Daily Archive : Monday November 18, 2013



    No new information on man found dead in West Chicago

    West Chicago police and the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the Sunday morning death of a 22-year-old man.

    Students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora will get a boost from an Innovation Hub planned to be built by late 2015. Here, James Tao works on a math problem from the Romanian Mathematical Olympiad in 2012.

    YouTube co-founder funding 'Innovation Hub' in Aurora

    Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder and 1996 graduate of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is putting $1 million of his money behind a $1.9 million Innovation Hub desiged to support student entrepreneurs. “We look to engage our business community and collaborate in this space,” said Britta McKenna, the school's chief innovation officer. “It just provides so many...


    Vernon Hills considers memory care facility for vacant site

    Vernon Hills officials are considering a plan for a memory care facility proposed for long-vacant property along Milwaukee Avenue. South Bay Partners of Dallas says there is a need in the area and wants to build a 70-bed facility to care for residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


    St. Charles bars could pay $900 a year to stay open until 2 a.m.

    St. Charles bars would have to pay up to $900 a year, for permission to stay open as late as 2 a.m., under a proposal the city's Liquor Commission reviewed Monday. That would be on top of their annual license fee.

    Sunday's tornado lifted Bob and Marianne Riopell's garage from around their Jeep Grand Cherokee in Washington, Ill.

    Editor's parents find their Washington, Ill., home in ruins

    Daily Herald Political Editor Mike Riopell writes that his parents' house is a crumbling, debris-filled shell with no roof, their Jeep is crushed and their Ford Ranger is in a front yard across the street. Bob and Marianne Riopell live in Washington, where an apparent EF-4 tornado ripped through hundreds of homes. "Given Peoria radio reports streaming through my phone, we were hopeful the path of...

    Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees approved auto-aid agreements with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Carpentersville and East Dundee fire departments. But a negotiated draft of one with Barrington was not voted upon.

    Auto-aid deal still eludes Barrington, fire district

    Ironically but not coincidentally, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s negotiation of automatic-aid agreements with its neighbors is taking the longest with its current contractual partner, the Barrington Fire Department.

    New South Elgin Village President Steve Ward, surrounded by his fiancee and family, is sworn into office by Village Clerk Margo Gray on Monday night.

    Steve Ward is new South Elgin village president

    South Elgin board members unanimously picked Trustee Steve Ward to serve as village president while honoring the memory of the late Jim Hansen by naming a park after him. Ward will serve the rest Hansen’s term through the April 2015 election. “I’m honored to be nominated, and I am very grateful for the trust you have placed in me,” Ward said Monday night.

    Karen Blair

    W. Dundee isn’t ready to split marketing director with E. Dundee

    West Dundee leaders are saying no for now on splitting the cost of a marketing director that East Dundee recently hired to promote its downtown activities and businesses. Pointing to an expected $100,000 budget shortfall, a poll that shows five out of seven downtown businesses don’t support hiring a marketing director and the fact that West Dundee does not yet have a concept plan a marketing...

    Members of the Wheeling High School varsity soccer team receive congratulations from Village President Dean Argiris, trustees and village employees for their recent second-place finish in the Class 3A state soccer tournament. A recess was taken during the Monday night meeting so those present could enjoy cake decorated with the Wheeling High School logo and school colors.

    Wheeling honors high school soccer team

    Wheeling President Dean Argiris and the village board proclaimed Monday, Nov. 18, Wheeling High School Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team Day. The team won second place in the Class 3A soccer championship earlier in the month. A proclamation congratulating the team mentioned head coach Ed Uhrik and assistant coaches Kevin Lennon, Robert Juszczyk, and Gilles Lonteen.


    Palatine will get part of Deer Park sales tax

    The Palatine Village Council approved a “groundbreaking” agreement to provide water to a new retail development in Deer Park Monday in exchange for 20 percent of the sales tax realized. Village Manager Reid Ottesen said the 25,000 gallons per day would fit easily into Palatine’s water allotment.


    Waukegan police discourage co-sleeping after baby deaths

    Three infant deaths in the past few weeks have Waukegan police discussing the issue of co-sleeping and nighttime safety.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a council meeting prior to councillors passing motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday. The actions left Ford, in effect, mayor of Canada’s largest city in name only.

    Toronto council strips mayor of most powers

    Amid cries of “Shame! Shame!” scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of the last of his meaningful powers Monday after a heated City Council debate in which he argued with members of the public, charged hecklers and knocked a councilwoman down. Ford called the move a “coup d’etat” and vowed an “outright war” in next year’s mayoral election.

    Liz Cheney, left, is running in a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Wyoming. She disagrees with her sister Mary Cheney, right, who is married to Heather Poe, over the topic of same-sex marriage.

    Cheney sisters spar on same-sex marriage

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife stepped into a sibling squabble Monday after their daughters became involved in a public feud over gay marriage that began on “Fox News Sunday” and soon spread to social media.

    This image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office shows former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after he was arrested Monday in Apopka, Fla. Authorities said they responded to a disturbance call at a house earlier in the day.

    Girlfriend says Zimmerman pointed shotgun at her

    George Zimmerman was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house,...

    Navy Fire Control Chief Adam Acker holds daughter Emily as he gets autographs from Bears rookies Marquess Wilson, left, and Michael Ford on Monday at Jewel-Osco in Gurnee on Monday.

    Bears rookies pitch in to help feed military families

    Just a week after the nation celebrated Veterans Day, representatives from the Chicago Bears and other organizations came together Monday in Gurnee to help feed some military families. “I’m happy to be here and to help families in need and to thank them for their service,” Bears rookie Kyle Long said.

    Daily Herald File Photo Who wouldn’t want control of drivers’ license offices? Two candidates are running for Illinois secretary of state now.

    Naperville attorney jumps into secretary of state race

    A Republican school board president from DuPage County is taking on Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in the 2014 election. Naperville attorney Mike Webster, who lives in Hinsdale, is president of the Cass School District 63 board.


    Wheeling holiday lighting event is Nov. 24
    The annual holiday lighting ceremony in the village of Wheeling — now called “Lights Around Wheeling” — will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Friendship Park, the northeast corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue.


    Better cellphone service, Wi-Fi on tap at Rosemont venues

    Those attending a sporting event at the Allstate Arena or a meeting at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center should soon be getting better cellphone service — and should be able to surf the Internet, Rosemont village officials said.


    Candidate paperwork due soon

    Candidates running in Lake County’s March 2014 primary election will begin filing nominating papers at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.


    K-9 Rescue to host fundraisers

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue hosts fundraisers in Libertyville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Adler Park Lodge (behind the pool), 1500 Milwaukee Ave., and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Pets General Store, 432 Peterson Road.


    District 103 kindergarten registration Dec. 6

    Lincolnshire-Prairieview Elementary District 103 hosts kindergarten registration on Dec. 6, at Laura B. Sprague School from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children who will be age 5 before Sept. 1, 2014.


    District 50 PTA meeting on Thursday

    Woodland Elementary School District 50’s PTA will host an informational meeting for parents about child behavior at school, home and beyond at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at Woodland Intermediate, 1115 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee.


    Hanover Park steps up seat belt, DUI enforcement

    Police and safety officials in Hanover Park are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket. The Hanover Park Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and other local law enforcement agencies across the state to strongly enforce seat belt and impaired...

    Daily Herald File Photo Alex Clifford left Metra in June but he continues to haunt the agency.

    Audit: Metra board in the dark about CEO settlement options

    A majority of Metra board members were kept in the dark about pertinent details leading up to a controversial settlement with former CEO Alex Clifford, an RTA audit concludes.

    Chris Nybo

    Nybo joins race to succeed Dillard

    Former state Rep. Chris Nybo says he’s joining the Republican primary race to succeed Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Illinois Senate. Nybo will take on state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, a fellow Elmhurst Republican, in the race. Reboletti announced his candidacy in September.


    Court orders resentencing of E2 nightclub owners

    An Illinois appellate panel has told a lower court to resentence two owners of the E2 Chicago nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death in a stairwell in 2003.

    Vice Premier Liu Yandong of China says the exchange of students and teachers between the U.S. and China can lead to solutions for such global challenges as security, climate change and poverty.

    China’s vice premier lauds university partnerships

    A high-ranking Chinese official is in Chicago to help promote cooperation between U.S. and Chinese universities. Vice Premier Liu Yandong joined university presidents from both countries Monday for a roundtable at the University of Chicago.


    Northwestern professor killed in 23-story fall

    A Northwestern University medical professor has been killed after falling from a South Florida hotel balcony through a lower-floor glass ceiling, police said Monday.


    Workers walk off the job in Will County

    About 1,000 Will County workers are on strike. Anders Lindall, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, said employees began walking picket lines at about two dozen locations Monday morning.

    Carlos Lopez

    Child sex abuse suspect arrested in Naperville

    Naperville police on Friday arrested a Chicago man accused of using social media apps to arrange a meeting with a minor for sexual relations. Carlos Lopez, 38, of the 4700 block of Shakespeare, was charged with one count each of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet a minor.

    The Sugar Grove Library opened a new building in 2008. The board wants to increase taxes to pay for increased services, including having the library open more often.

    Now-agreeable Sugar Grove Library board to try tax hike 13th time

    The Sugar Grove Library will ask taxpayers for more money to operate, and a familiar face has joined the board. Both matters were decided unanimously last week which, given the library’s history, is also news. “We’re all working extremely well together,” library board President Daniel Herkes said Friday. “We moved past all of the difficulties.”

    Social worker Caryn Meyer at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake addresses children in Monday’s opening ceremony for Bully Awareness Week there.

    Prairie Crossing in Grayslake launches Bully Awareness Week

    Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake launched its second annual Bully Awareness Week with a ceremony Monday. Bullying facts and other information were presented to students, parents and teachers who attended the opening ceremony.

    Volunteer Janet Wilson of St. Charles puts up decorations as she and fellow volunteer Darlene Riebe install a Christmas display Monday morning in the large window on the south side of the St. Charles Municipal Center.

    Downtown St. Charles gets spruced up for the holidays

    Volunteers set up a holiday display in the large window at the St. Charles Municipal Center Monday in donwtown St. Charles. The city is gearing up for the Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade next week.

    James Lamkin

    Schaumburg finds new police chief in St. Charles

    St. Charles Police Chief James Lamkin will be Schaumburg’s next police chief, starting Dec. 30. Schaumburg officials announced Monday that Lamkin had been chosen from among 83 candidates to lead the department into better times. “He’s trustworthy. He’s hardworking. He’s everything I need in a police chief," said Schaumburg Village Manager Brian Townsend.

    Terry Armstrong, a Wheaton Public Works Department employee, installs lights Monday on one of more than 100 downtown trees. The project takes a month to complete for Armstrong and fellow public works department worker Anthony Cibella.

    Wheaton crews installing thousands of holiday lights

    A very slow-motion ballet is under way above the streets of downtown Wheaton. Terry Armstrong and Anthony Cibella, members of the city’s public works department, are using cherry pickers to maneuver in and around more than 100 trees to install thousands of new lights for the holidays.

    John Euwema

    No bail for man accused of stalking DuPage judge

    A man charged with stalking a DuPage County judge was denied bail Monday after prosecutors argued he poses a serious threat to the judge and her family. Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri Demopoulos said authorities believe John Euwema, 57, has access to a firearm and is prepared to flee the country. He has also used false identities in the past, according to prosecutors.

    A deputy sergeant with the Tazewell County sheriff’s department walks through debris Sunday in the Devonshire subdivision in Washington after a tornado that severely damaged many homes in the town east of Peoria.

    Day after in Washington, Ill.: 6 dead, 250-500 homes hit

    As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement. Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out “right on top” of them, Zehr said. Their home, on the outskirts of Washington, Ill., was swept up and scattered over hundreds of yards by one...

    Ed McGinty

    Ex-Amrich foe Ed McGinty named Island Lake treasurer

    Reeling from the discovery of a significant pension shortfall, Island Lake officials have hired a treasurer to help oversee the village’s finances. Longtime resident and former trustee candidate Ed McGinty was tapped for the job.

    In this July 1913 photo made available by the Library of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson, third from right, attends a commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. After Abraham Lincoln, the first major presidential address at Gettysburg was given at this event by Wilson, who privately ranked Lincoln’s speech as “very, very high,” and offered a vague tribute to national unity that disappointed admirers of a man whose speechmaking had enabled his quick rise from Princeton president to the White House. According to a new biography by A. Scott Berg, Wilson was a reluctant guest of honor. He initially turned down an invitation and gave in only after being warned that the Virginia-born president would be perceived as hostile to a gathering attended by veterans from both sides.

    Thousands expected for Gettysburg Address event

    Thousands of people are heading to central Pennsylvania to commemorate the Gettysburg Address, a speech that for 150 years has been a source of national identity.


    Albright Theatre to present ‘Just in the Nick of Time!’

    Tired of the same old holiday shows? Check out the Albright Theatre’s production of “Just in the Nick of Time!” by Linda Daugherty. The play is a holiday whodunit with plenty of laughs, and the show is appropriate for all ages. It will run Dec. 6-15 in Batavia.

    This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows a home that was destroyed by a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington on Sunday. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had a preliminary rating of EF-4, meaning wind speeds of 170 mph to 190 mph.

    Images: Aerial views of the Washington, IL tornado damage
    An aerial view of Washington, IL on Monday shows how devastating the Sunday tornado was. Some neighborhoods were completely razed whille others were untouched.

    Fifteen oil on canvas art are on display at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at College of Lake County in Grayslake. The show by Wheaton artist Joel Sheesley is on exhibit until Sunday, Dec. 15.

    Evidence on the Pavement exhibit at CLC

    Fifteen oil on canvas art are on display at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at College of Lake County in Grayslake. The show by Wheaton artist Joel Sheesley is on exhibit unitl Sunday, Dec. 15.

    Miguel Martinez of Elgin plays catch with his family’s service dog, Marley, Monday at Wing Park.

    Elgin man gives his service dog a workout

    Miguel Martinez of Elgin enjoys Monday's weather by playing a game of fetch with the family's dog, Marley, in Wing Park.

    Anthony Cechini

    Fox Lake man facing prison in fatal DUI crash pleads guilty to domestic battery

    A Fox Lake man already facing prison time for his role in a DUI crash that killed a McHenry man last year pleaded guilty Monday to attacking his ex-girlfriend while he was previously out on bond. Anthony Cechini, 24, of the 0 to 100 block of Northlake Avenue, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery in front of Judge Daniel Shanes.

    David Skeberdis outside his Aurora townhouse with one of his birds in October 2012.

    Aurora man with nearly 500 birds guilty of animal hoarding

    An Aurora man who kept more than 450 living and dead birds in his townhouse was convicted Monday of animal hoarding and cruelty charges. David Skeberdis, 58, of the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court. Judge Bruce Kelsey sentenced him to a year of probation, counseling and 50 hours of public service.

    Eleanor Peet of Rolling Meadows goes through the motions in a recent Tai Chi class.

    Nonagenarians find tai chi relaxing way to stay fit

    Eleanor Peet and Maxine Kitts are 90 and 91, respectively, and they credit their excellent health in part to a regimen that has involved practicing Tai Chi for nearly 20 years. “It’s kept me active enough that I don’t feel my age,” Kitts says.

    Angela Bell of Warrenville looks over some doll clothes during last year’s Christmas on the Fox juried art and craft show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Bell was helping a friend find some handmade doll clothes for her granddaughter.

    Find holiday gifts at Christmas on the Fox

    Looking for an alternative to malls and outlets for your holiday shopping? The Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show is a juried market offering creative shoppers unique gifts and over-the-top seasonal decor not found elsewhere.

    Renee Jeng, 10, a fifth-grader at Schiesher Elementary School in Lisle, works on designing a house as inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright during the Build it Wright project.

    Lisle math students find inspiration in Frank Lloyd Wright

    Creativity flows in Patricia Hurt’s academically talented math class at Schiesher School in Lisle. The room buzzes as fifth-grade students mount heavy paper walls upon desk-sized grid paper to replicate the house each designed following their study of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The class is participating in the “Build it Wright” program, directed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

    Naperville’s annual Turkey Trot takes to the streets again on Thanksgiving Day.

    More holiday events in DuPage
    A look at more holiday activities scheduled in November in DuPage County.


    Glen Ellyn church hosts hip-hop youth concert

    First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn is set to welcome back popular rapper and songwriter Michael Lacoste, aka hip-hop artist Da MAC (Music About Christ), on Thursday, Dec. 5, for a gospel-inspired youth concert.


    About 75 refugees to resettle in Fox Valley

    APPLETON, Wis. — Plans are underway to resettle about 75 refugees from conflict zones around the world in the Fox Valley.


    Indiana defendants fight back in porn copyright cases

    Defendants in dozens of copyright infringement lawsuits filed in federal court in northern Indiana say the California company suing them is using the threat of embarrassment to get them to pay thousands of dollars without protest.


    Probe seeks source of carbon dioxide leak at mine

    uthorities on Monday were trying to determine the source of carbon monoxide blamed for killing two men and injuring others at a mine in southwestern Colorado.

    In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, firefighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 450 miles east of Moscow.

    Video shows near-vertical crash of Russian plane

    Video broadcast by Russian television stations shows a Russian plane going down at a near-vertical angle and exploding on the tarmac in Kazan in a giant fireball.Sunday’s crash in the central Russian city of Kazan killed all 50 people on board.


    Lake in the Hills picks new stable operator

    The Lake in the Hills Village Board last week approved a new operator for the village’s horse stable, formerly leased and run by Dynasty Farm, at 1109 Pyott Road. Josiah and Samantha Kitchel of Rockford will take over the property as of Dec. 19. The couple will be responsible for sprucing up the stable starting this year, Village Administrator Gerald Sagona said.

    The Des Plaines Fire Department put holes in the roof to ventilate the “fire” inside the White Street House at Arndt Park.

    Old house sacrificed for fire department training

    On the eve of its demolition by the Des Plaines Park District, Des Plaines firefighters used the old house at 1946 White St. for training, The house, at Arndt Park, is being demolished this week for green space.

    Students at Glenbard East High School in Lombard selected senior Kumba Queewa, a refugee from Sierra Leone, as their homecoming queen.

    Glenbard East students choose Sierra Leone refugee as queen

    Kumba Queewa is a charming, talented and involved senior at Glenbard East High School. A refugee from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she was chosen by students at the Lombard school as the homecoming queen. "Without prompting, the students were genuinely exhibiting the key core values that we strive to reinforce, including inclusiveness, empathy, respect and celebrating diversity," Superintendent...

    U.S. Army National Guard Master Sergeant Katie Williams of Altamont, center, walks to the destroyed home of Barb and John Evans in the Devonshire Subdivision in Washington as relatives rescue belongings after a tornado destroyed several homes on Sunday.

    Illinois governor heads out to see storm damage

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will help tornado-ravaged communities across Illinois with “every asset we have.”The governor spoke in Chicago Monday before traveling to central and southern Illinois communities to see storm damage first hand.Sunday’s storms killed at least six people and injured dozens of others. Hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed.

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda wants to hear from residents on TIF plans

    Wauconda residents and business owners can share their feelings about plans for a special taxing district during a public hearing Wednesday night.

    A tornado moves northeast Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, two miles west of Flatville, Ill. The tornado damaged many farm buildings and homes on its way to Gifford, Ill., where scores of houses were devastated.

    Images: Midwest storm damage
    Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees. Illinois took the brunt of the fury as the string of unusually powerful late-season tornadoes tore across the state.

    Demolished homes and vehicles Sunday in the Devonshire Subdivision in Washington. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

    Forecasters say twister had winds of up to 190 mph

    National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. The meteorologists say Monday that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.

    Brian Cunningham

    Naperville names new deputy police chief

    A longtime Naperville police officer, Brian Cunningham, has been named deputy police chief for the department’s investigations division. In his new role, Cunningham will oversee a division of 60 people responsible for investigating a wide variety of crimes.

    The Flais kids, including 2-year-old twins (rear), a 4-year-old and 2-month-old infant, hit the road in 2006. Family road trips can be accomplished without too much hassle, pediatrician mom Shelly Flais said.

    Holiday travel: How to stay sane in the minivan and more

    With brothers in California and North Carolina, plus in-laws in Ohio, New York and Colorado, Shelly Vaziri Flais, author of “Raising Twins, From Pregnancy to Preschool.” has seen it all and tells parents petrified of travel with kids to take heart. “This is your life, go live your life — don't be scared,” said Flais, a member of the Elk Grove Village-based American...

    Village President Jeff Pruyn says Itasca will evaluate its compensation packages for 25 nonunion employees.

    Itasca looking at salary scale for nonunion employees

    Faced with the reality that some village employees are nearly surpassing their supervisors on the pay scale, Itasca has begin evaluating its compensation package for 25 nonunion employees. Village President Jeff Pruyn said the town traditionally has given all nonunion employees annual cost of living salary adjustments. That practice stopped during the recession that froze nonunion salaries from...


    District 204 to hear suggestions for schools without A/C

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 board members will hear suggestions for handling hot days in schools without air conditioning Monday as a focus group formed after a heat wave in August and September presents its findings. Among recommendations are replacing water fountains at elementary schools so they can fill water bottles more quickly; installing ductless air conditioners in all classrooms...

    The Winfield village board is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to borrow $4 million to repair some of the town’s worst streets.

    Winfield to vote on borrowing plan for roads

    Winfield trustees are expected to vote Thursday night on a plan to borrow millions of dollars to repair the village's worst roads.

    Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit is tackling a familiar problem facing the village: how to get travelers and tourists to stop and shop in stores like this one on Nippersink Boulevard and Grand Avenue.

    Fox Lake mayor trying to solve stop-and-shop issue

    Donny Schmit is the latest Fox Lake mayor to take a shot at enticing the 20,000 vehicles that pass through town on Route 12 daily and 25,000 boaters using the Chain O' Lakes annually to stop, shop and spend money in the village. “It's not an easy thing to do,” said Fox Lake Trustee Nancy Koske, who spent four years trying to solve that issue while serving as mayor between 2001 and...

    Valerie Blaine, a naturalist with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, discusses the prairie at Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve during its opening two years ago in Plato Township. Some of the land ComEd desires for its high-tension power lines includes a portion of the forest preserve.

    ComEd plan leaves county choosing forest preserves or farms

    A plan to put new high-tension power lines through either Kane County forest preserves or neighboring farms is forcing commissioners to choose between preserving open space and helping out some of their taxpayers.


    Spared: Gusts hit 59 mph at O’Hare
    While tornadoes touched down in portions of central Illinois Sunday, causing widespread damage, the Chicago area seemed to be spared the worst of the severe weather.


    Dawn Patrol: Severe weather hits Illinois; Search or hit-and-run driver

    Dawn Patrol: Suburbs spared worst of severe weather. Gurnee police continue search for fatal hit-and-run driver. Northwest suburban police planning traffic crackdowns. For ‘cancerversary,’ Glen Ellyn teen gets room makeover. Families receive Blue Star banners to honor military service. Paralympic hopefuls take to the pool to show their talents. Bears beat Ravens in OT after long delay. Blackhawks...

    Sean Maroney of WGN TV operates a pool television camera as Elzbieta Plackowska is arraigned in November 2012 on charges she fatally stabbed her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl left in her care. Plackowska was the first defendant in the suburbs to face cameras in the courtroom, as allowed by Judge Robert Kleeman.

    Two DuPage judges oppose court cameras, say focus is only on the ‘sensational’

    A year after news cameras debuted in DuPage County court, two local judges say they’re still uncomfortable with the program because of how the media portray "sensational" cases. Judges George Bakalis and Kathryn Creswell each say they support transparency but take issue with how cases are being covered and what it means for defendants.


    Courtroom cameras: Where things stand

    A look at where the cameras-in-the-courtroom pilot program stands across the suburbs.


    Dist. 214, union prepare for contract negotiations

    As Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and the more than 800 members of its Education Association gear up for next year’s contract negotiations, both sides say it will be a difficult year, but neither is expecting a strike. With the current five-year contract set to expire in June, the two sides are forming their teams to begin negotiations in January.

    Baltimore Ravens players leave the field as play was suspended for a severe thunderstorm blowing through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The Bears would go on to win 23-20 in overtime.

    Weekend in Review: Storms don't stop Bears; Robber strikes again
    What you may have missed over the weekend: suburbs spared worst of severe weather; man killed in Gurnee hit-and-run; Glen Ellyn teen gets room makeover on 'cancerversary'; Illinois embodies trend with big local government; Chicago man arrested on O'Hare tarmac; Wood Dale bank robber strikes again; Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks; and Bears outlast storms and Ravens to win in OT.



    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    St. Francis, Benet and Crystal Lake South are the top three teams in the final Daily Herald Top 20 of the season for girls volleyball.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Injured cornerback Charles Tillman greets and congratulates Bears linebacker Jon Bostic after his interception during Sunday’s victory over Baltimore.

    Bears’ defense starting to get it done

    The Bears' defense under coordinator Mel Tucker has shown improvement in recent weeks despite playing without seven injured veteran starters and working young, inexperienced players into key roles. After being gashed for an average of 29.4 points in the first seven games, the Bears have not allowed more than 21 points in any of the past three games.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman watches the second-quarter action during Sunday’s game in Chicago.

    Trestman explains why he didn't use timeouts Sunday

    Bears coach Marc Trestman has his reasons for not using any of his three timeouts during the Ravens' game-tying drive at the end of regulation, but fortunately the defense held Baltimore to a field goal, sending the game into overtime.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose goes up for a shot during the fourth quarter Monday night.

    Bulls survive familiar defense to beat Charlotte 86-81

    Charlotte coach Steve Clifford considers Tom Thibodeau a mentor. So it's no wonder the Bulls and Bobcats played a sluggish game Monday with both sides shooting below 40 percent from the field. The Bulls managed to close out an 86-81 victory to win their fifth in a row.


    Monday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Monday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

    The Panthers’ Luke Kuechly blocks the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski on the final play of the game Monday in Charlotte, N.C. A flag was thrown, but officials later decided no penalty had occurred.

    Panthers beat Patriots 24-20 in disputed finish

    As the Carolina Panthers celebrated their sixth straight win, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were left wondering why a penalty that could have saved them on the final play was wiped out.


    Maine W. opens with win at Palatine

    Beginning his 33rd season, Maine West girls basketball coach Derril Kipp watched his Warriors capture a 45-32 triumph at Palatine on Monday night. It was the 753rd career victory for the Hall of Fame coach whose 6-foot senior center Brittany Collins scored a game-high 23 points with 13 rebounds and 3 assists.


    In the end, Mundelein handles Grant

    Mundelein’s girls basketball team displayed flashes of athleticism, 3-point shooting and depth in its season opener Monday night. Grant showed resiliency. Bulldogs coach Matt Lukemeyer flashed a sense of humor. Mundelein won the Thanksgiving tournament game 73-48, jumping out to a 22-8 advantage after one quarter, as it helped force 14 turnovers. But how about Grant’s second quarter? The Bulldogs erased their deficit and took a 30-29 lead on a 3-pointer by Deanna Rodriguez, before the Mustangs’ Madison Davis answered with back-to-back buckets. Grant outscored Mundelein 23-13 in the second. “I would like to remember just that second quarter,” said Lukemeyer, smiling. “Let’s stick to that.”


    New look, familiar outcome for Fremd

    With the graduation of four starting seniors, defending Mid-Suburban League girls basketball champion Fremd had a lot of new faces on the floor when it opened its season on Monday night. But there was nothing new about the result for the Vikings.Coming off a 28-win season, the Vikings got their first triumph for the 2013-14 campaign with a 63-43 victory over host Elk Grove in the Lake Zurich Turkey Thriller opener.

    St. Charles East’s Chloe John plays defense as Schaumburg’s Lillian Chavarria, right, dishes the ball past during a varsity girls basketball game at Schaumburg High School on Monday evening.

    Hilton sparks St. Charles East in opener

    Amanda Hilton began her senior basketball season the same way she finished her junior campaign — making baskets. The 5-foot-5 guard connected on her first 6 field-goal attempts, 3 of them coming from 3-point territory, on her way to a game-high 25 points while leading St. Charles East’s girls basketball team to a season-opening 64-57 victory over Schaumburg Monday night in the Saxons’ Thanksgiving Tournament. Hilton, who made 10 of her 14 shots from the floor, poured in 19 first-half points to lift the Saints (1-0) to a 35-27 halftime advantage.


    St. Francis picks up first win quickly

    It was apparent in the first half of Monday’s season-opening girls basketball game at St. Francis that everyone was a little nervous and a little rusty.


    Smith, Vernon Hills roll

    Girls basketballVernon Hills 65, Maine East 48: Sydney Smith scored 29 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead Vernon Hills to a victory in its own Cougar Classic. Smith also had 3 assists and 3 steals. Haley Lieberman added 10 points and Katie Brettmann finished with 7 points for the Cougars.

    Grayslake North guard Sydney Lovitsch tries to block the pass by Carmel guard Sam Melillo during Monday’s in the Mundelein tournament.

    Strong finish helps Carmel to victory

    Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Felicelli finished with 20 points and made 3 of 4 clutch free throws to help the Corsairs edge Grayslake North 42-38 in a girls basketball season opener Monday.


    Burlington Central preparing to leave Big Northern

    Burlington Central intends to leave the Big Northern Conference to join a new league, and the Rockets have company. Under a proposal presented to the District 301 school board by Burlington Central principal Matthew Haug and athletic director Steve Diversey at Monday’s meeting, the school would withdraw from the Big Northern Conference’s East Division following the 2014-15 school year along with Marengo, Harvard and Genoa-Kingston, all original members of the BNC, founded in 1991.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Batavia's Anthony Scaccia sprints from Lake Forest's John Cirame as teammate Max Heidgen takes him down in the first quarter of the Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, November 16.

    Batavia in middle of another dream season

    Moments after watching his team hold on for a 19-14 Class 6A quarterfinal victory over Lake Forest, Batavia head football coach Dennis Piron fielded questions from reporters.


    Aurora Central tops Somonauk in opener

    Aurora Central Catholic’s girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to win its season-opener over host Somonauk 53-41 Monday at the Tim Humes Breakout tournament in Somonauk.


    Rose’s 3-pointers just part of Bulls’ plan

    Derrick Rose drained several 3-pointers on Saturday against Indiana while Kirk Hinrich was at point guard. That lineup was no happy accident. The Bulls had the plan in mind shortly after Rose tore his ACL.


    Looks like Benet can shoot again

    What the Benet girls basketball team considers its top strength, its offense, was on full display Monday night in an 80-53 season-opening win over Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep in Lisle.


    Alabama St. holds on to beat Chicago St.

    DeMarcus Robinson scored 21 points as Alabama State withstood a Chicago State comeback to win 79-75 Monday night in the Global Sports Invitational. Quinton Pippen led Chicago State with 21 points and eight assists.


    Westminster wins opener; Dundee-Crown falls

    The Westminster Christian girls basketball team, a Class 1A Elite Eight qualifier last season, opened the 2013-13 campaign with a 57-24 win over Sandwich Monday night at the Somonauk tournament.

    The Bulls’ Luol Deng goes up for a shot against Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) and Jeff Adrien (4) during the second quarter of Monday’s game in Chicago.

    Bulls edge Bobcats for 5th straight win

    Luol Deng scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a rough shooting night to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 86-81 on Monday for their fifth straight win. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which is on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from Feb. 20-March 7, 2012.

    Michigan State’s Keith Appling drives between Portland’s Kevin Bailey, left, and Alec Wintering during the second half of Monday’s game in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 1 Michigan State beats Portland 82-67

    Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help Michigan State pull away to beat Portland 82-67 on Monday night in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 seasons.

    Starting pitcher Tim Hudson won 49 games during the previous three seasons with Atlanta.

    Giants, Hudson reach a deal

    Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area. The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with the free-agent pitcher, who began his career with Oakland.

    The Bears’ defense stops running back Ray Rice near the goal line as they hold the Ravens to a field goal at the end of regulation Sunday.

    Bears defense shows up at opportune time

    Just when you thought it impossible for the Bears’ defense to show up and help win a game, that’s exactly what happened Sunday against Baltimore.

    The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is accused of violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

    A-Rod’s grievance hearing resumes

    Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions. MLB and the players association appear to be trying to finish testimony before Thanksgiving.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver in Sunday’s win over Atlanta

    Colts linebacker, Buccaneers safety suspended by NFL

    Colts linebacker Erik Walden’s head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.


    Young RBs stir the pot at Michigan

    A pair of freshmen tailbacks put the Michigan’s rushing total in the black for the first time in three weeks. But coach Brady Hoke isn’t ready to take the starter label from fifth-year senior Fitz Toussaint just yet.

    Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson is sacked by Wisconsin’s Chris Borland (44) and Joe Schobert during the first half of Saturday’s game in Madison, Wis. The Badgers routed the Hoosiers 51-3.

    No. 16 Wisconsin rolling with Gophers next

    Wisconsin has held six opponents to their lowest scoring output of the season. That mark included Saturday’s 51-3 win over Indiana to give the program at least eight wins for the fifth straight season. “Indiana averaged (over) 40 points per game, and we gave up three,” defensive lineman Beau Allen said. “In our minds that’s three to many."

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talks with his quarterback Braxton Miller during the second half of Saturday’s road win over Illinois. The Buckeyes have won a nation’s best 22 games in a row but are ranked a distant No. 3 in the latest BCS ranking.

    Meyer calls BCS ‘a flawed system’

    Urban Meyer won two BCS titles with Florida. But now that he’s the head coach at Ohio State, and his unbeaten team could be on its way to being boxed out of the national title race, he’s looking differently at the how major college football determines which teams play for the championship.

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. fumbles the ball after being hit by teammate Cole Pensick in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Michigan State in Lincoln, Neb.

    Nebraska staying with Armstrong as starting QB

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. received a vote of confidence Monday from coach Bo Pelini, who said the redshirt freshman would start at Penn State this week after his three-turnover performance against Michigan State.

    Lance Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France win was the first of his seven tainted titles.

    Armstrong says UCI head planned doping cover-up

    Lance Armstrong claims former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper in an interview published Monday that Verbruggen insisted “we’ve got to come up with something” to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid.

    LeBron James could help bring MLS soccer to Miami.

    LeBron talks with Beckham about bringing MLS to Miami

    LeBron James has had “preliminary talks” with David Beckham about possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami. “There’s some interest on both sides,” said James, the four-time NBA MVP who already has a small ownership stake in the English club Liverpool.


    Standing tall, Caporusso commits to Northern Iowa

    Despite undergoing knee surgery in May, Noreen Caporusso still made it back in time to play this fall for the second half of the high school girls golf season. And what a half it was. The senior ended up finishing as an all-stater for the second straight year while helping the Knights win their second Class AA state title in three years.“It was pretty awesome,” said Knight coach Jim Hamann. “She played golf for only a month. To finish all-state, that was a story in itself.” Caporusso’s story will continue to unfold on the collegiate level.She recently became the third member of this year’s state championship team to commit to a Division I women’s golf team. Like her teammates Kiley Walsh (Illinois State) and Ally Scaccia (Bradley), Caporusso will play in the Missouri Valley Conference. She committed to Northern Iowa and coach John Bermel, who took over the program in 2002.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Versteeg sees good changes with Hawks

    When Kris Versteeg found out he was traded back to the Blackhawks on Thursday he figured the assimilation process would be a breeze. Well, the 27-year-old forward has found out just how quickly things can change.

    Justin Piper, left, Chicago Cubs general manager of spring training operations, shows members of the media the new stadium under construction at the team's new spring training facility on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. The facility is scheduled to be open for next year's spring training. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Cubs release spring training schedule

    With work still progressing on their $99 million spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz., the Chicago Cubs announced Monday that the first game at the new Cubs Park will take place Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Associated Press Ryan Hartman, a winger from West Dundee, was chosen 30th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft last June. The Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year deal with Hartman.

    Blackhawks, Hartman agree to 3-year deal

    The Blackhawks have agreed to terms of a three-year deal with forward Ryan Hartman, the team’s first-round selection (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Hartman, a 19-year-old from West Dundee, has posted 21 points (10g, 11a) in 20 games this season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.


    Mike North video: Bears game delay
    Was it the right call to delay the Bears game yesterday because of tornado touchdowns? Mike North is glad they still played.


    Girls basketball: Scouting St. Viator

    Here's what to expect from St. Viator in the upcoming girls basketball season.


    Girls basketball: Scouting Maine West

    Here's what to expect from Maine West in the upcoming girls basketball season.


    Girls basketball: Scouting the MSL West

    Here's a look at what to expect from girls basketball in the Mid-Suburban West this season.


    Girls basketball: Scouting the MSL East

    Here's what to expect from teams in the Mid-Suburban East in the upcoming girls basketball season.


    Girls basketball: Scouting Leyden

    Here's what to expect from Leyden in the upcoming girls basketball season.


    Girls basketball: Scouting Christian Liberty

    Here's what to expect from Christian Liberty Academy in the upcoming girls basketball season.


    Manning leads Broncos to 27-17 win over KC

    DENVER — Peyton Manning walked away a winner in the biggest game of the year so far and, as a bonus, the Broncos might not even have to send his uniform off to the cleaners.Manning threw for 323 yards and a touchdown Sunday night and was barely touched by Kansas City’s sack-happy defense in Denver’s 27-17 victory over the NFL’s last undefeated team. It means the ’72 Dolphins can rest easy for another year. And it puts Denver and the Chiefs in a tie atop the AFC West at 9-1, with a rematch set in two weeks. Manning has another big game before that — at New England in yet another showdown against Tom Brady. If the Broncos’ offensive line does anywhere near as good a job in that one as it did against the Chiefs, the quarterback’s ailing ankles — mummified with athletic tape for this critical game — should be feeling much better. “The protection was outstanding, we ran the ball consistently, tried to keep them off-balance,” Manning said. “We wanted a mix of running and passing game and I’m really proud of those guys up front.”With Lindsey Vonn and boyfriend Tiger Woods on the sideline to watch the NFL’s must-see game of the year, the Denver offensive line, featuring tackles Chris Clark and Orlando Franklin, shut out Kansas City’s sack duo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali along with the rest of the KC defense, which came in with a league-leading 36 sacks.“I think they did a good job of getting the ball out fast,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “They worked the pocket well. A few times we had pressure, you saw him slide and throw the ball out, which isn’t easy to do. But we can do a better job there. We can get a little more pressure on him and we’ll work on that.”Any pressure at all would be an improvement. The Chiefs didn’t record a single hit on Manning and he was barely touched all night. In fact, his most notable contact came in the first quarter when he and Montee Ball flubbed a handoff that Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson scooped up. Johnson was barreling toward the end zone and what could’ve been a 7-3 lead. Manning lowered his shoulder and tripped him up. The Chiefs’ offense came out and fullback Anthony Sherman promptly fumbled the ball back to the Broncos.“That was a huge turning point,” said Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio, now 2-0 running the show in Denver while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.Three plays after his tackle, Manning made the game’s biggest play on offense, spotting receiver Demaryius Thomas in single coverage on the sideline for a 70-yard gain that set up the quarterback’s lone touchdown pass — a 9-yard strike to Julius Thomas for a 10-0 lead. The Chiefs’ defense, which came into the game also leading the league in points allowed (12.8), remained stout throughout against the league’s highest-scoring offense (41.2). But eventually, Manning and Co., overwhelmed them, going 79, 65 and 62 yards for their last three scores and a 27-10 lead. Ball capped two of the drives, once from 1 yard and another time from 8, to atone for the fumble, which was actually charged to Manning. “We knew that once we got down to the red zone, getting touchdowns was critical,” Manning said. “They make teams settle for field goals down there.”The Chiefs, who hadn’t lost since a 38-3 setback in Denver last December to close out a 2-14 season, hadn’t allowed more than 17 points all year — a simple and effective explanation for one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history. But the offense, led by Alex Smith, simply isn’t built to win a high-scoring showdown. Smith finished with 230 yards and two touchdowns. He completed four passes for 57 yards to Dwayne Bowe, who started, as promised, while his legal case for marijuana possession plays out. Jamaal Charles, who came in leading the AFC in rushing with 725 yards, added 78 to that.


    David Spano

    Dream takes flight for Sugar Grove pilot

    David Spano was born in Tampa, Fla., and loved watching the planes at a nearby small airport. By the time he was 17, he had his first flying lesson in exchange for mowing the grass on the runway and doing chores around the airport. It took him more than a year to get his license. It was like a dream come true.More than 30 years later, he’s piloted planes to countless places, including through the Grand Canyon.

    Angelika Babich, left, and Maggie Pawelko, both of Mount Prospect, are founders of Swapadventure.

    Mount Prospect entrepreneurs help kids in need

    Kukec's People features two mothers from Mount Prospect who wanted to help children in need, founded Swapadventure, where events allow parents to swap for items they need and anything left is donated to an organization that helps kids.

    The signature feature of The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, a replica of a five-story Evan Williams bottle, pours into a nearly 1,500 gallon lowball glass in the lobby of the attraction in Louisville, Ky. The newly opened $10.5 million venture by Heaven Hill Distilleries includes tours, tasting rooms and a small craft distillery.

    Small-batch bourbon revival in downtown Louisville

    The maker of Evan Williams bourbon has uncorked a new attraction, opening a craft distillery just steps from where the whiskey pioneer who inspired the brand fired up his own commercial stills two centuries ago. The distillery and “bourbon experience” is the first of several ventures to bolster tourism and bring small-batch bourbon production to the heart of downtown Louisville, once the hub of commerce for Kentucky whiskey makers.

    A Barrington woman has developed an organizational planner, outlined by topic, with an easy and concise way of recording vital information while living in order to run your home or in the event of illness or eventual death.

    Barrington entrepreneur develops organizational planner

    A Barrington woman, former Mrs. America/Ilinois, developed an organizational planner, outlined by topic, with an easy and concise way of recording vital information while living in order to run your home or in the event of illness or eventual death.

    Most U.S. stocks fell after the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 16,000 for the first time, spurring concern that equity valuations are too high.

    Stocks hit round-number milestones, then slip

    The stock market broke through two milestones Monday before giving up nearly all its gains late in the day.Stocks rose from the opening bell, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average above 16,000 for the first time and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index past 1,800, two big markers in a historic bull market. But by the end of day, both indexes had fallen below those levels.

    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Monday it is parting ways with President and CEO Mike Evans. Evans was hired Nov. 20, 2012, and chamber officials said Monday the board and Evans came to a mutual decision not to renew his contract.

    Naperville chamber parts with chief executive

    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is parting ways with President and CEO Mike Evans, who began leading the chamber’s staff slightly less than a year ago. The chamber board and Evans came to a mutual decision not to extend his contract, which was up for renewal, chamber officials said in a statement. "It has been my honor to lead it during its centennial anniversary,” Evans said. “At this time, however, my obligations to my children and family come first."

    Oakbrook Center officials say the focal point of the newly renovated mall is an all-weather vortex fountain near Crate & Barrel and Macy’s.

    Renovated Oakbrook Center unveiling new look

    Oakbrook Center is poised to unveil an list of improvements now that a two-year renovation project is nearing completion. The changes include landscaping, redesigned common areas, and the addition of new retailers, restaurants and amenities. “Shopping centers need to reinvent themselves from time to time,” Chuck Fleming, senior general manager, said.


    Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt up 1 percent

    Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in September, suggesting many shrugged off budget battles in Washington to keep investing in U.S. debt. The Treasury Department says total foreign holdings rose 1 percent September to $5.65 trillion. That follows a 0.03 percent gain in August.


    Aberdeen to takeover Lloyds fund management unit

    Shares in Aberdeen Asset Management PLC surged Monday after the company struck a deal with Lloyds Banking Group PLC that analysts say will make it Europe’s biggest independent fund manager.

    Trader Frederick Reimer, center, uses his mobile phone as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Futures rise to start week heavy with housing data

    Stock futures are rising again in a week that will be loaded with new data on the housing market and minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 56 points to 15,969. S&P futures have gained 3.3 points to 1,796.80. Nasdaq futures are up 3.75 points to 3,420.25.

    Dr. Alan Shatzel, medical director of the Mercy Telehealth Network, on the monitor RP-VITA robot as he waits to confer with Dr. Alex Nee at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, Calif.

    Robots let doctors ‘beam’ into remote hospitals

    The doctor isn’t in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.


    Small farmers turn to mobile livestock slaughter

    Georgia is the nation’s biggest producer of broiler chickens, but small farmers for years have been pushed to the margins of this lucrative industry because they don’t have access to local industrial slaughterhouses. Run by big companies, such slaughterhouses process thousands of birds an hour and will not slow down for a small order.


    Tyson sales beat estimates as volumes increase for beef, chicken

    Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, posted higher-than-expected quarterly revenue after a gain in prices and sales volumes for beef and chicken. Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, posted higher-than-expected quarterly revenue after a gain in prices and sales volumes for beef and chicken.


    Google: Searches for child abuse sites blocked

    Google’s executive chairman says the company has introduced software that will block links to child abuse material on the web. Eric Schmidt writes in Britain’s Daily Mail that Google and other Internet companies like Microsoft have been working with law enforcement to stop pedophiles from sharing illegal pictures on the Internet.


    Startup activity increases, but potential pitfalls loom

    Having a bad day at the office isn’t reason enough to chuck that job and start your own business, although it might be a reason to start thinking about entrepreneurship. Be aware, however, that starting a business is one thing; making money as an entrepreneur is another.

Life & Entertainment

    Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her co-winner Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) prepare for another round of killing as sport in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

    'Hunger Games' sequel fired up with catchy characters, political plot

    Not since “The Empire Strikes Back” has the middle chapter in a cinematic series eclipsed the dramatic scope and technical quality of its original while leaving us breathlessly dangling from a narrative cliff the way “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” does. It's a drama set against the backdrop of a morally perverse universe built around devaluing humanity for entertainment and diversion.

    “Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries” comes to to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, May 3.

    ‘Scooby-Doo Live’ heading for Rosemont
    "Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries" is touring to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, May 3.

    Sleep quality is a major factor in overall health.

    Improve your sleep to enhance your health

    Besides being fatigued and irritable, lack of sleep can have negative health consequences including a weakened immune system, an increased chance for heart disease, and even diminished brain health.

    Actors and actresses, from left, Ko Shibasaki, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuch and director Carl Rinsch pose for photographers during a press conference to promote the 3-D film “47 Ronin” in Tokyo, Japan, Monday.

    Keanu Reeves’ ‘47 Ronin’ based on true Japanese story

    The director of the Keanu Reeves 3-D film “47 Ronin” says he hopes his adaptation of a true Japanese story becomes a Hollywood blockbuster. Film director Carl Rinsch, Reeves and co-stars appeared together in front of a Tokyo audience on Monday.Rinsch said he took on the film subject and sat down with Keanu Reeves about two years ago. They wondered how they were going to take on a popular Japanese tale and do it justice. Rinsch said they decided to make the story their own.

    “White Fire” is the latest release by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

    Two excellent mysteries: ‘White Fire’ and ‘Mirage’

    A prologue that takes place in London in 1889 sets the stage for “White Fire,” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s best novel to date. Readers familiar with their previous collaborations know their primary protagonist, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, has drawn comparisons to Sherlock Holmes.

    Visitors playing with a puppy near a pool at the dog-friendly inn, located in West Barnstable, Mass. If you’re staying in a hotel with your dog, ask whether it’s OK to leave the dog alone in the room before you plan your itinerary. Many don’t allow it because they don’t want a lonely dog barking or making messes while owners are out. If you do leave your pet alone in the room, provide a cell number so you can be contacted if there’s a problem.

    Tales (and horror stories) from pet-friendly inns

    If you travel with your dog and prefer small inns and B&Bs over chain hotels, it can be frustrating that so few allow pets. If you listen to some innkeepers’ stories, though, you may wonder why any of them do.

    Jennifer Lawrence will not only star in the upcoming film adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle.” The project will also mark her first time as a producer.

    Lawrence first-time producer with ‘Glass Castle’

    Jennifer Lawrence will not only star in the upcoming film adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle,” the project will also mark her first time as a producer. “I don’t know if I will be any good, but I’m trying it.”

    As part of a redesign that debuted last week, Weather Channel viewers will be able to see their local forecasts on-screen whenever they tune in, even during commercials.

    The Weather Channel tightening its focus

    The Weather Channel is trying a novel approach to turn around some flagging ratings: It is re-emphasizing weather. As part of a redesign that debuted last week, viewers will be able to see their local forecasts on-screen whenever they tune in, even during commercials. The NBC Universal-owned network is also increasing its capacity to cast aside regular programming during severe weather conditions. “Think of it as the ESPN for weather,” said David Clark, network president.

    Patricia Cornwell’s 21st Scarpetta novel, “Dust,” has just been published.

    Cornwell writes 21st Scarpetta mystery

    Patricia Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going to get involved in crimes that have to do with the Internet, or the high technology with communications,” the best-selling author said during a recent interview.

    To help avoid neck pain, don’t stay in one position for too long. If you get up and move around often enough, you’ll avoid getting your neck stuck in an unhealthy position, advises Dr. Zacharia Isaac of Harvard Medical School.

    Your health: How to avoid neck pain
    Everyday life isn’t kind to the neck. If you suffer from neck pain, Harvard Medical School has some tips that can help you take care of your neck.

    While undergoing treatment for cancer in 2002, Marsha Silver shares a moment with her daughters Daniela, foreground, and Maya.

    When Mom has cancer: Dad and teens struggle to cope

    Several studies show honest communication between parents and teens is most important in families where one parent is battling cancer. Medical psychologist Stacey Donofrio found that “the intensity of the parent’s treatment” for illness was not as important in influencing adolescent reactions as the way parents talked to the kids about it.

    An air suspension lowers the 1968 Chevy pickup close to the ground.

    Texas-size attitude for 1968 Chevrolet C-10

    Everything tends to be bigger in Texas. Greg Dahm’s 1968 Chevrolet C-10 pickup originated from the Lone Star State and it can’t hide it’s larger-than-life heritage.



    Amazon, post office a smart partnership
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: “Amazon, U.S. Postal Service to partner.” So proclaimed the headline in the Daily Herald’s business section. A preceding headline to this one should have read, “Amazon or Google or Facebook or Twitter or Yahoo or eBay or Cisco or Oracle or Microsoft, or all have partnered with the Obama administration to build the Affordable Care website.”


    Kennedy left nation with hope
    JFK/A Wood Dale letter to the editor: In the sixth grade, our lesson was interrupted by the school secretary coming to the door with a note for our teacher. He read the note, and we could all tell that something serious had happened. He was visibly shaken. He stood up, paused, collected himself and told us that our president had been shot and killed. He then led us in a group prayer in a public school.


    Kennedys’ hometown grieved deeply
    JFK/A Wheaton letter to the editor: My husband was a gradate student in Boston in November 1963, and I was teaching kindergarten near Brookline, Mass., where the senior Kennedys had lived and where JFK was raised.


    Engagement joy quickly turned to sorrow
    JFK/A Wheaton letter to the editor: My husband, Donald Smith, served in the Honor Guard at JFK’s inauguration. On Nov, 21, 1963, we became engaged to be married. The very next day our president was assassinated.


    It’s been downhill ever since for our nation
    JFK/A Naperville letter to the editor: I still believe the United States is the greatest nation on earth. The chances for individual freedom and advancement cannot be matched anywhere. But there are concerns. If the majority of the American people really start to doubt the ability of our country to work together and solve problems, we are headed down.


    Events taught importance of divergent thinking
    JFK/A Naperville letter to the editor: Ultimately, these tragic events influenced me to spend 32 enriching years in the classroom with children who were encouraged to take ownership for their own learning and express their opinions in the comfort of a diverse but accepting audience.


    One goodbye to JFK isn’t enough
    JFK/A letter to the editor: Dallas. Just the word evokes so many memories: a deadly motorcade, a watch at Parkland Hospital, a bloody pink suit, a grassy knoll, the shooting of Oswald. I’m going back this week to pay my respects to the man that was and is no longer.


    7-year-old’s birthday plans were upstaged
    JFK/An Algonquin letter to the editor: Even though I can’t remember what birthday presents I got most years, in 1963 I know I got a globe. I even remember that year I brought Hershey bars to school for treats. However, what I remember most was that my birthday, that special day in most kids’ lives, was on a Saturday, a day without school, and was ruined because there were no Saturday morning cartoons.


    Innocence, hope missing after assassination
    JFK/A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Personally, I can say that I’ve lost faith in our government. My faith was shaken by our long and costly involvement in Vietnam and by the Watergate scandal. We as a nation seemed to have gone off the rails following the assassination of JFK, and a short five years later we were witnessing even more bloodshed with the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the brother of President Kennedy.


    ‘Presidents don’t get shot nowadays, do they?’
    JFK/An Elgin letter to the editor: It was all very unreal and strange, I remember. Presidents don’t get shot and killed nowadays, do they? Just in our history books, right? But it was indeed real, and the following days had us glued to our TV’s.


    Excitement about JFK started with his local visit
    JFK/A Wauconda letter to the editor: We talked about the election in social studies and one day we were told that Sen. Kennedy was going to motorcade down the road in front our school. We assembled out along the road and waited for the motorcade. When it arrived, Sen. Kennedy was riding in an open car and stopped in front of us,


    At sea close to Russia at time was unnerving
    JFK/A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: We were sad for the Kennedys and concerned that the Russians would do something. Wasn’t as bad as the Cuban Missile Crisis, when we were in the same area, but we were on their doorstep and they didn’t like it.


    Jolted from a carefree teenage state
    JFK/A Wauconda letter to the editor: Folded gum wrapper chains as long as the height of all four Beatles put together — who could build it first? That was the contest on WLS radio, and that’s what my friends and I secretly did in class every possible moment of the day during eighth grade in 1963. That was only a small part of the Beatle Mania that devoured our every waking moment, and drove our lives


    The show went on, provided a diversion
    JFK/A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The assassination broke my heart. I was on tour for rehearsal for “A Thurber Carnival” at the Ford Theatre in Milwaukee. We all froze in stunned disbelief. The show was postponed.


    Two momentous events 80 days apart
    JFK/A Campton Hills letter to the editor: Little did I realize that 80 days after the assassination, the second most prominent event of the ’60s would take place” The Beatles first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”


    Business training class just couldn’t go on
    JFK/A St. Charles letter to the editor: My boss told me that I had to gather myself together and take care of my classroom duties. The students had all entered the classroom before the news broke and were preparing for my lecture as if it was a normal day.


    Death was beginning of end of innocence
    JFK/A St. Charles letter to the editor: Even though I couldn’t put words to the event at the time, I’d have to say that Kennedy’s assassination turned out to have monumental effect on my life. For me, JFK’s untimely death was the beginning of the end of my innocence.


    Weekend of mourning led to joy for pair
    JFK/An Elgin letter to the editor: Beside the terrible sadness of the death of JFK, the weekend brought about one thing that has been wonderful in my life. I was a senior at Loyola University’s Michigan Avenue campus, majoring in history. After classes, I would walk up Rush Street to my job.


    Child born 2 months later is named John
    JFK/A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I was Christmas shopping in Oak Park on Lake Street I was seven months’ pregnant with my son John. I was in a jewelry store; there was a radio on and all in the store seemed frozen in time.


    A scary, puzzling time for a first-grader
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I was the age of Caroline and my brother was the same age as John-John. “Our great president has been shot,” my mother cried. I hugged her, also weeping, because it seemed to be the right thing to do.


    Day to celebrate turned to day of mourning
    JFK/A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Even though as postulants we rarely watched TV, for the next three days until the Monday funeral the 20-inch TV in our recreation room was kept on as we all sat mesmerized by the tragic events flowing nonstop on the screen.


    Story of JFK told to next generation
    JFK/A Palatine letter to the editor: On this day I will pause, reflect and remember. Anyone who was around that day will too. Years later with my family, we visited his grave at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as those of his brothers, wife, and son. We retold the story to our sons.


    Kennedy was a symbol for young Americans
    JFK/A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: To see Kennedy, so young and apparently vigorous, struck down so suddenly was unreal. It’s especially sad because I think he was just hitting his stride politically, and personally he and Jackie seemed to be in a good place as well.


    Still too many questions to answer
    JFK/A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Fifty years and there still are way too many unanswered questions. The best possible tribute to JFK would be a completely independent and honest review of what actually happened that day.


    All of Berlin was crying, not just Americans
    JFK/An Itasca letter to the editor: I was an Army brat. Dad was on Special Forces, and we moved to Berlin just months after the wall went up. On June 26, 1963, President Kennedy came to the city of Berlin, where he was cheered by millions of Germans when he said, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” As President Kennedy’s car drove down Clay Allee he got out to shake hands with some of the thousands of Americans there to see him, and I was able to see him in person.


    Co-workers told of news after lunch hour
    JFK/A Naperville letter to the editor: She had a radio at bedside and as we were talking, I heard the bulletin news from her radio. She said, “Wait a minute,” and then confirmed the news report about an attempt on Kennedy’s life.


    Shock among students, nuns working in hospital
    JFK/A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Where were you when JFK was shot? I was a student nurse at St. Anne’s Hospital on Chicago’s West Side. Some of us heard the news on the floors. I was between classes. We already knew as we were asked to gather in the student lounge.


    Will that hopeful feeling ever return?
    JFK/A Wheaton letter to the editor: I yearn for the days of Camelot under JFK, when life, and the way empathetic people treated each other in everyday activities, was so much better.


    Gym teacher had to bear the bad news
    JFK/A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: When students were finished changing, they met, as usual, on the front steps of the gym to be dismissed. I told them I had some very sad news for them, and they should talk about it with their families when they got home.


    A cold day brought stark realities
    JFK/A letter to the editor: I felt sorry for the soldier trying to control the riderless horse he led, behind the wagon that carried the coffin, and sound of the hoofs of the horses on the pavement.


    Johnson followed Kennedy admirably
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I can’t help but feel that the aftermath and result of JFK’s assassination transformed America in ways that have not only dramatically affected my life, but the lives of millions of Americans then, now and in the future. I’m referring to the elevation of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson to the presidency.


    Joy over Catholic president, then sorrow
    JFK/A Palatine letter to the editor: I had been fortunate to be among the Irish Step Dancers who greeted the president in March 1962 along with other communities when he came to the O’Hare Airport dedication along with Mayor Richard J. Daley and then headed downtown for a parade. A great celebration that day — unlike the weekend of Kennedy’s funeral. We were all off school and watched it on TV, just sobbing. He was so young with a young wife and two small children. It was so much to comprehend for a 12-year-old.


    The first group with no memory of it
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I was first-semester freshman in college in the fall of 1977. I was in an American history class covering 1877-present. Our professor was lecturing about the day of JFK’s assassination. I noticed he had quizzical look


    Sadness, prayers at Catholic school
    JFK/A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Thanksgiving weekend was approaching. There was an air of happiness and anticipation. Everything was as usual. Sister was at her desk. Photos of the pope and JKF hung above it. Suddenly static from the PA system interrupted roll call. We were informed that the president was shot and didn’t survive. We were to kneel and pray the rosary. I said the words aloud but reality had not yet sunk in.


    Teacher felt need to remain calm for students
    JFK/An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Many years ago while I was teaching in a junior high school, an announcement came over the loudspeaker that President Kennedy had been assassinated. My students were devastated and scared by the news.


    Military officers solemn on plane ride
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Dressed in my new uniform with my shiny bars I quickly encountered an array of military officers of much higher rank with decorations and even some with stars heading into the D.C. area.


    Gravesite a place of honor, respect
    JFK/A Wheeling letter to the editor: I have been to Arlington Cemetery five times in the past five decades, and each time I have visited the Kennedy gravesite and the Eternal Flame. My observation includes the fact that I have never seen nor heard anyone in the line waiting to pay his or her respects, agitate or in any way upset another person in the line.


    Sadly, many focus on JFK’s character flaws
    JFK/An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: It was a long weekend of tears and disappointment. I still keep a Sun-Times print of Mauldin’s “Crying Lincoln” on my office wall. Too bad too many have concentrated on the character flaws and not the ideas and ideals which sprang from those few years of Camelot.


    Bitter words led to life of political activity
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I was a 17-year-old student in English class at Arlington High School when the news was announced overhead that the president had been shot. Our student teacher said, “It’s about time somebody got him.” I looked at the teacher and gasped, “How dare you say something like that.”


    Just the start to a decade of terror
    JFK/A Streamwood letter to the editor: I felt like I was floating in a weird nightmare for weeks after. Then came the buildup of the Vietnam War, hippies, women’s rights, radical militant protest groups, riots and wars in our streets, the assassinations of Malcolm X, Dr. King, Robert Kennedy. There were two huge riots only months apart right here in Chicago in ’68.


    A dark time in our nation’s history
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and was a senior in high school at the time. The Kennedy family had it all — wealth, beauty and power. The children were adorable. I, like most of my friends and family, was smitten. Then the assassination happened.


    Kennedy years guided later political choices
    JFK/An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: My college years were “bookended” by JFK’s presidency. I stayed up all night in my dorm’s TV room on the November evening of his election my freshman year.


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