Daily Archive : Thursday August 15, 2013



    Audit: NSA broke law, repeatedly

    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.


    Fremont Township property tax presentation:

    State Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills and Ed Sullivan Jr., a state representative from Mundelein and the Fremont Township assessor, will present a property tax program for residents of Fremont Township from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the cafeteria of Carmel High School, One Carmel Parkway in Mundelein.


    Farm animals an issue in Arlington Hts. since the 1870s

    Our town has wrestled with the issue of farm animals within the village limits longer than Captain Ahab wrestled with Moby Dick. In early August, the village board unanimously agreed that chicks and ducks and geese better scurry because the local constabulary is after them. So what is new about this chicken issue? It seems written into our town history.

    Lifeguards at Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center practice a spinal injury water rescue. Guards have to practice four hours per month at a minimum.

    Park personnel trained to protect safety of patrons

    Safety doesn’t happen by accident. It happens behind the scenes on a daily basis. Keeping the public and employees safe at pools, parks, playgrounds, and programs requires ongoing education, the implementation of prevention policies, and the development of emergency response procedures.


    Shakespeare improvisation in Round Lake Beach

    The Improv Playhouse & the Cultural and Civic Center or Round Lake Beach present “The Unwritten Works of William Shakespeare” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

    Dan Cronin

    Cronin warns political maneuvering could strip suburbs of voice at Metra

    As Metra tries to function amid scandal, it’s essential the suburbs maintain their influence on the board, DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin warned Friday. With state lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn pushing to reinvent the troubled agency, there’s a danger whatever emerges will shift the balance of power to Chicago, Cronin said. “We have to be mindful of transit needs in the...

    Gov. Pat Quinn could decide to ban handheld cellphone use while driving.

    White: Quinn set to ban handheld cellphones while driving

    Gov. Pat Quinn could soon sign legislation soon to outlaw talking on a cellphone while driving without a hands-free device, Secretary of State Jesse White says. “The governor's going to sign them, and I'll be at the signing,” White, perhaps the state's top traffic safety official, said Wednesday before Democratic festivities at the Illinois State Fair. “I'm confident he...

    Jean Myers, curator of the Metamora Courthouse, inspects some of the antique photographs in a collection from the 1830s to the 1930s in a display that runs through Sept.14, 2013.

    Small Illinois town showcasing antique photography

    Striking a pose, grinning ear-to-ear and reluctantly murmuring “cheese” are formalities of being photographed that seem rooted in tradition since time immemorial. But many photographs of yesteryear relate subjects that appear sullen and angry that their likeness will be captured in permanence.

    Passengers in a Quiet Car are asked to refrain from engaging in loud conversation or using cellphones or noisy computer programs.

    Amtrak offers quiet option on Chicago-Mich. route

    Amtrak plans to offer the chance for a quieter ride on trains running between Chicago and stops in several Michigan cities. The Quiet Car service starts Monday on Wolverine Service trains, which offer several stops a day in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Pontiac.


    4 arrested in connection with Batavia burglaries

    Batavia has arrested four people in connection with several house burglaries in the last 10 days.


    Islamic group protests police trainer coming to Lombard

    An organization that puts on training seminars for police is refusing to cancel a counterterrorism session Monday in Lombard, despite objections from an Islamic group about the main presenter. The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations claims presenter Sam Kharoba is a “notorious anti-Muslim bigot,” and plans to hold a news conference outside Lombard village hall...


    West Nile mosquitoes found in Elgin

    The West Nile virus has been found in the northern end of Kane County for the second time this year. No human cases so far.


    Small fire at Dist. 214 school

    A small fire caused minimal damage at Forest View Alternative School in Arlington Heights early Thursday morning, according to officials. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., around midnight, according to a Arlington Heights fire department spokesman.

    Bill Brady

    Maybe the biggest GOP primary question: Who can win?

    When the four Republicans running for Illinois governor made their pitches to the party faithful Thursday at the Illinois State Fair, each sought to stress — perhaps above all else — that he’d be electable in 2014 over a Democrat in a blue state..

    Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva reacts as she stands on the podium after receiving the gold medal Thursday in the women's pole vault.

    Pole vault great condemns homosexuality

    Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.

    Donald J. Layne

    Donald Layne’s contributions to Addison remembered

    From his time as a teacher at Addison Trail High School to his tenure as treasurer with the Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Donald J. Layne made himself available to the community. On Thursday, the Addison community was there for his family. A number of friends, colleagues and former co-workers attended a Thursday memorial service for the longtime educator, who died Sunday at age 83.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Metra board down to six; Quinn names advisory panel

    With another Metra director headed for the exit door, Metra’s acting chairman admits he’s worried about the railroad’s ability to function with a minimum number of board members. Four out of 11 Metra directors have resigned and a fifth, Stan Rakestraw is stepping down today, said Acting Chairman Jack Partelow. That leaves a bare quorum of six directors to approve purchases and hiring and act on...

    Allen Skillicorn

    E. Dundee trustee questioning police station plans

    East Dundee Trustee Allen Skillicorn started a one-man crusade this week against a $3 million police station renovation he says is unnecessary and too expensive. Wednesday, Skillicorn sent an email to Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain, Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall and Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda that requested a meeting to discuss whether the city could house East Dundee’s inmates at a...


    St. Alexius discontinues Golden Circle program

    After 24 years of providing social and wellness services to people ages 50 and older, the St. Alexius Medical Center Golden Circle program has been discontinued. Jon Rozenfeld, chief operating officer of Alexian Brothers Acute Care Ministries, mailed a letter to Golden Circle members last week that said the decision came about “after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of existing...


    Dist. 15 must offer choice to students at seven schools

    Due to benchmarks many officials consider arbitrary and practically impossible to attain, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 must offer students at seven of its schools the option of transferring. Up to 55 students will be allowed to attend Frank C. Whiteley in Hoffman Estates, the district’s only school last year to make Adequate Yearly Progress, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind...


    Learn about state services:

    State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, will host a state services fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Grayslake Park District Recreation Center, 240 Commerce Drive, Grayslake.


    Last Out to Lunch in Libertyville:

    MainStreet Libertyville’s Out to Lunch program in Cook Park downtown ends its season Friday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    Antioch police install pill disposal box

    The village of Antioch and the Antioch police have installed a pill disposal box in the lobby of the police station. It's a part of drug awareness foundation Save A Star's pill disposal program to keep prescription pills away from youths.

    Joseph A. Hauschild

    Man serving 67 years for 2001 attack wants 2nd chance

    A 27-year-old man who was sentenced to 67 years in prison for the 2001 attempted murder and home invasion of a Delnor Hospital executive is asking to be resentenced to a lesser term. Joseph A. Hauschild, formerly of Elmhurst, argues he was just 17 at the time and it was unconstitutional when the judge issued the sentence, which Hauschild considers to be a life sentence.


    Back-to-School Mass:

    St. Patrick School, 15020 Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth, will kickoff the new school year with a Mass on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. in the parish church.


    Elgin woman ticketed in car vs. motorcycle crash

    An Elgin woman was cited for her part in a car versus motorcycle crash in East Dundee Thursday, one that sent a 27-year-old motorcyclist to the hospital with head injuries, officials said. Gloria Torres, 30, was ticketed for driving without a driver’s license and for failing to yield from a private drive, police said.

    Dennis Anderson

    Democrat Anderson will run for Hultgren’s seat

    Democrat Dennis Anderson of Gurnee is planning a second run for the congressional seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield.


    Grant to help with restoration of GAR Memorial Museum

    The Aurora Public Art Commission has received a $46,000 Kane County Riverboat Grant to help with the restoration of the Grand Army of the Public Memorial Museum.


    Preservation grants available in Aurora

    The deadline to apply for Aurora's Preservation Matrching Grant program is Aug. 30.

    Jonathan Willard

    Palatine man sentenced to 10 years for child battery

    A Cook County judge sentenced a Palatine man to 10 years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a child. Jonathan Willard, of the 1900 block of Cambridge Drive, force fed the infant a bottle in June 2012, then pulled the child roughly from his seat, fracturing the baby's ribs and causing bleeding under the skull, prosecutors said.


    Naperville’s North Central scores high on college affordability ranking

    Affordable Colleges Online has named North Central College a “High ROI College” recognizing the Naperville school as 11th out of 39 institutions in the state in terms of return on investment alumni receive.

    Painter Vince Gravina puts the finishing touches on the junior high gym, as Oak Grove Elementary District 68 in Green Oaks nears the end of this summer’s $3.2 million renovation project.

    Oak Grove School renovation project wrapping up

    An intense summer of building construction is wrapping up at Oak Grove Elementary Distict 68 in advance of classes Tuesday. Ten classrooom and two science labs have been remodeled as part of $3.2 million in building improvements that are part of a mulit-year plan. “It’s a doozy of a project,” says Lonny Lemon, who is starting his second year as superintendent.

    Betty Boop, a domestic medium-haired female, is about 1½ years old.

    Be creative when it comes to your feline’s toys

    If your cat doesn't respond well to store-bought toys, watch their behavior to come up with more inexpensive ideas for getting your feline to exercise.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Paige E. Corbel, 18, of Aurora, and Kaila E. Bingham, 18, of Batavia, were charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor at 3:31 a.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Hill Lane, according to a police report.


    Two men plead guilty to swindling Palatine senior

    Two men pleaded guilty to fraud cases involving elderly victims. A Cook County judge sentenced Tony Miller, of Des Plaines, and Rocky Reed, of Mount Prospect, to 24 months probation and ordered them to pay restitution.


    Brazil court convicts 3 for rape of American

    Van operators robbed the passengers and forced all but the couple to get off. While they restrained the Frenchman and beat him with a tire iron, they repeatedly raped the woman as they van traveled van back and forth between Rio and a nearby suburb.

    Civilians inspect the aftermath Thursday of a car bomb attack in Baghdad.

    Car bomb kills 18 in south Beirut

    A powerful car bomb tore through a bustling south Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least 18 and trapping dozens of others in an inferno of burning cars and buildings in the bloodiest attack yet on Lebanese civilians linked to Syria’s civil war.


    Portion of Washington Street to close for road project

    Lake County officials will determine at the end of this month when they plan to close a stretch of busy Washington Street near Round Lake Park as part of an ongoing construction project. The $8.5 million road widening and improvement project between Hainesville and Cedar Lake roads was slated to close to through traffic by mid-August. Neither construction nor road closure have yet to happen due...

    Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont’s entertainment district will kick off the village’s first Oktoberfest Sept. 13. Festivities run through Oct. 31 and include authentic Bavarian entertainment, celebrity keg-tapping ceremonies and an “Oktoberfestbier” crafted for the celebration.

    Rosemont’s first Oktoberfest starts Sept. 13

    Hofbräuhaus Chicago kicks off Rosemont’s first Oktoberfest celebration this year starting Sept. 13 through Oct. 31 at 5500 Park Place in MB Financial Park at Rosemont entertainment district.

    A Puerto Rican parrot looks out its cage Thursday in the Rio Abajo Nature Preserve, Puerto Rico.

    Report: Puerto Rican parrot makes major comeback

    Scientists estimate that as many as 1 million Puerto Rican parrots lived in pre-colonial times, but their habitat was destroyed by the clearing of forests in the late 1800s to plant citrus, coffee and sugar cane.By the 1950s, there were only an estimated 200 parrots in the wild.

    Hawthorn Woods residents Fred Robinson, left, Janet Robinson, Nancy Hernandez and Jose Hernandez are the forces behind Copper Fiddle Distillery proposed for Lake Zurich.

    Distillery proposal still moving through red tape to open in Lake Zurich

    Partners in a craft distillery proposed for Lake Zurich continue to navigate government red tape in an effort to open the business. Architect Jose Hernandez and golf professional Fred Robinson, both of Hawthorn Woods, intend to open Copper Fiddle Distillery in a 2,100-square-foot storefront on Route 22 just east of Rand Road. Copper Fiddle likely is on pace to be the 11th or so small-scale...

    Fire hydrants, like this one in front of Geneva’s City Hall, will be painted in an upcoming contest called “Art on Fire.” The city and the Cultural Arts Commission are looking for artists to “adopt” and creatively paint hydrants throughout the city. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 30.

    Show off your artistry ... on a Geneva fire hydrant

    Geneva's fire hydrants will soon be pieces of art, as the city is encouraging people to paint them. "It will let people be hands-on artistes and add a little bit of whimsy to our town," said Mayor Kevin Burns.


    Russian hiker found alive on Indonesian volcano

    Searchers in Indonesia have rescued a Russian hiker who was missing for six days while climbing the country’s most volatile volcano, an official said.


    Two charged in Des Plaines with child endangerment

    A Chicago woman left her kids with a Des Plaines man whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving, Des Plaines police said.


    Des Plaines woman loses $5,800 in scam

    An 81-year-old Des Plaines woman was tricked out of $5,800 when she received a phone call from a man claiming to represent her bank, police said. He told her that money was illegally being taken out of her bank account and that the only way to catch the person was to open a “dummy” account in her name and to track the money taken out of that account. He told her to take cash out of her bank...

    Agripina Resendiz

    Schaumburg police seek help finding missing senior

    Schaumburg police are seeking the public's help with finding a missing senior who might be in danger. Agripina Resendiz, 76, who is under state guardianship because of her medical condition, was last seen Wednesday at a facility where she is living under court order.


    Barrington's big fire department decision Monday

    Monday should end more than a month of suspense for two Barrington firefighter-paramedics over their future employment with the village. They are the ones caught between two possible courses of action by the village board that night — to lay off 20 or 22 firefighters on Jan. 1.


    U-46 teachers to get new laptops

    As Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers get their classrooms in order ahead of the return of students next week, most also will be logging into new laptops. The district purchased 3,000 laptops for the 2013-14 school year and 2,200 are for teachers. Teachers had been working on 7-year-old computers before the purchase, none of which could be upgraded to Windows 7. According to the...

    Cecil T. Barnes

    Former Top 10 fugitive pleads guilty, but more charges await

    One of McHenry County's 10 Most Wanted, who was arrested in July in Florida, has pleaded guilty to cocaine charges and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years probation. Cecil T. Barnes, 31, can get out of jail in October but still faces felony charges in Kane County that he sold cocaine near a Carpentersville school.

    Parishioners at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights welcomed their new pastor, the Rev. Matt Foley, to the community Thursday morning. Foley comes to the church after serving four tours in Afghanistan as an Army chaplain.

    St. James welcomes new pastor home from Afghanistan

    Recently back from his fourth deployment to Afghanistan as an Army chaplain, the Rev. Matt Foley received a warm welcome Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, where he's the first new pastor in nearly 20 years. Parishioners lined up outside the church to greet him with signs, balloons and bubbles.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 27-year-old Streamwood man was arrested and charged with battery and reckless conduct after a couple told officers he hurlled a bottle of soda through an open window of their 2007 Cadillac, and liquid splashed on their faces and car interior.


    New Mexico boy set to go to court in dad’s killing

    After years of stops and starts, a 10-year-old New Mexico boy is scheduled to face a jury this month for the first-degree murder of his abusive father in a rare prosecution expected to highlight the debate over whether children that young are capable of the premeditation required for such a serious charge.

    Janet Uhlar-Tinney, a pediatric nurse and fiction writer from Cape Cod, is one of the 12 jurors who convicted Bulger. She feels the trial was tainted because of government corruption.

    Juror: Gov’t corruption in Bulger case stunned me

    While the trial of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger showed that he committed horrific crimes, testimony from witnesses also revealed a stunning degree of corruption in the U.S. Department of Justice that enabled the man who was eventually labeled as the FBI’s most wanted fugitive to operate in the city for years, a juror said.


    Doctors to describe bodies of Fort Hood slain

    Pathologists who examined the bodies of those slain in the Fort Hood rampage are expected to resume testifying at the trial of the accused gunman.

    Technician Larry Dillon of Verdin Bells & Clocks works on the new bell tower installed Wednesday at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church near Mundelein on Wednesday. The 40-foot steel tower holds three new bells and the restored original bell cast in 1867.

    1867 bell will ring in new era for Mundelein-area church

    St. Mary of the Annunciation Church near Mundelein will be using the original bronze bell, cast in 1867 in St. Louis, to start its sesquicentennial celebration. The restored original, three new bells and a 40-foot tower were installed Wednesday in advance of the event on Oct. 12. “I'm not even sure we know the last time it rang,” said Howard Fischer, director of parish operation.

    Smithsonian Institution researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. The mammal, which they had previously mistaken for an olingo, is actually a distinct species.

    Adorable new mammal species found ‘in plain sight’

    Imagine a raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears.


    Naperville Dist. 203 to post class lists only online

    At least one back-to-school tradition is changing in Naperville Unit District 203, and it affects the way students will determine what class they're in for the upcoming school year. For the first time, the district will not post class lists at school buildings, but on a secure online portal because of privacy and student safety concerns, spokeswoman Susan Rice said.

    Customers purchase snacks at Jah's concession stand at Festival Park in Elgin.

    Elgin: Businesses now turning to face the Fox River

    Our Fox River Towns series features Elgin, and all that's been happening in the last couple of decades to transform downtown and capitalize on the Fox River. Many of the new businesses along the river are opening their back ends to take advantage of the view. Downtown looked dramatically different as recently as the 1990s, said Tom Armstrong, a resident and city planner until 2009. “Pretty...

    President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence.

    Obama cancels U.S.-Egyptian military exercise

    President Barack Obama has scrapped joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises scheduled for next month, saying American cooperation with the Egyptian government cannot continue when civilians are being killed in the streets. He directed his national security team to see what additional steps the U.S. might take going forward.

    Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car-bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed and wounded dozens of people, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence.

    Car bombs hit Iraqi capital, killing 33 people

    A wave of car bombs hit the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing 33 people and wounding dozens, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

    A wooden cross by a church is shown near the wreckage of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane that crashed on the north side of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. The cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a wide rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive jet coming in at treetop level.

    UPS plane crash rattles residents near airport

    Residents in a hilly neighborhood near Birmingham’s airport worried about the possibility of a plane crashing into their homes for years before a UPS cargo jet nearly did just that. The A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, killing the two pilots and scattering wreckage over a wide area. The aircraft rained...

    Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Egypt faced a new phase of uncertainty on Thursday after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began, with hundreds of people reported killed and thousands injured.

    Death toll from Egypt violence rises to 525

    Egyptian authorities on Thursday significantly raised the death toll from clashes the previous day between police and supporters of the ousted Islamist president, saying more than 500 people died and laying bare the extent of the violence that swept much of the country. Despite the government’s declaration of a nighttime curfew and a state of emergency, violence continued into the next day.


    ACLU sues to challenge Chicago Housing Authority drug test policy

    The ACLU filed a federal class-action lawsuit over the Chicago Housing Authority’s mandatory drug tests. The practice is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which says the urinalysis tests for residents in mixed-income housing developments are an invasion of privacy.

    Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect James Lee DiMaggio tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.

    Papers: Man called teen 13 times before abduction

    Court papers shed new light on the slayings of a California mother and son and abduction of a teenager by a family friend, revealing that the suspect tortured his victims before he killed them and exchanged more than a dozen calls earlier that day with the teen.

    An Egyptian pulls a banner of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi near debris left at a protest camp in Nahda Square, Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Egypt faced a new phase of uncertainty on Thursday after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began.

    Egypt’s conflict enters new phase after assaults

    Egypt faced new uncertainty Thursday, the day after security forces drove out Mohammed Morsi’s supporters from two sprawling encampments where they had been camped out for six weeks demanding the Islamist president’s reinstatement. The move, which left hundreds of protesters dead and saw the arrest of several leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, has left the fundamentalist movement dangerously...

    Pope Francis said at the end of a Mass he celebrated Thursday that he wanted to assure his prayers to the victims, their families, the wounded and all those suffering in Egypt. He urged prayers for “peace, dialogue and reconciliation for that dear land.”

    Reactions to continued violence in Egypt

    Official reaction Thursday to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured:RUSSIA

    Dennis Farina arrives at the premiere for the HBO television series “Luck” in Los Angeles. Farina died suddenly on July 22 and entrepreneur Ron Onesti said he plans to honor the actor at his 8th annual Little Italy Fest-West, which starts today in Addison.

    Dawn Patrol: Palatine woman’s 7th DUI nets prison; Farina fest

    Palatine woman gets 12 years for 7th DUI. New Fox River & Countryside fire station clears first obstacle. Rabid bat found in Batavia. Shanghai Ghetto survivors to gather in Rosemont. Addison festival pays tribute to actor Dennis Farina. Des Plaines loses another department head to Lake Zurich. Preps football practice begins across the suburbs. Arrieta promoted for shot in Cubs’ starting rotation.

    The Hemmens Auditorium.

    Hemmens boiler repair cost puts heat on ESO

    A decision to spend $273,000 to replace three boilers at the Hemmens Cultural Center was called “a catch 22” by one Elgin councilman and “insanity” by another. Councilmen John Prigge and Terry Gavin said they understood the need for the expense, but they also expressed frustration that the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Hemmens' largest renter, owes the city about $304,000...

    Sam Fishman of Buffalo Grove, right, shakes hands with former White Sox pitcher Ross Baumgarten during “A Night of Jewish Baseball” at Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove.

    Legacy of Jewish ballplayers outshines Braun's suspension

    A Night of Jewish Baseball at Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove features three former Big League stars, lots of souvenirs, autographs and stories, and maybe even a little talk about the shanda Ryan Braun, suspended from MLB for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Isabelle “Izzy” Hanson, 17, of Glen Ellyn says participating in pageants has built her self-confidence. She has been a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra since third grade.

    Glen Ellyn pageant teen finds beauty in music

    Don't tell Isabelle “Izzy” Hanson that she participates in beauty pageants. Yes, the 17-year-old from Glen Ellyn won the title of Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen in June, and now is in Florida competing in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen. But those are not beauty pageants, she says. “What I gain from the pageants is growing within myself,” she said. “


    Three Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 schools to offer choice

    Three Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 schools must offer alternative school choices.


    Field turf in store for parts of Glen Ellyn’s Newton Park

    Glenbard High School District 87 and Glen Ellyn Park District are looking to consolidate several intergovernmental agreements involving facility use into one and incorporate a key proposal: adding field turf to a portion of Newton Park.


    District 15 finances better than expected

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will enter the new school year with a more optimistic financial outlook than previously thought. The $153.7 million budget calls for spending to exceed revenue by about $3.2 million, which is less than half the deficit Assistant Superintendent Mike Adamczyk projected in May.


    Bears defenders Isaiah Frey, right, and Sherrick McManis team up to stop San Diego’s Richard Goodman in the first half Thursday night at Soldier Field. The Bears’ first-team defense gave up just 72 yards in four possessions.

    Bears' offense improves in preseason win

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears’ first-team offense put up 14 points in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field, but the performance wasn’t always pretty. “We’re just trying to get better,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We were three-and-out to start the game. We didn’t look good. We got our composure; we came back and we got things in order.”

    Chicago Bears Isaiah Frey tackles the Chargers’ Richard Goodman with the help of teammate Sherrick McManis on a kick return.

    Images: Bears vs. Chargers Preseason
    Images from a Chicago Bears preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, Aug. 15.

    Bears defensive end Corey Wootton (98) celebrates after sacking Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during the first half Thursday at Soldier Field.

    Collins taking full advantage of his chances

    With Henry Melton sidelined because of a concussion, Nate Collins received more snaps Thursday night against the Chargers as he did in the preseason opener at Carolina — when he tied for the team lead with 4 tackles and had the Bears’ only sack.

    White Sox’ Gordon Beckham advances to third on an RBI single by Adam Dunn off Minnesota Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey in the first inning of the baseball game Thursday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Herrmann’s hit in 9th lifts Twins over Sox

    Chris Herrmann’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Doug Bernier and lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

    Bears running back Michael Bush (29) runs for a touchdown during the second half of the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Offense not clicking, Bears beat Chargers 33-28

    Jay Cutler looked shaky again and the defense made up for it, harassing Philip Rivers early on and setting the tone for the Chicago Bears in a 33-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers in a preseason game on Thursday night.All eyes remain on the quarterback after the Bears made some big changes on offense in the offseason, hiring coach Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith and revising their line.So far, the results are mixed at best.Cutler played a quarter and completed 4-of-5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, but the only receiver he targeted was Brandon Marshall.

    It was great to see Jason Dufner finally win a major last weekend in the PGA Championship, but whoever you are in the gallery yelling after every shot these days, it has to stop.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering PGA some sound solutions

    The good news is Jason Dufner finally got over the hump and won one of golf's majors. The bad news is anyone watching on televison was bombarded by goofs yelling after almost every shot. Make. it. Stop.That and thoughts on the Bears, a big day at Arlington Park and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

    Slugging first baseman/DH Dan Vogelbach has collected 17 home runs for the Cougars this season to share the team lead with teammate Rock Shoulders.

    A fan’s guide to the Kane County Cougars

    When the Kane County Cougars switched their MLB affiliation to the Chicago Cubs, it immediately created a buzz around the team from local fans. Since then, the franchise has focused on helping casual baseball fans, Cubs fans, and die-hard Cougars fans come together to enjoy the baseball experience at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    John Henry was still ready to run moments after winning the inaugural Arlington Million in 1981.

    Arlington Million still holds special place in horse racing

    Is the Arlington Million still the event it once was? Is the luster still there heading into Saturday’s 31st edition of the race? The short answer? It depends on whom you talk to.

    Burlington-Central junior Angie Morrow has enrolled at Kaneland.

    Burlington Central’s Morrow enrolls at Kaneland

    Burlington Central junior right-hander Angie Morrow has enrolled at Kaneland High School her father, Bill, confirmed Thursday. Bill Morrow said his daughter, who has verbally committed to play for Wisconsin, has enrolled at Kaneland as the family anticipates the sale of its home in the Central school district and the purchase of a new home in the Kaneland district to be complete Sept. 9.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has struggled at the plate since the all-star break with a .204 batting average. He has 5 homers, 11 RBI, 15 walks and 24 strikeouts in that time.

    Cubs closing in on Wrigley futility mark

    The Cubs are getting into some record territory they don't want to be anywhere near. Heading into this weekend's home series against the Cardinals, the Cubs are 23-36 at Wrigley Field. At that pace, they'd tie for the all-time franchise record in home losses, at 49.


    Wolves open training camp Sept. 21

    In preparation for their 20th season of professional hockey, the Chicago Wolves will begin training camp at the Triphahn Community Center and Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sept. 21.

    Major League Baseball wants to expand its use of instant replay in 2014 and give managers more opportunities to challenge calls that could be reviewed.

    MLB to expand instant replay in 2014

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they’ve never had.

    Northwestern women's basketball coach Joe McKeown has agreed to a contract extension through the 2017 with the Wildcats.

    NU extends McKeown’s basketball deal

    Northwestern women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown has been given a contract extension through 2017, school officials announced Thursday.


    Mike North video: Bears Expectations?
    With Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on his fourth offensive coordinator in five years, how much improvement can we expect to see in his game? Mike North wants to give Marc Trestman a chance to implement his game plan, but knows without Brian Urlacher the defense needs to step up and Cutler needs to perform at a higher level.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly heads off the field after the Blue-Gold spring game in South Bend, Ind. Kelly thinks the Irish’s recent problems are behind them.

    Irish focus on present after troubled start to ’13

    Not much has gone right for Notre Dame since the calendar turned to 2013. After enjoying their first unbeaten regular season since 1988, the new year started with an embarrassing 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game, followed quickly by news that linebacker Manti Te’o had been the victim of an equally embarrassing hoax. Then there was the disclosure that coach Brian Kelly had interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the revelation that quarterback Everett Golson had been suspended for the fall for poor academic judgment and the defection of blue chip signee Eddie Vanderdoes to UCLA.



    Scammers trying to gain from health law confusion

    A consumer protection group says scammers are trying to take advantage of confusion over the national health care law. Steve Bernas of the Better Business Bureau says identity thieves are calling consumers claiming they're eligible for health insurance cards in exchange for personal information.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization say natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation are cancer-causing substances, and in May the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed order for stricter regulations on indoor tanning devices.

    Quinn OKs proposed teen tanning ban

    As a young woman, Donna Moncivaiz would go to tanning salons looking for that perfect summer glow. Now 51, Moncivaiz suffers from late-stage melanoma. The Beach Park mother also allowed her daughter to tan and, at 25, she too was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma. “I don't want any mom to feel the guilt I feel, or go through what I'm going through,” said Moncivaiz, who testified in favor of the bill during the spring legislative session. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Thursday.

    Rep. Elaine Nekritz t from Northbrook says the conference committee is “quite close” to a deal, but members are still hashing out details.

    Pension panel making progress, but no deal yet

    Illinois lawmakers on a committee tasked with finding a solution to the state's pension problem say they're making progress. But they won't say when they expect to finish their work. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the 10-member panel was working Wednesday. Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, says the conference committee is “quite close” to a deal, but members are still hashing out details.

    Lewis University

    Lewis University Airport gets $4.2M runway upgrade

    Lewis University Airport, which is located south of Chicago, is moving into the final phase of a $4.2 million runway upgrade.The work will help accommodate larger aircraft and future growth at the airport in Romeoville, which serves corporate planes used by Fortune 500 companies in the area. It also hosts Lewis University's aviation department, making it the only college aviation program in Illinois with access to an on-campus airport.Local officials tout the airport as an economic engine.Will County Executive Larry Walsh said Wednesday the airport “is one of the top selling points for attracting jobs” to the area.The runway work began this spring.It was made possible by legislation that U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski helped write and pass. Federal grants will cover most of the cost.

    EcoATM machines, that evaluate and offer to buy your older cellphone, are available at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Westfield Hawthorn in Vernon Hills, among others. The company was recently acquired by Outerwall, formerly Coinstar, which also owns Oakbrook Terrace-based Redbox.

    EcoATMs offer consumers chance to sell, recycle phones

    As the use of mobile phones, tablets and other devices continue to flourish, so will that junk drawer at home that’s already filled with yesterday’s favorites. What to do with that older technology? Cash or recycling are options and EcoATMs can evaluate your device and make you an offer. The robotic kiosks started going into shopping malls in 2009 and are now available at about 700 shopping malls nationwide, including 18 locally.

    An American Airlines jet passes the Washington Monument as it lands at Ronald Reagan National Airport, in Washington, D.C.

    Judge questions giving OK to AMR bankruptcy plan

    Lawyers for American Airlines pressed a judge Thursday to approve the company’s plan to merge with US Airways and exit bankruptcy protection, but the judge delayed a ruling because of the federal government’s lawsuit against the merger. This was supposed to be American’s victory lap — the day that a judge would remove the last hurdle for a merger that would make American the world’s biggest airline.

    Scott Wade of Alton uses silver paint Tuesday to paint the fencing behind the basketball hoop on the playground of St. Mary’s School.

    Illinois unemployment rate climbs slightly in July

    The state’s unemployment rate rose slightly for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Illinois’ unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in July, up from an adjusted 9.1 percent in June. The June figure also climbed compared to May numbers. July’s increase came after figures fell in April and May; March held steady. In July 2012, the state’s employment rate was 9 percent.

    A motorist puts fuel in his car’s gas tank at a service station in Springfield, Ill. Ford said Thursday it will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid.

    Ford to cut mileage estimates for C-Max hybrid

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors mileage testing, said Thursday that it will cut the C-Max’s combined city-highway mileage estimate by nearly 9 percent to 43 mpg, from 47. Ford Motor Co. will change its window stickers to reflect the correct estimate and said that it will compensate drivers for the difference.


    Judge: EPA may have tried to skirt disclosure law

    In June, The Associated Press reported that some top Obama administration officials were using secret government accounts to conduct official business. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has said the practice undermines congressional oversight and complicates access to records under FOIA.

    Offshore oil drilling platform ‘Gail’ operated by Venoco, Inc., off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.

    California panel launches probe into offshore fracking

    The Coastal Commission, which is charged with protecting the shoreline and marine resources, was not aware until recently that fracking was occurring, mainly because of the complicated web of agencies involved, said Alison Dettmer, a deputy director.

    Shoppers peruse the aisles at a Wal-Mart in Bristol, Pa. Wal-Mart lost at least 2.6 percent after reporting earnings on Thursday.

    Stocks fall most since June

    Today’s decline broke a month-long fluctuation for the S&P 500 and ended the calmest trading period in six months. The benchmark index was confined to a 35-point range from July 11 through yesterday, with intraday price changes averaging 0.68 percent over the past 30 days, the smallest swing over a comparable period since Feb. 19, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

    Certification of products as healthy by the AHA is under scrutiny with a lawsuit targeting Campbell’s soups.

    Campbell sued over heart-healthy sodium label

    “The AHA, for a fee, abandons its general, non-commercial dietary and nutritional guidelines,” the lawsuit states.A can of Campbell’s “Healthy Request” condensed Chicken Noodle Soup, which bears the certification mark in question, is listed as having 410 milligrams of sodium per half-cup serving. The lawsuit notes that there are two or more servings per can, meaning there would be at least 820 milligrams of sodium in a can.


    Probiotic sales drive Morton Grove’s Lifeway sales up 14 percent

    Cultured dairy products manufacturer Lifeway Foods of Morton Grove said second quarter sales increase 14 percent on continued growth of its probiotics Kefir products.


    Romeoville’s KeHE gets distribution agreement with INFRA

    KeHE Distributors in Romeoville said it will partner with the Minneapolis-based Independent Natural Food Retailers Association to service participating members in the Northeast United States.


    Elk Grove Village-based Wynright acquired by Japanese company

    Elk Grove Village-baased Wynright Corp. announced it will be acquired by Daifuku Webb Holding Co. of Farmington Hills, Mich., a subsidiary of Japan-based Daifuku Co., Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.


    Q4 Systems in Rolling Meadows sees 37 pct. 2Q hike

    Q4 Systems Corp. in Rolling Meadows said second quarter revenue increased 37 percent over the same period last year as the IT solutions company completed recent acquisitions and expanded core services.


    Three join Downers Grove-based CompTIA advisory council

    Downers Grove-based CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology industry, announced today the addition of three new members to its Vendor Advisory Council.

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway again cut its stakes in Norrthfield-based Kraft Foods and Deerfield-based Mondelez International, the packaged food companies that split up late last year.

    Berkshire again cuts stakes in Kraft, Mondelez

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has sharply boosted its stake in General Motors, while again cutting its stakes in two local packaged food companies, Northfield-based Kraft and Deerfield-based Mondelez.

    Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment now owns the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago.

    Pinnacle closes on deal including northwest Indiana casino

    The sale of an Indiana casino along Lake Michigan has been completed. Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment now owns the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago as part of a nearly $870 million deal taking over Ameristar’s parent company that closed Wednesday.


    Facts and figures on tanning as Ill. considers ban
    Gov. Pat Quinn has until Saturday to decide whether he will sign legislation that would ban indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than 18. Here are some facts and figures about teen tanning.

    When it comes to funding their retirements, most workers say they will need to come up with the money themselves rather than rely on government assistance, according to a survey released Thursday by Charles Schwab Corp.

    Workers going it alone for retirement funds

    When it comes to funding their retirements, most workers say they will need to come up with the money themselves rather than rely on government assistance, according to a survey released Thursday by Charles Schwab Corp.

    Vehicles are reflected in a sign advertising unleaded gas for $2.99 at a QuikTrip station at the corner of Woodruff Rd. and Verdae Blvd. in Greenville, S.C. U.S. consumer prices rose only slightly last month as gas increased more slowly. Overall, the figures showed that inflation remains mild.

    U.S. consumer prices tick up as inflation stays mild

    U.S. consumer prices rose only slightly last month as gas increased more slowly. Overall, the figures showed that inflation remains mild. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in July after a 0.5 percent increase in June. Gas prices rose just 1 percent after jumping 6.3 percent in June. Over the past 12 months, consumer prices have risen 2 percent.

    Job seeker Kelsey Devoe, of Miramar, Fla., fills out a contact form at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 — a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.

    Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 — a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell 4,000 to 332,000, the fewest since November 2007 and the fifth straight decline.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit and revenue outlook as the world’s largest retailer continues to deal with a tough economy at home and abroad that’s squeezing its low-income shoppers.

    Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook on shopper worries

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit and revenue outlook as the world’s largest retailer continues to deal with a tough economy at home and abroad that’s squeezing its low-income shoppers. Wal-Mart also reported second-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street estimates. The company’s stock fell nearly 2 percent in premarket trading.

    The U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years, a trend that should help limit the negative impact foreclosures have on home values.

    U.S. home foreclosures on track for 6-year low

    The U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years, a trend that should help limit the negative impact foreclosures have on home values. Lenders repossessed 36,964 U.S. homes last month, down 31 percent from July last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Life & Entertainment


    New show by 'Riverdance' producers coming to Chicago

    The U.S. premiere of "Heatbeat of Home," the latest revue by the producers of "Riverdance," will be in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from Tuesday, March 4 to Sunday, March 16, 2014.

    Actress Lisa Robin Kelly was arrested for assault in November 2012. Her manager, Craig Wyckoff, said Kelly died Wednesday at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had entered early this week. No official cause of death was disclosed.

    ‘That ’70s Show’ actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies
    “That ’70s Show” actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43. Manager Craig Wyckoff says Kelly died Wednesday at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had entered early this week. No official cause of death was disclosed.

    Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) saves the son of the U.S. president in “Olympus Has Fallen,” now on DVD.

    Beam us up: Shatner’s ‘Captains,’ ‘Olympus’ on DVD

    The president comes under attack in "Olympus Has Fallen," while the man forever known as Captain Kirk interviews other "Star Trek" stars who've gone by the title captain in two new DVDs.

    Paquita La Del Barrio (pictured) and Alfredo Bojorquez (aka “El Puma”) are replacing Joan Sebastian and Ramón Ayala on Friday, Sept. 13, at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Music changes at Aurora’s Fiestas Patrias Festival

    Latin musicians Joan Sebastian and Ramon Ayala have had to cancel their upcoming performance on Friday, Sept. 13, at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Replacing them are Alfredo Bojorquez and Paquita La Del Barrio.

    The Lima Lima Flight Team returns to the Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend.

    Lima Lima, other acts ready to show off skills at lakefront extravaganza

    The 55th annual Chicago Air and Water Show takes off Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, at the North Avenue Beach in Chicago. And while the Air Force Thunderbirds will not be there this year, the free show includes a number of civilian acts including the Naperville-based Lima Lima.

    Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) and her husband, Cecil (Forest Whitaker), move to Washington, D.C., when he gets a job as a White House staffer in the historical drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler.”

    Well-meaning 'Butler' doesn't do it

    “Lee Daniel's The Butler” should be appreciated for its enticing mixture of stirring emotion and cheap sentiment, for its epic reach and its made-for-cable grasp, for its oh-so-serious sincerity and rousing music. But not for its casting of super stars as iconic political figures. Forest Whitaker triumphs as the titular butler, bearing witness to the history of the Civil Rights movement.

    Emma (Amber Heard) flirts with Adam (Liam Hemsworth), a hunky one-night stand in the corporate thriller "Paranoia."

    ‘Paranoia’ a silly, contrived cell-phony thriller

    “Paranoia” is one of those thrillers where you never allow yourself to believe what you see, because you suspect (for good reason) there’s always going to be another surprise or double-cross in this Russian-nesting-dolls plot, about rival cellphone company CEOs (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) who will do anything to destroy the competition, including hire Liam Hemsworth’s dim-witted Adam.

    “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, left, and his wife, Teresa Giudice, 41, pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to a host of financial fraud charges.

    ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ stars plead not guilty

    Husband-and-wife stars of the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to a host of financial fraud charges that, if they are convicted at trial, could send them to prison for years.


    Reality actress Gia Allemand dies in New Orleans

    Gia Allemand, who was the girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad,” has died, her publicist said Wednesday. She was 29. Allemand was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans Monday night after a suicide attempt, the publicist, Penelope Jean Hayes, said in a written statement. Anderson found the actress and called 911. Allemand was taken off life support Wednesday because of “a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn.”

    British stuntman Mark Sutton, who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium dressed as James Bond during the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony, died in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.

    British stuntman dies in wingsuit mishap in Alps

    The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wingsuit. Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV said Thursday that Mark Sutton was killed during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters. The firm said Sutton’s death was “a tragic loss for the global wingsuit community.”

    Emile Hirsch, top, and Paul Rudd play two opposite personalities stuck on road maintenance duties in David Gordon Green's art house drama “Prince Avalanche.”

    'Prince Avalanche' a different kind of road picture

    David Gordon Green's “Prince Avalanche” is a quietly charming, leisurely paced character study that gives Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch miles of road on which their characters can find themselves while fighting, talking, working and deceiving each other, plus themselves.


    Music notes: Rockin with Peter Frampton

    These days, Peter Frampton looks nothing like the long-haired '70s rocker whose hits included “Show Me the Way” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.” But from reviews of his current tour, it's clear he still knows how to put on a show. Frampton's Guitar Circus hits Aurora's RiverEdge Park tonight and also features blues legend B.B. King, guitarist Sonny Landreth and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.

    Superheroes Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), center, confront a criminal mastermind (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in “Kick-Ass 2.”

    Superhero sequel filled with contradictions, conflicts

    In “Kick-Ass 2,” director Jeff Wadlow’s screenplay preaches that superheroes cannot exist in the real world because they cannot deal with the real consequences of death and loss. Yet, Wadlow’s superheroes jump, punch, kick and defy the laws of physics like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. So, why pretend these superheroes live in the real world if they still act like cartoon characters?

    You want a better bathroom, but don’t want to put a drain on your finances? It’s easy to give the bathroom a makeover with small changes.

    Fixes small and large for a better bathroom

    You want a better bathroom, but don’t want to put a drain on your finances? Worry not. This is one room in the house where little things mean a lot. On the other hand, if you want to go luxe, there are also a variety of new products that can turn the bathroom into a showcase.

    Hunter Gottfredson, left, 15, of Elk Ridge, flips at the Get Air Hang Time indoor trampoline park in Orem, Utah. Indoor trampoline parks have cropped up around the country in recent years, offering customers a chance to bounce, flip and jump in wall-to-wall trampolines.

    Safety fears spur regulations for trampoline gyms

    Stephen Merrill was finishing his freshman year of college two years ago when he and a group of friends went to an indoor trampoline park in Utah for a day of flipping, jumping and bouncing. At one point, Merrill leapt from a platform into a pit full of foam blocks, and he shot right through them and landed on his head. He broke a vertebra in his neck, and was left paralyzed from the neck down. Merrill’s injury underscores recent warnings from doctors and government officials about the dangers of the jump gyms amid a heightened effort to regulate the indoor trampoline parks as they have become a popular rain-or-shine suburban entertainment for birthday parties and summer camps.

    Model Liu Wen wears Plum Couture in the Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2013 Show in Paris. Makeup with menswear is a little more important than other styles because with a neutral, muted palette of grays, blacks and browns.

    Makeup for menswear: Girlie girl or a tomboy?

    If you’re slipping into a tweed blazer, an oversized cardigan or a sleek women’s tux this fall, the right beauty look is the perfect accessory to complete your menswear-inspired outfit. The choice is yours to do a 180-degree turn and go with hyper-girlie, or stay strictly tomboy: Either can complement the more masculine clothing silhouettes.Makeup with menswear is a little more important than other styles because with a neutral, muted palette of grays, blacks and browns.



    Editorial: Arm cops with AEDs

    A Daily Herald editorial suggests says police officers should all be equipped with automated external defibrillators and trained in their use.


    Rhetoric vs. reality for Republicans

    Columnist Gene Lyons: So what’s it going to be for GOP hotheads in Congress this fall? A soul-satisfying episode of adolescent nihilism culminating in a government shutdown and yet another debt/default scare? Or an abject capitulation to political (and fiscal) reality and an acceptance of the Republican Party’s role as the loyal opposition?


    Editorial sought to challenge a tired phrase

    ColumnistJim Slusher: I’ve watched with some dismay over the past three years as three separate proposed developments for housing for the mentally disabled in three separate suburbs have wound their tortuous way through the complicated mechanisms of local government only to be rejected at the final stage amid cries of outraged neighbors and the trepidations of town leaders.


    Blame woes on voters, self-serving officials
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Corruption comes about only because of lazy voters and those who fail to vote. Nonvoters, by staying away, allow the lobby groups and friends of the politician to override the number of the voting public. People deserve what they vote (or don’t) vote for.


    Medicare trend is ominous
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Wall Street Journal estimates near 10,000 physicians in the country currently refuse to accept Medicare patients in their practice.


    VA backlog too big to help veterans
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: Here are my views about the Veterans Affairs branch in Chicago.


    Create list for the ‘drug-enhanced’
    Create list for the ‘drug-enhanced’Alex Rodriguez, JhonnyPeralta, Nelson Cruz and other misfits have been suspended by MLB for cheating by taking PED. It’s a slap at teammates, their clubs, baseball and the fans. They knew better and did the drugs anyway for the money, records and to satisfy their egos.This latest batch of dopers should be added to Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire and the other steroid users who hit all the home runs and eliminated from all the official record books. Or, at the very least, the records should have an asterisk noting “drug enhanced” by the home run and RBI totals. But, most importantly, there should be a separate “Biogenisis Hall of Shame” highlighting their disgraceful careers that has tainted baseball forever.Tom MinnerickElgin


    Rose banishment from Hall unjust
    Rose banishment from Hall unjustPete Rose’s crime was not how he performed on the diamond. The current tide of physical enhancement should show all the Hall of Fame that the all time player of the last 50 years should be reinstated and elected to the Hall of Fame. He played the hardest and the best in the spirit of the game. You may like him or hate him but he was the best in baseball.A-Rod doesn’t come close.Admit a mistake and elect Pete to the Hall of Fame. He deserves a plaque next to the Babe and Ty Cobb. He has the most hits in the game and played to win games. That is baseball.Joe MeciejGeneva


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    It was my good pleasure to be part of a special event held in Naperville Thursday, July 25. Truly, this event embodied the spirit of Naperville itself, as many members of the community came together to support a valued and worthy nonprofit agency: Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) Foundation. As a new Trustee of the WDSRA Foundation board, I was pleased to witness such synergy from our community in an effort to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.Held at bd’s Mongolian Grill, this fundraiser was organized by local small business leaders as part of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Adopt-an-Agency” program. Members of the chamber’s TEAM ONE were inspired to support the work of WDSRA in an effort to give back to the community. I had the honor of being a guest griller, alongside such notables as Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel, Naperville Park District’s Executive Director Ray McGury, and Naperville businessman Barry Poll, as well WDSRA executives. So many individuals, families, and friends showed up to dine with us that evening too — making the work of TEAM ONE all worthwhile.On behalf of those with special needs who benefit from the recreational programs and inclusion services that WDSRA provides, I wish to express my appreciation to all the individuals who participated in the event. It truly demonstrated “community” at its best. Dan FelsonNapervilleTrustee, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Foundation Board


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