Daily Archive : Friday October 5, 2012



    Lots going on at the West Dundee VFW

    It's getting to be quite busy at the West Dundee VFW. The Tri-City Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298 invites you to stuff your face at its fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday through May. And don't forget, on Monday nights, the VFW has the Lightning game, which is a lot like Bingo, but involves a smaller card.

    Ken Gough of Elgin, portrays a real Civil War reporter with the 7th Illinois, Isaac Buck of the Elgin Weekly Gazette, during a Civil War Symposium and re-enactment Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Cantigny brings Civil War era back to life

    Disease — not rifles or bayonets — was the most deadly obstacle facing soldiers in the Civil War. In fact, for every one soldier killed in combat, two were killed by diseases like dysentery, malaria and typhoid fever, according to the “medical re-enactors” who visited Cantigny Park in Wheaton Sunday. The medical discussion was part of a Civil War Symposium that took place all weekend.


    Dist. 116, Round Lake Heights police: Strip-search claim unfounded

    Round Lake District 116 Friday denied a claim that a 13-year-old student at Round Lake Middle School was strip searched this past April. A federal lawsuit has been filed claiming the search of the student was "excessively intrusive" and violated his right against unreasonable searches. Round Lake Heights police investigated the parents' complaint at the time and decided it was unfounded.


    Driver trapped in car after I-90 crash

    The driver of a passenger vehicle was trapped inside the car following a head-on collision with a semitrailer truck late Friday on Interstate 90 near Marengo, authorities said. The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate near Anthony Road.

    Members of the Daily Herald’s Subscriber Total Access program got a behind-the-scenes peek at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s dress rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Friday.

    Subscribers get to see Elgin Symphony Orchestra rehearse

    Members of the Daily Herald's Subscriber Total Access program had a rare opportunity to enjoy the final rehearsal of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's "Night of Enchantment" concert, in performance Saturday and Sunday at the Hemmens Auditorium. "This is a very good introduction to the symphony," subscriber Stephanie Pelczynski said. "How wonderful to introduce people to what our community has to...


    3 probable cases of whooping cough in Dist. 158

    Three "probable" cases of whooping cough have been reported at schools in Huntley Unit District 158, district officials said this week. Two cases are at Marlowe Middle School and one is at Huntley High School, according to an announcement on the district's website.

    Richard Bilik

    Des Plaines man gets 15 years for arson

    A 35-year-old Des Plaines man was sentenced this week by a jury to 15 years in prison for aggravated arson, according to a Des Plaines police news release. Richard Bilik was charged after setting off an explosive device that injured three men at a Des Plaines apartment complex in the 1700 block of East Oakton Street on Jan. 16, 2010, according to police.

    Afghan soldiers and a policeman prepare for a mock ambush as part of a training exercise at the U.S. Marine-run Joint Sustainment Academy, Camp leatherneck in Helmand, south of Kabul. The U.S. suspects the Haqqani insurgent network, which has ties to al-Qaida and is based in Pakistan, is a driving force behind many of the ‘insider’ attacks by Afghan forces that have killed more than 50 U.S. and allied troops this year, officials say. Until now, officials have said the attacks seemed to stem either from personal grievances against the allies or from Taliban infiltration.

    US suspects Haqqani tie to Afghan insider attacks

    The Haqqani insurgent network, based in Pakistan and with ties to al-Qaida, is suspected of being a driving force behind a significant number of the "insider" attacks by Afghan forces that have killed or wounded more than 130 U.S. and allied troops this year, American officials said Friday.

    Mary McClellan

    Candidates in McHenry Co. Board District 3 talk issues

    The four Republicans and lone Democrat running in McHenry County's District 3 have a wide range of priorities, from increasing accountability on the part of the county board to forgoing tax levy increases in times of economic hardship and limiting the powers of the county board chairman.

    Republican Sidney Mathias opposes Democrat Carol Sente in the 59th State House District race.

    Mathias, Sente on opposite sides of property tax freeze

    State Rep. Carol Sente said she would like to provide a temporary solution property tax complaints by freezing the tax levy until property values rebound. But her opponent in the newly created 59th District, state Rep. Sidney Mathias said that is a solution that would hurt local taxing bodies, and he blamed Democrats for phasing out one property tax break he supported.

    Keith Populorum

    Antioch man charged in burglary

    A 20-year-old man was charged with burglarizing a tobacco store in Antioch overnight Thursday, authorities said Friday. Keith Populorum, 20, of the 25400 block of West Richmond Avenue in Antioch, is charged with breaking into the Cigarette Depot, 391˝ Lake St., and stealing "numerous" items, according to a news release from the Antioch Police Department.


    Fire station open house in Ingleside
    The Fox Lake Fire Protection District will be holding its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Station 2, 306 Washington St. in Ingleside. There will be many demonstrations, including a vehicle extrication, a dive simulator, a home sprinkler trailer and much more. Firefighters will be giving station tours, checking blood pressures and answering questions. Bring the whole...


    Crash victim identified as Mundelein man

    Authorities on Friday identified the victim of a fatal single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning in Libertyville. Richard A. Heim, 70, of Mundelein was later pronounced dead at the hospital after his 2011 Toyota sedan hit a curb, left the roadway, struck a tree, and rolled over on the 200 block of West Golf Road.


    Victim dies after being trapped under car

    A 73-year-old man who died after being found unresponsive underneath his car Friday might have been working on the vehicle when it shifted and he became trapped by the rear tire, authorities said. The victim, identified as Robert Pokorny of an unincorporated area near Libertyville, was discovered under the car at 12:43 p.m. Friday in the sledding hill parking lot of Adler Park, according to...

    Kerri Branson

    Kane Dist. 18 candidates disagree on raises

    Kane County employees are not entitled to a raise in this tight economy and as such, Democrat Kerri Branson, who is challenging Drew Frasz for a Kane County Board seat, would not support a pay increase for them.

    Daniel Baker

    Trial in Vernon Hills murder case delayed

    Murder suspect Daniel Baker could possibly take the stand next Friday and tell a judge whether he thinks he is fit to stand trial. The extremely unusual ruling Friday came after Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes couldn't decide if he should declare Baker mentally incompetent of understanding the trial.

    Cristina Castro

    Castro, Fuentes want to reduce spending in District 20

    The Republican and Democratic candidates for the Kane County Board District 20 race both rank fiscal responsibility at the top of their priorities. Incumbent Democrat Cristina Castro was the lone "no" vote on the finance committee for a 3 percent property tax levy increase this year. Her opponent, Henoch Fuentes, is adamant about no new taxes.


    Labor negotiations enter arbitration for Elgin firefighters

    The International Association of Firefighters Local 439 is the first Elgin union to take labor negotiations to arbitration in several years. According to Bill Cogley, Elgin's corporation counsel, the first arbitration proceeding took place Wednesday and additional hearings are scheduled for coming weeks.


    Steroid linked to meningitis outbreak was sent to Chicago area

    A medical practice specializing in pain management has notified about 200 Chicago-area patients who may have received injections of a steroid medication linked to an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis. No one in Illinois has reported having the illness, but nationally, at least 47 people have contracted fungal meningitis and five of them have died.


    Former medical board member, 3 others indicted on fraud charges

    A former Illinois Medical District commissioner, his wife and two other people used at least $3.7 million in state health grants to pay for vacation homes, yacht club memberships, luxury cars and other personal expenses, federal prosecutors said Friday.


    Driver hurt in I-88 collision

    The driver of a car was transported to the hospital after her vehicle crossed the center median and collided with a semtrailer truck on Interstate 88 near Lisle Friday afternoon, authorities said. The female driver was transported to Edward Hospital in Naperville with unspecified injuries.


    Palatine Twp. taking Mobile Dental Clinic applications

    The Palatine Township General Assistance Office is currently taking applications for its Mobile Dental Clinic, a van staffed by a dentist and dental assistant. Residents who don't have dental insurance and meet eligibility requirements can pay a $30 co-pay for each visit.


    Des Plaines receives grant for firing range

    Des Plaines will be receiving a $40,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the refurbishment of the police shooting range at 1111 Joseph Schwab Road.


    Des Plaines hosts property tax appeal seminar

    The Cook County Board of Review will offer a property tax appeal seminar to appeal 2012 property tax assessments in Maine Township 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Des Plaines City Hall, 1420 Miner St.

    A $12.6 million O’Hare noise abatement project at Elk Grove High School has finally been completed. It was paid for by the federal government and fees charged airport customers.

    Elk Grove High School celebrates finished sound abatement project

    A nearly 7-year process to make the classrooms quieter at Elk Grove High School is finally finished, and district officials want to celebrate. Elk Grove High School will be hosting tours of the building from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. There also will be a reception with brief remarks by O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Chairwoman Arlene Mulder.

    This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows slain Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. The fatal shooting of Ivie and the wounding another U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday.

    Union boss: Friendly fire possibility in shooting

    The shooting of two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday. The development could shake up the investigation into the death of one of the agents that re-ignited the political debate over security on the border.


    Eight years for Arlington Heights man convicted of burglary

    A 42-year-old Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to several residential burglaries that occurred last year in the Arlington Heights area. A Cook County judge sentenced Jerry Dickens to 8 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to three separate charges.

    Patsy Bivins, 68 of Sturgis, Ky., drinks coffee Friday while sitting on her porch with her dog, Little Britches, at her apartment in Sturgis, Ky. Bivins was injected with steroids at St. Mary Sugricare in Evansville, Ind., who notified her of possibly being infected with bacterial Meningitis.

    Doctors say spine shots for steroids are usually safe

    Millions of people get steroid shots in their backs to relieve pain. Now they are probably wondering if it's safe. Doctors who do these injections say they are extremely safe when done correctly with sterile drugs. And many doctors stick to medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration instead of relying on generally less-regulated "compounding pharmacies" like the Massachusetts...

    Union Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. John A. Bolinger talks with news media Friday in Terre Haute, Ind. Bolinger said 90 patients had been treated with a pain medication that’s been linked to a deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. All but five had been contacted by Friday afternoon, and the hospital was following up with letters. He said the injections were administered at the Wabash Valley Surgery Center between July 15 and Sept. 26.

    Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47

    Health officials have identified about 75 medical clinics across the country to help track down patients who got steroid shots linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. The tally from the outbreak rose to nearly 50 cases, and spread to a seventh state,

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures Friday during a rally in Abingdon, Va.

    Jobs report brings down debate high in Romney camp

    The cheering stopped on Mitt Romney's campaign plane Friday morning. The day before, aides had whistled and clapped when the Denver control tower commended the Republican presidential nominee's debate performance. It was a rare moment of exuberance for a campaign that had fallen behind President Barack Obama in a number of polls.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    St. Charles police received a report of a suspicious incident Monday. A 6-foot tall woman weighing approximately 130 pounds with short blonde hair reportedly ran behind or chased a 12-year-old girl on Horne Street, between Sixth and Third streets. The police report indicates a second young girl was also in the area and ran eastbound. It's not clear why the woman was running behind the 12-year-old...

    Michael Buhrman

    ‘It looked like he was packing,’ police say of missing engineer in carjacking case

    The disappearance of a nuclear engineer wanted on vehicular hijacking charges in DuPage County is being treated as a missing-person case, police said Friday. "To me, it kind of looked like he was packing," Coal City Police Chief Tom Best said.


    Batavia looking to sell its share of electricity from plantw

    Saying it doesn't need as much electricity as it thought it would, Batavia is looking to sell most of its supply from the new Prairie State Energy Campus. Batavia agreed to invest in the plant in 2007.


    Bulb planting help sought
    The Village of Hawthorn Woods environmental committee is looking for volunteers for its annual fall bulb planting at Heritage Oak Park on Fairfield Road at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    Eric Stallworth Jr.

    Three Aurora men charged in sexual assault

    Three Aurora men have been charged with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old Joliet woman, according to police and court records.

    Darrell Franklin

    Man will be treated for mental illness in state facility

    A 41-year-old man who was found not guilty by reason if insanity on charges he attacked an elderly woman at an Aurora hospital with a butter knife in 2010 has been ordered held and treated at a secure mental health facility. Darrell Franklin, of Aurora, will be held until 2036. If his condition improves and state officials want to release him, a judge must first OK it.

    Jim Zay

    DuPage Water Commission gets its answers from Chicago

    Whether Chicago's initial refusal to share financial data related to the most recent water rate hike was a test or a simple misunderstanding, DuPage Water Commission officials are pleased to now have the data they sought.


    Chicago school district outlines plan to pay for teacher contract

    The plan to pay for the new Chicago teachers contract doesn't include classroom cuts. Instead, most of the money will come from restructuring debt, selling surplus properties and capitalizing interest from a bond sale.


    Quinn fires union chief’s wife from state job

    Gov. Pat Quinn has fired a workers' compensation arbitrator who is married to the head of a union battling him over salaries, layoffs and pensions. Jacqueline Kinnaman had been an arbitrator since 2004. She is married to Henry Bayer, executive director for Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    President Barack Obama acknowledges supporters at a campaign stop Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis.

    Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost

    President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.


    Mexican drug cartel figure extradited to Chicago

    A key member of the Mexican multibillion-dollar drug trafficking cartel that officials say dominates the illegal drug trade in Chicago is in a downtown federal jail.


    Naperville man found dead near Lake Mead

    A 54-year-old Naperville man traveling alone through an Arizona national park was found dead there Thursday, officials said Friday. Authorities with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area said they discovered the body of Kenneth Ritter at 1:49 p.m. along the shoreline, about 2˝ miles northeast of the Hoover Dam.

    Addison police were at Indian Trail Junior High School Friday after a girl was found restrained inside a bathroom. The investigation is continuing.

    Girl found restrained in Addison school bathroom

    A girl was found restrained inside a bathroom at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison on Friday morning, prompting a three-hour lockdown while police searched the building for intruders, authorities said. Addison police began searching immediately after receiving the 9:44 a.m. call saying the girl had been found restrained, police Director Timothy "Bill" Hayden said. No suspicious people...

    Lake County Forest Preserve District Executive Director Tom Hahn, left, and planning Director Mike Fenelon will retire early next year.

    Hahn to retire as Lake forest district leader; Fenelon also stepping down

    Tom Hahn and Mike Fenelon, two of the Lake County Forest Preserve District's top administrators, have announced plans to retire next year. They have both played major roles in the development of the district, which oversees land preservation and restoration in the county.

    Leslee Bassett’s Yorkshire terrier, Coco, was snatched and killed by a coyote Tuesday in Winfield.

    Winfield boy horrified as coyote snatches, kills dog

    A Winfield woman says her family is in shock after a coyote snatched and killed their 3˝-pound dog, Coco, while her 11-year-old son watched in horror. It was at least the third report in two weeks of coyotes attacking dogs in central DuPage County -- all at homes along the Illinois Prairie Path.

    Batavia schools Superintendent Jack Barshinger

    Batavia schools to disinfect legionella-laden plumbing

    Sinks and showerheads at three Batavia schools will be disinfected this weekend, after tests showed excess levels of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease. No illnesses have been reported.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Damon A. Jump, 36, of the 2900 block of South Curtis Street, Des Plaines, was arrested around 1:10 a.m. Oct. 1 on the 800 block of West Oakton Street, Des Plaines, and charged with theft/possession of stolen items after an officer responded to a call of a man hiding in bushes at a home on the 700 block of West Lincoln.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves cut a padlock and stole a wallet out of a locker at World Gym, 1546 E. Dundee Road, Palatine, between 6 and 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Value was estimated at $200.


    Northwest suburban police blotter
    Robert T. Wayzer, 26, of the 1200 block of North 37th Street, Melrose Park, was arrested in Elk Grove Village around 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 at 901 Wellington Ave. and charged with failure to report an accident involving death and aggravated street racing.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a GPS, iPad, e-reader, portfolio, safety glasses and sunglasses out of an unlocked 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid in a driveway on the 1500 block of North Vail Avenue in Arlington Heights between 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30. Value was estimated at $1,530.


    Palatine Twp. starts to promote holiday programs

    When the holidays roll around, there's rarely a shortage — especially in this economy — of families who could use a bit extra. With that in mind, Palatine Township officials have already started promoting a bevy of programs aimed at assisting those who are struggling financially.

    Kirk Disrude and his wife, Beth, train with their 8-month-old son Logan at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Disrude suffered a stroke last year but is running in Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    A year after a stroke, Mundelein man calls marathon ‘the ultimate test of my recovery’

    Thirteen months after suffering a stroke, Mundelein resident Kirk Disrude will compete in Sunday's 35th annual Chicago Marathon. Disrude, a 39-year-old physical education teacher, wrestling coach and badminton coach at Maine East and Maine South high schools in Park Ridge, will run with his wife, Beth. She was there when he had his stroke and was quick-thinking enough to get him to the closest...

    Using a rain barrel is one way some candidates for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District say they save water in their own homes.

    Do water district candidates save water?

    Do Metropolitan Water Reclamation District candidates really practice what they preach about conserving water at home? And who uses a brick in the toilet tank or a rain barrel in the yard?

    A plan to add senior housing to the Courthouse Square project in downtown Wheaton is sparking heated debate and a lawsuit by some residents.

    Wheaton approves senior housing, but more challenges await

    A plan for senior housing in downtown Wheaton narrowly has won city council approval despite opposition from some neighbors. The council voted 4-3 to allow construction of a 167-unit facility on a site once slated for luxury condominiums as part of the Courthouse Square complex at the corner of Naperville Road and Willow Avenue. But the project still faces several hurdles, including a lawsuit.


    Occupants safe after Lake Barrington retirement community fire

    Both a resident of a Lake Barrington senior living facility whose apartment started on fire Thursday night and her caregiver were treated and released from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital after escaping the burning room together. Barrington firefighters were called to Lake Barrington Woods at 22320 Classic Court in Lake Barrington at 9:09 p.m. Thursday.

    Carolyn Lauing-Finzer of Naperville describes herself as fun and eclectic. Here she dons a gourd hat.

    Moving Picture: Storyteller weaves love of art, nature into lifetime of entertaining

    Carolyn Lauing-Finzer, 65, and a fifth-generation Naperville resident, has been educating and entertaining people for the past 40 years with a wide range of stories and costumes. "I'm energized, I'm fun, I'm eclectic," she says, "I will do zany things that maybe most women who are 65 would say 'Oh my, isn't she more refined than that?' No, I'm not!"

    Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode Jr., right, talks to barber shop owner Alvin Womack, center, and Terry Womack while campaigning in Lynchburg, Va.

    Tiny presence, unknown impact for third parties

    Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. Yet in a tight race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.

    Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Kevin Kellejan, right, and Mark Chase, section chief of the special prosecutor’s unit, left, listen as Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk announces Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Camden, N.J., that three teachers and two administrators at a southern New Jersey high school have been arrested on charges stemming from allegations involving sex with students.

    Teachers, bosses charged in NJ school sex scandal

    CAMDEN, N.J. — Six months ago, a student came to Triton High School Principal Catherine DePaul with a disturbing story: She believed another student was involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher at the school, and she’d seen explicit text messages the two had exchanged.

    Seated left to right, Kenyans Jane Muthoni Mara, Wambuga Wa Nyingi, and Paulo Muoka Nzili, celebrate the announcement of a legal decision in their case at Britain’s High Court concerning Mau Mau veterans, at the offices of the Kenya Human Rights Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Britain’s High Court ruled Friday that the three Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the British government.

    UK court rules Kenyan torture victims can sue

    LONDON — Britain’s High Court ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the British government — a case with potentially broad implications for thousands of others who claim similar abuse.

    Italian businessman Marcello di Finizio gave up his protest atop the St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday evening, after more than 24 hours perched on the 426-foot dome to demonstrate against government reforms. His banner in Italian reads:”Help!! Enough Monti (Italian Premier Mario Monti), enough Europe, enough multinationals, you are killing all of us. Development?? This is a social butchery!!”

    Protester gives up St. Peter’s protest

    VATICAN CITY — An Italian man gave up his protest atop the St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday evening, after more than 24 hours perched on the 130-meter-high (426-foot) dome to demonstrate against government reforms.

    This 2004 file photo shows Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, as he arrives with a masked bodyguard, right. A British court ruled Friday that al-Masri and four other terror suspects can be extradited immediately to the U.S. to face charges there.

    UK court rules Abu Hamza can be extradited to U.S.

    LONDON — Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terror suspects can be extradited immediately to the U.S. to face charges there, Britain’s High Court ruled Friday.

    In this May photo, Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by his private secretary Georg Gaenswein, top left, and his butler Paolo Gabiele arrives at St. Peter’s square. A three-judge Vatican tribunal on Saturday will decide whether Paolo Gabriele is guilty of aggravated theft, accused of stealing the pope’s private papers and leaking them to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi.

    Anatomy of Vatican scandal: How the butler did it

    VATICAN CITY — He had the trust of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals, monsignors and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church. And because of his privileged position as papal butler, he had access to their deepest secrets: confidential letters, memos, financial reports.


    Activists: Syrian warplanes pound Homs

    BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes and artillery pounded the central city of Homs on Friday, subjecting the rebel stronghold to its heaviest bombardment in months, activists said.The reported tank and mortar shelling as well as airstrikes come alongside a push by government force on another front, the embattled northern city of Aleppo.


    Schaumburg revists plans for southwest side

    Having begun plans for a new entertainment district north of the Schaumburg convention center, village officials are now revisiting plans for the southwest corner of town where Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, the Schaumburg Regional Airport and the Schaumburg Metra station lie. These plans aren’t expected to be as transformative as those for the proposed entertainment district near Algonquin...


    Stroke facts
    A fact sheet about stroke.


    Bank of America Chicago Marathon
    A Mundelein man named Kirk Disrude suffered a stroke last year but is running in Sunday's Chicago Marathon.


    Bartlett Police Department receives AED donations

    The Bartlett Volunteer Fireman's Association was acknowledged Tuesday for donating five AED machines to the Bartlett Police Department. "It's difficult to put into words what a tremendous donation this is," said police commander Michael McGuigan.

    The eulogies being written for the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills may be premature if local officials can figure out a way to save it.

    Can Vernon Hills, Waukegan YMCAs be saved?

    Support from the public has been strong, but it may not be enough to keep Lake County Family YMCA facilities in Vernon Hills and Waukegan open past Halloween. "We have had an outpouring of community concern and the desire to help," said YMCA vice president Anne O'Connell.

    Tom Cullerton

    Social issues divide Pankau, Cullerton in Senate District 23

    Democrat Tom Cullerton is challenging 23rd District state Sen. Carole Pankau with a fiscally conservative and socially liberal platform as he runs for her seat in the Nov. 6 election. Pankau, a Republican with fiscally and socially conservative views, is seeking re-election to the seat she has held since 2005.

    The Illinois River Road has added a new interactive feature to its website to help travelers plan trips along seven historic and scenic routes. Visitors can explore what each scenic route holds through the new website feature.

    Illinois River Road website offers new features

    The Illinois River Road has added a new interactive feature to its website to help travelers plan trips along seven historic and scenic routes. Visitors can explore what each scenic route holds through the new website feature.

    Trumpeter swans came off Wisconsin's endangered species list in 2009 but it's still illegal to kill them under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    Wis. DNR warns hunters to lay off swans, cranes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials are urging duck hunters to make sure they don't kill trumpeter swans and whooping cranes. Trumpeter swans came off the state's endangered species list in 2009 but it's still illegal to kill them under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. DNR officials report two trumpeter swans were shot last year. One died. The other recovered at a Minnesota rehabilitation center...


    Feds: Indy man posed as girl to lure boys online

    Federal prosecutors say an Indianapolis man posed as a young woman during video chats and tricked boys into exposing themselves online. Court documents allege 59-year-old William C. Zeller Jr. looped video of a female while he typed instructions to the boys. A detention hearing for Zeller was set for Friday.


    Teacher hires her best seamstresses

    Sally the Clown orders her colorful outfits from Hems Only. The Decatur Fire Department depends on the business to keep their uniforms in good repair and to sew patches on new ones. A high school student who is tall and couldn't find a dancing dress that was suited to her statuesque figure found willing hands and an original design there.


    Virus likely killed more than 2,000 Illinois deer

    More than 2,000 deer in 76 Illinois counties likely have died from a virus that often kills the animals but poses no risk to humans. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released an update Thursday on epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD. State officials say the highest number of deer came from Cook, Calhoun, Coles, Macon and Shelby counties.


    Dawn Patrol: Legionella in Batavia; sex assault in St. Charles

    Traces of Legionella bacteria found in 3 Batavia schools. Austrailian man accused of St. Charles sex assault. Attorney says Elgin hoarder never hurt animals. Round Lake middle school accused of strip search in lawsuit. Another Wheaton coyote attack.


    District 214 may offer more options for gym exemption

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 might allow a student to be exempt from gym class if he or she is member of a competitive marching band program or enrolled in the school Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. “We have students staying up very late after marching band practice and then doing hours of homework,” said Superintendent David Schuler. “This would give them an opportunity to have...

    Republican Chris Lauzen chats with attendees at a candidates forum Thursday in St. Charles where he squared off against Democrat Sue Klinkhamer. The two are vying to become the new Kane County Board chairman this November.

    Kane chairman candidates split on county tax levy

    Kane County Board chairman candidates had their first debate Thursday afternoon and took the opportunity to weigh in on the county's pending budget. Republican Chris Lauzen verified his earlier position that the county must freeze the tax levy; Democrat Sue Klinkhamer said she's against freezing the levy.

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

    Schakowsky, Wolfe starkly differ on immigration

    Citizenship as a birthright should not be extended to children born in the United States whose parents entered the country illegally, says Republican Timothy Wolfe who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District race. “That’s a radical idea that would require an amendment to the Constitution,” Schakowsky says.

    Marty Moylan opposes Susan Sweeney in the 55th State House District race.

    55th House hopefuls split on gun control debate

    The issue of gun control and gun safety clearly sets apart Democratic Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan and Republican Susan Sweeney, who are vying for the state legislature's 55th District House seat on Nov. 6.

    Elmo and the rest of the “Sesame Street” gang appeared at the Rosemont Theatre in 2010.

    Poll Vault: Who is your favorite “Sesame Street” character?

    After Wednesday night's presidential debate put PBS in the political crosshairs, a hard-hitting follow-up question must be asked: Who's your favorite character on "Sesame Street"?

    Zebras gather together at the Denver Zoo in mid September.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 1st.


    Palatine receiver Alex Nawrot goes flying over Conant’s Kramer Brandt late in the second quarter on a reception Friday at Conant in a key Mid-Suburban West matchup.

    Palatine hangs on at Conant

    Ethan Olles has so many options on offense that sometimes he doesn't know to which teammate he should throw the football. But the Palatine quarterback did a fine job of keeping his receivers happy in the Pirates' 42-27 Mid-Suburban West victory over host Conant at Charles O. Feutz Field. The win moved Palatine (6-1, 3-0) a game ahead of Conant (5-2, 2-1) in the West standings.


    Reuss, Warren put up big numbers in victory

    Warren quarterback Adam Reuss rushed for 2 touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the visiting Blue Devils to a 42-0 victory over Mundelein in a North Suburban Lake Division football game Friday night. Reuss scored on runs of 5 and 13 yards, while Davonte Wilcox scored from 20 yards out, as the Blue Devils built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.


    Catchings would love to secure first WNBA title

    Former Stevenson star Tamika Catchings and former Naperville Central star Candace Parker are vying for their first ever WNBA championships.


    St. Charles E. uses turnovers to beat Streamwood

    Jimmy Mitchell and the St. Charles East offense have seen some defensive pressure this season. But nothing like Streamwood's defense. The Sabres limited the Saints to 40 total yards in the first half and sacked Mitchell 4 times. What East did have was some key defensive plays of its own, including 3 interceptions. The Saints used turnovers to hold off Streamwood 23-7 in the Upstate Eight River matchup at Streamwood's Millennium Field Friday night.


    Grayslake North united in victory

    Grayslake North defeated host Crystal Lake Central 32-20, a win that clinched the Knights' first playoff berth, gave them their school-record sixth win and put them alone atop the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division standings.


    Ottawa Marquette handles Christian Liberty

    Ottawa Marquette remained unbeaten while Christian Liberty remained in pursuit of its first victory after the host Crusaders delivered a 48-7 victory on Friday.Marquette improved to 7-0 overall and in the Northeastern Athletic Conference, while the Chargers fell to 0-7.


    Aurora Christian gets defensive, shuts down IC

    sDon Beebe knows a thing or two about the importance of defense, even though he spent his entire decorated career playing wide receiver. But after Aurora Christian limited Immaculate Conception to a lone first down before halftime during the Eagles' 47-20 Suburban Christian Conference crossover, Beebe was certain of a conviction first gleamed last summer.


    Aurora CC proudly returns to the postseason

    Aurora Central Catholic senior Steve Belovich walked off the field trying to fight back tears Friday night. They were tears of joy. For the first time since 1997, the Chargers (6-1, 4-1) are headed to the state playoffs after their impressive 55-0 Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division victory over Guerin (1-6, 0-5) at Bob Stewart Field in Aurora.

    Andrew Geers,left, and Joey Rhattigan both of Neuqua hug after their team scores a TD during the Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley game at North Central College Friday in Naperville.

    Neuqua stuns Waubonsie, wins in second OT

    Couldn't have asked for more from this War of 204. Neuqua Valley beat Indian Prairie District 204 rival Waubonsie Valley 35-34 in double-overtime Friday, thrilling an overflow crowd at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville and giving the Wildcats an edge in the Upstate Eight Conference's Valley Division.


    Glenbard North defeats WW South in OT

    Justin Jackson and Glenbard North had no interest in leaving their fate in another field goal attempt.Exorcising a decade worth of demons against Wheaton Warrenville South, Jackson's 4-yard touchdown run in overtime gave the No. 9 Panthers a 27-21 win on Friday night at Wheaton's Red Grange Field.

    Batavia teammates congratulate Anthony Scaccia (28) after a third quarter touchdown during Friday’s game at Batavia.

    Batavia gets by St. Charles North

    Micah Coffey looked like such a natural running free down the sideline for the game-clinching touchdown against St. Charles North Friday night in Batavia you'd have thought the Batavia quarterback had run the play all season.


    What a finish for Wheeling

    Wheeling sophomore quarterback Amani Dennis threw a 17-yard pass to Mike Yoshino before his brother Sam Yoshino raced 4 yards for the winning touchdown with 50.9 seconds left in the Mid-Suburban East battle as the Wildcats held off Buffalo Grove 12-8.


    Benet shows it’s the real deal

    Anyone still wondering if Benet football is for real?Friday might have been your reality check.The Redwings stunned everyone — including themselves — with Friday's 49-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference win over Nazareth at Lisle's Benedictine University.Six-foot-six sophomore quarterback Jack Beneventi shredded Nazareth's vaunted defense that next to Benet was the toughest ESCC team to score on heading into the game. Beneventi completed 13 of 17 passes for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns including a 55-yard touchdown to Jack Euritt on his final attempt two minutes into the third quarter.


    Carmel drops OT thriller in Joliet

    Joliet Catholic 31, Carmel Catholic 24 (OT): At Joliet Memorial Stadium, USC-bound Ty Isaac scored from 5 yards out in overtime, and Zack Jackovich’s goal-line interception ended the East Suburban Catholic Conference thriller.The loss eliminated Carmel (2-5, 2-3) from playoff contention for the first time since 1999.Isaac finished with 219 rushing yards on 30 carries for Joliet Catholic (5-2, 4-1), which led 24-17 with less than four minutes left. But Nick Grandolfo’s 1-yard touchdown run capped a 74-yard drive for the Corsairs to force OT.Carmel had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but strong-legged Steven O’Block missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. O’Block had kicked a 41-yarder earlier in the game.Carmel got strong games on the ground from Josh Walinski and Tim Serio, who rushed for 174 and 127 yards, respectively.


    Zion-Benton handles Antioch

    Antioch's football team has held on to the A-Z trophy since it last beat Zion-Benton in double overtime by a point back in 2005 at the Zee-Bees' homecoming. Zion-Benton returned the favor seven years later on Antioch's homecoming with a 42-0 shutout in a North Suburban Conference crossover on Friday night in Antioch.


    Marian Central rallies to rout Montini

    Montini stormed out to a 17-point lead barely five minutes into Friday night's latest Suburban Christian Blue showdown between Class 5A state football powerhouses at Marian Central Catholic. But a bigger storm was about to start forming from Minnesota-bound quarterback Chris Streveler and the Hurricanes at George Harding Field.


    Stevenson prevails after frantic OT finish

    Pass interference penalties extended the game twice and Stevenson took advantage. Cameron Green booted a 27-yard field goal to tie the score with no time on the clock and the Patriots beat visiting Lake Forest 22-16 in overtime on Friday.


    Naperville North moves quickly against West Aurora

    After a gut-wrenching last-second loss to Wheaton Warrenville South in Week 4, a 1-3 Naperville North team was not thinking about or talking about the playoffs.And while the Huskies are not yet there, Friday’s 38-2 win over a banged-up West Aurora squad (1-6, 0-5) has lifted the Huskies to 4-3 on the season and one win shy of yet another playoff berth.Naperville North, which has outscored its opponents 121-15 the last three weeks, grabbed a 21-0 lead on Friday night less than 5˝ minutes into the contest.“It feels pretty good to get these three wins out of the way that we had to have,” said Huskies quarterback Johnny Brown, who opened the night’s scoring with a 3-yard run and moments later fired a 28-yard TD pass to Chris Junior following a Blackhawks fumble. “We needed this to start building up our momentum going against these next two good teams in our conference, Naperville Central and Glenbard North.”Brown guided Naperville North down the field on an 82-yard drive to start the game, and his short TD run made it 7-0 with 7:44 left in the quarter. When West Aurora coughed up the ball on its first play from scrimmage, Brown then hit Junior in stride for a 28-yard score, and it was 14-0, with two scores just 22 seconds apart.The Blackhawks’ next drive started with a sack of Quintez Jones by RJ Tomain and then two incompletions. And things got worse for the visitors from there as Pat Mollo blocked the ensuing punt and Eric Montgomery grabbed the loose ball at the 3-yard line and waltzed in for a third Huskies TD in less than a 75-second span.“We were down 21-0 before the blink of an eye and you just can’t do that against these types of teams,” West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. “Obviously, that’s a team playing for a playoff berth, and they sure looked like it.”West Aurora did get on the board late in the opening quarter when Naperville North mishandled a punt snap in its own end zone and the ball rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety.But the Huskies defense blanked West Aurora from there, and the hosts pulled away after Sharad Crosby had a 46-yard TD run in the second quarter and Justin Williams added a 19-yard TD as the Huskies led 35-2 at the half.”The defense has been getting better and better every week,” Naperville North senior lineman Ryan Wilson said. “We didn’t start the season out too well, but we’ve been progressing and progressing each week.”Huskies coach Sean Drendel seconded that remark. “We’re dramatically improved defensively,” said Drendel, whose team will face rival Naperville Central at North Central College next week. “From Game 1 until now we’re a lot better on defense. And offensively we can control the ball a little.”Tickets for the Naperville Central-Naperville North game next week will be on sale at the Naperville North in the main office and at Naperville Central in the athletic office 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Naperville Central. Tickets will not be sold at North Central College until 4 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.


    Kaneland sharpens up with another shutout

    Drew David and Jesse Balluff have been football teammates since they first took up the sport back in third grade as part of the Aurora Superstars. On Friday night at Yorkville, both delivered superstar-like performances as the Knights ensured a running clock in the second half for the second straight week in a 55-0 blowout of the host Foxes.


    Prospect’s defense turns it up a notch

    Prospect's defense was a bit testy after Rolling Meadows scored 22 points in the fourth quarter of a loss suffered the previous week. The Knights' defenders took out their frustration out on visiting Hersey in Friday night's 35-0 Mid-Suburban East victory at George Gattas Memorial Stadium on homecoming weekend.


    Lakes makes believer of Grant

    After Lakes put up 69 points on his team last week, Wauconda coach Dave Mills proclaimed that the Eagles' offense is the best he's seen all season. Grant coach Kurt Rous sounded like he was in full agreement with that notion on Friday night. "They're big, strong, fast. I want to know what's in the water up in Lake Villa," Rous said of the Eagles. "Lakes just took it to us. I have nothing but good things to say about them. They pounded us." In what was supposed to be a hotly-contested clash between the only two undefeated teams left in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division, Lakes made a definitive move to put Grant in the rearview mirror. The visiting Eagles scored early, often and at will, and they even enacted the 40-point slaughter rule running clock in their 42-14 drubbing of Grant in Fox Lake.


    Leyden whips Willowbrook

    Leyden and host Willowbrook put their undefeated West Suburban Gold marks on the line Friday night.And when all was said and done, Leyden was a 42-0 winner and one victory away from clinching its first outright division title since 1979.The win pushed the Eagles to 6-1, 5-0 in the gold and clinched a playoff berth.“I can’t put a finger on what makes this team great. They have been together as a group since they were kids,” Leyden coach Tom Cerasani said. “We don’t have a lot of great players, but we have a lot of solid players that care about each other and our defense has been tough.”Leyden plays host to Proviso East next week in its final league game of the regular season, then travels to Lyons Twp. the following week for a West Suburban Conference crossover.Leyden grabbed this game by the teeth early and didn’t let go.Andrew Garcia reached the end zone first on a 45-yard pass play from Michael Smith on the opening possession of the game. Smith’s second touchdown throw of the half came early in the second quarter on a 46-yard connection to Mickey Gulo.Javier Rhoades intercepted a pass and Smith scored on a 49-yard run to put the Eagles up 28-0 at intermission. Leyden led in offensive yardage at halftime 242-43, and the Eagles’ defense held the Willowbrook ground game to minus-6 yards and the passing game to 43 yards during the first 24 minutes.“We wanted to take this game over right away,” Smith said. Smith added a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and teammate Frank Gulo hit end zone from 4 yards out with just less than two minutes left in the game.“Every game has helped with experience. I feel like the quarterback now,” the senior said.Willowbrook (5-2, 3-1) travels to District 88 rival Addison Trail next week and then plays host to Hinsdale South as it strives for the win that would clinch a playoff berth after the team went winless last season.“We’ll learn from this game,” said Warriors coach Nick Hildreth. “We just can’t show up. If that happens, any team can beat us. If we play like we expect we can, we can compete.”


    Wheaton North routs Naperville Central

    Matt Biegalski and Kellen Cleveland recorded personal bests of 3 receiving touchdowns and 3 sacks, respectively, Patrick Sharp added 3 rushing touchdowns and, most importantly, the Falcons defeated Naperville Central for the third straight season, this time by a convincing 45-0 count.


    Larkin can’t slow down Bartlett, Everson

    Needing to win out its remaining three games for a potential playoff spot, the Larkin football team came out firing against Upstate Eight Conference crossover foe Bartlett. However, the Hawks offense and Aaron Everson couldn't be slowed down for too long as Bartlett spoiled Larkin's senior night with a 24-7 victory Friday at Memorial Field.


    Elk Grove’s win creates East logjam

    Elk Grove shut down the high-powered Rolling Meadows offense when it mattered most, and the visiting Grenadiers left Robert A. Hoese Athletic field in a four-way tie for first in the Mid-Suburban League East football standings after their 24-14 victory Friday, spoiling the Mustangs' homecoming. Elk Grove, 4-3 overall, Meadows (5-2), Hersey (4-3) and Prospect (4-3) sit atop the East with 2-1 records with two games left.


    Two-way seniors benefit Woodstock North

    You might think all those two-way starters in Woodstock North's lineup would just fall down from exhaustion in the second half of football games. No such thing, evidently. After a scoreless tie following one quarter in Grayslake, the Thunder used a pair of those two-way players to pull away from the Rams and at the same time become playoff eligible. The Thunder (5-2, 3-1) scored 27 unanswered points and beat Central 39-7 on Friday night.


    Jacobs pulls away from Prairie Ridge

    After disheartening losses to Cary-Grove and Huntley the past two weeks, Jacobs was looking for a win any way it could get one. Hunter Williams and Greg Sidor ensured the Golden Eagles' losing skid would stop at 2.Williams caught 2 touchdown passes from Bret Mooney in the first half while Sidor rushed for 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Jacobs scored 20 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes to pull out a 34-16 win over Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at PR Stadium in Crystal Lake Friday night.

    Woodstock’s Matthew Swedberg is greeted by Mitch Kohley after a touchdown.

    Images: Woodstock vs. Hampshire football
    The Hampshire Whip-Purs hosted and lost 35-32 to the Woodstock Blue Streaks on Friday night in Hampshire, in a match-up of conference rivals.

    Dan Waldron of Waubonsie Valley High School is pulled down by Spencer Donahue of NeuquaValley High School.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley football at North Central College
    Waubonsie Valley battled and lost in OT 35-34 to Neuqua Valley High School for Friday night football October 5 at North Central College in Naperville.

    Palatine’s quarterback Ethan Olles tries to maintain control of the ball as he runs.

    Images: Conant vs. Palatine football
    Conant lost 42-27 to Palatine in football action on Friday night.


    Crystal Lake S. denies Dundee-Crown

    Friday wasn't a must-win game for the Crystal Lake South football team. The Gators certainly played like it was though. CL South trailed 15-7 midway through the second quarter before scoring 29 unanswered points to beat visiting Dundee-Crown, 36-22, to get within one win of being playoff eligible.

    Lake Park will soon leave the Upstate Eight Conference for the DuPage Valley, sources said Friday.

    Lake Park leaving UEC to join DVC

    Lake Park High School is about to become the eighth member of the DuPage Valley Conference.Wheaton Warrenville South principal David Claypool, the president of the DVC Board of Control, confirmed the move Friday and said an official statement would be released as early as Saturday.“I haven’t been here long, but Lake Park is a school that, from what I’ve heard, in the past has expressed interest in joining the DVC should we have an opening,” Claypool said. “We extended the invitation and they accepted.”Upstate Eight Conference president Lisa Hichens, Batavia’s principal, announced through an emailed release a vacancy in the 14-team league. Seeking to fill the vacancy for the 2013-2014 school year, Hichens wrote the UEC’s preference was to find a team for the Valley Division.The release mentions six Valley Division schools — Bartlett, East Aurora, Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley, South Elgin and Waubonsie Valley — but does not mention Lake Park, a current Valley Division competitor, as a future member of the UEC. With the signal that Lake Park no longer will be a member of the UEC, thus creating the vacancy, recent speculation that the Lancers were replacing West Chicago in the DuPage Valley Conference became a reality.The DVC Board of Control, in a Sept. 19 meeting, established a committee to find a replacement for West Chicago, which the week before announced its departure to the Metro Suburban Conference. It took only two weeks for the DVC to find its match in Lake Park, which will make its move at the beginning of next school year. According to a source, Lake Park’s school board approved a DVC invitation Monday and sent an acceptance letter to the DVC on Tuesday. The DVC Board of Control officially accepted Lake Park on Wednesday. Lancers athletic director Pete Schauer declined to comment when reached Friday.The email from Hichens notes that applications from public schools for one open spot in the UEC will be accepted until Nov. 1.“It’s a great move for the DVC,” Claypool said. “Lake Park is a great match for us.”

    Hampshire’s Philip LaPointe (28) pushes past Woodstock’s Preston Tio on Friday night in Hampshire.

    Woodstock’s final drive does in Hampshire

    The final momentum swing went Woodstock's way. Alan Hafer hit Mitch Kohley with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds left as the Blue Streaks came back to defeat Hampshire, 35-32, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action in Hampshire Friday night.

    The Baltimore Orioles celebrate winning the American League wild-card playoff game Friday night against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

    Orioles knock out 2-time AL champion Rangers 5-1

    Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles will get another chance to overtake the New York Yankees. The surprising O's have already beaten some big odds, getting past the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers and their Japanese ace, Yu Darvish, 5-1 in the win-or-go-home wild-card playoff.

    Libertyville players celebrate after coming up with a fumble recovery in the second half of a 3-0 triumph Friday at Lake Zurich.

    Loud and clear: Libertyville wins

    A sensational defensive performance that featured 5 turnovers and 3 quarterback sacks led to a hard-fought 3-0 win for Libertyville over host Lake Zurich in a key North Suburban Lake Division contest.


    Barrington bounces back

    Barrington's football season now comes down to two teams: Palatine. Conant. The Broncos will have to beat both playoff-bound Mid-Suburban West opponents just to be eligible. But if they perform like they did last night against spunky Hoffman Estates in a 49-19 victory, well, you never know.


    Effort’s there for Maine West in defeat

    It was a night when the scoreboard didn't tell the whole story for Maine West. The Warriors, who found themselves on the short end of a 41-3 game Friday in Des Plaines against Central Suburban conference leader Glenbrook North, still came away with many positives.


    Richard, Schaumburg spread the wealth in another ‘W’

    Schaumburg's Juwaan Richard only touched the ball twice in the Saxons' Mid-Suburban League West home game against Fremd on Friday night. Both had a dramatic impact on the game. Richard leaped high to snag a 19-yard touchdown pass from Nick Anzelmo with 9:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, and followed that up with a 52-yard touchdown run with 6:32 to play to seal a 26-6 victory for the Saxons.


    North Chicago thwarts Vernon Hills

    Visiting North Chicago probably won't get any style points, but in the end the Warhawks did barely manage to get the job done in Vernon Hills' North Suburban Prairie football homecoming game Friday night. The evenly played game was a classic defensive struggle from start to finish as North Chicago (6-1, 4-1) pulled out a 9-6 NSC Prairie win on quarterback Jay Amos Mays' 1-yard keeper with only 20 seconds to play. The win means that the Warhawks have officially qualified for the IHSA state playoffs for the first time since 2006 while the heartbroken Cougars fall to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the division.


    Marmion stops St. Francis

    The Marmion defense focused on a St. Francis running back who hadn't played a down the first six games of the season, "held" him to 151 yards and a touchdown Friday night and walked away feeling good about itself.It helped that the Cadets won the Suburban Christian Blue football game 14-6 at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    St. Charles North’s Zachary Kirby turns a short catch into a 59-yard touchdown.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Batavia football
    The Batavia Bulldogs hosted and won 35-20 over the St. Charles North Stars in a conference football match-up Friday night in Batavia.


    St. Viator bounces back at South Bend

    St. Viator snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a nonconference win at South Bend (Ind.) Washington on Friday.The Lions improved to 4-3 overall with a 52-20 victory over Washington (1-6). St. Viator completes the regular season with two East Suburban Catholic Conference games: hosting Marian Catholic next Friday, and playing at St. Patrick in Week 9.

    Umpire Sam Holbrook listens to Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez after a call Friday during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Atlanta. The game was stopped after officials decided Braves’ Andrelton Simmons was out on the infield fly rule.

    Cardinals beat Braves 6-3 in disputed playoff

    David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their postseason touch. Chipper Jones and the Braves kept throwing the ball away. And the Atlanta fans turned Turner Field into a trash heap. They said anything could happen in baseball's first wild-card playoff. Boy, did it ever. St. Louis advanced to face Washington in the best-of-five division round, beginning Sunday at Busch Stadium.


    Round Lake wraps up Prairie

    Round Lake’s boys soccer team completed a perfect run through the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division Thursday night.Mariano Narvaez scored a goal in each half, as the Panthers shut out host Grant 7-0. Mauricio Salgado added a goal and 2 assists for Round Lake (16-2-1, 6-0), which is 13-0-1 in its last 14 games. Freddie Ramirez, Abraham Murua, Miguel Salgado and Edgar Rodriguez also scored. Lorenzo Cortez had a pair of assists, while Eddie Ramirez and Rodriguez also assisted on goals.Grant finished 1-5 in the NSC Prairie.Lake Zurich 3, Lake Forest 2: Tim Burroughs scored twice, and Ian Murray had a goal and an assist for the host Bears, who improved to 6-8-2 and 3-2 in the North Suburban Lake.Matt Montemayor also had an assist for Lake Zurich.Grayslake North 6, Hampshire 0: Sintayehu Meyer had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Knights in the Fox Valley Fox Division match.Grayslake North (7-14, 4-2) also got goals from Arnaud Laroche-Bataille, Gavin Amburn, Chris Zamora and Andreas Thedorf. Baruk Perez-Vera contributed a pair of assists for the Knights, and Fernando Sanchez and Nick Rice also had assists.Dean Jones made 2 saves in earning the clean sheet.Wauconda 1, Antioch 0: Brandon Morales knocked in a second-half penalty kick, and Cristian Tapia had 7 saves in earning the shutout for the Bulldogs in the North Suburban Prairie match.Wauconda improved to 8-9-3. Antioch fell to 9-7-3 and finished 2-2-2 in the NSC Prairie.Stevenson 1, Mundelein 0: Jun Min’s second-half strike off an assist from Cesar Navarro was all the Patriots and keeper Quentin Low needed in the North Suburban Lake contest.Low stopped 6 shots, as Stevenson improved to 12-3-1 and 4-1-1 in the division.


    Christian Liberty hangs on against Harvest Christian

    Fourth-seeded Christian Liberty Academy earned a spot in the next round of the Class 1A postseason after defeating No. 5 Harvest Christian Academy (8-8-2) on Friday afternoon in a play-in contest of the Westminster Christian regional at Arlington Heights. The Chargers (4-12-4) next meet the top-seeded regional host Warriors on Tuesday afternoon.


    Allen reunites with boyhood buddy Rose
    Guard Ryan Allen has little chance of making the Bulls' final roster. But the training camp invite is enjoying the chance to reconnect with one of his long-time friends, Derrick Rose.


    Bears looking to run up some yardage

    The Bears have made a commitment to running the football this season, they just haven't had much success doing it.

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez carries the ball against Ohio State last October in Lincoln, Neb.

    Martinez looks familiar to Ohio St. defense

    In preparing for its game on Saturday night against No. 21 Nebraska and quarterback Taylor Martinez, Ohio State found the perfect surrogate. The 12th-ranked Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) didn't have to go far to find someone with Martinez's acceleration, vision, lane-changing speed and knack for lengthy touchdown runs. He was just across the line of scrimmage: quarterback Braxton Miller.

    Northwestern and Kain Colter are back in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the Wildcats are off to their third 5-0 start in the last five years.

    No. 24 Northwestern puts 5-0 start on line at Penn State

    Quentin Williams tunes out the whispers he hears from Northwestern skeptics. Beat Penn State on the road Saturday and the No. 24 Wildcats might take another step toward quieting the doubters and proving their 5-0 record is no fluke. "I wasn't a big believer in wanting to do what people think you can't do," said Williams, a senior defensive end and Pittsburgh native returning to his home state Saturday.

    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman looks on from the sidelines Saturday during the second half against Penn State last week in Champaign. Penn State defeated Illinois 35-7.

    Illini, Badgers seek answers in Saturday’s game

    Illinois travels to Wisconsin this weekend with both teams looking for some answers — and a win — as the Big Ten season gets under way in earnest. Illinois has been outscored 87-31 the last two weeks and lost last week's conference opener to Penn State 35-7 — at home. "Looking back at this last game, we had plays there," said Scheelhaase, who played his first full game Saturday.

    Notre Dame tailback Ricky Watters gets upended by Miami linebacker Bernard Clark during the first half at the Orange Bowl at Miami. For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Fighting Irish and Hurricanes are meeting in a regular-season game. The rivalry will be renewed Saturday at Soldier Field.

    Miami, Notre Dame to square off once again

    The Catholics vs. Convicts T-shirts, they're likely faded now. No one expects a reprise of the so-called "tussle in the tunnel" this time around. And any sense of venomous back-and-forth dialogue simply has been nonexistent this week. Notre Dame vs. Miami. It's not what it once was — thankfully, perhaps

    Bears QB Jay Cutler completed 18 of 24 passes against the Cowboys on Monday, including 8 of 8 in the third quarter.

    Bears’ Cutler deserves more credit for game

    Jay Cutler didn't get the credit from some national media that he deserved for his Monday night victory over Dallas and Tony Romo, says Mike North. Instead, they focused on Cutler's sideline encounter with Mike Tice, or they debated Romo's ranking in the NFL heirarchy. North also tips his cap to the amazing run by the Oakland A's.

    Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis stands in the outfield during their workout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The Orioles are scheduled to play the Texas Rangers in a wild-card baseball game on Friday. (AP Photo Richard W. Rodriguez)

    One-game playoffs: Dramatic, but fair?

    By sometime tonight, either Chipper Jones will be out of baseball or the defending World Series champion Cardinals will be out of the playoffs. One and done. A pair of wild-card matchups — St. Louis at Atlanta, then Baltimore at Texas — to decide which teams advance to the next round. Part of the new, expanded postseason format, where 162 games, six months of grinding and upward of 50,000 pitches get boiled down to nine all-or-nothing innings.

    Fewer cameras at Sunday’s game in Jacksonville has to be good news for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Enough already on ‘sideline’ Cutler

    An easier week for Jay Cutler? More intense negotiations between the NHL and its players? Naming winter storms? Mike Spellman is all over it in this week's Scorecard.


    Mundelein, Libertyville advance to sectional

    The Mundelein and Libertyville girls golf teams are headed to sectional play. Lake Forest won Wednesday’s Class AA Warren regional at Bittersweet Golf Course in Gurnee, as the Scouts shot a 348, but runner-up Mundelein (364) and third-place Libertyville (367) also advanced. Zion-Benton junior Morgan Kukla was the medalist with a 75.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Mario Rodriguez scored twice and Mike Delaney added a goal as the Streamwood boys soccer team defeated Burlington Central 3-1 Thursday in nonconference action at BC.Ivan Rosales added 2 assists for the Sabres (10-6), while Danny Neveraz had 1 assist. Phil Lewy made 4 saves in goal for Streamwood.Ian Graffagna scored the Rockets’ only goal off an assist from Matt O’Connor. Brett Rau made 5 saves in goal and Nolan St. John had 2 stops for Burlington Central (14-3-2).St. Edward 2, Elgin Academy 1: Joe French and Alex Semler scored the goals and Carlos Moreno and Johnny Shepherd had the assists as St. Edward outlasted Elgin Academy in nonconference action. Matt Hesch made 7 saves in goal for the Green Wave (8-12). Drew Wilmington scored off an assist from Nate Johnson for Elgin Academy. Liam Phalen made 5 saves in goal for the Hilltoppers (6-5-4). The two teams will meet again next Wednesday in a Class 1A Westminster Christian regional semifinal game.Minooka 3, South Elgin 2: Owen Bott and Nathan Fisher scored off assists from Quinn Uveges and Alberto Bustamante for South Elgin in this nonconference loss. Tyler Shipon had 11 saves in goal for the Storm (6-9-1).Prairie Ridge 2, Dundee-Crown 1: Jonathan Castillo scored the only goal for Dundee-Crown in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss, the Chargers’ second straight setback. Christian Martinez made 6 saves in goal for the Chargers (16-3-1, 3-2-0).St. Francis 3, Bartlett 2: Matt Seidl and AJ Santori scored for Bartlett in this nonconference loss. Justin Busch had 4 saves in goal for the Hawks (1-13).Grayslake North 6, Hampshire 0: Andy Pederson made 19 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (5-11, 1-4) in this FVC Fox loss.CL South 2, McHenry 0: Sam Murdock scored both goals, one off an assist from Jack Carlson and the other off a feed from Michael Conley as CL South won in the FVC Valley. Gus Alvarez (1 save) and Steven Follmer (2 saves) combined for the shutout for the Gators (11-9-1, 2-3).


    Two American Airlines passengers talk Friday to a customer service representative in Miami as they try to make arrangements for a flight after their flight was canceled. American Airlines says a combination of wear, poor design and even soda spilled into the tracks can cause seats on its Boeing 757s to pop loose during flight. American is canceling 44 flights today after it scrapped 50 flights Thursday because of the seat problem. The airline said Friday that all seat repairs on its Boeing 757 airplanes should be done by Saturday.

    American says it has fixed seats on 42 planes

    American Airlines says it has repaired 42 of 48 planes that were pulled aside and inspected because the seats could come loose. The airline said Friday that all seat repairs on its Boeing 757 airplanes should be done by Saturday. American canceled 44 flights Friday after it scrapped 50 flights Thursday because of the seat problem. It said no flights had been canceled for Saturday.

    Americans boosted their borrowing in August by the largest amount in three months with strong gains in the category that covers auto and student loans and in credit card debt.

    US consumer credit up $18.1 billion in August

    Americans boosted their borrowing in August by the largest amount in three months with strong gains in the category that covers auto and student loans and in credit card debt. Total consumer borrowing increased $18.1 billion in August compared to July, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. In July, consumer borrowing had fallen for the first time in nearly a year.


    CBO tallies 2012 deficit at $1.1 trillion

    A new estimate puts the deficit for the just-completed 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion, the fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficits on President Barack Obama's watch. The result was a slight improvement from the 2011 deficit of $1.3 trillion.

    Robert Orkin, of the company TxT-Alert, third from left, talks with job seekers during a job fair held by National Career Fairs, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    US unemployment below 8%, first time since 2009

    The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office, a surprising lift for both the economy and his re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign. The rate, the most-watched measure of the country's economic health, tumbled to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August.

    Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch tweeted his skepticism five minutes after the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent the month before.

    Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

    Conspiracy theorists came out in force after the government reported a sudden drop in the U.S. unemployment rate one month before Election Day. Their message: The Obama administration would do anything to ensure a November victory, including manipulating unemployment data. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.

    U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris, from left, talks with students Curtis Willuweit of Hoffman Estates, Ian Mitchell of Deer Park and assistant professor Samuel Levenson while visiting one of Harper College’s mechatronics labs.

    Labor Dept. officials visit Harper’s manufacturing program

    U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris on Friday visited Harper College in Palatine to take part in the community college's National Manufacturing Day activities.


    Problems found at recalled peanut butter plant in 2010

    The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states — most of them in children under the age of 10.

    Motorist Elisabeth Chavarria fills up $6 worth of gas to be able to drive home Friday at the Low-P, an independent gas station, in Calabasas, Calif. Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices.

    California refinery back online amid soaring prices

    Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. In many areas, prices have jumped 40 cents in a week as refinery problems have created shortages and helped send wholesale prices soaring.

    In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff’s most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest of the world would learn about eight days later: that their boss, Madoff, was a con man for the ages. The exchange was recounted for the first time in a newly rewritten indictment this week expanding the case and charges against five defendants headed for a trial next year.

    Madoff fraud’s last days recounted in NYC document

    In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff's most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest of the world would learn about eight days later: that their boss was a con man for the ages. The exchange was recounted for the first time in a newly rewritten indictment this week expanding the case and charges against five defendants headed for a trial next year.

    Oil prices retreated a day after posting big gains as traders turned their attention to the release later Friday of a monthly U.S. jobs report.

    Oil slips after posting biggest gain in 2 months

    Oil prices retreated a day after posting big gains as traders turned their attention to the release later Friday of a monthly U.S. jobs report. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 68 cents to $91.03 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


    Stocks gain after US unemployment rate drops

    A big drop in the unemployment rate wasn't enough for investors Friday. Stocks posted gains early in the day but faded to a mixed close. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate had declined to 7.8 percent, its first dip below 8 percent in nearly four years.

    The Corner House in downtown Lombard will begin selling coffee at the Lombard train station in early or mid-November, under a vendor agreement with the village.

    Corner House to sell coffee at Lombard train station

    The coffee shop that opened in April in downtown Lombard soon will be expanding to the village's train station under a vendor agreement approved this week. The train station shop will only be about a block from The Corner House's main location at 100 W. St. Charles Road, but owner Mohd Assaf said convenience is important for commuters. "It will be easier for them, closer and hopefully we'll get some more business," he said.

    Safety regulators in the U.S. are investigating complaints that older Honda Odyssey Minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers have removed the ignition key. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects more than 577,000 vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years with automatic transmissions.

    Safety agency investigating Honda Pilot, Odyssey

    U.S. safety regulators are investigating older Honda Odyssey Minivans and Pilot SUVs because they can roll away after drivers have removed the ignition key.


    Olive Garden revamps for the modern family

    When you're at Olive Garden, you're part of a modern family that may not have time for a leisurely sit-down dinner. That's the message behind a new ad campaign the Italian chain will start airing Sunday night.After 14 years, Olive Garden is abandoning its "When You're Here, You're Family" tagline as it looks to freshen up its image and boost struggling sales.

    Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Robert Latham, chief of medicine at Saint Thomas, said Thursday a patient died there late Wednesday or early Thursday, bringing the number of deaths in Tennessee to three in a growing outbreak of a rare form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people in five states.

    Clinics rush to warn patients of tainted steroid

    Health providers are scrambling to notify patients in nearly two dozen states that the routine steroid injections they received for back pain in recent months may have been contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis. It became apparent Thursday that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of people who got the shots between July and September could be at risk after officials revealed that a tainted steroid suspected to have caused a meningitis outbreak in the South had made its way to 75 clinics in 23 states.

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    Romney’s Medicare plan raises cost questions

    Aides to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney say his Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance. That adds detail to a proposal that has both intrigued and confused many Americans. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan set limits on the growth of future spending.

    Sitting at a desk handed down from his grandfather, Dr. Paul Wilson, 80, a retired psychiatrist, recounts stories from his life which have become part of a memoir to share with his grandchildren about what his life was like, at his home in Bethesda, Md.

    Retirees turn more attention to personal legacies

    A growing number of retirees are looking to pass along more to the next generation than money and possessions. Life histories, ethical wills and video recordings are just some of the ways people are leaving their personal legacies for loved ones. Their use is becoming more common and small businesses are emerging to meet the demand.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington.

    Fed open to linking rate hike to economic gauge

    The Federal Reserve wants to find a clearer way to signal to the public when it might start raising interest rates.The Fed has told investors that it plans to keep short-term rates low for at least another three years. But it appears to be leaning toward setting a more specific target, according to minutes from the Fed's last policy meeting.

    More Americans than ever are taking generic drugs, as blockbuster medicines like Plavix and Lipitor become available in low-cost versions. But the government’s revelation this week that it mistakenly approved a defective generic antidepressant could stoke longtime concerns about the quality of knockoff drugs.

    Defective generic pill revives quality concerns

    More Americans than ever are taking generic drugs, as blockbuster medicines like Plavix and Lipitor become available in low-cost versions. But the government's revelation this week that it mistakenly approved a defective generic antidepressant could stoke longtime concerns about the quality of knockoff drugs.

Life & Entertainment

    Rob Zombie will be a co-headliner alongside Marilyn Manson on Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Twins of Evil Tour stops at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Pictured left to right are band members John5, Zombie, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.

    Rob Zombie guitarist John5 explains ‘The Lords of Salem’ score

    Rob Zombie guitarist John5 wanted to write something simple yet scary when he sat down to compose the score for his band leader's latest horror film, "The Lords of Salem." The trick, he said, was coming up with material that wouldn't distract audiences but also wouldn't be easily forgotten. "I always say, it's music that people don't want to listen to, because you're watching the movie. It's tough. It's gotta be good enough, but it can't distract you."

    Adepero Oduye plays Annelle and Phylicia Rashad is Clairee in “Steel Magnolias,” premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, on Lifetime.

    Latifah, Woodard lead new ‘Steel Magnolias’ cast

    The on-screen love between Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad in the updated version of "Steel Magnolias" is real. The actresses, who take on the roles originated by Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in the 1989 film, bonded in real life just like their characters do in Truvy's salon. "It's been a love fest," said Scott, who plays Truvy. The new "Steel Magnolias," set to premiere at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, on Lifetime, maintains the flavor of the original story, only this time with an all-black cast.

    Singer-songwriter Neil Young has released his first book, a memoir titled, “Waging Heavy Peace.”

    Broken toe spurs Neil Young to write memoir

    Neil Young's fans have come to expect wild swings if they've followed his music career since the 1960s. There's the near-violent guitar solos and throbbing rock of his collaborations with Crazy Horse. Lilting acoustic melodies like "Harvest Moon." Electronic experiments. Moments of genius and ill-advised detours. No one should be surprised that reading his first book, the memoir "Waging Heavy Peace," should feel exactly the same.

    Rob Wilson, of Boston, was chosen in an online competition to be the first male model on the popular daytime game show “The Price is Right.” Wilson begins his weeklong stint on Oct. 15.

    Boston man named 1st ‘Price Is Right’ male model

    A Boston man has won an online competition to become the first male model in "The Price is Right" history. The long-running CBS game show said Friday that viewers had chosen Rob Wilson, who begins his weeklong stint alongside the ladies on Oct. 15.

    Rapper Jay-Z is going to live-stream his concert Saturday at New York City’s Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel.

    Jay-Z to stream concert on his new YouTube channel

    Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. The rapper announced Thursday his performance at the new Brooklyn sports arena will be live-streamed at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. He says it'll air on his new Life and Times channel.

    Mariah Carey, left, told Barbara Walters her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj, right, threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning. After a meeting on Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” according to Walters. “Mariah responded, ‘No, we will not.’”

    ‘Idol’ divas Carey, Minaj take their feud public

    Is this "Idol" threat an idle threat? Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC's "The View" Thursday morning. Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday's blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.

    Daryl Hannah was arrested in northeast Texas along with a 78-year-old northeast Texas landowner while protesting construction of a pipeline designed to bring crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

    Daryl Hannah arrested in Texas protesting pipeline

    Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in northeast Texas on Thursday, along with a 78-year-old landowner as the pair protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Hannah and landowner Eleanor Fairchild were standing in front of heavy equipment in an attempt to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Fairchild's farm in Winnsboro, a town about 100 miles east of Dallas.

    Michael McMillian, left, and Denis O’Hare co-star in HBO’s “True Blood.”

    Number of gay characters on TV increases

    The number of gay and bisexual characters on scripted broadcast network TV is at its highest-ever level in the season ahead, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The total on cable television is also going up. The 17th-annual "Where We Are on TV" report released Friday by GLAAD found that 4.4 percent of actors appearing regularly on prime-time network drama and comedy series during the 2012-13 season will portray lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters.

    Kids can explore the farm of “The Wizard of Oz” character Dorothy Gale in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” exhibit at the Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview.

    New exhibits set the stage for a day at the museum

    Along with colorful leaves, this autumn season is bringing some new and updated exhibits to local museums. Kids can learn more about "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Kohl Children's Museum. The Lake County Discovery Museum pays tribute to Charles Dickens. The Art Institute reopens its extensive paperweight exhibit. The Field honors "The Splendor of India's Royal Courts," and the MSI pays tribute to Charlie Brown.

    A variety of sushi creations are on the menu at Dao Sushi & Thai in Oakbrook Terrace. This is the Blackhawks Roll, with a dragon carved from carrots in the background.

    Specialty rolls garner the spotlight at Dao Sushi & Thai

    When it comes to restaurants with a multicuisine approach, I’m skeptical. Fortunately, at Dao Sushi & Thai Restaurant in Oakbrook Terrace — the third, similarly minded spot from Jojo Chen and husband Andy — it’s largely a proven formula. And for those who love fresh sushi, their specialty rolls are a must. Plus, along with dinner, the restaurant offers lunch and happy hour specials.


    What’s new in theater
    Late-night Halloween-themed shows; redtwist theatre's revival of Arthur Miller's "Broken Glass;" the return of the National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch" and an infusion of seasonal lore into the weekly Magic Cabaret are among this week's theater happenings.

    “Trust Your Eyes” by Linwood Barclay

    'Trust Your Eyes' one of the best thrillers of the year

    Linwood Barclay's latest novel, "Trust Your Eyes," delivers shocks and surprises at every turn. Thomas Kilbride is a schizophrenic who obsesses over a new computer program that lets him virtually wander the streets of the world. When Thomas sees what appears to be a murder captured on one of the images, his brother Ray agrees to investigate. Barclay takes a gamble on hinging the plot on a complex computer program, but it works.

    Miguel, “Kaleidoscope Dream”

    Miguel propels R&B on ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’

    Miguel's sophomore effort "Kaleidoscope Dream" oozes sex with a bit of rock `n' roll and funk, further elevating and pushing the elasticity of R&B like other acts including Frank Ocean, the Weeknd and Jhene Aiko. The Grammy-nominated singer had mild success with hits "Quickie" and "Sure Thing" from his 2010 debut "All I Want Is You." The new album's first single "Adorn," which is No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart, is a sensual, addictive jam.


    Real estate agent offended by disclosure advice

    Q. An article on your website stated real estate agents, sellers and home inspectors should disclose neighborhood conditions, besides the usual property defects. Disclosure requirements involve things such as plumbing, roofing and electrical problems, not conditions such as low-flying aircraft, nearby factories, or sex offenders in the neighborhood.

    William and Mary Martin taste an iced chocolate with homemade marshmallow at HotChocolate restaurant and dessert bar.

    Get the flavor of Chicago neighborhoods on a food tour

    Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, a melting pot of flavors, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its food emporiums. Take a culinary walking tour and you'll not only taste some of the Windy City's favorite food, but you'll also learn a little bit about your surroundings. Chicago Food Planet offers three-hour tours of Chinatown, Near North Side and Bucktown/Wicker Park.

    Tim Burton's latest movie, “Frankenweenie,” is the third movie this year to use stop-motion animation.

    'Frankenweenie' joins reanimation of stop-motion

    As far as Tim Burton's concerned, you can't keep a good dog down. And you can't keep a good, old-fashioned form of animation down, either. Burton's “Frankenweenie” is Hollywood's latest resurrection of stop-motion animation. “It's a more pure form, stop-motion,” Burton said. “You try to put the form with the right story, and this one, just because you're reanimating something, there's something about moving a puppet that just works with that idea.”


    How to make your own backyard water feature

    Water features in a backyard are super. They look great and can really drown out other noises, like traffic. You can make a basic one in just a few hours. Here are some easy instructions for a simple water feature that you’ll love in your landscape.


    How to protect your home, family in power outage

    More than half of all homeowners suffer a power blackout each year, but a few simple steps can help keep it from turning into a catastrophe.


    Lame-duck decisions to impact thousands of homeowners

    Though the news spotlight has been on the presidential debates and the Nov. 6 elections, a more pressing personal issue for large numbers of homeowners across the country involves the lame-duck congressional session scheduled to begin Nov. 13.

    The kitchen of the Madison model in Liberty Trails in McHenry opens to the living space.

    Open floor plans expand the kitchen

    Today’s kitchens are less kitcheny than ever. People live in their kitchens. They cook, watch TV, read, use the computer, eat and entertain family and friends. It’s the hub of the home — the family hangout. Builders talk about the latest trends in the kitchen.

    Rebecca Anderson and her children, Benjamin, Lily and Justin set out on a nature hike.

    Fill your fall hikes with wonder

    Any time is a good time for a nature walk, but autumn, with its cooler temperatures and bounty of color, is a clear winner. We get in as many walks as we can during this time, often just cruising around the neighborhood or at the nearby park. Our daughter's favorite thing to do on a nature walk is to simply look for clues.


    Local theater: Don’t push it
    A comedy show at Metropolis, an operetta revue at Light Opera Works and a world premiere at Silk Road Rising are among this week's Chicago area theater openings.



    Editorial: A chance to examine the RTA

    Should the RTA be merged with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which one civic group says could save $10 million and boost transit use and efficiency? The idea -- and a multitude of other proposals for remaking or strengthening the RTA to better manage the region's transit -- should be given a hard look, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    At the House of Kennedy, Arnold shrugs

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Too bad a celebrity-sloshed culture infects our politics — and this comes from one generally in tune with the Kennedy stances on issues. It’s just that churning myths of “royal political families” is not healthy for a democracy.


    Many factors have affected jobless rates
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: The two wars we've just come out of did not afford us a long period of high employment because rather than sacrifice as a nation leading to shortages of manufactured goods our leaders chose to raid the national treasure, lower taxes and go into unrealistic debt to fund the wars and hire private contractors (one of the businesses of the then-vice president) to restore the infrastructure of the (oil producing) country we eventually defeated.


    Obama’s influence has wrecked economy
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Different. Presidents and their administrations have major influence, and, regrettably, President Obama's has been profoundly negative. He had complete control of Congress for the first two years of his administration and could have, and did do, anything he wanted.


    4-year performance gets a poor review
    A letter to the editor: Candidate Obama promised to halve the national debt. Instead it has increased by $5 trillion. He promised unemployment would be under 5.6 percent, but is still over 8 percent.


    Romney unfit to lead our nation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: What I see in his plan is that he has chosen to ignore/insult almost 50 percent of our nation's citizens because they do not agree with him.


    Ryan not specific on Catholic teachings
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I urge readers to support this petition but, more importantly, I urge reporters and editors to start looking at the whole picture of Catholic social teaching and challenge Mr. Ryan to support policies that reflect all of his faith's teaching and not just a selected subset.


    The ‘real people’ will send Walsh home
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Those who are opposed to this man's radical agenda to, among other things, end Social Security and Medicare for our children and grandchildren and end outreach programs for the disabled and for poor children are the Roman Catholic "Nuns on the Bus" and the real people of this district.


    Media trying to hide what film reveals?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: This movie is the second most popular documentary movie of all time and Dann gives it the "pits." I have seen this movie four times, and all my friends that have seen it side with me.


    Take back our election process
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, vote "yes" for the Nov. 6 advisory question in Kane County. Let's take back our vote and tell the billionaires, corporations and other special interests we decide how much is too much.


    Anderson won’t work against Obama
    A Huntley letter to the editor: We must provide President Obama with people in Congress to help him accomplish his goals of moving our country forward. That is why I am voting for Democrat Dennis Anderson for the 14th Congressional District. He will work with Obama, not against him.


    Netanyahu show quite the cartoon
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver his UN speech Sept. 27 brought back memories of watching U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell’s similar UN speech of Feb. 3, 2003.


    U.S has turned its back on Israel
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: According to Mike Evans, a Messianic Jew who has extensive ties to Israel, Israel is mobilizing their forces and equipment like they haven’t in over 20 years. The likelihood that they will attack and try to destroy the nuclear capabilities of Iran is becoming more and more probable.


    Media bias reaches all-time shame level
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: The media bias in this year’s presidential election has reached an all time shameful level. The non coverage of Fast and Furious and the murder of our Libyan ambassador as examples. Not to mention the attempt to prop up the economic numbers.


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