Daily Archive : Tuesday December 11, 2012


    Cote Garceau-Saez of Aurora, owner of Our Healing Roots, packs a bag with a tea, which she says will be used to help the immune system fend off colds. For her home remedies, she collects most of what she needs from local fields and privately owned forested areas, but also gets some supplies from organic vendors.

    Moving Picture: Aurora woman reconnects with nature’s healing

    A reconnection with nature is the foundation for Cote Garceau-Saez's passion for herbal medicines. An Aurora resident, Garceau-Saez is the owner and operator of Our Healing Roots, an Internet-based company that sells home remedies she prepares. She recalls her grandmother using home remedies on her as a child in Chile. "I remember when I was little I had bronchitis," she says, "I woke up at night...

    Jan Dimaano plays “Let It Be” on the piano as other friends of Schaumburg student Mikias Tibebu join in at a memorial service Thursday in the school gym.

    Friends remember Schaumburg student as bright, inspiring

    Hundreds of students gathered Thursday night to celebrate the life of Mikias Tibebu — an 18-year-old Schaumburg High School student killed in a hit-and-run crash last weekend — while officials continue searching for the driver.


    Some suburban post offices open Sunday
    Select post offices in the suburbs will be open for a few hours on Sunday, Dec. 16. "This is one of the most exciting and busiest times of the year for the Postal Service, and select post offices will be open on Sunday, Dec. 16 to make shopping and shipping easier," says Peter Allen, Central Illinois district manager.


    Study says Rolling Meadows should get third fire station

    Rolling Meadows should try to work a deal with Arlington Heights to build a third fire station on the east side, a study says. If that doesn't work, the city's original station should be relocated from Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows south to Central Road just east of Route 53.

    A roadside memorial honoring Schaumburg High School Senior Mikias Tibebu has been set up at the intersection of Branchwood Drive and Schaumburg Road, where he was struck by a hit-and-run driver last weekend.

    Reward offered in Schaumburg teen’s hit-and-run death

    Cook County Crime Stoppers Wednesday offered a $1,000 reward for anonymous tips leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run death of Schaumburg High School student Mikias Tibebu early Saturday morning.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Police believe four car burglaries on Dec. 8 may be related. In one, two male burglars were seen by a female resident whoe heard her dog bark and a car door slam. In another, a male victim woke to a loud banging noise and saw the offender smash the front passenger's-side window, and ride away with the items on a dark-colored BMX bike.


    Debut of ‘The Live Nativity’ scheduled for Cook Park in downtown Libertyville

    United Methodist Church of Libertyville Pastor Steve Williams will bring his traditional Nativity program to Cook Park in Libertyville on Sunday. He was still getting acclimated last year at this time but decided 2012 was the time to introduce the event, which has been popular in other suburbs where he has served over the past decades.

    Onlookers observe the scene outside Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Ore., where a shooting occurred Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

    Police: Ore. mall shooter didn’t know 2 he killed

    A suburban Portland mall remains closed Wednesday a day after a gunman wearing camouflage and a mask opened fire on shoppers, killing two people and wounding a third, before killing himself. The shooter was a man in his 20s who apparently fired at random because there's no known connection between the gunman and the man and woman who were killed and the young woman who was wounded, police said.

    Flight nurse Karen Hollis, 48. Hollis was one of three people killed when a Rockford Medical Center REACT helicopter crashed Monday night, Dec. 10, 2012, in a field near Rochelle, Ill., while traveling between two northern Illinois hospitals. No patients were aboard when the helicopter went down.

    Medical helicopter hit weather before crash

    A medical helicopter pilot hit bad weather and was trying to return to the hospital hangar shortly before the aircraft crashed into a northern Illinois field, killing him and two nurses, authorities said Tuesday.


    Suburban supporters cheer concealed carry ruling; opponents want appeal

    With a federal court ruling Tuesday possibly paving the way for those in Illinois to carry concealed weapons, some suburban officials are pushing to overturn the decision while others are now figuring out how a new law would work. State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, called the ruling “historic” and said now the sides have to negotiate what kinds of fees, training and...


    State Supreme Court sides with Quinn on prison closures

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the lifting of an injunction that has been blocking Gov. Pat Quinn from closing state prisons. In a split decision, the high court gave explicit instructions to a court in the far southern Illinois community of Tamms, where one of the prisons is located, to lift a preliminary injunction that was granted to a state workers' union trying to keep the...


    Elk Grove Village to begin work on pedestrian bridge

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said Tuesday the village has secured federal funding for a $3.9 million project to build a bridge across Higgins Road just east of Route 53 so pedestrians, bikers and in-line skaters can safely access Busse Woods' trails and bike paths.

    An artist’s rendering of the retail-office development proposed for the southwest corner of Hough and Main streets.

    Barrington planners endorse downtown project

    Barrington plan commissioners Tuesday unanimously recommended approval of a retail-office project to be built by private developers on land the village owns downtown. The village board will consider the recommendation in its vote on final approval at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.


    Aurora city council approves higher, ‘responsible’ budget

    Aurora city council on Tuesday night passed with one dissenting vote a budget officials called "responsible" and "responsive" to resident needs. The $396 million spending plan increases from last year's $381 budget mainly because of $21.5 million set aside for a new main library and increasing pension costs, Mayor Tom Weisner said. "Library costs and pensions are basically responsible for the...

    The $3.1 million pedestrian bridge that will eventually cross over Randall Road at Bunker Hill Drive in Algonquin will eventually look like this. Tuesday, the village’s committee of the whole selected this design from 10 others.

    Algonquin chooses design for pedestrian bridge

    Algonquin officials opted for traditional over edgy when it came to choosing a design for a $3.1 million pedestrian bridge that will one day cross Randall Road.


    More changes coming for Wauconda water bills

    Now that Wauconda property owners are being billed for water usage monthly instead of quarterly, village officials are planning a slew of billing-related changes.

    This satellite image provided Monday by GeoEye and annotated by 38 North, shows recent activity at the Sohae rocket launching facility in Cholsan County, North Pyongan province, North Korea.

    North Korea declares rocket launch a success

    North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections. North Korea declared the launch of a rocket and satellite a success, and state television planned a special broadcast about the launch at noon (0300 GMT). South Korean and Japanese officials confirmed...

    A barge loaded with sections of spire for One World Trade Center, left, is guided Tuesday by a tugboat across New York Harbor.

    Spire for 1 World Trade Center arrives in New York

    The crowning spire of the World Trade Center's tallest building arrived in New York on Tuesday — in giant steel pieces on a barge that floated in past the Statue of Liberty.


    Bad truck brakes blamed for Chicago-bound Amtrak crash

    An inattentive trucker with a history of speeding violations driving a tractor-trailer with faulty brakes was the probable cause of a fatal collision with an Amtrak train that left six people dead in northern Nevada last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.


    Border Patrol: Cannon used to shoot drugs into U.S.
    Authorities say 33 cans of marijuana were spotted Friday in a field near where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. They believe the cans were launched about 500 feet into the U.S. using a pneumatic-powered cannon.

    Manuel Pardo Jr.

    Florida executes ex-cop for killing 9 in 1986

    Over a 92-day period in early 1986, Maneul Pardo committed a series of robberies, killing six men and three women. He took photos of the victims and recounted some details in his diary, which was found along with newspaper clippings about the murders. Pardo was linked to the killings after using credit cards stolen from the victims.


    U-46 OK’s contract with transportation union

    A five-year labor agreement between Elgin Area School District U-46 and its transportation union calls for increases of 2.25 percent this academic year and a raise equal to half of the consumer price index in later years of the contract. Under this year's contract, bus drivers are paid between $17.50 and $22.51 per hour; mechanics make between $24.06 and $30.95.

    A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon Tuesday as he watches a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria.

    U.S. recognizes Syria’s main rebel group

    President Obama says the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which paves the way for the greater U.S. support for the organization.

    West Dundee and First United Methodist Church have agreed to a settlement which forces the village to pay $5,000 in roof repairs to the church’s decaying parsonage, shown here.

    West Dundee, church, agree to settlement, larger case looms

    One battle is over and another is brewing between West Dundee and First United Methodist Church. While the village and the church have agreed to a settlement that involves the village making $5,000 in roof repairs to the church's deteriorating parsonage, the village has the option of recouping that money by placing a lien on the parsonage.

    Actress Jenni Rivera

    Rivera’s plane hit with ‘terrible’ impact

    The plane carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour, Mexico's top transportation official said Tuesday.

    Brian Stedronsky

    Judge refuses to reduce bond for Ingleside man, mother

    A Lake County judge denied a request to reduce bond for an Ingleside man and his mother who face drug induced homicide charges. Judge Raymond Collins ruled Tuesday that bond should not change for Brian Stedronsky, 33, and his mother, Carolyn Stedronsky, 52, and they were returned to the Lake County jail.

    Carliss D. Henderson

    South Elgin man threatened with BB gun, shoes stolen

    A 26-year-old South Elgin man was held for over an hour last weekend by a man with a BB gun who broke down his door, spraying him with lighter fluid and stole his shoes. Carliss D. Henderson, 25, of Elgin, was being held on $751,000 bail and faces a minimum of six years in prison if convicted.

    Pamela Jacobazzi

    Bartlett woman’s shaken baby conviction further challenged

    After investigating new medical studies and other developments, Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project published findings that question whether Bartlett day care provider Pamela Jacobazzi was wrongly imprisoned for fatally shaking a child to death. "The questions are whether they got the right person and whether a crime even occurred," project director and professor Alec Klein said.

    John Hoscheit

    Hoscheit re-elected Kane County Forest Preserve president

    Kane County Forest Preserve commissioners re-elected John Hoscheit as district president Tuesday. Commissioners praised Hoscheit as a leader that keeps the district working as a team. Hoscheit recapped the successes in his preceding term and pledged to make Brunner Forest Preserve the best in the district as well as maintain a good public image.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A jewelry box containing wedding bands, a pearl necklace, a gold Elgin watch and cuff links was stolen between 6 and 8:25 p.m. Dec. 5 from a home in the 0-99 block of Winthrop New Road near Sugar Grove, according to a sheriff's report.


    Geneva likely to offer free after-hours parking in deck

    A little more free parking may become available on Third Street in Geneva, at least on evenings and weekends. The city plans to let diners and shoppers use the Third Street parking deck near the train station for free.


    Ex-nightclub owner knocked off ballot in Elgin

    Elgin resident Anthony Nance's name was knocked off the April ballot for a seat on the Elgin City Council after an electoral board hearing Tuesday found he is ineligible to run because he owes the city $8391 in court costs tied to a federal lawsuit he filed against the city in 2006 and lost in 2010. State law says people who owe money to a municipality cannot run for office in that locale.

    Four students from South Sudan are attending Mooseheart High School this year, including, from left, Wal Khat, Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou and Akim Nyang.

    Mooseheart has until Feb. 4 to comply with IHSA, end probation

    A day after three basketball players were reinstated, attorneys for Mooseheart were back in court on Tuesday trying to tie up some loose ends on the lawsuit filed last week against the Illinois High School Association.

    Replacement of the exterior running track at Duchon Field at Glenbard West High School is one of several proposed District 87 capital improvement projects announced this week.

    Glenbard plans $5 million in facility improvements

    Glenbard High School District 87 officials are planning $5 million in facility improvements at their four high schools and administration center next year as part of the district's annual capital projects program. The proposed projects, announced this week, include life-safety items, energy saving measures, projects from the district's facilities survey, and building needs determined from routine...


    Suspect still sought in Lisle-area burglary

    A Lisle-area man says he fired several shots at an intruder who entered his home early Tuesday in what appears to be a bungled burglary attempt. Homeowner Richard Niemiec told ABC 7 he was "a nervous wreck" when his dog woke him around 6 a.m. and he confronted an intruder wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a mask. "I come out of the bathroom and he pointed, I believe, a gun at me, and I ...

    Northern Illinois University geology professor Reed Scherer, right and phD cadidate Matt Olmey examine an image of a single-celled organism gathered in an Antactic core sample. They will spend two months in Antarctica drilling core samples they will use to determine the earth’s climate millions of years ago.

    Antarctica team set to drill two miles under ice

    LONDON — British scientists plan to start drilling in Antarctica Wednesday in their quest to discover whether life exists in a lake that’s been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years two miles below the ice.


    Prospect Heights advances toward lake water study

    Prospect Heights will seek proposals from engineering firms for a study of the costs involved in extending Lake Michigan water to every home in the city not currently connected. Most single-family homes use well water, and this has been a controversial issue in the city for years.


    Geneva firefighters get raises in new 4-year contract

    Geneva firefighters have a new four-year contract that includes provisions for both market- and merit-based pay raises.

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan

    Des Plaines mayor recovering after knee surgery

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan is undergoing rehabilitation after having knee replacement surgery Friday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, a city spokeswoman said. Moylan is expected to resign his mayoral post by the month's end.


    Pedestrian killed in accident declined ride home from earlier crash

    The pedestrian killed near Sugar Grove Monday night had just been involved in a vehicle crash earlier, but refused a sheriff's deputy's offer of a ride home. Dean F. Craig was struck while walking with traffic along a dark, two-lane road, where the speed limit is 55 mph.


    Gingerbread house contest

    Miss Grayslake, working with Junior Miss Grayslake, Little Miss Grayslake and Tiny Miss Grayslake, are creating a gingerbread house contest to benefit charity.


    Fremont students collect items for troops

    Students in a social studies class at Fremont Middle School collected household items for a group of Illinois National Guard soldiers serving in Afghanistan, school officials announced.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A white 1979 Lincoln Mark V coupe was stolen between 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Monday from a parking lot in the 1200 block of St. Charles Street near Elgin, according to a sheriff's report.


    Choirs combining at Masses in Lake Zurich

    Choirs from Lake Zurich High School and St. Francis de Sales Parish will combine to sing at weekend Masses.


    Local artist featured in new exhibit

    Local artist Marshall Philyaw will display his unique paintings in oil and watercolor beginning Dec. 15 at the Waukegan Public Library's Gallery 128, 128 N. County St.


    Observatory opens for ‘Not the End of the World’

    Harper College astronomy instructors have a hunch the world won't really end on Dec. 21. When it doesn't, they'll celebrate with a free midday observatory party dec. 22 allowing the public to look collectively to the heavens.

    Specialist Christian Sanfilippo works Tuesday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks gain on budget talk optimism

    The Dow gained 78.56 points to 13,248.44, after climbing as much as 137 points earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index finished up 9.29 points at 1,427.84. Both the Dow and the S&P have risen for five straight days.

    A fireball erupts Tuesday across Interstate 77 from a gasline explosion in Sissonville, W. Va.

    W.Va. gas line explodes, burns homes and roads

    At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of Interstate 77 in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.

    The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration today is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.

    Catholics converge in Des Plaines for Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

    As many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims are expected to converge on Des Plaines Tuesday for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, the largest gathering of its kind in the Northwest suburbs. “This is the only shrine outside of Mexico. It is definitely a big thing and it's notoriety for the city of Des Plaines, and we're going to handle it as professionally and as properly as we do...

    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

    Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

    These high-tech mystery machines — 29 feet long — are about one-quarter the size of NASA's old space shuttles and can land automatically on a runway.

    Kindergartener Brayden Baize listens to a narrated book Monday during one of their daily reading stations at Stringtown Elementary School in Evansville, Ind.

    U.S. students lag behind in math, science

    Even where U.S. student scores have improved, many other nations have improved much faster, leaving American students far behind many of their peers — especially in Asia and Europe.

    This is a sketch of a man police believe was responsible for an armed robbery late last month.

    Elgin seeks help identifying armed robbery suspect

    Elgin police have released a sketch of an armed robbery suspect from an incident in late November.

    Gloria Bambrick counts and stacks components of T-shirts as Walter Meck reviews an order at FesslerUSA apparel manufacture in Orwigsburg, Pa.

    Wholesalers boost stockpiles

    The Commerce Department said Tuesday that stockpiles grew 0.6 percent in October. That's slower than September's 1.1 percent increase, which was the biggest gain in nine months.


    Aurora man struck, killed by truck near Sugar Grove

    A 54-year-old Aurora man died Monday night after being struck by a pickup truck while walking along Jericho Road near Sugar Grove. A Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Joseph Morgan, 25, of Plano, was heading east on Jericho Road when he struck Dean Craig, 54, of Aurora, between Dugan and Ashe roads in unincorporated Sugar Grove Township. Craig was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Chinese shoppers and Christmas decorations are reflected in mirrors inside a shopping mall Monday in Beijing. China’s trade weakened sharply in November, adding to challenges for the world’s second-largest economy as a gradual recovery takes shape. Export growth plunged to 2.9 percent over a year earlier from the previous month’s 11.6 percent.

    Trade deficit grows to $42.2 billion

    Exports dropped 3.6 percent to $180.5 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined.

    Associated Press Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, is interviewed Wednesday after speaking about health disparities in Washington. African-American women have the highest rate of obesity of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Vision loss increasing among Americans

    The rate of non-refractive visual impairment jumped 21 percent in 2005-2008 from 1999-2002, according to research today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


    Ex-Congressman gets year in prison

    Former U.S. Congressman Wester Cooley was sentenced to one year and a day in prison following his guilty plea last year to hiding $494,000 in income from the Internal Revenue Service.

    Deborah Birutis

    No second term for Winfield village president

    Citing a difficulty working with four of Winfield's six trustees, Village President Deborah Birutis says she won't seek re-election in April. Birutis has been in a power struggle since spring 2011, when Tim Allen, Tony Reyes and Jim Hughes were elected to the village board. "It has been very difficult dealing with the four arrogant trustees," she wrote.


    2 men wanted for trying to use fake check to buy $30,000 worth of gas

    Lake County Sheriff's officials are searching for two Wisconsin men accused of using a fraudulent cashier's check to try to buy $30,000 worth of gas, authorities said Tuesday. Sgt. Sara Balmes said forgery arrest warrants were issued Dec. 4 for Laurence Esser, 55, of the 4300 Block of Conifer Court in Union Grove, Wis., and Maximo Rodriguez, 57, of the 2400 Block of 65th Drive in Franksville,...

    Fans are invited to visit Fifth Third Ballpark this Saturday, Dec. 15, when the Kane County Cougars hold a meet and greet with Ozzie T. Cougar and Santa Claus.

    Meet Ozzie Cougar, Santa at Fifth Third Ballpark

    The Kane County Cougars will host a Christmas Meet and Greet event, featuring Santa Claus and Ozzie T. Cougar, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 inside the upper deck level at the Fifth Third Ballpark, One Cougar Trail, Geneva.

    Round Lake Beach Deputy Police Chief Richard Chiarello helps 9-year-old Haley Falcon, right, and her brother Andrew, 8, shop for DVDs during Monday’s Shop with a Cop at Walmart in Round Lake Beach Monday. Round Lake Park police staged what’s Lake County’s original Shop with a Cop program.

    Round Lake Park police lead Shop with Cops program

    At least 100 children from low-income families were scheduled to participate Monday night in what is believed to be Lake County's oldest shop-with-a-cop program. In its 17th year, Round Lake Park police took the kids to a local Walmart where they could select Christmas gifts.


    Trucks now allowed on section of Quentin Road in Palatine

    The Cook County Board has granted the village of Palatine's request to make a section of Quentin Road a truck route capable of supporting commercial freight truck traffic loads up to 80,000 pounds. Trucks needing access to businesses on Colfax Street now can use Quentin from Palatine Road to Northwest Highway. Before, they were using the more residential Smith Street.


    Cabaret duo to perform at North Central

    Popular cabaret duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael return to Naperville's North Central College Jan. 27 with a tribute to musical families.


    Cellulosic biofuel to surge in 2013

    Under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, gasoline and diesel producers are required to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuel a year into their products by 2022, including 16 billion gallons of cellulosic fuel.

    Elk Grove High School graduate Ailyn Perez stars in the opera “La Boheme.” She’ll be featured during a PBS broadcast of “Live From Lincoln Center” Thursday night.

    Elk Grove grad an opera superstar? Go Figaro

    Opera soprano Ailyn Perez remembers the pivotal moment in second grade that music — and a teacher named Mr. Jacobs — rocked her world at Salt Creek Elementary School in Elk Grove Village. She didn't know it at the time, but the seemingly innocuous moment transformed Perez's life. "I wasn't the obvious candidate to be an opera singer," she said.

    The Clearbrook resale shop, 1815 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, will close in January, officials said. Leaders of the agency that assists children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities say the shop has been struggling in recent years.

    Clearbrook resale shop closing next month

    The Clearbrook Resale Shop in Arlington Heights will close on January 21 after more than 25 years in the community, officials said. The shop, which takes old goods and resells them while providing jobs for Clearbrook clients, was not making much of a profit in recent years and its space is needed to expand other programs.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars climbed through an unlocked south side basement window at St. James School, 821 N. Arlington Heights Road, between 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 8:39 a.m. Dec. 9 and took two cases of cola and broke three glass vases. The offenders used one of the vases to break a classroom door window. Loss was estimated at $185.

    Naperville North High School English teacher Mitch Martin reads to his sons, Soren and Alec, from his new children's book, “Op-Op the Triceratops: A Cretaceous Christmas Tale.” Martin says he was inspired to write the 24-page, brightly illustrated book to help teach his kids, and others, to value their family and not their wish list.

    Naperville North teacher writes a holiday tale for kids

    If you've been a parent of young kids on Christmas morning, you've probably ended up playing referee more often than Santa. You know the scene: siblings clashing over presents, complaining they didn't get what they wanted on their wish list. What do you do? Appease them with more presents or Christmas cookies and go on your merry way? Warn them that if they misbehave again, they'll have to wear a...

    The American Civil Liberties Union says it will ask the OAS’ human rights commission to investigate the U.S. government for allegedly violating the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla by labeling him an “enemy combatant” a decade ago and subjecting him to interrogation that amounted to torture, including sleep and sensory deprivation in solitary confinement.

    AP: ACLU seeks human rights probe of Padilla case

    A civil liberties group asked the Organization of American States' human rights commission Tuesday to investigate the U.S. government for what it says are violations of the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla. The American Civil Liberties Union says the U.S. violated Padilla's rights when it labeled him an "enemy combatant" a decade ago and subjected him to interrogation that...

    Explo Systems is currently under investigation for improperly storing millions of pounds of a military propellant, prompting the evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline, La. Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show Explo Systems Inc. was previously cited for safety violations in 2007 after old Army explosives were used in mining operations in West Virginia.

    Explosives co. faced scrutiny before Louisiana evacuation

    DOYLINE, La. — The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town has come under scrutiny for explosions and its handling of dangerous materials before, and it was so far behind on its rent that the Louisiana National Guard refused to lease it more space.

    Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Pena Nieto says he’ll mount a “real fight” against production and trafficking of marijuana, despite its legalization in two U.S. states.

    Mexico leader vows to continue drug fight

    MEXICO CITY — Newly elected President Enrique Pena Nieto says he will continue combating all illegal drug production and trafficking in Mexico, including marijuana, despite its legalization in two U.S. states and liberalized use for medical purposes in others.

    Former President Nelson Mandela is suffering from a recurring lung infection and is responding to treatment. A statement Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 from presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon is “receiving appropriate treatment and he is responding to the treatment.”

    Officials: Nelson Mandela has lung infection

    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela is suffering from a recurring lung infection and is responding to medical treatments, the nation’s presidency said Tuesday.The ailing Mandela, 94, has been hospitalized since Saturday for medical tests at 1 Military Hospital near South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.

    A fan of Jenny Rivera lights a candle at the Basilica of Guadalupe in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Monday Dec. 10, 2012. U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Rivera, a U.S.-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican-American superstar, was killed in a plane crash early Sunday in northern Mexico.

    Investigators study Mexico crash that killed singer

    Tearful fans set up candlelight shrines and memorials to Jenni Rivera from California to Mexico, as investigators said it would take days to piece together the wreckage of the plane carrying the Mexican-American music superstar and find out why it went down.

    Associated Press Protesters climb a fence guarding the presidential palace during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president were flocking to key locations in the nation’s capital ahead of rival mass rallies Tuesday, four days before a nationwide referendum on a contentious draft constitution.

    Gunmen attack Egyptian opposition protesters

    CAIRO — Masked gunmen attacked opposition protesters camped out at Cairo’s Tahrir Square early on Tuesday, firing birdshot at them and wounding nine people, security officials said.

    Associated Press File Photo In this Dec. 5 photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters beat an opponent, center, during clashes outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt. The scene from bloody clashes outside the presidential palace a week ago hangs over Egypt’s political crisis, as a daunting sign of how much more violent the confrontation between Morsi’s Islamist supporters and the opposition that has launched a giant wave of protests against him can become.

    Egypt opposition fears violence from Brotherhood

    CAIRO — They showed a military-style precision: Crowds of bearded Islamists proclaiming allegiance to Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi and chanting “God is great” as they descended on tents set up by anti-Morsi protesters outside the presidential palace, swinging clubs and firing rifles. They set up a detention facility, interrogating and beating captured protesters.

    A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people.

    Syrian rebels backed by extremists seize army base

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels backed by Islamic extremist fighters took full control of a sprawling military base Tuesday after a two-day battle that killed at least 35 government troops, an activist group said.

    Associated Press Abraham Lincoln

    Money helps digitize newspaper tied to Lincoln

    A grant of nearly $33,000 will fund continued work to digitize a Springfield newspaper that was key to Abraham Lincoln's political career. The money from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation will allow the "Papers of Abraham Lincoln" project to continue work that started earlier this year.

    Emerald ash borer.

    2 Illinois counties added to ash borer quarantine

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture says two more counties have been put under quarantine because of emerald ash borer infestations.Infestations have been confirmed in Henry and Knox counties, and they'll join 39 other counties under quarantine because of the destructive beetle.


    Ind. man arrested for driving 100 mph to wedding

    A man who was arrested for driving 100 mph on a northwest Indiana road told police he was late for his wedding, but he wound up in jail instead.


    Purdue police seeking suspects in shower spying

    Purdue University police are urging students to report any suspicious behavior following reports that intruders entered residence hall bathrooms while women were bathing.Authorities say an Asian man used a smartphone to take photos of a woman Sunday while she was showering at Hawkins Hall. The original report said two women were victimized.


    Crime Commission offers reward for heroin arrests

    The Illinois State Crime Commission says it's declaring "war" on drug dealers who supply heroin to adolescents.The commission and the Police Athletic League of Illinois plan to air television ads highlighting a reward for turning in drug dealers.


    Dawn Patrol: No charges in abandonment; Schaumburg teen’s services

    Services for Schaumburg teen killed in hit-and-run; Algonquin women avoids charges for abandoning disabled daughter; Hostess items on sale today at Jewel-Osco locations; Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 gets mobile app; Des Plaines man held in Chicago murder; East Dundee OK's downtown revamp; St. Charles kills apartment plan; Cutler hopes to play against Packers.


    Illinois guard Brandon Paul drives around Norfolk State's Malcolm Hawkins Tuesday during the first half at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    No. 10 Illinois beats Norfolk State, improves to 11-0

    Illinois used a wave of 3-pointers and strong shooting in its last two wins to move into the top 10. However, on a night the 10th-ranked Illini were struggling, a late layup from a banged-up D.J. Richardson and hard-nosed defense kept their unbeaten start going. "I don't think over the course of the 40 minutes our energy, our focus, our effort level was where it's been," Illinois coach John Groce said.

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin grabs a rebound over Bulls center Joakim Noah Tuesday during the first half at the United Center.

    Clippers’ dunk-fest does in cold Bulls

    The Bulls delivered some of their best 3-point shooting of the season on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. But it was no match for the high-flying acrobatics the visitors brought to town. The Bulls shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range, while the Clippers made every one of their dunks in a 94-89 victory at the United Center.


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


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


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


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


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


    Montini narrowly escapes

    Kateri Stone scored 9 points, and No. 1 Montini survived its second close call in Lombard in four days, defeating Walther Lutheran 41-37 Tuesday night.

    Palatine’s McKenzie Wiedemann tries to get past Barrington’s Megan Talbot during Tuesday’s game.

    Point taken, as Barrington prevails

    The final seven minutes of Tuesday's Mid-Suburban West girls basketball game between host Barrington and Palatine were pretty much as close as its gets. The two teams were never separated by more than 2 points. At the end, it was decided by 1. Senior Alexa Resch, coming off a 30-point performance against Schaumburg, drove to the basket for a 7-foot bank shot that gave the Fillies a 33-31 lead with 54.6 seconds left. Palatine sophomore Monica Masini made a free throw with 17.2 seconds left to cut the deficit to 33-32. That stood as the final score after Barrington failed on the front end of a bonus with 11 seconds and Palatine narrowly missed a 15-footer from the baseline with 2 seconds left.


    Milas, Dolan pace Meadows victory

    Senior guard Jack Milas canned five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points to lift host Rolling Meadows past Glenbard South 56-30 in nonconference play Tuesday.


    Collins leads Maine West victory

    One game after joining Maine West's elite club of 1,000-point scorers, Brittany Collins was adding on to her total on Tuesday night. The junior forward scored a game-high 12 points while also pulling down 11 rebounds as the Warriors girls basketball team topped Niles West 45-35 on Tuesday night in Des Plaines.


    Sherwood’s persistence helps Prospect past St. Viator

    Prospect sophomore Catherine Sherwood said she was getting "a little frustrated" with herself Tuesday night. The 5-foot-11 forward picked up two quick fouls against visiting St. Viator, was relegated to the bench and could only watch as the Lions fought back from a big early deficit. "We work all the time in practice on not fouling," said Sherwood. "I've got to improve on that." But the sophomore didn't let the situation get her down. Instead, she got up off the pines and led the way for the Knights in the second half. Sherwood scored 7 consecutive points in the third quarter to quell a St. Viator rally and lead Prospect to a 53-45 victory at Jean Walker Field House in Mount Prospect.


    North Central defends No. 4 ranking

    In its first game since moving up one notch in the rankings to the No. 4 spot, the North Central men's basketball team ran into an unexpected fight Tuesday night against Wisconsin-Platteville.


    Grayslake North extends unbeaten start

    Grayslake North's girls basketball team came out on fire and never cooled off against visiting Johnsburg on Tuesday night. The Knights remained undefeated with a 61-34 win in Fox Valley Fox Division action.


    Willowbrook learns its lesson

    Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell knows his team learned a lesson or two Tuesday night when visiting Morton stormed back to erase a big lead late. But he also knows his team grew a little along the way and, oh, by the way, still came away with a key 76-71 West Suburban Gold victory over the much-improved Mustangs.


    Butzow’s 19 lead St. Edward

    John Butzow scored 19 points and Danny Favela added 13 as St. Edward’s boys basketball team ran past Guerin 61-50 on the road Tuesday night in Suburban Christian Conference action.Adrian Ponce had 9 points and Luke Duffy added 8 for the Green Wave (9-2, 2-1).


    Elgin readies for Larkin with win over Burlington

    Multitalented wing Isaiah Butler said coming off the Elgin bench suits him perfectly. "I'd rather be off the bench than start," the 6-foot junior newcomer said. "I'm so unknown that people are like Oh, he's just a bench player.' Then I just bring it, bring a spark and light the whole team." Butler provided instant illumination when he entered a tied nonconference game at Burlington Central late in the first quarter Tuesday. He canned his first 2 shots, including a 3-pointer, and scored 9 second-quarter points en route to a game-high 21 as Elgin built a 20-point lead before holding off the late-charging Rockets 52-44.


    Dynamic DiProva measuring up for Grayslake North

    A.J. Fish's 15 points and 9 rebounds led Grayslake North (4-3), which never trailed in a 64-35 victory over Antioch on Tuesday. Anthony Formella sank four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points to pace Antioch (1-6), which dropped its third in a row.


    St. Charles East nabs win over Streamwood

    The Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls baskteball race will likely go down to the wire later this season. But for now, St. Charles East has the upper hand. The Saints used a smothering second-half defense, an abnormal performance from Streamwood, and a career-high 23 points from junior Amanda Hilton to beat the Sabres 61-50 at Streamwood Tuesday night.

    Olivia Jakubicek

    Cary-Grove’s Jakubicek hits 1,000 mark

    Olivia Jakubicek joined some elite company Tuesday night. With a free throw early in the game, the Cary-Grove senior hit the 1,000 point mark for her high school career. She went on to a big night, scoring 23 points with 6, rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists as the Trojans defeated Buffalo Grove 56-44 in a nonconference girls basketball game at Cary-Grove.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 44, Elk Grove 41: Ally Giampapa scored 15 points and Elizabeth Arco added 8 as Bartlett (7-5) won in nonconference action, the Hawks’ third straight win and fifth in their last six games.South Elgin 66, West Chicago 45: Nell Wentling had 11 points while Kennede Miller and Kara Rodriguez added 10 each as South Elgin (6-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with this nonconference win. Laura McIntosh added 9 points for the Storm.Elgin Academy 34, Francis Parker 28: Rachel Cain had 13 points and Alysson Wittmeyer added 12 to lead the Hilltoppers (6-5, 2-1) to an Independent School League win.Nazareth 45, St. Edward 32: St. Edward was held to 13 points in the second half in falling to 0-11 for the season. Cece Rapp had 8 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Green Wave.Naperville Central 75, Larkin 23: Quixmia Washington had 11 points to lead Larkin (1-10) at the Oswego tournament.


    Dundee-Crown falls to Prairie Ridge

    Dundee-Crown was looking pretty good until the Chargers fell victim to an old nemesis: the second quarter. Leading after one period, the Chargers were outscored 17-2 in the second and wound up falling to Prairie Ridge, 41-30, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball action in Carpentersville Tuesday night.


    Huntley routs Crystal Lake South

    Stifling, swarming and effective. Those three words aptly describe Huntley's defense. Holding Crystal Lake South to 12 field goals and 30 percent shooting, the Red Raiders' defense keyed a 56-32 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball win at Huntley Tuesday night.


    Glenbard South wins seventh straight

    Glenbard South seems to know when it's winning time.Par for the course this year, the Raiders played their best basketball late on Tuesday, scoring the final 10 points to beat Riverside-Brookfield 55-46 in Glen Ellyn.

    Grayslake Central’s Joey Mudd, left, drives on Cary-Grove’s Dean Lee on Tuesday night at Grayslake Central.

    Foul shots to the rescue for Cary-Grove

    Free throws sunk Cary-Grove on Saturday. Three days later, they were a life preserver for the Trojans, who spent the better part of their most recent practice becoming one with the free throw line. "We practiced free throws a lot in practice (on Monday)," Cary-Grove senior center Dean Lee. "It obviously showed tonight." The Trojans knocked down 21 of 24 free throws against host Grayslake Central on Tuesday and needed just about every last one of them en route to a 61-59 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory.

    Vinny Del Negro was a big reason why Jamal Crawford wanted to play for the Clippers. “I’ve had more fun playing for him than I’ve had my whole NBA career,” Crawford said. “He trusts me on offense.”

    Clippers guard Crawford wanted to play for Del Negro

    Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford and his coach, Vinny Del Negro, are a couple guys who have seen better success since leaving Chicago. After he had a disappointing season in Portland last year, Crawford said Del Negro was one of the reasons he joined the Clippers.

    Kaneland’s John Pruett and Dan Miller reach for a Knights rebound in the first quarter vs. Hinckley-Big Rock on Tuesday, December 11.

    Kaneland claws back to edge Hinckley-Big Rock

    Considering defense was what brought Kaneland back from a 10-point deficit to Hinckley-Big Rock Tuesday night in Maple Park, it was fitting that was the end of the court the Knights sealed their 44-42 victory.


    Addison Trail picks up the pace

    The Addison Trail boys basketball team went into halftime of Tuesday's 48-38 victory over St. Laurence having put forth a solid performance on the opening night of the Addison Trail Pre-Holiday Tournament. The Blazers (3-5) came out of halftime leading 21-18 and turned that solid performance up a couple of notches to win their second straight game.


    Cary-Grove finds winning dual formula at Hoffman Estates

    Already tested twice in invitational meet this season, Cary-Grove's boys swimming team tested the dual-meet waters for the first time at Hoffman Estates on Tuesday night. And found it, too, much to their liking. A deep Trojans team led by three-time state qualifier Michael Hamman earned a 115-68 victory against the Hawks, but the story for winning coach Rick Schaefer was how many swimmers not named Michael Hamman distinguished themselves. Foremost among them was senior Jake Betz, who finished second in the 100-meter free (57.88) and 100 back (1:07.21).

    Barrington’s Bryanna Hopkins, middle, tries to squeeze between Palatine’s Monica Macini, left, and Erin Mayer .

    Images: Barrington vs. Palatine, girls basketball
    The Barrington High School girls basketball team hosted the Palatine High School girls team Tuesday, December 11th.

    Hampshire coach Bob Barnett directs his team Tuesday during a timeout in his first game of the season after suffering two heart attacks Nov. 20.

    Hampshire wins in Barnett’s return

    A stress-free game was exactly what Bob Barnett needed Tuesday night in his return to the bench. The Hampshire boys basketball team cruised to a 52-38 nonconference victory over Marengo as Barnett came back to coach in his first game this season. "I feel great," Barnett said. "My wife came up to me before the game, gave me a kiss and said, You're already red in the face. You've got to relax.' " Barnett suffered two heart attacks on Nov. 20 and missed the first six games of the season. Originally he was told he could not return until Dec. 20, but after meeting with his doctors the timeframe was moved up. He was given medical clearance to return to practice on Monday.

    Matt Kienzle of Wheaton Warrenville South, left, moves around David Henson of Downers Grove North in boys basketball action on Tuesday in Addison.

    WW South edged by Downers N.

    Basketball coaches often say shooters need to keep on shooting. It's advice Downers Grove North senior Deivis Skirgaila took to heart Tuesday night. Skirgaila's 5 second-half 3-pointers sparked the Trojans to a 48-46 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in the opening game of the Addison Trail Invite.


    Fremds grinds past Huntley

    Fremd and Huntley didn't showcase their very finest play, at least offensively, Tuesday night in Palatine. The nonconference boys basketball contest was a bit of a grinder, and when it was over the host Vikings had bested the Red Raiders 44-33.


    NHL, union to return to bargaining, with mediators

    NHL labor negotiations will resume Wednesday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the hockey season. The Canadian Press on Tuesday reported the restart of bargaining between the league and union, citing unidentified people on both sides of the dispute.

    Grayslake Central’s Malcolm Reed cheers after getting fouled.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Cary-Grove, boys basketball
    The Grayslake Central Rams hosted the Cary-Grove Trojans for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


    Boys basketball: Top 20 rankings
    West Aurora, Neuqua Valley and Benet have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of area boys basketball teams.

    Hampshire’s Ryan Cork steals the ball and heads up court as Marengo’s Justin Velasquez gives chase.

    Images: Marengo vs. Hampshire, boys basketball
    The Indians of Marengo traveled to Hampshire Tuesday night for a boys basketball matchup against the Whip-Purs.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony loses the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams defends Tuesday during the first half at the Barclays Center in New York.

    Anthony scores 45, Knicks rally to beat Nets

    Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-97 on Tuesday night. Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. Now the series is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, both games coming down to the tense final minutes.

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving celebrates Tuesday after making a 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter in Cleveland.

    Irving and Cavaliers deal Lakers another loss

    Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low Tuesday night in a tumultuous season. Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak.


    Marsh’s spot on Batavia’s staff feels like home

    It was famed American novelist Thomas Wolfe who wrote the book, "You Can't Go Home Again." Nick Marsh, for one, would beg to differ. Marsh, who was a member of Batavia's boys basketball teams that captured back-to-back Class AA regional championships in 1996 and 1997, always tried to help former Bulldogs coach Jim Roberts any way he could once his playing days were finished.

    Images from the Hinckley-Big Rock vs. Kaneland basketball game Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

    Images: Hinckley Big Rock vs. Kaneland, boys basketball
    Hinckley Big Rock took on Kaneland Tuesday night in a boys basketball matchup in Maple Park.

    David Henson of Downers Grove North, looks for room to pass as Matt Kienzle, left and Adam Rogers, right, of Wheaton Warrenville South, defend.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Downers Grove North, boys basketball
    Downers Grove north plays Wheaton Warrenville South Tuesday night for boys basketball at Addiston Trail High School in Addison.

    Binghamton guard Mike Horn defends against Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., Tuesday during the second half at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won 67-39.

    Burke leads No. 3 Michigan in rout of Binghamton

    Trey Burke scored 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas added 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 67-39 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday night. The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89, and this win was every bit the mismatch it looked like before the opening tip.

    Los Angeles Dodgers new right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke, left, talks to the media as team owner Magic Johnson laughs, right, Tuesday during a news conference at Dodgers Stadium Club in Los Angeles. Greinke moves up the freeway to join the Dodgers’ starting rotation in a $147 million, six-year deal after spending part of last season with the rival Angels.

    Greinke says he chose Dodgers over Rangers

    Zack Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November meeting at Dodger Stadium, asking as many questions as he answered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Los Angeles Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open market. They did, signing Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in baseball history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman sits on the bench Sunday during the second half against the Minnesota Vikingsin Minneapolis. The Vikings won 21-14.

    Bears look like they’re on a road to nowhere

    If the Bears can't beat the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field, what's the point of even making the playoffs? They could lose to Green Bay and still weasel their way into the postseason with victories over the Lions and Cardinals, but what would that prove? That sequence of events would only confirm what the first 13 games of the season have already shown: the Bears can usually defeat bad teams, but they usually can't beat good teams.


    Ex-Sox catcher Johnson to manage Cougars for Cubs

    Former White Sox catcher Mark Johnson has been named by the Cubs as manager of the Class A Kane County Cougars. The Cougars became an affiliate of the Cubs this past fall. Johnson had been manager of the Cubs' Class A Boise farm club. The Cubs also made other minor-league appointments Tuesday.

    Wisconsin running back Montee Ball celebrates a touchdown against Minnesota. Ball was selected to the first-team on The Associated Press All-America football team.

    No. 2 Alabama places 4 on AP All-America team

    Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans. The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection. No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.

    Brad Keselowski drives his car Tuesday during testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

    Earnhardt Jr. gives 2013 car solid review at test

    NASCAR spent almost the entire year developing its 2013 car in hopes the "Gen 6" model will dramatically improve the racing. After his first test drive Tuesday, NASCAR's most popular driver approved of the car. "This sport is going to be revolutionized again with this car," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.

    Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league’s bounty investigation of the club.

    Tagliabue overturns Saints suspensions

    In a sharp rebuke to his successor's handling of the NFL's bounty investigation, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in a case that has preoccupied the league for almost a year. Tagliabue, who was appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle the appeals, still found that three of the players engaged in conduct detrimental to the league.

    The Chicago Soul indoor soccer team has replaced its head coach. The team plays its MISL games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Chicago indoor soccer club replaces coach

    Less than 10 games into its inaugural season, the Chicago Soul FC has a new head coach.Team officials for the 2-7 Soul, members of the Major Indoor Soccer League, announced Tuesday that Manny Rojas is stepping down as head coach, and Novica “Novi” Marojevic will take over head coaching responsibilities effective immediately.“I appreciate all of the hard work and passion Manny put into the team,” said David Mokry, Soul owner and CEO. “He is a man of great character and knowledge of the sport. It’s unfortunate that the situation simply did not work out. We hold him in the highest regard.”Marojevic, who has more than 20 years of professional soccer experience, will lead the squad moving forward. The Montenegro native launched his career in his home country, playing for FC Sutjeska, FC Radnicki, FC Partizan, FC Vozdovac and FC Celik. He accumulated two national championships while playing for FC Sutjeska. He was also a member of the Montenegro National Soccer Team.In the United States, Marojevic played for the Kansas City Attack for nine years, earning a championship in 1996. In 2004, Marojevicjoined the Chicago Storm. He also played for the Detroit Ignition in, Rockford Rampage, and the Chicago Riot.The Soul hosts MISL defending champion and rival Milwaukee Wave at the Sears Centre Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    The Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould (9) on injured reserve Tuesday and signed NFL veteran Olindo Mare as a replacement.

    Bears put 3 on injured reserve, sign kicker Mare

    The Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould on injured reserve Tuesday with a strained calf and signed 16-year veteran Olindo Mare as his replacement. The Bears also put saferty Craig Steltz (chest) and corneback Sherrick McManis (knee) on injured reserve.

    Dallas Cowboys football player Josh Brent, right, arrives embracing an unidentified person Tuesday at a memorial service for teammate Jerry Brown at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship education center in Dallas. Brown died in a suspected drunken-driving accident on Saturday. Brent was the driver and is charged with intoxication manslaughter.

    Cowboys’ Brent attends memorial with team support

    The Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial on Tuesday that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate. Quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones and other players, executives and staff members arrived at the service on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

    Referee Kenny Bayless sends Juan Manuel Marquez to his corner after Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturdayin Las Vegas.

    Marquez-Pacquiao show boxing still has a punch

    The Las Vegas fight last weekend between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao was worth the $69 Mike North paid for it. He hopes there is a rematch, and he'll pay again. Mike also picks Northern Illinois to beat Florida State in the Orange Bowl and challenges college analyst Kirk Herbstreit to a wager over the outcome.

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 21-14.

    Lovie or leave it: Smith’s here to stay

    Don't worry, fans. Lovie Smith is destined to coach the Bears for only another 30 or 40 more years.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks through the bench area with a brace on his knee during overtime of Sunday’s game against the Ravens at Baltimore.

    Bears’ playoff hopes may rest with RG3’s knee

    By finishing 9-7, the Bears have an outside shot at the playoffs, but it may depend entirely on whether Washington QB Robert Griffin III is healthy after spraining his knee Sunday.

    Mundelein’s Connor Black swims the butterfly leg of the 220-yard medley relay during Thursday’s swimming meet at Warren in Gurnee.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball, swimming and gymnastics.


    Rolling Meadows outscores Wheaton North with 95-point effort

    The Rolling Meadows offense outdid itself Monday night. Averaging nearly 73 points per game, the Mustangs fell just 5 points shy of 100 while racing up and down the court to a 95-72 victory over visiting Wheaton North. The defending Mid-Suburban League champs led 46-42 at intermission and finished the nonconference girls basketball game by breaking their previous season-high of 85 points against Lakes.

    Mooseheart’s Mangisto Deng waits for the ball at the free throw line in the second half against Hinckley-Big Rock. On Monday, Deng and his teammates found out good news from the IHSA.

    IHSA rules Mooseheart players eligible

    The boys can play. In a full hearing of the Illinois High School board of directors on Monday in Bloomington, the Board overturned a decision by IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman and found Mooseheart basketball players and Sudanese student-athletes Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou and Akim Nyang eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. The favorable ruling pertained also to fellow Sudanese junior student-athlete Wal Khat, who in November became Mooseheart's first all-state cross country runner in history after a 24th place finish at the Class 1A state meet.


    Protesters gather for a rally in the State Capitol rotunda in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The crowd is protesting right-to-work legislation passed last week.

    Michigan governor signs right-to-work law

    The GOP-dominated House ignored Democrats' pleas to delay the final passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency that the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private-sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed them both within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."


    Tribune, exiting bankruptcy, said to seek sale of newspapers

    Tribune Co., the bankrupt owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers, is interviewing bankers about selling its papers, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

    Tony’s Finer Foods plans to open its 10th Chicago-area grocery store in the former Ultra Foods building in Hanover Park.

    Grocery store chain to open Hanover Park location

    Several months after Hanover Park officials learned Ultra Foods was leaving the village and taking 111 jobs with it, another grocery chain plans to open a store in the same spot. Tony's Finer Foods, a family-owned and -operated company based in Itasca, will move into the vacant Westview Shopping Center building at 7580 Barrington Road.

    A tug boat pushes barges Friday on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis.

    Rock removal on Mississippi to start soon

    The Coast Guard has said it does not expect to close the river. But Tom Allegretti, president and CEO of American Waterways Operators, said any additional restrictions on barges will leave the river "as good as closed."

    Customer Bob Gunnison of Carol Stream snatched up the last of the Twinkies at the Jewel-Osco in downtown Wheaton.

    Jewel sells out of Hostess goodies; eBay cranks up stash

    Just call it Black Tuesday in the grocery business. Jewel Osco stores sold out quickly of those famous Hostess snack cakes, including Twinkies, while eBay boosted its offerings. “When I went to lunch at about 1 p.m., some of the stores were still waiting for their Hostess shipments. Once they have them and the products are available to customers, I think it’s safe to say they’ll go quickly, too,” said Jewel-Osco spokeswoman Karen May.

    A job seeker, left, speaks with a recruiter during a HIREvent job fair Tuesday in San Jose, California.

    How California leads U.S. in pay giveaway

    In California, Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't curbed overtime expenses that lead the 12 largest states or limited payments for accumulated vacation time that allowed one employee to collect $609,000 at retirement in 2011.

    Jewel customer Bob Gunnison of Carol Stream snatched up the last of the Twinkies at the Wheaton Jewel. As of 9am Monday morning other Hostess products were still available, such as Zingers, Ding Dongs and Cup Cakes.

    Jewel shoppers: Get those Twinkies now

    Itasca-based Jewel-Osco stores around the suburbs are expected to have among the last shipments of Twinkies and other Hostess products on their shelves starting Tuesday morning. Shipments will arrive at some suburban stores when they open Tuesday, while others will receive their shipments later in the day. And there's no limit on how many Twinkies you could buy, said Jewel spokeswoman Karen May.

    HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest bank, agreed to pay $1.92 billion to settle U.S. probes of money laundering in the largest such accord ever.

    HSBC to pay $1.92B to settle money-laundering probes

    HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe's largest bank, agreed to pay $1.92 billion to settle U.S. probes of money laundering in the largest such accord ever.The settlement includes a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the London-based bank said in an e-mailed statement today. HSBC also said it expects to complete an undertaking with the U.K. Financial Services Authority soon, without giving details.


    Stocks gain on optimism of budget talks progress

    The stock market sprang back to life Tuesday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average on track for its biggest gain this month, following hopeful signs of progress in budget talks being held in Washington.

    Hundreds of people are killed each a year when drivers turn the wrong-way into the face of oncoming traffic on high-speed highways, and a majority of the crashes involves drivers with blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, a federal accident researcher said Tuesday.

    NTSB recommends ignition locks for all drunk drivers

    A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation's 32,000 traffic deaths each year.


    Boehner: Obama slow walking cliff talks

    House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is slow-walking talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, and hasn't outlined spending cuts he's willing to support as part of a compromise.


    Government outlines HSBC ties to drug money laundering

    British bank HSBC violated the Bank Secrecy Act in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics drug traffickers in Mexico and intentionally allowed prohibited transactions with Iran and other nations that have been under sanctions, the Justice Department alleged Tuesday.


    Delta buys 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic

    Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market.


    EU approves common patent rules

    The European Union has approved a common patent system to cut red tape and streamline patent procedures across much of Europe. The European Parliament on Tuesday concluded the drawn-out decision-making process, backing a cluster of packages by a wide majority to end nearly four decades of fighting and negotiating over the issue.


    Markets solid despite ongoing US, Italian concerns

    Markets retained their optimistic tone Tuesday even though U.S. leaders have yet to thrash out a budget deal that could prevent recession in the world's largest economy and despite ongoing concerns over Italy's political and economic future.


    Treasury sells remaining shares of AIG

    The Treasury Department says it has sold all of its remaining shares of American International Group, moving to wrap up the government's biggest bailout of the 2008 financial crisis.Treasury said it received $32.50 per share for its 234.2 million remaining shares, which represented a 16 percent ownership stake in the giant insurance company.


    OPEC considers oil output, Iran-Saudi rivalry

    Tough decisions await OPEC oil ministers sitting down later this week for a policy meeting. The 12-nation cartel has to deal not only with how much crude to produce for the next few months but must also fill a senior position coveted by both Saudi Arabia and archrival Iran.

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

    Voter disdain spreads as ‘fiscal cliff’ looms

    From New Hampshire diners to Colorado coffee shops, voters are reporting widespread disdain with Washington's inability to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff.Voters call the latest stalemate "pathetic," and suggest they have little faith that Congress will do the right thing.Congress must approve a deal with President Barack Obama by the end of the year to prevent sweeping tax increases and massive spending cuts. Some economists warn that the changes could trigger another economic recession.

    About a dozen members of the Michigan Nurses Association stand on the state Capitol steps in Lansing, Mich., Monday protesting right-to-work legislation. Organizers say the gathering was meant to symbolize the silencing of unions that nurses say will happen should the legislation become law.

    Right-to-work debate heats up ahead of Mich. vote

    Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling.Authorities in Lansing were bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final votes on bills. Hundreds of people gathered early Tuesday to get inside.

    Associated Press Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, right, listens with president of the Federal Reserve of Richmond, Jeffrey Lacker at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va. With an eye on the ìfiscal cliff,î the Federal Reserve is expected to announce a new bond-buying plan to support the U.S. economy Tuesday.

    Fed is expected to launch new bond buying program

    With a nervous eye on the "fiscal cliff," the Federal Reserve is expected this week to announce a new bond-buying plan to support the U.S. economy.The goal would be to further reduce long-term interest rates and encourage borrowing by companies and individuals. If it succeeds, the Fed might at least soften the blow from tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in in January if Congress can't reach a budget deal.

    Bentley held by Santa Claus for a photo at the PetSmart Santa Claws photo event in Fort Worth, Texas. A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech.

    Holiday gifts for pets following high-tech trend

    A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech.Like presents for young children who lack the dexterity to enjoy their new playthings, pet gifts are usually for the human who owns the pet. Allie Robino of Austin, Texas, bought a dog treat maker for her 8-year-old rescue mutt Bentley, but it'll be her baking the biscuits — not Bentley.

Life & Entertainment

    Styx plays the Genesee Theatre and the Star Plaza Theatre this weekend.

    Styx bassist brings bandmates home for two shows

    Styx bassist and Chicago native James Young is coming home.And he's bringing the rest of the band. Just don't expect to hear "Mr. Roboto," or anything else off "Kilroy Was Here" for that matter, when the rockers take the stage Saturday in Waukegan and Sunday in Merrillville, Ind.

    Indian musician and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, performs during a concert in Bangalore, India. Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, died Tuesday. He was 92.

    Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar dies at 92

    Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. He was 92. The prime minister's office confirmed his death and called him a "national treasure." Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers in the West discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music over an eight-decade career.

    Soprano Rachel DeShon is part of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's concerts “Let it Snow!” which also feature pianist Rich Ridenour, the Elgin Choral Union, the Elgin Children's Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective.

    Best bets: Find holiday spirit through music

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs "Let It Snow!" -- a concert of vocal and instrumental music and dance celebrating the holidays at the Hemmens in Elgin. The Agape Ringers perform "Sounds of the Season," along with a performance by Clay Aiken and a slew of "Nutcrackers." But if you need a break from the holiday get-go, fanboys (and girls) rejoice as "Talking Dead" guru Chris Hardwick brings his Nerdist standup to two Zanies locations.

    Lindsay Lohan is due to be arraigned on Wednesday on three misdemeanor charges filed after authorities say they determined the actress lied about being a passenger when her Porsche slammed into the back of a dump truck in June.

    LA prosecutors seeking to revoke Lohan’s probation

    Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to revoke Lindsay Lohan's probation and schedule a hearing that could lead to the actress' return to jail. The filing came one day before Lohan is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on three misdemeanor charges filed last month related to a June car crash.

    Green Day, “DOS!”

    Green Day completes trilogy with ‘Tre’

    As record sales continue to wane, one has to wonder the logic behind separately releasing a trilogy of albums over the course of three months. "Tre," the final installment of the trilogy, out this week, is a bit more diverse than the others, with a slightly mellower and more mature sound that embraces a variety of styles.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones and Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart pose with 2012 inductee Flea, second from right, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman Tuesday at a news conference to announce the 2013 inductees in Los Angeles. The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013.

    Vindication for 2013 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

    Randy Newman's glad he didn't have to do anything drastic to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of Rush are choosing to let bygones be bygones. And Quincy Jones, well, he's still mad. All were among inductees announced Tuesday by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a news conference in Los Angeles. For most of this year's inductees, inclusion was a long time coming.

    Two types of flour go into these better-for-you pear crepes.

    Eat right, live well: Flour power

    The holiday season is upon us but before you roll up your sleeves and put on your oven mitts, consider the flour you use in your favorite baked treats. Flour can be made from a variety of grains or nuts but the most common types start with wheat.

    Whole wheat and all-purpose flours work together to create healthy, tender crepes. Filled with sauted pears they make a nice holiday dessert.

    Holiday Pear Crepes
    Holiday Pear Crepes

    Actor Larry Hagman’s memorable character J.R. Ewing will be killed off at some point in the 15-episode season of “Dallas.” Hagman died at age 81 over the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Funeral coming for J.R. Ewing on ‘Dallas’

    J.R. Ewing will get a send-off with a proper funeral on "Dallas." TNT begins the second season of its "Dallas" revival next month. The network said Tuesday that it will hold a funeral for Larry Hagman's memorable character at some point in the 15-episode season but that it hasn't been filmed or scheduled yet. Hagman died at age 81 over the Thanksgiving weekend.

    “Nashville, season 1, volume 1”

    ‘Nashville’ reflects Music City’s sound

    Among the characteristics the network TV drama "Nashville" gets right about its namesake city is the music. Guided by musical director T Bone Burnett, the new series presents a passable and often entertaining facsimile of country radio hits as well as samples of the less commercial side of the city's music scene.

    Jim Vitale opened the Stone Eagle Tavern in Hoffman Estates earlier this year. The original store Eagle Tavern is in Rockford.

    Stone Eagle Tavern soars in Hoffman Estates

    The new Stone Eagle Tavern in Prairie Stone Crossing lifestyle center is a refreshing addition to the area's chain-dominated restaurant scene, excelling in food, service, atmosphere and value. With its varied, affordable menu, on-spot service and comfortable atmosphere, Stone Eagle Tavern is a welcome addition to the northwest suburbs and this Hoffman Estates eatery should be on diners' shortlists for many occasions.

    Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in the film, “Lincoln.” The historical drama earned a record-breaking 13 nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

    ‘Lincoln’ leads Critics’ Choice Awards nominees

    Film critics love "Lincoln." The historical drama earned a record-breaking 13 nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominees for its 18th annual awards ceremony Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Keith Richards, left, and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones perform in concert on Saturday in New York.

    Springsteen, Lady Gaga join Stones concert in N.J.

    Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and The Black Keys will join the Rolling Stones on Saturday for the final concert marking the band's 50th anniversary. The concert will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

    Singer Luke Bryan walked away with nine American Country Awards Monday.

    Luke Bryan cleans up at ACAs with 9 awards

    Luke Bryan didn't want the American Country Awards to end. He cleaned up during the fan-voted show, earning nine awards, including artist and album of the year. His smash hit "I Don't Want This Night To End" was named single and music video of the year.

    Two types of sugar go into Cook of the Week Judy Ibeling’s Old-Fashion Sugar Cookies.

    Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
    Sugar Cookies: Judy Ibeling


    Polynesian Meatballs
    Polynesian Meatballs: Judy Ibeling


    Easy Lemon Cream Pie
    Easy Lemon Cream Pie: Judy Ibeling

    Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox”

    Bruno Mars hops genres on sexy second CD

    Bruno Mars likes to mix it up. Almost every song on his second album dabbles in a different genre. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter-producer shows growing sophistication, musically and lyrically, on "Unorthodox Jukebox," a retro-pop collection of 10 tracks with elements of rock, funk, country and reggae. There's even a heartbreaking piano ballad.

    Judy Ibeling uses butter and oil and two types of sugar in her old-fashion sugar cookies.

    Passionate baker believes in simple recipes, fresh ingredients

    Judy Ibeling was born and raised, and still lives in Roselle where both sets of grandparents also lived, within walking distance. "Both of my grandmothers were wonderful cooks. I would go over all the time. My mother would complain that I didn't seem to have enough time to clean my room, but I always had time to walk across town to bake a cake."

    “Good Junk” by Ed Kovacs

    The action is fast in Kovacs’ ‘Good Junk’

    New Orleans private detective Cliff St. James finds himself probing the deadly netherworld of foreign weapons dealers in "Good Junk," the second crime thriller by Ed Kovacs set in the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Despite his misgivings, St. James joins forces with the New Orleans Police Department after a double homicide on a seedy street leads him to a far-flung conspiracy of arms merchants.

    “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” is the most gleefully irresponsible of this year's racing games.

    'Need for Speed,' 'Forza' hit the gas

    Why settle for one new real car when you can buy one video game with dozens of virtual rides? Plus, when you take these vehicles out on the highway, you don't have to worry about insurance, gas prices or speed limits. "Need for Speed: Most Wanted" is the most gleefully irresponsible of this year's racing games. It's all about vehicular mayhem while "Forza Horizon" takes the exemplary car-geek series off the racetrack and onto the open road.


    More and more suburban students are taking home tablets such as this one.

    Editorial: Plan wisely for tablet use in schools

    The tablet revolution in education will be a cost-effective way to boost learning only if schools have a plan that includes training, communication and evaluation, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Feds subsidize risk on farms as well as beaches

    Columnist Froma Harrop: The agriculture committee leaders are proposing to add another layer of federal spending — a whole new generation of farm subsidies that pick up a larger share of the deductible on federally subsidized crop insurance. Both the House and Senate versions include three such deals, tailored to specific crops. These new revenue subsidies would add between $25 billion and $35 billion to the $90 billion.


    The double-down president

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The problems Obama inherited can't be denied. Nor can it be denied that once he felt Republicans were going to block his agenda, he doubled down. All signs now indicate that Obama's transformational presidency will not have Americans holding hands and singing over s'mores.


    Time to rethink parking at ECC
    An Elgin letter to the editor: If the garage is built, students will have less tardiness to class, which in turn will boost grades. With speed bumps and one-way streets in the parking garage, there will be less of a risk of students getting into accidents.


    More bike paths for Elgin’s safety, health
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Elgin is not as bike-friendly as a cyclist would like for it to be. More bike lanes need to be added for safely commuting throughout the city, to help attract more visitors and bond communities through a common exercise.


    Neither side is right in ‘cliff’ debate
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Both sides are only concerned about their own interests. They are so insulated from everyday American life they are willing to throw this country into a tailspin because they cannot agree on terms. The only thing that drives them is their own interest.


    Alas, Congress can’t partake of our ‘gift’
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: If this is truly the "gift" she feels it is, I find it to be incredibly unfair that our president and elected representatives are being denied the fruits of the law and it is being gifted only to us, the lowly taxpayer.


    Obama’s tax ideas harmful to us all
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: President Obama's other proposal to dramatically increase taxes on dividends income hurts the middle class and especially seniors who depend on that income to live on.


    Save Medicare for future generations
    A Barrington letter to the editor: One solution just might be to raise the Medicare tax gradually until things get back in balance. Is that too complicated?


    Another explanation for Fast and Furious
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: I had heard the fairy tale equating Operation Fast and Furious to President Obama's supposed efforts to undermine the Second Amendment long before Mr. Vanne's Nov. 30 letter.


    Following a tradition of Illinois politics
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Imagine that we haven't paid some of our bills for a long time, perhaps our mortgage or rent, our taxes and insurance policies, our credit card and utility bills. Here's a plan to avoid paying them forever: Why not emulate what state legislators want to do to public employees?


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