Daily Archive : Tuesday November 13, 2012



    Naperville electric rates, user options to increase

    Naperville electric customers can expect to pay a 2 percent rate increase for each of the next three years. And those increases are expected to accompany new user functions.

    Liza Jain of Geneva helps lead her daughter Anishka, 3, in a modern Indian Bollywood-style dance while teaching Anishka’s preschool classmates about the Indian festival of Diwali Tuesday at Friendship Station in Geneva.

    Geneva preschoolers learn about Diwali celebration

    A Geneva mother teaches preschoolers at Friendship Station about Diwali, the Indian festival that celebrates the triumph of light over dark, goodness over evil.

    Submitted by the Ratanpara family Dhirajlal Ratanpara

    Daily Herald employee remembered as hard-working, happy

    Daily Herald bundle catcher Dhirajlal Ratanpara is being remembered as hardworking and happy-go-lucky by his coworkers at the Paddock Printing Center in Schaumburg. "He was one of the sharpest guys we've ever hired," said John Jonson, the center's packaging and distribution manager. "He'll be missed by a lot of folks." Ratanpara died early Tuesday morning after being hit by a car on the...

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is pursuing the purchase of 315 acres in the northern part of the county for $10.3 million as an addition to the Pine Dunes forest preserve.

    $10.3 million acquisition would link northern Lake County forest preserves

    A $10.3 million acquisition being pursued by the Lake County Forest Preserve District would provide a key link to the Millennium Trail and expand a sprawling collection of open spaces in the northern part of the county. The 315-acre site in Newport Township, once considered for a wind farm, would become an addition to the Pine Dunes Forest Preserve.


    Arlington Heights plans property tax increase

    The Arlington Heights Village Board plans to raise its share of the property tax by almost 2 percent, which officials estimate would add $20 to the bill for a house valued at $300,000.


    Women scammed in Arlington Hts., Buffalo Grove

    Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove police report that women recently were scammed through mail and telephone schemes.An Arlington Heights woman lost $4,500 after she received an email inviting her to be a secret shopper.A Buffalo Grove resident wired $1,000 afer being told her grandson was in jail in Mexico.

    A spokesman at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said Tuesday that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., seen here, left the clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence from Congress in June.

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday after his second treatment for bipolar disorder there, but it remained unclear where the congressman was going or whether he planned to return to work in Washington.


    Arlington Hts. food drive runs through Nov. 20

    The third annual Arlington Food Drive is looking for donations through Tuesday, Nov. 20. Local residents are asked to help contribute to the effort to restock the shelves at the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.

    Lisa Hichens

    Batavia promotes high school principal to superintendent

    Batavia High School Principal Lisa Hichens will be the new superintendent of Batavia public schools when current Superintendent Jack Barshinger retires at the end of the school year. Hichens started working for Batavia High in 1994 as a teacher. She then became a dean, an assistant principal, then principal. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I won’t let you down,”...


    Palatine officials deny chicken coop proposal

    Despite mounds of positive research and an absence of concerns by village staff, Palatine officials didn't get on board with a couple's effort to build and stock a chicken coop. The village council Tuesday unanimously voted down Vanessa and Jason Barsanti's proposal to house a small flock of hens due to the opposition of the household immediately behind their home on the 500 block of West Daniels...

    Heriberto Ramirez

    Trial begins for man charged in 2011 Valentine’s Day slaying

    Opening statements begin Wednesday in the murder trial of Heriberto Remirez, of unincorporated Cook County, charged with the Feb. 14, 2011 stabbing death of his wife Alicia, 45, in the couple's home near Des Plaines.

    In this June 23, 2009 file photo Karolina Obrycka, right, with her attorney Terry Ekl, speaks outside the Cook County courthouse in Chicago, after Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate was sentenced to two years probation and anger management classes for the videotaped attack against her that went viral on the internet. On Tuesday, jurors at a federal civil trial found that Chicago police adhered to a code of silence protecting fellow officers in the case brought by a Obrycka. The jurors awarded the Obrycka $850,000 in damages.

    Jury finds for bartender in Chicago police beating trial

    Chicago police adhere to a code of silence protecting fellow officers, a federal jury ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by a female bartender whose videotaped beating by a drunken off-duty officer went viral online. Jurors awarded $850,000 in damages to the bartender, Karolina Obrycka, who was beaten in February 2007 after she refused to keep serving Anthony Abbate, who was off-duty and admittedly...

    Lance Adams III

    Elgin cop fired for being arrested in Michigan

    Lance Adams III, a 10-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department with a history of misconduct and alcohol abuse, was fired last week at the conclusion of an internal probe of the events surrounding his 2011 arrest at a Michigan amusement park. "Termination is the appropriate discipline in this case," Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said Tuesday.


    Schaumburg residential development gets last shot

    The would-be builder of a long-delayed residential development in Schaumburg is being given one last chance to take advantage of financial assistance from the village for the public improvements associated with the project. Village trustees Tuesday approved a redevelopment agreement with Pleasant Square Homes LLC for the 12-acre Pleasant Square project stretching north from the northwest corner...

    Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as the lame duck 112th Congress returned.

    Some Dems: drive over ‘fiscal cliff,’ then bargain

    Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the "fiscal cliff": Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on.

    The Lake County Board’s Law and Judicial Committee approved a $90 million plan Tuesday to expand the county’s main courthouse in Waukegan and other facilities. The centerpiece of the project would be a new nine-story tower.

    Lake County courthouse expansion plan moving forward

    A planned multimillion-dollar expansion of Lake County's main courthouse could trigger an economic and employment boom in downtown Waukegan, proponents said Tuesday. The proposal calls for the county to borrow up to $90 million to help fund the construction of new courtrooms, the renovation of existing courtrooms and other improvements.

    Julie Salk

    Retired Barrington High administrator charged with theft

    Barrington police Tuesday charged the recently retired chairman of the Barrington High School Fine Arts Department with the theft of approximately $5,022 in theater and raffle ticket revenue from a March musical at the school. Julie Rachel Salk, 50, of Barrington, turned herself in after a warrant was issued in Lake County. Salk will appear in court Nov. 14 in Waukegan.

    Waves crash into a seawall and buildings along the coast in Hull, Mass., last Wednesday. Superstorm Sandy has added power to those who maintain global climate change is increasing the frequency of destructive storms.

    Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax

    Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax.

    A dog named Shaggy is handed from a National Guard truck to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    Fate of pets adds to stress of storm survivors

    Entwined with the human costs of Superstorm Sandy, which killed more than 100 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, is another significant toll — that of the cherished pets that died or were left behind as families fled for their lives, adding in many cases to feelings of displacement and trauma.

    The San Diego Zoo has announced its 15-week-old giant panda has been named Xiao Liwu, which means Little Gift. The name was selected by the public, which voted on the zoo’s website.

    100 days after birth, San Diego panda gets name

    There is a new little gift at the San Diego Zoo that's going to get very big.The zoo's youngest giant panda was officially named Xiao Liwu, Chinese for "little gift," at a ceremony Tuesday.


    Winfield advisory vote doesn’t end police debate

    Winfield residents last week overwhelmingly supported an advisory ballot question calling on the village to keep its police department. But the day after the vote, some Winfield officials already were meeting with the DuPage County sheriff's office to discuss a proposal to have the sheriff take over police protection in the village.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2008 Ford Mustang in an apartment lot on the 1700 block of Woods Drive in Arlington Heights between 8 p.m. Nov. 10 and 4:15 a.m. Nov. 11 and stole a digital camera, lens, lens filter, flash, battery grip, and memory card. Value was estimated at $3,535.

    Raymond Kincaid

    Hoffman Estates trustee running for mayor

    Hoffman Estates trustee Raymond Kincaid publicly announced Tuesday he is running for mayor. "I believe that I'm qualified and I believe there's a need for a change," he said. Craig Bernacki, a former Hoffman Estates Park District commissioner who said earlier this year he planned to run for mayor, said Tuesday he now intends to run for a trustee position instead.

    Authorities respond to a report of carbon monoxide poisoning in Toledo, Ohio, Monday. The bodies of three children and two adults were found inside the garage.

    Grandmother, uncle plot murder-suicide, 3 kids die

    Caught up in a family disagreement over who should care for three young children, a grandmother and her son barricaded themselves and the kids in a garage and filled it with deadly carbon monoxide gas. All five died.

    District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll said at a school board meeting last week the contract negotiations have cost taxpayers about $45,000 in legal fees so far.

    Grayslake teachers set Jan. 16 strike date

    A strike date has been set for Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers, but both sides expect to continue contract talks later this month in hopes of averting a walkout. Lake County Federation of Teachers union business agent Jim Pergander said the instructors will strike Jan. 16 if a deal on a new contract isn't reached. "Even though we did set a strike date, as before, we hope to settle...

    Melanie Meidel

    South Elgin principal joins U-46 central office

    South Elgin High School principal Melanie Meidel has been named the district's assistant superintendent of human resources. Meidel has served as the principal of South Elgin High School since 2008. Prior to serving as principal, she was the assistant principal at South Elgin High from the time the school opened in 2005.


    Cary man was a tough guy with a heart of gold

    Tom McFall was on his way to meet family and friends for their annual hunting trip when he was killed in a crash Friday night in North Dakota. His eldest daughter describes him as a tough guy with a heart of gold.


    No changes planned for D300 middle school schedule

    The Community Unit District 300 middle school team recommended to the board to maintain the current class schedule. Previous discussions focused on changing the middle school schedule to account for more rigorous standards through the Common Core and improve math coursework, but it looks like the administration will wait a little while longer before making sweeping changes to the schedule like it...


    Waukegan Y forums scheduled

    Community forums organized by Waukegan Township Supervisor Patricia Jones aimed at keeping the YMCA in Waukegan open beyond Dec. 31 are scheduled to continue on an almost weekly basis until then.


    CLC presenting holiday dance concert

    College of Lake County's Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe will present its annual holiday dance concert in the Mainstage Theater of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the flagship Grayslake campus.


    Truck driver charged with DUI in I-94 crash

    A driver invovled in the semi crash that blocked all southbound lanes of I-94 for much of Tuesday afternoon has been charged with a DUI by state police.


    Civic Betterment Party announces Glen Ellyn candidates

    Glen Ellyn's 82-year-old nonpartisan nominating party has announced its slate of candidates hoping to run for village offices in April 2013. A total of 12 candidates were recruited, interviewed and slated by the 17-person nominating committee of the Civic Betterment Party, a platform-neutral organization whose aim is to help residents run for local office without the "burdens of political...


    Barrington names new public works director

    Barrington's acting director of public works, Mark Werksman, has been promoted to the position permanently. Werksman succeeds Dennis Burmeister, who retired Barfrom the village in early July.


    France recognizes new Syria group, 1st in West

    France on Tuesday became the first Western country to formally recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.


    Cancer study looking for more volunteers

    VVolunteers in the suburbs can sign up for a nationwide cancer prevention study at various events this week at locations in the Northwest suburbs.


    Some groups relocate events because of Hemmens rental cost

    No exceptions. That's what the Elgin City Council decided last year when they chose to turn the Hemmens Cultural Center into a rental facility and stop waiving fees for community groups holding events at the venue. The change in rental policy started July 1, and multiple organizations have changed plans because of it. Jeff Turner's community Thanksgiving meal will take place at the First United...

    The Rev. James O’Malley

    Wheeling pastor, Family Fest leader, dies at 82

    A former Wheeling pastor, who guided the growth of Family Fest from a parish picnic into one of the Northwest suburbs' largest summer festivals, has died. The Rev. James O'Malley, who led St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, passed away on Thursday. He was 82.


    McHenry County board to approve budget next week

    The McHenry County Board's finance committee on Tuesday approved a few last-minute adjustments to next year's proposed budget before it goes for approval by the board next week.


    Mundelein award nominations open

    Mundelein's Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the village's 2013 Diversity Award. Awards will be given in four categories: school, business, community group and resident.


    Aurora man killed in rollover crash

    Samuel Sanchez Jr., 29, of Aurora, was identified as the fatality in a rollover crash on the Reagan Tollway early Tuesday morning.

    Karen McConnaughay

    Kane County raises lawsuit dismissed for lack of evidence

    Citing a lack of evidence, a judge Tuesday ruled on and dismissed a lawsuit against Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay that she improperly issued raises to 14 employees. McConnaughy had called the lawsuit by James MacRunnels, who ran against her in 2008, a "political stunt."


    Mount Prospect man pleads guilty to molesting teen

    A 50-year-old Mount Prospect man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a teenage boy. A Cook County judge sentenced Mark Brown, of the 100 block of N. Prospect Manor, to 30 months probation and ordered that he register as a sex offender in exchange for his plea.


    DuPage forest, county to build $2.5 million bridge to connect preserves

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are poised to approve construction of a nearly $2.5 million bridge and trail in Mallard Lake Forest Preserve near Hanover Park, which would cross County Farm Road and connect to nearby Hallows Creek Forest Preserve. "There is a legion of hundreds of people who would like to see it," said Rob Burns of Roselle.

    Gayle Smolinski

    Roselle mayor: Village focused on development, efficiency

    Roselle Village President Gayle Smolinski outlined a handful of goals for tackling the village's tight budget and creating economic growth during her annual State of the Village address on Tuesday. "We will continue to look for innovative ways to solve the predicaments that face us," she said.


    Geneva council doesn’t want liquor licensees in city government

    The Geneva City Council wants to keep prohibitiing liquor license holders from serving as aldermen. In a committee of the whle meeting Monday, only four favored letting holders serve, five opposed, and one was absent.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Diego A. Salas, 25, of the 100 block of South Melrose Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on charges of video recording someone without her consent, a felony, according to court documents. The woman discovered a hidden camera in a shared bathroom Friday that captured her getting into the shower, police reports said. The footage also showed Salas, reports said. Bail was set at $20,000,...


    Ash borer fight will cost Buffalo Grove $6 million

    Buffalo Grove trustees Monday gave their approval to obtaining a $6 million general obligation line of credit to fund the village's fight with the emerald ash borer. Finance Director Scott Anderson said the financing will pay for the removal and replacement of about 7,300 ash trees over the next several years.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    John E. Mish Jr., 47, of Batavia, was charged with criminal damage to property at 5:55 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of North Randall Road, according to a police report. Police say he repeatedly banged his car's door into another vehicle, causing damage.

    Porn star Jenna Jameson will have to pay $92,000 to a Naperville theater owner for failing to show last year at a viewing of her 2008 film, “Zombie Strippers!”

    Porn star ordered to pay for Naperville theater no-show

    Jenna Jameson's cancellation of celebrity meet-and-greets at two DuPage County movie theaters will cost the porn star about $92,000 after she failed to mount a defense. Judge Patrick Leston issued the default judgment Tuesday in favor of Hollywood theaters owner Ted Bulthaup, who had sued Jameson for breach of contract. Neither Jameson nor an attorney on her behalf appeared in court.

    Elzbieta Plackowska

    Naperville mom accused in child slayings to get mental exam

    A DuPage County judge ordered a psychiatric exam Tuesday for a Naperville woman accused in the horrific stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl left in her care. State's Attorney Bob Berlin sought the evaluation for 40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska in anticipation of a possible insanity defense, based on her statements to investigators.

    The Carol Stream Park District board of commissioners voted this week to name the district’s new $18 million, 90,846-square-foot facility Fountain View Recreation Center.

    Carol Stream rec center gets a name: Fountain View

    Carol Stream Park District's $18 million, 90,846-square-foot recreation center now taking shape at Town Center finally has a name: Fountain View Recreation Center. The selection of the name by the park district's board of commissioners this week is the result of months of brainstorming sessions and discussion among the board and park district staff, and the results of two online surveys sent to...


    Algonquin Mother’s Club to hold reunion Nov. 28

    An 80th anniversary reunion of Algonquin Mother's Club will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin. Algonquin Mother's Club was formed in February of 1932 by a small group of Algonquin mothers for the purpose of becoming better informed on the growth and development of children.

    Train enthusiasts of all ages are invited to check out the layouts this weekend at the Valley Model Railroad Club’s open house in South Elgin.

    Check out model railroad layouts at open house

    In its 63rd annual open house, the Valley Model Railroad Club is doing something different. Members are pairing their three-day open house event with a food drive benefiting the South Elgin Food Pantry. Visitors who bring in a canned good or some other nonperishable item will get a free raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing for model railroading prizes. The public is also invited to learn...

    The Pentagon says Gen. John Allen is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with Jill Kelley, the woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

    Family debts mounted as Kelley hosted lavish parties for military

    Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Fla., resident who poured her energies into throwing lavish parties for and hobnobbing with area military brass, is now linked to two of the nation's top commanders in a fast-moving scandal.

    Despite claims of its historical significance, Wheeling officials plan to demolish this building on Milwaukee Avenue. Village trustees this week did approve a measure allowing the Wheeling Historical Society to remove some doors and fixtures for future display.

    Wheeling to level historical building, save fixtures

    Efforts to save a historically significant building in Wheeling have failed, but the village's historical society will keep some of its past alive by saving interior doors and light fixtures for future displays. The Wheeling village board voted Monday to give three oak and fir doors and three glass and brass light fixtures from the village-owned building at 115 S. Milwaukee Ave. to the Wheeling...

    Jane Risley reads to Rockland School students as part of Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Rotary Reads” program.

    Rotary Reads program visits local classrooms

    The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club recently held the seventh annual "Rotary Reads" program in local elementary schools.


    North Suburban Symphony performs Sunday

    The North Suburban Symphony will present its second concert of the "Around the World" season at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., featuring a triumvirate of German masters, Bach, Handel and Brahms.


    Concerned residents can say a lot in just three minutes

    Our Stephanie Penick is getting ready to speak before the Naperville City Council next week about a proposed development along Water Street in downtown. See what she has to say.

    According to the report, only a third of fourth grade students in Illinois are proficient in reading, only a third of eighth grade students are ready for high school course work and less than a third of students will go on to obtain a postsecondary degree.

    Public education in Illinois barely earns a passing grade

    According to new biennial report published Tuesday by Advance Illinois, a nonprofit dedicated to studying public education in the state, too many students are falling behind in too many key areas, which could be a major problem for the future of the state. "Unless we do something quite significant and sustain it over time, we're going to be in the same spot 10 years from now and we just can't...

    Maika Manalastas holds 10-month-old Lilly Myra of Glendale Heights during DuPage County's new Take a Break in the Afternoon program sponsored by Clearbrook, an Arlington Heights nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Take a Break program gives parents of children with special needs a few hours off

    Parents with small children with disabilities seldom get a break. Looking to give them that respite, Clearbrook, an Arlington Heights-based nonprofit serving those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, has launched a Take a Break in the Afternoon Program in DuPage. Parents can leave their children for three hours one Saturday a month to be cared for by trained volunteers.

    A Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) truck is seen in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    Long Islanders fume over utility’s storm response

    Priscilla Niemiera has a message for officials at the Long Island Power Authority. "I'd tell them, get off your rear end and do your job," the 68-year-old Seaford resident said. Well, she would if she could get in touch with anyone. While most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, LIPA still has tens of thousands of customers in the dark.

    Citizens Energy workers continue their investigation Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at the site of an explosion at a house in Indianapolis. The search for what caused a massive, deadly explosion that rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood turned to natural gas Monday, with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a problem furnace could be to blame.

    Concerns about furnace fuel Indiana blast probe

    As investigators try to determine what caused a deadly explosion that ravaged an Indianapolis subdivision, an expert says people shouldn't be alarmed by a homeowner's suggestion that his faulty furnace could be to blame.

    Abu Qatada arrives back at his residence in London after being freed from prison, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. The radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe was freed from prison Tuesday after a court ruled he cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

    Radical cleric Abu Qatada released from jail

    A radical Islamist cleric described by prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe was freed from prison Tuesday after a court ruled he cannot be deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges.


    NJ ends gasoline rationing from storm

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — Gasoline rationing imposed in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy has ended.The odd-even rationing began Nov. 3 because some gas stations couldn’t get fuel while others didn’t have electricity to pump it.Gov. Chris Christie says gas supplies are plentiful and there are no more lines of motorists waiting for fuel.

    After a seven-week pause, Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

    Bears, budgets, farmers top Congress to-do list

    Bears and budgets top the list as Congress returns Tuesday from a seven-week election break to a long list of unfinished business.

    Shena Hardin holds up a sign to serve a highly public sentence Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Cleveland, for driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered 32-year-old Hardin to serve the highly public sentence for one hour Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Woman who drove on sidewalk holds ‘idiot’ sign

    A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.


    Timeline of events in Petraeus case

    The extramarital affair that brought down David Petraeus' celebrated career last week raised many questions. Among them: when exactly the affair began, how the FBI stumbled upon the information and who was told about it. Here's a timeline of events, according to officials involved in the investigation.


    Chatsworth man killed in crash was pinned by ATV
    A 24-year-old Chatsworth man who died in an all-terrain vehicle accident was pinned under the overturned ATV.


    Abbate civil-trial jury to resume deliberations

    Jurors deciding if a code of silence played a role in the beating of a bartender by an off-duty Chicago police officer are expected to resume deliberations on a verdict.


    NIU names acting police chief amid assault case
    Northern Illinois University officials have named a new acting police chief.The Daily Chronicle reports Lt. Darren Mitchell was appointed to the post Sunday. On Saturday, NIU officials placed police chief Donald Grady on leave over the department's handling of a sexual assault case, which has prompted allegations of misconduct.


    NW Ind. mall shooting stems from basketball fight

    A police investigator says a dispute among teenagers over an earlier basketball game sparked a fight and gunfire inside a northwestern Indiana shopping mall.


    Chicago girl, 16, fatally shot

    Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl.Authorities say Taylor Fitting was shot in the head late Monday in the Roseland neighborhood on the city’s South Side.


    Dawn Patrol: Slick roadways; huge turnout in Dist. 300

    Snowfall creates slick Elgin-O'Hare, Route 53, Route 59 and the Tri-State. Hundreds attend District 300 meeting. Geneva teachers to vote on contract today. Gurnee police warn against phone scams. Arlington Heights movie theater in the works?


    Campus security a top concern at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools

    Video cameras, iPad-based monitors, swipe cards and lockdown drills are among the ever-changing security tools implemented at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools, administrators told the District 128 school board Monday night.

    This is the camp where scientists and students from Northern Illinois University will stay, far above Lake Whillans on the Ross Ice Shelf in West Antarctica.

    NIU professors from suburbs studying what’s beneath Antarctic ice shelf

    What's in the water deep below the ice in West Antarctica? And will it help scientists figure out how the ice shelf moves and melts, and how it relates to the theory of global warming? Five people from Northern Illinois University are part of 40-person expedition to dig 2,500 feet deep into Lake Whillans. "It's a big planning job," said Ross Powell of Elburn, a lead investigator.

    The “Movember” mustache of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has grown stronger since he took this breather during the Nov. 4 blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans. But a concussion knocked Cutler from Sunday night’s loss and his Monday radio show.

    Cutler hurt in close loss, but no close shaves in ‘Movember’

    The concussion-inducing wallop delivered by Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins knocked the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game, out of his Monday radio show and maybe out of next week's Bears game. But it left Cutler's new mustache intact. Cutler is growing it for Movember, the annual prostate cancer awareness stunt that has Roosters Men's Grooming in Schaumburg crowing about the joy of...


    Barrington approves demolition of downtown building

    The face of Barrington's business district is continuing to change with trustees' approval Monday of the demolition of a long-vacant building on Main Street, as well as Tuesday's opening of a highly anticipated Ace Hardware on Northwest Highway. The village's economic development plans — particularly in the downtown — are shaping up to be at the heart of the forthcoming village board...



    Tuesday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Tuesday as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Northern Illinois head football coach Dave Doeren is hoping for a sellout crowd for its Senior Day game against rival Toledo as NIU goes for its 10th straight victory and a MAC West title.

    NIU’s seniors look to add to their legacy

    It's going to be Senior Night on Wednesday when Northern Illinois takes on Toledo in their Mid-American Conference West showdown in DeKalb. NIU is hoping for a sellout crowd of 24,000 at Huskie Stadium in the final home game of the season to help honor the winningest class in school history.

    Stevenson’s Alex Elzinga, middle, tries to drive between Rolling Meadows’ Jenny Vliet, left, and Sami Kay during Tuesday’s game.

    Meadows fastbreaks past Stevenson

    Just call it transition night for the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team.In more ways than one. The Mustangs played their first game under Ryan Kirkorsky, who spent the past four years as the Elk Grove coach. And what was the key for the Mustangs impressive 77-46 triumph over visiting Stevenson on Tuesday night?

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly shouts during a game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The third-ranked Fighting Irish have been anything but dominating at home this season. Yet with a victory over Wake Forest on Saturday, they can go undefeated at home for the first time since 1998.

    Notre Dame can cap perfect home season with win

    The third-ranked Fighting Irish have needed overtime twice and haven't won a game at Notre Dame Stadium by more than a touchdown, yet are still a win away from their first perfect home season in 14 years. The Irish (10-0) need a win over Wake Forest (5-5) on Saturday to improve to 6-0 at home, the same record it had under coach Bob Davie in 1998.


    Valpo beats Northern Illinois 69-46

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Ryan Broekhoff scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Valparaiso cruise to a 69-46 win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday.The Crusaders (2-0) led by nine at halftime but blew the game open by hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the first 2:24 of the second half and leading by 25 as they pulled away. Two of the 3s came from Ben Boggs, who finished with 11 points. Northern Illinois (0-2) was led by Aksel Bolin with 10 points and Daveon Balls, who had nine, but the Huskies shot only 29 percent (19 of 65) for the game — including just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch looks to a pass against Iowa at Soldier Field. Since rejoining the MAC in 1997 the Huskies have dropped 11 of 15 to Toledo, including eight straight from ’97 to ’04.

    NIU facing another big test with Toledo

    Northern Illinois hosts Toledo Wednesday night in a nationally televised game and the Huskies are a big favorite. History, however, suggests they shouldn't take the Rockets lightly. After all, since rejoining the MAC in 1997 the Huskies have dropped 11 of 15 to the Rockets, including eight straight from '97 to '04.


    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    WW South cruises past Boylan

    Rob Kroehnke couldn't have asked for a much better start. Kroehnke's No. 2-ranked Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers scored the game's first 7 points, raced out to a 22-point halftime lead on Rockford Boylan and coasted home to a 70-44 win in the season opener at the Schaumburg Tournament.


    Hill leads Hersey; Naugton powers Elk Grove winner

    Senior Erica Hill just completed an all-area season for Hersey's girls volleyball team. The 6-foot forward didn't waste any time making an impact for her girls basketball team on Tuesday night. Hill delivered a career-high 19 points with 7 rebounds as the Huskies won their season opener 51-31 over Niles West at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.


    Green Montini starts with win

    Neon green sneakers weren't the only thing new about Montini Tuesday night. Playing five freshmen — four off the bench — the No. 1-ranked Broncos held off Glenbrook South 41-34 in their season opener at the Schaumburg Tournament.


    New-look LZ succeeds in opener

    Lake Zurich’s girls basketball team graduated its entire starting lineup and returned only three players who were on varsity last season.Two of those girls — Sara Gazdacka and Sarah Stefaniu — scored in double digits Tuesday night, as the Bears opened the season by pulling out a 43-41 win in overtime against visiting Deerfield in a nonconference game.Gazdacka scored a game-high 13 points, going 11 of 18 from the foul line, while Stefaniu added 12 points.Lake Zurich, which outscored Deerfield 7-5 in OT, also got 8 points from sophomore Kaylee Grant.Loyola 44, Warren 26: At Loyola, Anna Schueler scored 18 points for the host school in a season-opening game that was part of the New Trier Thanksgiving tournament.Warren was led by Alyssa Phillips’ 7 points and 5 rebounds. Cassie Christie (7 rebounds) and Kristin Jacobs each had 6 points for the Blue Devils, who trailed 14-2 after one quarter and 28-8 at halftime.

    St. Charles East senior Kendall Stephens.

    Injury could cost Stephens senior season

    Thursday, five days before St. Charles East starts the boys basketball season at its own Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament, is a pivotal day for the Saints.


    A three-way tie atop CCIW, but only two playoff berths

    It's nothing out of the ordinary for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin to have an impressive football season, but this year the drama came down to the final minutes. At the end of the regular season, North Central, Elmhurst and Wheaton all finished as co-champions. For North Central it's the seventh in a row, for Elmhurst it's the first in more than three decades, for Wheaton it's not enough.

    Grayslake North’s Emily Dugan drives on Mundelein’s Becca Woit during the Mundelein High School Turkey Tournament on Tuesday.

    Grayslake North bears watching

    It's too early in the girls basketball season to issue warnings. So how about a heads-up to the fans of Grayslake Central: Please watch that team up the street. That Grayslake North squad is now clearly more than the Kendall Detweiler and Jordyn Bowen show.

    A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday that the Marlins have traded pitcher Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays.

    AP source: Marlins trade 3 stars to Blue Jays

    The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying another payroll purge — shedding their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal. Rebranded in a new ballpark at the start of 2012, the Marlins were up to their old ways Tuesday, swapping high-priced talent for top prospects. Miami traded All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and ace Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the agreement said.

    Huntley’s Ali Andrews steps in front of a pass to Bartlett’s Elizabeth Arco Tuesday in Huntley.

    Andrews sisters propel Huntley past Bartlett

    The Andrews sisters were a hit in their debut. Sam Andrews scored 21 points and sister Ali Andrews, playing her first varsity game as a freshman, added 13 points and 9 rebounds as Huntley cruised past Bartlett, 65-29, in nonconference girls basketball action in Huntley Tuesday night. Bartlett, devastated by graduation losses, looked little like the team that finished third in Class 4A last year. The young Hawks showed flashes but simply couldn't hold on to the ball, turning it over 43 times, and Huntley didn't hesitate to take advantage.


    Finch helps The Ball Park open up

    USA Olympic gold medalist and retired Chicago Bandits star pitcher Jennie Finch will help kick off the opening of a new baseball and softball training center in Mt. Prospect called The Ball Park in Mt. Prospect at 604 W. Central St.


    Chicago State beats Concordia of Illinois 81-65

    Matt Ross had 19 points and eight rebounds Tuesday night to lead Chicago State past Concordia of Illinois 81-65 in the school’s home opener.Jeremy Robinson scored 17 points and contributed eight boards and Nate Duhon added 10 points for Chicago State (1-1), which lost on the road last week at Green Bay. On Tuesday CSU led 51-28 at halftimeMasson Prowse and Tyler Oden scored 15 points apiece for Concordia, which plays in Division III and counted Tuesday’s game as an exhibition.

    Evan Kurtz will be one of the players to watch next fall writes Craig Brueske. Like the rest of his St. Charles North teammates, Kurtz will be playing for a new coach.

    Looking back at a banner year of football

    As the high school football playoffs enter the home stretch, it's time to reflect upon the 2012 campaign.

    Northwestern's Drew Crawford (1) celebrates with Mike Turner (10) Tuesday after scoring against Texas Southern during the first half in Evanston.

    Northwestern routs Texas Southern 79-49

    Northwestern senior Drew Crawford's shooting touch was on display during Tuesday's season opener against Texas Southern. And the Wildcats could only stand and watch, powerless to stop him as Crawford continuously hit the back of the net. Crawford, the Big Ten's second-leading returning scorer, lit up Texas Southern for a game-high 20 points — all in the first half — to spark Northwestern to a 79-49 win.


    Barrington’s third-quarter run topples Jacobs

    It was a third quarter to remember for Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro while first-year Jacobs coach Joe Benoit would like to forget it happened. Holding an 8-point, 25-17 halftime lead, Barrington broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Golden Eagles 24-4 to lead by 49-21 after 24 minutes. The result was the Fillies cruising to a 57-41 win over the Golden Eagles in nonconference girls basketball action in Barrington Tuesday night. It was the season opener for both teams.


    Westminster Christian opens with win

    Kinsley Donahue and McKayla Hays scored 11 points each Tuesday night as Westminster Christian’s girls basketball team opened the season with a 46-40 win over Sandwich at the Somonauk Breakout Tournament.Libbie Atchinson added 10 points for the Warriors, who opened up a 23-14 lead by halftime and maintained it throughout the second half.Westmont 46, St. Edward 38: Leading 31-29 entering the fourth quarter, St. Edward couldn’t maintain the advantage and fell in its season opener. Clarissa Ramos had 16 points to lead the Green Wave, while Katie Swanson added 9 and Victoria Walschot 8. The Green Wave played without injured senior guard Rena Ranallo (ankle).“We played well for the first game,” said Wave coach Michelle Dawson. “In the fourth quarter Westmont made a run and we just couldn’t get our shots to drop.”


    Glenbard East smothers Elgin

    With a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter Tuesday night Glenbard East girls basketball coach Don Finnie put his starters back into the game. Finnie wasn't trying to run up the score on Elgin. He wanted to get his starters some practice against a press defense. The starters were able to break the press and keep the ball for about 2½ minutes before again going to the bench in a 38-17 season-opening victory over the Maroons at Chesbrough Field House in Elgin.


    Schaumburg rallies past St. Charles E. again

    While St. Charles East's next game at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament is against three-time defending state champion Montini, you can't blame the Saints for being glad it's anyone but the host Saxons. St. Charles East ended last season watching Schaumburg erase a 3-point deficit in the final two minutes in the regional semifinals. The Saxons did it to the Saints again Tuesday in the sesaon-opener for both teams, coming from 11 down in the third quarter, then closing the game on a 17-4 surge for a 66-58 victory.

    Michigan guard Trey Burke drives past Cleveland State center Devon Long Tuesday during the first half in the second-round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    No. 5 Michigan routs Cleveland State 77-47

    The last time Michigan won three straight games by at least 30 points, the Wolverines went on to win the national championship. It's a bit early for that kind of talk this season, but Tim Hardaway Jr. and his team are off to quite a start. Hardaway had 17 points and six rebounds, and No. 5 Michigan advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off with a 77-47 victory over Cleveland State on Tuesday night.


    Elgin tempers Harper’s optimism with decisive win

    Going into the women's basketball season, Harper College's program was abuzz with optimism. That optimism met up with reality Tuesday night in the Hawks' season opener at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine. "My expectations were a little higher," said second-year Harper coach Nicole Jones following the Hawks' 85-51 loss to Elgin Community College (3-1).

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich controls the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour guards Saturday at the United Center. Hinrich sat out Monday night’s loss to Boston.

    Hinrich hopes to play as Bulls hit the road
    The Bulls have set their own bar pretty high these past two seasons, so the level of disappointment in their 4-3 start is open to debate.More evidence will be available soon, when they head out for the five-game circus road trip, beginning Wednesday in Phoenix.

    The Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon reacts Tuesday after their 74-72 win over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.

    DeRozan leads Raptors past Pacers, 74-72

    DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors over the Indiana Pacers 74-72 on Tuesday night. DeRozan and Calderon each had 10 points in the first half for the Raptors, who had a franchise-low five points in the fourth quarter.

    The Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez defends the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao Tuesday during the second half in New York. The Nets won 114-101.

    Williams, Johnson lead Nets over Cavaliers 114-101

    NEW YORK — Deron Williams had 26 points and 10 assists, Joe Johnson scored 25 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the road-weary Cleveland Cavaliers 114-101 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory.Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who opened a 20-point lead at home for the third straight game, but this time barely let up and beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in eight meetings after losing nine in a row, mostly during the LeBron James era.Anderson Varejao scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who were wrapping up a six-game, coast-to-coast trip and played much of the game with the urgency of a team that wanted to be home. They haven’t played there since Nov. 2, their second game of the season, and dropped the final four games of the trip to finish 1-5. Williams and Johnson, perennial All-Stars who have been nicknamed “Brooklyn’s Backcourt,” put things together for the first time since the Nets acquired Johnson from Atlanta over the summer. Neither had a 20-point game before Tuesday, and Johnson had been shooting only 36.2 percent. The Nets held Orlando below 20 points in a franchise-record seven straight quarters during a home-and-home sweep and were allowing 90.4 points per game, fourth-best in the NBA. But the offense had been spotty, particularly once they got ahead. They blew a 22-point lead last week in a loss to Minnesota and most of a 20-point advantage Sunday against the Magic. This time, there was no letup, in part because they just ran by a Cleveland team that didn’t have its legs. Brooklyn finished with a 23-8 advantage in fast-break points.Kyrie Irving had 34 points and eight assists for Cleveland, which started its trip Nov. 3 in Milwaukee, went out to California for two stops, then hit Phoenix and Oklahoma City before wrapping up here. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott told his players Tuesday morning not to let their minds drift to thoughts about being back home, but their defense never showed up in Brooklyn.Cleveland led after one only because Varejao shot 7 of 8 for 17 points, his highest total in an NBA quarter, helping the Cavs to a 30-29 edge. But the Nets had already started blowing it open by the time he returned a little more than four minutes into the second.He quickly scored upon re-entering, but the Nets responded with an 8-2 run to open a 48-34 lead. It was 64-42 by halftime. Brooklyn shot 62 percent in the second while holding Cleveland to 5 of 20 (25 percent) and outscoring the Cavs 35-12.Rookie Dion Waiters missed his first eight shots, then threw up his arms as if to say “finally” when his 3-pointer popped out of the basket and then back in for his first field goal nearly midway through the third. Then it was Varejao’s turn to look annoyed, tossing the ball off the backboard stanchion after Lopez beat the Cavs down the floor for a layup that made it 77-53 with 5:16 remaining in the third.The Cavs finally made a dent late in the third, with Irving scoring 14 points in the period to trim it to 85-75. But he and Varejao started the fourth on the bench as Brooklyn quickly regained control. The Nets reopened a big cushion when Johnson hit two 3-pointers and three free throws in a nine-point flurry over 85 seconds midway through the period.Notes: Scott led the Nets to their greatest NBA success, trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and `03 while compiling a 149-139 record from 2000-04. He remembered the move to Brooklyn being discussed when he was there, though delays and lawsuits held up plans to relocate sooner. ... Varejao’s previous best quarter was 14 points in the second period against Orlando on Feb. 11, 2010, according to STATS LLC. ... Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, a frequent spectator at Knicks games, sat courtside.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony holds out three fingers on his hand hitting a 3-pointer against the Orlando Magic Tuesday during the fourth quarter in Orlando, Fla. The Knicks won 99-89. Anthony scored 25 points.

    Knicks hold off Magic 99-89 to move to 5-0

    Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton each added 21 as the New York Knicks held off the Orlando Magic 99-89 Tuesday night to improve to 5-0. The victory extended New York's NBA-best start. The Knicks have won their first five games for the first time since opening the 1993-94 season 7-0 before reaching the NBA finals.

    The Charlotte Bobcats’ Brendan Haywood, left, wrestles the ball from the Washington Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin, right, Tuesday during the second half in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte won 92-76.

    Sessions scores 21 as Bobcats beat Wizards 92-76

    Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap talked throughout the offseason about changing the culture in the organization and building a winning atmosphere in Charlotte. Apparently his players were listening. Reserve Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and the Bobcats beat the winless Washington Wizards 92-76 Tuesday night.

    Michigan State center Adreian Payne reacts Tuesday during the second half of the Spartans game against Kansas at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Michigan State beat Kansas 67-64.

    Appling leads Michigan State past Kansas 67-64

    Hitting a pair of huge shots down the stretch — one from beyond the 3-point arc, the other on an acrobatic drive — Keith Appling carried the No. 21 Spartans to a 67-64 upset of No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night. "The offense was kind of stagnant, so I wanted to make a play the best way I possible could," said Appling, who led Michigan State with 19 points. "From there, it was all she wrote."


    Wright State defeats Eastern Illinois 56-44

    JT Yoho scored 14 points and Kendall Griffin added 11 to lead Wright State to a 56-44 victory against Eastern Illinois on Tuesday night.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks with backup quarterback Jason Campbell (2) after Cutler took a late hit from Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins in the first half of Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the Texans.

    Bears would be smart to let Cutler sit

    The closest Jay Cutler should get to Monday night’s Bears-49ers game is the TV set in his home. My advice to Jay: Don’t play, don’t practice, don’t even board the team charter for San Francisco Sunday afternoon. Stay home and get well. Play with your baby, get an early start on your Christmas shopping, finalize plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Do anything except play football this week.

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was voted as the National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

    Johnson, Melvin picked as managers of the year

    Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals, and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics were chosen as managers of the year on Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons. Melvin beat out Baltimore's Buck Showalter for the AL honor in a close vote by a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. Under Melvin, the A's made a 20-game improvement, finished 94-68 and won the AL West. Johnson led the Nationals to their first playoff appearance.

    Marquis Teague

    Bulls rookie Teague able to hang with Rondo

    The Bulls couldn't finish off a fourth-quarter comeback against Boston on Monday, but the box score spoke well for rookie guard Marquis Teague, who played the entire final quarter. Boston's Rajon Rondo had 20 points through three quarters, but none in the fourth.

    Iowa isn’t giving up on coach Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing returns. The Hawkeyes simply have to hope that the well-respected coach who has twice revived the program has another turnaround in him.

    Iowa’s Ferentz keeps focus squarely on Michigan

    Iowa isn't giving up on Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing results. The Hawkeyes simply have to hope that the well-respected coach who has twice revived the program has another turnaround in him. The Hawkeyes have lost four games in a row and will need to beat Michigan and Nebraska to qualify for a bowl game.

    Penn State quarterback Matthew McGloin walks off the field Saturday following the game against Nebraska in Lincoln. Nebraska won 32-23.

    Big Ten bowl lineup is thin; Gophers 5th qualifier

    The turnaround at Minnesota has passed a significant milestone. The Gophers are going to a bowl game. Here's the most remarkable part about the Gophers, though: They became only the fifth Big Ten team to qualify for the 2012 postseason, and it's mid-November. Good for them, landing an opportunity to play in Arizona or Texas, but it's another bad sign of the conference's national standing.

    Police in Kirkland, Wash., say former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens appeared in court Tuesday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of domestic violence assault. The Seattlepi.com reported that a Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault.

    Ex-Seahawk arrested; Hope Solo ID’d as victim

    Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports.

    The Arena Football League has released its 2013 schedule along with news that a new ownership group will be announced soon for the Chicago Rush. The Chicago franchise last season featured Rookie of the Year winner Jared Perry, who had 133 receptions for the Rush.

    New ownership on the way for AFL’s Rush

    Since taking over operations of the Chicago Rush in the fall of 2011, the Arena Football League has been desperately seeking a local ownership group to take over. It sounds like they may have finally found one.

    Together again: From left to right are Bears quarterbacks Matt Blanchard, Jason Campbell, Josh McCown, and Jay Cutler. Blanchard is on the practice squad and McCown was signed Tuesday to back up Campbell while Cutler recovers from a concussion. McCown started two games last season for the Bears.

    Bears decide to bring back QB McCown

    With Jay Cutler's availability this week extremely questionable after suffering a concussion Sunday night, the Bears signed free-agent quarterback Josh McCown on Tuesday as insurance. McCown started two games last season for the Bears but was cut during the preseason.

    Michigan State players celebrate after defeating Wisconsin 16-13 in overtime in Madison, Wis.

    Michigan State thinking bowl with Northwestern up next

    Despite a disappointing .500 record, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio thinks his program's future is just fine. The Spartans (5-5, 2-4 Big Ten) can still play in their sixth straight bowl with one more win and would love to send the seniors off with 36 victories by winning three more times, starting with Saturday's senior day visit from Northwestern.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien makes the touchdown gesture as officials rule that Penn State’s Matt Lehman fumbled the ball before entering Nebraska’s end zone Saturday during the second half in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska won 32-23.

    Penn State’s O’Brien focuses team on Indiana

    enn State's Bill O'Brien keeps his team focused on the next game — always. His players say there's no sense looking back, except to learn how to improve. Next up for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) following last week's loss to Nebraska is a visit from Indiana.


    Fire to join Carolina Cup in February

    The Chicago Fire will participate in the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup, hosted by the United Soccer Leagues' Charleston Battery, team officials announced Tuesday.

    After a seven-year career with the Minnesota Twins that ended with Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last spring, starter Scott Baker has signed a one-year deal with the Cubs worth $5.5 million with incentives that could push it to $7 million.

    Cubs sign RHP Baker to a one-year deal

    Right-handed pitcher Scott Baker has agreed to terms with the Cubs on a one-year contract, team officials announced Tuesday. Baker, 31, missed last season after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on April 17. He played all or part of seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2005-11).


    Wolves prepare to feed fans at fundraiser

    The Chicago Wolves host their 15th "Get Fed by the Wolves" fundraiser from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Bahama Breeze, 406 E. Golf Road, in Schaumburg. Wolves players will trade in their skates for aprons as they become waiters for their fans. A limited number of seats are available and can be reserved for a $55 donation by calling 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) Monday during the third quarter in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger left the game with a right shoulder injury.

    Steelers QB Roethlisberger has sprained shoulder

    Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday night with his sprained right shoulder in a sling. When he walks back in ready to play is anybody's guess. Tomlin called Pittsburgh's franchise quarterback "questionable" but otherwise offered little detail Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Roethlisberger was injured in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Nebraska running brack Rex Burkhead rumbles through the Minnesota defense as Gopher defender Kim Royston makes the tackle in Minneapolis. Burkhead injured his knee in the Huskers’ first game and has missed five games this season and left early three other games.

    Injured Huskers RB Burkhead is in limbo for Minnesota

    Rex Burkhead would love to say he'll play Saturday when Nebraska meets Minnesota on senior day. He can't, though, because he just doesn't know. It's been this way for weeks. One day, the knee will feel good, and he'll think he can play that week. The next day, the knee hurts and he knows he won't. "I think it kills him every week," coach Bo Pelini said. "That's just who he is."

    Purdue defensive back Taylor Richards (4) and cornerback Ricardo Allen (21) celebrate after stopping Iowa tight end Zach Derby short of a first down on fourth and three late in the fourth quarter Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. Purdue won 27-24.

    End of losing streak may help Purdue turn tide

    One win has kept hope alive at Purdue. Two more and the Boilermakers could go down as the nation's most improbable bowl-eligible team, with a roster of players and coaches who have routinely defied the odds. "We're in a playoff situation," said sixth-year quarterback Robert Marve, who is playing with a torn ACL in his left knee.


    Minnesota Gov. Dayton objects to Vikings stadium fee ideas

    Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday said he will fight the Minnesota Vikings if they try to charge extra fees to season ticket holders to help pay the team's share of a new, publicly subsidized stadium. "I strongly oppose shifting any part of the team's responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans," Dayton wrote in a letter to Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. "This Private Contribution is your responsibility, not theirs."

    Ohio State’s Jake Stoneburner, right, celebrates his touchdown against Central Florida with Corey Brown. The Buckeyes face Wisconsin this Saturday. “I don’t want to go on record saying that I hate Wisconsin more than Michigan,” Brown said, “but I hate Wisconsin just as much as Michigan.”

    Buckeyes say they respect but can’t stand Badgers

    It used to be that Ohio State players despised their longtime enemies to the North, Michigan, and abided everyone else on their schedule. No more. Now the Buckeyes also have a special level of dislike for the Wisconsin Badgers. "I don't want to go on record saying that I hate Wisconsin more than Michigan," Buckeyes wide receiver Corey Brown said, "but I hate Wisconsin just as much as Michigan."

    Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff celebrates after his 35-yard touchdown catch against California on Saturday. Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame are the only unbeaten teams in the running for the BCS title game.

    BSC title game picture has a green tint

    Mike North still thinks the BCS title game will be between Notre Dame and Oregon even though others contend it should be Kansas State and Oregon. North also shares his thoughts on the NHL lockout and the Blackhawks, who are are no longer the hottest ticket in town. He also believes it's time for Josh Hamilton and the Texas Ranges to go their separate ways.

    Benet celebrates their big win during the Class 4A girls volleyball championship game against New Trier Saturday.

    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 the Class 3A and 4A state girls volleyball competition and football playoffs.


    Sandstead has Prospect off to winning start

    As an all-state guard at Buffalo Grove, Ashley Sandstead won a few games at the Jean Walker Field House in Mt. Prospect. On Monday night, she won her first in the gym as a head coach. In her debut as the Prospect girls basketball coach, Sandstead's Knights raced past visiting Libertyville 50-35.

    Palatine’s Nia Pappas (20) works to get inside against Maine West’s Alexia Prosperi (24) Monday night in Des Plaines. Pappas later hit the game-winning shot for the Pirates.

    Pappas produces as Palatine wins

    For the last three years, all-area guard Nia Pappas has had her share of big baskets for the Palatine girls basketball team. Maine West coach Derril Kipp has seen Pappas make several shots, too, because he has been her Illinois Hustle AAU coach. But Kipp and the Warriors saw a first from Pappas in high school basketball on Monday night. The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis-bound guard hit the first game-winning shot of her career when she connected from 17 feet out with 3.2 seconds left to give the Pirates a 49-48 win in Des Plaines. It gave Pappas a game-high 26 points, 19 in the second half, and gave Palatine a dramatic season-opening win over the Warriors, who were led by junior Brittany Collin's 21 points.


    Lake County roundup

    Grayslake North 60, Highland Park 55: At the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament, Grayslake North got double-figures from four players to edge Highland Park. Jordyn Bowen led the way for the Knights with 16 points while teammates Shyanne Ludwick and Emily Dugan tallied 11 points apiece and Brittney Thibeaux added 10 points. Lena Munzer poured in a game-high 31 points for Highland Park.



    Hoffman Estates extends agreement with Sears Centre food provider

    Hoffman Estates approved a three-year extension to an agreement with Levy Foodservice last week to allow them to continue providing food and beverage service at the Sears Centre Arena.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer helped launch the Windows 8 operating system in Berlin last Thursday.

    Microsoft’s Windows chief leaves in power struggle

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't going to let anyone get in his way. Not even his presumed heir apparent, who runs the software maker's Windows empire, can stop Ballmer as he pushes the company in a new direction.

    The number of Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving, is expected to increase slightly from a year ago, according to AAA’s annual Thanksgiving travel forecast released Tuesday.

    AAA: Thanksgiving travel should increase slightly

    Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That includes people who are choosing to drive instead of fly as household budgets remain tight.

    A boost from the gradually recovering housing market helped Home Depot’s net income edge up in its fiscal third quarter, the world’s biggest home improvement retailer said Tuesday.

    U.S. stocks fall in uneven trading; Home Depot soars

    U.S. stocks closed lower after uneven trading Tuesday as fears about the "fiscal cliff" and Greece tipped major indexes between gains and losses. A surge in Home Depot's stock prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average.

    People wait in line to mail tax returns New York City’s main post office. The package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” takes effect on Jan. 1, unless Congress passes a budget deal by then.

    Most in US won’t be able to escape ‘fiscal cliff’

    Everyone who pays income tax — and some who don't — will feel it.The package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff" takes effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal by then.

    A boost from the gradually recovering housing market helped Home Depot’s net income edge up in its fiscal third quarter. The world’s biggest home-improvement retailer said Tuesday its net income rose to $947 million, or 63 cents per share for quarter that ended Oct. 28.

    Home Depot 3Q results edge up, beat Street’s view

    Home Depot Inc.'s net income rose slightly in the third-quarter, as glimmers of a housing market recovery and storm-preparation added to sales and offset costs related to closing stores in China.

    The sun sets behind an oil refinery in Bakersfield, Calif. The prospect of the United States becoming the world’s leading oil producer in the next couple decades has served as wakeup call for Canada, which is currently America’s leading oil supplier.

    Canada views US oil boom as a wakeup call

    Canada's natural resources minister said Tuesday a report that says the U.S. will become the world's largest oil producer by the end of the decade should serve as a wakeup call that illustrates the pressing need for Canada to diversify its energy exports.

    According to a congressional investigation released Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the New England Compounding Center, until it cleaned up its operations in 2002.

    Report: FDA wanted to close Mass pharmacy in 2002

    More than a decade ago, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the pharmacy linked to a recent deadly meningitis outbreak until it cleaned up its operations, according to congressional investigators. Nearly 440 people have been sickened by contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center, and more than 32 deaths have been reported since the outbreak began in September.


    American diamond official urged to resign

    Zimbabwe's diamond conference was rocked by controversy Tuesday over the Kimberley Process, the world diamond trade regulatory body, whose chairwoman was publicly asked to resign because she is American.

    People work on their computers at the ‘Campus Party’ a big IT, Internet and Computer meeting on the grounds of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport. Google is investing $1.3 million in a new facility for Internet startups in Berlin. The new hub, located close to where the Berlin Wall used to run, will provide work spaces for startups and opportunities to meet investors.

    Berlin startup scene gets nod from Google

    Berlin's budding Internet entrepreneurs received the closest thing to an industry endorsement Tuesday, with a $1.3 million investment from Google Inc. for a new "hub" where startups can work, play and meet investors. While the investment is unlikely to provide a material boost to Berlin's tech sector, it's a sign that a city is now on the radar of the industry's biggest players.


    Late-payment rate on mortgages declined in 3Q

    U.S. homeowners are doing a better job of keeping up with their mortgage payments, aided by an improving housing market and low interest rates that are making it easier to refinance. The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell in the third quarter to 5.41 percent, the lowest point in more than three years, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday.

    Associated Press Alpacas stay close together within a fenced pasture at Alpacas of Indian Point Hills in Petersberg.

    Farmers extol virtues of alpacas

    Bart and Rhonda Leinberger had an unexpected but welcome visitor at Alpaca Days, held over a late-September weekend at their farm near Petersburg.It turns out that Star Attraction was, indeed, a star attraction.The Leinbergers knew one of their alpacas, Heidi, was within days of giving birth. They didn't know she would use the occasion of Alpaca Days to birth her first cria.


    EU talks on banking union to expose divisions

    Shoring up Europe's banking sector and strengthening oversight of economic policies topped the agenda of a meeting Tuesday of the European Union's 27 finance ministers that was expected to expose divisions among the continent's powers.


    New CTA rail cars make debut on Red Line
    Associated Press New, modernized rail cars have made their debut on Chicago’s Red Line.The Chicago Transit Authority added two eight-car trains to the line on Monday. Transit officials say they’ll continue to add more trains until eventually the entire Red Line fleet is replaced. The 5000-series rail cars previously had successful debuts on the CTA’s Pink Line and Green Line. They’re part of a nearly $1.2 billion CTA effort to add more than 700 cars.The new cars will replace 35-year-old rail cars on the Red Line. The CTA says the cars have smoother acceleration and braking, aisle-facing seating to add room and LED displays.


    42 colleges, businesses honored for sustainability

    More than three dozen Illinois colleges, businesses and local governments are receiving honors for efforts to improve the environment.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company in Shanghai, China Tuesday

    Markets roiled by Greek bailout delay

    Financial markets focused their concerns on the future of Greece on Tuesday as the country's creditors have still not agreed on giving it the next installment of its rescue loans.

    U.S. President Barack Obama

    Obama works to enlist outside support for congress talks

    President Barack Obama is working to enlist outside support for his position that high-income people pay more taxes as he heads into negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner on how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.Obama will host labor leaders at the White House tomorrow, and on Nov. 14 he'll meet with executives of some the biggest U.S. companies.

    A 110.03 carats Sun-Drop Diamond described as fancy vivid yellow, the highest color grading by gemstone experts at a Sotheby’s preview show in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Pear or heart-shaped, big diamonds sell in Geneva
    Geneva's jewelry auctions, held in five-star hotels along its elegant lakefront, can seem a continent if not a world away from the grim austerity gripping much of Europe. Two out-of-this-world diamonds are being auctioned off this week, joining a long list of other fabulous jewels, watches and other luxury goods sold in Geneva.


    Oil down after payment delayed to Greece

    BANGKOK — Oil prices fell Tuesday, after European finance ministers put off the release of the next installment of debt-mired Greece’s urgently needed bailout loan.Benchmark oil for December delivery fell 81 cents at midday Bangkok time to $84.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 50 cents to finish at $85.57 per barrel on the Nymex on Monday.Crude oil prices have been caught among data showing improving export growth for China, an economic contraction in Japan for the latest quarter and “continued uncertainty about the latest Greece deal,” Michael Hewson, senior market analyst at CMC Markets, said in an email commentary. Greece’s international creditors failed to agree Monday on how to get the country’s bailout program back on track. The release of the next batch of loans that Athens is using to pay its day-to-day bills was put off until Nov. 20.The European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission have twice agreed to bail out Greece, pledging a total of (euro) 240 billion in rescue loans. The country has received about (euro) 150 billion of those loans so far.Meanwhile, the U.S. still appears headed for the so-called fiscal cliff — a combination of tax hikes and government spending cuts that will take effect Jan. 1 unless President Barack Obama and Congress can reach a compromise to avert it. Economists believe that would hurt growth in the world’s largest economy and possibly risk a recession.Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, dropped 72 cents to $108.35 per barrel in London.Among other energy futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Heating oil fell 1.4 cents to $2.9852 per gallon.— Gasoline futures dropped 1.9 cents to $2.6199 per gallon.— Natural gas rose 2.1 cents to $3.591 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Life & Entertainment

    Denny Diamond will perform Neil Diamond hits at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Metropolis adds new shows to winter lineup

    Several new shows have been added to the 2013 winter season at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Among them: Denny Diamond and Pure Prairie League.

    Members of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team are scheduled to reunite in Rosemont Friday for the 45th annual Sports Collectibles Convention in Rosemont.

    “Miracle on Ice” team, Olympians highlight Rosemont show

    The 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey team and the 1996 "Magnificent Seven" women's gymnastics squad will be reuniting in Rosemont Friday at the 45th annual Sports Collectibles Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road. The three-day event is expected to be the largest gathering of Olympians the suburb has ever seen.

    Charlie Watts, left, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, who are set for five concerts in London and the New York area over the next month, released another hits compilation with two new songs on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

    50 and counting for the Rolling Stones

    The official line is “we'll see.” But the Rolling Stones seem in such fighting form that it's hard to believe there's not more cooking beyond the current flurry of activity surrounding the band's 50th anniversary. The archetypal rock 'n' roll band is booked for five concerts in London and the New York area over the next month. On Tuesday they released yet another hits compilation with two new songs and HBO is premiering a documentary, "Crossfire Hurricane,” on Thursday.

    Jason Biggs is getting some flak for his vulgar tweets, but the actor doesn’t seem to mind. Recently, he got into some trouble for tweeting about the wives of the Republican presidential candidates.

    Jason Biggs defends tweeting ways

    Jason Biggs is brushing off criticism he received during the recent election season for vulgar tweets that referenced the wives of both Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan. The "American Pie" star took heat for off-color comments posted to his Twitter feed at the time of the Republican National Convention in August. The outpouring of criticism from parents groups, pundits and others led Nickelodeon to issue an apology for the actor's comments on the social media website.

    Navy officials said last week that seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6 were reprimanded for disclosing classified information to the creators of “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” a modern-day, first-person shooter from developer Danger Close Games and publisher Electronic Arts Inc.

    ‘Medal of Honor’ shooter game takes a bullet

    The punishment of Navy SEALs who worked on the video game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" is the latest in a series of misfires for the interactive medium's popular military shooter genre, which continues to face scrutiny. "When you're dealing with current topics, there's a higher level of sensitivity," said Casey Lynch of IGN.com. "I think most people would agree there's not the same level of sensitivity when compared to old World War II or Vietnam War games."

    One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles will be featured in a 3-D film.

    One Direction to star in 3-D film

    One Direction is headed to a movie theater near you. Sony Pictures says it's making a 3-D film about the boy band, due out next year on Labor Day weekend. Super Size Me" filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will direct the movie.

    Federal guidelines state that your turkey is safe to eat when the innermost part of the thigh reaches 165 degrees. Some people say thigh meat tastes better at 170 degrees. If the turkey is stuffed, the stuffing must also reach 165 degrees.

    Thanksgiving by the numbers

    Let's all give thanks for Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch. He took one for the turkey team and did the math for you, sorting out all the numbers you need, from how many people different size turkeys feed to how many pounds of carrots and cans of cranberry sauce you'll want for making sure your crowd leaves the table stuffed.

    Canned butternut squash purée stands in for the pumpkin variety in this tasty and holiday-ready quick bread.

    Start off Turkey Day with a tasty quick bread

    Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pull out Butternut Squash Quick Bread. Breakfast on this day is often overlooked, because with the feast yet to come, you definitely don't want anything heavy. Serve with fruit and coffee, and breakfast on the big day is done.

    Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, settled on a higher, softer voice in portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film biography “Lincoln,” saying it’s more true to descriptions of how the man actually spoke.

    Daniel Day-Lewis heeded inner ear to find Lincoln’s voice

    A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right? Not in Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation. Day-Lewis, who plays the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's epic film biography "Lincoln," which goes into wide release this weekend, settled on a higher, softer voice, saying it's more true to descriptions of how the man actually spoke.

    An NBC News executive says there are plans to replace “Today” show executive producer Jim Bell.

    NBC’s ‘Today’ show expects leadership shake-up

    NBC is changing the backstage leadership at its struggling "Today" show, which has consistently been behind ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings since replacing Ann Curry as an anchor this summer.An NBC executive who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plan is not finalized said Monday that Jim Bell will be replaced as the show's executive producer.


    Music notes: UFO rocks hard at the Arcada

    British rock band UFO will draw on its roughly 40 years of making music during two shows this weekend in St. Charles. WXRT’s annual Holiday Concert for the Kids is a wonderful tradition — a chance to enjoy great live music and help area children at the same time. This year’s event will be headlined by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at Metro on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    A contingent from Case Construction tend to an oversize balloon of Fred Flintstone in a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

    Best bets: It's not Thanksgiving without a parade

    WWE celebrity CM Punk is the grand marshal of McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, which also features marching bands, massive balloons and more in its 79th edition heading north along State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street in Chicago. Drew Carey fans won't want to miss a special standup gig this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont. Or be wowed by the Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake.

    One Direction, “Take Me Home”

    Young love brought to you by One Direction

    One Direction's sophomore album, "Take Me Home," comes one year after the group released its debut, "Up All Night," in the United Kingdom. And the boy band's new album, "Take Me Home," delivers on the brief, vaguely catchy songs that appeal to both the romantic and the wild side of teenage girls.

    R&B singer-songwriter and music executive Ne-Yo just released his fifth album, “R.E.D.”

    Ne-Yo puts his own spin on dance music with ‘R.E.D.’

    Ne-Yo knows that dance and electronic music dominate the charts and radio, and he believes some of the lyrics are weak. "There's dance songs out there with four words in the whole song, and it don't ever matter," he said. But when he approached that sound on his fifth album, "R.E.D.," the 33-year-old Grammy winner said he took the time to craft lyrics that have meaning.

    “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan

    McEwan offers up fiction about fiction

    Ian McEwan's latest novel, "Sweet Tooth," is a curious hybrid: part spy novel, part romance, it's really a work of fiction about fiction. The central character is Serena Frome, a Cambridge student recruited for Britain's domestic spy agency in 1972 by a professor and old MI5 hand. She joins the intelligence service, taking her place among the ranks of similarly well-born young women doing glorified secretarial work. There she is tapped for a mission with the code name Sweet Tooth to secretly funnel money to up-and-coming writers and intellectuals thought to hold a dim view of the Soviet Union.


    Honey Butter
    Honey Butter: Kithcen Scoop

    Summer Bellessa, of Sugar Grove, poses with her husband Kerry Bellessa. Summer is starring in the new movie, “Amber Alert,” which she also coproduced. The movie was directed by Kerry Bellessa.

    Sugar Grove native stars in Amber Alert thriller

    If you were driving on the tollway and saw the car named in an Amber Alert, you'd call 911. But then what would you do? Just drive away? That's the premise of the new Paranormal-styled thriller, "Amber Alert," a movie co-starring Sugar Grove native Summer Bellessa. "We just went out to make a realistic film that would happen with real people, with a problem that could happen," said Bellessa, 32, an alumna of Kaneland High School.

    Werther (Wilmette native Matthew Polenzani) haunts the dreams of Charlotte (Sophie Koch) in director Francisco Negrin’s interpretation of Massenet’s “Werther” for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The new coproduction with San Francisco Opera runs through Monday, Nov. 26.

    Staging proves puzzling in musically strong ‘Werther’

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Massenet's "Werther" is wonderfully sung, but director Francisco Negrin's multimedia production is a bit of a dramatic and scenic muddle.

    Canned butternut squash purée stands in for the pumpkin variety in this tasty and holiday-ready quick bread.

    Butternut Squash Bread
    Butternut Squash Bread: Kitchen Scoop



    Editorial: Naperville’s failure of transparency

    Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger failed the transparency test when he entered into a secret consulting contract with retiring police chief David Dial, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Polls that make no sense

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Here's a question from a recent national exit poll: "Which is closer to your view? Government should do more. (Or) government is doing too much." Has anyone noticed through all this that the question is meaningless? Government should do more of what?


    Starting all over again

    Columnist George Will: Conservatives are hardly starting from scratch in their continuing courtship of an electorate half of which embraced their message more warmly than it did this year's messenger.


    Too busy to vote? Shameful!
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: They did have time to cast their vote for "American Idol." They felt that standing in line to vote for president was too inconvenient.


    Learn facts about Planned Parenthood
    A letter to the editor: The tragic legacy of Planned Parenthood is sex and death, fornication and murder accepted as normal, and the promotion of black and minority genocide. Abortion is not health care!


    Cries for help from embassy ignored
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Records now show that our embassy in Libya asked for help before and during the attack three times and three times they were denied. What reason would a president, a secretary of state and our State Department have for refusing to help Americans in serious trouble?


    Stop fighting and solve some problems
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: We elected you Democrats and Republicans to solve problems — not fight — so get to work and start solving those problems. There are certainly enough of them.


    You voted for poorer Americans
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The people voted for the government that they think "cares," but in reality they voted for a government that will make them poorer.


    Church doesn’t get love is more than sex
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Is it possible that the Vatican doesn't and never has understood that love is not just a physical act but something, maybe, a bit more meaningful to humans that involves the mind and the soul?


    Proof voters don’t know the candidates
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Just a final note on the election. The recent story on Lauren Nowak's election win in the DuPage County Board 6th District demonstrates in no small measure the lack of knowledge by many of the voters of who is actually running.


    Why so adamant to outsource police?
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Despite the fact that 87 percent of Winfield voters oppose outsourcing our police to the DuPage Sheriff's department, Trustee Tim Allen still insists on pursuing that route.


    No letters from Obama supporters?
    An Aurora letter to the editor: So ... judging by the letters you chose to post on Saturday in the Fence Post segment about the national elections, one of two things must have happened at the Herald: 1. No people who voted for Obama wrote to you or 2. You lost your traditional "fair and balanced" policy on the way to the press room.


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