Daily Archive : Friday November 8, 2013



    Man held on $250,000 bond after chase in Lake County

    A Chicago man’s bond was set at $250,000 on Saturday morning in Lake County following a manhunt in the Lake Zurich area Friday afternoon, officials said. Jermaine Pugh, 26, of the 8000 block of Evans St., Chicago, was sought following a domestic battery complaint in Island Lake. That led to a police chase, a car crash and a foot chase, Lake Zurich Police Cmdr. David Bradstreet said.

    Al-Jazeera is reporting that a team of Swiss scientists has found moderate evidence that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of poisoning. The Arab satellite channel published a copy of what it said was the scientists’ report on its website on Wednesday.

    Russian report stirs new confusion in Arafat death

    Four investigations, hundreds of testimonies and stacks of medical reports on Yasser Arafat's unexplained death in 2004 have failed to produce hard evidence of what killed him — and findings presented Friday only created more confusion.


    Judge upholds construction of Huntley hospital

    A Will County judge on Friday upheld a state panel's decision to let Centegra Health System build a hospital in Huntley. The ruling ends a lawsuit a pair of Centegra rivals filed about a year ago to block the hospital's construction. With the lawsuit out of the way, Centegra will break ground on the 128-bed hospital in the spring, said Susan Milfor


    Yorktown Lands' End store opening with charity event

    Lands' End is going back to its roots, albeit with a distinctly female twist. The retailer specializing in casual clothing, luggage and home furnishings, now based out of Dodgeville, Wisc. but founded in 1963 in Chicago, is opening a new stand-alone store next week in Yorktown Center in Lombard.

    Casper, a Havanese puppy, was stolen from the Naperville Petland Store.

    Pups stolen from stores in Naperville, Bolingbrook

    Two Petland stores, one in Naperville and another in Bolingbrook, are trying to track down stolen puppies. The Naperville store owner said he believes the same woman was caught on tape stealing a dog at each location. Police are reviewing the footage. A white Maltese puppy named Hercules and a white Havanese puppy named Casper were taken.


    Police: Elgin man broke into estranged wife’s home

    An Elgin man was arrested after breaking into the home of his estranged wife earlier this week, police said. Donnie L. Beavers, 58, was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. Elgin police responded to a domestic violence report around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the 2000 block of Niagra Court, according a news release from the Elgin Police Department.


    1 hurt in Mundelein crash

    Mundelein fire officials said a rollover crash Thursday evening did not result in serious injuries.

    Debris litters the road Friday by the coastal village of Legazpi following a storm surge brought about by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Albay province, 325 miles south of Manila, Philippines. The strongest typhoon this year slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides and knocking out power and communication lines in several provinces.

    One of world’s strongest storms blasts Philippines

    One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines, killing more than 100 people whose bodies lay in the streets of one of the hardest-hit cities, an official said Saturday.

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth laughs as state senator Mike Noland talks about her before she speaks at “Salute to Women Veterans: Past and Present” Friday at Elgin ArtSpace Lofts.

    Duckworth salutes female vets’ artwork in Elgin

    Artwork by two female veterans is featured in the newest exhibit at Elgin ArtSpace Lofts, which includes a display about the contributions of female veterans from 1775 to present. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth was the keynote speaker Friday evening at “Salute to Women Veterans: Past and Present” held at the gallery.

    Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius smiles Friday as she is thanked by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter after announcing easier access to mental health care during Carter’s 29th annual mental health policy symposium at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

    New rule demands parity for mental health coverage

    The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental health parity law will be administered.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the rule should put an end to discrimination faced by some mental health patients through higher out-of-pocket costs or stricter limits on hospital stays or visits to the doctor.

    Paul Vallas has been picked by Gov. Pat Quinn to be his running mate in 2014.

    Quinn picks Paul Vallas as 2014 running mate

    Gov. Pat Quinn has selected former Chicago schools CEO and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas as his running mate in 2014. The Chicago Democrat announced Vallas as his pick in an email Friday. Quinn says he’s known Vallas for 30 years and “he’s never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people.”


    Alzheimer’s facility coming to Arlington Hts.

    A live-in facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will be built in Arlington Heights next year, the village board approved this week. Autumn Leaves Memory Care, 1625 S. Arlington Heights Road, will be built at the northeast corner of Arlington Heights Road and Council Trail.


    More money available for Arlington Hts. home loans

    The Single Family Rehab Loan program has more than double the amount of money available to Arlington Heights residents who need to make fixes to their homes than last year.


    Many offenses would be added to list of nuisance triggers

    The Elgin Police Department wants to add teeth to the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance to better address properties where they say landlords are unresponsive to making changes. Offenses proposed to be considered nuisances are as wide-ranging as gang activity, drug activity, overcrowding, graffiti, loitering, noise and animal offenses.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Judge strikes down state law on Lake Co. elections

    A much-maligned state law that stripped election oversight from the Lake County clerk and ordered the creation of a new commission to handle the task was struck down by a judge Friday. “There is simply nothing unique to Lake County’s population or geography that necessitates its singling out through a special law when a general law could be applicable,” Kane County Judge David Akemann wrote in...

    William J. Ross

    Man arrested in Las Vegas after woman’s remains found in McHenry home

    A 62-year-old man has been charged with concealment of a homicide after skeletal remains of a woman were found in a vacant McHenry County area home on Wednesday. William J. Ross faces up to five years in prison and is being extradited from a Las Vegas prison to McHenry County.

    More than 300,000 visitors are expected to view The Moving Wall at West Aurora High School, where it will be on display through Monday.

    Emotional opening at Moving Wall in Aurora

    During a Dec. 1967 firefight in Vietnam, Sgt. Allen James Lynch rescued three wounded soldiers and stayed behind to protect them when the rest ofhis company withdrew. Lynch received the Medal of Honor in 1970 for his actions. Friday morning, he and fellow Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Sammy Lee Davis headlined the opening ceremonies at The Moving Wall exhibit in Aurora.

    Students from Highland Elementary School in Elgin won a visit from the Jesse White Tumblers for their strong participation in the summer reading program.

    Elgin program gets Governor’s Hometown Award


    Terrill Thomas

    Arlington Hts. man charged with soliciting 16-year-old

    An Arlington Heights man was arrested Nov. 1 after police say he went to Cary Oct. 19 to meet with a 16-year-old girl.


    Cops For Coats drive continues in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines police are continuing to collect clean, gently worn winter coats as part of the Cops For Coats drive.


    Vernon Hills police announce tobacco check results

    A compliance check of 14 tobacco retailers in Vernon Hills showed no violations, police said.


    Recycle-O-Rama in Vernon Hills

    The Vernon Hills Park District will host Recycle-O-Rama from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16, at the southwest parking lot of Westfield Hawthorn shopping center, Routes 21 and 60 in Vernon Hills.


    Fundraiser for Round Lake drowning victim

    A fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Designs on You, 33277 N. Route 45 in Wildwood in memory of Mia Cardenas of Round Lake.


    Learn about Affordable Care Act

    The public can learn about the Affordable Care Act at two events Wednesday, Nov. 13, which has been designated Enroll Lake County! Day by the Lake County Health Department.

    Officials are discussing expanding the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.

    Aspen Drive Library being eyed for expansion in Vernon Hills

    The popular Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills is being eyed for a facility expansion, officials said Friday. The library opened in 2010 as a sister facility to the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. “The kids area for sure is not adequate for the amount of people who are coming,” library board member Wendy Vieth said.

    Migdalia "Mickie" Bloch, left, and her daughter Rebecca Bloch Groshek

    Bartlett man gets probation in street racing case

    A 39-year-old Bartlett accountant convicted last month of aggravated street racing that resulted in two deaths was sentenced Friday to 24 months of probation. Timothy Salvesen, 39, was also sentenced to 130 hours of community service, to be spent speaking to high school students about his experience. But Rebecca Groshek, daughter of victim Migdalia "Mickie" Bloch, said the sentence was too light,...

    Rodney W. Boyette

    Elgin man charged with Subway armed robbery in Carpentersville

    A 50-year-old Elgin man faces up to 15 years in prison after his arrest Thursday on charges he went into a Carpentersville Subway restaurant, implied he had a gun and left with money. Rodney W. Boyette was arrested by Algonquin police after an alert went out. No gun was found and the clerk was not injured.

    Syrian displaced children line up Thursday to receive vaccination against polio at one of the Syrian refugee camps in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon.

    Polio threatens Europe as virus making comeback

    “Polio is making a comeback,” Martin Eichner, a professor at the University of Tuebingen who co-authored the letter to The Lancet, said by phone. Eichner and a German colleague warned that the vaccine used in the United States and Europe offers only partial protection against infection and called for heightened screening of sewage systems near refugee settlements in Turkey and Jordan. Syrian war...

    Winfield trustees are considering a plan to borrow $4 million to repair nearly 30 percent of the village’s streets, which officials say are in poor to failing condition.

    Winfield considers borrowing $4 million to fix roads

    Winfield homeowners could see their property tax bills increase next year if village board members approve a plan to borrow $4 million to fix the town’s crumbling roads. Trustees who support the idea say it's necessary to stop further deterioration of Winfield’s 35 miles of roads. Nearly 30 percent of the streets are in poor to failing condition. “We need to pave the roads,” Trustee Phillip...


    Elgin woman, 19, found unresponsive, dies in hospital

    Elgin police is investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman, authorities said. T’Keyah Marshall was found unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at her residence in the 400 block of Center Street in Elgin. She was prounounced dead at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Autopsy results are pending.

    Laura Schraw

    Hampshire Twp. Park District hires new director

    The Hampshire Township Park District didn’t have to look too far for its new executive director. Laura Schraw, 33, lives within walking distance of the park district’s offices, but she also knows how to write and secure grants, a skill an official said is necessary in the district and its three parks.


    Aurora police still investigating hit-and-run

    Police continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 56-year-old Aurora man Thursday evening.


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    Chrysler to recall 1.2 million Ram trucks

    Chrysler is recalling 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles.


    Brush pickup, electric bills may go up in Batavia

    The proposed 2014 Batavia budget suggests increasing charges for leaf and brush pickup, water, sewage treatment and electricity.

    Trader Timothy Nick, right, works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow hits another high on hiring surge

    Both the Dow and the S&P 500 recovered all of their losses from Thursday, when concern about the Fed withdrawing its stimulus outweighed optimism about faster economic growth. The reaction to the jobs report was even more pronounced in the bond market.

    Edward Dolik of Arlington Heights prepares his St. Paddy’s Patty during the Elgin Community College’s fifth annual ECC-Prime BurgerHouse Burger Competition Friday at the Spartan Terrace Restaurant in Elgin. Dolik's burger won the competition.

    Images: Elgin Community College Burger Competition
    Images from Elgin Community College's annual ECC-Prime BurgerHouse Burger Competition at the Spartan Terrace Restaurant. Six culinary students cook-off for scholarship cash. The winner was Edward Dolik of Arlington Heights.

    Fran and George Gebes of Batavia were the 2002 Batavia Citizens of the Year. George died Monday, at age 98. Fran died in 2011. They helped co-found the Batavia Overseas Post 1197, Veterans of Foreign Wars. George was also an alderman.

    Batavia VFW leader lived to serve veterans, community

    George Gebes' military service in World War II set the stage for a cause he supported the remainder of his life: Looking out for the welfare of the United States' veterans. The Batavia resident who helped found the town's Veterans of Foreign Wars post died Monday, at age 98.

    Alfredo Maldonado

    Carpentersville man accused of sexually assaulting 5-year-old

    A 57-year-old Carpentersville man is being held on more than $1 million bail after being charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl he knew. Alfredo Maldonado was arrested Monday after the girl's mom went to police, sparking an investigation by the Kane County Children's Advocacy Center. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

    Al Kamikow and Irving Weiner are honored by the Buffalo Grove Village Board for their military service at this week's meeting.

    Buffalo Grove soldiers honored for service

    Buffalo Grove honored two veterans of World War II at this week's village board meeting. Al Kamikow, who fought at the Battle of Normandy, received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Irving Weiner, who left high school to serve, was wounded in the invasion of the island of Iwo Jima, a battle with Japanese troops in which one out of every four soldiers was wounded or killed. He was awarded a...

    David P. Smith

    $250,000 bail for Carol Stream man charged in child porn case

    A Carol Stream man accused of possessing child pornography with the intent to disseminate was jailed on $250,000 bail Friday. David P. Smith, 48, of the 1N000 block of Darling Street, is charged with six counts of child pornography.

    U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, eat their Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They are among the first time female participants have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military.

    Women heading to Navy Riverine combat jobs

    By year’s end, Anna Schnatzmeyer and five others are expected to become the first women formally assigned to a Riverine combat company, a battlefront Navy job that is just now opening up to women. The three Riverine Delta Company units are used for combat operations, often called on to move quickly into shallow waters where they can insert forces for raids, or conduct rescue missions.


    Dealing with feelings that don’t fit the situation

    Though they seem to come on instantly, our emotional responses are learned behaviors. Our Ken Potts says understanding why we react the way we do is key to making sure we're responding appropriately to the people and situations around us.

    Douglas Larsson

    Ousted Wauconda chief joining Lake sheriff's office

    Two months after being ousted as Wauconda's police chief, Douglas Larsson is taking a leadership job with the Lake County sheriff's office. Starting Monday, Larsson will serve as a deputy chief in the corrections division, which includes the jail and related programs. “It allows me to continue my career, (which) I value highly, and serve the county,” said Larsson, 62, of Antioch.

    The exhibit “Aurora in the Vietnam Era, 1961-1975,” will remain up through mid-January.

    New exhibit on the ’60s and ’70s in Aurora opens Veterans Day weekend

    Aurora Historical Society's new exhibit, "Aurora in the Vietnam Era, 1961-1975," features special hours on Veterans Day, then continues through mid-January at the Pierce Art and History Center.

    The Wauconda High School Bulldogs could play home games on artificial turf starting next year.

    Wauconda High could be next school with artificial turf field

    Wauconda High School's grass football field would be replaced with artificial turf in 2014 under plans now being developed, officials confirmed. “We’re very excited about the updates to our athletic stadium,” Athletic Director Andy Lambert said.

    French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, center, arrives Friday for the second day of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. French, British and German foreign ministers are joining U.S. secretary of state John Kerry in Geneva, who will be coming “to help narrow differences in negotiations,” according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

    World’s top diplomats to join Iran nuclear talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Friday of significant differences between Iran and six world powers trying to fashion a nuclear agreement, as he and three European foreign ministers added their weight to try to narrow the gap. Officials had expressed optimism about progress achieved in Thursday’s full day of talks.

    Mike Baker

    Buffalo Grove names longtime Elgin fire official as deputy chief

    Buffalo Grove has hired a 35-year veteran of the fire service as its new deputy fire chief. Fire Chief Terry Vavra introduced William “Mike” Baker to the village board at this week’s meeting, where he and the board also said goodbye to three longtime firefighters.

    The lack of a working smoking detector in this week’s fatal house fire in Arlington Heights is causing the fire department to renew its appeal that such devices be installed and properly maintained.

    Fire deaths renew call to maintain smoke detectors

    The lack of a working smoking detector in this week’s fatal house fire in Arlington Heights is causing the fire department to renew its appeal that such devices be installed and properly maintained. And the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will be going ahead Saturday morning with a free giveaway of smoke detector batteries — exactly what was missing from the detector...

    Re-enactor Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg looks out from a foxhole that he helped dig out, at World War II Days in Rockford.

    Moving Picture: Re-enactor pays tribute to veterans

    Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg knows the true cost of war, after losing his nephew Peter Giannopolous during the Iraq War. As a former high school history teacher, Zahareas now participates in war re-enactments several times a year, doing his best to enlighten others on the realities of war. “There is only so much you can read about in a book or look on the Internet,” Zahareas said.

    “60 Minutes” reporter Lara Logan on Friday said that CBS apologizes to viewers and will issue a correction to its Oct. 27 story Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

    CBS admits error in Benghazi ‘60 Minutes’ story

    NEW YORK — CBS News said Friday that it was misled by a “60 Minutes” source who claimed he was on the on the scene of a 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya when it now turns out there are serious doubts about whether he was.

    This combination made shows Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, left, and One World Trade Center in New York. Soaring above the city at 1,776 feet, 104-story One World Trade Center is in contention with Willis Tower for the title of America’s tallest building. A committee of architects recognized as the arbiters on world building heights is meeting Friday Nov. 8, 2013 in Chicago to decide whether a design change affecting One World Trade Center’s needle disqualifies its hundreds of feet from being counted, which would deny the building the title of nation’s tallest giving the title to the 110 story Willis Tower at 1,450 feet.

    Height of 1 World Trade Center debated in Chicago

    Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it? A committee of architects recognized as the arbiters on world building heights is meeting Friday to decide whether a design change affecting the skyscraper’s 408-foot needle...


    Remembering our veterans

    It turns out Saturday, Nov. 9 will be another day in which we can honor our veterans. St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in West Dundee will honoring past and present veterans at 7 p.m. at the church, 845 W. Main St.


    Missing Wisconsin teen’s bike found; no sign of girl

    TOWN OF GENESEE, Wis. — Waukesha County authorities have found the bicycle of a missing girl but say there are still no signs of the 15-year-old who was last heard from Tuesday.Kathryn J. Stalbaum missed her school bus Tuesday morning and texted a friend she’d ride her bike to Kettle Moraine High School instead. She never arrived.


    Authorities plan $3.8M in rail crossing upgrades

    SPRINGFIELD — Authorities will spend more than $3.8 million to upgrade a series of central Illinois railroad crossings near Springfield to make them safer for drivers.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the project, which uses both state and federal money, will add eight sets of “quad gates” at crossings along the Union Pacific rail line.


    Ex-judge set to plead guilty to heroin, gun counts

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A former southwestern Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal that’s resulted in two overturned murder convictions appears poised to plead guilty to federal heroin and gun charges.


    Obama nominates southern Illinois lawyer to federal bench

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — The president is nominating a southwestern Illinois attorney to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court.The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports Nancy Rosenstengel was nominated to the seat on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois that’s held by retiring judge G. Patrick Murphy.

    The Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar, left, checks his tablet Friday during a session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow Friday after the U.S. automatically lost voting rights at UNESCO, after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the world’s cultural agency.

    U.S., Israel lose UNESCO voting right in dispute

    American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow Friday after the U.S. automatically lost voting rights at UNESCO, after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the world’s cultural agency. The U.S. hasn’t paid its dues to the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in protest over the decision by world governments...

    Over the counter products for controlling head lice are photographed in Washington. Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom for the rest of the day. Some school nurses are no longer sending home “lice notes” to parents of other children in the classroom. The policy shift is designed to help keep children from missing class, shield children with lice from embarrassment and protect their privacy.

    More lenient school lice policies bug some parents

    Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom. And some school nurses are no longer sending home the dreaded “lice note” to other parents with kids in the classroom, alerting them to the possibility of lice in their own child’s precious locks. The policy shift is designed to help keep...


    Pakistan appoints new ambassador to United States

    The Pakistani government says it has appointed a new ambassador to the United States. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday that Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani has been appointed as the new ambassador to Washington.

    From left, Helen Johnson as Albino, Zane Shaw as Westley and Chris Kubiak as Count Rugen rehearse for “The Princess Bride” at Geneva High School.

    Geneva High School’s ‘The Princess Bride’

    A beloved movie gets new life on the stage when Geneva High School presents "The Princess Bride" this weekend. "We have added so many different elements, I think the audience will feel they saw a fresh take on it," director Carrie Schafer of Batavia said.

    During a rehearsal for Hampshire High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Puck and Oberon discuss the mischief she has caused after causing Lysander to fall in love with the wrong person. Puck is played by Niki Curatti; Oberon by Thomas Burkhead.

    Hampshire High School’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Fairies and lovers take the stage this weekend when Hampshire High School presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Director Jennifer Steljes thinks audiences will appreciate the comedy in this famous Shakespeare work.


    Wisconsin DNR releases interim forest management plans

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural is seeking public feedback on interim forest management plans for five state properties.


    Indiana education board meets for 1st time amid clash

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s State Board of Education is meeting for the first time since a battle for control of the state’s grading system went public.


    Indiana State Police step up efforts as Thanksgiving nears

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police are stepping up enforcement efforts in an attempt to make roads safer during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.


    Southwestern Indiana man gets 60 years in man’s fatal stabbing

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of a man in the victim’s home.Thirty-two-year-old Hubert Mayhugh III was sentenced Thursday following his September conviction on murder, armed robbery, burglary and theft charges.


    Illinois parts maker says jobs will be added by summer

    PARIS, Ill. — An eastern Illinois auto parts maker now says it should add 300 previously announced new jobs at its plant by next summer.


    Collinsville site of teen driving program

    SPRINGFIELD — Officials for the state of Illinois and private companies are launching a four-day “Drive for Tomorrow” teen-driving school at the Collinsville Gateway Center.


    Northern Indiana town balks at funding Amtrak line

    DYER, Ind. — A northern Indiana town that’s served by an Amtrak line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago is balking at contributing money to a state-led plan that’s kept the line running.The Lake County town of Dyer is the sole holdout in the plan to keep the Hoosier State passenger line operating for at least one year in response to a cutoff of federal funding.


    Army surgeons from Illinois training at Miami hospital honored

    MIAMI — An Army surgical team is honing its trauma skills at a Miami hospital.The 909th Army Forward Surgical Team from Fort Sheridan, Ill., is currently training at Ryder Trauma Center. The training program includes lectures, simulations, clinical rotations and a 48-hour stint providing care for each patient brought into the trauma center.


    Man convicted in Alton shooting death near school

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A southwestern Illinois jury has convicted a 22-year-old man in connection with a shooting death last year near an Alton elementary school.The Madison County jury deliberated about two hours Thursday before finding Marcus Baldwin of Alton guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.


    Man dies after driving into Lake Michigan

    Authorities say a man has died after driving his car into a Lake Michigan harbor in downtown Chicago.Fire Department officials say the crash was reported around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. They say the man’s vehicle was traveling on Lake Shore Drive when it made a sharp turn, drove over the sidewalk, down a set of stairs and into the water.


    12 arrested after Decatur shootings

    DECATUR, Ill. — Authorities in the central Illinois community of Decatur say they arrested a dozen people after a series of shootings last weekend.Five separate shootings were reported on Sunday afternoon and evening. One person was injured.Police say the 12 are facing charges for weapons and violence and several others are facing drug charges.


    Purdue boosting enrollment in computer science

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University plans to expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment in computer science by more than a quarter to meet growing demand among employers for people who can analyze and work with very large data sets.


    Quinn OKs money for Lincoln tomb repairs

    SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois is spending more than $600,000 to get the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in shape for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in 2015.


    U of I Springfield inducts 5 into legislative intern hall of fame

    SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield is adding five former state Capitol interns to its Legislative Internship Hall of Fame.Inductees include Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and assistant secretary of the Senate Scott Kaiser. They will be honored at a Nov. 21 ceremony at the governor’s mansion.


    Dawn Patrol: Arlington Hts. fire victims ID’d; veterans tributes

    Arlington Heights fire victims identified. Veterans tributes on display in Aurora. South Elgin Village President Jim Hansen remembered. Reflejos awards presented. Daily Herald Baking Challenge yields top 10. Grayslake District 46 considers referendum. Bleacher dispute in Crystal Lake. Cutler to play Sunday. New Cubs manager stays positive.

    The owners of Ken-Loch Golf Links want their property near Lombard rezoned so it can be sold to a company that plans to build a multifamily residential development on the site.

    DuPage County zoning board OKs housing on Ken-Loch site

    A proposal to build apartments and townhouses on what's now a golf course near Lombard has picked up a key endorsement from a DuPage County panel. On Thursday night, the county's zoning board of appeals voted 6-1 to recommend that county officials rezone the Ken-Loch Golf Links property and approve a planned development for the 31-acre site along Finley Road, north of 22nd Street.

    Culver's in Huntley is flying almost 400 flags on Route 47. Each flag represents a fallen soldier from the Chicago area since 9/11.

    Huntley, Carpentersville Culver's honor veterans

    Huntley and Carpentersville Culver's locations are supporting the VetsRoll organization this Veterans Day with flags, and by donating proceeds this weekend to the group, which helps send veterans to Washington, D.C., to see war memorials. “It's very sobering, it's very eye-opening,” Culver's assistant manager Richard Myers said. “For the kids that work for us it's a real...

    Tom Cross

    Will same-sex marriage loom in treasurer primary?

    State Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego didn’t have much to say publicly about his surprise vote for same-sex marriage this week, and one primary election opponent might not push him to say much more. Cross is facing a Republican primary race for Illinois treasurer against DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan, who may be trying to position himself as the more conservative candidate.

    A dolphin in Sanibel, FL being playful for the camera.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of November 4th.


    Naperville Central’s Kevin Clifford celebrates a first-half touchdown against Homewood-Flossmoor Friday.

    Naperville Central survives, thanks to 80-yard run

    Despite coaching game No. 11 this season, with countless practices and games and drills under his team’s belt, Naperville Central coach Mike Stine still had some new tricks going into Friday’s Class 8A second-round playoff game at Homewood-Flossmoor.

    Associated Press The Bulls’ Luol Deng came within an eyelash of his first career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists to go with 5 steals against the Jazz at the United Center on Friday night.

    For Bulls, that's more like it

    While the Bulls rolled past the winless Utah Jazz on Friday, fans at the United Center suffered through a couple disappointing moments in the first quarter. Luol Deng barely missed a personal milestone and the fans narrowly missed some free food.

    When Bulls center Joakim Noah was a rookie, he said he trekked all the way to Mundelein to purchase Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the veterans before practice.

    Bulls: No hazing issues in our locker room

    The Bulls talked about how there's not much rooking hazing in their locker room, at least nothing like the stories coming from the Miami Dolphins. But Taj Gibson shared a story about how he made a veteran teammate angry and paid the price.

    Dale Sveum was introduced just two years ago as the right man to manager the Cubs. Now Theo Epstein, the team's president of baseball operations, says Rick Renteria is the perfect fit.

    Cubs certain they got right man…again

    Two years ago, the Cubs were certain they had the perfect manager in Dale Sveum. That lasted two years. Now, they are just as certain they have the right man in Rick Renteria.

    Soccer captains Nate Laude and Jose Garcia, with Alfredo Rocha and Marino Lopez lead the parade through Wheeling High School halls.

    Wheeling thrilled to cheer team to state soccer championship

    With the chance for its first team state title in more than 15 years on the line, students and teachers at Wheeling High School wished the boys soccer team good luck. It paid off. Wheeling defeated Lake Park High School 3-0 Friday in the Class 3A semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School and will play for the state title at 7 p.m. Saturday.


    Harper eager to get going

    “The kids are ready to go,” says Harper College men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino. And indeed they were for the first game of the season, which turned out to be a 67-66 overtime loss at College of Lake County in Grayslake on Thursday. The Hawks are scheduled for their second game of the season at 3 p.m. Saturday, this one at Kishwaukee College. Amarino doesn’t mind playing away from home to start the season. “It is better for them to get their feet wet,” Amarino explained. “At our level, winning on the road is very common.”

    Kyle Leto of Downers Grove North is pulled down by Joe Kazar of Wheaton Warrenville South during the Downers Grove North at Wheaton Warrenville South Class 7A football playoff game Friday.

    Dashut’s pick leads Downers N. past WW South

    Nursing a 10-7 lead, Downers Grove North’s football team had nearly 20 minutes to sit and think about its biggest play of the season. When the Trojans and Wheaton Warrenville South returned from an extended injury timeout, the Tigers came through with a huge fourth-down conversion to Downers North’s 11-yard line with under a minute remaining. Downers North, though, was far from finished. In fact, all the Trojans thought about during that timeout was finishing this game. On the next play Downers North senior linebacker Michael Dashut snared an interception in the end zone to seal the Trojans’ 10-7 victory over host WW South in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs.

    Naperville Central’s Jordi Heeneman reacts after second period goal shot fails to deliver in the 3-1 loss to Edwardsville’s in the Class 3A state semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School on Friday.

    Second-half blues send Naperville Central to defeat

    A defensive collapse by Naperville Central in the second half allowed Edwardsville to defeat the Redhawks 3-1 in the Class 3A boys soccer semifinal on a windy Friday night in Hoffman Estates.

    Keishawn Watson of Wheaton Warrenville South moves the ball.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Downers Grove North Playoff Football
    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted and lost 10-7 to Downers Grove North Friday night, Nov. 8, for IHSA round two playoff football.

    Naperville Central’s Ben Andreas runs for 80 yards to score the game-winning touchdown, giving the Redhawks a 24-21 win.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Homewood-Flossmoor Playoff Football
    Naperville Central won 24-21 as they travelled to Homewood-Flossmoor Friday night for round two of the IHSA football playoffs.

    Junior Carly Nolan and her Crystal Lake South teammates will face Lake Zurich Saturday in the Class 4A Huntley supersectional.

    Volleyball/Scouting Saturday’s supersectionals

    Scouting the Class 4A Huntley supersectional and the Class 1A Westminster Christian supersectional.

    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) shoots over Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Deng’s near triple-double lifts Bulls over Jazz

    Luol Deng scored 19 points, Carlos Boozer added 18 and the Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 97-73 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. Deng added 11 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 14 points and Derrick Rose 12 for the Bulls (2-3).

    Illinois guard Mike LaTulip (10) drops a pass back near Alabama State's Bobby Brown (5) in the second half in an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)

    Illinois opens with 80-63 win over Alabama State
    Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in his debut to lead Illinois to a season-opening 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday.Rice is a Champaign native but spent two seasons at Drake before transferring to Illinois


    Elite meet as NSC teams get together

    To view the North Suburban Conference girls swimming meet as a mini-state meet is not an overstatement. Defending NSC champion and meet host Stevenson, Lake Forest and Mundelein get to exhibit their top-10 state potential in today’s meet in Lincolnshire that features diving at 9 a.m. and the swimming events at 1 p.m. “It’s kind of a two-tiered meet with Stevenson and Lake Forest battling for the top spot and Libertyville, Warren and ourselves battling for third,” said Mundelein coach Rahul Sethna. “Either way it’s a great thing for our conference. (The meet) is always important because I feel our conference is a pretty prestigious conference.”

    Wheeling’s Luis Herrera, middle, scores the first goal as his teammates swarm him in the first period in the Class 3A boys soccer state semifinals at Hoffman Estates on Friday.

    Wheeling tops Lake Park in state semis

    Wheeling’s boys soccer state championship dream is still alive and well. The Wildcats left no doubt about whether or not they belong in the Class 3A title game by handling Lake Park 3-0 in a state semifinal matchup Friday at Hoffman Estates. That leaves them just 1 win away from the school’s first boys soccer state title. Wheeling (23-1-2) will meet Edwardsville (20-3-2) in the big game at 7 p.m. Saturday. Edwardsville scored three times in the second half to beat Naperville Central 3-1 in Friday’s other semifinal.

    Wheeling’s Luis Herrera is mobbed by teammates after a goal.

    Images: Soccer 3A Semifinals
    Images of a state boys soccer Class 3A semifinal contests at Hoffman Estates High School: Wheeling won 3-0 over Lake Park and Naperville Central lost 3-1 to Edwardsville.

    Cary-Grove quarterback Jason Gregoire will lead the Trojans’ offense against top-ranked and undefeated Rockford Boylan Saturday in a Class 6A second-round playoff game at Cary-Grove.

    Cary-Grove has answered all the questions — again

    The same Cary-Grove football team poised to challenge undefeated Rockford Boylan in a second-round playoff game stood on the brink of demise in Week 3. The Trojans were 0-2 following losses at state powers Wheaton North and Lake Zurich and were staring 0-3 squarely in the face, trailing late at undefeated Huntley, 13-9. A sack and a penalty left the Cary-Grove offense facing third-and-24 from its own 40-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Then came the play that changed the course of a season. Cary-Grove junior quarterback Jason Gregoire lofted a pass to junior receiver Larkin Hanselmann on a backside post pattern for a 60-yard touchdown. The defense subsequently stuffed Huntley’s final drive at midfield to seal the win, allowing everyone clad in blue and white to exhale.

    The most-successful coach in the 40-year history of Cal Poly women’s basketball, Faith Mimnaugh, opens her 17th season at the helm of the Mustang program this weekend. The former Elk Grove High School standout led Cal Poly to the NCAA Tournament last season.

    Legendary Mimnaugh still has her spunky style

    Elk Grove and MSL girls basketball legend Faith Mimnaugh, a.k.a. "Lady Magic", is back in Chicago this weekend as head coach of the Cal Poly women's basketball team, which is opening its season at DePaul.


    Vernon Hills looking to come of age in Class 2A

    It will not be an easy task, but the Vernon Hills girls cross country team is certainly a contender for one of the top three trophies today in the Class 2A state meet in Peoria. The fifth-ranked Cougars’ young squad will start the 3-mile race at storied Detweiller Park at 11 a.m. with hopes of bringing home a trophy from the pressure-packed meet. The awards ceremony for Class 2A begins at 1 p.m.

    Vernon Hills’ Ben Mohrdieck, here competing in last year’s state meet, has much more company this time around as the Cougars qualified as a team and will run together in Saturday’s 2A title race.

    Vernon Hills aiming for 2A trophy

    This is the season the Vernon Hills boys cross country team has been dreaming about for a long time. The No. 3-ranked and undefeated Cougars will be aiming for a top-three trophy when they toe the starting line today at the Class 2A state meet beginning at noon in Peoria. The 3-mile race at historic Detweiller Park should be a great one, as top-ranked Illiana Christian and No. 2 Mahomet-Seymour could prove to be Vernon Hills’ greatest challenge in its quest for one of the coveted trophies. The awards ceremony for Class 2A gets under way at 1 p.m.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says it was hard to watch film of his last game against the Detroit Lions, when he lost a fumble and threw 3 interceptions. The Lions, who won that September game 40-32, visit Soldier Field on Sunday.

    Cutler in good shape after another practice

    Injured quarterback Jay Cutler went through a second straight full practice Friday and is expected to lead a Bears offense on Sunday at Soldier Field that hopes to perform better than it did in the first meeting this season against the Lions.

    Associated Press The Blackhawks will go with goalie Corey Crawford, right, for Saturday's game, but head coach Joel Quenneville would not say if backup Nikolai Khabibulin will start Sunday's game.

    Quenneville mum on Khabibulin’s next chance

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will start Saturday night’s game at Dallas, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville refused to say who would be in goal on Sunday against Edmonton. It could be Crawford getting both starts, but it's possible Nikolai Khabibulin will start Sunday against his former team, the Oilers.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is quietly regaining the form that earned him the Norris Trophy in 2009-10, when he finished with a career-high 69 points and was plus-21, according to Tim Sassone.

    Keith flashing Norris Trophy form

    Getting contributions from the defense has always been a big part of the Blackhawks’ offense — and this season is no different.The Hawks boast four defensemen in the top 30 in the league in scoring from the blue line going into the weekend, led by Duncan Keith’s 12 points (all assists). Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy and Niklas Hjalmarsson all have 8 points to rank among the NHL leaders.


    Game video: Wheaton North vs. Fenwick
    Wheaton North takes on Fenwick Saturday in Class 7A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Waubonsie Valley vs. Oswego
    Waubonsie Valley takes on Oswego Saturday in Class 8A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Marmion vs. Prairie Ridge
    Marmion takes on Prairie Ridge Saturday in Class 6A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Kaneland vs. Joliet Catholic
    Kaneland takes on Joliet Catholic Saturday in Class 5A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Glenbard West vs. Conant
    Glenbard West takes on Conant Saturday in Class 7A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Lake Zurich vs. Crystal Lake South volleyball
    Lake Zurich takes on Crystal Lake South Saturday in the Class 4A Huntley volleyball supersectional. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Batavia vs. Rolling Meadows
    Rolling Meadows takes on Batavia Saturday in Class 6A playoff action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Wheaton Academy players, from left, Zeb Lewis, Lucan Hoepner, Parker Setran and Kevin Esposito react after losing in a shoot out against St. Ignatius in the Class 2A state semifinal game at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

    PKs again no friend to Wheaton Academy

    Wheaton Academy had waited all year for redemption from last year’s 2-1 loss on penalty kicks in the Class 2A semifinals.

    Maine West football coach Chris Hare, right, announced his resignation Friday.

    Hare steps down at Maine West

    Chris Hare has resigned after seven years as Maine West High School’s head football coach, athletic director Jarett Kirshner announced Friday. Hare will continue to teach Physical Education at Maine West.Kirshner lauded Hare’s dedication, saying, “Chris has put his heart and soul into this program, sacrificing thousands of hours for the team. He is to be commended for his work ethic.”

    Wheaton Academy players, from left, Zeb Lewis, Lucan Hoepner, Parker Setran and Kevin Esposito react after losing against St. Ignatius in the Class 2A state semifinal game at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

    Images: Soccer 2A Semifinal- Wheaton Academy vs. St Ignatius
    Images of a state boys soccer Class 2A semifinal contest at Hoffman Estates High School: Wheaton Academy lost 2-1 to St. Ignatius College Prep.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Previews of second-round IHSA football playoff games in the Tri-Cities coverage area

    Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown tackles Cincinnati running back Ralph Abernathy earlier this season.

    Hungry Hoosiers ready to get on track vs. Illinois

    Indiana is hungry. It’s been a month since the Hoosiers last won a game. It’s been six years since they last qualified for a bowl. And after last weekend’s bungled finish against Minnesota, players and coaches are eager to make amends.

    Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) is sacked by Wisconsin defensive end Pat Muldoon in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 28-9.

    Iowa tries to break out of scoring funk vs. Purdue

    Win and the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) are bowl-eligible. Lose, and they’ll have to beat either Michigan at home or Nebraska on the road to get that critical sixth win.

    Minnesota's Damarius Travis (7) looks for the handoff during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Minnesota won 42-39(AP Photo/ Alan Petersime)

    Minnesota’s rolling, favored to beat Penn State

    Minnesota has won straight three conference games and is favored, ever so slightly, to beat Penn State. The Gophers (7-2, 3-2) gained the confidence and momentum they were lacking with a gritty victory at Northwestern three weeks ago, and now their sights are set on a New Year’s Day bowl game.

    Nebraska wide receiver Alonzo Moore (2) and wide receiver Sam Burtch (9) react after wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, left, caught the game winning touchdown against Northwestern in Lincoln, Neb.

    Nebraska, Michigan trying to stay in Big Ten race

    Nebraska has kept itself in the Big Ten title chase. Barely. The Wolverines, meanwhile, are hoping to bounce back from a humiliating loss to rival Michigan State that forced them to win the rest of their games and get some help to have a shot at winning their first Big Ten title since 2004.

    Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III heads to the end zone against Navy.

    No. 24 Notre Dame facing another test at Pitt

    No. 24 Notre Dame (7-2) is out of the national title mix, if the Irish can win out, they’re in the hunt for a BCS bowl bid. The Panthers (4-4) meanwhile, continue to search for an identity in coach Paul Chryst’s second season.

    Will new Cubs manager Rick Renteria get more from Anthony Rizzo, right, and Starlin Castro, the core of the Cubs lineup?

    Fans want meat when Cubs toss them a bone

    With the Chicago Cubs hiring Rick Renteria, Theo Epstein wants us to believe he was their choice all along to manage this club. They also need a new man in the booth, and Mike North hopes Epstein doesn’t make that selection, too.


    We have a manager, but what about the radio booth?

    Pretty sure there's going to be more buzz about Keith Moreland's replacement in the radio booth than the newly-hired Rick Renteria. But that's not a surprise at all. That and more in Spellman's Scorecard.


    Lori Hilson, President of NAWBO - Chicago speaks Thursday at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business awards at Danada House in Wheaton.

    Women honored for their success, influence on others

    Nineteen suburban women executives were recognized Thursday evening for not only being successful in their careers but also for being an inspiration to others. The honorees were feted at the 2013 Influential Women in Business awards presented by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership the National Association of Women Business Owners-Chicago Area Chapter and the Women's Innovation Network.

    President Barack Obama speaks Friday about the economy at the Port of New Orleans. The president says he’ll do everything he can to help people coping with health insurance cancellations, but legally and practically his options appear limited.

    Few options for Obama to fix insurance cancellations

    White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that the president has asked his team to look at administrative fixes to help people whose plans are being canceled as a result of new federal coverage rules.

    The Dominicks store at Golf and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect. Dominicks has announced it is closing all of its stores by early 2014.

    Dominick’s closings may mean 5,600 lost jobs

    More than 5,600 workers could lose their jobs when the Dominick’s grocery chain closes all its unsold Chicago area stores at the end of the year.

    Bill Bass, 63, harvests corn Tuesday on acreage near the southern Illinois town of Cobden.

    Corn harvest a record 13.9 billion bushels

    Exceptional harvests were found around the country, thanks to adequate rain and cooler temperatures at the time corn pollinated. At least 18 states will set records for the amount of corn produced per acre, among them are Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

    A four-story structure rests Friday on top of a barge in Portland Harbor, in Portland, Maine. It is one of three secretive structures, two in San Francisco and one Portland, that have been linked to the web-giant Google.

    Report: Google’s California barge to hoist sails

    Google has dodged public scrutiny by essentially constructing a boat, not a building. Thus it doesn’t need permits from San Francisco, a city with copious inspection and paperwork requirements for builders.

    Mount Prospect agreed to rezone this site at 211 E. Rand Road, near apartments on right, to allow opening of a cigar lounge.

    Mount Prospect OKs rezoning to allow cigar lounge

    Mount Prospect village board members this week approved a zoning change that will allow a cigar lounge to open in an area zoned for offices, but the lengthy discussion highlighted the friction between the business area and the adjoining residential area. “It boils down to fear. Fear for our health. Fear for our well-being in terms of enjoying our neighborhood,” said resident John Masoncup.

    Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in September, after at 0.3 percent gain the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Americans cut spending on long-lasting manufactured goods 1.3 percent. That partly reflected a drop in auto sales. Labor Day weekend auto sales were counted in August.

    U.S. consumer spending slows to 0.2 percent gain

    U.S. consumers slowed their spending in September, even as overall income grew at solid pace for the second straight month. Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in September, after at 0.3 percent gain the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Americans cut spending on long-lasting manufactured goods 1.3 percent. That partly reflected a drop in auto sales. Labor Day weekend auto sales were counted in August.

    Job applicants arrives for an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami. The government issues the October jobs report today, which had been delayed a week because of the government shutdown.

    U.S. added surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October

    The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October, an unexpected burst of hiring in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And far more jobs were added in August and September than previously thought. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent in September. But that was likely because furloughed federal workers were temporarily counted as unemployed.


    Mental health coverage expanded to most health plans in U.S.

    Insurers will be required to cover treatment for mental illness in the same manner they provide care for physical health, as part of new long-awaited rules being released by the U.S. government. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced the regulations at an event today in Atlanta with Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady.


    McDonald’s October sales rise as new items boost Europe to U.S.

    McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, said sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 0.5 percent in October, topping analysts’ estimates, as new items boosted sales in Europe and the U.S.

    Iron Man has some fun with attendees of the Schaumburg Business Association's first Grand Prix Auto Derby Thursday night at MTA Advanced Automotive Solutions in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg Business Association puts twist on annual expo

    The Schaumburg Business Association put a new engine and set of tires on the old business expo concept Thursday night. Taking at least a year off from its traditional expo, the SBA instead presented a souped-up version of its monthly Business After Hours with a Pinewood Derby competition exclusively for its adult members.

Life & Entertainment


    Open casting call in Chicago for new ‘Star Wars’

    There will be an open casting call for two roles in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago.

    One of Joe Morette’s beer drinking turkeys is seen after a stop at the beer trough in Henniker, N.H.

    Turkeys get a beer with their meals

    Joe Morette, who is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been giving his birds beer since 1993, when he and his workers popped open a few cans after work on a hot July day. A turkey knocked one over and started drinking, he said, and they’ve been sipping the suds ever since.


    Boyfriend needs to stop hinting and be a straight-shooter

    I have been with my boyfriend for two and a half years. It appears he would like a family and marriage, but I am not sure it is with me.

    Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette said Friday she hopes to adapt her 1995 breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for the stage. Though no story is yet written, a workshop is planned for next year.

    Alanis Morissette aims for Broadway with musical

    If Alanis Morissette gets her wish, Broadway will swallow a jagged little pill. The singer-songwriter said Friday she hopes to adapt her 1995 breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for the stage. Though no story is yet written, a workshop is planned for next year.


    No joke! The Onion ending print editions

    In poking fun at current events, satirical newspaper The Onion often finds a way to heap ridicule on the newspaper industry. But just like some of the news outlets it lampoons, the Onion announced Friday it is ending the last of its print editions and moving to an all-online format.

    Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Johnston has filed a petition for equal custody of their son Tripp.

    Levi Johnston files petition for custody of son Tripp

    The father of Bristol Palin’s son is seeking at least equal custody. Levi Johnston filed a petition for custody last month saying he wants 4-year-old Tripp to be in his mother’s and father’s lives equally.

    When Alex Gibney set out to document cyclist Lance Armstrong’s 2009 Tour de France comeback, the filmmaker of “The Armstrong Lie” admits he bought into the hype: The man whoíd cheated death was coming back to reign supreme.

    The rough road to ‘Armstrong Lie’

    When Alex Gibney set out to make a movie about cyclist Lance Armstrong’s 2009 Tour de France comeback, the documentarian admits he bought into the hype: The man who’d cheated death was coming back to reign supreme — and clean. “All of us fans wanted to believe ... You want to root for people. That is what sports are all about.”

    NBC announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to televise the company’s first commercial space flight next year. The launch will be part of a three-hour special “Today” show.

    NBC wins space race, will televise Branson flight

    NBC announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to televise the company’s first commercial space flight. Branson and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space next year through his company. The launch will be part of a three-hour special “Today” show.


    What to look for in a mortgage loan officer

    When a mortgage borrower selects a lender with whom to deal, the identity of the firm is much less important to the borrower than the identity of the individual loan officer.

    Matthew McConaughey is earning Oscar buzz for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

    McConaughey immersed himself in 'Dallas' role

    In 1986, Texan Ron Woodroof was diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live. When receiving the news, the rodeo-lover argued with the doctor, saying only homosexuals got such a disease — and he was as straight as they came. Matthew McConaughey, as Woodroof in the fact-based “Dallas Buyers Club,” is magnificently cringe-worthy as this very scene plays out in the film. “We had to go all the way unabashed with that,” said McConaughey.


    Wine tool could revolutionize by-the-glass service

    The device looks like something a doctor might stick in your ear to take your temperature. Yet it is the sommelier’s new favorite toy. It’s called Coravin, and it could revolutionize wine by-the-glass service in restaurants — at least for the big-spending crowd.


    Night life events: Drink it in at DiCarlo fall fest

    DiCarlo’s Fall Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Doubletree Hotel in Mundelein. The afternoon includes hundreds of wines, dozens of craft beers and bites from local restaurants.


    Theater events: Marriott stages 'Nutcracker' for kids

    Marriott Theatre gets a jump on the holiday season with its young audiences production of "The Nutcracker;" Northlight Theatre presents the regional premiere of "Detroit '67" about that city's race riots and Strawdog Theatre reinvents Charles Dickens "Great Expections" with only six actors this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Andy Warhol's “Self-Portrait, 1986,” one of a number of Warhol artworks going on display at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning Jan. 18. The show called “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” includes works on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Dali, known for his surrealist art, and Warhol, famed for his pop art, knew each other and captivated the public with their sometimes controversial works.

    Warhol to be on exhibit in Florida at Dali Museum

    Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol: one was a surrealist from Spain, the other, a pop artist from Pittsburgh. They were among the most famous artists of the 20th century, and in 2014, their works will be on exhibit in adjoining galleries at a museum in Florida. The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg announced Thursday that a show called “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” will open at the museum on Jan. 18.

    Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a 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.” Get all four recipes at dailyherald.com/lifestyle/food.

    Stir it up: Italian, on the side

    A new book highlighting the cooking of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, a stunning area south of Naples, offers a mouthwatering array of fresh pasta recipes, delicious cakes, alluring fish dishes and roasted meats. But I have been treasuring my copy of “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” for the contorni.

    Recent scientific studies give mixed evidence about what morning meal plan might be best for our health.

    Breakfast plays unclear role in weight control

    Somewhere between “I never eat breakfast” and “Breakfast is my most important meal of the day” may lie the answer to shrinking waistlines. But a buffet of recent scientific studies gives mixed evidence about what morning meal plan might be better for our health.

    Giraffes stroll along the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Safaris in this rich game-viewing destination offer up-close views of giraffes and many other animals, including lions, elephants and hippos.

    Botswana's Okavango Delta's got game

    I'm jolted from sleep by a deep and rolling roar and what sounds like the slithering paws of a large cat trawling through my cabin. “Oh my God, I think something's in our room,” I whisper, waking up my friend. It might sound like the start of a Maurice Sendak story, but as we lay in our dreamy cabin in the great wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta, we were truly snoozing where the wild things are. Turns out, it was just an elephant.

    President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, arrive at Love Field airport in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 as a television camera, above, follows them. More than a dozen new documentary and information specials are among the crop of TV commemorations pegged to this half-century mark of a weekend when, as viewers will be reminded again and again, everything changed.

    News, information shows explore JFK anniversary

    “Don’t let it be forgot,” goes the plaintive song from “Camelot.” It won’t be, at least not on TV, where the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the end of an era posthumously christened Camelot, is being remembered this month. More than a dozen new documentary and information specials are among the crop of TV commemorations pegged to this half-century mark of a weekend when, as viewers will be reminded again and again, everything changed.

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Alexander Grayson in NBC's new series “Dracula,” playing the world's most famous vampire as a sleekly alluring bloodsucker. Still, he says he hesitated when the part was offered to him, hoping for something a little more, well, normal.

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers takes a bite out of 'Dracula'

    Sexy monsters are a bit of a specialty for Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In “The Tudors,” the Irish actor made King Henry VIII an attractive despot who dispatched wives and enemies while strutting, sulking and seducing his way through 16th-century England. Rhys Meyers is back in NBC's new series “Dracula,” playing the world's most famous vampire as a sleekly alluring bloodsucker.

    Letterboxd.com allows moviegoers to keep an online diary of every film they see.

    Make your personal online movie diary

    Are you obsessed with movies? Are you obsessive about ranking and cataloguing them? (Is that just me?) If your first two answers are “yes,” let me direct you to a couple of online web tools that will elevate your cinephilia.

    Philip Peters interacts with a shark during Haai Inc's Live Shark Encounter, which is among the exhibits at the World Pet Association's inaugural Aquatic Experience — Chicago. It runs Nov. 15 to 17 in Schaumburg.

    Plethora of entertainment options debut in November

    It's November — and the holiday chaos is right around the corner. But before your calendar fills up, make sure to leave room for a few new events making their debut this month in the suburbs and city.


    Music notes: Get LBC quick fix

    This weekend, Lucky Boys Confusion’s Adam Krier and Stubhy Pandav will take the stage not too far from the DuPage County neighborhoods where they grew up. Roots-rock band the Deadstring Brothers brings its contemporary take on classic rock to Lombard this weekend, and indie-rock legends Sebadoh support their latest album with a show in Chicago.

    Thoroughly water evergreens planted in the last three years so they will not lose too much moisture in freezing temperatures.

    Don’t forget evergreens need water, even in the cold

    It is easy to forget about watering during the colder weather in November. However, evergreens planted over the previous three years should be watered this month if conditions are dry. Recently planted evergreens should not go into winter under drought stress, which will increase the chance of winter burn.


    Storm warnings as credit-line resets near

    Could the real estate market be heading for a new — and as yet little publicized — financial storm? Many lines of credit, which are second mortgages with floating rates and flexible withdrawal terms, carry mandatory “resets” requiring borrowers to begin paying both principal and interest on their balances after 10 years.

    The Jasper model is one of 11 floor plans offered at Walnut Glen in Island Lake.

    Model home profile features the Jasper in Walnut Glen

    Nestled in the Black Crown Forest Preserve, Walnut Glen features large family homes and oversized home sites that back to ponds, trees and open space. William Ryan Homes offers 11 floor plans at Walnut Glen in Island Lake.


    Should a contractor do your home inspection?

    Q. I am planning to buy a home but don’t know who the home inspectors are in my area. On the other hand, I have a good friend who is a licensed general contractor, and he has offered to do my home inspection for free.


    Federal law helps some heirs keep parents’ low interest rate

    It’s against the law for a bank to demand that a mortgage be paid off immediately when a spouse dies, but that protection can extend to heirs, too.


    Northern Illinois University students Alexandra Forni and Courtney Oakes researched the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses and produced an educational documentary and narrative film addressing the problem.

    Editorial: Addressing the issue of campus rape

    A Daily Herald editorial says that it's important to educate both young men and women on the runaway problem of campus rape before they leave home.


    Time to fish or cut bait on tax reform

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: We hear plenty from politicians about tax reform, but it’s all generalities. They talk about a simpler code or a fairer code or a flatter code, but in truth almost every member of Congress talks in gross generalities about the monstrosity that is the tax code and comes out fervently for reform, without actually taking a stand on the tough issues.


    Keep focus on finances
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Shame on the Illinois elected officials. You failed the people of Illinois.


    Plaque of honor for Metra board member?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Arlene Mulder is still on the Metra board despite the severance scandal surrounding CEO Alex Clifford. The suburban commissioners of Cook County, that appointed her to the board, have asked for her resignation. As Commissioner “Liz” Doody Gorman said, the scandal-ridden board has lost the public’s trust and “a clean start is needed to restore the public’s confidence in Metra.” As a result Mrs. Mulder has indicated she will resign in June 2014.


    Campaign funds not for paying attorneys
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Why is it illegal for Jesse Jackson Jr. to use campaign contributions for uses other than campaigning but not illegal for Rod Blagojevich to use his campaign contributions to pay for his defense?


    Be like California? Not a good goal.
    A letter to the editor: Liberals like Froma Harrop are thrilled that the Tea Party has received the majority of the blame for the government shutdown and that the poll numbers show that the Tea Party is very unpopular right now. They seem to see this as evidence that a new liberal age is dawning and thoughts of Democratic supermajorities are dancing through their heads.


    Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: In your world summary section you had an article recently that said former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is becoming the CEO of the Boy Scouts. The article stated he is a former Eagle Scout.


    Health care fiasco exposes effete snobs
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It took five years, but the mis-leader of the United States of America is finally getting fair treatment by the press. It took “inaccessible, unaffordable” health care(?) to do it.


    Kane Co. taxes high enough already
    A Pingree Grove letter tothe editor: The Tax Foundation has ranked Kane County Illinois property taxes in the highest 2 percent of property tax costs of 2,900 counties in the U.S. Kane County ranks at No. 31 nationally.


    Who is more extreme, radical?
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: There has been a lot of opinion regarding the extreme and radical Tea Party the past few weeks. The Tea Party certainly did stand on the principal that Obamacare should apply to everyone in Congress and executive branch as opposed to being exempt.


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