioch. Webber logged at 17:13.47 while teammates Ben Mohrdieck and Kyle Whitney finished just behind at 17:16.38 and 17:16.64 respectively. Anthony Formella was Antioch’s top finisher. He took fourth place with a 17:27.36.

    Mundelein’s Sean O’Brien drives on Uplift’s Corey Gonore during nonconference play last season at Mundelein. O’Brien has announched he’ll play for Southern Illinois next school year.

    SIU hits the spot for Mundelein’s O’Brien

    Mundelein senior forward Sean O'Brien will continue his basketball career at Southern Illinois next year.

    Elgin’s Joel Chavez is bumped by Larkin’s Diego Ramirez as they compete for a header Tuesday at Memorial Field in Elgin.

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


    The Douglas Street Sports Bar in Elgin in happier times. The bar closed for good Monday night.

    Elgin says goodbye sports bar, hello Danny's Pizza

    Downtown Elgin's Douglas Street Sports Bar and Grill is officially closed. The business, which opened in December 2008, shut its doors for good after one final Monday night Bears game. Co-owner Joe Mastrangelo said several factors affected the decision to close, most recently the Elgin City Council's decision to maintain a prohibition on video gambling. Danny's Pizza will take the bar's spot at the corner of Douglas and Kimball streets.

    Smoked salmon on toasted rye rounds with dilled cream cheese and sour cream.

    Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak

    Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands, sparking major recalls there and in the U.S., Dutch authorities said.

    Associated Press/Aug. 25, 2009 Crew members with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., work on a drilling platform on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. The drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shaking up world energy markets from Washington to Moscow to Beijing. Some predict what was once unthinkable: that the U.S. won’t need to import natural gas in the near future. But pollution concerns remain.

    Tainted wells might be linked to fracking in Pennsylvania

    Methane in two Pennsylvania water wells has a chemical fingerprint that links it to natural gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, evidence that such drilling can pollute drinking water.

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a pair of traders work in their booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Hopes that the U.S. is back in recovery mode has helped stocks start the new month on a relative high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Jittery investors keep stock markets tepid

    Most car makers reported better sales for September. But sales for U.S. automakers were mostly flat.

    A woman and a child walk past banners Tuesday advertising Samsung and Apple’s smartphones at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

    Judge lifts ban on sales of Samsung tablet

    A federal judge has lifted a ban on sales of Samsung Electronics Corp.'s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer.


    Tickets still available for Toast of Schaumburg

    Tickets are still available for the 2012 Toast of Schaumburg, hosted Saturday, Oct. 6 by the Schaumburg Business Association. The evening, titled, "Inferno West" will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center from 6 p.m. to midnight. The evening will future classic American cuisine, an open bar, live music and both silent and live auction items.

    A poker table and gambling props from the One and Only Ocean Club and used in the 2006 version of the movie ‘Casino Royale.’

    Gambling revenue up 6 percent

    U.S. casinos registered a 6 percent increase in gambling revenue to $23.8 billion through August, the American Gaming Association said.All but four states reported higher year-to-date revenue, according to a statement today from the organization. Delaware, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey registered declines, while Nevada, the biggest U.S. casino market, posted a 2.4 percent increase through July, the group said.American Gaming Association data exclude results from casinos owned by American Indian tribes. The data represent year-to-date gambling through August for most of the states with casinos. Some are year to date through July.

    Frank Fahrenkopf, American Gaming Association president and CEO, speaks Tuesday during a State of the Industry address at the Global Gaming Expoin Las Vegas.

    Gambling exec: Online regulations unlikely in 2012

    It doesn't look like Congress will pass Internet gambling regulatory laws this year, the head of the industry's main lobbying group said Tuesday, as he cast online wagering hosted by sites overseas as one of the biggest threats to the casino industry in the United States.

    Alisher Ali, founder of Mandalay Capital, Myanmar’s first investment bank.

    Myanmar gets its first investment bank

    Alisher Ali knew on the morning of his second day in Myanmar that the long-closed country was a risk worth taking. Less than two months later he moved his wife and four children to crumbling, tree-lined Yangon and opened Myanmar's first-ever investment bank with $1 million of his own money.


    Vanguard switches to lower-cost fund benchmarks

    Vanguard Group is trying to bolster its appeal to cost-conscious investors by reducing a key expense of investing in low-cost index mutual funds: fees paid to firms that license benchmarks covering segments of the stock market that the funds track.


    Feds throw support behind lawsuit against JPMorgan

    WASHINGTON — The federal government is throwing its support behind a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing Bear Stearns, the investment bank JPMorgan bought in 2008, of engaging in massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.At a news conference, acting Associate Attorney General Tony West credited a coalition of law enforcement agencies created by President Barack Obama in 2009 with assembling evidence in the lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general’s office.The Obama administration has been under heavy political pressure to hold major Wall Street players accountable for the nation’s biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression. Bear Stearns was sold to JPMorgan Chase in 2008.


    Stocks sink on mixed economic signals

    A batch of mixed economic signals tugged major stock indexes lower on Tuesday. The country's largest fertilizer company, Mosaic, said weak demand from China and India weighed on its profits. But a measure of American home prices posted the largest gain in more than six years, the latest data to indicate an improving housing market.


    Third American Airlines flight had seats come loose

    American Airlines says passenger seats on a third flight came loose as the plane was airborne, and it's continuing to inspect other jets with similar seating. The airline acknowledged Tuesday that seats came loose on a flight last week between Vail, Colo., and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The same thing happened on a flight Saturday and another on Monday.

    Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that its September U.S. sales rose 12 percent, crediting strong demand for new models, low interest rates and a stable U.S. economy.

    U.S. auto sales rise again in September

    Americans found plenty of reasons to drive home new cars in September, and that demand made auto sales one of the economy's bright spots for yet another month. Buyers needed to replace aging cars, banks offered cheap loans, and auto companies rolled out a new lineup of fuel-efficient midsize sedans. Underneath all that, buyers felt more confident about the jobs market, a key factor influencing car sales.


    CORPAK acquires Merck Serono’s U.K. sales, distribution

    CORPAK MedSystems, Inc., said it will acquire the gastroenterology sales and distribution operation of Merck Serono Limited in the U.K. and Ireland.


    Context 4 expands relationship with Health Design

    Context 4 Healthcare announced an expanded partnership with Health Design Plus, with their purchase of Context's FirstPass medical claim editing solution.

    Kraft’s North American grocery business, which will list on the Nasdaq Stock Market as an independent company, is starting life with a handicap: years of underinvestment in new products and marketing.

    New Kraft company faces lack of new products, marketing

    Kraft's North American grocery business, which will list on the Nasdaq Stock Market as an independent company, is starting life with a handicap: years of underinvestment in new products and marketing.


    Z Trim Holdings reports Q3 sales growth

    Biotechnology company Z Trim Holdings Inc. announced that it recorded an 88 percent increase in third quarter 2012 revenues over the previous period in 2011.


    Wintrust subsidiary acquires south suburban bank
    New Lenox-based Old Plank Trail Community Bank has acquired the banking operations of First United Bank of Crete after federal regulators closed the bank last week.


    MacLean-Fogg to expand Metform facility in Savanna

    Maclean-Fogg Component Solutions recently broke ground on an 86,000-square-foot precision component machining facility at its Metform location in downstate Savanna.


    Entrepreneurial organization honors sellbackyourBook.com founder

    Glen Nothnagel, founder and CEO of online commerce company sellbackyourbook.com, was named an honoree in the 2012 Empact100, an awards program that recognizes young entrepreneurs.


    Knapp named First Midwest Bank regional president

    ITASCA — First Midwest Bank said David M. Knapp has joined the bank as President of the West Region. Knapp will head the bank’s newly formed West Region Commercial Banking Group, which has been realigned to heighten the focus and take advantage of the bank’s existing market and the growth opportunities in the west and northwest suburban commercial markets.“David’s experiences in lending, sales management and business development are certain to help us achieve our goal of significantly expanding our market presence in the west and northwest suburban Chicago markets,” said Mark G. Sander, president and COO of First Midwest Bank. “I am very pleased to welcome him to First Midwest. He is an accomplished banking professional and a strong leader, and I look forward to working with him in his new role” said Sander.Knapp will assume management responsibility for the commercial banking area of DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and western Cook Counties. His leadership and 28 years of banking experience will be invaluable to First Midwest going forward as the bank continues to grow and expand its business in this important geographic market.He comes to First Midwest Bank from BMO Harris Bank, where he spent the last four years as the Managing Director and Market Manager in the Commercial Banking and Diversified Industries Group. Prior to that role, David held positions of increasing responsibility at LaSalle Bank and the Northern Trust Company. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He and his family currently reside in Glen Ellyn.


    Shaw Media purchases Suburban Life newspapers

    Shaw Media said Monday it has acquired Suburban Life, a chain of 22 weekly newspapers that circulate in the western suburbs, from New York-based GateHouse Media. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

    A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared to a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years.

    Measure of U.S. home prices rises by most in 6 years

    A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared to a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years. CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said Tuesday that prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight monthly. Steady price increases, combined with greater home sales and rising builder confidence, suggest the housing recovery may be sustainable.

    Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York. TakePart TV, a brand-new YouTube channel launching Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012m, will deliver original programming that consists of news, short-form comedy, animation and nonfiction series featuring such names as Henry Rollins, Dan Savage and Kobe Bryant.

    Online channel TakePart TV: relevant, entertaining

    Hey, YouTubers! Have you danced your fill to "Gangnam Style"? Have you seen enough versions of "Call Me Maybe"? Now video grazers can check out a brand-new YouTube channel that promises to be as amusing as any cat on a skateboard but also to engage you with ideas for changing the world.


    U.S hopes buoy markets despite Spain uncertainties

    Surprise good news from the U.S. continued to shore up financial markets Tuesday despite concerns about the economic outlook of both Greece and Spain.In what will be a busy week for U.S. economic data, investors are assessing whether the world's largest economy may be getting over its recent soft patch.


    Report wants Europe’s banks to wall off risky ops

    Europe's banks should create a firewall between their traditional retail banking operations and more risky investment banking ones and force executives to personally take losses when their banks fail, a new expert report suggested Tuesday.

    The price of oil finished higher Monday after a report showed U.S. manufacturing activity rose in September for the first time in four months.

    Oil approaches $93 after U.S. manufacturing improves

    The price of oil approached $93 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months.Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 21 cents to $92.69 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    The New York attorney general’s office has hit JPMorgan Chase & Co. with a civil lawsuit, alleging that investment bank Bear Stearns ó prior to its collapse and subsequent sale to JPMorgan in 2008 ó perpetrated massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.

    NY AG sues JPMorgan over Bear Stearns securities

    The New York attorney general's office has hit JPMorgan Chase & Co. with a civil lawsuit, alleging that investment bank Bear Stearns — prior to its collapse and subsequent sale to JPMorgan in 2008 — perpetrated massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities.

    Americans are expected to spend more during what’s traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they’re not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

    Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent in 2012

    Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year.

Life & Entertainment


    Master Gardeners earn state awards
    At this year’s State Master Gardener conference held in Crystal Lake, more than 300 Master Gardeners came together in September to participate in three days of tours, workshops, educational sessions and friendly garden talk. Four area residents were awarded Outstanding State Master Gardener certificates.

    Chuck Federici of Hanover Park

    Round 2, Week 2 challenges — see what next week’s contestants come up with
    What ingredients will the Round 2, Week 2 contestants have to work with?


    Eggplant Caponata
    Eggplant Caponata


    Shrimp Ceviche
    Shrimp Ceviche

    Hersey High School grad Jim Michaels, right, chats with Ernest Borgnine on the set of the old TV series "Airwolf." Michaels has worked at Universal Studios since his graduation from the University of Evansville.

    Hersey grad a super natural at producing TV shows

    Hersey High School graduate Jim Michaels became a popular guy at Universal Studios where he supplied computer graphics to TV shows "Amazing Stories," "Miami Vice" and "Knight Rider." Then one day, "I noticed that producers drove much nicer cars than I did." Now he produces the popular TV series "Supernatural."


    Night life: Autumn brews are king at Chicago Botanic

    Taste autumn brews at Chicago Botanic Garden's fall beer tasting, which includes samples from Atlas Brewing Co., Two Brothers Brewing Company and more; The Annex cocktail lounge opens in Barrington; Carlucci introduces a pink-tini for October.

    Many homeowners are updating their kitchen with granite counters.

    Price of granite counters has fallen

    Homeowners today are investing in their homes for their own enjoyment. Fortunately, the granite countertops that everyone wants today came down in price by about 40 percent five or six years ago, aid Derek Wawyca, manager of Imperial Stone in Elk Grove Village, thanks to the opening of new quarries and more competition.

    Student Nick Bonzelli of St. Charles uses produce from Elgin Community College's rooftop garden to prepare gazpacho for a recent lunch at the college's Spartan Terrace Restaurant.

    Elgin culinary students learning about food from seed to supper

    Students in Elgin Community College's culinary arts program are reaping the rewards of tending to the roof-top garden. Their vegetables are being used in recipes served at the Spartan Terrace Cafe. "I started the garden because this is what's going on in our industry," instructor/chef Jill Russell said referring to the farm-to-fork movement that attempts to reconnect people with the source of their food.


    Dining events: Buy TL’s sushi, help breast cancer awareness

    Try the pink lady roll at TL's Four Seasons Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Bartlett throughout October and support breast cancer awareness in the process. The special sushi roll is made of super white tuna and asparagus and topped with avocado lychee sauce and all wrapped up in pink soybean paper. The roll costs $10.95 and a portion of the proceeds from each pink lady roll goes to Wellness Place.

    Dave Grohl, left, and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters are officially taking a break from playing as a band.

    Dave Grohl says Foo Fighters taking a break

    Dave Grohl says his band Foo Fighters is officially taking a break. Grohl sent an open letter Tuesday, calling the band "my life," but noting "it's a good thing for all of us to go away for a while."

    Daniel Craig plays James Bond in the upcoming action adventure film, “Skyfall.” Could he be the best Bond?

    Picking the best in Bond films

    From the way he introduces himself to his preferred drink order to the kind of car he drives, everything about James Bond is deeply entrenched in pop culture. We like to make lists of things around here, but usually they come in fives. In honor of Agent 007's 50th anniversary, here's a seven-best list of all things Bond.

    Diana Krall’s “Glad Rag Doll”

    Diana Krall delivers timeless tunes

    Diana Krall's "Glad Rag Doll" instantly grabs your attention. It's the songs, and T Bone Burnett's usual excellent production, that are the real draw here.


    Music notes: Catch Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg at the Arcada

    Marky Ramone spent 15 years as the drummer in the Ramones, one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time. Now he leads a new band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which delivers a high-energy show that includes Ramones classics and other material. See them at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Braised chicken with apples and mustard is a savory way to enjoy fall's favorite fruit.

    Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?

    From a dietitian's point of view, apples are loaded with health benefits including antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants occur naturally in most fruits and vegetables and help protect our bodies from inflammation thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.

    Braised chicken with apples and mustard is a savory way to enjoy fall’s favorite fruit.

    Braised Chicken with Whole Grain Mustard and Apples
    Braised Chicken with Mustard and Apples


    ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ ineligible at SAG

    The independent-film hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild" will be ineligible for the Screen Actors Guild Awards because it was not made under provisions of the union's contracts, guild officials said Monday. The producers have until Oct. 25 to bring the film into guild compliance to become eligible for the awards, though that likely would mean paying the actors more money.

    Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

    Jockeying begins for Oscar contenders

    Hollywood is in its usual hazy head space when it comes to the Academy Awards race. The dilemma: Handicapping the players when so many of the potential front-runners have yet to show their game face. Films such as Ben Affleck's "Argo" and Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman's "The Master" already are proven contenders through rapturous reactions from festival crowds or early theatrical audiences. A handful of summer releases have a shot at best-picture slots — but that depends on the movies still to come.

    The San Jose Sharks battle the Chicago Blackhawks in “NHL 13.”

    'NHL 13' almost makes up for lockout

    Most hockey fans would agree that last year's "NHL 12" video game was pretty close to perfect. But that hasn't stopped the producers at EA Sports from trying to improve it.This year, the improvements in "NHL 13" include even more realistic skating with more than 1,000 new animations. Player control is better, and the artificial intelligence more closely mimics what you'd see on the ice if you were watching a real game.

    “Rogue” by Mark Sullivan

    Mark Sullivan delivers action-packed thriller

    He grew up in a gang of thieves on the streets of Buenos Aires and became a top agent in the CIA. Now Robin Monarch has become a fugitive in Mark Sullivan's action-packed thriller, "Rogue." When Monarch stumbles on an assassination attempt, he ends up saving the life of a Russian mobster. Now, the grateful criminal has a job for Monarch that will require him to get his team back together.

    Giordano Dance Chicago makes a touring stop at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake as part of its 50th anniversary.

    Best bets: Giordano Dance swings into CLC Sunday

    Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, including a stop Sunday at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. Don't miss former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows when he performs with Uncles Brother at the Four Star Comedy Fest in Chicago Saturday. Grammy Award winner Amy Grant performs Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz (2012, Candlewick Press) $17.99, 400 pages.

    All is not as it seems when puppets come to life

    It happens in the movies and it's always been a question in your mind. While you were abed, did they dance on the floor, play with your books, or try on your clothes? Better question: how would you know? They'd never do anything when you were awake and, well, you had to sleep sometime.



    Editorial: Reformulating law on utility service

    A Daily Herald editorial says the Illinois Commerce Commission should rescind a rate reduction order that will interfere with, if not derail, efforts to improve the cost and reliability of providing electricity to consumers.


    Deluded by ‘skewed’ polls

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: If a polling sample shows Democrats outnumbering Republicans by, say, 32 percent to 24 percent (with most of the rest calling themselves independents), GOP partisans shouldn't worry about a conspiracy. They should worry that this is a snapshot of how Americans feel about the two major parties.


    We are better off than in 2008
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I still feel terrible about those who have lost jobs and all who have had no health care until The Affordable Health Care Act was passed, or guarantees of a steady, full-time job. I don't want to go back to the way government worked four years ago.


    Obama undeserving of second term
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Are more people working today than when President Obama took office? Are we headed for a fiscal cliff due to our out-of-control spending and debt problem?


    Six years of returns is all I ask
    Your father, George Romney, a great and honest man, had showed us many years of tax returns. He thought it was important then, but now you are the presidential candidate.


    Romney pays his taxes fairly
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: He followed the current tax law and even reduced his actual contribution deduction to ensure he maintained his 14.1 percent effective rate.


    Feed your kids; make them sleep
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Show me a student who is well-rested, well-nourished, and well-supervised, and I'll show you a teacher who is fine with his test scores included in her evaluations. I teach my students the importance of a proper night's sleep and a good breakfast. And they just laugh and laugh.


    How is Obama a good president?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Mr. Lambert says anyone making less than $300,000 a year should vote for Obama. I make far less and I will vote for Romney.


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