Daily Archive : Tuesday November 19, 2013


    Senior Paulina Piaseck plays the role of Marci and senior Trevor Matusik plays the role of Phil as Grant Community High School holds their dress rehearsal for their production of “Almost, Maine” Wednesday in Fox Lake.

    ‘Almost, Maine’ runs through Sunday at Grant

    Grant Community High School in Fox Lake is holding their fall play "Almost, Maine" on Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the school's auditorium at 285 East Grand Avenue. Eighteen cast and more than 30 crew members make up this play. "Almost, Maine" is a play that has a series of vignettes about love that takes place in a town called Almost, Maine. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for...

    Donna Corpolongo, left, and Geri Winters, both of Lombard, celebrate Wednesday as Gov. Pat Quinn signs into law a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in Illinois.

    Suburban couples on gay marriage law: ‘It’s real now’

    Lombard residents Geri Winters and Donna Corpolongo say when they met, it didn’t take long for them to know they were going to be together forever. But it was hard to imagine they’d ever be able to officially tie the knot. Gov. Pat Quinn signing the law to legalize same-sex marriages is "a pinch-me moment,” Winters said. “We’re recognized. It’s real now.”


    Season of giving living up to its name

    “Food Court Wars,” which has been filming an upcoming episode at Spring Hill Mall, recently partnered with West Dundee to hold a food drive Sunday at the fire station on Carrington Drive.

    Wedding planner Virginia Pruitt, who runs Wedding Visions by Virginia in Plainfield, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage and caters largely to Christian couples. Even so, she says she won’t turn any couples away after the gay marriage law goes into effect June 1.

    Gay marriage raises questions for businesses

    When same-sex couples begin to wed in Illinois this summer, some of the businesses that make those weddings happen may face a delicate predicament. While the new legislation — expected to be signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn — says religious institutions, clergy and some private clubs don’t have to allow or officiate gay weddings, it’s not as clear for the...

    Mundelein High Business Manager Andy Searle describes where a new classroom wing could be built.

    3-story addition part of Mundelein High building plans

    Mundelein High School board members got their first glimpse of an architect's vision for a $21.8 million building expansion plan Tuesday night.

    Schaumburg's John Barleycorn Sports Bar & Restaurant, which became a special events-only venue this summer, is expected to convert soon to an Old Crow Smokehouse similar to one which recently opened in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood.

    Barbecue eatery to open in ex-John Barleycorn

    Plans are under way for Schaumburg's former John Barleycorn Sports Bar & Restaurant to change concepts to an Old Crow Smokehouse similar to one that recently opened in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. Schaumburg Economic Development Manager Matt Frank said the business will remain under the ownership of the same company, which told the village the change could happen before the end of the...


    Dist. 220 administration supports semester change

    Barrington Unit District 220’s administration Tuesday heartily recommended an advisory committee’s recommendation to end the first semester at Barrington High School each year before winter break. Nevertheless, school board members certainly felt there was still a lot to talk about. A public hearing is slated for Dec. 17.

    Walgreens would like to build a replacement store to the east in downtown Batavia. The city council has tentatively agreed to $1.143 million in financial aid.

    Batavia proposes $1.14 million in aid for new Walgreens

    The Batavia City Council Tuesday decided it is willing to offer up to $1.14 million in financial aid to the developer of a proposed new Walgreens store in the downtown. “You are only going to have a strong community if you have a strong downtown,” Mayor Jeff Schielke said.


    Three charged in West Chicago stabbing death

    Three men have been charged in the weekend beating and stabbing death of a 22-year-old man in West Chicago, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney. Jonathan Jimenez, 19, of Aurora, Alejandro Martinez, 17, of West Chicago, and Anthony Rios, 18, of West Chicago, all were charged with first-degree murder in the death of Thomas Tecuatl, 22, of Wheaton, according to a news release.


    Hampshire Township man killed while crossing road near his home

    The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that killed a man Monday night. Lt. Pat Gengler said the initial investigation shows Fred Bishop, 78, was crossing the road after retrieving his mail when he was struck by an eastbound 2004 Honda.

    In this Oct. 23, 2003 file photo, Diane Disney Miller poses for photographers as she arrives for a grand opening concert gala at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, California. She was 79.

    Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt, dies

    Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s daughter and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her Northern California home. She was 79. Her death Tuesday in Napa was confirmed by The Walt Disney Co. The cause was complications from a fall, said Andi Wang, spokeswoman for the Walt Disney Family Museum.


    One hospitalized in Route 53 crash

    One person was hospitalized in a rollover crash that closed Route 53 for more than an hour on Tuesday night.

    Arlington Heights firefighter Reggie Castillo cuts through the roof of the former Wellington restaurant in Arlington Heights on Nov. 12.

    Arlington Hts. firefighters use Wellington to practice

    Local firefighters got a chance to practice their skills by helping Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 with the destruction of the former Wellington restaurant and banquet hall in Arlington Heights. “These opportunities do not present themselves often. Having a commercial facility provides some invaluable training options,” said Tony Rossi of District 59.

    Warren McCarthy

    Schaumburg church mourns loss of longtime priest

    The Rev. Warren McCarthy helped shape the growth of Schaumburg’s first Catholic church, St. Marcelline, leading the congregation as its second pastor from 1976 to 1997. He died Sunday at the age of 86. “He was a visionary,” said longtime parishioner June Bessette of Schaumburg. “He saw the needs of the parish and forged ahead, doing whatever needed to be done.”

    Prairie Knolls Middle School teacher Melissa Leisner takes a moment Tuesday to tell her mom that she just won a Milken Educator award and $25,000. The response from the other side: “Wow! Holy cow! That is awesome!”

    Elgin teacher earns national honor

    Melissa Leisner, a seventh-grade English and language arts teacher at Prairie Knolls Middle School in Elgin, has been named the 2013 Illinois recipient of the Milken National Educator Award. Leisner was notified about her selection during a surprise announcement Tuesday at the school.

    Creigh Deeds spends time with his son Gus, left, on the road in 2009. On Tuesday, Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and his son Gus, 24, was shot and killed at Deeds’ Home in Bath County, Va.

    Va. senator stabbed; son dies of apparent suicide

    Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009 despite his reserved demeanor and humble farmland roots, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said. Gus Deeds, 24, was found at his father’s house in rural western Virginia, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

    Former neighborhood watch volunteer 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.

    New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

    George Zimmerman’s girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that was not initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday during Zimmerman’s first court appearance on domestic violence-related charges.

    Andre Sharkey

    Chicago man faces murder charge in Waukegan baby’s death

    A man faces murder charges in the death of a 2-month-old Waukegan child he was baby-sitting, authorities said Tuesday. Andre Sharkey, 32, of Chicago, is held in the Lake County jail lieu of $3 million bail after being charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the infant’s Nov. 16 death, officials said.


    Illinois regulators looking for health care scams

    Background checks have turned up three felons trying to get certified to help Illinoisans sign up for health insurance, state regulators told a governor’s task force Tuesday. The state denied certificates to the felons, bouncing them out of a program meant to guide people through the new insurance options available under President Barack Obama’s health law.


    Wauconda Twp. supervisor honor for work with seniors

    Wauconda Township Supervisor Glenn Swanson has been recognized for his commitment to meeting the needs of seniors by the Illinois Township Association of Senior Citizens Services Committees, a news release stated.


    Mundelein High to hold Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

    Mundelein High School’s annual Turkey Trot 5K and one-mile kids and family run/walk is set for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, the school said in a news release.


    Buffalo Grove expects balanced budget, fewer employees in 2014

    The Buffalo Grove village board is expected to vote on a balanced budget Dec. 2. Village Manager Dane Bragg told trustees Monday night that his staff worked hard to avoid a projected $1.6 million deficit, by, among other measures, streamlining village services through centralized purchasing and updating fees and fines to be competitive with other communities.


    Jazz trio to perform in Libertyville

    Jazz will be celebrated Sunday, Nov. 24, during the Jazz Vespers program at the St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville. Doors open at 6 p.m. . Vespers service will begin at 7 p.m. with special guest artist guitarist Frank Portolese.


    Large electronics recycling ends Nov. 25 in Hoffman Estates

    The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s large electronics recycling drop-off program will end for the season on Monday, Nov. 25. The service will resume in the spring. The last opportunity to drop off old computers, computer components, TVs, DVD players, VHS players, fax machines, MP3 players, printers, scanners and video game consoles is 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 25, at Hoffman...

    Lisa Spakowski of Wood Dale was given time Tuesday to ask the city council if she can keep all five dogs she cares for in her home rescue operation. City ordinance says three dogs is the limit in residential areas.

    Wood Dale woman gets time to try to keep dogs

    A Wood Dale woman cited by the city for having too many dogs is hoping to negotiate a deal that would allow her to keep her remaining animals. Lisa Spakowski, founder and president of Illinois Birddog Rescue, was ticketed in August for keeping at least 10 dogs in her house. It’s illegal in Wood Dale to have more than three dogs in a residence.


    Cook County candidate filing opens Nov. 25

    Cook County candidates running in the March 18, 2014 primary election can begin filing their nomination petitions at the Cook County Clerk’s office on Monday, Nov. 25.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Luis U. Gonzalez, 17, of Carpentersville, was charged as an adult with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm after he fired five shots at a Carpentersville home Friday evening, Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said. Nobody was injured.


    Glenbard District 87 seeking tax levy increase

    Glenbard High School District 87 officials are seeking a 3.8 percent, or about $4.2 million, property tax levy increase, but expect the actual increase to be much closer to the consumer price index of 1.7 percent.The board on Monday voted unanimously to move forward with the proposed levy.


    Arlington Hts. launches smoke detector program in wake of fatal fire

    Arlington Heights this week announced a new initiative to help residents make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes. The program comes a few weeks after a fire killed three women in a home lacking an operable smoke detector. “Too many of these battery-operated life savers are not checked on a regular basis for proper operation,” Trustee Joe Farwell said.


    Five students arrested after fight at Grayslake Central

    Five male students were arrested after a fight in the cafeteria at Grayslake Central High School on Tuesday, officials said.


    Woman hit by bus at O’Hare

    A woman is in critical condition after being struck by a bus outside O’Hare International Airport this afternoon, officials said.


    Huntley village board votes no on tax levy hike

    The Huntley village board recently agreed not to increase the village’s property tax levy from the previous year, after considering a slight increase to cover the cost of rising police pension fund contributions. The village has levied $3.8 million each year since 2011. The board directed staff to keep the levy at the same amount for 2013, said Lisa Armour, Huntley assistant village manager.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Andrew Middleton, 34, of Morrison, Colo., was charged with felony disorderly conduct at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at Jewel, 2073 Prairie St., St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

    People march in the rain Tacloban, Philippines during a procession to call for courage and resilience among their Typhoon Haiyan survivors on Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013.

    Typhoon survivors rally city: ‘We shall overcome’

    A Roman Catholic priest led dozens of displaced typhoon survivors on a march through this shattered city on Tuesday, seeking to boost its spirits. The marchers sang “We shall overcome” as they toured parts of Tacloban, at one point skirting some unburied corpses in bags by the roadside.


    DuPage Forest Preserve seeking new equestrian center manager

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials intend to start the search for a new Danada Equestrian Center site manager as soon as Monday. Following Tuesday’s closed door meeting, commissioners received a draft copy of the job posting and are to submit any questions or recommended changes to staff before Friday.


    Ex-sheriff’s deputy sentenced for extortion

    A former Cook County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for his role in a protection racket that also involved his son.


    Chicago transit eligible for more federal funds

    The transit system in Chicago is the first in the nation to benefit from an overhauled federal grant program. That’s allowing the Chicago Transit Authority to move ahead with planning for more rebuilding work on the rail system’s backbone Red Line and the North suburban Purple Line.


    Corrections Dept. says revised gun bill would still be costly

    Revised legislation stiffening penalties for gun crimes would still cost hundreds of millions of dollars and add nearly 2,500 inmates to the crowded correctional system, state officials said.


    Man charged with torturing tenants, stealing paychecks

    A Calumet City man who owns a South Side building is charged with torturing his mentally challenged tenants and forcing them to hand over their paychecks to him.

    Marni Yang

    Motions expected in Marni Yang appeal

    A Lake County defense attorney says he has taken on the appeal for a woman serving a life sentence for killing of the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle.

    Michelle C. Mathieu

    Trial begins in 2012 Huntley murder

    The murder trial for Robert Signorile, a Huntley man accused of killing his 52-year-old live-in girlfriend in March 2012, began in Woodstock Tuesday. Prosecutors say Signorile, a 44-year-old with a history of domestic abuse, beat Michelle Mathieu, who later died after brain surgery at Sherman Hospital. Defense attorneys say Mathieu's injuries were caused from a fall because of a seizure.

    Marissa Dub

    Animal refuge fined $69K after tiger attack

    Workplace-safety regulators have fined a western Indiana animal refuge $69,000 for safety violations discovered after a tiger mauled a Streamwood native at the center in June.


    Dist. 121 to host autism presentation

    Warren Township High School will host a Parent Café on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to address transition needs for children with autism, a District 121 news release stated.

    Carina Gonzalez, Peapod’s operations trainer and development specialist, leads a group of St. Francis de Sales School fourth-graders on a tour of the company’s Lake Zurich warehouse facility. The students learned how to get the biggest and healthiest bang for their food buck Tuesday, thanks to the Kids Give Back program courtesy of Peapod.

    St. Francis students learn about food, nutrition and giving back through Peapod program

    About 50 fourth-graders from St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich learned how to get the biggest and healthiest bang for their food buck Tuesday, thanks to the Kids Give Back program courtesy of Peapod.

    Actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Jacqueline Kennedy to a packed room at a special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy´s death Tuesday in the Huntley Meeting Room at the St. Charles Public Library.

    Kennedy portrayed in program at library

    Actress and historian Leslie Goddard of Darien, portrays Jacqueline Kennedy at the semiannual Fascinating Women in History Series at the St. Charles Library Tuesday.

    A man walks through what is left of a neighborhood in Washington, a day after a tornado ripped through the central Illinois town. The tornado cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of Washington to the other and damaged or destroyed as many as 500 homes.

    Power of Illinois tornadoes comes into focus

    The power of the tornadoes that tore across Illinois on Sunday is becoming clear. The National Weather Service says at least 11 twisters touched down in Illinois that day.

    Architects believe the DuPage County Forest Preserve District can use the McKee House as an assembly hall or an adult education center — but there’s a cost associated with such a project.

    Consultant: McKee House can be saved for $1 million to $2 million

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials have some expensive decisions to make if they ultimately decide to spare Glen Ellyn’s McKee House from the wrecking ball. According to a recently completed architectural study, the structurally sound colonial revival-style house is best suited to be either a historically themed assembly hall or a district business facility housing several adult education...

    James Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, pauses before a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa.

    150 years later, Lincoln’s speech long remembered

    In solemnity, thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered. The inspirational and famously short Gettysburg Address was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom, liberty and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country into pieces.


    3 Aurora residents facing robbery charges

    Three Aurora residents were charged with robberies that occurred within a two-hour span Monday in grocery store parking lots on the city’s east side, authorities said Tuesday.

    GEORGE LECLAIRE/DAILY HERALD Butterball announced last week it will have only a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays.

    Butterball mystery: Turkeys wouldn’t fatten up

    Butterball apparently has big fat mystery on its hands: The company says it doesn’t know why some of its turkeys wouldn’t plump up in time for Thanksgiving this year. CEO Rod Brenneman says in an interview with the AP that it’s the first time it happened and that the company is investigating what went wrong.

    An analysis of studies on 250 million children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. Research featured at the American Heart Association’s annual conference on Tuesday showed that, on average, children 9 to 17 take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago.

    Study: Kids are less fit than their parents were

    Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17.

    Robert Sauceda

    Kane animal control director: Mortgage payments will be caught up

    Robert Sauceda's first official report as the new interim Kane County Animal Control director was well received Tuesday by the county board public health committee. Helping was the fact he brought good news: Animal control will be able to catch up on its past-due and current mortgage payments to the county's general fund by Nov. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

    Jordan T. Nichols

    Palatine man charged with endangering child, resisting police

    A 30-year-old Palatine man has been charged with aggravated battery, endangering the life of a child and resisting an officer. Police say Jordan T. Nichols arrived home intoxicated and argued with a babysitter, striking her in the head, after she refused to leave the 6-week-old in his care.

    Private security officers gather Tuesday at the damaged entrance of the Iranian Embassy, which was attacked by a suicide bomber, in Beirut, Lebanon. Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing nearly two dozen, including the Iranian cultural attache, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut.

    Suicide blasts near Iran Embassy in Beirut kill 23

    Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Matt Lauer, right, speaking with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, as the mayor’s brother, City Councilor Doug Ford, looks on during an interview in Toronto for the “Today” show.

    Toronto mayor, stripped of powers, vows to fight

    Mayor Rob Ford said Toronto’s City Council had no business stripping him of most of his powers over his admitted crack cocaine use and heavy drinking, implying in a television interview aired Tuesday that many councilors are no different from him. Despite his defiant attitude, Ford and his lawyer promised that the mayor was changing his ways and has not had a drop of alcohol in three weeks.

    James Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, recites the Gettysburg Address during a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and the historic speech, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa.

    Text of Gettysburg Address, as transmitted by AP in 1863

    The text of the Gettysburg Address, as delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863, and transmitted by The Associated Press 150 years ago:


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a 1990 Ford Bronco SUV between 6 and 6:50 a.m. Nov. 13 but abandoned it after the engine caught fire. They took the vehicle from a lot behind the maintenance building at the Maryville campus, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines, and drove down the berm leading to the Wisconsin Central Railroad tracks. They attached a trailer to the hitch on the rear of the Bronco and attempted to drive...

    Jim Thome, who slugged 612 home runs during a 22-year career, will conduct a three-hour hitting clinic next month in Lisle for kids ages 7-14.

    Former Sox slugger Jim Thome to conduct hitting camp

    Five-time All-Star Jim Thome will conduct a three-hour clinic next month to help young athletes develop into better hitters during an appearance at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.


    Memories of two dreadful days in Dallas

    Three people who were there recount experiences during two dreadful days in Dallas.


    Batavia school board to discuss students’ homelessness

    The Batavia school board will learn about the district's homeless students, including the effects of homelessness on academic performance, at its Tuesday night meeting.

    A psychologist at the airport speaks to relatives and friends of those who were aboard the Russian passenger airliner Boeing 737 that crashed in Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

    Russian crash probe reveals faulty crew maneuvers

    The pilots of a Boeing 737 that plunged to earth at the Kazan, Russia, airport, killing all 50 aboard, lost speed in a steep climb then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, a preliminary report by Russian aviation experts reported Tuesday.

    Rescuers work in a flooded street in the small town of Uras, Sardinia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. A violent rainstorm that flooded entire parts of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has led to the deaths of at least 17 people.

    ‘Apocalyptic’ storm floods Sardinia, Italy; 17 dead
    The Mediterranean island of Sardinia, prized by the jet-set for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, was a flood-ravaged mud bath Tuesday after a freak torrential rainstorm killed at least 17 people, downed bridges and swept away cars.

    Typhoon Haiyan survivors play basketball in a destroyed neighborhood in Tacloban, Philippines. They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes.

    Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos’ spirit

    They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. A crowd gathered around. And on one of the few stretches of road not overflowing with debris in Tacloban, a city that Typhoon Haiyan reduced to rubble, they played basketball.

    A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland, the first group of foreign activists eligible for release from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration near a Russian oil rig. Activist Miguel Hernan Perez Orsi of Argentina, left, reacts to the verdict.

    Russia to release 7 foreign Greenpeace activists

    A Russian court on Tuesday granted bail to Greenpeace protesters from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland, the first group of foreign activists eligible for release from jail while awaiting trial for participating in a demonstration near a Russian oil rig.

    School groups and visitors view the Gettysburg Address and battle mural at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield.

    Quinn attends midnight reading of Gettysburg Address

    Dozens of people, including the governor, were at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum late into the night to see a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address and hear a reading of the famous speech.


    Elgin U-46 board approves property tax levy increase

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night gave its blessing for the proposed 2013 tax levy incorporating a nearly 3 percent increase over the previous year's property tax extension for all properties within the district in Kane, Cook and DuPage counties. The increase for existing homeowners will be 1.7 percent over the previous year's extension. The taxes are due in 2014.

    A car fire on westbound I-90 near Arlington Heights Road is causing some delays this morning.

    Car fire causes minor delays on I-90

    A vehicle fire, which was reported just before 8 a.m. on I-90 near the Arlington Heights Road exit, has been extinguished and pushed to the side of the road, authorities said.

    Rev. Frank Schaefer talks Monday inside the Rec. center as his trial breaks for lunch in Spring City, Pa. Schaefer could learn Tuesday if he’ll be defrocked.

    Methodist pastor who performed gay wedding to learn fate

    A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of performing his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony could learn Tuesday if he’ll be defrocked. A jury of his pastoral peers convicted the Rev. Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows by officiating at the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts after a trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination’s policies on homosexuality and same-sex...


    New York City to ban tobacco sales to anyone under age 21

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to sign landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, making New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults. The ban has limitations, in terms of its ability to stop young people from picking up the deadly habit. Teenagers can still possess tobacco legally.

    Cassandra Rivera, center, followed by Elizabeth Ramirez and Kristie Mayhugh are greeted by family Monday as they leave the Bexar County Jail in San Antonio. A judge decided to recommend that an appeals court vacate their 1998 convictions as tainted by faulty witness testimony.

    Women to pursue exoneration in sex assault case

    Four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 have achieved their first aim: freedom. Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released Monday night on their own recognizance. That was after a judge decided to recommend that an appeals court vacate their 1998 convictions as tainted by faulty witness testimony.

    Approximately 80 people gather at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gifford, Ill., to pray for one another and offer thanks a day after a tornado swept across the community. The Hesterbergs, parents Chad, second right, and Amanda, left, with son Bowen, 7, between them, and daughter Korinn, 4, bottom left, live about a mile out of town, and the tornado missed their property.

    After twisters, damaged communities come together

    The cleanup from Sunday’s outbreak of tornadoes had scarcely begun, but people in storm-ravaged towns like Washington, 140 miles southwest of Chicago, had to keep moving. The tornado cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of Washington to the other and damaged or destroyed as many as 500 homes.


    Durbin addresses Senate colleagues about tornadoes

    SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin addressed his colleagues in Congress on Monday about helping Illinois recover from severe weekend storms.


    Hunting programs at facility on hold after storm

    WILMINGTON, Ill. — State officials have put hunting programs at a northeastern Illinois facility on hold after Sunday’s severe storms caused damage.


    Glenbard Dist. 87 OKs iPad rollout, referendum on facilities

    A proposal to fund $35 million of a $100 million Glenbard High School District 87 master facilities plan through a referendum is headed to the ballot box. The board on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to place a question on the March 18, 2014, ballot seeking voter support of issuing $35 million in bonds for the facilities renovations.


    Car fire reported on I-290 near Thorndale exit

    Traffic is getting through on outbound I-290 following an early morning car fire, media outlets are reporting. The early morning fire closed lanes in both directions at the outbound ramp at Thorndale Avenue.


    Schroder named interim commissioner of Indiana BMV

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has named Kent Schroder to be interim commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.Schroder has served as the BMV chief of staff since June 1 after serving as its chief information officer since 2005. His responsibilities have included improving services, customer satisfaction, increasing revenue and reducing costs.


    Purdue plaque to honor Golden Gate Bridge designer

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University says a civil engineering professor long overlooked for his role in the Golden Gate Bridge project will be honored with a plaque this week.


    Purdue Senate votes to oppose gay marriage ban

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Senate has approved a resolution opposing Indiana’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.


    Man gets 14-year sentence for child pornography

    SPRINGFIELD — A 24-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.The U.S, Attorney’s Office in central Illinois said Monday that Kievan R. Walters III also was sentenced to 25 years of supervised release after serving his prison time.


    Wisconsin capitol Christmas tree scheduled for delivery

    MADISON, Wis. — The Christmas tree that will be on display in the state Capitol rotunda is hitting the road for Madison.The balsam fir is coming from Antigo, about 175 miles north of the Capitol near Wausau. It is scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning where it will be unloaded at the Capitol doors. It won’t be brought inside and set up until Dec. 2.


    Wisconsin DNR: Hunters should check for invasive plants

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding deer hunters to check their clothing and gear for invasive plants.


    Appeal filed by man accused of killing parents

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — The man convicted of killing his parents in La Crosse County is asking for a new trial.


    Indiana utilities warn some outages will be lengthy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana power companies are warning customers that some won’t have electricity back until Friday.


    Whooping crane migration enters Kentucky

    MORGANFIELD, Ky. — A flock of whooping cranes being guided by an aircraft on the way to Florida has arrived in Kentucky.The endangered birds began a migration in early October from a wildlife area in Wisconsin.


    Governor Quinn adds another 6 counties to disaster area

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is adding another six counties to the state’s disaster declaration after strong weekend storms blew across the region. The move was announced early Tuesday and brings the total number of counties given the designation to 13.


    Power returns to some, thousands still in dark

    Power has been restored to tens of thousands of homes and business in Illinois, but thousands of others remain in the dark. About 13,000 homes and businesses are still without power on Tuesday morning.


    Renovations under way at Fairy Castle doll house

    A nearly 80-year-old castle doll house is undergoing renovations. The popular exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, called Fairy Castle, was completed in 1935. It took around $500,000 and seven years to build. But the museum says it’s showing its age.


    Dawn Patrol: Losing home to tornado; man dead in W. Chicago

    Editor’s parents find home in Washington in ruins. South Elgin votes in new president. Late-night permits in St. Charles could cost more. Man found dead in West Chicago. No bail for man accused of stalking DuPage judge. Bears rookies pitch in to feed military families. Blackhawks sign Hartman to three-year deal.

    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz vetoed a proposal that would have loosened bidding rules for city contractors, and the city council failed to override the veto Monday night.

    Des Plaines mayor's veto over bidding rules stands

    Des Plaines aldermen who favored loosening city bidding rules for public projects failed to get enough votes Monday to override Mayor Matt Bogusz's first veto. The city council voted last month to approve revisions to the city's so-called responsible bidder ordinance that would have removed a section requiring contractors bidding on city contracts over $25,000 to have active apprenticeship and...

    Police officers are trained in ways to handle all the tricky aspects of crime fighting. Civilian amateurs just do what seems right at the time and hope nobody gets hurt.

    Columnist pins down teenage thief, and he's not proud of it

    Even before the cops arrive, I am wishing that I were somewhere else. The young thief I have pinned to the pavement is thinking the same thing, only more so. “Get off him!” screams the first police officer who responds to the 9-1-1 call. He's talking to me, as I am the adult sitting on the belly of a boy in the middle of our street. I rise, grateful that the officer firmly grabs the...

    Lou Blanc of Arlington Heights found a blank check in his front yard Monday morning that had been carried all the way from tornado-ravaged Washington, Ill.

    Check from Washington, Ill., flies 150 miles to Arlington Heights

    When Lou Blanc went to pick up his newspaper outside his Arlington Heights home Monday morning he noticed a small, folded slip of paper nearby. He opened it up and found a blank personal check with an address in tornado-ravaged Washington, Ill. “It's a little wet and worse for the wear, but it came an awfully long way in a short period of time,” Blanc said.

    Jim Dexter, interim director of the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit, inspects the gas line of a restaurant in Diamond, where a tornado caused damage Sunday afternoon. The unit was deployed Sunday to help first responders in the tornado-damaged community.

    Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit helps in tornado-damaged Coal City area

    Volunteers from the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit responded to a request Sunday from Will County to assist with lighting and scene security in the Diamond and Coal City, Ill., area after a tornado caused destruction there. “We were very surprised we were contacted (Sunday),” he said. “But everyone was ready to go.”


    Jockey Alan Garcia aboard Real Solution in the winners circle after winning the 2013 Arlington Million. An agreement to extend the Illinois' Advanced Deposit Wagering statue will provide funding for the Illinois Racing Board, if it is signed by the Governor.

    Horse racing industry gets 'critical' extension from state

    An extended closed-door negotiating session Tuesday afternoon produced a rarity in Illinois horse racing these days — a unified front among the racing industry. And in the process, also produced what is probably the industry's best chance of averting potential disaster. “This extension of the ADW law is critical to the success of the state's horse racing industry,” said Tony Petrillo, general manager of Arlington International Racecourse.

    Fremd’s Haley Gorecki drives to the basket for a layup against Rolling Meadows during last season’s Mid-Suburban League championship game in Palatine.

    Bright future — and present — for Fremd’s Gorecki

    Fremd junior basketball standout Haley Gorecki has an unusally complete array of skills, and college basketball coaches have taken notice. First, though, Gorecki and the Vikings will focus on winning another Mid-Suburban West title this winter.


    Wilson connects, but Harlan tops Hoffman Estates

    Monraia Wilson has worn No. 14 since she started playing basketball in the third grade. She is a White Sox fan, and her favorite player is slugger Paul Konerko, who just happens to also wear No. 14. Wilson hit a home run in her varsity debut on Tuesday night. The Hoffman Estates 5-foot-6 freshman guard scored a team-high 13 points in a 47-32 loss to Harlan. Wilson also had two 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and 3 steals in the opening-round game of the inaugural Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving Tournament.


    Chavarria (27 points) paces Leyden victory

    Junior guard Alondra Chavarria scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Leyden to a 54-48 win in the opening round of the Addison Trail-Fenton Tournament on Tuesday night.


    The point is, Collins and Maine West are 2-0

    Brittany Collins scored 14 of her game-high 21 points with 7 made field goals in the final 16 minutes as Maine West posted a 51-23 victory in the opening-round game of the Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving Tournament. West (2-0) was nursing a 20-18 lead at the break.

    Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta (31) replaces Corey Crawford (50) after Crawford gave up 3 goals to the Avalanche during the first period Tuesday night.

    Blackhawks fall in Avalanche of goals

    No one was laughing Tuesday night after the first game of the Blackhawks' circus road trip as the Hawks kicked off their seven-game trek at Colorado with a dud of a loss, falling 5-1 to the Avalanche.


    DePaul beats Milwaukee 80-71

    Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points and Brandon Young added 19 as DePaul pulled away in the second half for an 80-71 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday. It was the first road win of the season for the Blue Demons (3-1). The Panthers (4-2), who had won four straight, lost their home opener.


    Detweiller, Thibeaux pace Grayslake North victory

    Kendall Detweiler and Brittney Thibeaux combined for 45 points, and Grayslake North’s girls basketball team earned its first win of the season Tuesday night, defeating Highland Park 60-37 in second-round action of Mundelein’s Turkey Tournament. Detweiler sank three 3-pointers, finishing with a game-high 23 points. Thibeaux added 22, as the Knights opened up a 12-6 lead after one quarter and led 26-14 at halftime, before outscoring the Giants 24-8 in the third.


    Harris, Hersey work OT for season-opening win

    After having a cyst removed from her spine at Lutheran General Hospital last Thursday, Morgan Harris has used a pillow for her chair while sitting in class this week. There was nothing soft about her game on Tuesday night. The Hersey senior standout guard scored 25 points to help lead the Huskies to an exciting 73-68 overtime victory over Mother McAuley in the opening round of the inaugural Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Willowbrook’s Molly Krawczykowski goes past Arainna Cannard of Glenbard North for two points during girls basketball on Tuesday in Villa Park.

    Willowbrook shares the wealth

    One game into the season and Willowbrook not only sent 13 girls into Tuesday’s basketball game, they all scored. “We were just all super-excited to have our first game of the season, and we came off a pretty good season last year, so we’re just looking to improve,” said Willowbrook senior Molly Krawczykowski, the leader of the pack with 20 points in the Warriors’ 63-43 nonconference victory against Glenbard North in Villa Park.

    Mundelein’s Jamie Hemmer, left, drives on Prairie Ridge’s Maddie Drain on Tuesday night at Mundelein High School.

    Mundelein recovers, tops Prairie Ridge

    Working on game situations in practice turned out to be a huge difference for Mundelein’s girls basketball team in its second game of the season. The Mustangs squandered a 17-point second-quarter lead and fell behind by 5 points in the fourth quarter. But they recovered in the final four minutes for a 57-56 victory over Prairie Ridge in the Mundelein Turkey Tournament on Tuesday night.

    Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda (8) tries to slow Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during Tuesday night’s game in Denver. Colorado beat the Hawks 5-1.

    Varlamov leads Avalanche past Blackhawks 5-1

    Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots, Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Tuesday night. Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell also scored during Colorado’s three-goal first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals in the second and third for Colorado, which snapped a three-game skid.


    Aurora Christian, Aurora Central both win

    Kirsten Madsen scored 17 points, Alyssa Andersen added 10 and Natasha Brown added 6 points and 12 rebounds to help Aurora Christian open its season with a 45-41 win over Indian Creek.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    An 0-11 start to the season last year became a distant memory for the Jacobs girls basketball team Tuesday night. Jessica Powell and Jenn Barnec each scored 13 points and freshman Carly Sidor had 12 as the Golden Eagles defeated Woodstock 49-39 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover to open the season.

    Batavia's Shea Bayram grabs a pass and whips it back into play before going out of bounds past Glenbard South's Tomei Ball in the first quarter on Tuesday, November 19.

    Batavia's new mix clicks

    Batavia seniors Liza Fruendt and Erin Bayram started their day with a ceremony to sign their national letters of intent for Missouri State and Boston University, respectively. The duo ended it in their new role as the only two seniors on a Batavia girls basketball team with big expecations making its season debut at home against Glenbard South. Fruendt led all scorers with 20 points while Bayram shook off early foul trouble to chip in 6 in the Bulldogs' 58-47 victory.


    Balanced Glenbard East overcomes Elgin

    Although Glenbard East won 52-38 over visiting Elgin on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams, the coaches for both squads were happy with what they saw.


    Cary-Grove has its way with Hampshire

    Cary-Grove girls basketball coach Rod Saffert couldn’t remember the last time his team scored 65 points in a game. More importantly, he couldn’t remember the last time nine of his players found their way into the scoring column in a single game. That is the kind of effort Saffert wants, and if he receives those contributions throughout the season as was the case Tuesday night in C-G’s 65-30 thumping of Hampshire in the season opener in Cary, the Trojans again will be stiff competition for anybody inside or outside the Fox Valley Conference.


    Huntley eases past Crystal Lake Central

    With many key returnees back from last season’s team that finished fourth at the Class 4A state tournament, expectations are sky high for the Huntley Red Raiders in 2013-2014. The Red Raiders didn’t disappoint any one in their season opener.Outscoring Crystal Lake Central 32-12 in the second and third quarters, Huntley cruised to a 62-33 win over the Tigers in Fox Valley Conference crossover action in Huntley Tuesday night.

    Kayla Sharples of Napeville North takes one to the net duriing the Metea Valley at Naperville North girls basketball game Tuesday.

    Naperville North claims win for new coach

    Some new things worked quite well for Naperville North Tuesday night, but so did a few returners, namely junior forward Kayla Sharples. With Sharples tough on both ends of the floor, the Jason Dycus era as the new Huskies coach got off to a nice start with a 66-58 defeat of visiting Metea Valley in the season opener for both schools. Sharples had a team-high 18 points in three quarters of play and took the rest of the evening off after the Huskies led 53-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Hoffman Estates standout Sarah Wille will continue to bowl in college at McKendree University.

    Hoffman Estates' Wille to roll for McKendree

    Hoffman Estates senior Sarah Wille has signed a letter of intent to attend Mckendree University in downstate Lebanon. Wille, the Mid-Suburban League champion last year, has been a varsity bowler for four years. “She is looking to repeat this year,” said Hawks coach Dan Pfigler. “She was team captain last year and most likely will have the same role again this year.”

    Bobcats guard Ben Gordon, right, trying to get past the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler last season, isn’t getting much playing time with Charlotte.

    Could Gordon still provide offense for Bulls?

    As long as he’s not getting much playing time in Charlotte, it’s worth asking if Ben Gordon, 30, could help the Bulls if he returned to his first NBA home. The Bulls might need an extra scorer to survive in the playoffs, and Gordon was one of the best in the league at instant offense during his years in Chicago.


    Lead elusive for Neuqua Valley

    Neuqua Valley coach Mike Williams was glad to have the season opener done and out of the way.

    St. Edward’s Katie Swanson stretches for the ball against Westmont’s Annie Carlson Tuesday in Elgin.

    St. Edward rolls over Westmont in opener

    Once the St. Edward girls basketball team figured out how the game was being called, its season opener became a breeze. Withstanding the new “hands off” rules early in the game, St. Edward went on a 28-1 run bridging the second and third quarters and even going early into the fourth, rolling to a 46-20 nonconference win over Westmont in Elgin Tuesday night.

    If Paul Konerko does decide to return to the White Sox for next season, general manager Rick Hahn said there is a plan for how he will be used.

    Konerko decision on return to White Sox getting closer

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said longtime captain Paul Konerko should make a decision whether to play in 2014 or retire before baseball's winter meetings open in Orlando on Dec. 9.


    Red Wings’ DeKeyser hurts shoulder, leaves game

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser will be out at least for the rest of the week after injuring his left shoulder in a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. DeKeyser was checked into the boards on his second shift early in the first period by Predators forward Patric Hornqvist.

    Kassie Kasper

    Jacobs’ Kasper will play at NC State

    Jacobs junior Kassie Kasper impressed the North Carolina State women’s volleyball staff during her first unofficial campus visit last July. N.C. State, in turn, impressed Kasper during her second unofficial visit to Raleigh last weekend. Realizing she had found the right college fit, the 17-year old Algonquin resident called Wolfpack women’s volleyball coach Bryan Bunn on Tuesday and accepted N.C. State’s offer. The all-area libero will play two years as a preferred walk-on and two years on scholarship.

    Savanah Uveges

    South Elgin’s Uveges headed to Nebraska

    South Elgin senior Savanah Uveges is currently concentrating on the start of the girls basketball season. But soccer is her future — and she will get to play it at the Division I level with two of her best friends. Late in October, Uveges verbally committed to accept a full scholarship offer to play soccer and earn her college degree at the University of Nebraska. She will join St. Charles East’s Amanda Hilton and Geneva’s Michela Loebel at Nebraska, as each of them has also committed to become Cornhusker soccer players. Teammates with the Fox Valley Strikers club team for several years, the three plan to sign their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 5, 2014.

    Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky dunks against North Dakota during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Madison, Wis. Kaminsky set school single-game record 43 points in Wisconsin’s 103-85 win.

    Kaminsky’s record night leads Badgers

    Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points, and No. 12 Wisconsin shot a blistering 59 percent from the field to beat pesky North Dakota 103-85 on Tuesday night.


    Penn State pulls away from La Salle, 79-72

    Forward Donovan Jack scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers and pace Penn State to a 79-72 win over LaSalle Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

    Everett Golson was suspended by Notre Dame for the fall semester.

    Golson seeks readmission to Notre Dame

    Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has submitted a request to be readmitted to Notre Dame. Coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he expects to learn in mid-December if Golson will be allowed to return. If he is admitted, Golson would be eligible to practice with the Irish for a bowl game but wouldn’t be eligible to play.


    Kloss, Carmel get it going quickly

    It was already 9-0 before Carmel Catholic senior Cassidy Kloss stepped up for the Corsairs’ offense, and her personal flurry lasted all of a minute and a half. Her rebound and bucket made it 11-0. She had a pair of 3-point plays. Her 15-footer made it a 21-1 game. In all, No. 14 in Carmel’s lineup scored 14 consecutive points for her team against Grant on Tuesday night in Mundelein’s High School Turkey Tournament. Carmel (2-0) opened up a 27-7 first-quarter lead in a 72-55 win over Grant.

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald’s team needs to beat Michigan State this weekend and Illinois next weekend to qualify for a bowl game.

    Outside of leaders, plenty to prove in Big Ten

    Winless in six Big Ten games this year, the Northwestern Wildcats can turn around their fortunes by upsetting Michigan State on Saturday. The Wildcats face Illinois the following week in Champaign. Indiana also needs two more wins to become eligible for a bowl game.

    Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant is helped off the field after breaking his ankle against Wisconsin during the Sept. 28 game in Columbus, Ohio.

    Injured Bryant among seniors OSU will honor

    When Ohio State’s 18 seniors are introduced before Saturday’s final home game against Indiana, most will run across the field to a thunderous ovation. One will hobble out on crutches — and may get the warmest reception of all.

    Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill will coach from the booth in Saturday’s pivotal game against Wisconsin.

    Kill to remain in booth against Wisconsin

    The biggest game in coach Jerry Kill’s three years at Minnesota is Satuday. And Kill isn’t about to mess with the approach that helped the Golden Gophers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) get to this point.

    Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien, left, celebrates with students after last Saturday’s home win against Purdue.

    Penn State preps for the emotion of Senior Day

    In his second season, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien knows how to steel himself for what’s ahead in the senior festivities before Saturday’s home finale against Nebraska. He’ll shake hands, hug and high-five this year’s crop of seniors, then regroup in the locker room and recharge for the Cornhuskers.

    Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, cuts in front of Purdue defensive back Anthony Brown during the first half of the Nov. 9 game in West Lafayette, Ind. Canzeri ran for 165 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

    Iowa’s Canzeri proves his value

    Jordan Canzeri was essentially forgotten for most of the year as Iowa leaned on fellow running backs Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock. Canzeri enters Iowa’s most crucial stretch of the season more valuable than ever.

    Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford runs for a touchdown while pursued by Nebraska linebacker David Santos last Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

    Michigan St. edges closer to Big Ten title game

    No. 13 Michigan State (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) is one win from its second Big Ten championship game in three seasons and two wins from the best conference record in school history. The Spartans locked up a share of the Legends Division title with a 41-28 win at Nebraska, their first win in eight tries against the Cornhuskers.

    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling passes during the first quarter of last Saturday’s loss to Penn State in State College, Pa. The Boilermakers gained 223 yards through the air.

    Purdue finds progress despite struggles

    Purdue has no chance at a Big Ten football championship. The Boilermakers’ hopes of landing in a bowl game are gone. But there are signs of progress for Purdue (1-9, 0-6 Big Ten), and first-year coach Darrell Hazell wants to show fans where the program is headed.

    Lake Roosevelt’s High School’s Trey Nicholson, left, and Nathaniel Hall try to tackle White Swan High School’s Tony Picard, center, during a Nov. 1 game in White Swan, Wash.

    400-pound running back a sight to behold

    A tiny Washington high school is home to perhaps the largest running back anywhere in the country — amateur or professional. At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School.

    Austria’s Gyoergy Garics, left, and DaMarcus Beasley of U.S. challenge for the ball during a friendly soccer match Tuesday in Vienna, Austria.

    U.S. soccer team falls to Austria, 1-0

    Marc Janko scored in the 33rd minute after lax defensive marking, and the United States ended a record-setting year with a 1-0 loss to Austria.

    Associated Press Bears head coach Marc Trestman says he’s not dwelling on the team’s 6-4 record.

    Bears’ Trestman just focused on next game

    Coach Marc Trestman says he doesn't concern himself with the Bears' 6-4 record, but he's clealry in the minority, as the race for the postseason heats up in the final six weeks of the season.

    Curtis Malm, the IPGA Player of the Year, is the new head professional at White Eagle in Naperville.

    Malm takes his talents to White Eagle

    The best player in the Illinois section of the PGA is moving.Curtis Malm, the IPGA Player-of-the-Year in 2012 and 2013 while an assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club, has moved to White Eagle in Naperville as the head professional.Malm, who spent five seasons at St. Charles, won the Illinois Open as an amateur in 2000 and blossomed in the IPGA ranks with back-to-back victories in the section’s Match Play Championship at Kemper Lakes in 2012 and 2013. He was the first player in 25 years to win that title in back-to-back years.The 2013 season also saw Malm match the Elgin Country Club course record when he shot a 9-under-par 63 in an IPGA stroke play event.Hinsdale in CDGA spotlightThe Chicago District Golf Assn. announced its tournament schedule for its 100th season on Tuesday with Hinsdale Golf Club in the spotlight during the organization’s centennial campaign.Hinsdale was the home club of Francis S. Peabody, the first CDGA president and the man credited with getting 25 clubs together to organize in 1914. Hinsdale will host the CDGA’s oldest event, the Chicago District Amateur, June 23-26, and the newest one — the season-ending Centennial Founders Club Championship, a team competition, on Oct. 16.Another notable addition to the 60-event schedule is the CDGA Par-3 Championship, to be held Sept. 8 at Lost Dunes in Bridgman, Mich. Former IWO champ retiring:Allison Fouch-Duncan, the Michigan golfer who won the 2010 Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood before moving on to the LPGA Tour, is retiring from the circuit.She declared herself retired after a new conference to announce that her hometown of Grand Rapids had landed an LPGA tournament. The $1.5 million Meijer LPGA Classic will be played at Blythefield Country Club from Aug. 7-10, 2014. Did you know? Dan Tully, superintendent at Kemper Lakes the last 14 years, is moving to Twin Orchard in Long Grove. Randy Wahler, the superintendent at Knollwood for 33 years, has announced his retirement.Northwestern’s Emily Fletcher, the Big Ten coach of the year, has landed two prize recruits from California. Sarah Cho and Hannah Kim are both ranked in the top 10 nationally on the Junior Golf Scoreboard.Jeff Perdew, general manager at Chicago Highlands, and two head professionals — Wade Gurysh of Knollwood and Nick Papadakes of Old Elm — have been elected to the IPGA board of directors.Texas lands Ghim:The top high school golfers from across the country made their college commitments last week, and one of them earned his scholarship the hard way.Doug Ghim, an Arlington Heights resident and senior at Buffalo Grove, landed a scholarship to collegiate powerhouse Texas even though he didn’t play a round of high school golf the last three years.“I don’t know if it’s unprecedented or not,” said Ghim moments before a ceremonial signing ceremony at the Golf Nation indoor training facility in Palatine. Ghim’s success came through American Junior Golf Association events rather than playing for BGHS. He played one season for the Bison, finishing third in the state meet as a freshman.As a sophomore he received an invitation to one of the AJGA’s premier events, the Ping Invitational.“It was a difficult decision,” said Ghim. “The Ping is one of the hardest to get in to. Everyone raves about it, but it overlapped with sectional qualifying for state.”Ghim thought it would be “insulting” to his teammates to leave at such a critical point in the season, so he spent the last three years competing solely in junior events across the country. It paid off when he signed with Texas.Ghim has been, coached only by his Korean-born father since he was 5 years old. Jeff Ghim teaches mainly junior players at Golf Nation and a variety of other locations.


    IHSA crackdown has coaches, refs worried

    Illinois high school basketball coaches, players and officials are all being watched closely by the IHSA after an incident in the Class 2A championship game last March. The overreaction and crackdown on rules has nearly everyone involved on edge.

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) vies for the ball with Bulls guard Jimmy Butler on Saturday. Butler injured a toe against Charlotte on Monday.

    Injury puts Bulls’ Butler in walking boot

    Jimmy Butler skipped practice Tuesday and left the Berto Center in a walking boot. He suffered a toe injury on his right foot during Monday’s win over Charlotte. X-rays were negative, according to coach Tom Thibodeau and an MRI was planned for later in the day.

    St. Francis coach Peg Kopec, center, hugs her players as Sarah Muisenga, right, celebrates after defeating LaSalle-Peru in Saturday’s Class 3A volleyball championship in Normal.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football playoffs, girls state volleyball and sectional swimming and diving.


    Dist. 204 likely switching to DuPage Valley Conference in 2015

    High school principals in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 are recommending a change in athletic conferences that could bring Metea, Neuqua and Waubonsie valley high schools into the DuPage Valley Conference by fall 2015. A final decision will be made by sometime next month. “Essentially what we’re looking for is a partnership,” Barb Barrow, athletic director at Neuqua Valley High School, said. “A partnership that we can compete equitably in athletics and our activities program.”

    Northern Illinois wide receiver Da’Ron Brown (4) celebrates with Juwan Brescacin (11) after a touchdown reception against Ball State during the first half in DeKalb.

    Northern Illinois looks to clinch spot in MAC title game

    Toledo will get its shot at Northern Illinois (10-0, 6-0 MAC) on Wednesday and a chance to ruin the Huskies’ perfect season and hopes for a return to the Bowl Championship Series. The Rockets (7-3, 5-1) won’t only try to play spoiler against the Huskies, who can clinch a spot in the MAC title game. A Toledo victory would put the Rockets in good shape to win the league’s west division.

    Bears QB Josh McCown salutes the fans as he leaves the field after Sunday’s 23-20 OT win over the Ravens at Soldier Field.

    At 34, ‘Big Game’ Josh right at home with Bears

    Chicago Bears fans always love their backup quarterbacks untill they play, but it’s a much different story with Josh McCown after he led the team to victory again, this time in bad weather conditions.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Andrea Colin drives around Julianna Wadsworth of Oswego East during girls basketball in Aurora on Monday.

    Waubonsie Valley loses in foul-filled first game

    Monday’s season opener did not deliver a win for the Waubonsie Valley girls basketball team, but it did deliver plenty of hope.


    Michael R. Engelhardt, senior benefits adviser with GCG Financial in Oak Brook, discussed the federal health care law Tuesday.

    Businesses hear about cost of new health care law

    Business owners need to overcome the confusion about the new federal health care law and learn how it will affect their businesses over the next couple of years, Michael R. Engelhardt, senior benefits adviser of GCG Financial Inc. in Oak Brook, told business leaders Tuesday in Naperville. He discussed ways for businesses to comply with new requirements in 2014, and said the new law could create some opportunities for employers to reduce health care costs with wellness incentives and programs.

    It was announced Tuesday that the Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. settled all issues on a $13 billion agreement that is the largest settlement ever reached between the government and a corporation.

    JPMorgan, government finalize deal

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a record $13 billion settlement with federal and state authorities, resolving claims over the bank’s sales of low-quality, high-risk mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the U.S. housing crisis.

    Emergency workers respond to a fire on a Tesla Model S electric car in Smyrna, Tenn., in this file photo from Nov. 6. The National Highway Traffic Administration has opened an investigation into battery fires in Tesla Model S electric cars.

    U.S. safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires

    The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS United Continental Holdings stock climbed to the highest price since 2008 after the world’s biggest airline said it would cut $2 billion in annual spending and boost profit.

    United aims for $2 billion in cost savings

    Chicago-based United Airlines said Tuesday that it will cut costs, overhaul its website, and shift flying from Asia to Europe as it aims to keep shareholders happy. An airline spokeswoman said the plan, announced in a presentation to investors, does not include furloughs.

    U.S. stocks fell after disappointing forecasts from Best Buy Co. and Campbell Soup Co. while investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke later Tuesday evening to gauge the prospect of continued stimulus.

    Stocks edge lower after disappointing earnings

    Disappointing earnings news helped push the stock market lower on Tuesday. Electronics retailer Best Buy plunged after saying extended store hours and price-cutting could squeeze its fourth-quarter profit. Campbell Soup fell sharply after reporting that its profit slumped as sales of soups and V8 drinks fell.


    McDonald’s in Des Plaines reopening Dec. 2

    The McDonald’s restaurant at 725 W. Golf Road in Des Plaines has several events planned for its grand reopening week beginning Dec. 2.


    Paylocity ranked among fastest growing companies

    Arlington Heights' Paylocity has been included on the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500T, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.


    Z Trim closes $1.4 million public offering

    Mundelein-based biotechnology company Z Trim Holdings said it completed a registered public offering of 1.87 million shares of common stock at a price per share of 75 cents and warrants to purchase 1.4 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share, representing gross proceeds to Z Trim of $1.4 million.


    Horizon Pharma acquires U.S. rights to arthritis drug Vimovo

    Deerfield-based Horizon Pharma Inc. said it will acquire from AstraZeneca AB the U.S. rights to the arthritis drug Vimovo in delayed-release tablets.


    Abbott named top dealmaker for sixth consecutive year
    The Deal, a business unit of TheStreet, has named Abbott Laboratories as one of its Most Admired Corporate Dealmakers for the sixth consecutive year. Abbott was recognized by The Deal as the best all-around dealmaker in health care.


    Symbion Healthcare selects Medline as exclusive distributor

    Symbion Healthcare, a Nashville, Tenn.-based operator of ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals across the nation, has selected Mundelein’s Medline Industries as its exclusive distribution partner for medical and surgical supplies.


    Amcol International picks Castagna as COO

    Gary L. Castagna has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hoffman Estates-based Amcol effective January 1, the company announced today.

    The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a henís cage to safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.

    Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws

    The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen’s cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests. “Bottom line of it is no state should be allowed to regulate production in other states,” King said at a meeting of House-Senate negotiators last month.

    A model poses Sunday next to a Hyundai Tucson facelift on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2014, Hyundai says it will starts selling Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S.

    Hyundai to sell hydrogen-powered SUV in 2014

    For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. “These things are now ready for prime time,” John Krafcik, Hyundai’s North American CEO, said last week.

Life & Entertainment


    Woman is angry her sister isn’t attending family wedding

    A couple of years ago, when her two nieces married, she and her two sons flew cross-country to attend their weddings.This year, her son is getting married and her sister is blowing it off. Should she guilt her sister into coming?


    Don’t rush into dating as if you’re looking to fill a vacancy

    Q. I’m newly single after being dumped from a serious, long-term relationship. I didn’t see this coming. I thought the relationship was perfect. It turns out my ex was telling me things were perfect but secretly romancing someone else behind my back. I’m starting to move past the stage of wanting my ex back and into the stage of wanting to find a new person to be in a relationship with. However, I don’t want to ruin my chances with new people by trying to date before I’m really ready. How will I know when I’m ready? How long do I really need to wait?

    Prasino serves black cod in an Asian-accented broth.

    Prasino raises the bar on mall food with organic fare

    When you hear “mall food,” I bet visions of pizza slices sitting under heat lamps, sugar-thick smoothies and stir-fried vegetables of uncertain freshness come to mind. With its organically grown, sustainably harvested and locally sourced (when available) ingredients, prasino at Rosemont's Fashion Outlets of Chicago is out to redefine how shoppers refuel.

    Paul Kosiek of Wheeling is used to doing home improvements himself, but is asking for help to update his family room.

    Outdated family room

    Usually when it comes to home improvements to the house I try to do them in order save money. I recently had major back surgery and no longer am able to do the things that I was once able to do. Also, due to the expensive surgery, and my fixed retirement income, my family and I do not have the ability to afford to hire someone.

    Nancy Rinker of Grayslake is looking to turn her “wreck” room back into a rec room.

    If these walls could talk

    Help! Our “wreck” room is in desperate need of a makeover! Left unfinished when our house was built in 1965, the lower rec room portion of this tri-level was finally completed by DIY projects in 1972. Everything has remained frozen in time for 41 years.


    Find a way to preserve relationship with your sister

    Reader wants to know how to handle her high-brow sister's demands without causing too much conflict for the sake of her parents. Carolyn Hax says to kindly find a middle ground and don't budge.

    Producers are turning the lights off forever on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway in early 2014. It will head to Las Vegas.

    ‘Spider-Man’ show to close on Broadway; Vegas next

    Producers are turning the lights off forever on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway early next year, the final chapter in the story of most expensive theatrical show ever that shook off a troubled launch to become a hit. The show is now headed to Las Vegas.

    Monty Python actors Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are set to reunite for a stage show.

    Monty Python set to reunite for a stage show

    Big news in the comedy world: Monty Python is set to reunite for a stage show. Python member Terry Jones told the BBC on Tuesday he’s excited the group is reuniting. He said he hopes to make enough money to pay off his mortgage.

    Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is a getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. The interactive video will premiere on Dylan’s website Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, and marks the release of the new 47-disc box set, “The Complete Album Collection Volume 1.”

    New video released for Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Stone’

    Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. The interactive video will premiere on Dylan’s website Tuesday and marks the release of the new 47-disc box set, “The Complete Album Collection Volume 1.”

    Maria Bartiromo’s contract will end Nov. 24, concluding 20 years with CNBC, the channel said Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

    Maria Bartiromo leaving CNBC after 2 decades

    CNBC says veteran anchor and reporter Maria Bartiromo is leaving the business news channel. Bartiromo’s contract ends Nov. 24, concluding 20 years with CNBC, the channel said Monday. According to the Drudge Report, Bartiromo will join Fox Business Network.

    The freewheeling approach to “Need for Speed: Rivals” makes for a game that’s completely easy to pick up and play for five minutes or five hours.

    ‘Rivals’ a fast, furious ‘Need for Speed’

    It’s no secret the light launch lineup for next-gen consoles leaves a little something to be desired. But, there’s at least one game that’s sure to get next-gen owners’ engines running. It’s the dazzling street racer “Need for Speed: Rivals.” “Rivals” is set within Redview County, a California-esque domain that serves as a playground for the game’s dueling factions: street racers and a special police task force that pursues them.

    Try Clos du Val's Pinot Noir with Thanksgiving dinner.

    Good wine: Story of a Cabernet, Pinot Noir pioneer

    Today, Clos du Val Cabernet receives 90-point ratings, along with “best value” plaudits for an under-$40 shelf price. If you want a wine for your Thanksgiving feast, pick up a bottle of the Napa winery's Pinot Noir.


    Habanero Barbecue Baked Beans
    Baked Beans: Kevin Thomas

    Comic Gilbert Gottfried is one of the headliners taking part in the monthlong 35th anniversary celebration for Zanies comedy club.

    Best bets: Gilbert Gottfried plays Zanies in Rosemont

    Gilbert Gottfried pulls out his edgier comedy for his gig at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont. The Morton Arboretum in Lisle debuts a new interactive holiday light display called Illumination. Christian singer TobyMac brings his Hits Deep Tour to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    A little snow doesn't keep Kevin Thomas from firing up the grill or his smoker. He plans to prepare smoked turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Cook of the Week: Dad keeps grill, smoker going no matter the season

    Kevin Thomas will make his mouthwatering ribs for family but he prefers pulled pork or brisket. Either way he'll head out to his trusted grill or smoker in all seasons. “It's a lot easier than people think it is to make really, really good barbecue, but it is an investment in time,” Kevin says.


    Cajun Fatty
    Cajun Fatty: Kevin Thomas

    Cook of the Week Kevin Thomas' pulled pork sandwich.

    Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    Pulled Pork: Kevin Thomas

    Michelle Obama takes a picture with a supporter after speaking at a rally in Akron, Ohio. Selfie” the smartphone self-portrait has been declared word of the year for 2013 by Britain’s Oxford University Press.

    Oxford Dictionaries: ‘Selfie’ is word of the year

    Michelle Obama shared one with her “first dog” Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now “selfie” — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain’s Oxford University Press. The term beat other buzzwords including “twerk,” “showrooming” and “Bitcoin.”

    Like many other organic materials, the arborist chips help maintain soil moisture, prevent weeds from sprouting and keeps soil temperatures relatively constant around plants. They can rob soil of nitrogen, however, and fertilizer should be added as a supplement.

    How to pick the right mulch

    Compost or mulch? People often confuse the two, although each fulfills a different function in gardening. Which one you want depends on your needs.

    Director Alexander Payne during a photo call for his film “Nebraska” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.

    Alexander Payne on his life at the movies

    Alexander Payne is equal parts filmmaker and film buff. The Omaha-born filmmaker, for example, found time while premiering his latest, “Nebraska,” at the Cannes Film Festival to see 10 other films (including the four-hour “Cleopatra” restoration). And he chased that with a five-day movie-going binge in Paris.

    The Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti with one of his cast-in-plastic astronauts beside the SoHo Rag & Bone store where his art is installed in New York. Moretti’s installation at one time included white niches filled with white plastic astronauts, but they were all stolen. Moretti created new black astronauts but relocated the new pieces to a second-story fire escape above the installation.

    Strokes’ Moretti engages in interactive art

    People listen — sometimes really carefully — to music, and Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of rock band The Strokes, certainly appreciates that. But, he says, it’s a one-way conversation. Moretti yearned to have more of an artistic dialogue with the public, so he started one outside the Rag & Bone retail store in Soho, where he’s staged a sort of interactive pop-up art installation. He put up a large display of removable half-religious saint-half-astronaut statuettes on a wall resembling a shrine and invited passers-by to take them. It was his version of a social experiment, he explained.

    Familiarize yourself with the ship’s exercise options in order stay fit while cruising.

    Avoiding weight gain on a dream cruise

    Vacation cruises are popular for the adventure and relaxation they promise. But they’re also associated with big buffets and weight gain. It’s not unusual to hear people complain about gaining 10 pounds on a cruise. So, how can you enjoy your vacation without gaining weight?

    In this June 3, 1943, file photo, physical therapist Estrid Dane carefully supports two-year-old Anthony Bull, seen here walking up a corrugated ladder during exercises which are designed to strengthen his legs in East London. Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines is making a shocking comeback in Britain.

    Rickets making a comeback in Britain

    Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain. In the U.S., doctors said there has also been a rise in rickets, though there are no solid national figures to confirm it. Dr. Craig Langman of Northwestern University said some small studies suggested vitamin D deficiency was rampant in U.S. populations, but that it was more common for doctors to see children with subtler forms of nutrient deficiency as opposed to rickets.

    “King and Maxwell” is the newest release by David Baldacci.

    Baldacci brings back 2 characters in new book

    David Baldacci brings back former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to investigate yet another bizarre case in his new book, “King and Maxwell.” King and Maxwell are private investigators now. They have a knack for poking around for answers, and the alphabet agencies tend to get upset with their questions. Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction.


    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Arlington Heights School District 25 and Orchard Evangelical Free Church have entered into a 10-year agreement to allow the church to use the parking lots of Olive-Mary Stitt and Thomas Middle schools to help alleviate the church's parking issues on Sundays and other select days. The schools will also be able to use the church's parking lot.

    Editorial: A neighborhood church chooses the better part

    A Daily Herald editorial praises an Arlington Heights church that sacrificed its plans for growth to accommodate neighbors who were strongly opposed to the idea.


    Can this health care plan be saved?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In the wake of Obama’s latest tweak, two salient questions have emerged: Can the ACA survive? Can the president even do what he just did, legally?


    We’ll be better off with ACA than without it

    Columnist Donna Brazile: President Obama understands why people are frustrated. And now he must take the lead to fix it. And yes, keep his promise and work harder to ensure his policies work to help Americans grow, prosper and stay healthy in the process.


    Let bullied report online, privately
    Letter to the editor: Conant senior Kelsey Vasilakis believes kids should have an online place to report if they are being bullied, and who the bully is.


    70 mph limit too dangerous here
    Letter to the editor: Jae Pyun, a Conant senior, argues agains the 70 mph speed limit in the urban area, saying the faster the speed limit, the less time drivers have to react.


    Quite a memorable Veterans Day event
    Letter to the editor: Mike Patkunas of Palatine says he was fortunate to attend a wonderful Veterans Day program in Palatine last week.


    No double dipping in public sector
    Letter to the editor: Greg Larson argues against allowing public employees to collect pensions while they are still gainfully employed, something private sector workers can't do.


    Irritated by ticket, then run-around
    Letter to the editor: Regina Drahnak, who got a ticket for not having a Des Plaines vehicle sticker only a week after moving in, is irritated that even though the police were wrong to issue it, the onus is still on her to appeal it.


    Just return excess money to taxpayers
    Letter to the editor: Charles Stickels of Buffalo Grove says instead of finding ways to spend money, District 214 should consider rebating it.


    Candidate went too far on anti-abortion stand
    A Barrington letter to the editor: There is one simple reason Ken Cucinelli lost his race, and if you follow his example, you will lose, too. He ran on a platform of pro-life, without exception. That means that even if a woman was raped, she could not have an abortion.


    A more fitting name for Washington’s team
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I am not in favor of changing the Washington NFL team’s name for political correctness or any other reason. The nickname has been attached to the football team for decades, and now it is an “insult, a slur” according to Bob Costas of NBC Sports.


    Jobs will be lost with no year-round racing
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Thousands of jobs literally are going to be gone in Illinois come January, and no one seems to know or care. Horse racing is a huge business,


    AP investigation on ethanol slanted
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Nov. 12 Associated Press article concerning ethanol was horribly slanted and based on many half truths. I am very disappointed


    Forest district loses sight of mission
    A Carpenetersville letter to the editor: Kudos to the Elgin Area League of Women Voters for the outstanding report about the mismanagement (my conclusion) of our forest preserves in Kane County. As a former supporter of every referendum to raise taxes to preserve land, I can emphatically state that not only will I never vote yes again for a forest preserve referendum, I will actively campaign to defeat it, given present conditions.


    Who has a socialist agenda?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: His programs must be stopped, He wants to transform our country into a socialist state. His socialist agenda will destroy the America we all love, our freedom is in jeopardy.


    On being American ... and a Muslim
    A Lombard leter to the editor: One would think that being American and being a Muslim would have two diverging paths that would never cross. The reality is that my faith and my loyalty to my country repeatedly converge paths. I find the basis of this claim in the words of Prophet Muhammad who stated that, “Love of one’s homeland is a part of faith.” Thus, it is my duty as both an American and Muslim to honor those veterans who served our country.


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