Daily Archive : Tuesday October 16, 2012



    McHenry County vote could appoint a ‘czar’
    In less than three weeks, McHenry County voters will choose whether they want a county executive form of government, a decision that will have long-term ramifications and which — depending on whom you listen to — could represent either a grave mistake or positive change. If voters approve the change, they'll elect a county executive, beginning with the 2014 primary.

    Matt Murphy, left, and David Page

    Candidates for state senate and representative speak in Arlington Hts.

    Issues such as election day voter registration and expanded gambling were addressed at a forum Saturday by two candidates seeking a state senate seat in the Northwest suburbs. They were among the politicians who participated in a three-hour candidate forum at the Arlington Heights village hall.


    Driver cited in fatal crash on I-90

    One driver has been cited in the multivehicle crash that killed a Long Grove man on I-90 near Arlington Heights Road on Tuesday morning, according to state police.

    Gayle Smolinski

    Roselle’s Smolinski to seek sixth mayoral term

    Roselle Village President Gayle Smolinski will seek a sixth term in the April election, saying she wants to finishing crafting a long-term plan for Roselle's fiscal stability. "We've been working on (a plan) every since the economic downturn and I think we've been doing a great job responsibly and slowly right-sizing village services," Smolinski said. "But there is still about a $200,000 gap...

    Mary Ozog

    Dist. 87 reluctant to pay to use Carol Stream pool

    As construction continues on a new 90,846-square-foot recreation center at the Town Center in Carol Stream, is it possible that some residents could be paying for it two times over? That's the question two members of the Glenbard High School District 87 board are asking in light of a proposal from the Carol Stream Park District that would give the school district use of the facility's new...


    Arlington Heights capital plan includes new police station

    A $40 million new police station for Arlington Heights was part of a five-year capital improvement plan that was unanimously approved by the village board on Monday. With other bonds maturing, the village could afford the new facility through bonds and would not have to go to referendum for funding, said Village President Arlene Mulder. "We will not raise the current debt. We got the message that...

    Moderator Candy Crowley, center, applauds as President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

    Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

    An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a "sketchy deal" to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion. Romney pushed back hard, saying the middle class "has been crushed over the last four years."

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

    Duckworth attempts to tie Walsh to SuperPAC; Walsh files FEC complaint against Duckworth

    Now or Never SuperPAC, which is working to re-elect Congressman Joe Walsh, received a majority of its funding from Americans for Limited Government, which Walsh co-founded in 1996. Meanwhile, Walsh attacked Duckworth for being several hours late in filing her complete third-quarter campaign finance report. He has subsequently filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.


    Hacking may cost Naperville more than $600,000

    Hackers who recently compromised the security of Naperville’s website, email and other online services not only put the city into an informational black hole, but also a financial black hole. City council members Tuesday approved spending as much as $673,000 to acquire network security hardware and software, computer servers, and associated services necessary to bring the city back online after...


    Bartlett begins discussion on 2012 property tax levy

    Bartlett's debt service levy is projected to increase significantly due to the issuance of road bonds earlier this year. The overall 2012 proposed property tax levy is expected to increase by about 6.3 percent, by around $595,000. The village board will discuss the levy again on November 6 and host a public hearing on the issue on November 20.

    Adam Moring

    Bail $1 million for accused in ex-Cary man’s slaying

    A Chicago man accused of beating a former Cary man to death with a baseball bat in Arizona needs $1 million to get out of jail in Maricopa County, officials confirmed Tuesday. At the same time, family members are in the midst of planning a funeral for Adam Moring, 29, whom police say was killed by his girlfriend’s ex-husband in Phoenix last week.

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday.

    Analysis: In blistering form, Obama rebounds

    Fighting for his political life, President Barack Obama re-emerged in blistering form in an interruption-filled debate rematch, trying to diminish Mitt Romney’s rising stature by accusing him of dishonesty and extremism.

    The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court’s first Fine Art and Written Word Extravaganza drew crowds to the county’s judicial center last year. Today, drug court participants will put on a play called “It’s a Drug Court Life.” The play, the third performed by graduates and the brainchild of Drug Court Supervisor Randy Reusch, is an example of how recovering addicts are using these creative outlets as part of the healing and rehabilitation process. “It’s really cool. The participants in the play, they absolutely love it,” said Carrie Thomas, Drug Court coordinator. “They enjoy being in the play and having that creative outlet and attention they may not have gotten in the past.”

    Kane drug court graduates break a leg — and addiction

    On Wednesday, Kane County's Drug Rehabilition Court will graduate 19 more people, bringing the total to 633 since the program began in 2000. The ceremony will include a play presented by graduates and current participants, who are taking an interest in being more creative as part of their recovery process.

    A member of the audience asks President Barack Obama a question during the second presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

    Fact check: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

    In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style debate, not all of the presidential candidates’ claims stood up to scrutiny Tuesday night.

    A debate booklet is held up after the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at Hofstra University Tuesday in Hempstead, N.Y.

    Gasps, applause: What you didn’t see on TV

    Most voters watching the debate from home didn’t get to see what happened before and after President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney went on stage Tuesday. Even then, some exchanges were lost on television. Here’s what those viewers missed.


    Elburn man among 9 charged in scheme at NIU

    An Elburn man is among nine current or former Northern Illinois University employees charged with using a secret bank account to funnel away thousands of dollars for themselves. DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell announced the charges Tuesday against the nine individuals as part of an ongoing “coffee fund” investigation at the DeKalb school.


    Algonquin OKs rentals for Riverside Plaza

    The Algonquin village board approved a plan to turn the Riverside Plaza downtown condo project into rentals, with the goal of reverting back to condos in 2018. Under the plan approved Tuesday, developer John Breugelmans has to begin construction to finish the interior of the building — which now sits as an empty shell at the corner of Routes 31 and 62 — within the next 12 months, or the plan will...

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Tuesday in Hempstead, N.Y.

    Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

    An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of favoring a “one-point plan” to help the rich in America and playing politics with the recent deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election.


    No injuries in fire at Schaumburg retirement community

    About 150 residents of Friendship Village in Schaumburg were displaced for a few hours late Tuesday afternoon after a small ceiling fire spread into an unoccupied apartment, authorities said. The fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. in the C building of the retirement community at 350 W. Schaumburg Road and likely started as a result of workers soldering air conditioning units, according to Capt.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y.

    Images: Second Presidential Debate
    Images from the second presidential debate. President Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participated in the town meeting style affair hosted at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, Hempstead, N.Y.


    Follow the presidential debate on Storify

    Twitter and social media were buzzing during the first debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. So tonight, the Daily Herald is going to gather the best tweets and social media posts during the debate on our Storify page. Click on the link above to visit the page and see what everyone is saying about the town-hall style debate.


    Naperville Dist. 203 approves final 2013-14 calendar

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials have been to the drawing board and back, and they believe they have finally found a school year calendar everyone can be happy with. Board members Monday unanimously approved the 2013-14 school-year calendar; classes will start on Aug. 21, 2013 and end on May 30, 2014. Seniors will graduate on May 27. The newly approved calendar achieves the goals of classes...

    Cody A. Searles

    Lake Zurich man gets 8 years for teen’s death

    A 21-year-old Lake Zurich man will spend seven years in prison for killing his best friend by providing him tainted heroin. Lake County Judge John Phillips sentenced Cody Searles to eight years in prison Tuesday. Searles’ sentence will be reduced by one year due to time served in the Lake County jail, where he has been since the August 2011 death of Christian Medina, 18, of Lake Zurich.

    Jan Schakowsky, left, opposes Timothy Wolfe in the 9th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    9th Congress hopefuls talk Social Security, Medicare

    Candidates vying for the 9th Congressional District seat on Nov. 6 shared different views Tuesday on the future of Social Security and Medicare with a crowd of senior citizens at The Moorings of Arlington Heights retirement community. Incumbent Jan Schakowsky said the programs are solvent and will be there for them and future generations to rely on with minor changes, while Republican challenger...


    Fundraiser set to honor local musician

    Friends and family of Brett Anderson, a suburban musician, comedian, singer and DJ who collapsed and died while preparing for performance last year, will be hosting a fundraiser in his honor Sunday, Oct. 21. The first BBQ for Brett will be held at The Neighborhood Inn in Hoffman Estates.

    A woman shows her passport and that of her son to reporters as she leaves an immigration office in Havana on Tuesday. The Cuban government announced Tuesday it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa.

    Praise, skepticism as Cuba eases travel rules

    For the first time since the height of the Cold War more than half a century ago, Cuba is giving its people the freedom to leave the country without government permission, scrapping the detested exit visa that kept many from traveling outside the communist nation for even a few days.

    Shannon Burns

    Kotecki endorses Democrat in DuPage forest preserve race

    Departing DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner Roger Kotecki is hoping to give a pre-election boost to Democrat Shannon Burns by endorsing her to fill his District 6 seat. When Kotecki was asked why he decided to endorse a Democrat, the Warrenville Republican responded: “My loyalty to conservation and sound fiscal management is more important.”


    Addison police shoot, kill man who fired at officers

    A man shot by Addison police after he fired on them has died, authorities said Tuesday. George R. Scoville, 47, was killed after he fired his weapon numerous times at officers and deputies who were investigating a hit-and-run crash.

    The 1898 painting “Girl in Front of Open Window” by Paul Gauguin was among seven paintings stolen from a musem in Netherlands. Works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet were also stolen.

    Picasso, Monets stolen in Dutch heist

    Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions.


    I-290 traffic stop leads to drug charges

    A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 Tuesday for a Chicago man arrested Monday and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Authorities say Benjamin Robles was driving a car that contained cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy with a street value of more than $13,000

    Ellen Correll

    Dist. 46 teachers vote in favor of striking

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to authorize union leaders to call a strike as a result of stalled contract negotiations. “It’s still our intention to negotiate and not to strike,” Lake County Federation of Teachers union business agent Jim Pergander said.


    Stevenson High to hold online auction

    Stevenson High School’s third annual online auction runs Oct. 22-29.


    Lake Zurich D95 receives kudos

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has been honored as one of 59 Illinois school systems to be recognized for academic excellence.


    Free flu shots for food

    Free flu shots will be offered Saturday and Sunday at Advocate Condell Immediate Care Centers in Vernon Hills, Round Lake Beach and Gurnee to those 18 and older who bring a nonperishable food item.


    Police reports
    Devonte M. Eaton, 19, of the 1400 block of Meyer Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court on felony charges of violating an order of protection and cyberstalking, according to court documents. Eaton is charged with contacting friends and co-workers of someone with an order of protection against him as well as creating a Facebook profile to send messages about the person, reports said. Eaton was...

    Daniel Baker

    Baker attorneys say they will use insanity defense

    Daniel Baker’s defense team says a “tragic, perfect storm” of events led an already mentally ill man to snap at the time he bludgeoned Marina Aksman to death in April 2010. During opening statements today in the Deerfield man’s murder trial, attorney Ed Genson said he’ll show Baker didn’t appreciate the criminality of what he was doing and argued he’s guilty by reason of insanity, a strategy that...

    Alexis Wright, 29, is seen in court on Oct. 9.

    Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate

    The decision by officials in this quiet Maine town to release the names of alleged prostitution clients without any ages or addresses has caused big problems for men who have the same names as the accused.


    Buffalo Grove to begin removing ash trees by 2014

    Buffalo Grove has been responding to the emerald ash borer so far with spot removals, but officials say that approach likely will change soon, as the village makes plans for a more aggressive mass removal program. The plan, estimated to cost $4.5 million, calls for the removal of the more than 7,000 ash trees in the village by 2015 followed by their gradual replacement.

    Amilcar Ramos-Garcia

    Cops: Bensenville man hit construction worker

    A Bensenville man was charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident after he rolled into a construction zone and seriously injured a road worker, authorities said Tuesday. Amilcar Ramos-Garcia, 25, appeared in DuPage County bond court in connection with the 10:36 a.m. crash Monday on Route 83, just south of Thorndale Avenue, in Bensenville.


    Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

    A Chicago man has been charged with stealing a catalytic converter off a car in Palatine and admited to a second theft. Police say catalytic converter thefts are on the rise, especially from SUVs and in suburban parking garages.

    This is a closeup view through the lens of a microscope and magnified on the computer screen of the meningitis causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum, at the Mycotic lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

    Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated?

    There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis.


    Aurora gets $1 million state fiber optics grant

    Gov. Pat Quinn was in Aurora Tuesday to give OnLight Aurora a $1 million grant to extend its fiber-optic network across the city. The money comes from a batch of $6 million in state grants, and $3 million is left to be awarded in the coming weeks, state officials said. With the $1 million, OnLight Aurora can better deliver a superfast Internet connection to the city’s schools, hospitals and,...


    Feds charge 3 suburban men with fraud

    Federal authorities said Tuesday three suburban men promised retirees they would invest their money wisely, but instead they operated a Ponzi-type scheme that bilked investors of $28 million. Charges were announced against Robert C. Pribilski, 54, of Lisle, Mahmut Erhan Durmaz, 42, formerly of Streamwood and Los Angeles, and John T. Burns III, 53, of Naperville, who operated USA Retirement...


    Zoning limits Kane Co. options in truck company proposal

    Neighbors of a proposed new business just outside of Elgin's city limits packed the Kane County Board room Tuesday with teary-eyed opposition to the trucks that will go in and out of the business. Residents said the trucks are a true safety hazard for all the children in the area and the business is not compatible with the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Problem is, the currently abandoned...

    Renzo Barduagni

    Naperville man suspected of recording neighbors in the nude

    Residents of a Naperville neighborhood were reeling Tuesday after the arrest of a man suspected of secretly videotaping several neighbors in the nude. Renzo Barduagni, 50, of the 700 block of Violet Circle, also is accused of possessing about 100 images of child pornography on his computer.

    Rebecca Tullock portrays Maggie Fox, one of the founders of American Spiritualism, on Oct. 21 at Naper Settlement.

    History Speaks Lecture Series looks at American Spiritualism

    Rebecca Tulloch of Wayne-based Prairie Star Productions portrays spiritualist Maggie Fox as she was after the Civil War in a History Speaks Lecture Series program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. "So many young people had died during the Civil War," she said. "People wanted to believe and make contact with their loved ones."

    Northwood Junior High teachers from left, Linda Sticker, Suzanne Sosnowski and Bev Ramirez, join striking District 112 teachers picketing in front of Oak Terrace Elementary School in Highwood.

    North Shore District 112 teachers on strike

    Highland Park-area teachers remain on the picket lines after going on strike Tuesday. Officials at North Shore Elementary District 112 announced on their website the school board and teachers union were unable to reach a settlement agreement after a late-night negotiating session. Lacking a new deal, union leaders called a strike that forced closure of the district’s 12 elementary and middle...


    Compensation divides DuPage forest preserve candidates

    Candidates in the races to fill six seats on the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission differ on whether existing commissioners went far enough to lower their pay. Meanwhile, several of the commissioner hopefuls are vowing not to take a pension if they are elected to the part-time positions.

    Alexander Georg

    Man charged with stabbing mom poised for fitness hearing

    A Naperville man accused of repeatedly stabbing his mother with a butcher knife is back in the DuPage County jail after receiving treatment in a state mental-health facility for about 10 months. Alexander Georg, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found mentally unfit for trial in December by Judge Kathryn Creswell.


    Waukegan Symphony Orchestra plans concert in memory of Rad Bradbury

    The Waukegan Park District-Cultural Arts Division is proud to announce the 38th season of the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, which will open with a concert in the memory of Ray Bradbury. It is scheduled for Oct. 21.

    Megan Lalleman is one of the first to move into the new Elgin Artspace Lofts along Spring Street. Here, she greets her cat, Mr. Binkers, whose portrait, done by a friend, is about to be hung in the one-bedroom unit. Waukegan's Artspace Lofts expects to have artists moving in by December; an open house is Saturday.

    Artists rejuvenating suburban downtowns

    Megan Lalleman is a writer. She doesn't get paid for her art, but her passion for poetry and creative writing was enough to secure her a spot in Elgin Artspace Lofts — a $14.5 million, 55-unit project in the works in Elgin since 2007. "I think there's a great canvas in downtown Elgin but it's been neglected for such a long time," Lalleman said. "This is going to be the right group of people...

    A Halloween display is seen in a front yard of a residence in Pembroke, N.Y. Despite warnings about tainted candy, candle fires and even child abductions, real Halloween headlines are rarely about any of those things. Instead, tragedies related to the holiday typically involve trick-or-treaters hit by cars.

    Halloween risks: Cars, sports (not tainted candy)

    Despite warnings about tainted candy, candle fires and even child abductions, real Halloween headlines are rarely about any of those things. Instead, tragedies related to the holiday typically involve trick-or-treaters hit by cars. Fortunately even those accidents are relatively few in number.

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the conviction of Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden who served a prison term for material support for terrorism.

    Court throws out conviction of bin Laden driver

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden who served a prison term for material support for terrorism.

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

    Big money follows suburban legislative candidates

    NewsCandidates for seats at the Statehouse are sprinting toward Election Day, and their growing accounts of campaign cash show where both parties are spending their money in the suburbs.

    After months of contentious debate, Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt has begun and will run through February.

    Hunters: 4 wolves killed in Wisconsin in 24 hours

    Hunters shot and killed at least four wolves in the opening 24 hours of Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.

    The Tamms Correctional Center in Tamms, Ill. A handful of Democratic lawmakers turned up the heat on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday urging him to drop his plan to close some Illinois prisons and vowing to restore money to run them when legislators return to Springfield next month.

    Democrats join call to drop Illinois prison closures

    A handful of Democratic lawmakers turned up the heat on Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday, urging him to drop his plan to close some Illinois prisons and vowing to restore money to run them when legislators return to Springfield next month. “Closing prisons in a system that’s already overcrowded, it’s illogical to say that’s possible or safe,” Sen. Michael Frerichs said.

    Brad Schneider, left, and Robert Dold

    Dold has big cash lead over Schneider in 10th District

    With Election Day just three weeks away, Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold continues to lead Democratic challenger Brad Schneider in the 10th District fundraising race, new records show.

    James Linane

    Former Elburn police chief settles contract suit for $85,000

    Former Elburn Police Chief James Linane and the village of Elburn have reached a separation agreement to pay him $85,000 in back pay after he was releived of his duties in summer 2009 after a new village president was elected. Linane, who is currently the interim police chief in Sleepy Hollow, orginally sued for $148,000. The agreement now specifies that he "retired" in May 2009 and can't sue the...

    Darryel J. Garner

    Waukegan man facing murder charge deemed fit to stand trial

    A 40-year-old man accused of killing a cabdriver in Zion was deemed fit to stand trial Tuesday. Lake County Judge James Booras said “there is no doubt in my mind” Darryel Garner of Waukegan is fit to stand trial. Garner remains in Lake County jail after being charged with shooting Patrick Foster, 45, of Park City, in March 2010.

    Written by Don Grossnickle of Arlington Heights, “Unbreakable Resilience” is raising money for the Gridiron Alliance charity by telling the stories of eight young athletes who suffered catastrophic injuries.

    13 years after accident, local football charity still makes strides

    Thirteen years after his religious faith brought him into the world of devastating sports injuries, Deacon Don Grossnickle of Arlington Heights has a new book and a new role in the charity he founded, Gridiron Alliance.

    Jan Schakowsky, left, opposes Timothy Wolfe in the 9th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Schakowsky, Wolfe differ on Social Security, Medicare spending

    Candidates vying for the 9th Congressional District seat are offering different solutions for dealing with entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, in light of a federal budget deficit that’s topped $1 trillion for the fourth straight year. The race pits incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky against political newcomer Timothy Wolfe.

    Joel Augustine

    Carol Stream sex offender charged with molesting two girls

    A DuPage County judge set bail at $1 million Tuesday for a registered sex offender accused of molesting two young girls, including one who was at his home for a sleepover. Joel Augustine, 34, of the 500 block of East Thornhill Drive, Carol Stream, faces three counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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

    Duckworth fundraising outpaces Walsh, but SuperPACs change game

    Eighth Congressional District Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth far outpaced Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in fundraising in the third quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed at midnight Monday with the Federal Election Commission. But outside spending by SuperPACs is greatly supplementing Walsh’s fundraising efforts.

    JoAnn Franzen, left, opposes Dennis Reboletti in the 45th State House District in the 2012 General Election.

    45th House debate: Who can get the most done

    The Democratic challenger to a six-year Republican incumbent in the state legislature is blaming the state’s fiscal woes on politicians in Springfield who she argues have been there too long. Her opponent says he’s tried to work on solutions, but his hands have been tied by House Speaker Mike Madigan. Republican incumbent Dennis Reboletti is running in the Nov. 6 election against Democrat JoAnn...


    Woman in Des Plaines tricks taxi drivers out of fares

    A woman in Des Plaines has been using cabs to visit Walgreens stores scattered around the suburbs, running up hundreds of dollars in unpaid taxi bills in the process.


    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    A security agent watching a video camera saw a woman hide three packages of meat valued at $74 under her long skirt at Dominick’s, 1042 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. The agent confronted the woman and a man in the parking lot, where the woman gave back the meat.


    Teller threatened with death in failed Des Plaines bank robbery

    A robber threatened to kill a teller at a Des Plaines bank Sunday, but in the end left without any money, police said. The man demanded money at TCF Bank in Jewel-Osco, 819 S. Elmhurst Road. While the robber didn't display a weapon, he reportedly told the male teller, "Give me all your money or I'll blow your head off."


    Endorsement: Reboletti over Franzen in 45th House District
    A solid record of experience earns Republican Dennis Reboletti the Daily Herald's endorsement for House District 45 state representative.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is answering Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she — not the White House — is responsible for security at all of America's diplomatic missions.

    Clinton: I'm responsible for consulate security

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is answering Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she — not the White House — is responsible for security at all of America's diplomatic missions.

    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

    Daughter of Mexican drug lord held in San Diego

    The daughter of one of the world's most sought-after drug lords has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else's passport, U.S. officials said, becoming the latest family member to become ensnared in U.S. courts.


    Cuba scraps exit visa requirement

    The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas.

    The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate: Not too cool, as he was in his first, listless encounter with Mitt Romney. And not too hot, as some critics styled Vice President Joe Biden in his faceoff with Paul Ryan.

    Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

    The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate: Not too cool, as he was in his first, listless encounter with Mitt Romney. And not too hot, as some critics styled Vice President Joe Biden in his faceoff with Paul Ryan.

    The Bumble Bee tuna processing plant in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Workplace safety investigators and a grieving family, searched for an explanation on how a worker was cooked to death at the plant.

    Family seeks answers after death at tuna plant

    Workplace safety investigators and a grieving family on Monday searched for an explanation of how a worker was cooked to death at a Bumble Bee tuna processing plant.Tony Melena said his 62-year-old father, Jose Melena, was killed in an accident last week at the Santa Fe Springs plant but the company has given the family no information about how he died.

    Barbara Zarras, a teacher at Avon Center School in Grayslake, recently was honored with “A Day Made Better” award.

    District 46’s Zarras honored with ‘A Day Made Better’ award

    Barbara Zarras, a teacher at Avon Center School in Round Lake Beach, was among 1,000 educators across the country recently recognized with OfficeMax's "A Day Made Better" award.


    Asian carp processing plant could open in month

    Investors in a Asian carp processing plant in southern Illinois hope to start operations within a month. "Everyone is happy, everything is progressing, and we are getting ready to work on facility modifications within the next 30 days," Ben Allen with American Heartland Fish Products LLC told The Telegraph in Alton for a Monday story The company is waiting to receive federal grant money and...


    UW-Madison prof to lead excavation at Troy

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison archaeologist will lead a new round of excavations at ancient Troy. Professor William Aylward will head an international team of archaeologists and scientists in a series of excavations at the site in Turkey beginning next summer.


    Judge likely to keep job despite charge, reviews

    A Cook County judge is likely to keep her $182,000-a-year job even though she was recently charged with misdemeanor battery and though some legal groups say voters should give her the boot. The Chicago Sun-Times reports a supervising panel suspended Cynthia Brim earlier this year after she allegedly pushed sheriff's deputies at a courthouse. The 54-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge.


    Milwaukee Archdiocese, victims fail to reach deal

    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has failed to reach a settlement with victims of sexual abuse, sending both parties back to U.S. Bankruptcy Court.The archdiocese and its creditors have been in court-ordered mediation since July 20. Most of the creditors are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse by clergy or church workers. Nearly 500 men and women claim they were sexually abused as children.


    Judge lets alleged terrorist see ailing mother

    A judge has granted a Chicago man awaiting sentencing on terrorism-related charges permission to leave jail to visit his ailing mother.Court documents unsealed Monday say Shaker Masri's mother was in intensive care at a Chicago hospital. A defense filing says Rihawi Zainab was diagnosed with advanced cancer and wasn't expected to live long.


    Crews rescue worker trapped in trench 3 hours

    Rescue crews have freed a plumber who became trapped in a trench in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.The Indianapolis Star reports that crews rescued the worker shortly after 4 p.m. after he had been trapped for more than three hours. The man was placed on a stretcher and driven off in an ambulance.


    Dawn Patrol: Shooting in Addison; slain Cary man’s family in shock

    Addison police shoot a man who shot at them, they say. Family of Cary man killed in Phoenix by a Chicago man are in shock. Former Phoenix-area mayor wants to become mayor of Arlington Heights. District 300 teacher talks resume today. Deerfield man's bench trial begins today. Assistants, U-46 reach deal. Lake Zurich hotel plan surfaces.


    Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander congratulates first baseman Prince Fielder Tuesday after New York Yankees’ Raul Ibanez grounded out to Fielder in the seventh inning during Game 3 of the American League championship series in Detroit.

    Tigers top Yankees 2-1, need 1 win for pennant

    Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL championship series. Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out postseason star Raul Ibanez for his second save in two games.


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


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


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


    Prospect surprises Palatine

    Prospect played the role of giant killer on Tuesday in Class 3A boys soccer regional semifinal at Hoffman Estates. The Knights, seeded 16th in the Conant sectional, got a pair of second-half goals to eliminate No. 1 seed Palatine 2-0.


    Lake Zurich stays sharp, handles Vernon Hills

    Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team continued its run of strong play Tuesday night, reaching the 20-win mark by capturing a 25-10, 25-23 decision over Vernon Hills in a North Suburban Conference crossover.Layne Self served 9 aces and pounded 8 kills for Lake Zurich, which improved to 20-10. Mallory Parsons also had 8 kills for the Bears. Kiley McPeek posted 3 blocks, and Kristen Walding dished out 20 assists.Vernon Hills (11-19) received 6 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces from Shannon Nugent. Jenn Claussen contributed 3 kills and a pair of aces.Wauconda d. Zion-Benton: Susan Karhoff’s 8 kills, 7 digs and 6 assists helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-25, 25-19 win in North Suburban crossover action.Megan Tallman had 6 kills, 9 assists, 7 digs and 4 aces for Wauconda (19-9). Emily Holub and Sara Sexton contributed 5 and 4 kills, respectively, and Ashley Anderson also had 7 digs for the Bulldogs. LeAnne Sakowicz chipped in 3 kills and 5 assists.Grant d. Warren: The Bulldogs won the North Suburban crossover 27-25, 25-19, as Brooke Buckley (12-of-12 hitting) and Beka Couch (16 of 19) pounded 7 kills each.Grant’s Taylor Rossi served 9 of 10 with 2 aces and set 51 of 52 with 16 assists. Mallory Gizowski was 10-of-10 hitting with 4 kills.Warren got 6 kills from Kendall Farmer and four from Danielle Buschick. The Blue Devils’ Rachel Ziegler dished out 6 assists on 21-of-21 setting, and also had 2 kills and 2 aces.Stevenson d. Antioch: Khaila Donaldson hammered 8 kills and served 2 aces for the Patriots, who won the North Suburban crossover 25-11, 25-17 to improve to 27-3.Liza Pflugradt added 5 kills and 3 aces for Stevenson, while Alexa Bykowski lofted 11 assists on 22-of-23 setting. Elizabeth Shancer chipped in 6 digs and 2 aces.Antioch (17-13) was paced by Amanda Spera’s 4 kills, and Sam Falco’s 3 kills and 3 blocks. Marissa Grant lofted 9 assists and delivered 2 aces.“We played hard and competed with a strong Stevenson team,” Sequoits coach Glen Heitman said. “Our serve-receive struggled and, as a result, we had a hard time running a productive offense.”


    Warren rolls to shutout win

    Warren’s Daniel Szczepanek scored the first of his pair of goals in the fifth minute, assisted by Sean Kirwan, and his team never looked back against Grant.The Blue Devils scored two more goals in the first half and shut out the Bulldogs 7-0 in the teams’ Class 3A regional semifinal in Gurnee on Tuesday.Szczepanek scored his second goal 14 minutes later, assisted by Nick Wegrznowicz. Auner Solis also had 2 goals with assists by Kirwan and Tony Severini, who also scored. Mikey Pliskat and Lucas Gieb, assisted by Ben Skelton, scored the final two goals for the Blue Devils.RJ Hill and Nick Hathuc maintained the shutout for Warren, who will next play Round Lake in Saturday’s regional final at noon. Round Lake defeated Zion-Benton 3-1.Libertyville 4, Elk Grove 1: Austin Bitta scored 2 goals for the Wildcats in the Class 3A regional semifinal at Elk Grove.Ryan McKenzie and Lloyd Chatfield also scored, and Tomide Owolabi had an assist for Libertyville (15-2-1). Alec Schory had 10 saves for the Wildcats. Libertyville will next play Highland Park, which defeated Carmel 3-0 in the other semifinal.Th Elk Grove regional final will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday.Lakes 3, Antioch 1: Trevor Ray, Caleb Arnwine and Brian Werchek scored for the Eagles in their own Class 2A regional semifinal.Lucas Istvanek recorded 2 assists, and Werchek had one, as well, for Lakes (14-4-4). Kevin Ray grabbed 8 saves for the Eagles, who will play Johnsburg in Saturday’s 11 a.m. regional final. Johnsburg defeated Richmond-Burton 4-0.

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday night’s preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Nate Robinson delivers big performance in Bulls’ win
    Before Tuesday, Nate Robinson was shooting 23.3 percent in preseason. He got a chance to start on Tuesday against Milwaukee and came alive with 24 points and 13 rebounds, as the Bulls won 100-94.


    Rolling Meadows gets victory No. 20

    Rolling Meadows first-year coach Joe DiSilvio watched his Mustangs earn their 20th win on Tuesday night with a 20-25, 125-18, 25-17 victory over visiting Schaumburg (18-16) in the Mid-Suburban League third-place crossover.


    St. Edward ousted by Genoa-Kingston

    The St. Edward boys soccer team had come too far to roll over against Genoa-Kingston in Tuesday’s Class 1A sectional semifinal. Though the Cogs stunned the Green Wave with 4 straight first-half goals, gritty St. Edward gained some momentum from senior Johnny Shepherd’s marker just 2:55 before intermission. Then came coach Tim Brieger’s halftime speech. “Guys, just give me 40 minutes, everything you have for 40 minutes,” Brieger told his players. “Look me in the eye after the game and say ‘Coach, I’ve got nothing left.’ ” Energized St. Edward seized the aggressor’s role and electrified its fans just 72 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Joe French made a deep run up the left side, deked a defender along the goal line and sent a cross to Carlos Moreno for a tap-in that trimmed the deficit to 4-2. The teams played evenly and spirited for the next 24 minutes. However, with under 15 minutes to play the Cogs notched the first of 3 goals in a five-minute span to pull away for a 7-2 victory.

    Larkin’s Hector Mendoza, left, and Tony Hernandez celebrate Mendoza’s first-half goal against York on Tuesday in the Schaumburg regional. Both players scored in the 3-1 Royals win.

    Larkin handles York

    In Larkin’s eyes, winning the Class 3A Schaumburg boys soccer regional semifinal sure has its perks. But you’d be surprised by how insignificant it is to the Royals’ greater goal. “Nothing,” Royals coach Ken Hall said. “Regionals don’t mean anything to our boys. We want more.” That confidence and assertiveness were on display in Larkin’s quest for more as the Royals notched a 3-1 semifinal win over No. 16 seed York on Tuesday at Gary Scholz Stadium in Schaumburg.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin d. Waubonsie Valley: Allison Osborne, Ashley Oandasan and Bri Reum each had 7 kills as South Elgin won in the Upstate Eight Valley 25-22, 14-25, 25-19. Amanda Nadler added 6 kills for the Storm (19-9-3, 4-2), while Corbin Kehe had 10 digs and Oandasan added 7. Rachel Murray had 7 digs and Kehe dished out 28 assists.Burlington Central d. Marengo: Karrington Bell had 6 aces and 6 digs and Lauren Wiltsie added 8 kills and 6 digs as the Rockets won in the Big Northern East 25-13, 27-25. Lexie Bouza added 6 kills and 2 aces, while Allie O’Reilly had 22 digs and 3 aces and Jess Emrich added 15 assists and 7 digs for Burlington Central (24-10, 9-2).Cary-Grove d. Dundee-Crown: Alex Larsen had 9 kills and Micah Duzey added 8 digs and 2 aces as the Trojans (18-14, 5-6) won 25-14, 25-19 in the FVC Valley. Steph Magsamen and Kathryn Nova had 4 kills each for the Chargers (12-17, 1-10) and Cori Eischen added 9 assists and 3 digs.Lake Park d. Bartlett: Rachel Hartford and Katie Hrbacek had 5 kills each for Bartlett in a 27-25, 25-12 Upstate Eight Valley loss. Lexi Cazzato added 13 assists for the Hawks (4-23, 1-4).Hampshire d. Woodstock North: Jen Dumoulin had 15 kills and Arianna Rominski added 14 to lead Hampshire to an 18-25, 25-16, 25-18 FVC Fox win. Rominski and Julianna Gass added 18 digs each for the Whip-Purs and Brittany Laffin had 25 assists.


    Cary-Grove blanks McHenry

    Dale Oppasser and Mike McKune fired top seed Cary-Grove (17-0-2) into the finals of the Class 3A Barrington boys soccer regional as the Trojans beat No. 4 McHenry 2-0 Tuesday night in the first of two matches at Barrington Community Park. Next up for the Trojans will be the host Broncos (17-3-3), who defeated Dundee-Crown 2-0 to advance into the Friday final at 6 p.m.


    St. Charles E., St. Charles N. ready for rematch

    The rematch is now set. Exactly two weeks after they met for the only time this fall, St. Charles North and St. Charles East will square off with a regional championship on the line as both teams prevailed in their respective semifinal matches on Tuesday in the Class 3A Wheaton North regional. The teams will battle again this Saturday in Wheaton at 11 a.m.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Geneva's Maddie Courter attempts to stop a spike by St. Charles East's Ashley Bullock in game one on Tuesday, October 16.

    Geneva stuns St. Charles E. for River title

    Upstate Eight Conference River Division champions for the first time, and boy did Geneva ever earn it.


    Naperville North advances

    Naperville North took care of business Tuesday night, advancing to the Class 3A Naperville North regional final with a solid 4-0 victory against Plainfield North.

    Max Carey of Wheaton Warrenville,left, and Luke DeSimone of Marmion fight for the ball during the Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Marmion game at Naperville North Tuesday.

    WW South outlasts Marmion

    Slowly, the field began to tilt Wheaton Warrenville South’s way in Tuesday’s Class 3A Naperville North regional semifinal. After an even first half the Tigers began to take control in the second until a 70th-minute goal by Javier Rojas gave WW South a 1-0 victory over a young Marmion team.


    North Central No. 3 in preseason rankings

    With basketball season just around the corner, the North Central College men’s team will enter it with a bull’s-eye on its back. In the just released NCAA Division III national rankings, the Cardinals came in at No. 3.


    Stork delivers, and Barrington turns back D-C

    Striker Kendall Stork helped Barrington erase any of the lingering negatives from regional woes in its recent past. Maybe it helped that the freshman had never been through any of those letdowns personally. Stork eased the nerves of a big home crowd after the Broncos lost their starting keeper to a red card by finishing off No. 3 seed Dundee-Crown (16-4-1) with his 75th-minute strike. Barrington (17-3-3) won 2-0 to send the Broncos into their own regional final against top seed Cary-Grove (17-0-2) at 6 p.m. Friday at Barrington’s Community Park.


    A little Treto takes Grayslake Central a long way

    By outlasting their stubborn-rival Grayslake North 25-23, 27-25 Tuesday night, Grayslake Central hit the 20-win mark for the third straight season. The back-to-back-to-back feat is a first for his team, coach Jason Janczak said.


    Waukegan eliminates Hersey

    Sixth-seeded Hersey had a leg up early on No. 11 seed Waukegan, but the Bulldogs scored a pair of second-half goals and bounced past the Huskies 2-1 on Tuesday night in Class 3A Stevenson regional play.

    Stevenson’s Ceasar Navarro scores the first goal of the game between Lake Zurich’s James Blasko and Kevin Loch during Class 3A boys regional semifinal play Tuesday in Lincolnshire.

    High point for Low, Stevenson

    Quentin Low has been a big part of the Patriots’ success, anchoring the defense as he has this season between the posts. Low’s efforts reached a higher level in the opening game of Tuesday’s Stevenson Class 3A regional semifinal as third-seeded Stevenson shut out No. 13 seed Lake Zurich 1-0 in Lincolnshire. The Patriots next play No. 11 seed Waukegan in regional final action at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lincolnshire. The Bulldogs (12-7-1) got past No. 6 Hersey 2-1 in Tuesday’s second semifinal. Low posted his 13th shutout for Stevenson (15-3-1) and his fourth straight clean sheet by making 7 stops against Lake Zurich (6-10-4). He shared the credit with his back-line defenders, including Ross Comitor, Michael Dobin, Alex Smith and Justin Johnson.

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson moves around a screen set by center Joakim Noah as Milwaukee Bucks guard Beno Udrih tries to defend Tuesday during the first half at the United Center.

    Robinson, Hamilton lead Bulls past Bucks 100-94

    Nate Robinson scored 24 points and Richard Hamilton added 23 to lead the Chicago Bulls in a 100-94 preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.Joakim Noah scored 16 points for the Bulls (2-2). Robinson started in place of Kirk Hinrich, who sat out with a sore right thumb.Brandon Jennings, Samuel Dalembert and Mike Dunleavy each scored 13 points for the Bucks (2-1), who shot 41.9 percent from the field. Rookie John Henson exited with a left knee injury and did not return.The Bucks pulled to 94-91 after a 14-4 run capped by Beno Udrih’s two free throws with 3:02 left. Robinson responded with a jumper, and Hamilton and Carlos Boozer each hit two free throws to put the game away.Milwaukee pulled within six in the third quarter, but the Bulls answered with a 13-3 run for a 79-63 lead.The Bulls last trailed 30-29 late in the first quarter, but Robinson hit a 35-footer before the buzzer to give Chicago the lead for good.Nazr Mohammed scored eight points during the Bulls’ 17-2 run to open the second quarter, extending Chicago’s lead to 49-32.

    Chicago Fire reserve Victor Pineda has made good improvement this season.

    For Fire’s Pineda, things are looking up

    Victor Pineda already seemed to be moving up the Chicago Fire depth chart. Then came his goal in last week’s reserve match against Houston. Pineda took on a defender 1-on-1, created some space for himself and curled a shot just inside the upper corner of the far post from nearly 30 yards for the Fire’s only goal in a 2-1 loss. It was a “wow” moment for the 19-year-old homegrown player from Bolingbrook.


    Fast finish for Fremd nets 7th straight

    Fremd’s closing act for its Mid-Suburban League season was as good as it gets.After falling in Set 2 by 8 points and starting out tied 5-5 in the final set, the Vikings finished with a 20-11 run to post a 25-17, 17-25, 25-16 victory in the MSL second-place crossover match at Buffalo Grove.The Bison (14-16) picked up momentum with its second set victory and then appeared to be maintaining it in Set 3 before Christine Cammenga stepped to the service line.The Fremd senior (14-of-15, 3 aces) reeled off 7 straight points for a 12-5 lead and Fremd (23-6) never looked back for its seventh straight win.

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman arrives as the NHL and its locked-out player resumed negotiations in Toronto on Tuesday.

    Glimmer of hope for full NHL season

    Can the NHL’s full 82-game schedule be saved? Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks so after the league put forth a new, surprise proposal both sides hope jump-starts serious negotiations that could end the monthlong lockout. “We have about nine or 10 days to get this all put to bed, signed, sealed and delivered, in order for this offer to be effective and for us to move forward,” Bettman said.

    While quarterback Jay Cutler has had some bad prime-team performances as a Bear, he’s 5-1 on Monday nights. The Bears take on the Lions this Monday at Soldier Field.

    Bears’ Cutler just fine on Monday nights

    Just for the record, Jay Cutler has been outstanding on Monday Night Football. It’s true that Cutler has had meltdowns in other prime time games and in some “big” games as a Bear, but not on Monday nights, when he’s 5-1. Under Lovie Smith, the Bears are 8-2 on Monday Night Football, and the quarterback has had a big hand in that success.

    Maybe Cubs President Theo Epstein should consider taking a pay cut too while the team rebuilds itself into a contender.

    Sorry, Cubs — that 2 percent is way too low

    Not nearly enough. The Cubs announced that they are cutting 2013 ticket prices by an average of 2 percent per seat. Sorry, just not enough. The number I was listening to hear was 40 percent across the board. That sounds like a lot, but the number has stuck in my head since last month, when Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made a remarkable revelation.

    Scott Skiles

    Bucks’ Skiles has nothing but praise for Hinrich

    Before Kirk Hinrich signed with the Bulls last summer, it was widely reported that Milwaukee was the primary competition. Bucks coach Scott Skiles knew he couldn’t match the Bulls’ sales pitch, though.


    Bears release former first-round pick Williams

    The Bears have given up on former first-round draft pick Chris Williams, the 14th overall selection in 2008.Williams started 38 games over the previous three seasons but quickly fell out of favor this season, and his contract was terminated Tuesday.The move did not come as a surprise, considering he had been inactive for the past two games and had been replaced as the top backup at both tackle spots by Jonathan Scott.Williams’ release leaves offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who was drafted in 2011, as the only first-round pick still on the roster from former general manager Jerry Angelo’s 10-year tenure.The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Williams started games for the Bears at left tackle, right tackle and left guard. He started the first nine games at left guard last season until a dislocated wrist landed him on injured reserve.He started 13 games in 2010 (11 at left guard and two at left tackle) and all 16 games in 2009 (11 at right tackle and five at left tackle).Williams entered training camp in a battle with J’Marcus Webb for the No. 1 left tackle job, which Webb won despite a mediocre performance. When asked Monday how Williams had handled his recent demotion to game-day inactive, coach Lovie Smith said: “I think just like all of our players, you will have different roles through the course of the year. Chris realizes that. He’s coming to work every day just like the rest of our team.”Not anymore.Cornerback Zack Bowman, a Bear from 2008-11 and a starter in ’09, was signed was to a one-year contract to take Williams’ spot on the roster.Bowman started 16 games with the Bears after being drafted in the fifth round (142nd overall) in 2008. He has 117 career tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 22 special teams tackles.Bowman signed with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season but was released before the start of the regular season.The Bears on Tuesday also terminated the practice-squad contract of defensive end Aston Whiteside.


    Huntley on verge of school history

    Niko Mihalopoulos wants to be part of Huntley High School’s record books. After scoring twice Tuesday, the junior is one step closer to helping the Huntley boys soccer team to its first regional championship. Mihalopoulos also added an assist as the Red Raiders beat Crystal Lake South, 3-0, in the Class 3A DeKalb regional semifinals.


    Crystal Lake S. gains share of FVC Valley

    When the 2012 girls volleyball campaign began Crystal Lake South coach Jorie Fontana thought her Gators had enough talent to claim the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division championship. Fontana proved to be a visionary. Defeating Jacobs 25-13, 25-23 Tuesday night on Senior Night at Gator Alley, South gained at least a share of the Valley title with crosstown rival Prairie Ridge. PR (10-1 FVC Valley), which defeated McHenry 2-0 Tuesday, will share the conference championship with South with a home win against Cary-Grove Thursday night.The Gators, 26-9 overall, finish league play with a 11-1 mark.


    Elgin, Streamwood win regional games

    Streamwood 5, Glenbard East 1: Mario Rodriguez scored twice while Daniel Nevearz, Nestor Ascencio and Christian Balbino each netted a goal to lead the Sabres to a win in the semifinals of the Class 3A Streamwood regional. The Sabres will play Elgin at 11 a.m. Saturday for the regional championship.Elgin 2, Glenbard West 1: After a scoreless first half, Elgin fell behind 1-0 before getting a goal with 4:19 left to play from Emanuel Sanchez to tie the game and then the game-winner from Oscar Rodriguez with 2:05 left. The Maroons move on to play Streamwood at 11 a.m. Saturday at Millennium Field for the regional title.


    Wolves’ Lack and Longpre both impressive

    If goalie Eddie Lack was the best player on the ice for the Chicago Wolves in their 2 wins over Rockford last weekend, then Nathan Longpre was a close second.Longpre had 2 goals and was plus-2 in Sunday’s 5-3 win after leading the Wolves with 5 shots on goal in Saturday’s 1-0 shootout victory. Both efforts impressed coach Scott Arniel. “He’s one of those guys who isn’t a Vancouver guy, but he’s a real valuable guy who you can use in a lot of situations,” Arniel said. “He’s a great skater and works hard. Not knowing him, just seeing him here the last couple weeks, I like what I see.”

    Setter Abby Fesl leads Hersey into Thursday’s MSL championship match against Palatine.

    MSL championship scouting report

    Here's a preview of the 40th annual Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball championship fearuring Hersey and Palatine. Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday at Hersey's Ken Carter Gymnasium.

    Crystal Lake South forward Jake Bigos is enjoying his senior season on the ice with the Gators in the North Central Division of the Illinois High School Hockey League.

    Forward-thinking Bigos making a big difference at CL South

    He’s smart, shy and quite a successful goal-scorer. Jake Bigos, a senior in his third season on the Crystal Lake South varsity hockey team, is the Gators’ go-to forward, without question one of the top forwards in the newly-formed North Central Division of the Illinois High School Hockey League.


    Illini lineman quits football over concussions

    CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says transfer offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has decided to stop playing football after suffering what Beckman said were “numerous” concussions.Beckman said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters that the recent transfer from Nebraska had suffered concussions during practices more than once in the past couple of months.The 6-4, 290-pound Klachko transferred in August. He was sitting out this season to comply with NCAA transfer rules.Beckman says he expects Klachko to stay with the team and work in its strength and conditioning program. Klachko remains on scholarship.Klachko is from Illinois and went to high school at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.Earlier Tuesday, Texas A&M announced that cornerback Steven Campbell left the team over lingering trouble from a concussion.

    After drawing fewer fans this past season, the Cubs have decided to lower season ticket prices for next year.

    Cubs lower ticket prices for next season

    Cubs officials announced Tuesday that prices for season ticket holders are being lowered by an average of 2 percent next season, with bleacher tickets dropping by 10 percent. Some season ticket holders have already received their invoices.

    San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews kneels on the sidelines Monday during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Diego. The Broncos won 35-24.

    Blown opportunity leaves Bolts with work to do

    Norv Turner keeps saying San Diego can be a good team, and the Chargers keep responding with second-half collapses. Monday night was epic: The Chargers blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24 to Peyton Manning and the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to reporters Tuesday following collective bargaining talks in Toronto.

    Bettman, NHL make new offer in hope of full season

    The NHL has made a new offer to the players’ association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2. As talks resumed Tuesday in Toronto between the league and the NHLPA, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the offer, which is crafted for — if nothing else — a quick response from the head of the players’ association, Donald Fehr.

    Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with secondary coach Todd Bowles. The Eagles made the move Tuesday with the team stuck at 3-3 after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit.

    Eagles fire defensive coordinator Castillo

    Consecutive blown fourth-quarter leads have cost Juan Castillo his job as the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator. Castillo was fired Tuesday and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles. Coach Andy Reid dismissed his longtime assistant who was surprisingly switched to defense after 13 seasons coaching the offensive linemen.

    The sale of the Browns to Jimmy Haslam III was unanimously approved by NFL owners Tuesday and Mike Holmgren will be leaving the Browns at the end of the season. A person familiar with the sale told The Associated Press that Joe Banner has been hired as CEO of the Browns to replace Holmgren. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Banner’s hiring and Holmgren’s departure have not been announced.

    Browns sale to Haslam approved; Holmgren to leave

    The sale of the Cleveland Browns to Jimmy Haslam III was unanimously approved by NFL owners Tuesday, and team President Mike Holmgren will be leaving at the end of the season. Haslam hired former Eagles executive Joe Banner as CEO of the Browns to replace Holmgren. But Holmgren will remain with the team through December to “help in the transition,” Haslam said.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who suffered a concussion against Stanford on Saturday, was not cleared to returned to practice Tuesday, school officials said.

    Notre Dame’s Golson not cleared for practice

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson did not pass all his cognitive tests after sustaining a concussion against Stanford and will not be allowed to resume practice until at least Wednesday.

    A radio show host for an ESPN show in Ohio was suspended for a tweet about ESPN Game Day broadcaster Desmond Howard, above, that "crossed the line," according to a colleague.

    Radio host suspended for Desmond Howard tweet

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus sports talk-show host who tweeted he wished ESPN’s Desmond Howard would get fired or die has been suspended by his station. Dave Van Stone, president and general manager of WBNS 97.1 The Fan, confirmed Tuesday that Scott Torgerson has been suspended indefinitely for the tweet. WBNS is an ESPN affiliate and the flagship station for Ohio State athletics.

    On the weekend of Oct. at Fort Belvoir, Va., General Charles Whittington, Jr. - known as Coach Whitt to the Grayslake Central football program. - was presented with his second star at the 29th Infantry’s Change of Command Ceremony. For the past five seasons, Whittington has served as an assistant football coach at Grayslake Central. Head coach Ben Ault, assistant Danny Catanzaro, right, and former Rams head coach Nick Goshe, left, were included in the ceremony.

    ‘Whitt’ has Grayslake Central coaching company on his big day

    General Charles Whittington, Jr., who assists with the Grayslake Central football program, was joined by several members of the Rams coaching staff when he received his second star earlier this month.

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is ejected by umpire Jeff Nelson in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League championship series Sunday. A replay showed the umpire made the wrong call at second base, but MLB doesn't allow replays in such cases.

    Baseball blunders can work for both sides

    Joe Girardi seems to have forgotten that bad calls by umpires also have helped his Yankees team win a playoff game, Mike North says in today's column. And you can catch more Mike North next Monday night as The Monsters work the pregame show on WCIU Ch. 26 when the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions.

    Libertyville players surround Ryan McKenzie, center, after he scored the first goal of the game Thursday in Libertyville.

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

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker leans into the end zone for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers Monday during the second half in San Diego.

    Manning’s 3 TD passes spur Broncos’ comeback

    Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to stun the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night. Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers atop the AFC West.


    Social Security recipients shouldn’t expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 percent, which would be among the lowest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

    Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

    More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.

    David B. Speer

    ITW CEO Speer takes leave, Santi named to top spot

    Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Speer announced he will take a leave of absence for health reasons. Speer announced in November 2011 that he was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed medical condition. ITW named E. Scott Santi as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. Santi was also been appointed acting chief executive officer.

    Citigroup CEO Vikram S. Pandit stepped down as CEO and a director on Tuesday, after steering the bank through the 2008 financial crisis and the choppy years that followed.

    Vikram Pandit steps down as Citigroup CEO

    Vikram Pandit abruptly stepped down as CEO of Citigroup on Tuesday, shocking Wall Street, after steering the bank through the 2008 financial crisis and the choppy years that followed.

    U.S. stocks rallied, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its biggest gain in a month, as industrial production rose more than forecast and corporate earnings topped estimates.

    Earnings propel Dow to its biggest jump in a month

    Stocks shot higher Tuesday, giving the market its biggest gain in a month. Results at Mattel, Goldman Sachs, and Johnson & Johnson were all above expectations.

    Tom Poynton

    ‘Upscale’ McDonald’s proposed in Lake Zurich

    Developers have a green light to start Lake Zurich’s approval process in an effort to construct a McDonald’s that would have an “upscale” appearance as part of a retail project pegged for Route 22 and Quentin Road. If built, the new-look McDonald’s would be on the 15-acre site with anchor Mariano’s Fresh Market.


    Hoffman Estates leads way on technical assistance program

    Hoffman Estates is one of 48 communities to be selected for planning support through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance program, intended to encourage collaboration between municipalities, businesses and local not-for-profit agencies in order to promote sustainable and livable communities.

    Microsoft Corp.’s new Surface tablet computer is displayed at Hollywood’s Milk Studios in Los Angeles on June 18. Microsoft’s first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26.

    Microsoft tablet Surface to start at $499

    Microsoft’s first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The price matches that of Apple Inc.’s iPad but the base model of the Surface has twice as much storage memory.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook announces a new iPad during an Apple announcement in San Francisco back on March 7. Apple is sending out invites for an event Oct. 23, where it’s expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad.

    Apple sends out invites to Oct. 23 event

    Apple Inc. has sent out invites for an event next Tuesday, where it’s expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad.The invite, sent to reporters Tuesday, say, “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

    Airline executives said Tuesday at a global aviation conference that airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed.

    Airline executives urge airport security overhaul

    Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed, airline executives said Tuesday at a global aviation conference.

    A man is reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday.

    World stocks gain on stronger US retail sales

    World stock markets were lifted Tuesday by better data on the U.S. economy and a report showing improving investor confidence in Germany.In early European trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 7,308.01 and France's CAC 40 gained 0.5 percent to 3,426.48. The FTSE 100 index of leading British companies rose 0.4 percent to 5,831.41.


    Oil rises to near $92 as US retail sales improve

    The price of oil rose slightly in Asia on Tuesday, taking its cue from stock markets which were jolted higher by an improvement in U.S. consumer spending. Benchmark crude for November delivery was up 6 cents at $91.91 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract finished Monday down 1 cent at $91.85 in New York.


    Insurer UnitedHealth’s 3Q profit jumps 23 percent

    UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s third-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent, thanks in part to Medicare and Medicaid business growth that helped the nation's largest health insurer beat analyst expectations. The Minnetonka, Minn., company also raised its 2012 earnings forecast. It now expects earnings of $5.20 to $5.25 per share, up from a previous forecast for $4.90 to $5 per share. Analysts had expected $5.13 per share, according to FactSet.

    Strong sales of Fisher-Price toys and American Girl dolls helped boost Mattel’s third-quarter results, beating analysts’ expectations ahead of the critical holiday season.

    American Girl helps Mattel 3Q results top view

    Strong sales of Fisher-Price toys and American Girl dolls helped boost Mattel's third-quarter results, beating analysts' expectations ahead of the critical holiday season. The results give an indication of how Mattel is likely to perform during the last three months of the year, during which a toy maker can earn up to 40 percent of annual revenue.

    The Department of Justice says a unit of CVS Caremark has agreed to pay over $5 million to settle allegations that it reported false prescription drug pricing data to the government’s Medicare program.

    CVS to pay $5M to settle drug pricing allegations

    The Department of Justice says a unit of CVS Caremark has agreed to pay over $5 million to settle allegations that it reported false prescription drug pricing data to the government's Medicare program.Federal investigators say CVS' RxAmerica subsidiary reported false information about the prices of generic prescription drugs between 2007 and 2008.

    Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp starting book imprint

    How cool is this: Johnny Depp is going to help run a publishing imprint.Already on the list of books is one about Bob Dylan, "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan," which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be complied and based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.Depp's imprint will share its name with his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever."

    European regulators are asking Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it.

    EU regulators tell Google to change privacy policy

    European regulators are asking Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it.France's National Commission on Computing and Freedom led a European investigation into Google's new unified policy, which replaces individual policies for its search, email and other services and regulates how it uses the personal data it collects.

Life & Entertainment

    Daphni, “Jiaolong”

    Dan Snaith’s Daphni project is complex

    Dan Snaith, who has released albums under the stage names Caribou and Manitoba, likes to tinker with musical projects. Under his latest performance moniker, Daphni, the musician delivers an ambiguous album of electronica that practically dares you to make sense of it. Perhaps sense isn’t the goal, however.

    “Dishonored” doesn't follow industry trends, which is what makes it one of the year's finest games.

    'Dishonored' serves revenge up stealthily

    Midway through "Dishonored" I killed someone. I didn't intend to; he spotted me as I was trying to sneak past, and I had to shut him up. But even though I was able to complete my mission, I felt like I had failed. That's unusual in the violent world of video games. Don't get me wrong: The protagonist of "Dishonored" is an assassin. But there are benefits to being merciful. It's thrilling to play a game that rewards you for not doing the things so many other games mindlessly encourage. You can play as a more ruthless assassin, but what's the fun of that?

    Louann Zundel's Moroccan-spiced chicken comes with frizzled celeriac with quinoa pilaf.

    Quinoa Pilaf
    Quinoa Pilaf: Louann Zundel


    Judges: Chefs and other culinary professionals have a say
    As we move into Round 2 we have added another judge to the panel reviewing the recipes so each recipe gets reviewed by four judges. Chefs Suzy Singh and Spencer Wolff remain constant panelists with representatives from our sponsors as well as special guests joining in on the critiques.Kevin R. Bozis: Kevin Bovis is a partner, co-owner and operator of The Geneva Spice House in Geneva. The son of a test kitchen chef and grandson of a respected Chicago butcher Bovis started apprenticing at his grandfather’s shop when he was 12. He pursued a psychology degree, but switched careers at 27 and enrolled in Kendall College where he received his culinary arts degree. After working in several three- and four-star restaurants, decided to concentrate on the spices and signed on at The Spice House in Evanston to learn blending and grinding techniques. He continues to develop new blends and rubs and shares his knowledge through cooking classes around the area.Don Mauer: Don Mauer has been the Daily Herald’s Lean and Lovin’ columnist for 20 years and has shared hundreds of low-fat recipes and healthful lifestyle strategies during that time. Over that two decades he also has written three books, including “The Complete Idiots Guide to Grilling.” You can catch up with him through his twice monthly columns or on Facebook.com/DonMauer. Dorothy Seaburg: Seaburg learned at a very young age what the definition of “high quality” food is. Growing up in the family business, Ashland Sausage Company, has taught her that exceptional ingredients, extraordinary care and passion, produce a delicious product. She graduated from Loras College with a degree in business management and works as operations manager, head of research and development and HACCP coordinator at the Carol Stream facility. She enjoys finding creative ways to use the more than 100 products in the company line. Seaburg lives in Huntley with her husband and three children.Suzy Singh: Since her time ended in the Top 4 position on season 2 of Fox’s “MasterChef,” Buffalo Grove native Suzy Singh has not slowed down. The chef has consulted with more than 30 restaurants in Chicago and started the first Collaborative Indian food truck, Suzy Samosas, that docks in and around Chicago’s Loop (maybe you spotted her tent at Lollapalooza). She is also the culinary director of Ashyana, Shikara and Viceroy Restaurants/Catering and frequents local media, including WGN, FOX and NBC, as a celebrity guest chef. If that wasn’t enough, she’s the national spokeswoman for Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School, Grill Dome and Fagor. She recently landed a supporting role in the movie “Promised Land.” You can follow her on Twitter @chefsuzysingh.William A. Vena: Chef William Vena began his culinary education at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and worked at the Ritz Carlton there under renowned chef Gary Danko. Upon returning to Chicago in 1996 he joined the Ritz Carlton working for chef Sarah Stegner and moved onto the Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, which was named one of the top country clubs in the United States during his tenure. Since January Vena has taught at the College of Lake County. As a full-time chef instructor he shares his knowledge, leadership and passion for the industry with students and has been involved in the launch of CLC’s new student-managed restaurant, Prairie.

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

    Making mango chutney, sharing memories

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

    Get festive with the pumpkin margarita at Barrio Urban Taqueria in Chicago.

    Night life events: It’s the season for pumpkin margaritas

    Fall means an invasion of pumpkin-flavored goodies — including Barrio Urban Taqueria’s pumpkin margarita. The unlikely mixture is a shaken silver tequila, orange liqueur, pumpkin purée and cinnamon topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick and graham cracker crusted rim. The pumpkin margarita is available at lunch or dinner through Oct. 31 for $9 each.

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

    Sherry Cheese Pate
    stories for 10/17

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

    Hermie’s Mango Chutney
    Hermie's Mango Chutney

    “Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies” by Roger Moore

    Roger Moore dishes on 007 in ‘Bond on Bond’

    Peppered with fun facts and cheeky asides, actor Roger Moore’s book looking back on the golden anniversary of James Bond on-screen is a treat for 007 fans. He takes us on a lively spin around the milestones of cinema’s longest-running franchise. Page after page of photos display the villains, the gadgets and the girls, making “Bond on Bond” a kind of 007 family album for those who grew up with the British secret agent.

    Brian Patrick Flynn has layered several deep shades of orange throughout this space and then accented with shades of blue to create a cozy, inviting room.

    Beyond pumpkins: Orange hues are hot indoors, too

    Leaves are changing and pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps around the country. As vibrant shades of orange fill the outdoors, they’re also becoming increasingly popular inside in upholstery fabrics, paint colors, furniture and accessories. “The idea of orange can sound juvenile and unsophisticated,” designer Kyle Schuneman says. “But if you go with umbers, burnt bricks or terra cottas, you can sell a client on the idea much easier.”

    A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press that the Grammy-winning diva Beyoncé will take the stage at the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show on Feb. 3.

    Beyonce ready to tackle Super Bowl halftime

    All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That’s because Beyonce is the halftime show performer. A source familiar with the Super Bowl told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The official announcement is expected Wednesday, the source said.

    Jim Belushi declares that Gino's pizza is the best in Chicago, except maybe for Lou Malnati's. Or Giordano's.

    Wheaton's Jim Belushi: Actor, icon, pizza diplomat

    Wheaton native Jim Belushi, star of many TV shows, movies and voice-overs is also a musician and Chicago icon, although he admitted that being a Chicago icon is a bit embarrassing. After all, he grew up the son of Albanian parents. But, "It means good seats at the Bears games," Belushi said. "It means good seats at Wrigley Field."

    Reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives at the U.S. Courthouse for a news conference Monday in Tampa, Fla. Hogan says he was secretly taped six years ago having sex with the ex-wife of a friend. Portions of the video were posted on the online gossip site Gawker.

    Hulk Hogan sues friend, gossip site over sex tape

    Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan sued a disc jockey, the DJ's ex-wife and a gossip website Monday after a sex tape involving Hogan and the woman was posted online. Hogan said in two lawsuits that he had consensual sex with his best friend's wife, but he did not know he was being secretly recorded. The video was posted on the online gossip site Gawker. Hogan is seeking $100 million in damages from the New York-based media company, which declined comment.

    A California teen accused of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini will have to stand trial.

    Teen to stand trial in theft of chef’s Lamborghini

    A California teen accused of stealing a celebrity chef's Lamborghini and later shooting at a couple will have to stand trial on a number of charges, including attempted murder. A judge ruled Monday that there is enough evidence against 18-year-old Max Wade to try him on charges including attempted murder and auto theft.

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Christopher Johnson, left, and Nathaniel Claybrooks, who claimed “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” discriminated against persons of color by failing to select nonwhites for central roles in the popular ABC series. The judge ruled that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment.

    Judge dismisses ‘Bachelor’ discrimination case

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a case filed by two black men who claimed ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” discriminated against casting participants of color.U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger’s ruling states that casting decisions by the network and the series’ producers are protected by the First Amendment and the case should not continue.Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson sued the network in April, claiming their bids to appear on “The Bachelor” were never given serious consideration. They claimed the show and its spinoff “The Bachelorette” discriminated against nonwhite participants.Trauger’s ruling calls the plaintiffs’ efforts “laudable” but says the lawsuit is aimed at regulating the show’s content, which is forbidden under the First Amendment.“Ultimately, whatever messages ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ communicate or are intended to communicate — whether explicitly, implicitly, intentionally, or otherwise — the First Amendment protects the right of the producers of these shows to craft and control those messages, based on whatever considerations the producers wish to take into account,” Trauger wrote. ABC lauded the ruling, saying, “We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor.” An email sent to attorney Byron Perkins, who represented Claybrooks and Johnson, was not immediately returned.At the time of the lawsuit’s filing, all of the men given star billing in the first 16 seasons of “The Bachelor” were white. Through seven seasons of “The Bachelorette,” two Hispanic contestants were selected winners and the rest were white.

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony in January.

    Tina Fey, Amy Poehler hosting Golden Globes

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up for the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC has announced that the pair of "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation" stars have signed on to host the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony after British comedian Ricky Gervais' three-year reign as the show's acerbic emcee.

    Chef Jeff Schmehl plates a serving of meat loaf for diners at Mac's on Slade in Palatine.

    Chef du jour: Arlington Heights native still rockin’ in the kitchen

    For several years Jeff Schmehl worked as a tour caterer, cooking for acts like Taylor Swift and Van Halen. Today he's still rocking, but the bands he feeds are decidedly lesser known. After meeting his wife on the road and deciding it was time to settle down, Schmehl has settled in at Mac's on Slade, a Palatine spot that features dinner every day and local bands on the weekends.


    Beer Burger with Brown Ale Sauce
    :Jeff Schmehl

    Chef Jeff Schmehl traded life on the road as a tour caterer for the kitchen at Mac’s on Slade, a new eatery and music venue in downtown Palatine.

    Beer Cheese Soup
    Beer Cheese Soup: Jeff Schmehl

    “The Panther” by Nelson DeMille

    'The Panther' is suspenseful action free-for-all

    Nelson DeMille brings back federal agent John Corey to tackle a high-ranking al-Qaida terrorist in his latest thriller, "The Panther." It's early 2004 and the nation is still reeling from Sept. 11 and the suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole. Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, receive orders for a job in Yemen. The mission requires them to use all their resources to track down a killer known as The Panther.

    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Anna Lopez and Garrett Anderson encircle choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo in front of Marc Chagall’s America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago. The stained glass artwork inspired Cerrudo to create the dance work “One Thousand Pieces.”

    Best bets: Chagall inspires Hubbard Street dance

    Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces” is the first full-length piece created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, taking its inspiration from Marc Chagall’s “America Windows.” See it this weekend at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Williams Street Repertory revives its 2011 production of “The Rocky Horror Show” at Crystal Lake's Raue Center. Or catch Doug Benson's crazy comedy at Zanies in Rosemont on Sunday.

    Mamie Gummer stars as the title character “Emily Owens M.D.” in the new CW drama series that premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

    Mamie Gummer finds stardom as ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’

    On "Emily Owens, M.D.,” Mamie Gummer (actress-daughter of Meryl Streep) plays a med school graduate just starting out as an intern. No longer will Emily be the nerdy schoolgirl. As a doctor, Emily knows her stuff. But on a personal level, she’s still naive. "She’s very easy to embrace. I really love her!” Gummer says. With a little luck, the audience will love her, too, and make a hit out of “Emily Owens,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the CW.



    Our endorsements for DuPage County Board
    Our endorsements for DuPage County Board.


    Endorsement: Duffy over Howland in Senate District 26
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent Republican Dan Duffy In the race for state Senate from the 26th District.


    Our endorsements for Kane County Board
    Our endorsements in contested Kane County Board races.


    Smokin’ Joe at the debate

    Columnist Susan Estrich: So maybe Joe Biden's performance will stop Mitt Romney's momentum (although I think the unemployment numbers already did), and maybe it will help President Obama's fundraising, and it certainly will energize his supporters and quiet some of the complainers.


    Smile when you say that

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: No matter what Ryan said (except when he told a personal story), Biden smiled. Like the Cheshire cat, he smiled. Like an Ultra Brite model, he smiled. Like someone trying to seem friendly, bemused, stunned to hear such malarkey from his debate opponent, fill-in-the-blank, he smiled. But Biden's was no friendly smile.


    Nice smile can’t cover Obama’s deeds
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Politicians in Obamatown have raised taxes on everything even food. Where are the jobs? College graduates owe a lot of money but can't get the jobs promised by smiley Obama.


    Walsh shows real leadership
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Daily Herald brings up his past but ignores his legislative record. He has reported back weekly to all parts of his district, something refreshingly new. His opponent is no more than a creature of the Democrat machine.


    Mathias has earned our support
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Over the years Sid Mathias has proven many things to me and my family: his dedication to our community, his heart for service, and his ability to work with all sides on an issue to come to a consensus that is best for us.


    Coolidge for Congress
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: Leslie Coolidge is my choice to represent the 6th District in Congress. Leslie's experience as a CPA partner for KPMG LLP gives her an understanding of working within a budget, which translates to Congress.


    GOP’s definiton of freedom not mine
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: If you agree with writer Hal Crowther's views on Republicans' views on our freedoms, then vote for Obama.


    Selling political fantasies to kids
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The Democratic Party and Obama's super PAC's are now using the lowest dominator, children, for their political message. Samuel L. Jackson, representing a super PAC, is using children, plus the "F bomb" to raise awareness of what could happen if Romney is elected president.


    Missed one step in water rate story
    A Naperville letter to the editor: This is regarding the Daily Herald Sept. 26 story, "Why suburban water rates are skyrocketing" by Jake Griffin, who I consider to be one of the best reporters in the area. Mr. Griffin's articles are usually very accurate, but I believe that he missed one step in his article that must be added:


    Attend candidates’ forum and decide
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Shannon Burns is the most qualified candidate for DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner from District 6. She has been attending forest preserve commission meetings for three years. She has probably attended more meetings than some serving commissioners.


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