Daily Archive : Friday September 27, 2013


    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com ¬ Montago Suggs of Kenosha, Wis. sits at his table during his murder trial Tuesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

    Suggs found guilty of killing Round Lake Park woman

    A Kenosha, Wis. man was found guilty of executing a Round Lake Park woman during a robbery at a Check N' Go in Waukegan six years ago. It took a jury six hours Friday to find Montego Suggs, now 29, guilty on three counts of first-degree murder at the Lake County courthouse late Friday.

    Forty-five scarecrows decorated by area Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops are on display through this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, including “Windy City Scarecrow” by a troop at Waterbury Elementary School in Roselle.

    Arboretum’s Scarecrow Trail adds to autumn ambience

    The Scarecrow Trail, featuring 45 figures designed and decorated by area Girl and Boy Scouts will once again provide a visual highlight this fall at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.


    Tips for getting the most from fall colors

    The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres of trees will again reveal stunning colors this fall that are expected to draw thousands of leaf-peepers from around the region. The arboretum’s collection includes trees from 40 different countries and provides intense fall color visitors can’t see anywhere else in the area.

    Glass pumpkins will sparkle from Oct. 16-20 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    Glass Pumpkin Patch coming to arboretum

    The third annual Glass Pumpkin Patch will feature 3,000 glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs such as apples, gourds, acorns, and more from Oct. 16-20 at the Morton Arboretum. The patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is free with arboretum admission.

    Martha Coultrap of New York City holds the resolution letter of the then Geneva Community High School District No. 149 (now the Geneva School District 304), which was in a time capsule inserted into a stone from the recently razed Coultrap Elementary School. The school district dedicated the Fourth Street administration offices as the Coultrap Educational Services Center in honor of Harry M. Coultrap, who was superintendent of Geneva schools from 1912-50.

    Geneva school officials rename headquarters to honor former superintendent

    About 70 people gathered Saturday to witness the Geneva school district honoring its past, as it renamed its headquarters for beloved former superintendent Harry M. Coultrap. The offices at 227 N. Fourth St. are now the Coultrap Educational Services Center. The renaming makes up somewhat for the district’s tearing down of Coultrap Elementary School this summer. School Superintendent Kent Mutchler...

    Montago Suggs

    Waukegan murder case goes to jury

    The trial for a man accused of murdering a Round Lake Park woman during a Waukegan store robbery six years ago has gone to the jury, prosecutors said Friday night. Montago Suggs, now 29, of Kenosha, Wis., has been on trial since Tuesday in the first-degree murder of 23-year-old Melinda Morrell.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of Washington, the Republican Conference chair, left, speaks to reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a closed-door strategy session. Pressure is building on Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown.

    Boehner has tough choices with spending measure

    There are a lot of difficult questions for House Speaker John Boehner, and no easy answers. No matter what path he chooses, he will make somebody very unhappy.

    A private ambulance, SUV and an Elk Grove Township Senior Services bus crashed Friday morning at Busse and Central roads in Mount Prospect.

    Three-vehicle crash in Mount Prospect results in injuries

    Three people were injured when three vehicles crashed Friday morning at a busy intersection in Mount Prospect. The accident took place just before 11:30 a.m. at Busse and Central roads. It involved a private ambulance, an SUV and an Elk Grove Township Senior Services bus.


    Mt. Prospect team hosts Volley for the Cure

    To support National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls’ volleyball teams from St. Raymond School in Mount Prospect will host St. Anne in Barrington, St. Emily in Mount Prospect, The Willows Academy in Des Plaines and St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview at the sixth annual Volley for the Cure volleyball fundraising event.

    A member of the Marathon Oneida County Bomb Squad responds Thursday for removal of railroad torpedoes in Eau Claire, Wis.

    Explosives found in antique railroad collection

    An Eau Claire man who bought a few Soo Line railroad antiques got more than he bargained for when he popped open a can in the collection: about 50 railroad torpedoes.


    Schaumburg fire leaves row house unit uninhabitable

    A fire that left a Schaumburg row house unit uninhabitable Friday night may have been caused by leaving something on the stove, authorities said. Schaumburg Fire Department officials say a neighbor saw smoke coming from the 3-story multifamily building complex on the 1800 block of Dumont Lane about 3:30 p.m. Friday.


    16 arrested on drug charges in McHenry County sweep

    A warrant sweep by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests of 16 individuals this week on drug charges, authorities said Friday. The sweep took place Thursday around the county, and involved several local and federal agencies including the sheriff’s office, the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Lake in the Hills Police Department and Woodstock Police...

    Ary Borges feeds his tiger named Dan at his home Thursday in Maringa, Brazil.

    Brazil family fights to keep house-trained tigers

    The Brazilian family is locked in a legal dispute for the big cats, with federal wildlife officials working to take them away. While the family does have a license to raise the animals, Brazilian wildlife officials cite a public danger.


    Mom says surgery quelled autistic son’s screams

    mother who couldn’t find ways to quell her son’s incessant screaming said a surgery performed by a University of Wisconsin Health doctor finally helped. Vicki Hanegraaf said her 16-year-old son Kade, who is autistic, would scream louder than a lawn mower more than 1,000 times a day for more than three years.

    People talk Friday at the entrance to the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Syrian chemical arms inspections could begin soon

    The world’s chemical weapons watchdog was preparing Friday to launch a risky United Nations-backed mission into the heart of Syria’s deadly civil war to verify and destroy the country’s chemical arsenal in a matter of months.


    Illinois short on ‘Obamacare’ guides

    Only a fraction of the expected army of outreach workers will be certified and ready Tuesday to help Illinois residents sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, state officials told The Associated Press late Friday.


    Joliet man convicted of killing 2 teens

    Jurors in Will County have convicted a 19-year-old man of murder in the shooting deaths of two other teens.

    “It´s a close-knit community. I view these students as if they are my children and I want their success as much as I want that for my children,” Schlinkmann says.

    Moving Picture: For 40 years, kids are priority for Mooseheart teacher

    For more than 40 years Curt Schlinkmann has taught and coached at Mooseheart Child City & School. He teaches high school science and physics, coaches the boys track and field and middle school football teams, and above all tries to inspire his students to a lifetime of success. “I really like when the kids are successful,” he said, “When they struggle and finally get it, it's...

    President Barack Obama leaves Friday after making a statement regarding the budget fight in Congress and foreign policy challenges, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.

    U.S., Iran leaders talk for first time since 1979

    Breaking a third-of-a-century diplomatic freeze, President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday and, in a historic shift from years of unwavering animosity, agreed to work toward resolving their deep dispute over Tehran’s nuclear efforts.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters Fridayin Chicago after Cook County Judge Neil Cohen refused his request to stop legislators from being paid while he appeals Thursday’s court ruling that his action was unconstitutional.

    Quinn fails in bids to stop lawmakers’ paychecks

    Gov. Pat Quinn lost two attempts Friday to stop legislators from being paid while he appeals a court ruling that determined it was unconstitutional of him to freeze the money in an effort to get lawmakers to solve Illinois’ pension fund problem.


    Aurora man gets 4 years for beating kids with metal rod

    An Aurora man was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for beating his girlfriend’s three children with a metal rod, prosecutors said. Oscar Leija, 41, of the 500 block of North Avenue in Aurora, accepted the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to three counts of aggravated battery.

    Plaintiffs Patrick Bova, 75, left, and his partner, of 50 years, 81-year-old James Darby, speak at a news conference Friday outside court in Chicago.

    Same-sex marriage lawsuit allowed to proceed

    A lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois’ ban on gay marriage can move forward in the courts, a judge ruled Friday, buoying hopes among some same-sex couples that it’s just a matter of time before they can marry in their home state.

    Katherine Walton, 38, from the United States, poses for a photograph Friday with her husband Philip during an interview with the Associated Press in Nairobi, Kenya. Walton survived the Westgate Mall attack with her five children and described the moment she nearly came face to face with the attackers.

    American mom, 5 kids survive Kenya mall attack

    Looking for a weekend escape, Walton took her five children — Blaise, 14; Ian, 10; Portia, 4; Gigi, 2; and Petra 13 months — to Westgate Mall, which hosts a toy store and was holding a kids cooking competition when armed gunmen burst in just after noon last Saturday, the start of a four-day attack that killed more than 60 shoppers.

    Jose A. Ares-Torres

    Man falsely arrested by Elgin police in trouble again

    A 36-year-old man, who was wrongfully arrested for felony robbery in spring 2011 after an Elgin cop planted a evidence at a crime scene, is in trouble again. Jose A. Ares-Torres, of Carpentersville, was arrested early Thursday on disorderly conduct charges after he called 9-1-1 more than a dozen times while intoxicated, police said.

    Chazz Palminteri

    Stars align for Arcada Theatre’s fall lineup

    Previewing the fall entertainment lineup at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles.

    Matthew Nellesen

    Arlington Heights man charged in slaying decides against representing himself

    Matthew Nellessen, charged with first-degree murder in the April 2011 slaying of his father George Nellessen, 55, in the family's Arlington Heights home, intends to represent himself, his former defense attorney says.


    Batavia joins study of online learning consortium

    The Batavia school district is joining several others to study whether to make an online/blended learning consortium. The effort grew out of the failed attempt this year by an outside group to form a virtual online charter school from 18 districts in and around the Fox Valley.

    Gregory Jordan

    Guilty plea from one of four connected to Batavia burglaries

    A 26-year-old Maywood man, who was one of four implicated in a spate of nighttime burglaries in Batavia in August, pleaded guilty to felony possession of a stolen credit card and receieved 18 months probation. Gregory Jordan also spent 45 days in jail and could be resentenced to up to three years in prison if he messes up again.

    Bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol were tested with a chemically treated paper that turns blue in the presence of cyanide at the Illinois Department of Health in October 1982 in Chicago.

    FBI bows out as lead in Tylenol murder investigation

    The FBI is no longer leading a task force that has unsuccessfully attempted to identify the person responsible for the deaths of seven people who ingested cyanide-laced Tylenol more than 30 years ago. According to an Arlington Heights Police Department news release issued today, the FBI is turning over coordination of the open murder investigations to authorities in suburbs where the deaths...


    Affordable Care Act explained at Schaumburg library

    The “Be Covered Illinois” program will be outlined and explained at several dates and times at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. A representative of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights will provide a basic understanding of the Affordable Care Act.

    Nabil Anas

    Maine Twp. man charged with promoting prostitution

    Nabil Anas, 25, of Maine Township has been charged with promoting prostitution, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a news release.


    Lombard suspect in custody after police-involved shooting

    A Lombard police officer opened fire early Friday after being confronted by a man brandishing a handgun, officials said. No one was injured in the shooting at a home on the 400 block of West Harrison Road. Police encountered the suspect while responding at 3:45 a.m. to a harassment complaint.

    Police and firefighters survey the scene of a quadruple fatal accident Thursday on I-290 in Addison.

    Victims identified in quadruple fatal Addison crash

    Authorities have identified four women killed in a rollover crash early Thursday on I-290 in Addison. The victims —Juanna Anaya, Maria Duran, Donna Mejia and Maria Orellana — all died of multiple traumatic injuries, the DuPage County coroner's office said Friday.


    Burlington teacher fired over relationship with student

    A Central High School teacher has been fired over an allegation she had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student last school year.

    Didier Farms’ vegetable crops are on the north end of the property along Aptakisic Road in Lincolnshire.

    Despite reservoir plan, Army Corps won’t seize Didier farmland

    Didier Farms co-owner John Didier said he was surprised to learn of an Army Corps of Engineers proposal to turn much of his family's property into a stormwater retention pond. The agency says the project won't happen if the Didiers don't want to sell.


    District 200 poised to collect input from community

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials have been committed for months to a “community engagement process” to learn exactly which district issues are first and foremost in the minds of residents. On Oct. 9, they’ll take a key step toward achieving their goal when they vote on a roughly $50,000 contract to hire St. Louis-based Unicorn Arc to act as a facilitator for gathering that...

    Investigators examine the site of a plane crash Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Chase bank on Weber Road near Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook.

    Coroner: Dental records ID woman killed in plane crash

    The Will County coroner's office has used dental records to formally identify the body of Jayanthy Venguswamy, one of two people killed when a small plane crashed Wednesday near a bank in Bolingbrook, authorities said Friday morning. The woman, whom coroner's officials said was 55 years old, was a passenger in a Cirrus SR-20 single-engine plane being flown by her husband, Dr. Narayan Venguswamy,...


    Jogger grabbed at Lake Arlington Park

    A woman jogging at Lake Arlington Park in Arlington Heights was grabbed from behind by a male wearing dark clothing at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. After a brief struggle, the offender ran away. Police are seeking witnesses and asking for help in identifying the offender.


    U of I student slain in apartment north of campus

    Police in Urbana say a University of Illinois student has been killed in her apartment a few blocks north of the campus.Lt. Bryant Seraphin tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that officers were called shortly after 11 a.m. to the apartment complex. The university police issued alerts to students and faculty, but the campus was not locked down.


    Vernon Hills fire unintentional:

    A fire Thursday in Vernon Hills that resulted in $80,000 damage and displaced four families is classified as unintentional.


    Oktoberfest in Libertyville:

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts its annual Oktoberfest from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday on Church Street just west of Milwaukee Avenue.


    District 95 has new budget:

    The Lake Zurich Unit School District 95 board on Thursday approved an $89.4 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Officials expect to collect $93.4 million in taxes and other revenue to cover expenses.


    Auditions for “La Pastorela”:

    Auditions for Spanish speaking, bi-lingual actors of all ages for the La Pastorela, the classic pastoral drama of the Nativity, will be held by appointment at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, off Hook Drive, west of Route 83, Round Lake Beach.

    Russell Lissau/rlissau@dailyherald.com Parent Andrea Trudeau talks to the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board about the need for air conditioning at the schools.

    District 95 parents call for air conditioning

    Parents concerned about the heat wave at the start of the school year implored Lake Zurich High Unit District 95 officials to add air conditioning systems to the district’s campuses Thursday night.


    Glen Ellyn gas station plans raise environmental concerns

    Environmental experts testifying on behalf of the Butterfield Park District claim that emissions from a proposed gas station near Glen Ellyn would significantly increase the risk of cancer among people using nearby property.

    Woodland Primary School kindergarten student Delilah Hunt, 5, of Wildwood, participates in one of the many green-themed activities during the school’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) community celebration Friday in Gages Lake.

    District 50’s Woodland Primary celebrates LEED certificate

    Woodland Primary School has become the first elementary school in Illinois to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Rating Certification for Existing Buildings, officials announced Friday. District 50 hosted a celebration at the school on Gages Lake Road in Gages Lake with several local dignitaries, school, village and county officials in attendance.


    360-mile charity bike tour to stop in Cook, DuPage

    A 360-mile bike tour stops in Cook and DuPage counties next month to help raise money for services benefitting victims of child abuse. The inaugural Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ride is a six-day event sponsored by the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois.


    Learn how to go green at Fox Valley Holistic Health Celebration

    Are you ready to “green” your life? Take the first steps at the fifth annual Fox Valley Holistic Health Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 29. Nearly 80 area exhibitors will showcase holistic, organic and environmentally safe products and services outside Soup to Nuts Alternative Grocery, 716 W. State St., Geneva.


    $3.2 million settlement in Elgin electrocution

    Lawsuits filed by the families of two workers who died five years ago after being electrocuted while working on a bridge over the Fox River in Elgin were settled in August.


    Oswego woman dies in Naperville car crash

    Naperville police are investigating the city’s second traffic fatality in three days, this time involving a woman who was killed in a one-car crash early Friday morning. Kathleen M. Schlegel, 43, of the 0-100 block of Seton Creek Drive in Oswego, apparently crashed her maroon 2007 Honda Pilot about 12:40 a.m. at Raymond Drive and Crystal Avenue and became trapped in the car, Naperville...

    Bryce Laspisa

    Parents plan Naperville vigil for teen missing from California

    The parents of missing Naperville Central High School graduate Bryce Laspisa are planning a vigil for Monday, aiming to “light the way home” for their son. Naperville area residents are invited to attend the vigil at 8 p.m. Monday at Frontier Park behind Neuqua Valley High School at 3880 Cedar Glade Drive wearing orange or white in honor of the redheaded 19-year-old who went missing...

    The former Gurnee Grade School near the Des Plaines River in Gurnee flooded many times since it was built in the 1950s.

    Demolition of flood-prone Gurnee Grade School begins Monday

    Aside from the fond memories of youth, Gurnee Grade School was well known for flooding consistently. Built near the Des Plaines River in 1954, sandbagging there became a familiar sight.“Quite honestly, it’s been a pain,” said John Hutton superintendent of Gurnee Elementary District 56. Officials determined that buying the property and demolishing the building, which begins...


    Girlfriend of Ex-Patriot Hernandez indicted

    A Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday that a grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins on a single count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of the friend, Odin Lloyd.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, joined by Senate Democratic leaders, speaks during a news conference Thursday to blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running.

    Senate OKs budget bill, but fight not over

    The 54-44 vote hardly spelled an end to Washington’s latest down-to-the-wire budget drama. It remains unclear whether the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-run House will be able to craft a compromise and rush it to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government has to tell hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home.

    This sign was installed at Villa Olivia in Bartlett on Wednesday. It’s the fifth heritage marker installed in the township.

    Hanover Township installs fifth heritage marker

    Hanover Township dedicated a fifth heritage marker at a historical site in the township this week. The new sign was installed Wednesday at Villa Olivia, a golf course and ski facility at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett, to commemorate the Leatherman farm that once existed on the property.

    PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM, 2009 The shooting range at Sportsman's Park in Naperville will reopen once the remediation process is finished.

    Lead removal progressing at Naperville park

    The first phase of work to remove lead from the soil at Sportsman's Park near downtown Naperville is on track to be completed by the end of the year, funded partially under a new contract and an updated contract the park board approved Thursday night. A consulting contract with Shaw Environmental was increased $23,985 and a new engineering services contract with Shaw for $800,500 was approved at...

    A map showing the proposed new bike lanes on Elgin's northeast side. Parking would be eliminated on the south side of Congdon Avenue and west side of Prospect Boulevard to make way for bikes.

    Elgin's northeast side likely getting bike lanes

    Elgin's northeast side is expected to get dedicated bike lanes along a path that will connect downtown Elgin to trails accessing Shoe Factory Road Woods and the Poplar Creek forest preserve. The final engineering plan moved forward with a 6-2 vote at the city council's committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday. “I think the community does support cycling and wants to see it designated...

    A long-dormant proposal to build a tunnel beneath Route 176 has resurfaced. One of the parks is Veterans Park, shown here.

    Plan for tunnel near parks resurfaces in Island Lake

    A decades-old proposal to connect two Island Lake parks on opposite sides of Route 176 with a tunnel beneath the busy road has resurfaced. But the man who brought the concept back for public discussion, Mayor Charles Amrich, admitted it isn’t happening any time soon because of the potential $1.5 million price tag.


    McCain: Partisanship in DC is worst he has seen

    Staring at the specter of a partial government shutdown, Sen. John McCain says he’s never seen anything like the harsh partisanship pervading much of Washington politics. The Arizona Republican, serving his fifth term, says “we are dividing the Republican Party rather than attacking Democrats.”

    Just three weeks after flames of the Rim Fire destroyed an nearly 30,000 acres of forest land and destroying an estimated 1 billion board feet of potential lumber, man and nature have begun working to return life to the forest.

    In heart of the Rim Fire, regeneration has begun

    In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada’s most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees. Just four weeks after the most intense day of California’s Rim Fire, life is returning as the forest begins to repair itself.


    Audit: Army paid $16M to deserters, AWOL soldiers

    Even as the Army faces shrinking budgets, an audit shows it paid out $16 million in paychecks over a 2½-year period to soldiers designated as AWOL or as deserters, the second time since 2006 the military has been dinged for the error. The oversight was blamed primarily on a failure by commanders to fill out paperwork in a timely manner.


    Ex-EPA official pleads guilty to theft

    A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency is pleading guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years by failing to show up for work for while claiming to be working for the CIA.


    Stricken United plane captain dies in Boise

    The stricken captain of a United Airlines flight that made an emergency landing died at a hospital, officials said. The man was still alive when he arrived at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center but died overnight while undergoing treatment, spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said Friday. A Boise airport spokeswoman said Thursday that the man suffered an apparent heart attack. The cause of death...

    Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. The multistory residential building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai early Friday.

    8 dead, dozens missing in India building cave-in

    Rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in India’s financial capital nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in Friday, killing at least eight people and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. A cheer erupted from hundreds of onlookers when rescuers working in a drizzling rain plucked the young girl out of a tunnel dug through the rubble. At least 32 people were...


    Computer failure causes Metra North line delays

    At least three trains on Metra's Union Pacific North line from Chicago to Kenosha are delayed this morning because of a “system wide computer failure,” according to a Metra service update Friday. Trains may be delayed between 10 and 20 minutes until the computer system can be fully rebooted after experiencing a failure before 8:40 a.m.

    The collapsed upper parking deck atop the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Kenya’s military caused the massive collapse of three floors of Nairobiís Westgate Mall during the terrorist siege in which at least 67 people died, a top-ranking government official told The Associated Press.

    Official says Kenyan forces caused mall collapse

    Kenya’s military caused the massive collapse of three floors of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall during the terrorist siege in which at least 67 people died, a top-ranking government official told The Associated Press. When asked Friday if military action against the hostage-takers caused the collapse, the official answered: “Yes.” The official also confirmed that Kenyan troops fired rocket-propelled...

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listens to a question as security personnel waits in the wings during an address and discussion hosted by the Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in New York.

    U.S., allies see chance to resolve Iran nuke impasse

    The U.S. and its international partners emerged from a meeting with Iran declaring that a “window of opportunity has opened” to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. But diplomats asked Tehran to come back with a detailed plan of action to reassure the world it is not trying to build an atomic bomb.


    Countries seek to end discrimination against gays

    A group of 11 countries called on U.N. member states to repeal laws that discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people, in the world organization’s highest-level meeting on the issue ever.

    President of the Opposition Syrian Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center, and American Secretary of State John Kerry attend a Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian people, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at United Nations headquarters.

    Plan: Syria arsenal inspections by Tuesday

    The inspectors responsible for tracking down Syria’s chemical arms stockpile and verifying its destruction plan to start work in Syria by Tuesday. They will face their tightest deadlines ever and work right in the heart of a war zone, according to a draft decision obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The decision is the key to any U.N. resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons program.


    Car bomb kills at least 30 north of Syrian capital

    A car bomb exploded near a mosque north of the Syrian capital as worshippers emerged from Friday prayers, killing at least 30 people, activists said.


    Obama, India’s leader seek to reinvigorate ties

    President Barack Obama is hosting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for talks on trade and security in a fragile region, offering a chance to inject new life into the partnership amid concerns that relations have stagnated. The leaders of the world’s two largest democracies were to meet Friday at the White House, where they were expected to firm up plans for moving forward on defense and civil...

    The Hackett House, site of a former hotel near Main Street and Route 47 in Huntley, was purchased by the village earlier this year. But now trustees are balking at the potential $300,00 cost of renovating it.

    Huntley board weighing options for historic hotel

    Is $300,000 too much to spend to restore a historic structure? That’s the question Huntley village trustees are wrestling with as they evaluate options for the possible renovation of the Hackett House, a two-story former hotel from the early 1900s.

    This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts.

    Obama’s no-negotiation stance setting new tone

    This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts. It’s a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. In this round, however, the president and his aides maintain that...

    Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Arlington-Deming neighborhood contains a fine array of buildings exemplifying the high-quality residential and institutional buildings historically built in this north lakefront neighborhood

    Appellate court upholds Chicago's landmark law

    The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld a Chicago landmarks ordinance designed to protect hundreds of historic buildings and 50 neighborhood districts. The ordinance approved by the court establishes rules on whether a building or area in Chicago is worthy of landmark protection. The law limits owners' ability to make changes to landmarked property.

    Associated Press John Wood Community College President John Letts, left, visits with 4-year-old Alexa Mosley in his office at the college in Quincy. Alexa recently told her parents that she wanted to visit big colleges to decide where to go to school in the future, so Letts and staff scheduled the campus tour.

    4-year-old becomes college ‘kid’

    Not too long ago, 4-year-old Alexa Mosley was watching “Toy Story 3” and grew curious when Andy went off to college, leaving Buzz Lightyear and the rest of his long-time pals behind. That sad story line, however, is not what affected Alexa the most.


    School security guard dies attempting to end fight

    Authorities say a security guard at a suburban Chicago high school died after attempting to break up a fight between two female students. South Holland police say 54-year-old Richard Cowser and another guard were trying to separate the girls Thursday when Cowser fell against a locker and began to have difficulty breathing.


    Tdap vaccine shortage may affect Illinois schools

    Illinois education officials are informing schools about a national shortage of a vaccine that’s required for students in grades six through 12. The Illinois State Board of Education sent a memo this week to school nurses, principals and district administrators saying the Tdap vaccine shortage will be considered when deciding if a school is in compliance with the required vaccination protocols.

    Gary Shapiro

    Fed: Without more money, office can’t do more about city violence

    With its fixed budget, the current top federal prosecutor in Chicago says there’s nothing more his office can do to help stem city violence than it’s already doing. At a Thursday news conference on a gang indictment, Gary Shapiro fielded questions about calls by some politicians for the feds to find a way to do more.


    Dawn Patrol: Police officer hurt in fire; Benedictine bans alcohol

    Police officer hurt in fire. Lake County has new undersheriff. Benedictine bans alcohol in dorms. Tollway employees fired for growing pot, bullying. Poll Vault deals with food allergies. The Royals downed the Sox 3-2. And Bob LeGere explains why Cutler's having a better season.


    Panel takes Obamacare questions in St. Charles

    Expanded Medicaid eligibility may be the largest way the Affordable Care Act helps Illinois residents who can't afford health insurance, according to a panel of experts who spoke in St. Charles Thursday night. The panel was comprised of enthusiastic supporters of the controversial new health care law, which is commonly known as Obamacare.

    Jim Oberweis

    Who's challenging Durbin? Settle it in a poker game

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis talked about having a poker game with fellow conservative and former Republican congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry, over a campaign to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. “The loser has to run against Durbin,” Oberweis said. Oberweis finished second in primary races for Senate in 2002 and 2004.


    District 214 approves budget

    The Northwest Suburban Township District 214 school board approved a balanced budget for the 18th year in a row on Thursday night.

    What will become of the Geneva library?

    Trustees: Geneva Library options remain open

    All options are open for discussion, according to Geneva Library officials, about where the library should be, now that they have dropped the idea of purchasing the site of a former factory for a new home. Trustee Patricia Lord said it's also time the library resurveyed the community. “It is about what our patrons want, not a site,” Lord said.

    After walking through the corn teepee, Zachary Jackson takes a peek back inside to look for his mommy on Friday, September 13th, at Norton Farm in St. Charles.

    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 23rd.

    Many people who have severe food allergies carry an EpiPen, a device that injects a fast-acting dose of epinephrine to counteract anaphylactic shock.

    Poll Vault: Does anyone in your family have a food allergy?

    Does anyone in your family suffer from a food allergy? Is your home a nut-free zone? How hard is it to reduce exposure to potentially lethal allergens?



    Conant makes big gains in win at Palatine

    Conant’s running game struggles no more. The Cougars unveiled a new offensive threat in Elias Gardener in their Mid-Suburban West football opener at Palatine’s Chic Anderson Stadium. The 6-foot, 196-pound junior rushed for 173 yards on 27 carries. His running threat opened up the passing game for Danny Modelski, who took advantage by throwing 4 touchdown passes in Conant’s 39-23 victory over the Pirates Friday.

    Grayslake North running back Andrew Martineau gets a hand from Easton Hochstein, left, and Sam Cremin after scoring a touchdown in the first half against visiting Hampshire on Friday.

    Say it loud: Grayslake N. tops Hampshire

    Grayslake North took the ball away from visiting Hampshire three times in the opening half, and quarterback Merrick Gentile and running back Titus Booker repeatedly carried the ball into the end zone, as Grayslake North celebrated homecoming with a 42-14 rout Friday night.

    Schaumburg's Justice Macneal-Young celebrates his first quarter touchdown against Barrington with his teammates on Friday at Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg turns back Barrington

    And then there was one. Schaumburg is the Mid-Suburban League's only remaining unbeaten team after the Saxons topped Barrington 33-21 on Friday at Gary Scholz Stadium in Schaumburg. Barrington suffered its first loss of the season as Mid-Suburban West divisional play began.

    Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson eyes downfield against Lake Park.

    Wheaton North’s Thorson comes through in two dimensions

    In the air and on the ground, there was no stopping Wheaton North’s Clayton Thorson. The Northwestern-bound senior quarterback put the Falcons on his shoulders in Friday’s 42-17 DuPage Valley Conference victory over Lake Park in Roselle.


    Z-B puts it together, pulls away from Mundelein

    Zion-Benton scored on the final play of the first half and on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to break open a close game and roll to a 34-14 North Suburban Lake Division victory over visiting Mundelein on Friday night.Chance Lindsey scored both touchdowns for the Mustangs (1-4, 0-3), running for a 15-yard score in the first quarter and returning an interception 23 yards for another tally in the second quarter. But Mundelein, which pounded out 160 yards rushing in the first half and trailed only 15-14, was no match after intermission for the faster Zee-Bees (1-4, 1-2), who celebrated homecoming with their first win of the season.Junior running back Tristan Wright ran for TDs of 75 and 35 yards for Zion-Benton, while junior quarterback Doug Gates threw 2 touchdown passes and ran for another score.“I have no explanation for our second half tonight,” said Mundelein coach George Kaider. “We came out and ran the ball very well and knocked them off the line like we thought we’d be able to, but then we couldn’t do anything in the second half. We have to do a better job of coaching and a better job of playing.”The Mustangs did have answers for the Zee-Bees in the first half. After the home team took a 6-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Gates to Trenton Curry with 8:23 to play in the first quarter, Mundelein came back on its next possession with a nine-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 15-yard TD run by Lindsey. John Marcos’ first of two extra points gave Mundelein a 7-6 advantage.Zion-Benton regained the lead, 12-7, later in the first quarter when Gates found Dillon Appenzellar with a 28-yard scoring strike on a crossing pattern in the end zone. But the Mustangs gained a 14-12 lead early in the second stanza when Lindsey picked off a Gates pass and scampered 23 yards for his second TD.It looked like Mundelein would be able to take that lead into halftime because the Zee-Bees were on their own 19-yard line with two minutes to play. But Gates ran and passed his team to the Mustangs’ 14-yard line with a few seconds remaining before sophomore Deryk Ruple nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired.If that field goal didn’t take the wind out of the Mustangs’ sails, the first play from scrimmage in the second half certainly did, as Wright raced 75 yards for a touchdown and a 22-14 Zion-Benton lead. Later, Gates (2 yards) and Wright (35 yards) ran for TDs while the defense was keeping Mundelein off the board.“Once we got the two-minute offense going and kicked the field goal to end the first half, we really found our groove,” said Zion-Benton coach Robert Strickland. “That was a turning point and we came out with great confidence for the second half. And, of course, that first play from scrimmage in the second half was huge.”Kaider was not happy with his team’s second-half performance, nor with his opponents’ penalties.“We’re disappointed in the way we played. We dropped a touchdown pass and then we stop our own momentum with an interception,” Kaider said. “They had a lot of penalties tonight and a lot of personal fouls, and that’s poor football.”

    Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, right, celebrates his goal with Patrick Sharp during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Los Angeles. Hossa is cautiously optimistic that he’ll be able to play Tuesday in the team’s season opener.

    Hossa hoping to play in Hawks’ opener

    After more than a week off the ice, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa skated on Thursday and was back at practice on Friday at his customary spot on the second line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp. While Hossa won’t play in Saturday’s preseason finale against Washington at the United Center, he is hoping to be well enough for Tuesday’s regular-season opener against the Capitals.

    Paul Konerko believes that once November and December roll around, he'll probably want to return for the 2014 season. “That's what I feel would happen, that's what people tell me,” Konerko said.

    Konerko opens door to returning in 2014
    Paul Konerko is a free agent at the end of the season, and retirement is an option he'll be weighing. On Friday, Konerko left the door open for playing one more year, ideally with the White Sox.

    Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs Friday night at home to clinch the NL Central title.

    Cubs get to watch another team clinch

    For the third time this week, the Chicago Cubs got a glimpse of life at the top. Once was way more than enough. "The last thing you want is teams to clinch on you," third baseman Donnie Murphy said after the St. Louis Cardinals captured the NL Central with a 7-0 victory Friday night. "You don't want to be that team anymore." The Cardinals cruised behind the strong pitching of Lance Lynn and home runs by David Freese and Matt Holliday, then took the celebration inside.


    Rolling Meadows takes Wheeling’s best shot

    Wheeling had host Rolling Meadows on the ropes twice Friday night at Robert A. Hoese Field. First, the Wildcats stunned Meadows with two quick first-quarter touchdowns. Then the visitors rallied late in the third quarter to tie the contest after the Mustangs had taken a big lead. “It was a brand new game in the fourth quarter,” said Meadows cornerback Kevin Adair. “We knew had to play the best we could, and we were able to come up with some big stops.” Along with some well-timed offense, it was the resurgent Meadows “D” that turned the tide late in a 40-27 Mustangs win in Mid-Suburban East play.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who missed last season after tearing an ACL in a playoff game in 2012, says he expects to perform at the same level as before the injury. He also said he has extended his shooting range and has more confidence in his game than ever before.

    Confident Rose ready to chase NBA title
    Derrick Rose's confidence is high as prepares to begin training camp with the Bulls on Saturday. The former MVP hasn't played in an NBA game in 18 months, since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on April 28, 2012.

    St. Charles North’s Jordan Bergren (41) takes down Geneva’s Chris Barger while teammates Nick Davison (40) and Mitchell Riggs (27) slide in to help in the first quarter on Friday.

    Geneva passes up St. Charles North

    Not many times does a team take a 28-0 lead and eventually have to make a defensive stop in the final minute to win, but that’s the situation Geneva found itself in Friday night against St. Charles North. The Vikings had North Stars quarterback Erik Miller running for his life much of the night, and they pressured him again on fourth-and-4 with two minutes remaining. Tight end Garrett Johnson couldn’t corral Miller’s desperation pass, and the incompletion finally sealed a 35-28 Geneva win that early on never seemed headed for fourth-quarter drama.


    Niles North spoils it for Maine West

    Even though Maine West (1-4) had a Cinderella storyline picked out, the Warriors’ homecoming fairy tale did not have a happy ending. Niles North (2-3) came into town playing the role of the wicked stepmother, capturing a 29-27 victory in a Central Suburban North opener Friday in Des Plaines.


    Aurora Christian strikes St. Francis early

    Homecoming, a dedication ceremony for the newly built Kuhn Memorial Stadium, and your conference rivals on your home turf — the story seemed like it came from a well-written screen play. Unfortunately for St. Francis, the Aurora Christian Eagles weren’t as sentimental about the new field, defeating their Suburban Christian Blue conference rival 24-14.


    ND’s big fourth-quarter plays sink St. Viator

    A 28-yard interceptin return for touchdown by defensive back Pat McDonaugh was followed by Pat Cravens’ 77-yarder, launching Notre Dame to a 28-14 East Suburban Catholic Conference win over St. Viator at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights on Friday.


    Batavia blows by West Chicago

    Moments after Batavia dominated its third consecutive opponent with a 48-7 victory over West Chicago on Friday, Bulldogs coach Dennis Piron declined to answer questions about a potential run to DeKalb and the Class 7A state title game.


    Ruano, Montini leave Marmion behind

    Montini coach Chris Andriano didn’t think Edgar Ruano was that fast. Neither did Broncos quarterback Alex Wills. Yet the defensive tackle displayed his former running back speed on a fumble recovery for a touchdown that dealt a blow to host Marmion on Friday at Fichtel Field in Aurora.


    Huba, Lisle cruise past Dwight

    Everything was clicking Friday night for Lisle, and they put on an offensive show for a Homecoming crowd at Benedictine University. The Lions’ motion offense had Dwight off balance all night resulting in a 41-13 victory for Lisle against their Interstate Eight Conference rival.


    O’Malley passes Elk Grove by Buffalo Grove

    Two years ago, Elk Grove senior quarterback Adam O’Malley made his first varsity start in the Grenadiers’ fifth game of the season at Buffalo Grove. Friday night, the Grens were playing their fifth game of this season and - yes - at Buffalo Grove. O’Malley and the Bison field get along quite well.He won that game two years ago and this time, he triumphed again while throwing for a career-high 340 yards with 4 touchdown passes and a 55-yard TD run. O’Malley’s big night helped the Grens erase a 21-14 halftime deficit with 33 unanswered points in the second half for a 47-21 victory in the Mid-Suburban East football opener.

    St. Charles North’s Jordan Bergren takes down Geneva’s Chris Barger while teammates Nick Davison and Mitchell Riggs slide in to help in the first quarter.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Geneva football
    Geneva hosted and won 35-28 over St. Charles North in football action Friday night in Geneva.


    St. Charles East ‘flat’ in win over Elgin

    St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields certainly didn’t sound like the winning coach after his team’s 42-16 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over visiting Elgin Friday night.


    Kaneland buries Rochelle in 2nd half

    Fans at Kaneland High School thought the opening minute of the Northern Illinois Big XII East division opener against Rochelle was exciting with its back-to-back 96-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns. And they did their share of cheering for an explosive homecoming fireworks show at halftime. But the biggest bang of the night came from the host Knights in the second half, when they outscored the Hubs 28-0 to blow open a close game and roll to a 49-20 victory.


    St. Edward spoils Aurora Central’s homecoming

    In an anomaly of a first half in which neither football team completed a pass, Nick Duffy and Joe Mullen had a connection to aid St. Edward invaluably. Faced with a fourth-and-17 conversion from the Aurora Central Catholic 25-yard line Friday night in a Suburban Christian Conference crossover, Duffy hauled in a strike from Mullen at the far corner of the left end zone. Capping a 12-play scoring march, the second time-consuming drive bridging the second and third quarters in Aurora, St. Edward opened a two-score lead and never looked back in its 35-21 victory.


    A ‘program win’ for Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown football coach Vito Andriola doled out his highest praise after a 17-14 victory over Huntley when he called it “a program win.” Meanwhile, Huntley coach John Hart and the Red Raiders left Carpentersville frustrated after a third consecutive close defeat, wondering what might have been had it not been for 3 touchdown-nullifying penalties and a pair of missed fourth-quarter field goals that could have tied the game.

    Larkin’s Jawon Risper pushes Streamwood’s Cody Jayko out of bounds.

    Images: Larkin vs. Streamwood football
    Streamwood hosted Larkin Friday night in football action in Streamwood.


    Naperville North stuns WW South

    Naperville North, like many teams, took to its field knowing that Friday night’s game was crucial to its postseason hopes.


    Metea Valley beats S. Elgin for third straight win

    After surviving a late scare Friday night, Metea Valley has its first three-game Upstate Eight Conference winning streak, and linebacker Colin Glowienke is mighty happy to be a part of it all.

    Schaumburg’s Justice Macneal-Young runs in his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Barrington football
    The Schaumburg Saxons won 33-21 over the Barrington Broncos for football action on Friday, Sept. 27.


    Naperville Central rolls past West Aurora

    On Naperville Central’s first possession quarterback Jake Kolbe darted 80 yards down the sideline for the Redhawks’ first score. That was all that was needed as the Redhawks scored six more times before halftime to defeat West Aurora 55-0 on Friday in Aurora. Kolbe ran for another touchdown and Ben Andreas ran for two more to lead the team.


    Mistakes costly to Fenton

    Fenton will elect to use the 48-hour rule after Friday night. The host Bison turned the ball over four times and gave up big play after big play in a 54-27 shellacking at the hands of Leo in their last nonconference game of the regular season.


    Stevenson’s too much for Vernon Hills

    Stevenson football coach Bill McNamara faced his son Connor for the first time, and dad was the winner. The host Patriots defeated Vernon Hills 52-7 in a North Suburban Conference crossover game Friday night.


    Nazareth rallies past Carmel

    Nazareth rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to get a 27-17 ESCC victory over host Carmel on Friday.


    CL Central legs out a victory at Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central (3-2) ran into a gifted and quick offense from Crystal Lake Central, which motored to a quick 21-0 start and coasted to a 34-10 FVC victory.

    Larkin’s Damion Clemons (2) works for some yardage against Streamwood Friday night at Millennium Field.

    Clemons, Larkin hold off Streamwood

    Due to a rather odd home schedule for Streamwood this season, Friday night’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division matchup against Larkin was actually senior night despite the Sabres not having their homecoming game until the end of October. Streamwood took the ball first but turned it over quickly. The Larkin secondary picked off an errant pass and then returned it deep into the Streamwood red zone. That set up Damion Clemons for a 1-yard dive into the end zone for the first score of the game and Larkin was on its way to a 27-21 win.


    Warren’s offense soars past Libertyville

    Warren piled up 660 yards of offense to dominate Libertyville 59-10 on Friday in a North Suburban Lakes matchup. Blue Devils quarterback Andrew Nickell had no trouble spotting his three big wide receivers on this night.


    It’s a keeper as Andre, Antioch roll to victory

    A fishing derby of sorts was held in Round Lake on Friday night. However, it was not held on water. The Antioch Sequoits did not bring their boats or fishing poles, but they reeled in multiple catches of the day in the second quarter against the host Panthers. Sequoit quarterback Zachary Andre threw for 4 touchdowns on 5 passes in the quarter, powering Antioch to a 41-6 victory over Round Lake in their North Suburban Conference Prairie Division clash.


    Allgood, Lake Zurich meet Lake Forest’s test

    Led by quarterback Noah Allgood and another dynamic 3-touchdown performance by standout sophomore Ben Klett, Lake Zurich rallied for a 21-10 win over the Lake Forest. The win moves Lake Zurich to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the NSC Lake. Lake Forest suffered its first defeat of the season and fell to 4-1, 1-1 in league play.


    Glenbard South makes amends

    Glenbard South played Friday night like a team in a hurry to make amends.


    Mooney’s money again for Jacobs

    Jacobs believes every offensive possession should produce points. That’s why the Golden Eagles used two timeouts on defense to get one final shot to score in the first half of their Fox Valley Conference football crossover with visiting Woodstock on Friday night in Algonquin. They came up empty after getting the ball at their 39-yard line with only 36.6 seconds left. But the first-team offense scored on its other seven possessions and Jacobs (3-2) piled up 502 total yards to extend its winning streak to three games with a 43-21 victory.


    Trossen, Hersey get their kicks in OT

    The kicking aspect of football at the high school level can be a bit spotty. Extra points are no guarantee, and field goals can be problematic. Hersey need not worry about its kicking game after Friday night. Two overtime field goals from Will Trossen helped the Huskies to a 20-17 home victory over visiting Prospect in double overtime on the first weekend of Mid-Suburban East play.


    Lakes takes a ‘W’ from Wauconda

    Visiting Lakes had to take the good with the bad Friday night in its North Suburban Conference football game at Wauconda. A massive amount of penalties proved to be a real thorn in the Eagles’ side for the better part of the contest. But they still managed to come away with a convincing 36-14 NSC Prairie Division victory over the Bulldogs.


    Waubonsie Valley rallies in support of Eddy

    After an emotion-filled week Waubonsie Valley rallied around its senior captain Friday night.


    Defense solid as Cary-Grove shuts out Prairie Ridge

    With Cary-Grove’s offense unable to score a touchdown, it was the Trojans’ defense that came up big. Intercepting 3 passes and adding a fumble recovery, the Cary-Grove defense pitched a shutout in a 6-0 win over Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play at PR Stadium in Crystal Lake Friday night.

    Wheaton North’s Matt Biegalski, left, spins for a touchdown catch over Lake Park’s Antonio Shenault, right.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Lake Park football
    Lake Park High School hosted and lost 28-17 to Wheaton North High School for football action on Friday, September 27.


    Fremd able to get past Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates made all of the plays, seemed to get all of the breaks. But it was visiting Fremd that got all the scores Friday night in a 17-0 Mid-Suburban West victory that just as easily could’ve gone the other way.


    Downers South tops Leyden

    Leyden fell to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the West Suburban Gold with a 31-24 setback against visiting Downers Grove South on Friday.The Mustangs have a share of the Gold lead and improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the division.


    Glenbard North lights up scoreboard at Glenbard East

    Only a blown fuse on the scoreboard could stop Glenbard North from scoring points. Senior running back Justin Jackson scored 3 touchdowns and rolled up 172 ground yards in a 40-0 shutout of DuPage Valley Conference rival Glenbard East in Lombard Friday night.


    Genoa-Kingston blanks Burlington Central

    Genoa-Kingston was happy to finally put a complete game together. Unfortunately for Burlington Central, it came at the Rockets’ expense. The Cogs led 24-0 after one quarter and cruised to a 43-0 win on Homecoming Night in Genoa Friday.

    Hampshire quarterback Nick Mohlman hands off to running back Nick Kielbasa.

    Images: Grayslake North vs. Hampshire football
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted the Hampshire Whip-Purs for football action on Friday, Sept. 27.


    Michigan big man dealing with back issue

    The men's basketball season opener is six weeks away, and Michigan already has an injury concern. Mitch McGary, who was so instrumental in the Wolverines’ Final Four run last season, is dealing with an unspecified lower back condition that is limiting him in practice.

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn watches a spring training baseball workout, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Phoenix.

    Sox GM taking long-term approach

    As he looks toward 2014, general manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox should have the money to pursure a big-time player like Cuban star Jose Dariel Abreu or catcher Brian McCann in the off-season.

    Alexei Ramirez slides safely into third past Royals third baseman Jamey Carroll after hitting a triple in the fourth inning Friday in Chicago. Watching on the play are umpire Gary Darling and Sox third base coach Joe McEwing.

    Shields leads Royals over White Sox 6-1

    James Shields struck out 10 and scattered four hits over seven innings for his 100th career win, and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 6-1 on Friday night to ensure the White Sox of their worst record since 1970. At 62-98 with two games remaining, the White Sox will finish with the second-most losses in franchise history, ahead of only the team that went 56-106 more than four decades ago.

    Sky forward Elena Dell Donne takes a shot over the defense of Indiana Fever guard Karima Christmas during Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Lack of playoff experience may have been Sky’s undoing

    The Chicago Sky's lack of playoff experience made for a quick postseason exit. What else, who else, is there to blame? Patricia Babcock McGraw looks back at what went wrong after a terrific regular season.

    Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce

    Illinois opens basketball practice with youth

    The Illini return only four players from last season’s surprise 23-13 NCAA Tournament team. Second-year head coach John Groce will lean heavily on point guard Tracy Abrams, shooting guard Joseph Bertrand and center Nnanna Egwu. All return from last season.

    Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III, center, cuts between Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, left, and safety RJ Williamson during the first half of last week’s game in South Bend, Ind.

    No. 22 Irish have owned series with No. 14 Sooners

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he is focused on his 14th-ranked Sooners trying to beat No. 22 Notre Dame this season, not the fact that the Fighting Irish have won nine of the 10 games between two of college football’s most successful programs.

    Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase tries to throw under pressure from Washington’s Travis Feeney (41) and Josh Shirley during the first half the Sept. 14 game in Chicago. Illinois is averaging 37 points a game, but in three games the Illini have only reached the red zone 11 times.

    With Big Ten looming, Illinois focuses on Miami of Ohio

    Next weekend at Nebraska, Illinois will run into a bunch of firsts that could tell the Illini whether this year’s 2-1 team is better than last year’s that started with the same record. But first, there’s the matter of Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at home. The Redhawks are 0-3 and, to hear defensive end Tim Kynard tell it, exactly the kind of team the Illini had trouble taking seriously enough in 2012.

    A security guard checks a Los Angeles Dodgers fan at the stadium entrance before Thursday’s game between the Giants and the Dodgers in San Francisco.

    The long and sometimes violent Dodgers-Giants rivalry

    Visiting fans clad in their team’s colors could always expect ridicule, and sometimes worse, in the stands. But now, for the second time in three seasons, serious violence outside the stadium has marred the Dodgers-Giants rivalry.

    Bears running back Matt Forte gained a season-best 87 yards in 16 carries against the Steelers on Sunday night.

    Bears aim to rev up run game against Lions

    The Bears' running game has enjoyed limited success this season, and it faces a diferent challenge Sunday against the Lions' "Wide-9" defensive scheme, but running back Matt Forte has fared well against Detroit in the past.

    Associated Press/Sept. 14 Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season.

    Cuba to let athletes sign with foreign leagues

    Cuba announced Friday that athletes from all sports will soon be able to sign contracts with foreign leagues, a break with a decades-old policy that held pro sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.


    Preseason finale looms large for some Hawks

    This might be center Brandon Pirri’s last chance to impress the coaching staff and show he belongs on the Blackhawks’ opening night roster.Pirri, who was slowed by a lower body injury earlier in training camp, will be in the lineup Saturday when the Hawks close their preseason schedule against Washington at the United Center.“I’m in the best shape of my life and you don’t really lose that in a week,” Pirri said. “It’s been a little nerve-wracking, but you’re in Chicago with your buddies so you just try to enjoy the experience.”Judging from the line rushes at practice this week where Pirri and Jeremy Morin were on the outside looking in, both might need to have an impressive showing Saturday.“They want to see a consistent game,” Pirri said. “It’s an ongoing process,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I’d say it’s five guys for three spots. With that process, the clearest indication will be what happens after the game and how they play (Saturday). It’s still being determined.”The only players who appear to have nailed down jobs are Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom.“Whether it’s Nordstrom kind of out there at the start of it, the way he has played, he’s enhanced his positioning, but I think it’s close at the other decisions,” Quenneville said.Ring it up:The Hawks will receive their 2013 Stanley Cup rings on Sunday night at a private ceremony at a downtown hotel.The rings were partly designed by captain Jonathan Toews, who worked with the Jostens company.The Hawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup rings were valued at $30,000.Forever young:Marian Hossa was kidding when talking about linemates Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus.While Sharp has had a great training camp, winning the fitness award, both Hossa and Handzus are coming off injuries.“I think we had some great games together (in the playoffs),” Hossa said. “We know we have something. Sharpie has looked extremely good this year. He’s skating well and shooting, so that’s a good sign.“Zus is getting better and so am I. We try not to slow him down.”


    Chicago Fire scouting report
    Montreal Impact at Chicago FireWhen: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota ParkTV: Channel 50Scouting the Montreal Impact: The third-place Impact (13-9-6, 45 points) boasts the league’s top scorer, 37-year-old Marco Di Vaio, who has 18 goals. However, the Impact has lost its last two MLS matches. Felipe Martins is suspended for this game.Scouting the Fire: The Fire (11-12-6, 39 points) will be without suspended center back Bakary Soumare. The Fire is in sixth place, 1 point out of a playoff spot. Of the 43 goals the Fire has allowed this season, 21 have come in the final 30 minutes of matches.Next: at D.C. United, 7 p.m. Friday at RFK Stadium.— Orrin Schwarz

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo

    Izzo welcomes high expectations for Michigan State

    Michigan State is expected to have one of college basketball’s best teams this season, and Tom Izzo is embracing the hype. “I’m excited about it,” the coach said Friday before the first practice of his 19th season.

    Lance Armstrong

    New UCI chief wants Armstrong to tell how he got away with doping

    Cycling’s governing body took another step toward clearing up its doping-tainted past by electing a president who hopes to usher in a new era of transparency. One of his first challenges will be getting Lance Armstrong to come forward and fully explain how he got away with doping for so long.

    Forward Luol Deng, left, wouldn’t talk about his Bulls contract situation on Friday, but he did take time to take photos with Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer, right, at the Berto Center.

    Deng’s future uncertain as camp opens

    Luol Deng is headed into the final year of his contract, which makes his future with the Bulls uncertain. On Friday at the Berto Center, coach Tom Thibodeau made a strong argument for appreciating Deng's talents.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was smiling here at Friday’s news conference, but he had harsh words later for critics who believed Derrick Rose should have played in the playoffs.

    Thibs strikes back at Rose’s critics

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau likes to stay focused on the next practice or the game. But he strayed from his own philosophy to take on critics who thought Derrick Rose should have returned last spring to join the team for the playoffs.

    FILE - In this July 24, 2013, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, arrives at hearing for Hernandez at Attleboro District Courtroom in Attleboro, Mass. A Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, that a grand jury indicted Jenkins on a single count of perjury in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd had been dating Jenkins' sister. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death and is being held without bail. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

    Girlfriend of ex-Patriot Hernandez is indicted

    The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday, bringing to five the number of people facing charges in the case.


    Sophomore forward to leave Purdue

    Sophomore Donnie Hale has decided to transfer from Purdue to find more playing time. Men's basketball coach Matt Painter made the announcement Friday, just as the Boilermakers were getting ready to open practice this weekend.

    Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, left, runs from Western Michigan linebacker Keion Adams after making a reception during last Saturday’s game in Iowa City.

    Iowa-Minnesota rivalry at 107 years

    That perfect nonconference record by the Minnesota Gophers (4-0) won’t mean much if they don’t beat Iowa, one of their two biggest rivals.

    Wisconsin’s James White runs during the second half of last Saturday’s win against Purdue in Madison. Wisconsin is third in the nation in rushing at 350 yards a game.

    Big Ten supremacy on line in Badgers-Buckeyes game

    There was a time when Ohio State could use the week of the Wisconsin game to prepare for other, bigger showdowns. Not anymore.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will try to lead his Huskies to a second win over a Big Ten opponent this season when NIU plays at Purdue on Saturday.

    Purdue coaches ready for Round 2 vs. Lynch

    New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson are ready for the sequel against NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch and the Huskies. Lynch defeated Hazell in the MAC title game, then lost to Hudson's team in the Orange Bowl. Saturday, Lynch will be trying to lead the Huskies to their second straight win over a Big Ten opponent.

    A fan sits head in hand during a game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins in Chicago. The White Sox have seen their attendance drop for the seventh straight season since a high of 2.9 million in 2006.

    Sox attendance continues its downward spiral

    With declining attendance for the Chicago White Sox, Mike North wonders what could have been if they had been able to capitalize on their championship season. Sox attendance has fallen for seven straight seasons, and it will be eight if Jerry Reinsdorf doesn't make some changes.


    Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill Friday in Washington. The average decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during a shutdown lasting 10 days or more is about 2.5 percent.

    Stocks don’t melt down when government shuts down

    There have been 17 government shutdowns since 1976, ranging in length from one to 21 days. None have caused a market meltdown. The average decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during a shutdown lasting 10 days or more is about 2.5 percent. For shutdowns lasting five days or fewer, the average decline is 1.4 percent.

    Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa, second from right, walks Friday in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Senate voted to finance the government through Nov. 15 after removing language to choke off funding for the health care law, putting pressure on the House to avoid a federal shutdown set to start Oct. 1.

    Stocks fall on government shutdown worries

    Stocks fell Friday for the sixth day out of the last seven, and ended the week with a decline. Investors focused on the risk that the government could shut down on Tuesday unless Congress agrees to a new spending bill. And even if that hurdle is cleared, the dispute is poised to continue into the middle of October as legislators debate raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

    U.S. Park Service Police Officer P.G. Carroll stands in front of closed signs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, during a partial shutdown of the federal government. There have been 17 government shutdowns since 1976, ranging in length from one to 21 days.

    Shutdown impact: Tourists, homebuyers hit quickly

    A prolonged furlough of more than one-third of civilian federal workers could mean delays in processing applications for new Social Security disability claims. Lost profits for businesses that sell goods or services to the government. Problems for hotels and restaurants that rely on tourism near national parks. Longer waits for kids seeking delinquent child support.And, of course, a shutdown would mean no paychecks for an estimated 800,000 furloughed workers.

    People walk past a Potbelly Sandwich shop Friday in New York. The Empire State Building, Re/Max, the Burlington Coat factory, and the sandwich chain Potbelly are among the companies going public next week.

    Empire State Building owner, Potbelly going public

    A more active IPO market signals confidence in the economy, because buying into IPOs is considered a riskier investment than investing in established companies. Companies that raise money in an IPO can also hire more people and make investments with the cash, helping support economic growth. And when IPOs gain in their first day of trading, that bodes well for other companies that may go public soon, such as automaker Chrysler and social media company Twitter.


    Crews work to repair Lake Decatur dam

    The latest round of work on the Lake Decatur dam is underway and will include a barrier aimed at keeping invasive Asian carp at bay. The $4 million project is set to be finished by fall 2014. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the first phase of the project was completed in 2011.

    A home with a sale pending in San Diego. Improvements in the housing market have helped boost FHA’s finances.

    FHA to draw $1.7 billion to cover losses

    With help from Congress, the FHA has taken steps to limit its losses on the agency’s reverse mortgage program. The agency has curbed large up-front payments on reverse mortgages. It has also raised mortgage insurance fees and toughened scrutiny of reverse mortgage borrowers’ finances.

    The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles. The law, passed as part of a spending bill earlier this year, has become a flashpoint in the national debate over genetically engineered foods.

    Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

    The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles. The law, passed as part of a spending bill earlier this year, has become a flashpoint in the national debate over genetically engineered foods. It would expire at the end of the federal budget year next week, and a temporary spending bill passed by the House would extend it. But Senate Democrats’ spending bill would let it expire.


    FHA to draw $1.7b from Treasury to cover reverse mortgage losses

    A federal housing agency said Friday it needs a $1.7 billion bailout from the Treasury to cover projected losses in a mortgage programs for seniors. At issue are reverse mortgage programs, which allow seniors to borrow against their homes for everyday living expenses.

    A consumer exits a store with a sale sign posted in the windows in Philadelphia. U.S. consumer confidence declined this month as Americans turned more pessimistic about the economy, their own finances, and government budget policies.

    U.S. consumer confidence falls for 2nd month

    U.S. consumer confidence declined this month as Americans turned more pessimistic about the economy, their own finances, and government budget policies. The University of Michigan says its final reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 77.5 in September from 82.1 in August.

    Americorps volunteer John Harris III, who is helping to coordinate a jobs fair program, fills up some documents for job seekers in Washington. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has sunk to its lowest point in six years because few companies are laying anyone off anymore.

    Signs emerge that U.S. job market may be picking up

    The job market is sending signs that it may be strengthening. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has sunk to its lowest point in six years because few companies are laying anyone off anymore.

    Media representatives follow the U.N. IPCC climate report presentation, in Stockholm, Friday.

    Climate panel: warming ‘extremely likely’ man-made

    Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an international scientific group said Friday. Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state of the climate system.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Airline passengers may get some relief from restrictions on use of personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, but probably not for at least months and maybe longer, industry insiders say.

    FAA to weigh easing limits on electronic devices

    The Federal Aviation Administration will begin considering a recommendation next week that it ease restrictions on airline passengers’ use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, follows Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.

    Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

    More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums in the nation’s capital. Workers at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs wouldn’t be around to process visa and passport applications, complicating the travel plans of hundreds of thousands.


    Detroit’s Packard plant could be sold for $21,000

    A former car plant that’s a symbol of Detroit’s industrial decline could be sold for as little as $21,000 after failing to get bids in an initial public auction. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the property is to be listed as a package of 42 parcels during the second round of the Wayne County treasurer’s tax foreclosure auction, which starts Oct. 8.

    James Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota in North America, speaks during an interview on Thursday.

    Toyota exec: Pent-up demand for new cars will end

    The boom in sales of new cars in the U.S. has been fueled by consumers replacing vehicles they kept through the recession. But a top auto industry executive says that the pent-up demand likely will be satisfied by late next year.


    Camcorder battery causes fire aboard airliner at O’Hare

    An American Airlines flight from Chicago to St. Louis was forced to return to O’Hare International Airport after a camcorder battery caused a fire in an overhead compartment. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman says the small fire aboard the MD80 was put out with hand-held fire extinguishers by members of the flight crew.


    Illinois AFL-CIO votes to support gay marriage

    The executive board of the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO is supporting gay marriage. The board voted Thursday in Chicago to urge the Illinois House to adopt the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.”

    Chicago-based United Airlines and the union for many of its ground workers announced a new agreement on Thursday.

    United Airlines, ground workers reach a deal

    Chicago-based United Airlines and the union for many of its ground workers announced a new agreement on Thursday. If the deal is approved, the airline’s 28,000 baggage handlers, gate and reservations workers, and storekeepers would become the second group along with pilots to have a joint contract covering workers who came from both United and Continental.

Life & Entertainment

    Tracy Pollan, left, Michael J. Fox, and Wendell Pierce star in NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

    Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

    “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself coming.They include roles on the USA law drama “Suits,” an edgy indie drama titled “Four,” HBO’s series “Treme,” and his new role on NBC's “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which premiered Thursday.


    Theater events: Superheroes get radio drama treatment

    Improv Playhouse stages classic radio scripts, BoHo Theatre gets into th espirit of the season with a horror thriller and Profiles premieres another Neil LaBute play this week in Chicago-area theater.

    The Lucky Monk's Oktoberfest beer is meant to be paired with German food at the South Barrington eatery.

    Local brewers put own stamp on Oktoberfest beer

    Local breweries are just starting to tap their versions of Oktoberfest, the traditional fall beer, and they all have different views on what makes the drink great. “All Oktoberfest beers are a lager,” said Jori Geanconteri, marketing and events coordinator at The Lucky Monk in South Barrington. “They're clean and crisp, yet you get the fall feeling with it.”

    The cafe at King Arthur Flour Co. in Norwich, Vt., serves baked goods made from their flour.

    Savor bread and baked goods in Vermont

    In spring, there is the maple syrup. In summer, there are tours of artisanal cheesemakers. In fall, it's all about the foliage. And in winter, you'd better have skis strapped to the roof rack. But whatever time of year you visit Vermont, there is one slice of foodie paradise just off Interstate 91 in Norwich that knows no season.

    Amber Tamblyn will guest star as Charlie Harper’s daughter in the upcoming season of the comedy series “Two and a Half Men.”

    Amber Tamblyn appears on season 11 of CBS’ ‘Men’

    Amber Tamblyn plays Charlie Harper’s previously unknown daughter, Jenny, on the 11th season of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” Jenny and her father (who was played by Charlie Sheen) have something in common: a love for women. She’s a hard-partying bisexual.

    From left, David Brown, Ruben Studdard, and Hap Holmstead on “The Biggest Loser,” in Calbasas, Calif. Studdard, the season two winner of “American Idol” is the 15th season’s heaviest contestant at 462 pounds. “The Biggest Loser” returns Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

    ‘Idol’ winner Ruben Studdard now on ‘Biggest Loser’

    Ruben Studdard didn’t even get one last pig-out session before making his way to “The Biggest Loser” ranch. “You know, the funny thing is, I was actually working the night before, so I didn’t get an opportunity to have a pig-out session, no,” Studdard said in a phone call.

    Actress Kaley Cuoco, right, and tennis pro Ryan Sweeting have become engaged after a quick courtship. The 27-year-old actress and 26-year-old Sweeting began dating about three months ago.

    ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress Kaley Cuoco is engaged

    “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco is off the market. After a quick courtship, Cuoco is engaged to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting, her rep confirms.

    The Gibson Brothers have won entertainer of the year for a second straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as well as three other group and individual trophies.

    The Gibson Brothers rule Bluegrass Awards again

    The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year for a second straight year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night as well as three other group and individual trophies.

    Willie Nelson has recuperated enough from a shoulder injury that he’s able to keep his evening slot at the Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Concerts in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are being rescheduled.

    Willie Nelson back on festival lineup; Springfield show to be rescheduled

    An improving Willie Nelson will make his festival date this Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., after all, but has postponed three other shows. The missed dates in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are being rescheduled.

    “Glee” launched its new season Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, with the first episode of a two-part Beatles tribute. Lea Michele’s character, Rachel, looks at a cellphone photo that includes a group shot with Cory Monteith’s character, Finn, in it. She sings the Beatles’ “Yesterday” in the scene.

    ‘Glee’ season debut has brief reminder of Monteith

    There was a subtle, sad reminder of late “Glee” star Cory Monteith in the TV show’s fifth-season debut episode. Lea Michele’s character, Rachel, looks at a cell phone photo that includes a group shot with Monteith’s character, Finn, in it. She sings the Beatles’ “Yesterday” in the scene. A tribute to Monteith is planned for episode three, airing Oct. 10, titled “The Quarterback” after his character’s high school football role.

    Jon Hamm, left, and Alec Baldwin present the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series onstage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre, in Los Angeles. Much to Hamm’s surprise, it was his new facial hair that made headlines the following day.

    Jon Hamm on vocal cords: ‘I’m fine’

    Jon Hamm says he’s “fine” despite an upcoming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. “It’s a simple injury,” said a raspy sounding Hamm in an interview Thursday. “Something that develops on your vocal cord from overuse because I talk a lot. Other than that, believe it or not, I’m healthy as a horse. Hoarse, get it?” he joked.

    Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West either are engaged in a bitter feud or a heck of a parody. Kimmel’s monologue Thursday night Sept. 26, 2013 was devoted to discussing what he called a “very angry phone call” he received from West about an hour and a half before taping ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

    Kimmel and Kanye West are at war — or are they?

    Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West either are engaged in a bitter feud or a wild parody of one. A skit poking fun at West on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday provoked an irate call from the rapper about an hour and half before Thursday’s show, Kimmel said in his monologue.

    From left, Tony Goldwyn, Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes pose backstage at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. President Barack Obama is appointing Rhimes, the woman behind the television series “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees.

    Obama taps Shonda Rhimes for Kennedy Center post

    President Barack Obama is appointing the woman behind the television series “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees. Shonda Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee. Her show “Scandal” stars actress Kerry Washington, a major Obama supporter.

    The “Breaking Bad” saga of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) comes to an end Sunday on AMC.

    Five essential episodes of 'Breaking Bad'

    Television history will be made this weekend when AMC's “Breaking Bad” finishes its five-season run at 8 p.m. Sunday with a 75-minute episode named “Felina.” Writer/producer Vince Gilligan's crime epic about a chemistry teacher whose cancer diagnosis leads to a second career cooking meth has steadily built buzz — and a sizable audience — since its debut in January 2008. Sean sizes up the show and recommends 5 key episodes.

    Grammy-nominated Swedish DJ-producer Avicii released his debut album, “True,” last week. The album features the international hit “Wake Me Up” and collaborations with Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers and Aloe Blacc.

    Avicii fuses electronic music, country on debut

    When Avicii debuted his electronic-country fusion at the Ultra Music Festival in March, he was met with criticism. Months later, he said the controversy helped him. “People’s expectations were just lowered so much. Country and house? This has got to be a joke,” the DJ-producer said in a recent interview. “Once you get over the fact that it’s country and house, just listen to it as music, a lot of people realized it’s pretty good.” “Wake Me Up” is Avicii’s proof.

    A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to this runway at Fairbanks International Airport instead of the proper route to the terminal.

    Apple app directs drivers to Alaska airport runway

    A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal, an airport official said Wednesday. The map actually stops at the tarmac, but twice this month, wayward drivers have continued across an active runway. “It doesn’t actually tell you to cross, but the problem is, people see the terminal then at that point, because they are right there, and they just continue across,” said Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear.

    This Hoorsenbuhs ring from a collection of items by Jay-Z was created in a partnership with Barneys. A quarter of sales will go to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps low-income students cover college costs. The Jay-Z collection will be available beginning Nov. 20.

    Jay-Z teams up with Barneys for holiday gallery

    Jay-Z’s latest collaboration is with Barneys New York, whose flagship store is creating an “immersive gallery space” with him for the holidays. The partnership will include limited-edition Jay-Z designs including watches and a humidor, along with products from Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler and other designers, all in a palette of black, white, gold and silver.

    The Cosmopolitan announced Tuesday that pop star Bruno Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at the Chelsea, the resort’s new Eastern European glass factory-themed venue.

    Cosmopolitan Las Vegas to open new theater

    The Las Vegas Strip’s newest concert space will open its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars. Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at a new Eastern European glass factory-themed venue at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, and then return six more times during 2014, casino management announced on Tuesday. The 3,000-capacity theater, called the Chelsea, features glass chandeliers, brick walls, a grand staircase, high ceilings and a vintage wooden bar.

    Chase McCurdy, left, Daniel Ermel, Preston Smith and Timothy Sullivan perform classic rock ’n’ roll tunes in “Route 66” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    ‘Route 66’ a pleasant exercise in 1950s nostalgia

    Like many of the bubblegum-pop tunes it features, “Route 66” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is quick, breezy and entertaining. It’s also likely to be forgotten soon after the final note plays. The musical revue pays adoring tribute to the rock ’n’ roll songs of the 1950s and early ’60s. The show takes us on a journey that begins at a Chicago Texaco station and ends in sunny California, the two points connected, of course, by that iconic Main Street of America, Route 66.

    Chef Dominique Ansel makes Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. The pastry chef introduced it in May, and bakeries in London, Toronto, Seoul and elsewhere have copied it.

    Americans increasingly hungry for hipster foods

    So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won’t get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you’re holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it’s the elusive McRib that moves you. Whatever flies your foodie flag, it’s hard to deny that Americans love feeling part of something deliciously exclusive, that they clamor to taste trendy, hard-to-get morsels.


    Music notes: Cummings joins Zombies at the Arcada
    Former Guess Who singer Burton Cummings will perform this weekend in St. Charles, while legendary U.K. punk band the Vibrators brings its raucous music to Lombard.

    Salmon at Opa! Estiatorio gets stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.

    Opa!'s Greek cuisine shines in new Oakbrook Terrace location

    Melitzanosalata, spanakopitakia and hapothi sti skhara. At first blush, these tongue-twister dishes can throw diners for a loop, especially those unfamiliar with the delights of the Greek table. But all three staples of the cuisine — and a host of others — are available and deliciously prepared at Opa! Estiatorio in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Richardson Farm's maze in Spring Grove goes on for 33 acres.

    Wander local corn mazes for unique fall adventures

    Corn season may be winding down at the grocery store, but corn maze season is just starting at local farms. Families can wander through acres of trails while playing games, learning about farm life or even being pursued by zombies. After you're done getting lost, stick around to enjoy the other attractions these spots offer for fall, including petting zoos, hayrides, pumpkin patches and jumping pillows.


    The snag of part-time income

    WASHINGTON — It’s an issue that hasn’t gotten much attention, but should be a red alert for first-time buyers and others who supplement their incomes with part-time work: Though part-time earnings are playing an increasingly important role in the post-recession American economy, the income you earn part time may not count when you go to buy a house.

    Wood floors with wider planks and a worn, distressed look have grown in popularity.

    New flooring trends underfoot

    What’s underfoot makes a material difference in the ambience of your new home. Whether you choose cushy carpeting, rich hardwoods, or pretty tiles, you’ll be floored with the amazing selection of materials out there today.


    Buyer finds undisclosed concrete in shower drain

    Q. Ever since I bought my home, the shower has drained slowly. Recently, it has gotten really bad, so I finally called a plumber. He said the drain is blocked with concrete and there is no way to get it out.


    Many moving companies are exempt from federal law

    The U.S. government regulates some professional moving companies, but doesn’t oversee others. The fifference is whether a company handles out-of-state moves.



    Editorial: Truancy, heroin problems are intertwined
    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the importance of understanding the relationship between truancy and heroin abuse.

    Shaan Khan

    Pageant’s message: Different is dazzling

    Guest columnist Shaan Khan: The recent crowning of a Miss America of Indian descent has cause a stir but also is a major step toward the diversity our nation is learning to embrace.


    Photography workshop was valuable
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I would like to thank Eileen Brown, Jeff Knox, George LeClaire, Bob Chwedyk, Paul Valade, Laura Stoecker, Gilbert Boucher and other Daily Herald staff for hosting an excellent program at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda on Sept. 19. My husband and I had a wonderful time.


    Health care law works against honest people
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is very discouraging to see that once again this administration works against the honest citizens whose taxes and now insurance premiums will be used to fund all these government programs filled with fraud and abuse.


    A big question after seeing Vietnam wall
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I was there Sept. 19 when it exited off the tollway at Route 25 and parked at the Trout Park baseball area. I can’t explain in words how I felt, I’ve been wanting to see the Vietnam wall for years, and there it was right in front of me facing me after I parked my car.


    Give students a say in start time debate
    A Lombard leter to the editor: After reading “School schedules and student learning” on Friday, Sept. 20, I agree that there needs to be more discussion about start times for high school students, based on scientific research. You mention the people who should be involved in the discussion, but there is one group missing; high school students themselves.


    Obamacare fight not about our health
    Obamacare fight not about our healthThose seek to defend the current United States public health system by crippling the implementation of Obamacare should tell us what it is about the current system they are defending, and why. The current system has over the past two decades: cost the U.S., per person, between 50 and 100 percent more than the public health systems of the other advanced countries in this world, given us a higher infant mortality than the other countries, and given us a shorter life expectancy than these other countries.So what is to defend? I believe that what is being defended is excess profits from a health care market that is not a competitive market. Unlike deciding whether to buy a new TV, American consumers cannot sensibly forego health care entirely or decide to take half the medication dosages or half the tests prescribed by their physicians, in order to balance their budgets. Those of us who are not physicians are not intellectually equipped to understand the risks involved in such decisions, and we have been raised to trust our doctors and hospitals to make these decisions.The people pumping big dollars onto the fight against Obamacare are not motivated by our health, they are motivated by their own opportunities for wealth. Tea Party people of the world, I believe you are being played for chumps. Wake up and stop paying the piper.Alfred Y. Kirkland Jr.Elgin


    Will senator back food labeling?
    A Wonder Lake letter to the editor: In May, Senator Dick Durbin voted against a proposed farm bill amendment which would have upheld states's rights to pass GMO labeling laws. As a citizen of Illinois, I believe I should also have the right to know if my food contains genetically modified organisms .


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