Daily Archive : Tuesday January 8, 2013



    Elk Grove Village authorizes $38 million project

    The Elk Grove Village board Tuesday night authorized the issuance of $38 million in bonds to fund repairs and upgrades of the stormwater and sewer systems. "It will be the largest public works project that we’ve ever done in the village,” Mayor Craig Johnson said.


    Sugar Grove board reverses ban on video gambling

    The Sugar Grove village board is now allowing video gambling, reversing a September decision. But it will also ask voters' their opinions on the matter in an advisory referendum in April.


    Des Plaines moves to set up its own 911 system

    The Des Plaines City Council took a step this week in the complicated process of disbanding the North Suburban Emergency Communications System, which serves four towns. As two of the towns want to leave, Des Plaines is working toward operating its own system with Park Ridge as a client, said Fire Chief Alan Wax.


    Being decisive shows spiritual maturity
    God warns us that wavering over two opinions makes us double-minded and unstable, columnist Annette Budzban says. Sticking with our New Year's resolutions is one way we can start to become more stable and mature regarding the decisions we have made, she says.


    Gail Borden Trustee Randy Hopp can stay on ballot

    An electoral board ruled Wednesday that controversial Gail Borden Public Library Trustee Randy Hopp will remain on the April election ballot. The board also allowed newcomer Elizabeth Kruger to run, but bounced newcomer Carlos Betancourt from the ballot.


    Amid new objections, more Roselle candidates may be kicked off ballot

    Six candidates in the races for Roselle village president and trustee must wait nearly a week to learn if they can remain on the ballot.

    Franco Coladipierto

    Suburbs lose lots of experience in Springfield

    When the current General Assembly officially ends at noon today, the suburbs will lose 14 lawmakers with more than 120 years of political experience among them.


    Elk Grove grad struck by car in coma after surgery

    A recent Elk Grove High School graduate remained in critical condition Tuesday night after being struck by a car on the Quincy University campus. Shannon L. Peters, 19, of Elk Grove Village, who is a freshman at Quincy, sustained serious head injuries when a vehicle hit her at 6:30 p.m. Monday while she was crossing Chestnut Street near Garner Hall.

    Lake Zurich village board members this week gave formal approval for Beelow's Steakhouse to have an outdoor patio that can be enjoyed by patrons in the winter and whenever there is nasty weather. Glass panels and a canopy make the patio a nice winter spot.

    Lake County eateries join winter-friendly patio trend

    At least two Lake County restaurants have become part of what some industry analysts say is a trend to make the most of outdoor patio space in the winter. Beelow's Steakhouse in Lake Zurich and Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar in downtown Libertyville now have removable glass panels, heating elements and more so the patio tables don't have to go unused in chilly or inclement weather.

    Federal meteorologists say America was deep fried in 2012, becoming the hottest year on record by far. Above, Timmy Benson wears a wet towel on his head as he cools off in a fountain outside Busch Stadium before a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game July 6.

    2012 was hottest year recorded in U.S.

    America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.

    Robert Maday

    Maday jury to get time to look at guns

    Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Robert Maday, the man charged with bank robbery, escaping custody and going on a 27-hour crime spree through the Northwest suburbs in September 2009. About an hour into deliberations, jurors asked if they could examine the two guns prosecutors say Maday used.


    Driver killed at Bensenville facility

    A semitrailer truck driver was killed at a Bensenville freight and distribution center Monday, and the federal agency in charge of workplace safety has opened an investigation into the death.


    DuPage County in 60 seconds
    DuPage County in 60 Seconds

    Firefighters pour water on the remnants of a barn fire Tuesday afternoon at a Cook County Forest Preserve District watchman’s residence along Penny Road.

    Fire destroys vacant barn in Barrington area

    No injuries were reported during a barn fire Tuesday afternoon on a vacant resident watchman property in the Cook County Forest Preserve District on Penny Road west of Old Sutton Road between South Barrington and Barrington Hills. The approximately 30-foot by 90-foot barn was already fully involved by the time Barrington Hills police officers first arrived on the scene after the 12:20 p.m. call,...

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn gets another gambling expansion bill

    In the next 30 days, Gov. Pat Quinn will have legislation on his desk to allow slot machines at Arlington Park and the Chicago airports, as well as new casinos in Lake County, Chicago and elsewhere. Lawmakers approved the plan back in May 2011, but Senate President John Cullerton used a procedural move to block the bill from physically being sent to Quinn’s desk. But Tuesday, on the last day of...


    Aurora panel supports bonuses for police

    Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner’s proposed $500 bonuses for officers who patrolled the city during its first murder-free year since 1946 met early support from aldermen on the finance committee Tuesday, but did not yet come before the full city council for a vote. "It's not a significant amount of money, but it's something that I think says 'Thank you,'" Alderman Lynda Elmore said.

    Illinois’ unfunded pension liability is about $96 billion. Gov. Pat Quinn reiterated Tuesday in Springfield that the deficit grows by $17 million a day and failure to act will make it worse.

    Springfield pension talks back to drawing board

    The Illinois General Assembly ended its term without a new law to curb the state’s quickly rising pension costs, an issue that is sure to dog the new class of lawmakers starting their jobs at the Capitol. Now, all potential elements of a future pension deal are back on the table, including suburban schools paying more for teachers’ pensions.


    Three men shot in Aurora

    Three men were shot Saturday in Aurora after a dispute broke out during a custody exchange, police said. The father and mother quarreled, prompting a male companion with the mother to shoot three men as they attempted to drive away, police said.

    President Barack Obama, right, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, during their meeting at the NATO Summit in Chicago last May 20. The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014.

    Officials: US may leave no troops in Afghanistan

    The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday that it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to keep a lid on al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.

    President Barack Obama and his choice for defense secretary, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, left, listen as the president’s choice for CIA director, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, right, speaks at the White House Monday.

    GOP senator threatens delay on CIA nomination

    President Barack Obama's choice of John Brennan to be the next CIA director hit a snag Tuesday as a Republican senator threatened to delay the nomination until the Obama administration provides answers on the deadly assault in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Iraqi army soldiers stand guard at the Abu Ghraib prison, after taking over from U.S. soldiers, on the outskirts of Baghdad in this file photo from 2006.

    $5 million paid to Iraqis over Abu Ghraib

    A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has paid $5.28 million to 71 former inmates held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites between 2003 and 2007.

    Gregory Arthur Weiler II

    Bomb plot suspect from Elk Grove fit to stand trial

    An Elk Grove Village man charged with plotting to bomb churches in northeast Oklahoma has been found competent to stand trial. Online court records show that 24-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II stipulated Tuesday to a report finding him mentally competent for trial on a charge of violating Oklahoma's anti-terrorism act.

    This undated photo provided by the Illinois Lottery shows Urooj Khan, 46, of Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood, posing with a winning lottery ticket. The Cook County medical examiner said Khan was fatally poisoned with cyanide July 20, 2012.

    Wife says poisoned lottery winner had no enemies

    The wife of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide said Tuesday she was devastated by his death and cannot believe her husband could have had enemies. Shabana Ansari spoke to The Associated Press a day after news emerged that 46-year-old Urooj Khan's death in July was the result of cyanide poisoning and not natural causes, as authorities initially concluded.


    Buffalo Grove wants to set rules for medical marijuana facilities

    Buffalo Grove is getting prepared for a possible state law allowing medical marijuana distribution facilities. The move was prompted by news that the General Assembly may consider legislation — the "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act" — allowing the use.

    Daniel Baker

    Baker files motion blaming ex-girlfriend for murder

    A Deerfield man found guilty of murdering the mother of his ex-girlfriend filed a motion on his own in court Tuesday, blaming the crime on his former girlfriend, prosecutors said. Daniel Baker, 24, who was found guilty but mentally ill Nov. 5 in the first-degree murder Marina Aksman, 50, of Vernon Hills, blamed the 2010 killing on her daughter, Kristina.


    Illinois House OKs drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants

    A proposal to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants was approved by the Illinois House today. The bill, approved 65-46, goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has expressed support.


    Elmhurst man arrested after accident in Des Plaines

    An Elmhurst man was arrested in Des Plaines after he a slugged a man who told him he was calling police over a traffic accident, according to police reports.

    Edward Maraczewski

    Retired priest dies in Mount Prospect

    Funeral services were held Tuesday for the Rev. Edward Maraczewski, pastor emeritus of St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan, a former chaplain at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines, and a resident of Mount Prospect.

    Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan said Tuesday she filed a petition asking that all 15 judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

    Illinois AG seeks new hearing on concealed carry

    Illinois' attorney general on Tuesday asked the entire 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on concealed carry in an effort to salvage the only law in the nation that makes the practice entirely illegal.

    Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, and her husband, Mark Kelly, launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.

    Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

    Tuesday was not just a day for Tucson to remember the victims of the deadly shooting that severely injured then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It was also a day when residents could see firsthand the nation's gun debate play out in a busy parking lot outside a city police station.


    Arlington Hts. reviewing term limits petition

    Arlington Hts. officials are reviewing more than 2,700 signatures turned in this week on a petition calling for a binding referendum on the spring ballot that would require term limits for trustees and the village president. The public has until Jan. 14 to view and file objections to the 79-page petition, said Village Clerk Becky Hume.


    Camp Crayon open house:

    The Antioch parks and recreation department's Camp Crayon Preschool will be hosting two open houses to introduce families to its program.

    Bandmates James Young, left, and Tommy Shaw return with STYX this summer to open Naperville’s Ribfest.

    STYX returning to Naperville’s Ribfest

    You can "Come Sail Away" with the Naperville Exchange Club this summer, but you'd better not bust out your "Mr. Roboto" dance with a handful of ribs. The Naperville Exchange Club on Tuesday announced Chicago's own STYX will return to Ribfest to headline the event's opening night on July 3.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a purse left on a table during a wedding at Old Orchard Country Club, 700 W. Rand Road, Mount Prospect around 10:45 p.m. Jan. 5. An iPhone, credit and debit cards, and cash were in the purse. Value was estimated at $735. Someone used one of the credit cards for a $1 purchase at a Speedway gas station tried twice to use a card at a Walmart.


    Island Lake petition hearing Jan. 14:

    Island Lake's electoral board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, to decide whether two candidates for village office should remain on April 9 ballots.


    Lindenhurst water meeting:

    Lindenhurst Village Officials have scheduled a public information open house meeting on the village's drinking water supply for Monday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake County Forest Preserve Operation Facility at 19808 West Grand Avenue in Lindenhurst.


    5 Carol Stream library candidates stay on ballot

    Five candidates slated by the Support the Library group will stay on the April 9 ballot in a contentious Carol Stream library board race, despite objections to their nominating petitions. The objections were filed by Elaine Wierdak, a former circulation desk clerk and coordinator at the library, who argued in a lawsuit that her employment was wrongfully terminated in April 2009.


    Louisiana requires health certificates for Illinois horses

    Any horse coming into Louisiana from Illinois must have a health certificate showing that it has not been at Hawthorne Race Course in the past 30 days because nearly 70 horses at Hawthorne have tested positive for a very contagious and potentially lethal virus.

    It isn’t too late to get a flu shot, and there’s no shortage of flu vaccine.

    Flu cases surging across the state

    Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Tuesday that almost 150 people in the state have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season, and six have died. Eight Chicago-area hospitals turned away ambulances Monday night as they dealt with a surge of patients with flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, muscle aches and runny nose.


    Chicago changes its community policing program

    The move puts Chicago district commanders in charge of their own programs to fit the needs of their own communities. At a Tuesday news conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said district commanders are in a much better position to determine what their own programs should look like than someone in the department's headquarters.

    From left, John O'Laughlin, family friend Wesley Cramer, Brenda O'Laughlin and Bridgette Douglas.

    0'Laughlin family buries sorrow in charity

    As John and Brenda O'Laughlin continue to work through their grief over the death of their 14-year-old daughter, Kelli, who was murdered a little more than one year ago, they turned that sorrow into a happy occasion for children at Maryville Academy this Christmas.


    Dist. 214 art expo is Saturday

    District 214 will present its 11th annual Art Expo, 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights, a collaborative effort between art departments in the District 214 high schools and participating sender middle schools.


    Three Northwest suburban fire departments to train together

    The Palatine Rural Fire Protection District, Palatine Fire Department and Rolling Meadows Fire Department agreed to combine training programs this year in an effort to improve the level of service, ensure firefighter safety, improve overall efficiency and increase operational consistency.

    Michael Charewicz

    Charewicz acting Des Plaines mayor

    Mike Charewicz, Des Plaines 8th Ward alderman, will be acting mayor at least until Feb. 4 when the city council will vote again, aldermen decided Monday night. Charewicz said he is honored to hold the office.Mayor Marty Moylan resigned the post because he was elected to represent the 55th district in the Illinois House.


    Dist. 15 to hold Jan. 26 forum on late start proposal

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will hold a forum from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, to discuss a proposal that would push back school start times by 40 minutes on Wednesdays to allow for the weekly professional development time required in the new teachers contract.


    District 220 board, teachers optimistic on contract talks

    While avoiding discussion of specifics, Barrington Unit District 220 school board members and teachers union representatives are reporting positive progress in negotiations toward a new contract, nearly a month and a half after requesting the help of a federal mediator. "We are very optimistic that something is going to be done soon," said Melanie Collins, president of the Barrington Education...

    Former McDonald’s CEO Fred L. Turner, who helped expand the fast-food chain’s global footprint and spearheaded the creation of “Hamburger University,” died Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. He was 80 years old.

    McDonald’s pioneer Fred L. Turner dead at 80

    McDonald's Corporation announced Tuesday that Fred L. Turner, former chief executive officer and honorary chairman of the board, passed away from complications with pneumonia. Turner, 80, is heralded as the architect of the "quality, service, and cleanliness" (QSC) restaurant operations model that launched McDonald's global presence and unparalled leadership in the industry. He was one of founder...

    Charles Fultz lifts weights during his workout at Lisle Park District’s Community Park Fitness Center.

    90-year-old Lisle man continues regular workout regimen

    Charles Fultz didn't start working out until he was 70. Twenty years later, the Lisle man is still a dedicated member of Lisle Park District's Community Park Fitness Center, where he can be found three times a week walking the treadmill, lifting weights and doing resistance training. "It makes me feel better," says Fultz, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 17. "It's camaraderie."

    John Carbonaro

    Former counselor pleads guilty to sexual relationship with student

    A former guidance counselor and coach at Naperville North High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. John Carbonaro, 35, took the plea deal just as his trial was about to begin in DuPage County.


    Harper teacher’s butterfly trick goes global

    The Artistic Inventions class at Harper College will begin a new session this spring, floating on the wings of its most recent success -- the Butterfly in a Box magic trick that is the brainchild of teacher and magician Mark Presely Hawkins. "Butterflies are very mysterious insects, and I think the appeal is in seeing something so intrinsic to nature, and uncommon in magic, controlled by a...

    A Japan Airlines 787 is escorted by a fire engine as it is towed away from the runways at Logan Airport in Boston Tuesday. Officials say crews have contained a fuel leak from the outbound Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo in the second incident involving the airline at Logan in two days.

    Japan Airlines jet leaks fuel in Boston

    Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport say crews have contained a fuel leak from an outbound Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo in the second incident involving the airline at Logan in two days.

    Images of traffic on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway at Roselle Road were available Tuesday morning, courtesy of a camera with a bird’s-eye view.

    Tollway traffic cameras give the bad or good news

    New technology will let you access camera images of some pretty hot stuff. No, not that hot stuff. We're talking traffic. Illinois tollway cameras will allow drivers to see gridlock on the four toll roads so they can plan alternate routes. The goal in posting the images is to give drivers another source of information to manage their travel decisions, tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur...


    Buffalo Grove electoral board says no ‘wiggle room’ in rejecting candidate

    In the end, an electoral board couldn't find any wiggle room for trustee candidate Jeff Battinus, whose failure to provide proof that he had filed his economic interest form with Cook County caused him to fall off the ballot. "The statute in the case law is very explicit," village President Jeffrey Braiman said. "It's very Draconian. Either you complied or you don't comply. If you don't comply,...


    Downers Grove dance company to present ‘Peter Pan’

    Midwest Ballet Theatre's full-length, original story ballet "Peter Pan," featuring Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, Tinker Bell and the gang, will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. March 9 and 10 at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., in Downers Grove.

    Mark Oelerich

    Mundelein man pleads not guilty in fatal crash

    A Mundelein man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from a fatal traffic accident after which he told police he drove into oncoming traffic to "test his mortality." Mark Oelerich, 22, is also charged with counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs in the Nov. 21 crash in Round Lake that killed a 25-year-old Round Lake Beach mother and...

    Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling says it's special to walk the halls of the state Capitol in Madison where her father Richard once worked. He and his wife Lynn were killed 20 years ago at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine.

    20 years after Brown's murders, daughter carries on

    In the 20 years since her parents and five employees were murdered at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine, Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling, now 43 and a Wisconsin state senator, has been reminded again and again that it is the way her parents lived and not died that is their legacy. "My parents cast a long shadow in a positive way on our lives," Shilling said.

    Juan Luna and James Degorski were convicted in the infamous 1991 Palatine Brown's Chicken murders.

    Luna, Degorski fight Brown's convictions from prison

    Juan Luna and James Degorski together took seven lives 20 years ago at a Brown's Chicken restaurant in Palatine. Today the pair lead seperate but parallel existences in maximum-security prisons on opposite ends of the state. Degorski, 40, and Luna, 38, spend the bulk of their days in 6-by-10-foot cells, frequently poring over the limited legal resources at their disposal.

    President Barack Obama and his choice for Defense Secretary, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, left, listen as the president’s choice for CIA Director, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, right, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

    Graham calls for delay on Brennan nomination

    A Republican senator is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya.

    Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims’ organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him proposals by the end of January. The group will be led by Vice President Joe Biden.

    White House ramping up discussions on gun violence

    Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims' organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him proposals by the end of January.


    Drug bust in Quincy nets 500 meth labs

    QUINCY — Authorities in western Illinois say a drug bust at a Quincy home turned up more than 500 containers used to make methamphetamine.


    Cleanup cost tops $500K in Indiana city

    RICHMOND, Ind. — The cost of cleaning up contamination at a former industrial site in an eastern Indiana city is now expected to top half a million dollars.Richmond Metropolitan Development Director Tony Foster says the final price tag of cleaning up the former Richmond Gas Building property will be about $565,000.


    Couple who died in car fire didn’t attempt to exit

    MCFARLAND, Wis. — McFarland’s police chief says the couple found dead in a burned out car early New Year’s Day never attempted to get out of the vehicle. Chief Craig Sherven says that indicates the couple may have been asleep or unconscious as fire burned the car. The deaths of 24-year-old Brandon Slattery and 21-year-old Amy Damon, both of Edgerton, have been ruled accidental.


    Misconduct charge dropped against downstate sheriff

    HARDIN — Official misconduct and disorderly conduct charges have been dropped against Calhoun County’s sheriff at a special prosecutor’s request.Prosecutor David Rands asked that the charges against Bill Heffington be dismissed — based on a deposition taken from the alleged victim, Calhoun County Board Chairwoman Wanda Tepen, shortly before she died of cancer in July.


    Man presses to turn old YMCA into homeless shelter

    BELLEVILLE — An advocate for the homeless is pressing for Belleville voters to decide whether he can convert the city’s former YMCA building into a shelter.


    Indiana woman admits to neglecting grandmother
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A northeastern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglecting her 78-year-old grandmother, who was found disoriented with bruises and cuts in her home.Thirty-three-year-old Melanie McKinley of Fort Wayne pleaded guilty Monday in Allen County to felony neglect of a dependent and admitted to neglecting her grandmother, who was in her care.


    Robbins police chief resigns after DUI arrest

    ROBBINS — The village of Robbins is seeing some turnover in its administration with the police chief retiring after a DUI arrest and the mayor also planning to step down.


    Lambeau Field Atrium renovations revealed

    GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers take renovation plans for the Lambeau Field Atrium to the stadium district board. Team officials have talked generally about atrium improvements, but nothing definitively. Those improvements include moving the Packers Hall of Fame from the basement to a more visible location.


    Freight train derails in north Decatur

    DECATUR — A freight train has derailed in Decatur, causing six rail cars to topple down a steep embankment close to a roadway.No injuries were reported in the derailment, which occurred Sunday night in a northern part of the city.Firefighters say the six derailed Canadian National cars were carrying soybean oil and limestone.


    Indiana city fighting plans for strip club
    Associated PressANGOLA, Ind. — Officials in a northeastern Indiana city have set aside $100,000 for their ongoing fight against a strip club a Fort Wayne developer wants to open in the community.The Angola Common Council on Monday authorized appropriating $100,000 from the city’s general fund to the common council for legal fees.


    Indiana gun seller sees increase in sales

    GREENFIELD, Ind. — A significant chunk of the revenue at Highsmith Guns is, of course, from gun sales. And yet, the shelves seem sparsely stocked. There are a few .22 and muzzleloader rifles on one wall, along with a smattering of more high-powered pieces. In one case is a modest collection of handguns: Rugers, Glocks and Smith & Wessons.


    Wis. Supreme Court: Newspaper has right to records

    MADISON, Wis. — The state Supreme Court says a newspaper has a right to complete copies of Juneau County’s legal bills. The Juneau County Star-Times in 2010 asked the county for legal bills from an investigation into a former sheriff’s deputy. The law firm that handled the probe released redacted bills to the newspaper through the county.

    Two baby jaguar cubs born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in November. Jaguars are an endangered species. Stacy Johnson, coordinator of the jaguar species survival plan for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, said their birth was a big deal because their father was born in the wild and brings new genes to zoos.

    Jaguar cubs born at Milwaukee zoo bring new genes

    Two jaguar cubs are providing more than just cooing fans for Milwaukee's zoo. The spotted brothers are introducing new genes to the endangered species' captive population because unlike most zoo babies, their father was born in the wild. The blue-eyed cubs "are bringing in a new inflow of genes that will help sustain the population over next 100 years," according to the American Zoo and Aquarium...

    Wildfire smoke rises from hills behind the village of Numeralla in New South Wales state on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Wildfires raged across much of southeast Australia.

    Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

    Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, center, watches President Barack Obama and the first lady at an inauguration event in 2009. The sideline events throughout inauguration weekend are the big draws for advocates and lobbyists looking to rub elbows with lawmakers and administration officials. The events at restaurants and hotels, museums and mansions are opportunities for anyone willing to write a check to turn a night out into a chance to build a Rolodex of Washington’s power brokers.

    Black ties, booze and access marks of inauguration

    This is K Street on steroids. With ticket costs reaching into five figures — and free for the coveted VIPs, of course — the sideline events throughout President Barack Obama's inauguration weekend are the big draws for advocates and lobbyists looking to rub elbows with lawmakers and administration officials.

    Arlington Heights residents will vote on whether elected officials should have to follow term limits as part of the April election. Trustees and village presidents would be limited to two 4-year terms.

    Term limits added to Arlington Heights ballot

    Arlington Heights residents will vote on a measure that would mandate term limits for village trustees and the village president as part of the spring election. Trustees and village presidents would be limited to two 4-year terms, or eight years of service over their lifetime. "It's good to have new blood in all forms of government, local state and federal," resident Bill Gnech said.


    Lawyer: Suspect in Benghazi attack freed

    A man linked by officials to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has been conditionally released by a Tunisian judge due to lack of evidence, his lawyer said Tuesday. The release of Ali Harzi, a 26-year-old Tunisian, appears to represent a blow to the investigation of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.


    Fighting flares in Palestinian camp in Damascus

    Palestinian factions in Syria called Tuesday for a cease-fire after fighting flared at a refugee camp in the capital, Damascus, highlighting a split among Palestinians as the civil war intensifies.

    Bryan Lantz was the student speaker at Elgin Community College’s December commencement ceremony. Lantz graduated from Larkin High School in 2010 and plans to continue his education at Judson University next fall.

    ECC student overcomes adversity, focuses on education

    Bryan Lantz joined the Upward Bound program as a sophomore at Larkin High School. The college prep program for potential first-generation college students gave him his first contact with Elgin Community College. After graduating from Larkin in 2010, he got his associate degree from ECC and plans to attend Judson University in the fall.

    Aurora couple Kirsten Lyonsford, left, and Tanya Lyonsford are the lone suburban members of a legal case on behalf of gay marriage filed by the ACLU and Lambda Legal.

    Society leads on gay-rights issues while 'leaders' dawdle

    The movie "Lincoln" shows how Abraham Lincoln took it upon himself to lead a wary nation and hesitant legislators in passing the civil rights legislation that outlawed slavery. That leadership is nowhere to be found when it comes to gay marriage.


    Dawn Patrol: St. Charles OK’s housing; pension clock ticking

    St. Charles approves controversial development; Pension reform clock ticking; Dist. 207 to hire investigator; Tolls considered for Circle Interchange; Tide rolls over Irish


    All-day kindergarten a go in Naperville Dist. 203

    Half of Naperville Unit District 203's 14 elementary schools will offer all-day kindergarten beginning next school year. Board members voted 6-1 Monday to approve the program at its seven Title 1 schools beginning in August. "Research clearly supports the benefits of all-day kindergarten for at-risk learners," said Kristin Fitzgerald, a mother of three at Mill Street School.


    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, right, and Alabama coach Nick Saban meet on the field after Monday's BCS championship.

    So where does Notre Dame go from here?

    Notre Dame put together one of its most magical seasons in years, winning its first 12 games and climbing atop the rankings in what many Fighting Irish fans hoped was a return to glory for one of college football's most storied programs. Following an embarrassing 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game, the worst loss in three seasons under coach Brian Kelly, the off-season will be filled with questions and a concern that Notre Dame had simply spiked again — seemingly back among the elite — only to fade back to mediocrity or worse.

    Just as it did with the Bulls, coach Scott Skiles' tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks ended a few months into a season.

    Skiles out with Bucks sounds familiar to Bulls

    A few Bulls players and several media members got a jolt of déjà vu late Monday night. Scott Skiles is out and Jim Boylan is in as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, who play the Bulls at the United Center on Wednesday. Virtually the same thing happened with the Bulls on Dec. 24, 2007.


    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.


    Timothy Christian stuns Glenbard South

    Timothy Christian senior Kelli LeGrand and her teammates had a hard time concentrating during the school day Tuesday. With a girls basketball rematch looming large against Metro Suburban Conference leader Glenbard South at night, who could blame them for daydreaming about hoops rather than focusing on math and science?

    Simon Jakublzak of Addison Trail,left, and Zach Jakalski of Fenton go up for a rebound during the Addison Trail at Fenton boys basketball game Tuesday.

    Edwards, Addison Trail beat the buzzer, Fenton

    Tuesday night’s Addison Trail at Fenton boys basketball game will always be remembered for “The Shot.”


    Dundee-Crown edges Prairie Ridge

    Most nights teams play good enough to win and they don’t need that thing called luck. On a rare night, teams aren’t up to par and practically beg to be luckier than good. Tuesday night was Dundee-Crown’s night to be lucky, something Chargers’ head coach Lance Huber definitely agreed with after his team’s thrilling 52-50 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Prairie Ridge to open division play in Carpentersville.


    Fish paces Grayslake N. victory over Johnsburg

    A.J. Fish scored a game-high 25 points to lead Grayslake North’s boys basketball team to a 76-57 win over visiting Johnsburg in Fox Valley Fox Division action Tuesday night.


    Wilterdink, Libertyville win at North Chicago

    Sophomore guard Mary Wilterdink scored a game-high 13 points, and Libertyville’s girls basketball team defeated host North Chicago 50-37 in a North Suburban Conference crossover for its fourth win in five games.


    Metea Valley bounces back

    Senior guard Bria Walker and her Metea Valley girls basketball teammates realize they are still a strong team.


    Andersen scores 24 in Aurora Christian’s win

    Aurora Christian 52, St. Edward 44: The Lady Eagles (13-6) stayed hot behind Alyssa Andersen (24 points, 7 rebounds), Alex Hultine (12 points), Melissa Moser (7 points, 9 rebounds) and Natasha Brown’s 16 rebounds.


    Schuetz scores 34 in Aurora Central’s win

    Aurora Central Catholic 51, Joliet Catholic 47: Phil Schuetz poured in 34 points leading the Chargers Tuesday night. Sean Harreld added 15.


    Neuqua Valley makes its case

    Allison Hedrick wants people to know that Neuqua Valley belongs among the better teams out there. This was a good start, even without a good start. Hedrick and the No. 5-ranked Wildcats spotted No. 3 Wheaton Warrenville South a 12-point first-half lead Tuesday in Naperville, then roared back for a 55-48 win.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 58, North Boone 32: The Rockets raced out to a 35-12 halftime lead and never looked back in this Big Northern East win. Shelby Holt had 15 points to lead the way for Burlington Central (15-3, 6-0), while Alison Colby scored 12 and Kayla Ross added 11.Aurora Christian 52, St. Edward 44: Rena Ranallo had five 3-pointers and scored 22 points but St. Edward fell short in Suburban Christian crossover play. Clarissa Ramos added 10 points for the Green Wave (1-18).


    Good news for Huntley in win over Crystal Lake S.

    A big cheer emanated from the Huntley crowd when 6-foot-7 junior forward Amanze Egekeze, a Division-I prospect, made his season debut with 3:28 left in the first quarter of Tuesday’s home game against Crystal Lake South. However, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for 6-4 junior Zach Gorney, who scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second half to help the Red Raiders pull away from the suddenly cold-shooting Gators for a 55-42 victory in the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division.


    Wheaton North tops Streamwood

    Wheaton North 63, Streamwood 57: The Sabres fell behind 34-19 at halftime and couldn’t recover in this nonconference loss. Ryan Dichoso led Streamwood with 13 points while Zack Harris added 12 and Joel Lightbourne had 10 for the Sabres (6-10).


    Now hear this: Lake Zurich prevails at Warren

    Ignored the first time, an irritated Billy Pitcher leaned in and screamed in the ear of a referee who was ignoring him. Heck, all Lake Zurich’s boys basketball coach wanted was a measly timeout, albeit a critical one. The laughs by Lake Zurich fans snapped some of the tension that filled Warren’s gym during a game that was tied late. “(The referee said), ‘I thought you were yelling at your players,’ ” Pitcher said. “This is such a tough gym because it’s so big and open and you have the band.” Pitcher got his timeout, finally, and when play resumed, the Bears got the go-ahead basket by Jack Arends with 51 seconds. Lake Zurich then got a big win, 53-50 over the Blue Devils in a North Suburban Lake Division thriller Tuesday night.


    Victory eludes Palatine, courtesy Glenbrook South

    For three quarters, there was admittedly something missing from a Palatine squad that won 9 of its first 16 games. The Pirates trailed by as many as 9 in the third quarter against Glenbrook South after taking an early 5-point lead. And while they made it interesting with some hot shooting in the final minute, Palatine ultimately suffered a 49-46 setback to Glenbrook South in nonconference action Tuesday.


    Glenbard West rallies by St. Charles East late

    The free-throw line was the last place St. Charles East wanted to send Keith Hayes Tuesday night.

    St. Charles East's Carly Pottle maneuvers around a block by Batavia's Grace Andrews in the second quarter on Tuesday, January 8.

    Batavia hands St. Charles East 1st River loss

    Already tight, Batavia made the Upstate Eight River Division race even more interesting by lighting up the scoreboard Tuesday night in a 74-49 victory over conference-leader St. Charles East.


    North Central likes view at top

    The North Central men’s basketball team had high expectations coming into the 2012-13 campaign, but not even coach Todd Raridon could have predicted this quick of an ascent for his team.


    Surging Jacobs rolls past McHenry

    Balanced scoring and strong defense. Those attributes were key in Jacobs’ 67-49 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball win over McHenry in Algonquin Tuesday night. After an 0-4 start, the Golden Eagles have won 7 of 10 and are an even .500 for the season at 7-7. Jacobs improves to 2-1 in league action.

    Stevenson’s Alex Elzinga pulls down a rebound Tuesday night at Vernon Hills.

    Fired-up Stevenson tops Vernon Hills

    Alex Elzinga had no difficulty getting fired up for Tuesday’s showdown in Vernon Hills. Elzinga and all of her Stevenson teammates knew Vernon Hills carried an 18-0 record to the court. Moreover, the Patriots senior has forged some strong relationships with several Cougar players. The visitors carried that emotion throughout the contest to beat Vernon Hills 50-43.

    Bryan Jefferson of Waubonsie Valley goes up for two points as Patrick Maloney of Naperville Central, left, defends in boys basketball action on Tuesday in Aurora.

    Jefferson steals the show for Waubonsie Valley

    With Jared Brownridge and Mike Blaszczyk putting on quite a duel of offensive firepower, some fans may have not noticed just how great a night Waubonsie Valley’s Bryan Jefferson had against Naperville Central.


    Bartlett shuts down St. Charles North

    It wasn’t as if the Bartlett boys basketball team played poor defense in the first half Tuesday night. The Hawks were just that much better in the second half. Bartlett held St. Charles North to just 12 second-half points to rally from a 6-point halftime deficit to beat the North Starts, 46-38, in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup in Bartlett. “We talked about at halftime being a little more aggressive on their ball picks, getting through things and getting hands up,” Hawks coach Jim Wolfsmith said. “I thought we got phenomenal defense by Lance (Whitaker) on Quinten (Payne) in the second half.”


    Missouri State beats Illinois State 62-55

    Anthony Downing scored 24 points Tuesday night and Missouri State defeated Illinois State 62-55.Marcus Marshall had 14 points for the Bears (5-11, 3-1 Missouri Valley), who shot 54 percent from the field in the first half in building a 32-25 halftime lead. Missouri State finished the game at 47 percent.

    Larkin’s Quixmia Washington (20) punches the ball away from Elgin’s Maggie Powers Tuesday at Larkin High School in Elgin.

    Elgin makes its free throws, downs Larkin

    The lost art of free throw shooting reappeared in Larkin’s gym Tuesday night. The Elgin girls basketball team made 12 of 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, pulling away from rival Larkin for a 49-37 win in the first round of the Elgin City Classic. “We told the kids that would be one of the keys,” said Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales. “Turns out it was.”

    Prospect’s Kristen Frasco, left, tries to steal the ball from Barrington’s Angie Kirchoff.

    Images: Barrington vs. Prospect, girls basketball
    The Barrington High School girls basketball team hosted the Prospect High School girls Tuesday, January 8th, in Barrington.

    Images from the Elgin vs. Larkin girls basketball game Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

    Images: Elgin vs. Larkin, girls basketball
    Elgin won 49-37 in a clash with Larkin Tuesday night in Elgin.

    Fenton hosted Addison Trail Tuesday night for boys basketball in Bensenville.

    Images: Addison Trail vs. Fenton, boys basketball
    Fenton hosted Addison Trail Tuesday night for boys basketball.

    Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels, center looks for a rebound against DePaul's Moses Morgan, left, and DePaul's Derrell Robertson Jr., right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Tuesday. Co

    Daniels helps UConn rout DePaul 99-78

    DeAndre Daniels had a career-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Connecticut routed DePaul 99-78 on Tuesday. Ryan Boatright scored 22 points and Shabazz Napier added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for UConn (11-3, 1-1 Big East), which led from start to finish.

    Lance Armstrong has agreed to a rare televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air next week. According to a release posted on Oprah’s website on Tuesday, Armstrong will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

    Lance Armstrong to give tell-all interview to Oprah

    Lance Armstrong has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. According to a release posted on Oprah's website on Tuesday, it's the first interview with Armstrong since his athletic career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by USADA detailing allegations of drug use by the famous cyclist and teammates on his U.S. Postal Service teams.

    Stevenson’s Taylor Buford, left, and Vernon Hills’ Haley Lieberman scramble on the floor for a loose ball.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Vernon Hills, girls basketball
    The Vernon Hills Cougars hosted the Stevenson Patriots for girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Vernon Hills.

    Batavia’s Liza Fruendt speeds past St. Charles East’s MacKenzie Meadows towards the hoop in the second quarter.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. Batavia, girls basketball
    St. Charles East and Batavia clashed in a girls basketball matchup Tuesday night in Batavia.

    Longtime Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa received Mike Imrem’s vote for the Hall of Fame, as did Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

    Like it or not, Steroids Era meant a lot to baseball

    Here's documentation that baseball was played during the Steroids Era and that its best performers should be in the Hall of Fame.

    Ryan Antony of Naperville Central, right, moves around Nick Karkazis of Waubonsie Valley.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Waubonsie Valley, boys basketball
    Waubonsie Valley hosted Naperville Central Tuesday night for boys basketball.

    In the last five games, Carlos Boozer is averaging 23.2 points, 12 rebounds and is shooting 53 percent from the field. Of course, everyone knew he was capable of posting these numbers. He’s made all-star and Olympic teams during his career. But this is a significant step up from his season scoring average of 15.2 points. “I think he’s playing his best basketball,” center Joakim Noah said Tuesday. “He feels very comfortable out there. We kind of understand where he wants the ball.

    Boozer stepping up play in a big way

    Over the last five games, Carlos Boozer is averaging 23.2 points, 12 rebounds and is shooting 53 percent from the field. This is a significant step up from his season scoring average of 15.2 points and the explanation for why it's happening now is simple.

    Dustin Johnson acknowledges fans after winning the Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Kapalua, Hawaii. Johnson closed with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory over Steve Stricker. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Johnson wins PGA Tour opener

    Dustin Johnson ended a windy week with a wild ride Tuesday that carried him to the first win of the PGA Tour season.Despite hitting two drives into native areas that cost him three shots, Johnson never lost the lead at Kapalua. He closed with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory in the Tournament of Champions, though it was up for grabs with five holes remaining.


    Super Bowls ads selling for more than $4 million

    Super Bowl ads have sold for more than $4 million for some 30-second spots for this year's game.All the commercials for the NFL championship Feb. 3 in New Orleans are sold out, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said Tuesday.

    A dozen Pittsburgh Penguins players, including captain Sidney Crosby, participate in an informal workout a day after the end of the NHL labor lockout in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

    NHL owners to vote on contract Wednesday

    NHL owners will vote Wednesday on the tentative labor agreement reached with the players' union.If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the long lockout that began Sept. 16.

    FILE - Milwaukee Buck head coach Scott Skiles argues a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in San Antonio. Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have allegedly decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to been teetering on the brink for quite some time according to a person with knowledge of the move. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Bucks coach Scott Skiles out, Boylan to fill in

    Once again, an NBA team has parted ways with head coach Scott Skiles. Once again, veteran assistant Jim Boylan is being asked to pick up the pieces.

    Chicago Blackhawks left winger Brandon Bollig will be a physical presence when the team opens training camp for the NHL season..

    Bollig, Shaw, Kruger ready to join Hawks camp

    With NHL training camps expected to open on Sunday, there still are a few loose ends to tie up with the Blackhawks, such as how many players will be invited to training camp. Tim Sassone reports that three players from Rockford packed their bags for Chicago on Monday and worked out with Blackhawks teammates on Tuesday: center Marcus Kruger and wingers Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig.

    Elgin's Maggie Powers (3) takes a shot against Alden-Hebron earlier this season. The Maroons will take on Larkin tonight at Larkin in the first round of the Elgin City Classic.

    City Classic showcases Elgin's girls' teams

    Girls basketball fans in the city of Elgin will get to see five of the city's six high school teams play each other over the next two weeks, beginning tonight when the Elgin City Classic gets underway at Larkin. The round-robin tournament is the brainchild of Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales, who thought it would be a good idea to have the city's teams play each other and each school be able to host a night of games.

    Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub has interviewed with GM Phil Emery for the Bears’ head coaching job, according to multiple sources.

    Sources: Bears met with special teams coach Toub

    The latest addition to the Bears' extensive list of head-coaching candidates is their own special-teams coordinator Dave Toub. In eight of his nine seasons with the Bears, Toub's units have finished in the top 10 in the league's comprehensive special teams rankings.

    Wolves coach Scott Arniel, center, has juggled a lot of lineup changes this season, and the return of the NHL means more players will be called up as others head to Vancouver for NHL camp.

    Wolves’ brass revamps roster as NHL returns

    The end of the NHL lockout means busy days for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. The Wolves' parent club, the Vancouver Canucks, recalled five players for the upcoming training camp, ,meaning Wolves GM Wendell Young must scramble for players.

    Goalkeeper Jeff Richey of the Chicago Soul earned weekly honors and a league record for making 45 saves against Syracuse last Friday at the Sears Centre Arena.

    Soul goalkeeper Richey earns league honors

    Chicago Soul goalkeeper Jeff Richey has been named the Player of the Week after setting a Major Indoor Soccer League record with 45 saves Friday against Syracuse, league officials announced Tuesday. Richey also recorded the first shutout in the league since 2011 as the Soul defeated the Syracuse Silver Knights 11-0 at the Sears Centre Arena.


    Wolves sign a forward, call up K-Wings defenseman

    The Chicago Wolves have signed forward Eric Kattelus, and defenseman Adam Polasek has been reassigned from the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings to the Wolves. In addition, the club has assigned right wing Alexandre Grenier to the K-Wings.

    After opening the Big Ten season with loses to highly ranked Michigan and Minnesota, Bill Carmody's Northwestern team has fallen to 9-6 on the season. The Wildcats have gone 3-6 in their last nine games.

    Time for a change with Northwestern basketball

    Mike North is disappointed with Northwestern's basketball program. While the team isn't winning, their lack of effort is more disturbing, North contends. Couple that with no NCAA tournament bids and you have a team that needs to make some changes. North also weighs in on the Seattle Seahawks, who played better than the Washington Redskins, and Mike Shanahan's controversial decision.

    Leyden’s Alondra Chavarria splits Morton’s Amanda Kubicki and Tatiyanna Sanchez during Friday’s basketball game at Leyden High School West Campus.

    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 wrestling.


    Chapa, Quinn teaming up for success with Carthage

    A couple of former Lake County high school guards have helped the Carthage College women’s basketball team get off to a fast start this season.Junior Gabby Chapa, who played for Lake Zurich and sophomore Erin Quinn, a Carmel alumnus, are averaging more than 20 minutes per game for Carthage which is currently 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the College Conference of Wisconsin and Illinois.Chapa, a 5-foot-9 junior, has handed out 22 assists with 34 rebounds.Quinn, a 5-8 sophomore, has collected 19 assists with 43 rebounds.Men’s basketballAugustana senior Brandon Kunz (Lake Zurich) and freshman teammate Ben Ryan (Washington, Ill.) are each averaging a team-high 12.2 points this season. Kunz’s 6.5 rebounds per game are second bets on the team and his .617 field goal percentage is the best in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.As a team, Augustana leads the CCIW in scoring at 76.2 points per game. The Vikings are second in the league in field goal percentage (.482), third in three-point shooting (.386) and lead in free throw percentage (.754). They’ve held the opposition to 61.6 points on .404 shooting from the field and .351 from three-point range. Augustana (12-1, 2-0) ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin as of the latest NCAA report.The Vikings, who moved up three spots to 19th in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, face two huge road tests this week.They face No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington on Wednesday and travel to Naperville on Saturday to face North Central, the nation’s top-ranked Division III team.Gurnee Park DistrictThe Gurnee Park District offers two recreational adult volleyball programs.Monday night is for ladies and Tuesday night is co-ed volleyball. Both programs are for those 19 years and up. The programs meet 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to register visit gurneeparkdistrict.com or contact Ron Dorsey at (847) 623-7788.FootballWinona State junior defensive back Matt Splon (Wheeling) has played in every game since his freshman season.Also a mainstay on the special teams, he received the ‘Special Teams MVP’ this fall. Winona posted a 10-2 record and closed the season by winning the Mineral Water Bowl in Missouri.Splon is a two time NSIC All- Academic Team selection. He has a 3.71 GPA and is majoring in business administration with a minor in management.LacrosseThe Arlington Falcons lacrosse club is looking for new players for the 2013 season. The club, which will be fielding both varsity and junior varsity teams, draws most of its players from District 214 high schools but is currently open to all high school boys. The Falcons are an independent club and will be competing against other high school boys lacrosse clubs throughout the state. An informational meeting will be held Monday at the Rolling Meadows Library (3110 Martin Lane) at 7 p.m. For more information contact Mark Fedor at (847) 401-2461 or visit www.arlingtonfalconslacrosse.com.St. Viator Hall of FameLast Oct 20, St. Viator officials held their 2012 Induction Ceremony for the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.Here is a look at the newest members.Brett Basanez: From the Class of 2001, the quarterback was MVP for the 1999 and 2000 football teams.He was a two-time Catholic Metro all-conference selection and the league’s Most Valuable Offensive Co-Player of the Year in 1999 and Player of the Year in 2000.He set the school record with 5,153 passing yards and 69 touchdowns and played in the National East-West High School All-Star Football Game in 2000.Basanez was the USA Today Illinois Player of the Year in 2000Andrea Vavrik Clementi: From the class of 2002, Vavrik was the Lions MVP for the winning team in 2001. She was an IHSA state qualifier in the 200 and 400 free relays.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Emily Kraft of Naperville Central drives looks to get past Kendall O'Sullivan of Waubonsie Valley, Monday night during girls basketball action on Aurora.

    Angry Naperville Central takes out frustration

    Under most circumstances, teams have a hard time matching up well against Naperville Central. On Monday the deck was especially stacked against Waubonsie Valley.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama head coach Nick Saban is dunked with Gatorade in the final seconds of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. Alabama won 42-14.

    Images: BCS Championship Game- Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
    Images of Alabama Crimson Tide's 42-14 win in the BCS National Championship football game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Alabama repeated in this NCAA title bid, winning a third time in four years.


    The IRS says changes in federal tax laws should not delay most returns for 2012.

    Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

    The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns. The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers — about 80 percent of all filers — should be able to start filing their federal returns on Jan. 30. Others will have to wait until late February or March to file because the agency needs time to update and test its systems.

    Jim and Marie Gallagher were honored at Clearbrook's 2011 Shining Star Ball.

    Gallagher helped grow family insurance business

    The son and namesake of Arthur J. Gallagher, who went on to lead the Itasca-based insurance brokerage and help grow it into one of the largest in the world, has died. James "Jim" Gallagher passed away Jan. 4 at 91. "He had a major influence on our company's growth strategy in the early years," said Gallagher's nephew, J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.

    The Des Plaines City Council supports a property tax break to help Motor Coach Industries establish its U.S. headquarters in the city. The company wants to move 37 full-time office employees from Schaumburg and 30 from an existing Des Plaines service center to a vacant building on Oakton Street.

    Des Plaines supports tax break for bus company

    The Des Plaines City Council supports a property tax break to help Motor Coach Industries establish its U.S. headquarters in the city. The company wants to move 37 full-time office employees from Schaumburg and 30 people from an existing Des Plaines service center to a vacant building on Oakton Street. The tax break still needs approval from Cook County.

    A Northfield pediatrician’s dream of building a community center in the former Grazie Ristorante & Banquet building in Des Plaines was rejected Monday.

    Des Plaines rejects religious community center

    A Northfield pediatrician's dream of building a community center in the former Grazie Ristorante & Banquet building in Des Plaines was rejected Monday by the city council. The site should have multifamily and commercial uses, according to a 2009 study for the Oakton-Elmhurst corridor.

    Shares of Sears Holdings fell Tuesday, a day after the retailer announced that chairman and hedge fund billionaire Edward Lampert will take over the role of CEO.

    Sears shares fall day after shake up

    Shares of Sears Holdings Corp. fell Tuesday, a day after the retailer announced that chairman and hedge fund billionaire Edward Lampert will take over the role of CEO. The investor queasiness came even as the Hoffman Estates-based company offered an update on holiday sales that showed some improvements at its Sears stores.

    Stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index down for a second straight day, as investors awaited the start of the corporate earnings season.

    U.S. stocks slip ahead of earnings season kickoff

    U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday as traders awaited the start of the corporate earnings season. Alcoa reported its fourth-quarter financial results after the market closed, marking the unofficial kickoff to weeks of earnings announcements from U.S. companies.


    First Midwest Bank picks SCC to manage brand marketing
    Itasca-based First Midwest Bank has picked Chicago-based ad agency Schafer Condon Carter as the agency of record for its retail, commercial and wealth management businesses.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS AT&T said Tuesday it sold more than 110,000 smartphones a day on average in its last quarter.

    AT&T: 10 million smartphones sold in 4Q

    AT&T says it sold more than 10 million smartphones in the last three months of 2012, topping its previous record of 9.4 million set in the same period a year earlier.

    There is a solution for those with the new Windows 8 operating system, but also do not have a touch-sensitive screen.

    Gadget Watch: Pen makes old monitors touch-ready

    Many people who have tried Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system without a touch screen have hated it because of the inability to use touch and swipe commands to get things going. Now, a company has made a digital pen to allow people to use Windows 8 on their old monitors for less than the cost of buying a new touch-enabled computer.

    The Melnick sisters, who are suing Eli Lilly and Co. alleging that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer, at their hotel Monday in Boston. From left are Francine Melnick, Andrea Andrews, Donna McNeely and Michele Fecho.

    Testimony begins in pregnancy drug case

    A lawyer for four sisters who believe their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy says drugmaker Eli Lilly failed to test its effect on fetuses before promoting it as a way to prevent miscarriages. The Melnick sisters say they all developed breast cancer in their 40s after their mother took the synthetic estrogen known as DES while pregnant. They say their mother did not take DES while pregnant with a fifth sister, and that sister has not developed breast cancer.


    Fewer business travelers to hit the road in 2013

    Fewer business travelers are likely to hit the road this year as the travel industry is challenged by corporate America's persistent economic fears. Business travelers are expected to take 431.8 million trips in 2013, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday. The industry trade group had forecast 435 million trips back in July. The latest estimate would mean a 1.1 percent decline from the 436.5 million trips taken in 2012.

    Budweiser Black Crown proved to be the crowd favorite during Project 12, a nearly yearlong process in which 12 beers from Budweiser brewmasters across the United States were ultimately narrowed to one winner through consumer sampling and feedback. Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing the new specialty brew with a Super Bowl ad.

    Anheuser-Busch debuts beer with Super Bowl ad

    Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing a new specialty brew with a Super Bowl ad. The maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other brews said Tuesday that Budweiser Black Crown is an amber lager. The first ad promoting it will run on Feb. 3 during Super Bowl 47, though the beer will be available in stores nationwide starting Jan. 21.

    Ten major banks agreed Monday Jan. 7, 2013 to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

    U.S. banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

    Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal. Banks have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But the agreement announced Monday will also help eliminate huge potential liabilities for the banks.

    Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about $8.3 billion, up 89 percent from a year earlier and higher than expectations. It will release its full quarterly result including net profit at the end of this month.

    Samsung sees record-high 4Q profit

    Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about $8.3 billion, up 89 percent from a year earlier and higher than expectations.

    Agricultural products giant Monsanto reported Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, that its profit nearly tripled in the first fiscal quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin America.

    Monsanto profit balloons on Latin American sales
    Agricultural products giant Monsanto reported Tuesday that its profit nearly tripled in the first fiscal quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin America. The company raised its earnings guidance for the year, lifting shares 4 percent in premarket trading.


    Target unveils year-round online price match

    Target Corp. is pledging to match prices of select online rivals year-round, a move that underscores how physical and online retailing are being meshed together. The online list includes Amazon.com as well as the websites of Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Babies R Us.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson gives his annual state-of-the-village address to the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday at Chandler’s in Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg mayor tells of economic recovery in village

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson reported on the status of his business-friendly community's recovery from the recession and other pending developments for the year ahead at his annual state-of-the-village address Tuesday morning. He cited low vacancy rates at key shopping centers and improved car sales as among the positive signs.


    Joint Commission debuts nursing and rehabilitation center accreditation

    The Joint Commission announced its new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, and for the first time is offering a Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option.


    OfficeMax launches cloud service offerings

    OfficeMax said it is making cloud service solutions available to customers across its stores and U.S. contract business to help organizations and consumers expand how and where they work.


    DuPage Community Foundation seeks scholarship nominees

    The DuPage Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund Award.The Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at The DuPage Community Foundation in June 2006 by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr. and his wife, Leslie, in memory of their late son, Paul. It was created to generate income for annual scholarships for volunteers, children of volunteers, and those associated with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and The Conservation Foundation who plan to work toward careers in natural resource management or other environmentally-related fields of study.Paul Pierotti was killed in March of 1998 as a result of a two-car crash that occurred in West Chicago. A graduate of York High School in Elmhurst and West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Pierotti had been an assistant manager of the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co. plant in Elgin.Applicants wishing to be considered for the scholarship must possess a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A., provide details of their academic achievement, outline their participation in extracurricular activities, and write a 350 word essay on an environmental topic determined annually by the selection committee. Scholarship applications for the Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund are administered by The DuPage Community Foundation and reviewed by a special selection committee consisting of a Pierotti family member, a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County staff member, a Conservation Foundation staff member, and four community volunteers. The committee then recommends its selections to The DuPage Community Foundation’s board of trustees for final approval. Application forms can be downloaded from The DuPage Community Foundation’s website at www.dcfdn.org. Completed applications should be postmarked by January 31. For additional information regarding the Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Jessica Daley, foundation program and communications manager, at (630) 665-5556 or jdaley@dcfdn.org.


    Consumers Credit Union announces board candidates

    Consumers Credit Union recently introduced eight candidates to fill four positions on the Waukegan-based, member-owned credit union’s board of directors.The election is scheduled for March 13 at Keylime Cove Resort Gurnee, in conjunction with the credit union’s 83rd annual meeting.The nominees for the board of directors are Ann Campanella of Gurnee, Troy Louis of Lake Villa, Joseph Rajcevich of Waukegan, Michael Raysakis of Grayslake, Shawn Rouse of Lake Villa, Kimberly Sampey of Chicago, Frank Soyka of Green Oaks, and Matthew St. Cyr of Zion. Campanella, Louis, Rajcevich and Frank Soyka are incumbents“One of the many rights members enjoy when belonging to a member-owned organization is having a voice in the credit union’s governance,” said Sean M. Rathjen, CCU president. “Members also have the right to vote for candidates for our volunteer board of directors. We’re fortunate to have eight highly-qualified candidates wishing to serve on our Board and look forward to the Board election at our 83rd annual meeting this March.”All members in good standing at the credit union are eligible to vote in the election. Ballots will be counted and certified by CCU’s CPA firm, Wipfli, Ullrich, Bertelson LLP. After certification, those elected will be notified to attend the Board’s Organizational Meeting at 6 p.m. on March 21.The agenda for the March meeting includes the election of Board Officers for the coming year and determining who will serve on the Board’s various standing committees.Approximately 300 Members and guests are expected to attend the 83rd annual meeting at Keylime Cove Resort, 1700 Nations Drive in Gurnee. Tickets are available for $15 on a first-come, first-serve basis at all credit union offices. No tickets will be sold at the door.Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting to inform Members of CCU’s 2012 financial status and the election of Board Members. Annual Reports recapping the credit union’s 2012 performance will also be distributed at the meeting.For more information, contact Rathjen at (847) 782-4670.

    Don Stull, chief executive officer of Microzap, Inc., places a loaf of bread inside a patented microwave that kills mold spores in Lubbock, Texas. The company claims the technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.

    Microwave keeps bread mold at bay, Texas company says

    Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers' unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold. MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, said chief executive officer Don Stull said.


    Warning to inspect Fisher-Price infant sleepers

    The government is warning consumers to inspect Fisher-Price Newborn Rock `N Play Sleepers due to risk of exposure to mold for infants who use them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that its warning applies to 800,000 infant recliner seats, called sleepers, that were sold at stores nationwide and online since September 2009, with prices ranging between $50 and $85.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, give a statement Tuesday prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin.

    Greek PM optimistic about country’s progress

    Greece's prime minister stressed his country was determined to win back credibility in Europe, and was delivering on the reforms and austerity needed to achieve that goal, as he met Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Antonis Samaras' visit to Berlin was his second since taking office last summer.


    Income disparity, debt lead risk list

    Experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum say rising income gaps between rich and poor and burgeoning government deficits are the risks most likely to have a global impact over the next decade. Climate change, water shortages and aging populations rounded out the WEF's top five risks.


    Eurozone unemployment reaches record 11.8 percent

    Unemployment in the 17 European Union countries that use the euro reached a record 11.8 percent in November, as the number of jobless in the 27-country EU topped 26 million for the first time since the financial crisis began three years ago. The figures illustrate the task facing EU leaders to repair the region's economies. While the threat that the single currency union might crumble seems to have receded, joblessness continues to rise.

    Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, third from left, and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, second from right, watch Tuesday as a North Korean student surfs the Internet at a computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea. Schmidt is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea — a country with notoriously restrictive online policies — since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago.

    Google leader gets look at North Koreans using Internet

    Students at North Korea's premier university showed Google's executive chairman Tuesday how they look for information online: they Google it. But surfing the Internet that way is the privilege of only a very few in North Korea, whose authoritarian government imposes strict limits on access to the World Wide Web.


    World stocks down ahead of U.S. corporate earnings

    World stock markets headed lower Tuesday as investors turned cautious before U.S. earnings season kicks off this week. Investors will get a feel for corporate America's outlook as earnings reports start coming. Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. will unofficially launch the reporting season for the fourth quarter of 2012 on Tuesday after U.S. markets close.

Life & Entertainment


    Chicken with Ginger, Broccoli and Grapefruit 
    Chicken with Broccoli, Ginger and Grapefruit: Eat Right, Live Well

    The much-adored British miniseries “Downton Abbey,” with Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine, has made its much-awaited season return on PBS.

    January warms up with TV premieres, finales

    Where once the post-holiday schedule was a blizzard of chilly reruns, January is aburst with premieres and finales.Already, the much-adored British miniseries "Downton Abbey" has made its much-awaited season return Sundays on PBS. On IFC on Fridays, the hilarious "Portlandia" is back for its third season of sketch comedy poking fun at the peculiarities of Portland, Ore., starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.


    Spielberg earns 11th Directors Guild nomination

    Steven Spielberg has extended his domination at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Spielberg padded the record he already held with an 11th nomination for the Directors Guild top prize, the latest coming Tuesday for his Civil War epic "Lincoln." He has won the guild prize a record three times.

    Gummy Arionaberries are high in antioxidants.

    From the food editor: What’s trending for 2013?

    Consumer trends expert Phil Lempert shares his predictions for 2013 food trends (frozen veggies and mini-meals, really?) while food editor Deborah Pankey's family stavs off winter colds with Aroniaberries -- or is it just a coincidence?

    A second coroner’s inquest confirmed Tuesday that Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence.

    2nd Winehouse inquest confirms alcohol death

    Amy Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence, a second coroner's inquest confirmed Tuesday. Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that the 27-year-old soul singer "died as a result of alcohol toxicity" and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure. She said there were no suspicious circumstances.


    Hockey great Bobby Orr to publish memoir

    One of hockey's greatest and most private stars, Bobby Orr, is finally telling his life story. "Orr: My Story" will be released in October by G.P. Putnam's Sons. The former Boston Bruins defenseman and three-time Hart Trophy winner as the National Hockey League's most valuable player is promising to share some experiences he believes "worth putting down on paper."


    ‘Snakes on a Plane’ director David Ellis dies

    David R. Ellis, the ctor-turned-stuntman-turned-director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died. He was 60 years old. Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday and said Ellis' body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    British singer David Bowie announced Tuesday on his 66th birthday, that he has released his first song in 10 years titled “Where Are We Now?” A new album, “The Next Day,” will be out in March.

    David Bowie readies 1st album in 10 years

    David Bowie is celebrating his birthday by releasing new music. The English singer announced Tuesday, his 66th birthday, that he has released his first song in 10 years titled "Where Are We Now?"

    Jimmy Kimmel is moving to the heart of late-night on Tuesday to face Jay Leno and David Letterman.

    Jimmy Kimmel moves to late-night’s sweet spot

    "Hey, Denver: You, me, now at 10:35. Let's not be weird about this," Jimmy Kimmel quipped during taping of new promotional spots. The message in each — whether "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is on at 11:35 p.m. in the East and West or earlier elsewhere — is that Kimmel will be playing in the same league as veterans Jay Leno and David Letterman, starting Tuesday with guests Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt.

    “Nike+ Kinect Training” is essentially a four-week exercise program centered on three goals: get lean, get strong or get toned.

    ‘Nike+ Kinect,’ ‘Your Shape’ let you bust a move at home

    It's that time of the year when the line for an elliptical machine at your local gym stretches a bit longer. Why wait to work out — or even leave your living room — when you can get your heart rate up at home with these recently released fitness games? From "Nike+ Kinect Training" to "Dance Central 3," there's a workout for everyone.


    Beef Tenderloin Roulade
    Beef Tenderloin Roulad: Nick Brenkus

    Nick Brenkus sources Italian flour and cheese for the Pizza Margherita he makes in his West Dundee home.

    Cook of the Week: Fearless and fun in the kitchen

    Cook of the Week Nick Brenkus claims he is not afraid to try anything. From making pastas and poppy seed and nut rolls inspired by his mom to producing wine from his own vineyard and entering a deconstructed hot dog in a recipe contest, Nick is fearless in his West Dundee kitchen. He doesn't miss an opportunity to bake up an authentic Italian pizza for friends or stuff a beef tenderloin with cheese and pine nuts.

    Bill Zars/bzars@dailyherald.com Nick Brenkus of West Dundee has duplicated pizza Margherita that he helped prepare and taste in Italy. PAGE ONE REFER

    Pizza Margherita
    Pizza Margherita: Nick Brenkus


    Stuffed Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Grape Leaves
    Stuffed Chicken Breast Wrapped in Grape Leaves: Nick Brenkus

    The 2013 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series will make a stop at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13.

    Best bets: Bull riders tough it out at Allstate

    The top 35 bull riders in the world compete to ride the country's fiercest bucking bulls when the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough Series comes to the Allstate Arena this weekend. Chrissy Hogue transforms into seven different women to comically comment on “The Stupid Economy” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Friday. Catch comedian John Heffron live at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    “Footprints in the Sand” by Mary Jane Clark

    Clark's new mystery an irresistible read

    Piper Donovan, the heroine of a mystery series by Mary Jane Clark, is fearless and inquisitive, and this trait often puts her in danger. In "Footprints in the Sand," the latest in the series, she finds herself in a particularly lethal situation. She isn't a professional sleuth. The latest episode unfolds on the idyllic barrier island of Siesta Key, Fla., where Piper's cousin Kathy is looking forward to glorious nuptials. But things soon start to go wrong.



    Editorial: A job well done by Aurora’s police, community

    Aurora had no murders in 2012, a feat to celebrate by both the city's police department and the community groups it works with, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    20 years later, we haven’t learned

    On the 20th anniverary of the Brown's Chicken murders, former Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins writes about the tragedies that guns perpetuate in our society.


    The politics of protecting the middle class

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The outcome of the fiscal cliff negotiations is almost entirely disconnected from the actual needs of the country. It is probably a drag on short-term economic growth. It is nearly irrelevant to the long-term fiscal challenge.


    Base laws of the land on Constitution
    A Palatine letter to the editor: When the courts long ago struck down the concept of "separate but equal," they recognized that actions are either right or wrong based on the law and not on how much and whose support they enjoy. Many, however, still have not read the memo.


    Gay marriage threat to our civilization
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Therefore, let us remain as a wholesome society with the sanctity of marriage continuing only between one man and one woman. And this world will be able to continue on as it has done for centuries and hopefully for centuries to come,


    Stable marriage relationships are key
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Ours is an age when population growth is no longer at risk; when orphaned and neglected children cannot find enough loving, stable homes; when the vagaries of human health risks and vulnerability to violence are mitigated largely by the love of strong family units; when the responsibilities of commitment and integrity are sorely challenged.


    Four more years to deepen the mess
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: The liberal media (Time magazine) finally got it right. President Obama is clearly the Person of the Year. He's overseen the worst "recovery" since the Great Depression. Forty million on food stamps — a record.


    Pols quick to exploit a national tragedy
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editr: Within hours of the tragedy at Sandy Hook the politicians were out calling for more gun control. Within hours. Using this senseless slaughter of God's most precious gift to mankind, children, to push their political agendas. They use the shock and outrage over what has happened to ram their hopes home.


    City dwellers afraid to come out at night
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Why are the gangs in the cities killing each other and innocent bystanders? It is because people are not obeying the Ten Commandments.


    Ask movie backers to clean up act
    A Naperville letter to the editor: President Obama now wants to get serious about gun control. He has had four years to outlaw the assault weapons. His staunchest supporters, the movie makers from the left coast, still talk about gun control and peace.


    Bigger problem: gun control or abortion?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: What happened in Connecticut was horrific. The shameless pandering of what happened by gun control advocates to push their political agenda is worse.


    Destruction of a once-great city
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Once again representatives of the city of Chicago are trying to punish the rest of Illinois for the city's failure to control crime in the city and Cook County. For years the politicians have refused to implement proper measures to control the growth of gangs and instead have treated gang members as lost little boys that need to be pampered instead of being thrown in prison.


    Don’t care how many are killed
    A Sugar Grove leter to the editor: What a shame that 20 little ones with 7 adults (Newtown, Conn.), mostly 5 and 6-year-olds, had to lose their lives so that a few macho men can have guns to play cops and robbers and play soldier sneaking up on some harmless animal. These guns are the same guns that macho men use to commit hideous crimes like the one in Newtown.


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