Daily Archive : Wednesday October 24, 2012


    Al and Denise DeGuzman of Hoffman Estates, along with their neighbor Lee Crum, hand out new coats to a group of students at Sheridan Elementary Wednesday in Elgin. The DeGuzmans, of Hoffman Estates, have organized an annual coat drive to help provide winter coats for kids at the school.

    Couple, friends making winter a little warmer for kids

    Al and Denise DeGuzman of Hoffman Estates have held a neighborhood chili party for six years now, where entrants bring a brand new coat. On Wednesday, those coats were distributed to kids at Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin. "What we did was throw a chili party at our house, opened up our garage, invited our neighbors to come in and bring a crock pot of chili," DeGuzman said, "It's more of a...

    The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club dropped off cages for Dave Skeberdis of Aurora to help him remove hundreds of birds living in his Aurora townhouse.

    Aurora to take over bird hoarder home cleanup Friday

    An Aurora man who admits he's spent years hoarding hundreds of birds and garbage now now faces a Friday deadline to clean up the mess. Aurora officials on Wednesday night attempted to serve a court order to Dave Skeberdis, 57, saying they will arrive Friday to remove the birds and clear all pathways of his home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane, which is cluttered with bird feed, bird feces and...

    Ronald Stolberg

    Vernon Hills man facing murder charge deemed fit for trial

    A Vernon Hills man charged with suffocating his wife was deemed mentally fit to stand trial for her murder, a Lake County judge ruled Wednesday. However, Ronald Stolberg, 48, was ordered held without bond until the trial by Lake County Judge Mark Levitt because Stolberg had intentionally cut off his ankle monitoring device in September.

    Former Palatine councilman Warren Kostka’s house on Forest Avenue in Palatine. A Cook County judge Wednesday gave Kostka 30 days to remove a tarp and boards from his house and another 30 to come into full compliance with village codes.

    Former Palatine councilman ordered to clean up property

    Former Palatine village councilman Warren Kostka received a court order Wednesday to remove a tarp and boards from his house within 30 days and to fully comply with all village codes within 60 days. "We're pleased with the judge's ruling and we look forward to the property being brought into compliance," Palatine Attorney Patrick Brankin said.

    Mourners comfort each other as they enter Faith Lutheran Church in Aurora for a prayer service to remember Devin Meadows, who was killed in an auto accident Tuesday morning.

    Metea Valley students remember sophomore killed in crash

    It's common for students at Metea Valley High School in Aurora to show their school spirit by dressing in white T-shirts for football games. On Wednesday, students dressed in white to honor one of their own — Devin Meadows, a 15-year-old Metea sophomore, who was killed in a car crash early Tuesday; police say he and three friends were in a car traveling at a high speed that struck a curb...


    Attack on Larkin teacher unprovoked, authorities say

    A Larkin High School student was arrested Wednesday after attacking a teacher, police said. The 51-year-old male teacher was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital with facial injuries.


    Final streetscape phase may not be the last in Elgin

    Elgin City Council members on Wednesday approved funding for a portion of the final phase of the planned downtown business district streetscape project. Construction started in 2006 on phase one of the project designed to transform the look of downtown while rehabbing sewers and other infrastructure.Council members will decide whether to continue the streetscape project during budget discussions...


    NH Sen. Ayotte cancels event with IN’s Mourdock

    CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has canceled her plan to campaign with Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended.”

    Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock speaks during a news in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, to explain the comment he made during last night Senate debate. Mourdock said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended.” Mourdock has been locked in a close contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.

    Ind. GOP Senate candidate stands by rape comment

    Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that he is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape "that's something God intended." He says some people have twisted the meaning of his comment.

    Jesus Rubio

    Naperville traffic stop yields $1 million meth bust

    Prosecutors say Jesus Rubio did little to divert attention from himself as he drove through Naperville, texting and tailgating in a truck with a cracked windshield. The trifecta of traffic violations added up to the largest methamphetamine bust on record in DuPage County, authorities said Wednesday.

    Democrat Anita Alvarez, left, opposes Republican Lori Yokoyama for Cook County state’s attorney.

    Candidates for Cook County state’s attorney differ on Mount Prospect death

    The death of a 21-year-old Mount Prospect man after a run-in with a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has become an issue in the race for Cook County state's attorney between Republican challenger Lori Yokoyama and Democratic incumbent Anita Alvarez. So has defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban.

    Republican Judy Biggert, left, opposes Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Taxes, immigration highlight 11th Congressional debate

    In their final televised debate, Republican Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster drew dividing lines on several key positions in the 11th Congressional District. The political rivals squared off on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" program Wednesday evening.

    Daniel Baker

    Baker doesn’t testify, doctor says he was sane during murder

    Despite repeatedly expressing his desire to give his version of what happened the night Marina Aksman was bludgeoned to death on April 1, 2010, Daniel Baker ultimately followed his defense attorney's advice and stayed off the witness stand Wednesday. Prosecutors also called a psychiatrist as a rebuttal witness to counter defense claims Baker was insane at the time of the murder.

    Twenty-five criminal justice students visited Pontiac Correctional Center on Oct. 19.

    Students allowed in state prison, but reporters banned

    Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is defending its decision allowing community college students to take an "educational" tour of one of the state's maximum-security prison while at the same time continuing to bar reporters from such visits as a security risk.


    Chicago school board signs off on teacher contract

    The Chicago Board of Education has approved a three-year contract negotiated with the Chicago Teachers Union after a strike. Earlier this month, 79 percent of the teachers union's membership voted in favor of the contract.


    Juvenile parole hearings assailed as ‘kangaroo courts’

    Hearings used in Illinois to revoke a juvenile's parole amount to "kangaroo courts" that deny fundamental due-process rights and lead to the illegal detention of hundreds of children each year, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.

    Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday.

    Obama talks 2nd term; Romney zeroes in on economy

    President Barack Obama is confidently predicting speedy second-term agreement with Republicans to reduce federal deficits and overhaul immigration laws, commenting before setting out Wednesday on a 40-hour campaign marathon through battleground states. Republican Mitt Romney looked to the Midwest for a breakthrough in a close race shadowed by a weak economy.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton answers a reporter’s question on Libya during a joint news conference with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonion de Aguiar Patriota on Wednesday at the State Department in Washington.

    White House told of Libyan attack claim Sept. 11

    Two hours after the U.S. Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.


    South Barrington officer accused of forging painkiller prescriptions

    South Barrington police officer Keith Baker, 30, was placed on paid administrative leave after he was charged with forgery, professional misconduct and possession of a controlled substance. Cook County prosecutors say Baker forged prescriptions for the painkiller Norco at various pharmacies in South Barrington and Hoffman Estates.

    Fluffy guards the front yard of Todd and Mickey Horndasch’s haunted house display on Old Mill Grove Road in Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich couple create scary home for a good cause

    Lake Zurich residents Todd and Mickey Horndasch have created a haunted house in their property as part of an effort to collect nonperishible food for humans and animals. It'll be open Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Called the "Kill on Old Mill," the Horndasches have converted their front yard, garage and part of their home into a haunted house that they open to the public.


    DuPage election commission trying to end ‘bad’ contract

    The DuPage County Election Commission is expected to find out Thursday if it can terminate a multi-million-dollar printing contract that some are calling "a bad deal for the taxpayers."


    Health department grant

    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center has received a grant of $400,000 per year for four years to help children suffering from psychological trauma.


    Grace period registration

    Grace period registration for the Nov. 6 General Elections ends Saturday, Nov. 3.


    Lakemoor plan presentation

    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will give an informational presentation regarding its work on Lakemoor's comprehensive plan during the village board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the police department building, 27901 W. Concrete Drive.


    Navy Halloween celebration

    Great Lakes Naval Station's museum will host a haunted Halloween celebration open to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Alexander Georg

    Naperville man fit for trial in mom’s stabbing

    A Naperville man accused of repeatedly stabbing his mother after she offered him a sandwich was found mentally fit for trial by a DuPage County judge on Wednesday. Judge Kathryn Creswell made the finding based on a Sept. 26 psychological report for Alexander Georg, who is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery.

    Mount Prospect School District 57 is holding its first Stand Up to Bullying Week. As part of the week’s events, students and staff members of Lions Park School marched from the school to downtown Mount Prospect.

    Mount Prospect students march against bullying

    Students and teachers at Lions Park Elementary School in Mount Prospect hit the pavement Wednesday to speak out against bullying. The walk was part of the first Stand Up to Bullying Week going on at all schools in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57. "It went exactly as we hoped," Lions Park Principal Kristine Gritzmacher said. "It was a peaceful, positive walk that served as a reminder that we...

    Top row, from left: Michele Aavang, Diane Evertsen, Ryan Heuser and Jayant Kadakia. Bottom row: Mary McCann, Ersel Schuster, Larry Smith and Scott Summers.

    Crowded field in McHenry County Board District 6 race

    Eight candidates — four Republicans, three Democrats and an Independent — are vying for a chance to represent District 6 on the McHenry County Board. There are four seats open. This is by far the most crowded among the six McHenry County Board races on the Nov. 6 election ballot.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Patrick J. Edwards, 18, of Geneva, was charged with obstructing identification and consumption of alcohol by a minor at 1:34 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Blackberry Drive, according to a police report.

    Bartlett Fire Chief Michael Falese

    Bartlett fire chief named president of state association

    Bartlett Fire Protection District Chief Michael Falese has been named the new president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Associationa. Falese is a five-year member of the association, in which he previously served as director and vice president. He will lead the association as president for one year.

    Gary L. Harris

    St. Charles man faces child porn, drug charges

    A 51-year-old St. Charles man surrendered to authorities this week on child pornography and drug charges. Gary L. Harris caught the attention of Downers Grove and Naperville police this spring for file sharing child pornography, according to court records. Police searched his home last month and found cocaine and marijuana as well.

    A fire Tuesday night at 2J’s Wine & Spirits on Elgin’s east side forced the business to close, said Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault. The fire destroyed the roof and half of the walls, he said.

    Elgin liquor store catches fire

    Fire ripped through a liquor store on Elgin's east side Tuesday night, destroying the roof and most of the walls. The fire at 2J's Wine & Spirits in the 900 block of East Chicago Street is still under investigation but officials say it started in the basement.

    Jason Barnes

    Judge dismisses lawsuit of man acquitted in scalding

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a North Aurora man who was acquitted of charges that he scalded his toddler son in 2009. Jason Barnes had sued the Kane County State's Attorney's Office and others for malicious prosecution and has until Nov. 30 to file a revised complaint for some of his allegations.


    Arlington Heights man wins $250,000 jackpot

    An Arlington Heights man won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery after buying a $1 quick pick ticket at a 7-Eleven in Prospect Heights this month. "Play smart; you don't have to overdo it. It only takes a dollar," said winner Carl Niess, 63.

    John S. Gates Jr.

    RTA chief extends olive branch after ‘limousine’ comment

    RTA Chairman John S. Gates apologized for describing paratransit as a "limousine" service amid complaints from outraged riders at a Wednesday meeting.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Luis M. Medina, 46, of the 0-99 block of Union Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on a felony charge of resisting a police officer and causing injury as well as a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, according to court documents. Officers responded to Medina's home for loud music complaints, police reports said. Medina pulled away from officers while he was in handcuffs and slipped...


    Vernon Hills man pleads guilty to bank fraud

    A Vernon Hills accountant pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to defraud U.S. Bancorp and five clients of more than $1.8 million, authorities announced Wednesday. Jeffrey B. Travis pleaded guilty to bank fraud Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI. Travis, 51, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 5, 2013. He remains free on...


    DuPage prosecutor honored

    DuPage County Prosecutor Mary Cronin was recently honored with the Outstanding Assistant State's Attorney Award by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). The organization cited her "outstanding dedication" to victims of drunken driving crashes.


    Route approval sought for Illiana Expressway near Chicago

    Indiana and Illinois officials have asked federal agencies to approve a proposed route for a highway that would link Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois. The Illiana Expressway route picked by the state highway agencies goes from I-65 just north of Lowell, Ind., and west to I-55 near Wilmington, skirting the southern side of a proposed airport site near Peotone.


    Jackson arrested in protest with workers

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been arrested in a group of protesting workers during an act of civil disobedience in Freeport. They were protesting a decision by Sensata Technologies, which is owned by Bain Capital, to move its Freeport manufacturing operations to China.

    Maximilian Salling

    Man caught smoking pot in front of police chief’s home pleads guilty

    An 18-year-old Montgomery man caught smoking pot in front of a police chief's house in Naperville has been sentenced to time served in jail and two years of probation, authorities said Wednesday.

    Clifford McIlvaine

    Full-time crew working to finish 37-year home project

    A St. Charles man who has let a home addition project languish since 1975 has come to an agreement with his contractor, which has encouraged city officials who has sued to get the project completed.


    Schaumburg police to get new cameras in squad cars

    Schaumburg police will use grant funding to install a $344,620, state-of-the-art video system in all their vehicles at no additional cost to the village. The system, which can record video all around a squad car or police motorcycle, can be used to capture events and interviews admissible as evidence, as well as to protect officers' and citizens' safety, Chief Brian Howerton said.


    Officer Friendly, crime prevention unit back in Mount Prospect

    Officer Friendly is making a comeback in Mount Prospect. Police Chief Michael Semkiu announced plans this week to reinstate the department's Crime Prevention Unit, which had been disbanded after a 2010 budget crisis led to a 10 percent cut in the village's workforce. The unit had overseen programs like public education officers, Neighborhood Watch, neighborhood problem resolution and Officer...

    An early morning fire Wednesday damaged the State Bank of Geneva on South Fourth Street.

    Blaze confined to first floor of bank on Fourth St.

    An early morning fire Wednesday damages the State Bank of Geneva. The fire department reported no injuries, and said the fire was contained to the first floor.

    Dan Duffy and Amanda Howland

    Duffy, Howland discuss special-needs funding

    Though financial issues are at the heart of many state legislative races this fall, Republican state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington and Democratic challenger Amanda Howland of Lake Zurich both see special-needs funding as a key social issue. The two 26th District rivals have different personal approaches to how the state can improve the lives of families with special-needs members.


    Judge: Des Plaines right to fire off-duty cop who insulted protester

    A federal judge recently ruled that the city of Des Plaines was right to fire a police officer in 2008 for using profanities and insulting anti-abortion protesters while off duty. Dick Lalowski, who worked as a police officer in Des Plaines from 1994 until 2008, had argued that his firing violated his First Amendment rights.


    Geneva teachers contract talks to resume Friday

    The Geneva school district and the Geneva Education Association will resume talks Friday on a new teachers' contract. The two met for six hours Tuesday. “It was a constructive conversation,” school board President Mark Grosso said Wednesday in a prepared statement.

    The bar codes printed on all boarding passes — which travelers can obtain up to 24 hours before arriving at the airport — contain information on which security screening a passenger is set to receive.

    Experts warn of security defect with airline boarding passes
    Security flaws in airline boarding passes could allow would-be terrorists or smugglers to know in advance whether they will be subject to certain security measures, and perhaps even permit them to modify the designated measures, security researchers have warned.

    Marshall Tanick, attorney for Dr. David McKee, poses for photos in his Minneapolis office on Wednesday. McKee sued a patient’s son for defamation after critical remarks about him were posted on rate-your-doctor websites.

    Critical online reviews can carry legal risks

    A Minnesota doctor took offense when a patient's son posted critical remarks about him on some rate-your-doctor websites, including a comment by a nurse who purportedly called the physician "a real tool."

    In this image made available by the Oregon Health & Science University, a faint white blotch in the tube at right is DNA that has been removed from a human egg, center. The red dot is from a laser used in the procedure. Scientists have successfully transplanted DNA between human eggs and grown them into early embryos

    Scientists make embryos with 2 women, 1 man

    Scientists in Oregon have created embryos with genes from one man and two women, using a provocative technique that could someday be used to prevent babies from inheriting certain rare incurable diseases.

    David Hatyina

    Defense wants new prosecutors in boating death case

    Attorneys for a man accused of being intoxicated when he struck and killed a 10-year-old Libertyville boy on the Chain O' Lakes has asked that Lake County prosecutors be removed from the case due to a conflict of interest. Attorneys for David Hatyina, 50, of Bartlett, said new prosecutors should be brought in to ensure a fair trial because the victim, Tony Borcia, is related to Lake County Judge...


    Hoffman Estates school for autistic children hosts open house

    The Chicago Education Project, a new school in Hoffman Estates that provides services for children with autism and related disorders, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The facility is located at 2353 Hassell Road. Prospective families and community members are welcome. The school serves kids ages 3 to 14.

    Rosemary Mulligan

    Republican Mulligan backs Democrat Moylan

    Longtime Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan is crossing party lines to back Democratic Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan for the Illinois House over Republican Susan Sweeney of Park Ridge. Moylan and Sweeney are competing for the 55th Illinois House District.

    Demolition continues Wednesday at the former Hubble Middle School. Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials plan to sell keepsake bricks from the site.

    Wheaton Warrenville District 200 to sell Hubble bricks

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are selling keepsake bricks from the former Hubble Middle School as crews continue to demolish the Wheaton landmark. Two public sales of the bricks are slated for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the DuPage County Fairground's west parking lot. A brick with a commemorative plaque costs $15, while a plain brick is $5. Officials...

    Michael Skakel

    Kennedy cousin denied parole in 1975 slaying

    SUFFIELD, Conn. — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was denied a bid for freedom Wednesday at his first parole hearing since he was convicted a decade ago of killing his neighbor in 1975.Skakel, who proclaimed his innocence at the hearing, nodded and patted his attorney on the back after the three-person parole board read the unanimous decision. He will next be eligible for parole in 2017.

    The village of Vernon Hills and Vernon Hills Park District have offered $1.4 million for the Central Lake YMCA building and grounds, 700 Lakeview Parkway.

    Village, park district offer $1.4 million as fast track solution to keep Vernon Hills YMCA open

    Vernon Hills village and park district officials have offered $1.4 million to buy the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills. The fast track "expression of interest" is intended as a measure to keep the facility open beyond a previously announced closing date of Oct. 31. The Lake County Family YMCA, which also operates a facility in Waukegan, says it faces a $6 million debt and annual operating loss...


    Victims killed at suburban salon died of gunshots

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. — The Waukesha County medical examiner has confirmed the three women killed at a suburban spa died of gunshot wounds. Autopsies show 42-year-old Zina Haughton died from multiple gunshot wounds. Thirty-eight-year-old Maelyn Lind died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest and 35-year-old Cary Robuck was killed by a gunshot wound to her neck.


    Wis. court upholds conviction in 1999 shootout

    MADISON, Wis. — A state appeals court says a man accused of opening fire on Forest County Sheriff’s deputies in 1999 was properly convicted.


    6 jurors picked in Sheley murder trial

    MORRISON — Jury selection is scheduled to continue Thursday in the second trial of a man accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri in 2008. With the selection Tuesday of a man and woman, six people have been picked to hear Nicholas Sheley’s trial. Twelve jurors and three alternates are needed. No jury selection is planned Wednesday because other hearings are scheduled.


    Illinois fugitive arrested in Mo. traffic stop

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — A man who was once listed among the most wanted fugitives in Illinois is now in custody in southeast Missouri following a drunk-driving arrest.

    Robert Bless

    McHenry County board hopefuls threaten legal action against each other

    McHenry County Board District 1 incumbent Robert Bless and challenger Nick Chirikos are threatening to sue each other over their conduct during the campaign.

    Shannon McCoy, who plays Dorothy; and Kayla Nicosia, the Scarecrow, are friends both on and offstage.

    Friendship shines in theater's ‘Wizard of Oz’

    Friendship is a strong theme in Spotlight Youth Theater Kane County’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” both onstage and off. “The friendship between the four cast members playing Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow is special,” director Lindsey Branson said. “They are always together. Their bond really translates well.”

    Team Lombard members Kendall Kott, Joelyn Kott, Marymae Meyer, Bill Heniff, Eileen Mueller, Rose Roth and Brian Diskin were among a group of 24 who raised $4,283.66 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 23, in Lombard.

    Lombard team raises $4,283.66 for cancer organization

    Instead of just playing host to the third annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lombard, the Lilac Village got involved, forming Team Lombard and participating in the 5K walk/run for the breast cancer charity. Team Lombard's 24 members raised $4,283.66 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Chicagoland affiliate.

    A woman lays down a flower during the inaugural ceremony of the memorial to the murdered European Sinti and Roma who were persecuted as ‘Gypsies’ in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The memorial was designed by artist Dani Karavan consists of a well with a retractable stele with panels carrying information on the persecution and mass murder of this minority under the National Socialist regime.

    Germany opens memorial to Nazis’ Gypsy victims

    BERLIN — Germany opened a long-awaited memorial Wednesday to the hundreds of thousands of Gypsies, or Roma, who were killed by the Nazis in what one survivor called “the forgotten Holocaust” — and pledged to fight the discrimination the minority still faces in Europe today.


    Gaza rockets draw Israeli strikes; 2 Gazans die

    JERUSALEM — Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars on Wednesday, and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar.


    Clint Eastwood stars in TV ad supporting Romney

    WASHINGTON — Clint Eastwood is starring in a new ad to support Republican Mitt Romney’s election to the White House. The “Dirty Harry” actor criticizes President Barack Obama’s economic record over video of a shuttered factory and an unemployment line. Eastwood says a second term would be a, quote, “rerun of the first and our country just couldn’t survive that.”

    State officials said Tuesday that they found several problems at the New England Compounding Center during a preliminary investigation into the company, linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis.

    Mass. officials find problems at pharmacy

    BOSTON — Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. Floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris. Drugs were shipped out before the company even confirmed they were sterile.

    Paul Spadafora, spokesman for the family of Autumn Pasquale, speaks to the media late Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Clayton, N.J.

    Clues left all around in slaying of NJ 12-year-old

    Two teenage brothers charged with killing a 12-year-old girl who disappeared while riding her bike left behind evidence in their house, and one wrote a Facebook post that led their mother to call police, authorities said. After a 48-hour search for Autumn Pasquale, investigators found her body stuffed into a recycling bin behind a vacant house next to the one where the boys lived with their...


    UN envoy says Syria truce agreed on for holiday

    BEIRUT — The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria said the government in Damascus and some rebel leaders have agreed to a temporary cease-fire during a four-day Muslim holiday that starts Friday. The Syrian government, however, did not confirm Wednesday’s announcement by Lakhdar Brahimi, saying only that it was still studying the envoy’s proposal.

    Jean Gianfagna displays some of the political mailers her family receives at her home in Westlake, Ohio. Television commercials may be king, but millions of dollars a week are fueling mail ads that are burying swing-state voters in appeals from the presidential candidates, political parties and their allied groups.

    Swing-state voters hit with mail ad barrage

    Around lunchtime each day, the latest missives promoting or pillorying Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney arrive in Diane Ouradnik's mailbox. Before long, they're in her trash. Tearing and tossing has become routine for battleground-state voters drenched in caustic mail ads from the presidential candidates, political parties and their allied groups.


    Rolling Meadows asks residents about privitizing garbage

    It seems the Rolling Meadows referendum on privatizing refuse collection would be just a matter of dollars and cents. But garbage can be an emotional issue in the suburbs. Rolling Meadows voters Nov. 6 will vote on an advisory referendum asking them whether the city should turn trash collection over to a private company rather or keep it as a function of the public works department.

    Julius Flentie, mayor 1927-1941

    Arlington Hts. stories: War, booze and gambling

    In 1917, Arlington Heights became part of the national mobilization, sending fathers and sons to the battlegrounds of France. Following the turmoil, in 1919 and 1920 two social issues came to a head: women got the vote and booze got the boot.

    Lisle’s John Huff estimates his diverse collection has 5,000 pieces, ranging from local to national elections.

    Lisle’s John Huff enjoys collecting political memorabilia

    Lisle's John Huff has been collecting political memorabilia for more than 50 years and, as far as his collecting is concerned, he's far less interested in who wins a race than he is in who has the coolest stuff. If you're looking for presidential campaign materials, he says, the easiest to find are from Richard Nixon's races. The toughest? Harry Truman's campaigns. Here's why.


    Dawn Patrol: Prayer service for Aurora teen killed in house crash

    A prayer service for Metea Valley sophomore Devin Meadows today. Gov. Quinn budget aide suggests prison, university closings. Dold, Schneider go toe to toe. Paratransit riders expected to scold RTA. Antioch Rescue Squad fined $15,000.


    Robocall awakens taxpayers to key Thursday vote

    Americans For Prosperity financed a robocall to Kane County taxpayers Monday afternoon that resulted in a flood of calls from residents concerned their tax bills will increase. The call references key votes this Thursday on the county’s tax levies. A former proposal would’ve raised the county’s levy to the maximum allowable by law. But the current plan would keep the levy flat, resulting in no...

    Illinois lawmakers’ salaries, stipends, allowances and mileage reimbursements combined to cost taxpayers almost $15 million in 2011, with some of the perks adding to the state’s pension obligations.

    Illinois legislative paychecks add up to $15 million

    Illinois taxpayers spent nearly $15 million on salaries, stipends, allowances and mileage reimbursements for 214 current and former legislators last year for 77 days in session. Party leaders made the most thanks to stipends that also help increase the legislators' pensions. "What are we getting for it?” asked David From, Illinois state director of Americans for Prosperity.


    Board president points out step, lane increase percentages

    Geneva school board president Mark Grosso said Tuesday the district will honor its confidentiality pledge, at least through Tuesday's contract negotiation session, to not make public the details of what it is offering teachers. He did, however, point out that a 1 percent increase in the salary schedule dooesn't mean a teacher would only make 1 percent more; the proposal calls for continuing...


    Grayslake North’s Arnaud Laroche-Bataille (13) takes control of the ball in front of Harvard’s Isaih Solis during Wednesday’s Class 2A soccer sectional semifinal game at Grayslake Central.

    Harvard ends Grayslake North playoff run

    A slow start to the season didn't detract from what Grayslake North's boys soccer team accomplished over the long run. The Knights regained their collective health at the end of the season, which helped spur them to the program's first-ever boys soccer regional championship Saturday. The postseason run came to an end Wednesday, though. Grayslake North gave its best effort but was stopped by Harvard 1-0 (3-2 in penalty kicks) in a Class 2A Grayslake Central sectional semifinal.


    Winter, St. Viator warm up in a hurry

    A starter at the beginning of the year, Nick Winter has seen things a little bit different lately. That's because he's coming off the bench for St. Viator. Winter sure jumped off the bench on Wednesday night, scoring twice and helping St. Viator get past Lakes 2-1 in a Class 2A Grayslake Central sectional semifinal. St. Viator (18-3-3) next has a meeting with Harvard (17-5-2) in the sectional final at 3 p.m. Saturday.


    Bulls’ Hamilton can feel Hinrich’s pain

    The Bulls offered no concrete news Wednesday about Kirk Hinrich's groin strain. But that was one of the injuries Richard Hamilton endured last season, so he was able to provide some insight.

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hits a solo home run Wednesday during the sixth inning of Game 1 the World Series in San Francisco. The Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3.

    Sandoval’s 3 HRs lead Giants to 8-3 romp in opener

    Pablo Sandoval became just the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, connecting twice against Justin Verlander and once off Al Alburquerque to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in Wednesday night's opener. Barry Zito, who like Sandoval watched the 2010 Series opener from the dugout, won by allowing one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval watches the flight of his second home run against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday during Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco.

    Sandoval homers in first 3 ABs of World Series

    San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Sandoval connected twice off Detroit ace Justin Verlander and then in the fifth inning against reliever Al Alburquerque in Game 1 of the Series to join Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players with three homers in a World Series game.

    Zack Martinelli, Kaneland football

    Football: Week 9 MVPs

    Kaneland senior receiver Zack Martinelli and Prospect senior linebacker Andrew Hajek have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 9 of the high school football season. Martinelli helped preserve Kaneland's unbeaten regular season with a TD catch against Morris, while Hajek had 19 tackles as Prospect won to earn a share of the Mid-Suburban East crown.


    Harper breezes in Region IV quarterfinal

    The Harper College women's volleyball team only needed 50 minutes to dispatch Milwaukee Area Technical College in quarterfinal play of the NJCAA Region IV tournament on Wednesday at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine. Harper, the No. 2 seed in the region, topped Milwaukee 25-5, 25-12, 25-9.


    Gil heads Kaneland into sectional finals

    The Kaneland boys soccer team has never played for a sectional championship. That will all change on Friday night. Kaneland (16-3-2) received a goal via header from senior Alex Gil nearly midway through the second half and it proved to be all it would need in a 1-0 victory over Freeport in Tuesday's Class 2A Sterling sectional semifinal.

    If Kirk Hinrich, here guarding Minnesota’s Jose Barea earlier this preseason, cannot go in next Wednesday’s season opener, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will have decisions to make.

    Bulls’ depth figures to be key issue for Thibodeau
    Kirk Hinrich is the Bulls' first official game-time decision of the new season. He sat out the second half of Tuesday's preseason win over Oklahoma City with a groin strain. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, but it does create concern with so many untested bench players.


    Brain matters: uncomfortable but necessary discussion

    As the state football playoffs begin this weekend, the issue of Risk vs. Reward rears its concussed head again.


    A bracket of a different color

    Playoff football starts Friday, kicking off five of the most exciting weeks in the entire prep sports calendar. Let's look at an alternative bracket of contestants.

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 27 passes for 374 yards and also ran for 2 touchdowns last season in a loss to the Bears at Soldier Field.

    Bears know Panthers a threat even at 1-5

    This Sunday's opponent, the 1-5 Panthers, have the worst record in the NFC. But if the Bears are wise they won't take them lightly. For openers, the Panthers hung 543 yards of total offense on the Bears last season at Soldier Field, even though the visitors lost 34-29. "Carolina gave us all we wanted," coach Lovie Smith said. "Tough game. They had an onside kick at the end of the game, so that tells you what type of football game it was."

    Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz leads Barrington’s Lauren Conroy through the woods on the way to winning last weekend’s Grant regional.

    Wasowicz takes the wheel for Palatine

    Palatine's Tess Wasowicz has known nothing but success on the girls cross country and track teams, and she's responding well to the extra responsibilities that comes with being a senior leader.


    V Foundation fundraiser at ECC Friday

    The Elgin Community College basketball programs will host the 10th annual V Foundation fundraiser for cancer research on Friday at the ECC Events Center.A silent auction will be held from 4-9 p.m. in the Events Center lobby. Items up for auction include autographed sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local restaurants and hotels, gift baskets, framed sports pictures and sports clothing.All donations and proceeds from the event will go directly to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.The Spartans’ basketball teams will take on the Northwestern club teams in exhibition games with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. Admission is free.


    Sanders, Childers to enter St. Edward Hall

    St. Edward High School will induct two former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame Friday when the school hosts its annual Greg True/Jim Biggins Hall of Fame Luncheon at Jimmy's Char House in Elgin. Doug Sanders, a 2004 graduate, and Caiti Childers, a 2007 alum, will take their place in the Green Wave Hall of Fame.

    With the NHL lockout dragging on, Adam Burish (above) decided to ask a few of his friends to get together for a charity hockey game. Friday at Allstate Arena, many members of the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup champions will reunite to play an exhibition against other NHL stars.

    Hawks’ champs excited to reunite for charity

    They will walk together forever, bu first the 2010 Blackhawks will skate together one last time in the "Champs for Charity" exhibition game Friday night at Allstate Arena. The game, against a group of NHL all-stars, was the brainchild of ex-Hawk Adam Burish and his agent Bill Zito, with both men hoping it raises a boatload of money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. "It's going to be amazing," Jonathan Toews said.

    Oklahoma’s Clendon Thomas, right returns an interception as Notre Dame’s Jim Morse chases during a game in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame has had some great victories in its 125 years of playing college football, yet none was as improbable as the 7-0 victory at second-ranked Oklahoma in 1957. That victory ended the Sooners’ NCAA-record winning streak at 47 games and came just a season after the Sooners beat the Irish 40-0 in South Bend, still the most lopsided home loss in Notre Dame history.

    Irish have history of making history against Oklahoma

    Heisman Trophy winners and national champions. One historic blowout. One historic upset. One of the most memorable collisions in college football history. Notre Dame leads the series 8-1. No team has had as much success against the Sooners having played at least that many games. "It's a great trivia question because most people would be astounded," said Jay Wilkinson, son of Bud Wilkinson, who coached the Sooners to three national championships in the 1950s.

    Bears safety Chris Conte celebrates with linebacker Lance Briggs (55) after intercepting a pass in the second half of Monday’s victory over Detroit.

    Panthers’ Rivera impressed with Bears’ defense

    Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was a member of the Bears' 1985 team, and he says the current Bears compare favorably to the Super Bowl XX champions."The way these guys get after people (with) their front four, they can rush as well as anybody in the league, and they can get after the quarterback with just the four guys," Rivera said.


    NIU, NU players on Campbell scholars list

    Three players representing Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University and Saint Xavier are among 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top scholar-athlete in college football.The finalists, which also include Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, are chosen by the National Football Foundation from all levels of college football and each receives an $18,000 in post-graduate scholarship. The winner will receive an additional $7,000 scholarship.The Campbell Trophy will be awarded Dec. 4 at the NFF’s Hall of Fame banquet in New York.Last year’s winner was Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez.Northern Illinois noseguard Nabal Jefferson (Marist HS) is the second Huskie player to be honored in as many years, following 2011 quarterback Chandler Harnish. Jefferson, who carries a 3.78 grade point average in accountancy, is a two-year starter who has been in the Huskies’ defensive line rotation every year of his college career.“I’m extremely excited and proud of Nabal,” Doeren said. “This honor is a well-deserved reward for someone who has overcome a lot of adversity during his life and who has done everything asked of him in every area – on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He has represented himself, his family, his high school, his community and Northern Illinois University in the very best way. Already in 2012, Jefferson has made 48 tackles, 4.5 for loss, with a quarterback sack and two pass break-ups in eight games for the 7-1 Huskies.According to a report at nusports.com, Ward has started 34 consecutive games on Northwestern’s offensive line, is a two-time Academic All-District honoree and was a first-team Academic All-American in 2011. The mechanical engineering major, who maintains a 3.94 cumulative GPA, also is a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten awards. Zackery, a wide receiver for Saint Xavier, has a 3.71 GPA in business.The other finalists announced Wednesday are: Alabama center Barrett JonesNebraska running back Rex BurkheadTexas tech safety Cody DavisMount Union safety Nick DriskillBaylor quarterback Nick FlorenceWest Texas A&M offensive lineman Aaron MullaneSyracuse quarterback Ryan NassibRobert Morris defensive end Nolan NearhoofMIT offensive lineman Ethan Peterson Duke quarterback Sean RenfreeWard, who has started 34 consecutive games on Northwestern’s offensive line, is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree and was a first-team Capital One Academic All-American in 2011. The mechanical engineering major, who maintains a 3.94 cumulative GPA, also is a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten awards.

    Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua Valley, right, holds off Eric Montgomery, left, of Naperville North in football action Friday in Naperville.

    District 204 running backs putting up big numbers

    Running backs ran wild in District 204 this season. Waubonsie Valley’s Austin Guido has set nearly all program records for single-season and all-time rushing. Neuqua Valley’s Joey Rhattigan is approaching his team’s marks. At Metea Valley, junior Cameron Wilcox is in the process of setting the standard against which future Mustangs backs will be measured.


    Outdoors notes: Deer deaths climb in Michigan

    Here's a statistic that's a sobering sign of the times regarding disease-ridden wildlife. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports 10,430 whitetail have died from Epozootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) through Oct. 16.

    National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks Wednesday during a news conference in New York announcing that the Islanders hockey club will move from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center starting in 2015.

    Bettman says full season ‘not going to be reality’

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looks like a full-82 game schedule "is not going to be a reality," as the lockout nears its seventh week. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday announcing the New York Islanders' move from Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015, Bettman seemed resigned to looking at a shortened season with the NHL and the players' association still at odds after months of negotiations.

    Last season Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg led the Hawkeyes to a 41-31 win over Northwestern in Iowa City. Vandenberg, who has struggled and thrown only 3 TD passes this season, will start against the Wildcats this Saturday in Evanston.

    QB Vandenberg to start against Northwestern

    Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg has had one of the most surprisingly miserable senior seasons anyone could imagine — and it's not going to cost him his job. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz reiterated on Tuesday that Vandenberg is his starter for Saturday's 11 a.m. game (ESPN2) at Northwestern (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten).

    Game On Dude, with jockey Chantal Sutherland, cruises to victory in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. Game On Dude is back to take another shot at winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. He is one of a total of 180 horses, including eight defending or former champions, which were pre-entered Wednesday for the $25 million, 15-race Breeders’ Cup world championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 2-3.

    Game On Dude to try again in Breeders’ Cup Classic

    Game On Dude will be out to avenge his agonizing loss of a year ago when he runs again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, and a victory could give credence to a bid for Horse of the Year honors. Game On Dude is one of a total of 180 horses, including eight defending or former champions, which were pre-entered Wednesday for the $25 million, 15-race Breeders' Cup world championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 2-3.

    Tiger Woods Wednesday during the pro-am for the CIMB Classic golf tournament at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Woods back in Asia, preparing for next stage

    Tiger Woods has already rated 2012 as a good year. He won't consider it a great year, because it's missing one essential ingredient — a major victory — but he's becoming more confident that 2013 can be. "I've always said winning one major championship turns a good year into a great year," he said on Wednesday ahead of the CIMB Classic, his first event in Malaysia in 13 years.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer coaches against Purdue Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Purdue 29-22 in overtime.

    Buckeyes have lots to fix after OT win over Purdue

    In the jubilation that followed Ohio State's strain-the-imagination win over Purdue on Saturday, several important considerations were pushed into the background. Yes, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) stayed unbeaten with the heart-pounding 29-22 overtime win in which they trailed by eight points with 47 seconds left with the ball at their own 39 and their best player in the hospital.

    People arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The New York Islanders have struck a deal to move to Barclays Center starting with the 2015-16 season.

    NHL’s Islanders moving to Brooklyn in 2015

    NEW YORK — Now hockey is coming to Brooklyn.The NHL’s New York Islanders have agreed to move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center starting with the 2015-16 season.Islanders owner Charles Wang made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. He opened the session by exclaiming “Hello, Brooklyn!” The lease agreement is for 25 years.Officials in Nassau County, N.Y., have struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build a new arena to replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1972. Wang had long threatened to move the team from the site when the team’s lease expires after the 2015 season. He has complained that the dilapidated building is unsuited for a professional sports franchise.Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, “Brooklyn is big time and now we have the big league sports to prove it.”

    Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba, top, leaps over New England Revolution’s Jerry Bengtson (27) in an attempt to get to the ball during their MLS match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday. New England won 1-0.

    Lack of ball movement hurt Fire in latest loss

    The Chicago Fire lost an important game Saturday at New England, but coach Frank Klopas isn't blaming the loss on the absence of veterans Arne Friedrich and Pavel Pardo. "It has nothing to do with that, it's regardless of that," Klopas said of the 1-0 defeat. "It was (the defenders) dropped off (on the New England goal) and it was a little bit difficult for us to move the ball with the turf and the extra touches and stuff. We really didn't create much in the final third."


    Mike North video: ESPN says no to Stan VanGundy

    Stan VanGundy's coaching career may have blocked him from a future in  broadcasting. Broadcasting outlets are very closely linked to and often owned by professional teams. How much does that impact the ability of analysts to present unbiased team information.



    4 Northwest suburban stores affected by Barnes & Noble PIN pad tampering

    Barnes & Noble Inc. said Wednesday the tampering of devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards in 63 of its stores — including seven in Illinois — was a “sophisticated criminal effort” to steal information, and reiterated it’s working with federal law enforcement authorities.The nation’s largest bookseller late Tuesday disclosed the data breach in stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. Affected Northwest suburban stores include those in Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Deerfield and West Dundee, as well as two stores in Chicago and one in Evanston.B&N said only one device, or PIN pad, was tampered with in each store, affecting less than 1 percent of these devices in its stores. It released a complete list of locations that were affected. All the PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide were disconnected on Sept. 14, after the company learned of the tampering.In a press release issued Wednesday, B&N said the criminals planted bugs in the tampered devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers. The company did not offer a timeline for when the bugs were planted or how long they were in use before they were discovered.B&N said that it’s continuing to work with federal law enforcement and with banks, payment card brands and issuers to identify accounts that may have been compromised, so that additional fraud-protection measures can be taken. Customers at its book stores will now have to ask cashiers to swipe credit or debit cards on card readers connected to cash registers, a process that is secure, Barnes & Noble said. Anything bought on Barnes & Noble.com or with the chain’s Nook devices and app were not affected, the company said. It also said its customer database is secure. Barnes & Noble is only the latest major retailer to be a victim of a serious data breach. In one of the largest, more than 45 million credit and debit cards were exposed to possible fraud because of hackers who broke into the computer system of TJX Cos., the parent company of retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, starting in 2005.

    Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit saw operating earnings rise 6 percent to $1.15 billion for the quarter. It delivered 149 planes during the most recent quarter, up from 127 a year ago. Boeing delivered its first 787 last year and has been speeding up deliveries in earnest. It is also speeding production of its profitable 777.

    Boeing benefits from faster airplane deliveries

    Boeing is cranking out planes faster, and it's paying off. The big U.S. aerospace company is on track to meet delivery targets for the year, and on Wednesday raised its profit guidance and reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter.

    The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America, which purchased Countrywide Financial in July 2008, for more than $1 billion Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.

    US suit alleges ‘brazen’ fraud at Countrywide

    The latest federal lawsuit over alleged mortgage fraud paints an unflattering picture of a doomed lender: Executives at Countrywide Financial urged workers to churn out loans, accepted fudged applications and tried to hide ballooning defaults.

    A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting.

    Stocks stabilize on Wall Street after a sell-off

    The steep losses stopped Wednesday as the stock market turned calm, a day after one of its biggest sell-offs of the year. Indexes ended with slight losses after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy still needs support.


    Government contracts help push Motorola 3Q sales up 3 percent

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions said its third-quarter 2012 sales were $2.2 billion, up 3 percent from the same period last year and driven by strong demand in its government segment.

    A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting. It wants time to assess whether aggressive steps launched in September will boost growth and job creation.

    Fed cites moderate US growth, takes no new action

    The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving only moderately and still needs its support to help lower unemployment.

    Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., said Wednesday the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia, but the U.S. economy is still improving modestly and business will improve regardless of who wins the presidential election.

    Buffett says US economy still inching ahead

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia.


    Gas gets cheaper, but still isn’t cheap

    Gasoline across the U.S. is cheaper after a week of rapid price declines. But it still isn't cheap.


    Stocks stabilize on Wall Street after a sell-off

    The steep losses finally stopped Wednesday as the stock market turned calm, a day after one of its biggest sell-offs of the year. Major indexes wavered between minor gains and losses in midday trading.

    Former BBC Director-General Mark Thompson. The child abuse scandal centered on the late BBC star Jimmy Savile has raised some uncomfortable for the corporation’s former boss, now only weeks away from taking his position as the chief executive of The New York Times.

    BBC scandal raises questions for incoming NYT boss

    The child abuse scandal that has enveloped one of Britain's most respected news organizations is now hitting one of America's, as the incoming president of The New York Times is on the defensive about his final days as head of the BBC. Mark Thompson was in charge of the BBC in late 2011 when the broadcaster shelved what would have been a bombshell investigation alleging that the late Jimmy Savile, one of its biggest stars, was a serial sex offender.


    Nationwide list of hacked Barnes & Noble stores
    Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. said Tuesday devices customers use to swipe credit and debit cards were tampered with in 63 of its stores. The company provided a list of the affected stores:California: — 4735 Commons Way, Calabasas — 2470 Tuscany Street, Corona — 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista — 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera — 604 Bay Street, Emeryville — 810 West Valley Parkway, Escondido — 1315 E. Gladstone Street, Glendora — 5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair — 894 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo — 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside — 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert — 27460 Lugonia Ave., Redlands — 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno — 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego — 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose — 11 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo — 9938 Mission Gorge Road, Santee — 40570 Winchester Rd., Temecula — 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura — 1149 S. Main St., Walnut CreekConnecticut — 470 Universal Drive North, North Haven — 100 Greyrock Place, Stamford — 60 Isham Road, W. HartfordFlorida — 18711 NE Biscayne Blvd, Aventura — 333 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach — 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables — 1900 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach — 2051 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale — 12405 N Kendall Drive, Miami — 11380 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens — 14572 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines — 11820 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines — 5701 Sunset Drive, S. Miami — 700 Rosemary Ave., West Palm BeachIllinois — 1441 West Webster Avenue, Chicago — 1130 North State Street, Chicago — 5380 Route 14, Crystal Lake — 20600 North Rand Road, Deer Park — 728 North Waukegan Road, Deerfield — 1630 Sherman Avenue, Evanston — 1468 Springhill Mall Blvd, W. DundeeMassachusetts — 170 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill — 96 Derby Street, Hingham — 82 Providence Highway, East WalpoleNew Jersey — 395 Route 3 East, Clifton — 55 Parsonage Road, Edison — 2134 State Highway 35, Holmdel — 4831 US Highway 9, HowellNew York— 23-80 Bell Blvd., Bayside — 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows — 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset — 160 E. 54th Street, New York — 2289 Broadway, New York — 33 East 17th Street, (Union Square) New York — 555 Fifth Ave., New York — 2245 Richmond Ave., Staten Island — 230 Main St., White Plains — 97 Warren Street, New York Pennsylvania — 100 West Bridge Street, Homestead — 800 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, PittsburghRhode Island — 1311 West Main Road, Middletown — 371 Putnam Pike, Smithfield — 1350-B Bald Hill Rd., Warwick

    U.S. sales of new homes jumped last month to the highest level in more than two years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that could help lift the lackluster economy.

    U.S. new-home sales rise to highest in 2½ years

    U.S. sales of new homes jumped last month to the highest level in more than two years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that could help lift the lackluster economy. The increase follows other reports that show home prices are rising more consistently, builders are starting to build more homes and sales of previously occupied homes have increased in the past year.

    Delta Air Lines said Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, that its third-quarter profit nearly doubled mostly due to the increasing value of its fuel contracts.

    Delta 3Q profit surges on fuel contract gains

    Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit nearly doubled mostly due to the increasing value of its fuel contracts.


    US Airways posts record 3Q profit

    US Airways made its best profit ever for the 3-month stretch that covers much of the peak summer vacation season.


    Eli Lilly 3Q profit climbs 7 pct, revenue slides

    Eli Lilly's third-quarter earnings climbed 7 percent, as a drop in expenses and a payment from a former partner helped offset an 11 percent slide in revenue, but it still fell short of expectations and shares edged lower in premarket trading.


    Corning may make job cuts as part of cost cuts

    Corning said Wednesday that it will likely cut costs, which may include "modest" job cuts, to support profit in a weakening economy.

    A Ford worker reacts after the European Ford management announced it would close the Ford plant in Genk, Belgium on Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012. A union leader says Ford has decided to close its factory in Genk, Belgium, at the end of 2014 in a move that will result in 4,500 direct job losses and 5,000 more among subcontractors.

    Ford to close Belgian plant in 2014; 9,500 jobs hit

    Ford Motor Co. will close a car plant in eastern Belgium — one of its main European factories — by the end of 2014, a move that will result in 4,500 direct job losses and 5,000 more among subcontractors. Exactly half a century after construction on the Genk plant started, Ford told a management council there that production was winding down since slumping European sales has forced a restructuring of its plants.

    The Paris appeals court on Wednesday ordered former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel to spend three years in prison and pay back a staggering $7 billion in damages for one of the biggest trading frauds in history.

    Prison, $7 billion fine for French rogue trader

    The Paris appeals court on Wednesday ordered former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel to spend three years in prison and pay back a staggering $7 billion in damages for one of the biggest trading frauds in history. The 35-year-old Kerviel, who never profited personally from his unauthorized trades, says he was a scapegoat for the bank and a victim of a financial system that runs on greed and profits.

    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), center, arrives to speak to lawmakers in the lower-house of the German parliament in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Draghi defended his plan to buy government bonds in the German parliament today with a warning about deflation risks.

    ECB’s Draghi faces German lawmakers

    The European Central Bank's president told German lawmakers Wednesday that his controversial bond-buying plan won't stoke inflation and will not allow struggling countries to backslide on economic reforms.


    EU sends Microsoft formal antitrust complaint

    The European Union's executive arm formally accused Microsoft on Wednesday of failing to comply with a binding agreement to give customers a choice among Internet browsers.

    Associated Press The flow of customers into AT&T’s wireless stores slowed further in the latest quarter, putting the company far behind rival Verizon Wireless. AT&T Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, said it added a net 151,000 new customers on contract-based plans from July through September, the lowest number for that period since at least 2003.

    AT&T sees fewer new customers in 3Q

    The flow of customers into AT&T's wireless stores slowed further in the latest quarter, putting the company far behind rival Verizon Wireless. AT&T Inc. on Wednesday said it added a net 151,000 new customers on contract-based plans from July through September, the lowest number for that period since at least 2003.

    Google operations manager Steve Silverman stands along the canyon wall wearing the Trekker during a demonstration along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders.

    Google cameras map popular Grand Canyon trails

    Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia's snow-covered slopes by snowmobile. The search giant now has brought its all-seeing eyes — mounted for the first time on a backpack — down into the Grand Canyon.

Life & Entertainment

    Superstar Barbra Streisand headlines Chicago’s United Center on Friday, Oct. 26.

    Weekend picks: Catch Barbra at the United Center

    Here's your chance to see Barbra Streisand in concert when she stops by the United Center Friday. Listen to spine-tingling stories at the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The 51st annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, which includes hundreds of decorated pumpkins, a parade, a carnival, a pie-eating contest, a giant pumpkin weigh-in and more, starts tonight, too.

    Male dancer Mike (Channing Tatum), center, entertains female fans in “Magic Mike.”

    Channing Tatum makes ‘Magic’ on DVD

    Now out on DVD, director Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” is loosely based on Channing Tatum’s early life as a male dancer and features the actor in the title role.

    Lee DeWyze

    DeWyze to perform at benefit gala

    Musician, former “American Idol” champ and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze will perform at the annual Demand Cures Today Gala to benefit cancer research on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Chicago. The event will celebrate new cancer research and treatment options while aiming to raise $2 million for research.

    Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) goes up against the British secret service as the latest in a long line of Bond villains in “Skyfall.

    Bardem takes on Bond in ‘Skyfall’

    It should come as little surprise that Javier Bardem as the latest Bond villain is a lot of fun. In "Skyfall," he provides one of the finest arch-enemies in the 50-year history of Bond films, and plays him as a distinctly more human character than the franchise has often provided — even if with a dose of flamboyance. "The key point for me was what (director Sam Mendes) told me from the very beginning: the word uncomfortableness,"' Bardem said in a recent interview.

    Halloween food, like this Creamy Swamp Dip, doesn't have to look pretty but should still be tasty.

    Edible swamp, bones and mud. Must be Halloween,

    Party food is supposed to be easy. You are, after all, having a party to have a good time, right? That's why we assembled these easy Halloween party dishes. Not only are they simple to assemble, they also require little planning and help keep the mood light and festive.

    Terri Edmunds of Naperville impressed the judges with her Kielbassa Blitz Sandwiches, Sweet & Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Watermelon Field Goal Bites during the tailgate challenge.

    Judges announce Cook of the Week Challenge finalists

    After 12 weeks of recipe match-ups, the field of competitor has been whittled down to four. The four finalists in the Cook of the Week Challenge will compete Nov. 1 in a live cook-off. The cooks will have one hour to prepare a meal using the secret ingredients. A panel of six culinary experts will rate the recipes and the winner will be named 2012 Cook of the Year.

    Scoop of your favorite dip with these bready Bay Bones.

    Bay Bones
    Bay Bones

    Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from “Cloud Atlas,” an epic spanning centuries and genres.

    ‘Cloud’s' creators, cast excited to bring best-selling book to screen

    A diverse cast and the filmmaking team of American siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski, creators of "The Matrix" films, who wrote the screenplay and directed "Cloud Atlas" with German filmmaker Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") are a a great selling point for distributor Warner Bros., which opens "Cloud Atlas" in U.S. theaters Friday. The fact that the film is adapted from a best-selling novel also should help its audience appeal.

    Cafe Tacvba’s “Objeto Antes Llamado Disco”

    Cafe Tacvba hits new mark with ‘El Objeto’

    Cafe Tacvba may be one of the most important rock bands alive. But unless you follow Spanish-language music, you've probably never heard of them. But none of that matters. Their new album, "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco," proves they don't really care what you might think or whether or not they get air play.

    Tom Cruise he has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publishers of Life & Style magazine for articles that said the actor has abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri.

    Cruise files $50M suit against magazine publisher

    An attorney for Tom Cruise says he has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publishers of Life & Style magazine for articles that said the actor has abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Bert Fields says the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court.

    Enter the first Suburban Chicago Pet Costume Contest.

    Have a scaredy cat or a pumpkin pooch?
    C'mon, admit it. You know you've bought a costume for your pet this year. We want to see! The Daily Herald is teaming up with Born Free pet food to sponsor the first Suburban Chicago Pet Costume Contest, which will run entirely online.


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Rocky Horror, live or on the big screen

    Sean’s picksSullivan’s pink menu: Go pink at Sullivan’s Steakhouse with a three-course meal for $39.95 that benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Through the end of October, choose from starters such as the wild mushroom bisque with chive-infused oil and Sullivan’s famous iceberg wedge salad. Entree choices include a filet mignon and Cajun-dusted salmon with truffle-red pepper chili butter. Signature sides include the horseradish mashed potatoes, crab fried rice or skillet steak mushroom caps. Dessert options include the bananas foster bread pudding and warm chocolate brownie cake. Locations in Lincolnshire, Naperville and Chicago.Wilmette Theater Spooktacular Double Features: 1122 Central Ave. Wilmette, IL 60091; Friday, Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Shaun Of The Dead.” Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Ghostbusters.” Live Cast and audience participation plus Undead Johnny’s Halloween Costume Contest, Live Comedy from Comedian Chad Briggs. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at door. Prop Kits on sale for $3 each (or 2 for $5!) in lobby before show. Richard’s picksTime Warp again: The cross-dressing mad scientist and his creations are back now that Williams Street Repertory revives its 2011 production of “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $22. (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org or wsrep.org. 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 27Broadway lady: Celebrated Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters (“Into the Woods,” “Song and Dance,” “Mack and Mabel”) performs songs from her illustrious and long career on Broadway and in Hollywood at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $100-$125. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

    A mushroom and swiss burger is one of West End's sandwich options.

    West Dundee restaurant features casual digs, comfort food

    West End Restaurant & Bar in West Dundee is nothing fancy, but it hits the spot for tasty servings of made-from-scratch foods. The menu is heavy on sandwiches and burgers, and features starters made to be shared.

    Jiggly Orange halves and wedges are a healthy Halloween treat.

    Healthy, spooky, jiggly treats fit for Halloween

    Sara Mouton shares a healthy, fun Halloween snack for kids. "It couldn’t be much simpler: two ingredients, no added sugar," she says.

    “Les is More” by Ryan Leslie

    Ryan Leslie is top-notch on first rap album

    Ryan Leslie, whose production credits include Cassie’s “Me & U” and Fabolous’ “You Be Killin Em,” proves he’s a modern-day maestro with his third album, “Les is More.” It’s the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated R&B album, 2009’s “Transition,” and it’s a fine demonstration of the singer’s skills — his rap skills.


    Make the choice to renew fizzled friendship your own

    A crush on a former schoolmate was clearly not reciprocated and the friendship fizzled. Now the former friend wants to reconnect like they have been best buddies all along. Caroline Hax says to make up your own mind about whether to see this long long "pal."

    Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time this year. Police say he was booked Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Bobby Brown arrested in L.A. on suspicion of DUI

    Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time this year. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Venus Hall says the singer's car was stopped in the Topanga area at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    Mary Beth Thornton

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Contestants learned about themselves, new ingredients
    We started with 16 cooks back in August. The 12 contestants who didn't score a place in the final four talk about what they learned along the way.

    Dolby Laboratories Inc. and director Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production announced Wednesday that “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos.

    ‘Hobbit’ to be released with enhanced sound

    Middle-earth will sound more realistic in "The Hobbit." Dolby Laboratories Inc. and director Peter Jackson's Park Road Post Production announced Wednesday that "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos, the company's immersive new sound system that features two extra arrays of overhead speakers and the ability to direct sounds to individual speakers inside movie theaters.


    Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj to perform at American Music Awards

    It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock'n'roll on stage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on Nov. 18.

    For a healthy Halloween treat, try Jiggly Orange halves and wedges.

    Jiggly Orange Wedges
    Jiggly Orange Wedges

    Pots of Mud will please all the goblins at your Halloween fete.

    Pots of Mud
    Bay BonesPots of Mud

    Scoop of your favorite dip with these bready Bay Bones.

    Bay Bones
    Bay Bones

    Halloween food, like this Creamy Swamp Dip, doesn’t have to look pretty but should still be tasty.

    Creamy Swamp Dip
    Creamy Swamp Dip


    Ask the nutritionist Canned pumpkin a nutrient-rich option

    Karen Collins with the American Institute for Cancer Rearach discusses the nutritional differences between canned and fresh pumpkin. And while pumpkin is inexpensive and abundant at farmers markets and your grocery store, she recommends you try fresh.

    Baked Sweet Potato "Fries" are so simple and delicious you'll never believe they're good for you, too.

    Kitchen scoop: Sweet potato fries simple and flavorful

    Sweet potato fries are all the rage. And they are incredibly easy to make from scratch at home. A high temperature and simple seasoning are all it takes to make these delicious “fries” healthy, because they aren’t fried. Some like them crispy; some like them soft. The secret to both is the temperature.

    Grape ghoulade is one of several potent potions at RA Sushi Halloween evening.

    Night life: Bewitiching brews at RA Sushi

    Tip toe into a large selection of potent potions at RA Sushi from 7 p.m. to close Wednesday, Oct. 31. Potions are $8 each. Try the grape ghoulade, made with Three Olives Grape Vodka, blue Curacao, cranberry and fresh lemon; or the sinner’s sangria, a mix of red wine, fruit juice and a large dose of Satan’s elixir (sake). Other options: frozen swampwater or the berry bloody.

    “The Man With the Iron Fists”

    RZA packs punch on ‘Iron Fists’ soundtrack

    One can’t blame RZA for assembling an A-list roster for the soundtrack of his directorial debut, “The Man With the Iron Fists.” Kanye West, The Black Keys, Pusha T, Corinne Bailey Rae and his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates Ghostface Killah and Method Man guest star on this 15-track gem.


    Music notes: Go totally Tube-ular at Viper Alley

    The Tubes, the outrageous rock band from the 1970s and '80s that became MTV favorites with the “She’s a Beauty” single, head to Viper Alley in Lincolnshire at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Diving for Dynamite opens.

    As guys who both lay claim to biracial status, Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele share a state of informed in-betweenness that gives their sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” extraordinary insight.

    Key and Peele find laughs in racial quandaries

    As a comedy team, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are very funny. As guys who both lay claim to biracial status, they share a state of informed in-betweenness that gives their comedy extra punch. Race fuels much of “Key & Peele,” their sketch-and-standup half-hour series airing at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Comedy Central. “We’re not trying to lead anybody toward any specific conclusion,” Peele says, “except that, ultimately, race is an absurd thing.”

    Mary Beth Thornton

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

    Chef/instructor Patrick Beach

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Meet the Round 2, Week 2 judges
    Meet the judges who rated the 2nd round recipes

    Michelle Abraham cooked a whole chicken beer-can style and served roasted celeriac and quinoa, dried plums on the side.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Asian catfish and Moroccan chicken catch judges’ fancy

    What did our experts have to say about the final recipes in the Cook of the Week Challenge? Who will advance to the finals?

    Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” are so simple and delicious you’ll never believe they’re good for you, too.

    Simple Sweet Potato “Fries”
    Sweet Potato Fries: Kitchen Scoop



    Editorial: Preckwinkle gives and takes Cook taxes

    A Daily Herald editorial comments on the continuing efforts by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to bring county spending in line.


    Previews and more previews
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: Recently, I went to see a movie with my son, at least that s what I thought I was doing. Now I realize why the concession guy was pushing people to get large drinks and large containers of popcorn


    Experience, judgment needed in prosecutor
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: I support Chris Kennedy for Lake County state's attorney for three reasons.


    Complacency is winning in America
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Getting excited about 7.8 percent unemployment is like being satisfied with paying a mere $4 a gallon for gasoline. I'm afraid the American dream has been displaced by American complacency.


    Clear choice for forest preserve
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: It has been a great honor to serve as a DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioner for almost 22 years. I want the 6th district to be represented in the future by the best person for the position.


    Don’t bother with college, smoke pot...
    A Warrenville letter toi the editor: In Communist Poland, the John Galts would say, “They pretend to pay us, we pretend to work.” In Russia, they just drank vodka. Today, in the U.S., they don’t bother with college, live at home with their parents, smoke pot and play video games.


    Geneva teachers pitch disingenuous
    A Geneva letter to the editor: To the extent the Geneva school district's reserve fund is used for pay raises rather than to abate the debt service levy, taxpayers will endure a dollar-for-dollar tax increase over and above the burdensome increases to which they are already subjected. Thus, while teachers may or may not be entitled to pay increases, any suggestion that raises can be awarded without additional burdens on taxpayers is wrong.


    Geneva teachers an investment in kids
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Teachers are super, but they're not supermen and superwomen. They need support, time, collaboration and compensation for the professional work they do. Our schools are the places in which the community's, the country's, and the world's future leaders, doctors, artists, inventors, and, yes, teachers, are developing.


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