Daily Archive : Friday July 12, 2013


    George Zimmerman wipes his brow before the start of court during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Jurors in Zimmerman trial have question

    Jurors deciding whether George Zimmerman committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin asked Saturday for clarification on the charge of manslaughter — a possible indication they were considering the lesser charge instead of second-degree murder.

    The Navy Band Great Lakes helped celebrate summer at the Round Lake Heights Festival on Saturday, July 13.

    Images: Saturday’s Suburban Festivals
    Images from festivals in the suburbs on Saturday, July 13. Food, beer brews, fine art, performing animals and a parade appearance by Batman are just a few of the fun things suburban festival goers experienced this weekend.

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden, center, attends a press conference at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, left, Friday, July 12, 2013. Snowden wants to seek asylum in Russia, according to a Parliament member who was among about a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday in the Moscow airport where he's been marooned for weeks.

    Russia: no asylum application from Snowden

    Russian immigration officials said Saturday they have not received an application from Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency leaker who wants to get asylum in Russia. Snowden came to Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on June 23 from Hong Kong, apparently intending to board a flight to Cuba. But he did not get on that flight and is believed to have spent the last three weeks...

    This is an aerial view shows the aftermath of a six-vehicle accident on I-94 in Gurnee Friday morning that sent 16 people to the hospital.

    3 in critical condition after 6-vehicle crash on Tri-State

    Sixteen people, three in critical condition, were taken to a local hospitals following a six-vehicle crash Friday morning on the Tri-State Tollway between Milwaukee and Grand avenues in Gurnee. Police said a semi trailer truck hit two vehicles stopped in traffic causing a chain reaction. Two of the northbound lanes were closed for more than three hours following the crash.

    Phillip K. Heade

    Naperville man charged with striking neighbor with sword

    A Naperville man has been charged with attacking a neighbor with a 3-foot novelty pirate sword following an Independence Day argument, authorities said.


    Fire leaves Carol Stream home uninhabitable

    An early morning attic fire in Carol Stream left a house uninhabitable, authorities said. Firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire at 601 Nez Percé Court after midnight Friday, according to the Carol Stream Fire Protection District.

    Loyalists face riot police Friday close to the Ardoyne area of North Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Protestants attack Belfast cops over blocked march

    Protestant hardliners attacked lines of Belfast riot police Friday as Northern Ireland’s annual mass marches by the Orange Order brotherhood reached a furious, chaotic end with running street battles at several conflict zones.

    People gather Friday at the scene of a Thursday night motorcycle bomb attack in Muqdadiyah, 60 miles north of Baghdad. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a funeral tent for a Shiite family in the town of in Muqdadiyah, killing and woundeding scores of people, police said.

    Suicide bomber hits Iraqi cafe, killing 38

    Iraq is being rocked by its deadliest and most sustained wave of bloodshed in half a decade. More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April, raising fears that the country is once again edging toward the brink of civil war a decade after Saddam Hussein was toppled in the U.S.-led invasion.

    Alex Clifford

    Clifford says he was pushed out for bucking patronage

    Alex Clifford "feared and expected retaliation" from two Metra directors for refusing to go along with requests from Speaker Michael Madigan and other politicians, a document obtained by the Daily Herald shows. The ex-CEO goes on to say Chairman Brad O'Halloran contravened the state law by interfering with running the agency. It's a different story than the edited version Metra officials served...

    In 2006, Ted Torgesen, a Korean War veteran, carries the American flag at an Elk Grove Village Memorial Day ceremony.

    Elk Grove Village VFW celebrates 50 years

    The Elk Grove Village VFW post is celebrating its 50th anniversary this Sunday, as members prepare to stay relevant for the next generation of veterans.


    State objects to allowing concealed carry earlier

    A federal judge in East St. Louis has given gun-rights advocates and the state of Illinois until Thursday to submit written arguments on whether concealed carry can begin next week. Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge William Stiehl means the court will not act immediately on a motion filed Wednesday that is backed by the Illinois State Rifle Association.


    Aunt gets 5 years in deadly Chicago fire

    The aunt of two children who died in a Chicago apartment fire has been sentenced to five years in prison. Authorities said 22-year-old Britany Meakens pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of child endangerment.

    Richard Daley

    Daley subpoenaed in Chicago police torture case

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has been subpoenaed to testify in a police torture case. Stanley Wrice, who is serving a 100-year sentence for rape, claims officers beat him with a flashlight and rubber hose until he confessed.


    Aurora man found dead in Wisconsin motel pool

    Police in Wisconsin Dells are investigating the death of an Aurora man whose body was found in a motel pool. Police say they believe alcohol played a role in the death of 34-year-old Jose Manuel Robles-Orozco.

    The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Last Fling festival in downtown Naperville.

    Goo Goo Dolls to ‘Slide’ into Naperville

    The Goo Goo Dolls will be the main entertainment draw on the Last Fling’s second night in Naperville this Labor Day weekend, headlining the festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Organizers already are promising a sellout for the show at the base of Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon and the Naperville Riverwalk as the well-known band comes to town.


    Elgin man gets 12 years for sexual abuse

    An Elgin man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sexual contact with two minors he knew, prosecutors said.

    Kenny Edwards

    Naperville man guilty of home invasion, battery

    A jury has found a Naperville man guilty for entering the house of his estranged wife and beating her in 2011, prosecutors said Friday.


    Hanover Park 5K will close some roads

    The Hanover Park Park Foundation will host its annual 5K Dash N’ Splash on Sunday, July 14, necessitating some temporary road closures on Greenbrook Boulevard and Arlington Drive.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn watch a video during the Illiana Industry Forum they hosted in June in Rosemont.

    Environmental groups sue over Illiana Expressway

    A study of a proposed 47-mile-long expressway linking northern Illinois and Indiana failed to adequately assess potential impacts to endangered wildlife, critical habitat and other sensitive areas, and was based on inflated population and jobs projections, according to a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups.


    Bartlett residents invited to Routes 59/20 meeting

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting July 18 regarding proposed improvements to Route 20 at Route 59, specifically for residents of the Walnut Hills and Southwicke on Sutton subdivisions.

    Wall Street supporters of President Obama are being told by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence “Larry” Summers that he wants to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

    Summers shows interest in Fed chairman nomination

    Lawrence Summers, 58, who was Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton and Obama’s first National Economic Council director, is one of the potential candidates to succeed Chairman Ben Bernanke, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Michael Schaar

    Des Plaines man charged with harassing witness

    :A 29-year-old Des Plaines man on parole has been charged with harassing a witness in a criminal case against him.


    ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg Park District Theater will perform the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” July 19-21 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.

    West Chicago officials are taking their request to demolish the Joel Wiant House to the city council after a local historical preservation commission rejected the plan.

    W. Chicago continues push to raze 144-year-old home

    When it comes to plans to raze a 144-year-old house in downtown West Chicago, city officials aren’t taking “no” for an answer. They formally have asked the city council to overturn a decision by the West Chicago Historical Preservation Commission and allow the demolition of the city-owned Joel Wiant House to make room for redevelopment.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Karen Leann Wright, 36, of Maple Park, was arrested Sunday and charged with retail theft, according to a police report. She is accused of leaving the Meijer store, 855 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, without paying for several items.


    Wauconda board meets Tuesday on budget

    The Wauconda village board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at village hall, 101 N. Main St., to approve a budget for the 2014 fiscal year and other issues.


    Public meeting on Route 22 plan

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting an open house public hearing regarding the improvement of Route 22 from Quentin Road to Route 83 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, 24000 N. Old McHenry Road, Kildeer.

    Thomas Hillesheim was Hoffman Estates High School’s first principal.

    Hoffman Estates High School mourns first principal
    Funeral services for the first principal of Hoffman Estates High School will be held Saturday. Thomas Hillesheim, who died at age 75, was an innovator and a dedicated administrator, says Dennis Garber, who succeeded Hillesheim as principal. "Tom worked hard at establishing credibility and bringing new innovations to the school," he said.


    Fox Lake Venetian Night fundraiser Wednesday

    Fox Lake officials will be hosting a Venetian Night fundraiser on Wednesday, July 17th, at 6 p.m. The fundraiser will be at Dockers Restaurant, 33 W. Grand Ave. A $25 donation will include two beverages and appetizers.


    D211 board debates how ‘transparent’ motions, minutes should be

    How transparent should school board minutes and motions be? The debate erupted this week between District 211 board member Anna Klimkowicz and other board members, who suggested what she wants would take a lot of extra work by district staff, for not a big return.


    Casey Road in Libertyville to close for three weeks

    Casey Road will be closed to through traffic between Almond Road and Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) sometime after 9 p.m. Monday, July 15 until the evening of Aug. 5 to complete the placement of new pavement along Casey Road and Milwaukee Avenue.


    Lawmakers won’t let pay freeze rush pension fix

    An impatient Gov. Pat Quinn suspended lawmakers’ salaries and stipends this week, hoping that getting them back will serve as a proverbial carrot to force lawmakers to act more quickly on pension reform. But lawmakers insist that withholding their paychecks is not going to speed up their urgency in dealing with a tricky public policy question, even if it does hit them hard in the wallet.


    Judge says ex-alderman unfit to face gun charge

    A former Chicago alderman has been found unfit for trial on charges she approached police officers outside a neighborhood district headquarters with a loaded gun. Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Canon on Friday ordered former 24th Ward Alderman Sharon Dixon into the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services for an evaluation.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Karen Leann Wright, 36, of Maple Park, was arrested Sunday and charged with retail theft, according to a police report. She is accused of leaving the Meijer store, 855 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, without paying for several items.


    Vehicle, garage burn near Wauconda

    A vehicle fire spread to a detached garage and caused some $150,000 in damage late Friday morning in an unincorporated area near Wauconda, authorities said.


    DuPage forest preserve launches director search

    The hunt for a new executive director to lead the DuPage County Forest Preserve District has begun in earnest, officials said Friday, more than a year after Brent Manning stepped down from the post.

    Sour cherries normally ripen later than sweet cherries.

    Poll Vault: Do you grow anything in your backyard?

    Michelle Holdway's got a tree in her backyard bursting with sour cherries. What do you have growing in your yard or garden?

    David Northern

    Old boss back at Lake County Housing Authority

    David Northern has been rehired to lead the Lake County Housing Authority four months after taking a top job in Philadelphia. As part of the move to bring back Northern, board members voted to accept the resignation of his replacement, Jeneen Smith-Underwood, who had been deputy director when she was elevated.

    Ex-Bear Chris Zorich enters federal court Friday in Chicago for his sentencing.

    Ex-Bear Chris Zorich gets probation in tax case

    A now-broke former Chicago Bear has been sentenced to three years of probation for failing to file federal income tax returns over several years. Chris Zorich told the court that he was “very sorry” for his actions.

    One of five young ospreys awaits a physical Wednesday at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur. The five young birds came from Langley Air Force Base in West Virginia, where they were nesting on power poles and in danger of flying into plane engines.

    Program starts to repopulate osprey in Illinois

    The birds were released Wednesday at Anderson Lake. The DNR hopes the birds will return to the site annually to raise their young.The five young birds came from Langley Air Force Base in West Virginia, where they were nesting on power poles and in danger of flying into plane engines.

    Cliff McIlvaine asked a Kane County judge Friday to order St. Charles to pay for damage caused when a contractor the city hired to finish his roof failed to secure tarps properly, and a subsequent heavy downpour damaged some of his belongings.

    McIlvaine seeks payment for damaged items

    Cliff McIlvaine wants the city of St. Charles to pay for any damage caused to his belongings earlier ths week when their roofing contractor failed to sercure a tarp properly, allowing rain in to his garage and solarium. It was one of three motions he presented to a Kane County judge Friday, during a report on the status of the city's work on his 37-year home-improvement project.

    Amado Tamayo

    Arlington Heights man charged with molesting girls

    An Arlington Heights man has been charged with molesting two young girls beginning in 2010 when they were 10 and 8, prosecutors said. Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set bail at $400,000 Friday for Amado Tamayo, 32.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a laptop computer, iPad, iPhone, computer case, cosmetic bag, blank checks and cash between 5 p.m. July 10 and 10 a.m. July 11 out of the trunk of a 2002 Volkswagen Passat at the Metra depot, 45 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights. Value was estimated at $4,100.

    An artist’s impression of one of Earth’s nearest planets outside the solar system, named HD 189733B. Astronomers said Friday that for the first time they had gained an understanding of HD 189733B, which is around 63 light years away, by discovering the huge gas giant’s blue color.

    Astronomers find another blue planet

    While Earth looks blue from space because of its oceans, astronomers say this planet’s color was created by a hazy turbulent atmosphere of silicate particles that scatter blue light. To determine the planet’s color, the team measured the amount of light reflected off its surface as it passed behind its star.


    25,000 trips taken on Chicago bike-sharing system

    Chicago is touting the success of its new bike-sharing program, saying users have taken more than 25,000 trips in the first two weeks. The city launched the program June 28 and has promoted it as a way for commuters to make short trips such as getting from a train station to an office.

    Robert Abboud, left, and Martin McLaughlin

    AG's office reviews Barrington Hills ex-mayor's appointments

    The Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Bureau is reviewing a complaint that former Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud's 31 committee appoinments made after he lost the April 9 election were not adequately identified on a meeting agenda. “In the 12 years I was on the board, I don't remember the names of the appointees being on the agenda,” Abboud said.

    Passenger cars are upturned in a train crash Friday in Bretigny sur Orge, south of Paris. The packed passenger train skidded off its rails after leaving Paris.

    Packed train derails near Paris; 6 believed dead

    The crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge station was the deadliest in France in years. Some cars slid toward the station itself, crushing part of the metallic roof over the platform.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigning

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system. Napolitano, just the third person to lead the 10-year-old department, told her senior staff Friday she would be leaving for California.

    Elgin police take measurements Friday morning at the scene of a car vs. motorcycle crash just east of the intersection of Randall Road and Highland Avenue. Police said a 26-year-old motorcyclist from St. Charles was killed.

    Police respond to two Elgin crashes half-mile apart

    The Elgin Police Department has released additional details about a pair of Friday morning crashes on Randall Road, one that left a 26-year-old St. Charles man dead.


    Do TV and movies make kids violent?

    Viewed video violence can lead to an increase in pushing, shoving, hitting, or even more dramatic violence, our Ken Potts says. But most of us still don’t seem to be all that aggressive just because we see violence on TV or in a movie. He asks, what’s the catch?

    David Larson Inside District 87

    District 87 strives to get students ‘future ready’

    Beyond the state and national government’s emphasis on measuring basic proficiency skills, Glenbard District 87 educators know graduates will need to be prepared for college, the global workplace and personal success.

    George Koukos

    Wauconda man charged after stabbing union’s inflatable rat

    A Wauconda man is being held in Cook County jail after stabbing then running over a large inflatable union rat in downtown Chicago, authorities said. George Koukos, 43, was taken into custody on a felony count of criminal damage to property following his initial court date earlier this week, said Ofc. Jose Estrada of the Chicago Police Department.

    Aaron Brothers

    Missing West Chicago man found

    A 44-year-old man who went missing earlier this week near West Chicago has been found, police announced Friday.

    Gregory F. Accardi

    Two Aurora men charged with growing pot

    Two Aurora men have been charged with unlawful production of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after authorities said they seized 230 plants and 5 pounds of cultivated marijauna in a townhouse at 434 Plaza Place.

    Birdscaper Tim Joyce hangs seed feeders he filled on an advanced pole system in Darlene Schuff’s backyard in Highland Park.

    Moving Picture: Mt. Prospect man brings birds to yards

    Tim Joyce of Mount Prospect is a birdscaper. In other words, he can transform your yard into a haven for a wide variety of bird species using various feeders, seed and suet. “Birds bring me an incredible amount of joy,” Joyce said, “If I can coach someone into bringing the right birds to their yard and they get that same joy, I’ve accomplished my mission.”

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, listens as Malala Yousafzai, right, addresses the “Malala Day” Youth Assembly, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, celebrated her 16th birthday on Friday addressing the United Nations.

    Malala celebrates 16th birthday with UN address

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, celebrated her 16th birthday Friday by demanding, in her first public speech since the attack, that world leaders provide free compulsory schooling for every child. In an impassioned address from the podium at the United Nations to more than 1,000 youth leaders from over 100 countries, Malala called...

    Mundelein High School officials will review a proposed $37.2 million budget when they meet Tuesday.

    Proposed Mundelein High budget calls for a surplus

    With the bulk of a $10 million facility improvement plan already completed, Mundelein High School officials expect spending to decrease over the next year, according to a newly proposed annual budget. “The administrative team has made a valiant effort to closely work together in creating the budget, monitoring expenditures and observing political trends in Springfield and Washington,”...


    Art Institute of Chicago receives more than 900 works from collector

    The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired nearly 800 European prints and drawings from Old Master to modern. It also obtained 150 works from China, Korea, and Japan, including stoneware, porcelains, and printed books.


    Gas station owner sentenced on tax fraud charges

    A Chicago-area gas station owner has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding the state of almost $1 million in gasoline sales taxes.The Illinois attorney general’s office and Department of Revenue say 33-year-old Samer T. Farhan of Palos Hills pleaded guilty on Thursday before being sentenced by Cook County Circuit Judge Kenneth Wadas.


    Man who threw scalding water on dog gets probation

    A former University of Illinois at Chicago gymnast who threw a pot of boiling water on his dog was sentenced to a year of probation. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cook County Judge James Obbish sentenced Kyle Voissem on Thursday, even as he lamented the treatment the 21-year-old has received since the public learned of the 2011 incident.


    Aurora man sentenced to 10 years for fifth DUI

    A judge has sentenced a 32-year-old Aurora man to a decade in prison for his fifth drunken driving conviction over 15 years. The Kane County judge sentenced Paulino B. Ledezma to 10 years for aggravated DUI. In 2011, Ledezma’s Dodge Durango struck another car, sending its driver to the hospital with neck and back injuries.

    Nicholas Songco

    Lisle man charged with driving more than 100 mph

    A 24-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol after allegedly driving more than 100 mph down a busy Naperville street and crashing into a streetlight and two parked cars.

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold his posters seen through decorations that mark the Islamic month of Ramadan during a rally near Cairo University, where protesters have installed their camp in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 12, 2013.

    Egypt: Ousted president’s supporters demonstrating

    Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood are demonstrating in a Cairo square, waving pictures of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. They’re chanting anti-military slogans, calling the army chief a traitor. He led the military’s removal of Morsi from office last week.


    Al-Qaida linked gunmen kill Syrian rebel commander

    Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a rebel commander in northwestern Syria, an activist group and an opposition spokeswoman said Friday, in a sign of increased tensions and infighting among groups battling the Damascus regime.

    House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States.

    Republicans to tackle cuts in food stamp program

    House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States. Food stamps have been a part of farm bills since the 1970s to gain urban Democratic votes for the rural measure. But that union has soured this year as the food aid has exploded in cost and House Republicans have taken aim at the...


    Texas Senate on track to pass tough abortion rules

    This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber’s top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote. The Senate’s leader, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has scheduled a vote for Friday on the same restrictions on when, where and how women may obtain abortions in Texas that failed to become law after a Democratic filibuster and raucous...

    Courtesy Six Flags Great America Nik Wallenda, the tight rope walker who conquered the Grand Canyon, visited Great America with his family Thursday.

    Grand Canyon tight rope walker crosses ropes course at Great America

    Nik Wallenda may have crossed the Grand Canyon on a wire without wearing protection, but he was forced to wear a harness when tackling a ropes course at Six Flags Great America Thursday. Wallenda, the seventh-generation tightrope walker for the Flying Wallendas, visited the Gurnee theme park with his family Thursday.

    The Prairie Stone office park in Hoffman Estates is in a tax increment financing district designed to help keep Sears Holdings Corp.’s headquarters in Illinois and spur the development of the land around the retailer’s headquarters.

    Suburbs seeing less revenue from taxing districts

    Suburban Cook County towns are seeing less revenues from special taxing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Meanwhile, the number of TIF districts in suburban Cook County has steadily grown in recent years — there are now 281 districts in 93 municipalities.

    Firefighters from across the suburbs march into the funeral parlor to pay their last respects during the memorial service for Anthony Rose yesterday at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion. Rose was one of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed June 30 battling a wildfire in Arizona.

    Dawn Patrol: Firefighter mourned in Zion; Cary flooding stories

    Mourners honor Arizona firefighter in Zion. Cary residents tell stories of flood destruction. Island Lake to pay resident $20,000 in settlement. Workers overcome by fumes in Long Grove. Rodeo weekend kicks off in Wauconda. Cubs, Chicago agree on Jumbotron.


    Dist. 211 approves three-year lease for iPads

    A shipment of 7,000 new, fourth-generation iPads is expected to be delivered to Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211’s five schools by August. The lease amount will be about $1.13 million each year for the next three years, and the district will pay a total of about $30,000 in interest.

    The DuPage County zoning board of appeals has recommended approval of plans for a gas station, convenience store and car wash at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn.

    Plans for gas station near Glen Ellyn move forward

    Plans for a combination gas station, convenience store and car wash in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn took a step forward on Thursday during a hearing before a DuPage County panel, despite opposition from area residents. The county’s zoning board of appeals voted 4-2 to recommend approval of a conditional use for the proposed 1.5-acre Mobil gas station and Bucky’s convenience...

    A hummingbird feeds in a Gurnee backyard.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 8th.


    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville yells his team during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Contract extension for Quenneville next priority

    Now that Marcus Kruger is signed, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman can focus on getting coach Joel Quenneville's signature on a contract extension.

    This is a 2013 photo of Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. This image reflects the White Sox active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Sox take a chance by trading for Jacobs

    In the first of what could be many trades for the White Sox in advance of the July 31 nonwaiver deadline, veteran relief pitcher Matt Thornton was sent to Boston for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.

    Kris Bryant takes fielding practice at third during batting practice before the Cubs lost to St. Louis on Friday at Wrigley Field. Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, said he’s “very happy to be a Cub.”

    Bryant says he’ll do whatever Cubs ask of him

    Kris Bryant called it a "dream of mine" to play for the Cubs. Bryant, a third baseman out of the University of San Diego, officially signed with the Cubs Friday and will begin his journey through the minor leagues.

    Zach Johnson tees off on the 16th hole of TPC Deere Run during the second round of the John Deere Classic on Friday.

    Johnson holds lead at John Deere

    Zach Johnson is not only on the board of directors for the John Deere Classic, he’s also the defending champion. Those roles might seem a burden for the PGA Tour’s leading member from nearby Iowa, but so far Johnson has kept his focus. He tacked a second round 66 to the 64 he posted in the first and his 12-under-par 130 has the 2007 Masters champion at the top of the leaderboard entering Saturday’s third round at TPC Deere Run.


    White Sox trade Thornton to Red Sox

    The Boston Red Sox have acquired reliever Matt Thornton and cash from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.

    Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, right, drives to the basket while being guarded by Connecticut Sun's Allison Hightower during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Delle Donne leads Sky over Sun 83-70

    Rookie Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and five rebounds and the Sky scored the game’s first 12 points and went on to beat the Connecticut Sun 83-70 on Friday. “I expected wins,” Delle Donne said. “I knew this was a great team, and I really felt like we had all the pieces to the puzzle."

    The Cardinals’ Allen Craig turns from a high pitch from Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 12, 2013, in Chicago.

    Solid start by Villanueva

    Even though he took the loss Friday as the Cubs fell 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals, pitcher Carlos Villanueva said he feels he has his starter's groove back, just 2 starts removed from rejoining the rotation out of the bullpen.

    Villanueva tossed six strong innings, giving up only four hits, while striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on FridayThe only runs scored off Villanueva came during a two-run first inning — and it ended up being the difference. Despite the rocky first, manager Dale Sveum had nothing but positives on Villanueva's outing. "It was perfect," said Sveum.

    Despite loss, Sveum backs Villanueva

    Carlos Villanueva gave his manager exactly what he asked of him. It still wasn't enough. Villanueva tossed six strong innings, giving up only four hits, while striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on FridayThe only runs scored off Villanueva came during a two-run first inning — and it ended up being the difference. Despite the rocky first, manager Dale Sveum had nothing but positives on Villanueva's outing. "It was perfect," said Sveum.

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Versatile Kruger signs new 2-year deal

    Thanks primarily to his work as a penalty killer, Marcus Kruger has become one of the most important members of the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.On Friday, the Hawks rewarded Kruger by signing the restricted free-agent center to a new two-year contract.

    Cubs’ first-round draft pick Kris Bryant looks around Wrigley Field before a private batting practice session with manager Dale Sveum before the Cubs played the Cardinals on Friday. At his introductory news conference, Bryant said he’s going to do whatever the Cubs ask of him. See story, Page 3.

    Cubs’ farm system seems ready to produce

    Friday's introduction of Cubs' top draft pick Kris Bryant provided a good opportunity to check the progress of the farm system. The Theo Epstein regime now has completed two drafts and signed numerous international free agents since taking over.

    The blockbuster breakup of the Celtics is complete. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn-bound. The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade Friday, a nine-player, three-draft-pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008.

    Pierce, Garnett to Nets as blockbuster finished

    The blockbuster breakup of the Celtics is complete. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn-bound.The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade Friday, a nine-player, three-draft-pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008.


    Keselowski wins pole at New Hampshire

    Brad Keselowski's first pole of the season might give his season the boost he needs to become a contender. Keselowski turned a lap of 135.922 mph on Friday to set a track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Keselowski won only his third career pole and first since 2011.

    New York Yankees' Derek Jeter singles during the first inning of the baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Jeter to miss weekend series with quad strain

    In his first game this season, Derek Jeter strained his right quadriceps in his third at-bat Thursday. He will now miss the weekend series against Minnesota, and New York will not rule out a return to the disabled list.


    Sox game postponed, will be made up Saturday

    Friday night’s game between the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed.It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday with games starting at 3:05 and 8:15 p.m.

    Toronto’s Maicer Izturis as Sox catcher Tyler Flowers tries to apply the tag during the Blue Jays’ victory Tuesday. Flowers has been a disappointment in his first full season behind the plate, batting just .202 with 22 RBI.

    Why were those in room with Bieber not disturbed?

    Justin Bieber inadvertently steps on the Blackhawks’ logo and creates a stir, White sox fans know what the front office doesn’t, and sports accomplishments reach stupefying heights as Mike North reviews the sports landscape.

    If or when he's traded, there's certainly one thing that won't be missed about Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza.

    Go figure: No all-star pie in the face for Puig

    Puig, Phegley, Garza, Crawford - you name 'em and Spellman's Scorecard has them all covered this week.


    Sky scouting report

    Sky scout for Friday...please post to web


    About a dozen Barrington Hills meet outside East Dundee village hall after East Dundee trustees voted to allow a wrecked auto auction in town.

    E. Dundee OKs auto auction business to Barrington Hills’ chagrin

    After about a year of assorted delays and strong resistance from neighboring Barrington Hills, East Dundee gave the green light for a wrecked auto auctioneer to come to town. But the Barrington Hills residents who fear leaking fluids from Insurance Auto Auctions' vehicles will pollute the groundwater and hoped to defeat the measures Monday, say they aren’t finished just yet. “It’s the ending of one part of the process and probably the beginning of another,” Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin

    Specialist Joseph Dreyer, center, and trader Sean Spain, right, work Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Wall Street ekes out a small gain

    The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain of three points, just 0.02 percent, to close at 15,464 Friday. The Dow was in the red for most of the afternoon because of a sharp drop in Boeing following a fire in a 787 Dreamliner parked in London.

    At the self checkout, Shawn Hall, 9, hands his mother Danica Streeter a box of Twinkies at a Wal-Mart, Friday, in Bristol, Pa.

    Twinkies make early return at Wal-Mart stores

    Wal-Mart and other retailers are making Twinkies available this weekend, even though Hostess says it asked stores to wait until Monday to start selling the spongy yellow snack cakes.The world’s largest retailer announced Friday that the cakes were available at about 1,600 stores and that about 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores should have them by Sunday morning.

    Specialist Peter Elkins, left, and trader Gordon Charlop work Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Six stocks stand out in a sizzling market

    Six stocks — Amazon, Starbucks, UnitedHealth, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Financial — notched their own records this week, helped by the growing confidence of American consumers.Would buying these stocks now be a hot-weather impulse or a coldly-calculated move?

    Officer Baljit Singh takes telegram messages from customers at the Kashmere Gate telegraph office in New Delhi, India.

    India’s telegram service goes dark after 163 years

    On Monday, the state-run telecommunications company will send its final telegram, closing down a service that fast became a relic in an age of email, reliable landlines and ubiquitous cellphones.The fact that the telegram survived this long is a testament to how deeply woven it is into the fabric of Indian society.


    Quinn says program created nearly 2,000 jobs

    Gov. Pat Quinn is lauding a federally funded small-business initiative that has created nearly 2,000 jobs in less than two years. The Democrat celebrated Advantage Illinois on Thursday at AllCell Technologies on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The company has tripled its workforce since the program began in October 2011.

    A man looks inside a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 single-seater race car Thursday that was once driven by Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio, as it is displayed by an auction house at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, near Chichester, England.

    Fangio’s F1 Mercedes fetches $29.6 million at auction

    LONDON — A classic Mercedes-Benz race car driven by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio sold for 19.6 million pounds ($29.6 million) at auction in England on Friday.The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 single-seater was driven by the five-time world champion racer when he clinched his second title in 1954. The Argentine drove the car to victories in the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races. Robert Brooks, chairman of Bonhams auctioneers, which handled the deal, called the car the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale.The auction house said the steel-colored car is in a “remarkably unspoiled” condition and that its parts are believed to be complete and workable after proper preparation.It was sold to a private buyer over the telephone at a classic cars auction in southern England’s Goodwood. The price included the buyer’s premium.A 1965 Ferrari 330GT, first owned by John Lennon, fetched $543,887 at the same auction.

    A logo sits beneath windows on the fuselage of a new Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated by British Airways at Heathrow airport in London. British Airways started regular services with the Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo a week earlier than planned after taking delivery of the first of 12 of the doubledeckers.

    Dreamliner issues reported at two British airports

    Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes ran into trouble in England on Friday, with a fire on one temporarily shutting down Heathrow Airport and an unspecified technical issue forcing another to turn back to Manchester Airport.The incidents are unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding due to concerns about overheating batteries.

    Type 1 CrossFit in Wheeling.

    CrossFit in Wheeling all about intensity
    Small biz column


    US Airways shareholders approve American merger

    US Airways and American Airlines moved closer to creating the world’s biggest airline Friday, as US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved their proposed merger. Shareholders of US Airways Group Inc. would get 28 percent of the shares in the combined company, with the rest going to creditors, employees and shareholders of American Airlines parent AMR Corp.

    Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, said Friday its second-quarter profit surged 20 percent as it cut expenses.

    Wells Fargo Q2 profit rises 20%

    Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, said Friday its second-quarter profit surged 20 percent as it cut expenses.

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank, says its second-quarter earnings surged from a year ago as profits from investment banking grew.

    JPMorgan’s second-quarter profit surges

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank, says its second-quarter earnings surged from a year ago as profits from investment banking grew. The bank made $6.1 billion in the second quarter after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 32 percent from the same period a year ago, when it made $4.6 billion. Profits in the year-ago period were affected by a trading loss.

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, right, is offering Dell shareholders a chance to own a bigger stake in the company in hopes of thwarting an attempt by Dell founder Michael Dell, left, to buy it and take it private.

    Icahn sweetens Dell counterproposal with warrants

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is offering Dell shareholders a chance to own a bigger stake in the company in hopes of thwarting an attempt by Dell’s founder to buy it and take it private. Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 percent stake in Dell, now wants to offer shareholders warrants in addition to cash.


    UPS says 2Q profit smaller than analysts expected

    UPS says its second-quarter earnings will be hurt as customers use cheaper options. The package delivery and logistics company also says it’s seeing a slowdown in the U.S. industrial economy.

    A big jump in gasoline prices pushed wholesale inflation up in June by the largest amount in nine months. But underlying inflation showed only a modest gain.

    U.S. wholesale prices up 0.8 percent in June

    A big jump in gasoline prices pushed wholesale inflation up in June by the largest amount in nine months. But underlying inflation showed only a modest gain. Wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in June compared with May when prices had risen 0.5 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 1 percent jump in September and was driven by a 7.2 percent surge in gasoline prices.

    The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant’s effects on children.

    FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice

    Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids’ favorite drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant’s effects on children.

    A bedroom in one of the model apartments at Wheaton 121 during a preview of its nearly completed high-end apartment building, Thursday.

    Wheaton's new luxury apartment development nearing move-in day

    Move-in day is about a month and a half away for some of downtown Wheaton's newest residents and excitement is beginning to build. Morningside Group developers Thursday hosted an open house for Wheaton city and chamber of commerce officials at the site of the future Wheaton 121 luxury apartment development at the intersection of Cross and Front streets. “It's the type of development any city would want," the mayor said.

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    The 81 single-family ranch and two-story homes in Creekside at Inverness Ridge have brick and stone exteriors and attractive landscaping.

    Gated community in Inverness provides privacy, low maintenance

    Lori and Greg Sherwood moved from San Diego to Creekside at Inverness Ridge about eight years ago. They were very impressed with the homes and the neighborhood's scenic views, abundance of green space and area forest preserves.

    When your child throws a tantrum in public, you should treat the situation the same as you would at home. Failure to do so will give the child the idea he or she can behave differently while in a public setting.

    Making your child's tantrums a rarity

    Crying. Screaming. Oh, and of course, “No,” will be used most likely in a whining fashion. Tantrums are something most parents dread. It's easy to become frustrated or overwhelmed when your child throws a tantrum. But there are some things parents can do to make their child's tantrums a rare occurrence rather than a common one.

    Kate Arrington and Cliff Chamberlain play young American marrieds living in Paris who don't know each other as well as they should in Amy Herzog's “Belleville,” running through Aug. 25 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

    A marriage unravels in Steppenwolf's 'Belleville'

    Almost from the beginning of “Belleville,” Amy Herzog's domestic drama in its Chicago area premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, stress fractures are apparent in the relationship between Abby and Zack. That there are secrets between them is evident early on, when Abby (Kate Arrington) returns to the couple's apartment on a mid-December afternoon to find her husband Zack (Cliff Chamberlain) watching Internet porn when he should be at work. It's the first of several disturbing secrets revealed over the course of this taut, sometimes unnerving and ultimately chilly examination of a marriage unraveling.

    Elliot (Henry Thomas) says a tearful goodbye to his alien friend at the end of Steven Spielberg's classic “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

    Dann Gire profiles 10 most intriguing alien flicks

    With the release of Guillermo del Toro's alien invasion drama “Pacific Rim” invading theaters this weekend, it's time to remember some of the other extra-terrestrial visitations we've had close encounters with during past decades. If you've got a favorite, let me know at dgire@dailyherald.com. To prime the pump, here are 10 alien invasion films starting with Ridley Scott's seminal “Alien.”

    Jackie Plascencia and her husband Paco have a drink before catching a movie at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton.

    Food, film get top billing at Wheaton's Studio Movie Grill

    If you're planning a date night or an evening out with friends, save on travel time and do dinner and a movie at the same place. Studio Movie Grill, which opened last June in Wheaton's Rice Lake Square, serves food and drinks in the theater and offers plenty of other programming to keep people coming in even when they've seen everything other theaters are showing.

    Food trucks bring restaurant-quality yet portable food, like these meatloaf cupcakes, to people in shopping center parking lots and parks.

    Meatloaf and Mashers Cupcakes
    Traveling Meatloaf and Mashers

    Director Sam Mendes is coming back to direct another James Bond film with Daniel Craig following the enormously successful “Skyfall.”

    Sam Mendes returning to direct 24th Bond film

    Sam Mendes is coming back to direct another James Bond film with Daniel Craig following the enormously successful “Skyfall.” The British director Mendes had said earlier that “Skyfall” would be his lone entry in the 007 canon, but Bond producers and Sony Pictures announced his return Thursday.

    Justin Bieber has apologized by phone to Bill Clinton for cursing the former president and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier this year.

    Justin Bieber apologizes for presidential antics

    Justin Bieber apologized by phone to Bill Clinton, the former president’s office said Thursday, for cursing Clinton and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier this year.The pop star also had repercussions from a tour stop in Chicago earlier this week when city officials said Bieber was listed as an underage guest on a citation that police issued to a nightclub.

    Lee DeWyze

    Lee DeWyze to play local shows, Wrigley event

    Mount Prospect native and past “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze is heading back to the area this summer for a few local performances and an event at Wrigley Field.


    Home inspector: Home purchase dampened by cat urine

    Q. During our home inspection, there was a terrible smell in the house, and the sellers disclosed that their cats didn’t always use the litter box. Our home inspector reassured us that carpet cleaning would remove the odor. After moving in, we had the carpet cleaned, but the bad smell remains.

    MGM Grand poker dealer Dar Reike holds her adopted dog, Alexia, next to her husband, Rick Reike. They adopted the dog, at a company adoption fair last year. However, they decided against getting pet insurance.

    Employers offer pet insurance as worker perk

    Melissa Yoakam jokingly calls her dog Shadow her “car payment” because she pays $250 a month for the 12-year-old’s cancer treatments. She’d pay far less if she had pet insurance, but she didn’t take advantage of it when Shadow was younger and when he got cancer it was too late. She uses her experience to convince colleagues not to make the same mistake. “I should have it but I don’t,” she lamented. Yoakam is well-versed in the subject as benefits manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, which is one of a growing number of companies that discount and subsidize pet insurance as a perk to workers.

    Teenage female characters, even those in animated sitcoms like “Family Guy,” are sexual fodder for network TV series, especially comedies, according to a study from the Parents Television Council released Tuesday.

    Study: TV's female characters are sexual targets

    Teenage female characters are sexual fodder for broadcast network TV series, especially comedies, according to an advocacy group's new study. An examination of 238 sitcoms and dramas airing during four weeks in 2011 and 2012 found a third of the episodes included content that “rose to the level of sexual exploitation” of females, according to the Parents Television Council report released Tuesday.


    Super handyman: Keep your cool this summer

    If you really want to save some money on your utility bills, you might consider shutting off your air conditioning, at least part of the time, and trying some alternatives, or old-fashioned ways, for cooling your home down. Here are some of our favorite tips:

    SH13E141RECLAIMEDWOOD May 20, 2013 -- Apprentice Brian McLeod, left, works with Jason Boone of Urban Tree to apply tongue oil to a 12-foot shelf made from pin oak at the wood shop. (SHNS photo by Rebecca Droke / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) (Newscom TagID: shnsphotos146677.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

    Turning reclaimed wood into furniture

    Three years ago, a visionary project called the Urban Tree Forge almost toppled with the death of founder John Metzler. It could have disappeared altogether if not for others who shared his passion for trees. oday, artist Jason Boone carries on that vision at Urban Tree, a new name and a new location in Pittsburgh. “It's been a lifelong dream to have a workshop, bring in the wood on one side and the furniture comes out the other,” said Boone.


    About real estate: Renting home to tenants raises key insurance issues

    Property owners often decide to rent their home out to tenants rather than putting it up for sale. Failing to check with their insurer first could leave them financially unprotected.


    The nation’s housing: Routes to a lower down payment

    WASHINGTON — It’s a crucial question for many first-time and moderate-income buyers in rebounding markets across the country: Where do we find the lowest down payment, lowest monthly cost loans? The answers are changing.


    Ants help process a compost pile

    Q. With all this rain we have been getting, there is a very large ant kingdom in my compost bin. Can I use Diazinon in the compost bin? If so, is that good to be mixing in with the soil?


    Illinois has made strides toward rehabilitation of young offenders rather than incarcerating them.

    Editorial: The urgent need for further reforms in juvenile justice

    Two recent reports about the juvenile justice system in Illinois show the good and the bad -- and emphasize that changes are still needed, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Why trust in U.S. institutions matters

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Americans’ lack of confidence in their governing institutions makes correcting most any political or policy problem more difficult. The voters are less open to policy-making or reform, since they don’t trust that government can actually solve the issue in front of it.


    Those here illegally shouldn’t be hired
    We don’t have a broken immigration system. We just don’t enforce our laws. Why?What is so complicated, and who are the enablers? Why are benefits afforded to illegals? Why do employers openly hire undocumented immigrants who flagrantly change their names and make up Social Security numbers.I keep waiting for Rep. Luis Gutierrez to be arrested for aiding and abetting. Does he not shelter the undocumented?I agree with Joan Baillie of Wauconda (June 27) in challenging the congressman that if 11 million illegal immigrants are here, aren’t they criminals?Gary P. ElferingRound Lake Beach


    Stay out of funding process for research
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The Daily Herald can and should advocate for more research for veterans issues. It should however leave the scientific judgment as to what gets funded to the proper peer review process.


    Pension fix shouldn’t hurt retired teachers
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: On a government website a study stated that Illinois contributes less of its budget to teacher pensions than any other state in the Midwest. Indiana and Wisconsin pay twice the percentage. Our legislators are at fault for Illinois’ debt and need to fix it without hurting retired teachers.


    Now is time to fight Alzheimer’s disease
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease today, and its prevalence is only growing. In 2006, my husband, Bill, was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was only 52 years old at the time and our children were not even teenagers.


    Hold college trustees accountable
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Excessive costs of a college education and resultant student debt represent the single biggest threat to the economic future of our country. Three generations are impacted.


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