Daily Archive : Wednesday October 16, 2013


    Retro-a-GoGo owner Lisa Madrid is upset the Carswell’s Flooring signage on the outside of the store she rents in Elgin was painted over by the building’s owner. At left, is how the building looked before and, above, how it looks now.

    Whitewash of a piece of Elgin’s history

    Shop owner Lisa Madrid of Retro-A-Go-Go in Elgin says the painting over of the iconic Carswell's Flooring sign has erased an important piece of the city's history. Her landlord, she says, painted over the sign despite her objections.

    Ed Sullivan

    Same-sex marriage at root of Republican primary push

    A new conservative group will meet Saturday in Lake County to talk to potential primary challengers to Republican state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein, one of three Illinois Republicans who have pledged to vote for same-sex marriage.

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam votes 'yes,' Hultgren 'no' to deal

    After weeks of pushing for delays to President Barack Obama's health care law in exchange for a budget agreement, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam voted for a plan to end the government shutdown and avoid default, saying the country has to pay its bills.


    Report: State job crafted for employee after Madigan referral

    A former Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan recommended a raise now holds a state supervisor's job that was crafted only after he interviewed for it. His duties resemble those of his boss, and he currently has no one to supervise, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

    Ludington, Mich., emergency personnel respond to a call of a woman in a wheelchair falling off the north breakwater and into Lake Michigan near Ludington's North Breakwater Lighthouse Tuesday.

    Chicago couple help rescue woman in wheelchair from water

    A couple from Chicago visiting western Michigan to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary helped rescue an Ohio woman in a wheelchair who fell into cold Lake Michigan.Joanne Burkhart, 61, of Rootstown, Ohio, was visiting Ludington's North Breakwater Lighthouse around midday Tuesday when her husband let go of her wheelchair to take a photo, the Ludington Daily News reported . A wind gust sent...

    A portrait of Richard Greener painted by Larry Lebby in 1984.

    Black scholar's post-Civil War diploma found in Chicago

    The first black man to become a University of South Carolina professor in 1873 was hailed Tuesday as a “man of courage,” who taught during the school's fleeting era of post-Civil War desegregation and ended up inspiring the generations of scholars who followed.

    Zachary Fardon

    Senate confirms new U.S. attorney for northern Illinois

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Zachary Fardon to be the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Fardon’s nomination was unanimously confirmed Wednesday by the Senate.

    Beata Candre, 48, was reported missing by her family on Saturday.

    Police: Missing Schaumburg woman could be in danger

    Schaumburg police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman who may be in danger. Beata Candre, 48, was reported missing by her family on Saturday, according to police. Candre, a wife and mother, has a medical condition that leads police and her family to be concerned about her well-being.


    Emergency response teams attending earthquake drill at O’Hare

    The community emergency response teams for O’Hare International Airport and the city of Des Plaines will combine efforts from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday to conduct a full-scale training exercise at the airport. The exercise will take place in the O’Hare Sky Chef Warehouse and involve the mobilization of community emergency response team personnel who will be evaluated on their response to an earthquake...

    Lead dust accumulated over the years at the Arlington Heights Police Department’s firing range is becoming an environmental hazard, officials have said. Village leaders hope to have a new or renovated station operational no later than 2020.

    Arlington Heights plan includes new police station

    The Arlington Heights village board toured the Palatine police station Wednesday as the village moves closer to rebuilding or replacing its own police facility. The board on Tuesday approved a preliminary five-year capital improvement plan that includes a new or renovated police station that could cost up to $40 million, according to earlier estimates.

    The original Larkin Center building in Elgin opened in 1896.

    Larkin Center in Elgin to close Friday; Chicago agency to run some homes

    The Larkin Center in Elgin announced it will close its doors Friday, due to money problems. It is not known what will happen to the children, teens and adults who use its mental- and emotional-health services. Lawrence Hall Youth Services said it will lease four of Larkin's group homes, and move one treatment program to its Chicago campus.

    Ann Schneider

    Task force: transit agencies selfish, scandal-ridden

    Transit operations in the metro area are broken and need to be fixed, states a tough task force report. The system "is plagued by scandal," duplicative and lacks coordinated planning, Gov. Pat Quinn's Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force finds.

    Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, left, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, during a meeting besides of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday.

    Iran nuclear talks end on upbeat note; more soon

    Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers ended on an upbeat note Wednesday, with top Western and Iranian negotiators announcing a follow-up round early next month while speaking of significant progress in efforts to reduce fears that Tehran may be seeking atomic arms.

    Pat Quinn

    Quinn pleased court will hear appeal on lawmaker pay

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s pleased the Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal of a ruling that found his veto of lawmakers’ pay unconstitutional. The court issued its one-page order Wednesday. A hearing date has not been set.

    Kevin Trudeau

    Federal judge orders TV pitchman back to jail

    A federal judge in Chicago has ordered television pitchman Kevin Trudeau back to jail until he comes clean about his alleged hidden millions.

    Suzanne E. Rostek

    3 arrested in prescription drug scheme

    Kane County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people in a scheme to illegally obtain prescription drugs. Suzanne Rostek, 34, of South Elgin; Robert Shilling-Bagley, 39, of Elgin, and Keith Kniffe, 39, of Antioch, all face various felony charges, according to court records.


    Aurora man killed in single-car crash in Batavia

    Batavia police are investigating a single-car crash that killed an Aurora man early Wednesday morning, according to a news release. Salvador J. Esparza, 32, was traveling north on the 600 block of South River Street around 12:57 a.m. when he lost control of a 1990 Mercedes-Benz, according to police.

    Mitt Romney stopped in Pancakes Eggcetera in March 2012, where he met with Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens, right, and enthusiastic supporters.

    Rosemont to demo building, add Taco Bell

    Rosemont will demolish a building it owns on Higgins to make way for a new Taco Bell, officials said. But the owner of the only remaining business in the building is expressing his opposition to the move.

    Rosemont’s ice rink will be host to hockey games and practices from Feb. 9 through March 2, officials announced Wednesday. Among the expected matchups is a game pitting club teams from Northwestern and Loyola universities.

    Outdoor hockey coming to Rosemont’s ice rink

    The ice rink in Rosemont’s entertainment district already is a popular wintertime destination for skaters, but come February, the rink will be open for those with sticks and pucks, too. The village is planning to host hockey games and make the rink available for practices from Feb. 9 through March 2, officials said Wednesday.

    Nicholas Ungureanu

    Des Plaines men convicted in dumbbell attack

    Two Des Plaines men were found guilty Wednesday of aggravated battery for attacking another man with a dumbbell. Nicholas Ungureanu, of the 2000 block of Touhy Avenue, and Bryan Fogell, of the 1700 block of Junior Terrace, both 22, could face two to five years in prison when they are sentenced in December for the class 3 felony. Probation is also an option.

    Don Schlomann

    Legal fees focus of new St. Charles schools lawsuit

    St. Charles Unit District 303 will go back to court to fight against paying at least $160,000 in legal fees stemming from the Davis/Richmond grade level centers lawsuit. A new lawsuit seeks payment of the attorney's fees for the lawyer who represented the team of parents who sued the district over the creation of the grade level centers in 2011. The district says it did nothing wrong and won't...

    Unable to work like they used to, retired draft horses Rosie and June are on the adoption market from the Danada Equestrian Center.

    Whoa! Adoption plans for Danada’s Rosie and June hit snag

    Just when it seemed nothing but happy trails awaited retired Danada draft horses Rosie and June, a miscommunication may force the DuPage Forest Preserve District to hold its horses. Forest preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns told colleagues Tuesday that representatives from the Midwest Horse Rescue Foundation had begun the process of adopting Rosie and June, two longtime residents of the Danada...

    Heriberto Viramontes

    Baseball bat beating described as trial begins

    The trial of a man accused of beating two women with a baseball bat in Chicago began Wednesday with one of the victims tearfully describing the attack and the other victim’s mother showing video of her severely injured daughter, who can no longer walk and can barely communicate.

    Karen Simpson

    Kane judge to retire in 2014; first candidate announces

    Kane County Court Circuit Judge Karen Simpson has announced she will retire next year, while Marmarie Kostelny, an associate judge, announced this week her candidacy for the post.


    Chickens, beekeeping rules considered:

    The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals hosts a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday on proposed regulations to allow beekeeping, hens and hoophouses in unincorporated areas.


    Boo Bash in Lincolnshire:

    The Lincolnshire Community Association will host a Halloween party, the Boo Bash, on Oct. 26.


    Woodland foundation golf outing:

    Gurnee-based Woodland Educational Foundation had a pretty good haul in a recent fundraiser, collecting $16,000 in its 11th annual golf outing.


    ‘Nutcracker’ tickets:

    Ticket sales for performances of Dancenter North’s 25th anniversary production of “The Magic of the Nutcracker” begin at noon Friday, Oct. 18.

    Participants in the inaugural Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ride were in Wheaton Wednesday as part of a 360-mile ride that will end Monday in St. Louis. Organizers are hoping to raise $150,000 for 39 child advocacy centers across Illinois.

    Riders get rolling to help abused children

    They started in Hoffman Estates and they’re bound for St. Louis -- all by bicycle. The inaugural Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ride got rolling Wednesday with a goal of raising $150,000 for 39 child advocacy centers across Illinois.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone scratched the side of a Ford 1998 pickup truck in the 1100 block of Rural Street near Aurora between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Lisa Warren

    Lake Zurich District 95 considering development of excessive heat policy

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 is considering the possibility of a formal policy addressing how to handle extreme heat at schools without air conditioning. Five of eight District 95 schools are not centrally air-conditioned, which led to some parental concern when a heat wave hit early in the current academic year.


    Sponsor reviving talks on gambling expansion

    The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Lake County, and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports says he plans to revive talks on the measure next week in hopes of coming up with a deal.

    Work to reconstruct Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road in Lombard is about two weeks behind schedule but still expected to be completed by mid-November.

    Two major construction projects nearing finish line in Lombard

    Two high-profile construction projects in Lombard — one along Finley Road and the other at Terrace View Pond — are approaching the finish line and residents can get updates on both during a community forum later this month, village officials said.


    Schaumburg school hosts Fall into Math and Science Night

    Buzz Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg is holding a “Fall into Math and Science Night” from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 to give students and their families a chance to participate in hands-on, engaging math and science activities that are fun.

    Renzo Barduagni

    Naperville man gets probation, jail for child porn

    A Naperville man who was accused of videotaping teen neighbors through their bedroom windows was sentenced Wednesday to a mix of probation and jail time for possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Renzo Barduagni, 51, had pleaded guilty in August and faced up to seven years in prison.

    Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti

    Sanguinetti vows to serve Wheaton while seeking state office

    Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti knows the next few months will take a toll on her personal and professional lives. But it will be worth it, the first-term Wheaton City Council member says, for a chance to make an impact in Springfield as the state’s next lieutenant governor.

    Jeremiah Rivera

    AWOL U.S. Marine arrested in attic of Naperville home

    A US Marine was arrested by Naperville Police on charges that he left the military without authorization, while the Naperville man hiding him was arrested for obstruction of justice.

    Shannon Fox

    Island Lake clerk distributes trustee’s censure to area officials

    With censured Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox refusing to take action, Village Clerk Teresa Ponio this week emailed a copy of Fox's reprimand to officials around Lake County. The censure ordered Fox to retract comments she had made in an email about a local business owner. Fox has stood by those remarks and refuses to retract them.

    Four new ball fields radiate from a stylish shelter that serves as the hub for a 135-acre expansion — which also includes 11 additional soccer fields — at Stuart Sports Complex in Montgomery. Estimates are for a mid-2014 opening.

    Sneak peek at new Stuart Sports Complex

    The Stuart Sports Complext in Montgomery is shaping up to be a thing of beauty, says Jeff Long of the Fox Valley Park District.

    Jose E. Reyes, 28, of Chicago

    Public defender appointed for man charged in Mundelein kidnapping

    A public defender has been appointed to represent Jose E. Reyes, the Chicago man charged in the kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl in Mundelein. He faces a 60-year prison term if convicted on the most serious of the charges.

    Amy Walsh, a fourth-grade teacher at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, is one of 11 finalists for the state's Teacher of the Year Award. “I love that moment when kids understand something, when you see that light in their eyes,” she says.

    Distrtict 2's Amy Walsh is a candidate for state's Teacher of the Year

    Listen to Amy Walsh talk about teaching for, oh, maybe two minutes, and you can sense the energy, the commitment, the passion. It's the kind of feeling you get when you happen across someone who's doing exactly what they want to do in exactly the right setting and, best of all, you know they're really, really good at it. A fourth-grade teacher in Bensenville Elementary District 2, Walsh is one of...

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Erin Merryn at the signing of Erin’s Law.

    Erin Merryn honored with first Wendell Jones Award

    Erin Merryn, a sexual abuse survivor from Schaumburg will be the first winner of the Wendell Jones Award, to be presented at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Harper College Wojcik Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. She is one of four Northwest suburban advocates for victims of violence being honored at Friday’s breakfast.

    Among the items being displayed is Disney’s original script for the 1928 cartoon debut of Mickey Mouse in “Steamboat Willie.”

    Rare Disney exhibit to open in Chicago

    An exhibit featuring rare Disney memorabilia is opening at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. It opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 17. It’s sponsored by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

    One of 45 goats from The Green Goats in Browntown, Wis., starts snacking on brush at Knoch Knolls in Naperville, where a herd was hired to clear a five-acre field that soon will be home to an expanded disc golf course. The goats finished their work a week ahead of schedule.

    Hungry goats finish Naperville field-clearing duties early

    Never underestimate the eating power of goats. A herd of 45 hired to clear brush and invasive plants from a five-acre field at Knoch Knolls in Naperville has finished its meal about a week early, the Naperville Park District said Wednesday. “The goats have eaten every green leaf within reach, and even the bark of some of the trees,” Park Specialist Tom Lynch said in a written...

    Wheeling High School’s Deanna Kuzmanic, left and Elizabeth Smith, right, defend the basket in last year’s Hoops for Africa game.

    Wheeling H.S. ‘Hoops For Africa’ is next week

    Wheeling High School’s fourth annual Hoops for Africa fundraising event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the gymnasium. It is sponsored by Interact with Africa, a Rotary-affiliated school club that raises money to help build schools in Angola.


    Weapons inspectors check 11 sites in Syria

    International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program and destroyed “critical equipment” at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country’s stockpile said Wednesday. The team also supervised the destruction of unloaded chemical weapons munitions, said the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


    Man recalls finding Boston Marathon bomb suspect

    The man who found the Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in his boat in his backyard says he’s no hero and wants the attention he’s drawn to “fade away.” David Henneberry, 66, of Watertown tells The Boston Globe in a rare interview that he also wants to set the record straight.

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel investigate a vessel with a missing center console that capsized near Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Four women died and 10 other people were taken into custody after the boat with more than a dozen people aboard, including Haitian and Jamaican nationals, capsized.

    4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast

    Four women died and 10 people were taken into custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard — including Haitian and Jamaican nationals — capsized early Wednesday in the waters off South Florida. Authorities were investigating whether the victims and survivors were part of a human smuggling operation.

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won’t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default.

    Cruz won’t delay vote on bipartisan budget deal

    WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won’t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default.Cruz had forced the shutdown by demanding that President Barack Obama gut his health care law in exchange for a bill to keep the government running.


    Illinois village sells $1 lots to entice residents

    A small eastern Illinois community is selling off about a dozen lots at $1 each, hoping to convince people to relocate to Vermillion County from Chicago. The new landowners will have to agree to build a home on each site and have construction plans drawn up within 90 days.


    Bartlett Park District hosts Halloween home decorating contest

    Bartlett residents have until Thursday, Oct. 24, to register for the Bartlett Park District’s annual Halloween home decorating contest. Homes will be judged in two categories: theatrical or themed.


    Have you ever thought about improving yourself?

    Are you ready for a life-altering change? asks columnist Annettee Budzban.

    Geneva High School's homecoming parade, led by the student council and the band, moves down State Street last year. Boosters would like to see the students in new uniforms for the 2014 parade.

    After 17 years, Geneva band needs new threads

    New Viking blue coat? Check. Spiff sash? Check. Looking good while performing in the marching or concert bands at Geneva High School? Not priceless. At an estimated cost of $113,000, the Geneva school board is considering whether to pay some, all or none of the cost of replacing 17-year-oldmarching-band uniforms and outfitting the concert band.

    An artist rendering of the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceshiplike main stadium approved for the Olympics, saying it’s too expensive and would clash with its surroundings.

    Architect: 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium is too big

    A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it’s too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he’s not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size.

    A religious icon remains encased amid the rubble in Bohol province in central Philippines Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, a day after a 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces. The quake that struck the central Philippines and killed more than a hundred people also dealt a serious blow to the region’s historical and religious legacy by heavily damaging a dozen or more churches, some of them hundreds of years old.

    Philippine quake damages historic churches

    The earthquake that struck the central Philippines and killed at least 144 people also dealt a serious blow to the region’s historical and religious legacy by heavily damaging a dozen or more churches, some of them hundreds of years old. As rescuers reached some of the hardest hit areas on Wednesday and the death toll from the quake a day earlier continued to rise, images of the wrecked religious...

    Associated Press A baggage handler was arrested Tuesday in connection with dry ice explosions Sunday and Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after police stepped up patrols and increased its checks on employees. DiCarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft.

    Arrest in L.A. airport ice explosions

    An airport employee has been arrested in connection with dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport. Twenty-eight-year-old Dicarlo Bennett, a Servisair employee, was arrested late Tuesday and booked for investigation of a destructive device near an aircraft. He is being held on $1 million bail.

    A woman looks at the aftermath of landslides in the rubble of smashed houses in Oshima after a powerful typhoon hit Izu Oshima island, about 75 miles south of Tokyo Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, 2013. Typhoon Wipha triggered landslides and caused multiple deaths on the Japanese island, before sweeping up the country’s east coast, grounding hundreds of flights and paralyzing public transportation in Tokyo during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

    Typhoon, mudslides kill 17 in Japan; 50 missing

    A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island Wednesday before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing.


    Naperville may remove 2 parking spots on Washington

    As construction on Washington Street through downtown Naperville wraps up, some are saying two parking spots along the well-traveled street may need to be eliminated. Repaving work on a 1.2-mile stretch of Washington between Osler Drive and School Street is set to be finished by the end of this week or early next week, said Bill Novack, director of transportation, engineering and development.

    Doug Maxeiner, new Wauconda village administrator, taken by Russell Lissau on Oct. 16, 2013.

    Wauconda names Doug Maxeiner as new village administrator

    Wauconda trustees on Tuesday agreed to hire Doug Maxeiner as the town's newest village administrator. Maxeiner, who's served as Hampshire's top administrator since 2011, will switch villages Nov. 11. The Wauconda village board approved Maxeiner's two-year contract without objection. He'll be paid $120,000 annually, Mayor Frank Bart said. “He has the experience that we need,” Bart said.


    Libraries get $1.3 million for e-books, other materials

    Three library systems in Illinois have received government grants to develop their collections with a focus on e-books and other innovative ideas.Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Tuesday in Chicago at the Illinois Library Association Conference.


    U of I labor school plan gets lawmakers’ attention

    State lawmakers are scheduled to hear concerns raised by faculty and labor leaders about the possible consolidation of the University of Illinois’ School of Labor and Employment Relations with another school on campus. The House Economic Development Committee will hold hearings Thursday in Chicago and next Wednesday in Springfield.


    As GOP jostles, Quinn has $2.9M in campaign fund

    ov. Pat Quinn has $2.9 million in his 2014 campaign fund — more than all four of his Republican rivals combined. Reports filed with the state late Tuesday show the Chicago Democrat raised about $813,000 during the three-month period ending Sept. 30. He has no major challenger in the March primary since Bill Daley abandoned his bid. Four Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination.


    Illinois seniors can get help with Medicare enrollment

    The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare.Agency Director John. K. Holton says the counseling assistance is available for participants and their caregivers through Dec. 7. Open enrollment began Tuesday.


    Arlington Heights discussing zero interest loans for small businesses

    Arlington Heights is moving forward with plans for a zero interest loan program to attract and retain small businesses in the village. The program has been discussed by the Arlington Economic Alliance for the past year, and although the committee of the whole of the village board approved the concept, several members said they wanted more details before it is actually implemented.


    3 die in Glenview after garbage truck hits car

    Authorities say three people died in a fiery garbage truck crash in Chicago’s northern suburbs.Glenview police say all three people died Tuesday afternoon when their car was struck by an oncoming garbage truck from the village of Skokie. Autopsies are planned Wednesday.

    Alan Gorr worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization intermittently over 10 years in Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sudan and India before coming to Benedictine 15 years ago.

    Benedictine’s new Global College reflects emphasis on international students

    Lisle-based Benedictine University has master's programs in China and Vietnam and partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the world. Alan Gore has been appointed the dean of Benedictine's new Global College to coordinate its international programs.


    Dawn Patrol: 66 years for hammer attack, child rape, dog stabbing

    Carpentersville man gets 66 years for rape, hammer attack and dog stabbing. Antioch Township man awaiting trial in drag racing death gets final warning. GOP governor candidates appear in Bloomingdale. Maine West hazing lawsuit dropped but not done. Crystal Lake baseball coach appears in court on child porn charges. Glen Ellyn approves new tax district.


    Barrington schools set hearing on calendar change

    Barrington 200

    Dotty's Cafe offers video gambling in what company officials say is a country kitchen atmosphere more inviting to women than sports bars.

    Video gambling cafes geared to women attract criticism

    Two cafe chains with video gambling and geared toward women -- Dotty's Cafe and Stella's Place -- are making inroads in the suburbs like Wauconda, Streamwood and Waukegan, but not without attracting some criticism, like in Mundelein. "These places designed for women are of great concern ... because women are more likely to gamble for escape," one critic says.


    District 41 classroom project takes shape

    Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41’s proposal to build new classrooms at each of its four elementary schools took greater shape at Tuesday’s board meeting with schematic design and construction management progress updates and two presentations for alternative financing.


    D. 300’s bond ratings are unchanged

    Community Unit District 300’s bond credit ratings have remained stable, according to a report the district’s chief financial officer presented to the board Monday. Moody’s assigned the district bond an “Aa3” bond rating, while Standard and Poors rated the district “AA.”


    The Citizens of Duloc, from left, are: Row one: Ella Palffy of Arlington Heights, Peyton and Alex Brueck of Montgomery, Sophie Kaegi of Palatine, Zoe Morehead of Mount Prospect, Max Gould of Palatine and Victoria Walsh of Palatine; Row two: Sammi Goodmanson of Arlington Heights, Rose Gould of Palatine, Pragya Malhorta of Palatine, Jackie Podgorny of Inverness, Matt Goodmanson of Arlington Heights, Allison Nakazawa of Palatine, Madalyn Griseto of Elk Grove Village, Jamie Podgorny of Inverness and Kevin Foss of Palatine.

    ‘Shrek, the Musical’ opens Oct. 25 at Cutting Hall

    ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company is staging “Shrek, the Musical.” It opens Friday, Oct. 25, at Cutting Hall Theatre, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine.


    Mike North video: Unbiased Bear Report
    Bears are playing Washington Redskins this week - another NFC East team. Bears are well rested while Washington is trying to find themselves. Bears Win!!


    Fox, Polian chide Irsay for criticizing Manning

    Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay backed down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning. Fox used his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance Tuesday to criticize the Colts' owner for sounding ungrateful for all Manning did for his team and city,

    Ohio State won't play Illinois or Northwestern football in 2018, and they'll only catch the Wildcats in 2019, according to schedules released by the Big Ten.

    Big Ten football schedules out for 2018, 2019

    Ohio State will not be on Illinois' football schedule in either 2018 or 2019, but the Illini will see both of the conference's newest members in the first of those seasons. And Northwestern will not play the Buckeyes in 2018 (they get Rutgers), and they'll skip Michigan in 2019. The Big Ten released the conference football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons Wednesday, featuring nine conference games for each of the 14 schools..

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks to pass as Pistons guard Will Bynum defends during the first half of Wednesday's preseason game in Chicago.

    Rose scores 22 as Bulls beat Pistons 96-81

    Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center court to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The way Rose was dominating, it was hard to believe nearly 18 months had passed since he suited up for a game in this arena.

    Derrick Rose guards the Pistons' Will Bynum on Wednesday night at the United Center.

    Rose finally back into swing of things at UC

    If the goal was to turn Derrick Rose's return to the United Center into the least dramatic event imaginable, then it was a resounding success. After all, this was a preseason game against Detroit on a bad-traffic weeknight in Chicago. Still, fans and teammates were glad to have him back.


    Bruised knee sidelines Bulls' Butler

    While Joakim Noah returned from three games off with a groin strain, Jimmy Butler joined the injured list Wednesday with a bruised knee. Butler sat out the preseason win over Detroit.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks to his teammates during the first half of Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. It was Rose’s first game on the UC floor since injury his knee 18 months ago.

    From the start, return to Bulls was Rose’s call

    Derrick Rose returned to play a game in the United Center, the crowd cheered his every move and his performance made it clear why the Bulls had no choice last spring but to let him sit out as long as he wanted on his surgically repaired knee.


    Cronin getting more than a ‘Moment’ at Notre Dame

    “The Moment” was not designed to be Will Cronin’s. Little did he realize then, but it was.


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


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


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


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


    Libertyville maintains momentum

    Fresh off its runner-up finish in the Glenbrook North/New Trier tournament last weekend, Libertyville’s girls volleyball team stayed hot with a 25-15, 27-25 win over Warren in North Suburban Lake Division play Wednesday night.


    Meadows tops BG for second place in MSL East

    The Rolling Meadows girls volleyball team took second place in the Mid-Suburban East by posting a 25-23, 25-20 victory on Wednesday night at Buffalo Grove. Coach Joe Di Silvio’s Mustangs (17-12) finished with a 7-3 record in the East while the Bison (10-13) ended at 6-4.

    Detroit’s Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, and Don Kelly celebrate Wednesday night after Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Boston. The Tigers won 7-3 at home.

    Detroit draws even with Boston in ALCS

    A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland’s revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2. Game 5 is Thursday night in Detroit. The Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez faces Boston’s Jon Lester in a rematch of Game 1, which was won by Detroit 1-0.

    Lakes’ Lisa Buehler (2) and her teammates celebrate after winning the first game against Wauconda on Wednesday night at Lakes.

    Buehler, Lakes hustle past Wauconda

    Lisa Buehler’s defense and sophomore Megan Behrendt’s 10 kills helped Lakes down visiting Wauconda 25-17, 25-12 Wednesday night in girls volleyball. The win kept the Eagles (18-4, 5-0) perfect in North Suburban Conference Prairie Division play heading into Friday night’s showdown against Antioch in Lake Villa. Both teams are undefeated in the division. The victor will host NSC Lake champ Lake Zurich in next Wednesday’s NSC title match.


    Trestman says Griffin looks close to 100 percent

    Bears coach Marc Trestman says Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2012, looks like his old self just nine months after knee surgery.


    Blues’ Lapierre won’t face Blackhawks this time

    The Blues won’t have winger Maxim Lapierre for Thursday night’s rematch with the Blackhawks at the United Center. Lapierre was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for the blindside hit from behind he put on San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle in Tuesday’s game.

    Jake Celinski of Metea Valley and Rob Wolak of St. Charles East work for control of the ball during boys soccer at home Wednesday.

    Metea Valley finishes off St. Charles East

    Scoring a 75 percent on a calculus midterm won’t be worthy of hanging on the refrigerators in most kids’ homes. But finishing 75 percent of its scoring opportunities on the soccer field was laudable for Metea Valley in stunning previously undefeated St. Charles East during Wednesday’s Upstate Eight Conference crossover championship.

    Maine West’s Alonzo Guerrero moves the ball past St. Patrick defender Erich Kohberger during Wednesday’s game in Des Plaines.

    Big second half lifts Maine West

    An outburst of 3 goals within five minutes ignited a 6-goal second-half explosion to help send a Maine West senior night audience home on a high note. The Warriors rocked visiting St. Patrick 7-1 in their boys soccer regular-season finale on Wednesday night in Des Plaines. Seniors Alex and Nelson Herrera struck twice for a pair of goals while Miguel Lopez had a hand in two and scored one of his own to send coach Alan Matan’s club into the state playoffs on a positive note with a decisive nonconference victory.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Montini d. St. Edward: Katie Swanson had 4 kills and 8 digs and Shannon Igielski added 4 kills for St. Edward (16-12, 5-2) in a 25-12, 25-17 Suburban Christian Gold loss. Mallory Gross added 8 assists.


    Injury issues afoot at Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich (7-0) is the only undefeated team in Lake County but is battling an unusual injury problem as it heads into its NSC Lake Division clash at Libertyville on Friday.

    Max Sorby

    Football: Week 7 MVPs

    Warren senior running back Max Sorby and Lisle senior defensive back/kicker Kyle Hendzel have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 7 of the high school football season.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Burlington Central boys soccer team closed out the Big Northern East season with an undefeated championship Wednesday when the Rockets shut out Richmond-Burton 4-0 at Rocket Hill.It’s the first time the Rockets have gone undefeated in conference play.“Senior night victories are always great,” said BC coach Mike Gecan.Paolo Sespene, Sean Fitzgerald, Matt O’Connor and Brett Rau scored goals for BC (19-2, 12-0) and Ryan DeTamble and Jose Uribe added assists.Nikola Filipac was in goal for Central and made 1 save.Elgin 4, East Aurora 0: Eric Whiteman, Edgar Zavala, Daniel Geary and Anthony Rodriguez had goals for the Maroons (8-10-4) in their Upstate Eight crossover win. Zach Erickson, Whiteman and Rodriguez each had assists and Eleno Montes made 11 saves.Larkin 0, St. Francis 0: Aldair Dominguez had 1 save for the Royals (8-10-4) in this nonconference tie.Huntley 3, Grayslake North 0: Eduardo Gonzalez scored twice and Niko Mihalopoulos added a goal to lead the Red Raiders (19-2-1) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Matt Kitsis and Reyman Solis had assists, while Austen Emery registered the shutout with 5 saves.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks scouting report

    Marian Hossa celebrates after his goal in Tuesday’s victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Blackhawks’ Hossa doing what it takes to stay sharp

    Because of the back problem that kept him out for all of training camp, Marian Hossa’s pregame ritual has changed. He now reports a little earlier to stretch and do whatever else he feels is necessary to make sure his back is ready to go when the puck is dropped. So far, so good for the Blackhawks winger.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s David Petesch leaps over Elgin Academy’s Kevin Realzola in pursuit of the ball in the first half of the Class 1A regional semifinal game in Elgin on Wednesday.

    Aurora Central Catholic gets regional title shot

    Ricochets and crossbars can be your best friend, but also your enemy. Wednesday it was Aurora Central Catholic’s partner-in-crime. The Chargers scored the first 2 of their 5-straight goals on plays such as a ricochet that Enrique Anaya booted 12 minutes into the match just in front of the net, and a shot from David Petesch that caromed underneath the top crossbar with enough English to land inside the line.That was just the beginning of a 5-1 Class 1A St. Edward regional boys soccer win for the Chargers, who advanced to Saturday’s regional final at 11 a.m. to play No. 1 seed St. Edward at Greg True Field in Elgin.


    Something special coming to Chicago Outdoor show

    Mike Jackson offers his weekly fishing update for area anglers, and tells you how you can enter a drawing for a free custom rod at the 2014 Chicago Outdoor Sports Show in Rosemont when it opens on Jan. 22.

    Coach Jack Halpin will watch senior Robert Renner and the rest of the Lions swing into action Friday as the Class 3A boys golf state tournament tees off.

    Scouting the boys golf state tournament / Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's Class 3A boys golf state tournament from the perspective of St. Viator, Prospect and Barrington.

    Week-6- Photos from the Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley football game on Friday, October 11 at North Central College in Naperville.

    Neuqua Valley found a new hero against Waubonsie

    Neuqua Valley football coach Bill Ellinghaus had predicted a new “hero” would emerge in the annual “Indian Prairie Classic” against Waubonsie Valley. Last Friday, his name was Alex Teresky.


    St. Charles East, North changing colors

    There is nothing quite like the charged atmosphere every year when St. Charles East and St. Charles North meet in any sporting competition. Certainly everyone knows the team’s school colors — Orange and Black for St. Charles East and Royal Blue and Black for St. Charles North.

    The four top players for the Burlington Central boys golf team Monday at the Class 2A Freeport sectional were Andrew Sherman, from left, Matt Weber, Joe Sherman and Austin Niesel. The Rockets advanced to this weekend’s state tournament for just the second time in program history.

    State trip brings Burlington Central’s Twenhafel full circle

    Deb Twenhafel came to Burlington Central High School in 1980 for a one-year teaching position. She’s still there. And there’s little question her contributions to the Rockets’ athletic programs have been invaluable. Twenhafel, among her other duties that also include teaching drivers education, physical education and health. is the Rockets’ boys golf coach. This weekend, she will coach her team in the Class 3A state tournament at Illinois State University’s Weibring Golf Course in Normal for just the second time since she started the program 26 years ago.

    The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 6-4.

    Cardinals can’t close out Dodgers in NLCS

    Despite a breathtaking ninth-inning rally, the St. Louis Cardinals fanned on their first chance to close out the NL Championship Series for the second straight season. Just like last October, they’ve got two more tension-filled shots at it. Adrian Gonzalez homered twice for the Dodgers in Wednesday's 6-4 win.

    The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run — his second of the game — during the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won Wednesday’s game 6-4 and trail 3-2 in the series.

    Images: Game 5 of the NLCS
    Images from Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Los Angeles won 6-4 over the Cardinals on Wednesday and trails 3-2 in the series.

    Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland (44) stops Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) during the Sept. 28 game in Columbus, Ohio.

    Old-school Borland leads charge for No. 25 Badgers

    Chris Borland is No. 25 Wisconsin’s old-school linebacker. He’ll be a headache for Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit when the Badgers visit Champaign on Saturday night. “I hate to say it because we’re facing him, but that guy plays college football the way it should be played," Cubit said.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler spent three seasons under coach Mike Shanahan, right, in Denver before Shanahan was fired and Cutler was traded to the Bears. Shanahan said Wednesday that Cutler has all the skills he likes in an NFL quarterback. The Bears play Shanahan's Washington team on Sunday.

    Washington’s Shanahan still likes Cutler’s skills

    As the Broncos' head coach, Mike Shanhan was Jay Cutler's first NFL mentor after Denver drafted the quarterback in the first round in 2006. Now the Redskins' head coach, Shanahan said he saw the same qualities back then that Cutler has demonstarted this year in the best start of his eight-year NFL career. Cutler leads the 4-2 Bears against Shanahan's 1-4 Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, top, scores over Northwestern safety Traveon Henry during the second half of the Oct. 5 game in Evanston. Hyde has 294 yards rushing in just three games.

    Meyer loves to run, yet no tailback has 1,000 yards

    Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had quarterback Braxton Miller go for 1,271 yards rushing a year ago, but no running back has ever turned the trick — not at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida or Ohio State. No matter where he goes, someone brings it up — particularly other schools who tell offensive players that they will never flourish in Meyer’s version of the spread offense.


    NIU announces football series with UNLV

    Northern Illinois University and UNLV will play a home-and-home football series in 2014 and 2015, completing the Huskies’ nonconference schedule for 2014, school officials announced Wednesday.


    Bye a bonus for QB Hackenberg, Penn State

    is career as a full-time starter now at six games, Christian Hackenberg’s freshman season already has reached halftime. Penn State’s 18-year-old quarterback has had more good times than bad while leading the Nittany Lions to a 4-2 record heading into a second bye week.

    Thousands of football fans are reflected in Anish Kapoor’s “Sky Mirror” outside AT&T stadium before Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. The concave disc covered in polished steel had temporary homes in New York, London and Sydney before getting a permanent spot in Arlington, Texas.

    Cowboys’ stadium gets ‘Sky Mirror’

    Anish Kapoor’s “Sky Mirror” has been installed on the east side of the Cowboys' stadium. At 35 feet in diameter, the piece sits at an angle similar to a satellite dish. Moving clouds are reflected from the side facing the sky, while the underside gives fans contorted reflections of themselves, with the stadium in the background.

    Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban gives a victory sign outside the federal courthouse Wednesday after the verdict in his insider trading trial in Dallas.

    Mark Cuban cleared of insider trading

    Mark Cuban won a years-long fight with the federal government Wednesday when jurors said that the billionaire basketball team owner did not commit insider-trading when he sold his shares in an Internet company in 2004.


    Football Focus: Week 8 Preview
    In this Week 8 preview of Football Focus, Joe Aguilar visits Wheaton North. Northwestern-bound quarterback Clayton Thorson addresses playoff hopes this season, including facing future teammate Justin Jackson in Week 9.


    College Football Playoff selection panel unveiled

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014. The selection committee was officially unveiled Wednesday, though the names of the members were reported last week by The Associated Press and other media outlets.

    Barrington’s David Conrad, left, battles Palatine’s Kevin Burke battle for control of the ball during MSL West play this fall.

    Scouting the MSL Cup: Wheeling at Barrington

    Here's a look at Thursday's 7 p.m. MSL Cup matchup between Wheeling and host Barrington decide the league's overall champion.

    DePaul guard Brittany Hrynko, shown here leading the break against Oklahoma State in NCAA tournament action last March, heads a deep roster for DePaul, which is favored to win the Big East title this season.

    Women’s hoops poll: DePaul Big East favorite

    DePaul is the preseason choice to win the Big East title, according to the conference Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Demons, who have seven letterwinners and three starters back from last year’s NCAA squad, finished with 79 points in the poll and received eight of 10 first-place votes. Junior guard Brittany Hrynko, the league’s top returning scorer at 14.7 points per game, and senior forward Jasmine Penny (12.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg) represent DePaul’s top scoring threats. Hrynko, last season’s Co-Most Improved Player, has been selected Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

    Jumbo smallmouth are part of the draw of the Menomonee River when the fall smallmouth bite kicks into gear.

    It’s a fall spectacular on the Menomonee

    Guide Bob Dekker and I couldn’t believe our eyes. Without exaggeration, the water in front of us exploded. I’d flipped a 6-inch chub minnow to a formation of shallow, underwater rocks. The very second the chub landed a huge smallmouth bass grabbed the bait and tried making off with a quick meal. It was close to 15 minutes before this jumbo prize called a truce. Some 22 inches of powerful, football-like smallmouth tested the limits of the my scale as the Menomonee River yielded its fall bounty.


    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

    Illinois Treasurer monitoring debt ceiling

    Illinois' treasurer says he's monitoring the debt ceiling showdown in Washington and the impact that it could have on the state's finances. Congress is still searching for deal that would raise the country's cap to borrow more money in order to pay its bills. The government has been partially shut down for more than two weeks as Democrats and Republicans haggle over spending.


    U.S. Rep. Quigley acting on O'Hare noise concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley wants the Federal Aviation Administration and the city of Chicago to lessen the impact of noise from a new runway opening Thursday at O'Hare International Airport. The Democratic congressman is taking residents' concerns to city and federal officials in hopes they will expand access to a program that puts sound insulation in homes.


    Chicago man allegedly sold deer, raccoons to Chinatown eateries

    A Chicago man sold deer, raccoons and other wildlife to markets and restaurants in that city's Chinatown district for use in meals, Indiana conservation officers said Tuesday.Alexander Moy, 47, was arrested Monday in Hamlet, about 80 miles from Chicago in northwestern Indiana, on a charge of illegally selling wildlife, Lt. Tom Torsell of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington.

    Government reopens after Congress ends shutdown

    The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget.

    U.S. stocks rallied, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward a record, as the Senate crafted a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling before tomorrow’s deadline.

    Stocks surge after Senate reaches deal on U.S. debt

    Wall Street finally got the deal it’s been waiting for. A last-minute agreement to keep the U.S. from defaulting on its debt and reopen the government sent the stock market soaring Wednesday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index close to a record high.

    James Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota in North America, speaks during an interview on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in New York.

    Glen Ellyn native leads Toyota through ups and downs

    After five up and down years, Jim Lentz thinks Toyota is right where it’s supposed to be. Today, sales have rebounded after a tsunami and major recall. Through it all, Lentz, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, has been at the top of Toyota’s organizational chart in America.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that it “recklessly” distorted prices during a series of London trades that ultimately cost the bank $6 billion in losses.

    JPMorgan pays $100M, admits fault in trades

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that its traders acted “recklessly” during a series of London trades that ultimately cost the bank $6 billion.

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. said Wednesday that its net income fell more than 50 percent in the third quarter because of the spinoff of its branded drug business, but the results from remaining operations beat Wall Street expectations.

    Abbott 3Q profit beats Wall Street estimates
    Abbott Laboratories Inc. said Wednesday that its net income fell more than 50 percent in the third quarter because of the spinoff of its branded drug business, but the results from remaining operations beat Wall Street expectations. The company also raised its dividend 57 percent to 22 cents per share, sending shares higher in morning trading.

    U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the housing market, reflecting their uncertainty over the budget impasse in Washington.

    U.S. builder confidence dips amid budget impasse

    U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the housing market, reflecting their uncertainty over the budget impasse in Washington. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday fell to 55 in October. That’s down from a reading of 57 in September. September’s reading was revised one point lower from its initial estimate.

    Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday it would be idiocy for the nation’s leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills.

    Buffett says allowing U.S. default would be idiocy

    Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday it would be idiocy for the nation’s leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills. Buffett said he thinks it would be absurd for American politicians to do anything to damage the country’s reputation for paying its bills that has been established over the past 237 years.

    Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship, perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, last December and again this month.

    Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

    Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship — perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, last December and again this month.


    Dixon City Council poised to approve settlement

    Officials of the northern Illinois city of Dixon are poised to approve a $40 million settlement in connection with former comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft of millions of dollars in public money. The Telegraph in Dixon reports the Dixon City Council on Tuesday is expected to give the settlement final approval at a public meeting.

    Didi's Wardrobe, an online business run by Westmont mom Dina Patel, sells used Indian clothes online.

    Westmont-based business sells secondhand Indian clothing

    Dina Patel, of Westmont, started Didi's Wardrobe, an online business that sells new and gently used Indian and Pakistani clothing for women, men and children at prices up to 80 percent off retail. A sari that originally cost $200 might be priced at between $40 and $100 on DidisWardrobe.com “The response has been phenomenal,” Patel said of her booming, 1-year-old business. “You can definitely dress yourself for under 100 bucks.”

Life & Entertainment

    Lori Motyka created a hearty flatbread pizza with sardines, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), fennel and golden raisins.

    Sicilian Flatbread Pizza
    Sicilian Flatbread Pizzas: Lori Motyka

    Soloists with Elgin Opera team up with the New Millennium Orchestra and the Elgin Choral Union for the concert “Elgin Opera Goes Hollywood!” in 2011 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    Elgin Opera ceases operations

    Citing “financial constraints and prior obligations beyond its control,” the nonprofit Elgin Opera Wednesday announced its closing, effective immediately.

    The BoDeans are set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, Oct. 18.

    Weekend picks: BoDeans get closer to free at Arcada

    The BoDeans, an alternative rock band originally formed in Wisconsin, performs Friday in concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Catch the proudly blue-collar comedian known as Larry the Cable Guy (actor Dan Whitney) when he performs two shows Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Take part in “Searching for Peabody's Tomb,” an interactive Halloween experience where small groups of guests seek out ghosts at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    Crispy rice treats form the base of Annie Overboe’s Graveyard Bars.

    Baking secrets: Cereal, cookies combine for a monster of a good treat

    For those of us who don't have the time to bake and decorate a haunted gingerbread house, Annie Overboe offers a chewy treat that's no less delicious and takes a fraction of the time. Her Monster Bars can be tricked out in Halloween shapes and decorated with sprinkles and candies.

    Annie Overboe dresses up rice crispy treats for Halloween.

    Monster Bars

    Graveyard Bars Revisisted: Baking Secrets

    Grilled Game Day Pizza, Grilled Spam & Havarti Sliders with Baby Beets and Apple Orange Marmalade Slaw and Apple Cider-Brined Turkey Legs by Lori Wiktorek of Aurora for the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Round 2 contestants don't wilt under heat of the grill

    Don't you just love firing up the grill on cool autumn days? The tailgating recipes our Round 2 contestants created sure gave us plenty of new reasons to keep the Weber out of winter hibernation. Our judges had plenty of wonderful things to say about the tailgate recipe. Today I'll share their comments, but you'll have to wait until next week to find out which contestants will be heading to the Oct. 30 cook-off. I'll unveil the Final Four as well as the Fan Favorites on Oct. 23.

    Bruce Dern and Laura Dern attend the New York Film Festival screening of “Nebraska.” The Chicago International Film Festival is honoring actor Bruce Dern with its Career Achievement Award this year.

    Chicago film festival to honor Bruce Dern
    The Chicago International Film Festival is honoring actor Bruce Dern with its Career Achievement Award this year. Dern will receive the award at the festival’s presentation of his latest film, director Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.”

    A judge said he did not see an urgent need to intervene in the affairs of Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told him Tuesday the ailing radio host is receiving adequate medical care for advanced Parkinson’s disease.

    Attorney: Casey Kasem receiving adequate care

    A judge said he did not see an urgent need to intervene in the affairs of Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told him Tuesday the ailing radio host is receiving adequate medical care for advanced Parkinson’s disease.

    There is something clean- and fresh-tasting about pears in autumn. A little smoke transforms them into an elegant dessert.

    Smoke-Infused Red-Wine-Poached Pears
    Smoke-Infused Red Wine-Poached Pears

    Few foods conjure the fall season like acorn squash. Try it on the grill.

    Bring on the autumn char

    Barbecuers need a Declaration of Independence of their own. That famous document, although written in summer, knows no season. And neither should barbecuing.

    Lori Motyka created a hearty flatbread pizza with sardines, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), fennel and golden raisins.

    Sicilian Flatbread Pizza
    Sicilian Flatbread Pizzas: Lori Motyka


    Party foods challenge: almond butter, celery, phyllo sheets and Twizzlers courtesy of Marquardt of Barrington
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Dan Rich and Judy Monaco work their magic on the party foods challenge: almond butter, celery, phyllo sheets and Twizzlers courtesy of Marquardt of Barrington.


    King Oscar Sardines, 365 Everyday Value canned chick peas, fennel and golden raisins
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Mike Baron and Lori Motyka work their magic on challenge ingredients for a healthly meal: King Oscar Sardines, 365 Everyday Value canned chick peas, fennel and golden raisins.


    Raisin Walnut Polenta
    Raisin Walnut Polenta: Mike Baron

    Mike Baron of South Elgin worked with sardines, chick peas, fennel and golden raisins to creat a ratatouille, fried sardines, grilled polenta with walnuts, cheese and golden raisins.

    Pan-fried Sardines with Ratatouille and Raisin Walnut Polenta
    Pan-fried Sardines with Ratatouille and Raisin Walnut Polenta: Mike Baron

    The Avett Brothers, “Magpie And The Dandelion”

    The Avett Brothers 'Magpie' is smooth folk

    The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. It's all being well received and The Avett Brothers' new album “Magpie and the Dandelion” should be no exception.

    Kurt Cobain, lead singer for the Seattle-based band Nirvana, performing during the taping of MTV’s Live and Loud Production in Seattle in 1993. Nirvana is among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday.

    Nirvana, Ronstadt among Rock Hall of Fame noms

    Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray and The Zombies also received their first nominations. More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December.

    TobyMac, front left, performs at the Dove Awards on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. He was later named artist of the year.

    Redman, TobyMac lead winners at Dove Awards

    Singer-songwriter Matt Redman won a leading six trophies Tuesday night at the Dove Awards, and TobyMac was named artist of the year at a ceremony that reflected his growing influence. It was TobyMac’s second artist of the year award on his seventh nomination in the category and his first since 2008. The gospel hip-hop artist won a total of four awards to bring his career total to 18. The Doves also honored rapper Lecrae, who won rap/hip-hop album and song of the year, and his proteges Trip Lee, KB and Andy.

    Few foods conjure the fall season like acorn squash. Try it on the grill.

    Grilled Acorn Squash Wedges
    Grilled Acorn Squash Wedges

    Crisp fall apples hit the grill for this Smoky Green Apple Salsa Verde.

    Smoky Green Apple Salsa Verde
    Smoky Green Apple Salsa Verde

    Portobello mushrooms and ricotta cheese make the filling for this autumnal ravioli.

    Portobello Ravioli
    Portobello Ravioli

    Judy Monaco worked Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo dough into an imaginative spread that included Mini Meatballs with a Sweet Twist, Almond Butter Cups, Blue Cheese Tasters, Savory Appetizer Bites, Tasty Beef Appetizer.

    Mini Meatballs with a Twist
    Mini Meatballs with a Twist: Judy Monaco

    Judy Monaco worked Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo dough into an imaginative spread that included Mini Meatballs with a Sweet Twist, Almond Butter Cups, Blue Cheese Tasters, Savory Appetizer Bites, Tasty Beef Appetizer.

    Almond Butter Cups
    Almond Butter Cups: Judy Monaco

    Judy Monaco worked Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo dough into an imaginative spread that included Mini Meatballs with a Sweet Twist, Almond Butter Cups, Blue Cheese Tasters, Savory Appetizer Bites, Tasty Beef Appetizer.

    Tasty Beef Appetizers
    Tasty Beef Appetizer: Judy Monaco

    Judy Monaco worked Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo dough into an imaginative spread that included Mini Meatballs with a Sweet Twist, Almond Butter Cups, Blue Cheese Tasters, Savory Appetizer Bites, Tasty Beef Appetizer.

    Savory Appetizer Bites
    Savory Appetizer Bites: Judy Monaco

    Judy Monaco worked Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo dough into an imaginative spread that included Mini Meatballs with a Sweet Twist, Almond Butter Cups, Blue Cheese Tasters, Savory Appetizer Bites, Tasty Beef Appetizer.

    Blue Cheese Tasters
    Blue Cheese Tasters: Judy Monaco

    Dan Rich of Elgin created a party foods buffet featuring almond butter and bacon-stuffed celery boats, phyllo bombs, beef Wellington with almond butter pate, and savory baklava.

    Almond Butter and Bacon-stuffed Celery Boats
    Almond Butter and Bacon-Stuffed Celery Boats: Dan Rich

    Dan Rich of Elgin’s almond butter and bacon-stuffed celery boats; phyllo Bombs (with twisted tops) and Beef Wellington with almond butter pate, both served with a Twizzler port sauce; and savory Baklava.

    Phyllo Bombs
    Phyllo Bombs: Dan Rich

    Dan Rich created a unique party foods buffet using Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo sheets for the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Beef Wellington with Almond Butter Pate and Twizzler Port Sauce
    Beef Wellington with Almond Butter Pate and Twizzler Port Sauce: Dan Rich

    Dan Rich of Elgin created almond butter and bacon-stuffed celery boats; phyllo Bombs (with twisted tops) and Beef Wellington with almond butter pate, both served with a Twizzler port sauce; and savory Baklava.

    Savory Baklava
    Savory Baklava: Dan Rich

    Dan Rich of Elgin used Twizzlers, almond butter, celery and phyllo sheets to create a spread of unique party foods.

    Crispy Phyllo Strips with Braised Celery Dipping Sauce
    Crispy phyllo strips with a braised celery dipping sauce: Dan Rich

    Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in New York’s Central Park on Saturday with original signed works selling for only $60 apiece. His works typically sell for thousands of dollars.

    Banksy: I sold original artwork for $60 in NYC

    Banksy, the British graffiti artist causing a sensation in New York City, says he sold a few of his artworks over the weekend for up to $60 apiece, far below the thousands they typically fetch. Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in Central Park on Saturday with original signed works. But the secretive artist warned Sunday: “That stall will not be there again today.” The website features a photo and video of the pop-up stall with a sign that read: “Spray Art. $60.”

    Blaine Trump, left, Lance Le Pere, Michael Kors and John Idol at Kors’ annual volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver in New York. On Wednesday, Michael Kors embarks on a new campaign: World Hunger Day.

    Kors hunger campaign goes big — Times Square big

    Michael Kors knows a few things about getting his message out. On Wednesday, however, he embarks on a new campaign: World Food Day.Of course, it will have the slick fashion touch. There will be user-generated content from shoppers, celebrities and activists on 12 of the largest billboards in Times Square; content that will be replicated on the WatchHungerStop.com website. Kors aims to have 10,000 to 20,000 images go up during the event.

    For the simplest trap, set out a glass of wine to which some dish detergent has been added and label the glass so no one drinks the liquid. After landing on this liquid for a drink, fruit flies become wetted and are unable to take off again.

    Familiar visitors: Fruit flies move indoors

    I suppose I should look upon fruit flies as old friends. Our formal introduction took place in junior high school, in science lab. Now they visit regularly, every late summer and early fall. Still, for old friends, they can be bothersome. No, they don’t bite, but I’d rather do without their flitting around any ripening fruit in the kitchen.

    Margaret White (Julianne Moore), left, isn’t so sure about her daughter Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) going to prom in the latest update of “Carrie.”

    An updated ‘Carrie’ for the digital age

    “Carrie” is going viral. In the new take on the supernatural coming-of-age story out Friday, beleaguered high school student Carrie White’s torment doesn’t merely occur within the gym showers or onstage at the prom. It’s also online, one of a few modern updates dropped into filmmaker Kimberly Peirce’s re-imagining of the landmark 1974 novel by Stephen King. There are references to the “Today” show and “Dancing With the Stars,” tunes from Passion Pit and Krewella playing at the prom and Carrie searching about her burgeoning telekinetic powers online.

    Scotty McCreery, “See You Tonight”

    McCreery moving beyond ‘Idol’ with new LP

    The first “American Idol” victor born in the 1990s, Scotty McCreery turned 20 the week before releasing “See You Tonight,” his follow-up to 2011’s platinum debut, “Clear As Day.” The former church choir boy quickly establishes how much he has matured, opening his album with a rocking party tune, “Now,” and an urgent late-night booty call to his girlfriend on the title cut.

    Tilapia is the fish of choice in Altiro’s interpretation of ceviche called al Cocktail.

    Small plates burst with bold flavors at Geneva’s Altiro

    Three brothers-in-law opened Altiro Latin Fusion in March in a small strip center off downtown Geneva’s main drag. The place is quickly gaining fans, drawn by boldly flavored, beautifully presented small plates that draw on a number of global influences. We must have selected well from the menu, because there wasn’t a morsel that didn’t leave our mouths happy and bellies hungry for a return visit.

    “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy” by Helen Fielding

    Bridget Jones older, shallower and boring

    Time has dulled Bridget Jones. It has also left her neither wiser, more relaxed nor comfortable with the person she’s become and the people she counts as her friends. That’s both good and bad because in Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” the British heroine is lost amid social media, parental responsibility and trying to impress the moms at school.

    Joanna Miller with America's Baking and Sweets Show

    Meet the judges for Round 2, Week 1
    Meet the judges who rated Round 2, Week 1 recipes in the Cook of the Week Challenge. The contest is nearing the homestretch and the grand finale cook-off is is set for Thursday, Oct. 30.


    Prospect Avenue south of the tracks with its landscaped median and small shops in downtown Mount Prospect.

    Editorial: The cautious enthusiasm of re-imagining downtowns

    With a consultant's report unveiled last week on what's good and what needs fixing in downtown Mount Prospect, it's time to hear from all those involved on what the next steps should be, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Annie Jennings, LHS Homecoming queen 2008

    Farewell to tears: A Libertyville High School Homecoming memory

    Guest Columnist Ellen Jennings: After Annie was born 23 years ago with Down syndrome, I cried. A lot.


    The crisis of indifference

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The migrants came from Eritrea, which is on the Horn of Africa and where the per capita income is about $800 a year. They sold everything they had, even land, and then were trucked across the Sahara Desert with very little to eat or drink and taken to the Libyan port of Misrata. There, about 500 people were crammed onto a boat which sailed for 13 days until the engines quit and the ship went dead in the water off the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was night, so the captain signaled the shore by setting fire to a blanket and it somehow ignited a drum of benzene.


    Many risks, few rewards in warming debate

    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is no wonder that politicians — even politicians who believe in warming — tend to have other priorities. This leads to a fully justified form of skepticism, not about a scientific consensus but about the ability of political institutions — incapable of dealing with current crises or predictable fiscal challenges — to respond prudently to scientific risk when there is little political reward.


    Mundelein should trap skunks, too
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: In response to the article, “Trapper Hired to Thin the Skunk Population in Vernon Hills,” by Mick Zawislak, I feel this is a great idea, and should also be done in Mundelein.


    Republicans making no sense
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: It’s amazing that Republicans think requiring citizens to have health insurance is evil but possessing assault weapons is a virtue and a right.


    Democrats, media share the blame
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The confusion we are witnessing with the potential shutdown and the default of the government going over the fiscal cliff can be blamed on the media as well as the party in power. The media sides with and defends the president and his party by exaggerating and/or omitting information.


    Herald bats .000 in facts for one day
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Wow! All three letters to the editor in your Sept. 29 issue had something in common: extreme bias and no basis in fact


    Hultgren sticking it to seniors
    An Elgin letter to the editor: U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren speaks softly but he carries a mighty big stick against people who are seniors or those who hope to be some day. Apparently he wasn’t content enough to be one of the 80 Republicans responsible for shutting down our government in their ideological fervor to defund Obamacare.


    GOP ‘civil war’ reason for shutdown
    GOP ‘civil war’ reason for shutdownThere never would have been a government shutdown if there were not a Civil War in the GOP.The Tea Party (minority) is the “tail” and the Reasonable Republicans (majority) are the “dog.”The Dems should deal from a position of strength.Check mate.Edna ReynoldsElgin


    A burning question about health care
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I have a burning question that has gone unanswered since I picked up my insurance broker’s license in 2002 until I could figure out how to build my project management practice. Maybe someone who is willing to answer the question(s) would actually step up and give the answer(s); I’ll take one or both, and here they are:


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