Daily Archive : Tuesday November 20, 2012


    The Rev. Mark Cote

    St. Alexander Parish welcomes new pastor

    The Rev. Mark Cote will be installed as pastor of St. Alexander Church in Villa Park on Dec. 1.


    Grant to replace in-car cameras for Aurora cops

    The same grant funding previously used to hire a special prosecutor to sue gang members in Kane County now is likely to be used to buy new in-car cameras for Aurora police. The Aurora City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to using funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to support replacement of in-car cameras that record officers' interactions with suspects...


    South Elgin tax levy increase looks larger than it is

    The South Elgin tax levy looks like a 3- percent increase from last year's request but residents won't see substantially higher taxes because of it. Legally, South Elgin has to request enough in taxes to cover all of its debt obligations and since the village now is responsible for Otter Creek Water Reclamation District's debt, too, the request includes quite a hike. But Finance Director Art...

    This surveillance photo shows a man who police say robbed a Buffalo Grove Bank Monday afternoon.

    Buffalo Grove police looking for bank robber

    Buffalo Grove police hope a high-quality surveillance photo will again lead to an arrest after a robbery at PNC Bank Monday afternoon. The PNC Bank at 1177 W. Lake-Cook Road has been robbed at least three times in the past — twice in 2008 and once in 2006, said Buffalo Grove Deputy Chief Steve Husak.


    Carpentersville settles with man who accused cops of racism

    The village of Carpentersville will pay $50,000 to a Crystal Lake Latino man who said he was the victim of police brutality and racism during a 2011 traffic stop. Johny Perez, 21, had filed suit against Carpentersville and members of its police force for at least $50,000 in damages, but that lawsuit was later dismissed, according to the village. The village board on Tuesday signed off on an...


    Dist. 158 board approves new deal

    Teachers in Huntley Unit District 158 have a new three-year agreement after the school board ratified a contract Tuesday night. The school board and teachers union, the Huntley Education Association, had tried twice before to broker a deal before teachers overwhelmingly approved the latest agreement, which was reached a week ago. Board members voted 6-0 in favor of the contract. Board member...


    Dist. 300 teachers file strike notice, final offers posted

    Teachers in Community Unit District 300 have filed an intent to strike notice and now have 14 days before a strike can take place. The earliest a strike can occur is Dec. 3. Meanhwile, both the administration and the teachers union have posted their best offers online.

    The Geneva school board spent a mere 15 minutes in a closed-door meeting Tuesday night before ratifying a new three-year teacher contract. The teachers union ratified the contract among its members last week.

    Dist. 304 board approves new teacher contract

    Geneva school board members on Tuesday ratified a new three-year teacher contract that starts inching District 304 toward several major financial changes. The Geneva Education Association, the teachers union, approved the contract last week after threatening to strike starting Nov. 12. The immediate impact to district taxpayers comes in the form of a pay freeze for almost all of the district's...


    Rolling Meadows discusses bringing bands back to parade

    Is Rolling Meadows in good enough financial shape to reinstate marching bands for the next Fourth of July Parade? Fifth Ward Alderman Rob Banger proposed Tuesday night that $12,000 be found in the city's $57 million proposed budget to fund the parade.


    Bartlett puts electric aggregation on ballot again

    Bartlett voters will have a second chance next spring to decide if they want the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd. On Tuesday, the village board approved putting an electric aggregation referendum on the April 2013 ballot.

    There is a plan by Shodeen to turn what was intended to be 210,000 square feet of commercial property into 268 apartments on this land in Mill Creek in Geneva.

    Smaller Mill Creek expansion gets OK from county committee

    A plan to grow Mill Creek by 268 apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space won the approval of a Kane County committee Tuesday following months of negotiations with residents who opposed a larger expansion. One interesting stipulation prevents the expansion from beginning until 80 percent of the available residential space in downtown Mill Creek is built out.


    Riverside Square developer indicted

    A former Algonquin homebuilder responsible for the collapse of the commercial and residential property development Riverside Square is facing federal bank fraud charges. Bruce Hawkins, 62, formerly of Algonquin, was arrested Monday in Denver, Colo., after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago and was charged with eight counts of federal bank fraud.


    Judge lets Lake prosecute Petite Lake boat crash case

    A judge ruled Tuesday the Lake County State's Attorney's office will handle prosecution of a Barlett man accused in a fatal boating crash, even though the 10-year-old victim once had ties to the office. Kane County Judge Clint Hull ruled that despite victim Tony Borcia's relationship to a Lake County criminal court judge and a former assistant state's attorney, it would not be improper for that...

    Stephanie Kifowit

    Aurora, Wheaton have to fill vacant seats

    After losing city council members to the state legislature, Aurora and Wheaton are taking very different steps to electing new people to fill those vacancies. Candidates interested in Stephanie Kifowit's former Ward 3 aldermanic post in Aurora have until Monday to file nominating petitions, while those interested in filling out the at-large Councilman term of Jeanne Ives in Wheaton must file...

    Ron Friedman

    Library district says no to videotaping meetings

    Warren-Newport Public Library District board member Ron Friedman fell short in trying to convince his elected colleagues that videotaping meetings would lead to greater transparency. Board members at the Gurnee-based library district Tuesday night voted 5-2 against video recording meetings and running them on local public-access cable television or on the agency's website. Friedman, elected to a...

    An elderly Palestinian walks next to a destroyed building after an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

    Israel-Hamas cease-fire remains elusive

    Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border.


    State terminates contract with AFSCME

    After nearly a year of negotiations, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on Tuesday terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union. State officials informed leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees there will be no additional extensions of a contract covering 40,000 workers that expired in June.

    Anne Brennan, center, of Hingham Mass., listens to her sister, Linda Marshall, rear, and brother-in-law Steve Marshall, right, discuss the recent presidential election as the family gathers for dinner in Hingham and where politics are a frequent — and divisive — topic of conversation.

    Turkey, pie and politics? T-Day family friction

    Like many extended families across the country, the Marshalls' includes Democrats and Republicans, conservatives, liberals and independents. And so, like many families that count both red and blue voters in their ranks, they're expecting fireworks at the Thanksgiving table.

    U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, unseen, during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday.

    Courting Asia, Obama finds that the world intrudes

    President Barack Obama closed his Asian tour in diplomatic talks with leaders of Japan and China, their economic message overshadowed by security tensions over disputed waters and territories. The crisis between Israel and Hamas militants intervened, too, as Obama rushed his top diplomat straight from Cambodia to the Mideast.


    Palatine fire kills family’s cat

    A Palatine house fire killed the family's cat Tuesday afternoon, but no other injuries were reported. A passer-by noticed smoke and reported the fire on the 200 block of East Cedarwood Court to the Palatine Fire Department at noon.

    Daniel Rodriguez

    Six charged in Waukegan burglaries

    Waukegan police arrested six related to several recent residential burglaries.

    Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman, left, talks with former FBI Director Louis Freeh on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo from 2002. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82.

    Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82

    Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of terrorist attacks years before 9/11, died late Monday from complications of lymphoma. He was 82.


    Preliminary magnitude-3.6 quake rumbles in southern Illinois

    Authorities say a preliminary magnitude-3.6 earthquake was reported in southern Illinois. The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the earthquake's epicenter was four miles north of Bellmont in Wabash County.

    Researchers work on the top floor of the Large Underground Xenon experiment at a shuttered gold mine in Lead, S.D. The experiment, known as LUX, could begin collecting data on dark matter as early as February.

    Dark matter detector nearing activation in mine

    Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on their delicate experiment and say they may be ready to begin collecting data as early as February.

    The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms. The surprise opinion announced Tuesday could boost longtime efforts by women’s advocates to make the pill more accessible.

    OB/GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills
    No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms. Tuesday's surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible.

    Lake County sheriff´s office special investigation unit received an anonymous tip the Marathon gas station on Belvidere Road in Grayslake was selling synthetic marijuana. Police said charges are pending a test of what’s believed to be 913 grams of the fake pot.

    Cops: Illegal fake weed sold at Grayslake gas station

    Authorities say they have confiscated what's believed to be 913 grams of fake marijuana from a Grayslake gasoline station where it was sold. Lake County sheriff's office Sgt. Sara Balmes said the special investigations unit received an anonymous tip the Marathon station at 735 Belvidere Road was selling synthetic cannabis. Charges are pending test results of the material.


    State championship football ticket information
    State championship football ticket information.


    Suburban mayors meet with Chicago mayor to talk pension strategy

    As the veto and lame duck legislative sessions downstate creep closer, suburban mayors and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are meeting to strategize on how to obtain approval of changes in public safety pensions that will reduce their cost. "Mayor Emanuel been very open with meeting with suburban mayors," Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod said. "It's been a great relationship."


    Mary Krueger seeks spot as Wheeling trustee

    Mary Krueger, an outspoken opponent of a proposed apartment building in Wheeling for people with mental disabilities, is running for village trustee. Krueger's main issue is flooding in her neighborhood, which she attributes to previous developments in the area and is the primary reason for her opposition to the proposed PhilHaven development.

    DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced a plan to take quicker blood draws of motorists suspected of DUI.

    DuPage County takes new step to crack down on DUI

    In an effort to crack down on drivers suspected of DUI, DuPage County authorities announced Tuesday a new tool — quicker blood draws — to help crack down on drunken motorists. State's Attorney Robert Berlin unveiled a new protocol aimed at speeding up the time blood is drawn from a motorist suspected of driving under the influence.


    Crystal Lake cyclist dies after hitting moving car

    A 57-year-old Crystal Lake man died from injuries he sustained after his bicycle struck the side of a car Monday evening. An autopsy Tuesday morning determined Gordon McClain died of chest injuries. McClain was riding his bike on Route 14 east of Route 31 at about 5:45 p.m. when he attempted to cross the road and struck the drivers' side door of a 2012 Nissan Murano driven by Digna Campanano, 48,...

    Antonio Finley

    Naperville man admits role in Lisle 7-Eleven robbery

    The second of four men accused in the videotaped beating and robbery of a Lisle 7-Eleven clerk pleaded guilty Tuesday. Antonio Finley, 21, of Naperville, was sentenced to six years in prison for robbery but could avoid the term if he's accepted into boot camp on a referral from DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole 90-100 sheets of copper out of a warehouse at 1530 E. Birchwood Ave. in Des Plaines between Nov. 1 and 14. According to reports, the offenders would have had to use a forklift. Value was estimated at $11,000.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of The Holmstad in Batavia reported an attempted phone scam at 1:40 p.m. Monday, according to a police report. The resident did not complete any of the requests in the scam.

    State Sen. Terry Link

    State Sen. Terry Link to run for Waukegan mayor

    State Sen. Terry Link will run for mayor in Waukegan next year, the veteran lawmaker confirmed Tuesday. Link, who leads Lake County's Democratic organization and has become one of the most powerful Democrats in the state Senate, said he's been considering a mayoral bid "for a while." "Waukegan needs somebody that's going to do something to rejuvenate that town," he said.

    Dawn Brown

    No decision on fate of dog in fatal Big Rock attack

    A week has passed since Kane County Sheriff's Office officials said a large mastiff was responsible for fatally attacking its owner and it is still unclear what will happen to the dog going forward. Dawn Brown, a 44-year-old firefighter, was found dead in her Big Rock home on Nov. 12 and officials said two days later that she died from injuries from a large mastiff, which was one of three dogs at...


    Schaumburg sponsors blood drive Dec. 6

    The village of Schaumburg's Blood Program Committee will sponsor a community blood drive from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church, 1600 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

    The case of Elzbieta Plackowska, accused in the murders of two children in Naperville, will be the first in which TV and still cameras are allowed.

    Cameras to make historic debut inside DuPage courts

    A historic day is on tap Wednesday as cameras roll inside a Chicago-area trial court for the first time. Newspaper and TV journalists have been granted extended access to the arraignment of high-profile murder suspect Elzbieta Plackowska, who is accused of slaying two children in Naperville. Plackowska's appearance before DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman will be captured by both still and video...

    John Zaruba

    DuPage alternative sentencing program spared budget ax

    DuPage Sheriff John Zaruba says he will continue to support an alternative sentencing program as long as the county board doesn't force him to eliminate seven full-time deputy positions. Zaruba earlier this month threatened to suspend the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, if he had to cut seven deputy jobs as part of a county request to slash $1.5 million from his office's $40.7...


    Itasca Dist. 10 voters could see two April referendums

    Voters in Itasca Elementary District 10 could be asked to improve tax increases in April to address both a projected $500,000 budget shortfall and the need for an addition at Franzen Intermediate School. District officials have until mid-January to decide whether to put one or more referendum questions on the spring ballot. he district is facing a shortfall of more than $500,000 this fiscal year...


    District 214 raises summer school fees, but less than recommended

    The cost of attending summer school is going up in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 for the first time in years, officials said, but not as much as was once proposed. The District 214 school board approved a plan for 2013 summer school that includes course costs of $177.50 per class, up from the $155 that had been charged for the past several years. District staff earlier this month...

    Roger Kotecki

    Longtime DuPage forest commissioners say goodbye

    Veteran members of the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission, Roger Kotecki, Carl Schultz and Mike Formento shared emotional farewells Tuesday, as their replacements prepare to be seated in December. "You should be very proud of what you've done for the people of DuPage County," Forest President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr. told them.


    Where to go for free holiday meal on Thursday

    Free Thanksgiving dinners aren't just about helping the homeless or needy, according to Liz Eakins, executive director of Lazarus House. "We see our Thanksgiving dinner as a way for the community to come together and be with their neighbors," Eakins said.


    Hawthorn Woods public hearings

    Hawthorn Woods officials have set public hearings for Nov. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. on electric aggregation and the draft Plan of Operations and Governance.


    Waukegan band in parade

    Students in Waukegan High School's Bulldog Marching Band will participate in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago on Thursday.


    SHS science team wins awards

    Stevenson High School's Science Olympiad teams finished first in both the varsity and junior varsity categories at the Palatine High School Invitational on Saturday.


    Mini triathlon benefits YMCA

    The Lake County Family YMCA is holding a Save the Y indoor mini triathlon from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Northern Lake YMCA, 2000 Western Ave., Waukegan.


    Follow tollway conditions on Twitter

    Illinois tollway users can "follow" each of the four tollways — the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) — to receive real-time roadway incident information to help plan their trips.

    The Savoca family enjoys the Breathe Benefit. From left, Haley, Heidi, Willy and Heather.

    Deer Park family has personal quest to end pulmonary fibrosis

    "My dad was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis on March 17, 2009. It was my daughter's fourth birthday and most of my family was gathered to celebrate." So begins Heather Savoca D'Amico's tale of the loss of her father, and how that galvanized his family to honor his memory by helping to eradicate the disease.

    Gary Grasso

    Partial recount likely in tight DuPage board race

    Even after every vote cast during the presidential election has been counted, the closest race in DuPage County still might not be over. Democratic Party leaders say they are planning to seek a partial recount now that soon-to-be official tallies show Republican Gary Grasso defeating Democrat Sharon Bryant by 21 votes for the third and final District 3 seat on the county board.


    Palatine takes “wait-and-see” stance on video gambling

    After inquiries from several businesses interested in installing the machines, Palatine officials have decided to take a "wait-and-see" approach to video gambling. The village council this week said it will wait at least a year before reconsidering Palatine's current ban. "It was clear from (the council) that they're not going to lift anything until they see what happens in other towns," Deputy...


    Palatine fixing downtown sidewalks to get federal money

    Months after the Palatine Road expansion project's completion, the village of Palatine is in the process of ripping up and fixing stretches of new sidewalk. Village Manager Reid Ottesen said that even though construction followed federally approved plans, the federal government has since said it will withhold $5 million due to the village unless certain changes are made to sidewalk slope angles.

    Bobbi Braico, a FISH Food Pantry volunteer from West Dundee, gets ready to deliver a cart filled with food to a needy family. This week, the food pantry has been busy in preparation for Thanksgiving, but has managed to secure plenty of food, thanks to local donors. “It’s amazing,” FISH President Mary Graziano said. FISH stands for “Friend, I shall help.”

    Food, volunteers pouring in at FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville

    Even though the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville is in good shape for Thanksgiving holiday, its director notes that people are hungry 365 days a year and donations are always appreciated. "People always tend to thing of food pantries at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it's those lean months of February and March and April and especially our worst months — our July and August —...


    Fox Valley police reports
    An elderly couple was the victim of a burglary at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 14 at their home on Dakota Drive, according to police reports. They invited into their home two men who said they bought the house next door. They suspect a third person entered through the front door while they were talking and stole $3,400 in cash from envelopes in the couple's second floor bedroom, reports said.

    Ongoing sound abatement work, such as piping for a new air-conditioning system, will continue at Elk Grove High School next year as part of a $24 million facility improvement plan for Northwest Suburban High School District 214 schools. The plan also includes pool reconstruction at Buffalo Grove High School.

    D214 discussing facility improvements, BG pool renovation

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 is considering $24 million in maintenance projects and facility improvements for the next year, including a major renovation to the pool at Buffalo Grove High School and finishing sound abatement at Elk Grove High School. While the total cost for projects for the 2013-2014 school year reaches $24 million, the cost to the district is only about $18...

    Lake County Board member Angelo Kyle

    7 Lake County Board members, other officials honored for service

    Seven outgoing Lake County Board members were honored for their service Tuesday, the last meeting before newly elected officials take over next month. Three countywide politicians were similarly honored. County Clerk Willard Helander read resolutions that detailed the accomplishments of each of the departing commissioners.

    Mark McDonald

    Former officials plead not guilty to kickback scheme at DuPage forest preserve

    Two former administrators accused in a $150,000 kickback scheme at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District formally pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Mark McDonald, 52, of Wheaton, and David Tepper, 49, of River Forest, were arraigned on 140 counts each of theft, conspiracy, accepting kickbacks and official misconduct, among other charges.

    Two women walk along the shore where new sand is in place at the beach in Seaside Heights, N.J. Sandy took a bite out of the Jersey shore, washing away millions of tons of sand and slimming down beaches along the state’s 127-mile coastline.

    Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    The average New Jersey beach is 30 to 40 feet narrower after Superstorm Sandy, according to a survey that is sure to intensify a long-running debate on whether federal dollars should be used to replenish stretches of sand that only a fraction of U.S. taxpayers use.

    This aerial file photo from Nov. 11, 2012, shows the two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion that sparked a huge fire and killed two people in Indianapolis.

    No suspects in Indiana home explosion

    The house explosion that killed two people and destroyed several homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood is now being investigated as a homicide, authorities said, though no suspects have been named. Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons announced the criminal investigation Monday evening, shortly after a funeral was held for victims. "We are turning this into a criminal homicide...

    Lombard firefighters will launch their 12th annual toy drive shortly after Thanksgiving, culminating with a toy parade Dec. 8.

    Lombard firefighters preparing for 12th annual toy drive

    Lombard Fire Department's 12th annual toy drive begins soon after Thanksgiving. Starting Nov. 26, collection bins will be in place at various drop-off locations across the village. The fire department also is partnering with Lombard Elementary District 44 schools to collect items.


    Pakistan court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

    ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said. The ruling was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, which are very popular in the country and are primarily used against supposed offenses to Islam.

    onvicted murderer Glen Rogers, right, during a hearing in Tampa, Fla., in 1996. A documentary set to air Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, says Rogers, who is on Florida’s death row, could know something about the murder of OJ Simpson’s wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.

    Documentary: Inmate may be involved in OJ case

    A documentary about an inmate on Florida's death row says the convicted killer might have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife and her friend. The Investigation Discovery show, "My Brother the Serial Killer," will air Wednesday.

    As U.S. President Barack Obama tours Asia to push his year-old pivot to the Pacific policy, the big question on everybody’s mind is how much of a role Washington, with its mighty military and immense diplomatic clout, can play in keeping the peace in the Pacific.

    How Asia sees Obama’s pivot to the Pacific

    TOKYO — A lot has happened in Asia while the United States was off fighting its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most of it can be summed up in one word — China. Fueled by China’s amazing growth and the promise of its huge and expanding consumer market, the Asia-Pacific region is now, as experts like to say, the global economy’s center of gravity. Sorry, Europe.

    Rebecca Sinclair, wife of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, appeared on CBS “This Morning” to address the sexual misconduct charges against her husband, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, and to stir a broader look at often taboo subjects in military marriages: adultery, the strain of separation and the stress of war.

    Accused general’s wife speaks out on military marriages

    NEW YORK — As an Army general faces a string of sexual misconduct charges involving female officers, his wife is seeking to stir a broader look at often taboo subjects in military marriages: adultery, the strain of separation and the stress of war.

    Michael J. Watkins, 22, is facing felony burglary and grand theft charges after the death of a monkey at the Boise zoo. The patas monkey was found dead of blunt force trauma to the head and neck early Saturday morning, shortly after a zoo security guard frightened away two male intruders.

    Man arrested after death of monkey at Idaho zoo

    Police have arrested one of two men who they believe broke into an Idaho zoo the night a monkey there died from blunt-force trauma, but questions remain about how and why the animal was killed.


    FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

    Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was dispatched to the Middle East Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Obama sends Clinton to Mideast amid Gaza crisis

    President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas. Clinton hastily departed for the region from Cambodia, where she had joined Obama for summit meetings with Asian leaders.

    Tom Eagan, associate director of the Shelter, stands in the kitchen of the group home in Palatine that is a home for adolescent boys that face trouble in their homes.

    Charity gala help provide shelter for troubled teens

    A home in Palatine quietly blends into the surrounding neighborhood, seemingly unaware of its milestone role. It was 25 years ago that Shelter Inc. — which offers emergency and long-term housing for children and adolescents — held its first Charity Ball. "This is the home that the Charity Ball built," Carol Brown, development director, said during a tour last week.


    Sheriff: Man fatally shot by hunting partner

    TOWN OF SUPERIOR, Wis. — Authorities say a man was accidentally shot and killed by his hunting partner in Douglas County.Sheriff’s officials say the shooting happened about 5 p.m. Monday in the town of Superior — a few miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.


    76-year-old hunter hurt 13 hours before he’s found

    COVINGTON, Ind. — Police say a 76-year-old hunter was on the ground injured for nearly 13 hours before being found in a rural area of western Indiana.


    Police: SIU student dies after apparent fall

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Police in Carbondale are investigating the death of a Southern Illinois University student after an apparent accidental fall.Authorities say 31-year-old Nathan Morrow of Carbondale was injured Oct. 23, although details of the fall haven’t been made public. Morrow died last week at a St. Louis hospital.


    Illinois hires 135 new correctional officers

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Corrections has hired 135 new correctional officers after the cadets completed six weeks of training.Department spokeswoman Stacey Solano tells Lee Enterprises newspapers in Illinois (http://bit.ly/QVuIsz ) that the new officers will replace some of the 206 employees who’ve left the job during the current fiscal year.


    Fallen 93-year-old rescued by Ind. paper carrier

    KOKOMO, Ind. — A 93-year-old woman says she spent three nights unable to get off the floor of her central Indiana home before her shouts got the attention of a newspaper carrier.Esther Wilkins says she had no food or water between the time she fell insider her Kokomo home after returning from church Wednesday evening and when she was found Saturday morning.


    Illinois College names new president

    JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Illinois College has picked Barbara Edwards Farley to serve as the 14th president of the 183-year-old liberal arts college in central Illinois.Farley was named to the post Tuesday and will be the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis. Martha Church held the position on an interim basis in 2002-2003.

    A sautéed emerald greens dish is cooked up in the Roquette America kitchen by Geneva High School students.

    Fox Valley Food for Health cooks for cancer patients

    The countdown to Thanksgiving Day has begun. But for some with cancer, the very thought of preparing a big meal -- or even an everyday meal -- is too difficult to imagine. Dietitian Mary Fremgen and executive Susan Leigh have joined to create Fox Valley Food for Health, a new not-for-profit program that provides weekly plant-based meals (with fish or chicken) to those in need, created by high...

    The beer will flow Wednesday at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville. Brew pub owner Brian Grano says Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest bar nights of the year.

    Thanksgiving Eve big bar night in the suburbs

    Thanksgiving Eve not only has become one of the biggest bar nights of the year -- and one of the best. Customers don't have to show up in a Halloween costume. There's no pressure to kiss someone special as the clock strikes midnight. There won't be some knucklehead next to you vomiting into a leprechaun hat. There is a great chance you will see people you know with everyone home for the holiday.


    Dawn Patrol: Bears stomped; 9 salon workers win lottery

    Hanover Park salon workers share $1 million lottery jackpot; Huntley teachers ratify contract; Lake County sheriff says illegal immigrants should have driver's licenses; Bears lose big against 49ers; Cook County selling road markers to honor DUI victims; BlackFinn's late-night liquor license restored; Carol Stream board votes to sell land; arrest made in Oak Brook doctor's stabbing at a Chicago...


    MainStreet Libertyville seeks directors

    Mainstreet Libertyville, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to maintaining the vitality and heritage of the downtown area, is seeking nominees for its 2013 board of directors.


    This image provided by Grinnell College shows Grinnell guard Jack Taylor (3) shooting one of 108 shots during Tuesday's Nov. 21, 2012 game against Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III.

    Grinnell guard sets record by scoring 138 points

    After a poor shooting weekend, Grinnell guard Jack Taylor was given the green light to shoot his way out of a slump. It only took 108 shots for Taylor to make a mockery of the college basketball record books. Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record. "It felt like anything I tossed up was going in," Taylor said.


    St. Charles N. pulls away from Plainfield E.

    While the first 3 minutes didn't go exactly according to script, St. Charles North's basketball team enjoyed a much better ending Tuesday night.

    Bob Barnett

    Hampshire's Barnett suffers heart attacks

    Hampshire boys basketball coach Bob Barnett remained hospitalized Tuesday night after suffering two heart attacks earlier in the day. A physical education and driver's education teacher, Barnett was at the high school Tuesday morning when he realized something was wrong.


    Fremd, Meadows to meet for Turkey title

    Fremd 73, Lake Zurich 28: Fremd ran its record to 4-0 in the Turkey Thriller and will meet Rolling Meadows (5-0, 4-0) for the championship today at 6:45 p.m. at Lake Zurich High School.Meadows defeated the Vikings 51-50 in overtime in the 2011-12 Mid-Suburban League championship game.Sophomore Haley Gorecki led the Vikes against Lake Zurich with 18 points (2 3-pointers) followed by Ashley McConnell (14 points, on 3-pointer) and Marilyn Lortz (8).


    Prospect, Conant fall short at St. Viator

    at St. Viator: Prospect fell to 1-1 after dropping a 35-29 decision to Walther Lutheran.Bobby Frasco had 8 points to lead the Knights, while Jon Fuqua had a game-high 14 for Walther Lutheran.Highland Park eked out a 39-38 victory over Conant in the second game as Brandon Krawitz scored a game-best 15 points. Kevin Schimel paced Conant with 9.at Buffalo Grove: Grayslake Central came away with a 69-44 decision against Christian Liberty in the evening’s first game. Senior David Colbert had 9 points for the Chargers.at Maine West: The host Warriors improved to 2-0 with a 52-40 victory over Perspectives.Allante Bates led the way with 13 points and Tom Kukec had 10.Maine West outscored Perspectives 20-9 in the second quarter to take a 28-19 lead at the half. Then the Warriors limited their opponent to 7 third-quarter points.


    Rosary edges Glenbard N.

    Many teams ice games by making free throws in the final minute. Rosary held off Glenbard North 34-28 Tuesday at the Rachel Bach Tournament at Glenbard East not only by making free throws but by keeping possession on the ones it missed.

    John Marks of Glenbard South and Sean Jenner of Glenbard West take part in the Glenbard South at Glenbard West boys basketball District 87 Tournament Tuesday.

    Hayes, Glenbard West get the shots to drop

    Sophomore Keith Hayes had just scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Glenbard West's 60-39 victory against cross-town rival Glenbard South on Tuesday night, and coach Tim Hoder took the news in stride.


    Horvath, Blazers defeat Fenton

    Senior guard Kelsey Horvath easily could be exhausted by Addison Trail's new up-tempo style of play this season. Instead, she thrives on it.


    Elmhurst, North Central to hit the road again

    Making the playoffs for the first time in program history was an impressive accomplishment for coach Tim Lester and his Elmhurst football team. However, it wasn't enough for the Bluejays to be satisfied. Saturday, Elmhurst upset Coe College, winning 27-24 and moving on to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.


    Bartlett wins, Streamwood falls

    Bartlett 56, Bulls Academy 32: Lance Whitaker’s return after a season off due to ACL surgery was a successful one as he scored 21 points to lead the Hawks to a win in their season opener at the Wheaton Academy tournament.Wheaton Academy 61, Streamwood 48: Joel Lightbourne led Streamwood (0-2) with 16 points in this loss at the Wheaton Academy tournament. Jacob Siewert added 10 points and Cole Seger had 9 for the Sabres.


    Wells’ shot lifts South Elgin over Fenton

    The Fenton and South Elgin boys basketball teams are young squads trying to learn what it will take to be successful this season. The lessons learned from Tuesday night's battle between the teams at Fenton's 27th annual Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament made for an exciting game as the Storm held off the Bison 46-45.


    Trowbridge, Naperville Central beat Benet

    All things considered, Benet has fared pretty well without Christen Prasse.Stopping Victoria Trowbridge was another story.Naperville Central's 6-foot-2 senior scored 20 points with 9 rebounds, and the No. 13 Redhawks held off the No. 18 Prasse-less Redwings 50-41 in Tuesday action at the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament in Naperville.


    Burlington Central falls

    Brett Porto found some positive things to take out of Burlington Central's 75-73 overtime loss to St. Francis de Sales in the Leland Strombom Tournament in Sycamore Tuesday night. Unfortunately, for the Rockets coach, free-throw shooting wasn't one of those things.The Rockets made just 17 of 38 from the charity stripe in falling to the Pioneers.


    Fish fills it up as Grayslake North tops Wauconda

    After producing a Lake County-best 176 points during the football season, A.J. Fish was back to being productive with a ball in his hand again Tuesday night. Fish scored 19 points to lead Grayslake North's basketball team to a season-opening 54-49 win over Wauconda at Richmond-Burton in opening-round action of the Johnsburg/Richmond-Burton tournament.


    Dundee-Crown moves to 2-0

    Lance Huber is thankful to be headed into the holiday break at 2-0. His Dundee-Crown Chargers' 57-43 win against Power House Academy of Chicago at the Sycamore tournament Tuesday night wasn't a thing of beauty, but he's not complaining- too much.


    VH defends tourney title

    Sydney Smith scored a game-high 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and grabbed 5 rebounds, as Vernon Hills' girls basketball team successfully defended its own Thanksgiving tournament championship with a 50-26 win over Glenbrook North on Tuesday night.


    Dundee-Crown no match for Hononegah

    Dundee-Crown never had a chance. Spearheaded by a 16-0 run to start the second quarter, Hononegah was able to cruise past the host Chargers 65-27 in action at the Dundee-Crown Girls Thanksgiving Tournament in Carpentersville Tuesday night. Holding a 17-9 lead after one quarter, the Indians made 6 consecutive shots to start the quarter including 4 3-pointers to extend an 8-point first quarter lead to 33-9 with 4:33 left before the intermission. Hannah Rehfeldt connected on a pair of 3-pointers and Caila Petrie and Haley Kershner each buried a shot from beyond the arc as Hononegah seized control of the game.


    Silent treament in Webber’s first win at Warren

    Future Ryan Webber wins will undoubtedly be greeted with applause from Warren's boys basketball fans. Tuesday night, however, there was nary a cheer after Webber earned his first victory as Blue Devils coach. Just before the start of the second half between host Warren and Lake Forest Academy, a fight broke out in the bleachers. After a long delay, which included both teams being sent to their locker rooms, spectators were instructed to exit the gym. When play finally resumed, after a delay that lasted 35 minutes, Warren slowly built on a 17-point halftime advantage and cruised to a 60-39 win, which evened the Blue Devils' record at 1-1 in the Thanksgiving tournament they are co-hosting with Mundelein. The second half was played in front of only coaches who were scouting the game, game officials and media.


    Stevenson hangs on to down Elgin

    There's one thing you can scratch off Stevenson's boys basketball check list early into this season. After blowing double-digit leads, the Patriots can still hang tough for a victory. Stevenson led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, withstood a 16-2 run by Elgin in the second quarter and then an 18-14 Elgin third quarter that gave the Maroons a 44-43 edge going into the final 8 minutes. Stevenson had enough at the end, though, to come away with a 61-56 win at the Bison Classic at Buffalo Grove Tuesday night.

    Geneva’s Michaela Loebel goes in for a layup.

    Santos, Geneva pass up Downers North

    Given a choice between knocking down a jumper or passing to a teammate and watching her do the same, Geneva junior Sidney Santos said she'll choose the assist every time. The Vikings' starting center sparked her team Tuesday at Glenbard East's Rachel Bach Tournament not by dominating down low but by finding open teammates for easy scores in a 60-29 victory over Downers Grove North.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Paw Paw 53, Harvest Christian 28: Kylee Knox scored 11 points and had 3 assists and Rachel Oostdyk added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Harvest in this nonconference loss to open the season. Sarah Kott added 7 rebounds for the Lions, who will be without 6-foot-2 Sydney Doby this season. Lions coach Kelly Friestad said Doby has decided to not play basketball as she mends a sore knee and concentrates on volleyball.Marengo 52, Larkin 26: Lindsey Tyra had 8 points and Amber McGhee added 6 for Larkin (0-4) in this loss at the Burlington Central tournament.Rolling Meadows 72, Cary-Grove 22: Olivia Jakubicek had 13 points for Cary-Grove (2-2) in this loss at the Turkey Thriller.Westminster Christian 60, St. Francis deSales 54: Maddie Versulys had 20 points and McKaila Hays added 18 for the Warriors (3-2) in a nonconference win. Claire Spewweik had 9 rebounds and Liz Meschewski 5 steals for Westminster.


    Sterling powers Wolves to 5-3 win

    Left wing Brett Sterling scored 2 goals and added an assist as the Chicago Wolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena.


    Barrington hits the boards, bounces Libertyville

    How do you rebound from a 5-point halftime deficit? By rebounding, if you're the Barrington girls basketball team. The Fillies went to the boards and rallied from a 19-14 deficit at intermission to pull out a 39-32 victory over Libertyville in the third round of the Bison Classic held at Maine South on Tuesday night. Junior Angie Kirchoff (14 points) and senior Alexa Resch (11) were the tops scorers for the Fillies, who improved to 2-1 in the Classic and 3-1 overall with their only loss to state power Maine South.

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ Nick Young reacts to a score Tuesday during the second half against the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 106-98.

    Richardson, Young lead 76ers over Raptors

    Nick Young has some game to go with his style and swagger. Young scored 23 points off the bench, Jason Richardson had six of his 21 points late in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-98 on Tuesday night. Known for his cool nickname — Swaggy P — and his Afro hairdo, Young is earning recognition for his play on the court, too. He had four assists and three rebounds to go with his 7-for-13 shooting.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, center, wrestles for a loose ball with New Orleans Hornets forward Lance Thomas, left, and guard Roger Mason Jr., right, Tuesday during the first half.

    Surging Knicks easily top Hornets 102-80

    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned New Orleans Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night. Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith each added 15 points. Felton scored all of his points on five 3-pointers as New York hit 14 3s as a team.


    Fremd rolls, Elk Grove falls at Fenton

    Fremd made quick work of Chicago Hubbard with a 69-33 decision in the Chuck Mitchell 27th annual tournament at Fenton on Tuesday night. The Vikings (2-0) in pool play were never headed by taking advantage of their height advantage in the opening minutes. Sean Benka (15 point), junior Ben Carlson (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Tom Cordell all had putback baskets in the first quarter to open a 21-4 lead over the 0-2 Greyhounds.


    Barrington shares the credit in victory over Uplift

    The type of ball movement that gave Barrington an early lead in its second-round contest of the Mundelein and Warren boys basketball tournament Tuesday is just what coach Bryan Tucker had hoped to get out of his Broncos team this season. As Barrington built a 23-9 advantage after one quarter, the Broncos had 9 assists on the first 10 baskets. It was that unselfish play that lifted Barrington to its first win of the season, a 54-40 win over Uplift.

    Mundelein’s Sean O’Brien drives in for a dunk during their game against Lakes Tuesday night at Mundelein.

    Mundelein regroups, tops Lakes

    Considering the talented players the Mundelein boys basketball team expected to feature this season, expectations were understandably high. So when the Mustangs lost Northern Iowa-bound senior Robert Knar to a knee injury until at least February, and more recently starters Chino Ebube and Nate Williams for the foreseeable future, it's easy to expect a dip in expectations. That's not how Southern Illinois-bound senior Sean O'Brien and coach Dick Knar see it. "No matter who is out and when they are coming back, our expectation to win every game is still the same," Knar said. So when the host Mustangs fell behind 22-21 to Lakes in the second round of the Mundelein and Warren boys basketball tournament, the Mustangs stayed focused on their goal of winning.


    Naperville North blows past Waubonsie Valley

    It's one thing to know what your opponent plans to do, but it's a totally different thing being able to stop it. That was the case Tuesday night for a young Waubonsie Valley girls basketball team that hosted Naperville North (1-2) in the WarHawk Thanksgiving Tournament. First-year Warriors coach David Owles knew the Huskies wanted to pressure the Warriors guards and take advantage of their speed. But Waubonsie Valley (0-3) still had no answer and came out on the wrong end of a 49-14 score.


    Westminster has no problem with Harvest

    The Westminster Christian boys basketball made real quick work of neighboring Harvest Christian on Tuesday night. The Warriors led by double figures 4½ minutes in, led by 20 less than 10 minutes into the game and cruised to a 50-26 victory over the Lions in second-day play at the 6th annual Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament at Westminster.

    Delaware State guard Amere May loses control of the ball to Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3) and guard Alex Marcotullio Tuesday during the second half in Evanston. Northwestern won 69-50.

    Northwestern beats Delaware State 69-50

    Northwestern passed its early-season home tests with flying colors. Now the Wildcats are ready to hit the road and see what they're really made of. Drew Crawford scored 18 points and Northwestern hit a dozen 3-pointers Tuesday night as the Wildcats beat Delaware State 69-50. The game was affiliated with the South Padre Island Invitational, the tournament which both teams travel to Texas for later this week.


    Wichita State gets 74-63 win over DePaul in Cancun

    Demetric Williams came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points, helping Wichita State beat DePaul 74-63 on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge semifinals. Brandon Young led the Blue Demons (2-2) with 19 points and five assists, and Moses Morgan added 15 points off the bench. DePaul shot just 31 percent from the field.

    Cary-Grove’s Clay Marunde fouls Larkin’s Quantice Hunter Tuesday in the Hoops for Healing Tournament in Woodstock.

    Larkin has easy time with Cary-Grove

    Larkin blitzed Cary-Grove with its brand of skill and athleticism for three quarters in a 71-32 victory at the Hoops for Healing Boys Basketball Tournament in Woodstock Tuesday, but it was the Royals' mediocre second quarter that drew coach Deryn Carter's focus at halftime. Larkin (2-0) jumped to a 23-8 lead after one period on the strength of 2 3-pointers apiece from senior guards Quantice Hunter and Quentin Ruff and another from junior guard Taylor Boley, but Cary-Grove (1-1) held its own in the second period, which Larkin narrowly won 13-12.


    Strong start for Conant in opener

    Conant dominated the proceedings on its home mats Tuesday night to record a 57-18 victory against Round Lake in nonconference action to mark the start of the wrestling season. The Cougars opened fast and closed strong in advance of the annual mega-tournament they will host this weekend. It begins at 11 a.m. Friday.


    Palatine upends Crystal Lake South

    It is hard to win when you score 34 points, shoot 30 percent from the field and commit 18 turnovers. But Palatine's girls basketball team did just that. Overcoming a dismal shooting night and sloppy ball handling, Palatine defeated Crystal Lake South with hard nosed, stifling defense. Holding South to 8 field goals, 22 percent shooting and 5 first-half points, the defensive minded Pirates (5-0) were able to post a 34-23 win over the Gators at the Dundee-Crown Girls Thanksgiving Tournament Tuesday night.

    Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers are Mike McGraw’s top team in the NBA so far this season.

    It’s time to reset NBA power rankings

    Not even a month into the season and already things have gotten strange in the NBA.So with the Bulls muddling in the middle of the pack and ready to head home after greeting Omer Asik in Houston on Wednesday, let's reset the power rankings.

    Bears quarterback Jason Campbell got that rundown feeling in Monday night’s 32-7 loss at San Francisco, the 49ers finishing with 6 sacks.

    Against good teams, bad news Bears return

    The Bears' offense isn't always as embarrassing as it was in Monday night's loss to the 49ers just when it plays a really good team. That doesn't make their prospects very bright for the successful postseason assuming they get that far. If they can't move the ball against other teams that are destined for the playoffs, it doesn't bode well for a postseason run. At this point, "one-and-done" seems about right, even with Jay Cutler at quarterback.


    St. Viator rolls over Hampshire

    St. Viator girls basketball coach Christina Jost wasn't very enamored with her team's rebounding in the Lions' first two games of the season. So on Tuesday night at Dundee-Crown's Thanksgiving Tournament, the Lions gave Jost something to be thankful for. St. Viator not only outrebounded Hampshire with authority, but also applied a defense that caused the Whip-Purs 29 turnovers. That, combined with another stellar scoring effort from junior Erin Fabbri, led the Lions to an easy 67-37 win, evening their record at 2-2.

    Rolling Meadows’ A.J. Aluquin drives against Niles North defender Peter Tate during Tuesday’s game at Palatine.

    Dolan excels but Rolling Meadows drops opener

    With nearly a third of its bench looking like a trauma ward at an area hospital, Rolling Meadows needed a lift. The Mustangs got one from junior Matt Dolan, who scored 16 points and had 7 rebounds in his first start. But Dolan's efforts weren't enough to overcome 33 Mustangs turnovers as Rolling Meadows dropped its boys basketball season opener 50-41 Tuesday at the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic at Palatine High School.

    Danica Patrick announced Tuesday on her Facebook page that she and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

    Danica Patrick announces divorce on Facebook

    Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage. Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page Tuesday. "I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage," she said.

    Hersey volleyball standout Abby Fesl, left, signs her letter of intent with Northern Florida, and all-state swimmer Amanda Petro signs her letter to compete for Ohio State.

    College-bound standouts ink letters of intent

    Hersey's Abby Fesl and Amanda Petro, Prospect's Noelle Johnston and Conant's Miranda Cavin each recently signed their national letters of intent to compete in intercollegiate sports next school year.

    The Cubs have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment.

    Cubs designate LaHair for assignment

    The Cubs say they have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment because he and the club are pursuing an opportunity for him in Japan. An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games. He originally signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in December 2009.

    Radio broadcaster Mike North, center, interviewed baseball legend Pete Rose as a trial run for the new “Score! Be the Legend” experience the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas.

    Mike North branches out with Las Vegas venture

    Las Vegas always seems to offer a little something for everyone who visits. Soon there will be one more offering for some of the 37 million tourists who visit Vegas annually, and it will be aimed directly at sports fans and the radio stations that bring them their sports."Score! Be The Legend!" — an interactive and technologically advanced venue — is part broadcast facility, part Hall of Fame, and part retail shop inside the Luxor Hotel. It is the brainchild of Fox Sports Radio host and Daily Herald columnist Mike North and his business partner, Jim Beckman.

    Bears quarterback Jason Campbell is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, left, as defensive tackle Justin Smith converges Monday during the first quarter in San Francisco.

    Bears know this loss not easy to forget

    It would be easier for the Bears to forget about Monday night's brutal defeat, but they have to learn from their mistakes and make the necessary corrections. And in the meantime, quarterback Jay Cuter has to pass the concussion tests before he can start preparing for the next game.

    Michigan co-captains, quarterback Denard Robinson and safety Jordan Kovacs, walk off the field Saturday after playing their final home game against Iowa. Michigan won 42-17.

    Former walk-on Kovacs living his dream at Michigan

    Jordan Kovacs was stuck in the stands as a fan at Michigan Stadium as a freshman, stewing about having his dream delayed by a lingering knee problem. "It ate at me because I knew I was so close to making it on the team," Kovacs recalled recently in an interview with The Associated Press. "It made me hungrier." Four years later, Kovacs will start the 45th game of his storybook career Saturday when the 20th-ranked Wolverines travel to play No. 4 Ohio State.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, right, dives into the end zone in front of Pittsburgh linebacker Joe Trebitz for a two-point conversion to tie the score late in the fourth quarter in South Bend, Ind. Golson is doing a lot more of the little things right, and it’s leading to more big plays for top-ranked Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame’s Golson doing the little things for Irish

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes all the challenges quarterback Everett Golson has faced this season should help him against Southern California on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. He believes the 6-0, 185-pound sophomore quarterback who did not play as a freshman is ready. Ready for the pressure of leading the Fighting Irish (11-0) on the field ranked No. 1 for the first time in 19 years.

    Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti walks to the locker room on crutches after their 45-22 win over Indiana in State College, Pa. Mauti was injured on a play in the first quarter of the game and did not return to the game.

    Injured LB Mauti preps Penn State for finale

    A left knee injury might keep Penn State's Michael Mauti off the field, but the star linebacker is still playing an important role this week with the team getting ready for the season finale against Wisconsin. It's not surprising for a guy who coach Bill O'Brien said "lives and breathes" football.

    Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, left, speaks Monday with Maryland football coach Randy Edsall after a news conference that was held to announce Maryland’s decision to move to the Big Ten. Edsall, 6-17 in his two seasons at the school, is certain Maryland will flourish in its new conference.

    Edsall: ‘No doubt’ Maryland can compete in Big Ten

    Maryland's football team is stumbling through a second straight losing season and now has gone 11 straight years without winning an Atlantic Coast Conference title. Football coach Randy Edsall, 6-17 in his two seasons at the school, is certain Maryland will flourish in its new conference. "The young men that we have here now, with what we recruited last year and knowing what we're building here and the depth we're creating, there's no doubt we will be able to compete and do well in the Big Ten," Edsall said Tuesday.

    Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti, center, stands with Rutgers President Robert Barchi, right, and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany during a news conference Tuesday in Piscataway, N.J., after they announced that Rutgers will join the Big Ten. Rutgers will join the conference in all sports at a date to be determined.

    Rutgers joins the Big Ten, leaving Big East behind

    As the Big East was being picked apart, Rutgers was looking for a way out and a new place to show off a football program that has been resurrected in the past decade. Not only did Rutgers find that escape hatch, the Scarlet Knights ended up in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in college sports. "The Big Ten is really where Rutgers belongs," Rutgers President Robert Barchi said.


    NHL labor talks expected to resume Wednesday

    This time, NHL owners and players are staying apart for just one day. Negotiations aimed at ended the league's lockout will resume Wednesday morning at the NHL office, the players' association said in a statement Tuesday. Before Monday night's 90-minute bargaining session, it had been eight days since the sides got together.

    Penn State guard Tim Frazier, here driving against Indiana in last season's Big Ten Conference tournament, will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

    Penn State loses star guard for season

    Penn State point guard and leading scorer Tim Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon, a devastating blow for the rebuilding Big Ten program.Frazier was injured about six minutes into the Nittany Lions' 85-60 loss Sunday to Akron at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Coach Patrick Chambers said Frazier was undergoing surgery Tuesday, with a recovery period of 6-12 months.

    The White Sox have added outfielder Jared Mitchel and four other prospects to their 40-man roster.

    White Sox add 5 players to 40-man roster

    As they finalize their 40-man roster for next season, the White Sox purchased the contracts of outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley, right-handed pitcher Andre Rienzo, left-handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Charles Shirek from Class AAA Charlotte.

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, right, meets with Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe following Saturday's 38-0 win by the Fighting Irish.

    Notre Dame’s return silences ghosts of past

    Mike North thinks that with the resurgence of Notre Dame, coach Brian Kelly just might be NFL head coaching material, but believes Oregon head coach Chip Kelly should stay where he is. Mike also wonders if NFL analyst Tom Waddle forgot how he made his mark with the Chicago Bears.

    Bears quarterback Jason Campbell is looked over by teammates after being tackled during Monday’s second half in San Francisco.

    Bears have more to worry about than Cutler

    After their second straight loss, the Bears better get back on track soon or they could find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. There are six games remaining, and a two-game losing streak hardly marks the end of the season, but perhaps this is why George McCaskey hasn’t rushed into a contract extension for Lovie Smith, whose team came out unemotional, unprepared and unbelievably bad in the first half Monday night in San Francisco.

    San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is tackled by Bears free safety Chris Conte as he leans into the end zone for a touchdown during Monday’s second quarter in San Francisco.

    It’s offensive that Bears just don’t get it

    The issue for too long has been why the Bears’ offense shows up on game days looking like it wasn’t coached during the week. That’s sure how it seemed again Monday night during a 32-7 loss at San Francisco. A couple of weeks ago when the Bears’ record was 7-1 the question was what would happen first, the offense getting better or the defense getting worse. At 7-3 that’s a silly question: The answer always is the Bears’ bad offense gets worse.

    Neuqua Valley swimmmers celebrate their third-place finish at the IHSA state swimming championships in Evanston on 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 football semifinals, basketball and girls state swimming.

    Crosley Duckmann

    Quite a winning show from Duckmann, Maine

    Crosley Duckmann and his Maine Township hockey teammates skated to a 13-5-2 in their first 20 games, including 9-1-1 in North Central action. The team has scored 65 goals in its first 11 league games, the most in the Hull East Division and second-most overall in the North Central, only behind the 69 scored in the first 11 games played by the co-op BG/H/W Stampede.


    Managing Editor Jim Baumann of the Daily Herald.

    Daily Herald taps Baumann as managing editor

    Long-time editor Jim Baumann has been promoted to managing editor of the Daily Herald. In addition, Teresa Schmedding was appointed as Baumann's deputy to lead the paper's digital content operations and Diane Dungey was named as his deputy to head the paper's news gathering efforts.

    Mexico agreed to store some of its river water in Lake Mead, which is formed by the Hoover Dam, seen here, in Nevada and whose waters stretch across Nevada and Arizona, giving it badly needed storage capacity.

    US, Mexico sign rules on sharing Colorado River

    The United States and Mexico agreed Tuesday to rewrite rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort to create a united front against future droughts.

    Despite opposition from some of its neighbors, Arlington Heights trustees approved an expansion that will double the size of the medical office building at 1051 W. Rand Road.

    Despite concerns, Arlington Heights approves medical building expansion

    The Arlington Heights village board authorized a proposed expansion to a medical building along Rand Road on Monday amid concerns from neighboring residents. Trustees' unanimous approval of the planned two-story, 32,000-square-foot expansion at 1051 W. Rand Road came on a second vote Monday night that followed their initial rejection of the proposal.

    Mike Evans, right, was named Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tuesday. His first stop was to meet Mayor George Pradel.

    Naperville chamber picks new president to lead youth movement

    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce reached into Bolingbrook Tuesday to select its new president and CEO. Following a lengthy search, the chamber's board of directors named Mike Evans as its new leader. He's expected to assume the reins on Dec. 10.

    U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, seen here, outlined charges Tuesday against a former hedge fund portfolio manager arrested Tuesday on charges he helped carry out the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history.

    Ex-hedge fund trader charged in $276M insider ploy

    A former hedge fund portfolio manager was arrested Tuesday in what prosecutors are calling perhaps the most lucrative insider trading scheme of all time — an arrangement to obtain confidential, advance results of tests on an experimental Alzheimer's drug that helped investment firms make more than $276 million.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index advanced, erasing earlier losses, as an increase in housing starts tempered a tumble in Hewlett-Packard Co. shares.

    Stocks end flat after HP shocker and Fed warning

    Falling oil prices and a surprise announcement from Hewlett-Packard weighed on technology and energy stocks Tuesday. HP plunged 12 percent after executives said that a company HP bought for $10 billion last year lied about its finances.

    Naperville-based Tellabs last month forecast a drop of as much as 24 percent in fourth-quarter sales compared to a year earlier, which would make it the eighth consecutive quarter of revenue declines.

    Tellabs plans ‘active’ buyback after shares fall to 19-year low

    Tellabs Inc., the Naperville-based the telephone-network equipment manufacturer that lost its top executive to cancer this year, will actively repurchase as much as $224.6 million worth of its stock to win back shareholders' favor.

    GE said Tuesday it is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet.

    GE buys 2,000 Ford plug-in hybrids for fleet

    GE is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet. Ford and GE announced the purchase of the C-Max Energi hybrid Tuesday.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Bernanke warns Congress to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday urged Congress and the Obama administration to strike a budget deal to avert tax increases and spending cuts that could trigger a recession next year. Without a deal, the measures known as the "fiscal cliff" will take effect in January.

    John McAfee’s dog named “Soltan” sits on a deck in front of the beachside entrance to the home of software company founder in Ambergris Caye, Belize, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012. Software company founder John McAfee, who has been identified as a “person of interest” in the killing of his neighbor, 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, says he’s wearing a disguise and hiding in plain sight, watching police and reporters stake out his home and blogging about it.

    McAfee blogs about police seeking him in Belize

    Software company founder John McAfee says he's wearing a disguise and hiding in plain sight, watching police and reporters stake out his home and blogging about it.


    Consumer group warns of dangerous toys

    A Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels and finger-fidget desktop magnets are among the toys consumer advocates are warning about as the holiday buying season begins.

    HP said Autonomy Corporation PLC, a British company it bought for $10 billion last year, lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. HPís net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Oct. 31, amounted to $6.85 billion, or $3.49 per share.

    HP says fraud prompted $5B overpayment for company

    Hewlett-Packard Co. said that a British company it bought for $9.7 billion last year lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. CEO Meg Whitman avoided calling it a fraud, but said Tuesday that there were "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation PLC."


    Barilla announces partnership with U.S. skier
    Barilla, with its U.S. operations in Bannockburn, announced it is partnering with U.S. Ski Team's Mikaela Shiffrin. The 17-year-old recently secured third place at the slalom in Levi, Finland and is considered one to watch for heading into the World Cup in Aspen, Colo. on Nov. 24, and Sochi, Russia 2014.


    Medtronic second-quarter profit falls on litigation costs

    Medtronic Inc., the world’s biggest maker of heart-rhythm devices, said second-quarter profit fell 26 percent on legal costs related to a patent dispute.Net income in the three months ended Oct. 26 decreased to $646 million, or 63 cents a share, from $871 million, or 82 cents, a year earlier, the Minneapolis-based company said in a statement. Profit excluding a $245 million charge for litigation costs and other items was 88 cents a share, matching the average of 23 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.Revenue increased 1.8 percent to $4.1 billion. The company’s drug-coated Resolute Integrity stent, used to keep open heart arteries, bolstered sales after it was introduced in Japan during August. The recently introduced Restore Sensor helped boost revenue of spinal cord stimulators, said Derrick Sung, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York.“We view the quarter as in-line,” Matthew Taylor, an analyst at Barclays Plc in New York, wrote in a note to clients today.The company reaffirmed its earnings forecast for fiscal 2013 of $3.62 to $3.70 a share.Medtronic kept the guidance conservative based on the January implementation of a tax on the medical device industry and the uncertain renewal of a research and development tax credit, Gary Ellis, Medtronic’s chief financial officer, said on a conference call today.The device manufacturer anticipates paying as much as $175 million each year to comply with the new tax, Ellis said.Patent DisputeMedtronic expects to return cash flow to investors with dividends and buybacks, Chief Executive Officer Omar Ishrak said on the call.The legal costs were from a patent dispute with Edwards Life Sciences Corp. that centered on Medtronic’s CoreValve System, one of the company’s transcatheter aortic valves. A federal appeals court earlier this month affirmed an April 2010 federal district court ruling in Delaware that Medtronic’s system infringed a single patent held by Edwards, according to statement from Medtronic.Medtronic rose 1.9 percent to $42.61 at 10:21 a.m. New York time, after gaining as much as 2.8 percent. The shares had gained 9.3 percent in the year through yesterday.

    Best Buy Co. reported another dismal quarter on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, recording a loss in the third quarter, hurt by a continued sales slump and charges related to restructuring.

    Best Buy reports 3rd-quarter loss

    Best Buy Co. reported another dismal quarter on Tuesday, recording a loss in the third quarter, hurt by a continued sales slump and charges related to restructuring. The electronics chain is struggling to reverse a yearslong decline in its business as competition from online stores and discounters increases.


    Unemployment falls in 75 percent of states

    An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 U.S. states last month, the latest indication that the job market is slowly healing.

    U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum.

    U.S. new home starts jump to fastest pace in 4 years

    U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders broke ground on homes in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 894,000. That's a 3.6 percent gain from September.

    Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.’s British operations, is among four people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

    2 ex-confidants of British PM face bribery charges

    Two former confidants of Britain's prime minister have been charged with conspiring to pay public officials in exchange for stories and information — the latest development in the country's establishment-shaking scandal over media malfeasance.


    Illinois AG releases safe shopping guide

    Illinois parents have a guide to turn to for safe shopping advice as the holiday season approaches.Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her office’s annual Safe Shopping Guide on Monday. It details recalled products to warn parents about potentially dangerous toys and household items. Items in the guide were recalled over the last year. They include toys covered with lead paint, dolls with choking hazards and defective high chairs and strollers.This year’s guide includes a new section on food safety for those diagnosed with food allergies and to call attention to food recalls.The guide is available on the attorney general’s website or via mail by contacting the Attorney General’s Recall Hotline, 1-888-414-7678.Ÿ Online: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

    Chicago has the highest sales tax in the country at 9.5 percent. The Los Angeles City Council is considering matching that.

    Los Angeles to rival Chicago with highest sales tax

    Los Angeles shoppers looking for just the right satin blindfold or Whip Me stockings at Agent Provocateur’s lingerie boutique on Melrose Avenue may soon pay as much tax as customers at the company’s Gold Coast store in Chicago, and more than at the one on Madison Avenue.The city council, which faced $1.6 billion in deficits over the past four years, is to vote Tuesday on whether to ask residents to boost the local sales tax 0.5 percentage point, bringing the total levy — local and state — to 9.5 percent. That would tie Los Angeles with Chicago for the highest rate of the 10 largest U.S. cities. New York City is 8.875 percent.“Our approach to dealing with our budget shortfalls has been to cut,” said Edward Johnson, a spokesman for City Council President Herb Wesson, who backs the sales tax proposal. “If we continue to cut, we will drastically affect the services that we deliver to our citizens.”California’s municipalities have struggled to stay afloat by curtailing staff and services amid falling revenue and rising employee costs. The second-biggest U.S. city by population can’t impose higher sales taxes without going to the voters of Los Angeles, and is limited in raising real-estate levies under the 1978 law known as Proposition 13.The tax increase would affect more than London-based Agent Provocateur, owned by 3i Group Plc, Britain’s biggest publicly traded private-equity firm. The company, which sells stockings with “Whip Me” spelled out in the backseam for $70, opened its first U.S. outlet on fashion boutique-lined Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.Cars, clothingIn addition to clothing, the tax would apply to cars, prepared food, nonprescription drugs, household goods and other merchandise. A vote last week showed a more than 2-1 advantage for tax supporters on the City Council.If approved by the City Council, a referendum would be held in March. That would be just four months after voters approved Proposition 30, boosting the statewide sales levy to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent, with proceeds earmarked for education.The total state and local sales tax in Los Angeles is now 8.75 percent. Beginning in January, the new state levy will raise that to 9 percent. The city’s proposed increase would bring the total to 9.5 percent. That would equal Chicago and be higher than the rest of the 10 largest U.S. cities, according to data from the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group based in Washington.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, said the city’s proposed increase would raise more than $200 million a year in additional revenue, closing most of a $216 million gap in the budget of $7.2 billion for fiscal 2013. The alternative, he wrote in a letter to council members, would be to fire as many as 500 police officers.Further cutsWith the passage of Proposition 30, “It is clear that voters were unwilling to accept further deep cuts in education and other critical programs,” the 59-year-old mayor said.Villaraigosa premised his support of the tax on City Council approval of changes in the money-losing city zoo and the convention center, perhaps putting them under private management to save money, as well as eliminating 209 non-police jobs.Former Mayor Richard Riordan, an 82-year-old Republican who is campaigning to replace guaranteed city pensions with 401(k)- type retirement plans, considers the proposed sales tax increase a “pension tax,” spokesman John Schwada said. The city contributed $342 million toward employee retirements this year, according to a report by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana.“This is a tax to support, care and feed an outdated, broken pension system,” Schwada said. “To say this is about saving 500 police jobs is malarkey.”


    Ex-UBS trader found guilty of fraud in London

    Former UBS AG trader Kweku Adoboli was found guilty of fraud in relation to a $2.3 billion loss, the largest from unauthorized trading in British history. Adoboli was convicted following a two-month-long London trial during which lawyers for the 32-year-old argued UBS managers pushed traders to take more risks and rule-breaking at the bank was rampant.

    Nissan Motor Co. employee Kazuhiro Fujibayashi demonstrates the electric recharge plug-in process of the company’s latest LEAF car for photographers in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left.

    Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price

    The upgraded Nissan Motor Co. Leaf electric car can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. The changes in the revamped model, shown Tuesday at a Tokyo hotel, were based on feedback from owners whose chief worry was running out of electric juice while driving, Nissan officials said.

    Fiat SpA tumbled on investors’ concerns that the Italian carmaker will need to raise fresh cash to finance Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne’s plans to combine with Chrysler Group LLC. Fiat may need to raise between 1.6 billion euros and 2.9 billion euros to finance the purchase of the remaining shares in Chrysler

    Fiat tumbles on EU cash concerns

    Fiat SpA tumbled on investors' concerns that the Italian carmaker will need to raise fresh cash to finance Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne's plans to combine with Chrysler Group LLC. Fiat may need to raise between 1.6 billion euros and 2.9 billion euros to finance the purchase of the remaining shares in Chrysler

Life & Entertainment

    Despite a critically well-received album, “American Idol” alum and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart has parted ways with Interscope Records and 19 Recordings, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

    Report: Haley Reinhart dropped from Interscope

    Despite a critically well-received album, "American Idol" alum and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart has parted ways with Interscope Records and 19 Recordings, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Released in May, Reinhart's post-'Idol' debut “Listen Up” generally was praised by critics who complimented its smart pop sound.

    Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.

    Elmo actor resigns amid underage-sex allegations

    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" on Tuesday amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys, bringing an end to a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved — and lucrative — characters on TV and in toy stores.

    The Starz series “Boss,” starring Kelsey Grammer who plays Mayor Tom Kane, will not be returning for a third season.

    ‘Boss’ axed after 2 seasons

    Starz television network has decided not to give Kelsey Grammer another term as mayor of Chicago. The cable network said Tuesday that it was canceling the drama "Boss" after two seasons. The show premiered to critical acclaim, starring Grammer as tyrannical Chicago mayor Tom Kane. The role earned Grammer a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama earlier this year.

    Daley, “Alone Together EP”

    Newcomer Daley has promising future

    There's something magnificent about Daley's sweet tone — he coos on songs lightly, but it's also demanding and emotional. That swag was all over his 2011 mixtape, "Those Who Wait," which was top-notch from its opener to its closing number. The English singer borrows three songs from that album for his six-song EP and major label offering, "Alone Together." It's short, sweet and satisfying.

    Diners fill the rooms at lunch and dinner at Chama Gaucha Brazilian steakhouse in Downers Grove.

    Meat, meat and more meat: Chama Gaucha steakhouse a perfect fit

    Like any self-respecting Brazilian steakhouse, Chama Gaucha in Downers Grove is traversed by sword-wielding gauchos. The scent of spit-fired proteins wafts through the manly, spacious dining room, where the salad bar serves as a focal point — and distraction — from meat, meat and more meat. In traditional fashion, this is an all-you-can-eat affair.


    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi join Sandy relief fund

    Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the New Jersey natives joining a special fund created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The musicians will serve on the advisory board of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The nonprofit was created by state first lady Mary Pat Christie to aid in the long-term recovery effort following the storm.

    Tradition never tasted so good.

    Whip up sweet potato pie for a special holiday treat

    Alicia Ross says the secret to her Traditional Sweet Potato Pie is whipping the egg whites and folding them into the potato mixture just before putting the mixture into the pie shell. This single step creates a light and fluffy pie that will surely be the best sweet potato pie you have ever tasted.

    Tradition never tasted as good as when it’s baked in a sweet potato pie.

    Traditional Sweet Potato Pie
    Sweet Potato Pie: Kitchen Scoop

    Nnamdi Ngwe, left, Jake Sasseville and Molly Miller star in the loosely scripted comedy series “Delusions of Grandeur.” Sasseville had purchased eight 30-minute blocks on ABC Family to launch his series in October, but ABC declined to air it because it did not meet their standards for programming for time buy purchases. But he was able to get his series on Blip and the pilot episode debuted on Oct. 3.

    Actor-comedian Jake Sasseville launches web series

    Jake Sasseville's "Delusions of Grandeur," a loosely scripted comedy about the actor-comedian's life and his successes and failures in the TV industry, debuted Oct. 3 on Blip. So far, four 30-minute episodes have aired, and it returns Tuesday after its midseason break.


    Disney to shutter online movie store, website

    The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demands. In an email to users, the company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31.

    R. Kelly announced on Monday that he’s had an offer to bring “Trapped in the Closet” to the stage, and he may even be in some performances.

    ‘Trapped’ on Broadway? R. Kelly is working on it

    NEW YORK — Is Broadway ready for Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package”? R. Kelly thinks so — and says he’s working to bring the wacky characters and plot lines in his even wackier “Trapped in the Closet” series to the Great White Way.The superstar announced on Monday night that he’s had an offer to bring the cult classic to the stage, and he may even be in some performances.“To transform it into a Broadway version, that’s what I’m working on,” he told a packed house at the Sunshine Theater, where he unveiled the latest chapters in “Trapped in the Closet,” which will debut on IFC on Friday.Kelly gave no other details about a possible Broadway adaptation of the wildly popular video opera. It got its start from a stirring series of songs Kelly debuted in 2005, which ended with a cliffhanger. The songs captured so much attention, Kelly made an over-the-top video series about it that just got crazier and crazier as he added more chapters.Kelly has often referred to “Trapped” as an alien, and on Monday, he said: “I’m glad to be one of the astronauts to take this thing to the unknown.”He thanked the enthusiastic crowd for accepting the series, and admitted that he always wanted to act: “Somehow, I landed ‘Trapped in the Closet’ from being silly.”He also joked about the ridiculous nature of the series.“I’m just having a lot of fun. I don’t have a job so I sit in the studio all day and think of stuff to do and this is just something stupid I’ve done that’s been successful for me,” he said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it.”The latest chapters introduce a few new faces, and like the others series, ends with a cliffhanger. While it’s taken Kelly five years to add these latest chapters to the series, Kelly says he won’t take as long to produce more.“I want everybody to know I’ve got 85 chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet’ waiting in the studio for y’all,” he said. “The chapters that are coming — the show, we call it — is going to exceed every chapter that you have ever seen.”Kelly capped off the evening with a rendition of one of his biggest hits, “I Believe I Can Fly,” for the audience.

    A judge is scheduled to wade into the messy family dynamics of teen actress Ariel Winter on Tuesday and determine whether the “Modern Family” star should stay away from her mother.

    Fight over ‘Modern Family’ star returns to court

    A judge is scheduled to wade into the messy family dynamics of teen actress Ariel Winter and determine whether the "Modern Family" star should stay away from her mother, who has been described in court filings as physically and emotionally abusive. At a hearing Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas will consider whether the 14-year-old should continue living with her sister, who has temporary guardianship of the actress.

    Brian Tully, 28, who grew up in Long Grove, stands on the set of “Fox & Friends” inside the Fox News studios in New York City. The show airs on Fox News Channel, and Tully is the head writer and producer.

    Long Grove man produces Fox News Channel's morning show

    It's Brian Tully's job to stay on top of everything that's happening in the world, 24/7. Tully, who grew up in Long Grove, is a head writer and producer for "Fox & Friends," the Fox News Channel's morning news show. It's a high-pressure, life-consuming job, but one he loves. "One day, I'm going to need a vacation," he said.

    The silent Sandman fights for good in the animated fantasy "Rise of the Guardians."

    'Guardians' a frosty, fleet-footed fantasy

    "Rise of the Guardians" comes crammed with a smorgasbord of fantastic images, marvelously mounted in eye-popping 3-D: kazillions of Easter eggs scramble around on adorable little legs. An army of cute fairies collects children's teeth. This action-packed tale never bores, but never achieves the same level of emotions as a Pixar animated film, which clearly this DreamWorks release emulates.

    Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Connor Cruise play young freedom fighters in the remake of the Cold War hit "Red Dawn."

    Action cliches, perfunctory dialogue attack ‘Dawn’ remake

    The first 40 minutes of "Red Dawn" jump with excitement as a sleepy American community awakes one morning to the sight of North Korean paratroopers falling from the sky, landing, shooting people in the streets and rounding up neighbors. Then it quickly devolves into a grade-schooler's view of war: a black-and-white, apolitical, us-vs.-them conflict with violence suppressed to PG-13 levels.

    Dancers portray candy confections in the second act of Salt Creek Ballet’s version of the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker,” which plays in Hinsdale, University Park and Skokie.

    Best bets: Salt Creek’s ‘Nutcracker’ dances onto the stage

    'Tis the season for battling mice, graceful snowflakes and cavorting confectionary. Yes, the Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker" is back. The Salt Creek Ballet presents its version in Hinsdale, University Park and Skokie. Comedian Mitch Fatel brings the laughs to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend. Bon Jovi fans won’t want to miss “Bon Jovi Inside Out,” screening at local theaters on Tuesday, Nov. 27.


    Eating out: Get Q-BBQ for 12 cents Friday

    Get a good taste of Q-BBQ for next to nothing. Sample-sized portions of pulled pork cost 12 cents on Black Friday through Sunday. Also on Friday: Enjoy a free Cranberry Truffle Smoothie with the purchase of any wrap, salad or sandwich at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

    “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter” by Melissa Francis

    Francis’ book is a ‘Diary’ worth a read

    From Brooke Shields to Lindsay Lohan and even "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter, the idea of someone having a "stage mom" is commonplace. Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis isn't just familiar with the term, she lived it. Francis grew up a child actress. What people might not know is that her mother was so invested in her daughter's showbiz career that she was often manipulative and selfish.


    Pinot Noir a good choice for Thanksgiving feast

    Pick Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving. This medium-bodied, silky red offers just enough tannin to take a bite out of rich poultry, just enough fruit to complement both fruity and spicy condiments, and just enough acid to cleanse the palate of oily richness.



    Editorial: Public involvement is key to reform

    New websites are making it ever easier for citizens to make a difference in how their government operates, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    An officer and a gentleman

    Columnist Susan Estrich: I don't care if Gen. David Petraeus had an affair. He didn't have an affair with me or with anyone I know, so I'm back to what he has done for me. And that is quite a bit, actually.


    Mexico’s own immigration debate

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: The immigration debate in Mexico is also dishonest and hypocritical and filled with people who would rather pursue their own interests than solve the problem. And it all revolves around a broken system that stays broken because important and powerful interests want it that way.


    Random thoughts after the election
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I had intended to vote for Robert Dold, but after the 30th phone call asking me to vote for him I decided not to. I asked them to stop calling and I would vote for him, but they continued.


    Welfare state alive and well
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: I'm not sure who said this, but it does sum up the recent election well. "When you take from Peter and give to Paul, you can always rely on Paul's support."


    Thanks for support in years of service
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: With your support as a community leader I was able to provide direction and leadership. I never took any of this for granted — both your support and friendship and my responsibility and dedication to represent you to the best of my ability.


    We all lost this election season
    A Campton Hills letter to the editor: The election is over and we all lost. No, this is not a comment on the slate of candidates who won. This is a comment on the process by which the candidates "inform" voters about their qualifications for office.


    Schools must do more to head off bullying
    An Elgin letter to the editor: When a young person kills himself because of bullying, the school reacts immediately to bring in counselors to help the children overcome what happened. But to do something up front, it's not in their manual and, therefore, they can't do anything about it.


    Thanks for support of park referendum
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: The Board of Commissioners of the West Chicago Park District would like to express their gratitude for the community's support of the new recreation center.


    Where’s the help from Japan?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: According to statistics set forth in the magazine World Ark, the three most charitable countries in the world are the United States, Ireland and Australia. An example of America's generosity can easily be seen by the typhoon that hit Japan. America was there first, lending financial, military and medical aid to assist those affected by it.


    Why nothing on Roskam spending?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In her Nov. 12 column, Marni Pyke was talking about how much money Romney and President Obama spent on their campaigns and how she thought it could have been better spent on new buses and train cars for Pace, Metra and the CTA or railway grade separations to protect drivers and pedestrians from trains and relieve freight congestion in the Chicago region.


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