Daily Archive : Friday September 20, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Arlington Heights man was arrested in a fitness center lot in Schaumburg and charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal damage to property after an altercation. According to witnesses, the man argued with a motorist he thought was driving too fast, broke the victim’s mirror after the victim entered the business, and drove at the victim when he exited, with the victim jumping on the hood and...

    The Rev. Gary Burge

    Christian Zionism focus of Wheaton church discussion

    Wheaton College professor the Rev. Gary Burge will visit First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton Saturday to discuss the current Christian Zionist movement, both locally and abroad.


    Police standoff continues late Friday in Waukegan

    A police barricade situation continued Friday night in Waukegan involving a man suspected in a recent nearby shooting. Police surrounded an apartment on the 300 block of George Avenue and locked down area schools about noon Friday. Sgt. Dave DeBaufer said late Friday the barricade situation remained “active and ongoing.”

    Bill Johnston

    Possible Round Lake High School expansion focus of District 116 forum

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials will focus on a possible high school expansion in a community forum set for next week. District 116 will host the forum for parents, staff, students and others on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Round Lake High School theater.

    BILL ZARS/bzars@dailyherald.com There is debate in Bartlett about the big number of video gambling businesses that want to come to town.

    Bartlett officials worried about growth in video gaming

    The Bartlett village board heard more details about two proposed video gambling bars this week, and the response from some board members and residents was not positive. Five existing businesses in the village have already been granted a state license for video gambling, and two new video gambling bars are building out and waiting for their license.

    MainStreet Libertyville Oktoberfest committee member Gary Devroy. This year’s event will be held from 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on Church Street in Libertyville.

    Oktoberfest returns to Libertyville

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 11 p.m. on Church Street.

    Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate Patrick Fissette surprises his son, Tristan, at Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village Friday after returning home from his last tour of duty.

    Navy dad surprises kids at Elk Grove Village school

    It’s been 327 days since Kailey and Tristan Fissette have seen their father, Patrick, a Navy GMC who was in Kuwait and Afghanistan on his fourth deployment. The Elk Grove Village dad surprised his kids Friday in their classes at Mead Junior High School. “They had no idea that he was coming home. They thought he wasn’t coming home for another month,” their mother said as Tristan threw her a look...

    Kristina Kovarik

    Mayor: Gurnee must stop losing businesses to Wisconsin

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik says the village can’t afford to sit back in the wake of a major business fleeing to Wisconsin. Kovarik said she intends to push for the hiring of a full-time staff economic development coordinator who would be responsible for business attraction and retention.

    Robert R. Rumbelow

    Ex-band director at U of I charged with theft

    Champaign County prosecutors have filed felony theft charges against the former director of the University of Illinois Bands on allegations he sold university instruments and pocketed the money.


    Judge postpones ruling in suit over lawmaker pay

    A Cook County circuit curt judge says he will rule next month on a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to halt lawmaker pay until they address Illinois’ pension crisis. Judge Neil Cohen said Wednesday he would issue his decision by Sept. 26. But on Friday, Cohen said he’ll rule no later than Oct. 3.

    A woman becomes emotional Thursday near the scene of a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago’s Back of the Yard neighborhood that left multiple victims, including a 3-year-old boy. Thursday night’s attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols.

    Chicago shooting shows gap in policing

    A shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others in Chicago occurred just outside a section of the city that police have flooded with officers, reigniting outrage over the toll of the community’s gun violence and the inability of stepped-up police action to stop it. Residents had gathered in a neighborhood park Thursday to watch a late-night basketball game when assailants armed with an...

    Raghuveer Nayak

    Oak Brook man pleads guilty in bribery case

    A one-time contributor to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was also a figure in scandals related to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty Friday to bribing doctors for referrals to surgery centers he owned. A somber Raghuveer Nayak, of Oak Brook, fumbled with a pair of eyeglasses as he pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago to one fraud and one tax count.

    A soldier carries cartons of canned vegetables Friday to a waiting vehicle as part of the humanitarian aid bound for storm victims of Tropical Storm Manuel, in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza.

    Soldiers look for landslide victims, chopper

    Federal police have been helping move emergency supplies and aid victims of massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Manuel, which washed out bridges and collapsed highways throughout the area, cutting Acapulco off by land and stranding thousands of tourists.

    Jack Partelow

    Metra releasing confidential files to state investigators

    Metra directors agreed to turn over confidential documents to the state officials investigating misconduct charges. The documents in question include privileged communications between attorneys and the board.

    The EvenFlow nightclub in Geneva will have to close no later than midnight over the first half of October as part of its sentence for staying open past closing and letting patrons stay in past closing one night in August.

    Geneva mayor scolds EvenFlow for hosting celebs too late, cuts its hours

    A Geneva nightclub will have to close early most of October and was fined $2,500, for letting people, including "Dancing With The Stars" and other celebs, stay in the club after closing hours Aug. 25. "I don’t care if it is Jesus Christ and his disciples, they can take their wine elsewhere,” Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns told the owners of the club. “That is not an excuse.”


    Roadwork moves south on Route 59 in Naperville, Aurora

    Median removal work on the southern portion of the Route 59 construction zone in Naperville is set to begin Monday, causing the city to warn drivers of lane closures and more traffic delays during the second month of the two-year project.


    District 93 Early Childhood Center adding playground

    What school is complete without a playground? A new facility in Bloomingdale is about to build that most basic addition. Carol Stream Elementary District 93’s Early Childhood Center staff and parents are coming together Saturday to build a playground for the center at 280 Old Gary Ave.

    Woodman’s in Carpentersville has a nearby gas station on Randall Road. President Phillip Woodman approached village officials this summer to see whether they would roll back a 2-cent gas tax hike so he could better compete with Randall Road gas stations in Elgin and Algonquin. The village slashed the tax increase this week.

    Carpentersville reduces gas tax 2 cents

    In an effort to help Carpentersville gas stations better compete with those in Elgin and Algonquin, village officials rolled back a 2 cents per gallon motor fuel tax hike this week. That leaves the total gas tax at 2 cents.

    Solar panels on the roof at Libertyville High School.

    Libertyville High turning to sun for energy

    A solar-power project at Libertyville High School could expand if officials land the necessary funding. Photovoltaic equipment that helps collect the sun’s rays and turn them into usable electricity recently was added to the roof of the school as part of the science curriculum, District 128 board President Pat Groody said. A grant paid for the installation.


    Harper wins grant to teach supply chain management

    Harper College in Palatine has been awarded a $1.1 million federal grant to set up a supply chain management program in conjunction with Northwestern University and industry partners.

    New Metra board directors John Zediker, far left, and Manuel Barbosa, far right, attend a five-hour meeting Friday.

    Suburbanites settle in to Metra board

    Metra's on a firmer footing with the arrival of two new board directors who heard tales of budget woes and unfunded mandates Friday. 'It's a stop toward normalcy after a summer of scandal.


    Water rate, referendum major topics at Fox Lake meeting

    Just as Fox Lake residents were trying to get used to the idea they may have to pay higher water rates, village officials said they plan to ask voters for a property tax increase to improve village streets. Mayor Donny Schmit announced at a town-hall meeting Thursday the village board intends to seek voter approval in March on a tax rate increase for a $6 million bond to fund road improvements.

    Irish Melody Buenconsejo of Rosemont wraps herself in the American flag after receiving her certificate of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony Friday in Schaumburg.

    Suburban immigrants become U.S. citizens

    More than 70 immigrants became Americans on Friday during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg.

    Pamela Jacobazzi

    Bartlett woman loses bid for new shaken baby trial

    It’s back to prison for Pamela Jacobazzi. The former day care provider convicted of fatally shaking a 10-month-old boy left in her care was denied a new murder trial Friday in DuPage County court.

    Michael Seyller

    Supervision, community sentence part of Seyller sentence

    Michael Seyller, a sergeant with the East Dundee Police Department who has been stripped of his authority for almost a year and is fighting several court cases, has been found guilty of violating an order of protection in Arlington Heights. A Cook County judge sentenced him to a year of court supervision, ordered him to pay $809 in fines and to perform 80 hours of community service, court records...

    William Ayers appears during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Nov. 14, 2008, in New York, where Ayers said he knows President-elect Barack Obama no better than thousands of other people in Chicago. In the interview, Ayers distanced himself from Obama, saying the two didn’t meet before Ayers hosted an event at his home for Obama. He said the relationship was based on things like improving schools in their Chicago neighborhood, not on Ayers’ political views.

    Bill Ayers to highlight ECC speaker series

    Former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers will be the first speaker at Elgin Community College's Humanities Center Speaker Series next week. Campus officials say there is value in having college students hear what he has to say. “We feel it is important to offer programs and activities that allow our students to learn about diverse perspectives on important topics and complex issues,” Rose...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brandon K. Taylor, 17, of Hanover Park, and a 15-year-old juvenile were arrested Thursday after a robbery during which a person's skull was fractured with a brick, according to a police report. Police said the pair stole the person's bicycle and cellphone.


    D128 board documents online:

    For the first time, the memos, reports and other documents Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials read before board meetings are online for public review.


    One World Festival in Mundelein:

    A new community event, the One World Festival, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Mundelein Metra station, 205 North Archer Ave.


    Two arrested in Beach Park chainsaw burglary

    Two men were arrested by Lake County Sheriff police after they tried to steal a chainsaw in Beach Park, officials said.


    Jazz all stars at local church:

    The Windy City All Stars are the guest artists Sunday, Sept. 22 for Jazz Vespers Jazz Vespers at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville.


    Man convicted of trafficking guns to Chicago

    A South suburban man was convicted of a series of gun charges after authorities say he illegally trafficked hundreds of high-powered weapons into Chicago. David Lewisbey, 23, of South Holland faces up to 35 years in prison.


    Suburban reporter in contempt for not revealing source

    A suburban reporter has been found in contempt for failing to disclose how he got confidential Joliet police reports in a gruesome double murder case.


    Counterterrorism expert to head FBI’s Chicago office

    Robert Holley has been selected to replace Cory B. Nelson as the new special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office. Holley has been a deputy assistant director of the FBI counterterrorism division.


    Ex-Dolton officer sentenced to 75 months in prison

    A former South suburban police officer was sentenced to more than six years in prison after he was convicted of civil rights violations for striking two men with a baton outside a nightclub.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, smiles during a news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans who persuaded the House leadership to include defunding the Affordable Care Act as part of legislation to prevent a government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Sen. Cruz is flanked by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right.

    House votes to derail Obamacare, fund government

    The GOP-controlled House voted Friday to cripple President Barack Obama’s health care law as part of a risky ploy that threatens a government shutdown in a week and a half. The 230-189 vote sets the stage for a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate, which promises to strip the health care provision from the bill next week.

    Eugene Jonsson

    Crash victim may be missing Arlington Heights man

    Authorities say they believe an elderly Arlington Heights man who was reported missing Aug. 22 is the person who died in a single-car crash that was just discovered but which apparently occurred some time ago along Route 59. Authorities say the car, which was found in a deep ravine, is registered to 84-year-old Eugene Jonsson, who has been missing nearly a month. “I didn’t figure this was going...

    Double-murder suspect Elzbieta Plackowska appears at her November 2012 arraignment at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton.

    Psych exam under way for Naperville mom charged in child slayings

    The baby sitter charged with stabbing two children to death in Naperville has undergone a psychological evaluation, authorities said Friday. Elzbieta Plackowska was recently interviewed by a psychologist hired by prosecutors, DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin said.

    Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

    Poll Vault: Are American Indian team names racist?

    Are all American Indian team names racist? Naperville Central and Huntley high schools replaced “Redskins” with other mascot names (the RedHawks and Red Raiders). Chicago’s Stanley Cup champion team calls itself the Blackhawks. Is it possible to have a mascot that honors Indians?

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    U.S. Marshals halt Jackson auction after authenticity issues

    With the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen called into question, authorities pulled the plug Friday on an online auction of personal belongings forfeited by Illinois' prison-bound former congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr.


    Charge: DuPage burglar hit home where 2 died in murder-suicide

    A Downers Grove man was charged Friday with burglarizing the house where two of his neighbors died in a murder-suicide in July. Prosecutors said Kenneth Harry, a previously convicted burglar, climbed a tree and onto the roof to get inside.

    The Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin during a Sunday service. The church is celebrating its 25th anniversary Sept. 21.

    Harvest Bible Chapel celebrating 25 years of ministry, growth

    As its more than 13,000 members prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harvest Bible Chapel this weekend, church leaders are looking back to where it all began. “We knew the kind of church we wanted to be a part of, but we didn't realize how many other people would want to be ... with us,” says Associate Pastor Rick Donald.


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    District 25 starting gifted program transition

    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board members discussed the changes to the district's gifted education program at the Thursday night meeting as a year full of transition and training gets under way.

    A detail shot of the helmet worn by a robbery suspect from Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Associated Bank at 34354 N. Route 45 in Third Lake.

    Third Lake bank robbed

    Lake County sheriff’s police are searching for an agile thief who robbed a Third Lake bank. The stickup occurred about 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Associated Bank, 34354 N. Route 45.

    Putting the finishing touches on a grave just after the service, Adalberto Nevarez lays fresh topsoil around the grave marker, then places sod along with flowers brought by the family.

    Moving Picture: Northlake gravedigger says job part of life

    Adalberto Nevarez, Jr. gives people the creeps when he tells them about his job as a gravedigger in Arlington Heights. But after four years on the job, it's just become part of life for him. “When I dug my first grave I thought about it more, that there's somebody deceased right next to me,” Nevarez says. “As the years went by I just look at it like a normal job."


    2 Illinois lawmakers eye scrapping gas tax

    Two Democratic state representatives are introducing legislation to remove the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. Decatur Democrat Sue Scherer tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that her constituents are frustrated by high gas prices, which include a 6.25 percent state surcharge.

    It may soon become more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois.

    State eyes $15 annual ATV fee
    It may soon become more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the state is in the final stages of approving a $15 annual fee for all-terrain vehicles.

    The Grand Entry is a highlight of the annual Harvest Pow Wow returning Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, to Naper Settlement, and it takes place three times over the weekend. About 100 dancers proceed in during the traditional ceremony, which opens the formal program of the pow wow.

    Naperville pow wow promotes unity, environment, Native American culture

    Creating unity among all peoples, preserving the environment and promoting cultural awareness is the threefold mission of the 19th annual Harvest Pow Wow hosted by the Midwest SOARRING Foundation. The Pow Wow will take over the Naper Settlement from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. “It's an amazing event, and so many people come out for it,” Naper Settlement...

    Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortion as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

    Pope blasts abortion after decrying focus on rules

    Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortion as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them. It came a day after he was quoted as blasting the church’s obsession with “small-minded rules” that are driving the faithful away.

    Molly Morton, left, hugs Jenna Brink, center right, outside Brink’s flood-damaged trailer at the River Bend Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Colo., as Brink’s mother, Christine Brink takes a break from clearing belongings from the trailer on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Hundreds of evacuees were allowed past National Guard roadblocks Thursday to find a scene of tangled power lines, downed utility poles, and mud-caked homes and vehicles.

    Returning Coloradans find sickening flood damage

    Coloradans who ventured back into the flood-ravaged town of Lyons found scenes of stomach-turning destruction, with dozens of homes destroyed, family keepsakes missing, food spoiling and mud everywhere. “It’s just sickening,” said Gloria Simpson, whose family salvaged some of her grandmother’s handmade quilts Thursday from her 81-year-old father’s home.

    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The presidents of America and Iran may meet briefly next week for the first time, marking a symbolic but significant step toward easing their countries’ tense relationship.

    US and Iran eye diplomatic defrosting at UN

    The presidents of America and Iran may meet briefly next week for the first time, marking a symbolic but significant step toward easing their countries’ tense relationship. An exchange of letters between the leaders already has raised expectations for a thaw in relations, and any progress in dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile could signal whether their elusive diplomacy will last...


    Al-Qaida militants kill 38 troops in Yemen attack

    Taking advantage of heavy fog, al-Qaida militants set off car bombs and launched coordinated attacks on Yemeni military barracks in three different locations in a southern province on Friday, killing at least 38 troops and wounding dozens of soldiers, a military official said.

    Anti-Syrian regime protesters demonstrate in northern Syria, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group on Friday slammed al-Qaida-linked gunmen and their expanding influence in the country, saying the jihadis’ push to establish an Islamic state undermines the rebels’ struggle for a free Syria.

    Syrian opposition slams al-Qaida-linked militants

    Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group on Friday slammed al-Qaida-linked gunmen and their expanding influence in the country, saying the jihadis’ push to establish an Islamic state undermines the rebels’ struggle for a free Syria.

    In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, Knox said she’s not returning to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate even though, in her words, “everything is at stake,” because she’s innocent.

    Amanda Knox on retrial: ‘Everything is at stake’

    American student Amanda Knox on Friday defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that “everything is at stake,” insisting she is innocent. “I was already imprisoned as innocent person in Italy, and I can’t reconcile the choice to go back with that experience,” Knox said in an interview with Matt...


    Syria sends OPCW chemical weapons inventory

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has received an “initial declaration” from Syria outlining its weapons program.


    Dawn Patrol: Rt. 59 crash kills driver; POW/MIA vigil in Elgin

    A driver dies on Route 59 in West Chicago. POW/MIA vigil tonight at 'Wall That Heals' in Elgin. Fire damages Carpentersville pizzeria. 'Molly' drug bust in Antioch. Glendale Heights burglary arrest. Aurora native who won 'Big Brother' might lose COD job.

    Daily Herald staff photographer George LeClaire gives photo and camera tips during the subscriber event Thursday at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Lakewood Forest Preserve is the backdrop for lessons in photography

    Summer made a last stand and the bucolic setting at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda presented a picture perfect opportunity Thursday for photographers of all levels to get tips from the pros. The Daily Herald’s subscriber event featuring instruction, advice and stories behind the photos from award winning photographers.

    A beautiful pool on the Sheridan Glacier in Cordova, Alaska on July 29.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 16th.

    Texas-based Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. donated air conditioners to Bement Elementary School in Bement, Ill., after reading in an Associated Press story that it lacked air conditioning and was forced to send students home early on hot days.

    A really cool gift

    BEMENT, Ill. — Temperatures outside the old, redbrick school building in Bement pushed into the 90s again and again in the opening weeks of this school year — and were even higher inside. Administrators were forced to send students home early eight times.


    Montini quarterback Alexander Wills, left, is pursued by St. Francis' James Kalfas Friday night.

    Montini derails St. Francis

    They don't call him Leon Thornton III for nothing.The junior receiver caught 3 touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Wills in Montini's 30-7 Suburban Christian Blue victory over St. Francis on Friday in Lombard.


    Leyden defeats Addison Trail

    For the second consecutive week Addison Trail seemingly lost a game in the first quarter.


    Naperville Central rolls past Glenbard East

    Naperville Central came into the 2013 season looking for redemption after a 4-5 finish last year and no playoff appearance.


    Wheaton North pulls away from Naperville North

    If given the choice, Wheaton North’s football team would have played Naperville North last Saturday.It took a full week of waiting, but the Falcons finally managed to release some frustration with Friday’s 31-13 DuPage Valley Conference victory over visiting Naperville North.


    Willowbrook wins third straight

    Senior receiver and defensive back Hayden Adams scored three times to help Willowbrook win its third game in a row.


    Fizer scores 4 TDs in Waubonsie Valley triumph

    It took some doing, but Waubonsie Valley running back Jon Fizer managed to steal the spotlight from teammate Tony Durns Friday night.


    Glenbard West wakes up, rolls past Lyons Twp.

    Nothing like a little wakeup call to jump start a team. Glenbard West sure experienced that in Friday’s football game against Lyons Twp.

    Cary-Grove’s Tyler Pennington makes his way down the field in the first quarter against Dundee-Crown on Friday in Cary.

    Cary-Grove sends Dundee-Crown to 1st loss

    The Cary-Grove football team spent 48 minutes Friday night reminding Dundee-Crown how the pecking order works. Though resurgent Dundee-Crown opened the season 3-0 and harbored thoughts of upsetting the defending champions of the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division, the Trojans’ convincing 34-0 victory in their home opener showed that D-C, while improved, is not yet in their category.Cary-Grove junior quarterback Jason Gregoire ran for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 89 yards and a score, and freshman Tyler Pennington (5-foot-9½, 175 pounds) rushed for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns in his fullback debut.


    IC Catholic Prep nips St. Edward

    In a matchup that was lauded as a playoff preview, Friday’s matchup at Greg True Field in Elgin lived up to the hype as IC Catholic Prep held off St. Edward 21-17 in a Suburban Christian Blue clash. Things were looking good early for the Green Wave as they took the first drive of the game 60 yards and struck first with a 34-yard field goal by Joe French. However, IC threw a counter punch when Jordan Rowell took the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the St. Edward 39 setting the stage for senior quarterback Jack Copher to connect with fellow senior Clark Brinkman for a 39-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive.


    Smith, Schaumburg run past Prospect

    Quarterback Stacey Smith raced into the end zone for Schaumburg’s first 4 touchdowns — from 45, 30, 70 and 22 yards — to help lead the Saxons to a 34-13 victory at Prospect’s Homecoming on Friday night at George Gattas Memorial Stadium in Mt. Prospect. The senior speedster, a state-qualifier in four different track and field events last spring, finished with 217 yards rushing from 15 carries as the Saxons improved to 4-0.


    Offense steps up as Palatine edges Elk Grove

    Palatine’s defense had allowed just 31 points in the Pirates’ first three games of the season, so it was only fitting that the offense carry the load in Friday’s Mid-Suburban League crossover game at Elk Grove. Palatine answered every Elk Grove score with a touchdown of its own in a 34-28 victory that sends the defending division champion Pirates into the MSL West with a 3-1 record.


    Geneva wins shootout at Larkin

    Having been outscored by a 175-56 margin during its 3 previous meetings with Geneva since 2010, Larkin’s football team relied on the big play to stay with the Vikings Friday night. But in the end, the Vikings’ ball control ground game was simply too much. Led by tailbacks T.J. Miller (30 carries, 197 yards) and Max Woodworth (10 carries, 147 yards), the Vikings (2-2, 1-1) amassed 386 yards rushing as they escaped with a 41-34 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over the Royals (2-2, 1-1) at Memorial Field in Elgin.


    Jackson scores 5 touchdowns in Glenbard North win

    It was all Justin Jackson on this night. The Northwestern-bound running back, with future coach Pat Fitzgerald in the stands, showed what he could do on the football field. He was the entire offense, scoring 5 touchdowns and gaining 331 yards on 33 carries as the Panthers defeated Lake Park 41-12 on Friday in Carol Stream.


    Prairie Ridge downs Crystal Lake South

    Crystal Lake South football coach Chuck Ahsmann knew Prairie Ridge had the big play possibility in its arsenal and the major difference in simulating the triple option all week in practice was seeing it live. The Wolves were live Friday and South mostly did its part on defense, holding Prairie Ridge to 272 total yards, 11 first downs and 2 scores on 12 chances. But it was offensively where the Gators’ woes continued. South, which came in with only 4 offensive touchdowns in its previous 3 games, needed 47 minutes to finally reach the end zone in a 14-9 loss to rival Prairie Ridge Friday.


    Lake Forest blanks Round Lake

    Lake Forest 49, Round Lake 0: The host Scouts remained undefeated, improving to 4-0 with the North Suburban Conference crossover win.Round Lake fell to 1-3.


    Warren steps it up, shuts down Z-B

    Warren’s defense rose to the occasion by shutting out visiting Zion-Benton 31-0 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division football game Friday night. The Blue Devils held Zion-Benton to 95 total yards and came up with 3 interceptions.


    Thrilling finish favors St. Viator at Carmel

    On a night Carmel Catholic’s football program honored its seniors before the game and its 2003 state championship team at halftime, St. Viator closed the evening by spoiling the Friday party. And, oh, did the Lions have reason to celebrate. Michael Fitzpatrick boomed a 33-yard field goal as time expired, and the Lions overcame a turnover-filled night to pull out a 17-14 win in an East Suburban Catholic Conference thriller in Mundelein.


    Many happy returns for Dudek, Neuqua

    As “The Legend of Mikey Dudek” continues to grow, it will eventually become obvious that there’s no benefit in kicking the ball to Neuqua Valley’s Illinois-bound wide receiver. There is one person, however, who thinks kicking to Dudek is a great idea.


    Sevenich, Marmion picks off Marian

    What a difference a week makes. A week ago, the Marian Central Catholic Hurricanes were flying high after defeating Guerin 81-7 to remain undefeated. This week; however, the Hurricanes found themselves on the losing end of a 28-10 defeat to Marmion. Marmion senior defensive back Seth Sevenich set the tone early for the Cadets, scoring a touchdown and intercepting Marian quarterback Billy Bahl twice.


    Metea Valley shuts down Bartlett

    After allowing 93 points over the first two weeks of the season, Metea Valley football coach Ben Kleinhans wanted to see improvement on defense. Improvement is just what he got as the Mustangs have now played two consecutive weeks allowing just one score, this time defeating host Bartlett 20-6 in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action on Friday at Millennium Field. After a scoreless first half, the Hawks (1-3, 1-1) scored first but a career night from running back Jay Parker helped the Mustangs (2-2, 2-0) get rolling the rest of the second half. Parker ran for 181 yards on 29 carries and added a 27-yard TD run with 5:44 left in the game for the final score.


    Buchelt’s last-second field goal gives Lisle victory

    Lisle only had three possessions in the second half of Friday night’s football game against Reed-Custer, but the Lions made the most of them. Lisle scored on all three possessions, the last ending with a 37-yard Ben Buchelt field goal with 0.9 seconds remaining that gave the Lions a 24-22 Interstate Eight Conference Small Division victory in Lisle.


    Aurora Christian rolls by Wheaton Academy

    After facing Montini Catholic, the No. 3 ranked team in the state, in a 52-0 loss Sept. 13, you might think Wheaton Academy would receive a bit of a break for its next game. Think again. The Warriors’ opponent seven days later was not exactly a respite from a grueling early season schedule. Wheaton Academy barely had time to catch its breath when it visited two-time defending Class 3A state champion Aurora Christian Friday night. To make matters worse, Friday was the Eagles’ homecoming game.


    Heart-felt effort lifts Grayslake North

    After rolling up 143 points over its first three games, Grayslake North was looking for more of the same going into Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference Fox Division matchup at Johnsburg. Instead, the Knights ran into a very prepared Skyhawks defense that held them scoreless in the first half. Fortunately for the Knights (4-0, 2-0 in Fox Division), they found their offensive rhythm on their last two drives and rallied past Johnsburg for a thrilling 21-13 victory.

    St. Charles North’s Evan Kurtz (24) leaves several broken tackles in his wake en route to a big gain against Elgin during Friday’s game in St. Charles.

    Kurtz, St. Charles North too fast for Elgin

    If the St. Charles North Stars were expecting a ho-hum affair on the football field against Elgin on Friday night as a prelude to homecoming festivities, they were at least partly correct. The 49-0 final score may have had a ho-hum feel to it, but there was nothing ho-hum about the rushing of North Star tailback Evan Kurtz. The senior kept his impressive start to the season going by scoring four touchdowns to help St. Charles North roll to the easy victory in the Upstate Eight River division clash.


    Bellecomo, Vernon Hills soak up first victory

    It took four weeks for Vernon Hills coach Bill Bellecomo to get his first career victory with the Cougars. His reward? A mad scramble to avoid a dousing of water at the final whistle on Friday. Thanks to the Mason Geick, who rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, and a pair of field goals from Jeremy Cohen, Bellecomo didn’t mind all the excitement. Vernon Hills topped Grant 19-17 on senior night in a North Suburban Prairie Division game in Vernon Hills.


    Benet stops Crete-Monee streak at 17 games

    On the strength of John Duvic’s right leg and a sturdy defense, Benet ended Crete-Monee’s 17-game winning streak on Friday night.


    Crystal Lake C. beats Huntley with late TD

    Snakebit. Squandering a lead late in the game for a second straight week, Huntley’s defense could only watch in stunned silence as Crystal Lake Central scored with 13.6 seconds left on a 15 yard pass from Kyle Lavand to Eric Hjerstedt and the Tigers defeated the Red Raiders 34-27 in Fox Valley Conference crossover action in Huntley Friday night. “The kids did everything to win the game,” said Huntley coach John Hart. “I am very proud of the kids. Central made the plays when they had to. Our goal is to make the playoffs so we have to bounce back against a very good Dundee-Crown team next week.”


    Dundee-Crown soccer moves to 10-0

    William Campos scored a goal off an assist from Ivan Sanchez in the first half and Dundee-Crown’s boys soccer team played stellar defense Friday in a 1-0 win over Jacobs at the Hononegah Indian Cup Tournament in Rockton.

    Kevin Gregg has saved 32 games for the Cubs this season, but he was enraged Friday when he felt the Cubs were going to hand the closer’s role to Pedro Strop.

    Gregg goes ballistic, then apologizes

    In another bizarre turn events with the Cubs, closer Kevin Gregg ripped the organization Friday for wanting to go with Pedro Strop as closer. After team president Theo Epstein called Gregg into the office, Gregg apologized but still could face discipline, including the Cubs releasing him.


    Green means go as Stevenson pulls away

    Standout receiver Cameron Green had a first quarter to remember as Stevenson routed Libertyville 49-3 in a North Suburban Lake contest Friday.


    David throws 5 TDs in Kaneland’s easy win

    The Streator football team decided that they were going to make Kaneland quarterback Drew David beat them with his arm by loading the defense up to stop the run. David proved to be up to the task and them some as he threw for 5 touchdowns and ran for another in leading the Knights to a 42-0 in a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup.


    Big plays carry Jacobs past McHenry

    Jacobs big-played its way out of being numerically outplayed by McHenry in Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division football game in Algonquin. Junior Josh Walker returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and ran for a 37-yard touchdown. Senior quarterback Bret Mooney had a near-perfect night as 3 of his 4 touchdown passes were in the mid-30s in yardage. And the Golden Eagles overcame an early 7-point deficit and a huge disparity in total plays run for a 42-14 victory on the school’s Hall of Fame night.

    Antioch running back Griffin Hill is dragged down by several Lakes defenders at Lakes on Friday.

    Explosive Lakes rolls past Antioch

    Lakes hit on a variety of big plays to post a 35-0 victory over visiting Antioch on Friday. Sophomore Devyn Cedzidlo went 84 yards on an end around on the Eagles’ first offensive play. In the second quarter, Mike Brey broke a 24-yard run, then on the first play of the third quarter, running back Cameron Johnson shook off a tackler in the backfield and sprinted 55 yards for another score. Quarterback T.J. Edwards added a pair of touchdown runs to cap the scoring.


    Stark, Fremd boot Hersey

    Homecoming is usually a special night for football teams. Friday was extra-special for Vikings kicker Andrew Stark. The senior booted 4 field goals and converted a first down on a fake punt to help Fremd (3-1) to a 33-14 win over visiting Hersey. Stark, who has numerous Division I schools pursuing him, split the uprights from 44, 36, 43 and 35 yards. Each one could have been good from at least another 10 yards.

    Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia celebrates his two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Axelrod hit hard, Sox lose 12-5 to Tigers

    Dylan Axelrod offered no excuses for his performance. The Chicago right-hander was forced to start Friday night because of an injury to teammate Andre Rienzo, and Axelrod gave up seven runs in less than three innings in Detroit's 12-5 win over the White Sox. Tigers starter Max Scherzer became baseball's first 20-game winner. Axelrod said he knew in advance he would be pitching.


    Balanced Hampshire tops Grayslake Central

    First, Hampshire unleashed its passing attack, with quarterback Nick Mohlman and receiver Tim Jansen combining for several spectacular catches. Then, the Whip-Purs dished up a big serving of Nick Kielbasa. The senior tailback rushed for 156 of his 211 yards in the second half and scored 4 touchdowns as the Whip-Purs downed Grayslake Central, 35-16, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action in Hampshire Friday night.

    Wheeling’s Isaac Branch tries to break free from a foot-hold from Hoffman Estates’ Andrew Vesper on Friday at Hoffman Estates.

    Wheeling enjoys winning view

    Wheeling and coach Brent Pearlman branched out Friday in Hoffman Estates. Isaac Branch rushed for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns while Pearlman coached from the press box for the first time in his 14 years as head coach as the Wildcats planted their first victory of the season 28-21 over Hoffman Estates. Wheeling quarterback Amani Dennis scored on a 13-yard run with 5.6 seconds to play for the decisive score in a battle of the most prominent coaches in the area, Pearlman and Hoffman Estates coach Mike Donatucci.


    Miller, Barrington zip past Buffalo Grove

    Speed kills, and Barrington has plenty of it. Scotty Miller, for instance, is fast. How fast? Three touchdowns and 3 receptions for 145 yards. That fast. And a 56-yard punt return on which he looked trapped. Barrington used his speed plus its cumulative defensive prowess and offensive firepower to overwhelm Buffalo Grove 45-0 Friday night at Grant Blaney Stadium in Buffalo Grove.


    Aurora Central Catholic runs past Chicago Christian

    Aurora Central Catholic coach Brian Casey called his team’s first Friday night game of the year against Chicago Christian a trap game, and it didn’t take long for the Chargers to get caught off-guard. Knights quarterback Christian Bolhuis broke free down the left sideline for a 67-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game, and the Chargers quickly found themselves in a 6-0 hole against a team they beat by 40 points last year.


    Rolling Meadows musters winning defensive effort

    The Rolling Meadows defense made a statement Friday night at Robert A. Hoese field. The statement was, ‘Don’t take us lightly.’ One week after giving up 48 points in a loss at Barrington, the Mustangs shut down visiting Conant 28-7 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover.


    WW South makes quite an impression on West Aurora

    West Aurora coach Nate Eimer declared Friday night that Wheaton Warrenville South has a chance to win another state championship. Among the reasons for his sentiment? The way the Tigers bring a similar effort every week. On a night when WW South could have basked in last week’s win over Wheaton North or contemplated its upcoming battles with the Naperville schools, the Tigers scored 5 touchdowns in the opening 21 minutes to trigger a 42-7 DuPage Valley Conference victory at Grange Field in Wheaton.


    Lake Zurich reverts to shutout-pitching form

    Could Lake Zurich’s stingy defense post its third shutout in four weeks Friday night at Mundelein? The answer to that question was a resounding yes as the Bears took a 31-0 lead into halftime before capturing a 45-0 North Suburban Conference victory in this Lake Division contest.

    Montini quarterback Alexander Wills, left, is pursued by St. Francis’ James Kalfas, right.

    Images: St. Francis High School vs. Montini Catholic High School football
    Montini Catholic High School hosted and won 30-7 over St. Francis Catholic High School for football action on Friday, September 20.

    Indiana Fever center Erlana Larkins, left, guards Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. The Fever won 85-72.

    Sky can’t run with Fever
    The Indiana Fever still has the Sky's number: Fever get 85-72 win over Sky at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of Eastern Conference semis.

    Elgin’s Ryan Sitter turns a bad snap on a punt in his own end zone into a first down with a scramble .

    Images: Elgin vs. St. Charles North football
    St. Charles North hosted and won 49-0 over Elgin in football action Friday night in St. Charles.


    Evanston stops Maine West

    Visiting Maine West came up on the short end of a 42-21 decision Friday in Evanston as the Warriors (1-3) finished up the nonconference portion of their schedule with a contest against a Central Suburban South foe.Maine West begins CSL North action by hosting Niles North at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.


    Tough loss for Burlington C. vs. Harvard

    The Burlington Central football team outplayed unbeaten Harvard for much of the second half Friday night. The Rockets allowed just 57 yards in the final two quarters, but the Hornets took advantage of one Central mistake and left Rocket Hill with a 17-13 Big Northern East victory.

    Cary-Grove’s Tyler Pennington makes his way down the field in the first quarter.

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Cary-Grove football
    Cary-Grove hosted and won 34-0 over Dundee-Crown in football action Friday night in Cary.

    Wheeling’s Isaac Branch leaps for a second quarter touchdown as he is pursued by Hoffman Estates’ Mikeen Chandler .

    Images: Hoffman Estates vs. Wheeling, football
    The Hoffman Estates High School football team hosted and lost 28-21 to the Wheeing High School football team on Friday, September 20th.

    Tiger Woods hits from the second tee during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Friday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

    Nicklaus confident Woods will break majors mark

    Jack Nicklaus says he’s never wavered from believing Tiger Woods will eventually pull out of his majors drought — he hasn’t won one since the 2008 U.S. Open — and win the five titles necessary to move past him. “If you look at it realistically, Tigers’ probably got another 10 years of top golf,” Nicklaus said. “That’s 40 majors. Can he win five of them? I think he probably will.”

    Tiger Woods hits from the rough Friday at the Tour Championship tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He finished the round with a 71.

    Woods finishes over par again at East Lake

    Tiger Woods was doing his best to get back into the mix Friday at the Tour Championship. The last five holes changed everything.

    Henrik Stenson hits from the tee on the 14th hole Friday during the second round of play in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

    Stenson builds 4-shot lead at East Lake

    Playing with only 13 clubs in the bag after his 4-wood broke on the practice range, Henrik Stenson made three birdies on the opening four holes at East Lake to quickly seize control and shot 4-under 66 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott in the Tour Championship.

    Lakes Kyle Munson and Chris Diaguila hold up their helmets celebrating a win 35-0 over district rival Antioch and taking the Pigskin Classic plaque.

    Images: Lakes vs. Antioch football
    The Lakes Eagles hosted and won 35-0 over the Antioch Sequoits for football action on Friday, Sept. 20 in Lake Villa.

    Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is suing the National Football League and helmet maker Riddell claiming their failure to prevent repeated head injuries which caused him to suffer brain damage.

    Hall of Famer Gale Sayers sues NFL for injuries

    Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is suing the National Football League and helmet maker Riddell claiming their failure to prevent repeated head injuries which caused him to suffer brain damage.


    Game video: Hersey vs. Mundelein volleyball
    Hersey takes on Mundelein in girls volleyball action Saturday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube.


    Game video: Hersey vs. Lake Zurich volleyball
    Hersey takes on Lake Zurich in girls volleyball action Saturday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube.


    Game video: Hersey vs. Hoffman Estates volleyball
    Hersey take on Hoffman Estates in girls volleyball action Saturday.


    Game video: Hersey vs. Gl;enbard North volleyball
    Hersey takes on Glenbard North in girls volleyball on Saturday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube.

    The Capitals’ Eric Fehr scores a goal against Blackhawks goalie Antii Raanta during the second period of a preseason game Friday in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Toews finally hits the ice; Raanta sharp in goal

    Jonathan Toews made his preseason debut for the Blackhawks on Friday against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.Toews had an assist in the Hawks’ 5-4 win and scored the only goal in the shootout in his first game since missing the first two and all of the training-camp scrimmages because of a hip flexor.


    Game video: Hersey vs. Schaumburg volleyball
    Hersey takes on Schaumburg in girls volleyball Saturday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube.

    When it comes to which running plays are called on game day, head coach Marc Trestman gives plenty of responsibility to offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer (above).

    Trestman, Kromer working well together

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman has the final say on offensive play calling, but he works in conjunction with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. “Basically, we work together to make the play selections,” Trestman said. “It’s like a 51 percent rule in what goes into Jay (Cutler). “We’re actively communicating through the week. We have a plan going in. We talk about how we want to coach the game, how we want to attack, the use of the run and the pass.

    Indiana Fever center Erlana Larkins, left, guards center Sylvia Fowles during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. The Fever won 85-72.

    Sky fall to Fever in playoff opener, 85-72

    Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points to lead the defending-champion Indiana Fever in an 85-72 victory over the Sky in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Friday night. Briann January and Karima Christmas had 16 points each, Erlana Larkins added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Tamika Catchings scored 11 points for the Fever. Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points to lead Chicago after receiving the league's Rookie of the Year award before the game. Epiphanny Prince had 19 points

    Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (4) stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Epstein reiterates: Sveum subject to evaluation process

    Cubs president Theo Epstein was not walking back his comments of earlier this week, when he would not give field manager Dale Sveum a vote of confidence. Epstein reiterated the Cubs were "evaluating," but he did make sure to say good things about Sveum as well as the organizational progress that has been made.


    Game video: Wauconda vs. North Chicago
    Wauconda takes on North Chicago Saturday in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Glenbrook South edges Prospect

    Peter Campbell denied Prospect a perfect homecoming weekend start with a 58th-minute strike to help put visiting Glenbrook South ahead for good Friday afternoon in a nonconference soccer match in Mt. Prospect. The Titans captain drove his close-range angled shot off the gloves of keeper Jack Cooney, who made a valiant attempt to turn around the game-winner in a 2-1 decision.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker delivers during the first inning of a baseball game the Atlanta Braves Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Braves too strong for Cubs

    Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL East to one.The Braves broke open a tie game in the top of the ninth inning with four runs — all with two outs. Brian McCann and Johnson each had an RBI single, and Andrelton Simmons followed with a two-run double.

    New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte talks to reporters Friday about his decision to retire at the end of the season.

    Pettitte to retire after season

    Andy Pettitte had no interest in a farewell tour or some big pronouncement regarding his (second) retirement. Anything more than a conference call the day after the season would only feel embarrassing.

    Former Tennessee running back Arian Foster, now playing for the Houston Texans, says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year.

    Foster says he took money at Tennessee

    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. “Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,” Foster says in the EPIX documentary. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food."

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, left, is guarded by Connecticut Sun's Allison Hightower during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Delle Donne led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history and hopes to help the Sky defeat defending WNBA champion, Indiana Fever, in the opening round. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    Sky’s Delle Donne named WNBA’s Rookie of Year

    Sky forward Elena Delle Donne got all 39 first-place votes to easily win the WNBA’s rookie of the year award Friday.The second overall draft pick and part of a heralded class of first-year players, Delle Donne was presented with the trophy by WNBA president Laurel J. Richie before the Sky’s playoff opener against the Indiana Fever.

    Northwestern’s Treyvon Green runs against Western Michigan during last week’s win in Evanston. He amassed a personal-best 158 yards and two TDs.

    Northwestern gets 1 more tuneup before Big Ten play

    So far everything is looking good for No. 18 Northwestern. A team that came in with high expectations is right where it hoped to be heading into Saturday’s game against Maine. The Wildcats (3-0) are unbeaten with wins over Pac-12 and ACC teams, and they figure to stay that way before the competition gets ramped up a few notches.


    Game video: Antioch vs. Lakes
    Antioch takes on Lakes Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Minnesota’s Rodrick Williams Jr. scores on a 37-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Western Illinois.

    Minnesota will be all business against San Jose St.

    When Minnesota hits the field against San Jose State on Saturday, there will be no special emotions expressed, no “Welcome back, Jerry!” videos played on the TCF Bank Stadium big screen. The school, the coach and the players have taken pains all week long to emphasize that Kill’s epilepsy is not a concern. Last week against Western Illinois, Kill suffered a seizure at halftime and missed the entire second half.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be back on the field for Saturday’s home game against Florida A&M.

    Buckeyes near full strength against underdog FAMU

    There is almost no one — except for maybe a deluded fan somewhere — who believes Florida A&M has a remote chance against fourth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday. With a Big Ten opener a week later against rival Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will use the Rattlers as a full-dress scrimmage to iron out the final wrinkles before embarking on the games that really count.


    Chicago Fire scouting report

    Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Crew StadiumTV: Channel 50Scouting the Fire: Now that the Fire (11-11-6, 39 points) is in a playoff spot, it has to try to stay there. A road victory would be a big boost. Mike Magee’s 10 goals lead the Fire, but he had 8 of those goals in his first 10 games with the club. Magee has just 2 goals in the Fire’s last 7 games (6 starts), but both game in the last three games.Scouting the Columbus Crew:The Crew (10-14-5, 35 points) is one of the teams chasing the Fire, but its chances are dwindling. Brian Bliss has taken over for fired coach Robert Warzycha. Dominic Oduro, the former Fire player, leads the Crew with 10 goals.Next:Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Toyota Park

    Michigan safety Thomas Gordon (30) and offensive lineman Patrick Kugler (57) celebrate after stopping Akron from scoring in the final seconds of last Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Michigan travels to face struggling UConn

    Connecticut and its fans have been looking forward to Michigan playing on their home turf for several years. Now that the 15th-ranked Wolverines trip to Rentschler Field is here, the Huskies don’t seem to be up for the challenge.

    Wisconsin’s Joel Stave looks to hand off the ball in the first half last Saturday’s road game against Arizona State.

    No. 24 Badgers look to run past Purdue

    Melvin Gordon can really take off on the jet sweep for No. 24 Wisconsin. The sophomore’s 159 yards rushing per game trails only Rutgers’ Paul James in the Football Bowl Subdivision. His 80-yard touchdown run last week on a jet sweep against Arizona State could have been the signature highlight from that game for Wisconsin (2-1), if not for the frantic closing seconds of the 32-30 loss in Tempe.

    Indiana’s Stephen Houston runs against Bowling Green during last weekend’s game in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers average 50.0 points per game.

    Indiana, Missouri ready for fast-paced showdown

    Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel have matched wits and recruited against one another in two other conferences, and they subscribe to similar offensive philosophies. So expect a good, old-fashioned wide-open shootout — just like these coaches used to have in the Big 12. Except, of course, this time Wilson represents the Big Ten and Pinkel the SEC.

    Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel celebrates a 1-yard touchdown against Purdue during last weekend’s game in West Lafayette, Ind.,

    Irish still seeking identity for Michigan St. game

    The once dominating Fighting Irish defense is meandering even with eight returning starters. The defense has given up one fewer point through three games (71) than it did through eight games (72) last season. Meanwhile, Michigan State has looked more like the Irish of last season than Notre Dame has, depending on the nation’s No. 1 defense to win games.

    Iowa wide receiver Jacob Hillyer runs from Iowa State defensive back Jansen Watson during a 26-yard touchdown reception in the second half of last Saturday’s game in Ames. Iowa won 27-21.

    Surging Iowa hosts Western Michigan

    The Hawkeyes are finally moving in the right direction heading into their final nonconference game against Western Michigan on Saturday.

    Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be looking for his team's first win of the season when the Steelers host the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

    Early prediction: Bears 31, Steelers 20

    A calm Marc Trestman and a confident Jay Cutler will beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday night, moving the Chicago Bears' record to 3-0, predicts Mike North. He also believes Dale Sveum isn’t the only person who should be on the hot seat with the Chicago Cubs.


    Dual wins for Buffalo Grove, Prospect

    Buffalo Grove proved quite at home at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights, where the Bison will host home meets until their own pool’s renovations are complete.The Bison earned a 103-82 victory over Elk Grove on Thursday.Sarah Morosan won the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.04) and 100 free (55.11) in impressive times and had legs on both victorious free relays for Buffalo Grove.The Bison also had winners in Alexa Jedryka (500 free, 5:49.37), Brina Wahout (200 IM, 2:40.73) and Amber Malzahn (diving, 147.00)Elk Grove’s Simona Kurta won the 50 free (26.71) and 100 fly (1:01.58) and had a leg on the Grens’ winning medley realy. Elk Grove also had winners in Sara Lasovska in the 100 backstroke (1:09.40) and Erin Falejczyk in the 100 breast (1:19.14).Prospect d. Rolling Meadows: The visiting Knights produced a dominant effort in winning 126-57.Aside from a victory from Bailey Rowley of Rolling Meadows in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.00), Prospect was a winner.Macy Berkley won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Betsy Rozow won the 100 free and had legs on all three winning Prospect relays and junior Dana Liva won diving at 255.85.Other Knights individual winners were Gracie Dix in the 50 free (27.07), Ellie McGough in the 500 free (5:44.08) and Abby Younger in the 100 back (1:09.36).


    Werchek’s scoring burst lifts Lakes

    Boys soccerLakes 5, North Chicago 0: Brian Werchek netted the hat trick for the Eagles in the North Suburban Prairie Division match.Lakes (5-3, 3-0) also got goals from Joey Savino and Jeff Sievert. Nate Coberly had a pair of assists, while Kevin Ray and Jack Monson each made 4 saves in net while sharing the shutout.Wheaton Academy 3, Warren 1: In a Pepsi Showdown match, Rafa Macias’ penalty kick had the Blue Devils up at halftime. But Wheaton Academy scored three times in the second half.Stevenson 0, Buffalo Grove 0: Jeremy Klaber had 4 saves in goal for the Patriots (3-2-4).


    Madison able to handle Harper

    In order to win a North Central Community College Conference women’s volleyball crown, defeating the league’s premier programs is a priority. Unfortunately for Harper College, ranked No. 6 nationally, there are a lot of premier teams in the league. Such as No. 1-ranked Madison Area Technical College (12-2), which paid a visit to Palatine on Thursday. For the second time this season, Harper (11-11, 2-3) fell to Madison in four sets as the Wolfpack prevailed 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18.


    Reid’s return a success as Chiefs top Eagles 26-16

    The look was strange: Andy Reid in all red on the visitors’ sideline.The result was similar to what he gave Philadelphia in his 14 years in charge of the Eagles.Reid’s homecoming was a smashing success for the new Kansas City coach thanks to a dynamic defense that forced five turnovers and sacked a harried Michael Vick six times in the Chiefs’ 26-16 victory Thursday night.Vick even limped off with 1:07 to go after the final sack and fumble, but stayed around to hug Reid following the final play — just after Donnie Avery gave Reid a Gatorade shower on the sideline.Kansas City, which has not had a giveaway in opening 3-0, has won one more game already than it did in 2012 — when it earned the first overall draft pick, then hired Reid days after he was fired on the heels of Philly’s 4-12 finish.The usually stoic Reid showed some fire to match his bright red outfit late in the first half when he thought the Chiefs got a bad spot. He came out to the hash mark to yell at the officials, then walked off at halftime still gesturing his displeasure.That was far more emotion than he displayed when he entered the stadium with the Chiefs just before kickoff. Although the Philly fans gave him a warm ovation, some standing in tribute to the man who won 140 games and six division titles for them, Reid walked briskly along the sideline, never turning his gaze toward the stands.He certainly had to like much of what he saw on the field from his defense, particularly Houston.It was offensive master Reid’s defense and special teams that set the tone and put his team ahead early, silencing the sea of green at the Linc. The Chiefs forced four first-half turnovers and Houston had three of their four sacks. He had another half-sack to start the second half, off a bad snap to Vick, and the last one when he forced Vick to fumble with 1:34 remaining. Houston has 7 1/2 sacks in three games.Damaris Johnson’s muffed punt return gave Kansas City the ball at the Eagles 8, leading to Ryan Succop’s 33-yard field goal for a quick 3-0 lead. Derrick Johnson then deflected Vick’s ill-advised throw into the flat and Eric Berry picked it off, going 38 yards with the first interception of the year for the Philly quarterback.There would be more mistakes as Philadelphia (1-2) lost its eighth straight home game.But first, after falling behind 10-0, Vick got the Eagles’ no-huddle, fast-tempo offense going with the longest run of his 12-year career. He burst up the middle, shook off two attempted tackles and sped 61 yards. Two plays later, it was his arm doing the damage. Under a heavy rush, he stood in and led Jason Avant perfectly in the left corner of the end zone for a 22-yard score.That three-play, 87-yard spurt epitomized the fast-paced offense coach Chip Kelly brought from Oregon in replacing Reid. But Kelly got cute, going for a 2-point conversion on tight end Zach Ertz’s run that failed. The takeaways kept the Chiefs in front. And after Avery turned a short pass into a 51-yard gain thanks to sloppy Eagles tackling, Succop made a 31-yard field goal. He kicked a 34-yarder moments later after another turnover, Sean Smith’s interception, for a 16-6 halftime edge.Avery had a big night, finishing with seven catches for 141 yards.Alex Henery’s 29-yard field goal was the only scoring of a sloppy third period, and when Jamaal Charles surged around right end for a 3-yard TD early in the fourth quarter, Reid’s return was a rousing success. Not even LeSean McCoy’s 41-yard TD run with 11:36 remaining could spoil that.


    Jenny Beltran of Hoffman Estates purchased her new iPhone 5 s at the ATT store in Schaumburg, after breaking her old one she owned for four years.

    New iPhones: What’s new and old

    Apart from new colors, the exterior of Apple’s new iPhones doesn’t look much different from last year’s model. The iPhone 5S is identical to the iPhone 5 in size and weight, while the iPhone 5C is only slightly bigger and heavier. The 5C also uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass. Where the phones differ most is on the inside. The 5S has a faster chip, a fingerprint sensor and a better camera.

    Two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

    Allegiant delays flights to inspect MD-80 slides

    Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co.issued a statement saying Friday’s inspections were linked to an unspecified “compliance issue” found during a follow-up review of Monday’s evacuation at McCarran International Airport.

    Associated Press This publicity photo released by Rockstar Games shows a screen shot from the video game, “Grand Theft Auto V.”

    ‘Grand Theft Auto’ smashes records with $1 billion in 3 days

    Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. said retail sales of its “Grand Theft Auto V” video game surpassed $1 billion in three days, hitting that mark faster than any other game or movie.

    Associated Press/July 9 People walk near BlackBerry’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.

    BlackBerry previews nearly $1 billion loss, to cut 4,500 workers

    BlackBerry said Friday that it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss a week earlier than the results were expected.

    Investors aren’t finding any stability in a divided and divisive Congress, and the markets are reflecting their angst.

    Stocks drop as investors fret over budget fight

    “What we’ve done is basically committed ourselves to two weeks of worry,” said Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 185.46 points, or 1.2 percent, to close at 15,451.09 — 225 points below its all-time closing high reached Wednesday.

    “We know this is not just about melting glaciers,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “Climate change — caused by carbon pollution — is one of the most significant public health threats of our time. That’s why EPA has been called to action.”

    Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

    Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal. The proposal, which sets the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, would help reshape where Americans get electricity.

    A new Mariano’s Fresh Market is expected to employ 436 people when it opens in late October at the former site of Hubble Middle School in Wheaton.

    Mariano’s to hire 436 for Wheaton location

    When Mariano’s Fresh Market opens its new Wheaton location in late November, officials hope to do so with the help of more than 430 area residents. The grocery chain has begun recruitment efforts in Wheaton to fill 436 positions at every level, from management to baggers and cart-wranglers at the new location at Naperville and Roosevelt roads.

    In this Aug. 11, 2012 photo, confetti is released over the crowd for the grand finale of I.C.P.’s headline performance on the final night of the Gathering of the Juggalos at Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave-In-Rock, Ill. Vendors at this year’s outdoor festival featuring rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse are complaining theyíre owed thousands of dollars by promoters of the southern Illinois event, who now pledge theyíll find a way to pay the tab.

    Vendors: Clown Posse Illinois festival checks bouncing

    Vendors at the latest outdoor festival featuring rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse are complaining they’re owed thousands of dollars by promoters of the southern Illinois event, who now pledge they’ll find a way to pay the tab.

    The help wanted ads, tracked through The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Data Series, showed a strong increase in work available for high-turnover professions such as truck drivers.

    Illinois unemployment remains at 9.2 percent in August

    Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady at 9.2 percent in August, the Department of Employment Security said Thursday. That’s still among the highest unemployment rates in the country.Unemployment remained unchanged in the state, even with the addition of a net 5,900 private-sector jobs over the month.

    Associated Press Dylan Cook, 26, inspects vegetables for bugs on the 5-acre plot of land he rents in rural Bloomington. Before he started battling the bugs and fungus that constantly threaten all crops, he faced a long hunt for the 2.5 acres he now owns and another five acres he rents.

    Farming can be tough road for the young

    Rush Olson returned to his family’s farm in June because, he said, working the land is in his blood. At 29, he’s one of Illinois’ younger farmers: The average age of a farmer is 56, according to University of Illinois Extension. Farmers below the age of 50 made up only about 30 percent of all Illinois farmers in 2011. In 2002, they made up roughly half, based on data from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks vote on the House floor on Capitol Hill, Thursday.House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to line up support in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, now used by 1 in 7 Americans.

    House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps

    Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in cuts annually to the almost $80 billion-a-year food stamp program and allow states to put in place broad new work requirements for recipients.

    Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its hiring practices.

    Target to hire fewer seasonal holiday workers

    Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its hiring practices. The move to hire 18,000 fewer temporary holiday workers versus last year’s 88,000 comes as the Minneapolis-based chain saw that its own permanent employees wanted to get first dibs on working extra hours for the holiday season.

    The 2010 BMW 535i is among the vehicles involved in the recall.

    BMW recalls more than 134,000 5-Series cars

    BMW is recalling more than 134,000 5-Series cars in the U.S. because the rear lights can fail. The recall affects 528i, 535i, 550i and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that increased electrical resistance can damage connections to the lights.

    Home sales were up across Illinois by 17.3 percent in August compared with a year earlier, and the median price increased by 13.6 percent.

    Boost in home sales, prices seen in Illinois

    Home sales were up across Illinois by 17.3 percent in August compared with a year earlier, and the median price increased by 13.6 percent. The Illinois Association of Realtors released the numbers in a report Thursday. Nearly 16,000 homes sold in August statewide. The state median price was $167,000.

Life & Entertainment

    Disney Junior’s “Imagination Movers” comes to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora in May.

    From magic to classics, Paramount unveils kids’ shows

    Showcasing everything from magic shows to a Christmas classic, Paramount Theatre in Aurora unveiled its 2013-14 lineup of kid-friendly programming Friday. "Imagination Movers" and a production of the tale "Henry & Mudge" are among the offerings.

    Emmett's Tavern and Brewing Company in West Dundee focuses on traditional brews.

    Suburban brewpubs capitalize on microbrew trend

    Local beer is a hotter trend than ever and you can't get more local than at a brewpub, where the beer is made under the same roof where you're drinking it. As interest in microbrews continues to rise, the suburban brewpub scene has expanded, too, with new spots opening and established spots looking to tap into the movement.

    Neil Patrick Harris' resume includes leading the Academy of Magical Arts. The entertainer hosts the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday.

    Neil Patrick Harris hoping to conjure Emmy magic

    Neil Patrick Harris is magical, and not just because he can sing, dance, act and host the Tony and Emmy awards. He's actually magical, like in the abracadabra way, and has been since he was a kid. Long before he was “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” Harris loved magic. Every trip to his grandparents' house in Albuquerque meant a visit to the local magic shop, where he used his allowance to add a card or coin trick to his collection, mastering the new illusion on the ride home.

    Three-year-old Luna Tasaki, of Tokyo, plays on a rail while walking along the water-drained canal with her parents at the Venetian hotel-casino, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Las Vegas. Management has closed the waterways for several weeks for maintenance.

    Canals run dry at Venetian in Vegas for 1st time

    It’s not often you can use the word “dry” to describe a Las Vegas landmark, but tourists hoping to cruise along the Venetian hotel-casino’s indoor canals are finding them tapped out. The waterways were emptied for repainting earlier this month for the first time since the casino opened in 1999. When they reopen in mid-October, the water will once again appear to sparkle below the hotel’s trompe-l’oeil sky.

    Bono and a long list of world leaders will attend next week’s Global Citizen Festival to help fight poverty.

    Bono joins world leaders at Global Citizen Fest

    U2 frontman Bono and a long list of world leaders will attend next week’s Global Citizen Festival to help fight poverty. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, leaders from several countries and congressional members will join Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at the free concert Sept. 28 in New York’s Central Park.

    Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a film that will be his first after wrapping “Breaking Bad.”

    Cranston books a post-‘Breaking Bad’ movie role

    Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a film that’s to be his first after wrapping “Breaking Bad.” A publicist for Cranston confirmed the casting Thursday. The film, “Trumbo,” will be directed by “Meet the Parents” filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.

    “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

    Coulter, Ellison thrill in ‘The Final Cut’

    What happens when you mix Catherine Coulter, a best-selling author of FBI procedurals, and J.T. Ellison, an award-winning writer of chilling thrillers involving a female detective battling serial killers? You get “The Final Cut,” an exciting page turner about an international jewel theft.

    “Bleeding Edge” by Thomas Pynchon

    Pynchon’s ‘Bleeding Edge’ looks back to 2001

    Thomas Pynchon’s latest book, “Bleeding Edge,” begins in New York in the spring of 2001, before Sept. 11 but after the dot-com bubble has burst, leaving Manhattan’s Silicon Alley in a malaise. Somber times, but Pynchon anchors the book with a determined levity, filling 477 pages with quirky characters, silly song lyrics and tender descriptions of Manhattan’s flowering trees and byzantine neighborhoods.

    New York-based PigPen Theatre Company brings to Glencoe’s Writers Theatre the original fable “The Old Man and the Old Moon” featuring music, shadow puppetry and inventive storytelling.

    Inventive storytelling propels whimsical ‘Old Man’

    PigPen Theatre Company’s “The Old Man and The Old Moon” begins subtly. About five minutes before the curtain officially rises at Writers Theatre, where the ensemble debuts a revised version of its 2012 off-Broadway hit, a lone troubador steps onto the stage, quietly strumming a guitar. Guitarists, a fiddler, bassist, banjo and accordion players join him as the lilting tune becomes more robust. And that’s just the prologue to this enchanting fable with music.

    You can watch horse racing and place bets at The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates.

    Food, drinks keep racing-themed Saddle Room on track

    Whether you're looking for a place to have a romantic dinner, lounge by the fireplace with some drinks or share a meal with your family, the segmented space at The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates, which opened in November, has you covered. Not only will you get whatever atmosphere you're looking for, but you'll also enjoy inventive food and drinks.


    Book notes: Meet ‘Days’ stars at Naperville’s Anderson’s
    Meet Deidre Hall, Shawn Christian, Galen Gering and Arianne Zucker from television’s “Days of Our Lives” at a reading and book-signing event for the book “Days of Our Lives Better Living” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. They will be on hand to meet with guests and discuss their book.

    Nina Sklansky sits in an empty restaurant in Catskill, N.Y. Her group is looking for a buzz-worthy, foodie-friendly restaurant in this Hudson River village and are offering the right chef the Main Street space free rent for a year.

    Village north of NYC has deal for the right chef

    Locals looking to land a buzz-worthy, foodie-friendly restaurant in this Hudson River village are offering the right chef a novel deal: Come to Catskill with a killer concept — maybe farm-to-table, gastropub or vegetarian — and get space on Main Street rent free for a year. The hope is the right restaurant will give the growing number of downriver arrivals from New York City an attractive place to eat.

    El Patio de Albuquerque owner David Sandoval, left, brings customers sopaipillas, a local New Mexican dish. El Patio is a longtime, unpretentious eatery near Albuquerque's University of New Mexico campus.

    Restaurant serves up New Mexican cool

    The distinct regional tastes of New Mexico have become a huge draw for foodies, thanks to the cultural fusion of Anglo, Native, Mexican and Spanish cuisines. In recent years, the state has seen a profusion of upscale locavore restaurants reflecting new interest in the old traditions. But that doesn't mean you should write off the old-timers, especially those outside traditional Southwestern tourist enclaves.

    The newest windows use a combination of glazings, tintings and reflective glass to keep solar heat out of the house.

    What a window upgrade can do for your home

    Many people have experienced troublesome windows at one point or another. Mold and condensation are unsightly and unhealthy. Years of weathering can make windows difficult to open or close. Most importantly, drafts can be costly and make your favorite room uncomfortable.

    A sink to wash delicate items, or even a small pet, is a nice addition to your laundry room.

    Ideas for maximizing your laundry or mudroom

    What better room to trick out than your laundry or mudroom? This is the perfect room to experiment with a faddish color — e.g., a citrus green or bold watermelon — as the paint can be changed easily once you tire of the hue.


    Roof conditions often prevent close inspection

    Q. When I bought my home, the inspector said there were no roof defects. The home inspection report states that the roof was inspected from across the street with binoculars. If this is all you can expect from a home inspector, why bother hiring one?


    Installing a new floor yourself makes money go farther

    New flooring is expensive, and we are all looking for ways to get the most for our money. Don’t scrimp on the flooring material if you can avoid it. Instead, do some of the prep work yourself. It won’t be easy in most cases, but you can save a bundle.

    This game room and finished basement is found in the Braeden townhouse model at The Orchards in Lombard.

    No limit to how nice a basement can be

    Homebuyers often look down below to extend the living space of their homes. Builders can provide a finished basement with family room, entertainment area, office and exercise room — or all of the above.


    Social pages, tweets don’t lower credit scores

    The Internet is being filled with bogus reports that lenders are reviewing their applicants’ Web pages and tweets before approving or rejecting a mortgage application.


    Some signs appear of an easing in credit-score requirements

    Could the end of the refinancing boom be stimulating slightly more favorable mortgage terms for homebuyers? The latest comprehensive study of activity in the market suggests the answer could be yes.



    Editorial: Collaboration key in school schedule changes

    A Daily Herald editorial calls for community collaboration when schools consider changes in school schedules.

    Robert Dold

    Moving forward through infrastructure

    Guest Columnist Bob Dold: Our nation's infrastructure is essential to fuel the engines of our economy, create jobs and reduce the tremendous financial burdens already placed on local families and businesses. This is not a political issue; it's an American issue, and one in which we all should agree is integral to our everyday lives.


    A win for diplomacy

    Columnist Gene Lyons: Before you make the mistake of taking President Obama’s most strident critics regarding the Syrian deal too seriously, ponder this: With few exceptions, those calling the Russian-American agreement to eliminate Bashar Assad’s nerve gas arsenal a capitulation, a sellout, and a shameful retreat also think bombing Damascus wouldn’t have been nearly enough


    Boost ecosystems; put prisoners to work
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: During the Roosevelt administration, there was vast unemployment and a failing economy. What emerged was the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Why not take first-time offenders and minor criminals and give them the choice of going to jail or joining the CCC?


    Which president oversaw tragedy, cover-up?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: After reading the letters to the editor of Sept. 5, I felt I must comment on the letter written by Wayne Oras. First, who was president in his first term with the meltdown of the housing industry or the banking collapse not during the first term but during the second term?


    D.C. has lost touch with rest of America
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: A recent report shows median income broken down by counties across America. There were six counties that had median incomes more than twice the national average. Four of these counties were in the area that surrounds Washington, D.C.


    Walsh should get involved with whole community
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: I recently read your front-page article, “Walsh’s view of black America.” Mr. Walsh suggested to a group of black conservatives they need to inform their community of people (meaning other blacks) of its many problems, especially its dependency on government.


    Reject Chained CPI initiative
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: A flawed policy initiative called the Chained CPI is gaining steam in Washington budget talks that would shortchange Illinois residents who receive federal benefits such as Social Security and federal annuities by low balling their annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).


    A boating accident waiting to happen
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am in complete and total agreement with Dennis Garber’s letter about bullies on the river in the Daily Herald’s Sept. 10 “Your Views.” As a resident living on the Fox River, I see the large boats and jet skiis flying on the water at high speeds.


    A rare victory over the war hawks
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Sept. 10 was a rare victory for the people over the warmongers in government and the media in their hell bent rush to criminal war in Syria. First the British Parliament, bowing to British public pressure, opted out of their usual lap dog following of America into senseless war.


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