Daily Archive : Thursday November 29, 2012



    Western Illinois edges South Dakota 73-71

    Ceola Clark's basket as time ran out gave Western Illinois a 73-71 win over South Dakota Thursday night. South Dakota never led in the game, but Juevol Myles hit a 3 with 7 seconds left to finally draw South Dakota even at 71 before Clark's game-winner from the lane. Clark finished 8 of 13 from the floor, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

    Always looking for a good cause, Walt Meder, 90, of Arlington Heights came up with the idea and the first donation in the WINGS — Daily Herald Hope for the Holidays campaign.

    One reader kick-starts area toy drive to help children
    As a boy working to help his family during the Depression, Walt Meder learned the power of strangers' kindness. That's why the 90-year-old Arlington Heights resident donated money and persuaded the Daily Herald to launch a Hope for the Holidays toy drive for needy suburban children. Here's how you can donate, too.


    Elburn’s Anderson Road extension is still possible

    The proposed Anderson Road extension and bridge near Elburn is still planned, but a required hearing before the ICC has been postponed for six months while the issue of how to get the land for it is worked out.

    Elaine Aumiller

    Dist. 57 won’t seek tax hike in April

    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 has tabled plans to ask voters for a tax increase in the spring because of a better-than-expected end to fiscal year 2012, which left the district with a financial surplus. "It was a pleasant surprise for us," said Superintendent Elaine Aumiller

    Rescue workers attempt to remove the body of a man who died in a chemical tank Thursday at a business in Wheeling.

    Cicero man dies in Wheeling chemical tank

    A member of a cleaning crew died Thursday after falling into a storage tank that contained a chemical solvent, Wheeling authorities said. The accident occurred at the Sunnyside Corp., 225 Carpenter Road in Wheeling. The victim was part of a crew hired to clean the tank, Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac said. A second member of the cleaning crew, who remained on the outside of the tank, felt...

    Terry Link

    Quinn’s veto of bag recycling plan stands

    A statewide plastic shopping bag recycling program developed in Lake County was rejected by state lawmakers Thursday when they declined to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the plan.


    Man dies after shooting at Fort Wayne barbershop

    Police say a man died after being shot inside a Fort Wayne barbershop. The shooting happened Wednesday at E&M Barbershop in a small strip shopping plaza on the city's south side.


    Lt. Gov.: More disclosure would help public trust

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says requiring politicians and other elected officials to disclose more information about their financial interests is needed to help restore faith among Illinois residents who've seen their last two governors sent to prison for corruption.

    Lawmakers gave local election officials a Christmas Eve break Thursday.

    Lawmakers change Christmas Eve election quirk

    Local election officials likely won't have to wait around on Christmas Eve for candidates to file for office and have to pay out thousands of dollars in overtime costs because of a proposal awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature. The bill would make the last day of filing for local races Dec. 26, instead of Dec. 24.

    Mark Curran

    Curran to lawmakers: Approve licenses for undocumented immigrants

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran urged state lawmakers Thursday morning to allow undocumented to have driver's licenses as the Illinois Senate began moving the plan forward.


    Progress reported in District 300 talks

    A spokesman for Community Unit District 300 reported significant progress after a negotiating session Thursday night. Board member and spokesman Joe Stevens said the two sides met at Westfield Community School for about 4½ hours. "I think their is general agreement on all major issues," he said, but added that "both sides recognize that we have some loose ends."

    A family photo of Jack Douglas of Bartlett.

    Bartlett man killed trying to helping stranded driver

    Jack Douglas was known as the type of man who would, in the words of his son-in-law, “pay it forward.” So it probably came as no surprise to those who knew him that he died trying to help someone in need. The 80-year-old Bartlett resident died Wednesday night after being struck at 5:40 p.m. that day by a vehicle on Interstate 57 near milepost 277 in Onarga Township.


    Arrest made in rash of Elgin car burglaries

    :A 23-year-old Elgin resident has been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in the Blackhawk neighborhood on the city's far northeast side over the past two months.

    St. Charles Unit District 303 school board members listened to a plan that would raise taxes for the next five years, but by a lower amount than the district is allowed to by law. The school board can only commit to the proposed five-year plan one year at a time. New school board members may also be elected with different points of view during that time frame.

    D303 plan would increase taxes, but less than planned

    St. Charles School District 303 to discuss ...

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at the White House in Washington, Thursday for his luncheon with President Barack Obama.

    Obama and Romney together: Chili, not chilly

    Three weeks after the election, Mitt Romney made it to the White House. For about 90 minutes. After an odd arrival in which a man rushed his SUV and ended up getting arrested by the Secret Service.

    House Speaker John Boehner speaks to reporters after private talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Boehner said no substantive progress has been made between the White House and the House in the past two weeks.

    White House ‘cliff’ offer gets GOP cold shoulder

    The White House is seeking $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade and an immediate infusion of funds to aid the jobless, help hard-pressed homeowners and perhaps extend the expiring payroll tax cut, officials said Thursday as talks aimed at averting an economy-rattling "`fiscal cliff" turned testy.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Palestinians wave Fatah and Palestinian flags during a rally in support of the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in Gaza City, Thursday. Hours later the Palestinians won U.N. recognition as a state in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel. Arabic on sign reads “Palestinian legitimacy symbol, hero of the battle for independence” and “Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, Gaza Strip.”

    UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

    The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a victory decades in the making for the Palestinians after years of occupation and war. It was a sharp rebuke for Israel and the United States.

    A Palestinian flag is displayed as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas leads his delegation from the U.N. General Assembly after a vote recognizing Palestine as a state on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 in New York. Palestinians won the statehood vote, even as the U.S., Israel’s closest ally, mounted a campaign to head off the General Assembly vote.

    UN vote is a boost to Palestinian statehood hopes

    The admission of Palestine as a nonmember state in the United Nations is far more than a symbolic vote. For the Palestinians, the move gives them an important boost of international legitimacy in their quest for independence. For Israel and its key ally, the United States, it is a diplomatic setback with potentially grave implications.

    A new study suggests the Grand Canyon formed 70 million years ago, while other scientists disagree and believe the canyon was mainly carved by the Colorado River in the past 5 to 6 million years.

    Just how old is the Grand Canyon?
    The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests — so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized for about a week in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says the 88-year-old former president is being treated for bronchitis at Houston’s Methodist Hospital and is expected to be released by the weekend. He was admitted Friday.

    Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

    Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for continuing treatment of a lingering cough. Bush, 88, has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis, Methodist Hospital said in a brief statement.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Aaron Lawlor to challenge David Stolman for Lake County Board leadership

    Aaron Lawlor, the Lake County Board's youngest member, will challenge one of its most experienced members for the chairmanship during a special meeting Monday, officials have confirmed. The faceoff between the two Republicans will be the first interparty showdown for the big chair since 1998, when the GOP's James LaBelle unseated Chairman Robert L. Grever.


    Police report: Maine West coach witnessed, encouraged hazing

    Documents obtained from Des Plaines police are shedding new light on what police say was the repeated hazing of freshmen Maine West High School students by members of the varsity boys soccer team. The police report of the Sept. 26 attack describes a pattern of abuse that was part of initiation into the soccer team.

    A customer enters Trex Mart as members of the news media gather in Dearborn, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Trex Mart sold one of last night's winning Powerball tickets. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.’s a mystery

    Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder — and another in Arizona — remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.

    In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke leaps the air from a building after a warplane attack in Homs, Syria, Wednesday.

    Internet service goes out across Syria

    Internet service went down Thursday across Syria and international flights were canceled at the Damascus airport when a road near the facility was closed by heavy fighting in the country's civil war.


    Mount Prospect man gets probation for stealing chain saw

    A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 24 months probation Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to burglary. Mount Prospect police say they received a call about a suspicious person last March and found Krzysztof Dudzinski walking shirtless in the 200 block of Ivy Lane carrying a chainsaw.

    Quinzeric D. Span

    Repeated domestic abuse adds up to 10 years in prison

    An Elgin man convicted of repeat domestic violence offenses is sentenced to seven years in prison. Quinzeric D. Span, 34, had earlier threatened the victim while being held in jail in an effort to stop her from testifying against him and pleaded guilty last month when she showed up for his trial.


    Thanksgiving campaign nets speeders

    Libertyville police recently announced the results of their Thanksgiving impaired driver and seat belt enforcement campaign, from Nov. 12 to 25.

    Clayton Muhammad, director of community relations for East Aurora School District 131, talks Thursday about being named the 2012 Roscoe Ebey Award recipient by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez. The award is named after the World War II veteran who was killed in an Aurora Township home invasion in 2007. Pat Perez and Richard Ebey, Roscoe Ebey’s son, stand in the background.

    Muhammad is Kane sheriff’s Citizen of the Year

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez names Clayton Muhammad, founder of the 10-year-old "Boys II Men" group, the recipient of the 2012 Roscoe Ebey Award. The award was named after a World War II veteran who was killed in an Aurora Township home invasion in 2007. "Boys II Men" offers an alternative to gangs and has branched out to include girls, college students and young dads.


    New Walgreens plan moving again in Batavia

    Plans to replace the Walgreens in downtown Batavia creeped forward Wednesday night, with the zoning board of appeals approving letting it have fewer parking spaces than the law requires.


    $39 million cancer care center opening in Lisle

    DuPage Medical Group's new Lisle facility will open to patients on Monday. The $39 million, three-story, 95,000-square-foot facility will offer cancer treatment, primary and specialty care, an immediate care center and advanced diagnostics.


    Tentative contract deal for District 50 teachers

    Woodland Elementary District 50 in Gurnee has reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with a union representing its teachers. The deal came early Thursday.


    Santa visits Fort Hill museum:

    Santa will take Route 45 in Mundelein to Courtland Street and drive beneath the viaduct to the Fort Hill Heritage Museum, 601 E. Noel Drive, across from Fairhaven School to visit with well wishers from 11 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.


    D103 information session:

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsNews for digestsLincolnshire-Prairie View Elementary District 103 is studying options to expand its world language program and an information update session is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.


    VHHS to host holiday concerts:

    Vernon Hills High School will host a holiday music festival on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Shows are set for 6 and 8 p.m.

    Dick Sayad

    Des Plaines alderman not running for mayor

    Des Plaines 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad will not be running for the mayoral job in April. Sayad recently announced the news to residents of his ward in a letter.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Nicholas Garza of Elgin, was arrested Nov. 22 on charges of public drunkenness, according to a St. Charles police report.


    Addison approves video gambling at business owners’ request

    Addison village officials have agreed to allow video gambling, joining a growing number of communities now embracing the machines for extra revenue. Like Wood Dale earlier this year, Addison revisited the issue when a group of business owners approached officials and asked to install the machines.


    North Aurora warns about car burglaries

    Don't leave valuable items in plain view in your car, even if it is locked, North Aurora police say. The town has had a recent rash of car burglaries, including some where thieves broke in by smashing windows.

    Justin E. Dean

    McHenry County sheriff’s office captures top fugitive

    The McHenry County Sheriff's Office arrested a Wonder Lake man Wednesday who was on its top 10 fugitives list. Justin E. Dean, 20, of the 4600 block of East Wonder Lake Road, was wanted for possession of a stolen firearm, sale of a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun, concealing and aiding a fugitive, theft and possession of a firearm with an expired firearm owner's identification card,...

    The Ken-Loch golf links property in an unincorporated area near Lombard is for sale, and a developer looking to buy it wants to build apartments and for-sale units. The land is identified as open space in Lombard planning documents, though, so the comprehensive plan would need to be changed to allow the sale and the development to move forward.

    Future of former golf course hinges on Lombard debate

    Land use discussions under way in Lombard could help shape the future of the former Ken-Loch golf links, a 30-acre site for sale on the south side of town. The owners have found a prospective buyer in Donven Homes, which would like to annex the unincorporated land into Lombard and build apartments and for-sale units. The village has designated the area for open space in its comprehensive plan,...

    Westley Johnson, 3, of Elgin, examines lights during the last year’s tree lighting ceremony in downtown Elgin. This year’s tree lighting is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Downtown Elgin lights up with holiday fun

    The holidays will kick off in downtown Elgin on Saturday, Dec. 1 with the annual City of Elgin Tree Lighting Ceremony, and a day full of family fun. Events begin at noon with free skate rental at City Skate, located on the Civic Plaza next to the Hemmens Cultural Center.

    Harper College President Kenneth Ender, center, with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni, from left, Jim Inman, Tom Kehoe, Angela LeMay, John Blim, Charles Can and Don Plass.

    Harper College honors 2012 distinguished alumni

    Harper College recently honored six Distinguished Alumni, people in all walks of life whose common bond is the community college that helped them get started. "I'm proud to say I'm an alumnus," said honoree Tom Kehoe, a Chicago-based event specialist whose projects have included the White House Halloween Party.

    Dean Argiris

    Argiris running for Wheeling president

    Wheeling Trustee Dean Argiris announced today he is running for Wheeling village president in the April 2013 election. "I'm honored to announce my candidacy for President of the Village of Wheeling," he wrote in a released staement. "I and my family have lived in Wheeling for many years, and I have enjoyed playing an active part as it has grown and changed."


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole all the copper grounding wires and several copper grounding bars from inside the cell tower building and additional grounding wire and bars from the north side of the building at the U.S. Cellular structure, 1013 E. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights, around 12:45 a.m. Nov. 13. Value was estimated at $3,000.


    New Lake County health plan focus on community input

    The Lake County Health Department has a new comprehensive plan that features much more community involvement than in the past and promises to provide county residents with more awareness and opportunities to get healthier.


    Antioch teacher not charged

    Criminal charges will not be filed against an Antioch Elementary School teacher accused of grabbing and bruising a student's arm, police said Thursday. After what Chief Craig Somerville called an extensive investigation into the matter, police determined "no evidence of criminal intent exists."

    A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation. Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., recorded the generosity of the officer — identified as Larry DePrimo — on her cellphone, then posted the photo Tuesday night to the NYPD’s official Facebook page.

    NYPD officer’s kindness sparks online sensation

    A tourist's snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

    Authorities in southwestern Colorado are going door-to-door looking for 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, who has been missing for more than a week.

    Sheriff’s dept.: Missing Colo. boy didn’t run away

    DURANGO, Colo. — Authorities are going door-to-door looking for a 13-year-old boy missing for more than a week in southwestern Colorado.La Plata County sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender says investigators are no longer looking at the possibility that Dylan Redwine ran away while visiting his father at Vallecito for Thanksgiving break.


    Wave of attacks in Iraq kills at least 43 people

    Back-to-back explosions tore through tents housing Shiite pilgrims in southern Iraq Thursday, the deadliest in a wave of bombings that killed at least 43 people nationwide, officials said.


    Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state

    The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel.


    Islamist-led assembly votes on Egypt constitution

    An Islamist-dominated panel began a fast-track vote on a final draft of a new Egyptian constitution Thursday, pushing through the document despite liberals' boycott in a move likely to stoke a deepening political crisis between the Islamist president and the opposition.

    Five-year-old triplets Cameron Schirano, left, with blue and white bows, sister, Ella, with yellow and white bows, and brother, James, in foreground with white T-shirt, are split up during class to promote independence during a lesson with Oakland Elementary School teacher Anita Kirk in Bloomington.

    Parents of twins, triplets not alone

    Rachael Schirano was faced with three times as many decisions this fall as most moms of kindergartners.


    Chicago woman, 83, dies of cold exposure

    Authorities say an 83-year-old Chicago woman was the first cold-related death of the season in Cook County.The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says a relative found Florence Hawkins unresponsive in her bed. She was pronounced dead at her home on the city's South Side on Tuesday.

    Donna Fields pays for her Powerball tickets in Detroit yesterday. Fields picked two sets of numbers off the top of her head and two easy picks. Fields said, “If I won I would take care of God first, then my family and do some traveling, and oh yeah, quit my job.”

    Dawn Patrol: Powerball numbers; dogs die in Naperville fire

    Powerball numbers drawn; three more families join Maine West hazing suit; three dogs die in Naperville fire; Glen Ellyn man gets four years for baseball bat attack; Elgin man gets 25 years for gang-related shootings; fire damages Schaumburg auto repair shop; Bulls beat the Mavs.

    18-year-old Lake Zurich High School senior Stevie Finedore is a professional model who has worked in New York and Europe.

    Lake Zurich teen making a name for herself as a model

    When Stevie Finedore takes a job, her uniform could very well be eight-inch heels, a slicked back bun and smoky black eyes. It's just another day at the office for the Lake Zurich High School senior, one of the modeling industry's freshest faces and already a runway fixture at New York Fashion Week. "This has been the most fun and most surreal ride," Stevie says. "I never thought something like...

    Lake Zurich High School senior Stevie Finedore, 18, works as a model

    Images: Stevie Finedore’s work as a model
    When Stevie Finedore takes a job, her uniform could very well be eight-inch heels, a slicked back bun and smoky black eyes. It's just another day at the office for the Lake Zurich High School senior, one of the modeling industry's freshest faces and already a runway fixture at New York Fashion Week. "This has been the most fun and most surreal ride," Stevie says. "I never thought something like...


    Aurora Christian's Josh Kok, left, Brandon Mayes and Chad Beebe. Mayes serves as the Daily Herald honorary All-Area team captain.

    Images:Tri-Cities All-Area Football Team
    Images of the Daily Herald Tri-Cities All-Area football team members. Aurora Christian's Brandon Mayes is the honorary team captain.


    Lisle wins fourth straight game

    Kristina Fernette scored 17 points and Kelly Urban 15 for Lisle (6-2, 2-0 Interstate Eight Conference), which beat Plano 45-32 on Thursday for its fourth straight win.Naperville Central 53, Glenbard East 36:Laura Dierking paced the No. 6 Redhawks (7-0, 1-0 DuPage Valley Conference) with 14 points in Lombard. Shannon Ryan added 11 for Naperville Central, which led 36-8 at the half. Tajanae Key scored 8 and Kelly Eberle 7 for Glenbard East (1-5, 0-1).Glenbard South 52, Illiana Christian 30:Tomei Ball poured in 14 points and Taylor Malone 10 for the visiting Raiders (5-2, 2-0 Metro Suburban Conference). Stefi Bazigos chipped in 9 points.


    WW South denies West Aurora

    West Aurora fell behind by 18 points after one quarter, then outscored Wheaton Warrenville South the rest of the way Thursday. But the damage was done, and the Blackhawks lost their DVC opener 66-52.

    Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, left, and Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini chat prior to their game in Lincoln. With Ohio State and Penn State both ineligible for the postseason, though, Wisconsin will represent the Leaders Division in the title game. Wisconsin plays No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship.

    Badgers get redemption shot in Big Ten title game

    Wisconsin is in some unfamiliar territory. No, not the Big Ten title game. The Badgers count as grizzled veterans after playing in last year's inaugural conference championship, well acquainted with all the hype and hoopla that comes with it. It's being so, well, mediocre, that's new for Wisconsin. Winners of the Big Ten title the last two years, the Badgers are getting a chance at the first three-peat in school history Saturday — by default.

    NIU head coach Dave Doeren believes Kent State's Dri Archer (1) is the most talented and dangerous player that his Huskies team will face this season. NIU and Kent State play in the MAC Championship game at 6 p.m. Friday in Detroit.

    NIU, Kent State ready to collide

    It might be the biggest game in Northern Illinois football history. Not only will the Mid-American Conference championship be on the line Friday at Ford Field in Detroit when NIU and Kent State square off, but possibly a spot in a BCS Bowl."To have a championship game with two 11-1 teams, that rank first through third basically in every category statistically in the conference, I think says a lot," said Huskies coach Dave Doeren.


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


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


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


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


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


    Late rally from Maine West not quite enough

    Talk about a strong finish. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough for the Maine West's girls basketball team. The Warriors almost scored as many points in the fourth quarter as they did the entire first three periods on Thursday night in Des Plaines. However, their 24 points in the final eight minutes could not overcome visiting Highland Park and Yale recruit Lena Munzer's big performance. The 5-foot-8 senior poured home 30 points with 15 rebounds as the Giants held on for a 53-51 victory in the Central Suburban North season opener.


    Let’s be clear: There’s no room for hazing in high school sports

    If there is a lesson from the recent high school hazing incident in the news, it's that every school had better make it perfectly clear this type of misbehavior won't be tolerated. Starting with superintendents, to principals, to athletic directors, to coaches, and ultimately to athletes, that there is no rational explanation for hazing others.

    Streamwood’s Joel Lightbourne, left, and Zack Harris, right, try to stop St Charles North’s Justin Stanko, center, during a varsity basketball game at Streamwood on Thursday night.

    St. Charles North goes inside on Streamwood

    The St. Charles North boys basketball team spent the first two quarters of its Upstate Eight River opener shooting over the Streamwood zone defense before taking a more direct approach to gain separation in a 45-36 road victory Thursday. Four North Stars sank first-half 3-pointers over Streamwood's combination of 1-3-1 and 3-2 zone defenses, and reserve Ryan Thomas scored all 9 of his points in the second quarter to forge a 24-19 halftime lead. Though the 3-pointer was available for the taking throughout, bombing away from long distance is not the signature approach of these North Stars.


    Bulls’ bench figures to be erratic all season
    The rebuilt Bulls bench needs a new identity. So how about the "Flash Mob" as a nickname for the reserves? They can step up when you least expect it, then in the next moment disappear. They turned in a solid performance during Wednesday's runaway win over Dallas.

    Seahawks running back Leon Washington (33) returns a kickoff for a 98-yard-touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in Miami.

    Seahawks seem to have Bears’ number
    The Bears haven't been able to maintain their home-field advantage in recent years against the Seahawks, who usually struggle away from home. But they believe they can reverse that trend by containing elite running back Marshawen Lynch and pressuring surprising rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Geneva’s Cody Murphy beat Batavia’s Noah Frazier at 182 pounds during wrestling action Thursday at Batavia.

    Batavia ends Geneva’s streak

    Charlie Smorczewski and Marc Goodin were not about to be denied. The Batavia wrestlers' back-to-back falls at 138 and 145 pounds proved to be the final nails in the Geneva coffin.

    Stevenson forward Taylor Buford steals the ball away from Zion-Benton forward Keonnia Gentry in the first quarter at Stevenson on Thursday.

    Zee-Bees’ threes don’t please Stevenson

    Here's a major reason for the latest Stevenson defeat. It goes down as a Zee-Bee Three-Bee. A Zee-Bee Three-Bee? That's simply a rain of 3-point shots from the visiting Zion-Benton Zee Bees. Winless Stevenson (0-4) was just 6 points down midway through the third quarter Thursday night in Lincolnshire. And then the 4-1 Zee-Bees turned it up and posted a decisive 67-47 NSC Lake Division victory.

    Vin Patel of Metea Valley looks to pass around Zach Pugh of Neuqua Valley during varsity boys basketball Thursday at Neuqua Valley.

    Neuqua Valley squeaks past Metea Valley

    Neuqua Valley senior Jabari Sandifer committed a crucial foul in the final seconds Thursday night that actually turned the tide in the Wildcats' favor. Leading 38-35 with 7.2 seconds remaining, Neuqua Valley stayed on the defensive end of the court to stop a potential game-tying 3-pointer from Metea Valley. Mustangs point guard Bryson Oliver was fouled by Sandifer just as he crossed midcourt, sending the senior to the free-throw line but taking the Mustangs' option of a game-tying 3-pointer off the table.


    Larkin hands St. Charles E. 1st loss

    If there's one thing Larkin senior Quentin Ruff likes as much as having the ball in his hand in the fourth quarter, it might be playing games at St. Charles East. Ruff scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter Thursday of the Royals' 61-55 win over the Saints.


    Waubonsie Valley routs South Elgin

    A year or three from now, South Elgin's players will look back at their Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division debut and not be able to recognize themselves. But as Thursday night's league opener at Waubonsie Valley unfolded, it required only a quick glance to realize the youthful Storm wasn't a good match for the veteran-laden Warriors.


    Benet pulls away from Hinsdale Central

    Wherever she is on the court, Christen Prasse is the best option for Benet with the game on the line.Prasse put back her own miss with just over a minute left, and the No. 9 Redwings recovered from blowing a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to beat No. 15 Hinsdale Central 70-61 on Thursday in Lisle.


    Burton, Grant put a hurtin’ on Warhawks

    Junior guard McKenzie Burton scored a career-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer, as Grant's girls basketball team defeated visiting North Chicago 62-54 on Thursday night. It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-4 and 1-0 in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division.


    Wheaton North off to great DVC start

    The statement was made loud and clear. Wheaton North and senior star Mandy Traversa opened DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball play Thursday night at Naperville North hoping for a quick start and to serve notice that the Falcons plan to have an impact on the league race this winter.


    Glenbard North feeling good after victory

    After Thursday night's 41-29 Glenbard North win over host West Chicago, it was easy to tell the mood of a team that has found its footing early in the season and one still looking for it. The Panthers (3-4, 1-0 DuPage Valley Conference) were all smiles after the postgame meeting. They won their third straight contest with the help of a game-high 16 points from 6-foot-4-inch senior center Katie Wisniewski and 10 points from Laila Pickens.


    Fast start, strong finish propels Cary-Grove

    Every basketball coach wants their team to start fast and finish strong. Cary-Grove certainly adhered to that philosophy Thursday night. Combining to outscore Grayslake North 31-9 in the first and fourth quarters, the Trojans were able to cruise to a 53-37 Fox Valley Conference crossover boys basketball win at Cary.

    Notre Dame's experience and raucous home crowd were too much for eighth-ranked Kentucky and its heralded freshmen. Junior guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant paced the Fighting Irish to a 64-50 victory Thursday night. Atkins led the Fighting Irish with 16 points, Grant had 13 points and six assists and Jack Cooley added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    Notre Dame beats eighth-ranked Kentucky 64-50

    Notre Dame's experience and raucous home crowd were too much for eighth-ranked Kentucky and its heralded freshmen. Junior guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant paced the Fighting Irish to a 64-50 victory Thursday night. Atkins led the Fighting Irish with 16 points, Grant had 13 points and six assists and Jack Cooley added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    Hoffman Estates’ David Witczak overpowers Rolling Meadows’ Zach Schultz on this particular move, but Schultz went on to win their 152-pound matchup in Mid-Suburban League action Thursday at Rolling Meadows.

    Meadows, Wheeling double their pleasure with MSL double duals

    Both Wheeling and host Rolling Meadows cruised to victory in an East-vs.-West double dual night of Mid-Suburban League wrestling Thursday. Senior Zach Schultz and teammate Kasey Jauch led the way for the Mustangs, who opened with a 52-21 win over Hoffman Estates before using a half-dozen falls to finish off Fremd 48-29.


    St. Edward falls to Rosary
    Rosary 45, St. Edward 38: Cece Rapp scored 15 points to lead St. Edward (0-9, 0-3) in a Suburban Christian loss. Chelsea Gnan added 7 points for the Green Wave.


    Hampshire runs past Prairie Ridge

    Hampshire's boys basketball team knows it can turn to Brendan Waterworth for an energy boost. And Waterworth knew he couldn't conserve any energy with his assignment of guarding dangerous Prairie Ridge junior Michael Bradshaw in Thursday night's Fox Valley Conference boys basketball crossover at Hampshire. The 6-foot-1 senior held Bradshaw to 8 points and senior Tyler Crater put the spark in the Whip-Purs offense with 20 points and four 3-pointers as they rolled to a 64-40 victory.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 54, IMSA 32: Adrian Ponce scored 16 points and Antonio Domel added 10 to lead the Green Wave (6-1) to a win in the final game of the Aurora Christian tournament.Harvest Christian 70, St. Martin dePorres 48: Stuart Wolff had 21 points and Jon Vislisel added 16 to lead the Lions (2-2) to a nonconference win. Kyle Fritz added 15 points for Harvest Christian.


    Moss, Bartlett handle Elgin

    Lance Whitaker is the name most would associate with the Bartlett boys basketball team. Hawks coach Jim Wolfsmith expects another name to stand out. And if Jon Moss keeps shooting like he did Thursday night, it will.Moss scored a team-high 22 points, connecting on 5 of 6 3-point attempts, to lead the Hawks to a 67-53 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory over host Elgin.

    Vin Patel of Metea Valley looks to pass around Zach Pugh of Neuqua Valley.

    Images: Metea Valley at Neuqua Valley boys basketball
    Neuqua Valley High School hosted Metea Valley High School Thursday night for boys basketball.

    Stevenson forward Taylor Buford steals the ball away from Zion-Benton forward Keonnia Gentry in the first quarter.

    Images: Zion-Benton vs. Stevenson girls basketball
    Zion-Benton faced Stevenson for girls basketball action on Thursday, Nov. 29.

    Images from the St. Charles North vs. Streamwood boys basketball game Thursday, November 29, 2012.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Streamwood boys basketball
    St. Charles North visited Streamwood for a boys basketball matchup Thursday night in Streamwood.

    Rick Hahn

    Sox GM Hahn outlines his free-agent philosophy
    As he prepares for his first winter meetings as White Sox general manager, Rick Hahn isn't expecting to make any splashy moves next week in Nashville, Tenn.

    Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson races to the end zone for a touchdown after aninterception during Saturday’s Class 8A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Glenbard North’s Jackson wins Gatorade award

    Glenbard North junior Justin Jackson has been named Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year. Jackson, a running back and defensive back, is the first Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Glenbard North. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Jackson as Illinois' best high school football player as chosen by the company.


    Girls gymnastics: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from the girls gymnastics teams of Lake County this season.

    Nicole Ornoff, here competing on balance beam during last season’s Lake County meet at Lake Forest, is one of several experienced gymnasts hoping to help Mundelein earn a state meet appearance.

    Mundelein hoping to snap state slump

    Reaching state has been something Mundelein's girls gymnastics team was oh so close to accomplishing last February. The Mustangs have an experienced team this season and hope to become just the second squad in school history to advance to state.

    Good news for Bears fans: they should see running back Matt Forte take quite a few handoffs from quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday against the Seahawks at Soldier Field. Forte’s ankle injury has improved and he expects to play.

    Bears RB Matt Forte ready, willing and hopefully able

    Running back Matt Forte expects to play Sunday despite suffering a sprained ankle last week,and he believes a stronger commitment to the run game can help the Bears' patchworkoffensive line.

    Return specialist Devin Hester and guard Chris Spencer have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Seattle. Both players were injured in a win over Minnesota last weekend. Hester had a concussion and Spencer has a knee injury.

    Hester to miss Seahawks game

    Return specialist Devin Hester and guard Chris Spencer have been ruled out for Sunday's game against Seattle.Both players were injured in a win over Minnesota last weekend. Hester had a concussion and Spencer has a knee injury.

    Neuqua Valley’s Joey Rhattigan (36), tears through the Waubonsie Valley defense scoring his second of three touchdowns during a 23-20 win.

    Talk softly and carry a big hit

    Pass by Joey Rhattigan in a Neuqua Valley hallway, it's been said, and you might not notice him except for a little smile and a soft hello. There was nothing soft about Rhattigan on the football field.

    Brian Allen

    Football: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area football team for DuPage County.


    The IHSA brackets had it right

    One last blast of football before hanging up the cleats for the season.

    Senior Austin Pettinato, here battling Wheaton North’s Vinnie Terrazas last season, is among the standouts for Libertyville this winter.

    Wrestling: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the wrestling teams of Lake County for the coming season.

    Bartlett senior Sal Annoreno, right, is the returning 132-pound Illinois state champion. He will defend that title this season before moving on to wrestle at Northern Illinois next year.

    Wrestling/Fox Valley preview
    Scouting Fox Valley area wrestling teams for 2012-13.

    Hersey’s Hunter Rollins, left, battles Buffalo Grove’s Matt Zabrin at 160 pounds in last season’s MSL meet at Elk Grove. Rollins, who placed fifth in the state last year, is back for his senior year; Zabrin is competing at Harper.

    Wrestling: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the wrestling season ahead for teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West, Leyden and St. Viator.

    Prospect’s Gianna Scala, here performing her fifth-place floor exercise routine in the state finals last season, returns for a Knights team with plenty of promise.

    Girls gymnastics: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls gymnastics teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West and Leyden.

    Willie Bourbon

    Football: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the all-area football team for Lake County, with players chosen from the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel Catholic, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

    Grayslake North quarterback AJ Fish captains the Daily Herald’s all-area football team for Lake County — as he begins basketball season, and looks ahead to a collegiate future in lacrosse at Virginia.

    Grayslake North’s Fish will miss the Friday fanfare

    Grayslake North quarterback AJ Fish is headed for a future in lacrosse at Virginia, but he's already missing the excitement of leading the Knights to the their best-ever high school football season. Fish, who accounted for more than 3,000 yards offense all by himself in his senior season, captains the Daily Herald's all-area football team for Lake County.

    Cary-Grove senior Kyle Norberg (44) is the honorary captain of the 2012 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area team.

    Norberg’s move to fullback made Cary-Grove better

    The off-season decision by Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg to move senior Kyle Norberg from linebacker to fullback seems like a no-brainer in retrospect. After Norberg, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound Mack truck of a ballcarrier, led the Trojans to a second-place finish in Class 6A — a performance for which he has been named the honorary captain of the 2012 Daily Herald all-area team in the Fox Valley — it's easy to look back and say "the experiment," as Seaburg sometimes called the position switch, was a choice arrived at easily. Any such retelling qualifies as revisionist history.

    Kyle Anderson

    Football: Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the 2012 Fox Valley all-area football team.


    Looking back at 2012 Tri-Cities season

    There were many athletes who made big plays on the football field this fall, but their biggest plays should come later in adulthood when they have a chance to make a mark on the world.

    Jesse Balluff

    Football: Tri-Cities all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area football team for the Tri-Cities.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Aurora Christian’s Brandon Mayes sheds a tackle en route to a second-quarter touchdown against Tolono Unity during Friday’s Class 3A state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Mayes makes his mark at Aurora Christian

    Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe laid it right out there. "No doubt Brandon Mayes is our MVP," Beebe wrote in an email. "Brandon is the biggest impact player on both sides of the ball throughout this season, more than any other player I have ever coached. Hands down!!!" Note the three exclamation marks.

    Josh Baldus

    Football: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald all-area football team chosen from schools in the Mid-Suburban League, plus St. Viator and Leyden.

    Ethan Olles directed a prolific Palatine offense that advanced to the Class 8A state quarterfinals. Here, Loyola’s John Rushin and Darby Goodwin apply defensive heat in the Pirates’ last game of the season in Wilmette.

    All said and done, Palatine’s Olles is No. 1

    Palatine senior quarterback Ethan Olles is the football all-area captain for the team selected from the Mid-Suburban League schools plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty. Early in his career, it didn't look like he'd be carrying on the Pirates' tradition of great quarterbacks, but after a 16-0 record against Mid-Suburban League foes the last two seasons and a single-season passing record he senior year, all the numbers favor Olles.

    Ethan Olles of Palatine High School is the honorary team captain for the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area team.

    Images: Northwest Suburban All-Area Football Team
    Images of the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area football team members. Palatine's Ethan Olles is the honorary team captain.

    Grayslake North’s AJ Fish is the honorary team captain for the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area football team.

    Images: Lake County All-Area Football Team
    Images of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area football team members. Grayslake North's A.J. Fish is the honorary team captain.

    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Norberg is the honorary team captain for the Dialy Herald Fox Valley All-Area football team.

    Images: Fox Valley All-Area Football Team
    Images of the Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area football team members. Cary-Grove's Kyle Norberg is the honorary team captain.

    Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua Valley is the honorary team captain for the Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area football team.

    Images; DuPage County All-Area Football Team
    Images of the Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area football team members. Neuqua Valley's Joey Rhattigan is the honorary team captain.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton disappointed a lot of fantasy football owners for most of the season, but he's been huge in recent weeks.

    Tough decisions for Week 13 Fantasy Football

    Win and you’re in. Lose and it’s wait ’til next year. For many fantasy football owners, that pretty much says it all as we enter Week 13 of the NFL season. Most regular seasons end this week or next, so I’m sure most of you are over analyzing to the max, stressing out and losing sleep. The best advice I can give is to stick with the guys who got you this far and ride them for better or for worse.

    Jackie Kemph

    Basketball MVPs, Week 1

    :Rolling Meadows junior guard Jackie Kemph and St. Charles East senior guard Kendall Stephens have earned MVP honors from the Daily Herald for their performances in the early going of their basketball seasons. Kemph had 28 points and 8 assists to lift the Mustangs past Fremd in the championship game of the Turkey Thriller tournament at Lake Zurich, while Stephens averaged 24.3 points as the Saints won four times to win their own tournament for the first time since 1994.

    DC United's Josh Wolff has retired as a player after 15 seasons in the MLS. The former Fire star ranked 14th in career scoring. He joins the DC United coaching staff as a fulltime assistant.

    Former Fire star Wolff retires from playing

    Josh Wolff, a 15-year MLS veteran and former Chicago Fire star formally has announced his retirement as a player and joined the D.C. United staff on a full-time basis. "It's been a fun ride," he said in a team-issued statement, "and I have had a lot of great experiences over the years."Aside from a season and a half with 1860 Munich in Germany, Wolff spent his entire pro career in MLS: five years with the Chicago Fire, seven with Kansas City and two in Washington. He finished with 80 goals and 49 assists in 267 regular season appearances.


    Mike North video: African American College Coaches

    Mike North sees a bias. He wonders why it seems African American college coaches don't get a second chance to coach. He doesn't think they are being treated fairly.

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is a contender for the Heisman Trophy and a great linebacker, but he won’t get Mike Imrem’s vote.

    Why Notre Dame’s Te’o won’t get my Heisman vote

    Remember how the Irish used to be ranked higher than they should have been, invited to bowl games they hadn't earned and handed Heisman Trophies on name recognition? At least today Notre Dame does belong in the national-championship game. But Manti Te'o shouldn't win the Heisman no matter how often Brian Kelly blusters that he should, columnist Mike Imrem says.

    Duke’s Mason Plumlee dunks against Ohio State Wednesday during the second half in Durham, N.C.

    No. 2 Duke rallies past No. 4 Ohio State 73-68

    Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17 points and Ryan Kelly added 15 and hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt early during the 20-7 run that put the Blue Devils (7-0) ahead to stay and sent them to their third win over a top-five team this month.


    Hostess Brands Inc. says it’s in talks with more than 100 parties interested in buying its brands, which include Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos.

    Twinkies maker Hostess has plenty of suitors

    The future of Twinkies is virtually assured. Hostess Brands Inc. said Thursday that it's in talks with 110 potential buyers for its iconic brands, which also include CupCakes, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos.

    In this Oct. 30 file photo, a parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, N.J. Sandy damaged or destroyed several homes and businesses, more than 72,000 in New Jersey alone, according to Gov. Chris Christie.

    Sandy delivers heavy blow to US economy
    Superstorm Sandy packed a bigger economic punch than most people had thought. In its sweep through the Northeast, the storm halted sales at major retailers at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, closed factories and slowed home sales in one of the most densely populated areas of the country.

    Stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for a second day, amid investor optimism that lawmakers will reach a resolution in federal budget negotiations.

    Stocks rise and fall with twists in budget talks

    Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington sent stocks modestly higher Thursday. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood.

    This building at 711 Elmhurst Road next to the Palatine Road overpass in Prospect Heights remains vacant.

    Another proposal for vacant land in Prospect Heights dies

    Over the last decade, the piece of land under a Palatine Road overpass at Route 83 in Prospect Heights has seen at least three proposals for its use rejected, said a frustrated Mayor Nick Helmer. Neighborhood opposition to requested zoning variances has been justified, said former Mayor Dole Vole.

    Ryan Asdourian, Microsoft Corp. Senior Product Manager for Windows, speaks in front of an MSN.com website screen during Microsoft’s annual meeting of shareholders, Wednesday in Bellevue, Wash.

    Microsoft prices Pro version of Surface at $899

    Microsoft's Surface tablet running a full version of Windows 8 Pro will start selling in January for $899 and up, the company said Thursday.


    iTunes revamped after delay to speed media sharing

    Apple Inc. unveiled a new version of its iTunes media service, overhauling its look and feel while integrating it more closely with the company's iCloud Internet-storage service.

    Show attendees look at the new Honda Civic at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles Thursday.

    Honda do-over; Civic revamped to fix flaws

    Honda has made a quick U-turn. Just 19 months after its Civic compact car hit showrooms and got slammed by critics, the company has revamped the vehicle, giving it a new look and upgrading the interior.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000 for the last full week of November 2012. It was the second straight drop after Superstorm Sandy had driven applications much higher earlier in November

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid fall to 393,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000 last week. It was the second straight drop after Superstorm Sandy had driven applications much higher earlier this month. A Labor Department analyst said Thursday that the storm had little effect on last week's data.


    Rate on US 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.32 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages stayed close to record lows this week, a trend that has made home buying more affordable and helped the housing market recover.

    An index measuring the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in October jumped to nearly its highest level in almost six years. Steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates have made home buying more attractive.

    U.S. pending home sales jump to nearly a 6-year high

    An index measuring the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in October jumped to nearly its highest level in almost six years. Steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates have made home buying more attractive. The increase points to healthy sales increases of previously occupied homes in the months ahead.

    Major retailers reported weak sales in November as a strong start the holiday shopping season over the Thanksgiving weekend wasn’t enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by Superstorm Sandy.

    Retailers report weak sales gains for November

    Black Friday was no match for Sandy. Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start the holiday shopping season over the Thanksgiving weekend wasn't enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by Superstorm Sandy.

    In this July 25, 2000, photo, Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire trailing from its engine on the left wing from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

    French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

    A French appeals court has overturned a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, ruling Thursday that mistakes by the company's mechanics were not enough to make it legally responsible for the deaths.


    U.S. economy grew at 2.7 percent rate in summer

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate from July through September, much faster than first thought. The strength is expected to fade in the final months of the year because of uncertainty about looming tax increases and government spending cuts.

    After a yearlong inquiry full of sensational testimony, Lord Justice Brian Leveson released his report Thursday into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation to prevent phone hacking, data theft, bribery and other abuses.

    UK judge issues damning press verdict

    Britain needs a new independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behavior that infected segments of the country's press, a senior judge said Thursday at the end of a yearlong inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing. Lord Justice Brian Leveson said a new regulatory body should be established in law to prevent more people from being hurt by "press behavior that, at times, can only be described as outrageous."

    The slow improvement in the economy gave a huge boost to entrepreneurship in the U.S. last year, according to a study released Thursday.

    Report: Economy boosted entrepreneurship in 2011

    The slow improvement in the economy gave a huge boost to entrepreneurship in the U.S. last year, according to a study released Thursday. More than 29 million people were starting or running new businesses in 2011, the study by Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and Baruch College in New York shows. That was a 60 percent gain from 2010, when entrepreneurship was hurt by uncertainty about the economy


    Oil rises as worries over U.S. budget deal ease

    The price of oil rose Thursday as U.S. leaders voiced optimism that a budget deal would be reached before the end of the year.Benchmark crude for January delivery was up 53 cents to $87.02 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 69 cents to finish at $86.49 per barrel in New York.


    NY businessman pleads not guilty to fraud charge
    A New York man arrested on criminal fraud charges after he claimed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had years ago promised him half ownership in the company has pleaded not guilty.Paul Ceglia entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Ceglia remains free on bail two days after an indictment was returned.


    U.S. budget deal hopes give markets a boost

    Hopes that U.S. political leaders may be inching towards a budget deal that will avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases have given markets a big boost Thursday.Comments by President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner that a deal to avoid a budget crisis could be reached before the year-end helped U.S. markets turn around on Wednesday and that momentum carried through into the Asian and European sessions.

    Associated Press The top floors of New York’s Empire State Building are lit in blue and white light after being switched on by R&B star Alicia Keys. The landmark boasts a new LED lighting system with a palette of more than 16 million colors in limitless combinations.

    Empire State Building surprises N.Y. with new lights

    In the middle of the night, as most of New York slept, something big and bright lit up the Manhattan skyline for just seconds — a tightly kept secret to all but a handful of people.It was a tiny test for the huge public surprise four days later: the flipping of a switch at the Empire State Building to turn on its dancing new LED lights. They burst from the skyscraper while synchronized with R&B star Alicia Keys singing "Empire State of Mind" on nationwide radio.

    Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday following a closed-door meeting House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

    White House, Congress talk as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears

    Obama administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks that come amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff." Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and top White House aide Rob Nabors are to visit separately Thursday with the four House and Senate leaders to discuss how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in January.

    Boxes of garments lay near equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory,on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday.

    Factory owner: I didn’t know fire exits needed

    The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation's garment industry are from issues of worker safety."It was my fault. But nobody told me that there was no emergency exit, which could be made accessible from outside," factory owner Delwar Hossain was quoted Thursday as telling The Daily Star newspaper. "Nobody even advised me to install one like that, apart from the existing ones."

    After 12 holiday shopping seasons as general manager of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Marc Strich will be transferring in January to another Taubman Co. mall in Palm Beach, Fla. His move is a result of an ownership and management change at the mall.

    Strich reflects on 12 years at Woodfield

    Marc Strich is overseeing his 12th holiday shopping season as general manager of Woodfield Mall. What he didn't know two months ago was that it would be his last. As part of a change of ownership approved in October, Simon Property Group will be taking over management of Woodfield from Strich's employer, The Taubman Co., which opened the mall 41 years ago.

Life & Entertainment

    Second-grade Channing Elementary School teacher Tamika Morales poses with just a sampling of the gifts that she has received over her six years as a teacher in Elgin.

    Teacher gifts from the heart score most points

    It's that time of year again. Christmas trees are lighting up family rooms. Gift exchange arrangements are being made. And parents are trying to figure out what to do for their kids' teachers. Though teachers say gifts are not expected, they do have some advice: The more personal the better.

    Lindsay Lohan was arrested and charged with third-degree assault early Thursday after police say she hit a woman during an argument at a New York City nightclub.

    Lohan charged with NYC assault and Calif. crash

    Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested Thursday in New York City after police said she hit a woman during an argument, then hours later was charged in California with lying to police and reckless driving for a June crash in which her Porsche slammed into a dump truck.


    French actor Depardieu nabbed driving drunk

    French actor Gerard Depardieu has been briefly detained by police for allegedly driving drunk on his motorcycle. Sipa news agency quotes police as saying the 63-year-old actor was brought in Thursday afternoon by Paris police after falling off his motorcycle.

    CNN on Thursday named former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker as its new top executive.

    Jeff Zucker to head CNN

    CNN on Thursday named former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker as its new top executive, searching for a way to turn around the original cable news network as it has lagged behind rivals Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Zucker will start in January, based in New York and reporting to Phil Kent, who runs all of the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner.

    Joshua K. Harris stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Tyler Bednar is one of several youngsters playing Tiny Tim in the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's 10th annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

    Metropolis’ entertaining ‘Carol’ puts Cratchits front and center

    Nearly 170 years before the phrase "99 percenters" entered the lexicon, Charles Dickens introduced them to readers in the guise of the Cratchits, the impoverished yet deeply devoted family whose fate rests in the hands of wealthy Ebenezer Scrooge. Indeed, one cannot watch Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's pleasantly entertaining production of "A Christmas Carol" without contemplating the 99 percent.

    Former “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler responded on Tuesday to Nicki Minaj’s claim that he’s a racist during an interview with the Canadian entertainment news program “eTalk” following Twitter comments made by Minaj, an “Idol” judge this season.

    Steven Tyler addresses Nicki Minaj ‘racist’ claim

    Steven Tyler is apologizing — if Nicki Minaj misinterpreted his recent comments. The former "American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman responded to Minaj's claim that he's a racist.

    Cinderella (Missy Karle) washes clothes while her evil family hovers behind her in the Emerald City Theatre’s production of “Cinderella.” The evil family includes stepsister Grace (Tommy Bullington), left, stepmother (Heather Townsend) and stepsister Temperance (Mark Kosten).

    Fun ‘Cinderella’ not your Disney princess tale

    It's obvious, from the opening scene, that the Emerald City Theatre's production of "Cinderella" isn't a copycat version of the popular Disney princess story. For starters, Cinderella is a brunette. She looks more like Katy Perry than the blond cartoon princess. However, it's the script, dotted with subtle comedy, that makes this hourlong children's play fun for both children and adults.


    ‘That 70s Show’ star arrested in North Carolina

    "That '70s Show" star Lisa Robin Kelly is free on bond after being arrested for assault. Police in the Charlotte, N.C., suburb of Mooresville arrested the 42-year-old Kelly and 61-year-old husband Robert Joseph Gilliam after responding to a disturbance at their home Monday. Both are free on bond.


    Book notes: NCC hosts ‘Thomas Jefferson’ author

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham reads from and signs copies of his new book, "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Wentz Hall, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The event is hosted by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville.

    “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956” by Anne Applebaum

    ‘Iron Curtain’ reveals E. Europe’s devastation

    Writing from the multiple vantage points of individuals across Eastern Europe rather than the perspective of governments and political leaders, Anne Applebaum sheds long overdue light on the devastation experienced across the region after World War II. She studied newly public archives and interviewed more than 80 survivors.. Her resulting account — centered on East Germany, Poland and Hungary — is detailed, compelling and graphic.


    It’s OK for kids to pick their own extracurricular activities

    Parents worry that by not having their child in extracurricular activities, he isn't getting what he needs. But he loves doing his own thing - enjoying just being a kid. Carolyn Hax says more power to him.

    Palatine neighbors Satish Thirumalai, left, and Anand Shanmugan officially open their new enterprise, PIX 5D Cinema, the area’s first 5-D theater experience at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    New Schaumburg theater tries out 5-D

    Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of Emily Bronte's classic book "Wuthering Heights" will go down as one of the coldest movies ever made. Not only because of the barren wintry landscapes, whistling winds and the cast's frosty breath, but because the characters emanate all the warmth of dry ice. Dann reviews Arnold's new movie, plus interviews the Palatine man behind the new PIX 5-D Cinema.

    Corporate mob hit man Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) takes care of business in Andrew Dominik's violent and talky “Killing Them Softly.”

    Graphic violence punctuates talky, world-weary mob drama

    “Killing Them Softly” doesn't glorify gangsters, it studies them, just as Andrew Dominik's earlier western “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford” studied the personalities involved in one of the most popular killings in outlaw mythology. Forget about obligatory romantic subplots for women. “Killing Them Softly” has none as it grimly demystifies the American mob drama.

    Cheese fondue makes a fun, festive meal that everyone can enjoy.

    Fondue a festive meal for holidays, any day

    What's not to like about warm gooey cheese? Jerome Gabriel celebrates the holidays with a cheese fondue that pleases family and friends of all ages.

    The mysterious collector prepares to rain terror down upon unsuspecting victims in the horror movie "The Collection."

    'Collection' a gory, gruesome, graphic horror flick

    The ultra-violent "The Collection" is a series of stale, tried-and-true shock devices (how many times have we seen someone look into a peep hole, only to be startled when another eyeball suddenly stares back?) mixed with just enough twists (two characters turn out to be surprisingly smart and resourceful in their quests to stay alive) to keep from sliding into banal, rehashed horror trash.

    Cheese fondue makes a fun, festive meal that everyone can enjoy.

    Cheesy Cheddar Fondue
    Cheesey Cheddar Fondue: Jerome Gabriel



    Editorial: Find an equitable tax on video service

    A proposal to create Illinois' first tax on satellite TV service creates a competitive disadvantage and should be scrapped, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    How to kill Social Security, with a smile

    Columnist Froma Harrop: If conservatives think rich people should pay more, they can simply let marginal tax rates (and the capital gains tax rate) rise. Complicating Social Security with more means-testing and ending the tax dedicated to keeping it afloat would kill the program


    ‘Petraeus Affair’ highlights unfairness to women

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The double standard we apply to men and women in these very human dramas is nothing new, but also nothing short of appalling. Even as we urge women to behave in every way as men, even pushed to arms on the battlefront, the Madonna-whore dichotomy is alive and writhing.


    It really is about class
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: President Obama is fond of saying his eagerness to raise taxes on the rich is not about class warfare, "it's about the math."


    Hostess was just trying to stay solvent
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Over 18,000 people are going to lose their jobs if Hostess closes. I think that some other company should buy Hostess so that the workers won't lose their jobs, and so their wages and benefits won't have to be cut.


    It’s your move, elected officials
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The people have spoken, and it's time for our elected officials to get to work solving issues and end the politics of division. The majority are not looking for a handout but rather a level playing field on which to work for a better life.


    Voters indeed need more info
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I would certainly like to see what groups are behind offering that information to their voters, and approach similar groups or organizations in Cook County to take this task on.


    Let the fiscal cliff happen
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Maybe if everyone had some skin in the game we could get rid of "Obamaphones" and all the other handouts this administration is giving.


    Community’s rights over individuals’?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain's quote about protecting individual rights by way of "the rights of the entire community" when questioned on the tree cutting moratorium in Elgin smacks of hypocrisy and contradiction at its very core.


    Takers won the election
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The Nation of Takers has won. This is the first election where the voters who had no stake in the game have elected the one who was giving them stuff, paid for by those who did not vote for him.


    Geller ads do more harm than good
    A Woodridge letter to the editor: Pamela Geller's "anti-Jihad" ad only does more harm than good. Religion is a choice that people proudly make. Geller's ad assumes that Jihad has something to do with violence and hate.


    Students not as dumb as portrayed
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Your Nov. 13 editorial entitled "Public education in Illinois barely earns a passing grade" brought up an issue that directly affects students in Illinois and frankly, the future success of our state.


    Reject ‘anti-Jihad’ messages on buses
    A Lombard letter to the editor: One of the beauties of living in America is freedom of speech. Our forefathers protected free speech to benefit the nation. Anti-Islam personalities like Pamela Geller, however, use free speech to promote freedom of hatred.


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