Daily Archive : Monday August 19, 2013


    Lake Zurich native Rebecca Norris celebrates a win at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase for “On Becoming a Man.”

    Lake Zurich native takes shorts films to Cannes and beyond

    Lake Zurich native Rebecca Norris admitted that her parents weren't too happy about her moving to Hollywood. “Now they're my biggest fans,” she said. Her comedy “On Becoming a Man” will be shown Thursday, Aug. 22, at the HollyShorts Film Festival in the legendary Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The movie was also shown at this year's Cannes Film...


    Job fair in Waukegan

    State Rep. Rita Mayfield, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and the Illinois Department of Employment Security are hosting a job fair Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Ramada Inn, 200 N. Green Bay Road, Waukegan.


    Barrington fire department to expand despite 20 layoffs

    Though ending its long contract with the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, the Barrington village board Monday OK'd a slight increase to its own fire services for a cost of about $80,000 more per year. The action meant that the village followed a consultant's recommendation to lay off only 20 of the firefighters used by the surrounding fire district rather than 22.


    Wheaton vows to bounce back from bullying, harassment case

    Wheaton city officials, embarrassed by the recent disclosure of a culture of bullying and harassment that some say has lurked in a specific city department for years, say the city and department have rebounded in the months since the incidents were reported to council members.

    A Pakistani court Tuesday indicted former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year in an effort to take part in elections.

    Former Pakistani president Musharraf charged in Bhutto’s killing

    A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year to make a political comeback.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said he saw a gang member who “got popped” during his tour of Englewood with Chicago police.

    Kirk still seeking solutions to gang violence

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Monday he continues to push for congressional money and other potential solutions to combat street gang violence, and he even went on a ride-along with police through gang-plagued parts of Chicago.


    Workers’ comp insurance rate down 4.5 percent in Illinois

    The rate used to calculate workers' compensation insurance premiums has dropped again, a direct result of reforms Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law in 2011, his aides said Monday. The National Council on Compensation Insurance, a rating agency, issued a rate that reflects a 4.5 percent drop in the statewide average.

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation to raise the interstate speed limit to 70 mph.

    Most suburban highways exempt from new 70 mph limit

    The speed limit on most Chicago and suburban expressways will stay 55 mph even though a bill signed Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn will let drivers go 70 mph elsewhere in the state. State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican who wrote the plan, said no one on the interstates followed the speed limit. “They always go over 75, quite frankly,” he said.

    A Monday morning house fire on the 3200 block of Victorian Lane in Long Grove temporarily closed Route 53 between Route 83 and Victorian Drive. No one was seriously injured.

    No serious injuries reported in Long Grove house fire

    Crews from 16 suburban fire departments battled a house fire in Long Grove early Monday. No one was seriously injured in the fire on the 3200 block of Victorian Lane. Four people inside the two-story house breathed in some smoke before getting outside, but they didn't require hospitalization, authorities said.

    A sign warns drivers about construction that started Monday along Route 59 from Ferry Road south to Aurora Avenue/New York Street in Naperville. Crews first will be relocating utilities and setting up barricades to prepare for the two-year widening project.

    Route 59 work begins with barricades, power poles

    Setting up barricades to control traffic and relocating utilities to prepare the work zone were some of the first tasks Monday as crews began a two-year widening project on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora. Contractors are starting at the north end of the 3.5-mile project and drivers can expect to see more barricades being installed there in the coming days, said Bill Novack, Naperville's...


    St. Charles says farewell to city administrator Townsend

    St. Charles elected officials said goodbye to City Administrator Brian Townsend Monday night, and welcomed his replacement -- Mark Koenen.


    5 shot, 1 fatally, near Chicago church

    A man was killed and another injured in an afternoon shooting that occurred on a street near a church on Chicago’s North Side.Chicago police are reporting no arrests in Monday’s violence. Authorities say three people were hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition, and other was reported in good condition.The identities of the victims, all male, haven’t been released.


    U-46 offers up balanced budget for 2014

    Elgin Area School District U-46 administrators offered a balanced budget to the board of education Monday night but one that included plenty of sobering details. Property values in the district continue to fall and the low-income population continues to rise — two factors that affect funding for the state’s second largest district. It will get much more money from the state next year but still...

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apparently is involved in talks to settle sexual harassment allegations after undergoing an intensive two-week therapy program.

    Lawyer: San Diego mayor in settlement talks

    An attorney for a woman suing San Diego’s embattled mayor for sexual harassment said Monday the two sides are in settlement talks after the mayor was spotted entering an office building on a day when he was expected to return to work after undergoing therapy.

    A deer tick is seen under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I.

    New Lyme disease estimate: 300,000 cases a year

    Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday. As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.

    Students clutch the United States flag that was used in Bartlett’s Sycamore Trails Elementary School flag-raising ceremony on the first day of classes Monday in Elgin Area School District U-46.

    U-46 has mostly smooth start to new school year

    Last week not a single student was transported by school bus in Elgin Area School District U-46. Monday, 26,000 students were taken to 53 schools. Friday not a single student walked through a lunch line in a U-46 cafeteria. Monday between 25,000 and 30,000 students did. “Unlike other businesses, when school starts, we actually turn the switch on,” said Superintendent José Torres. “It’s not a...

    This Jan. 27, 2013, photo shows actor Dick Van Dyke at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Van Dyke is fine after his Jaguar caught fire Monday while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway.

    Dick Van Dyke uninjured after car fire

    Dick Van Dyke is uninjured after his Jaguar caught fire while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway. California Highway Patrol officer Saul Gomez said Monday that the 87-year-old entertainer was not treated or cited at the scene.

    This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess’s father, this month shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England, with Tilly the retriever, seen left, a Middleton family pet, and Lupo, the couple’s cocker spaniel.

    Prince William describes his joy at parenthood

    His newborn son is “a little bit of a rascal” and car seats can daunt any dad, Britain’s Prince William says. The second in line to the British throne has described his joy at introducing his son to the world on the steps of a London hospital last month — and about his nerves over fitting the car seat securely into the Land Rover before driving off.


    Fox Lake skate park closed due to extensive vandalism

    The skateboarding area at Veterans Park in Fox Lake has been closed and the equipment removed until spring because of extensive damage caused by vandals, village officials said Monday.

    Friends and relatives of Ammar Badie, 38, killed Friday by Egyptian security forces during clashes in Ramses Square, and also son of Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, carry the coffin Sunday while attending his funeral in Cairo’s Katameya district. Egyptian authorities raided homes of Muslim Brotherhood members Sunday in an apparent attempt to disrupt the group ahead of mass rallies by supporters of country’s ousted president.

    Egypt’s Mubarak may be released; 25 police killed

    Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on retrial for the killings of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster, could be released from custody later this week, judicial officials said Monday.

    South Africa’s Olympian Oscar Pistorius, left, and his lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, right, appear in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday. Pistorius was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend.

    Prosecution: Woman screamed, then Pistorius fired

    Oscar Pistorius was indicted Monday on a charge of murdering his girlfriend, and prosecutors said witnesses heard a woman screaming before the sound of fatal gunshots fired by the double-amputee Olympian in the early hours of Valentine’s Day. Pistorius, who was in court for the indictment and wept before proceedings began, also will face a charge of illegal possession of ammunition when he goes...


    Rivers Casino to host ‘Price Is Right’ tryouts

    CBS 2 Chicago will hold auditions seeking contestants for the popular “The Price Is Right” game show Sept. 12 at Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road in Des Plaines. Tryouts will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    A helicopter makes a drop on a dozer line around a home to protect it from the Beaver Creek Fire on Sunday outside of Ketchum, Idaho.

    Wildfires: More Idaho, Utah residents return home

    Idaho authorities on Monday were slowly allowing evacuees to return to homes that just days ago were deemed at risk from a big and erratic wildfire burning near the affluent resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.


    Mt. Prospect man commits suicide in Cook County jail

    A Mount Prospect man who was accused of stabbing his brother earlier this summer committed suicide at Cook County jail over the weekend, officials said.


    Semitrailer crash shuts down lanes of Rt. 53 for hours

    A semitrailer truck that overturned on Route 53 early Monday afternoon kept traffic down to one lane until about 4:30 p.m. Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash that happened at 12:46 p.m. on northbound Route 53 near the Lake-Cook Road exit.

    Anthony J. Galarza

    Elgin man accused of selling heroin near Carpentersville school

    A 19-year-old from Elgin was charged with selling heroin near an elementary school in Carpentersville Friday. Anthony J. Galarza, who already has two DUIs and a felony conviction for harassing a witness, faces a minimum of six years if convicted, according to police and court records.


    Carpentersville man faces jail time for contempt of ‘kangaroo’ court

    A 63-year-old Carpentersville man faces up to six months in jail and a $500 fine after being found guilty of contempt of court. In court papers, Robert Sperlazzo called for the arrest of a judge, cited the Magna Carta and dubbed Kane County a "kangaroo court" after he was sued for false impersonation of a lawyer.


    Party at the North Park in Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire officials will celebrate North Park’s 10th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 25.


    CLC pilot ground school offered:

    College of Lake County will offer an information session about a private pilot ground school that’ll start this semester.


    Fox Lake blood drive:

    The village of Fox Lake will host a LifeSource Blood Drive on Friday, Aug. 23 at the village hall, 66 Thillen Drive.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Justin M. Lepic, 32, of Aurora, was charged at 6:33 p.m. Sunday with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of cannabis, speeding and improper lane use on Randall Road south of Main Street, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Antonio de Jesus Gonzalez, 20, of Elgin, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia after a disturbance at 2:35 a.m. Aug. 10 in the 10N200 block of Muirhead Road, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Hoffman Estates recognized for fighting childhood obesity

    The National League of Cities has recognized the Village of Hoffman Estates for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for “Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties.” The village was awarded Bronze and Silver Medals in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart, for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food, and increase opportunities for physical activity.

    David Terrell catches a touchdown pass in 2004. He’s been charged with manufacture or delivery of 30-500 grams of cannabis and with battery.

    Ex-Bears WR Terrell arrested on drug charge

    Former Chicago Bears first-round draft pick David Terrell is free on bond after being arrested on a drug charge. Authorities say Terrell and two others were observed with cannabis and “materials to package and distribute narcotics” in plain view.

    Rolling Meadows officials will resume discussions Tuesday night about a proposal to expand Meacham Road, increasing the number of lanes between Emerson Avenue and Algonquin Road. The plan has been met by strong opposition from residents living near the roadway.

    Meacham Road expansion returns to Rolling Meadows agenda

    The Rolling Meadows City Council will resume discussions Tuesday on the possible expansion of Meacham Road. Proposals to widen the rural-flavored stretch of two-lane road has been controversial with neighbors, and Mayor Tom Rooney purposely postponed the council’s discussion to be sure interested residents first were informed.

    Carmel Catholic High School Tab Lab assistant Catalina Guadarrama helps Michael Tortorice with his computer tablet problem during the first day of classes Monday at the Mundelein school. Every Carmel student is given a tablet to work on during the year.

    Classes begin at Carmel Catholic High

    When students at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein reported for the first day of classes Monday, they were greeted by a new principal. Mark Ostap, formerly an assistant superintendent of administrative services in Antioch Elementary District 34, has taken the reins at the school. He replaced Lynn Strutzel this summer.

    U.S. stocks fell, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first four-day decline of the year, after energy shares dropped and Treasury yields jumped to a two-year high as investors awaited signals this week on the Federal Reserve’s stimulus plans.

    Stocks drop for a fourth straight day

    U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader market.

    Wauconda Police Chief Douglas Larsson

    Wauconda Police Chief Douglas Larsson talks about ouster

    Ousted Wauconda Police Chief Douglas Larsson on Monday said he withdrew an offer to step down as chief because of the widespread support he’s received from the community. “They took dramatic steps that they wanted the chief to stay,” Larsson told the Daily Herald in his first interview on the subject. “I felt that I owed it to them.”


    Former suburban police chief pleads guilty

    A former South suburban police chief is pleading guilty again in a fraud scheme related to a $1.25 million state grant in 2009.


    Grower recalls possibly contaminated cilantro

    Health officials are informing the public that an Ohio-based grower has voluntarily recalled 465 boxes of cilantro because of possible contamination. The product was shipped to retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio earlier this month.


    Off-duty cop suffers heart attack while on motorcycle

    An off-duty Chicago police officer died after authorities say he had a heart attack while riding his motorcycle.Police officials told the Chicago Sun-Times that the 44-year-old was in the Southwestern suburb of Willow Springs on Sunday evening when he had a heart attack while merging into traffic.


    Coast Guard saves 9 on sinking boat near Chicago

    A Chicago-based Coast Guard crew rescued nine people from a sinking vessel on Lake Michigan late Sunday. A 33-foot boat started taking on water after apparently striking a shoal about a mile from the Calumet Harbor breakwall near Chicago.

    Brook Aguilar holds up her 4-week-old son RyLee Cash Capra to meet Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden on Monday during his visit to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge. Aguilar said she rushed home Sunday night after learning of the visit to get the family’s Cubs gear.

    Cubs reliever gives sick kids reason to smile

    There hasn’t been much cause for joy among Chicago Cubs fans this season, but one North Sider gave young patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital and their families reason to smile Monday. Relief pitcher Michael Bowden spent part of the morning visiting kids at the Park Ridge hospital, signing autographs, handing out stuffed animals and raising spirits.


    St. Charles man killed in Geneva crash

    A St. Charles man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Geneva.

    This publicity photo released by TNT shows Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost in an episode 407 in the TV series, “Rizzoli & Isles.” Los Angeles police say Young was found dead Monday morning. He was 29.

    Actor Lee Thompson Young found dead at age 29

    Los Angeles police say actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday morning. Young’s manager, Jonathan Baruch, says Young took his life.

    Heidi Malcolm of Restoration Project records vocals for “God Is So Good,” one of five songs on the first EP in the hymn-writing collective’s newest effort, “Firm Foundation.”

    Lombard songwriter’s group gives old hymns new life

    A hymn-writing collective based in Lombard and St. Charles is in the midst of a fundraising campaign for a project that gives new melodies and lyrics to old Sunday-school songs. Ten original hymns like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “This Little Light of Mine” are set for an update in Restoration Project's "Firm Foundation," singer-songwriter Jay Mathes said. “The majority of songs...

    Irene Colson Ducharme, left, and Maria Weisbruch are among the members of a Facebook group about Wauconda. With more than 400 members, the group has become a popular place for interested residents to discuss village affairs.

    Facebook group gives Wauconda residents a voice

    Wauconda residents concerned about decisions being made at village hall have turned to social media to vent their frustrations and build a grass-roots political movement. With more than 400 members, the “Of Wauconda For Wauconda” Facebook group has become a popular way for locals to commiserate about village affairs, particularly the actions of Mayor Frank Bart.


    Wheaton dental clinic helps keep those in need smiling

    Good, basic dental care for an underserved population is at the heart of a new dental clinic with Lisle connections.

    Gregory Miller

    Bellwood men charged in gas station assault

    A pair of Bellwood men face aggravated battery charges after authorities say they broke a 62-year-old man’s jaw in an attack outside a Leyden Township gas station, Cook County’s Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday.

    Jason M. Mandziara

    Former Bensenville cadet charged with impersonating police officer

    A former Bensenville police cadet was charged with impersonating a police officer after he flashed a badge during a drunken-driving arrest, prosecutors said Monday. Jason Mandziara, 34, of Hoffman Estates, was ordered held on $35,000 bail by a DuPage County judge.


    Thousands in jewelry stolen from Arlington Heights home

    An estimated 75 to 80 pieces of jewelry valued at between $20,000 and $30,000 were reported stolen last week from an Arlington Heights home, police said Monday. The jewelry was taken sometime between July 29 and Aug. 2 from a box in an upstairs bedroom of the home, located in the 2000 block of Charter Point Drive, according to police reports.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet for the first time with China’s Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan at the Pentagon on Monday. Hagel is presiding over a Pentagon making a deliberate “pivot” to Asia after more than a decade of wars in the greater Middle East, and improving ties with China is at the heart of the Obama administration’s Asia strategy.

    Hagel says he will visit China next year

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he will visit China next year as part of a push to increase high-level contacts between senior U.S. and Chinese defense leaders. At a Pentagon news conference with his Chinese counterpart Hagel said the chiefs of the U.S. Army and Air Force will make separate visits to China later this year.


    Hoffman Estates gets kudos for ‘Let’s Move!’

    Hoffman Estates has gotten a high-five from the National League of Cities for its work with the "Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties" initiative, a component of first lady Michelle Obama’s commitment to ending childhood obesity.

    2012 Fit Family Award winners the Aguilar family at last year’s MainStreet Libertyville Twilight Shuffle 5K.

    MainStreet Libertyville’s Twlight Shuffle set for Sept. 1

    The 6th annual MainStreet Libertyville Twilight Shuffle 5K run is set for Sunday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. with the start/finish on Newberry in downtown Libertyville.

    Shemekia Copeland

    Little Bear Ribfest features blues and BBQ

    Chicago blues and award-winning ribs highlight the Little Bear Ribfest from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 23, and 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 24, in Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills.

    Taxicabs in Weehawken, N.J. are submerged in floodwaters in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding coastal areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy will issue a report on Monday recommending 69 measures that might help insure that coastal areas aren’t as vulnerable to future storms in an age of rising sea levels.

    Superstorm task force: Coasts should prepare for rising seas

    Coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently and realize that spending now on protective measures could save money later, according to a report issued by a presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Most of the report’s 69 recommendations focus on a simple warning: plan for future storms in an age of...

    In this image made from video, U.N. vehicles leave the entry area of a hotel Sunday after U.N. weapon inspectors get off their vehicles upon their arrival in Damascus, Syria. A team of U.N. weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday for a long-delayed mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical arms in Syria’s civil war.

    United Nations says thousands of Syrians fleeing to Iraq

    In a mass exodus, around 30,000 Syrians have fled their homeland’s bloody civil war and crossed over into neighboring Iraq’s northern self-ruled Kurdish region over the past five days, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. “Syrian refugees are still pouring into Iraq’s northern Kurdish region in huge numbers and most of them are women and children. The reason behind this sudden flow is still not...


    Boy, 7, shot on Chicago’s west side

    A 7-year-old Chicago boy was recovering at home Monday, a day after he was shot while walking his bicycle on the city’s southwest side.Investigators say the boy was likely an unintended target Sunday evening when a man on a street corner opened fire at a passing vehicle in the West Pullman neighborhood.


    Two crashes on I-90 near Busse Road slow traffic

    Two minor crashes slowed traffic this morning on westbound I-90. The first took place at 8:22 a.m. near the Des Plaines Oasis and involved one car, Illinois State Police said. One person was transported to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village with minor injuries, police said.


    CFC to celebrate Flint Creek Savanna’s 25th anniversary

    Citizens for Conservation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its award-winning Flint Creek Savanna on Saturday, Sept. 7. The celebration will include educational prairie walks, family activities, a native folklore storyteller, folk singer, giant soap bubbler, nature scavenger hunt and kids’ nature crafts.

    Daily Herald File Photo Stopping for a school bus seems elementary, but numerous drivers ignore the lowered sign and warning lights, a survey shows.

    One day of violations

    More than 85,000 drivers blew past stopped school buses in just one day, a national survey shows. With kids headed back to class, don't forget this elementary traffic rule, safety experts say. “I'll hear bus drivers honking and still people will whiz right through all seven buses there,” said Bill Farley, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 assistant superintendent for business...

    Brion Hanley

    Elgin native is state police’s top cop

    Illinois State Police Special Agent Brion Hanley always was skeptical of law enforcement officials who talked about being consumed by a case. Then came the Maria Ridulph case, the 1957 unsolved murder of a 7-year-old girl in Sycamore that Hanley worked for four years. “Now that I’ve done this high-profile case, they’re right on the money. It does consume you.” Hanley, 41,...

    Doug Domeracki Inside Dist. 94

    What does it take to be a WeGo Wildcat?

    Community High School District 94 Superintendent Doug Domeracki is looking forward to school starting on Friday so he can meet the students and begin learning what makes for a successful student at the high school in West Chicago.

    Brian Harris Inside Dist. 200

    District 200 upholds commitment to financial health

    Brian Harris, superintendent of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, explains how changes leaders have made in their approach to budgeting and financial planning have earned the school system the state's top recognition for financial strength.

    President Barack Obama waves Sunday before boarding Air Force One at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, Mass., at the conclusion of his family vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

    Obama returns from break to face Egypt, spending talks

    Fresh from a weeklong vacation, President Barack Obama has to confront such issues as the crisis in Egypt and federal spending before getting back out on the road to sell his economic proposals. Obama returned Sunday night from the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. On Thursday, the president sets out on a two-day bus trip through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to lay out ideas to help...

    In this undated photo released by Janine Gibson of The Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and partner David Miranda, are shown together at an unknown location. Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday under anti-terror legislation at Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue.

    British lawmaker to ask police to explain Snowden journalist detention

    A British lawmaker on Monday called for police to explain why the partner of a journalist who received classified information from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours at Heathrow Airport. Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said that he wants to know why police stopped David Miranda, the partner of Guardian...


    2 plans considered to stop Asian carp in Northeastern Indiana

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to study two options to try to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through a marsh in northeastern Indiana.


    Endangered Indianapolis church landmark could get new life

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis church on Indiana Landmarks’ latest list of “10 most endangered landmarks” could find new life. The Indianapolis Public Schools wanted to demolish the Phillips Temple to create more parking for neighboring Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School but has given Indiana Landmarks more time to save the building built in 1924.


    Former Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman faces third drunk driving charge

    JEFFERSON, Wis. — The former Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman is facing a third drunken driving charge. Court records show Graeme Zielinski is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court on the charge Sept. 5. The 40-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested in June in Jefferson County. In addition to drunken driving, he was also cited for driving a non-registered vehicle.


    Changes to Mega Millions to increase winners

    CHICAGO — The Mega Millions game is undergoing big changes in October. Lottery officials say the game matrix is being revised to increase the number of prize winners among those who purchase the $1 tickets. The minimum jackpot for Mega Millions is going from $12 million to $15 million, and will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing if nobody matches the numbers.


    Indiana rehab center fundraiser to show off raptors

    NASHVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana center that rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds of prey will show off some of those recuperated raptors during its annual fundraiser.


    3 Northern Indiana teens face trial after another teen shot

    GOSHEN, Ind. — Three teenagers are being tried together on murder charges stemming from their accomplice in a home invasion being fatally shot by a northern Indiana homeowner. An Elkhart County judge last week denied the requests of 17-year-old Blake Layman, 18-year-old Levi Sparks and 19-year-old Anthony Sharp Jr. for separate trials.


    Indiana Gov. Pence swearing in new state auditor

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is ready to swear in Dwayne Sawyer as the state’s next auditor, making him the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana.


    Fort Wayne teacher found dead in classroom

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — School officials in Fort Wayne say a teacher was found dead in his classroom while apparently there over the weekend preparing for the start of the school year.Police say 52-year-old Bruce Crist’s wife reported him missing Saturday night and he was found at Snider High School, where he was English teacher and tennis coach.


    Illinois State Fair attendance up, figures show

    SPRINGFIELD — Preliminary figures show attendance was up slightly at this year’s Illinois State Fair.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that nearly 854,000 people attended the fair through Saturday. That’s up nearly 3 percent from last year.


    Illinois readies new teacher certification system

    SPRINGFIELD — A new, $3.2 million computer system to track Illinois teacher certifications is set to finally go live next month after a series of delays and glitches.


    Man badly hurt in Indianapolis hit-and-run

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a man was seriously hurt when he got out of a truck on an Indianapolis street and was struck by a hit-and-run driver.The man was hit about 11 p.m. Sunday on street in the city of Beech Grove on the south side of Indianapolis.


    Wisconsin senate to consider crossbow hunting bill

    MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin Senate committee is scheduled to consider a bill that would expand crossbow use by deer hunters.The measure up for a hearing Wednesday easily passed the Assembly on a unanimous vote in June. The full Senate could pass it next month. It would need to be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.


    Judge to decide on pleas in Wisconsin fatal fire

    MADISON, Wis. — A judge is expected to decide this week whether to let a teenager’s guilty pleas in a fatal fire stand.Prosecutors have accused Jeremy Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year that killed Armin Wand’s three sons, severely injured Armin Wand’s wife and killed her unborn child.

    The top sides of a swamp oak leaves, left, and white oak leaves are much darker compared to their undersides. The underside of the swamp white oak leaves are also soft and fuzzy to the touch.

    Leaf peepers: Clues to help identify white oaks

    “There were many splendid oaks,” wrote John S. Wilcox in 1906, describing Kane County at the time of European settlement. These magnificent trees included white oaks, red oaks, black oaks and bur oaks. There were swamp white oaks and chinkapin oaks, Hill’s oaks and shingle oaks, too. Although oaks are in serious decline, these species can still be found in Kane County.

    It’s likely to be a hurry-up-and-wait kind of commute for the next two years on a 3.5-mile segment of Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora

    Dawn Patrol: Route 59 construction starts; Elgin man held on $900K bond

    Long-awaited Route 59 construction begins today in Naperville; nearly $1 million bond for Elgin man; thousands turn out for Arlington Heights art festival; strikeout call gets Cubs’ Sveum riled up

    Kent and Cindy Weik of Elk Grove Village started breeding dogs out of their home in 2009, which caused one neighbor to complain to the village, landing the couple in court.

    Elk Grove Village takes couple to court over in-home dog breeding

    For Elk Grove Village couple Cindy and Kent Weik, breeding Shih Tzus is more of a hobby than a business. Village officials disagree, and are taking the Weiks to court on a complaint alleging they're violating an ordinance barring commercial enterprises from residential neighborhoods. “I never thought to (ask) can I sell them from my home?” Cindy Welk said.


    New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, center, is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster.

    Don’t vilify Dempster for plunking A-Rod

    Ryan Dempster is being villified for going out of his way to hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. But shouldn't any pitcher be applauded for plunking A-Rod even if it's just for the fun of it?

    The Cubs dealt outfielder David DeJesus on Monday to the Washington Nationals.

    Cubs trade DeJesus to Nationals

    The Cubs admit they lost a clubhouse leader and example-setter Monday when they traded outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals, who opened a series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But the Cubs saved $2.5 million, and they'll get to see some other outfielders play.

    Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, left, celebrates with right fielder Nate Schierholtz after the Cubs' victory over the Nationals on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Samardzija went the distance for the win, and Schierholtz hit for distance with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.

    Home runs create some home cooking for Cubs

    The Cubs have had problems scoring runs lately at winning at Wrigley Field this season. But on Monday, they had no such troubles, as they hit 5 home runs and routed the Washington Nationals 11-1. Jeff Samardzija tossed his second complete game of the season. GM Jed Hoyer said the team will take a hard look at the offense this winter.

    Peter Sagan of Team Cannondale crosses the finish line first in Monday’s opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Aspen, Colo.

    Sagan wins 1st stage of USA Pro Challenge

    Cyclist Peter Sagan continued his stellar season with a two-length win and assumed the lead Monday after the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.


    Monday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    LumberKings clobber Kane County Cougars

    The Clinton LumberKings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars on Monday before 7,374 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Prospect takes the initiative, wins Early Bird

    Prospect’s girls golf team was flying solo on Monday as its chief pilot and assistants had teacher’s institute obligations. But that didn’t stop the Knights from reaching new heights. For the first time in school history, they came in with four scores under 80 and cruised to a 302-316 victory over runner-up Fremd in Conant’s 2013 Early Bird Golf Tournament at Fox Run Golf Club in Elk Grove.


    The cup runneth over for St. Charles schools in golf debut

    Golf holds the distinction of being the first out of the gate, and Geneva Country Club was once again the site for a truly once-a-year competition on Monday. Geneva and archrival Batavia were on the same side as the two Upstate Eight Conference River schools joined forces to face off against the two St. Charles high schools in a boys golf Ryder Cup-style competition, the McChesney Cup. The schools’ three-round, 36-hole tournament was as up-and-down as a national yo-yo championship, but the two St. Charles schools had too much depth in prevailing 185-175 over their league rivals in the match-play competition.


    Feder’s fine finish helps Stevenson win at Rolling Green

    Luke Feder of Stevenson was one of the last golfers to finish at Monday’s Rolling Green Invitational in Arlington Heights. The junior arrived at the scorer’s table just as darkness was about to fall, but once his teammates saw his score, they didn’t mind the tardiness a bit. Feder tied his best ever prep mark with a 1-under 71, matching teammate Jerry Pan and helping propel the Patriots to the tournament victory. Stevenson’s final tally of 292 was 10 strokes better than its nearest competitor.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, left, celebrates with right fielder Nate Schierholtz the Cubs’ 11-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

    Schierholtz’s 2 HR, 6 RBI power Cubs past Nationals 11-1

    Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in a career-high 6 runs, powering Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. Schierholtz connected for a three-run shot in the first and a two-run drive in the seventh in his fourth career multihomer game.

    Stevenson’s Nikki Marquardt, here competing last season at Lake Bluff Golf Club, has earned a future in golf at Eastern Michigan.

    Eastern Michigan-bound Marquardt makes her mark

    Nikki Marquardt committed to her golf shots Monday. The Stevenson senior then committed ... to Eastern Michigan University. Quite a day. “Yeah, it’s a steak dinner tonight,” Marquardt said with a laugh. A few hours after firing a 2-under-par 33 to earn medalist honors in Stevenson’s season-opening loss to Highland Park at Crane’s Landing in Lincolnshire, Marquardt called EMU women’s golf coach Sandy Wagner and verbally committed to the Division-I Eagles. Eastern Michigan tied its best-ever finish by placing second in the Mid-American Conference championship last spring.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman knows that the team's depth at quarterback remains an issue that he hopes to have resolved soon.

    Trestman pondering Bears' depth chart at quarterback

    There are a lot of decisions to be made at the bottom of the Bears' quarterback depth chart. Former No. 3 quarterback Matt Blanchard is out indefinitely with a fractured knuckle, but he could be back in a few weeks. In the meantime, veterans Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer are getting opportunities to compete for that spot.

    Rookie offensive lineman Kyle Long will start in the trenches in the Bears' third preseason game against the Raiders on Friday.

    Long, Mills to start again Friday in Oakland

    Rookie offensive linemen Kyle Long and Jordan Mills will start their second straight game Friday night in Oakland against the Raiders in the third preseason game, which is usually a dress rehearsal for the regular-season opener. “The right side of the line (Long at guard; Mills at tackle), we'll keep it the same this week,” said Bears coach Marc Trestman. “There were enough good things that happened that we want to give them another opportunity."

    Cuba’s first baseman Jose Abreu reacts after hitting a grand slam off China’s Liu Yu in the fifth inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan, Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Abreu’s price won’t scare off White Sox

    The White Sox saved $37 million in salary through next season by trading Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. With Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu expected to be available relatively soon, the Sox are likely to make a run at signing the power-hitting first baseman.


    Sky at Mystics

    Sky scout for Tuesday...please post on web

    Albert Pujols has partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

    Angels say slugger Pujols done for season

    The Los Angeles Angels on Monday announced slugger Albert Pujols is done for the season because of an injured left foot. Pujols hasn't played since July 26.


    Burlington C., Weber champs at CL South

    Burlington Central boys golf coach Deb Twenhafel is hoping Matt Weber would command more of a leadership role on the links for his Rockets teammates this season. The Indiana-bound Weber had his first chance to show his mettle on Monday in the 5-team Crystal Lake South invite hosted by the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, and right out of the gate the senior played the part adequately. Weber, who missed last season after being ruled ineligible by the IHSA for playing in amateur tournament after the season had begun, shot a 1-under 70 to win first place individually while the Rockets, with an 80 percent chance of losing the tournament to a District 155 school, proved the oddsmakers wrong by taking home first place with a team score of 321.

    Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month amid reports of ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers.

    Lawsuit details Braun’s efforts to fight drug test

    A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured. Ralph Sasson, a Milwaukee law student, said Braun’s agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the left fielder tested positive for steroid use.

    NASCAR driver Tony Stewart broke his right leg in a race Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

    Tony Stewart to miss rest of season

    Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14. At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend. “Hopefully, we can turn the 14 car back over to Tony an even stronger organization than what it was when he stepped away and got injured,” Martin said.

    The Sky’s Sylvia Fowles, right, knocks away a shot attempt by Seattle Storm’s Camille Little late in the second half of game Thursday in Seattle. The Sky won 79-66.

    Fowles grabs another WNBA weekly honor

    Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky and Kristi Toliver of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 12 through Sunday.


    How to get Hawks tickets for ND camp

    Tickets for the 2013 Blackhawks training camp sessions at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 will go on sale at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blackhawks officials announced Monday.


    Wolves sign defenseman Oberg

    The Chicago Wolves announced Monday they have signed 2012 Calder Cup champion Evan Oberg. Oberg posted 9 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 56 games with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch last season. He also skated in four postseason contests with the Crunch last year.

    Alex Rodriguez, center, is tended to by a trainer at first base after being hit by a pitch from Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in the second inning of Sunday’s game in Boston.

    A-Rod declines MLB challenge to release evidence

    A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez declined Major League Baseball’s challenge to make public the evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred wrote to lawyer Joseph Tacopina on Monday, urging him to waive his client’s confidentiality under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement so the documents could be released. Tacopina had said he wanted to discuss evidence publicly but was constrained by the provision.


    Sky rallies from 25 points down to win

    Sky mounts yet another late comeback, this time surviving the visiting Connecticut Sun, 89-78.


    Mike North video: Where’s Ryno?
    Dale Sveum says Starlin Castro was chastised enough by the media for his latest mistake, so Sveum played him, but Mike North already misses Ryne Sandberg since no one seems to knows how may outs there are during the game. The scoreboard must not be big enough.

    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster Sunday during the second inning in Boston.

    Dempster hit hard after hitting Rodriguez

    Ryan Dempster denied hitting Alex Rodriguez on purpose. There was no doubt, though, that the New York Yankees hit him hard. Rodriguez was hit by a fastball his first time up and then homered off Dempster to start a four-run sixth inning that rallied the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. “No. I was trying to pitch him inside,” Dempster said when asked if he hit Rodriguez on purpose.

    Associated Press A day after being benched for a mental mistake, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was back on the field. The Cubs and manager Dale Sveum knows the only way Castro can become a consistent major-league player is to play.

    Cubs, Sveum won’t give up on Castro

    Whether Starlin Castro ultimately remains at shortstop, or even a Cub for that matter, it’s in his best interests — and Dale Sveum’s — that Castro quickly climb out of this funk and become a consistent major league player. Fair or not, Sveum will be blamed by many — maybe even his bosses — if Castro can’t turn it around.

    What Commissioner Bud Selig really needs to be hoping for is a way to pick up the ever-slowing pace of major-league games.

    Let’s hope instant replay puts focus on baseball’s slow play

    Instead of the proposed instant replay reviews adding to the time of games, maybe the accompanying focus on the pace of play will serve to speed them up.



    Illinois reports second highest unemployment rate in July

    Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum.The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. Illinois reported the second highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent.

    President Barack Obama met with top banking regulators Monday for a status report with the five-year anniversary of the financial meltdown approaching this fall.

    Obama urges regulators to enact Wall Street rules

    Three years after President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of lending and high-finance rules, execution of the law is behind schedule with scores of regulations yet to be written, let alone enforced. Meeting privately with the nation’s top financial regulators on Monday, Obama prodded them to act more swiftly.

    Weeds creep up to the former Quig's country store on Route 83 in Mundelein. The building has been idle for years.

    Mundelein officials welcome new home plan for former Quig's Orchard property

    A new plan to build homes on the former Quig's Orchard on Route 83 in Mundelein has surfaced and village officials are hopeful the property will emerge from dormancy eight years after the business closed. “I think the (village) board is very receptive to the idea,” said Mayor Steve Lentz. “I think it was just a matter of time because it's a great location.”

    Chicago-based Groupon Inc. said it will disclose more detail about its financial performance after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked the largest daily-deal website to revise some of its accounting practices.

    SEC tells Groupon to disclose more financial data

    Chicago-based Groupon Inc. said it will disclose more detail about its financial performance after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked the largest daily-deal website to revise some of its accounting practices.

    A look at the 20 acres in Wheeling that will house the 288-unit apartment complex.

    Luxury apartments coming to Wheeling

    A new complex will be built at 100 and 250 Northgate Parkway in Wheeling, with 288 luxury apartment units. "Wheeling has a vision for its community, and we see it and we want to be a part of it," said Warren James of Reva Development Partners.


    Use social, traditional media to deliver sales message

    To determine the best way to reach your customer base with a sales-marketing message, you really need to know how your targets respond to various types of media — and messages. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall explores the issue.

    Specialist Stephen Naughton works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks edge higher, led by technology

    U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading early Monday, led by technology companies, but many investors continued to focus on the quick rise in bond yields. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 21 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,102. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1659. The technology-focused Nasdaq composite index rose 17 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,651.


    New 6.3-inch Samsung phone approaches tablet size

    NEW YORK — Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big.With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: it makes phone calls. Samsung says the Mega is a hybrid that combines the portability of a smartphone with the immersive experience that a tablet offers for movies, books, music and games.Samsung Electronics Co. is known for big phones. Its flagship Galaxy S4 is 5 inches, while the Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches. Apple’s iPhone 5 is 4 inches.AT&T Inc. says it will start selling it Friday for $150 with a two-year service contract. It’s also coming to Sprint and U.S. Cellular.


    Oil falls below $107 as stock markets stall

    Associated PressThe price of oil fell below $107 a barrel Monday as traders pondered the effects of the Egyptian crisis on transport costs and whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for September delivery was down 62 cents to $106.84 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 13 cents to close at $107.46 on Friday, which was its sixth straight day of gains, attributed to the continuing violence in Egypt.The country has been wracked by ongoing clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the military-backed government. Nearly 900 people have died in the violence so far.Egypt is not a major oil exporter, but there is concern that an escalation in fighting could spread to neighboring countries or disrupt the Suez Canal, a major trade route."It is extremely unlikely that the riots will cause any disruption to oil shipments through the Suez Canal and the neighboring Sumed pipeline, two transport routes which together transport up to 4.5 million barrels of crude oil and oil products per day," analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt said in a report. "Nonetheless, the risk that the unrest might hamper transport does justify a risk premium on the oil price."Carl Larry of Oil Outlooks and Opinions said that while he doesn't believe the Suez will close, "this means nothing to the companies that are going to increase insurance for shipping through the Canal. That in turn increases the costs and that eventually gets passed on to your friendly neighborhood oil consumer."Oil prices rose early Monday in Asia but then dropped, in tune with global stock markets. Many investors are reluctant to make a major move until the Fed clearly signals its intentions. It is widely held that the Fed will begin to reduce its $85 billion a month in asset purchases as early as September.The Fed's stimulus policy has lowered interest rates and made oil and other commodities a more attractive investment by offering potentially higher returns.Brent crude, which is used to price imported crude used by many U.S. refineries, was up 3 cents to $110.43 a barrel for October delivery on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading:— Heating oil was up 0.45 cent to $3.0949 per gallon.— Wholesale gasoline added 0.96 cent to $2.856 a gallon.— Natural gas rose 7.5 cents to $3.443 per 1,000 cubic feet.———Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.

    Tony Brown, left, a Department of Transportation retiree, listens to union leaders talk about what Detroit’s bankruptcy filing means to thousands of retirees during a meeting in Detroit. Monday is the deadline for a host of banks, bond insurers, two employee pension systems and others standing to lose big if a federal judge declares Detroit insolvent to legally file their objections to the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

    Detroit creditors reach deadline to object to bankruptcy

    The deadline day has arrived for creditors to oppose Detroit’s request for bankruptcy protection. Federal Judge Steven Rhodes has set Monday as the eligibility objection deadline in the bankruptcy petition by Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr. Creditors include bond holders, insurers, banks, the city’s two employee pension systems, individuals and companies.

    More than 15 million workers earn the national minimum wage, making about $15,080 a year — $50 below the federal poverty line for a family of two. San Francisco currently has the highest minimum wage for all workers at $10.50 an hour.

    Campaign seeks to push Seattle minimum wage to $15

    Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. Now, there’s a push in Seattle, at least, to make it $15. That would mean fast food workers, retail clerks, baristas and other minimum wage workers would get what protesters demanded when they shut down a handful of city restaurants in May and others called for when they demonstrated nationwide in July.

    Max Armstrong of Naperville, longtime agricultural broadcaster on WGN Radio and on satellite TV, stands in front of his Farmall 560 tractor made in 1962 by International Harvester.

    Max Armstrong gives tractor enthusiasts their own app

    Kukec's People features Max Armstrong, a long-time agricultural broacaster for TV and radio who lives in Naperville, has launched his first app for tractor enthusiasts. He even enjoys collecting antique tractors himself.

    Bex Anderson is the owner of The Fitting Room in Grayslake, a shop that specializes in bra fittings, hard-to-find sizes, and specialty styles.

    Owner of The Fitting Room in Grayslake says store fills void in market
    The Fitting Room in Grayslake specializes in bra fittings, hard-to-find sizes, and specialty styles inclukding sports bras and maternity bras. We talk to the owner about why she launched the business.

Life & Entertainment


    Guardianship can empower parents

    If you have a child with a disability that may prevent them from making sound decisions, an impending 18th birthday means that you should be making some decisions about whether or not to petition for guardianship.


    How to avoid the sting of senioritis

    For returning seniors, this is their last year where they will ultimately pick the college they want to attend after they graduate high school. But for some, being accepted to the college of their choice is enough for them to start slacking off late in the year.

    John Seigenthaler will host Al-Jazeera America’s central nightly newscast when the network goes on the air Tuesday.

    Al-Jazeera America prepares for Tuesday launch

    Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization, will finally establish a firm foothold on American television Tuesday after a decade of trying. At 2 p.m., Al Gore’s former Current TV will turn out the lights in more than 45 million TV homes, replaced by the new U.S. affiliate of Al-Jazeera.

    Gabriela Francesca of Palatine won Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent earlier this month.

    Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent winner not just a pretty voice

    Palatine resident Gabriela Francesca won Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent this summer by singing pop and R&B tunes made famous by the likes of Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars and Shirley Bassey. But doing covers isn’t the only artistic trick Francesca has up her sleeve. This 19-year-old also writes her own songs, plays acoustic guitar and performs with her self-titled band in Boston where she is a student at Berklee College of Music. See her perform locally at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect and Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg before returning to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    Alex Band, a member of the rock band The Calling, reports being abducted and robbed early Sunday after performing at a festival in Michigan.

    The Calling’s singer says he was attacked in Michigan

    The lead singer of the rock group The Calling says he was abducted, beaten and robbed after performing at a festival in Michigan. The group tells The Associated Press that Alex Band was attacked outside a store in Lapeer early Sunday.

    Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive an honor for contributions to civil rights. Franklin, 71, has already canceled several concerts recently because of undisclosed health reasons. In a statement issued Monday by Major League Baseball, the Grammy-winning singer referred to ongoing “treatment” that prevented her from traveling.

    Aretha Franklin not attending baseball luncheon

    Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a “Beacon” award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled several concerts recently because of undisclosed health reasons. In a statement issued Monday by Major League Baseball, the Grammy-winning “Queen of Soul” referred to ongoing “treatment” that prevented her from traveling.

    Claire Schooley, center, works from home as she helps husband David Schooley balance life between Alzheimer's disease and caring for their children, Nathaniel, 12, and Hannah, 6.

    Determining Alzheimer's early on critical to patients, families

    Without timely diagnosis, people with Alzheimer's lose valuable months when medications can most effectively slow their memory loss. The delay in diagnosis robs families of the chance to enjoy their time together and make financial and legal plans for the future.

    Speck Mellencamp, center, leaves the Monroe County Jail after being booked in to and bonded out of jail in Bloomington, Ind., Friday. Speck Mellencamp and his brother Hud Mellencamp, 19, sons of rock star John Mellencamp, face felony battery charges stemming from a July incident during which police say they punched and kicked a 19-year-old man they assaulted on his front porch.

    2nd Mellencamp son surrenders on battery charges

    The second of rocker John Mellencamp’s sons has surrendered for arrest on charges of punching and kicking a 19-year-old man in southern Indiana. A Monroe County jail officer says 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp was released on bond after being booked early Monday on the felony battery charges. Eighteen-year-old Speck Mellencamp bonded out of jail on those charges Friday.

    Watch out for too much sugar in your diet — even a very small amount can have consequences.

    Your Health: Dangers of too much sugar

    Learn how much sugar is too much sugar in your diet, and what natural beauty tricks really work and why.

    “Disney Infinity” is an open-world, 3-D game of unlimited possibilities in which the player can control one of a myriad of Disney characters.

    'Disney Infinity' invites you to dream big

    The anticipated “Disney Infinity” is essentially like taking all of your toys, dumping them on the ground and creating an engaging adventure. Why not let Buzz Lightyear ride Dumbo? Or invite Mickey Mouse to hang out with Wreck-It Ralph? There's one limitation: the characters have to belong to The Walt Disney Co. The starter kit comes with figurines of Mr. Incredible, Capt. Jack Sparrow and Sulley, and “play sets” for their corresponding movies. The initial play sets offer an engaging mix of video-game genres. The Incredibles leap tall buildings and battle evil robots. Capt. Jack engages in swordplay and commands a pirate ship. And the Monsters U. students conduct a stealthy war of pranks against their rivals at Fear Tech.

    John Mayer, “Paradise Valley”

    Pretty melodies, not much more from Mayer

    Even those of us who have yet to date and break up with John Mayer may find "Paradise Valley" unlikeable. Kids are apt to spend some time with the hummable tunes before moving on to more fulfilling relationships.

    Oprah Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines and Forest Whitaker is Cecil Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

    15 years later, Oprah is back in the movies

    The day before Oprah Winfrey began shooting “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” she was at the White House, talking to the president. Her access to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (this particular trip was for a 2012 campaign interview) is considerably greater than her character’s in the film. She plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of a long-serving White House butler (Forest Whitaker), whose service spans seven presidents and decades of civil rights sea changes. “They said, ‘Do you want to talk to some butlers?’” Winfrey recalled in a recent interview. “I said, ‘No. You got some butlers’ wives? I’ll talk to them.’”


    High-risk smokers urged to get imaging scans

    Ten million high-risk smokers aged 55 and older should get imaging scans each year to detect lung cancer when it is small and can be treated, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Lung malignancies are the No. 1 cancer killer in the U.S., accounting for more than one in every four cancer deaths each year. While breast and prostate malignancies are both more common, they are less deadly, according to the American Cancer Society. Screening for lung tumors, done properly, could save 20,000 lives each year, said Virginia Moyer, chair of the panel.

    Older people who are fighting illness and pain often suffer from depression.

    Seniors struggle to cope with pain, depression

    A year ago, Bernard Belisle was in a bad way. Pain throbbed in his legs all day, every day, and he was angry and irritable much of the time. Then, he enrolled in a novel study on preventing depression in older adults at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Belisle says the move has changed his life. While this 73-year-old still has pain, he’s less oppressed by it after four months of therapy that taught him new ways to adapt to his osteoarthritis.

    Walking lunge with twist

    Functional training can add impact, challenge to your workout

    Is your current exercise routine specific to your needs? Are the exercises helping or hindering you? Are you getting results? These are all questions worth asking yourself when assessing or re-evaluating your workouts. Functional training can be described as working your body as a unit — as it’s meant to move, rather than isolating specific muscles.

    “Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex” by Bethenny Frankel

    Original Skinnygirl scoop on living life well

    Many women ask if they can have it all. In her new book, “Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex,” Bethenny Frankel says you can, just not all at once. Frankel has been a Hollywood assistant, event planner, professional chef and reality TV star, making her experienced in many areas. She’ll soon launch a national talk show and is a notable entrepreneur, with multimillion-dollar businesses from pre-made cocktails and nutritional foods to shapewear and workout equipment — all aimed at women. She knows exactly who her customers are, and attributes her success to understanding what women want and how to solve their problems.


    3-D biopsies offer new hope in fight against breast cancer

    Some women tested for breast cancer now have a faster screening option that eventually could supplant older screening techniques across the country. In June, Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania became the first hospital in the country to perform a 3-D guided breast biopsy, a procedure that more quickly and accurately locates possible cancers and exposes patients to less radiation than older methods, said Dr. Jules Sumkin, chief of radiology at Magee.

    Versatile weights known as SteelBells, neoprene discs stuffed with steel shot, are turning gym goers into disc jockeys.

    SteelBells expand workout repertoire

    Funny thing about the TRX/Kettlebell Boot Camp classes held 12 times a week at Washington’s Reformation Fitness: They don’t use a single kettlebell. Instead, instructor Bo Hickey has his students heave around neoprene discs stuffed with steel shot. These pancake-shaped weights called SteelBells don’t much resemble kettlebells — which look like cannonballs with a handle attached — but they can do all the same tricks and more, Hickey says.


    Memory lapse may be early warning for Alzheimer’s

    Doctors who tell their aging patients not to fret about memory lapses may be doing them a disservice, according to new studies that suggest they may be the earliest discernible signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The condition, dubbed subjective cognitive decline, is one of the hottest new areas in dementia research. Five reports presented at the Alzheimer’s Association meeting in Boston found healthy people who say their thinking is growing cloudy may already have changes in their brains and are twice as probable to be subsequently diagnosed with a cognitive disorder.


    Prevent kidney stones with diet and lifestyle changes

    I recently passed a kidney stone — and I would do anything to prevent another one from forming. Can kidney stones be prevented?


    2 stem cell patients stop HIV drugs, no virus seen

    Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped anti-retroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said. The Harvard University researchers stressed it was too early to say the men have been cured, but said it was an encouraging sign that the virus hasn’t rebounded in their blood months after drug treatment ended.

    Runners in the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis.

    Are marathoners running into heart trouble?

    Bill Wenmark has run 104 marathons and personally taught more than 4,000 first-time marathoners. He isn’t about to be scared away from either endeavor. But Wenmark, founder of the Twin Cities-based ALARC running club, is watching with increasing angst as the medical community voices new concerns about marathon running — along with other so-called “extreme fitness” events such as Iron Man triathlons, boot-camp-inspired obstacle courses and long-distance bike and ski racing. The concerns have nothing to do with joint and bone injuries. Some doctors now say marathoning can cause heart damage.

    Slipcovered furniture, like Restoration Hardware's roll-arm slipcovered sofa, is a beach house classic; for family barbecues, thereís no better seating than a picnic table like this Pemaquid table from Walpole Woodworkers.

    At the beach, nautical, but not overboard

    If there's one style that never goes out of style, it's the nautical, beach-inspired look, perhaps because of the nostalgia that it carries with it. The trick to creating that cozy waterside atmosphere inside your home, though, is to avoid the kitsch and keep it looking natural.


    Where restoration rises to an art form

    While strolling down the gleaming aisles at the Nethercutt Museum, each row may seem like any other world-class auto collection. Yet one distinguishing factor sets the Sylmar, Calif., auto mecca apart: the hands-on legacy bestowed by its founder, J.B. Nethercutt.



    Sequestration began in White House
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Note to Tom Teune, Aug. 10: it was Obama and his White House team that came up with sequestration.


    Be careful about dates for the Bible
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I generally agree with Harold Knudsen’s letter of Aug. 9 (“Don’t dismiss the Bible as irrelevant”). However, he says, “The Bible is as relevant in 2013 as it was in the year 213.”


    Religion should not obstruct gay marriage
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In almost every letter, the Christian Bible is quoted at members of all other faiths as a presumed standard of morality upon which laws regarding access to or denial of civil marriage are to be based.


    Do privileges for few extend to prisons?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I wonder if Jesse Jackson Jr. will be able to order special food or if posh restaurants will be sending him a menu from which he will be able to choose and select his order of the day.


    Consider debt in financial outlook
    A Glencoe letter to the editor: A focus on current reserves is similar to only focusing on the $10,000 in your savings account without considering your credit card debt of $13,000.


    GOP needs immigration reform
    A letter to the editor: Sen. Lindsay Graham, Sen. John McCain and others are warning Republicans that they need to get behind a total immigration reform bill if they expect to capture any of the Hispanic vote in 2016 (or maybe 2014.) But that doesn’t seem to deter the haters.


    Dads need to take kids back to school
    A letter to the editor: The first day of school is special, and must be safe. Dads need to take their kids back to school to protect them along the way and show support for their education. A father’s presence would surely make a gangbanger think twice. According to Detective Wayne Halick, a director of the Fatherhood Educational Institute, “paternal involvement is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, deterrents to youth violence.”


    Don’t omit religion in women’s rights
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: This is in response to several articles that question the religious ‘take’ on women’s rights. But what is the real problem here?


    Writer ignores Christian principles himself
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Regarding a letter on Aug. 9, the writer cites the Bible as authority to condemn homosexuals. He mistakenly claims this is a Christian nation, founded by Christians on Christian principles. The Founding Fathers were deists, believers in a natural creator who eschew religion, dogma, the Trinity and miracles. They did not believe in the story of a risen Christ.


    Blame Democrats for sequestration
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: The sequestration is not the fault of the Republican members of Congress.


    Policy on school spending unfair to unemployed
    A Chicago letter to the editor: It is completely unfair for the Illinois Department of Employment Security to prevent an unemployment beneficiary from receiving further education using the threat of withholding unemployment benefits. A recent unemployed person is forced to choose between receiving a further education and receiving their unemployment benefits.


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    A Lisle letter to the editor: I read recently in The Wall Street Journal that Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal informed the Saudi oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, that the U.S. boon in shale oil and gas will reduce its thirst for Saudi crude oil.


    Choosing not to dance with Satan
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: It saddens me to be witnessing the moral decline of this great nation. Our society, media, state and federal governments, the Supreme Court and the United Nations have been, for the last 50 years, morphing and bowing to Satan (the father of lies). This country is rejecting God and all that is good and holy, which made the United States great and set us apart from all other nations.


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