Daily Archive : Monday October 21, 2013



    Job event in Hoffman Estates for aspiring massage therapists

    Illinois massage therapists and people interested in pursuing a career in message therapy are invited to attend an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Massage Envy Spa Hoffman Estates, 2652 New Sutton Road. Massage Envy has more than 150 new job positions available for massage therapists in the Chicago area and attendees at the Hoffman Estates open house will learn more about...


    Complete College America works to eliminate barriers

    In recent years, it has been difficult to miss the emphasis placed on the importance of college degree or certificate completion. Many statistics and studies have been quoted outlining the benefits to individual students, society and the economy.

    Cody Rummel, 4, of North Aurora winds up to release a pumpkin-faced ball in a game of ghost bowling at Batavia’s annual BatFest last year. Rummel and his family have been coming for the past few years.

    BatFest brings Halloween fun to downtown Batavia

    There is always something fun and spooky happening at Batavia’s BatFest. This annual Halloween-themed event is free for the whole family and attracts more than 3,000 visitors to downtown Batavia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

    Jim Durkin

    New Republican leader “absolutely” supports incumbents in primaries

    New Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs says he'll back incumbent lawmakers that have primary challenges next year even if their views are at odds with his own. “We're going to disagree on issues,” Durkin said. “But ... I will do everything I can to make sure that the incumbents that I am serving with will be nominated in March.”


    Vote for your favorite Arlington Hts. fall banner

    Area residents can vote for their favorite Arlington Heights fall banners, which are mounted on light poles along Northwest Highway between Arlington Heights Road and Chestnut Street and on Arlington Heights Road from Sigwalt to Eastman Street.

    A Metra commuter train on Monday evening just west of the Bartlett train station struck a semitrailer truck loaded with automobiles. At least one coach of the train derailed in the process, and several automobiles parked along the tracks were damaged.

    Metra trains to roll through Bartlett normally Tuesday

    Commuters who use the Milwaukee District West Line should experience a typical Tuesday morning rush hour, Metra officials said, after a crash Monday near downtown Bartlett sent two people to the hospital and closed the tracks in both directions for more than two hours. “What we heard was ... just a crushing sound," said Dave Olson, who llives five blocks away.

    U.S. Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin, right, leaves the Foreign Ministry in Paris Monday after he was summoned. The French government wanted him to explain why Americans spied on one of their closest allies after the Le Monde newspaper said Monday that documents leaked by Edward Snowden show the NSA swept up 70.3 million French phone records in a 30-day period.

    France joins list of allies angry over NSA spying

    Joining a growing list of angry allies, France on Monday demanded an explanation from Washington of a report that the U.S. swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages in its global surveillance net, even recording certain private conversations.

    A crowd of jobseekers attends a health care job fair in New York. Almost 6 million young people, ages 16 to 24, are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, by The Opportunity Nation coalition. The study also finds that 49 states have seen an increase in the number of families living in poverty and 45 states have seen household median incomes fall in the last year. The dour report underscores the challenges young adults face now and foretell challenges they are likely to face as they get older.

    Study: 15 percent of U.S. youth out of school, work

    Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. “This is not a group that we can write off. They just need a chance,” said Mark Edwards, executive director of the coalition of businesses, advocacy groups, policy experts and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing economic mobility. “The tendency is to see them as...


    City sues to break Millennium Park restaurant deal

    A love affair between a former Chicago Park District official and a man whose group won a lucrative 30-year contract to operate a restaurant at Millennium Park is at the center of lawsuit filed by the city to get out of the deal. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration alleges Laura Foxgrover “unduly and unfairly influenced” the process that led...


    City opens second boat house along Chicago River

    Chicago officials have opened the second of four boat houses along the Chicago River designed to boost recreational activity. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Ameya Pawar were among those who opened the facility Saturday

    Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting the $97 billion Illinois pension shortfall isn't as dire as other top leaders contend.

    Cullerton: State pension problem not 'crisis'

    With lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield this week to address the state's most pressing issues, Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting the $97 billion Illinois pension shortfall isn't as dire as other top leaders contend. During an interview Sunday on WGN Radio, Cullerton said the shortfall isn't an imminent crisis but acknowledged finding a solution would help bring down income...

    North Aurora Village President Dale Berman

    Lawsuit coming over N. Aurora mining expansion deal?

    North Aurora may find itself in court over its decision to allow a stone-mining operation to expand,after it refused to reconsider despite an announcement by nearby residents that they consider the vote illegal and are prepared to sue to overturn it.

    Keeping village hall and its other buildings clean is going to cost Arlington Heights more in the coming months. Unhappy with the performance of its previous custodial contractor, village officials tonight are expected to approve a contract with a more costly provider.

    Arlington Heights switching to more expensive custodial contractor

    It's going to cost Arlington Heights more money than officials had planned to keep village buildings clean. The village board tonight is expected to approve a contractor change for custodial services at buildings including village hall, the police department, senior center and fire headquarters because of what staff reported as poor service from the previously approved lowest bidder.

    Prospect girls varsity golf team members Isabella Flack, left, and Ally Scaccia, center, are congratulated by assistant boys football coach Tim Beishir just before a pep rally celebrating the team's second state championship in three seasons.

    Prospect cheers for state champion golfers

    Prospect High School held a pep rally Monday afternoon to celebrate the girls varsity golf team, which won the state championship this past weekend. The girls rode golf carts into the Jean Walker Field House to the applause of the student body. On Saturday night, the team brought home its second state title in three seasons.

    Amy L. Zuniga

    Police: Aurora murder suspect might have ingested ADHD meds

    A 44-year-old Aurora woman accused of stabbing and killing her cousin on Oct. 4 may have been experiencing side affects of her grandchildren's ADHD medication, according to police, who obtained a search warrant for her residence. Amy Zuniga told police she was "Jesus Christ" and that "Jehovah is coming," according to a search warrant to obtain blood and urine samples from her. Police say some of...

    President Barack Obama, speaking Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House, acknowledged the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues.

    Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems

    President Barack Obama on Monday offered “no excuses” — and little explanation — for the computer bugs still frustrating Americans who are trying to enroll online for insurance plans at the center of his health care law. But software developers tasked with building the site said they saw signs a year ago that the debut could fail.


    Centegra Health ditches corporate member designation

    Centegra Health System has changed its policy on corporate members, eliminating some and taking away any voting authority of those stakeholders, it said in a recent statement.

    This frame grab from a video taken by Dave Hall shows a Boy Scouts leader looking over an ancient Utah desert rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park, which he later knocked down. Authorities are mulling whether to press charges the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online.

    Boy Scouts remove 2 men who toppled ancient rock

    Two Utah men already facing possible criminal charges for purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park have now been removed from their posts as Boy Scout leaders.

    A Metra commuter train on Monday evening just west of the Bartlett train station struck a semitrailer truck loaded with automobiles. At least one coach of the train derailed in the process, and several automobiles parked along the tracks were damaged.

    Images: Train Strikes Semi in Bartlett
    Commuters who use the Milwaukee District West Line are now able to slowly travel again after a crash earlier near downtown Bartlett sent two people to the hospital and closed the track in both directions for more than two hours.


    Rolling Meadows moves forward with Rohlwing resurfacing

    The Rolling Meadows City Council recently advanced a $1.5 million resurfacing project on Rohlwing Road from Kirchoff Road north to Industrial Avenue and on Industrial from Rohlwing west to Hicks. The city’s share of the cost will be $500,234, but just over half of that will be covered by a state grant if the work is done in 2014.

    Julie Morrison

    Morrison says drunk boating penalties need to be ‘massaged’

    State Sen. Julie Morrison said Monday she’ll continue to work on changes to her proposals to require motorboat operators be certified and stiffen penalties for drunken boaters. “They need to be sculpted, amended, massaged, tailored,” the Deerfield Democrat said.

    Mark Oelerich

    Trial delayed for man charged in crash that killed Round Lake Beach woman

    The trial of a Mundelein man charged with murder after authorities said he killed a woman when he intentionally drove into oncoming traffic has been delayed while he undergoes a psychological interview.

    Swat team members secure the scene near Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., after a shooting there on Monday.

    Nevada student opens fire, kills teacher and himself

    A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two 12-year-old boys and killing a math teacher who was trying to protect children from their classmate.


    Park Forest shootings believed to be murder-suicide

    Authorities say a man and a woman were found shot to death in their bedroom at a home in the South suburbs early Monday in what appears to be a murder-suicide.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    David J. Tucholski of Geneva was charged with speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana at 4:54 p.m. Oct. 13 on Randall Road near Mill Creek, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Michael D. Szewczyk, 41, of Hampshire, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended and failure to signal after a traffic stop at 7:50 p.m. Saturday at French Road and Route 72 near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico

    Hurricane Raymond gained more strength as it remained nearly stationary off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast Monday, though it threatened to hurl heavy rains onto a sodden region already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.


    Furloughed workers must repay unemployment

    State officials say federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Monday in a release that of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 went on to be paid benefits. That represents a total of $231,174.

    Kenneth Conley

    Chicago jail escapee pleads guilty

    A convicted bank robber has pleaded guilty to escaping from a high-rise Chicago lockup with a cellmate last year. Kenneth Conley changed his plea in U.S. District Court Monday after negotiating a deal with prosecutors.

    Heriberto Viramontes

    Girlfriend testifies against attack suspect

    The getaway driver for the man accused of the 2010 beating of two women with a baseball bat in Chicago linked Heriberto Viramontes to the crime while on the witness stand Monday. The 33-year-old Viramontes is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery in the beating of Stacy Juirch and Natasha McShane, an Irish exchange student.


    Prospect Heights school will honor veterans

    Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 will honor U.S. military veterans again this year on Veterans Day. All veterans living or working in the district and their families are invited to breakfast and a program on Monday, Nov. 11, at MacArthur Middle School, 700 N. Schoenbeck Road, just south of Palatine Road.


    Buffalo Grove offers free smartphone app

    A smartphone app for residents and visitors of Buffalo Grove is now available for free in the Google Play store and the iTunes store. The app is the result of collaboration among nine local government entities.

    This computer-generated likeness shows a man suspected in an armed robbery on the 600 block of North Knollwood Drive in Schaumburg on Saturday night.

    Schaumburg police seek armed robber

    Schaumburg police are requesting the public’s help in identifying a man who stole an iPhone at gunpoint Saturday night.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who visited students at Streamwood High School in May, will tour Wheeling High School and its new nano technology laboratory on Thursday.

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visiting Wheeling Thursday

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit with students at Wheeling High School on Thursday to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and tour the school’s new nano technology laboratory, officials said Monday. Duncan will start the day with a tour of the nano technology lab, which opened at Wheeling High School this year. He will...


    Women’s health seminar:

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital hosts a community seminar entitled “Steppin’ Out for Women’s Health” on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


    Child safety fair:

    The Great Lake Credit Union will host a child’s safety fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, at its office, 2135 N. Route 83, Round Lake Beach.


    Bradbury storytelling festival:

    Tickets are on sale for the Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, “Fahrenheit 451,” Friday, Oct. 25 at the Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan. Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, the festival features a 10:30 a.m. children’s matinee and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. for listeners 12 and older.


    Lake Zurich Rotary bash:

    The Beatles band American English will make an appeararce at the Lake Zurich Rotary Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Lake Barrington Field House, 28156 W. NorthPointe Parkway, Lake Barrington.


    Huntley woman, 79, cited in head-on crash

    A 79-year-old Huntley woman has been cited for what police said was her role in a Sunday morning, head-on collision in Carpentersville that sent her and two Elgin men in another car to the emergency room.“Basically, she turned left into oncoming traffic and she did not have the arrow,” Carpentersville Deputy Police Chief Michael Kilbourne said.

    A technician displays the process that St. Viator High School students are now undergoing to have a hair samples taken for random alcohol tests that are now underway at the Arlington Heights school.

    St. Viator starts random alcohol testing

    Random alcohol testing for students began this week at St. Viator High School, officials confirmed. The program, which was announced by the Arlington Heights private school in August, randomly tests the hair of 10 to 20 students each week for drug and alcohol consumption. It's believed to be the first program of its kind in the Chicago suburbs.

    Brad Schneider

    Schneider and Dold financial reports list interesting campaign supporters

    In what’s shaping up to be an expensive suburban rematch, Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and likely Republican challenger Robert Dold received financial support from a bevy of political heavy hitters and high-profile organizations this past quarter, federal records show.

    The former Grazie Ristorante in Des Plaines is being demolished to make way for a new fitness club, the site’s new owner said Monday. The restaurant closed about two years ago after the property was foreclosed upon.

    Former Grazie restaurant in Des Plaines leveled

    The owner of the Des Plaines building that long housed Grazie Ristorante is tearing it down and plans to build a fitness club there in its place. Joe Matuschka said Monday he has just started talking to city officials about his plan for the site at 1050 E. Oakton St. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to have another restaurant that close,” he said, referring also to his Rosemont restaurant.


    Get ready to freeze: Warning for suburbs overnight

    The National Weather Service has upgraded its freeze watch to a freeze warning for the suburbs overnight into Tuesday morning. The service calls for freezing temperatures from 1 to 8 a.m. throughout the Chicago area, and worse over the Wisconsin border.

    Developer Dwight Yackley, president of BBM Incorporated, said the “ugly gray box” at Van Buren Avenue and Main Street will be bustling with activity by next fall.

    Naperville’s ‘ugly gray box’ begins transformation

    Hard hats were worn, shiny shovels were brandished and photos were taken. But most importantly, ground was broken on a project 12 years in the making in downtown Naperville. Backhoes and bulldozers rumbled in the background, signaling the beginning of the $30 million Main Street Promenade East project. “With this new phase we are taking what was once an ugly gray box that has been here for five...


    Women’s health seminar

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital hosts a community seminar entitled “Steppin’ Out for Women’s Health” on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


    Mundelein High School board could hire principal Tuesday

    Mundelein High School students and teachers could learn the identity of their next principal Tuesday. The District 120 board is expected to interview the final candidate for the post in a special, closed-door meeting set for 5:30 p.m. at the school, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Westmont police hunting robbery suspect

    Westmont police are investigating a robbery attempt early Sunday on the 600 block of North Cass Avenue.

    The Ecker Center for Mental Health in Elgin has taken on Larkin Center’s two adult residential programs, following the closure of Larkin Center last week.

    Ecker Center to run former Larkin Center adult housing programs

    The Ecker Center for Mental Health will take on two of the adult programs offered by the Larkin Center, which shut down Friday. “People are being taken care of,” Ecker Center Executive Director Karen Beyer said Monday.

    Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday.

    Christie ends gay marriage fight as couples wed

    Gov. Chris Christie dropped his legal challenge to same-sex marriages on Monday, removing the possibility that the vows of couples who began getting married hours earlier could be undone by a court. New Jersey became the 14th state to allow gay marriages Monday.

    The InStyle Salon Suites building houses about 25 individually operated beauty salons. It is just south of Algonquin Commons at 2316 Esplanade Drive.

    Individual salon suites showcase stylists’ specialties

    Hair stylist Sue Putignano worked in a large beauty salon for many years. She enjoyed styling her customers, but was tired of all the noise, and how hard it was to make it a personal experience for her customers. So she opened her own business, Salon 105, at InStyle Salon Suites in Algonquin, which houses about 25 individually operated salons.


    Books offer political lessons from the 19th century

    Our Stephanie Penick learns some valuable political lessons from a book written in the 19th century.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws during a 2011 Bears game in Chicago. Daily Herald sports writer Barry Rozner picked Rodgers as his choice for the best player in the NFL, and ESPN.com picked him as best offensive player for this year.

    Best player in the NFL? It’s a tough choice

    Amy Mueller’s fourth-graders at the Herbert Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg asked, “Who is the best football player in the NFL?”

    Flier for Oct. 27 charity boxing event in Aurora.

    Police, criminal justice professionals fighting for charity

    They've been training, they've been talking trash, and now they're ready to get in the ring. Here's the Daily Herald's “Tale of the Tape” for Sunday's charity boxing event pitting police chiefs and criminal justice professionals against each other.


    Courthouse drug scandal spurs bids for retrials

    ST. LOUIS — The fallout from the courthouse scandal involving former St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook is beginning to take root. Fellow judges are weighing whether to grant retrials to defendants convicted under Cook, who’s been charged with possessing heroin and having a gun while on controlled substances. Cook resigned after federal prosecutors filed charges against him.


    Organizers: Punkin Chuckin’ may not continue

    PEKIN, Ill. — Organizers with the annual festival where participants hurl pumpkins across a field are questioning if the event will go on. GateHouse Media Illinois newspapers reports hundreds gathered in rural Pekin Saturday for the Morton Punkin Chuckin’ Contest to watch machines and people fling pumpkins in different events.


    Accident complicates Chicago Red Line reopening

    The reopening of a busy stretch of a Chicago Transit Authority train line was complicated overnight by a semitrailer truck that jumped a concrete wall and landed on the southbound tracks.The Chicago Sun Times reports crews were able to repair the damaged track by early Monday, the first rush hour for the newly constructed Red Line South.


    Both sides in Illinois gay marriage debate gearing up

    Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature. Supporters are planning a march and rally in Springfield on Tuesday, the first day of the legislature’s fall session. Gov. Pat Quinn and other lawmakers who support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage are expected to participate.


    U-46 third graders to be tested for gifted placement

    Elgin Area School District U-46 announced Monday that third grade students will participate in the gifted general screening process November 4-15. The process will help identify students who are in need of gifted and talented services.


    High court to look at death row inmate with low IQ

    The Supreme Court will take up a Florida case over how judges should determine if a death row inmate is mentally disabled, and thus ineligible for execution. The justices said Monday they will review a Florida Supreme Court ruling that upheld the death sentence for a man who scored just above the state’s cutoff for mental disability as measured by IQ tests.

    Aurora Police Cmdr. Kristen Ziman hits the heavy bag at the Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club in Aurora while training for Sunday's charity boxing event.

    Cops, attorneys to face off at charity boxing event

    Ever wanted to see two police chiefs go toe-to-toe in a boxing ring? Well, this Sunday is your chance as the National Latino Peace Officers Association plays host to its second annual Tuition Knock Out in Aurora. "I don't know they roped us into this deal," said one of the contenders, Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas.


    Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet

    Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella. The results are “pretty scary,” said Dr. Kenneth Boyer, pediatrics chief at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who was not involved in the study. “Just imagine if the donor happens to...


    Committee sets course of action for Dist. 54 students
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    An Egyptian woman wipes her tears before attending the funeral of victims killed after two masked gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at a wedding party in Cairo’s Waraa neighborhood as guests were leaving the Virgin Mary church, killing several late Sunday. Egypt’s government and religious leaders on Monday condemned the attack that killed several, including an 8-year-old girl, the latest in a rising wave of assaults targeting the country’s Christian minority.

    Deadly attack on Copts in Egypt draws condemnation

    Egypt’s government and religious leaders on Monday condemned an attack outside a Coptic church in Cairo that killed four people, including an 8-year-old girl, the latest in a rising wave of assaults targeting the country’s Christian minority. The prime minister pledged the Sunday night attack would “not succeed in sowing divisions between the nation’s Muslims and Christians.” Hazem el-Beblawi...


    Authorities investigate death in Janesville

    JANESVILLE, Wis. — State and local authorities are investigating a death in Janesville. Rock County sheriff’s officials tell WISC-TV that officers were called to a residence on the city’s north side Sunday evening. Janesville police called the state Division of Criminal Investigation to assist. Authorities aren’t releasing any other details.


    1st trial begins for man charged in 3 slayings

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A southern Indiana man charged with killing three women over a decade is heading to trial in the first of the slayings.William Clyde Gibson’s trial in the death of 75-year-old family friend Christine Whitis is to begin Monday in New Albany. Whitis’ mutilated body was found in Gibson’s New Albany home in April 2012.


    Pence picks Fort Wayne businessman for top honor

    INDIANAPOLIS — The retired president of what is now Fort Wayne-based hardware retailer Do It Best Corp. is being honored with the Indiana governor’s highest honor for his work with many community organizations.Gov. Mike Pence announced Don Wolf as the 2013 recipient of the Sachem Award during a company shareholders meeting on Sunday.


    Indiana’s warm fall yielding to freeze watch

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Indiana’s warm fall is drawing to a close, with the season’s first freeze possible across much of the state.The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for roughly the northern third of Indiana for Tuesday morning. The state’s central third will be under a frost warning.


    4 more indicted in timeshare scam

    MILWAUKEE — Four more Wisconsinites have been indicted in what federal prosecutors say is a timeshare scam that swindled more than 1,400 people out of more than $2 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the four Fox Valley residents operated companies under numerous names in Green Bay from 2007 to 2011, including Midwest Timeshares and National Timeshare Resales.


    Deadline looms for Menominee casino project

    MADISON, Wis. — Time is almost up for the Menominee Nation to make the case for a new off-reservation casino to Gov. Scott Walker.


    Father killed, 3 children hurt in Wisconsin crash

    HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — Three children are recovering from a car crash that took the life of their father in western Wisconsin. Wisconsin transportation officials say 38-year-old Scott Shoemaker, of Black River Falls, was killed when he missed a stop sign on Old Highway 35 near Hudson Saturday and crashed into an oncoming minivan.


    Passers-by save 2 from burning truck at I-65 crash

    SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — State police say an SUV barreled across the Interstate 65 median in southern Indiana, running into a pickup truck in the opposite direction in a crash that killed a central Indiana man.The crash Sunday near the Scott County caused the northbound pickup truck to go off the side of the highway and burst into flames.


    Man dies after hit-and-run in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a man has died after being apparently struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on a city street just north of downtown Indianapolis.City police say the man was reported hit about 3:15 a.m. Monday. Officers found the man unresponsive at Meridian and 22nd streets and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.


    Hundreds back immigration bill at Fort Wayne rally

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Several hundred people joined a rally in downtown Fort Wayne urging Congress to vote on a stalled immigration reform bill. The crowd spent about three hours marching and listening to speakers outside the Allen County Courthouse on Sunday.


    Charred body found in trunk of burned car

    WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. — Authorities in the St. Clair County village of Washington Park say they found the remains of a body in a car trunk after firefighters extinguished a fire in the vehicle.


    Shedd launches solar panel installation

    State officials are touting a solar panel installation at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium as the largest of its kind. The facility along Lake Michigan has launched its clean-energy initiative with more than 900 solar panels atop its marine mammal pavilion. Officials with the Shedd and Gov. Pat Quinn kicked off the first phase of the installation on Sunday.

    Emilio Ortiz, 7, attends Cotton Creek School in Island Lake. “The weather is sunny. I like this weather because my family and I plant flowers and play soccer.”

    Images: Weather Sketchers, Oct. 13-19
    Here's artwork by our young Weather Sketchers for the week of Oct. 13-19


    Dawn Patrol: Search continues for Schaumburg woman; Bears lose

    No new information on missing Schaumburg woman; Dist. 300 celebrates its cultures at inaugural festival; online wagering law’s expiration causing worry; Bears’ defense disgusted with itself

    This Mundelein house is being rehabbed by the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County. The agency has purchased, improved and sold 14 homes in the village in recent years, and more are planned.

    Mundelein teaming with Lake County housing group

    Mundelein officials are teaming with a nonprofit suburban agency to rehabilitate dilapidated homes in town. Under an arrangement approved last week by the village board, the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County can borrow up to $100,000 from Mundelein to purchase local homes that the organization then will fix up and resell.

    Kane County officials will have to decide soon whether or not they want to create a countywide board and tax to address mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities needs in the county.

    Future of mental health funding still uncertain in Kane County

    The future of mental health care in Kane County will need further counseling as a special committee’s recommendations to county officials continued to be at odds with what some existing service providers want and what a pending new tax will fund.

    Aurora alderman and defense attorney Richard Irvin works the heavy bag while training for an upcoming boxing match with Kane County prosecutor Alex Bederka. The courtroom rivals are going to battle in the ring to raise money for the Aurora chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

    They meet in the courtroom, now they’ll meet in the ring

    Alex Bederka, a Kane County prosecutor, and Richard Irvin, an Aurora defense attoreny, have squared off in the courtroom plenty of times. But Sunday, they will throw down in a different venue — the boxing ring - to help raise money for Latinos interested in pursuing law enforcement careers.

    Washington tight end Jordan Reed pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Bears free safety Chris Conte during the first half of a game in Landover, Md., Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Woman still missing; special-needs homecoming court
    What you may have missed this weekend: A woman who survived a gunshot, became a quadriplegic, and continued her art career; a lesson in the Stanley Cup's history; search continues for missing Schaumburg woman; Round Lake High embraces nontraditional royalty; Naperville's Promenade expanding; a historic windmill returns to Elgin; how you can be a theater critic; a missing Naperville man is...

    Daily Herald File Photo There are bumps along the road as riders get adjusted to Pace and the CTA’s new fare system, Ventra.

    Venting about Ventra, intersection mayhem and the fighting Illiana

    You asked about intersections, Ventra and reduced fares. You opined about the Illiana. We've got your answers and a chance for everyone to rant and rave. Readers let it all out in this week's In Transit column.


    The Bulls' Derrick Rose goes up for a shot during Monday night's preseason victory over the Bucks at the United Center. Rose finished with 24 points as the Bulls improved to 6-0.

    Rose on his game, loving this preseason

    In a lot of ways, these are the toughest days of preseason. Six games have been played, but still a week to go before the real season begins. Derrick Rose is enjoying every second of it. He had another strong performance as the Bulls pounded the Bucks 105-84 at the United Center. “I don't think I'm getting enough (time),” Rose said. “I wanted to go back in the game tonight, but Thibs didn't call my name. They're been managing my minutes great, so I can't complain.”


    Trestman confident McCown can keep offense moving

    With the Bears losing quarterback Jay Cutler to a groin injury for a minimum of four weeks, head coach Marc Trestman and backup QB Josh McCown remain confident the offense can continue to score points and win games. The Bears, however, also learned Monday that Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be sidelined around six weeks with a fractured shoulder injury.

    The Bulls' Derrick Rose goes up for a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of a preseason game Monday in Chicago.

    Rose scores 24 to keep Bulls unbeaten in preseason

    Derrick Rose scored 24 points as the Bulls ran their preseason record to 6-0 with a 105-84 victory over the winless Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. Chicago quickly built a 20-4 edge over Milwaukee midway through the first quarter, which eventually grew to a 30-point margin in the third quarter. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and Luol Deng had 15 for the Bulls.

    Winger Joakim Nordstrom, here trying to get a shot on Hurricanes' goalie Cam Ward last week, will work on his skills at Rockford. “This gets him more quality ice time, more rotations, some penalty kill,” coach Joel Quenneville said.

    Quenneville happy with Blackhawks' focus

    Heading into a new season just months after winning the Stanley Cup — and all the accompanying hoopla that surrounds it — seemed to some like a recipe for a Cup hangover this season. Not to the Blackhawks. “Going into the season we had the feeling that we're going to be fine, that wasn't going to be an issue,” coach Joel Quenneville said.


    Bulls still waiting to get lineup healthy

    Thanks to a series of injuries, the Bulls won't have their starting lineup intact during any of the eight preseson games, but Derrick Rose thinks the team can handle it. Joakim Noah (groin strain), Jimmy Butler (left knee bruise) and Kirk Hinrich (concussion) missed Monday's home game against Milwaukee.

    Lance Briggs will miss most of what's left in a season that has been historically bad for a Bears defense.

    Bears' options at LB slim and ...

    The loss of linebacker Lance Briggs for the next six weeks could be the toughest injury for the Bears to overcome considering how well the seven-time Pro Bowler has been playing and how poorly others have been performing on a bad defense.

    Newly acquired running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 23-7 win over the Vikings on Monday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Giants get 1st win, beat sloppy Vikings 23-7

    The New York Giants got their first win of the season Monday night by holding Adrian Peterson in check and converting Minnesota mistakes into a 23-7 victory. The Giants began the season with six losses in which they were the team turning over the ball (minus-16 difference) while showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings (1-5), they were efficient enough, if not overwhelming, and had three take-aways to one lost fumble.

    Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers last Friday.

    Cardinals' farm system produces World Series team

    The lessons begin in rookie ball. Every team emphasizes fundamentals and preparedness, both physical and mental, in the hope it all becomes second nature as players climb through the farm system. One organization's philosophy always seems to stick out. Everyone knows about The Cardinal Way.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by Washington defensive end Chris Baker during Sunday’s loss. Cutler suffered a groin injury on the play.

    Injury muddles up picture for Cutler, Bears

    Eight years into Jay Cutler's NFL career and fifth season into his tour with the Bears, it's still difficult to maintain a consistent impression of him. Now that he's injured, it'll be even more difficult as his current contract approaches expiration.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks game day preview


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


    St. Viator steps up, wins on senior night

    St. Viator’s girls volleyball team improved to 18-15 with a 25-12, 25-12 victory over Trinity on senior night at the Cahill Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.

    Glenbard West’s Madeline Perez returned from injury to run in the West Suburban Silver meet last weekend.

    Perez is back for Glenbard West

    The tortuous wait for Madeline Perez came to a close last weekend at the West Suburban Silver girls cross country championship.

    The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games in August following baseball’s investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

    A-Rod’s lawyers blocked by MLB at news conference

    Blocked from holding a news conference Monday to present a person they described as a “Major League Baseball whistle-blower,” Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers asked that the rest of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game drug suspension be opened to the public.

    Dundee-Crown’s Eduardo Arellano sends a header toward the net as Huntley’s Reyman Solis holds him earlier this season.

    Boys soccer/Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Scouting the Class 2A and 3A boys soccer postseason in the Fox Valley.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Seniors Brianna Stewart and Oliva Kofie made their Senior Night one to remember, registering 16 kills, 3 aces, 11 digs and a block between them to lead the Larkin girls volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-20 nonconference win over Zion-Benton Monday. Setter Alyssa McGhee added 22 assists, 3 aces and 8 digs while Alexis Price had 7 kills, 4 digs and 2 blocks for the Royals (17-18).Wheaton Academy d. St. Edward 25-18, 25-11: The Green Wave (17-13, 6-3) could not get the win at home in this Suburban Christian Conference matchup. Shannon Igielski lead St. Edward with 6 kills, while Megan Barth had 2 aces, a pair of kills and 1 dig. Mallory Gross added 8 assists.

    Tim Russell then — as quarterback at St. Charles East throwing a touchdown pass against St. Charles North four years ago — and Tim Russell now pictured in the University of Illinois football team’s media guide, below.

    St. Charles East grad Russell holds important job for Illini

    A popular slogan used by a major insurance company is, “The Good Hands People.” At the University of Illinois, Tim Russell is definitely one of the “good hands people” these days for the Fighting Illini football team. Russell, a 2009 graduate of St. Charles East High School, has served as the primary holder on field goal tries and extra-point attempts for the past 3 seasons at Illinois.


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis,Glenbard West and Crystal Lake South are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings.

    Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland watches batting practice from the dugout Saturday before Game 6 of the American League championship series. The 69-year-old manager announced his retirement Monday.

    Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers manager

    Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series. “I'm going to be 69 years old,” he said at a news conference. “I'm not ashamed of that. I'm proud of it. The fuel's getting a little low.”

    Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly speaks to the media Monday in Los Angeles. Mattingly is 260-225 in three years as manager.

    Mattingly unsure about future with Dodgers

    Don Mattingly said Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers’ first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn’t sure he’ll be back as manager next season.


    Klett re-elected as IHSA Board president

    Illinois High School Association board president Dan Klett, the principal of Wauconda High School, was re-elected for the position at the organization’s regularly-scheduled meeting on Oct. 16. Klett is the 34th individual to serve as the Association’s Board President since its formation in 1903.

    Leah Tzakis of Benet moves up for a volley in tennis action against Naperville Central on Tuesday in Naperville.

    Benet’s tennis house party

    The entire Benet girls state tennis team lives in one house. The Redwings will be represented at the state tournament, which starts this Thursday, by singles players Leah Tzakis, a senior and three-time qualifier, and her sister Coco, a sophomore who is going to state for the first time.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, as sharp as can be through the first eight games of the season, blocks a shot by the Blues’ Jaden Schwartz last week.

    No hangover for Blackhawks’ Crawford

    There are many topics of conversation surrounding the somewhat sleepy start by the Blackhawks, but one name you haven’t heard much is Corey Crawford. He hasn’t been noticed because he’s playing well.

    Vernon Hills kicker Jeremy Cohen kicks an extra point with Mike Mariella holding against Round Lake on Saturday. He was a busy athlete over the weekend, having made a big contribution in the Cougars’ soccer victory Friday.

    Perfect in Prairie, Lakes looks forward to getting healthy

    The Division I recruit is sidelined with injuries to his finger and knee, and quarterback T.J. Edwards isn’t the only banged-up football player for Lakes’ 7-1 Eagles. “We have a ridiculous amount of injuries,” coach Luke Mertens said. So no wonder Mertens wasn’t in a celebratory mood after Lakes outlasted host North Chicago 51-34 in an ugly, division-clinching game last Friday night. While Lake Zurich and Stevenson battle for the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship in Lincolnshire on Friday night, Lakes will visit 1-7 Mundelein having already won the NSC Prairie by going 6-0 in the division for the second year in a row.

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushes against Mason Monheim (43), and Mike Svetina (34) during the first quarter of Illinois’ 56-32 home loss on Saturday. The Illini gave up 289 rushing yards in the game.

    Defense still big problem for Illini

    There's a lot that ails the Illini defense. Illinois has created just five turnovers through six games, last in the Big Ten. The Illini are last in quarterback sacks, too, with five. Illinois is 11th in the 12-team Big Ten in yards allowed at 454.5 a game. And then there’s the bottom line: The Illini (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) are giving up 32.2 points a game.

    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen watches during the fourth quarter of the Badgers’ road win against Illinois.

    Wisconsin welcomes bye week after all

    Originally saying he would prefer to have only one bye week per season, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has changed his tune as the Badgers take their second weekend off this month. Losing a star senior linebacker will likely make any head coach have second thoughts.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer yells on the sideline in the first quarter Saturday against Iowa. The No. 4 Buckeyes won 34-24 at home to remain unbeaten.

    Buckeyes happy with offense, upset with defense

    Ohio State line coach Mike Vrabel let slip a swear word as he was talking about how the Buckeyes’ defense got pushed around on Saturday. Odds are, it wasn’t the only time a coach cursed that unit over the past few days.

    Michigan’s Fitzgerald Toussaint runs through the Indiana defense for his fourth touchdown of Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor, Mich. After resting physical and mentally this week, the Wolverines will close the regular season on the road against the Spartans, at home against Nebraska, on the road again against Northwestern and Iowa before hosting rival Ohio State.

    No. 24 Michigan still searching for its identity

    Coach Brady Hoke wants Michigan to have a powerful offense that runs the ball early, often and effectively with its running backs. On defense, he wants his linemen to get off blocks, linebackers to make tough tackles and defensive backs to pick off or deflect passes. So far, those things haven’t happened consistently.


    Marquette freshman out with leg injury

    Marquette freshman guard Duane Wilson has a stress fracture in his left leg and will miss the start of the season. The school made the announcement Monday. Marquette says Wilson is expected to miss several weeks.

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne talks to trainers as they tend to his injured knee during the second half of Sunday’s home game against Denver.

    Colts lose Wayne to season-ending knee injury

    The Colts’ victory over Peyton Manning came at a hefty price. Andrew Luck lost his favorite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season.

    Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. talks to people on the field before a game last December between the Titans and the Houston Texans in Nashville, Tenn.

    Titans owner dies at 90

    Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90. The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he “passed away peacefully from natural causes.” The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston.

    Prospect athletic trainer Matt Guth will be honored at this weekend’s football game against Elk Grove for his many years of service. On the wall of the training room behind him are Prospect pennants Guth has collected over the decades.

    Prospect to honor Guth’s training legacy

    Growing up in Waupun, a small Wisconsin town, Matt Guth did not have a lot of opportunities to play sports as a child. “I was not very athletic, and the coaches in my school suggested that I attend an athletic training camp because they knew I was interested in athletics,” he said. Those coaches sure made the right suggestion. Guth went on to become one of the top high school athletic trainers in Illinois. A member of the Illinois Athletic Trainer Association Hall of Fame, Guth is retiring after 34 years as the head athletic trainer at Prospect High School. He will be recognized at this Friday’s football game when Prospect hosts Elk Grove.

    Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, left, scoops a pass intended from Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, right, and returns it for a touchdown during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Gould puts loss on his shoulders

    An eventful day for Bears special teams included a rare Robbie Gould missed field goal, to go along with 2 successful kicks, and a perfectly excecuted onside kick that was negated by an iffy offsides penalty.

    Michigan State players, including Micajah Reynolds (60), Danny Folino (19) and Trae Waynes (15), sing the school fight song as they celebrate their 14-0 win over Purdue on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

    Spartans win again with little fanfare

    Last year, Michigan State needed to win its final game of the regular season to become bowl eligible. No need for that kind of drama in 2013. The Spartans have already picked up win No. 6 — and they can expect to be firmly in the Big Ten title hunt when November rolls around.

    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, left, and injured Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez watch the team before a Sept. 21 game against South Dakota State. Martinez could play against Minnesota this Saturday if he’s able to put more stress on his injured left foot as the week progresses.

    Huskers’ Martinez practicing, but status uncertain

    Coming off its second bye week in a month, Nebraska will head to Minnesota fresh and well-positioned in the Big Ten Legends Division race. The No. 25 Cornhuskers also might have their quarterback back. Taylor Martinez practiced Sunday for the first time since mid-September.

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese won the MVP trophy in the 2011 World Series.

    Just seven Cardinals from 2011 team on active roster

    Rosters turn over so quickly these days, the St. Louis Cardinals used only seven players from their 2011 World Series roster in this year’s NL championship series. The NL champions got contributions from 20 rookies this season, many in starring roles on a team that led the NL with 97 wins and then reached the World Series for the second time in three years.

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit last Thursday.

    Lester to start Game 1 of World Series for Red Sox

    Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. That’s the word on Monday from Boston manager John Farrell. Farrell says he hasn’t decided on his entire lineup, but designated hitter David Ortiz will start at least once at first base when the series shifts to St. Louis for the middle three games.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Lake Park have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent rankings of area boys soccer teams.

    Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy drives to the basket past Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko last Wednesday. Dunleavy, in his first season with the Bulls, says, “We’re here to get better every day.”

    Bulls’ Dunleavy adjusting to teammates’ work ethic
    While coach Tom Thibodeau wants the Bulls to practice better, Mike Dunleavy is appreciating the some of the differences that came from joining a new team this summer.

    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he thinks his players need to ask themselves if they are “putting everything they have into each and every practice.”

    Hinrich has concussion, Bulls keep working

    The Bulls’ goal of a healthier season is off to a poor start. Kirk Hinrich joined the preseason injury list when he suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Indiana. He'll join Joakim Noah (groin strain) and Jimmy Butler (bruised knee) on the sideline.

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is taken to the locker room after being injured in the second half against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Bradford will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. The Rams said Monday the extent of the injury to Bradford’s left knee was confirmed after an MRI exam. Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-15 loss to the Panthers when he landed on his knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell.

    Rams QB Sam Bradford out for year with torn ACL

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. The extent of the injury to Bradford’s left knee was confirmed after an MRI exam, the team said Monday. Coach Jeff Fisher was to provide details later in the day at his regular news conference.

    Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh will retire at the end of the season after 25 years as the Whip-Purs’ head coach.

    Hampshire’s Cavanaugh to retire

    Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh’s 25th season will be his last, he said. Cavanaugh, who planned to retire as a teacher at the end of the school year, will also retire as coach when the season ends.


    Mike North video: Death Valley or Pleasant Valley?
    Clemson is often called Death Valley but after Florida State left there, they were thinking Pleasant Valley. Jameis Winston of Florida State seems like a Heisman front-runner while Clemson’s Tajh Boyd is falling out of Heisman competition.For more, see www.northtonorth.com. Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike’s podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml


    Lou Petritz

    Skies, open road lure Naperville banker

    Kukec's People features Lou Petritz, the not-so-typical banker who is now the new president of First Community Financial Bank Naperville. He is a licensed pilot and owns two motorcycles. “I like machines that move the body and the spirit,” the Naperville resident said. “There's something so refreshing and exhilarating and yet very practical about taking these methods of transportation.”

    Naperville-based Tellabs announced Monday that it will be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners for $891 million in cash.

    Naperville’s Tellabs to be acquired for $891 million

    Naperville-based Tellabs Inc. will start a new chapter when new owners take over the company later this year and take it private. The telecommunications equipment maker said Monday it will be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners for about $891 million in cash. What happens to the company, the sprawling Naperville campus, and the remaining workforce is still unknown until after Los Angeles-based Marlin Equity closes the deal.

    U.S. stocks were little changed, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rallied to a record, as investors watched corporate earnings to assess the strength of the economy before tomorrow’s employment data.

    S&P 500 ekes out a small gain to set a new record

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eked out the smallest of gains to set a record high Monday as investors assessed third-quarter earnings news.

    Alan Greenspan has struck back at any notion that he — or anyone — could have known how or when to defuse the threats that triggered the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. Now 87, he work as a private consultant.

    Greenspan mulls roots of crisis he didn’t foresee

    Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan has struck back at any notion that he — or anyone — could have known how or when to defuse the threats that triggered the crisis. He argues in a new book that traditional economic forecasting is no match for the irrational risk-taking that can inflate catastrophic price bubbles in assets like homes or tech stocks.


    Longmeadow Parkway project receives cold reception from business leaders

    Local chamber of commerce representatives told Kane County officials last week the business community is filled with trepidation about one of the largest construction projects in the county. The Longmeadow Parkway is seen as something that might never happen, and county board members want to change those perspectives.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, posted third-quarter sales that trailed analysts’ estimates as gains slowed in the U.S. and said global sales this month may be little changed.

    McDonald’s 3Q profit rises, revenue misses Street

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is introducing some higher-priced options to its Dollar Menu and renaming it “Dollar Menu and More” to spur sales in the U.S. The company announced the changes to its popular low-priced menu on Thursday, the same day that the world’s biggest burger chain reported that its third-quarter profit rose 5 percent.

    Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads.

    New iPads likely to star in Apple’s latest show

    Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of its standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch display screen and the IPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch screen. Hewing to its usually tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn’t shared details about what’s on the agenda. The Cupertino, Calif. company merely sent out invitations that said, “We still have a lot to cover.”


    Pew: Love is in the air and on the Web

    Online dating is shedding its stigma as a refuge for the desperate, but people who use sites such as Match.com and eHarmony are still in the minority. Thirty-eight percent of Americans who are “single and looking” say they’ve used an online dating site or mobile dating app, according to a new study.

    Americans bought fewer existing homes in September than the previous month, held back by higher mortgage rates and rising prices, the National Association of Realtors said Monday.

    U.S. existing-home sales drop 1.9 pct. in September

    Americans bought fewer existing homes in September than the previous month, held back by higher mortgage rates and rising prices. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of re-sold homes fell 1.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.29 million. That’s down from a pace of 5.39 million in August, which was revised lower.

    A consultant recommends promoting the shopping along Prospect Avenue, on the south side of the railroad tracks in Mount Prospect, as its own downtown district.

    Prospect Ave. could be the star of Mt. Prospect’s downtown

    Is it a problem that the Metra railroad tracks effectively create two separate shopping districts in downtown Mount Prospect, one north of tracks and the other south? In the past, some have said yes. But a new draft report about the future of the downtown suggests that the answer could be no.

    Homerun Sports and Fitness in Lake Zurich is hosting a grand opening at its new location on Oct. 27.

    Homerun in Lake Zurich to host grand opening at new location

    Homerun Sports and Fitness, an indoor training facility concentrating on baseball, softball, football, and speed and agility training, moved and is holding a grand opening on Oct. 27 in Lake Zurich.


    Front line employees may be key to the planning process

    One local entrepreneur says “everyone in the company should be involved in planning and goal-setting. “Front line employees know more about how a company operates than those who sit at the top (and too often) don’t hear what employees have to say,"" he tells small business columnist Jim Kendall.

Life & Entertainment


    Short & Sweet critic reviews Once

    Short & Sweet critic for the day, Michael Roberts, shares his review of Once the Musical with Short & Sweet host, Diana Martinez. Roberts, the founder and editor in chief of performing arts website Showbiz Chicago, is uniquely qualified to critique the show, which he has also seen on Broadway in New York City. Once is playing through October 27 at the Oriental Theater.

    “50 Shades! The Musical” a parody of the best-selling novel, returns to Chicago for a brief run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

    Chicago improv vets take on '50 Shades of Grey'

    If it hadn't been for Evanston entrepreneur Marshall Cordell catching a news report about hardware stores experiencing rope shortages resulting from the popularity of E.L. James' best-selling novel “50 Shades of Grey,” “50 Shades! The Musical” might never have happened. It was Cordell who suggested to writer/director/producers Albert Samuels and Emily Dorezas the comedic potential of the erotic novel turned pop culture phenomenon.

    Los Angeles prosecutors charged singer/songwriter and rapper Cee Lo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance on Monday. The singer faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

    Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty in felony drug case

    "The Voice" judge Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

    Actor Robert Englund, better known as Freddy Krueger, hosts the original “Nightmare on Elm Street” at Woodridge's Hollywood Blvd. theater and Naperville's Hollywood Palms theater.

    Actor Robert Englund reflects on 30 years as 'Nightmare' killer

    Halloween just isn't the same around Robert Englund's house -- not since the neighborhood kids left a huge wax claw on his walkway. “It took me about six months to clean up,” he said with a chuckle. “I sort of downplay Halloween a little bit here now.” That won't be the case next weekend, though, when the actor stops in Naperville and Woodridge to meet his fiendish fans and screen his 1984 breakout horror classic, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

    West Point Cadet Erin Mauldin of Albuquerque, N.M., left, and Culinary Institute of America student Clare Wagner of Detroit, work in a kitchen during an exchange program at the New York culinary schoo earlier this month.

    West Point cadets go culinary for a day

    West Point Cadet Christer Horstman was on a mission — to cut pork chops. He and nine other U.S. Military Academy cadets crossed the Hudson River this week to pair with Culinary Institute of America students for a day under a novel exchange program. The future chefs and Army officers found common ground by cooking a dinner for themselves as a team.

    Kelly Clarkson and music manager Brandon Blackstock have gotten married. Clarkson tweeted a photo Monday in her wedding gown next to Blackstock. She wrote: “I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock.”

    Kelly Clarkson weds music manager Blackstock

    Kelly Clarkson has married music manager Brandon Blackstock. The pop singer tweeted a photo Monday in her wedding gown next to Blackstock. She writes, “I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock.”

    Drew Sidora, left, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer play the characters of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas in the TLC biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Monday on VH1.

    TLC’s story of fame comes to life in biopic on VH1

    For Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, there were several uncomfortable moments watching actresses portray them in a new TLC biopic premiering Monday on VH1. But it was especially strange to watch Lil Mama, who played the role of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — the third member of the Grammy-winning R&B group who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. “She totally came into character,” Chilli said of Lil Mama.

    “Prism” is enough to keep Katy Perry on the charts, but it's time to think outside of the Billboard.

    Katy Perry plays it safe on 'Prism'

    Katy Perry's “Teenage Dream” was perfect pop pleasantry. How could you resist? Perry has some of that energy on “Prism,” her third album. But she lacks some of the fiery fierceness and excitement. The singer's new electro-pop songs are likable — and surely there are some Top 10 hits here — but she's playing it safe.


    Language exercises help stroke patients regain speech

    Q: My mother recently had a stroke, and it’s severely impacted her ability to speak. What can be done to help her regain her speech?


    Deadly cancers driven by relatively few mutations, study finds

    Most common tumors are driven by just two to six DNA mutations, according to a genetic analysis of 3,000 tumor samples that brings scientists closer to devising a list of all key mutations that cause or contribute to cancer. In the study, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis analyzed 3,281 tumors from 12 cancer types, including breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. They found 127 mutated genes in those tumors that appeared to be involved in either in cancer initiation or progression.


    Quick response helps skin lacerations heal faster

    In their article, “Wounds,” in the journal Pediatrics in Review, Dr. David M. Spiro and colleagues report that lacerations make up one third of all pediatric injuries.

    Public tours of the White House are back on the schedule, though on a limited basis, starting Nov. 5. The schedule will be reduced from five days a week to an average of three days a week through Jan. 15.

    Public tours of White House to resume Nov. 5

    Public tours of the White House, canceled earlier this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis. The self-guided tours of the ground floor, first floor and East Wing of the White House are to resume Nov. 5 and continue through Jan. 15. Tours will be allowed an average of three days a week, down from five, said the Secret Service, which is responsible for White House security. Separately, the White House said its gardens and grounds will be open to the public on the weekend of Oct. 26-27.

    Diahann Carol, left, and Angela Bassett at the “House of Flowers” dinner honoring Carol and AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Diahann Carroll: Quick-witted honoree

    At 78-years-old Diahann Carroll keeps a sense of humor. “I don’t think I realize what the passage of time really means until people talk about things that I did in the ’50s and I wonder ‘Who the hell are they talking about?’” the actress, singer and Golden Globe-winner said while being honored at a House of Flowers dinner Saturday evening. Beverly Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King and Anika Noni Rose were in attendance to applaud Carroll and fellow honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

    Chris Noth, the star of “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City,” will be at Carnegie Hall on Monday for a show called “Angel Heart.” He’s narrating the family concert based on a new CD storybook.

    Chris Noth appears with cellos in NYC show

    Actor Chris Noth is appearing with a different kind of cast in New York City: eight cellos. The star of “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City” will be at Carnegie Hall on Monday for a show called “Angel Heart.” He’s narrating the family concert based on a new CD storybook. It’s about a girl whose heart is broken then healed on a journey with some fantastical creatures.

    Carol Burnett received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    Carol Burnett receives top U.S. humor prize in D.C.

    When Carol Burnett launched her namesake variety show in the 1960s, one TV executive told her the genre was “a man’s game.” She proved him wrong with an 11-year run that averaged 30 million viewers each week. On Sunday, the trailblazing comedian received the nation’s top humor prize, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The show will be broadcast Nov. 24 on PBS stations. “This is very encouraging,” Burnett deadpanned in accepting the prize. “I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington.”

    AMC’s popular drama “The Walking Dead” has inspired a convention expected to draw 10,000 to Atlanta early next month.

    New ‘Walking Dead’ convention coming to Atlanta

    Cable TV’s “The Walking Dead” has inspired a new convention, a podcast, and a one-man play. The podcast and Atlanta-based convention are the creations of Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, also known as the “Walker Stalkers” because of a road trip they made last fall from Nashville, Tenn., to Georgia to see the AMC show being filmed. The convention, Walker Stalker Con, is expected to draw 10,000 or more participants when it’s held early next month, Nordhoff said.

    Topping the box office for the third straight week, the space adventure “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, continues to be the box-office juggernaut of the fall. The film earned $31 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    ‘Gravity’ stays atop box office for a third week

    Star power and Oscar aspirations are reigning at the box office, where the space adventure “Gravity” and the Somali pirate docudrama “Captain Phillips” are holding off all comers. With $30 million over the weekend according to studio estimates Sunday, “Gravity” topped the box office for the third straight week, cementing its status as the juggernaut of the fall moviegoing season. It also took in another $33.5 million overseas. The 3-D Warner Bros. movie, staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has now made more than $170 million in three weeks.

    Before your plants actually settle in to their new winter home indoors, there are a few things you should do.

    How to bring your plants inside so they survive the winter

    Given the right conditions, most tropical plants will overwinter inside, patiently waiting until they can safely be moved outdoors again next spring.

    Muse performing in their 4K Ultra High Definition concert film, “Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium,“ in July 2013. Following advance screenings, the film will be released in over 700 cinemas in 40 countries for limited screenings from Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/MUSE, Hans-Peter van Velthoven)

    Muse gets unsettlingly close in new concert film

    Muse frontman Matt Bellamy had to be more than just camera-ready for “Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.” The British rock band’s new concert film was shot in 4K, which meant a whole new level of detail. “There’s weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to,” Bellamy said. “It’s so much more noticeably sharper that it’s almost unsettling at first.”

    Be careful about what supplements you are taking. Some may have a meth-like party drug in them.

    Your health: Supplement may contain meth-like party drug
    Health officials often warn people taking dietary supplements that they may not know everything that’s in their shakes, because the products are not subjected to the rigorous testing required by the government for medications. Now, according to CBS News, a Harvard researcher is warning a dietary supplement he tested called Craze may contain a meth-like party drug.

    Dental care for children can be complicated, especially under the new health-care plans.

    How will kids’ dental coverage work under new health law?

    One part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to improve dental coverage for children, prompted by the 2007 death of an uninsured Maryland boy named Deamonte Driver, who was killed by a bacterial infection that spread from an abscessed tooth to his brain. With the launch of the new health-care marketplaces, here are some questions and answers about purchasing dental and vision coverage.

    Five years ago, Clark Gregg played Agent Phil Coulson for the first time as a small role in “Iron Man.” Now, after gaining an ever-higher profile as Coulson in subsequent projects including last year’s “The Avengers,” Gregg has broken out as the star of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the new ABC sci-fi thriller that airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Clark Gregg taps the action and humor of ‘SHIELD’

    Like the character he plays, Clark Gregg has worked his way up the career ladder. Five years ago, he played Agent Phil Coulson for the first time as a small role in “Iron Man.” Now, after gaining an ever-higher profile as Coulson in subsequent projects, Gregg has broken out as the star of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the new sci-fi thriller airing at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC.

    1932 Ford Roadster & 1932 Ford Sedan, Hank Groves, Woodstock

    Street-rod era is alive and well

    Hank Groves always has had an obsession with automobiles. He’d owned dozens by the time he graduated high school. So many vehicles passed through his hands that, at the age of 17, the the owner of these two 1932 Fords was required by his state to apply for a dealer’s license.

    Many tulip varieties feature subtle-colored striping to the white background for more visual interest.

    Great whites in the garden!

    Do you love white decor? Does your heart race when natural wood grain stands out in an all-white setting? As long as our culture’s dependence on electronics rushes each day to breakneck speed, white will remain more than a color; it is a formula for simple living spaces in an increasingly complex world.



    New roads, lanes take priority over oasis
    A letter to the editor: An Oct. 12 letter to the editor suggests the Illinois Tollway demonstrated poor planning when it funded the renovation of the Des Plaines Oasis in 2003 and recently announced that it would remove the structure in 2014.The author’s claim is not factually accurate and misses the issue.


    Focus on ability, not race, of teachers
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In the Oct. 15 story regarding teacher “diversity” in Elgin and other suburban school districts, the reporter observes, “But they’re being taught by mostly white teachers.” In the context of the piece this seems to be on its face a pejorative judgment. Nowhere in the piece was it shown that having the teaching ranks reflect the demographic composition of the student body improves educational outcomes.


    Women’s gun club only promotes fear
    A Palatine letter to the editor: According to your lead article in the Oct. 7 paper, we now have a new gun demographic — women and their children. The article and photos about the Des Plaines women’s gun club made me very uneasy: the “social” premise, the pink ear protection (gun “fashion”?), the grandmother feeling “empowered,” the dropping a bullet on the floor “joke,” shooting zombies (still human forms), and moms bringing their young adult children (really?!).


    Cohen’s arguments in column fall apart
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Richard Cohen’s Oct. 2 column would be so fatuous as to provoke laughter if it weren’t so mendacious in its “facts.” Cohen says, “McCarthyism consisted of slippery truths, unfounded allegations and wild accusations.” While Joseph McCarthy was an unsympathetic figure and an unlikeable man, he was absolutely correct in his contention that a large number of communists had infiltrated the U.S. government at the highest levels. The release of the Venona papers in 1995 made this irrefutably clear.


    Simplify method for proof of insurance
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I recently received a notice from the Secretary of State’s Office demanding that I supply them with my auto insurance company name and policy number. I find it really absurd that this is the first time in 40 years that I have been randomly selected to provide proof of insurance. Talk about searching for a needle in a haystack!


    Extremism will return us to Dark Ages
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Today we see the leaders of the Tea Party holding America hostage. They care not of the majority of the people, or the American economy. They only care for their misguided agenda. An agenda that would isolate America from the rest of the world and a policy of laissez faire. The national debt is only an issue if there is a Democrat in the White House.


    Negotiating spirit missing from White House
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Shelby Foote, acclaimed author of the Civil War trilogy by the same name, once said the root cause of that tragedy was our collective unwillingness to compromise. “Compromise” he wrote “is the very foundation upon which the Republic is built, and negotiation is how it is accomplished.” At no time since the 1850s has the nation been so polarized.


    Family will feel loss of Dominick’s
    A letter to the editor: Now we’re losing my Dominick’s and I think I will miss it the most of all.


    More than one way to wreck nation
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The skirmishing continues in Washington. Shifting demands of the Tea/Republican Party make it clear that what is in fact demanded is the resignation of the current occupant of the White House.


    The young don’t understand economic basics
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: It seems to me that there are things at work here preventing our young people from grasping the fact that this one issue of economics (tremendous public debt) could make the other issues somewhat meaningless in their lives.


    Straw: I am standing up for disabled people
    Letter to the editor: Andrew Straw, the subject of a Daily Herald story for his demand letters to Streamwood businesses, says it's all about fighting for the rights of disabled people.


    Can’t something be done about skunks?
    Letter to the editor: Jim Turocy is holding his nose. He believes the skunk problem is so bad the village of Arlington Hts. and other municipalities should get together and devise a solution.


    What’s fair in D23 is true for citizens, too
    Letter to the editor: Willard Bishop of Barrington Hills says as teachers in Prospect Hts. ask for a fair wage, the citizens of Prospect Hts. ought to be able to get fairness, too.


    Take rebate, treat your ash trees now
    Letter to the editor: Imagine fall without trees and leaves. That’s what you’ll get if you don’t treat your ash trees now, writes Christine Sacks.


    Mt. Prospect walkers have a place again
    Letter to the editgor: Linda Waycie is delighted that walkers in Mt. Prospect now have a safe place to walk indoors - the Central Community Center.


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