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Daily Archive : Monday September 30, 2013

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    While shutdown loomed, so did fundraising deadline

    As the clock ran down on the federal government budget Monday, midnight also represented federal lawmakers' third-quarter political fundraising deadline. The two events converged as lawmakers of each party worked to blame the other side for a potential government shutdown.

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    Christie’s Chicago will display the original model of Pablo Picasso’s “Tete” which has stood in front of Chicago’s Civic Center since 1967.

    Original model of Picasso sculpture on display

    Christie’s Chicago will display the original model of Pablo Picasso’s “Tete” which has stood in front of Chicago’s Civic Center since 1967. The sheet metal model — which the famed artist kept while sending another to Chicago — will be displayed Oct. 2 before it is auctioned in New York on Nov. 4, for as much as $25 million or more.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the 2013 “Taste of Chicago” turned a profit for the first time since 2007.

    Emanuel: 'Taste' profit is first since 2007

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the 2013 “Taste of Chicago” turned a profit for the first time since 2007. Emanuel announced Sunday that the food and cultural festival made a $272,000 profit and generated an estimated $106 million in total business activity. He cited a report by Custom Intercept Solutions that also found $2.4 million in tax receipts for the city.

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    Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed Monday

    Dozens injured in Forest Park CTA train crash

    Dozens of people were injured when two Chicago Transit Authority trains crashed in Forest Park. CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis says the Monday morning crash happened when a westbound train stopped at the Harlem station was struck by an eastbound train on the same track. Lukidis says the CTA is investigating the cause of the crash, including why the trains were on the same track.

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    Naval Station Great Lakes would furlough most of its about 2,500 civilian employees in the event the federal government shuts down.

    Shutdown to furlough nearly 2,500 at Great Lakes

    Naval Station Great Lakes would furlough most of its about 2,500 civilian employees in the event the federal government shuts down. Staff also could be reduced at Illinois National Guard armories in Aurora, Elgin, Joliet and Woodstock.

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    Questions linger as 'Obamacare' set to launch

    Much work is left to demystify the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act and how the massive new health care initiative will affect Americans. A key part of the new program launches Tuesday when a new insurance marketplace goes online. Here are answers to questions Illinoisans may have:

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    The fearsome-looking alligator gar, a fish with a 120-million-year earthly history, hasn't been in Illinois' waterways for two decades.

    Prehistoric fish getting 2nd chance in Illinois

    The fearsome-looking alligator gar, a fish with a 120-million-year earthly history, hasn't been in Illinois' waterways for two decades. But with the help of federal officials, the (Springfield) State Journal Register reported Sunday , the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reintroducing the fish.

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    This undated image provided by the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace shows one of three print ads that Illinois will launch Tuesday in an advertising campaign to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama's health care law.

    Illinois unveils health marketplace ads

    Illinois will launch an advertising campaign Tuesday to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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    An assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. How well the state deals with the demand for firearms under the new concealed-carry law depends on a complicated process approved by lawmakers and now being put into place.

    Closer Look: Behind the numbers on Illinois gun permits

    The issue of gun permits surfaced briefly in the Illinois governor's race, when a candidate claimed that the Illinois State Police had a backlog of 75,000 gun-owner's ID applications under Gov. Pat Quinn, forcing hunters to miss entire hunting seasons.

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    Guido Barilla

    Bannockburn’s Barilla in hot water after chairman’s comments

    The popular Barilla pasta maker has apologized for comments about gays made by a top executive last week. The company, which has its American headquarters in North suburban Bannockburn, acknowledged Chairman Guido Barilla’s remarks in an Italian radio interview left some people “hurt or offended.”

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    Arlington Heights man with multiple aliases faces 7th DUI charge

    An Arlington Heights man with multiple aliases and multiple DUI convictions faces a new charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, this one a class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Bond was set at $500,000 bond for Georgi Grigorov, 32, of the 200 block of Happfield Drive.

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    David Hritz

    Glendale Heights man gets 90 days for beating roommate, stabbing bird

    A Glendale Heights man was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for fatally stabbing his pet cockatiel, Tootsie, and beating his former roommate in an unprovoked attack. David Hritz, 40, had been convicted of aggravated animal cruelty and domestic battery at a bench trial in July.

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    Albert Carstens, left, led Maine Township high schools to three state championships in baseball, including back-to-back titles in 1958 and 1959. He later was inducted to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Hall of Fame Maine Township HS baseball coach Carstens dies

    A former Maine Township baseball coach who holds a spot in Illinois High School Association record book as the only coach to win three state championships — including back to back titles in 1958 and 1959 — has died. Albert Carstens taught and coached for 31 years in Maine Township schools, including six at Maine East and 25 at Maine West. “He loved baseball, and he maintained a...

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    Alexa M. Rubin

    Counselor at youth center accused of having sex with detainee

    A former substance abuse counselor at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles faces misconduct charges of having sex with a male juvenile detainee in several times from October 2012 through April 2012. Alexa M. Rubin, 25, of Aurora, turned herself in last week and is free after posting $2,500 bond, according to court records. She faces up to five years in prison, but probation also is an option.

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    A small memorial sits in the wooded area of Glen Ellyn's Panfish Park where Linda Valez, 33, was found buried in a shallow grave early Saturday.

    Woman found buried in Glen Ellyn stabbed 34 times

    A woman found buried in a shallow grave over the weekend in Glen Ellyn had been stabbed dozens of times, a law enforcement source said Monday. One man was being questioned in connection with the death of 33-year-old Linda Valez, authorities said, although no charges have been filed. Glen Ellyn police found the victim buried in a clearing at Panfish Park, 620 Wilson Ave., Saturday while...

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    Geneva council has mixed reaction to food truck idea

    The Geneva City Council has a mixed reaction to letting food trucks serve up fare on its streets, with some aldermen liking the potential variety and quick service, and many concerned about competition for restaurants.

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    Tyler J. Sharbaugh

    Crystal Lake teen charged in stabbing

    A Crystal Lake teen was charged with stabbing another person during a fight Friday night, police said. Police were called to break up a fight in the 200 block of Uteg Street at about 10:20 p.m.

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    Mundelein police looking for man who took girl

    Mundelein police are looking for a man they say abducted a 3-year-old girl outside her apartment this evening and then returned her to the area a short time later.

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    A Flight for Life Helicopter rises above backed up traffic Monday in south-central Colorado. Roads were closed as emergency personnel work to aid hikers trapped after a rock slide on the trail to Agnes Vaille Falls.

    Authorities: 5 hikers killed by Colorado rock slide

    Five hikers were killed by a rock slide on a trail in south-central Colorado on Monday, and another was pulled out with injuries and flown to a hospital, authorities said.

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    Portion of Orchard Road will be closed Thursday

    A portion of Orchard Road in Aurora will be closed Thursday morning so accident investigators can recreate a motorcycle and SUV crash that happened over the weekend, police say. The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Orchard and Jericho.

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    Fire damages Geneva warehouse

    A fire did minimal damage to a vacant warehouse in Geneva Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

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    3 Doberman show dogs die in Barrington Hills fire

    Three Doberman show dogs are believed to have perished in a Barrington Hills house fire Sunday night, a Fox River Grove Fire Protection District spokesman said. Firefighters rescued more than a dozen other Dobermans from the home, and no residents or firefighters were injured.

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    Stephen Hood

    Wadsworth man charged with breaking into cars in Antioch

    A Wadsworth man has been charged with three counts of burglary to motor vehicles following his arrest, Antioch authorities said. Stephen Hood, 20, of 40000 block of Delany Road, was also charged after his arrest at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 with criminal trespass, obstructing a peace officer and possession of alcohol by a minor, officials said.

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    Inverness to absorb fee increase for trash collection

    The Inverness village board has opted to absorb a slight fee increase from its waste management provider instead of passing along the expense directly to residents.

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    Peter Jackson and his wife, Ellen, of Arlington Heights, hold a picture of their 18-year-old daughter, Emily, who died from complications after taking a prescription OxyContin. Jackson will speak at a rally in Washington D.C. to demand reforms on prescription pain pills.

    Suburban residents join D.C. protest over prescription pain medication

    A handful of suburban residents, including Arlington Heights dad Pete Jackson, will be part of a protest in Washington D.C. Tuesday about regulations of prescription pain medicine.

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    Children’s Advocacy Center hosts casino night fundraiser

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is hosting a night of casino games, food, music and raffles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. Proceeds will benefit the agency’s mission to help children affected by sexual and physical abuse.

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    Rev. Elizabeth Jameson, rector, St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Arlington Heights

    St. Simon’s in Arlington Hts. gets new rector

    St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights is celebrating the installation of its newest rector with a Renewal of Ministry service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 717 W. Kirchoff Road. The Rev. Elizabeth Jameson was chosen to lead the church after an 18-month search.

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    Planning for Dist. 214 special needs students

    DIRECTIONS, a postsecondary planning event for students with special needs, will be held Tuesday at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights. The evening is dedicated to assisting families as they begin their investigation into the many postsecondary opportunities available to young adults with special needs.

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    The Metra board is up to nine members with the appointment of retired transit manager Romayne Brown on Monday. Two seats remain vacant.

    CTA veteran moving to Metra board as Preckwinkle’s choice

    Metra's got another member following Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle's pick of former CTA conductor and executive Romayne Brown. That brings the board up to nine out of 11.

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    Francke trial date in question:

    Defense attorneys may seek to postpone the trial of a Lake County sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying text messages that police say he made to a prostitute.

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    Fall bulb planting:

    Volunteers are sought to help with a fall bulb planting, sponsored by the Hawthorn Woods Environmental Committee, on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 11 a.m. at Heritage Oaks Park.

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    Wauconda committees to meet:

    Two Wauconda village committees will meet Tuesday to discuss a special event sign permit and a governmental boundary agreement.

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    Students arrested at SHS dance:

    Three Stevenson High School students were arrested Saturday night at the Lincolnshire school’s homecoming dance after they were accused of drinking alcohol, police reported Monday.

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    Nelly Kinsella demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website, where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance, following a news conference Monday in Seattle. The new site, which allows consumers to compare and purchase health insurance plans and to see if they are eligible for government subsidies, is Washington state’s online answer to the Affordable Care Act, which is available to the public beginning Tuesday.

    Under fire, ‘Obamacare’ going live — with glitches

    Contentious from its conception, President Barack Obama’s health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and rounds of budget brinkmanship. Now comes the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Virgilio Evangelista, 39, of Chicago, was charged with driving while his license was suspended, transportation of open alcohol, no seat belt, improper lane use, and possession of between 2.5 grams and 10 grams of marijuana after a traffic stop at 12:12 a.m. Sept. 24 at Army Trail and Dunham roads near Wayne, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A marine radio, fire extinguisher and fish depth finder were reported stolen at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday from a boat stored in a barn on the 19N400 block of Lundstrom Lane near West Dundee, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Gurnee Elementary District 56 Superintendent John Hutton holds the cornerstone from the Gurnee Grade School during an event Monday marking the beginning of demolition.

    Former students will miss the memories but see value of Gurnee Grade School demolition

    It may actually have been a long time ago but for a few minutes Monday, students at the Gurnee Grade School relived the old days. Former students joined politicians and officials at an event to mark the start of demolition of the flood-prone building and the transformation of the grounds into a park. "It's just kind of difficult to know it's not going to be here anymore," said Donna Cuilla, whose...

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    Police: 3 teens behind burglaries to cars in Naperville

    Naperville police have identified three 17-year-olds they believe are responsible for illegally entering 10 vehicles — and stealing items from seven of them — in a two-night span, authorities said Monday. The teens have not yet been charged in the burglaries, which homeowners reported as happening overnight Thursday and Friday, but Sgt. Lou Cammiso said the police department’s juvenile unit is...

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    Buffalo Grove High School’s pool is getting an $11 million renovation, but three schools ion Northwest Suburban High School District 214 have no pools at all. One option to address this proposed to school leaders this month is the construction of a large aquatic facility to serve multiple schools.

    Local swim coach urges District 214 to build aquatic center

    A suburban parent and swim coach is urging Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to build a large aquatic facility for use by several of its schools rather than individual pools at the three district schools that do not yet have them. “I moved here 21 years ago and never considered that pools were not a part of every high school,” Mary Ruffin said. “I was startled to find out they were not.”

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    Darin Hall, second from left, uses a saw to dismantle a large metal door that blew in Monday at EnCon Washington in Puyallup, Wash., after a tornado struck the building. EnCon makes engineered concrete products.

    Storm brings tornado to Pacific Northwest

    A rare tornado damaged industrial buildings south of Seattle as an early winter storm dumped record amounts of rain and knocked out power for thousands in the Pacific Northwest.

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is stopped by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30) after a 24-yard reception during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit.

    Weekend in Review: Body found; suburbs prep for Obamacare
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Suburban doctor keeps Blackhawks healthy; missing Wheaton woman's body found in park; panic, anger and anticipation in suburbs for Obamacare; Geneva hometown hero cut from Falcons; Burlington teacher fired over allegation of misconduct with student; Bears lose to Lions; Konerko talks future after Sox loss to Royals; and Cubs drop last game of season to...

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    Schaumburg resident Jim Moynihan has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 56th District state House seat currently held by Democrat Michelle Mussman.

    GOP’s Moynihan announces bid in 56th District

    Schaumburg resident Jim Moynihan will seek the Republican nomination for the 56th District state House seat currently held by Schaumburg Democrat Michelle Mussman. Mussman, who first was elected to the seat in 2010, confirmed Monday she will seek a third term next year.

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    The St. Charles Singers will launch its 30th season this weekend with a concert titled “Luminescence.” Performances are set for Saturday, Oct. 5 in St. Charles and Sunday, Oct. 6 in Wheaton.

    St. Charles Singers shine with ‘Luminescence’ concert

    The St. Charles Singers will shine some light on the works of Mozart and other composers when it opens the season with “Luminescence,” a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in St. Charles and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in Wheaton.

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    Naperville may limit medical marijuana locations

    When Illinois' medical marijuana industry begins in January, where will new growing and dispensing operations go? The answer is at least partly up to municipalities, which can use their zoning codes to regulate the locations of businesses defined as cultivation centers or dispensing organizations.

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    Frank Bart

    Wauconda village board meeting could move to high school

    Anticipating a larger-than-usual crowd, Wauconda officials may move Tuesday’s village board meeting to the local high school. The preparations are a response to a local activist who has used Facebook to try to attract bigger audiences for meetings, which often have been standing-room-only affairs since Mayor Frank Bart took office in May.

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    Police believe this Jeep Liberty was stolen in June by three men who tried to rob a jewelry store at Oakbrook Center mall in Oak Brook. Police found the vehicle abandoned less than a half-mile from the mall the following morning.

    Detroit man pleads guilty to Oak Brook sledgehammer robbery

    A Detroit man who was shot in Oakbrook Center mall after he tried to rob a jewelry store with a sledgehammer pleaded guilty Monday to attempted armed robbery. Levert Jones, 24, faces up to 15 years in prison when he goes before DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell for sentencing.

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    Elizabeth Stallone

    Woman admits financially exploiting elderly aunt in Addison

    A Westchester woman faces up to 15 years in prison after admitting she misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars belonging to her elderly aunt in Addison. Elizabeth Stallone, 61, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court Monday to financial exploitation of an elderly person.

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    Randy Hultgren

    Hultgren's dilemma: Derail Obamacare or keep government running

    Congressman Randy Hultgren says he is deeply torn between two mandates from his constituents: Fighting Obamacare and keeping the federal government open for business. He may be forced to choose between them this week.

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    The Waukegan Park District will host a Worldwide Day of Play event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Field House Sports and Fitness Center.

    Worldwide Day of Play events planned in Waukegan

    The Waukegan Park District invites the public to Worldwide Day of Play Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Field House Sports and Fitness Center. The event includes a host of activities for kids, families, and adults of all ages.

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    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday.

    Obama meets with Netanyahu, Iran likely topic

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at a time that the three-decade estrangement between the United States and Iran may be nearing an end. Netanyahu arrived at the White House Monday morning for talks expected to focus on negotiations with the Palestinians, developments in Syria and Iran.

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    Darwin Coligado of Elk Grove Village participates in wheeled races. He’s racing in his fourth Chicago Marathon Oct. 13.

    Elk Grove man to compete in wheeled division of the Chicago Marathon

    Two years ago, Darwin Coligado won the men’s wheeled division of the Air Force Marathon, held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In May, he was among the top finishers in the Fifth Third Bank River Run, a 25K race in Grand Rapids, Mich. Next week, however, when the Elk Grove resident lines up for his fourth Chicago Marathon and eight marathon overall, he doesn’t expect to compete...

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    Life in prison for NJ chemist who poisoned husband

    A judge in New Jersey has sentenced a chemist to life prison for fatally poisoning her husband during a contentious divorce. Tianle Li was sentenced Monday. She won’t be eligible for parole for nearly 63 years.Li denies killing her husband and is appealing her conviction.

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    Justice Dept to sue North Carolina over voter law

    The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.

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    Students at the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood eat free lunches consisting of a sandwich with meat, a vegetable dish, a piece of fruit, and milk. The Agriculture Department says that around half a percent of schools _ or 524 schools out of around 100,000 _ have dropped out of the federally-subsidized national school lunch program since the government put new standards for healthier foods in place last year.

    Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

    The Agriculture Department says 524 schools — out of about 100,000 — have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year. The new standards have been met with grumbling from school nutrition officials who say they are difficult and expensive to follow.

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    Margaret Fletcher of Des Plaines talks with her daughter-in-law, JoAnn Fletcher, as the two stand near a laundry room which was built into Margaret’s bedroom closet so she does not have to go into the basement. Angel Guardian, a Barrington-area business co-founded by JoAnn Fletcher, helps make seniors’ homes safe to live in.

    Barrington business aims to keep seniors safe at home

    Being able to continue living as long as possible in one’s own home is a hope for many seniors, and with the rising costs of assisted care it’s become a financial necessity as well. Still, the basic concern of being able to do so safely remains. A Barrington-based business aims to address both issues for area seniors.

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    Federal trial over Gulf oil spill resumes

    The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday with a focus on the company’s response to the disaster, with billions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. The government and BP have different estimates; establishing how much oil leaked will help determine the penalties the oil company must pay.

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    Bob Gilliam

    Elgin's Gilliam: Losing is best thing that ever happened to me

    After a 40-year run, former Elgin Councilman Bob Gilliam lost his re-election bid in April. In his first interview since then, Gilliam recounts his serious health problems and a political career that started as the city's first African-American council member.

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    Open arguments to start in 2009 officer’s death

    Opening arguments are set to begin Monday in the trial for two men accused in the 2009 shooting death of Chicago police officer Alejandro Valadez. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will serve as lead prosecutor. Valadez was shot to death as he investigated a shots fired call on the city’s South Side in June 2009.

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    Race on O’Hare runway benefits veterans

    Officials say more than 3,400 people participated in a race down O’Hare International Airport’s newest runway which isn’t yet open to air traffic. The O’Hare Run on the Runway 5K and 10K races took place Sunday morning at the Chicago airport.

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    First lady Michelle Obama, center, laughs as she and Girl Scouts Gia Muto, left, and Emily Burnham, from Fairport, N.Y. plant potatoes during a spring planting of the White House kitchen garden at the White House in Washington. With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers.

    Girl Scouts launch drive to halt membership drop

    With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers.

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    Dawn Patrol: Glen Ellyn police find body; Bears lose

    Police find Wheaton woman’s body buried in Glen Ellyn park; friends, family hold massive search for missing Lake Villa man; runners get first chance to try out new O’Hare runway; vandals targeting vehicles in Des Plaines; damage estimates in the thousands

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    DuPage forest commission zeroing in on new director

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials could be closer to naming their new executive director than they expected when they set Nov. 1 as their deadline. Commissioners will interview the three finalists during a marathon closed-door meeting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. More than 100 people applied for the job.

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    Jordan Matyas

    RTA spending more than $670,000 on spin control

    Four PR firms are costing the Regional Transportation Authority big bucks. But is writing speeches, making videos, spinning reporters and redoing the RTA Fact Book worth more than $670,000 to riders? Plus — is there an issue if PR firms have connections to the politically powerful Madigans given that a family member is the RTA's No. 2?

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    Before its renovation into a drive-up bank, this is how the old Pure Oil station in Geneva looked last year when it housed a gardening shop. Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley has won an award for advocating for the preservation of the historic building.

    Preservationists honored for saving Pure Oil building in Geneva

    The fight to save the Pure Oil building in downtown Geneva has won Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley a prestigious Landmarks Illlinois Driehaus Foundation award. "It recognizes that you can be a small group and you can be a big player," said executive director Liz Safanda.

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    Highland Middle School Assistant Principal Lorenzo Cervantes talks to seventh-grader Madison Hartwig as students switch classes. Cervantes has been involved with the new online bullying forms at the Libertyville school.

    Some schools let kids, parents anonymously report bullying online

    Online forms that allow students and parents to report bullying are helping officials at some suburban schools deal with a problem that’s been in the national spotlight. Grayslake North and Grayslake Central high schools, Highland Middle in Libertyville and the schools in Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 are among those that have bullying forms on their websites, typically...

Sports

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum has been fired.

    Cubs fire Sveum, seek ‘dynamic new voice’
    Cubs president Theo Epstein provided an interesting chronology and used certain key words Monday in announcing the firing of field manager Dale Sveum after only two years. At the heart of the firing appears to be the lack of development of young players Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.

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    Now starting their seventh season with the Blackhawks, center Jonathan Toews (19) and winger wing Patrick Kane (88) will be trying to win their third Stanley Cup.

    Toews & Kane: Hawks’ core wants more

    While Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have led the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cups in the last four years, they both believe they can get better because their focus remains the same: it’s all about winning. “We don’t care about the little things, all the individual achievements on the side, it’s about that legacy," Toews insists. "It’s about what our team and our franchise means to the city of Chicago. We want to keep that success going, and I don’t think the hunger is going to go anywhere.”

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    Coach Pokey Chatman watches the Chicago Sky play during an Aug. 9 game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

    Sky coach named an assistant for women's hoops camp

    Doug Bruno, Sky coach Pokey Chatman, Jennifer Rizzotti and Dawn Staley will assist Geno Auriemma at the U.S. women's basketball training camp in Las Vegas this weekend.

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    New Bulls acquisition Mike Dunleavy, center, poses with Luol Deng, left, and Carlos Boozer during media day Friday at the Sheri L. Berto Center on Friday in Deerfield.

    Bulls’ aura different from anything Dunleavy has seen
    Mike Dunleavy should feel right at home inside the Berto Center. He’s got two former Duke teammates inside the locker room, in Carlos Boozer and Dahntay Jones. But this could be the first time in 12 NBA seasons Dunleavy plays for a winning team, so that part is different.

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    White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson allowed 5 runs and struck out 13 over 18 innings in his final 3 starts.

    For White Sox, youth shall be served

    As the White Sox look ahead to 2014, they'll be relying heavily on young players like Avisail Garcia, Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien, Leury Garcia and Daniel Webb.

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    Rose rests on third day of Bulls’ camp

    Derrick Rose was given a planned day off Monday as the Bulls cut practice from two to one per day. Rose is returning after an 18-month layoff due to ACL surgery.

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    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill lies on the turf after being sacked by Saints linebacker Martez Wilson (95) in the second half of Monday’s game in New Orleans.

    Saints overwhelm Dolphins, 38-17

    Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints turned a clash of unbeaten teams into a lopsided affair, beating the Miami Dolphins 38-17 on Monday night. Ryan Tannehill passed for 249 yards and a touchdown to Charles Clay, but his four turnovers on a fumble and three interceptions hurt Miami (3-1).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Lakes tips Mundelein

    Girls volleyballLakes d. Mundelein: Behind 14 kills and 9 digs from Megan Behrendt, Lakes pulled out a 25-19, 21-25, 25-12 win over Mundelein. The Eagles also got 9 kills from McKenna Lahr and 7 kills from Haley Halberg. Aly Bathery rolled up a team-high 18 digs while Lisa Buehler had 12 assists and Maddie Demo had 10. For Mundelein, Yasmeen Johnson had 10 kills while setter Madi Wilcox had 23 assists.Lake Zurich d. Prospect: Lake Zurich had good balance in a 25-8, 26-24 victory over Prospect. Kiley McPeek and Kristen Walding each had 6 kills for the Bears while Natalie Corrigan and Allie McIlwain had 5 kills apiece and Mallory Parsons had 4. Ashley Dina led Lake Zurich with 18 digs and Kristen Walding had 21 assists. The Bears are now 18-2 on the season.Stevenson d. Buffalo Grove: Alexa Bykowski had 11 kills and Peyton Bykowski and Khaila Donaldson each had 9 kills as Stevenson swept Buffalo Grove, 25-17, 25-22. Peyton Bykowski added a team-high 15 digs while Alexa Bykowski rolled up 16 assists. The Patriots are now 9-5 on the season.Regina d. Vernon Hills: Mia Polisky, Sienna Spiglanin and Kasey Firnbach each had 3 kills as Vernon Hills lost to Regina 11-25, 15-25.

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    Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria celebrates after scoring on a double by David DeJesus during the sixth inning Monday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

    Rays to playoffs again after 5-2 win over Rangers

    David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a victory in their final regular-season game for the second time in three years. They needed an extra game this time. Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria had a two-run homer and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game Monday night, the 163rd game for both teams.

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    Perfect finish for Carmel girls golf team

    With an undefeated, 9-0 regular season and a win in Monday’s conference tournament, the Carmel girls golf team captured the East Suburban Catholic Conference championship for the first time since 2002. Playing at the par-72 Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge, the Corsairs shot a team-low and season-best 344. St. Viator placed second with a 349.

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    Zeb Lewis, left, of Wheaton Academy and Nathan Atkinson, right, of Wheaton North try for control of the ball in boys soccer action on Monday.

    Hardy, Seager get Wheaton Academy started

    Sophomore Ty Seager broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half to lift visiting Wheaton Academy to a 3-0 victory in Monday’s nonconference match at Wheaton North.

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    St. Viator’s Gattone repeats as ESCC medalist

    Dana Gattone did it again. The talented St. Viator senior defended her East Suburban Catholic Conference individual championship by shooting a 73 at the par 72 Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge.

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    St. Edward falls to Marian Central

    Marian Central d. St. Edward: After winning the first set, the Green Wave (11-7, 3-2) dropped two straight in a three-set loss to the Hurricanes, 19-25, 25-14, 25-21 in Suburban Christian Blue action in Elgin. Katie Swanson led the way with 17 digs and 6 kills and Mallory Gross had 16 assists and 9 digs. Alison Kruk added 21 digs and Shannon Igelski combined for 9 kills and 4 digs. Rolling Meadows d. Westminster Christian: The Warriors (11-5-3, 3-2) dropped 2 sets to the Mustangs of the Mid-Suburban, 25-22, 25-13 in nonconference action. Savannah Dutcher garnered 6 kills, Claire Speweik served up 3 aces and 3 kills and Emily Beachler recorded 3 kills as well. Christian Life d. Elgin Academy: The Hilltoppers couldn’t get past the Eagles in a nonconference tilt, losing 25-13, 25-18. Kaitlyn Pearson managed 9 digs, 8 kills and 2 blocks while Lizzie Clements registered 6 digs and 4 kills. Maggie Veltri also added 12 assists, 4 digs and 2 service aces.

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    Burlington Central streak reaches 11

    Burlington Central 8, Marengo 1: The Rockets (13-1, 8-0) pushed their win streak to 11 and remained undefeated in the Big Northern East behind Sean Fitzgerald’s 5 goals and Matt O’Connor’s goal and 3 assists. Fitzgerald registered a hat trick in the first half alone as Central jumped out to a 5-1 lead at the half on the road. Brett Rau and Nikola Filipac (3 saves) split time in goal. St. Edward 3, Christian Liberty 1: Joe French managed 2 first half goals for the Green Wave (7-7-2, 2-4) first 2 goals and Austin Pfeiffer added an unassisted goal in a nonconference win at Greg True Field. John Gotheridge had 5 saves minding the net, including a PK save, and Izzy Nottolini and Eduardo Carachure notched assists.

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    Batavia’s Lauren Anderson tees off on the 9th hole during Monday’s Upstate Eight Conference girls golf meet in West Chicago.

    St. Charles N. completes perfect season

    It was not an auspicious start to the school week for the St. Charles North girls golf team. “The bus got a flat tire,” St. Charles North coach Chris Patrick said. But it was the remainder of the Upstate Eight Conference who was deflated by the North Stars Monday at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago. Carly Hudon, Kate Lillie and Jessica Grill monopolized the fourth through sixth positions at the par-71 layout, and top-rated freshman Gi Furrie shot an 81 to place eighth as the North Stars shaved 14 shots off their program record in concluding a perfect season in the single-division league.

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    Meadows, Viator net volleyball victories

    Senior libero Grace Skorin served 5 aces and came up with 5 digs to help the Rolling Meadows girls volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-13 victory over visiting Westminster Christian on Monday night. Lauren Sokolowski added 6 digs and 3 aces for the Mustangs, who improved to 10-8.Top attackers for the winners were Hannah Mickey (5 kills), Jenny Vliet (4 kills) and Ashley Montanez (2 kills), who led her team with 3 blocks.

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    The Blackhawks roster is loaded with players who know how to treat the fans at United Center in Chicago. The puck drops tonight as the NHL season gets under way.

    The 2013-14 Blackhawks roster
    Here’s a glance at the Blackhawks’ roster for the 2013-14 season, and a comment by veteran NHL writer Tim Sassone on each player.

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    Keeping goalie Roberto Luongo and trading Cory Schneider will make Vancouver head coach John Tortorella's job more difficult. Even though he's smiling here, Tortorella's critics believe his tough-guy act will wear thin in Canada.

    10 key questions as the NHL makes its return

    Another NHL season is here, starting Tuesday night when the Blackhawks raise their second Stanley Cup banner in four years. To help you get started, Tim Sassone provides answers to some of the most pressing questions around the league, and the biggest story as the season unfolds.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka, here battling Detroit right wing Patrick Eaves for the puck, earned the eighth spot on the Hawks defense after joining the team as a free agent.

    Coach Q likes what Kostka brings to Hawks

    The Blackhawks roster is set, and head coach Joel Quenneville believes Mike Kostka is a good fit for his defense because “offensively he really complements our style of play.” Kostka won the eighth job on defense over Stanton, who was waived and claimed by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Tim Sassone has more in the Blackhawks notebook.

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    Will Pittsburgh scoring star Sidney Crosby (87) lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup and try to spoil a Chicago Blackhawks' bid to repeat as champs? Tim Sassone expects a Pittsburgh-Chicago matchup in the Final.

    Breaking down the NHL contenders, pretenders
    Tim Sassone breaks down the contenders and pretenders for the 2013-14 NHL season, and offers his prediction for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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    Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed for 103 yards on 9 carries in the first half of Sunday’s 40-32 victory over the Bear. Detroit lead 30-13 at halftime.

    Bears only have themselves to blame for Bush’s big day

    It wasn't secrets provided by former teammate Israel Idoije that allowed Detroit's Reggie Bush to run wild and doomed the Bears' defense in Sunday's loss to the Lions; it was poor tackling and missed assignments.

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    Search begins for new Cubs manager

    Cubs president Theo Epstein said the search for a new field manager would begin immediately. Epstein fired Dale Sveum Monday and would not say Sveum's hiring was a mistake. "We know what we're doing," Epstein said when asked if this was a watershed moment for his regime.

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    Mundelein’s Emery sparks Dayton soccer

    Former Mundelein soccer standout Stephanie Emery, now a senior at Dayton, recently scored two big goals to help lift the Flyers to a pair of wins. Her footwork hardly went unnoticed as she earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, sharing the award with VCU’s Maren Johansen. Emery was a part of the Flyer offense that put up 5 goals in one weekend.

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    Former Grant baseball coach Fritz Kazlausky will be inducted into the Lake County High Schools sports hall of fame on Oct. 17.

    Lake County Hall of Famers will get their day Oct. 17

    The College of Lake County Foundation will induct its 2013 Lake County and Waukegan high schools sports hall of fame classes Thursday, Oct. 17 at Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth.

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    Pettenuzzo plots collegiate soccer future at Central Michigan

    After watching her sister Martina superbly play the back line for Buffalo University from 2007-2010, Rosie Pettenuzzo knew what she wanted to do while still in grammar school. “After witnessing Martina play college soccer, it became a goal of mine to do the same and experience soccer at it’s highest level,” said the Prospect High School senior who followed in the footsteps of her sisters Martina and Marissa and joined the Sockers FC club when she was four years old. Rosie saw her dream come true when she recently committed to play Division I soccer for Central Michigan.

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    Barrington, winner of the Mid-Suburban League boys golf championship: from left, coach Mike Kallenbach, Joey Batliner, Burke Barsamian, medalist Brad Powell, Cole Kempinski, Tom Calbi and Tim Lim.

    Powell, Barrington are in the zone

    Barrington's Brad Powell shot 1-over-par 72 to win medalist honors Monday at Mid-Suburban League boys golf meet at the Schaumburg Golf Club. His effort also helped the Broncos to the team title.

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    Hearing on Alex Rodriguez grievance starts

    The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The union argues the discipline is without just cause and is excessive.

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    Illinois tight end Matt LaCosse runs in for a touchdown past Miami (Ohio) defensive back Brison Burris during Saturday’s big win in Champaign.

    Illini finally utilizing tight ends

    For the past few years at Illinois, tight ends were seldom featured in the game plan. In 2012, Illini tight ends caught 23 balls and three touchdowns. Last Saturday against Miami (Ohio), three Illinois tight ends combined for six catches, 82 yards and four back-breaking touchdowns in Illinois’ 50-14 win. The touchdowns were a single-game school record.

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    The Rangers’ Nelson Cruz takes batting practice before Monday’s American League wild-card tiebreaker against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas.

    Disgraced slugger back in Rangers’ lineup

    Nelson Cruz fit right back in with the Texas Rangers after completing his 50-game drug suspension. The All-Star slugger was reinstated from the restricted list Monday by the Rangers, who immediately put him in their lineup. Cruz batted sixth as the designated hitter for the AL wild-card tiebreaker game against Tampa Bay. "I feel really confident right now,” Cruz said before the game. “I’m going to enjoy this moment. Happy to be back. Happy to be with my teammates. It’s a blessing to see the reception they gave me.”

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    Ohio State defensive back Tyvis Powell, top, and cornerback Bradley Roby tackle Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game in Columbus, Ohio.

    Badgers have a long to-do list for bye week

    Heading into the first of two bye weeks during the month of October, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has a long to-do list to try to get his football team better. After the priority of developmental work and having his staff spend the weekend recruiting, getting his team healthy is next in line.

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    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner straight-arms Connecticut safety Ty-Meer Brown during the Sept. 21 game in East Hartford, Conn. To win the Big Ten title, Michigan has to figure out a way to do a better job of moving the ball on the ground to take pressure off Gardner.

    No. 19 Michigan aims to end Big Ten title drought

    Brady Hoke has had some success in charge at Michigan, winning 11 games in his debut, eight the next season and the first four this year. The coach, though, covets a Big Ten championship. And he’s still waiting to lead the Wolverines to a title.

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    NHL players approve hybrid icing rule

    Hybrid icing will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players. The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck, which was given a trial run during the preseason.

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    Wisconsin tight end Sam Arnesen, right, catches a pass for a touchdown as Ohio State safety Christian Bryant defends during Saturday’s game in Columbus, Ohio. Bryant suffered a broken ankle late in the game and is out for rest of the year.

    Buckeyes wondering how they can replace Bryant

    No. 4 Ohio State has done without standouts such as quarterback Braxton Miller, tailback Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive lineman Adolphus Washington at times this year. Now the Buckeyes will have to make their way without the player acknowledged by his teammates as the leader of the defense, free safety Christian Bryant.

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    Indiana’s Ryan Phillis (25) and Bobby Richardson (95) chase Missouri quarterback James Franklin during the Sept. 21 game in Bloomington, Ind. Franklin threw for 343 yards against the Hoosiers.

    Indiana looks for defensive improvement after bye

    If the Hoosiers can’t improve on the 32.8 points they’re allowing this season, which ranks 97th out of 123 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, it will mark the ninth time in 12 years that the Indiana’s opponents have averaged at least 30 points.

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    Armstrong likely starter against Illini if Martinez is out

    Nebraska began the week of its Big Ten opener not knowing who its quarterback will be against Illinois. Taylor Martinez hasn’t practiced for two weeks because of an injury to his left big toe.

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    Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey goes in for a touchdown against Miami (Ohio) during the second half of Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Illini backup QB named Big Ten freshman of week

    Illinois backup quarterback Aaron Bailey’s big afternoon against Miami of Ohio has made him the Big Ten’s freshman of the week. Bailey had 56 yards rushing and a touchdown in Illinois’ 50-14 win over the Redhawks on Saturday.

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    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek is treating his torn labrum with physical therapy.

    Lysacek has torn labrum, will miss Skate America

    The reigning Olympic figure skating champion revealed Monday he’s got a torn labrum in his left hip, further delaying his comeback. Evan Lysacek hasn’t competed since winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and said the latest injury will keep him out of next month’s Skate America.

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    Dale Sveum dons a Chicago Cubs jersey after being introduced as the new manager of the baseball club during a news conference, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Chicago.

    Images: Dale Sveum
    Images from Dale Sveum's tenure as Manager of the Chicago Cubs. Club President Theo Eptein dismissed Sveum on Monday after two years at the helm.

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    After their regression this season, the next Cubs manager must find a way to get more production from shortstop Starlin Castro, right, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

    Will next Cubs manager fix Castro, Rizzo?

    Either the hiring of Dale Sveum or the firing of Dale Sveum was a big mistake, but either way Theo Epstein has made a big mistake. Epstein vowed that Sveum would not be judged on wins and losses, and he wasn't. He was judged on the underdevelopment of the few decent young — or inexperienced — players the Cubs have in Chicago, not to mention flailing attendance and failing enthusiasm.

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    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Benet are the top 3 teams in this week's Top 20 rankings of boys soccer teams in the Daily Herald area.

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    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis, Benet and Glenbard West are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings.

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    Mike North video: Bears needed to run more to win
    Matt Forte was averaging 8 yards a carry, so why did the Bears pass so much? Jay Cutler took accountability for there loss and that's a good sign.

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    Patriots beat Falcons 30-23

    ATLANTA — Tom Brady found some receivers to his liking.Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots held off a furious Atlanta comeback Sunday night, beating the Falcons 30-23 to improve to 4-0 for the first time since their near-perfect season in 2007.New England built a 30-13 lead before the Falcons rallied. They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining as Aqib Talib defended tightly on the play.The Patriots again played without star tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola, both left at home with injuries. But the Brady-led offense finally looked like itself after struggling the first three games.New England seemed in control when LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run, and Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins. Thompkins finished with six catches for 127 yards — nearly as much as the first three games of his career. Julian Edelman chipped in with 118 yards on seven receptions. Atlanta (1-3) dropped two games below .500 for the first time since 2007 despite a career night from Tony Gonzalez. He had 12 catches for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New England led just 13-10 before a wild final period. Blount stunned the Georgia Dome crowd with his burst through a gaping hole, cutting outside and dragging defenders into the end zone. After Matt Bryant’s 45-yard field goal brought the Falcons to 20-13, Brady guided the Patriots on an 80-yard drive that took only five plays and barely 2 minutes.Edelman hauled in a 16-yard pass, followed by 44-yard reception that set up the touchdown throw to Thompkins in the left corner of the end zone, sending many of the Atlanta fans heading to the exits with nearly 10 minutes left.They nearly missed an epic comeback after Stephen Gostkowski’s third field goal pushed the Patriots to a 17-point lead. Gonzalez hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass, the Falcons recovered an onside kick, then drove for another field goal by Bryant.New England recovered a second onside kick, but fumbled a snap trying to convert on fourth down, turning it back over to the Falcons. Ryan completed a 49-yard pass to Julio Jones to put Atlanta in position to force overtime before a mostly empty stadium.The drive fell short, the Falcons bitten again by their season-long struggles in the red zone.It showed up again right at the start. Ryan completed his first six passes on the opening possession, giving Atlanta first-and-goal at the 6. That’s where the Falcons stalled, force to settle for Bryant’s 23-yard field goal as the crowd groaned.New England went ahead for the first time on a 12-play, 75-yard drive in which Brady let his running backs do nearly all the work.After Stevan Ridley hauled in a short pass and turned it into a 24-yard gain, Brady handed off on the next 10 plays, only one of them going for double-figure yardage but good enough to plod down the field.Brandon Bolden appeared to score on a 3-yard run, but the replay showed his knee was actually down just short of the goal line. Ridley was stuffed on the next play before Brady finally went to the air again, hooking up with third-string tight end Matthew Mulligan on a 1-yard touchdown.The Falcons responded with another long drive deep into New England territory before flaming out again. This time, on fourth-and-2 at the 7, coach Mike Smith passed on a chip-shot field goal, apparently intent on sending a message to the faltering offense. Ryan rolled out to his left and had White open, but the pass was well behind the receiver. The incompletion turned it over to the Patriots. Brady’s 49-yard completion to Thompkins set up Gostkowski’s 48-yard field goal to make it 10-3.

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    Normally filled with visitors and tourists, the empty Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, after officials suspended all organized tours of the Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center as part of the government shutdown. A statue of President Gerald R. Ford at center is illuminated amid large paintings illustrating the history of the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Your fault! No shutdown end; Dems, GOP trade blame

    First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt." Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. Ominously, there were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation's debt ceiling. The two issues are "now all together," said Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.

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    St. Louis and Chicago are now making a pitch for the suddenly free-agent global headquarters of the agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Company, which is currently in Decatur.

    ADM seeks Ilinois tax breaks of around $20 million

    Archer Daniels Midland Company has told an Illinois House committee it's seeking about $20 million in tax credits as it decides whether to keep its global headquarters in the state. ADM consultant Mike Kasper told lawmakers Tuesday that the agribusiness wants legislation letting it apply for tax credits worth around $1.2 million annually for 20 years.

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    Milwaukee company recalls chicken, ham salads

    Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee has recalled 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products because of possible Listeria bacteria contamination. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service says the foods were distributed to retailers and food services nationwide.

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    Kenosha casino fight highlights fight for gamblers' dollars

    Competition for gamblers' dollars is getting tougher as one Wisconsin tribe seeks to block another from building a casino between Milwaukee and Chicago. The Midwest gambling market has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. There are now 36 casinos in Wisconsin and Illinois and 9,000 slot machines in Illinois taverns, truck stops and similar venues.

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    Marianne Blomberg, 80, works out at a gym in Stockholm, Sweden. Much of the world is not prepared to support the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study scheduled to be released Tuesday.

    Global study: World not ready for aging population

    The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study going out Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.

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    Government workers protest the possibility of a federal shutdown Monday in Chicago. Nearly 100 employees from federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development rallied in a downtown plaza on Monday. Thousands of workers could be furloughed if the shutdown materializes. The federal government is the nation’s biggest employer.

    Stocks sink as government heads toward shutdown

    Stocks sank Monday as Wall Street worried that a budget fight in Washington could lead to an event far worse for the economy— a failure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

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    Passengers check in their luggage at the Delta counter at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. Delta customers now have the option to purchase an upgrade that includes a free checked bag, among other perks.

    Airlines promise a return to civility, for a fee

    Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

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    American Airlines plans to hire 1,500 pilots

    American Airlines says it will hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years. That’s in addition to recalling all of the airline’s pilots who have been furloughed. American plans to start recruiting new pilots this fall. It’s already hiring 1,500 new flight attendants.

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    Chicago unions plan rally against government shutdown

    Union members in Chicago are planning a rally to protest a possible partial shutdown of the federal government. A Monday afternoon rally is planned outside downtown Chicago's Federal Plaza. It will include federal civilian employees represented by the American Federation of Government Employees. Their protest rally slogan is “Stop the Lockout.”

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    Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

    IKEA starts selling solar panels for homes

    Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

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    Locally Siemens has operations in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove, Mundelein, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale

    Siemens CEO Kaeser cuts 15,000 jobs to catch up with GE, ABB
    Siemens AG’s new Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser is widening job cuts from an initial plan after the failure to catch up in profitability with rivals General Electric Co. and ABB Ltd. cost his predecessor the job.The company, with local operations in 10 suburbs, will eliminate 15,000 posts, representing 4 percent of its 370,000 workers worldwide, and a third of the reduction will come in the German home market, Oliver Santen, a Siemens spokesman, said by phone yesterday. He declined to give more regional details. Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, had first projected some 8,000 job cuts globally, a person familiar with the program told Bloomberg in October 2012.Locally Siemens has operations in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove, Mundelein, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows and Wood DaleFormer CEO Peter Loescher lost his post following a July 25 announcement that the Munich-based company won’t meet a goal of profit representing 12 percent of sales next year. The target involved 6.3 billion euros ($8.5 billion) in savings at Siemens, which has faced mounting charges for failed power and train projects.“If you see a billion euros in charges this year, that pretty much lines up with 15,000 job cuts,” Andreas Willi, a London-based analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. who has a neutral recommendation on Siemens stock, said by phone yesterday. “There have been charges in drive technologies, power generation and transmissions, so you expect them to bear the weight.”60 UnitsThe company has 60 sub-units that make products including trains, gas turbines, medical scanners and factory-automation gear. The manufacturer raised its forecast in July for charges associated with the Siemens 2014 efficiency program to 1 billion euros for this fiscal year from an earlier prediction of 900 million euros. The costs may increase by a further 100 million euros, Kaeser told analysts at the time.In Germany, 2,000 employees at the industry division, 1,400 energy-sector workers and 1,400 in the infrastructure and cities unit will have to leave, Santen said. Another 200 administrative roles will also be terminated by the end of September 2014.About half of the job cuts have already been implemented, while the rest are still being negotiated with unions and will include early retirements.Siemens fell as much as 1.3 percent to 88.70 euros and was trading down 0.9 percent as of 10:04 a.m. in Frankfurt. That reduced the gain this year to 12 percent, valuing the company at 78.4 billion euros.Investor ConfidenceKaeser, who was promoted to lead the company in August after holding the chief financial officer position for seven years, is working to regain investor confidence following five forecast cuts and a 22 percent stock decline in his predecessor Loescher’s six-year tenure.The latest forecast was cut after a majority of units said in their internal predictions that they will probably miss their goals, two people familiar with the matter said at the time. The gap in so-called sector profit between the forecast and the actual numbers was about 1.5 billion euros, one person said.While still CFO, Kaeser said he expected to complete disposals of businesses including airport luggage systems, mail automation and water technology in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The divestments follow the spinning off of the Osram Licht AG lighting unit and the sale of a 50 percent stake in the Nokia Siemens Networks venture.Siemens had a profit margin of 9.5 percent in fiscal 2012, while ABB and General Electric had margins of 10.3 percent and 15 percent, respectively. The German company’s reorganization costs in the third quarter ended June 30 totaled 436 million euros, with the infrastructure and cities business accounting for 41 percent of that amount and the industry unit for 32 percent.

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    Bruce Strom

    Elgin attorney expands Christian legal aid in suburbs

    Kukec's People features attorney Bruce Strom, who had a successful private law practice. He even argued cases for 13 years, some all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But his calling was elsewhere, helping the poor in the suburbs. Now he's expanding his non-profit reach nationwide.

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    Ken Larson, picture on the on wall, founded Precision Instruments in Des Plaines. His family now runs the business. John Larson Sr. (sitting left) is the second generation while John Larson Jr. is starting the third generation. Matthew Larson and Andrew Larson, standing, assist in the operation as well.

    Precision Instruments in Des Plaines started in 1938 and still going strong
    Precision Instruments in Des Plaines, started in 1938, manufactures torque wrenches and torque testing equipment from start to finish. We talk with the owners of the family business.

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    How two businesses beat the recession to prosper today

    You’d think a veterinary ophthalmologist whose patients range from birds to horses — and include dogs and cats, of course — might not have survived the recession. But practice owner and board-certified ophthalmologist Denise Lindley reports 2012 was the biggest year yet at Elgin-headquartered Animal Eye Consultants, with income 30 percent above pre-recession levels. In addition, the practice earlier this year opened a new Elgin office equipped with diagnostic and surgical equipment Lindley says rivals that at Elgin’s Advocate Sherman Hospital. The clinic also has offices in Naperville, Crestwood and Chicago.You also might wonder about a retail camera store’s ability to bounce back, especially given the growth in both digital and cellphone photos. Yet Keith Larson, owner of PJ’s Camera & Photo Supply, Glen Ellyn, notes that “The basics of photography haven’t changed. People still want to preserve memories.”Larson’s intent is to help customers capture and save those memories, regardless of device. With hands-on advice, in-store classes and services that range from unloading exposed film from customer cameras and inserting a fresh roll — yes, PJ’s still sells film — to providing ink jet supplies, media cards, lighting equipment and lenses to professional photographers, PJ’s thrives.Animal Eye Consultants and PJ’s aren’t the only businesses to survive the recession and return to prosperity, but many others continue to struggle — sometimes because blaming the unending recession is easier that tackling solutions. Here’s how Larson and Lindley did it.“We decided we had to buckle down,” Lindley says. “We went to a firm six days a week, cut expenses and raised prices.”Most of the practice’s patients come through referrals from general veterinary practitioners. Care isn’t cheap, and Animal Eye Consultants is a cash business. An office call is $185; eye surgery, when needed, can cost up to $6,000.Still, whether care is for the family pet or a larger animal, most owners spend the money. Nonetheless, Lindley says, “We saw a lot of people who said, ‘I can’t afford that.’”That’s one reason the practice began accepting payment through CareCredit from GE Capital, an Orlando, FL, unit of General Electric. Consumers essentially charge their veterinary costs through CareCredit, which forwards qualifying payments to Animal Eye Consultants in two business days. Ultimate payment — including collections, if necessary — is between GE Capital and the consumer.At PJ’s, the recession brought home the fact that “Cameras and photos were not a necessity,” Larson says. “Gas and groceries were.” Add the fact that consumers can “shop the world (to find) the best possible value by clicking their mouse,” and many camera stores have disappeared.PJ’s counters with knowledge and service. “People need guidance (when buying a camera),” Larson says. “The tactile experience of holding the camera is important.” So is pricing that, when combined with one-on-one service, helps combat the presumed advantages of Internet shopping.A long-standing relationship with the extensive photography program at nearby College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, helps as well.Ÿ Jim Kendall welcomes comments at JKendall@121MarketingResources.com © 2013 121 Marketing Resources Inc.

Life & Entertainment

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    Colleen Kelly, of Mount Prospect, left, host of the PBS series, “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” poses with her co-executive producer, Tricia Fusilero, also of Mount Prospect, while on location in Ireland.

    Mount Prospect moms debut national family travel TV show

    Colleen Kelly and Tricia Fusilero, of Mt. Prospect, catapulted their family travel show from a local series to a national one. Starting this weekend, "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly" will air on PBS stations nationwide. It'll air locally on WTTW, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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    Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2”

    ‘2 for 2’ not up to Timberlake’s lofty standards

    The anticipation that surrounded Justin Timberlake’s return to music was intense. It took seven years for him to follow-up the Grammy-winning masterpiece that was “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” and when he did in March with “The 20/20 Experience,” the pop prince helped fill a void in our musical lives, thanks to his slick R&B sound jelled with dance beats. Now, we may be getting too much of Timberlake.

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    Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Gustavo “Gus” Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in a scene from season four of “Breaking Bad.”

    ‘Breaking Bad’ logs record 10.3 million viewers

    AMC says Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series. The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.

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    Veteran Hollywood producer A.C. Lyles dies

    A.C. Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer during a career at Paramount Studios that lasted more than three-quarters of a century, has died at age 95.

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    Feast of Eden chef/owner Lisa Bellan bakes Midwest ingredients into her Speedy Bacon and Cheddar Quiche.

    Speedy Bacon and Cheddar Quiche
    Speedy Bacon and Cheddar Quiche: Lisa Bellan

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    Lisa Bellan creates seasonal salads, sandwiches and soups for workers and visitors to the Harris Bank building in Palatine. She'll even pack up dishes to be taken home and enjoyed for dinner.

    Feast of Eden chef talks the talk and walks the farm-to-table walk

    Lisa Bellan proudly wears the toque of a self-taught chef. She grew up on a Midwestern farm, learning her way around the kitchen at her mother's side. Her farm-to-table, nose-to-tail philosophy influences her menu at Feast of Eden, her tiny eatery tucked in the basement of the Harris Bank building in Palatine.

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    Jerry O’Connell, left, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Kal Penn make the most of their bachelorhood in CBS’ “We Are Men,” premiering at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

    4 funny guys go men-tal on CBS sitcom ‘We Are Men’

    We all know that men, in matters of love, are likely to be wounded warriors. So says “We Are Men,” CBS’ amusing new sitcom about four men making the best of their shared bachelorhood and the camaraderie that results. It premieres at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The setting is an apartment complex that caters to the singles crowd, including this motley band of brothers: Frank, played by Tony Shalhoub; Stuart, played by Jerry O’Connell; Gil, played by Kal Penn; and Carter, played by Chris Smith.

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    The filmmaker who was making a documentary about Hillary Clinton for CNN says he is backing out of the project because few people would cooperate with him. Charles Ferguson wrote in a column posted on Huffington Post Monday that he concluded he couldn’t make much of a film.

    Oscar-winning filmmaker backs out of Clinton doc

    A filmmaker who was making a documentary about Hillary Clinton for CNN said Monday that he is backing out of the project because few people would cooperate with him and the network said the film will not be produced. Charles Ferguson wrote in a column posted on The Huffington Post on Monday that he concluded he couldn’t make much of a film. He wrote that Clinton would not agree to be interviewed and of the more than 100 people he approached, only two who had dealt with the former of secretary of state agreed to speak on camera.

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    Many viewers will be missing Aaron Paul, left, as Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston as Walter White now that “Breaking Bad” has ended.

    'Breaking Bad' ends, but 10 lessons linger

    Sunday's “Breaking Bad” turned out the lights on one of the darkest shows in television history. Even as this AMC drama cooked up storylines that celebrated evil and depravity, “Breaking Bad” gleamed with a bright side, too. There were plenty of positive messages for the viewer who acknowledged them during the series' five-season run. Here are 10 lessons “Breaking Bad” leaves behind.

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    Rapper MC Lyte accepts the “I Am Hip Hop Award” during the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday in Atlanta.

    MC Lyte, Kendrick Lamar highlight BET Hip-Hop

    MC Lyte said she was initially nervous following a video tribute that honored the veteran rapper for her career achievements at the eighth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday. Once MC Lyte gathered herself, she thanked a host of people who helped further her career. She urged the female rappers who have come after her to continue to shine and push the genre forward. “Please keep the dream alive, I am with you,” said MC Lyte, who was given the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” at the taped award show. The show airs on Oct. 15.

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    John Skowron, of Arlington Heights, owns this 1963 Corvair Rampside.

    1963 Corvair Rampside: Owning a piece of paradise

    Of all the playthings from John Skowron's childhood, one funky shaped truck stood out. “I played with a Japanese tin toy of the Corvair Rampside,” the Arlington Heights resident said. “The flat front was so distinctive." That memory never left him as his love for the uniquely styled Corvair brand blossomed. In later years, the Arlington Heights teacher bought a real 1963 Corvair Rampside.

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    Artist Robert Indiana, known the world over for his LOVE image, talked about that painting at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art recently. Surrounded by 95 works he created over the past five decades, Indiana, who turned 85 this month, calls the retrospective “a dream come true, a little late.”

    NYC retrospective reassesses LOVE artist’s work

    Artist Robert Indiana says love hurt him. Love, as in his world-famous LOVE image — stacked letters with a tilted O — that became a symbol of the “make love, not war” 1960s counterculture revolution. That one image eclipsed all his other work. But now the artist’s first major retrospective titled “Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE” at the Whitney Museum of American Art that opened Thursday in New York could change that.

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    Dave Forties started getting tattoos after he retired from the Army in 1998. Some of his tattoos were inspired by his collection of Japanese porcelain.

    Tattoos making inroads with the 50-and-over crowd

    Thirty years ago, a good girl didn't do this. A good girl didn't walk into an establishment plastered with images of dragons and flames, hike her shirt up over one shoulder and let her body be injected with ink. Especially not if she was, like Darlene Nash, a 57-year-old grandmother. But America has changed since then, and so has Nash. “When I was young, I worried about what other people thought, but as I got older I didn't care,” said the Catonsville, Md., retiree.

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    Pat Quinn

    Your health: Illinois’ health insurance marketplace and you
    The Governor's office releases rates for buying health insurance in Illinois. New research shows medical tests on animals are often exaggerated.

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    Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto star in “The Glass Menagerie,” currently running at the Booth Theatre in New York.

    Zachary Quinto ‘grateful’ for Broadway debut

    As you might guess, Zachary Quinto, 36, is eagerly going the extra mile with his research for his star turn in "The Glass Menagerie," which opened in New York this weekend. The “Star Trek” star had always wanted to be on Broadway and is savoring his arrival. In the play, Quinto plays Tom Wingfield, a restless warehouse worker who dreams of escaping his overbearing mother and cripplingly shy sister. Tom narrates the action looking back, like a memory.

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    Kings of Leon — Jared Followill, left, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Matthew Followill — released their latest album, “Mechanical Bull,” on Tuesday.

    Kings of Leon return refreshed, recharged

    The Kings of Leon, who come to Chicago next week, are having a great time. Problem is, no one really believes them. A very public meltdown in Dallas in 2011 led to some acrimonious tweets, the cancellation of 26 concert dates and a bunch of negative buzz. Since then, band members have played dozens of shows without incident, put down roots, had children and recorded an album. Now they're patiently waiting for their story to update.

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    Blair Underwood, right, updates the show “Ironside” on NBC. Pablo Schreiber co-stars.

    Blair Underwood updates Raymond Burr character for NBC

    After his long run on “Perry Mason,” Raymond Burr established another iconic television character as Robert Ironside, the San Francisco detective chief who conducted investigations from a wheelchair. The chair remains — but virtually everything else is different, including the character’s attitude and the New York locale — as Blair Underwood updates the role and the 1967-75 series when “Ironside” returns to NBC in a new version Wednesday, Oct. 2.

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    Strong pelvic muscles can control mild incontinence

    H&F

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    Different types of back pain require different kinds of treatment.

    Though back pain common, treatments can vary

    Does your back ache? If so, you’ve got a lot of company. Experts say about 80 percent of us will suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. What treatment will give you the most relief depends mostly on what’s causing the pain. Here’s a look at the types of pain and what can be done to alleviate it.

Discuss

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    Dems’ hypocrisy on health care
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The Republican-controlled House did their job last week and passed a continuing resolution to fund the entire federal government’s activities without providing funding for Obamacare.

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    Rich could handle a bigger tax share
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The simple fact is that the super rich, generally, don’t want to contribute any more to the common good than they can get away with. The progressive income tax asks that those who are most able to pay bear a bigger share of the common burden. Most states that have income taxes have progressive income taxes

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    New policy exposes liberals’ hypocrisy
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Anyone see the statement from Popular Science magazine that they have stopping taking comments from readers because there is a “politically motivated rise in people questioning the accepted science concerning global warming and temperature change”? Really, the scientific community, the supposed bastion of open thought and letting the facts demonstrate themselves (ha ha) can’t take it when the manipulated and overhyped propaganda that has been spewing starts to be questioned and, like the Obama administration, just doesn’t let its opponents speak.

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    Urgent care centers an alternative to ER
    A letter to the editor: At urgent care centers, wait times are usually less than 20 minutes, no appointments are necessary and parking is convenient. Most offer extended weekend and evening hours and some can connect with a patient’s primary physician to share information about the visit and create a greater continuum of care.

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    Watch the full-time jobs disappear
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The so called Affordable Care Act has proved to date to be ill conceived, underforecasted and wrought with many unintended consequences that are causing great harm to Americans financially, including creating more part-time instead of full-time jobs.

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    Donations of time, materials appreciated
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: On Sept. 7 a wonderful event took place in Carpentersville. Several groups of great volunteers painted the homes and garages of senior citizens, two of whom are veterans. Generous material donations by Habitat of Northern Fox Valley and Home Depot of Schaumburg made this possible.

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    Headline didn’t portray story’s main point
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I was disappointed in a headline written for the Page 6 continuation of the story, “25 years of ministry,” found in Sept. 20’s paper. The front-page subhead said, “How Harvest Bible Chapel has grown across suburbs, the world.” Yeah! A positive article about religion. Well, almost.

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    Roskam’s effort for more jobs is weak
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I received a newsletter from my U.S. congressman, Peter Roskam (6th District), all about the unfortunate one-year anniversary of delaying the Keystone XL pipeline permit. This is just a distraction, a red herring, a smoke screen for the very real damage the House majority is doing to the American economy.

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    Mixed-up priorities in Obamacare
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Promoters of Obamacare claim it will provide health care coverage for 30 million uninsured. Rounding brings it to roughly 11 percent of the total population.

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    Protect objectors to gay marriage
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Imagine my surprise to read that marriage equality will have zero impact on religious freedom.

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