Daily Archive : Friday August 30, 2013


    Videographer Max Kollman of Libertyville shoots video of street skateboarder Matt Satchell of Libertyville at an outdoor basketball court in McHenry. Kollman, 18, documents the gritty aspects of the sport using high-end video equipment.

    Moving Picture: Libertyville teen films fellow skateboarders

    Libertyville teenager Max Kollman turned his love of skateboarding into a passion for shooting video of other skateboarders. Roaming the streets looking for good spots to skate and film, Kollman says that skateboarders are a special breed. “Skateboarding is amazing because people suffer through the pain because it gives them pleasure to ride this piece of wood down the street,”...


    Republicans holding Busse Woods picnic

    The Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Grove 27, in Elk Grove Village. Tickets are $10 per family if purchased in advance online.


    9-year-old hit by Aurora police car

    An Aurora Police Department squad car struck a 9-year-old running across the street Friday night, authorities said. The accident took place about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Ohio and Front streets.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Streaks of lightning across the sky over the parking lot at Downers Grove South Friday night, where the football game against Benet had to be postponed until Saturday.

    Severe storms leave damage, postpone football games

    A line of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the suburbs Friday night, leaving behind some damage and postponing several high school football games. The advancing line of thunderstorms began passing through the Northern suburbs after 5 p.m., producing heavy downpours, wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and one-inch hail.


    2 fires break out within minutes of each other in Geneva

    Geneva Fire Department crews on Friday night responded to two house fires just minutes within each other, and blocks from each other, authorities said. The fires occurred about 7:30 p.m. on the 900 block of Sunset Road and on the 1500 block of Keim Circle, just as severe thunderstorms were passing through the area.

    Papier-mâché skeletal horse and rider by Joel García. The exhibit “El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art” will run through Oct. 4 at the Waukegan Public Library.

    Mexican Folk Art exhibit comes to Waukegan library

    El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art, opens Sept. 4 at Waukegan Public Library.


    Guide lists 1,400 health, human services:

    The Find Help Lake County Guide contains over 1,400 health and human services available to Lake County residents. These high-quality community resources cover a broad spectrum of concerns — from teen pregnancy to uninsured families to substance abuse and those living with domestic violence.

    Kane County Sheriff’s Department officers check the contents of a backpack Friday near Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn after three 13-year-old boys were taken into custody following reports of suspicious activity near the school.

    No charges filed in Elburn school lockdown

    Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn was on lockdown briefly at dismissal time Friday after a school bus driver reported a suspicious person near the school. It turns out, according to police, it was three 13-year-old boys, two of whom were handling Airsoft pellet pistols, and one who was wearing a dark blue utility vest that resembled body armor. No charges were filed.


    Storm plan put into effect at Buffalo Grove Days

    Heavy winds and rain greeted Buffalo Grove Days about an hour and a half before the opening of the food tent Friday evening. But the event’s organizers proved more than a match for the elements, meeting the downpour with a perfect storm of preparation.

    Associated Press/The Guardian Newspaper Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, has given reports on intelligence programs to British media.

    Documents offer glimpse of U.S. cyber black ops

    Budget documents say the $652 million project has placed “covert implants,” sophisticated malware transmitted from far away, in computers, routers and firewalls on tens of thousands of machines every year, with plans to expand those numbers into the millions.

    A sturgeon swims in an aquarium in the Danube River port city of Tulcea, Romania. Sturgeon thrived in the Danube River for 200 million years, but, like in the Great Lakes, their numbers are dwindling.

    Researchers hope for return of Great Lakes sturgeon

    t is the only young wild sturgeon caught in more than 30 years on the St. Lawrence River tributary and may be the offspring of adults stocked more than 20 years ago or a remnant of the original population, which is slowly coming back throughout the Great Lakes.

    Aaron Jaffe

    Quinn reappoints Illinois Gaming Board chairman

    Gov. Pat Quinn has reappointed Aaron Jaffe to serve as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board. In a statement Friday, Quinn says it’s critical to have strong oversight of gambling. He says Jaffe and vice chairman Michael Holewinski have done “a fine job” leading the watchdog agency.


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    DULUTH, Minn. — Scientists have found tiny plastic particles in all of the Great Lakes.They had previously discovered them in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie and new summer research uncovered small concentrations also in Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario.

    Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington.

    Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex wedding

    Justices generally avoid taking stands on political issues. The wedding, though, comes after the court’s landmark ruling in June to expand federal recognition of same-sex marriages, striking down part of an anti-gay marriage law.

    Emergency crews respond Friday to a man trapped under an asphalt steam roller truck on Saunders Station Road in Monroeville, Pa.

    Man run over by asphalt roller, hospitalized

    Officials at the scene said they believe a hydraulic hose on the roller broke, sending the roller jerking forward.


    State logs $135 million in no-bid contracts

    State officials authorized more than $135 million in no-bid contracts during the most recent fiscal year — about 33 percent more than the year before, records show.

    About 21 percent of Illinois girls ages 13 to 17 got the recommended three doses of vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus, or HPV, in 2012. Only Arkansas and Mississippi had lower rates.

    Illinois sees low HPV vaccination rate for girls

    Illinois ranks nearly last among states for its rate of girls who get recommended shots for a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer.


    Man charged in U of I blowdart attacks

    A 19-year-old Champaign man has been charged with aggravated battery after two people were shot with blowgun darts as they walked on the University of Illinois campus.


    District 128 packets going online:

    The memos, bills and other documents Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials review for their regular meetings should soon be available for public review online.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn appoints trustees to SIU, Chicago State

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed Joel Sambursky of Carbondale to a 5-year term at Southern Illinois University. The former quarterback was inducted into the Saluki Hall of Fame in 2012. Quinn also appointed Nikki Zollar of Chicago to a 5-year term at Chicago State University. Zollar is president and CEO of Triad Counseling Services Inc. and SafeSpeed.


    Streamwood man celebrates new comic book

    Award-winning comic book creator and Streamwood resident Art Baltazar will celebrate the release of his new all-ages book, “Itty Bitty Hellboy,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Aw Yeah Comics, 4933 Oakton St., Skokie.

    Illinois concealed-carry licenses will be available in early January. Approved instructors will be listed in a state registry.

    Concealed-carry instructor applications available

    Those who want to apply for a concealed-carry license in Illinois must successfully complete training from an approved Illinois concealed-carry firearms instructor.

    Fernando Margarito Jr.

    Police: Glendale Heights dad took son to Mexico

    Authorities say a Glendale Heights man may have taken his 2-year-old son and a 14-year-old girl to Mexico without the consent of the children's parents.

    Jared Carter

    Prisoner escapes from Robinson Correctional Center

    Inmate Jared Carter walked away around 11 a.m. Friday from a crew that was cutting grass on the grounds of the Robinson Correctional Center.


    Fire trucks on display:

    Mundelein’s antique fire truck, Old No. 1, will be on display at the Fremont Public Library from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

    Pop superstar Michael Jackson, who died June 25, 2009, would have turned 55 this year.

    Michael Jackson fans descend on Gary for tribute

    Michael Jackson’s mother watched from her family’s humble former home in Gary as fans and performers paid homage to her son on what would have been the late pop star’s 55th birthday.


    Coffee with Yingling:

    House District 62 residents can talk about issues facing the state with State Rep. Sam Yingling on Friday, Sept. 6, at Panera Bread Company, 254 E. Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach.

    Adel Daoud

    Terrorism suspect asks judge to vacate key ruling

    A suspect facing terrorism charges has asked a judge to vacate a key ruling she entered this week that the government need not divulge whether its investigation of the suburban teenager included use of expanded phone and Internet surveillance programs.

    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth says the U.S. shouldn’t go it alone in Syria.

    Duckworth: U.S. shouldn’t go alone in Syria

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says the U.S. shouldn’t go it alone when it comes to military action in Syria. “America shouldn’t bear the burden unilaterally, especially since none of our allies, including those in the region, have committed to action,” she said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Karen A. Wilder, 44, of Rockford, was charged Wednesday with two counts of retail theft, according to court documents. Wilder took about $300 worth of merchandise, including towels and soap dispensers, from a store in the 600 block of Dundee Avenue, East Dundee.


    Pace plans new Elgin service on I-90 by 2016

    Pace Bus expects to offer express bus service from Elgin along Interstate 90 and create two new park-n-ride locations in the city by 2016. Pace is working with the Illinois State Tollway Authority on plans for express bus service on I-90 from Randall to Cumberland roads as part of the tollway’s rebuilding and widening project, Pace senior planner Charlotte O’Donnell told the Elgin City Council...

    Jack Schaffer

    Cook commissioner calls for probe of McHenry County Metra dissenter

    South Suburban Republican Cook County Board Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman is calling for Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza to investigate whether Metra Board member Jack Schaffer of McHenry County committed any wrongdoing by releasing confidential board information to ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford. Schaffer is defiant, saying Gorman should be the one investigated.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Cody A. Hoye, 21, of St. Charles, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance, driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed after a 7:35 p.m. crash Sunday at Randall and Red Gate roads near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Nursing assistant in Bartlett charged with punching woman

    Bartlett police have charged a nursing assistant from Addison with the battery of an 85-year-old woman who lives in the retirement community where she works. Marquita M. Howard-Myles, 29, of the 600 block of North Meadows Road in Addison faces a Class 3 felony charge of aggravated battery for reportedly punching the victim in the chest Thursday morning at the Clare Oaks Retirement Community, 829...

    The windows of this home on Warwick Lane were boarded up Friday after the Elk Grove Village Police Department executed a search warrant there Thursday.

    Elk Grove men charged with drug possession

    Police charged two Elk Grove Village men with possession of a controlled substance after officers executed a search warrant Thursday night at the Warwick Lane home where they live. Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set bond at $5,000 each for 21-year-old Arthur Halper and 31-year-old Miguel Hughes during a hearing Friday afternoon in Rolling Meadows.

    State Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs has a big job ahead as the next Illinois House Republican leader.

    Durkin looks to ease divides in leader’s role

    A day after being named the next Illinois House Republican leader, state Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs said the keys to expanding his historically small GOP caucus in Springfield include healing party rifts and winning in the suburbs. “At the end of the day, we’re Republicans,” Durkin said. “I will never make it personal.”

    Jose J. Hinojoza Gamino

    Elgin man gets 3 years for marijuana possession

    A 34-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison afer pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of marijuana in Elgin from a February arrest. Jose J. Hinojoza Gamino, of Elgin, pleaded guilty in exchange for more serious charges, such as delivery of cocaine near a church, being dismissed by prosecutors.


    Geneva superintendent gets raise, extra in annuity

    The Geneva school board has again extended Superintendent Kent Mutchler's contract, this time to June 30, 2018. And he gets a 2.5% raise.


    Waste management agency seeks public input

    Concerned about garbage, recycling and other solid waste issues? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will conduct a series of informational meetings in September.


    Potbelly files for IPO

    Potbelly proposes that its shares will trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “PBPB.”

    Pallbearers wear Cubs blue ties honoring longtime Mundelein resident and Kirk Players founder John Lynn, during his funeral.

    Mundelein’s John Lynn remembered for love of theater, volunteerism

    Friends and relatives filled the sanctuary of the Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church on Friday morning to remember John Lynn, 83, who died Tuesday after an illness. “The laugh is a great image,” said his son, Jon Lynn. “The laugh is a great place to start. My whole life, he was larger than life. He was infectious.”

    Betsy Adamowski, who has served as director of the Itasca Community Library since 2000, is leaving that job to become the next director of the Wheaton Public Library.

    Wheaton picks library director from Itasca

    Betsy Adamowski is stepping down as director of the Itasca Community Library to become head of the Wheaton Public Library, and among those praising her selection is the woman she’s replacing. “I think it’s a very good choice,” said Wheaton Director Sarah Meisels, who is retiring on Sept. 30 after serving 47 years with the library, including the past 35 in its top administrative post.


    Wauconda officials considering special taxing district

    Wauconda officials are moving forward with plans to create a special taxing district they hope will help lure new retail businesses to town.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Bartlett man was scammed out of $108 around 6:45 a.m. Aug. 21 when he received a phone call from a person claiming he had won a large amount of money in a sweepstakes but had to send a money order to an address in Costa Rica in order to collect.

    From left, Benn Joyce plays villain Gespard de la Nuit and Sara Monteleone plays Lina Lamont in Children’s Theatre of Elgin/Fox Valley Theatre Company’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

    Theater group brings ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to the stage

    The beloved movie “Singin’ in the Rain” highlights the difficult technological transition of silent films to the “talkies.” And now, more than 60 years after the movie lit up the silver screen, Fox Valley Theatre Company in Elgin faces the technical challenges of seamlessly moving the iconic film onto the stage.

    Dr. Charles Ambler Bucher, Civil War surgeon, will be portrayed by Trevor Steinbach of Batavia at a Civil War encampment this weekend.

    Civil War encampment, exhibit comes to Batavia

    The Civil War was America’s most deadly war with over 620,000 Americans losing their lives with another 1.1 million casualties. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors from the 17th Corps Field Hospital, the 104th Illinois Volunteers and Battery G will be setting up an encampment at the Batavia Riverwalk.

    Michael Musson

    Bond set for four arrested in fight with Lake County sheriff officers

    Two of the four people charged with fighting a pair of Lake County sheriff’s deputies and a detective have been released from jail after paying their bond, Lake County jail authorities said Friday.


    Five apply for Dist. 302 vacancy

    Five people have applied to fill the vacancy on the Kaneland school board. Two women and three men want to take over the spot left by Joe Oberweis, who resigned in August because he is moving out of the district.


    Spill temporarily disrupts morning commute in Bloomingdale

    Bloomingdale police say traffic was disrupted for several hours Friday morning when a nontoxic substance believed to be glycerin spilled onto Army Trail Road.


    Geneva club investigated following after-hours incident

    EvenFlow nightclub in Geneva is being investigated after six people were charged with public intoxication last Sunday outside the club after closing time.

    Gary King

    King not seeking re-election as DuPage clerk

    Longtime DuPage County Clerk Gary King says he won't pursue another term and instead is endorsing his chief deputy clerk's bid to succeed him. King, who has served as county clerk since 1986, said he recently made the final decision not to seek re-election in the March Republican primary. He came to that conclusion after thinking about retirement and discussing the topic with his wife “for...

    Miss Septemberfest 2011 Ali Roller, left, presents a trophy to Laura Jensen who was crowned Miss Septemberfest 2013 at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates Friday.

    Jensen crowned Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest

    Laura Jensen has been crowned Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest 2013, to preside over events and activities throughout the festival this Labor Day weekend. The 18-year-old Schaumburg resident is a student at North Central College. She is involved with her college’s dance team and was in pom-poms and Orchesis at Conant High School.

    Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield leads a committee hearing Thursday on proposed tougher boating laws in Libertyville. Her 10-year-old nephew, Tony Borcia, died in a 2012 boating accident.

    Tougher boating regulations get mixed reaction

    Proposed tougher watercraft regulations that would include the loss of driving privileges on land for operating a boat under the influence elicited differing opinions at a state Senate committee hearing Thursday in Libertyville. Lumping vehicle and boating DUIs together are among the proposals spurred by the 2012 death of a 10-year-old boy who was struck by an impaired boater on the Chain O'...

    Michael Zaky Bassaly

    Downers Grove murder suspect on 911 call: ‘I shot my mom’

    A Downers Grove man made a frantic 911 call and repeatedly confessed to killing his mother moments after he shot her in a Burr Ridge church parking lot, authorities said Friday. “I shot my mom. I shot her in the brains,” Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27, told a dispatcher. “Can you come, please, please, please?”


    Military practice bomb lands in tavern parking lot

    An electronic failure may be to blame for a practice bomb that was dropped from a jet onto a tavern’s parking lot, a Maryland National Guard official said Friday.

    An Eastern black rhinoceros calf walks Wednesday with its mother, 8-year-old Kapuki, at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

    Chicago zoo announces birth of black rhinoceros

    CHICAGO — The new baby at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo weighed 60 pounds at birth. The Eastern black rhinoceros calf was born Monday and he’s already following his mother around.Zoo officials announced the new rhino’s birth Thursday. He’s the offspring of first-time mother, 8-year-old Kapuki, and 27-year-old father, Maku.


    Major quake recorded in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

    The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the primary earthquake was centered 67 miles southwest of Adak, Alaska, and shaking lasted up to one minute.

    Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement about Syria at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Kerry said the U.S. knows, based on intelligence, that the Syrian regime carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack.

    Kerry says at least 1,429 killed by 'thug' Assad

    President Barack Obama will decide on America's response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria on the U.S.'s own timeline, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    Brendan Durkin of Roselle took this picture of a heron at Turner Pond.

    Photographers take different approaches to contest
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staff picks some of its favorite submissions to share each week and then one overall monthly winner. This is one of those weeks where there doesn’t seem to be any real theme to our entries.

    All Mundelein High School students will be given Chromebook laptop computers in 2014.

    Mundelein high to give all students laptops in 2014

    Mundelein High School officials plan to give every student a laptop computer at the start of the 2014-15 term. The effort, which calls for some 2,150 students to receive Chromebook computers, is among a growing number of so-called “1:1 initiatives” that provide a publicly funded laptop or tablet to every student in a school.

    Restaurant workers don't get much of a break on Labor Day.

    Poll Vault: How many holidays do you get at work?

    The federal government observes 10 holidays a year, including Labor Day. But not all workplaces are the same. Do you have to work this Labor Day? What holidays do you get off?

    Conjoined boys Emmett, left and Owen Ezell were separated Saturday in Dallas after being born joined from just below the breast bone to just below the belly button on July 15. The babies shared a liver and intestines and had an about 3 inch by 5 inch area on their lower stomach that wasn’t covered by skin or muscles.

    Conjoined boys separated at Dallas hospital

    The mother of twins successfully separated after being born joined at the chest says she’s looking forward to holding the babies she once thought had no chance of survival. “I’m just so happy that they’re here and they’re alive and thriving. It’s the best feeling in the world,” Jenni Ezell said Thursday at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

    Arlene Juracek

    Mt. Prospect tapping residents to plan 100th anniversary celebration

    Mount Prospect's 100th birthday is still a few years away, but the village will soon start planning the party. Mayor Arlene Juraceck recently appointed nine people to the Centennial Commission, the group that will lead the planning for the celebration in 2017. Two seats remain open.

    Anti-Syrian regime protesters holding a banner and Syrian revolution flags, during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. United Nations experts are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as the United States and its allies prepare for the possibility of a punitive strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime, blamed by the Syrian opposition for the attack.

    U.S. finds itself with only 1 Syria partner: France

    The United States found itself Friday with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America’s staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation. The collapse of British support for a mission to punish Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons puts pressure on President Barack Obama as resistance...

    The State Department says North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of detained American Kenneth Bae.

    N. Korea withdraws invite for U.S. envoy

    North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the State Department said Friday. Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, was due to travel Friday from Tokyo to Pyongyang to request a pardon and amnesty for Kenneth Bae, and return the next day. Bae was sentenced in April to 15 years of hard...

    A makeshift memorial on a tree is shown, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Phoenix. An 8-year-old boy was driving his mother’s car on a nighttime joy ride with his 6-year-old sister when it crashed into a telephone pole, behind the tree, fatally injuring the girl, police said Thursday.

    Police: Sister killed as 8-year-old boy drove car

    An 8-year-old boy who took the family car and crashed it into a power pole probably won’t face criminal charges in the death of his 6-year-old sister, who was riding with him, police said. Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos also said there’s nothing to indicate the children’s mother would face any charges in the Wednesday night crash that killed her daughter, Aaliyah Felder.


    Aurora police release video in abortion protest assault case

    Aurora police have released a surveillance video that left authorities split over whether to charge a Naperville man with swerving his vehicle at an abortion protester. The 32-second clip was shot in February outside Planned Parenthood, 3051 New York Street, Aurora.

    Twenty-four marching bands from throughout Illinois and the Midwest will perform Sept. 14 at the 35th annual Lake Park Lancer Joust in Roselle.

    Lancer Joust attracts 24 high school marching bands to Roselle

    Two dozen marching bands will go through their paces during the 35th annual Lake Park Lancer Joust, an all-day competition slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the high school’s west campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle.

    Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74. Heaney’s family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital.

    Irish poet Nobel winner Seamus Heaney dies at 74

    Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, died Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74. The Northern Ireland-born Heaney was widely considered Ireland’s greatest poet since William Butler Yeats. He wrote 13 collections of poetry, two plays, four prose works on the...


    Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

    A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.


    Alawite stronghold in Syria a haven amid war

    In this picturesque coastal city fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad, beaches are dotted with swimmers, cafes are filled with Syrians smoking water pipes, and restaurant bars are packed with late night revelers, seemingly oblivious to the civil war raging in the rest of the country.

    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The U.S. government has concluded that nearly half of Iran’s monthly earnings from crude oil exports are accumulating in accounts outside the country because of sanctions that restrict Tehran’s access to the money.

    U.S.: Iran can’t access much oil income

    The U.S. has concluded that nearly half of Iran’s monthly earnings from crude oil exports are accumulating in accounts overseas because of sanctions that restrict Tehran’s access to the money. The estimates, provided to The Associated Press by a senior U.S. official and never released before, are the latest indication that new sanctions imposed in February are deepening Iran’s economic distress...

    Congressman-turned-radio host Joe Walsh told a group of black conservatives Thursday they must encourage their community to end reliance on the government.

    Walsh gives advice to black conservatives in St. Charles

    Former Congressman Joe Walsh called on black conservatives to encourage an end to government dependence in the black community Thursday in St. Charles. “Big daddy and big mommy government has replaced the black family, has replaced the black church in the black community,” Walsh said at the Black Conservatives Summit.


    Illinois couple married 71 years die hours apart

    A man and wife who were married for more than seven decades died hours apart this week at a hospice in Rockford.Family members say Robert and Nora Viands were always together during their 71 years of marriage. Their son calls their deaths — 16 hours apart at a Rockford retirement center— a “blessing” because each would have been heartbroken without the other.

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics.

    San Diego mayor’s indiscretions went unnoticed

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics. Only Filner and perhaps a small circle of advisers know how his behavior went undetected, and they aren’t talking.

    The Rim Fire burns through trees near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

    Holiday trips on hold because of Sierra fire

    With the last big travel weekend of the summer arriving, some nervous tourists are keeping an eye on the huge Sierra Nevada wildfire, wondering whether it will interfere with their travel plans to destinations like Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Those who keep their hard-to-get Labor Day lodging reservations in Yosemite will enjoy a pleasant surprise: stunning views of the towering...

    Kings Lanes offers a night of games and camaraderie as part of Rosemont's lively entertainment district.

    The blossoming of Rosemont: How a tiny suburb became a destination

    Rosemont isn't afraid to take risks. The late founder and Mayor Donald E. Stephens transformed the tiny village from a hardscrabble industrial town into a mini-metropolis with its own convention center, sports arena and high-end hotels. “Now Rosemont pretty much has everything people need,” current Mayor Bradley Stephens said. “There is no need to go to downtown Chicago.”

    The annual Last Fling Skaters Picnic brings Naperville area skateboarders and police officers together for tricks, prizes and eating contests featuring pie and doughnuts. This year’s picnic is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Centennial Beach Skate Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville.

    Naperville picnic unites skaters, cops

    Skateboarders, police, pies and prizes are coming together Saturday for the annual Last Fling Skaters Picnic in Naperville sponsored by KidsMatter. The skate-fest usually draws about 200 participants to learn tricks from pros, practice their own moves and compete in pie-eating and donut-eating contests against cops.

    Ron Keller, director of the Naperville Municipal Band, serves as grand marshal in a past Labor Day Parade. This year’s parade, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, will honor the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce as grand marshal during the chamber’s 100th anniversary year.

    Parade, Fling Mile get ‘back to basics’ in Naperville

    Naperville Last Fling organizers say they’re getting back to basics with the annual Labor Day Parade and Fling Mile that showcase the workers and businesses of the city. The one-mile race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m. "You get to run by everyone watching the parade,” Last Fling spokeswoman Karen Coleman said.

    Trying not to get a brain freeze, Maddy Warren, 9, of Lindenhurst and Sabrina Groth, 9, of Buffalo Grove slurp down a slurpee on opening night of Buffalo Grove Days, one of the summer’s final festivals.

    Dawn Patrol: Lake deputies in hospital; son charged in murder

    Downers Grove man charged in murder of his mother in Burr Ridge. Lake County deputies, detective hospitalized after fight near Grayslake. Buffalo Grove Days kicks off. Rep. Jim Durkin to lead House Republicans. Goliath roller coaster ground broken in Gurnee.

    Joe Walsh

    Walsh weighing a bid for Durbin's U.S. Senate seat

    Former Congressman Joe Walsh, who lost a 2012 bid against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, says he's considering a run for office in 2014 -- maybe the U.S. Senate. “It's probably the race that I'm most seriously considering,” said Walsh, of McHenry, adding he'll decide within a month.

    Luke Clifford, front, and his 216 E. Crew at Topnotch Tattoos in Elgin, which opened in 1999. Two other tattoo shops are hoping to open nearby in downtown Elgin.

    Two tattoo parlors planned in Elgin, one meets opposition

    At least three business owners who are unhappy about one of two new tattoo parlors headed to downtown Elgin plan to voice their concerns to the city council, and possibly rally other business owners to also speak out in opposition. The Elgin City Council on Wednesday night gave the preliminary approval for Big Head Tattoos at 210 DuPage St. and Funky Monkey at 73 S. Grove Ave.


    Streamwood lawyer threatens lawsuits over lack of handicapped spaces

    A Streamwood resident is raising eyebrows with his recent delivery of letters to local businesses demanding they either pay him damages for not having handicapped parking spaces, or face a lawsuit. The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce Executive called police about Andrew Straw. “I want where I live to be handicap accessible,” Straw said.

    This is an ape’s hand at the Lincoln Park Zoo this summer. The hand looks amazingly similar to a human hand.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 26th


    Palatine's Chaka Kelly is pulled down by Libertyville defenders Ryan Borgeson, left, and Matt Pierson during the first half at Libertyville on Friday.

    Palatine sports winning look at Libertyville

    Nearly three hours after an Opening Night football game, which started almost an hour late due to lightning in the area, Andrew Bohlmann made another great play. The Palatine senior defensive back, who earlier had a key interception, handed his new charcoal-colored helmet to his 10-year-old brother, Joey, who put it on. Decked out in new uniforms, which also featured charcoal pants, white jerseys and red numerals, Palatine looked sharp in outlasting host Libertyville 25-6 on Friday night.

    Lake Zurich's Ben Klett gets free for a first-quarter 56-yard touchdown catch despite an attempt by Fremd's Jonathan Van Duch to stop him during Friday's season opener at Fremd.

    It's all good for Lake Zurich at Fremd

    A year ago, Lake Zurich's Noah Allgood not only played quarterback for the Bears, but linebacker as well. But Lake Zurich coach Dave Proffitt wanted Allgood to focus just on handling the offense this fall. Allgood showed just what the focus could entail, tossing a pair of touchdowns as Lake Zurich blanked Fremd 24-0 Friday night in Palatine in a game delayed over an hour because of lightning.


    DeKalb storms past Vernon Hills in second half

    It was an all-around tough start to the football season for host Vernon Hills on Friday night against visiting DeKalb. Not only did the Cougars have to endure a nearly two-hour lightning delay before the game finally started, but they also saw a 10-0 lead late in the third quarter quickly slip away after one key turning point. The Barbs (1-0) capitalized on a fumble late in the third quarter before rolling off 25 unanswered points in the final 12:47 of the contest en route to a 25-10 nonconference victory over Vernon Hills (0-1).


    Effort’s there for Round Lake, but victory is not

    Round Lake football coach Jordan Eder may not have gotten the result he wanted, but he liked the effort that his team showed in his first game since taking over in the spring. “The kids bought into our program and the changes are already happening,” Eder said after his Panthers fell 27-16 to Gordon Tech at Lane Stadium in Chicago on Saturday. “We just needed a few things to bounce our way today and it just didn’t happen.”

    Benet Academy’s Porter Ontko looks up field against Downers Grove South.

    Images: Benet Academy vs. Downers Grove South football
    Downers Grove South hosted Benet Academy for football action on Friday, Aug. 30.


    Lincoln Park, Rolling Meadows to play Sunday

    Rolling Meadows and Lincoln Park will play their season opener at noon Sunday, at Rolling Meadows.


    Hersey serves notice with dominant victory

    The Hersey Huskies did it all — on both sides of the ball — in their season opener, scoring 7 offensive touchdowns while intercepting 3 second-half passes on their way to a 47-7 victory at Glenbrook North on Friday night. While the start of the game was delayed by over an hour due to severe thunderstorms in the area, the Huskies came rolling out of the gates on the offensive side of the ball, with quarterback Jack Warner scoring on a 4-yard run to cap a 6-play, 67-yard drive.


    Calmeyn, St. Viator roll

    Bobby Calmeyn threw for 253 yards and 5 touchdowns to help St. Viator open its season with a 56-17 victory over host Chicago Foreman on Friday.


    Tremper edges Antioch

    Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wis. was able to capitalize on mistakes made by the Antioch Sequoits and claim a 29-26 victory in a nonconference football opener Friday night. Eugene Shulski (197 yards) led Tremper with touchdowns on 56- and 53-yard runs.


    Wauconda passes up Woodstock N. in a thriller

    Wauconda sophomore quarterback Kevin Malisheski told his receiver, Josh Anderson, that if he got open his pass was destined for a touchdown. For a game delayed for about 90 minutes, both Wauconda and visiting Woodstock North put on a show that was worthy of a playoff game. For the home-standing Bulldogs, it looked like North’s 13-7 lead would last the entire game. That’s before a 16-second span of plays that turned the game around.

    Coach Brian Casey is trying to guide Aurora Central Catholic to a second straight playoff berth, and he knows every game like Friday’s that did not get played and might not be made up are crucial to the Chargers’ chances.

    Canceled game could put ACC in bind

    The severe thunderstorm that pelted the Chicago area Friday night didn’t just wash out Aurora Central Catholic’s season opener and home kickoff with Oostburg (Wisconsin) High School. It potentially made ACC’s quest for a second straight IHSA playoff berth slightly more difficult to weather. When lightning flashes still hadn’t dissipated as of 9:50 p.m. Friday, ACC alerted Oostburg’s coaching staff that their game would have to be postponed. The schools’ athletic directors and head coaches had discussed the possibility of rescheduling the game for 6 p.m. Saturday in Aurora. But after conferring with his staff and with some of his players’ parents, Oostburg coach Scott Ring elected not to reschedule the game as of 10 p.m. Friday.


    Buffalo Grove scores early, downs Leyden

    Buffalo Grove took advantage of Leyden’s first-half jitters in posting a 28-14 over the visiting Eagles at Grant Blaney Stadium Friday night. The Bison (1-0) scored on all three of Leyden’s (0-1) first half turnovers in building a 28-0 halftime lead.


    Indian Trail regroups, springs surprise on Stevenson

    Host Indian Trail overcame a slow start to hang a 15-14 loss on Stevenson in a nonconference football season opener Friday night.

    Week -1- Photos from the Fremd vs. Lake Zurich football game on Friday, Aug. 30 in Palatine.

    Images: Fremd vs. Lake Zurich football
    Fremd High School hosted Lake Zurich High school for football action on Friday, August 30 in Palatine.

    Bolts of lightning light up the night sky south and west of Burlington Central High School Friday.

    Burlington, Hampshire can't hold out long enough

    The Friday night lights at Burlington Central were pre-empted by Mother Nature's Friday night light show. As football-hungry fans huddled in cars or took refuge in the gymnasium in hopes of seeing the season opener, lightning bolts peppered the landscape surrounding a school located on the highest elevated point in Kane County. The heavy rains and harsh conditions eventually lessened, but lightning continued to crisscross the sky approaching 8:30 p.m., forcing the postponement of the scheduled meeting between rivals Hampshire and Burlington Central.

    Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tags out Paul Konerko as he gets caught in a rundown trying to score on a ground ball by Jeff Keppinger during the fifth inning Friday at Fenway Park in Boston.

    White Sox fall behind early, lose to Boston 4-3

    Ryan Dempster returned from his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez and pitched into the seventh inning, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Friday night for their fifth win in six games. Chicago lost for the second time in six games as it started a 10-game road trip after winning its previous five series.


    WNBA player’s remarks ignite Twitter firestorm

    Women's Watch, with Patrica Babcock McGraw, explores the latest Twitter fire storm: WNBA star Sophia Young taking nasty heat for her views on same-sex marriage.

    Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey knows his team is eager to replace the memories of their Orange Bowl defeat with a win, and he says the Huskies have plenty of confidence this season.

    Confident Huskies see strong start at Iowa

    A year ago, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch was making his first career start. He didn’t have his best game, going just 6 of 16 passing for 54 yards against Iowa, although he did run for 119 yards and a touchdown. Now, Lynch has 14 starts under his belt, and there’s a lot of offensive talent that returns from last season, while Iowa will start an unproven quarterback in their rematch today at Kinnick Stadium.

    Dundee-Crown athletic director Dick Storm talks on the walkie talkie with other officials as lightning delays the season opener against Elgin Friday.

    Rohde’s Elgin debut put on hold

    So much for Friday’s debut of Kyle Rohde as Elgin’s head coach football coach. Though, that was the fault of Mother Nature, who Rohde was very leery of Friday morning. “I was watching (the weather) since about 6 a.m.,” the first-year coach said after Dundee-Crown athletic director Dick Storm and Elgin AD Paul Pennington determined it was best to postpone the Elgin vs. Dundee-Crown game to 1 p.m. Saturday at the D-C Bowl in Carpentersville after inclement weather came through the area Friday.


    Sky scouting report

    Having won five straight games, the Sky is the hottest team in the WNBA and is pulling away from second-place Atlanta.


    Cougars fall 8-2 to Cedar Rapids

    A six-run fourth inning broke up a 2-2 tie and carried the Cedar Rapids Kernels to an 8-2 triumph over the visiting Kane County Cougars.


    Boomers clinch playoff berth

    The Schaumburg Boomers became the first team in the Frontier League to secure a playoff slot this season courtesy of a 3-2 win over the host Evansville Otters on Friday, a victory which sewed up Schaumburg’s first West Division title.

    Storm clouds move over an empty football field after the stadium was cleared for the Benet vs. Downers Grove South sophmore football game on Friday in Downers Grove.

    Storms force St. Francis to wait another day

    After waiting three years for a true home game, what’s another day?


    Crystal Lake Central, Grant postponed

    Friday’s scheduled game between Crystal Lake Central and host Grant was postponed by storm weather. It has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Grant.


    Wheeling, Mundelein postponed

    Friday’s scheduled football games between Wheeling and host Mundelein were postponed by storms Friday. They have been rescheduled for Saturday at Mundelein, with the sophomores starting at 5 p.m. and the varsity game slated for 7:30 p.m.


    Schaumburg, New Trier postponed

    Friday’s scheduled game between Schaumburg and New Trier in Winnetka has been postponed by storms. The varsity game has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at New Trier.


    Hoffman Estates, Streamwood postponed

    Friday’s varsity football game between Hoffman Estates and Streamwood at Millennium Field has been postponed by storms. It has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Field.


    Lake Park, Conant postponed

    Friday’s scheduled games between Lake Park and host Conant have been postponed by storms.They have been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday (sophomores) and 1 p.m. (varsity) at Conant.


    Fox Valley football postponements

    Mother Nature wreaked havoc on season-opening football games all over the suburbs Friday night, including the Fox Valley, where every scheduled game in the region was postponed.Games at Burlington Central, Huntley, Dundee-Crown, St. Edward, Jacobs, Crystal Lake South, Streamwood and McHenry were all postponed and rescheduled for the following times on Saturday.Bartlett at Huntley, 2 p.m.Larkin at McHenry, 6:15 p.m.Barrington at Jacobs, 1:30 p.m.Elgin at Dundee-Crown, 1 p.m.Marian Central at Crystal Lake South, 1 p.m.Genoa-Kingston at St. Edward, 7 p.m.Hampshire at Burlington Central, 7 p.m.Hoffman Estates at Streamwood, 4 p.m.


    Urban Prep, Maine West postponed

    Friday’s scheduled varsity football game between Urban Prep and Maine West has been postponed. The game has been rescheduled for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff in Des Plaines.


    Prospect, Glenbrook South postponed

    Friday’s scheduled sophomore and varsity games between Prospect and Glenbrook South have been postponed and have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. (sophomores) and 7 p.m. (varsity) on Saturday in Glenview.


    St. Charles North, Elk Grove postponed

    The varsity football game scheduled between St. Charles North and Elk Grove for Friday night has been postponed by weather and will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg conducts infield practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Sandberg makes most of first game back at Wrigley

    Yes, it was strange seeing Ryne Sandberg in red, not blue, and in the visiting dugout, not the home side. But it’s worked out fine for Sandberg, who is completely satisfied with his current position.


    Carmel, Lincoln-Way East postponed

    Both levels of football scheduled between visiting Lincoln-Way East and Carmel on Friday have been postponed due to a power outage in Mundelein.

    Juan Pablo Montoya won’t be driving the Target car for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing next year.

    NASCAR divers scrambling to land rides for 2014

    NASCAR is going through its own version of musical chairs at the moment, with several big-name drivers moving to new rides or scrambling to land a spot in the 2014 Sprint Cup field.


    80-year-old weightlifter busted for doping

    The agency that brought down Lance Armstrong announced a two-year suspension for Don Ramos, 80, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who tested positive for steroids while attempting to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.

    Third baseman Luis Valbuena is moving from Rookie League Mesa to the Class A Kane County Cougars on Saturday to complete an injury-rehab assignment.

    Cubs set for September call-ups

    September call-ups are coming. The Cubs won't overload their big-league roster, but expect third baseman Luis Valbuena and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to rejoin the team Sunday after making a rehab stop Saturday for the Kane County Cougars.

    The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo celebrates his home run in the first inning Friday against the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs keep adding to Wrigley woes

    The most exciting thing Friday at Wrigley Field was the return of Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as manager of the Phillies. As for the Cubs, they managed to fritter away a 5-0 lead and lose 6-5 as they creep closer to a new mark for homefield futility.

    The Phillies’ Roger Bernadina scores past Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro on a single by Michael Young during the ninth inning Friday in Chicago.

    Cubs blow 5-run lead in loss to Phillies

    Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday in Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs, who blew a 5-0 lead. Starlin Castro had two hits and two RBIs in Chicago’s fourth loss in five games.

    Running back Michael Ford will be chasing the football in a Bears uniform this season, having survived the cut Friday.

    Ford motors into roster spot

    In one of the team's most hotly contested positon battles, undrafted rookie Michael Ford beat out incumbent Armando Allen for the No. 3 running back job. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound Ford rushed for 149 yards on 39 attempts and 2 touchdowns and returned 11 kickoffs for 368 yards, a 33.5-yard average that included a 100-yard effort on which he was dragged down 4 yards short of the end zone. He also tied for the team lead with 8 catches for 65 yards.


    Lakes, Grayslake North postponed

    Friday's game between Lakes and Grayslake North has been postponed and will be played at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Daily Herald's Football Focus 2013

    Prep football games tonight: Watch streaming video here

    The high school football season kicks off tonight, and football.dailyherald.com is the place to go for live streams, photos and recaps tonight. You can also follow all the area action with our scoreboard.

    Northwestern’s football team will wear new white helmets for Saturday night’s opener at California in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

    No. 22 Northwestern could be in for surprises vs. Cal

    With a freshman quarterback, a new coaching staff and overhauled systems on both offense and defense, California comes into its season opener against No. 22 Northwestern on Saturday night with the element of surprise on its side.

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is back after breaking his left leg last fall in the Iowa game.

    Blast from past for No. 17 Michigan

    Michigan has gone back to its roots. On offense, Michigan will look like it used to before former coach Rich Rodriguez implemented his spread scheme in 2008 and recruited smaller, quicker players.

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s team is allowed to compete for a Big Ten championship and even a national title this year.

    Buffalo seeks respect as Ohio State chases No. 1

    Buffalo is a rebuilding team hoping to make a good showing against Ohio State while the second-ranked Buckeyes are aiming to serve notice that they’re a worthy contender to break the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year stranglehold on No. 1.

    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock scrambles for yardage during practice Aug. 17 in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Iowa hosts NIU in key opener

    Iowa’s one-point win over Northern Illinois in last season’s opener felt like an escape for the Hawkeyes. Iowa would view a similar result in Iowa City on Saturday as a sign of progress. Nearly everything about these programs has changed in the 12 months since they last met.

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees still has to show he can be a deep threat.

    Irish looking for more from offense vs. Temple

    The onus for the Notre Dame offense heading into Saturday’s game against Temple is to score more. The 14th-ranked Fighting Irish went 12-0 during last season’s regular season and advanced to the national championship game against Alabama largely on the strength of a defense that held opponents to two touchdowns or less in 10 games.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer, who threw for 111 yards against the Cleveland Browns Thursday in the Bears’ final preseason game, was released by the team Friday.

    Bears’ roster cuts claim Palmer, Webb, Allen

    An impressive performance on short notice wasn't enough to win Jordan Palmer a job as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback, but he proved he could move an offense with precious little preparation time, and he could be called back by general manager Phil Emery in the event of an injury to starter Jay Cutler or backup Josh McCown. Among the cuts were left tackle J'Marcus Webb, running back Armando Allen and Arlington Heights safety Tom Nelson.


    Illinois, SIU ready for hot opening day

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman is hardly penciling in a win for Saturday's game against SIU. Here are five things to watch as the Illini and the Salukis open 2013 in Champaign.

    Novak Djokovic serves against Benjamin Becker during the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday in New York.

    Djokovic settles down to win in 3 sets at U.S. Open

    Novak Djokovic faced two set points early in his second-round match at the U.S. Open. He saved them, won the set, then needed less than an hour to close out a victory. The 2011 champion beat 87th-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 on Friday.

    Czech Zdenek Stybar of team Omega Pharma-QuickStep celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday in Mairena del Aljarafe.

    Stybar wins 7th stage of Vuelta

    Czech rider Zdenek Stybar won the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy maintained his overall lead. Stybar broke away with Philippe Gilbert in the final kilometers of the 128-mile stage and edged the world road race champion at the finish line.

    Reliever John Axford is 6-7 this season with a 4.45 ERA and 19 saves in 62 games

    Cardinals get Axford from Brewers

    The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed reliever John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday for a player to be named. The 30-year-old Axford is expected to join the Cardinals tonight when they begin a seven-game road trip in Pittsburgh.


    Game video: West Aurora at East Aurora
    West Aurora visits East Aurora Friday night in the season opener. Foillow the game here with video from High School Cube then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: DeKalb at Vernon Hills
    Vernon Hills hosts DeKalb Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    John Isner runs for the ball against Gael Monfils at the U.S. Open on Thursday in New York.

    U.S. open fans cheer against American player

    John Isner heard U.S. Open fans surprisingly supporting his French opponent, Gael Monfils. Isner, the highest-ranked American man, felt pain in his upper right leg. And, maybe worst of all, Isner saw his lead slipping away. Overcoming it all, the 13th-seeded Isner held on to beat the 39th-ranked Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) Thursday night to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the fifth consecutive year.


    Ball State’s balanced attack beats ISU 51-28

    Keith Wenning passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as Ball State defeated Illinois State 51-28 in the season opener for both teams.


    Illinois guard Karras will miss opener

    Illinois says starting right guard Ted Karras will miss Saturday’s season opener against Southern Illinois. Karras injured his left ankle in preseason practice and has been seen wearing a walking boot.

    Indiana’s Kofi Hughes downs a punt at the goal line during Thursday’s game against Indiana State in Bloomington, Ind.

    Indiana rolls past Indiana St. 73-35

    Indiana fans weren’t ready to settle for some plain, old 73-35 victory over Indiana State on Thursday night. They wanted the Hoosiers to break the school’s all-time scoring record of 76.

    Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson runs for a 5-yard touchdown ahead of UNLV defensive back Frank Crawford in the fourth quarter Thursday in Minneapolis.

    Minnesota races past UNLV in season opener

    For Minnesota, trying to climb out of the bottom of the Big Ten, minor improvements can make a major difference. Special teams are a good place to start. Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday, the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels.


    More Marquardt excellence, but Carmel edges Stevenson

    Girls golfCarmel d. Stevenson: At Countryside Golf Club, Nikki Marquardt’s torrid start to the season continued, but the host Corsairs (177) edged out the Patriots by 1 stroke.Marquardt, who committed to Eastern Michigan last week, fired a 3-under-par 33, as she tied an away-match school record for the Patriots. It was the senior’s second 33 of the season.Carmel was paced by sophomore Kayla Ryan and senior Abbey Carpenter with 42s. The Corsairs also received a 46 from senior Sophie Butz and 47s from sophomore Eva Savovich and freshman Erin Kehoe. Carmel was without No. 2 Alexa Amato.Stephanie Namkoong added a 44 for Stevenson (178).Marian Central d. Grant: At Boone Creek Golf Club, the Hurricanes (193) won going away.Kirsten Bank’s 53 paced Grant (231).


    Buddy system’s working for Conant

    A late second-half scoring spurt broke open a tight match and led to a comfortable 3-0 victory over York late Thursday night in favor of Conant as pool play began at the 23rd Norm Hillner Invite.


    Son of White Sox bench coach suspended
    Nick Parent, the son of White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, was suspended 50 games Thursday for testing positive for PEDs. Parent was playing for the Sox' Advanced Rookie Bristol farm team.


    Buffalo Grove, Downers North draw at Lake Park

    Defending tournament champion Buffalo Grove grinded out a 1-1 draw with Downers Grove North on Thursday afternoon as pool play began at the 23rd Norm Hillner Invite at Lake Park.


    A worker walks Tuesday through solar panels, manufactured by Sharp Corp., at the SoftBank Yaita Solar Park operated by SB Energy Corp. in Yaita City, Japan.

    China solar industry sees profit returning

    The companies that remain are now starting to inch back toward profitability. Jinko’s net income in the second quarter was $8 million, its first profit since the third quarter of 2011, as sales surged 43 percent to $287.6 million from a year earlier.

    An Apple Inc. iPhone is displayed Tuesday for a photograph in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Apple starts accepting IPhone trade-ins

    iPhones collected through these programs are often refurbished and used as replacements for ones that break, or resold in emerging markets.

    Kim Miller shops for clothes in St. Louis. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose just 0.1 percent in July from the previous month.

    Stocks slip lower as markets wrap up down month

    The major indexes headed lower from the opening bell on Friday and never recovered. The S&P dropped 5.20 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,632.97. Retail stores and other consumer-discretionary companies led eight of the index’s 10 industry groups to slight losses.


    Judge: Airline-merger trial to start in November

    The two airlines argue that their merger would increase competition by creating another big competitor to United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which grew through recent mergers. Parker also pointed to the presence of other competitors including Southwest, which carries more passengers within the United States than any airline.

    Josef Ackermann, the former chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank AG, walks between conference sessions on day three of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 2012.

    Ackermann quits Zurich after CFO’s suicide note

    “I have reasons to believe that the family is of the opinion that I should take my share of responsibility,” Josef Ackermann said Thursday. “To avoid any damage to Zurich’s reputation, I have decided to resign from all my board functions with immediate effect.”


    Get your brake repairs done before winter

    Under the Hood column

    The University of Michigan says that its final reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 82.1 in August from 85.1 in the previous month.

    U.S. consumer sentiment falls from 6-year high

    A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month from a six-year high in July, as Americans expressed less optimism about the coming months. The University of Michigan says that its final reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 82.1 in August from 85.1 in the previous month. Americans said they were less confident that the job market will improve but more confident that their income will rise.


    Sears Hometown 2Q income falls 54 percent
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a second quarter 2013 operation income loss of 54 percent despite a an increase in sales for the period. Operating income decreased $15.4 million during the quarter, compared to $33.7 million in the prior year’s period. Net income to stockholders decreased 57 percent to $9.1 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, compared to $21.1 million, or 91 cents per diluted share, in the prior year.


    Two ComEd facilities earn LEED silver certification

    ComEd has been awarded LEED Silver green building certification for two of its facilities: the recently refurbished space at Lincoln Centre Two in Oakbrook Terrace and the company’s new training center in Rockford.

    The main room in Liberace's former home in Las Vegas.

    Liberace's one-time Vegas mansion sells for $500K

    The British businessman who bought Liberace's 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion for half a million dollars said Friday he plans to work on it relentlessly to restore it to its former glory. Martyn Ravenhill told The Associated Press from his home in Guilford, where he's preparing to celebrate his 50th birthday on Saturday, that he's been a huge Liberace fan all his life as well as a lover of Las Vegas.

    This photo combo shows Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen, left, and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to step down when his second term ends in January 2014, and the contest to succeed him has turned into a public struggle between Yellen and Summers.

    Weighing Yellen vs. Summers for Federal Reserve

    Lawrence Summers is the White House insider with a direct line to President Barack Obama. Janet Yellen is the Federal Reserve veteran with a long list of congressional patrons. The two Ivy League-trained economists have emerged as leading contenders to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Fed, the nation's central bank. Obama could announce his nominee in the coming weeks.

    The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.

    Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

    Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc. released Friday.

    Shipping containers stacked at the Port of Miami in Miami. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

    U.S. economy grew at 2.5 percent rate in spring

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined. The Commerce Department said second-quarter growth was sharply higher than the initial 1.7 percent rate it reported last month. And the growth this spring was more than double the 1.1 percent rate from January through March.

Life & Entertainment

    A new documentary, “Share My Kingdom,” delves into the lives of Little City artists, from left, Luke Tauber, Harold Jeffries and Wayne Mazurek.

    Little City artists profiled in documentary

    A new documentary, "Share My Kingdom," delves into the lives of three artists with developmental disabilities who emerged from the art studio at Little City Foundation in Palatine. "This establishes their identity in a way that's very pure and powerful,” said Shawn Jeffers, executive director of Little City.


    Readers hope parents of new baby received help

    While Carolyn Hax is away, readers nominate the most unforgettable letters.

    Josh Salt and Mary Ann Thebus star in Northlight Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of Amy Herzog's "4000 Miles."

    Fall theater forecast: Curtain rises on Broadway hits, local premieres

    The curtain is set to rise on a rich variety of Broadway favorites, local premieres and notable dramas as the fall theater season gets under way in Chicago and the suburbs.

    Comedian Dave Chappelle decided to sit out most of his show in Hartford Thursday because of a noisy audience.

    Chappelle heckled at Conn. show, stops performance

    Both supporters and critics of Dave Chappelle flooded social media sites with comments Friday, after he was heckled at a show in Connecticut and refused to perform his set. The comedian was the headliner Thursday night at the Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which is touring the country and is scheduled to make a stop Saturday, Aug. 31, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    Jeff Cook, left, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry of Alabama play the Pavilion at Ravinia at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.

    Country bedrock band Alabama plays Ravinia Friday

    Put the members of Alabama in the same room together and very quickly the jokes start and the laughs roll. Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry are back together, out on tour playing to thousands every night — they perform their Back to the Bowery Tour at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Pavilion at Ravinia — and releasing a new album of duets this week called “Alabama & Friends.” And after more than four decades, they feel dusted with good fortune. “How could I not be having the time of my life?” bassist Gentry asks.


    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    Q. I’m an official resident of Florida now. My neighbor is also a widow and her attorney recently set her up with something called a “Lady Bird Deed” to ease the transfer of her house upon her death. Can you please explain its use/validity?


    Make sure blame for inspection is placed on right shoulders

    Q. When we bought our house, our inspector said there appeared to be roof problems and issues with mold, and he recommended further evaluation. We hired a roofer and a mold expert. Both said there were no problems. Thus, we wasted hundreds of dollars on needless inspections. He certainly won’t get our business again, and we intend to spread the word about his meager services.

    Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons,” at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Simon, 58, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer last November.

    ‘Simpsons’ creator finds funny in his cancer fight

    Since word got out about Sam Simon’s cancer, this co-creator of “The Simpsons” and fervent philanthropist has heard from many people online asking to help rid him of his sizable wealth. “Some people just want a million dollars. Or help with college tuition. And the rest have business propositions,” he chortles. “Like that should be my legacy: to lose money on your movie or your moisturizer line. “I’m bedridden,” says Simon, milking the scenario for all its tragicomic worth, “weighing whether to dole my money to people lined up outside the house!” He laughs, flashing a piano-keys grin. Then he gets serious.

    Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

    Americans driving less as car culture wanes

    Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over? After rising for decades, total vehicle use in the U.S. — the collective miles people drive — peaked in August 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession and has largely plateaued since, even though the economy is recovering and the population growing.

    Chef Chris Barth's menu contains classic French fare, like this goat cheese salad.

    Retro Bistro satisfies French-food craving

    Retro Bistro has been around for 23 years, opened by chefs Chris and Lorraine Barth, who met while attending culinary school. It had been about 20 years since I had been there. Never as formal as Wheeling's Le Francais (once the country's top-rated French restaurant), Retro Bistro nonetheless serves finely crafted classic and modern French cuisine.

    Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz said he’s hard at work on a full draft of his next work, the musical “Houdini” that has actor “Hugh Jackman” playing the legendary illusionist. He hopes to debut the show in Chicago before moving it to Broadway.

    ‘Wicked’ composer hopes to debut musical ‘Houdini’ in Chicago

    Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says he’s hard at work on a full draft of his next endeavor, the musical “Houdini” that has actor Hugh Jackman playing the legendary illusionist. Schwartz says he hopes the show will debut in Chicago before it goes to Broadway during the 2013-2014 season. He says Chicago theater audiences like seeing new works and are not put off by seeing a piece “that is clearly a work in progress.”


    Theater events: Janus celebrates 15 years

    Janus Theater in Elgin celebrates its 15th season with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" while Naperville's BrightSide Theatre goes behind the scenes during Hollywood's golden age this week in suburban theater.


    New channel, same ‘Sunny’ gang

    Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Sweet Dee are coming back to Paddy’s Pub on Wednesday night, but you won’t find them on FX. The new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” premieres next week on FX’s new offshoot, the confusingly named FXX. (No, I’m not kidding.) Also new to Blu-ray, DVD and video on-demand on Tuesday is the sleeper summer hit “Now You See Me,” a caper with a great premise and an even better cast.

    “Alabama & Friends”

    Country stars pay tribute to pioneering band

    Nowadays, long hair and loud guitars are common in country music. That wasn’t always the case. The new album “Alabama & Friends” pays tribute to a pioneering band that proved decades ago how popular merging country and Southern rock could be.


    Night life events: Specials abound at Bakersfield, Salsa 17

    Swing by Bakersfield in Westmont for half-priced wines by the glass on Tuesdays or $6 classic cocktails on Thursdays. Half-priced appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays include house-made guac, short rib sliders, Buffalo wings, crab and avocado roll and more. Or try Salsa 17's featured margarita everyday, starting at $8.50 at the Arlington Heights' venue.

    In late summer heat, the Tromboncino squash grows ridiculously large.

    In absence, garden suddently sprouts

    The fear of leaving your garden for two weeks is that you will come back to a shaggy lawn, dead container plants and waist-high weeds. But the absence proved a boon: My vegetable garden was seriously behind schedule when I left — I was slow off the mark in starting my warm-season veggies. Lo, on my return, the place had been transformed.


    If you want to try a stained concrete floor, here are some tips

    There are a lot of different types of floor surfaces that one can install in a home today. Your choice is determined by a variety of factors, including your budget, function and lifestyle. One option that you might not have considered is stained concrete. If your home is on a concrete slab, then it’s a great option. Here are the basics so you can decide if you want to give it a shot.


    Spouse’s health problems can complicate home sale or refinance

    The onset of memory-robbing Alzheimer’s disease or other serious medical problems can be compounded if the victim lacks the capacity to sell or refinance the family’s home.

    The Harvard model home evokes the Federal style at Bowes Creek Country Club, a Toll Brothers community in Elgin.

    Bowes Creek Country Club presents Harvard model home

    Bowes Creek Country Club presents the Harvard, a luxury model home in its Masters Collection of single-family estate homes with wonderful views of nature and green spaces. The Masters Collection of 159 homes is offered by Toll Brothers, developers of the Elgin community.


    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO Packets of heroin that were confiscated during a sweep of drug related arrests earlier this year by Elgin police.

    Editorial: Suburbs take aim in the heroin battle

    Positive steps in the last month in the battle against heroin use among our youth need to continue on all fronts, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Miley’s mandate: Return to prudery

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: If opinions differ on Miley Cyrus’ raunchy performance during MTV’s recent Video Music Awards, on one thing we all can agree: Miley loves her tongue.


    Enough with the Republican deniers
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Evidently the Republican deniers have decided that the president and the Democrats in Congress are entirely responsible for the sequester. Every one of the GOP leaders voted for the bill. Were the Democrats complicit? Yes. Did the president sign the bill into law? Yes. Are the Republicans innocent? Give me a break!


    King would champion animal rights, too
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.


    Be on guard for Lyme disease
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: The Our View article in the Opinion section of the paper on Tuesday, Aug. 27 added great information to level up awareness about the deer tick bite and the bacterial infection Lyme disease. It is timely as we go into the last summer holiday long weekend.


    Clowns deserve more respect
    A Lily Lake letter to the editor: It’s unfortunate that Hollywood so often portrays clowns as evil, since this gives us a bad reputation. In fact, the many clowns I’ve met are the most warmhearted, outgoing people you’d ever want to meet.


    Leaving St. Charles with fond memories
    Leaving St. Charles with fond memoriesAs I leave the position of city administrator, I express my gratitude to the members of the St. Charles community for the opportunity to work with, and for, them. I have been fortunate to meet many great people during my time here — residents, businesspeople, community volunteers, elected officials, city employees, and employees of intergovernmental partners. Since 2005, a great deal has been accomplished to enhance the reputation of St. Charles as a community that is admired and an organization that is respected. I am proud that together we could enhance core services, advance the city’s economic standing, modernize infrastructure, enrich relationships, and improve resident satisfaction. The number of respondents to a community survey who rate St. Charles as “excellent” increased to 57 percent, the highest percentage ever achieved. The city weathered the Great Recession without significant impact on quality of service delivery and with no employee layoffs. City infrastructure was improved including a new parking structure, new fire station, remodeled public works facility, new water treatment facility, new waste water treatment facility, electric system upgrades that enhanced reliability, and the new Red Gate Bridge over the Fox River. And, St. Charles was named the No. 1 City for Families by Family Circle magazine. St. Charles is a wonderful community and I leave with many fond memories. St. Charles is also a community with significant untapped potential. I hope that current and future city leaders will work tirelessly to capitalize on the community’s strengths — a beautiful Fox River location, an attractive downtown, diverse housing choices, spectacular local government services provided by the city, school district, park district, and library, and dedicated volunteers. I also hope that all community members will do whatever they can to ensure St. Charles remains forever the Pride of the Fox. Brian A. Townsend City administrator St. Charles


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    Dempster deserved 5-game suspensionPerhaps Mike Imrem was totally serious supporting Ryan Dempster’s efforts to plunk Alex Rodriguez with a “purpose” pitch on Sunday night baseball.First of all, if Dempster was acting on his own for whatever reason, he gave the Yankees a great big wake up call which Manager Joe Girardi can use in rousing the Bronx Bombers to shake off their injuries and make the AL playoffs.Second, if you’re trying to nail a hitter, you do it with one try. Dempster came inside three times before hitting Rodriguez with pitch number four.The great “purpose pitch” hurlers in times past — Gibson, Ryan, etc. must be chuckling over Dempster’s misdirection.Dempster’s denials and those of his manager, John Farrell, that he was actually throwing at Rodriguez, were worse than stupid. Dempster deserves his five-game suspension. He’ll miss at least one start, something the Red Sox may sorely regret.Dean DraniasAurora


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