Daily Archive : Tuesday July 9, 2013


    Janet Adkisson and her children, Payton and Ashley, search for DVDs at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire. Audiovisual circulation has increased since the library reopened in late May, officials say.

    Traffic, circulation increase after Vernon Area Public Library renovation

    Foot traffic and circulation at the Vernon Area Public LIbrary in Lincolnshire have boomed since a recent $1.3 million renovation. “With even just one month of checkouts, it is clear that these strategic moves are having the desired effect,” library spokeswoman Catherine Savage said.

    Actress Mayim Bialik, left, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” also has starred in one of the videos created by Allison Josephs, right. Their “Science vs. Religion: Mayim Bialik and the other Big Bang Theory” episode has reached more than 330,000 views on YouTube.

    “Jew in the City” creator coming to Northbrook Theatre

    Allison Josephs, whose “Jew in the City” YouTube videos have garnered more than 1 million views, is making her first Chicago area appearance July 21, at Northbrook Theatre.“I really jumped on the YouTube train pretty early on,” she says, in an interview with the Daily Herald.


    Schaumburg library to host U.S. citizenship classes

    Preparation classes for those seeking U.S. citizenship will be held in August and September at two locations of the Schaumburg Township District Library.

    David Mills worked for the Arlington Heights Fire Department for 32 years.

    Arlington Heights' first full-time firefighter dies

    The Arlington Heights Fire Department hired its first full-time firefighters in 1957 after operating as a volunteer force since the 1800s. Badge No. 1 that year was given to David Mills, who stayed with the department for 32 years and rose to be deputy chief until his retirement in 1989. Mills, 84, died Monday after a short illness.

    The Illinois House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's rewrite of a plan to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public.

    What concealed carry means for the suburbs

    With lawmakers' final approval of a law allowed people to carry concealed handguns in public, the clock has started ticking for suburbs that want to ban so-called assault weapons. But most don't seem to want to. “If we avoid sending this to even a board vote and don't recognize the 10-day window ... we're upholding the Constitution,” Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace said.

    Exhibits manager Steve Furnett and collections coordinator Diana Detske prepare a Civil War flag for viewing Wednesday at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda. The flag was donated by descendants of Civil War veteran Edward Murray after it was found hidden in a shoe box.

    Lake County museum prepares to unveil piece of Civil War history

    Hundreds of Civil War reenactors dressed in realistic uniforms and bearing authentic-looking weaponry will join thousands of history buffs at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda this weekend for the annual Civil War Days encampment. With them this year will be at least item that’s the real deal — a 4-by 8-foot American flag made for a soldier by his proud mother after he joined the...

    Brad O'Halloran

    Metra chairman ends silence on ex-CEO's exit

    Accusations that the large settlement given to ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford was “hush money” are flat-out wrong, agency Chairman Brad O'Halloran said in an interview Tuesday. Speaking out for the first time about Clifford's departure and controversial severance package, O'Halloran stressed that the money was intended to avoid a lawsuit and was not an attempt to silence Clifford...

    Learn more about apps, email and other Internet topics at free classes at the new Microsoft store inside Woodfield Mall. The Daily Herald is partnering with Microsoft for six different sessions for seven-day subscribers.

    Learn to Skype, use Facebook and more in Schaumburg
    Always wanted to try Skyping your grandchildren? Confused about password safety and Internet protection? Want to read your favorite newspaper on your new tablet, but unsure where to start? The Daily Herald is partnering with Microsoft to offer you six free classes on navigating the Internet, a sort of Internet 101, if you will.


    Sheriff: Batavia man was on roof with rifle when shot

    Authorities weren't saying much a day after a Kane County Sheriff's Department sergeant shot and killed a 52-year-old Batavia Township man who they say pointed a rifle at deputies while on the roof of his home. Kane County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Pat Gengler said deputies responded late Monday morning to call about a suicidal subject and found Luke Bulzak on the roof. “It gave him a...

    Arlington Heights Park District officials say they will again look at how to increase safety at Lake Arlington after a woman who was hit in June by an 11-year-old cyclist died last week.

    Lake Arlington trail safety will be looked at, officials say

    Arlington Heights Park District officials say they will again look at how to increase safety at Lake Arlington after a woman who was hit in June by an 11-year-old cyclist died last week. Police and park officials are saying the death of Barbara Pagano, 74, was a tragic accident. “We will continue to look at ways to make the path as safe as possible,” Executive Director Steve Scholten...

    This stately home in South Barrington was apparently hit by lightning Tuesday.

    South Barrington family safe as house burns

    A South Barrington family of five is safe after firefighters battled a fire at their house, which may have been struck by lightning. Homeowner Sargon Boudakh said his wife and two of their children, a girl, 14 and a boy, 11, were home when the lightning hit. Angelo Grossi, a close friend of the family, said they are “the nicest family that exists. They will do anything for anybody.”

    Wheaton resident Daniel Dolan-Laughlin was honored by White House staff Tuesday for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the American Lung Association.

    Wheaton clean-air advocate honored at White House

    A year and a half ago, Wheaton resident Daniel Dolan-Laughlin was given two or three days to live. On Tuesday morning, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease survivor and double-lung transplant recipient was honored at the White House for his volunteer efforts.


    Wheaton fest to celebrate diversity

    Aspiring world travelers, save your money. Wheaton's Community Relations Commission is throwing a free celebration Thursday that promises to take you to all seven continents without leaving the confines of Memorial Park.


    Motorcyclists hurt in Gurnee crashes

    Two motorcyclists were injured in separate crashes Monday in Gurnee and were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center. One suffered minor injuries, but the other remains in the intensive care unit, fire officials said.

    Members of the Ironwood Hotshots crew of Tucson, Ariz., file past a brand new statue of a firefighter outside Tim's Toyota Center, Monday, July 8, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. A memorial service will be held Tuesday during which firefighters from across the nation will join with the men's families, Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries to honor the firefighters who were killed June 30 battling a blaze near Yarnell, Ariz.

    'Bless my Hotshot crew': Survivor speaks at vigil

    On a day filled with speeches from dignitaries including the vice president, the words of the lone survivor of a fire crew overrun by flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with firefighters from around the nation. A stone-faced Brendan McDonough filed onto the stage and offered what's called “The Hot Shot's Prayer": “For if this day on the line I should answer death's call,...


    Illinois enacts nation’s final concealed-gun law

    The last holdout on allowing the public possession of concealed guns, Illinois joined the rest of the nation Tuesday as lawmakers raced to beat a federal court deadline in adopting a carry law over Gov. Pat Quinn’s objections. “This is a historic, significant day for law-abiding gun owners,” said Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat. “They finally get to exercise their Second...

    Reporters and photographers meet with Yoon Young-Doo, center, CEO of Asiana Airlines, as he makes a brief comment shortly after his arrival at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday. Yoon quickly retreated to a secure area of the international terminal to escape the large crowd of journalists.

    NTSB: Pilots relied on automatic speed control

    The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 relied on automated cockpit equipment to control the jetliner’s speed as they landed at San Francisco airport, but realized too late they were flying too low and too slow before the aircraft crashed, investigators said Tuesday.

    The Elgin Fire Department plans to ask the city council’s committee of the whole to buy a Power-LOAD ambulance cot loading system made by Stryker EMS.

    Elgin fire deparment wants heavy loaders for amublances

    As Americans increase in size, so does the strain on emergency services personnel who must load patients into ambulances. The Elgin Fire Department plans to ask the city to approve a $32,100 expense for a system that will make that easier to do that while preventing injuries to personnel.

    Marco Gomez, 27, of the 300 block of Standish Street in Elgin is charged with four counts of indecent solicitation of a child.

    Elgin man charged with soliciting 14-year-old girl

    An Elgin man who thought he was arranging a sexual rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl was arrested earlier this month after instead being confronted by Lake County Sheriff’s police as part of a sting operation, authorities announced Tuesday. Marco Gomez, 27, of the 300 block of Standish Street, is charged with four counts of indecent solicitation of a child.

    A new gas station, convenience store and car wash is proposed for a 1.5-acre site on the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn. The location is the former site of a Shell gas station.

    Opponents blast proposed gas station near Glen Ellyn

    Plans for a gasoline station, convenience store and car wash in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn have drawn opposition from nearby residents and officials from a park district who believe their properties would be unduly affected. Buchanan Energy of Omaha, Neb., has proposed a 1.5-acre development for the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road that would include space for 10...

    From left to right, Dr. Jack Whitney, NorthShore University HealthSystem emergency medical services director, Gurnee firefighter/paramedics Robert Davidson and Scott Rans, and NorthShore registered nurse and EMS coordinator Cheri Smirles at Monday's Gurnee village board meeting, when Davidson and Rans were honored for performing lifesaving actions while off duty in May.

    Two Gurnee firefighters honored for off-duty lifesaving actions

    A pair Gurnee firefighter/paramedics have been honored for performing lifesaving actions earlier this year while off duty and playing softball in another town. Robert Davidson and Scott Rans saved a man who had gone into cardiac arrest while playing ball in Waukegan.

    This image from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows Gina DeJesus in the YouTube video posted late Monday night. The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade broke their public silence in a 3-minute, 30-second video posted on YouTube at midnight Monday. They said the support and prayers of family, friends and the public is allowing them to rebuild their lives after what Berry called “this entire ordeal.”

    Ohio kidnapping victims thank public for support

    Stylish and smiling, three women allegedly held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade offered thanks on YouTube for emotional and financial backing they’ve received since going “through hell and back.”

    DuPage County Board members on Tuesday approved a roughly $8.1 million wetlands project at the West Branch Forest Preserve near Bartlett. The work could start this month.

    DuPage balks at bidder for flood-relief work

    After approving nearly $12 million in flood-relief projects with no discussion, the DuPage County Board on Tuesday voted 9-8 not to provide a $51,750 contract to a company that planned to demolish houses on three flood-prone properties.


    Industrial or sporting uses could fit Prospect Hts. land

    An early report from a study of uses for land Prospect Heights bought years ago for the ill-fated arena project indicates its most likely use would be industrial, although a few surprise suggestions were thrown in.


    Arlington Hts. ends fiscal year with $3.5 million surplus

    Arlington Heights ended fiscal year 2013 with a $3.5 million surplus, making it the village’s strongest financial year since the recession, officials said.


    Woodfield convention bureau releases 2013 Visitor Guide

    The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau has published its 2013 Visitor Guide. The new issue showcases eight communities in the Northwest suburbs and provides a comprehensive directory of accommodations, attractions and dining options for visitors.


    Save-A-Pet event in Libertyville Sunday

    Save-A-Pet will hold its annual petathlon from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 14 at Cook Park in downtown Libertyville. The event, held in conjunction with Libertyville’s Dog Days of Summer, will include a 3K dog walk or run, snacks and refreshments for walkers, a live band, raffle, activities for pets and families, and a Save-A-Pet tent with adoptable pets.

    Jeremy A. Betancourt, 17, of Antioch

    Bail lowered for Antioch teen charged in fatal drag race

    Bail was lowered Tuesday for a 17-year-old Antioch Township man charged with reckless homicide in the death of a teenage girl killed when he lost control of his car while drag racing last month in Gurnee. Lake County Judge Raymond Collins ordered Jeremy Betancourt’s bond lowered from $250,000 to $100,000, despite prosectors filing an additional charge of aggravated driving under the influence.


    Marketing consultant hired to hone new image for Mundelein

    Mundelein has selected a communications and marketing firm to craft an image and develop a municipal branding program. Business Districts Inc., will be paid up to $76,675 for the work which will include surveys and interviews to learn how customers, residents, visitors and others perceive the village.


    Funeral held for Bartlett teen who died in Michigan crash

    Funeral services for a 13-year-old Bartlett girl who died Saturday in a car crash in Michigan were held Tuesday. Rajvi Parikh died from injuries suffered when she was ejected from a 2002 Acura station wagon that crashed after her father, 43-year-old Chirayu Parikh, of Bartlett, swerved to avoid an object in the roadway, police said. Police confirmed Tuesday that Rajvi was not wearing her seat...


    Kane closer to Longmeadow Parkway construction

    Kane County officials inked four contracts Tuesday for the Longmeadow Parkwary project that bring the pending tollway into the stage just before construction. County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen also said he's stepping away from his call for local communities on the northern end of the county to host referendums on the toll aspect of the project. He's convinced there is enough local support for...


    Man involved in crash that killed 2 Rolling Meadows women pleads to felony DUI

    Will County authorities say a man involved in a 2011 traffic crash that killed two Rolling Meadows women has pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol.

    The spokesman of Egypt’s interim president says economist Hazem el-Beblawi has been named prime minister and pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named a vice-president. Ahmed el-Musalamani made the announcements Tuesday after days of political stalemate over the prime minister post. El-Beblawi, who is in his 70s, served as finance minister in one of the first cabinets formed after the 2011 uprising forced Hosni Mubarak from power and the military stepped in to rule.

    Egypt pushes transition, naming prime minister

    Egypt’s interim president named an economist as prime minister Tuesday, ending days of deadlock as the head of the military pressured political factions to speed along the process, warning them that “maneuvering” must not hold up the transition toward new elections after the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

    State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, and state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, talk during the General Assembly’s Conference Committee on pension reform Monday in Springfield. The committee missed Gov. Pat Quinn’s unilaterally imposed deadline Tuesday.

    Inaction on pensions ‘lets down taxpayers,’ Quinn says

    Gov. Pat Quinn scolded lawmakers who didn’t report back with a solution to Illinois’ pension crisis by his Tuesday deadline and warned of consequences for them and the state.

    Jeff Miller, owner of Divine Signs in Schaumburg and survivor of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in July 1989, talks about what it was like that day at the Schaumburg Business Association breakfast on Tuesday.

    Air crash survivor talks to Schaumburg group about lessons learned

    It was pure coincidence that Jeff Miller, survivor of a July 1989 plane crash that killed 111 people, was invited to speak at a Schaumburg Business Association meeting just three days after the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. But the timing gave extra impact to his talk about the lessons he learned from the experience.

    A woman pays her respects in front of photos of the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, including former Beach Park resident Anthony Rose at left, at a memorial service in Prescott Valley, Arizona July 9, 2013.

    Images: Arizona Firefighter Memorial Service
    Images of a memorial service in Prescott Valley, Ariz. on Tuesday. Nineteen of Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots, including former Lake County resident Anthony Rose, were overrun while battling a blaze iin Yarnell on June 30, 2013.

    Anthony Rose

    Remains of firefighter returning to Lake County

    The remains of one of the 19 firefighters killed in Arizona last month are being returned to his family in Beach Park. Chief Paul Tierney of the Beach Park Fire Department says the cremated remains of Anthony Rose will be flown into Waukegan Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon.


    Chicago to get more electricity from wind farms

    Illinois wind farms now supply 5 percent of the electricity used by Chicago residents and small businesses who participate in a new aggregation program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Tuesday, lauding what environmentalists say could be a model that other communities could copy.


    Elgin cops arrest 2 kids accused of pointing gun at others

    Two boys ages 11 and 14 were arrested after they pointed a rifle at other juveniles Monday in Elgin, officials said. Elgin police made the arrest during a “walk and talk” event police held near Norman Nelson Court.

    Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are likely in the area late morning and early afternoon with high humidity and temperatures in the high 80s.

    Illinois braces for hot, stormy weather

    Forecasters say the heat index could climb into the triple digits as hot and steamy weather blankets parts of Illinois. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are likely in the area this afternoon with high humidity and temperatures in the high 80s and light winds.


    Fishing derby in Round Lake Beach July 20

    Kids and families can come to Beach Park in Round Lake Beach on July 20 for the annual “Fishing Should Be Fun” fishing derby. There will be several events for children during the derby, including a fishing and boating safety seminar, a casting event and lessons on how to tie fishing knots and rigging.


    Gurnee kids’ fishing derby is Saturday

    The Gurnee Park District will host its eighth annual children’s fishing derby from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the pond behind the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, 920 N. Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and prizes will be given for the most fish caught, biggest fish, smallest fish and most unique catch.

    Elgin Public Museum Executive Director Peggie Stromberg and Coordinator Mike McGrath are looking forward to Thursday’s Paleontology Pizza Night.

    Cuts lead to new partnerships for Elgin museum

    Funding has been steadily decreasing over the last 10 years for the Elgin Public Museum, and its funding from the city has been cut by more than half. With fewer resources, the museum board of directors has been working on partnerships to help raise funds for the museum. In a slowly recovering economy, local organizations like the museum are having to get creative in raising money, including...


    Suspect in 2010 baseball bat attack pleads guilty

    A woman has pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges in connection with a 2010 baseball bat attack in Chicago that hospitalized two women. Marcy Cruz on Tuesday entered guilty pleas to two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to 11 years in prison for each count.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian G. Doscher, 26, of the 9900 block of Stacy Lane, Union, was charged Monday with attempted unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance, according to a police report. Doscher attempted to acquire the prescription drug Norco at the pharmacy on the first floor of Advocate Sherman Hospital, 1435 N. Randall Road. Police said he gave a false name to the doctor. Elgin police were called after...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Helen M. Oltz, 48, of Geneva, was charged with retail theft at 5:50 p.m. July 3 at Forever 21, 230 Commons Drive, Geneva, according to a police report.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

    Madigan nears $5 million in fundraising

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan has raised close to $5 million for her next campaign. But she’s not yet saying whether she’ll use the money to run for governor or to seek another term as Illinois attorney general.


    Attorneys seek ruling in Cook County gay marriage case

    Attorneys for 25 gay couples plan to ask a Cook County judge to make a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois. Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois plan to file a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in Cook County circuit court.


    Gay couples seeking marriage in Indiana could be charged

    Same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana could face a charge of perjury simply for submitting the application to their county clerk.


    Ex-Indy airport CEO to helm Gary airport expansion

    The former CEO of the Indianapolis International Airport has been appointed to oversee a troubled $166 million plan to expand the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The northwestern Indiana city’s Airport Authority voted 5-1 vote Monday to give John Clark broad authority to oversee other consultants and contractors hired for the project.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., center, addresses a news conference as seized guns are displayed, in New York, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Nine people, members of the infamous Bonanno crime family, have been indicted on enterprise corruption charges.

    7 plead not guilty in NYC mob crackdown

    Nine reputed members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with what prosecutors called old-school mob activity: gambling, loan sharking, extortion and drugs. . “The 158-page indictment demonstrates that organized crime is still operating in New York City and has its hooks into the labor movement,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said.

    Michael Foster

    Bartlett man faces attempted armed robbery charges

    A 25-year-old Bartlett man was arrested July 4 on attempted robbery charges after authorities say he used a small caliber weapon in an attempt to rob three men as they entered their car. A central bond court judge set bail at $150,000 Saturday for Michael T. Foster who could face from 4 to 15 years in prison if convicted.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a jewelry box containing six diamond rings and miscellaneous bracelets between 9:05 a.m. July 5 and 2:30 p.m. July 6 out of a home on the 400 block of Amherst Avenue, Des Plaines. A flood cleanup crew was in the house during that time. Loss was estimated at $10,000.

    Aurora resident Demeteria Stokes and her daughter, Rayne, say they are thankful for Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville, which recently received a $100,000 donation to support food programs that help kids and families.

    Naperville food pantry gets donation to boost programs

    A recent $100,000 donation is boosting the summer food distribution efforts of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville. Greg and Gina Shugar of Naperville made the donation when they realized roughly half of the people Loaves & Fishes helps feed are children younger than 18. “We choose to support Loaves & fishes specifically because they provide food and support to local families in an...


    Roselle, Hanover Park seek boundary pact

    Roselle and Hanover Park are proposing a pact to detail each village’s claim to annex unincorporated land between the towns. The proposed boundary agreement would apply to unincorporated parcels south of Lake Street along Gary Avenue. It would make Gary the dividing line between both villages for the next 20 years, with Roselle getting land east of Gary.

    Jeffrey Herold

    Elgin man charged with child solicitation, battery

    A 24-year-old Elgin man is accused of soliciting a teenage boy outside a shopping mall in Hoffman Estates, police said. Jeffrey A. Herold is charged with one count of solicitation to meet a child and one count of battery, both Class A misdemeanors, police said.


    Meat industry groups sue over country-of-origin labeling

    U.S. meat industry groups, joined by Canadian counterparts, sued the Agriculture Department seeking to block rules requiring meat producers to increase the amount of information about countries of origin on their products. Meat producers asked for a ruling that the new regulations are unconstitutional, an order to stop their enforcement, and an award of legal fees.


    Sidewalks coming to Glen Ellyn; residents don't want them

    Sidewalks will be installed for the first time on portions of two Glen Ellyn streets, even though nearby residents are opposed to it. The village board Monday agreed to sidewalk installations that will comprise about 2,200 feet in two Glen Ellyn neighborhoods: one southwest of the village's downtown, and another to the southwest of Stacy's Corners.


    Red-light camera violations up in Roselle

    Roselle’s red-light cameras are generating higher-than-anticipated revenue at a time when money collected from other fines are falling short of projections.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    The Wheeling Police Department made four DUI arrests, wrote 44 safety belt citations and 34 other traffic citations during the July Fourth holiday enforcement period.


    US finds Miami police excessive force in shootings

    The U.S. Justice Department has found for the second time in a decade that the Miami Police Department engaged in a pattern of excessive use of force in shootings of suspects, including seven black men fatally shot by officers over an eight-month period ending in 2011. “We are disappointed to find that the problem is back,” said Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights.

    Bill Kurtis

    Bill Kurtis new voice of Illinois tourism ads

    Veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis will be featured in ads for Illinois tourism. The Illinois Office of Tourism announced Monday that Kurtis is the “new voice” of Illinois tourism. He will be in a new commercial and featured in other projects. Kurtis is a broadcaster, documentary host, author and producer.


    Island Lake hosting community festival July 27

    Island Lake officials will hold a community gathering called Island Lakefest on Saturday, July 27. The event will run from 3 p.m. to dusk at Veterans Park, 432 W. State Road. A car show, games, a dunk tank and kids activities are planned. A fireworks show over the lake will close out the night.

    Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, remains hospitalized in Boston and is listed in fair condition.

    Teresa Heinz Kerry remains in fair condition

    Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, remains in fair condition at Massachussets General Hospital where her health “continues to improve,” according to a statement from Kerry’s personal spokesman.

    Captian Francesco Schettino arrives for his trial in Grosseto, Italy, Tuesday. The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun in a theater converted into a courtroom in Tuscany to accommodate all the survivors and relatives of the 32 victims who want to see justice carried out in the 2012 tragedy.

    Captain of wrecked cruise ship on trial in Italy

    The crippled Costa Concordia lies on its side off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, a stubborn reminder of the 2012 shipwreck that claimed 32 lives. On Tuesday, the luxury cruise liner’s captain went on trial here as the sole defendant in a case that may take months or longer to resolve — making an end to the drama even more elusive.

    Searchers dig through the rubble for victims in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, after a runaway train derailed early Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil. The train is owned by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, whose parent company Rail World, Inc., is based in Rosemont.

    Dozens feared dead in Quebec oil-train derailment

    Blackened debris, twisted metal and gas leaks hampered rescue workers’ search for perhaps dozens of bodies Tuesday, three days after a runaway oil train smashed into this small lakeside town, incinerating homes, a library and a crowded bar. Thirteen people were confirmed dead and nearly 40 others still missing.

    A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto on Monday, July 8 2013.

    Toronto storm causes chaos throughout city

    A severe thunderstorm caused flash flooding in Toronto, cutting power to at least 300,000 in Canada’s largest city, shutting down subways, forcing some people to cling to trees and leaving about 1,400 passengers stranded for hours on a commuter train filled with gushing water.

    Elizabeth S. Bako

    Trial in Grayslake PTO theft delayed to October

    The trial of a former Grayslake parent teacher organization member accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the organization has been pushed back until October. Elizabeth S. Bako, 41, now is scheduled to face trial Oct. 7 on two counts of felony theft and two counts of using a debit card with intent to defraud.


    Daley changes stance on accepting money in session

    Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley has reversed his stance on fundraising while lawmakers are in session as he’s preparing his gubernatorial bid. Last week the Chicago Democrat proposed a ban on fundraising for all state lawmakers and candidates while they’re in session. He said he’d adhere to that principle this year, even though he’s not in office.


    Durbin likes Chicagoan nominated to Census Bureau

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s impressed with President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Census Bureau. Obama has nominated Chicago resident John Thompson. Durbin presented Thompson to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Tuesday in Washington. Thompson currently is president of the Chicago-based National Opinion Research Center.

    The Las Vegas Strip skyline is seen as smoke continues to billow from the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas. Homes were threatened, but more than 750 firefighters, including 18 elite Hotshot crews, were battling the Carpenter 1 Fire some 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Jay Nichols, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

    Largest Nev. fires still growing near Vegas, Reno

    Two large wildfires raged Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a mountain blaze near Las Vegas that kept hundreds of people from their homes and another southwest of Reno that jumped in size a day earlier.

    George Zimmerman listens at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012.

    Expert says evidence jibes with Zimmerman’s story

    A pathologist hired by the defense says George Zimmerman’s account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence. Dr. Vincent Di Maio testified Tuesday that the trajectory of the bullet and gun powder on Martin’s body support Zimmerman’s version that Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin’s chest.

    In this frame grab from video provided by Zach Reister, authenticated by checking against known locations and events, and consistent with Associated Press reporting, fireworks explode in the air and on the ground during a fireworks show in Simi Valley, Calif., Thursday, July 4, 2013. More than two dozen people were injured.

    Similar shell malfunction at 2 fireworks shows

    A fireworks company blames bad fireworks for a blast that injured more than three dozen people at a show in Southern California and also triggered problems at another one of its July 4 events. “We did experience a similar shell malfunction at Laguna Hills using the same product,” Dennis Brady Jr. wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Thankfully we did not experience the same chain reaction.”

    Chuck Bartels is a Lake County Board District 10 candidate.

    Chuck Bartels announces Lake County Board candidacy

    A third Republican candidate surfaced Tuesday in the race for the Lake County Board’s District 10 seat. Chuck Bartels, 68, of Mundelein, joins Terri Voss and Cornelius ‘Connie’ Shanahan in the hunt to replace longtime county Commissioner Diana O’Kelly.


    Confusion on Snowden acceptance of Venezuela offer

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela’s offer of political asylum, according to the Twitter account of a Russian lawmaker with close ties to the Kremlin. However, the tweet disappeared a few minutes later.

    Joe Howard, of Buffalo Grove, gazes at the photography of Doug Cavanah at the 2012 festival.

    Buffalo Grove Art Festival returns July 13

    Currently rated as one of the top 50 art festivals in the country, the 12th annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival, starting Saturday, July 13, will host more than 160 juried artists from around the globe.

    A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi with a national flag gestures to army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

    Egypt crisis stirs wide debate on democracy’s hold

    For nations such as Saudi Arabia, which have used all their resources to quell the calls for reform, nothing could be more soothing than having the Arab Spring’s democratic credentials thrown into doubt. They may now increasingly point to Egypt as a cautionary tale about the aspirations of democracy to both validate their hold on power and further tighten crackdowns on perceived dissent.


    Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

    A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration’s compromise on birth control coverage. Religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and charities that don't want to cover birth control can have their insurers provide birth control coverage separately.

    Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska. The crash killed all 10 passengers.

    Family killed in plane crash was vacationing in Alaska

    The Antonakos family of Greenville, S.C., usually stuck close to home for summer vacations, but this year they decided to explore Alaska. Kimberly Antonakos, her husband Melet Antonakos and their three children were among those killed in a fiery Alaska plane crash that left all 10 on board dead.

    This Mississippi kite was photographed in the Rockford neighborhood where kites have returned for six consecutive years. Rockford is well north of the raptor’s traditional breeding range.

    Advice for birders: Go see Mississippi kite in Rockford

    Mississippi kites don't belong in Rockford, but for the sixth year running several of the birds are nesting in a neighborhood park in Rockford. Our Jeff Reiter says it's worth the trip to add the bird to your life list.

    This April 15, 2013 file photo shows medical workers aiding injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston following an explosion. If the Obama administration seeks the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it would face a long, difficult legal battle.

    Seeking death penalty in Boston case? A long road

    If the Obama administration tries to seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it will face a long, difficult legal battle with uncertain prospects for success — in a state that hasn’t seen an execution in nearly 70 years.

    Security forces stand at the scene of a bombing in the Beir el-Abed, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. A large explosion rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group south of the Lebanese capital Tuesday, setting several cars on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and wounding more than a dozen people, security officials said.

    Lebanon: Bombing wounds 53 in Hezbollah stronghold

    A car bomb rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group south of the Lebanese capital Tuesday, wounding at least 53 people and setting several cars ablaze in the most serious knock-on effect from Syria’s civil war on its smaller neighbor since the Syrian crisis began, officials said.

    In this June 20, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration’s abrupt delay of the health insurance mandate for employers saves Democrats a major re-election headache in next year’s midterm contests. But it does boost the underlying Republican complaint: The health care law is unworkable and Congress should repeal it.

    Boehner to Obama: Why a break for businesses only?

    House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama should grant individuals a reprieve from his health care law’s coverage requirement — just like the White House did last week for larger employers. Last week, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay in the employer requirement, saying more time was needed to work out technical issues.

    President Barack Obama, left, meets with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt’s military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of America’s annual $1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t quickly restored.

    Congress divided on using aid to pressure Egypt

    While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt’s military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of America’s annual $1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t quickly restored.

    Asiana Airlines President and CEO Yoon Young-doo, left, answers reporters’ questions before heading to San Francisco at the flight gate of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. A South Korean official says both U.S. and Korean investigators have been interviewing the pilots who were in the cockpit when an Asiana Airlines plane clipped a sea wall before crash landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.

    Pilot interviews key to answers in SFO crash

    The head of the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday revealed additional details about the final seconds before Saturday’s crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, but what remained unknown was why the pilots didn’t react sooner.

    Hospice patient Jocelyn Green, left, discusses medications with registered nurse Tanya Diedrich, of DeKalb County Hospice, at Green’s home in DeKalb.

    Hospice staff learn from patients

    SYCAMORE — Helen Maurer remembers a patient with dementia who had difficulty talking. When music was played for her, she started to tap her foot. Toward the end of the song she said the lyrics out loud, which stunned her therapist because she had not spoken for a long time, said Maurer, a social worker for the DeKalb County Hospice in DeKalb.


    Arlington Heights, chamber move forward on small business initiative

    Arlington Heights is moving forward with a partnership between the village and chamber of commerce to focus on small-business retention, education and assistance. The Arlington Heights committee of the whole voted on Monday to support a proposed agreement with the chamber that involves the village contributing $50,000 a year for three years for a position to be shared between the two entities.

    Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Buffalo Grove, speaks to lawmakers during the General Assembly's Conference Committee on pension reform Monday.

    Lawmakers continue hunt for pension crisis fix

    A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers reported minor progress Monday in negotiations over the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis, even as another deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn was set to lapse without a solution. In a small step forward, the 10-member group prepared to seek a more comprehensive analysis of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday.


    Woman arrested for gun in Chicago’s Daley Center

    An Indiana woman was arrested in Chicago last week after bringing a loaded gun into a Cook County office building. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office says 38-year-old Ana Claudia Gomez was taken into custody Friday after police discovered a semi-automatic handgun in her purse during a security screening at Chicago’s Daley Center. Police say the gun was loaded with seven bullets.


    Special Chicago City Council called on gun laws

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling a special session of the City Council to consider measures he says will strengthen the city’s assault weapons ban.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel the July 17 meeting will also deal with legislation imposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes committed near schools, on buses and along routes children walk to schools.


    State representative wants dad’s City Council seat
    The daughter of a retiring Chicago alderman says she will apply for the soon-to-be-vacated seat currently held by her father, Richard Mell. Democratic State Rep. Deborah Mell tells WMAQ-TV (http://bit.ly/1bjnMfV) she will have a strong application for the post, which will become vacant July 24.


    Boy, 13, dies when canoe flips in McHenry Co. pond

    Authorities say a 13-year-old boy died after his canoe capsized in a pond in the McHenry County community of Harvard.

    Crews break down one of the tents yesterday as part of the cleanup after the Naperville Exchange Club’s 26th annual Ribfest in Knoch Park the previous weekend.

    Dawn Patrol: Kane cop kills man; Elgin stabbing suspect caught

    A Kane County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at officers yesterday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Batavia, police said. Deputies responded to a call about a suicidal man with a gun, police said. When they arrived, the man pointed the gun at officers, resulting in a veteran officer shooting the man.

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    Gurnee to offer private social media for neighborhoods

    Gurnee has linked with a San Francisco-based company to offer private social media in village neighborhoods so residents can share useful information. The site will offer every neighborhood a password-protected social networking site meant for the exchange of information such as recent criminal activity, lost pets, school activities and community watch meetings.

    Grand Victoria Casino on the Fox River in Elgin has pumped more than $400 million into the local economy, while the city has tried to showcase the river.

    How suburbs along the Fox River have transformed themselves

    There are many towns along the Fox River from Aurora north to Algonquin, and not all of them always treated the river as a community asset. But that has changed over the years. The latest proof is Aurora's $18.5 million RiverEdge Park. "Communities all along the river have rediscovered it as a natural attraction,” said Roger Dahlstrom, senior research associate with the Center for...

    The peaceful walking path around Lake Arlington is getting too busy in the evening and on nice days, say nearby residents not surprised by the death of a walker hit by a bicyclist last month.

    Fatal Lake Arlington trail accident renews calls for safety

    The recent death of a pedestrian after a collision with a bike on the path around Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights has fellow patrons saddened — but not surprised, and calling for more courtesy and enforcement. “I feel real bad, but I’m not surprised,” said Barbara Ilic, an Arlington Heights resident who walks there daily. “Something like that was just bound to...



    Cubs prospect Almora takes in a game at Wrigley

    Center fielder Albert Almora had a day off Tuesday, as the Kane County Cougars did not play. So Almora, the Cubs' No. 1 draft pick from 2012, decided to spend the late afternoon and evening at Wrigley Field visiting the big club.

    Dayan Viciedo reaches home plate after connecting for a 3-run homer Tuesday night, his second home run of the game.

    For one night at least, White Sox have some fun

    Alex Rios had a monster night with 6 hits and the White Sox pounded the Tigers 11-4 Tuesday night at Detroit. Considering how bad their season has been, the lopsided win might be remembered for increasing trade values.

    Cubs pitcher Travis Wood turned in his 17th quality start with Tuesday night’s victory over the Angels at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs liking the mix of old and new

    The old and the young came together quite nicely for the Cubs Tuesday night in a 7-2 victory over the Angels at Wrigley Field. Veteran Alfonso Soriano hit 2 home runs while Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney homered to back the pitching of Travis Wood.

    The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano rounds the bases after hitting his first of 2 home runs Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs’ Soriano stays hot with 2 more homers

    Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is on a hot streak, to be sure, with 2 more home runs in Tuesday night's 7-2 victory over the Angels. Manager Dale Sveum said he's just as impressed with Soriano's work ethic.

    Shannon Boxx, now with the Chicago Red Stars, celebrates after the United States defeated Brazil in the women’s soccer gold-medal match at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

    Olympian Shannon Boxx finds a new happiness

    Shannon Boxx is a decoracted U.S. soccer star that is just figuring out how to be happy with doing what she loves once again. Despite her three Olympic Gold Medals and her FIFA recognition as one of the best female players in the world in 2005, Boxx spent a decade feeling along, frustrated and confused.She has Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome, two chronic autoimmune disorders. She hid them from the world from 2002 until 2012. Now, after announcing her disorders publicly, Boxx can enjoy her career again.

    The Cubs’ Darwin Barney swings on a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton during Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field.

    Soriano leads Cubs’ barrage in 7-2 win over Angels

    Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season high five home runs and Travis Wood earned his first win in nearly six weeks in Chicago’s 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney also homered for Chicago in the interleague game.

    Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo reaches home plate after connecting for a three-run home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Rios ties AL mark with 6 hits in White Sox win

    Alex Rios tied an American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.Dayan Vicideo’s second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth inning, and they scored three more runs in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring.


    Bulls announce summer-league roster

    The Bulls released their summer league roster. It includes draft picks Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, along with two members of last year’s squad, Marquis Teague and Malcolm Thomas.

    Chris Chelios, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, was a Blackhawks defenseman for 8½ seasons.

    True competitor Chelios now a Hall of Famer

    Smart, quick, skilled with an underrated shot, mean, dirty (in a good way) and a leader, Chris Chelios was all of those. And now you can add Hall of Famer to the list. Tim Sassone says Chelios is among his most favorite Blackhawks ever.


    Barrington’s Krzysko adds first-team national honor

    Barrington’s Loren Krzysko, who helped lead the Fillies to a third-place finish in the Class AA state softball tournament last month, has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a first-team All-American. The honor establishes Krzysko as the top third baseman in the country. This past spring as a senior she batted .493 with 68 hits, 20 doubles, 18 home runs, 61 runs, 60 RBI and a 1.058 slugging percentage. This season, she was the Daily Herald all-area honorary captain and a first-team all state selection with the Illinois Coaches Association.

    Ivanhoe pro Jim Sobb qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, which tees off Thursday at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska. Sobb also qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in 2006 and ’09.

    John Deere Classic field may be best ever

    Zach Johnson’s title defense and three-time winner Steve Stricker’s return to the PGA Tour may be the focal points of the John Deere Classic, which tees off Thursday in Silvis, IL., on the outskirts of the Quad Cities.

    If Derrick Rose returns from his knee injury next season at his MVP level, the Bulls can win the East and sip champagne according to Mike North.

    Rose holds key to Bulls’ fortunes vs. Heat next season

    Mike North believes the Chicago Bulls chances this year for winning a championship are very good but depends tremendously on which Derek Rose we get back- will he be an MVP or ordinary on the court? The Bulls franchise and future depends on it.


    U.S. stocks rose for a fourth day amid optimism companies will report better-than-forecast earnings and that economic growth is strong enough to withstand any reduction in Federal Reserve stimulus.

    Stocks head higher for fourth day

    The stock market edged higher Tuesday as investors bought companies that fare best when the economic outlook is bright. All major stocks indexes rose, but gains were led by the riskier parts of the market. The Russell 2000, an index of small-company stocks, climbed for a fourth straight day. The Dow Jones transportation average, seen as a leading indicator for the broader economy, also jumped.

    Customers browse through the Look Boutique at the Walgreens store in the Empire State Building, in New York. Americans stepped up their borrowing by $19.6 billion in May compared with April.

    U.S. consumer borrowing up as credit card use rises

    Americans increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in a year. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards reached its highest point since the fall of 2010. Increased borrowing typically means that consumers are feeling more confident. Americans stepped up their borrowing by $19.6 billion in May compared with April, the Federal Reserve said Monday in its monthly report on consumer credit.

    In this April 10, 2013 photo, White House Budget Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House said Monday that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year will shrink to $759 billion.

    White House projects shrinking deficit

    The White House said Monday that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year will shrink to $759 billion. That’s more than $200 billion less than the administration predicted just three months ago.The new figures reflect additional revenues generated by the improving economy and take into account automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that the White House had hoped to avert.


    Kroger to buy Harris Teeter for about $2.44 billion

    Kroger, the country’s largest traditional supermarket operator, said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash. The deal expands Cincinnati-based Kroger’s store base in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets and increases the number of states it operates in by three to 34.


    JAL 777 returns to Tokyo after hydraulic warning

    A Japan Airlines Boeing 777 bound for San Francisco returned to Tokyo early Tuesday after a warning flashed in the cockpit saying the jet’s hydraulic fluid level was low.The plane carrying 236 passengers and 13 crew had departed around midnight and returned about four hours later to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

    Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable.

    A break for smokers? Glitch may limit penalties

    Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable. The Obama administration — in yet another health care overhaul delay — has quietly notified insurers that a computer system glitch will limit penalties that the law says the companies may charge smokers. A fix will take at least a year to put in place.


    U.S. safety agency may expand GM car recall

    U.S. safety regulators may add nearly 5,000 cars to a recall of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. In May, General Motors announced that it would recall more than 38,000 of the 2012 and 2013 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM’s eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.


    IMF scales back world growth forecasts for 2013-14

    The International Monetary Fund forecast slower global growth for 2013 and 2014, citing expectations of a more protracted recession in Europe and a slowdown in key developing countries such as China and Brazil. The update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook issued three months ago now projects the world economy will grow at 3.1 percent this year, the same rate as last year and down from a forecast of 3.3 percent three months ago.


    Insurer: European floods year’s costliest disaster

    A leading insurance company says flooding in central Europe last month caused damage totaling more than $16 billion, about a quarter of it insured — making it the year’s costliest natural disaster so far. Munich Re AG put insured losses from the flooding in Germany and several other countries at $3.9 billion.

Life & Entertainment

    Prepare the crust and cookie dough ahead of time and assembly of this layered ice cream treat is a cinch.

    Salted Caramel and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Torte
    Salted Caramel and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Torte

    Wayne Brady, left, Ryan Stiles, new host Aisha Tyler and Colin Mochrie revive the long-running improvisational comedy show “Whose Line is it Anyway” next week on The CW.

    Hilarious 'Whose Line is it Anyway' returns

    Drew Carey may have moved on to the Showcase Showdown, but Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles are back with new host Aisha Tyler as “Whose Line is it Anyway” begins a 10-episode revival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, on WGN Channel 9 as part of The CW's summer lineup. Tuesday's premiere will feature two back-to-back episodes with guest performers Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”) and Kevin McHale (“Glee”).

    Jon Bon Jovi and his band Bon Jovi play Soldier Field on Friday, July 12.

    Music notes: Bon Jovi's world tour stops at Soldier Field

    There's all kinds of live music happening in the city and suburbs during the coming week, including the return of Bon Jovi to Chicago, Bob Dylan's stellar lineup as part of the Americanarama Tour coming to Toyota Park, and the arrival of 1980s pop band New Kids on the Block in Rosemont.

    In this July 25, 2012, file photo, Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas attend the second day of NBCUniversal's 2012 Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A representative for the Jonas Brothers says Kevin and wife, Danielle, are expecting their first child. The two married in 2009.

    Kevin Jonas, wife expecting 1st child

    A representative for the Jonas Brothers says Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle are expecting their first child. The two married in 2009. They are the stars of the E! reality series “Married to Jonas,” which wrapped its second season in May.

    A group of visitors notice butterflies in the garden of the Brookfield Zoo’s Butterflies Exhibit. The exhibit, open through Labor Day, gives zoo-goers the opportunity to view up to 18 different North American species.

    Add a little color to your world with nearby butterfly exhibits

    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 in Geneva is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and created a series of events to promote their park and other parks.

    The deadline to enter the 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge is July 24.

    From the Food Editor: Cooking contest, cans and cheesecake

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey wonders why you haven't entered the Cook of the Week Challenge yet. Now in its third year, the contest challenges home cooks from around the suburbs to come up with recipes using ingredients in a mystery basket. The cooks face off one-on-one in a series of recipe challenges (think NCAA Sweet-16 format); their recipes are evaluated by a panel of judges until we whittle the field to four.

    In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck arrives at The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2010 fashion show in New York. Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at “The View” for the couch on Fox News Channelís “Fox & Friends.” The news network said Tuesday, July 9, 2013, that Hasselbeck, who has been on Barbara Walters’ syndicated daytime show for a decade, will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Foxís morning show in September.

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ joining Fox News

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at “The View” for the couch on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” The news network said Tuesday that Hasselbeck will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the three-hour morning show “Fox & Friends” in September. Wednesday will be her last day after a decade on “The View.”

    Andrew Lowes, of Grayslake, swings through the finals course in Season 4 of “American Ninja Warrior.” Lowes, 30, is now a contestant in Season 5.

    Grayslake man vying for 'American Ninja Warrior' title

    Andrew Lowes had lost his home and his girlfriend. So the suburban gymnastics coach decided to make an audition video and submit it to “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC's extreme obstacle course competition show. "It's been a life-changer for me," Lowes said. His tryout for Season 5 aired Monday night on NBC -- and he finished 11th out of 112 athletes. That means he's still in the running for a chance to win the “American Ninja Warrior” title.

    Tenor Plácido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo’s publicist says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss at least two appearances scheduled for later this month.

    Placido Domingo in hospital in Spain with embolism

    Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo’s representative says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss several performances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the hospital Monday in Madrid, Spain.

    Croupiers sit at a baccarat gaming table inside a casino during the opening day of Sheraton Macao Hotel at the Sands Cotai Central in Macau. Macau is in the midst of one of the greatest gambling booms the world has ever known.

    Tiny Chinese enclave remakes gambling world, Vegas

    Most people still think the U.S. gambling industry is anchored in Las Vegas, with its booming Strip and 24/7 action, a place where years of alluring marketing campaigns have helped scrub away the taint of past corruption. Yet in just a decade, the center of gambling has migrated to the other side of the world, settling in a tiny Chinese territory an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. The gambling mecca of Macau now handles more wagers than all U.S.-based commercial casinos put together, and many of those bets end up swelling the balance sheets of U.S. corporations.

    Evening ensemble creations by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta are displayed at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.

    Oscar De la Renta, Hillary Clinton share a love of pantsuits

    It’s not quite “Project Pantsuit,” but it’s not far off. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday honored fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, the man responsible for a teal, silk pantsuit she wore when she was sworn in as a senator. The two met Monday in Little Rock where the teal pantsuit is on display at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, thanked de la Renta for his work and his friendship as they feted him and his temporary exhibit called “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” which opened in May and runs through Dec. 1.


    Couple’s friend shouldn’t be going to husband for marital advice

    Reader's husband is often asked for marital advice by one of the couple's female friends. This makes for an awkward situation. Carolyn Hax says that the woman and her alcoholic husband need to see a counselor to work on their marriage instaead.

    Jay-Z released his 12th album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” three days early on Thursday, July 4, through a deal with Samsung. The album is officially came out Sunday and features Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Timbaland and more.

    Jay-Z treads familiar ground on 12th album

    “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” rapper Jay-Z's 12th album, doesn’t have the pop or mainstream appeal his past records have offered. The 16-track set, mostly helmed by Timbaland, is full of robust and moody hip-hop beats that maintain a nice groove, but don’t expect any booming anthems or party jams here. There wasn’t a single or music video ahead of the album’s release, which came out officially on Sunday.

    Amanda Bynes is due in court Tuesday on allegations that she tossed a marijuana bong from the window of her 36th floor Manhattan apartment in May.

    Bynes appears in NYC court on suspected bong toss

    Amanda Bynes wore a long aqua wig, false eyelashes and black sweatpants and a tank top for a brief court appearance Tuesday on allegations that she chucked a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment. The 27-year-old actress did not speak during the hearing that lasted mere minutes, but she drew a throng of photographers and television cameras as she entered and left the criminal court building in lower Manhattan. Neither she nor her attorney spoke to reporters outside court.


    Eventually, a child needs to take his own journey

    If there is a lesson here, it has to do with how we respond when our kids make decisions that we disagree with or that we don’t feel would be best for them. Accepting Claire’s decision to become a vegetarian is a cake walk compared to parents who are dealing with their kids’ decisions to date or marry someone they don’t approve of, or choose a lifestyle or path they don’t agree with.

    Elton John has canceled a show in London’s Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis that will require surgery.

    Elton John diagnosed with appendicitis

    Elton John has canceled a show in London’s Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis that will require surgery. A statement issued Tuesday by the musician’s publicist said John was suffering from an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.

    When she's not on the tennis court Peggy Schwerman is in her Roselle kitchen mixing up sweet treats and seasonal salads.

    Cook of the Week: Roselle woman passionate about sweets

    Peggy Schwerman has proved she has quite a serve — a tennis serve that is — playing the game competitively for 40 years. The Roselle woman also has proved she knows how to serve something else — homemade desserts and salads that people love.

    Singer Mariah Carey is in the hospital for a shoulder injury. The pop star's representative says the singer went to the hospital late Sunday after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video.

    Mariah Carey hospitalized for shoulder injury

    Mariah Carey is in the hospital for a shoulder injury.The pop star's representative says the singer went to the hospital in New York late Sunday after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video. Her rep adds Monday that “doctors reset her shoulder” and that “she is fine."

    Taste summer in P.F. Chang’s grilled pinepple-citrus swordfish with summer rice.

    Dining events: P.F. Chang’s serves up summer flavors

    P.F. Chang’s offers the flavors of summer with new menu items that feature heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, mango and pears. Try the grilled pineapple-citrus swordfish with summer rice, Korean barbecue chicken stir-fry, heirloom tomato and Thai basil salad and much more.

    Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars are on hiatus and are not speaking to each other but will release their new self-titled second album on Aug. 6.

    The Civil Wars release new album despite hiatus

    There are still helium balloons clinging to the ceiling and new toys scattered across a table in the living room when Joy Williams answers the door. It is one of the happiest times for The Civil Wars singer, but as is often the case with life, it’s also one of the most difficult. Over the next hour, Williams will laugh and cry and express a range of emotions from pride to fear and hope as she talks about the status of her Grammy Award-winning duo with John Paul White and their new self-titled second album. The group is officially on hiatus even as a single hits the airwaves and the album nears its Aug. 6 release date.

    Joshua Whitaker rode Big Jake to win bronco riding during a previous edition of the IPRA Rodeo hosted by the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Oaks rodeo grounds.

    Best bets: Saddle up for IPRA Championship Rodeo

    Cheer on the brave wranglers and riders at the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce 50th IPRA Championship Rodeo this weekend at Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds in Wauconda. Also, enjoy samples from more than 50 different brewers at the 10th Annual Barrington Brew Fest Saturday in downtown Barrington.

    Dancers Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy rehearse for the upcoming Broadway show “Forever Tango” in New York. Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy, best known for their work on “Dancing with the Stars,” will star in the revival of Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango,” which traces the dance’s birth on the streets of 19th-century Buenos Aires to its more modern manifestations.

    ‘Dancing With the Stars’ pros wrestle with tango

    In a sweltering midtown dance studio, two professionals from “Dancing With the Stars” were having the tables turned on them. On this recent afternoon, they were the dance students. Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were spinning each other around a mirrored room under the watchful eyes of a pair of Argentine tango pros — Victoria Galoto and Juan Paulo Horvath. Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy may be former Latin ballroom dancing champions and skilled enough each to be on 13 seasons of “Dancing With the Stars,” but here they are in a race to be Broadway ready for the revival of Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango.”

    Oatmeal Lacies are one of many cookies in Peggy Schwerman's recipe collection.

    Oatmeal Lacies
    Oatmeal Lacies: Peggy Schwerman


    Asparagus Salad
    Asparagus Salad: Peggy Schwerman


    Summer Grape Salad
    Summer Grape Salad: Peggy Schwerman

    Peggy Schwerman's elegant chilled dessert starts with store-bought cookies.

    Chocolate Wafer Roll Dessert
    Chocolate Wafer Roll: Peggy Schwerman

    Courtesy of International Folk Art Market shows Idaira Cabezon Mepaquito with a handwoven basket made by the Wounaan weavers, an indigenous group from Panama whose wares are sold at the market in Santa Fe, N.M.

    Santa Fe market highlights potential of artisans

    For 10 years the International Folk Art Market has brought some of the world’s finest artisans from far-flung and often poverty-stricken locales to peddle their wares in the well-heeled, artistic mountain town of Santa Fe. The show has brought in millions of dollars for the artists, many of whom have gone home to start businesses that employ other mostly impoverished women from developing countries. But it has also helped draw attention to what officials with a new State Department-backed alliance say is one of the largest but most ignored global industries.

    Occupational therapist Ally Evelyn-Gustave, right, speaks with Alberta Hough, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, in Hough’s home in Baltimore. Hough struggles to feed herself a snack, her arms shaking badly from Parkinson’s disease.

    Fixing up seniors’ homes to help them age in place

    Alberta Hough struggles to feed herself a snack, her arms shaking badly from Parkinson’s disease. Days earlier, the 84-year-old fell while eating, sliding off her kitchen chair. The rest of Hough’s day isn’t much easier to navigate. She wobbles into a bathtub with no grab bar. Her feet catch on damaged floor tiles. Part of the banister she needs to steady herself on the stairs has pulled out of the wall. At the back door, a rickety wooden ramp no longer supports the scooter that helps her get around.

    Across the street from St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, a cameraman signs his artwork of a stork bringing a baby as members of the media put sweepstakes on a wall to bet which day the royal baby will arrive.

    Royal baby speculation a boon for London bookmakers

    Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will soon give birth to a baby girl named Alexandra who will one day study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and whose first boyfriend will be named Robert. Or at least that’s what the crystal-ball gazing British public are telling bookmakers here, who are relishing the frenzy of betting related to the royal baby, the heir to the heir to the heir of the British throne.



    Top teachers prove value, over and over

    When the Daily Herald debuted “The Suburbs’ Top Teachers” in December, the headline on our feature about Ryan Brown read, “He’s all about the kids.”Little did we know the same headline would apply over and over again, each month, to different teachers — who teach different subjects to different students, and have different passions.It turns out that whatever the subject, the students’ ages or the teacher’s own background, one common element of a great teacher is they never forget who rules.Or, as Brown says, you’re teaching students, not material. “If you’re not having fun, they’re not having fun,” he warns.“The Suburbs’ Best Teachers” runs the second Monday of every month in the Neighbor section. The profiled teachers work in public and private schools, at all grade levels or specialties. Many of them have been nominated by our readers.Through our profiles, you have met a high school English teacher and gymnastics coach; a teacher of students with disabilities; a high school teacher who maintains a memorial garden for two graduates who died in combat; an elementary art teacher whose students also learn videomaking, filmwriting, tweeting, blogging, uploading, singing, acting, graphic design and animation; a history teacher whose interactive classes resemble “The McLaughlin Group”; and more.With each feature, we ask these master teachers to give us a few tips, to share what has worked for them over years of practice. In reality, the tips act as a mirror and reveal much about how these teachers feel about their calling, and their approach to their students.“Seize the moment,” Geneva High School art teacher Al Ochsner advises. “High school is such an important, fleeting time. So much happens. These young adults are literally a few steps away from running the show.”“Keep your beginner’s spirit,” adds Michael Jelinek, a Navy veteran and a history teacher at Naperville North High School. “Remind yourself you don’t know everything. ... Continually engage in self-reflection and enthusiastically find ways to improve instruction.”Tricia Fuglestad, who teaches elementary art in Arlington Heights, collects “tricks” for classroom management — signals, snaps, a call and response, a whisper. “You don’t want to run out of ways to keep students focused,” she says. And when you find them, she adds, “share them!”To read these features each month is to know that teachers matter. The best of them believe school is a two-way street, that students should work hard but also demand the best. For the eight teachers we have profiled so far, there are hundreds more who shine equally bright. We want to know who in your life has been a master teacher. Email us at bestteachers@dailyherald.com and tell us about an active teacher you consider great, and why. We might just profile them in a future edition.


    Bringing democracy to abortion debate



    Protecting our liberty is elected officials’ duty
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Ronald Reagan once said that the nine scariest words in the English language were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Personally I would like a little less help.


    Nominees for NLRB need Kirk’s vote
    A North Barrington letter to the editor: Most Americans are tired of the senseless gridlock and obstructionism in Washington, D.C. It seems like there is no end. Fortunately, gridlock can be overcome if common sense is utilized. Sen. Mark Kirk can take a meaningful step in the right direction in the next few weeks. All he has to do is cast a vote affirming our right to free speech.


    Smokers help reduce taxes for everyone else
    A Fuffalo Grove letter to the editor: In response to Bruce Handler’s “Smoke and drive, but keep windows up” on June 22, I find it hard to believe that smoke from two cars ahead of you was coming in your window. I could see if his car was next to yours. I think it is all in your head — just seeing somebody smoke makes you mad.


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