Daily Archive : Friday November 16, 2012


    Incumbents Doug Krause, left, and Paul Hinterlong were the only two incumbents to file their candidate petitions Monday morning.

    Eight non-incumbents file for Naperville City Council

    Naperville's city council landscape could be in line for an overhaul with political newcomers filing for one of the council's four open seats outnumbering the incumbents four to one. Of the 10 candidates filing nominating petitions for the spring municipal election Monday, only incumbents Paul Hinterlong and Doug Krause filed to retain their seats.

    Santa waves to the crowd after arriving at Saturday’s “An Almost Winter Day” at SEBA Park in South Elgin.

    ‘Almost Winter’ is all fun at S. Elgin festival

    South Elgin was the place to be on Saturday to make s'mores, decorate cookies, go on pony rides, and even hear Santa sing carols before the annual lighting of the tree. "It is An Almost Winter Day" at SEBA Park offered that to hundreds of adults and children who got an early dose of the Christmas spirit.

    Joseph Szewculak of Hampshire, a volunteer with Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District, shows a photo of the long-gone Hampshire Honor Roll sign listing World War II veterans. The photo will be part of the digital archive collections Hampshire library.

    Residents add to Hampshire library digital collection

    Hampshire resident Valerie Ruth was among those who attended "Digital Donation Day" on Saturday morning at the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District in Hampshire. The library is building digital collection archives with images of area residents' historical items and artifacts.

    Stephanie Kifowit Democrat candidate for 84th District Representative

    New 84th District rep Kifowit stepping down from Aurora council

    Aurora Alderman Stephanie Kifowit will resign her seat on the city council Tuesday after winning election to the state legislature, she announced this week. Kifowit, 41, said she will step down from her post as alderman for Ward 3 following a 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday so she can concentrate on preparing for her new role as 84th District state representative. "It's important that I dedicate time in...

    Geneva Fire Lt. Kevin Swanson touches up trim on the Santa House. Firefighters volunteered their time to rebuild the roof and make other repairs.

    Santa gets safer, warmer home in Geneva, thanks to volunteers

    Santa Claus has a safe place to visit with children this year in Geneva, thanks to volunteers from the Geneva Fire Department and donations from several businesses. The house — a former construction trailer, estimated to be 40 to 50 years old — was in trouble. Geneva Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Koster noticed a big hole in the roof, and two dozen firefighters later worked on fixing it.

    A model wears a creations from Express during the “Rock The Sidewalk,” event on the final day of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

    Mexico City holds fashion show on main square

    The tall, lanky models on the runway at a show by the U.S. clothing firm Express may not have been out of place in the fashion world, but they did stick out on Mexico City's vast, wind-swept main plaza.

    Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.

    Hamas targets Jerusalem in major escalation

    Palestinian militants took aim at Jerusalem for the first time Friday, launching a rocket attack on the holy city in a major escalation of hostilities as Israel pressed forward with a relentless campaign of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.Israel called up thousands of reservists and massed troops along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion of the densely populated seaside strip could be...

    Artist Arker Kyaw paints a graffiti welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama in Yangon, Myanmar, at dawn on Saturday.

    President visiting an unfinished Myanmar

    "If President Obama doesn't put his full weight behind further urgent reforms in Myanmar, this trip risks being an ill-timed presidential pat on the back for a regime that has looked the other way as violence rages, destroying villages and communities just in the last few weeks," said Suzanne Nossel, the U.S.-based director of Amnesty International.


    Judge favors Christian publisher in Carol Stream on contraception coverage

    A federal judge temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company based in Carol Stream to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which doesn't want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates with...


    Police find elusive suspect in Gurnee

    A 25-year-old man was in police custody Friday night following an off-and-on foot chase over the course of four hours that began with a counterfeit bill investigation at Gurnee Mills.


    Governor will appeal decision on prison closures

    Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close prisons remains in limbo after a state appeals court this week denied his administration's request to dissolve a temporary restraining order and injunction that prevent him from carrying out the closures. The governor's office said it would immediately appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.


    Hiring law broken at state agency, inspector finds

    One of Gov. Pat Quinn's agencies violated hiring laws by failing to review job applicants' credentials, improperly viewing candidates' names and, in one case, hiring an employee's husband after improper intervention by the employee, according to a report released Friday.

    Johnie Lee Qualls, left, comforts and talks Friday with Terry Johnson, in Midland, Texas, before a community prayer service to pray for all those involved in an accident Thursday, where four veterans were killed.

    Texas parade honoring war heroes ends in tragedy

    Cheered on by a flag-waving crowd, a parade float filled with wounded veterans and their spouses was inching across a railroad track when the crossing gates began to lower and a freight train that seemed to come out of nowhere was suddenly bearing down on them, its horn blaring.


    Tribune gets key FCC clearances in Chapter 11 case
    The Federal Communications Commission has given the Tribune Co. key clearances as it prepares to leave bankruptcy protection and transfer the company to new owners.

    This combo made from file photos shows Gen. David Petraeus’ biographer and paramour Paula Broadwell, left, and Florida socialite Jill Kelley. Broadwell and Kelley, the two women at the center of David Petraeus’ downfall as CIA director, visited the White House separately on various occasions in what appear to be unrelated calls that did not result in meetings with President Barack Obama.

    Women in Petraeus scandal had visited White House

    David Petraeus resigned as CIA director last week after acknowledging an affair with writer Paula Broadwell. In briefings Friday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the retired four-star general was apologetic and regretful and insisted that his resignation was related only to his personal behavior.

    Rocco Terranova

    Terranova resigns as Schaumburg Township Democratic committeeman

    Schaumburg Township Democratic Committeeman Rocco Terranova announced his resignation from his post Friday citing increased pressures from his professional job. He is succeeded by Mike Cudzik, with whom he has worked at Schaumburg Township's Democratic organization for the past five years.

    Associated Press/June 7, 2012 U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice listens during a news conference at the UN.

    Dozen House women defend Rice over Libya comments

    In unusually personal terms, the Democratic women lashed out at Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who earlier this week called Rice unqualified and untrustworthy and promised to scuttle her nomination if President Barack Obama nominates her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Drew Peterson

    Attorneys ask for new trial in Drew Peterson case

    Drew Peterson's attorneys want a Will County judge to throw out his conviction for the murder of his third wife or grant him a new trial. Attorneys for the former police officer said Friday that the judge allowed hearsay evidence he shouldn't have and that Peterson was provided ineffective counsel.

    Gov. Pat Quinn now faces one of the most critical times of his tenure.

    Quinn pushes pension reform, says he’s open on casino plan

    After keeping a relatively low public profile before the November election, Gov. Pat Quinn is out again, pushing his agenda for tackling Illinois' most pressing problems in the run up to the legislature's veto session later this month.


    U of I’s graduate employees authorize strike

    Graduate employees at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign have overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization vote. The Graduate Employees Organization said Friday that the strike authorization vote passed by 86.7 percent.


    Illinois keeps pace on Obama’s health law

    Illinois is ahead of some states but behind others on the path toward creating a health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care law. Obama's home state plans to partner with the federal government to run a health insurance exchange beginning in 2014, the first year for coverage.


    Des Plaines church creates winter wonderland

    Experience a mini winter wonderland at "Artistry at St. Martin's" from noon to 4 pm. Sunday, Nov. 18. The church is located at 1095 Thacker St., Des Plaines. The craft show and sale will include ceramics, handmade jewelry, miscellaneous crafts, a bake sale and pie raffle.


    Post office employees collecting food in Grant Twp.

    Grant Township is holding a joint effort Saturday, Nov. 17, with the Fox Lake/Ingleside postal union and the Fox Lake/Ingleside post office to restock the food pantry. Place canned or other nonperishable food items in or near your mail box; don't include glass items.

    Rachel Morris, from October 2011

    New photo released of missing Streamwood woman

    Streamwood police on Friday released a new photo of a 20-year-old woman reported missing since Monday. Rachel Morris, 20, of Streamwood was last seen at 8 p.m. Monday on the 700 block of South Bartlett Road near Shady Oaks Park in Streamwood. She was wearing a black winter hat, black jacket with a hood and unknown type pants.


    District 25 reaches agreement on employee contract

    The Arlington Heights School District 25 school board and the Service Employees International Union Local 73 have reached an agreement on a five-year contract. The union unanimously ratified the agreement Nov. 6 and the school board approved the contract at its Nov. 15 meeting. The contract allows the board to stay within its parameters of maintaining a fiscally responsible budget and aligning...


    Park district votes to buy Y:

    The $2 million purchase of the Central Lake YMCA by the Vernon Hills Park District is nearly complete with the 5-0 approval Thursday by the park board of a purchase agreement for the building and property at 700 Lakeview Parkway.


    Schaumburg receives Governor’s Sustainability Award

    The village of Schaumburg was among 21 Illinois companies and organizations honored with the Governor's Sustainability Award during a Nov. 9 luncheon in Oak Brook. "We are proud that the village of Schaumburg continually works to protect the environment and helps sustain the future," said Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson.


    Police warn of phone scam:

    Mundelein police are warning older residents about a telephone scam that targets grandparents.


    Lake County paratransit service:

    Lake County Board officials are considering a plan that would expand paratransit services in Antioch, Avon, Fremont, Grant, Lake Villa and Wauconda townships.

    Michael Amerlan, 17, a senior at Lake Park High School in Roselle, has collected roughly 700 bags of food to help those in need.

    Lake Park senior collects 700 bags of food for charity

    Lake Park High School senior Michael Amerlan has been gearing up all fall for what he calls "food drive season." The Itasca teen normally competes in track and field in the spring, but when late autumn comes he gears up for a different kind of contest: trying to collect the most food for charity as the holidays approach. This year, he's collected roughly 700 bags.

    Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus

    Petraeus: CIA blamed terrorists for Libya attack

    Testifying out of sight, ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress Friday that classified intelligence showed the deadly raid on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack but the administration withheld the suspected role of al-Qaida affiliates to avoid tipping them off.


    CLC says student made bogus sexual assault report

    An investigation of a reported sex attack on the College of Lake County's Grayslake campus has ended with the supposed victim recanting her claims, officials announced Friday. Police say she will not be charged.

    Mary Todd Lincoln

    Mary Todd Lincoln dresses in Springfield spotlight

    Mary Todd Lincoln's style of clothing will be on display in Springfield. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is organizing a "Culture of Clothing" event for Monday.


    Media tour offered at downstate prison

    Members of Illinois media organizations have been invited to tour the Vienna Correctional Center in southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Corrections sent the invitation Friday. It comes as Gov. Pat Quinn appeared to be backing away from his position that media visits to Illinois prisons are a security risk.


    Man gets 14 years in prison for trading fraud

    A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 14-years in prison for operating a foreign currency trading fraud while living in Panama.


    Will County Board approves $175.7 million budget

    County officials said the 2012-2013 budget sends a message to taxpayers that the county will ride out the economic downturn in a fiscally responsible way. The spending plan includes no tax increases.


    Chicago aldermen urge licenses for immigrants

    The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois' General Assembly to pass legislation requiring immigrant drivers to be trained, tested, licensed and insured.


    Another Chicago officer charged in towing scam

    A Chicago police officer became the 10th member of the force to be charged in what federal authorities say was a scheme to steer work to tow truck drivers in exchange for bribes.


    Winnetka lawyer convicted in New York fraud case

    A Winnetka lawyer has been convicted again in New York in a $2.4 billion fraud that led to the collapse of one of the nation's largest independent commodities firms.


    Three Schaumburg trustees to seek re-election

    Schaumburg trustees Marge Connelly, Frank Kozak and Jack Sullivan, whose terms end in May, plan to file as candidates for re-election Monday morning. Though the incumbents said they couldn't speak for anyone else's plans, they at least hadn't heard of any other residents circulating petitions.


    Property tax levy down, water rates up in LITH

    For the second year in a row, Lake in the Hills is planning to reduce its property tax levy while increasing water rates and giving raises to employees. The general fund, which accounts for day-to-day operations, is projected to be balanced at $16.25 million in 2013.


    St. Charles branch court reduction set aside

    The chief judge's office is revising a plan that would have closed the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles every Monday. However, Elgin and Aurora branch courts will still close every other Friday.


    Police reports
    Two gang members and one gang associate were arrested Thursday in the 100 block of N. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock for drug-related charges in an undercover narcotics investigation involving the sale of cocaine throughout McHenry County over the past few weeks, the McHenry County Sheriff's office said.


    Des Plaines city clerk to conduct audit

    Des Plaines City Clerk Gloria Ludwig, the official historian and keeper of the records, will be conducting an audit of the documents and records in her office over the next several months to ensure their safekeeping. The documents are part of the city's history and have been entrusted by the public to clerk's office, Ludwig said.

    Brian L. Countryman

    6 years for violating probation for threatening Aurora cops

    A 51-year-old man was sentenced this week to six years in prison for repeatedly violating his probation after he pleaded guilty in calling and threating Aurora police in 2008. Brian L. Countryman, of Indian Head Park, can have his sentence halved for good behavior.

    Wheaton Park District commissioners voted this week to raise fees for out-of-town visitors to Cosley Zoo, which recently opened its new bobcat exhibit.

    Fee hikes coming at Wheaton’s Cosley Zoo

    Wheaton's Cosley Zoo will raise admission fees for out-of-town visitors beginning in January. Park district commissioners voted 5-1 this week to boost fees to $5 for adults and $4 for seniors who don't live in the district. That's a $2 increase for both groups. Cosley will continue to offer free admission for Wheaton residents and all children.

    Naperville’s Ss. Peter and Paul School staff and students gathered outside Friday afternoon to take a photo honoring their Blue Ribbon School status.

    Ss. Peter and Paul celebrates Blue Ribbon honor

    Members of Naperville's Ss. Peter and Paul community long have been convinced their school provides a blue ribbon-quality education. Formal recognition by the U.S. Department of Education just confirmed it. Ss. Peter and Paul celebrated its national Blue Ribbon award during an all-school assembly Friday. It is one of 21 schools in Illinois and 269 in the country to receive the distinction.

    Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 36 pose with Avi Samuels, middle. The Scouts and Avi were co-winners of the Youth Volunteer award.

    Heart of Buffalo Grove award winners announced

    The 2012 Heart of Buffalo Grove Award recipients were announced at a banquet Nov. 1 at the Arboretum Club. Awards were presented in seven categories by the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsor Buffalo Grove Bank & Trust. More than 200 village officials, residents and chamber members attended. The Business Philanthropy and Youth Volunteer categories each had two winners.

    David Garmoe

    Ex-Glen Ellyn fire official imprisoned for $262,000 theft

    David Garmoe's 26-year career in the fire service ended with handcuffs Friday as the onetime lieutenant was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling $262,000 from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company. Garmoe, 56, pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge stemming from his tenure as the department's treasurer. DuPage County prosecutors said he took the money over a seven-year period and...

    Buffalo Grove Golf Course Pro Carmen Molinaro stands between some Titleist Pro Titanium 975J clubs.

    Longtime Buffalo Grove golf course manager retires

    Since their inception, Carmen Molinaro has been the face of Buffalo Grove's golf courses. This week, the Buffalo Grove village board said goodbye to Molinaro, who has retired from his position running the Buffalo Grove and Arboretum golf courses for 39 years. "I'll finally get to play some golf, which, when you're in the business, you really don't get to do," Molinaro said.

    Doll Doctor Angel Whitt works on a large antique doll that came to the Angelic Creations Doll Hospital in Naperville to be restrung.

    Moving Picture: Naperville doll hospital renews toys

    Angel Whitt has such a love of dolls that she opened a shop dedicated to helping other people keep their dolls in repair for years to come. "I have always loved dolls and toys, I've always had a lot of them," Whitt says, "So for me to have this business for over 30 years has been such a joy."


    Knights of Columbus search for owner of missing ring

    It could have been intentional. But if not, the Hoffman-Schaumburg Council of the Knights of Columbus wants to make sure a ring dropped into one of their "Tootsie Roll" drive cash containers gets back to its rightful owner. The drive was held during the weekend of Sept. 21-23 to collect money for local charities that help people with intellectual disabilities.

    Evelio Villanueva, his wife, Irma, and son, Tavo, 16, in their South Elgin home. Villaneuva got a loan modification on his mortgage with the help of Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley. He says it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the organization.

    Elgin housing agency helps families secure the American dream

    Evelio Villanueva started to get behind on his bills when his wife got sick. In early 2009 he tried to get a loan modification from his bank but was denied. Two years later he lost his job. Villanueva went to Neighborhood Housing Services in Chicago first but was later directed to the Elgin office, where he ultimately got help to reduce the interest rate on his mortgage from 7.9 percent to 2...


    Pingree Grove may build public works facility

    Pingree Grove is looking at building a public works facility that would also house the water and sewer department, and possibly the building department and even village hall, officials said. Financing, however, has not yet been discussed.

    William Christopher Pettry

    Jacksonville man pleads not guilty in death of Lake Villa-area Bears fan Pettry

    A man has denied accusations that he killed William Christopher Pettry of Lake Villa Township while he was in Jacksonville, Fla. to watch a Bears game in October. Matthew Reid Hinson, 27, of Jacksonville, entered the not-guilty plea to the second-degree murder charge Nov. 8, according to Duval County court records.


    Report: Campbell to start Monday's game against San Francisco

    Israeli soldiers work on their a tanks in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday.

    Palestinian rocket aimed at Jerusalem for 1st time

    Palestinian militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem on Friday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city and opening a new front in three days of fierce fighting between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli campaign has been limited to airstrikes so far. But military officials say they are considering expanding it to a ground campaign.


    District 214 proposes 3.4 percent tax levy increase

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 approved the tentative 2012 tax levy with overall increase of 3.4 percent at Thursday's board meeting. Associate Superintendent Deb Parenti said the tentative levy is essentially an educated guess of how much money the district will need, and if the district doesn't levy enough to use all its taxing authority under the tax cap, it will be penalized...


    Hospital: Board will consider latest plan Feb. 5
    A $131 million plan to build a new hospital in Lindenhurst drew fans and critics to a public hearing Thursday morning.The backers who addressed an Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board panel at the Lake Villa Township west campus said the proposed facility would improve access to health care services for residents in the northwestern part of Lake County.

    In this March 22, 2011 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are joined by state and local officials as they announce the next phase of high-speed rail construction during a news conference at an Amtrak maintenance building in Chicago.

    Illinois high-speed rail gets environmental approval

    Illinois and the federal government have approved an environmental impact statement for the high-speed rail line under construction between Chicago and St. Louis. The review is an important step because it identifies a route through Springfield that would end a dispute that had threatened to hold up the project.


    Judge: State custody for boy, 9, charged in death

    BELLEVILLE— A judge in St. Clair County has ordered the state to take custody of a 9-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in a toddler’s death.Associate Judge Walter Brandon on Thursday ordered that the Illinois Department of Human Services take custody of the boy.


    Judge halts demolition permit for Chicago hospital

    An iconic Chicago hospital won’t meet the wrecking ball just yet.A judge on Thursday issued a temporary order stopping the city from issuing a permit to Northwestern University to demolish the 37-year-old Prentice Women’s Hospital.


    Skokie psychiatrist charged in kickback scheme

    Federal prosecutors are claiming a psychiatrist took illegal kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies and submitted at least 140,000 false claims to Medicare and Medicaid after prescribing antipsychotic medications to mentally ill nursing home patients.


    Dry dock worker killed by tugboat propeller

    HARTFORD— A dry dock worker is dead after a four- to five-ton tugboat propeller fell onto him, knocking him into the Mississippi River.Hartford Fire Chief Dave Owens says the man was working at National Maintenance and Repair, which serves the river and rail industries.

    Tiffany Tindell, a sophomore at North Central College, researched and chose all the teacups and saucers for the Cup of Cheer exhibit.

    Naperville bank showcases Cup of Cheer exhibit

    Naper Settlement and Naperville Bank & Trust are partnering to showcase the settlement's Cup of Cheer tea cup and saucer collection. The Cup of Cheer Holiday House Walk is the Naperville Garden Club's annual fundraiser, which will be Friday, Dec. 7. Naperville Bank & Trust s one of the ticket locations for the event and will have the Cup of Cheer exhibit on display through January.

    The Oak Ridge Boys — William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban — will perform everything from “Elvira” to “White Christmas” during their Dec. 21 holiday concert at Naperville's North Central College.

    Oak Ridge Boys bringing Christmas show to North Central

    On Dec. 21, you'll be able to see the Oak Ridge Boys performing many of the group's hits and some holiday favorites when they bring their Christmas show to North Central College in Naperville. "It's a great family show," singer Richard Sterban says. And if you're a fan of the Oaks, or Christmas, "it's truly the total package."


    Buffal Grove firefighters set record for MDA fund drive

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week honored firefighters for a record-setting year in raising funds to fight muscular dystrophy, raising $24,047.


    Actors sought for Schaumburg troupe’s Black History performance

    Schaumburg-based Powerhouse Productions is looking for teens and adults of all races to audition later this month for its 15th annual Black History performance this February.


    Palatine church welcomes any and all to Thanksgiving dinner

    All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine is making a place at its Thanksgiving Day dinner table for anyone who wants some tasty food and good company. Everyone, especially those with no other place to go, is invited to dine with members of the congregation.


    Dawn Patrol: Services for dog mauling victim; Naperville restaurant fire

    Big Rock firefighter killed by dog to be remembered Saturday. Island Lake man charged with threatening child. Naperville's Rosebud catches fire, quickly reopens. BlackFinn must close early. Car swerves under semi on I-290 but no serious injuries.

    Ron Yurcus of Glen Ellyn won $1 million by matching five of the six numbers on a Powerball ticket. Yurcus found the two-month-old ticket while cleaning up his desk.

    How Glen Ellyn lottery winner will share $1 million

    Ron Yurcus has spent most of his life giving his time and energy to others, but now he says he'll also be able to donate financially to his favorite causes after winning the lottery. The deacon at St. Petronille Parish in Glen Ellyn and retired hospice chaplain discovered this week he had a $1 million winning Powerball ticket. "I was home alone. I wanted to scream but there was nobody home," he...


    Libertyville looks ahead to 2013 road work season

    Residents are getting ready for winter but Libertyville officials are preparing for the next road season, with the sale of $5 million in bonds the first in a series of annual issues to fund a village-wide road improvement program. Voters this past March agreed to a property tax hike to raise $20 million to fix about a third of village streets during the next several years.

    Gurnee Elementary District 56´s new Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth remains on target for a January debut.

    Gurnee Elementary District 56 preparing for debut of Wadsworth school

    Gurnee Elementary District 56's new school in Wadsworth remains on target for a January debut, but the effort won't be as simple as opening the doors to students and teachers. Superintendent John Hutton says the creation of new bus routes and other logistics are part of the equation before Prairie Trail School opens off Wadsworth Road.

    Margaret and John Tures of Huntley watch as McHenry County College officials unveil a sign on Wednesday during a dedication ceremony for a 9.7-acre parcel of land in Chemung donated by the Tures family to the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation. Pictured are, from left, Margaret and John Tures, biology instructor Bev Dow, executive dean of math, sciences and health professions Amy Maxeiner, and MCC President Vicky Smith.

    Huntley couple donates land to McHenry County College

    John and Margaret Tures of Huntley donated a 9.7-acre parcel off Island Road in Chemung, 22 miles west of the Crystal Lake campus of McHenry County College, that will be used for educational and outdoor laboratory work by the college's biology, earth science and horticulture departments. The land, appraised at $30,000, was donated to the Friends of MCC Foundation, which turned it over to the...

    A scarlet leaf stands out on a moss and lichen covered stone on a bright fall day in Adirondack State Park, New York in October.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of November 12th.


    Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka will participate in a fundraiser money to raise money for Child's Voice in Wood Dale.

    Ditka 'feeling good' after stroke
    ESPN's Seth Markman posted on Twitter that the former Chicago Bears coach and player fell ill Friday and will not appear on the network's NFL shows this weekend. The former Bears coach will not be in the ESPN booth Sunday as he continues to recuperate. But Ditka is reportedly 'feeling good.'


    Scouting West Aurora

    Now in her seventh season at West Aurora, coach Connie Siljendahl might not have any teams with as much experience as this one.

    Waubonsie Valley's Kyle Neese, center, is wrapped up by the Neuqua Valley defense, during Class 8A quarterfinal action in Naperville.

    Football/Scouting Mt. Carmel at Neuqua Valley

    Taking a look at the Class 8A semifinal football game between Neuqua Valley and Mt. Carmel


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Ali Andrews scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks, and Sam Andrews added 19 points and 8 rebounds Friday night to lead the Huntley girls basketball team to a 48-33 win over St. Viator at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament.The Red Raiders (1-1) jumped out to a 31-22 halftime lead and extended it throughout the second half.Cary-Grove 52, Johnsburg 16: Josln Nicholson had 14 points and 5 rebounds and Olivia Jakubicek added 13 points and 6 rebounds as Cary-Grove (2-0) rolled to an easy win at the Turkey Thriller. Abby Jakubicek added 8 points and 5 rebounds for the Trojans.Serena 48, Westminster Christian 32: Maddie Versluys led the Warriors (2-2) with 11 points in this loss at the Somonauk tournament.Kirkland Hiawatha 38, Elgin Academy 14: Kaitlyn Pearson and Allyson Wittmeyer each had 4 points to lead Elgin Academy (0-2) in this loss at the EA Thanksgiving tournament.John Radtke contributed to this report


    Fremd rallies past Lakes

    Fremd's girls basketball team rallied from a 6-point halftime deficit to defeat host Lakes 63-49 in the second round of the Turkey Thriller on Friday night.

    Sarah Wille aims to make it another great season for Hoffman Estates’ girls bowling team.

    Book it: Wille’s focus is on leading Hoffman Estates

    Sarah Wille says her favorite subjects at school are U.S. and World History, and that someday she wants to be an elementary school teacher. Chances are she'll also be making some history this season on the bowling lanes for Hoffman Estates. Wille, a junior who's been a varsity competitor since day one as a freshman, looks to continue her success as she heads into the 2012-13 season.


    Girls bowling / Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls bowling season ahead for teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Leyden.


    Girls basketball / Lake County roundup

    Highland Park 57, Mundelein 53: Lena Munzer came 2 steals shy of posting a triple-double, and her 2 free throws with 7.3 seconds left allowed the Giants to hang on in the Mundelein tournament game.The Yale-bound Munzer finished with 35 points, 16 rebounds, 8 steals and 5 blocked shots.Highland Park (2-2) led 44-35 after three quarters but saw Mundelein (0-4) pull within 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Natalie Busscher with 1:25 left and then a layup by Jessica Schultz with 37 seconds to go.The Mustangs wouldn’t score again, however. Highland Park guard Lucy Hoffman hit 1 free throw with 12.2 seconds on the clock, before Munzer was fouled and sent to the line after the Giants secured an offensive rebound.Busscher led Mundelein with 18 points, while Maggie Mahar added 16. Each player hit a pair of 3-pointers.Carmel 56, Grant 41: GuardKathleen Felicelli scored all of her game-high 13 points in the first half, as the Corsairs evened their record at 2-2 in the Mundelein tournament.Center Kayla Quinn dropped in 10 of her 12 points in the third quarter, helping Carmel extend a 29-18 lead at halftime to 47-25 heading into the fourth.Grant (1-3) was led by freshman guard Jasmine Sangster, who scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer, on 5-of-7 shooting.Wauconda 52, Belvidere 34: At Marian Central, the Bulldogs got their first win of the season, as Lexie Redmann and Jessie Wood scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.Lauren Nee added 8 points, including a 3-pointer.“Lauren played an outstanding game handling the ball,” Wauconda coach Jaime Dennis. “Lexie Redmann had to stop their big gun and did a really nice job defensively. She really stepped up and played a solid, full game. She came out for only about a minute.”Wauconda (1-2) outscored Belvidere 14-4 in the second quarter to take a 22-12 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 40-26 heading into the fourth.“It was a great team effort,” Dennis said.Wauconda resumes the tournament Tuesday, when it plays Richmond-Burton at 5 p.m. at Marian Central.Resurrection 47, Antioch 21: At Niles North, the Sequoits trailed 10-4 after one quarter and 30-10 at halftime.Paige Gallimore scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer, for Antioch (1-1), which faces the host school at Niles North at 7 p.m. today.Rolling Meadows 68, Lake Zurich 18: At Lake Zurich, the visiting Mustangs sprinted to a 17-4 after one quarter and led 34-13 at halftime.Lake Zurich received 6 points from Sarah Stefaniu and 5 from Sara Gazdacka.Fremd 63, Lakes 49: The visiting Vikings rallied in the second half to win the game that was part of the Lake Zurich tournament.“The fans made this early-season game seem like a regional championship,” Lakes coach Pete Schneider said. “The teams did not disappoint, as this was a very well played game by two very good teams.”Lakes led by one point after the first quarter and by six at the break. Led by Terese McMahon (22 points), the Eagles applied tough defensive pressure throughout the game. Fremd came back in the third quarter, led by Haley Gorecki, who scored 10 of her 24 points in the period.“We lost our focus in the third quarter and settled for too many jumpers, instead of getting touches in the paint and post catches,” Schneider said. “Don’t get me wrong. We have some really good shooters, but we need to get the ball in the paint and some more touches for Terese.”Heather Hurlbut added 8 points for the Eagles and Amanda Smith had 7, even though she got herself into some early foul trouble and sat most of the first half.“Maya Schmitt, Nicole Mogged and Shelby Trkla all did a nice job defensively for us,” Schneider said. “I give Fremd a ton of credit. They made some nice adjustments and caused us to lose focus on our offense. They are a good team. We gave them a good game, and these are the types of games that both teams want this early in the season.”


    Wolves salvage a point

    Two third-period goals in 25 seconds allowed the Chicago Wolves to force overtime against the Peoria Rivermen Friday night, but the visitors fell 3-2 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at Carver Arena.


    Naperville Central talks about a win

    When Rockford Auburn started challenging Naperville Central during opening-night competition Friday of the Benet/Naperville Central Tip-Off Tournament, the Redhawks kept the lines of communication open. That went a long way in helping Naperville Central fight off a strong Knights team and win 60-52 to go 2-0 on the young season.


    Palatine bounces back to beat Dundee-Crown

    It wasn't the type of start Palatine coach Leslie Schock was looking for, but she was happy with the final results. Being outscored by Dundee-Crown 7-2 in the first quarter, Palatine rallied to outscore the Chargers 38-23 the rest of the way to post a 40-30 win over D-C in second round action of the Dundee-Crown Girls Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night.

    Melissa Rose of Cary-Grove swims the 100-yard breaststroke at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

    Sweet swim for Cary-Grove’s Rose

    Cary-Grove sophomore Melissa Rose improved upon her sectional time in the 100-yard breaststroke by almost half a second in the preliminaries of the girls swimming high school state meet on Friday. Too bad for her a lot of other swimmers had the same idea.Rose finished in 1:07.08, which placed her 23rd in the event at Evanston Township High School.

    St. Charles East’s Shea Hoyt swims the 100-yard breaststroke at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

    St. Charles East stays alive

    When the ultra-choppy water at Evanston's pool settled following Friday's prelims for the IHSA girls state swim meet — many things were clearer for both area teams and the state's best as well.

    Gia Dalesandro with Neuqua Valley finished second in the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday, November 15, 2012.

    Benet’s Kramer second after prelims

    After going to the Illinois state swimming and diving meet for a fourth time, Benet senior diver Taylor Kramer is becoming an expert at handling the pressure. Kramer, who finished sixth at state last year, goes into Saturday's three-dive final in second place after finishing Friday's eight-dive competition with a score of 296.70, 11 points behind the leader, Allegra Codamon of Zion-Benton.

    Mundelein’s Erin Falconer celebrates after winning her heat of the 100-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

    Libertyville’s Dickson leads the way at state

    Wildcats hugging Patriots? Mustangs hanging out with both of the above? Yes, in swimming, competitors from Stevenson, Mundelein and Libertyville get along just fine. For the three-quarters of the calendar year that does not include high school swimming, most of them are teammates on the Patriot Aquatic Club. So it's easy for them to put their prep differences aside and cheer for one another at the high school state meet. The preliminaries were held Friday at Evanston Township High School, and it turns out there was plenty to cheer about.

    Buffalo Grove’s Veronika Jedryka celebrates after winning her heat and qualifying for today’s finals in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday’s state preliminaries in Evanston.

    It’s worth wait for Jedryka, Petro; Barrington excels

    That fourth year, it turns out, was well worth the wait. Seniors Veronika Jedryka of Buffalo Grove and Amanda Petro of Hersey had both qualified for the girls swimming high school state meet every year, but neither had made the championship heat of an event. Until now. Jedryka will compete in Saturday's finals of the 100-yard freestyle, and Petro will swim in the 100 backstroke finals after terrific performances in their best events at the state meet preliminaries at Evanston Township High School.


    Streamwood holds off Crystal Lake S.

    With standout Jessica Cerda plagued with foul trouble most of the game, Streamwood coach George Rosner was looking for someone to step up in Cerda's absence. Deja Moore provided the spark Rosner was looking for. Scoring 14 points, including 9 in the third quarter when Cerda was on the bench, Moore keyed Streamwood's 49-42 win over Crystal Lake South in second round action at the Dundee-Crown girls Thanksgiving tournament Friday night.


    Neuqua Valley defeats Wheaton North

    Allison Hedrick and the rest of Neuqua Valley's core are a year older and wiser.They understand better when to speed opponents up, or slow themselves down.And the girls know when it's "go time."Clinging to an 8-point fourth-quarter lead on No. 16 Wheaton North Friday at the York Thanksgiving Tournament, No. 5 Neuqua clamped down defensively for a 56-40 win.

    Benet’s Kathleen Doyle, left, drives past Bartlett’s Nicole Gerdevich, during girls basketball action at Benet.

    Benet rolls past Bartlett

    Benet played a dream first quarter Friday night in Lisle. Bartlett saw a silver lining in a strong third quarter, though it wasn't enough to overcome Benet in a 63-41 Redwings win at the Benet/Naperville Central Thanksgiving Tournament.


    Prospect stays busy with winning

    Ashley Graham's first week as Prospect's girls basketball coach is as busy as its gets. There probably won't be too many times in the rest of her career where she'll send a team out to play five games in one week. Game No. 4 went into the books on Fridays. It read the same as three others - a win. Senior guard Michele Molini scored a game-high 19 points while 5-foot-11 sophomore center Catherine Sherwood added 13 as the Knights pulled away for a 53-33 win over Conant in round three of the York Tournament in Elmhurst.

    Grayslake North coach Nate Flannery leads his team during Friday’s game against Prairie Ridge.

    Perfect start continues for Grayslake North

    Another game, another win. Another defense for Grayslake North's girls basketball team. The Knights, who are off to the best start in their history, improved to 4-0 in Mundelein's Thanksgiving tournament with a 48-32 win over Prairie Ridge on Friday. Grayslake North can wrap up the championship today, when it faces Grant at 3 p.m. in finale-round action of the tourney.

    In this Nov. 10, 2012 photo, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman looks at the clock during a time out during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Illinois and Minnesota in Champaign, Ill. The Illini are the only Big Ten team without a conference win this season. Purdue plays at Illinois this Saturday, Nov. 17.(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Purdue heads to Illini with new life

    head coach to a team in the hunt for a bowl berth.Last Saturday's 27-24 win over Iowa breathed life into the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten). One more win and they'll be headed to a bowl."I would really like to get this team to a bowl game," said quarterback Robert Marve, whose career has been marred by repeated knee injuries. "It's been a long road and if we can finish strong at the end, it would really mean a lot to me."What Illinois wouldn't give for a little of that optimism headed into Saturday's game, the last one at home this season (2:30 p.m. BTN, WIND 560-AM).

    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor shoots over a block by Larkin’s Amber McGhee in the second quarter on Friday at Burlington Central.

    Smith’s debut at Burlington Central a big winner

    Burlington Central's kiddie corps took a big step forward in the growing up process Friday night, but it was the Rockets' savvy senior who kept the ship on a straight course while they did. The much ballyhooed BC freshman class of girls basketball players debuted on the varsity level and they all contributed in a 64-22 rout of Larkin in the opening round of the Central Thanksgiving Tournament on Rocket Hill.

    Mundein senior Mitchell Schulewitz, shown here patrolling third base last spring as Libertyville’s Nick Coutre slides into the bag, will pitch for the University of Illinois-Chicago next year.

    Mundelein duo has a baseball future they can sink their teeth into

    Mundelein's Mitchell Schulewitz and Will Farmer are looking forward to futures in baseball they can sink their teeth into.


    Hampshire falls to Hononegah

    A 23-point loss usually can be looked at as a negative, but that's not how Hampshire girls basketball coach coach Ed Haugens sees Friday's night 74-51 loss to Hononegah in a Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament game played at South Elgin.


    Defense carries South Elgin by McHenry

    Not much was going well offensively Friday evening for the South Elgin girls basketball team. But it was the Storm's defense that sparked an 18-0 run to break open a tie game and the Storm went on to beat McHenry, 46-33, in Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament play at South Elgin. "We got to down to business on defense," Storm junior Kennede Miller said. "On offense, we started making our layups. We started relaxing."


    Scouting Aurora Christian-Sterling Newman
    Taking a look at the Class 3A semifinal between Aurora Christian and Sterling Newman Catholic.

    Cary-Grove’s Zach Marszal (41) goes around the end for a touchdown against Jacobs earlier this season. Marszal and the Trojans travel to Lake Forest for a Class 6A semifinal battle at 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Cary-Grove looking to stay consistent vs. Lake Forest

    Two teams with contrasting offensive styles will vie for a trip to Champaign when No. 1 Cary-Grove (12-0) tangles with No. 10 Lake Forest (9-3) in a Class 6A semifinal at Lake Forest's west campus Saturday at 4 p.m. Cary-Grove's run-oriented triple option offense has accumulated 4,716 yards (393 avg.) 4,021 via the rush. They key figures for the Trojans are senior fullback Kyle Norberg (6-foot-2, 212 pounds), a punishing ball carrier who possesses a combination of strength and speed, and talented senior quarterback Quinn Baker.

    Claire Haggerty of Grayslake Central swims the 200-yard individual medley.

    Images: Girls State Swimming Prelims
    Images from the preliminary round of the state girls swim meet at Evanston High School on Friday Nov. 16, 2012.


    Loyola falls to Western Michigan, 81-71
    Senior forward Nate Hutcheson scored 30 points and had nine rebounds to lead Western Michigan to an 81-71 victory over Loyola-Chicago in the University of South Florida Invitational on Friday night.


    UIC can’t finish comeback against New Mexcio
    Kendall Williams scored 23 points and New Mexico withstood a spirited comeback bid by Illinois-Chicago in a 66-59 victory at the Paradise Jam on Friday.Demetrius Walker added 14 points for New Mexico (2-0), which saw its 13-point halftime lead whittled down to two, at 58-56, with 35 seconds remaining, after a steal and layup by UIC's Daniel Barnes.

    Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips (10) is chased by Indiana's David Cooper during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Badgers, Buckeyes both need win to prove a point

    Its spot in the Big Ten title game already assured, Wisconsin now gets a chance to prove it deserves it. Knocking off No. 6 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) would go a long way toward erasing that asterisk hanging over the Badgers these days. Wisconsin, you see, actually trails the Buckeyes by two games in the Leaders Division, but it's the Badgers (7-3, 4-2) who are on their way to Indianapolis for a second straight year because Ohio State is ineligible for the postseason.

    Notre Dame's Manti Te'o gives the thumbs up to a teammate prior to their NCAA college football game against the Boston College in Boston Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Could Senior Day emotions trip up Irish?

    Braxston Cave is named after the fullback from Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team. He's a lifelong fan of the school, growing up not far from campus, and signed with the team after it posted a school-worst 3-9 record in 2007, convinced his class would help bring the storied program back to glory."We knew with the group we had that we could do something special," Cave said.

    Jamal Crawford is averaging 20.5 points per game and shooting 51.4 percent from the floor for the 6-2 Clippers.

    Crawford’s newfound commitment paying off
    Jamal Crawford is off to a great start for the Los Angeles Clippers, who host the Bulls on Saturday. A year ago, Crawford talked about how he was hoping to join the Bulls. He's one of several shooting guards around the league that seemed to have a chance of playing for the Bulls in the last year or so. Any regrets out there?

    Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2) will get his first start for the team on Monday night when the Bears face the San Francisco 49ers on the road. QB Jay Cutler and DE Shea McClellin will not play on Monday as they recover from concussions, team officials said Friday.

    Cutler out; Bears going with Campbell on Monday

    Jason Campbell will start at quarterback for the Bears Monday night. Jay Cutler, who suffered a concussion Sunday night, will not play, nor will defensive end Shea McClellin, who also suffered a concussion, team officials announced Friday.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Glenbard North's Dominic Fornino (41) and Andrew Mulshine (44), sack Stevenson's Willie Bourbon (4), during second round Class 8A football playoffs.

    Scouting Glenbard North at Loyola football
    Here's a look at Saturday's Class 8A playoff game between Glenbard North and Loyola Academy.

    Lake Zurich running back Connor Schrader finds a hole against Rockford Boylan in last weekend’s Class 7A state quarterfinal game.

    Football: Scouting Lake Zurich vs. Glenbard West

    Here's a look at Saturday's Class 7A semifinal matchup at Glenbard South beween Glenbard West and Lake Zurich.


    Back in the day takes back seat to new reality

    The uproar over Urlacher. The concern over Cutler. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion on this tackle Sunday by St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

    Throw a flag on excessive concussion talk

    Mike North is tired of hearing about concussion talk and everything the NFL and NFLPA is trying to do to resolve the issue. Let's move on. He also says the New York Jets don't sound like much of a team when they fire on Tim Tebow, who has hardly played. Maybe Rex Ryan isn't head coach material.

    Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3) drives to the basket as Mississippi Valley State center Julius Francis during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Northwestern won 81-68. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Northwestern beats Mississippi Valley 81-68

    Mississippi Valley junior transfer Davon Usher scored a game-leading 35 points to almost single-handedly keep the Delta Devils in the game, but Northwestern got key late baskets from sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski to pull out 81-68 win on Thursday night.

    Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, center, is tackled by Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, below, and teammate Nick Barnett, above, during the first half of an NFL game Thursday in Buffalo. Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills high-priced defense finally flexed its collective muscle, stuffing the Miami Dolphins in a 19-14 victory Thursday night.

    Buffalo defense stuffs Miami in 19-14 win

    Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills high-priced defense finally flexed its collective muscle, stuffing the Miami Dolphins in a 19-14 victory Thursday night.


    In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves Friday near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire.

    Two missing, 4 burned in Gulf platform fire

    The fire, begun while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, critically injured at least four workers who had burns over much of their bodies.

    Wonder Hostess Thrift Shop employee Kathy Lipprandt, left, hugs fellow employee A.J. Galvan Friday after it was announced the Hostess company was calling it quits.

    Elgin mourns loss of Wonder Hostess Bakery Thrift Shop

    Elgin's Wonder Hostess Bakery Thrift Shop was a popular place Friday after news of the longtime bakery company going out of business made its way around the Elgin area. A strike by the union representing the bakers at Hostess could not be resolved, forcing the snack maker to announce it would go out of business. Gilberts resident Dave Scurto stopped by the Wonder Hostess Thrift Shop in Elgin Friday afternoon to pick up some treats after he heard the store would be closing. “I remember them from when I was a kid,” Scurto said.

    President Barack Obama, center, speaks while House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, left, and Harry Reid, a Democratic Senator from Nevada, listen Friday during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

    Hill leaders voice confidence in debt deal

    At issue are a broad series of looming tax increases across every income bracket, coupled with across-the-board spending cuts. The gritty work of negotiations is now under way, and the White House work on this matter will be carried on by staff members as Obama heads off to Asia on Saturday.

    A U.S. Postal Service employee takes mail out of a truck Thursday for delivery in New York on Thursday.

    Stamp price hike gets regulatory OK

    The Postal Regulatory Commission on Friday approved the proposed rate increase, which raises the price of a first-class domestic stamp to 46 cents.

    A member of the U.S. Coast Guard walks Friday on the deck of a barge used to place navigational buoys, seen at right, along the Mississippi River to aid vessels as they travel up and down the waterway.

    Senators urge action on Mississippi waterway

    The lengthy drought has parched the nation's two largest rivers, leaving water levels dangerously low. And long-range forecasts call for the drought to extend into spring.

    Gary Keller, a Hostess driver for 16-years, carries the last items of his final delivery Friday at a Hostess Brands Inc. Bakery Outlet store in Peoria. Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies, said it will fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate after a nationwide strike by bakery workers crippled operations.

    What happens if Twinkies really do go away?

    It's hard to imagine the fading away of brands as storied and valuable as Ho Hos, Ring Dings and Yodels. Within hours of announcing the closure Friday, the company already had put out word that Zingers, Fruit Pies and all the other brands were up for grabs.

    Nataliya Magnitskaya, mother of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail, holds a photo of her son. While U.S. lawmakers are voting to open up trade with the country, human rights remain a sticking point in relations.

    Caterpillar, Boeing to gain from House’s Russia vote

    The House voted 365-43 today for the bill that includes a provision to punish human-rights violators in Russia, which that country's Foreign Ministry warned would damage bilateral ties. The Senate plans to take up the measure in the coming weeks.

    Associated Press/June 5, 2012 An attendee plays a video game using Nintendo’s Wii U controller at E3 2012 in Los Angeles.

    Review: Nintendo Wii U blows up dual-screen gaming

    It's the touch screen that really makes the difference. In some cases, it houses functions that are typically relegated to a game's pause screen. In others, it allows a group of people playing the same game together to have different experiences depending on the controller used. Nintendo Co. calls this "asymmetric gaming."

    Vanessa Fifita, from San Leandro, left, puts boxes of Hostess products into her car Friday with the help of a worker outside the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in San Leandro, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. With the announcement that the Hostess bakery is join out of business, Fifita’s friends and relatives urged her to go to the thrift shop to pick up as many of the Hostess bakery products as possible.

    Twinkie junkies raid stores

    A Jewel-Osco store in Chicago is already out of Twinkies.

    Bloomberg News A man carrying an Apple Inc. shopping bag walks past a BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. store Monday at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. Apple has recently shown a willingness to settle some of its legal disputes.

    Apple, Google consider arbitration on patents

    An agreement that goes beyond the Motorola Mobility dispute to cover other devices that run on Google's Android operating system could help calm litigation that has spanned the globe, said Alex Spektor, an analyst with Strategy Analytics in Boston.

    A pilot stands nearby as Friar Stanislaw Michalek waits to bless an LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Wednesday during a delivery ceremony.

    American Airlines pilots hold another contract vote

    The Allied Pilots Association said Friday its board voted 12-4 to accept a tentative agreement with American. The 7,500 pilots rejected a previous company offer in August.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, followed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., approaches the the microphones Friday outside the White House.

    Stocks finish higher on optimism over budget talks

    The market started lower Friday but spiked higher shortly before midday as the top members of the House and Senate spoke at the White House following a closed-door session with Obama. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both said they offered higher tax revenue as part of a deal.

    Hostess Twinkies in a studio in New York

    Hostess to close, cites nationwide worker strike

    Hostess Brands Inc. says it’s going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other snacks.The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell assets if plants didn’t resume normal operations by a Thursday evening deadline. The closing would mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs.


    Oil prices flat as demand stays sluggish

    Oil prices swung between slight gains and losses Friday, barely budging despite an escalation in fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza, as demand for energy remains weak and supplies are ample.


    FedEx, UPS investigated for online drug shipments

    The nation's two largest shipping companies said they are targets of a criminal probe related to their dealings with online pharmacies at the center of an international crackdown on prescription drug abuse.


    Markets shaken by US budget fears, Mideast clashes

    Markets remained under pressure Friday ahead of the start of budget discussions between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders and as investors fretted over a military escalation in Gaza. Japanese stocks, however, enjoyed solid gains on hopes that elections next month may lead to more stimulus measures being enacted, in the latest attempt to get the stuttering economy moving.


    Ikea regrets use of forced labor in East Germany

    Swedish furniture giant Ikea says it "deeply regrets" the fact that some of its suppliers used forced prison labor in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.The company says it never condoned the use of forced labor but an independent report shows it failed to properly vet how its suppliers were manufacturing furniture for the company at the time.


    Libertyville firm recalls infant travel beds after death

    A children's safety equipment manufacturer has agreed to recall about 220,000 infant travel beds after reports of one infant's death and nine others entrapped or distressed while inside the portable sleep tents.

    At left, Schaumburg Business Association President Kaili Harding greets attendees during the Schaumburg Business Association business expo Thursday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. At right, Amanda Thomsen, from left, Nina Bongiovanni and Brian Vasquez staff the Par Logistics booth at the expo.

    Energy felt in the air at Schaumburg business expo

    Many exhibitors at the Schaumburg Business Association Expo Thursday said they could feel an energy in the room. "There's positive mojo here. ," said exhibitor Jeff Shihadeh of Window Works in Arlington Heights. SBA President Kaili Harding agreed. "This is like our Super Bowl. It's our big event," she said of the event described as the largest business after hours. Featuring former Bears Player Gary Fencik, the event was held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg.

Life & Entertainment

    Setting half of “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” in the year 2025 could be the riskiest gambit yet for the successful shoot-'em-up series known for its relentless past-and-present realism.

    'Black Ops II' first must-have since 'Modern Warfare'

    By adding the element of choice, "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" has revitalized the brand to become the best "CoD" since 2007's "Modern Warfare." The game leaps back and forth from CIA and U.S. military missions in the 1980s to an international crisis in 2025. Your moral decisions and successes or failures in both settings determine your ending — and whether some of the main characters live long enough to see it.


    TV networks airing Sandy specials Sunday

    Less than three weeks after Superstorm Sandy came ashore on the East Coast, three television networks will offer the chance to relive the experience on the same night. PBS' "Nova" series will air a one-hour special on Sandy on Sunday evening, the same night that History is scheduled to run "Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water."

    Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, discusses the upcoming Wii U gaming console in New York. Much like the iPad, the curvey GamePad for the new Wii U features a touch-screen that can be manipulated with the simple tap or swipe of a finger. The gaming console will start at $300 and go on sale in the U.S. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

    Nintendo seeks to shake up gaming again with Wii U

    It can scan zombies, replace a TV remote, open a window into virtual worlds and shoot ninja stars across a living room. It's the Wii U GamePad, the 10-by-5-inch touchscreen controller for the successor to the Wii out Sunday, Nov. 18. Much like the iPad, the GamePad features a touchscreen that can be manipulated with the swipe of a finger, but it's surrounded by the kinds of buttons, bumpers, thumbsticks and triggers that are traditionally found on a modern-day game controller.

    Tori Spelling, center, stars in the ABC Family holiday musical, “The Mistle-Tones,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

    Holidays tailor-made for cable TV programming

    If the holidays still seem a long way off, you clearly haven't done much television channel surfing lately. The Hallmark channel has already begun two months of wall-to-wall holiday programming. Lifetime has ramped up its seasonal selections with 10 new made-for-TV movies, the first one airing last weekend. ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming isn't enough, so they do a "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas," starting Sunday, Nov. 18.

    The NYU Steinhardt orchestral string ensemble performs with members of the Eagles, foreground from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh at the Inaugural Vision Award Gala Thursday in New York.

    Eagles’ Glenn Frey teaches songwriting; talks tour

    Forty years after Glenn Frey began crafting some of the most memorable rock songs ever, the Eagles musician and singer finds himself in a new role — college professor. For the past few months, Frey has been helping to teach a songwriting class at New York University's Steinhardt Department of Music. The semester culminated Thursday night with a benefit concert by the Eagles at the Beacon Theatre, where the opening act was three of the class's students performing their original songs.

    A central New York prosecutor says drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, have been dropped.

    DA: Heroin charge dropped vs. Bon Jovi’s daughter

    A central New York prosecutor says drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter have been dropped. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday.

    The Mexican brother-sister duo Jesse & Joy won four awards Thursday at the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

    Jesse & Joy, Juanes winners at Latin Grammys

    As Colombian rockero Juanes took home the best album award, Mexican brother-sister duo Jesse & Joy and their pop hit "Corre!" ran away with four awards at the 13th Annual Latin Grammys. Hosted by actors Cristian De La Fuente and Lucero, Thursday night's event attracted stars from across the world and from dozens of Latin musical genres to the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    Some of the 94 houses in Elk Grove Village's Circle Bay Estates were semi-custom built in the 1980s.

    Circle Bay Estates near loads of recreation

    Twenty-three years ago, Sandy and Arnold Mueller moved to Circle Bay Estates, a subdivision of 94 homes built around the private Lake of Circle Bay in Elk Grove Village. “It was important for us to stay here because of our church, the schools, Pavilion (recreation center) and all the amenities that Elk Grove offers,” she said. The lake is a big selling point. People love the lake where they can walk, canoe, fish (catch and release) and ride paddle boats.

    Beres Hammond, “One Love, One Life”

    Beres Hammond is classic on new double CD

    Legendary crooner Beres Hammond, one of the most recognizable voices in all of Jamaica, is back with "One Love, One Life," a 20-track double album with steady grooves and some bonafide classics.


    Fiance’s mom needs to put down the phone

    A reader wants to know want to do about her fiance's mom, who calls him multiple times a day. And when mom can't reach him, she dials up her soon to be daughter-in-law. Carolyn says the couple needs to sit down and discuss mom's phone habits before they really get out of control.

    Bartender Annie Myers pours a cocktail at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in Elgin.

    Elgin's Prairie Rock features good food, rotating brews

    Three years after the Prairie Rock Brewing Company closed, new owners took over the Elgin venue and opened Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in March. While the bar doesn't brew its own beer anymore, you'll find plenty of craft brews and good food to keep you satisfied. Plus, the TVs are tuned to sports, and the welcoming staff make you feel right at home.

    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

    'Hobbit,' 'Les Mis' among season's most-anticipated films

    Nothing says holiday movies like old-fashioned torture horror, or a tsunami disaster, or an ex-soldier vigilante thriller, or a musical about a dying mother. We have all those to look forward to this season along with lighter, traditional fare, such as Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel, Judd Apatow's comedy sequel and a return of Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." with an extra dimension.


    What’s new in theater
    Chicago area theater offerings include Steel Beam's "Scrooge the Musical;" a dark comedy about a returning Iraq War veteran at Next Theater; Porchlight Music Theatre's musical adaptation of a pair of seasonal O Henry stories; Goodman Theatre's annual production of "A Christmas Carol" and the world premiere of Carter W. Lewis' "American Storm" at Theatre Seven.


    Local theater
    Fox Valley Repertory gets into the holiday spirit with "The Winter Wonderettes." Meanwhile, "Annie" comes to Aurora's Paramount Theatre and "Cinderella" takes up residence at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre.


    About real estate: Be wary before enrolling in pricey ‘no-money-down’ class

    Seminars and courses that promise to teach folks how to buy property without a down payment are a dime a dozen. Obtaining a sales license first usually is a better idea.


    Home inspector missed settlement problem

    Q. When we bought our home, our contractor said the ceiling joists were separated more than an inch from a beam. The inspector took a second look and said this was due to old settlement and was not a problem. We should have listened to our contractor because since moving in we've noticed other evidence of building settlement.Do we have any recourse with the home inspector?


    Super handyman: Help your fireplace make more of a statement

    Is your fireplace boring? It's probably the focal point of your room, and it should make a statement, in a good way. You can make some minor changes to a standard fireplace and change the look of the whole room. Here are some suggestions that might spark some ideas of your own!


    ‘Fiscal cliff’ may hit home — and homeowners

    With the House and Senate back on Capitol Hill for the lame-duck session, preliminary negotiations aimed at keeping the country from careening off the "fiscal cliff" began in earnest this past week. Buried away in the discussions are bread-and-butter questions that could affect millions of homeowners and buyers.



    Editorial: Seize the moment, state Republicans

    A stronger state GOP is needed to keep Illinois government in check, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    They led us to the cliff but can’t make us jump

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Many GOP leaders blame Tea Party antics for their recent electoral defeats. Now they must deal with the "fiscal cliff" and are going to need all the reality-based supporters they can get.


    Give back to Mexico — for what?

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Mexican officials want to enlist Mexican-Americans to help give Mexico a makeover. The relationship is still an open wound, and yet they expect us — the children and grandchildren of the throwaways — to open our wallets. That's not going to happen, amigos.


    All should read Gettysburg speech
    A letter to the editor: This term, let's hope the justices remember how Lincoln captivated the nation and helped transform the Constitution from a slaveholders' charter to a document that affirms liberty, equality, and democracy as our highest constitutional principles.


    Looking for more guidance next election
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: There needs to be a comprehensive election guide to Cook County elections. Other communities offer such guides by nonpartisan groups. That way informed voters can take a list to the polls of their candidates chosen upon careful consideration.


    Obama putting America on track
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Obviously, your Republican readers were as shellshocked as Gov. Romney was on election night. Why the surprise?


    Dold, Walsh can still help on budget
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: To Congressmen Joe Walsh and Bob Dold: I'm sure you're disappointed by your recent loss, but urge you to avoid the trap of acting the part of lame duck congressmen till the end of your term Jan. 21.


    Petraeus resignation all about politics?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The investigation of Petraeus began early in the summer, but we didn't want that to interfere with the re-election of President Obama. Now, Petraeus will not testify regarding the Benghazi scandal — coincidence or politics?


    No one really wants to change Illinois
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: My conclusion is that the people of Illinois don't care. They think this is the way it should be or want it to be. There must be so many who have a vested interest in the status quo that they don't dare bite the hand that feeds them.


    Ban on fire pits is needed
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: People burn treated wood, which gives off poisonous fumes. They place the fire pits away from their houses but do not think about the smoke going into their neighbors' windows. Maybe the pits should be required to have a chimney to exhaust above the rooftops.


    You get what you pay for
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I wonder if the taxpayers in Community Unit District 300 have heard of the old saying, "You get what you pay for." I have lived in this district for many years.For the majority of those years, whenever the school district asked for a tax increase to support the financial needs of the district, the voters said no. The teachers in this district are among the worst paid in the state.


    Bullying is alive and well
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: Imagine being a kid and having someone your age tell you, every day, what they perceive to be wrong with you. That you are worthless. That was happening to my daughter.


    Brace for Democrats’ pension reform plan
    A Batavia letter to the editor: With teachers contracts already increasing property taxes, Madigan's pension reform will explode property taxes.


    The challenges ahead for Illinois
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The campaigns are over. Now, it is clear. Four years ago when voters said that they demanded affordable health care, they meant it. In Illinois, when they said they demanded tax fairness, they meant it. And they meant it when they said promises made must be promises kept.


    Thanks for support of volleyball team
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As a member of the Glenbard West girl's volleyball team, I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone who came to our matches this season. The support we received from the community meant so much to us and was undeniably a factor in winning many close games.


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