Daily Archive : Wednesday July 10, 2013


    This June 18, 2013, photo provided by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago shows a rockhopper penguin chick that was hatched at the aquarium on June 12, 2013. The baby bird is nesting with its parents at the aquarium. Shedd experts say the chick weighed 75 grams when it was born and is gaining about 40 grams every day. The chick's gender hasn't been determined yet. Shedd Aquarium is involved in several penguin rescue efforts.

    Baby penguin born at Shedd Aquarium

    A baby rockhopper penguin chick has been born at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.Officials at the aquarium say the chick hatched about a month ago and is gaining weight and eating. The baby bird is nesting with its parents at the aquarium.

    Family members leave Waukegan Regional Airport with the remains of their son Anthony Rose of Beach Park Wednesday. Rose was killed June 30 along with other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while battling a wildfire north of Phoenix.

    Firefighter who died in Arizona returns to suburbs

    Firefighters from the Chicago area and Wisconsin gathered Wednesday night at Waukegan Regional Airport to honor one of their brothers who was among 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots to perish while battling an Arizona wildfire. "You could be anywhere in the country, anywhere in the world, and you meet some firefighter, you have that instant bond with them," said one of the honoring firefighters.

    Prescott Battalion Chief Cory Moser, of Arizona, right, hugs another firefighter during the memorial service for Anthony Rose on Thursday at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion. Rose was one of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed June 30 battling a wildfire in Arizona.

    Last alarm in Zion for firefigher killed in Arizona blaze

    The family of Anthony Rose was joined by hundreds of firefighters and supporters Thursday during a memorial service in Zion. Rose was killed June 30 along with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while battling a wildfire north of Phoenix. “All of this tradition and the fire trucks are for the family to show them the fire service is with them and for them,” said Justin...

    Randy Travis’ publicist said Wednesday the 54-year-old Travis is in surgery after suffering a stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure because of a viral illness.

    Randy Travis recovering from brain surgery

    Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said.

    Tuesday’s Asiana Flight 214 comes in for a landing over the wreckage of Saturday’s Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.

    Investigators look into pairing of Asiana pilots

    As Flight 214 descended over San Francisco Bay, both Asiana Airlines pilots were trying something new. In the left seat of the cockpit sat Lee Gang-kuk, a 46-year-old pilot with just 35 hours of experience flying a Boeing 777 who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco International Airport. At his right was Lee Jeong-Min, a trainer making his first trip as an instructor pilot.

    It's likely a few Stevenson High School students will be disappointed to find out that a letter announcing they could get extra credit points or test exemptions by making a monetary donation to the school was just a prank.

    Official: Stevenson High letter offering extra credit for money a fake

    It's likely a few Stevenson High School students who will be disappointed to find out that a letter announcing they could get extra credit points or test exemptions by making a monetary donation to the school was just a prank. The fake pilot program for freshmen mentioned in the letter would reward students with an excused tardy with a $10 donation, a homework pass with a $15 donation, five extra...

    Aaron Brothers

    Cops search for missing West Chicago man

    Authorities are looking for a man who went missing this week near West Chicago. DuPage County Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday they are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Aaron Brothers, a 44-year-old man who was last seen Monday at his home near Sunset Avenue and Lester Street in an unincorporated area near West Chicago.

    George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Wednesday. He has been charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Defense rests case in George Zimmerman trial

    After taking less than a week to call 18 witnesses, George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the neighborhood watch volunteer’s second-degree murder trial. Prosecutors called their first rebuttal witness immediately afterward

    Brian Emmett of Itasca was on “The American Baking Competition”

    Itasca dad takes the cake, and $250,000, to win baking reality show

    itasca dad Brian Emmett won the title of America's best amateur baker Wednesday night after winning CBS's "The American Baking Competition." The self-employed advertisign executive won $250,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to write a cookbook.

    A draft of the proposed Depot Plaza master plan in East Dundee.

    East Dundee deciding on focal point for plaza

    East Dundee trustees got a look at a draft plan to redevelop the Depot Plaza Square this week, but are still debating they type of water feature they need to best draw people to the downtown. The square is the first step in East Dundee's larger efforts to revitalize its downtown, Village President Lael Miller said.


    Elgin looks at financial help for symphony

    A majority of Elgin City Council members are willing to look at options to support financially the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, although what that will mean moving forward remains unclear. Councilman Terry Gavin cast the lone dissenting vote on a motion asking council members to formally state their willingness during a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday night.

    Deirdre Higgins-White

    Elgin DNA names new executive director

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin has picked one of its board members to serve as its executive director. Deirdre Higgins-White, who’s served on the DNA board for about 2½ years, will take her new post Aug. 12. She is the director of marketing and events at YWCA Elgin, a post she’s held for about five years. She’s also a past president of the Elgin Junior Service Board.

    This Apple 1 computer from 1976 sold Monday for $387,750 at an online-only auction.

    First Apple computer sells at auction for $387,750

    An original Apple computer from 1976 has sold at auction for nearly $388,000. Known as the Apple 1, it was one of the first Apple computers ever built.

    Gov. Pat Quinn attempted to suspend Illinois lawmakers’ pay Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to end the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis, the worst of any state nationwide.

    Quinn tries to halt lawmaker pay; Topinka to see if that’s legal

    Gov. Pat Quinn attempted to suspend Illinois lawmakers’ pay, following through on his warning if they failed to end the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. “They must have that alarm bell ringing in their ears, and the best way to do that is to hit them in the wallet,” Quinn said. Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said she’s seeking a legal review to determine if what Quinn did is...

    Brad O’Halloran

    Metra, ex-CEO trade barbs over separation agreement

    Metra’s messy divorce with former CEO Alex Clifford got even messier Wednesday when attorneys for Clifford accused the agency of putting a “muzzle” on their client while giving Metra leaders free reign to malign him with “inaccurate and disparaging statements.” Meanwhile, Metra Chairman Brad O’Halloran told RTA directors Wednesday he had been underwhelmed with Clifford’s performance.

    Rail World Inc. president Edward Burkhardt speaks to the media as he tours Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Wednesday. A Rail World train crashed into the town killing at least 15 people. Burkhardt blamed the accident on an employee who he said had failed to properly set the brakes.

    Police: Quebec train crash death toll now at 20

    Canadian officials told distraught families Wednesday that 30 people still missing after the fiery crash of a runaway oil train are all presumed dead. Along with 20 bodies found, that would put the death toll from Saturday’s derailment and explosions in this lakeside town at 50.

    A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attends a protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday.

    Egypt escalates a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

    Egypt’s military-backed government tightened a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday, ordering the arrest of its revered leader in a bid to choke off the group’s campaign to reinstate President Mohammed Morsi one week after an army-led coup.

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, rides an escalator in the Capitol Wednesday, as senators rushed to the floor for a vote to end debate on the Democrats’ plan to restore lower interest rates on student loans. Lawmakers failed to muster the necessary 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

    Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

    The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out.

    In this Feb. 12, 2009, file photo, a plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. The amount and type of flying experience first officers — also known as co-pilots — must have to qualify to fly for an airline will be significantly increased and expanded under new regulations announced Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    FAA to expand airline first officer qualifications

    The amount and type of flying experience first officers — also known as co-pilots — must have to qualify to fly for an airline will be significantly increased and expanded under new regulations announced Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    MIT police officers stand at attention outside the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday in Boston. MIT officer Sean Collier was killed by the alleged suspects. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty.

    Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty

    His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first public appearance since his capture in mid-April.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 47-year-old Streamwood man was arrested around 6 p.m. July 4 at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and charged with local ordinance illegal use of fireworks. Police reports said he lit a firecracker and it exploded in his right hand.

    John B. Donato of Mount Prospect, who died at the age of 88, served in the Pacific during World War II.

    World War II vet from Mt. Prospect remembered for his humor

    Longtime Mount Prospect resident John Donato is being remembered this week for his humor, his generosity and his brave service in the Pacific during World War II.


    Chamber luncheon in Round Lake area

    Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming with the Fox Lake and Lake Villa/Lindenhurst chambers to host the Business in the Park luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18.


    Warrenville cops probing break-ins

    Warrenville police are encouraging residents to secure their homes and vehicles following a string of residential burglaries. The eight break-ins happened between June and Wednesday, July 10, in the Summerlakes subdivision, which is west of Route 59.


    Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Arlington Hts.

    The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make deliveries to several downtown Arlington Hts. restaurants July 24, in an event sponsored by CITY Beverage Arlington Heights.


    Rolling Meadows cites 40 seatbelt violators over July 4th

    The Rolling Meadows Police Department made one drunken-driving arrest and wrote 40 seat belt citations during the recent July Fourth Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown.

    Bridge Development Partners LLC plans to demolish aging buildings and replace them with new ones in what is expected to be a $25 million investment in an industrial area in Libertyville. The proposal earned several key approvals from village leaders this week.

    Old industrial area to be revamped in Libertyville

    A Chicago-based developer’s plans for a major investment in an aging industrial area in Libertyville are set to proceed following key approvals from the village. Bridge Development Partners LLC expects to begin demolition this fall on the first phase of what is expected to be a $25 million investment in a 21-acre site along Route 176.


    DuPage secures state money for roads

    DuPage County will receive $3.65 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation to help pay for four major road projects. County board members, who approved four separate pacts with IDOT this week, say the extra money ensures projects along 55th Street, 75th Street, Fabyan Parkway and Gary Avenue will proceed as planned.

    Itasca hopes to break its 2009 world record of 339 Subarus in a parade Saturday morning as part of the village’s Itasca Fest activities.

    Itasca hoping to shatter 2009 Subaru world record

    Records are meant to be broken. Even really, really obscure ones. And that’s exactly what Itasca and Subaru officials hope to do Saturday. The village and Subaru of America Inc. Great Lakes Region, which is based in Itasca, will attempt to break their current Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars. In July 2009 Subaru set the record with 339 vehicles parading along a 4.2-mile...


    DuPage exploring stormwater funding options

    Three major floods in five years have DuPage County officials convinced more needs to be done to address stormwater issues. The question county board members eventually must answer is where the money to pay for those efforts will come from.


    Students will discuss globalization at March summit

    A group of Elgin High School students looks to raise $40,000 to ensure a trip in March to the 2014 Global Student Leaders Summit, which takes place in Shanghai. The summit is meant to prepare students to assume a leadership role in a changing world and give them a perspective on everyday life in China's schools and businesses.

    Marianne Lisson Kuhn has attended the Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair for more than 20 years. She is known for her murals on Naperville’s Century Walk.

    Woman’s club brings fine art to Naper Settlement

    Marianne Lisson Kuhn has been doing her best to preserve Naperville’s past and present. She’s not doing it with a camera or a keyboard, but with pen and ink, watercolor and pastel.This weekend Lisson Kuhn once again will show her work at the Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair. She looks forward to this event for its closeness — about a mile from her home — and its location at the Naper...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Rolling Meadows Police made one driving zero tolerance arrest and wrote 40 seat belt citations during the recent July Fourth Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown, said Deputy Chief Mark Hogan.


    Glen Ellyn edges ahead with Roosevelt Road redevelopment plans

    Glen Ellyn has taken another step in its efforts to increase economic development along Roosevelt Road with plans that have drawn fire from some residents who may be in the path of the proposed changes. The village this week formally established a date and time for a public hearing in which residents will be able to offer feedback on a proposed tax increment financing district.

    Gregory Bishop

    North Aurora police: Man beat relative, fired shotgun into ceiling

    A 45-year-old man is charged with beating a relative with the butt end of a shotgun and firing the gun into a ceiling during a domestic attack in North Aurora on Tuesday. Gregory R. Bishop, who was convicted of a 1999 attempted murder in Aurora, now faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge. He was being held on $100,000 bail and due in court July 24.

    Elroy “Sandy” Sandquist plays Professor Harold Hill, and Jessica Means plays River City librarian Marian Paroo in a scene from “The Music Man.”

    Palatine theater community mourns ‘Sandy’ Sandquist
    A musician, actor and the founder of the Fremont Street Theater Company has passed away. The death of Elroy "Sandy" Sandquist leaves a big hole in the Palatine theater community, say colleagues.


    Island Lake board could settle 2 lawsuits Thursday

    Island Lake officials could settle a pair of lawsuits tied to the previous village regime when they gather Thursday. Particulars of the settlements were not made public Wednesdsay.

    A Navy X-47B drone is launched off the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia on May 14, 2013. The X-47B experimental aircraft completed the first unmanned carrier landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on Wednesday July 10, 2013.

    Navy completes 1st unmanned carrier landing

    The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. “Your grandchildren and great grandchildren and mine will be reading about this historic event in their history books. This is not trivial, nor is it...

    Rib lovers can sample a variety of different cooking styles from professional vendors, like the team Armadillo, which returns to this year’s Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest.

    Test your taste buds at Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest

    Grab your forks and napkins and get ready to dig into some serious barbecue at Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest this weekend. Organizers are excited to bring in even more cooks by adding a new rib cooking competition. Local teams of amateurs will compete in the Lip Smackin’ Barbeque Smack Down Community Cook-off Sunday.

    After serving a meal at Culver’s, Huntley Police Officer Amy Williams chats with Angelica Cataldo, then 8, of Huntley. This Saturday, July 13, for the 10th year in a row, Huntley police officers and Special Olympics athletes will wait on customers at Culver’s to raise funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Illinois Special Olympics.

    ‘Tip a Cop’ helps support Illinois Special Olympics

    For the 10th year in a row, Culver’s Restaurant in Huntley will hold “Tip a Cop” to raise money and awareness for the Illinois Special Olympics.

    Lake Villa firefighter Dick McCollum spins the wheel in a meat raffle. For a dollar, the winner of each spin wins a piece of meat. East Dundee firefighters will hold a similar fundraiser from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in Max Freeman Park.

    Proceeds from annual meat sale to help restore firetruck

    Members of the East Dundee Firefighters’ Association are counting on good weather, lucky numbers and hungry participants to bring a relic to their new fire station.

    Michael N. Seelye

    Judge won't reduce bond for man charged with drug induced homicide

    A Round Lake Beach man charged with drug induced homicide for supplying a fatal dose of heroin to his best friend will remain in jail on $500,000 bail, a Lake County judge ruled Wednesday. Michael N. Seelye, 31, of the 500 block of West Hawthorne Drive, is charged in connection with the May 12 death of Hector Quinones, 31, of Round Lake Park, authorities say.

    Jonathan Villasana

    Vernon Hills man’s murder-for-hire trial delayed to September

    The trial of a Vernon Hills man accused of hiring what he thought was a hitman to kill the mother of a woman he injured in a motorcycle crash has been delayed to September. Jonathan Villasana, 24, of the 0-100 block of Timber Lane, remains held in Lake County jail on $1 million bond on charges of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

    Firefighters from throughout the Northwest suburbs fought a blaze at a South Barrington house Tuesday afternoon which investigators later confirmed had been caused by a lighting strike.

    South Barrington house fire damage $1 million

    Investigators have determined that a lightning strike was the cause of Tuesday’s house fire on Terra Vita Drive in South Barrington, as was initially suspected. Damage to the house and its contents is estimated at $1 million, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said.

    The Toasty Cheese truck is among a number of trucks participating in the festival on Saturday.

    Food truck festival at Arlington Park on Saturday

    Gourmet grilled cheese, Jamaican jerk chicken, tiramisu cupcakes — all served from a truck. Visitors to Arlington Park will be able to buy these tasty treats and more at the first Food Truck festival being hosted at the racetrack on Saturday afternoon. “There’s a growing popularity of food trucks all over the country,” Howard Sudberry, senior director of marketing and...


    Children’s performer at Round Lake Beach’s Lakefront Park

    Energetic performer Super Stolie will provide a free show for children at Lakefront Park in Round Lake Beach at 3 p.m. Friday. The interactive show, presented by Round Lake Beach’s cultural and civic center, will include singing and dancing from Stolie, and instruments for children attending to play.


    Emergency info available via mobile device

    A new mobile version of a website launched by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency enables mobile device users to access information about emergency preparedness and recovery, weather and man-made hazards and updates on current disasters.


    Schaumburg stayed safe during Fourth of July

    Schaumburg police reported the successful implementation of expanded traffic patrols which, with community support, helped avoid injuries and accidents during the Fourth of July holiday. The additional patrol officers were assigned nightly from June 29 to July 6 through an Illinois Department of Transportation grant.


    Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay

    The Associated Press has learned that the Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five waterways around the world. That would save about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops’ salaries. Defense officials say the stipend — which can be up to $225 per month — would be stripped from as many as 56,000 troops.

    Dodgeball Days returns to Olympic Park in Schaumburg, celebrating one of America’s oldest and well-known playground games.

    Dodgeball Days is Friday, Saturday in Schaumburg

    One of the world's oldest playground games has its outdoor chamiponships in Schaumburg on July 12-13. The National Amateur Dodgeball Association hosts its youth competition on July 12 and the adult games are July 13.


    Harvard prof says leaks changed WikiLeaks’ image

    A Harvard law professor testifying on behalf of an Army private who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks is also the last witness the defense expects to call, the soldier’s civilian attorney has told supporters. Professor Yochai Benkler has praised WikiLeaks as a new kind of journalistic enterprise. He wrote in a 2001 International Journal of Communications article that the prosecution of...

    Schaumburg’s new Sister City of Safranbolu, Turkey is famous for its distinctive architecture and houses. Village officials foresee a business-focused relationship with the Turkish city.

    Schaumburg cements Sister City relationship with Turkish city

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved a Sister City agreement with Safranbolu, Turkey, saying they intend the relationship to be more business-oriented than the village’s existing cultural partnerships with communities in Germany, Japan and India. “I think it behooves Schaumburg to foster these kind of relationships,” Mayor Al Larson said.


    Audit: Suburban governments far from transparent

    When it comes to posting certain information on government websites that's readily available to the public, most suburban agencies have a long way to go before they'll be completely transparent, an audit from the Illinois Policy Institute has found. Of the 102 governmental agencies the institute audited, 70 posted scores of 60 points or below, a failing grade. “It's a missed opportunity to...


    Rolling Meadows adds residential lights to nuisance list

    Light and glare join smells, smoke and offensive matter on the list of punishable offenses in Rolling Meadows. The city council Tuesday approved an ordinace outlawing "light trespass." Alderman Brad Judd of the 4th Ward called the ordinance “Big Brotherish.”

    Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Boston to be at his hospitalized wife’s side as she continues to recover from a seizure-like episode she suffered over the weekend, the State Department said Wednesday.

    Tearful Kerry says wife’s condition improving

    Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Boston to be at his hospitalized wife’s side as she continues to recover from a seizure-like episode she suffered over the weekend, the State Department said Wednesday. Opening a meeting with senior officials from China, a weary-looking Kerry paid tearful thanks for the outpouring of good wishes for his wife and said her condition is improving.

    Courtney LaFerle is an Elgin native and Larkin High School graduate who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month. She continues to coach softball for the Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball league. The softball community has rallied to help with her medical bills as she readies for surgery.

    Softball community rallies around one of its own

    Courtney LaFerle went to her doctor for an annual physical in June, not expecting any surprises. Even when her doctor found a small lump in her throat, LaFerle still figured it would be fine. The Elgin native and Larkin High School grad has no history of thyroid cancer in her family, she's only 27 years old and she's a healthy athlete. But on June 26, LaFerle got the call. Her tumor was...

    A mourner wears the painted number 19 and two names of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots while watching a memorial service from an overflow area in a parking lot outside Tim’s Toyota Center, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. Thousands of firefighters from around the nation arrived to pay final respects at the memorial in Prescott Valley.

    Firefighter camaraderie draws thousands to Arizona

    A massive memorial service in Arizona honoring 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30 was marked by an outpouring of support from several thousand firefighters from across the country. Many talked about the brotherhood — and sisterhood — of the profession, a bond even among strangers. “It’s very important to have a big showing ... show the family there are people there for...

    In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. While Microsoft, Yahoo and Google wonít say how much they charge, the American Civil Liberties Union found that email records can be turned over for as little as $25.

    The price of surveillance: Gov’t pays to snoop

    How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.

    Mundelein artist Robert A. Pioch is displaying his watercolor artwork in a show called “New Beginnings” at the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan.

    Mundelein artist finds niche in watercolor house portraits

    From creating the perfect shade of pink to replicate the shrubs to capturing the reflection within the window, Robert Pioch pays attention to every detail when painting his subject. Pioch said in each watercolor house portrait he paints is a work of art, and each has a story to tell.

    A group of gospel singers pay tribute outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping that volunteers around the world will donate 67 minutes of their time when South Africa’s former president turns 95 next week.

    Mandela foundation wants volunteers on 95th birthday

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping that volunteers around the world donate just over an hour of their time when South Africa’s former president turns 95 next week. The movement asks people to donate 67 minutes 18 of their time on July in reflection of what the foundation says is the more than 67 years Mandela spent serving his community, his country and the world.

    An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semipro football player, according to documents filed in Florida. The records say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez shot Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.

    Documents point to ex-NFLer Hernandez as gunman

    An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semi-pro football player, according to documents filed in Florida. The records, obtained by The Associated Press, also show that a vehicle wanted in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez’s name.


    Buffalo Grove group holds forum on TIF

    Save Buffalo Grove, a group of citizens concerned about the proposed downtown Buffalo Grove development, will host an informational community meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Village Tavern and Grille. Brian Costin, a TIF district expert with the Illinois Policy Institute, will present “Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Downtown Buffalo Grove — Developer’s Dream or Taxpayer’s Nightmare.”


    Kuwait offers Egypt $4B aid, fuel package

    Kuwait says it will offer Egypt an aid package worth $4 billion, becoming the latest Gulf state to send a financial lifeline to the new government in Cairo following a coup there.

    A Lebanese man prays at a mosque in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Many devout Muslims in the Middle East have started observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan even as the region is rocked by Egypt’s turmoil and the relentless civil war in Syria. For most Sunnis and Shiites, Ramadan started on Wednesday while others are expected to begin observing the holy month on Thursday based on various sightings of the new moon.

    Many Muslims start Ramadan fast amid turmoil

    Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East on Wednesday, even as the region is shaken by the crisis in Egypt and the U.N. food agency warned that Syria’s civil war has left 7 million people in need of food aid. Ramadan this year comes during the harsh Mideast summer, and governments are taking steps to help alleviate the fast.


    Ind. prof: Film shows FDR in concealed wheelchair

    A professor at an Indiana college says he has found film footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt being pushed in his wheelchair, depicting a secret that was hidden from the public until after his death. Ray Begovich, a journalism professor at Franklin College south of Indianapolis, said Tuesday he found the eight-second clip while conducting unrelated research in the National Archives...


    Source of listeria linked to Wis. cheese unknown
    Inspectors haven’t yet determined the source of a Midwest listeria outbreak linked to a Wisconsin cheesemaker, the company’s president said. Five people in four states — two in Minnesota and one each in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio — were diagnosed as having listeriosis from May 20 through June 17, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    A fire does considerable damage to a house in the Terra Vita Estates subdivision in South Barrington yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: Lake Arlington safety; 10 days to ban assault weapons

    Park district to revisit Lake Arlington safety. Suburbs have 10 days to ban assault weapons. Arlington Heights’ first full-time firefighter dies. Gas station near Glen Ellyn draws ire. Fire causes extensive damage to South Barrington home. Arlington Heights ends fiscal year with $3.5 million surplus. Cubs win.

    Bob Dold

    Dold touts fundraising totals in 10th district bid

    Aiming to return to Congress, Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth says he’s raised more than a half-million dollars for his rematch next year against 10th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield. Dold, who served one term in Congress, says his quarterly tally due Monday will show more than $540,000 in receipts since his campaign took off less than two months ago. “We’re pleased...

    Ken Bouche

    Schaumburg defends cost of police consultants

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday defended the value they believed they were getting from consultants hired to improve the police department and recruit a new chief against a public criticism of their costs. Resident Carrie Miller argued that a $148,000 study from law enforcement consultant firm Hillard Heintze — along with a monthly $68,900 to help operate the department through the use of its Chief...


    Developer proposes industrial park in residential Batavia

    Land once planned for several hundred townhomes, at Kirk Road and Wind Energy Pass in Batavia, could instead become an industrial area, under a new concept presented to the city council Tuesday.


    Palatine back on stable financial footing, officials say

    Palatine officials say a recent audit confirms their position that the village has in fact weathered the economic downturn to get back on stable financial footing. The 2012 audit is highlighted by a $1.9 million surplus in Palatine's general fund, the result of fiscal restraint combined with multiple revenue streams coming in stronger than expected.

    Gabriel Berrios

    Aurora man first charged in suit against Latin Kings

    An Aurora man is the first to be charged in connection with a 2012 suit against a street gang and 35 of its members, authorities said. Gabriel Berrios, of the 1200 block of Sundown Drive, Aurora, was arrested at 5 a.m. July 4 and charged with unlawful contact with a street gang member after police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of North River Street, according to a news release from...


    Detroit Tigers’ Torii Hunter beats the throw to Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers from left fielder Dayan Viciedo and scores from second on a single by Prince Fielder during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    White Sox GM Hahn gives hint about trading future

    Before the White Sox lost to the Tigers 8-5 Wednesday night, general manager Rick Hahn talked about moving forward with many of the same pitchers that are on this year's staff. Revamping the offense is going to be Hahn's big challenge.

    New Bulls free-agent addition Mike Dunleavy averaged 12.3 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat this season.

    Dunleavy hopes Bulls are a winning choice

    Mike Dunleavy received bigger offers on July 1, but quickly settled on the Bulls in free-agency because he's anxious to correct a major flaw in his 11-year NBA career. The 6-foot-9 forward met the media on Wednesday at the Berto Center.


    Boomers fall 7-5 to Rockford

    The Schaumburg Boomers rallied from 3 runs down but the host Rockford Aviators bounced back with a rally of their own in the eighth inning on their way to a 7-5 victory.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, wiping the sweat from his face as he listens to pitching coach Chris Bosio in the first inning Wednesday night, allowed 9 runs on 9 hits, 4 of them home runs.

    Cubs don’t expect repeat of last year’s pitching problem

    Things got pretty ugly for the Cubs and pitcher Jeff Samardzija Wednesday night in a 13-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Things could get even uglier in the second half if the Cubs trade away more pitching, but they feel confident they'll be better equipped to handle it than they were last season.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, left, wipes the sweat from his face as he listens to pitching coach Chris Bosio, right, with first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Welington Castillo joining them at the mound during Wednesday’s first inning at Wrigley Field.

    Angels rout Cubs at Wrigley

    Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a 13-2 rout of the Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels.


    Fire falls, but MacDonald finally scores

    Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas could have let loose on unhappy striker Sherjill MacDonald. Instead he chose to praise MacDonald.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Bryant, Cubs agree to terms in nick of time

    The Cubs on Wednesday came to terms with their No. 1 draft pick from this year, third baseman Kris Bryant, from the University of San Diego. Bryant gets a $6.7 million signing bonus. The Cubs have signed each of their first 10 picks from this year.

    White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod leaves during Wednesday’s sixth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit.

    Sox give up 8 in loss to Detroit

    Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the White Sox. Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year. Alex Avila's two-run single in the third put Detroit ahead 5-1.


    A delicious dinner meets with conversational indigestion

    Mike Jackson's outdoors reputation sometimes precedes him, which made for an awkward encounter recently while the columnist was dining out.


    Cougars fall 7-2 at South Bend

    An early lead for the Kane County Cougars quickly dissipated and evolved into a 7-2 defeat to the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday night at Coveleski Stadium. Albert Almora reached in the top of the first on a one-out single against starter Brandon Sinnery (6-4). Two batters later, Jeimer Candelario smacked a 2-run homer to put the Cougars (34-50, 4-14) on top.

    Bulls guard Richard Hamilton, right, looks to a pass as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

    Bulls release Rip Hamilton

    Richard Hamilton’s uneventful Bulls’ career ended Wednesday when he was released. The move has been widely expected for a year or more. Hamilton averaged 10.5 points during two seasons in Chicago, but missed 70 games because of injuries.


    John Rocker: PEDs made baseball more entertaining

    John Rocker is still making noise, a decade after the disgraced pitcher last played in the big leagues. Rocker told a Cleveland radio station this week that performance-enhancing drugs made Major League Baseball “more entertaining” during the Steroids Era. Rocker told WKRK-FM on Tuesday: “Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game.”


    Hawks’ signing of Khabibulin doesn’t shock Raanta

    It was no surprise to Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta that the Blackhawks signed veteran Nikolai Khabibulin to be Corey Crawford’s backup next season.


    Blackhawks prospects McNeill, Danault ready to give it their best shots

    While neither Mark McNeill nor Phillip Danault are as far along as Brandon Pirri in terms of professional experience, they’re still going to come to Blackhawks training camp with the idea to earn a spot on the team.

    Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, right, looks to the basket as Washington’s Michelle Snow defends Wednesday. Fowles finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds in the Sky’s victory.

    Fowles powers Sky past Mystics 89-85

    Sylvia Fowles scored 26 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to an 89-85 victory over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday at the Allstate Arena.


    Mike North video: Does Puig deserve an All-Star appearance?
    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is performing well enough Mike North believes he should be in the All-Star game. Even though his time in the bigs is limited, North thinks he is just too good to pass up. Plus, many fans seems to want him there.


    Roxi Pfliiger, from left, Dan Johnson, Kari Warberg Block, Andrea Stewart, Becky Smith and Kacey Galster review year-to-date goal progress at Earth-Kind headquarters, in Bismarck, N.D. CEO Warberg Block had a day of reckoning when she realized she had neglected her personal finances to the point where she had little set aside for retirement.

    Small business owners neglect retirement savings

    For many small business owners, the golden years aren’t looking so shiny. Many have devoted so much time and money to their businesses that they have failed to plan for retirement. Catch-up plans for these owners usually consist of aggressively putting money aside, or taking another big risk: Planning to sell their companies one day to fund their retirement.

    DAILY HERALD Deerfield-based Walgreen Company and Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association have agreed to team up and help promote the Affordable Care Act.

    Walgreen joining Blue Cross may recharge health law push

    Deerfield-based Walgreen, the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, agreed to join with the largest federation of health insurers to promote the Affordable Care Act, lending a hand as the Obama administration strains to win over the public.

    Tribune Co. says it wants to split its broadcasting and publishing businesses into two companies.

    Tribune plans to split into 2 companies

    Tribune Co. said Wednesday that it wants to split its broadcasting and publishing businesses into two companies. Tribune said the move will let one company take advantage of growth in broadcasting and allow the other to focus on newspapers, an industry where revenue has been declining for years.

    U.S. stocks were little changed as investors analyzed minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting for signs on when the central bank might slow the pace of stimulus efforts.

    Stocks little changed after Fed releases minutes

    The stock market turned quiet Wednesday and just managed to notch a fifth straight day of gains. Even the release of minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve didn’t jolt stocks.

    Jim Bergeron, owner of the Wise Boxer Pour House at 16 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville, is offering a new selection of craft beers and a completely different menu at the restaurant and pub, which he took over from the long-controversial BlackFinn American Saloon.

    Wise Boxer upgrades food, beer at former BlackFinn site in Naperville

    The lineup of beers on tap is one of many operational and menu differences between the pub now at 16 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville and the saloon operating there six weeks ago. The Wise Boxer Pour House is putting the finishing touches on its logo, and owner Jim Bergeron says he’s ready to conclude a soft opening and market the venue as an upscale pub featuring handmade food and craft beers. “We’re ready to start having the place take off,” he said Wednesday.

    Panera Bread Co. said Wednesday it is pulling its latest pay-what-you-can idea after three months of testing in St. Louis, with plans to retool it and bring it back next winter.

    Panera to retool latest pay-what-you-can idea

    ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread’s latest pay-what-you-can experiment will be retooled and brought back next winter as a seasonal offering rather than a permanent one, the chain’s founder says.The Meal of Shared Responsibility was pulled Wednesday. Since late March, Panera had offered a single menu item, Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl, at its 48 St. Louis-area restaurants. Customers set their own price for the purchase, though the suggested retail price (tax included) was $5.89.The idea was that the needy could get a nutritious 850-calorie meal for whatever they could afford to pay, while those who pay above the company’s cost make up the difference.The suburban St. Louis-based company served 15,000 of the meals, Panera’s founder and chairman, Ron Shaich, said in an interview with The Associated Press. But the experiment found flaws: Few needy people were participating, in part because most Panera locations in the region are in middle-class and affluent areas; and after an initial surge of publicity and marketing, awareness about the meal dropped off.“We were very capable of raising the level of awareness about food security in short spurts,” Shaich said. But as in-store marketing about the meal was replaced and employees stopped explaining the concept to customers, “it seemed to fall into the background.”“We decided the best thing to do is pull it and retool it,” Shaich said.Fresh off media coverage on the launch, and with heavy in-store signage and employees explaining how the meal worked, the idea had a rousing start. Customers for the first three weeks were, on average, paying above the retail value, said Kate Antonacci, director of societal impact initiatives for Panera.The payments dropped off, though, as marketing was scaled back, with the overall average being around 75 percent of retail value.Panera hasn’t decided specifically when the meal will be brought back next winter. Shaich said it will be rolled out in a select market or markets that have not been determined. This time, it will be a special offering, probably for four to six weeks.“We’ll be very upfront where we can pay it forward and help each other,” he said.Panera has other charitable endeavors. Its Operation Dough-Nation program has donated tens of millions of dollars in unsold baked goods.In 2010, it opened an entire cafe in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Mo., that operated under the pay-what-you-can format. Others followed in Dearborn, Mich., Portland, Ore., Chicago and Boston. At those nonprofit cafes, every menu item is paid for by donations. Antonacci said roughly 60 percent of customers pay the suggested retail price. The rest are about evenly split between those who pay more and those who pay less.Panera Cares cafes generally bring in 70 to 80 percent of what the traditional format stores do, Antonacci said. That still provides enough profit for Panera to offer a job training program run through the cafes.

    Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing “compelling evidence” from the words of the late Steve Jobs.

    Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, faces damages trial

    Apple Inc. “played a central role” in conspiring with five publishers to fix the prices of electronic books, and will face a trial to set damages, a federal judge ruled.A U.S. District judge, ruling in a suit brought by the U.S. government and 33 state attorneys general, said Apple lost the case, in part, because of statements by its deceased founder, Steve Jobs, that government lawyers said showed Apple was targeting e-book leader Amazon.com Inc.


    United Dreamliner London-Houston flight canceled

    A United Airlines Boeing 787 flight from London to Houston has been canceled because of apparent trouble with an indicator device. United spokeswoman Mary Clark says Flight 125 on Tuesday from Heathrow Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport was canceled due to problems with a message indicator. Further details weren’t immediately released. United Airlines is a unit of United Continental Holdings Inc.


    Youth suicide prevention group opens Lemont center
    The Jason Foundation, a youth suicide prevention and awareness organization, has opened the JFI Community Resource Center at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont.


    IAA to sell lemonade to fight childhood cancer

     Salvage auto auction company Insurance Auto Auctions said it will participate in a corporate-wide, fundraising event to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

    Insurance Auto Auctions hopes to move onto this property at the corner of Route 72 and Commonwealth Drive in East Dundee. The village board is scheduled to vote on the project's redevelopment agreement Monday, but the vote was held up over a property access dispute between IAA and ComEd.

    Ex-Barrington Hills mayor admits to talking to ComEd about auto auction plan

    After spending almost a year in limbo, an East Dundee redevelopment agreement for Insurance Auto Auctions is coming to a vote. The project has raised the ire of neighbors in Barrington Hills, and its former mayor, Robert Abboud, may have been part of the reason for the delay. "If you want to accuse me because I happen to know some people that work at ComEd, guilty as charged.” Abboud said.

    Apple Inc. conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the evidence left no doubt that the computer maker broke antitrust laws.

    NY judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices
    Apple Inc. conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the evidence left no doubt that the computer maker broke antitrust laws. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting alone to try to eliminate Amazon.com’s $9.99 price for the most popular e-books so it “created a mechanism and environment that enabled them to act together in a matter of weeks to eliminate all retail price competition for their e-books.”

    Some Google services, including Gmail, Google Plus and YouTube, were unavailable to users in parts of the U.S. this morning.

    Report: Google services down for some users

    Google users in some parts of the U.S. couldn’t access some services, creating confusion on the Internet, according to CNN.com. Reports of outages in some parts of the country started at about 8:30 a.m.

    Cargo containers are docked at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, in Philadelphia. Inventories at U.S. wholesalers unexpectedly declined in May by the most since September 2011 as sales surged, pointing to a pickup in orders and production.

    Wholesale inventories unexpectedly drop as u.S. Sales surge

    Inventories at U.S. wholesalers unexpectedly declined in May by the most since September 2011 as sales surged, pointing to a pickup in orders and production The 0.5 percent decrease in stockpiles followed a 0.1 percent drop in April that was initially reported as a gain, the Commerce Department said today in Washington.


    Teachers from IL, MN, NY, PA, OH study Great Lake

    Fifteen teachers from five states are spending the week on Lake Ontario as part of a research program. The teachers, from elementary to high school, are aboard the Lake Guardian, a research vessel operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


    Casino developer looking at Millbury slots parlor
    A Chicago-based casino developer that ended talks for a slots parlor in Worcester now says it is working with officials in Millbury about finding a site there for a $200 million facility. Mass Gaming & Entertainment CEO Greg Carlin said Tuesday the company expects to choose a site in town soon. MGE is a subsidiary of Rush Street Gaming.


    Quinn: Inaction on pensions ‘let down taxpayers’

    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. The Chicago Democrat had been pushing July 9 — the same day Illinois had to meet a court-mandated deadline to legalize concealed carry — as a target for a bipartisan panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline “arbitrary” and “irresponsible.” It was widely expected that they’d blow past the deadline.


    Quinn to make ‘major budgetary announcement’

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says he’s getting ready to make a “major budgetary announcement.” The Democrat is set to hold a news conference Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago.So far, few details have been released.

    An agency that oversees transit operations in northeastern Illinois will question the chairman of the Metra commuter rail agency over a lucrative severance package it approved for its former CEO Alex Clifford,

    Oversight body scrutinizing ex-Metra CEO severance

    An agency that oversees transit operations in northeastern Illinois will question the chairman of the Metra commuter rail agency over a lucrative severance package it approved for its former CEO. The buyout for Alex Clifford, who resigned June 21, could total $750,000. The deal has drawn scrutiny from state lawmakers and others questioning the cost to taxpayers.

    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 serve as a model for other communities.

    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 serve as a model for other communities.

    Ten restaurants at Chicago’s Midway International Airport have been recognized for meeting healthy menu standards.

    Midway restaurants noted for healthy menu options

    Ten restaurants at Chicago’s Midway International Airport have been recognized for meeting healthy menu standards. They’ve been named F.I.T. City Establishments by a group called Building a Healthier Chicago. The organization’s recognition means the restaurants offer two menu choices, other than salad, with fresh fruits and vegetables as primary ingredients, and two menu items that feature whole grains.

Life & Entertainment


    Carolyn Hax: Don’t wait for him to come out and say it to your face

    Carolyn Hax says there is no message for this woman to decifer. Whether or not her boyfriend wants to be part of her family is in his words, body language and deeds over two years. Now it's up to her to make the next step.

    Naoussa “Young Vines” Thymiopoulos Vineyards Naoussa, Greece 2010

    Good wine: Greek wines holding their own
    The wines of Greece suffer from an uncomplimentary association with one overexposed style — Roditis, a light, drinkable (at best) Rose served in countless carafes at Greek restaurants throughout America. Just as there are majestic Shiraz, elegant Riesling and evocative Chardonnay the fine wines of Greece represent intriguing, refreshing and eternally modern flavors from one of the planet’s most historic wine regions.


    Take a peek into a child’s wild imagination

    Mama says you’ve been bad today. She thinks you’re not listening. She says you’ve done everything exactly the opposite of what she wants. You’ve used your outdoor voice inside, broken something valuable, made a big mess, fought with your sister, and you were sassy.

    “World War Z” novelist Max Brooks speaks at Harper College Friday.

    Max Brooks took Terkel approach to ‘World War Z’

    Somewhere on a Wisconsin lake, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” novelist Max Brooks baited a hook while fishing for bass aboard his brother-in-law’s canoe. That’s where he took my phone call to talk about his book, the film Brad Pitt made from it, and Brooks’ speaking engagement slated at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Harper College’s Performing Arts Center. harpercollege.edu.

    Bob Dylan brings his Americanarama Tour to Toyota Park in Bridgeview on Friday, July 12.

    Weekend picks: Dylan and Co. play Toyota Park

    Bob Dylan headlines a mind-bogglingly stellar lineup at Toyota Park in Bridgeview as part of the Americanarama Tour. See performances by Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, too. If you enjoy comedian Christina Pazsitzky on the E! TV show “Chelsea Lately,” then don't miss her live at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase. See what happens when the magical fairy realm meddles in British politics in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic 1882 operetta “Iolanthe,” presented by North Central College's Summer Light Opera in Naperville.

    Sean and Karen Slavin

    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent semifinalists named

    Singer-songwriters, a pair of beatboxers, a rock trio, a country duo, a band of siblings and a comedian are among the 16 acts selected for the semifinal round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. The 16 will continue to compete in the summerlong event presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Adrian Grenier has teamed with director Matthew Cooke to produce the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.”

    Adrian Grenier on drug documentary, ‘Entourage’ encore

    Though his party boy character Vincent Chase on all eight seasons of “Entourage” savored life in the limelight, Adrian Grenier says he’s quite content to be on the other side of the camera. Grenier teamed with director Matthew Cooke to produce the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” which paints a bleak picture of the war against drugs. In a recent interview, the 36-year-old actor discussed the documentary, the upcoming “Entourage” movie and his latest music project:

    A clematis climbs the stems of an oakleaf hydrangea and puts on quite a show.

    Art in the garden: Use more vines in your landscape

    As you walk through your landscape, look for spots where you might include vines. They can be utilized to dress up a view, cover a bare spot, provide a lush backdrop for other plants, or extend the garden vertically.

    Singer Rihanna, who performed a brief concert March 22 at Barrington High School, has sent the school district a $5,000 check to offset the school’s expenses from the show.

    Rihanna sends $5,000 check to Barrington High

    More than three months after Rihanna’s appearance at Barrington High School, her camp has sent along a $5,000 check to offset expenses of her brief visit and pay for future student needs. The “Don’t Stop the Music” and “What’s My Name” singer visited the school March 22 as the grand prize for winning her “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” contest.Barrington Unit District 220 officials responded with gratitude to the singer’s donation. “We’re certainly gratified to receive a contribution from her,” Spokesman Jeff Arnett said.


    Lean and lovin' it: Chicken salad a refreshing break from sandwiches

    Don Mauer takes another look at chicken salad in this best-of Lean and lovin' it column.

    The Washington Monument is lit while undergoing repairs, with the U.S. Capitol behind. The National Park Service will light the monument each night at dusk while it undergoes repairs from the 2011 earthquake. It is expected to reopen in spring of 2014.

    Park service to light up Washington Monument during restoration

    While the Washington Monument is closed for earthquake damage repairs over the next year, 488 lamps will restore the marble tower’s glow each night on the National Mall. Beginning Monday, the National Park Service will light the monument each night at dusk. A ceremony is planned for the first lighting with National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and philanthropist David Rubenstein, who donated $7.5 million to fund half the cost of repairs.

    Provide fruits with high water content like watermelon for your kids to eat during the summer.

    Keep your kids hydrated during hot summer months

    When I thought of writing about kids and hydration over the summer, I was anticipating hot summer activities with the kids running wild, not these crazy low temperatures and rain. Even still, hot days will come, kids will sweat, and my poor redheaded rambunctious boy will overheat. Oh the joy of summer!

    Robert Plant is on the road this summer with a new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. They headline the Petrillo Music Shell in Chicago on Friday, July 12.

    Robert Plant takes Zeppelin songs to new places

    Robert Plant knows his fans want Led Zeppelin and he’s happy to comply. On his own terms. Plant is on the road this summer with a new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and he’s offering up fan favorites — rejiggered a bit to keep him excited about the music he’s been performing for more than four decades. See for yourself at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Petrillo Music Shell during Taste of Chicago.

    Grilled hanger steak comes with a rich burgundy sauce at Paris Bistro in Naperville.

    Paris Bistro brings casual French fare to Naperville

    Paris Bistro in Naperville dishes up authentic French faves, plus rotisserie-grilled meat and crepes of the sweet and savory variety. The setting is Euro-chic with whimsical-meets sophisticated touches. Adding to the appeal, it's an intimate affair that can be both casual and romantic, depending on the time of day.

    “Ciara” by Ciara

    Ciara still searching for Ciara on new album

    The lead single from Ciara’s self-titled fifth album, “Body Party,” is an oozing, seductive R&B track that deserves rousing applause. The bedroom groove is easily the best of the 11 tracks that make up “Ciara.” There are others that shine, too. Still, the album doesn’t feel special.

    A great glass of iced coffee starts with cold-brewed coffee that steeps up to 12 hours.

    A fresh — and refreshing — take on iced coffee

    Last summer I became obsessed with a fresh approach to my favorite beverage — cold brewing. It's no more complicated than it sounds. Instead of running hot water through ground coffee, you use cold. The result is a rich coffee concentrate that is so worth the wait.

    Gay marriage has been a hot topic for some months now, so perhaps it’s not surprising the wine world has taken note with wines like Same Sex Meritage by Stein Family Wines, that declare their support for same-sex couples right on the label.

    More wines coming out in support of gay marriage

    Wineries are coming out loud and proud in their support of gay marriage. They’re putting it right on the label. “Little by little, we’re breaking down the barrier,” says Gary Saperstein of Out in the Vineyard, an events and tour company based in Sonoma wine country that caters to gay travelers.

    Spicy Broccoli with Salami and Fried Egg comes together fast, like a stir-fry.

    Spicy Broccoli With Salami and Fried Egg
    Spicy Broccoli With Salami and Fried Egg


    Frugal living: Freezing fruits and using up pasta

    Frugal Living columnist Sara Noel answers readers questions about freezing citrus zest, using up cooked pasta and opening sealed envelopes.


    Better-Than-A-Restaurant’s Asian Chicken Salad
    Don Mauer: Than-A-Restaurant’s Asian Chicken Salad

    A great glass of iced coffee starts with cold-brewed coffee that steeps up to 12 hours.

    Cold Brewed Coffee
    Iced Coffee

    A magnolia in full bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Magnolia trees can be weakened by scale, an insect that exudes a clear honeydew, which allows a fungus to grow on the bark.

    Scale, an insect, can stress out magnolia trees

    This is the time of year to check magnolia trees closely for scale, an insect that can cause the tree to thin out. The flat scale insects typically are found on the undersides of branches and appear as spots about the size of a pencil eraser.

    Dierks Bentley is organizing a July 22 benefit concert in Prescott Valley, Ariz., for the families of 19 firefighters from Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed while on duty.

    Dierks Bentley plans benefit for Ariz. firefighters

    Dierks Bentley has one day off the rest of this month and he’s giving it to the families of fallen firefighters in Arizona. The country music star will host the “Country Cares Concert” on July 22 in Prescott Valley, Ariz., where 19 members of a wildland firefighting crew were killed last week. Their deaths left behind 51 fatherless children, a number that sticks with the former Arizona resident as he waits for the birth of his third child later this year.



    Editorial: Transparency comes at a necessary cost

    A Daily Herald editorial suggests that transparency in governmental websites should be a priority and that democracy is a right that comes at a price from each of us.


    Maybe Egypt doesn’t really need a democracy

    Columnist Richard Cohen: For 34 years — and under three regimes now — Egypt has kept the peace with Israel, which is worth a yearly Nobel Peace Prize. For all but the last two years, this peace was maintained by authoritarian regimes. Democracy is nice, but it is not a panacea.


    Join movement for a more fair redistricting process

    Guest columnist Ryan Blitstein: Creating an independent redistricting process is the first major step on the road to this change. Right now, politicians control redistricting — the drawing of legislative districts. Behind closed doors, partisan interests manipulate district boundaries to control who will be elected. This often leaves voters without a choice at the ballot box.


    Some thoughts about spying on emails
    An Antioch letter to the editor: Regarding the NSA spying allegations riling our European allies, isn’t that like the pot calling the kettle black?


    Metra board has some explaining to do
    A letter to the editor: The Metra board, which includes former Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder, quietly approved a severance package that could approach $750,000 for outgoing CEO Alex Clifford. The millions of people that have been fired during the recent economic recession could only dream of such leverage going out the door.


    What’s Quinn’s motive in new voting law?
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Gov. Pat Quinn signs new legislation allowing some 17-year-olds to vote in Illinois primaries. Could it be his real motive is in building a teenage voter base who will bail him out in a gubernatorial primary, when the rest of the taxpaying adult population will remember how he has failed us in securing a way out of the state’s horrific pension situation?


    New citizens should know English language
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: It is sad when you can’t speak to your own neighbors because they don’t know English. When the oath of citizenship is taken, they should say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the national anthem. When they become American citizens their allegiance is to America, not the country they came from.


    Speed limits should be increased statewide
    A letter to the editor: Studies have long shown that speed limits have little effect on the pace of faster traffic, and any traffic engineer will explain that 85th percentile speeds are the proper way to set limits (the maximum speed at which 85 percent of traffic actually flows when unencumbered).


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    Weak argument against gay marriageI am writing in response to David Smith’s July 1 letter written on behalf of the Illinois Family Institute. His letter claims the unique purpose of marriage “is to create the best environment for raising children” and that it is the responsibility of the government not to undermine it. How would recognizing the 44-year relationship between Edith Windsor and her partner for legal purposes undermine the ability of the U.S. to make sure children are best cared for? The short answer is it that it does not undermine it at all.No legitimate academic study has found any differences between children raised in heterosexual households and children raised in homosexual ones. Massachusetts has had both same-sex marriage and the lowest divorce rate in the country for nearly a decade while Nevada with the highest divorce rate has a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage, so there is no evidence that same sex marriage erodes that best environment.Why does the IFI insist that marriage is an institution designed for raising children? It is because they can no longer send in letters that say that gay people are deviants. The IFI is just grasping at straws to avoid acknowledging the inevitable realization that they are wrong.Michael PenicnakWood DaleMetra board has explaining to doThe Metra board, which includes former Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder, quietly approved a severance package that could approach $750,000 for outgoing CEO Alex Clifford. The millions of people who have been fired during the recent economic recession could only dream of such leverage going out the door. State Rep. Jack Franks said, “They ought to be locked up, the board. Keep them away from our money.” But I think each board member should be allowed to publicly explain why he or she voted for a lavish severance package just after the highest ever fare increase. And while we have the board’s attention maybe they can explain why Metra still has an abysmal safety record around rail crossings, low on-time performance, numerous delays and equipment failures. Then after a fair, democratic and transparent hearing we can fire and lock them up. Keith A. MoensArlington Heights Hawks a model for young athletes, parentsAs a pediatrician and five-decade Daily Herald reader, I believe one of your all-time best editorials was this past Feb. 8, “A model reminder for youth sports.” I had hoped you would have taken opportunities to re-emphasize that important message. You haven’t, so I will.Your editorial relayed that the Hoffman Estates Park District’s ice programs chose to post a list of rules designed to discourage parents from criticizing refs and opposing players, including their own children. The list read as follows: “1) These are kids. 2) This is a game. 3) Parents should cheer for everyone. 4) The referees are human. 5) You and your children do not play for the Blackhawks.” That last rule was designed to get a chuckle and put things in perspective. But it takes on greater significance in light of the this year’s successful quest to win the Stanley Cup. Your editorial appeared when the Blackhawks were about to break the record for consecutive games without losing in regulation. When asked the secret to their success during that run, the players would consistently say, “We just try to get better every game we play.” Child athletes (and their parents) may not be the Blackhawks, but they can certainly learn from them. Parents can loudly and enthusiastically cheer their children during the games. But more important than that, in those quiet times between games, and especially after the losses, simply encourage your children to continually get a little better at what they do.Bruce Bedingfield, DOChairman, Continuing Medical Education CommitteeSaint Alexius Medical CenterHoffman Estates


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