Daily Archive : Thursday August 8, 2013


    From left, Alexandra Vasquez, Bevan Sukowaty and Dante Drake, all of Chicago, dressed up as various comic book characters at Comic Con held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Comic Con meshes all kinds of entertainment

    Chicago Comic Con, an annual gathering for movie and comic lovers alike, attracted costumed fans and several comic book creators and artists. "I feel like I'm home," said Wisconsin resident Killian Hill.

    A bright Perseid Meteor cuts across Orion’s Belt during the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower in 1997. This time-exposure photo was taken from Joshua Tree National Park, 50 miles north of Palm Springs, Calif. You can see the meteor shower in the suburbs this weekend.

    Meteors to light up suburban skies this weekend

    If the clouds aren't too heavy, the suburbs should have an unusually good view of this year's Perseid meteor shower. Meteor viewing parties are planned in Schaumburg and Wheaton, but you can also just watch from your back yard. "Just get a blanket, lay on your back and look up,” said Joe Kabbes, with the Henize Observatory at Harper College in Palatine.


    Rep. Mussman hosting foreclosure prevention seminar in Hoffman Estates

    State Representative Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg is hosting a foreclosure prevention seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Mussman is teaming up with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, the Illinois House Development Authority and the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to host the event. The seminar is...

    COURTESY OF ABC7CHICAGO Gurnee police say an 11-year-old boy is recovering at home after he was hit Wednesday by this minivan and pinned under the vehicle at Woodland Middle School. Authorities said the driver went backward into the school as the boy was exiting.

    Gurnee police: Boy pinned by minivan recovering

    Gurnee police said an 11-year-old boy is recovering at home after he was hit by a minivan and pinned under the vehicle at Woodland Middle School. “He's doing pretty well,” Cmdr. Jay Patrick said. “He's pretty shaken up by the whole experience.” Patrick said the crash remained under investigation.

    Girls are in summer yukatas. From left to right, Emma Rogers, Erica Ross and Amanya Meir.

    Schaumburg students meet pen pals in Japan

    A group of students and alumni of the Japanese-English dual language program at Schaumburg’s Dooley Elementary School exercised their communication and cultural skills across the Pacific this summer, meeting their pen pals in Namerikawa, Japan, in person. “We had a phenomenal trip!” parent and group leader Robi Vollkommer said.

    Justin Hodge, owner of Blue Hippo Pedal Boats, left, and employee Daniel Garcia, unload a four-seater as they set up for business Thursday at Festival Park in Elgin. Riders have a choice of a two-seater or a four-seater boat.

    Blue Hippo owner tried to get business off ground for 3 years

    Justin Hodge said the light bulb went off when he saw a pedal boat scene in a Tyler Perry movie several years ago. “The Fox River in Elgin was just lacking in activity. That's why I thought it would be perfect to bring it here,” he said. About three weeks ago, Hodge, 30, launched Blue Hippo Pedal Boats at Festival Park in Elgin.

    Jereme Richmond

    Waukegan man guilty of intimidating probation officer

    A former standout high school basketball star from Lake County was found guilty of threatening his probation officer after she refused to let him take a court-ordered drug test. Jereme Richmond, 21, is now facing up to seven years in jail when he's sentenced next month.

    Matthew Olszewski

    Glendale Hts. man accused of plotting to kill relatives

    A 23-year-old Glendale Heights man was ordered held on $1 million bail for a murder-for-hire plot that targeted members of his family, authorities said. Matthew Olszewski, of the 5000 block of Glen Ellyn Road, is accused of trying to hire a “hitman” to murder his aunt, his uncle and an elderly resident of the home. He has been charged with three counts of solicitation of murder and...

    Federal courts in northern Illinois are implementing changes in how jury pools are selected to make sure they accurately reflect the region's ethnic and racial diversity.

    Federal courts start changes for picking jury pools

    Federal courts in northern Illinois are implementing changes in how jury pools are selected to make sure they accurately reflect the region's ethnic and racial diversity. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois put out a statement on Thursday. It says it will draw names of potential jurors at random from driver's license and voter-registration lists.

    Paul Fronczak is a married father of his own now and works as a college administrator and living in Henderson, Nev.

    FBI reopens 1964 Chicago kidnapping case after DNA testing

    The FBI said Wednesday it is reopening its investigation into the 1964 kidnapping of a newborn boy from a Chicago hospital, after recent DNA testing revealed that a boy found in New Jersey more than a year later and returned to the elated parents wasn't actually their son.

    Illinois Department of Agriculture contractor Bryon Tobin works on installing the Happy Hollow entrance sign on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

    Illinois State Fair begins Thursday

    Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Springfield for the 160th Illinois State Fair. During the 10-day state fair that begins on Thursday, fair goers will be able to chat with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, watch the Budweiser Clydesdales and bite into deep-fried Oreo cookies and other treats.

    Pam Althoff

    Lake County lawmakers trying to repeal election commission

    State Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and state Sen. Pamela Althoff of McHenry have introduced legislation to repeal a Lake County election authority, which was created as part of a sweeping package of elections rule changes that became law last month.

    Rescue workers in northeast Missouri struggled to extricate a young woman involved in a serious car wreck — until a mysterious priest arrived and helped calm rescuers and the victim.

    Priest comes out of nowhere to aid Illinois accident victim

    Rescue workers in northeast Missouri struggled to extricate a young woman involved in a serious car wreck — until a mysterious priest arrived and helped calm rescuers and the victim. Now, friends and family of the rescued woman want to know: Who was that mysterious clergy? The woman remains in serious condition.

    The number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century, Illinois child-welfare officials announced Thursday in imploring citizens to report suspected mistreatment of youths before it turns deadly.

    Deaths linked to child abuse rise in Illinois

    The number of Illinois children killed by abuse or neglect over the past year likely will be the state's most in a quarter century, Illinois child-welfare officials announced Thursday in imploring residents to report suspected mistreatment of youths before it turns deadly. A new report by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services showed 94 of the 223 deaths investigated during the...

    This composite photo provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows: James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16, whose mother, Christina Anderson, 42, was one of two people found dead in a house fire Sunday night. Amber Alerts expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for Dimaggio, who is suspected of abducting Hannah Anderson and wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her brother Ethan.

    Police warn of booby-trap car in search for teen

    A massive search entered a sixth day Friday for a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old family friend as police warned he may have abandoned his car while on the run and rigged it with explosives. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, may have had an "unusual infatuation" with the missing girl, Hannah Anderson, said San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser.

    Sports injuries are a common reason for an emergency room visit.

    Poll Vault: Last time you went to the emergency room?

    No one likes to go to the emergency room, but 1 in 5 of you will visit one this year.


    Sprint store in Rolling Meadows reportedly robbed

    According to employees of a neighboring business, there was a robbery at the Sprint store at Algonquin and Golf roads in Rolling Meadows Thursday.

    From left, Olivia Masnica, 10, Julia Masnica, 8, Brittany Bryla, 14, and Jacob Tuianna, 10, all of Des Plaines, ride the Yo Yo at St. Zachary Church’s Augustfest on Thursday in Des Plaines.

    Augustfest is under way in Des Plaines
    Augustfest at St. Zachary Church in Des Plaines launched Thursday night with a performance by the band American English. The festival continues 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with an outdoor Masss at 11:30 a.m. the last day.


    Feds deny expanded surveillance in terrorism case

    The federal government conceded in a Thursday filing in Chicago that they must notify defendants in terrorism cases if evidence from once-secret government surveillance programs will be used against them, echoing a recent filing in Florida. But their six-page filing denies the evidence they intend to use against 19-year-old Adel Daoud — who is accused of trying to ignite what he thought was a car...

    Lake County Judge Mark Levitt announces the verdict in Ronald Stolberg’s sentencing hearing Thursday. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, Rachel.

    Vernon Hills man sentenced to eight years for killing wife

    Calling Ronald Stolberg a “selfish, petulant” man, a Lake County judge sentenced him to eight years in prison Thursday for killing his wife more than two years ago. Aside from nervously biting his finger, the 49-year-old Stolberg didn’t flinch when Judge Mark Levitt announced the sentence in Lake County court.

    An ATF agent lifts crime scene tape outside the scene of two murders Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2013, in DeSoto, Texas. Four people were killed at two different locations in South Dallas County and the suspected shooter is in police custody.

    Ex-teacher charged in Dallas-area attacks; 4 dead

    A former teacher and Dallas Mavericks hip-hop dancer was charged with capital murder Thursday after police said he attacked the homes of his estranged wife and his girlfriend, killing the women and two of their children and wounding four other people. Erbie Lee Bowser, 44, was arrested late Wednesday following the second attack in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, during which police say he fatally...

    Two people sit behind a police car as Miami police officers investigate a murder on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Miami. Derek Medina, who authorities say fatally shot his wife ó and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook ó turned himself in to police on Thursday. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Fla. man accused of killing wife, posting Facebook photo

    A South Florida man who authorities say fatally shot his wife — and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook — has been charged with first-degree murder.


    Burglar fatally stabbed by homeowner

    Chicago police say a homeowner on the city’s far South Side stabbed to death a burglar during a struggle in which the burglar came at him with a hammer.

    A Yemeni military official says a third U.S. drone strike has targeted suspected al-Qaida militants in the Arab nation, raising the day's death toll to 12. The official says Thursday's evening attack killed three suspected militants traveling in a car in the al-Qutn area of Hadramawt province. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

    3 suspected U.S. drones kill 12 militants in Yemen

    The U.S. has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al-Qaida militants killed in less than two weeks, including three strikes on Thursday alone in which a dozen died.


    Newborn dolphin dies at Brookfield Zoo

    A dolphin born at Brookfield Zoo earlier this month died Thursday morning. Zoo officials said that after the calf showed signs of weakening, staffers tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate it.


    Elgin group to continue offering mobile pregnancy services

    A federal judge on Thursday banned Elgin from enforcing zoning restrictions that would prevent the Life Center — a faith-based organization promoting “pro-life issues, the family and Christian living” — from offering free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests from its mobile facility.

    Mary Louise West

    Woman, 90, was part of one of Elgin’s pioneer black families

    A member of one of Elgin’s pioneer black families who died earlier this month at age 90 is being remembered as a devout Christian who never failed to enjoy life. Mary Louise West died Aug. 1 of a stroke she suffered after a lung cancer operation in July, said her son, Lewis West, of Elgin. “First and foremost, she was a Christian. She loved life, and she loved the Lord,” he...

    Mary Fallin

    Conservative conference draws lawmakers, pickets in Chicago

    More than a thousand conservative lawmakers and business executives are gathering this week in Chicago for conference that could shape a new wave of Republican legislation in state capitols pushing for deeper tax cuts, limits on union powers and a private-sector makeover for government Medicaid programs. Attendees at the American Legislative Exchange Council were countered Thursday by a roughly...


    Gurnee recognizing DARE champs:

    Gurnee police will host an award ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday to recognize DARE students for outstanding performance.


    Waukegan drug arrest:

    Paul Barnes, 42, of the 400 block of Franklin Street, was arrested Friday, Aug, 2, and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, authorities said.


    ‘Project Alice’ classes Saturday in Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates Youth Commission offers two free sessions of the well-received “Project Alice” computer animation training class for children this Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Felipe E. Wahlstedt

    Huntley man accused of having sex with teen

    A 20-year-old Huntley man remained in jail Thursday on allegations he had sex with a teenage girl he knows, police said. Felipe E. Wahlstedt of the 11800 block of Cape Cod Lane, was charged July 31 at the culmination of an investigation prompted by a phone call from the girl’s parents, Deputy Police Chief Michael Klunk said.


    Wheeling ‘Shake the Boot’ fundraiser on Friday

    Watch for the Wheeling Fire Department to be at intersections on Friday, Aug. 9, collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    Heritage Lake is being expanded to take more water storage from Buffalo Creek, but it will take some Wheeling water as well.

    Wheeling to build storm sewer to Heritage Lake

    A 572-foot stormwater pipe will be built now that will eventually funnel runoff from the Wickes property - once it is developed - to Heritage Lake, Wheeling officials say.

    FILE - This June 11, 2009 file photo shows actress Karen Black, a cast member in "Irene in Time," at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The ìEasy Riderî and ìFive Easy Piecesî star Black, 74, has died. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, after battling cancer. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

    ‘Five Easy Pieces’ star Karen Black dead at 74

    LOS ANGELES — Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as “Easy Rider,” ‘’Five Easy Pieces” and “Nashville,” has died.Black’s husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress, who grew up in Park Ridge, died Wednesday from complications from cancer. She was 74.

    Mark Koenen

    Koenen describes vision as new St. Charles city administrator

    Mark Koenen, the heir apparent for St. Charles city administrator, talks about how the job landed in his lap and his vision for the city.

    Clearbrook is using this photo to promote the first Color Blast 5K Run/Walk to take place in Arlington Heights. It will be downtown at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    Color run comes to Arlington Heights Saturday

    The streets of downtown Arlington Heights are going to get a little messy this weekend as more than 1,000 runners get pelted with colored cornstarch in the village’s first Color Blast 5K. The run, modeled off popular color runs held in cities nationwide including Chicago, will feature four color stations where runners, who start the race wearing white, are coated in colored cornstarch.


    Schaumburg parks offer new Android app

    The Schaumburg Park District now offers one more way to be connected on the go. The district's ParkFun app for Android is now available on the Google Play Store. It joins the district's app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch launched in May.

    Officials will break ground Saturday on a proposed $15.5 million, 67,000-square-foot recreation center in Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago.

    New rec centers for Carol Stream, West Chicago

    Residents in two DuPage County towns that share a border will be getting recreation centers of their own — one that’s almost ready to open in Carol Stream and another that’s about a year away in West Chicago. Here's a look at both projects...

    Some building blocks and a part of a porch mark the site where a flash flood washed away a trailer home Hollister, Mo., Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2013. The water went through a trailer park and industrial area of Hollister washing away at least two trailer homes and forcing the evacuation and rescue of residents of the Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, ) NO SALES

    Heavy rains unleash deadly Midwest flooding

    Torrential rains continued across the nation’s midsection on Thursday, causing flash flooding that killed a woman and a child, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues.Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri overnight. A woman died near Jane, Mo., in the far southwestern corner of the state where creek water washed over a highway, sweeping away her car.

    Eric Haren

    Lombard District 44 names new principals

    Students returning to classes this fall will be greeted by new principals at three schools in Lombard Elementary District 44, officials said Thursday.

    Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain touches off a round of cheers from local students as he helps them “chomp the vine” to kick off the summer reading program at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Log your minutes before the end of summer reading

    Community partnerships have fueled the incredible growth in summer reading through Elgin’s Gail Borden Public Library over the last two years and library leaders believe those relationships will make sure the latest numbers aren’t a fluke. Last year, the library saw record-breaking enrollment with 20 percent more students registered than in 2011. The streak continued this year with 10 percent...

    FILE--This courtroom sketch of May 1, 2013 by artist Jane Flavell Collins shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev, left, and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. The two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been indicted Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 on obstruction conspiracy charges. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are accused of trying to dispose of evidence from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room. The two 19-year-olds have been detained since they were initially charged in May. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    2 suspects in Boston Marathon bombing indicted

    Two college friends of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted Thursday for allegedly trying to thwart investigators by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in Tsarnaev’s dorm room the day before his capture.Authorities later discovered the fireworks in a New Bedford landfill, the federal indictment says.


    NY judge doubts power in ailing ex-lawyer’s case

    An imprisoned former civil rights lawyer who’s dying of cancer and wants to be freed faced skepticism Thursday from a judge who wondered whether he had authority to immediately order her release from her 10-year sentence in a terrorism case.


    Ingleside man killed in Fox Lake motorcycle crash

    A 29-year-old Ingleside man was killed Wednesday night in a traffic accident on State Park Road in Fox Lake, Fox Lake Police said Thursday. Marshall Tieman struck a 2001 Toyota Coupe driven by Danielle Culp, 19, of the 200 block of Kohl Avenue in Spring Grove, Fox Lake Police Lt. Mark Schindler said.


    Call for bids on next generation of locomotives

    States that are forging ahead with plans for high-speed passenger rail have put out a call for bids for the production of 35 next-generation locomotives. The request for proposals released Thursday calls for lighter, cleaner-burning locomotives that can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.

    Marnia Chapai manages the Round Lake BP gasoline station where a customer purchased a winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $1 million. The Powerball numbers were drawn Wednesday night.

    $1 million Powerball winner purchased in Round Lake

    Marnia Chapai didn't have a lucky Powerball lottery ticket, but she's excited nonetheless because a $1 million winner came from the gasoline station she manages in Round Lake.


    Quinn fires back at Daley over CTA appointment

    Gov. Pat Quinn says people criticizing his appointment of an influential Democrat to the Chicago Transit Authority board should “look in their own family.”


    Feds: Ex-state worker took $433,000 in kickbacks

    A onetime chief of staff to the former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health is accused of accepting $433,000 in kickbacks for steering about $13 million grant and contract money to purported philanthropic groups, according to an indictment released by prosecutors on Thursday.


    Swim warning issued for Lake Michigan shores

    Dangerous waves and currents are expected through 9 p.m. today along the Lake Michigan shore. Swimming conditions could be life-threatening.

    Soldiers guard a security checkpoint outside the Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center on the second day of the trial for Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

    Fort Hood trial resumes as lawyers demand removal

    The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood was allowed to continue representing himself on Thursday after the judge ordered his standby attorneys to stay on the case, despite their claims that the Army psychiatrist was trying to secure his own death sentence.


    Bank robber admits to heists

    A man who was arrested after posting photos on Facebook wearing the same disguise he wore to rob northern Illinois banks faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal theft charges.


    Quinn announces $47 million for Cook County hospitals

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will provide $47 million in grants to improve several Cook County hospitals. Quinn announced the grants Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.


    Rosemont firm granted protection after Quebec rail tragedy

    A Canadian judge on Thursday granted creditor protection to a Rosemont-based rail company whose runaway oil train caused an explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec, a day after the company filed for bankruptcy.

    Desiree West of West Chicago checks out the selection Thursday at the annual used book sale sponsored by the Lombard Area AAUW at First Church of Lombard. Now in its 50th year, the sale continues through Saturday.

    Thousands of books available at Lombard AAUW sale

    When the HYPERLINK "http://www.aauw-il.org/lombard/PDFs/Flyer%20-%20Sale%202013.pdf"Lombard Area American Association of University Women held its first used book sale in 1963, the items were displayed on a card table as part of a downtown sidewalk sale. Fifty years later, the group began this week’s event with roughly 25,000 books on sale at First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St.

    Terrance Gallagher

    5th DUI lands Gilberts man in prison

    Terrance Gallagher of Gilberts pleaded guilty Thursday to his fifth DUI. He was arrested last year in Elgin. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

    Bartlett has spent more than $800,000 upgrading the streetscape on West Bartlett Road to create an inviting entrance to the downtown. This shows the flower baskets that are part of new streetlights.

    Bartlett gets new streetlights, banner arms, flower baskets

    After six years, a streetscape project on West Bartlett Road between Route 59 and Western Avenue in Bartlett is just about complete, according to village officials. The new streetlights, banner arms and hanging flower baskets along West Bartlett Road are meant to create an inviting entrance to the village’s downtown area, said Village Planner Sonya Abt. But the improvements are receiving mixed...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Daniel J. Vancura, 37, of St. Charles, was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. An officer located Vancura in a vehicle in a parking lot while responding to a disturbance call.

    Jacob Nodarse holds the gun used to shoot and kill Michael Kramer, 20, and Kramer’s parents, Jeffrey, 50, and Lori, 48, during cross-examination at co-defendant Johnny Borizov’s trial in April. Nodarse faces 45 years to natural life when he is sentenced Monday.

    Triple-murder gunman will face cameras at sentencing

    The gunman who admitted killing three members of a Darien family will face a possible life sentence — and two cameras — when he’s sentenced Monday in DuPage County court. Judge Daniel Guerin ruled Thursday to allow the news media to photograph and video-record the high-profile hearing for 26-year-old Jacob Nodarse.

    In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger listens to defense attorney, Hank Brennan, during closing arguments at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Bulger's lawyers used their closing arguments to go after three gangsters who took the stand against the reputed Boston crime boss, portraying them as pathological liars whose testimony was bought and paid for by prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    Bulger jury deliberations will go into 4th day

    Jurors in the Boston racketeering trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger have deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict.They will return to the jury room Friday morning.

    Paul White, of Ham Lake, Minn. accompanied by his girlfriend Kim VanRees, right, lets out a holler during a news conference after he was announced as one of the winners of the $448.4 million Powerball Jackpot, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Minneapolis. White's share of the jackpot is $149.4 million. The woman at left is a co-worker friend. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minn. dad claims third of $448M Powerball jackpot

    A Minnesota man claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, wasting no time before revealing his good fortune to the world and saying he had “been waiting for this day my entire life.”


    Naperville library finalizing plans for director search

    The search for a new executive director for Naperville’s three public libraries will become, well, a little more public later this month. Library board members met in closed session Wednesday to discuss their search to replace John Spears, who stepped down July 5 after less than two years at the helm to become executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library.

    Wood Dale’s annual Prairie Fest opens Thursday, Aug. 8, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 11, in Town Square at the intersection of Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street.

    Wood Dale’s tribute to summer opens Thursday

    With the school year about to begin, Wood Dale is giving festival-goers another chance to take a spin on a carnival ride, watch fireworks and see bands perform cover versions of familiar songs. The city’s annual Prairie Fest opens Thursday, Aug. 8, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 11.

    Joshua Michael Joyce

    Lindenhurst burglary spree ended by action of an alert neighbor

    A burglary spree in Lindenhurst earlier this week ended after a sharp-eyed neighbor gave police a license plate number and description of a man who was fleeing the scene of an attempted break-in. “It was very fortunate. It would have been much more difficult to apprehend the individual,” said Lindenhurst police Cmdr. George Moravec.

    Gerald Collins

    Mount Prospect police make arrest in year-old theft

    Police persistence paid off when Gerald J. Collins, 47, of the 1300 block of Floresta Vista, Crystal Lake, was arrested and charged in a theft that took place almost a year ago in Mount Prospect.

    Michael J. Cozza

    Schaumburg man charged with soliciting teen

    Schaumburg resident Michael J. Cozza was charged with indecent solicitation of a child and grooming. Bail was set at $250,000.

    Qoc'avib Revolorio, Aurora University student and Fox Valley Park District intern

    Summer intern shares his insights

    As a college senior pursuing a career in marketing, this summer really reinforced some important lessons — and I learned a thing or two about community involvement, as well. Through my classes at Aurora University, I’ve come to understand that strong relationships are integral to being a successful marketer. The relationships you build with others propel you forward in life.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals put several scratches on a 2006 Audi A3 and one long scratch around all sides of a 2007 Honda CR-V between 10 p.m. July 31 and 8 a.m. Aug. 1 in an apartment lot on the 600 block of Huntington Commons Road in Mount Prospect. Damage was estimated at $11,000. Vandals also put several scratches on a 2001 Lexus ES300 sedan Aug. 6 in the same parking lot. Damage was estimated at $3,000.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Timothy J. Schlaeger, 33, of the 34200 block of North Catherine Street, Ingleside, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. July 19 on the 22200 block of West Illinois, Antioch, and charged with a residential burglary in Elk Grove Village, police said.

    Hoping to ease traffic congestion near Indian Grove Elementary School, Mount Prospect trustees prohibited parking on the east side of Burning Bush Lane between Cree Lane and Burr Oak Drive on school days between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Mount Prospect limits parking by Grove Elementary

    Hoping to ease traffic congestion along Burning Bush Lane near Indian Grove Elementary School, as well as address traffic cutting through the parking lot of St. Thomas Becket Church, Mount Prospect trustees Tuesday voted to prohibit stopping, standing and parking on the east side of Burning Bush between Cree Lane and Burr Oak Drive on school days between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Gen. Colin Powell speaks at Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington on Thursday.

    Powell at Willow Creek: True leaders empower followers

    Gen. Colin Powell is headlining the 2013 Global Leadership Summit hosted by Willow Creek Community Church, and he said Thursday that good leaders realize there is no unimportant person in their organization. "You have to invest in followers and give them what they need to get the job done,” he said.


    COD names new Homeland Security Center manager

    College of DuPage has named Michael Casey as the manager of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the Homeland Security Education Center. Casey joined the College June 1 and brings with him an extensive background in law enforcement.


    Good Samaritan garden has kids excited about veggies

    A new garden at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center has kids excited about the unthinkable: vegetables.


    St. Isidore sponsors 3-on-3 basketball tourney

    The St. Isidore Catholic Grade School and Parish parking lot and grounds will be transformed into a basketball center at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 when the 15th annual Cyclones 3-on-3 basketball tournament tips off.

    In this Jan. 30, 2007, file photo, a general view of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat is seen in southern Israel on the border with Egypt. Israel’s military said Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, it has ordered the closure of the airport in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, citing unspecified security reasons.

    Israel closes Eilat airport over security concerns

    Israel’s military says it has ordered the closure of the airport in the Red Sea resort of Eilat. An official in the military spokesman’s office said the decision was made as a result of a security assessment, but did not elaborate.

    St. Charles has had some iconic success along its portion of the Fox River. The Hotel Baker and part of a major downtown development called First Street are the major, non-festival river draws for the business area.

    St. Charles still trying to complete vision for Fox River area

    A decade ago, a group of St. Charles citizens set out to tranform the natural beauty of the Fox River into a natural draw for both business and recreation. There have been some small improvements since then, but the river is still a far cry from being a draw in St. Charles.


    Carol Stream Library surveying residents on land use

    The Carol Stream Library board is asking residents for their opinions on whether to sell the 7.5-acre piece of property it owns on Kuhn Road that was once intended as space for a new library. Patrons to the library began filling out a survey this week that asks their preference regarding future use of the property at 2N540 Kuhn Road. The survey is also available on the library's website.

    President Barack Obama waves following his arrival on Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug., 7, 2013 in Washington. The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a bill Friday to lower the costs of borrowing for millions of students.

    Obama to sign student loan bill Friday

    The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a bill Friday to lower the costs of borrowing for millions of students. White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama will sign the bill in a ceremony at the White House. He says in the coming months, Obama will lay out an aggressive plan to reduce costs for college students.

    Margaret Pellegrini, one of the munchkins that appeared in the film The Wizard of Oz. She and three others visited Woodridge in November 2005 for a showing of the film this weekend.

    ‘Oz’ appeal endures Munchkins appear at Hollywood Blvd.
    (Editor’s Note: This story first ran November 10, 2005) Only nine of the 124 Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” are still alive, and four are camping out in DuPage County for the next few days. The movie’s more than 65 years old, but the longtime friends and costars are still mesmerized by the classic film - especially with the roles the played.

    Margaret Pellegrini, a cast member who played a Munchkin named Sleepy Head in the original “The Wizard of Oz” movie, poses with various statues from the movie in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale, Ariz., home and died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at a Phoenix-area hospital. She was 89.

    ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin who visited Woodridge dies

    Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. She was 89.Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale home and died Wednesday at a Phoenix-area hospital, said Ted Bulthaup, a Woodbridge resident who owns a theater where Pellegrini and other Munchkins have made special appearances. Bulthaup said he learned of Pellegrini’s death...

    Dave Clark, of Twin Pines, tells a neighbor their house is ok as his own house burns on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Residents and sheriff’s deputies were left without an escape route and stuck inside an evacuation area Wednesday night as a huge and growing Southern California wildfire left three people injured and burned homes.

    Southern California wildfire grows extensively

    A thousand firefighters are battling a wildfire burning out of control in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains 90 miles east of Los Angeles. About 1,500 people have been evacuated from small communities.

    This July 24, 2013, photo, Rocky Mountain Flyboard instructor Jordan Wayment emerges from the water as he demonstrates the flyboard, on the Jordanelle Reservoir, at Jordanelle State Park, Utah. The Flyboard, which looks like a small snowboard attached to a hose, can propel you 45 feet in the air using water pumped from a personal watercraft like a Jet Ski to the base of the board.

    ’Iron Man’ jetpacks spark concerns in Hawaii

    Thrill-seekers eager to try the next new watersport are rushing to strap on jetpacks that propel people into the air with the help of pumped water. But the devices are meeting calls for regulation in Hawaii, where fishermen, scientists and state officials are questioning their safety and how they may affect fish and coral in the state’s heavily trafficked tropical waters.


    Shells hit Damascus area as Assad attends prayers

    Syrian rebels claimed they struck President Bashar Assad’s motorcade with rockets and mortar rounds in a rare attack on an upscale Damascus neighborhood where he attended prayers Thursday to mark a major Muslim holiday. Syrian officials denied that the motorcade was hit, and state TV broadcast images of Assad attending prayers. It was not possible to determine when the footage was filmed.

    In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, Philippine marines storm the beach with their counterparts from the U.S. Marines Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa, Japan, during the annual joint military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX (RP-US Amphibious Landing Exercise) at San Antonio, Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines and the U.S. will soon start negotiating the terms of a larger but temporary U.S. military presence in the country.

    AP NewsBreak: US, Philippines to open troops talks

    Philippine officials say they will soon begin negotiations with the United States on a larger American military presence to help deter what they say is increasing Chinese aggression in Philippine-claimed waters in the South China Sea. Gazmin and del Rosario stressed the importance of the Philippines’ decades-old military alliance with the United States, saying “this relationship is useful not...


    Summertime and the living really is easier

    Our Ken Potts says living really may be easier in the summer -- and it may be worthwhile to keep that in mind all year long.

    Afghan refugees living in Peshawar, Pakistan, greet each other during the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Millions of Muslims began celebrating the end of Ramadan on Thursday with morning prayers.

    Muslims celebrate Eid with prayers, feasts

    Millions of Muslims began celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday with morning prayers followed by savory high-calorie feasts to mark the holiday, amid concerns over violence.

    Officials say a bomb planted in a graveyard in rural eastern Afghanistan has killed 14 members of the same family as they were marking the start of a major Muslim holiday with a visit to the tombs of relatives.

    Bomb kills 14 as Afghan president calls for peace

    A bomb planted in a graveyard in rural eastern Afghanistan killed 14 members of a single family on Thursday as the country’s president urged the Taliban to lay down their arms. The family was getting together to mark the start of a major Muslim holiday, the Eid al-Fitr at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, with a visit to the tomb of a relative.

    This interior view of the AT&T building in Hoffman Estates shows the atriums and open floor plan that could make it more difficult to subdivide for smaller tenants.

    Suburbs struggle with large campuses like AT&T's in Hoffman Estates

    By all accounts, finding a new tenant for AT&T's sprawling corporate campus in Hoffman Estates will prove a daunting challenge. But village officials and the property's landlords believe time — and the site's attractiveness — are on their side. “I believe the days of drive and park are dwindling for large corporate campuses,” one expert said.

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    Palatine officials say they struggled over controversial housing vote

    As Palatine councilmen discussed the controversial Catherine Alice Gardens permanent supportive housing proposal for people with disabilities, they emphasized to the divided, standing-room-only crowd just how much they were toiling over their vote.

    In this July 31, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.

    Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

    Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed. In the new draft memo, Hagel says the department intends to treat all married military personnel the same and “make the same benefits available to...

    Christina Holmes, left, 29, of the Normandy Schood District in St. Louis County holds her infant Kerian, one month old, as she discusses the school transfer program in Normandy, Mo., standing next to three of her children, left to right, Daevion, 12, Amelian, 10, and Andrew, 8, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Christina’s 14-year-old son will attend school in the Francis Howell School District as part of the transfer program.

    Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

    Nearly 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts in St. Louis County are leaving for better-performing schools in Howell and other districts after a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling upheld such moves. “The apprehension is still there,” Gratta said. “A lot of the parents feel their children’s education will somehow be lessened.”

    Rocket came to the Buddy Foundation after his previous owners abused him. But with loving care, he’s now ready to go to a home that will give him the love he deserves.

    Abused dog ready to get some love from forever home

    Rocket, 2-year-old black-and-white dog, was abused by his former owners. But thanks to The Buddy Foundation, this loving pup is ready to be adopted into a good home.

    Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn hopes to have much better news regarding construction on Rohlwing Road the next time he addresses the chamber of commerce.

    Itasca president optimistic about village's future

    Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn was about 20 minutes late to his own State of the Village address Wednesday afternoon to the chamber of commerce. He was excused, though, because everyone knew where he was. Pruyn, like just about everyone else who has driven through Itasca in the past few years, got caught up in construction traffic.

    Chuck Henry drove the horse-drawn wagon at Heritage Farm in Schaumburg but also worked out the horses to keep them in shape.

    Schaumburg center's iconic wagon driver mourned after accident

    A July car accident has taken the life of Chuck Henry, whose retirement career was the care of the draft horses at Heritage Farm in Schaumburg, and a welcome sight to its many visitors. “His role as a volunteer was specialized and demanding,” said Judy Vito, volunteer coordinator, “but he helped to support a key feature of the Heritage Farm, its interpretive program.”

    Rolling Meadows High School senior Megan Baumgartner, of Arlington Heights, committed suicide in 2007. For the past five years, her family has hosted a golf outing in her memory to raise money for Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide, a counseling group that helped them through that dark time. This year's golf outing will be Saturday at Maple Meadows Country Club in Wood Dale.

    Teen's suicide inspires Arlington Heights family to give back

    After 18-year-old Megan Baumgartner of Arlington Heights committed suicide in 2007, her family hosted an annual golf outing to give back to the charity that helped them through that dark time. “No one understands the way another parent who's been through it does,” Fran Baumgartner said. “It's been almost six years ... and it's still hard. You never get over it.”

    Maine West High School grad Ben Brissette of Des Plaines does it all. He got perfect scores on both his ACT and SAT exams. He was a varsity athlete. He's a talented singer, actor and musician. And he's a science whiz spending the summer working in a lab.

    Des Plaines teen perfects ACT, SAT, tries everything else

    Ben Brissette has perfect ACT and SAT scores, but he doesn't stop there. On a cross country trail, in the pool, onstage or in the science lab, the active Des Plaines teen prefers to be on the move. “You're so much less inclined to waste time when you know how many things you have to do,” the recent Maine West grad said. “The busier I am, the easier it is to cope with it...

    The Flagship Niagara, from Erie, Pa, is docked off Navy Pier in Chicago as the Tall Ships Chicago festival began yesterday. The festival, featuring the ships as well as the Chicago Match Cup sailing race, plus entertainment and activities for kids, runs through Sunday.

    Dawn Patrol: Car hits Gurnee school, boy; quadriplegic can drive

    11-year-old hurt as van hits Gurnee middle school. Palatine quadriplegic gets vehicle he can drive. Addison man sentenced for mislabeling seafood products. Start date nears for Route 59 widening in Naperville. Waukegan basketball star charged with harassing a witness. Cubs beat Phillies 5-2 in 9th; Sox beat Yankees in the 12th.

    County Administrator Barry Burton, left, and Brent Paxton, chairman of the Lake County Board´s financial and administrative committee, listen to discussion Wednesday.

    Lake County panel says repeal video gambling ban

    The Lake County Board's finance committee recommended repealing the four-year old ban on video gaming in the county's unincorporated areas and have sent the issue on to the full county board for a final decision.


    Uruguay’s Arevalo Rios, at left going against Argentina’s Lionel Messi in a World Cup qualifying match, has signed with the Chicago Fire.

    Fire signs Uruguayan midfielder at deadline

    Now that the Chicago Fire has completed a deal for Arevalo Rios, the club just has to find a roster spot for its new holding midfielder. Fire officials were delaying any official announcement of the signing until they can open an international roster spot for the Uruguayan.

    Jeff Samardzija has often been the victim of poor run support throughout the 2013 season. As evidenced, he was one of six pitchers who entered Thursday with an ERA under 4.00 despite a double-digit loss total. On Thursday, he wasn't quite the victim. In his shortest outing of the season, Samardzija allowed nine runs on 11 hits as the Cubs were clobbered by the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1.

    Samardzija hit hard, Cubs fall to Phillies 12-1

    Jeff Samardzija has often been the victim of poor run support throughout the 2013 season. As evidenced, he was one of six pitchers who entered Thursday with an ERA under 4.00 despite a double-digit loss total. On Thursday, he wasn't quite the victim. In his shortest outing of the season, Samardzija allowed nine runs on 11 hits as the Cubs were clobbered by the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1.


    Boomers sweep CornBelters

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League: The Schaumburg Booomers pulled within a half game of first place in the Frontier League’s West Division with a doubleheader sweep of the Normal CornBelters by scores of 4-2 and 6-0. Both games were seven innings.The Boomers (42-29) have won four straight, 10 of their last 11 and own a seven-game road winning streak — tied for the longest in the league this season.

    Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios has reportedly been claimed off waives by another team. If so, the White Sox have 48 hours to work out a deal.

    Sox OF Rios reportedly claimed off waivers

    White Sox right fielder Alex Rios was reportedly claimed off waivers Thursday by an unspecified team, meaning a trade is likely in the works. Also on Thursday, Sox reserve outfielder Casper Wells went to the Phillies in a straight waiver claim, so look for Avisail Garcia to come up from Class AAA Charlotte in time for Friday's day/night doubleheader vs. the Twins.


    Spellman's Scorecard: Hey, Fox, don't screw up U.S. Open

    Golf moving to Fox? Pretty sure this won't be your father's golf coverage. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.


    Starling Peralta sterling for the Cougars

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Starling Peralta took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth, eventually leaving after 5? scoreless innings of 1-hit ball as the Kane County Cougars blanked the Burlington Bees 7-0 in front of 10,238 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Thursday. Peralta (2-0) has not allowed a run in 13? innings since joining the Cougars (47-64, 17-28). The first hit off Peralta, who walked five, came when Pedro Toribio led off the sixth with a single for the Bees (44-67, 18-28). Relievers Justin Amlung and Nathan Dorris preserved the shutout.

    Northwestern superstar Dan Vitale, out of Wheaton Warrenville South, hopes to pic up right where he left off last season.

    NU’s Vitale big on winning

    Northwestern sophomore Dan Vitale is undersized for the tight end position. But coach Pat Fitzgerald is counting on big contributions this season from the Wheaton Warrenville South grad, who brings some surprising skills to the field.

    Andre Rienzo, the first Brazilian to pitch in the major leagues, has a 1.38 ERA after 2 road starts for the White Sox.

    Rienzo looks like a keeper for White Sox

    New White Sox starter Andre Rienzo is a passionate pitcher, and he exudes emotion off the field as well. Rienzo, who makes his first home start Saturday, talked to beat writer Scot Gregor about being the first pitcher from Brazil to make it to the major leagues, and Rienzo also opened up about his 50-game suspension for using PEDs last season.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) during the Chicago Bears training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Wednesday.

    Bears’ O-line still seeking answers

    The Bears' offensive line, already in transition, will be further affected in tonight's preseason opener by injuries to Pro Bowl left tackle Jermond Bushrod and right tackle Jonathan Scott. Backup quarterbacks Josh McCown and Matt Blanchard will see plenty of playing time against the Panthers behind the patchwork O-line.

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for 872 yards last season and also has 60 career receptions.

    Northwestern football bowled over with optimism

    Optimism might be at an all-time high at Northwestern, where a couple of fast runners and an improved talent base have the Wildcats expecting to continue their run of success. NU snapped a 64-year dry spell by beating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, capping a 10-3 season.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Bears wide receiver Josh Lenz (11) competes during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

    Bears have few spots for aspiring wide receivers

    There are a lot of wide receivers competing for a precious few roster spots available on the Bears' 53-man squad, and coach Marc Trestman knows exactly what he will be looking for in the preseason, starting with tomorrow's opener against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.


    Sky scouting report vs. Connecticut Sun

    Chicago Sky scouting report vs. the Connecticut Sun (6-13), 6 p.m. Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

    Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch has been named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.

    NIU, Northwestern quarterbacks on Unitas list

    Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch and Northwestern QB Kain Colter were named to the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, which honors 30 quarterbacks on its preseason list.


    Benet volleyball player commits to Penn State

    Natalie Canulli has size and athletic ability unique to the libero position.Penn State noticed.Canulli, a 5-foot-8 junior who plays outside at Benet, this week committed to national power Penn State.

    Jim Furyk watches his tee shot on the ninth hole Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

    Furyk seizes PGA lead with 65; Woods at 71

    Tiger Woods made a mess of his final hole at the PGA Championship, hardly looking like he’s poised to break the longest major drought of his career. Jim Furyk feels like his game is finally coming together again. Despite a bogey at his final hole, Furyk seized the lead at Oak Hill with a 5-under 65 in the opening round Thursday.


    Cubs place Guerrier, Neal on DL

    The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and outfielder Thomas Neal on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated right shoulder, team officials announced Thursday.


    Mike North video: Major wins are what count
    Some of the media are touting Tiger Woods for his tournament wins, but winning majors is what really counts to the top golfers. Tiger wants to beat Jack Nicklaus’ record and still could, but Mike North thinks Nicklaus’ competition was a lot stiffer that anything Tiger goes up against.


    The Newsmaker's Forum focused on Managing a Family Business Thursday. It was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Downers Grove.

    Suburban experts discuss family business topics at Newsmakers

    Family-owned businesses should establish a succession plan, optimize tax benefits and communicate preferences long before the day arrives for the owner's retirement or death, suburban business experts said Thursday. Owners also need to decide when the time is right to sell their family business or whether they want to pass it on to the next generation.


    Former CHA worker charged with embezzlement

    A former employee of a Chicago Housing Authority contractor has been charged with embezzling money from the agency by fraudulently processing payments intended for CHA vendors. The Cook County state's attorney's office announced Wednesday that Charlene Potts is charged with organizing a continuing financial crimes enterprise.

    Chicago-based Groupon named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO

    Groupon names Eric Lefkofsky as CEO, shares jump
    Chicago-based Groupon named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as CEO, replacing Andrew Mason, who was fired from the online deals site in February amid growing concerns about its financial performance.Lefkofsky had served as Groupon's chairman and half of the Office of the Chief Executive, along with Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis, since Mason's ousting. Leonsis will now serve as the company's chairman.

    Chicago-based United Airlines said a key measure of revenue rose as much as 4.5 percent in July, even as traffic fell.

    United July passenger revenue up about 4 percent
    Chicago-based United Airlines said a key measure of revenue rose as much as 4.5 percent in July, even as traffic fell. The airline said revenue for each seat flown one mile — whether or not it held a passenger — rose 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent for the month. The higher revenue happened as United cut seats and traffic fell, meaning that the remaining passengers paid a little more to fly in the remaining seats.

    A new public-private fund will begin accepting proposals for projects to improve the Calumet and Chicago rivers as part of a sweeping plan to improve quality of life and the economy in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

    New fund aims to improve Calumet, Chicago rivers

    A new public-private fund will begin accepting proposals for projects to improve the Calumet and Chicago rivers as part of a sweeping plan to improve quality of life and the economy in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana, partners in the effort said Wednesday.Businesses, foundations and public agencies have committed $2.4 million for three years to the new Chi-Cal Rivers Fund, and grants will be awarded for projects designed to improve storm water management, habitat and public access along the waterways in northwest Indiana and the Chicago area,

    Meijer says it will hire 900 new workers in Illinois.

    Meijer to hire more than 9,000 in Illinois, 4 other states

    Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to hire more than 9,000 new employees in five states in the coming months. MLive.com reports the Grand Rapids-based company says the hiring is because of growth and preparation for fall and holiday seasons. Meijer says it wants to hire 4,400 in Michigan, 1,800 in Indiana, 1,600 in Ohio, 900 in Illinois and 500 in Kentucky.

    In this photo of July 31, 2013, back-to school fashions are displayed at American Eagle Outfitters in New York's Times Square.S hoppers, worried about their finances, showed they were more interested in buying discounted summer merchandise in July than in picking up new fall clothing for their children, according to figures released Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

    Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers. Revenue at stores open at least a year — an industry measure of a retailer’s health— rose 3.5 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a tally of 11 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.

    Miners and other companies dealing in commodities helped pull the stock market out of a three-day slump on Thursday. News that China's trade rebounded last month signaled the end of a six-month slowdown for the world's biggest buyer of raw materials. The report drove prices up for copper and other commodities, and that helped lift Newmont Mining, Freeport-McMoRan and other stocks in the materials industry.

    Surging mining stocks end a slump on Wall Street

    Miners and other companies dealing in commodities helped pull the stock market out of a three-day slump on Thursday. News that China's trade rebounded last month signaled the end of a six-month slowdown for the world's biggest buyer of raw materials. The report drove prices up for copper and other commodities, and that helped lift Newmont Mining, Freeport-McMoRan and other stocks in the materials industry.


    Menards expansion raises lighting, parking issues for Mount Prospect

    Menards planned expansion of its Mount Prospect location won't go forward until the company resolves some parking and lighting issues with the village board.

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods said it will acquire Associated Brands GP Corporation (Associated Brands), a leading private label manufacturer of powdered drinks, specialty teas and sweeteners, from TorQuest Partners LLC and other shareholders.

    Oak Brook's TreeHouse Foods to acquire Associated Brands

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods said it will acquire Associated Brands GP Corporation (Associated Brands), a leading private label manufacturer of powdered drinks, specialty teas and sweeteners, from TorQuest Partners LLC and other shareholders. TreeHouse has agreed to pay CAD $187 million (approximately U.S. $180 million) in cash for the business, subject to an adjustment for working capital.

    Office products and technology supplier OfficeMax, based in Naperville, joins five other organizations in launching Aspire CareerLink, a work training facility in Hillside for people with disabilities.

    OfficeMax partners in training facility for disabled

    Office products and technology supplier OfficeMax, based in Naperville, joins five other organizations in launching Aspire CareerLink, a work training facility in Hillside for people with disabilities. The other include Kessler Foundation, Aspire of Illinois, the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services.

    Batavia-based discount grocer Aldi was recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for the third year in a row, according t

    Survey names Batavia-based Aldi low-price grocery leader

    Batavia-based discount grocer Aldi was recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for the third year in a row, according to a recent consumer survey conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., a customer intelligence solutions company. When asked to rank the top grocers offering low prices, consumers ranked Aldi ahead of competitors such as Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says a key sales figure edged up modestly in July, as a bigger push behind its Dollar Menu and Big Mac in the U.S. helped offset declines in other parts of the world.

    McDonald’s sales edge up on better U.S. results

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says a key sales figure edged up modestly in July, as a bigger push behind its Dollar Menu and Big Mac in the U.S. helped offset declines in other parts of the world. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says global sales rose 0.7 percent at restaurants open at least 13 months. That included a 1.6 percent increase in the U.S., where it said “everyday value offerings,” breakfast and staples such as the Big Mac drove up results.

    Deerfield-based Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc. reported a better-than-expected profit Wednesday and sharply raised its stock buyback authorization, a move intended to placate investors.

    Deerfield’s Mondelez beats profit expectations
    Deerfield-based Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc. reported a better-than-expected profit Wednesday and sharply raised its stock buyback authorization, a move intended to placate investors. The increase in authorized share repurchases to $6 billion from $1.2 billion comes after activist investor Nelson Peltz said Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld was “running out of time” with investors, given the company’s underwhelming operating results since its split with Kraft Foods last year.

Life & Entertainment


    How you handle kids’ mistakes a defining moment
    Assuming you do not have your children in some sort of protective cocoon or bubble, they are going to get themselves in trouble around the house. They are going to drop things, or break things, or make things stop working. How you react to those moments is HUGE in terms of future behavior of the children.


    Wolverine theme drinks at Muvico
    Bogart’s Wolverine drink specials. Blarney Island’s '80s weekend. Devon’s wine tasting.

    A Coptic Christian monk holds a Coptic cross at Al-Mahraq monastery during the preparation of a religious festival in Assiut, Egypt. Islamists have stepped up a hate campaign against the area’s Christians.

    Egypt’s coup puts fearful Christians in a corner

    It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” A half-dozen kids were spray-painting “Boycott the Christians” on walls, supervised by an adult. While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following the military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Assiut and elsewhere in Egypt’s deep south they are waging a stepped-up hate campaign, claiming the country’s Christian minority somehow engineered Morsi’s downfall.


    Be aware: Our schedules shape who we are; use them wisely

    Now we are heading back into another school year, and there is no getting around homework and early starts to our days. Our schedules will begin to fill up and we will all be working hard. But observing our pace over the summer makes me more mindful of how much I am cramming into our calendar during the school year, and how each added activity affects every member of our family.

    Author Barbara Mertz. Mertz, an Egyptologist who wrote dozens of mystery and suspense novels under two pseudonyms, died Thursday at her home, in Frederick, Md.

    Mystery writer Barbara Mertz dies at 85

    Barbara Mertz, a best-selling mystery writer who wrote dozens of novels under two pen names, has died. She was 85. Mertz died Thursday morning at her home, in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins. Mertz wrote more than 35 mysteries under the name Elizabeth Peters, including her most popular series about a daring Victorian archaeologist named Amelia Peabody.

    Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ’n’ roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Country Hall of Famer ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement dies

    “Cowboy” Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ’n’ roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday morning at his home. He was 82. Dub Cornett, a close friend of Clement’s, said his hospice nurse confirmed Clement passed away surrounded by family after declining treatment for liver cancer.

    Adult film star Harry Reems (Adam Brody) prepares for a scene with Linda Boreman (Amanda Seyfried) in the biographical drama "Lovelace."

    'Lovelace' a tepid retelling of a terrible tragedy

    Stripped of its salacious adult movie star subject matter, “Lovelace” is standard boilerplate stuff from the Lifetime cable channel: naive girl hooks up with fascinating man who abuses her. She survives, stronger and smarter, and writes a book about her ordeal. “Lovelace” goes through its made-for-TV paces, buoyed by a terrific cast that supplies the movie with its modest dramatic sparks.

    Houseguest Amanda Zuckerman, left, the 28-year-old real estate agent from Boynton Beach, Fla., on “Big Brother.” A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued on filming for “Big Brother,” raising questions about whether CBS should be doing more to police its reality show.

    More insensitive remarks on CBS ‘Big Brother’

    A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued during filming for the CBS reality TV show “Big Brother,” raising questions about whether the network should be doing more to police it. One of the cast members on the program, which throws a group of people who don’t know each other in a house together and films them to see how they get along, made remarks during the past week that could be seen as insulting to various ethnic groups.

    Johnny Miller, left, and Nick Faldo, right, laugh while being introduced at the beginning of a Golf Channel broadcast during the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament. Fox Sports is in as the broadcast partner for the U.S. Open starting in 2015. Miller appears to be out.

    Fox Sports scores U.S. Open in 12-year deal

    Fox Sports is in as the next broadcast partner for the U.S. Open starting in 2015. Johnny Miller appears to be out. In a surprising announcement Wednesday evening, the U.S. Golf Association said it has signed a 12-year multimedia deal with Fox network and Fox Sports 1 to be the domestic broadcast partner for the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.

    Teens Sutter (Miles Teller) and Aimee (Shailene Woodley) grow closer despite their differences in “The Spectacular Now.”

    'Spectacular Now' a surprising, heartfelt teen romance

    “The Spectacular Now” is a pure gem of a teen romance graced with sparkling acting by its young leads, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, as high-school seniors falling awkwardly in love. Directed with a sure and sensitive touch by James Ponsoldt, the film breaks refreshingly with teen-romance formula and offers up lots of pleasant, quiet surprises.

    Two British police officer brothers (Stephen Graham, left, and Paul Bettany) discover that guilt can be a powerful weapon for justice in "Blood."

    'Blood' focuses on guilt, family dynamic

    Dann offers weekly film notes (including his appearance with George Romero at the Flashback Weekend Horror Convention in Rosemont this weekend) plus reviews British filmmaker Nick Murphy's color-bled police drama “Blood,” which might as well be starring the human conscience. Not since Adrian Lyne's 2002 drama “Unfaithful” has sheer conscience been such a driving force for characters.

    Dusty the crop dusting airplane (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of racing the fighter jets from “Top Gun” in Disney’s 3-D animated comedy “Planes.”

    ‘Planes’ takes a dive from regular Disney animated comedies

    For the 3-D animated comedy “Planes,” Walt Disney animators recycled huge chunks of Pixar’s underwhelming 2006 release “Cars,” then mixed in spare parts from 1986’s military aviator drama “Top Gun,” then topped it with a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” while taking yet one more dip into the unimagination well for its well-worn plot involving an epic race. For indiscriminating viewers.

    “The Real Housewives of New York City” actress Jill Zarin, aboard a private jet with her Chihuahua, Ginger in New York on their way to Los Angeles. Zarin had to take a cross-country business trip but 9-year-old dog Ginger was sick. She couldn’t leave the 7-pound dog behind, so she hired a vet to go with them.

    Call the vet, reserve a jet, grab sick pet and go

    Jill Zarin had to take a cross-country business trip, but her dog Ginger was sick. She couldn’t leave the 7-pound Chihuahua behind, so she hired a vet to go with them. In stepped celebrity veterinarian Dr. Cindy Bressler, who launched JetSetVets this year to meet pets’ needs in the air. Bressler has a house call practice in New York and the Hamptons. She took on two partners to start JetSetVets: Los Angeles and Beverly Hills veterinarian Patrick Mahaney and Blue Star Jets, a New York-based company that promises to have a small, medium, large or jumbo jet ready to go anywhere in the world in less than four hours.

    Max (Matt Damon), right, beats up a government thug trying to kill him in the spectacular, but botched science-fiction thriller “Elysium.”

    Buff, tough Damon stars in a more brawn-than-brains thriller

    "Elysium” wants to be many things, among them a thinly disguised endorsement of universal health care, plus a futuristic Jason Bourne action movie complete with incomprehensively blurry, strobe-edited fight scenes. It turns out to be just one dumb, bloated, botched, big-budget disasterous movie in which the superbly rendered special effects hog all the attention from characters and plot.


    Courtesy of Hugh Brady A rendering of Catherine Alice Gardens, a proposed facility for people with disabilities. Palatine voted down the plan this week.

    Editorial: Another suburb turns its back on the disabled

    A Daily Herald editorial decries Palatine's refusal to OK housing for mentally disabled as a "shameful" pattern that has played out in suburb after suburb.


    A liberal counterattack on Obamacare

    Columnist Byron York: While Republicans argue among themselves over what to do about Obamacare — Defund it? Delay it? Give up the fight to repeal it? — a coalition of wealthy and determined liberal groups is preparing to strike back at GOP efforts to stop the president’s health care scheme.


    Don’t forget what Quinn did to Lake County
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: In a time of higher taxes and local government attempting to provide services with limited resources, we have Gov. Pat Quinn signing a mandate forcing more government on Lake County.


    District 300 taxes out of control
    An Algonguin letter to the editor: I had hoped to retire in Algonquin, but a 19 percent increase now has me exiting Illinois upon retirement, and any further increases will simply expedite that timetable.


    Credit Democrats for consolidation bill
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of SB 494 corrected a problem that has been around for 40 years during Republican rule in DuPage County. SB 494 allows for the elimination or consolidation of certain governmental entities that are outdated and inefficient.


    We should return to small government
    A Barrington letter to the editor: How long do we have to put up with this? Let’s get back to taking care of ourselves and be independent, not dependent on government.


    Fix pensions before altering gas tax
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Funding for roads took a back seat to other squeaky wheels and bills to be paid. Until the state’s pension and budget issues are resolved, any discussion about higher fuel taxes for roads should likewise be put in the back seat.


    Herald motivated by a backlash?
    A letter to the editor: The Aug. 1 column by Jim Slusher on editorial objectivity caused me to sit back and wonder why it was written. It referred to the previous Sunday’s editorial raising ethical questions surrounding a Taiwan trip taken by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.


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