Daily Archive : Thursday October 4, 2012


    Dee Beaubien, left, opposes David McSweeney in the 52nd State House District race.

    Beaubien, McSweeney differ on how to fix budget

    Republican David McSweeney and independent Dee Beaubien, vying for the 52nd State House District seat, say their priorities are job creation, economic growth and bringing Illinois back to a healthier financial position. McSweeney's and Beaubien's approaches to solving the state's fiscal crisis often contrast, however, with differing opinions on gambling, the budget process and the income tax...


    Legislative candidates at Round Lake Beach event

    The League of Women Voters of Lake County and the Round Lake Area Public Library will hold a public event for candidates in several contested races at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, off Hook Drive, west of Route 83.

    Linda Arigi of Wheaton holds her dog Evie, who recently was attacked by a coyote in her backyard and suffered several puncture wounds. Evie was saved by the quick response of dog sitter Megan Wilt, holding the family's other dog, Pippin.

    Coyote attacks dog in Wheaton area backyard

    Another small dog is recovering from severe injuries following a coyote attack, the second in a week near Wheaton. Linda Arigi's 16-lb. bichon frise, Evie, was attacked inside her fenced backyard on Stonebridge Court in Wheaton. The attack came one week after Sue Reid's dogs were surrounded by between four and six coyotes in the fenceless backyard of their home just outside Wheaton. Jake was...

    The McGuffey Reader was just the tonic for small town school districts like Arlington Heights, in the mid-19th century.

    Arlington Hts. stories: The Gospel, Geometry and Mr. McGuffey

    Nobody took education for granted in mid 19th-century Arlington Heights - between the men going off to the Civil War, the women holding down the farms and small businesses and the children pitching in to fill the gap left by their fathers - schooling was a luxury. But the people of Arlington Heights took it as seriously as they could.

    The Carol Stream Public Library will host a variety of family activities Saturday in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

    Carol Stream library to raffle e-readers at party

    The Carol Stream Public Library is celebrating its past by looking to the future - by giving away new e-readers to patrons at a birthday celebration this Saturday. Every hour on the half-hour, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., library staff will hold drawings for new Kindle Paperwhites. Carol Stream library cardholders who have checked out materials since the beginning of September have received entry...


    Environmental groups file complaint over coal ash

    Several environmental groups want the Illinois Pollution Control Board to order Midwest Generation to clean up groundwater pollution that allegedly leached from coal-ash ponds at four of the company’s power plants.


    Cooler, wetter September eased drought conditions

    September marked the first wetter and cooler than normal month in Illinois this year. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cooler temperatures and heavier than normal rainfall helped ease drought conditions in most of the state.

    William Cellini, center, leaves the federal courthouse with unidentified family members after Judge James Zagel sentenced him to 366 days in prison and a $75,000 fine Thursday in Chicago.

    ‘King of Clout’ gets a year in prison

    A federal judge sentenced former Illinois power broker William Cellini to a year in prison Thursday for conspiring to shake down a movie producer, capping off the last trial to stem from the investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini, 77, was once known to political insiders as the King of Clout for his behind-the-scenes influence in state government.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns with running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, in Fishersville, Va.

    I was 'completely wrong,' Romney says about 47% remark

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong."


    Lombard implements fee for excessive basic 911 calls

    Hoping to prod residents who frequently call 911 for nonemergency in-home assistance to seek help from other sources, Lombard trustees on Thursday night approved a $50 fee for the sixth and subsequent such calls in a calendar year. The fee will kick in for the sixth call made after Jan. 1 by anyone who receives basic life support services from the Lombard Fire Department without transportation to...


    Batavia fire damages motorcycle shop

    A fire at a motorcycle repair shop in Batavia late Thursday resulted in roughly $110,000 in damages, according to a Batavia Fire Department official. Diesel’s Service & Repair, 847 E. Wilson, had about $50,000 in damages to 10 to 15 motorcycles, $40,000 in losses of tools and equipment, and about $20,000 in damage to the building, Acting Battalion Chief Scott Hogan said. No injuries were...

    Kevin Riley

    Police find weapons, drugs in McHenry County house

    Three people were arrested on various weapons and drugs charges after McHenry County Sheriff's Officers found an assorment of guns and drug paraphernalia in a home in unincorporated Woodstock Thursday.


    Traces of Legionella bacteria found at 3 Batavia schools

    Legionella bacteria have been found in the water at three schools in Batavia Public Schools District 101, but it is not likely to cause illness, according to a note to parents issued by the district late Thursday. Superintendent Jack Barshinger told parents that “proactive water quality analyses” detected traces of the bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease at three schools.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands Wednesday after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver. Both men relished the wonky talk, but Mitt Romney also showed the easy confidence a presidential contender needs — and a bit of the salesman’s dynamic presentation.

    Debate viewers learn that Romney can be wonky, too

    Both men relish the wonky talk in their own way. Mitt Romney, like an executive making a forceful sales pitch, shows an easy confidence that suits a presidential contender. Barack Obama sounds like a long-winded professor a tad annoyed at having to go over this stuff one more time for the students in the back.

    “Saturday Night Live,” Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” all asked for appearances from the Big Bird on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.

    Debate thrusts Big Bird into presidential campaign

    Big Bird has never been so hot. “Saturday Night Live,” Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” all asked for appearances from the “Sesame Street” character on Thursday after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.

    Turks hold banners that read “no to war” Thursday during a protest in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey fired on targets in Syria for a second day following a Syrian shelling that killed five civilians in the Turkish border town of Akcakale. The border violence between Turkey and Syria has added a dangerous new dimension to Syria’s civil war, dragging Syria’s neighbors deeper into a conflict that activists say has already killed 30,000 people since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March 2011.

    UN strongly condemns Syrian shelling of Turkey

    UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council overcame deep divisions to unanimously approve a statement Thursday condemning Syria’s shelling of a Turkish town that killed five women and children “in the strongest terms.”


    Some answers about meningitis outbreak

    Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis. Some details:Q: How big is the outbreak?

    An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration identified the maker of the steroid as New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy.

    Hundreds seen at risk in meningitis outbreak

    The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened dramatically Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients who got steroid back injections in 23 states could be at risk.


    Petition pushes Geneva to let aldermen have liquor licenses

    Geneva TaxFACTS is supporting an online petition to get the Geneva City Council to vote on whether to allow holders of liquor licenses to serve as aldermen. The council discussed the matter several months ago, and a straw poll indicated it favored changing the law, 8-2. Mayor Kevin Burns, however, opposes it.

    Jefry Sutjito

    Australian man accused of sexual assault in St. Charles

    Bond was set at $500,000 Thursday for an Australian man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a dormitory room at the Q Center executive conference facility in St. Charles, according to a news release from St. Charles police. Jefry Sutjito, 24, of King Street in Melbourne, Australia, appeared in bond court Thursday and was required to surrender his passport. Sutjito is accused of assaulting...


    Man killed in Libertyville crash

    A 71-year-old man was killed in a single-car crash early Thursday morning in Libertyville, Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said. Police were called at 5:12 a.m. to the 200 block of Golf Road on a report of a car striking a tree. The vehicle had rolled over, and the man, whose identity is not being released pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Yancey said.


    Round Lake school officials accused of strip-searching student

    Round Lake school officials unlawfully forced a middle school student to submit to a strip search in April because administrators believed he was hiding marijuana somewhere on his body, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court. The mother of the unidentified 13-year-old is suing Round Lake Unit District 116 for more than $1 million in damages.


    Volunteer, firefighter honored for contributions to Buffalo Grove

    Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 board member Ellyn Ross was honored this week as the recipient of the 2012 Bill Reid Community Service Award for her work in the Buffalo Grove community. Rotary also honored Glenn Bird as Buffalo Grove's Firefighter of the Year.


    Countryside fire open house on Sunday

    The Countryside Fire Protection District will host their 53rd Annual Open House & Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 7 at Station 2, 600 N. Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills. Pancake breakfast is $15 per family or $5 per person, includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk or coffee.


    Bonner Farm Country Fair on Oct. 7

    The annual Bonner Farm Country Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Bonner Heritage Farm on Country Place, off Sand Lake Road and just west of Route 45 in Lindenhurst. A petting zoo, wagon and pony rides, crafts, face painting and live entertainment are featured. Visitors can play old fashioned games, guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, paint a pumpkin or gourd and help...


    Supervision for Palatine teen who scuffled with police

    A Palatine teen who was involved in a scuffle with police last February pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor this week. Daniel Haze, 19, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

    Adam Blackmore and his donations to Kane County Animal Control.

    Adam Blackmore got neighbors, relatives to chip in toward donations

    The Kane County Animal Shelter's wish list was met Thursday with a big pile of goodies, donated by a 10-year-old Geneva boy who spent his summer raising money to help furry friends.


    Attorney: Accused Elgin hoarder never hurt animals

    A 60-year-old Elgin man accused of animal cruelty after 43 dead and decaying cats, birds, squirrels and other animals were found in a van outside his rented home last week loves his pets and has never harmed any of them, his attorney said Thursday. William Tinkler, of the 200 block of Villa Street, appeared in Elgin branch court where prosecutors got court order to allow Elgin animal control...

    Brad Schneider, left, listens to Robert Dold speak to reporters and editors at the Daily Herald.

    Dold, Schneider feud over tax returns, business experience

    U.S. Rep. Robert Dold has challenged challenger Brad Schneider to release his personal income tax returns, but Schneider says people can read about his finances on his U.S. House disclosure form. Dold, meanwhile, is releasing his tax forms only to reporters.


    Barrington fire district pays off station debt

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District retired more than $1 million in long-term bond obligations this past summer, saving roughly $661,000 in interest payments due over the next 20 years.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A dozen vehicles were damaged in a commercial burglary that took place between 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 30 in the 1400 block of West Bartlett Road, according to police reports. A truck was set on fire, another had gravel dumped on it, one was driven into a retaining wall and others had miscellaneous damage, including smashed windows, reports said. The entire building was all ransacked, with windows and...

    Daniel Baker

    Court to rule on murder suspect Baker’s fitness for trial

    Attorneys for a 24-year-old Deerfield man accused of killing his girlfriend’s mother will argue Friday he is not mentally fit to stand trial. A psychologist who visited Daniel Baker in the Lake County jail this week said the murder suspect needs medication to help him understand the trial that is about to take place and the allegations against him, said defense attorney Ed Gensen.

    Judge Allen Anderson, presiding over a mock trial at the Kane County Judicial Center, said he will retire at the end of the year.

    Anderson to retire from Kane County bench

    Longtime Kane County Associate Judge Allen Anderson announced this week that he is retiring from the bench, effective Dec. 31. Anderson, 66, of Elgin, was appointed in January 2000 and said it was the best job he's ever had and he wanted to step down while he still enjoyed it.

    Arnoldo Jimenez

    Car of bride slaying suspect found in Chicago

    Authorities say they’ve located the 2006 black Maserati belonging to a man accused of killing his bride just hours after their wedding. In a release Thursday, Burbank Police Capt. Joseph Ford says the car was found during the arrest of the suspect’s brother at his Chicago home during a drug trafficking investigation.

    Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale says the board and union can send “an incredibly important message” to students that opposing sides can find common ground.

    Chicago school board president ‘pleased’ by contract vote

    Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale says he’s pleased that teachers ratified a new contract. The school board is expected to approve the contract later this month.

    The youth firearm deer season starts Saturday. The firearm deer seasons for this year start Nov. 16 and Nov. 29. Muzzleloader seasons begin Nov. 29 and Dec. 7.

    Illinois hunters encouraged to donate deer meat

    Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials are encouraging sportsmen to donate deer meat to food banks and charities as the fall hunting seasons approach.


    Court opens door to divorce for mentally disabled

    The Illinois Supreme Court opened the door Thursday to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities. For years, Illinois has barred guardians from seeking a divorce on behalf of the mentally disabled people under their protection. That meant the disabled person could not get a divorce unless his or her spouse started the process.


    River Grove trucker charged in Neb. crash fights findings

    A River Grove trucker charged in a deadly crash in western Nebraska is challenging the findings of his preliminary hearing. Josef Slezak is charged in Cheyenne County with four counts of manslaughter and five counts of vehicular homicide.

    James Womack, director of Hand Up Ministries, talks Wednesday with members of the Oklahoma Metro Prayer Alliance on the grounds of the Ministry in Oklahoma City. Behind Womack are some of the trailers where 150 sex offenders who have been released from prison after serving their sentences are housed.

    Many states fall short of federal sex offender law

    Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders, including five states that have completely given up on the effort because of persistent doubts about how it works and how much it costs. “The requirements would have been a huge expense,” said Doris Smith, who oversees grant programs at the...

    Republican candidate Pat Fee shares her views as she campaigns for the 84th state House seat in a Nov. 6 race against Democratic candidate Stephanie Kifowit.

    House leadership at issue in 84th District race

    In the campaign for the 84th state House seat, the name Michael Madigan keeps coming up. Republican candidate Pat Fee of Aurora says Madigan must be replaced as speaker of the House before legislators from both parties will be able to work on solutions to the state’s biggest problems. “There will be no working together. He (Madigan) rules it the way he wants it ruled and this is where we are...


    Inverness, Lincolnshire among nation’s top 100 suburbs

    Little-known Inverness is making a rare appearance in the spotlight by cracking Coldwell Banker’s recent list of the nation’s top 100 suburbs. Inverness ranked No. 88, joined in the Chicago area only by Lincolnshire at No. 94.

    Landowner Renata Heiberg, left, sits atop the gravel hill prairie with Barrington Area Conservation Trust Land Protection Specialist Lisa Woolford and Executive Director Karen Yancey.

    Conservation trust protects Barrington Hills gravel prairie

    The 12-year-old Barrington Area Conservation Trust recently completed a four-acre conservation easement that will protect a rare gravel hill prairie in Barrington Hills from possible future development. “Most gravel hill prairies are located along the Mississippi region of Illinois and it is rare to find a gravel hill prairie in this region,” said trust Executive Director Karen...

    Storyteller Reid Miller of Stoughton, Wis., entertains children during Garfield Farm Museum’s annual Harvest Days.

    Harvest festivals offer a glimpse into the past

    Last weekend, the night sky was dominated by the Harvest Moon. This weekend, two Fox Valley harvest festivals will pay tribute to the historical significance of this time of year — when farmers reap the rewards of their efforts, and communities gather to celebrate the bounty.

    David Larson

    Glenbard students study democracy in class and real life

    Glenbard East and Glenbard West high schools recently won recognition for meeting the criteria for being Illinois Democracy Schools. Superntendent David Larson says that's a reflection of lessons students are learning both in the classroom and in real life.


    Oak Brook doctor charged with fraud

    An Oak Brook dermatologist is charged with health care fraud after federal investigators accused him of submitting false Medicare and private health insurance claims. Robert Kolbusz, 55, practiced in Downers Grove, according to an indictment announced by federal prosecutors Thursday.

    Pepe, a 6-month-old Humboldt penguin from Brookfield Zoo, shows UPS employees in Addison exactly how to walk in slippery conditions.

    Addison UPS drivers get walking lesson from penguin

    To make a dent in the number of slip-and-fall accidents among UPS delivery workers in the winter months, Addison workers got a lesson in walking Thursday from a sure-footed friend: Pepe, a 6-month-old Humboldt penguin from Brookfield Zoo, shuffled his way through the delivery center teaching drivers the correct way to walk. “Pepe gave us a great visual demonstration today that will...

    Turks hold banners that read ”No to War” during a debate at Turkey’s parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day Thursday, but said it has no intention of declaring war, despite tensions after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

    Turkish PM doesn't want war with Syria

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that his country does not want war with Syria but that it is determined to protect its borders and people. Erdogan was speaking at a news conference held hours after Turkey's Parliament approved a bill authorizing military operations against Syria.

    Michael Buhrman

    Nuclear engineer charged in DuPage carjacking goes missing

    A nuclear engineer accused of carjacking a woman in DuPage County has gone missing, just months after prosecutors warned he was plotting to flee the country. "I'm just scared that this was something that was out of his control," Michael Buhrman's attorney said, adding that blood was found inside his client's home.


    Gay marriage a big issue but not biggest, candidates say

    While the question whether same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry is percolating on both the state and federal levels, suburban candidates on both sides of the issue are stepping back from making it a central point in their campaigns. Legislation in Springfield to legalize gay marriage is getting attention, and a state court case trying to achieve the same goal is under review.

    Republican Randy Hultgren of St. Charles is running for Congress in the 14th District.

    Hultgren, Anderson clash on health care reform, job creation

    Candidates for the 14th Congressional District, Randy Hultgren and Dennis Anderson, spar over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Hultgren, a Republican from St. Charles, says the law must be repealed and that there are ways to expand access to health care without the president’s law. Meanwhile, Anderson, a Democrat from Gurnee, says the Affordable Care Act is the...

    Cliff McIlvaine

    St. Charles ‘satisfied,’ but work remains for homeowner’s project

    St. Charles officials appear to be satisfied with the progress - albeit slow - on a home addition that Cliff McIlvaine began in 1975. The city took him to court two years ago and he was supposed to have the project done last month. The roof won't be done until spring 2013 and he's being fined $100 a day for every day he is late past mid-July.


    FBI came and went to Benghazi in past 24 hours

    The FBI says a team of agents arrived in Benghazi on Wednesday to investigate last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. consulate and has already left the city. FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright says the FBI agents were there just one day. She would not say where the team is headed.

    Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto.

    Post-debate: Romney basks, Obama challenges

    An invigorated Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first face-off with the president, envisioning an inaugural celebration with conservative activists while President Barack Obama looked to rebound by accusing his rival of remaking himself on the debate stage.

    Dan Duffy and Amanda Howland

    Duffy, Howland debate path to job creation

    Republican state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington and his Democratic challenger Amanda Howland of Lake Zurich agree on the importance of creating new jobs and retaining existing ones in Illinois, but differ on whose experience and ideas as most likely to make it happen. The two rivals for the 26th District senate seat believe their respective personal and professional experiences make them best...

    Extra-large bumpy gourds are available for your fall decor needs at Randy’s Vegetables in Sleepy Hollow.

    Plethora of pumpkins, scarcity of corn

    This summer's drought may make some autumn decoration and edible favorites scarce this year. "By no means will it be a bumper crop for broom corn and Indian corn," said Christine Gaitsch of Randy's Vegetables in Sleepy Hollow. "Pumpkins, squash, and gourds are in good shape because it wasn't a wet year. They like it more on the dry side."

    Dee Beaubien, left, opposes David McSweeney in the 52nd State House District for the 2012 general election.

    Beaubien reiterates independence despite $50,000 from Madigan

    Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has dialed up his support for Dee Beaubien a couple notches, signaling the party's belief that the independent candidate's Republican opponent in the 52nd House District race is vulnerable. According to a campaign finance report filed Monday night, Madigan's personal campaign committee transferred $50,000 to Beaubien's camp, further aiding her quest to...

    Dan Kobs, right, has autism as well as apraxia. Through therapies at Giant Steps, he's made progress and thrilled his older brother Pete by saying his name.

    5K helps Lisle school help students with autism

    In a typical school, most students would be thrilled to hear the daily routine is being broken up by an assembly and would clap along with a marching band they found playing in the gym. But for a student with autism, a change in the schedule can be disruptive and unsettling and the band's music reverberating in the gym can overload his senses. Giant Steps in Lisle offers an autism-specific...

    Maria Garcia, a member of the Future Teachers of America Club from Elgin High School, shows students in Mrs. Ramos’ first-grade class at Huff Elementary School in Elgin how to make a ladybug from construction paper during a lesson Wednesday. The high school students read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” to students as part of the national Read for the Record campaign.

    U-46 joins attempt to break world reading record

    Huff Elementary School first-grader Alexander Ayala said he isn’t a fan of bugs, but the 6-year-old from Elgin said he still enjoyed the book, “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” which millions of children across the country will read as part of the 2012 Read for the Record campaign to set a world record in reading. “I liked it because they made a secret hideout and blew out cupcakes that had...

    Monroe to Jackson viaduct column construction earlier in the project.

    Construction on historic Wacker Drive nearly done

    Renovations to an historic Chicago street that winds above and below the city's downtown are almost complete. State and city transportation officials Thursday showcased some of the $303 million in improvements to Wacker Drive. That includes wider lanes, more lighting and extra room for pedestrians. The project is to finish in December.

    Members of the Massachusetts GOP Young Republicans react as they watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Boston.

    Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved

    Like so many other Americans, David Becker knew long before Wednesday night’s debate whom he’d be supporting in the presidential election. And, like so many other Americans, he tuned in anyway. He was hoping his guy — Republican Mitt Romney — would step it up a notch, “get out there and take command, put more on the table, tell us what you will do.”

    Republican incumbent Robert Dold, right, speaks as Democratic challenger Brad Schneider looks on during a meeting with the Daily Herald Editorial Board Wednesday. They are running in the 10th Congressional District.

    Dold whacks at Schneider over job experience; Schneider hits back on abortion votes

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider went toe-to-toe on abortion rights, political allegiances and even their private-industry resumes Wednesday during a feisty interview session with the Daily Herald. The freshman lawmaker from Kenilworth unfurled a pages-long analysis of congressional voting records to show he often breaks with his party. Schneider had to...


    Obama to make push for early voting in Wisconsin

    President Barack Obama will fire-up his Democratic base during a rally Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he’s expected to urge his supporters to vote early.

    Occupy Denver protesters rally against presidential debate around University of Denver campus. Denver, CO. Wednesday. Oct. 3, 2012. About 150 protesters with Occupy Denver marched some eight blocks from the campus. Protesters shouted slogans denouncing a two-party system and the war in Afghanistan and demanding affordable health care.

    Warnings, tweets, Jenga off-camera at debates

    Most voters watched the debate on the television and didn’t get to see what happened before and after President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took the stage. And even then, some of the nonverbal exchanges were lost in broadcast.

    Early in the debate, Mitt Romney said he would defund public broadcasting to bring down the deficit but added that he liked Big Bird. Social networks immediately responded, with participants posting spoof photos of Big Bird and other “Sesame Street” characters on Facebook and setting up parody Big Bird Twitter accounts.

    Social media renders rapid judgment on debate

    Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook Wednesday during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answers questions during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.

    Dawn Patrol: Mourning families burglarized; homemade bombs

    Romney, Obama clash during first debate. McHenry Co. couple accused of targeting obituaries for burglaries. More homemade explosives discovered in Northwest surburbs. Feds charge nine Aurora men in drug, gun bust. North Aurora attackers likely searched for an item inside home where shooting occurred, according to police.

    The tree-dotted grounds of Naper Settlement provide a colorful backdrop for fall fun and Harvest Time activities throughout October.

    Naper Settlement introduces families to old-time fall fun

    It’s the kind of thing that would make Laura Ingalls Wilder right at home, but making a cornhusk doll — once an act of leisure in between pioneer-era chores — also can entertain a generation riveted by the latest YouTube sensation. Organizers at Naper Settlement say fashioning such a doll and other pioneer activities are hits with the youngsters and adults during Harvest Time, running weekends in...

    John Cameron Swayze

    IU researcher: Cronkite wasn’t 1st TV anchorman

    An Indiana University researcher says Walter Cronkite wasn’t the first television anchorman despite what most journalism history books might say.IU associate professor of journalism Mike Conway says the first TV anchorman wasn’t the CBS newsman but John Cameron Swayze, a regular on the NBC quiz show “Who Said That?”


    Professors say Obama rally requires registration

    MADISON, Wis. — Three University of Wisconsin-Madison professors say students shouldn’t have to register with the Obama presidential campaign to attend Thursday’s rally. Students are required to supply their phone number and email address to the Obama campaign and click “I’m In” in order to get a free ticket to the president’s appearance at Bascom Hill.


    Illinois West Nile virus cases continue to climb

    Six people have died of West Nile virus in Illinois as the number of human cases continues to climb.The Illinoi Department of Public Health is tracking cases of the mosquito-borne disease and updated its count Wednesday. The agency says the virus has sickened 179 people in Illinois this year.


    Stranded WWII ship freed from W. Kentucky lake Stranded WWII ship freed from W. Kentucky lake

    A restored World War II troop landing ship is on its way to its Indiana home port after being freed from a western Kentucky lake where it ran aground.


    Southwestern Ill. highway worker killed by truck

    The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 62-year-old highway worker who was found underneath a dump truck.


    Suspected burglar fatally shot at N. Indiana home

    Police in northern Indiana say a suspected home burglar was killed and an accomplice wounded in a shooting.Police were called Wednesday to a home in Elkhart on a report of shots being fired after two people had forced their way inside.

    Regarded as the player the Chicago Cubs will build around to get to the World Series, Starlin Castro reacts to striking out during the team's 100th loss of the season.

    See good in 101-loss effort? Delusional Cubs fans can

    The worst Cubs season in his 45 years of die-hard fan status mercifully came to an end Wednesday with a thrilling walk-off victory, columnist Burt Constable says, adding, "We Cubs fans exhibit a blind loyalty that would make a faithful dog blush." Team President Theo Epstein promises to deliver a eulogy today for a team that was buried by the All-Star break.


    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb reacts after being sacked during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in St. Louis. The Rams won 17-3. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    Rams get 9 sacks, bust Cardinals’ unbeaten run

    Even before Sam Bradford snapped out of it, the St. Louis Rams had enough points.Their fast-improving defense saw to that. Bradford busted a lengthy slump with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens for a two-TD cushion and Robert Quinn had three of the Rams’ nine sacks on Kevin Kolb to keep the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals in check in a 17-3 victory Thursday night.


    Playing the game for its own sake ought to be reward enough

    Sadly, there's evidence that the NFL's bounty scandal is having an effect at the very roots of the sports. And perhaps it's been there all along.


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


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


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


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


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

    Burlington Central quarterback Tyler Majewski moves with the ball last Friday at Marengo. BC takes on Richmond-Burton in a key Big Northern East battle on Rocket Hill tonight.

    Scouting Week 7 football in the Fox Valley

    A look at Week 7 football in the Fox Valley.

    Palatine’s Jeremy Velinski celebrates his goal in the first period of the Pirates’ MSL West-clinching win over Barrington on Thursday at Palatine.

    Palatine wraps up West

    In a tense game with Mid-Suburban League divisional fortunes at stake, the host Pirates enjoyed the outcome as Jeremy Velinski’s 38th-minute goal was the difference Thursday against rival Barrington. The 1-0 shutout captured the Mid-Suburban West crown for the Pirates and earned them a spot in next Thursday’s MSL Cup against Buffalo Grove.


    St. Francis defeats Downers South in three games

    Molly Haggerty had 14 kills and Maddie Haggerty 8, and No. 4 St. Francis held off Downers Grove South 25-8, 21-25, 25-14 on Thursday in Wheaton. McKenna Kelsay set 29 assists, Becca Shearer had 6 kills and Sam Dubiel 16 service points for the Spartans (27-5).


    Enright goal lifts Glenbard South

    Sophomore Chris Enright scored off a Thomas Gkotse assist to give Glenbard South 1-0 Metro Suburban Conference victory at Fenton on Thursday night.


    Palatine savors West title

    After defeating visiting Conant 28-26, 25-14 on Thursday night, the Palatine girls volleyball players sat down to a potluck dinner. While enjoying the postgame meal they were also able to feast on some more good news. The Pirates (19-4, 8-1) learned they had become champs of the Mid-Suburban West, thanks to a two-set victory by Schaumburg (14-8, 6-3) over Fremd (16-6, 6-3).


    Football: Week 7 previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at the football games of Week 7 of the high school football season involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Christian Liberty and Leyden.


    Football: Scouting Week 7, Lake County

    EAST SUBURBAN CATHOLICCarmel Catholic (2-4, 2-2) at Joliet Catholic (4-2, 3-1)When: 7:30 p.m., today at Joliet Memorial StadiumLast week: Carmel lost to Marist, 28-7; Joliet Catholic d. St. Patrick, 49-13.Last year’s result: Joliet Catholic def. Carmel, 32-31.Skinny: Carmel has to win its remaining three games. Otherwise, the Corsairs will miss out on the state playoffs for the first time since 1999. They will have their hands full tonight against a Joliet Catholic squad whose only loss is to ESCC-leader Marist. The Hilltoppers boast one of the best gamebreakers in the state in USC-bound Ty Isaac, who’s battled a shoulder injury this season but finally played a full game last Saturday against St. Patrick at Hanson Stadium and piled up 287 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 carries. ... Carmel closes the regular season with home games against St. Patrick and Notre Dame. Under coach Andy Bitto, the Corsairs’ option offense has always produced points and rushing yards. But this season the Corsairs have scored just 101 points (16.8 per game) and average just 207.6 yards on the ground. Josh Walinski (431 yards, 4.3 average) is the Corsairs’ leading rusher.— Joe AguilarFOX VALLEY FOXGrayslake North (5-1, 3-0) at Crystal Lake Central (5-1, 3-0)When: 7:15 p.m., todayLast week: Grayslake North def. Woodstock,42-21; Crystal Lake Central def. Grayslake Central, 38-14.Last year’s result: Crystal Lake Central def. Grayslake North, 35-24.Skinny: Grayslake North has never beaten Crystal Lake Central, and that provides even more motivation for the Knights, who are in the midst of a school-record five-game winning streak. Last season, Crystal Lake Central tied for first place atop the FVC Fox with Grayslake Central and Woodstock North. “This is one of four games that we marked as pivotal to our season,” Knights coach Steve Wood said. “They are a physical team that is going to try and control the game by keeping the ball away from our offense. Our success depends on us tackling on defense, controlling the ball on offense and winning the mental mistakes. We have had a great week of practice, the kids have been focused, and we are really excited to be playing this game.” ... Crystal Lake Central forced 5 fumbles, recovering three, against Grayslake Central last Friday. The Tigers ran the ball effectively behind Tyler Jenkins (15 carries, 195 yards, 3 TDs) and Connor Hines (8-90 yards). The Crystal Lake Central defense will try to do what no team has been able to do this season: stop Knights QB A.J. Fish. Fish’s 3 touchdowns against Woodstock hiked his season total to 21. He also threw his seventh and eighth TD passes of the season.— Joe AguilarWoodstock North (4-2, 2-1) at Grayslake Central (2-4, 1-3)When: 7:15 p.m., todayLast week: Woodstock North def. Dundee-Crown, 25-20; Grayslake Central lost to Crystal Lake Central, 38-14.Last year’s result: Woodstock North def. Grayslake Central, 25-0.Skinny: Grayslake Central took a 6-0 record into Woodstock North’s stadium last season and then promptly were shut out for the first and only time. The Thunder won 7 games last season in just its third as a varsity program. Coach Jeff Schroeder’s squad is formidable again. Adam Haimbaugh rushed for a pair of scores and caught a 74-yard TD pass from QB Brian Loftin last Friday against Dundee-Crown. Schroeder called his team’s performance its best of the season. “I expected Woodstock North to be one of the top teams in the conference, and they are,” Rams coach Ben Ault said. “Coach Schroeder has done a nice job building that program. They are a hard-nosed, disciplined football team. We will need to put together excellent games on offense, defense and special teams this week.” ... Grayslake Central could get LB/RB Connor Daly back tonight. Jourden Swopes scored both of the Rams’ touchdowns against Crystal Lake Central last Friday.— Joe AguilarNORTH SUBURBAN PRAIRIELakes (5-1, 3-0) at Grant (5-1, 3-0)

    Libertyville forward Lloyd Chatfield III celebrates after scoring the first Thursday against Warren at Libertyville. Libertyville’s Ralf Zehnter is to the right.

    Libertyville closer to NSC Lake crown

    Libertyville’s boys soccer team took another step toward a North Suburban Lake Division title on Thursday night — a spot that has eluded the Wildcats for almost 10 years. LIbertyville exploded with 3 goals in seven minutes late in the first half and held on for a 3-2 victory over visiting Warren.

    Stevenson product Mark Weisman has beaten the odds by becoming a standout in Iowa’s backfield.

    Ex-Stevenson player emerges as a top Big 10 rusher

    Six months ago, football fans at the University of Iowa barely knew of Mark Weisman, a sophomore out of Stevenson who was happy simply to have a spot with the scout team. Now, Weisman is a big name and a favorite at Kinnick Stadium on Saturdays, drawing cheers he could have never imagined. “Since my name rhymes with Heisman, the fans will chant ‘Weisman for Heisman,’” Weisman said.


    Benet ready to hit the road

    Benet found out from the IHSA this week that to win a regional, it may need to beat Naperville Central on its home floor.If Thursday is any indication, the Redwings travel well.In front of a boisterous crowd at Joliet Catholic, No. 3 Benet looked sharp in dusting off the host Angels 25-14, 25-22.

    Elgin’s Emma Sirridge slows down a spike by South Elgin’s Alyssa Montag Thursday in South Elgin.

    South Elgin makes quick work of Elgin

    South Elgin girls volleyball coach Joni Plach knows her team can play like it did Thursday. She would just like to see it more. The Storm dominated Elgin, 25-11, 25-11, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play in South Elgin.


    Prospect, BG team up against cancer

    As usual, a big crowd showed up at the Jean Walker Field House Thursday night for the fifth annual “Volley For a Cure.” While the fans saw an exciting girls volleyball match in which host Prospect won 24-26, 25-21, 25-23, the more important numbers came in the amount of money raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation which focuses on breast cancer awareness. Knights coach Mike Riedy said about $7,000 will be donated, lifting the five-year total to nearly $35,000.


    Savukynas stuns Metea with a pair of goals

    Waubonsie Valley provided a couple of reasons to celebrate Senior Night on Thursday, and they both came from senior Gytis Savukynas. Savukynas erupted for his first multi-goal game, scoring in each half of a 2-0 victory over Metea Valley in Upstate Eight Valley action in Aurora.


    It all works out well for Schaumburg

    Schaumburg girls volleyball coach Jeanette Pancratz calls the Saxons ‘a team at work’. “And we have been since Aug. 8, the first day of practice,” said the veteran coach who has won more than 725 matches in 22 seasons. “And we still have a lot of work left. We’ll see what it brings.” Thursday night, the Saxons’ hard work brought them one of their biggest wins of the season. They survived 3 set points in the second game before pulling out a dramatic 25-23, 28-26 triumph over visiting Fremd (16-6, 6-3) to tie the Vikings for second place in the Mid-Suburban West.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South d. McHenry: Carly Nolan had 8 kills and Lindsey Murphy added 9 digs, 3 aces and 24 assists as South won 25-13, 25-14 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Avalon Nero added 8 kills for the Gators (21-6, 8-1).Hampshire d. Grayslake North: Jen Dumoulin had 7 kills, 7 digs and 3 aces and Julianna Gass added 6 digs and 2 aces to help Hampshire to a 25-21, 25-20 FVC Fox win. Arianna Rominiski added 6 kills, 8 digs and 3 aces for the Whip-Purs.Burlington Central d. Genoa-Kingston: Karrington Bell had 7 aces, 14 service points and 7 digs as the Rockets won in the Big Northern East. Jena Schudel added 8 kills and Allie O’Reilly had 12 digs for Burlington Central (19-7, 7-1).Jacobs d. Cary-Grove: Alyssa Ehrhardt had 14 kills and 5 aces and Maris Smith added 8 kills and 2 aces to lead the Golden Eagles to a 25-19, 25-23 FVC Valley win. Taylor Lauder added 10 assists and Mackie Traub had 4 aces and 8 assists for Jacobs. Alex Larsen led Cary-Grove (12-12, 4-5) with 7 kills.Elgin Academy d. Francis Parker: Bridgett Keslinke had 6 kills, 4 aces and 10 digs and Alysson Wittmeyer added 8 kills, 5 aces and 2 digs to lead the Hilltoppers to a 25-12, 25-14 Independent School League win. Ellie Johnson had 12 digs for Elgin Academy (8-10, 3-4).Harvest Christian d. Keith School: Sydney Doby had 8 kills, 6 blocks and 12 digs, while Jordan Sollars added 7 kills, 10 assists, 9 digs and 2 aces as Harvest Christian remained the only unbeaten team in the Northeastern Athletic Conference with a 25-20, 12-25, 26-24 win. Katelyn Floyd added 13 assists and Eric Manusos had 3 kills and 4 digs for the Lions (18-3, 7-0).Huntley d. Dundee-Crown: Emily Westermeyer had 6 kills and Rachel Shores added 8 digs to lead Huntley to a 27-25, 25-21 FVC Valley win. Kelsey DeWulf had 14 assists for the Red Raiders (8-13, 3-5). Cori Eischen had 3 kills, 11 assists, 4 digs and 4 aces for Dundee-Crown, while Jillian Hostetler (3 kills), Sam Pagano (2 kills, 4 blocks), Steph Magsamen (2 kills, 3 aces) and Franki Scarpelli (5 digs) also contributed for the Chargers (6-11, 1-8).Glenbard West d. Larkin: Glenbard West, undefeated and the No. 1 ranked team in the Daily Herald Top 20, easily defeated Larkin in nonconference action 25-14, 25-10. Brianna Stewart had 6 kills and Diana Castillo 8 assist for Larkin.

    Barrington’s Mekenna Scheitlin and Fremd’s Breanna Anderson leave the blocks in the 50 free on Thursday at Barrington. Scheitlin won the race in 24.05, but Fremd edged the Fillies 101-85.

    Fremd’s claws come out at Barrington

    Fremd girls swimming coach Andrew Kittrell is known to his swimmers as simply, “Kitty.” He doesn’t mind the wordplay, and his Vikings also seem to enjoy it. They frequently skip more conventional greetings when they approach him, and instead just meow in his general direction. That deep, rumbling sound from the Fremd side of the deck after Thursday night’s meet at Barrington? A deeply satisfied, collective Fremd purring. Fremd ended a Barrington dual meet win streak against Mid-Suburban League opponents that has lasted longer than anyone has been able to pinpoint, but according to Fillies coach Jim Bart covered at least 20 years. The Vikings got narrow wins in two of the three relays and pulled out enough close races for a 101-85 victory in front of an appreciative audience at Barrington.

    Batavia’s Jessica Hartmann digs a ball against Glenbard South during Thursday’s game at Batavia.

    Batavia closes with a bang

    Going a week without playing a game turned out to be just what Batavia needed to win one. Bulldogs coach Lori Trippi-Payne used the time to work on a few things that had been giving her team troubles. Batavia put it all together in the third set Thursday of a 26-24, 21-25, 25-12 nonconference victory over Glenbard South.


    Time for crystal ball to take a look at football’s final three weeks

    The dust has been collecting on my football crystal ball so I figured it was time to take it off the shelf and see what it has to say about the rest of the Fox Valley area football season. Week 7 is upon us and we’ve come to that time where some teams are in the postseason and now trying to secure conference championships and tune-up for the playoffs, some teams are looking for that sixth win to seal a postseason berth, some teams are on the fence and trying to get to their fifth win and/or avoid their fifth loss, and some teams are playing for pride and next year.

    Chances are starting pitcher Jake Peavy won’t be back with the White Sox next season.

    White Sox’ roster can expect change for 2013

    On April 1, the White Sox are going to open the 2013 season with a home game against the Kansas City Royals. Robin Ventura is going to be the Sox’ manager, and Chris Sale is your probable starter. Expect to see Paul Konerko at first base, Gordon Beckham at second, Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Alex Rios, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo in the outfield. As for catcher, third base, the bench, the rest of the starting rotation and the bullpen, Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn have six months to figure out who is in and who is out.


    Royster’s emergence complements Milas at Meadows

    To no one’s surprise, Jack Milas has been quite productive for first place Rolling Meadows (5-1) this season. The Ball State-bound quarterback has thrown for 1,571 yards for 21 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions. But the Mustangs haven’t averaged 38 points on Milas alone. Aiding in that offensive production has been a balance between the passing game and running game, led by Steven Royster.

    In this June 26, 2012, file photo, Cubs president Theo Epstein left, and chairman Tom Ricketts watch batting practice before a game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs’ Epstein talks of ‘covenant’ with fans

    One day after the Cubs finished a miserable 61-101 season, team president Theo Epstein met with reporters and reiterated that the team is staying its course of building from within. At the same time, he said he understands the "covenant" the club has with its loyal fans.

    Naperville Central is one of the DuPage County teams that could see a playoff berth slip through its hands if it doesn’t win at least two of the final three games.

    Up is down in topsy-turvy season

    High school football in DuPage County isn’t quite flipped on its head, but we’re getting close.The haves gradually are becoming the have nots.For decades the area relied on a handful of programs to perpetually represent DuPage County deep into the playoffs. Appearances became expected, titles no surprise.This season things have changed a bit. The perennial powers are fighting just to reach the postseason.

    Mitch Siver,left, and Ethan Hernandez both of Glenbard North celebrate after a TD during game action Friday against Naperville Central.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of the top Week 7 high school football games in the DuPage Valley Coverage area.

    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, here intercepting a pass before returning it for a touchdown Monday at Dallas, says the team will not be taking any opponents lightly.

    Bears vow not to make same mistake twice

    The Bears are determined not to suffer another letdown Sunday as they did in Week Two against the Packers, even though they'll be facing the 1-3 Jaguars.


    Cubs’ Epstein: Soriano had incredible year

    Cubs president Theo Epstein heaped praise on left fielder Alfonso Soriano Thursday. Epstein said he learned a few things about Soriano and that he had to overcome some preconceived notions.

    Tim Jennings (26) combines forces with D.J. Moore to tackle Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray on Monday in Dallas. Jennings was named the NFC defensive player of the month for September.

    Bears’ Jennings reaps national attention

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings picked off the NFC defensive player of the month award after picking off 4 passes and deflecting 2 others that wound up as interceptions for teammates.

    Geneva grad Matt Bowman is running well at Augustana.

    College achievers: From Sikic to Lally and all points in between

    It’s been a long while since this column produced a stream of college athletic achievements by local high school grads. Here we go.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Previewing Week 7 football games in the Tri-Cities.

    NHL officials announced Thursday they have canceled the hockey season through Oct. 24, a total of 82 games, including the first five Blackhawks games.

    NHL lockout forces canceled games through Oct. 24

    An NHL lockout has forced the cancellation of regular-season hockey games for the second time in seven years. The league on Thursday wiped out 82 games through Oct. 24 — beginning with four on Oct. 11, which would have been opening night.

    The east end zone for a football game in 2010 between Illinois and Northwestern was ruled to be too close to the padded wall in right field, so the teams ran their offenses only toward the west end zone in that game.

    Report: Cubs seeking football adjustments to Wrigley

    According to a published report, the Cubs are seeking approval to make some adjustments to host college football games Wrigley Field. Crain’s Chicago Business reported Thursday that Cubs officials went before a Commission on Chicago Landmarks committee and received approval to reconfigure a nearly 12-foot-long section of the wall along the third-base line.

    Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was fired Thursday after one season with the club. After compiling 93 losses, Red Sox officials say many more changes are coming.

    No love lost: Red Sox fire Valentine

    The Boston Red Sox thought Bobby Valentine would restore order to a coddled clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race. Instead, he only caused more problems. The brash and supremely confident manager was fired on Thursday, the day after the finale of a season beset with internal sniping and far too many losses. "I understand this decision," Valentine said.

    Auditions to become a member of the Adrenaline Rush dancers with the AFL's Chicago Rush will take place in November.

    Rush to hold dancer auditions next month

    The Chicago Rush Adrenaline Dancers will hold auditions for the 2013 team starting in November.Led by Team Coordinator Gloria Esposito, the Adrenaline Rush Dancers have become one of the top dance troupes in the Arena Football League.

    Chicago Bears defensive back Tim Jennings makes a finger tip interception and takes it away from intended receiver Donnie Avery in the Bears home opener at Soldier Field. Jennings was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

    Bears’ Jennings grabs top defensive honors

    After grabbing 4 interceptions and breaking up six passes in the first 3 games, there was one more thing left for Bears quarterback Tim Jennings to grab — NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors. For the month of September, Jennings also assisted in two tipped balls that were picked off by other Bears defenders, which led to him earning the conference’s top defensive honors Thursday.


    Mike North video: Baseball underdogs make headlines

    With the MLB playoffs starting, Mike North is impressed with the Baltimore Orioles and the job Buck Showalter has done.

    Ohio State wide receiver Philly Brown tries to get away from Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush last Saturday in in East Lansing, Mich.

    Just call Philly Brown Ohio State’s top target

    Whether his coaches call him Corey or call him Philly, all that matters to Ohio State’s Corey Brown is that they just keep calling his number. Brown, dubbed “Philly” because of his hometown to differentiate him from defensive back Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, has suddenly become the long-awaited go-to guy at wide-receiver for the Buckeyes.

    Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti, left, walks off the field with cornerback Jesse Della Valle after the Nittany Lions beat Temple on Sept. 22.

    LB Mauti leads Penn State’s proud resurgence

    Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti gets so intense sometimes, it looks he could take on the all 11 players on the other side of the ball at once. The Nittany Lions’ senior leader is playing the best football of his career, a role model on a team whose hallmark so far under new coach Bill O’Brien is passionate, every-second-counts intensity.

    Michigan’s Denard Robinson is tackled by Notre Dame’s Bennett Jackson during the Wolverines’ loss Sept. 22 in South Bend, Ind.

    No easy Big Ten opener for Michigan at Purdue

    Michigan might get some easy matchups in the lackluster Big Ten this season. The Wolverines just don’t think Saturday’s opener at Purdue is one of them. “We’ve got a tremendous challenge because I think Purdue is playing as well as anybody in our league right now,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. “We got our work cut out for us.”

    Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley runs down Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase during last Saturday’s game in Champaign. The Nittany Lions won 35-7.

    Illini feeling familiar snowball headed downhill

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman is talking about a snowball effect these days, and it’s easy to see why. The Illini have been outscored 132-45 in three blowout losses, its defense shredded and its offense unable to move the ball until it’s too late. The latest debacle came last weekend in a 35-7 loss to Penn State. Illinois plays this Saturday at Wisconsin, possibly the toughest team it has faced yet.


    Matt Murphy

    Arlington firm ‘marries’ technologies to create products for clients

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Arlington Heights-based Fusion92 which formed a new group that "marries" different kinds of technologies to create a whole new product.

    Daniel Corbett of Corbett, Duncan & Hubly PC, right, speaks at the Manufacturing and International Business Newsmakers’ Forum at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Wheaton. Also on the panel were, from left, Will Mauer, Illinois Institute of Technology; Mark Miller, Prince Industries and Diana Diffendarfer Clark, Marsh Inc.

    Newsmakers: More partnerships needed to bridge manufacturing jobs gap

    Manufacturers need to partner more with educational institutions to close the gap of skilled workers needed to meet the increasing demands of the industry, according to experts speaking at the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers Forum on Manufacturing and International Business Thursday.

    There are about 20 neon signs announcing a closeout sale at Marlowe’s Ace Hardware in Hampshire, which is expected to close by the end of November. The store has been around since the 1890s and the Marlowes are the fifth family to own it.

    Marlowe’s Ace Hardware in Hampshire closing after 31 years

    After 31 years of business and memories, the Marlowe family is closing its namesake Ace Hardware store in Hampshire, citing a need to retire. Owners Marge and Dean Marlowe, both 66, began a closeout sale Wednesday and expect the inventory to run out by mid-to-late November. They are looking forward to the next phase in their lives, which will involve traveling and chasing their four grandchildren.

    Noted economic forecaster and author Dr. Robert Genetski returned to Palatine Thursday morning to deliver his annual economic and financial outlook.

    Interest-rate forecaster: Economic freedom is essential

    Robert Genetski, one of the nation’s premier interest-rate forecasters, believes that additional economic freedom is essential in repairing the economy. Genetski did not have a lot of positive news when he spoke at the Cotillion Banquet Facility in Palatine. Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company hosted the ninth annual event.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month.

    Facebook tops 1 billion users

    More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the milestone on his Facebook page. "If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you," he wrote.


    Dow Jones average climbs after jobs report

    An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday. The government said that 367,000 Americans sought unemployment benefits for the first time last week. That's an increase from the previous week but fewer than economists had forecast.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The Labor Department says applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week’s level of 363,000.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications rise to 367,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring. Weekly applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week’s level of 363,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week was revised higher from an initial reading of 359,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.


    Fed chose mortgage bonds to bolster housing gains

    The Federal Reserve structured its latest stimulus program around the purchase of mortgage bonds after members agreed that helping a nascent housing recovery was a good way to lift the broader economy. Minutes of the Fed’s Sept. 12-13 meeting also show that most members now agree that tying a future increase in short-term interest rates to economic measures, such as a specific unemployment rate, could be effective.


    Oil posts biggest gain in 2 months, tops $91

    The price of oil is rising the most in two months after tensions rose between Syria and Turkey. Oil rose to $91.36, a jump of $3.22, or 3.7 percent, in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Thursday's rise follows a decline of 4 percent on Wednesday. The increase came as Turkey's military fired on targets in Syria for the second day.


    Retailers report slower sales growth in September

    Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending. September sales rose 3.9 percent — a slowdown from the 6-percent rise in August — as 22 retailers like Macy's and Costco reported mixed results, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.


    Draghi nudges Spain to take up bond plan

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi nudged Spain and its European partners to take up bank’s offer of help with the country’s high debt costs, reassuring Madrid that the conditions for getting the assistance “don’t need to be punitive.”


    AT&T to sell Nokia’s first Windows 8 phones

    AT&T says it will be selling Nokia smartphones that run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s upcoming software release. The phones are a critical part of Nokia Corp.’s attempt to stem its rapid decline from the position as the world’s largest maker of phones.


    Google, publishers settle book-scanning dispute

    Google and U.S. publishers have settled a longstanding dispute over Google’s book-scanning project. A lawsuit filed by authors remains, though, leaving the project in question.


    Mortgage rates for 30-year U.S. Loans fall to record-low 3.36%

    Rates for 30-year U.S. mortgages declined to a record low for the second straight week, extending a drop in borrowing costs after applications for home loans jumped to a three-year high.


    Factory orders fall on sharp decline in aircraft

    Orders to U.S. factories fell in August, mostly because of a sharp drop in volatile aircraft orders. The decline offset an increase in orders that reflect corporate investment plans.

    Google's Motorola Mobility unit currently is located in Libertyville although the company plans to move to downtown Chicago.

    GGoogle plans more cuts at Motorola outside U.S.

    Google is expanding its plan to cut jobs from its Motorola Mobility unit outside the U.S. and will take $390 million for severance costs and other charges related to the layoffs.The online search leader said in August that it would cut about 4,000 jobs at Motorola, planning to close or consolidate about one-third of Motorola's 90 locations. It said then that two-thirds of the job cuts, about 7 percent of Google's overall work force, would take place outside the U.S.


    FTC to fine Warner unit $1M over kids privacy

    The Federal Trade Commission is proposing to fine a unit of Warner Music Group Corp. $1 million for violating a child privacy law in the operation of fan websites for artists including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Rihanna.


    T-Mobile, MetroPCS unite to battle larger rivals

    T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to combine their struggling cellphone businesses in a deal aimed at letting them compete better with their three larger rivals. The combined company will use the T-Mobile brand and have about 42.5 million subscribers. Although T-Mobile will stay No. 4 among U.S. wireless companies, it will get access to more space on the airwaves, a critical factor as cellphone carriers try to expand their capacity for wireless broadband.


    Markets subdued ahead of Draghi briefing

    Financial markets remained subdued Thursday in the run-up to the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank and another round of U.S. economic data. For most of this week, markets have been fairly leaden-footed as investors awaited these European and U.S. developments.

    Hewlett Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman

    HP’s outlook disillusions investors

    Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Meg Whitman told analysts Wednesday that things are going to get worse before they get better at the ailing Silicon Valley pioneer.Management expects its 2013 earnings to fall by as much as 16 percent, after subtracting accounting charges and other items unrelated to Hewlett-Packard Co.’s ongoing business. The prediction caught Wall Street off guard because analysts had projected a slight uptick in next year’s earnings.THE REACTION: More investors dumped HP’s already battered stock. The shares plunged 13 percent to their lowest level in nearly a decade.

    The American Bankers Association says the percentage of bank-issued credit cards that were 30 days or more overdue fell to an 11-year low in the second quarter. That came as consumers keep a tighter grip on their finances amid economic uncertainty.

    Overdue credit-cards hit 11-year low in Q2

    A report is showing that more Americans are keeping up with their credit-card payments.The American Bankers Association says the percentage of bank-issued credit cards that were 30 days or more overdue fell to an 11-year low in the second quarter. That came as consumers keep a tighter grip on their finances amid economic uncertainty.

    Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa.

    Hershey vows to use only certified cocoa by 2020

    Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa.The company has come under fire from activists who said it was the only major chocolate producer in the world that hadn’t made a commitment to use certified cocoa.

    Students from New York's Washington Irving educational complex line up to leave their cellphones and other electronic devices, for a dollar a day per item, in a privately operated truck parked near their school.

    A phone home: NY teens pay valets to store devices

    Thousands of teenagers who can't take their cellphones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that's parked nearby. Students might resent an expense that adds up to as much as $180 a year, but even so, leaving a phone at one of the trucks in the morning and then picking it up at the end of the day has become as routine for city teenagers as getting dressed and riding the morning-rush subway.

Life & Entertainment

    Use mango chutney to glaze chicken or pork or serve it with cream cheese for a simple yet bold appetizer.

    Culinary adventures: Making mango chutney, sharing memories
    Some time ago I was at a party when the host mentioned that her mother had shipped a bottle of homemade mango chutney via overnight delivery so it could be on the evening’s menu. Curious, I set off in search of this treat worthy of such shipping expense.I eagerly spread the combo on a cracker and have loved mango chutney ever since.

    Ann Romney will guest-host at the morning news program “Good Morning America” Wednesday.

    Ann Romney to guest-host ‘Good Morning America’

    Ann Romney is guest-hosting “Good Morning America” next Wednesday. ABC says the wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will be on hand at the morning news program for its 8 a.m. (Eastern time) hour. Joining George Stephanopoulos at the anchor desk, Mrs. Romney will be filling in for co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.


    Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

    Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health. The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured.

    Kreayshawn,”Somethin ’Bout Kreay”

    Rapper Kreayshawn’s debut is fairly empty

    It's unfortunate that the beats throughout Kreayshawn's debut album are brilliant, but her lyrics and stories are not. "Somethin 'Bout Kreay"' features top-notch production work from Free School, Diplo, Boys Noize and DJ Two Stacks — and these beats would be another rapper's dream. But Kreayshawn, the charismatic 22-year-old newcomer, doesn't use them well.

    Orpheus (Usman Ally, foreground) leaves the underworld hoping his beloved Eurydice (Lauren Orkus, on the stairs) is following him in Lookingglass Theatre’s revival of Mary Zimmerman’s singular “Metamorphoses.”

    Lookingglass’ superb ‘Metamorphoses’ must-see theater

    Lookingglass Theatre could not have chosen a better beginning to its 25th season than a remount of the masterful "Metamorphoses," director Mary Zimmerman's singular theatrical work that since its 1998 premiere has become one of the company's signature shows. Adapted by Zimmerman from Ovid's familiar mythological tales, "Metamorphoses" marries arresting visuals with inventive storytelling.


    Give boyfriend space in his tough job search

    Carolyn Hax gives woman advice how to handle frustration after boyfriend's job possibilities fall through.

    This undated photo provided by researcher Katsuhiko Hayashi shows an adult mouse, which was born from an egg cell produced from a skin cell, and her pups born normally. The eggs were produced by making skin cells revert to a kind of blank slate, so they could be prodded to develop into immature egg cells. The new work was reported online Thursday in the journal Science by a team at Kyoto University.

    Research on mice suggests new fertility treatments

    Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice — a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to stop worrying about the ticking of their biological clocks and perhaps even help couples create “designer babies.”

    Christian Gray stars as Edgar Allan Poe in “The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story,” at First Folio Theatre at Oak Brook’s Mayslake Peabody Estate.

    First Folio shows a love for Edgar Allan Poe

    Using Edgar Allan Poe's stories, poems and letters, First Folio playwright and executive director David Rice takes an excursion through the influential author's macabre and melancholic psyche, illuminating the obsessive sorrow and sadness in "The Madness of Edar Allan Poe: A Love Story."


    Four strategies to stretch your HECM dollar further

    A major and potentially valuable feature of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program is that it offers multiple options regarding how a senior can withdraw funds. However, most seniors are selecting an option to cash out the entire equity in their house at the outset, which eliminates other options (unless they later repay some of the money they withdrew), and may leave them with nothing to fall back on if they need help in later years.

    Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, “Yokokimthurston”

    ‘YOKOKIMTHURSTON’ a weary creation

    There are no songs on "YOKOKIMTHURSTON." This is a practical heads-up before firing up this mess of a collaboration between Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. There are tracks — six of them, and none shorter than seven minutes. There are chants and groans and poetry and Ono making witchy moans that are about as spooky as one of those $5 haunted houses that spring up every Halloween.

    With the last season of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” premiering Thursday, Jenni “JWOW” Farley, left, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Deena Cortese are looking forward to the future.

    ‘Jersey Shore’ cast looks ahead as ending nears

    The clock is ticking for “Jersey Shore.” The boozy reality TV series about a group of self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes” cohabiting in a rundown Seaside Heights, N.J., party house is winding down as its sixth — and MTV promises final — season gets under way at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, almost three years after it debuted. Don’t remind the show’s cast. They’re not quite ready for their 15 minutes of fame to end. “That was the longest 15 minutes of my life!” Ronnie Ortiz-Magro boasted.


    ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog prepares comeback

    Agnetha Faltskog, one of the former members of Swedish pop band ABBA, is preparing for a comeback and has returned to the recording studio after more than eight years of musical silence. The singer’s spokesman, Staffan Linde, told The Associated Press Thursday that the 62-year-old Faltskog is working alongside Swedish songwriter Jorgen Elofsson who has previously penned and produced tunes for megastars including Britney Spears, Celine Dion and boy band Westlife.

    Rush — Alex Lifeson, left, and Geddy Lee — is among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms

    Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry. Even in the iPod age, the list of nominees up for induction in 2013 is as eclectic as they come.

    Keith Urban, here with wife Nicole Kidman, has become more than just a judge on the singing competition “American Idol,” he’s also the pacifier on the newly minted panel.

    Urban relishes peacemaker role on ‘Idol’

    “American Idol” season 12 tapings are just getting under way and Keith Urban has already become more than just a judge: he’s also the pacifier on the newly minted panel. “We’re all passionate people and we’re learning a new dance and we’re all a work in progress,” said Urban.


    Book notes: ‘Darth Vader and Son’ author stops at Anderson’s

    "Star Wars" fans are invited to meet author Jeffrey Brown as he discusses his new book, "Darth Vader and Son," on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Costumed "Star Wars" characters will also be at the event, and guests can take part in "Star Wars"-themed craft activities.

    In the James Bond 1962 film, “Dr. No,” Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, curves glistening, with a dagger strapped to her bikini. She made the Bond girl an instant icon.

    Role of women evolves during 50 years of James Bond films

    When Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, curves glistening, with a dagger strapped to her bikini in 1962’s “Dr. No,” she made the Bond girl an instant icon. Always glamorous and sophisticated, yet uniquely susceptible to James Bond's flirtations, the Bond girl over the years has become as compelling as Agent 007 himself — and not just for the way she fills out a swimsuit.

    Matthew McConaughey plays a Florida reporter and Zac Efron plays a studly paperboy in the sleazy and lurid crime drama "The Paperboy."

    'Paperboy' a tale of murder and sleaze

    Dann Gire reviews "V/H/S" (a horror film from three Stevenson High School graduates), "The Paperboy," "Little Birds" and "About Cherry"; an Algonquin filmmaker premieres his first feature, "A Shallow Grave," at Classic Cinemas in Carpentersville; and the Arlington Heights Library hosts a discussion of the 15 most vile villains in movie history.

    U.S. agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) takes out some more bad guys in the ridiculously silly action thriller “Taken 2.”

    Preposterous ‘Taken 2’ dumbest action movie of year so far

    This is the dumbest action movie I've seen this year. It contains some of the silliest dialogue this side of a Michael Bay movie. And it depicts Albanians as the stupidest villains ever to be featured in a motion picture. Take those wacky Albanian thugs watching a televised soccer match so intensely that Liam Neeson's character shoots bad guys in the next room, and they don't hear shots.

    A young science student named Victor reanimates his dead dog Sparky in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” a feature expansion of his original animated short film.

    Burton’s scary 'Frankenweenie' a triumph of black-and-white stop-motion animation

    Tim Burton's black-and-white, 3-D stop-motion animated feature "Frankenweenie" pays homage to every creature feature that frightened and delighted Burton as a young lad. He passes along the essence of those macabre horrors within the safe confines of a scarefully crafted, PG-rated black comedy about a young boy dealing with the death of his beloved pet dog, Sparky.

    Jarabe de Palo, “Orquesta Reciclando”

    Jarabe de Palo reimagines its history

    If there had been a love child born of Steely Dan and Santana during a tryst in Barcelona, a child who ran off with a Gypsy band and grew up strumming guitar in the romantic airs of the Caribbean, that child might sound like Jarabe de Palo.

    Candy corn may be the trendy flavor this Halloween, but pumpkin pie spice, as in these cupcakes, is the perennial favorite.

    Pumpkin Spice Surprise Cupcakes
    Pumpkin Surprise Cupcakes

    These Halloween cupcakes hold a sweet surprise: a pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kiss.

    Move over Mom: Don’t mess with my candy corn; try pumpkin spice cupcakes instead

    Jerome Gabriel takes a taste of some new Halloween sweets and finds more tricks than treats in the offerings.



    Editorial: Beyond just taking the car keys away

    Keeping older drivers safe is foremost a personal and family responsibility, but community and state leaders also have a role to play, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Giving Romney an opening

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Preisdent Obama is a reflective speaker who pauses frequently to find the right word. Mitt Romney just spits it out. Either style can be effective. The real problem last night was what went unsaid, or unasked.


    Going for exceptional

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Mitt Romney prepared for the debate intensely, and it showed — which means it didn’t show. President Obama had not debated in years, and it also showed.


    In politics, hate can backfire

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Hating another's ideas is not a problem and may have a role in civic debate. Hating the holder of the ideas is a problem that boomerangs on the party encouraging such distemper.


    Polls don’t vote

    Columnist Susan Estrich: At the end of the day, the most important issue for any pollster worth paying attention to is not whether their poll helps or hurts the candidate they (secretly or not so secretly) favor. It's whether it's right.


    JFK understood our potential
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: John F. Kennedy inspired and influenced my generation more than any other president before or since. His voice was one that always said what we Americans can and will do and never or any utterance of what we can’t do or won’t accomplish.


    Presidential race is all but over
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Within the next two weeks the big money people in the Republican Party will be pulling their money from Mr. Romney and concentrating on races that they see as winnable in the House and Senate in hopes that they can get control of the legislative branch so that we can have four more years of accomplishing nothing and can fight this battle again in 2016.


    Christians must vote for their beliefs
    A Rosemont letter to the editor: The time has come to stop the Democrats from telling us we have to go against our beliefs. If you believe in God you must fight this battle at the voting booth.


    Moral bankruptcy is costing our state
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: So now we see the real cost of having the entrenched, corrupt political system that has evolved here in Illinois. Businesses continue to vote with their feet and leave the state.


    Follow fiscal principles of GOP
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Yes, Ms. Harrop, you and I and millions like us are better off today than four years ago, but it certainly is not because of any political activity. If anything, it is because the policies we followed resemble the policies preached by most Republicans.


    Echoing JFK’s enduring admonition
    A McHenry letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]NewsNormalPerhaps someday this exceptional nation will return to the greatness captured in President Kennedy's words, celebrating the selfless core of an indomitable American spirit, " ask what you can do for your country."


    How do you define self-destructive?
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: the Democrats want to create a government-dependent society that punishes the successful and rewards the indifferent. How do you define "self destructive?"


    Candidate research involves the Bible
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The candidates are neatly packaged. The issues are complex. And the rhetoric is thick. Short of playing "eenie, meenie, miney, mo" on Nov. 6, how should we vote?


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