Daily Archive : Wednesday November 7, 2012


    Rodney Craig

    Hanover Park OKs video gambling to aid children’s programs

    Prompted by neighboring communities that have made video gambling legal in recent months, Hanover Park is following suit to give eligible businesses a chance to compete. But there's a catch: Any revenue generated for the village instead will benefit the Barrington Road youth sports complex and other children's programs. "I'm not happy with video gambling in general, but I'm happy the proceeds...


    Oak Brook's Butler District 53 making pitch for $40M school

    A plan to dramatically alter the landscape of education in Oak Brook by replacing two aging schools with a $40 million K-8 facility at the village's Sports Core will be unveiled in a series of meetings over the next week. Officials in Butler Elementary District 53 said they will hold three sessions at which residents can learn about the proposal, ask questions and provide input. The forums are...


    Elgin council discusses 2013 budget, reflects on 2012

    The city of Elgin began its 2013 budget discussion Wednesday with a look back at 2012. Revenues are expected to come in at $2 million more than planned, staff members have kept costs down and will finish the year $344,000 under budget and the golf fund won't need a penny from taxpayers, thanks to a banner year. No new taxes are proposed in 2013 but a stormwater tax is on the table for 2014. City...


    Five reasons Democrats rolled in the suburbs

    Democrats had a big night in the suburbs, with a clean sweep of targeted congressional seats and gains in the state legislature. Both parties will argue about why in the coming weeks as they already begin to mold their strategies for 2014. No one reason is likely to explain such clear Democratic gains, and not every factor will apply to every candidate. But here are five factors that contributed...

    President Barack Obama, with his arm around daughter Sasha, and first lady Michelle Obama and eldest daughter Malia exit Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after a flight from Chicago on Wednesday.

    Re-elected, Obama heads back to divided government

    One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending cuts and tax increases that threaten to plunge the economy back into recession. Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "Of course" an agreement is possible.

    Eighth District Republican Congressman Joe Walsh speaks to supporters after conceding to Democrat Tammy Duckworth during his election night rally at the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison.

    Joe Walsh for governor in 2014?

    Less than 12 hours after his concession speech to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, Congressman Joe Walsh is not ruling out a future bid for governor or U.S. Senate. Describing a "dearth" of Republican leadership in Illinois, Walsh said someone needs to step up. And the McHenry Tea Partyer, known for his charismatic candor and caustic rhetoric, said it just might be him.


    District 300 board submits final offer to teachers union

    Community Unit District 300 has submitted its final offer to the teachers union. The final offer includes salary increases, additional teachers to reduce class sizes at the elementary level and changes to teacher planning time. The soonest teachers could walk off the job is Dec. 3.

    Ellen Correll

    Grayslake District 46 boss still seeking contract extension

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members Wednesday night couldn't agree on whether to award a contract extension to Superintendent Ellen Correll.

    Jose Guerrero

    West Chicago man charged with molesting neighbor girls

    A West Chicago man who prosecutors say lured two young neighbor girls into his home with candy is accused of molesting them and taking pornographic photos. Jose Guerrero, 47, was being held in the DuPage County jail Wednesday on $750,000 bail.

    Waves crash into a seawall and buildings along the coast in Hull, Mass., Wednesday. A high-wind warning is in effect in the state until Wednesday night, with gusts of up to 60 mph expected in some costal areas, and 50 mph gusts expected for Boston and western Massachusetts.

    New storm bears down on Sandy-battered NYC, NJ

    A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago.

    Alejandro Garcia Padilla, candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party, speaks to supporters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. Incumbent Gov. Luis Fortuno conceded defeat to Garcia Padilla in a close election with a margin less than 1 percent.

    Puerto Rico vote endorses statehood with asterisk

    Puerto Ricans have supported U.S. statehood in a vote that jubilant members of the pro-statehood party say is the strongest sign yet that the Caribbean island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.


    Ex-Islamic charity director back in U.S.

    An attorney for a former Islamic charity director from the South sburbs says he is back in the United States after claiming he was stranded in the Middle East because he was on a federal no-fly list.

    Jarick Harris

    Chicago man charged in Hanover Park sexual assault case

    A Chicago man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a minor in Hanover Park, according to a news release. Jarick Harris, 19, of the 1000 block of Vermont Avenue, was charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. Hanover Park police have been investigating the sexual assault since Oct. 13.


    Chicago fertility clinic didn’t test donors for STDs, FDA says

    Federal regulators have sent a warning letter to a Chicago fertility doctor, citing his clinic's failure to meet standards for screening egg donors for sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's letter to Dr. Martin Balin was posted on the agency's website Tuesday night. FDA spokeswoman Lisa Misevicz said nobody got sick, but the FDA's goal is to "prevent anyone from...

    Tammy Duckworth greets people Wednesday morning at the Metra station in Schaumburg. Duckworth beat U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh to win election to Congress in the 8th District.

    Duckworth: Volunteers the difference in 8th District race

    Just hours after declaring victory over Congressman Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District, Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates was up and at 'em, greeting supporters at the Schaumburg Metra Station Wednesday morning. "I knew grass-roots beats everything," she said later, thanking volunteers.


    McHenry man charged with sexual assault

    A McHenry man has been charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, according to news release from the McHenry County sheriff's department. Ryan J. Frazier, 31, of the 5300 block of Meadow Street, was taken into custody on Wednesday, officials said. Sheriff's investigators received information Tuesday from Twin Lakes, Wis., police that a child younger than 13 had reported being...

    These weapons, including a homemade sword, were seized Tuesday evening by Round Lake Park police and the Department of Homeland Security as part of a joint investigation targeting suspected street gang members in the area.

    Round Lake Park cops say sword, knives, guns found in home

    Several knives, a homemade sword and guns have been seized from a Round Lake Park home where gang-related crimes originated, authorities said Wednesday. Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said an arrest warrant was executed Tuesday night at the house in the 400 block of Highmoor Drive. Warrants were part of a continuing street gang investigation by Round Lake Park authorities and the...


    Five injured in Elk Grove Township crash

    Five people were injured in a two-car rollover crash in Elk Grove Township Wednesday afternoon, according to the Elk Grove Township Fire Department. The accident occurred just before 1 p.m. on Oakton Street, near Hamilton Road.

    A teary-eyed Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, speaks as Sen. Ed Murray, center, and his partner Michael Shiosaki applaud behind at an election watch party for proponents of Referendum 74, which would uphold the state’s new same-sex marriage law.

    Gay-marriage backers end losing streak, look ahead

    For years, foes of same-sex marriage had a potent talking point: They'd won every time the issue went to a popular vote. That winning streak has now been shattered in a multi-state electoral sweep by gay marriage supporters — a historic tipping point likely to influence other states and possibly even the Supreme Court.

    Betty Aldworth, center, a director of the Yes on 64 campaign responds to questions about the legalization of marijuana at a news conference in Denver on Wednesday. Co-directors Brian Vicente, left, and Mason Tvert, right, listen. Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 on Tuesday legalizing marijuana in Colorado for recreational use.

    Legal battle looms over marijuana initiatives
    The approval of ballot initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado on Tuesday could set the stage for a significant legal battle with the Justice Department, one that may bring fresh scrutiny to federal drug policy.

    Rob Russell

    Kane County coroner victor Russell moves forward, touts integrity

    Voters Tuesday elected the first new coroner in Kane County in 12 years. Now the task of repairing relationships and restoring integrity to the office falls to Republican Rob Russell, who won 56 percent of the vote in defeating Tao Martinez.


    LITH company violated whistle-blower laws, OSHA says

    A Lake in the Hills aircraft management company was found by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to have illegally terminated an employee in 2009, and was ordered by to reinstate him and pay him back more than $500,000.


    Lawyer: Suburban man dropped from terrorist list

    A South suburban man who was alleged to be a Hamas leader has been removed from the U.S. government's "specially designated terrorist" list, according to his attorney.

    This image from video released by FOX News Chicago shows off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate, center, beating a female bartender, on floor, at a Chicago bar.

    Trial focused on police culture goes to jury

    The potentially landmark civil trial that confronts the sensitive question head-on of whether there's a code of silence and protection ingrained in Chicago's police department was turned over to the jury Wednesday. The case stems from the conviction of off-duty officer Anthony Abbate's notorious 2007 beating of a female bartender half his size.

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains optimistic he can get lawmakers to agree on a plan for bringing down spiraling costs of pensions for government and other public sector workers.

    Quinn vows to keep working on pension reform

    Gov. Pat Quinn played down voters' rejection of a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution that would have made it harder to expand public employee retirement benefits. A day after the elections, Quinn says he remains optimistic he can get lawmakers to agree on a plan for bringing down spiraling costs of pensions for government and other public sector workers.

    From left on George and Mildred’s wedding day in 1949: August Paluch; Anna Paluch; George and Mildred Halas; Ann Halas and Walter Halas.

    Halas family loses an elder stateswoman

    One of the last members of the Halas family to be among the inner circle with George "Papa Bear" Halas, has died. Mildred Halas passed away Nov. 1. The longtime Mount Prospect resident was 83. Her husband, George J. Halas, was the nephew of the former Bears owner. He served as a part-time advance scout for the Bears, taking over for his father, Walter Halas, when he passed away in 1959.

    Gary Grasso

    Only 11 votes separate 2 DuPage board candidates

    Unofficially, Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso defeated Sharon Bryant for a seat on the DuPage County Board. But the 11-vote margin of victory that Grasso clings to in the District 3 race could change when the results are deemed official later this month.

    Bill Foster gives his acceptance speech Tuesday night after defeating Judy Biggert to capture the 11th Congressional District seat.

    Behind the scenes of Foster’s unexpectedly easy win

    Bill Foster wasn't supposed to win like this. Election night was supposed to be as down and dirty as the abundance of negative 11th Congressional District ads on TV. But Foster took a lead over Republican rival Judy Biggert from the very first returns and went on to beat her in almost every region of the district except for a handful of Cook County precincts.


    Two juveniles charged in Waukegan gun shop burglary

    Two juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary after trying to rob a Waukegan gun shop twice in two days, authorities said.


    Aurora approves raises for future mayor, aldermen

    Those elected to serve as Aurora aldermen and mayor will be seeing pay increases in upcoming years after the city council approved raises for both positions. A 9 percent raise will go into effect for the position of mayor in May, to be followed by 3 percent raises in 2014, 2015 and 2016. "Everyone looks at it like we're raising (current Mayor) Tom Weisner's salary," Alderman John "Whitey" Peters...

    Brad Schneider with his wife, Julie Dann, and sons Adam and Daniel Schneider next to him Tuesday, speaks to supporters after winning the Illinois’s 10th Congressional race.

    Brad Schneider reflects on victory, the work ahead

    Democrat Brad Schneider wasn't surprised by his narrow victory over Republican Robert Dold in the 10th District. He was counting on early votes, which are tallied last in Cook and Lake counties, to give him the edge -- and that's exactly what happened.


    Palatine continues former gas station cleanup

    Palatine officials are continuing cleanup efforts at the site of a former gas station at 5 W. Palatine Road, saying they hope the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will determine within a year that no further remediation is necessary.


    Book drive at Libertyville High

    Libertyville High School and the Interact club are conducting a book drive through Friday. Drop-off bins are located in the main office and in other locations.


    May Whitney PTO book fair

    The May Whitney PTO will host a book fair at Barnes & Noble at Deer Park Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m to 10 p.m.


    Pet supply collection

    The seniors at Oak Hill Supportive Living Community in Round Lake Beach are collecting pet supplies and donations for the thousands of pets and their owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New Jersey area.


    Algonquin property tax levy drops

    The Algonquin village board has unanimously approved a property tax levy that is 1 percent smaller than last year's tax extension, officials said.The 2012 levy, which property owners will pay in 2013, is the lowest levy for the village since 2007.

    Melinda Bush

    Various factors led to Democratic wins in Lake County races

    Democrats get hammered for just about everything wrong in Springfield yet they pulled off two major victories in Lake County, with Sam Yingling upsetting incumbent Republican state Rep. Sandy Cole and Melinda Bush grabbing a vacant seat that last had been Republican. Observers say the candidates were very hard working and sincere in a desire to get something done in Springfield.


    Police search for hit-and-run vehicle

    The Cook County Sheriff's Department is requesting the assistance of the public in helping identify a car which was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Maine Township. Police believe Ronald Bougan, 53, of Park Ridge, was killed after a vehicle struck him on eastbound Touhy Avenue between I-294 and Talcott Avenue.


    Batavia budget talk starts Thursday

    Batavia aldermen will take the first peek at part of the prposed 2013 city budget at a committee meeting Thursday night.


    Vet Fest in Palatine Saturday

    Vet Fest 12, a fundraiser for local hospitalized veterans, will take place starting at noon Saturday, Nov. 10 at Splinters Sports Pub, 2070 N. Rand Road, in Palatine. It's the eighth annual festival, and includes a barbecue, raffles, and both live and silent auctions. Last year, it raised $19,000 for toiletries and clothes for veterans.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Tina M. Vasquez, 44, of Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, according to court documents. Vasquez was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Brett E. Terwilliger, 46, of the 300 block of Fountain Avenue in Elgin, and both were pulled over at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of...

    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at the brief court appearance on charges he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Penn State ex-President Spanier arraigned

    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at a brief court appearance Wednesday on charges he lied about and concealed child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Bail was set at $125,000, but he was not required to post any of that amount. He was ordered to forfeit his passport and be fingerprinted.


    Why two towns cast opposite votes for video gambling

    Two towns at opposite ends of DuPage County also delivered opposite messages on video gambling Tuesday. Roughly 57 percent of voters in Wood Dale gave a nod to allow video gambling in their city, while about 57 percent of Winfield voters want to reinstate a ban on the gaming machines. Heres's why.

    Signs supporting Geneva teachers are along Kaneville Road East of Randall Road. The teachers union and district officials will have another negotiating session Thursday afternoon, according to the Geneva Education Association.

    Geneva school negotiations to resume Thursday

    Negotiators for the Geneva Education Association and the Geneva school district will meet again on Thursday after an 8-hour session Tuesday.


    Diamond heist plot leads to charges, authorities say

    Three Elk Grove Village men have been indicted in a plot to steal millions of dollars worth of diamonds from a New York City jeweler, according to charges filed this week in federal court.

    Seventh-grader Jayden Vento is framed by the salute of retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Dan Coakley as the national anthem plays during Jewel Middle School’s seventh annual Veterans Day assembly Wednesday at the school in North Aurora.

    District 129 schools honor veterans

    Students at Jewel and Herget middle schools honored men and women in the Armed Forces Wednesday at their schools.

    Jim Magnanenzi

    Barrington opposition slate has new member

    Just hours after the 2012 national, state and county campaign concluded, a new candidate was announced Wednesday for Barrington's April 2013 village board election. JoAnn Fletcher will join the challengers' slate started in August by longtime residents and businessmen Jim Magnanenzi and Mike Kozel. All three will run for village trustee positions.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two female shoplifters stole merchandise, including four boxes of diapers valued at $140, from Target, 1700 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Nov. 3. A security tape recorded them. One offender pushed a shopping cart full of merchandise to a rear fire door. The second woman exited through a front door, drove her vehicle to the rear door, where the first shoplifter loaded...

    Betsey Means of WomanLore portrays and adapts the story of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

    History and music presented at Byron Colby Barn

    Two events will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. At noon, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America with Daisy's Girls: Camping with Juliette Gordon Low as portrayed and adapted by Betsey Means of WomanLore: Performing Women in History. At 4 p.m., the 11th season of the Early Music Series begins with a special performance by Ars Antigua.


    ‘Small steps’ in West Chicago District 33 contract talks

    Teachers are growing increasingly uneasy about the slow pace of contract talks in West Chicago Elementary District 33, the union's chief negotiator said. But school board President Christine Scheck said she's still optimistic about reaching an agreement with the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago. "It's slow but we're talking and to me that's such a plus," Scheck said Tuesday...

    Jerry Feldott

    Ex-Naperville library chief guilty of theft charge

    Former Naperville Library Board President Jerry Feldott is now a convicted felon. The 64-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling about $26,000 from a homeowners association that had contracted with his real-estate firm.

    In Batavia High School’s production of “9 to 5: the Musical,” from left, Cecily Lemon plays Judy Bernly, Kelsey Skomer plays Violet Newstead and Glynis Gilio plays Doralee Rhodes. All three girls are juniors.

    See ‘9 to 5: the Musical’ at Batavia High School

    Tired of the rat race? Batavia High School's production of "9 to 5: the Musical" offers you a chance to laugh at workplace woes and to sing along with some catchy tunes. Based on the 1980 movie "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, the musical tells the story of three female co-workers who concoct a scheme to get even with their sexist, lying boss.

    Geneva High School students will present “Laughing Stock,” a funny, affectionate look at the world of summer stock on Friday to Sunday, Nov. 9-11. From left are Marc Belon, Megan Grant, Meredith Dillon, Zane Shaw, Becca Grischow, Angelo Gulfuso and Margot Downey.

    Laugh along with ‘Laughing Stock’ at Geneva High School

    Geneva High School will present an affectionate — and funny — love letter to the world of theater this weekend, when it presents "Laughing Stock." Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

    The people of Maine did an about face, and along with Maryland voted Tuesday to let gay couples marry. Until this election, every state that had held a popular vote on the question — 32 in a row — had rejected same-sex marriage. Maine and Maryland not only ended the losing streak but may have turned the war.

    How gay marriage won at the polls

    The people of Maine did an about face, and along with Maryland voted Tuesday to let gay couples marry. Until this election, every state that had held a popular vote on the question — 32 in a row — had rejected same-sex marriage. Maine and Maryland not only ended the losing streak but may have turned the war.

    With his family beside him, Congressman-elect Brad Schneider addresses supporters Tuesday.

    How did Brad Schneider defeat Robert Dold in the 10th District?

    When the votes in the 10th Congressional District were counted, Brad Schneider had eked out a victory with a slim 2,547-vote margin over incumbent Bob Dold, unofficial results showed. That's less than 1 percent of the total votes cast in the race. It's the first time a Democrat has won the 10th District seat since the 1970s. Early-voting, a remapped district and negative ads were factors,...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man pretending to be the grandson of an 80-year-old woman in Arlington Heights tried over three days between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 to get money in a phone scam. He said he needed her to send bond money because he was arrested on charges of DUI in California. The woman ended the call cordially twice without sending money. The third day the man told her he no longer needed the money and was back at...


    DuPage Symphony to celebrate ‘British Masters’

    The DuPage Symphony Orchestra will celebrate travel and the "British Masters" when it performs in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan thanks Mary Pat Monteleone, left, and Kathleen Fergus for their support, while visiting with patrons at the Sugar Bowl restaurant after winning the 55th State House District race in Tuesday’s election.

    Des Plaines mayor reflects on road ahead in Ill. House

    Knees weary from walking the campaign trail roughly 60 hours a week in the run-up to Tuesday's election, newly-elected Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan stopped in at the Sugar Bowl restaurant in downtown Des Plaines Wednesday morning to thank supporters. He will leave his post as mayor of Des Plaines in January.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Republicans: Get more conservative or ease off?

    The feud within the Republican Party after the shock of losing to an incumbent president weakened by four years of economic discontent started before the votes were even counted. "Instead of them curling up in the ball and asking, Where did we lose conservative whites,' we need to add people to the coalition," said GOP leader Tom Davis. "There are just not enough old...

    Bill Foster gives his acceptance speech after winning the eleventh congressional district election at his election night party in Boilingbrook on Tuesday, November 6.

    The biggest surprises on Election Day

    It's all over except for the shouting (and except where it's not over; i.e., Florida and Arizona). But did anything really surprise us on Tuesday? Not really. But there are a bunch of little Waldos, like Bill Foster beating Judy Biggert, that we thought were worth a closer look.

    Bob Getz, left, and Douglas Scheflow

    Kane Dist. 22 candidate may seek recount

    Bob Getz, the Democratic candidate for the Kane County Board's 22nd District seat, may contest the results of the election, which, according to unofficial results, he lost by 19 votes. "It could go either way, but I'm not going to root for him," Getz said of his opponent. "I'm rooting for me."

    People watch early election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center New York, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

    It’s a 50-50 nation, give or take

    The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time. Slender percentages separated winner and loser from battleground to battleground, and people in exit polls said yea and nay in roughly equal measure to some of the...

    Roberto Garza, left, and “Peanut” Tillman rush down through a hallway at Ridge Family Center for Learning as students try to catch them with foam tubes.

    Bears players, Elk Grove students film ‘Play 60’ commercial

    Charles Tillman, Roberto Garza, Jason Campbell and a TV crew came to an Elk Grove Village school Tuesday to film a spot for NFL Play 60 -- the initiative that urges kids to get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Watch for the spot to appear during football games Nov. 25 on FOX and CBS.

    A security guard stands outside the media center for the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. China’s Vice President Xi Jinping was appointed the secretary general of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress, spokesman Cai Mingzhao said at a briefing today.

    China’s power transfer: infighting and spectacle

    China's ruling Communist Party opens a congress Thursday to usher in a new group of younger leaders faced with the challenging tasks of righting a flagging economy and meeting public calls for better government. The weeklong congress is the start of a carefully choreographed but still fraught power transfer in which President Hu Jintao and most of the senior leadership will begin to relinquish...


    Magnitude-7.5 earthquake hits Guatemala

    GUATEMALA CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey says that a strong earthquake has hit off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, rocking the capital and shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador. The magnitude-7.5 quake, about 20 miles deep, was centered off the town of Champerico.

    Newspapers around the country covered Tuesday's presidential election.

    Images: Front pages from around the world
    Front pages of newspapers from around the world reflect the results of Tuesday's election. Some went to press before President Barack Obama was declared the victor. All front pages are courtesy of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

    Clarence ‘Jack’ L. Dobbs, who was interviewed by Jeff Meek for “They Answered the Call,” was a gunner on a B-29 bomber in the Pacific. He flew 15 missions, primarily destroying Japanese oil refineries.

    Elgin native shares WWII veterans’ stories

    "Every time another World War II veteran dies, it's like another piece of a library burned out," says Jeff Meek, author of "They Answered the Call." Meek, who grew up in Elgin and graduated from Larkin High School, was prompted to write his compilation of 75 World War II veterans stories when his son Jeff went into the U.S. Marines. He will speak about his book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the...

    Autographed lithographs that commemorate the role of Jews in Major League Baseball were created through the efforts of Greg Harris of Buffalo Grove.

    Buffalo Grove man’s lithographs capture history of Jews in baseball

    The legacy of Jews in Major League Baseball, from Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to current All-Star Ryan Braun to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf to Commissioner Bud Selig, has been immortalized in a new series of prints produced by Buffalo Grove resident Greg Harris of Art O Graphs Limited. "This is something that will be displayed prominently on the wall, and then handed down to sons and...

    An unidentified woman cries as she’s rushed into a car after learning of a workplace shooting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Fresno, Calif. A parolee who worked at a California chicken processing plant opened fire at the business on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, before shooting himself, police said.

    Motive unclear in shooting at Calif. chicken plant

    FRESNO, Calif. — That Lawrence Jones targeted a handful of his co-workers at a chicken-processing plant, killing two of them execution-style, was evident, authorities said. But why he did it remained unclear.


    Indiana police scour area where body was found

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Western Indiana police have searched a remote, rural area for clues in the death of woman whose body was found last weekend along a roadway.Members of the Vigo County Search and Rescue Team using search dogs scoured ditches and tree rows Tuesday along a one-mile stretch of the Vigo-Clay county line.


    I-94 closed following report of missing child

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County sheriff’s officials closed a portion of Interstate 94 following a fiery rollover crash which injured a driver who thought her child was missing.

    As Chinese President Hu Jintao steps down as head of China’s Communist Party after 10 years in power, he’s hearing something unusual for a Chinese leader: sharp criticism.

    Hu Jintao’s legacy: A strong but strained China

    As Hu Jintao steps down as head of China's Communist Party after 10 years in power, he's hearing something unusual for a Chinese leader: sharp criticism.


    NY man who lost leg in crucifix mishap sues church

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. — A trial has been scheduled for early next year in the lawsuit filed against an upstate New York church by a man whose leg had to be amputated after a 600-pound crucifix fell on him.Attorney Kevin Kitson of White Plains tells The Associated Press that the case of his client, David Jimenez, is scheduled for trial in January in an Orange County court.

    Jose A. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz, was released from prison then immediately taken into custody on a Megan’s Law violation.

    Longtime Etan Patz suspect released, then held

    PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago was released from prison then immediately taken into custody on a Megan’s Law violation.


    Car bomb kills judge in Syrian capital

    A car bomb killed a judge in Damascus on Wednesday, the second assassination in the capital in two days targeting high-ranking supporters of President Bashar Assad.


    2 Milwaukee museums offer free admission for vets

    MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee museums are offering free admission for veterans this weekend in recognition of Veterans Day.The promotion is for Saturday and Sunday at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Among the events at the Harley museum is a ceremony Saturday with the St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy cadets, which will include a 21-gun salute.


    Ind. woman who claimed school bus injury charged

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A northern Indiana woman who claimed she was struck and injured by a school bus has been charged with fraud after surveillance video apparently contradicts her story.


    Eyewitness: Shopping center collapses in Ghana

    ACCRA, Ghana — Eyewitnesses say that the top three floors of a six-story shopping center collapsed in Accra, Ghana, trapping people.Kojo Boadi, an eyewitness, told The Associated Press that search and rescue teams were working Wednesday to free those caught in the shopping center belonging to the Melcom Group in the Achimota neighborhood of Accra.

    In this photo combo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures to supporters during his election night rally in Boston, left, and President Barack Obama waves to the crowd of supporters at his election night party in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Obama defeated Romney to win a second term.

    Analysis: Both sides see mandate, hard road ahead

    President Barack Obama's re-election, coupled with Republicans' continued hold on the House, gives both parties a chance to rethink, and perhaps undo, the bitter partisanship that has gripped Washington for four years and frustrated Americans who see big problems going unsolved. It won't be easy. Both sides claim, with some justification, a mandate from the voters.


    What’s next with the Electoral College?

    Americans already know who their next president is, but the formal process for picking a president extends beyond Election Day. While the Electoral College has the ultimate say in choosing Democrat Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, the exercise is largely academic.

    Arizona Democrats of all ages celebrate as President Barack Obama is declared the winner of the presidential race at a Democratic Party gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. Younger and minority voters helped put President Barack Obama over the top.

    Who hit the polls: Younger voters, minorities

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made sharply different bets about who would vote this year. Younger voters and minorities came to the polls at levels not far off from the historic coalition Obama assembled in 2008. The reality caught off-guard Republicans who banked on a more monolithic voting body sending them to the White House — and who had based their polling on that assumption.

    Mervel Parker fills out his ballot to vote in the election at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

    Turnout shaping up to be lower than 2008

    A drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election didn't keep President Barack Obama from winning a second term in the White House. Preliminary figures suggest fewer people voted this year than four years ago, when voters shattered turnout records as they elected Obama to his first term.


    Portage man, 102, still regrets vote for Hoover

    PORTAGE, Ind. — Catherine Bryan guided her husband of 67 years toward the ballot booth with a playful nod and a gentle push.“Now go do your civic duty again,” she told him.Kenneth Bryan, who’s 102 years old, didn’t need any Election Day instructions, especially from his 89-year-old wife.


    Divers find sunken Russian ship carrying gold ore

    Divers have found a Russian ship carrying 700 tons of gold ore that sank off the Pacific coast last month. The freighter Amurskaya had been missing since Oct. 28 when it sent a distress call from the Sea of Okhotsk, an arm of the Pacific.


    Hearing set for Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film

    Prosecutors could provide more details Wednesday about the California man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Middle East in a case where he's accused of violating the terms of his probation by lying about his identity.


    Five shot dead by co-worker in Moscow office

    Five people were killed and two wounded in an armed attack at an office of OAO Protek’s Rigla pharmaceuticals retailer in north-eastern Moscow, Russian investigators said.Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, was arrested after shooting seven of his co-workers with two rifles this morning, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.

    People attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar celebrate after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment’s passage, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The amendment would make it legal in Colorado for individuals to possess and for businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use.

    Washington, Colorado approve recreational pot use

    Washington voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use, making it the first U.S. state to decriminalize the practice.


    Stepbrother charged in death of missing man

    The stepbrother of an autistic Mazomanie man who had been missing since June has been charged with killing him and burying his body.

    President Barack Obama smiles during his speech at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago.

    Images: Election Night in America
    Scenes from election night 2012. Candidate Mitt Romney offered his concession speech from Boston and a victorious Barack Obama addressed a crowd of thousands in Chicago.


    Dawn Patrol/election night review: Obama doesn’t quite sweep suburbs
    What you may have missed on Election Night: President Obama headed to second term; Tammy Duckworth beats Joe Walsh; Bill Foster edges out Judy Biggert; Brad Schneider surprises Bob Dold with a win; Carole Sente happy with win over Sid Mathias; and much more.

    This photo provided by Carol Snyder shows Pauline Burema holding her dog, Lucky. Burema was the first person to die in Indiana from fungal meningitis. Lucky was Burema’s long-time companion. Lucky is a male and is estimated at 8-10 years old with a life expectancy of 8-10 more years. The family provided the photograph in hopes of finding Lucky a new home.

    Meningitis victim’s family seeks home for her dog

    Relatives of an 89-year-old woman who was the first person to die in Indiana from a multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak are looking for a new home for her dog.

    Mecca Traynham, left, and Elena Richardson, right, comb through donated warm and clean clothes, children’s toys, and blankets at a distribution point in the Rockaways, a neighborhood that was hit hard and is still without power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York.

    Sandy’s destruction no match for Katrina

    In the Rockaways section of the New York borough of Queens, residents are comparing their battered community to New Orleans's Ninth Ward, which was all but destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I was talking to some cops and firefighters who were down in Louisiana after Katrina. They say this is far more devastating," one resident said. It may feel that way. It isn't true.

    8th Congressional District winner Tammy Duckworth enters her campaign headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village to the cheers.

    Images: Election Night in the Suburbs
    Scenes from election night in the suburbs of Chicago. Candidates in Congressional districts as well as State Senate and State Representative races react to the results of General Election 2012.


    Ill. man accused of killing 8 guilty in 2nd trial

    MORRISON — An Illinois man accused of killing eight people from two states in 2008 was found guilty Tuesday in the death of a 93-year-old man.


    There were plenty of smiles and hugs for Kaneland’s Victoria Clinton after the sophomore won the Class 2A state cross country title Saturday in Peoria. Teammate Aislinn Losdwig gives Clinton a hug after the Knights’ No. 1 runner pulled away from the field.

    Catching up with state champion Victoria Clinton

    Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton has a voice as cute as a kitten. It hides the competitive heart of a lioness. How else — along with miles and miles of training and good coaching, of course — could one explain her individual title at last weekend's Class 2A girls state cross country meet?

    Mundelein’s Cliff Dunigan, left, shown here defending a shot by Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw last season, will play next season at Missouri Science and Technology.

    Coach Knar helps Mundelein’s Dunigan make college connection

    Mundelein boys basketball coach Dick Knar helped senior Cliff Dunigan find a college future at Missouri University of Science and Technology.


    Schmitt, Lake Zurich roll past Vernon Hills

    Mike Schmitt posted a 614 series, which included a team high game of 236 in his last game, helping Lake Zurich's boys bowling team roll past rival Vernon Hills 2,988 to 2,915 in a Northern Illinois Conference opener at Brunswick Zone Deer Park.

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Oklahoma City won 108-88. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

    Thunder adjusting to life without Harden

    Oklahoma City visits the United Center on Thursday without sixth man James Harden, who was traded to Houston just before the season began. His replacement, Kevin Martin, is playing well, but the Thunder seems to be going through a tough adjustment.


    NHL labor talks to resume Thursday

    Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players' association ended after nearly six hours Wednesday. Just as they did a night earlier, the sides agreed to get right back to the bargaining table. Representatives for the owners and players will resume talks Thursday, marking the third straight day they will meet face-to-face.

    Monica Hinderer, here making a save for Willows Academy during her high school days, is one key for the Harper College team’s national tournament effort, which gets under way today in New York.

    Harper faces tough field at national tournament

    The NJCAA Division III women's soccer national championship tournament will be played as scheduled at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y., starting today. The Harper College team isn't planning letting the aftermath of Sandy dampen its participation. The Hawks made a 2-0 goal lead hold up in a 2-1 win over rival College of DuPage in the Region IV championship game in Glen Ellyn to earn its spot at nationals.

    The Milwaukee Bucks Larry Sanders (8) blocks the shot of Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Wednesday during the first half in Milwaukee.

    Randolph leads Grizzlies to 108-90 win over Bucks

    Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies shot 53 percent from the floor in a 108-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Rudy Gay added 17 points and Marreese Speights contributed 16 off the bench to help Memphis win its third straight after a season-opening loss.

    The Denver Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari, left, drives to the basket against Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons Wednesday during the first half in Houston.

    Nuggets slow Harden in 93-87 win over Rockets

    Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets to a 93-87 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. James Harden had a tough night for the Rockets and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic, right, eyes the basket as the Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic defends Wednesday during the first half in Minneapolis.

    Balanced Wolves drill Magic 90-75

    Luke Ridnour had 19 points and five rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma got the rout started with six straight points to end the third quarter in a 90-75 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Stiemsma finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Derrick Williams added 14 points and six boards for the Timberwolves, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2001.

    Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett Wednesday during the first half in Boston.

    Bass and Garnett help Celtics over Wizards in OT

    Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Boston Celtics pull out a 100-94 win over the Washington Wizards on the back end of a home-and-home Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists and reserve Jason Terry had 16 points. Bass finished with 11.


    Scouting report: Bulls vs. Thunder

    Oklahoma City created some self-controversy by trading SG James Harden just before the season. He's averaged 35.3 points in three games for Houston, while the Thunder has already lost twice, to San Antonio and Atlanta.

    Tony Schumacher of Long Grove celebrates his record-breaking ninth Top Fuel win earlier this fall at the U.S. Nationals. He will vie with teammate Anton Brown for the title this weekend.

    Schumacher, Brown headed for a showdown

    Considering leadership goes hand-in-hand with all things U.S. Army, it's no surprise the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship heads to this weekend's season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals here with a U.S. Army driving duo occupying the top two spots in the standings. It took a near-perfect penultimate round at Las Vegas two weekends ago for seven-time Top Fuel champ Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher of Long Grove and his U.S. Army Dragster to pull within 65 points of his championship-leading Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army team.


    Enough fakery — live bait is the real deal

    Outdoors programming needs sponsors, which helps explain why those shows concentrate so heavily on using a specific lure or artificial presentation to catch fish. But the reality is that live bait, properly kept and presented, is usually the better option.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, with the team-first concept in mind, goes with whatever lineup is working, even to close games.

    For Bulls’ Thibodeau, it’s always team first

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has never been afraid to shuffle his lineups. For two straight games, he essentially left Kirk Hinrich, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. It didn't work last week against New Orleans, but the Bulls pulled away late to beat Orlando on Tuesday.

    Warren’s Martin Martinez competes in the Class 3A state championship race Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

    Whitneys make the most of Detweiller Park trip

    It was a great end to the season for the Whitney cross country family of Vernon Hills last weekend at the Class 2A state meet in Peoria. First-year Vernon Hills boys coach Mark Whitney not only got to help guide his son Kyle to a solid 52nd-place showing on the storied 3-mile Detweiller Park course, but he also got to watch his daughter Kristen run to an impressive 36th-place finish in the girls meet.

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Anthony Tolliver scores as Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi defends Wednesday in the first half in Atlanta.

    Korver, Hawks rally late to beat Pacers 89-86

    ATLANTA — Kyle Korver scored eight straight points in a late 18-0 run for Atlanta and the Hawks, who trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, beat the Indiana Pacers 89-86 on Wednesday night.Indiana led 83-69 before Atlanta started the comeback. Korver hit back-to-back 3-pointers and added another jumper, cutting the lead to 83-82.Korver then missed another jumper but Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and passed to Jeff Teague, who hit a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining to give Atlanta an 85-83 lead. Teague added another basket to cap the 18-0 run.David West and George Hill each had 20 for the Pacers.


    GMs discussing head protection for pitchers

    At their first meeting since a pair of pitchers were hit on the head by line drives, baseball general managers discussed ways to protect hurlers from injuries in the future. Major League Baseball staff have said a cap liner with Kevlar, the high-impact material used by military, law enforcement and NFL players for body armor, is among the ideas under consideration.

    Charlotte Bobcats’ Ben Gordon drives past Phoenix Suns’ Michael Beasley Wednesday during the first half in Charlotte, N.C.

    Brown’s 3-pointers lift Suns over Bobcats 117-110

    Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 24 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Charlotte Bobcats 117-110 on Wednesday night. Brown, who played briefly with the Bobcats before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Adam Morrison, helped break open an 87-all game early in the fourth quarter when he suddenly got hot.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson Wednesday during the first half in Miami.

    Wade, James lift Heat past Nets 103-73

    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10 for 14 shooting, LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat improved to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history by beating the Brooklyn Nets 103-73 on Wednesday night.

    Western Michigan free safety Justin Currie brings down Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Matt Gade) LOCAL TV OUT LOCAL INTERNET OUT

    NIU football season should be front and center

    Most college football banter around here centers on how good Notre Dame is and how bad Illinois is. Northwestern resides somewhere between them. Northern Illinois? Who? Teams at the top of the MAC football standings have been beating teams from bigger conferences this season. The Big Ten isn't nearly what it used to be or should be. These two realities meet somewhere in the middle. Hello, NIU.


    For the Marconi family matriarch, game presents a problem

    Jan Marconi is in a tizzy over this. She was perfectly overjoyed the entire football season. She'd go watch her grandson, J.D., play for Wheaton North on Friday nights at Rexilius Field. The next day she'd head to Duchon Field to watch her grandson, Joey, play for Glenbard West.

    Cary-Grove senior Lindsay Efflandt will take her softball and academic talents to Yale University next year.

    Cary-Grove’s Efflandt heading to Yale

    Lindsay Efflandt would like to someday be a screenwriter. For now, though, the Cary-Grove senior is content to be writing her own script to college. Yearning to be educated at an Ivy League school, Efflandt found that to not only be in her future, but she'll get to play softball in college as well. The three-time all-area sstandout and two-time honorary co-captain of the all-area team recently committed to Yale University.

    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leads the Texans with 58 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups.

    Big Wisconsin Badgers battle ahead in Bears game

    Bears offensive right tackle Gabe Carimi and Texans defensive left end J.J. Watt both were first-round picks out of Wisconsin in 2011. Sunday night they'll square off as members of opposing 7-1 teams that have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. "J.J. Watt is a heck of a player," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Nonstop motor. He plays hard every down."

    Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua,center, is puled doen by Brock Westwood and Connor Ihry during the Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley game at North Central College Friday in Naperville.

    Neuqua, Waubonsie two teams with a history

    In the Class 8A football quarterfinals on Saturday, No. 1 seed Neuqua Valley and No. 4 Waubonsie Valley play the biggest game either team has had since 1992, when B.J. Luke's Waubonsie Warriors lost to Naperville North in the Class 6A semifinals."It'll be an event for the ages, hopefully," said Neuqua coach Bill Ellinghaus.

    Burlington Central graduate Tim Maroder is making the most of his opportunities as a sophomore at Augustana College in Rock Island.

    Maroder making most of chances at Augustana

    Burlington Central football alum Tim Maroder is making the most of an opportunity. Maroder, now playing at Augustana College in Rock Island, started 5 games at free safety during a 6-contest stretch recently.

    Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens will lead the Rockets against Northern Illinois next Wednesday in a nationally televised contest. Ball State defeated No. 25 Toledo Tuesday night.

    Kickoff set for NIU-Toledo game on ESPN2

    Northern Illinois and Toledo will have a national audience when the two MAC football powers meet next Wednesday, Nov. 14, at at Huskie Stadium will. Officials for ESPN2 and the Mid-American Conference Office announced the kickoff time will be 8 p.m. The Huskies plan to honor their 2012 seniors, the winningest class in school history, and hold their annual "Black Out" game with all NIU fans encouraged to wear black.

    Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher of the Bears was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Tennessee Titans. Urlacher scored a touchdown on a pass interception as the Bears beat the Titans 51-20. He also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble.

    Cutler says offense won’t catch defense this season

    Quarterback Jay Cutler says the defense is so experienced and playing at such a high level that the offense has no chance to reach the same heights this season.

    The Colts are going to great lengths to support their ailing coach Chuck Pagano. In a show of support, many players shaved their heads after Tuesday’s practice. Pagano lost his hair while undergoing treatment for leukemia.

    Luck among players shaving head to support Pagano

    Andrew Luck has joined the shaved squad, too. Nearly three dozen players on the Indianapolis Colts have shaved their heads in a show of support for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia. "Buzzed heads and orange locks in honor of Chuck," team owner Jim Irsay tweeted. He also included a link to a photo showing many of the players who had gotten buzzed.

    The University of Texas says former football coach Darrell Royal, who won two national championships and a share of a third, has died. He was 88. UT spokesman Nick Voinis on Wednesday confirmed Royal’s death in Austin.

    Ex-University of Texas coach Royal dies at age 88

    Darrell Royal, the former Texas football coach known as much for his folksy, simplistic approach to life as for his creative wishbone offenses and two national championships, has died. He was 88. University of Texas spokesman Nick Voinis on Wednesday confirmed Royal's death. Royal had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and recently fell at an assisted living center where he was receiving care.

    Brad Keselowski (2) comes out of Turn 4 in front of David Gilliland (38) and Travis Kvapil, right, Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Keselowski not feeling pressure headed to Phoenix

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski recognizes how fortunate he is to be racing at NASCAR’s top level, and uses the kind of joke a guy would tell his buddy over a beer as a metaphor for the situation he finds himself in. In Keselowski’s version of the joke, an unemployed man prays every night to win the lottery as a means to end his struggles. As times goes on with no response, he angrily demands an answer only for God to tell him “Try buying a ticket!” “I’m a lottery winner, this I know,” explains Keselowski, “but I’ve bought a ton of tickets.” And that’s how Keselowski has kept his cool so far in this heavyweight title fight with five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.The 28-year-old has yet to flinch in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which is down to the final two races and realistically only two drivers. Keselowski opened the Chase with a win at Chicago, surrendered it to Johnson the next week at New Hampshire, grabbed it back the next week at Dover and held it three more weeks through Kansas. Then Johnson snatched it back with a win at Martinsville to take a two-point lead in the standings, and widened the margin to seven points with a second consecutive victory last weekend at Texas. But Keselowski went down swinging — he was the leader on three restarts in the final 19 laps, only coming up short on the hold-your-breath, door-banging final dash to the finish with Johnson. But Keselowski’s back is against the wall now headed into Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, where Johnson is a four-time winner and has a 5.3 average finish. Johnson won the Chase race at Phoenix in his 2007 championship season to shake Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon loose in the title race. Johnson won there again in 2008 and 2009 to turn the season finales into mere formalities, and he finished third in 2010 to climb off the ropes and rally the next week to stop Denny Hamlin from snapping his streak of five consecutive championships. It’s not Keselowski’s best track, but he doesn’t have much history at Phoenix. Keselowski is in just his third Sprint Cup season with Penske Racing, and Sunday will be his seventh career start at Phoenix. So, sure, his numbers aren’t pretty with only one career top-five finish — but it was this year, when he finished fifth. And he’s adamant he’s not overthinking this, and he won’t fall victim to the nerves or stress or pressure that seemed to rattle Hamlin down the stretch in 2010 or Carl Edwards on the final weekend of last year’s battle with Tony Stewart. Keselowski said this week he’s had enough highs and lows in life to be able to keep this ride in perspective, and racing for a championship can never compare to the pressure he felt watching his family shut down its decades-old race team two races into the 2006 season. His family had backed him for the 2005 Truck Series season, but pulled the plug after two races in 2006. “Being a part of my family’s business and watching it fail is as low as it gets,” he said. “Watching them have to sell all their assets and not even be able to get to the racetrack, that is as low as it gets right there. To think that I was a part of my family going bankrupt to try to pursue your own dream is a moment where you feel so selfish and incredibly low as a human being that you don’t even know how you’re ever going to recover from that.” He benefited from a break here and there along the way, picking up four more Truck Series starts that season and seven Nationwide starts. Keselowski got three Truck Series starts in 2007 — one of them came at the recommendation of veterans as a last-minute replacement for suspended Ted Musgrave — and was in a crummy Nationwide deal when Dale Earnhardt Jr. grabbed him from obscurity 20 races into the season for the JR Motorsports ride that finally put Keselowski on the path to where he is today.


    Mike North video: Top 10 Superstitious Athletes

    The Tasty Trade studios discuss athletes like Michael Jordan and Serena Williams and their unique superstitions. Mike North plays Golden Tee everyday as his daily ritual. 


    Fire brings back defender Friedrich

    The Chicago Fire will bring back German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich for the 2013 season. "Building continuity at the center back positions is a priority in 2013," said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon. "Arne's international experience and leadership are key to our defense. We are happy to have him back next season."

    Elk Grove’s Kelly Naughton keeps her dibble alive despite pressure from Geneva’s Sami Pawlak last season in regional championship game action.

    Naughton’s next step is Jacksonville State

    Basketball has always been Kelly Naughton's favorite sport. And then some. "More than that, it's been my passion," said the 5-foot-6 Elk Grove senior guard. Naughton's dedication to the sport has paid off quite handsomely as she will move on to play at the Division I level. In early October, she made a verbal commitment to play for Jacksonville State in Alabama.



    ITT Tech plans move to Arlington Heights

    An Arlington Heights office building could be transformed into a school for hundreds of students by spring of next year, officials said. ITT Technical Institute is working with the village of Arlington Heights on a lease for 25,000 square feet of office space at 3800 N. Wilke Road, said John Melaniphy, business and development coordinator for the village.


    Sprint Field for White Sox? Unlikely for now

    U.S. Cellular sold off its spectrum and marketplace in Chicago to Sprint, although it will remain a national wireless provider with its headquarters near O'Hare. But what happens to the naming rights of U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox?

    Oreo cookies by Nabisco are one of Mondelez’s best known products. Formerly a part of Kraft Foods, Mondelez also produces Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates.

    Mondelez 3rd-quarter net income falls 29 percent

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc. says it net income fell 29 percent in the third quarter, as the stronger dollar weighed on revenue.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods’ net income rose 13 percent in the third quarter, the food maker said Wednesday, as new products and increased advertising helped it top Wall Street expectations.

    Kraft’s profit rises as it embraces startup spirit

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods is embracing the spirit of a startup and betting that innovation will help it grow, as the maker of household names such as Oscar Mayer, Miracle Whip and Velveeta looks to redefine itself after splitting from its more glamorous global snack foods business.

    U.S. stocks slumped, giving the Dow Jones Industrial Average its biggest decline in a year, as investors’ focus turned to the budget debate and Europe’s debt crisis following President Barack Obama’s re-election.

    Dow loses 313 in post-election sell-off

    Wall Street greeted a second Obama term the way it greeted the first. Investors dumped stocks Wednesday in the sharpest sell-off of the year. With the election only hours behind them, they focused on big problems ahead in Washington and across the Atlantic Ocean.

    A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner arrives at O’Hare International Airport Sunday. Boeing is shaking up its shrinking defense division.

    Boeing shakes up shrinking defense business

    Boeing is shaking up its shrinking defense division, putting some executives into new roles and reducing the number of managers.

    This combination of photos shows some of the key economic sectors that could be impacted by America’s decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    How Obama victory could affect areas of US economy

    America's decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney will affect important elements of the U.S. economy and financial system — from the health care law to the overhaul of financial rules.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, gestures Wednesday as he discusses Tuesday’s election results during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Senate leader Reid wants quick deal on ‘fiscal cliff’

    The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington's "fiscal cliff" in an upcoming post-election session of Congress. The Nevada Democrat told reporters in Washington he's "not for kicking the can down the road" and that any solution should include higher taxes on "the richest of the rich."

    A worker fixes a solar panel at a factory in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province. A federal trade panel found China responsible Wednesday for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on Chinese solar companies.

    US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

    A federal trade panel found China responsible Wednesday for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on Chinese solar companies.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Economists overwhelmingly advise President Obama, following his re-election Tuesday, to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.” To do that, he must strike an agreement with House Republicans, whose leader is House Speaker John Boehner, seen here.

    Economists’ advice for Obama: Avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

    So what's the first thing you'd do for the economy if you were president? A dozen leading economists were asked, and they said: Reduce the budget deficit. Cut tax rates. Do both, somehow.

    Taco Bell, the Mexican-style chain, plans to announce this week an expansion of its sweet treats menu, with the addition of churros and cookie sandwiches to its current lineup of cinnamon twists and caramel apple empanadas.

    Taco Bell to offer sweets as part of a snacks menu
    Taco Bell wants to become destination for snack-starved younger people, not just a place to get burritos for lunch or dinner.

    The developer behind the proposed PhilHaven apartment building in Wheeling is asking a federal judge for a preliminary injunction allowing them to proceed with the project, in spite of the village’s rejection of their plans.

    Developer seeks injunction to build controversial Wheeling apartments

    The developers behind a proposed Wheeling apartment building for people with mental and physical disabilities are asking a federal court to allow them to proceed immediately, despite the project's rejection by village officials. A hearing is set for Thursday morning on the Daveri Development Group's motion for a preliminary injunction.

    Travelers can expect airports to be busier and planes to be fuller than ever this Thanksgiving. And fares will be more expensive.

    Expect busier airports, full planes for Thanksgiving

    Travelers can expect airports to be busier and planes to be fuller than ever this Thanksgiving. And fares will be more expensive. That's the outlook from the main trade group representing U.S. airlines two weeks ahead of the holiday. Airlines for America expects nearly 24 million travelers to fly from Friday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Nov. 27.


    Brazil to distribute oil revenues more evenly

    Brazil's House of Representatives has approved a controversial proposal to share profits from the country's growing oil production sector more evenly between petro-producing states and those with little or no production.

    Apple’s stock is falling along with a sell-off in the broader market just as the companyreadies other new products for sale, including the iPad Mini.

    Apple shares drop 20 percent from peak

    Apple's stock is falling along with a sell-off in the broader market. The stock of the world's most valuable company has now fallen more than 20 percent from its all-time high of $705.07, hit on Sept. 21. That was the day the latest iPhone went on sale.

    Greece’s unions are holding their third general strike in six weeks to press dissenters in the country’s troubled coalition government not to back a major new austerity program that will doom Greeks to further hardship in a sixth year of recession. One more day of demonstrations is planned continuing until lawmakers vote late today on the bill to slash $17.3 billion from budget spending over two years.

    Greece readies for crucial austerity vote

    Greece's fragile coalition government faces its toughest test so far when lawmakers vote Wednesday on new painful austerity measures demanded to keep the country afloat, on the second day of a nationwide general strike. The $17.3 billion package is expected to scrape through Parliament, following a hasty one-day debate.


    Iraq official: Exxon Mobil wants out of big field

    U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has expressed an interest in pulling out of a major oil field development project in the country's south, a senior Iraqi oil ministry official said Wednesday.


    U.S. Cellular sells Chicago, Midwest markets to Sprint

    Sprint is buying U.S. Cellular markets in the Midwest for $480 million to boost its network capacity. It is buying spectrum and 585,000 customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. That covers about 10 percent of U.S. Cellular's customer base and includes its key Chicago and St. Louis markets.


    EU: Eurozone recession to be worse, rebound slower

    Europe's economy is still reeling and unemployment could remain high for years in spite of the progress made in solving the debt crisis, the European Union warned Wednesday as it downgraded its forecasts for the 27-country bloc. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, on Wednesday revised its forecast for the economy of the entire region.


    Time Warner 3Q earnings beat Street, revenue short

    Time Warner said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings grew 2 percent, as a strong performance in its cable television channels offset declines in the Warner Bros. movie business following the final Harry Potter movie last summer.


    Tata Motors profit up 10 pct on Jaguar Land Rover

    India's Tata Motors reported a 10 percent rise in quarterly net profit Wednesday, as the strong global performance of Jaguar Land Rover masked lackluster results from Tata's core brand.

    Macy’s is reporting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, a 4.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income, helped by the department store owner’s efforts to tailor merchandise to local markets and bring in trendy exclusive brands.

    Macy’s 3Q net income rises 4.3 pct, tops estimates

    Macy's is reporting a 4.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income, helped by the department store owner's efforts to tailor merchandise to local markets and bring in trendy exclusive brands. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based retailer's earnings beat Wall Street expectations and it is raising its full-year guidance.


    James River Coal’s 3Q loss widens on weak prices

    James River Coal Co.'s third-quarter loss widened as weak demand drove down prices and the coal producer experienced higher costs.


    WellPoint 3Q profit up, stock down after election

    WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter earnings trumped Wall Street expectations, but the health insurer's stock tumbled in premarket trading Wednesday and after President Barack Obama won re-election, a victory that helps cement the future of his health care overhaul.

    Major airlines are scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week. United and American plan to suspend operations in the region this afternoon. Other airlines are encouraging passengers to reschedule — without a fee.

    Airlines take no chances, halt NYC-area flights ahead of storm

    Major airlines are scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week. United and American plan to suspend operations in the region this afternoon. Other airlines are encouraging passengers to reschedule — without a fee.


    Illinois’ corn, soybean harvest almost done

    Illinois’ corn and soybean harvests are almost done.A report this week from the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that Illinois’ corn harvest is 98 percent complete, while the state’s soybeans are 96 percent done.Brad Schwab heads the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois, and he says the harvest moved along because recent rainfall accumulations were “virtually nonexistent.”Additionally, winter wheat planting was 96 percent complete.Schwab says that crop is in good shape, showing 74 percent emergence from good, moist soil.

    Hong Kong model Kathy Chow poses during the opening ceremony of the new Burberry flagship store in Hong Kong.

    Burberry reports profit that exceeds analyst estimates

    Burberry Group Plc, the U.K.'s largest luxury-goods maker, reported first-half profit that exceeded estimates and said its new fragrance and beauty division should boost earnings from 2014. Adjusted pretax profit for the six months ended Sept. 30 advanced 7 percent to 173.4 million pounds ($278 million), the London-based company said today in a statement. The average of six analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg was 169.2 million pounds. The first-half dividend was increased 14 percent to 8 pence a share.

    The re-election of President Barack Obama gave markets a boost Wednesday, though the advance was tempered by concerns over his ability to get a budget agreement from a divided Congress.

    Obama win gives markets a lift ahead of Greek vote

    The re-election of President Barack Obama gave markets a boost Wednesday, though the advance was tempered by concerns over his ability to get a budget agreement from a divided Congress. Obama easily clinched a majority in the electoral college, holding on to a raft of key swing states in Tuesday's vote — despite only just winning the popular vote over his rival Mitt Romney.

    House lawmakers have issued a subpoena for the director of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak. The subpoena comes after Barry Cadden, co-founder of New England Compounding Center, indicated through his lawyer that he would not voluntarily attend a congressional hearing scheduled for Nov. 14, the Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday.

    Lawmakers issue subpoena for pharmacy director

    House lawmakers have issued a subpoena for the director of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak. The subpoena comes after Barry Cadden, co-founder of New England Compounding Center, indicated through his lawyer that he would not voluntarily attend a congressional hearing scheduled for Nov. 14, the Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday.

    Apple Inc. told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California.

    Apple says Samsung’s Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean infringe patent

    Apple Inc. told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California.

    Supporters wave flags during President Barack Obama’s election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    The economy Obama faces: Slow but gaining steadily

    Some reward. Here's the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much.

    News Corp. reported that net income for the latest quarter tripled from a year ago, reflecting a one-time gain from the sale of its stake in digital video technology company NDS. Revenue rose 2 percent thanks to growth at pay TV networks such as Fox News Channel.

    News Corp. profit tops analyst estimates on TV ad gains

    News Corp., the media company run by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, reported profit that topped analysts' estimates, fueled by TV advertising and affiliate fees from pay-TV providers. Fiscal first-quarter net income rose to $2.23 billion, or 94 cents a share.

    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 cuts profit forecast 20% as China sales plunge

    Nissan Motor Co., the top Japanese seller of vehicles in China, cut its full-year net income forecast 20 percent after consumer backlash stemming from a territorial dispute sent sales lower in its largest market. Net income may total 320 billion yen ($4 billion) for the year ending March 31, compared with its earlier estimate of 400 billion yen.

    VirnetX Holding Corp. was awarded $368.2 million after a federal jury said Apple Inc. infringed its patents for virtual-private-network technology used in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling function.

    Apple told to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX

    VirnetX, which won a $200 million settlement from Microsoft Corp. in 2010, accused Apple of infringing four patents related to private networks. The case targeted Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as Mac computers that use the FaceTime function. Apple denied infringing the patents and contends they're invalid.

    President Barack Obama speaks to media as he visits a campaign office the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago.

    Best rally in decade may slow as Obama faces Congress on taxes

    Stock and bond investors enjoying the biggest advance in more than a decade under Barack Obama may see the momentum fade as the rallies age and the president confronts Congress over spending cuts and taxes. Obama will preserve interest-rate policy at the Federal Reserve, according experts.

Life & Entertainment

    Kent Kleiva of Palatine shares his enthusiasm for encased meats through his annual end-of-summer SausageFest party and his website of the same name.

    Palatine dad shares his sausage fascination
    Kent Kleiva knows a thing or two about sausage. The Palatine dad has eaten sausages from around the globe and turned his fascination with encased meats and the people who make them into an annual event he calls SausageFest. That fascination started early. Growing up with a Polish mom and Lithuanian dad on Chicago's South Side, he remembers sausages on the table at every holiday gathering.

    Bob Dylan performs Friday at the United Center.

    Weekend picks: Bob Dylan headlines United Center, Alan Jackson at Sears Centre tonight

    Legendary rocker Bob Dylan comes to town for the Bob Dylan and His Band concert tonight at the United Center. If you're a country fan, Alan Jackson makes a special stop at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates tonight. Join Wheaton's Cantigny in honoring veterans at dusk tonight during its annual Luminary Display, which features 2,200 candles placed throughout the grounds. And don't forget that the circus is still at Allstate through the weekend.


    Lean and lovin’ it: Ordering healthy when eating out not always easy

    Finding the healthiest item at a restaurant isn't always as easy as you might think. Don Mauer shares his recent experience at a popular Italian chain.

    James Bond (Daniel Craig) prepares for opposition in the 007 thriller "Skyfall."

    Craig's 007 takes a fall for M and resurrects franchise

    Director Sam "American Beauty" Mendes knows exactly what the 21st century incarnation of James Bond should be and delivers the goods in spectacular order in "Skyfall." Where Sean Connery employed charisma and cool, Daniel Craig brings a combustible juxtaposition of doubt and drive. At his most vulnerable moments, Craig's Bond projects reluctant loneliness.


    Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
    Pumpkin Mac and Cheese: Don Mauer

    Meat-loving chef Michael Symon has published a new cookbook, “Carnivore.”

    Grilling chef Symon about his new meat book

    Call Michael Symon a meathead and he's more likely to shake your hand than punch you in the face. Along with other culinary bigwigs (Giada De Laurentiis, Gail Simmons), the Cleveland-born restaurateur headlined the recent Metro Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, providing cooking demonstrations and discussing "Carnivore," his new cookbook and love letter to all things meaty ($35, Clarkson Potter).

    Crisp, chocolate-y and perfect for dunking, Double Chocolate Biscotti are sure to please.

    Delicious chocolate biscotti will have you saying ‘ooh’

    Double Chocolate Biscotti is a crunchy, wonderful chocolate biscuit that deserves to be in a category all by itself (with or without a long "o"). Since we will all need extra desserts during the upcoming holidays, it's a perfect time to dust off this old favorite.

    Speedy Beef and Butternut Stew tastes just like it’s simmered all day; it really cooks in about 30 minutes.

    Speedy Beef and Butternut Stew
    Speedy Beef and Butternut Stew


    Taking the slowly out of slowly simmered beef stew

    Tender sirloin tips hold the key to weeknight-friendly stew that tastes slow cooked and holds loads of flavor.

    Hominy lends a fresh, tender corn flavor to a rich stew of pulled chicken and seared steak tips.

    Pulled Chicken and Hominy Stew
    Pulled Chiken and Hominy Stew

    Hominy lends a fresh, tender corn flavor to a rich stew of pulled chicken and seared steak tips.

    Off the Beaten Aisle: Getting to know hominy
    Hominy is one of those foods you might think you've never tried, yet almost certainly have. Or at least a close relative of it. That's because the ingredient that starts as hominy can end as many different dishes across many cultures, from Mexican pozole to Southern grits to the corn nuts down at your neighborhood bar.

    Instant coffee perks up this rich, no-yeast coffee cake.

    Coffee Coffee Cake
    Coffee Coffeecake

    Instant coffee perks up this rich, no-yeast coffee cake.

    Putting the coffee back in the coffeecake

    Adding coffee to coffeecake is a simple way to take something great and make it even better. Because if you think conventional coffeecakes pair well with your favorite cup of java, wait until you try a coffeecake spiked with coffee.


    Ask the Nutritionist: Make infused oils in small batches for best flavor, food safety

    If you want to make your own infused-oils you need to start with a clean bottle or jar with a tightfitting lid to store it. If you're going to use it within a week you can use any fresh herb or mixture of herbs that you like. The moisture in fresh herbs, garlic and citrus support the growth of deadly Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can cause botulism so you should date your oil and throw away within seven days.

    Crisp, chocolate-y and perfect for dunking, Double Chocolate Biscotti are sure to please.

    Double Chocolate Biscotti
    Chocolate Biscotti

    President Barack Obama waves as he walks onstage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago.

    Michelle Obama fashionable for Election Night

    As Michelle Obama stepped onstage with her husband in Chicago early Wednesday morning, she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years — this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress.

    Diane Sawyer’s Election Night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday’s election a bit early.

    ABC’s Diane Sawyer spurs jokes from Twitterverse

    Diane Sawyer's Election Night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday's election a bit early. Co-anchoring ABC News' coverage, Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos. Maybe Sawyer was just weary. In any case, the Twitterverse took quick notice and began cracking wise.

    Owner Tyrel Naidoo shows off one of his steak pies in his Pie Boss shop in Aurora. He bakes a variety of pies filled with beef, chicken, spinach and feta cheese. You can order them to-go or take home frozen pies to enjoy later.

    Savory tarts rule at Aurora’s Pie Boss

    Opened in June of this year, Pie Boss brings Tyrel Naidoo's favorite food from this native Durban, South Africa to Aurora. The former British colony is awash in commercial meat pie fast-food stands, but Naidoo wanted to make his family-run shop a bit more relaxed, clean and "homestyle." He also decided to keep the menu simple as not to overwhelm customers.

    Mother Superior (Chicago actress Hollis Resnik) doesn't see eye-to-eye with in-hiding disco singer Deloris Van Cartier (Ta'Rea Campbell) in the national tour of the 2011 Broadway musical “Sister Act.”

    Chicago actress taking this 'Act' on the road

    Award-winning Chicago actress Hollis Resnik is hitting the road and taking up the habit in the national tour of "Sister Act." The North American tour of the 2011 Broadway musical adaptation plays Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. "I'm the Mother Superior — I'm a nun!" Resnik said with a laugh during a telephone interview from Toronto, where the tour officially launched this October. "I have one costume change and that's it."


    Theater events: Drury Lane goes ‘Singin’’

    Drury Lane Theatre's "Singin' in the Rain;" Circle Theatre's reimagined "Pippin" and director Kimberly Senior's first ever production at Writers' Theatre are among this week's theater happenings.


    Night life events: Blues in Mount Prospect
    Catch Suite Molly Seven at Blues Bar in Mount Prospect on Saturday, Nov. 10, and enjoy $12 domestic buckets.


    Final Four Sausage Gumbo
    Final Four Sausage Gumbo: Kent Kleiva

    Sausage aficionado Kent Kleiva of Palatine uses three varities of sausage in his chili.

    Three-Sausage Chili
    Three-Sausage Chili: Kent Kleiva


    Cevapicci Sausages and Tzatziki Sauce
    Cevapicci Sausages and Tzatziki Sauce: Kent Kleiva



    Editorial: Let’s move to post-election bipartisanship

    Now that Election Day is over, it is time for a new spirit of bipartisan collaboration -- in Washington and in Springfield, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Our common enemy: stubborn parochialism

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Call me a grouch, but I'm basically sick of everybody. One more mention of "the ground game," and I was going to shave David Axelrod's mustache.


    Patients, read warning labels
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Once the FDA has allowed a drug to come onto the market, it is then up to he doctor to prescribe it accordingly. However, it is the patient's responsibility to either refuse to take it or to use it appropriately at home. Everyone has a different pain tolerance; no doctor should be criticized for offering or suggesting a pain medication for what, to some people, is a very real painful procedure.


    Community’s giving is overwhelming
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: People's Resource Center would like to acknowledge and thank all the people who generously donated their time and money to make the Saturday, Oct. 27 Stuff-A-Truck a success.


    Disappointed in Sara Evans concert
    A Woodridge letter to the editor: On Sunday, Oct. 28 I attended the 6 p.m. Sara Evans concert at Pfeiffer Hall on the campus of North Central College. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert until she walked off the stage at 7:12 p.m.


    How can anyone know the will of God?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: It amazes me that the people who claim to be so protective of life would reject women and their health issues as nonexistent, unimportant and dispensable. They are willing to sacrifice women's lives and the lives of their health providers for their own selfish and self-righteous beliefs.


    Major attitude shift needed on abortion
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I am amazed that no dialogue is given to the pain unborn children likely endure as they are being destroyed. I am also amazed that no one has put forth the argument that since a child in the womb can be legally destroyed, a parent should not be held accountable for harming or destroying a child after being born.


    Let liquor licensees run
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I am writing to encourage the Geneva City Council to remove an ordinance that prohibits residents who hold a liquor license from running for alderman. This is an outdated prohibition that serves only to exclude otherwise qualified candidates from serving their community.


    Short on info out of Tunisia
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Why isn't there anything in the paper on the suspect held in Tunisia as one of the terrorists recognized in the attack on the Embassy in Libya. And why is the White House stonewalling on this?


    Benghazi mess a national disgrace
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The boondoggle at Benghazi is a national disgrace. Where were we when our countrymen needed us? Where was our leadership?


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