Daily Archive : Thursday November 14, 2013

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    Pat Graceffa of Sugar Grove works in her home office composing the village’s unofficial newsletter. She is a person to be thankful for.

    Pat Graceffa keeps Sugar Grove town residents informed

    Just call Pat Graceffa the Sugar Grove town crier. Her free email newsletter keeps residents informed about things big and small, from when a village board is going to address a hot topic like video gambling to when the next fish fry is.

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    In a photo finish, Jose Abonce, 13, left, of Waukegan claims victory over Sincere Geertz, 13, of Waukegan in the 3/8 mile Turkey Trot for their age group at Belvidere Park on Saturday.

    Run a race, win a turkey in Waukegan

    The Waukegan Park District hosted its annual Turkey Trot on Saturday at Belvidere Park. The registration fee was two cans of nonperishable food items, with all the food collected to be donated to a local food bank.

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    Grayson Peterson, 6, of Wisconsin stacks fully loaded Christmas boxes Saturday during Operation Christmas Child at Immanuel Church in Gurnee. He was helping out his grandfather, Doug Peterson, who is from Libertyville.

    Gurnee church hosts ‘packing party’ for needy children

    Volunteers held a “packing party” Saturday to prepare boxes of toys, toiletries, clothes and candy to ship to needy children in other countries. Operation Christmas Child was staged at Immanuel Church, 2300 Dilleys Road in Gurnee from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a project of the nonprofit Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

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    Holiday Shopping Bazaar for Schaumburg parks

    The Schaumburg Park Foundation — a not-for-profit supporting the Schaumburg Park District — will hold its annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the atrium of the Schaumburg Corporate Center, 1501 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg. The free event is open to the public.

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    Spring, designed by Hunter Nott

    Vote on your favorite banner for downtown Batavia

    Every two years, Batavia MainStreet works to design seasonal banners to be placed on light poles in downtown Batavia. This year, MainStreet is teaming up with Batavia High School graphics design students to create the banners for the 2014-2015 seasons, and you can vote for your favorites and help decide the featured designs.

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    Robin Parfitt has opened Shine Bright Dance Studio in Antioch in memory of her daughter, Nicole. A varsity dance team member at Antioch High, Nicole was killed when the plane her father, Todd, was piloting crashed on Nov. 18, 2012.

    Mom opens Antioch dance studio in daughter's memory

    Robin Parfitt has opened Shine Bright Dance Studio in Antioch in memory of her daughter, Nicole. A varsity dance team member at Antioch High School, Nicole and her father, Todd, were killed a year ago when the plane he was piloting crashed. "I know Nicole would be proud of it," Parfitt said of the studio.

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    The tollway’s considering revising its towing contracts.

    Tollway towing contracts under scrutiny

    It's time to dust off tollway contracts with towing companies — some decades-old — and get more competition, officials said. The move happened as a landscaper called his recent towing experience "mind-boggling," not in a good way. “It’s a good idea to go out to the market on a regular basis,” general manager of traffic and maintenance John Benda said, adding the...

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    The website crimemapping.com displays the locations and types of crime reported in Schaumburg over the course of the previous week.

    Schaumburg mapping all reported crimes online

    Schaumburg police have stepped up efforts to keep residents and businesses informed of crimes in the village through a website that maps the location, time and type of every single offense. “It was something we'd been talking about for years, getting information out to the public and how best to get out crime stat information,” Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said.

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    Deavonte Cain

    Bartlett teen gets 18 years for attempted murder

    A Cook County judge sentenced 19-year-old Deavonte Cain, of Bartlett, to 18 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to two counts of attempted murder. Authorities say Cain, of the 300 block of David Court, was walking near Bartlett Elementary School in May 2012, when he noticed two people he knew from a prior altercation. Police say Cain went home, retrieved a .25 caliber handgun and...

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    Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake mayor vows to make pension fund whole

    Island Lake's police pension fund was underfunded by nearly $389,000 between 2010 and earlier this year, a newly completed audit shows. In an interview before Thursday's village board meeting, Mayor Charles Amrich said he and the trustees will make the pension fund whole. “We don't have a lot of extra dollars, but somehow we're going to figure out a way to pay that money back,” Amrich...

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    Bartlett, Elgin students win Reflejos award

    Bartlett High School student Nayeli Manzano was among two Elgin Area Unit District 46 students recently honored with a Reflejos Reflecting Excellence Awards. She, along with Elgin High School student Ernesto Gomez, was recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership skills in the Latino community.

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    Unattended candle blamed for Vernon Hills fire

    A burning candle left unattended is likely to blame for a fire Thursday night at a single-family home in Vernon Hills, authorities said.

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    Todd Stroger

    Stroger to run for county board
    Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger told a classroom of political science students that he will run for the county board seat formerly held by William Beavers.

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    Illnesses at Edison caused by norovirus

    The gastrointestinal illness that kept hundreds of Wheaton students out of school earlier this week was a norovirus, according to DuPage County Health Department.

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    Quake followed quarry blast
    Scientists now believe a quarry blast in McCook triggered an earthquake felt in the Western suburbs on Nov. 4.

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    University of Illinois engineering Professor Lou Wozniak stands outside the office of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering in Urbana. $START_URL$The University of Illinois Board of Trustees;http://www.bot.uillinois.edu$STOP_URL$ dismissed Wozniak Thursday.

    U of I fires longtime engineering professor

    The University of Illinois board dismissed a professor Thursday who had a half-century relationship with the state’s flagship Urbana-Champaign school, an action officials characterized as unprecedented. The board voted unanimously after an administration report indicated that engineering professor Louis Wozniak’s misconduct “badly damaged the university’s paramount mission of trust and support...

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    The DuPage County Health Department says two men contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a hot tub at the LA Fitness at 1836 Freedom Drive in Naperville.

    6 days later, DuPage confirms Legionnaires’ from Naperville hot tub

    The DuPage County Health Department is reviewing how it communicates with the public after failing to report last week two cases of Legionnaires’ disease. A spokesman confirmed the presence of the potentially deadly illness in two adult men who used a hot tub at LA Fitness in Naperville. “The important thing is that people know we haven’t seen increased numbers,” health department spokesman Jason...

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    Daily Herald File Photo Grab your free $2 in Ventra value between Monday and Dec. 6.

    Pace adds incentive to Ventra cards

    Eager to get Ventra cards into riders' hands, Pace will be handing out cards with $2 preloaded next week. Cards are free, but you need to register first. The promotion lasts through Dec. 6 with nine events.

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    Santa’s visit to Westfield shopping center includes a big gift for local firefighters

    Santa will arrive at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills on Friday evening to kick off the holidays and present the Countryside Fire Protection District with $200,000 to help pay for new equipment. The public presentation from 7 to 8 p.m includes hot chocolate and a performance by "Those Funny Little People"." Westfield also is celebrating an ongoing $50 million expansion.

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    Arlington Heights District 25 soon to be debt free

    With the last of its debt to be paid off next month, property owners in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 will receive a smaller tax bill from the school district next year, officials said. On Dec. 1 the district will make its last debt payment — about $5.3 million — on millions of dollars in loans going back decades.

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    Benjamin Black

    Guilty plea in Virgil Twp. crash that killed boy, 11

    A Sycamore man pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated DUI for having heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction crash in February, killing an 11-year-old boy and severely injuring another person. Benjamin Black, 29, faces between three and 14 years in prison when sentenced March 20, 2014.

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    Among those on hand this week when Mount Prospect honored some of its firefighters for their service to the department, as well as the community as a whole, were, from left, Fire Chief John Malcolm, firefighter/paramedic Dale Steward, paid-on-call firefighter Scott Ginsberg, firefighter/paramedic Mike Hayes, paid-on-call firefighter Bettina Heller, firefighter/paramedic Kevin Swat, Mayor Arlene Juracek and Deputy Fire Chief Henry Dawson.

    Mount Prospect honors firefighters for work in the community

    Mount Prospect recently recognized several firefighters for their years of service, as well as their extra work to make the community a better place.

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    Geneva offers curbside hazardous waste collection

    Genevans can now schedule an annual curbside pickup of household hazardous waste instead of having to haul it to a collection center in Naperville.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Garrett C. Kowalczyk, 22, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with battery, aggravated battery against a peace officer, and resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, according to court records.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jason Kyle Edwards, 33, of St. Charles, was charged with violation of an order of protection and disorderly conduct at about 6:50 p.m. Sunday after a disturbance on the 34W700 block of North James Drive near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report

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    An artist’s rending of the proposed new southeast entrance of The Quad St. Charles. The property was formerly known as Charlestowne Mall, but new owners have taken over.

    Charlestowne Mall gets new owners, new name

    Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles now officially has both new owners and a new name. The team that purchased the mall has already run a concept plan by the city council. That plan now includes The Quad St. Charles as the name for the mall.

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    Hanover Park nonprofit wins new car

    Hanover Park-based nonprofit Angel Wings Foundation won a new car to transport adults with epilepsy through Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program gave new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

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    Felon disappears from federal court

    A man who was ordered taken into custody to jail amid allegations that he threatened to kill someone who’d cooperated with prosecutors in his drug case instead walked out of a federal courthouse in downtown Chicago and disappeared, authorities said Thursday.

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    Brian Emmett, the Itasca dad who won CBS's America's Baking Competition, will demonstrate some of his favorite recipes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at America's Baking and Sweets Show.

    Celebrity chefs sweeten baking event

    Baking enthusiasts and sweets lovers will be in their element this weekend as America's Baking and Sweets Show sets up Friday through Sunday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Baking demonstrations, classes and vendors await.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn and his mother, Eileen

    Quinn talks about his mom at caregiving conference

    Gov. Pat Quinn is highlighting the role that those who care for the elderly and sick play by giving a personal example: his 96-year-old mom.

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    U of I starts medical reorganization

    University of Illinois trustees have agreed to begin reorganizing the university’s hospital, clinics and health-sciences colleges in Chicago.

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    Chicago mayor visits Mexico City

    Rahm Emanuel has made his first international trip as Chicago mayor. Emanuel’s office said Thursday that he was in Mexico City, where he was to sign the Global Cities Economic Partnership with the mayor of Mexico City.

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    Palatine Legion hosts casino night for charity

    Palatine American Legion Post 690 is holding a casino night Friday, Nov. 22 to raise funds for Legion Family Charities. The event, part of the Downtown Palatine Business Association’s Holidays on the Town, takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine.

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    Moylan hosts town-hall meeting

    State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, will host a town-hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Des Plaines to discuss the recent legislative veto session in Springfield and the upcoming Spring session.Moylan will be seeking input on current issues facing Illinois and answer questions from the audience

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    Glenbard to vote on facilities referendum, iPad rollout

    Glenbard High School District 87 is slated to vote Monday on a proposal to fund $35 million of a $100 million master facilities plan through a referendum.The proposed improvements, to be completed over 10 years, would include classroom renovations, infrastructure work to outdoor facilities and adding air conditioning to Glenbard West and East.

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    Gurnee police say they are seeking armed robber

    Gurnee police say an armed bank robbery occurred Thursday afternoon off a busy highway. Police Cmdr. Willie Meyer said the armed robbery happened about 1:45 p.m. at Community Trust Credit Union, off Route 41 near Delany Road on the village’s north end.

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    Winter coat drive:

    The St. Patrick School student council is sponsoring the third annual winter coat drive to benefit the Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan.

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    CLC hosts adult info meetings:

    College of Lake County will offer a series of adult information meetings before the spring 2014 semester to help people who are considering a second career or enrolling in college for the first time.

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    New art exhibit at CLC:

    An exhibit of 15 paintings called “Joel Sheesley: Evidence on the Pavement” will be on display in the College of Lake County Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art starting Friday through Dec. 15.

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    SHS board meets Monday:

    The Stevenson High School board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the administration building, 2 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    It could have been worse. Two men were seen sprinting from a home in Arlington Heights where the front door had been forced open and burglars had taken a designer watch, two gold bracelets, money and an iPod. Value was estimated at $2,000. The female resident found her TV and a pillowcase full of electronics on the garage floor and heard the interior door to the home slam shut as she returned...

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    Schaumburg man gets 3 years for 2011 DUI crash

    A 40-year-old Schaumburg man pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk in Elgin in 2011 and causing an automobile accident that injured two people. Ernest Stefanik was sentenced to three years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to the class 2 felony.

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    After prison sentence, Casciaro family fires back, vows appeal

    The family of Mario Casciaro, who was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison for a 2002 murder in Johnsburg, fired back against McHenry County prosecutors. Family members called the case weak, full of holes and offered a $25,000 reward for information about Brian Carrick's disappearance. Prosecutors called the move a publicity stunt.

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    Zoe Detlaf, top, and Shea Robinson check out Cinderella and the prince dancing at the ball. They portray the ugly stepsisters in the Huntley High School production of “Cinderella.”

    Two versions of ‘Cinderella’ hit Fox Valley stages

    Fairy tale fans will have something to smile about this weekend. Two Fox Valley High Schools, Larkin and Huntley, are performing the classic tale, "Cinderella." The Daily Herald checked in with Todd Duty, director of Larkin’s production, and Kate Duchene, who directs Huntley’s, to learn more about each show.

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    COD bucks trend with 3.3% enrollment boost

    Enrollment climbed 3.3 percent over the past five years at the College of DuPage, bucking a statewide trend showing declines at most community colleges. A report by the Illinois Community College Board indicates COD was one of just three of the state’s 39 community college districts to see an enrollment increase among full-time equivalent students between 2009 and 2013.

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    Jennifer White’s son, Joshua, was born at 10 a.m. on 11/12/13 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The healthy baby boy was supposed to arrive a week earlier.

    Villa Park baby arrives at 10 a.m. on 11/12/13

    If Jennifer and Doug White ever needed a reason to play the lottery, it happened Tuesday morning during their birth of their third child. The Villa Park couple’s newborn son, Joshua, made his lucky entrance into the world at 10 a.m. on 11/12/13 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. He was born weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

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    Associate Pastor the Rev. Bruce Meissner, right, greets a churchgoer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee. This weekend the congregation will celebrate Meissner’s 50th anniversary as a pastor within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

    Still going strong after 50 years

    Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Dundee is holding a celebration this weekend to honor the Rev. Bruce Meissner, who is celebrating 50 years as a pastor within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which includes the church. Meissner now serves as the Immanuel’s associate pastor of visitation.

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    Pistol cartridge found at Island Lake school

    Island Lake’s Matthews Middle School was locked down for more than four hours Thursday after a bullet was found on the floor, police said. The 9 mm round was live and still attached to a shell casing, police said. Marks indicate it may have been a dud round that didn’t fire earlier.

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    Jose E. Reyes

    Man pleads not guilty in Mundelein child abduction

    A Chicago man accused of kidnapping and molesting a 3-year-old Mundelein girl in September pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lake County court Thursday. Jose Reyes, 28, could spend 150 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

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    Rolling Meadows “Farmers & Food Trucks” will return for a second season next year, with even more vendors expected to take part, city officials recently announced. The market — held the fourth Saturday of each month from May through September, features a mix of produce and craft vendors with food trucks.

    Rolling Meadows Farmers & Trucks will return next year

    Rolling Meadows “Farmers & Food Trucks” will return for a second season next year, with even more vendors expected to take part, city officials recently announced. The market — held the fourth Saturday of each month from May through September, features a mix of produce and craft vendors with food trucks.

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    Wis. governor calls special session on Medicaid

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker has called a special legislative session to extend the deadline for moving 77,000 people off Medicaid.

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    FBI: OK for Congress to talk to Benghazi survivors

    WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey (KOH’-mee) told senators he is not opposed to survivors of the 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi speaking to Congress.

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    Algonquin likely to try for electric aggregation again

    There’s a strong chance Algonquin voters will again weigh in on whether to let the village negotiate lower electric rates for them during an upcoming referendum next year.

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    Former Vegas mayor blames Bourdain spat on booze

    LAS VEGAS — In true Vegas fashion, former mayor Oscar Goodman is blaming it on the booze.Sin City’s ubiquitous cheerleader made headlines when he threatened to go home Sunday night after waiting 20 minutes for an interview with Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s travel show “Parts Unknown.”

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    Report: Two get Legionnaires’ Disease at Naperville fitness club

    Two people contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a hot tub at an LA Fitness in Naperville, according to a report by WBBM.The Mayo Clinic website describes Legionnaires’ Disease as a severe form of pneumonia cause by a bacterium known as legionella. Legionella is the same bacteria health authorities found in the hot tub at the fitness center on Freedom Drive.

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    Hanover Township hosting wellness clinic at Bartlett senior community

    Hanover Township is hosting a wellness clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Victory Centre, 1101 W. Bartlett Road in Bartlett. A Hanover Township nurse will be performing screenings and answering questions in the lower level community room. Screenings include blood glucose, hemoglobin, blood pressure and heart rate.

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    “Gingerbread George,” designed to look like Naperville Mayor George Pradel, is one of 25 decorated gingerbread sculptures on display in downtown Naperville throughout the holiday season. Visitors can vote for their favorite at downtownnaperville.com/gingerbread.

    Holiday art sprinkles gingerbread creations across Naperville

    Twenty-five gingerbread men have been frosted and decorated and now they're sprinkled across downtown Naperville. These gingerbread men are not cookies, but sculptures, sponsored by businesses during Downtown Naperville Alliance's second holiday display. Voting for the best among the sculptures is a close race so far, said Katie Wood, executive director, "but it's safe to say there are many...

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    Sandy Hook group asks parents for gun solutions

    A grass-roots group involving several people who lost loved ones in the Newtown school shooting is launching a new campaign to address gun violence, reaching out to parents around the country after seeing its push for new federal legislation fall short in Washington.

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    Bobby Thompson, who authorities have identified as Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, looks at the jury during closing statements by the prosecution Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. Thompson was convicted Thursday of racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges.

    Ohio jury convicts ex-fugitive in $100M fraud case

    A mysterious defendant in a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud case was convicted Thursday of racketeering, theft, money laundering and other charges.

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    Mayor Rob Ford talks during a City Council debate in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

    Toronto mayor threatens to sue former aides

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatened Thursday to take legal action against former aides who spoke to police about their concerns about his drug use, and he denied making sexual advances towaqd a female staffer. Ford was reacting to details in newly released court documents that revealed more allegations of his bad behavior from drunken driving to verbal abuse, ramping up a political storm that has...

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    The future of the ice rink at Libertyville's Bolander Park is uncertain after village officials this week agreed to sell the park for $2.05 million to a Lake Forest developer. The company plans to build a townhouse community on the 5.3-acre site.

    Libertyville inks deal to sell Bolander Park

    Bolander Park in Libertyville could become the site of a residential community oriented to the nearby Metra commuter rail line under sales agreement inked by village officials. Village officials Tuesday approved a deal to sell the 5.3-acre parcel at 625 W. Winchester Road to Swanson Development Group of Lake Forest for $2.05 million. The developer intends to use the property to develop a...

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    Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and ’80s.

    Whitey Bulger gets life for racketeering, killings

    Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and ’80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice. Bulger, 84, was defiant to the end.

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    Ethiopians gather as they wait to be repatriated in Saudi Arabia. The country’s crackdown on migrant workers, which began Nov. 4, targets the more than 9 million foreign laborers.

    Saudi migrant crackdown closes shops, raises fears

    Garbage is piling up on streets around the mosque housing the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad. Grocery stores have shut their doors and almost half of Saudi Arabia’s small construction firms have stopped working on projects. The mess is because foreign workers on which many businesses rely are fleeing, have gone into hiding or are under arrest amid a crackdown launched Nov. 4 targeting the...

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    Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Thursday that Russia was too important to be a substitute for the United States as Cairo’s foreign ally and backer.

    Egypt not replacing U.S. with Russia as top ally

    Egypt’s foreign minister sought to downplay speculation of a major foreign policy shift, saying during a rare top-level Russian visit on Thursday that Cairo wants to boost ties with Moscow and not replace the United States as its key ally.

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    Chicago makes plans to remember JFK assassination

    Chicago officials are making plans to observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for all city and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday, Nov. 22.

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    Food allergy awareness reaches president's desk

    President Barack Obama has signed legislation giving financial incentives to states to stockpile emergency medications in schools that could save lives in the cases of allergic reactions. The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile epinephrine.

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    Leibovitz show to open at Lincoln museum in 2014

    An exhibition of more than 70 images by photographer Annie Leibovitz is set to open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibition, titled “Pilgrimage,” features images of famous places and objects that Leibovitz captured on her travels.

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    Suspect arrested in Wis. burn-pit body case

    A southern Wisconsin man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of hiding the remains of a 19-year-old woman whose body was burned in a fire pit in his yard.The Rock County sheriff’s office said the 29-year-old man also was arrested on suspicion of mutilating a corpse; pandering; possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and failure to notify the...

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    Southwestern Ill. woman accused of home invasion

    A southwestern Illinois woman is charged after authorities say she tried to run down her husband with her car after damaging her mother-in-law’s vehicle and forcing her way into the woman’s home.

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    In the end, it is really about love in our families

    Our Ken Potts has thought about trading his kids in for a couple gerbils. But a simple "I love you" from his daughter changed his mind.

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    Ohio’s governor delayed Ronald Phillips’ scheduled execution to study the feasibility of accommodating the unprecedented request to donate his organs.

    Ohio delays inmate’s execution over organ donation

    Ohio’s governor delayed the execution of a condemned child killer to consider the inmate’s unprecedented organ donation request, acknowledging that it’s “uncharted territory” but expressing hope that the man might help save a life before losing his own.

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    Jeremy Bills, originally from Tampa, Fla., received his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and has stayed in his college town while trying unsuccessfully to find a job in his field of study. The number of adults ages 25-29 who moved in the last year ending March 2013 was the lowest since at least 1963, according new figures from the Census Bureau.

    Share of young U.S. adults who move hits 50-year low

    U.S. mobility for young adults has fallen to the lowest level in more than 50 years as cash-strapped 20-somethings shun home-buying and refrain from major moves in a weak job market. The new 2013 figures from the Census Bureau, which reversed earlier signs of recovery, underscore the impact of the sluggish economy on young people, many of them college graduates, whom demographers sometimes refer...

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    A young boy shields himself from the rain while waiting for an evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

    Typhoon-struck Philippine city begins mass burial

    Workers in this typhoon-shattered city buried scores of unidentified bodies in a hillside mass burial Thursday as desperately needed aid began to reach some of the half-million people displaced by the disaster. Dozens more bodies were lined up in bags outside Tacloban City Hall waiting to be taken to burial sites. Six days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines, many of the dead were...

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    A tourist donates money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during a fundraising campaign on a street in Seoul, South Korea. Signs read, “Aid donation for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.”

    To help typhoon victims, send money, not stuff

    Faced with heartbreaking images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, the world is watching an epic tragedy unfold and looking for ways to help. The big question is how. In the aftermath of mega-disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, experts say there are some basic rules for those eager to do good: Forget the rummage sale clothes and old toys. Instead, send a cash donation to a respected charity.

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    A young girl walks her brother to the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift shelters throughout the complex’s once bustling shops and popular basketball court.

    Domed refuge now caldron of misery for survivors

    For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great hall with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed the eastern Philippines last week. Evacuated from their homes along the coast in time, they had a place to hide from the furious winds and gigantic water surge. But along with shelter, their constant companion now is misery and hunger.

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    District 200 OKs contract with firm for public workshops

    After three months of discussions and meetings, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials stood unanimous in their desire to tap into their constituents through an in-depth community engagement process. They could not, however, agree on exactly how to do it.

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    The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will help visitors to downtown Aurora greet the season with a performance on Nov. 22.

    Aurora flipping switch on downtown holiday season

    Downtown Aurora is ready to open the holiday season with the second annual Winter Lights event. The free, family friendly event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and will feature art, music, lights, refreshments and the lighting of the city’s official holiday tree. The festivities will take place on Downer Place, Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard in downtown.

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    Elsie Fregeau of Rosemont walks her dog Wednesday past Margaret J. Lange Park, where officials have banned dogs because of safety concerns. Residents are permitted to walk their dogs on the public sidewalk, but not in the park.

    Rosemont bans dogs from parks

    Man's best friend won't be allowed any longer in Rosemont parks, mainly due to safety concerns, park district officials said. “The park is a place where the kids are supposed to be safe. Accidents happen. We just don't want a problem,” said park board President Rick Drehobl. We want to nip it in the bud.” Officials at the Illinois Association of Park Districts say they aren't...

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    Dawn Patrol: Authorities want pedophile committed; Pool might close

    Authorities want Mooseheart pedophile committed. Elgin pool could be closed all of next season. Absences down at Wheaton school. Aurora man accused of molesting girl. Naperville businessman joins Republican congressional primary. Trestman avoids excuses. Hinrich ready to start in Rose's place.

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    Brittany's Trees, an annual Christmas fundraiser in memory of Carol Stream resident Brittany Valene, donates all proceeds to the SADS Foundation to save the lives of young adults diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome. The organization this year hopes to raise $30,000.

    Brittany's Trees 'More than just a Christmas decoration'

    Take a drive around Carol Stream this holiday season and you'll see scores of neighborhood lawns dotted with 6-foot Christmas trees, each adorned with 300 white lights. They're more than just a Christmas decoration. Brittany's Trees, an annual fundraiser, was started by Carol Stream residents Jim and Roberta Guthrie in memory of their neighbor's daughter, Brittany Valene.

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    The medals won by Dominic Swanson at the World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in Prague.

    At 15, Huntley teen has five world weightlifting records

    Huntley High School student Dominic Swanson, 15, has returned from competing in the 2013 World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in the Czech Republic, setting five new world records. Swanson, who already holds the world record in the bench press among his age and weight class, was invited by the American Powerlifting Association to represent the USA Team in the competition in Prague.

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    Joseph J. Evans

    Aurora man accused of molesting 7-year-old

    An Aurora man was arrested last week and charged with sexually assaulting a child in Kendall County, police announced Wednesday.

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    Officials: Elgin’s Wing Park pool needs extensive repairs

    Wing Park pool in Elgin likely will be closed most of next summer for extensive maintenance and repair work. Staff proposed closing the pool — formally the Wing Park Family Aquatic Center — for the entire season, but a couple of council members expressed concerns about that during a special budget meeting on Wednesday.

Sports

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    Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save as Florida's Kris Versteeg looks for the rebound during a game last week. Versteeg will rejoin the Hawks today after GM Stan Bowman acquired him via trade from the Panthers.

    Blackhawks make trade to bring back Kris Versteeg

    The biggest news of the night took place after the Blackhawks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4. Not long after Brandon Pirri scored in the shootout to beat the Coyotes, the Hawks announced they had re-acquired forward Kris Versteeg in a four-way trade with Florida. “We obviously know Kris well from his years here and his ability to play a couple different spots for us,” Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said.

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) scores a touchdown on an 11-yard run as Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (91) chases him during the third quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Colts rally from 14-down, beat Titans 30-27

    The Indianapolis Colts just keep digging themselves into early holes, then proving they know how to come back and win. Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns, Andrew Luck added another and the Colts rallied yet again, this time beating the Tennessee Titans 30-27 on Thursday night after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter.

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    Mike North Video: Bears scored enough to win
    The Chicago Bears are not having any trouble scoring this year; the defense which is suspect. What does the mean for future of Jay Cutler and defense for next year?

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    Tony Romo threw for just 128 yards and 1 TD in Dallas’ 49-17 loss to New Orleans. Fantasy football analyst John Dietz says it’s time to look elsewhere for a quarterback who can lead your team to a season championship.

    Fantasy football stock watch: Romo to crash; Keenum a hot buy

    With the trade deadline approaching in most fantasy football leagues, John Dietz offers some advice on what to do with the one player he's most worried about down the stretch.

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    It looks like standout Stevenson receiver and defensive back Matt Morrissey will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff at Barrington as he tries to heal a strained hamstring.

    Morrissey on the mend; status for Saturday uncertain

    Stevenson's high-profile receiver and cornerback Matt Morrissey will be a game-time decision for Saturday's Class 8A quarterfinal at Barrington. Morrissey missed last week's second-round win at Glenbard North due to a strained hamstring.

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    A new commemorative book by the Blackhawks will go on sale next Tuesday. The book, which includes a DVD, can be preordered at blackhawksstore.com.

    Hawks no big fans of shootouts

    More and more general managers want to cut down on the number of shootouts, which would be just fine with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and star winger Patrick Kane.There were several options discussed by the GMs at their meeting this week in Toronto, such as expanding the present 4-on-4 overtime format from five to 10 minutes.This season in the NHL, 40 first 262 games went to a shootout. Detroit GM Ken Holland even proposed five minutes of 4-on-4 and then three minutes of 3-on-3.

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    Moraine Valley tops Harper

    Aesthetically, nobody would compare Thursday’s women’s basketball game between Harper College and visiting Moraine Valley to a great piece of art.Even the winning coach wasn’t thrilled with what he saw.“I thought it was a sloppy game,” said Moraine Valley Community College coach Delwyn Jones, whose Cyclones won 84-70. Thanks in part to a new freedom-of-movement rule in the sport, the teams combined to shoot a total of 53 free throws.Harper trailed 35-33 at the half despite dictating the game’s tempo and getting 21 of Monica Hinderer’s game-high 36 points.“Harper was outhustling us,” said Jones. “Hinderer is a fantastic player. They were getting the ball inside and we were really struggling (to defend her).”A switch to a 1-3-1 zone helped the Cyclones get a bit more success against Hinderer and coach Jenny Turpel’s team.The Hawks (0-4) have a game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Trinity International, the first of three straight road games for Harper.

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    Harper men’s team nets first win

    Harper College men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino was pleased his Hawks got their first victory of the season, 92-76 over Moraine Valley in nonconference play Thursday at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine. He was not, however, entirely pleased with exactly how his team won. “We got away with one,” Amarino said.

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, left, smiles as he talks with Nick Leddy (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blackhawks beat Coyotes 5-4 in shootout

    Jonathan Toews and rookie Brandon Pirri scored in a four-round shootout, and the Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.Radim Vrbata had the lone shootout goal for Phoenix, 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

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    By being himself, Hilgart inspires those around him

    Kevin Hilgart laid prone on Carthage’s Art Keller Field on the Red Men’s senior day game against Wisconsin-Superior. A solemn, gathering crowd encircled him, awaiting the ambulance. Rain fell on his face to blend with tears as Hilgart realized 17 years of competitive soccer had come to a shocking end.

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    Josh McCown scrambles out of the pocket against the Skins on Oct. 20. McCown’s solid play in part or all of the last three games likely means the well-traveled veteran quarterback will have a job somewhere in the NFL in 2014.

    Bears’ McCown figures to cash in thanks to solid play

    The Bears' 34-year-old quarterback Josh McCown has done such an excellent job as Jay Cutler's backup that his future in the NFL is brighter than it has been in years. “He’s the kind of quarterback that you want to have when you come to work every day,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s just like Jay. They love football. They’re highly intelligent. You can communicate with them quickly. You don’t have to go to the board every time you want to explain something and go through 15 minutes of why we’re doing this.

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    Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a catch in front of Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Bears Jeffery quiet ... sometimes to a fault

    Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have more receiving yards than any tandem in the NFL, which Marshall is all too happy to discuss, along with almost any other topic. Jeffery? Not so much.

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    McCutchen wins NL MVP, Cabrera takes AL award

    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera have won baseball’s Most Valuable Player awards. McCutchen won the National League honor by a surprisingly wide margin Thursday. Cabrera took the AL prize for the second straight year by a comfortable gap over Mike Trout.

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    Mikey Dudek of Neuqua Valley,left, and Jon Lubanza of Naperville Central go up for pass during game action Friday in Naperville. Dudek caught the ball.

    Plenty of reasons to show up

    Where is everybody? Two weeks into the football playoffs and I have yet to see a packed house. This edition of Eyes on Five looks at disappointing crowd sizes. Hopefully it gets better this week.

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    Kat Dickson

    Dickson earns all-conference honors at Hope

    Hope College junior goalkeeper Kat Dickson (Grayslake Central) has earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association second-team honors. Dickson allowed just 12 goals in 1,595 minutes of play for a 0.68 goals against average. She led the MIAA in goals against average.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Naperville Central’s Jack Wooldridge celebrates a fourth-down stop to end the first half against Homewood-Flossmoor.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Here's a look at this weekend's football quarterfinal playoff games from the perspective of DuPage County's teams.

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    FILE - In this March 2007, file photo, U.S. swimming star Michael Phelps, left, walks with his coach Bob Bowman during a training session at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Phelps is back in the U.S. drug-testing program, the strongest sign yet that he's returning for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says Phelps was among the athletes who underwent doping tests in the third quarter, the period ending Sept. 30. He was tested twice. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

    Phelps says he’s keeping swimming options open

    Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he’s planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I’ll compete,” Phelps said in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.

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    How instant replay will work in 2014

    How MLB's instant replay will work in 2014

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    Incognito files grievance vs Dolphins

    Richie Incognito filed a grievance Thursday against the Miami Dolphins over his suspension.The NFL Players Association released a statement late in the afternoon saying the veteran guard filed a non-injury grievance.

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    Hands-off policy bringing basketball into a new era

    High school basketball officials are ready to do a lot more whistling while they’re working. And they’ll be ready for more hooting and hollering as players, coaches and fans get used to the emphasis from the NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations to eliminate a lot of physical play and give players more offensive freedom of movement.

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    Schaumburg’s Sadarriss Patterson celebrates his second-quarter touchdown in the Saxons’ key MSL West victory over Barrington.

    Schaumburg’s Patterson changes direction, on and off the field

    Life can be about change, and how you adjust to it. And Schaumburg’s Sadarriss Patterson has become a master of adaptation. Nearly dismissed from the football team, he's refocused in the classroom and has become the what coach Mark Stilling calls the soul of the Saxons' team this fall.

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    Football: Scouting quarterfinals, Lake County

    Previewing Saturday's high school football quarterfinals for Lake County: Stevenson at Barrington in Class 8A and Lake Zurich at Wheaton North in Class 7A

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    Lake Zurich quarterback Noah Allgood: I’m not a real vocal guy or a loud guy and I’m not going to try to be someone I’m not.”

    Allgood, Bourbon: The breakdown on two winning QBs

    A behind-the-scenes look at Lake County's two surviving quarterbacks: Willie Bourbon of Stevenson and Noah Allgood of Lake Zurich.

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    Football: Quarterfinal scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's football playoff matchups involving Barrington and Schaumburg.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose says he's ready to play this weekend, but the Bulls may be more cautious. The Bulls play at Toronto on Friday, then host Indiana on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Rose insists he’s ready to play Friday

    Derrick Rose continued to insist his hamstring injury is minor, even though he sat out practice the last two days. He said if there was a game Thursday, he would have been able to play, but the Bulls may not share his optimism.

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    Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, celebrates at the start/finish line after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 30, 2010. It was his second Indy 500 win.

    Injuries force 3-time Indy champ Franchitti to retire

    Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence. The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover. “One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said. “They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and two of his three Indy 500 wins. Franchitti had crossover appeal for the IndyCar Series through his 11-year marriage to actress Ashley Judd, which ended in January. But he was personable, well-spoken, popular in the paddock and passionate about the sport. It resonated with fans and made Franchitti one of IndyCar’s all-time greats.Franchitti’s 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list, and his 33 poles are sixth on the all-time list.“Dario Franchitti has done so much for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, so it will be very disappointing to not see him in our cars next season,” Ganassi said. “But simply put, Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list, but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track.”

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    A new commemorative book by the Blackhawks will go on sale next Tuesday. The book, which includes a DVD, can be preordered at blackhawksstore.com.

    Blackhawks’ championship book/dvd on sale

    “One Goal II,” the commemorative championship book produced by Blackhawks Publishing, will go on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at all Blackhawks Store locations, team officials announced Thursday. The book, which includes the hour-long team DVD “17 Seconds,” also can be pre-ordered online via blackhawksstore.com.

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    Guard Derrick Rose shows off the new BIG Logo jersey by Adidas that the Bulls will wear against the Nets for their Dec. 25 game in New York. All 10 NBA teams playing that day will be dressed in new jerseys.

    Rose, NBA stars showcase new jerseys, video

    The Bulls and star guard Derrick Rose are joining with the NBA and getting dressed up for Christmas in new basketball attire — with sleeves. Along with a Jingle Hoops video destined to go viral, the leagued debuted short-sleeved jerseys Thursday for the 10 teams that will play on the holiday, replacing the traditional sleeveless NBA uniforms.

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    Mike North video: Big Ten deserves better
    College football rankings have never made sense, Mike North says. North hopes Alabama loses and the national championship is between Florida State and Ohio State, and we can say good bye to the SEC rolling off another winner.

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    Mike North Video: Big Ten deserves better
    College football rankings have never made sense. Mike North hopes Alabama loses and the national championship is between Florida State and Ohio State so we can say goodbye to the SEC rolling off another winner.

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    Crystal Lake South girls volleyball coach Jorie Fontana with her team Wednesday.

    No magic — just hard work, talent has Crystal Lake S. at Redbird

    There's no magical reason behind the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team's trip to the IHSA Class 4A state finals. Gators' coach Jorie Fontana didn't wave a magic wand. There were no move-ins who suddenly helped transform Fontana's team from one that lost in a regional final in 2012 to a Final Four team in 2013. The playoff path wasn't dotted with patsies — heck, the Gators' first postseason match was against a Cary-Grove team that, had it beaten CLS, could be where the Gators are this weekend. And where Fontana's Gators are this weekend is Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University, getting ready to take on two-time defending state champion Benet Academy in Friday's 7:30 p.m. state semifinal.

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    Barrington wide receiver Matt Moran celebrates scoring the game-winning touchdown Saturday in the Broncos’ 21-13 Class 8A playoff win over Warren. Barrington hosts Stevenson Saturday in the quarterfinals.

    Quarterfinal pairings: days and times

    Here are the pairings with days and times for this weekend's IHSA state quarterfinal football playoff games.

Business

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    Brian Gates of Arlington Heights and Lauren Gates of Chicago were the first in line camping out at Best Buy in Arlington Heights — starting at noon Thursday — waiting for the new Sony PlayStation 4 to be sold at midnight. To pass the time they watched streaming videos on their computer.

    Suburbanites line up for PlayStation4, but is success guaranteed?

    The last time Sony and Microsoft came out with new video game consoles, there was no iPad, the iPhone was months away and “FarmVille” and “Angry Birds” had yet to be conjured up. The PlayStation 4, which launches Friday, and the Xbox One, which goes on sale next week, face a much-changed gaming and entertainment landscape than their predecessors.

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    The Northwest Hospitality Expo 2013 took place Thursday at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows.

    Northwest Hospitality Expo draws record crowd

    More than 80 suburban businesses set the table for prospective clients Thursday evening during the third annual Northwest Suburban Hospitality Expo at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows. The event, sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with Meet Chicago Northwest, showcased the suburban hospitality industry to business representative’s looking to plan events ranging from corporate meetings to holiday parties. About 750 people snacked on food samples, sipped wine, and talked to representatives of businesses ranging from conference centers and hotels to caterers, restaurants and promotional product suppliers.

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    President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.

    Obama admits health care ‘fumble,’ changes law

    Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House.

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    Largest Illinois insurer reacts to Obama’s shift

    With President Barack Obama shifting course Thursday to allow insurers to renew health plans they planned to cancel, Illinois regulators and the state’s largest health insurance company found the ball in their court.Obama announced he would give insurers the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled because they fall short of coverage requirements under the nation’s health overhaul. The change would be effective for one year, although an extension is possible.In Illinois, a spokesman said state Insurance Director Andrew Boron was studying the issue, looking at options under state law. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois officials said the company, which has the most customers in the state’s individual market, is “determining next steps,” but stopped short of promising to renew its canceled plans.Shonn Hild, a landscaper from the central Illinois city of Sullivan and whose health plan was canceled recently, said Obama’s proposal may be “too little, too late.” He said he called Blue Cross on Thursday after the president’s announcement and was told the company is gathering information. But “as of right now they do not have any plans to bring back the discontinued plans,” Hild said he was told.Insurers are not required to continue the canceled plans under Obama’s administrative change to the Affordable Care Act, and it’s not clear what they will decide to do.The companies will want to keep their paying customers, especially with enrollment numbers discouragingly low on the new insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, said Ceci Connolly, managing director of PwC Health Research Institute, which analyzes trends in health care. They will need to evaluate whether the patients they’re insuring in the old plans are high risk, and they will want to avoid consumer anger.“It’s such a hot issue in our nation right now,” Connolly said. “Because this is on the front page every week, insurance companies will be thinking about their role in the community.”The president’s announcement follows his apology last week for his repeated promise that Americans who liked their health plans could keep them. At least 4 million Americans have received cancellation notices, according to Associated Press reporting.“We are exploring all the possibilities,” said Greg Thompson, a spokesman for Health Care Service Corporation, the operator of Blue Cross plans in Illinois and four other states. “We are reviewing today’s announcement and determining next steps as we keep our members informed of their options both on and off the exchange.”Spokesman Mike Claffey said the state’s insurance department has been in contact with federal authorities and is evaluating options under state law, keeping in mind what’s best for the state’s consumers.

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    Q&A: What the Obamacare changes mean

    WASHINGTON — Just when you thought you had the president’s health care law figured out, it’s changing.Some questions and answers about what’s afoot and who’s affected:Q: What’s the nub of the change, and why is President Barack Obama changing course at this late date?A: The president is letting insurance companies offer people another year of coverage under their existing plans even if those plans don’t meet the requirements set out in his health care overhaul law. He’s doing so because of mounting frustration — even anger — over the millions of cancellation notices that have been going out to Americans whose plans don’t measure up to the law’s coverage standards.Q: Problem solved?A: Not so fast. Obama’s so-called fix doesn’t force insurance companies to do anything. It just gives them the option of extending old plans for existing customers in the individual market, and only if state insurance commissioners also give their OK.Q: Sounds like a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t insurance companies let people re-up?A: The companies aren’t happy about being thrown a curve ball after they’ve already firmed up 2014 rates and plans. It will take a while to see how many of them agree to reinstate old plans for another year — and at what price.Q: What’s the early word?A: Most companies and state insurance commissioners say they need time to study the changes before making a commitment. Aetna Inc., the nation’s third-largest health insurer, said it plans to extend some of its canceled policies. Washington state’s insurance commissioner said he won’t allow insurance companies there to extend the old policies. He said people can get better coverage on the new health care exchange.Q: Why not force insurance companies to extend those old policies, not just give them that option?A: That’s a more radical step. Some Democrats want that to happen but it almost certainly would require legislation from Congress — not just a presidential decision — and Republicans would object to such a stiff new requirement on the insurance industry. More steps may be required, though, to restore coverage for people losing it.Q: The changes mainly affect the 5 percent of people who get their own insurance policies through the individual market. What’s the big deal?A: In a country of more than 300 million people, 5 percent is a big number. Roughly 14 million people buy their own policies, and many of those plans are not just junk insurance, contrary to what White House officials suggest. Already, more than 4 million people have gotten cancellation notices. And some small businesses are losing coverage for their workers too.Plus, if the government can’t get its HealthCare.gov website running better by Dec. 15, some people who got cancellations run the risk of having a break in coverage. The health care law was supposed to reduce the number of uninsured people, not increase it.Q: So people who successfully make the switch to the new insurance marketplaces can rest easy?A: Not really. If lots of healthy people who get cheaper insurance through the individual market end up keeping that coverage instead of switching to the more robust plans offered through “Obamacare,” that could weaken the financial footing of plans offered by the insurance marketplaces.Q: How so?A: People with current plans are a known risk to insurers. At some point, they all had to pass the stiff medical screening that the law forbids starting next year. Insurers were counting on premiums from those with current individual plans to help balance out the cost of care for people who have been shut out of the system, and who represent a potentially high risk. To the extent that healthier people stay out of the new insurance pool being created under the law, that would raise costs.Q: What would happen then?

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    Traders Gregory Rowe, left, and Richard Newman confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets bounced higher Thursday after prepared testimony for the confirmation hearing of incoming Federal Reserve chief suggested the U.S. central bank won’t reduce its economic stimulus until March next year or later.

    Major indexes hit all-time highs for second day in a row

    Stock indexes are little changed in early trading as retailers turn in mixed earnings and traders wait for testimony from the nominee to head the Federal Reserve. Technology stocks fell after Cisco Systems reported disappointing earnings late Thursday and lowered its profit forecast for the full year.

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    From Obama, a blunt acceptance of blame

    WASHINGTON — “We fumbled the rollout on this health care law.”“That’s on me.”“It was insufficient.”Again and again, President Barack Obama on Thursday shouldered the blame for his botched health care rollout in unusually blunt terms — a step many of his critics contend was long overdue. In an even rarer admission, he also acknowledged that the cascade of troubles was damaging his credibility with the American people and threatening to take a toll on his broader second-term agenda.“It’s legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” Obama said during a lengthy news conference.The president’s somber and reflective acceptance of personal responsibility for failures with his signature law marked the latest chapter in the White House’s evolving posture on the “Obamacare” woes.In early October, with much of Washington and the country distracted by the federal government shutdown, the president and his advisers dismissed the widespread problems afflicting the HealthCare.gov website as a consequence of unexpectedly heavy traffic. Officials declared it a “high-class problem.”But when the shadow of the shutdown lifted, it became clear that the technology problems were broader than first acknowledged. So Obama deployed to the Rose Garden and declared that “nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am.” But the event quickly took on a pep rally feel, with the president serving as both cheerleader in chief and pitchman for the law, reading off website addresses and 1-800 numbers where operators were standing by to sign up eager insurance purchasers.Then came another pressing problem: the cancellation letters millions of Americans were receiving from their insurance companies. Republicans crowed that Obama clearly had misled the public with his repeated assurances that people who liked their plans could keep them. And Democrats, especially those running for re-election next year, worried that the discredited promise would damage their own political prospects.At first, the White House tried to dance around the discrepancies. The president suddenly started adding new caveats to his promise, saying it only applied to those whose plans hadn’t been changed by insurance companies. Officials tried to focus instead on the benefits for people who would need to find new insurance. Last week, Obama offered an apology of sorts, saying he was sorry that Americans were losing coverage, though he didn’t apologize for making the promise in the first place.But after six weeks of website woes, broken promises, tumbling poll numbers and deepening frustration from his own party, Obama appeared on Thursday to come to grips with the reality that an extensive mea culpa might be his only option to salvage the public’s trust, both in the law and the president himself.“I am the head of the team. We did fumble the ball on it,” he said. “What I’m going to do is make sure we get it fixed.”Predictably, the reaction to Obama’s hour of self-reflection was largely split down party lines.“As a leader, you have to do that,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. “I appreciate that and I respect that from a person.”But Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, dismissed the apologies as a belated attempt to save face.“It’s disappointing it took weeks of public outcry for the president to acknowledge what he’s known — and denied — for years,” the spokesman for the Ohio Republican said.

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    The University of Illinois and Northwestern University researchers published information in 2011 about developing an e-tattoo that could be used for medical diagnostics, communications and human-to-machine interfaces. Motorola Mobility is now seeking a patent on an e-tattoo.

    Motorola seeks patent for e-tattoo to connect throat to mobile devices

    Motorola Mobility is seeking a patent for an electronic skin tattoo that's attached to the throat and can communicate with your mobile devices. What Motorola Mobility intends to do with the e-tattoo is still unclear because company spokeswoman Danielle K. McNally declined to comment.

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    United to offer Chicago flights to Atlantic City

    NEWARK, N.J. — United Airlines will soon offer non-stop flights to Atlantic City International Airport, a move that New Jersey officials hope will boost the falling fortunes of the seaside gambling resort.United Chairman Jeff Smisek was joined Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey’s Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney at Newark Liberty International Airport to announce the airline would begin non-stop daily service to Atlantic City from its hubs in Chicago and Houston — the nation’s third- and fourth-largest cities — starting April 1.“United’s new Atlantic City service will drive business, tourism and economic development throughout the southern part of the state,” Smisek said.The additional service is one of Atlantic City’s most pressing needs as its local market continues to decline under pressure from casinos in neighboring states.Casino revenue in Atlantic City has fallen from $5.2 billion in 2006 to just over $3 billion last year. Christie said the added service is part of a “renewed focus” his administration — with support from Sweeney and others— had been placing on trying to revive Atlantic City’s sagging fortunes. He said they were “giving every opportunity for Atlantic City to continue to grow and prosper and for the citizens of South Jersey and the whole state to benefit from that future growth.”Christie made a brief appearance at the airport Thursday morning after canceling what would have been his first out-of-state speech since winning re-election last week. A Christie spokesman said the governor was fighting off a cold and had to cut back his schedule.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took over operation of the Atlantic City International Airport in July, under a 15-year agreement with The South Jersey Transportation Authority.The airport never turned a profit under SJTA control. It saw a 28 percent drop in passenger traffic during the first four months of 2013 compared to the previous year. United announced Thursday that daily flights from Chicago would depart at 8:10 a.m. daily, arriving in Atlantic City at 11:17 a.m. Return flights will depart Atlantic City at 11:52 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m. From Houston, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7 p.m. daily, arriving at 11:20 p.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:49 a.m.United Express carrier ExpressJet will operate the Atlantic City flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.

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    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says that its third-quarter profit rose 2.8 percent, but the world’s largest retailer reported a sales shortfall as its low-income shoppers feel squeezed around the globe. The discounter also cut its outlook for the full year and issued fourth-quarter profit guidance that was below analysts’ projections.

    Walmart 3Q profit up, but cuts outlook

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says that its third-quarter profit rose 2.8 percent, but the world’s largest retailer reported a sales shortfall as its low-income shoppers feel squeezed around the globe. The discounter also cut its outlook for the full year and issued fourth-quarter profit guidance that was below analysts’ projections.

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    Gov’t fast tracks new safety systems for cars

    Federal officials say they’ll “aggressively accelerate” research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers who are drunk or who don’t have their seat belts buckled from operating cars.

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    Two suburban companies honored by Wendy’s supplier

    Quality Supply Chain Co-op Inc., the independent purchasing cooperative for restaurants owned by The Wendy’s Co. and its franchisees, recently honored Highland Baking Co. in Northbrook and Schneider Electric Professional Services of Palatine at the 2013 Wendy’s Convention in Las Vegas.

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    Fox Valley Fire & Safety earns honor

    Elgin-based Valley Fire & Safety was recently awarded Domestic Distributor of the Year 2013 at the 27th Annual Notifier Distributor Leadership Conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

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    Ridgestone Bank reports solid earnings

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Ridgestone Financial Services achieved solid earnings through the third quarter of 2013, with a net income of $5.6 million compared with income of $798,000 for the first nine months of 2012.Third quarter earnings reached $1.4 million in 2013 compared to earnings of $579,000 for the third quarter in 2012. The improvement resulted largely from continued growth in government guaranteed lending, net interest margin improvement and reduction of expenses related to loan collection efforts, the bank said in a release..“We continue to focus on the origination of government guaranteed loans for new and existing customers,” said Bruce Lammers, president and CEO of Ridgestone Bank. “This has resulted in the origination of $203.7 million of new government guaranteed loans during the first nine months of 2013. Additionally, strong demand continues in the secondary market and premiums are holding up in the market.”Ridgestone Bank is a leader in SBA lending, and has earned the following rankings as of September 30th, 2013, for SBA lending in dollar volume: 1 in Illinois; 2 in Indiana; 3 in Wisconsin; 7 in the nation.Ridgestone Bank is a privately-held bank with locations in Brookfield, Wis. and Schaumburg.

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    Inland sells Glendale Heights apartments for $26 million

    Inland Real Estate Brokerage & Auctions, Inc. announced the sale of Stonegate Apartments, a 420-unit multifamily investment property on Gregory Avenue and Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights, for $26.65 million.

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    Rolling Meadows’ Q4 Systems 3Q revenue up 40 percent

    IT software company Q4 Systems Corp. said acquisitions and the launch of HealthCare Exchange platform drove third quarter 2013 revenues up 40 percent over same period last year.

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    Elmhurst College mentoring program earns accreditation

    The mentoring program at Elmhurst College’s Center for Professional Excellence has achieved Gold Accreditation, the highest level possible, from the International Mentoring Association, a professional organization for the mentoring and coaching fields.

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    Average U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.35 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for the second straight week amid some signs of economic strength. Still rates remain near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.35 percent from 4.16 percent last week. That’s the highest level since Sept. 19, when it was 4.50 percent.

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    Union members celebrate the turn down of the proposed Boeing Corporation contract Wednesday night at the Internal Association of Machinists District 751 Headquarters in Seattle.

    Boeing workers reject plan linked to 777X in Wash.

    Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. In response, the Boeing Co. said it would begin a bid process to find a home for its 777X production line.

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    A dump wagon adds freshly gathered corn cobs to a pile on a farm near Hurley, S.D. The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste, including corn cobs, is finally winding its way into the nation's energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel source cleaner than oil.

    Next generation of biofuels is still years away

    The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation's energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel source cleaner than oil.

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    When Janet Yellen faces a Senate hearing Thursday on her nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, she is sure to face skepticism from Republicans who say the Fed's policies may be swelling asset bubbles or raising the risk of high inflation.

    As Yellen faces senators, here's what to watch for

    When Janet Yellen faces a Senate hearing Thursday on her nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, she is sure to face skepticism from Republicans who say the Fed's policies may be swelling asset bubbles or raising the risk of high inflation.

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    Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction. The trend reflects a growing appetite among investors for buying homes before they exit the foreclosure process and end up on the market.

    Fewer U.S homes repossessed by lenders in October

    Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction. The trend reflects a growing appetite among investors for buying homes before they exit the foreclosure process and end up on the market.

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    'Fracking' at least a year off in Illinois

    Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.

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    Andy Warhol's auction record soared as the Pop Art icon's silk-screen painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for $105.4 million.

    Warhol's 'Car Crash' gets record $105 million at Sotheby's

    Andy Warhol's auction record soared as the Pop Art icon's silk-screen painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for $105.4 million at Sotheby's in New York Wedneday night. The work was won by a phone client of Charles Moffett, vice chairman of Sotheby's Americas, who vied with at least two other highly determined telephone bidders.

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    Ventra card readers cause CTA rush hour woes

    Chicago Transit Authority officials say the agency had to hand out more than 15,000 free rides after 165 fare readers malfunctioned at 60 rail stations. CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase says the problem, which occurred during the Wednesday evening rush hour, was linked to a “server failure” that resulted in some readers not working.

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    CTA board approves $1.3B budget for 2014

    The Chicago Transit Authority’s board has approved a $1.3 billion budget for 2014 that doesn’t include fare increases.The CTA says in a Wednesday news release that the budget also doesn’t include any changes in service levels. The agency says it will continue its $4 billion capital investment plan that it started in 2011.

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    Indiana seeks investors for tollway near Chicago

    Indiana officials are giving potential investors about two months to show interest in the state’s part of the planned $1.3 billion tollway linking highways south of Chicago.

Life & Entertainment

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    Nina Kindelin Hoffman Estates needs some decorating help after moving into a house from a condo with her husband and two children.

    Too neutral

    Our family room needs an update! We recently moved into a house after living in a small condo, and we brought all of our old furniture with us. My husband and I have a 2-year-old son and 8-month-old daughter.

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    Veronica Mascote of Elgin is looking for a special place to spend time with her children.

    Spruce up Victorian home

    I would like my family room to be remodeled to have a special place for me and my kids to spend more time together in.

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    Kerry LaScala of Naperville says her family including dad, mom and seven sons could use a family room makeover.

    Room for living times nine

    We need “Room for Living” for our masculine dominated family of nine — dad, mom, and seven sons ages ranging from 24 to 6. We have a small TV room (with a huge hand-me-down TV) where sports can be viewed at any time from one of our six seats.

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    Fox Valley Rep announces 2014 season

    Fox Valley Repertory, in residence at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, announced its 2014 season, which includes two productions showcasing students from its performing arts academy. The season begins Jan. 16, 2014, with “Nunsense,” the popular show about five quirky nuns trying to raise money by putting on a variety show.

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    Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) breaks into the burgomaster's library to snatch some words in “The Book Thief.”

    Narrator, Disney-esque treatment mar WWII drama 'The Book Thief'

    That “The Book Thief” succeeds at achieving a Walt Disney-esque view of Nazi Germany is already dubious praise. In this PG-13 world, Nazis never actually kill anybody. They're just bullies who burn books, rough up the local Jews and communists, and occasionally send undesirables away. Plus, British-accented Death narrates this story with superfluous and sometimes ridiculously obvious observations.

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    Alec Baldwin testified that after he met Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. Sabourin was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail by a judge who found her guilty of stalking Alec Baldwin in New York.

    Actress convicted of stalking Alec Baldwin

    A Canadian actress was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail by a judge who found her guilty of stalking Alec Baldwin in New York. Genevieve Sabourin, 41, who had already been facing 30 days in jail for repeatedly disrupting court proceedings during her trial, was well-behaved but defiant after the verdict was announced.

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    Douglas Fairbanks uses his flying carpet to pick up women in the 1924 silent classic “The Thief of Bagdad” at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge.

    Travel back in time and a tale of two Bobs

    Dann suggests seeing Jay Warren play the Pickwick Theatre’s original 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ when he accompanies “The Thief of Bagdad” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Park Ridge theater. Plus, Dann replies to “Breaking Bad” star Bob Odenkirk, concerned that a recent story made him out to be negative about his hometown of Naperville. “I wish you’d mentioned how much I enjoy Naperville now,” he wrote. “I still don’t blame any teenager for wanting to get out of any smallish town. But I’d like Napervillians to know I have great affection for the people and town.”

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    Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) falls for Romanian beauty Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood) in “Charlie Countryman.”

    ‘Countryman’ tackles love and destiny

    Director Fredrik Bond makes a promising feature debut with “Charlie Countryman,” a fanciful crime-drama/romance that eschews strict genre classification. After the death of his mother, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) boards a flight for Romania and meets a taxi driver going to visit his daughter, Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). When the man dies en route, it's up to Charlie to track down Gabi to deliver a package. What he doesn't know is that she, and possibly her heart, belongs to a violent crime boss.

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    Night life events: Toss your bags at Ballydoyle’s
    Ballydoyle's in Aurora challenges you to a bags tournament every Monday night; Peggy Kinnane hosts Phidget's cover extravaganza; catch the Jay Cutler Show at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.

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    Dining events: Eat on the cheap at Cibo Racconto’s
    Temperatures may be falling, but Cibo Racconto’s hot winter specials are turning up the heat. Or indulge in the wines and cuisine of Burgundy at a wine dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Tavern in Libertyville.

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    New pajamas are a holiday tradition in many families.

    Pajamas a perennial holiday gift favorite

    Cynthia Greenwood’s three girls always get new sleepwear at Christmas, the only gift they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve. The sisters waste no time getting comfy before the family sits down to a holiday dinner and relaxes by the fire. “They come right in from church, they look under the tree and there’s the box of PJs, and they run back to their room and put them on and we start the festivities,” said Greenwood, of Arlington Heights. “It’s just a really nice night. It’s special.”

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    Quentin (Terrence Howard), left, Jordan (Nia Long) and her boyfriend (Eddie Cibrian) dine in a mansion in Malcolm D. Lee's "The Best Man Holiday."

    Flawed but functional characters humanize rom com ‘Best Man’ sequel

    Even if you missed Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 directorial debut and sleeper comedy “The Best Man,” that shouldn’t significantly blunt your understanding or appreciation of his tardy sequel “The Best Man Holiday.” It only takes a few scenes to catch up with this community of African-American friends and lovers, even if you’ve never seen them before.

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    “The Armstrong Lie” tracks Lance Armstrong’s cycling career before and after his fall from grace.

    ‘Armstrong Lie’ tracks cyclist’s rise and fall

    Lance Armstrong didn’t just repeatedly lie about doping during his seven Tour de France wins, but he maintained and even flaunted those lies through ill-gotten power. Such is the portrayal of the disgraced cyclist in Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, “The Armstrong Lie.” If Armstrong’s Oprah Winfrey confessional didn’t make him one of the most odious athletes in the world, this film will.

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    Kyle Sherrer of Millstone Cellars in Maryland visits Black Locust Hops. He has used hops as an ingredient in his hard cider.

    Yes, there’s a little beer in their cider

    The apple, it seems, has learned to love the hop — and not only hops but bourbon barrels and beer yeasts. As the American cider industry goes through a seemingly endless growth spurt, it is diversifying, too, with artisans sometimes borrowing flavors and techniques from their craft-brewer cousins. “There are the purists on one end, just caring about the apples. But then there are a lot of cidermakers, younger ones in particular, who are taking cues from craft beer,” Kyle Sherrer says.

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    Customers can try a beer flight — 4-ounce samples of five beers — at The New World Tavern in Plymouth, Mass.

    Go for the food: Pub grub in Plymouth, Mass.

    Even the Pilgrims got thirsty — and not so much for water. In 1620, H2O was a no-no, spreading disease and death. Beer was much safer, and our forefathers knew it was good for thee. That may be one reason the Mayflower landed in New England to begin with: The settlers were bound for Virginia, but ran low on beer and put in at Plymouth. Fast forward four centuries, and a fine place to chill and swill is The New World Tavern, a short walk uphill from Plymouth Rock and a working replica of the famous ship moored in the harbor.

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    Sweethearts at Wheaton High School before their marriage, John and Judy Belushi arrive at the 1978 premiere of “National Lampoon's Animal House.” The comedian starred in the iconic movie, and his wife had small parts in memorable scenes.

    'Animal House' cast members plan suburban celebration

    Admittedly not the most famous Belushi in "Animal House," Wheaton native Judy Jacklin Belushi Pisano, widow of John Belushi, has her own stories to share during weekend events in Naperville and Woodridge to celebrate the 35th anniversary of that iconic movie.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Fix the senior freeze tax exemption

    A Daily Herald editorial says legislators need to fix the" senior freeze" property tax exemption that has resulted in seniors paying more in property taxes because of declining home values.

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    News judgment, not bias, rules sports coverage

    Columnist Jim Slusher: I’ve written a lot over the years in response to claims that the Daily Herald’s political biases color our news coverage, but there’s another claim of favoritism that doesn’t get as much attention — that for a particular Sports team.

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    Marriage about more than reproduction
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: I think most intelligent people will say that there is something much more important to a marriage than just sex and babies. Is that component that is more important something that cannot exist among two same-sex people?

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    Schools have replaced family’s role in teaching
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Education, and much training as well, begins in the family and remains there during the maturation of the student. Schools are meant to aid the parents, not to substitute for them. We seem to have lost this vital fact.

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    When a fix isn’t really a fix
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: Having the worst-funded pension system in the nation ($100 billion and rising), with only 39 cents in assets to every $1 of obligation, and with pension reform growing the debt daily by $5 million, without doubt the Illinois’ skyrocketing pension costs are squeezing out core services like education, public safety and health care.

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    Still time to give Quinn your opinion
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I find it amazing that people I talk to are against gay marriage but are too lazy to get on the phone and tell their state senators and representatives their opinion and tell them they will not vote for them if they support gay marriage.

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    ACA stressing out nonfull-time workers
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am only 29 years old and am unable to save money for a potential family because my cost of living is skyrocketing and I live paycheck to paycheck. How is any of this fair and just to the average person who does not want to rely on an already debt-ridden government to help?

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    No logic in argument against gay marriage
    A Lake Barrington letter to the editor: Gay men and women have all the necessary equipment to procreate and frequently do through surrogacy or in vitro fertilization, methods also used by straight couples who could not reproduce any other way.

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    Government should act to protect patients
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: According to the Daily Herald’s Sunday article “Health clock is ticking for sickest patients,” many people with severe illnesses and pre-existing conditions that are normally covered by high risk health care pools may end up losing their coverage because they are unable to sign up for the new health care system.

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    The difference between government, business
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: We can continue to write pages and pages on the subject of the difference between government and private business, but I finally realized I could basically sum it up in one sentence:

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    Fairness not a pre-existing condition
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: Let us give thanks Nov. 28 for the early Christmas which became, instead, Halloween. Obamacare, that red-suited monstrosity created ostensibly to dispense benefits upon a hollow-eyed populace, turned, with a click of a mouse, into a costumed freak obliterating everyone’s insurance plans.

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    Enforce the gun laws we already have
    A Harvard letter to the editor: Do you think someone who beats a woman should be able to carry a gun? A Chicago police officer was caught on tape doing just that because she wouldn’t serve him because he was drunk. He should’ve lost his job, and should never be able to carry a gun again. This was a police officer who knows the laws and didn’t care.

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