Daily Archive : Saturday October 20, 2012


    Members of the Mount Prospect Fire Department Saturday morning are outside a first-floor unit at The Colony Apartments on the 2300 block of South Cannon Drive, where a 69-year-old woman died after a fire early Saturday.

    Authorities identify Mt. Prospect fire victim

    A Mount Prospect woman who died early Saturday morning after a fire in the first-floor apartment of a three-story building has been identified. According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the woman was 69-year-old Kathleen Marrs.

    Brian Curtin

    Illinois recognizes Schaumburg High School teacher

    Teacher Brian Curtin of School District 211 was named the 2013 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education Saturday night. "Brian is one of those inspirational teachers who makes creative and engaging lesson plans look easy and leads through example and self-discipline," the state school superintendent said.

    Lewis McCracken

    Elgin teen held on gun charges

    An Elgin teen already on parole has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm following a recent Huntley burglary.Police said they traced the stolen gun to 17-year-old known gang member Lewis McCracken, of the 700 block of Canyon Lane, in Elgin.

    Baymone Rasavong chats with Shirley Anderson of Geneva at the B & V Asian Market in South Elgin.

    A tale of generosity from United Methodist Church

    A family from Thailand that came to Geneva 32 years ago after being sponsored by a church, is thriving today with their own business in South Elgin.

    Vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including 23 deaths.

    Medical science not prepared for meningitis outbreak

    To date, 23 people have died. New cases appear every day; the count went up by 13 on Saturday. In all, 14,000 people in 23 states received injections around the spine or a joint with the anti-inflammatory drug methylprednisolone acetate from three contaminated lots distributed by a Massachusetts company.

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

    Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

    A senior lawmaker and consumer advocates are raising questions about Medicare's role, including an apparent lack of coordination between Medicare and the FDA, the two most powerful agencies within the federal Health and Human Services Department.

    Abigail Knox of Elmwood Park is all smiles while taking part in the Naperville’s Junior Women’s Club annual Trick or Treat at Safety Town Saturday. She was dressed like a dog.

    Naperville’s Safety Town passes out treats and tips

    It's not everyday that parents allow their children to accept candy from strangers, much less strangers dressed as clowns, ice cream cones, jailbirds and even Angry Birds. But several exceptions were made Saturday in Naperville as more than 1,300 children, dressed in equally spooky costumes, paraded through Naperville's Safety Town.

    Scott Henry of Wheaton enjoys the aroma of a cup of chili before judging it at Kuipers Family Farm’s third annual Chili Cook-Off in Maple Park on Saturday. All proceeds of the competition go to Conley Outreach Community Services in Elburn.

    Chili cookoff supports work of Conley Outreach

    Good-natured ribbing and a spicy sibling rivalry were part of the annual chili cooking contest Saturday at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park. Besides bestowing bragging rights, the contest raised money for Conley Outreach Community Services.

    Members of the media tour the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, the site off the upcoming presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The small Florida college is awaiting its big moment in the spotlight as the host of the final presidential debate Monday.

    Final debate could have major impact

    However else Campaign 2012 is chronicled, there is little doubt it will be remembered as the Year of Debates. Never have candidate debates played as important a role, from the start of the Republican primaries through the general election, as they have in this election.

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, left in front of bus, gives a thumbs-up to supporters as he arrives Saturday for a campaign rally at the Valley View Campgrounds in Belmont, Ohio.

    Obama, Romney eye final stretch

    This presidential campaign may be known more for its presidential debates than anything else.By Karen Tumulty/The Washington Post

    Supporters from both sides of the abortion issue share the sidewalk next to the Planned Parenthhood clinic in West Glenwood, Colo.

    Planned Parenthood in political crossfire

    Officials in nearly a dozen Republican-led states, including Arizona, Kansas and Indiana, have cut at least some funding for the group since 2011, when Democrats rejected a high-profile effort by congressional Republicans to block federal grants for the group.


    Abortion — By the Numbers

    Nearly 1 million women get abortions every year. Most say they made that choice because they couldn’t afford a baby or having one would interfere with a job, caring for existing children or other responsibilities.Who are these women? Ÿ More than half — 54 percent — say they were using birth control around the time they got pregnant.

    Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Ill., as Rev. Chris Comerford, right, from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Granite City speaks out against the abortion clinic.

    Dozens of states make it harder to get abortions

    Just this year, 17 states set new limits on abortion; 24 did last year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights nonprofit whose numbers are widely respected.


    Northwest Line train strikes pedestrian, causes delays

    An outbound Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line train headed for Crystal Lake was stopped Saturday afternoon after it struck and killed a pedestrian near the station.

    John W. Edgell

    Antioch’s Edgell free on bail

    John W. Edgell is free on bond Saturday after posting his $200 bail from the Lake County jail. The former longtime treasurer for the troubled Antioch Rescue Squad has been charged with stealing from the agency for the past decade.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, talks with foreign policy adviser Dan Senor, left, and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., before boarding his campaign plane at Daytona International Airport, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Romney ups criticism of Obama's second-term plans

    Heading into the campaign's final weeks, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is upping his criticism of President Barack Obama's plans for a second term, accusing the Democrat of failing to tell Americans what he would do with four more years. The Obama campaign is aggressively disputing the notion, claiming it's Romney who hasn't provided specific details to voters.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat, is seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. With the Nov. 6, 2012, election just three weeks away, the unflattering news about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reached a point that would send most politicians into full crisis communications mode. Jackson has made his first comment on his four-month absence via a robocall that went out to voters on Saturday.

    Congressman Jackson says he’s ‘starting to heal’

    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has spoken out publicly for the first time about his treatment for bipolar disorder and other health issues. The Illinois Democrat released a robocall Saturday to his Chicago-area constituents in which he seeks to explain his four-month absence. "I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them all," Jackson says in the robocall.


    Suit says hospital mistakenly declared boy dead

    The parents of an 8-year-old boy have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging doctors pronounced their son dead though he was still alive and refused to listen to desperate relatives who insisted he continued to move his eyes and body. "You didn't have to be a doctor to see that the heart was pumping blood," the boy's father, Pink Dorsey, said at a news conference Friday.

    The funeral procession for former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter travels through Northeast Philadelphia on Tuesday.

    Notable deaths last week

    Arlen Specter, a pugnacious and prominent former moderate in the U.S. Senate who developed the single-bullet theory in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and played starring roles in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


    Here are the missing clues in Saturday’s crossword puzzle
    Several clues were mistakenly omitted from Saturday's crossword puzzle. The clues from 50 to 55 down are as follows:50 Filly's football (4 letters); 51 Movie (4 letters); 52 Basilica area (4 letters); 54 TV science guy (3 letters); 55 Color (3 letters)

    Jewish-American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky, right, stands during a press conference Saturday to support the Gaza-bound flotilla in the port of Gaza City.

    Israeli troops commandeer Finnish aid vessel

    The Estelle is being led to the nation's port of Ashdod, the Israeli army said today. The ship was carrying 30 passengers from Scandinavia, the U.S., Canada, Spain, Italy and Greece, and cargo.


    Teen shot to death found in East St. Louis yard
    An East St. Louis man heading for work Friday morning found the body of a 19-year-old shooting victim on the ground in his backyard. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that police received a call about shots fired and a man down Thursday night. They checked the area but didn't find anyone.


    Lebanon premier puts resignation on hold after bombing

    Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said he agreed to a presidential request that he delay his resignation in the aftermath of a car bombing in Beirut that killed a general who had carried out inquiries into similar attacks on anti-Syrian officials. Mikati told reporters today he agreed to remain, rather than prompting the formation of a new government, while President Michel Suleiman conducts...

    An anti-Lebanese government protester holds up a placard as he stands on “martyr’s statue” during a protest a day after a car-bomb attack that killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and several others in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 20. The government declared a national day of mourning for the victims Saturday, but protesters took to the streets, burning tires and setting up roadblocks around the country in a sign of the boiling anger over the bomb.

    Lebanon PM links car bomb to crisis in Syria
    Lebanon's prime minister linked the massive car bomb that tore through Beirut to the civil war in neighboring Syria on Saturday, the latest signal that the crisis is enflaming an already tense region. The blast Friday in the heart of Beirut's Christian area killed eight people, including the country's intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan.

    Arizona Highway Patrol officers examine the exterior of a tour bus that careened off the highway and crashed off northbound Highway 93, Friday, Oct. 19, near Willow Beach, Ariz. The crash killed the driver and left at least four passengers with serious injuries.

    1 dead, 6 seriously injured in Arizona bus crash
    A tour bus careened off the road and crashed in northwest Arizona late Friday night, killing the driver and leaving six passengers with serious injuries, authorities said. About 45 other passengers were less seriously hurt and not all of them required hospital treatment, the Arizona Highway Patrol said. The crash occurred about 20 miles from the Nevada state line and 40 miles southeast of Las...


    Chicago high school student shot dead

    Police in Chicago say a high school student was shot and killed during a robbery attempt as he left his school on the city's South Side. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victim as 18-year-old Terrance Wright. Wright was a senior at Banner Academy South High School.


    Six Afghan police killed in insider attack
    An Afghan police officer and cook poisoned their colleagues at a checkpoint in an assault coordinated with insurgent fighters that left six dead in the country's south, officials said Saturday. It was the latest in a string of attacks from inside the Afghan army and police that are threatening to undermine both the partnership with international troops and the morale of Afghan forces.


    Bombs in market kill 11 near Shiite shrine in Iraq
    Back-to-back bomb blasts in a crowded Baghdad market near a revered Shiite shrine killed at least 11 people Saturday, officials said, shattering days of relative calm in the Iraqi capital. "It was a busy time for shopping, so there were a lot of people around," said Ahmed Naseer, the owner of a stationary shop nearby. "The whole place was full of panic."


    Des Plaines aldermen begin 2013 budget review

    Des Plaines city officials began reviewing the 2013 budget expenditures this week including money for remodeling City Hall, removing ash trees due to the emerald ash borer infestation, and the annual allocation for the History Center.

    Democrat Melinda Bush, left, opposes Republican Joe Neal in the 31st state Senate District.

    Tax hike claim on political ad stirs debate in 31st state Senate race

    A claim of being a "tax and spend politician" in campaign literature has riled Melinda Bush, a Democrat running for the 31st District state Senate seat in northern and central Lake County. Republican opponent Joe Neal says the facts are documented. The seat is open as incumbent Suzi Schmidt is not running for reelection.


    Potential Campton rehab center up for debate Monday

    The Campton Hills Plan Commission on Monday will resume consideration of the Kiva Recovery Center, a private substance abuse facility proposed for a former boys school. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ,40W451 Fox Mill Blvd.


    D214 eliminates information processing graduation requirement

    Information processing, a technical computing class, will no longer be a graduation requirement at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, the board decided in a move several teachers and the union leadership opposed. "Our students are not coming in as well-prepared as many people believe," said teacher Karen Roberts.

    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 Tuesday in preparation for releasing the documents Thursday as he stands in his office in Portland, Ore. The Boy Scouts of America fought to keep those files confidential.

    Local cases from the Scouts’ ‘perversion files’

    A few dozen suburban men were among the roughly 5,000 Boy Scout officials in the U.S. who were barred from Scouting between 1959 and 1985 because they were either suspected of or charged with sexually abusing boys under their supervision. The Daily Herald followed up on local cases among the documents released Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America and published by the Los Angeles Times.


    Earlier puberty seen in boys, just like in girls

    Researchers have found signs of puberty in American boys up to two years earlier than previously reported — age 9 on average for blacks, 10 for whites and Hispanics. Other studies have suggested that girls, too, are entering puberty younger.

    Searchers found the body of a young Oregon woman who vanished this week on her way to work and a neighbor has been arrested, Gresham police said late Friday night. The body of Whitney Heichel, 21, was found on Larch Mountain, a remote, forested area east of Gresham, Police Chief Craig Junginger told a news conference.

    Missing Ore. woman's body found, man arrested

    Searchers found the body of a young Oregon woman who vanished this week on her way to work and a neighbor has been arrested, Gresham police said late Friday night. The body of Whitney Heichel, 21, was found on Larch Mountain, a remote, forested area east of Gresham, Police Chief Craig Junginger told a news conference.



    Libertyville handles Highland Park

    It was a slow start for Libertyville's boys soccer team on Saturday. However, once the wake-up call hit, the Wildcats hopped to it and won another regional title. Fourth-seeded Libertyville rolled past No. 5 Highland Park 4-1 to win the Elk Grove regional championship in a game that was played at Stevenson due to poor field conditions at Elk Grove. Libertyville (16-2-1) next meets No. 16 seed Prospect (10-8-2) in a Class 3A Conant sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

    New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe knees Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe during their MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday. The Revolution won 1-0.

    Fire doused by Revolution

    Diego Fagundez scored in the 17th minute — snapping a 196-minute New England scoreless streal— and the Revolution held on for a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night. Fagundez took a pass from Kelyn Rowe and scored from 30 yards. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness month, needed to make just 1 save in his second shutout of the season for New England (8-17-8).

    Theo Riddick is Notre Dame's smallest running back but Brigham Young learned he's got no shortage of power.He sparked a ground game that ground out 270 yards, with his housemate, Cierre Wood, getting 114 yards and George Atkinson III scoring the go-ahead touchdown as the Irish rallied for a 17-14 win Saturday.

    Notre Dame improves to 7-0 with win over BYU

    Theo Riddick is Notre Dame's smallest running back but Brigham Young learned he's got no shortage of power.He sparked a ground game that ground out 270 yards, with his housemate, Cierre Wood, getting 114 yards and George Atkinson III scoring the go-ahead touchdown as the Irish rallied for a 17-14 win Saturday.


    Wolves fall for first time

    The Abbotsford Heat reeled off 3 unanswered goals in the third period to knock the Chicago Wolves from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 4-1 decision Saturday night at Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

    Warren quarterback Adam Reuss throws to Davonte Wilcox during the Blue Devils’ loss to Lake Zurich on Friday. In Week 1 of the postseason, Warren will meet up with another familiar foe, Stevenson.

    Grayslake North pleased with No. 3

    As a first-time playoff qualifier, the Grayslake North football team is happy to be joining the postseason party. But the Knights don't intend to play like a bunch of starry-eyed newcomers. "We're excited to be here," Grayslake North coach Steve Wood said of his team's berth, which was made official Saturday when the IHSA announced its highly anticipated pairings for all eight classes. "But we're not satisfied with just making it."

    A conversation with Bulls forward Taj Gibson took several interesting turns after Friday's preseason win over Minnesota. Among other things, he compared Team USA training camp to the challenge of practicing for coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Gibbson: ‘Thibs’ puts team through practice ringer
    A conversation with Bulls forward Taj Gibson took several interesting turns after Friday's preseason win over Minnesota. Among other things, he compared Team USA training camp to the challenge of practicing for coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Palatine backup quarterback James Pittman sprints for a fourth-quarter touchdown Friday night in the Pirates’ 51-18 victory over Schaumburg. If both teams win their first-round Class 8A playoff matchups, a second-round rematch awaits.

    It’s second-season time

    Let the one-game seasons begin. All the playoff-eligible teams from the Mid-Suburban League - plus St. Viator and Leyden - made the IHSA football state playoffs, as announced Saturday night. Five of those teams will compete in the top half of the Class 8A bracket, led by No. 3 seed Palatine (8-1). If the outright West champions and No. 6 seed Schaumburg can hold serve in their first round games, that would set up a second-round rematch of their Week 9 battle that Palatine won 51-18.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Keisha Clousing returns a serve in the state girls tennis semifinals singles matchup against Brienne Minor of Carmel High School at Buffalo Grove High School on Saturday.

    WW South’s Clousing wins state title

    Keisha Clousing is not going to play tennis Sunday and Monday. The Wheaton Warrenville South junior earned the brief vacation after winning the Illinois State singles championship with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alex Solovyev in the finals Saturday. But it was the two matches before the final that proved to be the biggest challenges to Clousing's determination and stamina.

    Joseph Zito of Glenbard West moves the ball during the Downers Grove North at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Something new, something old in playoffs

    tEntering the 2012 regular season, few could have seen this coming for DuPage County football. Perennial playoff qualifiers Naperville Central, Downers Grove South and Wheaton Warrenville South are not in the postseason. Benet and Willowbrook, meanwhile, are qualifiers after going a combined 1-17 last year. Some things, though, haven't changed. Look for Glenbard West (9-0) to be a favorite in Class 7A and defending 5A champ Montini (7-2) to make another run at a title.

    Nathan Marcus of Glenbard West dives for the ball while Liam McKenna and Sean Sandecz of Downers Gove follow during the Downers Grove South at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Glenbard West doesn’t mind the mud

    Caked in mud from head to toe, Glenbard West's football team felt right at home Saturday afternoon. Playing on a torn-up muddy field may seem like an odd home-field advantage, but the Hilltoppers used it in a 26-0 West Suburban Silver Conference win over Downers Grove North at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.


    Undefeated Kaneland, Batavia headline qualifiers

    Kaneland should be well-positioned for its playoff run. The 9-0 Knights earned a No. 1 seed for a third straight year, leading the northern bracket of Class 5A as announced by the Illinois High School Association on Saturday.


    Fox Valley’s Fab Five geared up for playoffs

    Five Fox Valley area football teams learned their first-round playoff opponents when pairings were released by the IHSA Saturday night. Here's a look at the matchups each faces in the quest to reach a November title game in Champaign.


    Another invitation to success for Stevenson

    Saturdays are fun. Ask Stevenson's girls volleyball team, which has won all four invitationals it has competed in this season. The Patriots' latest conquest was the two-day Lake County invite, which ended Saturday and was co-hosted by Libertyville and Warren. Stevenson's 25-18, 25-16 win over Libertyville in its finale avenged a regular-season defeat to the North Suburban Conference champs.


    Grayslake North, Lakes and Stevenson advance

    Goals by Sintayehu Meyer and Jake Hensley allowed host Grayslake North’s boys soccer team to upset regional top-seed Prairie Ridge 2-1 in the teams’ Class 2A regional final Saturday.“Our boys gave a great effort, responding very well after giving up an early goal and going behind early on,” Knights coach Adam DeCaluwe said.Sophomore keeper Dean Jones made 6 saves and got help from senior defender Colin Griever, who cleared a ball off the line, as Grayslake North (10-14) earned a berth in Wednesday’s 4 p.m. sectional semifinal against Harvard at Grayslake Central.Prairie Ridge scored six minutes into the match, but Grayslake North answered soon afterward. The Wolves tried to clear a corner kick, but Meyer collected the ball and hit what DeCaluwe called a “beautiful shot driven low and hard” past the keeper.“The boys showed a lot of character and responded quickly,” DeCaluwe said.Before the half ended, the Knights netted the go-ahead goal when sophomore Gavin Amburn set up Hensley, who headed the ball into an empty net.“(Play) the remainder of the game was good from both teams,” DeCaluwe said. “While we looked liked the better team throughout the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, Prairie Ridge definitely put us under a lot of pressure throughout the final 20 minutes of the second half.”Lakes 3, Johnsburg 0: Brian Werchek scored twice, and Kevin Ray made 10 saves in earning the clean sheet, as the Eagles won a Class 2A regional final on their home field.Ramon Marin also scored for Lakes (15-4-4), which earned a berth in the Grayslake Central sectional. Nick Powell, Caleb Arnwine and Lucas Istvanek had assists.Stevenson 1, Waukegan 0: The Patriots won their own Class 3A regional, as keeper Quentin Low recorded his 14th shutout.Stevenson (16-3-1) will next play Fremd at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a sectional semifinal at Conant.


    Wheaton North, Glenbard South fall in semifinals

    Just as in recent years, Downers Grove North has closed this season well.The Trojans just couldn't finish off Springfield Saturday.A young Downers Grove North team coughed up leads in the second and third sets, dropping the championship match of the Downers Grove North Invite 21-25, 25-20, 25-23 on Saturday.


    Huntley captures first regional title

    Huntley's boys soccer team solved DeKalb's style of play Saturday, and with it the Red Raiders won the first regional championship in program history. Niko Mihalopolous scored off an assist from Lucas Baker in the 23rd minute and the two hooked up again in the first minute of the second half as Huntley went on to a 3-1 win over the host Barbs at the Class 3A DeKalb regional.


    Jacobs claims regional crown

    The Jacobs girls cross country team, running without No. 1 runner Lauren Van Vliebergen (foot injury), won the Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional on Saturday at Rockford College, scoring 26 points to far outdistance second place Harlem.Golden Eagles’ senior Sam Baran stepped up in Van Vliebergen’s absence to win the 3-mile race in a time of 17:46.2. Freshman Alex Lorenz was fourth for the Eagles in 18:16.5.Huntley scored 86 points to ake fourth place and advance to next week’s Schaumburg sectional. Larkin also advanced by finishing sixth.Freshman Kate Micthell was Huntley’s top runner, taking ninth place in 18:58.5. Sophomore Kelly Meehlieb was 10th for the Red Raiders and junior Jenni Carlson finished 14th.Senior Crystal Nava was Larkin’s top finisher, taking 18th place in 19:59.5.At Grant: Cary-Grove took fourth as a team at the Class 3A Grant regional with sophomore Talia Duzey (18:51.24) finishing fifth. “It was really a pretty good race with a lot of hard competition out here,” said Duzey, who missed making state by less than a second last year. “I felt like I did all I could and this is a really tough course. I feel pretty confident after staying up with the lead pack and running with a lot of pretty good girls.” Senior Maddie Lundin, sophomore Gretchen Price, freshman Sarah Riley and senior Sarah Englund finished 18th through 26th for the Trojans. Crystal Lake South took seventh as a team as junior Malgorazata Waz finished 28th. Sophomore Jade Franz took 34th to lead four individual qualifiers from Dundee-Crown. Carolyn Schneider, Natalie Himmel and Kirsten Berlet also advanced for the Chargers.Palatine won the team title with 35 points. The Pirates’ Tess Wasowicz was the individual winner in a time of 18:16.61.At Kaneland: Coach Vince Neil’s Burlington Central Rockets advanced to the Belvidere North sectional taking sixth with 155 points behind Sycamore (131), Woodstock (101) and Prairie Ridge (80).“The girls did a great job,” Neil said. “We had one runner who didn’t perform quite as she’s capable of so that’s good for next week to see what we can do. The girls are excited about it and next week should be a good week for us.”Kayla Wolf led the Rockets in 20:17 followed by Courtni Neubauer, Mykayla Evans, Katie Bush and Hannah Zipoy.“She (Wolf) stepped up,” Neil said. “She hasn’t run with some of those individuals all year and she did well. A track girl who came out for conditioning performances to get ready for half-mile and she’s found out she’s pretty good at this. She’s just naturally a good runner.”Hampshire was eighth to miss qualifying as a team but advanced all of its individuals led by sophomore Natalia Sztuk Vel Sztukow. Also advancing for the Whip-Purs were Lorena Sanchez, Elizabeth Pagan, Virginia Cano and Jordyn Flesher.At Wheaton North: Streamwood finished sixth and Bartlett seventh to advance as teams out of the Class 3A Wheaton North regional. Geneva won the team title with St. Charles North second and St. Charles East third.Sophomores Samantha Harding (23rd) and Adelaide Kelly (24th) were Streamwood’s top runners, while senior Nicole Watkins (6th) led Bartlett.Qualifying as individuals were South Elgin junior Taylor Warrick (39th) and Storm freshman Samantha Czuprinski (43rd).At Aurora Christian: Harvest Christian took fifth place at the Class 1 Aurora Christian regional to advance to the Lisle sectional. Johnsburg won the team title with 68 points.Amber Nelson (8th) and Valerie Richter (17th) were Harvest Christian’s top runners.Westmont’s Chloe Marshinski won the race in a time of 17:57.9.John Radtke, Marty Maciaszek and John Lemon contributed to this report

    Mundelein senior linebacker Dominic Paliani shows off a pin he received from a Vietnam veteran at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

    Mundelein learns valuable lessons in winning

    On Thursday night, a night before its season-ending 42-7 loss to Lake Forest, Mundelein's entire football team, clad in game jerseys, found itself in ornate Bourke Hall in Building 4 of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. At evening's end, before the Mustangs hopped back on their mini buses and went home, a gentleman generously gave away as a raffle prize his cherished and prestigious military pin, which he received in 1967.Other Mustangs won military patches, some small, some large. You can bet the players will cherish them as much as any "M" they might have sewn on their letterman's jacket.


    Buffalo Grove nabs regional crown

    Buffalo Grove boys cross country coach Jamie Klotz and the Bison know when to deliver. Last year BG qualified to its first state meet, and Saturday the Bison to its recent run of postseason success by capturing their first regional title. Junior Steven Salvano (15:30) took second place in leading BG to a Class 3A Libertyville regional victory at Adler Park.


    Jacobs nabs regional

    The Jacobs boys cross country team claimed the championship of the Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional on Saturday, scoring 34 points.Rockford Jefferson was second with 46 points, while Huntley took third place with 58 points. Harlem, Larkin, Rockford Guilford and Hononegah also advanced to next Saturday’s Schaumburg sectional.Huntley freshman Seth Conroy finished second in the race at Rockford College, running the 3-mile course in 15:10. Jefferson senior Jason Reynolds was the individual champion in a time of 15:03.3. Huntley freshman Keagan Smith was third, while Jacobs senior Ryan Ross was fourth and Golden Eagles’ junior Matt Johnson fifth.Larkin’s top runner was Alex O’Claire in 18th place in a time of 16:01.2. Cameron Powers was 23rd for the Royals.At Grant: Senior Duncan Henderson took 10th in 16:31.53 to lead sixth-place Crystal Lake South and senior Dustin Throw was 20th to lead Cary-Grove to the seventh and final team qualifying spot out of the Class 3A Grant regional.Sophomore Todd Noreen and senior Davide Breyette took 48th and 51st to grab the final two individual qualifying spots for Dundee-Crown and retiring coach Tom Smith, who was presented with a plaque in recognition of his career during the awards ceremony.Lake Zurich won the team title with 41 points, slipping past Palatine (48). McHenry sophomore Jesse Reiser won the individual title in a time of 16:00.83 at Camp Henry Horner Park in Ingleside.At Kaneland: Burlington Central (107 points) took fifth and Hampshire seventh in the eight-team field at Elburn Woods, each advancing to the Class 2A Belvidere sectional.Burlington Central coach Vince Neil was glad to see his team close the gap on the same schools who had buried his squad earlier this fall. “Kaneland had destroyed us all year, Sycamore had beat us soundly. For us to be within 9 points of several of those teams, our goal was to be within 10 points of some of those teams.”Clay Musial led the Rockets in 11th overall in 16:53. Teammates Josh Schwarting (17:16.6), Dan Morgan (17:19.7), Thomas Osko (17:37.8) and Kyle Neubauer (17:43) followed Musial.“Our goal for him today was to be in top 10,” Neil said of Musial. “You have to set yourself up for next week. It’s running well today and running with that mix of guys so next week you compete with the big dogs. He stepped up. He’s looking pretty strong right now. We’re excited about the team opportunities next week and some of our individuals.”Senior Ross Seaton was Hampshire’s top runner.At Wheaton North: Bartlett finished fifth with 121 points to advance to the Class 3A St. Charles East sectional. Wheaton North won the team title with 36 points and St. Charles North was second.Junior Anthony Peters led Bartlett with a 10th place finish in a time of 15:50.8. Connor Rachford was 11th for the Hawks.Advancing as individuals were Daniel Robles of Streamwood (22nd), Cristian Martinez (23rd) and Logan Jostes (37th) of Elgin and Matt Stover (38th) and Matt McClure (43rd) of South Elgin.At Aurora Christian: Harvest Christian finished in a 7th-place tie with Walther Lutheran at the Class 1A Aurora Christian regional to advance to the Lisle sectional. Richmond-Burton won the team title with 29 points.Robert Doby was Harvest Christian’s top runner, finishing 10th in 16:19.2.John Radtke, Marty Maciaszek and John Lemon contributed to this report


    Team USA women treat sellout crowd

    For 90 minutes Saturday night, Toyota Park sounded just like Soldier Field used to when Mia Hamm and her U.S. soccer teammates came to visit. A sellout crowd of 19,522 welcomed a new generation of women's soccer heroines to Chicago as part of a fan tribute tour to celebrate their gold medal at the London Olympics this summer. The Americans didn't disappoint despite a 1-1 draw against Germany, offering a game that saw plenty of scoring chances for both sides.


    Hersey extends its winning ways

    It was "championship" week for Hersey's girls volleyball team. On Thursday, the Huskies won their tenth Mid-Suburban League championship in school history. On Saturday, they won the championship of the Lake Park Invite, defeating Naperville North in the title match 25-27, 25-12, 15-10.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian wins NAC tourney: Sydney Doby had 14 kills, 6 assists, 6 blocks and 15 aces while Jordan Sollars added 14 kills, 16 assists and 5 aces as Harvest Christian went 3-0 on the day Saturday to win the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament championship. The Lions (27-5) beat Luther North, Rockford Christian Life and Keith Country Day, all in straight sets. Katelyn Floyd (28 assists, 7 aces), Erica Manusos (13 kills) and Sarah Kott (9 aces) also contributed for Harvest Christian.At Lake Park: Dundee-Crown went 2-3 and took sixth place at the Lake Park Invite. The Chargers beat Lake Park and Harlem but lost to Oak Park-River Forest, Hersey and Conant. Steph Magsamen (18 kills, 24 digs), Kathyryn Nova (18 kills, 6 blocks), Jillian Hostetler (16 kills), Emily Michalski (14 kills, 4 blocks), Kiana Mays (13 kills, 5 aces), Cori Eischen (58 assists, 10 digs, 8 aces), Frankie Cavellero (26 assists, 7 aces), Gina Pagano (11 digs), Franki Scarpelli (11 digs) and Lauren Lococco (5 aces) led Dundee-Crown (14-21) in the tournament.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley postseason outlook

    The dust is about to settle. The girls volleyball playoffs begin in all four classes Monday. Here's a look at what Fox Valley area teams face this week in regional play, highlighted by multiple rematches between conference rivals.


    Christian Liberty savors season-ending home victory

    Even the Christian Liberty Academy cheerleaders were cautiously hopeful Saturday afternoon in Arlington Heights. "It's my last game," said senior Kenia Romero, "so I'd like to remember that we went out with a win." Chances are that a lot of the CLA players, coaches and fans will remember this one for a long time. In a wild Northeastern Athletic Conference contest, the Chargers defeated visiting CICS Longwood 43-28 to win their first game of the season and gain their first-ever conference victory in a home game since entering the league four years ago.


    Kaneland takes 2nd at own regional

    Without much suspense on whether his team will run again next week, Kaneland coach Chad Clarey was just glad to see his team get there in one piece. Kaneland finished second at its own Class 2A sectional Saturday at Elburn Woods, scoring 69 points to finish behind Crystal Lake Central's 31.


    Glenbard South making up for lost time

    The Glenbard South boys cross country team has been under the microscope ever since receiving national recognition before the season began. "It's a blessing and a curse," Glenbard South junior Joe Singleton said after he and the Raiders finished runner-up at the Class 2A Wheaton Academy regional Saturday morning at Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago.

    Kyle Leto of Downers Grove,left, and Joe Marconi of Glenbard West try to catch a loose ball during the Downers Grove North at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Images: Glenbard West vs. Downers Grove North football
    Glenbard West hosted Downers Grove North Saturday afternoon for football.

    Streamwood’s Nestor Ascencio is mobbed by his team after scoring a goal during the Sabres’ 5-0 regional final win over Elgin Saturday at Millennium Field.

    Streamwood savors first regional crown

    There's a first time for everything. As hard as it is to believe for Streamwood, after a 5-0 win over No. 11 seed Elgin to take its own Class 3A boys soccer regional Saturday, the No. 3 seed Sabres earned their first regional crown in program history, a watershed moment for the program that was allusive to head coach Matt Polovin and his group for several years.


    Kaneland wins 1st regional in 20 years

    The smile on Victoria Clinton's face as she covered the Elburn Woods course in 18 minutes, five seconds to win the Class 2A Kaneland regional Saturday was nothing out of the ordinary — the Knights' top runner always smiles when she runs. The smile on Kaneland coach Doug Ecker's face afterward was a little more unusual, at least for the reason for his happiness. For the first time in 20 years, Kaneland's girls cross country team is a regional champion.

    Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz leads Barrington’s Lauren Conroy through the woods during Class 3A Grant cross country regional. Wasowicz and Conroy finished 1-2.

    Wasowicz, Palatine hit their stride at regional

    Palatine senior Tess Wasowicz isn't used to playing follow the leader. It turned out to be a successful strategy Saturday morning in the Class 3A Grant girls cross country regional at Camp Henry Horner Park in Ingleside. Wasowicz didn't take the lead until late in the 3-mile race but she crossed the line first in 18:16.61 to lead the Pirates to the team title with a 35-55 victory over Mid-Suburban League rival Barrington and freshman runnerup Lauren Conroy.

    From left, Lake Zurich’s Alex Milner, Palatine’s Christian Zambrano, Lake Zurich’s Trevor Kuehr, McHenry’s Jesse Reiser and Lake Zurich’s Jon Ramirez at the half-way point of the Class 3A Grant cross country regional.

    LZ steps up, climbs past Palatine for regional victory

    Winning another North Suburban Conference title might give the impression everything was just fine for the Lake Zurich boys cross country team. Senior Trevor Kuehr and the Bears knew it wasn't the case. But they made a different impression Saturday morning in the Class 3A Grant boys cross country regional when Kuehr and Alex Milner finished second and third to lead a 41-48 victory over Palatine at Camp Henry Horner Park in Ingleside.

    Nebraska wide receiver Taariq Allen (7) celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Taylor Martinez during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Evanston. Nebraska won 29-28.

    Northwestern can't hang on against Nebraska

    Taylor Martinez threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns and Nebraska rallied to beat Northwestern 29-28 on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) rallied from 12 down in the fourth, taking a one-point lead when Martinez hit Ben Cotton with a 7-yard pass with just over 2 minutes left, and hung on when a 53-yard field goal attempt by Northwestern's Jeff Budzien barely missed wide right with 1:10 remaining.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com St. Charles East celebrates their regional victory over St. Charles North on Saturday, October 20.

    St. Charles E. dominates regional final

    St. Charles North got off to a great start during Saturday's Class 3A Wheaton North regional championship against St. Charles East. Unfortunately, the North Stars had very little excitement the rest of the way. St. Charles North (8-10-2) jumped ahead 1-0 on a Logan Dunne goal just 72 seconds in, but the Saints responded 15 seconds later and then added six more goals in an impressive, 7-1 victory.


    Naperville Central wins with Flynn

    It's simple — when Pat Flynn scores, Naperville Central wins. Flynn found the back of the net with 21:47 remaining in the first half and the Redhawks added an insurance goal in the second half to shut out Waubonsie Valley 2-0 during Saturday afternoon's Class 3A Naperville Central regional championship.


    Immaculate Conception finishes regular season strong

    Immaculate Conception captured two goals on the football field Saturday. The halftime recognition of the Knights' 2002 Class 3A state championship team reminded them the big one is still out there.


    Turnabout favors Fremd

    When Buffalo Grove was sailing along at 7-0-0 back in early September, lowly Fremd was dreading water at 0-6-2. Fast-forward nearly six weeks later. The Vikings are on a 10-2-1 run, in top postseason form and suddenly a most dangerous No. 7 in the Conant sectional semifinals. On Saturday afternoon, the Vikings allowed a first-half goal to the No. 2 seed Bison (13-7-0), then parlayed goals from Zach Schoffstall and John Smith 10 minutes apart to knock off the Mid-Suburban East champs 2-1. Fremd earned a the regional championship at Mundelein and advances into Tuesday's Conant sectional, where it will meet No. 3 seed Stevenson at 7 p.m.

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) holds back Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis (9) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Michigan edges Spartans with late field goal

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Brendan Gibbons made a 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 win over Michigan State on Saturday.The Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (4-4, 1-3) .for the first time since 2007, avoiding a school-record, five-game losing streak in the series.Denard Robinson threw a 20-yard pass to Drew Dileo to set up the game-winning kick.Michigan State’s Dan Conroy made a go-ahead field goal with 5:48 left after a fake punt kept the drive alive. The Spartans forced the Wolverines to punt from midfield after going ahead, but couldn’t stop them when it mattered most in the final minute.It was the 900th win for Michigan, college football’s winningest program.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Keisha Clousing returns a serve in her singles state semifinals match against Brienne Minor of Carmel at Buffalo Grove on Saturday. Clousing went on to win the singles championship.

    Stevenson duo falls in semifinals; Lake Forest wins title

    It was a new season and a new girls tennis state tournament. Unfortunately for the Stevenson No. 1 doubles team, it was the same result. As it did last season, the top Stevenson duo lost in the semifinals on Saturday. Junior Alexxis Kiven — who was on last year's third place squad — and sophomore Kaylin Dong lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to eventual runners-up Tracy and Amy Kuhle from St. Teresa. The Stevenson duo dropped the third-place match 6-3, 7-5 to Hinsdale Central's Marika Cusick Caroline Lorenzini. Lake Forest's Maddie Lipp and Christina Zordani took home the doubles title, which fueled a first-place team finish for the Scouts, and Wheaton Warrenville South's Keisha Clousing won the singles title.


    Rodriguez goal lifts Larkin past Schaumburg

    Somebody must have told Larkin's Erik Rodriguez to do the jingle. Because like a good leader when his teammates neeed him, the senior was there. In a hotly-contested 1-1 tie with the season on the line and Schaumburg dictating the second half Larkin, missing two key players to earlier injuries, watched Rodriguez take control in crunch time when he booted in the game-winning penalty kick with 8 minutes remaining for Larkin's 2-1 Class 3A Schaumburg regional championship win over No. 12 seed Schaumburg at Gary Scholz Stadium on Saturday.


    Big scoring effort powers Warren

    Walking up and down the sidelines, Warren boys soccer coach Jason Ahonen knew it would take a few goals to win the Warren regional championship. He was right — and Warren got more than a few. The top-seeded Blue Devils came out firing on Saturday, scoring 5 first-half goals to oust No. 2 seed Round Lake 7-3. It's Warren's second straight regional title.


    Kaneland topples Burlington for regional title

    Kaneland boys soccer coach Scott Parillo can't wait until Monday. He gets to have a practice. The Knights won their second regional championship in three seasons Saturday, beating Burlington Central, 2-1, in the Class 2A Burlington Central regional title game.

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had surgery to repair a broken left ankle. Dr. Robert Anderson operated Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four-to-five months.

    Jeter has surgery on broken ankle

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has had surgery to repair a broken left ankle. Dr. Robert Anderson operated Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four-to-five months.

    Tim Jennings smiles as leaves the field after their 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams. Jennings is tied for the NFL lead with 4 interceptions.

    Bears’ appetite for turnovers never satiated

    The Bears defense knows Job 1 is to force turnovers. But when the ball's in their hands, that's just the beginning.“They buy into it,” coach Lovie Smith said of the philosophy he brought with him in 2004. “It’s not a good defensive game unless we’re taking the ball away. I think they’ll all tell you that.”

    Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema embraces Montee Ball after he scored a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 38-13.

    Wisconsin RBs steamroller the Gophers

    James White raced 15 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns, carrying the Badgers to a 38-13 victory over the Gophers on Saturday, the ninth straight time they've paraded around Paul Bunyan's Axe.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, left, escapes the grasp of Purdue defensive end Greg Latta during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Backup QB leads Ohio State to victory

    Kenny Guiton came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State's 29-22 victory over Purdue on Saturday.


    Lynch, Northern Illinois rout Akron 37-7
    Jordan Lynch threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more as Northen Illinois routed Akron 37-7 Saturday in Mid-American Conference action.


    Prospect bounces back, wins regional title

    Prospect was feeling a bit down after finishing a disappointing fifth at the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country meet a little more than a week ago. But the Knights snapped back on Saturday at the Class 3A Hoffman Estates regional, showing a bit of crackle and a lot of pop. Senior Lauren Poplawski hung tight with Schaumburg sophomore Caroline Kurdej the entire race before sprinting to the finish in the final 50 meters to secure the title in 18:12. Poplawski's effort helped Prospect to the team title with 44 points at Busse Woods.


    Hersey has a zest for winning

    Hersey colored the Busse Wood course orange at the Class 3A Hoffman Estates boys cross country regional on Saturday. The Huskies, wearing their bright orange tops, were juiced about winning the program's first regional title since 2006 and putting the squeeze on the competition by taking first with 45 points. Prospect senior Quentin Shaffer cruised to the individual title in 15:31, shaking Hoffman Estates junior Billy Thomas (15:39) early in the third mile and leading the Knights (67 points) to a second-place team finish.


    Scouting the Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
    Scouting reportChicago Fire at New England RevolutionWhen:6:30 p.m. at Gillette StadiumTV: NBC Nonstop (Channel 5.2)Scouting the Fire: With a playoff berth wrapped up, the Fire (17-10-5, 56 points) is playing for playoff position. The top seed in the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs and a top-three spot very important. The Fire has struggled in the past on artificial turf such as at Gillette Stadium. Alvaro Fernandez might not play after returning from World Cup qualifiers in South America.Scouting the Revolution: The injury-plagued Revolution (7-17-8, 29 points) is winding up a dreary season, but players are playing for jobs next season. Both teams are well-rested after the international break. Next: D.C United, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz


    Willowbrook falls to Hinsdale South

    Knowing all too well that five wins does not guarantee a playoff spot, Hinsdale South wanted a win badly at Willowbrook Friday night.And thanks to a huge night running the ball by junior Arian Toney, the Hornets got just that. Toney rushed for 293 yards and 3 first-half touchdowns as Hinsdale South knocked off the Warriors 41-22 and ensured itself a berth in next week's playoffs.


    Thomas leads Naperville Central to win

    Naperville Central’s Nick Thomas ran for 3 touchdowns and caught a Jake Kolbe screen pass for a fourth touchdown to lead Naperville Central past West Chicago 42-0 at West Chicago in the Wildcats’ final football game as a member of the DuPage Valley Conference. In 2013 the Wildcats will join the Metro Suburban Conference. “Everyone just played real hard,” said Naperville Central quarterback Jake Kolbe, “Our team was led by seniors this year, and they led us tonight. We came out trying to run the ball and we just did everything. It was a good game all the way around.” It looked as if it was going to be a one-sided game early as Redhawks quarterback Jake Kolbe hit Ben Andreas for a 63-yard touchdown pass on Naperville Central’s first play. “We had talked about Andreas during the week, but it’s a case in which you’re in the right position but the other guy is quicker, stronger and faster,” said West Chicago coach Bill Bicker. “One thing about West Chicago,” added Naperville Central coach Mike Stine, “is that they play you hard for a full 48 minutes. They’re going to battle.” The Wildcats did just that and shut down the Redhawks (4-5, 4-3) the rest of the first quarter. But then Naperville Central’s offense got rolling, led by running back Nick Thomas. The Redhawks scored 4 touchdowns in the second quarter, three of them by Thomas. His final touchdown of the game and of his Naperville Central career was a 35-yard touchdown run midway through the third period. “We opened up the whole playbook tonight, didn’t add anything new, just plays we had run all year,” Thomas said. “The guys up front, they worked their butts off tonight, they did a great job.” “We were able to get some things going offensively in the second quarter,” Stine said, “and get some points on the board. We were able to get our running game going and spread it around a little bit and get Nick going.” It was Thomas’ reception of Kolbe’s 21-yard screen pass that was the crushing blow with time running out at the end of the first half, making the score 35-0. “That play was a new one, we hadn’t run that yet this year, so that probably surprised them,” Thomas said. “We talked all week about how this game was for the seniors,” Stine said. “We talk about a lifetime of memories and it’s great to see these boys turn into men. I’m just happy for all our seniors.” Bicker was philosophical about the Wildcats’ season (0-9, 0-7) this year. “It’s only tough if you define success by wins and losses,” Bicker said. “We didn’t lose this year because we didn’t have kids who cared. Our kids cared as much as anybody. We don’t judge success by wins and losses. We judge success by our kids and I wouldn’t trade our kids for anybody. The fact that we’re going to a brand new conference next year gives us a chance to start something new.”


    Waubonsie Valley knocks off Metea Valley

    riday night was a festive night at Dick Kerner Stadium on the Waubonsie Valley campus. It was senior night with the Warriors taking on District 204 and cross-town rival Metea Valley.However, Warriors coach Paul Murphy wanted his team to be all business, and that's what happened. Waubonsie jumped out to a 35-0 lead en route to a 41-14 win to finish the regular season 8-1 and 5-1 in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division.


    Caterpillar, Inc. CEO Doug Oberhelman speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu.

    Caterpillar CEO decries Illinois policies, but staying put

    Caterpillar's CEO has again criticized Illinois' political leaders and what he calls the state's uncompetitive business environment, while affirming that the heavy equipment maker will keep its headquarters — and thousands of jobs — in Peoria.

    Miners watch as a piece of equipment passes by in the Tech Leasing and Rebuild Inc. Mine #1 in Buchanan County, Va.

    ‘War on coal’ label obscures battlefield realities

    Drive through the coalfields of Central Appalachia, and signs of the siege are everywhere. Highway billboards announce entry to “Obama’s No Job Zone,” while decals on pickup truck windows show a spikey-haired boy peeing on the president’s name. “Stop the War on Coal,” yard signs demand. “Fire Obama.” Only a few generations ago, coal miners were literally at war with their employers, spilling and shedding blood on West Virginia’s Blair Mountain in a historic battle for union representation and fair treatment.

    A Schlumberger Ltd. representative, center, discusses the company’s HiWAY Flow Channel Hydraulic Fracturing system last Monday with attendees at the DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

    Companies say Marcellus gas reserves larger than expected

    One report says the Marcellus reserves that lie below parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York are far larger than recent government estimates, while another said the powerful combination of resource, cost and location is altering natural gas prices and market trends across the nation.


    News Corp. denies talks with Chicago Tribune or L.A. Times

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. denied it has held talks to acquire the Los Angeles Times or Chicago Tribune once the newspapers' owner, Tribune Co., emerges from bankruptcy.

    Nick Sabatasso checks his cell phone while waiting for a BART train at San Francisco’s Civic Center station. A woman riding a city bus is punched in the face, then her cell phone is snatched. A man walking near Golden Gate Park is asked for the time, then a gunman demands his phone and wallet. Police say nearly one out of every two robberies in San Francisco this year has involved a cell phone.

    Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly nationwide

    SAN FRANCISCO — In this tech-savvy city teeming with commuters and tourists, the cell phone has become a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns.Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines. One thief recently snatched a smartphone while sitting right behind his unsuspecting victim and darted out the rear of a bus in mere seconds. Another robber grabbed an iPhone from an oblivious bus rider — while she was still talking. And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.“I thought he was going to shoot me,” recalled Kalb, who had dropped his phone during the stickup. “He kept saying, `Find the phone! Find the phone!”’These brazen incidents are part of a ubiquitous crime wave striking coast to coast. New York City Police report that more than 40 percent of all robberies now involve cell phones. And cell phone thefts in Los Angeles, which account for more than a quarter of all the city’s robberies, are up 27 percent from this time a year ago, police said. “This is your modern-day purse snatching,” said longtime San Francisco Police Capt. Joe Garrity, who began noticing the trend here about two years ago. “A lot of younger folks seem to put their entire lives on these things that don’t come cheap.”Thefts of cell phones— particularly the expensive do-it-all smartphones containing everything from photos and music to private e-mails and bank account statements— are costing consumers millions of dollars and sending law enforcement agencies and wireless carriers nationwide scrambling for solutions.In San Francisco, police have gone undercover and launched a transit ad campaign, warning folks to “be smart with your smartphone.” Similar warnings went out in Oakland, where there have been nearly 1,300 cell phone robberies this year.When Apple’s ballyhooed iPhone 5 went on sale last month, New York City police encouraged buyers to register their phone’s serial numbers with the department. That came just months after a 26-year-old chef at the Museum of Modern Art was killed for his iPhone while heading home to the Bronx. In St. Louis, city leaders proposed an ambitious ordinance requiring anyone who resells cell phones to obtain a secondhand dealers license. Resellers also would need to record the phone’s identity number and collect detailed information including the seller’s names, addresses, a copy of their driver’s licenses — even their thumbprints. “It will take a national solution to make this problem go away,” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said of the phone thefts. Though some experts put annual cell phone losses in the billions of dollars, there is no precise figure on how many devices are stolen each year.However, the problem has become so visible that it has caught the attention of lawmakers and regulators seeking to take the profit out of cell phone theft.In April, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that the major U.S. cell phone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission have agreed to set up a national database to track reported stolen phones. It is scheduled to launch in late 2013. Schumer also introduced a bill called the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, which proposes a five-year prison sentence for tampering with the ID numbers of a stolen cell phone. The bill is supported by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), a Washington, D.C. advocacy group.In addition, CTIA officials said carriers are expected to launch individual databases later this month to permanently disable a cell phone reported stolen. The initiative is similar to a successful decade-old strategy in Australia.

    Demonstrators attempt to enter a drug store Saturday as they take part in a anti-austerity protest march through central London.

    London protesters bash Britain’s austerity drive

    Unions, anti-war campaigners, left-wing leaders, community groups and other activists poured down London's streets in a demonstration against reductions to public sector spending which officials are pushing through in order to rein in the Britain's debt, which stands at more than $1.7 trillion.


    Slumbering Slingbox awakens with new tricks

    Before there were iPads and iPhones, Apple TVs and Roku players, there was the Slingbox.No one had seen its like before. You hooked it up to your home television, connected it to the Internet and — presto! — you could take your TV remotely with you everywhere.Eventually, Sling was acquired by EchoStar — controlled by satellite mogul Charlie Ergen — and its hardware business languished. The last new Slingbox was introduced in 2008, eons ago in tech terms.Now Sling at long last is back with two new devices, the $300 Slingbox 500 and the $180 Slingbox 350, and a few new tricks. After a week or two with the swoopy black 500, I’ve concluded that it’s still the most comprehensive and straightforward way to consume video content on the go, though certainly not the most elegant.Setting up an Apple TV required me to run a cable to the TV and plug in a power cord. Setting up the Slingbox 500 required me to connect nine, count ‘em, different cables. There would have been 10, except that I opted to use Wi-Fi rather than run an Ethernet cable from the Slingbox to my router.For the first time, the 500 incorporates the now-ubiquitous HDMI high-definition connector that’s supposed to make everything simpler — so why all these wires?It’s because of the way some cable channels are encrypted, leading Sling to recommend using both the HDMI and older component audio-video cables at the same time. (At least all of them were included with the Slingbox.)It’s a belt-and-suspenders approach that gets the job done but adds to the chances something will go wrong during the setup: My first attempt knocked out the sound from the TV. I eventually got it back by disconnecting and reconnecting the audio cables.Once everything was working right — about a 40-minute process from start to finish — the Slingbox did its thing. And even after all these years (the first Slingbox appeared in 2005), its thing is still pretty cool.From any computer’s web browser, or using one of Sling’s extra-cost SlingPlayer mobile-device apps, you can access everything on your home TV. You can turn your cable box on remotely and view your full channel lineup, as well as content you’ve saved to a DVR, on-demand programs and even pay-per-view channels.There are a lot of advantages to watching TV this way. You’ve already paid for the content through your cable or satellite subscription, so you don’t have to pay again. You don’t have to juggle multiple apps, like Hulu Plus and HBO GO, depending on what you want to watch. And you don’t get tripped up by blackout or other rules that prevent you from accessing some content online.In my case, for instance, I was able to log in to my home TV from the office and watch San Francisco Giants baseball playoff games on my iPad, even though the games were unavailable through the MLB At Bat app.There are some disadvantages to watching TV this way, too. For one thing, the SlingPlayer apps cost $15 each (down from $30), and you’ll need one for each mobile device you use. In addition to separate versions for Apple’s iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, there are SlingPlayers for Google’s Android operating system; Microsoft’s Windows Phone; and Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire.You’re also limited by the selection available through your home TV provider. So you might be able to access last week’s episode of “Modern Family,” but not necessarily ones from earlier seasons. And while the video streams are now full 1080p hi-def, picture quality can be affected by several factors, including the speed of your home network and the one over which you’re watching.Sling says half of all Slingbox use occurs within the home, so the 500 is also beginning to incorporate features similar to Apple’s AirPlay, allowing photos and other content on mobile devices to be displayed on the TV. That feature is missing from the industrial-looking 350 model, which also lacks an HDMI connector and must be hooked directly into a router, rather than using Wi-Fi.


    App reviews: Bad Piggies, Quizlet

    Following up on its mega-hit Angry Birds, Rovio has turned the tables and made a new game with porcine protagonists.

    The Kashagan offshore oil field in western Kazakhstan is believed to hold around 13 billion tons of recoverable oil, and is expected to begin producing its first crude in 2013 after many years of delays.

    First oil nears for Kazakhstan’s supergiant field

    The manmade islands that are home to Kazakhstan's mammoth Kashagan oilfield project rise like a mirage to the boats churning through the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. Creating them has been a gargantuan feat but the real test is yet to come, as uncertainty persists on when the first oil will actually be drawn, although that's expected sometime next year.

    Slovenia’s Finance Minister Janez Sustersic said his country will try to avoid seeking EU financial assistance by adopting reforms of the pension and labor laws in the country’s bitterly divided parliament where Jansa’s center-right ruling coalition is at odds with opposition on how to tackle the crisis.

    Once star of EU newcomers, Slovenia falters

    Andrej Plut has always thought he was fortunate to live in Slovenia, at one time the most prosperous of the former republics of Yugoslavia and a star among the eastern European states that joined the EU after the fall of communism. The 55-year-old dentist can't figure out what went wrong with his tiny Alpine state, which now faces one of the worst recessions and financial system collapses among the crisis-stricken 17-country group that uses the euro.

    A woman smokes at a cafe in Georgia’s Black Sea resort of Batumi. The transformation of Batumi, an ancient city of 180,000 near the border with Turkey, is a vivid example of Georgiaís drive to capitalize on its tourism potential in a bid to boost the economy in this struggling ex-Soviet nation, where nearly 1/5 of the population lives in poverty, according to conservative estimates. The government has attracted top foreign investors, such as U.S. estate magnate Donald Trump, to build hotels and develop and renovate tourist sites and aggressively marketed Georgia as tourism hot spot abroad.

    In Georgia, where guest is God, tourism thrives

    Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi was once a bleak site: Roads were dotted with potholes, the city was pitch dark at night, running water was scarce and the city's best hotel was infested with rats. Today Batumi glitters with neon lights and luxury high-rise hotels dot its skyline; soon the city will even boast a fountain flowing with Georgian grape vodka. The transformation of the ancient city is a vivid example of Georgia's drive to capitalize on its tourism potential, boosting the economy of thje ex-Soviet nation.

    While losing weight and staying fit can be tough, technology can help play an important role in keeping a person accountable, tracking his or her progress and making workouts more effective.

    Review: Technology helps with fitness goals

    Many of us know firsthand that losing weight and staying fit can be tough. For me, I started a journey a little over a year ago to get in better shape before my 30th birthday. Now that I've reached some of my fitness goals, I'd like to share the tools I used. These will be more important to me than ever as I try to maintain my weight loss and improve my strength and endurance. (Cue the "Rocky" theme song).


    Slate: Twitter for people who don’t like Twitter

    Did you watch Tuesday night’s presidential debate on one screen or two? If you answered “Why the heck would I need two screens to watch TV?,” then you missed half the show. The rest of it was on Twitter, where the nation’s journalists, comedians, politicians and armchair pundits were busy dissecting, fact-checking, spinning and riffing on every word the candidates uttered, almost as fast as they could utter it. If you haven’t experienced this for yourself, you’re probably tempted to dismiss it as noise. And perhaps it would be, if it weren’t so influential.If you’ve watched or read a news report about the debates this week, chances are it was shaped in some way by Tuesday night’s sprawling, real-time, Twitter-hosted conversation. For those tuning in without a second screen, Mitt Romney’s awkward remarks about trying to find qualified female applicants for Massachusetts cabinet jobs might have induced a quick cringe. But if you were simultaneously logged into Twitter on your laptop or smartphone, you knew within moments that the phrase “binders full of women” was going to haunt him. “Romney’s binders” parody accounts popped up and attracted thousands of followers, a “Binders Full of Women” Tumblr page made the rounds, and the hashtag #bindersfullofwomen rocketed to the top of the site’s trending topics list. Users who clicked on it were greeted with a promoted tweet from the Obama campaign urging them to donate, as the campaign rushed to capitalize on the meme.Within hours Romney’s “women problem” had resurfaced as a campaign issue, with the Boston Phoenix fact-checking his claims about hiring women and The New York Times weighing in on how they could swing the election.Granted, all of this appeals mainly to the subset of the population that truly cares about politics. That’s part of why Twitter, for all its notoriety, is used regularly by just 16 percent of the U.S. adult population, according to a recent Pew study. That modest figure belies the media’s frequent comparisons of Twitter to Facebook, which counts half of all American adults as active members. You can debate Facebook’s pros and cons, but its fundamental value proposition is universal: It promises to keep you connected to your friends and family.Twitter, in contrast, remains a niche service. It borders on an obsession for many media and PR types, celebrities and athletes, comedians and wonks, who want to broadcast their ideas to a wider audience. But the average working person would rather relax in front of the TV with a beer most nights than engage in an online battle of wits and one-liners.Twitter knows that, and it has a plan. Rather than encouraging more people to embrace the service as an active medium, the company wants to push the site as a passive experience. Twitter started as a social network, then became a real-time news feed and sounding board for public figures. Its new goal is to become everyone’s default second screen for everything, from presidential debates to the Arab Spring revolutions to the NFL. In short, it wants to be a chatty, illuminating, digital companion to all of the news and entertainment you consume. And it has been tweaking its site in recent months to make sure that you never have to tweet anything yourself, or even sign up for Twitter, to take part.When I was first planning to write this story, I thought I would have to make the case myself that this represented the company’s surest path to mainstream-media status (and a blockbuster IPO). But lo and behold, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made it himself on Friday. In a radio interview with Marketplace’s Jeremy Hobson, Costolo laid out his vision of Twitter’s niche:

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    Some of the wines produced at Carlton Winemakers Studio where eight small winemakers share equipment and expertise.

    Pinot noir reigns in Oregon’s wine country

    Driving southwest from Portland an hour or so through the suburbs, you hit the heart of Oregon's wine country rather suddenly. Here the mountainous Coast Range slopes to the Willamette Valley floor, which is smothered with vineyards that produce some of the best pinot noir on earth. Oregon is home to some 500 wineries. After California, which produces 90 percent of U.S. wine, it is one of the top three wine-producing states, along with Washington and New York.

    Camille Pissaro’s “Peasant Women Working in the Fields”, second painting from left, now hangs on the spot where a stolen Henri Matisse painting was located at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam.

    Stolen art not that easy to unload

    The burglars dashed out the back door with seven masterworks, then sped on screeching tires into the night. Now comes the hard part: The thieves have to unload the paintings, instantly recognizable pieces by Picasso, Matisse and Monet worth millions.

    Actor Chris Bauer arrives at the world premiere of “The Grey” in January in Los Angeles. Bauer, who portrays Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on the popular HBO series “True Blood,” will star in a stage production of “What Rhymes with America.”

    ‘True Blood’ actor Chris Bauer to return to stage

    Chris Bauer will star in a production of "What Rhymes With America" a new work by by Melissa James Gibson. The "True Blood" actor says he was desperate to hit the stage again.

    Get some helpful pumpkin-carving tips from professional carvers at the “Boo! at the Zoo” celebration at Brookfield Zoo.

    Weekend picks: Go 'Boo! at the Zoo'

    Get into the Halloween spirit at the annual "Boo! at the Zoo" and “Creatures of the Night” celebration at Brookfield Zoo. See master pumpkin carvers in action, walk the “Trail of Terror” or ride “The Haunted Tram” through Zombieville. Wanna be a zombie? Head to BatFest in Batavia today: If you're one of the first 300 Zombie Walk entrants, you can get a free zombie makeover. Pink Floyd fans won't want to miss “Floyd Fest Chicago” at the Des Plaines Theater tonight.

    Lucy, 5-year-old, lab-basset hound mix, reaches for a homemade cake on a stove in Norman, Okla. Pets and other animals set about 510 house fires every year in this country, the majority involving a stove or oven, lamp or light fixture, a candle, embers or ashes from a fireplace or a space heater.

    Pets could turn stoves, decor into fire hazards

    A beloved pet dressed in a Halloween costume, posed next to a lit jack-o-lantern, sounds like a great photo opportunity — but it's also a fire hazard. Pets and other animals inadvertently set about 510 house fires every year in this country. From 2006 to 2010, such fires caused an average of $8.7 million in property damage and injured eight humans a year, said John R. Hall Jr., division director for fire analysis and research for the National Fire Protection Association.

    For at least three months each fall, pumpkin carvers Marc Evan and Chris Soria, of New York City, relinquish their illustrator occupations to carve fantastical pumpkins full-time to become the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

    How to buy, prep, carve, preserve your pumpkin

    Think you know the latest tricks for carving a creepy pumpkin? The pros continue to push the barriers. A handful of people become professional pumpkin carvers each fall, specializing in fantastical designs. "It's a labor of love," says Marc Evan, who carves pumpkins on the Food Network's "Halloween Wars" this season. "Pumpkin carving is definitely not the easiest way to make money. It's not a 'get rich quick' scheme."

    People who have been reluctant to sell now realize they will be paying less for their next home, said broker Dawn Froberg of Real Living Properties in Gurnee.

    Foreclosures still putting downward pressure on housing prices

    A virtual hurricane hit the American housing market four years ago and, while the cleanup is well under way, there is still a lot of work to be done with the glut of foreclosures and short sales,said Dawn Froberg, director of operations and broker with Real Living Properties in Gurnee.

    Model Mariah Watchman, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, is featured on the cover of the premiere issue of the fashion magazine Native Max.

    New fashion mag targets Native American audience

    Native Max focuses on indigenous people, places and cultures with the same sleek photography found in fashion magazines but without the stereotypical headdresses and tomahawks sometimes seen in the mainstream media. The premiere issue, which is online only, features interviews with Native American artists, musicians, designers and models, as well as sections on health, beauty and sports.


    Extra insurance covers a potential, but unlikely, closing problem

    Q. We have completed just about everything needed for our house refinance. We got a note from the title insurance company offering us Closing Protection Coverage. I'd never heard of this before. Should we buy it?

    Actress Katharine Hepburn strolls down a country lane on location near London during the filming of the TV movie “The Corn Is Green” in 1979.

    New exhibition celebrates Katharine Hepburn as a fashion icon

    A new exhibition in New York is hailing the fashion sense of Katharine Hepburn, whose trademark khakis and open-collar shirts were decidedly unconventional in the 1930s and 40s, when girdles and stockings were the order of the day.

    Beyoncé Knowles portrays Etta James in a scene from the film, “Cadillac Records.”

    Beyoncé’s top 5 film performances

    R&B superstar Beyonce has appeared in a lot of films over the past decade, with some decidedly high-profile roles. And while she shouldn't quit her day job just yet, she does have a radiant screen presence.


    Rules exist, but boards have flexibility in the annual budget

    Many associations are preparing, and will soon adopt, their 2013 annual budget. I've compiled a list of questions and answers that will help both those new to the process wind their way through it and refresh the memory of veterans of the process.

    This craftsman-style home is in the West Highlands area near downtown Naperville.

    Craftsman-style home near downtown Naperville

    This craftsman-style cedar and stone home near downtown Naperville is a nearly new prize. Built only six years ago, it features high-gloss hardwood floors and is located in the West Highlands neighborhood.


    Older ducts may not move air efficiently

    Q. This summer we had trouble cooling our second-floor bedrooms. I tried opening the vent on the side of the furnace hoping to draw some of the cooler air from the basement, but that didn't help. Do you have any insight into this problem?

    If you know you want to have lots of pillows on your bed, be sure to get a headboard that can visually support them.

    How to pick the bed of your dreams

    As the focal point of your bedroom, your bed should not only be comfortable and inviting, it should be a visual treat. Transform your bedroom today with a bed frame that is beautiful and stylish.

    These two goblets are in the style of an old pressed-glass pattern.

    Glass items in antiques store were actually new

    Q. I am very interested in some satin-glass articles I acquired around 1954 in an antiques store in Kansas. I have been told the glass is in the "Cabbage Leaf" pattern. The items are 6½ inches tall and are unmarked. I understand that glass of this nature is not in great demand, but I would still like to know about my goblets.

    Lexington Homes has six row homes featuring two or three bedrooms, available at their Lexington Park2 community in Des Plaines.

    In current market, builders preach value of new construction

    Real estate agents around the country have seen a shortage of existing home inventory other than short sales, which a buyer may never be able to purchase due to uncompromising banks, and foreclosures, which often need a lot of repairs. So while it is a great time to buy because of historically low interest rates and depressed prices, it can be difficult to find your dream house in an older neighborhood.

    Painted lacquer in leaf-green highlights Century Furniture’s Chin Hua bar cabinet, which sits atop a stainless-steel base.

    Latest furniture designs get modern shine from high-gloss surfaces

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Art-deco and midcentury styles offer endless possibilities for manufacturers. Stainless steel, chrome, acrylic and lots and lots of lacquer are the hallmarks of these reborn looks, which were everywhere at this year's International Home Furnishings Market.



    The Soapbox

    Editors sound off on football playoffs, public civility, healthy school lunches and rude traffic lights, among other topics.


    Hart has record of positive service
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: I am writing to strongly recommend Sandra Hart for Lake County Board in the 13th District.


    Life experience recommends Kennedy
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: While I have only met Chris Kennedy since the election started, I have researched and watched him closely. He is intelligent, has experience in ALL aspects of the law and has the greatest of integrity.


    Know the facts on absentee voting
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: Lake County voters should know that paid campaign workers are going door-to-door in Lake County giving out incorrect information that could impact you or your family member's vote.


    Time for an “against” vote
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: As an engaged Independent, I am the worst nightmare of Republicans and Democrats alike.


    Nerheim will restore integrity
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: I am making the time to write to you to share my strong view on a candidate for Lake County state's attorney, Mike Nerheim.


    Obamacare weighs heavily on charities
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Even the Little Sisters of the Poor are complaining about the heath care mandate to charitable intuitions. Obamacare is going to fine them $2,000 a year per employee if they do not get insurance that covers drug-induced abortions. Why would the government want to put the Little Sisters of the Poor out of business?


    Lack of signs a sign of the times?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I have been driving all over lately and have noticed but only maybe four or five presidential signs in people's front yards. My gut feeling tells me the public is so disgusted with the quality of these two candidates, they are too embarrassed to put a sign out


    Reporting on jobs favors Obama
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Our incompetent president seems proud of the fact that we're allegedly right back to where we started from when he took office. The alleged .3 percent drop in unemployment is due to people dropping out of the jobs market altogether or taking part-time work.


    Voices of Catholics who attend are needed
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: How revitalized American Catholicism might be structured in the distant future will depend on the extent to which pew-sitting Catholics — the truly silent majority who habitually obey and pay — respond to this and other "awakenings" to Vatican II reforms by going on to live (or not) the gospels in accordance with informed consciences.


    Romney did what any taxpayer would
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Do you expect Mitt Romney not to take advantage of every legal tax provision available to him? Did anyone reading this letter not attempt to take advantage of every legal loophole (tax provision) on their own tax return? Did anyone just decide to pay more tax than they were legally obligated to pay? I don't think so.


    Regulations for car efficiency can work
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The new standards are historically tough; they are a result of a compromise between the government, the automakers and the Green Police. Hang on a minute, a compromise was successfully worked out among disagreeing parties? That's good news in itself!


    Put a lid on property taxes
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Our family moved here from California in 2001. Since 2002 we have seen a $4,262.80 increase in our property taxes, which is more than my entire property tax bill was in California. Between last year and this year our taxes increased another $504.12.


    Boy Scouts shouldn’t bully Boy Scouts
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I'm pretty disgusted with the Boy Scouts of America for their treatment of that aspiring Eagle Scout who announced he was gay. His Eagle Scout project was about bullying and the BSA proceeded to do just that.


    Hultgren should jump at energy solutions
    A North Aurora letter to the editor: The Daily Herald endorses Hultgren, stating: "Hultgren sees opportunity in the nation's lack of comprehensive energy policy, insisting that Illinois can lead out on technology, scientific research and manufacturing innovations," which seems contrary to my experience.


    John Walters for 16th Circuit judge
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I could not be more enthusiastic in endorsing Judge John Walters to be retained as Kane County 16th Circuit Court Judge. He truly is the best qualified person for that position.


    Where was the outcry in 2008?
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: There have been quite a few letters sent to the Fence Post recently summoning support for voting yes on a ballot question that calls to limit the amount of money that SuperPACs and special interest groups can give to political candidates. Where was this outcry when Barack Obama was receiving huge amounts of money from banks and corporations in 2008?


    A truly bipartisan voice in Congress
    A Naperville letter to the editor: For those of you living in the new 11th Congressional District, I urge you to vote for Judy Biggert for Congress. If I wasn't redistricted, I would proudly cast my vote for Judy because she has been an amazing advocate for our community.


    Don’t say, “You can call me Barack’
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Recently, the Daily Herald published a photo of President Obama shaking hands with a person who had won an Obama/Biden Campaign contest titled "Dinner with Barack." Frankly, I was somewhat taken aback, but I should not have been surprised.


    A little fact- checking is in order
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I was astonished that a recent letter mentioned that President Obama signed over 900 executive orders. Not believing everything I read, I went online to Factcheck.org to get clarification and to see if this outrageous claim is in fact correct.


    Keep your politics out of my church
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Recently I was in a local grocery store checkout line, when the man behind me began talking about receiving daily telephone calls from candidates running for election, and how he couldn't wait for it to be over. I agreed, and then he told me that at his local Catholic church the priest had been "talking politics." He said, "We don't need the church to be talking politics." I disagree.


    No vote for such an intrinsic evil
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: This country may believe that a woman has a "choice" to have an abortion and that we are providing a "safe, legal and rare" service but, as a post-abortive woman whose vocation is to help those who have had abortions, I can say that abortion may be legal, but it is not safe and certainly not rare and not viewed as a "choice" by thousands of post-abortive women.


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