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St. Charles East starts life without Stephens
It's the time of year where expectations are always lofty in high school gymnasiums across the state of Illinois. I'm not sure if Monday afternoon's weather was a cruel practical joke or not but it's also the time of year where snow can begin to cover the ground. Monday marked the first official day of high school boys basketball practice.
Iowa catches Schmiederer’s fancy
Hersey standout catcher Angela Schmiederer has played softball on both coasts with her Illinois Chill travel team. When she gets to college, she will be based in the Midwest. A little over a month ago, Schmiederer made her decision to commit to the University of Iowa.
Granderson, Saltalamacchia on Sox' radar?
Baseball's general manager meetings opened Monday as the rumor season officially opened. White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor looks at two possible additions — Curtis Granderson and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Alone in first, Lions choosing words carefully
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz is brushing off any talk of his team’s position in the standings. The Lions won at Soldier Field on Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC North. With a favorable-looking schedule and generally good health, Detroit has a good chance to win its first division title since the 1993 season — but there’s still a lot of football to be played.
BCS? NIU's focus entirely on Ball State
While it's tempting to focus on non-AQ rival Fresno and wonder about AAC leader UCF, NIU can't afford any BCS thoughts right now. The Huskies have three tough games remaining, beginning with Ball State at home Wednesday night. Northern Illinois jumped up to No. 15 in the BCS on Sunday — after having the weekend off — moving three places forward from last week, when they fell one spot following a 63-19 victory over UMass.
Buccaneers hang on for first win
Tampa Bay’s status as the NFL’s only winless team didn’t last long. Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Hamstring injury no concern to Bulls, Rose
The Bulls used a late 13-2 run to secure a 96-81 victory over Cleveland on Monday at the United Center. They improved to 3-3 on the season, but it was tough to ignore that moment with 3:15 left when Derrick Rose went to the bench with a hamstring injury.
Irving has nothing but respect for Bulls’ Rose
Even though he waited a long time for this matchup, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving was low-key before his first NBA game against Derrick Rose. Because of injuries to both players, Irving and Rose didn’t play against each other the past two seasons.
Blackhawks’ top line clicking right along
The Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa has led the way recently, and on Monday Sharp was named the NHL’s third star of the week for collecting 7 points in three games.
Rose departs Bulls win with hamstring injury
Derrick Rose grimaced after he drove down the lane for a twisting layup with 3:39 left in Monday's game against Cleveland. He remained in the game for a short time before he was pulled for Kirk Hinrich, and a trainer then attended to the 2011 NBA MVP at the end of the bench. "It's just a minor sprain," Rose said. "Nothing bad."
Mundelein’s McDonald figures in Augustana’s tennis success
After putting together a tremendous fall season, the Augustana women’s tennis program picked up some regional rankings heading into the spring. Third-year head coach Jon Miedema’s team finished the fall with a perfect 11-0 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. As a team Augustana is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III’s Central Region, one spot ahead of Wheaton, which defeated the Vikings by 2 points at the CCIW tournament this fall. Helping the Vikings to their success has been sophomore Aileen McDonald. The Mundelein High School graduate compiled a 12-2 record while playing with senior Kim Sawyer at No. 2 doubles. They also won the CCIW title.
Turpel, Harper to host Illinois Central
New coach Jenny Turpel is confident things will be less turbulent in the upcoming days for the Harper College women’s basketball program. After a strange off-season that saw former coach Nicole Jones leave the program at the beginning of the first semester, along with the cancellation of Monday’s practice before an important early season test, a little more normalcy would be welcomed by Turpel. Harper (0-2) is scheduled to play its home opener against Illinois Central College, ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II poll, at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Djokovic beats Nadal to win ATP Finals
LONDON — Novak Djokovic remains the man to beat on indoor courts.The defending champion made quick work of top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, extending his winning streak to 22 matches and claiming the elite season-ending title for the third time.Djokovic, who has not lost a match since his defeat to Nadal in the U.S. Open final, returned superbly from the start to move his Spanish rival around the court and prevent him from dictating the points.Nadal hit only nine winners and was broken three times. Nadal and Djokovic have been dominant this season. Nadal replaced Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking last month, but the Serbian player proved again he still has the upper hand on hard courts by extending his head-to-head winning record to 13-7 on that surface.Djokovic took an impressive start, hitting powerful groundstrokes to keep Nadal well behind his baseline while limiting his own mistakes. Returning well, the Serb made the most of two of Nadal’s backhand errors to break in the second game. He had another chance in the fourth game after Nadal double-faulted, but a superb defensive play from the Serb ended with a shanked backhand.Nadal got into the match from that point. He put Djokovic under pressure with his huge forehands in the next game and two unforced errors from the Serb allowed him to break back then even at 3-3.But Nadal faltered in his next service game as he served a double fault at 30-30. After a stunning exchange, Djokovic broke for a 5-3 edge following a series of volleys at the net. Standing in the middle of the court, the Serb opened his arms and screamed as the crowd erupted in cheers and greeted the players with a standing ovation.Djokovic then benefited from a fortunate net cord and made sure he hit three good serves to seal the set on his first occasion with an ace.Looking confident, Djokovic raised his game further in the second set, pinpointing his shots on the lines after breaking in the third game of the second set.The Spaniard saved two match points and kept encouraging himself until the end, but a final forehand that was too long gave Djokovic the title.Also Monday, David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco defeated top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-7 to win the doubles title.The sixth-seeded Spaniards claimed their first win over the American twins in their fourth attempt, preventing the Bryans from claiming a fourth title at the year-end elite tournament.It is the second year in a row that a Spanish duo won the doubles in London. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez won last season.The Bryans have finished No. 1 for a fifth straight year and a record ninth time overall. They have won 11 titles this season, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Good or bad, Bears’ Cutler demands our attention
Jay Cutler always manages to make things interesting, for better or worse. Everything with the Bears revolves around him, as it does all quarterbacks, but in his case more so even though he has accomplished so little during his career.
McCown gets the call Sunday for Bears
Backup quarterback Josh McCown has played well enough in three games this season that the Bears won't have to alter their game plan when he gets his second start Sunday in place of injured Jay Cutler.
Bears’ Tillman out for season; Cutler out Sunday
The fallout from the 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions continued with the depressing injury news Monday that quarterback Jay Cutler will not play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and that two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman won’t play again this season unless the Bears make the playoffs.
Fernandez, Myers named Rookies of the Year
Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays have been selected baseball’s Rookies of the Year. Fernandez stood out in a deep National League class and is one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. Myers took home the American League prize after putting up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season.
Nebraska offense able to rely on Abdullah
In a season when injuries have afflicted almost every position group on offense, Nebraska has been able to count on Ameer Abdullah. The junior is on pace to deliver one of the greatest seasons by a running back in Cornhuskers history.
Nebraska QB’s father says injury ‘can’t be toughed out’
It appears Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has played his last snap for the Cornhuskers. Martinez’s father, Casey Martinez, wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday night that the senior quarterback has a “debilitating injury” near the ball of his left foot that could take until February or March to heal fully.
Gold medal won by Jesse Owens to be sold
One of the four Olympic gold medals won by track and field star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is set to go on the auction block. SCP Auctions says the medal could sell for upward of $1 million in the online auction that runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 7.
Wisconsin on outside looking in at BCS
No. 17 Wisconsin has won four straight games and has a record to be proud of in November dating back to 2006. It might not matter much in the BCS bowl race this season. The Badgers are 22nd in the latest BCS standings.
More depth a plus for Judson
Second-year Judson University women’s basketball coach Kristi Cirone won’t have to worry about depth this season. Cirone is excited about the talent she has up and down her roster as Judson looks to improve on last year’s 9-22 overall mark (4 conference wins).
Elgin CC hoping to maintain tradition
Just because the Elgin Community College women’s basketball team roster has virtually all new players on it doesn’t mean the expectations are any lower. The Spartans return no starters and only 3 players from last year’s team that won Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and Region IV titles and advanced to the NJCAA Division II nationals. It was the first time an ECC basketball team qualified for a national postseason tournament.
Ohio State WR: Buckeyes would wipe field with 'Bama, FSU
Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer made it clear Monday that he believes the Buckeyes are better than No. 3. Spencer had a chance to watch two-time defending national champion Alabama and second-ranked Florida State last weekend while the Buckeyes had an open date. “I guess I'm a little biased but I think we'd wipe the field with both of them,” said Spencer with a chuckle.
Champions Classic has 4 of top 5 teams
With the college basketball season only a few days old, the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans face top-ranked Kentucky and its latest group of freshman phenoms Tuesday in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Not only is it the earliest meeting of 1 vs. 2 — and the first since 2008 — but with No. 4 Duke playing fifth-ranked Kansas in the second game, the tournament might very well be a sneak preview of this season’s Final Four.
Michigan coach aiming for 10-win season
Michigan had hoped to close the regular season well enough to earn a shot at playing for the Big Ten title. Officially, that can’t happen now, so the Wolverines (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten) have adjusted their ultimate goal this year with the conference championship out of reach. “You got a chance to win 10 football games, that opportunity is out there,” coach Brady Hoke said Monday. “And, that’s always been a little bit of a benchmark.”
Braves planning new suburban stadium in 2017
Just 17 years after it opened, it looks as though Turner Field is headed for extinction, like so many sports facilities in Atlanta. In a stunning announcement, the Braves said Monday they are moving to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown in suburban Cobb County.
Twins moving Mauer to first base
Joe Mauer will move from catcher to first base on a full-time basis for the Minnesota Twins, hoping to avoid a repeat of the concussion that cut short his 2013 season. The Twins announced the switch on Monday for the 30-year-old Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the schedule recovering from his head injury.
Jets move TE Winslow back to active roster
The New York Jets have reinstated tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., to the active roster, and he will be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Simpson says he’s sorry for DUI arrest
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson says he’s sorry for the negative attention brought to the organization over the weekend after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. His status for Sunday's game against Seattle is uncertain.
Titans QB Locker out for season
Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that may need surgery.
Musial memorabilia auction nets $1.2 million
Hundreds of bidders, most presumably St. Louis Cardinals fans, now own a piece of Stan Musial’s life after an online auction of his possessions. Officials with Heritage Auctions of Dallas said Monday that winning bids for the monthlong auction totaled $1.2 million, far more than expected.
Door open for Armstrong, anti-doping boss says
Lance Armstrong must cooperate fully if he wants to win back some of his reputation and help cycling recover from its drug-stained past, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said. There has been speculation that Armstrong may seek to lessen his sanction in return for helping USADA’s ongoing investigation into doping in cycling.
Cowboys take humbling loss to Saints into bye week
Maybe Rob Ryan wasn’t the problem for the Dallas defense. Even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems willing to acknowledge as much after New Orleans torched his team for a franchise record in yards allowed. It was the second time that’s happened in the past three weeks under Monte Kiffin, who replaced Ryan when Jones fired him 10 months ago.
Source: MRI shows no new damage on Manning’s ankle
A person with knowledge of the results says Peyton Manning’s MRI showed aggravation of his right ankle that is not expected to keep the Broncos quarterback out of next Sunday’s game against Kansas City. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t addressed the issue. Interim coach Jack Del Rio meets with the media Monday afternoon.
Colts don’t have time to dwell on latest loss
Chuck Pagano was just as disgusted with the game tape he watched Monday morning as he was with the Colts’ live performance Sunday afternoon. But the Colts can’t worry about the past now —certainly not with a Thursday night game at Tennessee. “When you’re out there on the field and you make a great play, that’s fine. You’ve got to put that play behind you. When you go out there and you stub your toe and you make a bad play, you’ve got to put it behind you,” defensive end Cory Redding said.
Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll
Kentucky and Michigan State held the top spots in The Associated Press’ first regular-season college basketball poll, setting up the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in five years. The Wildcats held the same three-point advantage over the Spartans from the preseason Top 25 on Monday, and they will meet Tuesday night in Chicago.
Mike North Video: Two reasons Bears lost to Lions
The Chicago Bears lost Sunday against the Detroit Lions because Jay Cutler was hurt and Mel Tucker, defensive coordinator, single covered wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson.
Fire goalkeeper added to USA roster
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by United States Men’s National Team for the upcoming international friendlies against Scotland and Austria, club officials announced Monday.
Automatic spending cuts would bite more in 2014
The first year of the automatic federal spending cuts didn’t live up to the dire predictions from the Obama administration and others who warned of sweeping furloughs and big disruptions of government services. But the second round is going to be a lot worse, lawmakers and budget experts say.
Dow Jones average reaches another record high
The Dow Jones industrial average rose to another all-time high on Wall Street Monday. The market edged higher from Friday, when it got a lift from an unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs report for October. The surge in hiring made investors more optimistic that the U.S. economy is getting stronger.
Lawmakers eye tax break to take over vacant buildings
Some Illinois lawmakers want to offer tax incentives to companies if they agree to take over certain abandoned state facilities. A measure that was approved in the Senate but has yet to be considered in the House would give private investors an income tax credit in exchange for refurbishing a former state facility.
Comics lovers will be drawn to Ohio museum
There is a place where Snoopy frolics carefree with the scandalous Yellow Kid, where Pogo the possum philosophizes alongside Calvin and Hobbes. It’s a place where Beetle Bailey loafs with Garfield the cat, while Krazy Kat takes another brick to the noggin, and brooding heroes battle dark forces on the pages of fat graphic novels. That doesn’t even begin to describe everything that’s going on behind the walls of the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus.
Amazon, U.S. Postal Service will deliver on Sundays
Amazon is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays. The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available this week to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to “a large portion of the U.S. population” next year."
Gogo unveils in-flight text and talk technology
In flight connectivity provider, Itasca-based Gogo has unveiled its new Text & Talk technology for commercial airline passengers. The new technology uses Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi system to allow passengers to send text messages and make phone calls using their own smartphone much like they do on the ground.
MacLean-Fogg expands Mundelein facility
Mundelein-based Maclean-Fogg Component Solutions has invested in new machining equipment that expands the Fastener Components division’s manufacturing capabilities at the company’s Mundelein facility.
Tasty Catering rebrands, adds wedding division
Elk Grove Village-based Tasty Catering Monday unveiled its rebrand, complete with a new logo and redesigned website. The company’s rebranding also includes the addition of wedding catering as well as a full-service approach to catered events. Tasty Catering now specializes in full-service catering for corporate, social, picnics, weddings and special events.
Zion restaurant manager, customer bond during Honor Flight
Kukec's People features a manager of a Culver's restaurant in Zion, who encouraged a vet from Waukegan to go on the Honor Flight to see the World War II memorial. The vet went on one condition, that the manager comes, too. Together, they took a whirlwind trip into the past.
Lawmakers leave many Quinn priorities unresolved
The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its official 2013 calendar last week after voting to legalize gay marriage, but it made little progress on fixing the state’s pension crisis, gun control, ethics reform and other parts of Gov. Pat Quinn’s agenda. Shortly after lawmakers sent Quinn a bill allowing Illinois to join 14 other states and hold same-sex weddings as early as next summer, they abruptly ended their fall veto session with much unfinished business as the 2014 primary elections begin to heat up.
Chicago to crack down on illegal cigarettes
Chicago authorities say they’re cracking down on the illegal sale of cigarettes. The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection made the announcement. Officials say they department will increase the size of its special enforcement unit by 50 percent next year.
U.S., Europe resume talks on new trade pact
The United States and the European Union, which already enjoy the world’s biggest business relationship, resumed talks Monday on a deal to further grow two-way trade and investment. The negotiations are taking place against the backdrop of European pique over reported U.S. electronic espionage, and were delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown. But officials for both sides said the benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are too great for the talks to be affected.
Japan starts up offshore wind farm near Fukushima
Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore.The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.
Long silent, China’s entrepreneurs push for change
As Chinese career trajectories go, wealthy businesswoman Wang Ying’s has taken an unusual turn. She quit her job as head of a private equity fund to become a full-time political critic. Wang, who was a low-profile member of China’s business elite for years, is now a leading voice among entrepreneurs troubled by the growing ranks of business owners who have suffered under the government’s authoritarian excesses and by signs Beijing wants to further tighten its controls on society.
Transocean agrees to deal with Icahn
Oil driller Transocean has agreed to a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn after a months-long proxy fight. The company said Monday that it has agreed to support a dividend of $3 per share and reduce the size of its board. It is also looking to
Chicago Field Museum’s dinosaur to get cleaning
The Field Museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur skeleton, Sue, is getting ready for the holidays. One of the 67-million-year-old dinosaur’s twice yearly cleanings will happen Tuesday morning at the Chicago museum. That’s when geologist Bill Simpson plans to ride a lift around the dinosaur fossil.
Name in the ‘from line’ matters in email marketing
The subject line isn’t what gets your email opened. The from line matters more — assuming that your email list is properly put together, according to Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.
Jen Fisher Books in Roselle combines books and art
Jen Fisher Books is a bookstore dealing in used books, original art, notecards and bookmarks. We talk to the owner about her dream in launching the business.
Life & Entertainment
Short & Sweet critic Sarah Pouls reviews Wicked
Critic for the day, Sarah Pouls of Schaumburg, reviews Wicked. A recent graduate of Augustana College, Pouls draws upon her experience as a theater minor to critique the show.
Kellie Pickler continues evolution on latest LP
Kellie Pickler, on her new album “The Woman I Am,” merges the tradition-minded sound of her previous album with contemporary country touches in a manner that proves how well the two can blend and still speak to the modern world. Continuing to mature into a top-class country singer, the former “American Idol” competitor has grown from a competent interpreter of others’ songs into an artist with her own vision and style.
Your health: Grow a mustache in fight against cancers
If you notice more men with mustaches this month, the reason might be “Movember,” a global campaign that encourages men to grow mustaches in November to support the fight against prostate and testicular cancers.
Christian pop music star TobyMac talks early inspirations, rising profile
Toby McKeehan stands as arguably the biggest star in Christian pop music. Better known as TobyMac, his Hits Deep Tour brings him to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates Nov. 23. “I want to draw people in because they love the music,” McKeehan says. “And if they hear something in it that's for them, it makes me happy."
‘Scandal’ star enjoys giving good tweet
It’s not coincidental that the stars of “Scandal” live tweet during episodes. They’re encouraged to do so. When several of the show’s actors recently visited New York to promote the premiere of season three, ABC made sure to book Kerry Washington on a return flight to Los Angeles that offered Wi-Fi. Other cast members had their trips extended so they could be available on the social networking site.
50 years looks good on ABC’s ‘General Hospital’
A few years ago, ABC’s “General Hospital” was in trouble. Then in February 2012, “One Life to Live” executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati joined “GH.” “We were all worried and we had a right to be worried. The show was in a very dark place and Ron and I managed to come in and shake it up,” Valentini said.
Former NBC news chief now a Yes man
For eight years as NBC News president, Steve Capus worried about Brian Williams, the “Today” show and rapid changes in the news industry. Now he’s taking time for a passion project: getting Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Georgina Chapman on fashion, film, ‘Runway’
Georgina Chapman studied costume design in college with the hope of one day seeing her creations in the movies. That dream took a slight turn when she launched the fashion label Marchesa in 2004 with partner Keren Craig. Now, their designs are frequently worn by actresses at red-carpet movie premieres and award ceremonies.
Injuries explode as youths specialize in a single sport
As more and more kids play the same sport year-round from an early age, they are increasingly vulnerable to injury.A report this year by the sports medicine department at Loyola University of Chicago found that “kids are twice as likely to get hurt if they play just one sport as those who play multiple sports.”
Sports injuries by the numbers
By the numbers 30 million: Children and adolescents who participate in youth sports in the United States3.5 million: Children under age 14 who receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year 2 million: Injuries sustained annually by U.S. high school athletes 500,000: Annual doctor visits by U.S. high school athletes 30,000: U.S. high school athletes hospitalized each year 50: Percentage of all sports injuries to middle school and high school students attributed to overuse 45: Percentage of players ages 13 and 14 who will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season 40: Percentage of all sports-related injuries (treated in hospitals) sustained by children ages 5 to 14 5: Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.Sources: www.stopsportsinjuries.org and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Diagnosing ADHD is anything but an exact science
Why is it still so hard to diagnose ADHD? Among those given the diagnosis, a small minority suffers extreme symptoms, and in those cases, diagnosis is fairly straightforward. But for the vast majority of children who are not so severely affected or who only partially fit the criteria, symptoms are often blurred, making it much more difficult to assess the disorder.
Food challenge is reliable way to test for allergies
Q: Last month I broke out in hives after eating oysters. I had a blood test, which came back negative for a shellfish allergy. Why does my doctor still want me to do a food challenge?
Pontiac owners travels by air, sea to secure 1969 Firebird
There’s no bound a classic car enthusiast won’t scale in the pursuit of his or her perfect ride. Mitch Sexner’s journey took him by air, by land and by water before he secured this 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible.
Each has responsibility for health insurance
A Schaumburg letter to the editor: But there is absolutely no doubt that a youngster is going to get injured or sick or pregnant unpredictably. Why would someone think that they do not have the responsibility to meet their obligations at the emergency room, hospitalization, doctor’s fees, etc.?
An honor for Wrigley in spite of the Cubs
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Rolling Stone magazine recently named Wrigley Field the second best “rock stadium” in the United States. You’ll get no arguments from Cubs fans. The Cubs have been getting “rocked” at Wrigley Field for many years!
President lied to us about health care
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am angry that President Obama clearly lied to us, the American public, when he said we could keep our health plans if we like them. We now know that this was nothing more than a boldfaced lie.
Do your homework on Medicare plans
A letter to the editor: Choosing a Medicare plan can be confusing, challenging and time consuming. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services makes it easier for beneficiaries to navigate the Medicare landscape by rating the health plans.
Logic not strong suit among Illinois leaders
A letter to the editor:The state of Illinois has predictably legalized same-sex marriage, which officially declares that homosexual and heterosexual unions enjoy equal legal status and marriage is no longer restricted to male with female. But merely calling an orange an apple doesn’t change the taste of the fruit.
Don’t blame Obamacare criticism on racism
A Mettawa letter to the editor: Now that some aspects of Obamacare are becoming reality, prior supporters and even participants in its creation are expressing doubts about its ability to deliver services as promised.
Can’t something be done about skunks?
Letter to the editor: Barbara Ann Kohn of Palatine says skunks have at times made her home virtually uninhabitable and asks, can't something be done?
‘North Pole’ a great day for children
Letter to the editor: Charles Severns is excited to be a part of another Operation North Pole this year - a great day for children.
No garden plots at Frontier Park, please
Letter to the editor: Charles Fredericks ofArlington Heights is strognly opposed to having garden plots at Frontier Park.
Grateful for help with GEM project
To the editor: Cynthia Greenwood reports that Southminster Presbyterian's community project was a big success - in no small part thanks to the local businesses that donated supplies or sold them at low cost.
Has forest district gotten off course?
Has forest district gotten off course?Walking through the forest preserves on a sunny day, it is easy to understand why people have supported multiple referendums to purchase and preserve natural areas. But it is not enough to vote for preservation; you have to insist on it.In Kane County, a number of issues have raised the question of “mission drift” from the original intent of the Downstate Forest Preserve Act of 1913 to preserve natural forests in their natural state. Roughly a third of the forest preserve district’s holdings do not meet the definition of natural lands. Instead, we have stadiums, golf courses, ice rinks, and athletic fields. Leases and IGA’s with other agencies have turned over use of some “preserved” land for parks, Frisbee golf courses, community gardens, and a model airplane field, among others. These have little connection to the core mission of the district, which is to preserve the nature of Kane County.The district also has been generous with taxpayer money. The recent donation of $2 million to Aurora for the construction of a pedestrian bridge in the new River Edge Park has received very little scrutiny or news coverage. How and why was money intended for preservation used for a development project not even on forest preserve district land? The meeting minutes where that agreement was originally approved in February 2010 show no discussion and no dissent. A $2 million expenditure merits a substantial discussion.The Elgin Area League of Women Voters has posted the 2013 Kane County Forest Preserve District Study on their website at http://lwvelginarea.org/. If you support our forest preserves, read the report and then ask your elected representative why the KCFPD should be functioning as a park district or a land bank for other agencies. Then vote accordingly in the next election.Carol GromSleepy Hollow
Fifty years to finish Elgin-O’Hare?
A Bensenville letter to the editor: Really, Mr. Cronin, you consider taking 50 years to finally break ground for the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project making history? I guess, in a sense, it is because that will mean anything that takes less time will really be history?
Twisting the knife in small businesses
A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As though the last five years haven’t been challenging and difficult enough for small business in Illinois. Each complicated government fee and regulation further twists the knife in the belly of small business.