Daily Archive : Friday June 28, 2013



    Mount Prospect warns of deceptive electricity sales pitches

    Mount Prospect officials are warning residents about sales people from electric suppliers going door-to-door claiming that the Municipal Electrical Aggregation rate is ending soon and urging residents to change suppliers.

    New Fermilab director Nigel Lockyer introduces himself to the staff Friday. Bob Zimmer, University of Chicago president, looks on at right.

    Fermilab workers welcome new director

    Fermilab's new director introduced himself to the employees Friday, opening with a few jokes before getting serious about what he sees as the laboratory's future.


    Auditions open for Battle of the Bands

    Rock bands! Are you looking for a venue? Want to get your name and music “out there?” Audition for Battle of the Bands, taking place from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, in Schaumburg’s Town Square (corner of Schaumburg and Roselle roads). Chosen bands will perform outdoors by the Town Square pond, across the street from the Schaumburg Township District Library.

    Bryan Bickell hoists the Stanley Cup during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup rally at Hutchinson Field in Chicago Friday morning.

    Images: Blackhawks parade to celebrate Stanley Cup victory
    The Blackhawks and thousands of their fans celebrated the Stanley Cup Championship with a parade through downtown Chicago followed by a rally at Grant Park on Friday.


    Naperville teacher charged with DUI

    A Naperville Central High School driver education instructor is due in court early next week to face drinking and driving charges. Jeffrey S. Peterson, 54, of the 1300 block of East Gartner Road in Naperville, was arrested May 29 on charges of driving under the influence and theft of services, Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said Friday.

    Associated Press A corn plant grows Thursday in a field in Madrid, Iowa.

    Wet spring won’t affect predicted corn crop

    The annual June acreage report, based on interviews with thousands of farmers and compared with March’s planting intentions report, is viewed as an accurate indication of what has been planted and provides a gauge of how the crop season is progressing.

    Carlos Ortiz, center, faces the court during a hearing Friday in Bristol, Conn.

    Third suspect arrested in Hernandez murder investigation

    A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with a weapons count, and investigators said a third suspect was arrested Friday in south Florida.

    Snipers watch from an airport rooftop Friday as they prepare for the departure of U.S. President Barack Obama, in Dakar, Senegal.

    Senegalese president, Obama clash over gay oppression

    Senegal’s penal code calls for prison sentences of up to five years and fines of up to $3,000 for committing “an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex.”

    In this undated photo released by the U.S. embassy in the Dominican Republic, newly nominated ambassador James "Wally" Brewster poses for a portrait in an unknown location. Religious groups in the Dominican Republic say they are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative Caribbean country. Brewster would be the seventh U.S. ambassador in history to be openly gay, but opponents on Friday asked the administration of Dominican President Danilo Medina to reject his nomination. (AP Photo/US Embassy in Dominican Republic)

    Dominican groups reject gay U.S. ambassador nominee

    Religious groups in the Dominican Republic said Friday they are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative Caribbean country.

    An opponent of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi waves Egyptian flags Friday during a protest outside the defense ministry, in Cairo, Egypt.

    Violence flares in Egypt before weekend rallies

    Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed — including an American — and 85 were injured, officials said.

    Timothy J. Stehle

    Villa Park man faces child solicitation charges

    A Villa Park man has been arrested on charges of trying to solicit a child online, police said Friday. Timothy J. Stehle, 45, was arrested June 8 after investigators say he conducted a series of electronic communications with an undercover Elmhurst police officer posing as a 15-year-old female.

    Kathi and Steven Riley have lived in their home on Sunset Drive in Cary for 16 years. The house started flooding with sewer backup water during Wednesday’s storm; within 12 minutes, Kathi said, there was several inches of sewage in their home.

    Flood cleanup continues in Cary

    Kathi Riley lost everything from her wedding photographs to her daughter’s christening gown in the flooding that ravaged her Cary neighborhood earlier this week. Yet, Riley, who has lived in that house for 16 years, never experienced flooding there and has no flood insurance, is thankful things weren’t any worse. She works as a nurse and as such, she is no stranger to catastrophe. She also...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

    Well-known wood carver Bob Guge, 60, of Sleepy Hollow, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last fall. A fundraiser will be held for Guge Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin.

    Fundraiser Saturday for Sleepy Hollow wood carver

    A fundraiser for well-known wood carver Bob Guge will take place Saturday in Elgin, after he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in November. Guge, 60, of Sleepy Hollow, runs the Guge Institute of Wildlife Art in Gilberts with his son Josh Guge, 34.

    COURTESY OF CITY OF ELGIN Elgin awarded a $899,000 contract to Earthwerks Land Improvement and Development Corp., of Batavia, for the first phase of the construction of Jack E. Cook Regional Park on Plank Road, north of Muirhead Road.

    Elgin moving forward with new West-side park

    Construction of a new park with soccer fields and other sports amenities that has been in the works for years in Elgin is finally moving forward. The Elgin City Council voted earlier this week to award a $899,000 contract to Earthwerks Land Improvement and Development Corp., based in Batavia, for the first phase of the construction of Jack E. Cook Regional Park in the city’s far west side.


    Palatine flight attendant acquitted of weapons charge

    A longtime American Airlines flight attendant was acquitted of carrying a loaded .22 caliber revolver in her carry-on bag. An attorney for Sheila Schultz, of Palatine, said at her bond hearing last year that her husband had accidentally left the gun in the travel bag without her knowledge.

    Elgin Toyota plans to relocate to Streamwood within the next year.

    Two car dealerships leaving Elgin, one coming

    Two car dealerships are leaving Elgin, but that loss is expected to be partially offset by a new dealership coming to town, officials said. Woody Buick GMC is closing Saturday, while Elgin Toyota will be moving to Streamwood likely in May or June 2014, their respective owners said. Both dealerships are on Chicago Street.

    Randall Behning

    Elgin man found guilty in sexual assault trial

    A Cook County Judge found Randall Behning guilty on charges that he sexually abused a girl over about 2½ years beginning when she was 12 years old. Judge Joel Greenblatt announced his finding Friday morning following a three-day bench trial that concluded Wednesday with Behning, 52, denying that he abused the now 18-year-old girl.

    This is typical architecture in the Turkish city of Safranbolu, which is seeking a Sister Cities partnership with Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg seeks partnership with Turkish city

    Schaumburg expects to establish a fourth Sister Cities partnership next month with Safranbolu, Turkey, and perhaps even a fifth later this year with Changsha, China. Schaumburg has long been partnered with Schaumburg-Lippe, Germany and Namerikawa, Japan through the Sister Cities program. A third partner — Hyderabad, India — was approved in late 2011.

    Re-enactors portraying Union soldiers in the Murray's Brigade drill Thursday during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

    Re-enactment opens Gettysburg anniversary events

    The Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau set up five temporary welcome tents around town in addition to its two permanent facilities. Satellite parking areas and shuttle bus service are in place for the expected crush of drivers. Cellphone coverage is expanded to accommodate social media enthusiasts.

    Mark Mlynarczyk

    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to BB gun shooting

    A Hoffman Estates man who authorities say shot at police officers with a BB gun when the responded to a family problem at his home last April, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery to a police officer. In exchange for Mark Mlynarczyk's guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced him to 24 months probation and ordered him to under go mental health evaluation, court clerk records show.

    Steven Brewer

    Bloomingdale man charged with injuring infant son

    Authorities say a Bloomingdale man squeezed his infant son so hard, he broke the child's ribs and leg in an effort to make him stop crying. Steven Brewer, 19, of the 200 block of Frisco Street, was being held in DuPage County jail Friday on $150,000 bail.


    Waukegan man accused of soliciting boy:

    Lake County authorities say a Waukegan man has been charged with indecent solicitation of a child.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter


    Dog adoption event:

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is hosting an adoption event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Dog Lounge day care and spa in Pets General Store, 432 Peterson Road, in the Country Court shopping center, Libertyville.


    Blood drive in Mundelein:

    The Mundelein Fire Department holds a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 6 at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.


    Island Lake commission meets:

    Island Lake’s fire and police commission will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., to discuss buying a recording device for meetings, changes to testing procedures and other issues.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals set fire to a mailbox and mail, possibly with fireworks, between June 10 and 14 at a home on the 200 block of East Cleburne in Bartlett. Damage was estimated at $100.

    James Kearns

    Grafton Twp. litigation almost at an end

    One of the last remaining vestiges of former Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s reign — a lawsuit between her and the former road commissioner — has been dismissed. A McHenry County judge threw out the lawsuit in which then-road commissioner Jack Freund sued Moore for unpaid bills, the second such suit to be dismissed in as many months.

    Customers enter and exit a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that Hobby Lobby stores have a good case that the federal health care law violates their religious beliefs.

    Government issues final birth control rule for faith groups

    “There’s a much brighter line here — a simpler line — and we think that responds to a good many of the comments that we got,” said Michael Hash, director of the Health and Human Services office of health reform. More than 400,000 comments were submitted over the last several months, the agency said.

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 Superintendent John Van Pelt talks about the proposal to close Pleviak School as board members listen.

    Van Pelt to retire from Lake Villa Elementary District 41 in 2014

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 Superintendent John Van Pelt said he will end his education career that started more than 30 years ago and half a world away in Australia. Van Pelt, who will retire as superintendent on June 30, 2014, said the long road to Lake Villa was definitely challenging but something he was proud to have accomplished.


    Sanity evaluation ordered in 2012 Elgin frying pan murder

    Defense attorneys have ordered a sanity evaluation for a 35-year-old Elgin woman who is accused of beating her boyfriend to death with a frying pan last year. Nora Leach-Peterson was found unfit to stand trial earlier this year, but was restored to fitness about a month ago. She's being held on $750,000 bail and is due in court again on Aug. 23.


    Portion of Fox River temporarily closed

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has decided a portion of the Fox River is too treacherous for boating right now. It is closed until further notice.

    Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison.

    Blackhawks anthem singer to perform at Ribfest

    Jim Cornelison, the man who has helped make the national anthem a much-see event at Chicago Blackhawks games, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” around 4:15 p.m. July 4 at the Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest celebration in Knoch Park near downtown.


    Prosecutors ask to seize Jesse Jackson Jr.’s homes
    Federal prosecutors want the government to seize the homes of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi.Prosecutors filed a motion in U.S. District Court Friday asking a judge to order Jackson to forfeit homes in Chicago and Washington, D.C. They also asked for the seizure of a retirement account that contains about $80,000.

    Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif.

    Sears, Penney sever ties with Deen

    Sears Holdings Corp and J.C. Penney Co. said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

    Jeffrey Horton

    Man testifies against brother in Lake County prostitution case

    A Chicago man accused of forcing a downstate woman to work as a prostitute pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to promote prostitution in Lake County court Friday. However, in accepting the plea deal, Jeffrey Horton, 27, also agreed to testify against his 23-year-old brother, Aaron Thurmond, who remains locked up in Lake County jail on charges of involuntary servitude and trafficking in...


    Lake in the Hills man dead after car hits tree in Woodstock

    Authorities are investigating a single-car crash Friday morning that killed a 56-year-old Lake in the Hills man near Woodstock. George R. Jackson Jr., of the 100 block of Hunters Path, died when his car left the road and hit a tree on Route 14, the McHenry County Coroner’s and Sheriff’s offices said.

    Billy Dickerson

    Second Island Lake cop reinstated three years after leaving the department

    Former Island Lake police officer Billy Dickerson has been reinstated after a three-year absence from the department. Dickerson claimed he was improperly terminated in 2010. His reinstatement was approved by a 4-3 vote Thursday. Dickerson, an Island Lake resident, actively campaigned for new Mayor Charles Amrich’s slate this spring. Amrich cast a tiebreaking vote, and all the trustees who sided...

    James Rydland

    Aurora Dist. 129 sex abuse lawsuit moving foward

    Attorneys for a girl who is suing Aurora School District 129 and two superintendents arguing they turned a blind eye to a high school band director’s inappropriate behavior with studednts may now review emails, district memos and schedule depositions of school employees.

    Ray Rogina

    New St. Charles liquor commission will place new eyes on tavern woes

    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina is one step away from instituting one of the visions he championed during his campaign. Aldermen are expected to vote in favor of creating the first liquor commission in the city. The question now is who will be the members of what is expected to be a key commission in a city that’s repeatedly expressed concerns with drunken activity at its downtown taverns.


    District 59 appoints ELL director

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board recently appointed Maureen McAbee to the post of executive director of English Language Learning.


    Illini 4000 bike ride fundraiser in Arlington Hts.

    Cook digest


    D’oh! ‘Simpsons’ vandals striking in Naperville

    Homer would not be happy. Since the start of June, Naperville police say vandals have been damaging the walls of businesses, electrical boxes and garbage containers in the city’s downtown area and other locations — and almost all of it has centered around the animated TV show “The Simpsons.”

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane carries out the Stanley Cup from Grant Park after the celebration in Chicago.

    Blackhawks rally over, but summer of Stanley in full swing

    Sounds of “Chelsea Dagger” have echoed throughout Grant Park and downtown Chicago, signaling the end of the Hawks victory rally. A sea of red overtook Chicago, with fans lining the parade route and filling Hutchinson Field for a glimpse of the Stanley Cup champs.


    Arlington Heights hires business development coordinator

    Arlington Heights has hired a business development coordinator to work on business attraction and retention for the village, officials said on Friday. Michael Mertes, who is currently the economic development coordinator for the city of St. Charles, will replace John Melaniphy, who left Arlington Heights soon after the April election to become the director of economic development in Wheeling

    Joshua Griffith

    Tire bandit gets 5 years for Naperville theft

    A Chicago man suspected in a tri-state tire-theft spree was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for hitting a Naperville car dealership last year. Joshua Griffith, 36, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle or parts essential to a motor vehicle and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis.

    Jim Craig, atop the motorcycle seat, and his crew have come up with some creative design ideas in past years for Lake Ellyn’s Cardboard Regatta in Glen Ellyn, including in 2011 when they built a replica Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

    Lake Ellyn’s Cardboard Regatta sets sail in Glen Ellyn

    Lake Ellyn's Cardboard Regatta returns for its 20th year on Saturday. If there's anybody who knows about the secrets of building a cardboard boat that not only stays afloat, but looks really cool, it's Jim Craig. “It’s a great event for anybody,” said Craig, who works in business development at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

    Yogi Ram Kanagarajan teaches at Sree Sakthi Yoga in Arlington Heights.

    Moving Picture: Yogi brings ancient teachings to Arlington Hts.

    As a yoga instructor, or yogi, Ram Kanagarajan comes from a long line of yoga practitioners. “My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, all were yogis. Even my mother,” Ram says, “So, I've been raised as a yogi (since) I was 6 years old.” But a humble spirit also defines the teacher at Sree Sakthi Yoga Studio in downtown Arlington Heights. “I have no special...

    Liu Qing

    Police arrest five in Aurora prostitution sting

    Two men and three women were charged with prostitution after a sting at an undisclosed Aurora hotel, police said Friday. The suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon after offering a male undercover officer money in exchange for sexual acts, according to police.

    Shannon Richardson is placed into a Titus County Sheriff's car after an initial appearance at the federal building Texarkana, Texas.

    Texas woman indicted in ricin letter-to-Obama case

    A Texas woman was indicted Friday on charges that she sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame her estranged husband, federal prosecutors said. Shannon Richardson, 35, is charged with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States, the U.S.


    Darien man gets probation for child porn

    A Darien man who was charged after an undercover child pornography investigation was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. Jacob Beesley, 21, of the 900 block of Belair Drive, also must serve 30 days on jail work-release and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

    Daily Herald File Photo Metra’s experiencing parade-related delays.

    Parade, freight problems delay Metra riders

    Fans' cup runneth over and Metra trains run late. The parade and other issues have made it a hectic morning for commuters on numerous train lines. Metra says it has added service for the ride home.

    Egyptian protesters shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans as they hold posters depicting U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson and President Mohammed Morsi during a protest in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 28, 2013. Arabic on the poster at center reads, “shave your beard show your shame, you will look like Mubarak.” Egypt’s opposition plans to bring out massive crowds on Sunday in protests nationwide, vowing to force President Mohammed Morsi to step down.

    Clashes as Egypt leader’s backers, foes rally

    Thousands of backers and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president held competing rallies in the capital Friday and new clashes erupted between the two sides in the country’s second largest city, Alexandria, in a prelude to massive nationwide protests planned by the opposition this weekend demanding Mohammed Morsi’s removal.

    Members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” who crafted the immigration reform bill, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, flanked by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., leave the floor after final passage in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 27, 2013. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., follows at rear. In remarks to reporters, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a conservative Republican, praised the leadership of Democrat Chuck Schumer, saying “Senator Schumer’s a worthy successor to Ted Kennedy.”

    Pressure on House to act on immigration

    The House and its conservative majority are coming under pressure to act after the Senate passed a landmark immigration bill opening the door to U.S. citizenship to millions while pouring billions of dollars into securing the border with Mexico. President Barack Obama, traveling in Africa, called Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to urge them to have the...

    Julia Pate, 8, with her father, Jay, receives a medal for good character from Lombard Trustee Dan Whittington.

    Lombard honors girl for volunteerism

    After displaying incredible character and volunteerism for her work with “First Things First,” an organization focused on supplying baby basics to those in need, 8-year-old Julia Pate was honored by the village of Lombard.


    Colo. woman arrested after home burns in wildfire

    A Colorado woman is angry after she lost her home in a wildfire and got arrested on a warrant for a traffic violation.

    Rayne Perrywinkle, right, is consoled at the casket of her daughter, 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, at Paxon Revival Center Church on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. Cherish, who police say was targeted by a registered sex offender, was abducted and killed last Friday.

    Police: Fla. girl, 8, was victim of predator

    When a fellow shopper at a dollar store offered to take Rayne Perrywinkle and her three children to Wal-Mart to buy them McDonald’s and buy a dress for her 8-year-old daughter, she graciously accepted. But police say the man was a predator, not a good Samaritan, who seized the opportunity to snatch the woman’s daughter and kill her. The slaying marked a tragic end to Cherish Perrywinkle’s short...


    Ex-FBI agent faces tough questions in Bulger trial

    Former FBI Agent John Morris appeared sheepish when he admitted under questioning from a prosecutor that he accepted $7,000 in cash and two cases of wine from James “Whitey” Bulger at a time when authorities say Bulger was both a feared gangster and a prized FBI informant. His embarrassment is likely to deepen when he is cross-examined by Bulger’s lawyer.

    Interested bystanders and media members crowd around the entrance to the Fall River Justice Center after a bail hearing was held for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player, was denied bail.

    Conn. hometown of Hernandez shocked at star’s fall

    The murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has led investigators to his hometown of Bristol, Conn., the working-class Hartford suburb where he began a meteoric rise that would carry him to the upper echelons of the NFL. He is remembered as a fun-loving teenager at Bristol Central High School, where he followed in the footsteps of his older brother, D.J., who...

    Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank, is accused of corruption and slander and was being held at a Rome prison.

    Vatican monsignor arrested in 20M euro plot

    A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet. It’s the latest scandal to hit the Holy See and broadens an Italian probe into its secretive bank. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving...

    George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for the day in his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman trial over teen’s death enters 5th day

    A video security expert has taken the witness stand in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Greg McKinney is the first witness Friday as the trial enters a fifth day of testimony.

    A schoolgirl walk past a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the town of Umtata, South Africa, Friday, June 28, 2013. Members of Nelson Mandela’s family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill.

    South Africa: Family visits critically ill Mandela

    Members of Nelson Mandela’s family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill.

    Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis speaks during a news conference where a 30-count indictment was announced against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Boston. Charges against Tsarnaev include using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death near the marathon finish line on April 15. Standing at right is U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

    Feds: Internet influenced Boston bombing suspect

    What the Boston Marathon bombing suspect needed to learn to make explosives with a pressure cooker was at his fingertips in jihadist files on the Internet, according to a federal indictment accusing him of carrying out the bombings that killed three people and injured dozens more.

    In the shifting narrative of the Obama administration, Edward Snowden, the man whose leaks of top-secret material about government surveillance programs have tied the national security apparatus in knots and brought charges under the Espionage Act, has now been demoted to a common fugitive unworthy of international intrigue or extraordinary pursuit by the U.S. government.

    Obama recasts chase for Snowden as unexceptional

    The last thing President Barack Obama wants to do is turn Edward Snowden into a grand enemy of the state or a Daniel Ellsberg-type hero who speaks truth to power. In the shifting narrative of the Obama administration, the man whose leaks of top-secret material about government surveillance programs have tied the national security apparatus in knots has now been demoted to a common fugitive...

    U.S. President Barack Obama looks at rice crops during a food security expo on Friday, June 28, 2013, in Dakar, Senegal. Obama met with farmers, innovators, and entrepreneurs whose new methods and technologies are improving the lives of smallholder farmers throughout West Africa.

    Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors

    President Barack Obama is receiving the embrace you might expect for a long-lost son on his return to his father’s home continent, even as he has yet to leave a lasting policy legacy for Africa on the scale of his two predecessors. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush passed innovative Africa initiatives while in the White House and passionately continue their development work in the region...


    Obama uncertain about visit with Nelson Mandela

    President Barack Obama, in the midst of a historic tour of Africa, says he isn’t certain about whether he’ll be able to visit gravely ill Nelson Mandela when he arrives in South Africa. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Dakar, Senegal to Johannesburg, Obama said, “We’ll see what the situation is when we land.”


    Grafton Twp. to ask Rutland Twp. for bus program money

    Huntley has been kind enough to support Grafton Township's senior and disabled bus service by contributing $10,000 toward those efforts, a commitment the village reaffirmed Thursday night in the form of an intergovernmental agreement. But now, Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns wants Rutland Township to show him the money, since 58 percent of the people who ride the shuttle hail from...


    Glenbard planning $100 million worth of improvements

    Glenbard High School District 87 is planning $100 million worth of facility improvements at its four schools, a portion of which will likely require voter approval. The building improvements include classroom renovations and additions, adding air conditioning to remaining areas at Glenbard East and West, and other mechanical work. The projects would take 10 years to complete and are proposed to...

    After waiting in line for two hours, Jeremy Vivit of Mount Prospect gets one of the last official Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup hats from Tanya Neitzke at Sports Authority on Thursday at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect.

    Poll Vault: Have you bought any Blackhawks Stanley Cup souvenirs yet?

    Blackhawks Stanley Cup gear is all the rage. What items have you purchased as a souvenir from a championship season?

    As an emergency and disaster management coordinator for a retirement community in Downers Grove, David Docekal plans how to handle things like tornadoes, power outages and missing residents.

    Disaster and emergency management field growing

    Bad weather is creating a booming job market. Jobs are on the increase for emergency and disaster management, and local community colleges have stepped in to offer training programs.


    Dawn Patrol: Hawks rally today; bicyclist killed near Batavia

    Tips for the Hawks parade and rally. Drugs suspected in Lake Villa deaths. North Aurora cyclist killed near Batavia. O'Hare worker accused of smuggling cocaine. Flooding cancels Twin Lakes Triathlon. Hawks are on their way to becoming a dynasty. Can the Sox make a move in the weak AL Central? Cubs' Garza drawing even more attention.


    Community colleges connect employers with job seekers

    For decades, a core mission — and strength — of community colleges has been to prepare students for successful careers. Throughout the Fox Valley, it is difficult to find an employer that doesn’t have at least one community college alumnus on staff. In fact, many of our local business leaders started their education at a community college.

    East Dundee’s village hall, police department and fire department currently sit next to each other and have no room for expansion. Workers will soon break ground at the site of the new East Dundee fire station planned on Route 25.

    Groundbreaking soon for new East Dundee fire station

    A level construction site is all that is standing in the way of the ground breaking for the East Dundee Fire Protection District new station along Route 25. “We’re hoping to break ground during the first two weeks in July,” said Fire Chief Steve Schmitendorf. “This entire process has been a great example of cooperation between the fire district and the village."

    The Naperville Park District is adding a walking path to May Watts Park beginning this summer.

    Naperville’s Knoch Park getting baseball, tennis upgrades

    As soon as Knoch Park is done hosting 26th annual Ribfest July 3-7, some elements of the area will become a construction site as the Naperville Park District looks to improve four ballfields and 12 tennis courts. Knoch Park North renovations totaling about $600,000 are set to begin in mid-July so the upgraded baseball, softball and tennis facilities will be ready for use again next spring.


    St. Charles school district plans deficit

    The St. Charles school board is poised to approve a budget that will spend nearly $500k more than the district will collect.

    Above, Pat Lewandowski, volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project, honors the flag during the national anthem prior to a softball game between the Wounded Warrior Project and Rosemont’s fire and police departments. At right, retired Army Staff Sgt. Mike Morabito of Madison, Fla., bats during the softball game between the Wounded Warrior Project and Rosemont’s fire and police departments at The Ballpark at Rosemont on Thursday.

    Wounded warrior events planned for weekend

    About 50 wounded veterans from across the country will be bicycling through Chicago today and Saturday following two days of events in Rosemont. They are participating in a four-day program being staged by Wounded Warriors Project with the goal of offering veterans a chance to engage with other wounded veterans while helping them combat the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of war,...

    This photograph is of a disc covered in water droplets. The water reflects the white light like a prism

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 24th.


    FILE - Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett, right, chats with teammate Paul Pierce on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, in this March 13, 2013 file photo. The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in a deal that was still developing as the NBA draft ended, according to a person with knowledge of the details. The trade can't be completed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set, so pieces were still being discussed early Friday June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    A look at the NBA's more beastly East
    There have been "Big Three" lineups created in Miami and Boston in recent years and both teams won championships. So how should the Bulls feel about the Brooklyn Nets trying to recover from that first-round playoff losss by creating the mot expensive lineup ever.

    White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza chases down a double hit by Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis during the eighth inning of the first game of a doubleheader baseball game in Chicago, Friday, June 28, 2013. Cleveland won 19-10.

    Konerko's back still acting up; DL possible

    Paul Konerko still has soreness in his lower back, and he sat out Friday's doubleheader against the Indians after receiving six painkilling injections earlier in the day. If the White Sox' captain isn't feeling better Saturday, he could land on the disabled list.

    Cleveland’s Nick Swisher, right, and Asdrubal Cabrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago White Sox 9-8 in the second game of a doubleheader in Chicago.

    Different kind of parade coming for Sox

    As the White Sox played a marathon doubleheader against the Indians Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, speculation continued that GM Rick Hahn is preparing to trade off veteran players. “Sure it’s a possibility,” said pitcher Matt Thornton, who is in the final season of a two-year, $12 million contract that includes a club option for 2014. “But you’ve heard rumors for years, and they are not going to give players away just because we are struggling."

    White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago walks to the dugout after being pulled during the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on Friday in Chicago.

    Indians sweep Sox in epic doubleheader

    Nick Swisher hit a solo homer to cap a four-run ninth inning against Addison Reed Friday night, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox for a sweep of the longest doubleheader by time for two nine-inning games. After pounding Chicago 19-10 in the opener in a game that lasted 4 hours, 2 minutes, the Indians came through in the end to take the nightcap that ran 3:51.

    Alfonso Soriano strikes out in the eighth inning Friday in Seattle. Soriano also homered for the Cubs.

    Cubs fall to Mariners in 10 innings

    Mike Zunino hit a game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro homered for the Cubs, who ended a two-game winning streak.


    Chip-in gives 16-year-old Singhsumalee Women’s Am title

    Bing Singhsumalee became the youngest champion in the 80-year history of the Illinois Women’s Amateur golf championship in spectacular fashion on Friday at Cantigny, in Wheaton. The 16-year-old junior at Waubonsie Valley High School chipped in from 30 feet on the first hole to beat Lauren English, a University of Iowa junior from Bloomington, in the title match.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews carries in the Stanley Cup during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup rally at Hutchinson Field in Chicago Friday morning.

    Toews on celebration: ‘Absolutely unbelievable’

    For the second time in four years, a crowd estimated by the city of Chicago at more than two million people helped the Blackhawks celebrate a Stanley Cup championship on Friday. And the crowd that jammed Grant Park partied like it was 2010 all over again. “You guys make the United Center and the city of Chicago and best place to play in all the NHL," said winger Patrick Sharp, who told the crowd exactly what it wanted to hear. “We’ve got a special team here and a special organization and special group of people celebrating with us tonight. We’re just so proud that we could bring this to a great city like Chicago. In 2010 you guys waited 49 years to do this. This year we waited three. What do you say we get back and do it again next year?”


    Hawks franchise has come a long, long way

    Friday's championship celebration downtown was another reminder of just how far the Blackhawks have come from the bad old days. Credit the resurrection not to witchcraft but to Wirtzcraft ... Rocky Wirtz's, that is.


    Blackhawks parade perfect ending to perfect series

    The Blackhawks threw a spectacular party Friday in Chicago, a party that could have just as easily taken place in Boston for the Bruins. That’s how close the Stanley Cup Final was, and how different it could have been.


    Montini wins Red Grange 7-on-7 Classic

    Montini’s football program knows a little something about winning championships.Topping the field at this week’s Red Grange 7-on-7 Classic proved to be no different.

    Associated Press The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday, June 28, 2013, to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping.

    Armstrong: I’m still record Tour de France winner

    The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling’s showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn’t have won without doping. Armstrong told Le Monde newspaper he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour victories, even though all seven of his titles were stripped from him last year for doping.


    Bulls draft capsules
    Tony SnellCollege: New MexicoHeight: 6-feet-7; Weight: 198 poundsPosition: SG; Class: Jr.; Hometown: Riverside, Calif.Bio: Averaged 12.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds during his junior year at New Mexico, while shooting .390 from 3-point range and .843 at the foul line. ... Snell has a smooth shooting stroke and is billed as an outstanding individual defender. ... The Bulls like long defenders on the perimeter and Snell’s wingspan was measured at 6-11½ at the draft combine. He had a decent vertical leap of 36.5 inches. ... Snell was a high school teammate of Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard at Riverside King and played with San Diego State star Jamaal Franklin in prep school.Erik MurphyCollege: FloridaHeight: 6-feet-10; Weight: 240 poundsPosition: PF; Class: Sr.; Hometown: South Kingstown, R.I.Bio: Averaged 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds last season at Florida, while shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range. ... He went 10-for-10 from the field early last year against Wisconsin and scored 24 points, then finished his career with an 0-for-11 effort against Michigan in the regional final. ... He comes from a basketball family. Father Jay Murphy played at Boston College and spent four seasons in the NBA with the L.A. Clippers and Washington. His mother, Paivi, played for the Finland national team. Erik was born in Lyon, France, while his father played professionally in Europe.— Compiled by Mike McGraw


    Garnett, Pierce on way out on night of NBA draft

    The names that Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge didn’t mention said all anyone needed to know about how he views the team’s future. After trading up three spots to get Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk in the NBA draft on Thursday night, Ainge described him as a complementary player who will fit in well with Rajon Rondo, Avery Johnson and Jeff Green.

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, here congratulating center Dave Bolland after winning the Stanley Cup in Boston, deserves a lot of credit for the title run.

    Quenneville, Bowman deserve the kudos

    Mike North shares some of random thoughts and observations about the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the below-average shortstop talent in town, the shrewdness of Maywood native Doc Rivers, and the quick action of the New England Patriots in releasing Aaron Hernandez.


    Valley Meat Co., which has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses.

    Fed officials approve horse slaughterhouse

    The company has been fighting for the permit for than a year, sparking an emotional debate over whether horses are livestock or domestic companions.The decision comes more than six months after Valley Meat Co. sued the USDA, accusing it of intentionally delaying the process because the Obama administration opposes horse slaughter.

    Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Three congressional committees are investigating the IRS treatment of conservative groups, as is the Justice Department and the new leaders of the IRS itself.

    House panel pressing IRS figure to talk

    The Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a 22-17 party line vote, ruled that Lois Lerner, who headed the division that oversaw nonprofits, had forfeited her right to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions when she appeared before the panel on May 22.

    Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion, introduces the BlackBerry Z10, in New York. Research in Motion Ltd. stock dropped nearly 30 percent in trading Friday.

    Stocks fall in quiet end to bumpy month

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended its bumpy ride in June down 1.5 percent, the first monthly loss since October. The index still had its best first half of a year since 1998.

    Dan Schaefer, director of nutrient stewardship with the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, takes a soil sample to test nitrogen in the soil on a farm near Lexington.

    Illinois farmers test soil for nitrogen

    A group of scientists is working with Central Illinois farmers to reduce wasted nutrients and maximize crop yields, and it all comes down to how much nitrogen is in a few pellets of dirt. The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, a coalition of agricultural businesses and organizations, is reaching out to farmers throughout Illinois for its N-WATCH program.

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding organizations sponsoring fireworks shows to make sure their vendors have the right licenses and certificates.

    Fireworks license required for Illinois shows

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding organizations sponsoring fireworks shows to make sure their vendors have the right licenses and certificates. The Illinois Explosives Act requires those who purchase and use fireworks to have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate from the department.

    “This type of litigation undercuts the purpose of the patent system and exploits the fact that public agencies are at a disadvantage in defending themselves,” said U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, the state’s senior member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Public transit agencies deride ‘patent trolls’

    Public transit agencies nationwide are being targeted with questionable lawsuits by so-called patent trolls squeezing settlements out of financially strapped public entities unable to mount legal defenses against claims they are infringing on intellectual property protections, industry representatives said Thursday.

    Pensions Conference Committee Chairman State Sen. Kwame Raoul, right and State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, left, join members of a bipartisan committee of Illinois lawmakers in questioning Ty Fahner, head of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, during its first public pension hearing Thursday.

    Pension panel’s 1st hearing has familiar testimony

    Members of the bipartisan panel charged with drafting a solution to Illinois’ monstrous pension problem began their odyssey Thursday with hours of familiar testimony about the nearly $100 billion crisis and faint hints that compromise might still be possible after repeated stalemates at the state Capitol. The committee’s members said they were dedicated to finding common ground, but most didn’t seem optimistic that they would meet Gov. Pat Quinn’s July 9 deadline for coming up with a proposal.

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office filed the lawsuit Thursday against Rafael Martinez, who operates Chicago-based Abiel Construction Co.

    AG accuses Chicago home repair company of fraud
    Illinois’ attorney general is suing a home repair company for allegedly cheating Chicago-area residents out of more than $58,000. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office filed the lawsuit Thursday against Rafael Martinez, who operates Chicago-based Abiel Construction Co.

    Roads around Champaign may get a little crowded this weekend and with just one kind of car. The city is hosting the 40th Bloomington Gold Corvette event Friday through Sunday and is expected to attract 3,500 ‘Vettes plus 35,000 spectators.

    Thousands of Corvettes expected at Champaign event

    Roads around Champaign may get a little crowded this weekend and with just one kind of car. The city is hosting the 40th Bloomington Gold Corvette event Friday through Sunday and is expected to attract 3,500 ‘Vettes plus 35,000 spectators. The show will be at the newly renamed State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus.

Life & Entertainment

    See Sleepy Hollow's Fourth of July fireworks at dusk Thursday, July 4, at Sabatino Park.

    Fireworks displays ready to light up suburban skies

    Colorful fireworks will light up Chicago-area skies as local towns celebrate Independence Day in the coming days (and nights). Here is the Daily Herald's guide to upcoming fireworks shows.

    Dave Mustaine and Megadeth will play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Tuesday, July 9.

    Mustaine muses over music, Megadeth and the mysteries of the universe

    Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine, who comes to Rosemont on July 9, talks about how faith and science influenced his new record, "Super Collider," and why some people just don't get it. “People ask me, because they know I'm a Christian: 'Well, isn't it kind of hypocritical your song's about the super collider?' And I say, 'You know what, man? I don't know. Maybe God created the big bang to create the world. I don't know. I don't care. I mean, I'm here,” said the famed thrash-metal pioneer.

    Radio show host Garrison Keillor speaks in his Prairie Home Productions office in St. Paul, Minn. Keillor kicks off his 26-city “Radio Romance Tour” July 8 in Spokane, Wash. The shows will offer more than two hours of duet singing, plus Keillor's Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

    Keillor plans 26-city 'Radio Romance Tour'

    Humorist Garrison Keillor won't be taking a summer vacation. Instead, the creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” kicks off a 26-city “Radio Romance Tour 2013” next month.

    A mounted Confederate re-enactor takes part in a demonstration of a battle during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa.

    Damaged Gettysburg statue returns for anniversary

    A statue of a Union soldier on the Gettysburg battlefield damaged by high winds is back on its post in time for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the pivotal battle of the American Civil War. About 200,000 people are expected to visit this crossroads town in south-central Pennsylvania over a 10-day period starting Friday to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place July 1-3, 1863. The schedule is chock-full of re-enactments and battlefield tours, plus the National Park Service’s official commemorative ceremony on Sunday night featuring historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.


    Using a reverse mortgage to avoid impoverishment: first of two

    Retirement has become a frightening prospect for millions of Americans who haven’t made adequate financial preparation for it, yet face the likelihood of living much longer than any prior generation of retirees. The Center For Retirement Research at Boston College reports that more than half of all households will not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement.

    Your mantel display is the eye-catching focal point of the room, so trick it up for the season.

    Fast summer mantel makeovers

    Celebrate the season by giving your mantel a 15-minute summer makeover. Your mantel display is the eye-catching focal point of the room, so trick it up for the season. But don't spend much time.


    Why the lawyer for a cash purchase?

    Q. I haven’t bought a house before, but I want to buy one now. I would be paying cash for the house. Everyone seems to mention having an attorney handle the purchase. Is this always necessary, even if the property is owned by a bank?


    Preparing your home for summer storms

    We’ve certainly seen some severe storm damage around our country this spring. You can’t fool Mother Nature, but you can do a lot of things to protect your property from some of the damage.


    Water in forced air heating ducts

    Q. We have an old forced air heating system, with the air ducts in the ground below the slab floor. Every year, during the rainy season, the ducts become half filled with water. Sometimes the air from these ducts smells moldy, and my kids’ allergies always get worse when this happens. We’ve tried using bleach to kill the mold, but this just makes things smell worse. We’ve tried pumping the water from the ducts, but they just fill up again. What can we do to solve this problem? Should we install a new heating system with air ducts in the ceiling, or should we keep the old furnace and just install new ducts? Please help!


    Another pitfall of student debt

    They’re not yet an endangered species, but their steadily diminishing presence has some real estate analysts worried: First-time buyers are missing in action in housing markets across the country.


    Corporate ‘relo’ homes can be good bargains

    [No PHomes that are offered by sellers who are transferring to a new job can be a great deal, but buyers must be prepared to close the deal quickly.

    A variegated maidenhair grass is lovely when backlit by the setting sun.

    Art in the garden: Ornamental grasses add texture to the garden

    Ornamental grasses offer fine texture while adding bold presence to the landscape. They can be used as accent plants in mixed borders or as backdrops for perennials. Some grasses are lovely edging a pathway while others are useful to cover a slope.

    A Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber), right, must confront his own family's demons when his gangster father (Jon Voight) is unexpectedly released from prison in “Ray Donovan,” premiering Sunday, June 30, on Showtime.

    Family dynamics key to Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'

    Liev Schreiber makes the move to television as Showtime's “Ray Donovan,” a two-fisted “fixer” in Los Angeles cleaning up the messes of out-of-control celebrities, superstar athletes and business executives. At the same time, Donovan is also trying to protect his wife and children from his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), who unexpectedly gets out of prison in Boston and lands on his son's doorstep.

    Modern Day Romeos will play an extended set at the Northwest Fourth Fest, Thursday, July 4, in Hoffman Estates.

    Five for the Fourth: Fireworks with a side of music

    John Philip Sousa reigns supreme on the Fourth of July, but marches and Lee Greenwood aren't all you should be hearing this holiday weekend. The suburbs are teeming with musical events to commemorate this most patriotic of holidays.

    Alitalia airline hostess Gabriella (Dina DiCostanzo) lays claim to her fiance, Stef Tovar's commitment-averse Bernard, in “Boeing-Boeing,” a 1960s French farce running through Aug. 4 at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    'Boeing' journey uneventful, but the service is top-flight

    For a highflying farce “Boeing Boeing,” currently in a revival at Oak Brook's Drury Lane Theatre, spends a lot of time taxiing along the tarmac. In fact, French playwright Marc Camoletti's comedy really doesn't take off until late in the first act, when the slapstick that fuels the superior second act of this 1962 sexcapade finally kicks in.


    Hezekiah Walker hits mark with new album

    It seems like a celebration of faithful endurance on Hezekiah Walker’s 14th album, “Azusa: The Next Generation.” The Grammy- and Stellar Award-winning singer, along with the famed Love Fellowship Choir, has put together a collection of uplifting praise and worship songs that should please the soul.

    George Benson, “Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole”

    Benson’s vocals stand out on Cole tribute

    Just how much Nat King Cole inspired George Benson is evident on the opening track of “Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole” — a 1951 recording of an 8-year-old Benson singing “Mona Lisa,” accompanying himself on ukulele.


    Theater events: Michael Shannon returns home for 'Simpatico'

    Aurora's Comedy Shrine presents the dark comedy "The Exit Interview" and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon returns to A Red Orchid Theatre in "Simpatico" this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Gaby Moe makes the rounds on the outdoor deck at Bandito Barney’s in East Dundee.

    Outdoor patios make dinner and drinks something special

    After a wet and chilly spring, the all-too-short summer patio season is finally here. Make the most of it by taking in the great views at suburban spots known for their outdoor spaces, where you can enjoy the weather while eating, drinking, watching sports, listening to live music and playing outdoor games.

    Michael C. Hall returns Sunday night for the final season of “Dexter,” Showtime's hit series about a forensics expert-turned-serial killer.

    Have a killer weekend with 'Dexter'

    Dexter Morgan, the forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer, returns to television this Sunday for a final season of bloodshed. And if that doesn't do it for you "Dexter" fans, there's even a mobile game, “Dexter The Game 2,” available for iOS devices for 99 cents. Plus, Sean previews two new magical apps, a classic game now available on PS Vita and a sci-fi thriller that you can see before it's in theaters.

    This view along Thackeray Lane shows the tree-lined streets found in Fox River Grove’s Foxmoor neighborhood.

    Foxmoor subdivision is a hidden gem

    When Ryan and Susan Bauer sought a home in a laid-back, natural setting, their treasure awaited within the rolling hills of the Foxmoor subdivision in Fox River Grove. “We really found a gem here,” Ryan Bauer said. “We see deer almost every day, and our house backs up to Foxmoor Park where they have baseball and soccer fields."



    Editorial: The FCC’s research of critical information needs

    A Daily Herald editorial says an FCC study of news availability in local communities is a development to welcome, not condemn.


    Everybody’s a comedian, but some things just aren’t funny

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: When it comes to knock-knock jokes, it helps to be 5 years old.


    We need leaders to fight corruption
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Mr. Lerman’s letter (June 17), while trying to prove more corruption in the Reagan administration as compared to President Obama’s, doesn’t give all the facts. Investigation and indictment aren’t convictions — does the IRS investigation into Tea Party and Christian organizations, or the NSA investigation into millions of U.S. citizens, ring a bell for Mr. Lerman?


    Hold elected officials accountable
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: A democracy requires that intelligent voters select good candidates to represent them if they want good government. When the legislators know that the voters are watching and holding them accountable, we will then get honest and more efficient government.


    Lower voting age only for those in military
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I agree that young people who are old enough to fight for their country should be able to vote. So let’s compromise.


    Outrage at Paula Deen is misplaced
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Recently Paula Deen lost her job because sometime in the past she used the N word and spoke of hiring black men as waiters at a function, etc. Paula Deen has not committed a crime. Nothing she has said or done is serious enough for this strong reaction. Several people in authority have said offensive things about one group or another and nothing has happened to them.


    Government gave Cheney a heart
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Who says that government-provided health insurance isn’t any good? It gave Dick Cheney a heart, didn’t it?


    New exemption: Average taxpayer
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: As we learn more about the scandal at the IRS. we have also learned that a 501 is not a new pair of Levi jeans; it is a section in the tax code that governs tax exemption status for: 501(c) (3); Religious, charitable, scientific and educational. 501(c) (4) Social Welfare (whatever that is). 501 (c) (5); Labor, agriculture, and 501 (c) (6) Business leagues, chambers of commerce.


    What Obama meant by transparency
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: When President Obama promised us the most transparent government ever he wasn’t talking about the citizens seeing the government — he was talking about the government seeing us.


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