Daily Archive : Tuesday November 6, 2012



    Voters reject Arlington Hts. parks plan again

    For the second time this year voters have rejected a multimillion dollar tax hike for the Arlington Heights Park District. With all Cook County votes counted, voters rejected a $39 million bond issue by 863 votes — or 16,440 "no" votes to 15,577 "yes" votes. "The board and the staff are very disappointed," said Executive Director Steve Scholten. "This is a good plan that would move the...

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Tammy Duckworth enters her campaign headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village to the cheers and a best wishes from fellow veteran Octavia Mitchell of Chicago as she prepares to talk to the media.

    Victorious Duckworth pledges to reach across the aisle

    In the end, it wasn't close after all. Democrat Tammy Duckworth sailed past charismatic Tea Partyer Joe Walsh to take the 8th Congressional District for the Democrats, a key race in the party's battle for the U.S. House. Duckworth pledged to use her status as a veteran to reach across the aisle in Congress.

    Voters decided the fate of an amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution that would require a three-fifths majority vote of each chamber of the General Assembly, or a unit of local government, school district, or pension or retirement system, in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system.

    State pension amendment fails
    Editor’s note: A proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have made it more difficult to expand public employee retirement benefits had support from 56 percent of voters. But that fell short of the two criteria needed for passage. The measure needed a favorable vote from either three-fifths of those voting on the measure, or 50 percent of the total number of votes cast in Tuesday’s...

    President Obama spoke in Chicago after Mitt Romney conceded the presidential race Monday night.

    Obama: 'We can seize this future together'

    President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. “This happened because of you. Thank you” Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

    Wood Dale voters on Tuesday voiced their opposition to video gambling in the city, but their vote is nonbinding.

    Wood Dale residents oppose video gambling

    Wood Dale voters made it clear Tuesday support allowing video gambling in the city. With all 16 precincts reporting, roughly 57 percent of voters said the city should permit the machines.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Mount Prospect man was charged with endangering the life of a child after a witness reportedly saw his 3-year-old nephew walking in the apartment parking lot wearing only pajamas and socks. The temperature was 43 degrees. Reports said the man admitted leaving the child asleep in his apartment with the door unlocked while driving to a restaurant to pick up food.

    Kathleen Willis

    Willis steals 77th House from Saviano

    Longtime Republican state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano of Elmwood Park lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Kathleen Willis of Addison. Willis collected 53 percent of the vote to Saviano's 47 percent in the race for the 77th state House seat, with all precincts reporting unofficial results.

    Stephanie Kifowit

    Kifowit beats Fee for 84th House seat

    Democrat Stephanie Kifowit won the 84th state House seat, claiming 62 percent of the vote against Republican Pat Fee with all precincts reporting unofficial totals. Kifowit, a 41-year-old Aurora alderman and substitute teacher, said she chose to run for a state-level position because "you realize there's so much more that can happen for the residents if the state just comes together and starts...

    Linda Holmes

    Holmes tops Hurtado in 42nd Senate

    Democratic State Sen. Linda Holmes defeated Republican challenger Peter Hurtado to win a 2-year term representing the 42nd District in the Aurora area. With all precincts reporting, Holmes claimed 64 percent of the vote to Hurtado's 36 percent, according to unofficial totals.

    Brad Schneider gets a hug from a supporter as he takes the stage in Northbrook after winning the Illinois’ 10th Congressional District on Tuesday.

    Schneider upsets Dold to win 10th District

    Early and absentee voting in Lake County may have given Democrat Brad Schneider an upset win over Republican Robert Dold in the 10th Congressional District. With ballots in 419 of 419 precincts counted, Schneider had 130,676 votes, roughly 50.5 percent of the total, unofficial results showed. Dold trailed with 128,129 votes.

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam keeps his 6th District seat

    Republican Congressman Peter Roskam celebrated victory Tuesday in his election battle against challenger Democrat Leslie Coolidge in the 6th District. With all precincts reporting, Roskam had 191,065 or 59 percent, to Coolidge's 131,410 according to unofficial results. For Roskam, "the big priority will be to turn the economy around as fast as we can; clearly the federal government needs to live...


    Gay marriage, marijuana backed in historic votes

    Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. In another gay-rights victory, Minnesota voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in the...

    U.S. President Barack Obama looks over the crowd as he prepares to leave the stage after making an acceptance speech during an election night rally in Chicago, in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

    The mood at McCormick Place: Jubilation, relief

    Tuesday night's rally for several thousand of President Obama's invited guests and volunteers packed into a steel-and-concrete hall of Chicago's massive McCormick Place starts out in a nerve-racked hesitation while supporters wait for results in a race at first too tight to call. It ends with a jubilation tinged by relief.

    Democrat Joe Donnelly celebrates with his wife Jill after winning the U.S. Senate seat over Republican Richard Mourdock at an election night celebration in Indianapolis.

    Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

    Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation.

    With his wife Christy looking on, Congressman Randy Hultgren thanks his supporters at his campaign headquarters in St. Charles Tuesday night after presumably winning re-election.

    U.S. Rep. Hultgren wins in 14th

    Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren has made his acceptance speech and is set to return to Washington to represent the 14th Congressional District. The Associated Press also has named him the winner. "We worked hard and have a good level of support across the district from individuals and groups throughout," Hultgren said. "We built relationships and are very grateful for the support we received."


    Democrats take all three targeted House seats; GOP eyes governor’s race

    Democrats picked up all three targeted seats in the suburbs on Tuesday, unseating three Republican members of Congress — two freshmen and one seven-term veteran. Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates won in the 8th Congressional District, Naperville Democrat Bill Foster won in the 11th District and Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider won in the 10th District.


    Lake Michigan water ref passes in Wauconda; Island Lake votes down appointed clerk
    Wauconda voters Tuesday decided they wanted to get their water from Lake Michigan rather than rely on village wells. Island Lake voters, however, voted down a referendum on change -- saying they wanted to continue to elect their city clerk over having an appointed one.

    State Sen. Matt Murphy

    Murphy cruises to another term in Illinois Senate

    Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy has earned another term in the Illinois General Assembly, easily defeating Democratic challenger David Page in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results. "I'm very grateful to the people of this area who have given me a chance to serve and represent them in the senate for a few more years," Murphy said.


    Rolling Meadows voters reject private trash pickup

    Rolling Meadows residents Tuesday voted by a 2-1 ratio to keep city garbage collection, thus "closing the door pretty definitively on the issue as far as the people are concerned," said Mayor Tom Rooney. With 17 of 17 precincts reporting, the vote was 4,810 to 2,610 against privatization.

    Republican state Sen. Dan Duffy, left, opposed Democrat Amanda Howland in the 26th Senate District.

    Duffy cruises to victory in 26th Senate District

    State Sen. Dan Duffy will hold onto his seat in the 26th District with an overwhelming victory Tuesday over Democratic challenger Amanda Howland. "I'm so excited and encouraged," he said of the results. "I want to get back (to Springfield) and continue to tackle the pension problem and get the state of Illinois back on top."

    Tom Morrison Republican candidate for 54th District Representative.

    Morrison wins second term in 54th House District

    Incumbent Republican state Rep. Tom Morrison is headed back to Springfield for a second 2-year term representing the 54th House District. "I'm really grateful to the voters for giving me another chance to represent them," Morrison said.

    Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, presents a photo id as he gets his ballot to vote, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Ronald Reagan Lodge in West Chester, Ohio. After a grinding presidential campaign, Americans head into polling places across the country.

    Republicans keep control of House

    Speaker John Boehner won unopposed re-election Tuesday to his Ohio congressional seat and other incumbents in the East and South were cruising to easy wins as Republicans fought to extend their control of the House for two more years.

    Kane County Board Chairman-elect Chris Lauzen of Aurora shares a laugh with Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove Tuesday as election results flow in at a Kane County Republican Party in Geneva. Oberweis was elected state senator in the 25th District, according to unofficial results.

    When it comes to Oberweis, just call him ‘senator’

    Jim Oberweis will finally get to take an oath of office. The Sugar Grove Republican was the winner Tuesday in the race to become the state senator for the 25th District. With all precincts reporting, he defeated Democrat Corinne Pierog of St. Charles with 50,948 votes to 37,568, according to unofficial totals.


    McHenry County chairman Koehler squeaks by

    The McHenry County Board will remain composed of 22 Republicans and two Democrats, with Republican chairman Ken Koehler eking out a win in his district, according to unofficial election results. The results Tuesday night did not include absentee ballots and early votes.

    Missouri U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., center, waits in line to vote along with his wife Lulli, center left,, and son Wynn, left, at their polling place, Star Bridge Christian Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Wildwood, Mo. Akin is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

    Democrats secure Senate majority

    Independent Angus King captured a Republican-held Senate seat in Maine on Tuesday, adding a dose of uncertainty to the fight between majority Democrats and the GOP for control of the Senate.


    Lombard voters impose term limits

    Term limits for village-level elected officials will be implemented in Lombard after voters approved limits by a 4-to-1 ratio.

    Chris Kachiroubas

    DuPage court clerk Kachiroubas seizes third term

    DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas coasted to victory Tuesday over challenger Ralph Scalise. Kachiroubas, an Elmhurst Republican, captured 57 percent of the vote en route to his third term.


    Des Plaines mayor wins 55th House seat

    Democratic Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan was poised to win the 55th House District seat Tuesday, beating Park Ridge Republican Susan Sweeney by more than 2,000 votes. With 70 of 73 precincts counted, Moylan had 19,438 votes to Sweeney's 17,161 votes. "We've got to work on some important issues," he said. "Jobs, taxes, pensions were high on the residents' minds when we were going door-to-door."

    Cristina Castro

    Fox Valley voters return incumbents, Republicans to office

    Kane County voters in the Fox Valley kept incumbents on the county board and when there were open seats, voters went with the Republican candidate.

    Thomas Cullerton

    Cullerton unseats Pankau, wins 23rd Senate

    Villa Park Village President Tom Cullerton unseated Republican state Sen. Carole Pankau in the race to represent the 23rd District centered in northern DuPage County, securing 51 percent of the vote to her 49 percent in unofficial totals from all precincts. "I think people are looking for new faces in Springfield overall," Cullerton said.


    Winfield voters give mixed signals on cops, roads

    Winfield voters sent a mixed message to their town leaders. Results on Tuesday night show voters overwhelmingly supportive of keeping the village's police force. However, they oppose paying higher property taxes or having video gambling to help raise additional revenue.

    A line of voters wait inside the Gail Borden Public Library Tuesday morning on election day.

    Obama barely misses repeating 2008 suburban sweep

    President Barack Obama, winning his home state of Illinois on his way to a national victory, got help from all but one of the suburban counties that backed him four years ago. Suburban Cook County delivered strong for Obama, giving him more than 64 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting, and he took Lake County with about 54 percent of the vote. Obama also narrowly carried Will, DuPage...


    West Chicago rec center OK’d by voters

    West Chicago voters narrowly supported a park district plan to borrow $15.5 million to build a recreation center. About 51 percent of voters supported the measure, with all 26 precincts unofficially reporting.

    Dan Kotowski

    Kotowski beats O’Donnell to keep Senate seat

    Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski beat Republican challenger Jim O'Donnell in the race to represent the 28th Senate District. During the campaign, Kotowski focused on his track record and accomplishments in the Senate over six years.

    Naperville Township voters have given their elected officials the ability to negotiate an electricity aggregation deal.

    Naperville Township voters support aggregation
    Naperville Township voters have given their elected officials the ability to negotiate an electricity aggregation deal in hopes of paying a lower rate than they currently pay with ComEd. With all precincts reporting, 57 percent of voters approved the measure.


    Voters back amendment targeting SuperPACs
    Voters in Lisle Township and Warrenville overwhelmingly backed a proposed amendment that would strip constitutional rights from corporations and special interest groups funneling large amounts of money into political campaigns. With all 114 precincts reporting, there were 34,786 "yes" votes and 20,282 "no" votes, according to unofficial results.

    Tony Michelassi

    DuPage County Board keeps 3 Democrats

    Three Democrats appear poised to represent the DuPage County Board. It just won't be the same trio elected on President Obama's coattails four years ago. Tony Michelassi was the only incumbent Democrat with a chance to be re-elected on Tuesday. If he wins, the Aurora resident will be joined on the 18-member board by newcomers Lauren "Laurie" Nowak of Bartlett and Elizabeth "Liz" Chaplin of...

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Michelle Mussman hugs her husband, George, at her campaign headquarters in Schaumburg Tuesday after receiving word that she won re-election in the 56th District Illinois House race.

    Mussman defeats Lawson by wide margin in 56th District

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman handily defeated Republican challenger John Lawson in the contentious race for her 56th House District seat. "It was a hard-fought race, and I'm really energized to tackle the problems we face," Mussman said.


    Four Northwest suburbs approve electricity aggregation

    Unofficial totals show that more than 50 percent of voters in Inverness, Lake Barrington, Rosemont and Schaumburg approved municipal electricity aggregation. Municipal leaders now will be empowered negotiate with electricity suppliers to obtain lower rates for residents and small businesses.

    Deb Conroy

    Conroy defeats Kordik in race for 46th state House seat

    Democrat Deb Conroy says she wants to be a voice for DuPage County's working- and middle-class families as the 46th state House district representative.The Elmhurst artist and former Elmhurst Unit District 205 school board member defeated Republican Dan Kordik in the race for a 2-year term. With all precincts reporting unofficial results, Conroy took 58 percent of the vote to Kordik's 42 percent.


    DuPage voters say no to dual officeholders
    With all 748 precincts reporting, a whopping 90 percent of voters Tuesday answered "no" to a nonbinding proposal asking if public officials should be able to hold more than one office simultaneously.

    David Harris, left, and Curt Renz.

    Harris wins in 53rd Illinois House

    State Rep. David Harris is going back to Springfield after winning the 53rd House district Tuesday with almost 60 percent of the vote. Harris, of Arlington Heights, got 27,328 votes to 18,816 for Democrat Curt Renz, according to unofficial returns. Harris says pension reform to reduce the financial load on the state budget is his top priority. "Something has to be done," he said. "Everyone agrees...

    Michael Noland

    Noland wins re-election in 22nd Senate race; Collins concedes

    Michael Noland is headed to re-election in the 22nd state senate district. With 117 out of 119 precincts reporting Election Day votes, Noland has 65 percent of those counted. Cary Collins, his opponent, has 35 percent. Noland, an Elgin Democrat, made a victory speech tonight from Danny's Pizza's new downtown Elgin location, while Collins conceded.

    Keith Farnham

    Farnham wins another 4-year term

    State Rep. Keith Farnham breezed to re-election Tuesday. Farnham ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and did not have an official Republican opponent in the general election. Richard Evans, an accountant from Elgin, filed to run on the Constitution Party ticket but was removed at the end of July. Evans kept his name in the race as a write-in candidate. No information was available at press...

    Anita Alvarez

    Patlak leads; Alvarez, Brown win big in Cook

    Democrats continued their domination of Cook County's top elected offices Tuesday, with incumbents State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown appearing to sail to victory with considerable margins. With about 98 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial election results also showed Democrats prevailing in races for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board and...

    Fred Crespo

    Crespo easy winner in 44th House District

    Hoffman Estates Democrat Fred Crespo will take on a third term representing the 44th District of the Illinois House after scoring an easy victory over his Republican challenger, Ramiro Juarez. "I think Democrats won nationwide and it reflected in the results of Illinois," Juarez' campaign manager Mark Kramer said.

    Elaine Nekritz

    Nekritz ‘grateful to the voters’

    State Rep. Elaine Nekritz appeared Tuesday to have hung onto her seat in the 57th House District. With 63 of 65 Cook County precincts counted, unofficial vote totals showed that Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, had 17,602 votes, or about 55 percent of the total. Jonathan Greenberg, her Republican opponent and also a Northbrook resident, had 14,206 votes, or about 45 percent. Unofficial totals in...

    Kirk Dillard

    Dillard easy winner in 24th Senate District

    Kirk Dillard, a 19-year Illinois Senate Republican, has retained his seat in the 24th District. With all precincts reporting, Dillard, of Hinsdale, defeated Democratic challenger A. Ghani of Oak Brook with 66 percent of the vote. Dillard said he was humbled to win such an overwhelming victory on a night where many Democrats did well.

    Chris Lauzen

    Lauzen is new Kane County chairman

    In a campaign versus a non-campaign for Kane County Board chairman, the campaign won Tuesday night. Republican Chris Lauzen is the new county board chairman. Klinkhamer acknowledged Lauzen's victory shortly after 10 p.m. Lauzen said he was grateful for the "landslide support" he received.


    Gilberts says ‘no’ to parks and rec tax

    Gilberts voters overwhelmingly rejected on Tuesday the notion of paying an extra tax to pay for parks and recreation. Officials said the tax would have amounted to an extra $150 to $200 per year for the average homeowner.


    McHenry County voters say no in 2 referendums

    With nearly all votes cast Tuesday in McHenry County counted, voters have overwhelmingly defeat two ballot measures related to elected offices in the county. With 100 percent of Tuesday's ballots tallied, voters by a 2 to 1 ratio said no to a ballot measure that seeks to create an executive form of county government. The second ballot question, which asked voters if an elected official should be...

    David McSweeney

    McSweeney handily defeats Beaubien in 52nd House District

    In one of state's most contentious and high-priced battles, Republican David McSweeney will win the 52nd House District seat by a commanding margin over Independent Dee Beaubien. With 77 of 92 precincts reporting in the district's four counties, unofficial results show McSweeney ahead with 14,831 votes, or 60 percent of the total. Beaubien had 9,763 votes, or 40 percent. "I'll be laser-focused on...


    Electric aggregation approved in Dundee Township

    Unofficial results show Dundee Township voters giving officials permission to negotiate electricity rates. With all 35 precincts reporting, 56 percent of Election Day voters said yes to electric aggregation, which allows municipalities to buy electricity for all its residents in bulk.

    Jan Schakowsky

    Schakowsky easily beats Wolfe in 9th District

    Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky won by a wide margin over political newcomer Republican Timothy Wolfe in the race to represent the 9th Congressional District. "I think we brought up a lot of issues," Wolfe said, conceding defeat. "I'm disappointed of course that we didn't do better."

    Melinda Bush

    Bush edges Neal to win 31st state Senate seat

    The Democrats took back the 31st state Senate seat as Melinda Bush edged Republican Joe Neal in a see-saw race. Unofficial totals had Bush with 42,097 votes to 39,945 for Neal for the seat covering northern and parpart of central Lake County formerly held by Suzi Schmidt, who did not run for reelection.

    Carol Sente

    ‘It’s been a long road,’ Sente says of win over Mathias

    Redistricting played a major role in deciding the race for the 59th Representative District, as Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente ended Republican state Rep. Sidney Mathias' 14-year tenure in the Illinois House Tuesday night. "I'm still a little bit in shock," Sente said. "I have no regrets," Mathias said.

    Shannon Burns

    Democrat captures one of six DuPage forest seats

    Voters have elected a Democrat to the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission for the first time since the board became independent a decade ago. With all precincts reporting, unofficial vote totals Tuesday showed District 6 Democrat Shannon Burns of West Chicago edged Republican Al Murphy, also of West Chicago, by just 596 votes — 28,714 to 28,118.


    Drury decisively ahead for 58th House

    Democrat Scott Drury won a decisive victory over Republican Mark Shaw for the Illinois 58th House District in the North suburbs on Tuesday night. In unofficial results with all precincts reporting, Drury won 55 percent of the vote, or 24,161 votes, to Shaw's 45 percent, or 19,840 votes.


    Suburban Democrats make big gains at state Capitol

    Legislative maps drawn by Democrats paid off in the suburbs -- and the anti-Mike Madigan strategy of Republicans did not -- as House and Senate wins help secure the Democratic grip on power in Springfield.


    Bloomingdale residents want to elect village clerk

    Bloomingdale residents overwhelmingly want to elect their own village clerk rather than allow local officials to appoint someone to the post. With all 23 precincts reporting Tuesday, roughly 68 percent of voters chose to continue electing the clerk every four years.

    Julie Morrison

    Morrison defeats Friedman in 29th Senate District

    West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison is moving her political career to Springfield. Unofficial results from 139 of 141 precincts in Cook and Lake counties late Tuesday show Morrison topped Arie Friedman for the 29th Senate District seat. Morrison received 44,768 votes to Friedman's 37,570.

    Sam Yingling, Democrat candidate for 62nd District Representative.

    Sam Yingling upsets Sandy Cole for 62nd state House seat

    A strong grass-roots campaign and party support propelled Democrat Sam Yingling to an upset victory Tuesday over incumbent Republican in the 62nd state House District. With ballots in all 63 precincts counted, unofficial results showed Yingling defeated Cole 20,837 to 16,833. The count gave Yingling 55 percent of the vote. It also includes early votes and vote by mail totals.

    Dennis Reboletti

    Reboletti defeats Franzen in 45th House District

    Longtime Republican state Rep. Dennis Reboletti won re-election Tuesday and says he's ready to get back down to Springfield to pursue "common sense" solutions to turn the state's economy around. Reboletti, an Elmhurst attorney, defeated Democratic challenger JoAnn Franzen, a home health care provider from Roselle, in a race for a 2-year term representing the 45th state House District.

    Republican candidate Mike Nerheim greets supporters at Tacos El Norte in Gurnee Tuesday as he waits for results in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s race.

    Nerheim tops Kennedy for Lake state’s attorney

    Republican Mike Nerheim won the race to become the first new Lake County state's attorney in more than two decades. Nerheim of Gurnee bested Democrat Chris Kennedy of Libertyville in a battle between former prosecutors to succeed Republican state's attorney Michael Waller. Waller opted not to seek re-election after 22 years in office.With all 415 precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed...

    Suzanne Hart

    Naperville Republicans hold Will County seats

    Two Republican incumbents retained their Will County Board seats Tuesday in District 11, which covers southern Naperville. Unofficial final vote totals show board members Suzanne Hart and Charles "Chuck" Maher defeated Democrat Chris Griffin.


    Oak Brook voters want park board terms reduced

    In two nonbinding referendum questions, voters have recommended the Oak Brook Park District reduce the length of park board commissioners' terms but maintain the current number of commissioners on the board.

    Thomas Rudd

    Newcomers elected as Lake County coroner, circuit court clerk

    Democrat Thomas Rudd will be Lake County's next coroner, edging Republican Steve Newton in Tuesday's election. In other countywide races, Keith Brin won the race for Circuit Court Clerk and Mary Ellen Vanderventer won re-election as Recorder of Deeds.

    Rob Russell

    Russell wins Kane coroner race

    Republican Rob Russell is the apparent winner over Democrat Tao Martinez to be the next Kane County coroner.

    Terry Link, Democrat Candidate for 30th District Senate.

    Link easily retains seat in state Senate

    State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, won re-election handily in the 60th Senate District on Tuesday, garnering more than two-thirds of the vote in Lake County precincts.


    Tax increase diving for Old Town

    About 65 percent of the voters Tuesday rejected a tax increase for the Old Town Sanitary District, putting the system at risk of running out of money, said Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer. Residents voted 2,696 to 1,433 to reject the tax increase, according to unofficial results on the Cook County Clerk's website.

    JoAnn Osmond, candidate, 61st District Representative (Republican) Lake County

    Osmond keeps state House seat

    Republican JoAnn Osmond will carry on with her duties in the representing the 61st district in the Illinois House of Representatives. With all 70 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show Osmond, of Antioch, with 24,513 votes and Ed Erwin, a Democrat from Lindenhurst, with 18,871 votes.

    Rita Mayfield

    Mayfield easily retains 60th House seat

    State Rep. Rita Mayfield, a Democrat from Waukegan, won re-election in Illinois' 60th House District handily Tuesday. With all 51 precincts counted, unofficial vote totals show Mayfield received 20,133 votes, or about 75 percent. Her Republican challenger, Jackie Burleson received 6,844 votes, or about 25 percent. Tuesday's vote totals did not include early-voting or vote-by-mail ballots.

    Republican Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape” were a political gift to Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.

    McCaskill defeats controversial Akin in Senate race

    Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Representative Todd Akin to win a second U.S. Senate term. The race was turned upside down Aug. 19 when Akin, 65, said in a television interview that "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy.

    Jeanne Ives

    Republican Ives defeats Democrat Adams in 42nd House District

    A West Point graduate who says she wasn't afraid to ask the right questions on the Wheaton City Council says she'll do the same in Springfield as the new representative in the 42nd state House District. Jeanne Ives, a tax adviser who defeated three opponents in the Republican primary, claimed victory Tuesday over Democratic challenger William Adams, an accountant from Wheaton, in a race for a...

    Republican Judy Biggert lost her race to Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District.

    Biggert concedes to Foster in 11th

    Bill Foster is returning to Congress, defeating Judy Biggert in the 11th Congressional District. Biggert conceded about 10 p.m. in a call to Foster.


    Voters approve new fire station for E. Dundee

    The East Dundee Fire Protection District's bid for a new fire station was headed toward approval Tuesday night. With six out of seven precincts reporting, 986 voters endorsed the $5.5 million ballot question while 826 voters rejected it, according to unofficial results.

    Mike Quigley

    Quigley rolling to victory in 5th Congressional District

    Incumbent Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Chicago, appears on his way to retaining his seat in the newly reconfigured 5th Congressional District. With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Quigley leads all opponents with 68 percent of the vote. Democratic Challenger Dan Schmitt has 26 percent and Green Party candidate Nancy Wade has 6 percent. The vote totals are unofficial.

    Democrat Andrew Bernard is trailing Republican Kay Hatcher in the 50th State House District race.

    Hatcher leads Bernard in 50th State House

    Kay Hatcher has a comfortable lead over Andrew Bernard in the 50th State House District race Tuesday night.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Jackson Jr. ‘humbled’ by voter support

    Many voters in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district say they're supporting the Chicago Democrat even though he hasn't campaigned in months and remains hospitalized. Jackson is at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic being treated for bipolar disorder. Construction worker Rasheed Saunders voted for Jackson Tuesday and said being ill doesn't have anything to do with the job.

    Dave Skeberdis of Aurora has been charged with misdemeanor companion animal hoarding after authorities found 478 birds — 120 of them dead — in his home last month.

    Aurora man with 478 birds faces animal hoarding charge

    The Aurora man whose home was filled with 478 birds — 120 of them dead — has been charged with misdemeanor companion animal hoarding, authorities said Tuesday. David Skeberdis, 57, of the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane, was charged Monday night by the DuPage County state's attorney's office and ordered to appear in court Dec. 2, according to Aurora police.

    Voters wait in line to vote at a polling place on Election Day in Billings, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

    Republicans try to pick up more governors’ offices

    Republicans turned to voters in nearly a dozen states Tuesday in hopes of broadening the party's hold on governors' mansions across the country, with some GOP candidates viewing this election as their best opportunity to win in a quarter-century.


    Warning: It's illegal to post pictures of your ballot

    Illinois Board of Election officials say they received calls Tuesday from voters asking if they can take a picture of their completed ballot. Voters want to post the pictures on Facebook or other social media sites. But the answer is no.

    Voters pack the polling place at First Christian Church, 1826 16th Street in Moline, Ill. on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012.

    What Illinois voters are saying on Election Day

    A selection of voter reactions as Illinoisans went to the polls Tuesday.“I haven’t had a raise in two years because of Obama’s anti-business policies.” — Ken Keller, 61, of Schaumburg, an engineer who voted for Republican Mitt Romney.


    Stacy Peterson search to continue Wednesday

    A search of a southwest suburban forest preserve that may be related to the disappearance of Stacy Peterson continued Tuesday but did not uncover anything of consequence, police said.The FBI and Illinois State Police began a search of the 400-acre Hammel Woods Forest Preserve near Shorewood Monday, and they’ve released very little information since.

    Voters in Precinct 39 wait in line for their ballots before casting their vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Election watch: What’s happening around the country

    A quick wrap of election news: Sean Hannity breaks NY law by tweeting ballot pix, Malia and Sasha are headed to Chicago, Scottie Pippen is on president's bball team, lines were short in Iowa and Paul Ryan has a backup plan.

    Daniel A. Cronin

    Police: Elgin baby sustained injuries from shaking

    An Elgin man is accused of shaking his baby daughter so hard that she had to be put in the hospital, according to police. Daniel A. Cronin, 39, of the 600 block of Page Avenue in Elgin, has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery for shaking the girl on two separate occasions on Oct. 22.


    Park Ridge man killed in Des Plaines hit-and-run

    Cook County Sheriff Police are investigating a hit-and-run that killed a Park Ridge man Monday, authorities said. Ronald Bougan, 53, of the 00 to 100 block of North Northwest Highway, was found by a passerby at about 5:15 p.m. about four feet off east bound Touhy Avenue at the entrance to Iroquois Woods, said Cook County Sheriff spokesman Frank Bilecki.


    School district may request lower-than-allowed tax increase

    The Geneva school finance committee is recommending the district not increase its property tax levy request as much as it could legally.


    Elgin proposed budget has lower property taxes, few major expenditures

    The City of Elgin's proposed 2013 budget includes a substantial decrease in property tax revenue, made up by rising income, sales and telecommunications tax revenue as well as money from taxes that took effect in 2012. Major expenditures are limited to vehicle replacement, building maintenance and police and fire equipment in what City Manager Sean Stegall calls a "no-frills" budget.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone used a pumpkin to smash a $250 mailbox in the 1S0-99 block of East Burnham Court near Geneva between 10 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, according to a sheriff's report.


    Batavia keeps mayor’s, aldermen’s pay the same

    The Batavia City Council voted Monday to keep pay the same as it is now for people elected as mayor, aldermen and treasurer in the spring.

    In this detail of a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, seated at front-right, listens Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. At upper-right is Investigating Officer Col. Lee Deneke, and seated at front-left is Bales’ civilian attorney, Emma Scanlan.

    Prosecutors: Sergeant aware of Afghanistan attack

    The medic saw Staff Sgt. Robert Bales covered in blood and knew from the pattern of the staining it wasn't his own. He asked where it came from and where he'd been.Bales shrugged, the medic, Sgt. 1st Class James Stillwell, testified Tuesday. "If I tell you, you guys will have to testify against me," Stillwell quoted him as saying.


    Proposed U-46 tax levy would add $150 to a $5,000 tax bill

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe Elgin Area School District U-46 school board has approved a property tax levy that is about 9 percent more than the district received this year, but the actual amount the district gets will be far less, district financial administrators said. The owner of a $150,000 house in Kane County can expect to pay about $140 more on their tax bill.


    Streamwood deputy fire chief dies Tuesday

    Family and fellow firefighters are mourning the death Tuesday of 45-year-old Streamwood Deputy Fire Chief Mark Hudson, a 20-year veteran of the village's fire department. He joined the department in 1992 and rose through its ranks, becoming deputy chief in 2006.

    Gary Engel

    Authorities say ex-cop’s jailhouse death likely suicide

    Authorities investigating Monday's jailhouse death of a former police officer accused of trying to extort a local landlord believe the man hanged himself. Gary Engel, 61, of Homer Glen, was found alone in his McHenry County jail cell hanging by a bedsheet, said McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Nygren said the death appears to be a suicide.

    A damaged home tilts to one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of the borough of Queens, New York, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Monday. A coastal storm that threatens to complicate the Superstorm Sandy cleanup efforts now looks like it will be weaker than expected, experts say.

    Good news for coast: Nor’easter to weaken

    Weather experts had good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents Tuesday: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected.

    Mourners paid their final respects to 7-year-old Justin Plackowski Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naperville.

    Justin Plackowski laid to rest in Naperville

    Hundreds of mourners gathered Tuesday morning at Naperville's St. Elizabeth Seton Parish to remember 7-year-old Justin Plackowski. The nearly 90-minute funeral Mass was led by Rev. Richard Smith and was attended by family, friends, neighbors, police and Naperville Unit District 203 officials. Justin was a student at Scott School in District 203.

    Alex Ocasio, 37, stands next to the sign he posted on the door of his first floor apartment in the Queens borough of New York Tuesday. Ocasio plans to ride out the Nor’easter at his first-floor apartment even after Sandy flooded his street with neck-high water and someone tried to break in afterward.

    Fear of looting grips NYC as new storm threatens

    Since the superstorm made landfall more than a week ago, killing 40 people in the city, more than 100 in 10 states and leaving millions without power, police said overall crime has actually gone down. But not everyone is convinced.


    Exit poll shows economy still the top concern

    Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy. The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.

    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.

    Aide: General in sex case threatened to kill her

    A female U.S. Army captain testified Tuesday that her commanding general initiated a sexual affair during a combat tour in Iraq and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.



    It all adds up in Kishwaukee’s favor

    With many people monitoring election returns Tuesday, the phrase of the day seemed to be "too close to call." That was not the case at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine, however, as Kishwaukee had everything going its way. The Harper men's basketball team suffered a 91-73 to Kishwaukee College in falling to 0-2. Both losses came against nonconference foes.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson (22) and Nazr Mohammed (48) put defensive pressure on Orlando’s Gustavo Avon.

    Deng, Bulls get back to winning
    Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson were leading the cheers when the Bulls rallied to beat Orlando 99-93 on Tuesday at the United Center. But Luol Deng, calm and stoic, was at the center of everything and finished with a team-high 23 points.


    Pinizzotto powers Wolves to 2-1 win

    The Chicago Wolves rebounded from Sunday's loss to the Charlotte Checkers with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night in front of 4,404 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich tries to keep up with the Orlando Magic’s DeQuan Jones Tuesday during the first quarter at the United Center.

    Deng, Bulls hand Magic first loss

    Luol Deng scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic's first loss of the season. Deng and Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead.

    Kirk Hinrich (12) and Joakim Noah try to save the ball from going out of bounds during the first quarter of the Bulls’ win Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Pippen teams up with Obama for easy victory

    Bulls legend Scottie Pippen played pickup basketball with President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon. This has been an election day tradition for the President and Pippen described the scene to bulls.com.

    Jessica Cerda

    Streamwood’s Cerda chooses Chicago State

    You couldn't find a more excited girl around Streamwood High School right now than Jessica Cerda. Cerda, the Sabres' 5-foot-10 do-it-all senior forward/guard committed recently to accept a basketball scholarship from Division I Chicago State University. "Finally, I have it off my back and now I can just focus on the season," Cerda said Tuesday night.

    Stephanie Wonders

    Wonders takes independent study route to NIU softball

    Stephanie Wonders, who graduated from Lake Zurich in May, didn't exactly go the conventional route in earning a roster spot on a Division I softball team. Yet, there she was last month, taking advantage of a start at shortstop in a practice game for Northern Illinois University against Illinois Springfield and going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

    Former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman sounds good as a replacement for Bob Brenly in the team’s TV booth.

    Helping Cubs manage search for TV booth

    aChoosing from among the half-dozen or so presumed candidates for the Cubs' television analyst position is like voting for president. You sort of wish there was somebody a little more appealing. How many combined yawns do guys like Dan Plesac and Eric Karros inspire? Each emerges as "OK" but none is "Oh, yeah!"analyst. The group is uninspiring enough that Cubs fans must be searching the recesses of their minds for someone else.

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was the star of the show in the team’s 7-1 first half.

    Bears grading out with high marks for first half

    Halfway through the 2011 season, the Bears have posted mostly impressive grades, especially on defense, in unit-by-unit evaluations. But they can expect more difficult course work in the second semester.

    At this point, it doesn’t appear that coach Brian Kelly’s No. 4 Notre Dame team can play with the top three teams.

    Notre Dame will need more BCS luck

    A lot can happen in the next month, but at this point it doesn't appear as though Notre Dame can play with the top teams in the BCS, and the guess here is that it will be Alabama and Oregon in the title game.

    Associated Press Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is one of the more expensive public stadium deals in the country, according to a new book that looks at the public share of costs associated with stadium deals.

    Book: Stadiums costs taxpayers extra $10 billion

    Taxpayers spent about $10 billion more on stadiums and arenas for professional sports teams than they forecast, according to a new book by Harvard University urban planning associate professor Judith Grant Long.


    Sugar Bowl to host Big 12-SEC game, source says

    A person familiar with the decision says New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it had not been formally announced.

    Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman throws against Michigan State in Bloomington, Ind. Coffman’s father, Paul, was an All-Pro tight end with the Green Bay Packers in the 1980s. Indiana hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

    Ex-Packers sons ready to take on Wisconsin

    Indiana safety Mark Murphy can usually be spotted walking around campus on fall Sunday mornings wearing a green-and-gold No. 37 jersey. It's more than a tribute to his dad's legacy. Rooting for the Packers is a longtime passion for the sophomore from Ohio. "It's how I grew up," he said Tuesday with a smile.

    Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg looks to throw Saturday against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.

    Hawkeyes struggling to overcome lack of talent

    Iowa has 25 former players in the NFL, an impressive total that ranks ninth-best in the nation. But it's tough to see many current Hawkeyes reaching the next level — and that might be the biggest reason this year's team is in such a free fall. Iowa (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) has lost three straight, including a 24-21 loss last week at once-woeful Indiana.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn’t interested in stepping in to the debate over which teams should play in the national title game. Not so far, anyway.

    Notre Dame’s Kelly will let others worry about BCS

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has a degree in political science and even has worked on a presidential campaign, but has no interest in trying to lobby for a spot for the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish in the national title game. Kelly said Tuesday that's because he doesn't think it would help the Irish, who are 9-0 for the first time since 1993.

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pauses on the field Saturday following a 28-24 loss to Nebraska in East Lansing, Mich.

    Michigan State’s season of frustration

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had never experienced four straight games that were decided in the closing seconds. And if he never again has to go through the frustrations of the past month, he won't miss it. A 28-24 loss to Nebraska was the latest dagger for the Spartans (5-5, 2-4 Big Ten), who have dropped four league games by a total of 10 points.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Destinee Young of Hoffman Estates will play Division I college basketball at Old Dominion.

    Young’s destiny: Old Dominion

    Destinee Young was only three years old when she would head to the gymnasium with her father Darrell. "I would watch him shoot," Destinee remembers. "After a couple of times, I picked it up and started shooting like him." Young has been shooting, and rebounding, the rest of her life.And doing it as well as anyone in the northwest suburbs. So well, that the Hoffman Estates' 6-foot-1 senior forward has made a verbal commitment to Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va.

    Illinois guard Brandon Paul enters his senior season with a new head coach and several new teammates expected to play bigger roles. The former Warren star is one of four captains on the Illini.

    Illini counting on Paul to lead the way

    New Illinois basketball coach John Groce is counting on veteran guard Brandon Paul to provide some big scoring and help get the Fighting Illinois back to a competitive level in the rugged Big Ten.


    Former Armstrong teammate admits doping with EPO

    South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO on Tuesday after failing a doping test. George failed an out-of-competition test on Aug. 29, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Tuesday. He was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa and faces a two-year ban.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after his touchdown Sunday during the second half against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.

    Pick 6 of enticing NFL homecoming ideas

    DeAngelo Williams was not pleased when he learned that the Carolina Panthers were deemed the Washington Redskins' "homecoming" opponent. "You don't say you're going to have a homecoming' in the National Football League," Williams said. "You do it in college. It's one of those teams that's just terrible. You don't book, like, a good team for homecoming." So does he think the Panthers spoiled the homecoming dance?"

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher celebrate during the team's 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. The Bears are doing so well, there's nothing to complain about, says Mike North.

    With Bears in control, complaints finally vanish

    Mike North can't remember a time when there was nothing to complain about with the Chicago Bears. He thinks that time might have finally arrived. He also wants to know who the Bulls will target as their go-to guy untill Derrick Rose gets back on the court, and North predicts Notre Dame and Oregon will play for the national championship.

    Glenbard West players, from left, Amanda Perry, Caroline Jenkins, Meg Demaar and Megan Wagner celebrate their win over St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

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


    Bulls tipoff
    Orlando Magic at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WMVP 1000-AMUpdate: After trading away all-star center Dwight Howard, Orlando is off to a 2-0 start after, having beaten Denver and Phoenix at home. Glen Davis is the team’s top scorer at 25.5 points per game, followed by J.J. Redick at 22.5. Redick is 6-for-8 from 3-point land so far. Former Nuggets SG Arron Afflalo and ex-Purdue guard E’Twaun Moore have also played well.Next: Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center, 7 p.m. Thursday— Mike McGraw


    A rendering shows a proposed new look for Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills.

    Incentive for Westfield mall in Vernon Hills to be considered

    Vernon Hills officials are considering a confidentiality pact with Westfield LLC as a precursor to a review of an incentive package for a potential expansion and upgrade at its Hawthorn mall. The company this past spring outlined the proposed $40 million to $50 million plan to revitalize the shopping center at routes 21 and 60.

    Stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for a second straight day, as American voters went to the polls to pick a president.

    Stocks rise as investors wait for a winner

    Major stock-market indexes climbed Tuesday as investors waited for the finish of a closely fought U.S. presidential election. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 133.24 points to close at 13,245.68.

    A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.

    Measure of U.S. home prices rises most in 6 years

    A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery. Te real estate data provider also said Tuesday that prices declined 0.3 percent in September from August, the first drop after six straight increases.


    OfficeMax says cost controls boosted profit

    Tighter cost controls pushed third-quarter net income higher at Naperville-based Officemax even with weak demand for electronics is cutting into sales for almost all office supply retailers. The company also shed debt that had been guaranteed by the now defunct Lehman Brothers, leading to a $670.8 million gain.

    This publicity film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington 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 on what should have been a routine flight between Orlando, Fla., and Atlanta.

    Budweiser seeks removal from ‘Flight’

    Denzel Washington's character in "Flight" drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn't going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka. Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Washington's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

    Motorola Mobility Holdings in Libertyville

    Apple patent fee lawsuit against Google’s Motorola dismissed

    Apple Inc.'s breach-of-contract claims against Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit were dismissed after a judge questioned why a trial should be held if it wouldn't resolve the licensing battle between the two.U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb canceled a trial that was scheduled to begin today in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Nissan’s quarterly profit rose nearly 8 percent, but the Japanese automaker lowered its full-year forecasts Tuesday because of a sales slump in China and weakness in Europe.

    Nissan profit rises 8 percent, cuts forecasts

    Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 8 percent, but the Japanese automaker lowered its full-year forecasts Tuesday because of a sales slump in China and weakness in Europe.

    Strong sales of its luxury cars in China helped Germany’s BMW AG overcome weak markets in crisis-ridden Europe.

    China helps BMW offset European weakness in Q3

    Strong sales of its luxury cars in China helped Germany's BMW AG overcome weak markets in crisis-ridden Europe.

    Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earned $2.9 billion from July through September, its second straight profitable quarter. The government-controlled company attributed the gain to rising home prices and fewer mortgage delinquencies.

    Freddie Mac posts $2.9B net income for Q3

    Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earned $2.9 billion from July through September, its second straight profitable quarter. The government-controlled company attributed the gain to rising home prices and fewer mortgage delinquencies. Freddie said Tuesday that it paid a dividend of $1.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury and requested no additional federal aid.

    U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The Labor Department says job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August’s openings were revised up to 3.66 million.

    U.S. employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

    U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August's openings were revised up to 3.66 million.


    Juice bar to open in downtown Arlington Heights

    A juice bar, Pure Juice Cafe, at 24 S. Evergreen Ave., will open in downtown Arlington Heights next spring, officials said Monday. "We hope to bring the local community an exotic blend of fruits, grains, vegetables and sprouts that the natural world has to offer," said owner Paulina Koszlowska, who will run the restaurant with her husband, Greg Woytowlr.

    Associated Press An 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, in Hoboken, New Jersey.

    Utility workers face tasks monumental and mundane

    For utility crews racing to restore power to residents of this waterfront city that have been sitting in the dark for a week, the task is both mundane and monumental: Clean a bunch of gunk off electrical equipment with rags and cleaning spray.


    Court upholds sale of polygamous church assets

    A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a polygamist sect on the Utah-Arizona border waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover, clearing the way for state authorities to break up a church trust and sell assets including homes, businesses and farms in two small towns.


    Markets focus on U.S. as Americans head to vote

    Europe's stock markets made some modest gains Tuesday as Americans headed out to vote for their next President, with the latest opinion polls pointing to a narrow victory for incumbent Barack Obama.After months of campaigning and billions of dollars spent, election day has arrived. Many investors are hoping that the result will be clear enough to avoid a re-run of 2000 when the result was only known weeks later after a Supreme Court decision.

    Osamu Suzuki, chairman and president of Suzuki Motor Corp.

    American Suzuki files for bankruptcy protection

    American Suzuki Motor Corp. on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it will cease selling automobiles in the U.S. as part of a plan to restructure its business.

    People wait in line with containers to purchase gasoline at filling station in Metuchen, N.J.

    Oil prices bobble slightly ahead of U.S. election

    Oil prices fell slightly Tuesday as investors awaited the results of the U.S. presidential election.Benchmark oil for December delivery was down 8 cents to $85.57 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 79 cents to finish at $85.65 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.

    General Motors says it has received $11 billion in credit lines from 35 financial institutions in 14 countries, boosting its available cash and credit to more than $42 billion.

    GM gets new credit lines totaling $11 billion

    General Motors says it has received $11 billion in credit lines from 35 financial institutions in 14 countries, boosting its available cash and credit to more than $42 billion. The company wouldn't say specifically what it plans to do with the money, only that it's a source of "backup liquidity" that may be used for "strategic initiatives."

    Microsoft Corp.’s first self-made tablet, the Surface, costs about $267 in parts and labor when excluding its optional keyboard cover.

    Microsoft, Apple tablets have most profit margins

    Microsoft and Apple are garnering the highest profit margins for their tablets, followed by Google and then Amazon, according to research firm IHS. Microsoft Corp.'s first self-made tablet, the Surface, costs about $267 in parts and labor when excluding its optional keyboard cover. It went on sale Oct. 26 priced at $499, for a profit margin of around 46 percent.

    CVS Caremark says its third-quarter earnings climbed 16 percent. The drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager posted revenue increases in both businesses. The company also raised its full-year earnings outlook.

    CVS Caremark 3Q profit up 16 pct. as sales rise

    CVS Caremark says its third-quarter earnings climbed 16 percent. The drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager posted revenue increases in both businesses. The company also raised its full-year earnings outlook.The Woonsocket, R.I., company says it earned $1.01 billion, or 79 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30.


    Meijer to sell land near Lisle to housing developer

    Eight years after Meijer abandoned its legal fight to bring a store to Lisle, a developer has won approval to construct houses on the property. "This is ending a long saga and a cloud that was over Lisle for many, many years," Mayor Joseph Broda said after the village board gave a developer permission to erect houses on the 60-acre site along Maple Avenue that Meijer originally acquired for a store location.

    Black Finn American Saloon in Naperville has been the subject of complaints, according to Naperville officials. Police Chief Bob Marshall and city attorney Jill Wilger met with Black Finn's operations partner Lenny Skorcz to address concerns over fights and increasing police calls.

    Naperville, Black Finn talk about violence at bar

    Naperville officials say if Black Finn management was previously unaware of the reputation the establishment has earned as a hot spot for violence, city officials say they can no longer make that claim. Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall, attorney Jill Wilger and other city staff members met Monday afternoon with Black Finn operations partner Lenny Skorcz to address several violent fights including a stabbing last year.

Life & Entertainment

    Joy Williams, left, and John Paul White of The Civil Wars are calling off their upcoming tour dates, citing irreconcilable differences.

    ‘Internal discord’ forces Civil Wars to cancel tour

    Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars have canceled their upcoming tour dates, citing irreconcilable differences. The folk-pop duo Joy Williams and John Paul White released a statement Tuesday announcing that because of "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" they were unable to "continue as a touring entity at this time."


    Exploring Chile’s modern vineyards

    Chile's winegrowing topography mirrors California's, only longer, higher and upside-down. California's coastline stretches for 840 miles; Chile's is nearly 3,000. California boasts the highest vineyards at 2,000 feet; Chilean vineyards rise to 3,000 feet. Chile's vineyards reach south to Malleco Valley (38-degrees latitude) toward the frigid Antarctic.

    New York Magazine’s cover features a photo taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday, Oct. 31, showing New York City’s Manhattan borough, half aglow and half in dark, after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, causing power outages for about 8.5 million.

    Sense of normalcy returns to NYC entertainment

    New York’s entertainment industry moved closer to full throttle Monday, as a new week and largely restored downtown power meant something of a return to normalcy for the city’s upended cultural landscape. While Broadway theaters and midtown TV studios were back in business within two days of Superstorm Sandy, much of downtown New York — its off-Broadway theaters, independent movie theaters, Lower East Side concert halls — only got power back late Saturday.

    American singer-songwriter and record producer Bruno Mars says his recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was so much fun he’d be happy to do it again.

    Bruno Mars a hit as ‘SNL’ host

    Bruno Mars' recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live" was more like "Saturday Night Fever": He says he had so much fun hosting the show, he'd be happy to do it again. "Whatever SNL' wants from me, they can always call me," the smiling 27-year-old said in an interview. "I don't know who told them I can act or anything `cause I can't. I don't know what they saw. (But) whatever they need from me, they can get."

    Country singer Sammy Kershaw’s tour bus was struck by another vehicle on Friday in Nocona, Texas. The impact caused major damage to the bus, and the car was totaled.

    Sammy Kershaw involved in tour bus accident

    Country singer Sammy Kershaw is thankful to be alive after his tour bus was struck by another vehicle. It happened Friday in Nocona, Texas. The impact caused major damage to the bus, and the car was totaled. The driver of the car was hospitalized with injuries. Kershaw and the nine members of his band and crew were shaken and sore but not seriously hurt.

    Matt Armstrong

    Hollywood no 'American Horror Story' for Naperville native

    You'd think an actor with a macho name like "Matt Armstrong" would be in the Hollywood trenches, fighting to become the next Bruce Willis. Nope. "I have a 10-year-old son and he takes up a lot of time," the Naperville native said. Armstrong plays a cop in Wednesday's "American Horror Story" episode.

    Michael Pennisi of Carpentersville won the Cook of the Week Challenge with his sauteed salmon with spicy sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts slaw.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Brussels sprout slaw launches physics teacher to winner’s circle

    Brussels sprouts nearly got the best of Michael Pennisi, one of the four finalists — and ultimate winner — in the Cook of the Week Challenge. "I didn't like them as a kid and the few times I've made them as an adult I always found myself thinking Why I am eating these when I can actually eat whatever I want?,'" the physics teacher from Carpentersville said, reflecting on one of the secret ingredients he and the other cooks had to use during the live cook-off Thursday that capped the elimination-style competition.

    More than 2,000 candles in honor of U.S. veterans will light up the night at Cantigny Park and the First Division Museum as part of the annual Luminary Tribute.

    Best bets: Cantigny lights up the night in honor of veterans

    Contemplate the sacrifices veterans have made to our country during Cantigny's annual Luminary Display this weekend in Wheaton. Be a part of the audience for a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Saturday. Fans of the Discovery series “MythBusters” won't want to miss Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage's live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths” at Sears Centre.


    Music notes: Alan Jackson comes to Sears Centre

    Suburban country-music fans can check out Alan Jackson this weekend at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, while progressive rock/metal fans should head to Palatine to see Uriah Heep.

    Pop music icon Olivia Newton-John is performing a concert Saturday at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre and could be singing some songs from the new CD she made with her “Grease” co-star John Travolta.

    Newton-John talks ‘Grease,’ ‘Xanadu’ and reteaming with Travolta

    It's been decades since Olivia Newton-John went from pop music ingenue to one of the most recognizable faces in show business. From her starmaking turn as Sandy in "Grease," to her iconic standardbearer of lyrical double entrendres "Physical," Newton-John has retained a hopelessly devoted fan following through the years. She returns to the suburbs Saturday with a performance at Aurora's Paramount Theatre.


    Eating out: Get to know Silk Asian Tavern at open house

    Sample Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese dishes at Silk Asian Tavern, Vernon Hills' new pan-Asian eatery. Stop in between 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, for an open house and enjoy appetizers, beer and soft drinks for $20 per person.

    “Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

    Dirk Pitt fans will enjoy ‘Poseidon’s Arrow’

    Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew are back to save the world in the Cussler (Clive and son Dirk) family's latest adventure, "Poseidon's Arrow." The government has secretly created a submarine capable of moving through the water at more than 100 miles an hour. Stocked with advanced weaponry and almost stealthlike abilities, this new submarine will dominate the seas. Then the prototype is stolen, and the inventor is found dead.

    Sgt. 1st Class Charles Shuck’s dog Gabe, a yellow Lab, was honored at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, on Hallmark Channel.

    Awards show throws dogs more than a bone

    This awards show has the usual — red carpet, stars and a glamorous Beverly Hills setting. But it's also one of the few where people know who won before it airs. Hallmark Channel's American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, airing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, focuses on six heroic dogs, which won in various categories such as military and search and rescue after the public voted.


    Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

    Civil discourse and the clash of ideas

    Guest columnist Lee Hamilton: If we don't like the tone of our politics, you and I are the only ones who can change it. We must make it clear to office-seekers and to our political friends that we do not like inflammatory name-calling or constant attacks on an opponent's motivation.


    Where is justice in bank fraud cases?
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Continued revelations of fraudulent practices at big financial institutions are disgusting. The lawsuits are directed against institutions, but the fact is, it was dreamed up and implemented by a human being, and along with like-minded associates, who sought ways to increase the profits of their banks, and promote their own prestige and power, without regard to the law or ethics or conscience of decency.


    Bow hunting cruel population control
    An Aurora letter to the editor: It is very distressing that the Kane County Forest Preserve has decided to allow the cruel bow hunting of deer in order to attempt to control their population instead of using more effective, nonlethal methods.


    Handing out credit for smoother road
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I have to give a big thank-you to the Daily Herald. A few weeks back, the DH posted a comment in the Saturday Soapbox stating how nice it would be if someone would grind down the bumps (pavement buckling) on Higgins Road between Arlington Heights Road and Route 53. Lo and behold, about a week later, most of the bumps were gone.


    Prescription meds are not for others
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor:I just finished reading the front page article regarding the death of Emily Jackson after taking a single OxyContin pain pill back in 2006. This is a very tragic story,


    Politicians can’t put God back in nation
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Faith doesn't trickle down from our leaders, it flows up from our culture. If we want to bring God into our culture, it has to start at home and in our communities.


    Haiti in desperate need of our help
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We should lead the way to help the Haitian people and stop spending billions of dollars half a world away in Iraq and Afghanistan ignoring our own neighbors.


    No help in tax dispute
    An Elburn letter to the editor: The tax "hearing" process in Kane County is a joke. It's no wonder more people do not consider moving out to the Village of Elburn in Blackberry Township. The real estate taxes are too high.


    Only so much our schools can do
    An Aurora letter to the editor: For the past week, several newspapers have been reporting on good schools in the area not meeting the "No Child Left Behind" standards. Statistics from the state report cards show Hispanic and black students are scoring significantly lower than their classmates.


    Questions must be asked in Dist. 204
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Indian Prairie School District 204 seems to have plenty of money to print and mail multicolor propaganda pieces to our homes but we wonder why it is those pieces never include any follow-up to the district's claims that enrollment was going to skyrocket and required the borrowing of $125 million (later ballooning to $150 million) to build a third high school?


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