Daily Archive : Monday December 3, 2012

News

  •  

    Aurora teen arraigned on reckless homicide charge

    An Aurora teen formally pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges stemming from a crash that killed Metea Valley High School sophomore Devin Meadows. Logan Krogman was arraigned before DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin on one count each of aggravated reckless driving and reckless homicide.

  •  
    Jill Cataldo

    Learn money saving tips from ‘Super Coupon Queen’ in Aurora

    Coupons and a smart shopping game plan are as good as gold in today's economy. Jill Cataldo will detail the secrets and strategies from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, with a workshop at the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora.

  •  
    Sean Sullivan, president of the Maine Township High School District 207 reads a brief statement concerning the recent hazing events at the Monday night board meeting in Park Ridge.

    DCFS: Prosecutors should determine if District 207 violated state law

    It will be up to the Cook County State's Attorney's office to decide whether to prosecute Maine Township High School District 207 officials for alleged failure to report sexual abuse during hazing that occurred in the school's athletic program. DCFS has referred allegations to Cook County prosecutors that one or more school district employees knew of "alleged abuse or neglect as early as 2007" of...

  •  
    District 300 teachers walk the picket line Tuesday morning in Carpentersville outside school district headquarters.

    District 300 teachers begin strike today

    Nearly 1300 Community Unit District 300 teachers will be dressed in black and white on picket lines today on day one of the union's first strike in more than three decades. LEAD 300, the Carpentersville area district's teachers union, declared the strike Monday afternoon when a day of negotiating — after 11 months of talks — failed to result in a new contract for teachers.

  •  
    In January, Northwest Towns Sportsmen's Club members met in Arlington Heights to carve and grind venison into jerky that later was shipped to troops serving in Afghanistan. One soldier on the receiving end, Army Capt. Court Harris of Arlington Heights, met with members late last month to thank them for their efforts.

    Sportsmen thanked for donation to troops

    Nearly one year after members of the Northwest Towns Sportsmen's Club shipped off venison jerky from their deer hunting season to American troops abroad, they got their just rewards: The officer on the receiving end in Afghanistan came to thank them. "It was perfect," Army Capt. Court Harris of Arlington Heights said. "We know all the work that went into making it, shipping them off and filling...

  •  
    Expansion of the medical building in Arlington Heights, despite concerns from local residents, has been approved by the Arlington Heights village board.

    Arlington Hts. trustees affirm medical building expansion

    The Arlington Heights Village Board on Monday stood by its earlier decision to approve a large expansion for a medical building along Rand Road, in spite of continued concerns from residents. The trustees' unanimous approval of the planned two-story, 32,000-square-foot expansion at 1051 W. Rand Road came after a contentious discussion between residents and the petitioners at a meeting last month.

  •  
    Jeff Schielke

    Schielke seeks 9th term as Batavia mayor

    Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke announced Monday that he will seek a ninth term as mayor. "I don't like to leave things in the middle, and we started the streetscape prgram and I would really like to see that through," he said.

  •  

    District 33 declares impasse with teachers

    West Chicago Elementary School District 33 teachers and the board of education declared an impasse Monday night after failing to reach an agreement. The declaration comes after 14 months of negotiations and two months spent with a federal mediator. Once an impasse has been declared, both sides have a two-week deadline to make their final offers public. Talks may continue until then.

  •  
    Scientists say if the voracious Asian carp gain a foothold in the Great Lakes, they eventually could out-compete native species and severely damage the region’s $7 billion fishing industry.

    Judge tosses Asian carp suit, but states can amend it

    A federal judge Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by five states that want barriers placed in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but he said he would consider new arguments if the case were filed again. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania claimed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District...

  •  

    Body found in Indiana that of Calumet City woman

    Authorities say they’ve identified a body found in a wooded area in Indiana as that of a Calumet City woman whose boyfriend was charged with murder after she disappeared in October.

  •  

    East Dundee raises tax levy by 3 percent

    Although the East Dundee village board voted Monday night to raise the tax levy by three percent, trustees have the opportunity to change their mind in the spring once an untold quantity reveals itself. "It's a very modest increase that gives the board some flexibility when the total property values are available," Finance Director Linda Blackerby said.

  •  
    The new, 24-seat Kane County Board took its oath of office Monday morning with pep talk from Chairman Chris Lauzen.

    Lauzen sets tone as Kane County Board chairman

    New Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen was known for having a penchant for theatrics during his days as a state senator. On Monday Lauzen greeted the new county board with a sports montage video meant to inspire the new officials to greatness. Lauzen pledged to reverse the low morale and "atmosphere of fear" he believes currently exists in the county.

  •  

    Roselle still hopeful it can save fireworks show

    With nearly $5,000 already contributed to a campaign to save Roselle's Fourth of July Fireworks, village officials said they remain hopeful they can meet a March 15 goal of $15,000 to secure a vendor. So far, the village has raised almost $4,800 toward its overall goal of $25,000. Village officials think their goal is realistic, since the full amount would come easily if every one of Roselle's...

  •  
    David Koschman

    Daley nephew indicted in Mount Prospect man’s death

    A Mount Prospect woman who took on some of the most powerful forces in Chicago politics to clear her dead son's name claimed vindication Monday after a special prosecutor indicted the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley for involuntary manslaughter. "It's a good day, but it's still a sad day because my son is not with us still," she said Monday after the indictment was announced.

  •  

    Huntley motorcyclist killed in crash

    A Huntley motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in a weekend crash.

  •  
    Elizabeth Chaplin is congratulated by Judge John Elsner after being sworn in as a District 2 county board member during the 2012 Inauguration of DuPage County elected officials at the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration building in Wheaton on Monday.

    Eight newcomers join DuPage County Board

    A revamped DuPage County Board is ready to begin its work now that eight new members have joined the panel. New county board members Elizabeth Chaplin, Peter DiCianni, Amy L. Grant, Gary Grasso, Tonia Khouri, Sean T. Noonan, Lauren Nowak and Sam Tornatore were sworn in during a Monday night inauguration event in Wheaton.

  •  

    Cary home uninhabitable after fire

    An unincorporated McHenry County home is uninhabitable after a morning fire Monday.

  •  

    Man arrested with 75 pounds of marijuana

    McHenry County police arrested a California man Monday who was traveling with 75 pounds of cannabis.

  •  
    Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican and a member of last year’s failed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, said of current budget talks: “All this stuff is hard. There’s nothing easy here. But if everybody feels like everybody else is contributing, it makes it easier.”

    GOP issues a new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue — but not raising rates for the wealthy.

  •  
    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon during clashes with government forces in Aleppo on Sunday.

    US weighing military options if Syria uses WMD

    The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after U.S. intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be readying those weapons and may be desperate enough to use them, U.S. officials said Monday.

  •  
    The proposed Water Street development in downtown Naperville will be back Tuesday before the city council.

    Revised Water Street proposal not likely to change council minds in Naperville

    Developers eliminated 62 apartments and 8 feet from the height of the downtown Naperville Water Street proposal but the changes seem to have had little impact on those who will eventually be voting on the plan. Naperville city council members Tuesday will discuss the latest revisions to the mixed-use proposal slated for the south edge of the DuPage River, but early discussions show little...

  •  
    Aaron Lawlor is hugged by Carol Calabresa after he was named Lake County Board chairman on Monday. Calabresa was named vice chairman.

    Route 53 extension a top priority for new Lake County Board chairman

    Lake County Commissioner Aaron Lawlor was elected the new county board chairman this morning following a vote by its members. He replaces Commissioner David Stolman of Buffalo Grove, who opted not to seek another term. "I am so grateful to lead this body," Lawlor said. "There's a lot of change on this board today, but our priorities remain the same."

  •  

    Donations for hurricane victims

    MBX Systems, 1200 Technology Way, Libertyville, is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 12 for two charities to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.

  •  

    Aaron Lawlor’s speech to the county board
    This is the text of Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor's acceptance speech.

  •  
    This image released by NASA shows the work site of the NASA’s rover Curiosity on Mars. Results are in from the first test of Martian soil.

    Mars rover: No surprise in soil test

    NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life.

  •  
    Young O. Thornton

    Spa employees charged with prostitution

    Two employees of a Carol Stream spa were arrested and charged with prostitution.

  •  
    Elizabeth Saint Victor winces as she gets a flu shot from LPN Jean Buck in Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 30. Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one.

    CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad

    Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one. Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types.

  •  
    Lawmakers return to Springfield today, but they are not expected to tackle cuts to teachers’ and state workers’ pensions.

    Lawmakers back, but pensions probably not on the table this week

    For all the urgent pushing from some state officials to cut teachers' and state workers' retirements, lawmakers aren't likely to vote on the issue this week when they return to the Capitol. But talks could continue behind the scenes to try to set up a showdown on the issue in early January.

  •  

    Des Plaines history book release party

    A release party for a pictorial history book with more than 200 vintage images of Des Plaines is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Des Plaines Public Library. The book is the latest in the "Images of America" paperback series published by Arcadia Publishing, in collaboration with the Des Plaines History Center.

  •  
    Mike Nerheim

    New state’s attorney announces review panel for Lake County

    Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim on Monday announced the people he'll appoint to a panel that will review cases involving possible wrongful convictions. Nerheim also announced the creation of a citizens panel to examine the issue of wrongful convictions.

  •  
    Zachary Bingham

    Kaneland graduate was caring friend, talented welder

    Friends and teachers of Zachary Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, recall the 2012 Kaneland High School graduate as a skilled welder who volunteered and would do anything to help his friends. Bingham was killed Saturday when a Wisconsin woman with a long criminal record crashed into Bingham while she was driving a car stolen from Wheaton, police said.

  •  
    Bob McQuillan

    Government-finances critic to run for Geneva mayor

    Bob McQuillan, a co-founder of the Geneva TaxFACTS government watching group, is running for mayor of Geneva.

  •  
    Nigel Whittington

    Prairie Crossing Charter School leader says he’s leaving

    Prairie Crossing Charter School's boss has announced he's departing at the end of the current academic year. Nigel Whittington made his resignation public in an email to the Grayslake public choice school's parents and others Monday. He's been executive director since July 2010.

  •  

    Cook County officials sworn in

    Clerks, judges and other publicly elected Cook County officials took the oath of office to mark the start of new terms. Swearing-in ceremonies were held Monday for county officials who were elected or re-elected in November. That included Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown, who spoke about her 12 years in office after taking the oath.

  •  
    Tina Hill

    Ten-year veteran is new McHenry County Board chairman

    Ten-year veteran Tina Hill is new chairman of the McHenry County Board, while Ken Koehler, the longest serving chairman in the county's history with eight years on the job, failed to get re-elected at the organizational meeting Monday.

  •  

    Gurnee police warn of car burglaries

    Multiple vehicle burglaries in Gurnee have police warning residents to lock cars and stow valuables out of view of potential thieves. Police have recorded 14 car burglaries villagewide since Thanksgiving — nearly twice as many as the typical average. Of those, seven have occurred in residential areas and seven occurred in the business district.

  •  
    Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge

    Judge postpones wrongful conviction trial

    A federal judge has postponed a trial over allegations that Chicago police covered up the torture of suspects. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo announced the delay Monday, as a jury was about to be chosen for the trial involving a lawsuit filed by Alton Logan.

  •  
    Antoine Johnson

    8 years for dealing heroin in DuPage

    A Chicago man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for dealing heroin in Dupage County, prosecutors said. Antoine Johnson, 27, had pleaded guilty in October to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell sentenced him.

  •  

    Beavers says he’ll testify in tax trial

    A Cook County commissioner has vowed to testify at his federal tax-evasion trial. William Beavers says there's "no question" he'll testify to deny charges he took money from his campaign coffers and didn't declare it.

  •  

    Lake County retired teachers meeting

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Dec. 11, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway in Libertyville.

  •  

    DuPage no longer a GOP stronghold?

    We've known for a while that the face of DuPage is changing. But we got to see how much it has changed last month when some well-known and seemingly entrenched Republicans lost their re-election bids.

  •  
    Keetwon Montgomery

    Streamwood teen charged with robbing man in Hanover Park

    An 18-year-old Streamwood man charged with robbery in Hanover Park remains in the Cook County jail after a judge set his bond at $50,000. Keetwon Montgomery, of the 0-100 block of Helen Court, is accused of ripping a necklace from a man's neck and also taking his watch and a bag of coins.

  •  

    Charges filed after Lake County courtroom fight

    Charges have been filed against a man who fought with sheriff's deputies at the main Lake County courthouse during a trial last week, authorities said.

  •  
    Jason Ozbirn

    Hanover Park man charged with burglary, theft

    A 32-year-old Hanover Park man has been charged with burglary and theft after authorities found three stolen GPS units in his possession.

  •  

    Tri-Cities police reports
    John A. Cunningham, 48, of Batavia was arrested at 2:26 p.m. Sunday at his home, according to Batavia police. He was charged with felony armed violence — using a Class III weapon, and aggravated battery of a victim 60 or older, police said.

  •  
    Thomas Shirley

    Wheeling High School mourns longtime principal
    Thomas Shirley retired more than 20 years ago, but longtime administrators with Northwest Suburban High School District 214 still refer to him as the "heart and soul" of Wheeling High School. Shirley passed away on Sunday. The former Prospect Heights resident and alderman was 82. "His whole focus was doing what's best for the kids at Wheeling," says Robert Cudney, former District 214 assistant...

  •  
    Nicholas Miele won the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest in 2009 with his massive display at 1199 Meadow Drive in Batavia.

    Holiday lights flashback: 2009 winner

    An amazing 30,000-light display synched with holiday music was the key to Nicholas Miele winning the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest in 2009. "I've always been a very creative person," said the Batavia resident, who was 18 at the time. "And I just think Christmas lights look beautiful."

  •  
    DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin has enacted a new program making his office one of only two in the state to handle its own appeals.

    DuPage County prosecutor launches appeals unit

    DuPage County's state's attorney's office is now one of only two in the state handling its own appeals a move officials say will better prepare lawyers for trial."It's a tremendous area of training," State's Attorney Bob Berlin said. "There's no question it makes our lawyers better."

  •  

    Northwest suburban police blotter

    In an apparent incident of road rage, a 46-year-old Chicago man was charged in Streamwood with felony aggravated battery/great bodily harm after he reportedly choked a man who criticized him. The man was dumping a load of dirt at Harris Bank on Irving Park Road when a woman in the teller lane drove around the truck, angering him, and things escalated from there, reports said.

  •  

    No injuries in Glen Ellyn house fire

    No injuries were reported, but a Glen Ellyn family was forced from its home Monday morning when fire damaged a house on the 200 block of Newton Avenue, authorities said. Firefighters responded at 7:03 a.m. and found flames shooting about four or five feet in the air from the roof and smoke coming from the eaves, Chief Jeff Buccola said.

  •  
    Officials from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 have released a statement saying that reports of hazing involving the Hoffman Estates High School boys’ varsity basketball team that surfaced last week did not involve sexual misconduct.

    Superintendent: Hoffman Estates hazing didn’t involve sexual misconduct

    Officials from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 have released a statement saying that reports of hazing involving the Hoffman Estates High School boys' varsity basketball team that surfaced last week did not involve sexual misconduct. "Hazing or other initiations have never been tolerated, nor will it ever be tolerated in our basketball program or in any program at Hoffman Estates...

  •  
    Donald Mischke, 56 of Lisle, will go to trial in Lake County on Monday.

    Judge clears way for trial to begin in crash that killed Grayslake woman

    A Lisle man will face a jury next week after a Lake County judge ruled Monday that his rights were not violated when he was arrested following a fatal crash nearly two years ago. Donald Mischke, 56, was properly read his Miranda rights and was not hindered by medication prior to being questioned by police following the high-speed crash that killed 25-year-old Elisha Clark of Grayslake in 2010.

  •  
    Three vials of John Wayne Gacy’s blood were recently discovered by Cook County Sheriff’s detective Jason Moran. The sheriff’s office is creating DNA profiles from the blood of Gacy and other executed killers and putting them in a national DNA database of profiles created from blood, semen, or strands of hair found at crime scenes and on the bodies of victims. What they hope to find is evidence that links the long-dead killers to the coldest of cold cases and prompt authorities in other states to submit the DNA of their own executed inmates and maybe evidence from decades-old crime scenes to help them solve their own cases.

    John Wayne Gacy’s blood may solve old murders

    Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed — mostly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to be creative: They've created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men...

  •  

    Report: Overtime costs at Tamms prison skyrocket

    The supermax prison that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is looking to close for budgetary reasons is paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime to its security staff despite having more guards than inmates, according to a newspaper report. The Tamms Correctional Center in Alexander County has 208 guards and supervisors in its maximum-security unit that houses 138 inmates.

  •  
    Pope Benedict XVI touches a touchpad to send a tweet for the launch of the Vatican news information portal “www.news.va” at the Vatican.

    Pope joins tweeting masses with Pontifex handle

    Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity — spreading the faith through his own Twitter account. The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12.

  •  
    Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, left, is congratulated by the former state’s attorney Michael Waller during the swearing in ceremony Monday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. Chief Judge Fred Foreman presided over the ceremony.

    New Lake County state’s attorney, clerk, coroner sworn in Monday

    Mike Nerheim was sworn in at Lake County's new state's attorney on Monday. Also taking oaths of office were the new coroner, clerk of the circuit court and several new judges.

  •  

    Ingleside man charged after standoff, police say

    An Ingleside man is facing charges following an armed standoff, Lake County sheriff's police said Monday. Frank Lesnicki, 35, pointed a .38-caliber revolver at his girlfriend's head and told her he was going to kill her Friday during the confrontation on the 26000 block of Squaw Road, police said in a news release. No one was injured. Lesnicki was arrested after police surrounded the house for...

  •  
    Mark Friedman has been named interim superintendent of Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.

    Friedman named interim superintendent in District 59

    Mark Friedman, the state's superintendent of the year in 2009, has been selected as the interim superintendent for Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59, according to a news release issued today. The school board approved the appointment last week, pending negotiation of details. Friedman will begin work Jan. 7 and continue through June 30, replacing Daniel Schweers, who recently announced...

  •  

    Louisiana town evacuates; police relocate explosives

    A town in northwest Louisiana was being evacuated and state police were starting a criminal investigation of a company after finding about 6 million pounds of explosive material used in howitzers they say was stored illegally. Boxes and small barrels of the M6 artillery propellant were found both outdoors and crammed into unauthorized buildings leased by Explo Systems Inc. at Camp Minden, the...

  •  
    Israel Keyes, charged in the death of an Alaska barista, has killed himself, and authorities say he was linked to at least seven other possible slayings in three other states. Keyes was found dead Sunday in his Anchorage jail cell. Officials say it was a suicide.

    Alaska murder suspect linked to 7 other killings

    Investigators say a man found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail was not only suspected of killing an Anchorage barista but may be linked to seven other possible slayings around the country. Israel Keyes, who had also confessed to killing a Vermont couple, was found dead in his cell Sunday, authorities said at a news conference that included U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler, the FBI, and...

  •  
    Chris Lauzen talks with his wife, Sarah, left, and other supporters Nov. 6 after he won the race for Kane County Board Chairman. Lauzen will be sworn in Monday.

    Could bad blood derail new Kane board?

    New Kane County leaders will be sworn in Monday, and they'll have plenty of issues to deal with, not the least of which will be some of the relationships and rivalries among themselves.

  •  
    The Catlow theater co-owner Tim O’Connor demonstrates how movie film is loaded onto a giant reel table that is then fed into the Simplex XL film projector at the Barrington theater. The system will be replaced by a state-of-the-art digital projector just before Christmas.

    Barrington’s Catlow theater about to go digital

    Nearly 1,400 supporters this summer helped give Barrington's 85-year-old Catlow theater the chance for many more birthdays, and its owners are expecting to give the community a big Christmas present in return. Exactly one week before Christmas, the Catlow's expensive — and lifesaving — digital projector is expected to be delivered.

  •  
    Hersey High School’s Charles Dickens Caroler Katie Busse sings Christmas songs at the Arlington Heights annual tree lighting festival at North School Park on Friday.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    The Week In Pictures includes tree lighting festivities in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Wheaton, and Prospect Heights. Santa, this week, was able to take time off from his work at the North Pole, to visit children in Vernon Hills and Gurnee Mills. And, some folks impersonating Santa were riding bicycles for charity in Mt. Prospect. Also, a deer at Lakewood Forest Preserve outside Wauconda,...

  •  
    Former President George H.W. Bush is at Methodist Hospital in Houston’s Medical Centerfor treatment of a lingering cough.

    Painful cough keeps George H.W. Bush hospitalized

    Former President George H.W. Bush remains Monday in a Houston hospital, where he is being treated for a painful, lingering bronchitis-related cough, and there is no timeline for his release, his spokesman said. Initially, aides had said the 88-year-old 41st president would be released from the hospital over the weekend. But he has a "nagging cough" and "we don't have any idea when he'll be...

  •  
    Carlos O. Rios Uribe

    Two charged in Glendale Heights robbery

    Two Glendale Heights men face aggravated robbery charges after one of the men last week robbed acquaintances, police announced Monday. Carlos O. Rios Uribe, 18, and Francisco A. Vargas, 19, were taken into custody Friday after police investigated an armed robbery a day earlier on the 100 block of Opal Drive.

  •  
    Randy Splitt, facility manager for the Libertyville Sports Complex, talks to Dara Dietmeyer and Colleen Scopacasa, right, about the set up for an overnight New Year’s Eve celebration for fifth- to eighth-graders. The event is a fundraiser for a youth baseball team.

    Libertyville travel team hosts unique fundraiser for New Year’s

    The Libertyville 12U Orange traveling baseball team has been accepted to play next summer in Cooperstown, N.Y. Getting there is another matter, though, so the team has come up with a novel way to help raise the $12,000 in trip expenses: promoting an overnight New Year's Eve celebration for kids at the Libertyville Sports Complex.

  •  
    Ryan Brown shares a laugh with senior Cheri Wilson, 18, of Hanover Park, in between classes.

    Hoffman Estates instructor is a Daily Herald ‘Top Teacher’

    Dozens of students wave or say hello to Ryan Brown when they pass the 35-year-old English teacher in the hallways of Hoffman Estates High School. Brown is popular with the students, but it's his impact on their success in and out of the classroom that has earned him recognition by the Daily Herald as one of The Suburbs' Top Teachers, a new distinction awarded to outstanding suburban teachers.

  •  
    The head of the powerful Egypt Judges Club Ahmed el-Zind, center, speaks at a news conference Sunday announcing that judges will not oversee the Dec. 15 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution in Cairo, Egypt. El-Zind’s comments are the latest in a standoff between President Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary with most judges on strike following decrees Morsi issued last month that placed himself and the constitutional assembly above judicial oversight.

    Egyptian civil disobedience could widen

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi faced the prospect of widening civil disobedience on Monday as media and the tourism industry pondered measures to join a protest by judges against the Islamist leader. The country's judges have already gone on strike over Morsi's Nov. 22 decrees that placed him above judicial oversight.

  •  
    The Vatican said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle, @Pontifex, on Dec. 12. The pontiff will be using a question and answer format in his first tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith in 140 characters.

    Pope joins tweeting masses with Pontifex handle

    Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity — spreading the faith through his own Twitter account. The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle @Pontifex, responding live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday.

  •  

    Jury awards $50,000.75 to Chicago man in wrongful arrest lawsuit

    A federal jury has awarded $50,000.75 to a Chicago man who accused police officers of wrongfully arresting him while he was filing his car tires with air.

  •  

    Ga. girl recalls painful dolphin bite at SeaWorld

    An 8-year-old Georgia girl says it "really, really hurt" when a dolphin snatched her hand in its mouth while she fed the animal as part of an attraction at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Jillian Thomas of Alpharetta said she raised the paper carton she was holding, and "when the dolphin saw that, it leaped at me and bit me, ate the carton."

  •  
    A containment boom floats in Mantua Creek Saturday near freight train tank cars that derailed Friday in Paulsboro, N.J. Residents in an area of about 12 blocks near the derailment remain out of their homes as officials continued their efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car.

    Air quality raises concern at N.J. train wreck site

    Officials have stopped work at the site of last week's train derailment in southern New Jersey after unsafe chemical levels were found in the air. Officials ordered Paulsboro residents to stay inside and closed the schools when air quality monitoring detected unsafe levels of vinyl chloride around 6 a.m. Monday.

  •  

    How to nominate an educator
    With today's issue, we have begun to tell the stories of The Suburbs' Top Teachers, who they are, what makes them good, how they do what they do. We're looking for your recommendations. Email us at bestteachers@dailyherald.com or send a letter to Best Teachers, Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

  •  

    Talking about ... Ryan Brown
    Kids, fellow teachers sing Ryan Brown's praises.

  •  

    Meet teacher Ryan Brown
    Bio box for Ryan Brown

  •  

    Tips from a great teacher
    Ryan Brown offers three tips for beginning teachers.

  •  

    Police: Pa. man shoots, kills ex at church service

    An elementary school music teacher walked into a church in the middle of Sunday services and shot and killed his ex-wife as she sat in a pew, police said. Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, Pa., has been charged with first-degree murder, accused of twice shooting Darlene Sitler, 53, at the First United Presbyterian Church, where she served as organist and choir director.

  •  

    Coast Guard member dies in crash off Calif. coast

    A smuggler's vessel rammed a small U.S. Coast Guard boat off the Southern California coast, killing one Coast Guard member and injuring another, authorities said.

  •  
    Metra commuters with 10-ride passes are likely to be socked with an 11 percent increase next year.

    Readers sore over Metra fare hikes, red-light tickets

    Readers have their say in our InTransit column, sounding off about the latest Metra fare hikes, red-light cameras on Route 12 and more.

  •  
    Teachers Kristi Mullinix, right, and Teri Moore, from South Shores School in Decatur, Ill., are seen on Admiralty Island, Alaska, during a wilderness trip funded with a grant from Archer Daniels Midland Co. The idea of the trip was to give teachers a firsthand experience with brown bears and provide material for lessons for their students.

    Grant let Ill. teachers study outside the box

    DECATUR, Ill. — A week in the Alaska wilderness, getting around by kayak and roughing it, led South Shores School teacher Teri Moore to keep a list of “28 Things I’ve Never Done Before.”

  •  

    2 jailed, 1 hospitalized in Wis. sports bar brawl

    A fight near Lambeau Field following the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game sent one man to the hospital and two others to jail.

  •  

    Wis. brothers set to enter pleas in fatal fire

    Two southwestern Wisconsin brothers accused of trying to wipe out their family in a fire are due back in court this week. Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand are scheduled to enter pleas to multiple charges, including homicide and arson, on Wednesday in Lafayette County.

  •  
    Back in 2009, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday.

    Funeral for Rick Majerus is Saturday

    A funeral for former Marquette University coach Rick Majerus will be held Saturday in Milwaukee. Majerus, who got his start as an assistant under Al McGuire at Marquette, died Saturday at age 64 at a Los Angeles hospital.

  •  

    Indiana experiencing surge in wind power market

    Willis Ladd counts them through the little window above his kitchen sink on Indiana Highway 13 near Elwood. One, two, three, four ... 31 wind turbines.The Wildcat wind farm, a 125-turbine, 200-megawatt project spread across 8,500 acres in Madison and Tipton counties, will produce enough energy to power 60,000 average American homes for a year.

  •  

    Wrongful conviction trial to call Burge to stand

    The former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects is expected to testify in a trial this week. The trial stems from a lawsuit filed by Alton Logan. He was wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years for a murder he didn't commit and released in 2008.

  •  

    Ind. schools work to ensure iPads aren’t misused

    Schools in Indiana that issued iPads to students this year say they are finding ways to teach children not to use them inappropriately and are working to allay parents' fears about the devices being used for everything from posting items on social media to downloading inappropriate content.

  •  
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, left, talk Monday before a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The blossoming trade relationship will be the focus of a one-day trip to Turkey by Russian President Vladimir Putin, though differences between the two countries over the conflict in Syria will likely be aired.

    Putin visits Turkey amid differences over Syria

    The blossoming trade relationship will be the focus of a one-day trip to Turkey by Russian President Vladimir Putin, though differences between the two countries over the conflict in Syria will likely be aired. Putin's visit to Istanbul on Monday is his first trip in two months. The unusual break in his travel schedule fed speculation that the 60-year-old Russian leader is suffering from serious...

  •  

    Wis. salon reopens after shooting left 3 dead

    A Brookfield, Wis., salon where three women were gunned down six weeks ago has reopened. The Azana salon and spa opened its doors for the first time Saturday. Chamber of Commerce members arrived early to offer support and bring breakfast to the workers.

  •  
    Investigators stand outside an Independence, Mo., house where police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday before driving to the NFL football team’s training facility and shooting himself.

    ’Normal couple stuff’ before Chiefs murder-suicide

    As investigators search for a motive to help explain why Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, a discordant picture of the couple began to emerge. Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had lived apart briefly earlier in the year but had gotten back together by Thanksgiving, according to a friend of Perkins.

  •  

    Med tech in hepatitis C case to be in court in New Hampshire

    A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes is facing a federal court appearance in New Hampshire. David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors describe as a "serial infector," was indicted last week on 14 charges — seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of illegally obtaining drugs.

  •  

    Dawn Patrol: Fog overnight; D300 nears strike deadline

    A fog advisory was issued overnight. Members of the Community Unit District 300 union said that they would not accept the final offer for a new contract from the school board. Controversy erupts after NIU gets a berth in the Orange Bowl.

  •  

    Bevy of issues await new Kane County Board

    The new Kane County Board won't just have to suffer through a learning curve and adjust to new leadership. There are also several big issues, some with big price tags, looming for the new board.

  •  
    Bears coach Lovie Smith prepares to throw the challenge flag concerning a Seahawks touchdown in the fourth in the Bears loss to the Seahawks at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Weekend in Review: Dist. 300 unhappy with offer; Campton Hills crash kills 2
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Dist. 300 union unhappy with latest offer; crash involving stolen car kills 2 in Campton Hills; Richard Dent talks football injuries; hazing results in 3-game forfeit; Bears lose to Seahawks in OT; NIU headed to Orange Bowl; Lovie says, 'We should have taken the field goal'; and 'Cliff' talks deadlock on tax hikes.

Sports

  •  

    Fabbri fills it up as St. Viator rolls

    Junior guard Erin Fabbri scored 18 points to lead St. Viator to a 62-35 victory over host St. Edward in a nonconference girls basketball game on Tuesday night. Seniors Hannah Scheller added 9 points and Jennie Horstmann 8 for the Lions, who improved to 5-2.

  •  

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

  •  

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

  •  
    Victoria Trowbridge of Naperville Central and Shannon Ryan are all smiles after their big win ocer Neuqua Valley. This took place after the Girls basketball regional at East Auorora Friday.

    As big as it gets this early

    Andy Nussbaum needed to go back almost 20 years to remember this significant of a game, this soon in the season. With his elephant-like memory, that's saying something. Nussbaum's unbeaten fifth-ranked Naperville Central Redhawks host No. 4 Wheaton Warrenville South tonight in a matchup of last year's DuPage Valley Conference co-champs. To the winner, an early leg up in the DVC race.

  •  
    Carmel’s Kathleen Felicelli splits Lakes defenders Samantha Ney, left, and Shelby Trkla on Monday night at Lakes High School.

    Considerate Carmel earns win over Lakes

    Sesame Street's Elmo has taken a PR hit in recent weeks, but most toddlers who love the red, furry monster seem unfazed. Three-year-old Owen Perz, for instance, is still a big Elmo fan, so he had to be loving the giant Elmo balloon that his mom Kelly brought home with her on Monday night. Perz is the head girls basketball coach at Carmel, and the Elmo balloon was tied to a chair on her team's bench during its nonconference game at Lakes. Elmo, along with a cookie cake, was a birthday gift from her players, who knew that the perfect gift for Perz was a gift for her young son. "Well, my son is obsessed with Elmo and the girls are kind of obsessed with my son," Perz said with a laugh. "They got me an Elmo balloon for my birthday, but it's really for him. That was really nice." The Corsairs also gave Perz a gift that was more just for her, a 52-44 win over Lakes that bumps their record to 6-2.

  •  

    Redskins edge Giants in big Monday Night matchup
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$LANDOVER, Md. — Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown and had a fumble turn into another score, and the Washington Redskins pulled within one game of the NFC East lead with a 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.The Redskins improved to 6-6 with their third straight victory, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and on the heels of the Giants, who have lost three of four to fall to 7-5.Griffin completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and ran five times for 72 yards, breaking Cam Newton’s NFL record for yards rushing by a rookie quarterback. Griffin lost the ball on one of his runs, but it flew into the arms of teammate Joshua Morgan, who ran it in for an early touchdown.

  •  

    Memorable effort powers Wheeling’s Peterson

    Maryssa Peterson got a big boost from a little cheerleader Monday night at Arlington Lanes. The Wheeling bowler's 6-day-old nephew, Kayden, was in attendance — and although the odds are good the little guy won't remember much of what transpired, Peterson, her teammates and fans sure will. The junior fired the high game of the Mid-Suburban League meet — a 242 — which was 29 pins higher than her previous best-ever mark.

  •  
    Sam Hiller of Naperville North gets ready to jump from the block during the 200-yard freestyle relay at the boys state swimming finals at Evanston High School Saturday.

    Scouting DuPage County boys swimming

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys swimming teams of DuPage County this winter.

  •  
    Should the District 300 teachers strike linger, the 30th annual Charger Classic girls basketball holiday tournament could switch venues.

    Teachers strike puts District 300 sports on hold

    When the District 300 teachers hit the picket line Tuesday morning, it also means athletic competition and practices will be shutdown district wide. The list of postponed events will include the girls basketball game scheduled to be played Tuesday night at Dundee-Crown, where the Chargers were to host rival Jacobs as each team would have been seeking its first win of the season. Beyond the daily events that will be postponed or canceled until the strike is over, the greater concern if the strike lingers will be two longstanding varsity holiday basketball tournaments — the 30th annual Charger Classic girls tournament at Dundee-Crown and the Golden Eagles Classic boys tournament at Jacobs.

  •  
    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com ¬ Hampshire head coach Bob Barnett with Shane Hernandez on Saturday, January 8.

    Hampshire’s Barnett thrilled about IBCA honor

    Hampshire boys basketball coach Bob Barnett plans on having a heck of a car ride down to Bloomington in April. Barnett will make the trek south with his father, Keith, to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame ceremony. The association recently revealed Barnett will be inducted with the Class of 2013. "It's the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me?" said an appreciative Barnett when asked his thoughts on joining the state's elite high school basketball coaches in the Hall. "It's years of work and toiling and sweat and laughter. It also tells me a lot of kids were willing to give up personal gains for team goals. It's an incredible honor and accomplishment."

  •  
    Fans cheer as A.J. Pierzynski leaves the field.

    Despite Hahn’s words, it’ll be tough for Sox to sign Pierzynski

    On the first day of baseball's winter meetings Monday, general manager Rick Hahn again said there is still a chance veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski could return to the White Sox.

  •  
    Batavia’s Bethany Orman battles for a loose ball.

    Freshmen making instant impact

    It seems everywhere you look there's another freshman making an impact in her first year of high school.

  •  

    Trying to explain Geneva’s ACL woes

    You can't blame Geneva High School varsity girls basketball coach Sarah Meadows for being a little apprehensive these days when she hears these three letters spoken — A, C, and L.

  •  

    Girls basketball/Top 20
    Montini, Rolling Meadows and Neuqua Valley are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald girls basketball Top 20.

  •  
    Johnny Manziel

    Heisman finalists: Manziel, Te’o, Klein

    Johnny Manziel and Manti Te'o are in position to make Heisman Trophy history. Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback from Texas A&M, and Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker, along with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, were invited Monday to attend the Heisman presentation ceremony. Manziel is the favorite to win college football's most famous player of the year award Saturday night in Manhattan. He would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's only Heisman in 1957.

  •  

    It’s worth the wait for Brugioni, Grant

    Grant senior Dom Brugioni couldn't wait for the start of the boys bowling season. His high school, after all, had never had a team. Now, things are rolling for Brugioni and his new teammates.

  •  
    Former Houston Astros pitcher and broadcaster Jim Deshaies was named to the Chicago Cubs television team on December 3, 2012.

    Cubs fans ought to like what Deshaies brings to the table

    WGN-TV confirmed reports out of the winter meetings in Nashville that former major-league pitcher Jim Deshaies will be the new TV analyst on Cubs broadcast. Deshaies had been an analyst on Houston Astros broadcasts. He replaces the popular Bob Brenly, who left to take a similar job with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  •  
    Images from the Carmel at Lakes girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 3.

    Images: Carmel vs. Lakes, girls basketball
    The Lakes Eagles hosted the Carmel Corsairs for girls basketball action on Monday, Dec. 3 in Lake Villa.

  •  

    Moriarty’s complete effort lifts Christian Liberty past IMSA

    Jess Moriarty was the Class 1A 3-point shooting queen last March. She is a sophomore guard who hustles up and down the floor looking to make passes, shoot from the outside or drive to the basket. But after scoring 13 points to help lead Christian Liberty Academy to a 34-22 victory over Illinois Math and Science on Monday, guess what the 5-foot-5 native of Hoffman Estates was most excited about?

  •  
    Cary-Grove’s Michael Hamann is a three-time state qualifier.

    D155 co-op team hs plenty of experience

    The District 155 co-op boys' swimming team is looking for an encore performance this year. District 155, which features swimmers from Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South, Crystal Lake Central and Cary-Grove, won the Fox Valley Conference invitational title last year and returns nearly all its key swimmers from last year's powerhouse. Senior Michael Hamann (IM, backstroke) is a three-time state qualifier, while senior Tyler King was a member of the state 400 relay team. He'll swim the fly and 50 this year. Senior Adam Gaynor (200, 100) earned the most improved sectional performance honor and also was a member of the state 400 relay team. Senior Andrew Brierton (50 and 100) was a member of that relay as well.

  •  

    Lake Zurich’s Raffelson, Lynn make their mark on campus

    A couple of former Lake Zurich football teammates, J.J. Raffelson and Jack Lynn, made their mark at the collegiate level this fall.

  •  

    Boys bowling: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls bowling team of Lake County for the 2012-13 season.

  •  
    Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Monday that he couldn't find anything good to talk about with his team's defensive performance against Seattle.

    Smith offers no defense for Bears defense

    Bears coach Lovie Smith couldn't find much positive to say about his defense's performance in Sunday's overtime loss to the Seahawks, and the team travels to Minnesota for next week's game against the Vikings with an injury-depleted roster. Bob LeGere has more on what was on the mind of the Bears head coach in his meeting with the media Monday.

  •  
    Brandon Marshall fumbles but was able to recover for a 34-yard gain in the first quarter Sunday at Soldier Field. Marshall finished with 10 catches for 165 yards.

    Bears’ offense needs other WRs to step up

    Sunday was just the latest example of Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall putting up huge numbers in the passing game but not getting much help from his teammates. Coach Lovie Smith admits the offense needs additional players to step up as complements to Marshall, but the Bears are banged up at wide receiver.

  •  

    NIU’s Carey has a track record of success

    Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher has good reason to have a lot of confidence in his new head football coach, Rod Carey. "Every opportunity Rod has had to step up and make a difference in our program, he has done it," Comphere said "Whether developing a young, untested offensive line or stepping in as the offensive coordinator and playcaller in the second game of the season, he has responded with poise and professionalism."

  •  

    Toews will be in NHL meetings today

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is among the small group of players invited to be part of negotiations today in New York with six owners as the NHL and Players' Association try something different in an attempt to end the 80-day lockout.

  •  
    Jimmy Butler said he’s comfortable coming off the bench and giving the Bulls a spark with teammate Taj Gibson.

    Bulls, Hamilton caught a break

    In some ways, having a torn plantar fascia is considered a lucky break. The Bulls have had plenty of players suffer through months of soreness with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tendon that connects the arch to the heel. Joakim Noah, Andres Nocioni and Toni Kukoc come to mind.

  •  
    The Bulls’ Richard Hamilton will miss an undetermined amount of time with torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli will take his place but coach Tom Thibodeau has not indicated who will start.

    Butler or Belinelli will start for injured Hamilton
    There was no definitive word on when Richard Hamilton might return from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau also declined to name a replacement at shooting guard, but recent lineup trends have leaned heavily in one direction.

  •  

    Libertyville’s Filippo authors winning cross country finale

    Katherine Filippo is an English major at Illinois Wesleyan with an emphasis in writing. The former Libertyville standout sure wrote a great script for her final cross country season in Bloomington. She helped the Titans reach the NCAA finals for the first time in school history. Clocked in a time of 23:22.3 for 188th place, Filippo helped the Titans finish 24th in the NCAA Division III cross country championships at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind. "Qualifying for nationals was a goal that we had been working toward for the past four years," said Filippo, who also worked as an intern in the sports information department at IWU.

  •  
    Gunnar Kay

    Another Kay to play collegiate baseball

    When Gunnar Kay was a freshman, St. Viator baseball coach Mike Manno believed the young pitcher might end up at the Division I level of college baseball. "Because of his great mechanics we thought he had a chance," Manno said. "And he comes from a family of D-1 players." Sure enough, Gunnar will become the third sibling from the Kay house to play at the top collegiate level. He has accepted a scholarship to Dallas Baptist University in Texas. He becomes the seventh Lion to commit to a D-I school in seven years and eight other players from the school's baseball program have gone on to D-II, III or junior college.

  •  

    MLB pitchers might try safety hat liners next year

    Big league pitchers could experiment with protective hat liners next season, hoping they can absorb the shock of batted balls such as the ones that struck Brandon McCarthy and Doug Fister in the head. Major League Baseball medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas to executives, physicians and trainers at the winter meetings this week. Among the prototypes being studied is headgear made of Kevlar, the high-impact material used by the military and law enforcement and NFL players for body armor.

  •  
    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst, the Yankees said Monday. The third baseman will need to follow a pre-surgery program over the next four-to-six weeks, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four-to-six months after the operation.

    Alex Rodriguez needs hip surgery, will miss season’s start

    Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half. Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst, the Yankees said Monday. The third baseman will need to follow a pre-surgery program over the next four-to-six weeks, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four-to-six months after the operation. That timetable projects to a return between the start of May and mid-July.

  •  
    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, center, joins the rest of the bench Sunday in celebrating the winning field goal dagainst the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.

    Steelers hanging around behind resurgent Batch

    Larry Foote has no illusions about the Pittsburgh Steelers catching the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North even after Sunday's emotionally charged 23-20 victory over their bitter rivals. He doesn't exactly care either. Sure, homefield in the playoffs — if the Steelers manage to make it — would be nice. But the 32-year-old doesn't believe it's necessary for Pittsburgh to get where it wants to go.

  •  
    Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand (2) collides with Georgia Tech Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) as Georgia Tech Daniel Miller (5) tries to block the shot Wednesday during the second half in Champaign.

    Illinois moves up to No. 13 in AP Top 25 poll

    Indiana, Duke and Michigan remained the top three teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. Look all the way to the bottom and you won't see Kentucky's name for the first time since John Calipari became coach of the Wildcats. The Illini jumped nine spots in this week's poll, moving from No. 22 to No. 13.

  •  
    New Orleans Saints football linebacker Jonathan Vilma is pursued by reporters Friday as he arrives at an attorney’s office in Washington for a session of the pay-for-pain bounty system with the New Orleans Saints.

    Tagliabue, Saints continue bounty hearings

    Hearings in the NFL bounty probe of the Saints have resumed with witness appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been appointed to oversee the hearings, which he has scheduled to conclude in New Orleans by Tuesday. There were also several days of witness appearances in Washington, D.C., last week.

  •  
    This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the Dec. 10 issue, on sale now, featuring LeBron James who has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 2012. James is the first NBA player to win the award since Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.

    LeBron James chosen as SI’s Sportsman of the Year

    When LeBron James learned he was Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, the Miami Heat star was surprised. Not because he thought his achievements in 2012 weren't worthy, but because he figured what happened in 2010 was still holding him back. "I remember just like yesterday when I signed here and basically, like the roof caved in," James told The Associated Press, referring to the fallout from his infamous "Decision" to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010.

  •  

    Mike North video: Little excitement about Cubs’ pitching.

    Mike North says the Chicago Cubs have their pitching staff set for next season but he's not at all excited about it.

Business

  •  
    Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally stands beside a Lincoln MKZ during a press conference Monday in New York. The MKZ, the first of seven new or revamped Lincolns that will go on sale by 2015, will arrive at dealerships this month.

    Lincoln brand changes name as new MKZ goes on sale

    After years of dismal sales, Ford's Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan. The brand is returning to the name Lincoln Motor Co. as it launches its new MKZ sedan.

  •  
    An Amazon.com employee processes orders at its Fernley, Nev., warehouse. A storm is brewing in Europe over how little Internet powerhouses like Google and Amazon are paying in tax.

    Europe takes on tech giants and their tax havens

    Governments, hungry for money to prop up their struggling economies, are accusing the technology giants of incorporating themselves up in low-tax countries so they can avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars to countries such as Germany, Britain and France — where most of their European income is derived.

  •  
    General Motors said November industrywide U.S. light-vehicle sales were the highest in almost five years, exceeding analysts’ estimates while Honda Motor Co. led gains as buyers returned to showrooms after Hurricane Sandy.

    Storm delays lift already strong US auto sales

    Superstorm Sandy gave an extra boost to already strong U.S. auto sales last month, although carmakers warned that uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" could undo some of those gains.

  •  
    River traffic passes through a section of water containing an electric fish barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Romeoville.

    Great Lakes states’ suit over Asian carp rejected
    A federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by five states seeking to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to erect barriers between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin to prevent Asian carp from migrating from the river into the lakes.

  •  
    U.S. stocks fell, following a two-week advance for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as an unexpected contraction in manufacturing spurred concern about the potential economic toll from the so-called fiscal cliff.

    Stocks edge lower after weak manufacturing report

    Stocks edged lower on Wall Street Monday after a surprisingly weak manufacturing report heightened concern that fiscal deadlock in Washington is already hurting the economy.

  •  
    A worker for a Chinese-owned solar panel manufacturer examines a solar panel at a company facility in Goodyear, Ariz. The factory makes solar panels for one of the world’s biggest solar manufacturers.

    Chinese units of 5 big US audit firms charged

    Federal regulators have charged the Chinese affiliates of five of the biggest U.S. accounting firms with impeding the government's investigation of Chinese companies by refusing to turn over documents.

  •  
    News Corp's headquarters is shown in New York. News Corp. said Monday that its new publishing company will keep the News Corp. name, while its separate media and entertainment company will be renamed Fox Group.

    News Corp.'s new media co. to be named Fox Group

    News Corp. said Monday that its new publishing company will keep the News Corp. name, while its separate media and entertainment company will be renamed Fox Group. The conglomerate announced plans this summer to split into two public companies, one for its newspaper and book publishing business and the other for its fast-growing movie and TV operations. Rupert Murdoch will serve as chairman of the new News Corp. and chairman and CEO of Fox Group.

  •  
    Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and president of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, speaks Monday during a news conference being held after six days of intense negotiations in Doha, Qatar. Highlighting a rift between the rich countries and emerging economies like China, New Zealand’s climate minister staunchly defended his government’s decision to drop out of the emissions pact for developed nations, saying it’s an outdated and insufficient response to global warming.

    Fossil fuel subsidies in focus at climate talks

    assan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump. "Thank God that our country is an oil producer and the price of gasoline is one of the lowest," al-Kubaisi said, filling up his Toyota Land Cruiser at a gas station in Doha. "God has given us a blessing." To those looking for a global response to climate change, it's more like a curse.

  •  

    US manufacturing shrinks in November to 3-year low

    A survey shows U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009, the first month after the Great Recession ended. Worries about automatic tax increases in the New Year cut demand for factory orders and manufacturing jobs. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing conditions fell to a reading of 49.5. That's down from 51.7 in October.

  •  

    Archer Daniels Midland raises offer for GrainCorp

    Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. is increasing its buyout offer for GrainCorp by almost 4 percent and disclosed it has already added to its stake in the Australian grain handler. Under the revised deal, it will cost ADM about $2.33 billion to buy the rest of the company.

  •  
    U.S. builders spent more on home construction in October.

    US builders boost spending 1.4 percent in October

    U.S. builders increased their spending on construction projects in October by the largest amount in five months, led by a surge in housing. The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending rose 1.4 percent in October. It was the largest gain since a 1.7 percent increase in May.

  •  

    Oil hovers near $89 as China production improves

    The price of oil hovered around $89 a barrel Monday as investors focused on signs that China's economy may be picking up after a prolonged slowdown. Benchmark crude for January delivery was up 2 cents to $88.93 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 84 cents to close at $88.91 in New York on Friday.

  •  

    Chinese industrial upswing cheers markets

    News that manufacturing activity in China, the world's second largest economy, grew for the first time in 13 months helped push global stocks higher on Monday. HSBC's Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 in November from October's 49.5 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate activity is expanding.

  •  
    President Barack Obama waves Friday after speaking at the Rodon Group, which manufactures over 95% of the parts for K’NEX Brands toys, in Hatfield, Pa. The visit comes as the White House continues a week of public outreach efforts, while also attempting to negotiate a deal with congressional leaders.

    House and Senate sit on tax bills the other passed

    It may not sound like it from the rhetoric, but both the House and Senate already have passed separate bills to delay big tax increases awaiting nearly every taxpayer next year if Congress and the White House can't agree on a plan to avert the "fiscal cliff."

  •  
    Participants listen Monday to the speech of Hamdoun Toure, Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, seen on screens, at the 11th day of the World Conference on International Telecommunication in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The head of the U.N.’s telecommunication overseers sought Monday to quell worries about possible moves toward greater Internet controls during global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for increased Web regulations are likely to face stiff opposition from groups led by a major U.S. delegation.

    Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

    The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought Monday to quell worries about greater Internet controls emerging from global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from groups led by a high-powered U.S. delegation. The 11-day conference, seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown, highlights the fundamental shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the Internet.

  •  

    Greece launches heavily-discounted bond buyback

    Greece said Monday it will spend up to (euro) 10 billion ($13 billion) in a heavily-discounted bond buyback program that it hopes will help stabilize its debts. Private holders of Greek bonds, such as banks and pension funds, have until Friday to register their interest in participating in the buyback program. It will be conducted by what is known as a Dutch auction, a type of auction whereby prices start high and then decline.

  •  
    A man walks out of a Starbucks coffee cafe Monday holding a drink in west London. A committee of British lawmakers says the government should “get a grip” and clamp down on multinational corporations that exploit tax laws to move profits generated in Britain to offshore domains. The committee says major multinationals including Starbucks, Google and Amazon are guilty of immoral tax avoidance. Starbucks announced it is reviewing its British tax practices in a bid to restore public trust.

    UK lawmakers seek end to corporate tax avoidance

    British lawmakers on Monday accused major multinational companies including Starbucks, Google and Amazon of immoral tax avoidance, while Starbucks announced it is reviewing its British tax practices in a bid to restore public trust. Parliament's public accounts committee said the government should "get a grip" and clamp down on multinationals that exploit tax laws to move profits generated in Britain to offshore domains.

  •  
    tacey Rassas, a quality control manager at Suntech Power Holdings Co., a Chinese-owned solar panel manufacturer, examines a solar panel at a company facility in Goodyear, Ariz. The factory makes solar panels for one of the world’s biggest solar manufacturers.

    China overtaking US as global trader

    Shin Cheol-soo no longer sees his future in the United States. The South Korean businessman supplied components to American automakers for a decade. But this year, he uprooted his family from Detroit and moved home to focus on selling to the new economic superpower: China. In just five years, China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner for much of the world, including U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia, according to an Associated Press analysis of trade data.

  •  
    Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner said Republicans have to stop using fuzzy ‘political math’ and say how much they are willing to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans and then specify the spending cuts they want.

    White House to GOP: It’s your move

    The White House says Republicans should come clean about how much they're willing to raise tax rates on the rich. Republicans counter that President Barack Obama's latest plan is a joke that avoids tough decisions on the nation's biggest entitlement programs, including Medicare.

  •  

    New Alzheimer’s drug studies offer patients hope

    For Alzheimer's patients and their families, desperate for an effective treatment for the epidemic disease, there's hope from new studies starting up and insights from recent ones that didn't quite pan out. If the new studies succeed, a medicine that slows or even stops progression of the brain-destroying disease might be ready in three to five years, said Dr. William H. Thies, chief medical officer of the Alzheimer's Association.

  •  

    Developing a stage presence can help you sell an idea

    Jeanie Carter teaches stage presence — a potentially important difference-maker as you walk confidently to the podium, shake the hand of the individual who introduced you and begin your presentation to an audience of peers and potential customers. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall covers the important topics with Carter.

  •  
    Tom, left, Rob and Kevin Ryan of Central Plumbing Company Inc. in Arlington Heights say plumbers in their family date back to the 1920s.

    Family plumbing company thrives in Arlington Heights

    Tom, Kevin and Rob Ryan of Central Plumbing Company Inc. in Arlington Heights say plumbers in their family date back to the 1920s. The growing family business operates in Arlington Heights.

Life & Entertainment

  •  

    Termite evidence found 12 years after sale

    Q. When I bought my home, 12 years ago, the seller disclosed that she had no knowledge of any termites. Last week, I discovered evidence of termites, so I called a pest inspector and he found plugged holes in the slab floor where termicide was injected.

  •  
    To construct a snow globe illusion that conjures up some holiday magic, use stencils and etching cream to adorn a glass cloche with snowflakes. Arrange a miniature house, bottle-brush trees and a blanket of imitation snow atop a cake plate, and cover the scene with your newly etched cloche. As an alternative to building a village, pile pinecones, greenery, berries or clove-studded oranges on the plate before adding the cloche.

    The 12 ideas of Christmas

    Time is passing quickly, and the big day is just around the corner. If your home needs a little more Christmas spirit, you've come to the right place! Get your yuletide decorating off to a fast start with a dozen jolly holiday decorations and cleverly crafted displays that you can easily reproduce or readily adapt to suit your style.

  •  

    She’s tired of hosting big holiday dinners with no reciprocation

    Five years ago, her sister-in-law announced she was neither attending nor hosting Thanksgiving. This woman hosts every Christmas for 20-plus people and she's having trouble with why her sister-in-law can't have them over for Thanksgiving.

  •  
    In true “American Idol” fashion, where winners need to strike while the iron’s hot, winner Phillip Phillips Jr. didn’t have a lot of time to record his debut album, “The World From the Side of the Moon,” which is now in stores.

    'Idol' winner Phillips finds 'Home' with debut

    With the success of his debut single, "Home," Phillip Phillips isn't just the dude who won "American Idol." He's the dude with that folk-rock hit, according to the fans he's met. "There was a lot of people who didn't even know I was on 'Idol,'" he continued. "I think that's cool."

  •  
    A touch of thyme adds unexpected richness to Annie Overboe's holiday cookies.

    Baking secrets: Crafting your culinary legacy

    Create a signature cookie for holiday cookie swaps and gatherings. Baking Secret columnist Annie Overboe gives tips for how to bake a cookie that's uniquely yours and shares her unique thyme-tinged butter cookie recipe.

  •  
    A touch of thyme adds unexpected richness to Annie Overboe's holiday cookies.

    Holiday Thyme Cookies
    Holiday Thyme Cookies

  •  

    BBC adapting Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ for TV

    The BBC says it is turning J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults into a television drama. "The Casual Vacancy" is a darkly humorous saga of modern British life in which a local council election unleashes rivalries and resentments in a small town.

  •  
    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby, St James’s Palace officially announced Monday.

    Palace says Duchess of Cambridge expecting a baby

    The most widely anticipated pregnancy since Princess Diana's in 1981 is official: Prince William's wife, Kate, is pregnant. St. James's Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge — formerly known as Kate Middleton — has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital. William is at his wife's side. News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag "royalbaby" trending globally on Twitter.

  •  
    1928 Ford closed cab pickup and 1930 Ford Town Sedan Fodor with Briggs body.

    Couple’s Model A’s are two of a kind

    "If you're going to have a classic car, you have to drive it. Otherwise, I recommend you collect stamps!" That is the advice Mike Podgorski of barrington gives on how our beloved rolling icons should be handled. Podgorski and his wife, LaVerne, have racked up plenty of miles through the years on both of their antique Ford Model A's.

  •  
    Researchers have found that lying can affect the body physically and mentally.

    Liars face health consequences, research shows

    Lying lengthened Pinocchio's nose, but research suggests the more falsehoods we tell, the more it shortens our lives. Fibbing releases stress hormones that can increase heart rate and breathing, slow digestion and cause tension and hypersensitivity in muscles and nerve fibers. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame carried out a 10-week honesty experiment with 110 people, half of whom were instructed to stop telling major and minor lies during the test.

  •  
    A nationwide study has found inflatable bounce houses can be dangerous and the number of kids injured in related accidents has soared 15-fold in recent years.

    Bounce houses a party hit, but kids’ injuries soar

    They may be a big hit at kids' birthday parties, but inflatable bounce houses can be dangerous, with the number of injuries soaring in recent years, a nationwide study found. Kids often crowd into bounce houses, and jumping up and down can send other children flying into the air, too. The numbers suggest 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents.

  •  
    Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, offering antioxidants, protein, fiber and omega-3s in a small package.

    Your health: Benefits of chia seed
    Learn all about the chia seed and why it's even better for you than flax seeds. And depression can be common as you age, but there are ways to combat it and live a full and rich life as you move into your senior years.

  •  

    Mild weight loss may not reduce heart risk in diabetics

    Losing a small amount of weight doesn't appear to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with diabetes who are already getting good medical care, according to a long and expensive clinical experiment. While modest weight loss has benefits in how overweight diabetics feel, sleep and move, whatever benefit it may confer in preventing cardiovascular disease — which is what most diabetics die from — is too small to measure, the study found.

  •  

    Experimental diabetes drug helps most vulnerable patients

    Johnson & Johnson's experimental diabetes drug helped the most vulnerable patients in two studies, including older people who struggle to get their blood sugar under control and those at high risk of heart disease. Two company-funded studies presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Berlin showed that potential side effects of canagliflozin included dangerously low blood pressure and blood-sugar levels.

  •  
    New techniques in gene sequencing helped the family of Patrick Butters solve a 36-year medical mystery that also affected his mother, Melissa.

    New DNA techniques end mystery of what ails baby Patrick

    Chris Butters was changing a diaper for his son, Patrick, last November when he felt something in the two-month-old's abdomen. It was about the size of a marble or a peanut M&M candy. "What in the world is that?" he recalled thinking. Butters and his wife, Melissa, suspected the growth in Patrick's abdomen was a new chapter in a 36-year-old medical mystery that began in the 1970s, when Melissa herself was a little girl battling unexplained tumors.

  •  

    Epilepsy drug reduces weight in obese patients, study finds

    An epilepsy drug helped obese people lose weight, according to a study that shows the potential of another antiseizure medication to aid in weight reduction. Obese people who took 400 milligrams of Zonegran a day for a year had a 7.3 pounds greater weight loss than those on a placebo, according to the study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

  •  
    Dr. Elizabeth Reeve and her son Luke enjoy relaxing in their prairie garden.

    Prairie garden a soothing place for psychiatrist, autistic son

    When psychiatrist Elizabeth Reeve needs to unwind and recharge her mental batteries, she heads to the prairie. Not the wild prairie, but the one she and her husband have painstakingly restored at their weekend home in southeastern Minnesota. "It's therapeutic — an opportunity to get outside and think in a different way," she said.

  •  
    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks off the field after a play against the Houston Texans Nov. 11. Cutler ended up leaving the game because of a concussion.

    Doctor urges solutions to reduce concussions in kids

    Concussions are commonly associated with big bodies, big hits and football. With the recent concussions of Bears quarterback Jay Culter and rookie defensive end Shea McClellin, medical experts argue that such injuries aren't limited to professional athletes and more attention should be paid to the risks faced by children athletes. Dr. Robert Cantu, one of the world's leading experts on traumatic brain injuries, said concussions can occur in soccer, baseball, softball and even cheerleading.

  •  

    Brushing, flossing critical for a healthy mouth

    How do you keep your mouth healthy as you age? You know the answer. The pillars of cavity and plaque prevention — brushing and flossing (at least twice a day), and regular cleanings at the dentist's office — remain as important as ever.If you have trouble brushing and flossing by hand because of arthritis or other conditions, switch to an electric toothbrush.

  •  
    The holidays and the many desserts of the season can be a trying time for people struggling with food addictions.

    Beware the trigger foods of the holiday season

    If Santa really does stuff his face with every cookie he encounters after shimmying down those chimneys, that explains the big belly. But health and fitness expert Pam Peeke might say Saint Nick's behavior also could be a sign of something commonly found south of the North Pole: food addiction. Peppermint bark pushers might sound significantly less nefarious than cocaine dealers, but they're offering folks the same surge of dopamine, Peeke explains in her new book, "The Hunger Fix."

  •  

    A less-invasive way to replace heart valves

    For many patients with aortic valve stenosis — a deadly narrowing of the aortic valve that obstructs blood flow from the heart — that amounts to a death sentence. Half die within two years of diagnosis. Then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2011 approved Edwards Lifescience's Sapien transcatheter heart valve — a way to replace a diseased aortic valve without open-heart surgery.

  •  

    Simple tests parents can do
    There is no surefire test that parents can use to determine whether their child needs to see a medical professional for a possible traumatic brain injury, but parents should be observant and ask their child about how he or she is feeling. Is there a headache? Are the headaches getting worse? Is it hard to concentrate? Does homework cause a headache? A simple test:A. What was the score of the last game? B. What team were you playing? C. What color jerseys was the other team wearing? D. Name four unrelated words and ask your child to repeat them. Wait 2 minutes and ask them to repeat them again. E. Name six digits and ask your child to repeat them. Then ask your child to repeat the digits backward. Suggestions to make sports safer for children: A. No tackle football before age 14. B. No body checking in hockey before age 14. C. Require helmets in field hockey and girls’ lacrosse. D. No heading in soccer until age 14. E. Require chin straps for baseball helmets and eliminate head-first sliding. F. Hold game officials to a higher standard. Keeping players as safe as possible should be the No. 1 priority. Source: “Concussions and Our Kids” by Dr. Robert Cantu

  •  
    At least one aging expert says many baby boomers are not prepared for old age.

    Aging boomers won’t admit they’re getting old

    Hearing problems and the threat of hepatitis C and attendant liver complications are perhaps the largest looming problems for the 76 million baby boomers. But there is some good news for a generation long regarded as hedonistic: Boomers smoke and drink less than their predecessors, and most sexually transmitted diseases they might have incurred in the "free love" era are treatable.

Discuss

  •  

    Editorial: Licensing bill would make roads safer

    A proposal to grant special driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Illinois would make roads safer for everyone by requiring driver tests and insurance, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  •  

    Cliff jumping with Obama

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Why are Republicans playing the Democrats' game that the "fiscal cliff" is all about taxation?

  •  

    A legacy we dare not leave

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way. Here in Washington, we're too busy to pay attention to such trifles.Meanwhile, evidence mounts that the legacy we pass along to future generations will be a parboiled planet.

  •  

    Elder lobby should back off on Medicare

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Like the $10,000 handbag that's become a status symbol because it costs so much, America's extravagant medical system has been sold on the notion that the more you pay, the more you get. In health care, that's not necessarily so. In some cases, the opposite is true.

  •  

    In Oval Office, the fly hears all

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Much speculation has followed the private luncheon between President Obama and Mitt Romney, about which little is known. Alas, where there is a White House, there is always someone willing to whisper a few tidbits in the interest of national curiosity.

  •  

    Pension crisis a threat to state’s future
    A Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce letter to the editor: We know that meaningful change doesn't come easy, but we trust and hope that our leaders in Springfield will be honest and forthright about the current challenge.

  •  

    2 clergy didn’t speak for all Catholics
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Nov. 29 headline "Clergy back license law" is, at best, misleading. With all due respect for their admirable vocations, the two clergy who spoke to state lawmakers in favor of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants are not "Arlington Heights Catholic leaders."

  •  

    Closing 2 juvenile prisons makes sense
    An Evanston letter to the editor: Like Illinois, states throughout the nation are shifting youth away from incarceration and into community-based treatment with the goal of rehabilitating youth rather than simply punishing them.

«Nov

Dec 2012

Jan»
S M T W T F S
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5