Daily Archive : Thursday October 18, 2012


    Brian McCallister as Charlie Brown, surrounded by the cast.

    Buffalo Grove High stages Charlie Brown musical

    Buffalo Grove High School's stage will be transformed into Charles M. Schultz's iconic "Peanuts" comic strip, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27, for the fall musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed a tax of five cents a bullet, and a dollar for a box of 20.

    Preckwinkle’s plan: Add a nickel for every bullet

    As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm — an effort that has national gun-rights advocates already considering a legal challenge. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle submitted a proposed budget on Thursday that would impose a tax of a nickel for each bullet and...

    Portland attorney Paul Mones, right, with Kelly Clark, talks about some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization, at a press conference to release the documents in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The files are a window on a much larger collection of documents the Boy Scouts of America began collecting soon after their founding in 1910. The files, kept at Boy Scout headquarters in Texas, consist of memos from local and national Scout executives, handwritten letters from victims and their parents and newspaper clippings about legal cases. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Scout councils say they take youth protection seriously

    As thousands of pages of confidential Boy Scouts files regarding past sexual abuse were made public Thursday, representatives of suburban Scouting councils stressed that a lot has changed with the organization's policies on youth protection. “If we didn't have the best (policies) in place in the past, we are certainly sorry for that,” said Matt Ackerman of the Boy Scouts Three Fires...

    United States 8th Congressional District candidates Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican Rep. Joe Walsh debated for the fourth and final time at WTTW-11 studios.

    Walsh, Duckworth tone down harsh rhetoric at final debate

    Perhaps they can play nice, after all. Following a vitriolic exchange before a live crowd last week, the fourth and final debate between Republican Congressman Joe Walsh and Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth displayed the gentler sides of the two candidates who actually exchanged niceties as the WTTW-11 program got under way.

    Thomas G. Murphy

    Guilty plea in Lake Zurich car wash crash

    A downstate man has received six years in prison for admitting he was under the influence of marijuana when he caused a crash that killed a woman as she was about to enter her vehicle at a Lake Zurich car wash in 2011, officials said.

    Geneva teachers turn their picket signs in at the end of a protest last week prior to a school board meeting.

    Earliest strike could happen is November

    Even though Geneva teachers have authorized their union leaders to call a strike, the two sides will meet for negotiation Tuesday. The earliest teachers could go on strike is Nov. 9.


    Huntley teachers authorize union leadership to consider strike

    Teachers in Huntley Unit District 158 have rejected the latest offer from the school board and given union leadership permission to call a strike, if needed, the co-president of the Huntley Education Association said Thursday. Union co-president Julie McLaughlin said in an email to the Daily Herald that Wednesday’s vote gave the negotiating team the ability to call a strike and that the...

    Sometimes the only Halloween candy parents get to eat is the stuff their kids don’t hoard.

    Poll Vault: Favorite and least favorite Halloween candy?

    If you're lucky, your little goblin will share his Halloween loot with you and not hold back the good stuff. What's your favorite Halloween candy? And what do you hate to see in the treat bag?

    ASSOCIATED PRESS You might think at first that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was strategically placed between presidential candidates President Barack and former Gov. Mitt Romney as a peacekeeper. But the 67th annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Thursday in New York has been campaign tradition where comic relief prevails. That’s Ann Romney, the governor’s wife, at the far right.

    A night of humor — after day of campaign criticism

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney poked gentle but sharp fun at one another Thursday night during an esteemed New York Catholic charity dinner that has long been a required stop for presidential candidates.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    New taxes on businesses part of Preckwinkle’s budget

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposed $2.95 billion budget for the coming year calls for new taxes on businesses that buy goods from outside the county, as well as higher taxes on cigarettes and bullets. The county will also shed the last quarter of the 1 percent sales tax that was instituted nearly four years ago.

    A shooting star is seen above the Montebello Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto, Calif. Streaking fireballs lighting up California skies and stunning stargazers are part of a major meteor shower, and the show is just getting started, professional observers said.

    Stunning meteor lights up California sky

    A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way.

    Mary Lou Wehrli

    Candidates: Forest preserve needs ‘culture change’

    No matter what happens during next month's general election, residents living in the southwest corner of DuPage County soon will have a new representative on the forest preserve commission. Both candidates vying for the District 5 seat on the board agree that a "culture change" is needed at the DuPage Forest Preserve.

    Priyang Parikh

    Elmhurst wedding crasher convicted of molestation attempt

    After he was accused of crashing an Elmhurst wedding reception and trying to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl, Priyang Parikh told police he hadn't had sex in a while and figured children would be "easy targets." On Thursday, a DuPage County jury deliberated about three hours before convicting him of attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and sexual exploitation of a child.

    Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization. The Boy Scouts of America fought to keep those files confidential.

    ”Perversion files” show locals helped cover up

    An array of local authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and town Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others who allegedly molested children, according to a newly opened trove of confidential files compiled from 1959 to1985.

    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge on Thursday to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions and grant him a new trial, claiming his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some charges had expired.

    Sandusky asks judge to overturn abuse convictions
    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge on Thursday to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions and grant him a new trial, claiming his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some charges had expired.

    Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

    Terror suspect’s family says he asked to go to US

    At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, one classmate said Nafis often remarked that true Muslims don't believe in violence — an image that seemed startlingly at odds with Nafis' arrest in an FBI sting this week on charges of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb.

    Daniel Baker

    Witness: Baker's DNA found on handle of murder weapon

    A forensic scientist said Thursday that Daniel Baker's DNA was found on the handle of the baseball bat prosecutors say he used to bludgeon Marina Aksman to death in April 2010 in her Vernon Hills home.

    In an 80-foot billboard in Manhattan, Lance Armstrong and Nike challenged New Yorkers to “Run Like Lance” in 2006. Nike on Wednesday severed ties with Armstrong.

    Companies walk tricky line with endorsements

    Nike forgave Tiger Woods after he apologized for cheating on his wife. It welcomed back Michael Vick once he served time for illegal dog-fighting. But the company dropped Lance Armstrong faster than the famed cycler could do a lap around the block.


    Man in van beckons Huntley girl

    Huntley police are looking for a man they say approached a 16-year-old girl in a white van Wednesday evening, and asked her to come over, police said.


    Howard defense seeks to bar dying declaration

    D'Andre Howard, charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing deaths of three members of the Engelhardt family in their Hoffman Estates home, appears for a hearing in a Rolling Meadows courtroom.


    Illinois suspends license of pharmacy linked to meningitis

    Illinois has taken disciplinary action against a Massachusetts pharmacy that's been linked to an outbreak of deadly fungal meningitis. State regulators on Thursday indefinitely suspended the license of the New England Compounding Center. The pharmacy's owners have agreed to the suspension and waived their right to a hearing and their right to contest charges.

    Kerri Branson, left, and Drew Frasz

    Kane board 18 incumbent questions challenger’s meeting attendance

    Andrew Frasz, an incumbent seeking another term in Kane County's newly redrawn 18th district, questions his opponent's interest in the seat, as she admits to not attending any county-related meetings in the run-up to the election.

    Diana A. Leal

    Four years probation in Elgin 45-pound pot bust

    A 50-year-old Elgin woman was sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of 45 pounds of marijuana that was mailed to her house in June. Diana A. Leal also spent 136 days in jail and was fined $105,500, which prosecutors say was the street value of the drugs.

    David Akemann

    Recent retirements prompt shifts for Kane judges

    The retirements of Judge Timothy Sheldon and Robert Janes has triggered a domino effect of new judge assignments effective Dec. 1. Judge John Barsanti will take over in Sheldon's courtroom and Judge David Akemann has been moved to the civil courthouse. Judge Thomas Mueller has been moved from the civil division to handle juvenile cases and Judge Susan Clancy Boles will take Akemann's place...

    Hidayat Khan, left, and Kurt Kojzarek

    Hopefuls lay out ideas for Kane County’s future

    Two men focused on transparency and opposed to any tax increases are vying for the Kane County Board District 19 seat. Kurt Kojzarek, a Republican, is a former Elgin Township trustee and current Elgin Township clerk. Hidayat Khan, is a Democratic precinct chairman who said he is frustrated with hidden agendas of elected officials.


    Proposed St. Charles levy raises rate, not tax bill

    St. Charles officials explain how their budget plan increases the tax rate but not the tax bill for many residents.


    Wauconda residents hear details, speak out on Lake Michigan water referendum

    Told they face "the most important decision" in Wauconda's history, residents at a town-hall meeting about switching to Lake Michigan water unleashed a torrent of questions about the project and its cost. The fate of the $50 million project will be decided Nov. 6 by a referendum.


    Mundelein parent police academy:

    The Mundelein Police Department hosts its third Parent Police Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 24.


    ‘Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes’:

    Women looking to purchase a vehicle are urged to attend the "Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes" automotive event on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Showcourt at Gurnee Mills.


    Radio players perform ‘Frankenstein’:

    Improv Playhouse Radio Players will perform the Mary Shelley classic, "Frankenstein", on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Improv Playhouse Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

    Jerry Clark

    Carol Stream Library board drops censure resolution

    Tempers, perhaps, have come to a simmer on the Carol Stream Library board, almost three months after the controversial firing of Library Director Ann Kennedy. The board had been expected to consider a resolution this week calling for the censure of Trustee Jim Bailey for statements he made at an Aug. 15 board meeting. But the consensus among all board members on Wednesday was to table the...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Zachery T. Duncan, 18, of Batavia, was charged with felony aggravated assault at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., according to a police report. He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting a peace officer. He was being held in the Kane County jail on $25,000 bail. No other details were available from police.


    Court: Criminal evidence need not match confession

    A confession in a criminal case must be backed up by independent evidence, but that evidence doesn't need to match the confession detail for detail, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday. A unanimous court upheld the predatory criminal sexual assault conviction of a Cook County man.


    Voter registration down in Illinois

    The number of people registered to vote in President Barack Obama's home state has decreased since his historic election four years ago. Illinois elections officials say about 7.4 million people are registered to vote as of this week. That's a drop of about 4.7 percent compared with 2008.


    Illinois to launch $1 billion in water projects

    Illinois officials are poised to launch $1 billion in statewide projects to improve water quality and fix outdated infrastructure such as wastewater treatment plants and sewers. The entire initiative, which Gov. Pat Quinn previewed earlier this year in his State of the State address, is estimated to create about 28,500 jobs in Illinois, officials announced Thursday.


    Itasca church plan ‘off the table’

    Less than a month after roughly 400 Itasca residents attebded a public hearing to oppose plans for a new church they said would change Itasca's look, church organizers have withdrawn their petition to build. But the church could potentially revise its petition and ask to build again later, officials said.


    Contractor accused of defrauding suburbs

    A Niles contractor is charged with defrauding several suburban taxing bodies out of about $400,000 in public works projects by violating the state's Prevailing Wage Act. Alan M. Harris, 46, is accused of obtaining construction contracts and then forcing his employees to kickback some their pay earned from working on publicly funded jobs to him. Harris is currently free on bond.

    Officials recently announced the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills would close Oct. 31 but the village and Vernon Hills Park District are working toward a potential solution to keep the doors open.

    Sale of Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills pondered as answer for financial woes

    A potential rescue of the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills is being forged in an evolving deal that could result in the sale of the facility and land. Details are in flux as the village and Vernon Hills Park District collaborate on a possible solution to keep the doors open beyond an announced Oct. 31 closing due to financial difficulties. "Things are going 1,000 miles an hour," said Jeff...


    Villa Park’s Halloween Happenings offers spooky fall fun

    Through the dark and the fog and the flashing strobes, a big, slobbery dog lurks. He's the Beast, and he holds all of the baseballs captive. And the candy too. The scene is a trick-or-treat stop at the third annual Halloween Happenings in Villa Park. The Scary Lot stop, Villa Park Youth Baseball's spooky spin on the movie "The Sandlot," is among more than 16 scenes created by businesses and...

    Tom Mouhelis

    Longtime Wheaton councilman won’t seek re-election

    With his third term on the Wheaton City Council coming to an end, Tom Mouhelis says he's ready to take a long-awaited vacation. The 66-year-old councilman, who has represented the East District since 2001, announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in the spring. Instead, he will step down when his current term expires in May.


    Des Plaines police collect coats for needy
    The Des Plaines, Park Ridge, and Niles police departments are partnering for a coat drive to assist Maine Township families.


    Youth Outlook supports LGBTQ teens

    "Youth Outlook, a Naperville-based nonprofit group serving four counties, aims to provide a safe environment for teens who are homosexual or bisexual, questioning or uncomfortable in their gender identity, or just generally uncertain. The organization staffs drop-in centers in DuPage, Kane, Whiteside and DeKalb counties, and offers a youth leadership program and recreational activities. The "Dare...

    Hannah O’Brien, 14, eight-grader at Quest Academy, raises the American flag as a wind gust toppled banners and flags onstage at the school’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its outdoor West Campus in Palatine.

    Quest Academy in Palatine adding West Campus

    About 300 students, staff and guests were present Thursday morning as Quest Academy, an independent school for gifted students located in Palatine, officially opened its new West Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The outdoor campus will "bring what we do inside to the great outdoors," said Head of School Ben Hebebrand.


    Highland Park teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash

    An 18-year-old woman accused of sniffing cleaning products before driving into a family walking on a sidewalk in Highland Park pleaded not guilty in Lake County court early Thursday morning, authorities said. Carly Rousso, 18, of Highland Park, is charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in the accident that killed...


    Youth Outlook: Vital stats
    OCT. 19: Lend a Hand Q&A on Youth Outlook, an organization serving LGBTQ youth in DuPage, Kane and DeKalb counties.

    Max Berraza

    Three charged in $34,000 McHenry County pot bust

    Three Lake County residents were arrested and charged with selling cannabis, McHenry County Sheriff officials said Wednesday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals did $10,000 damage at a park in Des Plaines. They damaged the chain link and steel pole overhead canopy to a baseball diamond backstop in a Mount Prospect Park District park, 225 Brentwood Drive, between 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

    On his epic quest to each capitol, Mickey Straub finds this larger-than-life statue of Abraham Lincoln in Boise, Idaho.

    Lincoln fan's quest brings Abe's message to 50 states

    Vowing to recite the Gettysburg Address on the capitol steps in all 50 states in 50 days, Lincoln fan and suburban businessman Mickey Straub comes close. He does it in 44 days.

    IDOT emergency crews unload boxes from a tractor trailer that crashed near the westbound lanes of the Jane Addams Tollway Thursday morning near Hampshire. The truck ended up well off the north side of the roadway, roughly one half mile before the exit to Route 20.

    Truck dumps candy on Jane Addams Tollway

    A semi-truck heading westbound on I-90 ran off the road near Route 20 in Hampshire and dumped thousands of pounds of candy all over the highway, authorities said.

    Irene Pierce

    Lake County Health Department boss retiring

    Lake County Health Department Executive Director Irene Pierce says she plans to retire in March after 23 years with the agency. Pierce, 63, announced her intent to retire in a letter to Lake County officials Wednesday night. She said Thursday her decision to retire early next year was part of a life plan she and her husband had long established.


    Simon appoints 2 to state military base committee

    SPRINGFIELD — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has appointed two new members to a committee that works to retain Illinois military bases and redevelop closed bases to benefit local communities.Simon says she’s appointed Rick Kwasneski of Lemont and Paul Rumler of Coal Valley to the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee.


    Illinois issues nearly $40M in education grants

    Nearly $40 million in federal money has been awarded to help seven Illinois schools improve student performance and college readiness.The Illinois State Board of Education announced the recipients Wednesday. Twenty schools in eight Illinois districts already are undergoing changes with federal School Improvement Grant Program funding.


    Logan County deals with bills for brothers’ trials

    LINCOLN, Ill. — The Logan County Board is working to come up with the money to pay for the trials of two brothers charged in the deaths of five members of a central Illinois family.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the board will decide next week whether to make big cuts in next year’s budget or sell $1 million in bonds.


    No charges in drowning death of Indiana toddler

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against those watching a northern Indiana toddler who died weeks after being found underwater in the swimming pool at a home day care.The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office says it can’t prove that any one person knowingly put 22-year-old Skyler Bullocks in danger at the day care in Osceola.


    Man sentenced for stealing van with baby inside
    Associated PressSIOUX CITY, Iowa — A 26-year-old Sioux City man who stole a van with an infant inside has been given 30 years in prison.The Sioux City Journal reports that Willie Kimbrough had been convicted in September of theft and other charges. He was sentenced on Tuesday.


    Compounding pharmacies seek to shake stigma

    Before federal agencies and state lawmakers engage in any crackdown on regulations for specialty and compounding pharmacies, those running such facilities have a message to share. We're different, they say, from the Massachusetts manufacturer that produced 17,000 doses of a back pain steroid that is believed to have caused 19 deaths and sickened at least 247 people nationwide.


    Punkin’ Chuckin’ Contest in Pekin cut to 1 day

    PEKIN — The annual Punkin’ Chuckin’ Contest has been cut to one day due to religious concerns.Pumpkins are scheduled to fly Saturday at the event in the central Illinois community of Pekin.


    Ex-South Bend chief says phone recordings routine

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The former police chief in South Bend says the high-ranking officers who claim he wrongly recorded their phone calls knew that the department’s phone lines had been routinely recorded for years.The controversy over those recordings led in March to the city’s mayor demoting Darryl Boykins from the chief’s position.


    Victim chased them to area near police station

    Two 14-year-old boys from Joliet were charged with burglarizing a car in North Aurora Wednesday. They were caught after the victim chased them to an area near the police station.


    Nightmare election scenarios worry both parties

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democrats and Republicans alike are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during — or just after — the Nov. 6 presidential election.Both parties have amassed lawyers and volunteers to watch polling places and appeal to local election officials if problems arise.

    A Texas judge is expected to rule Thursday whether a group of cheerleaders should be allowed to continue quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school football games.

    Judge expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit

    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge is expected to rule Thursday whether a group of cheerleaders should be allowed to continue quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school football games.

    Associated Press Protesters opposed to abortion hold placards outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday, 18, 2012. The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland has opened in Belfast, sparking protests by Christian conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Northern Ireland’s divide.

    Protests as Ireland’s first abortion clinic opens

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in Belfast, sparking protests by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Northern Ireland.


    Airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least 43

    BEIRUT — Government airstrikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and leveled buildings, forcing residents to search mounds of rubble for bodies trapped underneath, anti-regime activists said Thursday.The strikes late Wednesday and early Thursday hit at least five towns in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

    Associated Press President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

    For Romney and Obama, one-liners are on the menu

    The presidential campaign, heavy on finger-pointing and recrimination, is taking a brief but abrupt detour so President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can play politics for laughs. The rivals are quieting the bickering to address the venerable Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel that has been a required stop for politicians since the...


    Support retired veterans in Cary

    The Veterans Network Committee of Northern Illinois is holding its fourth annual Honor Flight Festival and Fundraiser from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Lake Julian Park, at Route 14 and Jandus Cutoff in Cary.

    Bogies Ale House in Mount Prospect has closed after operating for 17 years under various names.

    Bogies closes after 17 years in Mt. Prospect

    Faced with too much competition and problems with its bank, Bogies Ale House, 303 E. Kensington Road in Mount Prospect, has closed its doors. Owner Jeff Martinez said the business closed Sunday, ending a 17-year run under a variety of names. "A lot of customers are like family," he said.


    Racine man accused of stealing ring from dying mom

    RACINE, Wis. — A Racine man is accused of stealing an anniversary ring from the finger of his dying mother and selling it to help his pregnant girlfriend.Eighteen-year-old Juan R. Ramirez is scheduled for a plea hearing next month. He was charged this week with felony theft and bail jumping.


    Judge finds Wisconsin man guilty in cabin burglaries

    STEVENS POINT, Wis. — One of several men who allegedly targeted Portage County seasonal homes for burglaries has been found guilty.A county judge found 19-year-old Zachary Deyo, of Amherst, guilty Monday of 10 counts of burglary for his role in a series of burglaries in fall 2011.


    Drought conditions ease in key Midwest farm states

    Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up.


    Indianapolis archdiocese introduces new leader

    INDIANAPOLIS — The new leader for Roman Catholics in the Indianapolis archdiocese says he doesn’t know that he was moved from a high-ranking position in Rome for openly seeking to mend the Vatican’s frayed relations with U.S. nuns.

    Pope Benedict XVI transferred to the United States the high-ranking Holy See official who had ruffled feathers at the Vatican by openly seeking to mend its frayed ties with U.S. nuns. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, an American Redemptorist priest, was named archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Pope transfers Vatican official who backed U.S. nuns

    Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday transferred to the United States a high-ranking Holy See official who had ruffled feathers at the Vatican by openly seeking to mend its frayed ties with U.S. nuns. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, a 60-year-old American Redemptorist priest, was named archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Boxelders seek the heat of a black letter on a metal sign in the sun in Arlington Heights.

    Got boxelder bugs? You're not alone

    Every fall, those bugs with the distinct red markings on their wings appear as if by magic in clumps on the sides of homes, seeking the warmth of the waning season. And this year, it is not your imagination: The number of boxelders covering windows, lurking in nooks and crannies and finding their way inside is noticeably higher.

    Joseph Wisniewski of Naperville with his sister, Amanda, hoped for a cure so no one else would have to die from leukemia.

    Naperville boy’s battle with leukemia inspires family to walk

    Patti Wisniewski lived on a roller coaster for two years as her son, Joseph, battled leukemia. They were locked into the ride when ear infections, bruises and lethargy led to a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. They climbed hills of chemotherapy and stem cell treatment, uncertain of what lay ahead, and celebrated the thrilling rush of remission only to face new lows when Joseph relapsed.

    Ron Keller will direct the Naperville Municipal Band in its annual Fall Concert on Sunday. The band will draw from “The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as perform with the Metea Valley Wind Ensemble.

    Naperville Municipal Band includes Halloween in genre-spanning concert

    You won't hear werewolf howls or chain saws. (Phew!) Still, Naperville Municipal Band Director Ron Keller promises this year's fall concert has a Halloween flavor. The 90-piece band will tackle the "The Phantom of the Opera," plus waltzes, Latin-inspired rhythms and a patriotic staple in a genre-spanning concert Sunday, Oct. 21, at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.


    Dawn Patrol: Brenly leaves; protest at Duckworth’s HQ

    Bob Brenly won't be broadcasting Cubs games next season. Protesters demonstrate outside congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth's campaign headquarters in Rolling Meadows. And the Naperville Jaycees have had to cancel their popular Santa Train.

    Dennis Anderson, left, and Randy Hultgren

    Fundraising a lopsided affair in 14th District

    When it comes to fundraising, candidates in the race for the 14th Congressional District are in different leagues. In the third quarter alone, Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren, of Winfield, raised almost 30 times as much as his Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson, according to federal campaign finance reports released this week.


    How much is Carol Stream library’s property worth?

    Carol Stream Public Library officials will be checking to see how much the library's 7.5-acre property on Kuhn Road is worth — the first step in the possible sale of the space originally purchased to hold a new library facility. The library board voted unanimously Wednesday to direct Interim Library Director Marilyn Boria to contact Realtors to obtain the property's fair market value, as...

    Republican Jonathan Greenberg opposes Democrat State Rep. Elaine Nekritz in the 57th State House District in the 2012 General Election.

    Candidates for the 57th House District talk pension reform

    Incumbent State Rep. Elaine Nekritz and challenger Jonathan Greenberg both believe pension reform is critical to the state's future, but they have differing ideas about how to accomplish it. They're facing off in the race for the 57th House District in November.



    Wolves fall 3-2 in overtime

    The Chicago Wolves tied the score halfway through the third period, but the Grand Rapids Griffins bagged the game-winning goal in overtime to skate away with a 3-2 victory Sunday night at the Allstate Arena.

    Prairie Ridge head coach Chris Schremp and members of the team accept the championship trophy after beating Richwoods 35-14 during the 2011 IHSA Class 6A high school championship football game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    How IHSA football playoffs could be better

    This weekend is the equivalent of Christmas and New Year's Day for high school football fans in Illinois. There is anticipation and excitement for those associated with programs that will be in the 256-team field, which will be announced by the IHSA starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. It has turned into a major event similar to the NCAA men's basketball tournament with television coverage of the pairings, newspaper analysis and no shortage of Internet chatter.

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, left foreground, and Calgary Flames co-owner Murray Edwards arrive for negotiations with the NHL Players Association in Toronto Thursday.

    Another unfortunate step back in NHL labor talks

    So much for optimism. The NHL Players Association on Thursday presented three different counterproposals to the league in hopes of ending the lockout, and all three were rejected by the owners. Bettman termed Thursday’s proceedings a step back. “It’s clear we’re not speaking the same language,” he said. “I am concerned we are not progressing. The fact is, we’re nowhere close to what we proposed.”

    Bartlett’s Aaron Everson gets past South Elgin’s Dalton Garland for a big gain at Millennium Field in Streamwood last week. The Hawks travel to Neuqua Valley tonight with the Upstate Eight Valley title on the line.

    Football/Scouting Week 9 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 9 in the Fox Valley.


    Seniors savor this Carmel victory

    Carmel Catholic's girls volleyball team and seniors Caitlin Barry, Mary Paterkiewicz, Maura Zawaski and Lynn Zemaitis had themselves a particularly memorable night Thursday. Barry delivered 8 kills and 5 aces, and Zemaitis pounded 5 kills, as the Corsairs outlasted visiting Lake Forest 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 on senior night. Zawaski led Carmel with 19 digs, while Paterkiewicz posted 16.

    Hersey’s fans mob their team after the Huskies defeated Palatine in the Mid-Suburban League championship volleyball game in Arlington Heights on Thursday night.

    Hersey claims Mid-Suburban League title

    After Hersey won a record-tying tenth Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball championship, the first thing Huskies standout setter area Abby Fesl wanted to talk about was her team's fan support. "Our fans were so great," she said. "To have them here backing us up really helped and we would love for them to come back when we host the regional next week." Fesl might get her wish. They sure had to love what they saw in the 40th annual MSL showcase event on Thursday night. The Mid-Suburban East champs dominated nearly start to finish with a 25-7, 25-14 triumph over MSL West champ Palatine in the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.


    Benet dismisses Providence

    Brittany Pavich and Cara Mattaliano each had 6 kills, and No. 1 Benet beat Providence 26-24, 25-21 on Thursday in Lisle. Hannah Kaminsky had 22 assists, Rachel Fara and Nicki Barnes 4 kills each and Sheila Doyle 5 digs for the Redwings (33-2, 7-2 East Suburban Catholic).


    Football: Scouting Week 9, Lake County

    Here's a look a the Week 9 matchups involving Lake County's football teams.

    The rigors of football at Mundelein helped defensive lineman Julio Sermeno make life changes for the better.

    Football helps Mundelein’s Sermeno reverse field

    Mundelein nose guard Julio Sermeno has used football to turn his life around.


    Prairie Ridge earns share of FVC Valley title

    The intensity and effort were evident. Unfortunately for Cary-Grove when the last volleyball was spiked the Trojans didn't have the results they were looking for. Prairie Ridge clinched a share of the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title with Crystal Lake South at 11-1 by defeating the upset-minded Trojans 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 Thursday night in Crystal Lake.

    It may be several weeks or months before we learn who will call Cubs games next season with Len Kasper, left. Bob Brenly, right, is expected to get a similar job with Arizona.

    Cubs broadcast decision could take months

    Although speculation has begun over who might replace Bob Brenly as analyst in the Cubs' TV booth, the process has just begun, and it's one that could take several weeks to complete. WGN-TV will lead the process, with input from Comcast SportsNet and the Cubs.


    Football: Week 9 previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 9 high school football matchups involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.


    Buffalo Grove, Barrington tandems still standing

    After 40 years of hosting the girls tennis state tournament, Prospect passed the baton to Buffalo Grove this year. Things went well on Thursday's first day, but one tradition didn't stop: the weather was an issue. Three rounds were completed before some of the consolation action was postponed due to rain. After a day of play, Lake Forest (22 points) leads the team competition to attempt, ahead of defending champion Hinsdale Central (19) and New Trier (18). Barrington's doubles team of senior Zoe Kasiurak and freshman Michelle Linden, and Buffalo Grove's senior twins Dana and Lauren Goggin survived their first three matches to advance in the championship bracket.

    Glenbard South celebrates defeating Timothy Christian 2-0 win during girls volleyball in Glen Ellyn, Thursday.

    Glenbard South hangs tough

    No lead is completely safe, as Glenbard South has found out the hard way this season.The Raiders didn't let history repeat itself Thursday.Big leads dwindled in both sets, but Glenbard South hung on in both to beat Timothy Christian 27-25, 25-21 in Glen Ellyn and forge a split with the Trojans for the Metro Suburban Conference championship.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central d. North Boone: Lexie Bouza had 7 kills and 2 blocks and Lauren Wiltsie added 5 kills and 4 digs to lead the Rockets to a 25-14, 25-18 Big Northern East win. Karrington Bell added 2 aces and 7 digs, Allie O’Reilly had 11 digs and 2 aces and Jess Emrich added 15 assists for Burlington Central (25-10, 10-2).Westminster Christian d. Hinckley-Big Rock: Cassidy Finnegan had 7 digs and Savannah Dutcher added 5 kills and 4 blocks to lead the Warriors to a 25-21, 25-22 nonconference win. Claire Speweik added 7 kills and Elizabeth Farwell had 9 assists for Westminster (18-7).Elgin Academy d. Faith Lutheran: Bridget Keslinke had 7 digs, 6 kills and 5 aces, while Claire Fugiel added 8 digs, 3 kills and 5 aces to lead the Hilltoppers to a 25-6, 25-14 nonconference win. Ellie Johnson added 10 digs and Trennedy Kleczewski had 15 assists for Elgin Academy (14-3).Huntley d. McHenry: Emily Westermeyer had 6 kills and 10 digs and Hailey Vitacco added 8 kills as Huntley won in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division 25-23, 25-16. Eilish Reagan added 7 digs and Kelsey DeWulf had 27 assists for the Red Raiders (13-18, 5-5).

    St. Charles East’s Haydyn Jones in their doubles match against Metamora during the IHSA girls state tennis finals at Buffalo Grove High School Thursday October 18, 2012.

    Tri-Cities players fall into backdraw

    Emily Stefancic received a rude awakening when reporting to Schaumburg High School Thursday morning for opening-day action of the IHSA girls state tennis tournament.


    West Aurora clinches DVC outright

    With all the smiles, photographs and hugs on the West Aurora court Thursday night following a DVC-clinching win over Glenbard East, it was like the Blackhawks didn't want to leave. Who could blame them? That home court has been mighty good to West Aurora the past two years. A program that had never won a DVC volleyball championship until last season now has two in a row. No wonder 30 minutes after their 25-6, 25-18 win there were still players, coaches, family and friends milling about until coach Kari Nicholson announced it was time to go out and eat.

    Detroit Tigers' Austin Jackson rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning as New York Yankees' Derek Lowe returns to the mound during Game 4 of the American League championship series Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Tigers rout Yankees 8-1 for 4-game ALCS sweep

    Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit's starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) avoids a tackle by Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Marshall, Johnson: clash of the titans

    Comparisons of the Bears' 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver Brandon Marshall and the Lions' 6-foot-5, 236-pound wide receiver Calvin Johnson are inevitable. They are Exhibit A and 1A when it comes to the big, physical wide receivers that are all the rage in today's NFL. Since the start of the 2007 season, Marshall has 6,434 receiving yards, the fifth most in the league.

    Glenbard West’s Molly Hennessy, right, & Ali Bush, in their match against Carmel during the IHSA girls state tennis finals at Buffalo Grove High School Thursday October 18, 2012.

    Glenbard West duo thriving in return to state

    Molly Hennessy has been to the girls state tennis tournament before. It isn't getting old. "It gets better each year, no doubt," the Glenbard West senior said of her fourth trip to state. "Every year has been different with the weather and everything. Every year we've been able to play higher than the last year, so hopefully we can do it again."


    Fox Valley players stay alive at state

    Jacobs’ Ashley Kozey and Bartlett’s Jennifer Gates stayed alive into Day 2 of the IHSA state tennis tournament Thursday by winning second round consolation matches.In doubles action, three Fox Valley area squads remained alive, including Jitsupa Sirinit/Gabby Gregorio of Bartlett, Rachel Siemon/Kelsey Laktash of Crystal Lake South and Alina Zabolotico/Megan Elliott of Jacobs.Jacobs’ Kozy won her first round match over Elena Breer of Teutopolis 6-1, 6-1 before losing in the second round to Madeline Kahn of Glenbrook North 6-1, 7-5. Koxy came back, though, and won her consolation round match over Tia Norris of Hononegah 6-0, 6-0 to advance to today’s action. Gates, meanwhile, beat Erica Tabor of Ottawa in her first round match 6-0, 6-2 before falling to Maria Avgerinos of York 6-2, 6-2. Gates came back and beat Brianna Deo of Rockford Auburn 6-0, 6-1 in the consolation bracket to stay alive.Bartlett’s team of Sirinit and Gregorio lost their first round doubles match to Maddie Lipp and Christina Zordani of Lake Forest 6-0, 6-2 before coming back and winning two straight matches in the consolation bracket. First they knocked off Amanda Fuchs/Sarah Wise of Normal Community 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, then staved off elimination by beating Sam Eblin/ Kylie Amerman of Salem 6-0, 6-0.Siemon/Laktash won their first round match 6-1, 6-3 over Gina Sipka/Kim Stremme of Lincoln-Way North before losing to Taya Zoubareva and Victoria Falk of Lake Forest 6-4, 6-1. The Gators’ duo then avoided elimination by beating Amy Shah/Nesha Patel of Danville 6-2, 6-2.The Jacobs tandem of Zabolotico and Elliott won their first round battle with Allison Lessner and Kaela Mack of Homewood-Flossmoor 6-2, 6-3 then lost to Morgan McGinnis/Megan LaRose of Edwardsville 7-5, 7-6 (3) before staying alive by beating Kelsey Forkin and Kat Samardzija of Lockport 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.All other area qualifiers were eliminated on Thursday, including singles players Dahlia Keonavongsa of Elgin, Hannah Hoaglund of Hampshire and Kayla Garcia of Huntley as well as the doubles teams of Miranda Curtis/Jen Regard (Jacobs), Marisa Thome/Julia Thome (CL South), Monica Patthana/Julie Schreiner (Hampshire) and Brooke Romero/Ally Peitrusiak (Huntley).Lake Forest leads the team standings after Day 1 with 22 points. Hinsdale Central (19) and New Trier (18) are close behind.


    Cutler says bring on criticism

    With another Bears game in prime time Monday comes another opportunity for Jay Cutler to be critiqued on a national stage."It is what it is," Cutler said. "I'm going to go play my brand of football and let the cards fall where they may."Most recently Cutler has been panned by Terry Bradshaw and praised by Phil Simms, two former NFL quarterbacks, one of whom was once accused of not being able to spell "cat," if you spotted him the "c" and the "a."

    Goalkeeper Sean Cox provides a big problem for Harper’s opponents.

    Cox stands tall for Harper men’s soccer team

    Standing 6-feet-3 and weighing 230 pounds, Harper freshman Sean Cox is an imposing figure in goal for men's soccer head coach Jason Diebold. "To have a goalkeeper like that, I am fortunate," said Diebold.


    Harper hopes third time is the charm in Region IV play

    The Harper College men's soccer team is hoping the third time might be the charm in regional semifinal play against Joliet Junior College on Saturday. Joliet has beaten Harper twice this season.


    Girls cross country: regional scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's girls cross country regionals from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.


    Boys cross country: regional scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's boys cross country regionals from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

    Jacobs’ standout Lauren Van Vlierbergen will not run in regionals Saturday to avoid a foot injury. She will return for sectional competition if the Golden Eagles qualify as a team.

    Both Jacobs teams have high hopes

    The Jacobs boys and girls cross country teams are flying high heading into Saturday's IHSA regional action. The Jacobs girls cross country team won the Fox Valley Conference title. The Golden Eagles placed three runners in the Top 10 lead by standout Lauren Van Vlierbergen, who won the title by more than 17 seconds. However, Van Vlierbergen will not run in Saturday's Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional at Rockford College due to stress in her foot. Jacobs coach Kevin Christian noted Van Vlierbergen does not have a stress fracture.


    MSL East, West titles at stake in Week 9

    Division titles are on the line tonight as Palatine (7-1, 4-0) battles Schaumburg (7-1, 3-1) in the West and Elk Grove (5-3, 3-1) and Prospect (5-3, 3-1) battle for a potential share of the East with Rolling Meadows (6-2, 3-1).


    Hulling not giving up his Olympic dreams

    It couldn't get much better. A warm summer evening. Date night. A favorite Mexican restaurant.


    For many coaches, the bracketology can wait till Saturday

    Before moving on to the football playoffs, let's take a moment to clear out the regular-season closet.

    Matt Biegalski, right, and his Wheaton North teammates hope to bounce back from last week’s loss with a victory Friday night against cross-town rival Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of the top Week 9 high school football games in the DuPage County coverage area

    FILE - This Sept. 29, 2012 file photo shows Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell trying to reach a pass from quarterback Taylor Martinez, in an NCAA college football game between Nebraska and Wisconsin, in Lincoln, Neb. Bell came into the season aiming to become the first Nebraska player with 1,000 yards receiving in a season. He might just make it. Even if he doesn't, he's still on track to have one of the best seasons ever by a Cornhusker receiver. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Nebraska’s Bell setting sights on receiving record

    Kenny Bell is on track to have one of the best seasons ever by a Nebraska receiver, and he just might achieve his goal of becoming the first Cornhusker to crack 1,000 yards receiving in a season.


    White Sox season ticket plans
    White Sox coverage

    The White Sox failed to draw 2 million fans last season, and now team officials have decided to reduce season ticket prices and parking fees to attract more fans.

    White Sox slash ticket prices; payroll next?

    Following their sixth straight year of declining attendance, the White Sox announced a series of cuts in prices for season tickets, individual corner seats and parking for 2013. Beat writer Scot Gregor wonders if another poor year at the gate is going to force another cut in the Sox' payroll.

    Athletic officials for Missouri and Illinois extended their Braggin' Rights Game deal on Thursday, keeping the annual clash in St. Louis.

    Illini, Missouri extend Braggin’ Rights deal

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — University of Illinois and University of Missouri athletics officials, with approval from sponsors, have agreed to play the annual Braggin' Rights Game at Scottrade Center in St. Louis until at least 2017.The announcement was made on Thursday morning at the Scottrade Center.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tosses a game ball to a team employee Sunday after the Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-26.

    NFL’s 5 rookie QBs are winning at record rate

    All five rookie starting QBs in the NFL have showed their value this season. They're not only playing, but winning — at least some of the time. Last week the quintet of Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson went 4-1. "That's a little different from what people would assume would happen to rookies," Dolphins assistant coach Mike Sherman says.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to reporters following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    NHL players not exactly giddy
    Most NHL players aren’t buying into the proposal put forward by the owners on Tuesday that centered on a 50-50 split of hockey related revenue.First of all, the NHL Players Association wants to know what exactly defines hockey related revenue. That is certain to be one of the things the union brings up when the two sides meet again Thursday in Toronto.“Everyone hears 50-50 and says, ‘Why aren’t you signing?’” former Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell said. “But there are a lot of ins and outs the majority (of people) don’t know about. We know we have to give in areas, but we want something that’s fair.”Hawks captain Jonathan Toews thinks the league’s latest proposal — and the fact it was made public Wednesday in its entirety on the NHL’s website — was nothing more than a public-relations ploy to get the fans on the owners’ side.“To a certain extent they’re trying to sway public opinion, and I don’t think there’s a secret there,” Toews said. “As long as they don’t think it’s like their final drastic attempt to salvage an 82-game season.“If they were that desperate to conserve an 82-season and get things done I think this would have been done already. There’s no real effort there.“It’s just a ploy to kind of sway the positive light back in their favor.”But Toews remains optimistic there will be a season.“I’m always going to remain optimistic, but it gets tiring,” Toews said. “Hopefully it gets the ball rolling the right way here.“They’re playing an angle there. As players we’re not going to get too excited about it. We’ll consider what they come up with and try and see what we can work with.”Toews and Campbell spoke Wednesday at a news conference for “Champs for Charity,” an exhibition game to be held Oct. 26 at the Allstate Arena.The game, sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities, is the brainchild of former Hawk Adam Burish, who has tried to lure as many of his teammates from the 2010 Stanley Cup team to participate.So far Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland off the present Hawks roster have committed to play along with Burish, Campbell, Troy Brouwer, John Madden, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager.“We want to give fans who are starving for hockey something to watch and we want to give back to this charity,” Burish said.The Hawks and ex-Hawks will play a team from the rest of the “World” consisting of the likes and Ryan Suter, Craig Anderson and Alex Goligoski. Word spread Wednesday that Sidney Crosby was going to be asked to participate.The league’s proposal was made with an eye toward starting the season Nov. 2 and saving the full 82-game schedule.“It’s possible to start (Nov. 2) as long as both sides are willing to negotiate, stay civil and make sure the best interest of both sides are in play,” Brouwer told reporters.Brouwer believes there’s a deal to be made if both sides are willing to get down to some serious negotiating.“There are a few hidden gems you have to break down to understand and a few things we can’t quite accept yet, but they’re on the way,” Brouwer said.NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr sent a letter to players and agents Tuesday night, and TSN’s Bob McKenzie obtained a copy of it.In the letter, Fehr said, “simply put, the owners’ new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights. As you will see, at the five percent industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion. What do the owners offer in return?”tsassone@dailyherald.com

    New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow could see some time at running back this week.

    Tebow could step in at RB for short-handed Jets

    Rex Ryan says it's "a possibility" do-it-all backup quarterback Tim Tebow could see time at running back for the New York Jets on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The Jets are a bit short-handed at the position with backups Joe McKnight (sprained left ankle) and Bilal Powell (separated right shoulder) likely out for the game.

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making his season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans. The notion seems far-fetched, given that Suggs practiced for the first time Wednesday after undergoing surgery in May on his torn right Achilles tendon.

    Ravens LB Suggs won’t rule himself out for Sunday

    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hasn't ruled out the possibility of making his season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans. "There's no plan in place," Suggs said Thursday. "I've got to take it day by day. Come Sunday I may or may not be out there.


    Felix Jones finally 1st option again for Cowboys

    Felix Jones finally gets a chance to be the first option again for the Dallas Cowboys. The fifth-year running back and former first-round pick certainly had to be patient. He had only three carries in the first four games this season.

    Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, says his mission is to make sports a sanctuary for finding out who’s most talented and who worked the hardest, not who’s the best cheater. Most recently, that mission has led him to spearhead the case that’s ended lance Armstrong’s cycling and triathlon careers.

    Meet Armstrong’s biggest adversary, USADA’s Tygart

    Travis Tygart, to put it simply, is the man who's been making life difficult for Lance Armstrong.Part teacher and part preacher for his cause, Tygart's official title is chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. As it turns out, the man who became Armstrong's greatest adversary is like him in some ways.

    The grounds crew place the tarp back on the field Thursday after removing it before Game 4 of the American League championship series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees in Detroit. Detroit leads the best-of-seven games series 3-0.

    A-Rod, Granderson still out of lineup for Game 4

    Alex Rodriguez was benched twice for the same game. Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson were still out of New York's starting lineup for Game 4 of the AL championship series on Thursday, a day after the game was postponed by rain. New York trailed 3-0 in the AL championship series against Detroit. Manager Joe Girardi has juggled his lineup throughout the postseason, trying to find the right combination.

    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzpatrick picked up an important road win last Saturday at Minnesota. This Saturday, the Wildcats (6-1) host Nebraska (4-2) in a key Legends Division contest.

    Big Ten looks to put ugly start behind it

    Shortly after Northwestern survived an ugly performance to beat Minnesota on Saturday and improve to 6-1, two officials sat down in the postgame press conference wearing yellow Fiesta Bowl jackets. With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for the postseason and the Big Ten not having a team currently ranked in the BCS standings, the representatives from one of the premier bowls in the country were asked what interest they had in the Wildcats and Golden Gophers.


    Wolves prevail in overtime against Peoria

    The Chicago Wolves and Peoria Rivermen each scored a goal in regulation, but defenseman Zach Miskovic bagged the game-winning goal 2:59 into overtime to lift the Wolves to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at the Allstate Arena.


    Mike North video: Do we want or need injured Ray Lewis as an NFL commentator?

    Ray Lewis had a great career playing 17 years in the NFL but Mike North wonders if adding the football icon as a commentator is necessary?


    DAILY HERALD/Mark Black Judy DeVoe and Roland Romero of Spare Wheels talk with Julie Berkowicz during the Daily Herald Business Ledger Hospitality Expo in Woodridge Thursday.

    A taste of suburban hospitality
    More than 500 people came out see what the suburban hospitality industry has to offer at the 2012 Daily Herald Business Ledger Hospitality Expo/Dupage Thursday.

    U.S. stocks fell, after a three-day advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as Google pulled down technology shares after reporting third-quarter profit and sales that missed estimates.

    Google issues a bad report early, hurting Nasdaq

    Google plummeted almost $80 per share, more than 10 percent, and trading in the stock was halted two and a half hours Thursday after a disappointing earnings report was published ahead of schedule and surprised investors.

    The new Joornal app is available free from Oakbrook Terrace-based Geneca.

    Oakbrook Terrace-based Geneca aims to make journaling better

    Anna Kukec's eBuzz column features Oakbrook Terrace-based Geneca, which is offering a free app called Joornal for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Android devices. It's touted as "a radical alternative" for the people who journal for professional and personal growth, because it allows you to track your input on the people and things you care about most.

    People attend a workshop, “New York Get Your Business Online,” Wednesday at Google offices in New York. Google’s stock plunged suddenly Thursday afternoon.

    Google’s 3Q earnings leak early, stock plunges

    Google Inc.'s stock plunged suddenly on Thursday afternoon after a contractor released the search company's third-quarter earnings report early, by mistake.

    General Motors, seeking to increase its internal information technology abilities, said it agreed to absorb 3,000 Hewlett-Packard workers performing duties for the automaker and make them GM employees.

    GM to hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard

    General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house.


    Gasoline prices — finally — begin to slide

    Gasoline prices have finally begun their seasonal slide. Better late than never.


    Sprint seeks majority control of Clearwire

    Flush with the promise of cash from a Japanese investor, Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said that it wants to buy out the founder of Clearwire Corp. to gain majority control of the wireless network operator.


    AOL wants to organize your email clutter with Alto

    The Internet icon that bought email to the masses with its classic "You've got mail" slogan now wants to help people organize the flood of messages in their Gmail, Yahoo mail and other accounts.


    Duke starting to test Indiana gasification plant

    EDWARDSPORT, Ind. — Duke Energy says it is ready to start testing major parts of the troubled coal-gasification plant it’s building in southwestern Indiana. Duke officials say the plant near the Knox County town of Edwardsport has been operating on natural gas and that they’re set to switch to the synthetic gas produced through the gasification process.That gas will sometimes ignite a flare that can be bright and loud, but plant manager Jack Stultz tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that is normal and won’t indicate any problems.The company says it expects flare ignitions during the testing and startup process over the next several months.Duke has faced numerous engineering and construction problems that it blames for $1.3 billion in cost overruns in what is now a $3.3 billion project.

    College student Frangy Pozo, 19, holds a banner at a “Tear Up Your Debt” demonstration to protest rising student loan debt, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in New Brunswick, N.J.

    Average debt up again for new college grads

    It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 — up about 5 percent from the class before.


    Venture capital firm to open Chicago office

    A leading venture capital firm is opening an office in Chicago, giving a boost to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to attract high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs to the city.


    Chinese firm says U.S. rejection deters investment

    The Chinese company suing President Barack Obama for blocking its planned wind farm projects in Oregon accused the U.S. leader and his government of discrimination Thursday and warned that the case would deter Chinese investment in the United States.

    Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. The airline has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay. Last month, fares paid by business travelers were soft, CEO Gary Kelly said on CNBC.

    Southwest posts small profit after weak September

    Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. The airline has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay. Last month, fares paid by business travelers were soft, CEO Gary Kelly said on CNBC.


    Fifth Third 3Q net income falls on charges

    Fifth Third Bancorp reported Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell because of one-time expenses related to debt repayment and accounting issues.


    Morgan Stanley shares rise on higher earnings

    Morgan Stanley reported higher revenue and net income for its third quarter Thursday thanks to gains in its bonds and asset management businesses.

    Nokia Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net loss widened to $1.27 billion as revenue plunged 19 percent compared with the same time last year and sales of its flagship Windows Phone fell to under 3 million units.

    Nokia loss widens to $1.27 billion in Q3

    Nokia Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter net loss widened to $1.27 billion as revenue plunged 19 percent compared with the same time last year and sales of its flagship Windows Phone fell to under 3 million units. Investors, however, had been expecting an even bigger drop in sales, and sent shares in the company higher.

    Verizon’s Share Everything plan looks like it’s good for the company’s shares, too. The parent of the nations’ largest cellphone company on Thursday reported a blowout number of new devices on its network, boosted by the revolutionary plan, introduced four months ago.

    Verizon 3Q profit rises, bolstered by wireless

    Verizon's Share Everything plan looks like it's good for the company's shares, too. The parent of the nations' largest cellphone company on Thursday reported a blow-out number of new devices on its network, boosted by the revolutionary plan, introduced four months ago. The plan made it cheaper for households to add wireless service to non-phone devices like tablets and laptops.


    Union Pacific 3Q profit up 15 pct on price hikes

    Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments.


    Philip Morris Int’l 3Q profit falls 6 percent

    Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc.'s third-quarter net income fell more than 6 percent, despite higher prices, as the company sold fewer cigarettes.

    Associated Press A Chinese woman waits at a bus stand with a billboard advertised a bank’s credit card promotion with words “Release yourself, swap it as much as you can” in Beijing. China’s worst slump since the global financial crisis leveled out in the latest quarter and retail sales picked up in a sign an economic rebound is taking shape, adding to hopes for a global recovery.

    China shows signs economic recovery taking shape

    China's worst slump since the global financial crisis leveled out in the latest quarter and retail sales picked up in a sign an economic rebound is taking shape, adding to hopes for a global recovery. "This confirms that the economy is rebounding," said Dariusz Kowalczyk, senior economist for Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong. "There is no room and no need for further major stimulus."

    Associated Press Protesters throw petrol bombs at riot police officers during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Hundreds of youths pelted riot police with petrol bombs, bottles and chunks of marble Thursday as yet another Greek anti-austerity demonstration descended into violence.

    Violence breaks out at Greek anti-austerity demo

    Hundreds of youths pelted riot police with petrol bombs, bottles and chunks of marble Thursday as yet another Greek anti-austerity demonstration descended into violence, less than a month after more intense clashes broke out during a similar protest.


    Newsweek ending print edition, job cuts expected

    Newsweek plans to end its print publication after 80 years and will shift to an all-digital format aimed at online users starting in early 2013. Job cuts are expected. Newsweek's last U.S. print edition will be its Dec. 31 issue.

    Spirit Airlines flight attendant Shaun Mobley, left, greets Roxanne Ward, right, of Dallas during a Flight Attendant Open House. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week’s sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications jump to 388K

    Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week's sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors.

Life & Entertainment

    “A Bronx Tale,” the one-man show written and performed by actor Chazz Palminteri, will be rescheduled at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    ‘Bronx Tale’ in St. Charles postponed
    "A Bronx Tale," Chazz Palminteri's one-man show, scheduled to run Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct 28, at the Arcada Theate in St. Charles, has been postponed until further notice. Ticketholders can request a full refund, or keep their tickets until a new show date is announced.

    The NBC comedy “Animal Practice,” starring Crystal as Dr. Zaius and Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman, was canceled by the network Thursday.

    NBC cancels ‘Animal Practice’

    Crystal the monkey is hanging up her doctor's coat. NBC said Thursday it's pulling the low-rated sitcom "Animal Practice," with the last episode to air Nov. 7.

    Lola (Billy Porter), Lauren (Annaleigh Ashford) and Charlie (Stark Sands) celebrate the first production-line pair of “Kinky Boots” in the Broadway-bound world premiere musical “Kinky Boots” at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.

    With polish, 'Boots' could really shine

    There's no denying that "Kinky Boots" has all the elements for a smash hit show. This Broadway-bound world premiere musical, at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, possesses flashy numbers, a handsome production design and a superskilled cast that can sing, dance and push all the necessary dramatic and comedic buttons upon command.

    Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, the heir to the throne, will marry Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy during a two-day affair, including fireworks, concerts, a gala dinner at the grand ducal palace.

    Royal wedding gives Luxembourg turn in spotlight

    LUXEMBOURG — The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg doesn’t get a lot of turns in the spotlight.It’s an independent country tinier than Rhode Island, the smallest U.S. state, and it would fit inside Germany, its neighbor to the east, 138 times with room to spare. It won no medals at the 2012 London Olympics — in fact it hasn’t won a medal at the summer Games since 1952.But this week is Luxembourg’s turn to shine. Prince Guillaume, the heir to the throne — the grand duke-to-be — will marry Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. It will be a two-day affair, including fireworks, concerts, a gala dinner at the grand ducal palace, and two marriages between the betrothed — a civil wedding Friday afternoon and a religious ceremony Saturday morning.A glittering array of European royalty has been invited. The guest list for the religious ceremony includes kings, queens, princes and princesses from European countries including, among others, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Lichtenstein, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania and Britain, which is sending Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest child, and his wife, Sophie.Non-European royalty will be attending, as well, from Morocco, Japan and Jordan and elsewhere.With all those royals coming to Luxembourg, can international attention be far behind?“It’s good for Luxembourg,” said Nadine Chenet, a 46-year-old street cleaner who was picking up cigarette butts with pincers in front of the grand ducal palace. “Many people will come now.”Besides, she just plain likes the royal family, she said: They give a good impression of the country.That’s a sentiment common in Luxembourg. To all appearances, the bride and groom are a lovely couple. He is 30, with dark hair and an immaculate beard. She is 28, blonde and smiling. In public appearances, including at the London Olympics, they have appeared besotted with each other.According to biographies distributed by the royal court, each has an array of interests befitting those who are to the manner born.Guillaume speaks four languages, has studied international politics, is a lieutenant colonel in the Luxembourg army (a force of 900 soldiers), and has been engaged in humanitarian work in other countries, including Nepal. The duchess-to-be has studied the influence of German romanticism on Russian romanticism, plays piano and violin, swims, skis, and says she reads three books at a time.In the language department, she already speaks French and German — two of Luxembourg’s three official languages — and, perhaps more importantly, is studying the third, which is called Luxembourgish. She plans to renounce her Belgian citizenship in order to become, eventually, Luxembourg’s grand duchess.Luxembourg is a linguistically complicated country, a reflection of its complicated past. It began as a Roman fortress. It has, at one time or another, fallen under the control of Spain, France and Austria. In 1839, it gained its independence from the Netherlands, but lost more than half its territory to Belgium, which now has a province of the same name. In the 20th century, Germany swept through Luxembourg twice despite its protestations of neutrality.Luxembourgish is related to German, but it is primarily a spoken language. In the country’s schools, elementary students take all their classes in German. When students reach their teens, gradually all classes are converted to French. And English is studied the entire time.But the language dearest to their hearts is Luxembourgish. As 71-year-old retired engineer Rene Ries — a typical Luxembourger, with a French first name and a German last name — said, Luxembourgish is generally spoken in the home. When there is a complaint, the police file their reports in German. Then the lawyers litigate the case in French.

    "Night Train" by Jason Aldean

    All aboard Jason Aldean’s ‘Night Train’

    Jason Aldean blends hard-rock sonics with country music themes better than any of his contemporaries, as he proves once again on his fifth album, “Night Train.” But his multi-platinum success depends just as much on his willingness to break formulas and take chances.

    Jason Aldean announced Thursday that he will play a concert July 13 at Fenway Park. He will be the first country music star to play a concert at the famous ballpark.

    Jason Aldean makes surprise announcement in Boston

    Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. The July 13 appearance will be the initial stop on his first stadium tour.

    Heirs of Superman artist Joe Shuster had sought to reclaim the copyrights, but a judge ruled they relinquished that right more than two decades ago. The ruling Wednesday by a U.S. district judge means that DC Comics and its owner Warner Bros. will retain all rights to continue using the character in books, films, television and other mediums.

    Judge sides with DC Comics in fight over Superman

    DC Comics will retain its rights to Superman after a judge ruled Wednesday that the heirs of one of the superhero's co-creators signed away their ability to reclaim copyrights to the Man of Steel roughly 20 years ago. The ruling means that DC Comics and its owner Warner Bros. will retain all rights to continue using the character in books, films, television and other mediums, including a the film reboot planned for next year.

    Police in Las Vegas said Wednesday that Flavor Flav was jailed on felony charges stemming from a domestic argument with his fiancee and threats to attack her teenage son with a knife. Officer Bill Cassell said no one was injured before William Jonathan Drayton Jr. was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, at a home in a neighborhood several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

    Flavor Flav arrested in Las Vegas domestic case

    Entertainer Flavor Flav threw his fiancee to the floor twice and grabbed two knives as he chased and threatened to kill her 17-year-old son during an argument Wednesday at their home in Las Vegas, a police report states. The former rapper, hip-hop and reality TV star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., cut his finger with one of the knives before police arrived and arrested him about 3:30 a.m., according to the report. Drayton, 53, was being held on $23,000 bail at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance Thursday on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of battery-domestic violence. He could face up to six years in prison on the assault charge if convicted.

    Cocktails, music and food draw crowds to EvenFlow in Geneva.

    Music, cocktails draw crowds to Geneva nightspot

    Since opening July 3 in the long-shuttered Tuscana's former space, EvenFlow Music & Spirits has been keeping the venue rocking with an eclectic mix of live music supported by great food and drinks. EvenFlow hosts bands Wednesday through Saturday nights, with a lineup that includes country, swing, blues and rock groups. The bar's crowd changes with the music, but you can count on it being packed Friday and Saturday nights.

    The bananas foster bread pudding benefits breast cancer awareness when part of the special three-course prix fixe dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

    Eating out: Sullivan’s supports pink with 3-course meal

    Go pink at Sullivan’s Steakhouse with a three-course meal for $39.95 that benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Through the end of October, choose from entree such as filet mignon and Cajun-dusted salmon with truffle-red pepper chili butter. Dessert options include the bananas foster bread pudding and warm chocolate brownie cake.

    A Swedish gangster (Dragomir Mrsic) protects himself from an attack in the crime thriller “Easy Money.”

    'Easy Money' a crackling cautionary tale

    Dann reviews four films: the Swedish crime thriller "Easy Money," the World War II children's view of "War of the Buttons," the American indie tale of good hearts "Least Among Saints," and the visually arresting World War II Swedish drama "Simon and the Oaks." Plus, Dann chats with a reader about the virtues of Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" with Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell.

    Trey Anastasio, “Traveler”

    Weak effort from Phish’s Trey Anastasio

    Phish frontman Trey Anastasio mixes the old and new with a couple of covers, strings, horns, synthesizers — and even a theremin — on his latest solo release, “Traveler.” Unfortunately, in walking that tightrope between being a hot mess and a successful musical gumbo, the album cannot seem to find its footing.

    Alex (Kathryn Newton) notes something amiss when her family takes in a neighbor boy in “Paranormal Activity 4.”

    Recycled plot haunts ‘Paranormal Activity 4’

    The mockumentary filmmakers behind "Paranormal Activity 4" know a thing or two about scaring audiences. But this time out, they seem to have run short on new ideas, relying more on the series' reputation for low-budget thrills to attract audiences.

    Kate Hannah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, left) gets help with her sobriety from her sponsor Jenny (Octavia Spencer) in “Smashed.”

    'Smashed' side-steps deeper truths of addiction

    The film title "Smashed" refers not so much to the nearly perpetual state of inebriation that a young husband and wife put themselves in but rather to the way the wife finds her existence truly shattered when she tries to get sober. Staying at least slightly drunk all the time is easy, as Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character knows well. But once you stop drinking, the reality you've shoved aside returns with a vengeance.

    Aspiring to become an FBI agent, Detroit detective Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry), left, tortures a source while detective Kane (Edward Burns) observes the techniques in “Alex Cross.”

    Tyler Perry takes on ‘Alex Cross’ in miscast, morally dodgy thriller

    Tyler Perry was a curious and ambitious choice to take the role of Alex Cross from Morgan Freeman in the police thriller "Alex Cross." Perry, the gun-toting Medea in several successful comedies, meets his acting limitations here. He fails to muster basic police authority. His transition from noble protector to killing machine is clearly outside the actor's comfort zone and dramatic range.

    Heather Headley's “Only One in the World”

    Heather Headley loses thrill on 4th album

    Heather Headley, who is gearing up to star in “The Bodyguard: A New Musical” in London next month, has one of those soaring voices that reverberates in a theater and smolders on a record. Then again, so do a lot of R&B singers. What has helped Headley distinguish herself in her recording career has been her material — well-crafted tunes with smart, mature lyrics that she made her own.

    Jamey Johnson, “Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran”

    Johnson honors past and present on album

    Jamey Johnson set out to honor one of the most successful songwriters in country music history with “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.” He does that — and much more.

    Pinback, “Information Retrieved”

    Hooky melodies, tricky rhythms pepper Pinback’s newest

    More than half a century after the birth of the rock band, guitarists remain limited to six strings and a dozen notes, so it’s tough to carve out a distinctive niche. But Pinback has managed the feat. The San Diego duo sounds like no one else, and therein lies its appeal.


    Some straight forward dating advice for herpes sufferer

    Carolyn tells woman with herpes that living with a sexually transmitted disease isn't necessarily a deterrent to dating. "Anyone who thinks you’re a bad person for having herpes is not a nice guy. That’s the easiest point I’ll ever get to make in this column. Clean is for clothes, not people. Another point from the no-agonizing-necessary list: Yes, you must disclose."



    Endorsement: Russell over Martinez for Kane coroner
    The Daily Herald endorses Robert Russell of South Elgin over Tao Martinez of North Aurora, for Kane County coroner.


    Endorsement: Hartwell over Nendrick for Kane court clerk
    The Daily Herald's choice for clerk of the circuit court in Kane County is Thomas Hartwell over Edmund Nendrick.


    Endorsement: Yarbrough over Griffith for Cook recorder of deeds
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Karen Yarbrough of Maywood over Republican Sherri Griffith of Chicago for Cook County recorder of deeds.


    Endorsements: Our choices for DuPage County Forest Preserve
    The Daily Herald makes its endorsements for six seats on the DuPage County Forest Preserve board.


    Endorsement: Patlak over Griffin for Cook Board Of Review
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent Republican Dan Patlak of Wheeling over Democrat Casey Griffin of Midlothian for Cook County recorder of deeds.


    Endorsement: Alvarez over Yokoyama for Cook state’s attorney
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Anita Alvarez of River Forest over Republican Lori Yokoyama of Chicago for Cook County state's attorney.


    Endorsement: Lauzen over Klinkhamer for Kane County Board chairman
    The Daily Herald endorses Chris Lauzen of Aurora over Sue Klinkhamer of St. Charles for Kane County Board chairman.


    Endorsement: Vanderventer over Bednar for Lake County recorder of deeds
    Democrat Mary Ellen Vanderventer of Waukegan is endorsed over Bob Bednar of Mundelein for Lake County recorder of deeds.


    Endorsement: Nerheim over Kennedy for Lake County state’s attorney
    Republican Mike Nerheim of Gurneed is endorsed over Chris Kennedy of Libertyville for Lake County State's Attorney.


    Endorsement: Newton over Rudd for Lake coroner
    The Daily Herald endorses Steve Newton of Antioch over Thomas Rudd of Lake Forest for Lake County coroner.


    Endorsement: Brin over Dave for Lake County circuit court clerk
    The Daily Herald endorses Keith Brim over Rupan Dave for Lake County clerk of the circuit court.


    Obama punches back

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: President Obama sought to demonstrate that Mitt Romney's bold words are backed up by nonsensical policies. He wanted to make Romney sound more like a salesman than a statesman. We won't know until new polls come in whether he succeeded.


    Seniors, look closely at Romney plans
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Mitt Romney has been saying his health care changes will not affect those over 55. But various news media sources including fact check organizations say otherwise.


    No turning back from wrong choice
    A Naperville letter to the editor: We are now less than a month away from arguably the most important election to determine the future for our country since 1860. The choices are clear — there are two totally different philosophies and ideologies represented by the candidates and their parties.


    Walsh is doing what voters want
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I will take Joe Walsh any day over someone who can't even face her voters in a debate. Thank you, Joe, for helping to save this country, before we don't even recognize it anymore.


    Time for a change in 8th District
    ASchaumburg letter to the editor: I have been hearing Joe Walsh yell at his constituents for two years now. Two years is too long to have someone like this represent me. I think it's time for a change.


    Romney will keep us in business
    A Geneva letter to the editor: As you enter the voting booth, I urge you to think about anyone you know who is self-employed or a small-business owner and recognize if you think unemployment is bad now this will compound our current crisis. I encourage a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so that will allow those of us purchasing insurance to continue to be able to afford it and stay in business.


    Supply-side economics continues to fail us
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: If we continue to use supply side economics to drive our country then we can expect the rich to get richer, the deficit to grow and the middle class to get whatever crumbs are left over.


    No mention of PBS debate coverage
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: The day before the first presidential debate, I noticed that the Daily Herald did not mention PBS as one of the networks providing coverage. I don’t understand this oversight. PBS’ own Jim Lehrer was the moderator. You showed the other major networks in dark capital letters: CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.


    Bully thinks he won, he’s really the loser
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: I sat and watched the recent debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan with my seventh grade son. He was watching in order gain extra points for his social studies class concerning the political process. I think that he learned quite a bit more than he or I bargained for and much of it was truly of an ugly American.


    Need respectful adults leading
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: I watched the vice presidential debate and I was appalled at the childish disrespect of Vice President Joe Biden to Paul Ryan. Several times while Paul Ryan was speaking, Joe Biden was smirking and laughing.


    Hillary’s mea culpa

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Our only conclusion at this point is that we don't know what happened in Libya. But it is also clear that no one in the Obama administration knew what was going on either. We will see. Until then, it is fair and reasonable to entertain the notion that Hillary Clinton simply did the right thing.


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