Daily Archive : Wednesday September 18, 2013


    Cassidy Williams, a senior at Iowa State University, had an internship this summer in iOS development with Intuit in Silicon Valley. The Downers Grove native, who's also interned at Microsoft, hopes to get more girls involved in computer science.

    Suburban wiz wants to lead women into tech world

    Cassidy Williams was the only girl in her AP computer science class at Downers Grove South High School. Now she is one of only five women majoring in computer science, along with 57 men, in Iowa State University's Class of 2014. It's a trend the Downers Grove native hopes to urge girls to change. “If we don't have women in computer science, we're only seeing half the picture,” Cassidy...


    Share memories with Grayslake Historical Society

    Grayslake Historical Society members will host two "I remember when" reminisce sessions on Saturday, Sept. 28, in the community room of the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake.


    District 89 approves three-year teacher contract

    Teachers in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 89 will receive average raises totaling more than 9 percent in the first two years of their new three-year contract with the school board. The pact, approved Monday, is retroactive to Aug. 22 and calls for average salary increases of 5.84 percent in the first year and 3.3 percent in the second, officials said.

    Stevenson boys soccer coach Mark Schartner during a recent game in Libertyville.

    SHS to form soccer team for kids with disabilities

    Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School is launching a coed soccer program for students with disabilities. Soccer coaches Mark Schartner and Shannon Kolze will lead the effort, the first of its kind in the Chicago area.


    Soccer: Other schools in the region interested in creating unified teams
    To correct an earlier story, the unified soccer team being planned by Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire will not be the Chicago area’s first such squad. Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville has had teams since 2009, and other schools have teams, too.By Russell Lissaurlissau@dailyherald.com


    Man mistakenly released from jail captured in Carpentersville

    A Chicago man serving a 12-year sentence at Stateville Correctional Center who was mistakenly released Monday from Cook County jail has been captured in Carpentersville. Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Cara Smith said 25-year-old Jeremiah Harris was captured Wednesday afternoon without incident.


    24-hour casino push worries anti-gambling groups

    To casino owners, the ability to remain open around-the-clock would bring desperately needed revenue and keep business in Illinois at a time when neighboring states allow 24-hour gambling. The state’s gambling regulatory board will begin hearing testimony Thursday on a push by casino owners to eliminate a mandatory state rule requiring them to close for at least two hours a day.


    Judge to rule next week in suit over lawmaker pay

    A Cook County Circuit Court judge said Wednesday that his ruling will come next week on a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to stop lawmakers from being paid until they agree on how to deal with Illinois’ nearly $100 billion public pension problem.

    Cooper Matyja, 2, of Hoffman Estates has his picture taken with the Frontier Cup championship trophy as the Boomers arrived home to a reception at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Wednesday.

    Schaumburg welcomes home champion Boomers

    Amid one of the heaviest rainstorms of the season, the champion Schaumburg Boomers returned home in triumph Wednesday evening to high-fives and even hugs from their dedicated fans and host families. Players from the second-year franchise carried with them the first league trophy the Schaumburg Baseball Stadium has housed in the 14 years since it was built.


    Oak Brook vehicle fire damages home

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Oak Brook garage fire that damaged a home Wednesday afternoon. According to a news release, the crews responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in the 100 block of Woodland Drive around 1:55 p.m. They found a fully involved attached garage fire that extended partly to the house.


    Metra trains heading to north, west suburbs delayed

    Trains on at least four Metra lines heading into the north and west suburbs are delayed as torrential rain and hail continue to fall in Chicago.


    Jobs agency members subpoenaed as Kane County pitches overhaul

    A Kendall County grand jury has demanded attendance, mileage and reimbursement records for 11 current and former board members of an agency that handles up to $6 million in federal money designed to put unemployed residents in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties back to work.


    Naperville library budget includes extended Sunday hours

    The Naperville Public Library plans to extend Sunday hours at the Nichols location downtown during the next budget year without adding additional staff, officials said Wednesday. The library’s $15,836,300 budget includes about $11.4 million for the roughly 280 employees who will continue to staff the Nichols library as well as the 95th Street and Naper Boulevard branches, even when Nichols’ hours...

    People stand on the rooftop of a home in a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Manuel pounded Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. 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.

    Manuel a hurricane after deadly Mexico flooding

    The toll from devastating twin storms climbed to 80 on Wednesday as isolated areas reported deaths and damage to the outside world, and Mexican officials said that a massive landslide in the mountains north of Acapulco could drive the number of confirmed dead even higher.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks with reporters after House GOP leaders looked to reverse course and agree to Tea Party demands to try to use a vote this week on a must-pass temporary government funding bill to block implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Dodge default, defund Obamacare, GOP leaders say

    House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.

    A city bus is severely damaged after colliding with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are ìmultiple fatalitiesî and a number are injured from the bus but no injuries on the train.

    Six people die in Canada bus, train crash

    Passengers screamed “Stop! Stop!” seconds before their bus crashed through a crossing barrier and into a commuter train during morning rush hour in Canada’s capital on Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 34.


    Batavia drops electricity sales plan

    Batavia has stopped its efforts to get permission to sell electricity to people and businesses in other areas, at the request of its other partners in the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency.The other towns in the agency, Rochelle and Geneva, were concerned that lawmakers might then also authorize other providers to sell electricity in towns that have electrical utilities, Gary Holm,...

    Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman

    Race for O’Halloran’s Metra spot is on

    So you want to be a Metra board member? Be prepared to make a pitch in public before Cook County commissioners. The second open hearing - compared to the normally secretive process - to pick a replacement Metra director is Oct. 1.

    District 15 State Police will be receiving additional Tasers pending final approval.

    State police expanding use of stun guns on highways, tollways

    Illinois State Police District 15 troopers will be getting reinforcements by way of stun guns. A tollway committee signed off on the purchase of 118 of the devices that can stun an attacker.

    Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis went to Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va., two days before the Monday attack. He rented a rifle, bought bullets and took target practice, the store’s attorney Michael Slocum said. Alexis then bought a shotgun and 24 shells, according to Slocum.

    VA: Navy gunman didn’t reveal homicidal thoughts

    The Washington Navy Yard gunman visited two hospitals in the weeks before the rampage but did not say he was depressed or having thoughts of harming himself or others, the Veterans Affairs Department said Wednesday.

    Elgin Police Department Sgt. Jim Lullo, right, spent last week in South Korea to instruct members of South Korea’s national, state and local police forces in surveillance topics.

    Elgin cop trains officers in South Korea

    An Elgin police sergeant spent a week training officers in South Korea, teaching them on topics ranging from state-of-the-art equipment to surveillance. Sgt. Jim Lullo, a 22-year veteran who supervises its gang crimes unit, returned to Elgin on Saturday after a week in South Korea, mostly in Asan, a town of 250,000 about two hours from the capital, Seoul.

    This citizen journalism image provided by The Syrian Revolution against Bashar Assad which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian military tank on fire during clashes with Free Syrian army fighters in Joubar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday.

    Rocket trajectory links Syrian military to attack

    The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month’s deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundreds of people, diplomats and human rights officials said Wednesday.


    Bartlett residents oppose Walgreens relocation

    A group of residents from the Braintree Lane area in Bartlett voiced their opposition at Tuesday’s village board meeting to a Walgreens moving out of the Brewster Creek Shopping Center at Route 59 and Stearns Road to the nearby site of a defunct gas station. Residents expressed concerns about what type of business might move into the vacant space Walgreens will create in the strip mall and asked...


    River Trails schools want residents’ help on new strategic plan

    River Trails School District 26 is drafting what officials call a new “road map” for the future, and district residents have been invited to help. The Mount Prospect-based district recently started working on a new Strategic Plan, a document that will guide its future actions.


    Elderly care unit closes at Alexian Brothers

    A patient care center for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village has closed, though its functions will remain within the hospital system, officials said Wednesday, citing the need to operate more efficiently. The Acute Care for the Elderly Unit opened at Alexian Brothers in July 2012 as a patient care location for those with dementia or...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Michael P. Hayes, 25, of the 0-99 block of North 12th Street, St. Charles, was charged with resisting a police officer at 8:59 a.m. Friday after a deputy went to Hayes’ residence to serve a DUI warrant issued by Kane County, according to a sheriff's report.

    Mannequins with veils are seen on display at an exhibition hall for the Muslim World Fair in Le Bourget, outside Paris, in 2011. A British judge’s decision this week permitting a female Muslim defendant to wear a full face veil in court, but requiring her to remove it when giving evidence, has reignited a debate about Muslim veils that has flared across Europe.

    Calls for debate on Muslim veil mount in Britain

    A British court ruled that a female Muslim defendant may stand trial wearing a face-covering veil — but must remove it when giving evidence. The compromise ruling had some insisting it backs a woman’s religious right to wear the veil, and others saying it shows British justice remains independent and won’t bow to religious demands.

    Lady Antebellum — consisting of Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley — will play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Nov. 15.

    Lady Antebellum to play Allstate
    Lady Antebellum's Take Me Downtown Tour with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves comes to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

    France’s Senate voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 in an effort to protect children — especially girls — from being sexualized too early.

    French Senate votes to ban child beauty pageants

    France’s Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 in an effort to protect girls from being sexualized too early. Anyone who enters a child into such a contest would face up to two years in prison and fines. A pageant organizer lamented the move was so severe.

    Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Bond lowered in fatal street racing crash

    An Antioch man facing 14 years in prison for his role in a fatal street racing crash has been released from Lake County jail to enroll in a Lake Villa drug and behavioral health treatment facility. But even before Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti ruled to let Jeremy Betancourt attend inpatient counseling, the victim’s mother stormed out of court Wednesday furious that he is free on bond again.


    Schaumburg Citizen Police Academy starts Oct. 2

    The Schaumburg Police Department is accepting applications for the 34th session of its Citizen Police Academy. The CPA is held at the police station from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. The upcoming session starts Oct. 2 and runs for 10 weeks ending on Dec. 11.


    Middle school helping with coats:

    Students at Middle School North in Hawthorn Woods are raising money to buy winter coats for disadvantaged children in Lake Zurich Unit District 95.


    Recycle your unwanted stuff:

    Recycle-O-Rama 2013 will occur Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.


    Math club marks 100 years Friday in Des Plaines

    The Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago will kick off the group’s 100th anniversary at the Fountain Blue in Des Plaines Friday, Sept. 20. The guest speaker is Steve Leinwand, author of “Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders in the Era of Common Core Standards.”


    District 41 screenings:

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 will host four special education preschool screenings throughout the 2013-14 school year.

    The fate of retired Danada Equestrian Center draft horses June, left, and Rosie sparked outrage recently when they were featured in an adoption advertisement at county fairs and horse events.

    Danada horse adoption offers under scrutiny

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners say pull-tab fliers posted at area events promoting the sale and adoption of Danada Equestrian Center horses violates their policy prohibiting such advertising on the Internet.


    Bartlett man, 24, dies in motorcycle crash

    A Bartlett man was killed after crashing his motorcycle into a tow truck on Wednesday, according to a news release. Police said Manuel O. Duenez, 24, was riding a Suzuki motorcycle westbound on US Route 20/Lake Street near Old Lake Street around 10:10 a.m. when the accident occurred.

    Kelly K. Miller

    Ex- E. Aurora teacher gets probation for inappropriate texts

    A former East Aurora High School teacher received 18 months probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to sending inappropriate photos of herself to a 15-year-old student in May 2011, according to court records. Kelly K. Miller, of West Dundee, also must pay $2,350 in fines, complete a sex offender evaluation and have no unsupervised contact with minors while on probation.

    David Azooz, 47, of Antioch, was found washed ashore at Lake Marie near Antioch about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

    Drowning victim from Antioch identified

    An Antioch man who drowned in Lake Marie had been drinking before he died, authorities said. The body of David Azooz, 47, was found washed ashore about 11 p.m. Tuesday following a nearly five-hour search in the lake near the village, Lake County Assistant Coroner Orlando Portillo said.

    Elise Bouc

    Lake Zurich tweaks liquor code in case video gambling OK’d

    Lake Zurich’s amended liquor code includes a license classification for establishments with video gambling if it ever is allowed by the village board, which drew some concern at a meeting this week. Mayor Thomas Poynton stressed the village only acted to have a specific liquor license associated with video gambling in bars and restaurants if current or future elected officials decide to repeal a...


    String of home burglaries puts Naperville on alert

    Burglars have struck 29 Naperville homes in six weeks, forcing many residents to step up basic security measures and to call police when they see anything suspicious. Police Chief Robert Marshall said he wants residents to remain vigilant until authorities find the people behind the string of burglaries, most of which have occurred in south Naperville. Marshall said police have received 628 calls...

    Arlington International Racecourse stands in the shadow of the former Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel, which developers are gutting for conversion into luxury apartments. Developers announced Wednesday that the project now also includes plan for a separate building for a Four Points by Sheraton hotel.

    New Sheraton hotel coming to Arlington Downs site

    A new Four Points by Sheraton hotel will be built in Arlington Heights as part of the redevelopment known as Arlington Downs at the site of a former Sheraton hotel, the company announced Wednesday. The former 400-room Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel at Euclid Avenue and Rohlwing Road, just west of Arlington International Racecourse, closed in 2009 and now is the site of a $250 million multiuse...

    Ty Warner

    Beanie Babies creator charged with tax evasion

    Beanie Babies creator and Oak Brook resident Ty Warner has been charged with tax evasion after federal prosecutors said he withheld investment earnings from a Swiss bank account. The omission understated his 2002 earnings by more than $3.1 million. His attorney said Warner has agreed to pay a $53.6 million civil penalty.

    A 3-month-old snow leopard cub, born June 13, plays with his 3-year-old mother, Sarani, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield. The cub made his public debut at the zoo Wednesday. Snow leopards are considered an endangered species.

    Snow leopard ready for debut at Brookfield Zoo

    A snow leopard cub born at the Brookfield Zoo is set to make his public debut. The zoo says the 3-month-old cub can be seen by the public for the first time on Wednesday.


    Forget about the past and live for today

    Today is God’s gift to us and what we do with it is our gift back to him, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

    Elizabeth Bako

    Grayslake PTO theft trial delayed again

    The trial of a former Grayslake parent teacher organization member accused of stealing more than $10,000 has been delayed again. This time, the trial of Elizabeth S. Bako, 41, was pushed back because a key police witness for the prosecution will not be able to testify during the previous date of Oct. 7.

    Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

    Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned

    Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.


    Scam artists active in Northwest suburbs, police reports show

    Northwest suburban police departments are reporting several recent attempts to scam area residents. One threatened a power cutoff, one threatened a lawsuit, and one offered a chance to settle a supposedly overdue tax bill for a reduced amount.

    John and Judy Prim address guests at a recent fundraiser at a church in Elk Grove Village, telling them of their dream to build a school and expand their residential program.

    Schaumburg family’s transformation into Guatemalan missionaries

    Little did John and Judy Prim know, more than 25 years ago now, the impact adopting a 4-year old girl from Guatemala would have on their lives — and the lives of those they would serve. The former Schaumburg couple, who now live in Guatemala and have turned their lives over to being missionaries, returned to Living Hope Church in Elk Grove Village recently — with their daughter, Joy, who is now...

    Carly Rousso

    Constitutionality of charges questioned in Highland Park huffing case

    A defense attorney for a Highland Park woman accused of huffing a computer cleaner before driving into and killing a 5-year-old girl followed through on a threat to challenge the constitutionality of the charges in the case. Defense attorney Doug Zeit formally filed a motion to dismiss charges against Carly Rousso, 19, because the chemical she allegedly inhaled is not considered intoxicating in...

    Lacy Park, located at 735 Stowel Ave. in Streamwood, has a new owner Hanover Township. The 2.6-acre park is comprised of a playground, walking and bike paths, and an activity field.

    Hanover Township takes over a Streamwood park

    Lacy Park, located at 735 Stowel Ave. in Streamwood, has a new owner. At a meeting Tuesday night, the Hanover Township board of trustees voted to accept transfer of the park from the Streamwood Park District. “The addition of this property will be beneficial for the township’s youth activities while still serving the neighborhood,” said Howard K. Krick, a Hanover Township trustee.


    Elk Grove businessman faces federal fraud charge

    An Elk Grove Village man defrauded a business client out of more than $716,000 through a scheme in which he claimed he was saving the company more than $1.7 million on wireless costs, according to the FBI and a federal criminal complaint unsealed this week. George C. Tindall, 60, could face as many as 20 years in prison if found guilty of the felony wire fraud charge.


    What 167 state appointees cost taxpayers: $6.9 million

    Taxpayers spent nearly $6.9 million last year to cover the salaries and expenses of 167 appointed members of 23 state boards and commissions. And because the state is on the verge of creating another salaried board to handle concealed weapon permit appeals, the cost is going to grow by more than $260,000 next year.

    In this circa 1961 file photo provided by the New York Public Library, a curled-up Timothy Leary reads a book. Leary saved thousands of documents, correspondence and writings relating to his scientific research into psychedelic drugs in the 1960s, much of it never published but now available to scholars and the public at the New York Public Library, which purchased the collection in 2011 from the Leary estate.

    What a trip: Timothy Leary’s files go public in NY

    A trove of Timothy Leary files, much of it previously unpublished, could shed new light on the LSD guru, his controversial research into psychedelic drugs and the emergence of the 1960s counterculture. The New York Public Library, which acquired the vast archive for an undisclosed sum from the Leary estate in 2011, is making the material available for the first time Wednesday to scholars and the...


    White House counsel leaving for private practice

    President Barack Obama’s White House attorney plans to leave for private practice by the end of the year. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has worked for the Obama administration since the first day. She has told Obama she plans to leave government service and look for a job in New York.


    Congress presses for details on Obama climate plan

    Republicans are pressing the Obama administration to fully disclose its plans to tackle climate change, including cost, as environmental officials ready one of the most significant pieces in President Barack Obama’s global warming strategy.

    President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, is pushing his economic agenda to some of the nation’s top corporate executives today while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default.

    Obama takes economy message to corporate leaders

    President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, is pushing his economic agenda to some of the nation’s top corporate executives while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default.


    Naperville Dist. 203 expands addition for Steeple Run school

    A construction project planned to begin next spring at Steeple Run Elementary in Naperville Unit District 203 grew in cost and scope as school board members decided to address two building needs at once. For $2.46 million, Steeple Run will be getting a new multipurpose room, a new main office, renovations to the current main office and parking lot improvements to increase safety. “The intent was...

    Tuki Sayathe

    Familiar face to take reins at Itasca library

    After 17 years, Itasca Community Library’s adult services director has landed her dream job. Tuki Sayathe was named Monday as the executive director of the Itasca Community Library, effective Oct. 1. She will replace longtime director Betsy Adamowski, who will take over as director of the Wheaton Public Library, also on Oct. 1.

    Aleppo’s central prison in northern Syria has been under siege for five months by rebels trying to free the inmates — but instead, it has turned into a grueling battle of attrition, much like Syria’s civil war at large.

    Syria: Aleppo prisoners caught in deadly stalemate

    The prisoners are crammed together in small, dark rooms with no water or electricity and barely enough food to survive. Diseases such as scabies and tuberculosis are rampant among them. Every so often, the crash of artillery shells rocks their sprawling prison complex, a stark reminder of the civil war raging outside. They are the inmates of Aleppo’s central prison, caught in the deadly stalemate...

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Former Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez talks to the people and thanks Bill Brady for selecting her as his running mate for lieutenant governor at the Long Grove Cafe on Tuesday.

    Dawn Patrol: Lake Marie drowning; Naperville teen center

    Man who drowned in Lake Marie identified. Brady names ex-Long Grove mayor as running mate. Teen center approved for downtown Naperville. Batavia considers new fee for stormwater management. RTA fails to reach funding agreement. Schaumburg Boomers win Frontier League title. Bears offensive line steps up.

    Students from St. John’s Lutheran School in Elgin hold flags Tuesday as “The Wall That Heals” travels along Division Street with a motorcycle escort led by the Elgin police and fire departments.

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in Elgin this week

    If you’ve never had a chance to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital, you can visit a half-scale, 250-foot replica this week in Elgin. “The Wall That Heals” will be open Thursday to Sunday at Civic Center Plaza. “I think that it’s profound, powerful, and it’s great that these guys are finally getting the recognition that they...

    Father Bill Zavaski, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, blesses the Nativity scene that was added to the North School Park holiday display in 2012.

    Arlington Hts. parks to allow Nativity, other private displays

    In the wake of the 2012 controversy over a Nativity scene amid the Arlington Heights Park District's holiday display in North School Park, the park board has settled on a policy that spells out how private groups can host displays in both North School and Memorial parks.

    Alyssa Gialamas of Naperville won a bronze medal as part of a 200-meter medley relay team at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Montreal. She’s training in hopes of medaling in the next Paralympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

    Naperville swimmer claims bronze — and beaver — at Paralympic World Championships

    Alyssa Gialamas won a beaver! That’s right. A beaver. She also won a bronze medal in the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships, but the Naperville 18-year-old said the stuffed beaver handed out with each medal was the talk around the pool in Montreal where she competed. “Everyone in Montreal was like ‘I got a beaver!’ instead of ‘I got a medal!’” Gialamas said.


    Rolling Meadows will again consider digital billboard

    Faced with an almost-worthless piece of property with a great location for attracting attention, the owners continue to fight to put a digital billboard at the corner of Route 53 and Alginquin Road in Rolling Meadows.


    Wauconda officials planning marketing push

    Wauconda officials are turning to regional magazines to help promote the town outside of the village limits.


    Schaumburg talks incentives for Zurich Insurance

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday discussed a proposed incentive agreement for Zurich Insurance to relocate from its two towers to an area of the Motorola Solutions campus elsewhere in the village. The draft agreement defines the 30- to 40-acre redevelopment as eligible for up to 65 percent of the funds it would generate itself from a proposed tax-increment finance district in the area.

    Hay rides are a staple at the 7th annual Prairie Fest at the Corron Farm in Campton Hills. The festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Hills.

    Campton Prairie Fest aims for old fashioned fun

    Campton Township will host ITS 7th annual Prairie Fest Saturday at Corron Farm in Campton Hills. The fest will have the usual attractions of hayrides, storytellers, live music and refreshments, but the Corron Farm Preservation Society also wants to get opinions on what should be done with an 1875 barn that has roof and structural issues.


    Justin Jackson

    Football: Week 3 MVPs

    Glenbard North senior running back Justin Jackson and Batavia senior safety Forrest Gilbertson have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 3 of the high school football season.

    Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne (11) will open the WNBA playoffs Friday against the Indiana Fever at Allstate Arena. Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince are the top three scorers for the Sky.

    Sky's winning ways rather intriguing

    The Chicago Sky, which will play its first WNBA playoff game in franchise history on Friday night in Allstate Arena, became an appealing sports story this summer. Yes, even for someone who previously never found women's basketball particularly appealing.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Rolling Meadows and wide receiver Erik Lora of Miami are creating problems for defenses this season. Garoppolo has thrown for 14 touchdowns in three games, and Lora has 31 receptions and 6 TDs as well.

    Former Meadows QB has EIU offense rolling

    Two years ago, Eastern Illinois went 2-9. Now it flaunts one of the most powerful offenses in all of college football behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a Rolling Meadows High School grad, and receiver Erik Lora, who set an FCS record for receptions last season.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Ben Smith, left, battles with Travis Brown behind the net during the Blackhawks' annual Training Camp Festival Monday at the United Center in Chicago.

    For Hawks’ Smith, the time is now

    After three years of trying to crack the Blackhawks’ lineup without success since his memorable first-round playoff series against Vancouver in 2011 (3 goals in seven games), Ben Smith is through messing around. While Smith focuses on doing "whatever it takes" to make the team, head coach Joel Quenneville says it's easy to root for someone who plays and works so hard.

    The Brewers’ Khris Davis leaps across home after hitting a solo home run during Wednesday’s game against the Cubs in Milwaukee. The Brewers shut out the cubs 7-0.

    Halton, Thornburg lead Brewers past Cubs, 7-0

    Sean Halton hit his first career grand slam, Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 on Wednesday night.


    Stevenson nets NSC Lake win

    Grace Duffy delivered 7 kills, Khaila Donaldson added six, and Stevenson’s girls volleyball team picked up its first North Suburban Lake Division win of the season Wednesday. The Patriots defeated Warren 25-15, 25-14 to improve to 8-4 and 1-1 in the NSC Lake.

    Warren’s Karyna Bihel hits a forehand during action Wednesday at Warren.

    Kirsch-Kiven team helps Stevenson deny Warren

    There are tennis players who step away from the high school scene for a year to compete in tournaments in an attempt to gain more national exposure. But Kendall Kirsch had a much different and less enjoyable reason for missing almost all of her sophomore season at Stevenson. The inflammation of her joints in her upper body led to breathing problems that forced her off the court in her second match. “It was really tough,” Kirsch said during Wednesday afternoon’s North Suburban Lake dual at Warren. “I missed being on the court and seeing my tennis friends. I forgot what it felt like to win for awhile and I like winning.” Kirsch is enjoying that feeling again with senior Alexxis Kiven at No. 1 doubles. They have lost just once this season and their 6-4, 6-0 victory helped the Patriots improve to 7-0 overall with a 6-1 victory in Gurnee.


    Schaumburg steps up, tops Addison Trail

    Senior Kiana Lewis put down 8 kills and junior Jada Blackwell handed out 18 assists as Schaumburg’s girls volleyball defeated host Addison Trail 25-23, 25-21 in the nonconference match on Wednesday.

    Palatine’s Tess O’Brien heads for a victory in the 200-meter freestyle during Wednesday’s meet against visiting Hoffman Estates.

    Improved Palatine plows ahead

    An impressive start to the season for Palatine’s girls swimming and diving team gained a little more luster in Wednesday’s Mid-Suburban West meet against visiting Hoffman Estates. The Pirates won 98-42 to remain unbeaten in duals. Palatine also has enough top-line swimmers that it’s fared well in invitational formats, with a fourth-place finish in last weekend’s Hinsdale South relay meet as the most recent evidence.


    Conant’s Bryeans shines at Chevy Chase

    onant junior Carly Bryeans produced one of her top scores of the season with a 1-under par 35 at the Chevy Chase Golf Club on Wednesday in Wheeling. Bryeans helped lift the Cougars to a score of 183 against host Wheeling.


    Burlington Central an easy winner

    Alan Camarena and Sean Fitzgerald each had a hat trick Wednesday night as the Burlington Central boys soccer team scored an easy 9-0 Big Northern East win over Rockford Christian.Jose Uribe, Jacob Schutta and Aaron Burnside also scored for the Rockets (8-1, 5-0).Schutta and Michael Passi each had 2 assists in the win, with Camarena, Uribe, Stefan Jochum and Cole Tecza adding one each. Brett Rau made 2 saves in goal for BC.

    White Sox starter John Danks gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in the first 2 innings, but rebounded to retire the final 16 batters he faced Wednesday against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Danks’ goal: Get everything straightened out

    John Danks settled down after a shaky beginning and retired the final 16 hitters he faced Wednesday in the White Sox' 4-3 loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Looking to 2014, Danks said he's not going to take too much time off this off-season.

    Purdue running back Akeem Hunt, right, goes over Notre Dame linebacker Dan Fox on his way to a touchdown during the first half of Saturday’s game in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers nearly upset Notre Dame.

    Purdue hoping to turn steady progress into wins

    The baby Boilermakers are growing up. They’ve figured out what coach Darrell Hazell has been after these past several months — an upbeat, confident team that is willing to match the intensity of opponents, map out solutions on the fly and do everything possible to succeed.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Katie Innis had 9 digs and 3 kills Wednesday night to lead South Elgin to a 25-8, 25-19 Upstate Eight crossover win over Streamwood.Bri Reum added 4 kills for the Storm (5-5) and Jessica Donzelli dished out 15 assists.Burlington Central d. Harvard: Allie O’Reilly had 18 digs while Makenna Jensen added 10 kills and 4 blocks as the Rockets rolled to a 25-7, 25-19 Big Northern East victory. Jenna Schudel (6 kills) and Maddy Barry (4 aces, 8 assists) also contributed for BC (8-3, 3-0).North Shore Country Day d. Elgin Academy: Maggie Veltri had 4 digs and 5 assists, Lizzie Clements 3 kills and Olivia Oberdorf 6 digs for Elgin Academy in a 25-8, 25-16 loss.

    Iowa linebacker James Morris tackles Iowa State running back Aaron Wimberly during the first half of Iowa’s win Saturday in Ames.

    Hawkeyes improving on ‘D’ in ’13

    It is way too early to compare Iowa’s defense this season to some of the best of the Kirk Ferentz era. So far, though, the Hawkeyes haven’t been half bad.

    After a three-game suspension, Carlos Hyde returns to No. 4 Ohio State’s backfield, creating a glut of players all seeking carries for the Buckeyes when they play Florida A&M on Saturday.

    Hyde’s return likely to shake up Ohio State’s rotation

    Urban Meyer couldn’t be happier that Carlos Hyde is returning to the field for No. 4 Ohio State — even though it might create some minor headaches when it comes to playing time.

    Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is working this week to bounce back from his first collegiate loss, but through three weeks Nittany Lions fans have to be impressed with this freshman.

    QB Hackenberg balancing school, success at Penn State

    His college career has spanned all of three weeks, yet Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg seems to be succeeding at contrasting goals. His grasp of the Nittany Lions’ offense already has resulted in some gaudy passing statistics and a quick ascension to his role as one of the team’s leaders. He said his ability to keep his head down on campus and be recognized only as a regular student is another test at which he is passing.

    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini’s rant two years ago has captivated a Cornhuskers fan base that has sold out an NCAA-record 328 consecutive games since 1962.

    Nebraska chancellor, AD: Put Pelini rant to rest

    Nebraska is ready to move on from Bo Pelini’s profane rant against fans two years ago. Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement Wednesday that they believe the football coach was sincere in his apology for what he said in an audio leaked to the Deadspin.com sports website this week.

    Washington wide receiver Jaydon Mickens scores a touchdown during the second half of Saturday’s game against Illinois at Soldier Field. The Huskies passed for 342 yards and ran for 273 more in their win.

    Big Ten defenses weak against the pass

    Three weeks into the season, half of the Big Ten’s dozen defenses are under aerial attack. Six of the conference’s teams are allowing 250 or more yards passing a game, and, if you count Nebraska’s 299.7 yards-against average, three are giving up 300 or more.

    Ian Kristan

    Baseball, Bradley very much alive for Carmel’s Kristan

    Life after baseball for Kevin Kristan rests, in an ironic twist, on the second floor of a funeral home. Kristan, who still has some life on his fastball, pitches batting practice. His son, Ian, swings the bat. “I actually set the cage up in the upstairs of the funeral home,” confessed Kevin, whose family, including his brother and father, has owned and operated Kristan Funeral Home in Mundelein for more than 50 years. “I kept it a secret all these years.” Baseball lives on for the once promising right-hander, whose claim to fame is being dealt, in 1984, by the White Sox along with 1983 American League Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt to San Diego in a seven-player trade that netted a young, slick-fielding, loquacious shortstop named Ozzie Guillen.

    Third-year coach Vito Andriola has brought a tough coaching style to Carpentersville, but it’s working as the Chargers are 3-0 heading into Friday’s showdown at Cary-Grove.

    Andriola transforming the culture at Dundee-Crown

    Transforming a losing football culture takes time. About three years, judging by what coach Vito Andriola is accomplishing at Dundee-Crown. A generation of football players from 1995 through last year’s 3-6 team passed through the Carpentersville school without experiencing a winning season, but that dynamic is likely to change this fall. Though a winning record and a playoff berth are far from guaranteed after three successful weeks, D-C is 3-0 for the first time in 20 years and has the all the earmarks of a program on the rise.


    Owner doesn’t blame her dog for shooting

    Mike Jackson offers the latest fishing reports in this week's Outdoors notes, as well as items about a Texas woman accidentally shot by her dog, and a man in Alaska who punched a grizzly and survived.


    Football Focus: Week 4 Preview
    In this edition of Football Focus, Joe Aguilar visits Willowbrook High School, where a winning football culture is taking over, and senior quarterback Brian Johnson just set a state record with 660 passing yards.


    Bears in a rush to get some sacks

    The Bears' defense should have chances to improve its weak pass rush and third-down proficiency this week against a Steelers offense that has put itself in frequent third-and-long situations and converetd just 25 percent of all third downs.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Justin Prince judges his shot after hitting the ball out of the sand trap on the sixth hole at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora on Wednesday, September 18.

    Weather wins out at Aurora City tourney

    The Aurora City Boys Golf Tournament had enough contingency plans for multiple events on Wednesday afternoon. The plan for an 18-hole tournament between the programs from East Aurora, West Aurora, Marmion, Aurora Central Catholic, Aurora Christian, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley was altered by persistent lightning strikes at Phillips Park.

    Tanit Jarusan/tjarusan@dailyherald.com ¬ Phil Lawler speaks Monday at Madison Junior High school Monday during school celebrates its 30th anniversary, in Naperville.

    Golfers eager to tee off 4 A Cure

    How do you attract 144 golfers at the drop of a hat? Present a benefit golf event in the name of Phil Lawler, the former Naperville Central pitching coach and lifelong educator who died of cancer in 2010.

    Devin Hester has been flying high this season since concentrating exclusively on kick returns.

    Devin returns to being simply divine

    The idea of having Devin Hester focus strictly on returning punts and kickoffs appears to be an excellent one, regardless of who thought of it first. Hester received his 13th NFC special teams player of the week award on Wednesday for his franchise-record 249 kickoff-return yards on Sunday.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford says he doesn't mind the shorter pads mandated by NFL officials in the offseason. Crawford shutout the Red Wings in the Hawks' preseason opener Tuesday.

    Crawford slaps aside worries about new pads

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford isn't worried about the NHL mandate to shorten goalie pads. The league’s thinking was it would open the five-hole area and increase scoring, but Crawford says he's comfortable in the new pads. Tim Sassone has more in today's Blackhawks notebook.

    Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Browns have traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round. The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical.

    Browns ship RB Richardson to Colts for 1st rounder

    BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in a surprise move less than two years after drafting him in the first round.The Browns (0-2), struggling on offense under new coach Rob Chudzinski, announced the move Wednesday afternoon. They will also bring in veteran running back Willis McGahee for a physical.Cleveland receives a first-round pick in next year’s draft for Richardson, who has struggled with injuries since a standout career at Alabama. He was the No. 3 overall pick in 2012.“Trent’s a great player and we expect him to have success in this league,” Browns CEO Joe Banner says.McGahee is a two-time Pro Bowler (2007, 2011) with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

    The White Sox’s Jordan Danks watches his two-run single off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond, scoring Paul Konerko and Marcus Semien, during Wednesday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Twins avoid sweep by beating White Sox 4-3

    Scott Diamond was looking for his first win in almost three months, and a familiar face helped him get it. With catcher Eric Fryer making his first big league start, Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June 20, and the Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Mike Jackson displays the bounty of Rawah Ranch, a 24-inch rainbow trout he landed in northern Colorado.

    One big reason to visit Rawah Lodge

    A visit to Rawah Lodge, about 65 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., led Mike Jackson to an encounter with a mythically large wild rainbow trout.

    St. Charles North’s Daley Krage, left, goes up to block St. Charles East’s Megan Schildmeyer during the North Stars’ 3-set win Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North won’t let big win go to its heads

    We’re bringing a little bit of everything while waiting for Week 4 of the high school football season to arrive Friday night ... Super scene: It’s always interesting to see what unfolds when St. Charles East and St. Charles North’s volleyball teams squre off, and Tuesday certainly was no exception. For the first time in nine tries, St. Charles North was able to come out on top, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22.

    Marmion graduate Ryan Glasgow celebrates Michigan’s 28-24 win over Akron.

    Glasgow brothers making Marmion proud

    Four years ago, Graham Glasgow and his younger brother Ryan were mainstays as offensive and defensive linemen for Marmion’s football team. A year ago, the Glasgow brothers were reunited at the University of Michigan with Graham appearing in 5 games as a reserve offensive lineman and on special teams for the Wolverines while Ryan spent his freshman season as a redshirt member of the scout team. Three weeks ago, they donned the famous maize and blue colored winged helmets and emerged from the tunnel at Michigan Stadium as true collegiate teammates for the first time, helping lead the Wolverines to a season-opening 59-9 victory over Central Michigan.

    Mikey Dudek, left, of Neuqua Valley is pulled down by Billy Gammon of Naperville Central earlier this season.

    Naperville Central will need its depth at LB

    You couldn’t draw up two worse consecutive plays for Naperville Central’s football team. Facing Neuqua Valley — one of the area’s top offensive teams — the Redhawks’ defense lost senior lineman Cole Wooldridge and junior linebacker Bobby McMillen to knee injuries on back-to-back plays. It looked grim for both returning starters, not just for that game but for the season. Last week the Redhawks learned Wooldridge would miss the remainder of the season. The good news, however, was that McMillen played in last Friday’s win over Lake Park and made 7 tackles.


    Mike North video: Rose Dunks in Japan
    Between Derrick Rose, Stephen Strasburg and RG3 all sitting it out, Mike North wonders what is happening to toughness in sports. Tony Dungy is already saying if RG 3 has another bad game, maybe he shouldn't continue to start. Maybe if he had played even a little in the preseason, he wouldn't be so rusty.


    Business owner Tom Roeser is butting heads with Carpentersville officials over this brick driveway he installed at 3 N. Washington St.

    Carpentersville working to resolve driveway issue

    Tom Roeser, head of the village’s largest employer, continues to feud with the village over the brick driveway he installed that violates village code. While brick pavers are a no-no for driveways, they are allowed for patio construction, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said. So if Roeser treats the driveway like a patio, it will comply with village code, Rooney said. “I’m not going to make a mountain out of a molehill,” Rooney said.

    This red cashmere cape drew the most attention in the hours just after bidding began early Tuesday. By evening, it registered 39 bids — pushing the initial asking price from around $300 to $965.

    Red cape drawing bids during Jackson Jr. auction

    A showy red cape and an autographed Michael Jackson poster drew the most interest from potential buyers as a government auction of around a dozen personal items forfeited by prison-bound ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. got underway Tuesday.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says technology is important for creating jobs and improving residents' quality of life.

    Chicago drafts plan to maintain technology edge

    Chicago has drafted a technology plan intended to help the city maintain an edge in innovation and modern infrastructure. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says technology is important for creating jobs and improving residents' quality of life.The city's plan, announced Tuesday, follows a number of strategies.


    Report: Illinois lagging on health care for poor

    A new report says Illinois ranks 36th among the states for delivering health care services to its low-income residents. The Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard Wednesday detailing how states are performing on health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income people.

    The news conference of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke appears on a television screen at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. The Federal Reserve decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy, saying it will continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds because it thinks the economy still needs the support.

    Stock market sets record after Fed keeps stimulus

    The stock market hit a record high Wednesday as investors cheered the Federal Reserve’s surprise decision to keep its economic stimulus program in place. Stocks traded slightly lower throughout the morning, but took off immediately after the Fed’s decision in the early afternoon.

    A television monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy, saying it will continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds because it thinks the economy still needs the support.

    S&P 500 climbs to record as Fed refrains from reducing stimulus

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to a record high after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly refrained from reducing bond buying, emboldening bulls who have enjoyed a 154 percent rally since stimulus began five years ago. Utilities, commodity shares and financial companies rallied the most out of 10 groups in the S&P 500, rising more than 1.5 percent.

    Walgreen Co., the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage.

    Walgreen joins exodus to private exchanges after Obamacare

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage.

    President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. Obama and Democrats frequently criticize Republicans for focusing so much attention on repeal efforts of Obamacare without coming up with an alternative. A large group of House conservatives intends to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools, according to lawmakers who said the plan marked the Republicansí first comprehensive alternative to Obamacare.

    House conservatives back ‘Obamacare’ alternative
    A large group of House conservatives intends to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools, according to lawmakers who said the plan marked the Republicans’ first comprehensive alternative to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    A new home under construction in Omaha, Neb. U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to build even more in future months.

    U.S. builders boost single-family home construction

    U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to build even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates. Builders increased construction of single-family homes 7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.


    Deerfield, Naperville restaurants sued for discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing Naperville and Deerfield locations of a Chicago restaurant chain of racial discrimination for hiring few black workers. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court says Rosebud Restaurants is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for failing or refusing to hire African-Americans based on their race.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. will become the latest big employer to send its workers shopping for their health insurance coverage instead of providing a few plan choices for them.

    Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. will become the latest big employer to send its workers shopping for their health insurance coverage instead of providing a few plan choices for them. The nation’s largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will start giving workers a contribution toward the cost of coverage and then send them to a private health insurance exchange where they will pick from as many as 25 plans.

Life & Entertainment

    Mandarin pork, chicken chow fun and pot stickers are a delicious trio at Hua Ting in Hinsdale.

    Discover Hua Ting: Chinese restaurant in Hinsdale worth exploring

    Newspaper writing is rife with clichés. However, I'm forced to employ one in describing Hua Ting Szechwan and Mandarin restaurant in Hinsdale. This place is a hidden gem. Tucked inside the tony Gateway Square mall on York Road, Hua Ting offers some of the freshest, most flavorful Chinese food I have had in years.

    Ken Ehrlich, left, executive producer of Sunday’s 65th Emmy Awards telecast, host Neil Patrick Harris, center, and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum roll out the red carpet for the show on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Neil Patrick Harris rolls out red carpet for Emmys

    Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris isn’t planning to leave the stage during Sunday’s ceremony unless he’s really, really gotta go. “I’ll be staying on stage the whole show — with a few exceptions,” the second-time Emmy host teased after ceremoniously unraveling the red carpet Wednesday morning. “I thought about having a colostomy bag, but I thought that would not be good for the first few rows."

    Andy Herren, an Aurora native, won the 15th season of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.

    Aurora native wins 'Big Brother'

    In a controversial season marked by homophobic and racial slurs, openly gay contestant and Aurora native Andy Herren was named the winner of “Big Brother” Wednesday night.


    Good wine: What wine to pair with 'the other white meat'

    Pork currently takes pride of place in many meals, with the versatility to serve as an elegant appetizer or finger-licking tailgate food, on the finest porcelain or out of a cardboard box. Whether your pork dish involves the flavors of home or a culinary excursion, here are three basic pork preparations, with delicious wines complements.

    The final episode of "Dexter" starring Michael C. Hall airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime.

    Michael C. Hall ready to say goodbye to ‘Dexter’

    Michael C. Hall will miss certain things about playing the serial killer Dexter. The character was decisive and didn’t hesitate to take action, even at times of extreme stress and even when that action was morally questionable. He’s looking forward to portraying people whose emotions are not stunted or buried.

    This publicity image shows Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus, and a young human boy named Spot in a concept art image for “The Good Dinosaur.”

    Disney bumps ‘Good Dinosaur’ back 18 months

    Walt Disney Pictures has pushed the release date of the Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur” to November 2015, leaving the Pixar cupboard bare for next year. The 3-D film had been planned to hit theaters in May before Disney’s announcement Wednesday. It means that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 to go without a new Pixar movie.


    Eminem’s childhood home in Detroit up for auction

    The childhood home of rapper Eminem has gone up for auction in Detroit. The Detroit News reported Wednesday that the small, single-family house on the city’s northeast side is listed on a state website. No price was given for the 747-square-foot home.

    Magic Johnson

    Magic, Common team up for at-risk kids

    Earvin “Magic” Johnson is getting a little help from Chicago rapper Common for his newest off-court endeavor. The former NBA star launched his “Friends of Magic” initiative Wednesday. The idea is to help at-risk students, including dropouts, graduate from high school.

    Describe your family room challenge in 300 words or less and enter for a chance to win a room makeover.

    Does your family room need an update?
    For most of us, the family room is probably the room we spend the most time in … and the least time on. We want to help you change that. We want to help you create the family room your family deserves.

    Elvis Costello and the Roots, “Wise Up Ghost”

    Costello, Roots a winning collaboration

    Enough with Velvet Elvis. This year’s model of Elvis Costello features a collaboration with the Roots that inspires his angriest singing and best album in many years.


    Madonna’s Hamptons horse farm road under scrutiny

    BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — A minor tempest over an access road built on Madonna’s Hamptons horse farm appears to have been settled.Newsday reports that Suffolk County officials sent the entertainer a cease-and-desist letter. It said her 24-acre Bridgehampton property was improperly being used as a cut-through for construction vehicles to get to her adjacent land.The county prohibits any “driveway, roadway, path or thoroughfare” on land belonging to its farmland preservation program. The only exception is for agricultural uses.An attorney for Madonna’s for Wild Horses Farms LLC, Edward Burke Sr., called it “an unfortunate mistake.” It has since been removed.He says the unpaved road in question was always temporary. He adds that “there was no harm done.”


    Spike Lee to receive $300,000 Gish Prize

    Spike Lee will receive the 20th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which carries a reward of $300,000.

    “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is the world’s best-dressed woman, according to People magazine. Washington, 36, has proved a red-carpet risk-taker, wearing up-and-coming designers and making atypical choices.

    People picks Washington as best-dressed star

    “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is the world’s best-dressed woman, according to People magazine. Washington, 36, has proved a red-carpet risk-taker, wearing up-and-coming designers and making atypical choices.

    Chris Young is holding his new songs from his next album close to his chest, but the one single he has released, “Aw Naw,” gives a glimpse of a young country musician that’s ready to take his career to the next step.

    Chris Young takes next step with ‘A.M.’

    Chris Young was nervous about his new single “Aw Naw.” The 28-year-old Tennessee native releases his new album “A.M.” this week after a string of No. 1 hits. He wasn’t sure how “Aw Naw” would fit in that line of singles because it was so different from what he’s done over his previous three albums. “It’s downloading and it’s hopefully going to help move a lot of records. ... It’s definitely a shot in the arm to my live show,” he said.

    American R&B and soul musician, composer and record producer Janelle Monae released her full-length sophomore album, “The Electric Lady,” last week.

    Janelle Monae on new album, Prince, therapy

    Janelle Monae finally released her sophomore effort, "The Electric Lady," three years after her critically acclaimed full-length debut, “The ArchAndroid.” The new album is a departure for the 27-year-old, who collaborates with Prince, Miguel and Erykah Badu on the 19-track set.


    What’s in a name? Hurt grandma wants to know

    Woman feels put off by 8-year-old grandson who calls her by her first name. Should she say anything?

    AMC is keeping “Mad Men” — starring Jon Hamm as Don Draper, left, and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper — around an extra year, expanding the final season of this acclaimed drama series to 14 episodes and portioning them equally in 2014 and 2015.

    ‘Mad Men’ to wrap its run with 2-part final season

    AMC is keeping “Mad Men” around an extra year, expanding the final season of this acclaimed drama series to 14 episodes and portioning them equally in 2014 and 2015. The network said Tuesday that seven episodes will air next spring and another seven in 2015. Previous “Mad Men” seasons have spanned 13 episodes.


    Music notes: Genesis songs revisted

    Steve Hackett, former guitarist in the art-pop band Genesis, will play not one, but two shows in St. Charles this weekend, exploring the classic songs of his old band. Meanwhile, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performs in the city.

    Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate — 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school. The 42-year-old actor-producer finished his diploma requirements after taking classes online.

    Mark Wahlberg no longer a high school dropout

    Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate — 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school. The 42-year-old actor-producer finished his diploma requirements after taking classes online. He dropped out of Copley Square High School, now known as Snowden International School at Copley, in the 9th grade.

    Seeds can be collected from a cucumber.

    Collect your own seeds for next year’s planting

    September finds me saving seeds of some of this year’s best sweet peppers and most colorful flowers to plant in next year’s garden. Why? Saving my own seeds from year to year gives me a bit of independence from seed companies, which, for one reason or another, may stop offering certain varieties.

    Chef Rich Rosendale, left, says his greatest challenges come on the set of “Recipe Rehab,” a Saturday morning show that will begin airing Sept. 28 on CBS. Here he is with the show's host, Evette Rios, in the California studio.

    Former Greenbrier chef now stars in 'Recipe Rehab'

    He's competed in the culinary Olympics, led a team at a global cooking competition in France and produced countless photo-worthy dishes for guests at southern West Virginia's world-class resort, The Greenbrier. But Richard Rosendale, one of TV's newest celebrity chefs, says his greatest challenges come on the set of "Recipe Rehab," a Saturday morning show that begins airing Sept. 28 on CBS.

    Model Chanel Iman, of Atlanta, during the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014 collection during Fashion Week in New York. Iman has joined with Naomi Campbell and modeling agent Bethann Hardison for an unusual effort they are calling Balance Diversity to bring more black models to the runway.

    Model campaign seeks more diversity on fashion runways

    Supermodel Iman watched the runways like a hawk this Fashion Week — but she wasn’t looking at the clothes. Iman joined with Naomi Campbell and veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison for an unusual effort they are calling Balance Diversity to bring more black models to the runway, and they called out designers who whitewash their runways in the process. By all indications, their open letter made a difference, with an uptick in diversity at the previews that ended last week.

    In Naples, Fla., landscape architect W. Christian Busk installs “living driveways,” which feature real grass interspersed among pavers, which reduces heat and glare and provides some drainage.

    Design options abound for driveways

    While a driveway may still be a utilitarian afterthought for many homeowners, others are adding some serious curb appeal to their homes by moving beyond basic options like grass or gravel, asphalt or concrete.


    Smokey Risotto with Peas
    Smokey Risotto with Peas: Nick Brenkus


    Campanelle with Shrimp and Sweet Peas in Lemon Cream Sauce and Garlic Parmesan Toast
    Mike Baron


    Farro Varnishkas with a Savory Mushroom Herb Sauce
    Farro Varnishkas with a savory mushroom herb sauce: Dan Rich


    Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Grape Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
    Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Grape Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing: Dan Rich


    Curried Salmon and Roasted Corn Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce
    Curried Salmon and Roasted Corn Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce: Dan Rich


    Grape Reduction Farro Spinach Salad
    Grape Reduction Farro Spinach Salad: Carrie Shawala


    Farro Italiano in the style of Risotto with Grape Reduction Farro Spinach Salad
    Farro Italiano in the style of Risotto served with Grape Reduction Farro Spinach Salad: Carrie Shawala

    Emily Weber

    Meet the Round 1, Week 2 judges
    Meet the judges who rated this week's Cook of the Week Challenge recipes. Chefs John Junior and Suzy Singh along with Penny Kazmier, Michael Pennisi and Beth Peterson took a look at the Round 1, Week 2 recipes. Joining them from our sponsors were chef Mike Nevil, representing the Green County Wisconsin tourism board, and Emil Weber, marketing coordinator for PepsiCo.

    Lynn Fors

    Cook of the Week Challenge: What’s in store for Week 4 contestants
    Who's cooking what for Round 1, Week 4


    Round 1, Week 3: Canned salmon, farro, grapes and red peppers compliments of the Hyatt Woodfield Schaumburg
    Carrie Shawala and Dan Rich tackle canned salmon, farro, grapes and red peppers in this week's Cook of the Week Challenge.

    John Chandler’s lasagna has reigned as the most popular recipe on AllRecipes.com for more than a decade. Chandler says he’s “definitely not a foodie” but he loves to cook.

    World’s Best Lasagna (Tweaked)
    World's Best Lasagna (Tweaked)

    John Chandler’s lasagna has reigned as the most popular recipe on AllRecipes.com for more than a decade. Chandler says he’s “definitely not a foodie” but he loves to cook.

    Lasagna for 12 million, please

    John Chandler has a secret, and he guards it carefully, lest yet another friend or co-worker ask him to make it for a dinner party. He is the creator of the World’s Best Lasagna, an artery-clogging tower of sweet Italian sausage, ground beef and ricotta cheese that has reigned as the most popular recipe on AllRecipes.com for more than a decade.

    Christine Murphy

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Two ladies join the dance in Round 2

    Our judges raved about Lori Wiktorek’s stuffed pork chops and cheesy bacon cauliflower, pushing the Aurora woman into Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge. Joining Wiktorek is Palatine teacher Christine Murphy whose strawberry-topped waffle bruschetta and mini cheese strata rose high in the rankings.

    Christine Murphy

    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorites
    On-line voters picked as their favorites for week 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Ming-Na Wen

    Marvel takes over your television

    "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." comes home Tuesday, but you can warm up your TV with a superhero marathon this weekend, courtesy of Netflix.

    Legendary singer and dancer Ben Vereen performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Weekend picks: Ben Vereen dances into Raue Center

    See legendary singer and dancer Ben Vereen grace the stage at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake Saturday.The Eagles, the phenomenally successful rock band from the 1970s, is touring again with a Friday stop at the United Center. It's time for The Bavarian Lodge's 27th annual Oktoberfest kickoff party and pig roast Saturday in Lisle.


    Cook of the Week Challenge: Round 2 Week 3: 365 Everyday Value frozen peas and Porte Brown CPA $20 budget
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    Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg star in the pilot of Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premiering on ABC.

    ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ delivers Marvel-ous action

    Several movie blockbusters of recent years, hailing from a long-iconic comic brand, surely haven’t hurt in preselling one of the new season’s most anticipated series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” bursts into action Tuesday, Sept. 24, on ABC with a combination of intrigue and special effects likely to satisfy anyone thinking even in passing about getting on board. Executive producers including Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) and his brother Jed make the intrigue immediate by including Agent Phil Coulson, since Clark Gregg reprises the character who supposedly met his doom on theater screens last year in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”


    A consortium studying online learning could lead to important advances in tailoring technology to meet individual students’ needs.

    Editorial: Pooling resources will help boost digital learning

    Five suburban districts are wisely working together to provide online learning opportunities to students, many of whom may do better in a non-classroom environment, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Shocker: KGB colonel outmaneuvers community organizer

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: As I read Vlad’s op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: “Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?”The song is “Send in the Clowns” and seems an apt soundtrack for current events


    Bush in the mirror

    Columnist Richard Cohen: We’re all losers. Because of President Obama’s fecklessness — abetted by a Congress that has turned darkly isolationist — the world is now a less safe place. The policeman has proved to be a bumbler.


    Sports columnist fairly reported on marriage issue
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Patricia Babcock correctly points out there are two sides to the issue, and the proof and arguments for traditional marriage should be heard. Sounds like fair and balanced reporting to me, the hall mark of professional journalism.


    Come to Kaneland’s state of the district
    A Kaneland letter to the editor: Did you know that the mission of Kaneland School District is to graduate all students college, career and community ready? Attend the second annual Kaneland State of the District meeting and learn more about the progress the district is making in carrying out this important mission.


    ‘Rainwater tax’ unfair to DuPage
    A Donwers Grove letter to the editor: Our politics has reached a new low when the elected representatives who have sworn to uphold the Illinois State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, choose to ignore it.


    Misleading health care info is outrage
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: I recently received a newsletter from my congressman, Peter Roskam. Mr. Roskam claims to be “Preventing Fraud, Protecting You.”


    Vote against war, Mr. Congressman
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I wanted to write to my congressman but I do not have his address. I hope he reads this. With the threat of war looming over us I say: When the airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 3,000 of our citizens were burned to death.


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