Daily Archive : Friday July 5, 2013


    The Stanley Cup made a stop on its post-victory travels at the Daily Herald office in Arlington Heights on Friday. Blackhawks President John F. McDonough, left, chats with Daily Herald Blackhawks sportswriter Tim Sassone, right.

    Images: Stanley Cup Visits The Daily Herald
    Images of Chicago Blackhawks President John F. McDonough and The Stanley Cup visiting The Daily Herald office in Arlington Heights Friday for a short visit. Staffers and their families got a chance to take a break from covering the news and see The Cup up close.


    Man robs woman with cane in Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights police say they are investigating the robbery of a 76-year-old woman while she walked with a cane in a supermarket parking lot. Police said the purse snatching happened about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Jewel-Osco lot on the 1800 block of South Arlington Heights Road.

    In this Friday, June 21, 2013 photo, college student Francois Louis, 20, poses for a photo in Davie, Fla. Louis canít remember the last time he went to the doctor and gets by on over the counter medication or health remedies whenever heís sick. Heíd love to be able to the doctor and have a check-up, but says itís just too expensive on his salary of less than $15,000 a year. For millions of unemployed and underemployed twenty-somethings, many who are still living at home in the wake of a recession, health care has been out of reach. Now sweeping federal health laws are promising make coverage more affordable, but the big question remains, will it be affordable enough? (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    How to reach young ‘invinicibles’?

    Persuading young, healthy adults such as Lopez to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act is becoming a major concern for insurance companies as they scramble to comply with the law, which prohibits them from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and limits what they can charge to older policy holders.

    Steve Kirby of Arlington Heights had just won the frog at a basketball game at Frontier Days on Friday so he tried his luck at the water cannon game, with not as much success there.

    Images: Friday Festivals
    Images of festivals around the suburbs on Friday, including Frontier Days in Arlington Heights, Ribfest in Naperville, Mundelein Days, and more.

    Schaumburg plans to issue a landscaping grant to St. Peter Lutheran Church to help resolve a dispute with its neighbors by installing more screening landscaping.

    Schaumburg to share St. Peter Church landscape costs

    Schaumburg officials have agreed to pay half the cost of new landscaping to screen St. Peter Lutheran Church from a neighboring subdivision, as the landscaping also will screen a parking lot the village built to serve a historic museum on the site. The village is requiring the landscaping as part of an effort to resolve a neighborhood dispute over the use of the church’s soccer field by athletic...

    Supporters of ousted Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a protest near the University of Cairo, Giza, Egypt, Friday, July 5, 2013. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military’s ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, raising fears of violence and retaliation from Islamic militants.

    Egypt troops open fire on pro-Morsi protesters

    Egyptian troops opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi who were marching on a headquarters of the Republican Guard on Friday, leaving at least one severely wounded, as tens of thousands chanting “down with military rule” protested around the country voting to return the Islamist leader to office. The shooting came when hundreds of Morsi supporters marched on the Guard...

    Wendy Maslankowski and her daughter Kylie, 9, of Pingree Grove chill out in one of the rides as they prepare to take a spin at the Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates on Friday.

    Estimated 40,000 people attend Northwest Fourth-Fest

    Organizers said Friday they are pleased with the way the second annual Northwest Fourth-Fest is going so far, noting that approximately 40,000 people attended on Thursday alone. Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod said the much-anticipated fireworks — which were accompanied by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra — went off without a hitch.

    Hawks President John McDonough carries the Stanley Cup into the Daily Herald office Friday in Arlington Heights.

    Fans cup runneth over as Lord Stanley comes to Daily Herald office

    It's more than a trophy -- it's Lord Stanley's cup -- which is why a crowd had already gathered at the Daily Herald long before hockey's greatest prize arrived Friday morning. “It's not just a trophy, it's an icon ... It's a legend and it's here,” said Brian Anderson of Palatine, who kissed the gleaming silver panels of hockey's greatest honor.

    This image made available by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows an undated image of Edward Snowden, 29. Snowden worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency and is the source of The Guardian's disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, as the British newspaper reported Sunday, June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Ewen MacAskill) NO SALES NO ARCHIVE ONE TIME USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT

    Nicaragua, Venezuela offer asylum to Snowden

    Presidents Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela said Friday they were willing to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden has asked for asylum in several countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela.


    Chicago woman struck by car, killed in Michigan

    An 18-year-old woman from Chicago has died after being struck by a car driven by an 18-year-old man in patchy fog in southwestern Michigan.


    Teen rescued after spending 13 hours in ravine

    Emergency crews rescued a 17-year-old central Illinois girl who apparently tripped and fell into a ravine after watching a fireworks show about 13 hours earlier.


    Appalachian Trail hiker rescued in Pennsylvania

    Emergency responders rescued a dehydrated and exhausted hiker on the Appalachian Trail in central Pennsylvania. Responders said it took several hours to evacuate the hiker Friday morning from Second Mountain near Lebanon. He was described as a man in his 20s from Chicago.


    Metra worker struck by train, killed

    Metra officials say 36-year-old Luis Mercado was working with a crew doing track maintenance on Metra’s electric line Friday when he was struck by the train headed for Blue Island.


    Missing woman found in nick of time in Lake County

    A Lake County woman who disappeared on the Fourth of July — her 92nd birthday — is fortunate to be alive, police said, after being found nearly a day later in a grassy area near her home. “A few more hours, she would have succumbed,” said Brian Keller, chief of operations for the Lake County sheriff’s office.

    Steve Kemper, 23, of Streamwood, proposes to Michaela Neu, 27, his girlfriend of two years, at the Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

    Streamwood man proposes at Northwest Fourth-Fest

    Michaela Neu was in disbelief when an announcer said she and her boyfriend Steve Kemper were the winners of a raffle at the Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates Thursday night. “When we were going up (to the stage) I was like, ‘Steve, we never win anything!’” Neu said. But the 27-year-old was even more shocked as her boyfriend of two years got down on one knee, opened the box and revealed an...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men beat up and robbed a man around 10:10 p.m. July 2 as he walked on Hill Drive at Higgins Quarters Drive in Hoffman Estates. The robbers hit him on the head. He ran, but they caught up with him, threw him on the ground, hit him several more times, and stole his wallet containing $120 and a necklace off his neck.

    Mark Loewes

    Public property damage detailed in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich might face a six-figure bill as a result of two sewage lift stations damaged in last week’s flooding, according to a village trustee. The stations serve the Braemar subdivision. “The reality of it is, we could be seeing a ticket as small as $20,000 to $30,000, up to a range of maybe $100,000, $110,000 if the whole system needs to be revamped,” Trustee Mark Loewes said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars pried a basement window between June 16 and 23 at a home on the 900 block of West Andover Court in Palatine and stole several tools including a jackhammer, miter saw, and two five-piece tool sets. Value was estimated at $5,600.


    Grayslake photo contest winners announced

    Winners have been announced for a photography contest sponsored by Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum.


    Roadwork to start Monday in Wadsworth

    Weather permitting, a resurfacing project on Route 131 (Green Bay Road) from Sunset Avenue to IL Route 173 in Wadsworth will begin Monday, July 8.


    Saturday night classic cars
    Fox Lake drive-in Dogs n Suds hosts its Saturday night classic car show, where pre-1973 cars are showcased, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

    Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole County circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

    Relatives clash over 911 call in Trayvon Martin case

    Trayvon Martin's mother and George Zimmerman's mother clashed on the witness stand Friday over whether the screams for help that can be heard in the background on a 911 call came from the teenager or the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him.

    In this Wednesday, June 19, 2013, photo, goats graze on a patch of San Francisco International Airport land in San Francisco. San Francisco airport is using 400 goats to clear from an area of the airport prone to fire. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    At this airport, only goats can prevent fires

    Last month, officials at San Francisco International Airport hired a herd of part-time employees to toil on the west side of the property and engage in an unusual — but environmentally friendly — form of fire prevention. Anyone looking down from a plane departing the airport may have wondered, What’s with the goats?

    Bill Ganek

    Retired Algonquin manager wins public service award

    Former Algonquin village manager Bill Ganek has been honored with an award from the Illinois City/County Management Association for his more than 35 years of public service, 21 of which he spent in Algonquin.

    Chicago Alderman Dick Mell will officially step down from his post representing on July 24.

    Mell regrets helping Blagojevich rise to power

    Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell says his falling out with son-in-law Rod Blagojevich and the former Illinois governor’s imprisonment for corruption continue to weigh heavily on him.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jonathan J. Pawlicki, 21, of the 0 to 99 block of Fieldcrest Court and Steven Cruz, 21, of the 100 block of Arquilla Drive, both in Algonquin, were each charged with retail theft June 28, according to a police report. They were released after each posted $150.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jacob W. Eccleston Jr., 20, of Batavia, was charged with possession of cannabis at 10:01 p.m. Wednesday on Independence Drive, according to a police report.

    Tracy S. Taylor

    Man charged in 2011 Aurora kidnapping, rape

    A 45-year-old Aurora man has been charged with raping, beating and kidnapping a woman from an Aurora park in August 2011. Tracy S. Taylor was indicted by a Kane County grand jury in late June and was being held on $1 million bail in Cook County on kidnapping charges, also from August 2011.


    Three speakers at Arlington Tea Party Tuesday

    The next regular meeting of the Arlington Heights Tea Party will host three speakers from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the Hendricksen Room of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at 500 S. Dunton St.


    Schaumburg Summer Breeze concerts begin Saturday

    Schaumburg’s Summer Breeze Concert Series begins Saturday, July 6, with a performance by Shawn Klush and the Fabulous Ambassadors at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center at 101 Schaumburg Court. Admission is free, but pets are not permitted on the grounds during concerts.


    Schaumburg theft charge dismissed

    A Cook County judge recently dismissed misdemeanor theft and criminal trespass charges against 22-year old Joseph M. Robie of Schaumburg. Robie was one of two people arrested Feb. 28 in Schaumburg after a report of individuals attempted to break into vehicles.

    Dale Berman

    North Aurora gets state money to hire teens for summer work

    North Aurora is getting $34,000 from the state to hire teenagers for part-time jobs this month and next.

    Maurice Martin

    Naperville man charged with stabbing cabbie

    A 33-year-old Naperville man was charged Friday with stabbing an Aurora taxi driver in the throat with what police say may have been a broken license plate cover. Maurice Martin of the 700 block of Inland Circle remained jailed at the Aurora police station, where he's been held since a lengthy car chase following the stabbing Thursday.


    Blood, Sweat & Tears opens Mid-Summer concert series

    The Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Concert Series starts off with a blockbuster on July 9 -- Blood, Sweat & Tears, and continues each Tuesday night in July.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the media outside Wrigley Field, standing with the many bars and restaurants of Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood as a backdrop, on Friday in Chicago. Quinn visited one of Illinois’ most popular entertainment districts to press his message that guns and alcohol are a “toxic mix.”

    Quinn: Guns in bars ‘a prescription for violence’

    Gov. Pat Quinn went to the center of one of Illinois’ most popular entertainment districts Friday to try to sway lawmakers to support his changes to legislation allowing the concealed carry of firearms, saying allowing people to carry guns in some bars and restaurants is “a prescription for violence and disaster.”


    2 young boys in critical after Chicago shootings

    Chicago police are investigating a pair of separate shootings in parks that left two young boys critically wounded on the city’s South Side. The shootings Thursday night and early Friday were part of a spate of violence during the Fourth of July holiday.


    Chicago police lower age minimum for entry exam

    The Chicago Police Department said 18-year-olds will be allowed to take this year’s entrance exam as part of an effort to increase the number of eligible applicants hoping to join the force. The new minimum age to become an officer will be 21.


    Wisconsin governor signs abortion bill requiring ultrasound

    Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a contentious Republican bill Friday that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and ban doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures. Opponents contend legislators shouldn’t force women to undergo any medical procedure and the bill will force at least two abortion clinics where providers lack...

    Julie Marlene Chattler

    Northbrook synagogue prepares to welcome ‘mini’ torah

    After Airman First Class Julie Marlene Chattler died suddenly, her family commissioned a "mini" Torah from a scribe in Israel, a Torah that could be handled by the elderly or people with disabilities. Now, the Torah will be welcomed to Congregation Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook on July 21.

    Tavarius Smith

    Addison man gets 7 years for robbing pizza driver

    An Addison man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a delivery driver of $85 and a pizza. Tavarius Smith, 24, of the 900 block of College Boulevard, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery Wednesday and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge John Kinsella.

    Junior Miss Mundelein Kimberly Barr, left, Miss Mundelein Brigitte Lyman and Little Miss Mundelein Kyra Ryba pose after being crowned this week as part of Mundelein’s Community Days festivities.

    Miss Mundelein winners crowned

    Three young women became royalty this week when they were crowned winners of the Miss Mundelein pageants. Brigitte Lyman, 19, Kimberly Barr, 12, and Kyra Ryba, 8, were crowned Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Mundelein, respectively.


    3 Geneva places accused of selling alcohol to a minor

    Two Geneva restaurants and a nightclub have been issued citations accusing them of illegally selling liquor to a minor June 21, during the city's annual undercover check during the Swedish Days festival.

    Northwest Fourth-Fest continues now through Sunday on the grounds of the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates,

    What's on tap at suburban festivals today

    The Fourth may be over, but festivals in the suburbs are just getting started. You can get your festival fix for anything from ribs and rides to music and games this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening today and the rest of this weekend, from Arlington Heights Frontier Days to Naperville's Ribfest and musical performances by entertainers such as Slash and Rick Springfield.

    The Grand Victoria Riverboat in Elgin.

    Elgin wants bigger share of riverboat grants

    Kane County will award about $1.1 million in grants to external agencies next week. This is part of the annual allocation of Grand Victoria Riverboat gambling proceeds the county receives. But for the first time, someone is questioning the way the money is being spread out. Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain doesn't think enough of the cash, from the riverboat his community hosts, is being spent close...

    Steve Lentz

    Steve Lentz settling in as Mundelein's mayor

    Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz talks about his first months in office and how his life has changed since Election Day. He says the hardest part of the job isn't keeping cantankerous trustees in line or fielding complaints from angry residents -- it's the prospect of not coaching youth sports for the first time in 20 years.


    Small barn burns in Winfield

    A small barn-like structure caught fire Thursday night in Winfield, and authorities said the cause remained under investigation Friday.

    Robert Tribbitt

    Police find man missing from Addison hotel

    A Kansas City, Mo., man with dementia was reunited with his family Friday after going missing in Addison on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

    Michael Infelise

    Probation for sex offender arrested at Carol Stream school

    A registered sex offender was sentenced Friday to two years of probation for attending a children's cheerleading program at a Carol Stream elementary school. Michael Infelise, 30, of the 1300 block of Terry Road in Glendale Heights, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of child sex offender within a school zone.

    Arcada Theatre organist Jim Shaffer plays a short set before local band 8-Track opens a recent show for heavy-metal band Nazareth at the St. Charles theater. Shaffer, 78, of Aurora, has been volunteering at the theater as an usher and organ repairman for more than 30 years. It wasn't until a few years ago that he learned how to play the organ and became the theater's only organist.

    Moving Picture: St. Charles theater has living treasure

    Jim Shaffer of Aurora is a hidden treasure at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. A 30-year veteran volunteer there, he's the organist/head usher/organ repairman at the landmark venue. He prefers the oldies from the 1940 to 1960s, and as far as performing in front of an audience, Shaffer says, “Yeah, you get a little nervous. You wonder if there's gonna be any tomatoes coming at you.”

    In this Wednesday, July 3, 2013 photo, members of Flame Catchers, a private contractor, work during a back burn on the 2,000-acre Bray Lake Fire, north of Bliss, Idaho. There’s a dangerous but basic equation behind the blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires.

    Experts: Expect bigger, fiercer wildfires in West

    There’s a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires. Scientists say a hotter planet will only increase the risk.

    Ten-year-old Lyam Davis, left, watches as his mother, Rachel Davis, both of Phoenix, Ariz., sign a banner during the Fourth of July celebration at Pioneer Park, Thursday, July 4, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. in honor of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who died fighting a blaze near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday.

    Fire crews dwindle, utilities return to Ariz. town

    There are more signs of progress in the fight against the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell. Electric power and propane company crews will begin restoring service Friday and inspect gas tanks for leaks or other damage.

    Then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan. An Associated Press analysis of documents released in July 2013 found most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to clergy sex abuse victim settlements and therapy, but the bulk of it went to just a few victims — while hundreds of others got no money at all. Most of the settlements made public were reached as part of a mediation program Dolan started in 2003.

    Few Milwaukee clergy abuse victims get large sums

    Clergy sex abuse victims have long accused the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of spending more money on lawyers to protect itself than to care for those who suffered at the hands of abusive priests. An Associated Press analysis of documents released this week found most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to victim settlements and therapy, but the bulk of it went to just a...

    Spectators watch as fireworks explode overhead during the Fourth of July celebration at Pioneer Park, Thursday, July 4, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. On a day meant to ponder the nation’s birth, and those who built and defended it over 237 years, Prescott’s residents had 19 of their neighbors, their friends, their relatives to remember. Nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday by an out-of-control blaze near Yarnell, Ariz.

    From solemn to spectacular, July 4th celebrated

    From solemn to spectacular, the nation marked its independence with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, extravagant fireworks that included a 19-burst salute to Arizona’s fallen firefighters and a musical tribute in Washington to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.


    Suicide attacks on Afghan police claim 14 lives

    A suicide bomber sneaked into a police dining hall in central Afghanistan at lunchtime Friday and blew himself up, killing 12, while a border police officer and a civilian were killed in a separate suicide attack in the south, authorities said.

    Aymara women hold a posters of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales during a welcome ceremony for presidents attending an extraordinary meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Leaders of Uruguay, Ecuador, Suriname, Argentina and Venezuela are meeting in Bolivia Thursday in support of Morales, who said Thursday that the rerouting of his plane in Europe, over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was on board was a plot by the U.S. to intimidate him and other Latin American leaders.

    South American leaders demand apology in plane row

    South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support Bolivian President Evo Morales after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board and demanded an apology from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The presidents of Argentina, Ecuador, Suriname, Venezuela and Uruguay joined Morales in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba late Thursday to address the diplomatic row.

    Stones with well wishes in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela lay in front of his house in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 5, 2013. Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday, and the president’s office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a “vegetative state.”

    S. African government denies Mandela is “vegetative”

    Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, the South African government said Friday, while a close friend said the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. The government reiterated that Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents.

    Thirty-two adults and eight kids will serve as the judging panel Saturday morning to pick winners in three categories at Naperville’s Ribfest: best ribs, best sauce and kids’ choice.

    Ribfest judges have tasting down to a science

    Some like ‘em spicy, some like ‘em tangy, and others may prefer their ribs slathered in classic barbecue sauce, but at Naperville’s Ribfest, one will prevail. Rib judging is a subjective process brought to a science and employed each year in Naperville to pick winners in three categories — best ribs, best sauce and kids’ choice. The taste buds of 32 adults and eight kids will decide which vendors...

    Jim Grzenia of Arlington Heights wears an Uncle Sam hat and beard while watching the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

    Dawn Patrol: Arrest in Aurora taxi driver’s stabbing; July 4th images

    Arrest made in stabbing of Aurora taxi driver. Images: July 4th in the suburbs. Possible speed limit changes on tollway, interstate. Itasca library to assess technology offerings. Elgin wants bigger share of riverboat grants. West Chicago’s request to raze 144-year-old home rejected. Coach Q brings Lord Stanley’s Cup to Hinsdale. Three former champs highlight Arlington’s Sprint field.


    Woman’s foot severed in Chicago fireworks blast

    Chicago Police say a woman’s foot was severed while she watched fireworks on the city’s Southwest side. Authorities say a 32-year-old woman lost her left foot around 11 p.m. on Thursday. Her right foot was also injured. Meanwhile, a 34-year-old woman who was nearby also received fourth-degree burns to her left leg.


    28 injured at Calif. fireworks when platform tips

    More than two dozen people were injured when a wood platform holding live fireworks tipped over, sending the pyrotechnics into a crowd at a Fourth of July show northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said Friday. Between 8,000 and 10,000 revelers were settling into their seats for the fireworks extravaganza at a Simi Valley park Thursday night when the spectacle of lights that were supposed to be...

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, right, kisses the hand of Pope John Paul II during a ceremony at the Vatican. Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, has cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

    Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

    Pope Francis on Friday cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII. In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

    William A. Frassanito writes about early photography from the Gettysburg Battlefield. He says a body was moved for this famous Alexander Gardner photograph entitled, “The Home of a Rebel Shapshooter.” Frassanito's writing about early photography from the Gettysburg Battlefield has helped officials restore parts of the park to make them historically correct.

    Civil war historian makes Gettysburg his home

    William Frassanito's investigation of the Battle of Gettysburg's historic photos -- which he began as a child -- has resulted in some of the biggest revelations in the past 50 years about the battle and its aftermath. His discoveries of the spots where the pictures were taken have helped the National Park Service restore important parts of the battlefield to their original appearance.

    If Gov. Pat Quinn agrees to raise interstate speed limits to 70 mph, suburban county boards could opt out.

    70 mph limit in suburbs could be up to counties

    If Gov. Pat Quinn eventually OKs a plan to raise the tollway and interstate speed limit to 70 mph, the final decision on how speedy suburban drivers can go could end up in front of local county boards. Most officials say they aren't thinking that far ahead. However, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican who got the bill moved through the legislature, says he'd lobby for uniformity.

    Russell Lissau/rlissau@dailyherald.com At left, Kaela Drum, Logan Boven, and Vicki Boven chat with parade goers as they sell drinks and muffins outside the Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights at the start of the Independence Day parade.

    Crowds turn out for Arlington Heights parade; local restaurant a popular gathering point

    Lifelong Arlington Heights resident Vicki Boven can’t remember missing an Independence Day parade in town. “I see everybody I know, people I was born and raised with,” the 51-year-old said. “And it’s important to me to hang onto that.” Thursday’s star-spangled event was no exception. At a table outside the Uptown Cafe, a Miner Street landmark near the end...

    Officials at the Itasca Community Library are conducting a technology assessment this year as part of a program called the Edge Initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Itasca library wants to make the most of technology

    The Itasca Community Library has 29 public computers but are they enough? Staff offers 25 classes on how to use everything from a desktop computer to an iPad. But is that too many? These are just a few of the questions Executive Director Betsy Adamowski hopes to have answered as part of the library's participation in the Edge Initiative this summer.

    Participants in one of the Friends of Ryerson Woods’ free guided bilingual nature hikes get an up-close view of a crawfish. The hikes are sponsored by Friends of Ryerson Woods and Lake County Forest Preserve District with help from several community partners.

    Bilingual hikes introduce Hispanic residents to nature, fitness

    A Lake County nonprofit group has found a way to introduce the Hispanic community to nature, provide some physical fitness and create a multicultural resource all in one program. The free guided bilingual nature hikes started by Friends of Ryerson Woods and their community partners has continued to grow and gain popularity over the four years it has been offered, organizers say.

    A peacock shows off its plumage in Darlington, Wisconsin.

    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 July 1st.

    Fantasy football team owners conduct their draft. More than 35 million adults in the United States and Canada participate in fantasy leagues, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

    Poll Vault: Do you play fantasy sports?

    Michelle Holdway has four fantasy Tour de France teams. You read that right. What about you? Do you have a fantasy baseball team? Or are you eagerly awaiting fantasy football?



    Cougars rally past River Bandits

    The Kane County Cougars rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn an 8-7 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The Cougars (34-47, 4-11) notched back-to-back wins for the first time since June 7-8.

    The Blackhawks continued their busy offseason Friday when they re-signed key unrestricted free agents Michal Rozsival and Michal Handzus. However, they lost backup goalie Ray Emery and winger Viktor Stalberg.

    Hawks bring back Khabibulin in surprise move

    It was both an eventful and surprising day for the Blackhawks on Friday on the first day of NHL free agency. While the Hawks lost backup goalie Ray Emery to Philadelphia and third-line winger Viktor Stalberg to Nashville, they re-signed defenseman Michal Rozsival and center Michal Handzus. But the biggest news of the day came late Friday night when they signed veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year contract that reportedly could be worth up to $2 million.

    Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, right, celebrates with A.J. Burnett after they defeated the Cubs 6-2 on Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Pirates show Cubs how it’s done

    The Cubs are the biggest-market team in the NL Central, but they're watching as the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds tower over them. The Pirates came to town Friday and outclassed the Cubs in every way during a 6-2 victory.


    Goler’s homer gives Bandits a win

    Alisa Goler belted a 3-run homer to snap a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning, and the Chicago Bandits captured a 5-2 victory over the NY / NJ Comets on Friday night in Rosemont. The Bandits (14-4) lead the four-game series 2-1 with the finale today at 7:35 p.m.


    McQuail’s homer boosts Boomers

    Steve McQuail’s walk-off solo home run lifted the Schaumburg Boomers to a 3-2 victory over the River City Rascals on Friday night before the team’s third straight crowd over 3,000 at Boomers Stadium.

    White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod waits for a new ball after giving up a two-run home run to the Rays’ Jose Molina during the second inning Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Rays jump on Sox early in 8-3 victory

    Jeremy Hellickson won his fourth consecutive start, Jose Molina had a two-run homer during a five-run second inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Friday night. Molina hit his two-run drive and the following batter, Kelly Johnson, connected for a solo shot three pitches later off Dylan Axelrod (3-5) to start the second-inning surge that saw the Rays go up 5-0.

    Nick Adenhart

    Weaver names 1st child for late teammate

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver has become a first-time father, naming his son in tribute to late teammate and friend Nick Adenhart, who had family in Algonquin. The team said Friday that Aden David Weaver was born earlier in the day to Weaver and his wife, Kristin.

    Dwight Howard reportedly is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers after just one season.

    Source: Howard says he’ll sign with Rockets

    A person familiar with the details says the Houston Rockets have been informed that Dwight Howard will sign with them. The All-Star center is leaving Los Angeles after one season, the Lakers confirmed Friday night.

    The Cubs’ Starlin Castro wipes his face after he was tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker during the eighth inning Friday in Chicago

    Liriano goes the distance in Pirates’ win over Cubs

    Jeff Samardzija’s troubles started as soon as he stepped on the mound, and the Cubs couldn’t bail him out. Not with Francisco Liriano pitching like this. All the Pittsburgh starter did was toss a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 victory over Chicago and their 11th win in 13 games on Friday.

    Travis Wood, who has 16 quality starts in 17 outings this season, should represent the Cubs on the National League all-star team according to manager Dale Sveum.

    Sveum says Wood should be Cubs’ all-star

    Selections for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will be announced Saturday. Pitcher Travis Wood is the leading candidate from the Cubs to make the National League roster.

    Detroit Shock’s head coach Bill Laimbeer reacts after his team was assessed separate technical fouls during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game against the Washington Mystics, Friday, July 18, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    WNBA not so bad for former Bad Boy

    Former Detroit Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer is enjoying coaching in the WNBA.

    The Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig throws a ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

    Hawks’ Bickell, Bollig enjoy some fun at the old ballpark

    Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell took part in pregame warmups at Wrigley Field and led the crowd in singing during the seventh-inning stretch. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the Hawks' success makes him think what it would be like if the Cubs won a title.


    Red Wings add Alfredsson for 1 year, Weiss for 5

    Daniel Alfredsson is joining the Detroit Red Wings to make perhaps his final run at an elusive championship, and Stephen Weiss is in it for the long haul in the Motor City.

    The pack passes during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 205.5 kilometers (128.5 miles) with start in Montpellier and finish in Albi, southern France, Friday July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Now things get serious at Tour de France

    When they sit down late on Saturday afternoon for the ritual they call the “apero” — meaning nibbles and alcoholic drinks — the French still won’t know who is going to win their beloved Tour de France this year. They, however, might have a much clearer idea of who won’t win it.

    Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Djokovic, Murray set up 1 vs. 2 Wimbledon final

    On Sunday, Novak Djokovic will play second-seeded Andy Murray, who defeated No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to make his second straight Wimbledon final and move one win away from becoming the first British man in 77 years to capture his country’s home tournament.

    Former Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams

    We may never know wny Bulls jettisoned Adams

    Mike North speculates on the Chicago Bulls' tactics and PR moves. He gives his reasons why Adams might be gone and thinks we will find out next off season the real reason, just like we are finding out about Derrick Rose’s reason for not playing this year.


    U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.

    U.S. economy adds 195,000 jobs, jobless rate 7.6 pct

    U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.The Labor Department said Friday that the economy also added 20,000 more jobs in May and 50,000 more in April than initially reported.

    Stocks ended with a surge Friday after traders decided that a healthy job market mattered more than the Federal Reserve scaling back its economic stimulus.

    Stocks end with strong gains after jobs report

    Stocks ended with a surge Friday after traders decided that a healthy job market mattered more than the Federal Reserve scaling back its economic stimulus.


    Chrysler recalling minivans for air bag defect
    Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.


    Illnesses prompt wide Whole Foods cheese recall

    Whole Foods Market Inc. is recalling Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese in response to an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has sickened people in several states and killed at least one.

    John Frycek, owner of Special Solutions with locations in Park Ridge and Chicago.

    Interest in becoming a detective sparked at age 16 for Park Ridge business owner

    When John Frycek was 16 years old, he visited the dentist and noticed a PI next door smoking a cigar. He walked in and an older detective talked to him at length about the business. He inspired Frycek and then later he became a police officer and now owns his own agency.


    What happens when angels, companies needing capital meet

    The bringing together of fledgling businesses needing capital and individuals with money to invest is often something of a mystery to entrepreneurs. Small Business Columnist has been investigating the issue and shares what he learned in his weekly column.

    Brandy Whitfield, 32, of Lombard, rests in a suburban Chicago hospital. Whitfield is one of two Illinois women seeking a rare type of organ transplant called a multi-visceral transplant.

    Illinois Medicaid won’t cover rare transplants

    Two Illinois women are seeking a rare type of organ transplant, but they have learned that the Illinois Medicaid program considers the surgery experimental and won’t pay for it. The Illinois decision is based on a recommendation from an ethics panel convened to study the procedure, which involves transplanting the intestine and other organs. No Illinois hospitals perform the surgery, which is called a multi-visceral transplant.

    Tenth grade students take a chemistry test while in class at Springfield High School in Springfield. Illinois high school juniors will be tested on writing skills for the first time in years next spring during state standardized tests.

    Illinois’ writing test back, but without funding
    After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.Yet lawmakers did not allot an extra $2.5 million to pay for the exams across the state, raising hackles among critics of the legislative budget process after Democrats celebrated not having to cut education funding for the first time in four years.


    Chicago to include energy costs on home listings

    House hunters in Chicago will now be able to see the typical cost of providing gas and electric service to a prospective home. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the listings for Chicago homes on the Multiple Listing Service will display annual and monthly energy costs. He says Chicago is the first city in the nation to include the costs on home listings.


    Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits
    The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. The impact of the decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is clear in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is currently legal, or soon will be: Same-sex married couples must be treated the same as other spouses under federal laws governing tax, health care, pensions and other federal benefits.

    Miners listen as other workers voice their concerns to representatives from Sen. Joe Manchin’s office and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant office during a town hall style meeting in Monongah, W.Va.

    Patriot protest in W.Va. likely to draw thousands

    The United Mine Workers of America says it is bringing thousands of coal miners and their dependents to West Virginia next week in its continuing fight with Patriot Coal Corp. over worker and retiree benefits. UMWA President Cecil Roberts, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt are scheduled to speak Tuesday in Fairmont, along with several state political leaders.

    This Nov. 15, 2012 file photo shows Polish Airlines LOT’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Chopin airport tarmac in Warsaw, Poland.

    Polish airline has more problems with 787s

    Polish airline LOT has cancelled one trans-Atlantic flight and postponed another after technical problems on two of its Boeing 787 planes, the carrier’s spokeswoman said Thursday. Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras confirmed that a flight to Chicago was cancelled on Wednesday because of problems with the power system, while another to Toronto was postponed due to issues associated with the plane’s tracking system.

    Associated Press Rene Bruelhart was heading to Sun City, South Africa, for the annual meeting of the Egmont Group, a gathering of financial information agencies from 130 countries, when the Vatican announced that its top two bank managers had resigned amid a blossoming financial scandal.

    AP Interview: Vatican’s 007 on money-laundering
    The revelations of wrongdoing currently rocking the Vatican bank couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Swiss-born anti-money laundering expert hired to lead the Holy See’s push for greater financial transparency.Rene Bruelhart was heading to Sun City, South Africa, for the annual meeting of the Egmont Group, a gathering of financial information agencies from 130 countries, when the Vatican announced that its top two bank managers had resigned amid a blossoming financial scandal.

    This “Batman” No. 1 from 1940, depicting Batman and Robin swinging in front of a Gotham city skyline is planned to go on auction in August 2013. A similar copy sold for $850,000 in 2012.

    ’Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 cover to be auctioned
    It is the comic book cover that captured the grim visage of an older, wiser — and meaner — Batman. Now, the 1986 pen and ink creation — drawn by writer/artist Frank Miller — that is the cover to “The Dark Knight Returns” No. 2 will be sold next month in Dallas by Heritage Auctions. It’s the first cover from DC Comics’ 1986 four-issue “Dark Knight” miniseries to be sold and is expected to go for more than $500,000.

Life & Entertainment


    Big-time housing rebound

    You’ve probably seen some of the reports during the past week about home sales and prices. Housing is hot. New home sales in May were almost 30 percent higher than a year ago, and average prices jumped by about 10 percent during the past 12 months to $308,000.

    Johnny Depp, who recently turned 50, said he recognizes that popularity is fleeting.

    Depp at 50: ‘Just happy to still be around’

    It may be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his “Pirates” character Jack Sparrow, but the actor recalls a time before the boozy buccaneer became a household name. “The films that I did prior to ‘Pirates,’ ... not everything but a lot of it, was sort of by industry standards, not blockbuster stuff. So I wasn’t ever blockbuster material,” said Depp in a recent interview. But that’s not to say he didn’t have fun during those years. “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some very small and different independent films throughout my career and I’ve been able to be involved in, you know, a couple of films that shocked everybody, especially me,” he said.

    Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. The Mormon church is preparing to blanket the globe with more missionaries than ever as a surge of young men and women pack their white shirts, ties and knee-length skirts.

    Mormons to use technology in missionary work

    The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door. But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook. Recognizing the world has changed, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders has announced that missionaries will do less door-to-door proselytizing, and instead, use the Internet to recruit new church members.

    Boy Scouts’ Venturing crew member Jenny Welles prepares to rappel during a climbing weekend at Bear Paw Scout Camp in Mountain, Wis. For the first time, members of Venturing crews, including girls, will be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts national jamboree being held in mid-July in Glen Jean, W.Va.

    Girls included in Boy Scout jamboree for first time

    Make room, guys. The girls are coming to the Boy Scouts of America’s national jamboree. For the first time, female participants will be among the more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders attending the national gathering that occurs every four years. The jamboree runs July 15 to 24 at the Summit outdoor adventure site in southern West Virginia.

    A model wears a creation for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection.

    Gaultier claws back on top, Valentino dazzles

    “It’s all cinema, it’s all from film,” said Jean Paul Gaultier, summing up haute couture. Paris’ enfant terrible seemed to have a point, speaking on the last day of fall-winter shows that have seen spectators transported from apocalyptic opera houses to the circus and flung across the four corners of the globe. Gaultier’s feline-infused couture collection took for inspiration Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini and “The Pink Panther.”


    Readers chime in with their advice

    While columnist Carolyn Hax is away, readers give the advice on topics such as giving support, bringing kids to funerals and being the only single person at a gathering.


    Suburban Cowboys bring country covers to Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies

    Paul “Hoss” Wenzel got his start on the music scene in the mid-1990s playing acoustic guitar for a BoDeans tribute band. These days he plays for the country music cover band the Suburban Cowboys. The band will play at Eyes to the Skies Festival on Saturday.

    Young Mowgli (Akash Chopra), left, finds a friend in the easygoing Baloo in Goodman Theatre's “The Jungle Book,” adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman.

    Goodman's enchanting 'Jungle Book' delights the ears and eyes

    Sixteen months after The Goodman Theatre announced artistic associate Mary Zimmerman would helm a stage adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” the highly anticipated production has arrived. It was worth the wait. Gorgeous-looking, with an irresistible score and an ebullient cast, “The Jungle Book” — adapted from Rudyard Kipling's tales and Disney's animated 1967 film — is the next glittering jewel in Goodman's crown.

    Models wear creations by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection, presented Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Paris.

    Chanel’s couture glitters among decayed rubble

    A once-grand opera house that’s now a scene of decaying rubble was the latest remarkable venue for Chanel’s haute couture. The setting saw Karl Lagerfeld carry off a dark, expressionist-tinged fall-winter 2013 collection, but the nostalgia was only half the story of this strong show, staged inside Paris’ Grand Palais.

    The current incarnation of Chicago will play a set of shows at Ravinia Festival at the end of August.

    Remember when? Nostalgia bands coming to local stages

    My girlfriend and I were excited to see the Queensryche billboard along Route 12 advertising Fiesta Days in McHenry — her because she used to be a huge fan, and me because it was fascinating that a band as big as Queensryche was coming to the suburbs. It got me wondering what other big, nostalgic names were coming around this summer.

    Alexis Nguyen of Pingree Grove sings her selection during day one of auditions for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. Nguyen was recently named as a top-30 finalist in the summer-long competition.

    Second group of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent finalists prepare to perform

    The second set of 15 performances from the top 30 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent are set to perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Sunday, July 7.

    An exhibition entitled “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” in London’s Jewish Museum. The exhibition aims to reveal an intimate side of the late soul diva.

    UK museum explores the real Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person. An exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, “simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent.”“Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” brings together items from the late singer’s London childhood, her stage-school years and her short but stratospheric career in music — from her first guitar to a posthumous Grammy Award.

    Chives grow in a kitchen garden near Langley, Washington. Home canners are growing and preserving herbs at an increasing rate each year, with basil as the most popular followed by chives, cilantro and dill.

    Herbs increasingly used in home canning

    Culinary herbs are among the hottest trends in gardening. They also are popular among families who preserve fresh foods for later use. Nearly 70 percent of home canners are growing herbs, second only to tomatoes, said Lauren Devine-Hager, a product research and test-kitchen scientist with Jarden Home Brands, which manufactures the classic Ball home-canning Mason jars.


    Install GFCI outlets for safer bathrooms and kitchens
    Most homes are protected by GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where water and electricity are in close quarters. These outlets are designed to shut off power to the circuit should water short it out. If you don’t have these outlets in these areas already, you really ought to add them. Here are the basic steps involved in doing so. Be safe and, if you don’t think you can do it on our own, hire an electrician to do it for you.


    ‘Rate locks’ look more appealing after recent surge in loan costs
    Smart homebuyers are scrambling to lock in their mortgage rates after a sharp increase in late June and new uncertainties looming in the months ahead.

    Homes in Addison’s Oak Forest Estates were custom built, most by developer Performance Builders.

    Oak Forest Estates offers premier location

    Oak Forest Estates offers a wooded enclave of spectacular custom homes tucked away in a private cul-de-sac in Addison. "The small subdivision attracts people interested in luxury living in a secluded setting without having to move far north, west or south,” said Joan Sinnott, a real estate broker and vice president of Century 21 Lullo.



    Editorial: PTSD treatment warrants more study

    A Daily Herald editorial urges the government to fund clinical trials of a Hoffman Estates doctor's novel treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder to determine whether it should be made available to more military veterans.

    Martin Dolan

    Misguided parents should just say ‘no’

    Guest columnist Martin Dolan: Underage drinking is a serious problem that becomes more difficult when parents allow for it by providing alcohol or hosting parties where underage drinking occurs, even if that just means looking the other way.

    Martin Dolan

    Misguided parents should just say ‘no’

    Guest columnist Martin Dolan: Underage drinking is a serious problem that becomes more difficult when parents allow for it by providing alcohol or hosting parties where underage drinking occurs, even if that just means looking the other way.


    Still work to be done on voting rights
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: A recent United States Supreme Court ruling gutted a vital provision of the Voting Rights Act because “its goals have been met.” This makes as much sense as removing speed limits because highway deaths have decreased or ending vaccinations for polio since there were less than 200 cases worldwide in 2012.


    Keep ours a free-will society
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In response to your June 30 column titled “About those who abuse their health,” please check yourself in to the Anti-Pavlov Clinic before we here in the imperfect Land of Free Will have to come and get you. We believe you need a heavy course of anti-Pavlovian medication,


    Immigration bill harmful to U.S.
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: We do not need this immigration bill. This is like a slap in the face to we the people who voted for these politicians to represent us, not to give amnesty to people who crossed our borders illegally or overstayed their visas.


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