Daily Archive : Monday July 22, 2013


    A proposed one-story 30,000-square-foot Autumn Leaves memory care facility will be constructed on the northwest corner of Geneva and Bloomingdale roads in Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn OKs zoning for nursing home

    A proposed one-story, 30,000-square-foot nursing home is coming to Glen Ellyn, despite opposition from nearby residents who say the development won’t be the right fit for their neighborhood. The village board voted 4-1 Monday to grant zoning approvals that pave the way for construction of an Autumn Leaves memory care facility, which will be built on the northwest corner of Geneva and Bloomingdale...

    An 18,000-square-foot auditorium with seating for 1,200 people will be added to “The Yellow Box” campus of Community Christian Church at 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville. The auditorium will become the church’s primary worship space instead of its current “gymatorium.”

    ‘Yellow Box’ church in Naperville adding auditorium

    The Naperville church known as “The Yellow Box” soon will have a different look. The building still will be yellow and boxy, but bigger, as Community Christian Church’s Yellow Box campus adds an 18,000-square-foot auditorium in a project that also includes a redesigned lobby, a new training center and more on-site parking.

    Members of the media wait across from St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday.

    It's a boy! UK's Kate gives birth to royal heir

    Champagne bottles popped and shouts of “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” erupted outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne.

    A crowd mobs the car carrying Pope Francis through Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Ecstatic believers forced the Fiat to stop several times as they swarmed around during the drive from the airport to an official opening ceremony in the center of the city.

    Frenzied crowds greet Pope Francis in Brazil

    Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis on Monday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to hold around-the-clock talks to resolve the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. Daley will hold a news conference in Chicago on Monday to urge the governor to get more aggressive in trying to solve the worst-in-the-nation crisis.

    Daley: Quinn should hold marathon talks on pension

    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to hold around-the-clock talks to resolve the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. Daley will hold a news conference in Chicago on Monday to urge the governor to get more aggressive in trying to solve the worst-in-the-nation crisis.

    Sen. Dick Durbin says fewer than half of Illinois' more than 800 police departments use the eTrace program.

    Durbin wants more police departments to trace guns

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants Illinois police departments to use a federal firearms tracing system that can tell investigators the chain of custody of a gun from the manufacturer to the first legal purchaser. Durbin says fewer than half of Illinois' more than 800 police departments use the eTrace program of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


    Warning expires as system moves through suburbs

    The National Weather Service let its severe thunderstorm warning for Kane and McHenry counties expire at 11:30 p.m. Rain that’s perhaps heavy in spots will be moving through the suburbs tonight.

    Members of the media gather across from St Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing in London on Monday where they had nothing to report for hours and hours before Prince William’s wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy.

    Royal baby — and every baby — arrives with protocol

    The ancient protocol for the royal baby boy born in London is vastly different than the modern protocol for all the American babies also born on Monday. But whether the news comes via an easel outside Buckingham Palace or a text message from the delivery room, the birth of a baby is special.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jared Rosenstein A Southwest Airlines plane whose nose gear collapsed as it touched down on the runway is surrounded by emergency vehicles at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday. The plane was carrying 149 passengers and crew.

    Plane’s front gear collapses in LaGuardia landing

    The front landing gear of a flight arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed Monday shortly after the plane touched down on the runway, leaving several people with injuries, officials said. The Southwest Airlines flight coming from Nashville, Tenn., was carrying 150 passengers and crew.


    Waukegan man arrested on drug, weapons charges

    A Waukegan man faces numerous charges after Lake County sheriff’s officers were tipped off that he was dealing drugs, authorities said.

    Bobby Rush

    Congressman seeking funds for trauma centers

    Congressman Bobby Rush says he has introduced legislation seeking funds to build hospital trauma centers in places that need them the most, like Chicago’s South Side.

    An Arlington Heights public works crew feeds fallen tree limbs from South Beverly Lane into the chipper on Monday.

    Big storm calls for big cleanup

    Public works crews and private tree service companies were out in force in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect on Monday, mopping up from Friday night's storm.

    Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, shows her passport at the Norwegian Seaman’s Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday. At the center of a Dubai rape claim dispute, she said Sunday officials have dropped her 16-month sentence for having sex outside marriage and she is free to leave the country.

    Dubai pardons woman at center of rape dispute

    With her passport back in hand, a Norwegian woman at the center of a Dubai rape claim dispute said Monday that officials dropped her 16-month sentence for having sex outside marriage in the latest clash between the city’s Islamic-based legal codes and its international branding as a Western-friendly haven.

    A British police officer, backdropped by members of the media, stands outside St. Mary’s Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday.

    Royal baby adds extra sense of history at palace

    The arrival of a new royal baby imbued the pomp and pageantry of Buckingham Palace with an extra sense of history Monday as thousands of reporters, Londoners and tourists awaited the most anticipated birth announcement in years.

    Brian D. Long

    Police: Elgin man planned to sell cocaine near park

    A 27-year-old Elgin man faces prison time after authorities searched his apartment Sunday and seized cocaine packaged in 20 individual baggies. Brian D. Long is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. His apartment also was within 1,000 feet of a park, increasing the possible penalty to six to 30 years in prison with no possibility of probation.

    Nathan Woessner walks with his father, Greg, at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

    Boy saved from dune moving about, on regular diet

    Doctors say a 6-year-old boy rescued from an Indiana sand dune is moving about the Chicago hospital where he’s recovering. Dr. Diana Mitchell of Comer Children’s Hospital says Nathan Woessner can leave his room to visit the hospital playroom. She says he continues to improve and returned to a regular diet Monday.

    Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

    Images:Reaction to Birth of a Royal
    Images of reaction in Great Britain as a a baby boy is born to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London. The child weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces and will become third in line for the British throne.


    Annual Cook County tax sale is Aug. 5-8

    The office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has urged some 73,000 property owners to pay delinquent bills to avoid their unpaid taxes being offered for auction at the annual tax sale in August.


    Cops close overcrowded club near Addison

    The DuPage County sheriff’s office shut down a club near Addison early Monday for being at more than five times its capacity, authorities said. Police said officers and fire officials went to Club 53 at Route 53 and Lake Street about 12:30 a.m. and cleared out 258 customers.


    Three wounded as Aurora cops investigate half-dozen shootings

    Aurora police are investigating at least a half-dozen shootings over the weekend in which three people were wounded, authorities said Monday. Police say they haven't established motives yet, but the shootings may be related to gangs and drugs.

    Independence Grove Forest Preserve, which includes a swimming beach, reopened Saturday after being closed for three days because of a bomb threat.

    With threat passed, all is normal at Independence Grove

    Visitors to the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville said they had no qualms about their safety following a bomb threat that closed the preserve for three days last week. An investigation of the threat was to a specific, private event and not a district activity or program. The preserve reopened Saturday.


    Barrington, fire district split now irreversible

    The Jan. 1 divorce between the Barrington Fire Department and the Barrington Countryside Fire District is past the point of no return, Barrington officials said Monday, and fire district officials heartily agree. So where does that leave Barrington’s union firefighters and their “We Support One Barrington Fire Department” campaign?


    Elgin woman critically injured in four-vehicle crash

    A four-vehicle crash in Elgin Sunday night sent a 55-year-old woman to the hospital and closed an east-side intersection for 7½ hours while police investigated, officials said. The woman remained in critical condition as of Monday, police said.


    Palatine’s Bridge organization seeks help to get grant

    The Palatine-based Bridge Youth and Family Services is asking the public to help match a $10,000 grant from an anoymous foundation to assist children dealing with traumatic experiences.


    Spring Lake Park playground finished

    Lincolnshire public works crews have completed Spring Lake Park Playground renovations.


    Mundelein High yearbooks are in

    Mundelein High School students may pick up their 2013 yearbooks at a signing party to be held Thursday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main gym.


    Two prostitution arrests made in Highland Park

    A prostitution investigation culminated Friday with the arrests of two Highland Park residents, police said.


    Fundraiser for Wheeling girl
    From July 23-30, 15 percent of food bills at Pete Miller’s in Wheeling will be donated to a 10-year-old girl named Emma who has muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular scoliosis and who will have surgery at the end of the month.


    North Aurora couple refile hidden camera lawsuit

    A North Aurora couple have refiled a lawsuit against their neighbors, seeking damages after a hidden camera was found in their bedroom. Police charged a 16-year-old juvenile and former babysitter for David and Katerina Speers with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The Speers seek damages for invasion of privacy and say the episode has resulted in depression and the need for counseling.


    U of I names new director at supercomputer center

    A top official from a Russian research university will be the new director of the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

    Patrick Collins

    Ex-federal prosecutor won’t conduct Metra probe

    A former federal prosecutor has backed out of a job investigating allegations that one of the state’s most powerful politicians and others pressured Metra staff in hiring and contract decisions, the commuter rail agency said Monday. In a news release, Metra said it would search for someone else after Patrick Collins, a former assistant U.S. attorney, informed the agency he wanted to withdraw from...

    Gov. Pat Quinn holds up a newly signed bill expanding Medicaid to cover low-income Illinois adults who don’t have children at home. Quinn signed the bill Monday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Quinn signs Medicaid expansion into law

    Illinois became the latest state Monday to implement a central part of President Barack Obama’s health care law by expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who don’t have children at home. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state legislation into law. “Some would call it Obamacare. I call it `I Do Care,”’ said Quinn, surrounded by health care advocates at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “It’s...


    Court steps up security after possible threat

    The federal courthouse in Chicago stepped up security for a U.S. district judge after a possible threat against her. The chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois issued a statement Monday afternoon saying a defendant may have made a threatening statement directed at Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

    New Deputy Chief Roy Newton

    Lombard names deputy police chief

    A 27-year veteran of the Lombard Police Department, Lt. Roy Newton, has been named deputy chief of administration, department officials said Monday. The promotion is effective immediately.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Emily Zapata, 23, of the 800 block of Bode Road, was arrested on charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer about 4 a.m. Monday, according to a police report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A vehicle window was broken in a parking lot on the 1900 block of Fabyan Parkway in Batavia, it was reported at 11:16 a.m. July 21.

    The deadline to enter the 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge is midnight Wednesday.

    Deadline nears for cooking competition

    The Daily Herald is looking for 16 home cooks to take part in our third annual Cook of the Week Challenge. The contest asks cooks to develop recipes using mystery basket ingredients (nothing like cow tongue or dried seaweed flakes) and common pantry items. The deadline to enter is Wednesday.


    Cops: Downers Grove couple died in murder-suicide

    A Downers Grove couple found fatally stabbed in their home died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Monday. Officers found the bodies of Thomas F. Smith, 41, and Jennifer M. Smith, 39, while conducting a well-being check Friday on the 6200 block of Park Avenue.

    Levert Jones

    Detroit man pleads not guilty to Oak Brook mall robbery attempt

    A Detroit man who was shot after police say he smashed a jewelry case at Oakbrook Center mall pleaded not guilty Monday to attempt armed robbery and burglary. Levert Jones, 24, was formally arraigned in front of DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.


    Betting agencies have big day on royal baby names

    Bookies cashed in big Monday as thousands of Britons placed bets on what Prince William and his wife, Kate, would name their newborn child. Ladbrokes took 50,000 bets in the hours after the Duchess of Cambridge went into labor Monday morning.


    10 royal baby traditions to know

    Prince William and Kate are seen as the new face of a centuries-old institution, keeping the best of traditions while moving forward with the times. Here are 10 things to know about the royal baby in relation to royal births of the past:

    Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

    Prince William and Kate Timeline

    Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to their first child, to be third in line for the throne. Here are some highlights of their lives and of the royal pregnancy:


    Algonquin Founders’ Days parade route changes

    Due to construction on the Western Bypass in downtown Algonquin, two changes have been made to this year’s Algonquin Founders Days: the parade route and the location.

    Daniel Clark

    Driver who hit squad car pleads guilty in fatal Addison crash

    After his vehicle was disabled in a minor traffic accident, Frank Caruso climbed into the back seat of a police cruiser to warm up while waiting for a tow along I-290 in Addison. That’s when a drunken driver smashed into the squad car, killing the 42-year-old Brookfield man and seriously injuring Illinois State Police Trooper Matthew Woodiel.

    Big Guy has his whiskers measured by judge Beth McCabe in the dog and cat show’s Longest Whiskers category at the last year’s Algonquin Founders’ Days festival. Big Guy took second place to a kitty named Mittens.

    New venue for Algonquin Founders’ Days

    Algonquin Founders Days starts Thursday, July 25, and festival organizers are excited to host the festival at a new space that will allow them to expand the festivities. A stand-up paddleboard challenge, family olympics and a revamped kids corner all highlight this year's festival.

    Founders of Superdawg, Maurie and Flaurie Berman, opened the original restaurant in Chicago in 1948.

    Superdawg celebrates 65 years with wine tasting

    Wheeling's Superdawg Drive-In will host a Lynfred Winery wine tasting on July 27 to raise money for the Lymphoma Society. "I have to laugh a little just thinking about it, but I think there are certain wines that go with smoked meats, which is what our hot dog is," said Scott Berman, whose parents founded Superdawg in 1948.

    Interns take their class into the tall grass, with Mitch Groenhof bringing up the rear.

    Interns spread conservation message at Flint Creek

    Citizens for Conservation's “Botany on the Prairie” program is one in a series of hands-on outings for students that immerses them in the CFC’s mission of restoring native wetlands and prairies — and growing the next generation of conservationists.

    In this file image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Officials say Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Officials: Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV

    Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement Monday that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the...

    Apple says that hackers may have gained access to personal information of software developers who make the company’s apps.

    Apple says its developer site was hacked

    Apple says that hackers may have gained access to personal information of software developers who make the company’s apps.


    Catholic Charities seeks school supply donations

    As many families this summer rush to the stores to take advantage of various back-to-school deals, Catholic Charities urges the cummunity to consider those unable to do so.

    Fest goers enjoy food and music by The Juke Box Band at the annual Taste of Lincolnshire at Village Green.

    Enjoy the Taste of Lincolnshire

    The 13th annual Taste of Lincolnshire culinary celebration will be held July 26-28. Organized by the Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, the three-day event will be staged at the Village Green shopping center, which is on Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road.

    In 2012, Beatrice McGovern won first place in the Hometown Picnic Apple Pie Contest at Naper Settlement.

    Naperville history lessons can come in several forms

    Our Stephanie Penick learns that lessons about Naperville's history can come in several different forms.


    Federal judge delays North Dakota abortion law

    A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law “clearly invalid and unconstitutional.” “There is no question that (the North Dakota law) is in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases addressing restraints on...

    In this Feb. 21, 2009 file photo, guards stand at a cell block at the renovated Abu Ghraib prison, now renamed Baghdad Central Prison and run by Iraqis in Baghdad. Late-night jailbreak attempts at two major prisons outside Baghdad have killed dozens, including at least 25 members of Iraq’s security forces who battled militants armed with car bombs, mortars and machine guns, officials said Monday.

    Deadly Iraq prison raids free hundreds of inmates

    Iraqi security forces locked down areas around the Abu Ghraib prison and another detention facility on Baghdad’s outskirts Monday to hunt for escaped inmates after insurgent assaults set hundreds of detainees free. “This big security failure shows that the top security commanders have failed to sort out any solutions for the ongoing security deterioration,” said Shawan Mohammed Taha. “The...

    In this Wednesday, June 12, 2013 photo, a construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. A Japanese utility said its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely to have leaked contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts.

    Japan plant likely leaking radioactive water into sea

    A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. TEPCO had persistently denied contaminated water reached the sea, despite spikes in radiation levels in underground and seawater samples taken at the plant.


    EU declares Hezbollah’s military wing terror group

    The European Union placed the military wing of the Lebanese party Hezbollah on its terror list on Monday in a major policy change toward the Middle East. “I’m satisfied that we took this important step today, by dealing with the military wing of Hezbollah, freezing its assets, hindering its fundraising and thereby limiting its capacity to act,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

    Naperville North High School's marine engineering team, a subsection of the physics club, is Stuart Houston, Isaac Heine, Carissa Cesarotti, Dylan Coupe, Julie Ozols and Konrad Hausman. The team built a remotely operated vehicle to complete scientific tasks underwater in an international competition in June.

    Naperville North team learns through underwater robotics

    A group of Naperville North students placed 19th in an international competition that gave them 15 minutes to steer a handmade underwater vehicle around a pool, completing as many assigned tasks as possible. “It mimics an oceanographic underwater science lab,” said physics teacher Mark Rowzee.

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 21, 2013. Netanyahu says he is fast-tracking legislation that will allow him to put any future peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum in Israel.

    Israel premier fast-tracking peace referendum bill

    Israel’s prime minister says he is fast-tracking legislation that will allow him to put any future peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum in Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in comments published Monday he also plans to hold a referendum on any possible peace deal, reiterating a long-standing position.

    Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans as they march on a street in Cairo, EGY, Monday, July 22, 2013. The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi accused the country's military generals Monday of "kidnapping" him, and said that it holds the army responsible for his "safety and security." The poster at right with Arabic reads, "yes to legitimacy."

    Morsi's family lashes out at Egypt's military

    The family of Egypt's ousted president lashed out at the military on Monday, accusing the generals of kidnapping Mohammed Morsi, who has been detained incommunicado in an unknown location for nearly three weeks. One of Morsi's sons, Osama, described his father's detention as the “embodiment of the abduction of popular will and a whole nation,” and said the family will “take all...


    ’Alarming’ rise in children injured by falling TVs

    Falling televisions sent nearly 200,000 U.S. children to the emergency room over 20 years and the injury rate has climbed substantially for these sometimes deadly accidents, a study found. Most injuries are in kids under 5; head and neck injuries including concussions are the most common. “This is a problem that is increasing at an alarming rate,” said lead author Dr. Gary Smith, a...

    Information technology professional Josh Scott, left, helps a computer user who did not want to be identified during a monthly “Cryptoparty” in Dallas. Across the Internet, users are talking about changes small and large, from using more encryption and stronger passwords to much more extreme measures such as ditching cellphones and using cash over credit cards.

    NSA revelations reframe digital life for some
    In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe. In California, a college student encrypts chats and emails, saying he’s not planning anything sinister but shouldn’t have to sweat snoopers. And in Canada, a lawyer is...


    Quake in arid northwest China kills at least 75

    A strong earthquake that shook an arid, hilly farming area in northwest China sparked landslides and destroyed or damaged thousands of brick-and-mud homes Monday, killing at least 75 people and injuring more than 400, the government said. “I saw the bulb hanging from the ceiling start swinging wildly around. I woke my two friends and we ran into the bathroom to hide,” said arts student Li Jingui.


    How the world will learn about royal baby’s birth

    Now that Kate is in the hospital, what can royal baby watchers expect next? How do royal fans find out when the infant has arrived? The short answer: Ignore all rumors on social media until there is an official announcement from Buckingham Palace. Unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or a senior member of the royal family, you will have to rely on a small piece of paper to get confirmed news that...

    A member of the media carries a ladder through the crowd across from St Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing in London, Monday.

    At hospital, baby-waiting crowd converges

    The wait is almost over. News that Prince William’s wife Kate is in labor invigorated the makeshift encampment outside St. Mary’s Hospital — a melange of journalists, photographers, curious onlookers and a few die-hard royalists.


    New playground in works at Eola Community Center

    Work will begin July 29 on a $262,000 playground with age-specific features adjacent the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora, Fox Valley Park District officials said Monday.

    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of Sunday’s game in Denver.

    Dawn Patrol: Metra meeting canceled; Wheaton police seek robber

    Latest spin on Metra fiasco — no Collins, Monday meeting canceled; Wheaton police seek armed robber; missing Elmhurst couple found safe; Downers Grove deaths stem from domestic incident

    The 2012 fundraiser brought together, from left: Renata Costa, of Chicago; Jim Sanfilippo, director of the Sanfilippo Foundation; Paul Huebener, board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana; and Paul Sestak, vice president with Golden State Food.

    Sanfilippo Estate to host Carousel of Possible Dreams fundraiser

    The Carousel of Dreams fundraiser on Aug. 3 hopes to raise $300,000 for the Chicago area Ronald McDonald Houses and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Guests ride a restored 1890 carousel at the Barrington Hills Sanfilippo Estate, taking pledges on their cellphones.

    Cheryl Roels, of Mundelein, signs the guest book during a memorial service Sunday for former apple orchard owner Bob Quig.

    Family and friends pay tribute for Quig’s Orchard founder

    Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember Bob Quig, founder of Quig Orchard, who died June 1 at age 89. Quig operated his iconic apple orchard and restaurant in Mundelein for half a century. “My father was someone who loved to be surrounded by people,” his son, Alan Quig, told the guests as his voice cracked emotion. “As the family grew, the business did, too. He loved his customers and they...

    This is the room in the Fox Waterway Agency building where officials found mold growing on insulation after the headquarters in Fox Lake was flooded.

    Fox Waterway Agency uprooted by record storm

    Residents and business owners still trying to repair structures damaged by the April floods take heart — the Fox Waterway Agency feels your pain. That's because the same flooding that damaged hundreds of homes throughout the region also left about two feet of water and black mold growing inside the agency's headquarters.

    Mike McCoy

    Resigning Metra board director details 'gotcha game'

    For Mike McCoy of Aurora, the back-and-forth this spring over whether to renew former Metra CEO Alex Clifford's contract had turned into a “gotcha game” of accusations and legal threats. Then, in recent weeks, that “game” spiraled out of control, and McCoy — a Metra board director and former Kane County chairman — decided he'd had enough. On Friday, he...

    Ryan Cooper of Schaumburg plays guitar and sings during Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summer long talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Weekend in Review: Talent contestants get serious; Metra faces more strife
    What you may have missed this weekend: more Metra shenanigans; Independence Grove reopens after bomb threat; Downers Grove couple died of stab wounds; octogenarian suburban pet publishes first book; local architect on HGTV's "Brother vs. Brother"; missing Elmhurst couple found safe; talent contest's "sweet 16" push themselves; Cubs lose to Rockies; Sox beat braves; and Mickelson wins British open.

    6-year-old Payton Harlow of Island Lake gets tossed into the water by his mom Katie Harlow, at Wauconda Park District beach on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This editon of The Week in Pictures features a lot of efforts to keep cool in the heat, an eating contest, and a lot of summer program activities.



    Fire hopes to strike gold in Anangono

    Like a prospector digging for gold, the Chicago Fire dove into the international transfer market, hoping to strike it rich. The key word there is “hope.”

    The Cubs' Junior Lake, right, shakes hands with third base coach David Bell after Lake's 2-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning Monday in Phoenix.

    Lake leads Cubs past Diamondbacks 4-2

    Rookie Junior Lake hit his first major league homer and drove in three runs to power the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lake's two-run homer off Tyler Skaggs with no outs in the fifth inning gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Lake's RBI single in the ninth scored Darwin Barney with an insurance run. Chris Rusin (1-0) got the win after being a late substitute for Matt Garza, who was traded earlier Monday to the Texas Rangers.

    Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season for violating Major Leauge Baseball's drug policies.

    Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season

    Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday in the first penalty of baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Braun accepted the penalty. “I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions,” he said in a statement.

    Matt Garza spends what would be his last day in the Cubs' dugout Sunday at Colorado. On Monday, the Cubs traded Garza to the Texas Rangers for four or possibly five prospects.

    Garza trade big boost to Cubs' rebuilding plan

    The Cubs finally got the Matt Garza deal done. They sent the fiery right-hander to the Texas Rangers Monday for at least four and possibly five players. Among those coming to the Cubs are third baseman Mike Olt, pitcher Justin Grimm and highly touted pitching prospect C.J. Edwards. “As far as our return for Matt, we feel really good about the depth we acquired,” GM Jed Hoyer said.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale was not happy about having to issue an intentional walk to the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in Monday night's loss.

    Loss to Tigers leaves Sale frustrated

    Chris Sale has been the ideal teammate during a frustrating season, but the White Sox ace didn't try to hide his anger over having to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera in Monday night's 7-3 loss to the Tigers.

    White Sox first baseman/DH Paul Konerko heads to the dugout during batting practice before Monday night’s game against the Tigers.

    Konerko goes 0-for-3 in return to White Sox lineup

    After playing three rehab games with Class AA Birmingham, Paul Konerko was the White Sox’ designated hitter against the Tigers Monday night. “I feel good,” Konerko said. “I played three games down at Double-A, it responded well and then bounced back each day well.”


    Lugnuts handle Cougars 5-2

    With a chance for just their second three-game sweep of the season, the Kane County Cougars dropped a 5-2 contest to the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers during the first inning Monday against the White Sox in Chicago.

    Scherzer beats White Sox 7-3

    Max Scherzer outpitched Chris Sale in a marquee matchup of All-Star starters, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera’s injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Monday night. The only two runs Scherzer gave up came on solo homers by Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie. Sale pitched eight innings and gave up four runs — two earned. He yielded seven hits while striking out 11. Sale (6-9) has struck out at least 10 five times this season.

    Nate Robinson, who provided a big spark for the Bulls during the playoffs, agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

    Ex-Bull Robinson off to Denver

    While some fans are still upset with Derrick Rose for skipping all of last season, the team’s most recent late-game hero officially said goodbye to Chicago.Nate Robinson agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets worth a reported $4 million. He sent out a couple of Twitter messages Monday to say farewell.


    Lincolnshire’s Watson 2 shots back in Illinois Open

    Lincolnshire’s Jack Watson let the Illinois State Amateur title slip away in the last nine holes last week, but he put himself in position for a bigger prize Monday in the opening round of the 64th Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview.


    St. Charles East batters Glenbrook North

    After winning four games last week playing near perfect fundamental baseball allowing a total of four runs, St. Charles East showed Monday it can also win games without its pitching and defense bringing their ‘A’ games. The Saints committed three errors, walked five batters and allowed four unearned runs — yet needed just five innings for a 15-5 victory over Glenbrook North at Benedictine University in their first game of the Lawler Summer Classic.


    Blackhawks to open camp at Notre Dame

    The Blackhawks may open the regular season at home against Washington, but they will open training camp on the road — on the campus of Notre Dame to be precise.

    Matt Garza is the newest member of the Texas Rangers’ rotation. Some would question why Garza was ever a part of the Cubs’ rotation in the first place.

    Cubs’ Epstein scores again with Garza deal

    With the trade of Matt Garza, Theo Epstein continues to stockpile prospects for the Cubs, who are beginning to build a future after years of being stuck in the past.

    The Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, admitting he “made mistakes” in violating Major Leauge Baseball’s drug policies.

    Braun suspension shows MLB might mean business

    What a difference a decade makes. Ryan Braun's suspension sure does give the impression that baseball's war on drugs has embarked on a whole new ballgame.

    Rolling Meadows basketball standouts Jackie Kemph, right, and Jenny Vliet will remain teammates at St. Louis University. Here the Mustangs celebrate following a Class 4A state semifinal victory over Huntley in Normal last season.

    Kemph, Vliet to pair up at St. Louis

    Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet can put a little twist on the title of the award-winning 1940s movie Meet Me In St. Louis. The Rolling Meadows girls basketball stars can tell their fans, “Meet us in St. Louis.” Kemph and Vliet, who have played on the same teams since the second grade, will add four more years together in college. They have committed to play for coach Lisa Stone’s Division I Saint Louis University program.


    Mike North video: So Now Alex Rios is a Hero?
    Mike North doesn't care that Alex Rios just hit a grand slam against the Braves. Does that mean we forget about his lack of hustle when he failed to run out a double play ball? It's good Robin Ventura benched him, but it's not enough.

    It figures to be an interesting week for the White Sox, but Jake Peavy and the rest of the starting rotation might still be around after the trade deadline.

    Chris Rongey: White Sox just might keep rotation intact

    In the past, certainly, Chris Rongey and all others who closely follow the White Sox have wondered about deadline deals, and this year they do the same. The difference is that now they are left to speculate as to where some of the team’s best players are heading.


    Len Kasper: Trying to sort through steroids issue

    This week Len Kasper begins his column on steroids by saying he is am tired of steroids. "I’m sure you are, too. But hear me out because maybe together we can put to bed our angst over the whole thing."


    White Sox scouting report
    White Sox coverage


    Nick Helmer

    Will Helmer dance at Prospect Hts. studio opening?

    Dance & All that Jazz Studio is closing in on its goal of getting Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer to dance at its grand opening, but the deadline is soon. Helmer said he will show his moves at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, if the studio gets 1,000 likes on its Facebook page.

    Barbara Corsi, left, of Mount Prospect, asks for help navigating the Daily Herald app from Rose May, Microsoft community development specialist.

    Daily Herald readers turn out for Internet 101 class

    J. Kevin Chapman didn't mince words Monday while at a free class on apps and navigating the Internet. “I'm technologically challenged,” he said. “And that's putting it nicely.” Chapman joined 30 or so premium seven-day subscribers who took advantage of the first in a series of six classes put on by the Daily Herald and Microsoft.

    Drawing renewed attention to the economy, President Barack Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled out a vision for an expanded and strengthened middle class as a freshman U.S. senator, long before the Great Recession would test his presidency.

    Obama to begin new series of economic addresses in Illinois

    Drawing renewed attention to the economy, President Barack Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled out a vision for an expanded and strengthened middle class as a freshman U.S. senator, long before the Great Recession would test his presidency. The address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg will be the first in a new series of economic speeches that White House aides say Obama intends to deliver over the next several weeks.

    Macy’s sales associate Tammy Adcock loads a rack of shirts in preparation for Wednesday’s grand opening at Gurnee Mills.

    Macy’s getting ready for Gurnee Mills grand opening Wednesday

    Macy’s is getting ready to launch a new era at Gurnee Mills. One of the country’s top retailers will open its latest Lake County store at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Gurnee. While it’ll be Macy’s first venture in an outlet and value shopping venue, the 149,000-square-foot store will be in Gurnee Mills’ new full-price wing.


    Mortgage assistance program to end in September

    The state of Illinois is encouraging people who face possible loss of their homes through reductions in their incomes to apply for help through a soon-to-expire program. A news release from Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the Illinois Hardest Hit Program will end Sept. 30. Through it people whose incomes have been cut can apply for up to $35,000 to help with mortgage payments. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

    The Naperville city council is considering rezoning the property containing this strip of cornfield east of Route 59 and north of Audrey Avenue so it can be developed as townhouses. The land now is zoned for commercial development as a community shopping center.

    Naperville considers housing on Route 59 commercial site

    A 17-acre parcel intended for commercial use that didn’t develop during the building boom on Route 59 near Ogden Avenue and 75th Street in Naperville instead may be zoned for housing. City staff members are reviewing a proposal from M/I Homes for 138 townhouses on the site. “All this commercial came to 59 and 75th, and yet nothing developed here,” Councilman Grant Wehrli said. “Why? Because it’s not commercial property. In my opinion, it’s residential.”

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. reported a second-quarter profit that fell shy of expectations and warned of a tough year ahead.

    McDonald’s predicts tough year despite new items

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting. The world’s biggest hamburger chain on Monday reported a second-quarter profit that rose 4 percent but fell short of Wall Street expectations.

    U.S. stocks rose, as monthly flows into equity exchange-traded funds reached a five-year high, after housing data and earnings from companies including McDonald’s Corp. fueled speculation stimulus would continue.

    S&P 500 edges higher, helped by gold miners

    Mining companies and banks helped the stock market overcome some disappointing quarterly performances on Monday. Poor second-quarter results from a handful of large U.S. companies weighed on stocks.

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has led a resurgence of investor interest in Netflix, whose stock is the best performing among Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in 2013.

    Netflix rules as S&P 500’s top stock spurring bubble talk

    Netflix Inc. has become the best performing U.S. stock in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in 2013 and the second most expensive, and therein lies a tale of disagreement.

    This aerial photo shows the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas where a woman fell to her death Saturday in Arlington, Texas.

    Six Flags investigating roller coaster accident

    Six Flags’ president says the amusement park company is using “both internal and external experts” to investigate the roller-coaster accident that killed a woman at its Dallas-area park.

    Yahoo, its stock price having undergone a healthy recovery, is buying back 40 million shares of its common stock.

    Yahoo to buy 40M shares from Loeb, he exits board

    Activist investor Dan Loeb and two other directors nominated by his hedge fund are leaving Yahoo’s board after big gains in the Internet company’s stock price over the past year. Yahoo is also buying back 40 million shares of its common stock from Third Point LLC, Loeb’s hedge fund.


    Hasbro 2Q results miss Wall Street's expectations

    Hasbro Inc.'s second-quarter net income fell 16 percent, hurt by cautious consumer spending and a steep drop in sales of boys' toys. The No. 2 toy maker earned $36.5 million, or 28 cents per share, for the period ended June 30. That compares with $43.4 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier. Removing pension-related charges, earnings were 29 cents per share.


    Time Warner names former exec as CEO of spinoff

    Time Warner has named one of its former executives as the new CEO of its magazine spinoff. The New York company said Monday that Joseph Ripp will serve as CEO of Time Inc. Ripp is currently CEO of business information services company OneSource Information Services. He spent almost 20 years with Time and Time Warner, including serving as Time Warner’s chief financial officer.


    Halliburton 2Q profit off 8 pct; tops expectations

    HOUSTON — Halliburton is reporting an 8 percent decline in second-quarter profits and revenue also declined in North America, but it edged out Wall Street expectations and shares are up in premarket trading. The oilfield services reported net income of $679 million, or 73 cents per share, on Monday. A year ago, earnings were $737 million, or 79 cents per share.Analysts had been expecting 72 cents per share, according to FactSet. Overall revenue edged up 1 percent to $7.32 billion from $7.23 billion a year ago, also topping expectations despite an 8 percent revenue slide in North America. Total revenue, despite the drag in North America, was an all-time best for the second quarter. Shares of Halliburton Co., based in Houston, are up about 1 percent before the opening bell.

    Shawn Li, left, and Ed Culleeney

    Journey from China to suburbs continues for restaurant partners

    Kukec's People features Shawn Li, who has traveled about 8,000 miles from China and partnered with Ed Culleeney of Palatine and two other restauranteurs to open 8000 Miles, an authentic Chinese and Japanese restaurant in downtown Roselle. It's been quite a journey for the restauranteur as he plans to open more places.


    Increased small business activity points to economic gains

    If small business actually is the bell cow for economic activity, the outlook may be brighter than it has been in some time. At least that’s what conversations with four suburban business owners seem to indicate, Small Business Columnist Jim Kenall reports.

Life & Entertainment

    In this 2012 file photo, Dennis Farina arrives at the premiere for the HBO television series “Luck” in Los Angeles. Farina died suddenly on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

    Chicago actor Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died. Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

    Just because you’re in the Midwest doesn’t mean you can’t find classy places to stay.

    Reconnect at a Midwest resort this summer

    Each year I vow to savor every minute of the warm weather. Although I can’t put everything on hold, I can live summer to the fullest by participating in that wonderful warm weather tradition — a week at the lake. Here are a few favorite laid-back lake resorts in the Midwest.

    Hillary Scott’s representative confirms the country singer gave birth to Eisele Kaye Tyrrell on Monday in Nashville.

    Lady A’s Hillary Scott welcomes daughter

    Lady Antebellum’s leading lady has given birth to a little lady. Hillary Scott’s representative says the country singer gave birth to Eisele Kaye Tyrrell on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Scott is married to Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. Eisele is the couple’s first child.

    The revitalized Newport Folk Festival continues to expand as younger fans discover old folk stars like Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

    Resurgent Newport Folk Festival hits 54th year

    Tickets for the main two days of this year's Newport Folk Festival sold out five months early and before anyone knew who was playing — another indication of how the 54-year-old event is staying fresh and relevant with a mix of musical icons and young artists looking for their big break.

    Rita Moreno will receive SAG-AFTRA’s Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    Rita Moreno to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

    Rita Moreno will receive the Life Achievement Award for career and humanitarian accomplishments at the 20th annual SAG Awards. Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Co-President Ken Howard made the announcement Monday.

    Duane Blanton Plumbing offers a 24-hour emergency line to provide service around the clock and on holidays.

    Even your home’s pipes require maintenance

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the adage goes, and that is certainly the philosophy of Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer and Drainage Inc. of Round Lake. Our spring of heavy rains has kept Duane, his wife, Madeline, and their crews busy with emergency calls.

    Bride Kirsten Walker was showcased on the sixth season of the popular wedding series “Bridezillas.”

    ‘Bridezillas’ ending a decade of wedding terror

    They’re often drunken and controlling, weepy and abusive, but you won’t have all those bridezillas to kick around come November. The cranky grande dame of reality wedding TV, “Bridezillas” is ending its decadelong run, having morphed from a relatively sane look at stressed-out, spendy New York brides into a hit for WE tv featuring off-the-rails couples from all walks of life around the country.

    Rapper J. Cole apologized to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn’t agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a perceived line, but in this case he feels he went too far in a verse he contributed to Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle.”

    Rapper J. Cole apologizes for autism lyric

    Rapper J. Cole apologized to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn’t agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a perceived line, but in this case he feels he went too far in a verse he contributed to Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle.”

    AMC's “The Walking Dead” got a boost from being promoted at Comic-Con. Andrew Lincoln, left, as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne and Melissa Ponzio as Karen in a scene from Episode 16, “Welcome to the Tombs,” from Season 3 of the series.

    New reality: And the geek shall inherit the earth

    Samuel L. Jackson visits Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles twice a month. Does that make him a nerd? Go ahead and call him that. We dare you. Geeks now rule the American entertainment world — and thus global popular culture in the 21st century. The biggest rock stars at Comic-Con this year weren't the guys in Metallica and Weezer, but the fellows named Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman and Neil Gaiman.

    Sanya Richards-Ross stars in “Sanya's Glam & Gold,” premiering Thursday, July 25, on WE: Women's Entertainment.

    It's not all 'Glam' for Richards-Ross in new WE reality series

    Sanya Richards-Ross wants to take over the world, and she invites WE: Women's Entertainment viewers to watch her do it. In “Sanya's Glam & Gold,” premiering Thursday, July 25, the high-energy four-time Olympic gold medal sprinter goes about her busy life as a businesswoman and co-owner of an Austin, Texas, hair salon, as well as the wife of a fellow high-profile athlete, New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross.

    It’s important to make sure the jump rope you use is the right fit to ensure a safe workout.

    Use a jump rope to change up, enhance your workouts

    A jump rope workout is something you can add to your weekly workouts or add slowly to enhance the exercise you are doing every day.

    June Springer, who just turned 90, works as a receptionist at Caffi Contracting Services in Alexandria, Va. S

    Later retirement may help prevent dementia

    New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

    A new book warns against taking too many vitamins that might not work and may cause more harm than good.

    Your health: Try to get some rest
    Learn about improving your sleep naturally, and which vitamins are worth your money and which ones to avoid.

    Going for a hike can create a family bond and the physical activity benefits everyone involved.

    Outdoor hikes a step toward family fitness

    It used to be an expression of disgust: “Take a hike.” But times have changed. Now that phrase can mean you care about someone’s health and want to treat them to an adventure in the great outdoors. Author and hiker extraordinaire Jeff Alt takes every opportunity to preach the gospel of hiking. Alt sees a good walk outdoors as an elixir for much of what ails folks and a means to connect with nature while maximizing family time away from the distractions of modern life.

    You can get ready to run a 5K race with regular exercise and training, experts say.

    Jogging-walking regimen can get you ready for 5K

    In three months, you could run a 5K even if you have never run in your life. If you are otherwise healthy, 12 weeks of training is all you need in order to make that 5K not just doable, but enjoyable, says Bill Pierce, co-author of “Run Less Run Faster” and a longtime marathoner. “A big part of my philosophy is to be prepared, to enjoy it and to have a good experience on race day,” Pierce says.


    Both walking and running offer heart protection

    My doctor wants me to start exercising to lower my risk of heart disease. I'm considering walking or running. Is one better than the other for heart health?


    U.S. blood supply threatened as donors face iron losses

    Dennis Gastineau started giving blood regularly when he was in medical school in the 1970s. The $25 he received bought almost enough groceries for a week. Now, it just seems like the right thing to do. It may also be bad for his health. Gastineau, who happens to be a hematologist, is among the 2.4 million donors who risk silent damage as a result of frequent giving. U.S. government research published last year found this group iron-deficient, which can lead to fatigue, compromised mental function and eventually anemia. Now, iron levels are being examined as part of an $87.2 million study the U.S. is funding on blood donation and transfusion safety.

    The seventh Barrington Concours D’Elegance was held July 14 at Makray Memorial Golf Club.

    Barrington’s grand finale of a Concours D’Elegance

    The Barrington Concours D’Elegance held it’s seventh annual event July 14 and ended this premier auto celebration with a special announcement. “We’re thrilled that the June 2014 event will be held at Northerly Island, in downtown Chicago,” said David Cooper, a co-chairman of the charity car show.



    Obama’s necessary, uncreative speech

    Eight American presidents owned slaves while living in the White House. President Zachary Taylor pledged that his fellow slave-owners would “appeal to the sword if necessary” to keep them. So when an American president arrived at the White House briefing room to speak of his personal experience with racial bias, it stirred some historical ghosts. Typically, President Obama’s 18-minute remarks did not aspire to memorable rhetoric. Rather than “I have a dream,” it was “I have an explanation.” But he explained something uncomfortable and important: How America contains within itself different experiences of the promise and justice of America. Speaking as president, Obama responsibly affirmed the integrity of the legal process in the Trayvon Martin case. Speaking as an African-American, he identified with the experience of being singled out for scrutiny. He talked of being followed in department stores and of being preceded by clicking car locks. This description was more powerful for being clinical. He effectively conveyed a social reality many people seldom consider. One of the privileges of looking privileged is anonymity. One of the burdens of appearing less privileged is feeling watched — followed by “eyes that fix you,” according to T.S. Eliot, “in a formulated phrase.” Some conservatives attacked Obama for being “divisive” and for injecting race into the Trayvon Martin debate. Those criticisms were misdirected. It is perfectly appropriate for a president to apply his own history to his role as communicator and policymaker. Was it out of bounds for John F. Kennedy, who had a mentally disabled sister, to call for an overhaul of the nation’s mental health system in 1963? Was it inappropriate for Lyndon Johnson, who grew up in Texas without electricity or indoor plumbing, to convene the National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty? Or is it only concerning the issue of race that a president should ignore his own background for fear of being “divisive”? The opposite criticism is more serious — that Obama has missed opportunities over the years to talk about race in a compelling and personal way. It is the unavoidable American issue. At one point, a third of all human beings in the South were owned by another human being. For a century beyond slavery, Jim Crow laws enforced a racial caste system. The election of an African-American president — born three years before passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — is a wonder of national healing and historical compression. Who can argue that we have heard too much from Obama on this topic? For five years, he strategically downplayed the reality of his own miracle. Having finally engaged the issue of race, Obama drew the correct policy implication. Social divisions are deepest when it comes to African-American boys and young men: often betrayed by schools, abandoned by fathers, treated with suspicion, unable to find jobs, wandering through dysfunctional neighborhoods, locked in prison in vast numbers and denied basic civil rights (such as voting) for the rest of their lives. Obama has a unique standing to address the challenges of minority youth. As a young man, he was prone to trouble and might have easily gotten enmeshed in an unforgiving legal system. The president can effectively argue that first impressions are not always correct, and that second chances are sometimes necessary. But Obama’s speech deserves this criticism: Its policy proposals — training police, reconsidering “stand your ground” laws, more community dialogue and “soul-searching” -- were weak. It was as though the administration’s policy apparatus had never really considered the matter before — that it was somehow ambushed by America’s most obvious policy challenge.


    What will it take to respect ourselves?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I find it hard to distinguish between “Madigan’s Mob” in Springfield, which includes Republicans, and the street gangs in Chicago.


    Rethink drug policy to lower incarcerations
    A letter to the editor: I appreciated reading the July 3 column by Michael Gerson on the state of mass incarceration in this country. However, the piece did not fully address the disconnect between crime and incarceration in the United States.


    It’s hard to win in the game of paying taxes
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: If or when investments are made the tax man is there to take a portion of any profits that are made by the dividends from time of investment or from profits of the stock sale. This is synonymous with the story of Sisyphus who rolls a boulder up hill only to have it roll back down. The more we save and invest the more we are taxed.


    Madigan duo not good for Illinois
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I agree with Lisa Madigan that Illinois is not well served having both a governor and a speaker of the House from the same family. I further contend that Illinois is not well served having a speaker of the House and an attorney general from the same family. I can’t comprehend the difference that Lisa Madigan must see.


    Don’t trust declarations on salt, global warming
    A Grayslake letter to the editor:


    Jackson, Sharpton are not helping
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The Zimmermann trial is over, and the jury found him not guilty. I followed the trial on TV, at least as much as was shown. I agreed with the outcome of the trial. Now Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have voiced their opinion and aroused thousands of people to riot about the outcome because they didn’t agree with the verdict the jury came to.


    ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws are a danger to all
    An Elgin letter to the editor: This kind of vigilante, cowboy justice comes from a law called Stand Your Ground and states that if you think your life is in danger, you can use whatever force you think appropriate — even a gun! That’s what George Zimmerman did.


    The six jurors are to be commended
    A letter to the editor:


    Trayvon supporters should be consistent
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Apparently a pretty obvious acquittal based on the facts of the case in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman murder trial is not acceptable to a lot folks including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Corrine Brown, and many in the national media.


    Only solution at lake is to build 2nd trail
    Letter to the editor: Larry J. Powitz of Arlington Hts. was there when they dug out Lake Arlington, and has been there ever since. The only solution to the current safety problem is a second trail, he believes.


    This is how Dist. 59 spends our money?
    Letter to the editor: Howard and Vicki Grosse of Elk Grove Village say District 59's plan to buy and renovate the Wellington for use as district headquarters is a foolish expense of taxpayer money.


    A lot of thanks for BG Arts Fest success
    Letter to the editor: The Buffalo Grove Arts Fest was another smash hit, and Linda Rosen, chairwoman of the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission, says none of it would be possible without the village, businesses, and the many volunteers.


    Problems on path are due to walkers
    Letter to the editor: Bill Graves of Arlington Hts. says he quit riding his bike at Lake Arlington because of the inconsiderate walkers, who walk 3 and 4 abreast, let their children wander all over the place and ignore calls from bicyclists who are passing on the left.


    How can I help this homeless woman?
    Letter to the editor: Audrey Beauvais echoes many Daily Herald readers who were appalled to hear about a homeless woman in Arlington Heights whose belongings were destroyed by an arsonist. "As a resident of this community since 1960, I feel we must act as a community to help the homeless among us," she writes.


    Listen to elders: I’m 87 and proud of it
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I am 87 years old and proud of it. As proud as I am of my age, I’m even prouder of the shape I’m in. I still go to a fitness center every day and work out. While there I also actively participate in political discussions with a group of friends about the many issues that confront our country today. You see I’m mentally as well as physically fit.


    Pols making public employees pay
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The governor and many state legislators continue in their divisive rhetoric to make the pension issue an us versus them fight. They are trying to protect the taxpayers.


    Where’s oversight, RTA board?
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: As an oversight board, the RTA leaders are going to scrutinize Mr. Clifford’s severance agreement. Everyone knows a severance equal to between two times and three times his salary, when there is only six months left on his contract, is absurd.


    Red light cameras all about money
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I want to congratulate you on the recent article in the paper about all the money the red-light cameras are making for Roselle. It was truthful. It made no claim whatsoever about them improving traffic safety. It’s all about money.


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