Daily Archive : Monday September 9, 2013


    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters in Springfield, Ill. Quinn, who has been on a trip to Japan since Friday, Sept. 6, released some figures during his trip about the Illinois economy saying more than 2,000 foreign-owned businesses employ more than 350,000 people in Illinois. State officials say Japan and the United Kingdom are the top contributors. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    Quinn touts foreign firm employment figures

    On the heels of his trip to Japan, Gov. Pat Quinn has again taken credit for a reported boost in the state's job numbers: roughly 80,000 more through foreign firms since the Chicago Democrat took office in 2009. But economists and business leaders say it's not all Quinn's doing.

    Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, speaks Monday in favor of retaining a flat state income tax during a debate sponsored by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and Reboot Illinois.

    Naperville leaders favor flat income tax

    April 15 is more than seven months away, but taxes were on the minds of politicians and business leaders Monday in Naperville as roughly 80 of them gathered for a debate about whether the state should switch to a progressive income tax system for individuals. “Proponents of a progressive tax have quite an uphill battle before them,” said Matt Dietrich, executive editor of Reboot...

    Aaron Thurmond, 22, of Chicago

    Accuser in prostitution case remains held in Lake County jail

    A woman who authorities claim was forced into prostitution by her boyfriend will remain held in Lake County jail on $200,000 bond until the man either takes a plea agreement or goes to trial. Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti rejected a request Monday to lower the woman’s bond, ruling that she is a flight risk who may not come back to court if released.


    Ventra system available for Chicago-area commuters

    Chicago Transit Authority and Pace commuters can officially use a new fare payment system. The Ventra system launched on Monday, letting commuters in the Chicago area pay with Ventra cards or personal bank cards. CTA President Forrest Claypool says Ventra “replaces CTA's outdated, nearly 20-year-old fare-payment system.”


    Emanuel to appoint new member of Metra board

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he plans to appoint attorney and former independent alderman Martin Oberman to the Metra Board of Directors.Emanuel says in a news release Monday morning that Oberman's appointment will be introduced to the Chicago City Council on Wednesday. Oberman's appointment would take effect immediately pending council approval.


    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to appear on Letterman

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to sit down with late-night talk show host David Letterman.


    Illinois state helicopter crashes in New Mexico

    SPRINGFIELD — A helicopter owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation has crashed in New Mexico.IDOT spokesman Jae Miller tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield that two Illinois state employees were aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash. She says both employees walked away from the crash unharmed.


    2 Evansville firefighters hurt at factory blaze

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Officials say two Evansville firefighters were treated at a hospital after they were hurt at the scene of a blaze at a plastics manufacturing plant.

    Model, actress and animal rights advocate Katie Cleary, a native of Glenview, produced the new documentary film, “Give Me Shelter,” that will be released next month.

    Model from suburbs now flaunting animal advocacy

    Katie Cleary's a successful model and actress -- including four years as the beauty who held case number 11 on “Deal or No Deal” -- but the Glenview native always had other plans. Founder of the nonprofit animal welfare group Peace 4 Animals, Cleary just finished producing a celebrity-filled documentary, “Give Me Shelter.” “(Modeling and acting) was fun when I was...

    Camelot Park Community Center will close Wednesday in advance of a nearly $6 million project that will nearly double the size of the facility. The work, expected to be complete next fall, includes a new gymnasium with an elevated walking track.

    Camelot Park facility closing Wednesday for $6 million renovation

    Camelot Park Community Center will close Wednesday in advance of a nearly $6 million project that will nearly double the size of the facility. The work, expected to be complete next fall, includes a new gymnasium with an elevated walking track.

    Barrington officials are in the process of soliciting public input on video gambling after several local bars urged them to reconsider the village's ban. Business owners say the ban puts them at a disadvantage to establishments in other towns that allow video gambling.

    Barrington businesses asking for video gambling

    Barrington trustees on Monday heard from several businesses in support of allowing video gambling in the village, as well as from one out-of-town critic. But they still hope to hear more of what their own residents think about the issue in the next few weeks before an anticipated Oct. 14 decision. “It helps businesses like mine stay competitive in the region,” Bryan McGonigal, owner...

    Only a handful of cars dot the parking lot at Charlestowne Mall on a recent afternoon. Prospective buyers say the mall is too big in its current configuration to be successful.

    Charlestowne Mall buyer wants to make it smaller

    The problem with Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles is that it isn't the right size, a potential buyer told aldermen. But unlike the conventional opinions that it was built too small, Krausz Group thinks it is too big. “It is unusual to downsize, but what is important in a such a retail project is that it be the right size,” said Charles May, project director. “This could have...

    Sending her first email by tapping on a photo, Simone Lucas, right, uses a new iPad app created especially for the residents at Emeritus Senior Living. The new app will make seniors at the Hoffman Estates center more social, says Ginna Baik, left, director of innovation and resident technology.

    iPad app gets suburban seniors into online world

    A pilot program for a new iPad app designed for seniors living at Emeritus in Hoffman Estates makes it easier to email grandkids, watch movies and even play "virtual bingo" with residents in other Emeritus communities. “I want to learn everything on it. I think it’s fascinating. I am old, but I don’t give in to it," says resident Simone Lucas, who will turn 90 in October.


    District 204 cancels classes in non-air conditioned schools

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 is canceling classes Tuesday at the 20 schools in the Aurora-Naperville district that are without air conditioning.

    Glen Ellyn’s village board has approved new rules regulating hotels, including America’s Best Inn/Budgetel Inn & Suites at 675 Roosevelt Road.

    Glen Ellyn tightens hotel regulations

    New rules regulating hotels are now in place in Glen Ellyn as part of an effort, village officials say, to crack down on code violations and occasional crime. The licensing rules, adopted unanimously Monday by the village board, will require the two hotels within village boundaries to pay an annual $1,500 fee that would cover a portion of the cost of yearly village inspections of common areas and...

    Fundraising efforts and support for this week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club will provide support for 240 college cholarships awarded to caddies through the Evans Scholars Foundation.

    WGA carries big load to provide for Evans Scholars

    The biggest reason the top golfers on the PGA Tour will be at Conway Farms in Lake Forest this week isn't because of the $8 million in prize money that'll be on the line. The Western Golf Association conducts its BMW Championship to raise money for its Evans Scholars Foundation. Len Ziehm explains the impact of the program and the challenge with meeting its goals.

    Daily Herald file photo A truck travels westbound along I-90 as construction continues near Huntley.

    Tollway: Get ready for widening I-90 from Elgin to the Kennedy

    Drivers on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) between the Elgin toll plaza and the Kennedy Expressway after 8 p.m. today can expect lots of night life as the agency preps for the second part of a major project.

    Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in London on Monday, said Syrian leader Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis over chemical weaponry use in Syria by turning over “every single bit” of his weapons arsenal to the international community within a week.

    Sudden plan: Syria to dispose of chemical weapons?

    In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a “potentially positive development” that could head off the threats of U.S. air strikes that have set the world on edge.

    George Zimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by a police officer Monday in Lake Mary, Fla., after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where Zimmerman and his wife Shellie had lived during his murder trial.

    Zimmerman’s wife won’t press charges despite call

    The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

    Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, front row, second from left, stands with other Miss America contestants during arrival ceremonies in Atlantic City, N.J., last week.

    Iowa’s Miss America hopeful advocates for disabled

    Born without her left forearm, Nicole Kelly has been overcoming disability her entire life, be it playing baseball, dancing or diving. Now representing Iowa in the Miss America pageant, Kelly hopes to win the crown and inspire others to overcome their own difficulties.


    Waukegan officer punched during traffic stop, police say

    A Waukegan police officer required stitches and will need dental work after being punched during routine traffic stop, police said.

    Jim Simons walks along a sandbar, exposed by low water levels, on the Portage Lake channel that leads to Lake Michigan at Onekama, Mich.

    Experts: Climate primary factor on lake levels

    Placing water retention structures in the St. Clair River may not be enough to counteract the effects of a warming climate and raise Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels, experts said Monday.


    Mundelein High hosts “Mundelein Idol” and “Mundelein Idol Jr.”

    The Mundelein High School show choirs will host the “Mundelein Idol” and “Mundelein Idol Jr.” talent shows on Oct. 12 at the school.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Brittany C. Hughes, 21, of Batavia, faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis, after police say they found two glass pipes and a piece of foil containing burned cannabis in her car at 9:08 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of South Raddant Road, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Fradulent activity was reported at Huntley High School Thursday, involvng a bogus order that was shipped to the school and claimed by someone else, police said. According to reports, a fraudulent order placed to an office supply company was delivered to the high school. A courier picked up the package but never returned it to the office supply company.

    John Anderson

    Gurnee man says police escort won’t keep him from Dist. 121 meeting

    Being escorted by Gurnee police from last month’s Warren Township High School board meeting won’t deter Ray Biondi from voicing his concerns about financial issues at Tuesday’s board session. “The Constitution has the freedom of speech,” Biondi said. “If they want to do that (call police) again, that’s up to them.”

    The Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side was founded by industrialist George Pullman in 1880 and known for manufacturing Pullman Palace Sleeper Cars. It also was the birthplace of the black labor movement.

    Feds say Pullman worthy of national park status

    The National Park Service says Chicago’s Pullman community has unique historical significance. Pullman could become Illinois’ second national park, joining President Abraham Lincoln’s homestead in Springfield.

    The Chicago City Council’s public safety committee’s on Monday voted to recommend scrapping some of the provisions in the city’s gun ordinance that angered gun-rights advocates the most.

    Chicago aldermen agree to eliminate some gun rules

    Faced with a new state law on concealed weapons, Chicago aldermen are getting ready to do away with some of its strict handgun regulations, including a requirement that residents obtain — and pay for — a city permit.


    Army Corps awards contract to finish Levee 37

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.4 million contract to Fuel Tank Maintenance Company of Tennessee to fill gaps in Levee 37 in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights. The company will begin work on 135 feet of floodwall along Milwaukee Avenue this fall. Next spring, after the completion of compensatory storage in Wheeling’s Heritage Park, the company will begin closing a 600-foot...


    Two Lake Co. teachers listed among state’s best

    A pair of Lake County teachers are among the 11 selected as finalists in the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual “Those Who Excel” competition. Libertyville High science teacher Mark Buesing and Stevenson High communication arts teacher William Fritz made the final cut.


    Seminar on property tax appeals Sept. 10

    Schaumburg Township Assessor John R. Lawson will host a seminar on the appeal of residential property taxes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Schaumburg Township Hall, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Any reductions of assessed value based on an appeal filed by Sept. 23 would take effect on the second installment of a property owner’s 2013 tax bill, payable in 2014.

    Emilio Guillen

    Four face mob action charges at apartments near Lombard

    Four known gang members were charged with felony mob action after a fight at an apartment complex near Lombard, police said Monday. DuPage County sheriff’s deputies responded about 8 p.m. Saturday to the altercation near the apartment complex tennis courts.

    Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva will sponsor a fundraiser for breast cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Batavia. The store also holds wine tastings every Wednesday.

    Gibby’s Wine Den gives back with Think Pink bags tourney

    Gibby’s Wine Den, along with Batavia Enterprises and the American Cancer Society, is helping to put on a Think Pink Bags Tourney.


    Antioch lifts community alert regarding suspicious man

    The Antioch Police Department has issued an “all clear” regarding a suspicious man seen speaking with a female runner on the Antioch High School cross county team Friday. Police Chief Craig Somerville said the driver of the white van flagged down several people — including the runners — in an effort to locate a business. He has been cleared of suspicion of wrongdoing.

    Daniel Knaack

    Glendale Heights man gets 5 years for $200,000 gold theft from jeweler

    A former employee of a Glen Ellyn jeweler was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in solid gold bars. Daniel Knaack, 52, of Glendale Heights, pleaded guilty to felony theft. He told police the theft was to support a drug habit. Knaack stole a total of 15 bars that had been melted down from scrap gold and were valued at $211,000. He worked at the jewelry store...


    NFL stadium falls leave 1 fan dead, 2 hurt

    Medical examiners have identified a football fan who fell from an elevated walkway at Candlestick Park as 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of Hayward, Calif. At the 49ers’ game against the Packers at Candlestick Park Sunday, Hayes fell to his death from an elevated walkway, said an investigator at the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office.

    America’s National Security Agency may hold crucial evidence about one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Cold War — the cause of the 1961 plane crash which killed United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, a commission which reviewed the case said Monday. Widely considered the U.N.’s most effective chief, Hammarskjold died as he was attempting to bring peace to the newly independent Congo. The crash of his DC-6 aircraft in the forest near Ndola Airport in modern-day Zambia has bred a rash of conspiracy theories, many centering on some startling inconsistencies.

    NSA evidence may be key to Hammarskjold mystery

    America’s National Security Agency may hold crucial evidence about one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Cold War — the cause of the 1961 plane crash which killed United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, a commission of prominent jurists says.

    In this frame grab from video taken Sunday and provided by “CBS This Morning,” Syrian President Bashar Assad responds to a question from Charlie Rose during an interview in Damascus, Syria. Assad warned in the interview broadcast Monday on CBS there will be retaliation against the U.S. for any military strike launched in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack. Assad said, “You should expect everything.”

    Assad warns of retaliation for U.S. strike on Syria

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be “repercussions” against any U. S. military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. “You should expect everything,” Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. “Not necessarily from the government. It’s not only the government ... in this region. You have different parties, you have different...


    No injuries in Palatine restaurant blaze

    No one was injured in an early morning grease fire at an Arby's Restaurant in Palatine, authorities said. Palatine Fire Deputy Chief Bill Gabrenya said a neighboring business of the Arby's on 100 block of Northwest Highway saw smoke inside the building at 5 a.m. Monday morning.

    An antique Rand McNally map from 1884 varies greatly from today’s time zone map.

    Learning the twists and turns of time zones

    Nancy Sullivan’s sixth-graders at Frederick Nerge Elementary in Roselle wanted to know, “How are the time zones determined?”

    The nonprofit group Conserve Lake County will accept online orders for more than 40 species of native trees and shrubs from Labor Day weekend through Sept. 25. The American cranberry viburnum is being sold in the sale.

    Native tree, shrub sale supports eco-friendly program

    The nonprofit group Conserve Lake County will accept online orders for more than 40 species of native trees and shrubs from Labor Day weekend through Sept. 25.


    Volunteers sought for Des Plaines River cleanup

    Illinois Water TrailKeepers, a volunteer stewardship program of the Illinois Paddling Council and Openlands, is sponsoring a cleanup of the Des Plaines River in partnership with the Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Lake County Forest Preserves and other partners.

    In this photo released Saturday by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian military soldier fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of Maaloula, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. It was impossible to independently verify the reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic.

    Syrian army attacks hills around Christian village

    Syrian troops launched an attack Monday on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near the capital Damascus, two days after rebel forces captured the ancient community, an activist group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front and the Qalamon Liberation Front still control Maaloula, an ancient...

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks Monday at a news conference in Moscow. The Russian Foreign Minister says Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Sergey Lavrov said Monday that if such a move would help avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Russia will start work “immediately” to persuade Syria to relinquish control over its chemical arsenals.

    Russia presses U.N. to report on Syria attack risks

    Russia and the United States clashed Monday over the nuclear hazards posed by any U.S. attack on Syria, with Moscow pressing the U.N. atomic agency for a quick assessment of such dangers and the U.S. dismissing the request as outside of the agency’s authority. The dispute at the opening session of this week’s 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting appeared to be eclipsing the...

    Manju Goel discusses her plans to run as a Republican against Tammy Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District during the Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. With her are Texas congressman Pete Sessions, left, and Carol Stream businessman Shalli Kumar.

    Goel announces 8th congressional candidacy

    Taking aim at “Obamacare” and the national debt, 8th Congressional District candidate Manju Goel outlined her campaign platform Sunday during the Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. Goel, born in India and now living in Aurora, hopes to win the Republican primary in March and then take on congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for...

    NAACP President Ben Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says he plans to step down by the end of the year. Jealous announced his plans to resign on Sunday. He says he plans to pursue teaching at a university and spending time with his young family.

    Outgoing NAACP leader credited with boosting group

    Months before Benjamin Jealous took the helm of the NAACP, his predecessor quit following clashes with the board and the organization cut a third of its national staff amid declining revenues. As Jealous prepares to step down five years later, he’s credited with boosting the organization’s fundraising and helping to stabilize it.

    U.S. secretary of state John Kerry on Monday renewed U.S. allegations that Syria’s President Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack against his own people and said that Assad could resolve the crisis by turning over “every single bit” of his weapons arsenal to the international community within a week. Appearing at a news conference with William Hague, his British counterpart, Kerry quickly added that Assad “isn’t about to do that.”

    Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding his purported use of chemical weapons by turning “every single bit” of his arsenal over to the international community by the end of the week. But Kerry, who joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague at a news conference in London, said he didn’t expect Assad to do that.

    Lyn Scolaro teaches Italian 1.

    For Lyn Scolaro's students, the classroom is only the beginning

    For longtime Italian teacher Lyn Scolaro, learning a new language is about more than vocabulary words and conjugating verbs — it's a doorway. “Italian is a beautiful, musical language,” Scolaro says. “(Italians) put their passion and personality into it. The language, like everything there, is a way of life.”


    Autopsy planned on body found in Farmer City

    FARMER CITY, Ill. — An autopsy is planned on the body of a rural central Illinois man who was found dead in an alley during a festival in Farmer City.


    Research grants available for Indiana high school students

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana students in grades 9-12 can apply for grants up to $300 to help pay for designing, conducting and evaluating independent research projects. The Indiana Academy of Science provides the grants. It says the deadline for submitting proposals in Oct. 25.


    Opening set for new West Lafayette bypass

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Motorists are just a few days away from being able to drive on the state’s new bypass around West Lafayette.A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday to formally open the U.S. 231 bypass that was in the planning stages for years before work began in 2011.


    Notre Dame Forum to focus on women in leadership

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame president says contributions and achievements of women across a range of fields will be the focus of a yearlong series of events focusing on women in leadership through the Notre Dame Forum.


    Northwest Indiana nursing center in senior complex to close

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A senior living complex in a northwest Indiana community plans to close its 120-bed skilled nursing facility in November.The Post-Tribune reports 121 workers will be laid off when the skilled nursing center at Town Centre Health Care in Merrillville is closed.


    Scores from troubled Indiana test set for release

    INDIANAPOLIS — Scores from the problem-plagued ISTEP test that Indiana students took last spring are expected to be released Monday.The public release of those scores has been delayed by the state Department of Education while reviews have been conducted into online testing glitches experienced by students.


    Southern Indiana airport closing runway for sinkhole repair

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The main runway of a southern Indiana airport is being closed so that crews can make long-term repairs for sinkholes near it.Monroe County Airport manager Bruce Payton says a contractor is expected to move in construction equipment and start work this week on the nearly $11 million project.


    Large fire destroys vacant Indianapolis warehouse

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of firefighters worked through the night to put out a large fire that destroyed a vacant warehouse in Indianapolis.The fire burned Sunday night through the roof of the two-story brick building that covered about the size of a city block a couple miles southeast of the city’s downtown.


    Minneapolis mayor brings gay marriage pitch to Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is bringing his gay marriage pitch to Wisconsin.Rybak planned a Monday news conference with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to unveil a new ad campaign inviting same-sex couples from Wisconsin to travel to Minneapolis to get legally married. Soglin plans to use the appearance to argue that Wisconsin needs to legalize gay marriage.


    Wisconsin fall turkey hunt to start Saturday

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s fall turkey hunt is set to begin later this week.The season is scheduled to start Saturday and run through Nov. 21 statewide. The extended fall season is scheduled to run from Dec. 2 through Dec. 31 in the southern two-thirds of the state.


    World War II vets hope lake in Italy yields GIs’ remains

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Somewhere on the bottom of Italy’s largest lake lie the remains of two dozen American soldiers who died when their amphibious vehicle sank in 1945 in the waning days of the fighting in Europe during World War II.


    Harvest time brings increase risk of crashes

    MILWAUKEE — Harvest time brings an increased risk of collisions between farm machinery and vehicles on state roadways. The state Department of Transportation says there were nearly 1,400 crashes involving farm machinery from 2005 to 2012. Twenty-five were fatal collisions and 708 resulted in injuries.


    Lincoln College museum closed until next year

    LINCOLN, Ill. — The Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College in central Illinois will be closed until next year.The museum is moving its collection to a new space on the campus in Lincoln. It will be closed until April 2014 except for a Sept. 28, during a college fundraiser.


    Illinois libraries trying to meet demand for e-books

    FREEPORT, Ill. — Librarians in northern Illinois say demand for electronic books is high and they’re trying to keep up.Most libraries in northwest Illinois belong to the Online Media of Northern Illinois consortium. The Journal-Standard in Freeport reports that the website helps Illinois libraries provide electronic copies of books.


    Veterans mental health summit planned in Chicago

    State officials, veterans groups and local law enforcement are set to hold their first summit on veterans’ mental health. The meeting is Monday at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. The session will cover an overview of mental health issues and then break out into smaller groups. The idea is to put together strategies with community partners.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. As lawmakers end their five-week recess, they will plunge into an emotional debate over whether to bomb Syria. No member of Congress is in a tighter spot than Boehner, who risks seeing most of his Republican colleagues vote against him on three major issues, Syria, the debt limit, and immigration reform.

    Syria adds to Congress’ already heavy fall agenda

    Congress’ September agenda, already destined to be tense and dramatic, got worse while lawmakers were away this summer. Now they end their five-week recess by plunging into an emotional debate over whether to launch missile strikes against Syria. That will leave them even less time to meet looming deadlines on budget problems, the big issue that’s been building for months. And then, just maybe,...

    A Syrian military soldier fires a heavy machine gun Saturday during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of Maaloula, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. It was impossible to independently verify the reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic.

    U.N. rights chief condemns use of chemical weapons

    The U.N. human rights chief said Monday there is little doubt that chemical weapons were used in Syria but she did not specify which of the combatants was suspected of using them. “The use of chemical weapons has long been identified as one of the gravest crimes that can be committed, yet their use in Syria seems now to be in little doubt, even if all the circumstances and responsibilities remain...


    Dawn patrol: Trestman era off to winning start; WLS radio legend dies

    Marc Trestman wins in Chicago Bears debut; White Sox break 9-game skid; Cubs pitching remains strong in loss; Chicago broadcaster dies from cancer; Cardinal urges peace in Syria; Wheaton residents put mark on mural; U-46 to restructure 10 'failing' schools

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall catches a touchdown pass in the 4th quarter during their opening day win over the Bengals Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Weekend in Review: Charges in 3-hour police standoff; Trestman era starts
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Communities see green in BMW Championship; 3-hour standoff with police ends in charges; Wheaton residents get chance to sign new mural; U-46 pushing change in 10 'failing' schools; interests converge on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills; suburban Syrians want to stop bloodshed; Cutler gets offense rolling in win over Bengals; Cubs lose to Brewers; and Sox end...

    Construction continues on Route 53 between Army Trail Road and the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

    How a Roselle family got a $10,000 bill from tollway

    Lori Luxenberg Challinor of Roselle and her husband are reeling from an unexpected bill from the tollway for violations of about $10,000 on their Dodge Caravan. Problem is, the couple no longer own the Caravan — they sold it several years ago to an acquaintance who turned around and resold it to some unsavory characters. They, in turn, took the van on the adventure of a lifetime that...

    Ruth Sender talks with retiring Wheaton Public Library Director Sarah Meisels, right, during the a party Sunday to honor Meisels’ 47 years of service with the library.

    Wheaton library honors retiring longtime director

    Wheaton Public Library threw a retirement party Sunday for Director Sarah Meisels, who is retiring after 47 years of service to the library. “I always tell people that we’re doing the same thing we always did, just in a variety of different ways,” Meisels said. “The formats have changed, our role hasn’t.


    The experience level of a third-year starter such as Jesse Balluff, here picking up yardage last year against Morris, is only helping Kaneland this fall.

    Kaneland's Balluff enjoying leadership role

    The benefits of having a third-year starter at running back run deeper than just his production on the field. Jesse Balluff is certainly providing plenty of that in Kaneland’s 2-0 start. Balluff ran for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Knights’ 45-14 win over Immaculate Conception Friday.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood throws against the Reds in the first inning Monday in Cincinnati.

    Cubs' Wood finally gets win over Reds

    The Cubs equaled their wins total of last year (61) Monday with a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park. Travis Wood beat his former team for the first time, working 7 innings of 6-hit ball. The Cubs' Class A Daytona team also won Monday, capturing the Florida State League title.

    Gordan Beckham (15) celebrates after scoring on a home run by Paul Konerko in the first inning Monday at home against Detroit.

    White Sox deny Scherzer his 20th win

    Chris Sale outpitched Max Scherzer, denying him 20 wins, and Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Monday night. Sale (11-12) gave up one run and four hits in eight innings to win for the fifth time in six decisions. Scherzer (19-3) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings as he lost consecutive starts for the first time this season after Boston beat him Sept. 3.


    Rongey: Pitching numbers can be so deceiving

    What's intriguing about Monday night's matchup between the White Sox' Chris Sale and the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer is that it provides a startling contrast to what the two pitchers have been able to enjoy this year.


    Hawks training camp fest, ND events sold out

    Tickets for the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival on Sept. 16 have sold out, and tickets for the team's training camp sessions at Notre Dame on Saturday and Sunday also have sold out, team officials announced Monday.


    White Sox GM has head start on rebuild

    While correctly identifying the current season as "gut-wrenching," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn also sees an opportunity to regroup and put a competitive team on the field in 2014.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood throws against the Reds, his former team, in the first inning Monday in Cincinnati.

    Cubs stall Reds’ surge with 2-0 win

    Left-hander Travis Wood beat Cincinnati for the first time in his career, repeatedly pitching out of threats for seven innings, and the Chicago Cubs stalled the Reds’ weeklong surge with a 2-0 victory Monday night. Wood (9-11) finally beat the team that traded him after the 2011 season. He was 0-4 in his career, including three losses this season. He allowed six hits and fanned seven.

    The St. Louis Cardinals have been terrific at the plate with runners in scoring position, but it's not easy to explain why they aren't hitting as well the rest of the time.

    A baseball cheat sheet for the most important stats

    If you want to know how good your team really is, it's important to pay attention to the right numbers. In that spirit, Cubs insider Len Kasper provides a cheat sheet on how to use (and not use) stats to evaluate performances for players and teams.

    Texans defensive back Shiloh Keo, left, and cornerback Brice McCain break up a past intended for Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal during the second half Monday night in San Diego.

    Texans rally to stun Chargers 31-28

    The San Diego Chargers got off to a dynamite start under new coach Mike McCoy. The Houston Texans showed them how to finish. Randy Bullock kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired, and the Texans rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half for a 31-28 victory Monday night.


    Bears’ Trestman keeps first win in perspective

    As usual, Bears coach Marc Trestman downplayed the significance of his personal milestone following Sunday's victory in his head-coaching debut in the NFL.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Glenbard West stops Marist in two games

    A roundup of Monday's volleyball action around DuPage County.


    Waubonsie presents a win over JCA

    For a girl who may be the best setter in Illinois, Rachel Minarick sure can hit. Joliet Catholic simply had no answer for Waubonsie Valley’s Michigan State-bound senior Monday. Minarick threw down 13 kills to go with her 8 assists and 3 blocks, the No. 4 Warriors riding it to an impressive 25-14, 25-17 win in Aurora.

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates his touchdown during the first half Monday against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.

    Frenetic Eagles down Redskins 33-27

    Playing at a pace that left the Redskins bumbling and stumbling, the Eagles unleashed coach Chip Kelly’s offense on the NFL and crammed 77 plays into 60 minutes of football. They had their share of miscues, of course, but they held on for a 33-27 upset of the defending NFC East champs.


    Perkins, Zaucha lead Hersey victory

    Hersey’s girls golf team posted a 188-219 victory over St. Viator on Monday at the Old Orchard Country Club in Mt Prospect. Lindsay Perkins and Alysia Zaucha led Hersey with 46s, while Lexi Heidkamp (48) and Megan Kopney completed the Huskies’ scorecard.


    Jemseks think a BMW return to Cog Hill is possible

    After hosting the inaugural BMW Championship in 2007 as well as from 2009-11 before organizers decided on an every-other-year in Chicago schedule, the owners of Cog Hill find themselves on the outside looking in this week as Conway Farms in Lake Forest makes its debut on the national stage.

    The 15th hole is one of many challenges awaiting the pros in the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. The BMW Championship will be the first PGA Tour event held on the 7,216-yard par-71 layout.

    Conway Farms short on history but long on enthusiasm

    The PGA Tour hasn't visited the north suburbs in 41 years. That, however, changed Monday when the gates opened for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. Len Ziehm offers an inside look at the course and its history. “We have known that Conway Farms is a world-class golf club,” said Conway president Dave McDonough, “and we're excited to know the world is going to realize it as well.”

    Former Stevenson tennis star Denise Muresan poses with Joe Mansueto, whose brother passed away in 2003.

    Muresan wins Mansueto Memorial tourney

    Lincolnshire’s Denise Muresan defeated Kateryna Yergina of Columbus, Ohio 6-2, 6-4 to capture the 10th annual John Mansueto Memorial tennis tournament held at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago Aug. 25.

    Tarah Valdez, center, and her Glenbard South are off to an 11-1 start including last weekend’s West Aurora Invitational championship.

    Glenbard South enjoying good vibrations

    Chad Grant had a good vibe about his Glenbard South volleyball team before the season even started. The first few weeks have done nothing to change that. The Raiders continued a fast start over the weekend, going 5-0 to win the West Aurora Invitational. Glenbard South beat Wheaton Academy 25-18, 15-25, 25-17 in the final. That finish, on the heels of a three-game win over Providence, has Glenbard South sitting pretty at 11-1.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley d. Rosary: Erin Lyman had 10 kills and 6 digs and Alyson Dion added 16 digs as the Red Raiders (6-2) outlasted Rosary 24-26, 25-21, 25-6 in nonconference action. Erin Erb added 10 kills for Huntley and Elish Reagan had 9 digs.St. Benedict d. Elgin Academy: Kaitlin Pearson had 5 kills, 2 blocks and 4 aces and Olivia Obesdorf added 8 digs and 3 aces for Elgin Academy (0-6) in a 25-11, 25-22 nonconference loss. Maggie Veltri also had 10 assists and 3 digs for the Hilltoppers.


    St. Viator turns it up at Wheeling

    It felt like 100-plus degrees in the Wheeling gymnasium Monday night. “It was hot,” said St. Viator senior outside hitter Megan Mueller. “It’s hot in our Cahill Gymnasium, too, so we’re kind of used to it. But this definitely was hotter. We just tried to keep our energy up.” Mueller and fellow outside hitter Mary Cleary sure energized the Lions’ attack, each heating up for a season-high 9 kills in a 25-15, 25-20 nonconference girls volleyball victory over the host Wildcats.

    While happy to get a victory in his first game as Bears head coach, Marc Trestman said Monday that there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

    Trestman happy, but stresses there’s still work to do

    Bears coach Marc Trestman doesn't want any of his players to be overly impressed with themselves after one victory. The rookie head coach says there are plenty of areas in need of improvement in preparation for next Sunday's game against the Vikings.

    Streamwood’s Christian Vences is picked up by teammate Nestor Ascencio after Vences scored the first goal against Kaneland Monday in Streamwood. Teammate Christian Balbino also arrives for the celebration.

    Streamwood keeps shooting, finally downs Kaneland

    Christian Vences did what Streamwood boys soccer coach Matt Polovin asked during halftime Monday. Polovin told his team to keep shooting and something good will happen. Vences fired a left-footed shot from 20 yards out with 18:30 remaining in the second half. The shot went through the hands of Kaneland goalkeeper Jarred Karr for the opening goal in the Sabres’ 2-0 nonconference victory at Millennium Field.

    St. Viator’s Robert Renner tees off on hole No. 11 at Inverness Golf Club on Monday afternoon. Renner won medalist honors by shooting 71.

    St. Viator’s Renner ready for the Florida heat

    St. Viator senior Robert Renner has committed to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers next year, where he’ll immediately become a valuable asset for the Eagles golf team. Monday at the Inverness Invitational, Renner proved that he can excel in Florida-type weather. Competing against a strong field on a day where the heat index exceeded 100 degrees, Renner shot 35-36-71 to take medalist honors at the Fremd hosted invite.


    Fifth card gives Marmion win over Montini

    The Marmion and Montini boys golf match on Monday afternoon had all the earmarks of a classic after-school showdown. There were holed bunker shots and hybrids to within 10 feet for eagle. Alex Keefe was 2-under par for the host Broncos when he played the final hole.

    Goda Inokaityte of Lisle reaches up for a return in girls tennis action against Montini on Monday in Lisle.

    Inokaityte, Lisle wear down Montini

    Lisle senior tennis player Goda Inokaityte wasn’t thrown by Monday’s extreme heat. In fact she made it work for her as she won her first-singles match 6-3, 6-0 to lead the Lions to a 4-1 win over visiting Montini.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrate Marshall’s fourth-quarter touchdown catch in Sunday’s Bears victory over the Bengals in the season opener.

    Easy to be downright giddy over Bears offense

    A day after the Bears' opening victory over the Bengals, it still was hard to subdue being optimistic about the direction in which the offense is heading. On third-and-17 at the Cincinnati 30-yard line early in the first quarter, Cutler completed an 18-yard pass to Marshall for a first down. That was like seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, Mike Imrem writes.

    Rafael Nadal hugs the championship trophy after winning the men’s singles final over Novak Djokovic on Monday night at the U.S. Open in New York.

    Nadal tops Djokovic for 13th major title

    Hard to believe this is the same Rafael Nadal who was home during the U.S. Open a year ago, nursing a bad left knee. Hard to believe this is the guy sent packing in the first round of Wimbledon in June, losing against someone ranked 135th. Looking fit as can be and maybe even better than ever, the No. 2-ranked Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a tense U.S. Open final for his 13th Grand Slam title.

    Wheeling head football coach Brent Pearlman gets fired up during Friday's home game against Schaumburg.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

    The United States’ Omar Gonzalez, left, and Costa Rica’s Michael Umana fight for the ball during a World Cup qualifier Friday in San Jose, Costa Rica. The U.S. lost 3-1.

    U.S. looks to clinch World Cup berth against Mexico

    Coming off a dismal 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Friday night, the U.S. can assure its seventh straight World Cup appearance with two games to spare if it beats Mexico and if Honduras defeats or ties visiting Panama on Tuesday. The U.S. knows it has to play far better on defense. “We want to punch our ticket, man,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “We want to get this thing finished.”

    Illinois wide receiver Steve Hull cores a touchdown in front of Cincinnati safety Arryn Chenault during the second half of Saturday’s game in Champaign.

    Illinois offense comes back to life

    If any part of the Illinois football team has a right to enjoy the 2-0 start, it’s the offense. As 2012 dragged on and losses piled up, the offense’s futility grew. In Saturday’s win over Cincinnati, Illinois got the ball to 11 receivers, and seven people ran the ball. The result was an offensive explosion — 522 yards and 27 first downs.

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s latest on-field infraction is an illegal low block in Sunday’s win over Minnesota.

    NFL reviewing Suh’s block

    Ndamukong Suh might’ve gotten himself in trouble with another nasty play on the field. Suh’s illegal low block in Detroit’s game on Sunday against Minnesota will be reviewed for potential discipline, NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed Monday.

    Washington’s Evan Hudson pressures Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick in the first half of a 38-6 Huskies victory Aug. 31 in Seattle.

    No. 19 Huskies well rested for Illinois game

    After a dominant victory over Boise State two weeks ago and then a bye, No. 19 Washington hopes to keep the momentum going for Saturday’s game against Illinois at Soldier Field.

    Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, with tears in his eyes, gives high fives to young fans after a win over Notre Dame on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Michigan must avoid letdown against Akron

    Michigan vows to avoid a letdown against Akron after beating Norte Dame in a prime time, nationally televised game in front of the largest crowd to watch an NCAA football game. That won’t be easy.

    UCLA defensive end Datone Jones sacks Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for a safety during last season’s game in Pasadena, Calif.

    No. 23 Huskers out to settle score against Bruins

    Minutes after his team finished its win over Southern Mississippi, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini reminded his players that they have a score to settle this week against UCLA. “They’re coming into our house, and we owe them,” players said Pelini told them before he walked out of the locker room. Last year, the Huskers lost 36-30 in Los Angeles and gave up 653 yards.

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement breaks away from Tennessee Tech’s Patrick Prewitt for a 75-yard touchdown run during the second half of last Saturday’s game in Madison, Wis. The Badgers will face a much tougher test this Saturday at Arizona State.

    Now season “begins” for No. 20 Badgers

    The warm-ups are over for Wisconsin. After outscoring two inferior foes by a combined 93-0, the Badgers’ season gets serious Saturday in the desert when they play Arizona State.

    Evan Lysacek performs during the men’s figure skating competition at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Lysacek’s comeback delayed again

    Olympic champion Evan Lysacek was to compete later this week at the International Skating Classic, his first event since winning gold at the Vancouver Games. But the Naperville native withdrew Monday, citing a slight abdominal tear.

    U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith, top center, and John Carlos, top right, extend their gloved fists during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the medal podium during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.

    Tommie Smith: Sochi athletes should weigh protests

    When Tommie Smith bowed his head and thrust a black-gloved fist toward the sky from the top of the Olympic podium 45 years ago, he was making a personal statement about human rights. With questions swirling over an anti-gay law in Russia, which will host the Winter Games in Sochi in February, today’s athletes face a similar choice, Smith said.

    Ohio State trainers tend to quarterback Braxton Miller after he was injured during Saturday’s home game against San Diego State.

    Ohio State QB is day-to-day for Cal game

    Braxton Miller’s status as No. 4 Ohio State’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at California is still up in the air. Miller sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee in last weekend’s 42-7 victory over San Diego State.

    Brandon Pirri (37), led the AHL in scoring last season at Rockford and is expected to compete for the second-line center spot when the Blackhawks and veteran Patrick Sharp (10) open training camp on Thursday in South Bend, Ind.

    Blackhawks ready to open training camp, defend Cup

    Only two and a half months after winning the Stanley Cup in Boston, the Chicago Blackhawks are back and ready to open training camp on Thursday in South Bend, Ind. “I don't think we've even had enough time to get out of shape,” said winger Patrick Sharp, one of 19 players returning from the team that pulled off that miracle Game 6 win in Boston.


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    Early Bird Invite champ St. Francis is the No. 1 team in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings. Benet is No. 2 and undefeated St. Charles North No. 3.

    Melissa Rose of Cary-Grove swims the 100-yard breaststroke at the state prelims last year.

    Girls swimming: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Taking a look at the 2012 girls swimming season in the Fox Valley.


    Dist. 211 Foundation to host inaugural Fun(d) 5K

    12.03- with race logo-page 2Students, staff, parents, and community members can start preparing for a race that will support District 211 programs and schools.


    Chin’s achieving at Whitewater

    Former Mundelein High School setter Karen Chin enjoyed one of her finest weeks on the collegiate level and was rewarded as College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Female Volleyball Player of the Week. A two-time North Suburban all-conference selection, Chin averaged 10.21 assists per set as the Lady Reds went 4-0 at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament.


    Olson clan sports a winning array of achievement

    Palatine residents Jack and Sandy Olson were able to watch their children Jodi, Jake and Kelly earn scholarships in a combined four different collegiate sports after they enjoyed standout athletic careers at Hersey High School in the 1990s. For most parents, having one child commit to a Division I sport is major news. Even Jack and Sandy made their marks in the sports world. This past April, Jack was selected into the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame in 2012.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Hinsdale Central (5-0-1), Barrington (5-1) and Warren (2-0-2) have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of area boys soccer teams.


    Mike North video: Bears Win Home Opener
    First year Chicago Bear head coach Marc Trestman wins his home opener and Mike North does his impersonation of the calm coach.



    ComEd: Smart grid project supported 3,000 jobs in 2Q

    ComEd said work related to its Smart Grid program resulted in more than 3,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the second quarter of 2013.

    Alec Mikhaylov

    Mundelein sausage maker brings Ukrainian flavor to Americans

    Kukec's People featuresAlec Mikhaylov, who emigrated from Ukraine to the Chicago suburbs to establish Alef Sausage Co., which brings the old-world flavors of Eastern Europe to Americans.

    A corporate hospitality chalet offers a prime view of the 18th green at Conway Farms in Lake Forest in advance of the BMW Championship tournament, which kicks off Thursday.

    BMW Championship suites taking shape at Conway Farms

    Dozens of massive hospitality tents have popped up at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in anticipation of this weekend's BMW Championship. And even though “farm” is in the name of the venue, those who are lucky enough to have a ticket into one of the tents will hardly be roughing it. “It's not your normal pop-up circus tent you might see at a state fair,” said Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association.

    U.S. stocks rose, giving the Dow Jones Industrial Average its biggest gain since July 11, as exports from China topped forecasts and corporate acquisitions fueled optimism in the world’s largest economy.

    Stocks rise on mergers, homebuilder outlook

    The stock market got a boost on Monday from mergers, homes, and phones. Stocks posted their biggest gains in almost two months. Two big deals suggested growing confidence in the economy: Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus was sold for $6 billion, and Koch Industries bought electronics component maker Molex for $7.2 billion.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, seen here during a product announcement in 2011, is facing some pressure to maintain a company that under late founder Steve Jobs was a leader in the tech field.

    Apple expected to expand selection of iPhones

    Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker’s drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation.

    The owner of Villa Verone has closed his Elgin location to focus more on his Geneva site.

    Elgin's Villa Verone closes up shop

    The Elgin location of Villa Verone has closed after more than five years so the owner can focus more on his Geneva site. Pietro Verone made the sad announcement Sunday night, and downtown Elgin leaders say he will be sorely missed. “After much thought and consideration, we are closing our Elgin location. It's not an easy thing to write, but what is going to be even harder is saying goodbye. So let's not say that word. Thank you for everything,” owner Pietro Verone wrote on his Facebook wall late Sunday.

    Ares Management and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board announced Monday they are buying the luxury chain Neiman Marcus for $6 billion.

    Owners of Neiman Marcus sell chain for $6 billion

    Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus is getting a new owner. Ares Management and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board announced Monday they are buying the luxury chain Neiman Marcus for $6 billion.


    Lisle-based Molex sold to Koch Industries

    Koch Industries Inc. is buying electronic components and Lisle-based cables maker Molex for $7.2 billion. Koch — run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David — said Monday it will pay $38.50 per Molex Inc. share. That’s a 31 percent premium to the company’s common stock price of $29.34 on Friday.

    Sony Corp. will release the Japanese version of the PlayStation 4 console three months after reaching shelves in North America as it seeks to avoid the supply issues that caused the predecessor to miss initial targets.

    PlayStation 4 won’t sell in Japan until February

    Sony’s next-generation video game machine PlayStation 4 won’t go on sale in Japan until next year, meaning that it won’t be on time for the key year-end holiday or New Year’s shopping season. Hiroshi Kawano, Sony Corp.’s chief of the game business in Japan and Asia, said Monday at a Tokyo event that the PlayStation 4 will go on sale Feb. 22, 2014, in Japan.


    Gallagher acquires R.W. Scobie

    ITASCA — Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired Scobie, Inc. headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Founded in 1932, R.W. Scobie, Inc. (Scobie) is a managing general agent and wholesale insurance broker which provides excess and surplus, property/casualty, professional business liability and other specialty insurance products and services to their independent insurance agent and broker clients throughout United States.   Peter Scobie, Robert Giles and their associates will continue to operate from their locations in Eau Claire; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New Albany, Indiana; West Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Waukesha, Wisconsin under the direction of Joel Cavaness, President of Risk Placement Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.“The Scobie team is widely respected in the industry for their innovation, depth of experience, and dedication to client service. Not only do they add to our wholesale geographic footprint, but their talented sales culture brings over 80 years of specialty product knowledge which enables them to handle and match hard to place risks with the appropriate markets,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., President and CEO. “Their expertise will be a wonderful complement to our expanding wholesale network, and we are extremely pleased to welcome Peter, Rob and their colleagues to our growing Risk Placement Services’ family of professionals.”


    Donation helps Joliet Junior College fire science program
    Students in the Fire Science Technology program at Joliet Junior College now will be able to see how a fire sprinkler system works thanks to a fire sprinkler valve display donated with the help of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.


    Sagent offers 4 million shares of stock

    SCHAUMBURG — Injection drugmaker Sagent Pharmaceuticals announced it will hold a public offering of almost 4.4 million shares of common stock.The company will offer 3,384,097 shares and current shareholders will be offer an additional 1,057,530 shares of common stock. In addition, selling shareholders, collectively, intend to grant underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 666,244 shares of common stock, all at the public offering price less the underwriter discount.The company said it intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, which includes funding working capital, operating expenses, the continued development of its products and portfolio, maintenance and expansion of its current collaboration arrangements, the strengthening of its existing commercial organization, funding the final payments for the remaining 50 percent interest in Sagent (China) Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and any costs related to its manufacturing facility, and the selective pursuit of business development opportunities in its focus segment areas. The Company will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders, including the shares to be sold by the selling stockholders if the underwriters exercise their over-allotment option.Morgan Stanley, Jefferies and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering, and Piper Jaffray & Co. and Needham & Company, LLC are acting as co-managers.

    Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web _ even to those who don’t use Windows 8. The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting Monday is intended to bring new customers into the software giant’s ecosystem of devices and services.

    Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Web for free

    Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don’t use Windows 8. The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting Monday is intended to bring new customers into the software giant’s ecosystem of devices and services and could help it compete with other digital music offerings like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes.


    Planning your exit from the business requires actual planning

    The typical business owner, Christman says, has 90 percent of his (or her) net worth tied up in his business. For most, the business represents a huge chunk of expected retirement funds. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at planning your exit from the business.

    Andy Salk, co-owner of First Eagle Bank in Hanover Park.

    Father, son team run growing bank in Hanover Park

    Father and son team Andy and Joel Salk own and operate First Eagle Bank in Hanover Park.

Life & Entertainment

    The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and Tie Bar designers will collaborate on “The Gentleman by Dwyane Wade” collection, which will include about 30 bow ties, 15 neckties, 15 pocket square, tie bars and cuff links.

    Dwyane Wade launching neckwear line

    NBA star Dwyane Wade is teaming with a Chicago-based men's neckwear company to design his own line of bow ties, neckties and pocket squares.

    Amateur baker Justin Clark created a Mario Brothers-themed cake in Dallas. Shows like “Ace of Cakes,” “Cake Boss,” and various spinoffs tempt viewers with stunning visions of creations closer to art than dessert.

    Influenced by media, amateurs try extreme caking

    If you’re planning to bake a cake for your child’s upcoming birthday party, you might want to ask yourself one question: “What would the Cake Boss do?” If you think a basic sheet cake and candles are all you need, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. Extreme caking has come to the home cook, fueled partly by TV shows showcasing crazy confections, and partly by boastful amateur bakers eager to strut their sugary stuff on social media.

    Ilana Brunner had her eggs frozen before her double mastectomy and again before chemotherapy. Neither step led to a pregnancy. But she later retrieved eggs that were fertilized with her husband's sperm, resulting in the birth of twins Lyla, left, and Aryeh.

    Pre-chemo options may help cancer patients who still want children

    Medicine has come a long way recently toward helping cancer patients — women especially — preserve fertility prior to treatment. The most common and successful option for a woman with cancer is freezing an egg or embryo before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

    Kids can use a smartphone app to help them manage their food allergies and choose foods that are safe for them.

    Your health: Allergy app for kids
    There are apps to help your kids manage their food allergies, and learn about how to sidestep Alzheimer's by leading a health life.

    1996 HME Saulsbury

    Fire truck is rolling tribute to brave first responders

    The Remembrance Rescue Project is a Schaumburg-based educational group that was formed in 2011 and is dedicated to remembering and honoring sacrifices made that day. It is staffed by firefighters who volunteer their time to operate two FDNY trucks the charity has restored, Rescue 4 and Rescue 5.


    Novel vaccine fights Type 1 diabetes by stopping immune attack

    An experimental vaccine designed to tamp down the abnormal immune response that causes Type 1 diabetes helped preserve patients’ insulin-producing cells in a study that may change the way the disease is treated. Researchers from Stanford University in California and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands created a vaccine that selectively targets the destructive immune cells and stops their attack. The data, from the second of three stages of tests generally needed for regulatory approval, were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

    Heather M. Snyder is director of Medical and Scientific Operations for the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago. Noticing you have a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s, several research teams are reporting.

    Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

    Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s, several research teams are reporting.

    The Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” isn’t a mere cross-cultural adaptation but more a tribute to the universal spirit of great filmmaking for its star Ken Watanabe.

    New ‘Unforgiven’ honors great filmmaking, says actor Ken Watanabe
    The Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” isn’t a mere cross-cultural adaptation but more a tribute to the universal spirit of great filmmaking for its star Ken Watanabe. “I was convinced from the start that this will be an original Japanese movie in its own right,” said Watanabe, who has become the go-to Japanese actor for Hollywood. Watanabe was happy Eastwood welcomed the idea of the remake, and they kept in touch. But, once the shooting began, he was focused on delivering what director Lee Sang-il wanted in the new movie, not an easy re-interpretation.

    After two decades, Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night television with “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

    Arsenio Hall fulfills his dream with late-night return

    Did fate decree that Arsenio Hall would return to late night after two decades’ absence? If so, he’s answering that comeback call at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, on The CW with the premiere of “The Arsenio Hall Show. And he’s itching to get going.

    An embryologist works on embryo at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London. Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has become a sophisticated process with pricey incubators, specialized techniques and extensive screening.

    Test-tube babies: A simpler, cheaper technique?

    Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method. In the West, many would-be parents spend thousands of dollars for IVF, which involves pricey incubators and extensive screening. But European and American scientists say a simplified version of the entire procedure aimed at developing countries could be done for about $265 with generic fertility drugs and basic lab equipment that would fit inside a shoe box.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell.

    Later start to school day may benefit students

    A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week. School districts would still be free to set their own start times, Duncan insisted, but he pointed to research that backs up his comments that rested students are ready students.


    High levels of blood sugar boost risk of dementia, study finds

    High levels of blood sugar raise the risk of dementia, even if a person doesn’t have diabetes, a condition known to be associated with the brain disease, a study found. The higher the level of blood sugar among patients, the greater the risk of dementia, according to the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The finding was also true of diabetes patients.

    Dance instructor Lucy Bowen McCauley, right, leads her group of seniors in a variety of dance exercises during the Dance for Parkinson’s Disease class at the Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring, Md.

    Movement becomes medicine for Parkinson’s patients

    The first thing you notice at Lucy Bowen McCauley’s dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease is the range of symptoms among the 15 people seated in a wide circle around the room. There is a guy with the severe hand tremors that I associate with the degenerative neurological disorder. But there’s also a woman who moves with a stiff, awkward gait, a woman confined to a wheelchair and another man who shuffles and suffers from a pronounced, repetitive twitch of his mouth. And then the music starts, and it is clear these people are united by more than just the bad break they share. Their brains — all our brains, actually — love music, rhythm and dance in some primal way that creates joy and nourishes the body. Especially a body wracked by tremors or slowed by herky-jerky arms and legs.

    Recent studies show that college students usually gain weight their first year, but it’s less than the so-called “Freshman 15.”

    Science weighs in on the ‘Freshman 15’

    For many new college students, adapting to university life is especially challenging when faced with the threat of the so-called “Freshman 15,” a term for the weight college freshmen supposedly gain during their first year away from home. But is the Freshman 15 real or just a cultural myth?


    Some dentists using Botox to treat jaw tension

    When Wade Paxman is stressed, he clenches and grinds his teeth. The conventional treatment, mouth guards, protect his enamel but don’t ease his jaw pain or crushing headaches. Recently, however, the 53-year-old found relief in a drug most commonly used to rid middle-aged women of unwanted wrinkles: Botox. “It’s just magic. I love it,” said Paxman, who drives from Brigham City to Bountiful, Utah, every six months for treatment. “I’m saving my teeth and enjoying better health. It’s as simple as that.”


    SSRIs considered safe for long-term use

    I have been taking an SSRI for years for chronic anxiety. Are there side effects of long-term SSRI use?



    A little bit of war

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant. History and human experience tell us that neither is possible, yet we seem bent on believing it. Or, should I say, deceiving ourselves.


    Congress should assert its authority
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Our president defends his last violation of this constitutional provision that occurred in Libya by stating there were no foot soldiers involved. With all due respect and based on his logic, if the United States launches a nuclear bomb on some foreign country, that would not be considered a declaration of war by our president.


    World court should rule on Assad’s actions
    A Palatine letter to the editor: It seems to me that people working for the government, like President Obama, John Kerry and others, who have particular responsibility attached to their position have not gained the wisdom to deal the problem in Syria.


    Price must be paid for chemical weapons use
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: While I would not be in favor of a ground invasion, missile strikes would seem to be appropriate in light of the facts as they have been presented so far. I would have a far different opinion if Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and company were the providers of the information. I would hope that all would consider the source of the information before forming their opinions.


    We already had our own Civil War
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The U.S. has no business getting involved in Syria’s civil war. Syria using gas on its own people is terrible, and so was Saddam Hussein’s gassing of the Kurds. We and the rest of the world did nothing at the time the Kurds were gassed but know it is a major crime. Bombing Syria because Syria bombed Syria makes no sense.


    Chemicals weren’t used against U.S. citizens
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: Additionally, it is likely impossible to prove that the Assad government vs. the insurgents actually used the chemicals, and U.S. involvement in the revolution would only incite the rest of the Muslim world and likely result in a wider conflict in the Middle East. We need to stay out of the internal affairs of Syria entirely. We are not the world’s police force!


    Our Mideast involvement has done little for us
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I do not support military involvement of any type in Syria. Our involvement in that part of the world has done nothing for this country but to get our servicemen and women killed, to spend billions of dollars better used elsewhere, and to cause much of world to hate or disrespect us.


    Conventional warfare can be equally destructive
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The consequences of any revolt result in the loss of both military and civilian lives and history has proved the manner of the killings don’t really matter with opposing forces. But it begs these questions: Why intervene now after so many have been killed? Have we categorically classified chemical weapons WMD’s no matter how many casualties they cause?


    Arab countries should get on board
    A letter to the editor: I struggle with why it is always the U.S. that has to carry the ball. For instance, the Arab League has condemned Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and Saudi Arabia has modern aircraft bought from the U.S. Maybe France or the Saudis should do their share.


    Perhaps a naval blockade is in order
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: If a member of Congress must support the notion that military action is necessary to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it follows that the U.S. must neutralize both the user and the supplier of sarin gas. In this case, the user being Syria, and the supplier being Russia.


    Some we have helped in past have turned on us
    An Elgin letter to the editor: No one likes to see people abused or murdered in cold blood. Syria is in the middle of a civil war, and force is being used against its own people. Our government would do the same here if we as a people decided that our government is no longer representing us. However, I would pray that they would not resort to wholesale killing of our people using poison gas.


    Our government ignoring the will of the people
    A letter to the editor:


    Let’s not get burned a third time
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The United States has been twice burned (Iraq and Afghanistan), with virtually nothing to show for the money spent and the injuries and lives lost. Why does it look like we are heading for a certain third burn in Syria?


    Kerry’s views on war have shifted dramatically
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As an avid opponent of the Vietnam War from 1963, I still vividly recall Kerry’s inspiring “who will be the last man to die” testimony in 1971. I was shocked and sickened by Kerry’s coming full circle Sunday, to champion, not the end to a criminal war, but tragically, the call for another.


    President wants any blame on someone else
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: The people of this nation are tired of the political grandstanding and constant public relations rhetoric. Our strategic interests need to become what is or is not happening in the United States. Only 47 percent of our people have a full-time job.


    Don’t get drawn into war by a ‘false flag attack’
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: In June, Turkey caught two Syrian rebels with Sarin gas. There is no proof-positive that the Assad regime was behind the chemical attack. There is only proof an attack was done — but by whom? Russia states that the U.S. gave it no proof that the Assad regime did the deed. This whole thing seems like a “false flag attack,” aimed at drawing the U.S. into Syria.


    Obama spoke too soon without thinking
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Also, who are the rebel forces? Will they be an ally to the United States if they win or just another group who hates us? Mr. Obama opened his big mouth and drew a red line in the sand without first being sure our allies would back him up. Now he has to put up or shut up.


    Let’s aid the poor, not spend money on bombs
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There are countries we can help without bombing more innocent people. There are children in Africa who are dying of malaria because they don`t have a $10 net to sleep under. What about the children in Haiti? If we are going to send our money to another country, lets send it where it will do some good, rather than where we only cause destruction.


    Once again, Obama late on his decision
    An Elgin letter to the editor: President Obama again is late on decision making, as with Benghazi, with his church in Chicago and when he was an Illinois senator. Now he can blame Syria on Congress. We need a leader not a talker. I don’t want the U.S. to attack, but also don’t want innocent people dying.


    Use resources to build our country, not go to war
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It seems to me also that today’s rebel reform groups just become the despots of tomorrow. I don’t think we have a great record and/or results from our “support” in the mid-East in past issues or situations. Instead, why not spend the money and effort that such bombing would cost to rebuild Detroit through education, jobs and police?


    We cannot afford to get involved with Syria
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Chemical warfare is barbaric. But there is much barbarism in the world. The U.S. should not be a global policeman. Putting aside the question of whether this country has the right to play that role, what would it cost? The U.S. still has a severely damaged economy. Millions are unemployed, millions in poverty. There is not enough money for education, environmental protection, infrastructure repair, Medicare, etc. Yet President Obama proposes to spend tens (hundreds?) of millions of dollars getting involved in another war at a time when the government is running out of money and next month must again ask that the debt ceiling be raised.


    We cannot sit idly by while people die
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: The world stood by while Hitler was gassing people by the thousands. Let us not repeat this grave and shameful mistake! We must protest the killing of innocent people.


    Will U.S. ever learn guns, bombs not solution?
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The U.S. must stay out of Syria! Involving ourselves will only gain us more hatred from the Arab world and the certain death of many more Syrians.


    More killing won’t bring slain children back
    A Lakemoor letter to the editor: What is wrong in Washington that they never learn? Why do they (John Kerry, especially) try to make people feel guilty about the horrible deaths of little children? Will killing other people bring them back? Economic sanctions should speak loud enough and will not kill more innocent people.


    Obama putting world peace at risk
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: What would make this tricky decision easier is if we had confidence in our president and if he had a track record of success. Unfortunately, the reverse is true. President Obama’s global strategy has been an unmitigated disaster.


    U.S. intervention would put Christians at risk
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Any action by the U.S. would be interpreted by the Arabs as a Christian action, and it would lead to Christians being fair game to have the choice of converting to Islam, to leave or to be killed. In every Arab country where we have gotten involved, the Christians suffered.


    Other countries should step up against Assad
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The horror created by the Syrian leadership is unbelievable. In my opinion, it cannot be just shoved in a corner somewhere. I am really disappointed in our government’s slow and weak requests of assistance from the rest of the world. Other countries should assist us as the leader in answering Assad’s criminal acts against the rest of humanity. They are first in line when it comes to seeking aid from the U.S.


    No justification for entering this war
    A letter to the editor:


    We can’t afford to be world’s police
    A letter to the editor:


    Mideast nations must find their own solutions
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Don’t! We attack. They counterattack. What do we do then? Seems like another war, doesn’t it? Let the Mideast find its own solutions for a change.


    Assad wouldn’t have used chemical weapons
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: French intelligence released a report pinning responsibility on Assad, but it was only 10 years ago that Italian intelligence release a report that Iraq was trying to purchase yellow cake uranium from Nigeria. It is the same movie with different actors.


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