Daily Archive : Monday September 23, 2013


    Hoping to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, David Slania of Rolling Meadows worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to organize a “viewing party” for Thursday night's NBC premiere of Fox's sitcom, in which Fox plays a TV anchor with Parkinson's disease.

    Michael J. Fox show inspires Ellen-like Parkinson's buzz

    TV sitcoms can have the power to educate. A decade ago, "Ellen" helped some people re-examine gay rights. Tonight, Michael J. Fox can give people a better understanding of people with Parkinson's.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    About 25 bronze flower vases were stolen off headstones between noon Sept. 1 and 9:24 a.m. Sept. 17 at River Hills Memorial Park, 1650 S. River St., Batavia, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Women report sex assaults in Benedictine dorm

    Two women reported that they were sexually assaulted last week in a Benedictine University dormitory, Lisle police said. The women told police the assaults took place Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Lisle college.

    Research shows when kids become involved in food preparation or growing food, they are more likely to try fruits and vegetables.

    Key to healthy eating is knowing where food comes from

    At Frederick Nerge Elementary in Roselle, Maureen Petricca's sixth-grade class wanted to know about healthy foods. Students asked, “What would you select as the healthiest food in the whole world?”

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn says resources available to curb Chicago violence

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he's open to sending Illinois National Guard troops or Illinois State Police to assist Chicago police with curbing violence if city officials want the help. He told reporters Saturday after an unrelated event in Chicago that state police have helped in places like East St. Louis, but only when local authorities coordinate things.

    Abraham Lincoln

    Historic site marks Lincoln's role in 1832 war

    A historic site in northwestern Illinois is highlighting Abraham Lincoln's role in an 1832 conflict. The Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth will focus on Lincoln's involvement in the Black Hawk War and mark the day when men of the Illinois militia were released from service.

    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Focus of 2014 Illinois campaign shifts to Republicans

    The drama in the 2014 campaign for Illinois' statewide offices shifted substantially after the withdrawal of former White House chief of staff Bill Daley from the Democratic primary for governor. The focus on the state's top job now switches to the Republican side, where a four-way primary again threatens to split the GOP's main voting blocs.

    The Illinois State Police has started approving concealed carry instructors. One-third of the 54 approved so far are from DuPage County.

    DuPage has one-third of state's concealed carry instructors so far

    Nearly all of the instructors approved so far to train Illinois concealed carry applicants are from the Chicago area, and one-third are from DuPage County. Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said many more applications are in the approval process, where potential instructors must meet several criteria and go through background checks. So the number is likely to grow in the coming...

    Moby, a 5-year-old, 90.4 pound beagle mix, lays with Jenn Jobe of the Humane Society of Central Illinois facility in Normal. Moby came into the center a little over a month ago weighing in at 93 pounds. With excercise, a good healthy diet and with the help of Jobe, Moby has lost three pounds.

    Dogs, cats face obesity issues

    Using a bed sheet as a sling to help support Moby's rear left leg, Jenn Jobe took the 90.4-pound beagle mix for a walk. Even though Moby needed the support of the makeshift sling during his 15-minute walk, his tail was wagging. “He's very happy, very motivated and very loving for being so overweight,” said Jobe, animal care manager at the Humane Society of Central Illinois in Normal.


    2 men killed in Vietnam, 1 from Illinois, to be buried at Arlington

    The bodies of two men killed in Vietnam are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., will be buried Monday.


    2 burned bodies found in car trunk in Cook County

    The Cook County medical examiner says two people whose burned bodies were found in a vehicle were strangled. Firefighters called to the scene of a car fire late Saturday in a suburban Cook County forest preserve.


    3 Chicago police officers hurt in crash

    Three Chicago police officers were taken to a hospital in good condition after a crash on the city's far south side. All three were in good condition following Sunday night's accident. The Chicago Fire Department says the three were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park.

    Montago E. Suggs

    Trial for man accused of killing Round Lake Park woman set to begin

    Jury selection for a man accused of murdering a Round Lake Park woman during a 2007 robbery at a Waukegan Check N’ Go has begun at the Lake County courthouse. Montago Suggs, now 29, is accused of killing Melinda Morrell, 23, during the May 21 robbery at the check cashing store in the 1100 block of North Green Bay Road in Waukegan.

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area School District 128 officials on Monday voted again to refinance part of the loan that funded the construction of Vernon Hills High School more than a decade ago.

    District 128 to refinance construction loan

    With interest rates at favorable levels, Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area School District 128 officials on Monday voted to again refinance part of the loan that funded the construction of Vernon Hills High School more than a decade ago.

    Garry McCarthy

    Two charged in mass Chicago shooting

    Authorities on Monday night charged two men in connection with a shooting last week at a Chicago park that injured 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy. Officials said 21-year-old Bryon Champ and 20-year-old Kewane Gatewood were charged in the shooting at Cornell Square Park, which is located on the Southwest Side.


    Cook County building code inspections up 40% in a year

    Cook County bolsters its annual inspection program for businesses and multi-family units in unincorporated parts of the county. The inspection program increases safety for residents and consumers, county officials said. Some property owners have complained that the program is being too aggressive and nitpicking.

    A Kenyan policeman keeps crowds of onlookers back from the Westgate Mall, in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Four large blasts rocked Kenya’s Westgate Mall on Monday, sending large plumes of smoke over an upscale suburb as Kenyan military forces sought to rescue an unknown number of hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants.

    Details on victims of the Kenya mall attack

    The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital has killed dozens of people, from Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas.

    President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington along the colonnade to join first lady Michelle Obama as they travel Monday to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    Obama: Kenyan mall attack is a ‘terrible outrage’

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says the United States stands with Kenya against the “terrible outrage” of a shopping mall terrorist attack.Obama says the United States is providing law enforcement assistance and all the help it can to deal with the tragedy.

    Kenyan Defense Forces leave the near vicinity of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.

    Kenya mall terrorists include ‘two or three Americans’

    Kenyan security forces were in the final stages of flushing out al-Qaida-linked terrorists from a besieged shopping center, the vice president said late Monday, two days after the upscale mall was seized by members of a Somali terrorist group that invaded with guns blazing. The country’s interior minister said it was unlikely that any more hostages remained inside Westgate Mall.

    Michael Werner

    Des Plaines man charged after standoff

    A Des Plaines man faces multiple charges that began with domestic battery and ended hours after he barricaded himself in his home Sunday evening, police said.

    Matthew Banis

    Pot, cocaine seized in Antioch drug bust

    Antioch police have seized 420 grams of cannabis and some black tar heroin from a house on the 300 block of Bridgewood. Matthew Banis, 22, was charged with unlawful posession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a class 3 felony.

    The Hersey High School Marching Huskies captured the title of grand champions this year at the 46th annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School with a performance themed on the French Revolution and “Les Miserables.”

    Hersey captures title at Chicagoland Marching Band Festival

    Hersey High School's marching band has been thrilling audiences this football season with a halftime show based on the French Revolution and featuring music from “Les Miserables.” The 10-minute show did the same Saturday for judges at Wheeling High School's 46th annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival, which named the band grand champions of the festival.


    Cardiac screening at Vernon Hills High:

    On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Max Schweitz Foundation will make a stop at Vernon Hills High School, where students will receive a free EKG and some also receive a free echocardiogram.

    DuPage County officials are exploring whether to enact a stormwater utility fee to help pay for projects that would help alleviate flooding.

    Cronin: Stormwater utility fee not a done deal

    Despite a new state law giving DuPage County the ability to impose a countywide stormwater utility fee, county board Chairman Dan Cronin says there’s no guarantee the idea will be implemented. “The devil is in the details,” Cronin said of the proposal to charge a fee. “If the details become too difficult and too controversial and too unworkable, then we don’t have to go down that path.”


    Man gets probation for Arlington Heights fight

    A 23-year-old man formerly of Indianapolis, IN, was sentenced to probation Monday in exchange for his guilty plea to a charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Donavan J. Williams was sentenced to 153 days in Cook County jail and ordered to have no contact with the victim or his wife.


    Hinsdale man dies in Oak Brook crash

    A Hinsdale man who was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed in Oak Brook early Sunday morning died at the scene, Oak Brook police said. The crash took place on Spring Road at Salt Creek Circle just after midnight.


    No serious injuries in day care bus crash

    A day care bus carrying five children collided with an SUV Monday afternoon near Ingleside, and one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

    Anatoliy Kulagin

    Four charged in weekend Naperville car burglaries

    Four people, including a 76-year-old man, were arrested over the weekend and charged in connection with several car burglaries, Naperville police said Monday.


    Israel sends experts to advise on Kenya standoff

    JERUSALEM — Scarred by memories of a pair of attacks on Israeli targets in Africa a decade ago, Israel has dispatched a team of experts to its close ally Kenya to advise authorities on the bloody standoff at a Nairobi shopping mall.

    Diana Martinez

    COD picks familiar face as art center’s interim director

    A familiar face in the region’s performing arts community is about to take center stage at the College of DuPage. Diana Martinez, whose resume includes stops at Second City, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and Pheasant Run in St. Charles, has been hired as the interim director of COD’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.


    Treasurer candidates Cross, Kim to speak in Schaumburg

    Illinois House Republican Leader and current candidate for Illinois state treasurer Tom Cross will be a guest speaker at the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization’s monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.


    District 50 bilingual meeting:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts its first Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Woodland Elementary East School cafeteria, 17261 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake.

    Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus to humans.

    Chicago sees its first case of West Nile this year

    Chicago health officials are reporting the city’s first human case of West Nile virus this year. The Chicago Department of Public Health said Monday that a resident in the South Side Englewood neighborhood became sick in early August and is recovering at home.

    Bobby Rush

    Rush takes leave for wife’s surgery

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is on an official leave from Congress to spend time with his wife as she undergoes major surgery.


    Chicago retirement home fetes 7 centenarians

    It was a sevenfold celebration this weekend at a retirement home on Chicago’s far South Side. The Smith Village retirement community held a party Sunday to mark the birthdays of seven residents who turned 100 or older during the past year.


    Lincolnshire boardwalk work:

    The village of Lincolnshire has contracted TGF Enterprises, Inc. of Libertyville to remove and replace boardwalk areas in the Florsheim Nature Preserve.


    Women’s health fair Wednesday in Des Plaines

    The Women’s Health and Fitness Fair hosted by the city of Des Plaines and Des Plaines Park District will take place Wednesday at the Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., in Des Plaines. The event will feature free fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and a beginners boot camp.


    CLC hosts college expo:

    College of Lake County hosts the Illinois College Exposition from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, where high school juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about 175 colleges and universities.

    Eugene Jonsson

    Body identified as missing Arlington Heights man

    A body found in a car last week by West Chicago police has been identified as Eugene Jonsson, an 84-year-old man who went missing from his Arlington Heights home in August, according to the DuPage County Coroner. The coroner’s office identified Jonsson by his dental records, officials said Monday, but a cause of death is still pending investigation.


    Report: Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

    WASHINGTON — From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation’s largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday.


    $400M Powerball winner wants to remain anonymous

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The winner of a $400 million Powerball jackpot cashed in his ticket Monday in South Carolina, but he told lottery officials that he wants to remain anonymous.The lottery released a few details about last week’s winner, who lives in Columbia.

    Lisa Ballantine, director of FilterPure, takes a drink from one of her charity’s water filters in a factory in Jacmel, Haiti, as workers fire more filters in the kiln behind her.

    Elk Grove ‘filter lady’ wins major environmental award

    An Elk Grove Village woman has received one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards, the Energy Globe Award, for her work creating sustainable water filter factories in countries like Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Lisa Ballantine, who now lives mostly in the Dominician Republic, says she is thrilled by the difference the filters have made. "I didn’t realize the impact it would...


    Hawaii man: Duct tape used in theft of 23 goats

    Sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, 23 goats valued for a total of about $10,000 were stolen from Kahuku Goats, a 250-acre farm on Oahu's North Shore, said owner Keal Pontin. Two bucks were left behind with ropes around their neck and duct tape over their mouths, he said Monday.


    Misdemeanor charges dismissed against Wheeling man

    A Cook County judge dismissed misdemeanor reckless conduct charges against Pablo Diaz, of Wheeling who accidentally left a bag containing his handgun and ammunition outside an apartment building.


    Voter registration events Tuesday at Oakton, Harper

    The Cook County Clerk’s office is conducting voter registration drives at local colleges on Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day. Harper College and Oakton Community College are among the schools participating.


    Morton Arboretum
    The following events and programs are offered at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Activities are free with admission, unless noted. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for ages 2 to 17, free for younger children. On Wednesdays, admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for ages 2 to 17. Members are always free. Info: (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org.


    Egypt Brotherhood ban opens way to wider crackdown

    CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets, opening the door for authorities to dramatically accelerate a crackdown on the extensive network of schools, hospitals, charities and other social institutions that was the foundation of the group’s political power.

    Ron Santo Walks in three suburban locations — including Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville — and on Chicago's lakefront will draw thousands of participants who help raise more than $4 million annual through the Illinois chapter of JDRF.

    Ron Santo Walks on a mission to cure diabetes

    On Oct. 6 thousands will join Ron Santo Walks in Libertyville, Schaumburg and Warrenville, as well as one in Chicago, to support children and adults with Type 1 diabetes by raising money to fund research into treatments and a cure through JDRF. Today, four families share their stories of life with Type 1 diabetes.

    In this May 22, 2013, file photo, IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.

    IRS official at heart of Tea Party scandal retires

    The Internal Revenue Service says an official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal is retiring. Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010...

    Love Elgin Day, an outreach offering food, clothing and services to the needy, will take place Saturday, Sept. 28. Up to 40 area churches will participate. This will be the fourth time the event will be held.

    Churches help the needy through Love Elgin Day

    Free food, clothing and a full buffet of other benefits will be available to low-income families at Love Elgin Day, a multidenominational church outreach on Saturday, Sept. 28. The biannual event, which is being held for the fourth time, takes place at five churches within walking distance of each other in downtown Elgin.

    Associated Press In this June 13, 2013 file photo, US Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, behind, along the old border wall along the US - Mexico border, where it ends at the base of a hill in San Diego. After dropping during the recession, the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again, according to a report released Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 by Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.

    New signs of rising illegal immigration into U.S.

    WASHINGTON — After dropping during the recession, the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again.

    Woow Sushi will open soon on Randall Road in Algonquin.

    Woow Sushi opens soon in Algonquin

    There is a new sushi restaurant coming to the Randall Road corridor. Woow Sushi, which has three locations throughout the Chicago suburbs, is opening a fourth along the Randall Road corridor in Algonquin.


    Arlington Heights holds flu shot clinics Tuesday, Wednesday

    Arlington Heights will host flu shot clinics for seasonal influenza twice this week. The flu shot clinics will be held at the Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road, on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. No appointments are necessary and there are no residency restrictions.


    5K walk/run takes place at St. James Farm in Warrenville

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District invites competitive 5K runners, outdoor explorers and fans of DuPage history to join the inaugural “St. Jimmy Shimmy 5K Walk/Run” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. James Farm Forest Preserve on Winfield Road, one block north of Naperville Road, in Warrenville.

    Close to 190 participants joined last year in Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice’s Hike for Hospice 5K in Batavia. This year’s hike takes place Saturday, Sept. 28.

    Hike to remember loved ones

    Hike for Hospice, a 5K walk along the Fox River to benefit Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 10 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia.


    Lake Villa man missing since Friday

    Police said they have no new leads in the search for a 33-year-old man who was reported missing from Lake Villa. Lake Villa Police Lt. Dennis Geraty said the response from social media has been appreciative, but it has not helped locate Nicholas Steward, who has been missing since Friday.


    Benedictine plays host to leadership summit

    Mary Formosa, Maureen O’Brien and Geneace Williams will be the featured speakers at the 2013 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit presented by the College of Business and the Office of Community Development at Benedictine University in Lisle.

    Are horses naturally vicious? The Connecticut state Supreme Court will hear a case on the issue.

    Connecticut court weighs if horses are innately vicious

    After a horse named Skippy bit a boy in the face, a Connecticut court came to a conclusion that threw animal lovers: Horses are a naturally vicious species. Farmers and horse owners say that classification would make insuring the animals too expensive and would threaten the state’s horse industry.

    People play backyard games in the Great Hall of Union Station, part of a winning design created by Buffalo Grove native Corey Nissenberg’s team for a Chicago competition.

    Buffalo Grove native wins Union Station design contest

    Buffalo Grove native Corey Nissenberg fondly remembers growing up in the suburbs, playing games like tetherball and bocce ball in his yard.

    Barrington leaders are expected to hear more public input and resume discussions tonight on whether to reverse the village board’s nearly four-year-old ban on video gambling in the community.

    Barrington resumes talks tonight on video gambling

    Barrington leaders are expected to hear more public input and resume discussions tonight on whether to reverse the village board’s nearly four-year-old ban on video gambling in the community. Village trustees have been rethinking the ban since August, when local businesses, including McGonigal’s Pub and The Blue Heron Cafe & Lounge, appeared before the board saying the ban was causing them to...


    Coroner: Nevada mom, son stabbed to death

    The Clark County coroner’s office said Sunday that a woman and her 10-year-old son were stabbed to death in their Henderson apartment, and her teenage son remains missing. Officers found their bodies on Friday after being asked to visit the apartment when the woman did not show up for work and her two sons did not show up for school.

    Associated Press Asmall sign at a cemetery marks the grave site of an unidentified body found on a ranch, in Falfurrias, Texas.

    Rising immigrant deaths put burden on Texas county

    By the time the woman perished, she had probably slogged 25 miles through dry ranch lands in her quest to enter the United States. She was found just feet from a highway where she might have been picked up and taken to Houston with other migrants making the same journey. Not long ago, her body would have been taken to

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Death penalty protocol focus of Mass. bomb hearing

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will ask a judge to discuss the timeline and procedure for prosecutors to decide whether to seek the death penalty. A joint status report filed in court says the defense wants the court to address “the death penalty protocol” in federal court on Monday.

    Anti-Syrian regime protesters holding a banner during a demonstration, in Kafr Nabil town, Idlib province, northern Syria.

    Mortar round lands in Russian Embassy in Damascus

    A mortar round landed inside the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, as Moscow said it was willing to send military observers to secure Syrian efforts to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

    President Barack Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Obama opens UN talks with diplomatic opportunities

    President Barack Obama opens meetings at the United Nations with diplomatic opportunities on three vexing issues: Iran’s disputed nuclear program, Syria’s chemical weapons use, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians. All three pathways are fraught with potential pitfalls and hinge on cooperation from often unreliable nations.

    Sean McCroskey pulls his wife Meg’s jacket out of the debris in the river in front of their destroyed home on Gold Run Road in Boulder County, Colo. State highway crews and National Guard troops worked Sunday.

    Builders, soldiers hustle to reconnect Colo. towns

    Construction crews and National Guard troops are working furiously to repair highways to mountain towns cut off by unprecedented Colorado flooding. State officials drove and hiked along one heavily damaged highway on Sunday and said they’re optimistic they can meet a Dec. 1 target to complete temporary fixes.

    Doug Domeracki Inside District 94

    New year, new projects in District 94

    School is in full swing at Community High School in West Chicago. Even the newest students have found their classrooms, met their teachers and are engaged in learning. Meanwhile, District 94 educators are working on a variety of projects from a new electronic newsletter to preparing for testing changes to evaluating activities offered for students, Superintendent Doug Domeracki said.


    District 41 to propose building new classrooms

    Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 administrators will present a building plan to the school board Monday night to provide up to 16 new classrooms — four at each of the district’s four elementary schools.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to make another television appearance with his debut on the Food Network. The episode of “The Great Food Truck Race” airs Sunday evening. It was taped in June when the show filmed in Chicago.

    Chicago mayor to appear on Food Network

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to make another television appearance with his debut on the Food Network. The episode of “The Great Food Truck Race” airs Sunday evening. It was taped in June when the show filmed in Chicago. The show features food truck operators on a selling competition as they travel to several cities. The winner gets a food truck to start a business.

    The Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes has been a family tradition for the Isaacs family of Grayslake since Drake, 16, in back, was diagnosed as a toddler with Type 1 diabetes, a disease he shares with his brother, Grant, 12. Their sister, Madison, 12, will join them at the Libertyville walk, which their mom, Lori, is helping organize.

    Every day's a challenge for Grayslake siblings with diabetes

    Though it's rare for siblings to have Type 1 diabetes, both Drake and Grant Isaacs of Grayslake have the disease. They endure endless finger pricks and carefully monitor their food intake, and they've learned to pull themselves out of sports when their blood sugar starts dropping. They'll walk in the Libertyville JDRF Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes.

    Colin and Klaire Bertrand of Palatine each have Type 1 diabetes. They’ll be walking with their sisters and parents in the Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes in Busse Woods.

    Palatine family dreams of moving from Type 1 to type none

    Brodie and Rachel Bertrand of Palatine go to sleep every night worrying their children Colin and Klaire, who have Type 1 diabetes, will slip into a coma overnight if their blood sugar plummets. The family will walk together in the Busse Woods Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise money for the cause.


    State launches effort to fight child abuse
    State officials who oversee the welfare of children in the state are launching a new effort to help stop child abuse and neglect. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has started it’s “You Are Not Alone” campaign. It includes a hotline.

    Suellen Johnson, left, helped launch the Ron Santo walks to find a cure for diabetes after her daughter, center back, Jessica Hierbaum of Glen Ellyn, was diagnosed at age 4. The family still walks today with Jessica’s daughter, Sydney, and husband, Scott Hierbaum.

    Diabetes walk a family tradition for three decades

    Jessica Hierbaum of Glen Ellyn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 4. Five years later, her mother had teamed up with the precursor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to create the first Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes. Hierbaum still walks every year, now with her husband and daughter. It's a family tradition.

    The Allen family of Algonquin will lead a team of walkers known as “Joshie’s Posse” in the JDRF Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes in Busse Woods. From left are dad Tony; Zack, 7; mom Kelli; and Josh, 10. The boys are in second and fifth grades at Westfield Community School in Algonquin.

    Diabetes defines Algonquin family's new 'normal'

    Joshua Allen of Algonquin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2½. His parents, Tony and Kelli, had to overcome needle phobia to learn to give Josh the many injections of insulin he requires daily. Eight years ago, they began participating in the Busse Woods JDRF Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes, and now lead a group of participants known as Joshie's Posse.

    Brian Harris Inside District 200

    Facts and figures tell the story of District 200

    At the start of a new school year, District 200 Superintendent Brian Harris reflects on his school district. To share a brief snapshot of the district, Harris has compiled a Top Ten Facts of District 200.

    Director Gail Mancuso, a Melrose Park native, holds her Emmy for best directing for a comedy series for 'Modern Family' backstage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Weekend in Review: Lombard pilot safe after emergency landing; suburbanite wins Emmy

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Lombard pilot lands safely on Lake Shore Drive; family tragedy leaves Des Plaines sisters on their own; Harvest Bible Chapel marks 25 years; ECC president defends Bill Ayers' appearance; man charged in Waukegan standoff; suburbanite wins Emmy for "Modern Family" work; Bears undefeated after win over Steelers; Sox beat Tigers; and Cubs lose to Braves.


    Dawn Patrol: Lake Villa man missing; Bears win

    Lake Villa man reported missing; Lombard pilot recounts Lake Shore Drive landing; Naperville Calvary Church debuts new sanctuary; Bears topple Steelers, stay unbeaten; Sound of cheers encourages Bulls’ Rose; ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ crowned at Emmys

    O’Hare International Airport’s new runway opens Oct. 17. Officials say it will reduce delays and improve safety, but it could also mean more jet noise for some suburbs.

    O’Hare’s newest runway will mean big changes

    Sure, the official name is “runway 10 Center/28 Center,” but perhaps it's best known as the former site of the St. Johannes Cemetery. After years of fighting over the graves there as well as O'Hare expansion, the runway is set for commissioning Oct. 17. Officials say it will increase O’Hare’s capacity to handle flights and reduce delays while improving safety.

    Karen Ramirez, 22, shows off her tattoo honoring her mother Alicia, while her sister Greta, 12, looks on. Karen got the tattoo about six months after her mother was killed by her father, Heriberto.

    Strangers' kindness helps sisters rebuild lives

    After her father killed her mother, Karen Ramirez, then 19, vowed that she and her young sister Greta would stick together no matter what. It's been a struggle, but they've done it with the assistance of friends and the kindness of strangers. “I didn't want my sister with anyone else,” Karen said.


    Budget, superintendent search on Dist. 204 agenda

    When Indian Prairie Unit District 204 board members leave their meeting Monday night, they expect to have a 2014 budget approved and a superintendent search firm chosen. The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the Crouse Education Center at 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora for votes on next year’s spending plan as well as which firm should be tasked with finding the district’s next top...


    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks with wide receiver Earl Bennett during a break in the action last season against the Minnesota Vikings.

    Earl Bennett's improbable catch for Bears

    From his concussion early in training camp, to a pay cut just before the start of the regular season, to his diminished role in the offense, it would have been easy for Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett to lose faith. But he didn't and, Sunday night the six-year veteran may have made the most remarkable catch of the Bears' young season.


    Glenbard West wins eighth straight

    The momentum continues for Glenbard West. After capturing a fourth straight tournament title at their own invitational over the weekend, the Hilltoppers ran their winning streak to eight and moved to 19-2 on the season with a 25-13, 25-16 sweep of Palatine in nonconference action Monday night.

    Paul Konerko hits a single in Monday night’s White Sox victory over Toronto at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Pitching aside, much work ahead for White Sox

    The White Sox are in the final week of their worst season since 1970. Looking ahead to next year, the Sox return a solid pitching staff, but general manager Rick Hahn has plenty of work to do in other areas. Newcomer Avisail Garcia is the only lock to be in the starting lineup when the White Sox open next season with a March 31 home game against Minnesota.

    Bears running back Michael Bush scores a touchdown between Steelers linebacker Vince Williams (98) and defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) in the first quarter Sunday at Pittsburgh.

    Teammates concerned about collision on Cutler’s key run

    Jay Cutler sprinted 13 yards for a key first down Sunday night and dished out a little punishment to Steelers safety Robert Golden, but Bears coach Marc Trestman would rather see his quarterback play it safe.

    The Penguins’ Kris Letang scores the first of his 2 goals on Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin in the third period Monday night.

    Blackhawks’ Saad back at wing

    The Brandon Saad at center experiment is apparently over for now. Saad played left wing on a line with Jonathan Toews in Sunday’s win at Detroit but was out of the lineup Monday night at Pittsburgh. The Penguins beat the Hawks 3-2 in a shootout despite Nikolai Khabibulin’s strong play and 2 goals from Bryan Bickell.


    Cubs’ reliever Rondon finishing strong

    Amid all the turnover in the Cubs' bullpen this year, the two constants have been left-hander James Russell and Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon. The 25-year-old Rondon has acquitted himself well enough to be considered part of the mix for 2014.

    Starling Marte, right, celebrates with second baseman Neil Walker after the Pirates defeated the Cubs on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth.

    This time, it’s Pirates turn to clinch at Wrigley

    For the second time in two days, the Cubs had to watch as another team celebrated a postseason berth at Wrigley Field. On Sunday, it was the Braves clinching the NL East. Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates secured their first playoff berth since 1992 with a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Cubs.

    Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) is carted off after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Are NFL fans addicted or numb to the violence?

    As Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton joins the list of NFL players lost to injury, football fans must be either addicted to the destructive nature of this sport or simply numb to it.

    Dayan Viciedo, left, celebrates with Marcus Semien after scoring on Semien’s home run against the Blue Jays in the second inning Monday night.

    White Sox’ Semien continues to impress

    Marcus Semien continues to make a case for a starting job with the White Sox in 2014. In Monday night's 3-2 makeup win over Toronto, Semien hit his first major-league home run, reached on an infield single and made a standout defensive play at third base.

    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions through the first three games this season.

    Manning tosses 3 TDs in Broncos’ win over Raiders

    Broncos QB Peyton Manning went 32 for 37 for 374 yards with 3 touchdowns and set a few more records while outwitting the overmatched Raiders (1-2). “You see flashes of good things,” Manning said. “When we’re executing and not making mistakes, we can go the distance. We can go 80 yards, take advantage of a short field.”


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


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


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


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


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

    Neuqua Valley’s Ian Langton tees off Monday at the Elgin boys golf invitational at Bartlett Golf Club.

    St. Charles North improving at right time

    Rob Prentiss was as blunt as usual on Monday afternoon at Bartlett Hills Golf Course. “I think if you were to ask the guys they would say that they have not played up to their potential this year,” Prentiss said. With the meat-and-potatoes portion of the boys golf season rapidly approaching, the North Stars picked an opportune time to win their first invitational of the fall.


    Barrington tops Lake Forest in two

    Led by Megan Talbot’s 8 kills and 3 from Katie Clement, Barrington’s girls volleyball team defeated Lake Forest 25-23, 26-24 in a nonconference match on Monday. Setter Claire Waliczek (2 aces) handed out 12 assists fort he Fillies (3-8), who also received 2 blocks from Christy Roney.


    Barrington improves to 9-1 in MSL

    Freshman Reena Sulkar (39), freshman Shivani Majmuder (43), senior Kelly Umphred (43) and junior Bailee McDonald (45) led Barrington to victory in a tri meet at the Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove on Monday.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez and center fielder Alejandro De Aza celebrate their 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game on Monday in Chicago.

    Quintana and Semien lead White Sox over Blue Jays

    Jose Quintana pitched into the eighth inning and rookie Marcus Semien hit his first homer to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

    Sam Knapke of Benet Academy, right, heads the ball away from Alexis Quezada of West Chicago during boys soccer action on Monday.

    Rindler helps Benet earn draw at W. Chicago

    Michael Rindler scored a hat trick during Monday’s nonconference game at West Chicago.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Boys soccerDC still undefeated: Dundee-Crown used big games from forward Paul Buch (3 assists) and goalie Jose Gonzalez (7 saves) to hold off Grayslake North in a 4-0 win. Francisco Nava, Juan Ramos, Eduardo Arellano all had goals while Ben Stone had a goal and an assist to help keep the Chargers (12-0-1) undefeated.Streamwood 1, Plainfield Central 1: At the St. Charles East Tournament, Mike Delaney had the game tying goal for the Sabres (8-2-1) off a pass from Nestor Ascencio, while goalkeeper Sergio Blanco had 3 saves.Elgin Academy 2, Christian Life 0: Using goals in the first half from Julian Romano and Jumel Julien, the Hilltoppers (2-6) held on for their second win of the season. Goalie Jonathan Shen had 1 save, with Jin Park and Jumel Julien adding assists.Glenbard North 1, Elgin 0: Despite out-shooting their opponent and getting 8 saves from keeper Flavio Jaimez, the Maroons (4-5-2) dropped to under .500 for the season.

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte celebrates his home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday in Chicago. The home run gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

    Pirates clinch playoff berth with win over Cubs

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.


    Mikaelian leads Libertyville triumph

    Girls golfLibertyville d. Vernon Hills: At Willow Hill, Simone Mikaelian finished with a 41 to lead Libertyville to a 177-191 victory over Vernon Hills. The Wildcats also got a 43 out of Megan Sturonas. The top finisher for Vernon Hills was Faith Jung with a 44.Mundelein d. Grant: At Antioch Golf Course, Courteney Fabbri shot a 37 to lead Mundelein to a 169-219 victory over Grant. The Mustangs also got a 42 out of Lorrielle Martin. Kirsten Bank led Grant with a 49.Stevenson d. Lake Zurich: Nikki Marquardt finished with a 39 to lead Stevenson to a 180-201 victory over Lake Zurich. Alexia Fidman added a 46 for the Patriots. Megan Malcolm led Lake Zurich with a 47.Lake Forest d. Warren: At Bittersweet, Lake Forest defeated Warren, 185-193. Izzy Cordova led Warren with a 45.


    Crosby, Stevenson tops at Hawthorn Woods

    Boys golfStevenson wins: At the Mundelein Invitational at Hawthorn Woods, Stevenson took first place in the eight-team field with a 314. Mundelein placed second with a 320 and Libertyville was third with a 328. Individually, Stevenson’s Benett Crosby had the best score with a 74 while Ryan Magee of Mundelein finished second with a 76 and Justin Park of Vernon Hills was third with a 77.


    Antioch, both Grayslakes net victories

    VolleyballAntioch d. Zion-Benton: Sam Falco had 8 kills to lead Antioch to a 25-23, 25-20 sweep over Zion-Benton. Setter Marissa Grant filled the stat sheet for the Sequoits with 23 assists, 11 digs, 3 kills, 2 blocks and an ace. Elena Kelsh added 6 kills and 2 blocks for Antioch and Amanda Spera had 5 blocks, 2 kills and 2 aces.Grayslake North d. Grant: Grayslake North outlasted Grant, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18. Summer Camper and Nicole LeBaron each had 9 kills for Grayslake North and Alaina Geissberger added 6 kills. Kendall Buchman had 15 assists for the Knights. For Grant, Kylie Mueller had 7 kills and Beka Couch added 5 kills. Nicole Buckley and Anna Panasenko each had 3 blocks for the Bulldogs while Kate Kiser and Alissa Mathis added 8 and 6 assists respectively. Tori Gallichio led the defense with 5 digs.Grayslake Central d. Vernon Hills: Anna Basten had 11 kills and Alex Dahlstrom had 10 kills to lead Grayslake Central to a 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 victory over Vernon Hills. The Rams, who are now 15-6 on the season, got 12 digs from Teresa Curtis and 10 from Gabi Casper. Setter Hayley Peterson rolled up 26 assists.

    Stevenson’s Kamal Starks (3) keeps a sharp eye on the ball under pressure from Lake Zurich’s Miguel Hernandez on Monday.

    Another lesson in winning for Stevenson

    Being young is an identifying trait for Stevenson’s boys soccer team. But this collection of inexperienced talent sure has a nice learning curve, especially when it comes to being resilient. The Patriots are making a habit of coming back to win games, and they did it for a sixth time this season on Monday afternoon. Stevenson rallied with a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Lake Zurich in a North Suburban Lake Division match at the Vernon Hills Athletic Center.


    Herrera ties Maine West record with 3 more goals

    Nelson Herrera was at it again, and a Maine West defense led by Jonathan Schmitz kept a quality boys soccer squad from Chicago Taft out of the net in a 4-0 nonconference victory Monday night in Des Plaines. Herrera, who poured in 4 goals in last week’s matchup against rival Maine East, struck twice just before intermission, then completed the hat trick in the second half to tie his own single-season goal-scoring record for the program at 25. Maine West’s Miguel Lopez finished off the scoring with a late PK conversion to give the Warriors their eighth victory of the year.


    Menich, Walsh pace Prospect victory

    Senior Emma Menich said the Prospect girls golf team approaches every meet with same attitude, regardless of the opponent. “We take every match seriously,” she said. “We want go out, have fun and do the best we can.” Menich produced one of her best rounds of the season on Monday. It helped the Knights win one of their biggest meets of the season. In a battle of undefeated Mid-Suburban League teams, Menich and teammate Kiley Walsh fired 38s to lead the Knights to a 155-164 victory over Fremd on the Vikings’ home course. Vikings senior Dorothy Feng shot a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine of Palatine Hills to earn medalist honors.

    Along with Aurora Christian and Marmion, Kaneland — with quarterback Drew David fresh off a career-high 6 touchdowns in last Friday’s win — takes a 4-0 record into its Week 5 game.

    Three unbeatens remain as season races to halfway point

    Think about this for a moment. The official halfway point of the high school football regular season will be reached when the teams head for the locker room at halftime of their respective games this weekend. While the season often seems to go by like a blur, there’s still plenty of football remaining before I begin turning my attention to the basketball court.


    Burlington Central adjusts in Wiltsie’s absence

    The Burlington Central girls volleyball team suffered a significant setback when returning junior all-area outside hitter Lauren Wiltsie went down with a knee injury during an early season practice. But at least that piece of bad news actually has led to a pair of positives. Wiltsie had arthroscopic surgery on her meniscus about 10 days ago and coach Marv Leavitt is hopeful to have her back on the practice court by the end of the week and back playing toward the latter part of the season. The other positive has been how the Rockets have responded in her absence. Central started the week 8-3 and 3-0 in Big Northern Conference East Division play.

    Stevenson lineman Zach Novoselsky, left, will be sidelined the rest of the season after surgery to address a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments.

    Sour finish to Novoselsky’s football season

    Stevenson offensive lineman Zach Novoselsky, a Western Michigan recruit, will be out for the season with a broken left fibula and severe ligament damage in his ankle, injuries suffered in Stevenson's Week 3 win over Zion-Benton.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Hinsdale Central, Benet and Barrington have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent rankings of area boys soccer teams.


    Vernon Hills’ Spencer joins record effort at Ohio State

    A familiar sight for Vernon Hills football fans used to be Evan Spencer making catches on Friday nights. Now he’s is making them on most Saturday afternoons for Ohio State, the No 4.-ranked team in the nation. His 8-yard TD catch in the Buckeyes’ 76-0 route of Florida A&M this past Saturday was part of a historic first half.Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton set a school record with 6 touchdown passes — all in the first half.


    Heffernan to lead Stevenson girls soccer program

    Longtime Stevenson soccer assistant coach Kevin Heffernan has been named girls soccer head coach.

    Dana Gattone of St. Viator has lined up a future in golf at Illinois.

    Love of the game takes St. Viator’s Gattone to Champaign

    Dana Gattone, a sports and entertainment writer for St. Viator’s school newspaper, is considering a major of communications in college. One thing is for sure. Her golf club communicates with the golf ball as well as any of the top players in the state. While the 4-foot-11 senior may be one of the shortest elite golfers in the state, she stood tall in the eyes of college recruiters. Gattone recently made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Illinois women’s golf team.

    New York Giants’ Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Carolina Panthers’ Charles Johnson (95) during the second half of a game Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.. There have been 97 sacks in Week 3, five short of the record set in 1986’s 11th week.

    Offenses contributing to high NFL sacks totals

    Eli Manning went down seven times, EJ Manuel one more than that Sunday. NFL teams are on a near-record sacks pace, and it’s not solely because of what defenses are doing. These spread-out offenses are making quarterbacks more vulnerable than ever. So what gives, other than offensive lines that can’t protect passers?

    Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the third hole during the final round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

    Tiger competing against his past in player of year hunt

    Tiger Woods should be a lock for player of the year, provided he is measured against the other four names on the ballot instead of the previous seasons when he won the award. But he didn’t win a major, the very standard by which Woods measures a great season.


    Blues send 13 players to Chicago Wolves

    The Chicago Wolves have received 13 players from the St. Louis Blues, team officials announced Monday.The Wolves training camp runs through Saturday and the team opens the preseason with a game against the Rockford IceHogs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

    Wisconsin’s Chris Borland nearly intercepts a pass in front of Purdue’s Justin Sinz during the first half Saturday’s game in Madison.

    Miller? Guiton? Doesn’t matter to No. 23 Wisconsin

    Whoever the quarterback is for Ohio State, it’s not going to change how the Wisconsin defense prepares for the Buckeyes this weekend at the Horseshoe.

    LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson hits a ball off a tee Monday following an announcement that the Solheim Cup will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in 2017.

    Iowa course awarded 2017 Solheim Cup

    The LPGA announced Monday that the 2017 Solheim Cup will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. The biennial contest between teams of European and American golfers was held in Colorado last month with Europe winning 18-10.

    Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee played Saturday’s game with “APU” (for All Players United) written on his wristband to protest the NCAA’s treatment of athletes.

    Emmert says change coming for NCAA

    NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday he expects “a lot of change” for the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year. “I’ve said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn’t work,” Emmert said during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I representatives.

    Ken Bishop of Northern Illinois brings down Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in their high-scoring game Saturday. Garoppolo got EIU off to a 20-0 start but NIU came back to win and run its unbeaten streak at Huskie Stadium to 22-0.

    NIU not alarmed by defense’s performance

    Two years ago, Northern Illinois allowed 30.3 points per game on the way to its first MAC title. So Huskies coach Rod Carey thinks his team's slow start on defense is no cause for alarm. NIU (3-0) visits Purdue on Saturday.


    Mike North video: Cutler stays clean in Bears victory
    Trestman is pleased with the offensive and defensive production on this Chicago Bears team. He is looking for a victory this week against the Detroit Lions as his offensive line continues to protect Jay Cutler and the defense produces more turnovers.

    The Oakland Athletics are a team worth rooting for, says Len Kasper, as they head into the postseason.

    Hitting to all fields as season winds down

    Len Kasper has some general baseball observations as we hit the final week of the regular season.

    Paul Konerko will be remembered as one of the most prolific offensive players the White Sox organization has ever known.

    Nobody knows, so it’s time to give Konerko proper send-off

    Paul Konerko has yet to say whether he considers this to be it for his career, and he says he will wait until the off-season to decide. All we can really do is assume the next five home games will be his last here in Chicago. So it's time to give him the send-off he deserves.



    Archer-Daniels-Midland looking to move longtime headquarters

    Agribusiness giant Archer Daniel Midland Company said Monday that after spending 44 years in the small Illinois city of Decatur, it is looking for a new location for its headquarters with better access to its global customers. Chicago officials said the city is among the candidates.


    Trial set to begin for Rockford Ponzi scheme

    A federal trial is set to begin in Rockford for a one-time CEO who's accused of running a Ponzi scheme that authorities say cost investors $20 million.The Rockford Register Star reports Anthony D'Agostino's trial is set to begin Monday. He bought Commercial Mortgage & Finance in 1997. He was charged with mail, wire and securities fraud in December.

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

    Madigan waiting on pension vote to be scheduled

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's waiting for a vote to be scheduled on a pension overhaul. But the Chicago Democrat says any pension plan must be “meaningful” in order for him to call it for a vote. He didn't elaborate. Madigan spoke to reporters Sunday following a slating of Democratic candidates. He serves as the state party's chairman.

    David Viggiano with Hillary Clinton

    Another side of Hillary Clinton revealed by communicator

    Kukec's People features a different look at Park Ridge native Hillary Clinton. The former first lady and secretary of state has some surprising answers for a local communicator.

    Fire officials confirmed Monday lightning was the cause of a fire at Village Pizza & Pub in Carpentersville. Carryout is expected to resume by the end of the week, with the restaurant re-opening within a month.

    Lightning caused fire at Carpentersville pizzeria

    A lightning strike was the cause of a fire last week at Village Pizza & Pub, a popular Carpentersville restaurant, a village fire official confirmed Monday. The owners hope to reopen the carryout portion of the eatery by the end of the week, with the remainder of the restaurant re-opening within four weeks. “It’s all good inside, minimal damage inside,” the deputy fire chief said.

    In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Gov. Pat Quinn looks on as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at a news conference in Chicago where it was announced that Illinois has received conditional federal approval for its plan to help run an online marketplace where thousands of state residents will shop for health insurance beginning Oct. 1.

    What you need to know before ‘Obamacare’ launches

    For many Illinois residents, it’s time to take a deep breath and get ready to shop for health insurance. President Barack Obama’s health care law requires nearly every American to have insurance starting in 2014. To make shopping for coverage easier, a new online marketplace is set to open Oct. 1. The build-up to next week’s launch in Illinois has been fraught with uncertainty as federal and state officials keep tight control of information. They haven’t revealed the prices of the insurance plans to be offered on the new marketplace, perhaps to avoid tipping off insurance carriers who are opting not to participate this time.

    People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines for rides like Radiator Springs Racers at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system, park officials said Monday.

    Disney changing line-jumping program for disabled

    People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system, park officials said. Under the change, visitors will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that’s offered to everyone. Currently, visitors unable to wait in the regular line can get back-door access to rides or go through the exit and wait in a shorter line.

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investor worries about a budget fight in Washington pushed stocks lower on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, overshadowing the prospect of more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

    Stocks fall on concern about economy, budget fight

    Concerns about the strength of the economy and the potential for a budget fight in Washington pushed down the stock market Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell for a third straight day. The Dow jumped 147 points last Wednesday to close at an all-time high after the Fed decided to keep its huge economic stimulus program intact. But that rally has been wiped out by anxiety over a budget and debt fight in Washington over the past three days.

    In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, file photo, blackBerry’s employees prepare the launch event for the company’s new smartphones in London. Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered to buy BlackBerry in a deal that values the Canadian smartphone company at about $4.7 billion, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

    Fairfax to buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion

    TORONTO — BlackBerry has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a group led by largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.BlackBerry said Monday that a letter of intent has been signed and its shareholders will receive $9 in cash for each share. Fairfax head Prem Watsa is a former board member who owns 10 percent of BlackBerry. Watsa stepped down when BlackBerry announced it was considering a sale last month. Watsa is one of Canada’s best-known value investors and the billionaire founder of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. He has been compared to Warren Buffett because of his investing approach. BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis recruited Watsa to join the company’s board when Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie stepped aside as its co-CEOs in January, 2012.Trading of the company’s stock was halted ahead of the news. BlackBerry shares plunged after the company announced Friday a loss of nearly $1 billion and layoffs of 4,500 workers.The BlackBerry, pioneered in 1999, was once the dominant smartphone for on-the-go business people and other consumers before Apple’s iPhone debuted in 2007. “We believe this transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry its customers, carriers and employees,” Watsa said in a statement. “We can deliver immediate value to shareholders, while we continue the execution of a long-term strategy in a private company.BlackBerry said its board of directors approved the terms of the letter of intent. The statement said BlackBerry and Fairfax will negotiate and execute a definitive transaction agreement by Nov. 4. Watsa said in April that he’s a “big supporter” of current CEO Thorsten Heins and called his promotion the right decision in early 2012. He also said he’s excited about the company’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system. This year’s launch of BlackBerry 10, its revamped operating system, and fancier devices — the touchscreen Z10 and Q10 for keyboard loyalists — was supposed to rejuvenate the brand and lure customers. But the much-delayed phones have failed to turn the company around. At their peak in the fall of 2009, BlackBerry’s smartphones enjoyed global market share of over 20 percent, says Mike Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity. Their piece of the pie has since evaporated to just 1.5 percent.BlackBerry said Friday it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of its global workforce, as it tries to slash costs by 50 percent and shift its focus back to competing mainly for the business customers. A week earlier than expected, BlackBerry surprised the market by reporting Friday that it lost nearly $1 billion in the second quarter. The company is booking over $900 million in charges to write down the value of its unsold smartphones. BlackBerry said cutting its global headcount to 7,000 total employees is necessary. The company let 5,000 people go last year. The company also said Friday it plans to focus on offering only two high-end devices and two entry-level handsets going forward, with emphasis on the business market. BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM, was once Canada’s most valuable company with a market value of $83 billion in June 2008, but the stock has plummeted from over $140 share to less than $9. Its decline is evoking memories of Nortel, another Canadian tech giant, which ended up declaring bankruptcy in 2009.


    Allegiant again canceling flights to check MD-80s

    Allegiant Air told passengers that 12 flights were canceled Monday while it continues to overhaul emergency slides on its fleet of MD-80 aircraft. The cancelations involved six routes, including one with a stop in Moline, and the Las Vegas-based airline was contacting affected passengers by email and telephone to tell them their flights would be made up Tuesday, Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.


    American, US Airways extend merger deadline

    US Airways and American Airlines are extending their merger deadline by a month to give themselves time for an antitrust trial. That trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 25. Their original agreement allowed either side to call off the merger on Dec. 17, but the trial might not be done by then. The new agreement extends that period until Jan. 18, or later if the court rules in favor of the airlines.


    Citigroup drops after report bond-trading revenue to decline

    Citigroup Inc. fell the most since June, the fourth-worst performance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, after a newspaper reported that the bank’s third-quarter bond-trading revenue slumped. The lender fell 3.1 percent to $49.63 at 11:13 a.m. in New York. Citigroup’s interest-rate and currencies business may lead a drop in overall bond-trading revenue at the company, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the firm’s talks with investors.


    Electronic device use may expand on U.S. flights on FAA advice

    Airline passengers in the U.S. may soon be able to text, e-mail and use iPods, Kindles and other electronic devices during takeoff and landing. A Federal Communications Commission advisory panel this month will recommend to the agency how it could expand the use of personal electronic devices during flights, said Douglas Kidd, executive director of the National Association of Airline Passengers and a member of the panel.


    New Surface expected from Microsoft at NYC event

    Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce new Surface tablet computers, including a version with a smaller screen to compete with Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini. The company has an announcement event scheduled in New York on Monday.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters about the looming deadline to fund the government and the fight among House Republicans on a strategy on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    1 week to go until government shutdown deadline

    With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned — if not rushing — to that end.Most say they don’t want the first government shutdown since 1996. But if the government happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part of their effort to dismantle Democrats’ health care overhaul, while Democrats defending the law recall that similar standoffs gave them political gains.

    Rob Villee, executive director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewer Authority in New Jersey, holds up a wipe he flushed through his test toilet in his office. Increasingly popular bathroom wipes, thick, premoistened towelettes that are advertised as flushable, are creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation.

    Popular bathroom wipes blamed for sewer clogs

    Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable — are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation. Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren’t breaking down as they course through the sewer system.

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    Lovely Candy Company caters to people with allergies

    We talk with the owner of The Lovely Candy Company which creates premium candies for consumers who have gluten sensitivity, celiac disease or other food allergies such as soy. Our candy is also great for health-conscious consumers who want to indulge in candies with the best ingredients available. The candies are non-GMO, certified kosher and contain no high fructose corn syrup.

Life & Entertainment

    Caroline Bowman stars as Eva Peron in the national tour of “Evita,” the 1978 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice which continues at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago through Oct. 6.

    Dark heart missing in new 'Evita'

    The national tour of "Evita" is beautifully designed and performed at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, but it lacks a certain bite and blackness to properly illustrate this 1978 pop-opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about an ambitious actress who becomes Argentina's first lady.

    “Nothing Was the Same” by Drake

    Drake a melancholy king on latest album

    Drake warns us what's coming on his new album “Nothing Was the Same,” laying out a mission statement of sorts on sprawling opener “Tuscan Leather.” The most anticipated rap album of the year is here and “Nothing Was the Same” is probably nothing like you expected. Drake's third album is introspective, practically guest free and every bit as sonically brave as Kanye West's “Yeezus” — though not quite so abrasively bold.

    Lean ground beef and low-sodium ketchup go into Don Mauer's healthier version of baked spaghetti.

    Lean and lovin' it: Trimming down a cafeteria favorite

    When traveling through South and North Carolina, Don Mauer discovered the K&W Cafeteria, a chain that's been around 60-some years. They make a mean macaroni and cheese, but the baked spaghetti, seemingly sold only at their restaurants, became his favorite. Today he gives us a trimmed down version.


    Pine needles won’t change soil acidity

    Q. I have several blueberry bushes and heard that spreading pine needles around the base of the plants will increase the acidity of the soil.

    “The Diving Board” by Elton John

    Weak songs mar Elton John’s new album

    Eager to make a relevant record at age 66, Elton John sought a return to his roots on “The Diving Board,” advertised as piano trio music in the vein of his marvelous early albums. But while they had energy, humor and good songs in abundance, “Board” is dull.

    The finale of Showtime’s “Dexter,” with Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, didn’t live up to the series’ or fans’ expectations.

    ‘Dexter’ cuts its own throat in sappy series end

    Dexter deserved better. So did “Dexter” fans, who, witnessing this Showtime drama end in a heap, were subjected to the lamest series finale since “Seinfeld.” If only the producers had dispatched their show with the care their murderous hero showered on his victims. From its start eight seasons ago, “Dexter” was a groundbreaking, often shocking series that called for the viewer to honor, or at least accept, a sociopath who channeled his urges as a serial killer for the social good. In an unjust world, this public servant earned the viewer’s support.

    Adults can engage in some mental exercise by playing video games regularly.

    Your health: Exercise your brain

    Playing video games as an adult can help your brain function. Also, learn the difference between lactose intolerance and other problems with your stomach.


    Childhood hernias carry special risks

    Unlike adult hernias, hernias of childhood are rarely a result of muscle weakness. Ninety-nine percent of pediatric inguinal hernias occur when the processus vaginalis, an embryonic out-pouching of the abdominal lining, fails to seal off as expected late in pregnancy or soon after birth.

    Four months after an Institute of Medicine report said reducing salt to the lowest recommended level doesn’t improve health and may harm it, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they disagree. In an article published in the American Journal of Hypertension, the CDC and New York City health officials said getting Americans to eat less salt remains a key objective with the potential to save thousands of lives.

    There’s no evidence less salt is healthy for you, experts say

    Salt is at the center of a battle among government agencies and health advisers who can’t agree on what is too much or too little for a healthy diet. Four months after an Institute of Medicine report said reducing salt to the lowest recommended level doesn’t improve health and may harm it.

    Whites and males were the most likely to engage in all levels of binge drinking, a new report found. Students with more educated parents had higher rates of binge drinking than other kids, but lower rates of extreme binge drinking. Extreme binge drinking was most common in rural areas and the Midwest and least common in the West.

    Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school

    Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report. Less severe binge drinking, consuming five or more drinks in a row, has mostly declined in recent years among teens.

    Eating sufficient whole grains, as part of a healthful eating plan, can protect against cardiovascular disease and help maintain a healthful body weight. Research on dietary fiber shows that a sufficient amount can protect against cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and can promote digestive health.

    Nutrition Q&A: Getting enough whole grains, fiber

    Eating sufficient whole grains, as part of a healthful eating plan, can protect against cardiovascular disease and help maintain a healthful body weight. Research on dietary fiber shows that a sufficient amount can protect against cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and can promote digestive health. But it’s not always easy to figure out what and how much to eat.


    Waking up to new concerns about caffeine

    The increasing use of caffeine as an additive in many foods and drinks has attracted considerable scrutiny from regulators and researchers. So have proposals to add the stimulant to such items as toothpaste or body sprays. The Institute of Medicine last month spent two days hosting a forum on the potential health hazards of caffeine consumption at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which in turn is trying to decide if limits need to be imposed on how much of the stimulant can be added to various products.That may take some time and more research.


    9 million adults use sleeping pills to get more zzz’s

    Can’t get enough shuteye? Nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills — and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older, according to the first government study of its kind. But that’s only part of the picture. Experts believe there are millions more who try options like over-the-counter medicines or chamomile tea, or simply suffer through sleepless nights.

    “Dissident Gardens” by Jonathan Lethem

    An American family, disillusioned with America

    Jonathan Lethem’s latest novel, “Dissident Gardens,” is a tour de force, a brilliant, satirical journey through America’s dissident history from 1930s-era communism to today’s Occupy movement. Its central character is Rose Zimmer, a staunch member of the American Communist Party whose affair with a black policeman draws the wrath of party apparatchiks. After getting booted from the party, she turns her energy to community organizing in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, a housing development built in the 1920s to provide well-designed, affordable apartments with communal gardens to the urban working class.

    Drew Barrymore, center, served as a guest judge on “Knife Fight,” an underground cooking competition hosted by noted chef Ilan Hall, that premieres Tuesday on the Esquire Network.

    Esquire Network seeks to carve new niche for men

    It’s standing-room only inside The Gorbals. The hip downtown Los Angeles eatery is filled to the brim with loud lookie-loos who’ve gathered to watch a pair of professional chefs sizzle their way through a new televised cooking competition called “Knife Fight,” the first series debuting on the new Esquire Network. The boisterous room is momentarily interrupted by Drew Barrymore. This is not one of those by-the-books cook-offs like “Chopped” or “Top Chef.”

    Danai Gurira will mark her second full season as Michonne in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

    Danai Gurira reveals little about ‘Walking Dead’

    Asked about the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead,” Danai Gurira goes silent. When prompted again, she breaks into laughter: “I’m thinking. How I’m going to answer without saying anything?” The actress, who will mark her second full season as the machete-wielding fan favorite Michonne when the AMC show returns Oct. 13, is still figuring out how to dodge questions about what will happen so she doesn’t reveal plot lines.

    Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel. The album is based on Kerouac’s novel “Tristessa.”

    Indie rock disc inspired by Kerouac novel

    Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel — and it’s not “On the Road.” The album, which features artists like The Low Anthem, William Fitzsimmons, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers, is based on Kerouac’s novel “Tristessa,” about a drug-addicted Mexican prostitute. The project was pulled together by Jim Sampas, a producer who has specialized in musical tributes.

    Anna Faris, right, and Allison Janney star in “Mom,” premiering Monday on CBS.

    CBS’ ‘Mom’ not a fuzzy family comedy

    The new CBS comedy “Mom” will bring back some family memories — if your family life included mom cooking meth or searching for cocaine in the shag carpet. It debuts at 8:30 p.m. Monday, another project from busy producer Chuck Lorre. Given his track record (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly”), CBS can hardly be blamed for betting on Lorre again. The pilot quickly tries to establish a dysfunctional cast of characters. Anna Faris is the lead as Christy, a waitress and single mom who’s sleeping with her married boss. It goes on from there.

    Linda Ronstadt is releasing her memoir “Simple Dreams.”

    Linda Ronstadt confronts Parkinson’s disease

    These days, it’s hard for Linda Ronstadt to get around without her forearm crutches. The debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease require her to relax for a few minutes before starting an interview. But once she’s ready, the 67-year-old has full command of her voice, even though she’s no longer able to sing. While her singing voice has been silenced, she’s expressing herself in her memoir, “Simple Dreams.”

    1967 Pontiac GTO

    Owner not afraid to put miles on 1967 Pontiac GTO

    Jeff Hill isn’t afraid to run up the miles on his four-wheeled machines. Whether decades ago or driving the 1967 Pontiac GTO now parked in his driveway, the Mudelein resident gets no greater joy than being behind the wheel.



    ECC should halt plan for Ayers speech
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: William Ayers’ viewpoint should not be included in the “variety of viewpoints” in the marketplace of ideas you propose to expose in this series. What he has done deserves jail time, not the honor of being a highlighted speaker at a respected educational institution.


    Where Putin should stay in Chicago
    A Chicago letter to the editor: If Vladimir Putin ever visits Chicago, I hope he stays in the penthouse of the Ritz Carlton. Can you imagine the Daily Herald headline, “Putin on the Ritz”?


    Business climate costs Lake County jobs
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Your front page article “Kenall Manufacturing plant leaving Gurnee for Kenosha” points out that this is the second Lake County employer that has left Illinois for Wisconsin in just two weeks with the loss of hundreds of jobs and lots of tax dollars.


    Coal company unfairly passed along costs
    A letter to the editor: Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, promised 217 municipalities — including St. Charles — and 17 electric membership cooperatives in the Midwest a source of cheap, stable electricity. The plant in Southern Illinois first began generating power in June 2012. The electricity is neither cheap nor reliable. In fact, the price of power from Prairie State is now at least double the market price of power.


    Conservative politicians turn backs on poor
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: To the surprise of no one, the National Bureau of Economic Research announced in its brilliance that the more higher tax rates are cut, the greater share of the national income is accrued by the wealthiest citizens. This is demonstrated with the United States being No. 1 and the United Kingdom being No. 2 in this research.


    Liberalism ruining our country
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: No conservative principles were used in Detroit, and the city is bulldozing neighborhoods. Likewise, no conservative principles are being used in Illinois and Chicago, and both have serious financial problems. The same can be said for California.


    Article misrepresented medical schools
    A letter to the editor: The Sept. 10 article by Janet Lorin on Caribbean medical schools contains many mischaracterizations about our institutions, but perhaps the most egregious is an outright omission of a critical academic outcome: The 96 percent first-time pass rate achieved by students at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Ross University School of Medicine on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam in 2012. This is the same rate posted by U.S. schools.


    Roskam’s position on Syria is informed
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Wow! It’s a time when I’m not sure what the right political decisions are — or should be. I appreciate that our politicians are making hard, crucial decisions. What I don’t appreciate is the confusion surrounding these decisions — especially when those decisions affect me and you. Syria, for example. I have to admit, I’ve been somewhat confused by all that we’ve been hearing.


    Salutes Des Plaines for a job well done
    Letter to the editor: Flo Hoffman says the city of Des Plaines responded promptly to her water problem, and she appreciates the good job Dan and Carl did.


    Grand old lady needs attention
    Letter to the editor: Bonnie Boyle Cote was on a Metra train passing through Des Plaines when something caught her eye.


    People with real experience needed
    An Elgin letter to the editor: In the Sept. 16 edition, the Daily Herald published an article on the transportation boards and their waste of money. Perhaps that is because the Illinois Statute (70 ILCS 3616 3B) does not demand transportation expertise in the criteria for selection by county chairmen.


    Appointments to Metra, RTA boards a setback
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: To Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen: What a bitter disappointment to learn of your appointments to the boards of Metra and the RTA. The two nominees, whatever their qualifications and abilities, are both politicians. You had the opportunity in your hands to break the cycle of mismanagement and scandals that we have experienced in these organizations by ignoring political affiliations and appointing qualified individuals selected only based on their accomplishments in the private sector.


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