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    Pat Durante

    Transit funding spat resolved; consultant says status quo not working

    The stalemate between the RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA ended Wednesday. At stake was how to divide up "discretionary" funds.

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    Naperville to scrutinize retirees looking to be rehired by city

    The next time Naperville wants to hire a retired employee for a different municipal position, the city council first will have to grant approval. “This is not an ordinance that would prohibit the hiring of an employee that already has a public retirement program that they’re benefiting from. It’s just bringing it forward to the council for approval,” Council member Bob Fieseler said.

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    Susan Starrett

    Not all board members on board with Lauzen appointment

    The Kane County Board's Public Health Committee members split in their views about hiring Robert Sauceda to be the new full-time animal control administrator Tuesday. Some board members said he's brought money into the agency, and that's all they need to know about him. Others said they believe Sauceda was given an unfair advantage over other applicants and questioned why the job description was...

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    Marcus J. Sabo

    Crystal Lake coach appears in court on child porn charges

    Leaders of the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League remain shaken after one of the league's former coaches appeared in court Tuesday on charges of possessing child pornography. Authorities allege Marcus J. Sabo, 41, had 60 illicit images of children. The images are not believed be of any local children, said Bill Bligh, an attorney representing the baseball league.

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    Darlene Senger

    Senger leads Republicans in fundraising; Foster has more

    Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger has a large fundraising lead in their primary race for Congress, but Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has far more campaign cash then any of his potential GOP challengers.

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    Brad Schneider

    Schneider outraises Dold in third quarter

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield took in more campaign contributions than his opponent in the third quarter, raising about $365,000 to Republican Bob Dold's $318,000.

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    Fiery crash claims at least 1 in Glenview
    At least one person was killed Tuesday in a crash involving a garbage truck in Glenview at Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street, ABC 7 reported on its website.

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    Hotel Indigo will be the anchor of the Water Street District to be built south of the DuPage River in downtown Naperville beginning next year, developers announced Tuesday.

    Naperville's Water Street District to include Hotel Indigo

    The mystery surrounding the hotel at the center of the Water Street District in downtown Naperville was solved Tuesday as developers of the mixed-use destination announced Hotel Indigo as their choice to open in 2015. Described as an “upscale, boutique hotel,” Hotel Indigo's Naperville location will have about 160 rooms and will anchor the Water Street development of shops,...

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    A worker drives a tractor at a tree farm in North Perry, Ohio, near the cooling towers of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. A study determined that six Illinois nuclear power plants logged hundreds of safety violations from 2000 through 2012, most of them considered low-level.

    Study reports numerous violations at Illinois nuclear plants

    A study determined that six Illinois nuclear power plants logged hundreds of safety violations from 2000 through 2012, most of them considered low-level.

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    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, second from right, speaks Tuesday as state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, left, state Sen. Bill Brady and Bruce Rauner listen.

    GOP governor candidates in Bloomingdale: It's about beating Quinn

    All four GOP candidates running for governor agree that one way to fix Illinois' problems is to get a Republican in the executive mansion. Tuesday night in Bloomingdale, they addressed a room full of suburban Republicans to make their cases for why they have what it takes to defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and then govern.

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    Bartlett reviews proposed decrease in property tax levy

    Bartlett officials were pleased to hear Tuesday that the proposed property tax levy for 2013 is 5 percent less than last year’s extension. Finance Director Jeff Martynowicz said the total levy for the 2013 tax year is nearly $9.4 million. That amount is $500,000 less than the 2012 extension, he said. The owner of a home with a $300,000 market value is estimated to save $54 a year due to the...

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    Three who died in Aurora crash identified

    Authorities have released the names of the three people who died late Sunday during a head-on collision in Aurora.

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    Daniel J. Happ

    66 years for Carpentersville child rape, hammer attack, dog stabbing

    A Carpentersville man was sentenced to 66 years in prison for beating a woman with a hammer, raping an 8-year-old girl and stabbing their dog in March 2012. Daniel Happ, 29, pleaded guilty but mentally ill earlier this year. “The perfect exhibit of the defendant’s cruel, cruel crime,” the prosecutor said. “The blood of his attempted murder victim on the picture of his predatory criminal sexual...

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    American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, Jr., sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. in New York over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction.

    Belafonte sues Martin Luther King Jr. estate

    Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner.

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    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle during a ceremony at the White House Tuesday. Swenson was awarded for his actions in a lengthy battle against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in 2009, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.

    Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

    Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient.

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    Two girls have been arrested in the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who authorities say committed suicide after being bulled online by several girls for nearly a year, a sheriff said Tuesday. On Sept. 9, authorities say, Rebecca climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.

    2 arrested in bullying case after online post

    After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday.The especially callous remark hastened the arrest of a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl who were primarily responsible for bullying Rebecca, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Governor candidates file campaign finance reports

    Candidates for Illinois governor have started filing reports showing how much money they raised — and spent — in the third quarter. The reports are due to the state by midnight today.

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    Northwestern to have peanut-free football game

    Northwestern won’t serve peanuts at Ryan Field on Saturday when the Wildcats take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The university is hosting its first Peanut Free Day for those with peanut allergies.

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    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, left, standing with Jennifer Gratz, chief executive officer of XIV Foundation, speaks to reporters after arguing their case before the Supreme Court Tuesday.

    Court likely to uphold Michigan measure on race

    The Supreme Court seemed prepared Tuesday to uphold a voter-approved ban on taking account of race in college admissions. The court heard arguments over a 2006 change to the state constitution to prohibit the University of Michigan and other state schools from any consideration of race when they decide whom to admit.

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    Parkland Memorial Hospital financial counselor Tiffany Ruiz, left, helps Vyncent Bosh sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act last week in Dallas.

    White House projected strong health plan signups

    The Obama administration’s internal projections called for strong enrollment in the states in the first year of new health insurance markets, according to unpublished estimates obtained by The Associated Press. Whether those expectations will bear out is unclear.

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    Maine West hazing suit dismissed, but not over yet

    A Cook County judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207 brought by four student-athletes who say they were hazed at Maine West High School, but is allowing the plaintiffs a chance to refile their case. Judge Daniel Gillespie’s “ruling focused on the plaintiffs’ failure to allege facts sufficient to permit the lawsuit to go forward,” according to a...

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    Dist. 211 hosts art college and career expo

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 is hosting its art college and career expo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road. Several college representatives and professionals in varying art fields will be in attendance to speak with District 211 students.

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    Downers Grove North Homecoming Queen Anne Wagner, center left, and Mary Doro, center right, have been friends since kindergarten. Doro started the online movement to nominate Wagner to the homecoming court.

    Governor, Downers North celebrate homecoming queen

    Many little girls want to be homecoming queen, but that dream may be more difficult for some to achieve than others. The Downers Grove North High School senior class recently helped bridge that gap from dream to reality by naming Anne Wagner, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome and leukemia, as its 2013 homecoming queen.

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    Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo, shown during an earlier court appearance, is scheduled to face trial in December on charges he allowed hazing among his players.

    December trial set for former Maine West coach in hazing case

    A jury trial has been set for December in the case of a former Maine West High School soccer coach accused of allowing hazing among his players. Michael Divincenzo, 37, is scheduled to face trial Dec. 17 on misdemeanor charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse stemming from a hazing scandal that cost him and an assistant coach their jobs and led to multiple lawsuits against Maine...

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    IDOT leader defends Illiana Expressway project before vote

    Illinois’ transportation secretary is defending the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Expressway against criticism that it’s a risky investment. Ann Schneider tells The Associated Press Tuesday that over the course of the proposed 35-year partnership with a private investor, the tollway could generate up to $500 million in profit for Illinois.

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    Any contractor that bids for a construction job in Des Plaines is required to have an apprenticeship or training program in place for workers. But aldermen will consider eliminating that requirement at the next city council meeting.

    Des Plaines could eliminate training requirement for contractors

    A majority of Des Plaines aldermen favor changes to city bidding rules that currently exclude contractors without apprenticeship or training programs from seeking work on city projects. Supporters say it would lead to a better competitive bidding process and lower costs for the city in the long run. But trade unions don’t like the proposed change, arguing the current rules ensure those working on...

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a Tuesday news conference surrounded by the members of families affected by gun violence.

    Emanuel pushes longer sentences for gun crimes

    Chicago’s top civic leaders launched an aggressive push Tuesday for legislation that will increase gun crime penalties, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowing to lobby lawmakers on the measure that he said will help combat and prevent persistent street violence.

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    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton s

    Cullerton says pension issue could bypass committee

    A solution to the Illinois pension crisis still be reached during the fall legislative session, even if the committee tasked with solving the crisis remains split, Senate President John Cullerton said.

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    Town center a vision in Hawthorn Woods plan

    Hawthorn Woods is seeking community input as it updates its long range plan. “It’s not the village’s plan, it’s not the professional planners telling us what to do. We want to represent the voice of the people,” said Pam Newton, the village's chief operating officer.

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    Arbiter rules District 15 can dismiss students early on Fridays

    An arbiter has sided with the throngs of Palatine Township Elementary District 15 parents who pushed to have students dismissed early, instead of starting classes later, to accommodate weekly teacher professional development time.

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    Craft distillery planned in Geneva

    A craft distillery will be allowed to open in Geneva, as the city council is poised to grant permission to Fox River Distilling to open in a business park.

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    Wauconda planning group meets:

    Wauconda’s plan commission will hold a pair of public hearings today to discuss whether two properties in residential areas should be rezoned to allow retail businesses.

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    Clarendon Drive to close:

    Clarendon Drive from Hainesville Road to Williams Avenue in Round Lake Beach will be closed for 21 calendar days beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

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    Flu shots:

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is offering flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone over the age of 6 months.

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    Senior health fair:

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan and State Sen. Dan Duffy will host their annual senior citizens’ health fair Friday, Oct. 18, at the Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Route 45, Libertyville, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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    Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December.

    Public access barred at Newtown school demolition

    Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December. Demolition is set to begin next week and be finished before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shootings. A new school is expected to open by...

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    Bill Daley dropped out of the governor’s race on Sept. 17.

    Daley to return most of campaign donations

    Bill Daley says he’s returning most — but not all — of the money donated to his aborted campaign for Illinois governor. Daley raised about $1.2 million for a Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn before he withdrew from the race last month.

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    Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Antioch teen involved in fatal street race told to follow rules at treatment center or return to jail

    An Antioch Township man awaiting trial for his role in a drag race that killed a friend was given one last chance to follow the rules of a Lake Villa behavioral health center or go to jail. Jeremy Betancourt, 17, was warned by Lake County Judge George Bridges that his bond will be increased if he continues to break the inpatient counseling center’s rules banning use of cellphones and social media.

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    Chicago housing chief resigns

    The head of the Chicago Housing Authority has resigned after two years. Charles Woodyard’s resignation was announced at a Tuesday CHA board meeting. No reason was given for his departure.

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    Infant, woman die in Chicago fire

    An 11-month-old baby girl and a 49-year-old woman have died in a fire on Chicago’s South Side. Police say the Tuesday blaze spread to three homes in the city’s Englewood neighborhood.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Karl K. Wuckert, 23, of West Dundee, was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a one-car crash at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 14N800 block of Sleepy Hollow Road near East Dundee, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    An aluminum tool rack and hand tools, worth a combined $500, were stolen from a cargo trailer on the 9N300 block of Old Kirk Road near Geneva between Sept. 17 and Oct. 8, according to a sheriff’s report

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    Bartlett Metra parking lot partly closed Oct. 17-25

    A portion of the Bartlett Metra commuter parking lot will be closed from Thursday, Oct. 17, until Friday, Oct. 25, for concrete work, resurfacing and restriping..

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    Glen Ellyn approves new tax district for Roosevelt Road

    Glen Ellyn’s village board unanimously approved plans aimed at increasing economic development along the Roosevelt Road corridor — with boundaries excluding the much-debated Parkside Apartments.

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    Palatine clarifies ban on discharging air guns

    Palatine councilmen on Monday supported the police department’s request to better define an existing ban on discharging air guns, but not before some expressed surprise that their sons might be breaking the law simply by fooling around in the backyard.

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    Pamela Keane

    Woman gets 9 years in $184,000 identity theft case

    A California woman was sentenced in DuPage County court Tuesday to nine years in prison for her role in an identity theft ring that took at least $184,000 from a dozen victims. Pamela Keane, 48, claimed she was a homeless drug addict when she was recruited and flown to Illinois to commit the crimes.

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    IDOT worker gets probation in workplace battery case

    An Illinois Department of Transportation employee charged with molesting a co-worker earlier this year pleaded guilty to an amended charge Tuesday in Rolling Meadows. Edgardo Sobenes, 54, who had been on unpaid leave pending the resolution of his case, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery. In exchange for his guilty plea, Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort sentenced the Rolling Meadows man to 24...

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    Unable to access Daily Herald eEdition? Here’s how to fix it

    We are experiencing technical problems with our eEdition on some mobile devices. If you are unable to access our eEdition, go to settings for your browser and clear cache, cookies and data. You should then be able to open the eEdition.

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    Krishna Bansal

    Naperville businessman enters 84th state House race

    Naperville businessman Krishna Bansal is the first Republican to enter the race for the 84th District seat in the state House of Representatives in advance of the filing period next month. Bansal, who announced his candidacy Saturday, said he is running to make Illinois a better place for families and businesses. “The reason I came to Illinois was so I could get a better future, a better...

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    Al-Qaida leader Abu Anas al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

    Libyan pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

    A Libyan charged in the deadly 1998 al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa pleaded not guilty Tuesday to terrorism charges in a brief proceeding that followed a familiar script in a courthouse that has hosted numerous terrorism cases in the past two decades.

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    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif share a light moment at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks Tuesday at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

    Declaring that Iran no longer wants to “walk in the dark” of international isolation, Iranian negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough plan Tuesday at the long-stalled talks on easing fears that Tehran wants atomic arms.

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    This Sept. 26, 1922 photo shows the ruins of a powder house which was attacked by striking miners during the 1922 Herrin Massacre in Herrin, Ill.

    Herrin OKs continued excavation of cemetery

    Administrators in the southern Illinois city of Herrin have given the go-ahead for more cemetery excavation work intended to find the remains of victims of a violent 1922 labor strike. The Herrin City Council agreed Monday to let historians, anthropologists and geologists continue their digging at the Herrin City Cemetery. Searchers reported that their efforts last Friday uncovered five sets of...

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    Algonquin fire limited to kitchen

    No one was injured in a structure fire in Algonquin overnight Tuesday, authorities said. Crews were called to the 1400 block of Winaki Trail and put out a kitchen fire.

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    Jose Rebollar-Vergara

    Trial date set for man charged in Round Lake Beach shooting

    A Lake County judge has set March 10 as the “realistic” court date for a Round Lake Park man accused of killing a Zion teen outside of a liquor store. Jose Rebollar-Vergara, 25, faces three counts of first-degree murder and remains held in Lake County jail on $3 million bail for killing Gabriel Gonzalez, 19, outside of the One Stop Food and Liquor Store in the 1000 block of Fairfield...

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    Eric D. Walleck

    Missing Fox Lake-area man found safe

    A Fox Lake-area man who was reported missing about one week ago has returned home safely, authorities said. Eric D. Walleck, 40, of the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue, returned home on Saturday, Fox Lake Police Lt. Mark Schindler said.

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    The California attorney general’s office has charged Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner with felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. Filner, 71, resigned in late August, succumbing to intense pressure after at least 17 women brought lurid sexual harassment allegations against him.

    Ex-San Diego Mayor charged with 3 crimes

    Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, was charged Tuesday with felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery involving three women. The felony count alleges false imprisonment “by violence, fraud, menace and deceit” but does not elaborate on the circumstances.

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    Wheaton favors medical pot issued only in manufacturing district

    Any future medical marijuana dispensing operations in Wheaton will likely be limited to the city's manufacturing district. City council members Monday gave their preliminary approval of zoning changes that would limit any dispensing operations the industrial and manufacturing zones located immediately south and west of the city's downtown.

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    Bride Sarah Nagy, right, begins to cry as she is escorted by her father, Scott, down the aisle during her wedding ceremony Oct. 12, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Strongsville, Ohio. University Hospital sent a medical team along with Scott, who is bound to his bed, and the ambulance ride to the church was donated by Physicians Medical Transport.

    Dying Ohio man on gurney leads daughter down aisle

    A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter’s wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney. Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy took part in daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday. “It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle,” said the 56-year-old. “She’s my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle.”

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    High court rejects Calif. inmate crowding appeal

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected California’s appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences. The justices did not comment on their order, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600...

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    Second dry ice explosion reported at L.A. airport

    A dry ice explosion rattled nerves late Monday at Los Angeles International Airport in the second such incident in as many days, but there were no reports of any injuries or evacuations, authorities said. The incident was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. The dry ice was found near a gate area, a secure part of LAX only accessible to airport...

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    The Supreme Court, shown Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington, has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants. The justices said Tuesday they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the government’s unprecedented regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming.

    High court will review EPA global warming rules

    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration’s plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. The question in the case is whether the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate automobile emissions of greenhouses gases as air pollutants, which stemmed from a 2007 Supreme Court...

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    A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

    Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 93

    The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.

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    Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the new Vatican No. 2, was a no-show at the ceremony to take over the reins of the Vatican administration, after being hospitalized for urgent surgery.

    New Vatican No. 2 a no-show at handover ceremony

    The new Vatican No. 2 was a no-show Tuesday at the ceremony to take over the reins of the Holy See administration, after being hospitalized for urgent surgery on the day he was to have begun charting a new course for the troubled Vatican bureaucracy.

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    Smoke billows amid buildings at a bomb explosion in Daraya, a countryside of Damscus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Syrian warplanes bombed several rebel-held areas Tuesday and opposition fighters fired mortar rounds and homemade rockets at Damascus on the first day of a major Muslim holiday, activists said.

    Syria fighting rages despite major Muslim holiday

    Syrian warplanes bombed several rebel-held areas Tuesday and opposition fighters fired mortar rounds and homemade rockets at Damascus on the first day of a major Muslim holiday, activists said. The fighting during Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, showed how entrenched both sides have become in Syria’s civil war, now in its third year. Previously, combatants occasionally attempted to...

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    Afghan police and officials examine the mosque in Puli Alam, Logar Province, Afghanistan, where a bomb hidden in the base of a microphone killed Afghan Governor Arsallah Jamal, Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban have been targeting Afghan officials, military and NATO troops as part of a campaign to retake territory as international troops draw down ahead of a full pullout at the end of 2014.

    Mosque bombing kills governor in east Afghanistan

    A bomb planted inside a mosque microphone killed the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province as he was delivering a speech to worshippers on Tuesday morning to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, officials said.

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    Instructor Linda Kiepke removes excess clay from a spinning bowl. ClaySpace, a nonprofit ceramics studio, has just moved into new facilities in Lisle.

    Nonprofit ClaySpace offers artists new home in Lisle

    ClaySpace welcomes inventive and creative people of all ages to its new Lisle location. Patrons will want to check out the artistic business regularly to take pottery classes, view its art gallery or purchase a piece of ceramics. The nonprofit ceramic studio recently celebrated its grand opening in Lisle. “The sky is almost the limit in our new facilities,” said artist Sue Borghesi,...

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    Once a Black Friday phenomenon, more and more shoppers in pursuit of deals will hit more and more stores on Thanksgiving night this year.

    Do 8 p.m. store openings mean Thanksgiving's dead?

    With news that her work shift officially begins at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, one suburban worker is ready to pronouce the beloved holiday officially dead. “At one point we opened at 6 in the morning on Black Friday. And then it got moved to 4 in the morning and then it got moved to midnight and now it's 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving,” Lawrence says. “We have massacred Thanksgiving. It is...

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    Prospect Heights aldermen say bar has improved noise levels

    Two Prospect Heights aldermen who have been most critical of noise from the House of Music and Entertainment on the 1200 block of Rand Road said Monday there has been considerable improvement, despite continued complaints from at least one homeowner.

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    Glen Ellyn board agrees on street widening projects

    After debating the details for over two hours with a good dose of public input, the Glen Ellyn village board on Monday night reached an agreement on the proposed Lenox-Linden roadway improvement projects. By a 3-2 vote, the board approved the six recommendations of the village’s Capital Improvements Commission — with amendments.

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    The eating establishment My Big Fat Greek Restaurant in the Entertainment District in Rosemont has closed its doors.

    Dawn Patrol: Rosemont restaurant closes; Dist. 214’s extra money

    Rosemont restaurant closes; Disrict 214 trying to figure out how to spend surplus funds; Menards coming to Vernon Hills; Hit-and-run crash injures South Elgin man.

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    Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization

    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

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    Allen Skillicorn

    Group urges 'no' vote on Kane County tax to help disabled

    A loosely organizated group fronted by East Dundee Trustee and radio host Allen Skillicorn has formed in opposition to the pending Kane County tax increase that would benefit disabled residents. “Is creating another level of government the most efficient use of taxpayer money?” Skillicorn said. “Don't Kane County residents already pay enough property taxes?

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    Dotty's Cafe wants to build two restaurants with video gambling in Mundelein. Dotty's tries to appeal to women with a country kitchen charm, unlike sports bars.

    Mundelein says no to gambling cafes geared to women

    Mundelein's liquor control commission has rejected creating licenses for a video gambling cafe chain geared toward women. Dotty's Cafe had wanted two liquor licenses and permission to have five video gambling terminals in spaces at 350 Townline Road and 743 Diamond Lake Road. Mayor Steve Lentz, who is the village's liquor commissioner, broke the tie among trustees.

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    Future Teachers Club members from Elgin's Larkin High School, left to right, Kailin Sepp, Nathaniel Evans, Emily Fischer and Symantha Clough read to kindergartners at Gifford Elementary School in Elgin. Officials of Elgin Area School District U-46 hope some of the diverse student population will return as teachers.

    Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror students

    Elgin Area School District U-46 has a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. It's a similar story in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, East Aurora Unit District 131, and others. “Moving forward, we must make a concerted effort to reach out to underrepresented group members," a Round Lake Area...

Sports

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    Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney has made Colgate his college choice.

    Jacobs’ Mooney headed to Colgate

    Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney didn’t see the point in waiting. His mind was made up Following an official visit last weekend to Colgate’s campus in Hamilton, N.Y., the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior called coach Dick Biddle on Monday night and gave his verbal commitment to play for the Raiders.

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    Barrington wins West — right on schedule

    Barrington’s impending Senior Night actually provided motivation on Tuesday night. The Fillies were at Fremd, trying to clinch a Mid-Suburban West girls volleyball crown for the second time in three years. “We wanted to get that (division title) out of the way so we didn’t have to worry about it on Thursday (Senior Night) so we could have more fun,” said one of the Fillies’ seniors, Claire Waliczek. Despite losing a two-game match at home to Fremd three weeks ago, the Fillies (14-14, 8-1) took care of business on the road against the Vikings on Tuesday.They defeated the hosts 25-11, 25-23 for the West title.

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    Rams wraps up FVC Fox title

    A senior-dominated defense has been a big reason for Grayslake Central’s success on the soccer field this season. On senior night, the “Ram Tough” defense produced a shutout in a division-clinching win. Grayslake Central rolled past visiting Woodstock 7-0 Thursday night to wrap up the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship.

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    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by Duncan Keith (2) and Jonathan Toews (19) following a shootout during an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Chicago won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Hawks come back for big win against Canes

    Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night. Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.

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    Patrick Sharp scores on Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the first period Tuesday night for his first goal of the season. Sharp also scored the only goal in the shootout.

    Very special night for Blackhawks' Sharp

    Patrick Sharp made it a night to remember in a big way by scoring the only goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks beat Carolina 3-2. Goalie Corey Crawford came up huge late in overtime when the Hawks killed a hooking penalty to Bryan Bickell. “I'll take a win on the road any day of the week,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “I thought we had a great first period and then they had their turn. We were hanging on at the end — that was a big kill in overtime."

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    Stanek having a standout season

    With half the season in the books for the North Central football team, there is no doubt who its offensive MVP has been. In his second full season as quarterback Spencer Stanek has led the Cardinals to a 5-0 record, 2-0 in the CCIW after Saturday’s 55-7 victory over Millikin.

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    Neuqua Valley earns 13th straight UEC title, focuses on sectional

    Neuqua Valley won its 13th straight conference girls tennis championship, but the Wildcats still have some heavy lifting to do if they are to fulfill their goals for this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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    MSL’s aquatic elite in showdown at Fremd

    The Mid-Suburban League’s top two girls swimming and diving teams are set to meet Thursday in Palatine, and it figures to be quite a battle.Fremd will host the meet starting at 4:30 p.m., and it will take the following format: four swimming events, followed by diving and senior night recognition, and then the rest of the swimming events.The Vikings edged Barrington for both the divisional and overall MSL titles last fall by winning both the dual meet and the conference meet, both of which were held at Barrington. But much has changed for these teams since Fremd ended Barrington’s long run of MSL championships last season.Both teams, clearly, are better than last year, which only adds to the intrigue.Barrington’s top two swimmers are sophomore Kirsten Jacobsen and senior Mekenna Scheitlin, and they are among the top swimmers in the state.Jacobsen is the defending state champ in the 500-yard freestyle and continues to improve. In Barrington’s invitational on Saturday, she won the 500 free in 4:57.04 and the 200 free in a pool record 1:51.62. She’s also got terrific sprint speed so is a big plus on relays.Scheitlin is an elite sprinter and finaled in the 50 free at last year’s state meet — but she’s also extremely versatile and can provide winning points across a wide range of events for coach Jim Bart.A strong supporting cast for the Fillies has also stepped up. Andrea Vega is an order of magnitude faster than last season in the sprint freestyles, Emma Barnett and Olivia Hoffman are extremely versatile returning state qualifiers and, as usual, Barrington has been bolstered by a strong varsity-ready freshman class.The latest rankings from Swimming In Illinois put Barrington as the fourth-best team in the state, behind only Fenwick, New Trier and Downers Grove North. Fremd, meanwhile, doesn’t crack that list’s top 20. But those rankings are intended to measure championship meet strength, and not dual meets.So for Fremd, the question is whether its excellent depth is enough to overcome Barrington’s edge in top-end ability.Key to the Vikings’ season has been the freestyle improvement from Saki Takumiya. A state meet qualifier last season in the backstroke and 200 IM, her development in freestyle sprints has elevated Fremd’s relays.A strong core of versatile swimmers — among them Grace Kneller, Erica King, Loretta Stelnicki, Julia Portmann, Grace Grzybek, Samantha McCarthy and Shae Taylor — means Fremd has a chance to grab a great deal of points with consistent second- and third-place finishes as well as strong relay depth.In diving, give Fremd a slight nod with the 1-2 punch of Sarah McTague and Sydney Plichta on their home boards, but Barrington senior Tiffany Soto qualified for state last year and will certainly figure in the top three.The interesting thing this year, both teams have much larger long-range goals than a dual meet, or even a conference championship.Barrington placed ninth in last year’s state meet but has an honest shot at grabbing a trophy this time around.Fremd’s state meet performance was a disappointment last fall, but the Vikes have enough improving, experienced competitors to make some waves Nov. 22 and 23 at New Trier.Fremd coach Andrew Kittrell looks as this dual meet as a stepping-off point to the regular season — and a signal that the postseason is about to begin.“For us, it is the last time of the year where all 65 members of our team will get to compete in the same venue, as well as the last time our seniors will compete in our pool for their high school career,” he said. “ I always tell the girls that this is a terrific meet against a classy and tough opponent. My staff and I have had many opportunities to see just how tough and talented our kids are, but I enjoy this last opportunity to hold up the reflection of how much heart they have.

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran, right, celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 4-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Cards now one win away from World Series

    Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson connected for the first home runs of the NL championship series, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff.In a series starved for offense, the Cardinals scored as many runs as they did in the first three games combined, when the teams totaled nine runs.

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    Nine aces key Naperville Central victory

    Naperville Central’s serving game carried the Redhawks against DuPage Valley Conference foe Wheaton Warrenville South.

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    Hersey’s Courtney Stedman leaps for a kill during Tuesday’s MSL East-clinching match against Buffalo Grove.

    Hersey nets another MSL East title

    Hersey’s girls volleyball team may have lost its streak of 53 consecutive wins in the Mid-Suburban East earlier this fall, but the Huskies did not relinquish their streak of MSL East titles. Hersey claimed its 11th in a row on Tuesday night at the Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights with a 25-19 20-25, 25-19 East clinching triumph over Buffalo Grove.

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    Reskala doubles up against Naperville N.

    Naperville Central senior Sam Reskala had never scored against cross-town rival Naperville North. He liked it so much the first time, he decided to do it again.Reskala’s 2 goals started the visiting Redhawks (13-2-2, 6-1 DuPage Valley Conference) on their way to a 4-1 boys soccer victory against the Huskies (9-6-2, 3-4) on Tuesday in Naperville.

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    Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (26) is congratulated by teammates after Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 4-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

    Images: Game 4 of the NLCS
    Images from Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

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    Team USA’s Edgar Castillo, right, and Panama’s Blas Perez go for a header Tuesday during a World Cup qualifying match in Panama City.

    U.S. stuns Panama 3-2 in stoppage time

    Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time, and the United States rallied for a 3-2 win at Panama on Tuesday night that left Mexico’s World Cup hopes alive and knocked out the Panamanians.

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    Balanced Geneva handles Larkin

    Predictability and a lack thereof factored into the Geneva girls volleyball team’s 25-14, 25-20 victory at Larkin Tuesday evening. When Larkin terminated a point, the ball came off the hands of two players without exception: Western Michigan bound hitter Olivia Kofie (10 kills) and fellow senior Brianna Stewart (5 kills). No other Royal registered a kill. The youthful Vikings were better balanced and more effective. Geneva setters Megan Cameron (12 assists) and Courtney Caruso (9 assists) spread the ball between junior middle Maddie Courter (5 kills, 6 blocks), sophomore outside hitter Kyley Thompson (6 kills) and freshman right side Grace Loberg (7 kills).

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley d. Dundee-Crown: Erin Lyman had 8 kills and 2 aces and Alex Kisten added 5 kills to lead the Red Raiders to a 25-17, 25-14 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Erin Erb added 4 kills and 2 aces for Huntley and Kelsey DeWulf had 8 assists. Frankie Cavallaro (3 kills, 6 assists, 5 digs), Kaylee Sommers (5 digs) and Gina Pagano (5 digs) led the Chargers (9-13, 2-8).Cary-Grove d. Jacobs: Delaney Bayer had 4 aces and 11 digs, Morgan Lee had 8 blocks and Abby Schebel 7 kills to lead the Trojans (18-15, 8-4) to a 25-16, 25-14 win in the FVC Valley. Kassie Kasper had 7 digs and Mackie Traub added 5 digs and 5 assists for Jacobs (14-13, 2-8).Harvest Christian d. Aurora Christian: Sydney Doby had 13 kills, 9 digs and 4 aces, Mikayla Robinson 4 kills, Jade Martinez 24 assists and 6 digs, Shayna Manusos 9 digs and 3 aces and Ellie Burzlaff 9 digs and 4 kills to lead the Lions (16-8) to a 29-27, 25-16 nonconference win.St. Edward d. Westminster Christian: Cecile Rapp had 6 kills and Shannon Igielski added 6 to lead the Green Wave to a 25-23, 25-9 nonconference win. Allison Kruk had 15 digs and Clara McDowel added 11 for St. Edward.Streamwood d. Elgin: Kaitlyn Hedger had 6 kills and 17 digs, Andrea Prytulak 3 aces and 3 kills and Lexi Engram 5 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces to lead the Sabres to their first Upstate Eight River win of the season, 25-19, 25-19.Burlington Central d. Harvard: Makenna Jensen had 9 kills and 3 blocks, Lauren Wiltsie 6 kills, Allie O’Reilly 16 digs and Maddy Barry 16 assists to lead the Rockets (20-7, 9-0) to a 25-21, 25-14 Big Northern East win.Hampshire d. Woodstock: Kyla Conway had 10 kills and Erin Foss 8 as the Whip-Purs won in the FVC Fox. Julianna Gass had 15 digs, Sara Finn added 8 and Brittany Laffin had 26 assists.Neuqua Valley d. South Elgin: Katie Innis had 9 digs and Adriana Loiacono added 10 assists for South Elgin in a 25-15, 25-21 UEC Valley loss.

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    Glenbard South, Glenbard West call it even

    Tuesday night’s 0-0 tie between Glenbard South and host Glenbard West had the 80-minute intensity both teams wanted with the postseason just days away.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood’s shutout streak may have ended Tuesday but the Sabres’ boys soccer team won again nonetheless.Nestor Ascencio and Donnie Sosa scored goals with Christian Vences and Juan Munoz providing the assists to lead the Sabres (15-2-3) to a 2-1 Upstate Eight Conference crossover win over Waubonsie Valley.Sergio Blanco had 5 saves in goal for the Sabres.South Elgin 3, St. Charles North 1: JC Lujan scored twice and Adam Smith had a goal to lead the Storm (7-7-2) to a UEC crossover win. Jose Gomez and Isaac Perez had assists for South Elgin and Richard Groenewegen had 2 saves in goal.Burlington Central 4, Hampshire 1: Paolo Sespene scored twice with Matt O’Connor and AJ Gouriotis adding a goal each to lead the Rockets (18-2) to a nonconference win. Sean Fitzgerald and Alan Camarena had assists for BC and Brett Rau made 4 saves in goal. Jose Hernandez scored off an assist from Paul Novacovici. Andy Pederson had 17 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (5-14-1).Huntley 3, McHenry 1: Christian Ramos, Travis Walsh and David Pardo scored goals as the Red Raiders (18-2-1, 5-1) won the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division season finale. Jason Zobott (2) and Amir Dajani had assists, while Austin Emery (0 saves) and Tommy Helm (3 saves) split time in goal.West Chicago 2, Larkin 0: Javy Delgado had 10 saves for the Royals (8-10-3) in their UEC crossover loss.CL South 5, Prairie Ridge 1: Brad Wisser and Matt Tobolt each had 2 goals and Ryan Rasmussen added a single score to lead the Gators (8-11-3, 3-3) in the FVC Valley. Gus Alvarez (3 saves) and Brian Farstead (5 saves) split time in goal.Batavia 4, Bartlett 1: AJ Santori scored Bartlett’s only goal in this UEC crossover loss. Jake Hasenstein (4 saves) and Andrew Nowak (1 save) split time in goal for the Hawks (4-12-3).Boys golfCorrection: It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday’s editions of the Daily Herald that St. Edward’s Michael Mattas shot an 82 at the Class 2A Freeport sectional. Mattas actually shot an 80, missing the individual cut for state by 2 shots.John Radtke contributed to this report

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    Rudy Jaramillo

    White Sox looking for hitting coach

    General manager Rick Hahn has a lot of work to do this off-season, and finding a hitting coach to replace Jeff Manto is an immediate priority. Beat writer Scot Gregor examines potential candidates like Charlie Manuel, Jim Thome and Wally Joyner.

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    Warren shuts out Highland Park

    Boys soccerWarren 2, Highland Park 0: Rafa Macias and Elijah Parker scored for the Blue Devils in the nonconference game, and R.J. Hill made 2 savers in earning the shutout.Michael Robinson had an assist for Warren (10-4-7).Lakes 4, Zion-Benton 0: Jon Borzick, Tom Cyberski, Rich Galat and Brian Werchek scored for the North Suburban Prairie Division champs.Galat also had an assist, while Kevin Ray and Jack Monson each made 5 saves in sharing the shutout for Lakes (11-6-3).Carmel 5, Notre Dame 1: Adam Cloe scored twice, and Evan Potter had a goal and an assist for the Corsairs in their East Suburban Catholic Conference win.Phil Homa and Keenan Walsh also scored for Carmel (8-7-3, 4-3-1).

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    Grayslake North tops Woodstock North

    Girls volleyballNicole LeBaron pounded 6 kills, and Alaina Geissberger added 5 blocks, 3 kills and 2 aces, as Grayslake North’s girls volleyball team earned a 25-19, 25-9 win over Woodstock North in a Fox Valley Fox Division match Tuesday night.Grayslake North (13-20, 5-6) also received 11 digs and 2 aces from Cassie Reimbold and 6 assists and 2 aces from Kendall Buchman.Crystal Lake Central d. Grayslake Central: The Tigers denied the Rams their 20th win, prevailing 25-6, 26-28, 25-11 in Fox Valley Fox action.Alex Dahlstrom delivered 8 kills and 2 aces for Grayslake Central (19-7, 6-4). Gabi Casper had 5 kills, 9 digs and 1 ace.

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    Joakim Noah, who has been battling a groin strain, will see his first preseason action Wednesday night at the United Center.

    Noah eager to rejoin Bulls lineup, build chemistry

    After missing the first three preseason games with a groin strain, Bulls center Joakim Noah is anxious to take the court Wednesday against Detroit at the United Center. It's not only Noah's preseason debut, but the first game action for Derrick Rose at the UC since he suffered a torn ACL on April 28, 2012.

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    Thibodeau studied Bulls championship teams

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau never lets his mind stray far from basketball. He revealed Tuesday that's made a project of studying the Bulls' championship teams with Michael Jordan and shared some observations.

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    Above: St. Charles East’s Megan Schildmeyer and Alex Mazanke block a spike by Batavia’s Heather Meyer Tuesday in St. Charles. Right: Batavia’s Jancy Lundbergtries to hit past St. Charles East’s Dana Voltolina and Mazanke.

    St. Charles E. rallies by Batavia

    It’s not a formula St. Charles East wants to turn to often, but it has worked recently against two of their local rivals.

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Nina Tuszynski of Metea Valley goes up for hit during the Bartlett at Metea Valley girls volleyball game Tuesday.

    Metea Valley keeps UEC Valley title to itself

    Claiming a share of the conference title last year was nice. Capturing a title this year all to themselves is even nicer for the Metea Valley Mustangs.

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    Warren football coach Dave Mohapp needs 1 more win to become the school’s winningest coach.

    Mohapp on verge of Warren coaching milestone

    The man they call “Mo” needs one more. With a win Friday night over Mundelein, Dave Mohapp will vault past Mike Kunkle for the most victories as a Warren football coach.

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    Harper rolls into Region IV title game

    For four minutes Tuesday afternoon, the NJCAA Region IV women’s soccer tournament semifinal was a close affair. But after the Hawks got on the board, courtesy of the first of forward Stephanie Hurwitz’s two quick breakaway goals, it was all Harper in a 6-1 decision over visiting Triton.

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    Burlington Central’s Allie O’Reilly will play her college volleyball at UIC.

    UIC the perfect fit for Burlington Central’s O’Reilly

    Burlington Central libero Allie O’Reilly said making her college choice became simple once she spent a sunny Tuesday in September on the bustling Illinois-Chicago campus. “Like a two-foot putt,” she said of the decision. “It was easy. When you know, you know.” A 17-year-old Elgin resident, O’Reilly gave her verbal commitment last Thursday to UIC coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley.

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    Self defense has an impact at Rhode Island

    It hasn’t taken former Lake Zurich volleyball standout Layne Self long to make an impact on the collegiate level. Now a Rhode Island freshman, Self was named the Atlantic 10s Defensive Player of the Week.

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    Carmel’s Grace Schofield spikes one past Providence Catholic’s Rachel Alles on Tuesday night in Mundelein.

    Schofield, Carmel terminate Providence

    They call her the Cyborg at home. And we hope it’s affectionately. “My family calls me that,’’ said Carmel volleyball slugger Gracie Schofield. “If there is anything around the house that needs lifting, they call me.” On Tuesday night, the Corsairs (25-4) needed Schofield and all of her teammates to play their game. That’s because a hard-hitting club from New Lenox was in town. And Providence Catholic battled the entire night before falling to Carmel 25-22, 25-23.

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    The perception that the new Bears offense operates at the expense of running back Matt Forte is no more than that: perception.

    Forte as crucial as ever to Bears’ success

    The perception that the new Bears offense operates at the expense of Matt Forte, or that the increased number of weapons means a diminished role for the running back, simply isn’t true.

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    Catcher Yadier Molina is just one of the many reasons why the Cardinals just keep getting the job done year after year.

    Cubs only dream of success of Cardinals’ Way

    While it's easy for Cubs' fans to dislike so much about St. Louis, it has to be difficult to not have Cardinals Envy. If the past and present are any indication, the Cubs' future in this rivalry is dubious because the Cards' formula figures to keep on working.

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    St. Edward stops Christian Liberty

    St. Edward boys soccer coach Tim Brieger feared last week that his Green Wave would come into Tuesday’s Class 1A soccer regional semifinal a bit lackadaisical after already beating No. 4 seed Christian Liberty Academy earlier this season by 2 goals. Although top-seeded St. Edward vindicated Brieger’s fears, somehow the Wave managed to slide by the Chargers in a 2-0 win at Greg True Field in Elgin to advance to Saturday’s regional final. St. Edward will await the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between No. 2 seed Aurora Central Catholic and No. 3 Elgin Academy.

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    Northwestern wide receiver Rashad Lawrence misses a pass in last Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin. The Wildcats will look to end a two-game slide when Minnesota comes to Evanston this weekend.

    Big Ten lacking luster, but better games lie ahead

    In the first half of the season, the Big Ten had only four teams win all four nonconference games. Indiana’s convincing victory over Penn State has been the only upset, a mild one at that. Against Notre Dame and the five other major leagues, the Big Ten went 9-8. Six of those wins were over California (1-5), Iowa State (1-4), South Florida (2-4) and Syracuse (3-3), noncontenders in their respective conferences.

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    Minnesota moves forward with Kill away

    There is no timetable for Jerry Kill’s return to the Minnesota sideline, but interim head coach Tracy Claeys said that he does not expect him to be there when the Gophers (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) play at Northwestern (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday.

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    Iowa’s tough stretch starts at Ohio State

    An accommodating schedule and perfectly placed bye week put Iowa in position for a good start. It’s about to become more difficult for the Hawkeyes.

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    Notre Dame looking for consecutive wins vs. USC

    If Notre Dame beats Southern California on Saturday, the Fighting Irish will accomplish two feats for the first time since Bob Davie was coach. Yup, it’s been that long since the Irish posted consecutive victories over the Trojans, and beat them at home. Notre Dame (4-2) has won two of the last three in the series, including last year’s 22-13 win at the Coliseum that clinched a spot in the BCS championship game.

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    Penn State running back Bill Belton runs in for a two-yard touchdown against Michigan during the fourth overtime Saturday in State College, Pa.

    Penn State riding high after Michigan win

    Like most coaches, Penn State's Bill O’Brien is always on to next game, even as fans and players are still basking in perhaps the program’s signature win of the post-Joe Paterno era.

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    Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford celebrates his 32-yard touchdown during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Indiana.

    Michigan St. finds reliable RB in Langford

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio got exactly what he wanted from running back Jeremy Langford last weekend against Indiana. Now he wants to see him do it again.

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    Meadows musters up draw at Conant

    During the first nine seasons in charge of the Rolling Meadows boys soccer program, coach Peter Mikulak has never seen his club finish in the upper half of the table. Things are different this fall, though, and with a few new faces to go along with a solid core of returning players, the Mustangs found themselves above the mid-line of the Mid-Suburban League table. They earned a sixth-place overall finish with 18 points and carry a full head of steam in advance of the state tournament, which begins next week. On Tuesday, the Mustangs (8-5-1) played to a 1-1 draw with host Conant (5-9-5) in an MSL divisional crossover.

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    Dundee-Crown completes unbeaten regular season

    The Dundee-Crown boys soccer team completed an unbeaten regular season Tuesday in dominating fashion. Salvador Rodriguez scored twice and added an assist as the Chargers defeated Jacobs, 5-0, in Carpentersville.

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    Boston’s Jonny Gomes reaches to pull the beard of Mike Napoli after Napoli hits a home run in the seventh inning during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday in Detroit.

    Boston holds off Tigers 1-0 behind Lackey, bullpen

    John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston’s bullpen shut down Detroit’s big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.

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    Relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, celebrates with Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday in Detroit.

    Images: Game 3 of the ALCS
    Images from Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between Boston and Detroit. The Red Sox won 1-0 Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead.

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    Kendra Videckis

    Marquette the choice for Bartlett’s Videckis

    Kendra Videckis noticed that when her older sister Haley went to Arizona State University to play basketball it was not an easy transition to be so far from home. So when Kendra went to make her college decision, she decided staying relatively close to Bartlett was a priority. She will do just that. Videckis, who will be a senior forward for the Hawks in the spring, recently committed to accept a soccer scholarship from Marquette University in Milwaukee, one of the top Division I women’s soccer programs in the country.

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning winces as his is hit by Chicago Bears cornerback Isaiah Frey and Corey Wootton Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Sack lack not likely to improve

    The Bears' pass rush has been one of the NFL's worst this season, and because of season-ending injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins, the future doesn't look much better. But the Bears hope to get tackle Stephen Paea back this week, which could could help.

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    England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    England, Spain, Bosnia, Russia reach World Cup

    England and defending champion Spain qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday night along with Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which earned its first berth as an independent nation.

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    Batavia’s Noah Frazier pressures St. Charles North quarterback Erik Miller during the Bulldogs’ 44-7 win last Friday. Batavia’s victory clinched its 10th playoff berth in the last 11 years while the North Stars need to win their final two games to become playoff eligible.

    2013 shaping up to be record-setting season

    As Illinois high school football teams head into the final 2 weeks of the regular season, some playoff spots already have been clinched while others are still up for grabs.

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    Joe Walsh’s collegiate baseball dream is alive and well, at Iowa.

    What a relief as Walsh gets settled at Iowa

    Former Palatine and Oakton baseball standout Joe Walsh had quite the summer. “It was the scariest, most frustrating and exciting summer my parents and I have ever had,” he said of battling the effects of a severe concussion. But when it was over, Walsh was a member of the University of Iowa baseball team. He committed to the Hawkeyes this summer.

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    Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia waits as stadium lights go out at Comerica Park to delay the game in the second inning during Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Power outage briefly delays Game 3 of ALCS

    A power outage interrupted Game 3 of the American League championship series for 17 minutes.The lights high atop Comerica Park went out and the videoboards were dark between the top and bottom of the second inning, delaying the Boston Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game.

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    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches from the sidelines during a game against San Diego State earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes have won 18 straight.

    As wins mount, so does pressure on No. 4 Buckeyes

    It’s a long way away from Oklahoma’s major-college record of 47 consecutive victories. Still, Ohio State may be feeling the pressure of having the nation’s current longest winning streak — 18 games. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) can tie for the second longest streak ever at Ohio State when they host Iowa (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday.

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    High school students invited to Harper’s open house

    As they begin to consider their college options, around 400 high school juniors, seniors and parents are expected to attend the annual Fall Open House at Harper College.

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    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears are doing just fine as they sit in a first-place tie with the Detroit Lions through six games.

    For Bears, all that matters is the standings

    The Chicago Bears at 4-2 are in a good position, mostly because they are tied for first place with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North. The standings are what really count.

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    St. Charles East’s Dana Ritter competes in the diving portion of Thursday’s swimming meet in St. Charles.

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

Business

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    The Capitol Limited Amtrak train arrives in Washington from Chicago.

    Railroad: Millions ride Amtrak trains in Illinois

    Ridership on regional Amtrak routes to and from Chicago increased by more than 3 percent in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, as the rail service hit record passenger levels nationally. More than 2.5 million people traveled on regional routes between Chicago and the cities of St. Louis, Milwaukee and Detroit, as well as Carbondale in southern Illinois and Quincy in the western part of the state.

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    Quinn: other states in mix for fertilizer plant

    Gov. Pat Quinn says others states are being considered as the possible home of a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant. Officials with Cronus Chemical LLC have been debating between locations in Iowa and Illinois, but have said they were delaying their decision on a final site because of engineering issues.

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    Commonwealth Edison says it's going to tweak the route of a proposed high-voltage transmission line in northern Illinois based on public input.

    Public weighs in on new ComEd transmission line

    Commonwealth Edison says it's going to tweak the route of a proposed high-voltage transmission line in northern Illinois based on public input. The utility has been holding public hearings to get feedback on two suggested routes for the project that would traverse parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane and Ogle counties.

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    Illinois 1 of 6 states to get veterans jobs program

    Illinois is one of six states chosen for a special program to help military veterans make the transition to civilian job. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday the National Governors Association will bring its “Veterans Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy” to Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visits with Fer-Pal CEO Shaun McKaigue, center, Naperville Mayor George Pradel, right, and Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, back to camera, in Elgin Tuesday before speaking at the ribbon cutting of Fer-Pal's U.S. headquarters.

    Fer-Pal opens HQ in Elgin, creates 50 jobs

    Gov. Pat quinn announced that Toronto-based Fer-Pal Construction will make its U.S. headquarters in Elgin. About 50 new jobs will be created for the site, located off Gasket Drive, and the company could receive about $26,000 annually as a tax incentive.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn is urging mayors in communities south of Chicago to support the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Expressway project, saying it will create jobs.

    Ahead of vote, Quinn urges mayors to back Illiana

    Gov. Pat Quinn is urging mayors in communities south of Chicago to support the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Expressway project, saying it will create jobs. The policy committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will vote Thursday on the tollway, which would link Interstate 65 in Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

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    Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner and other House GOP leaders Tuesday floated a plan to fellow Republicans to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations. But the plan got mixed reviews from the rank and file, and it was not clear whether it could pass the chamber.

    On the edge: House shutdown plan fails; now Senate

    Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.

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    Tim Wozniak, an eighth-grader at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville, introduces his business idea — a gym offering fitness through obstacle courses and dodgeball — during a meet and greet the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored for participants in its first class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

    Young Entrepreneurs Academy builds business ideas in Naperville

    Adam Russo says his foray into entrepreneurship wasn’t intentional.“So many people fall into this by accident,” said Russo, who now has owned and operated Edgewood Clinical Services in the Naperville area for nine years. “Everyone learns on the fly.” That won’t be the case for 24 students enrolled in Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a 30-week program the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering for the first time.

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    Diet Coke is “under a bit of pressure” because of people’s growing wariness of artificial sweeteners.

    Coke exec: Diet Coke under pressure

    Diet Coke, the country’s No. 2 soda, may be losing some of its pop. During a conference call with analysts Tuesday, a Coca-Cola executive noted that Diet Coke was “under a bit of pressure” because of people’s concerns over its ingredients, alluding to the growing wariness of artificial sweeteners in recent years.

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    Angela Ahrendts, who used technology to drive a remarkable turnaround at Burberry, will take charge of Apple’s expansion plans and retail operation, as she will become a senior vice president at the company next spring.

    Apple hires Burberry CEO to boost store sales

    Apple is entrusting the elegant stores that help define its brand to Angela Ahrendts, a respected executive who blended fashion sense with technological savvy to establish Burberry as a mark of luxury and success.

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    A trader watches a television monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange showing a Washington news conference by House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday.

    U.S. stocks down as investors wait on debt news

    The stock market was whipsawed Tuesday as the on-again, off-again talk of a debt deal in Washington made investors wonder just how pessimistic they should be. Stocks were flat or down all day, but the size of the losses waxed and waned depending on which politician was giving a press conference.

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    Apple will likely unveil its newest iPads next week.

    New iPads likely at Apple event next week

    Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next week to announce new products — likely updated iPads. The company announced its most recent iPads around this time last year. The announcement included a smaller version, called the Mini, for the first time.

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    Court seems skeptical of DaimlerChrysler lawsuit

    The Supreme Court doesn’t seem likely to say U.S. courts should be allowed to hear lawsuits that accuse foreign companies of committing atrocities on foreign soil. Justices on Tuesday heard arguments from lawyers for DaimlerChrysler Corp. of Stuttgart, Germany, who is being sued by the survivors and victims of Argentina’s “dirty war” in California courts.

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    Southwest Airlines aircraft technicians install newer, skinnier seats on a 737 at the carrier’s headquarters in Dallas.

    New seats let airlines squeeze in more passengers

    It’s not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days. The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane. “Increasing density is a priority for us from the perspective of maximizing revenue, but the slimline seats are great because they allow us to do that without sacrificing customers’ comfort,” said Michael Henny, Delta’s director of customer experience.

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    Ameren gets OK to sell Illinois coal plants to Dynegy

    Ameren Corp. received federal permission to sell five Illinois coal-fired power plants to Houston-based Dynegy Inc., but the deal hinges on whether Dynegy can get a pollution-control waiver from the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the sale late Friday, Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan said.

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    Mishelle Farer in her apartment, where she rents a room on Airbnb, in New York.

    N.Y. fights site listing homes for tourists to rent

    Each night, people in apartments all over New York City are cleaning up, putting out fresh towels and clearing out — to rent their private space to strangers from around the world. Thousands of city residents are using websites such as Airbnb.com to list apartments or rooms for as little as $35 a night, a phenomenon officials say is illegal in many cases, undercuts the hotel industry, avoids taxes and threatens apartment building safety.

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    You need to find out why you’re making bad relationship choices

    This very affectionate woman has been seeing someone who is not very loving or affectionate and who does not share any emotions. He has said they are not in a relationship,that she's not his girlfriend, and he hates when she calls. What should she do?

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    The band Lady Antebellum, featuring Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, has rescheduled its upcoming concert date at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Lady Antebellum reschedules Rosemont concert

    Lady Antebellum has rescheduled its Allstate Arena concert originally slated for Friday, Nov. 15. The new concert date is Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the same Rosemont venue. The group’s website says the postponement of 17 concert dates is due in part to events surrounding the Nov. 12 release of a deluxe version of its album, “Golden.”

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    Throughout October, try the Whoopie Pies sandwiched with your favorite ice cream flavor.

    Dining events: We all scream for Halloween ice cream

    Through October, try Baskin Robbins’ version of Whoopie Pies — chocolate cake with your favorite ice cream flavor sandwiched in between. The flavor of the month is Trick OREO Treat. Sit down with the fam for a Sunday dinner at Cibo Racconto in Rosemont. It’s a four-course family-style feast priced at $36 for four people.

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    Avoid ultimatums by being honest about your feelings

    He's tired of making all of the efforts to get together with his new girlfriend. He wants to know how to avoid giving ultimatums. Carolyn Hax says just be honest about your feelings.

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    “New,” the latest release by Paul McCartney

    McCartney stays fresh, familiar on ‘New’

    For his 16th solo record, and first of original material in six years, Paul McCartney turned to a team of four hot producers to come up with something “New.” The result is both fresh and comfortably familiar. McCartney, a master of the catchy 3-minute pop song, isn’t reinventing himself here as the title may suggest. Rather, he’s once again compiling an enjoyable 45 minutes or so of toe-tapping pop songs.

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    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Tuesday that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed up to host the Golden Globes for two more years.

    Tina Fey, Amy Poehler back as Golden Globes hosts

    The duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved such a success at hosting the Golden Globes in January that they’ve been signed up for the same job for the next two years. NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producers of the Golden Globes announced the unusual two-year commitment on Tuesday. Next year’s Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 12.

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    Liza Minnelli performed with a broken wrist at a benefit concert Monday night, Oct. 14, 2013, in New York. Minnelli broke her wrist in three places while rehearsing at home Sunday night.

    Liza Minnelli performs with broken wrist in NY

    The show went on for Liza Minnelli. A spokesman for the 67-year-old entertainer said she performed Monday night with a broken wrist at a benefit concert in New York. Minnelli broke her wrist in three places while rehearsing at home Sunday.

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    Taylor Swift has been honored for the sixth time as songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Swift, who is currently working on her next album, says the songs she’s working on are “definitely taking a different turn that anything I’ve ever done before.”

    Taylor Swift talks next album, CMAs and Ed Sheeran

    Country/pop star Taylor Swift was honored for a record sixth time as songwriter-artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. She earned the award with 14 hits in the top 30 over the last year, a tribute to the popularity of her multiplatinum fourth album, “Red.” Currently at work on her fifth album, Swift says, "It’s definitely taking a different turn than anything I’ve done before.”

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    Post-’Fruitvale,’ Michael B. Jordan wants it all

    Michael B. Jordan wants it all — from a “Rocky” spinoff to a role in the next “Star Wars” movie. The 26-year-old actor is in discussions for key roles in several big-budget studio movies, including a "Rocky" spinoff, "Fantastic Four" and a possible "Independence Day" role.

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    The hourglass used in the movie “The Wizard of Oz” is displayed at the Farnsworth Museum, in Rockland, Maine. The world's largest collection of materials from the movie is being exhibited a few months after the release of a prequel to the original film.

    Oh my! Flying monkey among Maine Oz exhibit draws

    Far from Kansas, far from any yellow brick road and all the way to Maine, fans of “The Wizard of Oz” can catch a peek of Dorothy's blue gingham dress, a pair of her ruby slippers and even a flying monkey. A new exhibit that opened Saturday at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland features those items and more from the world's largest Wizard of Oz collection. The 107-piece display includes props from various Wizard of Oz movies, rare first-print copies of the original Wizard of Oz book, movie posters and an array of Oz memorabilia.

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    An old New York tugboat converted to a restaurant and social center floats along Ile-aux-Grues in the St. Lawrence River on the outskirts of Quebec City. The island offers quiet roads and stunning river vistas for cyclists and lovers of solitude.

    Splendid isolation in the St. Lawrence River

    What a difference a bridge makes. This rather obvious observation hit home when driving around one Quebec island and cycling another, both close to the shore of the St. Lawrence River but a world apart in their way of life. First, Ile d'Orleans, a bridge hop from the outskirts of Quebec City. It's a graceful haven of fine homes, fields of cultivated berries, art studios, collectibles, autumn apple pickers, cider, tourists, gourmet bakery treats, perfect lawns down to the water, maple syrup and bicyclists who look a bit nervous sharing narrow roads with cars, and for good reason.

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    The temperature in the glass-enclosed wine cellar at Public House in Las Vegas holds at 55 degrees for the proper aging of the wines.

    Go with Goldilocks on wine temperatures: Avoid extremes

    The most common fallacies are that red wines should be served at room temperature and white wines stuck in an ice bucket for an hour. Wines at those extremes will be robbed of their flavor and nuance. Like Goldilocks’s porridge, wines should be served at an optimal temperature.

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    Thomas Craner of Antioch shops for sweet corn at the Antioch farmers market. He teaches students of this Tom Wasabi In-Home Cooking School to opt for fresh ingredients over processed foods.

    Chef du Jour: Adventurous cook teaches world cuisines to others

    Growing up, Thomas Craner recalls, his dad traveled a lot for work. Once home his dad would describe for the family the foods he had eaten and his mom would try to duplicate the dish. “So it came as no surprise that when I was in grad school, with a limited budget, I would experiment with all types of food and dishes,” said Craner, of Antioch. “I found trying new foods and cuisines quite the adventure, and I never refuse to try a new food."

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    Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter performing at the 5 Continents Jazz Festival, in Marseille, France. Shorter, who turned 80 recently is still going strong.

    At 80, Wayne Shorter performs 'without a net'

    At age 80, Wayne Shorter isn't ready to rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Instead, whenever he performs the saxophonist can't resist the urge to “de-compose” his works and create something anew. “Jazz to me is something that doesn't have to sound like jazz,” said Shorter. “The word 'jazz' means I dare you. I dare you to go beyond what you are."

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    Pearl Jam, “Lightning Bolt”

    Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt' fizzles out

    Pearl Jam's “Lightning Bolt” is a rock jukebox set to shuffle. The Seattle survivors' 10th studio album is erratically paced and skips from punk rock attacks to power ballads to AOR offerings in a schizophrenic playlist. Recorded over two years with longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien and with four songwriters writing independently, it's no surprise the LP often feels like a compilation album rather than a fully realized collection.

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    The Eagles perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Oct. 19.

    Best bets: The Eagles fly into Rosemont

    The Eagles play the Allstate Arena in support of the documentary "History of the Eagles." "The Best of Chicago a cappella" will be performed at North Central College in Naperville and Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. And the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg presents the great hits from movies like "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," all courtesy of musical genius John Williams.

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    The Dominick’s store at Golf and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect.

    Editorial: Loss of Dominick’s affects more than just shopping

    The demise of the Dominick's chain of supermarkets isn't just about the real estate, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Enough from the ‘Sonnys’ of Congress

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is.

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    Baseball isn’t dying — it’s thriving

    Columnist Gene Lyons: For readers who skip the sports page, an update: There are no New York teams in the MLB playoffs this season. With no New York teams in the running, it follows that tout le monde has wearied of baseball. That’s a French phrase signifying “everybody who matters.” Not you, Pittsburgh. Oakland? Fuggedaboutit.

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    Successful people are not bandits
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Does anyone think that the ability to get a ride from the efforts of others is admirable and leads to fostering an environment where people have the incentive to make a difference in the lives of others?

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    GOP won’t stand up to Tea Party
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: As we approach the deadline for raising the U.S. debt limit, economists have warned us repeatedly of the catastrophic consequences of a default, but many of us believe that the Republican Congress is simply engaging in political rhetoric and that some last minute deal will be worked out. I’m not so sure; here are my reasons:

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    Columbus simply a product of his time
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: We of the pre-World War II era remember our era’s history class teachers painting a simple picture of Columbus. He was depicted as a brave man who against all odds set sailed into the unknown to prove the world was round and not flat.

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