Daily Archive : Wednesday October 17, 2012


    Panel members, from left, Madeleine Doubek, chief operating officer of Reboot Illinois, the Daily Herald’s Jim Slusher, assistant managing editor/opinion page, Kerry Lester, political editor and Charles Madigan, a journalist for 40 years before joining Roosevelt University as presidential writer-in-residence take questions during a Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access political forum at Wednesday at the Schaumburg Campus of Roosevelt University.

    Panel talks politics with Daily Herald subscribers

    A panel of political experts weighed in on topics ranging from media biases to why the suburbs are a major political battleground during a presentation Wednesday night at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg.The 2-hour event also featured a lot of storytelling, as panelists shared entertaining tales of their memorable moments and favorite interviews.

    William Lowe, 33, of Warrenville has been known to sport a long beard. Softball teammates of his say they won’t shave their beards until Lowe is released from Loyola University Medical Center, where he is recovering from significant burns suffered in a Sept. 15 house fire.

    Oct. 20 fundraiser for Warrenville fire victim

    Seconds after escaping from his burning Warrenville house last month, William Lowe ran right back in, thinking a friend was still inside and wanting to do everything he could to help. Lowe, 33, was badly burned in the fire, so the friends and family he would do anythign to help now are planning a fundraiser to assist with the mounting medical bills of eight surgeries and more than a month in the...

    Democrat Chris Kennedy, left, opposes Republican Mike Nerheim in the Lake County state’s attorney race.

    Candidates pledge to reform Lake County state’s attorney’s office

    As they have throughout their campaigns, the two men vying to be Lake County's next state's attorney sounded like crusading reformers during a debate Wednesday night in Grayslake.

    Don Kirchenberg

    DuPage forest preserve candidates spar over transparancy

    When it comes to whether the DuPage County Forest District is open and transparent, both candidates in the District 2 commissioner race are accusing their opponent of spinning the facts. Republican incumbent Joseph Cantore recently took aim at his challenger Donald Kirchenberg and other local Democrats for criticizing the district's efforts to provide more information to the public. "They do it...

    Priyang Parikh

    Prosecutors: Man crashed Elmhurst wedding to molest kids

    Priyang Parikh wasn't looking for free drinks, entertainment or food when he crashed an Elmhurst wedding reception -- he was there to molest children. That's how prosecutors portrayed the 31-year-old Virginia man as his jury trial opened Wednesday in DuPage County.


    Fire in Schaumburg causes $20,000 damage

    A fire at a Schaumburg home Wednesday resulted in $20,000. No injuries were reported.


    Woman cut from vehicle after crash in Schaumburg

    Two people were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries Wednesday after a crash about 8 a.m. at Algonquin and Hammond roads in Schaumburg.

    Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting operation Wednesday morning after he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it in a suicide mission, authorities said.

    Man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve
    A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said. Before trying to carry out the alleged terrorism plot, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis went to a warehouse to help assemble a 1,000-pound bomb using inert material,...


    Picnics, golf to cost more next year in Cook County

    It will cost more to picnic and golf at Cook County Forest Preserve properties next year if the proposed budget is approved today. The district's property tax levy won't increase from last year, said Arnold Randall, the district's general superintendent.


    Franks, Tryon give pros, cons of electing county executive

    Two state representatives traded barbs and pats on the back in a lively debate Wednesday night about their opposing views on having a county executive in McHenry County. Voters will choose Nov. 6 whether they want a county executive form of government. State Rep. Jack Franks, a Democract from Marengo, and state Rep. Mike Tryon, a Republican from Crystal Lake, spoke at a forum organized by the...

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

    Aggressive or annoying? Some find debate too rude

    To some, Tuesday's Obama-Romney debate was squirm-inducing. But shedding some dignity probably won't cost the candidates much -- since both President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney came out swinging.

    The presidential debate the night before may not have been sugar-coated, but these platters of cookies — bearing the likenesses of President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a bakery in Oakmont, Pa., Wednesday — were.

    Obama, Romney seek support from women after debate

    One day after their contentious, finger-pointing debate, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney vied aggressively for the support of women voters Wednesday, as they and their running mates charged across nearly a half-dozen battleground states in the close race for the White House with 20 days to run.

    The new north bridge at Island Park has been completed, and the park has reopened.

    New bridge, new playground at Geneva’s Island Park

    Fox River Trail users have one less detour going through Geneva, as Island Park has re-opened. It was closed this summer while a bridge was replaced, the playground remodeled and ash trees removed.


    Spike in downtown violence grabs Naperville’s atttention

    In the wake of two violent fights and a recent armed robbery, Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall says he has a plan for making downtown safer. He just needs time to see it through. "We've had a trend of relatively serious crimes since our school resource officers (left downtown patrols and) went back into the schools in the middle of August," Marshall said.

    Rising costs and declining interest has forced the Naperville Jaycees to cancel this year’s Santa Train event.

    Santa’s train plans for Naperville visit derailed

    The rising cost of rail travel means Santa will be relying solely on eight tiny reindeer to get him to and from Naperville this Christmas season. The HYPERLINK "http://www.naperjaycees.org/"Naperville Jaycees announced Wednesday the cancellation of the annual Santa Train event that traditionally has taken hundreds of Naperville-area children and their families to the North Pole (which looks much...

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

    Foster, Biggert find points to agree and disagree on federal budget

    Candidates in the 11th Congressional District both have issues with the budget plans their own parties have proposed. And while both agree there may be room for compromise using a formula similar to that proposed in the Simpson-Bowles Debt Plan, their own starting points for negotiations are on polar opposite sides.

    Bill Foster, left, and Sen. Dick Durbin met with senior citizens in Joliet Friday to discuss the future of Medicare and Social Security.

    11th Congressional candidates detail plans for Medicare solvency

    11th Congressional hopefull Bill Foster hosted a roundtable on Medicare in Joliet Wednesday that was attended by Sen. Dick Durbin. Here's a detailed look at where Foster and his Republican opponent Judy Biggert stands on Medicare reform.

    Chuck Czochara, from left, Barb Soracco and Catherine Portera, all residents of Sun City in Huntley, joined about 25 other supporters of Republican Congressman Joe Walsh to protest outside the office of Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth in Rolling Meadows.

    Protesters rail against Duckworth over firings

    About two dozen Congressman Joe Walsh supporters protested Wednesday outside the Rolling Meadows campaign headquarters of his 8th Congressional District Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth demanding answers to why she authorized the firing of two "whistle-blowers" from a veterans home in downstate Anna, Ill.

    Steven Leopoldo

    Forest preserve’s bidding practices scrutinized

    A Democratic candidate seeking a seat on the board that oversees the DuPage Forest Preserve District says steps must be taken to prevent "fraudulent contracts" from being approved by the district.

    Lance Armstrong is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so the group can focus on its mission instead of its founder's problems. The move came a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.

    Armstrong out as Livestrong head, loses sponsors

    Already an outcast in cycling after a massive doping report, Lance Armstrong absorbed hits much closer to home Wednesday: to his wallet and his heart. Armstrong was dumped by Nike, Anheuser-Busch and other sponsors, and he gave up the top spot at Livestrong, his beloved cancer-fighting charity, a week after an anti-doping agency released evidence of drug use by the seven-time Tour de France...


    No inflation increase in McHenry Co. proposed budget

    Next year's proposed budget for McHenry County accounts for no cost-of-living increase in the property tax levy while giving raises to union and nonunion staff, a balance that the county board first gave a nod to back in July. The county would collect about $2.3 million less in revenues than allowed under the tax cap law, officials said.


    46-year sentence in 2008 Aurora cocaine deal slaying

    A Wisconsin man is sentenced to 46 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of the October 2008 murder of a 28-year-old in Aurora in a drug deal gone bad. Juan M. Herrera, 32, of Prescott, was found to have fired the gun that killed Hector Valtierrez after he tried to steal five kilograms of cocaine. Herrera faced a minimum of 45 years in prison after a 2011 conviction in a bench trial.

    A salad cart at Eastview Middle School in Bartlett is part of a program at Elgin Area School District U-46 schools to get healthier foods into school cafeterias.

    Salad bar lets students pick and choose what they eat

    In an effort to promote healthy eating, Eastview Middle School in Bartlett has introduced a salad cart full or frest fruits and vegetables. Students say it's more exciting to make your own lunch and choose what you like than to stand in line for a hot dog or burger.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    An Aurora man was charged with felony retail theft at 2:02 p.m. Oct. 5. Robert W. Wilson, 53, of the 800 block of Birchwood Drive, is accused of stealing a pair of Nike Air Visi Pro II basketball shoes and a pair of Asics Matflex 3 wrestling shoes from Sports Authority, 1777 S. Randall Road, a Kane County Sheriff's report said. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a theft-detection...


    Police reports
    Cesar Aponte, 35, of the 9000 block of Lawrence Court in Schiller Park, was arrested Monday on charges of retail theft that occurred at 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at Menards, 825 S. Randall Road, according to police reports. Aponte is charged with stealing three pneumatic coil nailers worth more than $800 with the help of Kimberly Velazquez, also of Schiller Park, reports said. Aponte was already in West...


    Cook County highway department gets bigger planning role

    Cook County is reorganizing its highway department to focus more on regional transportation needs. The restructuring also allows county officials to compete for federal grants and appropriations and will help efforts to link roadways with other transportation modes, like bikes and buses.


    Batavia council asks committee to revisit salaries

    Batavia aldermen Monday refused to cut the pay of aldermen and freeze that of the mayor to be elected in the spring, sending the measure back to committee for more discussion.

    Just-opened LA Fitness on Route 12 in Lake Zurich filled a vacant 42,764-square-foot building formerly occupied by Wickes Furniture. A village report issued this week shows retail occupancy rates remain on the rise.

    Village report shows Lake Zurich’s retail scene continues positive trend

    Lake Zurich's retail scene is continuing on a positive trend that started in 2011, according to a new village report. Planning Manager Vijay Gadde has issued the third-quarter report showing a decline in the occupancy levels of the village's retail spaces and rental rates. Gadde said what's happening in Lake Zurich may be part of a broader overall economic recovery.


    Libertyville man arrested on gun charges

    A Libertyville man who was arrested after being spotted in a bar with a loaded handgun was, at the time, out of jail on bond for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest, Libertyville police officials said. Patrick K. Nichols, 52, of the 200 block of Park Avenue, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Oct. 9 and charged with possession of a firearm while firearm owners...

    Daniel Baker

    Baker changes course, claims innocence in Vernon Hills murder

    Just when noted Chicago attorney Ed Genson thought he had seen it all from his client, Daniel Baker — whose insanity defense he had laid out 24 hours earlier — dropped a bombshell. "Today, for the first time, you're telling me you didn't do it," an incredulous Genson said to Baker. Genson later said to the Deerfield man, "You're a trip kid. You're one of a kind. I just want you to...


    Repeat Elgin domestic abuser pleads guilty, faces more prison

    A 34-year-old Elgin man, who prosecutors say is the classic example of a serial domestic violence abuser, faces six to 30 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 29. Quinzeric D. Span pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery this week and has a history of domestic abuse. He also called the victim numerous times from jail in an attempt to keep her from testifying. Authorities recorded these calls.

    The atmosphere will be properly spooky and creepy Friday and Saturday when visitors to Naper Settlement celebrate All Hallows Eve.

    Naper Settlement's All Hallows Eve celebration promises a night of fright

    The creep factor has gone pro at this year's All Hallows Eve celebration at Naper Settlement. Organizers of the annual two-day scarefest brought in the professionals — three area acting groups — to generate an authentic aura of horror throughout its 12-acre grounds in downtown Naperville.

    Tracy Hill

    Tracy Hill, pioneer in suburban property management, dies at 68

    The property management industry lost one of its pioneers in Tracy Hill, who died Sunday at age 68. Hill grew up working in his father's company, Kimball Hill Homes. But instead of taking over the family business with his brother David, Hill founded Property Specialists Inc., in 1975 and grew the company from serving 10 communities to 250.

    Deborah Barry, left, opposes Craig Taylor for Lake County Board District 19 seat.

    Lake County Board candidates offer ideas for forest preserve

    Candidates for the Lake County Board's 19th District seat agree that it may make sense in the future to have two separate bodies governing the county board and the forest preserve district. Until then, 19th district incumbent Craig Taylor of Lake Zurich and challenger Deborah Barry of Deer Park both have various ideas of what to do to improve the forest preserve.

    Plenty of vendors have their wares for sale at the Autumn Drive, which takes place along and around Garden Valley Road in Woodstock the third weekend of October every year. This year marks the event's 25th anniversary.

    Autumn Drive showcases McHenry County farms, vendors

    A drive in the country to see the fall colors can be fun, but what if that drive included stops at farms and galleries for antiquing, crafts, lunch, and local produce? The McHenry County Autumn Drive, now in its 25th year, features more than a dozen stops on and around Garden Valley Road, each with its unique offerings.


    Palatine schools safe after soft lockdown

    Palatine High School and two elementary schools were on a soft lockdown for part of the day Wednesday after a report of youths with a handgun in an apartment complex near the school. The lockdowns were canceled about 1:30 p.m. after police questioned four teens and determined the weapon was a pellet gun.


    No turkey this year for FISH Food Pantry clients

    Dundee Township residents who turn to the local FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville for their Thanksgiving turkey will not be receiving turkeys. “They will receive everything including the potatoes, stuffing and vegetable, but not the turkeys,” said Mary Graziano, FISH president. “The pantry doesn’t have enough money to buy the turkeys for everyone.”

    Isaac Danyus

    Waukegan police ask for help finding 62-year-old man

    Waukegan police are asking for help in finding a missing 62-year-old man. Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said Isaac Danyus was last seen Sept. 27 at his home in the 2300 block of Dover Drive in Waukegan.


    Two charged in connection with Waukegan school bus damage

    Two juveniles from Waukegan were charged in connection with damaging a pair of school buses at a parking lot at Lakeside School, police said. A 14-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested on Saturday just after the alleged break in took place, Police Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said.

    Passengers board the Metra commuter train at the Buffalo Grove Metra station. A study suggests pursuing housing opportunities that would appeal to younger populations in the area around the train station.

    Housing plan for Buffalo Grove elicits no reaction from trustees

    If the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning was looking for feedback to its draft recommendations for its project Homes for a Changing Region, Buffalo Grove was definitely the wrong place. Not a word was spoken by trustees after the presentation, in contrast to the 1 1/2 hour discussion that followed a similar presentation last week in Mount Prospect.

    Arlington Heights was one of the few suburbs that didn't see an increase in IMRF contribution costs between 2009 and 2011, but it will pay an extra $857,000 this year to cover delayed payments allowed by the pension agency.

    Watchdog: Staff cuts don't translate to pension savings

    Doing more with less has been the mantra of most government agencies since the economy soured in 2008. But an analysis of 80 suburbs shows that while they combined to shed 708 jobs, the cost of providing retirement benefits to the remaining employees has increased more than $7.7 million from 2009 to 2011.


    DUI charges dropped against Chicago man involved in Long Grove fatal motorcycle crash

    Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol were dropped against a Chicago man who was behind the wheel of an SUV when it struck and killed a motorcyclist in Long Grove in September, Lake County prosecutors said Wednesday. Laboratory results showed Joseph Cardinale, 43, was not drunk or impaired on drugs when his vehicle collided with motorcyclist Anthony Brust, 21, at Old Route 53 and...

    America’s favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk of developing cancer in healthy male doctors who took them daily for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

    Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men

    America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they don't help prevent chronic diseases and some have even caused problems.


    Government: Violent crimes rose 18 percent in 2011

    WASHINGTON — The number of violent crimes rose by 18 percent in the United States last year while property crimes went up by 11 percent, the government reported Wednesday. It was the first year-to-year increase for violent crime since 1993, marking the end of a long string of declines. Violent crime fell by 65 percent since 1993, from 16.8 million to 5.8 million last year.


    Tentative June trial set in Trayvon Martin case

    SANFORD, Fla. — A judge has set a tentative trial date next year for a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.Judge Debra S. Nelson set June 10 as the tentative start for George Zimmerman’s trial. But his attorney noted there are still several unresolved pretrial matters to complete. Another status hearing is set for December 10.


    Human Rights Watch: Libya militias ‘executed’ Gadhafi loyalists

    CAIRO — Libyan rebels appear to have “summarily executed” scores of fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, and probably the dictator himself, when they overran his hometown a year ago, a human rights group said Wednesday.


    World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation — to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks with comedian Dennis Miller, left, and senior adviser Barbara Comstock, before boarding his campaign plane in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, after Tuesday’s presidential debate with President Barack Obama.

    Candidates fan out after combative debate

    Fresh off an intently combative debate, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are taking their tuned-up fight to the precious few battleground states where the election is still up for grabs with just 20 days to go.

    Taking responsibility for security at the U.S. consulate in Libya where an attack by extremists last month killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday in Lima, that security at all of America’s diplomatic missions abroad is her job, not that of the White House.

    After Clinton, Obama takes Benghazi responsibility

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama assumed responsibility Tuesday for the deadly terror attack in Libya last month that killed four Americans just hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to shoulder the blame for any mistakes the administration made.


    Israel counted food needs in Gaza blockade

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli military calculated the number of calories Gaza’s residents would need to consume to avoid malnutrition during a sweeping blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory between 2007 and mid-2010, according to a document the Defense Ministry released under a court order.

    Police investigate at Fero’s Bar and Grill in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, where the bodies of a man and four woman were discovered after firefighters extinguished a fire at the bar early Wednesday morning. Police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings.

    5 dead in apparent arson-homicide at Denver bar

    DENVER — Five people were found dead in a bar where a fire broke out early Wednesday, and police think the blaze was set to cover up their slayings.The fire at Fero’s Bar & Grill was reported around closing time at 2 a.m., Police Chief Robert White said.Firefighters found four women and one man dead inside the bar. Police don’t think they died in the fire.


    Wis. state parks offer Halloween activities

    MADISON, Wis. — State parks and forests across Wisconsin are offering Halloween hikes, hayrides and trick-or-treating as the holiday approaches.


    Indiana man dies after being trapped under piano

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Police say a man in his 90s died after he became trapped under a piano inside his home near South Bend.St. Joseph County police Sgt. Bill Redman say that family members checked on him Tuesday evening after not hearing from him for much of the day. He was pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived.


    Woman in wheelchair killed crossing Indiana street

    SULLIVAN, Ind. — Police in western Indiana say a 71-year-old woman in a wheelchair was struck and killed while crossing a city street.Police say Evelyn Norfleet was in a motorized wheelchair and crossing a street in an area not marked as a crosswalk near her home in downtown Sullivan when she was hit by a pickup truck Tuesday.


    Lawyers in Wisconsin redistricting case withheld emails

    MADISON, Wis. — A forensic examiner’s report says attorneys hired by Republican lawmakers to assist with the redistricting process withheld 34 emails to groups suing them despite court orders.


    Man loses appeal in telemarketing scam targeting seniors

    JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals court has upheld the more than 14-year sentence George Coe Jr. received for his role in a telemarketing scam case in Mississippi.Coe was sentenced in 2011 after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.


    Man sells McJordan barbecue sauce for $10,000

    A man who used to own McDonald's restaurants in North Dakota is about $10,000 richer after selling a 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce to a buyer in Chicago.


    Mo. man pleads guilty to counterfeiting charges

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A Missouri man faces up to four years in federal prison now that he’s pleaded guilty to possessing and passing counterfeit U.S. currency.Thirty-six-year-old Sanchez Smotherman of St. Louis pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to possession of counterfeit currency, resisting or impeding the U.S. Secret Service and obstructing justice.


    Cleanup planned at old Indiana industrial site

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Officials say it’s going to cost more than double earlier estimates to clean up a former industrial site in western Indiana that’s contaminated with arsenic, lead and other hazardous substances.


    Hearing set in exhumation of murdered family

    CHESTER, Ill. — Family members of a murdered southwestern Illinois woman and her children may have to wait until at least next month for a judge to decide whether they can move the bodies to the woman’s hometown of Chicago.


    North Shore District 112 teachers strike over

    Highland Park-area students head back to class after a 17-hour negotiation session between teachers and North Shore Elementary District 112 resulted in a tentative contract early Wednesday. The school district and the North Shore Education Association posted a statement on their websites that a tentative agreement has been reached and classes will be back in session today.


    Lake Park High School considering pool for East Campus

    Lake Park High School officials are revisiting the possibility of adding a pool to the school's East Campus. Superintendent Lynne Panega said the issue has been discussed in previous years, but it re-emerged last month because Lake Park's swim and dive teams are displaced from College of DuPage — their home site — due to construction until February 2014.

    Ray Gleason stands inside his automotive shop in Des Plaines talking about the early days, holding a picture with himself in the middle, brother Hal on left and Harry, Ray’s dad on the right. He is finishing up work on two cars then calling it quits due to the economic hardship of keeping the family business alive after the death of his father and brother.

    Des Plaines auto repair shop closing after 56 years

    Ray Gleason is the last man standing in the family-owned Des Plaines auto repair shop — started by his father and World War II veteran Harry Gleason in 1956 — where he and his brother, Hal, learned to be grease monkeys as teenagers. Now, after 56 years in business, the family is forced to sell Gleason’s Automotive at 173 S. Wolf Road due to economic hardship, said the 60-year-old Gleason Tuesday.

    Meet Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier star of the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” as he and his trainer, Omar Von Muller, read from and autograph copies of their new book, “Uggie, My Story,” at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Smashing Pumpkins, carving them, and Uggie the dog

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Smashing Pumpkins and carving them, Uggie the dog and buffalo chicken lollipops are among choices by Sean and Richard for The Suburbs This Weekend.

    Here is the Oltrogge house after updating by Danette and Tim Meyer.

    New owners treating original Arlington Hts. residence with respect

    When Tim and Danette Meyer bought their house on South Mitchell Avenue, they didn't have to dig to get at its history since they bought it directly from descendants of the Oltrogge family that built it in 1918. "My husband and I were so happy to have a young family buy it," said Joan Brandt.

    Music Director Doug Orlyk, left, and Director Craig Gustafson collaborate on the interpretation of some of Sondheim’s passages in “A Little Night Music” at the Village Theatre Guild, opening Friday, Oct. 19.

    ‘Night Music’ at Village Theatre Guild

    The Village Theatre Guild of Glen Ellyn, led by Craig Gustafson and Doug Orlyk, will stage one of Stephen Sondheim's most celebrated works, "A Little Night Music."

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University Tuesday night.

    Dawn Patrol: Obama vs. Romney round 2, ID for I-90 crash victim

    Obama and Romney meet in second debate. Walsh and Duckworth ramp up campaign rhetoric. Interstate 90 crash victim identified as Long Grove man. Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in the Northwest suburbs. Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers vote to authorize union leaders to call a strike.



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


    Girls tennis state tournament draw
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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

    Burlington Central’s Alan Camarena is met by teammates Sean Fitzgerald and James Raney, foreground, after his first half goal against Hampshire on Wednesday. The Rockets won 3-1 to earn a spot opposite Kaneland with a Class 2A regional title on the line.

    Burlington Central to meet Kaneland for title

    Throw out the records when the postseason starts. At least that is how host Burlington Central must have felt when Hampshire ­— after the Rockets had several quality chances misfire—--scored on its first shot attempt of the schools' Class 2A soccer regional semifinal Wednesday night on Rocket Hill. But the Whip-Purs' lead lasted a mere 1 minute, 36 seconds as the Rockets dominated the entire match en route to gaining a regional final date against Kaneland on Saturday morning with a 3-1 win.

    Former Lake Park boys soccer coach Norm Hillner is now the Northwestern University men’s soccer team director of operations.

    Hillner staying close to soccer

    On June 1 Norm Hillner retired from Lake Park after 32 years as an assistant dean and a teacher of several subjects over the years and 28 seasons as the Lancers' boys varsity soccer coach. Three days later he was working Northwestern University's annual golf outing to support its men's soccer team, among the many facets of his new job as the soccer program's director of operations.


    Grayslake North ousts Grayslake Central

    Baruk Perez-Vera scored with less than 10 minutes left to break a tie and then set up a goal, as Grayslake North's boys soccer team advanced in the state tournament Wednesday night. Sintayehu Meyer scored twice for Grayslake North, which defeated visiting Grayslake Central 3-1 in the rain to advance to Saturday's 11 a.m. Class 2A regional final at Grayslake North. The third-seeded Knights (9-14) will play top-seeded Prairie Ridge, which was a 4-1 winner over No. 4 Wauconda.

    Jacobs’ Greg Sidor (2) runs for yardage earlier this season. The Golden Eagles have a playoff berth on the line Friday night when they visit Dundee-Crown.

    There’s plenty at stake for Jacobs, Dundee-Crown

    Unlike recent football games between District 300 rivals Jacobs and Dundee-Crown that have lacked intrigue, Friday's meeting at the D-C Bowl bursts with compelling storylines. Jacobs enters the game with a 4-4 record and 37 playoff points. The Golden Eagles are guaranteed 2 more points and will likely finish with 41 or 42, which should be enough to secure one of the remaining 92 berths in the 256-team playoff field if they win. The playoff-point threshold last season was 40, the highest total in a decade. It was 39 in 2010. So Jacobs' mission objective is clear: win and get into the postseason.


    Quick-striking St. Viator advances to regional final

    Top sectional seed St. Viator routed East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Notre Dame 5-1 on Wednesday night to open its effort in the Class 2A state tournament. Ross Randon and Nick Winter each scored a pair of goals to help the Lions advance to the Vernon Hills regional final at 11 a.m. Saturday.


    Brenly always able to keep things interesting

    Bob Brenly is leaving the Cubs' TV booth and a big seat to fill. So, what qualifications should his replacement have?

    Austin Swenson

    Football: Week 8 MVPs

    Senior quarterback Austin Swenson of Wauconda and junior cornerback Ryan Parks of Benet have earned the Daily Herald's MVP selection for their performances in Week 8 of the high school football season.

    Jake Stadleman (26) of Naperville Central congratulates teammate JJ Gustaitis (10) on scoring their teams seventh and final goal against Geneva during the boys soccer regional semifinals in Naperville, Wednesday. The Redhawks won 7-0 over the Vikings.

    Waubonsie Valley, Naperville Central advance

    Waubonsie Valley continued its late-season surge during Wednesday's Class 3A Naperville Central semifinal, beating Oswego 3-1. It marked the eighth straight victory for the Warriors (13-6-1), who will move on to face their stiffest challenge of the season when they return to Naperville Central to take on the top-seeded Redhawks at 3 p.m. Saturday.


    Marist handles Carmel

    Girls volleyballMarist d. Carmel: On Tuesday night, the Corsairs fell 25-19, 25-21 in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.Grace Schofield had 7 kills and 2 blocks for Carmel (20-16, 2-7), while fellow outside hitter Caitlin Barry put down 4 kills and served an ace.“Our outside hitters were great tonight with no errors between the two of them, but it wasn’t enough to overtake one of the best teams in the state,” Corsairs coach David Pazely said. “Our serve receive struggled at times, and we gave up so big runs because of it, which ended up costing us both games. We look forward to the chance to rebound against Lake Forest (Thursday) at home on senior night.

    St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate after beating the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Beltran sub boosts Cardinals in Game 3

    Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3½ hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants for a 2-1 series lead Wednesday night.

    Libertyville’s Julia Smagacz, left, Kristen Webb, and Vicky Liu celebrate after beating Lakes to win the NSC title Wednesday night at Libertyville.

    Liu helps Libertyville win NSC crown

    Some of Vicky Liu's Libertyville classmates apparently know zilch, nada, about No. 0. That might be a different story now, however, after Liu, Libertyville's shortest volleyball player, was a large part of the story in the Wildcats' 25-18, 25-16 win over visiting Lakes on Wednesday night. The victory gave the Wildcats their second North Suburban Conference championship in three years.


    Game 4 of ALCS postponed by threat of rain

    Game 4 of the AL championship series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of bad weather in the area Wednesday night — although Comerica Park was still dry when the game was called.Wednesday night's game was rescheduled for Thursday at 4:07 p.m., when Game 5 was originally slated to be played. Detroit leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward d. Guerin: Katie Swanson had 11 kills and 8 digs and Shannon Igielski added 7 kills and 5 digs to lead the Green Wave to a 22-25, 25-22, 25-13 Suburban Christian Conference win. Cece Rapp (5 kills), Casey Gredzieleski (20 assists), Allison Kruk (11 digs) and Clara McDowell (9 digs) also contributed for St. Edward (14-17, 6-4).Jacobs d. Dundee-Crown: Jacobs won the Fox Valley (Valley) matchup that was also a prelude to next Monday’s regional opener, 25-19, 25-21. Steph Magsamen had 9 kills for Dundee-Crown, while Cori Eischen added 12 assists and Julia Parreno had 6 digs for the Chargers (12-18, 1-11).


    Girls tennis/State scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from the girls tennis state tournament, from the perspective of players in the Mid-Suburban League.


    South Elgin downs Lake Park

    Jake Hicks and Phil Saccameno scored goals as South Elgin’s boys soccer team held off Lake Park 2-1 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A Addison Trail regional.Issac Perez and Quinn Uveges had assists for the Storm, which also got 13 saves in goal from Tyler Shipon.The Storm will take on Addison Trail at 6 p.m. Friday in Addison for the regional championship. Addison Trail ended Bartlett’s season, 4-0, in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

    Maine West’s Tara Nykiel, left, and Brittany Collins set up for a block but the ball slips over the net for a Highland Park point at Maine West on Wednesday.

    Maine West honors seniors against Highland Park

    The Maine West girls volleyball team celebrated Senior Night when Highland Park visited on Wednesday for the Warriors' final regular-season match. The Giants (10-21, 4-6) won each team's final match of the Central Suburban North season 25-15, 25-6 in Des Plaines.

    Buffalo Grove twins Dana, foreground, and Lauren Goggin wrap a standout high school tennis career in doubles play as the Bison host the state tournament this weekend.

    Buffalo Grove's Goggins take one last swing

    It's finally the end of the road for the dynamic Buffalo Grove senior girls tennis duo of twins Dana and Lauren Goggin. Not, however, before they return for a fourth run through the state tournament, this time hosted by the school where they shined every year on varsity.

    George LeClaire/gleclarie@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears' wide receiver Devin Hester returns a punt here for a touchdown late in the second half against Seattle Seahawks 23-20 at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, October 17. ¬ ¬ ¬

    Lions perfect tonic for Hester?

    The last time Devin Hester returned a kick for a touchdown, it came against the Lions. This week's opponent? Detroit.

    The Cubs television broadcast team of play-by-play man Len Kasper, left, and analyst Bob Brenly had been together since the 2005 season.

    Brenly ‘grateful' for 8 years in Cubs booth
    Bob Brenly is leaving his job as analyst on Cubs TV broadcasts. He's likely to end up in Arizona as an analyst on Diamondbacks broadcasts. Brenly said he would miss Chicago, and play-by-play man Len Kasper said he was "crushed," but happy for Brenly.

    Bears cornerback D.J. Moore runs off the field after being ejected from the game last season against the Lions.

    Bears’ Moore knows things could heat up

    Bears cornerback D.J. Moore was ejected from the last game in the Bears-Lions series that has become a hrd-fought rivalry. Moore says he doesn't hold any grudges, but he can't promise the rivalry won't become even more heated Monday night st Soldier Field.

    Bulls guard Richard Hamilton shoots over the Bucks’ Monta Ellis during the second half of Tuesday’s preseason game.

    Bulls’ Hamilton takes steps to ‘stretch’ out his career

    Richard Hamilton was supposed to help push the Bulls past Miami. But he never really got the chance because he missed 38 games last season and the team lost Derrick Rose for the playoffs. Instead of considering his Bulls' stay a lost cause, Hamilton tried a new off-season plan and it seems to be paying off.


    Dogged pursuit spells doom for wolf

    A ruffed grouse hunter shot and killed a wolf that charged him and his dog during a hunt recently near Park Rapids, Minn. "The dog ran back to the hunter with the wolf on its heels," said coordinating officer Sam Hunter. "The hunter shot the wolf at about 8 yards as it was coming directly at him and his dog."


    Payne to hold skills clinic

    Former area high school and college basketball coach Kent Payne will be holding a Hard Drilling Basketball Skills Session on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Elgin Community College.The clinic is open to boys and girls ages 9 through eighth grade. Among the topics covered will be skill development, shooting drills and mechanics training, ballhandling and dribbling, developing moves off dribbles and screens, making effective decisions, finishing around the rim, footwork and more.The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and the cost is $30, which includes a complimentary skills DVD. Registration is at the door.For further information, call Payne at (630) 251-0980.St. Edward boys bowling: The St. Edward boys bowling program will hold a fundraiser at Elgin Lanes on Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and bowling starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 for two games and shoes. Funds raised will go to benefit the St. Edward boys bowling program. For further information, contact Kyle Bault at (224) 465-1251 or baultbowling@gmail.com.ECC softball camps: Elgin Community College will host two winter softball camps at the ECC Events Center for players ages 6-14. The current Spartan softball players and coaches will provide instruction in catching, throwing, fielding, pitching, hitting and sliding. The cost for each session is $60 and campers will receive a free T-shirt. The first camp will be Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. and will cover defensive skills and hitting. Register by Nov. 18 to save $10. The second camp will be Jan. 6, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m. and will cover pitching and hitting. Register before Dec. 23 to save $10. For further information or to register, contact ECC softball coach Lizzy Jacobson at (847) 915-8274 or email 2ejacobson@gmail.com.

    Glenbard North can wrap up the DuPage Valley Conference title outright Friday night with a victory at Naperville North.

    Glenbard North not ready to celebrate

    Glenbard North's football program made plenty of history the last couple of weeks. In Week 7 the Panthers beat Wheaton Warrenville South for the first time since 2003 and followed up with last week's 17-15 last-second win over Wheaton North that sealed at least a share of the Panthers' first DuPage Valley Conference title since 1991.

    Len Kasper, left, and Bob Brenly

    Brenly leaves Cubs broadcasting booth

    Bob Brenly says he won't return to the Cubs broadcasting team next season. WGN-TV and Brenly released a joint statement Wednesday announcing his departure from the Cubs. Brenly says he's looking for another baseball broadcasting position. Brenly leaves the team after eight years and a 101-game losing season.

    Trainer Steve Donohue, left, and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, help Derek Jeter off the field after he injured himself during Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya )

    Jeter to have surgery, 4 to 5 months for recovery

    Derek Jeter will have surgery on his broken left ankle, and the New York Yankees say the star shortstop is expected to need four to five months to completely recover.

    NHL players' association head Donald Fehr speaks to reporters following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Fehr questions NHL’s offer in letter to players

    NHL players' union head Donald Fehr says management's latest proposal would cost his members more than $1.6 billion over six years.In a letter to players and agents, Fehr said the proposal owners made this week in what they said was an attempt to preserve a full 82-game schedule was an improvement over previous management offers but "represents very large, immediate and continuing concessions by players to owners."


    Boomers release schedule, ticket plans

    The Schaumburg Boomers will open their 96-game sophomore season at Boomers Stadium on May 16, team officials announced Wednesday.


    Why not share? For panfish, the Mini-Mite is tops

    Some anglers protect their fishing techniques like they're national secrets. The secret to panfishing, says Mike Jackson is simple: Light line, a long rod and a just the right lure.

    Northwestern men's golf coach Pat Goss, right, has been presented the Labron Harris Sr. Award, a national honor in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

    Northwestern’s Goss earns golf coaching honor

    Pat Goss, director of golf and head men's golf coach at Northwestern University, has been named winner of the Labron Harris Sr. Award in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the golf and who represents the finest qualities the game has to offer."It's a great honor to win an award based on one of the all-time great college coaches in Labron Harris," said Goss.

    Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (24), a former state champion at Stevenson High School, was voted to the All-WNBA first team for the 2012 season. It marks the seventh time that Catchings has earned the honor.

    MVP Charles leads 2012 WNBA first team

    NEW YORK — Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles, the 2012 Most Valuable Player, headlines the 2012 All-WNBA First-Team, league officials announced Wednesday. Three stars with Chicago connections — Candace Parker (Naperville Central), Tamika Catchings (Stevenson) and Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Marshall) also made the first-tem list, along with Minnesota's Seimone Augustus.

    Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, left, and head coach Frank Klopas have their club headed back to the playoffs.

    5 key reasons behind the Fire’s turnaround

    The two-year playoff absence seemed like an eternity to many in the Chicago Fire organization. The wait is over. The Fire will be in the Major League Soccer playoffs when they kick off on Halloween, and there are five keyl reasons why.


    Mike North video: No happy days for Lance Armstrong or the Philadelphia Eagles

    Lance Armstrong is taking all the blame as he steps down from his charity Living Strong and is released from Nike. Is former Philadelphia Eagles coach Juan Castillo the blame for the team's woes?


    Naperville North plays the spoiler

    Corinne Gajcak couldn’t imagine a better way to go out on Senior Night. Gajcak threw down match point to cap off Naperville North’s back-and-forth 25-13, 14-25, 25-23 win over Naperville Central on Tuesday, all but denying the rival Redhawks a share of the DuPage Valley Conference championship.


    Wheaton North defeats Glenbard North

    Ali Royer had 6 kills and 4 digs and served 7 straight points to close Wheaton North’s 25-17, 25-20 win over Glenbard North on Tuesday. Kendra Arenkill added 4 kills and 10 digs, Sarah Fiala 8 assists and 4 digs and Erica Walker 9 digs and 2 aces for the Falcons (10-15, 6-6 DuPage Valley Conference). Stephanie Tobison had 10 kills and Destiny Wade 5, and Bailey Andrews 17 digs for Glenbard North.



    Hoffman Estates hopes to boost manufacturing with help of grant

    Hoffman Estates is one of 48 communities recently selected to receive planning support through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The village hopes the extra help, which will be provided in the form of a consultant from agency next year, will help boost local students' interest in area manufacturing.

    Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live, attends the Windows 8 Consumer Preview presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, last February.

    Analysts, PC industry cool on Windows 8

    While Microsoft is touting next week's launch of Windows 8 as the savior of the computer industry, PC makers and analysts are increasingly skeptical that the new operating system will lure consumers away from tablets and smartphones.

    U.S. builders started construction on single-family homes and apartments in September at the fastest rate since July 2008, a further indication that the housing recovery is strengthening.

    Surge in US home construction could lift economy

    Builders last month started construction on single-family houses and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four years, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. And they laid plans to build homes at an even faster pace in coming months — a signal of their confidence that the housing rebound will last.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for a third straight day, as a jump in housing starts overshadowed disappointing results from International Business Machines Corp. and Intel Corp.

    Stock market edges up on stronger housing report

    A surprisingly strong housing report helped push the stock market mostly higher Wednesday, while weak earnings reports from Intel and IBM weighed on the Dow Jones industrial average.

    American Airlines said Wednesday said it will post job openings for 1,500 flight attendants next month. It will start hiring in December and put the new staff in training beginning in January.

    American puts up ‘help wanted’ sign after buyouts

    American Airlines said Wednesday that it will post job openings for 1,500 flight attendants next month. It will start hiring in December and put the new staff in training beginning in January.

    Microsoft’s new Surface tablet computer will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The price matches that of Apple Inc.’s iPad, the most popular tablet computer.

    Microsoft sold out of $499 Surface ordered early online?

    Microsoft Corp. may have sold out of the initial run of the $499 version of its Surface tablet, according to ordering information on the company's website.

    Abbott Laboratories Wednesday laid off 550 worldwide, including about 100 in the Chicago region.

    Abbott to cut 550 jobs; earnings exceed estimates as company prepares to split

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories, which plans to separate into two companies, said it cut 550 jobs globally today ­— including about 100 from its headquarters in Libertyville Township and offices in Des Plaines -- while "several hundred" more layoffs are expected worldwide by next year.


    Navistar names PFI Group leader to board

    Navistar International announced John C. (Jack) Pope has been appointed to the company's board of directors, replacing David D. Harrison, who elected to retire after serving five years as a board member.

    Associated Press In 2006, Lance Armstrong and Nike challenge New Yorkers to “Run Like Lance.” Nike said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, that it is severing ties with Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that the cyclist participated in doping and misled the company for more than a decade.

    Nike severs ties to Armstrong “with great sadness”

    Nike has severed ties with famed cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade. The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it terminated Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."

    Julia Trigg Crawford stands on a road in front of a neighboring property to her family farm where work by TransCanada continues on an oil pipeline Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Sumner, Texas. Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.

    Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil

    Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. So the answer to companies that wanted to build pipelines has usually been simple: Yes. Enter TransCanada.


    Glenview infant formula maker sued after baby’s death

    The families of a three babies sickened by a rare bacterial infection, including a 10-day-old Missouri infant who died, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Glenview-based manufacturer of a powdered baby formula that they believe is responsible.


    Barco Products donates bench profits fight breast cancer

    Commercial outdoor products company Barco Products has made a one-year commitment to support the National Breast Cancer foundation by donating all profits on the Barco Products Memorial Pink Inlay Bench product line to the charity.


    Stericycle redesigns website

    Stericycle, Inc. has enhanced and relaunched its website www.stericycle.com to to better serve its growing customer base of more than a half-million customers worldwide.

    The European Union’s farmers’ union is warning that drought, cold and hail have conspired to produce the worst wine harvest for the region in up to half a century, according to Farmers Union expert Thierry Coste on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012. The Champagne and Burgundy regions were hard hit by weather conditions that particularly affected the chardonnay grape.

    Wine experts: worst grape harvest in half century

    Drought, frost and hail have combined to ravage Europe's wine grape harvest, which in key regions this year will be the smallest in half a century, vintners say. Thierry Coste, an expert with the European Union farmers' union, said Wednesday that France's grape harvest is expected to slump by almost 20 percent compared with last year. Italy's grape crop showed a 7 percent drop — on top of a decline in 2011.


    Whirlpool delays layoffs from Indiana center

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Whirlpool Corp. says it is delaying planned layoffs at its development center in Evansville in part because some people have left their jobs ahead of the center’s scheduled 2014 closure.The company informed state officials last month that it expected to start layoffs in November, but now says those job cuts won’t being until at least Dec. 31.Whirlpool spokeswoman Kristine Vernier tells the Evansville Courier & Press that about 100 people now work at the Refrigeration Product Development Center, down from about 230 employees in April. Whirlpool announced in August it would consolidate the center’s work at facilities near its Benton Harbor, Mich., headquarters. The company had more than 1,500 workers in Evansville before closing its refrigerator plant in 2010 and moving that production work to Mexico.


    Union: Indiana tech jobs at Cummins expected safe

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — A union president says no layoffs are planned among the research, technical and support employees at Indiana operations as engine maker Cummins Inc. makes cutbacks.The Columbus-based company announced last week it planned to cut up to 1,500 jobs worldwide by year’s end but hasn’t released details.Steve Green heads the 1,300-member Office Committee Union at Cummins and tells The Republic that he’s been told by company officials that no job actions would involve the workers he represents.A union leader for production workers at Cummins’ Indiana plants has said he expected some of those workers to be affected.The company had 46,200 employees worldwide in early September. It has some 7,700 workers in southern Indiana, including the Columbus headquarters and factories in Columbus and Seymour.


    Fire damages Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm

    TOWN OF ROSENDALE, Wis. — A fire has damaged Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm.WLUK-TV reports the fire tore through one of the barns at Rosendale Dairy near the Fond du Lac-Winnebago County line around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.Bill Harke is a spokesman for Milk Source LLC, which owns Rosendale Dairy and several other area dairy farms. He says the fire started when a piece of farm equipment sparked and spread to grain in the barn.Harke says the fire’s damage includes an estimated $500,000 in feed and the commodity shed, which has an estimated value between $500,000 and $1 million.Rosendale Dairy has 8,400 cows and produces 78,000 gallons daily. Harke says the fire isn’t expected to interfere with the usual workload.At least seven fire departments helped battle the blaze.


    New Arctic research vessel enters final stages at Wisconsin builder

    A new $200 million Arctic research vessel is nearly complete and marine researchers are looking forward to seeing it in Alaska waters in 2014.Chemical oceanographer Terry Whitledge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks says the 261-foot Sikuliaq is about 75 percent finished at the Marinette Marine Corp, facilities in Marinette, Wis.The National Science Foundation will own the ship. It will be operated by the University of Alaska.Whitledge was on hand Saturday for a ship-launching ceremony.The vessel’s reinforced hull will be able to break through ice 2.5 feet thick. Whitledge says it will collect water samples, deploy gear, and map ocean bottom with a “multi-beam” system that produces three-dimensional images.Up to 24 scientists can work on the ship.


    Halliburton 3Q profit falls on drilling slowdown

    Halliburton Co. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income fell 12 percent as drilling activity declined and costs rose in its core North American business.

    Associated Press American Airlines parent company AMR says Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, it lost $238 million in the third-quarter on employee severance costs and other charges related to its bankruptcy. Without those charges, the Fort Worth, Texas, company would have posted an operating profit as it paid less for fuel and benefited from a partnership that boosted traffic overseas.

    American Airlines parent loses $238M in 3Q

    American Airlines parent company AMR says it lost $238 million in the third-quarter on employee severance costs and other charges related to its bankruptcy. Without those charges, the Fort Worth, Texas, company would have posted an operating profit as it paid less for fuel and benefited from a partnership that boosted traffic overseas.

    Michael Corbat, the new Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup.

    After Pandit, a smaller Citi could get smaller yet

    The incredible shrinking bank may have to shrink more. In the hours after Tuesday's surprise announcement that Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit was stepping down, speculation was rife, and facts scant, about what lay ahead for the nation's third-largest bank. One possibility given high odds by financial analysts is a strategy of more cost-cutting, more shrinking and more focus on boring, traditional banking, like making loans.


    Spanish hopes buoy markets ahead of EU summit

    Rising speculation that Spain will soon ask for help to keep its borrowing costs down continued to shore up markets Wednesday in the run-up to a meeting of European leaders.


    Dutch firm ASML looks to buy US light beam maker

    ASML Holding NV, the biggest supplier of equipment to semiconductor manufacturers, has offered to buy Cymer Inc. of the U.S. for around $2.55 billion in cash and shares.

    PepsiCo Inc. says its net income dipped 5 percent in the third quarter, as the food and beverage maker continued to pour more money into marketing to bolster its flagship brands.

    PepsiCo’s profit dips amid turnaround push

    PepsiCo Inc. says its net income dipped 5 percent in the third quarter, as the food and beverage maker continued to pour more money into marketing to bolster its flagship brands. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company, which makes Tropicana juice, Frito-Lay snacks and Quaker Oats, stood by its guidance for the year, however, and profit came in above Wall Street expectations.

    Pedestrians walk past a Bank of America Corp. branch in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Bank of America Corp. is scheduled to release earnings data on Oct. 17. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

    Narrow profit for Bank of America beats expectations

    Bank of America said Wednesday that it narrowly turned a profit from July through September, good enough to beat Wall Street expectations. The bank earned $340 million in the most recent quarter, which works out to a fraction of a penny per share. Financial analysts expected an 11-cent loss, according to a poll by FactSet, a data provider.

Life & Entertainment


    Sweet Harvest Glazed Chicken atop Rustic Vegetable Quinoa
    Michelle Abraham

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

    Moroccan Chicken with Dried Plums and Frizzled Celeriac and Quinoa Pilaf
    Moroccan Chicken with Dried Plums and Frizzled Celeriac and Quinoa Pilaf: Louann Zundel

    Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins perform Friday, Oct. 19, at Allstate Arena.

    Weekend picks: New Smashing Pumpkins play the Allstate

    See (and hear) the new incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins (with Billy Corgan still at the helm) at the Allstate Arena Friday. Get into the Halloween spirit at the annual “Creatures of the Night” celebration at Brookfield Zoo this weekend. Join in a possible record-setting lighting of 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest. And don't miss the Barn Burner BBQ at Lambs Farm.

    Counterpunch, a punk rock band from the suburbs, performs in Prague during their European tour earlier this year.

    Suburban punk rockers Counterpunch performing worldwide

    Taking issue with society is the specialty of Counterpunch, a suburban-rooted punk band fresh off their second European tour. They're headed to Costa Rica Nov. 11 for a show with Rise Against.

    Fresh-baked bread takes this Chicken “Caprese” Sub to a whole new level.

    Fresh-baked bread perfectly complements hot caprese sub

    I have a new food love in my life: take and bake baguettes. Have you seen them in your grocery store? They're usually hidden on the bottom shelf in the deli or bakery section, below the baked breads. Cheap, pale and often overlooked, this is one of the best culinary secrets in the grocery.

    Fresh-baked bread takes this Chicken “Caprese” Sub to a whole new level.

    Chicken ‘Caprese’ Sub
    Chicken Caprese Sub: Kitchen Scoop


    Yo-Yo Ma to continue work at Chicago Symphony

    Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will continue his role as a creative consultant with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through June 2015, the orchestra announced Wednesday. CSO music director Riccardo Muti said Ma's continued involvement will support his focus on encouraging a new generation of music and music lovers.

    The Catch of the Day changes daily at BlackFinn American Grill in Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect. This selection is Sesame Salmon with Sweet Asian Dressing over rice and broccoli.

    BlackFinn angling to be your go-to place in Mount Prospect

    BlackFinn American Grille in Mount Prospect is your basic, all-around, late-night, weekend brunch, date night, take the kids, game day, after work with co-workers, meet a friend for lunch kind of place. Really, it’s all that. A new addition to Randhurst Village, this is the second Chicago location for this microchain. With exposed brick accents, lots of dark wood, leather booths and plenty of televisions throughout, BlackFinn is cozy, yet clubby. And the food is all-American.


    Prettyman spins gold from heartache

    It's not unusual for an artist to find inspiration in heartache. Some of the greatest songs are written from pain. What Tristan Prettyman accomplishes on "Cedar + Gold," however, is unusual because she sings from her broken heart with a voice that is absent of anger. Instead, there is both fragility and strength, retrospection and introspection, and through it all there is love.

    Browned butter and sage dress up homemade sweet potato pasta. The pasta attachments for a stand-mixer make fresh noodles nearly effortless.

    Making fresh pasta makes me giddy

    Making fresh pasta is not as hard as you think and it's a lot of fun. When those first fettuccine noodles splayed out onto my hands I was just giddy, and when I scooped them from the boiling water (they cook in mere minutes) and enjoyed them tossed with brown butter and fried sage my grin got even bigger.

    Martha Wainwright, “Come Home to Mama”

    Martha Wainwright is emotional, top-notch

    2012 is the year of the Wainwrights. Rufus Wainwright gave us a smooth, poppy record with “Out of the Game,” and now his little sister delivers a top-notch album with her third CD. On “Come Home to Mama,” Martha Wainwright acknowledges there were two main sources of inspiration for the album: becoming a mother and becoming motherless.

    Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, left, and Ethel Kennedy at the premiere for the documentary, “Ethel: A First-Hand Look Inside The Kennedy Family,” in New York. The film, about Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy, debuts on HBO.

    Ethel Kennedy the focus of new HBO doc

    In the thick of the presidential campaign, a documentary about a political wife wouldn't seem to offer respite from the clatter. But that's exactly what "Ethel," an intimate, affectionate look at Ethel Kennedy by her youngest child, manages to do. Debuting Thursday on HBO at 8 p.m., "Ethel" offers the life and times of Robert F. Kennedy's widow through the lens of accomplished filmmaker Rory Kennedy.

    Louann Zundel

    Contestants weigh in on recipe challenges
    What the contestants thought about working with whole chicken, quinoa, dried plums and celeriac.

    Chuck Federici

    Ying's Korean Barbecue Marinade; Freekeh original, catfish and fennel
    What the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge contestants thought about cooking with catfish, fennel, roasted green wheatberries and Yings Korean Barbecue Marinade.


    Steven Van Zandt receives charity honor

    The night busted open in New York City as Bruce Springsteen and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers helped Steven Van Zandt celebrate his Big Man of the Year award. Darlene Love, Elvis Costello and Dion were among the stellar performers Tuesday night at a rollicking benefit for Little Kids Rock, an initiative that rescues music education amid public school budget cuts.

    Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative scholar behind a high-grossing documentary that condemns President Barack Obama, is under investigation by the evangelical college he leads over a report he took a woman who is not his wife to an event on Christian values.

    N.Y. evangelical college probes ‘Obama’ filmmaker

    A scholar behind a high-grossing conservative documentary that condemns President Barack Obama is under investigation by the evangelical college he leads in New York. The board of The King's College is questioning school president Dinesh D'Souza about his relationship with a woman who is not his wife.

    Emily Maynard and Jef Holm have confirmed they have ended their relationship as reported by People magazine on Tuesday.

    ‘Bachelorette’ Emily Maynard and Jef Holm break up

    Televised dating might not be the right fit for Emily Maynard. The single mom's second turn on ABC's "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" series has ended in a broken engagement.

    Khloe Kardashian Odom will co-host the second season of the Fox talent competition “The X-Factor.”

    Lopez, Kardashian to host ‘The X Factor’

    Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom are officially joining "The X Factor." After weeks of speculation, Fox announced Tuesday that the "Extra" host and the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" co-star will indeed host the second season of the talent competition. Lopez and Odom will first appear as hosts during the show's live broadcasts next month, the network said.

    Cook of the Week Challenge semifinalist Mary Beth Thornton of Cary

    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorites
    Who emerged as the Round 2 Week 1 Fan Favorite and which voters will be rewarded for their efforts.

    Kielbassa Blitz Sandwiches, Sweet & Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Watermelon Field Goal Bites by cook of the week challenger Terri Edmunds of Naperville.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Judges gush over tailgating recipes, but take time out on announcing winners

    I’m not announcing this week’s recipe challenge winners and instead will make them (and you) wait until I reveal the Final Four on Oct. 24. Just to make things more tense for our contestants I am sharing the judge’s comments and the Fan Favorites. Most weeks the Fan Favorite voting mirrored the judges choices. Will that be the case again?

    Chuck Federic seasoned catfish in Korean barbecue sauce before dipping it in tempura batter.

    Catfish Tempura with Fennel Fried Freekeh
    : Chuck Federici

    Anthony Barone created blackened catfish with Cajun-style Freekeh and fennel grape salad.

    Blackened Catfish With Asian Cajun Dirty Freekeh And A Fennel-Grape Salad
    : Anthony Barone

    Complications mount as the officers of the USS Colorado (Scott Speedman, left, Andre Braugher and Daisy Betts) fight to clear their names and return home in ABC’s new drama “Last Resort.”

    Tensions mount on ABC’s ‘Last Resort’

    Complications keep piling on for the crew of the USS Colorado, branded traitors when their captain questioned orders. And ABC's new drama, "Last Resort," isn't looking for easy answers or one-dimensional characters.

    Justin Bieber headlines the Allstate Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24.

    Music notes: Bieber fever at Allstate Oct. 23-24

    Wildly popular teen-pop idol Justin Bieber will bring his boyish smile and smooth, crooning voice to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Brace yourself for the sound of high-pitched screaming at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24.



    Endorsement: Fee over Kifowit in House District 84
    The Daily Herald endorses Pat Fee to represent District 84 in the Illinois House of Representatives.


    Endorsement: Kachiroubas over Scalise for DuPage circuit court clerk
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican incumbent Chris Kachiroubas for DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk.


    House District 54: Morrison
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent Tom Morrison to represent state House District 54.


    Endorsements: Shore, Thompson, Ehrlich for water district board
    The Daily Herald endorses Debra Shore, Patrick Thompson and Dave Ehrlich for seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.


    Endorsement: Mussman over Lawson in state House District 56
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Michelle Mussman in the race for state Senate from District 56.


    Empty talk on Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: President Obama has let the situation drift and it has worsened. Mitt Romney had strong words about Syria in his foreign policy address, but tepid proposals. There is no substitute for American leadership.


    Too big to maintain?

    Columnist George Will: It is inexplicable politics and regrettable policy that Romney has, so far, flinched from a forthright endorsement of breaking up the biggest banks. This stance by him would be credible because of his background and would be intelligible to voters because of its clarity.


    Mathias is better choice for state House
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I have known and watched Sid Mathias ably represent us in Springfield. He is an honest, thoughtful public servant who has served us well. Please join me in supporting Sid for state representative.


    Duckworth didn’t help fellow veterans
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Sure, Tammy Duckworth is a disabled veteran, but she has forgotten where she came from. As the head of the Illinois Veterans office she did nothing to help veterans, and as second chair at the VA in Washington she also did nothing to help veterans.


    Beach cleanup a beautiful success
    A Lake County letter to the editor: I encourage everyone to take a stroll this fall on our freshly cleaned Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve beachfront and appreciate this treasure. Along with the Open Lands Preserve at Bartlett Ravine, the public now has over two miles of contiguous Lake Michigan beach for passive enjoyment.


    Romney will repeat mistakes of others
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Gov. Mitt Romney would like us to go back to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place. One of his ideas is repealing Dodd-Frank since the financial institutions did such a good job of controlling and correcting themselves.


    Schakowsky’s views are socialistic
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: How could the editorial board of this newspaper even think of endorsing Rep. Jan Schakowsky, especially when she stated on a local radio show recently when asked to define what is meant by paying our fair share. Her response was that we don't deserve to keep it all.


    There’s still time to engage in election
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: For the next month we need to put down our Fantasy Football guides, log off Facebook and Twitter, and start learning about life-changing issues like the "fiscal cliff," the national debt and the threat of war in the Mideast. Make your own decision about which candidate or party is most likely to manage these issues effectively.


    Obama an Oz have much in common
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I remember the first time I watched “The Wizard of Oz.” Being a child, and unable to discern fantasy from reality, I recall recoiling from the authoritarian voice and smoking, bigger-than-life image of the Wizard. Later I was amazed to discover that a man, hidden behind a curtain, was the one manipulating the imposing image of the Wizard. Furthermore, I discovered the personal attributes of this concealed “puppeteer” were opposite of his grandiose creation. I had similar feelings as I watched the first presidential debate.


    Democrats have shaky record
    A Huntley letter to the editor: If socialism is the right direction for you and your president has done what he promised, then vote for him. If not, be big enough to say we need change. If still in doubt, ask yourself what a Democratic-controlled Congress did for two years.


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