Daily Archive : Tuesday October 22, 2013


    A parent at a Texas high school that lost a football game 91-0 has filed a bullying complaint against the winning coach, Aledo High School football coach Tim Buchanan, seen here.

    Texas parent alleges bullying in 91-0 game

    Texas high school coach Tim Buchanan benched his starters after only 21 plays, kept to a conservative ground game and even allowed the clock to run uninterrupted after halftime to hasten the final whistle. Still, his Bearcats won 91-0. Now the coach is facing formal accusations of bullying.

    Raymond True

    Lake County conservative leader True dies

    Leader of the Republican Assembly of Lake County Raymond True of Libertyville died Tuesday, local party officials said. Known as Colonel Raymond True because of his achievement of that rank in the Air Force, True was a strong conservative voice in Lake County who sometimes clashed with other Republican leaders there.

    Paul Dombrowski, left, and Joe Serio of Palatine rallied outside the Illinois Capitol Tuesday urging state lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage. Opponents plan a similar rally today.

    Thousands rally for same-sex marriage

    Activists and supporters gathered Tuesday at the Illinois Capitol to demand immediate action on a measure to legalize gay marriage, five months after the legislation stalled in the Illinois House. Thousands turned out for the “March on Springfield,” with many waving signs and flags. Gov. Pat Quinn, who supports the measure, opened the event in the Capitol rotunda.

    This undated photo provided by Chandra Landsberry shows Sharon and Michael Landsberry. Police lauded the actions of Landsberry, a 45-year-old math teacher and former Marine, who they say tried to stop the rampage before he was fatally shot in the chest.

    Boy describes terror of Nevada schoolyard shooting

    Students cowered in fear and pleaded for their lives as a 12-year-old Nevada boy went on a schoolyard rampage with a handgun he brought from home, waving the weapon at frightened classmates and shooting a math teacher in the chest on a basketball court.

    Greek authorities requested international assistance to identify this four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents.

    Birth certificate probe in 'mystery girl' case

    A top Greek prosecutor has ordered an emergency nationwide investigation into birth certificates issued in the past six years after an unknown girl was discovered living with her alleged abductors at a Gypsy camp.

    This is a print-on-demand nautical chart for Annapolis Harbor. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday the traditional heavy paper lithographic nautical charts will stop being printed next April.

    Ahoy, mateys! US to stop printing nautical charts

    The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that to save money, the government will stop turning out the traditional brownish, heavy paper charts after mid-April.

    The average Hoffman Estates resident can expect to pay $100 more per year with the new taxes and fee approved by the village board.

    Four new taxes, one new fee OK'd in Hoffman Estates

    There was only one vote against four new taxes and a new fee Monday night that will have Hoffman Estates residents paying about $100 more to the village each year to fund backlogged road improvements and other capital needs. “I would truly appreciate it if you could reconsider this, you would put it off, look at the budget a little bit closer,” former Trustee Ray Kincaid said, failing...

    An Air Force missile crew commander stand at the door of his launch capsule 100-feet underground, where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado.

    Nuke officers left blast door open

    Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

    Police surround a car Tuesday after a chase that began in Bensenville, proceeded through Elk Grove Village and ended in Itasca. There were no serious injuries, and charges are pending against the Elmhurst woman who was driving the car.

    Cops: Elmhurst woman led chase through suburbs

    Police say charges are pending against a 30-year-old Elmhurst woman who led officers on a chase Tuesday from Bensenville to Elk Grove Village and back. The chase ended when the suspect stopped at a McDonald's parking lot, backed into a squad car and crashed into a tree, according to police.


    Long Grove man arrested in fraud scheme

    The FBI arrested a Long Grove man at his home Tuesday morning on charges that he defrauded a Florida company of $800,000 and attempted to defraud an undercover agent of $2.5 million. Howard Leventhal, 56, was charged Tuesday in federal court with one count of wire fraud.

    Andrea M. Kief

    Cary woman charged with DUI in crash

    Police say a Cary woman was driving under the influence with a child in her car when it crashed Monday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Woodstock.


    Redevelopment of north Schaumburg to get public hearing

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday forwarded a redevelopment concept plan for the north side of the village along Algonquin Road to the plan commission for a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Village board approval of the plan — which envisions an entertainment district near the Schaumburg Convention Center and new tollway interchange ramps at Meacham and Roselle roads — is expected Dec. 10.

    This was the view as the runners prepared to start the 2012 Wauconda Turkey Trot. This year’s 4-mile race is set for Nov. 28.

    Wauconda to decide if it will sponsor Turkey Trot race

    For the first time, Wauconda officials may sponsor the annual Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving Day. Linda Krajniak, Wauconda’s director of economic and community development, made the case for sponsorship. Allowing participants to use the parking lot is safer than having people park elsewhere, Krajniak said. “This would be a nice partnership for the village,” Krajniak said.

    Sheila Murphy-Russell, director of the DuPage County Family Center, played an integral role in opening the center’s new location on the county campus. Above, she talks about the center’s kid-friendly rooms.

    DuPage County debuts new Family Center

    Neutral ground for DuPage County families dealing with divorce or separation is no longer in a rented space at a Wheaton strip mall. Instead, the DuPage County Family Center is offering divorce education, mediation, supervised parenting time and other services in a new building on the county’s Wheaton campus that officials say will be more family friendly.

    Rasmieh Yousef Odeh leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago after her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason. Odeh, 66, of Evergreen Park, was arrested Tuesday on charges she lied on immigration papers about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel.

    Suburban community activist arrested on immigration charges

    An Arab-American community activist from the South suburbs was arrested Tuesday on immigration charges for, authorities say, lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel.

    Richard Pickard

    Trial delayed for Bartlett man accused in theft of computer equipment from Walgreen Co.

    The trial for a Bartlett man accused of stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. has been pushed back to next year. Richard Pickard, 47, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, will go to trial Jan. 6 on multiple counts of theft over $100,000.

    Secretary of State John Kerry, fourth from right, attends a meeting Tuesday, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, fourth from left, in London, aimed at ending the civil war in Syria.

    Syria opposition under pressure to negotiate

    The U.S. and Europe are putting intense pressure on the main Syrian opposition group to attend a long-delayed peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war, even though agreeing to join the talks could irreparably split the already-fragmented opposition in exile.

    Joe DeRose of the DuPage County Forest Preserve aerates a horse pasture Tuesday at the Danada Forest Preserve as snow falls for first time this season.

    Suburbs see first snow of season

    Snow fell Tuesday in some areas of the suburbs, and the season’s first hard freeze spelled the end for garden plants. But the suburbs dodged any accumulation of snow, unlike some parts of western Illinois. According to the National Weather Service, the Chicago area normally sees its first snow on Oct. 30.


    11 Arlington Heights businesses punished for serving liquor to minors

    Nearly a dozen Arlington Heights businesses found to have served alcohol to minors this year were reprimanded Monday with punishments ranging from fines to suspensions of their liquor licenses. the most serious penalty - a five-day suspension - was issued to a store with three violations in three years.

    A customer enters a Chinese bakery that has a sign posted in the door, “Hiring! Sales Position Inquire within,” Tuesday in New York. The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

    Will U.S. hiring accelerate if economy doesn’t?

    The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren’t going away. Employers will likely remain slow to hire as long as the economy struggles to accelerate, consumers limit their spending and Congress keeps putting off a resolution to a budget fight that will resurface early next year.

    Jeff and David Hunt lead the audience in a live performance of “In St. Charles” for aldermen Monday night. City officials took the first step in naming it the official song of St. Charles.

    Aldermen to name ‘In St. Charles’ official city song

    St. Charles officials next month will approve "In St. Charles" as the official city song following a live sample performance at city hall Monday night. The song was written 30 years ago by a former St. Charles resident. It was recently performed at a high school reunion, prompting Alderman Maureen Lewis to pitch it as the official song of the city.

    Richard Franzese of Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates drowning victim remembered as a selfless hero

    A Hoffman Estates man who drowned at a Wisconsin marina over the weekend is being described as a selfless, caring person by family members who say he saved another man from drowning eight years ago. Police say Richard Franzese, 58, was recovered from the water in Racine, Wis. Sunday during a welfare check. An investigation is ongoing, but police say it appears to be an accidental drowning.

    The 150-year-old, cast-iron U.S. Capitol dome will soon be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years, a requirement of its first major restoration since 1960.

    Repairs, scaffolding ahead for U.S. Capitol dome

    The 150-year-old U.S. Capitol dome will be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years during its first major restoration since 1960, officials said Tuesday. Stephen T. Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, said the structure may look good from a distance, but up close, more than 1,000 cracks and other structural problems need attention now.


    Phone call can help get around health law glitches

    Consumers who have run into glitches and delays on the federal health care website shouldn’t give up, state officials said. Instead, they suggested Tuesday, consumers should schedule an appointment with an enrollment counselor by phone.


    Mayor proposes higher parking fines in Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make it more expensive to park in the wrong spot in the city. Emanuel’s office says the higher fines would generate about $10 million as part of his effort to close the projected $339 million gap in the 2014 budget.


    Illinois lawmakers off to slow start in fall session

    The Illinois legislature’s fall session got off to a sputtering start Tuesday, as lawmakers delayed action on the two biggest issues on their agenda and a deal to address the state’s multibillion-dollar pension shortfall had yet to materialize.

    People are helped by federal police as they get off a truck to be taken to as makeshift shelter in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Monday Oct. 21, 2013. At least 120 families from nearby communities were evacuated when Hurricane Raymond gained more strength and threatened to hurl heavy rains onto a sodden region already devastated by last month's Tropical Storm Manuel. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Storm weakens off Mexico coast, still rain threat

    Hurricane Raymond weakened to barely a Category 1 storm Tuesday while still stalled off Mexico’s Pacific coast, pumping rain onto an already sodden region recovering from a battering by a tropical storm last month. Raymond was centered 100 miles from the beach resort of Zihuatanejo late Tuesday, and its winds had dropped to 75 mph.


    Slander lawsuit against Kane drug court employee dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a slander lawsuit filed by former Burlington School Board president Laurel Kling against a Kane County probation department supervisor who Kling claims said Kling an "alcoholic." The judge opened the possibility the suit could be refiled and Kling's attorney called the situation "problematic."

    Metra is still coping with fallout from a summer scandal involving former CEO Alex Clifford’s separation agreement.

    Metra’s insurance expert out after Clifford severance deal

    A key player in controversy involving Metra's "golden parachute" for ex-CEO Alex Clifford and the board's failure to use a money-saving insurance policy is leaving the agency.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A wedding ring set, watch and bracelet — worth a combined $15,700 — were stolen between Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 from a home on the 38W300 block of Henricksen Road near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report. The owners told deputies that four different companies and contractors had access to the home after a recent move.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A wedding ring set, watch and bracelet -- worth a combined $15,700 -- were stolen between Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 from a home on the 38W300 block of Hendricksen Road near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Forest preserve happy with director search, despite missing deadline

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials have all but assured they will not name a new executive director by their self-imposed Nov. 1 target date. Commissioners emerged Tuesday without making a selection and are not scheduled to meet again until Nov. 5. Despite the delay, most said they remain confident in their search process.

    Students at Stratford Middle School in Bloomingdale learn about dinosaurs via a video conference Tuesday with former student and current paleontologist Betsy Kruk.

    Stratford students get lesson in science, dinosaurs

    Betsy Kruk’s curiosity for all things dinosaurs started early. In first grade, growing up in Carol Stream, an extra credit word in a spelling bee was “paleontologist.” “After that, that was it,” Kruk said. “I never grew out of my love for dinosaurs.”


    Sente offers internship

    State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, will be taking applications for the Legislative Internship Program.


    Chicago man gets 10 years for Maine Twp. burglary

    A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing two homes in January in unincorporated Maine Township. In exchange for his guilty plea to residential burglary, John W. Gilliam, 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $599, court records show.


    Grafton Twp. eliminates bus service to Rutland Twp.

    Grafton Township voted to terminate bus service to Rutland Township’s senior and disabled residents Monday, a move that squarely puts the ball back in Rutland’s court.

    A newly enacted moratorium on their adoption will keep Rosie and June at Danada Equestrian Center until the district devises long- and short-term policies regarding retired horses.

    Rosie and June considered members of Danada family, will say put

    Since their retirement earlier this year, Danada Equestrian Center’s bonded pair of draft horses, Rosie and June, have been the subject of adoption rumors and “should they stay or should they go” dialogue.


    Fire district sets informational meeting for residents

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will hold an informational meeting for residents on expected changes accompanying its Jan. 1 separation from the Barrington Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at Countryside School, W. County Line Road in Barrington Hills. The fire district is ending its long contractual relationship for service from the village of Barrington.


    Woodlands Academy presentations

    The first of four presentations in “The Resilient Woman Speaker Series” at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the school, 760 East Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.


    Mundelein train crossing to close

    The Canadian National Railway has identified a track defect in Mundelein and will close the Park Street crossing starting at 6 a.m. Friday.

    Emerald ash borer

    Lake Zurich replacing trees removed due to emerald ash borer

    Lake Zurich will spend more than $40,000 to replace public trees that have been removed due to emerald ash borer infestation.


    DuPage County plans to build new mental health center

    DuPage County Health Department officials have unveiled a plan to merge two mental health facilities into a new building on their Wheaton campus. The proposed behavioral health services center would be constructed off Manchester Road on a vacant lot directly east of the health department’s main building. It would allow for the consolidation of the department’s Crisis Center in Lombard and its...


    Drug take back day

    The Vernon Hills police department will host its third Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Visitors can bring medications for disposal to the to the department, 740 Lakeview Parkway for this free and anonymous service.

    Rolling Meadows once again postponed a decision on whether to expand Meacham Road between Emerson Avenue and Algonquin Road.

    Rolling Meadows again postpones Meacham Road decision

    A decision on the controversial widening of Meacham Road in Rolling Meadows has been put off until December. Meanwhile, the Rolling Meadows city council has asked the staff to once again survey area residents, talk to Palatine Township about potentially contributing financially and talk to Schaumburg, which also has land along the road.

    A rolled over semi truck blocked all southbound lanes on Route 53 just south of Euclid Avenue Tuesday morning, causing long delays.

    Truck loaded with trash rolls over on Route 53, causing major delays

    Drivers heading southbound on Route 53 near Euclid Avenue Tuesday morning faced extensive delays after a semitrailer truck loaded with trash overturned, causing lane blockage that lasted more than three hours.


    Naperville cop cars getting cameras

    Video and audio recording will be an automatic part of every stop Naperville police officers make beginning next year, when the city will install cameras in squad cars for the first time and join the majority of area departments in recording video of police interactions with the public. “As a former police officer, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” Mayor George Pradel said.

    Sandra Lopez

    Trial begins for woman charged in 1999 home invasion

    A Waukegan woman who was once acquitted of her husband’s murder was back in court Tuesday, this time charged with stealing jewelry during a 1999 armed robbery at a Park City trailer home. Sandra Lopez, 43, faces 30 years in prison if convicted. She also faces counts of armed violence, armed robbery and aggravated battery.

    Linda Armstrong

    Cops: Woman on parole, husband nabbed in heroin bust

    A husband and his wife, who's on parole from a drug-related conviction, were behind bars Tuesday on accusations they possessed heroin in their Round Lake Beach home, authorities said. Linda and Jeffrey Armstrong, of the 1600 block of Melrose Street, each were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

    Arlington International Racecourse needs lawmakers to once again approve betting online or else its racing season could be cut.

    Arlington racecourse, horsemen at odds over online betting

    Arlington International Racecourse leaders disagree with the horsemen who run there and most of Illinois’ other tracks over how to proceed with an online betting plan intended to save its season. At issue is how money bet online is distributed.

    Authorities seized 25 pounds of marijuana and more than 300 mature plants during a raid of a Chicago man’s home last year after he sold drugs to undercover cops in Naperville.

    Chicago man gets 180 days for $1.2 million pot bust

    A Chicago man who was caught growing marijuana in his home after he sold drugs to undercover cops in Naperville has been sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation. Ronald Sanchez, 33, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, according to court records.

    A 1968 aerial shot of Judson College, a Christian institution marking its 50th year in Elgin. Now Judson University, it will officially install its sixth president, Dr. Gene C. Crume Jr. at 3 p.m. Thursday.

    Judson University marks 50 years in Elgin

    In the fall of 1963, Judson College welcomed its first class of students to its Elgin campus — consisting of a mansion and a carriage house situated on roughly 19 acres of undeveloped land off Route 31. Today, Judson University’s campus houses 17 buildings and is home to 1,170 students pursuing more than 50 different majors and minors in liberal arts, sciences and professions. This...

    A large selection of pumpkins in all sizes and colors is available at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch in Hampshire.

    Plenty of pumpkins this year, local growers say

    Pumpkin growers don’t have anything to complain about this year. Unlike last year’s drought, rain fell when it needed to and nighttime temperatures dropped to where they did the best for their crops.


    Bartlett Halloween fun fest and parade set for Saturday

    The 5th annual Bartlett Heritage Days Halloween Fun Fest and parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Bartlett on Saturday, Oct. 26. Children, parents and pets in costume are welcome to participate in the parade, which has the theme of “superheroes” this year. The five best “hero” costumes will receive a ribbon.

    Will the Route 53 extension become reality or will funding get in the way?

    Route 53 extension backers must bridge $2 billion gap

    There's no federal Santa Claus to close a $2 billion gap to pay for extending Route 53 into Lake County, officials said Monday. So finding that money is the daunting task of a hybrid committee including Lake County leaders.

    A tiny witch shoots for par at Mountain View Adventure Center during the 2012 Haunted Hole-O-Ween.

    Des Plaines mini-golf’s Hole-O-Ween begins

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    State Rep. Moylan meets constituents Oct. 29

    State Rep. Marty Moylan is holding a coffee shop stop at the Sheila Ray Adult Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd. in elk Grove Village, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, will listen to the thoughts and concerns of the community.

    D.J. Tegeler

    Geneva attorney announces bid for Kane County judge seat

    Another candidate has announced a run for the Kane County Circuit judge seat that will be vacated by Karen Simpson in October 2014. Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler will run as a Republican and he touting his diverse legal experience and budgeting skills. Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny also is running, meaning a primary in March is likely.

    Sitting in front of a poster for the movie based on her debut novel, “Divergent” author Veronica Roth speaks at Barrington High School, where the best-selling author graduated in 2006.

    Barrington English teacher recalls 'Divergent' author

    Less than a decade ago, Veronica Roth was a promising junior in Barrington High School teacher June Kramer's English class. Now, bookstores hold midnight parties for today's release of the final book in Roth's "Divergent" triolgy, and the series is being made into movies. “She was fabulous. I put a lot in her college recommendation about her writing, how mature it was. It was like reading a...

    Kimberly Walker’s gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants has been removed, despite getting prior approval ffrom Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

    Meeting set on Iraq vet’s SpongeBob gravestone

    Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone from her final resting place after they deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds were planning to meet with the soldier’s family to explore possible solutions.

    President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday. Project developers who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity — because they feared they would otherwise be fired — said they raised doubts among themselves whether the website could be ready in time.

    Builders of Obama’s health website saw red flags
    Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

    St. Charles Community Development Director Rita Tungare told aldermen Monday night that they won't be able to keep First Street as small as aldermen agreed to in August.

    St. Charles First Street project plan grows back a bit

    The third phase of St. Charles' downtown First Street project must be as big as possible to keep taxpayers from subsidizing the plan. However, even the best case scenario will see taxpayers foot some of the bill. Finance Director Chris Minick said he is still working on the financial forecast for the project, so he was not ready to say exactly how much of a subsidy taxpayers would have to provide...


    Carol Stream approves contract with raises for police

    Carol Stream police offers will receive wage adjustments totaling 8 percent and a one-time $2,500 bonus for opting out of a PPO health care plan in a contract with the Fraternal Order of Police ratified Monday night by the village board.


    Dawn Patrol: Normal Metra trains in Bartlett; freezing today?

    Metra trains expected to roll through Bartlett normally. Freezing temps this morning? Aurora murder suspect may have ingested ADHD meds, police say. Rohlwing Road resurfacing advances. St. Viator begins random alcohol testing. Secretary of education visiting Wheeling Thursday. Rose scores 24 in win over Bucks. Trestman confident in McCown.


    COD to build second homeland security training facility on campus

    College of DuPage is moving ahead with the second phase of its training center for emergency response agencies. The 35,000-square-foot Homeland Security Training Institute will be at the site of the college's Open Campus Center west of Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn. “It's long overdue,” said Mike Casey, the academy's director, who was hired in June after 26 years with the ATF. “I...

    Kirchoff Road entrances to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights used to be just that, as do they did not allow patrons to exit on Kirchoff Road. This is the entrance at the east end of the campus. But now there's a western driveway onto Kirchoff that lets cars leave.

    Kirchoff exit from Northwest Community Hospital to remain open

    After a trial period, the westbound exit from Northwest Community Hospital onto Kirchoff Road in Arlington Heights will remain open permanently. The issue has been the subject of much debate for years, but now residents actually support the exit. “Since the exit has been reopened I haven't noticed any additional traffic in the morning or at night,” resident Janet Boyle said.


    DuPage County Family Center to debut new digs

    A DuPage County department that provides services to families going through a divorce or separation is celebrating the opening of its new digs on the county campus. The county’s Family Center is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony noon Tuesday at its new location along County Farm Road in Wheaton. “By having a facility right there, it’s going to be easier for everybody,” county board member Jim...

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials are considering creation of an extreme-heat policy for buildings without air conditioning, such as Lake Zurich Middle School South.

    Lake Zurich District 95 can look to rural district’s heat policy

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials searching for an excessive-heat policy for schools without air conditioning may want to study one being used by a rural Illinois district. “Like most school districts without 100 percent air-conditioned facilities, we needed a plan,” said Jeff Thake, superintendent of Amboy Unit District 272.


    Des Plaines’ bidding rules unchanged, for now

    Des Plaines city bidding rules for public projects are staying in place for now, following Mayor Matt Bogusz’s veto of changes sought by a majority of aldermen. Aldermen in favor of the change said changes to a 2009 ordinance would improve the competitive bidding process and lower the city’s costs. But Bogusz, as well as those represented by trade unions, argued the existing rules mitigate the...


    Barrington fire district reaching aid agreements

    Preparing to run their own independent fire department on Jan. 1, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees Monday discussed pending automatic-aid agreements with their neighbors and the potential site of a third station of their own. Among the evening’s accomplishments were the approvals of new auto-aid agreements with the Lake Zurich and Long Grove fire departments.


    Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Hueberdeau (11) slides into the goal and watches game action with Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday in Sunrise, Fla.

    Hawks' Crawford saves the day in 3-2 win over Panthers

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made a huge stop against Jonathan Huberdeau on a penalty shot in the second period and 20 other saves as the visiting Hawks defeated Florida 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night. Crawford stopped Huberdeau again in the shootout along with Brad Boyes, while Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored for the Hawks. Sharp’s goal was the clincher.


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


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


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


    Lakers return from China, beat Jazz 108-94

    Jordan Farmar scored 13 of his 20 points during a 3:17 span of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers got double-digit scoring from three other reserves en route to a 108-94 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.


    Wheaton College has playoffs in mind

    The Wheaton College football team is in a familiar position, but it is hoping to change the ending. Just as it was last year, the Thunder is ranked in the top 15 nationally with two of its toughest games to come. However, the team hopes to force its way into the playoffs and avoid being left on the outside looking in like it was last year.


    Ribeiro leads Coyotes to 4-2 win over Flames

    Mike Ribeiro had two goals for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes fought back after a couple of defensive miscues to hold off the Calgary Flames 4-2 Tuesday night.


    Elk Grove, Wheeling advance

    Elk Grove 1, York 0: The Grenadiers survived by scoring in the second overtime in Class 3A boys soccer regional semifinal play Tuesday to advance to the championship round of the regional they are hosting.Wheeling 6, Notre Dame 0: In regional semifinal play, the Mid-Suburban League champs advanced without much trouble at Maine East.WW South 1, Conant 0: A first-half goal by Elliott Kettle held up as the Tigers eliminated the regional host Cougars from the postseason. WW South South will meet Lake Park, a 5-1 victor against Bartlett, for the regional title at Conant.Evanston 2, Prospect 1: The Wildkits got a goal in the second overtime to eliminate the Knights from the Loyola regional.


    Stars sit as Green, Bledsoe lead Suns past Thunder

    Gerald Green and Eric Bledsoe both had 15 points and P.J. Tucker added 13 to lead the Phoenix Suns past the depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 88-76 in preseason play Tuesday night.


    Prospect prevails in this family affair

    Jack Riedy couldn’t lose Tuesday night when he was watching the Prospect-Palatine girls volleyball match. The Notre Dame freshman, in town from South Bend for semester break, saw his dad Mike coaching the Knights and his sister Caitlin setting for the Pirates. Jack was there with his mom, Maria, and grandparents Mike and Pat. “I don’t think a lot of them were rooting for me,” joked Mike Riedy, whose Knights won the Mid-Suburban League crossover 25-21, 25-22 at Palatine.


    Warren hangs on against Vernon Hills

    Allyson Mitchell slammed 10 kills and served 3 aces, and Jenna Walczak added 8 kills, as Warren’s girls volleyball team outlasted visiting Vernon Hills 25-18, 15-25, 25-19 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Tuesday night.


    Regional semifinal wins for Vernon Hills, Lakes, Antioch

    Ilya Kravtsev and Jeremy Cohen scored hat tricks, and Vernon Hills’ boys soccer team advanced to the championship game of its own Class 2A regional with an 8-1 win over No. 5 Chicago Sullivan on Tuesday.Top-seeded Vernon Hills will play No. 3 Chicago Senn at 6:30 p.m. Friday.Caleb Shaw and Jeremy Gonzalez also scored for Vernon Hills, while David White added 3 assists. Chris White and Kravtsev also had assists.Lakes 5, Richmond-Burton 0: At Lakes, the host Eagles won their Class 2A regional opener, dispatching the No. 4 seed, as Brian Werchek scored 3 goals, while Joey Savino added a pair.Werchek, Cameron Beezley, Foster Dore and Jon Borzick had assists. Eagles keepers Jack Monson and Kevin Ray each made 3 saves in sharing the shutout.Top-seeded Lakes will play No. 2 Antioch at 2 p.m. Saturday in the regional final.Antioch 4, Johnsburg 2: At Lakes, the second-seeded Sequoits knocked out the third-seeded Skyhawks to advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. regional final against Lakes.


    New arrangement suits Libertyville

    Libertyville’s soccer team made some changes for the postseason, and they paid off in the Wildcats’ Class 3A regional semifinal. Nick Vogel scored twice in the second half, and Libertyville scored three goals in four minutes, as the eighth-seeded Wildcats knocked off No. 10 Stevenson 4-2 at Barrington on Tuesday night.


    Barrington tops Waukegan at home

    Being the top seed in the highly competitive Mundelein sectional didn’t leave Barrington with a favorable draw going against No. 16 seed Waukegan which, despite that low number, had amassed a 9-7-5 record. But the Broncos didn’t let it bother them, and took care of business on their home field. Barrington erupted with 3 goals in the first half in a 5-1 victory over Waukegan in the Class 3A Barrington regional semifinal on Tuesday night. Barrington (16-3-4) will meet up with No. 8 seed Libertyville (10-8) in a regional final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Barrington. The Wildcats outscored No. 10 seed Stevenson 4-2 in the other semifinal.


    Batavia survives regional opener on PKs

    Ian Larson has had many game-winning goals for Batavia this fall. During Tuesday's Class 3A Waubonsie Valley regional semifinal though, it was Larson's teammates that came through big-time during a shootout. The Bulldogs converted five straight consecutive penalty kicks to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over Plainfield South. They advance to Saturday's regional championship at 3 p.m. against Waubonsie Valley.

    Jacobs’ Mackie Traub, right, celebrates with teammate Kassie Kasper Tuesday night at Jacobs. Traub was celebrated as the lone senior team member on senior night for the Golden Eagles, who swept the Chargers in two sets.

    Special night for Jacobs’ Traub

    In honor of Senior Night, Jacobs girls volleyball coach Lisa Dwyer, her players and coaching staff all wore pink T-shirts to school on Tuesday adorned with the image of smiling setter Mackenzie “Mackie” Traub. “Don’t you think it’s unfair that you’re favoring that one senior over the others?” another teacher asked Dwyer. “No,” Dwyer replied matter-of-factly. “We only have one.” As the team’s only senior, the spotlight shined brightly on Traub before and during Jacobs’ final home match against rival Dundee-Crown. The game program? Fully dedicated to Traub, complete with a collage of her greatest moments and separate tribute letters from her parents and her coaches.


    Waubonsie Valley holds on against West Aurora

    Many believe that a 2-0 lead in soccer is more risky than a 1-0 lead for the team that’s ahead.


    Erat has SO winner and Capitals outlast Jets 5-4

    Martin Erat scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout and the Washington Capitals escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

    In a GM survey released Tuesday, Bulls guard Derrick Rose was voted the second-best point guard in the NBA.

    Bulls get high ranks in GM survey

    Nba.com released its annual general manager survey and it continued to pigeonhole Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as a defensive genius.


    Metea Valley shuts down Marmion

    Pat Regal more than made the most of his opportunities Tuesday night in Aurora. The Metea Valley senior scored the first goals of his varsity career to complement an early Nate Donovan score, and the Mustangs ended the Marmion boys soccer season with a 3-0 victory at their own Class 3A regional.


    Wheaton Academy defense contributes offensively too

    The No. 1 regional seed never wants to take its first opponent for granted. Playing your archrival helps.

    Geneva’s Ally Barrett hits against St. Charles East’s Alex Mazanke and Meagan Smith, right, Tuesday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles E. earns share of River title

    This fall’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls volleyball race has been full of hard-fought 3-set matches with the top four teams taking turns knocking each other off. It’s made for a highly entertaining, hotly contested race, starting with St. Charles North’s 3-set win over St. Charles East and Batavia’s 3-setter over Geneva followed by the Vikings knocking off St. Charles North in three. But on the final night of the River race Tuesday and with Geneva and St. Charles East playing for a share of the crown, the Saints didn’t let the drama get that far. They defended their home court with a 25-23, 25-19 win to grab a share of the crown with St. Charles North.


    Conant punctuates strong finish with crossover win

    Peggy Scholten entered the Conant gymnasium Tuesday night for the final time in a regular-season match as the Cougars head coach. The 37-year veteran left in style, with a victory in the Mid-Suburban League second-place crossover match against Rolling Meadows. The 26-24, 25-18 victory was an exclamation point to the second half of the season for the Cougars in which they went 4-1 in the West, including a victory over champion Barrington.

    Carmel teammates celebrate with Evan Potter (6), right, after his first-half goal during regional semifinal action against St. Viator Tuesday night at Carmel Catholic High School.

    Carmel springs upset on St. Viator

    As they say, you can look it up. Carmel’s boys soccer team played in Arlington Heights this year against a strong St. Viator team. And when that game ended, no doubt the Corsairs players wanted to never see the Lions ever again. The final score of that game was 8-0, in St. Viator’s favor. On Tuesday night, the third-seeded Lions came to Mundelein to play 14th-seeded Carmel in a regional semi-final contest at Carmel. And now St. Viator’s season is over. Carmel stunned the Lions 3-1. Carmel senior, Keenan Walsh, scored the third and final goal of the night, giving the Corsairs a comfortable lead with 21 minutes to play.


    Spurs beat Magic in preseason

    Patty Mills scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Orlando Magic 123-101 on Tuesday night in their penultimate preseason game.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Carly Nolan had 11 kills and 10 digs and Avalon Nero added 8 kills, 2 blocks and 9 digs as the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team rolled to a 25-15, 25-20 win over Prairie Ridge Tuesday night to wrap up a flawless Fox Valley Conference Valley Division season.Hannah Wilson added 10 digs and Cassy Sivesind had 20 assists and 6 digs for the Gators (31-3, 12-0), who didn’t lose a single set in FVC Valley play this season.CL South will play at crosstown rival Crystal Lake Central on Thursday in the FVC crossover championship game.Huntley d. McHenry: Erin Erb had 8 kills and Rachel Shores 10 digs to lead the Red Raiders (21-13, 7-5) to a 25-11, 25-19 FVC Valley win. Kelsey DeWulf added 19 assists and Brittney Gundlach had 3 kills for Huntley.Burlington Central d. Marengo: Makenna Jensen had 14 kills and 3 blocks and Jenna Schudel added 11 kills to lead the Rockets (23-11, 11-1) to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-15 Big Northern East win and a share of the conference title. Mackenzie Whitmer had 41 assists for BC and Allie O’Reilly 23 digs.St. Charles North d. Streamwood: Andrea Prytulak had 8 digs and Mercedes Olmos added 7 for Streamwood in its 25-11, 25-8 Upstate Eight River loss. Kaitlyn Hedger had 5 digs and 2 kills for the Sabres.

    Palatine’s Dan Cushing, left, and teammate Kyle Clancy celebrate a Pirates goal during the first half of Tuesday’s game against Mundelein.

    Palatine powers past Mundelein

    It will be an all-Mid-Suburban League boys soccer regional final Friday night in Palatine. First-half goals from Tyler Curylo and Dan Cushing and a dose of trademark soccer from the host Pirates (9-7-4) led to a 3-0 victory over No. 7 Mundelein on Tuesday night on the turf at Chic Anderson Stadium in Palatine. Next up for the No. 9 Pirates will be No. 15 Buffalo Grove, which stunned No. 2 Warren 1-0 earlier in the evening.


    Harding earns shutout; Wild beat Predators 2-0

    Josh Harding stopped 16 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Tuesday night.


    Lake Park handles Bartlett

    Give the Lake Park boys soccer team a seam or a turnover in the midfield and the Lancers more often than not will make you pay for it. Forward Oliver Horgan, especially. The speedy junior scored 2 goals in the first 22 minutes on free balls Lake Park capitalized on in the open field during No. 2 seed Lake Park’s 5-1 Class 3A Conant regional semifinal win over No. 14 Bartlett Tuesday night in Hoffman Estates.

    Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Hueberdeau (11) slides into the goal and watches game action with Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday in Sunrise, Fla.

    Sharp scores in SO, Blackhawks top Panthers 3-2

    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each scored in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.


    Petry, Jones score in 3rd as Oilers beat Canadiens

    Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones scored in the third period to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also scored for Edmonton, while Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves.


    Glenbard North stops Glenbard East

    Glenbard North junior midfielder Christian Romero wanted to handle his second shot at a penalty kick like his team wanted to handle Glenbard East on Tuesday in the first semifinal of the Class 3A Glenbard East regional.


    Buffalo Grove surprises Warren

    Defending state champion Warren saw its season come to an abrupt end Tuesday night. Fifteenth seed Buffalo Grove (6-8-6) shocked the No. 2 Blue Devils 1-0 in a Class 3A regional opener at Palatine.Coach Rick Carlson’s team advances into the regional final Friday against Mid-Suburban League rival Palatine, which later beat Mundelein 3-0.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Rachel Minarick,left, and Katie Campbell took part in the Elgin vs. Waubonsie Valley girls volleyball game Tuesday.

    Special senior night for Minarick, Waubonsie Valley

    It was the final home match of Rachel Minarick’s stellar high school years, so there really wasn’t any way she would let South Elgin spoil it.

    Michigan State’s Adreian Payne (5) and Keith Appling are photographed during the team’s media day on Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich.

    Michigan State aims to extend Final Four streak

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is proud that every player who has stayed for four seasons to play for him has been to at least one Final Four. The Spartans, though, haven’t advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals since 2010, when Adreian Payne and Keith Appling were in high school.


    Pistons beat Wizards in preseason

    Greg Monroe scored 18 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 99-96 in a preseason game Tuesday night.


    Kessel’s trick rallies Leafs to 4-2 win over Ducks

    Phil Kessel scored three goals to rally Toronto from a two-goal deficit and the Maple Leafs beat Anaheim 4-2 Tuesday night to deny the Ducks a club record eighth straight win.


    Pacers beat Hawks in preseason

    David West had 24 points and seven rebounds, Paul George had 17 points and Luis Scola scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 107-89 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.


    Richardson’s OT goal lifts Canucks over Isles

    Brad Richardson banked in a shot off goalie Evgeni Nabokov 2:16 into overtime to lift the rallying Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.


    CBJ beat Devils 4-1 behind Bobrovsky’s 24 saves

    Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

    Washington running back Roy Helu Jr. carries the ball past Bears safety Chris Conte and into the end zone for the winning touchdown Sunday. For the first time in Bears history, opponents have scored at least 21 points through the first seven games.

    It looks dismal for Bears’ defense

    The prospects are dismal for a Bears defense that is on pace to allow the most points and yards in franchise history and will be without seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker for six weeks.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 8, Sandwich 0: Sean Fitzgerald, Alan Camarena and Nate McMahon each scored twice for the Rockets (20-2) as they tied the school record for wins in a season with this victory in the semifinals of the Class 3A Sycamore regional. Matt O’Connor and Paolo Sespene also added goals for BC, while O’Connor and Stefan Jochum each had 2 assists, with Camarena and AJ Gouriotis adding one each. Brett Rau was in goal but not called on to make any saves. Top-seeded Central will play Friday at 4 p.m. in the regional championship game against the winner of today’s game between No. 2 Kaneland and No. 3 Sycamore.McHenry 1, Jacobs 0: Jacobs saw its season come to an end with an overtime loss to McHenry at the Class 3A Crystal Lake South regional.

    Burlington Central coach Mike Gecan, left, Sean Fitzgerald, and Matt O’Connor talk at a recent practice.

    Dominant Burlington Central ready for long run

    In a word, the Burlington Central boys soccer’s team has been dominant this season. Top-seeded Central, which opened the postseason with an 8-0 win over Sandwich Tuesday at the Class 2A Sycamore regional, also made that its 20th win of the season against just 2 losses. The Rockets won the Big Northern Conference East Division title with a perfect 12-0 mark, the first time the program has won an undefeated league title. Tuesday’s win also tied the program record for wins in a season. The 2010 team that finished fourth in Class 2A also won 20 games.


    World Series outlook
    World Series graphic

    St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha runs out of a scoreboard under the Green Monster before batting practice for Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday in Boston.

    Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

    Plenty of St. Louis Cardinals got their first look at the century-old Fenway Park during a workout Tuesday, a day before they opened the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years. St. Louis is aiming to take its second title in three years and third in eight seasons. Now, they’re set to meet for the fourth time in “that Octobery kind of air,” as Cardinals Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright described it.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose is playing like he wants to prove a point to all of his doubters.

    Bulls’ Rose destined to win MVP again

    Barry Rozner believes the Bulls’ Derrick Rose is playing like a man possessed and will win the MVP this season, and suggests the Cubs bring in Mark Grace and Jim Thome.

    In this photo provided by the Chicago Fire, Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Montreal Impact, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Bridgeview. The Fire and Impact tied 2-2.

    Chicago Fire faces tough foe with plenty on the line

    At the end of a season during which seemingly nothing came easy, the Chicago Fire gets a matchup that’s as far from a sure thing as it could find.


    St. Edward sets Hall of Fame induction

    St. Edward High School will induct a football team and a longtime supporter of the school’s athletic department into its Hall of Fame on Friday.

    Head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes had their first bye on Oct. 12 and will have another Nov. 16.

    Big Ten has 2 byes for 1st time in latest change

    Kirk Ferentz has almost seen it all in the Big Ten, leading Iowa’s program for 15 seasons and spending nearly a decade on Hayden Fry’s staff earlier in his coaching career. But for the first time, he is getting two Saturdays off in the fall.

    Miami head coach Al Golden, right, talks with defensive back Antonio Crawford during team practice Tuesday, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close.

    Officials happy that Miami's decision day arrived

    The scandal that has hovered over Donna Shalala's university for more than two years essentially ended. Miami got its sanctions from the NCAA on Tuesday, with nine lost football scholarships and three lost men's basketball scholarships — both over three-season spans — being the biggest final hurdles the school will have to overcome before it can declare the Nevin Shapiro saga officially over.

    Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in completions (132) and passing yards per game (279).

    Buckeyes gearing up for Penn State freshman QB

    There’s a joke making the rounds in the Big Ten that maybe they ought to just name the freshman-of-the-week honors in the conference the Christian Hackenberg Award. After all, it seems he wins it every week. Penn State’s rookie quarterback gets his biggest test to date when he plays at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night.

    Iowa tight end Jake Duzey, right, tries to get past Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett during the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Duzey finished with 138 yards, the most for an Iowa tight end in the last 15 seasons.

    Iowa finds success with tight ends

    Iowa is as deep at tight end as any other position group on its roster. The Hawkeyes exploited that advantage quite a bit against Ohio State — and wound up with one of their best passing efforts of the season.

    In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is gang tackled by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) , Terrance Knighton (94) and Wesley Woodyard (52) during an NFL football game, in Denver. Increasingly, teams are having trouble getting what they need on the ground on third or fourth down, with 2 or fewer yards needed for a first down or a touchdown. And increasingly, they’re trying to pass for those short gains.

    Smash-mouth football a dying art in pass-happy NFL

    The days of smash-mouth football, of bruising backs pushing piles forward with the help of run-blocking offensive linemen, are gone. Teams that have perfected the pass are not as equipped as they used to be for getting a key yard — or even inches — on the ground. “The concept of running the football,” former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer said, “has kind of taken a back seat.”


    Saturday playoff pairings show on Comcast

    The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show will return to Comcast SportsNet Chicago again when it airs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The show, which will reveal the brackets and first round matchups of all 256 playoff qualifiers across eight classes, can also be viewed via live interactive stream on the Internet at HYPERLINK "/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/illinois/"IHSA.tv and HYPERLINK "/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/Announcements/tabid/93/ID/296/www.csnchicago.com"CSNChicago.com.

    Detroit Tigers baseball manager Jim Leyland announces his retirement during a news conference Monday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

    No obvious choice to replace Leyland in Detroit

    The Detroit Tigers are in a unique position. Managing the talented Tigers should be an attractive opportunity, but the job also will be a pressure-packed one as Detroit tries again to win the World Series for the first time since 1984. “They’ve got some tough shoes to fill, but we’ll find somebody that can handle the club,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

    TNT analysts Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr are impressed by the preseason form of Bulls guard Derrick Rose, but they're still concerned whether the team and Rose can hold up over a full NBA season.

    Miller, Kerr give their Bulls prognosis

    TNT analysts Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller tackled several Bulls-related topics in a national conference call on Tuesday. For one thing, Miller believes Miami and Indiana are not the Bulls' biggest competition this season.

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees walks off the field Saturday after Notre Dame’s 14-10 victory over Southern California in South Bend. Rees was knocked out of the game in the third quarter.

    Notre Dame QB Rees to start against Air Force

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said quarterback Tommy Rees has been cleared to play against Air Force after missing much of the second half against USC with a strained neck.Rees left the game with 9 minutes left in the third quarter after being sacked and the offense struggled without him as the Irish held on for a 14-10 victory against the Trojans. Kelly says he will monitor Rees in practice this week. Backup Andrew Hendrix was 0-for-4 passing as the offense floundered without Rees, who is completing 53 percent of his passes.Kelly says he is confident Hendrix will play better when he gets in a game again. He says Hendrix and freshman quarterback Malik Zaire will get more time at practice this week.

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown, with help from running back Matt Forte, led the offense to 24 point points against Washington in the second half of Sunday's 45-41 loss.

    McCown showed Bears he can lead this offense

    With Jay Cutler getting hurt, backup quarterback Josh McCown came in and played well enough to win thanks in part to a huge game by Matt Forte. If Cutler isn't ready, at least McCown is halfway decent, says Mike North.

    Fremd and Barrington swimmers take off in the 100-meter backstroke event at Fremd High School on Thursday.

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


    Kevin Trudeau

    TV pitchman pleads for mercy, jailed anyway

    A federal judge in Chicago rejected an impassioned plea from a television pitchman for his freedom on Tuesday, ordering U.S. Marshals to lock up Kevin Trudeau for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he doesn't believe raising the city's cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack will result in a larger local black market for cigarettes.

    Chicago mayor seeks boost in cigarette tax

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he doesn't believe raising the city's cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack will result in a larger local black market for cigarettes. Emanuel said Monday he has long supported cigarette tax hikes to provide “health care for others.” He says least $2 million of the $10 million in additional revenues will be used to provide health care coverage for 15,000 un-enrolled, but Medicaid-eligible children.

    Registered nurse Salanda Bowman, left, talks with part-time Kentucky Wesleyan College student Jason Ward, of Whitesville, about job openings at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital during a Regional Career and Job Fair in the Owensboro Sports Center in Owensboro, Ky.

    U.S. employers add 148K jobs; rate falls to 7.2 pct.

    The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. Still, hiring was strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent in August and nearly a five-year low.

    Researchers found high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies in three-fourths of samples they bought from women who advertised on the popular website, Only the Breast.

    New breast milk policy planned for online exchange

    An online breast milk exchange linked to bacteria contamination in a new study says it is changing its policies. Researchers found high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies in three-fourths of samples they bought from women who advertised on the popular website, Only the Breast.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad Air on Tuesday in San Francisco.

    Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays

    Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers.

    The Chicago-based parent company of United Airlines reports third-quarter results on Thursday, and investors will be looking for an update on its absorption of Continental Airlines, as well as how it is responding to new competition.

    Earnings preview: United Continental Holdings

    The Chicago-based parent company of United Airlines reports third-quarter results on Thursday, and investors will be looking for an update on its absorption of Continental Airlines, as well as how it is responding to new competition.

    Speculation slower growth in hiring will extend Federal Reserve stimulus lifted U.S. stocks and pushed the annual advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index within a percentage point of the best yearly gain in a decade. It was the fourth consecutive record close, up 10 points to 1,754.

    Fed stimulus hopes lift S&P 500 to another record

    The prospect of more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a fourth consecutive record close Tuesday. Investors also were encouraged by strong earnings from major U.S. companies such as Whirlpool, Delta Air Lines and Kimberly-Clark.


    West Dundee business pleads guilty to selling alcohol to minor

    Management from a West Dundee convenience store has pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to a minor and must now pay a $250 fine, plus court costs, Police Chief Andrew Wieteska said. “We take sale of liquor to minors very seriously," Wieteska said. "We take a zero tolerance position on that.”

    Netflix’s earnings quadrupled as its line-up of original programming helped the Internet video subscription service attract 1.3 million more U.S. subscribers during its latest quarter.

    Netflix’s 3Q earnings quadruple, stock soars

    Netflix’s earnings quadrupled as its line-up of original programming helped the Internet video subscription service attract 1.3 million more U.S. subscribers during its latest quarter. The third-quarter results announced Monday are the latest evidence of Netflix’s increasing popularity.


    Economist named fellow on US-China relations

    A leading Chinese economist will spend a month in Chicago to help highlight economic ties between the city and China. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced Monday that Yu Yongding is its 2013 Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellow on U.S.-China Relations.

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services’ net income fell 8 percent in the third quarter, as the lender set aside more funds to cover potential loan losses.

    Discover Financial’s profit falls 8 percent in 3Q

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services’ net income fell 8 percent in the third quarter, as the lender set aside more funds to cover potential loan losses. The credit card issuer also said Monday that sales volume for its namesake credit card rose 3 percent to about $28 billion in the July-September period versus a year earlier,

    Moline-baed Deere & Co. says it will lay off 100 more workers from its plant in Ankeny Iowa plant.

    Deere to lay off 100 more workers at Ankeny plant

    Moline-baed Deere & Co. says it will lay off 100 more workers from its plant in Ankeny Iowa plant.The Des Moines Register reports that the layoffs are being described as adjustments to meet market demand.

Life & Entertainment


    Boyfriend’s financial difficulties are troubling for her

    She is from a family that is comfortable financially, and she has zero debt. Her boyfriend of six months has significant student loans and almost $8,000 in medical and credit card debt. He wants to move in together, but his financial situation makes her wary.

    Linda Brazis of Naperville wants a room that inspires folks to stay long and allows people to move about freely.

    No one but the cat is comfortable

    My 20-by-12 living room, otherwise known as the "alley," is a spectacular collection lift chairs bought lovingly for my late husband, countless tables serving as the "office" to manage the medical bills, couches as old my children and torch lights.

    Michelle Pasterski of Chicago is looking for the right decor to feel at home in her apartment.

    Apartment living room

    I am design challenged! I appreciate so many different styles and can never settle on one look. I appreciate esthetically pleasing decor and after 2½ years living here, still don’t feel “comfortable and at home” because of the decor.

    Toasty Cheese is one of the food trucks that will roll into Schaumburg Boomers Stadium Oct. 26.

    From the food editor: ‘Food Truck Extravaganza’ and Don Mauer

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey clues you in on a food truck festival in Schaumburg, tells you what Aurelio's and Tuscany restaurants are doing to celebrate National Pizza Month and sends a hearty thanks to Don Mauer for 21 years of Lean and Lovin' it.

    “Veep” stars Matt Walsh, left, Timothy C. Simons, Anna Chlumsky and Reid Scott perform a scene from season two.

    Emmy-nominated Chlumsky among suburban actors on 'Veep'

    Emmy-nominated actress Anna Chlumsky, of Broadview, is one of several actors on HBO's comedy series, "Veep" with ties to the Chicago area. "We've definitely got some kind of Second City vibe goin' on," she said.

    Geoffrey Rush

    Geoffrey Rush to attend Chicago film festival

    Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush is scheduled to attend tonight’s screening of his new film “The Book Thief” during the Chicago International Film Festival.

    Hard boiled eggs add rich texture and flavor to mashed potatoes, as Penny Kazmier learned on a recent family vacation.

    Culinary adventures: Road trip leads to memorable mashers

    Earlier this month Penny Kazmier traveled to Texas. Excited by the prospect of tasting the Lone Star State’s famed smoked meats, barbecue and chili, she was surprised that the culinary highlight of the trip turned out to be mashed potatoes.

    British boy band The Wanted canceled their planned Wednesday visit to Barrington High School on Tuesday afternoon, citing scheduling issues. Some students instead will get to meet the band before their concert Wednesday night in Chicago.

    British band The Wanted cancels Barrington visit

    British boy band The Wanted have canceled their planned Wednesday visit to Barrington High School, citing scheduling issues. However, the five students who worked on the school’s music video set to the band’s song, “Glad You Came,” have been invited to meet the band in person before their Wednesday night performance in Chicago.

    Sean “Diddy” Combs opened his new Revolt TV music channel Monday on the steps of the Notorious B.I.G.’s old home, introducing a video for the late artist’s 1994 song, “Juicy.”

    Sean Combs begins his all-music network

    Sean Combs’ new Revolt channel launched with a nod to big dreams and its founder’s musical past, bringing a new outlet for music to television. Despite some technical glitches in its opening Monday, Combs aspires to nothing less than making Revolt the ESPN of music, with well-curated playlists and a strong focus on industry news. "The industry of music is just as important, or more important, as the industry of sports. Sports are covered in a serious manner and we want to follow in those footsteps,” Combs said.


    Call hotline if you believe kids may be in danger

    Reader says her neighbor is verbally abusive to her kids and drinks early in the morning, exhibiting bad behavior. Carolyn Hax says call Childhelp hotline for advice on what to do.

    Julia Roberts accepts the Hollywood Supporting Actress award at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday.

    Bullock, Roberts crowned at Hollywood Film Awards

    With talk of televising the Hollywood Film Awards Gala next year, stars at Monday’s ceremony enjoyed what could be their last unedited award show. Julia Roberts accepted her supporting actress award barefoot and multiple stars, including Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jack Black and Jane Fonda spouted expletives freely. Launching the awards season, the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton, brought together a slew of A-list stars to toast accomplishments — and share laughs.

    Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. E! News reports West proposed to Kardashian Monday.

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West are engaged

    Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged. E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday — her 33rd birthday in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

    Dolly Parton was treated and released at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital Monday after a car she was riding in was involved in an accident.

    Dolly Parton suffers minor injuries in car crash

    Dolly Parton is home resting after being treated and released for minor injuries she suffered in a car crash she described as “a fender bender.” Kirt Webster says Parton was already home Monday afternoon following the accident that happened shortly before noon in Nashville, Tenn.

    “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” a Fab Four show that has toured all over the world, returns to the Chicago area for two performances at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 26.

    Best bets: Beatles tribute 'Rain' comes to Rosemont

    "Rain," a tribute to the Beatles library of music, returns to Rosemont after a stint on Broadway. Alpacas make an appearance at a show all their own at the Lake County Fairgrounds this weekend. And Chazz Palminteri brings his one-man "Bronx Tale" to St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Sunday.

    Strawberry clover is a green manure crop to improve soils, with a bonus of pink flowers that make excellent tea.

    'Green manure' for lazy gardeners

    “Green manure,” doesn't use real manure at all, but provides even better results. Early on, farmers learned that their crops grew better where clover was present. Science later explained this phenomenon as nitrogen fixation, which is prevalent among all members of the pea family, particularly a group known as legumes.

    Hard boiled eggs add rich texture and flavor to mashed potatoes as Penny Kazmier learned on a recent trip to Texas.

    Judith’s Mashed Potatoes
    Judith's Mashed Potatoes

    Arteriors' Sydney lamp is made with an elegant curve of snowy marble. Rock- and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements. In many cases, real rocks and minerals are integrated into the decorative items.

    Right at home: Fall decor trend set in stone

    Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements. In many cases, real rocks and minerals are integrated into the decorative items. “I find that using pieces like petrified wood and malachite helps a space look more collected and layered,” says Los Angeles interior and product designer Hillary Thomas.

    Designer Tory Burch is now in the beauty business, the latest in a string of designers expanding their labels into a full face-to-toe look.

    Burch in beauty biz, using her measured approach

    Tory Burch is now in the beauty business, the latest in a string of designers expanding their labels into a full face-to-toe look. Burch’s approach is measured — just a body lotion, shower gel, perfume and single shades of lip color, cheek color and bronzer to start. It seems in line with the well-plotted growth of a business of ballet flats into an entire lifestyle brand. The beauty products were at least five years in the making, says Burch, and there were no giant hiccups in that timing. It just takes that long to get it right.

    Composer John Kander, left, and lyricist Greg Pierce, at the Vineyard Theatre in New York, have collaborated on three new musicals, including “The Landing,” which opens Wednesday, Oct. 23.

    Composer John Kander rides new creative wave at 86

    John Kander may be 86, but he sure doesn’t act it. There’s a youthful vitality that crackles about him. How many Tony-winning octogenarians are boyish enough to want to take a sneak peek inside the ladies’ room? Part of that is due to a creative wave flowing through Kander, sparked by his new collaboration with rising playwright and novelist Greg Pierce, who is some 50 years his junior. “We just like to write,” says Kander, sitting beside his new partner. “At one point, because I’m doing other stuff and he’s writing plays, we made a pact. I think the phrase was, ‘Let’s always be writing something.’”

    Abdulkadir Said played traditonal Somali music as visitors walked in during the grand opening of the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum in Minneapolis Saturday.

    Twin Cities museum showcases Somali art, culture

    A new museum showcasing Somali art and culture is now open in the Twin Cities. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins.

    “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid” by Jessica Alexander

    Author tells of life as humanitarian aid worker

    A common refrain among humanitarian aid workers, once you get to know them and they let their guard down, is “We can’t save everyone.” Jessica Alexander starts out more hopeful than that, only to find herself getting sucked into the same cynical trap as so many others in the field. Her journey is chronicled in “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid,” an enlightening but uneven memoir.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. speaks about PBS “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” documentary, which chronicles the African-American experience.

    PBS doc charts 5 centuries of African-American history

    Slavery in the U.S. was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Louis Gates Jr., who examines both its success and shame in “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” his new PBS documentary series airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday that traces 500 years of black history. “Slavery is a perfect example of why we need limits on the more unfortunate aspects of human nature,” he says. “Slavery was capitalism gone berserk.”

    Two robots, Boom Jet and Magna Charge, can switch body parts in “Skylanders Swap Force.”

    New ‘Skylanders’ divide and conquer

    As Activision’s Skylanders franchise has exploded in popularity, more parents have asked me: Is it as cool as it looks, or just a plot to separate my kids from their allowances? Who says it can’t be both? The wrinkle in the new “Skylanders Swap Force” is that some of the figurines that you place on the portal snap in two, and you can freely replace their tops and bottoms. While you can create more than 200 new characters, it all comes with a price.

    Mary J. Blige

    Blige to sing anthem before World Series opener

    Nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige will sing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox open on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.


    Illinois state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican whose support for same-sex marriage drew the ire of some conservatives, makes a point on the House floor during a session at the state Capitol last May.

    Editorial: It’s time for a vote on marriage equality in Illinois

    The Illinois House is overdue in voting to allow same-sex marriage and should take it up in the fall session, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    A House divided cannot govern

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Seldom does politics offer the rigor and certainty of science, but we have just witnessed a case that comes close. Tea Party leaders predicted that a shutdown strategy would result in mass uprising against Obamacare, forcing the political establishment to defund or delay it. In fact, Republicans were broadly blamed for overreach and the law became (in some polls) more popular.


    Red-light cameras not about safety
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: I was greeted by one of those dreaded red-light violation notices from the village of East Dundee today. Guilty as charged. The black-and-white nature of these violations, not taking into consideration real situational safety concerns, is one of the reasons I’m not going to patronize nor step foot within the city limits of East Dundee as long as they continue to maintain these red-light cameras.


    ‘Affordable’ doesn’t mean simple
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: If “Obama Care”, better known as the “ Affordable Care Act,” is so great and beneficial, then why are we advised to purchase “The Obama Care Survival Guide” for $19.99?


    Stop proof-texting our Constitution
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Enough already with bringing up the Founding Fathers in today’s disputes. I suspect most who do have never even read the papers of the men who wrote, argued over, fought for and passed the Constitution.


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    Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your HEALTH AND FITNESS section which is in Monday’s paper. Took me forever to find how to email you with this compliment. Keep up the good reporting on health issues, etc. Best part of your paper as far as I’m concerned.Diane A. PhilosNaperville


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