Daily Archive : Friday October 25, 2013


    In this May 24, 2000 file photo, Patsy Ramsey and her husband, John, parents of JonBenet Ramsey, at a news conference in Atlanta regarding their lie-detector examinations for the murder of their daughter.

    Grand jury indicted JonBenet Ramsey parents

    A grand jury found enough evidence to indict the parents of JonBenet Ramsey for child abuse and accessory to first-degree murder in the 6-year-old's death, newly unsealed documents revealed Friday, nearly a decade after DNA evidence cleared the couple.


    Fourth teen charged in girl’s rape

    A fourth Chicago teenager has been charged in the 2012 videotaped assault of a 12-year-old girl. Cook County state’s attorney spokesman Tandra Simon says aggravated criminal sexual assault charges were filed Friday against 16-year-old Dyquier Garrett.


    Palatine Library offers instructor led online courses
    The Palatine Public Library has acquired Learn4Life, offering cardholders access to instructor-led, online courses through the library’s website. “Learn4Life online courses enable residents to enroll in classes covering all types of topics and subjects,” said Librarian Kris Kenney.


    Gurnee resident returns home to fire

    A Gurnee resident who left her home only for an hour returned Friday afternoon to find it on fire, authorities said. The fire at the home on the 400 block of St. Andrews Lane was reported to authorities by the owner at 12:50 p.m., according to Lt. David Douglass of the Gurnee Fire Department.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius takes part in a panel discussion Friday to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act enrollment, in San Antonio.

    Health care website firm has cloudy connections

    The company chosen by the Obama administration to oversee the repair of the new federal health insurance website faced questions from lawmakers a year ago about whether it was an appropriate choice for earlier work on the site, given that it is owned by the country’s largest health insurance company.


    Bring old drugs to Hoffman Estates police

    Hoffman Estates residents can drop off unwanted prescription drugs, including controlled substances, at a prescription drug disposal event hosted by police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26,


    Small fire closes Libertyville McDonald’s

    A kitchen fryer caught fire and closed a McDonald’s restaurant in Libertyville for most of the day Friday, officials said. The fire at 1417 Peterson Road was reported to authorities about 10 a.m., but by the time firefighters got to the scene, the restaurant’s Ansul fire suppression system had already extinguished the fire, according to the Libertyville Fire Department.

    Thomas M. Schiferl

    Bartlett 4th of July committee ‘disappointed’ by theft

    Members of Bartlett’s resident-run Fourth of July Committee say they are disappointed that one of their members has been charged with taking more than $4,000 from the committee for his personal use.

    A young cardinal dines on a breakfast of seeds on the patio of an Arlington Heights home. A sibling was nearby, and a male cardinal was watching over the youngsters from a perch on the seat wall of the patio.

    PERSPECTIVE JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com

    The Ecker Center in Elgin has taken over some of the programs from the Larkin Center since it closed last week.

    Larkin Center seeks county cash for staff’s final paychecks

    Kane County is being asked to give an emergency $20,000 to the Larkin Center in Elgin, to help the agency pay workers as it completes its shutdown. It closed suddenly Oct. 18, on three days' notice. Some of its programs have been taken on by other agencies.


    Alderman upset about number of marijuana tickets

    A Chicago alderman who predicted that an ordinance allowing police to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana would bring in as much as $7 million wants to know why after 14 months the city has collected less than $70,000.Alderman Danny Solis said that he plans to meet Monday with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to ask whether officers are properly enforcing the ordinance.

    This is an artist’s rendering of the Menominee Nation’s proposed casino at the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Dog Track in Kenosha, Wis.

    Wisconsin governor delays decision on Kenosha casino

    Gov. Scott Walker decided Friday to delay his announcement on whether he will approve the Menominee Nation’s plans for a new $800 million casino in Kenosha. The Menominee have been pushing for years to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying it will help pull their people out of poverty. The U.S. Department of the Interior gave the tribe the go-ahead in August, but federal law grants...

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to enter prison within several weeks.

    Jackson to sell D.C. home to pay $750,000 judgment

    Prison-bound former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. plans to sell his home in Washington, D.C., to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture judgment — part of his sentence for illegally dipping into his campaign coffers and spending the money on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, furs capes, vacations, TVs and scores of other personal items. The Chicago Democrat’s attorneys and federal prosecutors mentioned the plan...

    Bottles of Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey sit side by side at a Louisville, Ky., liquor store.

    Jack Daniel’s in legal fight over bottle designs

    The suit notes what it said are the similarities between the packing for Jack Daniel’s and the Popcorn Sutton spirit. Both bottles are square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes, the suit said.

    This combination shows Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Debris left by Superstorm Sandy, where the boardwalk had been in front of Lucky Leo’s arcade in Seaside Heights, N.J., and people walking at the rebuilt area nearly a year later.

    A year after Sandy, a slow recovery for thousands

    Billions of dollars in federal aid appropriated months ago by Congress have yet to reach homeowners who need that money to move on. Many have found flood insurance checks weren’t nearly enough to cover the damage.

    The American flag flies on top of the U.S. embassy in front of the Reichstag building that houses the German Parliament in Berlin.

    Germany, France want U.S. to agree to curb spying

    A former French counterintelligence agent says the European allies will likely demand the Americans sign off on a “code of good conduct” for intelligence-gathering, and could use the espionage dispute as leverage against the United States in upcoming trade talks.


    Gary airport enters talks with Washington firm

    Officials at the Gary-Chicago International Airport have announced they have entered into exclusive talks with a Washington-based company to run the facility.


    Teen hit in head with arrow

    Authorities say preventable mistakes are to blame in an archery accident that has left a central Illinois teenager hospitalized.


    Elgin plans tech upgrade to better serve residents, businesses

    The city of Elgin is planning a technology overhaul that will allow residents, business owners and city employees to get things done much more efficiently, officials said.The $718,300 project “ ... brings us to 2013 technology, meaning this is all technology that we can later develop smart devices apps for,” city management analyst Dan Ault said.

    Hannah Andrzejewski

    Chicago police find Lisle girl who had gone missing

    Chicago police have found a 16-year-old Lisle girl who had been missing since Monday and reunited her with her family, authorities said Friday.

    Officials investigate the scene where a car crashed into a townhouse early Friday morning in Hainesville.

    No injuries but homes destroyed in Hainesville SUV crash, fire

    A townhouse building in Hainesville burned for about three hours Friday morning, bursting into flames when a car crashed into the building and struck its gas line, authorities said. “That’s what woke us up,” said Ryan Crothers, who lives with his wife and three children in a neighboring unit. He said he looked outside and saw flames around the side of the building. “We grabbed our three young...

    This is the site of Thursday’s accident on Higgins Road, near the bridge over I-90 in Rosemont..

    East Dundee man killed in 4-car Rosemont crash

    A 37-year-old East Dundee man was killed Thursday night in a four-vehicle crash on Higgins Road in Rosemont that might have involved drag racing, police say.

    John Thomas Folda, bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese.

    North Dakota bishop exposes churchgoers to hepatitis A

    State health officials say they are not sure exactly how many churchgoers might have been exposed. A church official from one affected church said about 25 people there received communion from the bishop.


    Aurora man killed in Batavia Twp. crash

    An Aurora man has died after his car struck a tree Friday morning in Batavia Township, authorities said. Christopher Saumell, 27, was pronounced dead at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora following the single-vehicle crash at about 8:15 a.m. on Deerpath Road south of Mooseheart Road, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.


    Suspect slain in Mojave Desert shooting spree

    A sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect’s car and a pursuit began over roughly 30 miles of highway, through arid stretches of desert. The suspect ran traffic off the road, firing at least 10 times from inside his black Dodge Dart with a shotgun and a handgun. No motorists were hurt.


    FDA panel backs Gilead Sciences’ hepatitis C drug

    Food and Drug Administration advisers have unanimously voted in favor of a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences that holds promise for millions of Americans infected with the liver-destroying virus.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Judge to decide in 2 weeks if law ordering new Lake County election panel is legal

    A judge will take two weeks to decide whether the controversial state law ordering the creation of a Lake County election commission is legal.

    Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg now serves inmates only two meals per day.

    Fewer meals for inmates costlier than thought

    Feeding prisoners two daily meals instead of three seems like it should save money, but substituting breakfast and lunch for “brunch” at Illinois’ two dozen state prisons could cost several million dollars. Disappointed lawmakers learned this week that it cost the Illinois Department of Corrections $200,000 to convert each of the prisons in Canton and Galesburg to the brunch and dinner system.

    Sandy G. Kinsey

    Carpentersville woman charged with selling heroin to cops

    A 20-year-old woman from Carpentersville is accused of selling heroin to undercover officers on Oct. 15 and Thursday near a Carpentersville park. Sandy G. Kinsey was being held on $200,000 bail and faces six to 30 years in prison with no chance of probation if convicted on the most severe charges.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian W. Henryson, 49, of Algonquin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday along Randall Road near Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Humberto Santellanes, 40, of Aurora, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08 and improper lane use after a traffic stop at 11:56 p.m. Oct. 19 on Mountain Street near Farnsworth Road near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Des Plaines OKs two new cops - but one’s a dog

    One new Des Plaines police officer and a crime-fighting K9 partner are expected to hit the streets next year — but that’s far fewer than the number of additional positions requested by the police department in this year’s budget discussions.

    Get ready for Ventra, which will become the only CTA and Pace ticket in town by mid-December.

    Changes coming to Pace with Ventra transition

    Pace riders will face some changes as the agency shifts over to a new fare system called Ventra. Among the proposed revisions to existing products are the elimination of Pace’s 10-Ride Plus ticket and the end of giving transfers to cash-paying customers.

    President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against the hapless website and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare.

    White House picks new boss to fix health care website

    Next week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill.Visiting a community health center on Friday in Austin, Texas, Sebelius said that “in an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing.”

    Marge Petronis of Wheaton will join roughly 6,500 other “Silver Sisters” this weekend in Chicago.

    Wheaton resident ditches hair dye, struts with Silver Sisters

    Wheaton resident Marge Petronis is one of a group of gray-haired ladies celebrating their natural hair color, called the Silver Sisters, who will be descending on Chicago this weekend for their fourth annual "meet-up." “At that time I had no idea it was going to be my last time,” the Wheaton resident said, “but that’s the last time it was colored.”


    Downers Grove doctor screens Naperville students’ hearts

    A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated. “We’ve identified hundreds of kids who have life-threatening cardiac conditions,” said Dr. Joseph Marek, a...


    Get “Blonde” at Wauconda High:

    Wauconda High School will present the musical “Legally Blonde” Nov. 21-23. Based on the hit movie of the same name, the show will begin at 7 p.m. each night.


    Input sought for state road program:

    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host two webinars to provide input into the Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for 2015-2020.

    Cargo Equipment Corporation, a leading supplier of load securement equipment and supplies headquartered in Elgin, will be relocating into a planned 40,000-square-foot building within Huntley Corporate Park near the newly-opened Interstate 90 and Route 47 interchange. The manufacturer — in business since 1962 — has outgrown its current facility off Route 31 near I-90 in Elgin where the business has operated for the past 20 years.

    Cargo Equipment manufacturer moving from Elgin to Huntley

    Cargo Equipment Corp., a leading supplier of load securement equipment and supplies headquartered in Elgin, will be relocating into a planned 40,000-square-foot building within Huntley Corporate Park near the newly opened Interstate 90 and Route 47 interchange. “We are just maxed out in our building that we are at now,” Cargo President Jeff Iden said. “We’re going to add some more machinery.”


    Wrong-way driver strikes squad car on I-294, faces charges

    A 71-year-old Maywood man is facing multiple charges after he was found driving the wrong way on I-294 Thursday night and struck an Illinois State Police squad car, authorities said. Otis T. Green has been charged with fleeing and eluding, speeding, improper lane usage, driving on the shoulder, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting a peace officer, reckless conduct and reckless driving...


    Ghost stories:

    Grayslake Historical Society president Charlotte Renehan will tell stories about local places that are said to be haunted on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.


    Bar fight yields arrests:

    Two brothers face charges following a bar fight in Antioch, police said. Police were called to the Limerick Bar, 912 Toft St., about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 19, for a fight, according to a news release.


    Palatine man facing federal fraud charges

    Two men, including one from Palatine, are facing federal fraud charges related to a real estate development scheme that lost 25 investors $5.5 million, authorities said. Arthur Lin, 39, of Palatine, and Marcin Malarz, 48, formerly of Lake Forest, were indicted by a federal grand jury recently and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Charles Amrich

    Shortfall discovered in Island Lake police pension fund

    A shortfall has been discovered in Island Lake’s police pension fund, village officials have confirmed. An auditor is looking into the issue and trying to determine how much money is missing, Mayor Charles Amrich said during Thursday’s village board meeting.

    Logan Baker

    Geneva man guilty in West Chicago revenge stabbing

    A Geneva man who admitted stabbing a gang rival in West Chicago was sentenced Friday to five years in prison but could go to boot camp instead. Logan Baker, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the July 22 attack on the 300 block of Wilson Street.

    Lafi Lealaua, looking left, huddles with his teammates on the Fox Valley Maoris Rugby Football Club after their win over the Green Bay Celtics. Lealaua considers his teammates his family, often referring to them as brothers. It's a close-knit group.

    Moving Picture: Samoan at home on Fox Valley rugby team

    Lafitaga Lealaua moved from his native Samoa to Elgin five years ago, and immediately sought out a club to play his favorite sport of rugby. He quickly found the Fox Valley Marois Rugby Football Club and now he plays for the camaraderie almost as much as the sport itself. “Inside the game, we're always hitting each other,” Lealaua says, “At the end, after 80 minutes, and we're...

    The storage tank, bottom, which workers detected the water dripping from the top, at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Japan. The operator of the Fukushima plant has ordered workers near the coast to move to higher ground.

    Fukushima evacuated after 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site.Japan’s Meteorological Agency raised a 3-foot tsunami warning for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast,

    Fred Norris laughs as he is greeted by Bob and Diana MacNeille of St. Charles after being announced as the winner of the 29th annual William D. Barth Award in Geneva Thursday. The award is given by TriCity Family Services.

    Former St. Charles mayor Fred Norris given Barth Award

    Fred Norris was instrumental in getting TriCity Family Services off the ground in the late 1960s, and since then he has a long list of organizations he has headed or been part of, and numerous civic honors to show for it. TriCity Family Services added one more Thursday night: the William D. Barth Award for community service. “It's we, us, together and always a team effort when...

    Lynne Stetz was a junior in the Libertyville High School band and played for Sen. John F. Kennedy's visit to Cook Park on Oct. 25, 1960.

    Oct. 25, 1960: John Kennedy campaigned among Republicans in the suburbs

    On Oct. 25, 1960, two weeks before the election, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy campaigned in several suburban Chicago communities. He kicked off the motorcade in Des Plaines and visited Barrington, Lake Zurich, Wheeling, Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora and Elmhurst. “That is what we are going to do; we are campaigning where the Republicans...


    Suburbs turned out to see Kennedy, but didn’t vote for him

    Though John F. Kennedy’s tour of the suburbs on Oct. 25, 1960, is remembered locally as a historic event, it didn’t seem to translate into many votes. Kennedy lost all of the collar counties while he won Illinois, narrowly defeating Richard Nixon on the strength of the Chicago vote. Four years later, after Kennedy’s assassination, Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson fared better than Kennedy had in the...

    Bulgarian authorities said Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 that DNA tests have confirmed that a 35-year-old Roma woman is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece known as Maria.

    Tests prove Roma couple are mystery girl’s parents

    DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple are the parents of a mysterious girl in Greece known as Maria, authorities said Friday. Genetic profiles of Sasha Ruseva and her husband, Atanas, matched that of the girl, said Svetlozar Lazarov, an Interior Ministry official. Ruseva has said she gave birth to a baby girl four years ago in Greece while working as an olive picker, and gave the...

    Dale Perrin

    Lake Zurich closing Ela Road section 2 weeks for water main work

    Lake Zurich is getting ready to embark on a water main replacement project that’ll necessitate closure of a village street for two weeks. Public Works Manager Michael Brown said a roughly three-block section of Ela Road will be shut down starting Monday, Nov. 4, between Rand Road and Route 22. Plans call for Ela to reopen to traffic the evening of Monday, Nov. 18.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the world leaders who are trying to cope following allegations of massive electronic monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Chatty leaders vulnerable to foreign surveillance

    The world has changed since 1929, when U.S. Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson shut down the State Department’s code-breaking office, declaring “gentlemen don’t read others’ mail.” In the current age of surveillance, world leaders — who are by their very nature uber-communicators — are especially vulnerable to communications snooping by friends and foes alike. Here’s how some are trying to cope...

    Michelle Walsh, president of the Mount Prospect Education Association, addresses the Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 school board during a recent meeting, with fellow union members behind her. The union and district have decided to ask a federal mediator to help them reach a contract agreement.

    Mount Prospect District 57, teachers union turn to mediation

    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 and its teachers union have decided to enlist the help of a federal mediator in ongoing contract negotiations. The district announced the decision earlier this week. saying in a prepared statement that the decision was a joint one, and that the parties involved will attempt to “reach a contract agreement that is in the best interest of all District 57...

    Elaine Nekritz

    Nekritz uses a football term: Pension reform 'at the one-yard line'
    State lawmakers took some heat this week for only briefly meeting in Springfield to put together a deal to tackle the state's $100 billion in pension debt. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat who's been near the front of the debate, is tired of the football analogies but says, "We really are at the one-yard line."

    A horse-drawn carriage shares the road with a taxi in New York’s Central Park. Bill de Blasio, who is leading in the polls as he is seeking the New York City Mayorís Office, supports a plan to replace the horses with old-timey electric cars hired to take tourists on slow-speed jaunts around Central Park.

    Mayoral politics threaten NYC horse-carriage rides

    Horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of New York — an experience nearly as old as the city itself — could be clip-clopping to a halt. Animal activists who have long argued that horses have no place mixing in the traffic of the nation’s biggest city now have the backing of both leading candidates for mayor. And the front-runner heading into the Nov. 5 election, Democrat Bill de Blasio,...

    Jeff Hall, who was killed by his son, holds a Neo Nazi flag while standing at Sycamore Highlands Park near his home in Riverside, Calif. On Friday Oct. 25, 2013 a judge will to determine where Hall’s son will spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years. The judge hearing the case in Riverside County must decide not how to punish a child for second-degree murder, but how to rehabilitate someone who grew up in an abusive home.

    Boy who killed Nazi dad at age 10 to be sentenced

    The boy was 10 when he put a gun to the head of his sleeping neo-Nazi father and pulled the trigger. It was over in an instant for Jeff Hall, but sorting out the fate of his troubled son has been a 2 1/2-year journey that approaches its final stage Friday in a hearing to determine where he’ll spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years.

    Patricia Cassidy with her dog, Doodles, at the veterinarian in Chattanooga, Tenn., after doodles had been diagnosed with kidney failure. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.

    FDA proposes rules to make animal food safer

    Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer. The rules stem from a sweeping food safety law passed by Congress almost three years ago. Like rules proposed earlier this year for human food, they would focus on preventing contamination before it begins.


    Former spy chief gets eavesdropping lesson

    Former National Security Agency chief Michael V. Hayden learned a lesson about eavesdropping aboard an Amtrak train to Newark: Don’t talk on the phone where people can hear you.

    These four little boys from an orphanage in Lesotho received bikes from the shipment sent in May.

    Lombard employee brings bikes, joy to African nation

    Dave Gorman has always been an adventure junkie. Lombard's assistant director of public works has canoed in the Everglades, kayacked along the coast of Hawaii, competed in Ironman triathlons and marathons. But his bike ride this July across the country of Lesotho in southern Africa was his most challenging -- and satisfying -- trek yet.

    The U.S. flag flies at the main entrance of the U.S. embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday.European Union leaders on Friday vowed to maintain a strong trans-Atlantic partnership despite their anger over allegations of widespread U.S. spying on its allies.

    German spy chiefs to head to U.S. for talks

    German officials will travel to the U.S. “shortly” for talks about spying allegations, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency, the government said Friday.

    Fairgrounds Police secure a barricade around the Vortex after an accident closed the ride just after 9 p.m. on Thursday at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, N.C.

    5 people injured in ride mishap at NC State Fair

    An accident on a ride at the North Carolina State Fair injured five people. A preliminary investigation indicates that passengers may have been injured when the “Vortex” ride started up again as they were getting off, about 9:17 p.m. Thursday, fair spokesman Brian Long said.

    Darren Black Bear, left, and his soon to be husband Jason Pickel near Jason’s home in Oklahoma City.

    Gay couple in Oklahoma to marry despite ban

    Darren Black Bear hasn’t thought too much about his upcoming nuptials. Maybe khaki pants, and he doesn’t mind if guests show up in Halloween costumes even though the wedding will be a rare sight: He and his partner are getting legally married in Oklahoma even though the state bans same-sex marriage. How? His bloodline.

    Two Western diplomats say U.S. officials have briefed them on documents obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that might expose the intelligence operations of their respective countries.

    AP sources: Foreign help to U.S. could be exposed

    Two Western diplomats say U.S. officials have briefed them on documents obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that might expose the intelligence operations of their respective countries and their level of cooperation with the U.S.

    Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.

    FDA wants limits on most prescribed painkillers

    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone...

    I took this photo of an oldbare tree out in Burlington. I thought it was spooky and called it “Children of the Night”

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 21st.

    Actress and author Octavia Spencer speaks to students Thursday at Young Elementary School in Aurora. The Oscar-winning actress, who was in the area to promote her new children’s book, urged students to “pay attention to everything” and “dream big.”

    Dawn Patrol: 1 dead in Higgins Road crash; Elgin road closures

    Oscar-winning actress to Aurora students: Dream big; Lisle police still have no leads on missing teen; 1 dead in 4-vehicle crash that closes Higgins Road; crash on Elgin-O'Hare closes some lanes; Wadsworth home catches fire; Police: Bartlett man misused committee's debit card; road closures starting Friday in Elgin


    Congressmen say bill would speed waterways projects

    EAST ALTON — A pair of Congressmen from central and southwestern Illinois say a U.S. House bill they helped pass would speed up urgent repairs on locks, dams and levees and other projects on the state’s waterways.


    Sixth-grader has worn Packers jersey for nearly three years

    A sixth-grader in western Wisconsin proudly wears a green and gold jersey in support of his favorite team — the Green Bay Packers. And, it’s a shirt he’s worn every day for nearly three years.


    Chicago man dies after stopping to assist at Mich. crash scene

    Officials say a Chicago man who stopped to assist at the scene of a western Michigan crash was hit and killed along with a motorist from Wisconsin. The crash happened Thursday night along a stretch of Interstate 196 in Allegan County’s Saugatuck Township that was slick from sleet and snow that had fallen.


    Chicago police shoot woman wielding butcher knife

    Police responding to a domestic disturbance in Chicago have shot and killed a woman who threatened officers with a butcher knife. A statement from the Police Department’s News Affairs office says the confrontation took place Thursday evening in the South Side Roseland neighborhood.


    Gunman surrenders in NC drugstore standoff

    A gunman surrendered to authorities after releasing three people he held hostage in a North Carolina drugstore early Friday after a robbery attempt, police said. The gunman surrendered several hours after releasing the hostages who were in the store when he tried to rob it, Belmont Police Sgt. John Wilson said.

    Maj. Gen. Max Haston, right, Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard, speaks at a news conference near a Guard armory where two Guard members were shot Thursday in Millington, Tenn. At left is Tennessee National Guard spokesman Randy Harris.

    Tenn. Guard recruiter held in superiors’ shooting

    Subdued by fellow soldiers and arrested by local police, a Tennessee National Guardsman was being held Friday and awaiting charges in the shooting of two of his superiors at an armory north of Memphis. The sergeant first class, whose name was not released, had been disciplined before he opened fire with a handgun Thursday at the armory in Millington, Tenn., according to a law enforcement official...

    Pope Francis, in white at front, with the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museum, a fundraising organization for restoring the Vatican’s artistic treasures, on the occasion of their audience, at the Clementine Hall, at the Vatican.

    Vatican’s U.S. donors get access for a $500 pittance

    They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing with the Latin chants of a choir filling the frescoed hall. The donors to the Vatican Museums got serious VIP treatment during their recent visit to Rome: lectures on museum restoration projects, catered dinners in museum galleries, a vespers service in the Sistine Chapel celebrated by papal...

    Keith Johns

    Debate about $30,000 bill delayed in Island Lake

    A planned discussion of a $30,000 bill from a consultant that was publicly contested by an Island Lake trustee this summer was postponed Thursday night.

    Alex Hurrell has dropped off more than 1,000 toys to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project.

    Eagle Scout candidate delivers more than 1,000 toys to Lutheran General

    When 13-year-old Alex Hurrell had his tonsils out at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge last December, a simple stuffed toy helped ease his anxiety. On Thursday, the Eagle Scout candidate dropped off the last of more than 1,000 toys to the hospital, hoping he can do the same for other kids. “I know that there are kids at the hospital that are sicker than I was. I wanted to...

    Candy Crush Saga has 500 levels. This is what Level 197 looks like.

    Poll Vault: What social media apps are you addicted to?

    We interrupt this game of Candy Crush Saga to ask an important question: Which social media apps are you addicted to?


    Nuggets guard Nate Robinson, right, hugs former teammate and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich before Friday’s game. “It was a very special season,” Robinson said of his time in Chicago. “I miss it. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.”

    Bulls complete perfect preseason

    Derrick Rose and the Bulls wrapped up the preseason with a 94-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at the United Center. While the Bulls went unbeaten in preseason for the first time since 1992, Rose averaged 20.7 points and 5 assists in the exhibitions.


    Vernon Hills powers into 2A sectional semis

    Vernon Hills 5, Chicago Senn 1: At Vernon Hills on Friday night, the Cougars captured their second regional championship in school history, while also collecting their school-record 11th win.Vernon Hills (11-5-2) got on the board early with a goal from senior David White (at 1:11) and stayed ahead in the Class 2A regional final.Jeremy Cohen scored at 2:22, and Chris White added a goal in the 13th minute for the Cougars. David White added his second goal, and Ilya Kravtsev also scored. Brad Burrows had 2 assists, while Ryan Bryson and Mathew Hong also assisted on goals.Vernon Hills advances to the semifinals of the Grayslake North sectional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Cougars will meet Marian Central, which edged Woodstock North 4-3 on Friday.“The staff and school couldn’t be more proud and excited for this group,” Cougars coach Mike McCaulou said. “The boys deserve this and have come so far together this season as a team. To be a part of school history is special for these kids and we just want them to keep wanting more and working for more.”


    Burlington Central finishes with a win

    The season ended too soon for Burlington Central. The Rockets ended the year on a roll, winning 3 of their last 4 after knocking North Boone out of playoff contention with a 28-14 victory Friday night. Both teams finished 4-5 and 3-3 in the Big Northern East.

    Jacobs’ Cody Ferencz celebrates after recovering a fumble by Dundee-Crown during Friday night’s game in Algonquin. The Golden Eagles rolled to a 34-7 win and take a 7-2 record and seven-game winning streak into the playoffs.

    Jacobs handles Dundee-Crown for 7th win

    The song “Jump Around” by House of Pain blared in the Jacobs locker room minutes after the jubilant Golden Eagles defeated Dundee-Crown 34-7 Friday night to complete an undefeated march to the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title. Jumping around like a teenager was coach Bill Mitz, who began his career at Stevenson in 1977. The now-gray-haired leader of the Golden Eagles had reason to celebrate with his players after Jacobs won its seventh straight game and clinched the school’s first outright, undefeated conference or division title in its 39th attempt. Jacobs shared the FVC title with Crystal Lake Central in 1979


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


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


    Source: Sox have hitting coach lined up

    Sources confirmed an MLB.com report, and the White Sox will hire Todd Steverson from the Oakland A's organization as their new hitting coach. The official announcement will come after the World Series ends.


    Maine West thumps Maine East

    Maine West wrapped up a 2-7 season in about the best way possible: With a victory.The host Warriors defeated Maine East 54-27 to earn their first Central Suburban North triumph of the season. they finished 1-4 in league play.


    Waubonsie Valley rolls over Metea

    Tailback Jon Fizer helped Waubonsie Valley improve its playoff scenario while halting Metea Valley’s altogether.


    Schaumburg rolls on emotional night

    Schaumburg demonstrated some championship traits Friday, both on and off the field, with a 38-13 win over Palatine. While preparing for their game against the Pirates and a quest for a share of the Mid-Suburban West championship, the Saxons were also preparing to share the spotlight with a former standout in the program, Eric Von Schaumburg. Von Schaumburg, 30, a member of the 1999 Saxons state team, was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease in June. Since that time, the Saxons have adopted Eric’s cause, with a share motto of “Fight Like a Champion.” The Saxons (8-1, 4-1) were led onto the field by Von Schaumburg, honorary captain for Friday’s game. And then they honored him with some championship-caliber play.

    Justin Jackson of Glenbard North runs the ball against Wheaton North Friday.

    Jackson, Glenbard N. run to DVC title

    Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson had a one-word self-assessment of his performance early in Friday’s game at Wheaton North: horrible.By the end of the game, however, he produced a much different universal assessment: awesome.Led by Jackson’s 43 carries for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns, Glenbard North claimed its second straight outright DuPage Valley Conference title with a 33-13 win over Wheaton North.


    Elk Grove downs Prospect

    Averaging 37.5 points per game in the Mid-Suburban East this season, Elk Grove’s offense got a lot of attention from Prospect’s defense when the two teams closed out the regular season on a brisk Friday night in Mt. Prospect. The Knights were stellar, keeping the Grens out of the end zone all night. However, Elk Grove’s defense was not to be outdone at George Gattas Stadium. With a playoff berth riding on the outcome, the Grenadiers’ defense made Travon Royal’s 37-yard field goal with 5:38 in the first quarter stand up for a 3-0 victory.


    Kaneland returns to form

    Dylan Nauert never expected a running clock against a four-time state champion. But that is exactly what transpired in Morris Friday night as Kaneland regrouped from its first loss during its four-year existence in the Northern Illinois Big XII East last week against Sycamore with 42 unanswered points.


    Brey, Lakes get it done

    Mike Brey picked up where he left off last week. The senior scored 3 touchdowns to lead Lakes past host Mundelein 35-21 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday night.


    Carmel completes season with victory

    Carmel 24, Notre Dame 21: The visiting Corsairs ended their season on a positive note, capturing the East Suburban Catholic Conference finale by upsetting the Dons in Niles.Notre Dame fell to 6-3 and finished 3-3 in the ESCC.Carmel finished 2-7 and 2-4 in the conference.


    North Chicago handles Round Lake

    North Chicago 49, Round Lake 20: The visiting Warhawks prevailed the season finale for both squads.North Chicago, which snapped a four-game losing streak, finished 4-5 and 2-4 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Round Lake fell to 1-8, 0-6 with its seventh straight defeat.“We had goals of finishing better than we will, but that being said, I am very proud of our guys and their hard work,” first-year Round Lake coach Jordan Eder said this week. “We are trying to build a program here, and that can’t happen right away. It will take time and a lot of hard work. I’m very proud of our seniors for buying in this year and setting the bar high for our expectations of this program moving forward. In every loss we had this year our kids continued to fight and play hard at every level, and that’s all we can ask for. We will work very hard this off season and continue to improve each year.”

    Lake Zurich’s Brent Sweetwood is tackled by Stevenson’s Sam Oriatti after making a catch during Friday’s NSC Lake showdown in Lincolnshire.

    Stevenson wraps up NSC Lake title

    Host Stevenson trailed against Lake Zurich 17-0 at one point but bounced back to win 24-17 and claim its fifth North Suburban Lake Division crown in the last nine years.


    Montini blanks Aurora Central to complete 9-0 regular season

    Montini wasted no time in showing why it is the top-ranked team in Illinois, scoring three first-quarter touchdowns on its way to defeating Aurora Central Catholic 47-0 Friday night in Aurora.


    Tough ending for St. Viator

    The St. Viator football team knew it was going to be in for a tough battle with St. Patrick on Friday night at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights. The Lions needed a win to finish 6-3 and secure a playoff spot. The Shamrocks had other things in mind. St. Patrick came out strong, led 20-0 by halftime and went on to a 41-13 win over the Lions in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

    Batavia's Rourke Mullins score the first touchdown of the night over Elgin in the first quarter on Friday, October 25.

    Batavia clinches UEC River outright

    Batavia put the final touches on its third straight Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship Friday with a 62-14 win over Elgin, a pretty fitting final score given the gap between the Bulldogs and the rest of the River these past three years.


    Booker paces big win for Grayslake North

    Grayslake North 55, Woodstock North 37: Titus Booker rushed 26 times for 274 yards and 5 touchdowns, as the visiting Knights closed out the regular season with their seventh win.Grayslake North (7-2), which finished 5-1 in the FVC Fox, also received a big game from Merrick Gentile. The sophomore quarterback rushed for 111 yards and 3 TDS on just 8 carries.


    Lake Forest tops never-say-die Warren

    Fired up on senior night for their “Pink Out” game, Lake Forest led from the opening quarter on en route to a 31-19 win over Warren in the two teams’ regular-season finale. Lake Forest (7-2) finished 4-2 in the North Suburban Lake, while Warren (6-3) ended up 3-3 in the division. Both squads are playoff-bound.


    Geneva handles Streamwood for 6th straight win

    Short field. Short touchdown runs. Short game. Geneva used that trifecta to trounce visiting Streamwood 55-6 Friday night in an Upstate Eight River contest that gave the Vikings six straight wins heading into postseason play. After getting scorched for 45 points by Metea Valley last week, Geneva (7-2, 5-1) needed a solid defensive effort — and got it to the tune of seven sacks and holding the Sabres to 41 yards rushing.


    Brauner, Buffalo Grove do it again

    For the second time in as many games, Drew Brauner rode in from out of nowhere to save the day for Buffalo Grove. The sophomore struck his second game-winner of the week, stunning Class 3A regional host Palatine 2-1 to help the Bison move on to Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Mundelein. They’ll meet No. 14 Carmel, which defeated Fremd in shootout late Friday night in Mundelein.


    Neuqua Valley toughs out win over Bartlett

    The Neuqua Valley football team completed its second consecutive undefeated season in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play on Friday night, but it didn’t come easy against host Bartlett. The Hawks (3-6, 2-4) battled back from a 20-0 deficit after one quarter to pull within 26-20 in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats (8-1, 6-0) held on for a 34-20 win at Millennium Field in Streamwood. Without starting quarterback Broc Rutter in the second half, the Wildcats stuck to the ground as Nolan Dean gained 96 of his 124 rushing yards in the half and Mikey Dudek’s third touchdown of the night on a 56-yard run with 4:42 left in the game sealed the win.


    Fenton leaves no doubt

    Fenton needed a win in Friday’s regular-season finale against Riverside-Brookfield to punch its ticket to the playoffs. And win the Bison did in decisive fashion.


    With regrets, Grayslake Central’s season is over

    Coming up short is never enjoyable. The little things, such as leaving a putt short on the golf course or hitting a baseball to the warning track, provide momentary disbelief. Failing to capitalize on an opportunity to make the state playoffs brings with it a bit more disappointment as Grayslake Central and its fans experienced Friday night in a 30-20 loss to Woodstock in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division season finale.


    Fulfilling victory for Barrington

    Barrington is ready. For anything. For any opponent. Bring ’em on next weekend, in the Class 8A playoffs. Who could blame the Broncos (8-1, 4-1) for being confident after they earned a piece of their first Mid-Suburban West title in nine years and likely secured a nice seed for the playoffs as well with Friday night’s regular season-ending 41-0 win over visiting Hoffman Estates. And Barrington showed it’s ready on both sides of the ball and every aspect of the game. “All three phases,” said quarterback Daniel Kubiuk after efficiently directing his offense with a 15-of-22 passing performance for 195 yards and 2 TDs.


    St. Charles East clinches playoff berth

    Brannon Barry got the St. Charles East football team going Friday night by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Saints never looked back. STC East clinched a playoff berth by earning its sixth victory with a 55-12 win over Larkin at Memorial Field.


    WW South likes the new talent

    Wheaton Warrenville South was down to no healthy running backs for its regular-season finale at Glenbard East Friday night.


    Crystal Lake South turns out the lights on Huntley

    No, Austin Rogers didn’t sell popcorn at halftime. But the senior, playing in his last high school football game, did everything else. Responsible for all 4 of Crystal Lake South’s touchdowns, Rogers ran for 2 touchdowns, threw for another and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Gators to a 27-7 win over Huntley in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play at South’s Ken Bruhn Field Friday night.

    Hersey quarterback Jack Warner throws a pass as teammate Danny Somary blocks Wheeling’s Allan Rodriguez on Friday.

    Hersey gets share of MSL East title

    Don’t blame Hersey football coach Dragan Teonic if he places stickers with the number 37 on his team’s helmets heading into next week’s playoffs. The Huskies finished off their regular season by scoring a 37-29 Mid-Suburban East victory over Wheeling (2-7, 1-4). By ending the season in a 3-way tie for the East Division title with Rolling Meadows and Elk Grove, the Huskies (6-3, 4-1) earned their first MSL divisional title since 1976, a 37-year dry spell. “In four years, we went from 0-5 to 4-1 and the conference champs, and that’s a great thing,” Teonic said. “I’m proud of our guys.”


    Libertyville finishes up with victory

    In what turned out to be a microcosm of Libertyville’s topsy-turvy season, the visiting Wildcats battled back from a second-half deficit to pull away from Zion-Benton on Friday night and win the North Suburban Lake and season finale for both teams 35-16. Libertyville senior running back Conor Simpson went out in style, rushing for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Riley Lees also scored a pair of TDs for the winners, tallying on a 7-yard run to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, then racing 76 yards on a kickoff return to give his team the lead for good 21-16 in the third quarter.


    Cloe helps Antioch return to playoffs

    Thanks to a ground game that piled up 412 yards and an opportunistic defense, Antioch earned its playoff-qualifying fifth win of the season and fourth in a row by defeating Vernon Hills 46-15 Friday night. With 44 total playoff points, Antioch should qualify for the Class 5A playoffs after missing out in 2012.


    Cary-Grove handles Hampshire

    Where push comes to shove is where Cary-Grove established control of a 33-13 Fox Valley Conference football crossover victory over visiting Hampshire on a cold and windy Friday night at Al Bohrer Field in Cary. The Trojans (6-3) scored the first 27 points and finished with 250 of their 347 yards on the ground. Hampshire (6-3) got 75 of its 188 yards on a scoring drive in the final four minutes.


    Willowbrook defeats rival Addison Trail

    Willowbrook’s Jeremy Barnes and Brian Johnson made sure the District 88 trophy stayed with the Warriors. Johnson threw for 4 touchdowns, and rushed for 1 while Barnes added over 200 yards and 3 scores as the Warriors outlasted rival Addison Trail 49-32 in Villa Park Friday night. The Warriors burst into the playoffs with a red-hot offense capable of scoring at will.


    Second half favors Grant

    It was a tale of two halves in the battle of the Bulldogs on Friday night between host Wauconda and Grant. The hosts took a 10-0 lead into halftime of this North Suburban Conference football battle. But Grant (3-6, 3-3) turned the tables on Wauconda (4-5, 2-4) with 17 unanswered points in the second half as Grant captured an exciting 17-10 NSC Prairie Division victory.


    St. Francis rolls past St. Edward

    It doesn’t matter anymore that St. Edward and St. Francis will finish at or near the bottom of the Suburban Christian Blue standings.

    Hersey’s Mario Thomas carries the ball against Wheeling.

    Images: Hersey vs. Wheeling football
    The Hersey High School football team hosted and won 37-29 over Wheeling High school on Friday, October 25th, in Arlington Heights.


    Conant passes up Fremd

    Danny Modelski’s huge first half helped Conant end its 10-year losing steak to Fremd on Friday night in Hoffman Estates. Modelski threw for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half as Conant stunned the Vikings 28-17. Conant (6-3, 3-2) now awaits the state football pairings Saturday evening, which should have the Cougars playing in Class 7A. Fremd (6-3, 3-2), which turned the ball over 4 times and came up with just 3 points from two trips inside the Conant 5, is also playoff bound in Class 8A. But the loss cost the Vikings a share of the Mid-Suburban West title and possibly a first-round home playoff game.


    Carmel takes out Fremd in PKs

    It’s been a house of horrors this week for the higher seeds at the Carmel regional, and on Friday night the lowest seed of the bunch lifted the championship trophy. The host school, the No. 14 seed Carmel Catholic (12-7-3), engineered its second upset of the week with nearly perfect spot-kick success, outscoring No. 11 Fremd 4-3 in shootout to record a 1-0 victory and advance into next week’s Mundelein sectional, where it will meet No. 15 Buffalo Grove at 6:30 Tuesday in a semifinal matchup.

    Sharad Crosby of Naperville North, left, tries to evade the Naperville Central defense.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Naperville Central football
    Naperville Central played Naperville North in crosstown football action on Friday, October 25th at North Central College in Naperville.

    Lake Zurich’s Sean Lynch carries the ball for a touchdown as Stevenson’s Sam Oriatti closes in.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Lake Zurich football
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted and won 24-17 over the Lake Zurich Bears for football action on Friday, Oct. 25 in Lincolnshire.


    Suchecki, Meadows follow through against Buffalo Grove

    Rolling Meadows absorbed Buffalo Grove’s best shot early on, but it was Mustangs quarterback Bobby Suchecki who delivered the knockout punch. The senior hooked up with Alex Niecikowski on a 57-yard strike to give the Mustangs a 40-14 lead on their opening drive of the second half. The host Mustangs(7-2, 4-1) went on to defeat the Bison 47-28 for a three-way split of the Mid-Suburban League East title. Wins by Elk Grove and Hersey also on Friday night make for co-champs, with the Mustangs being declared the conference representative for the playoff pairings.

    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia pops out of a hole in Elgin’s defense on his way to a touchdown in the first quarter.

    Images: Elgin vs. Batavia football
    Batavia hosted Elgin Friday night in football action.


    Camarena’s late goal gives Burlington Central regional title

    Burlington Central forward Alan Camarena did something no player on the field could do for the first 79 minutes of the Class 2A Sycamore boys soccer regional final Friday. He scored a goal. It sounds elementary but for No. 1 seed Central, it was more than just a goal. Camarena’s strike from 20 yards out with 55 seconds remaining gave the Rockets a stirring 1-0 win over No. 2 Kaneland, which not only avenged last year’s regional title loss to the Knights, it gave Central its first regional title since 2010.


    St. Charles East surges past Rolling Meadows

    St. Charles East and Rolling Meadows were tied 2-2 at the half, but the Saints rallied for a 6-2 decision in Class 3A boys soccer regional play at Norris Stadium.

    Dom Garza of Wheaton North runs the ball.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Glenbard North football
    The Wheaton North Falcons hosted the Glenbard North Panthers for football action on Friday, October 25th, in Wheaton.


    Linden advances to consolation semis

    Barrington’s Michelle Linden has advanced to the final day of the girls tennis season. The sophomore singles standout dropped her opening match of the day, in the fourth round of championship bracket play in Friday’s state tournament, as Alex Chatt of Lyons prevailed 6-1, 6-1. But Linden, the Mid-Suburban League singles champion, stayed alive by winning twice in the singles backdraw. She topped Nicole Tyulpa (Rock Island) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the sixth round, and Kayleigh Thurwalker of Belleville West 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the seventh.Next up for Linden in the consolation semis is Christian Zordani of Lake Forest.

    Jacobs’ Josh Walker breaks free for an 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

    Images: Jacobs at Dundee-Crown football
    Jacobs hosted and won 34-7 over Dundee-Crown Friday night in football action.

    Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) battle for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy, left, and Taj Gibson during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bulls end perfect preseason with 94-89 win over Nuggets

    Derrick Rose scored 15 points and the Bulls ended the preseason with a 94-89 win Friday over the Denver Nuggets. Rose and the Bulls, who were without Joakim Noah (groin) and Kirk Hinrich (concussion), went 8-0 and completed their first perfect preseason of at least eight games since 1992.

    The Nuggets’ Nate Robinson, right, hugs the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich on Friday. They were teammates on the Bulls last season.

    Bulls hope Noah, Hinrich will play in opener

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich are feeling better. Neither played in Friday's preseason wrapup against Denver, but there's a chance they could return from injuries and play on Tuesday at Miami.


    Regional title for Wheeling

    The Mid-Suburban League boys soccer champ is also a regional champ.Wheeling defeated Maine East 3-0 on Friday to win the Class 3A Maine East regional championship and earn a spot in next week’s 7 p.m. Tuesday semifinal in the Evanston sectional. Luis Herrera had a first-half goal for Wheeling, and Jose Garcia gave the Wildcats some breathing room with a pair of second-half scores, both assisted by Irving Mancilla.The Wildcats will meet either Lane or New Trier.Evanston 4, Maine West 3: A 4-2 edge in penalty kicks allowed the regional host Wildkits to claim the Loyola regional title and advance into into the semifinals of the sectional it will host.Evanston will face Maine South, a 2-1 winner against Glenbrook South in regional final action Friday at Glenbrook North.


    Blackhawks scout

    Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: WGNRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: This is the first meeting between the two new Central Division rivals since the Hawks eliminated the Wild in five games in the first round of the playoffs. The Wild comes in banged up with goalie Josh Harding (lower body), defenseman Jonas Brodin (broken cheekbone), defenseman Keith Ballard (upper body), defenseman Charlie Coyle (knee strain) and left wing Mike Rupp (lower body all sidelined. Minnesota recalled goalie Johan Gustafsson to back up Niklas Backstrom Saturday.Next: Minnesota Wild at Excel Energy Center, 7 p.m. Monday.— Tim Sassone

    Buffalo’s John Scott checks Boston’s Loui Eriksson during their game Wednesday. Scott, a former Blackhawk, was suspended and said he felt “really upset” after seeing the play on video. “I was sick to my stomach,” Scott added.

    NHL players inflicting too much damage on each other
    No matter what the NHL does — even suspending players like Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta for as many as 10 games — players continue to target opponents’ heads. This is an epidemic, whether the league wants to admit it or not.


    Stevenson’s Kiven/Kirsch advance to doubles semis

    Stevenson’s Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch received an early Friday morning wakeup call when they lost their first set in their round of 16 championship bracket doubles match in the girls state tennis tournament to Lake Forest’s Catherine Orfanos and Margaux Miller. But Kiven and Kirsch (31-1) weren’t alarmed. The top-seeded duo quickly responded for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory and then took care of Homewood-Flossmoor’s Timara Maxwell and Sophia Osabuohien 6-3, 6-0 in the afternoon quarterfinals at Buffalo Grove. They also kept Stevenson in the trophy hunt in fourth place (32 points) as Zoe Manion and the doubles team of Kaylin Dong and Michelle Tulchinskaya are still alive in the backdraw after suffering round of 16 losses. New Trier (37) leads defending state champion Lake Forest (35) and Hinsdale Central (33).


    West Aurora’s Stefancic falls in round of 16

    Class was in session on the tennis courts at Hersey High School on Friday morning when West Aurora’s Emily Stefancic faced New Trier’s Carol Finke in a championship bracket round of 16 match in the girls state tournament. Stefancic exhibited it in defeat in the way she lauded Finke after her 6-1, 6-0 victory in Arlington Heights.

    Among the players Notre Dame will be counting on this season are, from left, Ariel Braker, Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride.

    Whole new ballgame awaits Notre Dame, DePaul

    Looking ahead to some of the changes in women's basketball that could benefit two local teams: Notre Dame and DePaul.


    Bartlett’s Gates-Gregorio bow out

    After four trips to the state tournament and over 200 career wins combined, the high school tennis careers of Bartlett seniors Jen Gates and Gabby Gregorio came to a close Friday at the IHSA state finals. The Hawks’ duo, who won their first two matches on Thursday before slipping into the consolation bracket, won two more matches on Friday before being eliminated in the sixth round of the consolation bracket.


    Naperville Central’s Chen through to semifinals

    When Tiffany Chen was pushed, she pushed back. The Naperville Central sophomore on Friday advanced to Saturday’s girls state tennis semifinals with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Nazareth’s Lexie Petrovic. Petrovic seemed poised to turn the momentum her way in the second game of the second set. But after the girls went to deuce five times, the second-seeded Chen won the game. There was no stopping her the rest of the way.

    St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly is set to start for the Cardinals on Saturday night at Busch Stadium. Jake Peavy will start for the Red Sox.

    As World Series scene shifts, Cards right at home

    From the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. From the Charles River to the mighty Mississippi. From clam chowder to toasted ravioli. The World Series scene is shifting, and St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright couldn’t be happier. “We love Cardinal country,” he said Friday. St. Louis and Boston will resume play Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

    Northwestern wide receiver Tony Jones is tackled by Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson during the second half last Saturday in Evanston. Northwestern has won four of the last five games against Iowa.

    Reeling Northwestern set to face Iowa

    Just three weeks ago, Northwestern was a quarter away from beating Ohio State and solidifying its status as a Big Ten and national title contender. The Wildcats head to Iowa simply hoping to keep their season from falling apart. Northwestern, once a dark horse for the league title, has lost three straight ahead of a two-game road trip that starts Saturday against the Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten).

    Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown celebrates his touchdown against Iowa last Saturday. The Buckeyes have won 19 straight games dating back to last season.

    5 things to know about Ohio St.-Penn St. game

    Penn State coach Bill O’Brien bristles whenever anyone asks him about the Nittany Lions’ chief rival. In his mind, playing at Ohio State on Saturday night is not substantially different from that skirmish with Eastern Michigan back on Sept. 7. Here are five things to keep an eye on in the rivalry game that is not a rivalry game:

    Running back Terrell Newby finds a hole in the Purdue defense during the Oct. 12 game. Newby is averaging more than 5 yards per carry for the Cornhuskers.

    No. 25 Nebraska starts busy stretch at Minnesota

    Nebraska is in a favorable position for a second straight Legends Division title if it can stay on track during the second half of the schedule. Starting Saturday at Minnesota, the 25th-ranked Huskers (5-1, 2-0) begin a busy 35-day stretch with six games that will tell a lot about coach Bo Pelini and his team’s standing in the Big Ten.


    NIU plans open house for new athletics facility

    The celebration of the new Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center will be held before the NIU vs. Eastern Michigan football game on Saturday. The ribbon-cutting will start at 11:30 a.m. and will be on the east side of the new facility.

    NIU safety Jimmie Ward is tied for first nationally with five interceptions and leads the team with 55 tackles.

    No. 23 NIU ready to show off its defense, too

    No. 23 Northern Illinois and quarterback Jordan Lynch typically draw attention for their supercharged offense. After last week, the Huskies’ defensive play is getting some notice, too. NIU allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards last Saturday in a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan. “I’m really ecstatic with the defense,” coach Rod Carey said. “In certain games, the numbers don’t look good but the play has been good. Now the numbers are kind of starting to match up with the play.”

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase leads an offense that averages 287.7 passing yards a game, second only to Indiana in the Big Ten.

    Illini will have hands full with MSU defense

    Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit makes watching video of the Michigan State defense — ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense — sound like a bad horror flick, one in which the Illini (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) could be the next victim of a monster that just won’t go away. “They’re just relentless. And it’s not just one guy — it’s all of them,” Cubit said.

    Eric Wedge, then manager of the Cleveland Indians, watches as the Pittsburgh Pirates score six runs in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh in 2009. The Pirates won 10-6.

    Cubs to interview Eric Wedge for manager’s job

    The Cubs will continue with the lengthy first phase of their managerial search next week when they interview former Cleveland and Seattle skipper Eric Wedge. In other Cubs news, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and second baseman Darwin Barney are finalists for Gold Gloves.

    NIU quarterback Joran Lynch rushes for a touchdown during the second quarter of last Saturday's road game against Central Michigan. Lynch scored three times in the Huskies' 38-17 win.

    Huskies look to stay unbeaten against Eastern Michigan

    The Huskies are one of just 10 unbeaten FBS teams and rank 18th in this week's first BCS poll. They host Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

    St. Louis Cardinals’ Daniel Descalso scores past Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) on a hit by Carlos Beltran during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series Thursday in Boston.

    Wacha, Cards top Red Sox, tie World Series at 1

    Down 2-1 after David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the seventh to end Boston's nine-game winning streak in the World Series that started with a sweep of St. Louis in 2004.

    The Cardinals’ Matt Holliday, left, and Carlos Beltran celebrate after Game 2 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday at Fenway Park. The Cardinals won 4-2 to tie the series at 1-1.

    Images: World Series Game 2
    Images from Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night at Fenway Park. St. Louis beat Boston 4-2 to even the series at 1-1.


    The JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo is displayed Monday at their headquarters in New York.

    JPMorgan paying $5.1 billion in Fannie, Freddie deal

    JPMorgan sold tens of billions in mortgage securities to Fannie and Freddie, according to the agency. The securities soured after the housing bubble burst in 2007, losing billions in value.


    Kraft recalls string cheese that may spoil early

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. is voluntarily recalling some of its Kraft and Polly-O string cheese because they may spoil and change color before the expiration date on the packages. The Northfield company said Friday that about 735,000 cases of the affected products were shipped to customers in the U.S.

    Associated Press/Feb. 19, 2013 Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.

    FDA approves more powerful, pure hydrocodone drug

    The approval came as a surprise since the agency’s own panel of outside advisers gave the drug an overwhelmingly negative review last year. The agency’s panel of pain specialists voted 11-2, with one abstention, against approving the drug last December, questioning the need for a new form of one of most widely-abused prescription painkillers in U.S.

    Pedestrians pass a McDonald’s Corp. restaurant last Sunday on 42nd Street in Times Square in New York.

    McDonalds ending relationship with Heinz

    The fast-food giant said in a statement Friday that it is cutting ties with the condiment company after management changes there. A former Burger King CEO became head of Heinz in June.

    United didn’t use its contingency plan to deal with long delays on the ground, and the plan was inadequate to handle the situation, the DOT said. The carrier also didn’t contact airport officials or other carriers for assistance, according to the DOT news release explaining the fine.

    United faces biggest fine yet for ground delays

    United Continental Holdings Inc. was fined $1.1 million by U.S. regulators for stranding passengers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last July, the largest penalty since rules went into effect in 2010.Thirteen United planes were delayed on the ground for more than the three-hour limit during thunderstorms on July 13, 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday. Airlines must return to a gate to give passengers a chance to exit aircraft that have been stranded on a tarmac longer than three hours.United didn’t use its contingency plan to deal with long delays on the ground, and the plan was inadequate to handle the situation, the DOT said. The carrier also didn’t contact airport officials or other carriers for assistance, according to the release.“It is unacceptable for passengers to be stranded in planes on the tarmac for hours on end,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the release.In at least two aircraft, the carrier failed to provide functioning restrooms during the delays, according to a consent order issued today.The planes included United’s own and those of a partner flying under the United Express name, according to the DOT.“We are committed to complying with the tarmac delay regulations and we continue to improve our procedures while maintaining the safety of our customers and coworkers,” Mary Ryan, a United spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.Severe thunderstorms with lightning hit O’Hare on July 13, 2012, shutting portions of the airport grounds and cutting off access to United’s gates. Because of multiple flight delays, there were more planes on the ground than gates, according to DOT.Because of the closings, the airline had “no viable options to deplane passengers without risking the safety of both the passengers and ground staff,” Ryan said.Of the $1.1 million, United must pay the government $475,000. The airline was credited with $185,000 in compensation it made to passengers on the flights. The DOT is allowing the carrier to spend $440,000 of the penalty to purchase a system to track planes on the ground at O’Hare, according to the consent order.

    Debris covers the No. 3 nuclear reactor at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan. When the tsunami triggered a triple-meltdown at the plant in March 2011, the nuclear waste that was stored in dry casks was protected, according to David Lochbaum, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project.

    Illinois holds most nuclear waste in U.S.

    About 13 percent of America’s 70,000 metric tons of the radioactive waste is stashed in pools of water or in special casks at the atomic plants in Illinois that produced it, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington-based industry group. That’s the most held in any state.

    Trader Jonathan Niles, center, works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Tech stocks lead markets higher

    The Fed is buying $85 billion worth of U.S. government and other bonds with the aim of keeping interest rates low.The stimulus program has helped investors brush aside a few warning signs about the market. Stocks look fully priced by some measures comparing them to earnings, for instance. And revenue growth is slowing. Revenue for S&P 500 companies is expected to grow just 2 percent for all of 2013, half the growth of the year before.Economic news Friday suggested they may struggle to increase sales for a while yet.

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan told The Associated Press on Thursday he’s still hopeful the talks will produce a smaller deal, perhaps one that eases immediate automatic spending cuts in exchange for trimming the growth of benefit programs.

    Both sides agree: No major budget deal foreseen

    On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won’t be a “grand bargain” on the budget. Instead, the Wisconsin Republican and the Nevada Democrat both say the best Washington can do in this bitterly partisan era of divided government is a small-ball bargain that tries to take the edge off automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

    Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process.

    Twitter sets $17 to $20 per share range for IPO

    Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.

    Airbus currently claims less than 20 percent of the U.S. commercial airplane market, but is aiming for 50 percent — roughly the same as its market share worldwide, Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier said in an interview Thursday.

    Airbus promotes its US links on Boeing's turf

    Airbus, headquartered in France, is pitching its value to the U.S. economy as it takes its battle for dominance in the global airplane market onto rival Boeing's home turf. This week for the first time Airbus is holding its annual meeting with its suppliers from around the world in Washington instead of at home in Toulouse.

    Raising the eligibility age for enrolling in Medicare won't produce nearly the cost savings that had been assumed previously, said a new report issued Thursday.

    CBO: Raising Medicare age produces small savings

    Raising the eligibility age for enrolling in Medicare won't produce nearly the cost savings that had been assumed previously, said a new report issued Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office analysis says that phasing in an increase in the eligibility age from 65 to 67 years old would lower the budget deficit by just $19 billion over the coming decade. Savings would rise more in future years, however.

    Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, holds the 8.9-inch version of the new Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer in Seattle. Amazon.com’s revenue rose more than Wall Street expected in its fiscal third quarter, but the online retailer posted another loss due to ongoing investments in its business.

    Amazon narrows 3Q loss as sales jump 24 pct

    Amazon.com says that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as revenue grew 24 percent. The Seattle-based online retailer also said Thursday that it expects growth in its fourth-quarter revenue, indicating confidence as it enters the key holiday shopping season.


    Ivy Tech planning N. Indiana manufacturing center

    An Ivy Tech campus in northern Indiana is raising funds for an advanced manufacturing training center. Ivy Tech executive director for resource development Tom Kilian and Thomas Coley, chancellor of its north central and northwest regions, told the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission on Thursday the new training program at its Elkhart County campus would turn out about 400 graduates annually with a mix of certificates and degrees.


    Cook County gets $5M in state construction money

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says almost $5 million in state money has been allocated for construction projects in Cook County. That includes $1.2 million for material to relocate a water main and almost $460,000 to rehabilitate a bridge along southbound Route 43 in Chicago.


    Norwegian Air profits hit by Dreamliner problems

    Norwegian Air Shuttle says its net profit dropped 31 percent in the third quarter, weighed down by extra costs for hiring replacement aircraft for delayed Boeing 787s.

    Microsoft posted fiscal first-quarter results that topped expectations with earnings up 17 percent at $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, topping the 54 cents expected by analysts.

    Microsoft 1Q profit, sales top views

    Microsoft posted fiscal first-quarter results that topped expectations with earnings up 17 percent at $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, topping the 54 cents expected by analysts. Revenue rose 16 percent to $18.53 billion, also beating the $17.79 billion expected.

    Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition said Thursday the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into its business practices in China, and the company said it is also conducting its own investigation.

    Mead Johnson says SEC is looking into Chinese unit

    Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition said Thursday the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into its business practices in China, and the company said it is also conducting its own investigation. Mead Johnson said the SEC has asked for documents related to the business activities of its local subsidiary in China.

    Bank of America is cutting thousands jobs as it responds to changes in the housing market, echoing moves by other banks.

    Bank of America cutting thousands of mortgage jobs

    Bank of America is cutting thousands jobs as it responds to changes in the housing market, echoing moves by other banks. The country’s second-largest bank laid off 1,200 employees this week, primarily from a unit that handles mortgage origination, company spokesman Terry Francisco said.

    Renovations to the exterior of the Anvil Club in East Dundee started this week, thanks to a facade grant from the village. Tom Roeser, president and chief executive officer of Otto Engineering, and a member of the Anvil Club, said Thursday he is trying to buy the club.

    Otto CEO close to purchasing Anvil Club in East Dundee

    Tom Roeser, president and CEO of Otto Engineering, entered into an agreement to buy the 57-year-old Anvil Club in East Dundee, and if the sale becomes final, the club would become one of about a half dozen properties Roeser owns in the village. “This is an iconic business for East Dundee and it needs a greater investment in it than the current owners are either willing, or able to do,” Roeser said.

Life & Entertainment

    The new series “Wait ‘Til Next Year” will debut exclusively via the MTV mobile application before it appears on air. Fans can watch all 12 episodes a week before the television premiere on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    MTV to premiere series on app

    MTV is releasing a full season of a new series about a luckless high school football team on its mobile application Friday, a week before the first episode is shown on television. It appears to be a new milestone in the fast-moving world of technology changing traditional television content, much like when Netflix made an entire season of “House of Cards” available at once through the streaming service.

    A display of pumpkins is part of the fun at the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

    This week's Halloween and fall festivals
    Looking to get outside this weekend to celebrate fall? Check out this list of fairs and festivals that run the gamut from BatFest to Halloween in the Hollow.

    Robert Redford plays the lone sailor facing his own mortality after a collision with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean in “All is Lost.”

    Redford fretted about 'All is Lost' reception

    He's been acting for more than half a century, but even Robert Redford still gets nervous showing off a new film. Redford got a standing ovation when his survival drama “All is Lost” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. But the two-time Oscar-winner reveals he was worried how the sometimes prickly Cannes crowd would react. Opening Friday, “All is Lost” tells the story of a lone sailor, played by Redford, facing his own mortality after a collision with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean.


    Short & Sweet critic reviews To Master the Art

    Critic for the day, Adam Kraft, shares his critique of To Master the Art in an interview with Short & Sweet host Diana Martinez.


    Short & Sweet Critic reviews Flashdance

    Critic for the day, Taylor Gabby, gives the low down on the show from the audience perspective.


    Short & Sweet critic reviews Evita

    Critic for the day, Matthew Jones, reviews Evita. Jones provides the audience perspective with an interview with Diana Martinez.


    Short & Sweet critic reviews Big Fish

    Critic for the day, Dan Gartlan, was drawn into the production of Big Fish: "With suspended belief, you can take it all in."

    Glendale Heights native Tom Malinowski, in green, performs with Barrel of Monkeys in Chicago.

    For Glendale Heights native, life is a Barrel of Monkeys

    Watching a co-worker on stage 13 years ago changed Tom Malinowski's life. The Glendale Heights native went on to join the Barrel of Monkeys theater ensemble, working with school students and adapting their stories for the stage.

    A lawyer (Michael Fassbender) gets involved with a shady deal with Westray (Brad Pitt) in “The Counselor.”

    Violent ‘Counselor’ guilty of windy, dull dialogue

    By the looks of it, “The Counselor,” a rancid, ultimately sodden crime thriller, was made to appeal to several audiences, among them fans of the cinematic stylings of Ridley Scott; acolytes of cult author Cormac McCarthy; and admirers of the Irish actor Michael Fassbender. But the film is full of tawdry characters, and its sewage-soaked world is as confusing as it is spiritually compromised.

    Billy (Jackson Nicoll, right) gives his grandfather (Johnny Knoxville) a lift in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.”

    ‘Bad Grandpa’ lives up to his name

    Starring Johnny Knoxville, “Bad Grandpa” is a loose sequence of hidden-camera pranks centered on the outrageous antics of a fictional octogenarian. Some of them are quite funny, but only to the degree that you are able be amused by explosive bodily functions.

    The Spanish horror film "The Orphanage" leads Dann Gire's list of alternate scary movies for the Halloween season.

    Tired of the same old horror films? Try these 10

    Tired of watching the same old horror movies every Halloween? How many times can you sit through those old mainstream horror hits, remakes of Asian fright fests, and those quirky cult movies? Here’s good news. Submitted for your approval are these 10 off-the-beaten-bloody-track chillers not quite on the major horror movie radar. Enjoy this list of lesser-known works by deadly scare-orrists.

    Ann Romney says her new cookbook, “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions,” is about more than just recipes.

    Ann Romney’s cookbook more than just recipes

    Mitt Romney cooks. He washes dishes. The former Republican presidential candidate even does his own laundry. The candid revelations come from his wife, Ann, who is taking her own turn in the media spotlight with a bestselling cookbook, “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions.” Filled with photos and tales of everyday life inside the Romney household, Romney’s new book isn’t just about cooking.

    Visitors to the St. Petersburg Museum of History view some of Dennis Schrader’s autographed baseballs Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Schrader now has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, and that obsession is now on display at the museum.

    Largest signed baseball collection on display

    New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for Dennis Schrader in 1956, when Schrader was a 9-year-old boy attending a spring training game in Florida, leading to a lifelong obsession: He now has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest such collection in the world. That obsession is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida. “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown” opened to the public Tuesday, and Schrader was grinning from ear to ear. He and his wife have loaned the balls to the museum for 20 years, and after that, they will be returned to the family.

    Patricia Cassidy’s dog Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China.

    FDA can’t find cause of pet poison, seeks help

    All that’s left of Doodles are his ashes, a clay impression of his paw and a whole lot of questions owner Patricia Cassidy has about his mysterious death. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Baffled by the cause and seeing another surge in illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration reached out to owners and veterinarians Tuesday to help it find the poison behind the sickening of at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007.

    This Sharp AQUOS Ultra HD LED television features Wallpaper Mode, which allows a powered-off TV to display family photos, paintings or preloaded images as museum-quality works of art.

    Right at home: Decor with built-in tech

    It’s one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights? Or say you’ve got just enough room in your apartment for a credenza or speakers, but not both. How about one piece that includes both — and a whole media system? The integration of technology into home décor has come a long way since clunky TV screens peered out of armoires and media cabinets.


    Theater events: Williams Street Rep puts on 'Sweeney'

    This week in suburban theater includes revival of classic musicals "Sweeney Todd" by Williams Street Repertory at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake and "Miss Saigon" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    In honor of Halloween, Elgin's Martini Room mixes up a Bloody Eye martini.

    Spooky spirits: Bars scare up Halloween cocktails

    Aging out of trick-or-treating is sad, but being 21 or older has its own rewards come Halloween. Plenty of bars celebrate Oct. 31 by filling their space with decorations or hosting costume parties, but some put the spooky spirit into their drink menus, serving up cocktails that offer all of the holiday's pleasures: pumpkins, candy and scares.


    ‘Sale-leaseback’ deal can help parents, kids alike

    A home sale that involves grown children and their folks can create valuable financial and tax benefits for everyone involved.


    A break for housing tax breaks?

    Here’s a side effect of the 16-day federal shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis that could prove popular among tax-sensitive homeowners: The stalemate removed even the remotest possibility that Congress could undertake fundamental tax reforms curtailing housing breaks this year and renders it unlikely next year as well.

    Homes on Harms Avenue in the Havenwood neighborhood in Libertyville.

    Neighborhood profile features Libertyville’s Havenwood

    Older, charming homes, an abundance of mature trees and a convenient location near schools and downtown draw homebuyers to the Havenwood neighborhood in Libertyville.


    Courtesy of Edward Corral Photography Aurora Police Cmdr. Kristen Ziman pounds the heavy bag at ... while training for Sunday's charity boxing event in Aurora.

    Editorial: Suburban cops going into the ring to reach out

    A Daily Herald editorial lauds the police officers and attorneys who are boxing for chartity this weekend. It's yet another way law enforcement reaches out to communities.


    Hooked on politics after one night in ’60

    Guest columnist Paul Green: On Nov. 4, 1960, I was a freshman at the University of Illinois-Navy Pier. I was not very political, though I had been following the presidential campaign between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. That night it all changed.


    Respect for others’ viewpoints dying
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: You hit the nail on the head in your editorial Sunday, Oct. 20. We have become a people divided and proud of it.


    Personal insurance rates skyrocketing
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: According to a letter I received from my insurer, starting in January 2014 my rates for myself and a child will increase from $330 a month now to %596 for the same coverage with a higher deductible.


    Loss of draft made problems worse
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Today we see in the news on TV and radio and newspapers across our country telling us about all the gangs and killings that go on daily.


    Anti-guns sign in the window? Laughable.
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The Silly Season is upon us. Illinois State Police have designed a sign that people can post in their place of business informing customers that concealed guns — while legal — will not be tolerated on their premises. By thus flaunting their liberal credentials, businesses, such as Starbucks, guarantee that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weaponry won’t get in.


    Money is at the root of our wars
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Wars are very expensive, but for an elite few they can also be very profitable. Obviously those families with their names on the wall probably would not agree, but to the elite that doesn’t matter — these people were just pawns to be used up as needed.


    Tax assessments not grounded in reality
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: I attended a meeting for Hanover Township residents to get information on how to appeal our real estate taxes. A representative from the board was explaining how to compare similar properties to arrive at our assessed value. Mentioned was the fact that even though our neighbors had the same square footage as our home we could both be assessed differently because of the appearance of our homes.


    Our own Rush Limbaugh wannabe
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: We’ve all seen the great work the Tea Party is doing shutting down the government in Washington, but it was good to see them at work right here in our own community. On the front page of the Oct. 15 edition of the local Daily Herald we have the story of Allen Skillcorn.


    More important: car or health insurance?
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I have been driving for 60 years. During all of those years of driving, I have never personally had a single claim against my insurance company. I have paid for vehicle insurance for 60 years, but I have never put in an accident claim. No one ever needed to pay my vehicle insurance for me.


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