Daily Archive : Friday December 14, 2012



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    Thieves stole a fresh-cut Christmas tree out of the bed of a pickup truck on the 1700 block of North Rose Street between 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 5:30 a.m. Dec. 9. The tree was to be set up in the American Legion hall, reports added. Value was estimated at $60.

    Adam Hearn

    Lombard man gets 6½ years in BlackFinn stabbing

    A Lombard man was sentenced to 6½ years in prison Friday for the March 2011 stabbing of a bouncer at Naperville's BlackFinn American Saloon. Adam Hearn, 33, was convicted in October of armed violence after DuPage County Judge George Bakalis acquitted him of attempted murder and armed violence charges. Hearn knifed Sean Brutto during a melee that erupted when Hearn and his date were caught smoking...

    In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

    Man kills 26 at Connecticut school, including 20 kids

    A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire Friday inside the elementary school where she taught, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots echoing through the building and screams coming over the intercom. "Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama said.

    Fire crews work at the scene of a house fire on the 200 block of Knoxboro Lane near Barrington around 7 p.m. Friday. The attached garage sustained major damage, and the vehicles inside appeared to be a total loss.

    Firewall saves Barrington-area house

    A "fire wall" built between a two-story house and its attached garage may have helped prevent a fire that started in the garage from spreading in an unincorporated area near Barrington early Friday evening, authorities said. A small breezeway between the garage and the house includes the feature, and was able to limit the fire damage to the garage. "That's the best feature of the house," said...


    Elgin approves 2013 budget, property tax decrease

    The Elgin City Council approved the city's 2013 budget despite Councilman John Prigge's objecton that the budget unfairly supports the interests of a few groups at the expense of the majority of residents.

    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires at Syrian Army positions Friday in Tal Sheer, Aleppo province, Syria.

    U.S. troops to deploy at Syrian border

    INCIRLIK AIR BASE, TURKEY — The United States authorized on Friday the deployment of 400 troops for two Patriot missile-defense batteries along Turkey’s border with Syria, a move that could put American forces near the front lines of the Arab country’s escalating civil war.


    Waukegan man shot and killed in robbery attempt

    An intended robbery victim was shot and killed at his Waukegan apartment Thursday night when he tried to wrestle a gun away from an intruder, authorities said Friday. Randy Hardy, 46, was killed at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the attempted robbery at the apartment complex on the 1600 block of Berwick Boulevard. Three people between the ages of 18 and 21 are in police custody and being questioned, with...

    President Barack Obama wipes his eye Friday as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    Connecticut school shootings renew calls for stricter gun control

    The 20-year-old gunman who opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning carried the kind of semiautomatic weapons that have become the bloody hallmark of the American gun massacre — and perpetual exhibits in the cyclical and never resolved debate about gun control that follows every similar killing spree.

    A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service Friday for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn.

    How to help kids cope with news of school shootings

    What should parents do to help their children cope with the Connecticut school shootings? “Turn off the television,” said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. If weekend plans include decorating a Christmas tree, having a play date or attending a holiday concert, those things should go on.

    Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver.

    Obama: Pot use ‘not a priority’ where it’s now legal

    President Barack Obama said federal law enforcement authorities have "bigger fish to fry" than prosecution of marijuana users in the two states where voters decriminalized recreational use in last month's election.

    Deon Sams

    Former Maywood cop charged in Villa Park sex assault

    A former Maywood police officer stands accused of picking up a woman while on duty and later sexually assaulting her at a Villa Park hotel. Deon Sams, 38, of 212 Orchard in Bolingbrook, has been charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual assault and one felony count of official misconduct in connection with the March attack. He was being held Friday at the DuPage County jail.

    Herbert Burgess

    Defense presents its case in Mount Prospect man’s sex assault trial

    Seven defense witnesses, including two police detectives who previously testified for the prosecution, took the witness stand Friday as day four of Herbert Burgess's trial on charges he wrongfully detained and sexually assaulted a teenage boy drew to a close.


    Youth, adult dodgeball tournaments in Schaumburg

    The National Amateur Dodgeball Association (NADA) and dodgeball enthusiasts will take over the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road in Schaumburg, on Jan. 2 and 5 during the Winter Nationals Indoor Dodgeball Championships. The youth competition is set for Jan. 2 for boys and girls in grades 4 to 12. Check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. with matches following at 4 p.m.

    Noah Strandberg, 3, of Warrenville, high-fives Northern Illinois University mascot Victor E. Huskie on Friday in downtown Naperville. A group of NIU students traveled throughout the suburbs and city promoting the football team’s Jan. 1 trip to the Orange Bowl and handing out 2,000 oranges to fans.

    NIU students promote Orange Bowl game in suburbs, city

    Just moments after 10 students from Northern Illinois University stepped off their bus Friday in downtown Naperville, a car horn blared. "Go Huskies!" the driver shouted. And the students, flanked by mascot Victor E. Huskie, cheered and waved in return. Their stop outside Dean's Clothing at Main Street and Jackson Avenue was part of a marathon stunt that lasted more than 12 hours to support the...

    Metra commuters exiting the outbound train from Chicago at the Arlington Heights station Friday will see increases in 10-ride passes effective in February.

    Metra raises fares for passengers using 10-ride passes

    Despite objections, Metra leaders raised fares on 10-ride passes by 11 percent Friday, effective Feb. 1, 2013. The hike follows on the heels of a 30 percent increase in 10-ride passes instituted this February. "I have not seen sufficient justification for a fare increase," said Director Mike McCoy, who represents Kane County. He cast the one vote against the change.

    This is a sketch of what a proposed development in Buffalo Grove might look like.

    Buffalo Grove group seeks referendum on project

    A Buffalo Grove citizens group opposed to a massive downtown redevelopment proposal is asking the village board to put the question of its final approval to voters and then to abide by the outcome. If the proposal turns out to be something trustees themselves find fault with, a referendum would be an unnecessary expense, Save Buffalo Grove member Marilyn Weisberg said Friday.

    Mundelein High School sophomores Mariah Ruff, left, and Jazmine Rivera label boxes of fluorescent bulbs Friday at ReStore in Gurnee.

    Mundelein students volunteer at Habitat for Humanity store

    Mundelein High School's Black Student Union club volunteered Friday at ReStore, a retail shop benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Lake County. Next year, they'll help build a house with the group. "We take for granted what we have," junior Lexus Valentine said. "We don't think about having heat at home, and some people don't have it. Some people don't have homes."


    Flat tax levy for Round Lake Beach

    The Round Lake Beach village board this past week approved a tax levy, the amount to be collected in taxes in 2013, that is virtually the same as those adopted the past two years.


    Cook Library board meeting

    The Cook Memorial Public Library board will meet Tuesday to discuss Director Stephen Kershner's salary and other business.


    Four arrests at Gurnee Mills

    Four Wisconsin residents were arrested Thursday by police during an operation aimed at shoplifters at Gurnee Mills mall, authorities said.


    Pom, cheer competition

    Dozens of middle school pom and cheer teams from throughout the region will take part in the Hawthorn Spirit Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. The pom competition begins at 9:30 a.m. and the cheer section begins at 2 p.m.

    This July 2006 photo shows Nicholas Wieme at the Quarry Twin Theater in Pipestone, Minn. Wieme, a 23-year-old aspiring comedian, was attempting to take a photograph from atop the historic InterContinental Hotel in Chicago when he fell 22 feet down the building’s smokestack and later died.

    Autopsy rules Chicago smokestack death an accident

    The Cook County medical examiner released autopsy results Friday for Nicholas Wieme, a native of Pipestone, Minn., who was living in Chicago. Wieme died from injuries suffered from a fall down a chimney atop the InterContinental Hotel.


    Former Addison man sentenced to 50 years for child porn

    A former Addison man already serving time in a state prison for sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for producing and receiving child pornography. Donald Anderson, 47, was sentenced this week to the maximum terms of 30 years for producing child pornography and 20 years for receiving child pornography, officials announced Friday.


    City opens dedicated bicycle lanes in Loop

    Downtown Chicago has its first two-way bike route with dedicated traffic signals. The bike lanes opened on Friday along Dearborn Street through the city's Loop neighborhood.


    Chicago man dies in police custody

    Investigators in Chicago are trying to figure out what caused a 38-year-old man to die after police twice shocked him with a stun gun. Police said Phillip Coleman was arrested Wednesday on charges that accused him of beating his 69-year-old mother.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says lawmakers need to address the state’s pension problems and curtail spending. State lawmakers are due in Springfield in early January.

    Moody’s revises state’s credit outlook to negative

    Moody's Investors Services has revised Illinois' credit outlook from stable to negative, citing the state's pension funding shortfall and money management practices. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Friday the move will affect taxpayers. "We're just basically making it harder and harder for tomorrow's generation," Rutherford said.

    State Reps. Daniel Biss and Elaine Nekritz talk about pension reform with the Daily Herald Editorial Board on Friday.

    Lawmakers want pension deal done by early January

    Top Democrats leading a push to cut teachers' retirement benefits said they have to try to get it done by early January in part because so many new lawmakers are soon going to Springfield that they'd have to educate from scratch. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, told the Daily Herald editorial board Friday that getting all of them up to speed on the debate over the state's...

    Chris Clark Streamwood fire chief

    Streamwood gets grant to hire 3 firefighters

    The Streamwood Fire Department will hire three new firefighters as a result of receiving a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The awarding of the $627,000 grant was announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.


    District 33 school board to address contract stalemate

    With teacher contract talks at a standstill in West Chicago Elementary District 33 and teachers threatening to strike as early as Jan. 7, the school board will hold a town-hall meeting Dec. 19 to discuss its offer with residents and answer questions. The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. at West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St.

    Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday’s shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country’s history.

    Images: Photos from Newtown, Connecticut
    A man opened fire Friday inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children."Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama, struggling to maintain composure as he spoke about the incident.


    Woman in Arlington Heights fire killed self, authorities say

    A woman who died in a burning Arlington Heights apartment early Thursday morning committed suicide, authorities said Friday. The 36-year-old woman specifically died as a result of carbon monoxide intoxication, inhalation of smoke and soot and multiple incised wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

    There will be expanded hours next year at the Sugar Grove library.

    Sugar Grove library to expand hours next year

    Sugar Grove library trustees have voted to expand the library's hours from 41 to 50 hours a week. The changes will take effect on Jan. 2 and also will include special drive-up hours on Mondays.


    Life, marriage require us to change, adapt

    Our Ken Potts says life continually challenges us with the need to adapt and change. This is true not only for individuals, but for marriages as well.

    The Robert Morris University football players run on the field on Sept. 3, 2011, for their first home game at Morris Field in Arlington Heights.

    Dist. 214, Robert Morris to upgrade stadium together

    District 214 and Robert Morris University have agreed to partner to upgrade the stadium at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. "I am pleased with the (214) administration's ability to find creative ways to upgrade facilities at minimal cost to the taxpayers," said Board President James Perkins. "This is another great example of a collaboration resulting in a mutually...


    Electric car chargers now at Harper

    Drivers of electric vehicles now have a spot to charge their cars on the Harper College campus — part of an ongoing campus effort to become more environmentally friendly. A new two-vehicle charging unit has been installed in Parking Lot 14 near the Wojcik Conference Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

    Voters in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 may get a chance to vote in April on whether to fund plans to replace the aging Jefferson Early Childhood Center with a new building for the district’s youngest learners.

    District 200 nearing verdict on Jefferson referendum push

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials have slightly downsized a plan to replace the Jefferson Early Childhood Center in response to a community survey and recommendations from staff. After meeting with district and Jefferson officials, Chicago-based Legat Architects shaved off about 3,700 square feet from the proposed design for what now would be a 59,000-square-foot building on a...

    William Airey

    Lawsuit claims Moose CEO committed sex abuse in 1980

    A South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit in Ohio, claiming he was sexually abused in the 1980s by Moose International CEO William Airey. Airey, 71, of Aurora, has not been charged with any criminal action, although the suit claims he was investigated twice by Moose officials. Jason Peck seeks damages for emotional distress for abuse he said happened during two Moose related functions in Ohio and...

    Melissa Ziel, Gail Borden Public Library’s business librarian and e-book coordinator, demonstrates how to use the new 3M Cloud Library station, which allows people to download e-books wirelessly. The stations are located at the main library and the Rakow branch. $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

    Elgin library expands e-book technology

    Patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin now can use new e-book wireless stations and soon will be able to get e-readers on loan from the library. Two 3M Cloud Library stations, one each at the main library and the Rakow branch, allow patrons to download e-books on iPhones and Android smartphones and Nook Color e-readers, said Denise Raleigh, division chief of public relations and...


    DNA test ordered in 1996 Highland Park slaying

    Lake County prosecutors and defense attorney for Louis Rozo requested DNA testing on any material found under the fingernails of a Highland Park murder victim Rozo was convicted of killing in 1996.


    CFO, new principal for Elk Grove HS named

    Cathy Johnson, chief financial officer at Morton High School District 201, will become associate superintendent for finance and operations at District 214, while Paul Kelly, social science/world language division head at John Hersey High School, has been named the new Elk Grove High School principal.

    Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro, center, addresses the nation on live television flanked by Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, left, and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Over the weekend, President Hugo Chavez named Maduro as his chosen political heir.

    Some Venezuelans see ‘Chavismo’ struggles brewing

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez’s most influential allies are projecting an image of unity while the president recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba, standing side-by-side and pledging to uphold his socialist movement no matter what happens.

    Some climate change doubters said they believe their own eyes as they’ve watched thermometers rise, New York City subway tunnels flood, polar ice melt and Midwestern farm fields dry up.

    AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

    Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Concern is growing faster among people who don't often trust scientists on the environment. Some of those doubters said they believe their own eyes as they've watched thermometers rise, New York...

    Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, talks to media after his arrival from Iran at Vienna’s Schwechat airport, Austria, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Nackaerts says his team made headway during talks in Tehran meant to restart an investigation of suspicions the Islamic Republic may have secretly worked on a nuclear arms program. He says that means the U.N. nuclear agency expects to resume its probe early next year.

    UN nuke agency: progress on Iran nuclear program

    VIENNA — A senior U.N. official announced progress Friday in long-stalled efforts to resume a probe of suspicions that Iran may have worked to develop nuclear arms, saying the investigation could be restarted by early next year.

    The Red Gate bridge, here nearing completion a couple of months ago, will open to vehicular traffic Saturday.

    St. Charles ready to open Red Gate bridge over Fox River

    The No. 1 priority in St. Charles for the past three years will be checked off the list Saturday as the city opens the Red Gate bridge to automobile traffic. Residents of the city have paid, and will continue to pay, an extra tax for the project for several years. The fruit of that tax is a new crossing over the Fox River that is supposed to help ease congestion on the city's Main Street.

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    Tolkien class at Wis. university proves popular

    The vast collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts initially sold senior Joe Kirchoff on Marquette University, so when the school offered its first course devoted exclusively to the English author, Kirchoff wanted in. The only problem: It was full and he wasn't on the literature track. Undaunted, the 22-year-old political science and history major lobbied the English department and others starting...

    This isn’t the one being auctioned, but it it a 1965 Studebaker Wagonaire.

    Studebaker museum to auction off a ‘65 Wagonaire

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the market for an older four-door station wagon that seats eight and don’t mind that it needs a little work? The Studebaker National Museum has just what you are looking for.


    Chicago man held in pregnant Ind. woman’s slaying

    A Chicago man has been arrested in northwest Indiana on charges of killing his pregnant girlfriend. The Times reports that 28-old Isiah Barker was in custody Friday on preliminary charges of murder and feticide. It wasn't clear whether he was being held in Lake County or Illinois.

    North Koreans chant slogans and gesture to show their determination near giant portraits of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a mass rally organized to celebrate the success of a rocket launch that sent a satellite into space, on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

    North Korea rocket launch shows young leader as gambler

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country’s young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.


    Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

    Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

    Egyptian protesters chant slogans as they attend a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Opposing sides in Egypt’s political crisis were staging rival rallies on Friday, the final day before voting starts on a contentious draft constitution that has plunged the country into turmoil and deeply divided the nation.

    Egyptian Islamists, opponents rally before vote

    CAIRO — Muslim clerics urged worshippers to vote “yes,” while thousands of supporters and opponents of a controversial draft constitution filled the streets of Cairo on Friday in dueling protests on the eve of a referendum on the charter that has left the country deeply polarized.

    Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil smiles as answer to a question during a new conference who in Moscow on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Jamil came to meet with Mikhail Bogdanovv and his boss, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russia issued a clumsy denial Friday of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.

    Russia backtracks on statement about Assad’s fall

    MOSCOW — Russia issued a clumsy denial Friday of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, talks with Col. Christopher E. Craige, Commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Panetta stopped to visit troops in Turkey before heading home after spending three days in Afghanistan.

    Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

    The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday.

    A woman holds a candle as she reacts during a vigil in support of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Chavez is recovering favorably despite suffering complications during cancer surgery in Cuba, his Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday amid uncertainty over the Venezuelan leader’s health crisis and the country’s political future.

    Chavez recovery “favorable” after complications

    CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez is recovering favorably despite suffering complications during cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president said Thursday amid uncertainty over the Venezuelan leader’s health crisis and the country’s political future.


    Kane prosecutors on bullying: Speak up

    Officials at the Kane County State's Attorney's Office took their anti-bullying program to Batavia High School Thursday, saying there obviously is no magic bullet to stop all bullying, but that telling an adult, teacher or school resource officer and minimizing exposure to bullies are a good start toward changing it.


    Dawn Patrol: Hit-and-run victim honored; teachers threaten strike

    Students in Schaumburg held a memorial service for hit-and-run victim Mikias Tebebu. Teachers in West Chicago filed an intent to strike notice and could walk off the job Jan. 7. And a free car answered a Mundelein family's prayers.


    Schools struggle to collect fee money

    What's a school district to do? More and more families are not paying the fees associated with a suburban high school education, and literally tens of millions of dollars are going uncollected. "It's increasingly difficult for families to prioritize how they spend their money right now," said Chris McClain of Glenbard High School District 87. "It's hard on everyone."

    This is a poinsettia as seen through a macro lens.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of December 10th.



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


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


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


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


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


    Montini clobbers Moline

    Kateri Stone had 22 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lea Kerstein 15 points, the two combining to hit nine 3-pointers in No. 1 Montini’s 68-42 win over Moline on Friday at the Sterling Shootout. Sara Ross added 10 points and Malayna Johnson 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the Broncos (11-0), who rolled out to a 23-6 lead after a quarter.Metea Valley 65, St. Charles East 59:Lori Obendorf powered in 24 points and 12 rebounds for the No. 17 Mustangs in St. Charles. Nia Flowers had 6 assists and Anna Petersen 4 steals for Metea (8-3), which won its fourth straight.St. Francis 58, Chicago Christian 37:Kate Slattery scored 18 points and Aly Germanos 17 for the Spartans (4-7, 4-1 Suburban Christian Conference), who won for the fourth time in five games and eclipsed last year’s win total.Timothy Christian 46, Fenton 36:Kelli LeGrand scored 15 points and Kaitlyn Gehrke 12 for the Trojans (5-5, 4-2 Metro Suburban Conference) in Elmhurst. Tina Guarino tallied 17 points and Sidney Montano 9 for Fenton (8-3, 3-2).Addison Trail 46, Proviso East 45:Kelsey Horvath powered in 16 points and Claudia Denigris 15, carrying the Blazers (4-7, 1-5 West Suburban Gold) in Addison. Tory Busse chipped in 10 points.Hinsdale South 72, Leyden 38:Toni Romiti tossed in 15 points, and the Hornets (5-3, 4-0 West Suburban Gold) tuned up for tonight’s matchup with conference co-leader Willowbrook with a big win.Downers Grove South 52, Morton 35:Kirsten Zemke scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, and the host Mustangs outscored Morton 20-9 in the fourth quarter. Claire Hardy added 11 points for Downers Grove South (6-3, 4-1 West Suburban Gold).


    St. Edward tips Chicago Christian in OT

    With his team leading by a point with 8.1 seconds left in overtime Friday, St. Edward boys basketball coach P.J. White gave his players detailed instructions as to how to prevent visiting Chicago Christian from scoring the winning basket.


    Wheeling picks up victory at Elk Grove

    Wheeling got 1-2 finishes in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 free and 500 free to earn a 99-72 victory in a Mid-Suburban East boys swimming dual meet at Elk Grove on Friday.


    St. Viator bounces back at Marist

    St. Viator's boys basketball team bounced back after losing its East Suburban Catholic opener to St. Patrick last week by posting a 54-44 victory at Marist on Friday night.


    Quick start favors Maine West

    Playing in the first game of a boys-girls doubleheader in Des Plaines Friday night, Maine West's girls basketball team got the early start at 6 p.m. Hall of Fame coach Derril Kipp also watched his girls get an early jump on visiting Niles North. The Warriors jumped ahead 8-2 after one quarter and went on to post a 41-28 triumph in the Central Suburban North contest.

    Keith Hayes of Glenbard West puts up a shot while Calvin Brown of York tries to knock the ball away during the York at Glenbard West boys basketball game Friday.

    York hands Glenbard West its first loss

    York's boys basketball team knew it was not a one-man team. Friday night the Dukes proved it.In a game where Colorado State-bound guard David Cohn didn't need to carry the load, York snared a solid 60-48 West Suburban Silver Conference win over previously-unbeaten Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn.

    Prospect’s Danny Thomas (32) drives to the net Friday night during the Knights’ win over Buffalo Grove on Friday at Prospect.

    On balance, Prospect prevails

    Prospect's offensive balance makes it a difficult team to defend. The Knights share the ball and have several 3-point shooters capable of swinging the game's momentum. All those elements helped propel Prospect to a 68-47 victory against visiting Buffalo Grove on Friday night.

    Warren's Dre' Von Hill is boxed in by three Lake Forest defenders, including Evan Boudreaux, left, in Gurnee on Friday.

    Lake Forest whites out Warren in second quarter

    All dressed in tightfitting white, aptly named Shayne White was quite the sight Friday night. Warren's thick senior forward wore a white, long-sleeved, skintight T-shirt under his white jersey. His white, skintight knee pads attempted to complement his white basketball trunks. White looked like he had gotten caught in a snowstorm. His teammates thought the look was, well, all right. "They like it, actually," said White, flashing his pearly whites. This wasn't a pretty sight for Warren: 0 points in the second quarter against visiting Lake Forest. At game's end, the scoreboard wasn't any prettier for the Blue Devils.


    St. Charles East falls despite Hilton’s 17

    Despite 17 points from Amanda Hilton, the host Saints (6-6) came up short in an Upstate Eight Division crossover matchup. Lori Obendorf tallied a game-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Metea Valley (8-3).


    Loud crowd signals another Montini win

    Broncos fever. They’re catching it.Perhaps not since the Ryan Neill era has the Montini student section shown up as big and as loud as they did for Friday night’s boys basketball game in Lombard.With the Immaculate Conception Knights in town and the early Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division lead on the line, the fans in their zany tropical attire were rewarded with a 58-55 Montini victory.“We had to use hand signals, we usually never had to use hand signals. It’s different now. Especially a close game like this, this is maybe the most fun I’ve ever had,” said senior guard Sean Nash, who scored 16 points and made four crucial 3-pointers.After six ties and nine lead changes, Montini (7-1, 3-0) wrested the lead for good on a pair of Brian Orr free throws with 1:18 left to play, fouling out the Knights’ Demetrius Carr in the process. IC (6-3, 2-1) clung within a point until Montini’s Logan Goss made 2 free throws with 11.8 seconds left. The Knights missed a pair of 3-point tries at the wire. “It feels really good for these kids,” said Broncos coach Brian Opoka, who lacked 6-foot-3, 220-pound Matt Brachmann, out indefinitely with mononucleosis. “It’s been four years since we beat them. It’s certainly nice to get that extra win in the conference and be 3-0.”It looked plausible after IC shot 1-of-14 in the first quarter, allowing Montini a 12-5 head start. While the main draw was the mano-a-mano battle between Carr and Montini’s Simmie Cobbs — they scored 9 and 18 points, respectively — IC freshman Rhashaun Epting honed his high-arching shot for 12 of a team-high 17 points in the second quarter, for a 28-24 Knights halftime lead.Cobbs, who had a 4-point first half, said: “I was personally letting mistakes get to myself and I saw it was affecting my team. I told them in the huddle that we’re going to change this, and let’s go.”IC’s Clark Brinkman, who scored 14 points all in the second half, didn’t let Montini go too far. His 2 free throws had the Knights up 42-40 after three quarters, and he converted Anthony Taylor’s transition pass for a 52-49 lead with 3:28 left to play.Cobbs got fouled making a shot and hit the free throw, part of the Broncos’ 21-of-36 foul shooting. A Carr free throw — the Knights were 15 of 26 — created the last tie at 53-53 with 1:46 left. Moments before Montini’s fans stormed the court.“This is probably the best I’ve seen (Montini) in a long time,” said IC coach T.J. Tyrrell. “I played in 1997 at IC and this is my 11th year coaching. This is definitely their best team.”


    Wheaton Academy overcomes Marmion’s fast start

    Wheaton Academy took Marmion's best punch in the first quarter Friday night, then succeded in striking back the next three. The Warriors gave up 27 points in the first eight minutes, then just 31 more over the next 24 for a 73-58 road Suburban Christian Conference victory.


    Happy birthday for Schneider, Lakes

    Lakes' girls basketball team opened up the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic with a 70-35 win over Harvard at Woodstock on Friday night, giving coach Pete Schneider a birthday gift.


    Aurora Central stymies Aurora Christian

    Aurora Central Catholic finally took its offense to a pace Chargers coach Nathan Drye likes, and it led to a 53-42 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division win over Aurora Christian. Leading just 17-15 at halftime, Aurora Central (6-2, 2-1) outscored the visiting Eagles 24-14 in the third quarter. Drye called in the key to the game.


    Naperville North holds off West Chicago

    Naperville North held off a late surge from West Chicago in a DuPage Valley Conference basketball contest Friday night at West Chicago, winning 59-51. It was the second quarter that sealed the Wildcats' fate as Naperville North outscored its DVC rivals 17-6. Even though West Chicago outscored Naperville North 34-29 the rest of the game, the dye had been cast.


    Schaumburg finishes strong at Palatine

    Neither Cole Reyes nor Kyle Bolger started on Friday night at Palatine. But both sure knew how to finish. The two senior guards made all the big plays for Schaumburg in the second half and helped the Saxons pull away from Palatine 53-43 in Mid-Suburban West action. Reyes had 6 of his 13 points during a 13-4 run in the third quarter and Bolger scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the final 8:42 to close out the game for Schaumburg (5-4, 2-1).


    Barrington catches on against Hoffman

    Barrington had a problem Friday night. Visiting Hoffman Estates was knocking down 3-pointers from all over in building a 19-11 lead. By halftime, the Hawks still led 28-25. "They shot it pretty well," said Barrington coach Bryan Tucker. But that wasn't the problem. The problem was that Hoffman Estates was generating open 3-point looks. "We didn't really get out on their shooters," said Broncos forward Zach Bart. Barrington addressed that by applying revved-up defensive pressure and forcing 10 second-half turnovers out of the fired-up Hawks. The Broncos subsequently found their groove, got easy looks for themselves in transition and limited Hoffman to just one shot on most trips en route to a 60-54 victory that moved them to 5-4 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-Suburban West.

    Images from the York vs. Glenbard West boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

    Images: York vs. Glenbard West, boys basketball
    Glenbard West hosted and lost 60-48 to York Friday night for boys basketball.


    Geneva’s bench paves way to win

    At the rate things are going, Geneva's training staff may become the most valuable asset for the Vikings' basketball team by season's end. Already without the services of junior guards Justin Durante (concussion) and Cam Cook (deep thigh bruise), Geneva coach Phil Ralston gave his bench players extended minutes Friday night against Streamwood (4-5, 1-3).


    Prasse, Benet on the money

    When Christen Prasse plays like this, all is well with Benet. Prasse scored a season-high 27 points, and the No. 14 Redwings snapped out of a three-game losing streak with a 52-35 win over Providence on Friday at the Naperville North/Benet Holiday Tournament.


    This time, OT favors Wauconda

    Austin Swenson scored 19 points, and Kodey Thomas added 17, as Wauconda's boys basketball team outlasted visiting Vernon Hills 63-61 in overtime Friday night. Swenson also had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, as the Bulldogs improved to 5-5 and 3-1 in the North Suburban Prairie Division with their fourth win in a row. Dion Head contributed 10 points for Wauconda, which had been 0-2 in overtime games this season.


    Larkin wins in Missouri

    Larkin 72, Republic (Mo.) 64: Larkin never trailed in a 72-64 victory over Republic (Mo) at the Route 66 Shootout in Waynesville, Mo. Friday night. Larkin (9-2) won its fourth straight game by forcing 17 turnovers and shooting 50 percent from the field. The Royals built an 8-point halftime lead which they extended to 20 points late in the third quarter. Five Royals finished in double figures, led by junior guard Kendale McCullum, who finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Senior guard Quentin Ruff scored 14 points, junior forwards Drew Jones and Brayden Royse notched 12 points apiece and junior guard Derrick Streety added 10 points. Jones scored all his points on four 3-pointers and pulled down 6 rebounds. Larkin concludes its two-day trip to Missouri with a matchup against Hazelwood Central (Mo) today at noon.Luther North 41, Westminster Christian 35: Sam Carani and Robert Kleczynski each had 10 points for the Warriors (3-6, 0-3) in this Northeast Athletic Conference loss.


    Strong finish gladdens Grant

    Down the stretch in a close game, the advantage usually lies with the team that possesses the most experience handling that kind of pressure. Such was the case Friday night at Antioch, where Grant scored 10 of the final 12 points to prevail 52-47 in a highly physical and foul-plagued North Suburban Prairie Division game. It marked the third consecutive win for the Bulldogs (5-4, 1-2), who have won two overtime contests this season and dropped a pair of 1-point decisions.


    Glenbard East rolls past Wheaton North

    With several Glenbard East Pack the Place fans in holiday attire Friday, senior guard Tahron Harvey played dual personalities of the Grinch and Santa Claus on the basketball court.


    Huntley can’t catch Crystal Lake Central

    When Jake Wagner canned a long 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining in the game, Huntley pulled within a point of Crystal Lake Central, 42-41. It seemed like Huntley had the momentum to post a road victory, but the Red Raiders couldn't get any closer. Outscoring Huntley 12-5 to end the game, the host Tigers outlasted the visitors 54-46 in Fox Valley Conference crossover boys basketball action Friday night.


    Stevenson breaks out, at Libertyville’s expense

    It had been 10 days since the Stevenson boys basketball team played a game. "I think it felt more like 14. At least," Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose said. While getting stir-crazy was the downside, the upside to the Patriots' long lay-off before Friday night's game at Libertyville was having enough time to check plenty off the to-do list. The Patriots had time to get their minds right after two straight North Suburban Conference Lake Division losses leading up to their break. They had time to work out the kinks. They had time to work up a hunger. Libertyville had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of all that pent-up Patriot energy and emotion. Stevenson jumped all over the host Wildcats with a relentless defense and an opportunistic offense and cruised to a 62-32 Lake Division victory that was never a contest.


    Grayslake North’s Winfield makes Jacobs pay again

    It might be something personal. Grayslake North senior Anthony Winfield recalled during football season that he had a field day when Jacobs battled his Knights. "I think I had something like 7 receptions for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns,'' Winfield said. It's basketball season now, and Winfield and the Knights invited that same Jacobs school in for a game of hoops on Friday night. And it was the same player giving the Golden Eagles fits. It was Winfield's rebound and bucket with just over a second to play that provided the winning margin for North. Three seniors — Winfield, A.J. Fish and Danny Mateling — combined for 49 of North's 55 points in the Knights' 55-53 win. Winfield scored all of his 10 points in the second half.


    McBride, Conant clamp down at Fremd

    All week, Conant's D'Angelo McBride had been practicing defense in anticipation of guarding Fremd leading score Riley Glassmann. "All I was trying to do was keep the ball out of his hands," McBride said. "We worked on it all week in practice. I just wanted to make sure he wouldn't get that many touches." McBride then put his practice to work Friday in Palatine, limiting Glassmann to just 11 shots which netted the Fremd junior 2 field goals and 7 points. McBride's defense along with that of Kevin Schimel, Joey Ranallo and Robert Hudson, helped lead Conant to a 43-34 victory over Fremd.


    Call it an Elk Grove win as Amann drops in 32

    Call it resiliency. Call it heart. Call it determination. Whatever the appropriate description, Elk Grove's boys basketball team had plenty of it in Friday's Mid-Suburban East game at Hersey's Ken Carter Gym. The visiting Grenadiers withstood Hersey's first quarter burst to open the game, rallied again in the third quarter after a quick start by the Huskies, and then came back one more time with a 7-point run of their own in the fourth quarter that led to a 54-48 victory. The win allows Elk Grove (5-3, 3-0) to remain tied with Prospect atop the East standings.

    West Aurora’s Jontrel Walker lets out a scream after scoring a bucket and being fouled against Glenbard North during Friday’s game at West Aurora.

    West Aurora duo sinks Glenbard North

    Glenbard North never did solve the puzzle of Josh McAuley and Jontrel Walker Friday night in Aurora.


    DeKalb tips Geneva in OT

    The season hasn't hit the halfway point yet, yet the Geneva girls basketball team already has suffered enough close losses to last a year — and then some.


    Naperville Central turns to Czarnowski

    The rarest commodity in the modern game of basketball is the highly skilled center. So when you have one, why not take advantage of him? That's the mindset Naperville Central took into its DuPage Valley Conference contest with visiting Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday night and Nick Czarnowski — the Redhawks' 6-foot-9 junior center — rose to the challenge with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks to pace a 60-35 victory.

    Larkin’s Francisco Calderon wrestles Elgin’s Nathan Romero at 132 pounds at Elgin High School Friday. Romero won the match.

    First ‘Crossface Classic’ goes to Elgin

    Part of what makes the Elgin-Larkin football rivalry so special is the Town Jug the two schools battle for every year. Since 1963, the Jug's been on the line and while the Elgin Area School District U-46 schools have wrestled for just as long, the wrestlers never had a prize that was as special. So when Elgin coach Tom Stewart and Royals coach Steve Hoyt met during an Upstate Eight Conference coaches meeting in October, they wanted to fix that so their wrestlers would have a similar honor, They created the "Crossface Classic," with the winner garnering bronze head gear, with maroon on one side, royal blue on the other. In the inaugural classic almost 50 years later, it was Elgin coming away with the first prize, defeating Larkin Friday night, 48-29, at Chesbrough Field House in a match that featured 7 pins out of the 11 matches.


    Things are rounding into shape nicely for Meadows

    The Rolling Meadows boys basketball team went through some hard times the first few weeks of the season. Injuries to key players along with getting other into basketball shape following football season also contributed to coach Kevin Katovich's woes. "We're getting the pieces of our puzzle back together," said Katovich after Rolling Meadodws delivered a 56-33 win over visiting Wheeling on Friday night. "We're very unselfish. Every night we have a different player stepping up." Friday night, senior guard Jack Milas picked up the slack in a key third quarter for the Mustangs (3-6 overall, 1-2 Mid-Suburban East). Milas, who's Ball State-bound for football, connected four times for 3-point baskets in the quarter to help turn a close game into a runaway. Milas finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 57, Jacobs 25: Sam Andrews and Ali Andrews scored 19 points each to lead the Red Raiders (10-2, 4-0) to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Victoria Tamburrino had 11 points to lead Jacobs (0-10, 0-2).CL South 52, North Chicago 44: The Gators shot 58 percent from the field and hit 5 3-pointers to win an opening round game in the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. Sara Mickow had 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead Crystal Lake South (8-3), while Chanel Fanter had 11 points and Carly Nolan added 8 points and 9 rebounds.Burlington Central 58, Woodstock 37: Samantha Pryor had 13 points and Alison Colby added 11 to lead the Rockets (9-1) to their sixth straight win in the opening round of the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. Camille Dela Cruz added 10 points for Central and Shelby Holt had 9. BC will take on North Chicago at 11:30 a.m. today and then play CL South at 3:30 p.m.Westminster Christian 46, Luther North 37: Maddie Versluys had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors (8-3, 4-0) notched a Northeast Athletic Conference win. McKaila Hays added 12 points for Westminster, while Claire Speweik had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Thursday’s late resultsHampshire 68, Johnsburg 48: Emma Benoit scored 17 points and Jenny Dumoulin added 14 as Hampshire won its first game of the season Thursday night, a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division victory. Becky Dumoulin added 9 points for the Whip-Purs (1-9, 1-2) while Nikki Dumoulin and Lizzy Panzica had 8 points each.

    Pistons center Greg Monroe and the Nets’ Keith Bogans battle for a rebound during Brooklyn’s 107-105 double overtime victory Friday night. Bogans will see his old team tonight when he returns to the United Center to take on the Bulls.

    Bulls getting close look at past teammates

    The Bulls are getting a steady look at old friends. They've already seen Omer Asik in Houston. Ronnie Brewer came to town with New York last week. Now it's C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans who will be in town with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

    Evan Turner drives to the basket as Joakim Noah (13), Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague and Jimmy Butler defend in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Teague’s play in limited action has brought praise from coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Bulls’ Teague showing a lot of promise

    Bulls rookie Marquis Teague has a limited body of work this season, playing extended minutes just twice. Both of those games were eye-openers, though, especially Wednesday when he took on Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday in the fourth quarter and led the Bulls to a 96-89 victory.


    South Elgin keeps Lake Park winless

    The South Elgin girls basketball team used its defense to control the first half Friday night. The offense finally got going in the second half as the Storm cruised to a 58-43 victory over Lake Park in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play in South Elgin.

    Warren’s Dre Von Hill is boxed in by three Lake Forest defenders including Evan Boudreaux, left.

    Images: Lake Forest vs. Warren, boys basketball
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted the Lake Forest Scouts for boys basketball action on Friday, December 14 in Gurnee.


    Crater, Hampshire make it 7 straight

    Tyler Crater has really worked on diversifying his game this year and it's paying off. The rest of the Hampshire Whip-Purs don't look too bad, either. Crater scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Hampshire past Grayslake Central, 62-39, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division boys basketball action in Hampshire Friday night.

    Images from the Glenbard North vs. West Aurora boys basketball game Friday, December 14, 2012.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. West Aurora, boys basketball
    Glenbard North and West Aurora met up Friday night in a boys basketball matchup in Aurora.


    Warren garners thrilling win over Lake Zurich

    There was a good chance Friday night's wrestling dual meet was going to be very competitive when host Lake Zurich met Warren in North Suburban Conference action. But nobody could have imagined just how close the final result would be as the Lake Division meet ended up being tied at 30-30 with one match remaining. Warren senior reserve Myles Garner (1-2) ended up pulling out a wild 5-3 decision over Lake Zurich sophomore reserve Tommy Clancy as a takedown with 15 seconds left carried the Blue Devils to an exciting 33-30 victory before a fired-up crowd.

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives against Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster Friday during the first half in Washington.

    Kobe Bryant’s 30 points help Lakers edge Wizards 102-96

    Straining to work out the kinks in an offense coach Mike D'Antoni compared to dancing with two left feet, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers even struggled to put away the Washington Wizards. A night after joking about wanting to face the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, Bryant scored 30 points, and reserve Jodie Meeks added 24, helping the Lakers beat the Wizards 102-96 on Friday to end a four-game losing streak.

    Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, bottom, tries to drive to the net past Dallas Mavericks forward Elton Brand, top, Friday during first half in Toronto.

    Kleiza leads Raptors over Mavericks

    Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, rookie Terrence Ross had 18 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-74 on Friday night, snapping a six-game losing streak.DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon had 14 points each for the Raptors, who had lost 14 of their previous 17 meetings with the Mavericks.

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ Spencer Hawes, second from left, puts up a shot against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Paul George Friday during the second half in Indianapolis. The Pacers defeated the 76ers 95-85.

    George, Hibbert lead Pacers past 76ers 95-85

    INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 28 points and Roy Hibbert played his best all-around game of the season, leading the Indiana Pacers past the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 95-85 on Friday night.George scored 14 points during a third-quarter flurry that changed the game. Hibbert had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.Philadelphia played without guard Jrue Holiday, who sat out with a sprained left foot. Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 18 off the bench to lead the 76ers.It wasn’t enough.After giving up six points to Philadelphia in the final 3.8 seconds of the first half, the Pacers used a 16-4 third-quarter run to take a 60-52 lead and never trailed again.George Hill had 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Indiana, barely falling short of a triple-double.

    Katie Slay, right, and her Penn State teammates are no strangers to NCAA Tournament success in women’s volleyball, having won four straight national titles beginning in 2007 and reaching the Final Four this season.

    Big Ten reaps volleyball riches

    Women's Watch on the Big Ten's amazing run through the season and the NCAA volleyball tournament. It almost seems unfair that the conference won't be represented in tonight's national title game.


    Barclay helps Christian Liberty orchestrate another victory

    Christian Liberty Academy junior Vivian Barclay and her triplet sisters Teddi and Natalie are talented musicians who perform as a trio at weddings. Vivian plays the cello, while her siblings handle the violin and harp. In addition to being a cellist, Vivian plays basketball for Christian Liberty. Her defensive play also makes sweet music for the Chargers, who shut down visiting Elgin Academy 52-13 late Friday afternoon. Barclay matched her team-high average of 7 steals as the Chargers won for the eighth time in nine games this season.

    Joakim Noah has averaged 43.6 minutes over the Bulls’ last five games.

    Bulls’ Thibodeau defends playing key guys heavy minutes

    Tom Thibodeau is used to being asked if he might be playing guys too many minutes. Recently, Joakim Noah has logged 43.6 minutes over the past five contests. "It's never the right amount of minutes, that's the only thing I do know," Thibodeau said. "If a guy's not playing big minutes, it's not enough minutes. If a guy's playing big minutes, it's too many minutes. I don't know. You play to win. That's the thing. What gives you the best chance to win?"

    Former White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a $12 million, one-year deal.

    Kevin Youkilis, Yankees finalize $12 million deal

    After spending 8½ years in Boston and delivering a pair of World Series titles to the Fenway Park faithful, Kevin Youkilis was surprised when the New York Yankees expressed interest in fitting him for pinstripes. "At first, it was kind of like, `Wow!"' he said Friday after finalizing a $12 million, one-year contract with New York.


    NHL files suit, labor charge against union

    Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL has brought its labor fight against hockey players to federal court. The league on Friday filed a class action suit in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish that its now 90-day lockout is legal. In a separate move, the NHL filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players' association has bargained in bad faith.

    Jay Cutler lays on the field Sunday after getting tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, left, during the second half in Minneapolis. Griffen was called for a personal foul on the play.

    Bears’ Smith remains pillar of optimism

    Even with a starting lineup riddled with injuries, coach Lovie Smith disputes the notion that his team is down after losing four of five. "I don't agree with that," he said. "We're 8-5. There's disappointment each week based on what happened the last game. But right now there's no time for any of that. There's no time for the good stuff that's happened this year or some of the bad that (we've) been disappointed in."

    Georgetown head coach John Thompson III says there is more homework to be done before seven basketball-only schools in the Big East can determine the best course of action to take regarding their future.

    Big East exit plan has positives, negatives

    On a day when Georgetown University, DePaul University and five other basketball-centric schools appeared poised to part ways with the Big East Conference they helped found, Hoyas head coach John Thompson III acknowledged the uncertainty and far-reaching ramifications of making such a move. "It's not going to be an emotional decision," Thompson said. "It's going to be a decision based on research and projections of what's best for this institution as much as we can control."

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews reacts after Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during the first half.

    Packers expect linebacker Matthews back against Bears

    The Green Bay Packers expect to have linebacker Clay Matthews back in the lineup Sunday against the Chicago Bears and coach Mike McCarthy couldn't be happier about it. "I thought he looked good all week," McCarthy said Friday after the Packers held their last practice before the game. "I look for Clay to play and make an impact in the game."

    With new right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke, left, Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson has payroll that rivals the New York Yankees.

    Making sense of the Dodgers’ spending spree

    Everyone in baseball has expected the Los Angeles Dodgers' off-season tsunami. But as it crashed to shore this week with the signings of free agents Zack Greinke and middling Korean left-hander Ryo Hyan-jin for a combined cost of $208.7 million, every N.L. contender, including the Washington Nationals, has to figure out how to react and adapt. Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell offers his perspective.

    Northwestern forward Drew Crawford, left, will have surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. The senior from Naperville Central was averaging more than 13 points per game for the Wildcats.

    Shoulder surgery ends season for NU’s Crawford

    Northwestern forward Drew Crawford, a senior from Naperville, will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and miss the remainder of the men's basketball season, head coach Bill Carmody announced Friday. Crawford, a former Naperville Central star, has been diagnosed with having a torn labrum. He is eligible to seek a medical hardship waiver.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week he “fundamentally disagrees” with former league boss Paul Tagliabue’s decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

    Why is Goodell still in charge of NFL?

    Mike North sees Roger Goodell as a poor commissioner for the NFL. He's had several scandals under his watch and hasn't handled them well. His safety concerns seem like a contradiction when he has teams playing 3 games in 11 days.

    The polls are open, and it’s time to make your pick for the Fantasy Football MVP and other postseason awards. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of several strong contenders.

    Cast your votes for Fantasy Football winners, losers

    It's time for Daily Herald readers to vote for the 2012 fantasy football awards. Who's the MVP? The Biggest Bust? Rookie of the Year? You decide ...


    Sonia Limas, an illegal immigrant, makes cookies at her home in Texas. When healthcare reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation’s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent.

    Most states opt out of health exchanges

    More than half of the state exchanges to be created under the 2010 U.S. health-care overhaul are expected to be run by the federal government, offering insurers and consumers uniform criteria in at least those areas.

    The Facebook Inc. logo is displayed with the word “unchanged” prior to trading at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on May 18, 2012.

    Facebook falls as lockup expires

    The stock tumbled 5.1 percent to $26.81 at the close in New York, the biggest drop since Sept. 24. Shares in the operator of the world's largest social-networking service have declined 29 percent since selling at $38 apiece in an initial public offering in May.


    FDA approves new drug for anthrax

    The Food and Drug Administration says raxibacumab will provide an alternative to antibiotic drugs that are currently the standard treatment for anthrax infection.

    Smog covers downtown Los Angeles.

    EPA to tighten standards for soot pollution

    In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.

    Trader Peter Mancuso, center, works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks end week flat

    Apple, the most valuable company in the U.S., slumped Friday, helping to drag down the stock market. A lack of progress in federal budget talks also discouraged investors.

    Selim Bassoul, CEO of The Middleby Corp.

    Elgin’s Middleby expands operations in Australia

    The Middleby Corp. of Elgin is opening a full-service office in Australia. The expansion is made possible due to the strong mining industry and the growing Australian economy, according to the company.

    A rendering of River Haven Place in East Dundee, which features 68 duplexes and ranch homes for rent. Priority is given to military veterans and their immediate families.

    Veterans housing in East Dundee not attracting veterans

    Although there's an East Dundee subdivision that gives preference to military veterans and their immediate families, it seems interest is coming from everyone but those two groups. River Haven Place is still under construction on the northwest corner of Routes 25 and 72. But of the 30 phone calls that owner's representative, Anna Blair, receives a day on the homes, just one comes from a veteran.

    Associated Press/Nov. 23 A woman browses through a display of jewelry on sale at a J.C. Penney store in Las Vegas. In the midst of the busy holiday shopping season, when retailers can make up to 40 percent of their sales, promotions are actually down 5 percent.

    Holiday shoppers may see big discounts soon

    After a promising start to the holiday shopping season over the Thanksgiving weekend, sales have slowed.


    Tribune said to scrap Huawei Tablet plans

    Developers have failed to create software that runs smoothly on the MediaPad tablets from Huawei Technologies Co., China's largest maker of phone equipment.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, was ordered to pay $16.6 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by California cities alleging the retailer tossed pesticides, paint and pharmaceutical waste into local landfills.

    Walgreen to pay $16.6 million in California waste case

    Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, was ordered to pay $16.6 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by California cities alleging the retailer tossed pesticides, paint and pharmaceutical waste into local landfills. Judge Wynne Carvill in Oakland ordered the payment in a June lawsuit brought by Los Angeles and district attorneys in six California counties who claimed that more than 600 Walgreen stores unlawfully handled and disposed of hazardous materials over a six-year period.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. are among the bidders for assets being sold by Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies, said a person familiar with the matter.

    Hostess said to attract first-round bids From Wal-Mart, Kroger

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. are among the bidders for assets being sold by Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies, said a person familiar with the matter. There are about two dozen bidders, said the person, who asked not to be named because the process is confidential. Last month, financial adviser Joshua Scherer of Perella Weinberg Partners LP said the liquidation sale may generate about $1 billion.

    U.S. factories rebounded in November from Superstorm Sandy, boosting production of cars, equipment and appliances. But after factoring out the impact from the storm, the broader trend in manufacturing remained weak. The Federal Reserve said Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, that factory output increased 1.1 percent in November from October. That offset a 1 percent decline in the previous, which was blamed on the storm.

    U.S. manufacturing output rises 1.1 pct. in November

    U.S. factories rebounded in November from Superstorm Sandy, boosting production of cars, equipment and appliances. But after factoring out the impact from the storm, the broader trend in manufacturing remained weak. The Federal Reserve said Friday that factory output increased 1.1 percent in November from October. That offset a 1 percent decline in the previous, which was blamed on the storm.

    A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices in December, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the steepest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices.

    Cheaper gas lowers U.S. consumer prices 0.3 percent

    A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the biggest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices. In the past year, consumer prices have risen 1.8 percent, down from October's 12-month increase of 2.2 percent.


    Discovery to buy Nordic TV networks for $1.7B

    The parent company of the Discovery Channel said Friday that it is buying 12 TV networks in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland in a deal worth about $1.7 billion.


    Best Buy shares fall on Schulze bid extension

    Best Buy shares fell on Friday after the struggling electronics retailer said it extended the window for co-founder Richard Schulze to make a buyout bid until after the holiday season.


    OfficeMax wins retailer innovation award

    OfficeMax Inc. has received a 2012 Retailer Innovation Award from Store Brands Decisions for one of its new second-generation line of pens from its premium TUL brand.


    Study: Many unknowns but gas could mean Ill. jobs

    The New Albany Shale formation in southern Illinois could produce anywhere from a few thousand jobs to more than 40,000 jobs, but too little is known about the formation to be sure, according to a study paid for by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.


    United Continental names CEO Smisek as chairman

    Jeff Smisek now has the controls at United Airlines.Smisek, the president CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., will also become the company's chairman, effective Dec. 31. He is replacing Glenn Tilton.At the time of the 2010 merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines, Smisek had been chairman and CEO of Continental, and Tilton of United. The merger agreement called for Smisek to become chairman of the combined company after two years.


    Dow Chemical opens new facility in Chicago

    The Dow Chemical Co. has opened a new sales facility in Chicago. The move downtown came after talks between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Dow officials. Both sides say the facility on North Clark Street should bring in hundreds of new jobs over the next several years. A joint statement on Thursday says Dow didn't receive any special incentives to create the positions in Chicago.

    Senate Privacy, Technology and the Law subcommittee Chairman Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. presides over the subcommittee’s hearing on “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy,” on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Senate takes step toward banning stalking software

    A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse.The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for companies to make and intentionally operate a stalking app. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., also would curb the appeal for such inexpensive and easy-to-use programs by requiring companies to disclose their existence on a target's phone.


    Oil rises above $86 as China factory data improves

    The price of oil rose above $86 a barrel Friday, boosted by a survey that showed the recovery in China's manufacturing is gathering strength. Benchmark crude for January delivery was up 90 cents to $86.79 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 88 cents to end at $85.89 per barrel in New York on Thursday.

    David Sheehan, representing the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s fraud victims, leaves federal court in New York.

    U.S. Says Madoff’s brother peter should get 10-year prison term

    Bernard Madoff's brother, Peter Madoff, should get a 10-year prison term for his role in perpetuating the multibillion-dollar fraud, U.S. prosecutors said Peter Madoff pleaded guilty in June in federal court in Manhattan to helping his brother pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, though Peter denied knowing the business was a sham until the firm collapsed.

    People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday.

    World stocks mostly rise as Chinese output grows

    World stocks mostly swung higher Friday after a survey showed China's manufacturing production rose to a 14-month high, offsetting gloom from a sharp drop in Japanese business confidence.European markets were less upbeat after Standard & Poor's lowered its credit outlook on Britain, meaning there is a one in three chance the country could lose its top credit rating over the next year.


    South Korea says Samsung chip plant caused cancer

    A South Korean government agency says working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year. Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service said Friday there was a considerable causal relationship between the woman's cancer and her five years of work at a Samsung semiconductor plant in South Korea.


    ECB: ‘Tangible easing’ of crisis, risks remain

    The European Central Bank says there has been a "tangible easing" of stress on banks and markets from the eurozone debt crisis. It says risks remain, however, particularly if governments slow down their efforts to cut debt and deficits and improve growth. The bank is crediting its plan to buy the bonds of heavily indebted countries, which would lower their borrowing costs. European Union efforts to establish stronger banking oversight helped too, the bank said Friday.

    House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, center, speaks while Harry Reid, Democratic Senator from Nevada, left, and Mitch McConnell, Republican Senator from Kentucky, listen after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C.

    Narrow ‘fiscal cliff’ bargain gains currency

    The White House and congressional Republicans are setting their sights on a more modest `fiscal cliff' deal to extend current tax rates for most Americans, raise rates for top earners but leave other, vexing issues for the new year, as hopes dim for a wide-ranging bargain.

    Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera

    Owner of Rivera plane being investigated by DEA

    The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed Mexican pop superstar Jenni Rivera is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the agency seized two of its planes earlier this year as part of the ongoing probe.DEA spokeswoman Lisa Webb Johnson confirmed Thursday the planes owned by Las Vegas-based Starwood Management were seized in Texas and Arizona, but she declined to discuss details of the case.

    In this file photo dated Monday Dec. 3, 2012, participants listen to the speech of Hamdoun Toure, Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, seen on screens, at the eleventh day of the World Conference on International Telecommunication in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Internet restrictions across the world

    Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The U.S. and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation International Telecommunications Union.

    The new Google Maps application is demonstrated in New York.

    Google Maps return to iPhone with new mobile app

    Google Maps has found its way back to the iPhone. The world's most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps iPhone app. The release comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. replaced Google Maps as the device's built-in navigation system and inserted its own map software into the latest version of its mobile operating system.

Life & Entertainment

    John (Mark Wahlberg) spends time with his talking stuffed bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) in “Ted.”

    ‘Ted,’ ‘Girls’ out on DVD

    Seth MacFarlane directed, produced and co-wrote "Ted." a box-office hit now on DVD about a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his brought-to-life stuffed bear. Ted is no family-friendly toy. He's grown-up John's best bud — a foul-mouthed, dope-smoking, sex-crazed creature (voiced by MacFarlane) who is messing with John's love life.

    Adele’s “21,” which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, was Billboard’s top artist in 2012.

    Adele dominates another year with ‘21’

    It's another year and another Adele domination on the music charts: The British singer is Billboard's top artist of 2012. Billboard said Friday that Adele is the year's biggest artist and her diamond "21" album, released in February 2011, is this year's top album. Adele earned both prizes last year.


    Sally Struthers enters not guilty plea for DUI

    Sally Struthers has entered a not guilty plea on charges she drove drunk in Maine, where she was performing in a musical. The Portland Press Herald reports the 65-year-old Struthers did not appear in York District Court on Thursday, and entered the plea through her lawyer.

    One Direction, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, has been chosen by MTV as the network’s 2012 Artist of the Year.

    One Direction named MTV’s 2012 Artist of the Year

    They're platinum. They're fascinating. And now One Direction is MTV's 2012 Artist of the Year. MTV says the fivesome is "the clear choice for the top spot" after a year that included two No. 1 albums, hits such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and a sold-out world tour.

    The Rockettes perform their signature number “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” during the “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Rosemont's Akoo Theatre.

    Suburban dancers live the Rockettes dream

    Rockettes Gabrielle Del Re Ashley and Kristina Larson-Hauk will be home for the holidays this year. Yet it will be something of a busman's holiday for the suburban natives, who will spend most of the next two weeks performing two to three shows a day as part of "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular."


    On stage: Holiday spirit takes the spotlight

    Laugh it up and play holiday Bingo at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's latest holiday comedy and with former SNL castmember Chris Kattan at the Improv in Schaumburg. Or, check out the remount of the 1995 TurnAround and Steppenwolf theater production of "Faith Healer."

    “This Is 40”

    ‘This Is 40’ soundtrack full of highlights

    It doesn't matter if you're 40 or a fan of Judd Apatow, the soundtrack for the writer-director's latest film, "This Is 40," is worth checking out. It's a folksy blend of indie tunes, and as the film deals with the challenges of marriage and midlife, there are some heart-wrenching ones in the mix.

    “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” returns, opening Dec. 14 at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont.

    Countdown to Christmas: A day-by-day guide to holiday fun

    Shopping, baking and eccentric relatives got you down? Time for a breather. Here's our day-by-day guide to fun, festive entertainment events to get you through the rest of the holiday season.


    These energy-saving tips help get you cooking

    The average kitchen stove and range can use a lot of energy, and you'll certainly see this on your bills after a holiday with heavy cooking schedules. But there are some ways to save energy while using your electric or gas cooking appliances. Here are some super tips.


    Prospective heir has trouble finding late mother’s assets

    Q. My mother passed away three months ago, leaving behind a house with a mortgage that is fully paid and some other assets. The problem is that we never discussed her wishes for her estate because it made us both feel uncomfortable, and I don't even know if she had a written will.


    Is home inspector liable after one year?

    Q. When we bought our house, the home inspector found nothing wrong with the heating system. One month after moving in, we turned on the furnace but got no heat on the second floor. We immediately complained to the inspector.


    ‘Flippers’ will still be in business with FHA extension

    Rehabbers and real estate investors rejoice: You'll still be able to sell houses to first-time buyers who qualify for low down-payment, FHA-insured mortgages next year, even if you've owned the fixed-up property for less than 90 days.


    Book notes
    Author Randy L. Schmidt reads from and discusses his new book, "Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader,"a book looking at 1970s recording artists Karen and Richard Carpenter, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.

    Bill Winterle carries his neighbor’s newspaper to her doorstep while shoveling his driveway during a major winter storm in Havertown, Pa. Make sure packages and newspapers aren’t sitting in your driveway day after day while you’re away for the holidays will help deter thieves.

    Closing up the house for the holidays: a checklist

    The flights have been booked, the suitcases retrieved from the attic and your vacation itinerary has been set. But while your mind may be ready to wander to a faraway land, don't forget about home sweet home just yet. Securing your home and making it look occupied while you're away on a winter vacation will help deter thieves.

    A prank forces oafish Skip (Josh Gad) to leave college and move back in with his dad — who happens to be the president of the United States — in NBC’s new sitcom “1600 Penn.”

    Politics takes back seat to family in NBC’s ‘1600 Penn’

    The first thing the creators of "1600 Penn" want you to know is that — title and setting notwithstanding — their new NBC sitcom isn't about politics. It's about a family. "There are shows that are doing (political comedy) brilliantly, like Veep,' and past shows that have done that dramatically, like West Wing.' This is neither of those shows," says executive producer Josh Gad, who also stars as chaos-inducing first son Skip Gilchrist in the series, which gets a sneak preview on Monday, Dec. 17.

    Designer Christina Lynn Miller decked out the dining room of a traditional English-country-style home.

    Holiday home, from merry to modern

    You may have grown up seeing nothing but red and green holiday decorations. These days, however, there's no single scheme that's considered suitable. One house can be trimmed like Santa's workshop, while another showcases a sophisticated palette of silver, copper and robin's-egg blue.


    Deck the halls — and everything else — in style

    If there's anything that really helps deck the halls, it's garland. We all know garland looks great circling the stairs and draped along the mantel, but where else can we add garland to punch up the decorations a notch?

    “Whiskey girl” Brooke Miner pours a Southern Hurricane at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Rosemont.

    Diners and drinks right at home at Toby Keith’s

    The first Illinois location of growing mega-bar chain Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opened in August at the new MB Financial Park at Rosemont, offering a new hot spot for local country fans. Even if you're not a lover of the music, Toby Keith's is a hopping space where you can order up a beer, watch sports or just check out the crowd.

    Inverness’ Muirfield neighborhood maintains a small-town atmosphere.

    Open space, schools a highlight in Inverness neighborhood

    Karen Goettsche's first transaction as a Realtor 24 years ago was the purchase of a lot in the Muirfield subdivision in Inverness as an investment for her and her husband Jerry. But on second thought: "Wouldn't it be fun to live here," she said.



    Editorial: Go slow on crafting concealed carry law

    Now that a federal court has ruled Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons unconstitutional, the legislature and governor must take their time to craft a bill that treats public safety as the number one priority, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Crashing federal hypocrisy on pot

    Columnist Froma Harrop: The successful ballot measures in Colorado and Washington give the Obama administration another opportunity to find its bearings and stop throwing billions down the hole of marijuana prohibition. That money could be put elsewhere, so we're told.


    America’s reluctant First Father

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration — and thus one of my personal disappointments — was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being. Few understand better than the president the value of a present and involved father.


    Nativity display does not discriminate
    Letter to the editor: Harold Knudsen takes issue with another letter writer over the debate involving a nativity scene in the Arlington Heights holiday lights display. "A display of the nativity discriminates against no one, and is supported, in fact guaranteed by the First Amendment," he writes.


    Wellness Place could use your donation
    Letter to the editor: Pamela Reiss, executive director of Wellness Place Cancer Education and Support, asks readers to consider keeping their donations close to home this year. "While donating at the national and global level is wonderful and necessary, many local, community-based charities provide the opportunity for us to see first-hand the impact we can make within our own communities," she writes.


    Wheeling board too reckless with money
    Letter to the editor: Jack Caldwell of Wheeling is critical of the village board's investment on 5.8 acres next to Prairie Park, saying there's no guarantee a developer will come along and the village will recoup its money.


    How will history judge Mulder?
    Letter to the editor: "If history is objective, the metamorphosis of Arlington Heights under the watch of Arlene Mulder as village president will be viewed mixed at best," writes Keith Moens of Arlington Heights.


    Park district ref didn’t convince her
    Letter to the editor: Cherryl Crouch of Arlington Heights says the park district didn't make its case for the tax increase it requested. "It's time for the park district to convince residents that they offer value for the money they currently receive-much less ask for more," she writes.


    Parody of hysteria was hysterical
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: Loved Charles Falk's recent Fence Post letter "We're on a course to ruination".


    Private, not government, help for hurricane victims
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Hurricane Sandy was an awful catastrophe that affected thousands of people. Not all of the people were citizens, and I have qualms about that.


    A two-step fiscal solution
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Two suggestions: 1. Stop spending. 2. Cut all programs and entitlements 10 percent across the board, including salaries.


    Don’t give up on Benghazi probe
    A Palatine letter to the editor: It is a fact that as commander in chief he is to protect our land and its citizens against all enemies foreign and domestic. In the case of Benghazi he failed on both counts.


    Walsh selling a lie about lower taxes
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Joe Walsk has forgotten that he voted for this current fiscal cliff legislation that Speaker John Boehner and the president are negotiating.


    Quite a collection of crazy extremists
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Einstein famously said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." So, from this we know that the Republican Party is insane.


    We deserve answers on Benghazi deaths
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Some historic and tragic battles have become memoralized for all times. Everyone remembers the the Alamo. The names of Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett and William B. Travis will remain for all time a symbol of American bravery and sacrifice.


    Rejection of right-wing extremism
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: When analyzing November's election results, let's be crystal clear. President Obama won handily in both the Electoral College and in the popular vote. In addition, the Democrats added two senatorial seats to its majority and reduced the Republican margin in the House.


    News judgment questionable
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I am in general a fan of the Daily Herald but in some cases I think the question, "What is more important?" should be considered when deciding what newsworthy information belongs on Page 1.


    Don’t pick on cat foster mom
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Let me see if I understand this correctly. The Village of South Elgin in its infinite wisdom has decided that a person who has devoted most of her life to abandoned animals is now breaking the law. The great majority of the animals that she has been responsible for have been dumped on her front porch.


    All sides must agree to spend less
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: This country must learn to live within its means. Congress must rise above partisan politics and do what we all must do — not spend more than we make. Will some people feel a financial punch? Of course. But if we don't act, and act now, all of us will suffer.


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