Daily Archive : Thursday September 5, 2013


    “Prayer Memorial for the Souls of Terezin,” bronze, by Geneva sculptor Larry Johnson.

    Witness the creative process at art studio tour

    Get a glimpse into the creative process and meet artists in their natural habitat during a weekend of art in Geneva, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15. More than 30 member artists will exhibit their work at the Greater Geneva Art Guild’s first Art Studio Tour.

    A temporary sign sits along southbound Riverwoods Road near Everett Road alerting drivers to upcoming closures due to parking on land owned by W.W. Grainger Inc. in Mettawa for the BMW Championship in neighboring Lake Forest. The tournament and related events will be at Conway Farms in Lake Forest starting Monday morning.

    Lake Forest police, organizers confident in BMW Championship transportation plan

    Authorities say they're confident in the transportation plan in place for next week when thousands of golf fans arrive in Lake Forest eager to watch Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and other big-name players in the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

    Bryce Laspisa

    Naperville native's parents await news on teen missing in California

    Family and friends of Naperville native Bryce Laspisa, who has been missing north of Los Angeles since Friday, Aug. 30, are awaiting the results of an autopsy on a badly burned body found three miles from the missing teen's car. Efforts to identify the body, which was burned beyond recognition, have begun, Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said Thursday.

    Countryside firefighters work to extricate a person from an SUV after a multivehicle accident Thursday on northbound Route 83 at Westmoreland Road near Long Grove.

    At least one killed in Route 83 crash

    The Lake County coroner’s office has confirmed that there was one fatality in a multiple-vehicle accident on northbound Route 83 at Westmoreland Road near Vernon Hills. The victim has been identified by the sheriff’s office as the female driver of a 2011 Honda CRV. The sheriff’s office said the woman died at the scene.

    Tareya Rhone

    Naperville woman guilty of trying to bribe cop to avoid another DUI

    A $350 bribe ended up costing Tareya Rhone a felony conviction. The Naperville woman was sentenced to jail and probation this week after admitting she offered the cash to an Illinois State Police trooper during her second drunken-driving arrest in three months.

    Bob Schillerstrom

    Schillerstrom not running for state treasurer

    Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom has decided not to make a bid for Illinois treasurer. In announcing his decision, Schillerstrom said the GOP would have a better chance to keep the office if the party doesn’t have a costly and divisive primary. Schillerstrom’s decision makes way for House Republican Leader Tom Cross, who is stepping down to run for treasurer.


    Cardinal George saying Mass Sunday in Elk Grove Village

    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    President Barack Obama listens as Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the start of the G-20 Working Session at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday.

    Obama seeks world leaders’ support to strike Syria

    As a candidate focused on his own election, Barack Obama championed restraint and global cooperation when faced with security threats. Now, as commander in chief of a world superpower, his rhetoric of the past is being tested by the reality of today as he presses Congress to allow the United States to launch a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, over the...


    Teen killed by remote control helicopter

    A teenager operating a remote control helicopter in a New York City park has been struck in the head by it and killed. Police say 19-year-old Roman Pirozek Jr. died Thursday afternoon near a parkway in Brooklyn. They say he suffered a severe head injury.

    U.S. Marines monitor Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers in Quweira, 186 miles south of Amman, Jordan, June 18. The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels.

    U.S. officials: U.S. considers training Syria rebels

    The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels, in a move that would greatly expand the current CIA training being done quietly in Jordan, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    Bill Werner finishes up work on the copper-covered doors for the west entrance to the state Capitol last month in Springfield. The $50 million renovation of the building includes three sets of copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608.

    Critics aghast at state Capitol’s new $670K doors

    Critics are befuddled by Illinois’ decision to pay nearly $670,000 for three sets of copper-plated wooden doors at the Capitol building, saying it is too “elegant” a purchase for a state whose pension fund is underfunded by $100 billion.


    Illinois hosted more than 100 million tourists in 2012

    Statistics from 2012 show that for the first time Illinois hosted more than 100 million tourists in one year. The state released figures for international visitors on Thursday, saying more than 2 million tourists visited the state in 2012 from outside the U.S. That’s an 11.8 percent increase from 2011.

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, center, officiates at the wedding of Al Giraud, right, and his partner, Jeff Isaacson, at the Minneapolis City Hall. They were the first gay couple legally married in Minnesota. Rybak is hitting the road to promote his state’s new gay marriage law.

    Minneapolis mayor bids for Illinois gay couples’ weddings

    Calling their hometown a “Second City in human rights,” the mayor of Minneapolis told Chicago gays and lesbians during a visit Thursday that they should consider holding their marriages in his city rather than continue waiting for Illinois to legalize them. Appearing in a predominantly gay Chicago neighborhood, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he plans to capitalize on what he sees as a...

    Jack Schaffer

    Metra review finds Schaffer didn’t leak harmful info to Clifford

    Metra's lawyers say Director Jack Schaffer is in the clear after a brouhaha erupted over whether he released confidential documents to former CEO Alex Clifford during contract negotiations.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com A machine for purchasing Ventra fares sits in the Rosemont CTA station.

    New CTA, Pace fare system called Ventra begins Monday

    What you need to know about Pace and the CTA's new fare system Ventra. It rolls out Monday as the region steps into the world of universal fares -- with the exception of Metra. Ventra “was designed with the possibility of adding Metra in the future ... when or if they ultimately determine to be part of it,” a Pace spokesman said.


    Grundy County board member running against Senger in congressional primary

    A member of the Grundy County Board says he will announce that he’s running in the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional District. Chris Balkema put out a news release Thursday saying he will announce his candidacy on Tuesday in North Aurora. He faces Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville in the GOP primary.

    At least one of these children in an unidentified Elgin Area U-46 school is holding a backpack filled not with schoolbooks, but with enough food to take home to feed three children over a weekend. Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Backpack Food program served more than 6,000 children in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Several area school districts are employing the program this school year.

    Backpacks staving off weekend hunger for some kids

    The ubiquitous school backpack hauls more than homework for some children. Northern Illinois Food Bank and 93 schools in its service area send home meals for the weekend for children who are at high risk of not having much to eat when they aren't at school.

    Carol Lussky

    Pingree Grove terminates village administrator

    The village of Pingree Grove terminated its administrator, Ken Lopez, and will be re-evaluating duties and roles of all staff members in leadership roles, village officials said. Police Chief Carol Lussky is the interim village manager.


    Republican candidate announces bid to unseat Duckworth

    Backers of an Aurora woman have announced her candidacy to seek the Republican nomination for the state's 8th District congressional seat currently held by Tammy Duckworth. Manju Goel is the first candidate named by a national group led by Texas Congressman Pete Sessions trying to field 10 Indian-American GOP congressional candidates.

    This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, taken Aug. 29, shows the zoo’s panda mother, Mei Xiang, with her cub. The zoo said Thursday its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female. The Washington zoo also revealed Thursday that the cub’s father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian.

    National Zoo: 2-week-old panda cub is female

    The Smithsonian’s National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian. Panda mother Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, as well as a panda named Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo. It takes time to determine a cub’s gender, and a DNA sample was collected to determine the paternity of the cub born Aug.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke-like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo., this week.

    Study: Children’s use of e-cigarettes increasing

    Just like adults, children are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students. About 2 percent of the students said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to a survey done last year. That was up from 1 percent in 2011.

    Ruby Bridges, right, who integrated Louisiana schools in 1960 under escort from U.S. Marshals, meets with Charles Burks, 91, who was one of those marshals. The two filmed a video Thursday to share their experience with children.

    Civil rights icon meets with marshal who escorted her to school

    Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, who as a 6-year-old helped end public school segregation in South, was reunited Thursday with one of the federal marshals who had escorted her past angry crowds so she could attend a previously all-white school. Bridges met with Charles Burks at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which was filming the pair for its permanent exhibit called “The Power of...

    The No. 1 question about President Barack Obamaís health care law is whether consumers will be able to afford the coverage. The file photo seen here shows a basket of medical supplies that await storage in Brookhaven, Miss.

    Health law coverage may track workplace cost shift

    President Barack Obama’s health care law appears to mirror a trend in job-based insurance, where employees are being nudged into cost-saving plans that require them to pay a bigger share of their medical expenses.

    Gregory T. Panzer

    Geneva man charged with marijuana cultivation

    A 59-year-old Geneva man was charged with felony marijuana cultivation after 69 plants were found growing on the side of his home Wednesday morning. Gregory T. Panzer faces anywhere from probation to seven years in prison if found guilty on various charges.

    Antinette “Toni” Keller

    Judge sets Sept. 16 hearing in NIU murder case

    The attorney for a man who is in prison for killing a Northern Illinois University student says it wasn’t his client’s fault he missed a deadline to appeal his 37-year sentence.


    Fox Valley police reports
    James M. Luecke, 48, who is homeless, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault in Elgin. Police said Luecke was belligerent toward the an officer and threatened to hurt him.

    Destroyed and damaged homes were left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in Ortley Beach, N.J., in this photo from Oct. 31, 2012.

    Study links warming to some 2012 wild weather

    A study of a dozen of 2012’s wildest weather events found that man-made global warming increased the likelihood of about half of them, including Superstorm Sandy’s devastating surge and the blistering U.S. summer heat.


    Downtown Naperville teen center gains early approval

    A small vacant space in downtown Naperville may be unlikely to develop into a shop or restaurant, but some say it could be perfect for a teen center an organization called Napberbridge wants to bring to the area. “231 S. Washington offers a hidden destination in the middle of downtown, the heart of Naperville. It provides students with a place to connect and belong.” said Andy Jack, Naperbridge’s...


    Host families sought for Schaumburg Sister City visit

    Schaumburg is seeking two local host families to help accommodate a group from the County of Schaumburg, Germany when they visit the village from Oct. 1-9. The group will tour several village facilities and businesses as well as take a day trip to Chicago. With community support, it’s hoped these visitors from Schaumburg’s Sister City will experience the best the village has to offer.


    Police: Teen released after Aurora man, 31, died from plastic comb wound

    A 19-year-old who was questioned in the early Tuesday stabbing death of an Aurora man has been released without charges pending further investigaton, police said Thursday. The teen had been questioned in the death of Lamar D. House, 31. Authorities said the two had an argument that turned physical and House died after he was stabbed with the sharp end of a plastic comb, which pierced his heart...

    Brent Roman of the Cheng Da Drum Team plays Chinese drums which were donated Thursday to Campanelli School in Schaumburg by the Taiwanese Overseas Compatriot Affairs Council.

    Schaumburg school gets gift of Chinese drums

    A Chinese Immersion language program for a Schaumburg elementary school’s youngest kids has opened the door to a variety of cultural opportunities for the entire student body. On Thursday, Campanelli School received five new Chinese drums donated by the Taiwanese Overseas Compatriot Affairs Council, then students watched a performance on them by the accomplished players of the Westmont-based...

    Musiliu Balogun

    Sentencing highlights change in heroin trafficking

    A U.S. judge sentenced a longtime fugitive to nine years in prison Thursday for leading what was one of the world’s largest heroin networks, extending from suppliers in Thailand to distributors working out of a boutique in Chicago. The sentencing of Musiliu Balogun highlights a seismic shift in how heroin gets to the U.S.


    Chicago archdiocese sued over sex abuse

    A former student is suing the Archdiocese of Chicago, claiming a convicted former priest molested him a decade ago. The archdiocese already has agreed to pay millions of dollars in settlements involving Daniel McCormack.

    Sen. Dick Durbin talks with trustees of the Thomson village board on Thursday before a briefing on the status of the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

    Durbin, Bustos give Thomson prison update

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said Thursday that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is ready to start the process of opening Thomson prison but they are waiting for approval of the federal budget first.


    Palatine men set sights on some unusual athletic goals

    A couple of Palatine men are testing their physical limits in some pretty interesting ways. One plans to rappel down a 27-story hotel in the name of charity. The other is running every street in Palatine to train for next month's Chicago marathon.

    This year’s freshman class at Illinois State University has 2,981 students.

    Enrollment down but more diverse at ISU

    Enrollment is slightly down at Illinois State University at the beginning of this school year, but incoming freshmen have higher GPAs and ACT scores.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Diamante D.O. Moore, 19, of Geneva, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license is suspended at 1:58 p.m. Sunday in the 0-99 block of South Kirk Road, according to a police report.


    Sugar Grove Township park plan on hold

    The idea of putting a park on land near the Sugar Grove Village Hall and the Sugar Grove Library has been put on hold until township officials determine what their five-year plans are for the township.


    Head of Arlington Hts. veterans committe assisting with upcoming Honor Flight

    Arlington Heights veterans activist Greg Padovani will be traveling to Washington D.C. next week as a guardian for a local World War II vet as part of Honor Flight McHenry. The trip, from Sept. 13-15, will take a group of Chicago-area veterans to memorials for World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Iwo Jima and the Air Force, as well as a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.


    District 204 to interview superintendent search firms

    The Indian Prairie District 204 school board will interview two search firms that could be given the job of finding the district’s next superintendent after Kathy Birkett retires at the end of this school year.

    DuPage County must comes up with a plan on how to spend $7 million in federal relief aid for the April floods. North Main Street in Wheaton, shown here, was one of the casualties.

    DuPage County may get $7 million for April flood damage

    DuPage County officials need to determine how to spend $7 million in federal disaster recovery money. The grant, from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, is the result of April flooding that hit the area. “Last spring's storms caused tremendous damage to homes and businesses throughout the Chicago area, creating needs that stretched beyond the limits of private insurance and other forms...


    Palatine man charged with impersonating officer

    A Cook County judge ordered 39-year-old Karl Marciniak held on $500,000 bond after authorities said he falsely claimed to be a police officer and restrained two people after an accident on Euclid Avenue in Palatine.


    Water rate increase under review by Fox Lake leaders

    Fox Lake officials say they must consider imposing the village's first water rate hike in more than five years to address deteriorating infrastructure. Under the proposal, the average household using 4,000 gallons a month would pay about $13 more monthly.

    Wauconda officials have until Sept. 18 to approve an agreement with a regional agency for Lake Michigan drinking water. If they don’t, the agency says, they’ll have to find a different connection to the Great Lake.

    Wauconda must make water plan decision soon, agency says

    A regional agency that provides drinking water from Lake Michigan to some Lake County communities has told Wauconda officials they have until Sept. 18 to decide on membership. Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency Executive Director Darrell W. Blenniss Jr. believes the two sides are “pretty close” on an agreement. “I think we’re right there,” he said.


    Mundelein hosts open house on branding initiative

    The village of Mundelein will host a community open house from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, to provide an update on the results of the research conducted for its municipal branding initiative. ttendees will have the opportunity to meet consultants, elected officials, and village staff. The consultants will share how other communities are marketing themselves and help guests understand the...


    Third annual Ryan’s Run set for Sunday

    The third annual Ryan’s Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 8. at the Century Park Pavilion, located on the north side of Vernon Hills’ Century Park. Proceeds will benefit the Ryan Briere Foundation’s commitment to a children’s activity area in Ryan’s memory and spirit as part of a new Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital scheduled to open in 2017.

    Luis M. Villa-Silva

    Carpentersville man faces fourth DUI charge

    A 35-year-old Carpentersville man was arrested this week on charges of his fourth DUI with his two children in the car, Carpentersville police said. Luis M. Villa-Silva faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and he was being held on $303,000 bail.

    Brady O’Brien

    Cops: Lisle teen downloaded child pornography

    A Lisle teen was charged with possessing child pornography after a six-month investigation, police said Thursday. Brady O’Brien, 17, of the 6400 block of Berkshire Court, turned himself over to police Tuesday and was released on a $2,000 bond.

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, third from right, speaks Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, second from right, while meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, on the sidelines of a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Syria overshadows economy as G-20 leaders meet

    They’re supposed to be talking about growth and money, but the threat of war in Syria is creeping into nearly every conversation as the leaders of the world’s 20 top economies huddle in Russia this week.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, center, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, left, talk Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee’s hearing to consider the authorization for use of military force in Syria. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, is at right.

    Obama lobbying lawmakers on Syria action from overseas

    A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.


    5th Annual job expo in Round Lake Beach Sept. 12

    The 5th annual Employment Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, off Hook Drive west of Route 83. Professional resume service and job-seeking assistance will be offered at the event, which also features job-related workshops.

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

    Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

    President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands, smiled and made small talk about the scenery on Thursday — a public exchange of pleasantries belying a tense relationship that only seems to be getting worse. “We’ve kind of hit a wall,” Obama said of the United States’ ties with Russia the day before he arrived in St. Petersburg for a global summit.


    Island Lake hosts Venetian Night

    Island Lake will hold a Venetian Night boat parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the dam in the town’s namesake lake. The theme of this year’s event is “The Circus.” The Island Lake Chamber of Commerce will award a prize for the boat that best follows the theme.

    The “Poverty Matters” report, released today by the Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center, says the suburbs accounted for 34 percent of the area's poor in 1990. Now, the suburbs are home to 50 percent of the area's poor.

    Report: Suburbs have as much poverty as the city

    A new report says the suburbs now have as many poor people as the city of Chicago.The “Poverty Now” report says the suburbs had 34 percent of the area's poor in 1990. Now, it's home to 50 percent of the poor. “We were pretty shocked that it balanced out to 50/50,” said research associate Jennifer Clary. “It definitely flies in the face of the image of affluence in...

    Lynn Boyden, an information architect in web services at the University of Southern California, says she has developed two identities online: a public one for her professional life and a private one that only a few close friends can access. She tries to block advertising trackers when she can and limits what personal data might wind up on public sites.

    Study finds online privacy concerns on the rise

    Americans might be sharing more personal information online than ever through social networking sites and email. But they also want to better control who can see it, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The study reported that privacy concerns among Americans are on the rise, with 50 percent of Internet users saying they are...

    The No. 1 question about President Barack Obama’s health care law is whether consumers will be able to afford the coverage. Now the answer is coming in: The biggest study yet of premiums posted publicly by states finds that the sticker price will average about $270 a month if you’re a 21-year-old buying a mid-range policy. That’s before government tax credits that will act like a discount for most people, bringing down the cost based on their income.

    Studies take early look at health law’s premiums

    Coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law won’t be cheap, but cost-conscious consumers hunting for lower premiums will have plenty of options, according to two independent private studies. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that government tax credits would lower the sticker price on a benchmark “silver” policy to a little over $190 a month for single people making about...

    Walton Island, reconstructed in 2002 as part of Elgin’s Riverfront/Center City Master Plan, was among its first efforts to use the Fox River as an economic catalyst. Suburbs along the Fox have been transforming their riverfronts.

    Fox River will no longer be ignored by communities

    The Fox River may be any number of things to the suburban communities it travels through, but one thing's for sure: The river no longer is ignored. Formerly forgotten by shuttered factories and left untouched by shops that turned to face roads instead of riverfront, the Fox is now at least on the radar screens of leaders in the towns along its banks.


    European Union urges quick U.N. report on Syria chemical attack

    The European Union is urging U.N. investigators to release information as soon as possible about a chemical weapons attack in Syria so that the international community can decide how to respond.

    In this citizen journalism image provided Wednesday by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings due to an airstrike that hit Sarakeb, Idlib province, Syria.

    Syrian rebels fight army near Christian village

    Syrian government troops battled al-Qaida-linked rebels over a regime-held Christian village in western Syria for the second day Thursday, as world leaders gathered in Russia for an economic summit expected to be overshadowed by the prospect of U.S.-led strikes against the Damascus regime. Residents of Maaloula said the militants entered the village late Wednesday.

    RiverEdge Park, which opened in June to host the annual Blues on the Fox Festival, is the highlight of Aurora’s recent redevelopment efforts along the Fox River through its downtown.

    Fox River achievements, works in progress
    As towns along the Fox River have heightened their efforts to revitalize their shorelines and nearby downtowns, here are the main completed projects and some still in the planning stage.


    8-foot boa constrictor missing in central Indiana city

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Animal control workers in an Indianapolis suburb have been trying to help find an 8-foot long red tail boa constrictor.The Noblesville owner of the pet snake says it got away Monday from a home in a neighborhood of the city north of Indianapolis.


    Southwestern Indiana principal fired over attendance claims

    PETERSBURG, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana elementary school principal has been fired by a school board that says he falsifying student attendance records and didn’t complete teacher evaluations.An attorney for Rick Fears says he was shocked by the Pike County School Board’s decision and that a lawsuit was planned over Fears’ firing as Otwell Elementary School principal.


    Ball State student leader quits over Twitter posts

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University’s student government president is resigning after he wrote Twitter posts with degrading comments toward Chinese people and culture.


    Retirement home to use geothermal energy

    BLOOMINGTON — A geothermal well field is under construction at a continuing care retirement community in Bloomington.


    Former title service firm’s owner accused of theft

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — The owner of a former license-and-title service in southwestern Illinois is accused of duping more than $30,000 from clients.


    College students most at-risk for identity theft

    College students are being urged to take steps to avoid identity theft as they head back to campus.The Better Business Bureau issued a release Wednesday that says college students are the most at-risk group for identity theft because of their high use of social media and smartphones. Steve Bernas is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving northern Illinois.


    ISU Planetarium show explores man’s view of comets

    NORMAL — A new show at the Illinois State University Planetarium examines mankind’s view of comets throughout history.The university says the show, “On the Tail of a Comet,” explores mankind’s fear of and fascination with the celestial bodies soaring across the sky.


    Hepburn dresses to be exhibited at Appleton museum

    APPLETON, Wis. — Clothes worn by late actress Katharine Hepburn will soon be on display at an Appleton museum.The exhibit will feature some of her rarely exhibited costumes from stage, screen and television, along with items from her personal collection on loan from the Kent State University Museum.


    Intoxicated care worker charged with neglect

    MADISON, Wis. — A nursing assistant accused of being drunk while working at a Madison care home is charged with neglect.


    $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Kaukauna

    KAUKAUNA, Wis. — The Wisconsin Lottery says a Powerball ticket sold in Kaukauna is a $1 million winner.Someone who purchased a ticket at Crooks Express for Wednesday night’s drawing is a whole lot richer. The winner has 180 days to bring the ticket to lottery headquarters in Madison.


    Bloomington shopping mall puts limits on minors

    BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington shopping mall will require minors visiting the facility after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturdays to be escorted by a parent or guardian older than 21 years.Eastland Mall general manager David Cate says he wants children under the age of 18 to shop at the mall. However, he is asking that for six out of the 72 hours of the shopping week they have their parents with them.


    University of Illinois plans memorial to fallen soldier

    URBANA — The University of Illinois plans to dedicate a new memorial to an Illinois National Guard soldier and university student killed in the Iraq War.The National Guard says the university will dedicate a memorial to Sgt. Shawna Morrison on Sunday. She was the first female Illinois National Guard soldier to be killed in Iraq.


    Wisconsin committee to vote on mine forest closure

    MADISON, Wis. — A legislative committee is planning to vote on a bill that would close thousands of acres around a potential mine site in far northern Wisconsin.The Senate mining committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal Thursday morning. Approval would clear the way for a full vote in the Senate.


    Rockford considers disbanding city department

    ROCKFORD — Officials in Rockford are debating whether to disband the city’s Human Services Department, folding its responsibilities into other city agencies. The proposal comes as the city says it will repay nearly $300,000 to the federal government after an audit showed grant money was improperly documented. The proposal comes from Mayor Larry Morrissey and City Administrator Jim Ryan.


    Tear gas fired to end 3-hour northern Indiana standoff

    ELKHART, Ind. — Police in northern Indiana fired tear gas into an apartment to end a three-hour standoff and arrest a man who had skipped his trial on forgery and other charges.Elkhart police went Wednesday night to the Washington Gardens Apartments with an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Delvon Tolbert.


    Theater-less Gary to host movie night at park

    GARY, Ind. — The city of Gary doesn’t have a movie theater, so it is plans to show a pair of movies Friday at Marquette Park near Lake Michigan and is looking at making it a monthly event.


    University Wisconsin-Madison police renew ‘bike-bait’ program

    MADISON, Wis. — Police at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are renewing a program designed to track down bicycle thieves by planting “bait bikes” around campus.University authorities have run the program since 2008. They outfit bicycles with GPS tracking devices and leave the bikes at various spots around campus.


    Judge to sentence ex-leader in trafficking network

    A reputed former leader of a heroin-trafficking network that extended from Thailand to Nigeria and Mexico and into Chicago is set to be sentenced, two decades after being charged. In a negotiated deal, Musiliu Balogun faces a maximum nine-year prison term when a federal judge in Chicago sentences him Thursday. He faced a life sentence.

    Students from West Chicago Community High School will participate Sunday in Winfield’s Good Old Days parade.

    Winfield gets ready to celebrate Good Old Days

    Winfield’s annual farewell to summer returns this weekend with food, games, live music and “good, old-fashioned fun.” The Good Old Days festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday at the intersection of Beecher Avenue and Church Street in the village’s downtown.

    Is what this man is doing illegal? Wielding one of the tools he uses in his profession, animal chiropractor — yes, that’s what we said — Daniel Kamen of Buffalo Grove uses a cat skeleton to show how he treats the vertebra. While it remains illegal for Kamen to work on animals in Illinois, he has written several books and led hundreds of seminars teaching others his methods. $START_URL$Full story.;http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130904/news/709049654/$STOP_URL$

    Dawn Patrol: No MMA in Naperville? Cook County flood help

    Mixed martial arts event leaves Naperville. Cook suburbs to get $13.9 million for flood recovery. East Dundee OKs $2.25 million loan for renovations. Aurora teen gets probation for crash that killed friend. Naperville native missing in California. Aurora man guilty of threatening judge. Police: iPads, iPods taken from Lake Zurich school. Williams, Bostic ready to start for the Bears. Yankees beat...


    Fitness 19 expanding in Arlington Heights

    An Arlington Heights gym soon will be expanding, according to village officials. The village board on Tuesday approved a land use variation that will allow Fitness 19, 1601 W. Campbell, to expand into an empty space next door to the gym, adding 1,650 square feet to the 7,000-square-foot fitness center.

    Glen Ellyn Park District officials are considering consolidating operations of the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, above, with the Main Street Recreation Center. The village and Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 have expressed interest in the Spring Avenue site.

    Glen Ellyn schools, cops eye park district building

    The Glen Ellyn Park District is looking into whether it should consolidate two of its recreation center buildings — one of which is being eyed by both the village and Glen Ellyn School District 41 as possible solutions to their space constraints. The park district has hired a consultant to conduct a dual facility study that will determine if operations of the Spring Avenue Recreation Center and...

    Installer Arturo Duran of FieldTurf installs the lines Wednesday for the new artificial turf on the indoor fields at the Libertyville Sports Complex.

    Libertyville Sports Complex gets new turf

    After 11 years and immeasurable pounding , the original artificial surfaces on two indoor multipurpose fields at the Libertyville Sports Complex are being replaced. “This is one of the main components that makes our operation successful,” Randy Splitt, recreation supervisor said of the fields.


    Elk Grove’s Mike Bishoff catches a TD pass in the first quarter last weekend againist St. Charles North. The Grens travel to Conant on Friday night with the President’s Cup hanging in the balance; both teams are 1-0.

    Scouting Week 2, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 2 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler are just looking to see steady progress with a new offense that has two rookies starting on the line.

    Bears understand offense will take time

    Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler are not making lofty predictions for the offense in Sunday's season opener, and with good reason. A unit that is still learning a new system and will start two rookies on the line, faces a Bengals defense that is one of teh best in the NFL. “We just want to play efficient football, take care of the ball,” Trestman said.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Matt Spaeth while being pursued by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jared Allen at Soldier Field Sunday.

    Some bold fantasy predictions as Week 1 arrives

    Following the crowd is really no fun, so with Week 1 upon us, I thought I'd throw out my preseason Surprises and Busts at each position. These are bold and may even fly in the face of some of my rankings from just two weeks ago, but after some time to consider more information, let's see how close I can come to hitting these on the head.

    White Sox catcher Josh Phegley has struggled after starting his major-league career on a hot streak.

    Catching big issue for White Sox

    With Tyler Flowers done for the season following shoulder surgery and Josh Phegley still scuffling with the bat, the White Sox have to decide if they need to make a major upgrade at catcher for 2014.


    Thursday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


    Thursday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Thursday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Benet winner a thing of beauty

    It doesn’t matter if a soccer goal is pretty or ugly, as long as it finds the back of the net. Still, it goes without saying that any fan of the sport enjoys seeing one of those special moments when players connect on a few passes to create a wonderful winner.


    Boomers drops season finale

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League:


    Scouting this weekend’s football games in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 2 football in the Fox Valley.

    ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 7-8 - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs for a 56-yard touchdown past Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) and inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) during the third quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in San Francisco. The last time the Packers saw Kaepernick in person, he was a meteor tearing through their flimsy defense. When Green Bay journeys to San Francisco for Sunday's marquee matchup with the NFC champion 49ers, that defense better be a lot stingier, or the Packers will get smashed up again. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    Packers look to shore up defense against 49ers

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers’ defense has a simple plan to stop an opposing ball carrier, regardless of whether that guy is a quarterback, tailback or receiver. This applies to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well. Read option or not, Green Bay’s defense hopes it plays much better Sunday in San Francisco than in the last game it played that counted, run out of town and out of the playoffs in January by Kaepernick and the 49ers. “I mean, anytime a runner — if you’re playing defense — is running the ball, the goal is to hit him as soon as possible,” McCarthy said when asked if Kaepernick would have to “earn” his yards in the season opener at Candlestick Park. “I think that would hold true for any offensive player.”Sounds simple enough. The Packers just need to do a much better job of it this time around.Kaepernick’s breakout game came in his first career playoff start only two months after winning the 49ers’ starting job. San Francisco beat Green Bay 45-31, with Kaepernick running for a pair of touchdowns and throwing for two more. He set a quarterback playoff record in the process with 181 yards rushing.Since then, the likes of mobile quarterbacks including Kaepernick, the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson have stirred more discussion of the dos and don’ts of hitting a quarterback outside the pocket. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday said he had been hearing a “lot of tough talk right now, you’re hearing some intimidating talk.”Added Harbaugh at the 49ers’ facilities in Santa Clara: “It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder. A man will usually tell you his bad intentions if you just listen. You know what’s being said publicly, not what’s being said privately. You hope that their intent isn’t going to be anything that’s not within the rules.”Perhaps comments earlier this week in separate interviews from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, about hitting the quarterback, got Harbaugh’s attention. Matthews steered clear when asked Thursday if he was surprised by Harbaugh’s comments.“I’m really focused on what this locker room has to say as well as the men in here,” Matthews said. “I think we’re just ready to play the game.”But there might still be questions in knowing when it is and isn’t OK to hit. On Thursday, an NFL officiating video to media covered read option situations.The basic premise: if a quarterback is running, or in a “running posture,” then he’s subject to normal unnecessary roughness rules, but not roughing the passer.Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, said on the video that “the quarterback position is not defenseless throughout the down ... it’s the posture he presents that will dictate his protections.” McCarthy praised the NFL for keeping teams educated and updated on rules, including visits from referees.“We’ll find out,” Matthews said when asked about a “gray area” in how it might be called. “The natural progression of the game with quarterbacks who continue the play-fake, we’ll see. But we feel good about our scheme and what we’re going to try to accomplish.”McCarthy broke it down simply again when asked if it was OK to hit the quarterback if the quarterback was carrying out a fake. “The reality is, the quarterback is part of the option,” he said. “There (are) three options obviously: the quarterback, the dive and the pitch. The ability to go tackle that player is obviously within the rules.”The Packers will be without cornerback Casey Hayward, who re-aggravated a hamstring injury two weeks ago during the preseason. Another defensive back, special teams ace Jarrett Bush, was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle injury.But there’s optimism in Green Bay about the pass rush, especially with Matthews leading the charge. The defensive line has added Johnny Jolly, following three years away for off-field issues, and first-round draft pick Datone Jones.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South d. Jacobs: Nicole Slimko had 10 digs, 6 kills and 2 aces, while Tori Falbo had 4 aces and 10 digs and Carly Nolan added 6 kills to lead the Gators to a 25-18, 25-16 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Hannah Wilson (10 digs), Avalan Nero (4 kills) and Cassy Slvesind (14 assists) also contributed for Crystal Lake South (7-1, 1-0). Katie Mahoney (7 kills), Kassie Kasper (9 digs, 2 assists), Ester Onata (9 assists), Allie Campbell (4 kills) and Bridget Wallenberger (3 kills) led Jacobs (2-1, 0-1).Harvest Christian d. IMSA: Chloe Corbett had 5 kills and 2 aces and Mikayla Robinson added 3 kills and a block to lead the Lions to a 25-16, 25-17 Northeast Athletic Conference win. Jade Martinez added 14 assists for Harvest (1-2, 1-0).Streamwood d. East Aurora: Hannah McGlone had 12 kills, 3 blocks and 6 digs to lead the Sabres to a 25-18, 25-22 Upstate Eight crossover win. Andrea Plypulak (3 kills) and Lexi Engram (3 kills, 4 blocks) also contributed for Streamwood (3-2).Burlington Central d. Rock Falls: Allie O’Reilly was 24-for-24 on serve receive and had 36 digs and 4 aces as BC outlasted Rock Falls 25-17, 25-27, 25-13 in Big Northern crossover action. McKenna Jensen (11 kills, 9 blocks), Jenna Schudel (12 kills) and Ali Detamble (9 kills) also contributed for the Rockets (3-0), who played without star hitter Lauren Wiltsie. Wiltsie has a knee injury that BC coach Marv Leavitt said is not an ACL tear and is not a season-threatening injury.Woodstock North d. Hampshire: Kyla Conway had 10 kills and Julianna Gass 23 digs in the Whip-Purs’ 25-23, 14-25, 25-16 FVC Fox loss. Brittany Laffin added 29 assists for Hampshire.Cary-Grove d. McHenry: Abby Schevel had 7 kills and Bree Coffey added 9 digs to lead the Trojans to a 25-17, 25-21 FVC Valley win. Morgan Lee added 3 assists for Cary-Grove (2-0, 1-0).West Chicago d. Elgin: Emma Sirridge had 2 kills and 5 blocks and Jessica Ramirez added 3 blocks for Elgin (3-4-1) in a 25-16, 25-14 Upstate Eight crossover loss.


    Waubonsie wins battle of UEC powers

    Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference crossover match between Waubonsie Valley and Geneva shaped up as a good early season test for the fourth-ranked Warriors and unbeaten Vikings. After Waubonsie prevailed 25-20, 25-21 in Geneva, Vikings coach KC Johnsen thinks facing the 7-1 Warriors was more like a final exam for his talented but youthful squad.


    Conant nets win No. 2

    Conant’s girls volleyball team improved to 2-1 with a 25-13, 25-23 on Thursday night at Westminster Christian.Senior Jenn Donnell (8 kills, 3 blocks) led the Cougars’ attack which was set by junior Elisa Ambrose (11 assists) and senior Sarah Mazurek (5). Senior Kari Thomsen had 10 digs for the visitors.

    Palatine’s Jahir Flores, right, delivered the only goal in Thursday’s match against visiting St. Viator.

    Flores’ goal keeps Palatine perfect

    A goal in the 16th minute by Jahir Flores proved enough for Palatine boys soccer team on Thursday night as they edged visiting St. Viator 1-0 at Chic Anderson Stadium in a nonconference contest between the long-time soccer powers.


    Football: Scouting Week 2, Lake County

    Here's a look at Week 2 of the high school football season from the perspective of teams in Lake County.

    Warren quarterbacks Andrew, left, and Jay Nickell.

    Happy days for Warren football’s Nickell package

    Andrew Nickell, a 6-foot-1 senior, is Warren’s starting quarterback. Jay Nickell, a 6-foot-1 junior, is Andrew’s back-up. They spent the entire summer battling for the top slot, but everybody's happy after the Blue Devils' triple-OT victory at Lyons in Week 1.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 2, St. Patrick 1: The Maroons advanced to the championship game of the Lasallian Cup tournament for the second straight year with this win. Adan Ramirez and Luis Maldonado had goals for Elgin, with Jonathan Martinez and Chelito Chavez providing assists. Flavio Jaimes made 7 saves in goal. Elgin (2-0-2) will play for the title Saturday at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. The Maroons won the tournament last year but had to forfeit the trophy due to ineligible players.Streamwood 5, Hoffman Estates 2: Brandon Malpartida and Edwin Rueda each had 2 goals and Jasminko Dizdarevic knocked in a single goal to lead the Sabres (3-0) to a nonconference win. Phil Lewy had 2 saves and Sergio Blade 3 saves in the net for Streamwood.Westminster Christian 6, Christian Life 0: Robert Kleczynski scored 2 goals and Sam Carani and Jackson Walle each had 2 saves in goal as the Warriors (2-2, 1-0) rolled to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Noah Gannon, Iam Merlak, Patrick Williams and Chase Woods each added a score for Westminster.Harvest Christian 4, IMSA 3: Trevor, Tellschow, Antonio Navarez, Zach Harbaugh and Raphael DeSouza scored goal to lead the Lions to an overtime win in their Northeast Athletic Conference opener. DeSouza’s goal was the game-winner.Burlington Central 6, Rockford Christian 2: Alan Camarena, Stefan Jochum, Matt O’Connor, Austin VanAcker and Chris Leberecht each scored goals and the Rockets had an own goal in their Big Northern East win. Brett Rau made 5 saves in goal for BC (5-1, 2-0).Huntley 3, Conant 1: Jack Bessey, Eduardo Gonzalez and Niko Mihalopolus scored goals as the Red Raiders won in the Lake Park Invite. Austen Emery had 10 saves in goal for Huntley (4-0-1).Naperville North 3, Bartlett 1: Andrew Gott scored Bartlett’s lone goal in the Best of the Midwest tournament game. Justin Busch had 10 saves for the Hawks.


    A little extra support for Addison Trail

    So after some unbearable delays, Week 1 is finally in the books. Memorable? Absolutely.


    Carmel tops Marian Central in 2

    Host Carmel topped Marian Central 25-16, 25-18, as Alyssa Armada led the way with 18 assists, 3 kills, 1 ace and 1 block in girls volleyball Thursday.


    Geneva subdues Batavia with depth

    The two archrivals had a girls golf encounter where conventional wisdom was unceremoniously discarded. Batavia was seemingly in command of the Upstate Eight Conference dual match Thursday afternoon at Hughes Creek in Elburn when the bottom of the Geneva lineup completely altered the outcome. The Bulldogs had a 15-shot advantage when the first three golfers turned in their scores. But Batavia should have realized rivalries have a unique dynamic.


    Vischer, Wheaton Academy bounce past Timothy

    Seven months away from the sport she loves, Sydney Vischer is back with a bounce in her step. Wheaton Academy will gladly reap the benefit. Showing energy and determination throughout, Vischer put down 8 kills in leading Wheaton Academy to its second straight strong road win to start the season, 25-20, 25-21 over Timothy Christian on Thursdsay in Elmhurst.An ankle injury cost Vischer the second half of her sophomore high school season.


    Dunne joins the Grayslake North golfing fun

    Playing in her first varsity golf match — and against boys — Grayslake North senior Ireland Dunne shot a 48 and had her score count. Grayslake North, which does not have a girls golf team, carded a 187 in a Fox Valley Conference loss to McHenry (160) at McHenry Country Club on Thursday.


    Huntley outlasts Prairie Ridge

    Huntley girls volleyball coach Karen Liss could finally breathe a little easier. In an intense 3-game match, Liss’ Red Raiders escaped Crystal Lake Thursday night with a hard-fought 25-15, 22-25, 25-22 win over host Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. The match lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.

    St. Charles North’s Alex Seavey keeps her eyes on the ball during Thursday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North handles South Elgin

    St. Charles North girls volleyball coach Lindsey Hawkins stresses the importance of taking care of their own business to her team members. “I tell them every day, ‘do not worry about what’s going on over there (at the other end of the court) -worry about our side,’” said Hawkins. “These are the things that we can control.” The North Stars certainly controlled their side of the court - and for that matter - the entire match during Thursday night’s 25-13, 25-7 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory over South Elgin (0-3) in St. Charles.

    Dundee-Crown’s Eduardo Arellano watches his first half goal against Hampshire Thursday in Carpentersville.

    Dundee-Crown puts away Hampshire

    If not a work of art, Dundee-Crown’s 4-0 boys soccer defeat of Hampshire Thursday was at least symmetrical. Eduardo Arellano and Salvador Rodriguez both scored goals in each half as the Chargers triumphed in a Fox Valley Conference crossover in Carpentersville. With the win, the Chargers remained undefeated after 4 games.


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    Sky scout for Friday...please post on web

    Catcher Dioner Navarro and third baseman Donnie Murphy are two players who have more than caught the attention of the Cubs this season.

    Some Cubs look to make strong final impressions

    The Cubs have used 52 players this year, one shy of the team mark they set last season. Some names barely register in the memory, but others, such as Donnie Murphy and Ryan Sweeney are looking to make good final impressions and earn consideration for jobs next year.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Week 2 high school football previews for the TriCities coverage area


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Scouting the top Week 2 prep football games for the DuPage County coverage area

    Fremd’s Anthony Halvorsen hauls in a pass play in the first quarter last weekend as Lake Zurich’s Sean Lynch attempts to stop him. The Vikings were held to 66 yards rushing and 62 passing as LZ won 24-0.

    Lake Zurich shifts right back into shutout formation

    Some habits never die. And isn’t the Lake Zurich football team glad to know that can go for the good habits, too? With a 24-0 shutout over Fremd, the Bears’ defense got the season started last week with the same kind of stinginess it has become known for over the years. Last season, Lake Zurich pitched a whopping 6 shutouts and allowed just 6.3 points per game.


    The best prep volleyball player never to play in the IHSA

    Annika Albrecht is one of the top 100 volleyball players in the country, and lives in our back yard.And has never set foot on an IHSA volleyball court.After 17 years in the sports writing business, few stories make me sit up and go “Wow!”Then I heard about Annika Albrecht.Until Albrecht was unveiled this week as the 65th best senior volleyball player nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, the name didn’t ring a bell. Albrecht plays club for Sports Performance, this year for the 18 Elite, but that isn’t what makes her unique.


    Larkin on fire in win over Bartlett

    Larkin senior Brianna Stewart called Thursday’s opening game against Bartlett its best so far this season. Royals coach Henry Graack said it certainly was one of the cleanest games. Other than errors on 3 of the first 4 points, he was right. Larkin scored 21 of the last 23 points in the first game as it dominated the Hawks, 25-6, 25-18 in an Upstate Eight crossover at Larkin.


    Vernon Hills will miss Freibrun

    Vernon Hills’ football team will be without starting quarterback Jordan Freibrun for the next month, and maybe longer. Coach Bill Bellecomo said Freibrun suffered a broken fibula when he was tackled during the fourth quarter of the Cougars’ season-opening, 25-10 loss to visiting DeKalb last Friday night. The good news is, the injury might not be season-ending.

    Curtis Grant, baptized as a five-star recruit and one of the top 10 high school seniors in the country, was compared favorably to Ohio State’s pantheon of great linebackers. Then he put on a scarlet-and-gray uniform and promptly disappointed everybody.

    No. 3 Ohio State counts heavily on Grant

    Ohio State linebacker Curtis Grant knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight — and then to be overlooked. Now that he’s finally the starting middle linebacker for the No. 3 Buckeyes, he appreciates how far he’s come from acclaimed recruit to disappointment and now back to valued veteran.

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones picks up 51 yards on a catch after getting past Temple’s Tavon Young (25) and Stephaun Marshall during the first half of last Saturday’s game in South Bend, Ind.

    Jones living up to preseason expectations at Notre Dame

    Coach Brian Kelly raised eyebrows with bold statements about receiver TJ Jones during training camp, predicting he would not only emerge as the go-to guy for the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish (1-0), but also that the 5-11, 194-pound senior will be a first-round NFL draft pick. Jones made his coach’s predictions look good in the opener against Temple.

    Associated Press File Photo New coach Marc Trestman said he expects Jay Cutler to get hot on the sidelines but he has a strategy to deal with it.

    Trestman ready to deal when Cutler loses it

    Bears coach Marc Trestman won't be surprised if quarterback Jay Cutler erupts during the heat of a game this season, as he's done in the past. But Trestman already knows how he'll handle it.


    Game video: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Maine South
    Wheaton Warrenville South takes on Maine South Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Rolling Meadows vs. Fremd
    Rolling Meadows takes on Fremd in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Leyden vs. Oak Park-River Forest
    Leyden takes on Oak Park-River Forest Friday night in Week 2 action. See the game here live with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Mike North

    North’s new radio show kicks off Sunday morning

    For the first time in six years, radio veteran Mike North will have a sports talk show on a Chicago station.North returns to the local airwaves on Sunday with the “Mike North Pregame Show” from 10 a.m. to noon on WIND 560-AM The Answer, and he’s welcoming some familiar Chicago names to the football-focused show.


    2 stakes races at Arlington Saturday

    High Roll and Captain’s Affair headline a field of nine 2-year-olds for Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, while 11 juvenile fillies including Maria Maria, stakes-placed Divergent View and stakes-placed Sweetsoutherndame passed the entry box for its sister race, the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

    Jimmy Spithill, left, skipper of Oracle Team USA and Dean Barker, right, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand shake hands while posing with the America's Cup trophy following a news conference Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in San Francisco. The first races between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand are on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Fast catamarans will be the stars in America’s Cup

    Super fast and always just a mistake away from mayhem, the boats will be the stars when the 34th America’s Cup starts Saturday between defending champion Oracle Team USA and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.The 72-foot catamarans are powered by 131-foot mainsails that look and perform like jetliner wings. When the boats reach “takeoff speed,” both hulls pop out of the water on hydrofoils and fly across the tops of the waves on San Francisco Bay.

    Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts during a break between sets after losing the first two sets to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Murray makes unexpected exit at U.S. Open

    After one set, Andy Murray slammed his racket into the court, then mangled it once he reached his chair on the sideline. After the second, he gestured over to his coach, Ivan Lendl, and let out a frustrated scream. Stanislas Wawrinka had the U.S. Open defending champion in knots all day, and when the surprisingly short, less-than-competitive match was finished Thursday, Murray was a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 upset loser in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.

    Serena Williams reacts after a point against Sloane Stephens during the fourth round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Williams nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam title in all

    Serena Williams is two wins away from her second consecutive U.S. Open championship and fifth in all. Having dropped a total of 13 games through five matches — including a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the quarterfinals — she next faces No. 5 Li Na of China, the 2011 French Open winner.

    St. Charles North brings back more experience than almost any team in the area lead by No. 1 runner Ashley England, right.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls cross country

    With the success programs like Geneva and St. Charles East have had in girls cross country, the area annually provides some of the best runners and the teams in the state. That continued last fall, this time at Kaneland where sophomore Victoria Clinton won the Class 2A state championship. Clinton’s quest for back-to-back state titles headlines what should be another fall filled with some elite runners racing at a forest preserve near you.


    Boggs’ journey can be a lesson to all

    Goals and dreams. Almost everyone has them. Young athletes should definitely have them. Taylor Boggs' story is one reason why.

    Amy Byrne is among the players returning for a Fremd program which hopes to take a step forward this fall.

    Girls tennis: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls tennis season from the perspective of high school in the Mid-Suburban League.

    From left, Stevenson’s Jen Kapov, Khaila Donaldson and Peyton Bykowski celebrate after winning the first game against Barrington earlier this season at Stevenson High School.

    Girls volleyball: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls volleyball season from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.


    Girls tennis: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls tennis season from high schools in the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

    Julia Wawer of Stevenson competes in last year’s state meet prelims at Evanston.

    Girls swimming: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at girls swimming in Lake County from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference.

    Antioch’s Iven Hernandez, right, tries to disrupt a possession against Grayslake Central’s Anthony Betancourth on Wednesday in Grayslake.

    Boys soccer: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the boys soccer season from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.


    Girls cross country: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls cross country season from the perspective of schools in the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.


    Boys cross country: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the boys cross country season from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

    Burlington Central senior Matt Weber lines up a putt Tuesday at the Elgin Country Club boys golf invitational.

    Burlington Central, Weber on track for memorable season

    Golf usually isn’t one of those sports where coaches talk about leaders. The individual nature of the game, most times anyway, takes away from the team concept most high school sports have. But when you have a Matt Weber on your team, you tend to talk about leaders. Just ask Burlington Central boys’ coach Deb Twenhafel. “Matt is a totally different boy from the beginning of last year to now,” said Twenhafel Tuesday as Weber and the Rockets warmed up for the Elgin Country Club Invitational. “He’s become a great leader. He took the boys out this summer and worked with them. The kids voted him captain and he’s taking that job very seriously. That’s the kind of boy you want on your team.”

    Larkin’s Olivia Kofie reaches to shoot the ball past Elgin’s Emma Sirridge last season.

    Kofie, Stewart have Larkin volleyball back on the map

    Successful volleyball teammates Brianna Stewart and Olivia Kofie approach the sport from opposite ends of the emotional spectrum, much to Larkin’s benefit. Stewart is the coolheaded one. A spectator would be hard-pressed to tell if Larkin is winning or losing based on the 5-foot-10 right-side hitter’s expression, which rarely changes.“Bri is probably one of the most laid-back competitive people you could ever meet,” second-year Larkin coach Henry Graack said. “In the classroom, too, she’s real quiet but you can tell she cares about what she’s doing. She gets along with everyone I’ve seen her talk to. She’s just real calm and collected all the time, no matter what.”

    Senior Sydney Doby is back to lead Harvest Christian’s volleyball team again this season. The Lions have advanced to the Class 1A Elite Eight the past two years.

    Girls volleyball: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the girls volleyball season in the Fox Valley.

    Bartlett’s Jennifer Gates is a returning state qualifier.

    Girls tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the girls tennis season in the Fox Valley.

    Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen finished seventh at the Class 3A state girls cross country meet last season.

    Girls cross country: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the girls cross country season in the Fox Valley.

    Cary-Grove’s Kevin Wilde is one of the top returning players in the Fox Valley Conference this season.

    Boys soccer: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Previewing the boys soccer season in the Fox Valley.

    Bartlett’s Dan Cotton. left, is one of the top returning cross country runners in the Fox Valley area this season.

    Boys cross country: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the boys cross country season in the Fox Valley.

    Streamwood senior Nestor Ascencio is the Sabres’ first all-American soccer player.

    Streamwood’s Ascencio ‘the complete player’

    Streamwood boys’ soccer coach Matt Polovin has heard a familiar refrain from opposing coaches, players and officials in recent years. “That No. 10 is something else. He’s something special,” Polovin said. “Players go to him like he’s some kind of movie star.” That movie star is senior center midfielder and team captain Nestor Ascencio, who enters his final campaign at Streamwood with an even greater reputation as one of the area, state, and heck, even the nation’s top boys’ high school soccer players.

    St. Charles North’s Taylor Krage, left, is back to power what should be a powerful North Star squad this fall.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls volleyball

    Maybe it’s not the Cubs unseating the Cardinals to become the NL Central power, but there was a changing of the guard of sorts in the area last fall. While St. Charles East has been the measuring stick for years in the postseason, last October it was Geneva knocking out the Saints on their way to a sectional championship appearance against Glenbard West. The Vikings also dethroned the Saints in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division continuing a trend of great parity at the top in the conference’s short history with Batavia also owning a recent crown. On the heels of their 29-10 season, and beating the Saints head-to-head in both conference and the sectional, can Geneva stay on top this fall?

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com ¬ Batavia's Jenny Mizikar, right, and Amelia Cogan, left, celebrate a point during doubles play at the Upstate Eight Rive tennis meet Saturday October 6, 2012 at Elgin High School.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area girls tennis

    If there’s something that makes life a little easier for a girls tennis coach, it’s starting the season with your No. 1 player back on your roster. So imagine being Kaneland’s Tim Larsen. He’s got that No. 1 back, Sammie Schrepferman, a junior who last year became the first Kaneland singles player to ever advance to state. And to make life even better, Larsen also has his No. 1 doubles team returning. Madi Jurcenko and Angelica Emmanouil became the first Kaneland players ever to make all-state last year.

    Rosary’s Elaina Ricci swims the 200 IM last year.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls swimming
    Previewing the Tri-Cities girls swimming season

    Batavia’s Brandon Yunker and St. Charles East’s Brandon Villanueva go up for a header during last week’s game in Batavia.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys soccer
    A preview of the Tri-Cities area boys soccer season

    Marmion’s Dan Thorpe has been coaching 33 years and said he has never seen an opening night like last Friday.

    An opening weekend no coach will soon forget

    So, this is going to be what the 2013 high school football season is all about? An appropriate slogan for opening weekend could have been “Hurry Up and Wait” as most area teams were forced to wait an extra day to kick off their seasons due to a series of thunderstorms that swept through the western suburbs last Friday night.

    John Graft is back at the top of the Marmion lineup.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys cross country

    A pair of new coaches are taking over this fall at two boys cross country programs that have been recent participants at the state meet. At Marmion, Dan Klatt replaces Dan Billish who moved to Plainfield East. Klatt, who coached two years at Kent State as a student assistant, also worked with the Montini girls program a couple seasons.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com ¬ Meg DeMaar of Glenbard West bumbs the ball over in in girls volleyball action against Willowbrook on Monday in Glen Ellyn.

    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball
    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com ¬ Wheaton Academy's Betsy Jones in a semi-finals double match in the sectional at St. Charles East on Saturday, October 13.

    Scouting DuPage County girls swimming

    Scouting DuPage County girls tennis

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com ¬ Waubonsie Valley's Madeline Hunt in the 50 freestyle during the 2011 Girls Upstate Eight Invitational varsity dive/swim meet Saturday, October 29, 2011 at St. Charles North High School.

    Scouting DuPage County girls swimming

    Scouting DuPage County girls swimming

    Naperville North’s Elly DeTurris, front, hopes to lead the Huskies to another state championship this season.

    Scouting DuPage County girls cross country

    Scouting DuPage County girls cross country

    Kyle Kenagy, right, will move from defense to forward to spark the Benet attack this season.

    Scouting DuPage County boys soccer

    Scouting DuPage County boys soccer

    Wheaton Warrenville South senior Nolan McKenna is one of the top returning runners in DuPage County.

    Scouting DuPage County boys cross country

    Scouting DuPage County boys cross country


    Glenbard North’s Diem goes to head of NIU’s class

    Upon further review, here are a few things that happened during the summer that have nothing to do with Lollapalooza.

    Barrington’s Claire Waliczek, left.

    Barrington’s Waliczek works her way into prominence

    Volleyball success hasn't come easily for Barrington's Claire Waliczek, but thanks to her hard work, the Fillies all are set this season.


    Girls volleyball: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls volleyball season from the perspective of schools in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Christian Liberty, Maine West and Leyden.

    Barrington’s Mekenna Scheitlin, a three-year state meet qualifier, has become one of Illinois’ elite sprinters.

    Girls swimming: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls swimming season preview from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League, and throughout northwest suburban Cook County.

    Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg, left, and Barrington’s Lauren Conroy figure to be among the area’s top competitors this fall.

    Girls cross country: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls cross country season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Lauren Conroy of Barrington heads for victory in least year’s Mid-Suburban League meet. She not only has a talent for running but is an accomplished musician.

    Barrington’s Conroy in tune with greatness

    Barrington sophomore Lauren Conroy is planning an encore performance after making a big splash on the girls cross country scene last fall.

    Maine West’s Nelson Herrera, at right, vying for possession with Leyden’s Moises Merlos last season, is a two-time all-area team selection with 56 goals entering his senior season.

    Boys soccer: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys soccer season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyden, Maine West and Christian Liberty.

    BG’s Steven Salvano heads for a ninth-place individual finish in last fall’s state cross country final in Peoria.

    Buffalo Grove’s Salvano is ready for the attention

    For a runner that ended up finishing ninth in the Class 3A boys cross country state meet, Buffalo Grove’s Steven Salvano ran most of his junior year under the radar. But the spotlight will be firmly fixed on the Bison senior this year.

    Senior Andy Philipose, here competing in last season’s state meet in Peoria, helps give Hersey a promising outlook this fall.

    Boys cross country: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys cross country season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyden, Maine West and Christian Liberty.

    Warren coach Dave Mohapp is the Chicago Bears Coach of the Week after his Blue Devils stunned Lyons Township 42-35 in 3 overtimes last Saturday.

    Warren's Mohapp Bears Coach of the Week

    Dave Mohapp of Warren Township High School in Gurnee has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for Week 1. Mohapp's Blue Devils roared back from a 21-0 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat host Lyons Township in three overtimes by a final score of 42-35 on Saturday, Aug. 31. Warren scored on all three of its fourth quarter possessions, tying the game at 21 with 1:30 to play in regulation. This game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, and Warren had battled traffic for three hours before finally reaching LaGrange a half-hour prior to kickoff, only to have the game postponed until Saturday due to storms in the area. Mohapp is in his 17th season as head coach of the Blue Devils.


    Boomers boast best manager, broadcaster

    The playoff-bound Schaumburg Boomers have received more honors this week after being named the Frontier League’s Organization of the Year Tuesday. Second-year skipper Jamie Bennett was named Manager of the Year, Designated Hitter Steve McQuail was named to the Post-Season All-Star Team and Tim Calderwood is Broadcaster of the Year.


    Game video: St. Charles North vs. Plainfield Central
    St. Charles North takes on Plainfield Central in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Mike North video: White Sox, a Slow Death
    As the Chicago White Sox sink, Mike North wonders who can we blame? Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn, Brooks Boyer, Robin Ventura, Paul Konerko? Everyone has a hand in the disastrous season.


    Game video: Stevenson vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
    Stevenson takes on Homewood-Flossmoor Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Montini vs. East St. Louis
    Montini takes on East St. Louis Saturday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Edward vs, Hamilton West Hancock
    St. Edward takes on Hamilton West Hancock Saturday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Jacobs vs. St. Charles East
    Jacobs takes on St. Charles East Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: South Elgin vs. Benet Academy
    South Elgin takes on Benet Academy Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Viator vs. Deerfield
    St. Viator takes on Deerfield Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Larkin vs. West Chicago
    Larkin takes on West Chicago in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: West Aurora vs. Plainfield East
    West Aurora takes on Plainfield East Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Metea Valley vs. Glenbrook South
    Metea Valley takes on Glenbrook South Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Marmion Academy vs. Ottawa
    Marmion takes on Ottawa in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    This sketch shows how Urban R2 Co. visualizes development in the Town Center TIF district. Resetting the TIF district so that it would produce more tax money to help fund the redevelopment was one of the conditions in a preliminary agreement the board approved a week earlier with Urban R2 Co.

    Wheeling works to reset two TIFs to spur redevelopment

    The Wheeling Village Board has started the process to reset two of its five tax increment financing districts, which means they will start over with the current lower real estate valuation and will continue for 23 more years. Resetting the Town Center TIF was one of the conditions in a preliminary agreement the board approved a week earlier with Urban R2 Co., the exclusive developer of the former Wickes property near village hall.

    U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes staging the longest rally since July, as investors weighed data on the labor market and American services industry before tomorrow’s monthly jobs report.

    Stocks edge higher after encouraging jobs reports

    Stocks edged higher Thursday after a pair of reports provided more evidence that the U.S. is maintaining a slow but steady economic recovery.

    United Airlines will recall all of its nearly 600 pilots on furlough to address future staffing needs, the airline announced Thursday.

    United to recall all furloughed pilots

    United Airlines said it will call back almost 600 pilots who were furloughed during a time when fuel prices spiked and the Great Recession forced the airline to shrink.

    Doug Whitley

    Illinois chamber president to retire next summer

    Douglas L. Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, announced Thursday that he plans to retire from the chamber in June 2014. Whitley, 63, became president and CEO in September 2001. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the Illinois Chamber, especially since we made progress in the face of a decade that was dismal for business in Illinois,” Whitley said.

    An Air China’s Boeing 737 jet, center, lands at Beijing International Airport in Beijing on Thursday. Boeing Co. said it expects China’s airlines to triple the size of their fleets over the next two decades, driven by strong economic growth and rising tourism spending.

    Boeing sees China’s air fleet tripling in 20 years

    China’s airlines are likely to triple the size of their fleets over the next two decades, driven by strong economic growth and rising tourism spending, Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Thursday.

    J.C. Penney is reportedly dumping the Martha Stewart brand, after sales of the home maven’s goods didn’t live up to expectations.

    Report: J.C. Penney dumps Martha Stewart

    J.C. Penney is ending a tug-of-war with its nemesis over Martha Stewart. J.C. Penney is reportedly dumping the Martha Stewart brand, after sales of the home maven’s goods didn’t live up to expectations.

    PayPal is updating its mobile app, adding features such as the ability to place an order ahead of time and pay with it while at the restaurant table.

    PayPal app adds more mobile wallet features

    PayPal is updating its mobile app, adding features such as the ability to place an order ahead of time and pay with it while at the restaurant table.

    This screen grab made from Yahoo Inc.’s Tumblr page shows the company’s new logo in a post published on Wednesday. This is Yahoo’s first logo change since shortly after the Internet company’s founding 18 years ago.

    Yahoo unveils new logo

    Yahoo has refreshed its logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company’s founding 18 years ago. The new look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc. has been undergoing since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company hired Google executive Marissa Mayer to become Yahoo’s CEO 14 months ago.


    ADP: Businesses added 176,000 jobs in August

    WASHINGTON — American businesses added 176,000 jobs in August, a private survey showed Thursday. That was fewer than in June and July but roughly in line with the monthly average for the year.The payroll company ADP said professional and business services firms added 50,000 jobs. Manufacturers created 5,000, reversing a drop in July, and construction firms 4,000. Companies in all industries and of all sizes hired in August, ADP said.The ADP figures come a day before the Labor Department will release its jobs report for August. The department’s report will capture both private- and public-sector job growth for the month.The ADP figures often vary from the Labor Department’s official job figures. According to ADP, private employers have added an average 170,000 jobs a month this year through July. The Labor Department shows companies added an average of 196,000 new jobs a month through July.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said the ADP hiring figures were “broadly consistent” with economists’ expectations that Friday’s Labor report will show that private and government employers combined added roughly 180,000 jobs in August.“The job market has held up better than I would have thought,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the ADP report. He called the job creation “remarkably consistent.”Zandi had expected hiring to be depressed by federal budget cuts that took effect in March and by employers’ preparations for President Barack Obama’s health care law.The law requires companies to provide full-time workers with health insurance or pay a penalty. In doing so, this provision provides an incentive to reduce full-time jobs, though the requirement won’t take full effect until 2015.

    Chobani says it’s issuing a recall of some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, according to the company, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The recall comes after some customers reported claims of illnesses.

    Chobani recalls some Greek yogurt cups

    Chobani says it’s recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, a move prompted by reports of illnesses by some customers. The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were “swelling and bloating.”

    Average fixed rates on U.S. long-term mortgages neared their highs for the year this week amid signs of further strength in the economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan was 4.57 percent this week.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.57%

    Average fixed rates on U.S. long-term mortgages neared their highs for the year this week amid signs of further strength in the economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan was 4.57 percent this week. The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage rose from 3.54 percent to 3.59 percent. That’s near the year’s high of 3.6 percent.

    Orders to U.S. factories fell in July by the sharpest amount in four months, held back by weaker demand for commercial aircraft and heavy machinery. A key category that reflects business investment plans also fell.

    U.S. factory orders drop 2.4 percent in July

    Orders to U.S. factories fell in July by the sharpest amount in four months, held back by weaker demand for commercial aircraft and heavy machinery. A key category that reflects business investment plans also fell.


    Retailers report modest sales gains for August

    Americans’ cautious spending on clothing extended into August, capping a weak back-to-school selling season for retailers. The results raise questions about whether Americans will spend during the winter holidays in November and December, a time retailers can make up to a quarter of their profit for the year.

    Companies in the U.S. service sector expanded at their fastest pace in nearly 8 years last month as sales and orders grew and employers ramped up hiring. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index rose to 58.6 in August from 56 in July. It’s the highest point since December 2005.

    U.S. service firms expand at fastest pace in 8 years

    Companies in the U.S. service sector expanded at their fastest pace in nearly 8 years last month as sales and orders grew and employers ramped up hiring. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index rose to 58.6 in August from 56 in July. It’s the highest point since December 2005.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, Thursday during their bilateral meeting at the G-020 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    G-20 summit leaders face a divided global economy

    Something unfamiliar will be in the background as world leaders hold a summit in Russia starting Thursday: economic growth throughout the developed world. And something will be missing: worry about a renewed financial crisis. Leaders from 20 of the largest economies are more confident about their banking systems than at any other time since they began meeting five years ago. What’s more, the economies of the United States, Europe and Japan are finally growing simultaneously.


    Landauer inks sole supplier agreement with Premier healthcare
    Landauer Inc. and the Premier healthcare alliance have announced a sole source group purchasing agreement to deliver standardized high quality medical physics consulting support for Premier members.


    FDA approves French plant’s manufacture of Horizon Pharma drug

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Horizon Pharma’s use of Sanofi’s manufacturing site in Compiègne, France to manufacture the rheumatoid arthritis drug Duexis.

    Josh Davis

    Predictions on what newest iPhone will do for you

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Abt's own technologist who has a few predictions on the upcoming announcement of the newest iPhone.


    U.S. unemployment claims decline more than forecast last week

    Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating the labor market is improving. Jobless claims declined by 9,000 to 323,000 in the week ended Aug. 31, less than the lowest estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, from a revised 332,000,

    You won't need quarters to play video games at the Underground Retrocade opening later this month in West Dundee. All you'll need is $15 to play all day.

    West Dundee business to focus on retro video games

    An arcade that offers video games exclusive to Generation X is totally coming to West Dundee. Owner Scott Lambert, an Addison native, says Underground Retrocade will be filled with games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Asteroids and other hits from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. “I want to take care of Gen X'ers who are kind of homeless," said Lambert, 45. "Our goal is to transport every guest back into their childhoods.”

Life & Entertainment

    Comedian Dave Chappelle has struck back at the city of Hartford, Conn., after he was heckled at a show Aug. 29 and refused to perform his set.

    Conn. mayor tells heckled Chappelle: Quit whining

    Hartford’s mayor said Thursday comedian Dave Chappelle should “quit whining” about being heckled. Chappelle walked off a stage last week after being heckled in the state capital. Audio posted on TMZ.com shows Chappelle praised an audience in Chicago on Tuesday for being “so much better than Hartford.” “I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States,” Chappelle said. “But if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut.”

    Dann Gire

    Gire wins journalism education honor

    Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire has won recognition from the Journalism Education Association for his advocacy for student journalists and for his years of teaching reporting and writing. “He is a true friend of journalism,” said Gire's friend and colleague Stan Zoller, a former journalism teacher at Rolling Meadows High School who nominated Gire.


    Teens surprise dad by surviving first try at independence
    Our family dynamic changed somewhat this summer. After five years as a freelancer, I got a full-time job this summer. It’s a daytime job that requires me to be out of the house. That leaves our four teenage children in charge of their lives for nine hours a day. How well did that go?


    ‘Now You See Me’ now on DVD

    Jeff Tuckman tells us all about what’s new in home video entertainment. This week, he reviews “Now You See Me” and calls it “a well-written and well-acted film that’s actually a heist movie with great special effects and an ensemble cast that pulls it off. We see a story of misdirection with magic tricks that will have you guessing what’s happening next.” Classic TV show releases included.

    Keith Urban, from left, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. settle in for Fox's “American Idol XIII.” Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.

    Connick: Expect the unexpected from 'Idol' team

    New “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. says to “expect the unexpected” from him and fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. The trio held a tryout Wednesday in Boston for the Fox show's upcoming season, which begins in January. “I mean, I didn't know what to expect, and Keith and Jennifer have both done it before, and I think the whole fun of it is not knowing what to expect,” Connick said.


    Family bonding comes in many forms

    Sometimes I feel envious of my friends whose families live close by. A good friend of mine lives within several blocks of her brother and his family, and her parents are right down the street and around the corner. This translates into regular Saturday night pizza dinners at the grandparents’ house, free baby-sitting and sleepovers at the cousins’ house.

    “Never Go Back” by Lee Child

    'Never Go Back' is tight and compelling

    The quest begins with a phone call, and when Jack Reacher finally arrives in Washington to meet the woman behind the intriguing voice from “61 Hours,” he discovers Maj. Susan Turner has been imprisoned. Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time in Lee Child's “Never Go Back.”

    Designer Michael Kors holds the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion presented by actress Hilary Swank during a luncheon in the David H. Koch Theater of New York’s Lincoln Center.

    Designer Michael Kors takes success in stride

    Michael Kors is having a moment. Business is booming, shares in his lifestyle brand hit an all-time high last month and he was honored Wednesday with the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. But the 54-year-old fashion designer isn’t letting the success go to his head.

    A small creek travels through the woods near this one-of-a-kind Palatine home.

    Listing of the week

    Escape to the forest without having to pitch a tent by moving into this one-of-a-kind cedar and brick home, tucked into the trees alongside a creek in Northwest suburban Palatine.

    The National Book Foundation announced Thursday that Maya Angelou, author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community.

    Maya Angelou to receive honorary book award

    The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou. The poet and author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou. “Dr. Angelou’s body of work transcends the words on the page,” the book foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement.

    Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been named song of the summer by Billboard.

    ‘Blurred Lines’ named Billboard song of the summer

    To no one’s surprise, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is Billboard’s song of the summer. Billboard announced the list Thursday. Rock outfit Imagine Dragons is second with “Radioactive,” followed by Daft Punk with “Get Lucky.”

    Actress Scarlett Johansson was in Italy this week promoting “Under the Skin” when the large diamond ring on her left hand started getting attention.

    Scarlett Johansson engaged to Frenchman

    Apparently love didn’t get lost in translation for Scarlett Johansson, who is engaged to a Frenchman and onetime journalist. Johansson’s rep, Marcel Pariseau, confirmed her engagement to Romain Dauriac on Thursday. Pariseau said no date was set for their wedding.

    Riddick (Vin Diesel) fends off a giant scorpion/dinosaur-like critter on a sepiatone planet in David Twohy's thriller "Riddick."

    Diesel’s interplanetary action tale a bit Riddick-ulous

    Director David Twohy, who’s been paired with star Vin Diesel since the beginning of the Riddick trilogy, “Pitch Black,” tries to have it both ways in “Riddick.” Twohy wants his science-fiction thriller to be an engaging experience almost funny enough to be a comedy like “Tremors,” but also almost suspenseful enough to be an action monster epic like James Cameron‘s “Aliens.” It never bores.

    Steve Fink, left, has a beer at Schaumburg Ale House with his brother, Edward. Both are from Hoffman Estates.

    Craft brews, TVs the main attractions at Schaumburg Ale House

    The owners of Spotted Fox Ale House in St. Charles are behind Schaumburg Ale House, which opened its doors at 1817 W. Golf Road in July. Owners are hoping their bar becomes a new destination this football season by offering a big selection of brews and plenty of TVs.

    Singer-songwriter Neko Case relies on teamwork for her music.

    Neko Case thrives on musical teamwork

    In her musical life, Neko Case doesn't like to work alone. For more than a decade, the singer has maintained a dual-track career that thrives on teamwork. She leads a band of her own, including vocal partner Kelly Hogan, and has a new disc out this week. She also tours and records as a member of Carl Newman's pop collective, the New Pornographers. “I know there are people who are really good at performing solo,” she said. “Me, I just feel lonely."


    Music notes: A Local H 'farewell'

    Lake County rock band Local H plays the Metro this weekend, and Jonny Lang, a blues singer and guitarist who has recorded with some of the biggest names in the business, will make a stop at the Arcada. The Hideout Block Party, a family-friendly late-summer musical event, is back at Chicago's Hideout, too.

    Bounty hunter Mary Death (Christian Pitre) takes care of business in “Bounty Killer,” produced and co-written by Arlington Heights native Colin Ebeling.

    'Bounty Killer' is deliberately bad

    Dann provides mini-reviews to three films with Chicagoland talent. He calls “Bounty Killer,” produced by Arlington Height native Colin Ebeling, “one bad, bad, bad movie. Deliberately bad.” He calls “Winnie Mandela” — starring Chicago's Jennifer Hudson — superficial and formulaic. He calls “Afternoon Delight” a revelation for Westchester native Kathryn Hahn, who proves she's a heavy-hitter.


    Night life events: Breakfast Club brings back ’80s at Austin’s

    It’s throwback Saturday at Austin’s Fuel Room when The Breakfast Club takes the stage and brings the ’80s back on Sept. 7. Grab a friend and head out to the Rotary Rock N Pop Pub Crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in East and West Dundee.

    A neutral paint job works in a child’s room because it can be accessorized to fit the phases children go through without starting from scratch.

    For kids’ room decor, think success, not excess

    Here are some of the decorating rules that I followed in doing my kids' rooms. They just so happen to be my parenting rules, too

    White plastic globe lights used by Designer Brian Patrick Flynn when decorating children's bedrooms. The retro style is back as globe lights were popular in the 1950s because they cast a very flattering glow.

    How to light a room well

    Your choice of lighting has a huge impact on how your home looks and feels. But how do you choose when the options include everything from retro Edison-style bulbs with glowing filaments to compact fluorescents, plus lamps and fixtures in every shape and size? “Lamps are one of the most important factors in a room's design,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn of Flynnside Out Productions. Yet homeowners often give lighting less attention than they do furniture or wall colors.

    Benedict Cumberbatch, left, Carice van Houten, Daniel Bruhl and Moritz Bleibtreu star in “The Fifth Estate,” which is being shown during the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

    At Toronto Film Fest, Oscar isn’t the only rage

    The roads taken to the Academy Awards are many, but they usually run through Toronto. Every best picture winner since 2007 has played at the Toronto International Film Festival. While other late-summer festivals like Telluride can claim to have been first with many Oscar winners, Toronto is the largest, most expansive launchpad of the fall moviegoing season. This year’s festival, a 10-day affair that begins Thursday with the premiere of the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, promises to be no different.

    “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” by Neko Case

    Slight songs mar Neko Case’s latest

    Neko Case has a neat name, a terrific Twitter account and a brazen, brassy alto. She could sing about kale and make it sound good. But when it comes to songwriting, Case’s ambition exceeds her reach, and her magnificent voice can’t save the forgettable batch of tunes on “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.”

    Lori Duron, right, and her son, the inspiration for Duron’s book “Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son,” at their California home.

    Mom of ‘rainbow’ son comes out in new book

    For Lori Duron, parenting her younger son C.J. is etched in time as B.B. and A.B. — before Barbie and after Barbie. The 6½-year-old discovered the doll at the back of his mother’s closet about four years ago, and she’s barely left his clutches since. In a new book “Raising My Rainbow,” the Orange County, Calif., mom describes C.J. as — in a word — fabulous as he lives life largely in pink, playing with girl toys, dressing in girl clothes and worshipping the Disney princesses.



    Editorial: The search for middle high ground in flooding controversy

    If they're both willing to work at it, Wheeling and a mobile home community plagued with flooding can reach an acceptable compromise, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The ‘More or Less Diet’ and the online news cycle

    Columnist Jim Slusher: I’ve previously professed that we could seriously enhance the “make money” portion of our motto if we published more stories about puppies and nudity, I thought it worth taking the time to add dieting to that list.


    Republicans look to change structure of campaign debates

    Columnist Byron York: Republicans are fundamentally rethinking their whole debate system. And that could result in a very different kind of GOP race in the next few years.


    Illinois taxes are out of control
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I have enjoyed reading updates in the Daily Herald regarding the abuses of taxpayer’s money here in Illinois. It is a very important topic for me and my family. If we don’t reform this quick, we will leave this state.


    Proof that A-Rod was not on drugs
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Too many people have expressed their opinion about Alex Rodriguez not based on facts. There were players that enhanced their performance as they got older by using drugs, but Alex was not one of them. His career statistics prove this.


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