Daily Archive : Monday October 8, 2012



    Suburban bar associations release judicial recommendations

    Several suburban bar associations release their recommendations for candidates running in Cook County for judicial election and retention.


    YMCA to host community forum on pending closings

    Lake County Family YMCA officials will host a community forum Wednesday at the Vernon Hills facility as the effort to avert an Oct. 31 shutdown of operations in the village and Waukegan continues.

    The Dimucci property at Rand and Old McHenry roads in unincorporated Lake County near Hawthorn Woods and North Barrington.

    Lake County Board backs commercial rezoning request for Dimucci property

    The Lake County Board has approved the Dimucci family's controversial request to rezone its land near Hawthorn Woods on Tuesday. The move will allow a shopping center to be built at Rand and Old McHenry Road, if a developer materializes.


    Lake Villa school hosts farmers market

    Calvary Christian Academy will host a farmers market from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the school, 134 West Monaville Road, Lake Villa.

    Brian Howerton

    Schaumburg reopens investigation of police chief

    Impatient that the Illinois State Police investigation has not yet been concluded, Schaumburg officials have restarted an internal investigation into a complaint against Police Chief Brian Howerton filed by his ex-girlfriend. “We felt it wasn’t appropriate to wait any longer, both for the complainant and the chief,” Schaumburg Village Manager Ken Fritz said. “We think it’s fair to both parties to...

    Matthew Hinson

    Cops: 'Jealous' husband killed Bears fan in Jacksonville bar

    Lake Villa Township resident William Christopher Pettry and a friend were chatting with two women in a Jacksonville, Fla., bar early Sunday morning when trouble began to brew, authorities said Monday. Police said the 27-year-old husband of a woman Pettry was talking to slashed his throat with a pocket knife and killed him. Pettry had traveled to Jacksonville to watch the Bears-Jaguars game...

    Addison Police Director Bill Hayden, left, and Addison Elementary District 4 Superintendent John Langton announce at a news conference Monday that a girl who claimed she was restrained in a junior high school bathroom admitted she made up the story.

    Cops: Addison student ‘fabricated’ school intruder story

    Police say a student at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison has admitted she lied about being restrained by a school intruder -- a report that prompted authorities to lock down the building for three hours Friday as worried parents gathered outside. "At no time was the security at (the school) breached," Addison Police Director Bill Hayden said at a news conference Monday.

    Police are asking for help identifying the man they say robbed a Schaumburg store Friday.

    Schaumburg looking for armed robber

    Schaumburg police are still searching for a man who committed an armed robbery Friday afternoon at a shopping center, officials said. The man displayed a gun and demanded cash from an employee at in the Corinium Plaza strip mall at the intersection of Schaumburg Road and Knollwood Drive, police said.

    Kirk and Beth Disrude, of Mundelein, ran in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday. He suffered a stroke 13 months ago.

    Stroke survivor and wife celebrate marathon finish

    Stroke survivor Kirk Disrude and his wife, Beth, finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a little more than five and a half hours on Sunday. They were cheered on by countless runners who had seen last week's Daily Herald profile of Kirk.

    Jim Lehrer faces criticism over letting President Obama and Mitt Romney talk over him as moderator of their first presidential debate.

    Lehrer: 'I backed off' so debate would be real

    Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other. The former PBS anchor said last week's confrontation, viewed by 67 million people, will be remembered as a watershed moment because it was a real debate instead of simultaneous interviews of the candidates.

    Batavia Alderman Jim Volk

    Batavia looks at cutting aldermen’s pay

    Batavia aldermen are considering cutting their pay by 10 percent — and freezing the next mayor’s salary. The government services committee Monday recommended, 5-0, to do so, for those elected in April 2013. “Freezing the salary where it is at is probably an OK thing,” said Mayor Jeff Schielke, whose term expires in April; he hasn’t decided whether to seek re-election.

    Dehjahn Swain, 19, fills out a Commit to Vote card after registering to vote at a campaign office for President Barack Obama, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 in Miami. Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the general election Nov. 6.

    ‘It’s going to remain a tight race’

    As the White House race shows signs of tightening nationally, President Barack Obama’s campaign is banking on a massive get-out-the-vote operation while Republican Mitt Romney, re-energized by last week’s debate, is flashing new confidence on the campaign trail. “Ultimately this is a tight race, and it’s going to remain a tight race until the end,” said Bill Burton, who runs Priorities USA...


    Glen Ellyn village president to get pay bump?

    Some Glen Ellyn trustees say whoever serves as the next village president should get more money for doing the job, based on the example set by the person currently in the position. At a village board meeting Monday, trustee Carl Henninger proposed increasing compensation for the village’s top elected official, suggesting the current $600 annual salary could be increased to as much as $5,000.


    From 23 miles above the Earth Man will attempt history-making sky dive today

    Skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s attempt at the highest, fastest free fall in history today is more than just a stunt. His planned 23-mile dive from the stratosphere should provide scientists with valuable information for next-generation spacesuits and techniques that could help astronauts survive accidents.


    Naperville website, email systems to remain down indefinitely

    On an average day, Naperville’s online security software turns away more than 500,000 hacking attempts. Last Tuesday, however, a successful virus attack forced a shutdown of the city’s website, email system and other online features including the auto bill pay feature.


    Cartel suspect to plead not guilty

    A lawyer for a man authorities allege is a Mexican drug cartel leader says his client intends to plead not guilty to drug-trafficking charges.

    Andre Richter

    Antioch man charged with possession of stolen property following reckless driving stop

    An Antioch man has been charged with possession of stolen property after the items were discovered in his car when police questioned him for driving erratically. Andre Richter, 27, of the 400 block of Joren Trail, was charged with possession of stolen property and driving without a valid driver’s license.

    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Walsh, Duckworth clash on immigration

    Candidates for the 8th Congressional District disagree on many issues, not the least of which is immigration. Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry objects to “any kind” of amnesty for immigrants, while Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates supports President Obama’s recent directive to halt the deportation of younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.


    Elmhurst to pay $4.16 million in personal injury suit

    A DuPage County jury on Friday found the City of Elmhurst liable for $4.16 million worth of damages in a personal injury case dating back to an accident in a public works garage three years ago, according to lawyers for the case.Weisberg said the verdict is a DuPage County record for a nonmedical malpractice personal injury verdict for a single plaintiff.

    Connecting local and regional amenities through an improved trail system is the goal of Antioch officials, who are partnering with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to produce a “lifestyle corridor” plan.

    Lifestyle corridor plan would provide connections for walkers and bikers in and around Antioch

    Wish there was a better way to get around the Antioch area without driving? Make your idea known on Tuesday as the village in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning hosts a public workshop on lifestyle corridor plan for the community. Public input is considered essential to what will become a blueprint to make Antioch more walkable and bikable.


    Chicago Soul launch party

    The Chicago Soul FC of the Major Indoor Soccer League is hosting an official launch party from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates. The free event will feature a meet and greet session with the club’s coaches, players, dance team members and Soul staff.


    Elgin may change rules on resale

    The Elgin Police Department has a new plan to aid in the apprehension of those who try to resell stolen merchandise. City council members will consider a revised ordinance Wednesday that would require pawnbrokers, resale dealers and recyclable metal dealers to log their purchases with the national Leads Online database. The latest move would require Elgin businesses to report the products they...


    Police reports
    An Elgin man was robbed at about 11 a.m. Oct. 4 in the 100 block of West Chicago Street, according to police reports. An unknown man approached him asking for change for a $20 bill and when he started to get it out of his wallet, the man took his wallet, pushed him to the ground and fled, reports said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    James F. Schweihs, 53, of the 600 block of Sennett Street, Batavia, was arrested at his home at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 6 on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a report said.

    Theresa Kudlicki watches as the casket holding her husband, Robert, is placed in a hearse following his funeral at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hampshire Monday. Robert Kudlicki was a two-term mayor of Hampshire and two-term Kane County Board member. The Kudlickis celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in August.

    Hampshire man remembered for faith, community service

    Robert Kudlicki, Hampshire’s former village president and a two-term Kane County Board member, was laid to rest Monday, two days before what would have been his 84th birthday. “If my dad were here today, he would be humbled by the presence of everyone in here, because he was someone who never sought the limelight,” said his eldest son, Bob Kudlicki Jr.

    Gregory Arthur Weiler II

    Family: Elk Grove terror suspect ‘not a monster’

    A 23-year-old Elk Grove Village was arraigned in a rural Oklahoma Monday on charges of domestic terrorism after authorities found explosive-making material at the motel where he was staying. Gregory Arthur Weiler's family say they hope his arrest leads to him receiving much-needed help for mental health issues.


    General voter registration closes Tuesday

    Voter registration is surging toward the Oct. 9 deadline, and on Tuesday the clerk's downtown office at 69 W. Washington, Chicago, 5th floor, and the five suburban Cook County courthouse mini-centers will stay open until 8 p.m.

    Sue Klinkhamer, left, opposes Chris Lauzen for Chairman of the Kane County Board.

    Kane Co. chairman candidates compete for ethical ground

    Claims of flawed ethics in Kane County was a major theme of Republican Chris Lauzen's platform during the primary. But now the Democratic candidate for Kane County Board Chairman, Sue Klinkhamer, is trying to take ownership of the issue. In a recent debate, Klinkhamer said campaign contributions are a big problem in politics. And she's the only candidate in the race who isn't taking any.


    Possible Dwight prison closure puts dog program at risk

    The organizers of a program that trains dogs to help those in need say the planned closure of a central Illinois prison may put their efforts in jeopardy. ABC 7 in Chicago reported that prisoners at the Dwight Correctional Center train dogs for Luthern Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.


    Maristella fundraisers:

    The public is invited to fundraisers this week for Maristella Ministry for Homeless Women and Children, a Libertyville-based organization celebrating its 14th anniversary.


    CLC organ donation registration:

    Secretary of State Jesse White will visit the College of Lake County in Grayslake on Thursday, Oct. 18 to raise awareness for the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.


    Analysis: Illinois’ backlog of bills will shrink

    Illinois should see its massive backlog of unpaid bills shrink modestly over the next nine months, according to an analysis released Monday, but that progress could be reversed if officials don't address some trouble spots.


    County engineer appointment official:

    The appointment of Paula Trigg as Lake County's county engineer/director of transportation is official. Trigg, who has worked at the Lake County Division of Transportation since 2006, in August was appointed by the Lake County Board to replace longtime director Marty Buehler.


    Grayslake history:

    The history of the Baier family in Grayslake will be discussed at the Wednesday, Oct. 10 meeting of the Grayslake Historical Society.


    Chicago-area patients screened for fungal meningitis

    The medical director of three Chicago-area clinics that used a possibly tainted steroid medication says four patients received follow-up tests for meningitis and all got reassuring results.


    Barrington Area Conservation Trust receives $100,000 grant

    The Barrington Area Conservation Trust announced Monday that it had received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. The funds will be used to hire a development director and develop a capital campaign to preserve critical land parcels in the Barrington area essential to the environmental health of the community.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold, right, wants Democratic challenger Brad Schneider to retract a commercial he claims distorts his political record.

    Brad Schneider’s Tea Party allegations rile Robert Dold in House race

    U.S. Rep. Robert Dold wants his Democratic rival, Brad Schneider, to pull a TV ad based on a newspaper report that later was edited. The 30-second TV spot refers to Dold as a "Tea Party loyalist." Schneider isn't budging.

    Tim Allen

    State’s attorney: Winfield violated Open Meetings Act

    The way Winfield Village Board members conduct their meetings will be scrutinized for the next six months after the DuPage County State's Attorney's office determined the board violated the state's Open Meetings Act. In a recent letter to Village President Deborah Birutis, Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Smith said the violation happened when the village board had a conversation about a lawsuit...


    U-46 invites parents, community members to make a change

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 Citizens Advisory Council will host a community organizing event from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Elgin High School Library. The event is designed to empower and equip stakeholders in the community and school to lead to positive change. The Chicago-based Community Organizing and Family Issues will feature small group leadership sessions and testimonials...

    Dan Cronin

    Government consolidation: DuPage takes push to state

    With more than 7,000 units of local government in Illinois, there's been discussion of trimming some of it. Now DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says he's willing to have DuPage be "the test case" for bringing consolidation to the rest of the state. "Everybody is talking about consolidation," Cronin told representatives of the Daily Herald Editorial Board. "Let us demonstrate how to do it."

    Dan Hampton talks with Eileen Daday about his Arkansas roots

    Hall of Famer Hampton tells Scouts: ‘I’m all in’

    Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton was never a Boy Scout, but he completely identifies with their values, and was happy to keynote the Northwest Suburban Boy Scout Council's fundraiser Friday night. "It's all the things today that pop culture mocks," he added. "That's why, whenever I'm asked to speak to Scouts, I'm all in."


    Fire destroys shed, damages Streamwood house

    Discarded coals from an outdoor fireplace and dry, windy weather contributed to a shed fire adjacent to a single-story house on the 200 block of Judy Lane in Streamwood Monday. Firefighters were called to the scene at 12:20 p.m. and extinguished the fire before it could spread to the nearby house.

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Cesar Chavez’ widow, Helen F. Chavez, places a special “Cesar Chavez” red rose at the gravesite where Cesar E. Chavez was laid to rest in 1993, as he toured the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument Memorial Garden, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Keene, Calif.

    Obama: ‘Today we celebrate Cesar Chavez’

    KEENE, Calif. — President Barack Obama has designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument.


    U.S. embassy sought extension of security team

    WASHINGTON — A State Department memo says the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, requested that a “security support team” stay in the country for four months beyond the end of its scheduled deployment in August.


    Lawyer certain Sandusky will speak at sentencing

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer said Monday “it’s as certain as certain can be” that the former Penn State assistant football coach will address the judge and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.Nobody else is expected to speak on Sandusky’s behalf during the sentencing hearing Tuesday in Bellefonte, defense attorney Joe Amendola said.


    Good Samaritan dies in 35-foot Conn. highway fall

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut State Police say an 83-year-old Maryland man fell 35 feet off an elevated highway and died while trying to help a driver whose SUV had rolled over.


    Ryan says in Ohio pipeline key to creating jobs

    SWANTON, Ohio — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says a Romney administration on Day One will approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to U.S. refineries in Texas. Ryan told supporters near Toledo on Monday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of construction and factory jobs.

    An elderly Syrian woman, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between government forces and rebels, chants, “Allah,” meaning God in Arabic, inside her tent at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Azaz, Syria, Sunday.

    Political solution possible in Syria-Turkey conflict

    Syria's cross-border attacks on Turkey in the past week look increasingly like they could be an intentional escalation meant to send a clear message to Ankara and beyond, that the crisis is simply too explosive to risk foreign military intervention.

    A woman died early Monday after fire swept through her Des Plaines home. Sandra Lupy, 48, of the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue, was found dead in a first floor bedroom after firefighters put out the 12:05 a.m. blaze, officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Des Plaines woman dies in early morning fire

    A 48-year-old Des Plaines woman died after an early morning fire authorities believe started in her bedroom swept through her residence, authorities said. Sandra Lupy, 48, of the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue, was found dead in a first floor bedroom after firefighters put out the blaze which started about midnight Monday, officials said. The cause of the fire at this point is unknown, officials...

    Robert Sperlazzo

    Carpentersville man in hot water for suing judges, insulting court

    A judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Carpentersville man against the Kane County Bar Association and several judges after he was sanctioned for impersonating a lawyer. Now, Robert Sperlazzo faces contempt of court charges and could go on trial later this month for filing a rash of lawsuits and calling Kane a "kangaroo court."

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe makes a speech at the state burial of a former foreign minister Stan Mudenge, in Harare, Monday. Mugabe says he wants his people to be tolerant of each other’s views to allow for a free vote in proposed elections.

    Zimbabwe president wants political tolerance

    Zimbabwe's president said on Monday he wants his people to be tolerant of each other's views to allow for a free vote in proposed elections. President Robert Mugabe, officiating at the state burial of a former foreign minister, said political differences must be private and "not expressed in actions" that lead to violence. He called on Zimbabweans to follow the "virtues and discipline" of...

    Fans cheer on the US team as Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley approach the 17th green Friday afternoon at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features Ryder Cup fans, a fire department retiree saying goodbye after 37 years on the job, and a penguin teaching his moves to UPS employees, among others.


    U.S.-Cuba culture trips back on as licenses renewed

    Travel companies say they are getting permits once again to take Americans on cultural trips to Cuba after the U.S. government tightened requirements over complaints that the tours were skirting a ban on outright tourism to the Communist island.

    Elizabeth Escalona pleaded guilty in July to beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to a wall. She will be sentenced Monday.

    Mom who glued kid’s hands to wall faces life term

    A doctor has testified that a Texas mother who glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall also beat the toddler so badly that she suffered significant brain trauma and bleeding inside her skull. The young mother is scheduled to be sentenced Monday and faces up to life in prison.


    Book project teams Vietnam vets, St. Viator students

    Suburban Vietnam veterans could have their stories published in a new book being created through a collaboration between St. Viator High School and Peoples' Bank of Arlington Heights. Through the project, each student will interview a veteran and then write a chapter for the book "Welcome Home."


    Services set for teen killed in weekend shooting

    Services will be held Wednesday for a southern Illinois teen who authorities say died after she was accidentally shot at a relative's house.

    Michael Jones, 25, originally from Liverpool, England, was fatally slashed in the neck and torso and had his ear cut off early Sunday morning on a New York City street near Union Square.

    Youth soccer coach slashed to death in NYC

    A 25-year-old youth soccer coach was fatally slashed in the neck and torso and his ear cut off in one of New York City's busiest neighborhoods last weekend, and police Monday were hunting for the suspected killer.

    A pensioner shouts slogans during an anti-austerity protest in front of the EU headquarters in Athens on Monday. Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital Athens to contain protests against Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city Tuesday.

    Athens police plan crackdown ahead of Merkel visit

    Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital Athens to contain protests against Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city Tuesday for talks with the country's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.


    Home-building drive starts in storm-hit Ind. town

    Hundreds of volunteers have converged on a southern Indiana town devastated by a deadly March tornado outbreak for a weeklong effort to rebuild 10 homes. The Habitat for Humanity building blitz began in chilly weather Monday morning in Henrvyille, a town about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky., heavily damaged in the March 2 outbreak.


    Man dies amid brawl at wedding in downtown Philly

    Police say a man died of a heart attack amid a big brawl that broke out among people attending two different wedding receptions in downtown Philadelphia. The fight involving dozens of people happened early Sunday at a hotel in the Society Hill neighborhood.

    In this video image taken from A1 private TV station, Gjergj Ndreca, 53, a former Albanian political prisoner sets fire to himself to demand quicker payment of compensation for victims of the former communist regime, in Tirana, Albania Monday.

    Albania ex-political prisoner sets himself on fire

    A former Albanian political prisoner has been hospitalized after setting himself on fire to demand quicker payment of compensation for victims of the former communist regime.

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez greets his supporters at the Miraflores presidential palace balcony in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday. Chavez won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project Sunday, surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

    Chavez wins 6 more years in tightest race yet

    President Hugo Chavez put to rest any doubts about his masterful political touch in winning a third consecutive six-year term after a bitterly fought race against a youthful rival who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition. The state governor who lost Sunday's presidential vote, Henrique Capriles, had accused the flamboyant incumbent of unfairly using Venezuela's oil wealth to finance his campaign...

    A Dutch newspaper said on Monday that Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, has impregnated a woman while imprisoned in Lima.

    Report: Imprisoned Dutch killer impregnates woman

    A newspaper said Monday that Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, has impregnated a woman while imprisoned in Lima. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf cited Van der Sloot's lawyer Maximo Altez as saying the pregnancy is past its third month, and Van der Sloot himself as having confirmed the news in a telephone call on Saturday.


    SUV driver dies in commuter train crash in N. Ind.

    Authorities say a commuter train struck an SUV at a crossing in northern Indiana, knocking the vehicle onto its roof and killing its driver. No one on the train suffered significant injuries.


    Widow of man slain at preschool pleads not guilty

    The widow of a businessman gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool has pleaded not guilty to helping plot her husband's death. Andrea Sneiderman was arraigned Monday in an Atlanta-area court on a variety of charges, including malice murder and criminal attempt to commit murder.

    Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee has stepped down after an internal affairs officer revealed the chief had been in a sexual relationship with a subordinate.

    Detroit police chief steps down amid sex probe

    Detroit's mayor says police Chief Ralph Godbee has stepped down after an internal affairs officer revealed the chief had been in a sexual relationship with a subordinate. Mayor Dave Bing announced Monday morning that the 44-year-old Godbee submitted a letter of retirement, effective immediately, from the job he's held since 2010.


    Mom: Student didn’t touch officer who shot him

    The mother of a University of South Alabama freshman killed by a campus police officer says she's been told he never touched the officer who shot him. Gil Collar of Wetumpka was naked when he was fatally wounded on campus early Saturday. University officials have said he assumed a "fighting stance" and chased the officer before being shot, but they haven't said he was armed.

    Costco members fill up with discounted gasoline at a Costco gas station in Van Nuys, Calif., Friday. Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas.

    Feinstein wants investigation of Calif. gas prices

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for a federal investigation into gas prices in California because she doesn't think they are related to supply and demand. Californians are paying an average of $4.668 a gallon, the highest price in the nation. Many motorists are paying more than $5.

    History teacher James Sabathne reviews a test with students during an Advanced Placement U.S. History class at Hononegah High School in Rockton. A group of educators has been redesigning the framework of the AP U.S. History course for the last five years.

    Hononegah teacher to rewrite AP test

    All Advanced Placement courses end with a national standardized test. And, unlike the ACTs or SATs, high school students who do well on an AP test get college credit at most universities around the country. A small group of high school teachers and college professors are tasked with writing the tests that determine whether or not a student has mastered the material of a college-level course.


    Emanuel plans to extend Chicago Riverwalk

    The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Monday announced plans to complete the Chicago Riverwalk so that it will run continuously from the lakefront to the heart of downtown. The city hopes to make the walkway along the river's main branch into a recreational amenity.


    Probe into 1992 disappearance turned over to Wisconsin

    The investigation into the 1992 disappearance of a woman in the Town of Menasha has now been turned over to state experts. Town of Menasha Police Lt. Mike Krueger has spent countless hours and has generated enough reports to fill multiple file cabinets in his pursuit of what happened to Laurie Depies. She was 20 years old when she vanished from an apartment complex parking lot.


    State offices to be closed on Columbus Day holiday

    Gov. Pat Quinn will be among the participants marching in Chicago's Columbus Day Parade. The event is slated to start at 12:30 p.m. on Monday in Grant Park, which is along Chicago's lakefront. City officials say some downtown streets will be closed due to the parade.

    Thomas Perlmann of Karolinska Institute presents Sir John B. Gurdon of Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan as winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology, in Stockholm, Monday.

    Nobel prize in medicine to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

    British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells — a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments. Scientists want to harness that reprogramming to create replacement tissues for treating diseases like...

    People walk past one of the competition scarecrows on display on the Riverwalk Sunday at the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. This year the festival split into three locations, to mixed reviews.

    Dawn Patrol: Body found in Des Plaines fire; temps to climb

    Arrest made in the stabbing death of a Lake Villa Township man in Jacksonsville, Fla. Ex-Naperville police commander resigns in Edwardsville amid investigation. St. Charles' Scarecrow Fest draws tens of thousands to three sites. The Bears' defense pushes the offense.

    Has the cooperation train left the station for Metra, Pace and the CTA?

    Funding feud could lead to transit 'Armageddon,' RTA chief says

    There's hope the feud between the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace suburban bus division and Metra commuter rail over about $184.8 million in discretionary sales tax funds plus a $17 million surplus from 2011 will be resolved, but you never really know. ”Now you have a deal, but the next day — you may not have a deal,” said RTA Chairman John Gates.


    How much an Arlington Hts. parks tax hike would cost you

    The Arlington Heights Park District is clarifying its numbers about how a $39 million bond issue on the November ballot would affect property tax bills. And as in the referendum last spring, opponents are again questioning both the accuracy of the district's numbers and the rationale for its approach.

    U.S. Congressman Robert Dold addresses the audience about the 10th Congressional District election during the candidate forum Sunday at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Round Lake Area Public Library. To his right are Melinda Bush, candidate for the 31st state Senate seat, and Sam Yingling, who is running for the 62nd state House seat.

    Lake County candidates sound off at forum

    Lake County voters had the chance Sunday to hear candidates on the local, state and national level talk about issues at a forum sponsored by the Lake County League of Women Voters and the Round Lake Area Public Library at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.

    Gregory Arthur Weiler II, formerly of Elk Grove Village, was charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of Oklahoma's anti-terrorism law, after police say he plotted to bomb 48 churches.

    Weekend in Review: Elk Grove man accused in bomb plot

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Elk Grove Village man charged with planning to bomb Oklahoma churches; Golden Diners program gets a boost; Antioch man charged with woman's death; tough call coming on income tax rate; dog reunited with owner after five years; Afghan war in its 12th year; Syria, Turkey trade fire.

    Republican Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster are running for the 11th Congressional District seat.

    How Biggert, Foster differ on foreign policy

    Even as the focus of many voters remains on the economy and jobs, recent world events are turning eyes toward America’s role as the spearhead for democracy. The candidates for the 11th Congressional District have different views on American involvement overseas and how to respond to changing international markets and Arab Spring.


    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the fourth inning of Game 2 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 3-2.

    Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 to even ALDS at 1-all

    Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Monday night to even their AL division series at one game apiece.

    The emergence of starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was one of the highlights of the season, says Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper. Inconsistent hitting hurt, but team defense improved overall.

    Looking back on Cubs’ highlights and struggles

    In his final column of this baseball season for the Daily Herald, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper reviews the highlights and lowlights of the season, and offers his perspective on some postseason awards.

    Lovie Smith has the Bears at 4-1 heading into this weekend’s bye, but that’s certainly no reason to rush into talks concerning a contract extension for the coach.

    Bears start means call for Smith extension

    With the Bears off to a great start, it’s only a matter of time before the annual campaign begins for a new Lovie Smith contract.


    Glenbard South, Wheaton Academy and Neuqua Valley move on

    Glenbard South earned a third-place team finish to claim the final state qualifying spot from the Nazareth sectional at Links of Carillon Golf Club on Monday to earn a spot in this weekend’s Class 2A boys golf state championship tournament.Nazareth had the low team score at 318, followed by Illiana Christian at 322 and the Raiders right behind at 323.Freshman Russell Matos (74) and sophomore Michael Wittenberg (76) led the way for Glenbard South. Other scores came from Christopher Dufort (85), Rob Prioletti (88), Blake Ryan (91) and Eli Qahhar (92).Advancing as individuals from the area were St. Francis’ John Stolte (78) and Dan Mochel (81) and Montini’s Seth Maack (82). The overall medalist was St. Laurence’s Jordan Velez (73).Ÿ Wheaton Academy delivered the second-best team score in the Belvidere North sectional at Timber Pointe Golf Club on Monday to gain a berth in this weekend’s Class 2A state championship tournamentAt Timber Pointe, Ottawa was the team champion at 340, followed by Wheaton Academy (348) and Kaneland (352).Wheaton Academy counted scores from Grant Gosden (71), Daniel Gryfinski (79), Kenneth Mill (84) and Robert Teevens (85).Ÿ In Class 3A, Neuqua Valley advanced with second-place finish in the Pekin sectional at Lick Creek Golf Course.Leading the way for the Wildcats were Zach Burry (74), Cory Boots (76), Kolbe Rodemich (79) and Zach Kuhlman-Pfeiffer (83). Neuqua Valley shot 322, behind team champion Quincy (312) but better than third-place Edwardsville (327).Girls golfHinsdale Central earned the top state tournament team qualifying spot from Monday’s Class 2A Marian Catholic girls golf sectional.The Red Devils shot 316 for a big margin over runner-up Lincoln-Way East (342) and third place Lyons Township (344) at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor.Naperville North finished fourth in the team standings at 350 and did not advance as a team. Huskies junior Taylor Arenson tied for seventh with an 80 to earn an individual state berth.Hinsdale Central counted scores from Rosanna Lederhausen (75), Colleen Ahern (76), Cailee Beisswanger (81) and Jacqueline Bruns (84).The overall medalist was Frankfort’s Kelly Sterling (74). Area players qualifying to the state tournament were Hinsdale South Jessica Sachs (79) and Benet’s Katelyn Kline (79) and Ali Mahoney (80).


    Football / Top 20
    Glenbard West, Wheaton North and Batavia hold the top three spots in the Daily Herald's rankings of area teams through Week 7 of the high school football season.

    Prospect junior Noreen Caporusso, shown here earlier this season, had the low score at Monday’s Carmel sectional with a 74 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan.

    Caporusso, Prospect have winning answer

    After finishing her round and heading toward the clubhouse, Prospect junior Noreen Caporusso was surrounded by her teammates eagerly awaiting to hear her score. “I was really kind of nervous because they didn’t seem real excited,” Caporusso said. “In fact, some seemed kind of sad. They were asking, ‘What did you shoot? What did you shoot?!’ ” Caporusso gave the right answer. “When I said 74, they all cheered,” she said. That’s because they knew Caporusso’s score, tops in the field over runner-up Stephanie Miller of Stevenson (75), would carry them to the championship of the Class AA Carmel girls golf sectional on a windy Tuesday at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan. Defending Class AA state champ Prospect finished with a score of 329 ahead of New Trier (334) and Maine South (341). Those three teams will take their clubs to Friday’s state finals at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.


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


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


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


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


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


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    Unbeaten Glenbard West remains the No. 1 team in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings, while Benet and St. Francis come in at No. 2 and No. 3.


    Three ECC golfers make nationals

    The Elgin Community College men’s golf team will be sending three individuals to the NJCAA Division II national championship tournament next spring. South Elgin graduate Ryan Pondel, an ECC sophomore, shot a 54-hole total of 224 to tie for first place at the Region IV tournament, which was played at Prairie View in Byron over the weekend. Pondel lost a playoff for first place to Cory Bender of Black Hawk.


    Westminster, Elgin Academy send golfers to state

    Westminster Christian junior Conner Rejman and Elgin Academy senior Andrew Dykun will represent the Fox Valley area at this weekend’s Class 1A state boys golf finals after shooting qualifying rounds Monday at the Westminster Christian sectional, which was played at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.

    Andrew Dylo of South Elgin tees off during the St. Charles East boys varsity golf sectional at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago, Monday.

    Knoll shoots Naperville N. to state

    Beginning his inward nine on Monday afternoon at St. Andrews with back-to-back birdies, Raymond Knoll played an indifferent chip shot for his second at the par-3 13th hole.

    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Foster runs for 152 yards as Texans top Jets 23-17

    Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans stayed unbeaten by defeating the New York Jets for the first time in team history, hanging on for a 23-17 victory Monday night.


    St. Viator tops Bishop McNamara

    Megan Mueller put down 5 kills and Mary Cleary added 4 with 3 blocks as St. Viator came away with a 25-15, 25-11 matinee win in Kankakee over Bishop McNamara on Monday.The East Suburban Catholic League win improved the Lions overall record to 11-16.

    Ariana Furrie of St. Charles North hits from the 18th fairway during Monday’s Burlington Central sectional girls golf action at Randall Oaks in West Dundee.

    Neuqua Valley frosh Yuen snares sectional title

    Neuqua Valley freshman Jessica Yuen made the adjustments she had to make Monday during the Class 2A Burlington Central girls golf sectional at Randall Oaks in West Dundee. And by making those adjustments, Yuen came away as the individual sectional champion. The diminutive Wildcats’ rookie shot a 4-over par 75 on a windy and challenging day at the 5,030-yard course, then beat Rockford Boylan’s Melissa VanSistine on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for the first-place medal.

    Running back Matt Forte rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries in Sunday’s victory over the Jaguars. The Bears finished with 214 yards on the ground.

    Bears’ Marshall on target for team highs

    Brandon Marshall is on pace to establish Bears single-season records for receptions and yardage. “We target him a lot,” coach Lovie Smith said. “That’s why we brought him here, and he’s stepped up to the plate.”


    Hinsdale Central rolls at Marian sectional

    Hinsdale Central earned the top state tournament team qualifying spot from Monday’s Class 2A Marian Catholic girls golf sectional. The Red Devils shot 316 for a big margin over runner-up Lincoln-Way East (342) and third place Lyons Township (344) at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Naperville Central, Naperville North and Benet have the top spots in the most recent ranking of area boys soccer teams.

    Barrington’s Garrett Danelz drives at the 10th tee Monday at the Barrington sectional at Makray Memorial Golf Course.

    Barrington, Huntley’s Craig meet tough challenge at Makray Memorial

    Mother Nature took over the Makray Memorial Golf Club course at Monday’s Class 3A boys golf sectional tournament hosted by Barrington. The competitors played most of the day in the face of a cold, driving wind — one that Carmel junior Nick Tasch said “seemed to change direction on every hole.” And while many of the golfers merely survived, Barrington and Huntley senior Ryan Craig thrived. The host Broncos won the meet with a score of 314 to advance to this weekend’s state tournament, while Craig shot a stunningly good 1-under-par 70 while battling the elements to take medalist honors.


    Gibson new leader of Bulls’ ‘Bench Mob’

    One of the major questions when the Bulls take the court for the first time on Tuesday is the state of the bench. The group of reserves dubbed the “Bench Mob” was a vital part of the team’s success the past two seasons. But thanks mostly to some economic concerns, there has been heavy turnover.


    Maine West’s Kukec, Mustari make it downstate

    The boys golf season isn’t over year for Maine West’s Tom Kukec and Justin Mustari.The Warriors seniors were the top two individual state qualifiers from Monday’s Glenbrook South sectional at Winnetka Golf Club.Both shot 79 to earn a spot in this weekend’s state tournament.The overall medalist was New Trier sophomore Jack Junge (73).Glenbrook North also got a 73, from junior Jack Hardy, to win the team competition with a 302. New Trier was second at 306, and Loyola (308) earned the final state team berth.


    Coaches call humbug on rough regional draw

    It’s safe to say the IHSA won’t receive any Christmas cards with a Naperville postmark on it this year. In a stunning 11th-hour development last week, area powers Benet, Naperville Central and Naperville North discovered that they had been placed in the same volleyball regional. Seeding for the upcoming playoffs was completed last week. Based on records and strength of schedule, it was assumed that Benet and the Napervilles would get three of the top four seeds at the 4A Neuqua Valley sectional. Now only one team will get out of a regional. Talk about a lump of coal. “If you deserve the No. 1 and No. 2 seed it doesn’t seem right to stick teams in the same regional,” Benet coach Brad Baker said. “It’s hard to understand what the IHSA is thinking and it seems to change on a yearly basis.”

    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs runs back an interception for a touchdown during Sunday’s victory at Jacksonville. The Bears have scored 5 touchdowns on interception returns during their three-game winning streak.

    Defensively offense the way Smith, Bears like it

    Bears coach Lovie Smith has stressed the importance of taxkeaways by his defense since the day he took over. But taking the ball is just part of the job; taking it back for a score is the final part of the task.

    Nazr Mohammed, here facing the Bulls’ Luol Deng, left, and Kirk Hinrich in 2005 as a member of the New York Knicks, is excited about the Bulls’ preseason opener Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Mohammed excited to finally be with Bulls

    Nazr Mohammed is 35 years old and a 14-year NBA veteran, but he won’t deny it – hearing his name introduced in the starting lineup at the United Center is going to be special. Mohammed may start Tuesday's preseason opener against Memphis because Joakim Noah is away from the team with a personal issue.

    Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond, top, slides home past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, bottom right, to score on a single by Jordan Zimmermann during the second inning of Game 2 of the National League division baseball series, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in St. Louis.

    Cardinals rout Nationals 12-4, tie NLDS 1-all

    Carlos Beltran hit the last two of St. Louis’ four homers and the Cardinals chased an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann early in a 12-4 rout of the Washington Nationals on Monday night that tied their NL division series at one game apiece

    Austin Datz of Waubonsie Valley tees off during the St. Charles East boys varsity golf sectional at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago, Monday, October 8, 2012.

    Images: St. Charles East boys golf sectional
    St. Charles East High School boys golf sectional Monday, October 8, 2012.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura walks back to the dugout during the final game of the season last week.

    Maybe Sox’ choice of Ventura wasn’t really so good

    As the Indians hire Terry Francona, a good question is whether the White Sox would have made the playoffs this season with an experienced manager.

    Trainers check Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after a hard tackle Sunday during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Landover, Md.

    Redskins say RG3 ‘looks good’ after concussion

    Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says “right now it looks good” that Robert Griffin III will be able to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Shanahan said Griffin was experiencing no dizziness, headaches or vomiting Monday, a day after the No. 2 overall draft pick suffered a concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

    In this Feb. 18, 2012 file picture Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, competes during a women’s World Cup downhill on the Sochi Olympics course, in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, Russia . The United States ski team says it hasn’t had any “formal discussion” yet about the possibility of Lindsey Vonn entering a men’s World Cup downhill next month. Vonn, the women’s Olympic downhill champion, has written the International Ski Federation to ask whether she can challenge the men on Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

    Will Lindsey Vonn race US men’s skiers?

    Lindsey Vonn wants to challenge the men's downhill skiers in a World Cup race next month, though her wish still needs the support of the United States team and Alpine skiing's governing body. The U.S. ski federation said Monday that it had not had a "formal discussion" about the possibility of its star racer challenging the men Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

    London Olympics champion Usain Bolt does a traditional challenge dance during the Breakers’ basketball team event at their training facility at Mairangi Bay in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Oct 8, 2012. The legendary Jamaican sprinter is making a short visit to New Zealand after holidaying in Australia.

    Bolt says he’ll defend titles at Rio Olympics

    Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event. During a promotional visit to New Zealand on Monday, the self-declared "living legend" said his plan for 2016 "is all about just going and defending my titles."

    Tsegaye Kebede, of Ethiopia, crosses the finish line to win the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

    Record-setting performance by Kebede

    Tsegaye Kebede needed no extra motivation for Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon. After getting passed over for selection to the Ethiopian Olympic team for the Summer Games in London despite a strong track record of top marathon finishes, Kebede sent a message with a record-breaking performance on a chilly Chicago morning (42 degrees at start time). Kebede shattered the course record by nearly a minute, finishing the 26.2 miles in 2:04:38. The previous record (2:05:37) was set last year by Moses Mosop who opted to run the New York City Marathon this fall.It was a good day for Ethiopia on the women's side as well as Atsede Baysa finished first to complete the sweep for the East African nation.


    Mike North video: Time for Replacement Umps?

    The call by Sam Holbrook, the outfield umpire for the Atlanta Braves, St Louis Cardinal game, should have been made by the infield umpire. Mike North can't believe the call was upheld and is disappointed Chipper Jones' career had to end with a bogus call in his very last game.


    Saints earn first win of season

    NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees’ latest assault on a prestigious NFL passing record lifted the embattled New Orleans Saints to their first victory of the season.Brees broke a half-century-old record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the Saints defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-24 on Sunday night. Brees’ 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.“First of all it’s a team record, not an individual record. So many people were responsible for this, coaches and people in the organization,” Brees said. “Certainly the man who held this record stands for everything great in this league. It couldn’t have happened in a better way.”Brees finished with four touchdown passes, including three to Marques Colston, giving the seventh-year receiver a franchise-record 52 TD catches with the Saints (1-4).At Brees’ request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis — all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation — to attend the game. They and Unitas’ son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards.“It gave us a good mojo for sure,” Brees said of Payton’s presence. “I love my coach, so glad he could be here. Mickey and Joe Vitt as well. It is special for our team, special they could be a part of this record.“We finally put together a great team effort for all four quarters. I can’t say enough for the guys in our locker room,” Brees said. “We have been through a lot together. Hopefully this will lead to more wins.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the one who suspended Saints personnel in the bounty matter but also granted Brees’ request for Payton, Vitt and Loomis to attend the game, chimed in on social media to offer his own congratulations. On his Twitter page, Goodell wrote: “Congrats to (at)drewbrees & his teammates on breaking Unitas’ record. Amazing accomplishment by great QB & leader. We’re proud of you, Drew.”Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns to former Saint Robert Meachem, but had two costly turnovers in the final quarter.The first was Roman Harper’s interception and 41-yard return on a pass tipped by fellow safety Malcolm Jenkins. That set up the Saints’ final score on Garrett Hartley’s 25-yard field goal. San Diego (3-2) still had a chance to tie in the final minute when defensive end Martez Wilson stripped Rivers and recovered the fumble to seal the victory.After his record-setting completion, Brees galloped to the end zone to hug Henderson. The rest of New Orleans’ offense pursued and swarmed around Brees in celebration while the jubilant Superdome crowd roared and then howled an elongated, “Dreeeeeeew!”Brees took the game ball to the sideline where he continued to accept congratulations. The scoring pass capped an 80-yard drive in which Brees completed all three of his third-down passes, including the touchdown connection with Henderson.Colston finished with nine catches for 131 yards, while Henderson had eight catches for 123 yards.Colston’s second TD late in the third quarter eclipsed a franchise mark set by Joe Horn in 2006 and pulled the Saints back within a field goal shortly after the Chargers appeared to have gone ahead 31-14 on Demorrio Williams’ interception return for a touchdown. Williams’ TD was nullified, however, by Melvin Ingram’s late hit on Brees’ chin, which drew a roughing-the-passer flag and extended what wound up to be an 87-yard scoring drive.Vitt is expected to take over the coaching staff when his six-game suspension ends. Loomis was docked eight games. As the Saints headed into their bye week, the desperately needed win offered hope, however faint, of making a playoff run when Vitt and Loomis are back.


    Arroyo’s gem puts Reds up 2-0 in NLDS

    SAN FRANCISCO — Bronson Arroyo pitched the Reds back to Ohio on quite a playoff roll.Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and Cincinnati beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 NL division series lead. A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ryan Ludwick homered leading off the second inning for his first career playoff clout and Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a later RBI single. Jay Bruce added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits.Former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker came into his old stomping grounds by the bay and left with two commanding victories 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title before falling short.The Giants were handed their handed their worst playoff shutout in franchise history.Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Homer Bailey (13-10), who pitched a no-hitter Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh, takes the mound as the Reds try to close out the series against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (14-9). The Reds won their first playoff game in 17 years by taking Game 1 without their ace Saturday night, and now they’re going back home looking for their own sweep after the Phillies eliminated them in a frustrating three-game first round two years ago.The Reds will try for their first postseason sweep since beating the Dodgers in the first round in 1995. Cincinnati got swept in the NL championship series that year by Atlanta to start what became a seven-game postseason losing streak before Saturday’s win.The shaggy-haired Arroyo, the right-hander with that high leg kick slightly resembling the familiar motion of Giants Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, went untouched before Brandon Belt’s two-out single to the gap in right-center with two out in the fifth. San Francisco didn’t get another hit until Pablo Sandoval lined a double off the right-field arcade with two outs in the ninth.The 35-year-old Arroyo worked ahead and had four straight strikeouts during one stretch to baffle the Giants. Arroyo’s seven innings marked his longest postseason outing in five starts and 13 appearances — and he couldn’t have picked a better moment to do it.Cueto threw all of eight pitches in Saturday’s 5-2 win before leaving with back spasms, and Mat Latos and a patchwork pitching staff handled the rest. Baker said he picked Arroyo for Game 2 here in part because the righty is susceptible to giving up home runs after he allowed 26 this year.Arroyo thoroughly outpitched Madison Bumgarner to beat the Giants for the first time since 2008. He had gone 0-2 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts since, getting two no-decisions facing San Francisco this season. And he took the hard-luck loss in Game 2 against the Phillies in 2010 as the victim of a blown save.Boy did he give the bullpen a break with this masterpiece. Cincinnati beat San Francisco’s two best pitchers on their home field. Matt Cain lost Game 1.Bumgarner had pitched a one-hitter June 28 against the Reds at home, but was nothing close to that dominant this time.The last time Baker managed in a playoff setup like this season — with the higher seed opening on the road for the first two games — he was on the other end. In 1997, while managing the favored Giants, San Francisco lost the first two games in Florida and the Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the NL division series at Candlestick Park en route to the World Series title.Baker has felt good about these Reds all along, even more so after recently watching from the hospital recovering from a mini-stroke when they clinched the NL Central.He is getting contributions from throughout his lineup and a ready-for-anything pitching staff.


    Yankees take ALDS opener in Baltimore

    BALTIMORE — CC Sabathia, Russell Martin and the New York Yankees crashed a party that was 15 years in the making.Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series.Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees take the edge off the Orioles’ first home playoff game since 1997. The husky left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season, but in this one he returned to form and improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 17-4.“Fastball command was good, worked off that,” Sabathia said. “Throwing the ball pretty good getting the corners. Tried to stay out there and make some pitches.”Sabathia is 6-1 with the Yankees in the postseason, 4-0 in the division series.With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Johnson into the left-field seats. It was the first of four straight hits off Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves. Raul Ibanez and Derek Jeter followed with singles, Ichiro Suzuki drove in a run with a swinging bunt and one out later, Robinson Cano hit a two-run double.In his seven prior appearances against New York, Johnson allowed one run in seven innings and had three saves. Nick Swisher capped the five-run ninth with a sacrifice fly off Tommy Hunter.“It’s tough. It’s just tough going, period,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Jimmy has been great for us all year and will be again. Tonight just wasn’t his night.” Game 2 will be played Monday night.The start of the game was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 26 minutes, and that did nothing to lessen the enthusiasm of the 47,841 fans who endured 14 straight losing season while waiting for the Orioles to play a postseason game at Camden Yards.For eight innings, the sellout crowd was treated to tense duel that typified the competition between two division foes that split 18 games during the regular season and finished two games apart in the standings.Baltimore left seven on base and went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position.“We stayed in as long as we could,” Orioles right fielder Chris Davis said. “We’re finding out what playoff baseball is all about. You’ve got to capitalize on every opportunity that you give yourself and we weren’t able to do that.”Then again, it’s tough to mount a sustained rally against someone as polished and dominant as Sabathia.“He just kind of wore us down,” Davis said. “You have to tip your hat to him. He held us to two runs and gave them a chance to win in the end.”Orioles starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs, four hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander underwent knee surgery in July and returned to pitch two games in September before his right knee began to bother him again. After working his way back into form, Hammel donned a knee brace and gave Baltimore a solid 112-pitch outing in his first start in nearly a month.New York missed an excellent chance to take the lead in the seventh. After Troy Patton walked Martin and Ibanez, Darren O’Day entered and Jeter dropped down a perfect two-strike sacrifice bunt. With the infield drawn in, Suzuki hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Robert Andino, who threw home. Matt Wieters grabbed the ball on the short hop and tagged out Martin. O’Day then struck out Alex Rodriguez.Neither team got a runner in scoring position again until J.J. Hardy started the Baltimore eighth with a double. He did not advance.“Being able to get out of that with a tie and give us a chance to get up and score some runs, which we did, was just a big spot,” Sabathia said.

    Jay Cutler (6) runs from the pocket as he is pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith (95) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bears won 41-3.

    Bears’ Marshall roasts Jaguars to a crisp

    It was a triumphant return to the Sunshine State for Brandon Marshall, who spent the past two seasons in Miami with the Dolphins and played collegiately at Central Florida. “It was a hot one,” Marshall said of the oppressive humidity at EverBank Field. “When the sun went down it was great. I’ve lived here almost my whole (adult) life, and I’m still not used to it. I have Bear blood in me now.”


    American Airlines CEO Tom Horton talks to a reporter in New York, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. In September, American Airlines saw a 7.1 percent drop in domestic passengers and its on-time performance fell to 59 percent, below other big airlines. The drop is attributed to pilots who are writing up extra maintenance requests as part of an unsanctioned job action. If that wasn’t bad enough, seats on three separate flights came loose.

    American Airlines CEO acknowledges rough few weeks

    "The operational performance is improving," American Airlines CEO Tom Horton said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. "We'll get past this just like other airlines before us have." The airline, which has been in bankruptcy protection since November, saw its on-time performance drop to 59 percent in September, according to Flightstats.com.


    McDonald’s backs out of sixth Naperville location

    McDonald's announced bad news Monday for Naperville students looking to grab a quick breakfast before heading to Naperville Central High School or commuters seeking a coffee refill before jumping on the train. Developers said the fast-food giant has pulled the plug on plans for a highly scrutinized restaurant originally targeted for the city's downtown.

    Ray Horn, vice chairman of the Schaumburg Business Association, and his wife, Barbara, enjoy the gala.

    Schaumburg Business Association toasts business leaders

    The 2012 Toast of Schaumburg was really a toast to the people who make up Schaumburg's thriving business community. Several of them were honored Saturday night, but everybody had a good time at the annual event, hosted by the Schaumburg Business Association at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.


    Navistar adds 2 with Icahn ties to its board

    Heading off a proxy war, heavy truck and engine company Navistar, based in Lisle, is adding a colleague of activist investor Carl Icahn and a former protege of his to its board. Shares of Navistar added $1.66, or 7.8 percent, to $22.87 in afternoon trading. Over the past year, the stock has traded in a range of $19.79 to $48.18. Navistar International Corp. said Monday that Mark Rachesky and Vincent Intrieri are now board members. Intrieri works for Icahn Capital LP. Rachesky runs MHR Fund Management LLC, a hedge fund that increased its stake in Navistar over the summer. Icahn Capital and MHR each own a nearly 15 percent stake in Navistar. The Lisle company will add one more new director, to be approved by both Icahn and Rachesky, to its board.Rachesky and Intrieri replace Eugenio Clariond and Steven Klinger, who have agreed to retire from the board. Clariond, retired CEO of steel producer IMSA S.A., was a director since 2002. Klinger, the former president and chief operating officer of packaging company Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., was a director since 2008. The third new director will replace an as-yet unnamed board member.As part of the agreement to appoint Rachesky, Intrieri and the third director, Navistar said Icahn and Rachesky have agreed that they won’t force a proxy fight at its 2013 annual shareholders meeting, and that they will support the board’s nominees.Analyst Stephen Volkmann of Jefferies & Co. said the activist investors now have a significant, but not controlling, position on Navistar’s board.“We believe it was highly likely that activists would have prevailed in a proxy fight, so the fact that these shareholders would now forgo the opportunity to control the company suggests they have concluded the current management plan may be an easier path to value,” he wrote in a client note.The analyst maintained a “Buy” rating and $45 price target.Icahn has pressured Navistar to make changes. Last month he told the company that it should give shareholders more of a say in the decision-making process and allows them to appoint at least four board members.Navistar has struggled this year amid uncertainty about whether its Class 8 engine, used in the largest commercial trucks, would get Environmental Protection Agency approval. The company said in July that it was in talks with the EPA on a plan that would allow it to continue shipping trucks while it makes a transition to a new emission-reducing technology that will bring it into compliance with EPA requirements. The new technology is expected to be available beginning early next year. Navistar said then that the new plan would add to product development costs. In the meantime, the company is working to cut other costs, is trimming its workforce and is considering putting some of its businesses up for sale. The stock has lost about 40 percent of its value in 2012.


    Dish, Gannett reach agreement over TV fees

    McLEAN, Va. — Dish and Gannett said Monday that they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett.The companies didn’t give further details in announcing their long-term agreement. The old deal had expired early Monday.Dish Network Corp. had claimed that Gannett Co. was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. Gannett has said it was seeking a fair deal in line with market rates.The two sides also fought over Dish’s new digital video recorder, the Hopper, which allows customers to automatically skip commercials from the previous night’s prime-time broadcasts. After consumers switch on the service, their playback of recorded programming from the four network broadcasters excludes the advertisements that were recorded. The ad-skipping doesn’t work for live television. Dish has its headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Gannett, which is based in McLean, Va., owns such stations as KUSA-TV in Denver, WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WUSA-TV in Washington.Gannett’s stock fell 21 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $18.20 in afternoon trading Monday. Dish’s stock fell 11 cents to $32.01.


    Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines

    SEATTLE — The computers Alaska Airlines uses to check in passengers stopped working at 7:40 a.m. Monday, causing long lines of frustrated passengers who were unable to board flights that were delayed.Technicians worked to fix the problem, but the company could not say how long it would last. Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden said there might be a partial solution by noon Pacific time and a full resolution by 5 p.m.“We’re doing everything we can to get back on track,” Tilden said at Sea-Tac Airport during an unrelated announcement with Delta Air Lines about a new route.The problem was system wide for the airline, a major West Coast carrier.It could only apologize and ask for patience, said spokeswoman Bobbie Egan. An announcement in the Sea-Tac terminal said the airline would check passengers manually. Another announcement said passengers could re-book at no charge.On its website, Alaska said if passengers missed flights they’d try to get them on the next available one and would also try to book people on other airlines if that was necessary.The Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is the seventh-largest U.S. airline based on passenger traffic and is the dominant U.S. West Coast air carrier. It has an average of 436 flights a day at 64 destinations.Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, are owned by Alaska Air Group.

    In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, two American Express cards are shown in Surfside, Fla.Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express announced Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, that they are are rolling out a prepaid card that they say offers unique services designed to help customer manage and control their everyday finances. The two companies said Monday that Bluebird, which began during a pilot program late last year, will have no minimum balance and no monthly, annual or overdraft fees.

    Wal-Mart, Amex team up for new card

    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express are rolling out a prepaid card that they say offers unique services designed to help customer manage and control their everyday finances.The two companies said Monday that Bluebird, which began during a pilot program late last year, will have no minimum balance and no monthly, annual or overdraft fees. They say that the only fees that will be associated with the card will be transparent and within the user’s control, such as out of network ATM withdrawals by consumers who don’t use direct deposit.Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express Co. say the card is an alternative to debit and checking accounts and will include such features as the ability to deposit a check to one’s Bluebird account by simply taking a picture with a smart phone. It will also offer the same fraud protections in an event the card is stolen or lost as other standard cards. The companies say Bluebird was built on feedback from consumers who said they were bothered by rising fees related to checking accounts and debit services. “We are recreating and reimagining what checking and banking services might look like in the 21st century,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express in an interview with The Associated Press. He said the partnership with Wal-Mart aims to set up a “moral equivalent of a bank branch at retail.”The move comes as American Express is looking for new ways to expand its customer base beyond its traditional wealthy clientele. For Wal-Mart, the Bluebird service is the latest financial product offering to be pushed by the world’s largest retailer, but it’s also the most comprehensive. Prepaid cards are a fast-growing segment of the payments industry. While the cards are aimed mainly at people who don’t have bank accounts or whose credit ratings are damaged, they also are becoming popular with consumers seeking to avoid surprise bank fees and keep from accumulating credit card balances. But prepaid cards are typically not linked to a checking account. Monday’s announcement shows how the financial service landscape is changing in light of the rising popularity of smart phones and other technological advances, and evolving needs of consumers, who want on-the-go financial services. “Our customers tell us that they’re tired of navigating a complex maze of do’s and don’ts to avoid the ever growing list of fees found on checking products,” Daniel Eckert, vice president of financial services for Walmart U.S., said in a statement. Wal-Mart is not new to the prepaid card segment, as it already offers prepaid cards from Green Dot Corp. During a call with reporters, Eckert said that Walmart has no plans to end its relationship with Green Dot in light of its new partnership with American Express. The discounter has a contract with Green Dot that expires in 2015. He says Wal-Mart is just broadening its assortment of financial services to serve more customers.The Bluebird cards can be used at a variety of locations that accept American Express. Users can deposit funds onto the card via direct deposit, with cash at any Walmart register, or by linking a checking, savings or debit card to the account. Another key feature: the user can set up sub-accounts for family members or others giving them access to certain funds, instead of the entire account. So parents could set up such accounts using Bluebird for their children in college. Wal-Mart and American Express said that more features will be added to Bluebird in the first quarter of 2013. These features will include more options to deposit money and check-writing capabilities.Bluebird will be available next week at www.bluebird.com and in more than 4,000 Walmart stores. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., is the world’s biggest retailer. Its stock added a penny to $75.14 in midday trading Monday. Shares of American Express, which is based in New York, gained 4 cents to $58.60.


    California gas prices hit all-time high

    LOS ANGELES — The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose to an all-time high Monday, the third record-setting day in a row that is prompting calls for a federal investigation into the price spike. The average price in the state hit $4.668, according to AAA. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate, saying residents need to be protected from “malicious trading schemes.”Spokesmen for the FTC in Washington didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment. Feinstein in her letter Sunday asked the FTC to determine if the price spike was caused by illegal manipulation of the market and to start monitoring the market for fraud, manipulation, or other malicious trading practices.“Publically available data appears to confirm that market fundamentals are not to blame for rising gas prices in California,” she wrote.Despite a pipeline and refinery shutdown, she said, state data shows gas production last week was “almost as high as a year ago, and stockpiles of gasoline and blending components combined were equal to this time last year,” she said.In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.A station in Long Beach south of Los Angeles had California’s priciest gas at $6.65 for a gallon of regular, according to GasBuddy.com. Meanwhile, customers at an outlet in San Pablo north of Oakland paid just $3.49, the lowest.The dramatic surge came after a power outage at a Southern California refinery that reduced supply in an already fragile and volatile market, analysts said. The refinery came back online Friday.Prices were expected to stabilize in the coming days. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, predicted the average price could peak as high as $4.85 before coming back down.Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday ordered state smog regulators to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to bring down prices.Winter-blend gas typically isn’t sold until after Oct. 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers.

    This undated image provided by Coca-Cola shows a new soda vending machine the company announced Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, that they plan to roll out. The new vending machines are a response to the intensifying criticism over sugary sodas and will let customers see the calorie counts on selection buttons, and will urge consumers to choose less sugary alternatives with messages such as “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage.”

    Vending machines to show sodas’ calories

    NEW YORK — As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips.The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink. The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before appearing nationally.The move comes ahead of a new regulation that would require restaurant chains and vending machines to post calorie information as early as next year, although the timetable and specifics for complying with that requirement are still being worked out.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for example has proposed a less-stringent amendment that would allow vending machines to post the information on a poster on the side of the machine, notes Mike Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for food safety and nutrition.The industry’s announcement Monday shows posting calories right on machines is perfectly feasible, he said.“This would be an important step forward,” Jacobson said. “Currently, people don’t think about calories when they go up to a vending machine. Having the calories right on the button will help them make choices.”The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., said the machines will increase the availability of lower-calorie drinks and remind customers to consider alternatives with messages such as “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage.”“We have market research that says consumers really like this — they like choice, they like the ability to make choices,” said Susan Neely, president of the American Beverage Association. But she said the group has not done any research on whether providing such information impacts the choices people actually end up making. Notably, the ABA has aggressively fought New York City’s ban on the sale of large sugary drinks, as well as measures in other municipalities that would tax sodas.A mock-up of the new machine provided by Coca-Cola showed 20-ounce bottles of its flagship drink and Sprite inside vending machines, with small labels on the glass stating “240 calories.” The move comes as the soda industry has come under increasing fire for fueling rising obesity rates. Last month, New York City approved a first-in-the-nation plan to prohibit the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in the city’s restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums. The beverage industry aggressively fought the measure, saying it takes away customer choice.This November, voters in Richmond, Calif. will also decide whether to approve a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.Soft drink makers are also dealing with shifting consumer habits. Soda consumption per person has been declining in the U.S. since 1998, according to the Beverage Digest. The decline is partly the result of the growing number of drink options, such as flavored waters, bottled teas and sports drinks.As a result, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are focusing on developing more diet drinks, as well as expanding into other types of drinks to reduce their reliance on sodas. Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, notes that it already provides calorie information on the front of its drinks rather than just on the nutrition panel on the back.The decision to post calorie information follows the Supreme Court’s decision this summer to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which includes a regulation that would require restaurant chains and with more than 20 locations and vending machines to post calorie information. Last month, McDonald’s Corp. began posting calorie information on its menus nationwide.


    Oil falls after strong warning from World Bank

    A strong warning from the World Bank that growth in Asia may slow further dragged down the price of oil Monday. The World Bank signaled the possibility of a "more pronounced slowdown" in China, the world's second largest economy after the United States. It also cut its growth forecast for Asia. Red-hot growth in emerging markets like China and India helped boost oil consumption coming out of the global recession.

    General Motors said Monday it will hire as many as 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich. GM is shifting computer work into the company from outside firms and plans to open four new technology centers in the U.S.

    GM hiring 1,500 for computer center near Detroit

    General Motors plans to hire up to 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center outside Detroit. It is part of a move to bring 90 percent of information technology in-house, which GM believes will make the company more nimble and efficient. The carmaker plans to hire 10,000 people at four new technology centers in the next three to five years.


    The Tampa Tribune sold to private equity firm

    A private equity investment group has bought The Tampa Tribune newspaper from Media General Inc. for $9.5 million, the newspaper reported Monday. The Tribune's longtime corporate owner, Virginia-based Media General Inc., is transferring ownership of the Tribune, its affiliated newspapers and TBO.com to the Los Angeles-based Revolution Capital Group. The investment group has formed a locally owned company, The Tampa Media Group, to run the paper.

    The Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca has been getting more corporate bookings during the week and sports, religious and fraternal organizations on the weekends.

    Election slows business in hospitality industry

    The presidential elections are having an impact on the suburban hospitality industry, even months in advance of that historic day. Reservations have slowed for travel and bookings, and events are being made closer to their dates. But it's like that every four years, experts said, and this political season is no different as business leaders mull upcoming political changes and economic uncertainty.

    Workers count the small currency notes from bus fares at the accounting center of a bus company in Rizhao city in east China’s Shandong province.

    Asia stocks down as global growth woes intensify

    Asian stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent to 20,872.04. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.7 percent to 1,980.71 and Australia's S&P/ASX200 lost 0.3 percent to 4,480.10. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China also fell. New Zealand's rose. Markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.

    A fall seasonal display sits on a hay bale at the Schaefers family corn maze near Mayflower, Ark. Devastating spring freezes and this year’s historic drought have taken some of the charm out of rustic fall destinations, leaving some corn mazes too short for labyrinth duty, orchards virtually devoid of U-pick apples and fall colors muted.

    Freeze, drought take bite out of fall tourism

    Devastating spring freezes and a historic drought have stripped some charm from rustic fall destinations, leaving some corn too short to create mazes, orchards virtually devoid of apples and fall colors muted.Extreme weather has forced agritourism ventures in the heart of the country to scramble to hold onto their share of an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

    YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain’s BBC, London-based FreemantleMedia, Netherland’s Endemol, and dozens of others.

    YouTube takes original programming venture abroad

    YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain's BBC, London-based FreemantleMedia, Netherland's Endemol, and dozens of others. The Google Inc.-owned video site said Monday it is launching more than 60 new video channels with content from Britain, Germany, France, and the United States.

    Charles Ding, Huawei Technologies Ltd’s senior vice president for the U.S., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee as lawmakers probe whether Chinese tech giants’ expansion in the U.S. market pose a threat to national security.

    U.S. panel: China tech giants pose security threat

    American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be issued Monday.The panel says U.S. regulators should block mergers and acquisitions in this country by Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp, among the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear and mobile phones.

    As the economy continues to improve, so does the suburban hospitality industry, experts say. Schaumburg-based Total Event Resources organized a Grill Off Competition/Experiential Engagement held at Lake Forest Academy.

    Suburban event planners see more business

    Whether it was with the Ryder Cup or upcoming Fashion, Jewelry and Accessories Convention, the Franchise & Business Expo or various corporate meetings, hospitality officials have seen increasing demand for area hotels for the first time in several years and that's expected to continue. “We are doing more events within an event," said Kathy Miller, CEO of Total Event Resources.


    Manufacturer’s advisory board could be your blueprint

    Thinking about an advisory board? Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the one at Simmons Engineering Corp., a privately held, Wheeling-headquartered manufacturer of cutting blades.

    Patty Donahue, owner of Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes Inc. in Geneva.

    Image, awards business grows in Geneva
    A Geneva entrepreneur had no experience in engraving when she started her business about eight years ago. She now provides trophies, corporate awards, office signage and personalized gifts of all kinds, including a very large variety of photo gifts.

    Ida Butler

    Lincolnshire executive takes life’s changes in stride

    Kukec People features Ida Butler, the new executive director at the Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, who has given up TV, a landline phone and Internet service at home and is all the better for it.

Life & Entertainment

    Sandman eyes his target in DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians.” The film, releasing by Paramount Pictures, centers on a carefree Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) joining an Avengers-style team of mythical figures who work together to protect the world’s children with their assortment of powers and gadgets.

    Dreaming up Sandman for ‘Rise of the Guardians’

    Within the dimly lit halls of DreamWorks Animation is a group of designers, animators and special effects gurus who have spent the past four years bringing life to the Sandman featured in the 3-D computer-generated fantasy tale "Rise of the Guardians," based on William Joyce's charming book series, "The Guardians of Childhood." The bubbly Buddha-like appearance of the film's Sandman, is remarkably faithful to Joyce's illustrations. Yet creating a three-dimensional, wispy-haired Sandman with oh-so-magical powers provided several technical challenges that many of DreamWorks' animation pros had never tackled.

    Actress Katie Leclerc stars as a deaf teen on the ABC Family drama, “Switched at Birth.”

    Role as deaf teen gives Katie Leclerc's career a boost

    Playing a deaf teen on the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth" has put Katie Leclerc on Hollywood's radar. "I was acting for about 10 years before I got 'Switched,'" the 25-year-old actress said in a recent interview. "It was all minor things, nothing of note. And when I went into the audition for 'Switched,' I was aware of the potential and that this is something that could really launch me."


    Diabetes pill from 1958 shows promise as new cancer drug

    The next new treatment for breast, colon and prostate cancers, among others, may be a diabetes drug first approved in 1958. Metformin, the most commonly used medicine to lower blood- sugar, is the subject of about 50 cancer studies globally, according to U.S. government clinical trial information

    High heat and mild spices make these carrots a kid-friendly side dish.

    High heat brings children and vegetables together

    For two weeks this summer Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch made it his mission to improve his 8-year-old son's tolerance of vegetables. He called it "veggie boot camp." His son called it torture. The approach was simple. Every lunch and dinner he prepared at least three vegetables. Of those, his son needed to select and consume two of them.

    American soprano Christine Goerke stars in the title role of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of “Elektra,” which opens the Lyric’s 2012-13 season.

    Lyric’s ‘Elektra’ opens season in rip-roaring fashion

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its 2012-13 season in rip-roaring fashion with a new production of "Elektra." What's more, American soprano Christine Goerke made a towering vocal and dramatic house debut in the title role. Working together in stunning alignment, the Lyric's musical and dramatic forces combined so that its "Elektra" delivers a sucker punch of dramatic sound and fury.

    Roasting sweetens cherry tomatoes and makes a kid-friendly side dish or pasta topping.

    Roasted Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
    Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

    Roasted broccoli gets sprinkling of lemon zest and Parmesan before hitting the table.

    Kid-Approved Roasted Broccoli
    Kid-friendly Roasted Broccoli

    High heat and mild spices make these carrots a kid-friendly side dish.

    Butter-Cumin Carrots
    Butter-Cumin Carrots

    Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are separating after 30 years of marriage.

    Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman split after 30 years

    Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are breaking up. A spokesman for DeVito says the couple is separating after 30 years of marriage. Publicist Stan Rosenfield offered no other details.

    Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), Nora (Daniella Alonso) and Albert (Paras Patel) star in “Revolution,” the series by J.J. Abrams that tells of a world 15 years after the world inexplicably suffers a power outage.

    A new ‘Revolution’ from sci-fi mogul J.J. Abrams

    "There is an inherent evil to the wondrous technology that we embrace blindly," says J.J. Abrams. It's a loaded observation that seems simultaneously quizzical, thrilled and circumspect. And it hints at the world view of Abrams, the alliteratively initialed writer-director-producer whose latest series, "Revolution," airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC. "Revolution" tells of a world 15 years after the world inexplicably suffers a power outage. Every electronic gadget, light source, communications means and conveyance is the victim of a seemingly permanent blackout. The upshot? For Abrams, it's "an epic romantic family quest."

    1959 Austin Healey Model 100-6

    Grounded 1959 Austin Healey flies again

    Old barns have long proved to be a reliable location for auto enthusiasts looking to find their next project. However, Tom Soerens of St. Charles did not find his 1959 Austin Healey Model 100-6 in a barn, but rather stored in a hangar. “In aviation terms, a hangar queen is an aircraft that spends its life in a hangar and never flies, or one that requires a lot of maintenance,” he said. “After 28 years in a hangar, this Healey seemed to fit both definitions.”

    Trisha Yearwood is accompanied by her husband, Garth Brooks, as she sings “Wind Beneath My Wings,” a song written by Larry Henley, as Henley was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday.

    Brooks, Yearwood hail Songwriters Hall inductees

    Kim Williams hesitated only slightly when asked who he thinks has been the best interpreter of his songs before the start of the Nasvhille Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "That's tough, but I'd say it would have to be Garth Brooks because I wrote them with him," Williams said. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, were on hand to help celebrate this year's inductees — Williams, Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Larry Henley.


    Opioid addiction can be overcome through medication

    Oxycodone is among the most powerful painkillers available. However, opioids are notorious for producing withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to quit. Medications for opioid addiction can help prevent or ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.

    Edward Woodward gets his laptop and books ready for classes. He hopes to become a doctor and work with brain-injured patients.

    New hope for veteran following stroke

    Back in 2006, Ed Woodward was living his dream, training to be an Air Force fighter pilot. A half-dozen years later, he's living another dream: aspiring doctor with plans of serving veterans like himself who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Last month, the University of South Florida in Tampa dedicated its new Veterans Achievement Center, a 3,000-square-foot space where students with unique perspectives and challenges can meet and study.

    Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste is part of holistic dental care, but flossing isn’t.

    Your health: Chew over dental care

    Holistic dental health is one approach to caring for your teeth. Holistic dentists treat all the usual problems, but they also look at inflamed gums and infected teeth as part of broader health problems, and they prescribe healthful diet, sleep and exercise alongside mercury-free fillings. Also, learn about resuming sex after health problems or surgery.

    Liam Neeson’s “Taken 2’ dominated weekend box office numbers — despite critics panning it.

    Neeson takes weekend with $50 million

    Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. "Taken 2" led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That's double the haul for Neeson's "Taken," which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in early 2009. In "Taken 2," Neeson returns to take on a gang of thugs out for revenge against him and his family.

    Tyler Rogers, from left, David Grimsman, Jason Eggett and Jourdan Strain enjoy a light moment tossing balls to relieve stress. BrainStorm strives to keep a lively, and inspiring office atmosphere, and sometimes that includes random events like dodgeball, dance-offs, crab walk races and more.

    Companies promoting fitness, proper diet with workers

    At BrainStorm Inc., people manage stress with impromptu dance contests, foosball games and dodge-ball matches. The company hasn't done a productivity study or a cost-benefit analysis to prove that such office diversions help the bottom line. But productivity is high, turnover is low and health insurance for employees is cheaper than the norm.


    Kids eating as much salt as adults, study finds

    American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.


    Child mortality down 41% since 1990

    Child mortality worldwide has fallen 41 percent since 1990, the result of myriad improvements in nutrition, access to vaccines and antibiotics, cleaner deliveries, better care of infants immediately after birth and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. "The story is one of significant progress and unfinished business as well," said Geeta Rao Gupta, deputy executive director of UNICEF. "On average, around 19,000 children still die every day from largely preventable causes."

    A hot summer and drought have helped to create a miserable allergy season.

    Allergy miseries reach unusually high levels

    Allergists are seeing illnesses earlier in the season after the third warmest summer on record in the Lower 48. Several studies have shown that the allergy season has grown longer because of global warming. At the end of this summer, allergists say they expect to have data to prove it is having a severe impact on the public.

    Researchers are finding more ways how nine months of pregnancy can have a lasting impact on the health of the mother and child.

    Pregnancy leaves lasting impact on mom, child

    Rewarding though pregnancy may be, any mom can attest that carrying a baby into the world can take a toll on the body. And researchers just keep adding to the list of ways that nine months of companionship can leave a lasting health impact on mother and child.

    A country superstar (Connie Britton) struggles to stay on top in ABC’s “Nashville” premiering Wednesday, Oct. 10.

    ABC’s ‘Nashville’ aims to strike a chord with viewers

    The new TV show "Nashville," a drama about the unique and cutthroat culture of Music City, is infused with a gripping authenticity that can only come from people with intense passion for the music world. As a result, "Nashville" is poised as a breakout hit among this year's new fall shows.

    Julia Jacobson, 4, of Riverwoods hits the ball during the Midtown Athletic Club's Tennis Explorers class in Bannockburn. The program blends physical activities, tennis skills and storytelling in an on-court environment.

    Tennis Explorers serves up fun, enrichment for 3- and 4-year-olds

    Midtown Athletic Club launches a tennis program for kids ages 3 and 4 on Sept. 4. Tennis Explorers, the first program of its kind, blends physical activities, tennis skills and storytelling in an on-court enviroment. “This is more about overall education using tennis as a medium,” said Anish Manrai, director of tennis at Midtown in Palatine. “Everything is packaged in a very creative and imaginative approach to the sport.”



    Endorsement: Hultgren over Anderson in 14th Congressional District
    Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Republican from Winfield, wins the Daily Herald's endorsement over Dennis Anderson for re-election to Congress in the newly formed 14th District.


    Endorsement: Duckworth over Walsh in 8th Congressional District
    Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, wins the Daily Herald's endorsement over Rep. Joe Walsh for election to Congress in the newly formed 8th District.


    Endorsement: Theis over Riley for Illinois Supreme Court justice
    The Daily Herald endorses Mary Jane Theis for Illinois Supreme Court justice over Judge James G. Riley. If elected, she would continue in the seat she has held since her appointment two years ago to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Fitzgerald.


    KO’d in Denver

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Likability is now moot. And likability, it turns out, isn't about a winning smile or a cross-court shot. It's about competence. Romney may not be able to perform the miracles he promises. Most presidents, once in office, discover that doing is harder than saying. But Wednesday night he conveyed a depth of knowledge as well as a level of confidence that is infectious.


    The curse of incumbency

    Columnist Susan Estrich: After the debate, Romney supporters: Don't pick out those White House curtains yet. Obama supporters: Don't give up on your man.


    Don’t let U.N. make rules on kids’ care
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The U.S. Senate is likely to soon vote on ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I have contacted Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk to urge them to vote against the ratification of this treaty


    Meat-free meals not hard to find
    A Chicago letter to the editor: I found it interesting that Tony LaRussa is also a longtime vegetarian, though it's not surprising — a growing number of Americans in the athletics world are turning to vegetarianism as a way to better their health, protect the planet and help animals.


    Keep power lines to yourselves, Illinois
    A New Mexico letter to the editor: Why don't you generate your own darn electricity? Those of us in the Southwest didn't move here to see mile after mile of transmission lines, or to see the vast open areas paved with solar panels!


    Outrageous loophole in tax policy
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Mitt Romney has expressed contempt for the 47 percent who pay no income taxes. But you have to wonder how many of the other 53 percent would be offended if they understood that he is making millions of dollars of what is effectively compensation, but paying tax at a much lower rate than many typical workers.


    Vaccines easier than ever to get
    A letter to the editor: We would like to remind parents that whooping cough and seasonal flu vaccinations are now available at community pharmacies throughout the state, for anyone age 10 or older, thanks to a new law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.


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