Daily Archive : Tuesday October 29, 2013


    Kim Diehnelt is the new maestra of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, which is holding the first concert of its season this Sunday at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

    Northwest Symphony concert Sunday features new maestra

    The Northwest Symphony will perform four concerts in its 62nd season, with the first next Sunday, Nov. 17, introducing the group’s new maestra, Kim Diehnelt. Diehnelt is only the third music director/conductor in the group’s history.

    Kevin Burns

    Some local mayors back same-sex marriage

    A group of suburban mayors is circulating a letter backing same-sex marriage as lawmakers could be poised to take a deciding vote on the issue next week. The mayors signing are: Kevin Burns of Geneva, Bob Hausler of Plano, Stephen Pickett of Sleepy Hollow, Dale Berman of North Aurora, Ray Rogina of St. Charles, Dave Anderson of Elburn and Gary J. Golinski of Yorkville.

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam: “Can you understand the level of frustration?”

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam Roskam questioned Medicare chief Marilyn Tanner at a committee hearing Tuesday over a Hoffman Estates woman who won't be allowed to keep the same health insurance terms she previously had as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.

    Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 2½ years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on Aug. 14, Jackson has reported to a federal prison in North Carolina to serve his term.

    Jackson Jr. reports to North Carolina prison

    Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has entered a North Carolina federal prison at least several days early to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds, a prison official said Tuesday. The 48-year-old Chicago Democrat was in federal custody as of Tuesday morning as Inmate No. 32451-016.

    Shufang Lu

    Spa employee accused of prostitution in McHenry County

    An undercover investigation at the Spring Spa in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake led to prostitution charges, according to the McHenry County sheriff's office.


    Men file complaint over ejection from cab for kiss

    Two men filed a complaint with the state of Illinois against a Chicago taxicab company Monday, alleging one of the company's drivers ejected them from a cab after they kissed. Steven White of West Hollywood, Calif., and Matthew McCrea of Chicago say they kissed during a ride in May from O'Hare International Airport to McCrea's home.

    Gov. Pat Quinn kicks off the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the extension of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway and construction of a western bypass for O'Hare International Airport.

    Work begins on Elgin-O'Hare Western Access

    Gov. Pat Quinn and dignitaries from across DuPage County gathered Tuesday morning at the Itasca intersection of Park Road and Thorndale Avenue to break ground on and introduce the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project. When complete in 2025, the $3.4 billion project is expected to provide the long sought after western access to O'Hare International Airport while also shaving minutes off commutes...

    Five freshmen at Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Road campus in Gurnee on Tuesday discuss an innovative teaching method known as a flipped classroom for Korean Broadcasting System's education documentary.

    South Korean TV network places spotlight on Gurnee's Warren Township High School

    An innovative teaching technique used in some classes at Warren Township High School in Gurnee and elsewhere in the United States has captured the attention of a South Korean television network. Korean Broadcasting System's production crew for the “Panorama” documentary is expected to finish its stay in Gurnee on Wednesday by observing the flipped-classroom method at Warren High's...

    Students are taken to an ambulance Tuesday at Antioch Upper Grade School. Ten students were transported after taking a prescription painkiller.

    10 Antioch students hospitalized after taking drug

    Ten Antioch Upper Grade School students were transported to a hospital Tuesday after taking prescription medication supplied by a classmate, authorities said. The affected students were stable and in good condition at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.


    Trains delayed more than 3 hours after crash

    Metra trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line stopped for more than three hours during Tuesday evening’s rush hour after a train struck and killed a pedestrian in Park Ridge, Metra officials said.


    South Elgin DUI guilty plea stands despite officer’s policy violation

    A South Elgin cop who arrested a 23-year-old man in September 2012 on DUI charges violated departmental policy when he recommended to arrestee's mom that he use a certain defense attorney. Officer Bryan Kmieciak gave the mother of Travis Eubanks a pen with defense attorney Todd Cohen's name on it. Travis Eubanks used a different attorney, but felt fear of retribution and pleaded guilty at his...

    Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a rally to demand that the U.S. Congress investigate the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

    Intel chief: US spies on allies, they do it, too

    Facing lawmakers who suggested U.S. surveillance has gone too far, the national intelligence director on Tuesday defended spying on foreign allies as necessary and said such scrutiny of America’s friends — and vice versa — is commonplace.

    A security guard keeps an eye on things outside Gate D at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday. If the Boston Red Sox are able to win the baseball World Series at the stadium, police and city officials want to make sure fans celebrate responsibly.

    Boston preps for possible World Series celebration

    Sports championships aren’t rare in Boston anymore, and security officials are drawing on what went right — and wrong — during recent victory celebrations as the Red Sox look to claim another title. The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Wednesday needing one win in the next two games against the St. Louis Cardinals to win their third World Series since 2004.

    Former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder and current Mayor Tom Hayes unveil a plaque at the downtown train station on Tuesday honoring Mulder’s 22 years of service to the village and her work on regional transportation issues.

    Arlington Heights honors Mulder’s work on transit

    Arlene Mulder helped turn a vision of a renovated train station in downtown Arlington Heights into a reality, and now her role in the building’s construction will always be a part of it. Officials Tuesday afternoon dedicated a plaque at the station in honor of Mulder’s 22 years as an elected village official, the last 20 as mayor.

    Billy E. Varner

    Antioch man sought for questioning in death investigation

    Antioch police are searching for a 54-year-old man who is wanted for questioning in connection with two “suspicious” deaths near the village’s downtown area, authorities confirmed Tuesday. Antioch police said in a news release that two women — aged 82 and 61 — were discovered dead in an apartment in the 1200 block of Main Street on Monday afternoon.

    This 1927 image originally released by Warner Bros., shows Al Jolson in blackface makeup in the movie “The Jazz Singer.”

    Blackface costumes revive controversy at Halloween

    Is donning blackface to dress up as a favorite TV character ever OK for Halloween? How about a bloody hoodie and blackface for a costume riff on the slain teen Trayvon Martin, or full-on minstrel at a splashy Africa-themed party for the fashion elite in Milan?Each of those costumes made headlines this Halloween season. And the answer to each, African studies and culture experts said, is never.

    Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on so-called “stand your ground laws.” She told senators that state the laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue.

    Senators bicker over state stand your ground laws

    Trayvon Martin’s mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state “stand your ground” self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. But little besides politics emerged from the session, held in the Senate’s made-for-television hearing room.

    A Lemont man who was stabbed at Frankies Blue Room has settled a lawsuit against the establishment at 16 W. Chicago Ave. in downtown Naperville.

    Stabbing survivor settles suit against Naperville club

    A Lemont man has settled a lawsuit against a downtown Naperville nightspot where he was stabbed and his friend was slain early last year. William "Willie" Hayes had accused Frankies Blue Room of over serving murder suspect Daniel Olaska before the February 2012 stabbings that left Shaun Wild dead and Hayes and a bouncer injured.

    Authorities say this surveillance image shows the man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch Tuesday afternoon in Oak Brook.

    Oak Brook bank robbed

    Oak Brook police continue to investigate a bank robbery that happened Tuesday afternoon. About 2:45 p.m., a man entered the Fifth Third Bank branch at 16th Street and Route 83 and demanded money from a teller’s drawer.

    Michigan-based artist Susan Henshaw, shown here in 2011, returns to Elgin Saturday to teach a pastel techniques workshop part of the Elgin FallBack Arts Festival. This is the third edition of the festival.

    Elgin’s FallBack fest returns this weekend

    The third edition of the Elgin FallBack Arts Festival taking place this weekend is more ambitious than ever, organizers said. In addition to its customary free art workshops, the festival will feature a town hall discussion titled “Why Art Matters: The State of Creativity” on Saturday and a classical music performance on Sunday. The fest opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hemmens...

    Investigators still are looking into what sparked a weekend fire that displaced two dozen families at Willow Lakes Apartments between Lombard and Glen Ellyn.

    Investigation continues into weekend DuPage apartment fire

    As the investigation into a weekend fire at an apartment building between Lombard and Glen Ellyn continues, some displaced residents are facing uncertainty about where they’ll live next. The fire started just past midnight Saturday morning at the Willow Lake Apartments at 2100 Lynn Road and heavily damaged half the three-story building, caving in the roof and forcing 24 families to be evacuated

    The countdown clock showing 100 days left until the start of 2014 Winter Olympic Games is on display at Manezhnaya square, with the Kremlin wall and towers at the background, in Moscow on Tuesday.

    Russia breaks ‘Zero Waste’ Olympic pledge

    As a centerpiece of its Olympic bid, Russia trumpeted a “Zero Waste” program that promised the cleanest games ever, saying it would refrain from dumping construction waste and rely on reusable materials. But on a visit last week to Akhshtyr, just north of Sochi, The Associated Press found Russia’s state-owned rail monopoly is dumping tons of construction waste into what authorities call an...

    Chinese paramilitary police stand on a sidewalk near the site of Monday’s incident where a car plowed through a crowd before it crashed and burned in Beijing, China, Tuesday.

    Police focus on Uighurs after Tiananmen car attack

    Chinese police were seeking information Tuesday on two ethnic Uighur suspects believed linked to an apparent suicide car attack near Tiananmen Square in the country’s capital that killed five people and injured 38.

    Large crowds packed the Mariano’s Fresh Market in Wheaton Tuesday as the store opened for the first time. Both the parking lot adjacent the store and the spillover lot across Main Street were completely filled during the midmorning hours.

    Large crowds, heavy traffic greet Wheaton’s Mariano’s

    In the days before Mariano’s Fresh Market opened its doors in Wheaton, company officials promised to make shopping an event and their store at Naperville and Roosevelt roads a destination. On Tuesday, they got off to a good start.\


    Des Plaines homes to get some flood relief

    About a dozen Des Plaines homeowners whose properties are prone to flooding should get some relief, city officials say, after a new storm sewer is installed on their block. Work begins this week on installation of the 24-inch diameter underground drain pipe, which is intended to ease flooding on Clayton Lane, between Sioux Park and Central Road.

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office has no intention of sharing the information it collects from undocumented immigrants with federal officials

    Undocumented immigrants can apply for driver’s licenses in December

    Immigrants living in Illinois who entered the U.S. illegally may begin applying for a state driver’s license in December under a new state law supporters say will save motorists money and make roadways safer.


    Cuts expected in nutrition program

    State officials say Illinois families receiving federal nutrition assistance will start seeing a monthly decrease in November.


    Part of Lemont refinery to restart after fire

    Citgo says part of a crude oil unit at the Lemont refinery will restart at the end of next week after a fire forced it to shut down. Last week’s fire affected the Lemont refinery’s ability to process crude. But the plant has been able to continue producing gasoline from crude that was already processed before the Oct. 23 fire.


    Madoff, Burge among Jackson’s fellow inmates

    Jesse Jackson Jr.’s fellow inmates at his new prison home in North Carolina include Wall Street financier Bernie Madoff and a former Chicago police commander convicted of lying about torture.


    Jackson had to leave N.C. prison, sleep in hotel

    An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says an administrative problem forced the Illinois Democrat to leave a federal prison where he was trying to begin his sentence early for illegally spending campaign money.

    Residents of the Fox Point mobile home community in Wheeling have staged several protests against the village’s demands for extensive repairs to homes damaged in April’s floods. Residents say the village is targeting them unfairly because the community is predominantly Hispanic.

    Wheeling resumes hearings about future of flood-damaged homes

    Arguments resumed before a Wheeling administrative hearing officer Monday over the village’s efforts to force residents of the Fox Point mobile home community to make extensive repairs to properties damaged by April’s floods or leave their homes.


    Wauconda Lions annual charity bash:

    The Wauconda Lions Club hosts its 32nd annual Club Calcutta on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Columbus Centre Banquets, 480 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.


    Last household waste collection of season:

    The last Solid Waste Agency of Lake County mobile household chemical waste collection of the season is 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Metra train station 205 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein.


    Job fair in Wauconda:

    Wauconda officials will host a jobs fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the CAC Center, 100 N. Main St.

    In Staten Island, where Sandy roared ashore and killed 23 people, there are still plenty of reminders of the storm. Wallboard and debris are piled on front lawns. Bungalows are covered in plywood. “Restricted Use” signs are plastered on many front doors.

    Sandy survivors sorrowful, thankful on anniversary

    A year after Superstorm Sandy deluged coastal communities with seawater, many people still can’t believe they’re not back in their homes. Others are thankful for small victories in the long, arduous recovery process. Devastated residents on Tuesday recalled the help they got from strangers in the days and months after Sandy.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Oscar A. Ugalde, 28, of Elgin, was charged Monday with theft, according to court documents. Ugalde is accused of taking six steel beams worth about $1,200 from a business in the 300 block of Hammond Avenue and selling them to a recycling facility in the 300 block of Bluff City Boulevard, according to a police report.


    Prosecutors of Darien triple murder honored

    A team of DuPage County prosecutors who secured convictions against two men charged with a triple murder are being honored by the Chicago Crime Commission. Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Ruggiero, Bernie Murray and Mandy Meindl will receive the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award at the commission’s 2013 Stars of Distinction dinner Nov. 6.


    Diabetes screenings planned in Elk Grove

    Free diabetes screenings will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 in Elk Grove Village in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Day. Medical staff from Alexian Brothers Medical Center will conduct the blood glucose screenings, which are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave.

    Wheeling and Prospect Heights leaders say they are inching closer to agreeing on a chairman for the board that oversees the Chicago Executive Airport and resolving over differences over the airport which the two communities co-own. The two sides have been unable to reach a consensus on a chairman for two years.

    Wheeling, Prospect Heights resolving airport disputes

    Wheeling and Prospect Heights are close to selecting a new chairman for the Chicago Executive Airport board and settling other major disagreements over the airport the two municipalities co-own, leaders report. Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer said this week he is backing Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris' nomination for chairman of the airport’s board.


    Feds charge 3 from Schaumburg medical outfit with fraud

    Three people who worked at Schaumburg-based Medicall Physicians Group are facing federal health care fraud charges after prosecutors said the they conspired to obtain $4.7 million in Medicare payments for services never performed. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.


    Palatine HS fall craft fair benefits Pirate Booster Club

    The Palatine High School Pirate Booster Club will host a Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the school, 1111 N. Rowling Road in Palatine. More than 150 vendors will be at the event selling handcrafted items.


    Des Plaines Toys for Tots event Saturday

    The Des Plaines Youth Commission is hosting a Toys for Tots Family Blast Saturday that includes activities for children and families. Attendees are invited to bring a new toy for the Marines Toys for Tots drive and one can of food for the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry.


    ‘The Wizard of Oz’ comes to Central High School

    This weekend, take a trip down the yellow brick road with Central High School, which will stage its production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Burlington school’s auditorium; tickets are $10 at the door.


    Solid Waste Agency hosting Trashy Fashion Show in Hoffman Estates

    To celebrate America Recycles Day, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County is hosting its seventh Trashy Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd., in Hoffman Estates. The free show will feature 40 outfits made from materials destined for the landfill, including bicycle tires, shopping bags, wrapping paper, used tablecloths and more.

    Mundelein officials have launched a fundraiser for a bronze statue that would honor the town’s police officers.

    Mundelein raising money for statue honoring local police officers

    Mundelein officials have launched a fundraiser for a bronze statue that would honor the town's police officers. The piece will cost an estimated $70,000.

    Elk Grove resident Ashley Pfenninger plays Anna in the HOTT Production of “The King and I” rehearses the musical number “Getting to Know You,” with the cast of royal children.

    ‘King and I’ coming to Prairie Center for the Arts

    The Northwest suburban community theater group HOTT Productions-Helping Others Through Theatre begins its 20th season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” transporting audiences back to 1862 Siam. The show will be at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, Nov. 9-16.


    Rotary collecting food for Thanksgiving holiday

    For more than 25 years, the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo Grove and Wheeling have collected food that is distributed to families for the Thanksgiving holidays. The need has not been greater in those 25 years than it is now. You can help by depositing nonperishable food in boxes at our collection sites.


    History hikes take visitors to former CCC sites

    History buffs and outdoor explorers are invited to take a walk back in time during “Signs of the Civilian Conservation Corps” guided hikes Saturday, Nov. 2, at Pioneer Park and Saturday, Nov. 9, at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve, both in Naperville.

    Jerome McCauley

    $1 million bail for St. Charles teacher in child porn case

    Bail was set at $1 million for A St. Charles middle school teacher iafter he was charged Monday with five counts each of possession and distribution of child pornography. Jerome McCauley, 45, a seventh-grade teacher at Wredling Middle School, has been placed on administrative leave. He has taught at the district for 19 years.

    Police and emergency service workers cordon of the area near scaffolding on the famous pedestrian street, Stroeget, in central Copenhagen Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. A major storm swept Denmark with winds peaking at up to 200 kph, (approx 125 mph). A savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed. It was one of the worst storms to hit the region in years. The deadly tempest had no formal name ó and wasn't officially classified as a hurricane due to a meteorological standard ó but it was dubbed the St. Jude storm (after the patron saint of lost causes) and stormageddon on social networks. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Joachim Adrian) DENMARK OUT

    Europe storm deaths rise to 15; huge cleanup ahead

    The Europe storm death toll has risen to 15 after Danish police say a driver was killed when he crashed into a tree knocked down by violent gusts. Monday’s storm was one of the worst in years in western and northern Europe. Authorities said Tuesday that dozens were injured in Denmark as wind gusts up to 120 mph swept across the country.


    Reward offered in Colorado attempted abduction

    Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that could help them find a man who reportedly tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl from her bedroom in suburban Denver.


    LA jury awards $150M in wrongful death case

    A jury has awarded more than $150 million in damages to a 13-year-old girl who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash on a Southern California freeway. “It’s hard for her to comprehend” the scope of the verdict reached last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney Brian Brandt said Monday about his young client. The jury found a California trucking company and one of its drivers...

    Ride operator Timothy Tutterrow faces criminal charges related to ride malfunction that injured five people at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 24. Tutterrow of Quitman, Ga., faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.

    More charges possible in NC fair ride injuries

    A ride that jolted into motion at the North Carolina State Fair, injuring five, had been intentionally tampered with to bypass critical safety devices, a sheriff said, with the ride operator accused of assault in an investigation that a prosecutor said could yield more charges.


    Hebrew classes begin Nov. 11 in Buffalo Grove
    This November, suburban Jewish communities will gather at BAY Shul of Buffalo Grove to participate in a continent-wide campaign aimed at teaching North American Jews to read the Hebrew language.

    Pedestrians pass Barneys New York department store Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in New York. The scenario usually involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service — not handcuffs. Yet when a black teen came forward with a story of being briefly jailed after buying a $350 belt at the Manhattan luxury store, it stirred up an age-old problem that many African-Americans still deal with today.

    Barneys case stirs talk of ‘Shopping While Black’

    The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service — not handcuffs. Yet when a black teen said he was wrongly jailed after buying a $350 belt at a Manhattan luxury store, it struck a nerve in African-Americans accustomed to finding that their money is not necessarily as good as everyone else’s. Shopping while black, they say, can be a humiliating experience.

    New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, a federal judge has ruled.

    Texas abortion clinics stay open following ruling

    The only abortion clinic in a 300-mile swath of West Texas can resume taking appointments Tuesday, after a federal judge struck down new restrictions that would have effectively shuttered it and at least a dozen other clinics across the state.


    Man arrested after woman’s body found in vehicle

    Kenosha police say they’ve arrested a man in the death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle near a Greyhound bus station in Chicago. Authorities say the 40-year-old man and 30-year-old victim had been dating. Kenosha police turned to authorities in Chicago for help in locating the vehicle, found early Monday morning.

    Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.

    Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed

    Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.


    North Central chooses site for new science center

    North Central College officials planning a new science center that will transform the campus and its educational opportunities have chosen a location for the building they hope to open in fall 2017. The science center will be located south of Van Buren Avenue between Loomis and Brainard streets on the college's campus near downtown Naperville. “The addition of a world-class science facility...

    A redevelopment plan for Charlestowne Mall moved forward Monday night, as the St. Charles planning and development committee approved a conceptual site plan.

    Charlestowne Mall revamp plan moves forward

    The redevelopment of the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles moved forward Monday night, as the city's planning and development committee approved a conceptual site plan. It also recommended that the mall's 25-year-old planned unit development ordinance be modified to accommodate the changes.The city council will vote on the measures at 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

    At a Gurnee village board meeting Monday night, mall general manager Randy Ebertowski informed elected officials the doors for shopping will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. He said the mall will remain open overnight and won't close until 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

    Gurnee Mills will be open on Thanksgiving

    Gurnee Mills' general manager says Black Friday will become Black Thursday this year. At a Gurnee village board meeting Monday night, mall general manager Randy Ebertowski informed elected officials the doors for shopping will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. He said the mall will remain open overnight.


    Dawn patrol: Wredling teacher faces child porn charges; Barrington keeps video gaming ban

    Wredling teacher faces child porn charges. Barrington keeps video gaming ban. Mundelein wants land for Hawley Street. Danada Equestrian Center seeks new management. Manny the Frenchie and his staff. Elgin charter school could open in 2015. Blackhawks beat Wild.


    Long Grove may seek its first property tax

    Long Grove officials plan to ask voters whether they favor establishing the village's first property tax. It's needed to bridge a gap between what's recommended and is being done in terms of road repairs and other infrastructure work, village officials said. "Going for a tax referendum was the last thing any of us wanted to do," said Village President Angie Underwood.


    Dist. 300 student program aims to stop bullying

    Community Unit Community Unit District 300 is making good on its pledge to focus on bullying prevention and as such, has deployed 120 students in three schools to stop bullying among their peers. The Carpentersville-based school district is involved with Safe School Ambassador Student Program which recruits “socially influential” students who have the power to speak out against bullying and...



    Tuesday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's girls volleyball matches, 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.


    Failure to finish finishes Timothy Christian

    Scoring first was Timothy Christian’s best friend this season, but unfortunately Tuesday night in the Class 1A Lisle supersectional at Benedictine University, it switched sides and went over to Chicago’s Francis W. Parker High School.


    Morton stops Benet

    Benet didn’t get many chances to score Tuesday night in Darien. Credit Morton goalkeeper Ian Chacon for that.


    Barrington advances to regional final

    Mid-Suburban League champion Barrington advanced to the championship match of the Highland Park Class 4A girls volleyball regional with a 29-27, 25-21 victory over No. 9 seed St. Viator. The No. 8 Fillies (20-16) will face top-seeded Lake Zurich at 6 p.m. Thursday for the title. Leading the way for Barrington were Christy Roney (9 kills), Jess Terrill (5) and Megan Talbot (4) while MSL West player of the year Claire Waliczek collected 17 assists.

    Nate Creer, the father of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, was arrested during Saturday’s game between Michigan State and Illinois in Champaign.

    Illini QB’s father banned from campus

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase’s father has been banned from campus for a year after his arrest over an altercation at Saturday’s football game, university police said Tuesday.


    Smith, Coyotes beat Kings 3-1 to avenge ugly loss

    Mike Smith stopped 41 shots, Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes rebounded from a lopsided loss to Los Angeles by beating the Kings 3-1 Tuesday night.

    Stevenson players celebrate their victory over Conant during Tuesday’s regional semifinal at Buffalo Grove.

    Stevenson living in the moment

    Third-seeded Stevenson came into the Buffalo Grove Class AA girls volleyball regional with an impressive 28-7 record compiled during the regular season.But that was the farthest thing from the Patriots’ minds during a 25-21, 25-16 victory over No. 14 Conant in Tuesday’s semifinal. “We don’t have time to dwell on the past,” said Pats senior standout Khaila Donaldson, who put down a match-high 13 kills. “It’s just playing as hard as you can to 25 points every game.” The Pats’ (29-7) will now prepare for their next test, a 7 p.m. date on Thursday against No. 11 Buffalo Grove (18-18) to settle the championship of the six-team regional.


    Victorious Buffalo Grove hungry for more

    Alaina Murphy had been waiting four years. That’s how many seasons the senior outside hitter has been a varsity volleyball player for Buffalo Grove and had never defeated Hersey in a match — until last Saturday at the Lake Park Invite, and then Tuesday night. Saturday was only the appetizer. Tuesday was the main course. No. 11 Buffalo Grove stunned No. 6 Hersey 25-22, 21-25, 25-22 to advance to the championship of its own Class AA girls volleyball regional. The Bison (18-18) will face No. 3 Stevenson (29-7) at 6 p.m. on Thursday night for the title.


    LZ impresses in playoff opener

    Kiley McPeek and Mallory Parsons each pounded 7 kills, and Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team cruised in its state tournament opener Tuesday night. The Bears, the top seed in the Class 4A Conant sectional complex, defeated No. 16 Prospect 25-12, 25-12 at Highland Park to advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final against No. 9 Barrington, which beat No. 8 St. Viator 29-27, 25-21.


    Kessel leads Maple Leafs to 4-0 win over Oilers

    Phil Kessel had two goals and two assists on Tuesday and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their second game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs (9-4-0) who have won three of their past four to take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division, moving ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose goes to the basket between the Heat’s Chris Bosh (1) and Ray Allen (34) during the second half Tuesday night in Miami. The Heat won 107-95.

    Rust shows for Rose, Bulls in opening-season loss

    The Bulls didn't lose in preseason, but that experience didn't prepeare them well for the season opener in Miami, While Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng found uncharacteristic foul trouble, Derrick Rose showed some rust in a 107-95 loss.

    Grant Borg of Naperville North moves the ball down feild during the Naperville North vs. Waubonsie Valley boys soccer Class 3A Metea Valley sectional semifinals game Tuesday.

    Waubonsie triumphant in sectional

    The best athletes are able to get the game to slow down. Sometimes it even slows down right in front of them.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Grayslake Central's Nikki Orfanos (19) and Taylor O'Neil celebrate after beating Antioch during the girls regional semifinal volleyball game Tuesday at Lakes High School.

    Casper, Grayslake C. edge Antioch

    A veteran of regional finals, Gabi Casper wanted a swing at playing in another one. So Grayslake Central’s senior outside hitter kept swinging. With power. With precision. With guts. With guile. And she connected. Casper’s career-high 12 kills and 11 from Alex Dahlstrom helped the Rams rally past Antioch 14-25, 25-21, 25-18 in semifinal action at the Class 3A Lakes regional Tuesday night.


    Barrington sails past Lake Forest

    Barrington breezed into the finals of the Class 3A Mundelein boys soccer sectional with a 3-0 victory over Lake Forest on Tuesday afternoon. The Mid-Suburban West champion Broncos will meet Buffalo Grove (8-8-6) in an all-MSL final at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mundelein. The top-seeded Broncos (18-3-4) looked like the team to beat as they struck for the first goal at 11 minutes, then methodically pressed the rest of the way to end the season for the Scouts (13-7-1).

    It was a rough night for Luol Deng and the Bulls as they dropped their season opener to the Heat in Miami.

    So much sports to digest on one very busy day

    On a busy Tuesday in Chicago sports, let's review what sort of news the Bulls, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs made. Starting, of course, with Derrick Rose's first regular-season game in 18 months and moving on to Jose Abreu and Jay Cutler.


    Hawks to visit White House on Monday

    For the second time in four years, the Hawks will be welcomed to the White House on Monday by President Obama in recognition of their 2013 Stanley Cup championship. The Hawks plan to fly to Washington following Sunday’s game against Calgary and visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the morning.

    Jonathan Toews celebrates his third goal of the night Tuesday, giving him his third career hat trick.

    Toews carries Blackhawks to comeback victory

    Jonathon Toews made goalie Nikolai Khabibulin’s second straight shaky start an afterthought Tuesday night by putting the Blackhawks on his back and leading them to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators at the United Center. Toews scored 3 straight goals after Khabibulin was pulled at 11:14 of the second period trailing 4-2.

    Wheaton North’s Zach Oslund and St. Charles East’s Jacob Sterling fight for the ball.

    St. Charles East finishes off Wheaton North

    St. Charles East’s boys soccer team certainly made a believer out of Wheaton North coach Tim McEvilly Tuesday night. “I don’t know if offensively there’s a more dangerous team in the state of Illinois – I certainly haven’t seen it,” McEvilly said after watching the Saints (20-1-4) record a 5-0 victory over his Falcons (7-12-1) in the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional semifinals at Gary Scholz Stadium.

    Burlington Central’s Nate McMahon, left, races Freeport’s Andrew Woods to the ball during a soccer sectional semifinal game at Burlington on Tuesday night.

    Sectional title shot for Burlington Central

    Burlington Central boys soccer midfielder Alan Camarena is magic. For the second-straight game, Camarena gave the Rockets a much-needed heroic lift with another game-winner, this time in a 2-0 Class 2A sectional semifinal win over Freeport hosted by Burlington Central on Rocket Hill Tuesday. The win vaults the Rockets (22-2) into the sectional final against Wheaton Academy Friday at 6 p.m. Wheaton Academy, which finished fourth in Class 2A last year, downed Belvidere 7-0 in Tuesday’s second semifinal.


    Burlington Central trips up Hampshire

    Burlington Central’s girls volleyball team had to rally from an early deficit in Game 2 against rival Hampshire Tuesday night, but the Rockets weathered the storm. The Rockets overcame a 16-10 deficit to pull out Game 2. A big service run by Caiti Seibert was key in the Rockets’ comeback. With Central trailing 16-11, she served 5 straight points to pull the Rockets even. After Hampshire regained the lead, Allie O’Reilly served 3 points, including a pair of aces, to put Central ahead and top-seeded BC finished off a 25-14, 25-23 win to advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final against host Genoa-Kingston, which defeated St. Edward in 3 sets in Tuesday’s second semifinal.


    Genoa-Kingston denies St. Edward in marathon

    What if a demolition derby went into overtime? That might be the best way to describe how Genoa-Kingston defeated St. Edward in the semifinals of the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston girls volleyball regional Tuesday night. After dropping the first game, the Cogs ground out a pair of overtime wins for a 14-25, 26-24, 30-28 win. Genoa will face Burlington Central for the regional title at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Rockets downed Hampshire, 25-14, 25-23 in Tuesday’s first match.


    Steen’s late goal lifts Blues over Jets 3-2

    Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59.4 seconds left to break a tie and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

    The Lakes team celebrate after beating Wauconda during the girls volleyball regional semifinal game Tuesday at Lakes.

    Behrendt, Lakes bear down against Wauconda

    Wauconda coach Alison Williams nonchalantly extended her right arm after her players tried unsuccessfully to keep alive an attack by Lakes’ hard-hitting Megan Behrendt. And not even Williams’ whack could keep Behrendt’s spike in play. No one was stopping the home team — and, particularly, Behrendt — in Tuesday’s first Class 3A volleyball regional semifinal at Lakes. The Eagles, the top seed in their own regional, won 27-25, 25-20 to end the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ season. Behrendt slammed 5 consecutive kills, including the one that Wauconda’s coach fended off, in the second set alone to help Lakes extend its lead to 19-10. The 5-foot-8 sophomore hitter had 10 kills in the set and 13 for the match.


    Buffalo Grove lands spot in sectional final

    It hardly seems possible that a No. 15 seed would navigate through higher-seeded waters all the way to the promised land of a Class 3A boys soccer sectional championship. Strange as it may seem, that’s what Buffalo Grove (8-8-6) will be doing this Friday when it meets top seed and Mid-Suburban League rival Barrington in the Mundelein sectional final. The Bison got off to a rip-roaring start, then held off a furious fight-back from another overachiever, No. 14 seed Carmel Catholic, before finishing off the Corsairs 2-1 in the second semifinal match of the night at Mundelein. Earlier, No. 1 Barrington (18-3-4) cruised to a 3-0 victory over Lake Forest.

    Mitch McGuire of Naperville Central goes up for a header during the Naperville Central vs. Neuqua Valley boys soccer Class 3A Metea Valley sectional semifinals Tuesday in Aurora.

    Early deficit no concern to Naperville Central

    Naperville Central doesn’t have a panic mode. Even when the Redhawks are down, they tend to keep their composure and play their game. They found themselves down 1-0 after one half during Tuesday’s Class 3A Metea Valley sectional semifinal but responded with a pair of headers from Ben Border to beat Neuqua Valley 2-1. With the victory the Redhawks advanced to Saturday’s sectional title game against Waubonsie Valley.


    Providence run ends Rosary’s season

    Rosary ended up being as green as the Providence Catholic girls volleyball jerseys Tuesday night in Aurora. The Royals’ collective youthfulness and inexperience unraveled down the stretch at the Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic regional semifinals.

    Miami Heat’s LeBron James gestures during an NBA championship ring ceremony Tuesday night, before the Heat’s basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami. James would score 17 points in the Heat’s 107-95 win over the Bulls.

    Heat get rings, then hold off Bulls 107-95

    LeBron James scored 17 points, Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point tries, and the Miami Heat took control with 17 straight second-quarter points on the way to spoiling Derrick Rose’s return and beating the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.

    Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) passes the puck past Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday in Chicago. Toews would later get his revenge with three goals during the game and a win over the Senators.

    Toews’ hat trick powers Blackhawks past Senators

    Jonathan Toews had three goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 14 saves in relief of an ineffective Nikolai Khabibulin and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 on Tuesday night.


    Huntley, Harvest Christian post wins

    Huntley d. Belvidere North: Erin Lyman had 7 kills and 6 digs and Emily Westermeyer added 2 aces, 3 kills and 5 digs as Huntley won 25-13, 25-19 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Rockford Jefferson regional. Kelsey DeWulf added 22 assists, 4 kills and 3 digs for the Red Raiders (23-13), who will play DeKalb Thursday at 6 p.m. for the regional title.Harvest Christian d. Faith Lutheran: Sydney Doby had 5 aces and 7 kills, Ellie Burzlaff 4 kills and 2 digs and Shayna Manusos 5 aces, 3 assists and 7 digs as Harvest rolled to a 25-7, 25-4 win in the semifinals of its own Class 1A regional Jayde Martinez added 4 aces, 15 assist and 5 digs for the Lions, who will take on Westminster Christian in the 6 p.m. regional final on Thursday.Westminster Christian d. Alden-Hebron: Claire Speweik had 11 kills and 16 assists and Savannah Dutcher added 6 kills as the Warriors won 25-13, 25-21 in the second semifinal at the Class 1A Harvest Christian regional. Courtney Gnan added 5 kills and Emma Kovachevich had 3 aces and 8 assists for Westminster (21-11-3), which will face top-seeded Harvest Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday for the regional title.

    Chicago Bulls Carlos Boozer (5) and Mike Dunleavy battle for a rebound with the Miami Heat’s Chris Andersen (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat
    Images from the Chicago Bulls' season-opening 107-95 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami against LeBron James and the Heat. Derrick Rose made his reappearance after sitting out a season due to injury, and Carlos Boozer scored 31.


    Benet takes first step on road to state

    Benet took the first step toward defending its state title. The two-time defending Class 4A champion Redwings overcame a determined Plainfield East squad to earn a 25-13, 26-24 victory over the 15th-seeded Bengals in the Plainfield East regional semifinals Tuesday evening. Benet (31-5) will play in Thursday night’s regional final against No. 8 Lockport.


    York eliminates Larkin

    Larkin senior standout Olivia Kofie only needed a few kills to surpass 300 this volleyball season, but reaching the mark appeared in jeopardy for a while Tuesday. The Western Michigan-bound Kofie and the Royals then regrouped in the second game, but it couldn’t prevent a 25-11, 25-23 loss to York in the Class 4A York regional semifinals. The Dukes (23-11) meet St. Charles East (30-6) for the regional title at 6 p.m. Thursday.


    Prentiss powers Libertyville past Mundelein

    It seems like Libertyville senior Rhiannon Prentiss has the best of both worlds in her sport of volleyball. In club, she plays nothing but defense as a libero. But come high school season, she moves outside and gets a chance to play offense. On Tuesday night in the historic Waukegan gym, Prentiss took her turn serving against Mundelein. Her Wildcats were up in the first set 20-13 at the time. She never left the serving line until the set was over, and she made sure her Wildcats would prevail by registering a pair of kills. Libertyville (26-10) continued to play winning volleyball with an impressive 25-13, 25-17 victory over Mundelein in a regional semifinal match.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien shouts instructions to his team during Saturday’s road loss to Ohio State.

    Penn St. coach defensive about shaky defense

    Penn State coach Bill O’Brien stuck up for defensive coordinator John Butler after a historic defeat that saw the Nittany Lions allow the most points surrendered by the program in 114 years.

    Minnesota defensive lineman Jordan Hinojosa (96), his teammates and fans celebrate after the Gophers beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-23 on Saturday in Minneapolis.

    Kill works way back in with winning Gophers

    Jerry Kill has begun to work his way back into the job. The Minnesota coach won’t be back on the sideline yet Saturday when the Gophers play at Indiana, though, and Kill just might keep it that way the rest of the season. Hey, his team has won two games in a row. What’s the rush?


    Wheeling motors ahead, makes sectional final

    The Mid-Suburban League boys soccer champs have earned another road trip to Evanston.Wheeling advanced in the Class 3A boys soccer playoffs by edging New Trier 1-0 on Tuesday night in sectional semifinal play at Evanston.The Wildcats (20-1-2) will compete in Saturday’s sectional championship game against the host Wildkits at Lazier Field. The start time for that contest has been moved to 3 p.m.Evanston advanced by edging Maine South 2-1 in Tuesday’s earlier semifinal.After a scoreless first half, Wheeling’s Ivan Mancilla had the game’s only goal with an assist from Jose Garcia.Wildcats goalkeeper Gary Mendoza made 8 saves to earn the shutout.


    Wheaton North gets past South Elgin

    Leading 24-21 in the opening set of the Class 4A South Elgin regional semifinal, the No. 10 seed and host Storm looked ready to defend their home court against No. 7 Wheaton North. The Falcons had a different plan rallying for a 26-24 win in Game 1 before controlling Game 2 with a 25-16 victory to send them to Thursday’s title game against No. 2 St. Charles North. The North Stars ended the Falcons’ season last year in the regional semifinals.


    Crystal Lake South keeps rolling along

    Like a relentless drumbeat the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team kept pounding away Tuesday in a Class 4A Dundee-Crown regional semifinal. Cary-Grove defended quite a few hot shots from the CL South hitting triumvirate of Carly Nolan, Avalon Nero and Nicole Slimko, but the cumulative effect of their powerful spikes and smart tips eventually wore down the younger Trojans for a 25-21, 25-20 victory.

    Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte could be feeling the pressure with quarterback Jay Cutler out for at least three weeks. Forte is seventh in the NFL with 533 rushing yeards and he’s averaging 21.6 touches per game.

    Will Bears rely more on effective run game?

    Bears coach Marc Trestman says no one player will have to pick up all the slack left by the loss of injured quarterback Jay Cutler, but the team could look to running back Matt Forte for more production.


    Jagr sets NHL record with 119th game-winning goal

    Jaromir Jagr became the NHL’s leader in game-winning goals, scoring on a second-period breakaway to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The 684th goal of Jagr’s 20-year NHL career, gave him 119 game-winners, putting him one ahead of Hall of Famer Phil Esposito.


    Canadiens slip past Stars 2-1

    Rene Bourque scored in the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves and the Montreal Canadiens downed the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night.


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

    Chicago Cubs’ Darwin Barney, top, is upended as he forces out Milwaukee Brewers’ Rickie Weeks at second base and throws on to first base for a double play on Brewers’ Ryan Braun during the first inning of a baseball game, Aug. 20, 2012, in Milwaukee. Barney lost out on the Rawlings Golden Glove to Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips.

    Reds’ Phillips beats out Barney for Gold Glove

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney fell short in his bid to win a second straight Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence. The Reds' Brandon Phillips, who lost his Gold Glove title to Barney in 2012, regained it this season. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo fell short to the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt.

    Chicago White Sox’s Paul Konerko has a few choices ahead of him: return to the White Sox for his 16th and final season, retire or play one more year with another major league club.

    Door still open for Konerko to return to White Sox

    What does the Jose Abreu signing mean for longtime captain Paul Konerko's future? White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said it's still too early to tell, and he'll know more after meeting with Konerko in November.

    Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) puts up a shot while defended by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Indianapolis.

    Pacers pull away from Magic, 97-87

    Paul George scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert added 16 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 97-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

    Anaheim Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano, right celebrates with Daniel Winnik (34) after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday in Philadelphia.

    Palmieri scores 2 to lift Ducks past Flyers, 3-2

    Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

    New York Rangers’ Benoit Pouliot (67) looks to pass away as New York Islanders’ Radek Martinek (4) skates in during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Rangers won the game 3-2.

    Rangers rally in 3rd to beat Islanders 3-2

    Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh scored third-period goals, and the New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Trailing 2-1 after two periods, McDonagh got the Rangers even at 4:59 with their second power-play goal of the night. Pouliot netted the game-winner off a pass from Carl Hagelin with 6:14 left.

    Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has good reason to smile after signing a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox.

    White Sox believe Abreu deal will pay dividends

    The White Sox and free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu officially agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract Tuesday. That is the largest deal in franchise history, and the Sox are confident Abreu has the offensive skills to make it pay off.

    Grounds crew members dismantle the batting cage after the Boston Red Sox’s workout Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. The last time the Red Sox won a World Series at home Woodrow Wilson was president, television hadn’t been invented yet and the designated hitter didn’t exist.

    Home at last: Red Sox hope to win title at Fenway

    Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park. When the Red Sox last won a World Series at home, Babe Ruth, Carl Mays and Harry Hooper were the stars in September 1918, a season cut short by World War I. Ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2, the Red Sox have two chances to reward their faithful.


    Blackhawks to visit White House on Monday

    The Chicago Blackhawks will visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday to celebrate their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons. The Blackhawks will begin the day with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spend time with wounded soldiers and thank them for their service.

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks into the dugout after a workout Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday.

    Streaking Ortiz 1 win from 3rd World Series title

    One win from his third championship in 10 years, Boston's David Ortiz will take a .733 World Series batting average into Game 6 on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ortiz has one-third of Red Sox's hits against St. Louis, while the rest of the Red Sox are batting .151. “I was born for this,” he said.

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook scrambles against Purdue’s Ryan Russell, center, and Anthony Brown during the fourth quarter of the Oct. 19 game in East Lansing, Mich. Heading into the final month of regular season Michigan State is battling for supremacy in the Big Ten’s Legends Division with Michigan and Nebraska.

    Spartans have Legends lead on line vs. Michigan

    As if there weren’t already enough riding on the outcome — bragging rights, an upper hand in recruiting, national rankings and just a general dislike of the opponent — Saturday’s Michigan at Michigan State game also could decide who plays in the Big Ten championship game.

    Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough protects during an extra point attempt during the Oct. 19 game against Purdue in East Lansing, Mich.

    Bullough embracing Michigan St-Michigan rivalry

    With a family history at Michigan State that stretches back decades, Max Bullough learned at an early age that this is no ordinary game. “I’d go to school and other kids liked Michigan, and we’d start talking back and forth even when we were little,” said Bullough, now a senior linebacker for the Spartans' top-ranked defense.


    Hazell tries to fix problems, keep Purdue on track

    Purdue coach Darrell Hazell dissects the same problems every week. Too many turnovers, not enough third-down conversions or points and a defense that stays on the field far too long.

    Iowa linebacker James Morris brings down Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter during the first half of Saturday’s win in Iowa City.

    Morris keys revitalized Hawkeyes

    Linebacker James Morris has been a fixture on Iowa’s defense since 2010, emerging as a star freshman on a team that finished well below expectations. Morris is closing out his career with one of the better seasons in recent school history — and has emerged as a key for a team on a surprising run.

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly watches the second quarter of Saturday’s road game against Air Force.

    Notre Dame 11-1 in November in last 3 seasons

    The list of teams that have beaten Notre Dame in the month of November under coach Brian Kelly is short: Stanford in 2011. The Fighting Irish have won their other 10 games in November during that span, a 90.9 winning percentage. It’s a better winning percentage for the month than Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, Frank Leahy and even Knute Rockne.

    Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has two years of eligibility left.

    Golson says suspension due to ‘poor judgment’ on test

    Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said he used “poor judgment on a test,” which is what got him suspended for the fall semester. “It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that,” he told Sports Illustrated in a video posted by the magazine. Asked directly if he cheated on a test, Golson said: “Yeeeeeeeaaaahhh, something like that.”

    He's feeling better, but quarter Jay Cutler isn't as optimistic as Brandon Marshall is about when Cutler will be cleared to play for the Bears.

    Cutler optimistic but cautious on his return

    Jay Cutler's not quite as optimistic regarding his return as wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but the Bears' quarterback hopes to be back from a torn groin muscle as soon as possible.


    With Rush gone, AFL sets realignment for 2014 season

    With the Chicago Rush franchise sitting out the season after failing to find a bankable owner, Arena Football League executives met in Elk Grove Village this week to announce the league’s realignment and share best marketing practices as it prepares for its 27th season in 2014. With 14 teams in the mix, AFL officials announced division alignment for the 2014 season on Tuesday. The AFL will feature four divisions within two conferences based on geographic relationships, according to a statement released by the AFL.


    NCH hosts free ostomy vendor fair and stoma clinic

    Northwest Community Healthcare’s Ostomy Support Group is hosting its annual Ostomy Vendor Fair and Stoma Clinic from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Attendees can meet with representatives from major medical supply companies who will showcase the latest products for ostomy and stoma care.

    Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. A lawsuit by Joe Paterno’s family and others against the NCAA is scheduled to go to court Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, one day after Penn State announced settlements with 26 young men over claims of abuse by Jerry Sandusky.

    Paterno family lawsuit vs. NCAA to go before judge

    A lawsuit by Joe Paterno’s family and others against the NCAA was heading to court one day after Penn State announced settlements with 26 young men over claims of abuse by Jerry Sandusky. The lawsuit by Paterno’s family challenges penalties the NCAA imposed against the school — including voiding 111 wins that occurred while Paterno was head coach.


    Cubs need a veteran manager with support

    Mike North thinks the Chicago Cubs must really have believed that Joe Girardi would leave the New York Yankees, because he doesn't believe they would have gotten rid of Dale Sveum otherwise. And he's not convinced they ever had a back-up plan.

    Will we see a repeat of this scene from 2012 in the 2014 NBA Playoffs?

    Bulls season begins: Who will reign in 2014?

    With a new NBA season starting on Tuesday, here's a look at several key questions around the league. Will the Heat three-peat? Can Kobe make an incredible comeback? And should the Bulls go ahead an sleep on Brooklyn?

    Prospect girls golf varsity team members Isabella Flack, left, and Ally Scaccia, center, are congratulated by assistant boys football coach Tim Beishir, right, before a pep rally celebrating the Prospect girls varsity golf team State Championship.

    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, volleyball and girls state tennis.



    Deere sells stake in landscape business for $300 million

    Farm and construction gear maker Deere & Co. says it reached a deal to sell a majority interest in its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, for $300 million. The deal leaves Deere with a 40 percent stake in the business.


    Topinka announcing new financial records database

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is traveling the state this week to announce a new database that will make local government financial information available. Topinka's first news conference is set for Monday morning in Chicago. She'll make six other stops in Rockford, Moline, Springfield, Peoria, Quincy and Carbondale. The tour runs through Wednesday.


    Lawmakers promote public input on budget

    Two state senators say partisan bickering over the state's budget should be set aside for the sake of Illinois residents. Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski and McHenry Republican Pam Althoff touted the results of a survey of Illinois residents at a Tuesday news conference in Chicago.

    “I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as she began her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.

    Medicare chief apologizes for ‘Obamacare’ woes

    Move over, website woes. Lawmakers confronted the Obama administration Tuesday with a difficult new health care problem — a wave of cancellation notices hitting small businesses and individuals who buy their own insurance. At the same time, the federal official closest to the website apologized for its dysfunction in new sign-ups and asserted things are getting better by the day.

    Daily Herald Assistant Managing Editor Jim Slusher participates in a public forum on pension reform last spring. The Inland Press Association cited such examples in awarding the newspaper its Community Leadership Award.

    Daily Herald wins for Community Leadership, Editorial Excellence
    For the sixth time in 10 years, the Daily Herald received the Inland Press Association's Community Leadership Award for large-circulation newspapers -- an unprecedented string of recognition by the organization, which represents newspapers from throughout North America.

    Samsung wristwatches with touchscreen displays are seen in a Samsung showroom in Seoul, South Korea. Smartwatches are being talked up by tech companies, but it remains to be seen whether there’s a market for them.

    Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one?

    Why the big push for computerized watches? It’s not coming from consumers, says Jonathan Gaw, a research manager at IDC. Rather, it’s a product in search of a market — and an expensive one at that.

    Sears is considering separating its Lands’ End and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company. The retailer also plans to continue closing some unprofitable stores as it moves forward on its turnaround efforts, the company announced Tuesday.

    Sears considering spinning off Lands’ End

    It’s like watching an old friend slowly fall apart. Hoffman Estates-based Sears, once the place where families could go for an afternoon of one-stop shopping for everything from clothing to appliances to car parts, has struggled amid declining sales and stiff competition.

    U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes climbing to records, as earnings from Pfizer Inc. to Xylem Inc. beat estimates and data indicating slower growth fueled bets the Federal Reserve will maintain stimulus.

    Dow closes at a record high as Fed meeting begins

    Investors drove the Dow Jones industrial average to an all-time high Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep its economic stimulus program in place. The Dow rose 111.42 points, or 0.7 percent, to 15,680.35. The Dow also got a big boost from IBM, which announced that it would but $15 billion more of its own stock.

    United reached a new labor deal for 28,000 baggage handlers and other ground workers Tuesday that gets the airline closer to fully absorbing Continental.

    Ground workers at United approve new contract

    A new labor deal for 28,000 baggage handlers and other ground workers at United Airlines gives raises to the workers and gets the airline closer to fully absorbing Continental. The contract approved Tuesday covers roughly 28,000 workers who came from both United as well as Continental before they merged in 2010.


    Archer Daniels Midland 3Q profit up, revenue down

    Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings more than doubled partly on increased profit margins on ethanol, but its results fell short of last year when adjusted to exclude an inventory credit. Revenue fell 2 percent but beat analysts’ forecasts.

    After a 16-day partial government shutdown and a batch of tepid economic data, no one thinks the Fed is ready to reduce its stimulus when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-30, 2013. Many analysts now predict it will maintain the pace of the bond purchases into next year.

    Dimmer view of economy makes Fed pullback unlikely

    A lot can change in six weeks. When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, it pulled a surprise by deciding not to slow its $85 billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. Its bond buying has been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to support the economy. And now? After a 16-day partial government shutdown and a batch of tepid economic data, no one thinks the Fed will reduce its stimulus when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday.

    U.S. home prices rose in August from a year earlier at the fastest pace since February 2006. But the price gains slowed in many cities from July, a sign that the spike in prices over the past year may have peaked.

    U.S. home prices rise at fastest pace since 2006

    U.S. home prices rose in August from a year earlier at the fastest pace since February 2006. But the price gains slowed in many cities from July, a sign that the spike in prices over the past year may have peaked.

    A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.

    Outside drop in autos, U.S. retail spending rises

    A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.

    Americans’ confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.

    U.S. consumer confidence plunges on gov’t shutdown

    Americans’ confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.


    Obama administration lowers health sign-up expectations

    The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president’s historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured.

    Casino companies write off tens of millions of dollars in bad debt each year. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates.

    Deadbeat gamblers as economic indicator?

    How do you know the economy is coming back? High rollers are paying their gambling debts. All four major U.S. casino corporations bumped up their allowances for bad debt during the recession, with one company estimating that fewer than half of outstanding debts would be repaid. Now, companies have lowered their estimates to pre-recession rates.

    Navistar ís headquartered in Lisle, at the former Lucent Technologies facility.

    Navistar Financial closes $250 million wholesale funding deal

    Lisle-based Navistar Financial Corp., an affiliate of Navistar International Corp., has sold $250 million of wholesale floor plan notes in a two-year 144-A securitized transaction to support its dealer inventory funding.

    The Google[x] group’s “Project Glass”, an early prototype of Google’s futuristic Internet-connected glasses.

    Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

    Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday.


    Airlines and feds agree to mediator in merger case

    American Airlines, US Airways and the U.S. Justice Department say that they have agreed on a mediator to try to settle the government’s lawsuit against the airlines’ proposed merger. But if they can’t settle, the sides are preparing for a trial scheduled to start Nov. 25.


    U. of Chicago plans new center in India

    The University of Chicago says it plans to open a new center in India next spring. The university said in a news release Monday the new Center in Delhi will focus on a range of subjects, including business, economics, law, science, culture and medicine.

Life & Entertainment

    The high-wire Danguir Troupe performs in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show “Built to Amaze!” coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

    Best bets: Ringling Bros. plans to 'Amaze!' at Allstate

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns with its 143rd edition called “Built to Amaze!” first at Rosemont's Allstate Arena and then at Chicago's United Center. Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow shares some of his favorite stories in his one-man show, “Stories By Heart,” first in Elgin and then in Skokie this weekend. Shemekia Copeland sings the blues Saturday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Robert Glasper, “Black Radio 2”

    Robert Glasper smooth on ‘Black Radio 2’

    After winning the best R&B album Grammy this year for “Black Radio,” the Robert Glasper Experiment returns with a new release that could easily put them in the running for another. The Experiment continues its revival of jazz and neo soul on “Black Radio 2,” which takes the band’s rebellion against genre integration one step further.

    Espresso Black Bean Chili starts with dried beans (not canned) and M. Eileen Brown says you can taste the difference.

    Soupalooza: Don't be scared off by cooking with dried beans

    When it comes to cooking with dried beans should you soak, or not? That's the question M. Eileen Brown faced when tackling a batch of black bean chili. "For something so ubiquitous and so elemental, cooking dried beans seems to stir up all kinds of opinions, controversies and, for me, angst," she writes.


    Come to an agreement on how to handle husband’s family

    Her husband's family can be rude and very opinionated. She tries to stay on neutral topics but they insist on giving their views whether she likes it or not. Carolyn Hax says the couple needs to decide the best way to handle the situation.

    Espresso Black Bean Chili starts with dried beans (not canned) and M. Eileen Brown says you can taste the difference.

    Espresso Black Bean Chili
    Black Bean Chili with Espresso

    Tyler Blackburn stars in the ABC Family spinoff series “Ravenwood.”

    Tyler Blackburn talks about move to ‘Ravenswood’

    Tyler Blackburn says it was bittersweet to leave ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” to star in the supernatural spinoff, “Ravenswood,” which premiered last week. “That show has been so wonderful. It’s changed my life,” Blackburn said. “Ravenswood” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Blackburn plays Caleb Rivers, one of five teens whose lives are intertwined by a deadly curse that’s plagued Ravenswood for generations. Caleb arrived in Ravenswood to meet his “PLL” girlfriend, Hanna, who encouraged him to stay and help a new friend.

    Dig in to one of the many breakfast offerings at the recently opened Sweet Berry Cafe in South Elgin.

    Dining events: South Elgin’s Sweet Berry a new brunch option

    Life is sweet at Sweet Berry Cafe, says owner Dan Mataragas. Mataragas opened the South Elgin restaurant earlier this year with made-to-order breakfast and lunch options. Head to Q-BBQ to have your Thanksgiving dinner on a bun in the form of their new specialty sandwich.

    Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in a biopic on the comedian.

    Emile Hirsch to play John Belushi in biopic

    Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in a biopic on the comedian. Production company Film 360 confirmed Monday the casting of Hirsch in the currently untitled independent feature.

    EA Sports’ popular PGA Tour game will no longer be named for Tiger Woods.

    EA Sports, Tiger cut ties on golf video game

    EA Sports’ popular PGA Tour game will no longer be named for Tiger Woods. The company announced on its blog that it and Woods have made a “mutual decision to end our partnership” and that the company would keep working with the PGA Tour on its next golf title.

    Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas announced Tuesday they’re ending their highly successful run.

    The Jonas Brothers announce breakup

    The Jonas Brothers are disbanding. Nick, Joe and Kevin announced Tuesday they’re ending their highly successful run. The news comes after the brothers abruptly canceled their tour over creative differences earlier this month.

    Singer Chris Brown, center, departs the H. Carl Moultriel courthouse Monday in Washington. A charge against the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been reduced to a misdemeanor and he was ordered released after his arrest Sunday following an altercation outside a Washington hotel.

    Chris Brown released after assault charge reduced

    Chris Brown’s misdemeanor assault charge in Washington, D.C., could further complicate the R&B singer’s unsettled legal situation. Additional time behind bars remains a possibility for the singer — both in the District of Columbia and California — where Brown remains on probation for his 2009 beating of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna. Brown emerged from a Washington court on Monday flashing a peace sign after spending more than a day in custody on a charge filed after a man accused the Grammy winner and his bodyguard of punching him and breaking his nose outside a local hotel.

    Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, left, and Brian Kelley play the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates Thursday, Oct. 31. The concert sold out in less than five minutes.

    Florida Georgia Line bringing the party to the Sears Centre

    Sixteen months ago, Florida Georgia Line didn't have a record deal. Now they're shattering music records while taking Nashville by storm. In the midst of their first national headlining tour, the band hits the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates Thursday, Oct. 31. The Halloween night concert sold out in less than five minutes — a Sears Centre record.

    For fall entertaining, chef Susie Wolak suggests pumpkin creme brulee.

    Pumpkin Creme Brûlée
    Creme Brulee

    What has Michael Pennisi been up to since winning the 2012 Cook of the Year?

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Playing catch-up (ketchup?) with our 2012 crew

    What have our 2012 Cook of the Week Challenge contestants been up to in the past year? What new ingredients have they discovered? What new tastes have they experienced?

    James Kahn said that being a practicing physician has given him a level of empathy that has helped in his storytelling, no matter what the medium.

    Des Plaines native’s writing just what doctor ordered

    Des Plaines native James Kahn wanted to be a writer, but figured the financial prospects weren’t good. So he followed in his dad’s footsteps by becoming a doctor. That didn’t stop him from writing novels, short stories, television screenplays and novelizations based on the screenplays to “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Poltergeist II,” “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

    “Dallas 1963,” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, provides a chilling portrait of a city terrified by the election of a young, charismatic leader viewed by many as a threat to their way of life.

    ‘Dallas 1963’ paints picture of city twisted by anger

    “Dallas 1963” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis provides a chilling portrait of a city terrified by the election of a young, charismatic leader viewed by many as a threat to their way of life. It stays clear of conspiracy theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and takes a “just the facts” approach in painting a vivid picture of a volatile city during that time. The book tracks Dallas from early 1960 to late 1963 and introduces a colorful cast of characters.

    Ugg Australia’s Bailey style added a button to the brand’s classic boot. It was part of a successful formula to keep core customers while wooing new ones.

    Ode to Ugg: In or out, boots have staying power

    Take that, trend-watchers: Ugg Australia’s now-classic boots in their comfy, cozy glory are still going strong after 35 years, having just celebrated their anniversary this month at all the company-owned stores. The sort-of-clunky sheepskin boots have been declared “in” and they’ve been called “out” — many times over. They’ve been knocked off even more. But their loyal fans keep buying them.

    Jason Balbuena, paranormal investigator and night tour coordinator at the Pensacola Lighthouse, is silhouetted by his red-gelled flashlight as he walks up a staircase during a ghost tour at the lighthouse in Pensacola, Fla.

    Ghost stories and tours abound in Southern cities

    A doctor who used a guillotine to perform amputations, a wealthy family marred by insanity and a man murdered inside his sealed and boarded-up mansion are among the stories that frighten willing listeners who line up in towns throughout the South to tour supposedly haunted places. From Charleston, S.C., to Atlanta to New Orleans and beyond, ghost tours are popular with tourists and locals alike, at Halloween and throughout the year. But smaller Southern cities like Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., are also touting their own haunted histories.

    Jessica Seinfeld recently published her third book, “The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified.”

    Seinfeld has help for cooking-phobic with third book

    Jessica Seinfeld’s first two cookbooks “Deceptively Delicious” and “Double Delicious” showed parents how to sneak vegetables into their kids’ meals. She may have helped some families, but she realized there still were plenty who wouldn’t try her recipes — or any recipes — because of their fear of the kitchen. That made her think: “‘You know, I haven’t solved this problem,’ which is the fear of going into the kitchen and turning on the stove or shopping for the right ingredients ... I like to solve problems, so I said, ‘I’m going to look into this.’”

    The Caped Crusader battles Firefly over the streets of Gotham in “Batman: Arkham Origins.”

    Batman’s black-and-blue Christmas in ‘Origins’

    It’s Christmas Eve in Gotham City — not the merriest time to be Bruce Wayne. This year, he’s having a particularly blue Christmas, for the nefarious crime boss Black Mask has put a $50 million bounty on his head. “Batman: Arkham Origins” is a rogues gallery of DC Comics villains, from the familiar (The Penguin, Bane) to the ridiculous (Mad Hatter, Calendar Man). This third installment in Warner Bros.’ Arkham series is a grim take on the character similar to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films.


    "Sleep Out Saturday" raised more than $130,000 last year to help the homeless in DuPage County. (Courtesy of Bridge Communities)

    Editorial: Creative solutions to homelessness needed

    Recognizing the new face of the homeless in the suburbs, a Daily Herald editorial calls for a stepped-up effort to find solutions.


    Syria’s brutality continues at will

    Columnist Michael Gerson: While chemical weapons disarmament proceeds in Syria, so do mass attacks on civilians. In the eastern suburbs of Damascus, where the regime used sarin, it now conducts a siege, blocking the entrance of food and the exit of refugees. This technique involves less sophisticated chemistry, but it is still effective. Aid workers report hunger and malnutrition. Through trial and error, Bashar al-Assad is finding ways to attack women and children that the world finds more acceptable.


    How to improve the road ahead

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.


    Hillary Clinton’s time has arrived
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Hillary Clinton is a bright, intelligent woman and will be well-rested by the next presidential election to take on the devout Republicans who are so narrow-minded. Please take off your blinders and wake up people!


    No consistency in defunding of laws
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: In 2006, President George W. Bush signed a “law” to build a double-layered fence on 700 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico. The Democrats didn’t like it and defunded the “law” the next year. The news media were silent.


    Vote out those not doing anything for us
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: We are supporting this country with our taxes and cuts in benefits. And what do we do about it. Simple! Just vote out all the people now in office and start with new people. Let them know they are in office to help citizens, and if after four years they haven’t done anything they are gone.


    The federal spending goes on and on
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Since the debt will increase from its current level and not be eradicated or decrease at all, the debt crisis has not ended.The vote actually extended the current level of spending until Jan. 15, 2014, so this should be looked on as a delaying tactic by all involved.


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