Daily Archive : Friday September 6, 2013


    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer Joins Natalie Arendt to celebrate her 100th birthday at Emeritus Senior Living.

    Natalie Arendt celebrates 100th birthday

    Natalie Arendt recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Emeritus Senior Living in Prospect Heights.

    An older photo of former Vernon Hills village trustee James Heier, who died Sept. 1.

    Ex-Vernon Hills trustee had ‘heart a mile wide’

    James T. Heier, 87, a former Vernon Hills trustee, was remembered for his service to the village and to its community. Heier served 12 years on the board during a period of growth and change. He was known for starting an annual fishing derby for wounded and ill veterans. "Jim loved his country, he loved his community and he loved serving as a trustee," said Deputy Police Chief Jon Petrillo.

    A rose is placed next to the name of a victim of the terrorist attacks Friday, at the North Pool of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

    Sept. 11 museum putting hallowed artifacts in place

    A vast space that travels down to the bedrock upon which the towers were built, the museum winds its way deeper and deeper underground, taking visitors on a journey to the very bottom.

    In this image provided by NASA, the doors of the gantry support structure are opened Friday to reveal the Minotaur V rocket on Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

    NASA’s robotic explorer headed to moon

    NASA’s newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia.The LADEE spacecraft, which is charged with studying the lunar atmosphere and dust, soared aboard an unmanned Minotaur rocket a little before midnight.

    Kristin Cavallari

    Kristin Cavallari ticketed for speeding in Evanston

    Kristin Cavallari, the wife of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, was stopped by Evanston police Friday morning for speeding and was required to drive to Evanston police headquarters to post bail because she was driving without a valid Illinois driver’s license, police said. Cavallari has a California license, but Illinois law requires people who have lived in the state for 90 days to have an Illinois...

    Associated Press/April 2013 Kali Hardig, 12, who has been recovering from a rare and often-fatal brain infection, went swimming Friday.

    Arkansas girl recovering from rare infection goes swimming

    The amoeba that caused Kali’s infection is often found in warm bodies of freshwater. Called Naegleria fowleri, it typically enters the body through a swimmer’s nose, where it can then travel to the brain and cause a devastating infection like the one Kali had.

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

    Buffalo Grove woman killed in Route 83 crash

    A 47-year-old Buffalo Grove woman was killed in a multi-car crash on Route 83 in Long Grove Thursday night. Jeewon Kim was killed when her 2011 CRV hit a pick-up truck at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police have not released details and no one has been charged at this time.


    Fire guts Gurnee shed

    Gurnee firefighters responded early Friday morning to a shed on fire next to a church, authorities said. The wooden shed, attached to a barn on the property of First Christian Church, 6080 Gages Lake Road, caught on fire about 5:15 a.m., according to the Gurnee Fire Department.

    An Iraqi soldier stands guard next to a poster depicting late Iran’s spiritual leaders Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and Ayatollah Khamenei, left, in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

    Iraqi militants threaten U.S. over Syria

    Cleric Wathiq al-Batat, who leads the Mukhtar Army, a shadowy Iranian-backed militia, said his forces are preparing for a strong reaction against the interests of the U.S. and other countries that take part in any Syria strike. He claimed that militants have selected hundreds of potential targets, which could include both official American sites and companies “associated with the Americans.”


    Concert benefits Lake County Forest Preserves

    Fred Fest, a showcase of local musical talent to benefit the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, will be held from 1 p.m. until dusk Sunday, Sept. 15, at Fox River Preserve & Marina, 28500 W. Roberts Road in Port Barrington. The musical acts will be Sixteen Candles, Pat McKillen, Sons of Bildor, Rod Tuffcurls & the Benchpress and Hudson McCoy.

    A view from Wrigley Field center field.

    Cubs make deal with Anheuser Busch

    The team announced Friday that the brewer would be its “exclusive marketing partner” for beer and malt beverages at Wrigley Field. The deal also includes the Cubs spring training facility in Mesa Ariz.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada walks Friday to a closed-door briefing by national security officials on the situation in Syria on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Survey: House shows 6 to 1 opposition to Syria attack

    By their statements or those of aides, only 31 members of the Republican-led House support intervention or are leaning in favor of authorizing the president to use force against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government in response to a chemical weapons attack last month. Some 185 House members outright oppose U.S. involvement or are leaning against authorization, according to the AP survey.

    First lady Michelle Obama joins exercises with pupils Friday at Orr Elementary in Washington.

    First lady: Anti-obesity effort changing habits

    “Make no mistake about it, we are changing the conversation in this country,” Mrs. Obama said at a back-to-school event at a District of Columbia elementary school. “We are creating a cultural shift in how we live and eat and our efforts are beginning to have a real impact on our children’s lives.”

    Smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center.

    Authorities see no specific threat for 9/11 anniversary

    Today, officials are concerned about retaliatory strikes if Obama moves forward with plans to use military force against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

    A store surveillance image from Precious Fine Jewelry shows a woman believed to have distracted a store employee during the Aug. 26 robbery of $185,000 worth of diamonds.

    How $185,000 Naperville diamond theft went down

    Police have released surveillance footage and details of how three people stole diamonds from a Naperville jewelry store. Approximately 20 diamonds worth about $185,000 were stolen, police said. “We are fielding some tips,” said Sgt. Lou Cammiso. “But there’s been no arrests or hot leads we have as of yet.”

    A Hotshot fire crew member rests Wednesday near a controlled burn operation at Horseshoe Meadows, as crews continue to fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.

    Federal teams headed to Rim Fire to assess damage

    A team of federal scientists is assembling near a fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park to begin the critical work of protecting habitat and waterways from erosion before the fall rainy season begins.

    Hugo Macha, 31, is assisted by officers Tuesday with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in the mountains in eastern Utah, near Moab, after being gored by an elk.

    Utah shepherd rescued after goring by elk

    Hugo Macha’s friend ran to seek help from workers with the wildlife employees, who were nearby loading crates they had just used to relocate wild goats, and began frantically speaking to them in Spanish.


    Woman sues for injuries in S. Elgin karaoke bar brawl

    A Colorado woman has sued a South Elgin bar owner, arguing the owner was negligent when hiring a man with a criminal past to host a karoake event in September 2011. Kim Nelson argues she was injured when the man got mad, threw a bar stool and started a large brawl. The suit claims Tami Hall, the owner of the since closed Last Shot Bar and Grill, was negligent for not checking the man's...


    Four wounded in shooting at anti-violence vigil

    A statement from police said officers were called by someone at the vigil who said a person pulled out a gun and began firing at people.


    World’s largest volcano discovered in Pacific Ocean

    The area covered by the newly discovered volcano rivals the biggest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars.

    Daquan Breland is led out of Magistrate Rick Cronauers office Friday, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Breland, 23, and Daquan Wright, 19, were arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a toddler in a stroller in New York City.

    Two waive extradition in toddler’s shooting death
    Two men arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania waived extradition Friday in connection with the weekend death of a New York City toddler shot in his stroller.


    Thrtee stranded on Alaska volcano after ice storm

    The researchers were working on recovering short-term volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening, said Michelle Coombs, a USGS research geologist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

    David Hulseberg

    Lombard village manager retires, will serve as consultant until March

    Lombard Village Manager David Hulseberg, 52, has taken advantage of an early retirement incentive and has been replaced by Finance Director Tim Sexton, who will serve as interim village manager. Hulseberg will remain as a consultant until next March.


    Kane Co. announces finalists for Metra, RTA appointments

    Two members of an 11-person finalist list will become Kane County’s representatives on the Metra and RTA boards Tuesday. Several of the finalists are past applicants for the positions.

    Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate assistant Democratic majority leader, arrives Wednesday for a top-secret briefing for senators with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Capitol in Washington.

    Illinois delegation struggles with decision on Syria

    In a nation weary of more than a decade of war, public opinion polls show little desire for a U.S. military response to chemical weapons that the Obama administration believes Syria’s governing regime used on civilians last month. That reticence has been fierce in Rep. Bill Enyart’s district, which stretches from St. Louis’ Illinois suburbs to the state’s southernmost tip and encompasses a large...

    A farmer harvests rice with a Kubota Corp. combine harvester in a paddy field in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Tuesday. The FDA study looked at rice from the United States, with some of the highest levels of arsenic found in rice grown in Southern states.

    FDA study finds amount of arsenic in rice not worrisome

    The FDA says the arsenic amounts are so small that rice is safe to eat and there isn’t any concern of immediate or short-term adverse health effects. But the agency said it is still studying the long-term effects of eating rice.


    No injuries in Maple Park barn fire

    A barn fire near Maple Park Friday afternoon was contained within a half-hour of firefighters arriving on scene, authorities said. Emergency crews were called to the fire near Route 47 and Lees Road at 12:09 p.m., according to the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District.


    Libertyville campaign yields uptick in arrests for traffic violations

    Libertyville police made 205 traffic stops during the Labor Day impaired driver and seat belt enforcement campaign Aug. 16 to Sept. 2, the department said.


    Celebrate Lake County waterways Sunday

    Canoeing, kayaking, fishing clinics and crafts for kids are all part of Waterfest, a celebration of the waterways of Lake County and water conservation, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.


    Police course for seniors

    The Mundelein Police Department will offer a police academy for senior citizens this fall.


    Benedictine’s Arizona campus enrolls 93
    Lisle-based Benedictine University announced Friday that it has enrolled 93 students into its inaugural class of a new campus in Mesa, Arizona.

    Southwest Airlines passengers watch as one plane waits to takeoff and another lands at Midway International Airport in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has decided not to move forward with plans to lease Midway International Airport.

    Emanuel stops pursuing leasing options at Midway

    Citing a lack of competition that wouldn’t benefit taxpayers and travelers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel halted plans to lease Midway International Airport after one of the remaining two bidding groups backed out.


    Paradise jewelers reopens in Fox Lake

    Paradise Jewelry and Treasures will host a grand re-opening Sept. 7 in Fox Lake. Ownership of the store changed hands recently following the death of former owner Mark Conklin.


    Route 59 lane closures begin Monday in Naperville, Aurora

    Contractors are expected to begin Monday closing one lane in each direction along Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora as they remove the median and replace it with temporary concrete, install temporary traffic signals, relocate utility lines and remove trees in the right of way.


    Naperville to notify neighbors of special events

    The city of Naperville plans to make an effort to notify homeowners associations when special events are planned for their neighborhoods and invite them to recap meetings held once the events are finished.

    Dawn Jenich

    Mundelein hires communication director to promote town

    Mundelein officials didn't have to look far to hire the village's first communication and marketing director. They hired Dawn Jenich, who until recently held a similar post at Carmel Catholic High School.


    Dist. 302 enrollment down for 2nd year in a row

    Enrollment in the Kaneland school district declined for a second year in a row, according to a report to be presented to the school board Monday.

    Gene Nottolini served as a Kane County judge from 1989 to 2005, including a stint as chief judge from 1993 to 1996. Here is shown in November 2005, just before his retirement.

    Former Kane chief judge put family first

    Gene Nottolini, a former Kane County chief judge who oversaw the 1993 move from the Third Street Courthouse in Geneva to the current Judicial Center in St. Charles, died Thursday from leukemia. Nottolini, 69, was a lifelong Elgin resident who also served as the Kane County's first ethics advisor. Visitation is Monday and his funeral is Tuesday.

    John Zediker

    DuPage transportation planner named to Metra board

    DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin picked a new director for the troubled Metra board. Former DuPage County board member and Naperville planner John Zediker brings the number of Metra directors up to seven, from a bare quorum of six remaining after a scandal over the former CEO's departure.


    Two more police towing licenses available in Naperville

    Towing service operators arguing for a continued cap on the number of companies licensed to haul away cars for Naperville police changed the minds of city councilmen, who originally were considering doing away with the limit. Councilmen instead this week increased the number of possible licenses to 13 from 11 and doubled the duration of the licensing period to two years from one.

    A federal agency has fined Fox Valley Systems, Inc., seen here after it caught fire and exploded in March, $262,000 for 26 safety violations in relation to the incident. Three employees were injured in the fire and explosion. Fox Valley Systems has 15 days from Thursday to appeal the penalties.

    Fox Valley Systems fined for fire, explosion

    A federal agency has fined Fox Valley Systems $262,000 and cited the company with 26 safety violations that stem from a March explosion and fire at the Cary plant that seriously injured three workers, officials said.

    Mike Downey of Carol Stream, a part-time park district employee, uses an elliptical machine at the new Fountain View Recreation Center in Carol Stream.

    Carol Stream’s $19 million rec center ready for unveiling

    More than three years after a major referendum push, planning and construction, and a $19 million price tag, a new health and fitness destination in Carol Stream is ready for its public unveiling. The Carol Stream Park District’s two-story, 90,846-square-foot Fountain View Recreation Center, located at the Ross Ferraro Town Center at Gary Avenue and Lies Road, will host a grand opening from 1 to...

    Maxwell Sherman

    Barrington High School grad faces murder charge in New York

    A Barrington High School graduate is being held without bond in a New York jail after being charged with killing an 18-year-old Long Beach woman. Maxwell Sherman is due to appear in court on Sept. 18, said Chris Munzing of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Sheriff officials said the body of Lauren Daverin, 18, was discovered on a footbridge at 10 p.m. on Aug. 22.


    Advocate Medical Group sued over stolen patient records

    A Chicago law firm has filed suit against Advocate Medical Group claiming the Downers Grove based company did not do enough to protect patients' privacy and medical information in the wake of a breakin at the group's Park Ridge offices last July.

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives Tuesday at Pyongyang airport, North Korea.

    North Korea reports Rodman, Kim meet again

    North Korea’s official news agency says former NBA star Dennis Rodman has met leader Kim Jong Un on his second visit to the country.

    Rebekah Gillette of Elgin helps Kailyn Mahaffey, 11, of Carpentersville get her timing down in her floor routine at Spring Hill Gymnastics. The Greater Illinois Junior Olympics Competitive Program team meets three times a week and is a competitive team that helps young athletes get ready for high school gymnastics.

    Moving Picture: Cancer survivor leads students by example

    Rebekah Gillette of Elgin beat breast cancer, and that same fighting spirit helps her inspire the kids she coaches at Spring Hill Gymnastics in Elgin. Even throughout her treatment, she showed up and pushed the kids to do their best. “For me it was I'm not going to let this stop me and I'm not going to let these kids down,” Gillette said.

    Smoking could be banned at the Lake County Forest Preserve District's nine playgrounds next week.

    Lake County proposal would ban smoking at forest playgrounds

    People won't be allowed to smoke at any of the Lake County Forest Preserve District's nine playgrounds under a proposal the forest board is expected to vote on Tuesday. “We want people to feel welcome in our preserves, and those who smoke need to get outside and walk, too,” board president Ann Maine said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a digital media player around 4:15 p.m. Aug. 29 from a female employee at Cook County School Bus Co., 1910 S. Busse Road, Mount Prospect, after she placed the unit on a desk for a few minutes. Approximately 20 individuals were in the break room at the time. Value was estimated at $300.

    President Barack Obama answers questions during his news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

    Obama notes split over Syria attack, plans speech

    President Barack Obama acknowledged deep divisions at home and abroad on Friday over his call for military action in Syria — and conceded the possibility he’ll fail to sway the American public. He refused to say whether he would act without passage of congressional authorization for a strike in response to chemical weapons use. Obama plans to make his case to the American people in an address...

    Frank Engel of Hampshire worked on restoring a historic windmill that will be installed Saturday at Foundry Park in Elgin.

    Windmill will be rebuilt Saturday in Elgin

    A 91-year-old historic windmill will be coming back to Elgin on Saturday, when it will be rebuilt at Foundry Park. The 65-foot, 5,000-pound galvanized steel windmill was donated to the Elgin Area Historical Society nine years ago. It was built by Elgin Wind, Power and Pump Co., which closed in 1948, and remained in Elgin on a property off Larkin Avenue until 2004.

    George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, filed for divorce Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

    George Zimmerman’s wife says he is ‘selfish’

    George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said she stood by her man “through everything” but once he was acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, he left her with “a bunch of pieces of broken glass.” Zimmerman, who filed for divorce from George Zimmerman on Thursday, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Friday that her husband is selfish.


    Church hosting second heroin awareness event with Bartlett speakers

    An immense turnout at a heroin awareness event hosted by a local church's youth ministry last month has spurred the organization of a second discussion on the deadly drug.


    10 G-20 nations join US in blaming Assad for attack

    Ten members of the Group of 20 international economies joined the United States in accusing the Syrian government of carrying a chemical weapons attack on civilians last month and called for a strong international response against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Rubber ducks are scooped up as they flow out of a pool by Rotary member Carey Savitt during the Rotary Rubber Duck race on the fifth and final day of Buffalo Grove Days Monday. The event was moved from Buffalo Creek due to low water levels in the creek.

    Bad weather interrupted Buffalo Grove Days

    For the first time in 20 years, Buffalo Grove Days was interrupted by bad weather twice in one weekend, forcing organizers to dust off and put their emergency plan into action. “We've always been very fortunate,” said Paulette Greenberg, event co-chair for the past 20 years. “We've never had to use the weather plan.”

    This picture taken Thursday, Sept. 5, shows the village of Klosterzimmern near Deiningen, Germany, which is one of the homes of the “Twelve Tribes” sect. Police say they have raided the Christian religious sect in Bavaria and taken 40 children from them on allegations that they were being physically abused.

    Religious sect raided in Germany on abuse fears

    Police raided a Christian sect in southern Germany and took 40 children from it on allegations they were being physically abused, authorities said Friday.

    Debra Jean Milke, convicted in the 1989 shooting death of her 4-year-old son for an insurance payout, has spent more than two decades on death row. She is expected to be released on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, while she awaits a retrial of her case. A judge set Milke’s bond at $250,000 a day earlier, saying there’s no direct evidence linking her to her son’s death other than a purported confession to a detective.

    Woman on death row could be freed to await retrial

    An Arizona woman who has spent more than two decades on death row after being convicted of having her 4-year-old son killed for an insurance payout is expected to be released on Friday while she awaits a retrial of the case that made her one of the state’s most reviled inmates.

    Egyptian priests gather with villagers at the door of the main church inside the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam Monastery that was looted and burned by Islamists, in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt. Dalga has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station on July 3, the day Egypt’s military chief removed the president in a popularly supported coup.

    In south Egypt, Islamists take over a town

    Dalga, a southern Egyptian town of some 120,000 — including 20,000 Christians — has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station on July 3, the day Egypt’s military chief removed the president in a popularly supported coup. It was part of a wave of attacks in the southern Minya province that targeted...

    Hitler’s bodyguard Rochus Misch, who was the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader’s final hours in his Berlin bunker, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. He was 96.

    Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96

    Rochus Misch, who served as Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and was the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader’s final hours in his Berlin bunker, has died. He was 96. Misch remained proud to the end about his years with Hitler, whom he affectionately called “boss.”

    In this image provided by the Department of Energy, chemist Brian Dockendorff works Wednesday on a mass spectrometer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Three simple numbers will prove if sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81. Carlos Fraga, a chemist at the lab who specializes in nerve agent forensics calls those numbers sarinís fingerprint. Fraga says once chemists see those digits, they know they’ve got sarin.

    Labs seeking sarin chemical signature in Syria attack

    Three simple numbers will prove whether sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81.

    This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows damaged buildings due to heavy fighting Friday between Free Syrian army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria.

    Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

    The Syrian government has dispatched reinforcements including tanks and armored personnel carriers to a predominantly Christian village north of Damascus where rebels have clashed with regime troops this week, a monitoring group said Friday. Opposition fighters led by an al-Qaida-linked rebel faction attacked the mountainside sanctuary of Maaloula on Wednesday, and briefly entered the village a...

    As authorities launched two probes to try to determine how Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro managed to commit suicide while in prison, his family was scheduled to claim his body two days after he hung himself with a bedsheet in his cell.

    Report: Ohio kidnapper called mother of victim

    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro says he called the mother of one of his victims while she was in captivity and told her she was OK, according to a videotaped FBI interrogation. Castro says in the video obtained by NBC’s “Today” show and first reported Friday that he called the mother of Amanda Berry and told her that Berry was OK and that she was his wife now. Berry’s mother died before Berry...


    U.S. orders diplomats out of Lebanon

    WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns Friday as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.


    Stevens Point wants to save historic convent
    Stevens Point want to save historic conventSTEVENS POINT, Wis. — A Stevens Point Catholic church wants to tear down an aging convent but city leaders are standing in the way. The Stevens Point City Council has rejected a request by St. Stephen Parish to demolish the convent, built for nuns in 1954. Parish leaders say the convent has fallen into disrepair and is a financial burden.


    Wisconsin bow deer season set to open this month

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s bow hunters can start going after deer in a little more than a week.The state’s early archery season is set to open on Sept. 14. That season will run through Nov. 21. The only interruption will be the two-day statewide youth hunt on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.The late season will run from Nov. 23 through Jan. 5.


    Wisconsin State Patrol hoping to prevent truck crashes

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin State Patrol is participating in a nationwide event starting Sunday designed to prevent large truck crashes.“Brake Safety Week” runs through next Saturday and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.


    Indiana University dedicating USS Indiana prow ahead of Navy game

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University is dedicating the prow of the USS Indiana ahead before Saturday’s football game against Navy.IU president Michael McRobbie and other state and national leaders plan to remember the ship and its crew during Saturday afternoon ceremonies. The prow — or front of the ship — is installed at the west entrance of IU’s Memorial Stadium.


    Indiana company taking over defunct Michigan van maker

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — AM General is taking over a Michigan company that received a $50 million federal loan to make vans for the disabled before it ran into financial troubles.South Bend-based AM General says it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to buy the secured loan for the Vehicle Production Group of Allen Park, Mich.


    Arraignment for terror suspect on other charges

    A teenager who is already facing terrorism charges for allegedly trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar will be arraigned on new charges after authorities say he tried to have an undercover FBI agent killed.


    Chicago may pay $12.3 million for 2 police torture cases

    A Chicago City Council committee is expected to consider more payouts for exonerated inmates who say police tortured them into giving false confessions. If they’re approved, the two separate $6.15 million settlements would go to Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves. The pair spent more than two decades in prison for the 1988 murders of five people. They were released in 2009.


    Indiana tree trimmer accused of ripping off senior

    INDIANAPOLIS — The state is suing an Indianapolis tree trimmer that the attorney general’s office alleges took $7,500 from a 93-year-old man and then performed shoddy work.


    Michigan casino buys naming rights to field

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A minor league baseball team in northern Indiana has sold the naming rights to its baseball field to an Indian-owned casino in Michigan.


    Fungus diseases appearing in Indiana soybean crop

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Extension is urging Indiana farmers to scout their soybean fields for signs of two fungus diseases that can cut crop yields.Purdue Extension plant pathologist Kiersten Wise says soybean fields around the state are showing signs of developing brown stem rot and what’s called sudden death syndrome.


    World War II aircraft makes Mount Vernon visit

    MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — World War II aircraft enthusiasts can get a firsthand look at a B-25 bomber this weekend in southern Illinois.The plane dubbed “Maid in the Shade” arrived Monday at Mount Vernon Outland Airport for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo. The plane will be on display and be available for tours and flights through Sunday.


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    BC-IL--Paint Plant-Safety Violations,129OSHA cites Cary paint company for safety problems CARY, Ill. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a northern Illinois paint company for dozens of alleged safety violations following an explosion and fire.


    U.S. awards $1.4 million to Peoria airport

    SPRINGFIELD — Officials say a $1.4 million grant for the airport in Peoria will be used to fix the airfield’s apron and improve access to a major employer in the area. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos — both Illinois Democrats — say the money is from a competitive grant program by the Federal Aviation Administration.


    FBI raids township offices in Pembroke

    PEMBROKE, Ill. — The FBI has raided a township office in the Kankakee County community of Pembroke.An agency spokesman tells The (Kankakee) Daily Journal that Thursday’s raid was part of “an ongoing investigation into corruption.”FBI spokesman Brad Ware says the agency spent about four hours searching the property, but didn’t release other details.


    Police surround man for hours at Grissom air base

    PERU, Ind. — Police say a man spotted with a small suitcase and kneeling in prayer at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Force Reserve Base was taken into custody after being surrounded for about six hours.State police Sgt. Tony Slocum says nothing dangerous was found inside the suitcase and the 47-year-old Kokomo man was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation early Friday.


    Summer rains below average in Illinois this year

    CHAMPAIGN — Precipitation has been below average this summer in Illinois.Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign says statewide average precipitation for June, July and August was just less than 10 inches. He says that’s nearly 2 inches below average.


    Bridge collapses in Jefferson County, no injuries
    Bridge collapses in Jefferson County, no injuriesWOODLAWN, Ill. — Authorities in southern Illinois say a bridge collapsed near the Jefferson County community of Woodlawn, but no one was injured.WSIL-TV says the bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon just after a semitrailer hauling gravel crossed the span over Rayse Creek.


    Bradley University plans events marking Civil Rights Act

    PEORIA — Bradley University in Peoria will celebrate civil rights this school year with speakers, performances, re-enactments and poetry contests.


    Bartlett approves bid for drainage improvement project on Amherst Drive

    Bartlett officials expressed excitement at a village board meeting earlier this week about getting a drainage improvement project underway on Amherst Drive with help from DuPage County.

    Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a parade that will have about 35 participating groups, including the West Suburban Shrine Club.

    Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest celebrates 40 years of fun

    While other festivals have come and gone in Bloomingdale, Septemberfest endures. Even a cancellation in 2010 caused by budgetary constraints couldn’t stop the tradition from returning the very next year. “It’s the longest-running festival in Bloomingdale,” said Bill Wolff, chairman of the village’s Septemberfest Commission.

    Countryside firefighters work to pull a person from an SUV after a multiple-vehicle accident on northbound Route 83 at West Moreland Road near Long Grove yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: 1 killed near Long Grove; new CTA/Pace fare card

    One confirmed killed in Route 83 crash near Long Grove. How the new CTA-Pace fare card works. Metra director from Cary found not to leak harmful info to ex-CEO. GOP candidate from Aurora announced to take on Duckworth. High school sports previews.


    Downtown Dundees to be focal point in marketing strategy

    East Dundee leaders are eager to hire a marketing professional who would primarily focus on promoting and driving foot traffic to the downtowns for both East and West Dundee. While West Dundee officials support the idea, they say they need to run the concept by their own merchants before making a financial commitment.

    The lane closing markers are lined up along Washington Street in downtown Naperville in anticipation of a resurfacing project that starts Monday.

    Downtown Naperville roadwork starts Monday

    As summer unofficially ends, construction season is beginning on Washington Street through downtown Naperville. A 1.2-mile stretch of the road from Osler Drive to School Street will be repaved and restriped beginning Monday in an $800,000 project that’s expected to last roughly six weeks.

    Ellen Correll

    Grayslake Dist. 46 discusses options for schools without air conditioning

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll outlined options Wednesday for two schools forced to reduce operating hours last week because they lacked the air conditioning to keep students cool while in class. Students at Woodview and Meadowview schools in Grayslake stayed home Tuesday last week and had half days the following three days because of the steamy conditions.

    A bee buzzes around a sunflower at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Volo on August 29th.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 2nd.

    Any true Benet Academy fan already knows the Redwings shut out Downers Grove South in the season opener last Saturday.

    Poll Vault: Which high school team do you root for?

    Have you been true to your school, like the Beach Boys urge? The fall season is under way for prep sports. Are you cheering on your alma mater? Do you follow the scores in the paper or online?


    Police have suspects, no arrests in burglary of Lake Zurich school

    Police say they have suspects, but have made no arrests, in the theft of an estimated 70 Apple iPads and iPods stolen in a burglary this week at a Lake Zurich elementary school.



    Lake Park overcomes errors, Lockport

    Turnovers were the difference Friday night in Roselle, and Lake Park capitalized on an important one.


    What a rush: Beutler, Fremd run wild

    Fremd put on an exhibition of power football Friday, setting school records in the process as the host Vikings evened their record at 1-1 with a 54-21 Mid-Suburban crossover win over Rolling Meadows. The Vikings rushed for a school record 556 yards on 44 carries, including 7 plays of 20 or more yards. The previous record was 385 yards against Palatine in 2006.


    Highland Park steps it up, subdues Mundelein

    Mundelein’s football team looked in good position at halftime to win for the second straight week after an Opening Night victory snapped its 18-game losing streak. Highland Park led the visiting Mustangs 13-12 at intermission, but the Giants scored 18 unanswered points en route to a 31-12 nonconference win Friday night.

    Mikey Dudek, left, of Neuqua Valley is pulled down by Billy Gammon of Naperville Central Friday in Naperville.

    The force is with Naperville Central

    It's taken only two games to realize this is a completely different Naperville Central football team from the one that missed the playoffs a year ago.Some things, however, are happily staying the same.Senior quarterback Jake Kolbe remains the driving force for the Redhawks, a force that threw for 5 touchdowns in Friday's 58-35 victory over visiting Neuqua Valley on Friday.

    IC Catholic Prep's Jack Copher looks to pass before being tacked by Kaneland in the first quarter on Friday, September 6.

    Kaneland overpowers IC Catholic Prep

    ESPN might have the award-winning documentary series by the same name, but Kaneland had its own version of “30 for 30” that was just a big of a hit to its fans in Maple Park Friday night. Senior running back Jesse Balluff, No. 30 for the Knights, carried 16 times for 181 yards and 3 touchdowns, providing all the offense Kaneland would need in a 45-14 victory over IC Catholic Prep — the Knights' 30th straight regular season win.

    Geneva’s Sidney Santos decided on Oakland University to play college basketball.

    Geneva's Santos selects Oakland

    The road to a Division I basketball scholarship is a difficult one for any player, but few have overcome as much to get there as Geneva’s Sidney Santos.

    Liza Fruendt has one more year to light up the scoreboard at Batavia before heading to Missouri State.

    Batavia's Fruendt chooses Missouri State

    One of the most dynamic scorers in the history of Batavia girls basketball has settled on a college where she’ll be playing for the best scorer in NCAA history. Batavia senior Liza Fruendt, currently the school’s second all-time leading scorer but a good bet to take the top spot this winter, committed last week to Missouri State.


    Marmion dominates Ottawa

    Marmion traveled to Ottawa for its second football game this season. But the expected showdown never materialized as the host Pirates, a Class 6A state quarterfinalist last season, were decimated by graduation losses. Marmion quarterback Brock Krueger was 7-for-11 passing with a score, and sophomore fullback Lucas Warren scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Cadets stormed past Ottawa 45-0 Friday night.


    Naperville North blanks Thornton

    Desean Brown’s 2-yard touchdown run on fourth and goal snapped a scoreless tie, and Naperville North went on to beat Thornton 14-0 on Friday in Naperville.


    WW South drives past Maine South

    The Wheaton Warrenville South offense took 16 minutes to get on track, but once the Tigers got going they were mighty tough to slow down. Visiting WW South needed just three plays to find the end zone in the second half to extend its lead over Maine South to 13-0 at the 10:28 mark in the third period. After leading just 7-0 at the break, WWS found the end zone on each of its first three possessions of the second half for an insurmountable 28-7 lead. The Tigers' defense took over from there for a 28-13 win over host Maine South (0-2) at Wilson Field as WW South improved to 2-0.


    Butler, St. Francis blitz Plainfield South

    66, 57, 31, 51. Pretty good numbers if you’re playing Bingo, exceptional numbers if you’re talking about the distances that a running back’s touchdown runs covered.


    Waubonsie Valley burns Oswego with its speed

    Speed to burn. Waubonsie Valley has plenty and the Warriors used it to burn Oswego.The visiting Panthers (0-2) did their best to hang tough in Friday’s nonconference game, but Waubonsie Valley (1-1) flashed its superior speed and delivered way too many big plays while winning 40-21 in Aurora.

    Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell, left, and Nick VanHoose prevent California's Chris Harper from making the catch in last Saturday's season opener.

    Northwestern looks for more style against Syracuse

    If the opener was hardly a work of art, No. 19 Northwestern hopes things look at least look a little better after a touch-up. The Wildcats host Syracuse on Saturday, and coach Pat Fitzgerald saw plenty of room for improvement heading into this game. “This is far from a Picasso organization right now,” he said.


    Metea Valley singing the blues after defeat

    Jim Cornelison’s rendition of the national anthem was the perfect segue to an entertaining first half of football. Glenbrook South and Metea Valley combined for 48 points and 7 touchdowns in the first half following the Blackhawks’ anthem singer, who was on hand as a guest of Metea Valley.

    Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis, right, rounds the bases past Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning.

    Davis hits No. 48; Sox losing streak up to 8

    BALTIMORE — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th home run, Scott Feldman pitched a 5-hitter for his first career shutout and the Baltimore Orioles beat the White Sox 4-0 Friday night, extending Chicago's losing streak to eight games.Davis connected in the sixth inning off John Danks to move within two homers of tying Brady Anderson for the single-season club record. The solo shot gave Davis 123 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (130).Danny Valencia and Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles, who began the day three games behind Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card slot. All three long balls came off Danks (4-12).Making his 11th start since he was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on July 2, Feldman (5-4) allowed only one runner past first base. The right-hander walked one and struck out three in improving to 5-2 lifetime against the White Sox.His only other complete game came on May 1, for the Cubs against San Diego. It was Baltimore's first complete game since June 16, 2012, by Jason Hammel against Atlanta.Chicago fell to 0-8 on a road trip that began with three losses in Boston and three more at Yankee Stadium. The last-place White Sox have scored only one run in the first two games of this series, which runs through Sunday.Danks retired the first eight batters he faced, all on balls in the air. Then Valencia hit a liner into the left-field seats to put the Orioles up 1-0. It was the 15th consecutive run scored by Baltimore via the home run.Chicago missed a chance to pull even in the fourth when Jeff Keppinger was thrown out by center fielder Adam Jones while trying to score on a two-out single by Paul Konerko. Replays indicated Keppinger got his hand on the plate before Wieters made the tag.Danks didn't get his first groundball out until the fifth inning, when Michael Morse hit into a double play following singles by J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis. Valencia followed with an infield hit down the third-base line for a 2-0 lead. Davis and Wieters homered in succession in the sixth, chasing Danks. Davis was 0 for 12 lifetime against Danks before a single in the fourth. Wieters' homer was his 21st, the 20th as a catcher. He is the first player in Orioles history to have three straight seasons with 20 home runs as a catcher, according to the team.NOTES: The White Sox activated RH reliever Ramon Troncoso from the DL and outrighted RHP Jhan Marinez to Triple-A Charlotte. ... Baltimore purchased the contract of OF Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk and designated INF Alex Liddi for assignment. ... Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. Hector Santiago will pitch for the White Sox. ... Keppinger got two hits off Feldman and is 6 for 11 lifetime against him. ... Jones is 1 for 30 lifetime against Danks. ... Hardy has hit in six straight games, going 10 for 20 during that span.


    Rehabbing Baker to be rewarded with start Sunday

    The Cubs made somewhat of a surprise announcement Friday as they said right-hander Scott Baker will start Sunday's series finale against the Brewers. Baker has been on the mend from Tommy John surgery, performed in April 2012 while he was with the Twins.

    The Cubs' Junior Lake rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam in the first inning Friday against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

    Junior Lake continues to make his case

    Junior Lake is proving to be quite the intriguing player for the Cubs. Lake launched the first grand slam of his young career in Friday's 8-5 victory over the Brewers at Wrilgey Field. He also bunted for a hit. “I still do play my game,” Lake said through his translator, coach Franklin Font. “If they give me the bunt, I do that for the team.”


    Oswego East shuts out Glenbard East

    Oswego East has never been to the postseason, but if the Wolves are going to get there this year it likely will be because of their defense.Glenbard East experienced that first hand on Friday night as the Wolves posted a 33-0 nonconference victory against the visiting Rams in Oswego.


    Wheaton Academy dominates

    Wheaton Academy’s victory Friday night was as dominant as could be asked for, but it came with a grain of salt for both the players and the coaching staff. The Warriors dominated the Chicago Bulls Academy, winning 40-8, but coach Brad Thornton said the team still has plenty to work on.


    Sky's Twin Towers create a big problem

    Voting for the WNBA's postseason awards is turning into a dilemma this year. Having covered the Chicago Sky from Day 1 and through the many downs and now the incredible ups of this franchise, Patricia Babcock McGraw says she's having a difficult time choosing between Sylvia Fowles or Elena Delle Donne for the league's top honor. And she wants your help.


    Lake Zurich charges ahead behind dominant D

    Sophomore Ben Klett broke touchdown runs of 21 and 44 yards as Lake Zurich beat visiting Cary-Grove 25-0 on Friday.


    Addison Trail sees improvement despite loss to Hinsdale Central

    Despite losing at Hinsdale Central on Friday night 36-14, Addison Trail quarterback Mike Rybarczyk and receiver Jaavion Bradley had another strong night and accounted for both Blazers’ touchdowns.

    Larkin’s Damion Clemons looks to gain yardage Friday night against West Chicago at Memorial Field. Clemons’ 2-yard run in overtime lifted the Royals to a 20-12 win.

    Larkin survives West Chicago in OT

    Penalty me this, penalty me that. It seems to be the theme for the Larkin football team this season and it’s what did the Royals in last week in a loss at McHenry. And with practically identical numbers this week — 12 penalties for 120 yards vs. 17 penalties for 117 yards last week — you would’ve thought the Royals were on the other side of a 20-12 Upstate Eight Conference crossover overtime final at Memorial Field on Friday in Elgin.


    Hersey hangs tough, edges Palatine

    Thanks to a persistent running game and a tough defense, Hersey is still rolling. The Huskies had cruised in their opener at Glenbrook North but had to grind it out against tough Palatine in Week 2. Hersey overcame 2 touchdowns that were called back due to penalties, and junior Will Trossen kicked the game-winning field goal with 7:36 remaining giving the Huskies a 17-14 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over Palatine in Arlington Heights.


    Richards’ big plays beat Batavia

    The Richards Bulldogs figured out the key ingredient needed to put an end to the Batavia Bulldogs’ 20-game regular season winning streak. “We’ve got some dudes on this team and they can play,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said after his powerful South Suburban Conference team topped host Batavia 31-26 on Friday night in non-conference action. Dudes, indeed. Such as wide receiver Tacari Carpenter, who nabbed two touchdown passes, including a 78-yard back-breaker on the first play of the second half.


    Johnson sets state record in Willowbrook’s wild win

    Willowbrook won a shootout and a spot in the record books.Senior quarterback Brian Johnson threw for a state-record 660 yards and 7 touchdowns as the Warriors downed the host Lions 62-49 in a wild Friday night battle. Johnson’s record-setting night came during a tight, seesaw battle to the very end.


    Barrington outduels Prospect

    Barrington linebacker Colin Castagna had no problem astutely summing up the Broncos’ second win of season, a 27-14 come-from-behind victory at Prospect on Friday night. “It’s all about finishing,” said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior. Castagna also had no problems finishing plays, a lot in the Knights’ backfield. He and junior lineman Ryan Blair each had multiple sacks in the fourth quarter when the Broncos’ defense stopped the Knights six times for negative yards.


    OPRF bears down, hands Leyden second straight setback

    Wearing throwback jerseys reminiscent of the Chicago Bears, the Huskies of Oak Park-River Forest (2-0) dominated as a vintage mid-80s Bears defense might have. OPRF did not allow a touchdown in a 38-3 victory over Leyden (0-2) in the Huskies’ home opener Friday.


    Wheaton North controls Geneva

    Knowing full well Wheaton North’s offensive arsenal, Geneva coach Rob Wicinski pulled out all the stops.


    Glenbard South survives rough ride at Antioch

    In a scene reminiscent of injured Civil War soldiers trudging home after battle, the Glenbard South and Antioch football players limped toward their locker rooms following a hard fought, nonconference game Friday night in Antioch. Unlike the War between the States, however, this time the South was victorious, with Glenbard South outlasting the Sequoits 23-22 in a game featuring numerous vicious hits and many stoppages of play due to injuries.


    Round Lake rolls to Eder’s first win

    Round Lake 50, Prosser 0: Jordan Eder got his first win as head coach, and the Panthers snapped a 15-game losing streak.Round Lake scored a touchdown on each of its six first-half possessions. Chris Perry rushed 8 times for 116 yards and 5 first-half TDs. He scored a sixth touchdown on an 80-yard interception return.Perry’s 9-yard TD run opened the scoring after quarterback John Ridley completed a 45-yard pass to Jalen Young.


    Plainfield East catches West Aurora by surprise

    When 140-pound sophomore Jonathon Doyle, the smallest player on the football field, scampered 55 yards for a touchdown late in the first half of Friday’s home opener for West Aurora, the Blackhawks didn’t just lead Plainfield East 6-0. They sensed an opportunity to secure the school’s first 2-0 start under third-year coach Nate Eimer and set themselves up for a shot at West Aurora’s first playoff berth since 1994. That euphoric feeling didn’t last long.


    Pomazak, St. Charles North pick up 1st win

    After losing by one point in overtime a week ago, St. Charles North head coach Rob Pomazak promised to work hard in practice at correcting the mistakes that led to the loss. A week later, and the North Stars proved that practice does indeed make perfect, defeating Plainfield Central 49-0 in St. Charles for Pomazak’s first win as the new St. Charles North coach.


    Benet rolls past South Elgin

    Playing at 2012 Class 7A semifinalist Benet, the last thing South Elgin wanted was another bad start.That’s what it got, falling to the Redwings 41-12 Friday night at Benedictine University in Lisle.


    Jackson, Glenbard North juke past Carmel

    For one quarter Carmel’s primed defense bottled up ballyhooed Glenbard North tailback Justin Jackson.


    Dundee-Crown routs Streamwood

    For years, decades perhaps, Dundee-Crown football teams lost games at the line of scrimmage because the opposition was simply stronger. Now in their third season under the direction of coach Vito Andriola, it’s the Chargers who dominate the line.Powered by 14 players who currently squat over 400 pounds, hungry D-C was better at the point of attack throughout Friday’s 59-14 road victory at Millennium Field.


    Grayslake North rolls

    Grayslake North 52, Milwaukee Hamilton 6: The host Knights built a 45-0 lead by halftime in crusing to the home-opening victory.Grayslake North, which has scored 101 points, improved to 2-0.


    Another long week for Stevenson after heartbreaking loss

    Sophomore Deante Harley-Hampton returned a kickoff 95 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown with 7:02 left in the fourth quarter — after the hosts had pulled even — and Homewood-Flossmoor pulled out a 28-21 nonconference win at Stevenson.


    Brown comes up big as Conant tops Elk Grove

    Conant running back Bryson Brown doesn’t need a lot of room. And when he has just a few spare inches, he slides through the holes like a waterbug. Brown found those openings to help lead the Cougars past Elk Grove 24-14 in Hoffman Estates on Friday night to claim the President’s trophy for the second consecutive year.

    Grayslake Central running back Kacey Adams chews up yardage against visiting Vernon Hills on Friday.

    Grayslake Central gets its kicks

    Basketball crowds love dunks. But Grayslake Central’s football fans weren’t very excited about an offense that sent Kevin Dunk on the field to punt three times in the first quarter of Friday night’s nonconference game with visiting Vernon Hills. Yet the Rams’ defense also forced three punts in the first 10-plus minutes. A 33-yard return on the last one by senior Matt Loeffl gave them a much-needed spark and led to Dunk enjoying the fun of slamming through 4 extra points. Senior quarterback Alex Lennartz sandwiched touchdown runs around 2 touchdown passes to Loeffl and Grayslake Central forced 6 second-half turnovers to improve to 2-0 with a 28-7 victory at William C. Eiserman Stadium.


    St. Charles East comes back to beat Jacobs

    After being held to 70 yards of total offense by a stout Jacobs defense in the first half, St. Charles East quarterback Jimmy Mitchell knew something had to change. It did — and then some. Mitchell completed just 3 of 12 first-half passes for 32 yards as the Saints trailed 6-0 at halftime. In the second half, Mitchell looked and acted like a completely different player as he piled up near-perfect statistics, completing 15 of 16 passes for 241 yards and 3 touchdowns to help lead the Saints (2-0) to a 41-26 nonconference triumph over Jacobs (0-2) Friday night in St. Charles.


    Great start, great outcome for Lakes at Woodstock N.

    If you were at Woodstock North on Friday night, you may have caught a glimpse of Lakes coach Luke Mertens pinching himself. Mertens witnessed his Eagles get off to a dream start on both sides of the ball as the Eagles built a commanding lead on their way to a 45-14 nonconference victory over the Woodstock North Thunder.


    St. Viator picks up the pace

    If the offense continues to click like it did on Friday night, St. Viator is going to be a tough team to stop. The Lions’ balanced, up-tempo offense amassed 515 yards to propel host St. Viator to a 41-15 victory over Deerfield. Viator senior quarterback Bobby Calmeyn was the perfect point man against the Warriors. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns. Calmeyn completed passes to 7 different receivers and connected with Ben Dickey, Matthew Darling, Michael Piet and Joe Faerber 5 or more times each.


    Heady days for Hoffman, Mayes

    A Buffalo Grove team that won’t ever quit came up Friday night against a Hoffman Estates team that’s just getting started. Two programs rebuilding themselves showed why there’s cause for optimism. But it took an overtime period and a nervous few seconds awaiting a referee’s delayed call before Hoffman quarterback Jeff Mayes’ daring 3-yard dive stood up for a 2-point conversion on the last play for a 22-21 Hawks win.


    Lake Forest gets the best of Grant

    Grant found much success Friday at Lake Forest, but the Scout were even more effective and ultimately rolled to a 39-19 victory behind the strength of standout running back Hub Cirame.


    Warren keep things clean for Nickell

    Warren's Andrew Nickell completed 11 of his first 13 passes in the first half to six different receivers. Three of them went for scores. A fourth TD toss came after halftime as Warren rolled to its first 2-0 start since 2009 by thumping New Trier 42-6 in nonconference play in Gurnee on Friday night.


    Hampshire 2-0 for first time since 2007

    When the Hampshire football team needed a sustained drive Friday night, it got one. The Whip-Purs saw their lead on DeKalb cut to 2, 28-26, with 4:42 remaining in the third quarter. Hampshire responded with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Tim Jansen’s jumping touchdown catch after the Whip-Purs took 7:32 off the clock. The score gave Hampshire a 9-point lead and that was enough to hang on for a 35-34 nonconference victory over the Barbs in Hampshire.


    Crystal Lake South gets past Crystal Lake C.

    Without an offensive point for a little over 7 quarters during the early portion of the 2013 football season, Crystal Lake South’s offensive explosion came at the right time. Scoring 2 touchdowns in a 4 minute, 47 second span in the fourth quarter, the Gators were able to rally for a 14-7 Fox Valley Conference crossover win over city rival Crystal Lake Central at Central’s Metcalf Field Friday night.

    Schaumburg quarterback Stacey Smith fakes a handoff to Michael Jones before going for a touchdown Friday night at Wheeling.

    Smith, Schaumburg step up

    Schaumburg’s rushing game was nothing short of spectacular Friday night at Wheeling. Led by quarterback Stacey Smith Jr., who ran for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 11 carries, the visiting Saxons defeated the Wildcats 42-13 in a Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover.

    Kaneland quarterback Drew David looks to pass the ball before being sacked by IC Catholic Prep’s Sam Lytton in the second quarter.

    Images: IC Catholic vs. Kaneland football
    Kaneland hosted IC Catholic for football action Friday, September 6, 2013.


    St. Charles N. grinds out win over Crystal Lake S.

    St. Charles North took advantage of the set piece woes of Crystal Lake South to down the Gators 2-0 in the final match in pool play for both clubs Friday afternoon at the 25th Barrington Soccer Classic. The North Stars (2-4-0) will complete tournament play today at 4 p.m. when they meet Marmion Academy, while Brian Allen’s South squad takes on Wheaton-Warrenville South.

    Mikey Dudek,left, of Neuqua Valley is pulled down by Dan Delgrosso of Naperville Central.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Naperville Central
    Naperville Central hosted Neuqua Valley for football action on Friday, Sept. 6.

    Schaumburg’s Justice Macneal-Young gets stopped just short of the goal line in the first quarter by Wheeling’s Tyler Urban.

    Images: Wheeling vs. Schaumburg, football
    The Wheeling High School football team hosted and lost 42-13 to Schaumburg High School on Friday, September 6th.

    Vernon Hills’ running back Kyle Thomas runs the ball against Grayslake Central.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Vernon Hills football
    The Grayslake Central Rams hosted the Vernon Hills Cougars for football action on Friday, Sept. 6.


    Barrington advances to tourney final

    Barrington marched into the finals of its own tournament after emerging 2-1 victors over Lake Zurich on Friday night, setting up a second straight championship match with Rockford Boylan at 6 p.m. Saturday on the turf at Barrington Community Stadium.


    Stillman Valley rolls over Burlington Central

    There wasn’t much secret to what Stillman Valley wanted to do. The Cardinals smashed Burlington Central in the face and kept smashing. The Rockets got a heavy dose of big fullback Zac Hare, who ran for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns in less than a half in a 40-0 Cardinal victory Friday night in a Big Northern crossover.


    Maine West tastes victory

    Maine West squared its record at 1-1 with a 36-26 victory over Chicago’s Solorio Academy in nonconference play on Friday night.The Warriors host Waukegan in a Central Suburban League divisional crossover at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Larkin’s Damion Clemons scores a touchdown.

    Images: West Chicago vs. Larkin football
    Larkin hosted West Chicago for football action Friday, September 6, 2013.


    Game video: Warren vs. New Trier
    Warren meets New Trier Friday in Week 2 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Barrington vs. Prospect
    Barrington meets Prospect Friday night in Week 2 action. Follow the game with video from High School Cube then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Waubonsie Valley vs. Oswego
    Waubonsie Valley takes on Oswego Friday night in Week 2 action. Follow the game with video from High School Cube then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford (33) fumbles as he is hit by Western Michigan’s Rontavious Atkins during the third quarter of last week’s game in East Lansing, Mich.

    Michigan St., USF both have a lot to improve

    Michigan State struggled offensively throughout its season-opening win over Western Michigan last week. Of course, it could have been a lot worse — just ask South Florida, which was routed at home 53-21 by McNeese State of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Bulls play at Michigan State on Saturday.

    Jeff Gordon is fighting for one of the last five spots in the Chase field.

    Gordon wins pole at Richmond

    Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR’s playoffs from the pole position.The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season.

    Tim Jennings celebrates intercepting a pass by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in 2012.

    Don’t underestimate the Bears D

    One of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker's best moves was not to change much about the unit he inherited from Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli.

    Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo celebrates as he’s hugged by teammate Stephon Tuitt after a tackle for a loss against Temple last Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

    Irish to make last visit to Big House for a while

    The Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry has been kicked up a notch, putting Saturday’s prime-time game even more in the spotlight. Notre Dame opted out of a contract with Michigan last year. After the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish play the 17th-ranked Wolverines at the Big House, they’re not expected to be back until the early 2020s at the earliest.

    Southern Illinois wide receiver John Lantz makes a catch behind Illinois defensive back Earnest Thomas last Saturday in Champaign. Illinois’ defense was a liability in the season opener against SIU.

    Facing Illini, Cincinnati goes for 2 over Big Ten

    Cincinnati (1-0) is on the outskirts of the Top 25 after rolling over Purdue, 42-7. The going was easy enough that the Bearcats had to take only a shallow dive into their playbook in week one. Illinois opened with a win, too, but the Illini (1-0) held on by their fingernails for a 42-34 squeaker over a Football Championship Subdivision school, Southern Illinois.

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

    Minnesota hits road for New Mexico State rematch

    This is the week Minnesota was originally scheduled to play at North Carolina. Instead, the Gophers are going to New Mexico State, having spent $800,000 to get out of the two-game contract with the Tar Heels because coach Jerry Kill was concerned about the confidence of his young players on the road against a formidable nonconference opponent.

    The Cubs’ Junior Lake rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Unselfish Lake leads Cubs to 8-5 win over Brewers

    After hitting his first career grand slam, Junior Lake came up next time with runners on first and second with nobody out. But instead of swinging for the fences, the 23-year-old rookie dropped down a bunt for a base hit that eventually led to two runs. That extra offense proved vital in the Cubs’ 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

    Iowa defensive back Desmond King, right, breaks up a pass intended for Northern Illinois wide receiver Da’Ron Brown during the second half last Saturday’s game in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Iowa shows progress despite loss in opener

    Don’t mistake a loss for lost confidence. Even in defeat, the Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1) showed signs that the misery of last season soon could be a thing of the past.

    Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was 22 of 31 for 278 yards, with a pair of 50-yard touchdown passes in the second half, in a season-opening win over Syracuse last week.

    Penn State counting on Hackenberg for fast start

    QB Christian Hackenberg put up gaudy numbers and notched the win in the Nittany Lions’ first game against Syracuse. Now, it’s time to see if he can do more of the same in Happy Valley when Penn State plays its home opener Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

    Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson called last week’s rout of Indiana State “a good start.” The Hoosiers play Navy on Saturday.

    Hoosiers hope to see improvements against Navy

    Indiana coach Kevin Wilson set up the schedule as a steppingstone to success. He wanted the Hoosiers to take center stage last Thursday, he wanted two extra days to prepare for Navy’s vaunted ground game and he figured it would help Indiana make that natural progression between Games 1 and 2.

    Serena Williams waves to the crowd after defeating Li Na during the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Open on Friday in New York.

    Williams sets up meeting with Azarenka in U.S. Open final

    Serena Williams was cruising along in the U.S. Open semifinals, serving up another bagel, when, out of nowhere, a competitive tennis match broke out. Didn’t last long. The defending champion won the first seven games of Friday’s match, then actually fell down a break early in the second set, before quickly regaining it on the way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na.


    Bolt closes out season with another win

    Usain Bolt closed out the season Friday with another win in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.80 seconds in the Memorial Van Damme. The time, sluggish by his stellar, world-record standards, confirmed what Bolt himself acknowledges: 2013 hasn’t been a vintage year for the world and Olympic champion.

    Antonio Castro, right, son of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and member of the World Baseball Baseball and Softball Confederation, speaks during a Friday news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The International Olympic Committee will vote Sunday on including one additional sport to the program of the 2020 and 2024 Games. A combined baseball-softball bid is up against wrestling and squash.

    Women’s inclusion key for sports seeking 2020 spot

    All three sports bidding for a place in the 2020 Olympic lineup have made female participation a big part of their pitches to the IOC, hoping to convince members that they have worked hard to promote gender parity within their federations.

    People pack Colon Theater for Friday’s opening ceremony of the International Olympic Committee session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul in home stretch for 2020 Games

    A day before the host of the 2020 Olympics is selected, Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul made their closing arguments to IOC voters Friday.

    Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma smiles after receiving a team jersey Friday at a news conference announcing he will head the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    Auriemma to coach U.S. women’s Olympic team again

    Geno Auriemma is thrilled to be headed to Rio. After months of denying his interest in coaching the U.S. national team, Auriemma will return for an unprecedented second term as the women’s basketball Olympic team head coach.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, center, sings “Carmen Ohio” with his players after their 40-20 win over Buffalo in last Saturday’s season opener in Columbus, Ohio.

    Meyer hates complacency, loves being underdog

    Even though his team might just be favored in every game on its schedule, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer refuses to believe that his team is anything other than an underdog. In other words, it’s a pursuer.

    Wisconsin’s James White gains yards in the first half of the Badgers’ season-opening shutout of Massachusetts last week in Madison.

    Tenn. Tech faces daunting task at No. 21 Wisconsin

    Watson Brown is a realist. The Tennessee Tech coach figures his team’s trip this weekend to No. 21 Wisconsin may not go so well. It doesn’t mean the Golden Eagles aren’t going to try to pull off another small-school stunner Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

    Purdue running back Akeem Hunt moves upfield against Cincinnati in a blowout road loss last Saturday. The Boilermakers managed only 65 yards on 22 carries in the ground game.

    Purdue, Indiana St. look to rebound in Week 2

    Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Indiana State’s Mike Sanford are getting one of the rarest opportunities in coaching — a second chance. While neither new coach can erase the memories from last weekend’s embarrassing blowouts, both now have an opportunity to demonstrate how well they can coach up players.


    Boomers ready to make more noise in playoffs

    It's been quite a year for the Schaumburg Boomers. Not only did they see attendance jump nearly 20 percen in 2013, they were also named the Frontier League's Organization of the Year, and begining Saturday night at Boomers Stadium, they take on Florence in a best-of-five playoff series.


    Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC

    The Fire (10-10-5, 35 points) can make up for Sunday’s disappointing draw with a win Saturday, but the Fire is 0-4-3 all-time against Seattle and just 2-6-3 on the road this season in MLS play. The Fire will be without midfielders Arevalo Rios and Joel Lindpere due to national-team duty.

    In an interview with Bob Verdi, Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman says that center Jonathan Toews (19) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) will be with the Blackhawks forever.

    Hawks GM: Toews, Kane will be here forever

    Regardless of whether the National Hockey League's hard salary cap goes up, down or sideways, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman promises that a couple of superstars are going nowhere. “Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever," he said. "Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they're up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we'll figure out the details.”

    St. Charles North's Nate Newbill runs after a catch against Elk Grove during the season opener. North faces Plainfield Central tonight in a game that will be streamed live on Football Focus, powered by High School Cube.

    Live coverage of prep football games tonight

    Football Focus tonight will have live video coverage, powered by High School Cube, of 20 Week Two prep football games.

    Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs. Brewers executive Rick Schlesinger told WTMJ radio it was Braun’s idea.

    Brewers’ Braun calls to apologize to season ticket holders

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers confirm Ryan Braun is personally calling season ticket holders and apologizing for using performance-enhancing drugs.Brewers executive Rick Schlesinger tells WTMJ radio it was Braun’s idea. He says Braun told him the fans he’s called are skeptical about whether it’s really Braun, but once they realize it’s him, they’re receptive to his apology. Wes Aldridge is among the fans whom Braun called. Aldridge figured his friends were having a little fun with him. But after talking to the caller for a while, he realized it was Braun and got right to the point. He asked Braun why he used the drugs. Aldridge says Braun told him a friend had talked him into using PEDs and it’s a mistake he regrets.

    With the recent signings of Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson to contract extensions, there may be more Stanley Cup parades ahead for the Blackhawks brass. From left: vice president/general manager Stan Bowman, executive vice president Jay Blunk, vice president Al MacIsaac, chairman Rocky Wirtz and CEO and president John McDonough.

    Hawks signings equate to more Stanley Cups

    With the recent signings of Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson,the Chicago Blackhawks are cementing their future as dynasty is in the making. Mike North also notes that he Chicago Bears are slightly favored to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the home opener, and he agrees they will do it.

    In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is cheered by her crew just before beginning a news conference Tuesday in Key West, Fla. Nyad, 64, is the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits without the security of a shark cage.

    Maybe even sharks were showing Nyad respect

    Yeah, there may be a lot of naysayers downplaying it, but what 64-year-old Diana Nyad accomplished in swimming from Cuba to Florida was pretty special nontheless. That and plenty of Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks talk in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Manning’s 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens 49-27

    Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started. A record-tying seven touchdown passes — something no one had done in 44 years — made it worth the while.


    The 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew truck. Ford will add a four-door cab to its F-150 STX line ths fall.

    Car prices hit record as buyers load up on options

    Although sales are expected to keep rising, automakers say the next wave of buyers who replace older cars will be more cost-conscious, shunning expensive radios and cushy seats to reduce payments. Ford is starting to see that trend in pickup trucks, and is adding a lower-priced model to its top-selling F-Series line.


    J&J recalls infant Motrin due to plastic specks

    J&J’s McNeil unit said Friday that the recall affects three lots of its popular Motrin Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor, which is used to lower fever and treat aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger. The company warned that the medicine may be contaminated with specs of PTFE, a plastic also used in Teflon coatings. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date, according to the company.

    Anglers were forced into the ice-free areas in Gull Lake Narrows in Lake Shore, Minn., this past spring to fish for walleyes and Northern pike. In a study released Wednesday, the National Wildlife Federation, climate change threatens Minnesota’s prized fisheries from North Shore trout streams to popular walleye lakes.

    U.S., China agree to work on phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

    The new effort builds on the accord Obama and Xi struck in June, when they said for the first time that they would work together to persuade other countries to cut HFCs. Brazil and India have resisted deep cuts in the past.

    Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday in New York. The price of crude oil rose Friday as traders anticipated that any escalation of tensions in the Middle East might disrupt the flow of oil from the region. Oil rose $2.07 to $110.43 a barrel.

    Stocks end flat, despite jobs report, Syria

    Traders were rattled by conflicting forces. A mediocre August jobs report suggested that U.S. economic growth was slowing, while providing a reason for the Fed to keep up its stimulus program. The geopolitical risks of Syria added to the uncertainty Friday.

    Associated Press A free eye exam is performed on a patient at the Remote Area Medical clinic inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Americans now have $18 billion in Health Savings Accounts, a type of plan that allows them to save pre-tax dollars for future medical expenses.

    How to invest in your health care

    A growing number of employees are required by companies to set up special savings accounts to cover part of their medical bills. Over time, they are also encouraged to invest a portion of it in stocks, bonds or a mutual fund, just like they do with a 401(k) or IRA.

    Windows at the south entrance of Delnor Hospital in Geneva were replaced this week. The parking lot reconstruction should be done by early October, according to a hospital spokesman.

    Delnor Hospital entrance, lot work in home stretch

    A summerlong project at the south end of Delnor Hospital in Geneva should be finished by early October, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. Workers were replacing windows over the south entrance, which is the main entrance to the hospital, Wednesday and Thursday. The new entry will resemble that on the recently enlarged and renovated cancer-care center across Delnor Drive, spokesman Christopher King said.

    The drop in the unemployment rate in August to a 4½-year low was hardly cause for celebration. The rate fell because more people stopped looking for work.

    Why fewer working-age Americans are working

    The drop in the unemployment rate in August to a 4½-year low was hardly cause for celebration. The rate fell because more people stopped looking for work. More than 300,000 people stopped working or looking for a job. Their exodus shrank the so-called labor force participation rate — the percentage of adult Americans with a job or seeking one — to 63.2 percent. It’s the lowest participation rate since August 1978.


    NY judge orders Apple to modify e-book contracts

    A judge on Friday ordered Apple to modify contracts with publishers to prevent electronic book price fixing and said she will appoint an external compliance monitor to review the company’s antitrust policies and training. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote’s order came nearly two months after she concluded that Apple Inc. used the popularity of its iTunes store to conspire with publishers to raise e-book prices in 2010.


    Weak jobs report, Syria tensions whipsaw markets

    The stock market lurched between gains and losses in morning trading Friday as investors held out hope for more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve and closely monitored the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Syria. A weak U.S. jobs report for August bolstered hopes that the Fed may hold off on cutting back on its massive bond-buying program when it meets later this month.

    European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks with journalists as she arrives for an informal meeting of EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. In a setback for Western efforts to tighten sanctions against Iran, a top European Union court on Friday threw out penalties imposed on several Iranian businesses for their alleged ties to the country’s disputed nuclear program.

    EU court deals Iran sanctions regime a blow

    In a setback for Western efforts to tighten sanctions against Iran, a top European Union court on Friday threw out penalties imposed on several Iranian businesses for their alleged ties to the country’s disputed nuclear program.

    China’s yuan has joined the ranks of the most traded currencies for the first time, underlining the growing might of the world’s second-largest economy. The yuan became one of the top 10 traded currencies in 2013, rising to No. 9 on the list due to a “significant expansion” in offshore trading, the Bank for International Settlements said in a report Thursday, Sep 5, 2013.

    China’s yuan joins world’s most traded currencies

    China’s yuan has joined the ranks of the most traded currencies for the first time, underlining the growing might of the world’s second-largest economy. The yuan became one of the top 10 traded currencies in 2013, rising to No. 9 on the list due to a “significant expansion” in offshore trading, the Bank for International Settlements said in a report Thursday.


    G-20 leaders pledge to withdraw stimulus with care

    Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies have pledged to withdraw their stimulus measures carefully following global concern about the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plan to wind down its bond-buying program.

    Attorneys suing Google say the firm violates privacy and takes personal property by electronically scanning the contents of people’s Gmail accounts and then targeting ads to them.

    Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

    Attorneys suing Google say the firm violates privacy and takes personal property by electronically scanning the contents of people’s Gmail accounts and then targeting ads to them. “This company reads, on a daily basis, every email that’s submitted, and when I say read, I mean looking at every word to determine meaning,” said Texas attorney Sean Rommel. But in a federal court hearing Google argued that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.”

    People check out opportunities during a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent, the lowest in nearly five years, according to the Labor Department.

    U.S. employers add 169,00 jobs, rate falls to 7.3%

    U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August and much fewer in July than previously thought. Hiring has slowed from the start of the year and could complicate the Federal Reserve’s decision later this month on whether to reduce its bond purchases. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent, the lowest in nearly five years.

    U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr prior to the group photo at the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    World leaders push big companies to pay more taxes

    It’s time to make Google, Apple and other multinational companies pay more taxes. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and the leaders of the world’s leading economies at a summit ending Friday. The head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development told The Associated Press that the leaders have signed up to an ambitious new tax plan at the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Plans for a Subaru auto dealership at 1500 Randall Road in Elgin include saving a 200-year-old white oak tree.

    Subaru plans in Elgin include saving oak tree

    A Subaru dealership would like to move to Randall Road in Elgin, and representatives say if they get the OK from the city, they'll preserve a 200-year-old white oak tree on the 5-acre parcel. “We ran into a big issue with this tree, because it was kind of smack in the middle of what needed to be done,” attorney Scott Richmond said .

Life & Entertainment

    Phil Jacobson plays the main stage at Buffalo Grove Days.

    Buffalo Grove singer/songwriter gaining recogition

    Buffalo Grove native Phil Jacobson isn't letting obstacles slow down his musical career. The 27-year-old Stevenson High School grad was the scheduled main stage entertainment Aug. 30 at Buffalo Grove Days when a severe thunderstorm swept through. He said the band would play in raincoats, if necessary. “I’ve played weirder gigs before,” he said, recalling a half-marathon in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that necessitated the band moving a huge generator in the sand along a beach.

    Orange is a friendly, high-octane color that gives you the energy kick you’re longing for in home decor.

    Juice up home decor with orange

    Orange you glad orange is back in style? Some of you are nodding your heads vigorously because this friendly, high-octane color gives you the energy kick you’re longing for in home decor.


    What do dark stains on your roof mean?

    I got a flier for a roof-cleaning contractor. It said algae on shingles holds water to the surface of the roof and causes decay and rot to the roof’s underlayment. I have not heard of roof-cleaning before. Does it solve the problem?

    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the gala for the new movie “The Fifth Estate” during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

    Absent Assange looms over debut of WikiLeaks drama

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, but he’s very present at the Toronto International Film Festival. Opening this year’s festival was the premiere of Bill Condon’s dramatization of Assange and WikiLeaks, “The Fifth Estate” — a film with which Assange refused to cooperate. It’s the only movie at Toronto that has the distinction of being called “a massive propaganda attack” by its primary subject.

    Instead of talking about a “diet” with your children, talk about food being fuel for your body.

    Building a healthy body image

    For so many us, we spend the toddler and preschool years worrying that our kids are eating too much, not eating enough, or eating all the wrong foods that we overlook the importance of teaching them how to appreciate their body in all shapes and forms.


    Fantasia prepares for Broadway under watchful eye

    The first rehearsal of Fantasia Barrino’s upcoming Broadway show was, to be fair, a little rough. No sooner had the “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner opened her mouth to sing “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” than she was gently stopped, mid-phrase. The man asking her to stop? Nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis.

    Leo Grillo with Chaos, a 3-year-old dog rescued from Afghanistan, at his DELTA (Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals) Rescue complex in Acton, Calif.

    Actor gives home to abandoned pets

    Nearly 35 years ago, Leo Grillo thought he could get people to stop dumping dogs and cats in the forests and deserts of Southern California. He discovered quickly that wasn’t going to happen. There seems to be no end to the number of animals he finds discarded on the side of the road. “It sucks the life out of me. It’s very, very painful,” he said.

    “Tell No Lies” by Gregg Hurwitz

    Hurwitz delivers exciting ‘Tell No Lies’

    A race to stop a killer begins when a piece of mail is delivered to the wrong person in “Tell No Lies,” the latest thriller from Gregg Hurwitz. Daniel Brasher gave up a high-paying job to marry the woman of his dreams. Then a piece of mail with no return address arrives in Daniel’s inbox at work. It warns him to admit what he’s done or he’ll bleed for it. There’s a deadline, but that deadline has passed.

    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.

    Beneatha (Mildred Marie Langford), second from left, Ruth (Toni Martin) and Walter (Jerod Haynes), right, recognize a bribe when Clybourne Park Improvement Association representative Karl Lindner (Chris Rickett) proposes it in TimeLine Theatre's “A Raisin in the Sun.”

    TimeLine proves 'Raisin in the Sun' ripe for revival

    Among the telling moments in TimeLine Theatre's powerful revival of Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun,” is a fleeting bit of business that reveals not just the meticulousness of Ron OJ Parson's direction, but how Hansberry's play still resonates 54 years after its premiere.


    A brief history of kids’ menus

    At the age of 4, children of the near-extinct Kawsqar tribe of Chilean Patagonia spear and roast their own shellfish. This is eight years earlier than when kids who vacation in Cape Cod, Mass., come of shellfish age — that is, if the children’s menus found in every clam shack in the area are anything to go by. If a child is younger than 12, Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar will serve them a grilled cheese sandwich or a hot dog. But no clams.


    Theater events: ‘Ladies’ opens BTE season

    Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Glen Ellyn opens its season with a Ken Ludwig farce and Theatre-Hikes salutes Mark Twain at Morton Arboretum this week in suburban theater.

    "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

    Fall films follow familiar formula

    Here comes the 34th annual Daily Herald fall film preview guide. Keep in mind that release dates have a tendency to move around like the bullet holes on Ethan Hawke's sports car in “Getaway.” Seasoned film fans already know what's headed our way once dormant school buses start their engines and Mother Nature dresses her kids in shades of gold and black: Oscar dreams and Halloween screams.

    Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) beam into your home next week when “Star Trek Into Darkness” is released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD rental services.

    So many ways to ‘Trek Into Darkness’

    J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be 2013’s first summer blockbuster to beam its way into your home Tuesday on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD rental, and while we may not agree on the quality of the film, we can agree that choosing where to buy it shouldn’t be harder than the Kobayashi Maru test.

    Think of Buffalo Chicken Bites as training wheels, an introduction to the bold flavor of Buffalo chicken wings without excessive heat.

    Move over Mom: Snack chips get repurposed into tasty game-time treat

    Buffalo chicken wings are a popular game-day snack, but some versions are way too spicy for younger palates. Jerome Gabriel turned to Buffalo wing-flavored snack chips and boneless chicken breasts to create a snack that fans of all ages can enjoy.

    “The Arsenio Hall Show” is scheduled to air this fall on CBS.

    Arsenio Hall returns to late-night TV

    On Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd., on a lot that was the filming site of the first feature talkie, 1927’s “The Jazz Singer,” talk show host Arsenio Hall is planning to once again storm the barricades of late-night television. Tinseltown loves a comeback story, and Hall is hoping to recapture a bit of the magic from his former talk show, which ran from 1989 to 1994.

    Bartender Derek Simoes mixes drinks in the newly redesigned bar during “social hour” at a Sheraton hotel in Seattle.

    Making the hotel lobby a place to see and be seen

    Hotels want you to stay a while — in their lobbies. Long treated as dead spaces that hotel guests raced through on the way to the elevator, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink.

    Kate Upton was honored as model of the year at the 2013 Style Awards.

    Fashion Week awards honor Kate Upton, Zac Posen

    The Style Awards at Lincoln Center kicked off New York Fashion Week with honors for Kate Upton, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, among others. The largest venue at the tents that serve as fashion week’s hubs were filled with tables, ice buckets and celebrities Wednesday night, just 12 hours before BCBG Max Azria would preview the first major collection of the week on the catwalk.

    Think of Buffalo Chicken Bites as training wheels, an introduction to the bold flavor of Buffalo chicken wings without excessive heat.

    Buffalo Chicken Bites
    Buffalo Chicken Tenders: Move Over Mom


    Tips for a better family road trip

    Few things are more American than the family road trip with the kids in the back arguing about who crossed the imaginary line and Mom and Dad in front threatening to “turn this car around if you kids can’t behave.”


    Super handyman: Making the most out of a small space

    Most kids’ rooms are small. You think that since kids are small, their rooms can be small. It’s not fair, but that’s just the way it goes. But you can make a small room a lot more functional with some of these ideas.


    Homeowners have loan protection after death or divorce of spouse

    Federal law prevents lenders from demanding that a mortgage be repaid in a lump sum after a divorce or the death of a spouse.


    The nation’s housing: For short-sellers, some good news

    Policy changes by two of the biggest players in the mortgage market could open doors to home purchases this fall by thousands of people who were hard hit by the housing bust and who thought they’d have to wait for years before owning again.

    The Coventry, a decorated model home in Plainfield, displays some of the elaborate work done by King’s Court Builders.

    Area homebuilders see improving market

    The housing market is improving nationally and in Chicago submarkets, with new construction strong and improving at a quicker pace than other submarkets, said Lance Ramella, senior vice president at John Burns Real Estate Consulting.


    Homeowner worried about asbestos ceilings

    Q. Our home was built in 1979 and has “popcorn” ceilings in most rooms. We started to scrape it off but stopped when someone suggested it might have asbestos. Our neighbor is a general contractor. He said we’re OK because asbestos ceilings were outlawed in 1973.


    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com ¬ Oakbrook Center is renovating portions of the 50 year old outdoor shopping center in Oak Brook including adding this vortex fountain that will operate 365 days a year.

    Editorial: Centers adapting to new shopping habits

    A Daily Herald editorial lauds the $30 million makeover of Oakbrook Center Mall and hopes that Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles can find new life with new owners.


    How Illinois Democrats plan to raise taxes again (in five easy steps)

    Guest columnist Ben VanMetre: Illinois politicians' latest endeavor is to raise taxes on Illinoisans by swapping out the state’s constitutionally protected flat income tax rate for a progressive income tax.


    Rallying around a gesture

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Especially during a war, policy pronouncements can cause a ripple of unintended effects.


    Obama’s time off pales next to Bush
    A Dundee letter to the editor: A letter recently appeared where the writer complained about President Obama campaigning and taking vacations. I did a little research and could not find one letter to the editor from this same letter writer complaining about the campaigning and vacations that the previous resident of the White House had taken.


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    This is in reference to the letter to the editor from Marie Harris in the Aug. 19 issue of the Daily Herald.First, as to homosexual behavior in the Bible, the following passages forbid it: Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, I Timothy 1:9-11 and I Corinthians 6:9-11. If one doesn’t accept the authority of the scriptures, that is one thing, but at least represent it correctly.As to the faith of our Founding Fathers, since they are no longer alive, the best way to accurately portray them is to look at what they wrote. Here are just a few:“I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs the affairs of men.” — Benjamin Franklin.“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.” — Thomas Jefferson.“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God ... and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” — George Washington.These are hardly statements of deists who believe that God created us and then simply went away. There are many more of these statements from many more of the Founding Fathers but suffice it to say that 52 of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of a Christian church. The letter of Aug. 19 that I am referring to perfectly illustrates that if an untruth is repeated often enough it becomes the truth (at least to some people).Terry SpanglerWheaton


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