Daily Archive : Tuesday September 17, 2013


    Kim Laurel, “Little Pink Sock,” 2012. Photography, digital collage, 8 x 10 inches.

    Oakton exhibit focuses on women’s body modification

    Gendered embodiment has always been plastic: we adorn ourselves with piercings and tattoos; bind, confine, and refine our contours; and learn to move in and out of step with societal expectations. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Oakton, in cooperation with the college’s Koehnline Museum of Art, tackles this subject during the free art show Bodies by Design: Modification, Coercion, and...

    “Drawing on a Dream”

    Elgin Short Film Festival set for Saturday

    Film buffs can check out the the work of up-and-coming filmmakers this Saturday, Sept. 21. Five finalists have been selected to compete in the Elgin Short Film Festival, which takes place at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

    The “Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939.

    Families invited to Woodfield’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ celebration

    Woodfield Mall is inviting families to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The free celebration will let families slip on a pair of ruby slippers and take the yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald City.

    Poster advertising this year’s combined event.

    Car show, art event at museum on Sunday

    The Arlington Heights Historical Museum will host Motoring at the Museum car show and Plein Air Art, both on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the museum grounds, 110 W. Fremont St. Hours for both events are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 29.

    Marvin Straub

    Marvin Straub named Man of the Year by Elgin Riverside Club

    Longtime rural Elgin resident Marvin Straub has been named the 2013 “Man of the Year” by the Elgin Riverside Club. Straub has lived and farmed in rural Elgin for the past six decades. A banquet will be held in his honor on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Riverside Club, 21 Lincoln Ave., Elgin.


    Drowning victim from Antioch identified

    An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon for a man who drowned in Lake Marie late Tuesday night. The body of David Azooz, 47, of Antioch, was found washed ashore about 11 p.m. following a five-hour rescue and recovery search in the lake, said Lake County Assistant Coroner Orlando Portillo.

    It's been 80 years and counting for Granddad, Shedd Aquarium's Australian lungfish.

    Shedd Aquarium marks 80th anniversary of lungfish

    t's been 80 years and counting for Granddad the Australian lungfish. That's how long he has lived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium after being brought there for the 1933 World's Fair. And on Tuesday, the aquarium will mark the occasion with a party.

    This undated photo provided by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc. shows a Michael Jackson autographed poster from the 25th anniversary of “Thriller” that once belonged to former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. It is among the items the U.S. Marshals Service started selling in an online auction Tuesday in its attempt to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds the Chicago Democrat and his wife illegally spent.

    Jackson Jr.'s 'Thriller' poster surges in bidding

    A showy red cape and an autographed Michael Jackson poster drew the most interest from potential buyers as a government auction of more than a dozen personal items forfeited by prison-bound ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. got underway Tuesday. The red cashmere cape has drawn the most attention so far, with 39 bids.

    Police officials investigate apparent vandalism at the secretary of state's office on Peterson Road in Libertyville Tuesday morning. Workers found broken front windows when they arrived for work.

    Libertyville drivers office closed Wednesday for vandalism repairs

    The Secretary of State office in Libertyville will remain closed Wednesday as authorities investigate and make repairs from an apparent act of vandalism. Two front windows were broken and several computers, printers and a keyboard inside the full-service facility were damaged. Customers were diverted to other locations.

    Madeleine Doubek

    Group tries to make it easier to contact lawmakers

    Reboot Illinois, a nonpartisan digital media group, Tuesday is launching an online tool that could make it easier for people to send the organization's message to local lawmakers.

    A 700-square-foot room in the rear of 231 S. Washington St. in Naperville soon will be home to the NaperBridge teen center after the city council approved the use of space Tuesday night. First-floor downtown space usually is reserved for retail, but this space has no frontage on Washington and is accessible from the back of the building or the alley between Fitness Experts and BK Jewelry.

    NaperBridge teen center approved for downtown Naperville

    Think fast, downtown Naperville — a teen center is on the way.The unanimous approval NaperBridge received Tuesday night of its plans to open a teen center in the rear of a downtown building on Washington Street signaled to Executive Director Andy Jack the city council's strong backing of the initiative. “It says a lot about support from the community,” Jack said.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com ¬ Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway in the Downers Grove headquarters.

    Tollway puts Route 53 on front burner

    The Illinois tollway and members of a Route 53 advisory group are refocusing efforts on finding a way to fund a costly extension north. Plus, planners hope to find a way to avoid big-box store wars among towns.

    Daily Herald File Photo The RTA board is experiencing yet another funding crisis.

    RTA fails to reach funding agreement

    In a repeat of 2012, the RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA are at odds over how to divide up revenues. The dysfunction means missing a state deadline but that happened last year and no one went to "RTA jail," one director pointed out. Adding to the friction, the RTA is demanding the CTA pay back a disputed $56 million loan.

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin embraces Pat Nicarico during the dedication of the new Jeanine Nicarico Children's Advocacy Center in Wheaton. Tom Nicarico is at right.

    Jeanine's legacy. DuPage center dedicated in murder victim's memory

    Naperville murder victim Jeanine Nicarico was honored Tuesday with the namesake of a newly constructed DuPage County facility where authorities investigate crimes against children. “Going forward today and every day, this center will honor and remember the life of a 10-year-old girl with an endearing dimpled smile and sparkling eyes,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said.


    Why Batavia wants a new fee

    Batavia aldermen heard the case Tuesday for enacting a stormwater utility and charging property owners a fee to pay for drainage work. Some think it might be a fairer way to share the burden, especially if they decide to increase the amount of maintenance and repair the city does. But Mayor Jeff Schielke said he's not sure now is the time to do so, citing likely higher electrical and sanitary...

    Former Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez thanks Bill Brady for selecting her as his running mate for lieutenant governor at the Long Grove Cafe on Tuesday.

    Brady looks to suburbs by picking ex-Long Grove mayor as lt. governor candidate

    State Sen. Bill Brady today named former Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez as his running mate in the race for governor, bringing a suburban name to the downstate candidate's ticket. “We're aligned in our views, and I can support him completely,” Rodriguez said.

    The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a “perfect” end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

    Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy

    The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then abandoned ship before everyone was evacuated.

    The American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as ordered by President Barack Obama following the deadly shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington.

    Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices

    A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep.

    Downers Grove police released this sketch that could be similar to a man suspected in an armed robbery Monday morning.

    Police release sketch of Downers Grove robbery suspect

    Following an armed robbery in Downers Grove Monday morning, police have released a sketch of the suspect. At about 8:24 a.m. a man approached a person in the area of Saratoga and Franklin streets and displayed a gun in an attempt to rob the victim.

    Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md., was one of the 12 victims killed in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

    Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there

    A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface.

    Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, talks to reporters about gun control as he leaves a Democratic caucus at the Capitol Tuesday. Manchin said he would like to see a vote on the background checks bill, but the votes aren’t there at this time.

    Federal gun laws didn’t block Navy Yard shooter

    The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had a history of violent outbursts, was at least twice accused of firing guns in anger and was in the early stages of treatment for serious mental problems, according to court records and U.S. law enforcement officials.

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media as he arrives at the at the Capitol for a closed-door briefing on Syria with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

    Obama seeks Congress’ support for Syria plan

    Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress on Tuesday that the United States will closely monitor every step of the plan for eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons while maintaining a credible military threat against Bashar Assad’s government.

    British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power confer in the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Moscow insisted a new Security Council resolution on Syria not allow the use of force.

    Russia against use of force in Syria resolution

    Russia insisted Tuesday that a U.N. Security Council resolution governing Syria’s handling of its chemical weapons not allow the use of force, but it suggested that could change if Damascus reneges on the deal to give up its stockpile.

    Patrick E. McGuire

    Police: Naperville man broke into ex-girlfriend’s home, assaulted her

    Naperville police arrested a man Monday who they say broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and sexually assaulted her. Patrick E. McGuire, 48, of the 2500 block of Durango in Naperville, was charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal trespass to a residence after police say he entered the victim’s home at about 1 a.m. Friday.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, has become obsessive, causing Congress to veer closer to gridlock.

    Senate, House ensnared in health care controversy

    Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock. In the House, more than 60 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

    Rick Browne, a local architect, hopes to turn the former Ziegler’s Ace Hardware building in downtown West Dundee into a regional performing arts center. The project, which involves renovating and adding onto the building, is expected to cost $3 million. A recent study shows it could take a theater group between three and five years to raise the necessary funds. Village trustees say they can’t guarantee they will keep the hardware store available for that long.

    Performing arts center concept in West Dundee tenuous

    West Dundee trustees endorse the idea of opening a performing arts center downtown, but the show may not necessarily go on at the old Ace Hardware store as planned. Moreover, a study concludes the group pushing the project, headed by local architect Rick Browne, needs between three and five years of planning and promotion before it can raise the rest of the $3 million necessary to bring the...

    Boys walk past a partially collapsed row house in Baltimore. The nation’s poverty rate stood still at 15 percent in 2012, the sixth straight year it has failed to improve.

    Poverty stuck at 15 percent — record 46.5 million

    The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at 15 percent last year despite America’s slowly reviving economy, a discouraging lack of improvement for the record 46.5 million poor and an unwelcome benchmark for President Barack Obama’s recovery plans.


    Police: Ice cream truck strikes pedestrian in Crystal Lake

    An ice cream truck struck a Crystal Lake man attempting to cross Route 14 in Crystal Lake Monday evening, police said. The ice cream peddler truck was traveling eastbound on Route 14 east of Linn Avenue when it struck Jose Mundo-Gonzalez, 42.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Jennifer Mee, center, looks at potential jurors as jury selection begins her murder trial, Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla. Mee, 22, who found fame in 2007 as a teen because of her uncontrollable hiccupping, is charged in the 2010 death of Shannon Griffin.

    ’Hiccup Girl’ on trial on murder charge in Florida

    A Florida woman who appeared on several national television programs as a teen because of her uncontrollable hiccupping went on trial on a murder charge on Tuesday.


    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    In a 20 minute period, burglars broke into three vehicles in the north parking lot at Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, and stole a purse out of each vehicle. Loss was estimated at $2,000.

    A man looks at a collapsed bridge over the Huacapa River near the town of Petaquillas, Mexico, Tuesday. Twin storms left scenes of havoc on both of Mexico’s coasts on Tuesday, with tens of thousands of tourists stranded in resort city of Acapulco on the Pacific and heavy damage reported along the Gulf coast.

    Acapulco tourists stranded; Mexico death toll 47

    The death toll rose to 47 Tuesday from the unusual one-two punch of a tropical storm and a hurricane hitting Mexico at nearly the same time. Authorities scrambled to get help into, and stranded tourists out of, the cutoff resort city of Acapulco.

    Police cars line the gate early Tuesday as essential personnel only are allowed into the closed Washington Navy Yard in Washington. James Lofgren, who grew up in Des Plaines and was in the building when the shooting occurred, was working from home Tuesday as the building remained shut down.

    Navy Yard shooting hit home for Maine West grad

    In 29 years with the Navy, James Lofgren had never experienced the kind of fear he felt Monday when a gunman started firing in the Washington Navy Yard building where he works. “There was no mistaking what was going on,” said Lofgren, a Maine West High School graduate. “I heard eight rapid-fire gunshots at rather close proximity." Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy...

    Tom Cross

    Cross kicks off campaign for treasurer

    Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego will fly around the state starting today to start his campaign for state treasurer. The tour could mark the formal end to the months-long drama surrounding his decision to run, which started with him declining to run for attorney general and continued when he decided he’d leave the Illinois House’s top GOP post to shoot for the treasurer’s job.


    Barrington cemetery walk marks church’s 150th year

    The public is invited to a free Cemetery Walk as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Barrington at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at the St. Paul Cemetery. Participants will be led by drum from the church’s current location, 401 E. Main St., to the cemetery one block east of Route 59.


    Family Planting Day in Barrington Saturday

    The Barrington Area Conservation Trust will hold a Family Planting Day fundraising event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Hart and Lake-Cook roads. A $100 tax-deductible donation is required, which includes a one-year membership to the trust.


    Northwest convention bureau changing its name

    The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau will embark on its second name change in 30 years this fall. What began as the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau changed to its current name in 2007. “We really wanted an easier name,” President Dave Parulo said.

    COURTESY OF ABC7 A misunderstanding over a routine fire drill lead to a 911 call and a large police response Tuesday at a ComEd building in Oakbrook.

    Confusion signals false alarm at ComEd facility

    A concerned ComEd customer sparked a massive police response and evacuation in Oakbrook Terrace Tuesday morning over a misunderstanding about a fire drill.ComEd spokesman John Schoen said a woman was on the phone with customer service at ComEd in the One Lincoln Center building near Butterfield and Tower Road when the fire alarm went off.


    Wauconda teen gets lifesaving award

    A Wauconda teenager has been honored by the McHenry County sheriff’s office for saving a stranger’s life last month. Megan R. Ringel. 16, received a Citizen’s Lifesaving Award, the highest honor a citizen can receive from the sheriff’s office.

    LAURA STOECKER/lstoecker@dailyherald.com This red-light camera — where northbound Route 31 crosses Main Street in downtown St. Charles — will soon be removed.

    City says it lost money on red-light camera program

    St. Charles will switch the power off on its lone red light camera, at Route 31 and Main Street, later this month. And, despite public perception, city officials say they never made a dime off the camera. In fact, the city lost money on this camera, the police chief says.


    Barrington walk builds awareness for Lyme disease

    Walkers from around Chicago and the suburban areas will join Sunday, Sept. 22, in Barrington to build awareness of Lyme disease. This fifth annual 2.5 mile walk will be held at the Jewel Tea Pavilion at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, (at Route 14) in Barrington. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m.


    Citation issued for concealed gun at BMW tourney in Lake Forest

    A Westmont man was charged with attempted obstruction of justice after attempting to bring a concealed weapon to a PGA Golf Championship in Lake Forest Monday. The misdemeanor charge could be increased after the Lake County State's Attorney's Office gets clarificationon on the concealed carry law, part of which was deemed unconstitutional in Illinois.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    David Armstrong, 61, of Geneva, was charged with possession of an altered vehicle sticker, and driving while his license was suspended, at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Randall Road, according to a police report.


    DuPage towns not sold on bus shelters with ads

    DuPage County has been pushing a proposal to add more bus shelters with advertising throughout the county, but most municipalities apparently aren’t interested.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Timothy L. Davis, 47, of Elgin, was charged Monday with retail theft after he took 16 cans of Red Bull valued at $113.63 from a drugstore in the 600 block of Villa Street, according to court records.

    Frank Geu

    Lake Villa man charged after shooting neighbor during night of drinking

    A Lake Villa man is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm after what he says was the accidental shooting of his neighbor during a night of drinking, authorities said. Frank Geu, 44, of the 36000 block of Alice Lane in Lake Villa, was charged with the shooting, which damaged the victim's lung, ribs and spleen. "The neighbor told police he never intended to hurt the victim and that it was...


    $290,000 spent on house in order to make way for parking

    Geneva has bought a house near the Metra train station, and the site could be used to expand public parking in the area.

    Tonia Khouri

    DuPage forms new mass transit panel

    After criticizing the chairwoman of the DuPage County’s public transit committee for failing to address certain issues related to Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority, county board Chairman Dan Cronin has formed a new ad hoc mass transit committee.


    Little City to debut documentary

    Little City will debut “Share My Kingdom,” a documentary highlighting the lives and work of three artists who work out of Little City’s Center for the Arts, on Oct. 9 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

    Paul Struck

    Barrington-area fire district moves forward with new trustee

    With a 20 percent change among its decision-makers Monday, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District made several more key preparations for its Jan. 1 separation from the Barrington Fire Department. But the first order of business was to swear in new Trustee Paul Struck, the former Lake Barrington trustee appointed by Lake County Board Member Nick Sauer last week to succeed Walter...

    Susan Triphahn

    Round Lake taking further look at pet chicken request

    Round Lake village board members have agreed to do some more research before deciding whether a local law should be changed so a family may have chickens for pets in a residential subdivision. Anastassia Strine addressed her family's chicken request at a nonvoting village board committee meeting Monday night.

    The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a “perfect” end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

    Images: Italian Cruise Ship Uprighted
    Engineers declared success on Tuesday as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany.

    For some who observe the progress of people of color in the U.S., Nina Davaluri’s victory in the Miss America pageant shows that Indian-Americans can become icons even in parts of mainstream American culture that once seemed closed.

    Indian Miss America resonates as symbol of change

    “Miss America is evolving. And she’s not going to look the same anymore.” So predicted Nina Davuluri during her quest to become the first Indian-American winner of the quintessential American beauty pageant. Then Davuluri backed it up by whirling through a Bollywood dance in a sari, baring her nut-brown skin in a bikini, and championing the kind of diversity that made her milestone seem...

    Newtown, Conn., resident Jennifer Killin wipes tears on the steps of Hartford, Conn., City Hall, during a rally to urge passage of federal legislation to curb gun violence. Activists from Newtown headed to Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2014 to lobby again for gun control. The trip was planned to mark roughly nine months since the Dec. 14 rampage, but took on new urgency in the wake of the massacre in the capital that killed 13 on Monday.

    Shooting reignites gun talk, but bills still cold

    Some proponents of gun control are citing the Washington Navy Yard shooting as another reason to condemn Congress for failing to strengthen firearms laws, but it’s unclear if what President Barack Obama called “yet another mass shooting” will reignite idle legislation. “When will enough be enough?” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a written statement.


    Wheaton bike routes to get easier to navigate

    Navigating Wheaton's nearly 30 miles of bike routes and paths could get easier by spring, the effect of an agreement signed Monday night between the city and federal government.The city has been approved to receive federal funding for the installation of bikeway route signs through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

    Naperville student Kimberly Dauber, left, points out the asteroid she observed to her sister, Angie.

    Naperville teen tracks asteroid, makes friends at summer program

    Naperville North High School senior Kimberly Dauber spent an intense 5½ weeks this summer capturing images of a near-Earth asteroid, attending lectures and doing homework. But if you think that sounds too nerdy to be much fun, you would be mistaken. Kimberly said she made friends from around the world at the Summer Science Program held on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Technology in...

    Anthony Bertagna, with the Santa Ana Police Department talks with media Saturday Sept. 14, 2013, outside the Hampton Inn Suites in Santa Ana, Calif., where the bodies of two children were found dead.

    Mom charged in slayings of daughter, autistic son

    A mother involved in a contentious custody case has been charged with killing her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter in California after a judge ordered them returned to their father in Georgia. Authorities weren’t releasing many details, but one of the special circumstances filed by prosecutors against 42-year-old Marilyn Edge alleges the children were poisoned.

    Homeowner Chris Ringdahl, left, is comforted by family friend Katherine MacIntosh, right, in front of her possessions as they cleanup from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads.

    Colo. flooding evacuees remember items left behind

    Thousands of residents have poured out of the mountain towns around Boulder, Colo., over the past week, fleeing unprecedented floods that tore down hillsides, carried away homes and piled slabs of highway like stacks of books. As officials concentrate on finding missing residents, damage assessments and recovery, evacuees are returning to their ravaged communities.

    French President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a meeting on Syria at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

    Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

    As French President Francois Hollande keeps up the threat of military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, he isn’t just acting as President Barack Obama’s poodle, as some critics maintain. France, Syria’s onetime colonial ruler and a country eager to maintain its place as a military and diplomatic power, has plenty of reasons to be out front on Syria.

    Tio Hardiman

    Hardiman: Ill. deserve candidate who can ‘endure’

    The man who’s now the lone Democrat challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in the 2014 primary says he’s staying in the race. Tio Hardiman is the only candidate left after former White House Chief of Staff William Daley announced Monday that he’s dropping out of the primary.


    Illinois set to begin purchasing electric cars

    Illinois is about to begin purchasing more electric cars. Lee Enterprises reports Illinois’ purchasing agency recently signed a nearly $1.6 million contract with a Chicago electric car dealer that could bring an additional 60 of the vehicles into the state’s fleet.


    Students work with former teachers

    Andy Jordan likes to joke that he’s spent 21 of his 26 years at Sycamore School District 427. He attended school in the district and then returned to teach high school social studies after graduating from Northern Illinois University. When he started teaching, he saw lots of familiar faces, including Brian Koehne, who taught Jordan in both middle school and high school.

    Finding the funny in life comes naturally to Mount Prospect native Judy Fabjance, a Second City performer and instructor and a founder of the GayCo comedy troupe. She responded to her cancer diagnosis by writing and performing a one-woman show titled, “Hello, Judy? It's Me, Cancer.”

    Mount Prospect comedian finds humor in cancer

    As a Second City performer and instructor and a founder of the GayCo comedy troupe, Mount Prospect's Judy Fabjance manages to find humor in her long battle against breast cancer. Now that the cancer has spread to her brain, Fabjance predicts Saturday's fundraiser in Rolling Meadows "will be something special."

    New Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost said the public furor over his predecessor's ouster didn't surprise him.

    New Wauconda police chief Yost addresses controversy

    For the first time, new Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost talks publicly about the controversy surrounding his predecessor's departure and his own rise to the big chair. Yost, 48, of Wauconda, acknowledged the leadership change was unusually dramatic. “I did not campaign for the mayor,” he said. “I did not donate money to his campaign. I was not promised the chief's job if he...


    Dawn Patrol: No Daley for governor; shaken baby retrial sought

    William Daley is not running for governor. New trial sought in DuPage shaken baby case. Muslim group sues Des Plaines for denying religious center. Naperville settles in excessive force lawsuit. Couple fights forest preserve for Barrington Hills estate. Bears' defensive line taking its time. Blackhawks exhibition season starts tonight.

    Carol Stream Public Library trustees favor keeping a new site that someday could house a replacement for their old library, seen here, and be a park for now.

    Carol Stream library trustees: Hang on to new site, make it a park for now

    A majority of Carol Stream library board trustees favor signing an agreement with the park district to put a park on vacant land once intended for a new library. “It seemed like the best plan to (survey respondents) was to hang onto it until the market gets better. We can think about selling it at some point if we don't use it for a new library,” board President Jim Bailey said.

    Is downtown Geneva blighted? Technically, it might qualify.

    Downtown Geneva sales tax? Trustees favor studying idea

    The Geneva city council indicated Monday it favors continuing with a plan to create a new business district for the downtown, to see if it could improve the area. Will it result in a new sales tax? Alderman Craig Maladra said it would “be premature to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’” without knowing what projects could be undertaken and how such money could be used for them.

    The Wheeling Village Board is looking to develop and improve Industrial Lane near the Chicago Executive Airport.

    Wheeling will let market decide on Industrial Lane

    The Wheeling Village Board formally decided Monday to guide development on Industrial Lane by the Chicago Executive Airport by enforcing codes, studying public infrastracture projects, then targeting some investment to encourage private development. After three years more significant village investment might be feasible.


    Arlington Hts. residents voice concerns about Camelot Park renovations

    Although Camelot Park already closed for the beginning of what will be a $6 million renovation, some residents came to the Arlington Heights village board on Monday to speak out against the park district project.


    The Cubs’ Junior Lake reacts after striking in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Milwaukee.

    Praise for Cubs’ Sveum but no vote of confidence

    Although Cubs president Theo Epstein did not give field manager Dale Sveum a vote of confidence Tuesday, he praised Sveum on several fronts. The Cubs then went out and lost 4-3 to the Brewers to fall to 63-88 for the season.

    Amanda Glavin of Waubonsie reaches for a ball during the Metea Valley at Waubonsie Valley girls tennis match Tuesday.

    Waubonsie Valley's Glavin going solo and doing just fine

    As a two-time state qualifier, Amanda Glavin of Waubonsie Valley is established as a top-flight doubles player. But in her senior year she’s also making her mark at first singles.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana improved to 8-6 with Tuesday night’s victory over the Twins.

    White Sox finally get Quintana a win

    White Sox starter Jose Quintana has already set an American League record with 17 no decisions this season. The left-hander almost got No. 18 Tuesday night, but he earned the win after the Sox hung on to edge the Twins 4-3 at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Schaumburg tops Buffalo Grove in OT

    Schaumburg 2, Buffalo Grove 1 (OT): BG’s Zach Masciopinto and Schaumburg’s Alan Santana scored in regulation, and the host Saxons got the golden goal from Phil Minecci, with Santana assisting, in Mid-Suburban League boys soccer on Tuesday.Hersey 2, Rolling Meadows 1: A pair of second-half goals helped host Hersey rally from a 1-0 deficit and claim an MSL victory.Conant 1, Prospect 0: Joey Connolly had a second-half goal with an assist from Ejike Okpa, and goalkeeper Patryk Openchowski had 6 saves to earn a shutout for host Conant.Fremd 3, Hoffman Estates 0: The visiting Vikings came up with all three of their goals in the second half as keepers Will Lefevre and Dylan Fisher shared in the shutout.Barrington 0, Wheeling 0: Neither team scored in a battle of top divisional teams hosted by the Wildcats.


    Feng helps Fremd stay unbeaten in MSL

    In a battle of previously undefeated Mid-Suburban League girls golf teams, Fremd fired a 155 to defeat Barrington (168). Conant was third in the tri-meet with a 178 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington.


    O’Donnell, Carmel outlast Fenwick

    Maddy O’Donnell outlasted her opponent in three sets at No. 2 singles to help Carmel earn a 4-2 victory over Fenwick in girls tennis action on Tuesday.The Corsairs picked up straight-set wins in doubles from Michelle Kannenberg/Kathleen Felicelli (No. 1), Sarah Bowles/Megan Sullivan (No. 2) and Ruthie Firnbach/Megan Healy (No. 3)Lake Forest 7, Libertyville 0: The Wildcats’ No. 4 doubles team of Mallory Rasmussen/Arthi Sekharan lost in three sets.Grayslake North 4, Lakes 3: The Knights received doubles wins from Cayla Doyle/Rachel Crutcher (No. 1), Alex Williams/Hannah Collins (No. 2) and Lisa Szini/Caitlyn Sinclair (No. 3). Grayslake North’s Erin Hendrix won at No. 3 singles.Lakes won first and second singles with Stephanie Lass and Haley Fischer, respectively. Lass outlasted Nathalia Moran 6-3, 7-5.“Stephanie played a great game,” Eagles coach Bryan Plinske said. “She combined power with angles. Stephanie tried to make Nathalia move for every shot. Stephanie would play with consistency until she found an opening and then unleash. Her serves were also a big weapon in the match.”Fischer beat Kaitlyn Christiansen 6-2, 7-6.“Haley used spin and her drop shot to keep Kaithlyn off balance,” Plinske said. “Haley would draw Kaitlyn up to the net and hit an offensive lob or blast a groundstroke to the backhand side.”Lake Zurich 7, Zion-Benton 0: The Bears lost only six games.Lake Zurich (5-3, 2-1 NSC Lake) got 6-0, 6-0 wins from Arianna Soheil (No. 2 singles), Mi Jin Han/Stephanie Johnson (No. 3 doubles) and Hannah Brodner/Rachael Repplinger (No. 4 doubles).Wauconda 6, Round Lake 1: Round Lake’s lone win came from Daniela Aviles, who defeated Kasey Cabanban 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.Wauconda’s Maddy Kleiner (No. 2) won in three sets at No. 2. Wauconda swept all four doubles matches. Ally Kleiner/Jenna Heck won at No. 1, while Alex O’Day/Danielle Sturm didn’t lose a game at No. 2.


    McPeek helps Lake Zurich climb the mountain

    Kiley McPeek was killin’ it Tuesday night.McPeek pounded 19 kills, as Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team rallied past visiting Libertyville 16-25, 25-21, 25-13 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division thriller.The victory hiked Lake Zurich’s record to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the NSC Lake.Mallory Parsons added 8 kills for the Bears, while Allie McIlwain (4 kills) and Sydney Glover (3 kills, 1 block) also contributed at the net. McPeek and Marta Tabaka each served 2 aces. Kristen Walding dished out 33 assists and chipped in 3 blocks and 8 digs for Lake Zurich, while Ashley Dina led the defense with 27 digs. Mickenzie Andrews contributed 9 digs for the winners.


    Cigelnik’s 1-under leads Mundelein

    Boys golfMundelein d. Zion-Benton: At Shepherd’s Crook, Bret Cigelnik shot a 1-under-par 34, and the visiting Mustangs (155) captured a North Suburban Lake Division win over the Zee-Bees (178).Ryan Magee added a 37 for Mundelein, which also counted 42s from Brian Wiese and Tyler White.Grayslake North d. Grant: At Renwood Golf Course, Scott Wonsil’s 41 earned medalist honors and led the Knights (173) to the nonconference victory.Grayslake North also counted Kyle Baker’s 43, Christian DiBerardino’s 44 and Kyle Sagendorph’s 45.Grant (196) got a 47 from Pat Nesterowicz.Vernon Hills d. Lakes: At White Deer Run, the Cougars carded a winning 161 on their home course, as Ricky Schmidt and Tanner Fulton led the way with matching 39s.Vernon Hills also received a 41 from Bo Manso and 42 from Justin Park.Lakes (175) boasted medalist Mike Barry, who fired a 1-over-par 37.Wauconda d. Antioch: At Countryside, Bryan Nee’s 44 and Annette Yandall’s 45 helped the Bulldogs (183) edge the Sequoits (185) in NSC Prairie action.Wauconda also got 47s from Brad Efflandt and Pat Adams.Antioch’s Andrew Gagnon was the medalist with a 42.Stevenson d. Lake Zurich: At The Arboretum Club, Luke Feder fired a 36, Chris Krebs carded a 38 and Jason Gorde had a 39, as the Patriots shot a 153 on their home course to defeat the Bears (166).Stevenson also counted Jerry Pan’s 40.The only golfer to break 40 for Lake Zurich was Jacob Edwards, who came in with a 38.


    Wauconda, Lakes pick up Prairie wins

    Boys soccerWauconda 2, Antioch 1: Brendan Morales scored on a penalty kick and Jovanni Lazaro finished a pass from Teddy Kolarov, as the Bulldogs (4-4-2) captured the North Suburban Prairie match.Lakes 3, Round Lake 1: John Borzick scored the Eagles’ first goal and assisted on the last one, by Joey Savino.Brian Werchek also scored for Lakes (4-3, 2-0) in the North Suburban Prairie match. Werchek headed in Tom Cyberski’s corner kick. Lakes goalies Kevin Ray and Jack Munson each made 6 saves.Libertyville 4, Washington 3: Tanner Sanks, Nick Vogel, Lloyd Chatfield and Carlos Schultz scored for the Wildcats in the Pepsi Showdown game. Vogel and Chatfield had assists, as well.Warren 3, Leyden 2 (2 OT): Karl Bappert scored off a pass from Elijah Parker with two minutes left in the second overtime, as the Blue Devils prevailed in the Pepsi Showdown match.Nick Haas added a goal and an assist, and Rafa Macias also scored for Warren (5-1-3). Hector Salazar had an assist as well for the Blue Devils.Vernon Hills 3, North Chicago 3: The Cougars couldn’t protect a 3-1 halftime lead against the host Warhawks and settled for a draw in the North Suburban Prairie contest.“We have some talent but lack the aggressive nature up top so far this year,” Vernon Hills coach Mike McCaulou said. “We played well the first half but made way too many mental mistakes in the game. We have to play an entire 80 (minutes) to be a quality team.”Grayslake Central 4, Jacobs 2: Isaac Longenecker scored twice for the Rams in the Fox Valley contest.Jonny Madrid and Joey Mudd also scored for Grayslake Central. Madrid, Jackson Frey and Alex Stickler had assists.


    Schaumburg wins thriller after honoring Conant’s Scholten

    It was a victory the Schaumburg girls volleyball team will not soon forget and a night Conant coach Peggy Scholten will never forget. In a tense Mid-Suburban West match, the host Saxons outlasted the Cougars 25-22, 23-25, 26-24. For Scholten, the festivities began even before the match as the Saxons honored the retiring coach for her 37 years of service to the league and the area.

    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith checks Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller into the boards during the first period Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Blackhawks win before rivalry put on hold

    Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored 1:09 apart late in the second period, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks opened the preseason with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.


    Lake Forest slows down Mundelein’s snappy start

    Mundelein’s strong start to the season includes a 7-goal outburst against Carmel Catholic and come-from-behind victory over defending Class 3A state champion Warren. A confident Mustangs squad looked to continue its winning ways against visiting Lake Forest on Tuesday night. The Scouts, however, struck early and held on for a 2-1 win in a well-played North Suburban Conference Lake Division match.


    North Central adding men’s volleyball

    North Centrals College’s athletic department announced Tuesday that the school will add men’s volleyball as its 23rd varsity sport. Athletic director Jim Miller said the school will begin the multiyear process of building up and creating the new team. The decision to add men’s volleyball wasn’t spontaneous, women’s volleyball coach Karen Bunkenburg said. The school had been looking for a new varsity sport, and the interest was already there from the students. Bunkenburg said she had groups of students come up to her every year asking to help them start a team. Last year she and a group of students started the North Central men’s volleyball club team.Although the decision to start the team has been made, it will be some time before there is a Cardinals team on the court. The school hasn’t set up a timeline for finding a coach. In the meantime Bunkenburg will remain the team club advisor. The women’s coach said she hopes to be involved in the nation-wide search for a new coach and that a committee would gather to decide on a timeline. For now the team will stay at the club level. Bunkenburg doesn’t expect to see a varsity team play before the 2015-16 school year. While the sport is popular at the high school level, North Central will be one of only a few schools in the CCIW with a men’s team.All of North Central stands to gain from the new team, Bunkenburg said, because with a men’s team new recruiting outlets will open up to bring in students. Benedictine: Following a dominating win against North Park over the weekend, Benedictine football players have been named both the offensive and defensive player of the week in the NACC. Jarrett Lecas and Michael McNulty accounted for 3 touchdowns in the Eagles 36-10 victory. Lecas, a freshman defensive back, intercepted two passes, returned one for a touchdown, and deflected another pass. He also tied for the team lead in tackles with 11. McNulty ran for 169 yards and had 2 touchdowns of his own on his 35 rushes. This is the senior from Elmhurst’s first year with the Eagles. WheatonCollege: The Thunder women’s soccer team picked up right where it left off last season. The team held on to its No. 1 ranking in the country this week and added another victory Tuesday to seal it. After the 2012 season saw Wheaton reach the national semifinals led by a group of newcomers, the now veteran team is on top of the NSCAA Division III Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week. The Thunder then went on the road Tuesday afternoon and defeated Alma College 4-2 to improve to 6-0-0 on the season. Three women found the back of the net for Wheaton, one each for Sydney Sharkey and Ally Witt and two goals from Leah DeMoss. Wheaton’s biggest test of the early season will come Saturday when the Thunder travels to third-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. The two teams last faced off in the national quarterfinals last year, Wheaton won 3-1.


    Huntley shakes off Cary-Grove

    The Huntley girls volleyball team didn’t blink when 5 points were taken off the scoreboard due to a rotation error early in the match at Cary-Grove on Tuesday. The Red Raiders simply accepted the officials’ decision, went back to work and rebuilt their big lead on the way to a 25-11, 25-22 sweep of the Trojans in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup. “We always do drills like that in practice where we (lose points) and go down, so to be put in that (position) in a game situation was like practice brought to life,” Huntley setter Kelsey DeWulf said. “We just put our heads to it. We knew as a team we just had to pull together and play our positions and we’d get right back up there.”


    Barrington packs in win against Hoffman

    Hoffman Estates’ Alondra Aguirre had the top finish and teammates Meagan Biddle and Solome Haile were close behind in fourth and fifth place, but Barrington’s Lauren Conroy and Caroline Reynolds led a 2-3-6-7-8 effort as the Fillies won 26-31 at Barrington Pond.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian d. Elgin: Harvest Christian (5-6) beat Elgin in two, 25-12 and 25-9, in nonconference action. Sydney Doby led Harvest Christian with 11 kills, 5 digs and a block. Shayna Manusos (19 digs, 1 kill), Mikayla Robinson (6 kills) and Jade Martinez (21 assists) also did well for Harvest Christian.Westminster Christian d. Mooseheart: The Warriors (7-1-3) defeated Mooseheart 25-9, 25-10 with Claire Speweik (3 aces, 4 kills, 8 assists), Savannah Dutcher (7 kills) leading the way. Emma Kovachevich had 4 aces, 4 assists, Courtney Gnan added 5 aces and Emily Beachler registered 4 kills.Burlington Central d. Genoa-Kingston: Burlington Central (7-3, 2-0) defeated the Cogs 25-16, 25-21 in Big Northern East action. Allie O’Reilly finished with 26 digs and 11 service points for the Rockets. Makenna Jensen (8 kills, 8 blocks), Emily Bozich (6 kills), Jenna Schudel (6 kills) and Maddy Berry (2 aces, 21 assists) also aided in the victory.Waubonsie Valley d. Bartlett: The Hawks (3-11-1, 0-1) dropped their first Upstate Eight Valley game of the season 25-17, 25-19. Katie Hrbacek’s 8 digs and 4 kills led Bartlett. Jenna Kummerer also had 8 digs for Bartlett and Danielle Santucci added 8 assists. Larkin d. Streamwood: The Royals (10-6, 1-1) defeated the Sabres 25-20, 25-15 in Upstate Eight River action. Larkin was led by Olivia Kofie (5 kills, 3 aces), Brianna Stewart (8 kills, 2 blocks), Paige Grantham (3 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks) and Alyssa McGhee (12 assists, 3 digs, 1 kill, 1 ace).Prairie Ridge d. Dundee-Crown: The Chargers (8-7, 1-2) dropped a Fox Valley Conference Valley tilt to Prairie Ridge 25-17, 25-13. Kaylee Sommers (3 kills, 3 digs), Frankie Cavallaro (10 assists, 2 blocks), Lauren Lococo (9 digs, 3 kills), Kiana Mays (5 kills) and Ashley Raby (3 kills) led Dundee-Crown.Crystal Lake South d. McHenry: The Gators (10-1) improved to 4-0 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division as Carly Nolan had 7 kills, Nicole Slimko registered 5 and Casey Sivesind added 21 assists against the Warriors. Tori Falbo also had 6 digs for CLS.


    Geneva stays perfect

    Nate Desens made mincemeat of the two easiest holes on the inward nine at Mill Creek on Tuesday afternoon. The Geneva senior drove the green of the short par-4 10th hole to record a simple birdie. But Desens’ signature moment in his career-low 2-under par 34 came on No. 17, where he hit his 5-iron approach from slightly under 200 yards to within three feet of the pin.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 2, Bartlett 1: Andrew Gott scored Bartlett’s lone goal in a Upstate Eight Valley loss. Justin Busch had 7 saves in goal for the Hawks.Crystal Lake South 3, Grayslake North 0: Orlando Tapia scored 2 of the Gators’ (4-4-2) 3 goals in a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Matt Tobolt scored the other. Gus Alvarez got his fourth shutout of the season in goal, finishing with 2 saves.Cary-Grove 3, Hampshire 1: Kevin Wilde’s hat trick sealed a Fox Valley Conference crossover win for the Trojans (6-2). Kevin Cooke, Luis Palencia and Dale Oppasser each had assists and Hampshire’s (2-6) lone goal was registered by Jose Hernandez and assisted by Daniel Rodriguez. Andy Pederson managed 9 saves in the loss. Westminster Christian 5, Cornerstone Christian 2: It was Kleczynskis wild, as Robert Kleczysnki served up a hat trick and 2 assists, both to his brother Nick, who had 2 goals in a nonconference win for the Warriors (4-4, 1-1). Chad Thomason added 2 assists as well. Morton 2, Streamwood 0: At the Pepsi Showdown, Morton added its second goal with 10 seconds remaining and shutout the Sabres (6-2). Streamwood goalkeeper Sergio Blanco managed 4 saves. Dundee-Crown 5, Woodstock 1: The Chargers remained undefeated in a Fox Valley Conference crossover against the Blue Streak as Ben Stone scored the first 2 goals for D-C (9-0), assisted by Francisco Nava and William Campos. Hoff Cambell, Gerardo Escorza and Eduardo Arellano scored a goal each, while Campos added another assist. Salvador Rodriguez and Carlos Ramos also added assists. Jose Gonzalez collected 3 saves in goal for the Chargers.Marian Central 3, St. Edward 1: Joe French scored off an assist by Matt Hesch but the Green Wave (5-3-1, 1-2) were defeated in Suburban Christian Blue action. John Gotheridge had 9 saves in goal for St. Edward.Grayslake Central 4, Jacobs 2: The Golden Eagles (3-5-1) lost to Grayslake Central in Fox Valley Conference crossover action but Konrad Wasilewski managed a goal and an assist. Tim Hubner scored Jacobs’ other goal off Wasilewski’s assist. Jacobs split goalkeeper time between Spencer Dixon (3 saves) and Aaron Camp (2 saves).Larkin 3, Proviso East 3: The Royals (4-2-2) tied Pepsi Showdown opponent Proviso East with Moises Raya, Josh Garcia, Hector Mendoza each notching goals. Diego Ramirez had 2 assists and Javy Delgado was in goal for Larkin, finishing with 8 saves.

    St. Charles East’s Anne Hughes hits the ball during a varsity volleyball game at St. Charles North on Tuesday evening.

    St. Charles North snaps St. Charles East’s streak

    With all the noise, emotion and general craziness going on in the St. Charles North gym on the 5th annual Volley for a Cure night Tuesday, the North Stars did an amazing job of tuning it out against a St. Charles East program that has owned this series lately. The result was a third game with just a single North Star hitting error and no service mistakes. The Saints, meanwhile, missed three serves and committed seven hitting errors in the deciding game, and the steady, calm play by the North Stars proved to be the difference in a thrilling 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 victory that snapped an 8-match losing streak to St. Charles East.


    Arzeta, Elk Grove claim key victory

    Elk Grove’s steady improvement this season continued as two first-half strikes from Jonathan Arzeta earned them a 3-2 victory Tuesday night in a Mid-Suburban League boys soccer matchup at Palatine. The outcome helped keep the Grens (5-1-0, 3-0-0-9 points) atop the MSL table at night’s end after Wheeling drew (0-0) against visiting Barrington.

    Huntley’s Gillian Young tees off at the fourth hole of the Vallye course at Boone Creek Golf Club in McHenry on Tuesday.

    Crystal Lake co-op runs away with McHenry title

    The recipe for success for the Crystal Lake Central co-op girls golf team has been concocted with the right mix of players from three high schools. But it was also clear the Tigers have blended more than just their solid golf talents after their six players finished in the top 11 spots. They shot 304 and cruised to the McHenry County Girls Golf Tournament title at Boone Creek Golf Club in Bull Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

    Hersey’s Courtney Stedman sets the ball as Rolling Meadows’ Lauren Sokolowski stands ready at the net during Tuesday’s match in Arlington Heights.

    Hersey elevates, extends MSL East streak

    After two tightly-contested games, Hersey coach Nancy Lill found the right message to send to her defending Mid-Suburban League champions heading into the final set. “She told us we needed to step up our game,” said Huskies junior middle hitter Gabri Olhava. “We had to come out strong in that third game and have a lot of energy.” The Huskies, going after their 53rd straight win in the MSL East, listened attentively to their coaches’ dialogue and responded with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-11 triumph at the Carter Gymnasium on Tuesday night.


    Batavia battles back to beat Geneva

    Batavia girls volleyball coach Lori Trippi-Payne has patiently waited for her team’s rugged schedule to pay off. Tuesday was the night. After suffering a tough opening-game loss, the Bulldogs (6-7, 1-1) regrouped, made a few strategic changes and pulled out a much-needed 20-25, 25-22, 25-22 Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph over host Geneva (8-4, 1-1).

    Grayslake Central’s Gabi Casper returns a ball during Tuesday at Grayslake North.

    Central wins Grayslake battle

    On rivalry night in Grayslake, one team (Central) came in with 4 losses. Home-standing North stood with 4 victories to its name. Again, throw out the records when these teams show up to play. “It was nerves,’’ said slugging Central hitter Alex Dahlstrom. “I was so nervous sitting on the bench.” And it showed early as the underdog Knights (4-11) stormed to a quick 16-9 lead in set one on Tuesday night. No matter, Dahlstrom registered her 100th kill of the season in the Rams’ 25-23, 25-20 road win.


    Huntley knocks out Lake Zurich in OT

    Huntley boys soccer coach Kris Grabner was forced to stay on the bench Tuesday night after receiving a yellow card from the referee. He was on his feet before Nikolaos Mihalopoulos’ shot went in 2½ minutes into overtime as the Red Raiders beat Lake Zurich, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pepsi Showdown.


    Boomers win Frontier League title

    The Schaumburg Boomers capped their second season of existence by winning the Frontier League Championship with a 3-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers in Ohio on Tuesday night, the first in team history.


    Seniors have their say as Buffalo Grove tops Meadows

    Senior leadership was on display on both sides of the fairway on a cool Tuesday evening at Arlington Lakes Golf Club. Two up-and-coming Mid-Suburban League East boys golf teams, Buffalo Grove and host Rolling Meadows, squared off in a conference dual in Arlington Heights in what was the Mustangs’ senior night celebration. Brandon Matchen of BG shot 37 to spark the Bison to a 155-165 victory, while Sean Behrens led Meadows with a 40.


    Barrington edges out Hoffman Estates

    Billy Thomas and Bryan Gamboa delivered a 1-3 finish for Hoffman Estates in a boys cross country dual Tuesday, but Barrington’s depth made the difference in a 28-37 decision in favor of the Broncos at Barrington Pond.

    Brandon Bollig plays the role for enforcer for the Hawks, but he also contributes in many other ways.

    Bollig’s not just a tough guy, he plays well-rounded role

    These days, an enforcer in the NHL has to be able to play the game, which is why Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville sees real value in left wing Brandon Bollig. “I think in today’s game, he’s that guy that can play and has that element of toughness that everybody looks for,” Quenneville said.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is off and running to a strong start this season, in large part due to the efforts of his linemen.

    As Bears’ O-line steps up, so does Cutler

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been outstanding this season when given good protection, something that has happened only occasionally in his previous four seasons in Chicago.

    It’s encouraging that manager Dale Sveum is a baseball guy who cares more about the Cubs now than he does the future.

    Hopefully, baseball lifer Sveum will be rewarded

    Unshaven, tattoos, lapsed grammar and all, Dale Sveum symbolizes the baseball lifer. This is novel among Cubs decision-makers these days. Hopefully he'll be rewarded by still being around if the clean-shaven guys ever do build a winner

    Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green after the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Tiger’s year: 5 wins, 0 majors, 3 rules violations

    Five wins. No majors. Yet the number that might resonate most for Tiger Woods in 2013 is three, as in rules violations.Two were his responsibility for not knowing the rules. He took relief from an embedded lie in a sandy area covered with vines in Abu Dhabi — except a free drop was not allowed in the sand. The two-shot penalty assessed after his round caused him to miss the cut.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly watches a replay as his team played Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    ND seeks to match longest home streak in 15 years

    No. 22 Notre Dame will be seeking to match its longest home winning streak in 15 years when it faces Michigan State on Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly put making the “House that Rockne Built” a difficult place to play again a priority after nearly a decade of mediocrity, and it appears to be working. The Irish have won nine straight at home, the longest such streak at the school since winning 10 straight under Bob Davie in 1997-98.

    Chicago Sky guard Elena Delle Donne (11) protects the ball against Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    Sky-Fever matchup leads WNBA playoff storylines

    Elena Delle Donne has already led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history.Now the 6-foot-5 budding young star will try and help the Eastern Conference’s top team keep the run going in the playoffs. Delle Donne, the overwhelming favorite to win rookie of the year, said she and her teammates are looking forward to the challenge.

    UCLA head coach Jim Mora, left, and Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini meet during warmups prior to an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Pelini’s bad day knocks Mack Brown from headlines

    Unintentionally, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini gave Mack Brown a little break on Monday.Brown’s murky future at Texas, guiding a rapidly descending program, has been one of the few college football stories getting national attention over the first few weeks of the season that does not involve Johnny Manziel.Now it’s Pelini’s turn to be in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    Prospect’s Kiley Walsh has a future in collegiate golf at Illinois State.

    Golf’s in the past — and future — for Prospect’s Walsh

    Prospect's Kiley Walsh has made a verbal commitment to play for coach Darby Sligh’s Illinois State Redbird women’s golf team.


    Libertyville tops Mundelein, Lakes

    Libertyville wins: At Willow Glen, Libertyville defeated Mundelein 176-192 and Lakes 176-263 thanks to a 39 by Emma Hoskins and a 42 from Simone Mikoelian. The win moved the Wildcats to 4-1 and into a tie for first in the North Suburban with Mundelein and Warren. Courtney Fabbri led Mundelein with a 45. Gretchen Metzger had a 59 for Lakes.Lake Zurich d. Grant: Aine Mattera shot a 43 to lead Lake Zurich to a 187-204 victory over Grant at Antioch Golf Course. Kirsten Bank led Grant with a 47.Lake Forest d. Stevenson: At Cranes Landing Golf Course, Lake Forest edged Stevenson 180-182 despite Nikki Marquardt earning medalist honors for the Patriots with a 38.

    Medinah Country Club has completed a major re-design of its No. 1 course, but it won't be ready for play by members until next spring or summer.

    Architect: new Medinah No. 1 a ‘special’ course

    It won't be ready for play until next spring, but Medinah Country Club has unveiled its re-designed No. 1 course, the first major development at the club since last September’s Ryder Cup matches were played on its No. 3 layout. Michigan architect Tom Doak talks with Len Ziehm about the $6.3 million project, which created six new holes and expanded the water rentention areas to help the surrounding area.


    Game video: St. Charles East vs. St. Charles North girls volleyball
    St. Charles East takes on St. Charles North Tuesday evening in girls volleyball action. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman has a calm demeanor and a focus that seems to work well for the Bears and their quarterback.

    Trestman’s style methods key to Bears’ success

    With the Bears and Jay Cutler pulling off another come-from-behind victory against the Minnesota Vikings, Mike North believes that Marc Trestman’s style and offensive leadership is helping to get the job done. Mike North also thinks Johnny Manziel will be a mid first-round pick in the NFL draft.

    Singles player Sarah Church of St. Charles returns the ball during the St. Charles East girls tennis invite Saturday.

    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, golf and volleyball.


    Carmel comeback sinks Lakes

    Carmel d. Lakes: Carmel rebounded from early unforced errors and a loss in the first game to win a nonconference match over Lakes, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18. The Corsairs got 11 kills and 3 blocks out of Grace Schofield and 9 kills and 2 blocks out of Elizabeth Rengers. Setter Alyssa Armada had 30 assists while Shauna Meagher finished with 17 digs. For Lakes, Megan Behrendt had 7 kills and 17 digs while Maddie Demo had 17 assists.Stevenson d. Hersey: Khaila Donaldson had 8 kills, 5 blocks and 8 digs and Alexa Bykowski had 22 assists to lead Stevenson to a 25-19, 25-20 victory over Hersey. The Patriots are now 7-4 on the season.Mundelein d. Conant: Yasmeen Johnson rolled up 10 kills and 2 blocks to lead Mundelein to a 25-22, 25-20 sweep of Conant. Sarah Bregenzer added 8 kills and Madi Wilcox had 20 assists for the Mustangs, who move to 5-7.Wauconda d. Zion-Benton: Wauconda came back from a first-game loss to defeat Zion-Benton, 25-27, 25-15, 25-16. Susan Karhoff led the way for the Bulldogs with 10 kills while Sara Sexton added 8 kills. Karhoff and Ashley Anderson each had 15 digs while LeAnne Sakowicz had 14 assists. Wauconda is now 7-4 on the season.


    Perfect outings for Stevenson, Warren

    Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 0: Stevenson shut out Buffalo Grove and won all seven matches in straight sets. No. 1 single player Zoe Manion rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory in her match as did the No. 1 doubles team of Alexxis Kevin and Kendall Kirsch.Warren 7, Wauconda 0: Warren swept the day and won all seven matches in straight sets. Sophomore Karyna Bihel won the No. 1 singles match for Warren 6-0, 6-0.Barrington 6, Carmel 3: Carmel’s No. 1 doubles team of Michelle Kannenberg and Kathleen Felicelli got a 6-1, 6-1 win in nonconference play.


    Course record for Vernon Hills’ Overbeck

    Vernon Hills wins: At Vernon Hills, Vivian Overbeck set a new course record (18:58) as Vernon Hills defeated Wauconda (15-50) and Lakes (19-44). Courtney Schardt of Lakes finished second (19:02) while Ashley Heath of Wauconda took 11th place with a 21:11.Libertyville wins: Libertyville defeated Grant (19-40) and Zion-Benton (17-44) at Adler Park in Libertyville. Hannah Manetsch of Libertyville won a tight race with a 20:07 while Lindsey Lewis took third for Grant with a 20:09. Kristi Del Prato of Libertyville finished second with a 20:08.Antioch d. Round Lake: Ashley LaPointe took first place with a 21:03 to lead Antioch to a 16-44 victory over Round Lake. Vicky Villa finished fifth for Round Lake with a 23:08.


    Stevenson, Warren tie after first-half goals

    Stevenson 1, Warren 1: Stevenson and Warren both scored in the first half, and that was it as the two teams battled to a draw. Colbi Illian scored Stevenson’s goal off an assist by Cesar Navarro while Warren’s goal by Rafa Macias was unassisted. Jeremy Klaber had 11 saves for Stevenson while RJ Hill had 8 saves for Warren.


    Warren makes strides, edges Stevenson

    Warren d. Stevenson: At Half Day Forest Preserve, Warren got a 25-32 win. Adam Shurson of Warren finished third with a 15:50 while Sam Oh from Stevenson took first with a 15:21.Libertyville wins: Libertyville defeated Grant (24-33) and Zion-Benton (24-33) at Adler Park in Libertyville. Pat Humen of Libertyville took first place with a 16:16 while Dalyn Romig was Grant’s top finisher. He placed fourth with a 16:49.Vernon Hills wins: Vernon Hills defeated Lakes (16-47) and Wauconda (15-50). Kyle Whitney took first place (16:15) as Vernon Hills finished in the top four spots. James Burchard was the top finisher for Lakes. He placed fifth with a 16:27. Austin Pequemo (17:33) finished ninth for Wauconda.Antioch d. Round Lake: Dan Ressler took first place with a 17:29 to lead Antioch to a 19-40 victory over Round Lake. Andrew Maskevich led Round Lake. He placed fourth with a 18:04.

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    Garoppolo getting it done at Eastern Illinois

    The kid from the Mid-Suburban East is lighting it up for Eastern. Jimmy Garoppolo, who led the Rolling Meadows football team to a MSL East championship his senior year, is now leading Eastern Illinois as a senior in college. Garoppolo took New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton out of the EIU record book on Saturday against Illinois State when he completed 26-of-41 passes for 480 yards and 7 touchdowns in a 57-24 victory. Garoppolo’s 763 career completions passed Payton’s mark of 756.


    Rookie Bernard leads Bengals over Steelers 20-10

    CINCINNATI — An elusive rookie made all the difference by darting through the Steelers’ defense.Running back Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one of them on a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat Pittsburgh 20-10 on Monday night, extending the Steelers’ early misery.The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.First-round pick Tyler Eifert also had a big play, making a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s touchdown run.The Bengals piled up 407 yards on one of the NFL’s toughest defenses, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.Pittsburgh fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002, done in by another game of self-destruction on offense. The Steelers had two turnovers in scoring range and couldn’t hold the ball long enough to give their defense a breather, failing to get a first down on seven of their 12 possessions.It was a chance for the Bengals to show they’ve supplanted the Steelers in the AFC North. They beat Pittsburgh 13-10 at Heinz Field last December to reach the playoffs, and now have moved ahead of them again with a rare Monday night win.Cincinnati is 10-20 in Monday night games.The Bengals put the ball in the Dalton’s hands in the first half, letting him pass away while they all but abandoned the run against one of the NFL’s top defenses. Dalton had an up-and-down game, finishing 25 of 45 for 280 yards. He was one attempt shy of career high.Cincinnati’s rookies provided the big plays.Eifert got open between cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Ryan Clark for his 61-yard catch. Bernard finished the long drive with a 7-yard run, his first touchdown in the NFL, for the early lead.The Steelers needed to get their offense moving after a horrid opener. They ran for only 32 yards and Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times during a 16-9 home loss to Tennessee. Worse, the Steelers lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. Fernando Velasco, signed a week earlier, started in his place Monday.They weren’t significantly better in Cincinnati.Roethlisberger got Pittsburgh’s offense moving in spurts. He completed all five of his passes on a touchdown drive that pulled the Steelers into a 10-all tie at halftime, including completions of 19 and 43 yards to Emmanuel Sanders.Shaun Suisham kicked a 44-yard field goal, and the Steelers had a chance to add to the lead in the first half. But another mistake — and they’ve had a lot of those already — provided the game’s first turning point.Pinned at their 3-yard line after a punt, the Steelers drove into scoring position. Roethlisberger completed a 34-yard pass to tight end David Paulson, who fumbled the ball as he was tackled. Adam “Pacman” Jones forced the fumble and recovered it at the Cincinnati 13-yard line.Another of Roethlisberger’s passes went off Jerricho Cotchery’s hands and was picked off at the Bengals 13-yard line in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing it. Roethlisberger finished 20 of 37 for 251 yards.The most intriguing question: Could Steeler-turned-Bengal James Harrison leave a mark on Pittsburgh’s mess of an offense?The linebacker left Pittsburgh after last season when they couldn’t agree on a restricted deal. The former NFL defensive player of the year took his scowl 300 miles down the Ohio River to a team that’s trying to supplant the Steelers in the AFC North.Roethlisberger kept a safe distance from Harrison.


    Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumping from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill.

    Study: Few Asian carp needed to establish foothold

    A small number of Asian carp might be enough to establish a population in the Great Lakes that eventually could pose a serious threat to other fish species and the region's economy, a Canadian scientist said Monday. Under the right circumstances, as few as 10 Asian carp that find their way into one of the Great Lakes would have a 50-50 chance of becoming established.


    IDOT establishes freight advisory council

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is establishing a freight advisory council. Department officials say the council's goal is to improve intermodal transportation and keep the state's position as the primary freight transportation hub of the nation.


    AFL-CIO pushes for waiver for Illinois plants

    A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

    Bigger-than-anticipated crowds hit downtown Lake Zurich on Saturday for the inaugural Rock the Block street party.

    Downtown’s debut a hit in Lake Zurich

    Organizers plan to make adjustments for the next Rock the Block party in downtown Lake Zurich after the debut shattered crowd expectations. Mayor Thomas Poynton said the village-sponsored, all-ages bash attracted an estimated 5,000 visitors from 6 to 11 p.m. on Main Street, between Old Rand Road and Church Street. In part, the crowd estimate was based on 3,500 alcohol wristbands that were sold. Lake Zurich officials had projected 750 to 1,000 would attend.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward a record high, as Microsoft Corp. announced a $40 billion buyback and Federal Reserve policy makers gathered for a two-day policy meeting.

    Stocks higher as Fed kicks off 2-day meeting

    Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors shrugged off worries about what the Federal Reserve is up to. Many expect the Fed to announce Wednesday that it will reduce its $85 billion monthly bond-buying program.

    A Boeing 787-9 takes off on a first flight of the new aircraft Tuesday at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Boeing spokeswoman Kate Bergman says the 787-9 is 20 feet longer and can seat 40 more passengers than the original 787-8, which carries between 210 and 250 passengers. The new version of the Dreamliner also can carry more cargo and fly farther.

    Boeing’s bigger 787 flies as delays dodged

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. began flying its first bigger 787 Dreamliner Tuesday, a step toward getting the jet into commercial service in 2014 without the delays or drama that marked the debut of the original model.

    Safeway is the parent company of the Dominick’s grocery store chain.

    Dominick’s owner Safeway adopts ‘poison pill’ plan

    Safeway, owner of the Dominick’s grocery store chain, adopted a plan to prevent a hostile takeover after learning of a significant accumulation of its stock by an unknown investor.


    Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 pct

    Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program. The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world’s largest software company’s previous dividend. It will be paid on Dec. 12 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 21.

    Back-to school fashions at JC Penney in New York. The cost of living in the U.S. rose less than forecast in August, a sign it will take time for inflation to reach the Federal Reserve’s goal.

    Consumer prices rose less than forecast in August

    The cost of living in the U.S. rose less than forecast in August, a sign it will take time for inflation to reach the Federal Reserve’s goal. The consumer-price index increased 0.1 percent, the least in three months, after a 0.2 percent gain in July, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.

    Associated Press Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. An Associated Press poll released Tuesday, of more than two dozen economists suggests that global growth will remain below full health into 2014.

    Sluggish global economic recovery ahead

    A robust recovery for the global economy remains well out of reach. That’s the view that emerges from a survey of economists just as the Federal Reserve is expected this week to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy.


    Evanston developer misses deadline on Detroit Packard plant

    A former car plant that’s a symbol of Detroit’s industrial decline could be sold at public auction after a developer missed deadlines to acquire the property. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Evanston-based developer Bill Hults missed a Friday deadline to come up with $1 million. He’s leading a group that wants to convert the Packard plant into a commercial, housing and entertainment complex.


    As Fed meets this week it faces many uncertainties

    The Federal Reserve is being engulfed by the one thing it tries to prevent: uncertainty. Will the Fed take its first step Wednesday toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it’s given the U.S. economy? Will its eventual pullback jolt the financial markets? Who will fill several expected vacancies on the Fed’s policy board next year?


    Deerfield’s CF Industries CEO will retire

    Fertilizer maker CF Industries said Monday that Stephen Wilson will step down Jan. 1 after about a decade as its CEO but will remain on as chairman. The company said Anthony Will, its head of manufacturing and distribution, has been selected to become CEO. Will, 48, has been with the company since 2007 and became vice president of manufacturing and distribution in 2009.

    Retail revenue in November and December should rise 2.4 percent during the biggest shopping period of the year, Chicago-based research firm ShopperTrak said Tuesday.

    Chicago firm expects slower holiday growth in 2013

    Coming off of a weak back-to-school shopping period, a research firm expects holiday sales growth will be slower this year during the crucial holiday season. Shoppers are also expected to visit fewer stores as they research purchases online.

Life & Entertainment


    Accept your grandchild, no matter the gender choice

    Their granddaughter’s behavior is causing their family concern and anxiety. She is 8, enjoys taking part in only boys sports, and likes to wear only boys clothes and cuts her hair very short like a boy. Does she have a problem identifying her gender? Are they paranoid over something they should not be worrying about?

    Roasted tomatoes that you don’t have to peel make this arrabbiata sauce easy and delicious. Try it with penne pasta.

    Culinary Adventures: No reason to get angry over roasted tomato arribbiata

    Whether heirloom, cherry or beefsteak tomatoes seem to be abundant right now, especially if you have them growing in your garden. If you’re growing tired of BLTs and looking for more creative dishes to use up your tomatoes, Penny Kazmier has the recipe for you — roasted tomato arrabbiata pasta sauce. Arrabbiata sauce is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes and red chili peppers.

    Cars lay mired in mud deposited by floods in Lyons, Colo.

    Attention turns to damage tallies as airlifts wane

    The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Tuesday, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape.

    Seth Green, left, and Peter Riegert in a scene from “Dads, a new Fox sitcom.

    Fox’s ‘Dads’ sitcom not so bad, just bad enough

    What’s all the fuss about “Dads”? This new Fox sitcom has drawn more than its share of attention leading up to its launch Tuesday at 7 p.m. Granted, one of its co-creators, Seth MacFarlane, is a high-profile showbiz force, particularly as he expands his TV empire from such animated hits as “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” to this, his first live-action comedy. As a master of rawness, tastelessness and low blows, MacFarlane is a love-him-or-hate-him kind of humorist whose fans (and I count myself among them) see his offensiveness, when he’s on his game, as overwhelmingly redeemed by laser-sharp insight and a grand fearlessness. And hilarity.

    Models wear designs created by Tom Ford during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014.

    Burberry, Tom Ford headline London Fashion Week

    Soft, lacey pastel confections at Burberry Prorsum, wacky florals at Christopher Kane, sparkly party dresses at Tom Ford: London Fashion Week was in full swing Monday, with a huge diversity of new spring looks from a parade of big names all jostling for buyers’ attention. Luxury British label Burberry packed in the biggest crowds with its runway show, which featured a collection of ultra-feminine pastel outfits, sheer pencil dresses and light cashmere coats.

    Rack of Lamb with Parmigiano-Reggiano Panna Cotta and Roasted Root Vegetables with Mint Pesto is one of the dishes chef Rosalia Barron, chef at The Signature Room, will prepare next month at the James Beard House in New York City.

    Baking contest update and Signature Room anniversary

    Worried about having to submit a photo when you enter our Home Baking Challenge? Well don't be any more. Even in this age of camera phones, we realized that not everyone has the ability to photograph baked goods and upload photos, so we've erased the photo requirement from the entry form.

    The 12th Man Roll is a spicy lobster and cucumber wrap available at RA Sushi.

    Dining events: RA's 12th man honors da Bears

    With the Bears season in full swing, RA Sushi offers up The 12th Man roll, a mix of spicy lobster and cucumber wrapped in rice and seaweed and topped with salmon, avocado, spicy mayo and black sesame seeds for $11.25. Stop in on game days with your ticket stub and take $2 off your roll.

    Grand Funk Railroad plays Festival Park adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

    Best bets: Get funky with Grand Funk Railroad

    Relive the big hit songs from the late 1960s and 1970s of the rock band Grand Funk Railroad Saturday at Festival Park, adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. See the newest cast members of the Australian kids band The Wiggles in the show “Taking Off! Live in Concert” Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre. Feast your eyes on classic cars in the Motoring at the Museum car show at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum in Arlington Heights.

    Instead of one protagonist, players switch between three criminals: veteran Michael, twisted Trevor and newbie Franklin in “Grand Theft Auto V.”

    'GTA' creator Rockstar thrives by breaking the law

    Rockstar Games doesn't play by the rules. Not that anyone would expect the creators of the massively successful “Grand Theft Auto” franchise to operate like other game designers. And while that's created an undeniable mystique around this week's release of “Grand Theft Auto V,” it's also raised some questions like why now and what's new?

    Britney Spears announced a 16-date residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.

    Britney Spears announces Las Vegas residency

    Britney Spears is heading to Las Vegas. The pop star announced a 16-date residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “Britney: Piece of Me” will debut Dec. 27. Spears was in the Nevada desert for the announcement with more than 1,000 fans.

    Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the 2013 MTV EMA nominations with five nods each.

    Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead MTV EMAs

    It’s something old, something new, as Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the 2013 MTV EMA nominations with five nods each. Timberlake proves he’s still got what it takes after his long hiatus from music, with nominations in the best male artist, best live, best look, best U.S. act and best video categories.

    Roasted tomatoes that you don’t have to peel make this arrabbiata sauce easy and delicious. Try it with penne pasta.

    Roasted Arrabbiata Sauce
    Culinary Adventures


    Bad teeth, gum disease tied to risk of cancer-causing infection

    Gum disease and other dental ailments boost the risk of becoming infected with oral human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that causes 40 percent to 80 percent of all throat cancers, according to the first study to find such a link. Those who said they had poor oral health had a 56 percent higher rate of oral HPV infection than those who reported good to excellent oral health, researchers wrote in a study.

    “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy” by Sudhir Venkatesh

    Columbia U. sociologist goes ‘rogue’ in New York City

    A crack dealer. A madam. A porn store clerk. Those are just some of the characters that sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh introduces in his latest book, “Floating City.” Studying society’s fringes isn’t new for Venkatesh. In “Floating City,” Venkatesh has moved from Chicago to New York, where he’s now a sociology professor at Columbia University. But New York City is no Chicago, Venkatesh learns. The distinctions between race and class blur in this city.

    Singer John Legend’s fourth album went on sale earlier this month. He hits the road in October for a tour that will bring him to Chicago on Nov. 20.

    Love songs show a different side to John Legend

    John Legend had one more thing to do before launching his fall tour: get married. On Sept. 14, the 34-year-old R&B singer married 27-year-old model Chrissy Teigen, the subject of most of the romantic songs that make up his recently released new album, “Love in the Future.” And on Oct. 20, Legend kicks off his tour, which will bring him to Chicago Nov. 10.

    Don’t stay in bed when you can’t sleep, experts say.

    Can’t sleep? Don’t stay in bed tossing and turning

    Middle-of-the-night awakenings are common for many people, and how we deal with this habit is key to getting a good sleep, says sleep expert Michael Grandner, a psychologist at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. It turns out that I made a couple of mistakes that might have kept me from going back to sleep more quickly: I shouldn’t have looked at my clock, and I shouldn’t have waited so long to get out of bed.

    SH13H219TREASURES Aug. 26, 2013 -- This elaborate porcelain figure group was made in Germany. (SHNS photo courtesy Joe Rosson and Helaine Fendelman / Treasures In Your Attic) (Newscom TagID: shnsphotos147511.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

    Is this piece of porcelain worth much?

    Q. I have a piece of porcelain that is in excellent condition. It is marked with an “S” with an “X” through it. I believe this refers to Scheibe-Alsbach, Thuringia, Germany. It is from my grandmother’s porcelain collection. Can you shed some light on its value?

    September is a good time to plant peonies or divide existing ones. They will do best in full sun.

    Shrubs benefit from fall planting

    Fall is a great time to plant and transplant trees and shrubs. Conditions in autumn, which include warm soil, moderate air temperatures and rain, help plants re-establish their root systems.


    Casinos in Illinois currently are allowed to be open a maximum of 22 hours a day. (AP Photo)

    Editorial: Nonstop casino gambling a bad bet

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on the Illinois Gaming Board to reject a proposal to allow casinos to be open 24/7.


    The politics of paralysis

    Columnist Michael Gerson: If Republicans were in a position to capitalize on Obama’s weakness, it might lead to serious, long-term budget reform. If Obama were strong enough to capitalize on Republican weaknesses, it might lead to additional short-term stimulus and investments in human capital. As it stands, they are paralyzed at the same time — and so is the nation.


    Dem foes not racist; they’re patriots
    A St. Charles letter ot the editor: In his recent letter Dick Deranian asks about examples that President Obama is a polarizing president, as if there is any doubt that Barack Obama is a divisive force in America today.


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    We are not a war zoneOn Sept. 9, the Village of Glen Ellyn board of trustees held a public meeting regarding the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district along Roosevelt Road. A couple of upset Glen Ellyn residents attended to voice their misgivings that my neighborhood, the Parkside apartments, had been removed from the TIF district. They even publicly labeled our neighborhood a “war zone.”Of all the unfounded insults that could be thrown at our community, I find this to be the most ironic of choices. Our neighborhood is composed of many families who were forced to flee their home countries because they lived in actual war zones. Whether military forces were systematically wiping out their people based on religion, or they found themselves caught in the throws of violent civil unrest, or they were given an ultimatum by the government to leave or be killed because of their ethnicity, they share a common interest: if there’s anywhere they absolutely don’t want to live, it’s a war zone.In fact, our community is probably one of the safest choices for all who reside here. Here, those who once ran for their lives in terror can find a bit of rest for their weary souls. Here, people aren’t afraid to let their children play outside. Because here in my community, there’s no gunfire, bomb blasts or other unending sounds of battle. If you listen, what you’ll hear instead is the delightful giggle of little ones, the occasional singalong in a native tongue, and the easy banter of neighbors who know each other well.If you think my community is a war zone, take the time to step into it. Maybe you’ll be astonished by the peace and joy you find.Joshua Lee MartinGlen Ellyn


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