Daily Archive : Wednesday July 3, 2013


    A drive will begin Sunday to raise money for a digital system to play taps at dusk every evening at Veterans Memorial Park in Glendale Heights.

    Glendale Heights VFW pushing for automated playing of taps at veterans park

    The solemn sounds of taps soon will be heard when the sun sets each evening at Glendale Heights' Veterans Memorial Park, though a bugler will be nowhere in sight. Glendale Heights VFW Post 2377 will launch a fundraising drive Sunday to pay for an automated digital system. “Playing taps will add to the ambience and solemn feeling about what the park is all about when you're there at...


    Work set to begin this fall on new Round Lake park

    Work is set to begin this fall on a new neighborhood park in Round Lake, park officials said. Shaw Park will be built on land donated by a now-disbanded homeowner’s group in the Shaw subdivision. The site is on Fairfield Road, north of Rollins Road.


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    Jeanne Ives

    Where is your town hiding its salary report?

    Of all the information available on a municipality's website, salary details for most department heads should be one of the easiest things to find. After all, a state law dictates that current compensation records for highly paid employees “must” be posted online. So why are the reports so hard to find? “There was an absence of guidance in that regard from the...


    Health, history, magic and Greece coming to library

    Whether you are confused by Medicare, interested in Abraham Lincoln, fascinated by the world of magic or captivated by Greece, there is a program for you coming to the Schaumburg Township District Library.

    Two people are trying to persuade Kane County to let them buy Blackjack’s Gentlemen’s Club, now owned by imprisoned felons and now allowed to let women pose completely nude. The would-be buyers would partially clothe the women.

    Felons shouldn’t own Blackjacks strip club, group tells Kane board

    Now that the current owners of Blackjacks Gentlemen’s Club are behind bars, a group is hoping the idea of convicted felons still getting paid for exhibiting fully nude 18-year-olds has enough of a yuck factor to let the purchase go through this time. “The problem is we could have convicted felons running a business from a federal penitentiary,” Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen...

    People enjoy the fireworks show Wednesday night at Cook Park in Wauconda.

    Images: Wednesday Festivals
    Images of Holiday festivals around the suburbs on Wednesday, including Frontier Days in Arlington Heights, Ribfest in Naperville, fireworks in Wauconda, and much more.


    Plan would make tuition free at Oregon colleges

    The Oregon legislature this week approved an idea that might ease the economic dread for future philosophy and art history majors. The concept — called Pay It Forward — calls for students to attend public universities tuition free and loan free. In exchange, students would have 3 percent deducted from their post-graduation paychecks for about a quarter-century. The money would go into a fund to...


    Johnsburg man who found $150K in garden dies

    A Johnsburg man who found $150,000 cash in his vegetable garden and informed the authorities has died, with competing claims for the money still unresolved. Wayne Sabaj, died Monday after apparently experiencing a diabetic problem, said his lawyer, Robert Burke. Efforts to revive him failed.

    Egyptian police special forces stand guard beside an armored vehicle, protecting a bridge between Tahrir Square and Cairo University, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters have gathered, in Giza, Egypt, Wednesday.

    Egypt army ousts Morsi, who decries ‘coup’

    Egypt’s military has ousted the nation’s Islamist president, replacing him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, calling for early presidential election and suspending the Islamist-backed constitution.

    Marissa Dub

    Streamwood woman mauled by tiger to start rehab

    Marissa Dub, the 2008 Streamwood High School graduate mauled by a tiger June 21 at an Indiana exotic animal sanctuary, is expected to begin inpatient rehabilitation next week. The progress of Dub’s recovery was reported Wednesday by the staff at another Indiana animal sanctuary where she’d previously interned.

    Savah Blume, 6, of Palatine waves to her brother, Kevin, 9, and her mother, Julie, as she rides the helicopter Wednesday, the opening day of Palatine Jaycees’ 56th annual Hometown Fest.

    Palatine kicks off 56th annual Hometown Fest

    Rain couldn’t keep people away from the opening of Palatine’s 56th annual Hometown Fest. Families instead waited in cars for the rain to stop outside Community Park before 2:30 p.m., when the fest’s special needs carnival began. “(The rain) stopped at like 2:27 p.m., and everyone just came out of their cars and flooded in,” said Jennifer Iannuzzelli, a volunteer with the Palatine Jaycees.

    Rib vendor Edward Jacobs of Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co. shows his Cleveland barbecue to Ribfest Chairman Marty Walker on Wednesday during the opening day of the Naperville Exchange Club’s 26th annual Ribfest at Knoch Park.

    Visitors stake out spots for Naperville Ribfest’s first night

    Naperville Exchange Club’s 26th annual Ribfest opened Wednesday in Knoch Park to high hopes of tasty barbecue, great bands, pleasant weather and plenty of proceeds raised for charities chosen for their work to end child abuse and domestic violence. “This is what my 4-year-old chose for her birthday party,” an Oklahoman said about Thursday’s headlining concert by Styx. “We traveled almost 700...


    Illinois investigating listeria outbreak

    The Illinois Department of Public Health said Wednesday that cheese has been linked to a multistate outbreak of listeria. Specifically state officials are asking consumers to dispose of Les Freres cheese made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese of Wisconsin.


    Aurora World War II veteran tries to return flag

    A 91-year old World War II veteran from Aurora got help Tuesday with his effort to return a flag he removed from the body of a Japanese soldier nearly 70 years ago.

    State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, is the chairman of a legislative committee working to forge a compromise on Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis.

    Pension panel to study university proposal

    The leaders of a legislative committee trying to forge a compromise on Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis said Wednesday a plan proposed by colleges and universities provides an “attractive framework” for reform and they want to study it further. Committee Chairman Sen. Kwame Raoul and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Elaine Nekritz said they want to analyze how much such a plan — with some “tweaks” they...

    Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, center, enters his plane at Vienna’s Schwechat airport, Wednesday. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday.

    Bolivia plane incident infuriates Latin America

    The European rerouting of the Bolivian presidential plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard ignited outrage Wednesday among Latin American leaders who called it a stunning violation of national sovereignty and disrespect for the region.

    Former Gov. George Ryan had been under home confimenent since January.

    Early independence day for former Gov. Ryan

    After former Gov. George Ryan secured his release from home confinement Wednesday, a day earlier than planned, one of his first acts as an officially free man was to do something mundane for most: He went to the barbershop for a haircut. “I feel wonderful,” Ryan said. “Freedom’s a great thing, and I’m glad I got mine back.”

    Concerts with high-profile acts have become a big draw at summer festivals like Ribfest in Naperville.

    Top rock acts a big part of July Fourth festivals in suburbs

    The Fourth of July holiday is starting to feel a bit like Christmas to suburban music fans. Live music has become a key component of local summer festivals, and this week fans will be able to see a variety of acts: Slash, Thompson Square, Rick Springfield, Bret Michaels and even a band made up of former Chicago Bears.

    Antuoine Adams

    Two charged with armed robbery in Lombard

    Two Chicago men have been charged with the armed robbery of a Radio Shack store near Lombard — one of several similar robberies they are suspected of committing in Chicago and the suburbs, authorities said Wednesday.


    West Chicago teen charged in gang-related shooting

    A DuPage County judge set bail Wednesday at $500,000 for a West Chicago teen accused of shooting a man in the shoulder during a gang-related confrontation. Juan Calderon, 15, of the 1900 block of Gates Street, has been charged as an adult with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

    James Kearns

    Grafton Township no longer embroiled in lawsuits

    Grafton Township can finally celebrate its freedom from a litany of lawsuits. Monday, the Second District Appellate Court dismissed the last of the three lawsuits that involved former Supervisor Linda Moore.

    Chad A. Coe

    Authorities: West Dundee youth minister had sex with minor

    A 31-year-old youth minister at a West Dundee church has been charged with having sex with a minor. Chad A. Coe, of Elgin, was arrested Tuesday night and faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's Office. Coe, director of youth ministry at First Congregational Church of Dundee, was arrested after the youth's mother alerted authorities. He is...

    Elgin Fire Department Lt. Bob Bedard, far right, explains the inner workings of a fire truck to the Chile delegation Wednesday at the Big Timber Road station. A delegation of six people from Chile arrived in Elgin on Tuesday and will stay through Monday.

    Elgin’s sister city from Cauquenes staying through Monday

    Chileans from Elgin's sister city are in town this week, will take part in the July 4 parade, visit with Elgin leaders, see various sites in the city, and work in a trip to Chicago before leaving Monday.

    Erik Youngman

    Several administrative moves expected in Libertyville Elementary District 70

    School is out for the summer, but there have been several administrative changes in Libertyville Elementary District 70, including the appointment of Erik Youngman as director of curriculum and instruction.


    VooDoo A Go-Go cancer benefit on Saturday

    The VooDoo A-Go-Go Show, featuring hundreds of custom, hot rod, muscle cars and motorcycles will benefit the American Cancer Society from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Volo Auto Museum grounds, 27582 Volo Village Road.

    James Ealy

    Ealy sentencing in September

    James Ealy will have to wait a while for his sentence for the 2006 slaying a woman who managed him at a Lindenhurst Burger King.


    Grayslake library offers free events for youth

    The Grayslake Area Public Library will host various free events for young children in late July and early August, including simple yoga and music and dance classes.


    2 arrested in Waukegan burglary

    Two teens were arrested Sunday and charged with trying to steal copper pipe from a construction area at Glen Flora School in Waukegan, police said.

    Alex Clifford

    Lawmakers set hearing over Metra severance

    The day after Regional Transit Authority officials plan to question Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran about a $442,000 severance package for the former Metra CEO, state lawmakers also will try to pry answers out of the commuter rail agency’s board.


    Batavia fireworks show set for full BOOM!

    Batavia's fireworks show, which was in danger of being canceled earlier this year, will be the same length and quality crowds have come to expect. The organizing committee managed to raise more than $40,000 this spring to pay for the explosions, stage rental and other costs of the event.

    Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan on Saturday left with more than that burrito they wanted — $3,600 in cash mistakenly passed to them by an employee.

    Taco Bell customers get cash instead of food

    That was no burrito. Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan got something more valuable: $3,600 in cash.


    Save Buffalo Grove holding TIF meeting

    Save Buffalo Grove, a grass-roots group of residents concerned about the proposed downtown Buffalo Grove development, will host an informational community meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Village Tavern and Grille, 48 Raupp Blvd.


    Dist. 15 touts progress among English-language learners

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials have reason to believe their approach to English-language learners is working. A recent report shows more students are eligible to “exit” their second-language program in 2013 compared to the previous two years. “We were just thrilled,” Assistant Superintendent Mary Zarr said.

    Evan A. Staron

    Antioch man held on predatory sexual assault charges

    A 27-year-old Antioch man remain jailed Wednesday on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Evan A. Staron, of the 27000 block of Grass Lake Road, was held on $100,000 bail in the McHenry County jail.


    Schaumburg-area clergy holding gun turn-in event

    The Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Clergy Association will host a Gun Turn In event to reduce the number of unwanted or unnecessary firearms in the community. “The idea is to take a gun that is no longer needed out of a house,” said Deacon Mike Enger of Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg. “Nobody’s talking about taking guns away or anything like that.”

    Chicago Alderman Richard Mell’s resignation is effective July 24.

    Veteran Chicago alderman retiring

    Influential Chicago Alderman Dick Mell is retiring after nearly 40 years. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he has accepted the 74-year-old Mell’s resignation and that it takes effect on July 24.

    Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill into law expanding voting rights to some 17-year-olds. Wednesday’s bill signing was at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Quinn at Stevenson High to sign law expanding voting rights to more teens

    Seventeen-year-olds who turn 18 before the November 2014 general election will be able to vote in the March primary, thanks to legislation enacted Wednesday. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law, dubbed “Suffrage at 17” by its champions, at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Stevenson teacher Andrew Conneen and many of his students have lobbied for the proposal for years.

    Bartlett officials discussed plans Tuesday to continue eliminating trees in the village that are affected by the emerald ash borer.

    Combating emerald ash borer will cost Bartlett $1.3M

    Bartlett officials said Tuesday that dry weather conditions last year quickened the decline of trees in the village infested by the emerald ash borer, resulting in the need for more funding to combat the bug. The village board will decide at an upcoming meeting whether to move forward with the removal and replanting of 3,000 trees at a total cost of approximately $1.3 million over several years.


    Northbound Route 53 closed near Higgins Road

    All four lanes of Route 53 northbound near Higgins Road are closed as emergency crews clean up from an earlier truck fire, officials said. Illinois State Police responded to a truck fire around 10:05 a.m., which took about 25 minutes to extinguish, police said.

    Deanna Nolan

    Two charged in iPhone robbery near Lisle park

    A Lisle woman and her stepbrother have been charged with robbing a man after he let them use his iPhone. Apparently, Deanna Nolan and Deshun Owens liked the phone so much, they decided to take it from the 22-year-old victim by force, police said Wednesday.

    Hot air balloons at Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival never left the ground Wednesday morning because of a low cloud cover. They were, however, inflated so spectators could enjoy the colors and shapes.

    Clouds keep eager balloonists grounded at Lisle's Eyes

    Some people sail boats, some people ride motorcycles, some like to run like Forrest Gump. Jerry Copas pilots hot air balloons. Copas has been flying balloons for more than 30 years, traveling the country and the world, floating, lighter than air, across the sky in brightly colored craft advertising all sorts of different companies.


    Antioch Rescue Squad in hot water over advertising

    The village of Antioch and the Antioch Rescue Squad, which recently severed a relationship after 73 years again are at odds. The village issued a cease and desist order involving what it said were misleading and illegal claims involving emergency service.


    Five hospitalized, woman airlifted in McHenry crash

    Five people were hospitalized, including a woman who had to be airlifted, after a two-car crash on Tuesday in unincorporated McHenry Township. The McHenry Township Fire Protection District, Spring Grove Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff's officials responded to a crash at Miller and Spring Grove Roads at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a news release.

    Timothy J. Stehle

    Villa Park man indicted on child solicitation charges

    A Villa Park man has been formally indicted on charges he solicited sex from an undercover cop who posed online as a 15-year-old girl, authorities said Wednesday. Timothy Stehle, 45, of the 500 block of North Iowa Avenue, faces separate counts of indecent solicitation of a child, solicitation to meet a child, grooming and traveling to meet a minor.


    Wood Dale gets grant to buy flood-prone properties

    Wood Dale is able to buy five residential properties regularly flooded by Salt Creek now that the city has been awarded a nearly $1.1 million grant from the federal government.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 45-year-old Arlington Heights man was arrested around 8:50 a.m. June 29 outside his condominium complex and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Police accuse him of threatening four landscapers with a samurai-style sword.

    George Zimmerman, right, talks with his attorneys Mark O'Mara, left, and Don West, center, during a recess on the 17th day of Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

    Prosecutors will be allowed to present evidence about George Zimmerman's work in a college criminal justice course, which they say shows the neighborhood watch volunteer knew about Florida's self-defense law and had aspirations of becoming a police officer. Zimmerman had maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he did not know about the law.

    Belgian King Albert has unexpectedly announced that he will step down in favor of his son, Crown Prince Philippe. on July 21, 2013. The move had been rumored for weeks and will end nearly two decades of steady reign over a fractious kingdom, one which has been increasingly torn apart by political strife between northern Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking southern Wallonia.

    Belgian king to abdicate in favor of crown prince

    Belgium’s King Albert announced Wednesday that he will abdicate in favor of Crown Prince Philippe on July 21, the country’s independence day holiday. The move had been rumored for weeks and will end nearly two decades of steady reign over a fractious kingdom. Frail at 79, King Albert will be handing over the throne to his son Philippe, who is 53.

    Firefighter Brendan McDonough embraces a mourner near the end of a candlelight vigil in Prescott, Ariz. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. McDonough was the sole survivor of the 20-man Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew after an out-of-control blaze killed the 19 on Sunday near Yarnell, Ariz.

    Arizona fire investigators look at what went wrong

    Three days after 19 firefighters perished in a wildfire, questions over what exactly went wrong loomed largest. Investigators will be examining radio logs, the site and weather reports. Only one member of the crew survived. He was on a hilltop serving as a lookout and warned his crew that the weather was changing rapidly, and that the fire had changed directions because of strong, erratic winds.

    Marion Ruthig, left, founder of I Support Community with IdaLynn Wenhold, executive director of KidsMatter in Naperville, one of the charities featured on the I Support Community website.

    Nonprofit celebrates anniversary with Cause-A-Palooza

    Naperville resident Marion Ruthig, who founded I Support Community one year ago to connect peope with nonprofits who need their support through a website, holds a fundraiser on July 11.


    Trimming a feline’s nails takes patience and persistence
    Have you been avoiding trimming your felines claws? Have you delegated the task to someone else or a groomer? Now is the time for you to establish a routine with your feline, so that trimming is a welcome experience for both of you.


    Cary waives building permit fees in flood-damaged areas

    As Cary enters the aftermath of regrouping from a flood that damaged 37 homes, the village board took another step Tuesday night toward making life easier for the affected people.The village board agreed to waive future building permit fees for the properties affected by the June 26 storm that officials say dumped more than six inches of rain on the village in about two hours.

    The American flag starts the festivities at Elgin’s Fourth of July parade.

    Make memories at Fox Valley Fourth of July fests

    When Galen Thomas signed on to help organize and promote Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July festival, he knew he was charged with a lofty task. "Making a memory is realy important,” Thomas said. “As a father and a husband, I try to do things to help kids have great memories of childhood, and this kind of event ... people will reflect on this the rest of their lives.”

    A pedestrian walks across the bridge over Higgins Road through Busse Woods just west of Arlington Heights Road. Construction starts July 8 on a bridge just east of Route 53 that will closely resemble this one.

    Higgins Road bike bridge construction starts Monday

    Construction will begin this Monday on the long-awaited bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Higgins Road in Busse Woods just east of Route 53. And perhaps equally welcome news to the bike trail's many summertime users is that they won't be affected by the construction — if at all — until its very last stage next winter.


    CBO: Senate bill reduces illegal immigration more

    The Congressional Budget Office says an immigration bill passed by the Senate would cut illegal immigration by one-third to one-half beyond what would happen under existing law. That’s a significantly greater reduction than the budget office said would have resulted from an earlier version of the bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have cut illegal immigration only 25...

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Leilani and Dale Neumann, who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their 11-year-old daughter Madeline Kara Neumann died in front of them, were properly convicted of homicide. Their daughter died of undiagnosed diabetes in March 2008.

    Court upholds parents’ convictions in prayer death

    A mother and father who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died in front of them were properly convicted of homicide, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Eleven-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of undiagnosed diabetes in 2008 in central Wisconsin. Prosecutors said her parents ignored obvious symptoms of severe illness.

    Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, during arraignment. Since Hernandez was arrested last week in the shooting death of a friend whose body was found a mile away from his home, a portrait has emerged of a man whose life away from the field included frequent connections with police-related incidents that started as long ago as his freshman year at the University of Florida.

    Before arrest, Hernandez no stranger to violence

    When Aaron Hernandez first went before a judge to face a murder charge, a defense attorney said the former New England Patriots tight end had never been accused of a violent crime. But Hernandez is apparently no stranger to violence. Since he was arrested last week in the shooting death of a friend whose body was found a mile away from Hernandez’s home, a portrait has emerged of a man whose life...

    Ariel Castro is led back to jail after a hearing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Castro is accused of holding three women captive for nearly a decade.

    Cleveland kidnapping suspect competent for trial

    A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said the results of an examination of Ariel Castro last week showed that he is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

    Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zaziwe Diamini Manaway, right, arrives with other relatives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Former President Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

    Court orders return of Mandela children’s bodies

    A South African court ruled Wednesday that Nelson Mandela’s grandson must return the bodies of the former president’s three deceased children to their original burial site. The court ruled against grandson Mandla Mandela, who moved the bodies of three Mandela children in 2011 from Mandela’s hometown in Qunu to his birthplace of Mvezo, about 15 miles away.

    Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are laying out their plans on Wednesday to the general assembly of the International Olympic Committee, the first time they have made presentations directly to the electorate.

    2020 Olympic bid cities make case to IOC members

    The three cities vying to host the 2020 Olympics are making their pitches to IOC members, hoping to seize the momentum in the final two months before the vote. On Wednesday, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo were laying out their plans to the general assembly of the International Olympic Committee, the first time they have made presentations directly to the electorate.


    Chechen rebel calls for attacks on Sochi Games

    A leading Chechen rebel on Wednesday called on Islamist militants in Russia’s North Caucasus to disrupt the upcoming Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, reversing his previous appeal not to target civilians in the region. Sochi is hosting the Winter Olympics in February in what has been described as President Vladimir Putin’s pet project. The overall bill for the games stands at $51...

    Anti-government protesters gathered in Tahrir (Liberation) Square in 2011 watch a screen showing U.S. President Barack Obama live on a TV broadcast from Washington, speaking about the situation in Egypt.

    Obama leery of intervention in Mideast

    From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves. President Barack Obama has long made it clear that he favors a foreign policy of consultation and negotiation, but not intervention. And he appears determined not to deviate this week even to help reverse turbulence in Egypt, one of the...


    Elgin TIF revenues down, general fund reserves healthy

    The city of Elgin is getting less than anticipated in tax increment district financing revenues this year, which means the city council will decide how, and if, to fund certain downtown projectsin 2014, Elgin CFO Collen Lavery said. Also, Elgin should increase its fire and police pension contributions, Lavery said, a move she hopes will happen sooner rather than later. The good news is that...

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Flood waters bubble up from a drain causing flooding along Arlington Heights Road south of Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday.

    Suburban weather extremes keep rewriting record books

    Wettest year. Hottest spring. Regular floods. These past few years, the Chicago area has broken many weather records. And such wild weather swings are expected to continue, experts say. “We get these patterns now that tend to lock in over long periods of time,” said Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. So when it rains, it rains a lot. When...

    Roger Leone stands on the Eyes to the Skies main stage in Lisle’s Community Park. Leone, an Eyes to the Skies Committee member, is in charge of logistics and layout for the annual hot air balloon festival that opens Wednesday.

    Volunteers help Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies take flight

    Tens of thousands of people come each year to Lisle's Eyes to the Skies festival each year to enjoy the hot air balloons, fireworks, music, carnival, crafts and food. For Roger Leone, who handles logistics and layout on the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Committee, the best moments are the setup and seeing it all come together.

    Pro-abortion rights supporter Yatzel Sabat, left, and anti-abortion protester Amanda Reed demonstrate at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday July 2, 2013. Texas Republicans voted early Wednesday to move forward with new abortion restrictions, after limiting testimony at a public hearing, refusing to consider Democratic amendments and imposing strict security precautions to prevent disruptions from protesting abortion-rights supporters.

    Texas House committee approves abortion rules

    Texas Republicans voted early Wednesday to move forward with new abortion restrictions, after limiting testimony at a public hearing, refusing to consider Democratic amendments and imposing strict security precautions to prevent disruptions from protesting abortion-rights supporters.

    Dan Wall, executive sous chef of the Lombard Weber Grill Restaurant, explains his grilling technique as Daily Herald subscribers are treated to “Grilling University,” a two-hour how-to accompanied by food and drinks at Weber Grill Restaurant in Schaumburg Tuesday.

    Dawn Patrol: Charges in double stabbing; Teachers get new contract

    Police: Elgin man ‘brutally’ stabbed woman, her boyfriend. Convicted Darien killer set for August sentencing. Northrop Grumman celebrates America Day. Lake Park teachers have a new contract. Premium subscribers attend "Grilling University." New law requires school shooting drills. Lake County treasurer says he won't seek relection. And Jim Thome is back with White Sox.


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    7 charged in multicounty drug bust

    Seven people face drug charges after a three-year long, multi-county investigation resulted in the indictments and the seizure of about 30 kilos of cocaine and heroin with a street value of millions of dollars, police say.


    Britain’s Marc Cavendish crosses the finish line ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Andre Greipel of Germany to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday in Marseille.

    At Tour de France, Cavendish edges toward legends

    Mark Cavendish will never be the greatest Tour de France rider, because he will never win the race five times like Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Frenchman Bernard Hinault. Still, the sprinter could outdo both those legends — by winning more stages at cycling’s premier race. By Cavendish’s warp-speed standards, his 24th stage win on Wednesday was a ride in the park.


    Add Konerko, Crain to list of disabled White Sox

    The White Sox aren't making excuses for their poor play in the first half of the season, but injuries have been a factor. On Wednesday, Paul Konerko (back) and Jesse Crain (shoulder) were the latest players to land on the disabled list.


    Boomers lose 3-0 lead, fall 6-5

    The Schaumburg Boomers jumped out to an early 3-0 Wednesday night only to see it dissolve into a 6-5 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners at Boomers Stadium.

    The Orioles’ Chris Davis celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Davis powers Orioles past White Sox

    Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis continued his American League MVP campaign against the White Sox Wednesday night. Davis hit his 32nd home run and upped his RBI total to a staggering 83 in the Orioles' 4-2 win.


    Musical chairs for Cubs’ pitching staff

    The Cubs' game of moving pitchers continued Wednesday as they welcomed relievers Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop and said goodbye to reliever Shawn Camp, who was designated for assignment after a rough first half of the season.

    The Chicago Fire celebrate Dilly Duka’s first-half goal in Wednesday night’s 3-2 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

    Fire continues on its hot streak

    The Blackhawks are busy showing off the Stanley Cup, the Cubs and White Sox are already looking to next year, the Bulls are on summer vacation and the Bears are still three weeks from the start of training camp. All that just means there’s a void in the Chicago sports scene for the Fire to fill, and the club did its best with Wednesday’s 3-2 victory San Jose at Toyota Park.


    Cougars fall 4-2 to close trip

    The Kane County Cougars (32-47, 2-11) tied the game twice Wednesday night but were unable to get the lead against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in a 4-2 loss at Fox Cities Stadium.

    Blackhawks player Brandon Bollig carries the Stanley Cup after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox-Orioles game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

    Davis hits 32nd homer, but Cup the biggest hit at Sox game

    Blackhawks players Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig brought the Stanley Cup to Wednesday night's Sox game against the Orioles. The championship mojo didn't transfer, however, as Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 32nd homer and added a tiebreaking two-run double to lead Baltimore to a 4-2 win.

    In this March 15, 2013 file photo, Butler coach Brad Stevens gives his team instruction March 15 during a timeout in a game against La Salle. The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that Stevens was hired as the team’s head coach.

    Boston takes chance on 36-year-old Butler coach

    With aging stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on their way to the Brooklyn Nets and Doc Rivers coaching the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics hired 36-year-old Brad Stevens from Butler as their next head coach Wednesday.


    Five veterans waived, more buyouts in NHL

    Wednesday proved to be a busy day for NHL teams, who scrambled to make subtractions and additions before the free-agent signing period opens at noon on Friday.

    Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy blocks a shot in front of goalie Corey Crawford during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.

    Nick Leddy back for more with Blackhawks

    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman tied up another loose end Wednesday by getting defenseman Nick Leddy's name on as new two-year contract. Leddy, 22, would have become a restricted free agent Friday. “Over the course of the past three seasons, Nick has shown continuous development, and we think he will be essential to our long-term success,” Bowman said.

    Deciding to be cautious with his knee rehab, Derrick Rose took on the role of cheerleader during the Bulls’ playoff run.

    Bulls’ Derrick Rose explains why he sat out season
    Derrick Rose was well-aware that most Bulls fans wanted him to return to the court late last season. During a video interview posted on bulls.com Wednesday, Rose talked more about why he chose to remain sidelined for the full season. “I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and knowing what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with,” he said.

    Guide Mike Mladenik displays a Menominee River smallmouth bass that was taken by a topwater lure.

    Once again, the Menominee rises and shines

    An early start to the day paid dividends on a recent trip to the Menominee River near Crivitz, Wis., where Mike Jackson and guide Mike Mladenik used a couple of different tactics to produce a memorable day of smallmouth bass fishing.

    Kelliher-Lawless Scholarship recipient Jason Brescia of Hoffman Estates, left, with Schaumburg Trustee George Dunham.

    Schaumburg Youth Orchestra members receive scholarships

    The Schaumburg Youth Orchestra closed out a productive season of presenting music and entertainment to the community while providing cultural opportunities for area youth.

    Novak Djokovic, left, greets Tomas Berdych after beating him in a Men’s singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

    Djokovic, del Potro reach Wimbledon semifinals

    The spectators were still settling into their seats when Juan Martin del Potro chased an overhead into the corner, only to feel his foot go out from under him on Wimbledon’s slick grass. Del Potro’s knee straightened suddenly, then bent backward. The 6-foot-6 Argentine crumpled to the ground and rolled twice into the far edge of Centre Court.


    Mike North video: Organizations win championships
    Mike North remembers when Michael Jordan was furious with Jerry Krause when he said organizations win championships, but Jordan is starting to learn there is more truth to that than he thought. His No. 4 pick in the draft for the Charlotte Bobcats was Cody Zeller. It could work out great for the team, but sometimes it’s just hard to know for certain.


    San Jose Earthquakes at Chicago Fire

    The Fire (5-7-3, 18 points) is undefeated in its last eight matches across all competitions, with Mike Magee scoring in seven straight. It has pulled within 5 points of a playoff spot during this streak with two games in hand on fifth-place Houston. The Quakes (5-7-6, 21 points) are coming off a comeback victory last weekend reminiscent of last season’s run to the Supporters’ Shield, but that’s about all that has reminded San Jose of last season.


    Most transit passengers getting on Chicago's Blue Line at O'Hare International Airport will now be paying sharply higher fares of $5.

    Fare hike for transit riders getting on at O'Hare

    Most transit passengers getting on Chicago's Blue Line at O'Hare International Airport will now be paying sharply higher fares of $5. The fare was increased from $2.25 in January along with other price hikes affecting certain types of tickets throughout the rail system. However, the Chicago Transit Authority kept some exemptions in place for people getting on at O'Hare while it worked out a system to ensure employees working at the airport wouldn't be subject to the hike.

    In this June 7, 2009, photo, senior advisers Valerie Jarret and David Axelrod, right, walk across the South Lawn of the White House after returning from a trip with President Barack Obama. The Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

    Delay stirs broader worries about Obama health law

    The sudden delay of a major part of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul is raising questions about other potential problems lurking in the homestretch. The requirement that many employers provide coverage is just one part of a complex law. But its one-year postponement has taken administration allies and adversaries alike by surprise.

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. changed the compensation to $1.8 million for Martha Stewart, its 71-year-old chairman, as part of an option in a July 2012 agreement that extended her employment until 2017, according to a filing Wednesday.

    Martha Stewart agrees to 10% pay cut

    Martha Stewart agreed to have her annual pay cut by 10 percent as the company she created struggles to curtail losses amid a shift from publishing and TV.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest level in two weeks, on better-than-estimated labor data as investors watched political developments in Egypt and Portugal.

    Stocks gain after encouraging U.S. hiring news

    Encouraging news about the U.S. jobs market trumped rising oil prices and worrying developments in Europe’s simmering debt crisis on Wednesday.

    An environmental group said Wednesday that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after the drink maker said it would change its formula.

    Group seeks more change from Pepsi on carcinogen

    An environmental group said Wednesday that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after the drink maker said it would change its formula.

    Boeing has delivered 306 jetliners so far, including 17 787s.

    Boeing out-delivers Airbus in 1st half of 2013

    Boeing delivered more planes than Airbus during the first half of this year. Boeing has delivered 306 jetliners so far, including 17 787s. Boeing is playing catch-up with those deliveries because of the problemswith those deliveries because of the problems with the 787’s battery earlier this year. Boeing is aiming to deliver 60 of those planes this year.

    Associated Press Job seekers apply for prospect employment positions at the 12th annual Mission career fair in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 the last week of June 2013, a sign that layoffs remain low and companies are adding a modest number of jobs.

    U.S unemployment benefit applications fall to 343,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 last week, a sign that layoffs remain low and companies are adding a modest number of jobs. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, dipped just 750 to 345,500, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The average has fallen 9 percent in the past year.

    Associated Press A sailor on the Bahia Castillo, a Hamburg SUD-operated refrigerated cargo ship carrying fresh Chilean fruit and other goods, signals as it docks at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, in Philadelphia. The U.S. trade deficit increased in May to the highest level in six months as a weak global economy depressed U.S. export sales while imports of autos and other nonpetroleum products hit an all-time high.

    U.S. trade deficit widens to $45 billion in May

    The U.S. trade deficit increased in May to the highest level in six months as a weak global economy depressed U.S. export sales while imports of autos and other nonpetroleum products hit an all-time high. The trade deficit rose to $45 billion in May, up 12.1 percent from April’s $40.1 billion imbalance, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the largest trade gap since November.


    Ill. legislative panel holds 2nd pension hearing

    A legislative committee working to forge a compromise on Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis is holding its second public hearing.The 10-member bipartisan committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Chicago. Members will hear testimony from civic organizations and others on how to address the pension debt. Illinois has the nation’s worst state pension shortfall, but lawmakers have repeatedly failed to solve the problem. They voted last month to form the committee after a special legislative session made clear the House and Senate were divided between two approaches. One would cut retirement benefits across the board. The other would give workers and retirees a choice in benefits.A third public hearing is scheduled for Monday in Springfield.Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the committee to report back by July 9.

    Associated Press Andrew Mason, founder and former CEO of Groupon, has been working hard on a new album, “Hardly Workin,’” since he was ousted from the troubled online deals company in February 2013.

    ’Hardly Workin”: new album out by ex-Groupon CEO

    Groupon’s quirky former CEO, Andrew Mason, has been working hard on a new album, “Hardly Workin’,” since he was ousted from the online deals company in February. The seven-song album released this week drops business knowledge on listeners with tracks such as “The Way to Work,” “My Door is Always Open” and the hip-hop influenced “Stretch.” The latter begins “we all know that you gotta have goals every quarter.”

    Beauty products company Avon is selling the jewelry company Silpada back to the company’s co-founders and their families for $85 million, well below what it paid for the company three years ago.

    Avon selling jewelry unit back to former owners

    Beauty products company Avon is selling the jewelry company Silpada back to the company’s co-founders and their families for $85 million, well below what it paid for the company three years ago. Avon announced earlier this year that it was reviewing strategic options for the business which sells sterling silver jewelry at home parties.

Life & Entertainment

    Darlene Pawlukowsky, a contestant on CBS' “The American Baking Competition,” applies a sticker to a banner that reads “finalist” after watching the show Wednesday with friends and family at Emerson's Ale House in Mount Prospect. Pawlukowsky will be marching in the Fourth of July parade today in Mount Prospect.

    Suburbanites rise to the finals on CBS baking show

    When it comes to pastry, Darlene Pawlukowsky and Brian Emmett speak French. The two suburban bakers turned out exemplary tarte Tatins, napoleons and puff pastry towers during Wednesday night's airing of CBS's “The American Baking Competition” and secured their places in the show's final round.

    About 500 butterflies from around the world are around an any given time during the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Butterflies & Blooms exhibit, open through Sept. 2.

    Butterflies & Blooms exhibit back for its second year
    Families looking for a fun, educational opportunity for their kids don't need to spend an arm and a leg going to butterfly exhibits this summer. Three different parks are featuring these exhibits this summer, each with their own special list of events to draw in visitors. Peck Farm Park is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and created a series of events to promote their park and other parks.

    Tomatoes lend vibrant color and a variety of nutrients to a tuna-packed Greek salad.

    Eat right, live well: Turn to tomatoes for flavor, nutritional benefits

    Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit, specifically a berry. But that didn’t stop the U.S. Supreme Court in 1983 from deciding it’s a vegetable when it came to how the plant was taxed. No matter what the classification, tomatoes burst with health benefits.

    Thompson Square will perform Friday, July 5, at the Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Thompson Square set for Northwest Fourth-Fest

    One of the main highlights of the massive Northwest Fourth-Fest has to be Friday's performance by Thompson Square at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Teenage fans of Australian pop singer Cody Simpson will be screaming down doors for his Paradise Tour, which stops at the Rosemont Theatre Friday. Zanies in Rosemont caps off its birthday this week with a special Roast of Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens Saturday.

    Cherry pie, clockwise from top right, blaized pippins (apples), apricot puffs and custard are foods the country's Founding Fathers might have eaten on July Fourth.

    Burgers on July 4? Not for the Founding Fathers

    America declared itself a sovereign nation with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Celebrations followed almost immediately, but on the anniversary — when the new nation was embroiled in fighting to establish the freedom it had so boldly declared — the Continental Congress decided to put on a good face with a full-on party. That first Fourth of July is believed to have taken place at City Tavern, the Philadelphia public house that hosted many a gathering of the founding fathers.

    Actor James Gandolfini in Beverly Hills, Calif., who died June 19, 2013, has left the bulk of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter. The late “Sopranos” star also left millions to his wife and relatives. The New York Post reports the Dec. 19, 2012, will was filed Tuesday.

    Gandolfini leaves bulk of $70M estate to kids

    James Gandolfini left the bulk of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter. The late star of HBO’s “The Sopranos” left millions of dollars to his wife and relatives.

    In this May 8, 2013 file photo, Shakira arrives at “The Voice” season 4 red carpet event at the House of Blues, in Los Angeles. A judge in Geneva has rejected an application from Shakiraís ex-boyfriend seeking rights to one of the singerís bank accounts. In documents obtained by The Associated Press dated June 17, a judge says that Shakira is the sole owner of the account.

    Judge rejects Shakira ex’s plea to access account

    A judge in Geneva has rejected an application from Shakira’s ex-boyfriend seeking rights to one of her bank accounts. Antonio de La Rua claims he should have access to one of Shakira’s accounts because it holds most of the assets from their business partnership.

    This May 16, 2013 photo shows actress Kerry Washington at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences’ event in North Hollywood, Calif. Washington married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Idaho. E! was the first to report the nuptials Wednesday and posted a copy of the couple’s marriage license online. The 36-year-old actress and 31-year-old athlete were married on June 24 in Hailey, Idaho.

    ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington weds

    “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is a newlywed. Washington married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Hailey, Idaho. The 36-year-old actress and 31-year-old athlete were married June 24. Washington’s parents served as official witnesses, while one of Asomugha’s relatives performed the ceremony.

    Over the objection of psychiatrist Susan Howren (Beth Lacke), center, Detective Podaris (Philip R. Smith), left, interrogates the hapless Stewart (Eddie Martinez), right, whose dispute with his brother left him with a screwdriver in his skull in Keith Huff’s latest dark comedy, “Big Lake Big City,” running at Lookingglass Theatre.

    Dialogue, acting carry Huff’s screwball dramedy

    There are several cringe-inducing scenes in “Big Lake Big City,” a noirish, black comedy/murder mystery by Arlington Heights playwright Keith Huff. But there are no dull moments in director David Schwimmer’s kinetic, briskly paced world premiere at Lookingglass Theatre. The reason has to do with Huff’s multiple, overlapping plot lines.


    Night life events: Snuggery scores with weekly bags tourney

    Get in Snuggery’s weekly bags tournaments; Tuscany serves up beer dinners; John Barleycorn Schaumburg closes down daily operations.

    This is a 1963 file photo of Aristotle Onassis, standing with black shirt, as he joins, Jaqueline Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt Jr., on board the Onassis yacht Christina in the Mediterranean.

    Onassis yacht goes on sale

    A mega-yacht that belonged to the late Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis is up for sale with an asking price of 25 million euros ($32.4 million).

    Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen is trying to move past revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

    Looks like Paula Deen does plan to come to Washington this fall

    WASHINGTON — Everything seems to be slowly getting back to normal for Paula Deen — at least in her social media life.After two weeks where her normally chatty Twitter account was grim silence punctuated by terse crisis-management missives, the troubled celebrity cook burst back to folksy life Monday: “What are y’all growing in your garden this summer? Here’s an easy salad for all your fresh ingredients ...”And Tuesday afternoon, she promised to see y’all soon in D.C. -- at the Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show, one of the few big partners that has pledged to stick by her. Organizers said last week that they’d happily keep her on their roster (“we are taking her apology at her word ... this is a nation of forgiveness and second chances”) -- and Deen said she’s still planning on taking her show on the road with them.After stops in Houston and Dallas, the Washington show will come to the convention center Nov. 2-3. Want to watch Deen’s one-hour presentation? That will be $95. For brunch and a Paula photo-op? $140. For all of that plus a bag full of Paula goodies and primo seats and access to the “swanky Chill Lounge” -- you know, the Paula VIP Platinum package — a mere $500.

    Models wear creations for Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection presented Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Paris.

    Elie Saab embraces red-carpet red

    Lebanese designer Elie Saab unabashedly celebrated the glitz of the red carpet in a fall-winter 2013 couture show which used the exact mid-red color the A-listers tread. The first series of sweeping embroidered silk gowns brushed the aptly red-colored catwalk as they filed by, merging with it in a “trompe l’oeil” effect.

    This image made available by Christie’s auction house on Wednesday July 3, 2013 shows an image of British model Kate Moss, ‘Kate Moss in Torn Veil’, Marrakech, 1993 by Albert Watson. Few people have been photographed more often than Kate Moss, and some of the most famous images of the supermodel are going under the hammer at a Christie’s auction in London on Sept. 25.

    Christie’s to sell collection of Kate Moss images

    Few people have been photographed more often than Kate Moss, and some of the most famous images of the supermodel are going under the hammer at a Christie’s auction this fall.

    “Man Bites Dog”

    Welcome to the dog days — hot dogs, of course

    This Fourth of July weekend we Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs — a good chunk of the 7 billion (that’s billion with a b) hot dogs we eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Two new books by a coupla Chicago guys pay homage to this favorite of encased meats.

    No oven needed to make this festive and richly refreshing Raspberry Coconut Icebox Pie.

    A coconut and berry no-bake pie for July Fourth

    Just because summer seems to scream for pie doesn't mean we are eager to crank up the oven. This is especially true at the Fourth of July, when we'd rather focus on the grill and preparations for fireworks. All of which is why we are especially thankful for the delicious ease of icebox pies. No baking — in fact, barely any cooking at all — is needed to create our sweet, rich raspberry coconut icebox pie.

    You can relive the classic “Metal Gear Solid 2,” as well as seven other games in the “Metal Gear” series, with a new collection coming to PlayStation 3 next week.

    Gear up for eight classic games in one box

    Video gamers have been sneaking around as Solid Snake since “Metal Gear” debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. Hideo Kojima's landmark series of military adventures has survived every console generation. And in just a few days, PlayStation 3 owners can buy eight classic games from the “Metal Gear” series for $49.99.

    Watching the Frontier Days festival come to life from atop a baseball dugout in Recreation Park are, from left: Kevin Donohue, 13; Jace O'Hara, 12; Riley Rundquist, 12 and Joey Belmonte, 12, all of Arlington Heights.

    Big Fourth festival weekend starts today

    Recreation Park in Arlington Heights magically transformed into a major festival grounds on Tuesday, preparing for the tens of thousands of Frontier Days visitors who will start coming on Wednesday, July 3. It's one of six Northwest suburban festivals opening Wednesday, most of which go through Sunday

    Vibrant tomatoes bring a load of nutrients and flavor to this Greek-style salad.

    Greek Tuna Salad
    Greek Tuna Salad


    10 ways to perk up your summer burgers

    Whether you’re grilling a standard beef burger, a bison patty, a chicken breast or even a humble portobello mushroom cap, it’s time to move beyond the basic adornments of ketchup and a slice of cheese. We dreamed up 10 fresh ways to dress them that will be easy and delicious, no matter what they are made of.


    Raspberry Coconut Icebox Pie
    Raspberry Coconut Icebox Pie

    The emphasis is on domestic brews at American Tap Pub & Eatery in Addison.

    Addison's American Tap spotlights domestic beers

    The owner of Nova in Addison has transformed the spot from a clubby lounge into a more laid-back hangout, reopening in May as American Tap. With a new décor, menu and drink selection, only the private party area will remind you of the old concept.

    Commuters travel on a tram as it crosses Bana Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia. Croatia will become the EU’s 28th member next week as the world’s largest trading bloc expands for the first time since Bulgaria and Romania entered in 2007.

    Will EU entry boost or hamper Croatian tourism?
    Croatia’s ravishing coast of more than 1,000 islands is a favorite destination for Europeans and travelers from further away. Croatia draws much of its income from tourism and hopes to earn more once the country formally enters the European Union on July 1. Croatia’s coast features dozens of small towns with narrow, winding streets, small churches and historic monuments. The most famous is Dubrovnik, in the south Adriatic near the border with Montenegro.

    A model wears a creation by fashion designer Donatella Versace during her Women’s Fall Winter 2013 haute couture fashion collection in Paris, France.

    Dior, Versace, Schiaparelli energize Paris couture

    Naomi Campbell not only owns the clothes she wears, but by her sheer magnetic presence commands the entire runway when she walks it. Donatella Versace knows this well, casting the age-defying 43-year-old to start Paris haute couture week with a bang of indomitable energy. It was a hard act to follow.

    A group of elderly men take a rest on their wheelchairs at a park in Beijing. New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued has come into force as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population.

    Law requires Chinese to visit aging parents

    BEIJING — Mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones urging adult children to visit their parents. China’s lawbooks are now issuing the same imperative. New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued and facing penalties came into force, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population.


    ABC 7 Chicago unveils new app

    ABC 7 in Chicago is launching WATCH ABC, which allows viewers to stream news, weather and popular television shows on their smartphones, tablets or computers.

    Comedian Kevin Hart lays it on the line for his audiences in the concert movie "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain."

    'Let Me Explain' a comedy concert with Hart

    Kevin Hart is difficult to dislike. In his new concert movie “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” the diminutive and energetic Hart exudes comedy with every spirited step and elaborate gesture. He's hilarious, but almost as importantly, he's self-aware enough to joke about his shortcomings, which makes appreciating “Let Me Explain” so much easier. It's a fast-paced and mischievously funny movie.



    Editorial: Remember the 19 heroes in Arizona

    As we line up to watch our Fourth of July parades this week, it's a good time to remember the heroes who died on Sunday in Arizona and the heroes who work in our fire departments throughout the suburbs, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    A poor choice for FBI director

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Why in this moment of warrantless everything, a government scooping up our emails and, it seems, nighttime dreams, would I not cheer the nomination of someone who insisted on constitutional and legal limits on such a program? Because this is also the era of leak investigations in which the phone calls of reporters have been creepily noted,


    The tragic success of mass incarceration

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Mass incarceration is America’s tragic success. It is effective, and indiscriminate. It has increased safety, and deepened resentment.


    More Rt. 21 costs headed to taxpayers
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: All of us on the north side of Libertyville have been inconvenienced greatly by the ongoing rework of the intersection and road widening of Highway 21.


    Fire chief needs more accountability
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: I read with disgust the article regarding the Round Lake Area fire captain placed on unpaid leave.


    Perhaps problem is the voters themselves
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I attended a town hall meeting recently hosted by state Sen. Matt Murphy at the Arlington Heights library, I suggested to the crowd of mostly 60+ and 70+ year-olds that maybe the reason we keep electing a plethora of despicable Illinois politicians is that we have the wrong voters. The people attending the meeting were almost all older folks like myself and understood all too well what I suggested.


    We could do worse than Quinn
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Nobody can say anything bad about the Blackhawks. The downtown celebration was great. I was not there but watching on television. In part, I wanted to hear what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might say. Not close. But then there was Gov. Pat Quinn. Why was he booed?


    Court didn’t force states to change
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Contrary to what you may have read or heard and even though the Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional, the Supreme Court did not reverse DOMA, did not require states to allow gay marriages, did not change the definition of marriage and did not declare a constitutional right to gay marriage.


    Politicians fearful of saying no?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Many state politicians will simply not give up any of the money offered them by state worker unions — large donations for campaign expenses so that they do not have to use their own in many cases. Unless they are independently wealthy, it takes courage for them to turn down perks like these.


    Peace movement comes to Oak Brook
    Peace movement comes to Oak BrookOn Aug. 27 peacemakers worldwide will celebrate, but most Americans might not have a clue about all the fuss. In 1928, the basic rules for settling disputes between nations changed with the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Each of the participating countries followed through by ratifying this treaty, making it part of their constitutions. In 1929 after the U.S. Senate voted to accept the treaty (by a vote of 85 to 1) we officially made war a crime and prohibited even a threat of war to resolve conflict. President Coolidge officially declared this to be the supreme law of the land. So how come hardly anyone knows this? It’s tempting to suggest that the military-industrial complex is behind this conspiracy of silence, especially since so much of our economy depends on the “defense industry” and so much of our foreign policy is based on a projection of power with missile bases, war ships, land mines, drone attacks, fighter jets, and now an all-encompassing intelligence network.Sen. Dick Durbin and his staff assure me the government is fully aware that we are bound by the Kellogg-Briand Pact. However, there’s a giant loophole. We reserve the right to defend ourselves no matter how provocative our projection of power is to other nations.This explanation does not sit well with people who genuinely seek peace and believe that all international disputes should be resolved nonviolently. We believe an informed electorate — assuming someone in the media has the guts to inform the electorate — will demand accountability and adherence to the Pact.The media must inform the public on international efforts to make Aug. 27 a Day of Reflection, and cover local events like the Peace Luncheon sponsored by the West suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition (www.faithpeace.org) on Aug. 27, the 85th anniversary of Kellogg-Briand, at Reza’s in Oak Brook.Frank GoetzWheaton


    Only three years left on empty promises
    An Elgin letter to the editor: A great letter written by Marc Thomson of Elk Grove Village published in the May 11 paper. My family and friends have been discussing exactly what he wrote about, “Obama’s speeches and promises,” but did nothing about it.


    When purging Paula, don’t forget ‘rap’
    An Elgin letter to the editor: To hypocritic merchandisers: When you removed all the products off your shelves that were associated with Paula Deen, I certainly hope that you did not overlook all of the CDs on your shelves that are under the “rap” category.


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