Daily Archive : Wednesday November 6, 2013


    The Festival of Lights at Aurora’s Phillips Park is a drive-through display more than a mile long.

    New light displays make their debut this year in the Western Suburbs

    New holiday light displays are joining longtime favoities during this year's holiday season in the Western suburbs.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole three men’s gold designer watches valued at $18,600, three watches with unknown value, a gold Masonic ring, several antique coins and several bottles of men’s cologne overnight Nov. 1 from a home on the 1500 block of West Lillian Avenue in Arlington Heights. Two pit bulls usually locked in a room were running loose in the house when the owner arrived.

    Arlington Heights fire officials think the fire started in a back bedroom area.

    Women killed in Arlington Heights fire identified

    The three women killed in an early Wednesday morning fire in Arlington Heights have been identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Doris Miller, 93, Tetiana Krych, 62, and Svitana Kandelis, 40. Autopsies are expected today and investigators are combing the home on the 300 block of South Dunton Avenue for clues to the fire's cause.

    Bartlett Park District Commissioner Steve Eckelberry “cuts” the ribbon at the Bartlett Aquatic Center during a grand opening celebration in May. The taxpayer-funded expansion of the Bartlett Aquatic Center appears to be paying off, according to an aquatics operation report presented to the Bartlett Park District board last month.

    Renovated Bartlett Aquatic Center shows increases in attendance, revenues

    A taxpayer-funded expansion of the Bartlett Aquatic Center appears to be paying off, according to an aquatics operation report presented to the Bartlett Park District board last month. According to the report, pool attendance at the Bartlett Aquatic Center increased from almost 38,000 visitors in the 2012 season to nearly 62,000 visitors in the 2013 season. Expenses also increased because the...


    Elgin won’t levy new stormwater fee for 2014

    Elgin residents won’t be charged any new stormwater utility fee in 2014, city council members unanimously agreed Wednesday. The city has achieved its goal of diversifying revenues, City Manager Sean Stegall said.

    Streamwood Santa John Sullivan’s comprehensive website listing of all area Santa events — including “Polar Express” train appearances — ended up getting a lot of local park districts a cease-and-desist letter from Warner Bros. regarding the use of the name without payment of licensing fees.

    Warner Bros. cracks down on suburban ‘Polar Express’ rides

    A website of Northern Illinois Santa events compiled by one Streamwood-based Santa made it a lot easier for Warner Bros. to find unlicensed "Polar Express" train rides. “It is our belief that your train ride event will erroneously lead consumers to believe that Arlington Heights Park District is licensed by, sponsored by or authorized by, Warner Bros., when in fact that is not the case,” the...

    A 911 dispatcher who took the call of an 89-year-old Arlington Heights man from his sinking car on July 24 didn't follow the proper protocols, officials said.

    Officials: 911 dispatcher didn't follow protocols

    A 911 dispatcher was suspended for three days without pay after her bosses said she didn't follow the proper protocols in responding to a call from an Arlington Heights man whose car was sinking in a retention pond. In addition, officials from the Northwest Central Dispatch System say the employee should have been reviewing water rescue procedures a month before, as part of a self-training...


    Man robs Woodridge gas station

    A man robbed a Woodridge gas station Tuesday night and may be linked to similar armed robberies in DuPage and Cook counties, Woodridge police said.

    Jose E. Reyes

    Sex assault charge added against Mundelein kidnapping suspect

    A Chicago man accused of kidnapping a 3-year-old Mundelein girl this summer faces a new charge alleging he sexually assaulted the girl during her 30-minute ordeal. Jose Reyes, 28, of the 4900 block of West North Avenue, was indicted by a Lake County grand jury Wednesday on felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

    Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter died Tuesday at age 54.

    Cause of death for Trotter could take 2 months

    Charlie Trotter, 54, died Tuesday at a Chicago hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive at his home. An autopsy on Wednesday found no signs of foul play or trauma, but the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said it may be as long as two months before a cause of death can be determined.

    Dr. Adam Szatkowski of Associated Dental Care in Bloomingdale is surrounded by nearly 500 pounds of candy that will be shipped to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude, a California-based charity.

    Bloomingdale dentists, Palatine students collect candy for troops

    A Bloomingdale dentist's office and students from a Palatine school have combined to collect nearly 500 pounds of candy to send to our troops, who use them to curry favor with civilians overseas. “I was really surprised to find somebody who would take all 464 pounds,” Tammy Miceli of Inverness, a mom and member of the sixth-grade committee at Marion Jordan School in Palatine.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

    Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation’s controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program.

    Virginia Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, left, signs an autograph as he greets supporters during an Election Night party Tuesday. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

    Dems, GOP, tea party dig in after NJ, VA elections

    As partisanship renders Washington largely dysfunctional, voters in two states signaled this week that they want consensus-building even when there’s divided government. Even so, heading into a 2014 midterm election year, Tuesday’s results in New Jersey and Virginia carry plenty of warning signs for both parties.


    Move for confidential Kane Co. hiring process hits legal snag

    A plan to make hiring top-level directors in Kane County more secretive may not end up as private as Chairman Chris Lauzen wants. The state's attorney's office weighed in on the plan Wednesday and said meetings of the proposed new hiring task force must be announced in advance and minutes must be kept to comply with state law.


    Electricity referendum a go for Kane County

    Kane County voters will get another chance to possibly dump ComEd this spring after a majority of county board members voted Wednesday to place a referendum on the March ballot that would allow the county to seek another electricity provider for unincorporated residents. The county tried a similar move a couple years ago and the vote narrowly failed.

    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres responds to questions asked by Pat Szpekowski Wednesday at the Elgin Chamber of Commerce’s “CEO Unplugged: A Personal Look at the Leader” series at Elgin Community College.

    U-46’s Torres gets personal at chamber luncheon

    As a high schooler, José Torres had a “pretty nice Afro.” He likes listening to Latin and rock music. His favorite book is “The Fifth Disciple” by Peter Senge. And his favorite TV show is “The Walking Dead." The Elgin Area School District U-46 superintendent shared insights into his personal and professional lives Wednesday at an Elgin Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Elgin Community College.


    Mom sues D303, family claiming her son was bullied

    A woman has sued St. Charles School District 303 and another family, arguing her son was bullied and injured during recess at Davis Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed recently in Kane County court, seeks unspecified damages and argues the two boys were supposed to be separated at all times but were let out for recess on Oct. 16, 2012, when one boy injured the other.


    Maggiano’s headed to Hawthorn

    A familiar suburban restaurant chain will be coming to Vernon Hills as part of a $50 million renovation and expansion at Westfield Hawthorn mall. Westfield announced Wednesday that Maggiano’s Little Italy would be part of the ongoing project with a 10,000-square-foot restaurant scheduled to open next spring on the lower level.


    Cook County to have more summer jobs in forest preserves

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Bridget Gainer have pledged another $100,000 in the 2014 budget to provide summer jobs in the forest preserves. “Providing teenagers with summer jobs will enhance their development and give them productive ways to spend their time,” Preckwinkle said.


    Bartlett board approves proposed tax levy, medical marijuana ordinance

    The Bartlett village board approved the proposed 2013 property tax levy and an ordinance requiring medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensing facilities to be special uses during a meeting Tuesday night. A public hearing on the proposed property tax levy — which amounts to nearly $9.4 million, a more than 5 percent decrease from the 2012 extension — is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.

    Tom Cullerton

    Will tax breaks help keep new Office Depot in Naperville?

    State officials Wednesday began moving to try to provide tax breaks to the new Office Depot Inc. and convince the retail giant to locate it global headquarters at OfficeMax’s Naperville offices. The merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax took effect his week, and the new company now has to pick between the OfficeMax headquarters in Naperville and the Office Depot headquarters in Florida to be...

    David McSweeney

    Illinois House votes to do away with Lake election commission

    ust months after voting to take elections duties away from the Lake County Clerk’s office, the Illinois House voted to give them back. The 104-13 vote Wednesday was the latest move in a local political dispute that has prompted grumbling, a lawsuit and now an effort to repeal a new law in Springfield.

    Al-Jazeera is reporting that a team of Swiss scientists has found moderate evidence that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of poisoning.

    Possible evidence of Arafat poisoning is reported

    Swiss scientists have found evidence suggesting Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance, a TV station reported Wednesday, prompting new allegations by his widow that the Palestinian leader was the victim of a “shocking” crime.

    In photo from a dashboard camera video shows a meteor streaking through the sky over Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

    Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger

    Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.

    Margaret Pennington

    District 304 settles lawsuit with former principal for $287,000

    Geneva School District 304 has settled a four-year-old discrimination lawsuit with a former principal for $287,000. Margaret Pennington, a former principal at Heartland Elementary School, sued in June 2009, arguing she was underpaid given her 27 years of experience and unfairly assigned an administrative job after the district decided not to renew her contract.

    Winfield officials say nearly 30 percent of the village’s streets are in poor to “failing” condition and that it would cost more than $4 million to repair them.

    Winfield considering options for crumbling roads

    With a portion of Winfield’s streets in failing condition, officials say the town is in “urgent” need of a plan to generate enough money to pay for road repairs. On Thursday night, village trustees are hoping to reach a consensus on what the funding proposal should be. “If the village is going to act and we wish to fix some of our roads next year, we have to make a decision now," Village...


    Bedbug inspections continue at Hadley Junior High

    Concerns about bedbugs kept more than 300 Hadley Junior High students home from school Wednesday as Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 brought in a bug-sniffing dog to assist with its inspections.

    Photo courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago Chicago firefighters assist at O’Hare International Airport Wednesday morning where a plane skidded off a runway.

    Plane veers off runway after landing at O’Hare

    No one was injured when a regional jet veered off the runway at O'Hare International Airport and got mired in the mud. The incident happened just before 9 a.m.


    Mundelein High School gets $500 theater grant

    The Mundelein High School theater department recently received a $500 grant from the Kirk Players Community Theatre group. The money will be used to purchase stage lighting, school theater director Jonathan Meier said.


    Cook Memorial library to discuss parking expansion

    The Cook Memorial Public Library District board’s building and grounds committee will meet Friday to discuss the possible expansion of the Aspen Drive Library’s parking lot and the facility itself.


    Streamwood High School presenting Shakespeare play

    Streamwood High School is performing the Shakespeare comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday, Nov. 9. The school is at 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Tickets purchased at the door are $8.

    Edward Condon of Arlington Heights loved the golf course.

    Arlington Hts. Park Dist. loses one of its early visionaries
    It has been 40 years since Edward Condon served on the Arlington Heights Park District board, but his role in developing its neighborhood park system as well as its signature revenue producers, still stands the test of time. Condon passed away on Saturday. The near 60-year resident of Arlington Heights, was 92.

    From left, Brendan Pedersen, Emma Krupp and Conrad Pelletier rehearse their roles as Chris Keller, Ann Deever and George Deever, in the Cary-Grove High School production of “All My Sons.”

    Cary-Grove High School’s ‘All My Sons’

    Audiences can see a piece of theatrical history this weekend, when Cary-Grove High School presents Arthur Miller's drama "All My Sons." According to director Laura Whalen, "The success of this show is what began (Miller's) long and illustrious career as one of the greatest American playwrights."


    Was there a second tremor from McCook quarry?

    U.S. Geological Survey officials Wednesday were standing by their belief that suburban residents felt a quarry blast earlier this week, despite word from state officials that equipment “picked up vibrations from a second and separate event.” The Monday tremor, which measured magnitude 3.2, initially was reported to be an earthquake. It was felt in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Hinsdale and other West...

    Rosary High School and Marmion Academy students rehearse for the schools’ combined fall play, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

    Rosary High School’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

    Rosary High School will present the classic musical "Bye Bye Birdie" this weekend in Aurora. Producer Megan Drahos says, "It is a show that is still relevant today because even modern young kids may idolize a teen star like Birdie."


    Bicyclist found dead in Beach Park

    A bicyclist found dead Nov. 3 near the Robert McClory bike path in Beach Park was identified Wednesday as Hector M. Escobar, 39, of Zion. Authorities say it appears Escobar lost control of his bicycle and crashed, suffering fatal injuries.

    Marian Central Catholic students rehearse a scene from “Rehearsal for Murder.”

    Marian Central Catholic High School, “Rehearsal for Murder”
    How do you "catch the conscience" of a killer? Find out this weekend, when Marian Central Catholic High School students will peform "Rehearsal for Murder."

    Joshua Michael Joyce

    Lindenhurst man denies burglary spree allegations

    A Lindenhurst man accused of burglarizing several homes in August pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges Wednesday in Lake County court. Joshua M. Joyce, 20, of the 200 block of Beck Road, denied charges of residential burglary, burglary, theft and criminal damage to property stemming from a string of break-ins in his hometown.


    Couple charged in medication thefts from area pharmacies

    A Chicago man whose criminal history includes a 1993 murder conviction is one of two people charged with stealing $3,600 worth of medication from pharmacies in Arlington Heights and South Barrington. James Harris, 42, of the 7400 block of South Evans Street, was ordered held on $75,000 Wednesday by Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie. Marisie set bond at $40,000 for his co-defendant, Sharonda...

    The Supreme Court asks God for help before every public session. Now the justices will settle a dispute over prayers in the halls of government. The case before the court involves prayers said at the start of town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester.

    High court wrestles with prayer in government

    The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with the appropriate role for religion in government in a case involving mainly Christian prayers at the start of a New York town’s council meetings.

    The director of art-house movie theatre Bio Rio in Stockholm, Ellen Tejle holds a Bechdel test approval A certificate. Cinemas in equality-minded Sweden are introducing the new Bechdel test rating to highlight gender bias, or rather, the absence of it.

    Swedish cinemas launch feminist movie rating

    You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.

    Adrian Torres

    Addison teen charged in Craigslist sex case

    Authorities say an Addison teen used Craigslist to solicit sex from an undercover cop posing as a 13-year-old girl. Bail was set Wednesday at $30,000 for Adrian F. Torres, 17, on charges of grooming and traveling to meet a minor.

    Brandon M. Kanehl

    Brothers charged with selling heroin in Elgin, South Elgin

    Two brothers were arrested and charged with selling heroin to undercover Elgin police three times in October. Christopher Kanehl, 26, of Elgin, and Brandon Kanehl, 23, of Genoa, face up to 15 years in prison and were being held on $300,000 bail. Their next court appearance is Nov. 13.

    Sam Yingling

    Rep. Yingling proposes to partner after marriage vote

    In the hours following lawmakers’ approval of same-sex marriage Tuesday, state Rep. Sam Yingling proposed to his partner at a celebratory party at the governor’s mansion. “I had been carrying a ring back and forth to Springfield for a while,” Yingling said Wednesday.


    Bottle band to perform Sunday at Forest View in Arlington Hts.

    The St. Luke’s Bottle Band will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Forest View Educational Center Theater, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. They will perform a wide variety of music including classical, jazz and Chicago sports team theme songs.


    Bombings kill 16 in Syria

    Bombs targeting the entrance of a landmark Ottoman railway building in Damascus and a feared security agency in Syria’s southeast killed at least 16 people on Wednesday, activists reported.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged that he smoked crack “probably a year ago,” when he was in a “drunken stupor,” but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside as leader of Canada’s largest city. Allegations that the mayor had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May.

    Pressure ramps up for Toronto mayor to step aside

    City councilors called on Toronto’s deputy mayor Wednesday to “orchestrate a dignified exit from city hall” for Mayor Rob Ford, who acknowledged smoking crack in a “drunken stupor.” One of the mayor’s policy advisers, meanwhile, resigned. That continues an exodus from Ford’s office that started in May when news reports emerged of a video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack.


    Effort to build Arizona border fence appears dead

    A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money may be declared dead Wednesday, more than three years after border security proponents crafted the proposal. The Arizona Legislature’s border security advisory committee will take up the issue when it meets for the first time in more than a year.

    Judy Flaherty, right, comforts her son Brian Ludmer, who was the lone civilian wounded by gunfire in the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

    LAX shooting survivor says he crawled for his life

    A teacher who was wounded in last week’s deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport said he crawled to escape a gunman and used a sweatshirt as a tourniquet after a bullet ripped his leg. “I didn’t know what his intention was,” Brian Ludmer said from his hospital bed Tuesday. “I only saw me and him. ... I was in total panic.”

    New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a meeting in the “Bull Pen,” the mayor’s main City Hall office, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York.

    Democrat de Blasio elected NYC mayor in landslide

    mboldened by a historic landslide that made him the first Democratic mayor of New York City in a generation, Bill de Blasio seeks to push ahead with an ambitious liberal agenda aimed at easing the economic inequality he hammered in his “tale of two cities” campaign.

    Marines walk through a terminal at O’Hare International Airport during part of their journey back home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Marines were treated like heroes at the airport after a retired Marine and some others were not going to let them make the final leg of their journey to San Diego without thanking them for their service.

    13 Marines get surprise Chicago airport welcome

    A group of Marines on their way home from Afghanistan got something they didn’t expect after spending the better part of five days getting on and off planes as they tried to get from one side of the globe to another: cheers from a small crowd of police, a fire truck water salute and first-class plane tickets.


    Dist. 87 proposes iPads for all freshmen by 2014

    If Glenbard High School District 87 officials have their way, iPads will replace textbooks and novels next fall for all incoming freshmen.

    Joe McMahon

    Kane to measure recidivism rate for first-time offenders given a break

    The Kane County state's atttorney's office will work with Aurora University and another group to measure recidivism of first-time, nonviolent criminals who have gone through the office's diversion program for felonies between 2005 and 2010. “It's just a self-evaluation,” Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in his monthly media meeting Tuesday. “I talk about how great...

    Megan Craig, a visually impaired worker at the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority's new customer call center, uses special technology to enlarge records of an I-PASS customer with a question.

    Tollway call center puts visually impaired, veterans to work

    “Only after you've experienced the pain of unemployment do you realize how wonderful it is to have a job,” said Marin Okreglak , who is visually impaired. Recently hired to work at the tollway's new customer service call center on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, he fought back tears during an opening ceremony Tuesday.

    Chinese journalist Chen Yongzhou is shown confessing on state television to getting paid to run stories smearing a heavy machinery company with the Chinese words below “I willingly admit my crime and I repent it.”

    China’s latest tactic: Confessions on state TV

    The 27-year-old journalist wore a green jail uniform, his head shaved and hands in cuffs, when he appeared on national TV and confessed his guilt in bribery allegations. And he had yet to be charged with anything. “I willingly admit my crime, and I repent it,” Chen Yongzhou said. It was the latest of several high-profile, televised confessions, a new tactic by Chinese authorities attempting to...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

    Kerry seeks movement in Israeli, Palestinian talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waded again into the nitty-gritty of faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Wednesday, saying he was optimistic that tensions and difficulties could be overcome, even between “two proud people” struggling to reach an accommodation. Kerry was upbeat after separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem and Palestinian...

    French Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization, WMO. The U.N. weather agency says concentrations of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere have accelerated and reached a record high in 2012. WMO says carbon dioxide was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year.

    UN: CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

    World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday. The heat-trapping gas, pumped into the air by cars and smokestacks, was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year, said the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization in its annual greenhouse gas inventory.

    The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.

    FACT CHECK: Israeli claims on Iran nuclear program

    Israel has led the speculation that Iran could be moving closer to having all the pieces ready for a nuclear weapon. Some of Israel’s claims are based on clear evidence — number of Iran’s enrichment centrifuges, for example — but context and elaboration is often needed for a more complete picture.

    Raffaele Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno speaks to the media at the end of a hearing in an appeals court in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. American student Amanda Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend has arrived at a Florence appeals court to make a statement in the pair's third murder trial over the death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito's 2009 conviction of murdering Kercher was overturned on appeal in 2011, freeing her to return to the United States. But Italy's highest court ordered a fresh appeals trial, blasting the acquittal as full of contradictions. Knox has not returned to Italy for the latest trial. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

    Knox’s knife DNA casts doubt on murder weapon

    In the third Italian murder trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox, a court-appointed expert testified Wednesday that the alleged murder weapon shows a new DNA trace that belongs to Knox and not the victim. That testimony bolsters the defense, which claims the kitchen knife was not the weapon used in the bloody 2007 slaying of Knox’s British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.


    Disabled freight train causes delays in Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn Police are directing motorists around blocked railway crossings due to a stopped freight train.

    Jill Morin and hundreds of thousands of other people with pre-existing chronic conditions who are covered through high risk insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year’s end.

    Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

    With federal and state online health care marketplaces experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health law’s earliest beneficiaries: those with pre-existing chronic conditions. Many of them have had trouble signing up for health insurance through the exchanges and could find themselves without...


    Naperville approves '90 percent' of sergeants' contract

    Naperville City Council on Tuesday night approved the majority of a contract with the police sergeants' union, but three remaining issues will not be resolved until an interest arbitration process is complete sometime next spring. The partial contract approval situation is unusual, city attorney Margo Ely said, and it represents the first time the city has been involved in interest arbitration...


    Naperville looks to traffic study for citywide improvements

    The first report completed under Naperville’s neighborhood traffic study program offers a few dozen specific recommendations, but officials say it’s also valuable for suggesting broader lessons that can be applied citywide. The report, approved unanimously Tuesday by the city council, evaluated traffic volumes and speeds in the area bordered by Edward Hospital on the north, Washington Street on...

    Teri Burke

    Wauconda board votes to sponsor Turkey Trot

    When the third annual Wauconda Turkey Trot begins on Thanksgiving Day, village Trustee Teri Burke will be at the starting line. Burke and her peers on the village board voted Tuesday to formally sponsor the Turkey Trot, which is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 28. It's the first time the village is sponsoring the race, which is put on by local running enthusiasts.

    Voters in Colorado voted down Amendment 66 that would have created wholesale changes for how Colorado funds public education.

    Ballot measures: Pot, secession, gambling

    Voters across the country faced ballot measures Tuesday ranging from whether to approve seven casinos in New York to the fate of Houston’s iconic Astrodome.


    Dawn Patrol: Gay marriage voting; trial starts in 2001 drowning

    Gay marriage approved; opponents pledge to keep fighting same-sex marriage; trial to continue in 2001 drowning of Hanover Park man; grisly details of Antioch double murder; Long Grove man charged in fatal September DUI crash; Imrem: A tale of two quarterbacks; Cutler downplays reports he'll play Sunday


    Barrington Holiday Wine Walk Nov. 23

    The merchants in downtown Barrington will host a Holiday Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. More than 30 shops and restaurants are participating in this enjoyable event. There will be free wine tastings and other tasty treats at each of the merchant stops.


    Santa at Deer Park Town Center Friday

    The Stevenson High School Marching Band and a fireworks extravaganza will accompany Santa Claus’ arrival at Deer Park Town Center for the start of the holiday shopping season from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at 20530 N. Rand Road in Deer Park. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and meet with children afterward.

    Susan Broad, left, the longtime president and CEO of the DuPage Children’s Museum, celebrates one of the facility’s anniversaries with Mayor George Pradel. Broad is stepping down at the end of January after more than 22 years at the helm of the museum that attracts more than 300,000 visitors a year.

    DuPage Children’s Museum CEO stepping down after 22 years

    The longtime president and CEO of the DuPage Children's Museum, Susan Broad, says she's retiring and plans to step down at the end of January. Broad helped oversee the museum's move to Naperville in 2001 and its continued growth — the museum now attracts more than 300,00 visitors a year.


    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, right, goes pas Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose for a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 97-80.

    Another fadeaway: Bulls wilt down the stretch

    The Bulls had a couple of long practices this week, but their early-season problems continued. Indiana finished the game on a 30-11 run and rolled past the Bulls 97-80 on Wednesday in Indianapolis. The Pacers improved to 5-0 for their first time in their NBA lifespan, while the Bulls dropped to 1-3.


    Pardy time: Fans have fun with Jets’ player’s helmet

    Brad Mills might be out for a substantial period of time with what is believed to be a right ankle injury. Mills missed his third straight game on Wednesday for the Blackhawks against Winnipeg at the United Center. Tim Sassone has that and more in today's Hawks notebook.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi, left, and Eric Tangradi during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Hawks dominate Jets for 10th win

    For the second time in less than a week, the Winnipeg Jets saw the Blackhawks at their best. The Hawks got goals from Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brandon Pirri and Patrick Sharp in a 4-1 win over the Jets at the United Center on Wednesday night. It was the Hawks’ 10th win of the season in 16 games (10-2-4).

    Grayslake North’s Titus Booker looks for running room as Dylan Foster (2) looks to block a defender against Rolling Meadows last Friday night.

    Grayslake North looking beyond conference successes

    Grayslake North’s football program knows what it’s like to be chasing an elusive first victory. Now the Knights are doing it again. Grayslake North played its first varsity football game in 2006 and lost its first 15 games before beating Grayslake Central 31-6 in Week 7 of the 2007 season. The Knights enjoyed their first winning season in 2010, going 5-4, and then finally broke through last season, going 8-1 during the regular season to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time, while also winning their first Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship. They then lost to Notre Dame 46-27 in the first round in Class 6A. The Knights went 7-2 in the regular season this year, finishing second to Crystal Lake Central in the FVC Fox, before losing to Rolling Meadows 49-20 in a Class 6A state playoff opener last Friday night.


    DVC well-represented at state

    The Class 3A boys state soccer championship could turn into a dream rematch for the DuPage Valley Conference.


    Harper cross country teams prep for big run

    It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Harper College men’s and women’s cross country teams as they depart for Saturday’s NJCAA Division III cross country national championships hosted by Holyoke Community College, in Northfield, Mass. The men’s team, the two-time defending national champ, has been ranked No. 1 all season and it’s been mostly smooth sailing for Harper. The women’s team is currently ranked No. 5, but their journey has been much more trying. Early in the season, injuries were an issue, but in the latter stages the Hawks were able to field a full team and performed well in end-of-season meets.

    Sam Shields breaks up a pass intended for Brandon Marshall during the second half of the Bears’ victory over Green Bay on Monday.

    Trestman’s fourth-down call impresses Marshall

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall said coach Marc Trestman's decision to go for it on fourth down late in the Green Bay game was huge. Trestman said it just seemed like the right thing to do.

    Batavia cross country coach Mike DiDomenico, pictured at a past Royal-Cadet Invitational, saw his team qualify for state for the first time Saturday in his final season after 34 years coaching the Bulldogs.

    Scouting Tri-Cities state cross country

    When next fall rolls around and for the first time in 34 years Mike DiDomenico isn’t coaching the Batavia boys cross country team, he already knows he’ll be enjoying the next chapter of his life. DiDomenico will become a grandfather in January, the latest transition that began when he retired from teaching this year. His Bulldog cross country team gave him quite the retirement gift Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional when they qualified for state for the first time in school history.


    Glenbard West grad Venson ready for his second chance

    Brandon Venson still has fire in his belly and desire in his heart. The 2007 Glenbard West graduate was among the Chicago Bears’ final cuts in the 2012 preseason, a tight end out of Illinois State after playing wide receiver for the Hilltoppers. Dreams die hard.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck against Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi, left, and Eric Tangradi during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blackhawks cruise to 4-1 victory over Jets

    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the first period, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.The Blackhawks also got goals from Brandon Pirri and Patrick Sharp in their fourth win in five games. Corey Crawford made 24 saves and defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists.


    Cubs’ hire likely a bridge to championship manager

    Rick Renteria is Theo Epstein's mulligan when it comes to hiring a manager for the Cubs. But Epstein will take another one in a few years because Renteria doesn't figure to still be around even if the Cubs ever really do get good.

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert comes from behind to block the shot of Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Bulls fall 97-80 as Pacers stay perfect

    Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night.

    San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria prepares to pitch batting practice for the Padres' baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Nothing wrong with Cubs taking their time on Renteria

    A person familiar with the situation says San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria is set to become the Cubs' manager. The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. The team is expected to make it official on Thursday.


    Bears, humans create another scene in Churchill

    A large population in Churchill, Manitoba, doesn't always mix well with the area's tourism industry.

    Senior Andy Philipose heads for a sixth-place individual finish for Mid-Suburban League team champ Hersey during the MSL meet last month at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove.

    Hersey hungers for big finish

    The Hersey boys cross country team started last season with high expectations .But then ended it with a thud.This year the Huskies are primed to finish the deal.Hersey enters Saturday’s Class 3A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria in the mix for its first state trophy since the Huskies finished second in 1972. The Huskies entered last season with high rankings, but ran a timid state race finishing a disappointing 19th in Class 3A.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Justin Jackson of Glenbard North looks for a hole during the Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard North football game Friday.

    Warnecke earns kudos for the paths he’s cleared

    His name may have been the least known on the list of all-DuPage Valley Conference football players, but every coach in the league appreciates the play of Glenbard North fullback Dillon Warnecke.

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 image made from video made by WSVN-TV in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dolphin player Richie Incognito is interviewed near his home. The troubled, troubling relationship between two Miami Dolphin linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito took an ominous turn Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said.

    Bears’ Marshall: Bullying just doesn’t happen here

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall said some of the hazing and bullying that has been alleged in the Dolphins' lockerroom occurred when he was with Miami in 2010-11, but Bears coach Marc Trestman made it clear from the beginning behavior like that was unacceptable.

    Keith Moreland, a former Cubs player who has spent the last three seasons as the color analyst for the WGN radio broadcasts, has decided to leave the booth to spend more time with his family in Texas.

    Moreland leaving Cubs radio booth

    Keith Moreland is leaving the WGN radio booth, where he broadcast Cubs games the past three seasons alongside Pat Hughes. Moreland cited family considerations. The search for a replacement will get under way soon.


    Smallmouth and bluegills? What’s not to like?

    Smallmouth bass and bluegills are pound-for-pound the most sporting fish around and deserve a place of reverence for midwestern anglers.

    Burlington Central graduate Clint Kliem, now a sophomore at SIU-Edwardsville, recently became the school’s first all-Ohio Valley Conference cross country runner.

    Burlington C. grad Kliem excels at SIU-Edwardsville

    Burlington Central graduate Clint Kliem’s first foray into college cross country running was a memorable one. Kliem, now a sophomore on the Division I Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville men’s cross country team, recalls a meet held at Eastern Illinois University. “There were huge storms coming,” he said. “We only had 5 minutes to warm up before the start of the race. We basically got our spikes on, got to the line and they hit the horn and we went. When we crossed the line they said to go wait in the indoor tack. After that, all the races have been fine in terms of the mental aspect. No race can be any worse than that.” The races have only gotten better for Kliem, who recently was named to the all-Ohio Valley Conference second team after placing 10th in the 8K event at the conference meet. Kliem is the first SIUE cross country runner to earn an all-conference honor.


    Knicks’ Chandler to miss 4-6 weeks with broken leg

    Knicks center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of a broken bone in his right leg.The team said Wednesday that tests showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not required. Chandler left in the first quarter of a 102-97 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.

    Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks down during a media availability following an NFL football practice, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito Sunday for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Leadership vacuum to blame in Dolphins case?

    A leadership vacuum may have contributed to the troubled relationship between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, which has left both players sidelined and the team in turmoil.

    Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen heads to first place at the Waubonsie Valley girls cross country sectional in Aurora last Saturday.

    Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen has lofty goals for state

    Jacobs junior girls cross country standout Lauren Van Vlierbergen took up running during her middle-school years at Westfield in Carpentersville. Even back then, Van Vlierbergen had a plan. Her goal was to attempt to break 60 seconds in the 400 dash. What middle-school-aged kid thinks like that? “She’s unbelievable,” said Jacobs coach Kevin Christian. “I saw her run once in junior high and knew right then that I had to have her on our team. She goes after it more than any other kid I have ever seen. She’s one of the smartest runners I have ever coached. She keeps meticulous logs and evaluates everything she does. She compares times in workouts and races to what she did last year. She’s smart with everything she does.”


    Phillips named Texans interim coach

    Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be Houston’s interim head coach with Gary Kubiak out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this weekend.


    Mike North Video: Northern Illinois a winner
    The Northern Illinois Huskies are 9-0, and head coach Rod Carey and quarterback Jordan Lynch are looking to earn a bowl bid this year.


    Blockbuster, the video-rental company owned by Dish Network Corp., will close its remaining 300 U.S. stores, ending an era for a chain that was once a ubiquitous part of American shopping centers.

    Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in US

    The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S. About 300 Blockbuster locations scattered around the country will be closed by early January. But 50 franchised stores will remain open in the U.S.

    U.S. stocks advanced Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record close, as Federal Reserve officials said economic weakness warrants continued stimulus and investors await data this week on jobs and growth.

    Dow Jones average closes at a record

    There wasn’t any major economic news or blockbuster earnings. But that didn’t stop investors from pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to another record on Wednesday. Instead, investors focused on the big economic news this week that has yet to come, U.S. third-quarter economic growth on Thursday and the October jobs report Friday.

    Terri Hayes, owner of Artistic Creations Salon in downtown Naperville, is running the Naperville Half Marathon on Sunday along a route that starts and finishes not far from her salon’s location. Business operators wanted the race to incorporate the downtown to bring runners and fans to the area to shop and dine.

    Naperville Marathon ‘perfect fit’ for business involvement

    If the Naperville Marathon is about anything other than running and community, it’s business. The inaugural event, scheduled to take off at 7 a.m. Sunday, involves 19 businesses as sponsors, another 26 as race expo vendors and plenty more as possible beneficiaries from increased foot traffic brought by runners and their fans. “Anything that promotes Naperville and brings visitors to our town is always positive,” said Mike Evans, president and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Starbucks says it plans to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

    Starbucks to hire 10,000 vets, military spouses

    Starbucks says it plans to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says that a technical error caused a number of products from computer monitors to treadmills to be priced absurdly low or high on its website earlier Wednesday morning.

    Wal-Mart blames price errors on technical glitch

    Treadmills for $33? Computer monitors for $9? The deals are too good to be true — even at Wal-Mart. It turns out they’re not. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a “technical error” caused certain products to be priced absurdly low or high on its website earlier Wednesday morning.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola fill a prominent spot on the shelves of the Tarascas Latino Supermarket in Lawrenceville, Ga. Arca Continental, the Mexican bottler in question, stressed in a statement that it has no plans to change the sweetener for the “Coca-Cola Nostalgia” bottles it exports to the U.S.

    Mexican Coke in US will still use cane sugar

    Fans of “Mexican Coke” in the U.S. need not worry about losing the cane sugar that sweetens their favorite drink. Americans who buy the glass bottles of Coke exported from Mexico may have been dismayed by recent online reports that an independent bottler that supplies the drinks planned to switch from sugar to fructose to cut costs.

    Randy Hultgren

    Reps ask: How many Illinois insurance cancellations

    A half-dozen U.S. House Republicans from Illinois are asking the state’s top insurance official to answer questions related to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The six congressmen announced Tuesday they wrote to Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron. Their letter asks how many cancellation notices have been sent to Illinois health insurance policyholders this year.


    Weak sales lead to 4.6 decrease in OfficeMax 3Q sales

    Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. said continued weak sales in its retail and contract segments resulted in a 4.6 percent delcine in third quarter 2013 sales. Total sales were $1.,6 million in the third quarter of 2013, as compared to $1.7 in the third quarter of 2012.


    U.S. demand lifts Hospira 3Q sales 1.4 percent

    Lake Forest-based pharmaceutical company Hospira Inc. said strong domestic demand for its products led to a 1.4 percent oncrease in net sales for the third quarter of 2013. Net sales were $1 billion for the quarter, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.


    Federal Signal 3Q net sales increase 13 percent

    Oak Brook-based Federal Signal Corp reported a 13 percent increase in net sales for the third quarter of 2013 as demand in all company sectors remained strong. Consolidated net sales were $209.3 million for the quarter.


    Legislative panel raises Illinois revenue forecast

    The Illinois General Assembly’s budget forecasters say the state is on track to bring in an extra $369 million in revenue for the current fiscal year. That’s according to an updated analysis by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

    Illinois River Asian carp jump out of the water after being disturbed by sounds of watercraft in this 2009 file photo.

    Asian carp DNA detected in Lake Michigan sample

    A water sample from Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, although it’s unknown whether the genetic material came from a live fish, scientists said Tuesday. It’s the second positive DNA hit for the feared carp detected in Lake Michigan in recent years.

    Kaylin Wainwright, center, works with student Natnael Gebremariam, left, at a computer during a General Educational Development test preparation class at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus of the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington in this 2003 file photo.

    Test takers rush to complete GED

    Americans who passed part, but not all, of the GED test are rushing to finish it before a new version rolls out in January. About 1 million Americans who took the high school equivalency exam could be affected. GED scores will be wiped out when the new version arrives. It’s the first update to the test in more than a decade.

    In this Feb. 3, 2010 photo, a Boeing Co. 777 jetliner on the production line in Everett, Wash.

    Washington governor calls session to keep 777X in state

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called for a special session of the legislature in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills that are part of a broad bid to get Chicago-based Boeing to build the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington state.

    Charlie Trotter

    5 Things to Remember about chef Charlie Trotter

    Culinary arts didn’t pique chef Charlie Trotter’s interest until college, when his roommate would prepare different courses for friends. Trotter was self-taught. After he graduated from college, Trotter traveled the U.S. and Europe to dine at fine restaurants. His first job was as a cook at the Chicago-area restaurant Sinclair’s, owned by famed chef Gordon Sinclair.

    Charlie Trotter

    PETA joins chefs in mourning Trotter’s death

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is joining the nation’s top chefs in mourning the death of famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter. PETA spokesman David Perle says Trotter was one of the first chefs to speak out against the consumption of foie gras and to stop serving it in his restaurants.

Life & Entertainment


    Bilingualism doesn’t cause speech delays

    Many experts find that bilingualism does not cause language delay in children with normal learning potential. Therefore, speech-delayed bilingual kids require the same speech evaluation and treatment as their speech-delayed single language peers.

    Comedian Carlos Mencia will perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Weekend picks: Carlos Mencia, quilts and an early 'Nutcracker'

    Carlos Mencia brings his standup routine to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Marriott Theatre gets a jump on the holiday season with its production of "The Nutcracker" for young audiences. And the Wheels Rallye Team hosts the Great Turkey Hunt road rallye Saturday night.

    Chili peppers used to make the Huy Fong Foods Inc. Sriracha hot sauce get delivered to the company’s facility in Irwindale, Calif. The plant almost had to shut down in late October after nearby residents reported burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful odor that is said to be emanating from the factory during production.

    Sriracha shortage panic? There are tons of options

    Sriracha lovers had a near miss when a judge rejected a Southern California city’s bid to shut down production at the Irwindale facility. Residents had complained that the pungent odor of peppers and garlic coming from a nearby production plant gave them headaches, burned their throats and made their eyes water. “If we did lose Sriracha, it would be a bigger crisis than having an oil shortage,” joked — kind of — Edward Lee, who plies Asian-inflected Southern cuisine at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky. “People would riot in the streets.”

    George Strait was named Entertainer of the Year at the 47th annual CMA Awards Wednesday night in Nashville.

    George Strait named CMA Entertainer of the Year

    Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night’s top honor at the Country Music Awards — entertainer of the year. Strait, who is retiring from the road, nabbed his third trophy in the category but hadn’t won the prestigious award since 1990.

    Janel Parrish of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” will meet with fans at Von Maur stores in Glenview and Lombard.

    ‘Liars’ star Janel Parrish to make suburban stops
    Janel Parrish of ABC's "Pretty Little Liars" will meet with fans at the Von Maur department stores at The Glen Town Center in Glenview on Saturday, Nov. 16, and at the Yorktown Center in Lombard on Sunday, Nov. 17.

    Tony Award-winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters will perform a Valentine’s Day concert at the Genesee Theatre.

    Bernadette Peters to play Genesee
    Two-time Tony Award-winning star Bernadette Peters is set to perform at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Feb. 14.

    Elizabeth Vargas on Wednesday confirmed a New York Daily News story about her treatment for alcohol dependency. Vargas, who is 51 and married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, is anchor of the ABC newsmagazine “20/20” and last appeared on the network in October.

    ABC says Elizabeth Vargas is in alcohol rehab

    Veteran ABC News reporter and “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in treatment for alcohol dependency, the network said Wednesday. Vargas, who is 51 and married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, last appeared on ABC in October. The network confirmed a New York Daily News story that said she has been in a treatment facility for a few weeks and has a few weeks more to complete the program.

    Kanye West has postponed his concerts this week at Chicago’s United Center.

    Kanye West reschedules United Center concerts
    Kanye West has postponed his Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 9, concerts at Chicago's United Center. The shows have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Dec. 18.

    The American soldier Chris (Brandon Moorhead) and the recently orphaned Kim (Shawna Haeji Shin) declare their love for each other in the song “The Last Night of the World” in the Paramount Theatre’s production of “Miss Saigon,” playing now through Sunday, Nov. 24, in Aurora.

    Paramount’s ‘Miss Saigon’ powerful if problematic

    The Paramount Theatre’s take on the blockbuster musical “Miss Saigon” is filled with plenty of passion, emotion and theatrical artistry — guaranteeing audiences a good dramatic time with a high likelihood of clutching a tear-stained hankie or two by the tragic ending.

    Actor Tom Cruise wrote in a sworn declaration filed in a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Co. that he maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri despite the claims by two Bauer tabloids in 2012 that he had “abandoned” her.

    Tom Cruise says he’s close to daughter despite work

    Tom Cruise maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri despite his divorce from her mother and a hectic film schedule, the actor wrote in a court filing to support his defamation lawsuit against a magazine publisher. The actor is suing over a pair of 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he had “abandoned” his daughter.

    The website of Brazil’s biggest news outlet has published photos apparently showing pop star Justin Bieber spray painting graffiti on a wall and says police want to question him.

    Report: Bieber caught spraying graffiti in Brazil

    The website of Brazil’s biggest news outlet has published photos it says shows pop star Justin Bieber spray painting graffiti on a wall and it says police want to question him. The O Globo newspaper reports that photographers snapped photos of Bieber as he painted graffiti on a wall of the former Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday morning.

    Fried rice with shrimp, beef liver and mixed vegetables, served with beef, chicken and plantains at Bisi African Restaurant in Schaumburg.

    Explore exotic cuisine at Schaumburg's Bisi African

    African fare is largely unfamiliar to most American palates. Some of its dishes have exotic-sounding names like moi-moi and jallof rice and come with ingredients not customarily stocked in our kitchen pantries. But a pleasant surprise awaits diners new to the cuisine at the recently opened Bisi African Restaurant in Schaumburg.

    Jennifer Nettles announced Monday that she’ll be releasing her Rick Rubin-produced debut solo album, “That Girl,” on Jan. 14.

    Jennifer Nettles talks new solo album, motherhood

    Jennifer Nettles has finished the music, chosen a cover photo and now she has a release date for her debut solo album — Jan. 14. The Sugarland singer kicked things off with a listening party for her new Rick Rubin-produced album, “That Girl,” on Sunday. Expect to see a different side of the 39-year-old singer as she reveals her new music. They’re the first without her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush. The Grammy Award-winning duo is on hiatus.

    Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

    Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic

    Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

    New Potato And Lemon Salad

    Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

    Chard Stems with Tomatoes and Olives

    Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

    Green Bean Salad
    Green Bean Salad

    "Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies" by Toby Smithson and Alan L. Rubin

    Daily Herald columnist pens book about food's role in diabetes

    Learn about Eat Right, Live Well columnist Toby Smithson's new book about nutrition and diabetes, how to be the next Food Network Star and where you can meet Food Network celeb Ree Dummond, aka "The Pioneer Woman."

    The salsa line includes several zesty flavors to spicy up your order.

    Dining events: Rack House Kitchen honors veterans

    Rack House honors veterans with reduced tabs on Veterans Day; Niche presents Thanksgiving on the run; Pancheros Mexican Grill now open in Schaumburg.

    The Dodson bar has flip-down shelves and lots of storage. Bar carts are a great way to set up a bar in a small space.

    Right at home: Bar gear gets swanky

    Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue. And retailers are responding to all this imbibing by offering furniture, barware and accessories with cosmopolitan flair. All you need are a few invitations, snacks and some good music for the party to begin.

    Smart plant choices can help allergy sufferers avoid pollen triggers as they garden. Less allergy prone plants include azalea, cacti, pansies and petunias, dogwood trees, hibiscus and boxwood shrubs.

    How to reduce allergies while gardening

    Allergies can put a serious crimp in gardening: A runny nose, itchy eyes, or a wheezing and persistent cough can drive allergy sufferers indoors during the growing season. But there are many things you can do to reduce those irritations and remain a dedicated gardener. Start by determining what’s causing your allergies. See an allergist for tests to define the problem. Then you can garden smarter by avoiding plants that give off harmful pollen, and working only when fewer spores are in the air.

    “Matangi” is the latest release by M.I.A.

    Pop dissident M.I.A. back with ‘Matangi’

    Named after a ghetto Hindu goddess, M.I.A.’s fourth proper album pops with a relentless pounce and is filled with all the paradoxical imagery that the intro’s title “Karmageddon” conjures. On the call-to-arms title track she breaks it down as a tsunami of percussion mounts: “It’s so simple/Get to the floor.” Then sets it off simply by rhyming different places in her inimitable cadence. But it’s never simple with M.I.A.

    “The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son” is the latest work from Pat Conroy

    Pat Conroy writes about relationship with father

    Any fan of Pat Conroy's work already knows a lot about his dad. The abusive, self-proclaimed “Great Santini” achieved added notoriety when he was portrayed by Robert Duvall in the movie bearing his nickname. Even the most loyal reader may wonder what else Conroy could possibly have to say about the man, especially when they see his new memoir is a whopping 336 pages. Simply answered: a lot.

    Ca' Momi Rosso di Napa

    Good wine: American winemakers blending grapes, stirring up sales

    In the 1970s wine in America was all about varietals. Now winemakers are finding blends can be adjusted for consistency and adjusted to satisfy current tastes. Today, red blends are wine’s sales engines, with a nearly 100 percent growth from 2012 to 2013.

    Dan Rich’s stuffed chicken breast with apple-plum compote earned him the title Daily Herald 2013 Cook of the Year.

    Elgin’s Dan Rich twists apples, chicken into winning plate at Cook of the Week Challenge finale

    After cooking with Twizzlers, Dan Rich figured nothing could throw him off his game. Turns out the Elgin man was right. When faced with skin-on chicken breasts, apples, microgreens and crystallized ginger, Rich put out a dish that bested the competition at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Final Four Cook-off and earned him the title 2013 Cook of the Year. Now the four finalists take a look back.



    Editorial: NFL bullying case is a teaching moment

    Suburban schools, coaches, parents and students should use the Miami Dolphins' controversy as a teaching moment for their anti-bullying efforts, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Appropriate name for Washington team
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In light of all the media attention to the name of the Washington NFL team, I suggest the name be changed.


    Chicago treats poor better than retirees
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: I recently saw a newspaper article regarding the city of Chicago providing free mammograms to women who do not have insurance. This article is an insult to every retired city of Chicago worker.


    Shutdown didn’t affect Motorola earnings
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I have to admit that the very large and bold headline in The Oct. 24 Business section certainly grabbed my attention. However, after reading the article, I believe the headline, “Motorola Solutions hit by government shutdown,” was misleading and inaccurate.


    Pension changes must not hurt school employees
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As a resident of Illinois, I urge lawmakers to vote no on the conference committee’s draft plan on pensions. I urge them to vote no on any plan that illegally reduces the compensation guaranteed by the Illinois Constitution. Schoolteachers teach children to follow the law, not to find backdoor ways around the law.


    Unpleasant Metra commutes make whole mess worse
    A letter to the editor: I was so happy that the rain had stopped when I looked out the window this morning since I had left my umbrella at the office. That was until I got off the Metra train in Union Station.


    Only 3 more years of this inept bunch
    A Huntley letter to the editor: When Mr. Obama was elected he had two years of both houses of the legislature. He rammed through programs and laws with only Democratic votes. He said, “Elections have consequences,” and that was the Democrats mantra.


    Elgin-O’Hare shows bipartisan effort
    Elgin-O’Hare shows bipartisan effortHistory was made last week with the groundbreaking of the much-anticipated Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project. Half a century ago, local and state leaders had the vision to build a road that directly connected the western suburbs with the airport. The Western Access project is a good example of what can be accomplished when the entire region works together. Through the years, we have overcome regional partisanship and the “Chicago versus suburban” mentality. We have successfully collaborated on a project that will achieve the vision set forth by our predecessors. Through our partnership with the Illinois Tollway and its Move Illinois capital program, this $3.4 billion project will relieve congestion, reduce travel times and enhance economic development along the corridor. The shovels in the ground signify the unwavering support by Governor Pat Quinn, Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur, IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, DuPage County, federal and state officials, local mayors, businesses, environmental groups and labor organizations. While we have made significant progress up to this point, there is still more work ahead of us. Moving forward will require patience, persistence and participation from all interested parties as we fulfill our vision for this state-of-the-art multimodal corridor as well as our transportation and economic development goals for the region.It is this kind of teamwork that will set the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project apart from the others. By working together on funding, planning and economic development, the Elgin-O’Hare corridor will positively impact not only the region, but the entire state. Dan CroninChairmanDuPage County Board


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