Daily Archive : Tuesday June 25, 2013


    Food eating contest at last year’s Mundelein Community Days.

    Mundelein Community Days kicks off holiday weekend

    The Mundelein Community Days festival opens Wednesday for five days of food, live music, carnival rides, contests and even a parade and fireworks.

    Jack Mallett, 11, of Naperville, helps plant flowers and ferns Friday at Wildflower Park in Naperville. He participated in a weeklong volunteer camp that introduced middle school students to community service.

    Naperville campers learn volunteering ‘isn’t always glamorous’

    It takes flocks of volunteers to run many summer camps, but at one program in Naperville, the campers are the volunteers. The first Willing Hands Volunteer Camp offered by the Naperville Park District gave junior high school-aged participants experience with the entire volunteer process throughout the week. “They’re starting at the younger age, but they don’t know what to do,” Volunteer...

    Creator Gallery in North Aurora, a new photography and fine art gallery that recently opened, holds Canvas and Cocktails nights where guests can drink and paint at the same time.

    Explore your creative side at Canvas and Cocktails Night

    Kevin Kuster, owner of Creator Gallery in North Aurora, doesn’t want to just display art. He wants you to come in and create your own. The gallery, which had a soft opening in late January, has launched Canvas and Cocktails Night, an art class with a twist. Recent class themes have included Warhol and Wine, Michelangelo and Margaritas, and Rembrandt and Rum.


    Lawyer guilty in 2-year-old contempt case

    A Cook County judge found a Des Plaines attorney guilty of indirect contempt of court Wednesday, ending a saga that began two years ago when the lawyer didn’t show up for a jury trial.The lawyer, former Des Plaines police sergeant Wayne Adams, was fined $286 by Judge Martin Agran, who presided over the one-day trial.


    Finding balance is key to a joyous, healthy life

    Page 2 - 21.24"Living a well-balanced lifestyle isn’t easy, but the rewards are worth it, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

    A plane sits Tuesday on Wolf Road in Wheeling after it crashed near the Foxboro Apartments.

    Official: Wheeling plane crash could have been worse

    The pilot of an airplane that crash landed near Wheeling's Chicago Executive Airport Tuesday night reported a problem to the tower just before it crashed a half-mile short of the airport, according to airport officials. Airport Manager Dennis Rouleau said the Beechcraft Super King Air 200 was approaching the airport from the north at about 8:30 p.m. when it experienced trouble and landed instead...

    Barrington officials are asking the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to hire — rather than lease — 18 firefighters the village might lay off Jan. 1 for this district station in Barrington Hills and another in Lake Barrington.

    Barrington urges fire district to hire firefighters expected to lose jobs

    Though Barrington officials are still contemplating the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District's request the village “lease” it 18 firefighters for two years, village officials are suggesting the fire district instead hire those firefighters at full salary and benefits. But fire district officials believe that would violate state law.


    Barrington approves construction of eight homes

    Barrington trustees this week approved a special use permit for the construction of eight new single-family homes. The eight homes will join three already built on a cul-de-sac named Kainer Court. The development, originally called the Hamilton Court of Barrington subdivision, was curtailed by the collapse of the housing market several years ago.


    Severe storms threaten 42 million in Midwest
    Several rounds of dangerous thunderstorms will erupt from the Dakotas into the Midwest and western Great Lakes, this afternoon and evening predicts AccuWeather.com. Some of the cities and towns most at risk include Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Des Moines and Fort Wayne, Ind.

    Alex Clifford

    Suburban lawmakers blast Metra chief's severance deal

    Angry about a $422,000 severance package given to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, two suburban lawmakers said Tuesday the agency needs to find a way to absorb that cost instead of passing it on to riders or asking the state for more money.


    Former Illinois Supreme Court justice from Kane County dies

    Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice John Nickels, a farmer from rural Kane County who rose to the top of the state’s legal field, died Monday at age 82, court officials said.


    Book relives Blackhawks’ championship season

    The Daily Herald's commemerative book on the Chicago Blackhawks' fated rise to become the 2013 Stanley Cup champions is now available for ordering for $14.95. The 128-page tome is filled with game-by-game recaps from each playoff series, color photos and features on several of the team's stars as well as coach Joel Quennville. The book will be available for electronic devices Thursday for $7.95.


    DuPage looks to raise awareness about West Nile virus

    To help residents protect themselves against mosquito-borne illness, the DuPage County Health Department has launched a “personal protection index” to inform the public about the amount of West Nile virus activity in the area. The index, which is expected to appear as a widget on various websites, will use a scale of zero to four, with zero being no activity and four announcing that multiple...

    Linda Soto

    Hainesville drops idea of assault weapons ban

    Hainesville village board members have backed away from a considering a local law banning residents from owning assault weapons. With nearly 80 spectators at Tuesday night’s village board meeting, the board agreeed to remove an agenda item regarding “an ordinance regulating the possession and ownership of assault weapons in the village of Hainesville.”

    The Capitol Dome is seen behind the Capitol Power Plant in Washington Monday. The plant provides power to buildings in the Capitol Complex. President Barack Obama is running out of time to make good on his lofty vow to confront climate change head-on, and Congress is in no mood to help.

    Obama opens 2nd-term drive against climate change

    Appealing for courageous action “before it’s too late,” President Barack Obama launched a major second-term drive Tuesday to combat climate change and secure a safer planet, bypassing Congress as he sought to set a cornerstone of his legacy.

    The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

    Supreme Court halts use of key part of voting law

    A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

    Even though they waited two hours in line, Patrick Tinsley, 7, left, and his brother Jack, 12, of Arlington Heights, are all smiles after getting their official Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup hats on Tuesday at Sports Authority in Mount Prospect.

    Hawks fans on a quest for championship caps, jerseys

    This postseason, Blackhawks fans endured tense games, overtimes and an exciting final minute and a half. But before they could rest, they had to endure one more thing: the merchandise line.

    Randall Behning

    Woman testifies daughter told her of assaults

    A mother told a Cook County judge Tuesday that her daughter was “trembling and crying” the evening of Sept. 1, 2011 while telling her an Elgin man had sexually abused her multiple times, starting when she was 12. The testimony came on the second day of a trial for Randall Behning, 52, who has been charged with criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault, child pornography and...

    Daily Herald File Photo Fans will get another chance to toast the beloved Blackhawks this Friday in a victory parade.

    Blackhawks Friday rally will be in Grant Park

    Shower the Blackhawks with the adulation they deserve Friday at a celebration in downtown Chicago. The parade will start at the United Center and proceed to the south end of Grant Park for an 11 a.m. rally. Details on the exact route have not been released.

    Texas Prison Museum director Jim Willett talks about some of the executions he witnessed as a warden at the Huntsville Unit at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville. Willett was a Texas Department of Corrections captain assigned to escort and remain with a mortuary van when Charlie Brooks, the first Texas prisoner executed since a Supreme Court ruling six years earlier allowed the death penalty to resume in the United States, was executed in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1982.

    Grim milestone: Texas set to execute 500th inmate

    On Wednesday, barring a reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will become the 500th convicted killer in Texas to receive a lethal injection. The number far outpaces the execution total in any other state. But it also reflects the reality of capital punishment in the United States today: While some states have halted the practice in recent years because of concern about wrongful convictions, executions...

    Defense attorney Mark O’Mara, right, speaks with client George Zimmerman during his trial in Seminole County circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Tuesday. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Judge in Trayvon Martin case weighs police calls

    Several times in six months, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman called police to report suspicious characters in the gated townhouse community where he lived. Each time, when asked, he reported that the suspects were black males. On Tuesday, the judge at Zimmerman’s murder trial in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin listened to those five calls and weighed whether to let the jury...

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters after the immigration bill got more than 60 needed votes to advance in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2013. A measure he crafted with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., includes changes to the original border security provisions in the bill that would double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol and completes 700 miles of fencing on the border with Mexico.

    GOP divided on immigration; House uncertain

    Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week’s end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party’s ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday bluntly rejected U.S. demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying Snowden hasn’t crossed the Russian border as he seeks to evade prosecution.

    U.S. tones down demands that Russia expel NSA leaker

    Rebuffed by Russia’s president, the Obama administration toned down demands Tuesday that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden be expelled from a Moscow airport in a sign that the U.S. believes he is not worth scuttling diplomatic relations between the former Cold War enemies.

    Joe McMahon

    Elgin street gang sued by Kane County state’s attorney

    Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon took aim at a second Elgin gang Tuesday, filing a civil suit against the Maniac Latin Disciples gang and 25 of its known members. It’s the third such suit he has filed against a gang in the last three years. The first was filed in 2010 against the Elgin Latin Kings, the second in May 2012 against the Aurora Latin Kings.

    A waste transfer station is being proposed in Round Lake Park by Groot Industries.

    Groot files application to build and operate waste transfer station in Round Lake Park

    An application has been filed and the clock is ticking for a decision regarding a waste transfer station proposed in Round Lake Park. The site on Route 120 and Porter Drive is near Groot Industries' headquarters for its Lake County waste hauling operations.


    Boomers to honor Coach Q’s mustache

    The Schaumburg Boomers want to help fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ second Stanley Cup of in past four seasons with a giveaway of 1,000 facsimiles of Coach Joel Quenneville’s bushy white mustache. The promotion will be at the Boomers’ game against the Southern Illinois Miners at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.

    The Islamic Center of Western Suburbs has won DuPage County’s approval to convert a house near West Chicago into a religious institution.

    DuPage reverses itself, approves Islamic prayer center

    With a federal judge waiting for its decision, the DuPage County Board on Tuesday reversed its position on a proposed Islamic prayer center near West Chicago. Board members voted 10-7 to approve Islamic Center of Western Suburbs’ request to transform a house at 28W774 Army Trail Road into a religious institution.


    Suburban property tax bills to see varying increases

    Suburban Cook County taxpayers overall will pay about 3 percent more in property taxes this year, in line with the increase in the Consumer Price Index. When the second installment of the 2012 property tax bills arrives in mailboxes around July 1, however, individual property owners may find their bills up or down considerably more, depending on a host of factors. Tax bills are due Aug. 1.

    Karole Kettering, co-founder of the nonprofit Humanitarian Service Project, is being remembered for her charitable work that included providing birthday and Christmas gifts to less-fortunate children.

    Humanitarian Service Project co-founder always was ready to help those in need

    Over more than three decades at the helm of her own charity, Karole Kettering always was quick to extend her helping hand to those in need. Sometimes it meant groceries and gifts at Christmas for needy families. Other times it meant toys and books for a child’s birthday, or everyday household items for seniors. Sometimes, she was just there to listen.

    The forthcoming Tip Top Tap at 104 N. Cook St. in downtown Barrington has received a facade improvement grant and business assistance grant from the village.

    New Barrington tavern gets improvement grants

    Barrington trustees this week approved two grants for the anticipated Tip Top Tap tavern at 104 N. Cook St., in the village’s downtown. The first was a $1,495 facade improvement grant to design and install awnings — a project with a total cost of $2,990. The second was a $3,995 business assistance grant to help fund a $14,393 handicap-accessible ramp.


    Prospect Hts. Save-A-Lot opens

    The Save-A-Lot discount grocery store in Prospect Heights has opened. The store, at 610 N. Milwaukee Ave., is the latest occupant of the space that once held Irv’s menswear in the Palwaukee Center. A grand opening will be planned soon, said Steve Skiber, the city’s director of building and zoning.

    Daily Herald File Photo Pace and the CTA’s new fare system starts in August.

    Ventra arriving late summer for CTA, Pace passengers

    Pace and the CTA's new fare system, Ventra, starts to gear up in August, with full implementation set for September.

    Palestinians wait for the Arab Idol winner Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, unseen, on the top of a roof in front of his family house in Khan Younis Refugee Camp southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday. Huge crowds of Gazans gave a gleeful welcome Tuesday to the first Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol talent contest.

    Arab Idol champ in Gaza, urges Palestinian unity

    Palestinians have a new voice: a 23-year-old wedding singer from a Gaza refugee camp touted as a rare symbol of national unity after he won the Arab world’s top TV contest. But Mohammed Assaf’s homecoming Tuesday highlighted the harsh reality of political divisions between the Islamic militants who rule Gaza and the Palestinian president in the West Bank.

    Afghan security forces stand guard near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday. Suicide attackers blew up a car bomb and battled security forces outside the presidential palace Tuesday after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital.

    Taliban attack shows militant spirit unbroken

    A Taliban attack at the gates of the Afghan presidential palace cast a cold light Tuesday on the course of a war that Washington remains committed to ending.


    Man hurt after striking power line in Elgin

    A man trimming a tree near ComEd wires in Elgin Monday was inured after he struck power lines, Elgin police say.

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is poised to spend about $50,000 to determine the viability of the historic McKee House in Glen Ellyn.

    Forest preserve to study structure, uses for McKee House

    Once a perennial target for the nearest wrecking ball, the fate of the historic McKee House at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve near Glen Ellyn finally may be determined this summer. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners on Tuesday unanimously gave temporary approval to redirect funds that once were dedicated to the home’s demolition to study the viability of renovating the house and the...


    Police give seat belt awards:

    The Gurnee Police Department — in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police — has awarded 18 individuals with “Saved by the Safety Belt” awards.


    Lake County retired teachers:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday, July 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant, Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.


    Lending initiative for veterans:

    Lake County Partners will waive out-of-pocket loan closing fees, such as title policy, or environmental reports, up to $2,000 for businesses owned by U. S. veterans as part of a federal loan initiative.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Candy Jenkins, of the 0 to 100 block of Park Row, was charged with battery at 8 a.m. Monday near her residence, according to police reports. During an argument, Jenkins, 18, punched the 50-year-old victim several times in the back of the head as the victim was walking away.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone shattered a window to break into a car between 9 a.m. and 3:37 p.m. at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road near St. Charles.

    Daniel McDade

    Lombard man accused of shooting threat unfit for trial

    A Lombard man accused of threatening to go on a “Columbine-type” shooting spree at the DuPage County courthouse was found mentally unfit for trial Tuesday. Judge Robert Kleeman made the finding based on recent psychological reports for 31-year-old Daniel P. McDade.


    Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for Independence Day parade

    The Bartlett Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for the Bartlett Lion’s Club Independence Day parade on Sunday, July 7. The parade is scheduled to depart from the area of North and South Oak avenues at 1 p.m. It will end at the Apple Orchard Golf Course, located near the intersection of Stearns Road and Sycamore Drive, about 2:30 p.m.


    Three remain hospitalized after Palatine crash

    No citations have been issued as a result of a head-on collision in Palatine that hospitalized three men Monday night, police said. All three are suffering from significant injuries, though none are considered life threatening, officials said.


    Naperville names interim library leader

    The Naperville Public Library will be led by Deputy Director Julie Rothenfluh when Director John Spears steps down July 5.

    Cynthia Perez, a junior from Antioch High School, was ejected from the back seat of a two-door Honda after the vehicle had flipped over about 8:19 p.m. Monday in Gurnee. Perez died from her injuries.

    Antioch teen killed, two charged with street racing in Gurnee crash

    A summer night race down a Gurnee street turned deadly when a 16-year-old Antioch girl was ejected from one of the vehicles as it lost control and rolled over. Cynthia Perez, a junior from Antioch High School, was sitting in the back seat of a two-door Honda when it flipped over on Route 120 about 8:19 p.m. Monday, Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick said Tuesday. Two teenage drivers have been...

    Erica Mede and Dr. Stephanie Moy pose with Mede’s black rat snake, Vader, at the Chicago Exotic Animal Hospital’s information booth. Vader will accompany Mede to this year’s Chicagoland Repticon at the Kane County Fairgrounds Prairie Events Center, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30.

    See, touch and learn about exotic pets at Repticon Chicagoland

    Ever wonder what it would be like to own a leopard gecko, a Chinese golden thread turtle, a hedgehog or ball python? Find out at Repticon Chicagoland, which returns to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles for the second year to offer visitors the opportunity to see reptiles and exotic animals up close, and to learn about them from the experts.


    Arlington Heights makes changes to holiday garbage collection

    Collection services for refuse, yardwaste and recycling will change next week for single-family residences served by GROOT in Arlington Heights because of the Independence Day holiday.

    Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners at played at last year’s Wauconda Fest.

    Wauconda Fest starts Thursday

    A car show, races and a talent contest are among the many attractions of this year’s Wauconda Fest. The summertime extravaganza kicks off Thursday, June 27, at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St. It runs through Sunday, June 30.

    Gerard Donnelly

    Morton Arboretum CEO honored by public gardens group

    Gerard T. Donnelly, president and CEO of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, is the 2013 recipient of the most prestigious honor conferred by the American Public Gardens Association. The Honorary Life Member Award recognizes his ongoing leadership roles in furthering the mission of the public garden realm, meritorious service to the association, and uncommon devotion to the field of public...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 32-year-old Schaumburg man was charged June 22 with battery after he was accused of punching a fellow basketball player on the jaw during an argument at Arndt Park in Des Plaines. His court date is July 5.

    Maureen Manos

    Carol Stream woman guilty of hiding evidence in bank robbery

    A Carol Stream woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for hiding evidence in a bank robbery investigation targeting her roommate. Maureen Manos, 50, pleaded guilty to felony obstructing justice and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman.


    Highland Park bans assault weapons

    Highland Park has banned assault weapons.


    Geneva schools might increase driver education fees by $100

    Geneva schools are seeking permission to charge up to $450 for driver's education, $100 more than the fee charaged now. The district's current five-year waiver from the state-regulated fee expires at the end of next school year.

    Participants in a Naperville Park District summer camp helped build this playhouse to donate to Almost Home Kids, offering transitional and respite care for sick children.

    Summer camp students build playhouse to donate to sick kids

    Middle school students in Naperville Park District's first Future Craftsmen Camp built a playhouse that they donated to Almost Home Kids, a local nonprofit that provides transitional care for kids with complicated health needs.


    District 203 looks to diversify teaching ranks

    The student body of Naperville Unit District 203 is changing, and a strengthened diversity action plan approved last week aims to make sure teachers and the overall environment are keeping up. The plan outlines efforts the district will make in the next year to create an atmosphere of respect, value and worth for students and staff from all backgrounds, and hiring will be a focus.

    Delays are expected to continue on Rohlwing Road/Route 53 in Itasca and Addison through the summer as crews work on a $45.5 million road project that originally was scheduled to be completed next fall.

    Frustration mounts as Route 53 construction drags on

    Frustration levels in Itasca and Addison are growing about as fast as area commute times as reconstruction and widening of Rohlwing Road/Route 53 continues to drag on. “We've completed 97 weeks on the job and we're 53 percent done. We've got 123 days to Oct. 25,” IDOT resident engineer Mike Weaver said Monday. “We're trying to meet that completion day, but will we make it? I...

    Brent Seabrook carries the Stanley Cup past the cheering crowd at Harry Caray's restaurant in Rosemont hours after beating Boston in the Stanley Cup championship.

    Blackhawks get big welcome at Harry Caray's in Rosemont

    More than a thousand die-hard fans helped the Chicago Blackhawks continue celebrating their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons, erupting in cheers as the team — and the Holy Grail of hockey — filed into Harry Caray's in Rosemont before sunrise. Players took turns hoisting the 120-year-old storied trophy above their heads, fresh off their miracle 3-2 victory over the Boston...


    District 25 makes changes to gifted education program

    Despite concerns from parents, Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 will be moving forward with changes to gifted education following a multiyear review of the program. Among the changes is the elimination of the Odyssey program after next year.

    Aaron Thurmond

    Woman who claimed she was forced to work as prostitute a no-show in court

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a downstate woman who accused her boyfriend and his friend of selling her as a prostitute. The trial of Jeffrey Horton, 27, and Aaron Thurmond, 23, both of Chicago, was continued by Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti for another day while police try and track down the missing woman, who has not been identified by authorities.

    Goalie Corey Crawford hoists the Stanley Cup Monday night after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.

    Dawn Patrol: Blackhawks win Stanley Cup; Lake Villa school to close

    Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Fans celebrate. Storm knocks out power to hundreds of thousands. Lake Villa’s Pleviak School to close. Teen killed in Gurnee crash. Prospect Hts. moves on severance for airport manager. Gurnee makes progress with flood performance. St. Charles officials debate concealed carry.


    Mourn: Former students remember ‘tough love’
    Diana Martinez remembers well how she got to know Martin Powers.At least three days a week, he’d be typing away at the Gail Borden Public Library, where she worked. One day, she approached him and discovered he was working on a mystery novel about vampires. It was set in a small river town, perhaps not unlike the town he lived all his life in, Elgin.


    Glen Ellyn manager elected to head group

    Glen Ellyn Village Manager Mark Franz has been elected president of the Illinois City/County Management Association for the 2013-2014 year. Carol Stream Village Manager Joe Breinig was elected president-elect.


    Walking trail in works for Naperville park

    Construction on a limestone walking trail will begin this summer at May Watts Park at 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive in Naperville, park district officials said.

    Garry Van Der Starre points out as a wildfire burns on a hillside along highway 149 west of Creede, Colo., Monday, June 24, 2013. Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds.

    Colorado wildfire crews look to change in winds

    Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds. Tim Foley, a fire behavior expert working the 117-square mile blaze, said officials are hoping to begin a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze.

    Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, center, talks with fellow senators during a recess, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Senate democrats are trying to hold off on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers.

    Texas Senate set for filibuster finale on abortion

    A sweeping bill that would effectively shut down most abortion clinics across the nation’s second most-populous state has stalled in the Texas Senate, and a Democratic filibuster that will only need to last a seemingly manageable 13 hours Tuesday looks like it will be enough to talk the hotly contested measure to death.


    Court says suit testing blogger’s rights can go on

    A federal appeals court says former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod can continue her defamation case against a conservative blogger.

    Massachusetts Senate Democratic candidate Ed Markey, left, meets and greets grass-roots volunteers and supporters Monday in the final hours before Massachusetts’ special election for the U.S. Senate, where turnout is expected to be light, a contrast to the high-profile special election in the state three years ago.

    Mass. voters head to polls to pick new U.S. senator

    Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls to pick a new U.S. senator. Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez scrambled to energize supporters and mobilize get-out-the-vote efforts leading to Tuesday’s special election to succeed John Kerry, who resigned to become U.S. secretary of state.

    Sam Tornatore

    Bloomingdale hires new attorneys

    Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro is continuing to make changes to the roster of outside law firms employed by the municipality. Less than a month after getting a new village attorney, trustees on Monday night approved Coladipietro's recommendation to hire two new lawyers to handle DUI cases and collective bargaining matters.


    Court: Child isn’t required to go to father

    The Supreme Court says a Native American child doesn’t have to be taken away from her adoptive parents and given to her biological father. The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday in a case about a federal law intended to keep Indian children from being taken from their homes and typically placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents.


    Court: Compensation may be due for permit denial

    The Supreme Court says governments that withhold development permits may owe compensation to property owners.

    Will Amarantos, the owner of Will’s Hot Dog Palace in Carol Stream, takes a bite of a hot dog from his restaurant.

    Carol Stream hot dog shop owner finds redemption

    Will Amarantos was an alcoholic and drug addict for 11 years, starting at age 11. Then 2½ years he got into trouble, went through rehab and realized he wanted to work in the food industry as his parents and grandparents had before him. He saved his money at the age of 24 became the owner of Will's Hot Dog Palace late last year.

    Local architect Rick Browne hopes to turn the former Ziegler’s Ace Hardware building in downtown West Dundee into a regional performing arts center.

    West Dundee arts center focus of study

    Results from a study aimed at measuring support for a regional performing arts center in West Dundee are expected to be released late next month. Local architect Rick Browne wants to convert an abandoned downtown hardware store into the Fox Performing Arts Center. "The study really tells you if it’s a go or a no go,” said Browne, who commissioned the study. “In our preliminary findings, it’s been...

    DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner Mary Lou Wehrli of Naperville says the designation of Springbrook Prairie as an Illinois Nature Preserve adds an extra layer of protection to ensure the site is never developed.

    Springbrook Prairie now a designated nature preserve

    DuPage County’s Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve recently garnered an extra layer of protection against future development. The forest preserve district Saturday celebrated the designation of the Naperville preserve as an Illinois Nature Preserve. The designation is the result of the district’s efforts to restore Springbrook’s 50 acres of grasslands and two miles of Spring Brook.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole 64 iPhone batteries out of boxes on shelves in a warehouse at Empire Scientific, 1501 Tonne, Elk Grove Village, between March 1 and May 30. Value was estimated at $4,480.

    A get-well message carrying a photo of Nelson Mandela hangs on the railings at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where the former South African President is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday, June 25, 2013. South Africans passed by Nelson Mandela’s home in a Johannesburg suburb on Tuesday and said they were praying for the 94-year-old after the President Jacob Zuma urged the country to send their wishes to the man he called the “father of democracy,” who remained in critical condition.

    South Africa: Mandela in critical condition

    South Africa’s president on Tuesday urged his compatriots to show their appreciation for Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition in a hospital, by marking his 95th birthday next month with acts of goodness that honor the legacy of the anti-apartheid leader.

    Any easing of tensions between the United States and China appeared to vanish Monday following China’s apparent flouting of U.S. demands that NSA leaker Edward Snowden be returned from semiautonomous Hong Kong to face espionage charges. White House spokesman Jay Carney, in unusually harsh language, said China had “unquestionably” damaged its relationship with Washington.

    Obama hit by Snowden setbacks with China, Russia

    For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with Russia.

    Patrick Kane carries the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs into Harry Caray's restaurant in Rosemont early Tuesday morning after winning the Stanley Cup championship.

    Images: Stanley Cup Champion Hawks Return Home
    The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks returned home to O'Hare airport early Tuesday morning and then made a stop at Harry Caray's in Rosemont.

    The frozen pond is where the Blackhawks Patrick Kane makes a name for himself. But this Patrick Kane of Hoffman Estates looks comfortable in warmer climes.

    Suburban Patrick Kane gets his name in headline again

    In 17 seconds near the end of the third period of Game 6 in Boston, everything changed. Behind most of the game, the Blackhawks staged a miraculous turnaround to win hockey’s Stanley Cup. Held in check for most of the night, Patrick Kane skated off the ice hoisting the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. And Hoffman Estates businessman Patrick Kane could go to bed...



    White Sox’ Ventura sticking with struggling Ramirez

    Alexei Ramirez has already matched last season's error total, and the White Sox' shortstop has hit only 1 home run. But Ramirez said his confidence remains high, and manager Robin Ventura is also backing the struggling infielder.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale lost a chance to pick up a victory Tuesday night because of some shaky infield defense in the ninth inning.

    White Sox’ Beckham owns up to ‘stupid’ play

    Second baseman Gordon Beckham called himself an "idiot"for making an ill-timed error against the Mets Tuesday night, but the White Sox found a way to bounce back and win 5-4 at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Big inning again does in Cubs’ Jackson

    The Cubs on Tuesday selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Class AAA Iowa. Bogusevic, a native ofChicago's south suburbs, went to spring training as a nonroster man with the Cubs and was off to a solid start at Iowa.

    Carlos Marmol has pitched his last game for the Cubs. Team officials designated Marmol for assignment Tuesday, which means he will be traded or released in the next 10 days.

    Cubs finally cut ties with Marmol

    The Cubs on Tuesday cut ties with embattled relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, designating him for assignment. Manager Dale Sveum also decided to give slumping shortstop Starlin Castro a rest, so he did not start Castro in Tuesday night's series opener against the Brewers at Miller Park.

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Two Cups for the Cap Crusaders

    With a franchise fifth title and their second Stanley Cup championship in four years, the Chicago Blackhawks also become the first team to win two Stanley Cups in the salary cap era. And with those two Cups, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson must be considered among the greatest Hawks in the history of the franchise.

    Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez watches his sacrifice fly off New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, scoring Tyler Flowers, during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ramirez lifts White Sox to 5-4 win over Mets

    Alexei Ramirez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after the Sox committed a costly error in the top half of the inning, and Chris Sale struck out 13 batters in eight innings to lead the White Sox over the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night.


    Big inning beats Cougars 9-5

    Kane Count Cougars game report:


    Boomers fall 10-2 on road

    An early 2-0 lead for the Schaumburg Boomers was not enough to hold off the Traverse City Beach Bums, who took the opener of the three-game series 10-2.

    Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco reacts in front of Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo after Francisco hit a home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Weeks homers twice as Brewers beat Cubs 9-3

    Rickie Weeks homered twice and drove in four runs Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 9-3.Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run double and Juan Francisco also homered for Milwaukee, which has defeated Chicago 19 of the last 21 times at home, including nine in a row.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford celebrates with his teammates after the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

    Spellman's Scorecard: The Blackhawks dream that really was

    It all happened so fast that it's hard to believe the season is over and the Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup champions. Well, they are, and Mike Spellman takes a quick look back at their run through the postseason.

    Immediately after receiving the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews knew what to do with it.

    Blackhawks’ Toews again shows how to do it the right way

    Jonathan Toews' qualities as a caption were on fully displayed throughout the Stanley Cup Final, and in the postgame celebration as well when he shared the Cup with three veterans before anyone else. Tim Sassone has that story and more in his Blackhawks notebook.

    Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) and Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) fight for position as the puck passes during Monday night’s Game 6.

    Unsung Sharp huge for Blackhawks again

    Patrick Sharp may not have collected the game-winning goal or the Conn Smythe Trophy, but his value to the Blackhawks was huge again as they won the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons.

    Blackhawks center Michal Handzus gets to celebrate with the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career following Monday night's game.

    The inside story on the Hawks' celebration

    What was it like inside the Blackhawks locker room once they had the Stanley Cup behind closed doors? Team Historian Bob Verdi provides the details of the early-morning revelry from the post-game party in Boston to when the Cup finally landed in Chicago at 4:06 a.m.

    The Bulls’ Luol Deng has recently generated chatter on the NBA rumors circuit, including potential trades and negotiations for a contract extension. But a league source suggested there is nothing going on in either category.

    Bulls have decisions to make, starting with Deng

    Luol Deng has gotten mentions on the NBA rumors circuit the past few days. Nothing is going on now, but the Bulls will try to decide this summer if a trade or a new contract makes more sense.


    Shooting guard crop full of options, questions

    The NBA's best 3-point shooting teams are usually the ones experiencing team success. The Bulls ranked 20th in the league last year in 3-point percentage, so a perimter shooter is on their wish list for Thursday's draft.


    Sky scouting report vs. N.Y. Liberty

    Sky scout for WednesdayPlease also post on web

    Inbee Park of South Korea will be going for her third straight major at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

    Big week for top women golfers

    The U.S. Women’s Open tees off on Thursday at Sebonack, a seven-year old New York course co-designed by Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus. eanwhile, the Illinois Women’s Amateur begins the match play portion of its competition on Wednesday and concludes Friday at Cantigny in Wheaton. Veteran writer Len Ziehm previews each event and more in this week's golf column.


    Clippers finalize Doc Rivers hire

    Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers’ new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.The Clippers finalized the championship-winning coach’s move from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and reversals.

    Serena Williams of the United States reacts as she plays Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in a Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Back on court, Williams stretches winning streak

    After a week filled by a headline-grabbing, off-court tiff with Maria Sharapova and a series of apologies stemming from a magazine profile, Serena Williams got back to doing what she does best. Better than anyone in the world right now, really.

    FILE - In this May 13, 2013, file photo, New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella, top rear, looks on from behind the bench during the second period of Game 7 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the Washington Capitals in Washington. The Vancouver Canucks hired Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Tortorella was recently fired by the Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    Canucks hire fired Rangers coach John Tortorella

    The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach on Tuesday.Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games.

    Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz

    Thanks to Wirtz, players’ families saw history

    Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz rented a plane to fly the players’ families to Boston for Game 6 so they could witness the Cup-clinching performance in person. That is now the Blackhawks’ way of doing things, as Barry Rozner explains in this report.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane hoists the Conn Smythe trophy, awarded to the playoffs most valuable player, after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Blackhawks' Kane honored with Conn Smythe Trophy

    Now with two Stanley Cups, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have to be considered among the greatest Blackhawks ever. Kane joined Toews in another exclusive club on Monday when he was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP after the Hawks beat Boston 3-2 to win their second championship in four years.

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, hoists the Stanley Cup alongside goalie Corey Crawford (50) after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday in Boston.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Bruins, Game 6
    The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 the win the NHL Stanley Cup Monday night in Boston.

    Despite the hitting and fielding woes of his shortstop, Cubs manager Dale Sveum continues keep Starlin Castro in the starting lineup.

    Castro’s fielding woes hurting Cubs

    Mike North was taught early on that the shortstop has to be a great fielder for a team to succeed. He believes Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum is making a mistake continuing to play Starlin Castro at shortstop when his fielding is just not good enough.

    Hawks fans react after Jonathan Toews' goal in the second period as people packed into Toby Keith's I Love This Bar to watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night in Rosemont.

    Images: Blackhawks Fans React
    Blackhawks fans throughout the suburbs reacting to game 6 of the Blackhawks and Bruins Stanley Cup Finals series

    Referee Wes McCauley checks on Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the first period in Game 6 on Monday.

    Hawks’ Crawford content to revel in team triumph

    Many Blackhawks fans felt Corey Crawford's terrific performance was the key to the postseason, but the goaltender wasn't fretting over teammate Patrick Kane taking Conn Smythe honors.

    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw lays on the ice after taking a puck to the face against the Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 6 on Monday. He returned to the game after taking stitches.

    Hawks’ Bickell, Shaw play through pain for Cup

    Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw were among the Hawks hurting the most in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, but their sacrifice was well worth it in a series-clinching 3-2 decision.

    Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26) battles with Bruins center Patrice Bergeron during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in Boston.

    Hawks veterans finally get to hoist the Stanley Cup

    For the veterans who have spent their lives waiting for this moment, the chance to hold high the Stanley Cup on Monday night in Boston was almost too much to bear. “I don’t know how to put it into words,’’ said Michal Rozsival. “You grow up in Czechoslovakia and you dream about playing in this league, with the greatest players in the world. “You dream about one day getting to play in the Final and getting to win the Cup."


    U.S. stocks rose, as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded from a nine-week low, after data showed durable-good orders and home sales increased more than forecast and consumer confidence climbed.

    Market rises: less on Fed chatter, more on economy

    Wall Street got back to focusing on the economy instead of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, sending stocks higher. Four reports showed a brightening U.S. economy. Housing and manufacturing continued to improve, and consumer confidence hit its highest level in 5 1/2 years.

    Schaumburg’s John Barleycorn restaurant is ceasing its day-to-day operations, but will remain open exclusively as a venue for private parties and special events, its owner announced Tuesday. The restaurant opened at 1100 American Lane in 2008.

    Schaumburg’s John Barleycorn ceasing daily operations, will focus on special events

    Schaumburg’s John Barleycorn restaurant is ceasing its day-to-day operations, but will remain open exclusively as a venue for private parties and special events, its owner announced today. The changes, which went into effect immediately Tuesday, are the result of the uncertain and sluggish economic recovery and the high unemployment rate in Illinois, according to owner Sam Sanchez.

    Men’s Wearhouse has offered some details on why it parted ways with its founder, George Zimmer, second from left, saying he seemed to have difficulty “accepting the fact that Men’s Wearhouse is a public company with an independent board of directors and that he has not been the chief executive officer for two years.”

    Men’s Wearhouse: Zimmer wanted to regain control

    Men’s Wearhouse is shedding some light on why it parted ways with founder George Zimmer. The men’s clothing retailer said Tuesday that Zimmer seemed to have difficulty “accepting the fact that Men’s Wearhouse is a public company with an independent board of directors and that he has not been the chief executive officer for two years.”

    Walgreen Co.’s fiscal third quarter earnings jumped 16 percent compared to last year but the performance still missed Wall Street expectations.

    Walgreen 3Q profit jumps but misses estimates

    Walgreen Co.’s fiscal third quarter earnings jumped 16 percent compared to last year but the performance still missed Wall Street expectations.The Deerfield company’s stock plunged more than 6 percent in morning trading Tueday. Walgreen told analysts that sales in its stores outside the pharmacy did not meet its expectations, and it was working to fix that.

    East Dundee is working on a compromise for the roughly $75,284 lien it put against the previous owners of Santa’s Village in 2006. The current owner, Sterling Bay, will likely have to pay about $35,000 in water and sewer fees incurred under the last owner.

    E. Dundee to amend lien for Santa’s Village land

    East Dundee officials are working on a compromise with the current ownership of the Santa’s Village property that owed money on a lien the previous owners incurred seven years ago. North Pole Corp. owed $75,284.85 on the lien East Dundee officials put on the property, due to unpaid amusement taxes and water and sewer fees.Sterling Bay bought the property in 2006 with the lien in place and was on the hook for the entire amount, Village Administrator Bob Skurla said.

Life & Entertainment

    The second season of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” hosted by Max Joseph, premieres Tuesday.

    ‘Catfish’ reels in bigger hoaxes for season 2

    Max Joseph, co-host of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” says he has Manti Te’o to thank for catapulting his series into the national spotlight. “Manti Te’o got catfished. It happens. We see it happen every week,” Joseph said. “I mean it was amazing for the show, not so amazing for Manti Te’o.” The term, which refers to someone using a fake identity to seduce another person online, gained momentum as the title of a 2010 documentary on the topic. Now Joseph and his pal Nev Schulman travel the country to film people embroiled in catfish scenarios.


    Have the rules of gift-giving etiquette changed?

    Why do many in the current generation not acknowledge gifts through mail, telephone or electronic means? Is expression of gratitude no longer in fashion?

    Cucumbers and honey dew melon mingle in a pair of similar chilled soups that are equally refreshing.

    Soupalooza: Warming up to cold soups

    Cold fruit soup, I have to admit, doesn't do much for me. If I want a smoothie, I can happily slurp my sugary cold sweetness through a straw. Who wants to politely sip something that resembles a Slurpee with a spoon? And therein lies the problem with cold fruit soups. Are they dessert or an entree? How sweet should they be? When do you serve them?

    Roland Emmerich's new movie “White House Down” stars Jamie Foxx as the President of the United States of America and Channing Tatum as his impromptu bodyguard.

    'White House Down' director unfazed by 'Olympus'

    Roland Emmerich knows all about disasters. The 57-year-old filmmaker laid waste to several landmarks in “Independence Day,” turned New York into an ice cube in “The Day After Tomorrow” and leveled most of the world in “2012.” However, when it comes to his latest film, “White House Down,” the biggest catastrophe might not be that terrorists have commandeered America's most famous home.

    The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has charged singer Chris Brown with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license stemming from a minor accident on May 21.

    Chris Brown charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run

    The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has charged singer Chris Brown with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the charges filed Tuesday involve a minor accident on May 21 in the San Fernando Valley.


    Citrus Salad with Baby Spinach
    Citrus Salad with Baby Spinach: Anne Gulotta


    Baked Stuffed Pork Chops
    Baked Stuffed Pork Chops: Anne Gulotta

    With little effort fresh raspberries and peaches turn into an iconic dessert, Peach Melba.

    Peach Melba
    Peach Melba: Anne Gulotta

    “Once I Was an Eagle” by Laura Marling

    Laura Marling’s 4th record is mature yet playful

    Now 23 and on her fourth album, songbird Laura Marling shows she has grown up on “Once I Was An Eagle.” The album’s debut single, “Master Hunter,” is delivered with confidence and swagger: Marling sings with a more fierce tone, and with an American twang to her accent.

    “Ice on the Dune” by Empire of the Sun

    Empire of the Sun deliver the goods on 2nd album

    The Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun’s sophomore album, "Ice on the Dune," is polished. It seems like almost every song could be a summer anthem. The lyrics are loved up, and even in the slower moments on the record, the duo gets it right. Wherever you dance this summer, you will be dancing to this record.

    There are six chances to see the King BMX Stunt Show this weekend at MB Financial Park at Rosemont.

    Best bets: BMX daredevils fly high at free show

    The skilled daredevils of the King BMX Stunt Show risk their lives for your enjoyment during free shows this weekend at MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Famed comic Drew Carey performs a special standup engagement this weekend at Zanies at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. See two country greats, Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis, Saturday at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Green Gazpacho, left, and Cold Summer Soup start with similar ingredients and make for refreshing eats on hot summer days.

    Cold Summer Soup
    Cold Cucumber Soup

    Green Gazpacho, left, and Cold Summer Soup start with similar ingredients and make for refreshing eats on hot summer days.

    Green Gazpacho
    Green Gazpacho

    “Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway” by Sara Gran

    Sara Gran’s latest is bleak noir tale

    “Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway” just might be the bleakest noir tale since “Dope” (2006), and Sara Gran wrote that one, too. The novel is a sequel to “Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead” (2011). There’s little to chuckle about in this new story that plunges every character into a pit of despair. The novel’s central mystery is the murder of Paul Casablancas, a musician Claire once dated and whom she still loves.


    Dining events: TL’s toasts summer with barbecue menu

    Chef Shawn Li unveils his summer Asian barbecue menu available through July 31 at TL’s Four Seasons in Bartlett. Plus, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has opened a new location in Elgin’s Randall Road corridor.

    Nilin is special: She may suffer from huge memory gaps, but she can also cause them in other people in “Remember Me.”

    ‘Remember Me’ a mind-blowing head trip

    Nilin, the heroine of “Remember Me,” appears to be another forgetful protagonist. But she's special: She may suffer from memory gaps, but she can also cause them in others. It’s 2084 in “Neo-Paris.” A corporation called Memorize has figured out how to hack your brain. When the game begins, Nilin is getting her brains scrambled in the Bastille. Once she escapes, an anarchist reminds her of her mission: to destroy Memorize.

    Anne Gulotta honed her kitchen skills with the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy. She plans to brush up on baking next.

    Cook of the Week: Online course helps working mom hone her skills

    With a career as a bond trader and being a mother of two, Anne Gulotta sees little time to do much else. With the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, based in Hoffman Estates, she found a way to advance her passion for cooking with limited time and without leaving her own kitchen.



    Editorial: A team to salute, a win to remember

    The Blackhawks played hurt, played together and played like champions should, and we salute the Stanley Cup winners in a Daily Herald editorial.


    Editorial: Finding lessons in a bureaucratic foul-up

    A Daily Herald editorial says the backlog of more than 1,000 unreported DUI cases in Kane County provides insights into the importance of technology and trust in government.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn: No more alibis for inaction on pension reform

    In a guest column, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn urges Illinoisans to pressure their lawmakers to produce comprehensive pension reform by July 9.


    Who has ammo in state’s three-way staredown?

    Columnist Paul Green: The metaphor to the ending of the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" fits the three-way Democratic tussle in Springfield over public pensions.


    Griffin AP award well-deserved
    An Addison letter to the editor: Three cheers for Jake Griffin, Taxpayer Watchdog. It’s about time you received Associated Press award for all those detailed articles on how our money is wasted.


    Best government money can buy
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Instead of cutting education, food safety inspections, law enforcement, food stamps and meals on wheels why doesn’t Congress close the Cayman Island tax loopholes?


    Naperville shouldn't throw money to private developers

    In her June 19 article, reporter Marie Wilson uncovered that the city of Naperville is proposing $7.5 million in “incentives” to help Lakehany Group Investments LLC develop Freedom Plaza. To say the least, it is disturbing to know that Naperville is throwing this kind of money at private developers.


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