Daily Archive : Friday October 4, 2013


    In this photo provided by Katy Scheflen, people run to a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and the man's identity was not disclosed. (AP Photo/Katy Scheflen)

    Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

    A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation’s capital as passers-by rushed over to help put out the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

    Terry and Clair Canette, left, of Biloxi Miss., and Michael Fuentes of Biloxi gas up their cars at the Clark’s Shell station on Cedar Lake Road in Biloxi in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen on Thursday Oct. 3, 2013.

    Karen weakens as it approaches Gulf Coast

    Tropical Storm Karen was poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. From a tiny, vulnerable island off the Louisiana coast to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast residents prepared Thursday for a possible hit from the storm. Late Friday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that Karen was losing...

    A federal agent removes evidence from the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in Stamford, Conn., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Law-enforcement authorities have identified Carey, 34, as the woman who, with a 1-year-old child in her car, led Secret Service and police on a harrowing chase in Washington from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

    Official: Woman killed in D.C. chase was delusional

    A woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday. The woman's family said she had been suffering from postpartum depression with psychosis.

    Lynn Bingaman

    Des Plaines woman charged with murder of grandmother

    A 33-year-old Des Plaines woman has been charged with first-degree murder after police said she shoved her grandmother during an argument, causing her to strike her head on a chair. Lynn Bingaman had her original charges of aggravated domestic battery upgraded Friday after the Cook County medical examiner determined that her grandmother died of head trauma from an assault and ruled the death a...

    Brenda Robinson

    Former Office Depot supervisor gets 4½ years for $675,000 theft

    A former supervisor at Office Depot in Carol Stream was sentenced Friday to 4½ years in prison for stealing about $675,000 in merchandise from the company, prosecutors said. Brenda Robinson, 48, of Chicago, also was ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.


    Inmate accidentally released, put on bus to Chicago

    An inmate of Vienna Correctional Center in southern Illinois has been accidently released by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Officers have been dispatched to apprehend 38-year-old Michael Sanders. Authorities say Sanders was released Friday when officials miscalculated his parole date and put him on a bus to Chicago.

    The car of missing Lake Villa resident Nicholas Steward was found near this Vernon Hills cornfield Thursday night.

    Body of missing Lake Villa man found

    The body of a man missing from Lake Villa for two weeks has likely been found, authorities confirmed Friday. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said a body believed to be Nicholas Steward was located about 10:30 p.m. Thursday near where his car was discovered hours earlier. The death was ruled an apparent suicide.


    Judge awards Lincolnshire company $9.79 million

    A Cook County court recently awarded damages of $9.79 million to a Lincolnshire company whose former president embezzled company funds. Former ICD Publications president Ian Gittlitz was fired in July 2007 after an audit revealed that he used a company credit card to cover business-related travel expenses and then submitted vouchers for personal reimbursement for the same expenses.


    Cause of train crash still undetermined

    Nearly a week after an unoccupied Chicago Transit Authority train rumbled down a track for nearly a mile and struck another train head-on, investigators were still trying to determine Friday how and when the unoccupied train was powered up.


    District 95 preschool screening on tap

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will offer a preschool screening for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech-language, or conceptual development on Friday, Oct. 18.


    District 103 PTO event on Oct. 8

    The Lincolnshire Prairieview Elementary District 103 PTO, Lincolnshire Community Nursery School, and Tamarak Day School present, “EQ vs IQ: Does Your Child Have What It Takes To Succeed?” with Ed Dunkelblau, PhD. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.


    Prison for St. Charles man who stalked dancer

    A 39-year-old St. Charles man pleaded guilty to stalking a Schaumburg dancer who he met at an Elk Grove Village nightclub, court records show. Robert Klopp was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $639 in fines, court records show.


    Bilingual actors sought for musical

    Actors of all ages and ethnicities who speak both English and Spanish are needed for the classic pastoral musical of the Nativity, “La Pastorela”.


    Long Grove Fire Department to host open house

    The Long Grove Fire Department will host its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the station, 1165 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove.


    Palatine man gets 13 years for sexual assault

    A Palatine man charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated criminal sexual assault, Candido Chavez-Barreto, 45, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Olivar Modesto, 17, of the 300 block of Delaware Street in Carpentersville, was arrested by the Kane County Child Advocacy Center and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under 13 after an incident that took place Oct. 1, court records show. Modesto’s bail was set at $2 million in Kane County bond court; he is next due in court Oct. 7.


    Aurora woman charged in fatal stabbing

    A 44-year-old Aurora woman was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder after a pair of stabbings in which she killed her cousin and wounded her husband, authorities said.


    W. Dundee mulls police security system upgrades

    West Dundee leaders will consider a partial overhaul of the police department’s security system Monday that officials say would bring it up to date with current standards and limit the village’s exposure to potential lawsuits. “It’s not a want, it’s a need,” Police Chief Andy Wieteska said of the upgrade. “One false claim that turns into a lawsuit will cost us more than the $50,000 we’re...


    Quinn aide to take over state’s personnel agency

    Simone McNeil was named Friday to replace Malcolm Weems as chief of the Department of Central Management Services. McNeil has been the Democratic governor’s director of operations since 2009. She will earn $142,000.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation’s new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed.

    Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

    Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default. "This isn't some damn game," said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held to their position of agreeing to negotiate only after the...


    Meet the ‘queen’ at library fundraiser

    A Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation fundraiser on Oct. 7 features Barbara Rinella, who brings history to life as Queen Elizabeth, the monarch entering her 61st year on the British throne.


    Project-based learning taking off in Glen Ellyn schools

    Glen Ellyn schools are gaining national attention for their Project-Based Learning curriculum and superintendents from across the country were on hand Friday to see how it works.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn won’t yet endorse pension deal

    Gov. Pat Quinn expressed hope Friday about an evolving $138 billion savings plan to solve Illinois’ public pension problem, but he stopped short of fully endorsing it. Quinn, who for months has been urging lawmakers to send him any pension reform proposal, told reporters after an event in Chicago that he’s seen some of the plan’s details and has been working with the 10 lawmakers tasked with...


    Tefft Middle School in Streamwood gets national recognition for improvement

    Tefft Middle School in Streamwood has received national recognition for showing significant student achievement. The recognition was given by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals for work from 2008 to 2010. Tefft was one of 10 schools in the nation to be named a Breakthrough School.


    Car show to benefit Scout STEM programs

    Cool Cruisers & Hot Dogs, a car show benefiting the Boy Scouts of America Northwest Suburban Council’s Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics program, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Rand Red Hots, 1441 Rand Road, Des Plaines.


    Barrington, fire district divide up the equipment

    The Barrington Fire Department and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District on Friday took the last major step in their plans to separate Jan. 1 by dividing up the vehicles and equipment they co-own. Though they couldn’t yet provide a monetary estimate of what they got, both sides expressed satisfaction with the division.


    Taiwanese man extradited to U.S. from Estonia

    A Taiwanese man accused of seeking to bypass bans on supplying weapons machinery to North Korea has pleaded not guilty after being extradited from Estonia. Hsien Tai Tsai was arraigned Friday in Chicago federal court.


    Quinn to talk to lawmakers about police resources

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to talk to the legislature about making sure state police have enough resources at their disposal to deal with a backlog of applications for gun ownership.


    Shutdown crimps region’s prized recreation

    For months, Steve O’Neal had set his sights on trolling southern Illinois’ Rend Lake for crappies, having never fished that water in any of the angling outings he enjoys once a year with his buddies. But the federal government’s partial shutdown ruined all of that, forcing the closure of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed campsite the Kentucky man had reserved for four days.

    Artist rendering for a 17,014-square-foot Aldi’s Food Market proposed for the Regency Square commercial and business park, west of Route 47 and south of Kreutzer Road in Huntley.

    Huntley may get Aldi’s, new brunch eatery

    An Aldi’s Food Market and a new restaurant may soon be coming to Huntley. Village officials this week reviewed Elgin-based developer Interstate Partners’ plans for the grocery store and a new multi-tenant commercial building in Regency Square commercial and business park, west of Route 47 and south of Kreutzer Road. Plans call for a 6,560-square-foot building with two tenant spaces, of which one...

    Fifth-grader Alena Loquorcio tries on a neck brace with the help of Central DuPage Hospital nurse Julie Bernardo. Her uncle wears a similar brace so Alena wanted to “see how he feels.”

    Wheaton students get health, safety lessons at annual fair

    Fifth-graders Alena Loquorcio and Tyler Crowley hope they never have to call 911 or visit an emergency room. But if they do, they and all of their Sandburg Elementary School classmates will be prepared. Students on Friday participated in a Health and Safety Fair — complete with a classroom converted into a mini-emergency room and visits by soldiers and firefighters — organized by the Wheaton...

    Michael Donahue

    Kane County forest commissioners decry budget shifting but give preliminary approval

    Kane County Forest Preserve commissioners decried a budgetary shell game at both the county and the forest preserve district Friday, but gave the budget a preliminary OK, anyway. The forest district will use a $150,000 riverboat grant for one-time construction projects. "We need to be following sound policies with how these funds are used. Our use of the riverboat fund is not sound,” Commissioner...

    The scenic tree-lined main drive to Vernon Hills High School will be wiped out Saturday as the school takes out 45 trees infested with the emerald ash borer.

    Tree-lined entry at Vernon Hills High School falls to emerald ash borer

    Fall colors are starting to burst, which makes the removal of 45 ash trees along the main entry at Vernon Hills High School all the more tough. “It just makes you sick to look at these beautiful red leaves changing,” said Principal Ellen Cwick. The trees are infested with emerald ash borer and will be replaced.

    Mike and Mary Kline attach a tag with their son Terrence’s name to their flag Friday during a ceremony to preview the Healing Field of Honor at West Aurora High School. Terrence Kline is a Navy pilot on the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush.

    Field of flags starts ‘healing’ in Aurora

    A field of flags began the humble work of healing hearts Friday for families of military members in Aurora. Flags posted in neat rows west of the school’s football field were only a small preview of the Healing Field of Honor, which will be displayed Nov. 3 to 13 to coincide with Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “It really does show you that our country is behind our military,” said Debbie Ritter, a...

    Around 750 seventh and eighth grade Palombi Middle School students participate in the school’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Lake Villa on Friday. Students and staff raised around $900 for cancer research.

    Lake Villa school raises money, breast cancer awareness with annual walk

    Palombi Middle School students in Lake Villa participated in the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Friday. Pink bracelets, T-shirts and necklaces were sold during the week, with proceeds benefiting cancer research. The school raised more than $900.

    The West Chicago Community Center is willing to spend its own money to restore the historic Joel Wiant House in downtown West Chicago.

    Deal could save historic West Chicago home

    A deal to prevent a 144-year-old West Chicago house from being demolished is expected to be approved next week. The city council Monday night is scheduled to authorize Mayor Ruben Pineda to enter into an agreement with the West Chicago Community Center, which will work to restore the exterior of the Joel Wiant House. “We’re anxious to get to work,” said David Sabathne, president of the West...


    Judge to rule Nov. 14 on proposed Huntley hospital

    A ruling whether Centegra Health System will be allowed to build a hospital in Huntley might come next month. A judge plans to rule Nov. 14 on the lawsuit filed by Advocate and Mercy health systems against the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and Centegra over the proposed hospital.


    Bella looking for a new home

    Poor Bella, she was found roaming the streets and brought to The Buddy Foundation. She had gotten pregnant and had babies — her former owner could find homes for the puppies, but not Bella. Now, she is looking for a new home.

    Pope Francis, right, shares a word with friars during his tour of the Eremo delle Carceri hermitage, near Assisi, Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Pope Francis took a pilgrimage to his namesake’s hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis, who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and service to the poor.

    Pope trip to St. Francis’ town highlights his goals

    Pope Francis broke bread with the poor and embraced the disabled on a pilgrimage to his namesake’s hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis, who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and service to the poor.

    Travis Randall walks through the debris-strewn yard of his parent’s home in Hickman, Neb., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, after it was struck by a tornado. Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, dumping heavy snow in South Dakota, spawning a tornado in Nebraska and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.

    Images: Extreme Weather in the U.S.
    Images of extreme weather in the United States on Friday. Nebraska experienced tornadoes. South Dakota had blizzard warnings and is expecting to see the earliest major snowstorm in recorded history. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast Prepared for Tropical Storm Karen.

    Dora Christensen, left, operator of Epona Farm in Maple Park, sued her neighbor, claiming his motocross track is spooking her horses and ruining her business.

    Horse farm owner sues neighbor over motocross track

    The operator of a Maple Park horse farm is suing her neighbor, claiming a motocross track he built scares her horses and has frightened away customers. The suit, which seeks at least $50,000, pits the rights of business owners against those of private property owners in rural areas. "I'm trying to stay neutral on this," Kane County Board member Drew Frasz said.

    Anna Arriola, a fifth-grader at Beebe Elementary School in Naperville, points out a pumpkin growing around a fence Thursday during a harvest day celebration at the school's new garden.

    2 Naperville schools celebrate first garden harvests

    Two simultaneous harvest celebrations took place Thursday afternoon in Naperville as Beebe Elementary and Naperville North High School picked the first fall crops from gardens planted this spring. “(Beebe) is the first elementary school that has a garden like this,” said Kristin Fitzgerald, a Naperville Unit District 203 school board member. “I think it's great — they can...

    Members of the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission pose before the start of the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Fiesta.

    Hispanic Heritage Fest in Hoffman Estates Oct. 12

    The Village of Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission is proud to celebrate the community’s diverse culture by sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

    “Chicago Center” by Jim Kelly

    Arlington Artists on Display opens at museum

    The annual Arlington Artists on Display exhibit is open now through Jan. 26 at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum’s Heritage Gallery.


    Meet the Palatine Twp. road district staff

    The Palatine Township Road District is holding its first Meet & Greet to provide Palatine Township residents an opportunity to meet the team that is responsible for the upkeep of the township’s roads. Come between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, to the Road District office, 530 N. Smith St., Palatine.


    Twin Lakes Oktoberfest is Sunday

    Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine will host its 20th annual Oktoberfest from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, featuring live music from Dick Theml and The Alpiners; fresh brats, German potato salad, potato pancakes, and other German foods.


    Elk Grove joins Take-Back Initiative

    The Elk Grove Village Police Department encourages residents to bring their outdated or unwanted medications to the police building, 901 Wellington Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The Take-Back Initiative is held annually to get potentially dangerous drugs out of homes and disposed of safely.


    Spitting not a crime anymore? BG works to update fees and fines

    Buffalo Grove trustees are discussing updating fees and fines - including eliminating spitting on the sidewalk. "I dona't think we have a significant issue (anymore)," deadpanned Police Chief Steve Casstevens.


    Chicago eyes crackdown on gangs during funerals

    Chicago gang members who have roared through intersections, driven on the wrong side of the road and even fired guns out of their car windows during funeral processions might have to walk to the next funeral, if proposed city ordinance is passed.

    Streamwood resident Andrew Straw points out well-marked handicapped parking. Straw recently sent letters to several businesses that are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act demanding they make changes and pay him an out-of-court settlement or face a lawsuit.

    Streamwood man's letters to businesses target ADA compliance

    Streamwood resident Andrew Straw sent several local businesses letters saying he wants $5,000 or he'll sue them for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act with their lack of handicapped parking. But businesses have been suspicious, though what he's doing is not illegal. “I'm not here to be their friend. I'm here to make them compliant,” Straw said.

    A sign announces the closure of the National Gallery due to the partial government shutdown in Washington, D.C., this week.

    Poll Vault: How long do you think the government shutdown will last?

    We're entering Day 4 of the current shutdown. How long do you think the shutdown will last? Are we talking a matter of days, weeks or even months? What do you think the political fallout will be in 2014?


    Pingree Grove wants to sell land to forest preserve

    Pingree Grove is in negotiations to sell nearly 55 acres off Route 20 to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The forest preserve would pay $13,500 per acre, or nearly 741,000. Trustees Bob Spieker, Brian Paszkiewicz and Chuck Pearson voted against the plan.

    Daily Herald File Photo It wasn’t a smooth ride for some UP North commuters this morning.

    Suspicious package halts Metra UP North trains

    Three Metra trains on the Union Pacific North Line are in a holding pattern as police investigate a suspicious package at the Lake Forest Station.

    Ohio prison officials said Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, they are keeping their primary lethal injection drug in place despite the state’s supply expiring, but they’ve added a second drug option for executioners to address the shortage.

    Ohio announces alternative lethal injection drug

    Ohio prison officials said Friday they are keeping their primary lethal injection drug in place despite the state’s supply expiring, but they’ve added a second drug option for executioners to address the shortage.

    “Republican governors are not going to take it anymore,” says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, among those state leaders and potential presidential candidates using the shutdown to try to position themselves as outsiders at a time of voter disgust with Congress and anyone connected with Washington.

    GOP govs jockey for political edge in shutdown

    With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands that Congress defund the...

    As many high-profile agencies sit idle because of the federal government shutdown, others like the U.S. Postal Service are humming along just fine.

    Not all federal agencies taking a hit in shutdown

    As many high-profile agencies sit idle because of the federal government shutdown, others are humming along just fine, thank you. Many of them have escaped the fiscal ax because they pay much of their own way, or enjoy a revenue stream that’s insulated from Congress. That means mail will be delivered, and Social Security checks, food stamps and some other benefits will also show up on time.

    Like millions of other low-income women, Patricia Jones, 34, relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — a program that’s now jeopardized by the federal government shutdown.

    Shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — better known as WIC — supplies low-income women with checks or debit cards that can be used for infant formula and cereal and other healthy food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says WIC should be able to provide benefits through late October, with states using $100 million in federal contingency money released...

    Artist R.J. Ogren works on a mural “Pearls of the Universe” on a 16x70 foot brick wall at 1026 College Ave., Wheaton. The mural is inspired by a poem by Wheaton resident Mehret Asgedom.

    Moving Picture: Wheaton muralist works on ‘masterpiece’

    Muralist R.J Ogren of Naperville has worked as an artist at Disney World and is currently working on his largest mural - a 16x70 outdoor piece called Pearls of the Universe in Wheaton. “I hope this will be my masterpiece,” Ogren said, “I’ve done some nice paintings, but I hope this will be something that will inspire people in some way.”

    A Coast Guard boat leaves the harbor of the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa Thursday, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Authorities resumed Friday their search for bodies in the migrant shipwreck, in which officials say just 155 people survived of the 450 to 500 believed to have been on board.

    Italians search for more dead in migrant shipwreck

    Italian coast guard boats carrying divers headed out from the southern island of Lampedusa on Friday but choppy waters hampered their search for the hundreds of migrants still missing in a nearby shipwreck. The scope of the tragedy at Lampedusa — with 111 bodies recovered so far, 155 people rescued and up to an estimated 250 still missing, according to officials — prompted outpourings of grief...

    Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap salutes his fallen comrades at a shrine of the Dien Bien Phu’s war cemetery in 2004. Officials say legendary Gen. Giap, the military mastermind who drove the French and the Americans out of Vietnam, died at a Hanoi hospital Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at age 102. He was the country’s last famous communist revolutionary, and used ingenious guerrilla tactics to overcome enormous odds against superior forces.

    Legendary Vietnam Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap dies

    Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their grueling effort to save the country from communism, has died. At age 102, he was the last of Vietnam’s old-guard revolutionaries.

    Andrew Grams, pictured in the auditorium of the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, makes his debut as the new conductor for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

    New conductor, new season for Elgin Symphony on Saturday

    Elgin symphony orchestra's new season begins Saturday with the debut of its new music director Andrew Grams.“Surreal. Excited. Those words are the ones I'd use to describe how I feel,” Grams said. “I told the players at our first rehearsal (Wednesday night), it's the moment I've been waiting for so long. I think it's going to culminate in something so special.”

    Sales representative Rich Flavin demonstrates a ride in the Quadra Sport Quadracycle, a unique four-wheel bicycle manufactured in rural Tuscola.

    Quadracycle a new form of transportation

    In the old song about a financially challenged beau lusting after a sweetheart called Daisy, he tells her: “It won’t be a stylish marriage/I can’t afford a carriage/but you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.” Well, ditch that old-fashioned tandem and wait until Daisy gets a load of this: introducing the Quadracycle, the 21st-century answer to heading out on the highway in...


    Dixon holds town hall to discuss $40M settlement

    Residents of Dixon will get a chance to weigh in on how the northern Illinois community should spend $40 million it’s getting as part of a legal settlement. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports the city will hold a town hall meeting next Thursday to discuss the out-of-court settlement with a bank and auditor it had accused of not doing enough to expose former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft.


    Outreach on health care law planned at Chicago ‘Care Fair’

    A free community event to inform people about the national health care law will be held Sunday on Chicago’s southwest side. The Be Covered Illinois Care Fair will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. at Chicago Indoor Sports on Ashland Avenue just south of Pershing Road.


    Wisconsin agriculture officials warn of cattle disease

    Agriculture officials are warning farmers to be on the lookout for signs of a cattle disease that can cause fever and lameness after two cases were found in Wisconsin. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, is unlikely to kill cattle.


    Green Bay bridge pier sank after pilings buckled

    A support pier on a Wisconsin bridge sank after pilings underneath it buckled, probably because of corrosion. That’s the conclusion from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation investigation. The DOT has been working since last week to figure out what caused the support pier on the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge to sink about 2 feet, creating a deep dip in the pavement.

    A brown bat is one of the types found in the Chicago suburbs.

    Creepy creatures: Myths and truths about spiders, bats and snakes

    Spiders, snakes, bats and other animals of ill-repute are everywhere this month. In real life, they’re way cooler than their Halloween personas, and their presence is a plus in our lives. The autumn holiday will come and go, yet these silent creatures will continue to creep and crawl and slither and flutter all year long.


    Peoria man died from stab wounds before fire

    An autopsy shows a Peoria nightclub owner whose body was found in a burning apartment building died from stab wounds. Todd Scholl’s body was found Wednesday night after a suspicious fire that authorities say may have been deliberately set.

    Volo Bog Ghost Stories welcomes internationally acclaimed storyteller Syd Lieberman Saturday, Oct. 12.

    Acclaimed storyteller to present Volo Bog Ghost Stories

    Volo Bog Ghost Stories welcomes internationally acclaimed storyteller Syd Lieberman Saturday, Oct. 12.


    Dawn Patrol: What led to Mundelein child abduction arrest

    Witness, traffic ticket lead to arrest in Mundelein child abduction; Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher headed into a hall of fame; Wheaton sisters help food pantry thrive; Arlington Heights neighborhood saving ash trees.

    Dennis Hastert

    Dennis Hastert: 'Life went on' after last shutdown

    As the federal government shutdown heads into its first weekend, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reflected on the last time it happened — a three-week shutdown that lasted until early 1996. “Life went on. It was the Christmas holiday,” Hastert said. “You can cut a lot out of government without bothering people."

    A bright yellow Gold Finch pulls off red zinnia petals at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 30th.


    Elk Grove’s Adam O’Malley succumbs to Rolling Meadows’ Matt Dolan and a host of Mustangs defenders in the second quarter Friday at Elk Grove.

    Elk Grove finishes with flair

    With fireworks set to go off after the game, Elk Grove came up with an explosion of its own to stun Rolling Meadows as time expired for a 34-33 victory Friday in Elk Grove. “We did everything we could to lose this game,” Elk Grove coach Larry Calhoun said. “But we persevered and found a way to win at the end.”


    Game video: Wheaton Academy vs. Guerin
    Wheaton Academy faces Guerin Saturday in Week 6 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Willowbrook quarterback Brian Johnson had 6 TD passes against Proviso East Friday in Villa Park

    Johnson throws 6 TD passes for Willowbrook

    The high-powered Willowbrook offense might not have started how it wanted, but by the end of the game it had once again lit up the scoreboard, beating Proviso East 48-28 Friday night in Villa Park.


    Wheaton North rolls to homecoming victory

    Senior running back Dom Garza found a new way Friday to remain among the scoring leaders for Wheaton North’s high-powered offense.

    Jacobs’ Josh Walker, left, sprints to the end zone on the last play of the game to beat Crystal Lake South on Friday night.

    Incredible final play = Jacobs win

    Football lore is dotted with nicknames for crazy plays that decided games such as the Immaculate Reception, the Music City Miracle and “The Play” involving California and the Stanford band. Jacobs High School added The Moon-Walk to that list Friday night. With time left for one play in a tie game, Jacobs QB Bret Mooney took the shotgun snap at his own 48-yard line and dropped back against a prevent defense. With no receiver open he took off running. Mooney was about to be tackled along the left sideline when he pulled up at the CL South 26-yard line, turned across his body and fired a lateral pass to speedy running back Josh Walker, who caught it between the hash marks at the 28. Walker avoided a tackler, cut outside toward the other sideline and outraced the Gators to the front corner of the end zone long after time had expired, giving Jacobs (4-2, 3-0 Fox Valley Valley) a shocking 26-20 win, its fourth straight.


    Hersey pulls it out in 2nd half

    When opportunities arise in a close game, it is often the winning team that seizes them. That was the case in Friday night’s Mid-Suburban East contest between Buffalo Grove and Hersey, in which the host Huskies prevailed 20-14.


    Neuqua puts up 65 vs. Metea

    Neuqua Valley tailback Nolan Dean said he considers every opponent to be a rival. Having a career night against fellow District 204 school Metea Valley made it all the better.


    Benet bounces St. Viator

    For the second straight week, St. Viator went toe-to-toe with one of the state’s elite. For the second straight week the Lions ran out of gas in the second half. After falling 28-14 last week to Notre Dame, St. Viator dropped a 38-14 East Suburban Catholic Conference decision to Benet Academy (6-0, 3-0) on Friday at Benedictine University.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Keishawn Watson returns a punt against Naperville Central Friday night.

    WW South topples Naperville Central

    It took only a week for Wheaton Warrenville South’s football team to silence any doubters.Bouncing back from last week’s loss, the Tigers topped previously-unbeaten Naperville Central 14-7 to claw right back into the hunt for the DuPage Valley Conference title.


    Geneva runs over St. Charles East

    St. Charles East coach Mike Fields was aware of Geneva’s high-flying passing attack, so he decided his Saints’ defense had to take that away Friday night when traveling to Burgess Field for the Vikings’ homecoming. Geneva’s offensive line basically said, OK, then we’re going to run the ball right through you. And they did. Running back TJ Miller scored four touchdowns as the Vikings took command in the trenches early and notched a critical 35-21 Upstate Eight River Division victory.


    Balaned Kaneland bounces DeKalb

    While DeKalb’s offense clearly revolved around standout halfback Dre Brown, Kaneland employed a more versatile attack. Knights senior quarterback Drew David spread the wealth in a 330-yard, 2-touchdown passing performance as four different receivers finished with over 64 yards. Isaac Swithers and Nate Dyer added rushing touchdowns and combined for 136 yards on the ground as Kaneland secured a playoff berth with a 35-12 Northern Illinois Big 12 East victory in DeKalb.


    Palatine gets defensive

    Palatine’s football team entered Friday night’s game against visiting Hoffman Estates with a big question mark concerning its defense. The Pirates had given up 67 points in its last two games, including 39 points in a loss against Conant last week. But Palatine (4-2, 1-1) turned the question mark into an exclamation point with a defense that pitched a shutout and led the Pirates to a 25-0 Mid-Suburban League West victory at Chic Anderson Stadium on homecoming night.


    St. Francis ‘didn’t play well enough to win’

    St. Francis coach Greg Purnell’s anger was evident.“No pass rush, no pass coverage,” the St. Francis coach said. “You can’t give a team as good as Marian Central a 12-0 lead and three plays over 50 yards. We didn’t play well enough to win.”


    Glenbard South clinches playoff berth, stays perfect

    Glenbard South Raiders steamrolled Riverside-Brookfield Bulldogs 49-14 in a game that was over almost from the start on Friday in Riverside. The Raiders (6-0, 2-0) were in top form as they racked up touchdowns on six consecutive possessions in the first half. The Bulldogs were overmatched and shorthanded with eight players out for the year with injuries.


    Prospect hangs on to beat Wheeling

    Saturday morning is expected to be just like it has all season for Prospect’s football team. The players will arrive at school to watch film of the previous night’s game. “It will be the same film session,” said Knights coach Mike Sebestyen said. “But there’s a win at the end of this one.” And there’s an interception at the end by senior Casey Kurinec that made it the Knights’ first win of the season, 10-7, before a homecoming crowd at Wheeling High School.


    Burlington Central blanks Marengo

    You don’t always see their names in a game recap story or the box score, but there are players who make a difference in games in ways that don’t always wind up in the game stats. Burlington Central’s Casey Matthews’ 2 rushing touchdowns and 1 passing touchdown helped the Rockets defeat the Marengo Indians 27-0 for their first Big Northern East Conference win of the season Friday night at Rocket Hill.


    East Aurora beats Elgin to end losing streak

    As the clock stopped at 58.7 seconds with the score tied at 22 for an Elgin timeout in the fourth quarter, commotion on the East Aurora sideline began to occur. Practice snaps from the center and the holder as well as in the distance, East Aurora’s Richard Barajas began to take practice kicks into the net. At this point, spectators hadn’t seen one field goal attempt in the game as Elgin and East Aurora continued to send out their offenses to convert on 2-point conversions. Barajas, who hasn’t kicked a field goal in a regular season game, would connect on a 19-yard field goal for the Upstate Eight crossover win at 25-22 Friday night at Memorial Field, ending the Tomcats’ losing streak at 44.

    Aurora Christian’s Legend Smith sprints to the end zone in the second quarter on Friday, October 4.

    Marmion throttles Aurora Christian

    For someone who still might not quite be 100 percent, Marmion junior running back Jordan Glasgow has a funny way of showing it. Glasgow shredded Aurora Christian’s defense for a pair of rushing touchdowns and another touchdown reception — all in the first half — sending the Cadets to a 21-point halftime lead on their way to a convincing 35-14 victory over the two-time defending Class 3A state champs.


    Huntley bounces back strong

    Given the fact Huntley’s football team was on a 3-game losing streak with losses by 7 points or less in each game, at some point the Red Raiders’ Mt. St. Helen was bound to blow its lid. That volcano of pressure reared its ugly head Friday and it was quite the show during and after in Huntley’s 34-7 homecoming trouncing of Fox Valley Conference Valley Division foe Prairie Ridge, which put the Red Raiders back at the .500 mark as they earned their first division win of the year.


    St. Charles North’s depth does in Streamwood

    Playing without the services of its starting quarterback and leading scoring tailback, St. Charles North’s football team put its depth on display Friday night against Streamwood. Junior quarterback Nathan Didier threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another in his first varsity start, while junior tailback Nicholas Edlund and sophomore call-up Dom Sidari both topped the 100-yard mark during the North Stars’ 55-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over the Sabres (0-6, 0-3) in St. Charles.

    Warren quarterback Andrew Nickell is sacked by Stevenson defender Jimmy Marchese at Warren on Friday.

    Stevenson’s defense stands tall

    After holding a Warren team that rolled up 59 points and 660 yards of offense last week to just 7 points, the Stevenson defense got some props. Head coach Bill McNamara made every defender stand up in the postgame huddle, and then told the rest of the team to applaud them. “That was great defense,” McNamara yelled in the wake of his team’s 21-7 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory over host Warren.


    Hynek, Hinsdale South pick off a win at Leyden

    Hinsdale South came into Leyden looking to feed off of their defense behind all-conference defensive linemen Antanas Riskus. The Hornets did just that in a 26–3 rout of the Eagles, and Riskus wasn’t the one the Eagles had to worry about. Junior linebacker Jake Hynek single-handedly jumpstarted the Hornets scoring opportunities with a one handed interception that led to a 32-yard touchdown run by Robert Hall just 29 seconds later.


    Glenbard West hangs on to beat Oak Park

    With Oak Park facing a fourth-and 14 from the Glenbard West 23-yard line trailing 20-14, Hilltoppers defensive back Hayden Carlson knocked down a pass in the end zone intended for Oak Park’s Mike Hayden with 42.1 seconds to play to preserve the Glenbard West win.


    Believe it: Dundee-Crown playoff eligible

    A sign of the changing times at Dundee-Crown is merely winning is no longer acceptable for a football program with higher expectations. So, there was no wild celebration Friday night as the Chargers reached five victories in a season for the first time in 19 years and became playoff eligible with a 30-14 Fox Valley Conference crossover win over visiting Grayslake Central at the D-C Bowl in Carpentersville.


    Smith, Schaumburg corral Conant

    Even at 6-0, Schaumburg is only just getting started. The Saxons rolled out even more of their repertoire on Friday night at Conant, surviving a mistake-skewed contest and taking the host’s best punch en route to a 40-21 Mid-Suburban West win. “We’re a strong second-half team,” said Saxons quarterback Stacey Smith, whose 201 yards rushing not only set the tone but put him over 1,000 for the season.


    Jackson runs for 211 yards in Glenbard North win

    Heavy underdog West Aurora hung around against DuPage Valley Conference powerhouse Glenbard North for one half Friday night on Weber Field in Carol Stream, trailing 14-0 after 24 minutes. But in the second half Glenbard North exerted its dominance, running off 20 unanswered points before settling for a 34-13 victory.


    A happy Homecoming at Montini

    Five Broncos scored touchdowns and it was a festive Homecoming for Montini, yet the visitors also had reason to walk off the field with their heads held high.


    Preparation pays off for Fenton

    Fenton coach Mark Kos was excited about the way his team approached Friday’s game against visiting Ridgewood.


    Another big night for St. Edward’s Elam

    It was home sweet homecoming for St. Edward Friday night. The Green Wave scored on every possession but one in the first half and rolled to a 53-6 Suburban Christian Blue win over Chicago Christian at Greg True Field in Elgin. The Wave rushed for 269 yards on the evening. Of those 269-yards, 228 of them belonged to DaVontae Elam, who became the first Green Wave running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2003.


    Simpson helps Libertyville run past Mundelein

    With a couple of injured offensive linemen back on the field, Libertyville senior Conor Simpson rushed for 173 yards and scored 4 touchdowns as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half to top host Mundelein 42-15 on Friday in North Suburban Lake action.


    Hampshire’s push to playoff berth continues

    Hampshire turned in a complete performance. Coming off a lopsided loss last week, the Whip-Purs excelled in all three phases while downing Woodstock North, 42-12, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play Hampshire Friday night. Nick Kielbasa ran for 167 yards and 3 scores, and Mason Fleury scored twice for the Whips, who moved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.

    Elk Grove’s Adam O’Malley goes up against Rolling Meadows’s Matt Dolan and the rest of the defense as he is tackled in the second quarter.

    Images: Elk Grove vs. Rolling Meadows, football
    The Elk Grove High School football team hosted and won 34-33 over the Rolling Meadows High School football team on Friday, October 4th.

    Jacobs’ Bret Mooney scrambles on the last play of the game before passing backwards to teammate Josh Walker for the winning score.

    Images: Jacobs vs. Crystal Lake South football
    Crystal Lake South hosted aand lost 26-20 to Jacobs in football action Friday night in Crystal Lake.

    Stevenson running back Conor Okmin runs the ball against Warren.

    Images: Warren vs. Stevenson football
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted and lost 21-7 to the Stevenson Patriots for football action on Friday, Oct. 4 in Gurnee.


    Memorable week for Westminster despite lopsided loss

    The result was a 67-0 defeat to Rockford Christian Life, but there were smiles all over Westminster Christian on Friday night. The Warriors celebrated their first football homecoming with a packed crowd on their sideline. “It was amazing, something we’ve never had before,” said DeShawn Bloom, who is one of only four seniors on the Westminster roster. “It felt good. It felt prideful, just on top of the world.”

    Marmion Academy’s Enzo Olabi celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. Marmion football
    Aurora Christian hosted and lost 35-14 to Marmion in football action Friday night in Aurora.

    Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Ryan Graham eludes Naperville Central’s Louie Giovannetti .

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Wheaton Warrenville South football
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School football team hosted and won 14-7 over the Naperville Central High School football team on Friday, October 4th.

    Boston’s Jonny Gomes scores on a double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fifth inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in Boston.

    Red Sox jump on Rays miscues, win ALDS opener 12-2

    One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first. By the time it was over, the Boston Red Sox had scored five runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of Tampa Bay’s bad luck and bad defense to beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL division series.

    Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez (24) is greeted by Justin Morneau (66) at home plate after Alvarez hit a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning of Game 2 of the National League division series on Friday in St. Louis. Morneau scored on the homer.

    Pirates ride ‘Cole train,’ even division series

    Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals. The hard-throwing rookie gave up two hits in six dominant innings and also had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at one game apiece.

    Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates closing out Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Friday in Los Angeles.

    Fired-up Braves tie series with Dodgers

    Mike Minor slammed his fist into his glove after getting out of a jam with a strikeout. Luis Avilan pumped his arm wildly after escaping another mess with a huge double play. Andrelton Simmons hollered after a neat tag in the ninth. The Braves were fired up for this one, with good reason. Atlanta got the win it had to have before heading to Los Angeles.


    Highland Park stops Maine West

    Maine West slipped to 0-2 in the Central Suburban North and 1-5 overall after a 27-12 loss at Highland Park on Friday.The Giants improved to 5-1 and 1-1.


    Game video: Barrington vs. Fremd
    Barrington faces Fremd Saturday in Week 6 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Joakim Noah wants “to be out there real bad” tonight in the Bulls’ preseason opener, but the team is being cautious because Noah strained a groin in practice earlier this week.

    Bulls’ Joakim Noah won’t play Saturday

    Joakim Noah won't play because of a groin injury, but otherwise things are in full anticipation mode for Derrick Rose playing an NBA game for the first time in 524 days. The Bulls will meet the Indiana Pacers in the preseason opener on Saturday in Indianapolis.

    High-scoring Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the United Center to play the Blackhawks on Saturday.

    Hawks must try to slow high-scoring Stamkos

    First it was Alex Ovechkin. Now it’s Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos coming to town for the Blackhawks to try and contain.Stamkos, a former 60-goal scorer, had 29 in last year’s shortened 48-game season as part of the NHL’s third-best offense.


    Blackhawks scouting report

    Today’s faceoffBlackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Lightning lost their opener at Boston on Thursday. They were third in the NHL in offense last season led by Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. Stamkos had a hat trick the last time the two teams met in 2011.Next: St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday.— Tim Sassone

    The Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore, center, is one of the most impressive WNBA players that Patricia Babcock McGraw has seen this season.

    Some free advice to WNBA on bizarro scheduling

    Only in a fantasy world would the WNBA want to put its marquee event, the WNBA Finals, up against NFL football. And yet, that's exactly what is happening on Sunday when the Minnesota Lynx hosts the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The WNBA needs to re-evaluate the way it schedules its season.


    Northwestern’s athletic director’s job given name

    Northwestern University’s athletic director’s office will bear the names of a trustee and his wife who donated $16 million to the university.

    Northwestern cornerback Matthew Harris runs past Maine wide receiver Arthur Williams after an interception during the Sept. 21 game in Evanston.

    Northwestern going for a signature victory

    No. 4 Ohio State visits No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday night in a game that features one team looking to extend the nation's longest active win streak and another seeking that signature victory. What better way to do it than with a prime-time audience watching? The Buckeyes are coming off a 31-24 win over Wisconsin, and they're staring at another big hurdle, a team that wants to show it can beat the best in the Big Ten. A win over the Buckeyes would do just that for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter scores a touchdown during the second half against Maine on Sept. 21 in Evanston.

    Can Northwestern take advantage of monster opportunity?

    The Northwestern Wildcats have been begging for the spotlight and now they've got it. Let's see what they can do while under it. That and more in Spellman's Scorecard.

    Iowa fullback Mark Weisman leaves behind Minnesota defensive back Cedric Thompson on a 14-yard gain during last week’s road win over the Gophers. Weisman, a Stevenson grad, has epitomized Iowa’s tough-minded personality.

    Michigan State-Iowa shaping up to be physical game

    Michigan State is the best team in the nation at stopping the run. Iowa is built to run on anyone. Want to see some old-school football?

    Indiana’s Marcus Oliver strips the football from Missouri’s Marcus Lucas during the first half of the Sept. 21 game in Bloomington, Ind.

    Hoosiers aim to turn tables on Penn St.

    Saturday marks the end of a five-game opening home stand that was supposed to set up Indiana (2-2) for a bowl trip, but things haven’t gone according to plan.

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint celebrates after his fourth-quarter touchdown against Connecticut in a Sept. 21 game in East Hartford, Conn. Michigan won 24-21.

    Michigan hopes to cut down on turnovers against Minnesota

    Devin Gardner has turned the ball over seven times in two games, making Michigan vulnerable to being upset. “Sometimes I try to do too much,” the quarterback acknowledged. Minnesota (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) hopes to help Gardner continue the trend when it travels to play the 19th-ranked Wolverines (4-0) in their conference opener Saturday.

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones makes a catch in the end zone in front of Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard during the first half of the Sept. 21 game in South Bend, Ind.

    Irish eyes on better days before facing Arizona St.

    Brian Kelly decided to show his Notre Dame players video clips of last year’s run to the BCS championship game. The coach wants the Irish to remember the winning ways of the better days, now that they have two losses and at least temporarily will have to settle for more modest goals. But Kelly is not worried about his players living in the past heading into Saturday night’s game against No. 22 Arizona State (3-1) in the Shamrock Series at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

    Illinois running back Donovonn Young leaps into the end zone in front of Miami (Ohio) defensive back Jay Mastinduring the first half of last Saturday’s win in Champaign.

    Illini big test for Huskers’ struggling defense

    What once looked like a cushy October schedule for Nebraska might have become more of a challenge. The way the Cornhuskers’ defense has performed through four games surely has Illinois thinking it could steal a win in Lincoln on Saturday and end its 14-game Big Ten losing streak. Nebraska (3-1) is 107th nationally in total defense and no higher than 75th in any major category.

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout steps as the Pittsburgh Pirates bat in the fifth inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Reds fire manager Dusty Baker after playoff loss

    The Reds fired Dusty Baker on Friday, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn’t get them past the first round of the postseason. Baker managed the Cubs from 2003-2006.

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. The grievance to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. (AP Photo/David Karp)

    Rodriguez sues MLB and Selig, citing ‘witch hunt’
    Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.


    Game video: Glenbard North vs. West Aurora
    Glenbard North faces West Aurora Friday in Week 6 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Viator vs. Benet
    St. Viator faces Benet Academy Friday in Week 6 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Mike North counts himself among the Blackhawks faithful who believe the Chicago club will repeat as Stanley Cup champions. These fnFans cheered the team after Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Capitals.

    Expect a repeat performance from Hawks

    With the NHL season underway, Mike North looks for the Blackhawks to repeat this year with a stellar team led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and goalie Corey Crawford. He didn't see anything on opening night against the Washington Capitals to change his mind.


    Garcia, Wheeling edge Hersey

    Wheeling’s dream of a Mid-Suburban League Cup appearance got a little closer to reality on Thursday. But not until Jose Garcia’s fourth, and without a doubt best, goal of the day found its way into the back of the net in the 88th minute to beat Hersey 4-3 and keep the hopes alive for the Wildcats (12-1-2, 5-1-1, 16 points), who nearly gave away a 3-1 lead to the MSL East leader.


    The Archer Daniels Midland Co. plant in Decatur.

    Quinn won’t support ADM tax breaks without pension fix

    Gov. Pat Quinn said he won’t consider any legislation with special tax incentives to get Archer Daniels Midland Co. to keep its global headquarters in Illinois until legislators approve a fix for the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Chicago Democrat said if a bill to provide tax breaks to any corporation arrives on his desk before a pension deal, he will veto it. “The best way to help jobs in Illinois is to do pension reform,” Quinn said. “To distract legislators in any way from this issue of a lifetime is just plain wrong.”

    Chicago-based Potbelly has raised $105 million from its initial public offering of 7.5 million shares. The restaurant operator, which sells sandwiches, salads and milkshakes, priced the offering at $14 per share, above the projected range of $12 to $13 each.

    Investors gobble up Potbelly shares in debut

    Investors gobbled up shares of Potbelly Corp. Friday, and the sandwich chain's shares more than doubled in their debut on the Nasdaq. The company's initial public offering was another win for food companies going public. Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. rose 123 percent in the natural and organic grocery's August IPO. Restaurant chain Noodles & Co.'s stock more than doubled in its June debut.


    CTA changes procedures after Blue Line crash

    The Chicago Transit Authority is having employees take a series of precautionary steps to keep out-of-service, unmanned trains from moving along the tracks. The guidance was issued late Thursday, days after an empty, four-car train traveled along a Blue Line track, slamming into a parked train and injuring dozens of people.

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, trader Kevin Walsh works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock futures were rebounding before the opening bell Friday, Oct. 4, from a significant sell-off over the past two days, but major averages that have been rattled by the partial government shutdown appear to be headed for a weekly loss. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks rise on hope that DC will end its bickering

    Wall Street thinks Washington’s gridlock could be easing. Stocks posted modest gains Friday, driven by budding optimism among traders that Washington’s bickering politicians can reach an agreement on the budget and on increasing the government’s borrowing limit soon. “Call it `modest optimism,”’ said Frank Davis, director of sales and trading at LEK Securities.

    Twitter Inc.’s initial public offering documents suggested a valuation of $12.8 billion for the microblogging service, underscoring the seven-year rise of a still unprofitable company that has helped revolutionize how people share information.

    Twitter dishes tantalizing tidbits in IPO treatise

    Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service. Here are five key details revealed in Twitter’s tome.


    Tesla CEO says fire caused by impaled battery

    The CEO of electric car company Tesla says a battery in a Model S that caught fire this week was apparently impaled by a metal object.Elon Musk gave more detail in a blog post Friday about the fire that became an Internet sensation and unsettled Tesla investors. He also defended the car’s battery technology.

    In this Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, photo, Jeff Tyni, of Yorba Linda, Calif., poses for a photo, in Irvine, Calif. Tyni is shopping for a home in Orange County, Calif., but if mortgage rates go above 5 percent, he may have to continue renting. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    U.S. housing rebound likely to handle spike in rates

    Many brokers and analysts remain confident that the housing recovery can handle higher mortgage rates. While the jump in rates should test the strength of the recovery, analysts foresee stable sales increases over the next year for a number of reasons.

    Cars line up at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim entrance on Monday.

    A guide to the shutdown of the Grand Canyon

    About 4.5 tourists from around the world make the trip every year to the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, a trek that pours an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities. The shutdown of the federal government has led the iconic park to be shut down for only the second time since it was created in 1919. Closed are roads, campgrounds, lodges, trails, overlooks and entry sites for rafting trips down the Colorado River through the gorge.


    80 workers being cut from NW Indiana bank

    More than 80 workers at northwestern Indiana’s Citizens Financial Bank will be laid off following its takeover by a central Indiana-based bank. Citizens Financial Bank president Daryl Pomranke says all the layoffs will be of employees in support roles such as operations and technology, while tellers, loan officers and salespeople will keep their jobs.


    Illinois Grain Tour may boost state agribusiness

    The relationships developed with foreign buyers during the Illinois Grain Tour are expected to pay dividends for the state’s agribusiness. Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say foreign buyers who took part in the trade mission are projecting $173 million in purchases in the coming year.

Life & Entertainment

    A remote-controlled cover allows you to watch TV on your deck or patio.

    Advances in electronics make for 'smarter' houses

    Once the stuff of science fiction, high-tech gadgetry has moved into the mainstream as more and more people turn their houses into “smart homes.” How would you like to be sitting in bed and press a button on your iPad to lock your doors, turn off the lights and set the alarm before you retire at night?

    “Remember When Rock Was Young” features Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band starring Craig A. Meyer at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 13.

    College performing arts centers earn high marks for variety

    College performing arts centers serve as more than just stage space for school shows. In some cases, they attract big names to these smaller venues, which entice the community with varied shows, plenty of parking and great views of the stage. Coming up, “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” plays at North Central College in Naperville and the Elton John tribute show “Remember When Rock Was Young” hits the stage at College of Lake County, to name a few.

    What’s in a name? ABC’s “Lucky 7” has earned the dubious distinction of being the first cut of the fall TV season.

    ABC’s ‘Lucky 7’ 1st cancellation of new season

    The ABC drama “Lucky 7” has won a dubious derby as the first television show of the new season to be cancelled. ABC said Friday the show is gone after two episodes, to be replaced on Tuesday night’s schedule temporarily by reruns of the network’s hit show “Scandal.”

    Henry Gabriel, 10, holds Gabriel, left, and Lenerd, his 1½-year-old bearded dragons.

    'Scary' pets best fit for some families

    With so many cuddly kittens and affectionate puppies in the world to choose from, why do some families opt for such “scary” pets as snakes, scorpions, lizards and tarantulas? Those who do generally fall into at least one of two categories, said Mark Janczak, owner of Critters Pet Shop in St. Charles. There are people who sincerely have an interest in all kinds of animals, and then there are those with the more practical concern of being allergic to cats or dogs, he said.

    Singer Pat Boone is set to perform at Sun City in Huntley.

    Pat Boone to croon at Sun City
    Singer Pat Boone will perform two shows at Sun City in Huntley on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

    Paul Giamatti plays the unlikely documentarian Abraham Zapruder in “Parkland,” which is in theaters now, just before the 50th anniversary of the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President Kennedy. The film recounts the chaotic events that occurred in and around the eponymous hospital after the president was brought there with hopes of saving his life.

    Paul Giamatti takes on Zapruder in 'Parkland'

    When Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder set up his Bell and Howell home movie camera to film President Kennedy's visit, he had no idea he would capture the most examined piece of film footage in human history. In the 26.8 seconds of footage, Zapruder captured the deadly shot to the president's head. Paul Giamatti plays the unlikely documentarian in the new film “Parkland,” which opened on Friday.

    Baby back ribs pair perfectly with coleslaw and a cold brew at Gugg's Roadhouse in Vernon Hills.

    Gugg's Roadhouse serves up barbecue, beer and a lot more

    Dan and Linda Guggenheim took over Adina's in December and started updating the menu and eatery, which sits off Route 45 in Vernon Hills. In April they changed the spot's name to Gugg's Roadhouse, giving locals a place to sit down and have a beer and some great barbecue.

    Warm, inviting and comfortable, Tania and Vinnie’s basement feels like anything but a basement.

    Kid-friendly finishes, functional floor plan offer inviting retreat

    Tania and Vinnie spend most of their time in the basement with their two young kids. Like most finished basements, there was a lot of usable space, but it was sorely in need of a better layout and a visual makeover. The basement is a hardworking space that serves many different purposes. By sectioning it into designated zones, the room can be used more efficiently and everybody gets a piece of the pie.


    Is the “too big to fail” problem too big to solve?

    Last week’s article argued that existing public policy toward the “too big to fail” problem was based on an unrealistic premise: that capital requirements can be used to eliminate the risk of failure by systemically important (SI) firms — those whose failure would threaten the stability of the world financial system. This article explains why that premise is wrong.

    Attics can be a source of drafts in your home.

    How to rid your home of drafts

    A home that is full of drafts is inefficient and expensive. And drafty homes are not just a problem when the weather is cold, as air that seeps in when you’re trying to keep the home cool can be an inefficient nuisance as well.


    Seller can’t avoid commission by waiting for listing to expire

    Some home sellers ponder nefarious plans to evade paying their agent after the salesperson finds a buyer. They rarely work.


    Do schools influence home’s price?

    WASHINGTON — It’s a key question for many homebuyers who have or plan to have young children: We want a house in an area with good schools, but what sort of price premium — if any — will we have to pay?


    Now’s the time to seal up your home’s insulation

    We are officially into the fall season now, and it won’t be long at all until Old Man Winter comes your way! Let’s get those cracks and gaps around our homes caulked and sealed up before that first freeze.


    Improving home inspection reports

    Q. What are your thoughts on the ways home inspection reports are formatted and on the types of report-writing software that are available? I would like to learn about the pain points you and other inspectors experience in your day-to-day. Even a few sentences would be appreciated.

    NBC says it will air a competition show with an out-of-this-world prize: a ride into space. The network said Thursday that TV producer Mark Burnett is teaming with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic on “Space Race,” a game where the winner will get a ride on Virgin’s aircraft atop the Earth’s atmosphere.

    NBC show will send someone into space

    NBC is planning a competition show with a grand prize that’s out of this world: a ride into space. The network said Thursday it is teaming with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and veteran TV producer Mark Burnett on “Space Race,” a competition where the winner gets a ride on the space liner that is expected to begin commercial flights sometime next year. NBC offered no estimate on when “Space Race” would air.

    Bryan Cranston, as Walter White, in the final scene from “Breaking Bad.” Fans of the AMC series were inspired to place an obituary for character Walter White in the $START_URL$Albuquerque Journal;http://bit.ly/158KZzg$STOP_URL$.

    ‘Breaking Bad’ fans place Walter White obituary

    Some fans of “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series which concluded Sunday night, were inspired to place an obituary for character Walter White in the Albuquerque Journal. The notice appears on page A4 of Friday’s Journal. It’s headlined “White, Walter” and includes a photo of Bryan Cranston, the actor who played the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

    Mike WiLL Made-It, who executive produced Miley Cyrus’ fourth album “Bangerz,” out Tuesday, Oct. 8, said the singer isn’t following in the footsteps of pop stars like Katy Perry, and that Cyrus is collaborating with others not just to reach the top of the charts.

    From Kanye to Pharrell, rap stars embrace Cyrus

    While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and will.i.am. Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album. Cyrus’ album “Bangerz,” out Tuesday, features guest spots from Big Sean, Nelly, Future and French Montana.

    Jane Fonda will receive the American Film Institute’s 42nd Life Achievement Award, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious career honors. The AFI award will be presented at a star-studded gala on June 5, 2014.

    Jane Fonda to receive AFI achievement award

    Jane Fonda will receive the American Film Institute’s 42nd Life Achievement Award, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious career honors. “Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” AFI chairman Howard Stringer said in a statement released Thursday.

    Zachary Quinto played a doctor with a horrible secret on last year's “American Horror Story: Asylum.” The series comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 8.

    Sean hails 'American Horror' as 'most exciting show on television'

    We survived the “murder house” and escaped Briarcliff Manor. Now class is in session at witch school. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy's twisted anthology series, “American Horror Story,” returns 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, to FX with a new season-long story that will flash between the days of the Salem witch trials and a current-day struggle between witches and those who wish to destroy them.

    Alex Goodrich, left, Dara Cameron, Renee Matthews, Tim Kazurinsky and Gene Weygandt nimbly move from sketch to sketch in “Old Jews Telling Jokes” at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre.

    ‘Old Jews’ sends up marriage, aging and, of course, Jewish mothers

    With “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” the name pretty much says it all. The show at Chicago's Royal George Theatre features a talented cast of five presenting songs, sketches and jokes in a naughty, Yiddish-spiked sendup of dating, marriage, sex (or lack thereof), old age, business and, of course, Jewish mothers.

    Sandra Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie “Gravity,” directed by Alfonso Cuarón, was her “best life decision” ever.

    Bullock calls 'Gravity' her 'best life decision'

    Sandra Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie “Gravity” with director Alfonso Cuaron was “the best life decision I think I ever made.” Cuaron coaxed Bullock into playing an astronaut coping with disaster at the International Space Station after she had intentionally taken a break from Hollywood following her Oscar-winning performance in “The Blind Side,” divorce and then adoption of son Louis. “What I got out of it personally outweighed everything else,” she said.

    Daffodils are easy to force.

    Art in the garden: The secret of forcing bulbs to bloom indoors

    Yes it’s time to plant spring flowering bulbs, but this year, why not purchase a few extra of your favorites to force into bloom indoors this winter? The rewards are great — a home filled with the sweet fragrances and brilliant colors of spring during the coldest, dreariest months of the year.

    The foundation of all porches is a place to perch and watch the world go by, like Ballard Design’s Sunday Porch Swing, which comes with cushions and pillows.

    A warm welcome for your front porch

    It's true, as designer Andrea Houck says, that “creating a welcoming home begins at the front door.” If you have a long porch you can welcome guests with multiple seating arrangements. But even if all you have is a five-square-foot space, you still have room for style; just choose well.

    Very fine rounded pebbles are easy on bare feet whether or not you add concrete fragment flagstones.

    Gravel is great if you select the right stones

    In the Southwest, gravel has been used in landscaping for generations. Now gravel has become a national obsession. It’s hot stuff in modern gardens for filling gaps between contemporary concrete pavers. Elsewhere, it’s used in lieu of mortar between flagstones of all shapes and sizes.

    Emma Gordon plays The Girl opposite Daniel Pass’ The Boy in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “The Wheel,” Zinnie Harris’ examination of war across the ages.

    Suburban actors play key roles on Chicago stages

    A Larkin High School graduate takes on the role of a legendary activist, a Clarendon Hills middle school student treks across war zones alongside an Academy Award nominee and a Glendale Heights native helps re-create one of the Civil War’s pivotal battles at an intimate storefront theater. They are among the many suburban theater artists working in the area and the latest profiled as part of the Daily Herald’s ongoing series showcasing suburban artists on Chicago stages.

    Dr. Kazuhiro Kawamura holds a newborn baby whose 30-year-old mother was treated for primary ovarian insufficiency, sometimes called premature menopause, in Tokyo. The mother was one of the five women out of 27 treated who were able to produce usable eggs for in vitro fertilization, Kawamura said. The new technique, described in a report published Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, raises the promise of a woman with the condition having a baby with her own eggs.

    Once infertile, woman gives birth after surgery

    A 30-year-old infertile woman gave birth after surgeons removed her ovaries and re-implanted tissue they treated in a lab, researchers report. The experimental technique was only tried in a small group of Japanese women with a specific kind of infertility problem, but scientists hope it can also help women in their early 40s who have trouble getting pregnant because of their age.


    Theater events: A show for Gershwin fans

    Theatre-Hikes delivers scares with a seasonal show, Light Opera Works salutes George Gershwin and Next Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of a play inspired by one man's fascination with Anne Frank this week in Chicago-area theater.


    Night life: Polka the night away at Countryside Saloon’s Oktoberfest
    Countryside Saloon polkas and rocks at Oktoberfest; Gibby’s has a paint and pour art lesson; Tommy Nevin’s Pub’s trivia night.

    A tourist reads a sign explaining the closing of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., as a result of the partial shutdown of federal government.

    Oh, the places you can’t go during federal shutdown

    “We’re supposed to be camping in Yosemite this weekend,” complained my daughter, who has been laying out sleeping bags and cooking gear for the past two weeks. “Now it looks like we’ll be camping in the backyard.” Apparently, her trip canceled. Not because of bad weather, sick kids or flight problems. It’s because of a canceled government.


    Margaret Fletcher of Des Plaines has a laundry room which was built into her bedroom closet so she does not have to go into the basement.

    Editorial: Prepare now for ‘aging in place’

    Citing a Barrington-based business that helps older individuals adapt their homes to their changing circumstances, a Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the need for discussion, planning to 'age in place.'

    Dr. Ronald Hirsch

    Prescription opiate link to heroin abuse is strong

    Guest columnist Ronald Hirsch: A person does not wake up and suddenly decide to start using heroin. Most, if not all, started off taking prescription pain medications, occasionally prescribed to that person legitimately for a painful condition, but more often taken recreationally to get high.


    Manufacturing sector up to the challenge
    A Park Ridge letter to the editor: Oct. 4 is National Manufacturing Day. In Illinois, we are recognizing manufacturing throughout the whole month — as we should. It is an opportunity to celebrate our deep manufacturing tradition and plan for our vital role in today’s global economy.


    Dolphin Cove hasn’t profiled this group
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Our foundation has taken part in an outing at Dolphin Cove in Carpentersville each summer. Typically, 350-400 children from Chicago, Elgin and Carpentersville — the majority African-American — attend. We never had a single incident that involved discrimination of any kind.


    Capitalism thwarts equal opportunity
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Elections have clearly become meaningless when the Republicans, who lost the last national election, are trying to dictate its misguided agenda by threatening to shut down the federal government and/or force our country to default on its debt obligation by refusing to raise the debt limit.


    DH was balanced with Ayers visit
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: We compliment your editorial staff on the call for fair and open dialogue in all of our educational institutions and the suggestion that Elgin Community College actively seek a well known conservative speaker to present an opposing viewpoint at their Speaker’s Series.


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