Daily Archive : Friday October 18, 2013


    Artist Bruce Niemi unveils his custom-designed sculpture in front of the Wheaton 121 development in downtown.

    Apartment developer unveils new public art in downtown Wheaton

    A new piece of public art was welcomed into downtown Wheaton with Friday's unveiling of “Full Sail.” Blustery winds added to the effect as Sculptor Bruce Niemi cut the tarp from his 1,000 pound stainless steel piece inspired by a sail boat.

    Cameron Sato, in the royal blue T-shirt, with friends who helped him build fish cribs that Cameron later installed at Axehead Lake and Belleau Lake in Des Plaines as part of an Eagle Scout project. The cribs give smaller, growing fish protection from larger predators.

    Eagle Scout candidate builds fish cribs for forest preserve lakes

    Fishermen who flocked to Axehead Lake in Park Ridge for the start of trout fishing season on Saturday found some new hot spots where the recently stocked fish gathered: fish cribs installed by a Mount Prospect Eagle Scout candidate. Cameron Sato, a Hersey High School freshman, worked with Jim Phillips, a fisheries biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, to design his project.

    Montago Suggs

    Sentencing delayed for man convicted of killing Round Lake Park woman

    Sentencing for a Kenosha, Wis., man found guilty of murdering a Round Lake Park woman has been delayed. Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said Friday that Montego Suggs, 29, must first go to trial on the 2007 charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery of a Beach Park convenience store clerk.


    Chicago man charged with trying to hire hit man

    A Chicago man has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill two people believed to be witnesses against his son in a murder trial.


    Explosion at factory injures two

    Two people were injured Friday afternoon following a small explosion at a factory in Glendale Heights, authorities said. Police and firefighting crews responded to Titan Metals Inc. at 180 W. Lake Drive at 12:40 p.m. for the report of an explosion involving machinery, according to police.

    Smoke rises from a fire Thursday near Springwood, west of Sydney.

    Australian wildfires taking toll

    Arson investigators are examining the origins of several of more than 100 fires that have threatened towns surrounding Sydney in recent days.The wildfires have been extraordinarily intense and extraordinarily early in an annual fire season which peaks during the forthcoming southern hemisphere summer which begins in December.

    Authorities say three men could face felony charges after purposely knocking over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and posting a video of the incident online. The park is dotted with thousands of the eerie, mushroom shaped sandstone formations.

    Charges possible for toppled ancient Utah rock

    Utah authorities are mulling whether to press charges against a Boy Scouts leader who purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online. “You can’t have a rock the size of a car that you can push with one hand, and have it roll, and not have an adrenaline rush,” Dave Hall said. “It was a crazy, exciting...

    New runway 10C/28C at O'Hare International Airport could bring more noise to some nearby Northwest and West suburbs, while the level of noise in suburbs like Elk Grove Village and Itasca is a bit in question.

    New O'Hare runway: Which suburbs get noise now?

    As a new runway at O'Hare International Airport opened Thursday, new turbulence lies ahead over noise and a promised but elusive western terminal. Sections of Bensenville, Itasca, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Wood Dale will get an earful. It should get a little quieter in Elk Grove Village, Franklin Park and Northlake.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Board member Martin Oberman, front, asks a question during Metra's board of directors meeting in Chicago Friday. It was the first time the board has had its full complement of members since the summer.

    Metra up to full steam, facing financial crossroads

    New board directors at Metra, up to full strength after an exodus this summer, waded into funding issues Friday after a budget presentation that projected no fare increases. Chief Financial Officer Tom Farmer said it's not necessary to raise fares in 2014, noting that an increase in sales tax revenues should help offset a decline in ridership. Metra ridership took a hit when the agency eliminated...

    Former House Speaker Tom Foley stands outside the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash.

    Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

    Tall and courtly, Tom Foley served 30 years in the House when partisan confrontation was less rancorous than today and Democrats had dominated for decades. He crowned his long political career by becoming speaker, only to be toppled when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, turned out by angry voters with little taste for incumbents.


    Power returning to parts of northwest Naperville

    Some 1,000 customers are still without power on Naperville’s northwest side after an electric cable was severed Friday during construction work on Route 59, officials said. Electric crews were working to restore power Friday afternoon after a contractor working on the Route 59 expansion project bored through a city electric cable, causing the outage, city officials said.

    Anthony Cechini

    Fox Lake man pleads guilty to killing friend in alcohol-fueled crash

    A Fox Lake man accused of killing a close friend during an alcohol-fueled crash pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in death in Lake County court Friday. Anthony Cechini, 24, faces 3 to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 5 for his role in the death of David Letchinger, 21, of McHenry, during the Oct. 1, 2012 crash.

    Emergency crews were on the scene of a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Antioch.

    Three injured in Antioch crash

    Three people were injured Friday afternoon in a multivehicle crash on Route 173 in Antioch, authorities said. Two cars and a semitruck were involved in the collision at 2101 E. Route 173 that was reported to authorities at 4:26 p.m., according to Antioch Deputy Fire Chief Chris Lienhardt.

    Leonard Puccini

    Former McHenry County mentor receives 5-year sentence

    A former McHenry County Boys and Girls Club mentor was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 2009. Leonard Puccini, 53, of Bull Valley, was found guilty in a bench trial in mid-May 2013 and faced up to seven years in prison. He met the victim through the Big Brother/Big Sister program.


    Boys and Girls Club worker charged with molesting teen

    A 24-year-old Elgin man faces charges that he sexually molested a teenage boy he met through the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, prosecutors said Friday. Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie on Friday set bail at $200,000 for Brett M. Carmouche, a Boys and Girls Club of Elgin employee currently on paid leave pending the disposition of his case.


    Joliet hires Carpentersville development director as city manager

    Jim Hock, Carpentersville’s community development director, is leaving the village for a city nearly four times its size. Hock has been named city manager of Joliet, which has a population of around 148,000 people. In his new role, Hock will make about $185,000 a year. He was making around $103,000 a year in Carpentersville.

    “You couldn’t get it any fresher unless you grew it yourself,” said Donna Smits, of The Farm in Carol Stream. The family owned business is celebrating its 50th year selling fresh seasonal produce in DuPage County.

    ‘The Farm’ in its 50th year selling fresh produce

    From sweet corn to tomatoes and peppers, there is no substitute for freshness when it comes to selling produce. It is the only way The Farm knows. With locations in Carol Stream, Westmont and Westchester, The Farm farmer’s market has been selling fresh seasonal produce around DuPage County for 50 years.

    Thomas LaChance

    Montgomery man faces charges in Aurora drive-by shooting

    A 24-year-old Montgomery man faces charges of reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with an early morning drive-by shooting Thursday on Aurora’s near east side, authorities said Friday. Thomas LaChance of the 200 block of Fernwood Road also was charged with not having a Firearm Owners Identification card.


    Phone scammers target Palatine businesses

    Palatine police on Friday issued a warning about a phone money card scam that is targeting local businesses. Police say a local business owner received a call Tuesday from someone purporting to be from ComEd who said he was past due on a payment and his electricity would be shut off.

    Karlos Leath

    Driver in fatal DUI will be sentenced, wed on same day

    The honeymoon won't be anytime soon for a DuPage County jail inmate who's getting married the same day he's sentenced for a deadly DUI crash. Karlos Leath, 32, of Warrenville, faces a mandatory prison term of three to eight years. He's being sentenced in December by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who also will officiate over his wedding. "This is a first," Fawell said in court Friday.

    Wallace Sollo

    Deputies evict Schaumburg man, find 38 firearms

    A 59-year-old Schaumburg man is charged with several felonies after Cook County sheriff's deputies discovered 38 firearms in a house he was being evicted from Thursday. Wallace Sollo is facing possession of a firearm with a revoked firearm owners identification card.


    Glen Ellyn Fire Company facing funding crunch

    With revenues flat and numerous vehicles that need to be replaced, the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company is asking the village for a helping hand. The company has two 20-year-old trucks that need to be replaced at a cost of $500,000 each, and in two years Chief Jim Bodony said its largest vehicle will need to be switched out at an estimated $1.2 million price tag.


    Arts in Bartlett benefits from ECC students’ help

    Elgin Community College students will gain real world experience and perform some community service this semester by providing pro bono services to Arts in Bartlett. “We're thrilled because we are looking to expand and offer more programs,” said Cecilia Green, a founder of Arts in Bartlett.

    President Barack Obama has chosen former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the new secretary of the Homeland Security Department. Obama plans to announce Johnson’s nomination Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

    DHS selection suggests priority shift to security

    President Barack Obama’s selection of a former top Pentagon lawyer to head the Homeland Security Department suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack. Jeh C. Johnson, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the DHS last month to become president of...


    Wheaton house fire likely caused by cigarette

    A cigarette discarded outside a home on the 500 block of North Gary Avenue likely led to the Thursday afternoon blaze that damaged the house, Wheaton authorities said.


    Electronics recyling, paper shredding event:

    An electronics recycling and free paper shredding event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Fremont Township complex, 22376 Erhart Road.


    Palatine police, DEA hosting drug takeback event

    The Palatine Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a drug takeback event Oct. 26, where the public can bring in expired, unused prescription drugs with no questions asked.

    Courtesy Mundelein Fire Department Tim Sashko is the Mundelein fire chief .

    Sashko to be honored:

    Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko will be honored Saturday when he is presented with the 2013 Most Innovative Blood Drive Coordinator State Award by the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Drive Centers.

    Emerald ash borer

    Lake Zurich told to prepare for higher ash tree removal cost

    Lake Zurich will need to prepare to pay for accelerated removal of public trees due to emerald ash borer infestation, according to the chairman of an advisory village panel.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Kevin P. McMahon, 26, of Covington, La., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 12:50 a.m. Thursday at Fabyan Parkway and Cambridge Drive near Batavia, according to a sheriff’s report.


    ‘HalloweenFest’ in Libertyville:

    The Libertyville Sports Complex hosts its “HalloweenFest” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


    Affordable Care Act sessions:

    Three sessions for Lake County residents to learn about health care options available through Get Covered Illinois, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, will be held in the next week.


    Low vision products road show stopping in Schaumburg Twp.

    The Chicago Lighthouse is bringing its free Low Vision Products Road Show to the Schaumburg Township building on Oct. 22, giving people with low vision the chance to try out all kinds of available products.


    Number of DuPage polling places reduced

    As part of an ongoing effort to cut costs, the DuPage Election Commission has approved a plan to eliminate 71 polling places countywide. By scaling back the total number of polling places to 262, the agency that organizes and executes all of the elections in DuPage is expected to save taxpayers more than $1 million over the next four years.


    Illinois otters exposed to long-banned chemicals

    The study says otters collected in recent years have had high concentrations of pesticides such as dieldrin and other chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.


    Turbine company won’t tap Mississippi River

    A company has dropped plans to sink power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River. Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Crear has told a Vicksburg civic club that Free Flow Power will place the turbines on existing dams, such as recreational lakes maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Crear is a member of the Boston-based company’s board of directors.


    No injuries reported in Lake in the Hills blaze

    No one was injured but three families were evacuated during an apartment fire in the 1300 blockof Cunat Road in Lake in the Hills Thursday night. A kitchen fire is blamed for the damge.

    Westlake Community Church and Faith Community Church, above, both in Huntley, are preparing to become one unified family after this weekend. Both congregations will vote on whether to move forward with the union Sunday.

    Westlake Community, Faith Community to become one congregation

    Members of Westlake Community Church and Faith Community Church, both in Huntley, are preparing for the biggest wedding of their lifetimes. Both congregations will vote Sunday to become one unified family starting in November. “It’s almost like a marriage,” said Pastor Joel Popenfoose of Westlake. “The two are going to become really one in every sense. We’re very excited about the possibilities...


    Bradley University chooses gargoyle for new mascot

    Bradley University has a new mascot for the first time in more than 20 years. Officials say more than 3,200 respondents overwhelmingly supported the school having a mascot “with the favored choice being the gargoyle.” The Peoria school will keep the nickname “Braves.”


    Lawn mower falls on, kills mechanic

    A northern Illinois landscaping company mechanic has died after a large commercial lawn mower fell on him.


    State board warns schools of funding cuts

    Illinois education officials are warning school administrators to prepare for even less state funding for the next fiscal year. The Illinois State Board of Education is telling school districts to prepare to receive about 85 percent of the normal general state aid payments for the fiscal year that begins in July.


    Golf outing to recognize community heroes

    With the goal of honoring past and present community heroes, People’s Resource Center and the DuPage County Historical Museum are teaming up to present On Par for DuPage, an Oktoberfest-themed golf outing, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton.

    A van driver crashed into a building at the St. Charles youth center.

    Van crash at St. Charles youth center could cost $150,000

    A security van driver at Illinois Youth Center St. Charles got distracted by two residents fighting and drove into a building there earlier this month, state records show. A contractor and architect were on site this week assessing damage, said Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice spokeswoman Jennifer Florent, and the state estimates the fixes will cost $150,000.


    Mount Prospect applauds milestone village employees

    The village of Mount Prospect recognized its employees who are having milestone anniversaries this year. “One of the hallmarks of our community is its highly professional staff,” Mayor Arlene Juracek said.


    Naperville library creating digital media lab at 95th Street

    A 3-D printer, 12 iMac computers and one iBook laptop are set to be the main components of a digital media lab the Naperville Public Library is creating at the 95th Street Library. The lab will be the first dedicated area for patrons to use creative software such as iMovie, GarageBand, Adobe InDesign or Adobe Photoshop to do things like edit movies and photos, compose basic songs or even print...

    Hanover Park Police Officer George Sullivan talks about stranger danger while giving a tour of the police station to students from Ontarioville School.

    Moving Picture: Hanover Park officer serves community

    Hanover Park police officer George Sullivan is the closest thing the department has to an "officer friendly". The 24-year veteran says he feels like a success when he can reach out to members of the community and help improve communication with police. “My way of policing is being open, friendly,” Sullivan said, though he also states that, as with any officer, there are times when he...

    A man reported to be one of the four armed militants walking in a store at the Westgate Mall, during the four-day-long siege at the Westgate Mall in Kenya that killed more than 60 people last month. A security official said four AK-47 rifles, 11 AK-47 magazines and one RPG were recovered at the mall Thursday Oct. 17, 2013. A city morgue official told The Associated Press that the two boxes arrived Thursday, and that a team of foreigners padlocked the boxes Friday.

    Norwegian-Somali ‘radicalized’ before mall attack

    Almost one month after gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Kenya, one of them has been identified as a Norwegian-Somali, officials said Friday, as charred body parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping center awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of the assailants. Charred pieces of bodies, enough to fill two plastic boxes about a foot wide and across, have...

    Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared to the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term. But given the capital’s partisanship, the complexities of the issues and the limited time left, even those items — immigration, farm legislation and a budget — amount to ambitious goals that will take political muscle, skill and ever-elusive compromise to execute.

    No safe bets for Obama despite toned-down agenda

    Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term. But given the capital’s partisanship, even those items — immigration, farm legislation and a budget — amount to ambitious goals that...

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says congressional Republicans represent “the mirror opposite” of the successes of GOP governors outside the capital.

    Budget crisis exposes deepening rift in GOP

    Lawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party’s establishment are lashing out at Tea Partyers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP’s popularity plunging to record lows. In the view of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, House Republicans overreached during the budget impasse.

    Martin MacNeill, a former doctor, is charged with murder in the 2007 death of his wife. MacNeill, 57, was charged in August 2012, nearly five years after his former beauty queen wife, Michele MacNeill, was found in the bathtub at the couple’s Pleasant Grove home, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. Prosecutors said they will try to prove that MacNeill got a plastic surgeon to prescribe a powerful set of neurological drugs for her recovery that left her comatose in the bathtub.

    Murder trial of Utah doctor could turn on bathtub

    The bathtub a former beauty queen died in could be in the middle of a Utah courtroom as her husband stands trial on charges of killing her after convincing her to get a face-lift she didn’t want, then giving her a lethal combination of prescription drugs and helping her into the bath.

    Manju Goel

    Goel shows big early fundraising in 8th District

    Republican Manju Goel of Aurora raises $200,000 in her bid to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates. And Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale contributes to a group trying to draft an opponent for state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein over his support of same-sex marriage. Find that and more in Political Editor Mike Riopell's Suburban Political Recount column.

    Yosef Kolko, 39, was sentenced late Thursday to nearly 13 years after a judge refused to let him take back a guilty plea to aggravated sexual assault he had made in May.

    Victim of NJ yeshiva teacher: More should speak up

    A New Jersey boy whose family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he went to authorities to report being sexually abused by a teacher urged other victims of sex abuse to speak out and get help from prosecutors. Testimony from the 16-year-old boy, who was 12 when the abuse occurred, helped put his abuser in prison. Yosef Kolko, 39, was sentenced late Thursday to nearly 13 years...


    Battle over theater shooting evidence grows heated

    The courtroom battle over what evidence can be used against Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has grown heated, with a defense lawyer aggressively questioning police officers about why Holmes was not allowed to see an attorney for hours after his arrest.


    Mo. sex assault case expected to get fresh start

    The case of a 14-year-old girl who says she was raped by an older boy from her Missouri high school and left passed out on her porch in freezing temperatures is expected to get a fresh start under a special prosecutor. A special prosecutor will be able to launch his own investigation, interview witnesses and work independently from the local prosecutor who’s faced intense scrutiny for dropping...


    Feds challenge new trial in Katrina shootings

    The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s decision to order a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors filed a notice of appeal late Thursday, asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month’s decision by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

    Police investigate the scene of a collision between a car and a police cruiser in Upper Arlington, Ohio early Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. An officer from the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington was responding to a robbery report when the overnight crash occurred at an intersection, said Jason Pappas, head of the local police union. According to Pappas, six people in the other vehicle died, including a small child. The officer was being treated for a serious head injury at a hospital but was in stable condition.

    6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital

    Police say six people were killed and an officer was injured when a car and a cruiser collided at an intersection just northeast of Ohio’s capital overnight.

    Saudi Arabia is rejecting its seat on the U.N. Security Council and says the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council’s 10 nonpermanent members. In a statement carried on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 by the official Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi Foreign Ministry says the Council has failed in its duties toward Syria.

    Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

    Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council’s 10 nonpermanent members on Thursday night.

    A New York City police officer stands in front of the Victoria’s Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. A security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched two teenage girls as they left the lingerie shop Thursday afternoon, and discovered one of them was carrying what appeared to be a fetus in her bag, police said.

    Teen found with fetus in bag at store, NYPD says

    The results of an autopsy could determine whether two teenage girls are hit with serious charges after one of them was found carrying a dead fetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan. Police were called to the store Thursday after a security guard on the lookout of shoplifters searched the 17-year-old girls, discovered a strong odor coming from one of their bags and...

    Joseph Jenkins, left, and Charles Walker were mistakenly released from prison in Franklin County, Fla., in late September and early October. According to authorities, the two convicted murderers were released with forged documents. A manhunt is under way for the two men.

    2 killers escape Fla. prison with bogus documents

    As authorities hunt for two killers who were mistakenly freed by bogus court documents, prison officials and prosecutors across Florida scrambled to make sure no other inmates had been let out early. The review comes three weeks after convicted murderer Joseph Jenkins walked out of prison, despite a life sentence. A week after he was let go, Charles Walker, who was also serving life, also was...

    Carter Howard sits and watches a cartoon during his asthma treatment at his home in Northbrook. On the days when asthma gives Carter the most trouble, his mother is reminded how doctors at Rush University Medical Center had to stop submitting applications for research grants to study childhood asthma and other diseases and disorders due to the federal government shutdown.

    Federal shutdown affected us in ways unseen

    Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids’ homework tougher to complete. The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but it crept into our lives in small, subtle ways — from missed vegetable inspections to inaccessible federal websites. So how did the shutdown...


    Arkansas man shot dead after getting lost in Chicago

    An Arkansas man who police say got lost driving around the city was shot and killed early Thursday, apparently by a man he had just asked for directions. Police said 55-year-old Robert Franklin, of Blytheville, Ark., was with a friend in a car about 3:45 a.m. when a man that Franklin had asked for directions climbed into the backseat and pulled out a gun.


    Illinois Historic sites offer writing workshops

    Two Illinois historic sites are hosting workshops for aspiring writers. Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House and Vachel Lindsay Home will feature a total of five two-hour fiction and poetry writing sessions throughout October, November and December.


    Illinois man loses foot in farm accident

    A southern Illinois farmer says he’s doing OK after a farming accident that severed one of his feet. Kent Elmore of Dieterich said he was injured Wednesday afternoon when his right foot became caught in an auger while he farmed near the small town.


    Illinois suspends funding of charter school group

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has again suspended state funding to the United Neighborhood Organization, the state’s biggest charter-school operator. Quinn spokeswoman Sandra M. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 is being withheld.


    Chicago man gets life plus 75 years for 3 murders

    A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to life in prison plus 75 years for a triple murder in 2008. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Vennis McCall was sentenced on Wednesday.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill.

    Lincoln Home reopens in Springfield after shutdown

    SPRINGFIELD — Employees at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield say it was business as usual after the end of the partial federal government shutdown.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports visitors returned to the property Thursday.Historian Tim Townsend said busses of tourists visited site and reported “everything is going smoothly.”


    Dawn Patrol: What after Mr. Z’s? Schaumburg woman sought

    Questions remain after Mr. Z's closes in Lombard; family, friends join search for missing Schaumburg woman; most Grafton Twp. trustees support cutting Rutland's free rides; Dist. 300 to celebrate its diversity this weekend; Proposed Dist. 211 levy angers residents; Oak Forest man gets 13 years in prison for sex abuse

    The Gurnee Park District is turning a former Gold’s Gym into a new facility called FitNation. It will open Nov. 6.

    Gurnee Park District to convert old Gold’s Gym into FitNation

    The Gurnee Park District is turning a former Gold’s Gym into a new facility called FitNation. “We are so excited to bring our recreational expertise to this facility,” Park District Executive Director Susie Kuruvilla said in a news release. “It is our vision to make this new facility the cornerstone for health and wellness in our community and beyond.”

    Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn has begun a series of improvements designed to better serve its roughly 100,000 visitors a year.

    Improvements begin at Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    Each year, close to 100,000 visitors come through the gates of Glen Ellyn's Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Now the center, operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, is working to better accommodate them. Construction is starting this week on a $3.6 million renovation that, when completed, will include a larger parking lot and improved service building for the center at 525 S. Park...

    Mundelein’s main public works office at 440 E. Crystal St. is one of three separate public works facilities the village plans to consolidate at a single site.

    Mundelein’s public works department could consolidate

    Mundelein officials say they plan to consolidate all of the village’s public works facilities at a single location to free up land for downtown development. The 17-acre site is on the south side of Allanson Road, west of Tower Road. As for three existing facilities: “I would expect we would sell them as is, unless we decide that there is some other public use for the property,”...

    Few additional details emerged Thursday about the closing of the Larkin Center in Elgin, or the assumption of some of its work by Lawrence Hall Youth Services.

    Few details yet about why Larkin Center closed

    Not much more information was forthcoming Thursday from Larkin Center or state officials about the closure of the Elgin-based provider of mental health care services. But a union representing non-management employees said it has filed a grievance with Larkin over the lack of notice. "To suddenly implement the transition in this manner is inherently disruptive and destabilizing to the youth that...

    Warrenville resident Shawna Coronado is being fined $30 a month by her homeowners association for her experiment “to keep graffiti at bay in a beautiful way.”

    Fence mural stirs controversy in Warrenville

    When Shawna Coronado went out to weed and saw someone had painted gang symbols on the back of her fence, she cried. “I spend a lot of my time working to beautify the community and talking to others about how we can all help each other make the world a better place,” Coronado said. Coronado enlisted the help of a local artist to help not just paint over the gang signs, but to put up a...

    A gray crowned crane in Baraboo, Wisconsin has a quizzical look as he explores the world around him.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 14th.

    A continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads is part of a McHenry County Division of Transportation plan to improve the 3½-mile stretch of Randall Road from Ackman Road to County Line Road. It would be the first one in Illinois. The county is still working on Phase II design work and land acquisition necessary for Randall Road improvements. There is no timeline set for construction to begin.

    Villages review merits of Randall/Algonquin roads improvement plan

    The Lake in the Hills and Algonquin village boards recently reviewed the merits of a potential continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads and other planned improvements along Randall that could affect area businesses. A continuous flow intersection, or CFI, at Randall and Algonquin roads is part of a McHenry County Division of Transportation plan to improve the 3½-mile stretch of...

    Kristin Swanson and her daughter, Sophia, 5, take the top of a pumpkin during an event last year at Adler Park School in Libertyville.

    Poll Vault: When’s the last time you carved a pumpkin?

    Do you carve pumpkins each year or just paint them? Does digging out the seeds creep you out of your gourd? Do your kids do the designing?



    St. Francis keeps playoff hopes alive

    Joe Connelly remembers the empty feeling that weighed on the defensive back/wide receiver and his teammates after St. Francis narrowly missed out on a postseason football playoff berth last season.


    Naperville North offense explodes

    Naperville North put its quick-strike offensive attack on display Friday night. Trailing 14-10 after West Aurora quarterback Quintez Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run with 28.4 seconds remaining in the first half, it appeared that the Huskies (5-2, 4-2) would be trailing at halftime. Less than 24 seconds later, it was the Huskies who grabbed a 17-14 halftime advantage. Quarterback Connor Johannes hit DeSean Brown with a 60-yard toss on a first-down play to help set up Brown’s 9-yard TD reception from Johannes with 4.8 seconds left in the second quarter.From there Naperville North exploded for 35 second-half points on the way to a convincing 52-30 DuPage Valley Conference football triumph over West Aurora (1-7, 0-6) on senior night in Aurora.


    Loss dims Lisle’s playoff chances

    Twice late in the first half Friday it looked as if Lisle was on the verge of erasing a 14-0 deficit in a game the Lions desperately needed to have to help their playoff hopes.


    Glenbard South clinches MSC title

    Glenbard South stayed perfect with its eighth win this season, defeating Ridgewood 41-8 on Friday in Norridge. Zach Smith scored 3 touchdown and ran for 86 yards to help the Raiders in and clinch first place in the Metro Suburban Conference.


    Geneva outruns Metea Valley

    Geneva coach Rob Wicinski didn’t want a high-scoring track meet to unfold when his team went to Metea Valley on Friday night for an Upstate Eight Conference crossover contest.


    Fenton notches easy win

    The points didn’t come early, but they sure came often for Fenton in their final home game of the season. The Bison rolled Friday night against Elmwood Park winning 48-13. Fenton’s offense started off sluggish, punting on their first possession and fumbling on their second. The turnover led to a touchdown pass from Paul Mika to Eddia Amparan. AFter the missed extra point the Tigers were up 6-0, but that would be their last lead of the game.


    Benet suffers ‘comedy of errors’

    Marist put an exclamation point on the period. And what Benet coach Pat New attached to the first quarter of Friday night’s East Suburban Catholic Conference game at Marist was a question mark. Simply put, he couldn’t figure out what exactly happened to his Redwings.

    Derrick Rose (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a free-throw shot during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. the Bulls won 103-98.

    Bulls' win had playoff feel

    While the Bulls and Indiana Pacers battled as though the game really counted, Derrick Rose showed he's still got his late-game magic. Rose piled up 32 points and 9 assists while the Bulls stayed unbeaten in preseason with a 103-98 win on Friday. Taj Gibson was happy to set the scene for those watching from the sideline. “It felt like a playoff game. It really did,” he said.

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1), left, looks to pass as Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng (9), Erik Murphy (31) and Taj Gibson (22) guard during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The Bulls won 103-98.

    Noah may not return until season opener

    The Bulls will probably finish the preseason without ever using their projected starting lineup. Coach Tom Thibodeau announced Friday that center Joakim Noah will be shut down for a week to further rest a groin strain.

    The Cardinals’ David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals headed back to World Series

    With the red-clad crowd roaring more loudly with every pitch, Matt Carpenter became more determined — to get a hit and help lead the St. Louis Cardinals back to the World Series. On Clayton Kershaw’s 11th offering, Carpenter lined a doubled to right field. It turned out to be the start of something really big. St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up Los Angeles 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.


    Rough ride, but Lake Zurich manages to win at Libertyville

    Let the hype begin after Lake Zurich remained undefeated with a 40-16 win over host Libertyville on Friday night, ending the Wildcats’ playoff hopes, while Stevenson was busy beating Lake Forest 20-6 for its sixth win in a row. The North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship will be on the line next Friday night when Lake Zurich (8-0, 5-0) and Stevenson (6-2, 5-0) battle in Lincolnshire.


    Glenbard West too physical for Addison Trail

    Glenbard West put on a masterful show of offense in throttling host Addison Trail 55-0 in a West Suburban Conference crossover Friday night.


    Batavia rolls over St. Charles East

    When opposing football coaches talk about Batavia, the word that comes to mind is “swagger.” Batavia displayed it Friday night with a 47-14 Upstate Eight River Division win over visiting St. Charles East.“They’ve got it going on and they seem to have it going on every year — lately, at least,” said St. Charles East coach Mike Fields. “I’ve got to take off my hat and give them all the respect in the world. They came out and handled us up front and all over the place. Not much more I can say.”

    Kaneland’s Dylan Nauert sprints down the center of the field in the first quarter vs. Sycamore on Friday

    Sycamore snaps Kaneland’s streak

    A standing room only crowd packed Engh Community Field in Sycamore for the Big XII East Conference matchups of undefeated teams — Kaneland, the second-ranked team in Class 5A, and host Sycamore, No. 3 in the state. And the Spartan crowd simulating the proverbial “12th man” may have helped the Spartans steal a victory, as host Sycamore defeated Kaneland 31-21 to remain unbeaten on the season and in the conference and end Kaneland’s 35-game regular season winning streak — one that dates back to a Week 8 loss to Geneva four years ago.


    Big picks spark Willowbrook

    Willowbrook trailed Leyden for three quarters, but the Warriors’ defense stepped up in one of their most important games of the season. The visitors made up a 21-7 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points in the second half for a 28-21 victory. Senior defensive backs Hayden Adams and Joe Catanese both had key interceptions for Willowbrook. Adams ran his back for 44-yards while Catanese sprinted 38 yards. The two turnovers resulted in the tying and go-ahead touchdowns.

    Justin Jackson of Glenbard North looks for a hole against Wheaton Warrenville South Friday.

    Jackson, Glenbard North put on a show again

    Justin Jackson has a habit of overshadowing everything on a football field. Friday was no different as the Northwestern-bound senior running back rushed for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns in Glenbard North’s 37-21 DuPage Valley Conference victory over visiting Wheaton Warrenville South in Carol Stream.The Panthers (7-1, 6-0) wrapped up a share of their second straight DVC title and can seal the outright title with a win next week at Wheaton North (7-1, 5-1), which can forge a tie with a win.


    Beutler is back — and so is Fremd

    Nothing could keep Fremd quarterback Sam Beutler from starting on senior night. Not even a torn ACL, which he suffered just three weeks ago, could keep the four-year starter in street clothes Friday. “It is senior night and my senior year, what do I have to lose?” said Beutler, whose team had just stunned Schaumburg 36-27. “After I got hurt I targeted this game to come back and start. “My knee is going to be repaired and I am going to have surgery after the season. I might as well get as much as I can out of it.” With Beutler on the field, the Vikings are a completely different team offensively. He kept the Saxons on their heels, going 8-for-13 passing for 102 yards a touchdown.


    Conant stays focused in victory

    Conant wanted to leave no doubt it was a playoff caliber team this season. They did just that at Hoffman Estates on Friday night. The Cougars clinched a playoff spot with a 40-7 triumph.


    Streamwood beats Elgin for first win

    It was a very odd night for football at Millennium Field in Streamwood Friday night. Not only was it unseasonably cold for Streamwood’s last Upstate Eight Conference River Division home game of the season vs. the Elgin Maroons, it was also the Sabres’ homecoming due to a schedule that stacked 3 of their first 4 home games in the first month of the season. The game itself took longer than three hours to complete wand after a combined 71 points scored and 20 penalties, the Sabres came away with their first win of the season, 41-30.


    Lakes puts finishing touches on perfect Prairie run

    What looked like a laugher turned into a marathon, as visiting Lakes held on to defeat North Chicago 51-34 in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division football game Friday. The victory capped a second-straight perfect run through the NSC Prairie for Lakes (7-1, 6-0), which visits Mundelein next Friday night in its conference crossover. North Chicago (3-5, 1-4) dropped its fourth game in a row, as the Warhawks were officially eliminated from playoff contention.


    Jacobs parties like it’s 1979

    The 34-year drought is over. Jacobs scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and held off a second-half rally by Huntley to clinch a share of its first conference or division title in the Fox Valley since 1979 with a 27-20 road win Friday night. “Obviously, I wasn’t alive then, but for the school and the community this is awesome,” Jacobs senior quarterback Bret Mooney said. “Everyone is ecstatic.” Jacobs (6-2, 5-0 FVC Valley) won its sixth straight game, thanks to a balanced offense that gained 345 yards and an opportunistic defense that held the Red Raiders scoreless for a half and came up with 3 second-half turnovers.


    Lakes takes Prairie title

    Lakes’ fourth win over Antioch this season was the biggest one. The Eagles celebrated senior night by defeating visiting Antioch 26-24, 25-22 to capture the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship.


    Playoff bid secure for Dundee-Crown

    The football congress at Dundee-Crown has spent the last 19 tumultuous years trying to figure out a plan to pass legislation to get into the playoffs. Some years they came close to striking a deal. Some years the Chargers adjourned with nothing and went back to the drawing board searching for other ways. Then there was a crisp, fall October evening like Friday when somehow all the stars and planets aligned, proving this time the Chargers wouldn’t fail. With a little bit of pressure to get a deal done before it really went into high gear next week against Jacobs, players from both sides met in the D-C Bowl and ended the playoff shutdown that had haunted the program for nearly two decades, a time span that began when no one on the current roster was born. The deal was signed, sealed and delivered in the Chargers’ 49-21 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over McHenry in Carpentersville

    Antioch running back Griffin Hill runs for a touchdown Friday against host Grant.

    Antioch’s antsy for Week 9

    A surging line paved the way for running backs like Griffin Hill (98 yards), Cam Corey (95 yards) and Alan Taylor (75 yards) to roll up the yardage in Antioch’s 15-7 victory over Grant. The win keeps the Sequoits' postseason hopes alive.


    Thorson leads Wheaton North past Naperville Central

    Wheaton North put the ball in quarterback Clayton Thorson’s hands, and Thorson delivered.


    Grayslake Central passes up Woodstock N.

    Come baseball season, you will spot Grayslake Central center fielder Matt Loeffl making sure no ball goes over his head. Clearly, baseball is his sport, but you can see how his fly-catching skills pay off during football season. He doesn’t drop anything on a football field, and when quarterback Alex Lennartz is on target, Loeffl can do some nice things to help the Rams. He caught a pair of scoring passes from Lennartz in the final home game for these two seniors. The Rams (4-4) remained playoff-eligible with a 28-12 win over visiting Woodstock North on Friday night in Grayslake.


    Marian Central too strong for St. Edward

    St. Edward turned in a solid effort against Marian Central, but the Green Wave just made too many mistakes. Fumbles, dropped passes, and missed tackles plagued the Wave in the first half, when the Hurricanes built a 28-7 lead. St. Edward made things interesting in the second half. The Wave scored 2 touchdowns in 15 seconds to get within 7, but Marian scored the game’s final 21 points to pull away for a 49-21 Suburban Christian win in Woodstock.


    Prairie Ridge’s option attack too much for Grayslake North

    Lots of good things in life are tripled. For instance: Triplets. A triple scoop ice cream sundae. Winning the Triple Crown in baseball or horse racing. After Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference crossover clash with Prairie Ridge in Crystal Lake, the Grayslake North Knights will not add the Wolves’ triple-option offense to that list. The host Wolves gashed the Knights’ defense for over 500 rushing yards in a 56-27 victory.


    St. Charles North dumps Larkin

    With both Upstate Eight Conference River Division teams entering Friday night with 3-4 records, it was do or die time for St. Charles North and Larkin. After the Royals gave an unfriendly welcome to the visitors, the North Stars ran away with it as running back Evan Kurtz (21 carries, 129 yards) led St. Charles North to a 48-20 victory at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Rolling Meadows’ Matt Campbell grabs the deciding touchdown pass in the fourth quarter with seconds left as Hersey’s Cole Monckton defends during the Mustangs’ victory Friday.

    Dream finish for Rolling Meadows

    Down 4 points. One minute, 51 seconds remaining on the game clock. Eighty yards of turf in front of you. No timeouts. In quarterback Bobby Suchecki’s mind, it was time for some backyard football in Rolling Meadows’ Mid-Suburban East showdown on Friday night with visiting Hersey. “That’s everybody’s dream,” Suchecki said. “That two-minute drive for all of it.” Suchecki orchestrated a march down the field, and with 10.9 seconds remaining, the Mustangs stood 8 yards away from the touchdown they needed to win the game. Suchecki connected with wide receiver Matt Campbell on a back-shoulder fade route with 6.8 seconds left to get the winning score. Hersey came close to breaking through with a series of laterals on the ensuing kickoff, but the Mustangs were able to pounce on a loose ball to secure a 24-21 homecoming victory.


    St. Viator handles Marian Catholic

    St. Viator won its second straight game, topping Marian Catholic 45-14 Friday night in Chicago Heights in East Suburban Catholic Conference play. Quarterback Bobby Calmeyn threw for 5 touchdown passes and was 23-of-38 for 264 yards.


    Zion-Benton survives tenacious Wauconda

    Bulldogs are known for their tenacity, and never giving up. That’s exactly the spirit that the Wauconda Bulldogs displayed Friday night on a crisp fall evening at Zion-Benton in a North Suburban Conference crossover game with playoff implications. Unfortunately for these Bulldogs, their tenacity was not accompanied by quite enough bite. Wauconda fell short 20-13 after losing the ball on downs at the Zee-Bees’ 14-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. The loss takes the Bulldogs (4-4) pretty much out of the playoff picture, barring a minor miracle.


    Aurora Central Catholic stuns Marmion

    Aurora Central Catholic is moving out of the Suburban Christian Conference after this year. The Chargers are taking some serious bragging rights with them.


    Oriatti, Stevenson turn up a win at Lake Forest

    Sam Oriatti made athletic play after athletic play in the secondary for Stevenson. He intercepted 2 passes and contributed four more tackles to help the Patriots clinch their 24th consecutive playoff berth with a 20-6 win at Lake Forest on Friday night.


    Lake Park earns first DVC victory

    There are many firsts and milestones that Lake Park is experiencing during its first school year in the DuPage Valley Conference. Friday night’s 37-14 win over visiting Glenbard East was one of them, the Lancers’ first DVC victory in football.


    Waubonsie Valley clinches playoff berth

    Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy made it a point that his team had to start taking what the opponent was giving it.


    Barrington defense pitches a shutout

    Barrington’s defense recorded its second shutout of the season, limiting host Palatine to 168 yards in a 27-0 Mid-Suburban West football victory that pulled the Broncos into a tie for the division lead with Schaumburg with one game remaining.


    Elk Grove gears up, gets win No. 5

    With just 26 playoff points heading into Week 8, the Elk Grove football team knew it would probably need to win out to qualify for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. And Friday night, Elk Grove (5-3, 3-1) looked like a team hungry for a playoff berth. The Grens raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 27-7 Mid-Suburban East league contest over host Wheeling (2-8, 1-3).


    Wolves rally, then fall to IceHogs

    The Chicago Wolves rallied to forge a late tie after spotting Rockford a 3-goal lead, but the IceHogs broke the knot with 1:31 to go and added an empty-net goal to claim a 5-3 victory in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest Friday night at Allstate Arena.Defenseman Evan Oberg paced the Wolves (2-3-0-0) with a goal and 2 assists, while right wing Tyler Shattock and center Alexandre Bolduc added goals.


    Cary-Grove holds off Crystal Lake South

    One streak ended while another one is still alive. Those were the story lines as Cary-Grove slugged out a 21-14 victory over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Cary Friday night. South’s streak of 12 straight playoff appearances ended while Cary-Grove (5-3, 5-1) is playoff eligible and likely to make its 10th straight trip to the postseason party.


    Buffalo Grove wins this battle

    Buffalo Grove may have had its backs to the wall all night against Prospect, but the Bison didn’t back down. Prospect drove inside the BG 10-yard line five times, but thanks to a Bison defense that rose to the challenge, the Knights could only muster 3 points. The stingy defense allowed Buffalo Grove to secure a 7-5 Mid-Suburban League East victory at Grant Blaney Field on senior night.


    Warren shines brightly in playoff-clinching win

    There were some pretty big things to accomplish when host Warren took the football field Friday night against Mundelein with a full moon hovering above. And the Blue Devils left nothing to chance as they put an amazing 41 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter of this North Suburban Conference contest. When all was said and done, Warren (6-2, 3-2) qualfied for the IHSA state playoffs for the second straight season with an impressive 54-0 NSC Lake Division victory over the Mustangs.

    Rolling Meadows’ Matt Long stops Hersey’s Mario Thomas in the second quarter.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Hersey, football
    The Rolling Meadows High School football team hosted and won 24-21 over Hersey High School on Friday, October 18th.


    Burlington Central beats Rock Falls

    Senior Casey Matthews ran for a touchdown, passed for one and caught a pass for another as Burlington Central downed Rock Falls 41-24 Friday night in Big Northern Conference crossover football action on Rocket Hill in Burlington.

    Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes against Central Florida in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    UCF rallies to upset No. 8 Louisville, 38-35

    Blake Bortles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left and Central Florida stunned No. 8 Louisville by rallying for a 38-35 victory on Friday night, ending the Cardinals’ perfect start.


    Glenbrook North outruns Maine West

    Maine West couldn’t meet the challenge posed by host Glenbrook North in a 50-0 loss to the Spartans on Friday in Glenview.Glenbrook North (5-3, 4-0) became playoff-eligible with the Central Suburban North victory, while Maine West (1-7, 0-4) remained winless in league play.

    Antioch running back Griffin Hill runs for a touchdown.

    Images: Grant vs. Antioch football
    The Grant Bulldogs hosted and lost 15-7 to the Antioch Sequoits for football action on Friday, Oct. 18 in Fox Lake.

    Justin Jackson of Glenbard North looks for running room.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard North football
    Glenbard North hosted and won 37-21 over Wheaton Warrenville South for football action Friday, October 18 Carol Stream.

    Hampshire’s Nick Mohlman, left, greets teammate Nick Kielbasa after a touchdown Friday night during the Whip-Purs’ win over Johnsburg.

    Hampshire is playoff bound

    Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh thought his team would have been on the playoff bubble with only five wins. There is no reason for the Whip-Purs to sweat out next weekend’s playoff selections any more after Friday night. The Whip-Purs dominated Johnsburg 42-7 in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play to earn their sixth victory and guarantee a playoff berth for the first time since 2008.

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a free-throw shot during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. the Bulls won 103-98. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rose scores 32 to lead Bulls over Pacers

    Derrick Rose scored 32 points, including eight in the final three minutes, and Luol Deng added 22 as the Bulls remained unbeaten this preseason with a 103-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Rose, who played 31 minutes, also had nine assists and was 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range, as the Bulls improved to 5-0.


    Benet does it again vs. Viator

    For the second consecutive year, Benet saved its best for last. The Redwings marched into Morris Stadium in Arlington Heights on Friday night and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over host St. Viator to earn a tie for the East Suburban Catholic Conference crown on a night when the Lions (15-4-1, 7-1-0) were chasing history, with what could have been their eighth outright league title.


    Prospect 4 shots behind Loyola in title pursuit

    Prospect’s score of 303 in the first round of the Class AA girls golf state finals was by far it lowest in four years at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur. Only one team was lower on Friday. With Loyola senior Isabelle Kane shooting a 4-under par 68, the Ramblers (299) owned a 4-stroke lead over second-place Prospect heading into Saturday’s second and final round.

    Kaneland’s Sycamore’s Ben Niemann.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Sycamore football
    Kaneland traveled to Sycamore for football action Friday night.

    Cuba's first baseman Jose Abreu celebrates after he hits a grand slam in the fifth inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game against China in Fukuoka, Japan, Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    With Abreu on tap, will Sox bring back Konerko?

    Beat writer Scot Gregor reports a possible way for the White Sox to bring back Paul Konerko for one more year, even though it would create a potential logjam at first base/designated hitter with newcomer Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn.


    Cheerio: Goddard, Pitman bring British flair to DePaul

    DePaul chums Ashleigh Goddard and Rachel Pitman have brought a British influence to the women's soccer team.

    Hampshire’s Nick Mohlman celebrates a touchdown with Trey Schramm and Mason Fleury .

    Images: Johnsburg vs. Hampshire football
    Hampshire hosted and won 42-7 over Johnsburg Friday night in football action.

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald injected a bit of levity during practice this week. His Wildcats have lost two straight.

    Northwestern looking to end 2-game skid

    Reeling after back-to-back losses, Northwestern players got hit with a big surprise this week. Water balloons. About 300, actually. Coach Pat Fitzgerald wanted to lighten the mood so he played a prank on his team at a meeting as the players started to prepare for Saturday’s game against Minnesota. “You’ve got to have fun when you’re doing this, and obviously nobody enjoys not being successful,” Fitzgerald said.

    Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illini haven’t won a Big Ten game since October 2011.

    Illinois expects to see best of Badgers’ backs

    Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown says No. 25 Wisconsin’s offense has it all. Big offensive line, a pair of big-game backs and a passing game that can make a defense loosened up by the run game pay. “As a linebacker, you dream of playing games like this in the Big Ten,” said Brown. “They might be one of the gold standards for running the ball in the country.”

    Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford celebrates his 32-yard touchdown run during last Saturday’s home win over Indiana.

    Purdue up next for improving Michigan State

    Michigan State is quietly emerging as a factor in the Big Ten title race. The Spartans (5-1, 2-0) looked out of sorts at times in September, when coach Mark Dantonio still was trying to decide on a quarterback and the defense scored most of the touchdowns for the first couple of weeks. Now Michigan State is among only three teams undefeated in Big Ten play.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, left, tries to get around Wisconsin defenders during the fourth quarter of the Sept. 28 game in Columbus, Ohio. Iowa has yet to give up a rushing TD this season.

    5 things to watch for in Iowa-Ohio State game

    The Buckeyes are trying hard to concentrate on the Hawkeyes as they iron out a few problem areas and preserve the nation's longest winning streak.


    Waubonsie’s Singhsumalee second after first day

    Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee shot a 70 to take second place after the first day of the Class AA girls golf state meet Friday.

    Joseph Emmanuel,left, of Wheaton North and Nolan McKenna of Wheaton Warrenville South race for the line during the DuPage Valley Conference boys and girls cross country meet Friday in Lombard.

    Wheaton North’s Emmanuel wins in photo finish

    Wheaton North senior Joseph Emmanuel was ready to be happy with second place at Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference boys cross country meet.


    Kane helps Loyola to state lead

    Loyola Academy’s Isabelle Kane shot a blistering 68 to take the individual lead and help her team do likewise on the first day of the Class AA girls golf state tournament on Friday. Kane had 6 birdies in her 4-under round Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee trails Kane by 2 strokes.


    Weber, Burlington Central in contention for state titles

    Regardless of gender or sport, Burlington Central has never captured a team state championship. But after opening-round action Friday at the boys Class 2A state golf finals on the campus of Illinois State University, Central is in prime position to end the ever-elusive hunt for a school first. Matt Weber, whose junior campaign came to an ignominious conclusion with a state suspension for playing in an unsanctioned national tournament, toured the DA Weibring par-71 layout in 4-under par to open his front side. The Indiana-bound senior gave all 4 shots back on his inward nine, but his level-par 71 was not only good for a second-place tie but, even more important, the anchor score for the Rockets’ 314 total. Four teams are separated by two shots headed into final-round action Saturday as Pontiac (312) holds the narrowest of leads over Dunlap (313), Burlington Central and Rockford Boylan (314).

    Demarius Reed played prep football at Simeon Academy, carefully avoiding any run-ins with the gangs on the city's South Side. He left his hometown to play ball at Eastern Michigan University, where he was a Communication, Media and Theater arts major. But the 20-year-old receiver dreamed of playing professional football before he was found shot to death Friday in what police believe was a robbery.

    Standout Simeon player found slain at Eastern Michigan

    Demarius Reed played prep football at Simeon Academy, carefully avoiding any run-ins with the gangs on the city's South Side. He left his hometown to play ball at Eastern Michigan University, where he was a Communication, Media and Theater arts major. But the 20-year-old receiver dreamed of playing professional football before he was found shot to death Friday in what police believe was a robbery.


    Viator, Prospect escape ‘Trap,’ stay in the hunt

    Once they escaped the “Fox Trap,” it was all good. Holes five, six and seven at Bloomington’s “Den” course at Fox Creek Golf Club are known as the Fox Trap due to their extreme degree of difficulty — especially the par-4, 410-yard sixth, which is widely considered one of the toughest to navigate in Illinois. But in the latter stages of day one of Friday’s Class 3A boys golf championship tournament, and especially on the back nine, St. Viator righted the ship. The Lions struggled early as most of the 12-team field did, but recovered to post a 3-over par score on the final nine holes, finishing in seventh place with a 314 heading into Saturday’s final round. Another area qualifier, Prospect, put together an impressive showing as well with a 311, good for sixth position on a day that was dominated by defending champion Hinsdale Central on the par-72, 6,926-yard course.

    St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) blocks a shot by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on Thursday. On Friday, coach Joel Quenneville broke up the scoring lines, splitting Toews and Patrick Kane.

    Quenneville shakes up Hawks’ lines

    With his offensive attack struggling in third periods, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will shake up his lines for Saturday's game against Toronto. Quenneville split up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The captain will center for Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad. Kane will skate on the second line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp, and Bryan Bickell was dropped to the third line with center Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw. Brandon Pirri centers the fourth line for Brandon Bollig and Joakim Nordstrom.

    Dave Bolland is surrounded by teammates after his empty-net goal late in the third period that sealed the Hawks’ Game 5 victory over Boston in the Stanley Cup Final last season.

    Bolland, Hawks ready for a memorable return

    The Rat is back. Dave Bolland, who had a significant hand in the Blackhawks’ two Stanley Cup titles, returns to the United Center Saturday for the first time since he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. “He was a big part of our team,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Bolly was one of those players who brought something to the table and come playoff time his game rose to the challenge."

    While it has been 28 games since Devin Hester of the Bears scored on a kick return, Washington's special teams also have struggled.

    Can Hester break slump against Washington?

    Bears return specialist Devin Hester hasn't scored on a kick return in his last 28 games, but he has a great chance to break out of his slump Sunday against Washington coverage teams that have been among the worst in the NFL this season.

    NIU’s Cameron Stingily runs against Akron during the first half of last week’s game in DeKalb. The Huskies’ backfield ranks ninth in the FBS with an average of 282.7 yards per game.

    No. 23 NIU hopes explosive offense returns Saturday

    Northern Illinois got national attention with its offense, then topped Akron last weekend with a lot of help from its defense. The 23rd-ranked Huskies (6-0, 2-0 Mid-American) hope to tip the balance back where it started when they travel to Central Michigan on Saturday. Northern Illinois converted just one of its 15 third-down attempts last week but got a blocked extra-point and interception, as well as a late fourth-down stand to keep itself perfect.

    Indiana’s Tevin Coleman avoids a tackle by Michigan State’s Darian Hicks during the first quarter of last week’s game in East Lansing, Mich.

    Both Indiana, Michigan seeking a rebound

    Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) fell out of The Associated Press rankings for the first time this year after losing 43-40 in four overtimes at Penn State. The Wolverines’ first chance to bounce back comes Saturday at home against Indiana (3-3, 1-1), which lost last week to Michigan State.

    Soccer players Abby Wambach, left, and Sarah Huffman arrive for the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. They were married earlier this month in Hawaii.

    Wambach says her marriage isn’t about politics

    For Abby Wambach, marrying partner and professional teammate Sarah Huffman was purely a statement of love, not politics. Yet the star of the U.S. women’s national soccer team understands that as soon as news broke of their Oct. 5 ceremony in Hawaii, she became perhaps the highest-profile athlete in the national debate over same-sex marriage and a role model for advocates.


    2 Red Stars players join Team Canada

    The Canada Women’s National Team‘s announced the preliminary roster for its friendly against Korea Republic on Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta, includes two Chicago Red Stars players, goalkeeper Erin McLeod and midfielder Adriana Leon.

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has come under fire for his comments about Peyton Manning’s career in Indianapolis. Manning will lead Denver against Irsay’s Colts on Sunday.

    Irsay shouldn’t have said it, but he was right

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s comments were actually right on about Peyton Manning, but making the statement public was wrong, says Mike North. In the meantime, Manning's apologists are busy at work defending and supporting him.

    The extended time off between Bears games the next two weeks will give everybody a chance to rediscover the brilliance of Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

    Spellman’s Scoreboard: What do to with all this extra time

    Bears fans better enjoy Sunday's game against Washington because it's the last time they'll see the beloved for two weeks. What to do when they're gone? There are plenty of options. That and more in Spellman's Scorecard.



    Swiss private bank Frey closes, blames U.S.

    A Swiss private bank says it is closing down because of what it calls costly and burdensome rules it needs to follow in the wake of a tax evasion row between Switzerland and the United States.

    Associated Press/Nov. 22, 2012 Shopper Roxanna Garcia, middle, waits in line to pay for more than $1000 in gifts at the Target store in Burbank, Calif.

    Season of uncertainty for retailers

    Retailers hope that short-term uncertainty won’t stop Americans from spending during the busiest shopping period of the year, but they’re fearful that it will.“I am not nervous, but I am mindful,” said Jay Stein, chairman of Stein Mart, a 300-store chain that sells home goods and clothing. “The biggest enemy of consumer confidence is uncertainty.”

    Jonathan Corpina, left, talks Friday with fellow trader Dan Ryan on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    S&P 500 pushes further into record territory

    The S&P 500 set a record for the second straight day. The broad index of 500 companies, up 22 percent this year, added 11.35 points, or 0.7 percent, to a record 1,744.50. The gain this year is the index’s best since 2009, when it began its bull run.

    A Twitter app on an iPhone screen. The New York Stock Exchange isn’t taking any chances with Twitter’s initial public offering. The Big Board said Friday it would allow trading firms to conduct a dry run of their systems to prepare for Twitter’s IPO.

    NYSE to hold ‘dry run’ for Twitter IPO

    The exchange seems to want to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook’s debut on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in May 2012. The glitches were a major embarrassment for Nasdaq, and resulted in a big fine.

    A row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. Data collected by J.D. Power and Associates show that sales fell in the second week of October as the partial shutdown of the government and the debate over the nation’s borrowing dragged on.

    How Mexico is upending the U.S. auto industry

    Since 2000, overall auto industry employment in North America has fallen from 2 million to 1.5 million — partly because more and more positions have been automated. But Mexico actually added jobs in that time, going from 554,000 to 579,000. Today, nearly 40 percent of auto jobs on the continent are in Mexico.

    You won’t get a refund on any of the Illinois sales tax Amazon collected over the past two years.

    Illinois Supreme Court tosses ‘Amazon tax’

    The Illinois Supreme Court threw out a state law Friday that taxes certain Internet sales, saying the so-called Amazon tax violated federal rules against “discriminatory taxes” on digital transactions. The 6-1 ruling represented the first time a court had invalidated an Internet sales tax law among 18 states that have them. But Illinois residents should not expect a refund.

    Google stock jumped a record 11 percent after Google yesterday posted third-quarter sales and profit that topped analysts’ estimates.

    Google stock crosses $1,000 mark after earnings

    Strong third-quarter results have sent Google shares past the $1,000 mark for the first time.Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 percent to $1,002. The stock had never before surpassed $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.

    Grocery store operator Safeway, parent company of area Dominick’s supermarkets, is boosting its stock repurchase program by $2 billion.

    Dominick’s owner boosting its buyback by $2 billion

    Grocery store operator Safeway, parent company of area Dominick’s supermarkets, is boosting its stock repurchase program by $2 billion. Its stock gained nearly 5 percent in Friday premarket trading.


    Morgan Stanley third-quarter profit almost doubles

    Investment bank Morgan Stanley says that its third-quarter earnings almost doubled as the firm’s equity sales and trading revenue rose. The bank earned $1.01 billion from July to September after stripping out an accounting charge. That compares with earnings of $560 million year earlier.

    The report found that 200 Illinois hospitals and health systems in the survey reduced the number of falls, pressure ulcers, infections and other harmful events from 2011 to 2012. The estimated cost savings amount to more than $18 million.

    Report: Illinois hospitals lower infections, falls

    The Illinois Hospital Association has issued a report on efforts to improve care by reducing the number of patients who get infections in the hospital and other conditions. The report is based on the achievements of 200 hospitals and health systems in Illinois. The report finds that those hospitals reduced the number of falls, pressure ulcers, infections and other harmful events from 2011 to 2012.

    The vault located in the building housing the commodity exchange will be opened to the public for the first time in its 83 years.

    Board of Trade opens vault to public after 83 years

    Members of the public interested in seeing deep inside the Chicago Board of Trade will get a chance on Sunday.The vault located in the building housing the commodity exchange will be opened to the public for the first time in its 83 years.

    A Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store is planned for the site of the AMF Rolling Meadows Lanes bowling alley, which closed in July 2012.

    Walmart groceries planned in Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows

    The national retail giant Walmart is looking to expand in the Northwest suburbs next year but wants its newest stores -- in Des Plaines and Rolling Meadows — to have more of a neighborhood feel than the traditional big box supercenters. “This smaller store format is perfect for anyone who is on the go but still wants the same familiar brands at great values, right in their own neighborhood,” said Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield.

Life & Entertainment

    The Mausoleum of Terror is one of the attractions at Great America's Fright Fest in Gurnee.

    Haunted happenings: 13 frightfully fun Halloween ideas

    You've picked out your pumpkin, decorated your yard and started stocking up on candy. Now, it's time to seek out some seasonal fun. Whether your idea of Halloween is a gore-filled visit to a haunted house or an afternoon at a kid-friendly farm, you're in luck. Check out our 13 ideas for scaring up Halloween fun this month.

    Regular customers Coleen and Brian Graham enjoy drinks at Wine With Me in Itasca.

    Itasca's Wine With Me a cozy spot to enjoy a tasty beverage

    Whether you're looking for a place to leisurely sip a glass of wine or craft beer while chatting with some friend, or you just want a bottle or six pack to take home, Wine With Me in Itasca has you covered. The cozy spot, which celebrates its fifth anniversary next month, keeps things fresh with a constantly changing drink list.

    During a flashback depicting Dan and Violet's first date, Mike Nussbaum's protective father, left, quizzes Eric Slater's Dan while Violet (Katherine Keberlein), background, waits in Goodman Theatre's production of “Smokefall” directed by Anne Kauffman.

    Despite strong cast, theatricality undercuts Goodman's 'Smokefall'

    Is life worth living? Can love and joy outweigh the disappointment, loss and grief we experience over a lifetime? Those questions drive Noah Haidle's “Smokefall,” a tender, amusing, albeit imitative dramedy that opened Monday at the Goodman Theatre.

    Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Doug's restaurant on the northwest side of Chicago, offers a rotating stockpile of about 100 recipes that he's created, and he gets his meats from a dozen different sausage makers.

    Hot Doug's a Chicago institution, with a twist

    Doug Sohn has made an art of the traditional Chicago-style hot dog, replete with mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill spear, tomatoes, celery salt and sport peppers. (No ketchup!) But if you stop your order there, you'll miss much of the joy of eating at his Hot Doug's restaurant on the city's northwest side. Because what really draws the crowds is Sohn's menu filled with rare sausages, and all served for about $10 or less.

    Hi, I'm Stephen King. You can call me Uncle Stevie if you'd like. Would you like to hear a nice story?

    An audience with the King

    “Carrie,” the troubled young girl who helped make author Stephen King an international phenomenon, is back on the big screen Friday. But what if you're too scared to leave the house this October weekend? Fear not, for there's a variety of King adaptations readily available from your couch.

    Maya Angelou received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the fifth annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at the New York Public Library on Thursday in New York.

    Maya Angelou accepts Mailer Center lifetime award

    Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou sang, lectured and reminisced as she accepted a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from the Norman Mailer Center. The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored during a benefit gala at the New York Public Library, the annual gathering organized by the Mailer Center and writers colony.

    British singer Sir Paul McCartney and his band acknowledge the crowd after performing in Covent Garden, London, Friday. The surprise gig lasted for 20 minutes during lunchtime following a similar appearance in New York last Friday.

    Sir Paul, Katy Perry trade songwriting tips

    Even a star who has been performing for more than 50 years sometimes wants a do-over. Sir Paul McCartney sang his new song “New” at a taping of “The Graham Norton Show” in London on Thursday — then decided he wanted a second take. The former Beatle’s instincts were right on target: round two had much more verve.


    Larry Flynt doesn’t want man who shot him executed

    Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn’t want to see the serial killer whose gunshots left him paralyzed 35 years ago put to death for his crimes. In an essay published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, Flynt says that while he would love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to Joseph Paul Franklin, he does not believe in the death penalty. Franklin has been in prison since 1980 for a string of shootings that left five people dead and others wounded. He is scheduled to be executed Nov. 20 in Missouri.

    Stephen Baldwin

    Baldwin to pay another $100,000 toward delinquent taxes

    An attorney for Stephen Baldwin says the actor will turn over $100,000 Friday toward his delinquent New York tax bill. Baldwin, who starred in 1995’s “The Usual Suspects,” admitted in March that he failed to pay state taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    “We Will Rock You” boasts an original futuristic story containing 24 of Queen’s biggest songs, including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You.”

    ‘We Will Rock You’ embarking on American journey

    A musical built around songs by the rock band Queen has found a kind of magic abroad, charming European audiences for years. Now, its producers hope another group will finally go gaga for it — Americans. “We Will Rock You” will play Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 27.

    With its black and white color scheme, newspaper can be the perfect starting point for Halloween crafts. Just add some orange accents and turn newspapers into easy garlands or more elaborate paper flowers to adorn a wreath.

    Add newspaper black and white to Halloween decor

    What’s black and white and orange all over? Creative Halloween decorations made out of newspaper. Black and white newsprint is a perfect starting point for spooky crafts. A lightweight foam wreath form covered with newspaper roses looks elegant on its own, but can be dressed up with mini faux pumpkins, glittery berries, a swarm of spiders or bats, or any other embellishments.

    Recent studies are finding that mothers can deliver twins safely without surgery.

    Most twins can be born without a C-section

    Expecting twins? You probably don’t need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. It’s the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done in one-third of all births in the United States and three-fourths of those involving twins. Studies increasingly are challenging long-held beliefs about cesareans, such as that women who had one need to deliver future babies the same way.


    Theater events: ‘Hello Dolly’ opening at Drury Lane

    Ladies reign in the suburbs this week when Drury Lane presents its revival of "Hello Dolly" starring Broadway's Karen Ziemba and Marriott Theatre hosts the regional premiere of "Mary Poppins" starring Summer Naomi Smart.


    Music notes: Bonnie Raitt plays Rosemont

    Roots-rock legend Bonnie Raitt will perfom in Rosemont this weekend, and for those who like a little Celtic accent mixed in with their punk rock, check out Flatfoot 56, which is playing in Lombard.


    Arts agenda
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.


    Faulty Masonite siding is known to be defective

    Q. When I bought my home, my home inspector said nothing about the exterior siding. Months later, a contractor found faulty Masonite product that was widely known to be defective, and that should have been disclosed by our inspector. The cost estimate for new siding is nearly $20,000.


    Will middle-class buyers get caught in a squeeze play?

    Federal agencies haven’t been functioning much this month, but six of them are looking at a proposal that could squeeze huge numbers of buyers out of the mortgage market: a mandatory 30-percent down payment for borrowers who seek the best rates and terms.

    Residents who live in the Silk Stocking neighborhood in Des Plaines enjoy the open space provided by Potawatomi Park.

    Neighborhood profile features Silk Stocking

    A charming mix of homes along tree-lined streets, nationally acclaimed schools and a walk-to-town location attract buyers to the Silk Stocking subdivision in Des Plaines.


    Tougher laws are needed to protect children from the dangers of electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo)

    Editorial: Protect teens from e-cigarette dangers

    Teens are using e-cigarettes in alarming numbers, and parents and the government need to do more to protect children from them, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The women are taking over

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: The headline in The Washington Post read, “Moderates flex muscle.” Below that were pictures of 12 senators, six from each party, who are helping to forge a bipartisan compromise that would reopen the government and pay its bills. But the story never mentioned a key fact: Five of the 12 are women, three Republicans and two Democrats.


    New gun law will make communities safer
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: I honestly think this new law will improve the community and better educate people in gun safety because to get a permit for concealed carry a person needs to pass a 16-hour training course. So it is not like the state is saying that gun ownership is mandatory for all citizens and will be unmonitored.


    All sides share blame in latest debacle
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: We should be able to feed our hungry, heal our ill, protect the shores and have freedom for all, but we don’t seem to be able to get those who govern us to work on or care about that. Shame on them and shame on us if we continue to keep them in office to continue their ways.


    NCAA showing its hypocrisy
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The NCAA, Big Ten, ACC, SEC and the rest of the major conferences are reaping tens of millions of dollars while some athlete-students are wondering at times if the hamburger and fries they are eating might cost them their college careers.


    Follow the rules on cars and bicycles
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I’d like to address the driver who yelled, “Bikes have rules of the road too, you jerk!” on a recent afternoon in Mundelein.


    Plan needed to end coal plant
    A North Chicago letter to the editor: I'm writing to you to voice my concern about pollution from the coal plant on the lakefront.


    Democrat programs are not affordable
    An Elburn letter to the editor: The debt situation is very simple. Let’s suppose you get a credit card with a $10,000. limit. You immediately charge $11,000, so you call the credit card company and ask for a higher limit. They agree to raise it $5,000.


    Republicans bent on being spoilers
    Republicans bent on being spoilersOur federal government cannot function in the interests of all Americans when one of the two major parties is committed to governmental dysfunction in order to ensure that the Obama presidency fails in every aspect of what we voters elected him by a comfortable margin to do.The Republicans are spoilers and nothing more.Mary F. WarrenWheaton


    Eternal vigilance of the citizen soldier
    Eternal vigilance of the citizen soldierUnconscionable barricading of the World War II and Lincoln Memorials, closure of Mount Rushmore while blocking military chaplains’ entry to places of worship to minister to our troops betray a pathetic White House only too willing to engage sophomoric, temper-tantrum tactics to enrage the American people. Can the pitchforks of the great unwashed be far behind?Meanwhile this president’s feckless, vacuous foreign policy borne of his malignant narcissism unquestionably compromises America’s fragile security in an increasingly dangerous world. Our avowed global enemies stand dramatically emboldened and ominous.News flash to career politicians on both sides of the aisle: your predictably clever talking points, disingenuous rhetoric reveal your abject shallowness and self-serving commitment to endless spoils of political longevity. Just know that the oft-demonized, ever-besmirched Tea Party will forever expose your empty demagoguery while seeking to replace you with principled Americans untainted by the elixir of Beltway celebrity. Business as usual fueled by the good-ole-boy network has been quietly supplanted by the eternal vigilance of an informed, engaged, patriotic citizen soldier.Get used to it.William G. ParrotMcHenry


    Congress doing nothing for its constituents
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: We have been waiting for several years now to get this country back on its feet, but instead you screwed up again. What difference does it make if you are a Democrat or Republican; your constituents and your country should be the most important factor in your agendas.


    Get uninsured drivers off the road
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: A recent Daily Herald editorial served as a reminder to use seat belts after four people were ejected and killed in a tragic I-290 rollover in Addison. Again, the Herald skipped the issue of undocumented driver — no license, no insurance, no registration of the SUV that was used daily to deliver other undocumented people to jobs. The driver should not have been here, let alone breaking our laws, in the first place.


    Let Detroit fix its own mess
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Detroit, once the envy of other cities, went bankrupt because of greed and inept politicians. Short of a bailout and a tax increase on the working people, the city cannot be made whole. If money is pumped into the city the money will be squander and Detroit will remain in bankruptcy.


    Pafko as a neighbor was one of a kind
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Andy Pafko, our neighbor and friend, lived on Blackhawk Drive in Mount Prospect. He was a true gentleman, and we enjoyed having him attend our block functions for many years. He was always open to telling his baseball stories, signing autographs and welcoming us in to see his baseball treasures.


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