Daily Archive : Wednesday October 9, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars pried the rear sliding glass door between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at a home on the 600 block of Lyman Avenue, Des Plaines, and stole two TVs, an iPad, and a jewelry box containing diamond jewelry. Loss was estimated at $23,400. Before gaining entry, the offenders apparently tried to pry or drill their way through the front door and garage pedestrian door.


    Mt. Prospect looks at fee, tax increases to fund streets

    Mount Prospect has fallen behind in its road repairs and the way to cure that is with cold, hard cash. Which means Mount Prospect taxpayers and drivers filling up at village pumps might have to kick in. “The bottom line is new funds need to be generated, so that we can get the street program back on track,” Finance Director David Erb told the village board.

    Naperville police are asking parents in the Oswego, Batavia and St. Charles area to review their children's Facebook friends to see if they have been in contact with “Mike Evans,” an account used on Facebook and the phone application KIK that appeared to be a 15-year-old St. Charles East High School student but was, police say, actually Eric Thor Hakala, 37, of Naperville.

    Naperville police ask parents to check Facebook contacts

    Naperville police are asking parents in the Oswego, Batavia and St. Charles area to review their children's Facebook friends to see if they have been in contact with a 37-year-old man who they say had sexual conversations with minors on the website while pretending to be a high school student from St. Charles East. According to a news release, Eric Thor Hakala, of the 1100 block of Iroquois...


    Niewiardowski running for Elk Grove committeeman

    Arthur Niewiardowski has announced he is running for Elk Grove Township Republican Committeeman, looking to succeed Mike Sweeney, who is not seeking another term. Niewiardowski has served as a precinct captain, deputy committeeman, communications chairman and on several committees. “My involvement in several different roles in this organization puts me in a great position to lead,” he said.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discusses the ongoing budget battle during a news conference on the Senate steps of the Capitol Wednesday. President Barack Obama was making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.

    Obama plans to talk to GOP again on shutdown, debt

    President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.


    Trail of pills leads to pharmacy burglary suspects

    A detective investigating a pair of break-ins at a Decatur pharmacy didn't have to look far to find suspects: He just followed the trail of medicine.Jeremy Appenzeller says one of the suspects in Friday's burglary ran from the Victory Health Mart to a small house across the street, dropping numerous loose prescription pills along the way.

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky was arrested at an immigration rally in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

    Schakowsky knew rally might lead to arrest

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, said her arrest at a Washington, D.C., immigration rally Tuesday was her first. She said her wrists were put in plastic handcuffs, then she was loaded with other female arrestees into a police van. “It was quite uncomfortable, but, after all, we were being arrested,” she said. She paid a $50 fine and was released after about three hours...

    Sandra Pihos

    Pihos says Chicago schools get too much state money

    State Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn has proposed doing away with a unique arrangement under which Chicago Public Schools received $235 million more in state grant money in a single school year than it would have if it were held to the same standard as every other district in the state.


    Elgin to re-examine business license fees

    Elgin’s business license program will continue to exist for the time being, but the city council will examine 2014 budget proposals that don’t include those revenues. Only two council members — Toby Shaw and John Prigge — supported councilman Terry Gavin’s motion to repeal the business license program during Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting.


    Most laid-off Illinois workers back after shutdown

    Gov. Pat Quinn's budget office says most state workers whose salaries are paid by federal money are back on the job, but more layoffs could come if the federal shutdown continues.

    Two air-conditioning units sink into the roof of Tri-State Electronics in Mount Prospect. They fell through the roof Wednesday.

    Northwest Highway lanes closed in case Mount Prospect building collapses

    Two lanes of Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect will remain closed until Thursday afternoon as officials monitor a building that they said is structurally unsound and still may collapse. Part of the roof collapsed Tuesday. “It's lucky no one was hurt,” said Michael Luber, who has owned the building for about 40 years.


    Naperville Park District eyes land for activity center

    Naperville park district is targeting a five-acre lot on a street that’s becoming an “athletics row” as the future home of an activity center to provide indoor recreation and gathering space. The center would meet a need residents have identified as vital by providing basketball courts, a walking track, multipurpose rooms and possibly a small fitness center. “This is truly more of an activity...


    Ex-Chicago sergeant gets 22 months for extortion

    A former Chicago police sergeant who extorted protection payoffs from drug dealers at a South Side housing project has been sentenced to 22 months in prison. Ronald Watts was accused of stealing about $5,000 from an FBI informant posing as a drug courier.

    An Ohio County Sherriff Department deputy secures an area in front of the Federal Buildng in Wheeling, W. Va., Wedneday, following a shooting outside the courthouse.

    Ex-cop killed after firing at courthouse in W. Va.

    A retired police officer armed with an assault weapon and a handgun fired up to two dozen shots at a U.S. courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before police returned fire and killed him, police said.

    Phyllis Harmon poses with other 2009 inductees in the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame: Clayton John, left, and Nelson Vails.

    Wheeling naming bike path after first lady of bicycling

    A wheelchair is not suitable transportation to the dedication of a bike and walking path, says Phyllis Harmon. But supporters will just be glad to see the 96-year old there Friday when they dedicate a Dundee Road path in her honor. The former resident of Wheeling is considered one of the most influential people in the history of American bicycling.

    This aerial photo shows the aftermath of a head-on crash which occurred Wednesday afternoon in South Elgin near the intersection of McDonald and Randall roads.

    Multiple vehicles involved in South Elgin crash

    Three people were injured in a car accident Wednesday afternoon in South Elgin. The crash occurred near the intersection of McDonald and Randall roads around 2:30 p.m


    Avoid Rt. 176 if you can

    Officials say it could be hours before a water main break along Route 176 in Wauconda is repaired. A dispatcher for the Wauconda Police Department said the break occurred this morning in the eastbound lane of Route 176, just east of Ridge Street. He said crews have been on the scene since shortly after 10:45 a.m. and they still aren’t sure how long it will take to fix the break.

    Elliott Hartstein

    Illiana Expressway fails to get support from planning group

    Tempers flared as regional leaders on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning voted 10-4 against putting the controversial Illiana Expressway Wednesday on a list of significant projects, allowing it to receive federal funding. “I’ve never seen so much political pressure put on this board in the history of this agency,” Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett said.

    Timothy Salvesen

    Prosecutors use photos to show horror of street-racing crash

    Testimony continues Wednesday in the trial of Bartlett accountant Timothy Salvesen on charges that he left the scene of a 2011 fatal accident that resulted from him and another driver street racing along Gold Road in Hoffman Estates. Killed in the crash was 62-year-old Migdalia Bloch of Hoffman Estates whose car prosecutors say was struck practically head on by the other driver, Joseph...

    Egyptian army soldiers take positions on top of and next to armored vehicles to guard an entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo during disturbances in August. U.S. officials said Wednesday the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt.

    U.S. cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt

    The United States on Wednesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil.

    Pakistani school children hold a hand-written sign during a special class to commemorate the anniversary of Malala Yousufzai’s shooting by Taliban, at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday.

    World cheers Malala, but Pakistanis ambivalent

    One year after a Taliban bullet tried to silence Malala Yousafzai’s demand for girls’ education, she has published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. But the militants threaten to kill her should she dare return home to Pakistan, and the principal at her old school says that as Malala’s fame has grown, so has fear in her classrooms.

    This image released in September 2013 by the Quebec government shows a proposal for types of religious clothing allowed and not allowed for public workers, under Quebec’s proposed “charter of values.”

    Quebec seeks curb on religious symbols

    Viewed from the outside, Quebec often seems like a place where all life orbits around the political destiny of a French-speaking province in an English-speaking country. The latest instance centers on religious headwear.


    Missing Ingleside man contacts family

    An Ingleside man who was reported missing has contacted his family, Fox Lake police announced Wednesday.


    Mundelein Idol competition:

    On Saturday, Oct. 12, 16 young singers will compete for the title of Mundelein Idol.


    Man pleads guilty to theft at St. Alexius

    A 31-year-old Schaumburg man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Wednesday in exchange for one year supervision. Oronzo Mazzoccoli, who authorities say stole money from a safe where St. Alexius Medical Center patients leave their belongings while undergoing tests, was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and to pay $379 in fines.


    Butler Lake pier to be replaced:

    A fishing pier on Butler Lake in Libertyville, which was damaged beyond repair during floods this last spring, will be replaced.


    Engineering Night at CLC:

    Ever wonder what it takes to become an engineer or what the profession entails? Come to the College of Lake County on Thursday, Oct. 10, to learn about careers in engineering and meet with representatives from area engineering schools.

    Tonia Khouri

    DuPage forming opposition to CMAP, RTA merger

    DuPage County officials are gearing up to oppose legislation to merge the Regional Transportation Authority and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. They say the measure, sponsored by state Sen. Terry Link, wouldn’t fix the representation and funding inequities that the collar counties are facing on public transit issues. “The bill falls short,” said Tonia Khouri, chairwoman of DuPage County...

    Brandon K. Taylor

    Bail reduced for teen accused of Elgin brick attack

    A judge halved the bail Wednesday of a Hanover Park teen accused of beating a 42-year-old man in downtown Elgin last month with a landscape brick and stealing his bike. Brandon Taylor, 17, faces six to 30 years if convicted. The victim suffered a fractured skull and had bleeding in his brain.

    Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen is shown on a television monitor on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, when President Barack Obama announced she was his choice to succeed Ben Bernanke.

    Stocks end mostly higher on signs of compromise

    Signs that lawmakers are making moves to end a stalemate in Washington and avert a U.S. government debt default halted a slump on the stock market Wednesday.

    A conceptual drawing of the completed interchange at I-88 and Route 47 in Sugar Grove.

    Sugar Grove tollway interchange may get Kane Co. dollars

    Kane County is willing to contribute up to $2.5 million for the new interchange at I-88 and Route 47 in Sugar Grove. With the Tollway Authority kicking in about 50 percent of the cost for the $19.7 million project, and IDOT contributing another 25 percent, the village still needs to provide about $2.43 million to make the project a reality.


    Carol Stream looks to buy 2-acre site

    Seeking to square its borders and potentially spur economic development, the Carol Stream village board voted to purchase property in unincorporated DuPage County on the southeast corner of County Farm and Vale roads.


    Gang suspects rounded up

    Federal racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and other related charges have been filed against 33 alleged members of a Chicago street gang. The suspects were arrested in raids early Wednesday by local, state and federal agents.

    Kenneth Logwood

    Elgin man accused of raping woman in church parking lot

    A 53-year-old Elgin man sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman in a van in a church parking lot, according to court documents. Kenneth Logwood faces up to 15 years in prison for criminal sexual assault. The woman's aunt and caretaker alerted authorities after she got pregnant over the summer.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A Samsung Galaxy tablet and car amplifier were stolen between 10 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Sunday from a residence on the 45W100 block of I.C. Trail near Maple Park, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Three, three-foot copper wires were stolen between 10 a.m. Oct 1 and 11 a.m. Monday from a generator box at a cellphone tower on the 2N400 block of Kirk Road near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report. The wires will cost $600 to replace.

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda Mayor Bart suggests changing meeting schedule

    Despite a suggestion from Mayor Frank Bart, Wauconda trustees aren’t very interested in changing how and when they meet to discuss village business.


    Police investigating Elgin shooting

    Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Elgin. The shooting occurred at 7:36 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Randall Road. Police found one man on the scene who suffered a gunshot wound from an unknown offender. He was treated at an area hospital and released a few hours later.


    Man shot in Woodridge

    Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Woodridge. At 10:48 p.m. police responded to a report of shots fired on the 3300 block of 83rd Street. A 42-year-old man had been shot in the upper body.


    All-day kindergarten may expand in Dist. 203

    Support appears strong for expanding the all-day kindergarten program debuting this year at half the elementary schools in Naperville Unit District 203. Superintendent Dan Bridges said the district soon will present details of how all-day instruction could be implemented in August 2014 at the seven schools not offering the program this year.


    New fishing rules proposed for Island Lake

    Island Lake officials are considering restricting fishing on the town’s namesake lake to residents and their guests. The proposal, being pushed by the village’s lake management committee, would toss out the current rules that allow catch-and-release fishing on Island Lake and replace them with new regulations.

    Gurnee Fire Chief Fred N. Friedl, center, looks over fire safety books with Spaulding Elementary School second grade students Jayvon Scott, left, and Cole Harmon ON Wednesday in Gurnee. Thirteen libraries served by the fire department received books and DVDs through a grant received by the department.

    Fire safety books now part of reading choices for kids in Gurnee-area libraries

    A group of Spaulding School second grade students were pretty fired up about seeing new books in their library Wednesday morning in Gurnee. Fire, village and school officials unveiled a display of fire safety books that were purchased through a fire prevention grant.

    James Ealy, 49, of Lake Villa, looks at public defender Keith Grant during his sentencing at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. Ealy was sentenced to natural life in prison for first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mary Hutchison, of Trevor, Wis., at the Burger King in Lindenhurst on Nov. 27, 2006.

    Lake Villa man sentenced to life in prison for Burger King murder

    A Lake Villa man was sentenced to natural life in prison Wednesday for killing his former supervisor at a Burger King in Lindenhurst in 2006. However, 49-year-old James Ealy was defiant to the end, and claimed he was “railroaded” throughout his arrest and court hearings, adding he “refused to sit here and take responsibility for something I didn’t do.”

    Myron Ester

    Glen Ellyn suspect indicted in girlfriend’s slaying, burial

    The homeless man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and burying her in a Glen Ellyn park has been formally indicted, authorities said Wednesday. Myron D. Ester, 45, was indicted by the DuPage County grand jury on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death.


    8 hurt in Chicago bus accident

    Eight people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a Chicago Transit Authority bus slammed on its brakes after being cut off by a taxi on Michigan Avenue.

    Chicago police officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, 27, was shot and killed on June 1, 2009, on the South Side.

    Man convicted in ‘09 murder of Chicago cop

    A Cook County jury has convicted a 25-year-old man in the 2009 shooting death of a Chicago police officer. Kevin Walker was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the killing of Alejandro “Alex” Valadez.

    A 30-year-old fast food cook living in Chicago and making $18,000 a year could expect to pay, on average, $98 a month for a bronze plan after receiving financial assistance. The same worker could expect to pay $156 a month for a silver plan, also after a subsidy.

    Analysis: Health insurance prices for 3 Illinois households

    How much will an Illinois fast food cook pay for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law? How about a preschool teacher? Or a freelance writer? Price information has been difficult to come by because of technical glitches on the federal health insurance marketplace where Illinois residents must buy insurance if they want to take advantage of new tax credits that will help them...

    Blackhawks fan Vincenzo Pellegrino, left, a fifth-grader at Gilberts Elementary School, won a bet with Principal Craig Zieleniewski, a Red Wings fan, as to who would win the Stanley Cup. Pellegrino’s prize? To be principal for a day.

    Principal for a day

    What happens when a fifth-grade Blackhawks fan bets his principal, a Detroit Red Wings fan, that the Hawks will win the Stanley Cup? The student wins, and gets to be principal for the day.

    Popular with families, the Fox River Trolley Museum’s Pumpkin Trolley offers a ride to the pumpkin patch.

    Hop on the trolley for Halloween fun and scares

    The leaves are turning, the frost is on the pumpkin, and fall activities are beginning at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.


    Dawn Patrol: Mt. Prospect building could collapse; Andy Pafko dies

    Mount Prospect building threatens collapse. Cubs great Andy Pafko dies. Fox Lake police searching for missing man. Wauconda delays vote on new administrator. Roselle chimney sweeps renew vows atop Willis Tower. Big Hawks game tonight. Air traffic controllers struggling during shutdown.

    A butterfly gathers nectar from a New England aster, one of many native plants Fox Valley Park District crews and volunteers utilize in prairie restoration efforts throughout the district to expand natural areas, ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

    Bringing prairies back to the parks in Kane County

    Not long ago, before urban sprawl, before the industrial revolution and before the advent of agriculture, Illinois was a land of natural lushness. Today, however, less than two percent of those lands remains. Fortunately, prairie restoration projects in recent years have become more numerous, and the Fox Valley Park District is among those driving the efforts.


    Vernon Hill trader pleads guilty in $500 million fraud case

    A former trader from Vernon Hills who was charged in one of the city’s largest-ever financial fraud cases is pleading guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors.

    Shannon Fox

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox facing censure for email she sent

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox could be formally censured by the rest of the board for her actions during an ongoing property dispute. In late September, Fox sent an email to Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and the county commissioners criticizing local resident Mike Johnson for his role in a high-profile fight with a neighbor. Island Lake officials say Fox wasn't authorized to speak on their...

    Jordan Wesley

    Wood Dale man charged with sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    A Wood Dale man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at parks and wooded areas in DuPage County, and authorities said they’re investigating allegations involving as many as six other potential victims. Jordan R. Wesley, 19, of the 400 block of East Itasca Street, was ordered held on $500,000 bail Wednesday at a bond hearing.


    Grant teacher resignation OK’d after alleged inappropriate student contact

    The Grant High School District 124 board accepted the resignation Wednesday morning of a female science teacher who allegedly had inappropriate contact with a student. Superintendent Christie Sefcik acknowledged the resignation, but refused additional comment.

    Stanford University professor Michael Levitt, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, speaks during an interview at his home Wednesday in Stanford, Calif.

    3 in U.S. win chemistry Nobel for computer models

    Three U.S.-based scientists won a Nobel Prize on Wednesday for developing a powerful new way to do chemistry on a computer. They pioneered highly sophisticated computer simulations of complex chemical processes, giving researchers tools they are now using for a wide variety of tasks, such as designing new drugs and solar cells.

    A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job. And Congressí approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.

    Poll: GOP gets the blame in shutdown

    President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one standing tall in Washington.

    Don’t forget to vote for your favorite scarecrows by Oct. 31.

    Barrington scares up a good time on Saturday

    Barrington’s 13th annual Scarecrow Festival will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Memorial Park on South Hough Street. More than 500 people are expected to attend this fun event in the Village Center.


    CCU hosts home energy savings seminar

    Consumers Credit Union will present its no-cost semina, "Saving Energy and Money in Your Home" Thursday, Oct. 17.


    Don’t allow life’s labels to define you

    Some of life's labels can be harsh, and often these labels brand us for life. Identifying that we are wearing faulty labels is the first line of defense in removing them, says Annettee Budzban

    The Rutland Township board deferred a decision Tuesday night on whether to fund senior and disabled transportation services currently provided for free by Grafton Township. Grafton has threatened to discontinue the bus service Nov. 30 due to budget woes. That township's board will take an official vote Oct. 21 to terminate the service to Rutland.

    Rutland Township board defers vote on funding senior, disabled bus service

    The Rutland Township board deferred a decision on whether to fund senior and disabled transportation services currently provided for free by Grafton Township. Grafton has threatened to discontinue the bus service Nov. 30 due to budget woes. “I always resist rushing into anything without having explored all of the options,” township Trustee Fred Bulmahn said. “I'm opposed to...

    Iran’s Parliament speaker Ali Larijani answers a question during a press conference on the sidelines of the 129th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. In an Associated Press interview, Larijani saidIran has more enriched uranium than it needs and plans to use that as a bargaining chip at nuclear talks in Geneva next week.

    Iran speaker touts surplus uranium

    Iran has more enriched uranium than it needs and plans to use that as a bargaining chip at nuclear talks in Geneva next week, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday. In an Associated Press interview, Larijani said the surplus uranium would be raised with Western powers in discussions over whether Iran will stop enriching uranium to 20 percent, a key concession sought in...

    Batavia aldermen have questioned the delay in determining what to do with the city-owned Thomle Building at 2 E. Wilson St. The city received proposals this spring for its sale and redevelopment, but nothing has come to the council since then. One of the proposed buyers criticized city administrators about the delay Tuesday night, and asked the council to put his proposal to a vote.

    Council, would-be buyer question delay of Batavia building sale

    A decision on selling a city-owned downtown Batavia building may pick up speed, after aldermen questioned, and a would- be buyer criticized, city administrators about the delay Tuesday night. “It has kind of languished for a really long time,” said Alderman Susan Stark, noting proposals were introduced to the council in May.

    The Range Rover involved in the bikers attack is moved from the police precinct for further police investigation in New York. An off-duty New York Police Department undercover detective apparently seen on video pounding on an SUV during a melee with motorcyclists has been arrested, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

    Detective arrested in NYC motorcycle-SUV melee

    An undercover police detective was arrested as fallout from a burst of motorcyclist mayhem reached a new level, with investigators saying the officer was shown on video hitting and kicking an SUV before bikers attacked its driver. Wojciech Braszczok, who was off-duty when he joined a motorcycle rally that spiraled into violence, was expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

    Orson Welles

    Woodstock to honor Orson Welles

    Woodstock is planning a festival in May to honor writer and director Orson Welles.


    Zoning board sticks with support of Glen Ellyn gas station

    Both sides of the argument heard, the fate of a proposed gas station in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn is headed back to the DuPage County's development committee.


    U.S., China grapple for influence at SE Asia summit

    The United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama to showcase their rising global clout.

    An Egyptian court has set Nov. 4, 2013, as the start date for the trial of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on charges of incitement to murder for the killings of opponents who were rallying outside his palace while he was in office. Morsi, ousted in a popularly-backed military coup in July, has been held incommunicado since.

    Egypt court announces trial for ex-president Morsi

    Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will go on trial on Nov. 4 on charges of inciting the killing of opponents while he was in office, an Egyptian court announced Wednesday. Morsi was ousted in a popularly backed coup on July 3 and has been held incommunicado at an unknown location and has not been seen since.

    Director General Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, gives an update on the chemical watchdog’s verification and destruction mission in Syria during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday Oct. 9, 2013.

    Chemical watchdog chief: 20 Syrian sites to check

    International inspection teams overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons will have to negotiate cease-fires to access some sites, officials closely involved with the mission said Wednesday, in a clear indication of the risks and difficulties of the unprecedented disarmament plan.


    Carol Stream planning bridge, water main work

    Two preliminary engineering contracts, one to prepare for the replacement of a troublesome water main along Schmale Road and the other to prepare for replacement of the aging Illini Drive bridge, have won approval from the Carol Stream village board.

    Lake County taxpayers could have to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars more a year if an election commission is formed.

    County clerks plus election boards costs suburbs

    It would cost Lake County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more to create an election commission mandated by the legislature, mainly in administrative salaries and benefits. DuPage County is the example. “I've always joked that it takes two highly compensated men in DuPage to do what I do,” Lake County Clerk Willard Helander said. “But I've never scrutinized the...

    Andy Pafko (left), Chicago Cubs outfielder, with Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, Chicago, before their game on April 23, 1951. Pafko died Tuesday.

    Former Cub Pafko dies at 92

    Former Cubs great Andy Pafko, who played center field the last time the team made it to the World Series and was a longtime Mount Prospect resident, died Tuesday at age 92, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Pafko was one of the last links to the elusive fall classic for Cubs fans and stood out for his 17-year baseball career that included four World Series appearances for three...


    Dixon readies for meeting on $40 million settlement

    Officials in the northern Illinois town of Dixon have outlined plans for a meeting to discuss what the community should do with $40 million it’s getting as part of a legal settlement. Mayor Jim Burke plans to make the opening remarks at the meeting Thursday evening. The city’s finance director will make recommendations.


    Autopsy: missing Edwards woman likely drowned

    An autopsy shows a missing 23-year-old central Illinois woman likely drowned when her car went into the Illinois River.The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the body of Julie Peters was identified through dental records.


    Illinois woman plans appeal of denied marriage license

    A northern Illinois woman’s attorney says she will appeal a judge’s ruling that she can’t wed her longtime partner because he has a brain injury. The Rockford Register Star reports that Colette Purifoy of Machesney Park will appeal Judge Lisa Fabiano’s Oct. 2 ruling. Attorney Cindi Koroll said Tuesday that the appeal will go to the Second District Appellate Court.


    Struggling Illinois airport again posts loss

    A southwestern Illinois airport that has never turned a profit since opening with great fanfare 15 years ago continues to lose money. The Belleville News-Democrat reports an audit shows the St. Clair County-owned MidAmerica St. Louis Airport last year suffered a $3.8 million loss. That’s despite boosting revenue by $2.2 million from additional capital funding from the Federal Aviation...

    U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been made to all interested parties.

    U.S. expected to slash aid to Egyptian government

    U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been made to all interested parties. The U.S. has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected leader in...

    The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz was an entry by Bridges Montessori Academy at a previous St. Charles Scarecrow Festival.

    St. Charles’ Scarecrow Festival returns, expands

    St. Charles' popular Scarecrow Festival returns this year with an expanded roster of family entertainment. The popular festival is expected to draw as many as 150,000 visitors to the city, said marketing manager Jason Pawlowski.

    Technical teachers Carole McCulley and Brett Heimstead work with the new computers in the new digital lab during a dedication ceremony for the new addition at Warren High School — O’Plaine Campus Tuesday in Gurnee. The addition includes 10 new science classrooms, a digital lab classroom, meeting rooms and teacher offices.

    Warren High celebrates O’Plaine campus expansion in Gurnee

    Warren Township High School officials had reason to celebrate Tuesday when board members and others gathered to dedicate the O’Plaine Road campus expansion in Gurnee. Work at the freshmen-sophomore campus included 10 science classrooms, a digital laboratory classroom, special education offices, meeting rooms and teacher offices.


    Nolan Dean

    Football: Week 6 MVPs

    Neuqua Valley junior tailback Nolan Dean and Hampshire defensive back Mason Fleury have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 6 of the high school football season. Dean rushed for 251 yards on just 12 carries with 3 tochdown in the Wildcats’ 65-28 victory over Metea Valley. Fleury’s pick-6 was a key play in Hampshire’s 28-6 victory over Woodstock North.

    Prospect's Ally Scaccia, right, and teammate Kiley Walsh come together for a hug before the start of the girls golf regional at Mt. Prospect Golf Club on Wednesday.

    Final round on home turf sweet for Prospect

    The seniors on Prospect's girls golf team had a going-away party Wednesday at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course. Playing a high school match for the final time on their home course, the Mid-Suburban League champions went out in style with a score of 299 in their own Class AA regional, besting runner-up Buffalo Grove (318) and Fremd (320). All three teams advance to Monday's Buffalo Grove sectional at the Buffalo Grove Golf Club. Ally Scaccia's final round on her home turf produced an impressive 1-under-par 70 as the Bradley-bound senior collected a pair of birdies with only one bogey

    Alshon Jeffery set the Bears’ single-game record by piling up 218 receiving yards in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

    Bears’ Jeffery lets his play do the talking

    Bears second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery keeps a low profile off the field, but he's been easy to identify on the field as the team's leading receiver the past two weeks. He's No. 8 in the NFL with 429 receiving yards heading into tonight's prime-time clash with the 0-5 Giants. “It started in the off-season,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He changed his body. He started to eat the right foods, and he worked out with Brandon to get his body right so he could elevate his game.

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with the team.

    Girardi staying with the Yankees

    Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017. General manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs for the second time since 1992 that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening in his native Illinois. “After talking to my family, this is where we wanted to come back,” Girardi said.

    Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford, right, is scored on by St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    Blues beat Hawks in closing seconds

    Alexander Steen got just enough on a slap shot in the closing seconds to get the puck past Corey Crawford and give the St. Louis Blues a win over the rival Blackhawks. Steen's drive with 21.1 seconds left trickled through Crawford and lifted the Blues to a 3-2 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday night.


    Scouting girls tennis conference meets / Northwest

    Here's a look at the Mid-Suburban League girls tennis tournament, which begins Thursday and finishes Saturday, hosted by Rolling Meadows.

    The Blues’ Alex Steen, second from left, is congratulated by teammates David Backes (42) and Jay Bouwmeester, left, and T.J. Oshie after his game-winning goal against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night in St. Louis.

    Blues hand Blackhawks ‘brutal loss’

    In a playoff-like setting at St. Louis on Wednesday night, the Blues got a goal from Alex Steen with 21.1 seconds for a 3-2 victory. “Brutal loss,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters.

    Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night and advance to the NL championship series. Wainwright scattered eight hits in his second dominant win of the division series, coming through for the Cardinals in a winner-take-all Game 5.

    Cardinals beat Pirates 6-1 in Game 5 to win NLDS

    Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night and advance to the NL championship series. Wainwright scattered eight hits in his second dominant win of the division series, coming through for the Cardinals in a winner-take-all Game 5.

    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright leaves the field Wednesday after the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 in Game 5.

    Images: Game 5 of the NLDS
    Images from Game 5 of the NLDS. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates to advance to the NL championship series against the Dodgers.


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


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


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


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


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


    Leyden tops Maine West in two

    In a nonconference girls volleyball match on Wednesday night, Leyden posted a 25-23, 25-20 victory over Maine West. Leading the Eagles’ attack was senior outside hitter Kelly Murphy, who put down 7 kills.


    Vernon Hills surprises Warren

    Jonathan Ramirez made 7 saves in goal, and Ilya Kravtsev scored the game-winning goal assisted by David White in the opening half, as Vernon Hills’ boys soccer team stunned defending Class 3A state champ Warren 1-0 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Wednesday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blues coach praises Kane’s hockey intelligence

    There aren’t many bigger fans of Patrick Kane than St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who marvels at the way the Blackhawks’ winger plays the game. “I don’t get how he plays,” Hitchcock said. “How you can go around the ice for 60 minutes and nobody touches you? I don’t understand that. It’s fascinating to watch him as a player.” Hitchcock remembers a much different Kane years ago, as Tim Sassone explains in today's Blackhawks notebook.


    Lake Zurich clinches NSC Lake crown

    Kiley McPeek pounded 9 kills, Kristen Walding added 24 assists and 7 kills, and Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team clinched the North Suburban Lake Division championship with a 25-12, 26-24 win over host Warren on Wednesday night.


    Kurosky medalist as Burlington Central advances

    It’s been quite the week for the Burlington Central golf program. The Rockets’ boys team on Tuesday produced the program’s first regional championship and the meet medalist. On Wednesday at Sycamore Golf Club, BC’s girls made a little history of their own. While they didn’t win the regional title, they did qualify for sectionals for just the third time in program history, and they produced the program’s first girls regional champion.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin, IL watches his drive during the Illinois Open Championship at Cantigny in Wheaton, Wednesday.

    Comeback fuels Sainz Jr.’s Chicago Open win

    Carlos Sainz Jr.’s 5-under 31 on the front nine Wednesday at Cantigny Golf powered him to a come-from-behind victory against a strong national field in the latest revival of the tradition-rich Chicago Open.

    Barrington’s Reena Sulkar hits from the fairway during Wednesday’s Prairie Ridge regional golf action at Prairie Isle golf course in Crystal Lake

    St. Charles North, Barrington moving on

    Lexie Harkins and Larisa Luloff each shot 74s that carried the Crystal Lake Central co-op to a the Class AA Prairie Ridge girls golf regional title on Wednesday at Prairie Isle in Crystal Lake. Harkins, though, needed one extra hole to take medalist honors over Luloff with a birdie. Crystal Lake Central finished with a total of 321, 6 shots better than St. Charles North (327) and Barrington (338), which settled for third.


    Speno, Grayslake North proud to think pink

    As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cegan Speno and Grayslake North's football team are participating in a “Pink Out” during this week’s rivalry game against sister school Grayslake Central, a game that always brings out one of the biggest crowds of the school year at North.

    Mundelein golfer Courteney Fabbri tees off on the second hole during the Class AA Carmel girls golf regional Wednesday at Bonnie Brook.

    Fab finish for Mundelein

    Handed the first regional championship trophy in Mundelein girls golf history, Courteney Fabbri posed for a picture upon request and forced a smile. “OK, this is awkward,” the senior said. This was a team effort, after all. The Mustangs took their trophy and gathered by a shaded area near some trees and posed for group pictures. The champs looked comfy, cozy. Mundelein carded a 363 to win Wednesday’s Class AA Carmel Catholic regional at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, while Carmel (379) and Libertyville (380) also advanced to Monday’s Buffalo Grove sectional.


    Naperville North continues amazing run

    Naperville North made a major statement Wednesday in the Neuqua Valley regional in its attempt to reassert its legacy in girls golf.


    Petzal logic: Respect is central to a successful hunt

    A healthy respect for the prey doesn't make for good TV, which may be one reason it's missing all too often from most of the hunting shows these days.


    Ruggles just as good in Spain

    Josh Ruggles never planned anything like this. Regardless, his nearly unerring ability to make long-range baskets has vaulted him to a national and even international acclaim. Again.


    Barrington, Conant and Elk Grove advance

    Barrington earned a spot in next week's Rockford Guilford girls golf sectional, and both Conant and Elk Grove earned team qualification to the Buffalo Grove sectional.


    Bears trying to embrace short week

    NFL players aren't big fans of Thursday night games because of the limited down time they're afforded after playing a game four days earlier, but Bears coach Marc Trestman says he "embraces" tonight's prime-time game vs. the Giants.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s commitment to family obviously was a big factor in keeping him in New York.

    For Girardi, it’s always been about family

    Former Cubs catcher Joe Girardi cited family considerations Wednesday, when the Yankees announced he'd be staying as their manager and not coming to Chicago. The Cubs wanted Girardi, but now they'll continue their search to replace the fired Dale Sveum.


    Bulls in Rio to practice not party

    The Bulls arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, ready to play the NBA's first game in South America. First on the travel itinerary was a trip to the practice gym.

    Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins dribbles after an official photograph during the team’s media day on Wednesday in South Bend, Ind.

    Coach says Notre Dame must replace Cooley’s rebounding, energy

    Although he is entering his 14th season as the head coach at Notre Dame, Mike Brey said he almost feels like he’s starting a new job. Brey must not only adjust to a new conference for the Fighting Irish in transitioning from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, he has to find a way to replace the rebounding and energy of graduated forward Jack Cooley.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller runs past the outstretched hands of Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis during the second half of last Saturday’s game in Evanston. The Buckeyes play their next game at home against Iowa on Oct. 19.

    Buckeyes assessing their situation after 6 games

    Urban Meyer wants his Ohio State Buckeyes to have a constructive week of practice and then enjoy a Saturday without the physical and mental stresses of a game. He does not want to get any phone calls in the middle of the night. “Some people see a bye week, they go act like a jerk over the weekend,” he said after Wednesday night’s practice.

    Allie O’Reilly is Burlington Central’s all-time digs leader.

    O’Reilly digging up sweet music for Burlington Central

    It’s not unusual to hear singing coming from the locker room before a Burlington Central girls volleyball match. Game days often include the impromptu song stylings of record-setting libero Allie O’Reilly, who keeps her teammates loose by loosening up her vocal chords. “I’m like the warm-up singer,” a smiling O’Reilly said Tuesday after she made 18 digs in a sweep of Rockford Christian. “I sing a lot. Ask anyone. And I’m a dancer. Everyone thinks I’m a wacko, but I’m just pretty outgoing.”

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2013 file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in San Francisco. Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, saying, "We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon."(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Aldon Smith charged with felony weapons possession

    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.


    Aurora Central Catholic’s Field of Dreams is on its way

    It’s an exciting time at Aurora Central Catholic. Over the past few years, Chargers’ athletic teams have made some huge strides on the playing field. In 2011, St. Charles resident Jim Parker coached ACC’s boys’ golf team to the Class 1A regional championship. The Chargers’ boys’ cross country team qualified for the Class 2A state meet a year ago, while coach Brian Casey directed the football team to its first playoff berth since 1997 last season — and has the squad just 1 win away from being postseason eligible again this season.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com ¬ Week-2- Photos from the Morton at Glenbard West football game on Saturday, Sept. 7.

    Glenbard West ready to come home

    Last Friday’s rush hour traffic jam epitomized Glenbard West’s road grind this football season. It took the Hilltoppers nearly an hour and a half to trek from Glen Ellyn to face unbeaten Oak Park on its homecoming weekend. A 20-14 West Suburban Silver victory made the trip worthwhile, but it’s still not easy playing the role of road warrior.“It was like the perfect storm,” said Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet. “The traffic, the homecoming environment, they’re really good. It was a challenge for us.” It was the latest of many road challenges for Glenbard West (5-1, 4-0). Arguably the Hilltoppers’ four toughest matchups this season — Wheaton Warrenville South, Downers Grove North, Lyons Twp. and Oak Park — have been on the road.

    The Yankees’ Chris Chambliss is besieged by fans after his ninth-inning solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the 1976 American League championship series in New York.

    A look back at some of baseball’s best Game 5s

    The phrase “Game 7” always resonates in baseball — but now, the postseason offers all sorts of winner-take-all scenarios. This year, two best-of-five division series have gone the distance. St. Louis hosted Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, and Oakland takes on Detroit on Thursday In those cases, Game 5 isn’t much different from Game 7. The winner advances and the loser waits for next year.


    Dodgers to work out while awaiting NLCS opponent

    After two days of waiting, the Los Angeles Dodgers were ready to find out who they will play in the National League championship series. A win by the Pirates meant the Dodgers would open their next playoff round at home on Friday. If the Cardinals won, the Dodgers planned to board a plane bound for St. Louis on Wednesday night.

    Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the women’s soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

    Abby Wambach marries longtime partner

    U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach has married her longtime partner and teammate, Sarah Huffman. In a post Wednesday on Twitter, Wambach said, “Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support. We couldn’t be happier. What an amazing week it’s been. #honeymoon”


    Young Illini basketball team looks to quiet Abrams to lead

    CHAMPAIGN — Looking around the practice gym Wednesday, point guard Tracy Abrams said he doesn’t yet know what kind of team the Illini will be once the season begins next month.“There’s no identity right now,” the junior said of a roster that includes five freshmen and two transfers who haven’t yet played for the Illini.Abrams will have a major say in shaping that identity.Abrams is one of just four players back from last season’s 23-13 team, the only one with any serious experience playing the point in college and, according to second-year coach John Groce, one of the key leaders on a very young team.Abrams has started 51 games in his two seasons at Illinois, but he has not been vocal.“Ya’ll know I’m pretty quiet,” Abrams told reporters. “Humble about myself.”Groce thinks he can be something more.“I think now he’s starting to get it,” Groce said, explaining that Abrams is working to create team chemistry on the court and off, hanging out with new teammates and veterans, trying to pull them together. A year ago, “he wasn’t thinking about that.”A year ago, Abrams was part of a team that opened with three senior starters and a graduate student who sometimes started, too.That team made a surprise trip to the NCAA tournament, riding the sometimes scorching shooting of Brandon Paul, one of those seniors who moved on, as far as it would take them. With the Nov. 8 opener against Alabama State less than a month away, expectations are probably not that high this season.Along with Abrams, fifth-year senior Joseph Bertrand will likely be one key piece. He says he’s fully recovered from a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required off-season surgery.“It was really, really slow,” he said of the healing process. “I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to move (the arm) again.”Bertrand is another quiet player Groce is asking to take on a leadership role. And, after mostly providing a shot off the bench since he arrived at Illinois, he’ll be asked to provide more offense, too.Abrams and Bertrand — as well as 6-11 junior center Nnanna Egwu, who started 35 games last season, and transfers Rayvonte Rice and Jon Ekey — provide the bulk of the experience Illinois can draw on.Beyond them, some of those five freshmen will have to play, Groce said. With a roster of just 11 players, there’s no choice. But so far none of them has nailed down a role.“Our freshmen are inconsistent right now,” Groce said. “They know that.”The team, the coach added, is so young that he’s had to change the way he organizes practices, slowing down the pace.“I’ve put the brakes on,” the coach said. “There’s so many things I’ve whacked from the practice plans because we’re not ready for that. And that’s OK. ... Until guys know certain things, we’re not going to move on.”Abrams said part of his responsibility will be to help those players better, one small step at a time.“Are we getting better?” he asked rhetorically, sounding a little like a coach. “Are we getting better at one thing today?”

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is hit by New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) and New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Falcons say Julio Jones is lost for season

    The Atlanta Falcons say star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.Jones injured his right foot in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets.

    Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez confers with his attorneys during a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    Recusal of judge sought in Hernandez case in Mass.

    Prosecutors in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez want the judge to recuse herself because, they said Wednesday, she and the lead prosecutor have a public history of antagonism and she has shown bias.Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley wants Judge Susan Garsh to remove herself from the case, he said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court.


    Variation suits Vernon Hills as NSC tourney begins

    Vernon Hills found out this year how difficult it can be to sustain success. The Cougars won their 11th North Suburban Prairie girls tennis title in 14 years. But this year’s crown was unlike the others for coach Doug Gerber. “The girls did a fantastic job,” Gerber said. “We had people injured and it seemed that every night we were using new combinations to try to win the match. A lot of girls stepped up. “In my 13 years at Vernon Hills it was probably the most diversified lineup I’ve had. We were trying to find the right doubles combinations and overall I think some of the girls had five or six different doubles partners.” Gerber hopes he has found the right duos for the NSC tournament starting today and running through Saturday and the sectional next week.

    Although the Cubs wanted to talk with him, Joe Girardi has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with the New York Yankees as their manager.

    Cubs’ loss of Girardi not too painful

    Joe Girardi is the Yankees' gain but isn't necessarily the Cubs' loss. Someone else might be a better fit to manage in Wrigley Field considering the current state of the franchise's rebuilding project.

    While the IHSA still supports postgame handshakes by high school teams, state athletic officials in Kentucky have told schools to stop the practice unless they can police it themselves.

    Kentucky high schools told to stop postgame handshakes

    Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the last three years. Tuesday's directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its web site didn't mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents. The organization says it's “disappointing” to take such action but that it became necessary because of occurrences statewide and nationally.

    Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory pursues Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase during last week’s game in Lincoln, Neb.

    Husker hopes to show Boilermakers what they’re missing

    This week’s game at struggling Purdue might not move the needle much for Nebraska fans. To the Cornhuskers’ Randy Gregory, it’s a red-letter game. Gregory has become a fan favorite for his tenacious play at defensive end. To frustrated Purdue fans, Gregory is the in-state kid who got away.

    Indiana’s Tim Bennett and Penn State’s Geno Lewis come down with a pass simultaneously during the first half last Saturday’s game in Bloomington, Ind. The ruling on the field was a reception for Penn State, but Indiana won the game 44-24.

    Nittany Lions keep a sense of calm amid struggles

    An upset loss to Indiana could have provided Penn State’s players ample reason to voice their frustrations this week. To vent. To let it all out. Instead, a quiet resolve emanating from the Nittany Lions has been loud and clear.


    Football Focus: Week 7 Preview
    In this preview video for Week 7 of Football Focus, host Joe Aguilar highlights the Saxons of Schaumburg who are 6-0 on the season. Schaumburg will honor former player Eric Von Schaumburg on October 25th, Von Schaumburg is suffering from ALS.

    Former Chicago Cubs Andy Pafko with his photographs and portrait.

    Images: Andy Pafko, 1921-2013
    Images of baseball player Andy Pafko through the years. Pafko was a Chicago Cub the last time that team reached the World Series in 1945. Pafko died Tuesday at the age of 92.


    Mike North video: Jadeveon Clowney not a No. 1 pick

    University of South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney opted out of playing on Saturday, causing some turmoil with head coach Steve Spurrier. Mike North thinks he dropped as a No. 1 pick because he was more concerned about his draft position than the team.


    Sox prospect Johnson shows promise

    In his first Arizona Fall League game, top White Sox prospect Micah Johnson stole three bases while going 2-for-5, drawing a walk and scoring 3 runs Tuesday. Johnson led the minor leagues with 84 steals this season.

    Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he scores on a single by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning Tuesday in Game 4 of an American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Red Sox beat Rays 3-1 in Game 4 to reach ALCS

    Shane Victorino’s infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie and journeyman Craig Breslow gave Boston a huge boost out of the bullpen, sending the Red Sox into the AL championship series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Koji Uehara got the final four outs — one night after giving up a game-winning homer — and the Red Sox rebounded to take the best-of-five playoff 3-1.



    Bank credit-card fees face new scrutiny by consumer bureau

    Credit-card issuers may face new limits on fees and greater disclosure requirements as the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pledges more scrutiny after a 2009 law that revamped regulation of the business. “The CARD Act brought better consumer protections and fairness to the marketplace, but we found there is more work to be done,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in remarks prepared for a hearing the agency is holding Wednesday in Chicago.

    Mark Kirk

    Sen. Mark Kirk meets with Chinese ambassador

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk met with China's ambassador in Washington to discuss trade, military cooperation and fostering ties between the nations' people. Kirk says the two countries have become interdependent and, as large economies and energy consumers, they can cooperate in numerous areas.


    Hearings scheduled on Illiana Expressway
    The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has scheduled four public hearings on the proposed 47-mile Illiana Expressway that would link Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana with I-55 in south suburban Chicago.


    Oak Brook's A.M. Castle forecasts 3rd-quarter loss

    Specialty metal and plastic products company A.M. Castle & Co. anticipates a third-quarter loss that is bigger than Wall Street expects. The Oak Brook-based company said that tough industry conditions and the late cycle nature of its end markets pressured its performance.

    In this frame grab from video, patrons dine at a restaurant called Eat in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The restaurant in Brooklyn’s trendy Greenpoint neighborhood is serving up a four-course meal of organic, locally-sourced food, but isn’t allowing any chit-chat.

    Restaurant menu offers something new: Silence

    Quiet, please. Your dinner will now be served.That’s the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $40 prix fixe, four-course meal.

    If approved, Janet Yellen, currently the vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, would succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at a pivotal time for the economy and the Fed’s monetary policies.

    Yellen would face tough challenges as Fed chair

    The challenges for Janet Yellen if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her. First, though, she’ll need to overcome Washington’s toxic political environment and win confirmation from the Senate.

    Dylan Maz pours beer during a tour at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. The government shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.

    Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

    The federal government shutdown could leave America’s craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers.

    President Barack Obama listens as Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, speaks at the White House Wednesday after the president announced he is nominating Yellen to be chair of the Federal Reserve, succeeding Ben Bernanke.

    Obama nominates Yellen to succeed Bernanke at Fed

    In a history-making selection, President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, a critical post as the nation continues its fitful economic recovery. If confirmed she would be the first woman to lead the powerful central bank.

    A Hardee’s restaurant will replace the Burger King in downtown Batavia that closed July 20.

    Hardee’s to take old Burger King space in Batavia

    A Hardee's restaurant will move in where the former Burger King stands in downtown Batavia, a company official confirmed Wednesday.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has signed an endorsement deal with sporting apparel brand Adidas.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah signs deal with Adidas

    Bulls center Joakim Noah has signed an endorsement deal with sporting apparel brand Adidas. Crains Chicago Business reports the 28-year-old Noah will be featured in Adidas marketing campaigns and in development of footwear and apparel.

    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz, right, meets with local business owner Steve Burval, left, owner of J.B. Metal Works, and his longtime employee, Mike Jaeger, on his first day as mayor. Bogusz said Tuesday a streamlining of the city's regulations should make it easier to open a business.

    Des Plaines eases business licensing rules

    It should be easier to open a business in Des Plaines — so say city officials — now that the city council has approved updates to business regulations that had been largely untouched since the 1960s. City officials have called many of the regulations outdated, obsolete, complex, and at times, contradictory. “We acknowledge there were barriers and we've gotten rid of them,” Mayor Matt Bogusz said.

    You’ll have to get coverage by Valentine’s Day or thereabouts to avoid penalties for being uninsured, the Obama administration confirmed Wednesday. That’s about six weeks earlier than a March 31 deadline often cited previously. The explanation: health insurance coverage typically starts on the first day of a given month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications.

    Gov’t clarifies timing to avoid health law fines

    You’ll have to get coverage by Valentine’s Day or thereabouts to avoid penalties for being uninsured, the Obama administration confirmed Wednesday. That’s about six weeks earlier than a March 31 deadline often cited previously. The explanation: health insurance coverage typically starts on the first day of a given month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications.

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. From Oct. 9-11 the coffee chain is offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks.

    Starbucks promo prods lawmakers to ‘come together’

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he’s giving away free coffee to customers who set an example how to do it. From Wednesday to Friday, the coffee chain is offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks.

    Twitter’s stock debut is the biggest coming-out party since Facebook, and Wall Street’s largest exchanges are fighting to host it.

    Tangling over Twitter: NYSE, Nasdaq fight for IPO

    Twitter’s stock debut is the biggest coming-out party since Facebook, and Wall Street’s largest exchanges are fighting to host it. The company has yet to announce an exchange, but when its shares go public — most likely before Thanksgiving — Twitter executives could either ring the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange or sign Nasdaq Stock Exchange’s digital screen.


    Illinois extends deadline for retiree insurance audit

    A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown. Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage.

    It was no small feat to get this triple-overtime win on sports fronts of every edition June 13.

    We pride ourselves on getting the late scores in Daily Herald

    While we live in a 24/7 news cycle, there’s a deadline competition on the print side of newspapers that remains formidable. The nightly chase to get the latest scores, analysis and results into our print editions represents an incredible example of teamwork at the Daily Herald.


    Newspaper carriers face challenges every day

    The newspaper carrier is often the face of the Daily Herald for early-rising subscribers waiting for the paper to hit their doorsteps every morning. But being a carrier isn’t glamorous work — hours are generally 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., and for some is a side job in addition to a full-time day job. And it often means traversing suburban streets in the worst kinds of weather.

Life & Entertainment


    Good wine: Rounding up the new crop of Rhone Ranger wines

    The Rhone Ranger movement gives nod to France's Rhone Valley. With blistering summer heat, numbing winter cold and maddening wind, wine farmers rely on 27 sturdy grapes to assure their family's crop and annual income. Mary Ross reports on the current crop.

    Ventriloquist and “America's Got Talent” winner Terry Fator is set to perform at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, Oct. 12.

    Weekend picks: Terry Fator shows he's got talent

    Acclaimed comedian, ventriloquist and all-around entertainer Terry Fator, a winner of “America's Got Talent,” will perform Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Welcome Upland Brewery Co. to the Chicago area at a launch party Friday at World of Beer in Naperville. Hear some of the best exponents of modern day swing music when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    These French toast-topped baked apples can be enjoyed for dessert, or even for breakfast.

    Healthy baked apple treat for the pastry-impaired

    Baked fruit with some kind of crust — happens to be Sara Moulton's favorite. But crusts can be tricky, particularly pie dough. So her recipe is for the pastry-impaired. Instead of pie dough, she uses French toast. Everyone can make French toast, even little kids.

    Judges make sample recipes created by the four finalists during 2012's Cook of the Week Challenge Cookoff.

    Tickets on sale for Cook of the Week Challenge cook-off

    Want to be in the audience for the Cook of the Week Challenge Final Four Cook-off? We've got ticket information and a rundown of what to expect at the fun-filled finale. Taste samples, watch demonstrations, win prizes.

    Baked apples and apricots with French toast crust.

    Baked Apples And Apricots With French Toast Crust
    Baked Apples And Apricots With French Toast Crust

    Nick Jonas, left, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas of the musical group Jonas Brothers are canceling their tour two days before it was supposed to begin.

    The Jonas Brothers cancel tour

    The Jonas Brothers have canceled their upcoming tour over creative differences. Brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick were scheduled to begin their 19-date tour Friday in Upper Darby, Pa. Spokesman Jesse Derris confirmed the cancellation and said fans can get a refund at the point of purchase.

    George Strait will play Rosemont’s Allstate Arena in March.

    Cher, Imagine Dragons heading for Allstate
    Tickets go on sale Friday for George Strait, Cher and Imagine Dragons concerts at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.


    Radicchio, swordfish from Devon Seafood, Pepper Palace Sweet Bourbon Glaze and watermelon
    Cook of the Week Challenge: tailgate menu using radicchio, swordfish, Sweet Bourbon Glaze from Pepper Palace and watermelon

    Jeff Zilch MUG

    Beets from Harper College, havarti cheese from Green Co. tourism board, turkey legs and orange marmalade
    What the Cook of the Week Challenge contestants did with beets, havarti cheese, swordfish and bourbon glaze.

    Canadian actress Emily Bett Rickards is now a regular on The CW series “Arrow,” which returns for its new season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

    Emily Bett Rickards now an ‘Arrow’ series regular

    Talk about making a good impression. Actress Emily Bett Rickards was happy when she scored a one-off role on the CW’s “Arrow” last year. Bett Rickards played IT girl Felicity Smoak on the action-adventure series, which stars Stephen Amell as billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who secretly fights crime with a bow and arrow. She’s now a regular on the series, which returns at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Hayden Panettiere has confirmed her engagement to Olympic boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

    Hayden Panettiere engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

    “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere has confirmed her engagement to Olympic boxer Wladimir Klitschko. Appearing on Wednesday’s “Live With Kelly and Michael,” the 24-year-old actress was flashing a large diamond ring that prompted host Kelly Ripa to inquire what it might signify. Panettiere confirmed she’s engaged as the studio audience cheered.

    The three adult children of radio host Casey Kasem have filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care. The petition for conservatorship filed Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, brought a long-running family feud into the courts.

    Kasem children seek control of his health care

    The three adult children of radio host Casey Kasem have filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care. The filing says Kasem is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and is being isolated from his children, friends and family members by his wife

    Cory Monteith, who shot to fame on the hit TV series “Glee,” died on July 13 at the age of 31. A tribute episode of “Glee” will air on Thursday, Oct. 10.

    ‘Glee’ episode says goodbye to Monteith, Finn

    Other TV series have woven a cast member’s death into an episode honoring them and their character. But “Glee” has an especially sensitive task. The Fox series will pay tribute Thursday to Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Canadian hotel room in July of an accidental alcohol and drug overdose that ended his long, self-described fight against addiction at age 31. Monteith’s death is especially haunting given the character he played. There’s also the uneasy knowledge that when Lea Michele’s character, Rachel, cries over boyfriend Finn, it mirrors the actress’ grief over losing her off-screen romantic partner.

    Adding architectural and decorative elements such as faux wood beams, medallions and molding enhance otherwise simple rooms.

    ‘Going Faux’ can transform a home’s style

    Phoebe Taylor’s 20-year-old suburban Atlanta ranch house began plain and “builder grade.” A professional decorator, she transformed it with faux wood beams, decorative molding and a gold-spun paint job that looked like “soft marble.” Her vision: “what our dream house would have been if we had gone out and bought it.” It’s called “Going Faux” — turning homes into something they basically are not through prefab architectural embellishments and eye-tricking wall finishes.


    Grand Canyon cites people for entering closed park

    Nearly two dozen people have been issued citations for entering Grand Canyon National Park after a partial government shutdown forced its closure. Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright says some people have been caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads.

    Miley Cyrus attends an album release signing event on Tuesday at Planet Hollywood in New York.

    Cyrus on making up with O’Connor: I don’t know

    Miley Cyrus says she’s not sure she’ll make up with Sinead O’Connor after the back and forth drama between the singers. When asked in an interview Tuesday if she and the 46-year-old performer would kiss and make up, Cyrus replied with: “I don’t know. Are we supposed to kiss?” Cyrus made the comments in New York when meeting fans at a CD signing for her new album, “Bangerz,” released Tuesday.

    ABC says Kanye West is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show Wednesday, less than two weeks after the pair got into what Kimmel called a “rap feud.”

    West to guest on Kimmel’s show after ‘rap feud’

    ABC says Kanye West is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show, less than two weeks after the pair got into what Kimmel called a “rap feud.” The musician will be a guest Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the network said Tuesday.

    Bruce and Kris Jenner have confirmed they’ve split and have been separated for a year.

    Kris and Bruce Jenner confirm they’ve split up

    Kris and Bruce Jenner have confirmed they separated a year ago, after 22 years together. In an interview with US magazine hitting newsstands Friday, Kris Jenner says there’s no animosity between them. She says they’re committed to their family.

    Nagoya-style mame miso with egg gyoza is a staple at Mount Prospect's Ramen Misoya.

    Bowled over: Ramen Misoya's noodle dishes winning fans

    Ramen Misoya opened in Mount Prospect in midsummer and word has spread rapidly that this unassuming 45-seat Japanese ramen noodle shop offers something special. A lot of the buzz was generated by its pedigree as part of a Japan-based chain whose 50 outlets worldwide — including two U.S. outposts in New York and California's Silicon Valley — have consistently won raves.

    Christine Murphy’s watermelon granita provides a refreshing compliment to the swordfish and pineapple kebabs she created for the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Herb-Infused Watermelon Granita
    Herb- Infused Watermelon Granita: Christine Murphy

    Palatine’s Christine Murphy made swordfish kebabs with pineapple and Sweet Bourbon Glaze for her Cook of the Week Challenge tailgate challenge.

    Grilled Radicchio-Romaine Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and dried Cherries
    Grilled Radicchio-Romaine Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cherries: Christine Murphy

    Palatine’s Christine Murphy made swordfish and pineapple kebabs, grilled radicchio salad and watermelon granita for her tailgate challenge.

    Swordfish Kebabs with Sweet Bourbon Glaze
    Swordfish Kebabs with Sweet Bourbon Glaze: Christine Murphy

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Des Plaines' Tina Garrett creation of swordfish and watermelon using bourbon glaze.

    Adults-only Sunday Afternoon Sweetness
    Adults-onky Afternoon Sweetness: Tina Garrett

    Tina Garrett tossed grilled radicchio with watermelon for a tailgate-worthy salad.

    Grilled Radicchio and Watermelon Salad
    Grilled Radicchio and Watermelon salad: Tina Garrett

    Tina Garrett serves her grilled radicchio salad and swordfish and corn kebabs in a watermelon bowl.

    Bourbon-Glazed Swordfish Kebabs
    :Bourbon-Glazed Swordfish Kebabs: Tina Garrett

    To complete his tailgating-themed challenge, Jeff Zilch stirred orange marmalade in rice crispie treats.

    Overtime Orange Crispies
    Overtime Orange Crispies: Jeff Zilch

    Jeff Zilch created two types of game day snacks using beets, turkey, havarti cheese and jalapeños.

    Halftime Bacon Beet Bites and Hail Mary Jalapeño Poppers
    Halftime Bacon Beet Bites and Hail Mary Jalapeno Poppers: Jeff Zilch

    Jeff Zilch brushes turkey legs with an orange-barbecue glaze before pairing them with havarti-stuffed jalapeños and bacony beet bites.

    Touchdown Turkey Legs with a Marmalade Glaze, Halftime Bacon Beet Bites and Hail Mary Jalapeño Poppers
    Touchdown Turkey Legs: Jeff Zilch

    Lori Wiktorek’s game day spread includes grilled pizza, topped with thinly sliced beets and prosciutto, beet slaw and havarti-topped Spam sliders and apple cider-brined turkey legs.

    Apple Cider-Brined Turkey Legs
    Apple Cider Brined Turkey Legs: Lori Wiktorek

    Lori Wiktorek’s game day spread includes grilled pizza, topped with thinly sliced beets and prosciutto, beet slaw and havarti-topped Spam sliders and apple cider-brined turkey legs.

    Grilled Game Day Pizza
    Grilled Game Day Pizza: Lori Wiktorek

    Lori Wiktorek’s game day spread includes grilled pizza, topped with thinly sliced beets and prosciutto, beet slaw and havarti-topped Spam sliders and apple cider-brined turkey legs.

    Grilled Spam & Havarti Sliders with Baby Beets and Apple Orange Marmalade Slaw
    [No Paragraph Style]Recipe ingredientsGrilled Spam & Havarti Sliders with Baby Beets and Apple Orange Marmalade Slaw


    Super Seed Bread
    Super Seed Bread


    Ten types of seeds, nuts, grains pack into dense, delicious bread

    Super Seed Bread is made from all manner of delicious seeds, nuts and grains. While it may not be the best choice for a roast beef sandwich, consider toasting it and smearing it with butter and marmalade or making crostini to top with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

    For the deepest flavor, use a combination of white and shiitake mushrooms in Mollie Katzen’s Mushroom Popover Pie.

    Mushroom Popover Pie
    Mushroom Popover Pie

    For the deepest flavor, use a combination of white and shiitake mushrooms in Mollie Katzen’s Mushroom Popover Pie.

    Katzen’s new cookbook inspires

    In her newest book, “The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), Mollie Katzeh encourages improvisation, offers optional “enhancements” galore and proclaims the glories of a lighter, sharper style of cooking no longer so dependent on cheesy, rich additions.

    Hiker Marianne Denniston walks across the boardwalk of the Little Pond marsh trail at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Conn. The wildlife sanctuary, which is set among 4,000 acres of fields, ponds and woodland, offers a nature museum, campgrounds, boating and bird-watching.

    Exploring the secret treasures of Litchfield, Conn.

    The demoiselle crane moved delicately across the field, arched her long neck and offered an elaborate bow. Then the bird, a native of Eurasia, danced over the grass in a courtship ritual that was all the more extraordinary because of where it took place — off a country road a mile from the center of the Northeastern Connecticut town of Litchfield. The bird sanctuary there remains one of the secret treasures of the area.

    Betty Halbreich, left, renowned personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, speaks as actress Lena Dunham looks on during a panel at the New Yorker Festival in New York. Dunham is working on a new TV project for HBO based on Halbreich’s story.

    Bergdorf’s meets ‘Girls’: An unlikely fashion duo

    Betty Halbreich had something to share over brunch the other morning. “I’m wearing a panty girdle,” allowed the 85-year-old personal shopping guru at the legendarily tony Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. “I’ve NEVER worn a panty girdle,” replied her brunch companion and co-panelist, Lena Dunham, the 27-year-old creator and star of HBO’s “Girls.” Dunham is working on a new TV project for HBO based on Halbreich’s story.

    Death-metal band Broken Hope, featuring North Barrington resident Jeremy Wagner, gets into character to promote its new album, “Omen of Disease.”

    North Barrington rocker pumped about Broken Hope’s new album

    Broken Hope, the popular death-metal band co-founded by North Barrington resident Jeremy Wagner, is back after a long hiatus with a new album, "Omen of Disease," and tour. Wagner, who writes horror fiction when he's not making music, is delighted that his band is back together and on the road. “I’m so excited about this album,” Wagner said. “I think it represents Broken Hope at the top of its game.”

    “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell book cheers underdogs

    Here are some facts to chew on: About one in three highly successful entrepreneurs — including the founders of JetBlue, Charles Schwab and Kinkos — are dyslexic. Almost a third of all U.S. presidents lost a parent when they were a child. These are among the arguments for unexpected sources of strength that Malcolm Gladwell explores in his new book, “David and Goliath."

    Joanna Rohrback created Prancercise, a fitness concept inspired by equine movements that took the Internet by storm in May.

    Prancercise: Celebration of self-expression

    One day in 1989, Joanna Rohrback was strutting along the Hollywood Beach boardwalk near her Florida home. “A really good song came on my Walkman,” says Rohrback, who soon found her arms and legs bouncing to the beat. As she began to trot and then gallop, she recognized what had been missing in her exercise routine: some horsing around. That epiphany led her to create Prancercise, a fitness concept inspired by equine movements that took the Internet by storm in May.

    JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound play the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg Friday.

    Music events: JC Brooks howls at Prairie Center Friday

    Rising rock-soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound brings its stellar live show to the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg Friday, and indie darlings Surfer Blood play at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago.


    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ The Anvil Club is seeking money for renovations from an East Dundee TIF district, but the Fox Valley Libertarian group is upset the village would consider loaning it $300,000 for the project.

    Editorial: Selective opposition to tax deal

    A Daily Herald editorial says East Dundee's Anvil Club deserves the same consideration as other businesses in the debate over a $300,000 tax increment financing grant.


    Amid layoffs, businesses push immigration reform

    Columnist Byron York: Recently the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. At the same time, top Merck officials are urging Congress to loosen the nation’s immigration laws to allow more foreign workers into the United States.


    Charging to the cliff

    Columnist Richard Cohen: My drill sergeant, a volatile martinet, once burst into our barracks at something like 4 a.m. to announce that in all his days in the Army, he had never seen things so bad. He had served in Korea, so I figured he knew something about bad. That morning, though, “bad” came down to the sloppy state of the latrine. Sheer terror stifled my laugh, but the man lives on whenever someone makes a mountain out of a molehill. That man is now Newt Gingrich.


    Work to preserve our ‘companion species’
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I just received my first animal welfare calendar for 2014. Looking at each month’s picture I was reminded of how many animal species have within just a few decades become threatened, endangered and, most sadly, critically endangered. Because of the human species’ actions, be it climate change, poaching, loss of habitat, pollution or commercial fishing methods, too many of our companion species are at risk of losing their existence on earth.


    It’s Democrats who won’t compromise
    A Beach Park letter to the editor: I have a few questions for the Obama supporters out there.


    Risk of injury weighs on sports
    A letter to the editor:


    Accuracy is important in all letters
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In Elinor L. Miller’s letter on Sept. 20, she stated accuracy is very important. She was critical of a letter written by Wayne Oras. In her letter she blamed President Obama for the “Fast and Furious” program. A lot of letters have done that, but it was started in 2006 under President Bush.


    Find budget solution that’s more than temporary
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Daily Herald staff, I hope you hear me and can get the word out to my congresspeople here in Illinois. Get to work, Congress! Are you listening? Here is my message: 1. Pass a budget that puts federal employees back to work.


    America is no superhero to world
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The U.S. is not Superman. The U.S. is not Batman. The U.S. is George Zimmerman. If the people of Syria want to prevent President Obama from raining missiles on their heads, I suggest they wear hoodies that read, “We are Trayvon.”


    Pols should pay furloughed workers
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Congress shut down the government due to the fact that they are 2-year-olds, and to further put a burden on the taxpayers they furlough the government worker for over a week and then decided to pay them back pay.


    Obama at fault? Makes no sense.
    A Lombard letter to the editor: On Oct. 5 you printed a letter from Louis Bowers that needs refuting. He maintains that President Obama bears the greatest responsibility for the current shutdown and that it is his duty to negotiate. This makes no sense whatever.


    GOP catering to the radical few
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It seems that Speaker Boehner doesn’t understand the concept of leadership, and he and his Tea Party Republicans don’t understand why they were elected.


    Don’t vote for any incumbents
    Don’t vote for any incumbentsI am totally disgusted with all of our elected congress in Washington D.C. We should not re-elect any these self-serving, game-playing politicians. Do not vote for any incumbents. This is our fault and we have the power to fix this.Every voter everywhere needs to contact their “representatives” and express their disgust with them. It’s not just Republicans and/or Democrats, it’s all of them. Period.Ernest KovacsNaperville


    No prosecutions of investment bankers?
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: Attorney General Eric Holder, why haven’t you prosecuted any of the investment bankers and their co-conspirators, the ratings agencies, for fraud? These two financial groups are most responsible for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.


    Right-wing cabal hobbles government
    A Sleepy Hollopw letter to the editor: U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan stated that “American people would get better government out of Monkey Island at the local zoo than we’re giving them today.” His remarks, while amusing, just highlight the embarrassing, irresponsible actions of our Congress.


    No ideas for making poor self-sufficient
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: How sad is it that even on an issue like the elimination of hunger Republicans and Democrats still cannot agree. The conservative majority in the House of Representatives, including Randy Hultgren, voted to eliminate 40 billion dollars of SNAP funding (food stamps).


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