Daily Archive : Tuesday October 1, 2013


    Chicago Executive Airport is owned jointly by Prospect Heights and Wheeling, who have been feuding over various issues related to its operation.

    Wheeling, Prospect Hts. call airport ‘jewel’ but fight over control

    The municipalities that own Chicago Executive Airport boast about it frequently. But the acting chairman of the airport board says the open squabbling between Wheeling and Prospect Heights is hurting the airport’s potential. Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris and Nick Helmer, mayor of Prospect Heights, call each other friend. But the rift is major. Asked if the relationship can be salvaged,...

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda trustees blast Mayor Frank Bart after water deal’s collapse

    A week after a long-awaited deal to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to Wauconda fell apart, village trustees on Tuesday blasted Mayor Frank Bart for his role in the mess.

    Bill Foster

    Some suburban members of Congress say they'll forego pay

    Some suburban members of Congress say they'll give back their salaries during the federal government shutdown or donate the money to charity. Republican U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren of Winfield and Peter Roskam of Wheaton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield say they'll give their salaries back. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, says he'll give the money he's paid during...

    Drew Peterson

    Judge: Peterson wrongful death case can continue

    A Will County judge is allowing a wrongful death case against former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson to go forward. Circuit Court Judge Michael Powers is denying a motion for summary judgment in the case,

    World War II veterans from the Chicago area are planning an Honor Flight to The National World War II Memorial Wednesday, but the site has been closed because of the federal government shutdown.

    How the suburbs are dealing with the shutdown

    Ninety-one Chicago-area World War II veterans taking an Honor Flight Wednesday to Washington, D.C., could be among those feeling the pain of the federal government shutdown. The veterans will board a plane Wednesday at Midway Airport for their trip to the nation's capitol, where the highlight normally is the visit to the World War II memorial, but it is barricaded.

    Illinois State Police has been patrolling Chicago's Kennedy Expressway in search of what troopers believe to be distracted drivers.

    State Police looking for distracted drivers

    Illinois State Police has been patrolling Chicago's Kennedy Expressway in search of what troopers believe to be distracted drivers. The troopers are looking for drivers who are texting as they maneuver along Interstate 90, which meanders through Chicago's North Side.


    St. Charles restaurant sued for sushi bar tumble

    Wok'N Fire of St. Charles is being sued by a woman who says she was injured in December 2012 when she fell off a sushi table that was converted to a dance area for the restaurant's third anniversary party. Sarah Chacon of St. Charles argues the restaurant was negligent and she and others were encouraged to dance on the table. She seeks unspecified damages.

    Mundelein police say the subject involved in the abduction of a child was seen driving a compact car with aftermarket wheels, possibly a navy blue or black 2006-2008 Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan.

    Mundelein police continue search for man who kidnapped girl

    Mundelein police on Tuesday continued to search for a man who briefly abducted a 3-year-old girl the previous night. The girl was kidnapped about 5:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Deepwoods Drive. She was returned to the area a short time later.

    A van rolled into this home Tuesday evening on the 300 block of May Street in Elgin, which ripped the gas meter off the side of the house sparking a fire fed by the gas, fire officials said.

    Van rolls into home, sparks fire in Elgin

    An Elgin man unloading tools from his work van Tuesday night turned to see the vehicle rolling backward into his home, where it broke the gas meter off the house and sparked a blaze that did extensive damage, firefighters said.

    A new advisory group of business officials and industry experts will work to determine the best use for the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

    Panel to consider redevelopment options for DuPage fairgrounds

    DuPage County officials remain committed to keeping the county fair. The same can’t be said about keeping the DuPage County Fair at the existing fairgrounds in Wheaton. A new advisory group will spend the next few months trying to determine if the annual event is the best use of the 42-acre site along Manchester Road.

    Myron Ester

    Man charged with murdering woman found buried in Glen Ellyn

    A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a homeless woman who was found stabbed and buried in a shallow grave in Glen Ellyn, authorities said Tuesday. Myron D. Ester is accused in the death of 33-year-old Linda Valez. He is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court Wednesday for a bond hearing.


    Sugar Grove likely to keep discounting builder fees

    The Sugar Grove village board is prepared to discount its building and permit fees for new houses, for the fourth year in a row, to spur completion of subdivisions. And it reports an uptick in interest, with permit requests standing at about 20 so far for the year, its community development director reports.

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, went on the attack against House Republicans on Tuesday, blaming them for shutting down many government operations as part of an “ideological crusade” against his health-care law.

    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.”

    Pope Francis convenes his parallel cabinet Tuesday for a first round of talks on reforming the Catholic Church, bringing eight cardinals from around the globe together in a novel initiative to get local church leaders involved in helping make decisions for the 1.2-billion strong universal Catholic Church.

    Pope urges reform, wants church with modern spirit

    Pope Francis says he doesn’t want a “Vatican-centric” church concerned about itself but a missionary church that reaches out to the poor, the young, the elderly and even to non-believers. That’s the vision he laid out as he opened a landmark meeting Tuesday on reforming the 2,000-year-old institution.

    Bullet-holes pepper the glass door of a shop in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya will keep its troops in Somalia to help that country’s beleaguered government battle the armed Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which attacked the mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 claiming at least 67 lives.

    Sour food, shattered glass: Cleaning Kenya’s mall

    The sour odor of rotting food overwhelms the senses. Shattered glass crunches underfoot. And evidence of looting is ever-present, including in Westgate Mall’s chandelier-filled casino. Shop owners on Tuesday boarded up stores and removed merchandise even as Kenyan, U.S. and European investigators moved through the mall’s rubble in search of answers to the four-day terrorist attack.


    Suburban counselors get few inquiries on first day of health reform act

    Suburban in-person counselors didn’t have many visits Tuesday, the first day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, people got their information from state and federal call centers and websites, healthcare.gov and getcoveredillinois.gov, and call centers.

    West Dundee officials approved an amendment to its animal control ordinance that now permits residents to raise honeybees in their backyards.

    W. Dundee allows backyard beekeeping

    West Dundee has officially become a haven for homegrown honeybees. The village board last week voted 4-3 to remove its ban on honeybees, which allows residents to raise them in their backyards, but with several restrictions. Village President Chris Nelson cast the deciding vote.

    A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons prepares to cross into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

    Chemical weapons inspectors cross into Syria

    Wading into the world spotlight, international inspectors arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to begin the monumental task of overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in the middle of a civil war.

    A Flight for Life Helicopter rises above backed-up traffic Monday in south-central Colorado after roads were closed to permit emergency personnel to get to hikers trapped by a rock slide.

    5 hikers killed by Colorado rock slide on easy trail

    A 13-year-old girl said her father shielded her as boulders crashed down on them on a Colorado hiking trail — an action that authorities say probably saved her life even as her father and four other family members were killed.

    Linda Valez

    Stabbing victim’s mom: ‘Whatever she had, she would always give’

    Gloria Araujo realizes her daughter, Linda Valez, had her share of troubles. The 33-year-old Valez could be “overbearing at times” as she dealt with homelessness and battled mental illness, her mother said. But Araujo also says her daughter was the kind of person who looked out for others at the DuPage PADS shelter where she lived in Wheaton. And if Valez asked her mom for money for food, she...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, declared his country will never allow Iran to get nuclear weapons, even if it has to act alone. He dismissed the Iranian president’s “charm offensive” as a ruse to get relief from sanctions.

    Israel’s Netanyahu: We will not let Iran get nukes

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played the spoiler Tuesday to any easing of Iran’s relations with the West, telling world leaders his country will do whatever it takes to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it has to stand alone.

    The Mill Race Inn in Geneva in 2007.

    Geneva considers tax-based incentive for Mill Race Inn area

    Geneva aldermen agreed to consider whether tax-increment financing could be used to redevelop properties along the east bank of the Fox River, especially the site of the former Mill Race Inn restaurant.

    Jeffrey Beard

    Man who held Glen Ellyn couple hostage gets 12 years

    A 65-year-old man who held two people hostage inside a Glen Ellyn home last year was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison. Jeffrey Beard of the 1400 block of Avery Avenue in Wheaton faced up to 20 years after pleading guilty to home invasion.

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week passed a resolution opposing a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to turn much of the Didier Farms property into a stormwater reservoir. The proposal is part of a plan to reduce Des Plaines River flooding.

    Buffalo Grove opposes Army Corps plan for Didier Farms

    Buffalo Grove trustees passed a resolution this week opposing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to convert a portion of the historic Didier Farms just north of the village into a reservoir. The resolution states that the proposal, part of a recently released Army Corps plan to to limit flooding and restore ecosystems along the Des Plaines River, would have a harmful effect on the property...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Patricia L. Spiroff, 58, of Wayne, was charged Sept. 23 with retail theft, according to a police report. Store security at Costco, 221 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, observed Spiroff attempt to take cheese and a bottle of wine from the store without paying for the items. The approximate value of the items was $30


    North Suburban Symphony opens concert season:

    The North Suburban Symphony, a community orchestra based at Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest, will present the first concert of its 25th anniversary season on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.


    Fire station open house and breakfast:

    Countryside Fire Protection District will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast and open house from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the fire station, 600 Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills.


    Lea to lead regional group:

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea was elected president of the Mid-America Association of School Superintendents.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Patricia L. Spiroff, 58, of Wayne, was charged Sept. 23 with retail theft, according to a police report. Store security at Costco, 221 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, observed Spiroff attempt to take cheese and a bottle of wine from the store without paying for the items.

    Moon jellyfish are seen in an aquarium of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down after tons of them clogged the pipes that bring in cool water to the plant’s turbines.

    Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

    It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down — a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common.

    William Curl

    Inmate files appeal in NIU student’s murder

    A northern Illinois man who is serving decades in prison for the death of a Northern Illinois University student wants to appeal a judge’s decision in his case.


    Beach Park man accused of preying on child

    Lake County authorities say a Beach Park man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, child pornography and aggravated sexual abuse.

    Jason D. Knickrehm

    Bartlett police make arrest in salon burglaries

    A Bartlett man suspected of burglarizing two local salons last month is in custody, police announced Tuesday. Jason D. Knickrehm, 36, faces two felony counts of burglary in connection with the Aug. 21 break-ins of two salons near Oak and North avenues.

    Laura Crawford

    Geneva’s Laura Crawford remembered fondly in Dist. 300

    Laura Crawford was passionate about reading, writing and sharing her love of those subjects with her students at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, where the Geneva resident spent 20 years teaching second grade, third grade and literacy. This week, the school and Community Unit District 300 began mourning the loss of the beloved teacher and author, who died Monday of complications from chronic...

    Marcos Osoteo

    Darien man gets 5 years for stabbing mom with fork

    A Darien man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for stabbing his 81-year-old mother in the face with a meat carving fork. Marcos Osoteo, 54, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS An Illinois House committee meeting in Chicago Tuesday discussed a proposed incentive package created to persuade ADM to keep its global headquarters in the state.

    ADM seeks Ill. 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.

    The partial federal government shutdown that started Tuesday has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and shut down federal services all over the country. National Guard soldiers rebuilding washed-out roads in Colorado would apparently be paid on time — along with the rest of the country’s active-duty personnel — under a bill passed hours before the shutdown.

    U.S. government shutdown starts to make itself felt

    Visitors arrived to find “CLOSED” signs at the Statue of Liberty, the Smithsonian and other parks and historic sites across the country. Callers looking for help from the government reached only voicemail. And federal employees were left to wonder when they would return to work.


    Keeneyville District 20 scraps grade-level center idea

    A proposal to create grade-level centers in Keeneyville Elementary District 20 has been dropped after the idea proved to be too unpopular among parents. But the district will continue to explore the possibility of offering all-day kindergarten during the next school year.

    Skunks are a huge problem in Wheeling, village officials reported Monday.

    Skunks invade Wheeling

    Skunks are a huge problem in Wheeling, village officials reported Monday. The village will post tips for discouraging skunks from taking up residence near homes and a list of people licensed to trap them, Village Manager Jon Sfondilis said.

    Dustin S. Neal

    Round Lake Beach man pleads not guilty to shooting victim in leg

    A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty to shooting another man at Fairfield and Mayfield roads in Round Lake Beach in late July. Dustin Neal, of the 1600 block of Brentwood Drive in Round Lake Beach, faces 60 years in prison if found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm, Lake County Judge Christopher Stride said Tuesday. Neal also was charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a...

    Palatine firefighters stand at attention during a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Firefighter's Memorial in downtown Palatine to honor two volunteer firefighters who died after a passenger train struck their fire truck Oct. 1, 1946.

    Palatine Fire Department honors two fallen volunteer firefighters

    The Palatine Fire Department gathered Tuesday morning to recognize the service and sacrifice of two fallen volunteer firefighters. Wesley Comfort Jr. and Leonard Nebel died after a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad passenger train struck their fire truck Oct. 1, 1946. The annual memorial ceremony took place at the Palatine Firefighter's Memorial at the Brockway and Slade streets. It included a...

    The public can get a rare glimpse inside the historic Schweikher House in Schaumburg this Saturday when it'll open up for tours. It's just the second time the home built by famed Modernist architect Robert Paul Schweikher has been open to the public.

    Public gets rare opportunity to see historic Schweikher House

    A rare opportunity to tour Schaumburg's historic Schweikher House will be part of an international building-conservation committee's national tour day on Saturday. Hourly guided tours of the house, studio and grounds designed by Modernist architect Robert Paul Schweikher in 1938 will take place on the 7.5-acre property.


    Quinn, Simon headline Dem event in Schaumburg

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be among the guests at the Schaumburg Area Democrats’ Meet the Candidates Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 13. Other noteworthy guests will include state senator and candidate for Illinois treasurer Michael Ferrichs, state Sen. Dan Kotowski, state Sen. Michael Noland and state Rep. Michelle Mussman.

    President Barack Obama will address the American people Tuesday as the federal government moves ahead with a partial shutdown and new health insurance exchanges are launching under his health care law.

    ‘Obamacare’ exchanges start up as government shuts down

    President Barack Obama’s long-anticipated launch Tuesday of new insurance exchanges to provide health care to millions of uninsured Americans is coming under the cloud of a government shutdown that began the same day. The exchanges are starting up just as most of the federal government is shutting down, left unfunded by a Congress that’s still bitterly divided about whether to discard...


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    Naperville Park District focusing on improving indoor space

    Naperville Park District's next frontier is shaping up to be indoors. A strategic plan recently approved to guide the next three years lists addressing indoor space needs as the first of five major goals. “There is a huge demand in this community for indoor space,” Executive Director Ray McGury said.

    A company hoping to transform Ken-Loch Golf Links near Lombard into a multifamily residential development is working to combat criticism about the project.

    DuPage County gets look at proposed housing project

    A company looking to transform a golf course near Lombard into a multifamily residential development has submitted a site plan and a traffic study to DuPage County to counter claims opponents have made about the project. Donven Homes has been assisting efforts by Ken-Loch Golf Links' owners to rezone the property along Finley Road, north of 22nd Street.


    Police: Bikers pull over, beat SUV driver in NYC

    A man driving with his family along a New York City highway was attacked by a group of motorcyclists who chased his SUV for more than 50 blocks after it bumped into one of the bikes, which had stopped suddenly, police said.

    Wearing a colorful array of graduation-style caps and gowns, 34 young people who spent long stretches of their childhoods in U.S. cities like Phoenix and Boston chanted “undocumented and unafraid” as they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas.

    U.S.-raised immigrants remain in U.S. custody

    Thirty-four young migrants are in U.S. custody after trying to enter the United States without documents in the latest round of what is becoming a new tactic in confronting what they consider unjust U.S. immigration policies. U.S. immigration officials interviewed the group dressed in a colorful graduation caps and gowns late into the night Monday after they marched across one of the bridges...


    For many U.S. Jews, religion not tied to belief

    A new survey of U.S. Jews has confirmed some of the community’s worst fears: One in five American Jews say they have no religion, and their ranks appear to be growing. Jews in this category feel pride in being Jewish and a strong sense of belonging to the greater Jewish community. But they say their connection is based mostly on culture and ancestry, not necessarily on belief in God or...

    With the Oct. 3, 2013 deadline looming, more than 32,000 people have applied to the federal compensation fund for people with illnesses that might be related to toxic fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks, program officials said.

    As deadline nears, applications to 9/11 fund soar

    With just a few days remaining until a key deadline, more than 32,000 people have applied to the federal compensation fund for people with illnesses that might be related to toxic fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks, program officials said. Congress has authorized paying as much as $2.78 billion to people exposed to the tons of thick dust that fell on Manhattan when the World Trade Center collapsed.

    Nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in September, one of the highest monthly death tolls in years, the U.N. says, giving a somber figure that reflects the militants’ determination to rekindle large-scale sectarian conflict.

    UN says nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September

    Nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in September, one of the highest monthly death tolls in years, the U.N. said Tuesday, giving a somber figure that reflects the militants’ determination to rekindle large-scale sectarian conflict. Iraq is going through its worst surge in violence since 2008, with near-daily militant attacks and relentless bombings blamed on hard-line Sunni insurgents.

    The Huntley Park District is considering asking voters in March to approve a $20 million bond issue to expand facilities.

    Huntley parks might put $20 million question to voters

    How much would Huntley Park District taxpayers pay to play indoor sports and swim in a competitive pool?That's the $20 million question that may be on the March ballot. The park board will decide whether to place the question on the ballot at its Nov. 21 meeting, an official said.

    St. Charles Unit District 303 officials have a created a link on their homepage where local residents can find mental health resources.

    Dist. 303 summit focuses on mental health

    St. Charles School District 303 officials review the action plan coming out of the most recent series of summit meetings, which attempted to address security gaps uncovered by the Sandy Hook shootings.


    Dawn Patrol: Moms debut national TV show; Girl kidnapped, then returned

    Mount Prospect moms debut national family travel show. Mundelein police look for man who took girl. 3 Doberman show dogs die in Barrington Hills fire. Patient testifies physician's assistant molested her in Palatine. Geneva City Council talks food trucks. Cubs begin manager search. Missed tackles more telling than Idonije.


    Wheaton unwilling to bend annexation rules

    Access to Wheaton water and sewer systems are for Wheaton residents and businesses only. No exceptions, even if you are a Milton Township highway commissioner.

    A bionic hand such as this “i-limb ultra revolution” made by Touch Bionics might allow triple amputee Kent Carson a chance to return to his career in banking.

    Triple amputee craves new hand, but insurance balking

    Triple amputee and former Round Lake Beach resident Kent Carson seems confident that the i-limb electric hand with moveable fingers would open up a new world for him. Getting insurance to pay for it is a different story. “That hand has five fingers that move independently,” says Carson, who could control them by flexing the remaining muscles in his arm. “I can actually still...


    Travel: Goal is to air show internationally
    In the celebrity-filled promo for the new, national PBS series “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” Lionel Richie jokingly gives this family travel tip: Leave the kids at home.That won’t ever happen on Colleen Kelly’s show, though.


    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Players watch as their 2013 championship banner goes into the rafters during a banner ceremony prior to their opening-day-game against the Washington Capitals Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Nobody raises a banner better than Blackhawks

    It was a concert, a movie, a snow globe, a live-action photo album, but most of all it was a glorious trip down Memory Lane for Blackhawks fans. Again.The Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony Tuesday night at the United Center, the second one in four years, provided a little bit of something for everyone.


    Brouwer happy for Blackhawks, and a bit envious

    Troy Brouwer still makes his off-season home in Chicago, but when the Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup Final against Boston he had to get out of town. Sure enough, the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, the town went crazy, and Brouwer was far away from the madness.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates with Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus after Saad's 3rd period goal during their opening-day-game Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    On banner night, Hawks top Caps 6-4

    Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa scored in the third period, and the Blackhawks kicked off their Stanley Cup title defense with a 6-4 victory over Mikhail Grabovsky and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig also scored for Chicago, which won its first game for the second straight season. Corey Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stops when the Blackhawks killed off a late 5-on-3 power play.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates with Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus after Saad's 3rd period goal during their opening-day-game Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks win again in dramatic fashion

    On a night their second Stanley Cup banner in four years was raised to the rafters at the United Center, the Hawks staged a third-period comeback for a 6-4 victory in a back-and-forth game with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin (55) is greeted by on-deck batter Clint Barmes (12) after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pirates beat Reds 6-2 in NL wild-card game

    Russell Martin homered twice, Marlon Byrd also connected and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night. In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Andrew McCutchen added two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.


    Naperville North cranks up the pressure

    Naperville North wasn’t very happy with the first half of Tuesday’s DuPage Valley Conference boys soccer game, but the Huskies grew to enjoy the second half a little more.


    Maine West tops Deerfield

    Fernando Becerra and Nelson Herrera each had 1 goal and 1 assist and Christian Ayala scored an unassisted goal to help Maine West past Deerfield 3-1 in Central Suburban North boys soccer action Tuesday.Maine West improved to 10-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the the CSL North.Meadows 1, Palatine 0: The Mustangs got a second-half goal from Michael D’Acquisto, assisted by David Zarate, to earn a victory over the visiting Pirates in Mid-Suburban League action.


    Time is so right for Hawks to be all they are built to be

    The Blackhawks won their season opener Tuesday night, a nice next step toward fulfilling their promise as Chicago's sports franchise of the decade.


    Lakes clinches in Prairie

    Jon Borzick scored twice, as Lakes’ boys soccer team clinched the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship with a 4-1 win over Wauconda on Tuesday night.


    Hersey reclaims MSL East lead

    Hersey completed the first half of its Mid-Suburban East girls volleyball schedule on Tuesday night.The Huskies find themselves in a familiar position — first place. The 10-time defending champs made a dramatic rally in Game 2 for a 22-25 25-16 25-13 at the Jean Walker Field House.

    Matt Luetzen of Geneva, left, and Eric Dietrich, right, of St. Charles East, try to get control of the ball during Tri-Cities boys soccer in Geneva on Tuesday.

    St. Charles East denies Geneva

    This season, Geneva has already endured that gut-wrenching feeling that comes when giving up a game-winning goal with seconds remaining. On Tuesday, they surrendered one just 39 seconds in and wouldn’t score of one of its own over the final 79:21 in a 2-0 loss to visiting St. Charles East.

    Kacie Stoll of Timothy Christian and Sydney Bauman of Glenbard South girls volleyball action Tuesday in Glen Ellyn.

    Timothy Christian digs defensive effort

    Timothy Christian coach Scott Piersma jokingly calls assistant Brooks Vander Veen his defensive coordinator.


    McPhersons make tennis a family game at Elmhurst

    Coaches always have close relationships with their players, but few are as unique as the one between Elmhurst College men’s tennis coach Anthony McPherson and his senior captain. Coming off the program’s most successful year in decades, McPherson will have seniors in his top spots, including Vince McPherson, the coach’s younger brother.Separated by only six years, the McPherson brothers have a relationship unlike almost any other siblings. For the last three years McPherson has been coaching his younger brother. While it hasn’t always been smooth, the mutual respect the two have has allowed them to reach new heights at Elmhurst.“It’s interesting,” Vince said of their relationship. “It’s good, it’s good to have someone that came from the same background and had the same private coach and came from the same system. It’s very beneficial to me. We have the same language and are on the same page.”It wasn’t always easy, the younger McPherson said. He had to learn when to treat his brother like a coach and not just a sibling who can be argued with. As he’s matured he has gained the ability to separate the two aspects of his life. Much of this Vince attributes to his brother’s ability to communicate.The journey started at a young age for the Glenbard South graduates. Before they were tennis players they were working with their parents at their gymnastics gym. It was then that they learned how to take coaching from family members and use it to grow. As they grew up in tennis they were both coached by Gregg Van Dine. Anthony said Van Dine became his mentor not only as a player but as a coach. After a successful tennis career of his own at Elmhurst College, Anthony was offered the job as coach. While he had recruited classes before his brother’s, handling Vince’s was different. The coach told his brother to find the school that best fit him. Vince, a talented opera singer, had planned to stay close to home to continue to work with his voice coach. When he was accepted to Elmhurst on scholarship, he told Anthony that he wasn’t ready to give up tennis yet and earned a spot on his brother’s team.When it comes to tennis, there is no doubt what is most important to the McPhersons — improving the team. Following their first conference championship since 1954, the Bluejays are coming back as hungry as ever and looking to take the next step, Anthony said. The goal is not only to win the conference but to reach nationals, unlike last year, Vince said.“Everyone is getting better every day,” Anthony said. “We went from third place to second to first. We were that dark horse that everyone was afraid of. Now we have three seniors in the top three spots. We are going to keep working even harder than last year and go into the season like we never even won it.”With the kind of dedication the McPhersons have, it’s impossible for tennis not to bleed into the rest of their life, Vince said. The trick comes in the ability to communicate with each other and talk things out, but from time to time Mom and Dad, Patrice and Don, step in.When the brothers disagree they both said their parents usually side with the older McPherson, but always for good reason.“They usually lean toward his side. I actually lean toward his side as well as the conversation goes on,” Vince said. “Usually if something gets brought up I’ll say my peace and he will say his counter and my parents will say, ‘Vince there’s nothing we can really do here because Anthony’s got a point.’”While they can’t help but still get into brotherly arguments, when it comes to tennis there is usually just one answer. “I hate to admit that he’s more experienced and knows better,” Vince said with a laugh, “but that’s the truth.”


    Hersey gets it done, tops Schaumburg in OT

    Both Darren Llewellyn and John Cappuccitti said it best after Hersey defeated Schaumburg 2-1 in overtime late Tuesday night. The Huskies coach and standout player figure there’s only one way to play from here on out. Cappuccitti, a senior, drew his club even in the 66th minute. Then eight minutes into the first extra session, his free kick roared through a crowd and was redirected off a Saxons player into the back of the net.

    Blackhawks teammates skate with their 2103 Stanley Cup banner.

    Images: Blackhawks Opening Night
    Images from the Blackhawks 6-4 win in the opening game of the 2013-14 campaign. The Stanley Cup banner was raised and red carpet entrances were featured before the game against the Washington Capitals.


    Warren produces key NSC Lake win vs. Libertyville

    Down the stretch, every boys soccer matchup in the North Suburban Conference’s Lake Division seems like a playoff game. That’s what happens when six teams still have a shot at winning it all with only a couple of games remaining. Warren picked up a needed victory and scored four times in a 4-2 decision over host Libertyville on Tuesday night.

    Nikki Marquardt of Stevenson hits out of the sand on No. 15 during the North Suburban Conference girls golf meet at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest.

    Stevenson’s Marquardt measures up

    Nikki Marquardt’s golf season has gone so nicely that not even a tournament that hasn’t always been kind to her was going to stop the Stevenson senior. Marquardt did Tuesday what she’s done all season. Her round? Kind of nice. She earned medalist honors, shooting a 78 on a sunny but windy fall afternoon to edge Lake Forest’s Emily Young by 1 stroke in the Grant-hosted North Suburban Conference championship at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest.


    Naperville North still unbeaten in DVC

    Life got even better for No. 7 Naperville North on Tuesday night when it stayed perfect in the DuPage Valley Conference by sweeping visiting Naperville Central 25-6, 25-23.


    Batavia’s Meyer lights up Larkin

    There’s no shame in having a shot blocked by Larkin right side Brianna Stewart, who last season led the Royals with 95. Try telling that to Batavia co-captain Heather Meyer. After Stewart stuffed 2 spikes from the Batavia senior outside hitter during an early 4-0 run by Larkin on Tuesday, all it did was fan the natural competitive flames within Meyer to the level of raging inferno. Though Larkin went on to win the first set, the Royals never again contained Meyer, who torched them for a career-high 18 kills to lead Batavia to a 22-25, 25-14, 25-18 Upstate Eight River victory in Elgin.


    Even-keeled Keelty powers big Palatine win

    Liz Keelty has one of the top serving percentages for Palatine’s girls volleyball team. So when the senior missed two serves in Game 1 Tuesday night against Fremd, she was determined to get things right in Game 2. She sure got them right, and she got Palatine on its way to its biggest win of the season. Game 2 was tied at 6-6 when Keelty served for 8 straight points, igniting the Pirates to a 25-23, 25-21 victory over visiting Fremd.

    St. Charles North’s Phillip Legare wins a header over Batavia’s Brendan Allen during Tuesday’s action at the Tri-Cities boys soccer challenge in Geneva.

    Larson strikes again for Batavia

    Big-time players often make the biggest plays and Batavia junior Ian Larson has been involved some of the biggest ones this fall for the Bulldogs. Larson again delivered a game-winner in Tuesday’s contest against St. Charles North in the 8th Annual Tri-Cities Showcase at Geneva’s Burgess Field. Larson scored early in the first half and the Bulldogs held the North Stars scoreless to notch the 1-0 shutout.


    Glenbard South pair a good blend

    As the old song says, friendship makes a perfect “blendship.” Glenbard South first doubles Jenna Brambora and Rachel Rettger, longtime close friends and standouts at singles and doubles, respectively, last year, have joined forces as juniors to form a doubles team that could be headed to state. On Tuesday they won their first-doubles match 6-3, 6-0 to lead the host Raiders to a 5-2 win over visiting Metro Suburban Conference rival Riverside-Brookfield. The Raiders (11-4, 5-0) swept the four doubles matches. “Rachel is the perfect partner for me,” said Brambora, who made state as a singles player last year. “We’ve been close friends for a long time and we have good chemistry. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we communicate well on the court, and I think our friendship has something to do with that.” “Today we had good volleys and our service game was strong,” said Rettger, a conference doubles champ last year. “We also played the wind very well.” After losing three games in the first set, the two knuckled down to top the Bulldogs (10-5, 2-3) 6-0 in the second set. “We started off well and then we relaxed a little,” Rettger said. “But we decided to play more aggressively and that worked because we were really consistent in the second set.” Brambora admitted that there were some adjustments she had to make in order to become a strong doubles player, but there again her partnership with Rettger has made a big difference. “There’s a lot more thinking and strategy in the doubles game,” Brambora said. “We have to keep learning how to play as a team, how to run plays and set up points. I think we’re improving as the season goes on.” Glenbard South coach Kevin Graham believes the girls have complementary skills and that also has a lot to do with their success. “They’re both athletic and they can get to a lot of balls,” Graham said. “Jenna has excellent groundstrokes and she knows how to put the returns in the right place. Rachel is aggressive, she serves well and hits great overheads. When I saw that they got off to a lead today, I was confident they could close the match.” Graham also praised the recent work of third doubles Isabel Gritsonis and Stephanie Jaster, who have been on a hot streak, winning 6-2, 6-1 Tuesday. “As a team we’ve been having a good year,” Graham said. “Three of our four losses could have gone our way with just a few more points. We just need to finish with a strong conference tournament and sectional.” The Bulldogs’ two victories were produced by second singles Victoria Bojovic and third singles Claire Wilson, who remained undefeated in conference by taking a three-setter. “Claire has been our most consistent player,” said Riverside-Brookfield coach Bob Hegner. “Our talent is pretty balanced from the top of the lineup to the bottom, so we have the depth to win matches as almost any position. Glenbard South played well today. They’re probably the best in our conference.”

    Kelly Anderson of Wheaton Warrenville South tees off on the 3rd hole during the DuPage Valley Conference girls golf at Phillips Park Golf course in Aurora, Tuesday.

    Naperville north wins DVC title easily

    There were no sweaty palms or stomach pangs for the Naperville North girls golf team this year at the DuPage Valley Conference championship.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 2, CL South 1: The Trojans won 5-4 in the penalty kick round to win this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup. Michael Arenberg scored in regulation for Cary-Grove (10-4, 2-1) and Gary Sexson scored for Crystal Lake South. Ethan Csoka had 5 saves for the Trojans and Gus Alvarez made 3 stops for the Gators (6-8-3, 1-2).Wheaton Academy 4, St. Edward 2: The Green Wave (7-8-2, 2-5) got goals from Joe French and Matt Hesch in this Suburban Christian overtime loss. Austin Pfeiffer and Kevin Bardan had assists for St. Edward.Johnsburg 4, Hampshire 1: Jose Hernandez scored off an assist from Paul Novacovici for Hampshire’s only goal in this FVC Fox loss. Andy Pederson had 21 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (5-10-1, 0-3).Harvest Christian 2, Romeoville Christian 0: Adam Salowitz and Aaron Ptak scored for the Lions in their nonconference win. Noah Fox made 1 save in goal for Harvest and Sergio Velazquez had an assist.Westminster Christian 6, IMSA 5: Chase Woods scored 4 goals and Robert Kleczynski 2 as the Warriors prevailed in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Michael Beusse and Chad Thomason each had 2 assists for Westminster (7-5, 3-1) and Jackson Walle made 8 saves in goal.Waubonsie Valley 2, South Elgin 0: Richard Groenwegen had 3 saves in goal for the Storm (4-6-2) in their Upstate Eight Valley loss.


    Christian Liberty happy to tie Elgin Academy

    Christian Liberty Academy enjoyed a victory of sorts Tuesday afternoon when Austin Karr steered in the equalizer in the 80th minute to give the Chargers (0-14-1) their first points of the season after drawing 2-2 with Elgin Academy in an exciting and entertaining nonconference boys soccer contest in Arlington Heights. The home side looked to be close to defeat when Josh Groza roared up the right side and pushed the ball past a pair of defender before sending a dangerous ball into the mix, creating a scrum inside the box where Karr would somehow find a way to find the back of the net.

    FILE - At left is a June 16, 2013 file photo showing LeBron James. At right is an Oct. 2, 2012 file photo showing Michael Jordan. Jordan believes he could beat James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that is being released Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Jordan said there's a long list of players he would've liked to have played one-on-one.

    LeBron has far to go to surpass MJ

    After winning two NBA titles, LeBron James is out to top a certain Bulls legend. “I want to be the greatest of all time. That's my motivation," James said at Miami Heat media day.

    Ahmad Starks had hoped to play for Illinois this season, but the NCAA ruled he must sit out a year after transferring from Oregon State.

    Illini transfer must sit out season

    The NCAA has denied a hardship waiver for Illinois senior guard Ahmad Starks, meaning he will sit out the upcoming basketball season. Starks transferred to Illinois from Oregon State. He will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Illini in 2014-15.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Renee Rush, Katie Innis and Adriana Loiacono each had 4 kills Tuesday to lead the South Elgin girls volleyball team to an easy 25-10, 25-10 Upstate Eight Valley win over East Aurora.Rush and Jessica Olsen added 6 digs each for the Storm (10-8, 2-1) and Loiacono had 5. Jessica Donzelli dished out 13 assists for the winners.Harvest Christian d. Luther North: Sydney Doby had 7 kills and 7 aces and Ellie Burzlaff added 4 aces to lead the Lions to a 25-4, 25-7 Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Shayna Manusos (5 aces, 2 digs) and Jade Martinez (10 assists) also contributed for Harvest (9-6, 5-1).Prairie Ridge d. Huntley: Emily Westermeyer had 8 kills and 10 digs and Rachel Shores added 15 digs for Huntley in a 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss. Erin Erb (6 kills) and Kelsey DeWulf (25 assists, 8 digs, 3 kills) also contributed for the Red Raiders (9-4, 4-2).St. Charles East d. Streamwood: Kaitlyn Hedger (2 kills) and Andrea Prytulak (2 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs) led Streamwood in a 25-9, 25-15 Upstate Eight River loss.Cary-Grove d. McHenry: Kaylie Trausch had 8 kills and 3 blocks and Meghan Seymour 13 assists to lead the Trojans (11-8, 5-2) to a 25-15, 25-19 FVC Valley win.Burlington Central d. North Boone: Makenna Jensen (9 kills), Caitlin Siebert (6 aces) and Allie O’Reilly (11 digs, 2 aces) led the Rockets to a 25-4, 25-9 Big Northern East victory. Jane Collins (6 kills), Jenna Schudel (5 kills), Maddy Barry (9 assists) and Mackenzie Whitner (12 assists) also contributed for BC (12-7, 6-0).Hampshire d. Woodstock North: Caitlin Conlon had 7 kills, Julianna Gass 10 digs and Brittany Laffin 17 assists as Hampshire won 25-13, 25-14 in the FVC Fox. Erin Foss and Kyla Conway added 5 kills each for the Whip-Purs.John Radtke contributed to this report


    Group effort powering Carmel

    Carmel (17-2) is getting contributions from everyone, but the Corsairs still had to go the distance to put away Libertyville 25-19, 19-25, 25-18 in nonconference girls volleyball Tuesday.


    Crystal Lake South keeps rolling along

    Not only have the Crystal Lake South Gators dominated most teams they have played this season, they usually do so in quick fashion. In a nifty 35 minutes, South cruised past Jacobs 25-13, 25-16 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls volleyball action at The Swamp in Crystal Lake Tuesday.

    Larkin’s Chris Villalobos celebrates after putting the Royals up 2-0 over Elgin during Tuesday’s game at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    It’s all Larkin in crosstown matchup

    Senior Gonsalo Garcia and the Larkin boys soccer team weren’t going to take it easy on crosstown rival Elgin on Tuesday night. Garcia scored twice and had an assist as the Royals dominated the Maroons, 5-1, in Upstate Eight River action at Memorial Field. “It feels great,” Garcia said. “It’s probably one of the best feelings ever knowing they are such a big-time rival.”

    For White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, it was a mixed bag this season. He committed a career-high 22 errors but led all American League shortstops with 181 hits.

    White Sox’ good and bad, with look to 2014

    The White Sox' offense has to be overhauled for the 2014 season. Beat writer Scot Gregor takes a look at the strengths - and weaknesses - at each position.


    Mundelein’s Cigelnik soars to NSC crown

    Mundelein's Bret Cigelnik eagled No. 1 at Willow Glen Golf Course, then won a three-way playoff on the same hole to earn individual medalist honors Tuesday in the North Suburban Conference boys golf meet.


    Dundee-Crown comes back to stay unbeaten

    Dundee-Crown’s unbeaten boys soccer season was in jeopardy Tuesday afternoon after the Chargers fell behind McHenry 2-0 in the early going, but D-C calmly rallied for the victory. Ivan Sanchez scored the game-winner with just over 13 minutes remaining and the Chargers held on for a 3-2 victory in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Carpentersville.


    St. Viator’s Renner, Carlson excel; Benet wins ESCC

    St. Viator senior Robert Renner capped his career of stellar boys golf competition within the East Suburban Catholic Conference with the league’s highest honor: individual medalist. In the league’s conference meet, hosted by the Lions at Old Orchard, Renner fired a 72. That was 2 strokes better than runner-up Nick Carlson, a St. Viator junior. Notre Dame, Benet, Carmel and St. Viator entered the tournament tied for the league lead after each earned a 6-2 record in match play. Benet emerged from that pack with the low team score Tuesday, 313, to claim overall honors. The Redwings edged St. Viator by a single stroke. Carmel finished third (319) and Notre Dame (327) was fourth.

    Prospect’s Ally Scaccia tees off on No.8 at Fox Run Golf Course in Elk Grove Village on her way to winning the Mid-Suburban League championship with a score of 69 on Tuesday.

    Scaccia, Prospect on top of their games

    Prospect's Ally Scaccia tied her own program record by shooting 69 in the Mid-Suburban League girls golf championship meet at Fox Run Golf Course. The Knights produced a dominant team effort in winning with a 302.

    Zach Johnson is key member of a U.S. team that has dominated the Presidents Cup tournament, which takes place at Muirfield Village Golf Club this week in Dublin, Ohio.

    Presidents Cup doesn’t need comparisons

    The Presidents Cup is a lot like The Players Championship. No one really talks about it until it’s time to play. And too much time is spent comparing it with something it will never be instead of enjoying it for what it is.

    Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, left, scores past Montreal Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire and Impact tied 2-2.

    ‘Magic Mike’ ignores MVP speculation

    Mike Magee for MLS MVP? Soccer writer Orrin Schwarz looks at the Fire forward's case - and Magee's lack of interest in the topic.

    All-purpose running back Darren Sproles and his Saints teammates are pointing to Sunday’s game against the Bears at Soldier Field as they attempt to go 5-0.

    Sproles, Saints provide major obstacle to Bears’ rebound

    It won't be easy for the Bears to rebound form their first defeat this season because on Sunday at Soldier Field they must contend with the 4-0 Saints and coach Sean Payton's high-powered offense in addition to a defense that is much improved from last year's horrendous unit.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien says his Nittany Lions “are very aware that is a very important time of the year.” Penn State plays at Indiana on Saturday.

    O’Brien ready to lead Penn State into Big Ten play

    Penn State coach Bill O’Brien sure enjoys it when the seasons change. Not just summer to fall. But nonconference to Big Ten. Penn State (3-1) heads to Indiana (2-2) this weekend.

    This is Shaun Ratay in his days as a quarterback leading Geneva to a playoff win over Hubbard in 2006. On Friday, Ratay will return to Geneva as the offensive coordinator for St. Charles East.

    Ratay returning to Geneva with new colors

    Shaun Ratay figures to feel right at home when he steps foot onto Geneva’s Burgess Field Friday night. Well, sort of. Ratay was a 2-year starting quarterback who threw 28 touchdown passes and helped lead the Vikings’ football team to a Class 6A state semifinal berth during his senior year in 2006. His former head coach, Rob Wicinski, continues to patrol the sideline at the helm for Geneva.

    Notre Dame’s George Atkinson III is tackled by Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom during the second half of Saturday’s game in South Bend, Ind. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21.

    Notre Dame still seeking balance on offense

    The drop-off in Notre Dame’s play on defense after carrying the Fighting Irish to the national championship game last season is perplexing to some. That’s not what’s bothering coach Brian Kelly. “Where we’re really pulling our hair out is trying to find that balance from an offensive standpoint," he said. "We’re going to play, I believe, well enough defensively to win the rest of our games.


    Juniors to benefit from Chicago Open’s return

    There’s just one major tournament left in the Chicago area golf season, and it’s both an old and new one. The Chicago Open, which tees off at Cantigny in Wheaton on Monday, has been played 23 times but not since 2001. The upcoming Chicago Open in Wheaton is being conducted by the Illinois Junior Golf Association to raise funds for its programs.

    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald celebrates with Tyler Scott after Maine kicker Sean Decloux missed a field goal during the first quarter of the Sept. 21 game in Evanston.

    Why Fitzgerald should stay at NU

    With the recent firing of Lane Kiffin, Pat Fitzgerald will be considered for the head coaching job at USC. Hopefully he will realize it would be best for him to stay at Northwestern, where he is succeeding and is treated well by athletics director Jim Phillips and the school.

    Purdue quarterback Rob Henry loses the football against Northern Illinois during Saturday’s game at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Purdue now has QB quandary

    Six weeks after naming Rob Henry the starter, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell replaced the ineffective fifth-year senior with true freshman Danny Etling in Saturday’s loss to Northern Illinois. He met with the quarterbacks Tuesday afternoon and a formal announcement was expected to be made Wednesday.

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina laughs during baseball practice Tuesday in St. Louis. The Cardinals are set to host Game 1 of the NL division series on Thursday, gainst the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Sitting atop NL, Cardinals await opponent

    Instead of hustling off somewhere for an elimination game, the NL Central champion Cardinals can savor a six-game winning streak that gave them 97 wins, tied with Boston for the most in the majors, and home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the postseason. After working out Tuesday, they’ll watch the Pirates and Reds play their aces in the wild-card game.

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches the scoreboard from the dugout during Sunday’s game in Houston.

    GM says Yankees want Girardi back

    The Yankees want Joe Girardi to return as manager next season. Girardi was hired after the 2007 season, and his contract expires at the end of October. Crippled by injuries, New York had its poorest record since 1992 and finished tied for third in the AL East at 85-77. Cashman wouldn’t say whether he would give the Chicago Cubs permission to speak with Girardi about their manager’s job, which opened when Dale Sveum was fired Monday.

    For now, media interviews with managerial prospects won't be part of the search process, according to Cubs president Theo Epstein, center. In 2011, managerial candidates were paraded before Chicago media to see how they could handle a news conference.

    Cubs will take a different search approach

    Cubs president Theo Epstein is hoping for a quick process when it comes to hiring a new field manager. He also said the process will be more "private" than it was in 2011, when the Cubs hired Dale Sveum. Back then, Epstein paraded the candidates before the media for news conferences as part of the job-interview process.


    ISU opts for less practice ahead of hoops season

    NCAA rules will let college basketball coaches start practices earlier this year than in years past. But Illinois State head coach Dan Muller is worried about extra fatigue.

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook throws against Notre Dame during the Sept. 21 game in South Bend, Ind. The Spartans spent the past nine days in search of consistency and big plays on offense.

    Spartans confident ahead of Iowa game

    Coach Mark Dantonio thinks Michigan State has gained confidence during its bye week, looking ahead to its Big Ten opener at Iowa instead of back at the big disappointment at Notre Dame.

    Iowa Hawkeyes fullback Mark Weisman, a Stevenson grad, carries the ball during the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Minnesota in Minneapolis.

    Stevenson grad helps Iowa rediscover its identity

    Iowa is back to running the ball, stopping the run and excelling on special teams. All three of those phases have been crucial for the resurgent Hawkeyes, who’ve won four straight — equaling their total from all of 2012 — heading into Saturday’s game against Michigan State. Iowa junior Mark Weisman, a Stevenson grad, leads the nation with 119 carries, and he’s fourth with 615 yards.

    Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, top, catches a touchdown pass over Florida A&M cornerback Patrick Aiken during the first quarter of the Sept. 21 game in Columbus, Ohio. No fewer than 15 times, No. 4 Ohio State has completed a touchdown pass that has covered at least 20 yards.

    Buckeyes like to run, then throw over a defense

    No. 4 Ohio State runs on 60 percent of its plays. Sending the tailbacks up the middle or Braxton Miller around end serve as body blows to soften a defense for what might just happen if they start to lean too heavily toward the line to stop the ground attack. Then the Buckeyes throw deep.


    2 Purdue receivers released after arrests

    Purdue receivers B.J. Knauf and Jordan Woods have posted bond and been released after being arrested for theft Monday.

    Cubs president Theo Epstein has confidence in the progress being made by the front office, but how much would he be willing to wager that it pays off in a World Series championship by the end of this decade?

    Would Theo gamble his own money on his plan?

    Since Theo Epstein has so much confidence in his plan to win a World Series with the Cubs, do you think he'd be willing to bet his salary on it? You know, if he fails the money goes to charity? And if he succeeds he becomes King of Wrigleyville?


    Shuffling continues on Bears' D-line

    Several players chipped in to try to pick up the slack left by the season-ending knee injury to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton, including former backup Nate Collins, who saw his most extensive playing time and had one of his better games.


    Cubs: Sveum shown the door
    Cubs president Theo Epstein gave an interesting timeline and used certain words over and over again Monday in explaining why he fired field manager Dale Sveum. All point to a perceived failure of Sveum and his coaching staff to get through with a unified voice to young players Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.Sveum, the hand-picked and highly vetted candidate of Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, was fired after two years and with one season left on his contract.On top of that, Epstein said there are no guarantees for any member of Sveum’s coaching staff and that he hopes for a quick process in hiring a new manager.The Cubs were a staggering 70 games under .500 (127-197) over the past two seasons under Sveum, but Epstein reiterated that Sveum was not being held accountable for the win-loss record.Epstein said he and Hoyer take the blame for that as the Cubs are two seasons into a massive rebuilding project. But cracks in the confidence Epstein/Hoyer had in Sveum began surfacing early this year, and all signs point to a perceived disconnect between the manager and the Cubs’ self-proclaimed “core” players. “There are some specifics that I’m just not going to get into,” Epstein said as he met the media in the Cubs’ interview-room dungeon. “They wouldn’t be appropriate.“But it’s tricky to develop young players at the major-league level. I think they have to be supported, fully, along the way, and there has to be tough love, but there has to be love before there’s tough love. You have to be patient with them. “There has to be a clear, unified message. They can’t be getting different signals from different directions. Collectively, myself included, we failed to provide that.”The media began seeing warning signs as early as April about Sveum, who is a hitting coach by trade. On April 21 in Milwaukee, Sveum said Castro has been “very average” and that the Cubs could “get people playing time at Triple-A to figure this stuff out.”The media perceived Sveum to be talking about Castro and Rizzo with the Triple-A comment. As the year drew to a close, both of their numbers had gone down significantly.Apparently, the front office was alarmed enough about those comments to send Hoyer to the next stop on the trip in Cincinnati. The front-office concerns only seemed to increase as the season wore on. “The chronology that occurred, the first half of this season, 2013, was the first time we had any concerns about Dale being the long-term fit for this job,” Epstein said.“We discussed it at length as a group in the front office. As we moved to the all-star break, we decided we had to meet with Dale and express that. “We met shortly after the all-star break, a long meeting, a long, difficult, brutally honest meeting where we explained the areas where we felt like we needed to see improvement.“We told him: ‘We had a meeting with you because for the first time there are some concerns about whether you’re the long-term guy, and you deserve to hear that feedback from us, and you deserve the second half of the season to work on those areas.’”In an Aug. 17 game at Wrigley Field, Sveum took Castro out after Castro lost track of the outs and allowed the Cardinals to score a run from third base on a popout to short left field. But the front office bears some responsibility for Castro’s difficult year. Beginning in the second half of last year, the organization wanted him to become a more patient hitter.That seemed to take Castro out of his game, and late this season he began to hit the ball with more authority going back to his more aggressive style of hitting. By that time, though, it appeared too late for Sveum, and alarm bells went off Sept. 17 in Milwaukee when Epstein refused to give his manager a vote of confidence, saying only that all things were being “evaluated.”

    Jimmy Hayes, who developed his skating skills over the summer, should give the Blackhawks a big option at times.

    This time, no Blackhawks hangover

    The Blackhawks will celebrate their Stanley Cup victory one last time tonight, and then the page turns and the focus will be on repeating. It hasn’t happened in the NHL in 15 years. So what are the Hawks’ chances?

    New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has a much different style of communication than the man he replaced, John Tortorella, who is now directing Vigneault's former team in Vancouver.

    Few similarities in NHL coaching swap

    In an odd twist of fate, John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault have traded jobs and will look to improve where their predecessor couldn’t.

    Benet Academy’s Paddy Lawler collides with West Chicago goalkeeper Paolino Mansera during a save Monday.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football, soccer, tennis and volleyball.


    Illinois' law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will permit the use of medical marijuana to treat 35 serious illnesses or conditions, including muscular dystrophy, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.

    State agencies hash out medical marijuana rules

    Illinois officials have begun setting up a system to let people buy medical marijuana in the state. Officials from Gov. Pat Quinn's office and at least three state agencies are meeting to draft rules that will govern medical marijuana distributio


    Insurer says deer crashes to decline in Illinois

    New figures released this week by State Farm say Illinois drivers are less likely to hit a deer in the next year. The insurance company says drivers in the state have a 1 in 214 chance of hitting a deer in the next 12 months. That compares with a 1 in 162 chance last year. Nationwide, the figure is 1 in 174.

    Helen January, right, joins millions of Americans as they begin shopping for the first time on the insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, with the aid of in-person counselor Kenya Williams, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at the Westside Health Authority in Chicago.

    Illinois launches health insurance marketplace

    Illinois residents got their first opportunity Tuesday to comparison shop for health insurance on a new marketplace that state officials hope will help an estimated 1.8 uninsured get coverage. A state official said a call center to answer consumer questions was up and running Tuesday morning with few problems. But, as anticipated, some early-bird consumers were running into hitches, including a backup with an online marketplace signup.

    Acela engine and passenger cars on a siding at the Bombadier Transportation assembly plant in Barre Town, Vt. Bombadier is the company making Amtrak's high-speed trains.

    Final phases of 110 mph upgrades start on Illinois Amtrak

    Workers are entering the final phases of upgrades that will someday allow Amtrak trains between Chicago and St. Louis to travel at up to 110 mph. Amtrak officials say the construction work includes new rail with concrete ties, upgrades to bridges and signal equipment installations.


    Colorado company drops plan to run Port of Chicago

    plan to revitalize the Port of Chicago has run aground as the company wanting to invest $500 million to make infrastructure upgrades pulled out. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Colorado-based The Broe Group suspended negotiations on a master lease after failing to reach agreement with the Illinois Port Authority.

    Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, holds a clipboard with pamphlets while canvassing at a bus stop in Miami. Millions of Americans will be able to shop for the first time today on the insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms.

    Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

    The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period.

    Blue Cross representatives Matthew Ayadpoor, left, and Katie Wynd, right, prepare to assist for people to access the federal health marketplace in an empty auditorium as a training session sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma about the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace gets off to a sluggish start.

    GOP states offer little help on buying insurance

    Republican governors who oppose President Barack Obama’s insurance overhaul have been largely silent on a day when consumers are beginning to peruse newly launched federal online health exchanges. Thirty-six states, most of them Republican-controlled, have opted to let the federal government run their exchanges.

    An array of solar cells are seen on the roof of a building in Decatur, Ga. The building’s owner returns excess electricity to the Georgia Power Company electrical grid in exchange for a reduced monthly rate.

    Utilities, solar companies in fight over rates
    Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay. Utilities in many states say solar-friendly rate plans, conceived to promote alternative energy sources, are too generous and allow solar customers to avoid paying for the grid even though they use it.

    Walgreen Co.’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings soared 86 percent, as the nation’s largest drugstore chain booked gains from its method of inventory accounting and its acquisition of a stake in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

    Walgreen fiscal 4Q profit soars 86 percent

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co.’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings soared 86 percent, as the nation’s largest drugstore chain booked a big inventory-related gain and benefited from its acquisition of a stake in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

    A man peers through a window as people came and went from the Social Security Administration Card Center building after being turned away for certain services due to the partial government shutdown Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    Markets rise even as US government shutdown starts

    Investors stayed calm on the first day of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government Tuesday and sent the stock market modestly higher. A long-running dispute in Washington over President Barack Obama’s health care law caused a deadlock over the U.S. budget, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job.


    Dollar weakens as U.S. shutdown continues

    The dollar traded at almost the lowest since February as a partial shutdown of the U.S. government boosted speculation the Federal Reserve will persevere with asset purchases that tend to weaken the currency. The euro fell after touching its highest level against the greenback in almost eight months as political wrangling threatened to curb U.S. growth.

    Did star NFL quarterback Peyton Manning toss a Nerf football as he grew up? He’s seen here with a model named after him. Nerf toys may are among the 12 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame.

    Bubbles, scooter in running for Toy Hall of Fame

    The National Toy Hall of Fame is getting ready to induct its class of 2013. On Tuesday, the hall revealed its 12 finalists, two of which will be enshrined at the Rochester museum Nov. 7.

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute over the rights to the 1980 Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull,” starring Robert DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMotta.

    ‘Raging Bull’ rights fight gets hearing at U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute over the rights to the 1980 Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull,” accepting an appeal from the daughter of a man who worked with boxer Jake LaMotta to write the screenplay. The justices today said they will consider whether Paula Petrella waited too long to press her copyright claims against MGM Holdings Inc. units. Petrella is seeking damages for marketing and distribution starting in 2006.


    DOJ seeks to delay American-US Airways trial
    The Justice Department asked for a delay in the trial over the merger of American Airlines and US Airways because of the shutdown of the federal government. The merger was weeks away from closing when the government sued to block it on antitrust grounds. The trial in the case is set to begin on Nov. 25.


    Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions

    Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix’s success story as it sets out to create the world’s largest subscription service for digital books. Scribd will charge $9 per month for a service that offers unlimited access to most of HarperCollins’ back catalog, as well as an assortment of other books from smaller publishers.

    The Vatican took another step in its efforts to be more financially transparent by publishing a first-ever annual report for the Vatican bank on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. It comes as Italian prosecutors investigate alleged money-laundering there, a Vatican monsignor remains in detention and the pope himself probes the problems that have brought such scandal to the institution.

    Secretive Vatican bank takes step to transparency

    The Vatican took another step in its efforts to be more financially transparent by publishing a first-ever annual report for the Vatican bank on Tuesday. It comes as Italian prosecutors investigate alleged money-laundering there, a Vatican monsignor remains in detention and the pope himself probes the problems that have brought such scandal to the institution.


    BMW recalls 176,000 vehicles over power brake

    FRANKFURT, Germany — German carmaker BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles over a problem with the power brake system. The company says in rare cases an interruption in oil supply to a part can mean loss of power braking assist. The brakes will still work but the driver would have to press harder on the pedal. The recall covers 76,200 vehicles sold in the U.S. Affected models include 2012-14 BMW 320i and 328i sedans;, 2014 328i xDrive sports wagons; 2012-13 BMW 528i sedans 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i, and 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i.The company says owners will be notified by mail to bring their cars in for repair. BMW say that if brake assist power is lost, drivers should pull over and call roadside assistance.

    Claire Collins is given a demonstration of Optinvent ORA-S augmented reality glasses at the GLAZED Conference, a conference for the business of wearable technology, in San Francisco, Monday.

    Strap on your computer, wearable tech taking off

    The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.

Life & Entertainment


    Anniversary gift debacle leads to hard feelings
    At their two-year anniversary his girlfriend gave him a gift worth several hundred dollars and he gave her nothing because he is strapped for cash. She was disappointed that he didn't set aside money for a gift. Although he started out apologetic, now he's angry that she is telling him how to allocate his money. What do you think?

    R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke is one of the headliners for the V103 25th Anniversary concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Oct. 5.

    Best bets: Groove with Robin Thicke, Chaka Khan at V103 concert

    R&B music stars Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke and Bell Biv Devoe will be on hand for the V103 25th Anniversary celebration concert Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. More than 75 craft beers from more than 20 microbreweries can be sampled Friday at the 2nd Annual International Craft Beer Tasting at the Itasca Holiday Inn.

    The Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team heads to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for two shows on Friday, Dec. 27. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 7.

    Globetrotters return to Rosemont
    Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters' "Fans Rule" World Tour show on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Allstate Arena go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 7.

    Loraine Chavez prepares a Frito Pie for a costumer at the Five & Dime in Santa Fe, N.M. The tourist attraction and a mainstay in the city’s historic plaza was recently insulted by food critic Anthony Bourdain on an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown”.

    Anthony Bourdain admits he was wrong about NM ‘Frito pie’

    Insults dished out by food critic Anthony Bourdain on an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” have stirred up outrage in New Mexico — and now he acknowledges that he was wrong.

    Rebel Wilson, center, and Kate Jenkinson go a little crazy in “Super Fun Night,” which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, on ABC.

    ABC's new sitcom 'Super Fun Night' fun? Fat chance

    Too often, Rebel Wilson flashes a huge, embarrassed grin that eerily recalls another portly comedian, the late John Candy. That's off-putting enough, coming from the character she plays on her new ABC sitcom, “Super Fun Night”: an over-eager young woman entering the social whirl. Worse, Wilson has burdened Kimmie Boubier with constant tiresome references to her less-than-perfect physique. Enough is enough, and then some.

    Malin Akerman stars in the new ABC series “Trophy Wife,” airing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Malin Akerman brings comedic chops to ABC’s ‘Trophy Wife’

    After roles in films including “27 Dresses,” “Couples Retreat” and “Wanderlust,” Malin Akerman is bringing her comedic chops to network TV with the sitcom “Trophy Wife.” The show, airing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, stars Akerman as Kate, a woman newly married to an older man (played by Bradley Whitford) who is twice divorced with three kids. “We learn that Kate is really this lovely woman who is in it for the right reasons. Loves the kids, loves her husband, but just isn’t really good at it yet,” she said with a laugh.

    Making mayonnaise at home may seem difficult, but if you follow Julia Child's directions, it's foolproof.

    From the Food Editor: Discovering the pure joy of homemade mayonnaise

    Deborah Pankey learns that making mayonnaise a la Julia Child is a foolproof endeavor. She was prepared to fail the first time out, not sure if her arms could handle all that whisking. So she was giddy when the yolks and oil melded into a rich, heavenly spread. In other news, she also shares information about auditions for "MasterChef" and "Food Court Wars."


    Don’t be so quick to brush off sister’s request

    Reader says she doesn't want to change the date for the wedding of her dreams just on the off chance her sister might become pregnant. Carolyn Hax says don't be too quick to say no to the request.


    Symptoms of blood clots often overlooked

    19600,000 Americans suffer from a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism each year, and more than 100,000 will die annually as a result

    Bay windows bring sunlight to Cara and Jens Bogehegn's dining room.

    Craftsmanship comes alive in tour of Oak Park homes

    The home of a 19th-century carpenter who crafted the woodwork in Marshall Field's Walnut Room on State Street and display cases in the Field Museum will be open Saturday, Oct. 5, as part of a tour on behalf of Oak Park's Pleasant Home. The big surprise in another of the seven Oak Park houses open for the benefit is the adult party room in the rear coach house. And that brings to mind how much has changed since these homes were built more than a century ago.

    Visitors walk through an exhibit about the Comanche Code Talkers at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in Lawton, Okla.

    Exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers opens in Okla.

    Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display in a new exhibit honoring 17 members of the Comanche Nation who used their language as a code during the war. The opening of the exhibit recently at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in southwestern Oklahoma coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals to families of the Comanche Code Talkers as well as other tribes’ code talkers in Washington, D.C., in November.

    Tiana Parker was at the center of a debate over her hairstyle in her hometown of Tulsa, Okla.

    Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

    “Why are you so sad?” a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair. “Because they didn’t like my dreads,” she sobbed, wiping her tears. “I think that they should let me have my dreads.” With those words, second-grader Tiana Parker of Tulsa, Okla., found herself, at age 7, at the center of decades of debate over standards of black beauty, cultural pride and freedom of expression.

    “M.O.” by Nelly

    Nelly’s new ‘M.O.’ gives mixed results

    Nelly’s seventh studio album isn’t a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half. “M.O.” starts with the most boring, ear-numbing collaborations, including the first two singles. The better tracks flourish when Nelly doesn’t require serious vocal backup from other artists such as Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Nelly Furtado and Nicki Minaj.

    Chef Emeril Lagasse, left, who returns as a judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and chef John Besh think that this season based in New Orleans will be different from any other.

    Emeril: ‘Top Chef’ contestants not used to alligator
    New Orleans’ po-boy shops, gourmet restaurants and suburban bayou-side eateries are the backdrop for the country’s search for its next “Top Chef.” Bravo’s 11th season of the hit reality TV food competition show was filmed in and around the city. It debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Chef Emeril Lagasse, who returns this season as a judge, said "It’s going to be a very interesting season because I think a lot of this new talent maybe haven’t worked with alligator, maybe haven’t worked with turtle.”

    “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, Big Personalities, High Drama — the Extraordinary Behind-the-Scenes Story” by Allen Salkin

    For Food Network addicts, new book hits the spot

    In the early days of the Food Network, chefs taped shows in kitchens where sinks emptied into buckets that had to be carted out between takes. How things have changed. Today, the Food Network reaches 100 million homes. Its chefs are stars, and its shows are well-known brands. In “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network,” Allen Salkin guides readers through the history of the network. Along the way, Salkin serves up plenty of stories that will surprise and entertain.

    Stone’s Levitation Ale packs a lot of flavor, but its lower alcohol content makes it just right for a hike through the woods to look at the fall colors.

    However you feast this fall, there’s a craft beer

    Fall is a fine time to sample a wide variety of craft beers, because no matter what your autumnal activity there is likely to be a seasonal beer to make it better. Whether you’re having a Halloween gathering, hosting a Thanksgiving feast, enjoying the fall foliage or taking the family apple picking, there are plenty of brews to help celebrate. Thankfully, they pair well with the foods we tend to crave as the temperatures drop and the leaves get their color.

    Beans add fiber and protein and make this autumn squash soup a healthful, hearty meatless meal.

    Autumn Soup for a Chilly, or Not-So-Chilly, Night
    2 cups diced onion2 cloves garlic, minced4 cups low sodium vegetable broth2 cups low sodium garbanzo beans or dried, cooked beans2 cups winter squash, such as acorn or butternut, cut into chunks2 medium potatoes cut into 2-inch chunks, for 1 cup1½ cups frozen corn1 can (14 ounces) fire roasted crushed tomatoes or 2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes1 tablespoon dried cumin powder¼ teaspoon cayenne or paprika, or to taste1 teaspoon salt, optional3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley, or more to tastePlace a nonstick, 2-quart or larger sauce pan over medium heat; add onion and dry saute 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes, adding a bit of the broth if anything starts to stick. Add the broth, winter squash and potatoes and simmer about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes and cumin powder and any other seasonings that you want to add. Simmer another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.Serves four to six.Cook’s note: This easily can be made in a pressure cooker by sauteing the onions for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute another minute. Add the broth, beans, squash and potatoes. Put on the lid and bring to high pressure for 3 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally. Add the corn, tomatoes, cumin, cayenne and salt. Heat for a few minutes to let the flavors blend. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with the chopped cilantro.Nutrition values per serving (assumes 6, without optional salt): 223 calories, 2 g fat, 50 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber, 7 g protein, 344 mg sodium.Jill Nussinow, theveggiequeen.com

    Beans add healthful fiber and protein and make this autumn squash soup a hearty meatless meal.

    Beans add protein, nutrients to plant-based meals

    Just one day a week of replacing meat with other protein sources is all it takes for you to start enjoying some of the health benefits — like lower cholesterol and blood pressure — of plant-based eating. Beans can be a part of that plan.



    Editorial: Politics aside, it’s time to get practical on health care

    A Daily Herald editorial says that even with political debate, practical issues are arriving on health care.

    Sen. Dick Durbin

    Second place on supercomputers not good enough

    Guest columnists Eric Isaacs and Sen. Dick Durbin: South Korea, Japan and China are doubling their investments in supercomputing because it saves time, money and energy, strengthening a country’s economy and national security. The United States can’t afford to fall behind.


    Congress could use some marriage therapy
    An Inverness letter to the editor: I really think this administration and all politicians should immediately enroll in Marriage 101. They would quickly learn that when one spouse says, “Honey, I would like to add $2,000 to our monthly spending,” and the other spouse responds, “We don’t have the money to do that,” the discussion would be over.


    Shutdowns nothing new but are bad policy
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: The remedy for such brinkmanship is to proactively demonstrate ongoing engaged leadership that promotes honest dialogue leading to political decisions that meet genuine interests. But, of course, that requires hard work. One can only be left with the following conclusions about the current threat of a government shutdown: Neither side has done much to avoid it.


    Support investments in helping mentally ill
    A letter to the editor:


    Affordable health care is reasonable
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: This letter is directed to Congressman Hultgren and his colleagues in Congress. Voting to eliminate the Affordable Health Care Act 42 times. Really? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Does the definition fit your actions?


    Key distinction with Democrats and GOP
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Democrats have the advantage of unity. The unity is based on their belief that the government should be your mama and your daddy. Republicans do not agree on just one mission statement, there are at least three or four.


    Why all the health care waiver requests?
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: If Obamacare is so great, why do Congress and the Supreme Court want a “waiver” from it? Every day more and more people or groups want this “waiver” — why is that?


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