Daily Archive : Monday December 10, 2012


    Mikias Tibebu

    Services set for Schaumburg High senior killed in hit-and-run

    Services have been set for a Schaumburg High School senior killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend. A funeral for Mikias Tibebu will be held at noon Wednesday in Chicago. Interment will follow at Montrose Cemetery, 5400 N. Pulaski in Chicago. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main gym of the high school.

    Bears kicker Robbie Gould checks out the gifts picked out by Mooseheart students Suriah Randolph, 11, center, and Autumn O’Neal, 9, during the kids’ shopping trip at Super Target Monday in St. Charles. Gould, for the second straight year, showed up to help Mooseheart kids shop for Christmas, a project funded by his charity The Goulden Touch.

    Bears kicker shops with Mooseheart kids

    Bears kicker goes with kids from Mooseheart on a shopping trip to the St. Charles Super Target so the kids can buy Christmas gifts for loved ones. It's the second year Gould has helped the Mooseheart kids.

    Criminal charges are unlikely against members of the Hoffman Estates High School boys’ varsity basketball team accused of hazing fellow students earlier this year, according to police who said they’ve wrapped up their investigation into the allegations.

    No charges in Hoffman Estates High School hazing

    Criminal charges are unlikely against members of the Hoffman Estates High School boys' varsity basketball team accused of hazing fellow students earlier this year, police said Monday. "The investigation at this point is going to be closed with no criminal charges pending," Hoffman Estates police Sgt. Darin Felgenhauer said.

    Residents from two different west side neighborhoods and other parts of the city brought a standing-room-only crowd to the St. Charles City Council Monday night. They wanted aldermen to reject a plan to bring hundreds of new apartments to their section of the city.

    St. Charles aldermen kill Corporate Reserve plan

    Neighbors of the proposed Corporate Reserve project on St. Charles' far west side didn't pull any punches regarding their main reason for rallying against the proposed residential development Monday night: They don't want to live next to apartments. They won't have to, as aldermen killed the project in a unanimous committee vote. The decision rejected a new version of the plan that scaled back...


    Arlington Hts. considers electronic agendas, live feed

    The Arlington Heights Village Board is considering options to make their meetings be more environmentally friendly and transparent for the community.On Monday the board heard from Robin Ward, assistant village attorney and other village staff who have been working on a proposal to switch to an electronic board packet and new way of broadcasting meeting videos online.


    P.E. waivers to continue in Glenbard Dist. 87

    Some high school seniors who play a varsity sport in Glenbard High School District 87 will still be able to opt out of physical education classes. District officials said a so-called "reasonable compromise" was reached that will allow in-season varsity senior athletes who are enrolled in seven classes with no study hall to be eligible for waivers. The amended policy was approved unanimously by...


    Hoffman Estates may allow soliciting on Sundays

    Not-for-profit organizations may soon be able to solicit on Sundays in Hoffman Estates. The General Administration & Personnel Committee discussed a proposed amendment to the village's solicitation ordinance Monday that would allow not-for-profit organizations to solict between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.


    Palatine officials agree to new salary schedule for employees

    Palatine officials Monday adopted the village's 2013 budget, and with it a new salary schedule for employees. Village staff not part of a union or management will receive a 2 percent raise, up from a 1 percent increase during the current fiscal year. "We're on stable ground right now, so we were able to do this," Village Manager Reid Ottesen said.


    Geneva school board unanimously approves 1.5% tax hike

    The Geneva school board on Monday stuck to its plan to ask for 1.5 percent more in property taxes for its operating expenses — and it did so unanimously. The board had said at its Nov. 26 meeting that it would not request as high an increase as it could have. Under the state's property tax cap law, the district could have increased its operating property taxes by 3.1 percent.


    Friends of Barrington Library face uncertain future

    For 56 years, the current incarnation of the Friends of the Barrington Area Library has consistently helped provide additional fundraising for the library through book sales. But on Monday, the Friends' board of directors bluntly asked the library board whether the services of its volunteers will be wanted anymore once a $5 million renovation project is done in 2014.

    In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 photo, Sudanese students from left, Wal Khat, Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou and Akim Nyang pose for a photo in the living room of one of the student residences on the campus of Mooseheart Child City and School in Mooseheart, Ill., a residential center for children in Batavia. The Illinois High School Association board ruled Monday on the eligibility of the four students. While the students are allowed to complete, IHSA board placed Moosehart High School on probation.

    Sudanese students can play, Mooseheart on probation

    The Illinois High School Association has decided four Sudanese students can play sports, but their high school is on probation. The IHSA ruled Monday that three basketball players and one cross-country runner, all juniors, can compete for tiny Mooseheart High School in Batavia.

    This is the Federal Trade Commission’s “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” guide. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating an unspecified number of software companies that make cellphone apps to determine whether they have violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones then sharing it with advertisers and data brokers.

    Government investigating makers of cellphone apps

    The government is investigating whether software companies that make cellphone apps violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from mobile devices and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

    President Barack Obama speaks to workers about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., Monday.

    No one retreating; cliff talks seem at standstill

    A year-end deadline approaching, negotiations to avoid an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff" appeared at a standstill Monday. Republicans pressed President Barack Obama to name specific spending cuts he will support, while the White House insisted the GOP agree

    Graffiti depicting Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as a pharaoh and Arabic that reads, “void,” covers a wall in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday.

    Egypt’s military takes over security ahead of vote

    Egypt's military assumed responsibility Monday for protecting state institutions and maintaining security ahead of a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum, as the country braced for another round of mass demonstrations by the supporters of the country's Islamist president and the liberal opposition over the disputed charter.


    Mobile app created for Libertyville, Vernon Hills high schools

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials on Monday unveiled a mobile app that will have information about lunch menus, sporting events and activities.

    HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

    Report: HSBC to pay $1.9 billion to settle probe

    HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

    Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper who alleged she was sexual assaulted by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, appears in court in New York Monday.

    Judge: Strauss-Kahn, NYC hotel maid settle suit

    Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid settled her lawsuit Monday over sexual assault allegations that sank his political career and spurred scrutiny of his dealings with women on two continents.

    Alfredo Garcia

    Man gets 16 years for Glen Ellyn drug deal

    A Bolingbrook man convicted on drug charges for his involvement in a cocaine deal in Glen Ellyn was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison. Alfredo Garcia, 36, and six other people were arrested during a 2011 drug bust at La Playa Cantina, 690 Roosevelt Road. In August, a DuPage County jury found Garcia guilty on charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a...

    Richard A. Enriquez

    Police: Man crashed stolen car in McHenry County

    A single-vehicle crash of a stolen vehicle in unincorporated McHenry County led to multiple-charges against the driver, police say.


    Stand for Children jumps into school pension debate

    An influential education reform group that has successfully worked to overhaul school policiies in states across the country — including Illinois — is now jumping into the debate over pension reform.

    Ronald Rhoades

    Former Dist. 300 principal remembered for support, steady leadership

    Ronald Rhoades was the first principal of Dundee Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee when it opened in 1964 and he stayed to lead the school until he retired in 1982. The longtime East Dundee man died Nov. 26 at 88. He was honored by the Community Unit District 300 board of education Monday with a moment of silence during the board meeting.

    David P. Marshall

    Des Plaines man held without bail in Chicago murder

    A Des Plaines man is set to appear in court Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge stemming from a fatal shooting outside a Chicago tavern in July, officials said. David P. Marshall, 38, of the 500 block of West Touhy Avenue, was arrested Thursday in connection with the slaying of Pablo Fernandez, Chicago police records indicate.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jason A. Carter, 35, of Batavia was charged with battery at 10:36 p.m. Saturday, according to Batavia police. He is accused of hitting someone from behind at River and Wilson streets.

    Craig Bernacki

    Bernacki withdraws candidacy for Hoffman Estates trustee

    Former Hoffman Estates Park District Commissioner Craig Bernacki has withdrawn his candidacy for village trustee, according to Village Clerk Bev Romanoff.

    Lynn Cameron

    Algonquin woman’s actions prompt review of Tennessee law

    Eva Cameron, an Algonquin woman who drove her developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and then left her there will not face criminal charges, according to the results of a grand jury investigation. But Tennessee State Rep. Dennis Powers plans to introduce legislation tightening the definitions of abuse and neglect so a similar situation will never happen again.

    A draft agreement between West Dundee officials and church leaders at First United Methodist Church over roof repairs to this historic parsonage, has fallen apart. While the church agreed to make $5,000 in roof repairs to the parsonage, in exchange for the village dropping a court action against the church, church leaders said the village should pay for the work. The village said it’s private property and that it shouldn’t be on the hook for the work. Both sides are due in court Tuesday.

    Stalemate continues between W. Dundee, church

    West Dundee and First United Methodist Church have reached yet another impasse on how to handle the church's decaying parsonage and, as a result, both sides are headed back to court Tuesday morning. Both sides disagree on who should eventually pay the $5,000 it is expected to cost for the parsonage's roof work.


    CLC hosts mini job fair

    Jobseekers are invited to visit with 20 hiring employers at a Mini Job Fair to be held at the College of Lake County's Grayslake campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.


    Dist. 50 bilingual advisory council meeting

    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts its second Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at Woodland Elementary East School, 17261 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake.


    Lake Zurich wreath program

    The Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department is participating in the "Keep the Wreath Red" program to raise awareness of fire dangers associated with decorating for the holidays.


    Buy a pizza, support Stevenson High

    Stevenson High School's Band and Color Guard Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati's in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

    Mikias Tibebu, 18 of Schaumburg, was killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning, but police are still trying to determine how it happened.

    Weekend in Review: Fatal hit-and-run, pension fix and Bears burn out

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Family mourns teen killed in hit-and-run; Naperville Central investigates cheating; deadline could force pension flipflops; how new pension system would work; Geneva chef creates largest candy cane at 51 feet; Bears' season coming apart at the seams; Mexican-American singer's plane crashes; gas prices fall again; and former Congressman Joe Walsh running...


    Fire causes $100,000 damage to Hoffman Estates home

    Firefighters from Hoffman Estates and assisting agencies battled an early morning blaze Monday that left an estimated $100,000 in damage to a single-family home. Someone driving past the residence in the 500 block of Bode Road reported the fire at 12:46 a.m. Firefighters responding brought the main body of the fire under control quickly, officials said.


    Cook County jail getting $34 million renovation

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Monday the start of a major construction project at the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago. The three-year, $34 million project will replace critical heating, cooling and control systems, install new insulation and upgrade lighting systems.


    Wildwood woman pleads guilty in fatal Waukegan accident

    A Wildwood woman will spend 30 months in periodic imprisonment after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in Lake County court. Kristin Miller, 41, of the 52000 block of John Mogg Road, will also spend four years on probation for being intoxicated while driving when she struck a car driven by Freddie Adams-Dotson, 48, of the 3000 block of Norma Lane. Adams-Dotson...


    Man robs employee outside North Aurora 7-Eleven store

    A man robbed an employee outside the 7-Eleven store in downtown North Aurora Monday, and got away with the store's bank deposit, police said this afternoon.

    Baseball diamonds at the George J. Goergen Memorial Baseball Fields in Hanover Park sit on the property the village of Hanover Park recently agreed to lease for 39 years from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. The village now is awaiting results from soil samples to determine whether the site can accommodate a soccer field.

    Hanover Park officials discuss future of youth sports complex

    With Hanover Park set to take over the Barrington Road youth sports complex property, officials are discussing how to go about operating and improving it. The village board this month approved a 39-year lease for the site effective Jan. 1 with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The water agency's commissioners are expected to follow suit later this month.

    Al Nava and his wife, Fabby, right, have an exact replica of the Virgin of Guadalupe on display in the backyard of their Elgin home. Also pictured is Rosalinda Padilla of Elgin, a close family friend of the Navas.

    Elginites invited to Our Lady of Guadalupe feast

    Al Nava came back from Mexico three years ago with a replica of Mexico's famous 16th century icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and now wants to share it with fellow Elginites. Nava is inviting people to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday in his backyard at 38W491 Route 20, about 1.8 miles west of Randall Road in Elgin.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn heads into a meeting with legislative leaders to discuss a state pension overhaul at the Illinois State Capitol back in August. Experts who run numbers estimate a $1 billion cost to Illinois in lost federal revenue if President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement and allow the economy to plunge off the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    Experts: Recession worst ‘fiscal cliff’ outcome

    Government experts who run the numbers estimate Illinois could lose $1 billion in federal revenue if President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement and allow the economy to plunge

    Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera, who rose through personal adversity to become a superstar adored by millions in a male-dominated genre of Mexican-American music, was confirmed dead in a plane crash in northern Mexico on Monday.

    Jenni Rivera, soulful, troubled Mexican music star

    Jenni Rivera launched her career hawking cassette recordings of her songs at flea markets, but a powerful voice, soulful singing style and frank discussion of personal troubles powered her to the heights of a male-dominated industry, transforming her into the one of the biggest stars of the genre known as grupero.

    Samuel Gibson is the owner of Batavia’s new Golden Corral restaurant, which opened last month.

    After stops and starts, Golden Corral open in Batavia

    The new Golden Corral along Randall Road in Batavia was on hold for so long, many people still don't even realize it's open. The buffet restaurant at 2030 Main St. opened on Nov. 17.

    The Waukegan Public Library received donations from Elaine Manzke Eagon, Ann Hughes-Johnson and R. Vincent Johnson to complete the funding for the sculpture “Frog Prince Reading Book” to be installed in the library's Stimson Sculpture Garden.

    Donors step forward to pay for Waukegan library sculpture

    In November, the Waukegan Public Library added three new sculptures to the Stimson Sculpture Garden in the courtyard on the east side of the building. Since only two of the sculptures were paid for by private donors, the library began to seek funding for the third sculpture entitled "Frog Prince Reading Book". Three generous donors came forward to fully finance the $4,240 sculpture.

    Volunteers sort and organize the massive amounts of clothing they collected for this year's Day of Giving.

    Palatine center's volunteers make Day of Giving possible

    The annual Day of Giving last month at the Palatine Opportunity Center helped nearly 1,500 people from Palatine Township find warm clothing, toys and even refurbished bicycles. It all happens because of a dedicated group of volunteers, called Palatine Assisting Through Hope. "It's our volunteers who make this possible," says Rich Tyack of Palatine, who works behind the scenes to mobilize people...

    Ice-fishing fans can participate in the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Hard-Water Classic from noon to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 on Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

    Ice-fishing tournament coming to Blackwell

    Anglers of all ages are packing their jigs and tip-ups and sharpening their augers in preparation for next month's Hard-Water Classic Ice-Fishing Tournament.

    DuPage Woodworkers Bill Hochmuth, from left, Stan Anderson and Bruce Kinney show some of the more than 4,000 toys club members made for needy children this year. “In my mind, it’s probably the best thing the club does,” Hochmuth said.

    DuPage Woodworkers craft toys year-round to give to needy children at Christmas

    Santa elves' aren't the only ones busy all year long making toys for boys and girls. The DuPage Woodworkers fashion cars, trucks, crayon holders and other toys throughout the year to give to several organizations to distribute to needy children at Christmastime.

    Voting opens today for the Daily Herald's annual holiday lights contest.

    Voting is open in holiday lights contest

    Traditional or modern? White or multicolored? Now's your chance to voice your preference by helping to pick the winner in our annual holiday lights contest. Voting opens today and runs through midnight Dec. 16.

    6-year-old Andrew Hernandez of Orchard School is one of the first kids to greet Santa after arriving on a fire truck during the Des Plaines annual Christmas tree lighting event in Metropolitan Square.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This week, The Week In Pictures features Santa at tree lightings in Des Plaines and Bartlett, Santas running in Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect, and Santa on a train in Pingree Grove. In Lombard, a girl dances in a storefront window, while in Mundelein, a basketball scorekeeper is honored for 50 years of tracking the hoops.

    The auditorium of the former Libertyville High School, known as the Brainerd building, would be a hot spot for a variety of activities, say supporters of a plan to convert the building to a community center. Voters will be asked if they want to pay for the improvements.

    Libertyville taxpayers may be asked if they will pay to save Brainerd building

    Supporters of a longstanding dream to convert the shuttered former Libertyville High School building into a community center will be asking if voters would be willing to pay more in property taxes to make that happen. The Brainerd Community Center Inc., has collected more than more than 1,000 signatures in support of an advisory referendum for the April ballot.


    Four injured in carbon monoxide leak near Mundelein Sunday

    Four people were injured following a carbon monoxide leak near Mundelein, authorities said Monday. Officials from the Countryside Fire Protection District said a resident from the 19000 block of Hoag Court contacted the fire district about 11 a.m. Sunday complaining of carbon monoxide sickness.


    Aurora budgets to fund library, canine unit

    Funding for a new main library is bumping up expenditures in Aurora's proposed 2013 budget, which officials say otherwise holds the line on spending, maintains city services and adds a few new programs and employees. The $396 million budget includes $21.5 million to be spent on a library building and technology project; $260,000 for a canine unit in the police department; $150,000 for the first...


    Patient jumps out of ambulance, dies in Chicago

    Authorities in Chicago say a 20-year-old man is dead after he jumped out of an ambulance as it was taking him to a hospital.


    More Chicago-area students calling Mizzou home

    Students from Chicago and the rest of Illinois are increasingly calling the University of Missouri home.The Chicago Tribune (bit.ly/R61cRn) reported that Illinois students now make up more than 20 percent of Mizzou's freshman class. That's up from just 6 percent in 2000.


    Dems plan endorsement session for Jackson seat

    Jackson resigned from Congress last month citing his health and acknowledging he's under federal investigation reportedly for misuse of campaign finances. His vacancy creates a rare opening and numerous candidates have indicated that they're interested in the seat. Jackson first won the Chicago area seat in a 1995 special election. It's largely Democratic territory including Chicago neighborhoods...


    Man, 73, to be sentenced in 1957 slaying of girl

    A 73-year-old man convicted this fall in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old girl is scheduled to return to court for sentencing.


    Dawn Patrol: Daley nephew in court; Schaumburg hit-and-run manhunt

    Daley nephew Richard J. Vanecko is expected in court today over the death of a Mount Prospect man. Police continue hunt for driver in fatal Schaumburg hit-and-run. Wheeling man charged in Lake Zurich man. The Bears' season is collapsing.


    Some examples of suburban hazing cases

    A listing of some of the suburbs' most notorious hazing cases since 1996.

    Hazing among high school athletic teams is not uncommon, but recent cases at Maine West and Hoffman Estates high schools have experts and child advocates calling for more education and anti-hazing policies. At Hoffman Estates High School, the hazing took place off campus without the knowledge of coaches. The school’s varsity basketball team had to forfeit three basketball games as punishment.

    Why kids haze, and how to stop perpetuating the culture

    Hazing scandals at Maine West and Hoffman Estates high schools have shone a light on an age-old problem that has only gotten worse with time, some experts say. They call it a culture of sickness that gets passed down through generations by the abusers, and often the victims themselves. “Sometimes, it’s so embedded in the culture that the parents actually support it,” says...


    District 300, teachers continue to work on contract

    The tentative labor agreement that ended the Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 teacher strike is still being adjusted ahead of a vote by teachers and school board members. Mike Williamson, LEAD 300 teachers union spokesman, said a long, productive session with district negotiators Friday was amiable and collaborative. “We’re getting pretty close,” he said.

    Gary Grasso

    Grasso to resign as mayor of Burr Ridge, focus on county post

    In order to avoid what he said would be a major "distraction," Gary Grasso has decided to resign his post as mayor of Burr Ridge and focus all his attention on his duties as a new District 3 board member on the DuPage County Board. “I know there were questions about holding dual offices, and the last thing I want for Burr Ridge is to become a distraction,” he said.



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


    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.


    Monday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Monxday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Royals join Sox in AL Central race

    It cost them top prospect Wil Myers, but the Royals finally got the front-line starting pitcher they've been seeking in James Shields, who was acquired in a trade from the Rays along with hard-throwing Wade Davis. White Sox GM Rick Hahn said Kansas City improved itself with the deal.

    Kelsey Bogdan of Montini drives around Tessa Haldes of Whitney Young in girls basketball action at the McDonald’s Shootout Monday at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Montini tournament takes another step up in class

    Jason Nichols' goal was to create the best girls basketball tournament in the Chicago area. Montini might just have it this year. Five undefeated teams generally regarded as among the top 20 in the Chicago area highlight a deep field at the Montini Christmas Tournament. The tournament, which runs from Dec. 26-29, expanded to 16 teams this year.

    Jeff Keppinger, who was with the Tampa Bay Rays last season, will fill an infield void for the White Sox.

    Keppinger fits White Sox’ needs

    Free-agent Jeff Keppinger and the White Sox officially agreed on a three-year, $12 million contract on Monday. Keppinger is expected to play third base and bat second in the Sox' lineup. He's not your prototypical power hitter, but Keppinger knows how to put the bat on the ball.

    Alyssa Andersen, left, of Aurora Christian and Marissa Gagliano of Wheaton Academy, right, go after a loose ball during girls basketball action in West Chicago on Monday.

    Choosy Aurora Christian drops Wheaton Academy

    The Aurora Christian girls basketball team found out Monday night at Wheaton Academy that being choosy on shots has its advantages. The Eagles took any shot that came their way during the first quarter of their 45-37 Suburban Christian Conference victory and finished 2 of 16 from the field during the game's first eight minutes.

    Wauconda’s Ricky Sidlowski, right, tries to steal the ball from Woodstock North’s Shane Zieman on Monday at Wauconda.

    Wauconda gamely gets it done

    Wauconda's boys basketball team wound up cruising to a 47-30 nonconference victory over Woodstock North on Monday. The Bulldogs have won three games in a row and improve to 4-5.


    Harvest Christian handles Elgin Academy

    John Vislisel scored 20 points to lead Harvest Christian’s boys basketball team to a 60-40 nonconference win over Elgin Academy Monday night at Harvest.Kyle Fritz added 14 points and Stuart Wolff had 13 for the Lions (3-5).Zack Bohenich led Elgin Academy with 17 points. Armin Ward had 9 and Nate Johnson added 8 for the Hilltoppers.


    Christian Liberty rolls by Notre Dame

    The Christian Liberty Academy girls basketball team improved to 6-1 by rolling past Chicago Notre Dame 49-8. Top scorers for the Chargers were Jess Moriarty (10 points), Shelbi Hernandez (9), Megan Sullivan (8) and Jen West (8). Vivian Barclay and Katelyn Garlick (2 3-pointers) each had 6 points for the winners.


    Patriots rout Texans 42-14

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and New England routed Houston 42-14 on Monday night for the Patriots’ seventh straight victory.The Patriots (10-3), who already own the AFC East title, moved one game behind the Texans (11-2) for the conference’s top seed and snapped Houston’s six-game winning streak. Brady had scoring passes of 7 and 4 yards to Aaron Hernandez and 37 to Brandon Lloyd in the first half, and 67 yards to Donte’ Stallworth in the third quarter.New England has won 20 straight December home games. Houston, which has clinched at least a wild-card berth, leads Indianapolis by two games in the AFC South and plays the Colts twice in the final three weeks of the season.


    Harvest Christian downs Elgin Academy

    Harvest Christian 42, Elgin Academy 14: Kylee Knox scored 20 points and had 9 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the Lions (2-4) to a nonconference win. Anneliese Herman added 7 rebounds for Harvest Christian and Rachel Oostdyk had 8 points.

    Batavia’s Hannah Frazier shoots over Minooka’s Alexa Hinkleman at the Oswego High School Holiday Classic Monday.

    Batavia knocks out Minooka in 3rd quarter

    Minooka hurt Batavia early with its high-low game. After closing within 2 points late in the second quarter of continued round-robin action of the Oswego Girls Basketball Holiday Classic necessitated Batavia coach Kevin Jensen to call timeout, Minooka never stood a chance. The Bulldogs (8-3) proceeded to end the game on a 50-20 tear to win going away, 70-38, Monday night in Oswego.

    Images from the Wheaton Academy vs. Aurora Christian girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. Wheaton Academy, girls basketball
    Aurora Christian took on Wheaton Academy in girls basketball on Monday, Dec. 10.


    Cusack’s clutch performance puts Prospect in MSL lead

    A career night by Prospect junior bowler Nicole Cusack helped the Knights roll into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Suburban League. Cusack fired a 277 — the best in the MSL this season, and the seventh-highest game in Prospect history — in a straight-game team victory over Buffalo Grove. The junior also had Monday's top series, a 640.

    The Dundee-Crown girls bowling team won the recent Charger Scramble, led by Amanda Smith, from left, Karissa Gonio and Angie Tripp.

    Dundee-Crown, St. Edward’s Galati off to hot starts

    sThe Dundee-Crown girls' bowling team is off to a strong start. The Chargers were 2-0 in dual matches (18-0 in dual-match points) through late last week. That's in addition to finishing first at the Charger Scramble earlier in the month. D-C's Karissa Gonio placed first in the scramble, while Amanda Smith was third and Angie Tripp was fifth.

    Marco Belinelli drives around the New York Knicks’ James White during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Chicago won 93-85.

    Healthy Hinrich, improved Belinelli lead Bulls into tough stretch
    The Bulls will continue a tough stretch of the schedule when the Los Angeles Clippers visit the United Center on Tuesday. They do have some reasons to feel optimistic. They've won three in a row, Kirk Hinrich has recovered from an elbow injury he suffered on Saturday and Marco Belinelli has made sudden, dramatic improvement.

    Images from the Woodstock North at Wauconda boys basketball game Monday, Dec. 10 in Wauconda.

    Images: Woodstock North vs. Wauconda, boys basketball
    The Wauconda Bulldogs hosted the Woodstock North Thunder for boys basketball action on Monday, Dec. 10 in Wauconda.

    Images from the Minooka vs. Batavia girls basketball game Monday, December 10, 2012 in Oswego.

    Images: Batavia vs. Minooka, girls basketball
    Minooka took on Batavia in girls basketball at the Oswego tournament on Monday, Dec. 10.


    Bulls tipoff
    Los Angeles Clippers at the United Center, 8:30 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPNRadio: ESPN AM-1000Update: Beware of Tuesday’s late start at the UC due to a national television broadcast. The Clippers (14-6) are rolling along with a six-game winning streak. PF Blake Griffin is the leading scorer at 18.0 ppg, just edging SG Jamal Crawford (17.9) and PG Chris Paul (16.1). Veteran guard Chauncey Billups returned to the lineup two weeks ago after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon but is out again with tendinitis in his foot. The Bulls were pounded by the Clippers 101-80 at the Staples Center on Nov. 17.Next: Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday— Mike McGraw

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes between Chicago Bears’ Nate Collins, left, and Lance Briggs, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 21-14.

    Smith has no answers for lack of takeaways

    Takeaways have gone away recently for the once-opportunistic Bears,and that's a big reason they've lost four of the last five games. But Coach Lovie Smith says there's no specific reason for the turnover drought.

    STEVE LUNDY/slundy@dailyherald.com Derrick Rose

    Bulls’ Rose works out at Berto Center

    Derrick Rose is starting to be more visible at the Berto Center, at least to reporters. Rose conducted a lengthy shooting session on Monday after the Bulls finished practice. He shot free throws, mid-range and long-range jumpers. At one point, he caught passes at the top of the key, turned and shot.


    Larkin nabs No. 1 seed at Elgin

    While Larkin's boys basketball team has other things to worry about — like its game against crosstown rival Elgin on Wednesday — the Royals can at least take comfort in the fact their performance so far this season as earned them some form of recognition. Larkin (7-2) has earned the No. 1 seed for the 38th annual Elgin Holiday Tournament, scheduled for Dec. 26-29 at Chesbrough Field House.


    Fenwick team to beat at Dundee-Crown again

    The 30th annual Charger Classic pairings were released Monday, and undefeated nine-time champion Fenwick is once again the top seed. The Friars, who scored a 99-97 overtime win over Marist on Saturday to run their record to 8-0 for the season, finished third in last year's tournament, which was won by Bartlett.

    Mo Tharp is among the latest to gain admission into Fremd's Hall of Honor. He coached the Fremd boys basketball team to 472 wins.

    Butler invests in Buffalo Grove's DiViesti

    Division I colleges are catching on to Buffalo Grove receivers. For the second straight year, a Bison catcher will move on to a big-time collegiate program. Mike DiViesti, who led BG in several offensive categories last spring, including home runs (3), RBI (21) and batting average (.307), has committed to Butler University in Indianapolis.

    Taylor Pippen

    Wiener’s swimming career soars at Lewis

    Bryan Wiener started swimming as a freshman at Mundelein High School in order to keep in shape for baseball. Now he shapes up as one of the top swimmers for Lewis University in Romeoville. Wiener won seven events to help the Flyers defeat William Jewell 218-130 last month at the Mabee Center Pool. Wiener won the 100-meter backstroke, beating the pool record of 57.29 set in 1981. He won the 50-meter freestyle (24.16) and the 200-meter backstroke (2:10.05).


    Mike North video: Romney advises Pacquiao

    The Las Vegas Saturday night fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez brought out all the stars. It was a great match with a surprise knockout punch.


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

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith didn't like what he saw from his team against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, and he acknowledged Monday that everyone's future is tied to wins and losses, and he expects better play from his team.

    Bears head coach: We just have to play better

    Coach Lovie Smith acknowledged Monday that poor play the last few weeks by the Bears has left them in a predicament where they no longer control their own destiny as far as winning the NFC North. But the Bears still have control over their postseason chances, and Smith admitted that all of their futures could be tied to making the playoffs.

    On the run for much of the Minnesota game, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the contest with an injury after a brutal hit. On his Chicago radio show Monday, Cutler said he expects to play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

    Bears QB Cutler hopes to be back for Pack

    Jay Cutler was a hurting camper Monday after leaving the Vikings game with an injured neck. But he said he hopes to be back in time for Sunday's showdown with Green Bay at Soldier Field.


    Pom and Mark Rouse

    Arlington runner’s transformation includes national award

    Kukec's People features Pom Rouse, co-owner of Runners High 'n Tri in Arlington Heights, which was just honored as one of the best retailers nationwide. Rouse was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, that is, until she started training as a runner and eventually did the Chicago Marathon.


    East Dundee forging ahead on downtown revamp

    East Dundee trustees gave consensus to do a complete overhaul of the downtown that would involve both public and private investment. And Tom Roeser, owner of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville, will play a key role in the downtown's revitalization. "When you drive down this little area here, along River and Meier Street, it is very tired," Roeser said.

    American Airlines CEO Thomas Horton said Monday a merger with US Airways could happen after his airline emerges from bankruptcy.

    CEO: American’s turnaround nearly done

    The CEO of American Airlines says the company has nearly finished a bankruptcy turnaround and the only big decision left is whether to remain independent or merge with US Airways.


    McDonald’s November sales figure rises

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. said Monday that a key sales figure rebounded in November, as U.S. customers snapped up the world's biggest hamburger chain's breakfast offerings and limited-time Cheddar Bacon Onion sandwiches.

    This still image from video released by the Business Roundtable, show their online video on the “fiscal cliff.” Picking up where the wall-to-wall election ads left off, debate over the “fiscal cliff” has money pouring into television, print, radio and online advertising.

    Obama tax plan no small deal to small businessmen

    President Barack Obama's plan to increase taxes on top earners would have only a small impact on the nation's economy, according to congressional budget experts. But don't tell that to small business owners facing a tax hike.

    U.S. stocks advanced, after the longest weekly rally in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since August, as economic data in China beat estimates and investors watched the latest developments in American budget talks.

    Stocks edge higher; Dow boosted by McDonald’s

    Stocks edged higher Monday on Wall Street after a strong sales report from McDonald's offset concerns about the surprise resignation of Italy's prime minister. Investors also waited for developments in crucial U.S. budget talks.

    President Barack Obama used 22 pens to signs the health care reform bill at the White House on March 23, 2010. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too: a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under the health overhaul.

    Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

    Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

    On the plains of north Texas, there’s a drilling boom, but some air pollution levels have declined — as far away as Colorado. Opponents point to drilling. Companies say drilling is safe.

    Energy experts say drilling can be made cleaner

    In the Colorado mountains, a spike in air pollution has been linked to a boom in oil and gas drilling. A thousand miles away on the plains of north Texas, there's a drilling boom, too, but some air pollution levels have declined. Opponents of drilling point to Colorado and say it's dangerous. Companies point to Texas and say drilling is safe.

    Ford said on Monday it will update software on 2013 Escape SUVs and Fusion cars to fix a coolant problem that can cause fires. Seen here, Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, introduces the 2013 Ford Fusion during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last Jan. 9.

    Ford says software update will fix fire problem

    Ford will update software on 2013 Escape SUVs and Fusion cars to fix a coolant problem that can cause fires.


    Turkish Airlines finalizes order with Boeing

    Turkish Airlines has finalized an order for 15 Boeing airplanes that will help it fly to more destinations globally. The order is valued at $4.7 billion at list prices although customers buying multiple planes often get a discount.


    EW Ventures launches online store

    Sports merchandise retailer EW Ventures LLC unveiled its new online store at www.SportsMerchandiseHall.com, offering nearly 25 product categories for sports fans and athletes.


    Acura Pharmaceuticals launches next generation cold medicine

    Acura Pharmaceuticals launched Nexafed pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, a 30 mg immediate-release next generation pseudoephedrine product, combining effective nasal-congestion relief with a unique technology that disrupts the conversion of pseudoephedrine into the dangerous drug, methamphetamine.


    Private college presidents pay was up slightly

    Compensation for private college presidents has continued to drift upward, while the number crossing the $1 million barrier — a signal of prestige, and a magnet for criticism — held steady at 36, according to a new survey.


    Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

    A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of beds available to the homeless over the last four years, either through emergency shelters or through government-subsidized apartments and houses. But the struggling economy contributed to the number of homeless people in the United States remaining stable between January 2011 and January 2012.


    Stock market is a wild card in fiscal cliff talks

    Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.


    World stocks stall after Monti says he will resign

    Rising factory output in China and better-than-expected U.S. hiring helped lift Asian stock markets modestly on Monday, but European shares slumped after Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's announcement that he intends to resign by the end of the year.

    Associated Press The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington. Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI’s hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate.

    End may be sight for FBI’s unloved Hoover building

    Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate. The verdict: It's an ugly, crumbling concrete behemoth, an architectural mishap — all 2.4 million square feet of it.But in this time of tight budgets, massive deficits and the "fiscal cliff," the 38-year-old FBI headquarters building has one big thing in its favor.

    Opel employees queue for a staff meeting in Bochum, Germany, Monday,

    GM’s Opel to end car production at German plant

    General Motors Co.'s Opel unit said Monday that it plans to end car production at one plant in Germany in 2016, but a slimmed-down factory may continue to make components.Employees at the Bochum plant in northwestern Germany, one of four in the country, were told that vehicle production will end when the company stops making the current Zafira model. That was widely expected after the company announced a turnaround plan in June, and "despite intensive efforts this situation could not be changed," Opel said.

    Beam Down Pilot project, a joint pilot project of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Japan’s Cosmo Oil Company and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, takes the conventional concentrated solar power design and literally turns it to on its head at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday.

    After climate talks, eyes on US for next round

    Even as international climate talks ended this weekend with no new commitments on carbon emissions or climate aid from the United States, some were relieved America didn't make a weak deal even weaker.Other countries are now watching to see if the Obama administration will back up post-election comments about climate change with renewed efforts to cut emissions at home, and pave the way for more ambitious targets as work proceeds to adopt a new global climate pact in 2015.

    Mallory Sills, owner of Elburn-based Mallory Sills Ltd.

    Personal, fashion stylist brings latest trends to Elburn area

    Don't know what to wear? We interview a personal and fashion stylist who helps clients look and feel their best. The Elburn business owner helps clients with any and all of their wardrobe needs.


    Leader says SBDCs should be part of business owner’s team

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks with the manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage, who is retiring June 1. Cook and the collar counties are home to 18 Small Business Development Centers, nearly half at local community colleges, but many fret that too few businesses are aware of the generally free resources available within the SBDC system.

Life & Entertainment


    Alzheimer’s research proves disappointing

    It has been a frustrating year — a depressing decade, in fact — for people hoping for breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research and treatment. Two pharmaceutical giants invested hundreds of millions of dollars in an intravenous drug treatment known as Bapineuzumab, which was supposed to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's by erasing amyloid plaque that clogs the brain as one possible telltale sign of the disease.

    Apple, Cheddar and Walnut Toasts

    Retro appetizers get a fresh look

    For everything being touted as new for the holidays — mini iPads, Hobbit Legos — appetizers aren't among them. When it comes to cocktail food and party starters retro is where it's at. Here are some ideas to get you started.

    Australian radio DJs Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig appear during an interview with Australia’s Channel Nine. The two managed to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential information about the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical condition, which was broadcast on-air.

    Australian DJs apologize for royal hoax call

    They say they expected a hang-up and a few laughs. Instead, the Australian DJs behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated were deeply apologetic Monday as they described how their joke ended up going too far.

    Score a burgers for $2.50 at Wickets when the Bears take on the Packers Sunday.

    Eating out: Bears tailgate at Wickets

    Wickets hosts some Bears pregame specials and a tailgate party; Niche's Fractured Fairytales bring holiday spirit with a twist; Fresco 21 hosts a holiday movie party.

    This is a rendering of the interior of Stella’s, a new video gaming cafe offering light food, beer and wine that is coming to Hoffman Estates, and possibly Bartlett, in the spring.

    Video gambling cafe operators set sights on Hoffman Estates, Bartlett

    A new video gaming cafe offering wine and beer is coming to Hoffman Estates, and possibly Bartlett, in the spring. Both villages have heard a proposal from Loredo Hospitality about building a new business called Stella's that will offer a "small plate" menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner to go with video gambling. "We're basically a cafe for adults to grab a bite, grab a drink and play slots or video poker," said the developer.

    Cream cheese and peanut butter bring new life to stuffed date appetizers.

    Five-Minute Stuffed Medjool Dates
    5-Minute Stuffed Dates

    Apple, Cheddar and Walnut Toasts

    Apple, Cheddar and Walnut Toasts
    Apple, Cheddar and Walnut Toasts

    Eggs move from breakfast to cocktail time when served on toasted baguettes with bottarga.

    Herbed Scrambled-Egg Toasts with Bottarga
    Herbed Scrambled-Egg Toasts with Bottarga

    Brie gets into the holiday spirit with a bourbon-balsamic glaze.

    Brie with Bourbon-Balsamic Glaze
    Bourbon-Baked Brie

    Forget cocktail weenies. Wrap up andouille or other artisan sausages for holiday entertaining.

    Hogs in a Blanket
    Hogs in a Blanket

    Make running a social activity, either with a friend or online, to get the most out of it.

    Your health: Training networks can help
    Learn how you can make running a social activity, either with a friend or online. And new workout websites are an alternative to old DVDs.

    Michael White, 2012 Fittest Loser Challenge winner, runs at one of his favorite spots, the bridge above the Fox River in Elgin near Voyageurs Landing Forest Preserve.

    Fittest Losers still committed to staying in shape

    It's time to get off the couch and work off those extra pounds. The Daily Herald and Push Fitness are looking for contestants to participate in the 2013 Fittest Loser Challenge kicking off in February. We check in with the 2012 competitors and find out what they're up to ... or down to ... weight-wise.

    1987 Buick Grand National

    Buick Grand National’s V-6 outperformed larger engines

    Produced during 1980s, the Grand National wasn't your grandparents' stodgy, grocery-getting Buick. Unlike its four-wheeled predecessors that relied on eight cylinders, the Grand National utilized a V-6 engine, bolstered with a turbocharger to make its tire-smoking magic.


    How you can apply
    The Daily Herald and Push Fitness are looking for contestants to participate in the 2013 Fittest Loser Challenge kicking off in February. Here's how you can apply.


    Massage proves effective in reducing arthritis pain

    Can an age-old therapy reduce the pain associated with arthritis of the knee better than the usual medical care? According to one recent medical study, massage was significantly better than the usual medical care in reducing the pain and loss of function associated with knee arthritis or osteoarthritis.


    Vibration therapy not yet proven effective for osteoporosis

    Our bones are in constant flux, as old bone is broken down and new bone is created. If old bone is broken down faster than new bone is created, low bone density and eventually osteoporosis develops. For some women, exercise and medication may not be enough. As they age, health problems may limit women's ability to get bone-enhancing exercise. That's where vibration therapy might come in.

    Resisted squat

    Doing squat correctly can benefit weekly workouts

    The squat is often called the king of all exercises. When performed correctly, it's one of the best all-around exercises for total body strength and conditioning. When using resistance, the squat uses muscles of the legs, hips, core, back, shoulders and arms, making it a great overall exercise.


    Longer tamoxifen use may reduce breast cancer deaths

    Breast cancer patients taking the drug tamoxifen can cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them if they stay on the pills for 10 years instead of five years as doctors recommend now, a major study finds. The results could change treatment, especially for younger women. The findings are a surprise because earlier research suggested that taking the hormone-blocking drug for longer than five years didn't help and might even be harmful.


    Community Challenge added to Fittest Loser contest
    To celebrate the Fittest Loser's fifth anniversary, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge.Working with local park districts and Alexian Brothers Health System, 30 teams of five participants will be eligible to enter the competition. Teams must work with local park districts to come up with fitness and weight-loss plans for their individual team or teams.

    Dandruff and itchy scalp often get worse in winter.

    Winter can make annoying dandruff worse

    Still, doctors know relatively little about how dandruff works or who will be most prone to it. What we do know is that oil on the scalp plays a role, says Antonella Tosti, a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami who specializes in hair and nail health. "Everybody needs sebum, or oil — it's an important part of the health of the skin and scalp — but sometimes it can lead to inflammation and the hyperproliferation of skin cells."



    Editorial: Time to cheer NIU’s football Huskies

    They're headed to the Orange Bowl, and we couldn't be prouder of the Huskies of Northern Illinois University, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    It’s nothing but a power play

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: What should Republicans do? If Obama remains intransigent, let him be the one to take us over the cliff. And then let the new House, which is sworn in weeks before the president, immediately introduce and pass a full across-the-board restoration of the Bush tax cuts.


    The miracle of the rule of law

    Columnist Susan Estrich: I see what is happening in Egypt, and I remember just how lucky we are, just how difficult it is to create a society in which the rule of law stands at least as an ideal.


    Can’t blame maps for Democratic gains
    A minnesota letter to the editor: Last April, I wrote a letter to the Daily Herald criticizing would-be Republicans complaining about Illinois Democrats using their majority to change maps to favor Democrats through census redistricting. As expected, Illinois Democrats made gains. However, so did Republicans in Wisconsin, even though the state voted for the first openly gay Democratic U.S. senator and Barack Obama for president. Why?


    Clergy spoke only for immigrant group
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As Catholics, we believe that faith calls for respect for every human being, regardless of immigration status, and an acknowledgment of the dignity of their efforts to work in order to provide for themselves and their families.


    Satellite TV tax needed for schools
    A Chicago letter to the editor: At a time when government fees and policies significantly affect the fast-changing world of technology, it is critical that fair and reasonable rules are established that do not favor one segment of a technology industry over another. We support this bill because it provides necessary supports to elementary and secondary education,


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