Daily Archive : Monday August 26, 2013


    From left, Bears beat writer Bob LeGere, fantasy football columnist John Dietz, and and sports writer Joe Aguilar participate in a Daily Herald-hosted Fantasy Football preview event for about 100 subscribers Monday at Rack House Kitchen and Tavern in Arlington Heights.

    Fantasy football fans get advice from Daily Herald writers

    With the NFL regular season still 10 days away from opening night, select Daily Herald subscribers fed their fantasy football frenzy by attending a question-and-answer session Monday night with the newspaper's pro football experts.

    Firefighters treat a dog they rescued from a burning apartment building Monday afternoon in Villa Park.

    2 firefighters, dog recovering after Villa Park fire

    Two firefighters and a dog are recovering after an apartment fire in Villa Park Monday afternoon.Villa Park firefighters received a call at 12:17 p.m. for a smoke investigation on the 0-100 block of West Terrace Street in a three-story, five-unit apartment building.


    Football Focus is back. And better!
    The Daily Herald launches a refurbished Football Focus site that adds more video including live game action while also using a responsive design technique to enable fans to more easily view it on tablets and smartphones as well as the traditional website.


    New Illinois lawmaker sworn in

    Republican John Anthony has become the newest member of the Illinois General Assembly. He was sworn in Monday at the Grundy County courthouse in Morris. Anthony, a Plainfield resident, was chosen by Republican officials to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris. He’ll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state legislature since the 1980s.


    Fire at UPS sorting facility in Addison

    Packing materials in the UPS regional sorting facility in Addison caught fire Monday afternoon. The blaze was called in at 4:12 p.m. at the facility, 150 S. Lombard, and Addison firefighters extinguished the fire within 10 minutes of arrival, said Battalion Chief Scott Walker.

    Kurtis Worley

    Addison man denies murdering his wife

    An Addison man accused of murdering his wife last month has denied the charges against him. Kurtis Worley, 33, faces five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, armed violence and aggravated domestic battery.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that chemical weapons were used in Syria and accused Assad of destroying the evidence.

    Kerry: Syria’s chemical arms use ‘moral obscenity’

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday outlined the clearest justification yet for U.S. military action in Syria, saying there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack, with intelligence strongly signaling that Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible.


    District 87 OKs funding for capital projects

    There’s a whole host of work Glenbard High School District 87 officials want to tackle over the course of the next decade at the four district high schools: classroom renovations and additions, roofing and mechanical work, and the addition of air conditioning to remaining areas at Glenbard East and West. In order to accelerate some of that work and take advantage of low interest rates, the school...

    Bob Grogan

    DuPage auditor running for state treasurer

    DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan says he’s running for state treasurer. The Republican put out a news release Monday saying that he will announce his candidacy during a news conference Tuesday at the Du Quoin State Fair.

    Stanford E. Thompson

    Chicago man charged with criminal sexual assault

    A 25-year-old Elgin woman was lured away from a party early Saturday morning by a man she met there and sexually assaulted behind a garage. Stanford E. Thompson, 33, of Chicago, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault by force and faces up to 30 years in prison. He was arrested after several people heard the woman's screams for help.

    Derrick Shelby

    Chicago man pleads guilty to Streamwood supermarket robbery

    A 61-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday to the 2012 armed robbery of a Streamwood Aldi. Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced Derrick Shelby to 9 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea. Charges are still pending against Shelby's two co-defendants.


    IHSA requires insurance for student athletes

    The Illinois High School Association has approved a policy to make sure its members are complying with a new law requiring them to get catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.

    First grade teacher Lynda Jensen walks with her class of 30 children at Willow Glenn Elementary School in San Jose, Calif. The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia with the goal of making sure the nation’s high school graduates leave school ready for college or a job.

    What are the Common Core State Standards?

    The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states with the goal of better preparing the nation’s students for college or a job. Despite their widespread adoption, many parents don’t know what the standards are or whether their state has adopted them. Here are some common questions and their answers.

    President Barack Obama awards U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry Monday, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

    Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

    President Barack Obama bestowed nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as “the essence of true heroism,” one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.

    Lacy Ousley

    Teen accused of 2nd Elgin burglary 1 month into probation

    Less than a month after getting probation for a smash-and-grab burglary of an Elgin cellphone store, a 19-year-old was arrested Sunday in Elgin on felony burglary to motor vehicle charges, according to court records. Lacy Ousley, formerly of Elgin and now of the 1400 block of West 51st Street, Chicago, was being held on $25,000 bail and faces up to seven years in prison on the most recent charges...

    Eugene Jonsson

    Arlington Heights police still searching for missing elderly man

    Arlington Heights police are still looking for an elderly man who was last seen early Friday morning.


    Boat races in Wauconda:

    Sign up now to enter Wauconda’s 12th annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races.


    Fairfield Road to close next month

    The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Fairfield Road to through traffic from Petite Lake Road to Route 132 beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 for 14 calendar days.


    Independence Grove bomb threat results in lost revenue

    A bomb threat last month that closed the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville for more than three days resulted in $25,785 in lost revenue for the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

    A fire truck drives past burning trees as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Monday. Crews working to contain one of California’s largest-ever wildfires gained some ground against the flames threatening San Francisco’s water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias.

    Wildfire closing in on SF Bay area’s water source

    A raging wildfire in Yosemite National Park rained ash on the reservoir that is the chief source of San Francisco’s famously pure drinking water, and utility officials Monday scrambled to send more water toward the metropolitan area before it becomes tainted.


    Cops: Van hits runner in Gurnee

    Gurnee police say they are investigating a collision between a runner and the driver of a KinderCare-owned passenger van Monday morning.

    Angel A. Perez

    North Aurora police seek info on items found in burglary investigation

    North Aurora police are seeking help returning some items to their rightful owners, after charging two men earlier this month with burglaries.


    Fox Valley police reports
    NIne people were cited following an underage drinking party last weekend in Crystal Lake, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

    Mark Kirk

    Kirk advocates missile strike on Syria

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is advocating for the U.S. to launch a missile strike at the Syrian regime which is believed to have used chemical weapons on civilians. Kirk made the comments Monday while visiting the Rock Island Arsenal.


    Madigan pension fix would save $25 billion less than estimated

    The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought. That’s because the Teachers Retirement System — one of Illinois’ five pension systems — says it made a mistake in its calculations.


    Nurses file complaint about Maryville hospital

    The Illinois Nurses Association says it has filed an unfair labor practice complaint involving nurses at a psychiatric hospital in Des Plaines. The union said Monday that Maryville Academy Behavioral Health Hospital hasn’t negotiated with the nurses on mandatory bargaining issues since talks began earlier this year.


    Body found near route students take to school

    Authorities say a body was found in garbage container located nearly a block from a route taken by Chicago children to their public school.

    Kachemak interacts with trainers in 2009 at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The 23-year-old sea otter was euthanized over the weekend.

    Shedd Aquarium euthanizes 23-year-old otter

    A sea otter found abandoned in Alaska at less than 6 weeks old in 1990 was considered the oldest sea otter living in any North American zoo or aquarium when she was euthanized over the weekend, Shedd Aquarium officials said Monday.


    Judge rules on Chicago vacant-buildings law

    A federal judge in Chicago dealt a blow to a city ordinance designed to address neighborhood blight caused by vacant buildings in foreclosure — though the city said Monday it would keep pressing for better maintenance of such properties.


    Court sets arguments in concealed-carry case

    Gun rights advocates trying to force a ruling to make Illinois’ concealed-carry law take immediate effect will have to wait at least more than a month for the decision from a federal appeals court.

    Chicago police patrol the neighborhood as Crystal Stoval delivers her niece Kayla Porter from their South Side home to Gresham Elementary School on the first day of classes Monday.

    Guards walk Chicago children to school

    Thousands of Chicago children whose schools were shuttered last spring walked to new ones on the first day of school Monday under the watchful eye of police officers and newly hired safety guards there to provide protection as the kids crossed unfamiliar streets — many of them gang boundaries.

    Freshman Aisis Julian, 14, has a tough start to her first day back to school at Maine West High School, maneuvering through a hallway full of classmates after having injured her ankle in volleyball tryouts.

    Maine West school year starts with new tools

    The first day of school is pretty much the same in any district, but incoming Maine Township High School District 207 freshman and sophomore students have a treat in store this year. The students are required to purchase Google Chromebook laptops from the district as part of a new program that eventually will eliminate the need for physical textbooks in the classroom.


    Republican family picnic in Busse Woods on Sept. 8

    The annual Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve — Grove 27 near Elk Grove Village. The event is open to the public.

    Patrick Finlon

    Lake Zurich police trying to restart Citizen Police Academy

    Lake Zurich police are trying to revive a program designed to give residents a chance to gain insight about their daily work. Provided enough applicants surface, the Lake Zurich Citizen Police Academy would launch a 10-week program Sept. 10.

    Barbara Intihar

    District 200 to ask residents: What do you want?

    In April, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 voters resoundingly said no to building a new $17.6 million Jefferson Early Childhood Center. Now the district wants to see exactly what the community will say yes to.

    This field on Route 59 south of Ogden Avenue and 75th Street in Naperville is the future home of the 138-townhouse Mayfair phase two development after the Naperville City Council rezoned the site from commercial to residential.

    Rezoned land ready for townhouses in Naperville

    A cornfield on Route 59 in Naperville will be replaced by 138 townhouses instead of stores after the city council rezoned the land for residential use.


    Man accused of recording woman through window in Wheeling

    A Glenview man has been charged with unauthorized video recording after he looked into windows and videotaped a Wheeling woman without her consent, police said. A Cook County judge ordered Shuujin Vanchig, 37, held on $10,000 bail.


    Girl killed in Round Lake Beach crash a first-grader at Ellis School

    School officials have confirmed a 6-year-old girl who died from injuries suffered Saturday in a two-vehicle crash in Round Lake Beach was a student at Round Lake Area School District 116. Leyzle Artega, of Round Lake, was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. Saturday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. A District 116 spokeswoman said Leyzle was a first-grader at Raymond Ellis Elementary...

    Kari Krzemkowski, director of finance for Little Friends in Naperville, does her first round of 10 push-ups during the Big Push-ups for Little Friends fundraiser hosted by Midwest Fit Club. The event challenged teams of people to take turns doing push-ups for an hour and the gym donated 5 cents for every push-up completed in 24 hours.

    Naperville gym completes 41,251 push-ups for Little Friends

    Walkathons, 5K runs, long-distance bike races and even jumping jack challenges are tried-and-true in the world of fitness-based fundraisers, but there's at least one common calisthenic that gets neglected: The push-up. Midwest Fit Club in south Naperville took the often-dreaded exercise and made it the star of the show for an entire 24 hours as the gym hosted its first Big Push-ups for Little...


    Schaumburg store sells $1 million winning lottery ticket

    A Schaumburg store sold a winning $1 million ticket for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, Illinois Lottery officials said Monday. The winner, who has yet to come forward, purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at The Atrium Shop, 1501 Woodfield Road.

    Elizabeth Chaplin

    Group: DuPage County doesn’t need higher campaign donation cap

    If DuPage County Board members allow themselves to accept more money from campaign donors doing or seeking county government work, it won’t be because an existing cap on contributions is unenforceable, according to a government watchdog group.


    Attorney: Woman’s suicide at Kane County jail ‘maddening’

    Authorities continue to investigate a Friday suicide by a 52-year-old South Elgin woman who they say hanged herself at the Kane County jail. Teri Hart was awaiting sentencing after being convicted two weeks ago of aggravated battery to a police officer. Her death marks the second at the jail since May 2012, when a Minnesota man killed himself. Hart's attorney called the incident "maddening."

    Mary Ellen Gabler trains with former Russian skater Oleg Podvalny, who also coaches Gracie Gold, the reigning U.S. silver medalist.

    Arlington Hts. figure skater, 64, is cleaning up on the 'silver' circuit

    Mary Ellen Gabler of Arlington Heights didn't start figure skating until she was 41, but today she's a champion on the ice. She took first place in the Adult Silver division of the Chicago Open, and this December she will be a featured soloist at the Hoffman Estates Park District's winter ice show. “My original goal was to be able to skate backward,” Gabler says. “That...

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning holds a photograph from the memorial for victims of the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, at his home in Lacey, Wash. Manning still carries two bullets in his body from the shooting that killed 13 and wounded over 30.

    Fort Hood jury hears from soldier shot in head

    Jurors deciding whether to impose a rare military death sentence on the Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 heard testimony Monday from victims and their families, including a soldier who was expected to die after being shot in the head.


    Palatine library celebrates cardholders in September

    September is National Library Card Sign-up month and the Palatine Public Library District will celebrate with give-aways and contests for current and first-time cardholders. Visit any of our locations during the month of September to get a first-time library card and receive a welcome gift! Current cardholders who use their cards at the library will receive a thank-you gift as well.

    Learning Express store manager John Flanagan says he expects to see a bump in sales of the Rainbow Loom now that kids are back in school and spreading the word about the latest children’s bracelet craze.

    Learning Express still going strong in Geneva

    With the closure of the Learning Express store along Randall Road in Algonquin this summer, some have been worried that the store’s counterpart in Geneva would close too — leaving them without a spot to buy popular items like the Rainbow Loom, Calico Critters and Smencils. But owners John and Sarah Flanagan — who ran both locations — say the opposite is true.

    Christa Lawrence, a Mundelein resident and artist who specializes in handmade custom pet caricatures, founded the Mundelein Arts Festival in 2011.

    Mundelein Arts Festival is set for Sept. 7-8

    The third annual Mundelein Arts Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, in Mundelein's Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There are over 5,000 species of frogs known to exist, 10 of which are native to Illinois.

    Scientists work to keep frog population from dwindling

    While attending the youth library program "Animals in the Garden," a young patron from the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire asked, "What are the different types of frogs?"

    Abby Riskus, 7, has difficulty reaching the top shelf of her locker to store school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

    District 15 students resume journey with first day back at school

    More than 12,000 students headed back to class this morning as Palatine Township Elementary District 15 kicked off another school year. Their return coincided with a brief letter Superintendent Scott Thompson emailed parents describing education as not so much a destination but rather a journey.

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden spent two days in the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong directly before flying to Moscow on what turned out to be an abortive attempt to reach asylum in Latin America, the respected newspaper Kommersant reported Monday, citing unidentified sources in Snowden’s circle and the Russian government.

    Report: Snowden reached out to Russia back in Hong Kong

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden spent two days in the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong directly before flying to Moscow on what turned out to be an abortive attempt to reach asylum in Latin America, the respected newspaper Kommersant reported Monday, citing unidentified sources in Snowden’s circle and the Russian government. If true, this would suggest greater Russian involvement in Snowden’s efforts to...


    Forecast calling for temperatures to soar this week

    Summer might be winding down, but the forecast is calling for temperatures to ramp up this week. High temperatures are expected to break the 90 degree mark today and Tuesday, according to weather.com. Factor in the humidity, and it could feel like more than 100 degrees outside the next two days.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, shakes hand with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. Afghanistan’s president urged neighboring Pakistan to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban during a visit to Islamabad on Monday, but expectations were low in both countries that much progress would be made in jump-starting negotiations.

    Afghan leader in Pakistan to discuss peace talks

    Afghanistan’s president urged neighboring Pakistan to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban during a visit to Islamabad on Monday, but expectations were low in both countries that much progress would be made in jumpstarting negotiations.

    A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl, Sarah Murnaghan, who is recovering from two double lung transplants, is expected to be released from the hospital this week.

    Pa. girl to leave hospital after lung transplants

    A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants is expected to be released from the hospital this week, a spokeswoman for the girl’s family said Monday. Tracy Simon said a final decision hasn’t been made on exactly when Sarah Murnaghan will leave Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants earlier...

    Wauconda will host its 14th annual street dance from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.

    Wauconda to hold annual street dance

    Wauconda’s Main Street will be rocking and rolling when the town’s 14th annual street dance kicks off Aug. 31.

    Two of Egypt’s former militant groups are offering an initiative to halt the country’s political violence, the groups’ leaders said Monday.

    Egyptian Islamist groups seek truce

    Two of Egypt’s former militant groups are offering an initiative to halt the country’s political violence, in which supporters of the ousted Islamist president will stop street protests if the military-backed government stops its crackdown on them, the groups’ leaders said Monday. The initiative led by Egypt’s Gamaa Islamiya and Islamic Jihad movements, which waged an insurgency in the 1990s,...

    In this image taken from video, former Chinese politician Bo Xilai looks up in a courtroom at Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan, eastern China’s Shandong province, Monday. A prosecutor urged a Chinese court Monday to punish disgraced politician Bo with a severe sentence because of his lack of remorse over alleged corruption and abuse of power, in a trial that has offered a glimpse into the shady inner workings of China’s elite.

    China’s Bo drops love triangle charge at trial end

    China’s most sensational trial in decades ended Monday with disgraced politician Bo Xilai hinting at a love triangle involving his wife and former right-hand man — both key witnesses against him — as he made last-ditch efforts to redeem his reputation. The prosecution countered by saying Bo should be severely punished because he showed no remorse in the five-day corruption trial in the eastern...

    Ryan Carnan was shot and killed by police Saturday in Simi Valley, Calif., after police say Carnan killed his mother, then shot up his neighborhood.

    Police say man shot mom, fled on tractor

    A 29-year-old man killed his mother, set her house on fire and then shot randomly at passers-by in a Southern California neighborhood before officers, who had confronted him as he attempted to flee by tractor onto an equestrian trail, shot him dead, police said. Police said the chaotic violence began to unfold shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when Ryan Carnan is believed to have shot his mother to...

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Western nations calling for military action against Syria have no proof that the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack.

    Russia: No proof Syria govt. behind chemical strike

    Western nations that are calling for military action against Syria have no proof the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. France, Britain, Israel and some U.S. congressmen have said military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime should be an option if it has used such weapons. A U.N. team is on the...

    On Oct. 3, 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sat at his desk on Liberty Island in New York Harbor as he signed a new immigration bill. It was in 1965 that the U.S. government radically changed its immigration policy, and planted the seeds for America’s current demographic explosion, a shift that historians say happened in part because of a hunger for change and equality created by the civil rights movement.

    Civil rights and immigration history connected

    When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds come together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn’t nearly on the political radar then like it is today. “They were fighting for equality, and that’s...


    Dawn Patrol: Zion baby not found; Tour of Elk Grove canceled

    Landfill search ended for body of missing Zion baby; future Tour of Elk Grove races canceled over scheduling dispute; girl, 6, dies from injuries suffered in Round Lake Beach crash; Buffalo Grove firefighters shave heads for colleague fighting cancer

    Palestinian mourners grieve while waiting for the funeral procession outside the morgue of the main hospital in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Monday. Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians in clashes during an arrest raid in the West Bank, a Palestinian official and the Israeli military said Monday, in the deadliest incident in the area in years.

    Palestinians call off round of talks after clash

    Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks Monday after Israeli soldiers killed three protesters during clashes following an arrest raid in the West Bank, officials said. The violence, the deadliest incident in the area in years, dealt a new blow to U.S.-led peace efforts, which resumed late last month after a nearly five-year break.

    Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle belonging to a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. Reports say the team is safe.

    U.N. says vehicle shot at by snipers near Damascus

    Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle belonging to a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. The Syrian government accused the rebels of firing at the team. Activists said later that the team had arrived in Moadamiyeh, a western suburb of the capital and one of the areas where the alleged attack occurred. They said the team was meeting...

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, who is talks with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro Monday, said the Obama administration was studying intelligence on Syria’s purported use of chemical weapons and “will get the facts” before acting.

    Hagel: U.S. looking at intelligence in Syria attack

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday the Obama administration was studying intelligence on Syria’s purported use of chemical weapons and “will get the facts” before acting. Hagel said President Barack Obama “is considering all different options.”


    Kenosha 5th-grader wins national poetry contest

    KENOSHA, Wis. — A Kenosha fifth-grader will be honored this week after her poem won a national contest for Black History Month.A Kenosha News report says Marissa Callaway will be recognized at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenosha Unified School Board.


    Small business caucus sets centra Indiana meetings

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly’s Small Business Caucus will hold town hall meetings across the central Indiana the next two weeks to discuss the issues facing small businesses.


    Bloomington cutting down dry, infested trees

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Chainsaws are buzzing around Bloomington this summer as crews cut down trees ravaged by drought and insects.Bloomington urban forester Lee Huss tells The Herald-Times that crews have already chopped down about 170 trees so far this year, compared with 150 before Nov. 1 of last year. And there are more to be cut down.


    Indiana county sets ‘open’ hours for courthouse lawn

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A southern Indiana county has approved “open hours” for its courthouse grounds to combat the mess left behind by homeless people camping on the grounds.


    Indiana works with truck stop to improve intersection

    RICHMOND, Ind. — State highway officials are working with the managers of an eastern Indiana truck stop to improve the safety of a stretch of highway near the truck stop’s exit.


    Crash traps northern Indiana deputy for more than 1 hour

    HELMER, Ind. — Authorities say a northern Indiana reserve sheriff’s deputy was trapped in the wreckage of his patrol car for more than an hour following a crash that left him seriously injured.


    Man dies in apparent drowning in Lincoln County

    TOMAHAWK, Wis. — Lincoln County authorities have recovered the body of a 67-year-old Tomahawk man who apparently drowned after leaving his pontoon boat to help a dog.


    French influence focus of Indiana archaeology month

    INDIANAPOLIS — The French influence on state history is the focus of Indiana Archaeology Month in September.


    Paranormal TV program visits old home in eastern Indiana

    NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Travel Channel producers have visited an old home in eastern Indiana to film a segment for a program called “Ghost Adventures” that explores paranormal activity.


    No storm shelter for new central Indiana fair grandstand

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — A proposed storm shelter is being dropped from plans for replacing a central Indiana county’s fairgrounds grandstand destroyed by arson last year.Shelby County officials say cuts in federal grant funding meant the fair board was likely going to have to foot about half of the estimated $1.2 million cost for the shelter.


    Swearing in ceremony set for new state lawmaker

    MORRIS, Ill. — The newest member of the Illinois General Assembly is set to the take the oath of office later in the day. John Anthony was chosen by Republican officials to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris. The 37-year-old Anthony is a Kendall County sheriff’s deputy. He’ll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since the early 1980s.


    Union County dedicates new courthouse

    JONESBORO, Ill. — It’s out with the old and in with the new in one southern Illinois county.Some 300 people gathered Saturday to dedicate a new courthouse in Union County. It replaces a 155-year-old building that had fallen into disrepair.

    This image released by MTV shows, from left, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, of 'N Sync, during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Weekend in Review: Boyfriend charged in death; Girl dies in crash
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Tour of Elk Grove now defunct; Round Lake girl dies from injuries in crash; boyfriend charged with Zion baby's murder as authorities call off search for baby's body; Arlington Heights man found dead in trunk; millions of patients' data stoeln from Advocate; Buffalo Grove High standout Tom Zbikowski cut from Bears; Cubs lose to Padres; and Sox beat...

    Daily Herald File Photo Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, right, testified at an RTA hearing in July with his attorney Michael Shakman, left. Sitting a row behind is former Chairman Brad O’Halloran, far left.

    How insurance option slipped by Metra board

    Were Metra board members deceived about the potential of letting their insurance company handle corruption allegations and a possible lawsuit by ex-CEO Alex Clifford? Several of them say so. Director Arlene Mulder, former Arlington Heights mayor, said no one laid out the insurance options for directors. “We were given two options — fight Shakman and the deal we ultimately approved.

    Melynda Litchfield of Bartlett put herself on the state´s casino self-exclusion list after gambling addiction caused her to lose the nursing job she’d held for 27 years. Today, though, she and others like her face increasing temptation from the proliferation of video gambling machines in bars and restaurants.

    New gambling machines bypass casino addiction safeguards

    Months after Melynda Litchfield struck back against her gambling addiction by putting herself on a list excluding her from casinos, bars and restaurants across the suburbs and state started installing video gambling machines that anti-gambling advocates say are among the most habit-forming kind of wagering. There is no self-exclusion program for those machines. “It just gives us all more...


    Glenbard South’s Clark Gary, the second day of football practice.

    Glenbard South ready to reclaim MSC title

    The Metro Suburban Conference football standings became pretty crowded at the top last season. Glenbard South and Fenton plan on separating themselves from the pack before the field becomes much more crowded a year from now.

    Coach Chad Hetlet’s Glenbard West program, the Class 7A defending state champ, is the top-ranked team in the Daily Herald’s preseason football rankings.

    Football / Preseason top 20
    Glenbard West, Montini and Stevenson have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's preseason football rankings.


    Playing 20 questions to start the season

    With the opening kickoff of the 2013 high school football season just a few days away, I think this is a good time to play a little game to help local fans prepare for the upcoming gridiron campaign. Here are 20 questions on my mind:

    Patrick Kane shows off the Stanley Cup at the Niagara Falls Air Base in the Town of Niagara Saturday, August 24, 2013. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

    Blackhawks keeping Stanley Cup busy

    The Stanley Cup has seemingly been everywhere since the Hawks won it on June 24 in Boston, and it's not ready to be packed away anytime soon. Patrick Kane had his day with the Cup on Saturday in Buffalo. Senior adviser Scotty Bowman had it Sunday in Amherst, N.Y. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will get it Friday and Saturday in British Columbia, and Corey Crawford's turn will come next week in suburban Montreal.

    Paul Konerko (14) greets Adam Dunn at home after the pair scored on Dunn's two-run homer off Houston Astros relief pitcher Brett Oberholtzer during the sixth inning Monday in Chicago.

    Reed likes White Sox' outlook for 2014

    The White Sox are finally playing good baseball, even if it's out of the spoiler's role. Closer Addison Reed likes all of the roster changes that have been made and thinks the Sox can bounce back and contend in 2014.

    Michael Ford is in a battle for the final running back position, and it could come down to his play on special teams.

    It's the last chance for some Bears

    Thursday night's preseason finale will be the last chance for players on the bubble to convince coaches that they're worthy of a spot on the Bears' 53-man roster. The battle for the No. 3 running back position between Armando Allen and Michael Ford is one that bears watching.

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo watches the Dodgers' Nick Punto hit the deck to avoid being struck by a pitch during the sixth inning Monday night in Los Angeles.

    Dodgers continue domination of Cubs

    Zack Greinke came within one strike of his fifth career shutout, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Monday night, ending a two-game skid. The Cubs lost for the eighth straight time to the Dodgers. The Dodgers equaled their longest winning streak against the Cubs in franchise history, set from June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.


    Stevenson rolls in opener

    Grace Duffy, Julia Osmond and Kara Maleski each had 3 kills to lead Stevenson to a 25-9, 25-10 season-opening victory against visiting Rolling Meadows in nonconference girls volleyball action Monday. Duffy also had 3 services aces and 4 blocks. Setter Alexa Bykowski had 13 assists while Peyton Bykowski added 9 digs.Libertyville d. Hersey: Libertyville outlasted Hersey 25-16, 19-25, 25-20 thanks to 11 kills and 8 digs from Rhiannon Prentiss. Alex Basler added 9 kills and 2 blocks while Jacqui Widmark and Kate Jarecki each had 4 kills. Freshman libero Morgan O’Brien rolled up 17 digs while Vicky Liu added 11 digs. Cassie Ostmeyer had 13 assists.Mundelein d. Waukegan: Sarah Bregenzer had 3 kills and 4 service aces to lead Mundelein to a 25-16, 25-15 sweep of Waukegan in its opening match. The Mustangs (1-0) also got 3 kills from Yasmeen Johnson and 10 assists from Madi Wilcox.Carmel d. Warren: Grace Schofield had 7 kills, 4 aces and 3 digs to lead the Corsairs to a 25-10, 25-13 victory over Warren. Morgan Meade added 5 kills and 3 aces while setter Alyssa Armada rolled up 19 assists and had 2 kills and 2 aces.


    Antioch tosses shutout in opener

    Antioch 3, Crystal Lake Central 0: Iven Hernandez scored 2 goals and assisted on the other in Antioch’s season-opening victory. Krystian Streit scored the Sequoits’ other goal while Logan Bouker and Bobby Miranda each had an assist. Goalkeeper Tommy Tritschler got the shutout.Carmel 5, Lake Zurich 4: Timmy Karich had 2 goals and 2 assists to lead Carmel to the win. The Corsairs also got 2 goals and 1 assist from Evan Potter.Mundelein 5, Grayslake North 1: Jesus Alba scored 3 goals to lead Mundelein to a big season-opening win. The Mustangs also got a goal and an assist from Juan Jahen and 2 assists from Hector Ruiz. Goalie Donnte Kvien had 2 saves. For Grayslake North, Gavin Amburn scored and goalie Travis Smith had 9 saves.McHenry 1, Grant 0: Grant got 6 saves from goalkeeper Nick Heidenthal.Harvard 3, Wauconda 1: Teddy Kolarov scored an unassisted goal for Wauconda while goalie Jake Ortiz had 7 saves for the Bulldogs (0-1).


    Cougars suffer loss No. 76

    A balk allowed the go-ahead to score as the Kane County Cougars dropped their second straight game to the Timber Rattlers in a 4-2 loss on Monday night at Fox Cites Stadium.

    Oakland Raiders tight end Nick Kasa, center, scores on a 19-yard touchdown reception between Chicago Bears strong safety Craig Steltz (20), inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57), and free safety Anthony Walters (37) during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Bears’ rookies may see some action

    Most starters won't play for the Bears in Thursday night's preseason finale, but that may not include rookies Kyle Long, Jordan Mills and Jon Bostic. Coach Marc Trestman was not ready on Monday afternoon to anoint the three as regular-season starters.

    Houston Astros right fielder L.J. Hoes misjudges a fly ball hit bay Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Chicago. Alejandro De Aza scored on Hoes' fielding error. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    White Sox drop sloppy game to Astros

    The White Sox and Astros are two of the worst teams in baseball this season, and they showed why Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. In a sloppy game, Houston edged the Sox 10-8.


    Encouraging start for Wheeling

    Wheeling’s season opening-victory at Deerfield on Monday night signaled what promises to be a rather busy and hectic first week of the 2013 campaign for coach Ed Uhrik’s boys soccer team. And perhaps it could be an eye-catching season in the Mid-Suburban League for the Wildcats. Wheeling exploded with 4 goals in the second period goals to top the host Warriors 4-0 in a Central Suburban/Mid-Suburban Soccer Challenge match on the turf at Adams Stadium.


    IEC going airborne

    Maybe the Interstate Eight Conference needed a little shaking up.


    Maine West warms to the task

    The Maine West and Elk Grove players felt the heat when they opened the girls volleyball season on Monday night in Des Plaines. “It was awful,” said Warriors senior setter Kassidy Riportella of the stuffy conditions in the Warriors’ gymnasium. “I’d get the ball and it would slip right off my hands. Towels were definitely important. It was just something you had to deal with. We just had to work through it.” Both teams worked hard to the final point, which dramatically came on a block by senior Britanny Collins to give the Warriors a tense 25-20, 16-25, 27-25 victory in the nonconference match. “I don’t remember the last time we beat Elk Grove,” said Warriors coach Randy Tiller. “It’s been a while. That No. 24 (junior Amber Lindfors who connected for 4 kills and 4 blocks) was a challenge.”


    Palatine gets right back to winning

    Reigning Mid-Suburban League boys soccer champion Palatine made a nice start to the new season with goals from Alejandro Vidal and Tyler Curylo which helped ensure a 2-0 victory Monday afternoon over host Highland Park on the turf at Wolters Stadium. Vidal’s strike near the hour separated the two sides, but it was the exquisite 74th-minute finish by Curylo, a junior, that sealed the Giants’ fate to give the Pirates a win in the sixth annual Central Suburban/Mid-Suburban Soccer Challenge.


    Gohde gets it going in Lake County Invitational

    Dealing with the hot and humid conditions could’ve been a problem on Monday afternoon for the boys golfers competing in the Lake County Invitational. But Jason Gohde of Stevenson took care of it in his own cool way, capturing medalist honors. He fired a 1-over 72 on the 6,769-yard course at Sheperd’s Crook in Zion. Highland Park won the team competition (307) ahead of Stevenson (309) and Mundelein (314) in a field of 15 teams.

    Quarterback Alex Wills will lead Montini into action Friday night in Lombard against Maine South.

    There’s more to SCC than three M’s

    As it stands today from a football perspective, the Suburban Christian Conference should go out with a bang.

    Recent UIC graduate Coryn Schmit of Lake Zurich was recently named the female recipient of the Horizon League’s prestigious Cecil N. Coleman Award.

    Schmit nets Horizon League’s Coleman Award

    University of Illinois-Chicago graduate and former softball student-athlete Coryn Schmit has received yet another award of recognition. The Horizon League announced recently that the former Lake Zurich High School star is the female recipient of the Cecil N. Coleman Award.


    Renner, St. Viator prevail in Barrington Invitational

    Robert Renner earned medalist honors with a 74 on Monday at Biltmore Country Club, and his effort helped the Lions take top team honors by a single stroke in the Barrington Invitational.

    Wide receiver Rayne Yap catches a pass during drills at Hampshire High School.

    Hampshire hoping to make some noise in FVC Fox

    If defense wins games Hampshire’s football team should be feeling rather good about itself. Whip-Purs coach Dan Cavanaugh, the dean of Fox Valley area football coaches in his 25th season, likes the makeup of his defense, which returns plenty of talent and experience up front in Leighton Sheetz (6-0, 275, DT), Mike Gibas (6-2, 240), Matt Kielbasa (6-2, 250, DE) and Steve Kirkwood (5-10, 185, DE). Inside linebackers Brandan Swanson (6-0, 170) and Ben Bednarek (5-10, 210) also are back.

    Hockey News says the St. Louis Blues' will lose the division crown to the Blackhawks but St. Louis will rise in the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup.

    Hockey News: Hawks won’t repeat Cup title

    The first major preseason publication predicting the 2013-14 NHL season has hit the newsstands and if the Hockey News Yearbook is correct, the Blackhawks won’t be repeating as Stanley Cup champions. While the Hockey News does predict the Hawks to win the Central Division, it picks the St. Louis Blues to capture the Stanley Cup.

    Head coach Vito Andriola watches his Dundee-Crown football team at a recent practice.

    FVC Valley wide open, but don’t count out Cary-Grove

    It’s probably not a good idea to sell the Cary-Grove football team short. Despite graduating a large portion of last year’s team that reached the Class 6A state title game, third-year coach Brad Seaburg is far from waving a white flag for the defending Fox Valley Conference Valley Division champions. “We have the athleticism and we’re starting to see some leadership emerging,” he said of his junior-heavy lineup. “On paper and after seeing what we’ve seen in practice with our enthusiasm, effort and execution so far, we feel like we should be able to compete for a conference championship, for sure.”

    Venus Williams waves to fans after defeating Kirsten Flipkens in their first-round match Monday at the U.S. Open in New York.

    Nowadays, 1st-round Slam wins for Williams matter

    At age 33, two years removed from being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that saps energy, hampered much of this season by a bad lower back, and her ranking down to 60th, Venus Williams entered Day 1 at the 2013 U.S. Open having won a total of three matches over the past five Grand Slam tournaments.


    Hoosiers creating new experience for football fans

    Indiana is going all out to increase attendance at football games. Hoosiers Athletic Director Fred Glass on Monday outlined a package of changes school officials hope will create a better game-day experience for the crowd.

    Rafael Nadal gestures to fans after defeating Ryan Harrison during the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday in New York.

    Nadal wins in straight sets at U.S. Open

    The slips and slides of the soft clay have been replaced by the squeaks of sneakers on the hard courts. Nobody is handling the switch better than Rafael Nadal.


    Stallworth, Edwards, McKnight among NFL cuts

    Donte’ Stallworth’s NFL comeback from a hot air balloon accident might have ended Monday when he was released by the Washington Redskins.

    Despite Elk Grove Village’s decision to cancel the Tour of Elk Grove because of a scheduling conflict with another top cycling event, an official at USA Cycling said Monday the organization believes the two events can coexist and both attract elite-level riders.

    Elk Grove mayor: Why must we move our bike race?

    Officials with USA Cycling said they are disappointed with Elk Grove Village’s decision to discontinue the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove because of a scheduling conflict with another top-tier race. But the mayor said it's not his village's fault. "Why are we the ones that are having to move?" Craig Johnson said. "We are not infringing on Utah. They are infringing on us."

    Illinois football coach Tim Beckman addresses the media at his first news conference of the season Monday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The Illini will host SIU on Saturday in the season opener.

    Illini ready to get going with ground game changes

    The run game wasn’t the only problem for the Illini last fall, but it was a big reason they scored just 16.7 points a game. The Illini averaged 127.8 yards a game on the ground in 2012, 11th in the 12-team conference. And the team’s third-down conversion rate was a Big Ten-worst 34 percent.

    Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis calls plays during the annual Red-White spring game. No. 18 Nebraska’s young defense will be tested right away when Wyoming brings its spread offense to Lincoln for the opener on Saturday.

    Huskers expecting Wyoming to test defense

    Nebraska has won a nation-leading 27 straight openers, and the margin has been at least 10 points in 26 of them. Even if Saturday night’s game against Wyoming turns out the same way — the No. 18 Cornhuskers are four-touchdown favorites — the coaching staff expects to have a much better idea how the pieces of its young defense fit together.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team run drills during practice in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes open the season Saturday against Buffalo.

    Meyer wants crisp, mistake-free play vs. Buffalo

    Coach Urban Meyer says he doesn’t want a rerun of what happened a year ago, his first prowling the sidelines at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes struggled in the first quarter, punting on their first four possessions, and trailed 7-0 to Miami (Ohio). There were mistakes everywhere and, even though they finished up coasting to a lopsided 56-10 win, Meyer was upset.

    Lake Park football coach Chris Roll

    Lake Park embracing DVC challenge

    Welcome to the DuPage Valley Conference, Lake Park. In other words, welcome to the meat-grinder.

    Christopher Horner celebrates on the podium after winning the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday and taking the overall lead. The 21-stage race ends in Madrid on Sept. 15.

    Horner wins 3rd stage of Vuelta to take lead

    American veteran Christopher Horner won Monday’s third stage of the Spanish Vuelta to take the overall leader’s jersey, with race organizers saying he became the oldest rider to earn a stage victory in one of cycling’s three grand tours. The 41-year-old RadioShack-Leopard rider broke away on the last uphill climb to win the 107-mile ride from Vigo to Vilagarcia de Arousa in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 18 seconds.


    Mike North video: Yankee Pinstripes Work Magic
    When a player gets traded to the New York Yankees, a transformation seems to takes place. Mike North wonders why when Alfonso Soriano went to the Yankees, he suddenly started performing like the Chicago Cubs expected him to when they signed him to a big deal.

    Quarterbacks coach Jeff Christensen, here working with high school and college-bound players, has received high praise for his training camp results. Matt Blanchard of the Bears credits Christensen with getting him to the next level.

    Suburban QB guru helps area players excel

    Bears backup quarterback Matt Blanchard isn't sure if he would have made it past the tryout stage in the NFL if not for his work with suburban QB coach Jeff Christensen. A former NFL backup turned stockbroker, Christensen has become a sought-after quarterback coach for players of all ages.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, here during warmups in San Diego, understands that baseball is a business with lots of roster changes, but he’ll still miss former teammate David DeJesus. Veterans being shipped off to other teams is just one thing of what makes August a challenging month for many teams, says Len Kasper.

    Cubs’ young stars learn August can be tough on clubhouses

    We are nearly through baseball’s toughest month. No, it’s not September, it’s August. Yes, September isn’t easy either, considering some players/teams are limping to the 162-game finish line. Len Kasper explains why it's so challenging on players and clubhouses.

    The White Sox’ Josh Phegley celebrates his game-winning hit in the ninth inning against the Rangers on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Big weekend for Sox’ Phegley as Flowers flounders

    In being asked to assess the current state of White Sox affairs, A.J. Pierzynski said over the weekend that Tyler Flowers might have better benefited from playing in front of a veteran catcher as opposed to Hector Gimenez, who had only appeared in 11 major-league games prior to this season.



    Paving, landscaping firm grows in suburbs, North Shore
    An interview with Javier Huerta & Jesus Maldonado, co-owners of J. Brick Paving & Landscaping Inc.Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: We do complete landscape and hard-scape services, installations and design. We do paver patios, driveway walks, steps and water fixtures, retaining walls, including flag-stone, blue-stone and complete landscape maintenance, design and installation.Q: What made you start your business? A: Working for other companies as a foreman, one day I just bought a truck and started looking for site jobs. After pounding the proverbial pavement, I eventually had enough work to quit my “day job” and ultimately never looked back. Also, I was working as foremen for another company, when my direct boss passed away unexpectedly. That incident taught me that life could change without warning. I decided right there and then that even though it meant taking more risk, I wanted to have some control over my career destiny and decided to take a bet on myself, knowing that I could produce beautiful landscapes and hard-scapes to grow my business.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?A: The biggest challenge for us is weathering the slow periods. Since our business is also seasonal, we have to make sure that we maximize our work “in-season” so to speak because slow stretches can be the death of a business. Finding that balance is critical. We provide snow plowing during the winter months to offset the quieter months of the year.Q: What areas do you service?A: We service Lake and Cook counties including the North Shore and Chicago area. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? A: That's hard to say. My dad had always been a masonry and I helped him a lot and interestingly, here I am doing the same work - slightly different but still, very similar. I always loved construction and even though I still dream of adding “engineer” to my resume one day, I am so passionate about my work each and every day. Q: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? A: Down in Mexico, I did not receive enough education to become an engineer, which slowed my path to getting to where I am. However, I wouldn't change a thing. I have a great wife and children and the best partner in Jesus. He's like a brother.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: When we're out of season and things slow down, I am concerned not just for my family and partner and his family, but for my “guys” who bust their tails working so hard to feed their families too.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Never allow any challenge to become an obstacle. Know that when you work hard and treat your clients and employees with respect and dignity, they will not only appreciate your integrity, they will stick around, even when conditions are not ideal or challenges show up. Ultimately, everybody wins.Ÿ Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

    U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s halting two days of gains, after Secretary of State John Kerry said the president will hold Syria’s government accountable for using chemical weapons.

    Stock market sags following Kerry remarks

    The stock market sagged Monday after the Obama administration ratcheted up pressure against Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria last week, and suggested the administration was edging closer to a military response.

    A tour group enters the vault exhibit containing the “secret recipe” for Coca-Cola at the World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta. The 127-year-old recipe for Coke sits inside an imposing steel vault bathed in red security lights, while security cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays secret.

    Is Coke’s 127-year-old recipe the same? Not quite

    Companies such as Coca-Cola and Twinkies’ owner Hostess play up the notion that their recipes are sacred, unchanging documents that need to be closely guarded. As it turns out, some recipes have changed over time, while others may not have. Either way, they all stick to the same script that their formulas have remained the same.

    Facebook shares are now trading at about 180 times earnings. That’s a greater price-to-earnings ratio than all except three companies in the S&P 500, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Facebook market value tops $100 billion amid mobile-ad push

    Facebook’s market value passed $100 billion amid optimism the world’s largest social network can bolster sales from mobile advertising. The stock increased 1.9 percent to $41.34 at the close of trading Monday. Earlier, it touched $41.94, the highest intraday price since Facebook’s first trading day on May 18, 2012.

    A rendering of the 128-bed hospital Centegra Health System intends to build in Huntley. Centegra officials have one more hurdle to clear before ground is broken in the fall.

    Hospital in Huntley coming closer to a reality

    Centegra Health System has taken one of the final steps in the process toward building a hospital in Huntley. Huntley’s board of trustees recently approved Centegra’s preliminary site plan for a 128-bed hospital after Centegra officials agreed to make specific site changes at the village’s request.

    Having tested chicken wings on its menu in Chicago, McDonald’s is ready to begin serving the item nationwide.

    McDonald’s to add chicken wings across U.S.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. plans to introduce bone-in chicken wings across the U.S. next month as Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson revamps the restaurant chain’s domestic menu. The Big Mac seller will start the Mighty Wings rollout Sept. 9.


    Grainger acquires E&R Industrial Sales

    W.W. Grainger said it has acquired E&R Industrial Sales Inc., a Michigan-based distributor of metalworking, production supplies and MRO materials to manufacturers and industrial customers across the Midwest and Eastern United States, and its subsidiaries.

    Stock traders work at the Goldman Sachs post at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock futures were mixed on data showing that businesses cut back sharply on big-ticket purchases last month. The report from the Commerce Department Monday followed a report Friday revealing that new home sales tumbled last month.

    Deals send stocks edging higher on Wall Street

    A handful of corporate deals helped nudge the stock market up in midday trading Monday, despite a disappointing report on the economy. Amgen surged 8 percent, the biggest gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, after the biotech giant said it plans to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals for $10.4 billion. The merger, announced late Sunday, would give Amgen three approved cancer treatments and several others in clinical trials.

    The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 percent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year. Excluding the volatile transportation category, orders fell just 0.6 percent. Both declines followed three straight months of increases.

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods plunge

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 percent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year.


    ConAgra recalls cookie dough because of peanuts

    OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods Inc. is recalling some Kroger’s Break `N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough packages, because they contain peanuts.ConAgra says peanut butter cup cookie dough was inadvertently packed into the packages, posing a danger to people with peanut allergies. No illnesses have been reported so far.The recall is limited to 16 ounce packages of Kroger’s Break `N Bake Chocolate Chip cookie dough with the unit UPC code “11110 87530” and the use by date “24NOV13C21.”The packages were sold in Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Foods Co., Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s stores in 26 states.The company advised consumers to return the cookie dough for a full refund.

    An investor looks at a stock prices monitor at a private securities company Monday in Shanghai, China. Asian stock markets mostly rose Monday after expectations for an imminent phasing out of the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus program began to fade.

    World stocks uneven over U.S. stimulus uncertainty

    Stock markets in Europe were trading lower Monday despite a positive session in Asia, weighed down by uncertainty over the planned phase-out of the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program. The subdued trading in Europe followed talks on stimulus measures at a weekend gathering of the world’s central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


    Pritzker family buying TMS in $1B deal

    PITTSBURGH — TMS International is selling itself to members of the Pritzker family in a cash deal it valued at about $1 billion including refinanced third-party debt. Pittsburgh-based TMS provides industrial services to steel mills. The Pritzker family, one of America’s wealthiest, operates a global industrial conglomerate and founded the Hyatt chain of hotels.TMS stockholders will get $17.50 in cash for each share of their TMS Class A and Class B common stock. The price represents a 12 percent premium over the company’s Friday closing stock price.TMS says the deal boosts returns for its shareholders and positions it to expand its globally as a privately held company.The deal has been approved by TMS’ board and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.


    Anadarko sells part of stake off Africa for $2.6 billion

    Anadarko Petroleum is selling part of its stake in a property off the shores of Mozambique for $2.64 billion. Its shares rose almost 2 percent in premarket trading Monday.

    George Houchin of Waukegan and Culver’s General Manager Jesse Jarrett in Zion.

    Culver’s manager, WWII vet friendship may lead to Honor Flight

    Kukec's People features Jesse Jarrett, the general manager of a Culver's restaurant in Zion, who struck up a friendship with World War II veteran George Houchin and then recommended him for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


    Small business weakness: Not understanding the numbers

    Small business Columnist Jim Kendall talks Dave Gay, former head of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage, about where the weaknesses are in small businesses.

Life & Entertainment

    The fourth edition of Maxis’ successful life-simulating game “The Sims 4” will include more expressive versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate.

    ‘The Sims 4’ adds emotional, multitasking Sims

    “The Sims” are getting in touch with their feelings. The fourth edition of Maxis’ successful life-simulating game, set for release next year, will include more emotional versions of the virtual people whose lives and homes players can manipulate. This time around, “The Sims 4” producer Lyndsay Pearson said the developers have focused on crafting more believable Sims who can perform multiple actions — like walking and talking — at once.

    The Environmental Media Association is honoring Hayden Panettiere for her dedication to ecological causes.

    Damon, Panettiere get Environmental Media Awards

    The Environmental Media Association is honoring Matt Damon and Hayden Panettiere for their dedication to ecological causes. The organization announced Monday that the two actors will be honored at its 23rd annual Environmental Media Awards this fall.

    Farmers’ Almanac managing editor Sandy Duncan, left, and editor Peter Geiger, with the latest edition. The 197-year-old almanac is predicting a colder-than-normal winter for most of the United States.

    Farmers’ Almanac: Super Bowl may be ‘Storm Bowl’

    The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.” The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

    “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” by Helen Fielding.

    New fall novels for Gilbert, King and Fielding

    Elizabeth Gilbert spent enough years as a memoir writer, and had so much success, that even her admirers forget that she started out in fiction. “For all intents and purposes, whatever I did before ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ doesn’t exist,” Gilbert said during a recent interview. This fall, Gilbert returns to fiction with “The Signature of All Things,” a globe-trotting family saga set in the 18th and 19th centuries. Gilbert is among several authors who are crossing from one side to the other between fiction and nonfiction.


    Museums retrace March on Washington 50 years later

    Numerous exhibits and programs in the nation’s capital will allow visitors to retrace the historic steps of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later. Several museums and cultural organizations have organized artifacts and art exhibits for visitors to learn about the march, the nation’s conflict over civil rights and the tumult leading up to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

    Just a few fresh chili peppers, a bit of onion and some chopped dried apricots make a tasty, jewel-like condiment for cheese or grilled meat or fish.

    Stir it up: Yes, you can can

    There are many contributing factors to the resurgence of interest in home canning, says Steve Hungsberg, a spokesman for Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball canning jars. That interest has spurred a 31 percent increase in jar sales in the last year alone.

    Katy Perry poses at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

    Fashion mostly noted for its absence at VMAs

    The clothes that had everyone talking at MTV’s Video Music Awards were mostly notable for their absence. Miley Cyrus appeared onstage in a revealing leotard, then stripped down to a nude bikini to twerk for Robin Thicke, a protruding tongue her most prominent accessory. Lady Gaga started out in a modified nun habit before stripping to a Birth of Venus-inspired clamshell-bra bikini.

    Just a few fresh chili peppers, a bit of onion and some chopped dried apricots make a tasty, jewel-like condiment for cheese or grilled meat or fish.

    Habanero Gold
    Habanero Gold

    “Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10” by Bob Dylan

    Another portrait of Bob Dylan

    In the latest entry of his ongoing vault-diving releases, Bob Dylan revisits one of his least-heralded albums. “Self Portrait,” released in 1970, is remembered less today for its music than the classic first line of a Rolling Stone magazine review that greeted it: “What is this (expletive)?” It was hard not to see why. The cultural icon baffled his fans with a badly produced collection of minor compositions, some live cuts, covers of traditional folk and blues songs and even contemporary songs like “The Boxer.” Greil Marcus, who writes the liner notes for this four-disc box set, wisely doesn’t step back from that assessment. He shouldn’t. Time doesn’t improve the work.


    Preparation key to emergency allergy treatment

    Peanut allergies are potentially dangerous. Readily available and rapidly administered epinephrine can be a true life-saver in the event of an accidental peanut exposure. While acknowledging that the device is a bit pricey, parents are advised to treat it like car insurance, a necessary investment which with luck will never be needed.

    Kate Gosselin has filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-husband, Jon, of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book. The suit was filed Monday in Philadelphia.

    Kate Gosselin sues ex over book; alleges hacking

    Reality TV star Kate Gosselin has filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-husband, Jon, of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book. The federal lawsuit says he took the material for a book called “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.”

    Trey Powell holds his 6-month-old daughters Kylan, left, and Ashton in their home in Seattle.

    Via surrogacy, some men opt to become single dads

    Trey Powell’s first name has an extra resonance these days. Though still a bachelor, he now presides over a family of three as the dad of twin daughters born six months ago via a surrogate mother. “I feel so lucky every day,” Powell said. At 42, he’s a new addition to the ranks of men who intentionally seek the role of single father. While some opt for adoption, others yearn to have children with genetic ties and are willing to invest $100,000 or more to make that happen.

    Working more produce into your daily diet is good for you in many ways.

    Your health: Don’t skimp on the fruits and veggies
    Learn easy ways to work more produce into your diet. Also, a new book sheds light on mental illness and how to deal with it.

    “Songs From St. Somewhere” by Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Buffett returns with lackluster album

    On Jimmy Buffett’s first album in four years, the mayor of Margaritaville returns to mixing softly swaying beach tunes with pirate tales of foreign intrigue and social commentary. The problem, however, is Buffett’s voice doesn’t sound nearly as engaged as his imaginative songwriting and a few turns with inspired guests.

    Emily Rogalski, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s cognitive neurology and Alzheimer’s disease center in Chicago, holds a human brain in the center’s laboratory. Rogalski is the study leader in the research of a rare group of “super ages.”

    Study seeks super ages’ secrets to brain health

    They’re called “super ages” — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger. Researchers at Northwestern University are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they’ve had some tantalizing findings: Imaging tests have found unusually low amounts of age-related plaques along with more brain mass related to attention and memory in these elite seniors.

    Eating junk food or unhealthy snacks at work can add to the waistline.

    Is your job helping you pack on the pounds?

    More than half of U.S. workers consider themselves overweight, and 41 percent of those people say they have gained at least some of that excess at their current gig, a study from CareerBuilder found. People stuck behind a desk all day, or whose jobs are extraordinarily stressful, tend to fare worse in packing on the pounds.

    Health officials are emphasizing ways to reduce injuries among student athletes.

    Tips to protect your child from sports injuries

    As the back-to-school bell starts to ring around the nation, new numbers have been released that offer insight into the frequency of children’s sports-related injuries and what kinds of injuries send children to the hospital. Every year, 1.35 million children are sent to the emergency room for sports-related injuries. That amounts to once every 25 seconds.


    Comfort foods are not the answer to chronic stress

    Why do I eat when I’m stressed out? Can you suggest ways to help me overcome this impulse?

    Michelle Schneider and Dave Dunn use treadmill desks at Evolent, a health care startup in Arlington, Va. Researchers are trying to determine whether the equipment allows people to burn off glucose that accumulates in the bloodstream.

    Sitting all day may shorten your life even if you exercise

    Michael Jensen, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, is talking on the phone, but his voice is drowned out by what sounds like a vacuum cleaner. “I'm sorry,” he says. “I'm on a treadmill.” David Dunstan, an Australian researcher, uses a speakerphone so he can walk around his office at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. It's not that Jensen and Dunstan are hyperactive. Rather, both are exercise researchers looking into the link between sitting down and premature death. And what they have found is disturbing enough that they both make sure they spend most of the day on their feet.

    1955 Chevrolet Nomad, Warren Johnson, Inverness

    Who wouldn’t keep moving in a 1955 Chevy Nomad?

    The two-door Chevrolet Nomad has never been short on style. Its looks quickly won over Warren Johnson, who’s long been smitten with the ultra-attractive model. In 2003, the Inverness resident realized he had to have one parked in his garage.

    The Asiatic dayflower is considered a weed by some.

    Asiatic dayflower easy to pull

    Q. There is a small blue flower that I find blooming around my garden and in my lawn. There are three petals. While it is a beautiful little blue flower, I am wondering if it may be a weed.



    Women’s rights moving forward? Not in these cases

    Columnist Ellen Goodman: We commemorate this day in our own quirky way by assigning our one-woman jury to give out the Equal Rites Awards to those folks who are still doing their best to take us backward.


    Claims against Obama polarizing nation
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I read a letter recently critical of President Obama and describing him as the most polarizing individual in politics today without any proof or evidence to the claim. I object to such letters on the ground that polarizing effects are directed at the president by those in opposition based on a lack of patriotism and charity, racism and greed.


    Sequestration was a bipartisan effort
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: While it is true that the sequestration idea came from the Obama administration, its purpose was to placate House Republicans. A pleased House speaker and Republican stalwart John Boehner went so far as to say that he got 98 percent of what he wanted in the act.


    Pledge never to text and drive
    A letter to the editor: In just one second, anyone who is texting while driving can kill someone. It could be you. It could be your teenage driver.


    ‘Death panel’ myth hard to shake
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The IPAB will consist of independent health care experts who are forbidden, by law, from proposing changes that will affect Medicare coverage or quality, nor will they be allowed to “ration” health care! They are a far cry from being considered the “death panel board.”


    Congress too elite for new health law
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: The congressmen and congressional staff may be exempted or reimbursed for Obamacare. Just like socialist political elites.


    All grads should go through ‘boot camp’
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Hearing on a radio report about the low number of troops available and considering the unrest of the world situation, we need to have a ready military force available.


    Health care law was passed too hastily
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: The bill only passed by six or seven votes, and only because Democratic representatives were misled into believing that the bill would not cover abortion, while we knew it did.I read the first 1,000 pages of the bill, but most of the legislators did not read any of it.


    Join NAMI and help end the stigma
    Letter to the editor: The stigma of mental illness can be beaten back in this country, writes Joseph Jason, president of the Barrington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


    Who is telling truth in firefighter debate?
    Letter to the editor: Skip Houlihan wonders if both sides are being truthful in the debate over fire service in Barrington.


    Thanks to neighbors and paramedics
    Letter to the editor: Mary Jean Leidolf and her family are grateful to the paramedics and neighbors who helped her daughter on Aug. 14.


    Too many drivers ignore all stop signs
    Letter to the editor: John Abraham writes that too many drivers today ignore stop signs - including those on school buses. "Let’s all hope that no child is ever hit by one of these idiot drivers," he says.


    No good reason to vote down housing
    Letter to the editor: As the mother of a mentally disabled adult, Kathleen Breault ofPalatine says the objections to Catherine Alice Gardens never held any water.


    Why do banks, not students, get good rates?
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing in response to Stephen Evensen’s letter, “Kudos to Roskam for student loan bill.” In his article to the Herald, he states, “My friends and I wonder how soon we we’ll be able to pay off our accumulating debt and how much the interest rates will compound that cost.” He then goes on to applaud U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam for his leadership in supporting HR1911, which will only increase the interest rate of students like Mr. Evensen.


    Quinn’s CTA nominee raises questions
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor:It is my understanding that there is a law that says CTA board members should not hold other government offices or jobs for which they are paid. The CTA appointment pays $25,000 per year.


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