Daily Archive : Friday August 2, 2013


    Alice Glass of the band Crystal Castles performs on day 1 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on Friday.

    Images: Lollapalooza, Day One
    Lollapalooza 2013 started Friday with Canadian electronic band Crystal Castles performing, as well as the American Authors, Deap Valley, New Order, IO Echo, Ghost BC, and a host of other bands.

    In this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, reveals the presence of four Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts in the field of view. Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday, July 30, 2013, that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.

    Stomach bug in 2 states linked to Mexican farm

    An outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska has been linked to salad mix served at local Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and supplied by a Mexican farm. The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states. The Food and Drug Administration says it is still working to determine whether the salad mix is the source of illnesses in the other 14...


    South suburban woman dies in Iowa crash
    A Harvey woman died when a motorcycle she was a passenger on struck a patrol car on Interstate 380 in northeast Iowa as officers were directing traffic from an earlier crash involving an ambulance, motorcycle and truck.

    Kelli Richter, 31, of Libertyville rides in Friday’s Tour of Elk Grove Mayor’s Charity Time Trial.

    Tour of Elk Grove begins with time trials

    The Mayor's Charity Time Trial Friday afternoon kicked off the eighth year of the Tour of Elk Grove, the largest professional cycling event in the Midwest. Kelli Richter of Libertyville said it’s “pretty cool” to have competition of such high caliber in her backyard.


    Charges filed against 3 teens in shooting of 4-year-old girl

    Cook County prosecutors say three Chicago teenagers have been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the wounding this week of a 4-year-old girl. Eighteen-year-old Laquan Waters, 17-year-old Tyrese Pearson and a 15-year-old boy were each charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting Monday of Khalise Weatherspoon.

    Yancarlo Garcia

    Man denies intent in 2011 Elgin fire extinguisher death

    A 24-year-old Chicago man accused of first-degree murder said he had no intention to hit anyone when he tossed a fire extinguisher off the fifth floor of an Elgin parking deck on August 2011.

    A woman biker rides past a field of flowers as she heads towards the finish line in the 2013 Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau Pro Women’s time trials on day one of the three-day event.

    Images: Tour of Elk Grove, Day One
    The Mayor's Charity Time Trial Friday afternoon kicked off the eighth year of the Tour of Elk Grove, the largest professional cycling event in the Midwest.

    Gov. Pat Quinn and DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin hold up a copy of a new law that lets DuPage eliminate as many as 13 local governmental entities.

    Quinn signs law to help DuPage consolidation efforts

    The work to abolish some of DuPage County’s more than 400 taxing bodies now can begin. Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed into law legislation giving DuPage the authority to eliminate as many as 13 local governmental entities, including fire protection, sanitary and mosquito abatement districts. “It’s a great model for other counties all across our state," Quinn said.

    Stephanie Eggum, 32, of Elgin died in a sky diving accident Thursday.

    ‘Fearless’ Elgin woman dies in sky diving accident

    A professional sky diver from Elgin who also made her mark as a drag racer, died in a sky diving accident Thursday afternoon, relatives said. LaSalle County authorities are investigating the death of 32-year-old Stephanie Eggum. “She was very serious about her work, and also serious about her play," her boss said. “... We kind of enjoyed living through her. She did a lot of living in...


    Bus service public hearing:

    Pace, the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority will host a public hearing from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the College of Lake County auditorium C005, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake regarding service restructuring in Lake County.


    Gurnee FOP hosting breakfast:

    Gurnee Fraternal Order of Police Social Lodge 266 will host its fourth annual pancake breakfast in conjunction with Gurnee Days at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.


    Register to adopt a highway:

    Open enrollment for the Lake County Division of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway available until Aug. 31.


    Retired teachers luncheon:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Lambs Farm restaurant, Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway, near Libertyville.

    Daily Herald File Photo Metra Director Larry Huggins, shown with director and former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, resigned today.

    Huggins latest to leave Metra board

    Metra Director Larry Huggins became the most recent official to resign from the troubled Metra board Friday, joining three others who've already quit after a scandal over allegations of mismanagement and patronage at the agency. That leaves seven directors -- too few to elect a new Metra chairman.

    Nicholas Panoski

    Bloomingdale brothers charged with Schaumburg burglaries

    Teenage brothers from Bloomingdale faces charges stemming from a July burglary spree targeting Schaumburg businesses, including a bicycle store, several restaurants and a gift shop. Schaumburg police on Friday charged 18-year-old Nicholas Panoski with six counts of burglary and 17-year-old Frank Panoski with four counts of burglary.


    Facing projected 2014 deficit, Kane chairman renews flat tax

    With all the departmental budget proposals for 2014 in, Kane County faces some big money problems. The budgets call for spending about $2 million more than the county is projected to rake in next year. And that's without budgeting any contingency money or raises for any staff. With as many as nine union contracts expiring, that $2 million will quickly inflate, meaning county officials must wield...

    Associated Press/Aug. 5, 2012 Mourners take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Milwaukee-area Sikh temple in Milwaukee.

    U.S. to track crimes against Sikhs, six other groups

    A year ago Monday, a gunman with ties to white supremacist groups, walked into the Milwaukee-area Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and opened fire. He killed six priests and worshippers and wounded five others, and then fatally shot himself after he was wounded in the parking lot by a police sniper. Holder on Friday called the attack a “heinous act of hatred and terror.”

    Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe

    Senate plan drops Saturday mail delivery

    The Senate plan includes changes in how pensions and retiree health care costs are calculated in an attempt to stabilize the agency’s finances. It also would impose a two-year moratorium on closing mail processing plants. The agency would be allowed to ship beer, wine and spirits to compete with private shippers such as FedEx, under the proposal.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, right, speaks Friday during a forum on immigration. Durbin, of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, tucked a provision into the 2014 fiscal year defense spending bill that would require the NSA to report to Congress — within 90 days after the legislation becomes law — on the precise number of phone records collected.

    Senate seeks numbers from NSA on phone collection

    Sen Dick Durbin said the purpose of his measure is to obtain basic information about the program, which has largely emerged piecemeal.


    Venetian Night kicks off in Fox Lake Saturday night

    What is expected to be the best-attended Venetian Night ever in Fox Lake is set to launch Saturday night on the Chain O' Lakes, village officials said. Amy Serafin, the village's director of the parks and recreation, said the sixth annual Venetian Night and Block Party will feature numerous boats when the boat parade begins at 7:30 p.m. on Pistakee Lake.

    A supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a banner Friday with Morsi’s image.

    Egyptian forces to cordon off protest sites

    An Amnesty International report quoted a survivor of an attack by Morsi supporters near the Cairo University sit-in as saying that he saw one bloodied man have his throat cut and another stabbed to death.The report also cited accounts from survivors that Morsi backers also abducted and tortured their political opponents with beatings and electric shocks at or near the protest sites.

    Worshippers from the Sikh community gather for a candle light vigil after prayer services last August in Brookfield, Wis. Twelve months ago, a white supremacist walked into a temple and opened fire, killing six people.

    Sikhs added to hate crime stats

    The Justice Department will begin keeping numbers on hate crimes committed against Sikhs and six other groups, in connection with Monday’s one-year anniversary of the killing of six Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, Wis.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 2N300 block of Beith Road near Elburn bought an iPhone 4 on eBay for $158, took it to a cellphone store July 23 and was told it was reported lost or stolen and had been permanently deactivated, according to a sheriff's report.


    Warrenville cops probe home invasion, sex assault

    Warrenville police are seeking information about a July 30 home invasion and sexual assault. Authorities said an offender entered a home on the 500 block of Country Ridge Drive through an unlocked patio door about 3 a.m. and assaulted an adult woman as she slept.


    Chicago schools lay off 200 cafeteria workers

    Chicago Public Schools announced another round of layoffs. This time 200 cafeteria workers have received notice they will not have jobs in the upcoming school year.


    Quinn signs student social networking law

    A new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn will prohibit schools from requiring parents to give out students’ social networking account information.

    A marijuana grower shows plants he is cultivating with some friends in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    Uruguay to defend marijuana plan at U.N.

    Excerpt from president's address:“This law being attempted is a regulation. It’s not `anything goes.’ It’s to regulate something that already exists and that’s in front of our noses, right there at the door of the schools, on the street corners. It attempts to snatch this market from the underground, identify it and expose it to daylight.”

    Bill Foster

    Foster: Target fradulent legal advice to immigrants

    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has introduced legislation targeting “notarios” who give immigrants fraudulent legal advice that can, at times, get them deported.

    Students across the suburbs need pens, pencils, glue, notebooks, paint sets and other supplies to begin the new school year.

    Poll Vault: What's on your back-to-school shopping list?

    How much do you anticipate spending to send your children back to school? What items have your kids' teachers requested? Do you recycle supplies from year to year?

    Ice chunks float in the Arctic Ocean as the sun sets near Barrow, Alaska, in this file photo. For the first time since May, the sun has set in what is billed as the northernmost city in the United States.

    Alaska city experiences first sunset in months

    While some people might find it strange to live somewhere with extended periods of sunlight or darkness, Patuk Glenn, museum curator at the Inupiat Heritage Center, said residents have grown accustomed to the seasons.

    Grayslake officials plan to tour this sports dome in Rosemont and another in Buffalo Grove. Grayslake has received a sports dome proposal that’s scheduled to go before the advisory plan commission/zoning board of appeals Aug. 19.

    New site near fairgrounds for sports dome proposal in Grayslake

    Three entrepreneurs are still pitching the idea of a sports dome in Grayslake, but the site has shifted since the proposal surfaced in June. Power Alleys Sports Dome has filed an application with the village seeking to build the facility east of Midlothian Road and north of Peterson Road near the Lake County Fairgrounds, according to Grayslake Zoning Officer Kirk Smith. He said the land is owned...


    Dist. 220 students to get laptops, free Internet

    Barrington Unit District 220’s mission is to prepare its students for the future — and it doesn’t want any of their families’ present-day financial difficulties to stand in the way of that goal. Not only will every middle school student receive his or her own netbook computer at the start of the school year, but at some point in the coming months it’s hoped about 700 of the district’s families...

    Associated Press/July 1, 2013 Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers picket as they close the intersection of 14th & Broadway.

    Bay Area commuters brace for another BART strike

    Bay Area and state officials called on BART managers and union leaders to reach an agreement this weekend, saying a strike would create financial hardship for working families and hurt the Bay Area economy.

    Jacob Primas

    Lombard teen charged with child porn

    A Lombard man accused of downloading child pornography was jailed Friday on $20,000 bail. Jacob Primas, 18, of the 200 block of South Brewster Street, faces three counts of child pornography possession.


    Jury recommends life sentences for Somali pirates

    “Scott Adam, Jean Adam, Phyllis Macay, and Robert Riggle lost their lives and their families lost their loved ones. Nothing can make this right; nothing can make their families whole again — but we hope today’s verdict and sentences will bring some closure to their nightmare that began two years ago on the Indian Ocean,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a statement.

    William Glass of Lombard begins a 750-mile walking trek Monday to Atlanta, Ga., to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and tell as many people as he can about the disease's devastating effects and societal costs. Glass will walk the entire journey without a support van, carrying a 25-pound backpack with camping gear and everything he needs.

    Lombard man to walk 750 miles for Alzheimer's cause

    On 750 miles of roads between Lombard and Atlanta, William Glass will be “the guy with the bright purple shoes,” walking with a 25-pound pack on his back and his mom on his mind. Glass' mother, Eileen, was diagnosed three years ago with Alzheimer's disease, and Glass doesn't want to lose any more time with her. “When I tell anybody my mom has Alzheimer's, I get that same sad...

    Gov. Phil Bryant says a new state law requiring authorities to collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests could lead to prosecution of grown men who have sex with underage girls.

    Mississippi law requires cord blood from some teen moms

    Questions abound: At roughly $1,000 a pop, who will pay for the DNA tests in the country’s poorest state? Even after test results arrive, can prosecutors compel a potential father to submit his own DNA and possibly implicate himself in a crime? How long will the state keep the DNA on file?

    Jose Ricardo Hernandez

    Teens with stolen jewelry, handgun found in Naperville

    Naperville police recovered stolen jewelry and a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun Thursday morning when they arrested three teens suspected of residential burglary, authorities said Friday.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Tristan G. Bonds, 26, of Elgin, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday and later charged with criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to land, according to a police report. Bonds was trying to get into a residence on the 1200 block of Fleetwood Drive and kicked the door, breaking the bolt lock and damaging the door frame.

    An overturned charter bus on Interstate 70 near Danville, Mo.

    Children injured when Missouri charter bus overturns

    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Sarah Potter says none of the students has life-threatening injuries. But she says some may have broken bones or missing teeth.

    Stephen Rakes outside the liquor store he once owned in a South Boston neighborhood.

    Man from Bulger witness list poisoned

    A man who said he had been extorted by James “Whitey” Bulger and hoped to testify at his trial was given iced coffee laced with cyanide that killed him, authorities said Friday, and a Massachusetts man was charged with attempted murder in his death.

    Pastor Cory Respondek poses with his Ruger handgun at his Living Water Church in Cahokia, Ill., just east of St. Louis, on Friday. “If someone is intending harm or to attack our congregation, we want to be able to stop that threat,” he says.

    Kotowski wants to ban guns from places of worship

    Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski, a former gun-control lobbyist from Park Ridge, is drawing criticism from some ministers after introducing an amendment in mid-July to add churches, synagogues and mosques to the list of places forbidden for concealed carry.


    Teen charged with 2 fatal shootings in Chicago

    An 18-year-old Chicago man is facing two murder charges in last month’s shooting death of a woman and her 5-year-old son.


    Pipe bomb found along Rock River in Dixon

    Lee County sheriff’s police say deputies were called Thursday afternoon to a site behind Sauk Valley Community College. The explosive was made of plastic pipe and had a fuse attached.

    Thomas Hearty, 56, sits outside a Denny’s at a truck stop in Alorton, Ill., on July 31 after workers from the Lebanon Care Center dropped him off there.

    Nursing home workers leave disabled man at truck stop

    A state agency is investigating after two workers from a southwestern Illinois nursing home left a wheelchair-bound man at a truck stop without medication or ID after he refused to submit to a mandatory background check.


    Data show motorcyclists driving drunk in Illinois

    About a third of the motorcyclists killed in Illinois crashes last year were drunk, said those behind a new statewide traffic safety campaign aimed at impressing upon riders just how dangerous it is to mix motorcycling and alcohol.


    Fire marshal withdraws sprinkler proposal

    The Illinois fire marshal said Friday he’s shelving a plan that would have required sprinklers to be added to older high-rise apartment buildings as well as all new-home construction.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Eight teens were charged with underage drinking after a party in Bartlett. They were arrested around 12:20 a.m. July 25 at a home on the 1300 block of Deerfield Lane. Their court date is Aug. 19.


    CTA redesigns train car interiors

    The transit agency said Friday that the newly redesigned cars will join the rail fleet starting in 2016. The new seating design will include forward- and aisle-facing seats. The aisle seats will be in the front of the car, where passengers are more likely to stand.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Jackson Jr. gets more time to pay restitution

    A judge has given former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. additional time to pay $750,000 in restitution. Jackson and his wife, Sandi, are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 14 on charges related to Jackson’s misuse of campaign funds.

    The winning designs in the “Mystery Bookmark Design Contest” hosted by the Schaumburg Township District Library.

    Three students place first for colorful bookmark designs

    Winners of the “Mystery Bookmark Design Contest” created colorful designs to correspond with the reading theme: “Get a Clue @ Your Library.”

    Willard Helander

    Injunction sought to halt Lake County election commission

    Lake County officials on Friday asked that a temporary injunction be granted to prevent the county clerk's office from being stripped of election oversight powers as part of a controversial election law.

    Latifah Naiman Mariki, widow of the late Haji Lukindo, holds a family photo Friday showing her late husband and her two daughters outside her house in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Diplomat kills man in car crash, leaves Kenya

    n American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.U.S. Embassy officials in Nairobi rushed the American and his family out of Kenya the next day, leaving the crash victims with no financial assistance.


    U.S. issues global travel alert, citing-al Qaida

    The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world. The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.

    Jamie Starks and her sons Jace, left, and Devin.

    Lake Villa woman hosts walk-a-thon for niece awaiting second kidney transplant

    A Lake Villa resident is hosting an Aug. 18 walk-a-thon in the village’s Loffredo Park to help her 34-year-old niece who is need of a kidney transplant for the second time in her life. All funds from what Chris Schnitzer calls the Family Fun Day Fundraiser walk-a-thon will benefit Jamie Starks’ medical bills. Starks, who lives in Douglasville, Ga., said she will visit Lake Villa with her two...


    Inaugural Fun(d) Run to benefit District 211

    Students, staff, parents, and community members can start preparing for a race that will support Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 programs and schools.

    Known as “The King of Coins,” this U.S. silver dollar is dated 1804 but actually was made decades later on behalf of President Andrew Jackson. It is expected to sell for more than $3 million in a public auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in Rosemont on Friday, Aug. 9.

    Silver dollar dated 1804 on sale in Rosemont for millions

    Known by collectors as “The King of Coins,” an 1804-dated U.S. silver dollar specially made on behalf of President Andrew Jackson and still in mint condition, is expected to sell for more than $3 million in a public auction Friday, Aug. 9.

    The tribute band American English rocked the house at the 2011 St. Zachary Church Augustfest in Des Plaines.

    Augustfest opens Thursday in Des Plaines

    St. Zachary Church in Des Plaines is holding Augustfest Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival includes carnival rides, entertainment by well-known festival bands, children’s games, bingo, casino games, cash raffle, and food and drinks.

    More than 2,000 participants already have registered for the Naperville Sprint Triathlon starting at 7 a.m. Sunday at Centennial Beach.

    Naperville Sprint Triathlon expects more than 2,000 people

    More than 2,000 athletes are expected to participate in Sunday's Sprint Triathlon in downtown Naperville. The race, which features a 400-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run, begins and ends at Centennial Beach.

    Some seniors struggle to find resources to feed their pets, who can be their closest companion.

    Donation helps Kane, McHenry seniors feed their pets

    The Salvation Army Golden Diners program is happy to get a donation of pet food, because that means its cash-strapped clients won't end up feeding their own dinners to their beloved pets The group is making deliveries this week to seniors in Kane and McHenry counties.

    An old train bell belonging to West Chicago resident Lorenzo Covarrubias will be at the center of a historic re-enactment of El Grito de la Independencia, or the Cry for Independence, during West Chicago’s Mexican Independence Day Celebration Sept. 15.

    Historic bell takes center stage at West Chicago’s Mexican Independence Day celebration

    At the center of West Chicago’s Mexican Independence Day celebration on Sunday, Sept. 15, is a colorful, spirited and heartfelt tradition. The re-enactment of El Grito, short for El Grito de la Independencia or the Cry for Independence, commemorates an event that originally took place the morning of Sept. 16, 1810, and which signaled Mexico’s freedom from Spanish tyranny.

    David Byun

    Four men face charges after 27-pound marijuana bust

    Four men accused of receiving 27 pounds of marijuana by mail appeared in DuPage County bond court Friday on drug-trafficking charges. David Byun, 29, of Round Lake; Brian Panezich, 29, of Lake Zurich; and Arlington Heights residents Landry Park, 29, and Ted Park, 32, were each held on $500,000 bail.

    Tammy Traux, 52, no known address, busted for prostitution and resisting a peace officer.

    Two women arrested in Waukegan undercover operation

    Two women have been arrested by Waukegan Police during an undercover neighborhood crime operation, authorities said Friday. One was arrested for drugs and the second woman on prostitution charges. They are held in Lake County jail.

    Catherine Alice Gardens is a proposed affordable permanent supportive housing complex in Palatine for people with disabilities and mental illness.

    Palatine to vote Monday on controversial housing project

    The Palatine village council will consider whether to approve the Catherine Alice Gardens permanent supportive housing complex at its meeting Monday, Aug. 5. The controversial project at 345 N. Eric Drive would provide 33 affordable apartments for people with disabilities.

    Tony Farina works in his Mundelein basement workshop.

    Moving Picture: Mundelein man gets crafty with ammunition

    72-year-old Tony Farina of Mundelein makes jewelry. But the Marine Corps veteran doesn't make your grandmother's kind of jewelry. He creates works of art from rounds of ammunition in all shapes and sizes. And he takes requests. “I'm making a lamp now for a guy who wants one in pink for his nine-month-old granddaughter, can you imagine that?” Farina jokes, “He wants a pink hand...

    A new outdoor exhibit area is planned for the third phase of renovations at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

    $20 million renovation starting at Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    A $20 million, three-phase renovation of Glen Ellyn's Willowbrook Wildlife Center will begin by Labor Day. Recent approval by the village board cleared the way for the first $3.6 million phase, a new larger parking lot and improved service building for the facility at 525 S. Park Boulevard.

    Associated Press Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro Thursday.

    Former Ohio captive says she knew she'd escape

    Free and safe, one of three women kidnapped and raped over a decade in a ramshackle home smiled lightly as her tormentor was led out of court in chains, a method he had used to control them. Michelle Knight, the first of the victims kidnapped after accepting a ride from Ariel Castro, spoke in a soft but determined voice Thursday in front of a judge who followed a plea deal and gave Castro life in...

    Aaron Lawlor

    Quinn evokes opposite reactions for single-county laws

    In one case, the DuPage County Board chairman welcomes Gov. Pat Quinn with open arms for the signing of a new law that helps just his county give the ax to some government agencies. In the other, the Lake County Board chairman is suing to block legislation Quinn signed that, in part, creates a new election commission for just his county. DuPage gets to eliminate governments; Lake County is...

    Kids get squirted by Countryside Fire Recruits during a previous National Night Out event sponsored by the Vernon Hills Police Department at Hartmann Park in Vernon Hills.

    Lake County National Night Out activities will be Aug. 6

    Several Lake County communities will mark the National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with a variety of events designed to highlight the relationship between police and the community and raise awareness about crime.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Lake chairman: $122,000 severance deal smells bad

    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor wants details about a six-figure separation agreement for the former head of the county housing authority that was approved by officials appointed by his office. Lawlor said he's “extremely concerned” about the $122,000 deal provided to Jeneen Smith-Underwood. "The bottom line is, the whole thing doesn't smell right."

    An Iranian cleric holding an anti-Israeli placard chants slogan, while attending an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Tehran, Iran, Friday.

    Iran’s new president calls Israel an ‘old wound’

    Ahead of his inauguration, Iran’s new president on Friday called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.Hasan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel — his country’s archenemy — echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders.


    Construction delays expected along Route 22

    The Illinois Department of Transportation beginning Monday will begin repaving and patching state Route 22 from U.S. Route 14 to U.S. Route 12, in the villages of Fox River Grove, Lake Barrington and North Barrington.

    Players compete under the hot sun in June at the Sean Toedman Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Lions Park. The event raised more than $4,000 for pediatric cancer patients.

    Free backpacks for kids in need

    The Outreach Fellowship Christian Center in East Dundee, is holding its inaugural Back to School Rally: School Supplies for Kids beginning at noon Saturday. This event helps ensure students receive backpacks. All activities are free for residents.

    Changes made to Lake Arlington were officially implemented yesterday. For one, bikes are supposed to go one direction and pedestrians the opposite direction.

    Dawn Patrol: Who’s in charge of Metra? New Lake Arlington rules

    Metra chairman's resignation leaves it leaderless. Lake Arlington trail has new rules. Winfield repeals Roosevelt Road zoning. Workers rally in Elk Grove Village. Wildwood man seeks his pet tortoise.

    Cook Memorial Public Library District employee Tina Link reads one of the library's sought-after copies of “The Cuckoo's Calling,” a crime novel J.K. Rowling wrote under a pseudonym, at the library in Libertyville.

    Demand high for new Rowling book

    Ever since best-selling “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling confirmed she wrote a crime novel called “The Cuckoo's Calling” under a pseudonym, suburban libraries have been unable to meet the demand for the book. “The holds jumped after this news came out,” said Nicole Wilhelms, adult and teen services manager at the Downers Grove Public Library. “We went...


    Tour of Elk Grove begins 3-day run today

    The largest professional cycling event in the Midwest kicks off at 3:30 p.m. today in low-key fashion with Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson pulling his 18-month-old grandson, Noah, in a wheel cart in the mayor’s charity time trial. But with the Tour of Elk Grove attracting a higher caliber of professional rider every year, the competition will quickly ramp up later in the afternoon.


    Metra claims report clears its name but keeps it secret

    An investigation of misconduct by a former federal prosecutor found all is squeaky clean at Metra, said one leader who is the subject of the probe. So why is the agency keeping the prosecutor's report a secret? “The more that you shroud things in secrecy — it just begs questions,” said state Rep. David Harris, an Arlington Heights Republican. “It's simply the wrong way to...

    This is a wild chipmunk that lives in our yard.

    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 29th.


    Gail Borden to add staff, open digital media lab

    Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin plans to hire a few part-time staff members this year, a move it has not made in several years, officials said. This year’s $12 million operating budget also includes capital projects such as a new digital media lab, audio enhancements for the two main meeting rooms, a protective wall for the DVD dispenser outside the library’s Rakow branch, and the first part...

    Winfield trustees on Thursday night repealed a decision to rezone of a stretch of Roosevelt Road and restored residential zoning to the properties.

    Winfield repeals Roosevelt Road rezoning

    Just months after a former majority on Winfield’s village board made a controversial move to rezone a stretch of Roosevelt Road, trustees who now control the board have repealed the decision.



    Fowles stands tall for hurting Sky

    Sylvia Fowles rolled up 32 big points and 15 big rebounds and 5 big blocks in leading the first-place Sky to an 85-78 victory over the Mystics.


    Phelan, Boomers rout Slammers

    NewsRookie right-hander Chris Phelan set a franchise record with 11 strikeouts to lead the Schaumburg Boomers to an easy 10-1 victory over the host Joliet Slammers and finish off a road sweep in the process.


    Timber Rattlers pound Cougars

    A 17-hit performance lifted the visiting Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who avoided a four-game sweep by defeating the Kane County Cougars 7-4 Friday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.


    Receivers eager to see ball thrown their way

    In some of the NFL’s high-octane passing offenses, there’s concern that there won’t be enough footballs to go around, enough touches to keep everyone happy, enough opportunities to soothe the egos of talented skill-position players.


    Fowles leads Sky to 85-78 win over Mystics

    Sylvia Fowles had a season-high 32 points and 15 rebounds, and the Sky overcame the absence of injured leading scorer Elena Delle Donne to beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Friday night.Tamera Young had 13 points and Swin Cash added 10 for the Eastern Conference-leading Sky (13-5), who have won six of their last seven.

    Cubs rookie Junior Lake watches his solo home run in the first inning against the Dodgers on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs rookie Lake continues to make big splash

    While pitcher Travis Wood struggled in the Cubs' 6-2 loss Friday to the Dodgers, rookie left fielder Junior Lake went 4-for-5. Lake now has a pair of 4-hit games over his first 16 games in the major leagues.

    Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson rounds second base after his solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Detroit, Friday.

    Sox drop 8th straight, 2-1 to Tigers
    Hector Santiago avoided the big inning and gave the White Sox a chance to snap their dreadful losing streak. It wasn't enough — not against a Detroit team that is moving in a much different direction. Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Sox on Friday night.

    Elise Swartout, a Michigan pro, earned the 2013 Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open title at Mistwood Golf Club with a 3-under 69 on Friday.

    Michigan pro takes IWO title again

    While there were possibilities for Chicago golfers to make significant history in Friday’s final round of the 19th Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville, Elise Swartout became the fifth Michigan golfer in the last six years to win the premier Illinois event.

    Theo Epstein

    Epstein aglow over upbeat July

    Before the Cubs lost 6-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday at Wrigley Field, team president Theo Epstein addressed the media and said the organization had made signficant progress in July, with a winning record and many player acqusitions.

    Martellus Bennettm left and Jermon Bushrod display their Bears jerseys earlier this year.

    Bennett’s smiles turn to snarls

    At lunch Friday, tight end Martellus Bennett insisted he was a happy man.“Even when I’m sick I’m happy,” he said. “I can’t help it." But a few hours later at practice, he wasn’t smiling. He was brawling — repeatedly.

    On a night when Missy Franklin finally lost, Ryan Lochte turned in an epic performance at the world championships Friday. He swam three races in less than two hours, coming away with two gold medals and the top time in an event he's competing in for the first time at a major international meet.

    Lochte claims 2 golds on epic night of swimming

    On a night when Missy Franklin finally lost, Ryan Lochte turned in an epic performance at the world championships Friday. He swam three races in less than two hours, coming away with two gold medals and the top time in an event he's competing in for the first time at a major international meet.

    Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney hits an RBI double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Punchless Cubs can’t compete with streaking Dodgers

    Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games before both he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched an 89-year-old club record with their 12th straight road victory, beating the Cubs 6-2 on Friday.

    Tiger Woods celebrates with his caddy Joe LaCava after finishing his second round, at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Woods shot a nine-under par 61, tying the tournament single-round record. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    Tiger Woods makes run at 59 at Bridgestone

    He came close to 59. Like a pitcher having to settle for a shutout instead of a perfect game, Tiger Woods could console himself by tying his career best and building a seven-shot lead Friday through 36 holes at the Bridgestone Invitational.

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez warms up before the start of a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

    A-Rod rejoins Double-A Trenton for rehab games

    A seemingly relaxed Alex Rodriguez rejoined the New York Yankees’ Double-A farm team on Friday for what might be his final games before a lengthy suspension from Major League Baseball.

    Jimmie Johnson drives into the pits after qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday Aug. 2, 2013, in Long Pond, Pa. Johnson qualified on the pole with a speed of 180.654 mph. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Johnson wins 2nd pole of the season at Pocono

    Jimmie Johnson needed multiple attempts to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, then set a track record with a lap of 180.654 mph to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.

    Christina Kim of the U.S., gestures on the 17th green during the first round of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Inbee Park falls 8 shots behind at St. Andrews

    Inbee Park caught bad end of the draw at St. Andrews, made worse by not having her best golf. Before she can think about a chance to make history as the first golfer to win four professional majors in the same season, Park faced a more immediate concern Friday afternoon in the Women’s British Open — how to make up an eight-shot deficit against Na Yeon Choi.

    FILe - In this Dec. 7, 1970 file photo, Kansas City's Curley Culp (61) hits Denver quarterback Al Pastrana causing him to fumble during a football game in Kansas City, Mo. Culp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/File)

    Eclectic group to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday

    Chris Carter will join Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Dave Robinson and Curley Culp as the newest inductees on Saturday night. He was, by far, the most emotional during a news conference Friday as festivities began for the 50th anniversary celebration of the hall.


    Associate: Hernandez put guns in box in basement

    New court records say that an associate of Aaron Hernandez told police the former New England Patriot put guns in a box in his basement after returning from the industrial park where his friend was fatally shot.


    Kelly says deal is near, hopes Irish repeat is too

    Coach Brian Kelly said the Irish know the challenge ahead. Putting together back-to-back strong seasons has been rare of late at Notre Dame.Since going 10-1-1 in 1992 and 11-1 in 1993, the Irish have won at least nine games in consecutive seasons just once, going 9-3 and 10-3 in 2005 and 2006 in the first two seasons under Charlie Weis.


    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m. Saturday at PPL ParkTV: Channel 50Scouting the Fire: The Fire (7-9-4, 25 points) gets another try to knock off an Eastern Conference club ahead of it in the standings. New forward Juan Luis Anangono is available for selection but probably won’t play while he works to regain his fitness. Sean Johnson returns to goal after missing July for the Gold Cup.Scouting the Philadelphia Union: The fourth-place Union (9-6-7, 34 points) has plenty of goal-scoring ability up front in Jack McInerney and Conor Casey, and Sebastien Le Toux has 9 assists. The Union is undefeated in its last three matches and defeated the Fire in back-to-back games in May.Next: D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Toyota Park in U.S. Open Cup semifinal— Orrin Schwarz

    White Sox players (and fans) haven't had a lot to cheer for in the last few months, and Mike North isn't convinced the team will be able to turn things around soon.

    Future looks bleak for White Sox fans

    While Chicago White Sox attendance continues to wane, there doesn't appear to a solution in sight in the near future. With so many question marks, Mike North finds it hard to predict much success over the next three years.


    Big sixth inning propels Cougars to win

    Securing 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Kane County Cougars reached their third consecutive victory as they toppled the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with a 6-2 final on Thursday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.


    Boomers’ Giovenco dominates Slammers

    The Schaumburg Boomers posted a 7-0 win over the host Joliet Slammers behind 7 shutout innings from Mike Giovenco on Thursday night. It was the Boomers’ fifth straight win.



    New Zealand finds botulism signs in milk products
    The news comes as a blow to New Zealand’s dairy industry, which powers the country’s economy. New Zealand exports about 95 percent of its milk.

    Associated Press/Nov. 2, 2010 Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Inc.

    Dell CEO ups ante in buyout battle for PC maker

    “It’s his name on the sign, a part of his legacy,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “So, he is going to put everything he has on the table to take control.”


    North Carolina challenges Alcoa’s property rights

    Alcoa is prepared to spend about $80 million to improve water quality, but that’s on hold because the state refused on Friday to certify that the project was already meeting water quality standards, Barham said. While the company fights the property ownership case in court Alcoa will continue to pursue a new federal license, he said.

    Associated Press/July 1, 2013 Brewer Ken Hermann rolls a fresh keg of beer onto pallets at the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District of Boston. The Commerce Department reported Friday on orders placed with U.S. factories in June rose 1.5 percent.

    Tepid jobs news barely dents stock market advance

    While the jobs report wasn’t encouraging, it did make it more likely that the Fed would take its time cutting back on stimulus, said Doug Lockwood of Hefty Wealth Partners. The stimulus from the central bank has been an important factor powering a four-year bull run in stocks.

    A variety of foods labeled Gluten Free displayed in Frederick, Md., Friday.

    FDA defining what “gluten free” means on packages

    A label that reads “gluten free” will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy. After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term “gluten free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.


    Glenview’s Illinois Tool Works plans stock buy back
    Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works Inc. said Friday that it plans to buy back up to $6 billion shares of the company’s stock and will increase its dividend by 10.5 percent. Its shares rose briefly hit a record high, The company said that its priorities remain focused on both investments in the business and return of cash flow to investors.

    The Streamwood village board approved a $310,500 unit price contract Thursday with Kramer Tree Specialists Inc. for the removal of up to 500 ash trees by the end of this year.

    Streamwood approves removal of up to 500 ash trees

    A maximum of 500 ash trees will be removed in Streamwood by the end of this year. Village Manager Gary O’Rourke said the village board approved a $310,500 unit price contract with Kramer Tree Specialists Inc. for tree removal. The cost could vary depending on how many trees are removed.

    Joe Hornbaker of Joey’s Red Hots starts grilling hot dogs, brats and onions from his food cart on Main Street just south of Jackson Avenue near the Riverwalk’s horse trough fountain in Naperville. The city soon will survey the public to gather thoughts on food carts in the downtown.

    Naperville to conduct survey about downtown food carts

    Mobile food cart vendors have been selling hot dogs and pulled pork in downtown Naperville since at least 2010, but now city officials want to ask the public if they should remain part of the scene. The vendors say they fill a need for a quick bite along the Riverwalk or by the Chicago Avenue parking garage, but critics claim the carts may steal business from established restaurants.


    Palatine’s Acura Pharmaceuticals sees $3.1 million 2Q loss

    Specialty pharmaceutical company Acura Pharmaceuticals, in Palatine, reported a second quarter net loss of $3.1 million primarily due to research and development costs of its anti-abuse technologies. The net loss for the quarter translated to 7 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million or 5 cents per diluted share for the same period in 2012.


    Wintrust in Rosemont acquires Diamond Bancorp

    Rosemont-based Wintrust Financial Corp announced it will acquire Diamond Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Diamond Bank, FSB.Terms of the acquisition were not announced.With a history dating back to 1886, Diamond Bank operates four banking locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, Elmhurst and Northbrook.

    A woman waits to talk with employers at a job fair for laid-off IBM workers in South Burlington, Vt. U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest since March. The gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to a 4½ -year low of 7.4 percent, a good sign in an otherwise lackluster report.

    U.S. employers add 162K jobs, rate falls to 7.4 pct.

    U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest since March. The gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to a 4½ -year low of 7.4 percent, a good sign in an otherwise lackluster report. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment fell from 7.6 percent in June. The economy added 26,000 fewer jobs in May and June than previously estimated. Americans worked fewer hours. And their pay dipped. The figures suggest weak economic growth may be making businesses cautious about hiring.

    Bicycles that are part of the NYC Bike Share program are lined up at a dock and lock station at the Brooklyn Navy Yards in New York. Chicago launched its bike sharing programon June 28.

    Chicago bike share logs 80,000 trips in 1st month

    In its first month of operation, Chicago’s bike-sharing program logged 80,000 trips. The $22 million system known as Divvy is also getting a boost from 24 corporate and community partners. In return, those companies and organizations are able to offer employees discounted yearly memberships on the system.


    U. of Illinois airport gets state money for work

    The state of Illinois is providing an $841,000 grant for construction work at the University of Illinois’ airport. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Thursday the money will pay for new roadways and a new parking lot surface at Willard Airport in Savoy. The town is just south of Champaign.


    August town halls in Illinois on Obama health law plan

    Congress goes on summer recess next week, so the debate over President Barack Obama’s health law is heating up in the states, including Illinois. Two liberal groups announced Thursday they are “going on the offensive” to support the law in Illinois and nine other states.


    Slag removal slated for Illinois Superfund site

    Governmental efforts to clean up the southwestern Illinois site of a former copper smelter are moving ahead with the expected removal of the property’s toxic slag.The (Alton) Telegraph reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency next Tuesday will hold a public meeting at the community center in Hartford, northeast of St. Louis.


    Argonne director takes on new technology role

    The director of Argonne National Laboratory will be the next chairman of the board for a statewide group dedicated to developing Illinois’ technology economy. The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition said Thursday that Argonne Director Eric D. Isaacs will take over for outgoing chairman John Anderson.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. says it profit rose in the second quarter but its revenue slipped on weak sales of cold cuts and salad dressings.

    Kraft profit rises but revenue falls short
    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. says it profit rose in the second quarter but its revenue slipped on weak sales of cold cuts and salad dressings. The company, which makes Miracle Whip, Oscar Mayer and other staples found in American pantries, raised its guidance for the year, citing a one-time benefit related to its pension plans. Its shares edged up 39 cents to $57.50.

    The Motorola Moto X smartphone, using Google’s Android software.

    Review: Motorola phone notable for customization

    In the four decades since Motorola first showed off a prototype of the world’s first cellphone, the company has watched Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass it in sales. With Google as its new owner, Motorola is introducing the Moto X, a phone notable for innovations in manufacturing, as part of an attempt to regain its stature. Yes, there’s plenty the Moto X offers in terms of software, including the ability to get directions, seek trivia answers or set the alarm without ever touching the phone.

Life & Entertainment

    Cate Blanchett, who stars in Woody's Allen's new film “Blue Jasmine,” is adept in movies and theater.

    Cate Blanchett makes a powerhouse return in 'Jasmine'

    When Cate Blanchett was last in New York, in between her nightly performances in the acclaimed touring production of “Uncle Vanya,” she would slip uptown, to the East Side, to stealthily research her role in Woody Allen's latest, “Blue Jasmine.” In it, Blanchett plays Jasmine, a socialite in breakdown, a modern Blanche DuBois (a role Blanchett played a few years ago onstage, the “detritus” of which she says stays with her), distraught and destroyed by the betrayal of her Bernie Madoff-like financier husband (Alec Baldwin). On Jasmine's stomping ground, the Upper East Side, Blanchett bent her ear to the neighborhood's accents of affluence.

    A great white shark near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico. Shark Week begins at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, on Discovery.

    Pair of stunts has networks thinking ‘Sharknado’

    Colliding stunts on Discovery and The Weather Channel feel like another “Sharknado.” Discovery is holding its 26th annual Shark Week of programming at the same time The Weather Channel is airing Hurricane Week. The weather folks can’t resist a joke about it, airing a promotional ad that depicts a giant shark flying away in a stiff wind that references both Shark Week and “Sharknado,” the Syfy network movie that has become a campy classic this summer.

    Burke, left, Cole, Jason, Andrea and Jenna Parent of Arlington Heights enjoy themselves in the lobby after a movie at the Star Cinema Grill.

    Arlington Heights' theater offers dinner and a movie in style

    When Arlington Theaters closed last June, it left locals without a nearby theater. Now movies have returned to Arlington Heights in style, with the July 5 opening of Star Cinema Grill, which offers dinner and first-run films under one roof. You'll find couples, small groups and families hanging out at the bar to get drinks and appetizers before their film and mingling there afterward to discuss what they just saw.

    NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high-school football game decades ago.

    NBC’s Brian Williams to take leave for surgery

    NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high school football game decades ago. Williams discussed knee replacement surgery in a story by Dr. Nancy Snyderman on NBC’s “Nightly News” on Thursday, saying, “If you don’t see me around here for a while, this is the reason why.”

    Sterling (William Petersen) serves up smoothies and insights about his Costa Rican home to his visiting niece, Becky (Rae Gray), in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's regional premiere of Greg Pierce's 2012 off-Broadway drama “Slowgirl.” The production runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

    A teen and her recluse uncle share unsettling circumstances in 'Slowgirl'

    William Petersen and Rae Gray play an uncle and niece with guarded secrets in the regional premiere of Greg Pierce's 2012 off-Broadway drama "Slowgirl" at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

    Aurora's Kevin Presbrey plays a series of shows in the suburbs in support of his new album, "Dust Unto Dust."

    Aurora’s Presbrey shows a whole lot of depth

    OK, what’s happening to me? I like rock. I like punk. I like indie. I like harmonies. And maybe a little folk. But when I got word of Aurora’s Kevin Presbrey’s new album and gave it a listen, I was intrigued. I was interested. But confused. Because now I like country?!?

    Kimberly Church

    Top 10: Who will win Suburban Chicago's Got Talent?

    The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent are going to do their best to impress the judges and the audiences at both the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Aug. 4, and at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 10, when the winners of the competition and the online Fan Favorite will be announced.

    Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada, left, fights against Milan Melindo of the Philippines during their WBO/WBA Flyweight title match at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Macao in Macau.

    Macau aims for another Vegas staple: boxing

    A Chinese fighter’s victory at a Macau showdown brings the world’s top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches.Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world’s top gambling city, is looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts for which Las Vegas is known. The tiny Chinese enclave near Hong Kong is hosting a series of high-profile bouts this year featuring a pair of Asian stars: Chinese two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao.


    Local theater: 'Caveman' is back

    Elgiin's Janus Theater hosts its sixth annual Walkabout; "Defending the Caveman" returns to Fox Valley Rep and Vex Theatre debuts two new shows - one for kids and one for adults - as part of the Art & Soul on the Fox festival this week in suburban theater.


    Broker bonuses might be tied to ‘upselling’ mortgage terms

    It’s called “upselling” — steering home mortgage applicants into higher-cost terms that increase the lender’s profits — and it was rampant during the housing boom years. New goverment allegations claim this practice has returned.


    Tips and tricks for painting bricks

    Brick is a long-lasting building material, but it can get old — or you might get tired of the same old thing and want to paint it. But there are a few things you should know before you do this.


    Concerns with aluminum wire safety

    Q. Our home is about 15 years old. When we bought it, our home inspector said nothing about the aluminum wire that runs from the main breaker panel to the electric forced air heater. This wire was recently discovered when we hired an electrician to do some repairs.


    New scams target homeowners, other borrowers

    Con artists are calling or emailing homeowners and other borrowers, promising to give them money or gifts for completing a fast “consumer survey.”


    The continuing furor over the Metra commuter rail agency board shows the need for a stronger ethics law in Illinois.

    Editorial: Metra controversy shows need for ethics law with teeth

    The state's legislative inspector general wants a tougher ethics law to work with and given the state's history, that's a good idea, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Steve Herbst, Don Grossnickle, center, and Kenneth Jennings

    New law just a start for paralyzed athletes

    Guest columnist Don Grossnickle: Across the nation each year, as many as 100 high school athletes and families encounter life-changing catastrophic injury. Rarely is a decent insurance safety net in place to ease the unimaginable financial burden that comes with a broken neck and broken hearts.


    Fox Lake business snubbed at closing
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: As of July 19, Darlene Barnes, owner of Marine Grill, closed her business after 54 years. As my friends and I sat there, no village official came in to congratulate Darlene or to thank her for 54 years of service in their town


    Praise for letter on corporate America
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Thank you to Patricia O’Neil whose letter published on Saturday, July 20, addresses corporate America.


    Obama could have aided race relations
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Perhaps if President Obama would have conducted himself as the President of the United States and not as the first black President of the United States, race relations in our country would have advanced under his presidency instead of declined.


    Real estate, tuition and race bubbles
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The real estate bubble was caused by an artificial imbalance of buyers and sellers. Easy lending, dictated by government, led to too many buyers which caused prices to skyrocket. Poof.


    No excuse for shooting a child
    A Medinah letter to the editor: I also watched the whole trial, how could you miss it? There are a few things apparently some people have missed, like: Trayvon Martin had a right to defend himself against someone who was following him in a menacing fashion.


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