Daily Archive : Monday November 4, 2013


    Heath Locum

    W. Dundee man accused of arranging to meet teen for sex

    A West Dundee man is accused of arranging to meet a virtual 15-year-old girl for sex in Berwyn Friday, only to find out the “girl” was actually an undercover police officer, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney Office. Heath T. Locum, 44, of the 700 block of South Street, was charged with traveling to meet a minor and indecent solicitation of a child, said Tandra...

    Santa waves to the crowd after arriving at An Almost Winter Day at SEBA Park in South Elgin last year.

    Holidays get an early start with South Elgin’s An Almost Winter Day

    It has become a tradition in the South Elgin community to start the holiday season early. This year the village will hold An Almost Winter Day festival from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at SEBA Park in South Elgin. “We started this event back in 2001 because we wanted a winter-based event,” said Jim Reuter, director of the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department.


    Savers opening new location Nov. 14 in Hoffman Estates

    A new thrift store is opening next week in Hoffman Estates. Savers is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at its newest location, 26 W. Golf Road, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. and include a chance for shoppers to win one of five $100 Savers gift certificates.

    Robert Sperling of Des Plaines renews his drivers license Tuesday with Secretary of State employee Nahida Nasrin on the opening day of a new driver services facility in Des Plaines. Sperling said he lives only a mile away and didn’t have to wait in line at all.

    New secretary of state facility opens in Des Plaines

    Tuesday marked the first day for a new secretary of state driver services facility in Des Plaines, offering a host of services including license renewals, road tests and new license plate stickers. The office moved to the Oak Leaf Commons strip mall at 1468 Lee St., next to the Jewel-Osco, following the closure of its Niles location this spring.


    District 203 looking to consolidate elementary summer school

    Naperville Unit District 203 plans to offer all elementary summer school programs at one location next year, hoping to coordinate with the Naperville Park District to offer a full day of productive activities for kids while school is out, district officials said Monday. All summer school classes for elementary students are scheduled to take place at Mill Street Elementary, pending approval from...


    O’Hare alligator suffering from poor nutrition, bone disease

    Officials said they hope a small and sickly alligator that was found at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend is on its way to a full recovery, but they still have no idea how it got there in the first place. “It’s just a random occurrence,” said police spokesman Jose Estrada. A criminal investigation was never opened, he said.

    The proposed plan for revamping Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles is to remove the shuttered Sears store and make it a centerpiece entrance to Classic Cinemas’ Charlestowne 18 movie theaters.

    St. Charles aldermen approve early Charlestowne design

    The St. Charles city council is expected to vote tonight on the new conceptual site plan for Charlestowne Mall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall, 2 E. Main St. The city’s planning and development committee last week recommended approval of the site plan as well as modifications to the 25-year-old planned unit development ordinance as part of the mall’s redevelopment plans.

    Corey Crawford and all the other Blackhawks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center obliged a double amputee who had a bag full of hockey pucks needing autographs.

    Blackhawks meet president, then the heroes at Walter Reed

    Monday was a whirlwind day for the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions who traveled to Washington to visit with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center and the First Fan at The White House, President Barack Obama. Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi provides an inside account of the emotional and uplifting day.


    Naperville teen dies in Indianapolis crash

    A Naperville teenager was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in struck a fire department in Indianapolis during a police chase early Monday morning, according to the Indianapolis Star.

    Kate McDermott and James Earl Jones II co-starred in First Folio Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” which earned David Rice a 2013 Jeff Award for new adaptation.

    Oak Brook theater leads suburban Jeff winners

    First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook bested its suburban competition, picking up two 2013 Joseph Jefferson Awards for its acclaimed revival of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” during Monday’s ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago-area equity theater. First Folio co-founder David Rice earned honors for adaptation. He and Michael Keefe won for original music. “I love Chicago theater,” exclaimed Rice, who...

    Village President Jim Hansen was remembered during a village board meeting in South Elgin on Monday night. Hansen died over the weekend after a battle with cancer. A gavel and nameplate accompanied Hansen’s vacant seat.

    South Elgin board pays tribute to Jim Hansen

    Silence spoke volumes as the South Elgin village board met Monday, three days after longtime Village President Jim Hansen died after a nearly five-month battle with lung cancer. Village Clerk Margo Gray’s voice cracked as she called for the president during roll call, and then acting President and Trustee John Sweet asked that a moment of silence be observed after the recital of the Pledge of...

    An annakut, which translates to “mountain of food,”is part of the five-day celebration known as Diwali.

    Hindus celebrate festival of lights at Bartlett Hindu mandir

    Hundreds of Hindus have been gathering at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, or temple, in Bartlett over the weekend and early this week to celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of lights. Small lamps, colorful clothing and sweet smells from Indian food could be found throughout the elaborate temple Monday, which marked the first day of the Hindu new year.

    Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges says the expansion next year of all-day kindergarten to students at all 14 of the district’s elementary schools will help educators provide the best head start they can for the district’s youngest learners. The school board Monday night unanimously approved extension of the program to seven more elementary schools beginning in August 2014.

    All-day kindergarten approved for all Dist. 203 schools next year

    Elementary principals at the seven schools in Naperville Unit District 203 that did not begin all-day kindergarten this year applauded Monday as the school board approved expansion of the program to their buildings next year. “I’m very excited. I know this is the best decision for children,” said Gwen Bockman, principal of Maplebrook Elementary.


    Transcript of Obama honoring Blackhawks

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    Sen. Rand Paul in recent days has sought to dismiss criticism over similarities between his speeches and entries in Wikipedia.

    Paul seeks to dismiss criticism of plagiarism

    For days now, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has sought to dismiss criticism over similarities between his speeches and material on Wikipedia, accusing “footnote police” and “hacks and haters” of unfairly criticizing him.

    Sen. Mark Kirk spoke on the Senate floor for the first time since his stroke, talking against job discrimination against gays and lesbians.

    Sen. Kirk makes first floor speech since stroke

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, made his first speech on the Senate floor since suffering a stroke to urge lawmakers' approval of legislation to outlaw hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. “I think it's particularly appropriate for an Illinois Republican to speak on behalf of this measure in the true tradition of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln,"...


    Barrington fire district to have 3 assistant chiefs

    Less than two months before they’ll be operating independently, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees Monday approved another automatic-aid agreement with a neighbor and authorized the hire of three part-time assistant chiefs. Officials added an auto-aid agreement with the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District to ones they approved two weeks ago with the fire departments of...

    Kirk Catherwood poses with South Middle School sixth-graders who wrote letters for Operation Gratitude to servicemen overseas.

    Arlington Heights students hear moving story from veteran

    When Alec Catherwood left for boot camp just four days after graduating high school in 2010, his father knew he would never see his son again. "I knew he wasn't coming home," said Kirk Catherwood, a veteran himself who graduated from Arlington High School and who returned to Arlington Hts. Monday to speak to middle school students.

    This photo provided by the Calabasas Courier, a student publication of Calabasas, Calif., High School, shows teacher Brian Ludmer in September 2012. Ludmer, 29, a Lake Forest native, was the lone civilian wounded by gunfire in the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport Friday.

    Lake Forest native shot at LAX upgraded to good condition

    Officials say Lake Forest native Brian Ludmer, who was wounded at Los Angeles International Airport in Friday’s attack, has been upgraded to good condition.

    Ginni Kent of Glen Ellyn and her teammates are running the Naperville Half Marathon to support Spinal Cord Injury Sucks, a charity her son, Geoff, started.

    Naperville charity runners to raise funds to battle spinal cord injuries

    The name Spinal Cord Injury Sucks raises eyebrows, but Ginni Kent of Glen Ellyn will be wearing it proudly across her chest as she completes her first half marathon Sunday in Naperville, raising money for the charity her son founded after suffering a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the chest down in 2007. “Doing it for a cause just inspires you so much more that you push harder,...

    This image made from video provided by Egypt’s Interior Ministry shows ousted President Mohammed Morsi speaking from the defendant’s cage as he stands with co-defendants in a makeshift courtroom during a trial hearing in Cairo, Egypt, Monday.

    Egypt’s Morsi defiant as his trial begins

    Ousted President Mohammed Morsi refused to wear a prison jumpsuit, entering the caged dock in a dark business suit as his co-defendants applauded. He defiantly questioned the legitimacy of the court and proclaimed himself still Egypt’s leader. His fellow Muslim Brotherhood members chanted, “Down with military rule!”

    Comedian Marina Franklin spent her childhood moving around the Chicago area, including Highland Park, Chicago’s South Side and finally Park Forest.

    After being a Highland Park black kid, ‘comedy was survival’

    Marina Franklin was the only black girl in her Highland Park elementary school, but then her family moved to a rough neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, and then to racially mixed Park Forest. “I had to be a funny kid to survive the moving," said Franklin, a rising star in the standup comedy world, who recently opened for Chris Rock and co-stars in Showtime's "Women Who Kill" comedy...

    Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, flanked by Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, left, and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, talks to reporters Monday after the Senate cleared a major hurdle and agreed to proceed to debate a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

    Gay rights bill clears first hurdle in Senate

    The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

    Rigoberto Ayala-Villareal

    Aurora police find 4½ pounds of cocaine in car

    An Aurora man is being held on a $2 million bail after Aurora police found more than 4.5 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle during a recent traffic stop, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

    This artist’s rendition provided by NASA shows Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

    Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets

    Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life.

    New Hampshire lawmakers have a bill this session to ban the use and sales of sky lanterns in that state because they say the lanterns represent a fire risk.

    U.S. fire officials see danger in paper sky lanterns

    Thin paper sky lanterns, lit from inside by candles that send them floating aloft, have been popular for centuries at Asian festivals, but U.S. fire officials want them banned. The National Association of State Fire Marshals calls them uncontrolled fire hazards.


    McHenry man charged after ATV crash

    A McHenry man who was injured in an ATV crash Sunday has been charged with driving under the influence, McHenry County Sheriff’s officials said.


    Police: Men offered kids candy in St. Charles

    St. Charles police say two men approached a group of children Sunday and attempted to give them candy before speeding away.


    Give winter wear to Elgin crisis center

    The Elgin Fire Department is collecting winter wear for the Elgin Community Crisis Center.

    John Euwema

    Jail inmate charged with stalking DuPage judge, sending her money

    A DuPage County jail inmate has been charged with stalking the judge who locked him up for driving on a revoked license. Prosecutors said John Euwema, 57, mailed a book, letter and cash to Judge Kathryn Creswell’s husband and contacted him by email. When police searched Euwema’s office, they found news articles about the judge’s family, a photo of one of her relatives and a box of ammunition,...

    Geneva is in line for a $20,000 transit grant to rewrite its zoning code to better fit recommendations for development around the commuter train station.

    RTA grants will combat reliance on cars

    Fox Lake, Geneva, Kane County and Pace are richer by a collective $248,000 in Regional Transportation Authority grants. The money is intended to encourage transit use and make it part of the suburban lifestyle.

    DuPage County Board members ultimately will decide whether a proposed Mobil gas station and Bucky’s convenience store can be built at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road. The plan is opposed by area residents and a park district.

    Glen Ellyn gas station opponents digging in

    Opponents of a proposed gas station near Glen Ellyn aren’t abandoning their claim that the facility would significantly increase air pollution at a neighboring park. The DuPage County Board’s development committee on Tuesday morning is scheduled to consider a conditional-use permit request for the proposed Mobil gas station and Bucky’s convenience store at the northeast corner of Route 53 and...

    Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, left, presents President Barack Obama with a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Monday to honor the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup champions. Team captain Jonathan Toews is at center, and Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, right, hold the Stanley Cup.

    Obama salutes Blackhawks at White House

    The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were honored at the White House Monday. The team met President Barack Obama, who seemed to take special delight in welcoming as champions a team from his hometown.


    South Elgin cop reprimanded after referring attorney in DUI bust

    A South Elgin police officer who recommended his friend attorney to a woman whose son the officer had arrested for DUI the night before received a reprimand but no suspension or dock in pay. South Elgin Police Chief Chris Merritt said Officer Bryan Kmieciak's violation of department policy was a one-time occurance.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Samphan Pakhotama, 32, of South Elgin, was charged Oct. 22 with retail theft, according to a St. Charles police report. The report did not provide details of where police said the theft occurred. Pakhotama was transported to the Kane County jail.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Samphan Pakhotama, 32, of South Elgin, was charged Oct. 22 with retail theft, according to a St. Charles police report. The report did not provide details of where police said the theft occurred. Pakhotama was transported to the Kane County jail.

    Bedbugs have been found in Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn.

    Bedbugs found at Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn

    A light infestation of bedbugs has been discovered in classrooms at Hadley Junior High, according to an email from Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon on the district website. “I ask for your patience, support and understanding that we are doing this so that we can be confident that Hadley is clear of these pests,” Gordon said in an email.

    In this June 18, 2013 file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, speaks to lawmakers during a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield. Lawmakers say they are making progress on a deal to solve Illinoisí $97 billion pension crisis, but are not confident there will be a vote as the annual fall legislative session enters its final days beginning Tuesday.

    Pension deal elusive in final days of fall session

    As the Illinois Legislature’s annual fall session enters its final days, lawmakers are still tinkering with possible solutions to the state’s $97 billion pension crisis while advocates for same-sex marriage are pushing for a vote in the House, where the issue stalled last spring. Legislative leaders have reported progress on bridging a gap between the $138 billion savings proposal developed in a...


    Quarry blast, not earthquake, rattles suburbs

    The U.S. Geological Survey now says a quarry blast shook northern Illinois at a magnitude 3.7. The agency said earlier Monday afternoon that the rumbles were an earthquake. Later, the USGS updated its report to say the shaking was a quarry blast in the southwestern Chicago suburb of Countryside.


    Prospect Hts. hosts property tax seminar

    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will host a seminar on appealing property tax assessments at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights. Taxpayers will be able to work with staff from the board of review on specific questions or concerns.

    Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn awards Frank Andrews of Des Plaines six medals, which he earned during his service with the U.S. Army in World War II, during a ceremony Sunday at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Weekend in Review: South Elgin leader dies; Puppy sale causes stir
    What you may have missed this weekend: Wanted Antioch man captured in North Dakota; Des Plaines gets medals 70 years late; South Elgin's Hansen dies; suburban LAX shooting victim many need second surgery; hundreds celebrate Mundelein's pumpkin drop; alligator found at O'Hare; Blackhawks lose to Flames; and things not looking too good for Bears in Monday night's game against Packers.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Lawlor to testify in Springfield about election commission

    Lake County Board Chairman heads to Springfield Tuesday to testify before a state House committee about legislation that would end plans to create a Lake County election commission. Lawlor sued the state board of elections after a law was passed this summer creating the commission.


    SBA hosts Pinewood Derby:

    The Schaumburg Business Association is hosting a Pinewood Derby for adults, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at MTA, 710 E. State Pkwy, Schaumburg.

    U.S. Navy Capt. Jose Acosta talks about veterans’ needs Monday at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s new walk-in office for homeless veterans. Acosta is the Lovell Center’s deputy director.

    Homeless veterans get help at Lovell’s new center

    Military veterans who are homeless or fear losing their homes have a new, centralized office to seek assistance in Lake County. A walk-in center for homeless veterans opened Monday at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. “Our goal is a one-stop shop for a homeless veteran coming in,” said Bill Flood, manager of homeless programs at the Lovell Center.


    Island Lake fire and police commission meets about testing

    Island Lake’s fire and police commission will meet Tuesday to consider presentations from vendors about police testing, as well as other business. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave.

    Chef Rodelio Aglibot talks about teaching students how to cook and work in a kitchen.

    E+O's high-profile chef shows Maryville students basics of working in a kitchen

    Learning the basics of cooking are important for everyone to know, and the boys at the Jen School in Maryville had a celebrity chef with them last week. Chef Rodelio Aglibot, co-owner of E+O Restaurant at Randhurst Village, and his sous chef spent a day at Maryville last week.

    Larry Kaifesh

    Carpentersville colonel enters GOP primary for Congress

    Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, announced today he’ll enter the GOP primary race to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.


    Arlington Heights police: Stab wounds self-inflicted

    Arlington Heights police said multiple stab wounds a man suffered in a village residence early Monday were self-inflicted.


    A wrenching tale of DUI and death

    Mark Sterner was just weeks away from his college graduation when a drunken-driving accident killed three of his friends and landed him in prison for three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Sterner will share this powerful story Nov. 6 with the audience at Harper College.


    Wheeling Twp. District 21 hosts “State of the Schools” events

    Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 will host parents, friends and members of the community at its middle schools in the coming weeks for the annual State of the Schools evenings. This year’s focus, “A Celebration of Student Learning,” will give attendees the chance to hear from students about their learning and growth, and celebrate the achievements made in the schools every day.

    Billy Varner of Antioch in a Williams County, N.D. police mug shot. He was formally charged Monday with first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and mother.

    Antioch man faces murder charge in deaths of wife, mother

    A 54-year-old Antioch man faces four counts of first-degree murder in the suspicious deaths of his mother and wife one week ago, authorities said Monday. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said Billy Varner was charged early Monday with two counts of first-degree murder for the death of Dorothy Varner, 81, and two more counts in the death of Peggy Henderson, 62.

    Members of an honor guard rest before performing a rifle salute during the Memorial Day celebration at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin last May. I saw the how the contrast between the gloves and dark uniforms set up a nice reccurring pattern. I am always impressed with professionalism that that these former military men and women have. They absolutely deserve our respect and gratitude. Thank you for your service and for continuing to serve. This photo was published in the Prespective column in the print edition.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a surprised returning soldier, Trick or Treaters, and a catapult named Big Red flinging pumpkins.


    Democrat Kilkelly running for Lake County clerk

    Democrat Janet Kilkelly, president of the Waukegan Park District board, has announced she’ll run for Lake County clerk in 2014. Kilkelly is the first candidate to step forward for the Democratic Party primary, which is in March. Carla N. Wyckoff is seeking the Republican Party nomination.

    Brian Harris

    Dist. 200 test scores reflect 21st-century learning

    Superintendent Brian Harris says recent test results reflect the success of 21st-century learning in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.


    Police said man leaves with unknown amount of money

    The St. Charles Subway restaurant was robbed early Sunday evening, police said. A man left with an unknown amount of money. There were no injuries.


    Pumpkin launch in Vernon Hills

    Grab your gourds for a pumpkin launch at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the sled hill on the north end of Century Park, north of Route 60 off Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills.


    Retired Lake County teachers to talk insurance

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will discuss insurance and Medicare when members meet at noon Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Lambs Farm restaurant, located at Route 176 and Interstate 94, near Libertyville.

    Tracy Rosenstiehl, 48, of Palos Hills, is competing as a charity runner for the American Cancer Society while running his first marathon Sunday in Naperville.

    Rosenstiehl: It’s all about ‘fitness, friendships and fundraising’

    Tracy Rosenstiehl of Palos Hills will run in his first marathon when the Naperville Marathon steps off on Sunday. He's racing to raise money for the American Cancer Society, having collected nearly $20,000 to donate toward research. And along the way, he's found fitness and friendship as well.

    Karen Sherman, 49, of Downers Grove, is running the Naperville Marathon as a charity runner for the American Brain Tumor Association.

    Sherman: Downers Grove half marathoner goes ‘crazy’ for full

    Karen Sherman of Downers Grove made the "crazy" decision to run her first full marathon during the Inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, raising money for the American Brain Tumor Association as she races.

    Tara Leibel, right, was inspired to take up running by her sister, Leslie Jones, and their dad, the late Reg Pennington.

    Leibel: ‘I have survived cancer twice and it has never defined me’

    Cancer survivor Tara Leibel of Plainfield won't be thinking about her recovery or how running continues to keep her healthy as she runs Sunday in the Naperville Half Marathon. Instead she'll be thinking of her father as she runs the race to raise money in his honor for the American Cancer Society.

    Northern Illinois University student filmmakers spent a year researching the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and have produced educational documentary and narrative films addressing the problem. The film will be screened this week at NIU's DeKalb campus. Alexandra Forni of Fox River Grove, second from right, directed one of the films.

    Cary-Grove grad's documentary highlights campus sexual assault

    Northern Illinois University student filmmakers are working on turning the spotlight on the national epidemic of college sexual assault, and graduate student Alexandra Forni of Fox River Grove is one of the lead students in the effort. “It's not just here, it's everywhere. It's such a pervasive problem,” said Forni, 24, a graduate of Cary-Grove High School.


    Chicago Fire Department on pace to exceed OT budget

    Chicago’s fire department is on pace to spend more than twice its overtime budget this year.That’s according to a report by WBEZ.The radio station says the overtime could reach $43 million, well above the $20 million budgeted by the mayor’s office.

    Steve Dobes of Naperville is running his first marathon at the inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon on Sunday, raising money for the Les Turner ALS Foundation in honor of his brother who died in 2009 of the disease. He's been practicing at the track at Benet Academy in Lisle, his alma mater, with a training group from Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle.

    Naperville man runs first marathon to honor his brother

    Even before Nov. 10 became the day Steve Dobes of Naperville will run his first marathon, it was a date of significance in his family. Dobes' father, Charlie, passed away that day in 2009, followed seven days later by Dobes' youngest brother, Jim. Running his first marathon in his hometown on a date marked by sadness made signing up a done deal. “I don't believe in coincidences,” said...


    Chicago selects official, 57-foot Christmas tree

    Chicago authorities say the city's official Christmas tree will be a 57-foot Colorado blue spruce from South Holland.


    9 hurt, including 4 officers, during Chicago crash

    Authorities say the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday when a car slammed into an unmarked squad car, which had pulled over an SUV for a traffic stop. Police spokesman Hector Alfaro says the unmarked squad car then struck the SUV, which in turn hit a second patrol car that was at the scene.


    6th man charged in mass shooting at Chicago park

    A 28-year-old Chicago man is the sixth person to be charged in connection with a mass shooting in a park on the city’s South Side that injured 13 people. Chicago Police say Sunday that Darren Curtis is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery for the Sept. 19 shooting.

    U.S. navy officer Michael “Vannak Khem” Misiewicz becomes emotional as he embraces his aunt Samrith Sokha, 72, at Cambodian coastal international see port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia in 2010. Misiewicz passed confidential information on ship routes to Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis’ Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA, according to the court documents.

    Feds: Navy secrets bought with hookers, Gaga tix

    Nicknamed “Fat Leonard,” the gregarious Malaysian businessman is well known by U.S. Navy commanders in the Pacific, where his company has serviced warships for 25 years. But prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by lining up hookers, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes for a U.S. commander, in a scandal reverberating across the Navy.

    Roughly 1,400 runners will participate in the inaugural Naperville Marathon Sunday, Nov. 10. For the many first-timers, parts of the race are likely to pass as a blur — but one thing will be very, very clear: the finish line.

    First-timers dot 1,400-runner field for inaugural Naperville Marathon
    It is, above all else, a test. A self-imposed test to be sure, but make no mistake: When you decide to run a marathon, all 26 miles and 385 yards of it, you decide to push both your mind and body to limits most of us will never experience and likely will never understand. Roughly 1,400 runners will participate in the inaugural Naperville Marathon Sunday, Nov. 10. Many have run similar races...


    Dawn Patrol: Antioch suspect caught; veteran finally gets WWII medals

    Antioch manhunt ends in North Dakota; World War II vet, 94, finally receives medals; Route 47 reopens after spill; Hawks lose in OT; Bears prepare for Monday showdown in Green Bay; Alligator found in O'Hare escalator


    Elgin leaders seek solutions to violence

    Promoting peace involves interaction among a variety of community organizations, Elgin area leaders said Sunday at a forum entitled “Elgin: Safe City — Peaceful City.” A number of those organizations gathered Sunday in the Herrick Chapel at Judson College to discuss the challenges of violence and crime and the potential solutions.

    The Mount Prospect post office is on land well-suited for residential development should the facility close, according to a report by village consultants.

    Homes in Mt. Prospect post office site's future?

    Mount Prospect's downtown redevelopment consultants say two areas of the downtown are better suited to residential development — the post office, and the light industrial area south of the railroad tracks. “Post offices have started consolidating,” said Kevin Clark, a vice president with the Lakota Group, the Chicago consultant that helped prepare the report.


    Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) talks to Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Rodgers’ injury opens door for Bears

    The 187th meeting between the Bears and the Packers had just about everything — everything except the starting quarterback for each team. The Bears had the advantage there, since Josh McCown knew two weeks ago, when Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury, that he would be the man. The Packers’ Seneca Wallace was thrown into the fire with no warning after Aaron Rodgers suffered a shoulder injury on the first of 3 sacks by Shea McClellin, which came on Green Bay’s first possession.

    Green Bay Packers’ James Starks fumbles out of bounds as he is hit by Chicago Bears’ Charles Tillman during the first half of an NFL football game Monday in Green Bay, Wis.

    Trestman felt Bears needed to stay on field

    It may have taken a lot of guts for the Bears to go for it on fourth-and-inches at their own 32-yard line, nursing a 24-20 lead with 8:50 left in their victory over Green Bay on Monday night. But it didn’t take a great deal of debate. “I can’t say that there was great analytical reasoning involved,” coach Marc Trestman said. “It was a sense that we needed to stay on the field, and I felt that we could, and that’s what we did. I knew that one way or the other, I wouldn’t look back and regret the decision that was made.”

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Chicago Bears' Shea McClellin (99) and Isaiah Frey (31) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday in Green Bay, Wis. Rodgers left the game after the play and didn't return.

    Bears' stunning triumph over Packers as NFL as it gets

    One play by the most unlikely of Bears — Shea McClellin — knocked out the best player in football — Aaron Rodgers — and handed the Bears a share of the division lead with an upset victory in Green Bay.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, talks to the Bears’ Jay Cutler after Monday’s game at Lambeau Field. Both watched the game from the sidelines — Rodgers suffered an injury in the first half.

    Little could Jay Cutler have known what would transpire in Packerland

    Back when Jay Cutler was healthy last month, he made a relevant remark immediately following the Bears’ victory over the Giants. The Bears’ starting quarterback said, “I don’t think anybody in this league is where they want to be offensively and defensively at this point.” True enough. The days are over when the NFL teams were identifiable as elite or not from training camp through the playoffs. They’re all works in progress these days.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by the Bears’ Shea McClellin (99) and Isaiah Frey (31) during the first half.

    Bears beat Packers in battle of backups

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Bears have a better insurance policy than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.Josh McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns Monday night as the Bears won 27-20 and ended a six-game skid to their NFC North rivals. The loss snapped Green Bay’s four-game winning streak, but the far larger concern is the health of Rodgers, who hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder when he was sacked on the first series by Shea McClellin.Rodgers took a few warm-up throws with backup Seneca Wallace but, after being examined by medical staff, ran into the Green Bay locker room. He wasn’t seen again until midway through the third quarter, when he came back onto the field in sweats. Though he waved to fans with his right hand, and didn’t appear to be wearing a brace, he kept his left hand jammed in his pocket.The win pulls the Bears into a three-way tie for first in the NFC North with Green Bay and Detroit, all at 5-3. The loss spoiled another big night by Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy, who ran for 150 yards and a touchdown.Green Bay has been hit hard by injuries, with James Jones (knee) returning Monday night after a two-game absence and sackmaster Clay Matthews (thumb) and tight end Jermichael Finley still out. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) is also on the injured list-designated to return.But there are injuries and then there are INJURIES, and a hurt Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s ultimate nightmare.With the 2011 NFL MVP almost as durable as predecessor Brett Favre — he hasn’t missed a game due to injury since Dec. 19, 2010 — the backup quarterback has been little more than an afterthought in Green Bay. But as the Bears know all too well, insurance policies are worth every penny when you need them. After a series of forgettable backups under Lovie Smith — Caleb Hanie or Jonathan Quinn, anyone? — the Bears signed McCown when Cutler was hurt two years ago. He played well enough then to stick around, and his familiarity with his receivers and coach Marc Trestman’s system was evident. McCown may not have been dazzling, going 22 for 41 for 272 yards. But he mixed his passes effectively to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, and Forte ran roughshod on the Green Bay defense scoring one touchdown.Jeffery had five catches for 60 yards, including a 6-yard grab for the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Marshall, largely shut down in two games against Green Bay last year, had seven catches for 107 yards and a score. Forte ran for 125 yards, and also had 54 yards receiving. Better yet, McCown didn’t do anything to hurt the Bears, which is more than Wallace can say. Wallace hadn’t played a game since the 2011 season finale, and the rust was evident. He was intercepted on his very first series by Julius Peppers and was sacked twice, once by Peppers and once by McClellin. The Packers had a second-and-goal from the Bears 5 late in the third quarter and were forced to settle for Mason Crosby’s 23-yard field goal after Wallace overthrew James Jones and Andrew Quarless. Green Bay would get no further than the Bears 39 the rest of the game.Wallace finished 11 of 19 for 114 yards.

    Patrick Kunzer/pkunzert@dailyherald.com The St. Charles North North Stars girls basketball team practiced on Monday afternoon. New head coach Sean Masoncup led the first day of practice for the season.

    St. Charles North starts new era under Masoncup

    Sean Masoncup has been waiting for this week to come for a long time. On Monday afternoon, he prepared to put his team through a rigorous practice session during the first official day of high school girls basketball practice at St. Charles North.

    Larkin’s Gonsalo Garcia beats McHenry’s Luis Beltran to the ball in the first half of the Class 3A sectional championship at Huntley on Saturday.

    Boys soccer/Scouting the Class 3A Bartlett supersectional

    Scouting the Class 3A Bartlett boys soccer supersectional game between Larkin and Lake Park.

    Images from the Blackhawks’ visit to Visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday

    Images: Blackhawks at Walter Reed Medical Center
    Images from the Blackhawks' visit to Visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday. Images supplied by the Blackhawks.

    Glenbard West’s Madeline Perez nears the finish line to take 15th place with a time of 17:15 in the 3A state cross country final in Peoria on Saturday, November 5.

    Glenbard West, Naperville North finally set for showdown

    The vagaries of the girls cross country schedule have been such that defending Class 3A champion Naperville North and Glenbard West, third last year, have yet to face off in a traditional scoring invitational. The schools’ lone joint appearance was at the Wheaton North flighted meet, which New Trier captured. But the schools, both of whom entered the season nationally ranked, are on a collision course this Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.


    Christian Liberty hits the road for 2A sectional semi

    Christian Liberty Academy’s co-op girls volleyball team travels to the South Beloit sectional Tuesday night hoping to extend its season in the Class 2A state tournament. After winning Class 1A regional titles in 2010 and 2011, the Chargers won their first 2A crown last week. They defeated Woodlands Academy 24-26, 25-20, 25-15 in the championship of the Willows Academy regional in Des Plaines. CLA (24-11) will play in its first 2A sectional semifinal against Oregon at 6 p.m.


    Antioch’s DeJong honored at ISU

    Former Antioch baseball standout Paul DeJong recently received Illinois State’s Doug Collins Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. DeJong is working toward a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology while balancing the demands of being a student-athlete. A two-year member of the Redbird baseball team, he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference honor roll and was the Valley Elite 18 Award winner, after ISU finished second place in the conference baseball tournament. DeJong’s academic recognition didn’t stop there. He also received the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and achieved a 4.0 grade-point average during the fall of 2012.


    Report: Red Sox giving Cubs hard time about managerial candidate

    Even though the Boston Red Sox reportedly are not allowing the Cubs to talk with bench coach Torey Lovullo about the managerial job, sources say Theo Epstein's search for a new bench boss at Wrigley Field may end this week.

    Things have not been looking up for the Bulls early this season, and coach Tom Thibodeau feels a sense of urgency to turn things around.

    Thibs wants Bulls to ‘make it happen’

    Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't support the notion that there is plaenty of time for the Bulls to correct their early-season flaws. That might help explain why Monday's practice lasted around three hours.


    Is D-Rose too much of a ‘nice guy’ to get calls?

    Derrick Rose went from averaging 9.4 free throw attempts in preseason to 3.3 in the first three games of the regular season. Coach Tom Thibodeau offered a theory on why Rose isn't getting foul calls.

    Here’s a look at the uniform that Northwestern’s football team will wear Nov. 16 against Michigan to help raise support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Under Armour will be replacing the players’ last names on the back with one of the seven core values: DUTY, HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, COUNTRY and SERVICE. After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off on the Northwestern University website with all proceeds benefitting WWP.

    NU football to honor Wounded Warriors with uniforms

    On Nov. 16, Northwestern’s football team will take the field against Michigan wearing custom uniforms to raise awareness and support for the Wounded Warrior Project. The design features stars and stripes from the helmet to the football cleats.


    Hampshire’s O’Brien steps down

    Longtime Hampshire High School soccer coach Pat O’Brien has announced he is stepping down after many successful seasons of leading the Hampshire soccer programs. O’Brien led the boys program from 2003 to 2007 and the girls from 2004 to the present.

    2013 inductees Dave Russell, Jeff Meyers, Anton Kossakowski, Vince Webber, and Alan Lettow pose for a portrait during the 34th Induction Ceremony of the Elgin Sport Hall of Fame Foundation Sunday at The Centre of Elgin.

    Images: Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation banquet

    The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Sunday held its 34th annual induction ceremony and banquet at The Centre of Elgin. Over 200 people attended and witnessed five new inductees — Anton Kossakowski, Alan Lettow, Jeff Myers, Dave Russell and Vince Webber — take their place in the Hall of Fame, bringing the number of inductees to 158 since the hall’s inception in 1980. Twenty-five Elgin area student-athletes were awarded $1,000 scholarships. The foundation has now awarded over $353,000 in scholarships since beginning with one $500 award in 1980. Additionally, Daily Herald Fox Valley Sports Editor John Radtke, a member of the ESHOFF board of directors, awarded over 50 Outstanding Achievement Awards, and longtime area youth baseball and football coach Mike Bailey was awarded the Vic Masi Award for community service.


    Boys soccer: Scouting the Class 3A Hersey supersectional

    Defensive excellence is the hallmark of the two teams battling for a spot in the Class 3A boys soccer state finals in Tuesday's Hersey supersectional, as Wheeling and Barrington meet again in a rematch of the Mid-Suburban League championship game.


    Mike North Video: Will Cutler be rooting for Josh McCown tonight?

    When the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers tonight, how will the injured Jay Cutler feel if Josh McCown puts up some good numbers? With a contract year ahead of him, maybe not so much.


    Kubiak collapses, Colts rally to beat Texans

    HOUSTON — Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and the Indianapolis Colts rallied for a 27-24 victory over the Texans on Sunday night.Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by gurney to the ambulance.The Texans didn’t say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn’t have a heart attack. The team said the 52-year-old coach was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.“He had an episode, he was light-headed and dizzy,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said after the game. “He was evaluated by a number of specialists ... he is awake and coherent.“He went to a knee, and they laid him on the ground. He is stable; for precautionary reasons we wanted to get him to the hospital. We have to assess ... obviously, there’s a lot of info. Hopefully, Gary will be back with us tomorrow.”Andrew Luck got off to a slow start before throwing three second-half touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit and give the AFC-South-leading Colts (6-2) the victory.Case Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in his second career start, but had trouble moving the offense after halftime as the Texans, up 21-3 when Kubiak collapsed, lost their sixth straight game after opening the season 2-0 with Super Bowl hopes.Houston had a chance to tie it, but Randy Bullock’s 55-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left.The Colts took their first lead of the game when Hilton grabbed a 9-yard touchdown reception and Coby Fleener caught the 2-point conversion to make it 27-24 with 4 minutes left.Bullock missed a field goal early in the fourth quarter and the Colts cut it to 24-19 when Luck found Hilton on a 58-yard touchdown pass two plays later. Houston built the halftime on Keenum’s three touchdown passes to Andre Johnson. Johnson had 190 yards receiving at halftime, but just 39 yards after that. The Colts scored nine points in the third quarter, highlighted by a 10-yard TD pass from Luck to Hilton on a third-and-10 to make it 24-12.Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 30 and 35 yards in the second and third quarters for the Colts.Keenum hit Johnson, who had gotten in front of Vontae Davis, for a 62-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game to give Houston a 7-0 lead. It was the first touchdown reception of the year for Johnson. J.J. Watt blocked a field goal attempt by the Colts on their first possession and rookie D.J. Swearinger returned it 37 yards.But Houston couldn’t convert and Indianapolis got the ball back when Ben Tate was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Indianapolis 16.Johnson added a 41-yard touchdown reception with 4:21 left in the first quarter. It marked the first time since 2010 that Johnson caught two TD passes in a game. The Colts had a first down at the Houston 7 late in the first quarter after a 46-yard pass interference call on Kareem Jackson. But the Texans sacked Luck on second down and an incompletion on third down forced Indianapolis to settle for a 30-yard field goal that made it 14-3. Johnson’s third touchdown came on a five-yard reception just before halftime.Luck was sacked three times in the second quarter — twice on the Colts’ first drive of the period —— as Indianapolis struggled on offense early.The Colts were playing their first game since losing star receiver Reggie Wayne for the season. Wayne tore his right ACL in an Oct. 20 win over Denver and had season-ending surgery.Texans running back Arian Foster, who missed practice earlier in the week with a hamstring injury, left late in the quarter with a back injury and didn’t return.Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken to the locker room in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.


    Visitors on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange use their smartphones and tablet devices to photograph the opening bell ceremonies Monday. Twitter’s confidence appears to be increasing ahead of its initial public offering set for later this week at the NYSE, as 7-year-old short messaging service on Monday boosted the price range for the IPO.

    Challenges abound for Twitter heading into IPO

    Twitter has built a digital town square that’s teeming with activity but riddled with financial potholes. Seven years after co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet through the online messaging service, more than 500 million posts are shared each day by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Justin Bieber. But all the chirping hasn’t translated to profits — nor is it expected to any time soon.

    BlackBerry says CEO Thorsten Heins is stepping down. Heins took over in early 2012 after the company lost billions in market value.

    BlackBerry abandons bid to sell itself, CEO out

    BlackBerry abandoned its bid to sell itself on Monday, and announced it will replace its chief executive. Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, said it won’t buy the struggling smartphone company and take it private but said that Fairfax and other investors will inject $1 billion as part of a revised investment proposal.

    New York City marathon winners Geoffrey Mutai, fourth left, and Priscah Jeptoo, second from right, of Kenya, with wheelchair winners Tatyana McFadden, from Baltimore, Md., and Marcel Hug, right, of Switzerland, are applauded as they ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Monday. U.S. stocks rose, as Exxon Mobil Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. led a commodity rally.

    Stocks higher as market continues to edge upward

    The stock market’s gains on Monday were a mile wide and an inch deep. Major indexes posted slight but widespread gains. So while there was no dramatic rally and no records were set, all 10 industries tracked in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose. Twice as many stocks rose as fell. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose more than one percent, the biggest gain among U.S. market benchmarks.


    Electri-Flex to expand in Roselle

    Electri-Flex Co. announced plans to expand production into a 52,000 square foot facility on Chancelor Drive in Roselle.Electri-Flex is an industry leader in electrical conduit. The new expansion will move approximately half of their current production to the new location.


    Heritage-Crystal Clean acquires assets of RS Used Oil Services

    Heritage-Crystal Clean, a leading provider of parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily focused on small and mid-sized customers, announced the signing of an asset purchase agreement by its subsidiary Heritage – Crystal Clean, LLC to acquire certain assets of RS Used Oil Services Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Lubricants LLC.


    ITW board declares 42 cent quarterly dividend

    The board of directors of Illinois Tool Works declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 42 cents per share or $1.68 per share on an annualized basis, paid on January 7, 2014 to stockholders of record as of December 31.

    Phil Gilardi sorts through liquor bottles at the former Blue 60 in Mundelein. Gilardi has bought the establishment and will be reopening it as Tavern on 60.

    New restaurant planned for unlucky site in Mundelein

    The restaurateur behind a popular Vernon Hills eatery is turning his attention to a Mundelein site that's seen a half-dozen restaurants come and go since the 1990s. Tavern on 60 is the name of the operation planned for the building near the northwest corner of routes 45 and 60. “I think it's a diamond in the rough and can be great for the town,” said Phil Gilardi, a longtime Mundelein resident.

    Mike Kordecki

    Meeting changes life for Vernon Hills therapist, athletes

    Kukec's People features Michael Kordecki, a sports physical therapist and owner of Praxis Physical Therapy in Vernon Hills. He designed and has patents on a new system of pads worn by many NFL and colleagiate athletes.


    Legal briefs: Social media success, outsourcing the nitty-gritty

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at social media and how it has worked for small local businesses.

    Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during a session with students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Google announced Monday that it will partner with the university on a program to encourage the innovation and the entrepreneurship. The company said it is also investing 450 million euros ($608 million) to expand a data center in southern Finland as part of Europe-wide development plans totaling hundreds of millions of euros.

    Google invests $608 million in Finnish data center

    Google says it is investing 450 million euros ($608 million) to expand a data center in southern Finland as part of Europe-wide development plans totaling hundreds of millions of euros. The investment comes on top of the 350 million euros Google Inc. has spent converting an old paper mill, which started operations as a data center in 2011.

    Twitter founders Biz Stone, left, and Evan Williams.Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.

    AP-CNBC poll: Twitter faces skeptical investors

    Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday. Some 36 percent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-year-old short messaging service would be a good investment, while 47 percent disagree. Last May, ahead of Facebook’s IPO, 51 percent of Americans said Facebook Inc. would be a good investment. Just 31 percent didn’t agree.

Life & Entertainment

    Actor Josh Hutcherson, pictured, and Queen Latifah will help honor four teenagers at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, which recognize teen volunteers for outstanding community service. The honors will be presented during a ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, Nov. 17, and broadcast live on Nick at Nite.

    Josh Hutcherson, Queen Latifah to honor teens

    Josh Hutcherson and Queen Latifah will help honor four teenagers at the awards show founded by Nick Cannon, which is set to be broadcast live for the first time. Nickelodeon announced Monday that the “Hunger Games” actor and rapper-actress will present trophies at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, which recognize teen volunteers for outstanding community service.

    Actress Drew Barrymore, right, and husband Will Kopelman are expecting their second child.

    Drew Barrymore, husband expecting second child

    Drew Barrymore is expanding her brood. A spokesman for the 38-year-old entertainer says Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, are expecting their second child.

    Folk/rock singer and songwriter Marc Cohn has rescheduled his canceled September concert at Elgin Community College's Arts Center to Saturday, March 15.

    Singer Marc Cohn reschedules ECC concert

    A canceled September concert featuring Marc Cohn at the Elgin Community College has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 15.

    “The Marshall Mathers LP2” by Eminem

    Eminem explores Eminem on ‘MMLP2’

    Don’t be fooled: Eminem’s latest, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” is not a sequel to his gloriously unhinged 2000 rap masterpiece, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” as the title initially implies. Instead, it’s a summation of a mission statement, a revisitation of what the 41-year-old rapper has done best in 15 years at the center of the maelstrom that is pop culture. Unlike “Recovery,” “MMLP2” is a return to a more confident and familiar Marshall Mathers.

    This virtual record player promoting Blake Shelton was produced to influence voters of the CMA Awards, which takes place Wednesday. The CMA encourages artists and their labels to educate voters, allowing three email blasts and one mailed product a year.

    Blake Shelton scores attention of CMA voters

    The folks at Warner Music Nashville are showing they know how to get your attention. And this time of year, it’s all about attention, with the County Music Association Awards being presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, on ABC. This includes mailing out a nifty virtual record player to promote Blake Shelton at the CMAs and hiring a marching band to draw attention to new artist nominee Brett Eldridge.

    Taylor Swift will receive the CMA’s Pinnacle Award Wednesday.

    Taylor Swift to receive CMA’s Pinnacle Award

    The Country Music Association Awards aren’t until Wednesday, but Taylor Swift’s already a winner. The CMA will present Swift with its Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved worldwide success and recognition that is unique to country music.

    The first YouTube Music Awards had all kinds of unexpected moments. Eminem won artist of the year, and Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the winners during Sunday night’s live webcast from New York.

    Eminem, Swift top weird YouTube Music Awards

    Crying babies, Win Butler’s Kanye moment, a faked double suicide, face painting, a makeup-free Lady Gaga in plaid and a trucker’s cap. There were all kinds of unexpected moments on the first YouTube Music Awards, as imagined by Spike Jonze and carried off by the odd couple hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts. Eminem, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the winners during Sunday night’s live webcast from New York. But the awards were sort of beside the point.


    Iron deficiency anemia is usually caused by loss of blood

    Q: I have iron deficiency anemia. What could have caused it?

    Alison Luff plays Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, in Broadway in Chicago's 10th anniversary tour of “Wicked.”

    A triumphant return for 'Wicked'

    I owe “Wicked” an apology. I may have judged too harshly the blockbuster musical about the witches of Oz, whose 10th anniversary national tour, one of two currently crisscrossing the country, opened in Chicago Friday, nearly a decade to the day after “Wicked” opened on Broadway.

    Prepare yourself for the impending flu season by knowing who has it in your neighborhood.

    Your health: Is the flu in your neighborhood?

    The flu season is on the horizon. If you want to know how close that horizon is to your front lawn, WebMD has a map that will tell you, says The Washington Post. Its cold and flu map — available this year through WebMD’s mobile site — can tell you the prevalence of flu in your neighborhood. Using a combination of geolocation data and symptom information reported by WebMD users, the map pinpoints sickness hot spots..

    Deer may be pretty to look at in the field, but the damage they do in gardens can be distressing.

    Art in the garden: Resourcefulness will keep deer out of the garden

    The sight of deer in an open field is charming, but the sight of deer in your garden is anything but. Deer feed early in the morning or at dusk so we may not even see them or realize that they have been there until after they have done their damage.

    A woman looks at a work by British graffiti artist Banksy in New York’s Brooklyn Borough. The secretive street artist ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity.

    Jerk or genius? Debate over Banksy’s month of art

    The secretive street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius? Banksy, who created a new picture, video or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens.

    Anne Mahlum founded a nonprofit organization that helped inspire homeless people. Now she’s opening a studio with a souped-up Pilates method that leaves clients staggering. “It’s all about feeling strong and creating a better version of yourself,” she says.

    Back on My Feet founder Anne Mahlum moves from shelter to studio

    Anne Mahlum founded a nonprofit organization that helped inspire homeless people. Now she’s opening a studio with a souped-up Pilates method that leaves clients staggering.

    As long as you’re at the helm of the Jackdaw, “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” is the great pirate adventure.

    ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ a swashbuckling romp

    Pirates have gotten a bad rap in 21st-century pop culture. “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” tries to restore the kind of glamour that pirates haven’t really known since the early days of Hollywood. And it’s mostly successful, serving up a rich stew of swordplay, naval combat and discovery. The protagonist is Edward Kenway, a strapping young Welshman who’s bored with life on the farm and decides a pirate’s life is for him. After a shipwreck, Edward kills a mysterious assassin and assumes his identity, inadvertently becoming a player in a millennia-old battle between two secret societies.

    Nicole Beharie plays police Lt. Abbie Mills and Tom Mison plays Ichabod Crane in Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.” The new show has spurred interest in the village of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

    New TV show boosts tourism in real Sleepy Hollow

    In the real village of Sleepy Hollow, where the tour guides say “Halloween is our Christmas,” the fall season is even busier than usual, thanks to a hit TV show that plays off the legend of the Headless Horseman. The new Fox series “Sleepy Hollow,” which brings Ichabod Crane into the present day with a save-the-world mission, has fostered interest in Washington Irving’s 1819 short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It mentions several places in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, located on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City.

    The HeartMate II was approved to keep patients healthy until transplantation. But the device theoretically could work for at least 17 years, according to the head of the company that makes it.

    Life with a new heart: Transplant patients survive thanks to new devices, drugs

    When 63-year-old Chris Einhorn received a heart transplant, she left the hospital nine days later. Soon she was on her feet and playing with her grandson. Einhorn was in relatively good health when she received her transplant, because for the previous 17 months her native heart had been getting a boost from a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD — a machine that has transformed prospects for patients with serious congestive heart failure.

    Author Charlaine Harris released her final nod to Sookie Stackhouse and her world this week with “After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse.”

    Charlaine Harris looks to new series after Sookie

    The final book in Charlaine Harris’ best-selling series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse provoked such an outcry that some fans sent death threats and curses. But after spending the last 15 years writing about the intrepid small-town Southern girl whose adventures have featured a host of supernatural beings, Harris says she has no regrets. Now Harris has moved on to writing “Midnight Crossroad,” which will be released in May.



    Legislation discriminates against religious people
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: You support equality for marriage in your editorials. And thus you have chosen to support a bill, SB 10, a bill that discriminates against individual freedom of religion? Have you read SB 10 all the way through? Does it not bother you that the bill calls for discrimination against individual freedom of religion?


    Focus funding on new tech for communications
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The days of the state requiring companies to invest scarce dollars in outdated, limited technologies should end. Consumers and businesses already embrace modern Internet-based communications. It’s time our state communications law did too.


    Failure on pensions driving businesses away
    A letter to the editor: Contrary to the Senate president’s assertion, this is not just a cost-cutting move by business. This is wise guidance by smart business owners who understand how to handle money, obligations and time. Businesses should work to cut costs. Demonizing businesses and those who make a profit (they reason we are in business) is counterproductive and only sends more jobs out of Illinois to states who “get it,” including our neighbors in Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.


    JFK was different from today’s Democrats
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: About President John F. Kennedy: 1) He supported the manned space program and the space race. (Now we pay the Russians to take us to space.) 2) He supported a tax cut. 3) He was pro-life. 4) He backed the private heath care system. 5) He supported private church schools.


    Durbin must explain position on new tax
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Let’s look at an Obamacare feature that hasn’t been in the news much, but which has had a large negative impact on medical device manufacturers and patients. Obamacare imposes a 2.3 percent tax on device manufacturers’ gross sales, not profits. To deal with this, manufacturers have laid off workers and are cutting back research and development.


    Referendum process needed in Illinois
    An Antioch letter to the editor: The inaction in both our federal and state legislative bodies is disgusting. A major change in our governing framework needs to be made ASAP.


    This is only the beginning of troubles
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: At a cost of $643 million over three years, the federal government developed the computer apps for Americans to sign up for Obamacare and, as millions of citizens are finding out, the process doesn’t work.


    GOP, Fox gleeful over health snafu
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Republican politicians, pundits, conservative talk radio and Fox are ecstatic with the problems that have bugged the AHCA website. Fox spends almost half of its news and opinion shows gleefully talking about the problems with the start up of the AHCA.


    Need is greater than ever in the suburbs
    Letter to the editor: Jena Hencin of JOURNEYS describes the increased need of suburban residents labeled as very low income and even homeless her agency has seen in the past five years. "These are our neighbors. These are your co-workers," she says, as she takes note of all the people who are helping meet the need.


    Good home and school spells success
    Letter to the editor: Roman Golash has some issues with the Daily Herald over its story about the majority of minority students being taught by white teachers.


    Yellow Ribbon Support Group offers its heartfelt thanks
    Letter to the editor: As the Yellow Ribbon Support Groups winds down its efforts after more than 10 years, the McCoys have a lot of people to thank for the group's success.


    Thanks for food drive support
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: Wood Dale School District 7 transportation staff would like to thank all who made “Fill the Bus Food Drive” a success — Superlow Foods of Wood Dale for use of their parking lot; Wendy’s of Wood Dale for donations of coffee and canned goods; and all who brought donations of food, paper products and money.


    Not hypocrisy; just poor parenting
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Ms. Vidock, in an Oct. 29 letter, states that past defunding attempts have been treated inconsistently and with hypocrisy. Not so. In 2007, President Bush’s “Mexican fence” law was defunded when the majority of both houses of Congress voted to do so. Who signed that bill? President Bush.


    Deal would give huge latitude
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: The Trans Pacific Partnership is a “free trade” agreement that would set rules on nontrade matters such as food safety, Internet freedom, media and financial regulations, and the government. It is a binding international governance system that would require the United States and any other country that signs on to conform their domestic policies to their rules.


    Halloween fun fair another big success
    Letter to the editor: "Wheeling Township’s annual Halloween Fun Fair Make A Difference Day held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Riley School was a fun-filled day for over 150 children with special needs and their families," write township Supervisor Michael Schroeder.


    District 211 fund balance needs to come down
    Letter to the editor: Mark Evenson says District 211's strategy to take every penny it can under the tax cap is misguided given its "excessive" fund balance. "It needs to suspend any operational fund levy increase for a number of years to work down this ... balance and reach an appropriate levy level before resuming increases," he writes.


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