Daily Archive : Monday January 21, 2013



    Fox Valley police reports
    Jose L. Mendez-Zamudio, 18, of the 500 block of Spring Street, Elgin, was charged with retail theft of less than $300, according to court documents. Mendez-Zamudio is accused of taking merchandise on Thursday from a big box store on the 1100 block of South Randall Road. His bail was set at $15,000, and his next court date is Feb. 1.

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses the delegates at the Iraq Britain Business Council annual conference in central London in November. Blair will be in Elgin to speak at Judson University in April.

    Tony Blair to speak at Judson University

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will headline Judson University's third World Leaders Forum in April, according to the school's website. The official community announcement will be made Tuesday but students got the news Monday in chapel. Blair will follow past keynote addresses by Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, and former U.S. President George W. Bush, the forum's 2011...

    Ray Millington

    Teachers strike ends, classes to resume today at Grayslake District 46

    About 4,000 children will return to classes today with the end of a three-day strike by teachers at Grayslake Elementary District 46. District 46 board members and the Lake County Federation of Teachers union forged a tentative contract agreement early Monday during discussions led by a federal mediator. Both sides must ratify the two-year deal, but it is not yet known when that'll occur.

    Lauren Beth Gash of Highland Park attends the inauguration with her son Ben Garmisa, center, and husband Gregg Garmisa, right.

    Inauguration historic, inspiring for suburban Democrats at the Capitol

    Among the 800,000-strong crowd on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., were some suburban Democrats who traveled east to see President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Standing in the bitter cold, some craning their necks to get a view of the main podium, attendees checked in with the Daily Herald, sharing their perspective as they were witnessing history.


    Wis. dad's wayward rifle shot hits, injures son
    Authorities in central Wisconsin say a man accidentally shot and critically injured his 25-year-old son while the father was clearing his weapon at a rifle range.

    Judy Baar Topinka

    Topinka warns state funds will run dry by summer

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Monday that lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn shouldn't delay in finding money for programs that will clearly run out of funds by the summer, including worker's compensation and programs that help care for seniors.


    Sheboygan police identify man killed in stabbing

    Sheboygan police have released more information about a weekend stabbing that left a 41-year-old man dead. Police identified the victim Monday as Nicholas J. Lehrke. Officers who responded to a disturbance Saturday afternoon say Lehrke was stabbed in the back. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

    A woman holding a U.S. flag stands for a photograph with a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama is displayed in front of the Capitol building ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

    Illinois shining today, but political limelight soon could wane

    Illinois will have another moment in the limelight Monday as President Barack Obama, a Chicagoan, is sworn in for a second and final term. State Democrats better enjoy it now. The reflected glow — and some of the political perks that come with it — will fade as the chattering soon will be about the next nominee from somewhere else. “Illinois is not going to be in the forefront...


    FBI: Carol Stream man linked to other bank robberies

    A Carol Stream man recently arrested and charged with robbing a bank in Elgin has been linked to 17 bank robberies in multiple states since last summer, according the FBI. Jeremy Evans, 30, of the 100 block of Horizon Circle, was arrested last Tuesday shortly after the Old Second National Bank on Route 20 and Nessler Road was robbed. Since then, FBI agents say they've linked Evans — dubbed...


    Chicago turns out to witness Obama’s inaugural

    President Barack Obama's hometown is showing support as the president inauguration gets under way.Hundreds are gathered at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History for a live screening of the ceremony in Washington.

    Shannon Smigielski

    Cops probing message left for Grayslake D46 board member

    Authorities are investigating what a Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member says was a threatening telephone message left for her over the weekend regarding the now-concluded teachers strike. Shannon Smigielski reported to Grayslake police the obscenity-laced message was received about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. "It lacked complete civility," she said of the call.


    Democrats dropped from Schaumburg Township ballot

    The Schaumburg Township electoral board Monday voted 2-1 to strike all five Democratic candidates for township offices from the April 9 ballot, on the basis that they were slated by an acting Democratic committeeman who wasn't properly appointed himself.

    Pastor Corey Brooks from New Beginnings Church in Chicago speaks Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center in Carol Stream.

    Pastor urges Carol Stream audience to be world-changers

    Like the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr., Pastor Corey Brooks says he's learned how to take a stand. The 44-year-old "rooftop pastor" from New Beginnings Church in Chicago came to Carol Stream Monday and implored attendees of the village's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration to do the same in their lives — whether it's in their community or in the world.

    President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday.

    Term II: U.S. must help poor, elderly, Obama says

    President Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office for his second term as president shortly before 11 a.m. today Central Time. Earlier, military members lining the streets of Washington saluted as President Barack Obama's motorcade zoomed by on his way to deliver the inaugural address of his second term. Waiting at the steps of the U.S. Capitol and in crowds across the Washington Mall was an...


    Palatine man gets his chickens, but that’s all for now

    A Palatine man hoping to raise backyard chickens got his wish Monday night, but officials are keeping the coop door shut elsewhere in the village — for now, at least. Steve Brosio will be allowed to house up to six hens on his 1.8-acre property. “I don’t think (chicken coops) have any business in an urban setting ... but this is different than all our other neighborhoods,” Councilman Greg Solberg...


    Des Plaines man dies from exposure

    Exposure to the cold took the life of a Des Plaines man over the weekend. Lawrence Sviontek, 70, was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. Sunday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

    Sheneal Davis, of McDonald, Ga., joins in a song during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.

    Images: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated across the nation and in the suburbs on Monday, Jan. 21. Marches, speeches, children's programs and community service projects were part of the celebration.

    President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during The Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

    Images: Inauguration Ball
    The Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball and the Inaugural Ball were held Monday, Jan. 21 at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Kelly Clarkson at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

    Stars share podium with Obama

    Beyonce drew a loud cheer from the audience Monday even before her impressive rendition of the national anthem. The applause started when she took her place with Jay-Z at the Capitol to watch President Barack Obama take the oath for his second term in office. The two stopped to chat with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Monday evening.

    Michelle Obama wears Wu to inauguration balls

    Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inauguration balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press.


    Fox Lake receives notice developer wants to build restaurant, banquet hall

    Fox Lake officials say they have received notice from developers that they want to build a banquet hall on the shores of Fox Lake. Mayor Ed Bender said he will inform trustees at Tuesday's village board meeting that developers have filed a letter of intent to build the restaurant and banquet hall on 1.5 acres of vacant village-owned land next to Lakefront Park. The site could also feature a...

    Monica Bedrosian wants to open Fine Canine in Lake Zurich to offer dog boarding, water therapy, training and grooming. Lake Zurich trustees agreed Monday the proposal should continue through the village’s approval process.

    Dog training business pitched for Lake Zurich

    Development plans continue to surface in Lake Zurich, with a dog training and rehabilitation facility receiving the green light Monday night to proceed through the village's approval process.

    Sister Mary Lucia, left, and Sister Gloria, both of Chicago, chat at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace before a performance of “The Sound of Music” in January 2012.

    500 nuns take trip to ‘Sunset Boulevard’

    You couldn't ask for a better audience than a room full of nuns. They're happy, they're accepting, and for nearly six decades they've been coming back to Drury Lane Theatre one night a year. That tradition continues Thursday, when more than 500 sisters of the faith converge on the Oakbrook Terrace venue for an on-the-house performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard."

    Linda Holmes, left, wipes a falling tear off the face of her husband James, as he weeps during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday in Atlanta.

    Nation honors MLK Jr. on inauguration day

    Commemorative events for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. slid seamlessly into celebrations of the swearing-in Monday of the nation's first black president, with many Americans moved by the reminder of how far the country has come since the 1960s.


    Batavia candidate says he’s learned from ‘mistakes’

    The Batavia man running as write-in candidate for 7th Ward says he has learned from his "past mistakes," including bankruptcy, being sued for back rent on a business warehouse, a foreclosure against his house and a criminal conviction for trespassing.

    Dundee-Crown freshman Amanda Craig, left, and Carpentersville Middle School seventh-grader Elsie Guerra check expiration dates as donated food arrives Monday at the Church of the Brethren general offices in Elgin. Members of the Elgin Youth Leadership Academy collected and sorted food that was to be delivered to six local food pantries, with half of it going to Food for Greater Elgin.

    Elgin youth leadership conference grows, remembers MLK

    More than 100 students from across the Elgin area stayed productive on a day off from school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. They started the day with a service project and followed it up with a youth leadership conference at The Centre of Elgin. Workshops covered bullying, relationships between law enforcement and youth, hunger and diversity appreciation.

    This image taken from Algerian TV broadcast on Sunday shows what it said was the aftermath of the hostage crisis at the remote Ain Amenas gas facility in Algeria. Algerian special forces stormed the plant on Saturday to end the four-day siege, moving in to thwart what government officials said was a plot by the Islamic extremists to blow up the complex and kill all their captives with mines sown throughout the site.

    Inside job, 2 Canadian militants in Algeria siege

    The hostage-taking at a remote Algerian gas plant was carried out by 30 militants from across the northern swath of Africa and two from Canada, authorities said. The militants, who wore military uniforms and knew the layout, included explosives experts who rigged it with bombs and a leader whose final order was to kill all the captives.

    Batavia 2nd Ward alderman Chuck Beckman talks with colleagues before his last city council meeting in April 2005. Beckman served for 30 years.

    Longtime Batavia alderman Beckman remembered

    Charles Beckman Jr. loved Batavia, and loved taking care of it. The 30-year alderman, and owner of Chuck's Garage, died Sunday at age 84.


    Man jailed on sex abuse charges in Island Lake

    Island Lake police have arrested a man for the sexual assault of a minor, officials said. Adaberto Saenz-Garcia, 23, whose last known address was in Chicago, has been charged with criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse by a person responsible for the welfare of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under 17, police said.


    St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at Cubby Bear North

    Cubby Bear North on Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire is a site for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser supported by local firefighters in Cook and Lake counties on March 16.


    Sign classes offered

    The John Powers Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, will offer sign language classes for all interested individuals.


    Fremont Township CERT classes

    Fremont Township's Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is seeking volunteers and is hosting training classes in February and March.


    Dist. 103 preschool screening

    Lincolnshire-Prairieview Elementary District 103 is offering a preschool screening for district residents on Friday, Feb. 15, 8 to 11 a.m., for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech/language, or conceptual development.


    State Sen. Brady to speak in Schaumburg

    Illinois State Senator and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady will be the first speaker at a new monthly series presented by the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization entitled, "Meet Your Next Governor."

    Plans for a new cinema and restaurant in the former Arlington Theaters location in downtown Arlington Heights are on the fast track. Village officials say the new theater could be open as early as spring.

    Theater moving quickly through approval process in Arlington Heights

    Plans for a new movie theater in downtown Arlington Heights are moving forward quickly with owners making two appearances before village boards and commissions this week. The movie theater is on the fast track for approval of its plans to renovate and reopen this spring or summer, officials have said.


    Rosemont debuts German beer hall

    Hofbräuhaus Chicago, a classic Bavarian beer hall, quietly debuted Monday in Rosemont's new entertainment district with Mayor Bradley Stephens hosting an invitation-only, inaugural keg-tapping before the soft opening. The custom-built, 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery, located in the village's MB Financial Park, 5500 Park Place, is modeled after the famous establishment in Munich,...

    The DuPage Airport Authority has announced it will abate $500,000 of the $5.9 million in property taxes it plans to collect this year.

    DuPage Airport to collect fewer property taxes

    The DuPage Airport Authority is continuing efforts to reduce its reliance on property taxes by agreeing to abate $500,000 of this year's $5.9 million levy. Approved by the authority board, the abatement comes one year after the panel decided to permanently reduce the West Chicago airport's property tax levy.


    McDonald’s settles lawsuit over Islamic diet

    McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health...

    Kane County is looking changing its zoning codes to allow recreational uses, such as paintball courses, on land zoned for agriculture.

    More paintballing might come to Kane County farmland

    Abandoned or unused farm buildings and agricultural properties in Kane County may soon see second lives through alternative uses. The county board is exploring a zoning change that would allow the owners of these properties to use the land for non-agricultural ventures, such as paintball businesses.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Brian K. Granger, 45, of Batavia was arrested at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday during an incident at his home in the 400 block of Madison Street, according to a police report. Police said he was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer or public safety official, and unlawful use of a weapon.

    President Barack Obama signs nominations on Capitol Hill Monday for Sen. John Kerry to be his nominee for secretary of State; White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to be his nominee for Treasury secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his nominee for Defense secretary and John Brennan to be his nominee to be CIA director, after his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.

    Obama officially signs Cabinet nominations

    Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate. Obama affirmed the nominations of John Brennan to be CIA director, former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state and Jack Lew for treasury secretary.

    Bernalillo Sheriff Deputies investigate at the scene of the multiple homicide near Albuquerque, N.M., Sunday. A 15-year-old boy was in custody following the shooting deaths the teen’s parents and three young children, all of whom were found dead in a New Mexico home.

    Teen accused of killing family had clean past

    The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings had apparently never been in trouble with the law, according to state officials.


    Kaneland starts budget prep more positively this year

    Kaneland doesn't anticipate having to make any major program or personnel cuts as it prepares its 2013-14 budget. That's in contrast to the past several years.

    Mazin Bokhari

    Two Fremd students are perfect on the ACT

    Fremd High School students Mazin Bokhari and Yuki Koike each earned a composite score of 36 on the ACT, which is the highest possible score on the exam, school officials announced.

    Performers from the Nartan Indian Academy of Dance in Naperville will be among the entertainers Sunday at North Central College’s annual International Festival.

    NCC International Festival brings the world to Naperville

    For 17 years, North Central College has welcomed members of the community to its annual International Festival to experience different cultures from around the world and around the corner. This year's International Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the College's Merner Field House.

    Regina Randle of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir solos during their performance in Hoffman Estates Monday morning.

    Speakers, music honor the life of Dr. King

    The Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission hosted the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Monday morning at village hall, featuring Harper College professor and counselor DuBoi McCarty, who returned as keynote speaker. The Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir lit up the room, as well.


    Text of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address
    Text of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, as provided by the White House:——Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

    The Arlington Heights village board will hear requests from two residents Tuesday who want to raise up to three hens in their backyards. Trustees rejected a similar proposal 11 months ago.

    Arlington Heights to hear from backyard chicken supporters Tuesday

    The Arlington Heights village board Tuesday will consider requests from two residents who want to keep up to three hens in their backyards. A similar request was rejected by the board nearly a year ago. "My ability to have a pet in my backyard should be my own business," said resident Mary Green.

    Daniel Kellogg

    Police apprehend fugitive in St. Charles

    Local police said Monday they've arrested a man in St. Charles who had evaded authorities for months after being charged with stealing a Campton Hills home.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Karl Petipren of Naperville braves single digit temperatures to do some ice fishing for walleye at Blackwell Forest Preserve. The ice is about six inches thick.

    Some tips for getting through the cold weather

    It’s going to be a cold week in the suburbs. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for most of Illinois from 6 p.m. this evening through 9 a.m. Tuesday. Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties are all included in the advisory.Wind chills could hit -25 tonight, which could cause frostbite on unprotected skin in 30 minutes, meteorologists warn.

    Naperville Park District board President Kirsten Young will present her State of the Park District address on Feb. 9.

    Naperville park president to discuss accomplishments, goals

    Naperville residents can learn more about what's going on in their parks during a State of the Park District event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Park board President Kirsten Young said she plans to discuss the district's accomplishments in 2012 and its goals for 2013.

    President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts as first Lady Michelle holds the bible at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

    Images: 2013 Inauguration Day
    President Barack Obama is sworn in as commander-in-chief for the second time on Monday, Jan. 21. Attendees gathered at the U.S. Capitol for the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

    Associated Press Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o

    Alleged mastermind of Te’o hoax may tell his story

    The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, uncle of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, says the family plans to hold a meeting this week to determine when and how his nephew would talk about the bizarre prank."We want to do it right," he said, also noting that the family has hired an attorney.

    Toll Collector Debra Jacobson gives change to a customer at the Elgin plaza on the Jane Addams Tollway.

    Fewer collectors, but higher employee costs for tollway

    The advent of I-PASS is making the job of toll collector an endangered species. With an average salary in the $40,000s that should save personnel costs ... shouldn't it? But even though the workforce shrunk from 1,751 in 2006 to 1,595 this year, spending is still up. In 2006, the authority spent $80.5 million on salaries and wages compared to a budgeted $88.7 million this year (not including...


    Clinton, Carter join Obama inaugural gathering

    Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter joined lawmakers and other dignitaries at the Capitol for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in Monday to a second term.


    Shinseki absent from inaugural ceremonies

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was absent from ceremonial inaugural ceremonies as President Barack Obama was being sworn-in to a second term.


    Stars rub shoulders with politicos at inauguration

    It's not exactly the Red Carpet ceremony, but President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration has an unmistakable Hollywood look. There was a loud cheer for Beyonce and Jay-Z as they took their places at the Capitol Monday to watch Obama take the public oath of office for his second term. The two stopped to chat with Rev. Al Sharpton.


    Report: Turkish lawyers jailed for militant links

    Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has charged nine lawyers, including prominent human rights defenders, with membership in an outlawed leftist militant group and ordered them arrested pending trial.


    Russia moves to enact anti-gay law nationwide

    Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia's parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of "hooliganism." But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal "homosexual propaganda" and bring a fine of up to $16,000.

    President Barack Obama, waves as he walks with his daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, to St. John’s Church in Washington, Monday.

    Obama starts inauguration day with visit to church

    President Barack Obama began inauguration day listening to a church pastor counsel him to use his power to benefit others, and the nation. It was part of the sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, where Obama and his family attended services Monday morning. The presidential motorcade arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. under crisp, cold skies outside the sanctuary.


    Wind chills to plummet to minus-25

    A deep freeze has rolled in to the Chicago area, and people should be prepared for negative temperatures and wind chills not felt in more than a year. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for most of Illinois, which takes effect at 6 p.m. this evening and runs through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    Dave McMorris stands in his Parkside Junior High School class room in Normal.

    Teachers class up rooms

    Walk into Dave McMorris' classroom, and you hardly know where to look first. His room at Parkside Junior High School in Normal has been called the "T.G.I. Friday of classrooms," an apt description of the space that includes an artificial tree, a student-signed bowling pin, patio lanterns, and a couch. It looks like a giant seek-and-find game with hundreds of unusual items that reflect the...


    IU prof: Faithful can lead global warming fight

    The last decade was the hottest ever recorded, and 2010 was the most blistering year on record. In 2012, the average temperature in the U.S. increased by a full degree. Dr. Bennet Brabson, professor emeritus of physics of climate change at Indiana University, said it's all proof that global warming has arrived in full force.


    SW Ind.’s mysterious booms subside with no answers
    Authorities who investigated a series of mysterious late-night booms reported in two southwestern Indiana counties say the noises have subsided without any clear evidence emerging that could explain what caused them.Several Vanderburgh and Warrick County residents reported hearing loud booms and window-rattling vibrations on the nights of Jan. 7 and 8.


    Cook County land bank aimed at ending blight

    Cook County has a new tool to help return vacant and abandoned properties to the tax rolls.The Cook County Board voted unanimously to create the Cook County Land Bank Authority. The agency will promote redevelopment of vacant, foreclosed and tax-delinquent properties.


    Illinois gets official float in inaugural parade

    Illinois will be well represented during today's Inaugural Parade. The procession that follows President Barack Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue following his swearing-in ceremony will feature more than 60 groups and eight official inaugural floats. One of those floats will recognize Illinois, as the birthplace of First Lady Michelle Obama.


    Dawn Patrol: Gov. Ryan free Jan. 30; contract deal in Grayslake

    A teachers strike in north suburban Grayslake is over. According to Grayslake School District 46 school board and union officials, a tentative agreement between the two sides were reached at about 1 a.m. Monday morning. School will resume Tuesday.

    Phoenix Coyotes’ Paul Bissonnette (12) and Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig (52) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. The Hawks would go on to win 6-4.

    Weekend in Review: Ryan leaving prison; Blackhawks win
    What you may have missed over the weekend: former governor George Ryan set to leave prison; flag can fly over Glendale Hts. VFW; W. Chicago teen beginning road back from coma; Grayslake Dist. 46 contract talks continue; Couric scores Te'o interview on girlfriend hoax; Blackhawks win; Ricketts plan Wrigley makeover; and Super Bowl match up set.

    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office as U.S. President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. As he enters his second term Obama has shed the aura of a hopeful consensus builder determined to break partisan gridlock and adopted a more confrontational stance with Republicans.

    Suburban leaders reflect on race relations as Obama begins second term

    As the nation watches President Barack Obama sworn in as the commander-in-chief on Martin Luther King day, suburbanites are reflecting on what it means to have an African-American man as the leader of the United States, and how race relations have, or have not, changed during his time in office. Harper College President Ken Ender said he was encouraged when he recently made a visit to Stuart R.

    This Jan. 20, 1961 black-and-white file photo shows President John F. Kennedy delivering his inaugural address after taking the oath of office, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didnít make much of it. Abraham Lincoln is the grand exception.

    Images: Presidential Inaugurations Through The Years
    Images of Presidential inaugurations. From Lincoln's swearing in at the dawn of the Civil War to Barack Obama's first inaugural in the shadow of the Great Recession, here is a look at the pageantry and patriotism of Presidents taking the oath of office.


    Bulls forward Taj Gibson shoots a reverse layup past the Lakers’ Pau Gasol on Monday night at the United Center.

    The Lakers are no match for Bulls

    The Bulls’ home court mediocrity was put to the test late Monday night at the United Center. Flying into town fresh off an afternoon loss in Toronto were the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that perfectly illustrates the term “road woes.” The Lakers started the night 5-13 away from Southern California, with five straight road defeats.

    There’s no real explanation for why guard Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled so mightily this season.

    Bulls, Lakers both hard to figure out

    Two curiosities circled each other Monday night in the United Center: The Rose-free Bulls with a winning record and the star-studded Lakers with a losing record.


    Montini surprises No. 1 Whitney Young

    To Jason Nichols and Montini, winners of the last three state championships, the McDonald’s Shootout remained an elusive white whale. Consider that big fish reeled in. Winning their first game ever at the prestigious event, No. 1 Montini led from nearly start to finish in beating Class 4A No. 1 Whitney Young 51-36 in Monday’s finale of the 23rd McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook.


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


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


    Metea Valley falls in WW South tourney final

    Metea Valley reached the championship game of the inaugural Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament, but Oswego beat the Mustangs 50-38 on Monday.


    Bartlett tops Palatine, salvages split

    Bartlett’s 7-game winning streak was snapped by Oswego in a semifinal of the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament Monday afternoon. Senior guard Lance Whitaker led the Hawks with 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting and gathered 8 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to offset the Oswego trio of Miles Simelton (23 points), Elliot McGaughy (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Darion Reddick (13 points).


    Elk Grove’s Boyd surpasses 1,000 points

    Senior night turned out to be a golden night for Diamond Boyd. The Elk Grove standout 5-foot-10 forward scored her 1,000 point with a free throw in the second quarter and finished with a game-high 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals in the Grenadiers’ 59-33 victory over visiting Dundee-Crown.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 42, Evergreen Park 20: Maddie Versluys scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors to a win at the MLK Basketball Classic at Concordia University. Liz Mechewski and Claire Speweik each added 8 points for Westminster (16-4).Elk Grove 59, Dundee-Crown 35: Melissa Barker and Stephanie Magsamen had 6 points each for Dundee-Crown (2-19) in this nonconference loss.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    The Streamwood boys basketball team split its games Monday at the MLK Classic at Lake Zurich, beating Harlem 52-51 and falling to Niles North 58-30.Joel Lightbourne led the Sabres with 18 points in the win over Harlem. Trevious Norman added 11 points.Norman had 7 points to lead Streamwood (8-14) against Niles North.Westminster Christian 52, Holy Trinity 39: Will Woodhouse poured in 18 points and Aaron Wiewel added 13 as the Warriors won at the MLK Basketball Classic at Concordia University. Colin Brandon added 8 points for Westminster (10-10), which won its third straight.Jacobs falls twice:Jacobs suffered a pair of losses at the Hononegah MLK Tournament Monday. The Golden Eagles were thumped 62-29 by Normal West in the morning game and dropped a 61-52 decision against Normal Community in the afternoon.Jacobs (9-10) returns to Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at Prairie Ridge tonight at 7 p.m. However, the Golden Eagles will take the floor without leading scorer Will Schwerdtmann (12.5 ppg). He was whistled for a flagrant foul for elbowing in Monday’s game against Normal, which carries an automatic 1-game suspension.

    Lake Zurich’s Ryan Roach drives on Brent Croft, left, and Harlem on Monday night at Lake Zurich.

    Repplinger, Lake Zurich on the rise

    After watching the first 10 shots of this game go awry, Lake Zurich senior John Repplinger decided to show the fans at home how a basketball actually goes through the net. He scored the first bucket of the 6 p.m. game in the inaugural Lake Zurich Martin Luther King Classic. But it was his second shot of the game that really stood out. It kind of woke everyone up. Repplinger picked up the play-by-play following his team's impressive 61-33 romp over Harlem on Monday night. "It's my spin move,'' Repplinger said. "I've shot it a couple of times when I get a fast break. I use my left hand when the defender comes at me."


    Bulls’ Rose could be in full-contact practice this week

    Coach Tom Thibodeau suggested the long-awaited "next step" in Derrick Rose's return from a torn ACL full contact practice could happen this week. Before getting too excited, Thibodeau emphasized the word "could" when he spoke. And it's also unclear how much practice Rose will need before being cleared for game action.

    Images from the Harlem vs. Lake Zurich boys basketball game on Monday, Jan. 21 in Lake Zurich.

    Images: Harlem vs. Lake Zurich boys basketball
    Lake Zurich played Harlem in the final game of the Martin Luther King Classic boys basketball tournament on Monday, Jan. 21 in Lake Zurich.

    Fremd senior Kelly Breen has committed to a collegiate running future at Iowa.

    Kennedy to be honored for girls sports leadership

    Patricia Kennedy spent her youth in the sunny skies of California. For her adulthood, she made things bright for area athletes. After a distinguished career in teaching and girls athletics, the Hersey girls' athletic director is retiring at the end of the school year. The Huskies will honor her before the girls basketball game on Friday when Prospect visits the Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.


    Kemph, Meadows outrun Fenwick

    State-ranked Rolling Meadows is probably fortunate it is not playing a Mid-Suburban League game today like most of its fellow conference rivals. This is one day the Mustangs could probably use a day off — and deservingly so. They played one of their highest-tempo games in school history on Monday at the 23rd annual McDonald's Shootout in Villa Park. In a showdown featuring girls basketball teams who average more than 70 points apiece and a combined 4 losses from 41 games, the pace was fast and furious between the defending MSL champs and Fenwick High School. When it was over, the Mustangs had overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and outlasted the Friars 87-83 at Willowbrook High School. If you looked away, chances were you were going to miss a basket. And no one scored more of them than Meadows junior guard Jackie Kemph, who finished with a career-high 38 points.


    O’Brien, Ebube lead pair of wins for Mundelein

    Sean O'Brien and Chino Ebube continued their strong play, as Mundelein's boys basketball team concluded tournament play at Rockton Hononegah with a pair of wins Monday.

    Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, right, tries to drive the lane as Georgetown forward Mikael Hopkins defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in South Bend, Ind.

    Notre Dame drops 3 of its last 4

    Otto Porter scored 19 points to lead Georgetown to a 63-47 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame on Monday night, the Fighting Irish's third loss in four games. It was a dismal night for Notre Dame's offense, which recorded season lows in points scored, field goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).

    South Elgin junior Savanah Uveges (4) leaps out of bounds as she tries to save an errant pass during the Storm’s win at Bartlett Saturday.

    Streamwood knows it controls its own destiny

    Streamwood girls basketball coach George Rosner has a simple message for his team this week. "Our fate is in our own hands and the girls know that," Rosner said Monday. Streamwood's fate, Rosner, hopes, is the championship of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division. Wins this week will assure the Sabres of no worse than a tie for the program's first conference title since its Sweet Sixteen season of 1987-88, a title the Sabres shared with Elgin. Streamwood has never won an outright conference title in girls basketball.

    St. Charles North’s Quinten Payne, 12, throws home a dunk at St. Charles East during boys basketball Friday January 18, 2013.

    Both Upstate Eight races up for grabs

    Ladies and gentlemen, get out your pencils and paper as I try to dissect the logjam that is the Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls and boys basketball standings.


    Willowbrook enjoys its time to shine

    Angela Bruno and Willowbrook always wanted to be part of the main event at the McDonald's Shootout.


    Neuqua Valley could be next to join already tough Montini tourney

    If you thought Montini's Christmas Tournament was good last month, wait until next year. Montini coach Jason Nichols reported that he has added Trinity, Geneva and DeKalb and is close to adding Neuqua Valley to the 16-team field.

    STEVE LUNDY/slundy@dailyherald.com Mundelein product Ben Brust is thriving in a starting role at Wisconsin.

    Mundelein’s Brust coming up big for Badgers

    Former Mundelein standout Ben Brust had his share of dunks in high school. Last week, he got a big one in college. Wisconsin's starting No. 2 guard slammed one home when Wisconsin upset No. 2 Indiana 64-59 last week at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

    Blackhawks second line center Dave Bolland, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Johnny Oduya (27), Patrick Sharp (10), Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), and Patrick Kane (88) during Sunday’s 6-4 win at Phoenix.

    Quenneville, Hossa like Hawks’ depth so far

    As the Blackhawks open their home season Tuesday night at the United Center against the St. Louis Blues, head coach Joel Quenneville is feeling pretty good about his team's depth. "We have four lines going right now," Quenneville told reporters after Sunday night's 6-4 win over the Coyotes. "They're all capable of playing together and playing against anybody. Especially playing on the road, where you don't get particular matchups, you trust everybody out there. We like the depth."So does Marian Hossa, who said the team compares favorably to the Stanley Cup winning club in 2010.

    Alina Lehocky of Vernon Hills and Kathleen Doyle of Benet Academy tumble after the ball, during the 23rd annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School, Monday.

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. Benet Academy, girls basketball
    Vernon Hills plays Benet Academy at McDonald's Shootout girls basketball tournament at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Christen Prasse of Benet Academy drives to the basket past Alina Lehocky, during the 23rd annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook on Monday.

    Vernon Hills makes free throws to beat Benet

    First Vernon Hills got a chance to mount a comeback. Then Benet took a turn. But when Vernon Hills gave Benet a second chance, the Cougars sure made it difficult.

    The Superdome in New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 with the Baltimore Ravens playing the San Francisco 49ers.

    Vegas oddsmakers favor 49ers to win Super Bowl

    LAS VEGAS — Sports books in Las Vegas have made the San Francisco 49ers a favorite in the Super Bowl over the Baltimore Ravens based on the team’s solid record and popularity with sports fans.Oddsmakers gave the 49ers an early 4½-point handicap and put the total score at 49 points for the Feb. 3 game in New Orleans. This means gamblers who bet on the Niners will collect only if they win by a margin of victory surpassing 4½ points.In addition to betting on the victor, fans can put money on whether the total points scored during the game will fall short of or exceed oddsmakers’ predictions.Jay Kornegay, race and sports book director at The LVH casino, said his book made the 49ers a 4½-point favorite and quickly moved the line to 4 points as bettors gambled on the Ravens.“The 49ers have been a sexy team all year,” he said. “The Ravens don’t get a lot of respect from the public, but that bandwagon is getting a lot more supporters as we speak.”The 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game Sunday afternoon, rallying in the second half after falling behind by 17 points. The Ravens defeated the New England Patriots for the AFC championship later that night, with Joe Flacco throwing three touchdown passes in just over 10 minutes.Oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein of America’s Line said he made the 49ers a 4½-point favorite to encourage action on both teams.“San Francisco is what we call a very public team because they’ve been very good over the past couple years, and people just like to bet on them,” said Eckstein, who provides betting lines to more than 100 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. “The 49ers have done very well against the spread this year, so they’ve made people a lot of money.”The Super Bowl is the most popular betting event of the year in Las Vegas.Last year, sports books made the New England Patriots three-point favorites to win the Super Bowl over the New York Giants, but the Giants won 21-17. Fans bet $93.9 million at Nevada casinos on the matchup — the most wagered in the past decade — and sports books made $5 million on the action, according to data from the Gaming Control Board.Oddsmakers say average fans bet far more money on the Super Bowl than professional bettors — making conventional wisdom all-important in setting betting lines.“The Super Bowl is the one game all year where the public’s money dominates the action,” Kornegay said. “That’s why we have to gear this line toward the public perception.”Johnny Avello, director of race and sports at Wynn Las Vegas, opened the 49ers as 5-point favorites. He said he expected heavy betting with a competitive underdog and a sibling rivalry narrative inspired by brothers John and Jim Harbaugh coaching the two teams.“Baltimore’s kind of dangerous. And you’ve got two brothers playing against each other. It makes for a good matchup,” he said.Avello said he planned to spend Monday watching footage from past games and devising what he said will likely exceed 200 proposition bets on the game, everything from total passing yards in the game to which team will win the coin toss or which team will make the first turnover.

    Photo courtesy of Chicago Red Stars/Andy Mead/isiphotos.com The Chicago Red Stars selected speedy forward Zakiya Bywaters of UCLA with the No. 1 overall pick in the National Women's Soccer League collegiate draft. The Red Stars also selected two players with suburban connections.

    Red Stars draft UCLA’s Bywaters with No. 1 pick

    The Chicago Red Stars went on the attack mode in the first National Women's Soccer League college draft, taking Pac-12 Player of the Year Zakiya Bywaters of UCLA with the No. 1 overall pick. The club also picked up two college soccer stars with suburban connections: defender Rachel Quon on Lake Forest and goalkeeper Taylor Vancil of South Elgin.


    Mike North video: Manti T’eo Was In the mix

    Mike North is hoping we can move on from the Lance Armstrong and Manti T'eo stories. He just wants T'eo to stop saying he had no involvement because he did on some levels, and probably hoped the story would help you win the Heisman.

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, in Atlanta, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in Foxborough, Mass., during their NFL football conference championship games. Get ready for the Brother Bowl — it’ll be Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh when Big Bro John’s Baltimore Ravens (13-6) play Little Bro Jim’s San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) in the Super Bowl at New Orleans in two weeks.

    Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl

    This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco's Jim and Baltimore's John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. The game in New Orleans on Feb. 3 was quickly given all manner of nicknames: The Brother Bowl. The Harbaugh Bowl. The Har-Bowl. The Super-Baugh.

    The Cubs have announced their $300 million renovation plan for Wrigley Field, and this is a view of the proposed center-field area.

    Renovating Wrigley Field is long past due

    Finally, a common-sense approach to renovating Wrigley Field. Cubs ownership, the Ricketts family, essentially acknowledged over the weekend that taxpayers aren't going to pay for the project. Nor should they. Allocating money to a ballpark — as valuable as sports, baseball and the Cubs are to the community — is irresponsible when schools, streets and social services need funding.


    Brian Pawl

    Naperville trader stitches up a side business using mom's talent

    Kukec's People features a mother-and-son duo who own and operate an Elk Grove Village online business that makes customized quilts to memorialize favorite moments in your life.

    A beachfront bar & grill sits in ruins Nov. 15, 2012, two weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated Sea Bright, N.J. The entire business district was wiped out (four shops have since re-opened) and 75 percent of residents are still homeless. Yet Sea Bright is determined to rebuild as a debate rages on whether to restore shore communities to their pre-storm condition, or buy out properties in flood-prone areas and depopulate them.

    Should worst-flooded areas be left after Sandy?

    Superstorm Sandy, one of the nation's costliest natural disasters, is giving new urgency to an age-old debate about whether areas repeatedly damaged by storms should be rebuilt, or whether it might be cheaper in the long run to buy out vulnerable properties and let nature reclaim them.

    The distorted main lithium-ion battery, left, is contrasted with an undamaged auxiliary battery of the All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 787 which made an emergency landing Wednesday at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan.

    Boeing investigation turns to battery maker

    Japanese and U.S. investigators began a probe Monday into the maker of the lithium ion batteries used in Boeing's grounded 787 jets. Tsutomu Nishijima, a spokesman for GS Yuasa, the battery manufacturer, said investigators visited the company's headquarters in Kyoto, Japan and that Yuasa was cooperating with the probe.

    The Libertyville Buick GMC dealer closed suddenly, and village officials are trying to find out what will be next for the property at 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave. Auto dealerships contribute more than half the village’s annual sales tax.

    Libertyville deals with sudden closing of Buick dealership

    The Libertyville Buick GMC dealer closed suddenly and village officials are trying to find out what will be next for the property at 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave. Auto dealerships contribute more than half of the village's annual sales tax.

    A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 waits to take off at Chicago’s Midway Airport as another lands. Is it worth $40 for you to be first on a Southwest flight? That’s what it might soon cost you.

    Southwest: Flyers can pay $40 to board first

    Southwest Airlines will let people pay to be part of their first boarding group, group "A." The airline does not have assigned seating and lets passengers board in three groups, A, B and C.

    Atari SA has filed for bankruptcy protection in Manhattan with the intention of separating from the unprofitable French parent and seeking independent funding. Above, the Atari game Star Trek Online is seen.

    Atari US files for Ch. 11

    Video game maker Atari's U.S. operations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to separate from their French parent company, which is filing a similar motion separately in France.

    Dianna Ehrenfried, back row, left, with some other prominent Arlington Heights area women at the 2012 installation dinner. Beside her in back is Arlington Heights Trustee Carol Blackwood. In front, from left, Kristine Stabler-Nieman, vice president of community affairs for Arlington Park; Lauree Harp, chairwoman of the Arlington Heights recent quasquicentennial celebration; and Jo Stellato, the Wheeling Township administrator.

    Arlington Hts. Chamber to inaugurate its 8th woman president

    When Dianna Ehrenfried accepts the gavel on Thursday, she will be only the eighth woman in 66 years to lead the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. But her leadership signals more than a changing of the guard -- it represents a personal milestone for Ehrenfried, who will have risen from her darkest days, when she found herself a widow at 49 with an 8-year old son to raise and a business to grow.


    House to vote Wednesday on raise in debt limit

    The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an increase in the nation's debt limit, a move designed to prevent a first-ever government default. The vote marks a change in strategy for House Republicans who run the chamber and who remain adamant about reducing government spending but decided not to use the debt limit to trigger a confrontation with President Barack Obama.


    Exxon Mobil boss meets Iraqi leader in Baghdad

    Iraq's government says the head of Exxon Mobil has met with the prime minister to discuss the company's Iraq plans, which have angered Baghdad. The meeting Monday in Baghdad comes as tensions rise between Iraq's Kurdish region and the central government over oil rights.

    Associated Press Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    What to watch for as earnings news rolls in

    With fourth-quarter earnings seasons hitting its stride, investors are returning to the familiar comfort of cold, hard numbers — the press releases, conference calls and spreadsheets that provide a real view of corporate America's performance. Trading has been dominated for months by speculation about news events: Washington's perpetual state of gridlock, the impact of Superstorm Sandy, the international economic slowdown.

    Huawei staff member, right, talks to journalists near laptops and tablets manufactured by Huawei during a media event at a hotel in Beijing .

    China’s Huawei criticizes U.S. security complaints

    Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei Technologies Ltd., a maker of network switching gear and smartphones, disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns.


    East European slowdown is bottoming out, development bank says

    Eastern Europe's economic-growth prospects are improving because of the European Central Bank's efforts to resolve the continent's debt crisis, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said. The 29 eastern European and central Asian countries where the EBRD invests will expand 3 percent this year after estimated growth of 2.6 percent in 2012, the London-based bank said today in an e-mailed statement, revising October forecasts of 3.1 percent and 2.7 percent.

    Dell Inc., which may announce this week it’s being taken private by a group led by Silver Lake Management LLC, hired Evercore Partners Inc. to advise a special committee of the board and to test whether the company could get a better offer,

    Dell said to hire Evercore to seek higher bids after buyout

    Dell Inc., which may announce this week it's being taken private by a group led by Silver Lake Management LLC, hired Evercore Partners Inc. to advise a special committee of the board and to test whether the company could get a better offer, said two people with knowledge of the matter. Dell hired the boutique investment bank to run a so-called go-shop process should a buyout be formalized, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private.

    German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, left, and the CDU top candidate of the Lower Saxony state elections, David McAllister, right.

    State loss a blow to Merkel, but far from decisive

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a state election loss months before a national vote was painful — but she's downplaying the implications for her quest for a third term. Merkel stressed Monday she still aims to win a new four-year term for the center-right coalition of her conservatives and their struggling junior partners, the Free Democrats.


    Hostess bakers union hires investment bank Gordian in asset sale

    The union and the pension fund representing Hostess Brands Inc. workers hired investment bank Gordian Group LLC in connection with the bankruptcy of the maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread.The New York-based banking firm was selected in part for its experience working on behalf of employees in other restructurings, the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union said in a statement on its website Jan. 19. It represents more than 5,000 Hostess workers.

    A mother and child cycle past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday.

    Glimmer of hope in US debt talks buoys markets

    Hopes that U.S. politicians will be able to reach a deal on raising the government's debt limit, avoiding the risk of a disastrous default, supported global markets on Monday, when Wall Street will remain closed for a holiday. Congress must agree by the end of February to increase the limit on how much the U.S. can borrow so the government can service its debt. If it doesn't, the country could default, which would deal a heavy blow to global financial markets and undermine confidence in the world's largest economy.


    Oil falls, trading muted on US public holiday

    Crude prices fell as energy investors kept to the sidelines Monday ahead of a public holiday in the U.S. Benchmark oil for February delivery was down 41 cents to $95.08 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 7 cents to finish at $95.56 per barrel on the Nymex on Friday.


    NKorea loosens restrictions on foreign cellphones

    North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals.

    Financial services and banks were the least-trusted industries for the third year,

    Finance least-trusted industry for third year in survey

    Financial services and banks were the least-trusted industries for the third year, with half of people surveyed saying they could be trusted to do what's right, according to an annual poll by public relations firm Edelman. The numbers improved from 45 percent who trusted financial companies in the survey released last year and 47 percent who trusted banks.

    The original Batmobile in Los Angeles. Batman’s original ride, from the 1960s TV series, has sold at auction for $4.2 million.

    Batmobile zaps auction as Ferraris boost $100 million total

    Two classic Ferrari roadsters and the original Batmobile were among the star lots during a week of car auctions in Arizona that raised more than $100 million.The Batmobile sold for $4.62 million as Batman fans and automobile collectors joined the Scottsdale events. The vehicle from the 1960s Adam West TV show ("Pow!" "Zap!" "Kaboom!") was joined onstage at the Barrett-Jackson sale by its creator, George Barris, who had previously vowed never to sell it.

    Dr. Sameer M. Naseeruddin

    Skypoint Medical Center grows in Schaumburg

    We talk to the owner of Skypoint Medical Center in Schaumburg, a facility that treats its patients with allopathic methods that provide a natural, modern approach to well care and pain relief. The primary focus is vein care and internal medicine.


    Family business, health care studies deserve attention

    Small Business Columnist looks at healthcare. He finds that in spite of the insurance costs we and our employees pay, we generally live shorter lives and “have a long-standing pattern of poorer health that is strikingly consistent and pervasive” over our lifetimes.

Life & Entertainment

    This four-bedroom brick Inverness house sits on nearly an acre.

    Inverness home features new updates

    New to the market, this 3,324-square-foot, two-story brick home in Inverness is situated on roughly one acre. The house features four bedrooms, 3½ baths, a finished lookout basement, first-floor den, two-story foyer, fireplace and a three-car garage.

    Britain’s Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, talks to a TV crew after making his early morning preflight checks from Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense announced Monday that the 28-year-old prince is returning from a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan.

    Prince Harry returning from Afghanistan

    Capt. Wales is coming home to be Prince Harry once again. The Ministry of Defense revealed Monday that the 28-year-old prince is returning from a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as an Apache helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps. It did not immediately divulge his exact whereabouts.

    Chicago-based chef Art Smith is one of six chefs hosting the Chef's Ball celebrating President Obama's inauguration.

    Chefs hail first foodies with inauguration salute

    Some of Washington's top chefs came together to salute the president ahead of the inauguration, in part because of the first family's influence on the culture around food. Chicago-based chef Art Smith opened his Capitol Hill restaurant Art and Soul for a late-night Chefs Ball expected to attract food fans of all stripes Saturday night with its relatively low ticket price of $75. Seven celebrity chefs teamed up for the charity event to prepare delicious bites for a sold-out crowd of more than 500.

    Actor Daniel Radcliffe plays young gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the new film “Kill Your Darlings.”

    Daniel Radcliffe tries new film role as gay poet

    Daniel Radcliffe doesn't mind hearing that schoolgirls were staking him out at the Sundance Film Festival, hoping for a Harry Potter sighting. In fact, Radcliffe is happy if his Potter fame conjures up interest for what he wants to do with the rest of his career, such as his bold turn as young gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance premiere "Kill Your Darlings."

    first lady Michelle Obama arrives on the west front of the Capitol in Washington Monday for President Barack Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in during the 57th presidential inauguration.

    First lady starts second term in style

    The first family's fashion parade for Monday's inaugural festivities was led by Michelle Obama in a navy-silk, checkered-patterned coat and dress by Thom Browne. The rest of her outfit included a J. Crew belt, a Cathy Waterman necklace and a cardigan by Reed Krakoff, whose ensemble she also wore to yesterday's intimate, indoor swearing-in ceremony.


    Sorting through the options for glasses

    It’s finally happened — I need reading glasses! Can you help me sort through the different types of corrective lenses?


    Filmmaker Michael Winner dies at 77

    he British filmmaker behind "Death Wish," restaurant critic and bon vivant Michael Winner, has died at the age of 77. Winner's wife Geraldine says he died Monday at his London home after an illness.

    Corey Feldman performs Saturday at the Fender Music Lounge in Park City, Utah.

    Seen and heard at Sundance Festival

    Journalists open their notebooks at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and share some of the things they encountered, such Corey Feldman lip-syncing some songs during a concert and "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer reminiscing about the 2004 world-of-weirdoes comedy "Napoleon Dynamite."

    Bob Albrecht’s unfinished basement in Palatine.

    Olds enthusiast creates underground hideaway

    A basement isn't usually regarded as an impressive area of the family home — certainly not the first spot to take guests. Bob Albrecht's unfinished basement in Palatine wouldn't be particularly noteworthy if it wasn't for what he stores in it: six classic Oldsmobiles..


    Fast food linked to asthma, eczema in children

    Eating fast food three or more times a week was linked to a higher risk of severe asthma and eczema in children, researchers have found. Teens who ate three or more weekly servings had a 39 percent increased chance of developing severe asthma, while younger children had a 27 percent higher risk, according to a study of 319,000 teens in 51 countries and 181,000 children ages 6 and 7 in 31 countries.


    Exercise has a huge impact on diabetes

    There is no doubt that regular physical activity is key in the treatment of diabetes. Decades of medical research has shown that physical exercise not only reduces the need for medication, but in some cases may actually reverse type II diabetes.

    Craving sugary snacks such as cookies is a common symptom of seasonal affective disorder.

    Sugar could make SAD bittersweet

    Doctors know that cravings for sweets and starches, high-carbohydrate foods, are a classic symptom of seasonal affective disorder or its milder cousin "winter blues." It's less clear what causes them. Is your body trying to tell you something? Do the cravings signal some sort of biological need for carbs, the way thirst signals the need for hydration?


    Cancers linked to HPV rise as vaccine use remains low

    Cancers caused by the human papilloma virus rose in the past decade as use of vaccines that may prevent the tumors were less than recommended by health officials. The rates of oral, vulva and anal cancers increased from 2000 to 2009, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The incidence of cervical cancer, also tied to HPV, fell in white women while increasing in black women, the report said.


    2012 worst year for whooping cough since 1955

    The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multiyear cycles, and experts say 2012 appears to have reached a peak with 41,880 cases. Another factor: A vaccine used since the 1990s doesn't last as long as the old one.


    Fit or fat? You can be both and still be healthy

    The words “fit” and “fat” differ by just one letter, but most people see little resemblance between the two. If you’re fit you’re obviously not fat, and if you’re fat you couldn’t possibly be fit. Or could you? The truth is, being overweight, or even clinically obese, poses no barrier to fitness for most people, according to new research. Exercise apparently bestows its benefits on all, even those who don’t inhabit a sleek, athletic body.

    The bacterium, Enterococcus faecalis, lives in the human gut. For a fee and a stool sample, the curious can find out just what’s living in their intestines and help one of the hottest new fields in science.

    Citizen-science project wants to know what’s in your gut

    The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you're a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. Now for a fee and a stool sample, the curious can find out just what's living in their intestines and take part in one of the hottest new fields in science.

    Keep a cyclamen plant in a north window in a cool room to keep the bloom for several weeks. Most gardeners are unable to get a bloom from cyclamen the following season, but there are steps you can try.

    How to care for blooming plant gifts

    Many people receive plants as gifts over the holidays. Some of these plants can continue to provide enjoyment for quite a while with good care.

    Feeling sluggish, foggy or depressed can often happen during the cold winter months.

    Lighting the way through seasonal affective disorder

    Some people, like Churchill, struggle with winter gloom, lethargy, food cravings and the urge to curl up on the couch with a plate of cookies and a Snuggie until the lilacs bloom. “Winter blues” is one term for the milder form of this funk. More severe depression, strong enough to interfere with work, sleep or other functioning and possibly warrant clinical help, was identified in the 1980s as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

    Outdoor activities, such as jogging, can help battle seasonal mood problems during winter.

    Exercise can help offset those negative feelings

    Research suggests that exercise can be as effective as medication in combating depression — and comes with positive side effects instead of negative ones, said Beth Lewis, a University of Minnesota psychologist who studies exercise psychology. Even the mildly melancholic can share in this prescription-free mood booster.

    Using apps to benefit your workout can help you create better habits and successfully reach your goals.

    Your health: Fitness, diet apps popular
    Learn what apps you can use to reach your fitness goals, and what diet might be right for you to keep those new year's resolutions.

    Stretching the thoracic region

    Foam roller stretching can reduce muscle tension

    If you've resolved to become fitter and healthier this year, we hope you're off to a great start. For many people, the consistency needed to see results is sabotaged by nagging overuse injuries, sore muscles or achy joints. One simple way to be proactive and prevent these conditions from ever occurring is by consistently practicing self myofascial release with a foam roller.



    Editorial: ‘A dream deeply rooted in the American dream’

    A Daily Herald editorial observes the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by saying that there is no better way to appreciate King's impact than by listening to his words from half a century ago.


    Our dysfunction quagmire

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are suffering an internal split that President Obama is successfully exploiting to neuter the Republican House. It is not true, however, that the Republican split is philosophical and fundamental. And that a hopelessly divided GOP is therefore headed for decline, perhaps irrelevance.


    El futuro habla espanol (The future speaks Spanish)

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The new year began with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do? In attempting to navigate my own thoughts, I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: "Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in the world you will inherit."


    Do the research on medical cannabis
    A Sycamore letter to the editor: It would behoove the Daily Herald to do some reporting on cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in cannabis) and the history of cannabis prohibition. Maybe then your editorial board will be willing to join growing number of newspapers and Americans questioning the legitimacy of cannabis prohibition, whether for medical uses or otherwise.


    Dillard wrong man for GOP leadership
    A Chicago letter to the editor: He is a Springfield insider who has been there when the seeds of the current state of Illinois financial crisis were being planted. He watered those seeds, fertilized them with his lack of attention and tacit approval and sat back and watched them flourish into a billion-dollar problem.


    Burglars will get in if they want to
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The magic and wonderment of the season ended with our home being burglarized the day after Christmas. During late afternoon, within a 45-minute span of no one being home, our privacy was invaded, leaving us feeling vulnerable and violated.


    Dominicks program helps music students
    Letter to the editor: Beth Anne Ausnehmer and the Wheeling Instrumental League thank Dominicks for the program that supports Wheeling High School band students.


    Term limits would rob us of best office holders
    Letter to the editor: Richard Frisbie makes the case against term limits for local office holders. "Most office holders are decent people, muddling through with good intentions and a degree of common sense," he writes.


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