Daily Archive : Wednesday November 28, 2012



    Fox Valley police reports
    Jesus E. Solano, 21, of Elgin was in bond court Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of Ellis Middle School, possession with the intent to deliver and possession of cocaine, all felonies, according to court documents.


    3 more Maine West families join hazing lawsuit

    Families of three more Maine West students were added Wednesday to a lawsuit filed last week alleging hazing by students within the school's athletic program. Attorney Antonio Romanucci said that all four victims were sexually assaulted as part of the hazing and that the cases involved a student who was a freshman baseball player in 2008 and three freshman members of the varsity soccer team, with...

    The attorney general’s office has dismissed complaints from an ex-cop about Island Lake’s Facebook page.

    Attorney general rejects complaints from ex-cop about Island Lake’s Facebook page

    The Illinois attorney general's office has rejected a complaint that the town's Facebook page violates state law and the First Amendment. Wayne Schnell, a former part-time Island Lake police officer who blogs about politics in the town, filed the complaint.

    Store worker Bryant Kim sells a Powerball lottery ticket Wednesday at a convenience store as a display shows the latest Powerball jackpot, at top right, in Atlanta.

    $588M Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

    Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever. Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.

    Brother Michael Gosch

    Local clergy backing undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses

    Two Arlington Heights Catholic leaders Wednesday were at the Illinois Capitol urging state lawmakers to allow illegal immigrants to have driver's licenses. Brother Michael Gosch of the Clerics of St. Viator and Sister Kristine Vorenkamp of the Living World Center spoke in favor of the measure.

    Dan Duffy

    Lawmakers: Cancer center can’t discriminate against smokers in hiring

    Lawmakers Wednesday declined to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a plan that would have allowed Cancer Treatment Centers of America to avoid hiring smokers. State Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington, the sponsor, said the smell of cigarette smoke on an employee can upset cancer patients.


    Elgin water, sewer, leaf fees will not rise in 2013

    Elgin City Council members heard some of the final recommendations and presentations from staff members Wednesday in preparation for approving a 2013 budget and 2013-2017 financial plan. Highlights include rates for water and sewer being held constant in 2013, as well as fees for leaf collection. Refuse fees will go up slightly. And the golf fund finished the year with a profit.


    Elgin council approves unexpectedly contentious nature program

    The Elgin City Council approved an unexpectedly contentious $9,500 agreement Wednesday with Naperville-based Conservation Foundation, which will give one class two field trips this school year and two classes three field trips each next school year through the Mighty Acorns program. Besides the days spent at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, the students will have an equal number of in-class...

    John C. Campbell

    Downers Grove man faces prison for impersonating cop

    A Downers Grove man faces up to three years in prison for falsely claiming he was a U.S. Marshal when he tried to open a bank account with a $3.5 million check, prosecutors said Wednesday. John C. Campbell, 30, of the 2500 block of Ogden Avenue, pleaded guilty to false personation of a peace officer stemming from his November 2011 arrest in Lisle.


    Three dogs die in Naperville apartment fire

    Three dogs were killed Wednesday afternoon in an apartment fire in the 1900 block of Carlsbad in Naperville.

    Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, following a closed-door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner.

    Obama says he’ll do what it takes to avoid cliff

    The White House and a key congressional Democrat hinted at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other government benefit programs Wednesday as bargaining with Republicans lurched ahead to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into a tailspin.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. Senate Democrats are deeply divided over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to address the nation’s financial problems. “It is the president’s position that when we’re talking about a broad, balanced approach to dealing with our fiscal challenges, that that includes dealing with entitlements,” Carney said Tuesday.

    It’s not just taxes: Benefit cuts divide Democrats

    It's not just about taxes. There's another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether to consider cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

    Zig Ziglar, an author of more than 30 books known for a focus on living a balanced life, died Wedesday in the Dallas suburb of Plano. He was 86.

    Motivational speaker, author Ziglar dies at 86

    Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker whose "Success Rallies," "Born to Win" seminars, more than 25 self-help books and countless audiotapes attracted millions of devoted followers with homespun advice on career advancement and moral uplift, died Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano. He was 86.

    Egyptian protesters clash with security forces near Tahrir Square, in Cairo Wednesday. Egyptian state television says the country’s highest appeal court has decided to suspend its work nationwide to protest the president’s decrees giving himself nearly absolute powers.

    Egypt crisis raises fears of ‘second revolution’

    Faced with an unprecedented strike by the courts and massive opposition protests, Egypt's Islamist president is not backing down in the showdown over decrees granting him near-absolute powers. Activists warn that his actions threaten a "second revolution."

    Palestinians hold pictures of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper superimposed with a face of a dog during a protest following his remarks about the Palestinian UN bid for an observer state status, in front of Canadian representative offices in the West bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday. Harper has threatened “there will be consequences” if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not end his campaign for the Palestinian Authority to be recognized by the UN as a non-member observer state.

    Palestinians say UN bid is last-ditch peace effort

    The expected U.N. vote Thursday to recognize a state of Palestine will be far more than symbolic — it could give the Palestinians leverage in future border talks with Israel and open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state.

    Though he may want to be the next secretary of state, Sen. John Kerry has asked his supporters to avoid overt lobbying of the White House on his behalf.

    Kerry stays quiet as Cabinet speculation swirls

    Sen. John Kerry is angling to be the nation's top diplomat by being, well, diplomatic. The longtime Democratic lawmaker from Massachusetts has largely stayed quiet while President Barack Obama considers him for the next secretary of state.

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, for a meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Rice continued her fight Wednesday to win over skeptics in the Senate who could block her chances at becoming the next U.S. secretary of state.

    New blow for Rice: Moderate senator voices concern

    A moderate Republican senator, vital to any White House hopes of getting U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice confirmed as secretary of state, said Wednesday she couldn't back any nomination until more questions are answered about the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya and Rice's State Department role during the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya.


    Naperville group asks voters to reconsider election districts

    A group of residents unhappy with Naperville's 2015 evolution to an election district system hope to ask voters on April 9 if they would like the city to continue electing city council members at large.

    A man takes a picture of destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, Tuesday.

    NY mayor seeks more disaster aid for Sandy victims

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to inject some urgency into getting tens of billions of dollars in new federal aid flowing to victims of Superstorm Sandy, but Congress seems reluctant to move quickly as it wrestles with the nation's budget crisis.


    Kane County needs $675,000 for corrections officer raises

    A recent arbitration ruling means Kane County must find $675,000 in overtime and wage increases for jail employees. This new debt goes back two full fiscal years. County officials think they have the cash to handle the initial $675,000. It's the third year ruling, for Fiscal Year 2013 that they haven't set money aside for. That'll be an issue for the new county board to tackle once it is sworn in...


    Roselle passes 2013 budget with reduced defecit

    After more than three hours of debate this week on the best plan for Roselle's future, village officials passed a $34 million budget. But some trustees were upset that the budget's general fund, which is about roughly $14.3 million, includes a deficit of more than $56,000.


    Elgin Township trustees approve $229,500 for local groups

    Elgin Township announces $229,500 in grants for local service agenices.

    Joseph A. Martinez

    Glen Ellyn man gets 4 years for attacking neighbor with baseball bat

    A Glen Ellyn man has been sentenced to four years in prison for beating a neighbor in the head with a baseball bat, prosecutors said Wednesday. Joseph A. Martinez, 40, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on Tuesday and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin.


    Fire damages Schaumburg autobody shop

    An automotive repair shop in Schaumburg was damaged Wednesday when a vehicle being serviced caught fire, authorities said. It took 20 firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which caused about $50,000 in damage to the business on the 800 block of West Wise Road.

    Hal Carlson, seen here in July 2009 as he began serving as Aurora fire chief, is retiring Thursday after 30 years with the department.

    Aurora fire chief retiring after 30 years with department

    Thirty years ago, Hal Carlson began what he thought would be a temporary job with the Aurora Fire Department. Thursday, Carlson steps down from his position with the department, where he has risen to serve as chief since 2009. "Thanks for giving me the honor to lead one of the best fire departments in the country," Carlson said.

    Arlington Park officials have filed a lawsuit challenging a racing dates decision by the Illinois Racing Board that some industry experts believe will cost the track about $1 million in revenue.

    Arlington Park sues state board over simulcast dates

    The Illinois horse racing industry took yet another swerve this month with Arlington Park officials filing a lawsuit against the Illinois Racing Board over losing 18 simulcast host days in early 2013, a loss the Daily Racing Form estimates will cost the track $1 million in revenue.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Diamond G. Smith, 21, of Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on a felony charge of unlawful use of a credit card at about 10 p.m. Nov. 8 at a liquor store, according to court documents and police reports. Smith is charged with purchasing about $95 worth of merchandise with a credit card a man dropped on Getzelman Drive earlier that night, reports said. Bail was set at $10,000 and Smith is due...


    Wauconda promotes Torres

    Wauconda Village Trustee and Finance Director Zaida Torres has been appointed to the role of village administrator, Mayor Mark Knigge announced Wednesday.


    Kaneland to use state program to collect on delinquent fees

    Owe the Kaneland school district money for your children's fees? That may end up getting deducted from any state income tax refund, lottery winnings or other state payments due you.


    Holiday train stopping in Gurnee

    Canadian Pacific Railroad's Holiday Train is scheduled to stop in Gurnee near Viking Park at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.


    Mundelein police fundraiser

    The Mundelein Police Academy Alumni Association will host its fourth annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mundelein Police Department, 221 North Lake St.


    Stevenson literary magazine honored

    The 2011-12 edition of the Wit, Stevenson High School's student literary arts magazine, has won a First Class honor with two marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association.


    Donate blood in Mundelein

    The Mundelein Fire Department will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.


    Dist. 128 teachers get grants for innovative projects

    Sixteen innovative projects at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools have been awarded grants from a local community foundation. Many of the proposals will use iPads, webcams or other high-tech tools to help educate students. But a few are decidedly low-tech, focusing on the arts, physical education and other non-computerized subjects.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Stephania M. Baldyga, 21, of St. Charles, was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia at 4:49 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of McKee Street, Batavia, according to a police report.


    Police seek man accused of robbing banks in Arlington Hts., Rolling Meadows

    FBI officials are looking for a man who allegedly has robbed five banks, including banks in Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights.

    Karl F. Bonilla

    25 years for Elgin gang shootings that injured 3

    A 20-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to his role in two separate gang-related shootings in 2011. Karl F. Bonilla wounded three in the shootings, including one victim twice, and must serve 85 percent of his sentence.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Four people were arrested around 7:50 p.m. Nov. 11 at Walmart, 850 S. Barrington Road, Streamwood, and charged with felony retail theft. According to reports, they loaded TVs, electronics, clothes, blankets, bathroom items, and kitchen appliances into shopping carts and walked out without paying. Value was estimated at $3,211.

    John D’Astice

    Two Rolling Meadows aldermen seek re-election

    Two of the three Rolling Meadows aldermen whose terms are up plan to run for another term this spring. Fourth Ward Alderman Brad Judd and 6th Ward Alderman John D'Astice will seek re-election. Jim Allen, who was appointed to the 2nd ward seat will not seek the office.

    Lilacia Park will become festive and bright at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, during the seventh annual Jinglebell Jubilee holiday festival.

    Downtown Lombard adds activities to Jinglebell Jubilee

    The shops and eateries of downtown Lombard will be making their presence felt more than ever during the annual Jinglebell Jubilee holiday tree-lighting festival, organizers say. A gingerbread house decorating station and live performances in store windows of scenes from "The Nutcracker" ballet will highlight the event Saturday, Dec. 1.


    Mediator called in to Barrington District 220 contract talks

    Closed-door contract negotiations between Barrington District 220's teachers and the board of education Tuesday night ended with a request for help from a federal mediator. A statement sent out electronically by the board of education after the meeting read, in part: "At the conclusion of a bargaining session on Nov. 27, the Barrington Education Association announced it would request assistance...


    Dist. 220, teachers union awaiting mediator

    Barrington Unit District 220 board members and teachers union representatives are awaiting the assignment of a federal mediator to help resolve their stalemate in negotiations of a new contract.


    Bender, trustee slate, seek four more years in office

    Fox Lake Mayor Ed Bender is teaming up with the same group that swept into office in 2008 in the upcoming spring election campaign. Bender will team with trustees Kevin Burt, Valerie Griseta Jon Mumford. His slate will face off against a slate headed by trustee Donnie Schmit on the April 9 ballot.


    Schaumburg places fifth in Digital Cities Survey

    Schaumburg placed fifth in the 12th annual Digital Cities Survey of e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program. Top-ranked cities in the national survey reduced overtime with new technology, reduced hardware costs and developed an app that will keep track of what users are doing to reduce power and fuel consumption.

    The Arlington Heights Rotary Club has 2,000 Santa suits available for this year’s Rotary Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 3.

    Suit up: Rotary Santa Run still has openings
    Want to join the Rotary Santa 5K Run on Saturday, Dec. 1, but you haven't registered yet? You're in luck — while online registration is closed, you can sign up in person Thursday, Friday and even Saturday morning -- as long as the Santa suits hold out.

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, seen here, and White House legislative chief Rob Nabors will meet Thursday with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of Californiato discuss negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    Source: Obama officials, lawmakers set for talks

    Two of Obama's top negotiators on the fiscal issues will meet separately Thursday with leading lawmakers, AP reported Wednesday. The sessions are seen as an important step in determining how the government will avoid a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that could throw the economy into recession.

    FEMA workers and FEMA Corps volunteers canvas the Mid Town section of Atlantic City, N.J., talking with residents or leaving information in their doorway this week.

    N.J. seeks $37 billion in federal aid for Sandy

    Gov. Chris Christie is asking for nearly $37 billion in federal aid to recover and rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

    A light rain fell on runners at the start of last year’s 5K Rotary Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. Rotary Club’s 5K Santa Run is Dec. 1

    The Arlington Heights Rotary Club has 2,000 Santa suits and more than 1,400 runners, so if you still want to participate in one of the Northwest suburbs' great holiday spectacles, you can.

    Devin Meadows, 15, of Aurora, was killed Oct. 23 when the car he was riding in crashed into a house’s attached garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way in Aurora. The alleged driver, Logan Krogman, is charged with reckless homicide.

    No court cameras in Aurora teen’s reckless homicide case

    The second request to allow media cameras into a DuPage County courtroom was swiftly denied Wednesday by a judge who raised concerns about the age of the 16-year-old defendant. Logan Krogman is charged as an adult in an Oct. 23 fatal crash but Judge Daniel Guerin said the law generally affords "certain protections" to minors in adult court.


    Arlington Heights Park District to poll ‘no’ voters from election

    The Arlington Heights Park District is trying to figure out why two attempts to pass tax increases by referenda have failed this year by going straight to the source — the voters.The Park District has contracted with Public Research Group for $7,200 to do a telephone poll of people who voted “no” in the November election, said Executive Director Steve Scholten on Tuesday.

    Roselyn Jones purchases a few Powerball tickets from station attendant Claudia Molina at the Conoco Sunrise Market in Chattanooga, Tenn. The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $550 million on Wednesday and could go higher.

    Powerball jackpot boosted again to $550M

    With $550 million at stake in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, lottery ticket machines in the suburbs are getting a workout. From the frivolous to the altruistic, suburban residents ideas of how to spend the fortune. But financial planners urge restraint. "Don't make any quick decisions," one says. And buying an island is "a terrible idea."

    Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is among eight people an Egyptian court has convicted in absentia on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

    Egypt court sentences 8 to death over prophet film

    An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world. The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are all outside Egypt and are thus unlikely to ever face...

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens stand near a burning truck that was destroyed by two cars bombs, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Syria: Twin car bombs in Damascus kill 34 people

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Twin suicide car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb minutes apart on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, state media said, and rebels claimed they shot down a Syrian air force fighter jet.


    Pattern of burglaries reported in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg police have identified a pattern of residential burglaries stretching across a specific area of the village. Between Nov. 22 and 26 there were three burglaries and two attempted burglaries within three blocks both north and south of Weathersfield Way between Walnut Lane and Roselle Road.

    The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney, their first face-to-face encounter since the election.

    White House: Obama to meet Romney Thursday
    The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney, their first face-to-face encounter since the election.


    Aurora police looking for armed robbers

    Aurora police are looking for two men who robbed a sandwich shop about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of East Indian Trail.

    A Goma resident holds up a banner in French reading, “No to war, yes to dialogue, the truth and national unity” as he gathers with others for an anti President Joseph Kabila demonstration supported by the M23 rebel movement in Goma, eastern Congo, Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012.

    Congo rebels begin slow retreat from Masisi

    GOMA, Congo — Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in the first concrete sign that international pressures have stemmed the advance of the ruthless fighters.

    Palestinians hold a Palestinian flag and a poster of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper superimposed with a face of a dog during a protest following his remarks about the Palestinian UN bid for an observer state status, in front of Canadian representative offices in the West bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Harper has threatened “there will be consequences” if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not end his campaign for the Palestinian Authority to be recognized by the UN as a nonmember observer state.

    Key players and positions on Palestinian statehood

    The vote is largely symbolic, the outcome nearly assured: The Palestinians and Israelis are closely watching the evolving positions of a few key countries in Thursday's U.N. General Assembly resolution to raise the Palestinians' status from a U.N. observer to a nonmember observer state.

    The Aziaka family, from left, Victor, 19, Faith, 13, Neele and his wife Olubumni, Promise, 16 and Hope, 10, at their home in Danville.

    Nigerian immigrants appreciate Danville

    DANVILLE — Even though they keep their Nigerian customs alive for their four children, the Aziakas remind themselves every day how fortunate they are to live in America.Family members include Neele Aziaka and his wife, Olubunmi; Victor (Bari-eeba), 19, Promise (NornuBari), 16, Faith (Baridakara), 13, and Hope (DornuBari), 10.


    Ex-Ind. Boy Scout leader faces child porn charges

    Federal prosecutors have filed child pornography possession charges against a man who until recently was a top leader with the Boy Scouts in southwestern Indiana.Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against 33-year-old Ryan Bieler of Jasper. Bieler was arrested earlier this month, and the Boy Scouts' Buffalo Trace Council in Evansville says it fired him from his job as a senior district...


    Woman charged in connection with dumped body

    Authorities in Sangamon County have made an arrest in connection with the discovery of a dismembered body dumped along a road.WAND-TV reports 22-year-old Juatisha McCaster of Springfield is being held in lieu of $5 million in the Sangamon County Jail.


    Gun hunters killed nearly 244K Wis. deer
    Thousands more deer hunters bagged a buck during this year's traditional gun season than last's, according to preliminary data state wildlife officials released Thursday that suggest the season was a resounding success.According to early numbers from the Department of Natural Resources, hunters registered 243,739 deer through the nine-day season that ended Sunday.

    Igor Dimovski, 40, of Streamwood

    How would you spend a Powerball windfall?
    Paying bills, buying homes and boats, sending the kids to college and at least one Maserati are among items mentioned by suburban folk talking about what they'd spend their Powerball winnings on. And quite a few mention giving a portion of their imaginary winnings to charity, feeding the hungry and building a school.

    Girl Scout troops make their way down Main St. in downtown Dundee in the Spirit of Christmas parade at a previous Dickens in Dundee festival. This year will be the festival’s 25th anniversary.

    Dickens in Dundee festival marks 25 years

    Along with being the official beginning of the holiday season in Dundee Township, this year's Dickens in Dundee festival has added significance. 2012 will mark the 25th year the two-day community party has been staged; it also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of its namesake, Charles Dickens.


    Dawn Patrol: 500 million reasons to hope; mediator for Dist. 220

    Powerball's up to $500 million; Barrington District 220 requests a mediator; Cubs add fifth starter; Wauconda discusses treating winter roads with molasses; Elgin man gets 15 years for Ecstasy pills; Man on parole for murder faces new charges; Mundelein man charged in fatal crash; Dogs return to home of fatal mauling.


    NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch was named the 2012 Vernon Smith Leadership Award winner on Wednesday as the MAC's top performer, and the conference's top offensive player for the season. He'll lead the No. 22-ranked Huskies against No. 17 Kent State in the MAC Championship game Friday in Detroit.

    NIU playing for much more than a MAC title

    As if there wasn't enough at stake Friday night when Northern Illinois and Kent State meet for the Mid-American Conference title, now there could be a BCS Bowl invite as well for the winner."I think it is one of the biggest games in MAC history for the MAC championship," said quarterback Jordan Lynch, who was named the 2012 MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award winner on Wednesday. "All that BCS talk, that's great and everything. It would be great to send our seniors out with a BCS Bowl. But if we don't take care of this game, none of that is possible."

    Illinois' Devin Langford swats the ball from Georgia Tech Kammeon Holsey Wednesday during the first half in Champaign.

    No. 22 Illinois beats Georgia Tech 75-62

    Just when it appeared No. 22 Illinois had gone quiet, reserve guard Joseph Bertrand made some noise. The redshirt junior hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite the Illini to a 75-62 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game. Illinois (8-0) rallied late behind Bertrand, whose one-man show lifted the Illini from a 58-54 deficit late in the second half. They finished the game on a 21-4 run over the final 7:15.


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


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


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


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

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Carmel's Jack George, center, drives to the hoop past Vernon Hills' TJ Flis, left and Michael Mariella during their game Wednesday night at Vernon Hills High School.

    Carmel celebrates with emphatic hoops victory

    Carmel Catholic hasn't started celebrating, despite the party hats being worn by friends of birthday-boy Nicky Pullano, who sported one himself following Wednesday night's basketball game at Vernon Hills. Pullano's pals, stationed in a corner of the bleachers, stood all game and cheered on their team. Make no mistake, the Corsairs have reason to be happy. They jumped on the host Cougars early, hitting 7 of 12 shots in the opening quarter in building a double-digit lead, and cruised to a 70-44 nonconference win.


    Bulls can feel Mavericks’ pain

    The Bulls and Mavericks definitely have something in common this season an all-star on the mend. While Derrick Rose recovers from ACL surgery, Dallas is without veteran Dirk Nowitzki until probably mid-December.

    Sarah DeStefano competes on the vault during the DeKalb at Glenbard West girls gymnastics meet Wednesday.

    Glenbard West gets a boost from alum

    Last season Glenbard West freshman gymnast Sarah DeStefano was in the stands cheering for her cousin Nicole Pagor. With Pagor now a freshman at Northern Illinois University, the roles are reserved.

    Bulls forward Luol Deng blocks a pass by Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo Wednesday during the first half at the United Center.

    Deng leads Bulls over Mavericks 101-78

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau preaches 48 minutes of effort to his team. He didn't quite get that against the Mavericks on Wednesday night, but it was much better than the last time out. Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds as Chicago cruised to a 101-78 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.


    Hard work pays off for Wheaton co-op’s Channon

    It's never a sure thing if a gymnast will dedicate herself during the off-season. There was never any doubt with Wheaton Warrenville co-op's Audrey Channon.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah (13), guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and forward Luol Deng (9) apply the defense on the Mavericks’ Dominique Jones during the second half Wednesday night.

    Bulls rebound in a big way to rout Mavericks

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was right when he said NBA games can turn around quickly. Two days after the Bulls squandered a 27-point advantage in just eight minutes against Milwaukee, they created a 27-point reversal in their favor and rolled to an easy 101-78 win over Dallas at the United Center.

    Penn State’s D.J. Newbill dribbles around Boston College’s Joe Rahon Wednesday in State College, Pa.

    Boston College holds off Penn State 73-61

    Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points and Boston College withstood a furious late-game rally to beat Penn State 73-61 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Eagles (3-4) led by 20 with 6:21 left before an 18-1 run got Penn State (3-3) within 60-57 with 3:05 left, led by Jermaine Marshall (25 points) and D.J. Newbill (22).

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he will need to get rid of the ball quickly Sunday to have a chance against a strong Seattle defense.

    Bears’ Cutler hoping for fast start against Seattle

    Regardless of whom the Bears start on their depleted offensive line, the burden for guiding the attack against the Seattle Seahawksultimately falls upon quarterback Jay Cutler. "We just have to be careful with what we ask those guys to do," Cutler said of the offensive linemen.

    St. Edward’s Davontae Elam goes up for a shot past Montini’s Jack Brady in the second quarter on Wednesday at Aurora Christian.

    Montini deals St. Edward first loss

    The Montini boys basketball team has taken a page from its four-time defending state basketball team. Wednesday night at the Burney Wilkey Classic, a five-team post-Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Aurora Christian, the Broncos were a defensive force. St. Edward came in with all the momentum after opening the nascent season on a five-game winning streak. But the Green Wave had no answer for the Broncos, who never trailed in a 52-39 victory.


    Loyola squeaks by Tennessee Tech 81-78

    Cully Payne scored 18 points, Ben Averkamp added 16 and Loyola earned an 81-78 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night. Loyola of Chicago (5-2) led 38-34 at the break, but went on a 20-10 run to begin the second half capped by Devon Turk's 3-pointer with 11:44 to play to give the Ramblers a 58-44 lead and they never looked back.

    Washington Wizards center Nene, left, and forward Chris Singleton celebrate Wednesday in the closing moments against the Portland Trail Blazers in Washington. The Wizards won for the first time this season, beating the Trail Blazers 84-82.

    Wizards beat Blazers for 1st win after 12 losses

    After their worst start in history, the Washington Wizards became a national punch line. On TNT, Charles Barkley compared them with the Washington Generals, and a local newspaper had photos of fans wearing paper bags over their heads at Monday's 26-point loss to San Antonio. The jokes can stop — at least for now. Washington earned its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 84-82 on Wednesday night.


    Wolves lose lead, then game 4-2

    The Chicago Wolves took a 1-goal lead into the third period, but Rockford countered with a pair of power-play goals for a 4-2 victory in Illinois Lottery Cup action at the Allstate Arena.

    Images from the Carmel at Vernon Hills boys basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 28.

    Images: Carmel vs. Vernon Hills boys basketball
    The Vernon Hills Cougars hosted the Carmel Corsairs for boys basketball action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Vernon Hills.

    Images from the Aurora Christian vs. Joliet Catholic boys basketball game Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. Joliet Catholic boys basketball
    The Aurora Christian boys basketball team hosted the Joliet Catholic squad Wednesday night in Aurora.

    Miami head coach Jim Larranaga disagrees with an official's call Wednesday during the first half against Michigan State in Coral Gables, Fla.

    Miami beats No. 13 Michigan State 67-59

    The attendance-challenged Miami Hurricanes drew a sizable, boisterous crowd for Wednesday night's game against No. 13 Michigan State. And when it ended, many of the fans stormed the court in celebration. Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and Miami held Michigan State without a field goal for a pivotal 5½-minute stretch in the second half in a 67-59 victory.

    Images from the St. Edward vs. Montini boys basketball game Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

    Images: St. Edward vs. Montini boys basketball
    The St Edward boys basketball team paid a visit to Aurora to take on Montini Wednesday night.

    Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) battles under the basket with New Orleans Hornets forward Darius Miller Wednesday during the first half in New Orleans.

    Jefferson helps Jazz top Hornets 96-84

    Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms and the Utah Jazz won its second straight game Wednesday night, 96-84 over the New Orleans Hornets. Paul Millsap scored nine of his 16 points during a dominant third quarter for Utah, and Gordon Hayward had 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz overcome one last New Orleans surge.

    The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) eludes the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley (11) and Rudy Gay, right, Wednesday during the first half in Memphis, Tenn.

    Speights scored 18 to lead Grizzlies past Raptors

    Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies to their third straight win, a 103-82 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) react Wednesday after Westbrook blocked a shot by Houston Rockets guard James Harden during the first quarter in Oklahoma City.

    Thunder beat Rockets 120-98 in Harden’s return

    Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat the Houston Rockets 120-98 on Wednesday night in James Harden's first game back in Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season. Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.

    Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith goes to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker defends Wednesday during the first half in Atlanta.

    Horford leads Hawks to 94-91 win over Bobcats

    Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help the Atlanta Hawks win their sixth straight game with a 94-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Josh Smith and Lou Williams also had 17 points apiece for the Hawks.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks’ Ekpe Udoh as he drives Wednesday during the first half in Milwaukee.

    Anthony scores 29, Knicks win in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Anthony, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 9 of 18 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes. The second-leading scorer in the NBA has scored at least 29 points in his last four games, including 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-89 overtime loss at Brooklyn on Monday. New York’s Steve Novak added 19 points and Tyson Chandler chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game road losing streak.Jason Kidd missed his second game in a row for New York with lower back spasms.Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih each scored 18 points.The Bucks, who have lost four of their last five games, also got 17 points and seven assists from Monta Ellis.Milwaukee overcame a 27-point, second-half deficit to beat Chicago on Monday, but there was no rally this time after giving up the first 10 points of the second half to fall behind 68-48 on Anthony’s short jump shot with 9:38 to play.Milwaukee responded by scoring the next seven points, including a layup by Larry Sanders to trim the margin to 68-55 with 7:32. The closest the Bucks would get was 98-86 with 2 minutes left in the game on a basket by Udrih.The last time Milwaukee led was 31-30 on a layup by Udrih with 8:25 remaining in the second quarter. New York had a 45-44 edge before using a 9-0 run to take control. It started with a 3-pointer by Anthony.Three straight turnovers by Milwaukee all led to layups, including one by Raymond Felton for New York’s biggest lead of the first half, 54-44, with 55 seconds left.Notes: New York improved to 5-4 on the road. The Knicks are 5-0 at home. . John Henson made his second start for Milwaukee. The rookie also did Monday for the first time. Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles used his third different starting lineup in three games. He used the same starting five for the first 10 games. . Kurt Thomas also made his second start for New York. He did not play in three of the previous five games. . Three of the next four Bucks’ games are on the road.

    Christian Liberty Academy’s Jess Moriarty, left, tries to take control of a loose ball as Keelin McNally of Willows Academy falls to the floor during Wednesday’s game.

    Willows weathers third straight game at Christian Liberty

    Playing its third game in as many nights, fatigue could have easily taken its toll on the Willows Academy girls basketball team Wednesday at Christian Liberty Academy. But the Eagles, who flew out to a 13-2 lead, were still soaring high at the finish to pull out a nerve-wracking 32-28 decision in Arlington Heights.


    Brandon Marshall eagerly awaits Seahawks corners

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshallis looking forward to this weekend's matchup against the Seahawks big, talented cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. The Seahawks are so confident in their corners that they don’t usually feel compelled to provide double-team help.

    Former Cub right fielder Sammy Sosa is on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

    Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on Hall ballot for first time

    The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers? In a monthlong election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was released Wednesday, and Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on it for the first time.

    A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press Wednesday the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with B.J. Upton.

    B.J. Upton, Braves agree to 5-year deal, source says

    Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night. The deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, right, and the Brooklyn Nets’ Jerry Stackhouse battle for a loose ball Wednesday during the second quarter in Boston.

    After Rondo ejected, Nets beat Celtics 95-83

    Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 95-83 on Wednesday night after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight.

    Phoenix Suns guard Jared Dudley drives to the basket between Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) and guard Brandon Knight (7) Wednesday during the first half in Auburn Hills, Mich.

    Pistons rout Suns for first win streak of season

    Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Phoenix Suns 117-77 on Wednesday night. Detroit has won back-to-back games for the first time this season and is 5-3 since opening 0-8.


    Byrd’s 22 lead Purdue to victory over Clemson

    D.J. Byrd 20 points and six 3-pointers in the first half as Purdue built a big lead and held on to defeat Clemson 73-61 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Wednesday. The Boilermakers (3-3) won in the conference challenge for a fourth straight year and did on the strength of their early outside shooting. Byrd was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc while Purdue had seven threes overall to lead 42-22 at the break.

    Shelby Hernandez of Christian Liberty Academy, middle, looks for an open teammate as Bridgid Walsh, left, and Keelin McNally of Willows Academy defend.

    Images: Christian Liberty vs. Willows Academy, girls basketball
    The Aurora Christian Academy girls basketball team hosted the Willows Academy gilrs basketball team Wednesday, November 28th in Arlington Heights.

    The San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw (33) battles for a rebound with Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) as Arron Afflalo (4) and Jameer Nelson (14) watch Wednesday during the first half in Orlando, Fla.

    Spurs get 20 from Ginobili, run past Magic 110-89

    Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and the San Antonio Spurs earned their fifth straight win, racing past the Orlando Magic 110-89 on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists.


    Bradley beats Central Michigan 82-65

    Tyshon Pickett and Jordan Prosser scored 17 points and Bradley breezed to an 82-65 win over Central Michigan Wednesday night. Prosser's total, in 21 minutes, was a career high for the junior center. He was 8 of 11 from the floor, Pickett was 8 of 12 and the Braves (5-1) shot 54 percent from the field.

    Virginia’s Joe Harris drives on Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans Wednesday during the first half in Madison, Wis.

    Harris leads Virginia to 60-54 win over Wisconsin

    Joe Harris scored 22 points to lead Virginia in a 60-54 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Wednesday night. Darion Arkins scored 14 for the Cavaliers (5-2), while Akil Mitchell added 11. Ben Brust led Wisconsin (4-3) with 15 points, while Jared Berggren added 12.


    SoxFest lineup expands with more players

    The Chicago White Sox announced an expanded list of current and former players scheduled to appear at SoxFest 2013 that now includes Gavin Floyd, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Addison Reed and Chris Sale.


    Seattle trying to avoid distractions about cornerbacks

    Richard Sherman is at the center of what could be a massive distraction for the Seattle Seahawks as they try to hold the last playoff spot in the NFC. Yet the talkative cornerback said Wednesday that this week is the same as always, despite news leaking out of failed drug tests by Sherman and fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner.

    NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch

    NIU’s Lynch cracks Manning Top 10 list

    For Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, postseason individual honors were piling up Wednesday as easily as first downs and touchdowns for the junior signal-caller. A few hours after being named the Mid-American Conference's Vern Smith Leadership Award winner (MVP), conference Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-MAC quarterback, Lynch received more good news when he was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award as the top college quarterback in the country.

    Bears guard Lance Louis (60) is helped from the field by trainers after he injured his knee from a block by Minnesota’s Jared Allen. Louis is out for the year with a torn ACL, and Allen is expected to be finded $21,000 for the hit.

    Source: $21,000 fine for hit by Vikings Allen

    Jared Allen's hit on Lance Louis knocked the Chicago Bears guard out for the rest of the season and earned the Minnesota Vikings defensive end plenty of scorn from his division rivals. It also earned him a fine from the NFL. Allen was fined $21,000 for the hit on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the punishment who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league had not announced the fine.

    Batavia’s Mickey Watson and West Aurora’s Julian Lopez are two of the top returners for their respective teams.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area wrestling

    Tri-Cities wrestling season preview

    Burlington Central graduate Stephanie Holthus, left, is having a stellar junior season for the Northwestern University women’s volleyball team.

    Burlington Central grad Holthus thriving at Northwestern

    It's a big deal to play women's Division I college volleyball. It's an even bigger deal when one gets recognized for outstanding accomplishments at such an elite level. Burlington Central product Stephanie Holthus, now a junior on Northwestern University women's volleyball team, was named to the 2012 all-Big Ten Conference team earlier this week. It's the second year in a row that Holthus has garnered all-Big Ten honors.

    Webb Simpson reacts on the 18th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Golf’s governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions. This year, Simpson won the U.S. Open and Ernie Els won the British Open using belly putters.

    Long putters to go belly up in 2016

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Golf’s governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions.The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association said the rule would not outlaw belly putter or broom-handle putters, only the way they are currently used. The proposed rule would make it illegal for golfers to anchor the club while making a stroke and not take effect until 2016.“More players are using it, and instructors are saying this is a more efficient way to putt because you don’t have to control the whole stroke,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “The game has been around for 600 years. Fundamentally, we don’t think this is the right way to go.”Orville Moody won the 1989 U.S. Senior Open using a long putter that he held against his chest, allowing for a pendulum motion. Paul Azinger won the 2000 Sony Open with a putter that he pressed into his belly. Long putters began getting serious attention last year when Keegan Bradley became the first player to win a major with a belly putter at the PGA Championship. This year, Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open and Ernie Els won the British Open using belly putters.“Our objective is to preserve the skill and challenge,” R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said. “This rule is not performance related. This is about defining the game defining what is a stroke.”The long putters are not being banned. The rule relates to the actual stroke, not the equipment. Players can use a broom putter as long as it is not anchored to the chest.Davis and Dawson said the catalyst for the new rule was not who was winning tournaments, but the number of players switching to long putters. Their research showed no more than 4 percent of golfers used the clubs for several years. It went to 6 percent in 2006, and then to 11 percent in 2011, with some PGA Tour events having as much as 20 percent of the players using the long clubs. There was no empirical data to suggest a long putter made golf easier. Carl Pettersson (No. 21) and Bradley (No. 27) were the only players among the top 30 in putting this year on the PGA Tour who used long putters.“We don’t think putting in an anchored way is easy. You have to learn how to do it,” Dawson said. “But it takes one of the potential frailties out of the stroke ... We have to retain the skill and challenge inherent in golf.”The R&A and USGA will take comments for three months on the proposed rule before it is approved. Because the Rules of Golf are updated every four years, any ban on the anchored stroke would not take effect for another four years.The PGA Tour, European Tour and LPGA Tour said it would evaluate the proposed rule with its players. The PGA Tour has a mandatory players meeting in San Diego at the end of January. The PGA of America, meanwhile, said it was concerned that such a ban would drive people from the game.“As our mission is to grow the game ... we are asking them to seriously consider the impact this proposed ban may have on people’s enjoyment of the game and the overall growth of the game,” PGA president Ted Bishop said.The decision figures to be divisive at the highest level.Tim Clark of South Africa and Pettersson have used broom putters their entire careers, and they have suggested a new rule would affect their livelihoods. Els once mocked Vijay Singh for using a long putter, but then Els switched to a belly putter last year when his putting suffered. “As long as it’s legal, I’ll cheat like the rest of them,” he said.Dawson said he was hopeful the players would understand the decision for the proposed ban on anchoring. Davis said potential lawsuits were never considered.“Shame on us if we’re scared of litigation in doing the right thing,” Davis said.

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Wednesday, but says he didn’t kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on purpose.

    Lions’ Suh fined $30,000; says kick not on purpose

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Ndamukong Suh's reputation for being a nasty player was born as an NFL rookie.Suh slammed two quarterbacks to the ground by grabbing their helmets two years ago, and his image became even more notorious last season when he infamously stomped on an opponent.Just when the Detroit Lions defensive tackle started to improve his ability to play the game cleanly this season, he had a setback.But if you think he's contrite, guess again.The NFL fined Suh $30,000 on Wednesday for unnecessary roughness because he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. The previous day, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league didn't suspend him because it couldn't reach a judgment on his intent.Schaub shouldn't hold his breath waiting to hear Suh say he's sorry."I was dragged to the ground," Suh said. "A lot of things happen to me."It's part of the game."Suh was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman when his left cleat hit Schaub below the belt in Detroit's loss to Houston last Thursday."I just thought it was very Suh-like to give a little extension there at the end," Texans linebacker Connor Barwin said.For the first time, Suh tried to explain what happened."It's a crazy play, it's one that unfortunately happened," he said. "I didn't even realize it until the end of the game, when I see my Twitter feed, I see my friends telling me about it. Other than that, I can't do much more about it. I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man."But it's over with and I am moving forward and getting ready to play the Colts."Detroit (4-7) will have Suh on the field when it hosts Indianapolis (7-4) because he dodged another suspension from the NFL. His reputation, though, has taken another hit."Certainly the perception in the NFL is he's a very dirty player," Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas said. "The perception among players is that he's not very well liked. The perception among the fans is starting to be the same."It's one thing to play hard and have physical hits in the course of a game or be an aggressive player, but it's another thing to take just blatant cheap shots all the time."The NFL suspended Suh for two games last season after he stomped on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith in a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving Day. Suh said sorry to Dietrich-Smith personally for stepping on his right arm on purpose and has shown remorse publicly for what he did a year ago."I think I'm always going to be punished some form or fashion for last Thanksgiving," Suh said. "I apologized for it and I will continue to apologize for it. It's something that happened, a mistake that I made. I'm living up to it and I'll continue to move past it. Some people may not, some people will and some people will teeter-totter back and forth depending on whatever the situation is."Suh has been fined in previous seasons for roughing up QBs: Cincinnati's Andy Dalton, Chicago's Jay Cutler and Cleveland's Jake Delhomme. He easily cut the checks because he'll make $40 million guaranteed — with a chance to get paid as much as $68 million — in a five-year contract signed after Detroit drafted him No. 2 overall in 2010.Schaub refused to talk about the play — or Suh — after last week's game and declined to say much about it or him again Wednesday. Schaub insisted it didn't matter to him that Suh avoided a suspension and only got a fine."Don't really care," Schaub said.Cutler did choose to chime in on the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh, who has ferociously knocked him down multiple times and once finished off a tackle by twisting and ripping his helmet off."It seems like he's always in this predicament every five, six, seven games," Cutler said. "You have to be aware of him when he's playing football. He's a tough competitor. He plays hard.


    Outdoors notes

    A Mississippi man is facing some 30 misdemeanor poaching counts for a wide range of offenses.


    Deep thoughts on a panfish hotspot

    Deep Quarry is a forest preserve lake in DuPage County that can be a great panfish producer. It's worth your while to check it out when conditions are optimal.


    Mike North video: Mike’s new sports exhibit and studio

    The Score Interactive Sports exhibit is now open on the second floor of the Luxor. Mike North also talks about the broadcasting studio there and how it is now available for use.

    Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    NIU’s Doeren could become hot coaching name

    NIU could be headed to a BCS bowl game if the Huskies win the MAC title Friday, but will coach Dave Doeren still be around to coach a bowl game a month from now? This is not the first time such a question has been pondered at Northern Illinois, which knows it is at times a steppingstone for coaches and athletic directors, and would like to someday change the perception of NIU to one of destination.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau seems to have been delivering a message to his bosses by not playing his reserves late in Monday night’s loss to the Bucks.

    Thibodeau’s ‘No’ speaks volumes for Bulls

    When Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau just said "No" the other night, was it a message to the front office that he needs better players than it provided him with this season?


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


    Today’s tipoff: Bulls vs. Mavericks
    By Mike McGrawmmcgraw@dailyherald.comBulls vs. Dallas Mavericks at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN AM-1000Update: The Mavericks have plenty in common with the Bulls. Their injured all-star, Dirk Nowitzki, is much older than Derrick Rose, but is expected back from a knee injury sooner, around mid-December. Dallas has had some good moments, such as beating the Knicks last week, but was 7-7 heading into Tuesday’s game at Philadelphia. SG O.J. Mayo has been a pleasant surprise, averaging 21.5 points and shooting nearly 50 percent. Center Chris Kaman is the second-leading scorer at 13.7 pts, followed by Vince Carter at 13.2.Next: Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at the United Center, 7 p.m.

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, right, shoots against Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, left, Tuesday during the first quarter in Sacramento, Calif.

    Love grabs 24 rebs, Timberwolves beat Kings 97-89

    Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night. Love, who missed the first nine games of the season with a broken right hand, was a force inside all night for the Timberwolves, who took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again.


    Lakes handles Round Lake

    Terese McMahon and Amanda Beetschen each scored 12 points, as Lakes’ girls basketball team opened North Suburban Conference Prairie Division action with a 52-27 win over host Round Lake on Tuesday night. Lakes (3-3) took control quickly, starting the game with a 12-0 run and finishing the first half up 31-7.


    Insurance Auto Auctions hopes to set up shop at Route 72 and Commonwealth Drive in East Dundee. The Barrington Hills-based Northwest Suburban Citizens for Clean Water group is campaigning against the move, citing fears that the company will contaminate local groundwater with fluids that leak from the vehicles. This week, IAA sent a cease and desist letter to the group that ordered it to stop “circulating false and misleading information” about the company.

    Insurance Auto Auctions sends cease and desist letter to citizens group

    Insurance Auto Auctions, which hopes to open a location in East Dundee, has fired back at a Barrington Hills-based citizens group that recently sent a mailing to more than 2,400 East Dundee residents, one the group says legitimately outlines its pollution concerns about the business. IAA has sent a cease and desist letter to the Northwest Suburban Citizens for Clean Water, urging it to stop spreading "false and misleading information" about the business.

    The proposed Water Street project in downtown Naperville has drawn both support and criticism.

    Naperville developer’s son rips into Water Street foes

    The son of a Naperville developer has chosen an unusual tactic to garner support for his father's proposed Water Street project: insult those opposed to the plan in an email circulated throughout the city. Bryan Bottarelli, 35, sent the email to roughly 100 people, in which he blames the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation for the possible demise of the Water Street Project, which is being proposed by his father Bruno's Marquette Properties group.

    Best Buy and Target are matching online retailers such as Amazon.com for the first time this season. That’s a big deal, since online prices tend to be lower than those in the store.

    Shoppers can save as retailers go head-to-head

    Best Buy Co. Inc., Target Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sears Inc. offer price matching to customers all year round. But what's different now is that Best Buy and Target are matching online retailers such as Amazon.com for the first time. That's a big deal, since online prices tend to be lower than those at stores.

    Walmart’s Faded Glory label is seen on a piece of clothing laying among equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Wal-Mart, Disney clothes found in Bangladesh fire

    The garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 people were killed in a fire over the weekend was used by a host of major U.S. and European retailers, an Associated Press reporter discovered Wednesday from clothes and account books left amid the blackened tables and melted sewing machines at Tazreen Fashions Ltd.

    Stocks rose, erasing an earlier loss for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, after comments by Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama fueled optimism an agreement can be reached in budget talks and the fiscal cliff avoided.

    Stocks gain on hopes for a deal to avoid ‘cliff’

    Stocks gained on signs that lawmakers are edging toward a deal that would help the U.S. avoid the "fiscal cliff."

    Store clerk Keyur Patel pulls a Powerball ticket dispensed from a machine in a convenience store in Baltimore, Wednesday. There have been no Powerball winners since Oct. 6, and the jackpot has grown into the second highest in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March.

    Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win

    Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust.


    Getco makes $3.50 per share bid for Knight Capital

    NEW YORK — Chicago-based Getco has made a cash-and-stock bid for the troubled trading firm Knight Capital that it values at $3.50 per share. The news sent Knight shares soaring almost 20 percent, exceeding the offering price, before the market opened Wednesday. In a letter to Knight Capital’s board and its CEO, Getco said the acquisition would involve a two-step process in which 242 million new shares would be issued, followed by a tender offer for an additional 154 million shares. Getco already owns about 31 percent of Knight’s outstanding shares. News of the offer comes just days after The Wall Street Journal reported that Knight had spoken to at least two rivals that are interested in buying its market-making business and expected to receive proposals this week. Knight takes stock trading orders from big brokers like TD Ameritrade and E-Trade. It routes the orders to exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange.On Aug. 1, Knight sent numerous erroneous orders in 140 stocks listed in the New York Stock Exchange. Those orders were behind some sudden swings in stock prices and surging trading volume. The company said the problem triggered when it installed new trading software. The company’s stock price plunged about 75 percent in two days and it teetered near collapse. Later Knight Capital Group Inc., based in Jersey City, N.J., accepted a $400 million infusion of cash, essentially selling control of the firm to a group of financial firms that was led by the Jefferies Group and included Getco. Getco Holding Co. said in its letter that its CEO, Daniel Coleman, would lead the new company, and Knight CEO Tom Joyce would become nonexecutive chairman. Knight on Wednesday postponed its investor meeting set for Monday.Knight shares rose 54 cents to $3.51 in premarket trading.


    Charged exec cooperating in W.Va. mine blast probe

    An executive who ran several Massey Energy coal companies and worked closely with former CEO Don Blankenship faces criminal conspiracy charges and is cooperating with federal prosecutors, a sign that authorities may be targeting Blankenship himself in the fatal West Virginia blast that was the nation's worst mine disaster in four decades.

    The Commerce Department said Wednesday, Nov. 28,2012 that new-home sales dipped 0.3 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 368,000. That’s down marginally from the 369,000 pace in September, which was revised lower from an initially reported 389,000.

    U.S. sales of new homes dip 0.3 percent in October

    U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October and September sales were slower than initially thought. The October sales pace was dragged lower by steep declines on the East Coast, partly related to Superstorm Sandy. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales dipped 0.3 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 368,000.

    The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

    BP suspended from new US gov’t contracts

    The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

    Books containing the reports on Kabul Bank crisis are seen piled up to be distributed to media members during the release of the report in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The bank’s failure and subsequent bailout represents more than 5 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product, making it “one of the largest banking failures in the world,” according to the report by the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. The report said “hundreds of millions” were sent out of the impoverished nation where Afghan, U.S. and NATO forces are fighting an 11-year-old war with the Taliban and other militants.

    Review: Kabul Bank sent millions of dollars abroad

    Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan — some smuggled in airline food trays — to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review released on Wednesday about massive fraud that led to the collapse of the nation's largest financial institution.


    Buffett: Congress will eventually pass fiscal plan
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says he’s confident that Congress will eventually pass a plan to address the so-called fiscal cliff, even if it doesn’t happen until early next year.But the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO says that the debate over the package of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that’s set to take effect Jan. 1 won’t affect any of his investment decisions.Buffett said on CNBC Wednesday that he thinks Congress will eventually come up with a fiscal plan that makes sense, even if it doesn’t happen until after the tax increases and spending cuts take effect.Buffett appeared on CNBC Wednesday with Carol Loomis to discuss her new book about his career, “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012.”


    World stocks fall as talks over U.S. budget stall

    Lack of progress in negotiations for a deal to avoid a U.S. budget crisis before a January deadline sent world stock markets lower on Wednesday.President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers have until Jan. 1 to reach a deal to trim the country's unwieldy deficit. Otherwise, a series of automatic tax increases and sharp spending cuts will take effect that could drag the world's No. 1 economy into recession.


    President signs whistle-blower bill for US workers

    President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday that affords greater protection to federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse in government operations.Capping a 13-year effort by supporters of whistle-blower rights, the new law closes loopholes created by court rulings, which removed protections for federal whistle-blowers. One loophole specified that whistle-blowers were only protected when they were the first to report misconduct.


    Costco plans special cash dividend of $7 per share

    Costco says it will pay shareholders a special dividend of $7 per share next month in addition to the wholesale club operator's regular quarterly dividend.


    China film studios plan Shanghai stock offerings

    Two big Chinese state-owned film studios are planning to sell shares on the Shanghai stock exchange in a sign of Beijing's desire to build a film industry that can compete with Hollywood.

    Guitarist Dan Auerbach, center, and drummer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys perform at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York.

    Black Keys settle cases over music in commercials

    The Black Keys told a federal judge the band has settled copyright infringement lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot claiming misuse of their music in commercials.The band alleged the song "Lonely Boy" was improperly used to sell power tools, and "Gold on the Ceiling" to sell pizza. The Grammy-winning band sued in June. Both companies denied copying the songs.

    The price of oil fell below $87 a barrel Wednesday after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development cut its growth outlook for the U.S. and the 17 countries that use the euro currency.

    Oil below $87 after OECD cuts growth forecasts

    The price of oil fell below $87 a barrel Wednesday after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development cut its growth outlook for the U.S. and the 17 countries that use the euro currency.Benchmark oil for January delivery was down 23 cents to $86.96 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 56 cents to finish at $87.18 a barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.

    The Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It suddenly seems like Dubai is rediscovering its old habits. That means breathless hype is now back in vogue. Construction plans are again peppered with superlatives.

    Dubai back in mega-project mood after fiscal dive

    Dubai is suddenly rediscovering its old habits.That means relentless hype and construction plans loaded with superlatives. Case in point: A proposed Taj Mahal replica four times bigger than the original. Leaders, too, are back swaggering with a mojo that seems aimed to wipe away memories of the city's humbling fiscal collapse just three years ago.

    The 2013 Fiat 500e mini-car, which will be appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The ì500eî is the brand’s first all-electric model in the U.S. while the ì500Lî comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model.

    Fiat 500 adds electric and big versions to lineup

    The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric. Two new versions of the Italian-styled mini-car are appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week: The "500e" is the brand's first all-electric model in the U.S. while the "500L" comes with four doors and significantly more room than a regular model. The first 500 hit U.S. showrooms two years ago, promising a stylish and fuel-efficient remake of the 1950s original. Since then, at least four variations of the remake have rolled out.

Life & Entertainment

    The Who's singer Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend will perform “Quadrophenia” in its entirety this weekend at Allstate Arena.

    Weekend picks: Last night for The Who at Allstate

    Tonight's your last chance to catch The Who playing their double album “Quadrophenia” in its entirety at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Get into the holiday spirit with a midnight Friday screening of “A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas” at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Schaumburg Dance Ensemble presents “The Nutcracker” at the Prairie Center for the Arts. And Richard Lewis headlines Rosemont's Zanies this weekend.

    Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire”

    Keys matures as ‘Girl on Fire’ ignites

    Alicia Keys doesn't do half-measures. Her fifth studio album, "Girl on Fire," comes on hard and fast, seemingly stripped but rich in sound, triumphant to the point of a cinematic epic scope. It's her first release since marrying producer-rapper Swizz Beatz and the birth of their son, Egypt.

    Cap the night off with a “shot and a beer” dessert-style at Niche.

    Dining events: Niche offers 'shot and a beer' desserts

    Follow up dinner at Nichein Geneva with a “shot and a beer” for dessert — whiskey cake and breakfast stout ice cream, garnished with a meringue treat. Cap off the night for $9.

    Capers star as a classic ingredient in puttanesca pasta sauce.

    Off the beaten aisle: What do you make of capers

    Chances are good that you’ve had capers before. They are a standard ingredient in many Mediterranean seafood dishes (especially those involving tuna), and are a must-have for authentic puttanesca. Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch shares more about this culinary flower child.


    Modernist gifts: What would Nathan Myhrvold gift

    Anybody can giftwrap a matching apron and oven mitts. But if you really want to impress the foodie in your life, give the gift of kitchen tech. To suss out which gizmos are worth giving, we went to the master himself, Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft executive turned high priest of modernist cuisine.

    Fig and Fennel Caponata works as an appetizer or a topping for pork or fish.

    Fig and Fennel Caponata
    Fig and Fennel Caponata

    Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad from Ina Gartne’s Barfoot Contessa Foolproof”

    Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad
    Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad

    Serve Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts warm with hot chocolate for a fine comforting dessert on a chilly night.

    Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts
    Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

    There is more to manners than dining, but knowing the graces that go along with dinner is a skill that will benefit children into adulthood.

    Etiquette a skill that will benefit kids into adulthood

    Etiquette experts agree that good behavior during the holidays is important, but they advise parents to focus on teaching their children good etiquette and manners daily so children can develop habits that will help them throughout life.

    The wine section of a new exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington includes a small wine press — no steel vat, though.

    Smithsonian’s wine exhibit nice compliment to food display

    Julia Child donated her kitchen to National Museum of American History in the Washington in 2001. Now it serves as the opening story for the gallery, showing her influence on culinary arts, food television

    Dick Clark broadcasts during New Year’s festivities from Times Square in New York in 1996. ABC is turning its first New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark partly into a celebration of the show biz impresario’s life.

    ABC to celebrate Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve

    ABC is turning its first New Year's Eve without Dick Clark in four decades partly into a celebration of the showbiz impresario's life. Clark, who originated the annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special in 1971, died at age 82 in April. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will be hosts of a two-hour tribute to Clark that will air at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

    In 15 minutes you can have creamy, homemade vegetable soup on the table.

    Creamy soup makes midweek dinner feel like a holiday

    Planning a special menu during the holiday season is fun and festive. But it's not the special menu that stresses me out. It's dinner tonight! It seems I get even more desperate around those big “cooking” days than I do on the big day itself. I feel as if I spend so much time planning the special meal that my everyday dinners suffer.

    1965, Paris, France --- British band members of “’The Who,” lead singer Roger Daltrey, drummer Keith Moon, bass player John Entwistle and guitarist Pete Townshend. ---

    The Suburbs This Weekend: The Who, helping food pantries and holiday celebrations

    The Who, raising funds for food pantries and celebrating the holidays over multiple centuries are among this week's selections by Sean and Richard for The Suburbs This Weekend.

    John Brown's Trout in Oatmeal

    Oats for breakfast and dinner; get tickets to a Q&A with Rachael Ray

    I'm one of those people who will eat oatmeal for breakfast in July, but I know plenty of people who wait until the temps dip below freezing to dig into a steamy bowl of creamy oats. If this snap of cold, windy weather has you planning to work oats into your daily menus, there are a few things to consider. Also, CBS seeks bakers for a competition TV show and Food Network darling Rachael Ray plans a stop in Naperville to promote her new book "My Year in Meals."

    At Hugo’s restaurant in Houston, margaritas are made with top-grade tequilas like Centenario and orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier, never as a frozen slush.

    Rediscovering cordials

    Liqueurs, or cordials, are not as high on most people’s list of after-dinner drinks as they were when ladies retired to one room and men to another. But a slew of apple, chocolate, even chili-based liqueurs are now appearing in the market, fueled by bartenders crafting high-end cocktails.

    Tony Dovolani and reality TV star Melissa Rycroft won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” Wednesday.

    `Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’ champ crowned

    She was dissed on "The Bachelor" and came in third place during her first stint on "Dancing With the Stars," but Melissa Rycroft is now a winner. The reality TV star and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, were named the champions Tuesday on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars." The pair beat out fellow finalists (and former champs) actress Kelly Monaco and Olympian Shawn Johnson to claim the sparkly mirror-ball trophy.

    Guinness Lamb Stew features potatoes, carrots and gravy in a bread bowl at Middleton's On Main.

    Wauconda's Middleton's serves a modern menu amid historic charm

    Much more than an Irish pub, Middleton's on Main satisfies tastes that range from Guinness to gourmet. Calling itself a “gastro pub,” a term that means great food and drink served in an unpretentious atmosphere, Middleton's, which has been open since June, is the latest eatery to occupy this historic Wauconda inn. But there is nothing old-fashioned about the menu, which includes Irish, American and Mexican classics.

    In 15 minutes you can have creamy, homemade vegetable soup on the table.

    Easy Cream of Vegetable Soup
    Creamy Vegetable Soup

    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is set to perform in concert with Katherine Jenkins at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, Dec. 2.

    Bocelli aims for ‘joy and celebration’ in Rosemont concert

    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli brings his fall tour featuring mezzo-soprano and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Katherine Jenkins to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday. And the celebrated artist says fans are in for a treat. "I hope it will be a day of joy and celebration," he said in a recent interview with the Daily Herald.

    Ina Garten “Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof”

    Ina Garten still barefoot and (almost) foolproof

    In her eighth book, “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust” (Clarkson Potter, 2012; $35; about 100 recipes), Ina Garten practically gives you the keys to her kingdom. In addition to the standard Cocktails and Starters and chapters, Garten devotes one to lunchtime entertaining.


    When kids succeed, who gets the credit?
    I live vicariously through Jimmy Buffett; I do not live vicariously through my children. In fact, I go out of my way to make sure everyone knows that my children's special moments are, in most cases, theirs and theirs alone.

    Capers star as a classic ingredient in puttanesca pasta sauce.

    Ultimately Easy Puttanesca Sauce
    Ultimately Easy Puttanesca Sauce


    Making the transition for thankfulness to great expectations

    It's always a bit shocking for me to switch gears from "I'm-thankful-for-what-I-have-Thursday" to "I-needto-hit-the-malls-to-buy-everything-I-need-Black Friday." And so it begins: the season of hustle and bustle, shopping and wrapping, baking and decorating, stress and excitement.

    Peanut butter on celery is a good standby for a healthful snack. Boost the nutrition by adding raisins for “ants on a log.”

    Tips to keep your kids eating healthfully through winter

    While the days get colder and it gets dark out so quickly, kids settle inside and often begin snacking more often and on less nutritious food — especially on all those tempting holiday goodies lying around! Focusing on some key strategies this winter will help your kids stay nutritiously sound and help ward on germs and keep them healthy.


    Frugal living: Letting go of sentimental clutter
    Sarah Noel has the cure for sentimental clutter. "Maybe rather than donating family gifts, you could give them to other family members or sell them," she suggests. "It often helps assuage feelings of guilt to know that these items are going to a good home. You don’t have to be the family museum."


    Holding onto the magic of the season

    I love the holidays. Delicious smells of holiday favorites are wafting through the air. It is such a magical time of year and a perfect time to create family memories. Yet, depending on the disability, a child with special needs may find those very same things assaulting their senses making it difficult for them to enjoy.



    Election: Consider what our mayors have done

    A Daily Herald editorial says as much as the recent presidential election was important, the local elections that are just around the corner may have an even more direct impact on your life. To get an idea of that, just think of the accomplishments of departing mayors such as Arlene Mulder, Don DeWitte, Larry Hartwig, Jess Ray, Marty Moylan, Mark Pfefferman and Irvana Wilks, to name a few.


    No bonding with this 007

    Columnist Richard Cohen: This Bond ripples with muscles. Craig is 44, but neither gravity nor age has done their evil work on him. Nothing about him looks natural, relaxed — a man in the prime of his life and enjoying it. Instead, I see a man chasing youth on a treadmill,


    Politics with a purpose

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The union would be well served today by herding all 535 of its legislators into a darkened theater for a screening of "Lincoln." The issues they face — from public debt to immigration — are less momentous than slavery, but momentous enough for discomfort.


    Raising income tax for rich won’t help
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: You could increase the top rate to 99 percent and you’d get very little more in income taxes from Mitt Romney and Warren Buffett, and you’d see only a slight increase from Barack Obama. This is because their income is investment income taxed at a 15 percent rate.


    Unions top barrier to school reforms
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Reform, along with any effort to control costs, will be opposed by the unions and the politicians who enjoy their support. It’s not the silver-bullet solution that will block reform, it’s the union-imposed gridlock on the management of our schools.


    Provide context to levy increases
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Without a percent context to understand what numbers represent, they are just getting statistics and not understanding the full picture.


    Discount deserved for smelly water
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Do you live in West Dundee? Does your tap water taste bad or smell worse than usual? Then write to the village manager and trustees and demand the village lower your water rate or provide bottled drinking water


    Name Romney Jobs Czar
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: To help heal the divisiveness of the last election, President Obama should appoint Mitt Romney as his Jobs Czar. Romney’s five point plan to restore America to prosperity contained some great ideas.


    Obama has no business in Myanmar
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: President Obama should not even be traveling, and wasting our money on his excursions. Let’s see what happens in the future to the latest countries that Obama is taking an interest in, while our country is falling apart because of his policies.


    Here’s some real pension reform
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: How cute of Gov. Quinn and condescending of him to compare the teachers as a snake, as a means of winning the backing of the people of this state in regard to his desire for cuts to Illinois' teachers and other state workers.


    Only so much state candy to go around
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: What we have here in Illinois is similar to Halloween. Children ring at the doors on Halloween and are given treats and candy in return. With Illinois, there is only so much candy in the bowl for all the state workers, teachers, safety workers, politicians, and the like to go around.


    Higher taxes should be no surprise
    A Woodridge letter to the editor: As reported in the Daily Herald, the Illinois legislature currently is considering shifting some of the state's future teacher retirement costs to the local school districts. The result of which will be even higher property taxes.


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