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Daily Archive : Tuesday October 23, 2012

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    Judy Sarvas has devoted her life to increasing awareness of pancreatic cancer since it has devastated her family. She will be putting up displays at the St. Charles Municipal Center next month as part of the awareness campaign.

    St. Charles woman makes pancreatic cancer awareness her mission

    Judy Sarvas watched pancreatic cancer devastate her family — and then discovered the disease was making an attempt at her life. The 58-year-old St. Charles woman has seen her family ravaged at an astonishing rate. Now she's made it her life's mission to raise awareness of the disease and its low survival rate while also raising money to fight it.

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    Local social service agencies pitched a preliminary plan to create a new property tax throughout Kane County to help disabled residents. Kane County voters would have to approve the levy through a referendum vote, most likely this spring.

    Kane social service agencies want new tax for the disabled

    Representatives from a local social service agency that assists the disabled began the push to create a new Kane County property tax levy to help residents with developmental disabilities. The plan would add about $52 a year to the property tax bill for the owner of a $200,000 home. It would generate $13 a million for the disabled.

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    Justin Bieber performs during his Believe tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

    Images: Justin Bieber at the Allstate Arena
    Teen superstar Justin Bieber performed at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Tuesday night for the first of two shows on his Believe world tour. He'll perform again Wednesday. Artists Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen also performed as part of the concert.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers could try to cut teachers' and state workers' pensions in the coming months.

    Quinn aide outlines dire budget options

    Illinois faces such steep financial problems that people could “let your imagination run wild with what we'd have to do” if state unions don't make some concessions when negotiating a new contract, a top budget aide to Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday. Lawmakers are poised to talk about pension cuts following the Nov. 6 election, but the issue has been debated for months — even years...

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    Legendary St. Viator basketball coach Probst dead at 75

    A legendary basketball coach, who led winning programs at St. Viator High School, Harper College, McHenry County College and a pair of Lutheran elementary schools, has died. Bill Probst passed away Tuesday after complications from a stroke. He was 75. His passing came just three days after he was inducted into the St. Viator High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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    Rolling Meadows hurries to spend TIF money

    The Rolling Meadows City Council voted Tuesday to give The developer of the former Dominick's on Kirchoff Road $720,000, the remainder of the money in Tax Increment Finance funds for the site. The money can be credited to acquistion costs to beat a Dec. 31 deadline when the TIF expires.

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    Orlando Chapa

    Lisle burglary suspect caught after a brief chase

    Orlando Chapa could run but his hiding game left much to be desired Tuesday morning.According to Lisle police, Chapa was found, hiding in the bushes behind a home at 24W661 Lakewood Drive Tuesday afternoon, about 45 minutes after police attempted to question him about his involvement in a nearby residential burglary.

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    Schaumburg continues annual lowering of tax levy

    For the past three years, Schaumburg officials have managed to make each property tax levy lower than the one before — an otherwise unheard of feat in the Northwest suburbs. Trustees Tuesday set the tentative 2012 levy amount at $21.1 million. The village’s first property tax levy in 2009 was for $23.7 million, the second for $22.7 million, and the third and most recent for $21.3 million.

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    Democrat Brad Schneider, left, and Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold are running for Congress in the suburban 10th District.

    Dold, Schneider talk abortion, finances on “Chicago Tonight”

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Scheider took their campaigns to the airwaves Tuesday in an accusation-filled appearance on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” Seated elbow to elbow, the 10th District candidates argued about Schneider’s reluctance to release his tax returns, whether Dold is as moderate as he claims and many other issues.

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    President Barack Obama waves as takes the stage at a campaign event at Delray Beach Tennis Center, Tuesday in Delray Beach, Fla.

    Obama, Romney in final sprint to Election Day

    The endgame at hand, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney plunged into the final two weeks of an excruciatingly close race for the White House Tuesday with TV advertising nearing an astronomical $1 billion and millions of Americans casting early ballots in all regions of the country.

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    Friends and students of Metea Valley High School student Devin Meadows created a memorial Tuesday morning on the 2700 block of Hamman Way in Aurora. Devin, 15, was killed early Tuesday morning when a car he was riding in jumped a curb and smashed into a house.

    Aurora mourns Metea student killed when car strikes house

    Just one week ago, Devin Meadows posted a picture showing him and someone he called a “best friend” seated in the driver and passenger seats of a car. The accompanying message read: “Ride til I die.” Early Tuesday, Devin was killed when the car he and three friends were riding in jumped a curb and slammed into an Aurora home.

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    Steve Smouse

    Antioch Rescue Squad fined $15,000 for state violations of EMS Act

    The Antioch Rescue Squad has been fined $15,000 by the state for allowing members unauthorized access to prescription medication and for staffing ambulances with unqualified personnel, state officials said Tuesday. The fines were imposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Oct. 15 and are violations of the Emergency Medical Services Act, said Melaney Arnold, an IDPH spokeswoman.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, talk aboard their campaign plane en route from Las Vegas to a campaign event in Denver on Tuesday.

    With election near, Romney moderates foreign policy stances

    Mitt Romney abruptly moderated his foreign policy positions in this week’s debate on issues like ending the war in Afghanistan and averting another conflict in Iran, hoping to neutralize one of President Barack Obama’s main strengths with the election only two weeks away. But the move toward the political center comes with potential pitfalls.

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    Aurora man admits bird hoarding: ‘I was obsessed’

    What started with a parakeet named “Doc” turned into a full-blown obsession for an Aurora man who admitted to being a hoarder after police found hundreds of birds living in his home last week. Dave Skeberdis, 57, said “I did let the birds multiply. I admit, I was obsessed. But I’m a regular person.”

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    Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Healthcare Safety, addresses reporters in Boston on Tuesday regarding the Massachusetts pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak. The outbreak has sickened nearly 300 people, including 23 who died, in more than a dozen states.

    Firm in meningitis case: Officials inspected

    An attorney for a Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it’s “hard to imagine” state regulators didn’t know the scale of its operations because it’s worked so closely with them.

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    Frank Soto

    Bensenville mayor faces challenge from former ally

    Bensenville village president Frank Soto will face a re-election challenge in April from his former political ally, Trustee Oronzo Peconio. Peconio has also assembled a new party, "Bensenville First," saying Bensenville needs "more jobs, more businesses and more common sense from village hall." But Soto counters he has worked hard to reinvent Bensenville's image and turn around its finances since...

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    Hall of Fame catcher Fisk charged with DUI in Illinois

    Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk has been charged with driving under the influence after he was found asleep in his pickup truck in an Illinois cornfield.New Lenox police say officers found the 64-year-old Fisk asleep on Monday night behind the wheel of his truck and an open liquor bottle on the floor.

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    Fred Crespo, left, opposes Ramiro Juarez in the 44th State House District for the 2012 General Election.

    44th House candidates want quick pension reform

    The candidates for the 44th district of the Illinois House agree that pension reform needs to be addressed immediately. Democrat incumbent Fred Crespo, of Hoffman Estates, and Republican Ramiro Juarez, of Streamwood, said they would like to see the state make payments in full and on time, but disagreed on whether the burden should be shifted to the local level. Juarez said he would support a...

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

    Walsh’s son decries “deadbeat Joe” ad; Duckworth shows no signs of pulling it

    Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s 25-year-old son spoke out in a press conference Tuesday against a TV ad and mailer that show newspaper headlines about his dad’s child-support controversy. and is asking Walsh's Democratic opponent to pull them down.

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    Geneva considers increasing property tax levy

    The Geneva City Council Monday gave a preliminary approval to increase the amount of property taxes collected for operating expenses. The amount to be collected for repaying debt is likely to rise also, according to the city's finance director.

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    Republican state Rep. Tom Morrison, left, faces Democrat Richard Rudd.

    Spending way down in 54th House District race

    Though hardly one of the area’s big money races, recent financial support for the two 54th House District candidates have it shaping up to be a contest between a business-backed Republican incumbent, state Rep. Tom Morrison, and a union-backed Democratic challenger, newcomer Richard Rudd.

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    John Zaruba

    DuPage sheriff still faces staffing cuts

    Unless there is a dramatic change of opinion among DuPage County Board members, Sheriff John Zaruba eventually will need to eliminate eight full-time positions from his department. County board members on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to keep the department’s authorized head count at 538. Jim Zay and Don Puchalski were the only county board members who supported it.

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    Mundelein clerk vote

    Mundelein residents will vote next year to determine if the village clerk should continue to be elected or if the position should become a staff job.

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    D41 school finance presentation

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 will host a community presentation on Illinois school finance on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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    CLC announces Veterans Day plans

    College of Lake County has announced plans for a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 9.

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    Open house on Metra plans:

    A public open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Grayslake village hall, 10 S. Seymour Ave., regarding Metra’s new strategic plan.

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    A rendering of what the old Ziegler’s Ace Hardware store in West Dundee would look like if it’s converted into the Fox Performing Arts Center.

    West Dundee keeps dream alive for regional arts center

    The village of West Dundee has signed off on a resolution that spells out its partnership with a local architect who hopes to turn an abandoned hardware store into a regional performing arts center. But if architect Rick Browne wants the village’s continued support for his vision, he'll need to meet several deadlines.

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    About 130 certifications have been awarded to property owners since Conserve Lake County´s Conservation@Home program began a year ago.

    Rondout could become first Lake County school to receive Conservation@Home designation

    Rondout School near Lake Forest could become the first school building in Lake County to be certified for the Conservation@ Home program, which encourages environmental practices. The school does not use lawn chemicals, for example, and incorporates various elements of ecological subjects into the curricuulum. About 130 properties have been certified in Lake County in the year since the program...

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen at a “fireside chat” on Sept. 11, has been pressured since the company went public earlier this year to generate more revenue.

    Facebook posts 3Q loss, revenue jumps

    Facebook’s third-quarter results inched past Wall Street’s expectations, offering evidence that the company is making inroads in mobile advertising — a longtime concern among investors.

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    Abatements, refinancing could cut interest; refunding could extend payments out

    The Geneva school board was presented with options Monday for slicing off some of the $306 million it owes for modifying, fixing and building schools in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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    Elgin to ink public works contract, two unions still in talks

    Elgin City Council members will vote Wednesday on their second collective bargaining agreement of the year with two more unions still negotiating contracts. Public works employees in SEIU Local 73 voted 68 to 3 in favor of the proposed contract, which allows for a 2-percent raise through the end of 2012 and applies retroactively to December 2011, when the last contract expired. Public works...

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    Dist. 54 estimates 1.97 percent rise in levy

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board has estimated its 2012 property tax levy at $158.8 million exclusive of debt service — 1.97 percent higher than the 2011 final extended levy of $155.7 million.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2007 Toyota Camry on the 2300 block of Church Street in Des Plaines between 1:15 and 1:58 p.m. Oct. 19 and stole a bank bag containing $6,000 out of the glove box. According to reports, the victim owns a local gas station and stopped to pray at his mosque.

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    Michael T. Hackett

    Carol Stream man gets three years in child porn case

    A Carol Stream man has been sentenced to three years in prison for possessing child pornography, authorities said Tuesday. Michael T. Hackett, 27, also must register as a sex offender.

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    John S. Gates Jr.

    Furor over paratransit ‘limousine’ comment builds

    The Regional Transportation Authority is expected to get an earful Wednesday from transit riders with disabilities who say they are angry and offended because of comments by agency Chairman John S. Gates Jr. characterizing paratransit as a “limousine” service. Paratransit rider Ray Campbell of Glen Ellyn said it was anything but a limousine service. “For one thing, it is a shared ride service,...

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    Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers seeking a new contract rallied outside Park School Campus in Round Lake last week. District 46 has made public what officials say is a final, best contract offer to teachers. The instructors have authorized union leaders to call a strike, if necessary, over the stalled talks

    Grayslake District 46 contract offer to teachers made public

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 has made public a one-year contract offer to teachers that would include a salary freeze. Teachers last week voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing union leaders to call a strike in the wake of stalled contract talks.

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    Fox Valley police reports
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    More than seven years after being brought in to help reform DuPage County Animal Care and Control, Kerry Vinkler has been fired from her job as executive director. Vinkler says she was wrongfully terminated.

    Animal control director ousted in DuPage County

    A longtime animal care professional hired more than seven years ago to help reform DuPage County Animal Care and Control insists that the once-embattled department has turned a corner under her leadership. So why was Kerry Vinkler fired as director of the Wheaton shelter?

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    Lawsuit dismissed in death of DuPage jail inmate

    The family of a Wheaton man who committed suicide while in police custody voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit against the DuPage County sheriff’s office, three deputies and a psychologist. The complaint was filed after the May 2011 death of Christopher Colburn, 37.

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    Republican Chris Kachiroubas, left, opposes Democrat Ralph Scalise in the DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk race.

    DuPage court clerk candidates spar over pay raises, pension

    DuPage Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas makes no apologies for giving pay raises of nearly 40 percent in five years to a former county board member who ended up on his payroll. Kachiroubas’ challenger in the Nov. 6 election, on the other hand, is calling it a "misuse of taxpayer money." An Elmhurst Republican, Kachiroubas is squaring off against Ralph Scalise, a Carol Stream Democrat,...

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    Metra to hold public hearing in Arlington Heights

    Metra will be hosting a series of public hearings to gain input on capital funding priorities. For North and Northwest suburban Cook County residents, a hearing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Arlington Heights village hall board/community room, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Robert H. Rivers-Teague, 22, of Waukegan was charged with trespassing at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of E. Wilson Street, Batavia, according to a police report.

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    Mark A. Downs

    Man guilty in 1996 killing Aurora boy denied new trial

    A man convicted of murdering 6-year-old Nico Contreras of Aurora in November 1996 is denied a new trial. Mark A. Downs, 36, who is serving a 70-year sentence for the boy's death, did not have an attorney present when he initially argued he did not receive a fair trial.

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    Gym waivers approved in Dist. 214

    Students in competitive marching band or ROTC at Northwest Suburban High School District 214 can be exempt from physical education classes starting next year, the school board decided on Thursday, despite vocal opposition from parents, teachers and union representatives.

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    Faraz Shahidpour, 17, of Buffalo Grove High School presents results and answers questions from village trustees at the village hall in Buffalo Grove on Monday about research on the issue “Should the village legislate an age restriction of tanning beds?”

    Students weigh in on whether Buffalo Grove should ban minors from tanning salons

    Students from Buffalo Grove and Stevenson high schools weighed the pros and cons of banning minors using tanning salons during a presentation this week before the Buffalo Grove village board. As part of a civics exercise, 23 students from both schools were asked to make a case for and against a ban.

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    Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted in June of child molestation, was transferred from Centre County jail in to a Pennsylvania state prison early Tuesday.

    Sandusky moved from county jail to state prison

    Jerry Sandusky became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation. The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.

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    U.S. production of oil and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent in 2012 to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. It’s the fourth straight year of crude increases, and this year drillers are on track to post the biggest single year gain since 1951.

    US may soon become world’s top oil producer

    U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer.

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    Des Plaines-based Hartmarx owner files for Chapter 11

    HMX Acquisition Corp., the owner of tailored clothing brands including Hickey Freeman and Hart Schaffner Marx, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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    Court blocks Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood

    Indiana can’t cut off funding for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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    No problems found with crashed Indiana school bus

    COLFAX, Ind. — Inspectors have ruled out mechanical problems with a school bus that overturned in a central Indiana farm field with more than two dozen students on board last week.State police Sgt. Kim Riley says an inspection of the Clinton Prairie district bus on Monday found everything normal.

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    Police investigating attack on Wisconsin state senator’s son

    WHITEWATER, Wis. — Whitewater police say they’re investigating an assault on the adult son of state Sen. Neal Kedzie. Sen. Kedzie says his son, Sean, was attacked by two men after confronting one of them for taking down Romney/Ryan campaign sign.

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    Bar gunfire nets probation for wounded soldier

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A central Indiana soldier who lost part of his leg during an attack in Afghanistan has been sentenced to a year of supervised probation for a firearms charge in connection with gunfire at a bar.

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    Illinois film festival to honor Gene Hackman

    CHARLESTON — Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman’s career will be the focus of the 8evff/ ">Embarras Valley Film Festival;http://castle.eiu.edu/7&frasl in Charleston.

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    Man’s body pulled from downstate Rend Lake

    INA, Ill. — An autopsy is planned on a Sesser man whose body was recovered from Rend Lake after he reportedly fell from a boat.Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler says 54-year-old Alan Saiz’s body was found Monday evening in more than 11 feet of water in the Gun Creek area of the southern Illinois lake. Leffler pronounced Saiz dead at the scene.

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    Indiana native on crew headed to space station

    An astronaut from Indiana is on his way to the International Space Station after blasting off in a Russian spacecraft.Kevin Ford and two Russians were aboard the Soyuz when it lifted off on schedule Tuesday from Kazakhstan. They are expected to have a two-day journey to the space station, where they will join its current three-person crew.

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    Emissions failure rate down slightly in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — The rate of vehicles failing Wisconsin’s emission tests is down slightly so far this year, compared to last year.

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    State to spend $25 million on East St. Louis bridge

    EAST ST. LOUIS — The state of Illinois will be spending about $25 million to make it easier, safer and quicker to travel between Illinois and Missouri on the Poplar Street Bridge at East St. Louis.

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    Blaze destroys building at Indiana lumber business

    ROME CITY, Ind. — A large fire destroyed a building at a lumber company business in northeastern Indiana.The fire was reported late Monday at the Frick Lumber Co. near the Noble County town of Rome City and burned for several hours into early Tuesday.

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    Illinois crime-victim alerts now available by text

    Illinois’ automated system for notifying crime victims and others about the status of offenders has added text messaging as an option.The state attorney general’s office said Monday that registered users of the Automated Victim Notification can now receive text message alerts.

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    Tax credits OK’d for 12 affordable rental projects

    The Illinois Housing Development Authority has allocated federal tax credits to 12 developments to spur the construction of affordable rental apartments.

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    Downstate pharmacy tech gets probation for fraud

    EAST ST. LOUIS — A southwestern Illinois pharmacy technician has been sentenced to two years of probation on federal charges that she fraudulently filled prescriptions.

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    Veteran Moran to lead IU sports journalism center

    INDIANAPOLIS — A veteran sports writer will take over the helm of Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center.IU announced Malcolm Moran’s appointment Monday. He will assume his new duties in January.

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    Abbate back on stand in 2nd day of civil trial

    A former Chicago police officer convicted in a notorious beating is expected back on the stand at a trial focused on an alleged police department culture where officers look out for their own. Tuesday is the second day of the civil trial stemming from Anthony Abbate’s 2007 attack on bartender Karolina Obrycka, a video of which went viral.

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    Young at Heart volunteers and some of their “clients” came to the dealership to accept ownership of the new Sienna. Clockwise from left they are: Dianne Kahl, foster mom and volunteer, with Snoopy and Godiva; Dawn Kemper with Cashew; Kurt Burkhardt, foster dad and volunteer, with Elmo; Paul Kawczynski, foster dad, with Frankie. Fredd is the cocker spaniel in the middle.

    Pet rescue delighted with their new donated Toyota

    Arlington Toyota in Palatine made a lot of humans and animals happy recently, when it chose the Young at Heart Pet Rescue in Lake Zurich to win one of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good, a giveaway that Toyota natiionally does each year.

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    BBC Director General George Entwistle gives evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the House of Commons, London, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. The BBC chief says allegations about decades of sexual abuse by its longtime TV host Jimmy Savile, and the broadcaster’s failure to stop him, constitute a ‘very grave’ crisis for the venerable organization. Entwistle told British lawmakers on Tuesday that it is too early to say whether sexual abuse was endemic within Britainís publicly funded national broadcaster in previous decades.

    BBC boss: Corporate culture aided abuser Savile

    The BBC has become the latest large institution to find itself accused of failing to stop sex abusers in its midst, with its chief acknowledging Tuesday that a “cultural problem” within the broadcaster had allowed the late TV host Jimmy Savile to molest children and teenagers for decades.

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    In this Oct. 15, 2000, file photo, investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden, after a powerful explosion ripped a hole in the U.S. Navy destroyer. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national accused in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship, faces trial in a special tribunal for wartime offenses known as a military commission for allegedly orchestrating the bombing of the USS Cole as well as attacks on two other ships. But his lawyers say that since the U.S. wasn’t at war at that time, the 47-year-old shouldn’t be tried at Guantanamo.

    Guantanamo defense: No war crimes if no war

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A U.S. military war tribunal is weighing a question that might seem better suited for a history class than a courtroom: How long has the United States been at war?

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    Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani arrives for cornerstone laying ceremony of a Qatari funded rehabilitation center in Gaza City, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The emir of Qatar received a hero’s welcome in Gaza on Tuesday, becoming the first head of state to visit the Palestinian territory since the Islamist militant Hamas seized control there in 2007.

    Qatari emir cancels speech in Gaza stadium

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The emir of Qatar has called off a planned address to the Palestinians in Gaza City’s main soccer stadium.Hamas officials at the stadium announced the cancellation and ordered hundreds of people who gathered there on Tuesday to go home. The address had been the centerpiece of the emir’s landmark visit to Gaza.

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    Gina Bateman, left, and her sister Carmen Bateman watch as investigators gather at a house on Clayton Avenue in Clayton NJ on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012, after the discovery of a girl’s body in a home’s recycling bin. Gloucester County prosecutors say the body of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was found around 10 p.m. Monday in the bin just blocks from her house.

    Missing NJ girl’s body found in recycling bin

    CLAYTON, N.J. — Authorities in New Jersey say they don’t have any suspects in the killing of a 12-year-old girl, whose body was found in a home’s recycling bin two days after she was reported missing.Authorities confirmed Autumn Pasquale’s body was found in a home’s recycling container in Clayton around 10 p.m. Monday.

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    Shamiur Rahman, left, a 19-year-old American of Bengali descent who has now denounced his work, was a paid informant for the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying bad things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press.

    Informant: NYPD paid me to ‘bait’ Muslims

    NEW YORK — A paid informant for the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying incriminating things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press.

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    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question from moderator Bob Schieffer during the third presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

    Can binders full of tweets alter views on candidates, Bears?

    Facebook and Twitter kept track of all the debate and Bears action on Monday night, but does social media really help us? Instead of watching and thinking, we can simply log on and see what snarky people have to say.

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    The Daily Herald received a third-place award for editorial excellence from the Inland Press Association.

    Daily Herald wins 7 Inland awards

    The Daily Herald has been honored with seven awards by the Inland Press Association, including firsts in Community Leadership, Front Page, Investigative Reporting and Personality Profile categories. The contest includes newspapers from throughout North America.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama walks past each other onstage at the end of the last debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla.

    Analysis: Calm Romney pins hopes on momentum

    Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election Day, two weeks from now. Judging from Monday’s final debate, President Barack Obama almost seems to agree.

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    Palestinians give cool reception to U.S. debate

    The Palestinians are giving a cool reception to both U.S. presidential candidates after their foreign policy debate.

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    8 NIU employees accused in scheme put on paid leave

    Officials at Northern Illinois University have put eight employees on paid administrative leave because they’ve been accused in an alleged scheme to sell the school’s scrap materials and put the cash in a private bank account. The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office filed felony charges last week against the eight workers and a former NIU employee.

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    Brookfield Chief of Police Dan Tushaus speaks with reporters in Brookfield, Wis., Sunday following a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa.

    Wisconsin shooting brings call for new law on guns

    Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa.

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    Courtesy of Algonquin Commons Wear your costume to Algonquin and Geneva Commons on Sunday, Oct. 28, and enjoy games, trick-or-treating and discounts.

    Halloween treats in store at Geneva and Algonquin Commons

    Free Halloween events are happening up and down the Randall Road corridor this weekend. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Algonquin Commons. You’ll even want to come in costume to the Halloween fun, because there will be a safe trick-or-treating event throughout the mall for the kids.

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    Artist Jim Schnaitman is shown with “Mums,” an oil on canvas painting now on display at Gallery 20 in West Chicago.

    West Chicago’s Gallery 200 features work of three artists

    Local artist Jim Schnaitman presents the exhibit “Beaks, Bones and Flowers” with guest artists Sue Wagoner and the late Steve Panella through Oct. 28 at Gallery 200, 200 Main St., West Chicago. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of Schnaitman’s realistic mixed media paintings, the surrealistic paintings of Panella and the photographs of Wagoner, an avid birder and published wildlife...

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    Ginna Podge of Wayne became a marathon runner after she was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago. She will compete in the Chicago Ultra 50K Oct. 27.

    Cancer fight doesn’t deter Wayne woman from running marathons

    Wayne resident Ginna Podge was diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 38 and it turned her into a marathon runner. Even a recurrence of the cancer two years ago hasn't stopped her thanks to proton therapy that targets tumors more precisely and results in fewer side effects than standard X-ray radiiation. The 48-year-old woman will compete in the Chicago Ultra 50K on Oct. 27.

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    Lydia Penosky, 21, of Wheaton votes for the first time with some of her bothers and sisters at her side, Daniel, 9, Liberty, 11, and Patrick, 7, on the first day of early voting at the DuPage County government building in Wheaton. As of 2:30 p.m. more than 334 DuPage County residents had voted at the government building location.

    Dawn Patrol: Early voting draws crowds; Obama-Romney Part 3

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spar on foreign issues in last debate. Thousands turn out for first day of early voting in Cook County. Mundelein approves video gaming with 4-3 vote. District 204 closes two bus stops near suspect's home.

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    Winfield residents, many of whom have posted signs in support of keeping the village police department intact, will vote Nov. 6 on whether they’re willing to pay higher property taxes to prevent the disbanding of the department to pay for road repairs.

    Some Winfield trustees don’t even back tax hike

    Winfield residents will vote Nov. 6 on whether they’re willing to pay higher property taxes to prevent the village board from disbanding the police department to raise money for road repairs.

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    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens to President Barack Obama speak during the third presidential debate at Lynn University Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.

    Final debate: Challenging each other face-to-face

    President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, saying, “Every time you've offered an opinion you've been wrong.” The Republican coolly responded, “Attacking me is not an agenda” for dealing with a dangerous world.

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    Carlos Boozer drives over Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday. Boozer played big and physical and finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

    Bulls steadily getting ready for regular season
    The Bulls played their sixth preseason game on Tuesday at the United Center, beating Oklahoma City, but the storylines didn’t change. The defense is still way ahead of the offense, the bench is a work in progress and the team doesn't need any injuries, such as the one that kept Kirk Hinrich out for the second half.

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    Amy Choi (2), here celebrating a point during her high school days, is a standout libero at Lewis University.

    Vernon Hills’ Choi flying high at Lewis

    Area volleyball fans will remember the solid defensive skills of Amy Choi when she played at Vernon Hills High School. She is still displaying those talents at Lewis University in Romeoville. The junior libero was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Baden Defensive Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.

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    Jake Goehring of Metea Valley, right, celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against Wheaton Warrenville South in boys Class 3A sectional soccer in West Chicago. Metea Valley won 1-0.

    Picture-perfect goal lifts Metea Valley

    Metea Valley's lone goal in a 1-0 victory Tuesday night over Wheaton Warrenville South in the second Class 3A West Chicago sectional semifinal should have been a picture, put in a frame and mounted on a wall it was that perfect.

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

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

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

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    Palatine earns chance at regional title

    Mid-Suburban West girls volleyball champion Palatine will try for another championship this week. With its 25-12, 25-20 semifinal victory over No. 20 Highland Park on Tuesday, the No. 4 seeded Pirates advanced to the title match of the Rolling Meadows Class AA regional. They will face No. 5 Glenbrook North at 6 p.m. on Thursday night; the Spartans eliminated the No. 12 Mustangs 23-25, 25-19, 25-19.

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    Hersey meets Prospect’s challenge

    No. 2 seeded Hersey found itself trailing No. 15 Prospect 4-1 to start Tuesday’s Class AA girls volleyball regional semifinal in Arlington Heights. “That made us a little nervous,” said Huskies senior defensive specialist Allie Mueller. “We looked at that score and realized we had to pick it up as a team and finish the match.” The Huskies closed it out with a flourish. They recovered from the early deficit with a 13-4 run and never trailed the rest of the match. posting 25-11, 25-10 triumph over their Mid-Suburban East rivals.

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    Libertyville’s Kristen Webb is congratulated by teammates after winning a point on her serve during regional semifinal play Tuesday between the Wildcats and Mundelein at Lake Zurich.

    Lake County roundup

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team ousted a familiar foe in its state tournament opener Tuesday night.Behind the strong setting of junior Cassie Ostmeyer (16 assists) and sophomore Lizzie Apgar (9 assists), the third-seeded Wildcats defeated North Suburban Lake Division rival Mundelein 25-18, 25-16 in a Class 4A regional semifinal at Lake Zurich.Taylor Zant led Libertyville’s attack with 12 kills, while Julia Smagacz and Rhiannon Prentiss added 6 apiece. Prentiss also had 6 digs, and Kristen Webb led the way with 13. Alex Basler chipped in 3 blocks and 3 kills, and Jordan Bauer contributed 2 blocks and 2 kills.Libertyville faces No. 7 Lake Zurich for the regional title Thursday.No. 14 Mundelein, which ended its season at 15-21, was led by Courtney Perreault’s 8 kills and 2 aces Yasmeen Johnson and Ashley Dolin had 3 kills apiece, while Madi Wilcox set 46 of 46 with 16 assists.Lake Zurich d Glenbrook South: At Lake Zurich, Layne Self’s 9 kills and 2 aces, and Kristen Walding’s 20 assists helped lead the seventh-seeded Bears past the No. 11 Titans 25-15, 25-13.Mallory Parsons added 7 kills for Lake Zurich, which hosts Libertyville for the regional championship Thursday.Lakes d. Antioch: At Harvard, the crosstown rivals didn’t disappoint in their Class 3A regional semifinal. The second-seeded Eagles prevailed 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, as Emily Aigner had 14 kills and 9 digs, while Sarah Horner hammered 12 kills, chalked 8 digs and served 18 of 19 with 3 aces.Sam Falco had 4 kills and 6 blocks for Antioch (20-16), while Abbi McIlhany also put down 4 kills. Marissa Grant dished out 13 assists, recorded 3 kills and chalked 12 digs. Amanda Spera contributed 3 kills and 4 blocks for the Sequoits. Reagan Jordan and McIlhany had 11 and 10 digs, respectively.“We played hard. We just couldn’t finish plays,” Antioch coach Glen Heitman said. “It was a hard end to the season, but I am proud of the way we came together as a team. The three seniors had good careers at Antioch, and the juniors and sophomores have great volleyball futures ahead of them. I would like to thank my assistants and the parents for their support all season.”Lakes also got big contributions from Shannon Grant: (4 kills, 10 digs, 18-of-18 serving, 4 aces), Abbi Mehnert (5 kills), Alex Silvola (4 kills, 4 assists), Maddie Demo (3 kills, 25 assists, 11 digs) and Stephanie Reed (4-of-5 serving, 3 digs).Lakes will play in Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final against top-seeded Richmond-Burton, which outlasted No. 4 Johnsburg 25-16, 16-25, 25-10.Grayslake North d. McHenry: At Grayslake North, the surprising Knights ousted the top seed with a 25-23, 25-23 win behind Kelsey Klausner’s 6 kills.No. 4 Grayslake North (13-24) also received 5 kills and 2 aces from Melanie Aikin and 16 assists and 8 digs from Lisa Lowry.Warren d. Zion-Benton: At Grayslake North, the Blue Devils played without injured star Paige Jespersen but still won the Class 4A regional semifinal, as Jaime Dickinson slammed 8 kills in a 25-23, 25-21 victory.No. 2 Warren (19-17), which will play No. 4 Grayslake North in Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final, also received 5 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks from Stephanie Karlovicks. Rachel Ziegler dished out 9 assists and added 3 kills and 2 blocks for the Blue Devils. Dickinson hit 12 of 13 and recorded 9 digs. Kendall Farmer had 4 blocks and 2 kills.Stevenson d. Lake Forest: At Lake Forest, the top-seeded Patriots disposed of the No. 18 seed and host school 25-22, 25-15, as Khaila Donaldson and Liza Pflugradt each slammed 7 kills.Alexa Bykowski served 4 aces and lofted 9 assists for Stevenson (33-3), which advanced to Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final. Jenna Radtke had 4 kills and 3 solo blocks for the Patriots, while Donaldson and Elizabeth Shancer each had 10 digs.Wauconda d. Regina Dominican: At North Chicago, the top-seeded Bulldogs had to fight hard to win their Class 3A regional semifinal, 25-20, 25-22.

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    Ozzie Guillen is between jobs again after being fired by the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Baseball more interesting with Guillen in it

    Ozzie Guillen has been fired after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash. The Marlins announced the firing Tuesday. They still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.

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    Phoebe Havenaar of Naperville Central goes up for a block as Angela Jurek spkies the ball durimng the Naperville Central vs. Naperville North girls volleyball at Naperville Central Tuesday.

    Condon, Naperville Central kick it up a notch

    Brie Isaacson already knew a competitive spirit burned inside Sammy Condon.But she’d never seen this fiery side of her senior middle.“I saw her looking at me and she said ‘Give me the ball,’” said the Naperville Central coach, “and I knew we were going to be OK. She’s a competitor and feisty but I’ve never seen her say what she said tonight. It was up a notch.”The Redhawks needed it.In a rare matchup with Naperville North this early in the playoffs, the Redhawks pulled through late in both sets for a barnburner of a 25-22, 29-27 win in the Class 4A Naperville Central regional semifinal.

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    West Aurora, Waubonsie Valley survive

    Making its first largest-school regional semifinal appearance since the last year of the girls Class AA volleyball state tournament, Rosary desperately sought to force a third set against Waubonsie Valley.

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    Crystal Lake S., Prairie Ridge will go at it again

    As expected, top-seeded Prairie Ridge and second-seeded Crystal Lake South posted semifinal wins Tuesday night at the Class 4A Crystal Lake South girls volleyball regional. But it wasn’t easy for either the Wolves or the Gators. Both teams needed 3 sets to dispose of their opponents. PR advanced with a 16-25, 25-10, 25-18 win over fourth-seeded Cary-Grove while the Gators withstood a late charge from third-seeded Jacobs and eventually defeated the Golden Eagles 25-19, 19-25, 25-14. The two Crystal Lake schools will play for the regional championship Thursday at 6:30 p.m. They split their matches this season and tied for the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title.

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    Streamwood’s Christian Vences and St. Charles East’s Brad Corirossi fight for the ball in the first half on Tuesday at the York sectional.

    St. Charles East blanks Streamwood

    The lack of ball movement for No. 1 seed St. Charles East against a pesky, physical Streamwood squad sure didn’t seem to stop the Fighting Saints. East just made up for it with smart passes on two key advances in front of the net that turned to gold. Especially, the unselfish passes that were mirror-images of each other from Taylor Ortiz and Andrew Shone helped Eric Dietrich and TC Hull notch first-half goals en route to a 4-0 St. Charles East (19-2-1) win over the No. 4 seed Sabres (13-8) in a Class 3A York sectional semifinal in Elmhurst Tuesday. East advances to Friday’s sectional championship against No. 3 Larkin Friday at 4:30 p.m. Larkin beat South Elgin 2-1 in PKs in Tuesday’s second semifinal.

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    Encore performance as Warren bounces Boylan

    In case anyone thought Warren beating Rockford Boylan last year was a fluke, well, the Blue Devils have done it again. Warren scored twice in the first eight minutes and went on to defeat the Titans 4-1 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Auburn boys soccer sectional in Rockford on Tuesday. The Blue Devils will face Barrington, which defeated Huntley 2-1 in Tuesday’s first game, at 6 p.m. Friday for the sectional title.

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    Larkin’s Moises Raya trots with teammates to the fans in the bleachers to celebrate their win over South Elgin on Tuesday, October 23.

    Alvarez PK lifts Larkin over South Elgin

    It was only fitting the nightcap of the Class 3A York boys soccer sectional semifinal Tuesday night between U-46 rivals South Elgin and Larkin needed extra time. But double overtime? How about penalty kicks? Try sudden death PK to be absolutely sure. In like one of those 20-inning baseball affairs, Larkin’s Freddy Alvarez knocked in the game-winning PK boot to send No. 3 seed Larkin into the sectional championship with a 2-1 win over No. 10 seed South Elgin.

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    White Sox’ Dunn gets award he hopes to never get again

    White Sox DH/first baseman Adam Dunn wasn't exactly taking bows after being named American League Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

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    Allen does it all for Naperville Central

    Connor Allen seems to like the Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. Allen scored his second goal of the season — and the postseason — and added an assist in Naperville Central’s 2-0 victory Tuesday night against East Aurora at the West Chicago sectional semifinals.

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    Benet offense sets the pace against Downers Grove South

    Benet’s offense is so varied, and run so quickly, that many opponents find it difficult to match in the long run. Try as it might, Downers Grove South couldn’t keep up. No. 1 Benet pulled away midway through both sets for a 25-16, 25-10 win in Tuesday’s first semifinal of the Class 4A Naperville Central regional.

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    Defense serves Stevenson against Fremd

    A Quentin Low-inspired Stevenson team advanced to the Class 3A Conant boys soccer sectional final with a thrilling 1-0 win over Fremd late Tuesday night in sectional semifinal play in Hoffman Estates. The victory sets up an all-North Suburban Conference final Friday against rival Libertyville, which earlier in the evening defeated Prospect 2-1. Low, Stevenson’s goalkeeper, and his backline mates held firm after the Vikings (10-9-3) started the second half on the front foot. Fremd never let up, but a 66th-minute goal from Michael Weinstein left the outcome in favor or Stevenson (17-3-1).

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    Schaumburg outlasts Larkin

    Trailing 18-16 in the third set in Tuesday night’s Class 4A Schaumburg regional semifinal, Saxons’ outside hitter Kelly Koutnik had a message for her teammates. “This is our house. Let’s go.” The senior’s message finally proved true as the No. 5 Saxons rallied to pull out a 25-23 victory in the third set against No. 11 Larkin (19-17) on Tuesday night to advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final against St. Charles East.

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    Stork’s scoring leads Barrington by Huntley

    Kendall Stork kept up his postseason scoring pace. The Barrington freshman had his third straight 2-goal game to lead the Broncos past Huntley, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Class 3A Auburn regional here Tuesday night. The Broncos advance to play Warren in Friday’s 6 p.m. sectional final.

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    Barrington hangs on against Carmel

    Barrington’s girls volleyball team hasn’t raised a regional plaque in the last six years, but they believe this is the kind of team that can get the job done. Not that it will be easy. Eighth-seeded Barrington outlasted No. 9 Carmel 25-21, 27-25 in Class 4A regional semifinal play at Lake Forest on Tuesday. The Fillies (22-14) next meet up with top seed Stevenson at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional final. The Patriots got past host Lake Forest 25-22 and 25-15 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.

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    Kaneland to meet Sycamore for regional title

    The Burlington Central girls volleyball team appeared in good shape leading 17-14 in the first game Tuesday against Sycamore. But the Spartans went on a 9-1 run to get momentum and then rode that momentum to a 25-23, 25-21 victory in the Class 3A Hampshire regional semifinals. “That was really was a big turning point in the match,” Central coach Marv Leavitt said. “We had a few problems with stopping runs throughout the year.” No. 3 seed Sycamore (25-13) will play top seed Kaneland (22-12), which beat St. Edward 25-17, 25-18 in the first semifinal, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional championship match.

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    Harvest to meet Westminster for 1A crown

    Elgin’s Class 1A schools will square off again for a regional girls volleyball championship.Harvest Christian and Westminster Christian each won their semifinal matches Tuesday night and will meet in Westminster’s gym Thursday at 6 p.m. for the regional title and a short trip down Randall Road for next week’s Harvest Christian sectional.Harvest Christian defeated Elgin Academy 25-11, 25-7 as the Lions, who reached the Elite Eight last year, moved their postseason record to 5-1 since joining the IHSA.Sydney Doby had 7 kills, 6 blocks and 2 aces, while Jordan Sollars added 9 assists, 4 digs and 2 kills for Harvest Christian (28-5). Sarah Kott added 15 service points and 6 aces and Katelyon Floyd had 3 kills, 8 assists, 3 digs, 2 aces and 9 service points.Westminster Christian d. Alden-Hebron: Claire Spewweik had 6 kills, 8 aces and 4 digs as the Warriors rolled to a 25-10, 25-13 semifinal win. Cassidy Finnegan (9 digs), Savannah Dutcher (5 kills, 5 blocks) and Elizabeth Farwell (10 assists) also contributed to the win for Westminster Christian (21-8).Class 4A at Rockford East: Erin Lyman had 10 kills and 10 digs and Rachel Kisten added 11 kills to lead Huntley to a 23-25, 25-23, 25-9 win over Belvidere North at the Class 4A Rockford East regional. The Red Raiders (15-18) will take on DeKalb at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional final. Kelsey DeWulf (7 digs, 3 aces) and Eilish Reagan (9 digs) also contributed for Huntley in Tuesday’s win.

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    North Central ninth in national rankings

    The North Central College football team stayed strong with the No. 9 ranking in this week’s American Football Coaches Association’s Coaches Poll after a dominating performance Saturday against conference rival Carthage.

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    Buffalo Grove turns the tables on Fremd

    Eight days ago, the Buffalo Grove girls volleyball team lost on its home floor to Fremd in three sets. But the Bison made themselves right at home playing the Vikings in Tuesday’s Class AA Hersey regional semifinal at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. The No. 10 Bison (17-18) pulled off a 25-18, 25-20 upset over No. 5 Fremd (27-8) to advance to Thursday’s championship against No. 2 Hersey (31-5) at 6 p.m.

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    Libertyville’s Austin Bitta, left, and Prospect’s Avi Chitman make contact as they pursue the ball during Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Conant.

    Libertyville ends Prospect’s run

    Fourth-seeded Libertyville survived a tough postseason test by a spirited side from Prospect with a riveting 2-1 victory in a Class 3A boys soccer sectional semifinal Tuesday at Conant. The outcome ended a stellar playoff run from the No. 16 seed Knights (10-9-3), and puts the Wildcats into Friday’s sectional final at Conant against North Suburban Conference rival Stevenson.

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    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Lazar Hayward (11) passes behind his head as Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) and center Nazr Mohammed defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)

    Boozer scores 24 to lead Bulls past Thunder 94-89
    Carlos Boozer had 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the Bulls to a 94-89 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

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    Durant says Rose will come back stronger

    A successful ACL patient visitied the United Center on Tuesday. Oklahoma City guard Eric Maynor is back on the floor playing full speed, roughly nine months after tearing the ligament in his right knee.

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    Tough Region IV field awaits Harper

    With three teams ranked in this week’s NJCAA Division III poll, the Region IV women’s volleyball tournament looks to be one of the toughest in the nation. “It’s a very difficult tournament — we have to be clicking on all six cylinders,” said Harper coach Bob Vilsoet. Rock Valley Community College has the top seed, followed by Harper and Madison Area Technical College.

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    It was only a matter of time before Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen self-destructed in Miami. Guillen, who managed the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, was fired Tuesday after one year as manager of the last-place Marlins.

    Will Guillen blame Sox, Williams again?

    For those arriving inescapably late to the Ozzie Guillen party, congratulations on discovering sight and hearing, if not your sense of smell. Seriously, you had to be deaf and blind and unable to detect the wafts of cow chips if you didn’t understand that Ken Williams didn’t need Guillen’s firing after one idiotic year in Miami for redemption.

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    Ozzie Guillen might have just squandered what could have been a long managerial career after being fired Tuesday by the Miami Marlins.

    It’s a shame this could be it for Guillen

    Ozzie won't be able to be Ozzie anywhere else like he was here, so it looks like a bright managing career will fall short of its full potential.

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks off the field after getting injured by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during their game Monday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Cutler expects to be good to go for Sunday

    Injured quarterback Jay Cutler expects to practice this week and doesn’t think the bruised ribs he suffered on a sack by Ndamukong Suh in Monday’s win over the Detroit Lions will affect him Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.“I know I’m not going to have any problems,” Cutler said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN AM-1000. “(Wednesday) is more of a mental day for us, coming off a Monday night game. We’ll have a hard Thursday, Friday and a little bit of a work day on Saturday before the game. I’ll be good to go by Thursday.”Cutler, who will be monitored throughout the week, reiterated that he didn’t consider Suh’s hard sack a dirty play.“That was a tough hit,” Cutler said. “He caught me just right. I think it was an awkward fall more than anything. I kind of got caught on his knee and the ball a little bit.“That defense, you know going into it what their intentions are. They play hard football and they get after the quarterback. I still think it was clean. (Suh) is a good player, and that’s what makes him who he is, playing that way.”But Cutler said he expects a different style of play from Suh and the Lions than he does from other players and teams“There are certain guys that just kind of know how to take you down,” Cutler said. “They wrap you up and they get you on the ground. With this team, their intentions are to drive you into the ground. We know that going into it. Is it against the rules? No, not by any means.”Expecting more:Devin Hester did not have the kind of game he expected against the Lions, who came in ranked last in punt-return average and 30th in kickoff-return average allowed.He had just 1 punt return for 5 yards, 2 fair catches and allowed two other punts to land and bounce backward for negative yardage. Hester did not return kickoffs, and he was removed from punt-return duties midway through the second quarter but returned in the fourth quarter.Why the benching?“Some mistakes I made,” Hester said. Near the end of the first quarter, Hester let a Nick Harris punt land at the 31 and bounce to the Bears’ 19-yard line. Harris’ next punt landed inside the 20 and was downed at the 4-yard line.“I’ve got to come up and fair catch those,” said Hester, who holds the NFL record with 17 combined kick-return touchdowns. “That was pretty much what happened. I let the ball hit.” By the numbers:In the previous seven times the Bears started a season 5-1 or better since the 1970 merger, they made the playoffs each time (2006, 2001, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1986 and 1985). In 2006, they started 7-0 and advanced to Super Bowl XLI. The Super Bowl XX champions started 12-0 in 1985. … The Bears’ defense has given up just 3 touchdowns in its last four games while scoring five times on interception returns. The Bears lead the NFL in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per game (78 points in six games).

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    Ohio State wide receiver Chris Fields, right, is tackled by Purdue safety Landon Feichter Saturday during the third quarter. Ohio State and Penn State are both unbeaten in conference play, and they’re playing each other this weekend. But thanks to sanctions, neither can compete for the league championship or go to a bowl.

    Ohio State-Penn State still matters amid sanctions

    Only three teams in the Big Ten are unbeaten in league play — and two of them are ineligible for the postseason. That takes a bit of the luster from this weekend's impressive slate of games — but not all of it. No. 9 Ohio State and Penn State are both undefeated in conference, and they're playing each other this weekend. Thanks to sanctions, neither can compete for the Big Ten championship or go to a bowl.

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    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, in his third-year as head coach, has the unbeaten Fighting Irish in the national championship discussion with their best start in a decade at 7-0 and a big game Saturday at eighth-ranked Oklahoma.

    3rd year’s the charm for successful Irish coaches

    The old saying goes that the third time's the charm. At Notre Dame, historically the third time's been the national championship. Or else. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz all won their first national championships in their third seasons as coach of the Fighting Irish, while Knute Rockne finished his second straight undefeated season. The combined record of the five in their third season: 50-2-1.

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    Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings, MVP of the WNBA Finals, celebrates with fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday. The team and several thousand fans moved their party indoors to the field house as morning rain scrapped plans for a parade. The Fever wrapped up the title Sunday night, beating the Minnesota Lynx three games to one.

    Fans thrown a party for Catchings, WNBA champs

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever and their fans didn’t let a little rain ruin their celebration of the WNBA championship. The team and several thousand fans moved their party indoors to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday as morning rain scrapped plans for a parade.

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    Cubs president for baseball operations Theo Epstein says he likes the progress the club has made with identifying "core" players for the team's future.

    Epstein keeping focus on Cubs’ long-term plan

    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that he share's the public's "burning desire" to win, but he stuck to the organizational line that the Cubs will continue with their track of building for long-term success. Although the season at the major-league level was a miserable one in terms of wins and losses, Epstein said he looks back and sees that the Cubs have increased their number of “core” players, either from development from within or acquisitions from outside.

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    Associated Press After playing in a charity game on Friday at Allstate Arena, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will leave this weekend to play for a club in Switzerland while the NHL lockout continues.

    Hawks’ Kane to play hockey in Switzerland

    Blackhawks franchise forward Patrick Kane confirmed on Tuesday that he will play for the Swiss National League A team EHC Biel during the NHL lockout. This is a development that should make the Hawks nervous and concerned since Kane will be risking injury every time he steps on the ice in Switzerland. It’s only a matter of time before captain Jonathan Toews heads overseas as well. Both Kane and Toews are represented by the same agent, Pat Brisson.

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    Hawkeyes lose 2 offensive linemen to injury

    Iowa has lost starting offensive linemen Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal to season-ending injuries. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz says Scherff, a sophomore left tackle, broke a bone in his leg during Saturday night’s 38-14 loss to Penn State.

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    With teammate Matt Forte rushing for 96 yards, running back Michael Bush (29) also contributed several strong runs Monday night against the Detroit Lions.

    Bears’ ground game finally getting on track

    No one should be overly impressed by a Bears offense that managed just 13 points, even with the benefit of a defense and a special teams unit that forced 4 turnovers. Still, there’s no denying the Bears’ run game is becoming a potent force. In the past two games, the Bears have rushed for 385 yards — nearly as much as the 404 yards they had on the ground in the first four games combined.

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    NHL gave clubs 2-day window to talk to players

    While negotiators for the NHL and union kept conversations to a minimum, club officials had a brief window last week to discuss the league's latest proposal with its locked-out players. So far, those discussions haven't produced any breakthrough, but they have inflamed an already unsettled atmosphere. The union hierarchy wasn't informed about the window then, and isn't happy about it, either.

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    DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep her with the university through 2017, school officials announced Tuesday.

    DePaul extends Ponsetto’s contract through 2017

    DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto has signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2016-17 academic year, university officials announced Tuesday. Ponsetto is in her 38th year as a member of the DePaul athletics family as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.

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    Auburn coach Gene Chizik won a national championship two years ago, but his future in in doubt with his team now 1-6 this season.

    10 college football coaches on the hot seat

    The first firing of the college football season came Sunday. Idaho let go of Robb Akey in a move that was not unexpected. With a little more than a month to go, there are other axes to fall. It's safe to say Arkansas will not be signing up for another year of the John L. Smith experience. Here are 10 more coaches who could be bracing for bad news.

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    Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander throws Monday during a workout at Comerica Park in Detroit. Verlander is set to pitch in his second World Series.

    Verlander is armed and dangerous for postseason

    Justin Verlander’s introduction to postseason baseball six years ago left him dazzled and exhausted. Worn down toward the end of his rookie season, he made his playoff debut at Yankee Stadium. A couple weeks later, he was on the mound for Game 1 of the World Series. “It was such a whirlwind, really, that entire season. I remember standing on the mound in old Yankee Stadium ... and growing up as a kid you see all of the postseason games and all of the magic that had happened in that stadium, and it was kind of a surreal moment for me,” the Detroit ace said.

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    The Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera laughs in the dugout during a workout Monday at Comerica Park in Detroit. Cabrera is one of 9 Venezuelans playing for the Tigers and Giants in the World Series.

    Venezuela cheers for record 9 World Series players

    Venezuelans are celebrating their homegrown baseball heroes as a record contingent of players from the country heads into the World Series with the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. Nine Venezuelans, including five with the Giants, will feature in the series starting on Wednesday, the most ever.

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    Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman runs the ball against Navy Saturday during the second half in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 31-30.

    Hoosiers say they are slowly getting better

    Indiana keeps getting close. A three-point loss to Ohio State. Last-possession losses to Michigan State and Navy. Coach Kevin Wilson knows that’s not good enough. He says the Hoosiers (2-5, 0-3 Big Ten) must get over the hump and it boils down, sometimes, to a single play. The Hoosiers’ next opportunity to get over the hump will be at Illinois (2-5, 0-3) Saturday. Both teams are searching for their first Big Ten win.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson will start against Oklahoma Saturday, Irish coach Brian Kelly said. Golson missed last week’s game against BYU with a concussion.

    Golson will start against eighth-ranked Oklahoma

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says quarterback Everett Golson did well during a full workout and will start for the No. 5 Fighting Irish at No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. Golson has struggled at times for the Irish (7-0), but Kelly says he is making progress.

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    Former Norwegian professional cyclist Steffen Kjaergaard, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted during a news conference Tuesday in Oslo, Norway that he used banned performance-enhancing substances during his career as a professional cyclist.

    Another Armstrong teammate admits doping

    OSLO, Norway — Another former teammate of Lance Armstrong has admitted using banned performance-enhancing drugs.Retired Norwegian rider Steffen Kjaergaard said Tuesday that he had used EPO and cortisone, and was immediately suspended from his job at the Norwegian Cycling Federation.“I have long thought that it was best for cycling as a sport that I took this (secret) to the grave. But the last weeks have made me change course for my own sake and tell the truth,” Kjaergaard said.The 39-year-old Kjaergaard said he decided to come clean because of doping revelations in recent weeks involving the U.S. Postal Service team, and that he “couldn’t bear the lie anymore.”Kjaergaard rode with Armstrong in the U.S. Postal Service team when the American won the Tour de France in 2000 and 2001. He said he wasn’t aware of any of his teammates using banned substances, “but I assume there were others.”On Monday, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed evidence of drug use and trafficking by his Tour-winning teams.“I have not directly witnessed anyone else dealing with this. That’s why I do not want to expose anyone else,” Kjaergaard said.Kjaergaard won several Norwegian championships but no major international races before retiring in 2003.His admission dented Norway’s self-image as a “clean” nation in the forefront of the fight against doping in sports. Kjaergaard was removed from his job as sports director for the Norwegian Cycling Federation.“This is a sad day for Norwegian cycling, but we wanted to have this out in the light,” said federation President Harald Tiedemann Hansen at the joint news conference with Kjaergaard.“He has admitted to doping and he has nothing to do with the cycling world anymore,” Tiedemann Hansen told The Associated Press. “He has been suspended until his term ends on Dec. 31 and he will not continue in the job.”Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

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    Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the New York Yankees Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit.

    World Series: Cabrera, Tigers vs Posey, Giants

    Way back in spring training, Hunter Pence hit a wicked grounder that smacked Miguel Cabrera in the face. A few months later, Pablo Sandoval launched a bases-loaded triple off Justin Verlander in the All-Star game. Here they all are again, with everything at stake. Tigers-Giants in the World Series.

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    Last season Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set several rookie records. This season, however, his maturity has been called into question as his team has struggled to a 1-5 record.

    Your choice on the Bears: Newton or Cutler?

    Mike North believes Cam Newton is having a tough time because he doesn't have a good NFL team around him. He wonders how Bears QB Jay Cutler would do on the Panthers, and if Newton would do better on the Bears if they traded placed.

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    Benet Academy’s Sheila Doyle fires up her team.

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

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    Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch and outside linebacker Justin Durant sack Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the second quarter at Soldier Field Monday night, forcing a fourth-down field goal attempt that was blocked.

    Yes, Bears fans, it’s safe to exhale

    Jay Cutler can render you breathless. He can do it with a bullet pass for a touchdown, a mad scramble for a first down or a snotty response at a news conference. Most of all, Cutler can do it when he’s slammed to the turf, is slow to get up and goes to the locker room for what is announced as a “ribs evaluation.”

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrates a first quarter touchdown.

    Images: Bears vs. Lions
    The Chicago Bears won 13-7 over the Detroit Lions during a Monday Night Footall match-up at Soldier Field. The Bears defense shined on a night which also featured an injury scare as quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a hard hit on a sack in the first half.

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    Mocchi sisters join Dineen at Stevenson

    For 29 seasons of coaching girls basketball at Buffalo Grove High School, hall of famer Tom Dineen never had an assistant. That changed when he took over the Stevenson program three years ago and hired a very popular face from the area’ girls basketball circles. Dineen called upon his former all-state guard Ashley Standstead. Earlier this season, the former Bison and Illinois State star Sandstead accepted the head job at Prospect. But everyone will be familiar once again with Dineen’s new assistant. Make that, assistants, with the same last name. Former BG standouts Maggie and Allison Mocchi will take over Sandstead’s duties.

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    John Cappuccitti has come quite a long way to be an impact player for the Buffalo Grove/Hersey/Wheeling Stampede.

    Cappuccitti’s skills on display with Stampede

    He’s one of the main reasons for the success so far this season for the co-op BG/H/W Stampede, a team filled with players from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling. John Cappuccitti, 17, a junior at Hersey who is the team’s fastest skater and has tallied key goals in early-season wins over Lyons Township and Loyola Maroon. Not bad for a lifelong house league player, one who never skated for a travel program.

Business

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    Housing groups: Bank neglects foreclosed homes in minority areas

    The National Fair Housing Alliance is alleging that Bank of America fails to maintain and market foreclosed properties in its possession in communities of color, a violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act. HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton took the lead on the Chicago area research, analyzing the condition of real estate owned, or foreclosed, properties in the region. Anne Houghtaling, executive director, said the foreclosed properties in communities of color were 4.7 times as likely to have broken doors and locks, almost twice as likely to have dead grass on more than 50 percent of the property and 12 times as likely to have damaged windows.

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    Itasca will lose a 30,000-square-foot business that employs roughly 150 people when Nokia moves its Mobile Phones Xpress Internet Services group from the Hamilton Lakes Business Park to Chicago.

    Despite Nokia loss, Itasca leaders say business is strong

    Itasca will lose a 30,000-square-foot business that employs roughly 150 people, when Nokia relocates its Mobile Phones Xpress Internet Services group to Chicago. But village and business officials said the move is offset by Itasca's strongest financial quarter in the past four years. "While you don't want to see any one particular tenant go, you're always looking at the net absorption," Community Development Director Nicole Aranas said.

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    Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, introduces the iPad mini in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday. Apple Inc. is refusing to compete on price with its rivals in the tablet market. It’s pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition.

    Apple’s iPad Mini much pricier than rival tablets

    Apple Inc.’s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling the company isn’t going to get into a mini-tablet price war. The company debuted the iPad Mini Tuesday, with a screen two-thirds smaller than the full model, and half the weight. Customers can begin ordering the new model on Friday.

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    U.S. stocks retreated, giving the Dow Jones Industrial Average its biggest decline since June, amid disappointing results at companies from 3M Co. to DuPont Co. and as commodities erased their gain for the year.

    Stocks sink as DuPont, Xerox, 3M scare investors

    Nobody was expecting this round of corporate earnings reports to be great. But companies’ underwhelming results are still rattling investors. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged Tuesday to its lowest level in nearly seven weeks.

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    Sherman Hospital in Elgin is expected to join the Advocate Health Care group.

    Sherman chooses Advocate Health Care for partner

    Sherman Health announced Tuesday its intent to partner with Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois. The Elgin hospital sought out potential partners in 2011, narrowing a field of more than a dozen hospital systems to two in July. Advocate was the final choice over Cadence Health, which formed in the March 2011 merger between Delnor Health System in Geneva and Central DuPage Health System in Winfield. The partnership is expected to be finalized next summer.

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday.

    Apple introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

    Apple is introducing a new 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop that has a “Retina” display, with four times the resolution of the previous model.

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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland talks to members of the media in Washington Tuesday after speaking at a seminar about policy implications of autonomous vehicles.

    Government to examine technology for automated cars

    An Obama administration official says the government will launch a new research initiative to determine the safety and reliability of technologies that enable cars to drive themselves.

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    Disabled patients to benefit from Medicare change

    Thousands of Medicare patients with severe chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s would get continuing access to rehab and other services under a change agreed to by the Obama administration, advocates said Tuesday.

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    United Stationers 3Q earning up despite flast sales

    United Stationers Inc. reported third quarter 2012 earnings per share up 12 percent and operating cash flow of $107 million on relatively flat sales.

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    Weak global markets affect ITW’s 3Q revenues

    Illinois Tool Works reported third quarter 2012 diluted income per share from continuing operations of $1.12, a 12 percent increase versus the 2011 third quarter.

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    Sears board approves partial spinoff of Canada holdings

    Sears Holdings’ board of directors approved the spinoff of a portion of its interest in Sears Canada Inc.

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    Study puts Edward Hospital among top in cardiology services

    Edward Hospital’s Cardiology Services is in the top 10 percent in the nation, according to a new report from Healthgrades. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

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    NY top court says lap dance isn’t art, is taxable

    ALBANY, N.Y. — A sharply divided court in New York says lap dances don’t promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, and so shouldn’t get a tax break.The state’s top court split 4 to 3. Dissenting justices conclude there’s no distinction in state law between “highbrow dance and lowbrow dance,” so the case raises “significant constitutional problems.”The lawsuit was filed by Nite Moves, an adult club in suburban Albany that was arguing its fees for admission and private dances are exempt from sales taxes.The court majority says taxes apply to many entertainment venues, such as amusement parks and sporting events. It ruled the club has failed to prove it qualifies for the exemption for “dramatic or musical arts performances” meant to promote culture.

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    Drugmaker Roche investigated for not reporting side effects

    The European Medicines Agency has started an infringement procedure against pharmaceutical giant Roche for allegedly failing to properly report side effects in patients in the U.S. It is the first time the agency has begun such proceedings against a drug maker.

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    Markets subdued as focus remains on U.S.

    Financial markets were on the defensive Tuesday ahead of another round of U.S. corporate earnings, including from Facebook, and amid uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. The U.S. has been center stage this week as the earnings season continues and as the election looms. So far earnings have been mixed, particularly from the technology sector.

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    Oil price below $88 on global growth concerns

    The price of oil fell below $88 a barrel Tuesday as the impending reopening of a key pipeline in North America and concerns about slowing economic growth overcame rising Middle East supply risks.

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    Iraq, South Korea’s KOGAS ink deal on pipelines

    Iraq on Tuesday inked a multi-million dollar deal with South Korea’s KOGAS that will set in motion the building of two key gas pipelines in the country’s north — the latest step by Baghdad to develop dilapidated infrastructure to meet growing energy needs.

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    Target to sell credit card business to TD Bank

    Target Corp. says it has reached a deal to sell its entire consumer credit card business to TD Bank Group.

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    DuPont to cut 1,500 jobs after 3Q profit slide

    Chemical maker the DuPont Co. will cut 1,500 jobs and take other steps to increase competitiveness after a third quarter in which earnings fell sharply. The Wilmington, Del.-based company reported net income of $10 million Tuesday, or a penny per share, compared with $452 million, or 48 cents per share, for the same period last year.

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    Reynolds American 3Q profit up nearly 7 percent

    Reynolds American Inc.’s third-quarter profit grew nearly 7 percent as higher prices and smokeless tobacco gains helped offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.

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    Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 27 percent as motorcycle shipments slowed because of the start of a new production system at the company’s biggest assembly plant.

    Harley-Davidson 3Q profit falls 27 percent

    Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 27 percent as motorcycle shipments slowed because of the start of a new production system at the company’s biggest assembly plant.

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    3M cuts 2012 guidance, citing ‘economic realities’

    3M Co. is reducing its profit expectations for this year because of what it calls “current economic realities.” 3M makes everything from Post-it notes and Scotch tape to roofing granules, coatings for LCD screens, and traffic sign coatings. The variety of its businesses and its worldwide footprint make it an economic bellwether. And CEO Inge Thulin said what it’s seeing right now is a “slow-growth economy.”

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    UPS said Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, its third-quarter earnings sank on a huge penalty to withdraw from a pension plan. Without that charge, net income fell slightly but matched expectations on Wall Street. The world’s largest package delivery company is also narrowing its earnings forecast for the full year.

    UPS 3Q profit falls on charge; narrows forecast

    UPS says it’s uncertain how strong the holiday shopping season will be, and that the pace of global growth remains uneven. But the world’s largest package delivery company managed to match Wall Street expectations for third quarter earnings, and shares rose slightly before the market opened Tuesday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Wine of the Week: From the Tank Cotes du Rhone

    Wine on tap a trend worth trying

    West Coast wineries including Au Bon Climat and SilverTap began offering kegged wine to area restaurants in 2010. At Washington State’s Milbrandt Vineyards, Butch Milbrandt sees wine kegs winning favor at upscale restaurants and wine bars across the country.

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    Mick Jagger, left, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones attend the London Film Festival American Express Gala for “Crossfire Hurricane” in London.

    Fans still wild for Stones at new doc premiere

    Keith Richards has had a lot of rock’n’roll moments. He didn’t expect another one at the premiere of The Rolling Stones’ new documentary “Crossfire Hurricane.” The film directed by Brett Morgen and produced by Mick Jagger debuted at the London Film Fesitval and hundreds of fans turned out to catch a glimpse. Guitarist Keith Richards called the reception “overwhelming.”

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    Brandy’s “Two Eleven”

    Another Brandy album, and another winner

    Not many singers have released six consistently amazing albums. Brandy has. Her newest, “Two Eleven,” is a collection of R&B songs that are personal, flavored and fantastic. The album doesn’t miss a beat, as Brandy’s raspy-yet-earthy tone weaves into each song’s beat nicely to create outstanding tracks that will have you listening again and again.

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    Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders

    Candy you don't have to be afraid to eat

    Halloween candy doesn't have to be scary, made with ingredients you can't even pronounce. Take Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders for instance. These tasty arachnids, made in Wheeling by TruSweets, include organic fruit juice and organic sweeteners — no corn syrup, synthetic dyes or artificial flavors in the mix.

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    Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza recently opened in Westfield Fox Valley Mall.

    Eating out: Fox Valley Mall welcomes Tony Sacco’s

    Take a break in a new family-friendly Italian restaurant located in Westfield Fox Valley Mall. Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza is now open, offering pies made from scratch and baked in a 1,000-degree coal oven. Cap off the visit with a signature coal-fired shortcake topped with house-made vanilla mousse, seasonal fruit and whipped cream.

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    Vanilla Cloud Cake
    Vanilla Cloud Cake

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    ABC’s “Private Practice,” starring Kate Walsh and Benjamin Bratt, will be ending after 13 episodes this season, most likely in January.

    ABC’s ‘Private Practice’ ending after Walsh leaves

    ABC’s “Private Practice” is shutting down. ABC Entertainment spokeswoman Alison Rou said Monday that the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff will be ending after 13 episodes this season, most likely in January.

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    Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday.

    Robert De Niro, Ben Affleck feted at early film awards

    Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven’t been released yet. Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell and writer-director Quentin Tarantino were among the honorees Monday at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “the official launch of awards season.”

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    A tumbler performs a risky leap in "Dragons," the latest show from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

    Best bets: Ringling Bros. circus returns with ‘Dragons’

    In this lunar Year of the Dragon, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents a spectacular that brings together mythological lore with authentic circus feats in “Dragons,” which starts Thursday, Nov. 1, at Allstate Arena. Storytellers tell some spine-tingling tales for the seventh annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival in Waukegan Friday. See the amazing acrobatic actor Tobias Wegner in the one-man show “LEO” at ECC this weekend.

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    Tony Bennett, sitting among his artwork at his studio in New York, released his second duets album with various Latin musicians — “Viva Duets” — on Monday.

    Tony Bennett: Latinos ‘sing with the heart’

    Tony Bennett doesn’t speak Spanish and he was not familiar with most of the Latino artists he recorded with for his new album, “VIVA Duets.” But to his delight, he discovered some common ground while recording: “They sing with the heart.” The 12-track album, out on Monday, includes collaborations with superstars like Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony, as well as names like Chayanne, Juan Luis Guerra, Thalia and Ricardo Arjona.

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    “Phantom” by Jo Nesbo

    Nesbo's 'Phantom' an addictive read

    Let it never be said that Jo Nesbo is afraid to take risks with his writing. Nesbo's most recent book, “Phantom,” is once again features Harry Hole, the physically and mentally tortured detective with a talent for catching serial killers. This time, though, Hole is on a more personal mission than usual. The investigator returns to Oslo from self-exile in Hong Kong to prove that the son of the woman he loves is not a killer.

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    Extraterrestrial invaders take over “XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”

    Clever 'XCOM' is chess with plasma rifles

    The extraterrestrial invaders in “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” aren't exactly benevolent, but their advantage is more technological than physical. “XCOM” is a throwback to the golden age of science fiction, when bug-eyed monsters ruled. The story is nothing new — a few stalwart men and women make a last stand against overwhelming odds — but the developers at Firaxis Games know how corny it is and have some fun with the melodrama.

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    The new season of ABC’s “Happy Endings” — starring Eliza Coupe, left, Damon Wayans Jr., Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton and Adam Pally — premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

    ‘Happy Endings’: 6 characters in search of funny

    "We got lucky. We clicked," said Adam Pally, one of the half-dozen stars of "Happy Endings," ABC's comedy about six friends being funny in Chicago. "We're all playful and don't take anything too seriously. The six of us are troublemakers!" The show returns for its third season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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    Matt Walsh, who grew up in Darien, is a sought-after Hollywood comedian, writer and producer, but one of his favorite things to do is to record the “Bear Down Podcast” with his friends and fellow Chicago comedians in Los Angeles.

    Suburban native bears down in ‘Ted,’ ‘Veep’

    Every week, a group of Hollywood’s top comedy actors and writers talk about one of their favorite subjects: the Chicago Bears. The conversations then become the "“Bear Down Podcast,” hosted by “The Hangover” actor and comedian Matt Walsh of Darien, “Old School” screenwriter Scot Armstrong of Wheaton, and other popular comics with Chicago ties. “I looked around for some Bears podcasts, and there weren’t any good ones. So I thought, let’s do one and make it funny,” said Walsh, 48.

Discuss

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    Editorial: No margin of error for Boy Scouts

    Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America say they put youth protection at the top of their priority list. Given what we now know happened in the past, that has to be the goal, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Relentlessly reassuring Romney

    Columnist Michael Gerson: "The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull," said Dean Acheson. During the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney was every bit the statesman.

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    World Series of politics

    Columnist Susan Estrich: I always tell my students that for many people presidential elections are a lot like baseball is to me. It's time to pick a team.

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    Romney’s Bain has acted heartlessly
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Through the years many outstanding publications have followed Bain Capital's repeated, heartless policy of closing down companies and sending the jobs to India and China.

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    Pro-choice label doesn’t fit Friedman
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Our concern with Friedman goes beyond his position on abortion. Friedman wants to completely repeal Obamacare, which means taking away insurance coverage for women's preventive health care, like mammograms and birth control.

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    Time to throw out GOP rascals
    Time to throw out GOP rascalsAs I see it President Obama won by a landslide in 2008. He had a program of hope, but inherited a severe economic recession from the Bush administration — failure to regulate irresponsible mortgages and engaging in wars without provision to pay for them. The president in a spirit of debt limitation and compromise adopted a very inadequate stimulus package which even so the Republicans opposed. The president extended health care to 14 million heretofore uncovered Americans adapting reforms of prior-condition limitations and young adult family members’ eligibility, closing the donut hole, etc. Not one Republican voted for it.President Obama sought the common good at every turn, but Congressional Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell sabotaged the president determined to deprive him of any credit for economic recovery. They unfortunately won a majority in 2010 in the House. This scotched his jobs program altogether and made sure the economy would stagnate offering no jobs or foreclosure solutions of their own and, embracing the Tea Party people, nearly shut down the government and lowered its bond ratings.For two years there’s been a do nothing/nothing doing Republican stranglehold. They’ve undermined the national interest. Loyalty to their party and their pay masters was and is more important to them than their duty to our country.It’s time to throw the rascals out.Marion J. ReisWheaton

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    Who truly has blood on their hands?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I would like to respond with facts to Paul Bischoff's statements in the Oct. 14 Daily Herald saying Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have "blood on their hands" regarding the Benghazi attack that tragically resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

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    This ticket not your father’s GOP
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Are you a former Republican trying to understand today's GOP? You are not alone. It seems that only the elephant remains.

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    Why pay for more parks in Gilberts?
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: As a senior citizen I am worried about the news that some people have persuaded the Village of Gilberts to put on the November ballot a vote on a new tax for park improvements. I am hoping some reporter can find out what the people who asked for this want. Could it be heated portable toilets, mink covered bleachers, electric scoreboards, paid coaches and umpires?

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