Daily Archive : Monday November 5, 2012


    Making a presentation on the Vietnam War are, from left, Jose Rubio, Faviola Cielo, Alonso Salinas, Brandon, Garcia, Nathan Bradley as Richard Nixon, and Guadalupe Carrera.

    West Chicago students become living history display for Veterans Day

    Fifth-grade students at Gary School in West Chicago modeled themselves as a living history display in honor of Veterans Day. They dressed as historical figures and gave short speeches about them when prompted by their classmates. "We want to teach them love of country, patriotism, and honoring our vets because they give so much," Principal Rocio Fisher said.

    Teachers in Community Unit District 300 arrive at Dundee-Crown High School to vote on strike action Oct. 14. While the teachers union declared an impasse Monday, several things taking weeks still must happen before teachers could actually walk out.

    District 300 teachers union declares impasse

    Community Unit District 300 teachers have declared an impasse in negotiations with the school board. "But we need the Board of Education to come to the table with fairness in mind so we can complete the process soon," a union spokesman said. Board of education spokesman Joe Stevens said the declaration came as a surprise.


    South Elgin couple heads up Autism Speaks Chicago walk

    A South Elgin couple is hoping to bring autism awareness to the Fox Valley as co-chairs of the 10th anniversary Chicago walk for Autism Speaks, a nationwide research and advocacy organization. Walk Now for Autism Speaks has never been chaired by Fox Valley residents and has always held the majority of its pre-walk events closer to Chicago. Sarah Hamilton and her husband Shane want to change that.

    Batavia Alderman Victor Dietz announced Monday he will not seek re-election.

    Batavia aldermen Dietz, Jungels won’t seek re-election

    Two Batavia aldermen announced Monday that they will not seek re-election in the spring.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Illinois moves ahead on health insurance exchange

    Illinois officials are reviewing five bids to build the state's health insurance exchange — a required component of the federal health care overhaul that Gov. Pat Quinn intends to implement regardless of who wins the presidency on Election Day. By 2014, each state must have a working exchange where people and small businesses can comparison shop online for commercial health plans based on...

    Desiree Cortes

    Former Bensenville loan officer jailed in $179,000 theft

    A former loan officer who stole $179,000 from a Bensenville credit union and spent some of the money on tickets to a Jay-Z concert and an extreme cage-fighting match was spared prison Monday by a DuPage County judge. Desiree Cortes, 31, had pleaded guilty in September to the theft from Bensenville Community Credit Union.

    Jessie is a volunteer in good standing with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

    Dogs give dose of medicine at Good Shepherd Hospital

    Jessie jumps up onto a chair in the oncology ward at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, and offers a friendly hello to a cancer patient, wagging his German shepherd tail. "When you see an animal, you forget about everything," said Patti Saylor said, reching over to pet him. "It's so nice, so homey."


    No full-day kindergarten for all in Dist. 203

    Discussions to implement a full-day kindergarten in Naperville Unit District 203 have resurfaced, but the district's superintendent said Monday it won't be possible to implement such a program for all students next school year. Instead, Superintendent Dan Bridges said, the district may use a phased-in approach in which existing full-day kindergarten programs for at-risk student populations are...


    Palatine OKs 14-home subdivision without objection

    After several months of revisions and numerous discussions with neighbors, Palatine residents appear to be on board with a plan to build 14 single-family homes just northeast of Birchwood Park.


    Early voting increases in Hoffman Estates

    Cook County voters had less time to vote early this year than they did four years ago, but the number of early votes cast in Hoffman Estates increased by about 29 percent. Village clerk Bev Romanoff said 4,482 people voted early at the village hall in just 12 days, compared to 3,464 people who voted early in the village during a 16-day period prior to the 2008 general election.


    Geneva residents urge firm stance on pay hike for teachers

    Residents speaking at a special Geneva school board meeting Monday told it to stand firm when it comes to not giving teachers a pay increase in the first year of a proposed contract. And the board adopted rules on picketing, in preparation for a possible strike as early as Nov. 9.


    Campton Hills treatment center gains support

    Campton Hills Plan Commission on Monday indicated support of a private drug and alcohol recovery center at a former boys school. Residents object to the Kiva Recovery Center, saying meth and heroin addicts would pose a security risk, burden the fire department, reduce property values and hurt the village's image. The matter will next move to the village board.

    Singer Bruce Springsteen performs at a campaign event for President Barack Obama at Nationwide Arena Monday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Springsteen, Jay-Z, put the pop in Obama rally

    Someone has to introduce the president. On Monday, the final day of the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama, however, didn't bring along an opening act. He brought along two main acts: Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z.

    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee OKs management deal for Bittersweet Golf Club

    Gurnee has struck a deal with a new outside management company to operate Bittersweet Golf Club on the village's west side.

    In Missouri, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, left, was deserted by the Republican establishment after he remarked in August that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape.” He has fallen behind Sen. Claire McCaskill, who had been considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the Senate.

    Americans face prospect of status quo Congress

    A barrage of negative ads, more than $2 billion in spending and endless campaign stops all come down to this: Americans likely will elect a Congress as divided as the one they've been ranting about for two years.

    Nathaniel J. Nared, 26, of Aurora.

    Aurora man charged with stabbing baby, girlfriend

    An Aurora man faces multiple felony charges after police say he stabbed his eight-month-old baby and his girlfriend following an argument. Nathaniel J. Nared, 26, of the 1000 block of east Benton Street, was charged with aggravated battery to a child, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery following the incident early Sunday morning.


    Police seek help in fatal Mt. Prospect crash

    Mount Prospect police want help from any witnesses who may have seen the collision that killed a 64-year-old pedestrian over the weekend.

    Daniel Baker

    Baker guilty but mentally ill in Vernon Hills murder

    Daniel Baker flew into a fit of rage and jealousy moments before he bludgeoned to death 50-year-old Marina Aksman of Vernon Hills in 2010. However, momentary rage does not fall under the court's definition of insanity and, as a result, the 24-year-old Deerfield man was found guilty but mentally ill in the first-degree murder case Monday morning.

    A commuter leaves the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Monday, one week after Superstorm Sandy crashed into the metropolitan area, wreaking havoc and shutting down mass transit services for days, in New York. The island of Manhattan has begun to return to normal following a week of power outages that shuttered businesses and left many residents in the dark.

    Where will housing be found for Sandy’s victims?

    Government leaders are turning their attention to the next crisis unfolding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: finding housing for potentially tens of thousands of people left homeless.

    Reporters and photographers gather at an observation area during a press tour near the overlook platform where a boy fell into the exhibit that was home to a pack of African painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Monday.

    Wild dogs kill 2-year-old boy at Pa. zoo exhibit

    A zoo where a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit and was fatally mauled by African wild dogs had met or exceeded all safety standards for animals and visitors, proving that no exhibit is "fail-proof," the zoo's president said Monday.


    Diamond Lake District 76 considers increase in property tax levy

    Diamond Lake District 76 is considering an increase in the property tax levy that would return taxes to the 2008 level. The operating tax rate has been frozen the past four years, a result of a voter-approved tax rate referendum that allowed the district to refinance its debt. The levy being considered would net about $1 million more in property taxes than last year, an increase of about 9...


    Former cop charged with extortion found dead in McHenry County jail

    U.S. Marshals are investigating the death of a federal prisoner being held at the McHenry County jail in Woodstock. Gary Engel, 61, of Homer Glen was found dead in his cell early Monday morning, authorities said. Engel was one of two former police officers arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 and charged with extortion in an alleged plan to force a local landlord to pay them $500,000 and later kille him.


    Des Plaines completes 2013 budget review

    Des Plaines city officials have gone through reviewing the 2013 budget, which will be approved later in November. We have the highlights.

    Chris McDonnell

    Chris McDonnell leads Hispanic TV station

    Imagine Arlington Heights native Chris McDonnell's early days as general manager and president of Telemundo Chicago, the Spanish-language television network owned by NBC. He's collected an inch of business cards, and he has to learn Spanish. But he gets some respect. "Some call me the most Hispanic white guy you'll ever meet,'" he says.

    Rich Koz, perhaps better known as his TV alter ego Svengoolie, is recovering after “experiencing a cardiac event” on Saturday, Nov. 3.

    Rich ‘Svengoolie’ Koz hospitalized

    Chicago TV stalwart Rich Koz, perhaps better known as his alter ego Svengoolie, is recovering after experiencing "a cardiac event" on Saturday, Nov. 3, according to a news release from Weigel Broadcasting.

    Tao Martinez, left, opposes Rob Russell for Kane County Coroner in the 2012 General Election.

    Top races in Kane County

    There are plenty of hot races in Kane County to keep an eye on Tuesday. We take a look at a few, along with state legislative races.

    Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

    Study: Vitamins don’t lower heart risks in men

    Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests. Two other studies found fish oil didn't work for an irregular heartbeat, even though it is thought to help certain people with heart disease or high levels of fats called triglycerides in their blood.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Casimer P. Ratay, 56, of Campton Hills, was charged with retail theft at 5:04 p.m. Saturday at Menards, 300 N. Randall Road, Batavia, according to a police report. Police say he is accused of stealing a 9-volt battery, a USB memory stick, a Black and Decker five-piece screw extractor and a tire-pressure gauge.

    Travis Gamble

    Robber gets 12 years for Naperville pizzeria robbery

    An Oswego man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing a Naperville pizzeria in January. Travis Gamble, 22, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court Friday and was sentenced by Judge George Bakalis, according to court records.


    Fox Valley-area police reports
    Willie Cooks, 31, of Elgin, was arrested and later charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, after a traffic stop just after 1 a.m. Oct. 31 on Route 20 near State Street in Elgin, according to police reports. Cooks was pulled over for speeding and officers found him with 6 grams of cocaine, which he told police was his cousin's, reports said. He was also cited for speeding,...


    Arrangements set for Palatine teen found dead at NIU

    A celebration of life in honor of a 19-year-old Palatine man found dead last week at a Northern Illinois University fraternity house will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, where he was an active volunteer and member. David R. Bogenberger, a freshman at NIU, was found unresponsive Friday in a bed at the off-campus Eta Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.


    African-American military involvement to be highlighted in screening

    Elgin's Second Baptist Church Military Veterans Ministry will host a screening Friday of the first half of "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots," a documentary detailing the involvement of African American military men and women since the time of the Revolutionary War. The second half will be shown by the newly formed ministry in February during Black History Month.

    Diane J. Romano

    Batavia woman charged in Sunday stabbing of 2 men

    A 38-year-old Batavia woman has been charged in connection with the Sunday stabbing of two men in Batavia. The men were stabbed multiple times and taken to a hospital, police said. Their conditions are unknown.


    West African drumming concert in Round Lake Beach

    Grayslake musician and Lake Forest College professor Helen Bond will host the 3rd Annual Benkadi Benefit, a West African drumming concert that helps raise funs for projects in Guinea, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.


    ‘The Jungle Book’ onstage in Lake Zurich

    Two performances of "The Jungle Book" are planned for Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at Lake Zurich Middle School North.

    The safety improvements planned for the Lake in the Hills Airport include rebuilding and widening the current runway in 2022.

    Lake in the Hills Airport lawsuit moves forward

    An eminent domain lawsuit filed in September by Lake in the Hills against a construction company as part of the village's airport safety improvement plan is slowly making its way through the court system. Meanwhile, officials are working to come up with creative ideas to increase airport revenues, such as renting hangar space as storage for boats, RVs and the like.

    Warehouse manager Dave Rohr stacks donated items at New Age Transportation. The Lake Zurich company is collecting flashlights batteries, diapers and other non-perishable goods for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in New Jersey. Donated items must be new and can be dropped off at the facility at 1881 Rose Road during normal business hours.

    New Age Transportation collecting goods for Hurricane Sandy victims

    A Lake Zurich transportation firm is collecting canned food and other nonperishable goods for New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. New Age Transportation is heading the effort. Organizers are seeking food, flashlights, batteries, diapers for adults and babies, baby food and baby formula. They hope to have a truck filled with donations and on the road Wednesday for delivery Friday.


    Next Barrington town hall Nov. 19

    Barrington officials will host their next town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the board room of village hall, 200 S. Hough St. Unlike regular village board meetings, town halls provide an opportunity for direct interaction between village board members and residents. Officials will provide an update on current projects and then take questions and comments from the audience.

    Robert Soria

    Antioch man charged with lying to police after stabbing self

    An Antioch man was charged after stabbing himself in the abdomen while intoxicated, then lying to police about it, police said. Robert Soria, 24, was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct. Joshua Hayden, 24, also of Antioch, was charged with obstructing a peace officer for giving police information to back up the lie Soria told police, police said.

    Patti Kennedy of Des Plaines died last week after succumbing to a rare brain stem disorder. Her constant companion and helper, Zurich, was a finalist in the service dog category of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards in 2011.

    Des Plaines woman who owned hero dog succumbs to illness

    Des Plaines resident Patricia "Patti" Kennedy, whose loyal companion, a yellow Labrador retriever named Zurich, won the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Award for service dogs in October 2011, has died from Shy-Drager syndrome. She was 66. Kennedy is survived by her husband of 16 years, Dion Luper, and her two children, Christopher Kennedy and Brendan Kennedy.


    Story of real ‘Rosie the Riveter’ in Schaumburg

    Local writer and performer Lynn Rymarz will debut her new one-woman show, "I Am Rosie the Riveter," at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. Rymarz portrays and tells the life story of Geraldine Hoff Doyle, who was the image of Rosie the Riveter in the iconic "We Can Do It!" posters during World War II.

    President Woodrow Wilson, shown throwing the first pitch at an opening day baseball game in 1916, was the winner of the 1912 presidential election, but in Elgin, the majority of voters supported Progressive (“Bull Moose”) party candidate Theodore Roosevelt.

    Elgin deserted the Republican Party in 1912

    Elgin broke a long tradition in 1912 and voted for a presidential candidate who wasn't a Republican. Also making news: a "free love" marriage contact crafted by an Elgin man, a request by high school students to hold dances, and the escapades of a man dubbed as "Jack the Peeper." Here's a look at those stories and others that made Elgin news in the early fall of 1912.

    Captain Herbert Johnson

    Arrangements set for fallen Chicago fire captain

    Arrangements have been set for Chicago Fire Captain Herbie Johnson who died Friday night while battling a house fire in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood.. Visitation is Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. at St. Rita High School at 7740 South Western Avenue in Chicago. A funeral mass will be at the same location on Thursday at 11a.m.- Family and fellow firefighters honored fallen Captain Herbert Johnson...

    Daily Herald file photo There’s a new way to dispute incorrect toll violations.

    Disputing incorrect toll violations should get easier

    Starting today, it should be easier to fight an undeserved toll violation notice. Drivers can go on line to the tollway's website to download information to contest undeserved notices without having to call the agency or go to a customer service center.


    Beware of chimney fires that spread to house

    A small fire in the attic area of a home on the 1700 block of East Camp McDonald Road was quickly extinguished Saturday night, but Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said it's a reminder that people who use their chimneys should remember to clean them at least once a year.


    Jobs and voter turnout are focus of candidates

    Republican Congressmen Bobby Schilling rallied around workers Monday with his "Bobs for Jobs" tour in west-central Illinois. His Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos planned to meet with workers on the verge of losing their jobs in Freeport.

    A cage of birds are taken out of the house of Dave Skeberdis of Aurora on Friday.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features some unusual photos of things you don't see every day -- like the evacuation of caged birds in Aurora and the giant waves caused by Sandy on Lake Michigan -- as well as many shots of things you can't get enough of -- like kids, pets and the occasional Chicago Bear all made up for Halloween.


    Ohio teen’s sentencing delayed in Craigslist plot

    Sentencing has been delayed for an Ohio teenager convicted in a plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

    Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, who married his live-in partner Qiyaammudeen Jantjies in South Africa, where gay marriage is recognized, is already seeking instruction from his local town council to get his marriage recognized in France as soon as he can.

    ‘I do?’ Opposition dogs French gay marriage plans

    A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt was a liberal cornerstone of Francois Hollande's election manifesto earlier this year. It looked like a shoo-in for the French President, supported by a majority of the country, and an easy way to break with his conservative predecessor. But that was then.

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses the delegates at the Iraq Britain Business Council’s fourth annual conference in central London Monday. Blair says British forces should be proud of their role in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, citing what he claimed is major progress made in the country since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    Blair: Iraq’s economy growing since Saddam ousted

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that British forces should be proud of their role in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, citing what he claimed was major social and economic progress since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Blair said that Iraq was likely to be one of the world's fastest growing economies over the next decade.


    Pakistan army chief issues warning in rare message

    Pakistan's powerful army chief has issued a rare public statement warning against efforts to undermine the country's military. Analysts interpreted Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's cryptic message as a response to unprecedented pressure the army is facing from the government, media and judiciary.

    U.S. Army shows Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates, two U.S. defense officials said in September. The military judicial hearing starts Monday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

    Prosecutors allege 5 women in U.S. general’s sex crimes

    U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a hearing Monday he committed sex crimes against five women including four military subordinates and civilian. A so-called Article 32 hearing on evidence in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair began Monday at Fort Bragg, the sprawling post that is home to the 82nd Airborne Division.

    Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, of Peoria performs for students at St. Mary’s Middle School in Alton. The school continues segregating students by sex in all but two courses, continuing an experiment it started last semester.

    Alton school keeps classes segregated

    An Alton parochial middle school's experiment to mostly segregate classes by sex last semester got high marks, and the practice continues this school year, its principal says."We're still doing it; we've gotten good feedback, and the faculty all likes it," said Judy Kulp, assistant principal at St. Mary's Middle School, 1015 Milton Road in Alton.


    Metra chairman says fare hikes a possibility
    Metra's new chairman says that it is unclear whether the commuter train service will raise fares next year. Metra has already unveiled a $713 million budget that includes "scenarios" for possible fare hikes of as much as 10 percent, but the Chicago Tribune reports that the new chairman, Brad O'Halloran, says the board hasn't decided if a fare hike would be needed.

    Members of the Palestinian Presidential Guard stand at the grave of the late leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Arafat’s remains will be exhumed Nov. 26, a Western diplomat said Monday, as investigators began determining how best to dig up the grave and extract samples.

    Arafat’s remains to be exhumed Nov. 26

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — The remains of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Nov. 26, a Western diplomat said Monday, as investigators began determining how best to dig up the grave and extract samples.


    Wis. DNR urges hunters to donate venison

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to donate venison to feed the hungry.In the past 12 years, hunters have donated 80,000 deer that were processed into more than 3.6 million pounds of ground venison. It was distributed to food pantries across the state.


    DA: N.Y. nun accused of theft after $100K is stolen

    Authorities say a nun faces grand larceny charges after more than $100,000 was stolen from two western New York churches where she worked.


    Lawyer: Vatican expert had little motive to steal

    The lawyer for a Vatican computer whiz insists his client had little motive to risk his 20 years on the job to help the pope's former butler steal confidential documents.


    Group: Myanmar ethnic tensions block medical aid

    The European aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has been prevented from providing essential medical services because of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanmar.

    Rebel fighters watch as smoke rises Sunday after Syrian government forces fired an artillery round at a rebel position during heavy clashes in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria.

    Intense fighting erupts in Syrian capital

    BEIRUT — Rebels and government troops backed by fighters from a Palestinian radical group fought in the capital Damascus on Monday in some of the most intense fighting in the city in nearly three months, activists said.In northern Syria, rare fighting broke out between rival rebel groups for control of a border crossing with Turkey, according to an opposition figure.

    Volunteer Fabrizzio Avila, 15, bundles up from the cold as he rests near donated clothing in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the Staten Island borough of New York on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Forecasters are tracking another coastal storm that threatens cleanup and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

    Nor’easter threatens weather-weary N.J., N.Y.

    Forecasters are tracking another coastal storm that threatens cleanup and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

    Local resident Ciara Edmonds glances up at telephone wires and lines Sunday after placing a rose on a shrine of the crash site where a police helicopter crashed killing two officers in Atlanta. The crash occurred Saturday during a search for a missing child.

    Mourners leave flowers at Ga. police helicopter crash site

    Mourners have been leaving flowers, cards and other mementos at a makeshift memorial near the site of a police helicopter crash that killed two Atlanta officers who were searching for a runaway boy. The chopper struck a power pole, them plummeted to the ground and exploded, killing both officers on board late Saturday night, authorities said. No one on the ground was hurt.

    Democrat Melinda Bush opposes Republican Joe Neal in the 31st Senate District

    Hot races to watch in Lake County

    Lake County voters will decide some particularly close races on Election Day. Key races include State Senate District 31, House District 59, House District 62, Lake County State's Attorney and Lake County Board District 13. Here's a look at those contests.

    Cary Collins, left, and Michael Noland in the 22nd Senate District

    Hot races to watch in the Fox Valley

    While the very top of the election ticket is undoubtedly getting the most attention, there are still plenty of local races to talk about. They range from a contentious and high-profile statehouse race to Kane and McHenry County Board contests where several incumbents are at risk of getting bounced out of office.

    Sidney Mathias and Carol Sente

    Hot state races to watch in Northwest suburbs

    State legislative candidates may not command the same day-to-day attention as presidential and congressional hopefuls, but Illinois is grappling with enough crises of its own this year that several Springfield races are hot enough to give Northwest suburban voters reason to head to the polls Tuesday.


    Dawn Patrol: Stabbing in Batavia; Hanover Park arrests

    Police are questioning a person of interest after two men were stabbed in Batavia early Sunday. In Hanover Park, three men, including two brothers, were charged in a holdup and home break-in that occurred in late October. Officials are still investigating what caused a fire at a 24-unit West Chicago apartment building Sunday. Bears win in a blowout.

    Sen. Mark Kirk smiles with his medal as he comes out of the stairwell on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower during a benefit climb Sunday for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Kirk has been recovering from a stroke and working with RIC physical therapist Michael Klonowski, background.

    Weekend in Review: Kirk back in action; election looms

    What you may have missed this weekend: Sen. Mark Kirk makes first public appearance after stroke; Residents homeless after fire in W. Chicago; suburban races key to national outlook; funeral set for slain Naperville boy; man charged in Huntley High bomb threat; Bears roll on Titans; and three charged in Hanover Park holdup.

    Tom Cullerton, left, opposes Carole Pankau in the 23rd senate district for the 2012 General Election.

    Hot state, county races face DuPage voters

    Voters in DuPage County face choices Tuesday in state Senate and House races as well as the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission and DuPage County Board. Candidates have sparred over ethics, campaign mailers, bidding procedures, elected officials’ pay and cost-cutting measures.

    Know your signs. This one indicates a divided highway.

    Do you know your driving IQ?

    Columnist Marni Pyke can't believe she almost flunked the written test when renewing driver's license. There were 805,682 written driving tests given in 2011. Of those, 737,568 were passes, 68,114 were failures. You’re allowed to get six of the 35 questions wrong. Any more, and you flunk.

    Teachers in Huntley Unit District 158 struck for three days in 2008 and have threatened to do so again.

    Why so many teachers unions threaten to strike

    Less than three months into the 2012 school year, eight teachers unions in the state filed intent to strike notices, five of which resulted in teachers walking out. Educators, lawmakers and union representatives say the recent spate of strikes and strike notices are a response to the current political and financial climates. “Unlike strikes in the private sector, ... strikes in the public...


    Maybe running back Matt Forte (22) and the Bears won't have as difficult a time with the second-half schedule as many suspect.

    Bears schedule not as scary as advertised

    For at least a month now, the concern has been about how difficult the Bears' schedule would become after the Tennessee game. But is that really the case? Next up is Houston at home Sunday night. Like the Bears, the 7-1 Texans' only loss is to Green Bay.

    Pittsburgh kicker Kevin Harper (39) and holder Matt Yoklic react after Harper missed what would have been the game-winning field goal in the second overtime period Saturday against Notre Dame. Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime.

    Notre Dame was lucky that Pitt was a bad team

    Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly talked Saturday about how much his team had "overcome" to defeat Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime win. He's right: His team overcame playing a bad football game and got lucky it was playing a bad football team. And yet, it doesn't matter: Notre Dame is 9-0 and remains one of four in contention to win the national championship.

    Jim Durham

    Jim Durham so special on many levels

    Jim Durham's delivery was so natural while doing play by play for the Bulls. He still was in his Hall of Fame prime when he died at age 65.


    Hayden, Moore giving Bears plenty of options

    Kelvin Hayden has taken some playing time from incumbent D.J. Moore at nickel back, but the Bears have gotten good production from both players this season.


    Paxson, Reinsdorf mourn passing of Durham

    The Bulls mourned the loss of longtime broadcaster Jim Durham, who died over the weekend at age 65 in Tomball, Tex. Durham was the voice of the Bulls from 1973-91.

    Forward Carlos Boozer is just one of several Bulls who will have to rescue the team late in close games while Derrick Rose’s knee mends.

    Bulls need several closers with Rose out
    There have been plenty of times during the past few years when the Bulls weren't at their best, but survived a sluggish performance and pulled out a win in the fourth quarter, thanks to a brilliant finish by Derrick Rose. With Rose rehabbing his knee, the Bulls need to find other ways to escape dangerous situations.

    Northwestern’s Drew Crawford is expected to have a strong season for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern’s goal still the same: Make NCAA Tournament

    All-time leading scoring John Shurna has graduated, but Naperville natives Dave Sobolewski and Drew Crawford return to the Northwestern basketball team this season and they'll try leading the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

    Hard work has led former St. Viator left-hander Bobby Napoleon to an opportunity to play baseball at Butler University.

    Napoleon extends baseball dream at Butler

    Bobby Napoleon started playing tee-ball at the age of five years old. Ever since, he has loved the game of baseball. Along the line, his ultimate goal was to play at the top level of college baseball.The former St. Viator High School and 2012 Arlington Heights American League pitcher has become example of the old cliché "hard work pays off." The left-handed pitcher from Arlington Heights will playing for Butler University in the spring of 2013. The Bulldogs have moved into Atlantic 10 Conference and will face teams such as Arizona, Indiana and Purdue.

    Rachel Brown, at right during her high school days at Lake Zurich, is now finishing a standout collegiate soccer career at Marquette.

    LZ’s Brown helps Marquette to Big East title

    Former Lake Zurich soccer standout Rachel Brown is enjoying a big finish to her career at Marquette. Brown and her Golden Eagle teammates won their first Big East Championship title in program history with a 1-0 victory over Georgetown at Rentschler Field on Sunday Junior Taylor Madigan's goal in the 87th minute was the match-winner for Marquette (16-2-2).

    Over his 13 season, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he hasn't seen a defense excel at takeaways like the current Bears unit.

    Urlacher marvels at opportunistic defense

    In 13 years as the centerpiece of the Bears' defense, Brian Urlacher has seen a lot of exceptional play, but nothing like the big plays and takeaways that have highlighted this season.


    Football: Playoff quarterfinal pairings
    Here are the pairings and game times for the quarterfinal round of the football state playoffs.


    Veteran broadcaster Jim Durham dies at 65

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN radio announcer Jim Durham, who called NBA games for the network after a career that included broadcast duties with the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, has died. He was 65.ESPN said Monday that Durham died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, Texas. A cause of death was not announced.

    Former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, a St. Charles businessman, completed the sale of his NBA team last week for $377 million.

    New Grizzlies chairman says Memphis owns team

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The new chairman of the Grizzlies says he "fully understands" that Memphis really owns the NBA team, even though he's the controlling owner. Robert J. Pera introduced himself Monday morning along with the new chief executive officer of Memphis Basketball, LLC, the group that bought the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley, a businessman from St. Charles, Ill., for $377 million in a sale finalized last week.

    New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told his players Monday that family comes first as many of them try to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

    Like many Jersey residents, Jets coach Ryan powerless

    New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, is one of thousands of New Jersey residents still without power in his New Jersey home in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.


    Mike North video: Was it a good idea to cancel the NYC Marathon?

    Mike North thinks it was a good idea to cancel the New York City Marathon. Mayor Bloomberg couldn't possibly have thought it was a good idea to run it no matter how much money was involved. Not a good idea to provide water for marathon volunteers when the citizens of the city need help more.


    Lynch, Wilson lead Seattle past Vikings 30-20

    SEATTLE — Russell Wilson found himself admiring Adrian Peterson breaking tackles and Marshawn Lynch bullying his way through a pileup.The matchup between the top two rushers in the NFL didn’t disappoint. The difference was Seattle’s rookie QB.Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Seahawks overcame 182 yards by Peterson in a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday that could hold greater importance later in the season. Peterson tore through the Seahawks defense for one of the finest games of his career, yet was stuck being a spectator as Seattle slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter mostly on the legs of Lynch, with a few key passes by Wilson tossed in.“I am a fan,” Wilson said. “Watching those two guys run the football you don’t see it too often in this lifetime.”Those passes in the fourth quarter kept alive two long drives and capped another strong day by Seattle’s improving quarterback. Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns to Golden Tate and another to Sidney Rice. His 11-yard strike to Rice in the first quarter came when Wilson bought time moving out of the pocket then found Rice sprinting across the back of the end zone. Tate later caught a 6-yard touchdown before making a highlight reel leap that nearly became disastrous. Tate took a short screen pass, danced away from a couple of defenders near the line of scrimmage, then jumped over Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson at the goal line, just getting the ball over the line before it was knocked loose on a big hit by Everson Griffen.“For me it was a feeling,” Tate said of his leap. “I felt like someone was coming, which he was, and I felt like he was going to go low. Sometimes I’m wrong, sometimes I’m right.” The second of Tate’s touchdowns gave Seattle a 20-17 lead at halftime. Then it was time for Lynch, who spent most of the first half watching Peterson sprint through the Seahawks defense. Lynch had a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter to give Seattle a 10-point lead. He ran for 69 yards in the second half and added two receptions that included a key 24-yard screen pass that led to Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal with 6:23 left and a 30-20 Seattle lead.The Seahawks (5-4) sealed the win by running the final 5:27 off the clock, converting two fourth downs, and ending a two-game losing streak.“I thought it was the kind of day that we needed to start the second half,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We put a lot of pressure on our guys to play well today and to get things done and get this thing going.”While Peterson carried the ball just five times in the second half, Seattle fed Lynch with 15 attempts. The Seahawks held possession for more than 21 minutes in the second half, including more than 12 minutes of the fourth quarter. Wilson finished 16 of 24 for 173 yards. Rice and Tate both had four catches, but Wilson connected with eight different receivers. “A couple of those touchdowns where the ball was in the end zone and I feel like we should do that more often,” Rice said. “Take shots into the end zone. We got good receivers. We got good tight ends that can make plays. Hopefully, we’ll keep doing it. It’s working for us.”Peterson’s big day started early as he went 74 yards on the second play of the game, only to be caught at the 1 by Brandon Browner. Peterson scored two plays later, the first time this season the Seahawks did not score first. Peterson’s 144 yards at halftime were the most in his career in the first half. The Vikings (5-4) had six rushes of more than 10 yards in the first half against a Seattle defense that was giving up an average of less than three per game. “At halftime we were like `we don’t need the coaches to tell us he’s kicking our (rear),”’ Seattle defensive end Red Bryant said. “We focused up and paid more attention and I love the way we were able to finish the game.”


    Steelers rally past Giants 24-20

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sometimes, real life intrudes on the games we play. And sometimes, we need those games to get away from real life.In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the destruction it brought to the Northeast, everyone on the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants understood that.“There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Sunday after throwing for two touchdowns in a 24-20 comeback victory. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn’t know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little.”That’s all the local fans sought: temporary relief and the Giants (6-3) provided it for a while. But they couldn’t stop Isaac Redman, who had little relief with Pittsburgh’s other two main backs injured, yet rushed for a career-best 147 yards and the winning 1-yard TD with 4:02 to go.Overcoming unusual sloppiness, the Steelers (5-3) dominated the second half. They did so after they arrived in New Jersey hours before the game, which might have accounted for their carelessness. They had the fewest giveaways in the NFL entering the game, but were neglectful with the ball and in pass coverage; cornerback Keenan Lewis had 87 yards on two pass interference penalties. They wasted some great kick returns, too.The Steelers’ long day began with a plane ride to New Jersey, a short side trip to their team hotel — they couldn’t get enough rooms to stay in the area on Saturday night and needed a league travel waiver to arrive on game day — then on to the stadium. Outside, folks tailgated and tried to blunt some of the devastation from the week’s superstorm. As Giants fan Courtney Davis, whose town of Sea Bright was washed away by Hurricane Sandy, said in response to holding the game: “We need this.”“Coming in the day of the game was tough and we had to deal with that adversity,” Redman said. “But the Giants had to deal with adversity all week. We just had to come in here and be ready to play.“This shows we have a lot of heart. When you play for the Steelers, it’s all about heart.”Their hearts went out to those who packed MetLife Stadium despite the difficulties caused by a lack of power in many homes, long gas lines and, of course, severe damage throughout the region.When Pittsburgh came on relentlessly, the one-quarter of the 80,991 seats occupied by Terrible Towel-waving Steelers faithful could celebrate an impressive comeback victory, coach Mike Tomlin’s 60th win. “”We didn’t talk much about the travel,” Tomlin insisted, although Roethlisberger said teammates were in the hallways of the hotel sleeping after morning meetings.“This is a game,” Tomlin added. “What happened here is life and reality.” This is one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL, although the teams have met only five times in 18 years. It had to feel weird for the Giants to have the ballpark rock when the visitors took charge.“That’s as disappointing a loss as we’ve had in a long time,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “Not to be overly reactionary or emotional, to play against a very good football team like that ... we wanted emotionally to win the game so badly for obvious reasons, for our neighbors who are struggling, who needed some type of inspiration and we didn’t provide it.”The Giants saw their four-game winning streak end. They seemed in control as Michael Boley sprinted 70 yards with a fumble recovery in the second quarter. Roethlisberger cocked his arm to throw and defensive end Osi Umenyiora hit it. The ball came loose and while the quarterback signaled that his arm was coming forward, Boley sped down the right sideline for the score. Video replay upheld the touchdown for a 14-7 New York lead.


    Turner helps unbeaten Falcons edge Cowboys 19-13

    ATLANTA — Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 on Sunday night to extend their run as the NFL’s only unbeaten team.Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards and Matt Ryan had a season-high 342 yards passing for the Falcons (8-0), who took their first lead with 14:16 left in the game.Tony Romo completed 6 of 6 passes for 78 yards, including a 21-yard scoring pass to Kevin Ogletree, on the Cowboys’ touchdown drive later in the fourth.The Falcons then worked the clock, holding the ball for 5 minutes, 4 seconds, leaving only 17 seconds left after Bryant’s 32-yard field goal.The Cowboys burned all their timeouts as Ryan kept the Falcons’ offense on the field in the crucial time-consuming drive. Ryan passed to Jacquizz Rodgers for 31 yards and 11 yards on third-down plays. A defensive holding call against cornerback Orlando Scandrick on another third down prolonged the drive.Finally, the Cowboys stopped Turner on a third-down run at the Dallas 14.Romo never attempted a deep pass, though he had only 17 seconds to cover 80 yards. He found Jason Witten for passes of 7 and 11 yards, leaving 9 seconds. He passed to Felix Jones for 8 yards, leaving time for one play from the Cowboys 40.Romo scrambled before passing to Jones, who was dropped near the Atlanta 22 to end the game.Romo completed 25 of 35 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown.Ryan was 24 for 34. Roddy White had seven catches for 118 yards and passed Terance Mathis for the most receptions in Falcons history.There were no turnovers in the game.Dallas (3-5) has lost four of its last five.For three quarters, the game was a kicking exhibition.Bryant kicked field goals of 45 and 46 yards in the second quarter for Atlanta’s only points before Turner’s touchdown. Bryant also missed from 43 and 37 yards, wide right each time.Dan Bailey’s field goals from 23 and 32 yards were the Cowboys’ only points. He missed from 54 yards.Ryan was sacked three times and faced constant pressure from the Dallas defense. Ryan’s 48-yard pass to Julio Jones set up Bryant’s 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 16-6.Dallas nose tackle Jay Ratliff suffered an apparent left leg injury late in the first half but returned in the second half.Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.


    Denzel Washington is seen portraying Whip Whitaker in a scene from “Flight.” Washington plays an airline pilot who, despite being hung-over, drunk and coked-up, manages to bring down a rapidly deteriorating plane in a daring emergency landing.

    Budweiser seeks logo removal from ‘Flight’

    Anheuser-Busch said Monday it has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film "Flight," which at one point shows Denzel Washington's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription video service, adopted a so-called poison pill to protect against a hostile takeover after billionaire investor Carl Icahn acquired an almost 10 percent stake in the company.

    Netflix moves to block a hostile takeover

    Netflix is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers, less than a week after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed a stake of nearly 10 percent in the online video company.

    Stock trading was light Monday with many investors standing down a day before what could be one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history.

    Stock market edges up a day ahead of election

    On the day before the U.S. presidential election, stock indexes managed slight gains in thin trading. After wavering between small gains and losses, the Dow Jones industrial average ended with a gain of 19.28 points on Monday.

    Bill Cartwright

    Former Bulls Cartwright takes work ethic behind the scenes

    Kukec's People features former Chicago Bulls center Bill Cartwright, who is now chairman of a Park Ridge firm that does investigations on behalf of companies.

    Shoppers check out the new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Apple said Monday it sold 3 million iPads of all kinds in the first three days it sold the new Mini model.

    Apple sells 3M iPads after Mini launch

    Apple says it sold 3 million iPads of all kinds in the first three days it sold the new Mini model. The sales figure compares with 1.5 million iPads sold in the first three days after Apple launched the third-generation iPad in March and cut the price of the iPad 2.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Older CBS shows like “Medium” and “Numb3rs” are coming to the $8-per-month online video service Hulu Plus.

    Older CBS shows coming to pay service Hulu Plus
    Older CBS shows like "Medium" and "Numb3rs" are coming to the $8-per-month online video service Hulu Plus.Monday's deal falls short of what other broadcast networks provide. ABC, NBC and Fox, whose parent companies own Hulu, offer recently aired episodes.


    Kraft to report 3Q results, first as a stand alone

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., which makes brands including Velveeta, Oscar Mayer and Jell-O, is set to report its first quarterly results as a stand-alone company Wednesday after splitting with its global snacks business.


    Apple’s share of tablet market slips as Amazon, Samsung gain

    Apple Inc.'s share of the tablet market slipped to about 50 percent in the third quarter from about 66 percent in the prior three-month period as demand surged for competing products from Amazon.com Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Worldwide tablet shipments totaled 27.8 million in the period, an increase of 50 percent from a year earlier,


    Survey: Chicagoans to spend more on holiday gifts

    Chicago area retailers will be a little bit busier this holiday season but area residents may scale back on decorations and parties.

    In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York. Ballmer is kicking off an international promotional tour on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 for the new Windows 8 operating system in Israel.

    Microsoft CEO visits Israel, meets with Netanyahu

    Microsoft says its chief executive is kicking off an international promotional tour for the new Windows 8 operating system in Israel.Steve Ballmer met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. Later, he was to address a high-tech conference. According to a statement issued by the prime minister's office, Ballmer said it is his fourth time in Israel.


    Humana posts lower 3rd qtr profit

    Health insurer Humana Inc. says its third-quarter net income fell 4 percent as more premium dollars from its members went to pay for medical claims. But its earnings still beat analysts' expectations and the company raised its earnings forecast for the full year.


    Renewed Greek fears stalk markets ahead of U.S. vote

    Renewed concerns over Greece combined with uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. presidential election to weigh on investors Monday.For the past couple of weeks, developments in the U.S. have been driving the markets. As well as monitoring the battle for the White House, investors have had to contend with Superstorm Sandy, which battered the East Coast and brought trading to a halt for two days on Wall Street.

    Apologetic signs are posted at a gas station that has run out of gas on Queens Boulevard in the Queens borough of New York.

    Oil prices retreat amid reduced US demand

    Crude prices retreated to near $84 a barrel Monday amid reduced demand for oil in the storm-stricken U.S. northeast.Benchmark oil for December delivery was down 40 cents to $84.45 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest price since July 6. The contract fell $2.23, or 2.2 percent, to close at $84.86 a barrel on Friday.


    WHY IT MATTERS: Infrastructure

    From bridges to broadband, America’s infrastructure is supposed to be speeding along commerce, delivering us to work and piping energy and water into our homes and businesses. But just repairing all the breakdowns and potholes would cost tens of billions more than we’re currently spending each year. Experts warn the resulting infrastructure and innovation deficit is jeopardizing our global economic competitiveness. Traditionally nonpartisan territory, spending for transportation and other megaprojects is now routinely caught up in politics, with Democrats and Republicans divided over how to pay for public works and which ones.———Where they stand:President Barack Obama has favored stimulus-style infrastructure spending plans, talking up highway, bridge and rail repairs as job creators, and pushed for innovations like high-speed rail and a national infrastructure bank to finance projects with the help of private capital. But Republican opposition to increased spending and taxes has blunted many such plans.Mitt Romney favors less involvement by the federal government in infrastructure, preferring to let states lead the way. Romney shuns the idea that public-works spending is a good way to jumpstart the economy, saying decisions on worthy projects should be based on need and potential returns. Romney also wants to privatize Amtrak by ending federal subsidies for the money-losing passenger rail system. He’s OK with borrowing to pay for megaprojects if there’s a revenue stream to pay the money back, like tolls or port fees.———Why it matters:Much of America’s infrastructure, including its interstate highway system, is more than half a century old and in need of serious work to keep pace with a rising population. Highway, rail and airport bottlenecks slow the movement of goods and commuters, costing billions in wasted time and fuel and even measurably slowing the economy.The World Economic Forum put the U.S. 24th last year in the quality of its infrastructure, down from fifth in 2002. The rest of the developed world sets aside on average about 53 percent more of its gross domestic product on transportation infrastructure than the U.S. does, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.The dilemma facing any president is how to maintain critical public works at a time of fiscal austerity and to exert enough leadership to get plans through a divided Congress. That challenge was apparent in the partisan wrangling earlier this year over a long-term bill to reauthorize federal transportation spending, which finally passed after nine temporary extensions.Both parties highlight the need for infrastructure investment, but neither side has been willing to take the politically painful step of proposing an increase in the gasoline tax or some other way to pay for it. The main source of federal transportation aid to the states, the Highway Trust Fund, is going broke. The gas tax that feeds it hasn’t been raised since 1993 and does not keep pace with inflation.Trying to work around those logjams, cash-strapped states and cities are experimenting with creative alternatives, including public-private partnerships with financial institutions that are being invited to put up the initial cash in exchange for a slice of revenue from tolls, other user fees and the like. The idea has support from both Democrats and Republicans but is most heavily promoted by conservatives.Proponents say such deals get projects off the drawing table faster than traditional routes. Skeptics warn the model could end up turning control of critical public works projects to entities more concerned with profit than serving the public. A focus on projects that generate the most revenue could also neglect rural areas and poor inner-city neighborhoods.


    NBC sites hacked by ‘pyknic’; quickly restored

    Several NBC websites were hacked on Sunday by a person or group calling itself "pyknic" and suggesting a possible link to the cyber-attack group Anonymous.It appeared that the "defacement" of the affected sub-sites was cleaned up in a couple hours. NBC and its various websites appeared to be functioning normally as of Sunday evening Eastern time. However, older versions maintained by search engines such as Google and Bing still bore the message "hacked by pyknic" — a possible reference to an obscure hacker or "hacktivist" group.

    A visitor walks near a Toyota Motor Corp. Auris compact vehicle, right, displayed at the company’s head offices in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

    Toyota quarterly profit triples, raises forecast

    Toyota's quarterly profit tripled, driven by a recovery from natural disasters, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast Monday despite a sales slump in China.Toyota Motor Corp., on track to regain the crown of world's No. 1 automaker this year, reported a July-September net profit of 257.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) compared with an 80.4 billion profit a year earlier. The result was better than the 238 billion yen ($3 billion) quarterly profit forecast by analysts surveyed by FactSet.

    Boeing Co. and Kuwaiti airplane leasing company ALAFCO are saying they finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at their current list price

    Boeing inks deal to sell 20 planes to Kuwaiti firm

    Boeing Co. and Kuwaiti airplane leasing company ALAFCO are saying they finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at their current list price

    Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, left, shake hands with Caterham CEO Tony Fernandez following their joint news conference at Renault headquarters in Paris, Monday /

    70s rally car Alpine to return — at lower price

    PARIS (AP) — A sports car for the recession?Renault and the Caterham Group announced Monday plans to revive the French automaker’s Alpine sports car — and to sell it at a reasonable price. Caterham CEO Tony Fernandez promised he would do for sports cars what he has done for air travel with his low cost airline AirAsia.Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said they would modernize the Alpine while retaining the “DNA” of the venerated brand that captured rally titles in the 1970s but has since been discontinued.Neither man gave details on the cars’ design or price, saying they didn’t want to constrain engineers. The car will be manufactured in northern France — a boon for the country’s struggling industry. It won’t hit markets for three or four years.

    A electrical worker cleans wiring at a substation on Harrison and 2nd Street as surrounding neighborhoods remain without power due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, Sunday.

    Post-storm construction hiring may aid U.S. economy

    Hiring in the long-depressed U.S. construction industry will get a boost from the rebuilding that will follow Superstorm Sandy. Those jobs, in turn, could raise economic growth, analysts say.The modest lift to the economy is expected to come in the first months of 2013. Construction firms, contractors and local governments will hire to rebuild or renovate homes, buildings, roads and bridges that were damaged or destroyed."This is going to be a net positive, particularly in the mid-Atlantic," said Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director Moody's Economy.com.

    Gloria Bambrick counts and stacks T-shirt components at FesslerUSA apparel manufacture in Orwigsburg, Pa. Family-owned FesslerUSA has survived war and depression, free trade and foreign imports to produce millions of knitted garments from its base in eastern Pennsylvania. Production will shut down in early November, tossing 130 employees out of work and ending a run of nearly 113 years.

    112-year-old U.S. apparel maker in Pa. to close

    One of the last U.S. apparel manufacturers of its kind is losing its shirt. FesslerUSA had survived war and depression, free trade and foreign imports, producing millions of knitted garments from its base in eastern Pennsylvania. Five years ago, third-generation owner Walter Meck and his family were feeling so good about the company's prospects they doubled capacity, moving into a former pencil factory outside the small town of Orwigsburg.They were still setting up shop in the new place when the Great Recession hit.

    Photo courtesy of Cathy Papenhause Cathy Papenhause recently started How to Wow Interiors in Elgin.

    Elgin accountant starts interior design firm
    A former accountant from Elgin launches How to Wow Interiors. The entrepreneur talks about difficulties in starting her own business and what she enjoys best about running the venture.


    Atypical promotional approach works for search firm

    A Barrington small businesss owner does things a little bit differently. The musician, composer, motivational speaker, and creator of both traditional and audio books talks to Jim Kendall about his entrepreneurial energy.

Life & Entertainment

    Pet Titus watches his owner Keith Bare do crunches during an exercise boot camp.

    Owners, pets hounded to shape up at boot camp

    Expect to pick up more than just weights if you enlist in Thank Dog! Bootcamp, a fitness and obedience program that has started up in an Arlington, Va., park. "We clean up our poop. It's one of the rules of class," says owner and personal trainer Karen Krieg, who'd been looking for a way to merge her two loves: fitness and dogs. She found her inspiration while watching Animal Planet's "Dogs 101."


    Snooping shows some trust issues in this relationship

    Boyfriend snoops and discovers his girlfriend has been in contact with her ex. What to do now?

    The daughter of an African slave and a French shipping magnate in New Orleans at the end of the French and Indian War, Aveline is the deadly but charming protagonist of “Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.”

    'Assassin's Creed' stumbles on Vita

    There's never been a video game heroine quite like Aveline de Grandpre. The daughter of an African slave and a French shipping magnate in New Orleans at the end of the French and Indian War, Aveline is the deadly but charming protagonist of "Assassin's Creed III: Liberation." The hallmarks of the "Assassin's Creed" franchise are all here, but "Liberation" doesn't feel like a typical Vita game — and that's both its biggest strength and weakness.

    No Doubt with Gwen Stefani has pulled its new cowboys and Indians-themed music video and is apologizing to Native Americans and others who were offended by the clip.

    No Doubt apologizes, pulls music video

    No Doubt has pulled its new cowboys-and-Indians-themed music video and is apologizing to Native Americans and others offended by the clip. In a posting on its website, the band says the video for "Looking Hot" was "never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people."

    If your kitchen is a little outdated, you may be considering a high-end renovation.

    Ancient kitchen could be a deal-breaker

    Kitchens remain the heart of most homes. It's not only where we cook and eat, but where children do homework and daily chores are organized and completed. So it's good news that kitchen remodels can retain a significant portion of their value.

    The wall mural, furnishings and accessories all combine to give this space a distinctly European feel, while the redesign creates room to entertain family and friends.

    Penthouse condo now exudes a lofty style

    Ana and Mario's home is on the penthouse floor of an older downtown condo building. Their unit has some really great features, including high ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. The fireplace really sold them on this home, but they were having trouble using the large, open space effectively.

    Kathy Wallace, left, and Sarah Pradt in their Scandinavian-inspired kitchen.

    Scandinavian, Japanese styles unite

    The back of Kathy Wallace and Sarah Pradt's house in St. Paul, Minn., gets a lot of light. But for the first 14 years they lived there, they didn't see much of it. That's because the spaces on the back of the house weren't very inviting.

    Tiny But Mighty Popcorn

    Time to start Thanksgiving menu planning

    Geez. I'm still finding candy wrappers from Halloween in the couch cushions and already I have to switch into Thanksgiving mode. According to the experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, you should finalize your menu two to three weeks in advance — which is now — to avoid forgetting anything.

    Putting pumpkin in your chili not only tastes good, but it can help your overall health.

    Your health: Pumpkin can pump up chili
    Adding pumpkin to familiar recipes like chili can be healthy and tasty too. Keep holiday weight gain away with new DVD workouts, and learn what foods will help you fight fatigue.


    MTV to air fundraiser for devastated Jersey shore

    MTV, home of the "Jersey Shore" reality show, plans to air a fundraising special to help rebuild New Jersey's devastated shoreline. The one-hour program will air Thursday, Nov. 15, from MTV's Times Square studio in New York City. It will feature the cast of "Jersey Shore" along with other guests.


    Alzheimer’s plaques may play bigger role in impairment

    People with plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease may have a greater risk for cognitive impairment than those who have a gene tied to the dementia-causing illness, Australian researchers found. In a study of 141 healthy subjects, those with clumps of amyloid beta plaques in their brains at the start of the study had as much as a 20 percent greater decline in memory and thinking over an 18-month period than those with fewer plaques.


    Stem cells show promise for ill heart patients

    They've endured angioplasty, stent procedures, bypasses and a long line of medications. None of the treatments has fixed the plaque-plugged coronary arteries that trigger angina, starve the heart of blood and force people to hunch in pain after walking two blocks. Adult stem cell research at an Oxnard, Calif., hospital is aimed at giving them choices.


    New efforts try to broaden acne treatments

    A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and University of California, Los Angeles, has taken a major step in understanding the balance between the 11 viruses that kill acne-causing bacteria, along with a better understanding of how acne occurs when that viral-bacterial balance goes awry.

    Resistance band exercises: middle, back and shoulder stretch

    How to stay fit while traveling

    Don't fall off the fitness bandwagon.It takes longer to gain fitness than to lose it, and you can quickly lose all of your hard-earned fitness gains if you stop exercising completely. It's especially important to keep exercising while traveling and there are some easy things you can do.


    Drugs, healthier diet have led to cholesterol decline in U.S.

    Drugs like Pfizer's Lipitor and healthier diets containing fewer trans fats have led to lower cholesterol levels in the United States in the past two decades, even as obesity rates soared, a study found. Total cholesterol declined 5 percent on average between 1988 and 2010, while "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 10 percent and "good" cholesterol, or HDL, rose 3.4 percent, according to new research.

    Australian dietitian Sue Shepherd has developed a new food regimen to relieve symptoms of people suffering from bloating and stomach cramps.

    Fodmap diet shows promise taming stomachs

    In her early 20s, dietitian Sue Shepherd invented a food regimen to relieve symptoms of bloating and stomach cramps. It's now being adopted internationally, changing the way doctors manage a set of digestive troubles known as irritable bowel syndrome.


    Pregnant women urged to get whooping cough shot

    An expert panel is urging every expecting mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her baby. The advice follows a frightening resurgence of the dreaded childhood disease. More than 32,000 cases, including 16 deaths, have been reported so far this year, and 2012 is on track to be the nation's worst year for whooping cough since 1959.

    Dementia patients sitting in a circle formation do an exercise called “the parachute” at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx borough of New York. The Hebrew Home has a program that provides care and activities overnight for dementia victims with sleep problems.

    Overnight dementia care gives caregivers some rest

    Just after 10 p.m., when most people their age are going to sleep, a group of elderly folks suffering from dementia are just getting started singing and dancing. Dozens of elderly are brough to a nursing home every night until dawn. The program, which appears to be rare, is kind of a "night camp" for dementia victims who don't sleep at night or tend to wake up agitated or become frightened or disoriented by the fall of darkness.

    Trevor Remick exercises his upper body, performing dips on the rings at the American River CrossFit Gym in Sacramento, Calif.

    CrossFit workout ever-changing, challenging

    Inside a warehouse-style gym, a mid-20s woman of pure muscle hoists more than 100 pounds above her head and then sprints to the horizontal bars for pull-ups. Nearby, a newcomer does a tamer version of the same workout, relying on a thick elastic band to help him raise his chin above the bar. This is CrossFit, a style of working out that has swept the nation.


    Study offers insights into why some are easily hypnotized

    It is the oldest Western conception of psychotherapy and, in mainstream medicine, it has been shown to help patients manage pain, stress and anxiety and combat traumas and phobia. It is also associated with being used to retrieve "repressed" memories connected to mental disorders. Now, new scientific research, bolstered by technological advances, is shedding light on the neurological nuances of the brain's response to hypnosis.

    Tea is known for its many benefits with virtually no downsides.

    Scientists finding more benefits to tea

    Although tea has been enjoyed around the world for some 5,000 years, it wasn't until relatively recently that scientists started searching for the facts. What did they find? Just about every cell in the body could potentially benefit from tea — with virtually no downsides.


    Checking for asthma involves breathing tests

    My doctor thinks I may have asthma. He wants to do a pulmonary function test. What can I expect?


    Seven tips for tea drinkers
    "Tea catechins are stable in dry tea leaves but diminish as brewed tea is held/stored. To make sure you are consuming the tea phytonutrients (flavonoids) that may promote health, brew tea fresh," nutritionist Beverly Clevidence of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service said in an email.


    Active seniors opting for knee replacements

    The number of older Americans getting knee replacement surgery more than doubled over the past two decades as an aging population is driven by a desire to stay fit later in life, a study found. Total knee replacement procedures rose 162 percent from 1991 to 2010 while the number of procedures to repair a previously implanted artificial knee joint, called revision, jumped 106 percent.

    1927 Chevrolet Capital, Bill Grundy, South Barrington

    Chevrolet Capital is grandfather to today’s pickup

    It's easy to forget our beloved classic and antique vehicles, now babied and shielded from any harsh condition, were once daily performers for real heavy-duty work. Even quaint machines like Bill Grundy's 1927 Chevrolet Capital truck once regularly ventured off smooth asphault into farm fields and dirt roads.



    Endorsements: A list of our choices for Nov. 6

    A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in all federal, state and county races of local interest on the Nov. 6 ballot, plus links to bar association judicial recommendations.


    Editorial: Your right, your privilege, your responsibility

    Voting should never be viewed as futile, even in a state where the top-ticket candidates have stopped campaigning, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Was Sandy a wake-up call?

    Columnist Richard Cohen: How, at this point, can anyone deny the scientific consensus about climate change? The traditional dodge — that no one weather event can definitively be attributed to global warming — doesn't work anymore. If something looks, walks and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.


    Lessons from a long campaign

    Columnist Richard Cohen: As (something) of a public service, I now offer my Children's Guide to the 2012 Elections — or lessons young people can learn from American politics. I offer this in the spirit of bipartisanship for which I am noted and with absolute faith that — eight years of George W. Bush notwithstanding — the people are never wrong. OK, kiddies, here are the lessons.


    Poll dancing

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Anything could shift the course of this election. We'll know when we know. As for the two fine men vying for this impossible job, each should remember that no mandate comes with this victory. The winner of the pie-eating contest gets more pie.


    A campaign scenario vindicated

    Colunist Michael Gerson: Obama win — with an assist by Ohio — would vindicate the president's campaign game plan. But the Schoen/Caddell prediction still holds: Obama will have left the nation divided, disillusioned and less governable.


    Electoral College favors small states
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Defenders of the status quo favor affirmative action for small states. For some reason they believe small states need the extra clout, and that reason supersedes the principle of every voter counting equally, no matter where he or she lives.


    Choose judges who are fair, knowledgeable
    A letter to the editor: I applaud the Daily Herald for highlighting resources available to voters to help them make informed decisions. We need judges who are qualified for the job, and that begins with voters making sure they do not skip these important down ballot election and retention races.


    Backyard log burning is a right
    A Monroe Center letter to the editor: I chose to move far out into the country so I can avoid neighbors like yourself, and through that decision I have made some very good friends by respecting their wishes when they voice their concerns with me directly. I'm sure if you were to try that then they would understand and be respectful of your unfortunate ailment.


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