Daily Archive : Friday November 22, 2013


    Signs at a Sears store urge shoppers to start going after deals before their turkey dinner is digested. The store’s Black Friday sale starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

    Fox Valley stores readying for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoppers

    The choice is yours. If you’re ready to forgo the pumpkin pie and family bonding to get a jump on your shopping, there are plenty of places in the Fox Valley where you can start checking off your Christmas shopping list while it’s still officially Thanksgiving.

    Jane Sherlock of Buffalo Grove talks with her husband, Dan, about the activities which led to her being honored with the Senior Volunteer Award at the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards Gala on Saturday.

    Heart of Buffalo Grove awards presented at gala

    Heart of Buffalo Grove awards were presented to winners Saturday night at a gala at the Arboretum Club. The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsor Buffalo Grove Bank & Trust has announced the winners in advance of the event.

    Cardinal George leads the procession into St. Mary’s Church with the Knights of Columbus to celebrate Mass Saturday as part of “Day of Catholic Education” in Buffalo Grove.

    Cardinal says Mass in Buffalo Grove to close ‘Day of Catholic Education’

    Cardinal Francis George said Mass Saturday evening at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove to close a daylong conference on Catholic education on a high note. The Education Committee of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council sponsored the “Day of Catholic Education” for all Catholics in the archdiocese.

    John Voelker, left, of Aurora and Tom Meitl of Geneva determine if a plant is an invasive species like buckthorn or honey suckle as they cut nonnative growth during a restoration workday Saturday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove. Both have been volunteering at restoration days for about five years.

    Habitat restoration workday held at Bliss Woods

    Six volunteers braved gusty winds and bitter temperatures to help at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove for a restoration workday on Saturday morning. Local naturalist and forest preserve steward Mary Ochsenschlager divided the group into pairs to cut down invasive, nonnative species, such as buckthorn, and then treat the stumps with herbicide. Native seeds were gathered for future...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 23-year-old Waukegan man was arrested around 1:35 p.m. Nov. 19 at Marshall’s in Arlington Heights and charged with felony retail theft. Police reports said a security agent determined that the man had used a specially-designed tool to remove theft detection devices and had taken four purses and a pair of boys’ black socks valued at $547.

    Jacob Melville, 4, of Irvine, Calif., catches rain drops as he holds the umbrella for his mother, Brandie, at the farmer's market in Laguna Hills, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Rain throughout the West led to flooding Friday in parts of California.

    Powerful storm system blasts US West; 4 killed

    The Western U.S. has been drenched by a powerful storm system that blasted several states and has led to four deaths. The fierce weather has prompted flooding and water rescues in California, stranded dozens of drivers in Nevada, caused hundreds of crashes among desert dwellers in Arizona and brought snow to northern New Mexico.

    Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis was shot and killed in 2011.

    Another man arrested in slaying of off-duty police officer

    Chicago police say they have arrested a third suspect in the 2011 shooting death of an off-duty officer. In a Friday night release, the department says that 25-year-old Alexander Villa of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated battery and armed robbery with a firearm, in the slaying of officer Clifton Lewis.

    Bicyclists make their way across a new $2.7 million overpass after it was formally dedicated on Friday.

    Elk Grove family gets closure from opening of bike bridge

    46-year-old Rosaleen Waters of Elk Grove Village was struck and killed by a vehicle in May as she crossed busy Higgins Road near the Elk Grove-Schaumburg border. Now her family members say they have some closure with the opening of a new overpass that connects the northern and southern portions of the Busse Woods trail. “For me, it’s a happy day,” her husband Tony Waters said.

    A man puts his newest XBox One on the floor Friday after he purchased it at a Best Buy in Evanston. The Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, cost $500. Microsoft is billing it as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

    Xbox One sales hit 1 million on first day

    Microsoft Corp. says that more than 1 million Xbox One consoles have been sold worldwide since their midnight launch. The company says that surpasses first-day sales of the Xbox 360, the previous-generation model that went on sale eight years ago.


    Body on tracks Friday ID’d as Buffalo Grove woman

    A woman whose body was found on the railroad tracks south of Buffalo Grove’s Metra station Friday morning has been identified as 49-year-old Linda S. Kozer of Buffalo Grove. Though her cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries, the investigation of how she came to be on the railroad tracks still continues.


    Guilty verdict in torture-murder case

    A Waukegan man was found guilty Friday in a 2011 torture and murder case. Jose Horta, 21, of the 300 block of Edison Court, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of David Campbell, 27, of Waukegan.


    Disciplinary commission suspends Schaumburg lawyer

    Schaumburg attorney Lino John Menconi has been suspended from practicing law after a hearing board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission found he forged signatures and kept money that should have gone to clients.

    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham

    Kane Coroner Russell, Chairman Lauzen reach deal on spending

    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham was credited Friday with mediating a dispute between county board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell about the coroner's spending. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall save the taxpayers a lot of money," Lauzen said.

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 is expected to collect more tax money from property owners in 2014. Frederick School in Grayslake is one of seven in the district.

    Property tax increase expected at Grayslake District 46

    Grayslake Elementary Distrct 46 is expected to collect more money through a property tax levy nex year. Acting Chief School Business Official Chris Bobek reviewed the proposed 2014 tax levy with elected officials this week. He said he recommends seeking the maximum tax revenue allowed by law next year. "We depend on taxes,” Bobek said.

    Michelle C. Mathieu

    Guilty verdict in 2012 Sun City Huntley murder

    A McHenry County jury took less than 90 minutes Friday to convict Robert Signorile of beating to death his live-in girlfriend in March 2012 at their Sun City home in Huntley. Signorile, 44, faces up to 60 years in prison for murdering Michelle C. Mathieu, 52. “Her fatal mistake is she gave all that love to this belligerent alcoholic right here,” said McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney...


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    Auction of Jordan’s estate postponed

    Michael Jordan’s sprawling Highland Park home won’t be auctioned off just yet after all. In a news release, Consierge Auctions says the auction of the 7-acre estate that was scheduled to take place Friday will now be held Dec. 16 because the interest was stronger than anticipated and some bidders asked for more time to visit the property.

    Jim Oberweis

    Oberweis announces third Senate run

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, announced his third primary bid for U.S. Senate Friday in a bare-bones online video that addresses some of the biggest questions about his candidacy.

    Megan Boken

    Shooter gets life for slaying Wheaton volleyball star

    A 19-year-old man was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 20 years for fatally shooting former Wheaton volleyball standout Megan Boken while trying to steal her cellphone. Her family called on cellphone manufacturers to make them inoperable if reported stolen. “I can think of no other situation where a person can take something from someone else and turn it into hundreds of dollars virtually...


    Elmhurst man acquitted of charges

    Raul Eiseman, of Elmhurst, was acquitted Wednesday on charges of armed robbery and impersonating a police officer, court records show.

    Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi in Pakistan’s tribal area of Jamrud in Khyber region.

    Pakistan doctor who helped catch Bin Laden charged with murder

    The doctor is currently being held in prison. He was convicted of “conspiring against the state” in May 2012 and sentenced to 33 years in prison. His conviction was related to allegations that he gave money and provided medical treatment to Islamic militants in Khyber, not for helping the CIA track down bin Laden. The doctor’s family and the militants denied the allegations.

    The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, Alaska.

    Hagel says U.S. will assert its sovereignty in Arctic

    President Barack Obama in May unveiled a 13-page U.S. strategy for the Arctic, asserting that nations must protect the region’s fragile environment and keep it free from conflict. At the same time, however, the U.S. wants to make sure it is not left behind as countries like Russia, China, Canada and Norway map out plans ranging from gas and oil exploration to research and military exercises.


    Bike plan comment sought:

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan, considered a significant statewide initiative.

    Robert McKenzie

    Chicago Executive board gets new chairman

    The new chairman of the board of Chicago Executive Airport will investigate ways to make the airport more inexpensive for tenants like charter flight companies and more attractive for owners of small airplanes. Robert McKenzie, a Chicago attorney, won approval of both Wheeling and Prospect Heights after the board had been without a permanent chair for almost two years.


    Ex-White Sox scout sentenced in kickback scheme

    A federal judge has sentenced a former Chicago White Sox scout to eight months in prison in a kickback scheme that targeted players from Latin America.


    Madigan warns of fake ‘charities’

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday her office has opened an investigation into improper fundraising tied to relief efforts under way in Washington, Ill., and urged residents who want to donate to be cautious in their giving.


    Senior fraud protection seminar:

    A senior citizen fraud prevention seminar is set for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Vernon Hills Park District’s Laschen Community Center, 294 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills.


    Fishing rules up again in Island Lake:

    Island Lake’s lake management committee will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, 432 W. State Road, to discuss controversial plans to change fishing restrictions and other issues.


    Hastings Lake Preserve reopened:

    The Hastings Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa has reopened following extensive public access improvements and restoration of natural areas, the Lake County Forest Preserve District said in a news release.

    Dawin Vela, 22

    Crime witness who vanished on dog walk is found

    Los Angeles police say a key witness in a burglary case who vanished while walking his dog has been found.A police statement on Friday said 22-year-old Darwin Vela was located in the LAPD’s Pacific Division. Investigators are trying to determine what happened to him.


    Five holiday festivals in Barrington

    Barrington will hold five unique festivals on Saturday, Dec. 7 to celebrate Santa’s arrival ushering in the holidays. The Holiday Trolley will run for free among all events, culminating with the annual tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at 100 S. Cook St.

    Zachary Fardon

    Holder to attend Chicago prosecutor ceremony

    Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Chicago on Monday for the ceremonial swearing-in of the new chief prosecutor for northern Illinois.


    Violent offenders getting boot camp in Cook County

    Cook County judges have improperly sentenced hundreds of violent felons to a boot camp program meant for nonviolent offenders, according to a newspaper investigation.

    At least 51 people died, including three firefighters, after an enormous section of roof collapsed at a Latvian supermarket in the country’s capital, emergency medical officials said Friday.

    51 dead in grocery roof collapse in Latvia

    Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket’s roof caved in. Firefighters rushed in to save them, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed. The death toll from the rush-hour disaster Thursday evening at the Maxima supermarket in Riga rose to 51 on Friday, including three firefighters, police...


    Board sets map for 35 regional education offices

    The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the legislature. The board voted Friday after hearing from regional superintendents who objected to the way the map would consolidate their offices.


    State suspends Niles doctor’s license

    The state has temporarily suspended the medical license of a Chicago doctor from Niles over accusations he improperly provided someone with prescriptions for 11,000 tablets of the painkiller Oxycodone. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said Friday that Gregory M. Bulava provided the person with prescriptions in the names of people who were never the doctor’s patients.

    A pedestrian crosses East Chicago Street Friday afternoon in downtown Elgin, where Christmas wreaths, lights and signage have unofficially ushered in the winter and holiday seasons. Voting for downtown store window displays starts next week.

    Wreaths hung, lights up as Elgin winter events draw near

    The city of Elgin will be hosting the 15th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, The theme of this year’s event is “Holiday Traditions Around the World — Celebrating the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of the Season!” And passersby can start voting next week on their favorite downtown window display.


    Illinois with Obama on insurance cancellation fix

    After a week of consideration, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration announced Friday that Illinois will allow the one-year extension of existing health insurance plans proposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement sets the president’s home state apart from some other states led by Democrats, which rejected the president’s proposal, saying it could leave many consumers with substandard coverage.

    Former volleyball player Megan Boken

    Man gets life for killing Wheaton SLU grad

    A 19-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for shooting a former Saint Louis University volleyball player to death while trying to steal her cellphone.


    Smoking ban extended to all Vernon Hills Park District facilities

    The Vernon Hills Park District has banned the use of tobacco products within 15 feet of all district property, including parks and playgrounds. "Our mission statement is about health and wellness," said David Doerhoefer, park board president. First offenders will be warned.

    Kane County Cougars mascot Ozzie T. Cougar goofs around with children as the baseball team’s staff assists the Salvation Army Tri-City Corps in handing out frozen turkeys and chickens to more than 300 families in need Thursday at the Joe K. Anderson Community Center in St. Charles.

    Ozzie T. Cougar delivers turkeys to needy families

    A six-foot cougar attacked 100 turkeys Thursday, lifting one after another from their nest in St. Charles. The turkeys were all frozen, stacked tall in a small trailer at the Joe K. Anderson Community Center, and were then delivered one at a time to families in need by the Kane County Cougars minor league baseball team mascot, Ozzie T. Cougar. Members of the Geneva-based baseball team staff,...

    This 2005 photo provided by the Palo Alto Weekly shows Merrill Newman, a retired finance executive and Red Cross volunteer, in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Detained American’s wife asks N. Korea for his return

    North Korean authorities have confirmed they have detained an American citizen, the State Department said Friday, while the wife of the 85-year-old Korean War veteran being held there implored authorities to let her husband return to his “anxious, concerned family.”

    Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students Michael Svistun, left, and Veronica Gawin write personal notes to place inside donated books at the Vernon Hills school Friday. Students in Rachel Serlin’s Language Arts classes collected around 500 books to donate to PADS Lake County.

    Hawthorn students collect books for PADS Lake County

    Hawthorn Middle School North students collect books for PADS Lake County after learning about literacy and homelessness at the Vernon Hills School.


    Two hotels propose 2015 openings in Schaumburg

    A Des Plaines-based hotel developer believes growth in the hospitality market will soon be returning after a long downturn and is preparing plans for side-by-side hotels in Schaumburg. In addition to a long-delayed Cambria Suites hotel, the new proposal is among inquiries for four new hotels the village has received recently, Schaumburg Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said.


    Hotel seeks homeless man who turned in wallet

    Officials at a downtown Atlanta hotel are looking for a homeless man who turned in a guest’s stolen wallet so they can provide him with a cash reward, a room for Thanksgiving and a hot meal.

    Joseph Naso, 79

    Convicted California serial killer gets death

    Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet called 79-year-old Joseph Naso an “evil and disturbed man” as he issued the sentence.

    Dezerah Silsby leaves the U.S. Federal courthouse in Cleveland.

    Ohio woman pleads guilty in forced-labor case

    The U.S. attorney’s office said Dezerah Silsby, 21 pleaded guilty to four counts of an indictment charging her with threatening the victim, beating her and making her do housework. Authorities say the ordeal lasted from early 2011 to late 2012.

    Investigators look at a car Thursday that veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp and plunged into a storm water pond with five children, ages 1 to 7, aboard.

    Authorities: Driver in pond crash lacked valid license

    The driver, Marion Guerrido, was the mother of three of the children; the other two children were her boyfriend’s. She had a Minnesota driver’s permit but not a license, said State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. Guerrido’s permit was considered invalid because she was not driving with a licensed driver, as required, at the time of the crash, he said.


    Journalists sue man for Internet porn revenge

    The suit claims Demola called the freelance reporter who wrote the pieces published in the newspaper’s “Bamboozled” consumer business column in September and told her that journalists Vezza and Whitmer should “ask if they want to buy their domain names from me.”

    Former state chemist Annie Dookhan sits Friday in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

    Chemist pleads guilty in drug lab scandal

    Anne Kaczmarek, the state’s prosecutor, asked Judge Carol Ball to impose a five- to seven-year sentence, citing the “egregious nature” of Dookhan’s actions. Ball had already said in a written memo that she would not sentence Annie Dookhan to more than three to five years if she changed her plea.

    Scott Niehaus

    Lombard picks new village manager from Tinley Park

    A veteran administrator who spent time in Tinley Park and Elk Grove Village has been named Lombard’s new village manager. Scott Niehaus, who has served as village manager in Tinley Park since 2003, will begin his duties Jan. 21.

    The Carol Stream Library board officially has rejected an offer from an Ohio-based nursing company that wanted to buy a 7.5-acre site along Kuhn Road.

    Carol Stream Library rejects ManorCare bid for Kuhn Road property

    The Carol Stream Library board has formally put to bed a $1.35 million offer for property once earmarked for a new library, voting to send a letter of rejection to the prospective buyer. Two months after deciding to delay the sale of the 7.5-acre site at 2N540 Kuhn Road and instead temporarily offer it for use by the park district, the board voted to turn down a bid from ManorCare.


    Parking solutions spark conversations in downtown Naperville

    Parking garages, parking permits, parking studies, parking tickets. If there’s any one topic sure to get people talking in downtown Naperville, it’s parking. City council members this week asked North Central College to help solve a parking problem some downtown business owners brought up when the college sought permanent permission to continue using the Naper Place building at 119 S. Main St. as...

    The 1.75-mile Naperville Riverwalk is one of the amenities highlighted by a Kiplinger magazine report that named Naperville the top city in the nation in which to retire early.

    Naperville named top U.S. city for early retirees

    Naperville can add “No. 1 place in the country to retire early” to its list of national “best city” accolades. The city has been named the kid-friendliest place in the country and earned the title of country’s best library system several years in a row, and now Kiplinger magazine has named Naperville the best city in which to retire early. “We’re thrilled to come up as the No. 1 community for...

    This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows homes that were 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.

    BG police, fire taking donations for Washington, IL first responders

    Buffalo Grove police and firefighters are collecting donations Nov. 22-24 specifically for first responders in Washington, Ill., who are out helping others while their own homes may have been destroyed.

    Huntley High School’s new field house will be located where the parking lot is for the current events entrance, which faces south toward the school’s new track and football field.

    Huntley High School expansion set to begin in spring

    Starting next spring, Huntley High School will get a significant facelift as part of a $35 million addition/renovation project, which includes building a new field house, redesigning the main entrance, reconfiguring parking lots, and adding classrooms and science labs.

    Jermaine E. Anderson

    Man charged with exposing himself in Wheaton parking lot

    A Plainfield man with a history of flashing arrests was charged with public indecency after police caught him exposing himself in Wheaton, authorities said. Jermaine E. Anderson, 35, was arrested Tuesday in a parking lot near East Loop Road and Danada Drive.

    “We want to teach (students) skills about reasoning, persevering and making mistakes and learning from them. Those are skills that kids will use forever,” says Tina King, a teacher at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles.

    St. Charles teacher wants collaborative effort in math

    Tina King is a sixth grade teacher at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles Unit District 303 who takes the fear out of math by focusing on life skills, not just fractions.

    Eric Stallworth Jr.

    Defense attorneys oppose joint trial in 2012 Aurora rape case

    A Kane County judge will decide later if two men should be tried together on charges they raped a drunken Joliet woman near Aurora University last year. Attorneys for Eric Stallworth Jr. and Corderro Pollard, both 23 and from Aurora, both opposed the move by prosecutors on Thursday. Prosecutors say both defendants made corroborating statements to police that they both had sex with the woman. “All...

    At the Mount Prospect farmers market, thousands of pounds of leftover fruits and vegetables like these were recycled last season to help hungry people.

    Mt. Prospect farmers market helps the hungry

    In Mount Prospect, the farmers market is helping to feed the hungry with both cash and goods. At this week’s Mount Prospect village board meeting, Nick Acerenza of the Mount Prospect Lions Club handed a check for $8,200 raised at the market to the village’s human services director, Nancy Morgan, for use in the village food pantry. “It’s wonderful that the economy is improving,” Morgan said, “but...

    Attorney General Eric Holder pays his respects at the grave of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death. Holder has been visiting the grave since his youth.

    Reverent memorials mark JFK 50th anniversary

    The nation solemnly marked the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination Friday with subdued remembrances at Kennedy’s grave and the infamous site in downtown Dallas where the young, glamorous president was gunned down in an open-top limousine. Flags flew at half-staff, and moments of silence were planned for the hour when Kennedy was shot riding in a motorcade. The quiet...

    Texas Board of Education chair Barbara Cargill leads the groups meeting, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The Board of Education is casting critical votes on new science textbooks for use statewide

    Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board

    The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors. Textbook and classroom curriculum battles have long raged in Texas pitting creationists — those who see God’s hand in the...

    White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest takes a question during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Earnest responded to a letter submitted by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and other new organizations accusing top officials of blocking access to President Barack Obama and of substituting its own ‘visual press release’.

    News media protest White House press access limits

    Dozens of leading news organizations are protesting to the White House against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than “government propaganda.”

    Typhoon survivors take shelter inside a Catholic church in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines Friday Nov. 22, 2013. The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.

    Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000

    The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday. “We have overcome the most difficult part,” Civil defense chief Eduardo del Rosario said. “In the first week we can say we were in the emergency room ... this second week we are now in the ICU,...

    Hikers climb the cliffs in the South Dakota Badlands on September 8th looking at its immense size, colorations and unique beauty.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of Nov. 18.

    President Kennedy and the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy receive an enthusiastic welcome as they arrive in Dallas Love Field, Nov. 22, 1963. Later that day the president was assassinated as his motorcade moved through the city.

    Images: 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination
    These chronological images tell the story of President John F. Kennedy's fateful trip to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

    Alan Leinonen, aka Mister Al, performs his Mister Al’s Lounge radio program on Harper College’s WHCM, 88.3 FM radio station.

    Moving Picture: Mr. Al gets his groove on Harper radio

    Al Leinonen of Arlington Heights gets just a few hours each week to mellow out the airwaves with his own mix of lounge music, but he makes the most of it. The continuing education student at Harper College hosts his own show every Tuesday night called Mr. Al's Lounge. “I always wanted to be a DJ at a radio station, and this is my chance,” Leinonen says.

    NaperBridge Executive Director Andy Jack and student board member Austin Hansen talk about the new teen center in downtown Naperville that will be unveiled Saturday during an open house.

    ‘Awesome, sweet venue’ for teens opens in downtown Naperville

    Playing video games on an 80-inch TV while lounging on an L-shaped gray couch is a “dream come true” for some Naperville teens. The high school students, all board members of the nonprofit group NaperBridge, shared their analysis Thursday during a sneak peek at Naperville’s new downtown teen center that will play host to an open house on Saturday.

    Organizers of the fifth annual Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner are in need of donations to meet their goal of feeding 1,500 people.

    Elgin’s Thanksgiving dinner in need of donations

    Jeff Turner is looking for more donors to make this year’s Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner the biggest ever, feeding 1,500 people. Turner owns In the Neighborhood deli restaurants in Elgin and East Dundee. The fifth annual dinner is being held at First United Methodist Church in Elgin.“The biggest thing is I want people to know is, it’s a community dinner, it’s not just for the less...


    Aviva agrees to pay $4M to Illinois, other states

    Illinois will share in a $4 million payment as part of an agreement with Iowa-based Aviva Life and Annuity Company, and with Aviva Life and Annuity Company of New York. The settlement results from an investigation into the practices of the 40 largest life insurers.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Morton Arboretum unveils "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," an interactive light event that will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25). Along a 1-mile, paved trail, visitors will be able to hug a tree and make it grow bright, sing to a tree and watch it change color, and create their own light show.

    ‘Illumination’ puts spotlight on Morton Arboretum

    Cutting-edge technology usually doesn’t come immediately to mind when you’re enjoying trees and the outdoors. But all that’s about to change at the Morton Arboretum when its "Illumination” program opens Friday night and continues through Jan. 4 at the woody-plant museum at 4100 Route 53 in Lisle.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, joins Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. in defending the Senate Democrats’ vote to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president’s nominees for judges and other top posts, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Senate Dems curb filibuster, risk future problems

    Democrats quickly enjoyed the first fruits of a milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama’s nominations: They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial selections and prepared to do the same for two others. Over the longer term, they might regret what they did and how they did it, Republicans and others are warning.

    U.S. history teacher Mindy Perkins, left, and Resource Assistant Sue Montemayor work on a display of JFK's legacy at Elk Grove High School.

    What today's students learn about Kennedy

    When U.S. history students at Schaumburg High School are asked to rank the nation's presidents at the end of each school year, one familiar name often doesn't make the top 10 or 15: JFK. “My students don't feel that special bond to him that their parents and grandparents do,” said teacher Andrew Lazzara. “They are so far removed from the assassination that Kennedy doesn't have...

    Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and division general manager at Northrop Grumman, serves drinks Thursday at the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce's Celebrity Server event at The Stadium Sports Club.

    Bosses go behind the bar for Rolling Meadows fundraiser

    Bill Sanders ordered up a marshmallow-flavored vodka and Coke Thursday night at The Stadium bar in Rolling Meadows — but the man fixing his drink wasn't someone he's used to seeing behind the bar. For two hours only, Sanders' boss at Northrop Grumman, Jeff Palombo, and other local business leaders were mixing cocktails, pouring beer, and collecting tips for the Rolling Meadows Chamber of...


    Dawn Patrol: Arlington Hts. teachers deal; DuPage sheriff sued

    Arlington Heights teachers get contract. DuPage sheriff's deputies sue Zaruba. Winfield will raise taxes for street repairs. Improvements coming to Stevenson football field. St. Charles takes McIlvaine back to court. Text message controversy in Carpentersville. Hawks win with Hossa back. IHSA football semifinals on tap.

    Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard’s London headquarters in this image taken from TV Thursday Nov. 21, 2013.

    UK police: 3 women were slaves ‘in simple terms’

    Three women who were freed from a London home were victims of “slavery in simple terms,” and were not trafficked or physically constrained, a senior police officer said Friday. Police now are trying to figure out “what were the invisible handcuffs that were used” to exert such control, said Commander Steve Rodhouse.


    Washington lifts curfew after tornado

    WASHINGTON, Ill. — The curfew is being lifted in the tornado-battered central Illinois community of Washington.Emergency officials say the curfew won’t is being lifted on Friday evening. It had been place from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. and was instituted for safety reasons because of debris scattered around the city of about 16,000 people.


    Northwest Indiana air show to return in 2014 at new site

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Organizers of an air show traditionally held in Gary but canceled this year because of concerns over the federal budget will return next year in a different northwestern Indiana county.


    Wisconsin business school promises paid internships

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — Viterbo University in Wisconsin says it will guarantee a paid internship for every business student starting next fall.The Thursday announcement by the university comes amid growing criticism of businesses that require students to work for free to gain experience.


    Illinois to mark JFK assassination anniversary

    Illinois will mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a moment of silence and flags flying at half-staff.


    Wisconsin DNR: Deer hunters could face tough conditions

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are predicting deer hunters will face some tough conditions when they take to the woods Saturday for the start of the state’s nine-day gun season.Kevin Wallenfang is the Department of Natural Resources’ big game ecologist. He says the opener is scheduled later this year, which could mean reduced rutting activity.


    Travelers warned of construction delays

    MADISON, Wis. — Travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday are being warned that ongoing construction projects and heavy traffic could cause delays over the next week.The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says most highway construction projects have concluded for the year.


    2 Lafayette-area schools hit by storm set for move

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Work is continuing in a Lafayette-area school district to resume classes on Monday for students at two schools badly damaged in last weekend’s severe storms.


    Man convicted in Evansville restaurant stabbing

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Jurors have convicted a man of fatally stabbing his pregnant wife at an Evansville fast-food restaurant.The Vanderburgh County jury found 41-year-old Anthony Goffinet guilty of murder Thursday for the June 2012 death of Kathleen Goffinet.


    Falling tree kills 22-year-old man at Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Authorities say blunt-force trauma to the chest killed a 22-year-old worker who was struck by a falling tree while clearing land on the University of Notre Dame campus.The St. Joseph County coroner’s office says Mark Ellisworth of Mishawaka was killed Thursday at a site on the east side of Notre Dame’s campus.


    Some soaked stores at Fort Wayne mall still closed

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — About 30 stores remain closed in a major Fort Wayne shopping mall three weeks after a water main break dampened floors and soaked carpets in much of the building.


    Gay marriage supporters hold forums on new law

    Advocates who pressed for same-sex marriage to become legal in Illinois are now sponsoring forums to help gay couples understand the law.Equality Illinois lobbied for the gay marriage bill that Gov. Pat Quinn signed this week.In a press release Thursday, Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says the group already has been “flooded” with questions from couples who want to marry.


    REO Speedwagon, Styx headline tornado benefit show

    BLOOMINGTON — Rock groups Styx and REO Speedwagon will headline a benefit concert to raise money for victims of last weekend’s Illinois tornadoes.The bands, which both have strong Illinois ties, will headline the event called “Rock to the Rescue Extends a Hand to Those in Need.” The concert will be held at Bloomington’s U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Dec. 4


    Firearm deer hunting season begins in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD — It is firearm deer hunting season in Illinois. The annual firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Then it picks up again for another four days between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8.

    Former Palatine High School teacher Larry Peterson, of Lake Zurich, was monitoring a study hall on Nov. 22, 1963, when he heard President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Peterson is standing in the exact same spot in what is now Palatine's Cutting Hall where, 50 years earlier, he was told the news by a student standing on the bottom step.

    50 years after Kennedy was shot, suburbanites remember

    Just as they do for Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 7, 1941, most people remember exactly where they were 50 years ago today, on Nov. 22, 1963, when they heard President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Some people can even recall precise details. “It still gets me,” said Marjorie Dever, 78, of Arlington Heights.

    Bruce Rauner

    Palatine Township GOP endorsement spurs ‘pay-to-play’ claim

    The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard is accusing fellow GOP candidate Bruce Rauner of “pay-to-play” politics as a result of an endorsement Rauner won this week from the Palatine Township Republican Organization. Rauner’s campaign and Palatine Township GOP Committeeman Aaron Del Mar flatly deny the charges of “pay-to-play.”

    The Lake Zurich High School band will perform in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Lake Zurich High School band has big-time gigs coming in Chicago, Madrid

    Lake Zurich High School’s marching band will continue its tradition of high-profile performances in the coming weeks. It will march in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day and on Jan. 5 in Madrid, Spain.

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, was arrested last month at an immigration reform rally in Washington.

    Latest entry to secretary of state’s race inspires petition push
    Latecomers to the campaign season, including a Naperville attorney running against Secretary of State Jesse White, rush to pass petitions to get on the March 18 ballot. Petition filing starts Monday and ends a week later.

    Joe Hornbaker of Joey’s Red Hots hopes to continue grilling hot dogs, brats and onions from his food cart in downtown Naperville.

    Naperville food carts get preliminary nod of support

    Downtown Naperville likely will continue to be home to two mobile food carts for the foreseeable future, but the fare may not always be limited to red hots and ribs. The city’s Downtown Advisory Commission members agreed Thursday to recommend to the city council that the 3-year-old food cart program be allowed to continue in perpetuity with the number of permits restricted to two. The...

    Melissa Henderson, Libertyville

    ‘Ask what you can do’: What it means today

    “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.” In these oft-quoted words from his inauguration speech on Jan. 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to commit themselves to service for their country. The call to action remains relevant to these suburban men and women today.


    Streamwood shows balanced budget, lower tax levy

    Village officials were pleased to announce that Streamwood's proposed 2014 budget is balanced and the proposed 2013 property tax levy shows a 0.9 percent decrease from last year's extension. Each issue was addressed during two separate public hearings prior to the board meeting Thursday.

    Elgin resident Michael Arnold won the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest in 2011.

    Poll Vault: How elaborate are your holiday decorations?

    Some homeowners are content with a few strands of blinking lights for the holidays. Others go all out with animatronic figures and synchronized music. Where do you fall on the spectrum?



    Crystal Lake South outlasts South Elgin

    Trailing South Elgin 23-9 late in the first quarter, Crystal Lake South’s girls basketball team methodically whittled away at the Storm lead and eventually pulled out a 78-71 win Friday night in a game at South’s Swamp, which was part of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Sarah Hanning of the Bartlett/Streamwood co-op competes in the 100-yardd butterfly at the girls state finals prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    Bartlett-Streamwood gains valuable experience

    Every year, a new group of swimmers gets to experience the state meet for the first time — and every year, they comment on how intense and exciting that state meet experience is. Friday, swimmers from the Bartlett-Streamwood co-op got their first experience of the IHSA prelims, which took place at New Trier. While none of the team's state qualifiers advanced, the experience they received will be invaluable as they progress with their high school careers.

    Amanda Brockmeier of Naperville (Neuqua Valley) plows through the water for first place in heat three of the 100-yd. breaststroke at the girls state finals prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    For AT/Willowbrook's McNamara, it was worth the wait

    Addison Trail/Willowbrook girls swimming coach Paul Anderson wasn't thrilled with how things turned out for his team in last week's state-qualifying meets, when a pair of relays missed out on their chance to compete on the last weekend of the season. But that disappointment was more than offset by the good news that came in Friday's girls swimming state meet preliminaries at New Trier High School.

    Annie Gosselin of Rosary, left, shakes hands with Kamryn Gallowich of Naperville Central after the 200-yard IM at the girls state finals prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    St. Charles East, Rosary pleased with prelims

    As if the IHSA girls swim meet didn't need one more thing to get the fans making huge noise before Friday's prelims at New Trier, Jim Cornelison stepped to the microphone to deliver the sort of rousing rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” Chicago Blackhawks fans have come to know for years. And that national anthem left a set of fans who had just been ratcheting their own noise level through the “Wave” at an even higher noise level. Local athletes gave their fans plenty to scream about as well — none more than St. Charles East, poised for its best team finish in a decade.

    Mundelein's Erin Falconer celebrates her effort in 200-yard freestyle at the girls swimming state prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    Mundelein, Stevenson step it up at state

    After the finish of the 400-yard freestyle relay concluded Friday's girls swimming state meet preliminaries, Mundelein coach Rahul Sethna and Stevenson coach Karl Milkereit were comparing notes on the pool deck, sporting nice, wide smiles. It's a good thing they get along, because they sure have a lot in common. With the Mustangs and Patriots leading the way, the North Suburban Conference will be well represented in Saturday's state finals, which begin at 1 p.m. at New Trier High School.

    Erica King is all smiles after the 500-yard freestyle in the girls swimming state prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    Fremd sticks with it; Barrington's Jacobsen in fine form

    Fremd produced a dramatic finish in its final race of the day in Friday's girls swimming state meet prelims, and Barrington sophomore Kirsten Jacobsen is well positioned to defend her state title in the 500 freestyle.


    Big wins for Meadows, Fremd

    Alexis Glasgow (25 points, 4 rebounds), Jackie Kemph (20 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds) and Jenny Vliet (15 points, 6 rebounds) helped lead Rolling Meadows to an 85-34 victory over Lake Zurich in the second round of the Lake Zurich Turkey Thriller.Katie Shewmon (7 rebounds, 3 assists) and Ashley Montanez also place key roles for the Mustangs.“Our kids shared the ball,” said Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky. “ And we received great contributions from everyone.”

    Naperville Central’s Emily Kraft drives the lane against Providence’s Mary Fashingbauer (21), during the 2013 girls basketball Tip-Off Tournament.

    Despite loss, Naperville Central sees reason for optimism

    Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum always expects his teams to win, and they have done so more than 500 times in his 25 years of coaching. But Friday night’s season opener against Providence Catholic was not one of those times, as the Celtics (2-0) pulled out a down-to-the-wire 62-57 victory in first-round action of the Tip-Off Tournament in Naperville.


    Carmel takes charge

    Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team earned another win Friday night.Kathleen Felicelli earned a pair of the coach’s old Carmel basketball shorts.After taking a charge late in the first half of Carmel’s 62-49 win over Highland Park at Mundelein, Felicelli unleashed a happy scream.“I have a pair of old shorts that I found when I was getting ready for the season,” Corsairs coach Kelly Perz explained. “So I said, ‘The first girl to take a charge in the game gets the pair of shorts.’ So (Felicelli) was saying, ‘I got the shorts!’ “We’ll see if she thinks they’re cool. (The players) haven’t seen them.”What’s cool for Carmel is that the Corsairs are 4-0 at Mundelein and will win the championship if they beat the host Mustangs in today’s 6 p.m. tournament finale.Carmel hit 13 of its first 19 shots in building a 28-14 advantage against Highland Park (0-4), and the Corsairs kept up the solid shooting. They finished 24 of 45 (53 percent).“We finished really well around the rim,” Perz said. “We did our last game (Wednesday night against Prairie Ridge), too. ... A point of emphasis in our second and third games was to take good, in-rhythm jump shots or get a layup, something going to the rim.”Felicelli led all scorers with 18 points, hitting 7 of 13 shots. Emma Rappe added 12 points (6-of-8 shooting), and Leah Lach drained all 3 of her field-goal attempts, finishing with 9 points.Highland Park got 15 points from Grace Quirk and 11 from Lizzy LoGrande.Prairie Ridge 68, Grant 56: At Mundelein, Sarah LeBeau hit eight 3-pointers, finishing with 29 points, as the Wolves won.Maddie Drain added 16 points for Prairie Ridge (2-2). Grant (1-3) received 18 points from Kaylie Kanzler, 11 from Deanna Rodriguez (three 3-pointers), 10 from Taylor Drake and 9 from Jasmine Sangster.Fremd 79, Lakes 27: At Fremd, sophomore point guard Ellie Haviland scored 11 points for the Eagles, who fell to 0-2.Vikings junior Haley Gorecki led all scorers with 22 points.“Fremd is a very good team and certainly deserves their high ranking,” Lakes coach Pete Schneider said. “With so much inexperience on the floor, coupled with Fremd’s up-tempo style and size, we were not able to get anything going.“We burned 4 timeouts in the first half but really had no answers for stopping Fremd. The kids played hard, and I give them credit for not hanging their heads. We will learn from it and move on.”Sam Ney added 6 points for Lakes, which hosts its Turkey Thriller today.Antioch 70, Wheeling 66: At Wheeling, the Sequoits improved to 2-0, despite missing 19 free throws, which made the game closer down the stretch.Paige Gallimore (21 points) and freshman Ashley Reiser (16 points) led Antioch in scoring for the second game in a row. Kelly Johnson chipped in 9 points.“Our defense forced 30 turnovers, and our hustle in the paint pulled in 30 boards,” Sequoits coach Tim Borries said.Gallimore added 4 assists and 2 steals, while Amy Reiser had 5 assists and 5 steals. Alexis Duehr also dished out 5 assists and forced 3 steals. Carly McCameron grabbed 7 rebounds for Antioch.


    St. Charles East’s rally falls short vs. Boylan

    First, the positive — St. Charles East’s girls basketball team scored 63 points against Rockford Boylan Friday night. Now, the negative — the Saints’ defense allowed 50 points in the first and fourth quarters. It all added up to the Saints’ 79-63 loss to Rockford Boylan (1-1) during the third day of the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament.


    Aurora Christian falls to high-scoring Rock Island

    Rock Island, which scored 99 points in both of its first two games of the IMSA/Aurora Christian Hoops Happenings Tournament, put 82 more on the board Friday to win its pool 82-65 over Aurora Christian.


    Neuqua Valley measures up against Conant

    A logo of a Cougar on the back of Conant’s jersey was said to be too large by the officials prior to Friday’s game. So Neuqua Valley Kai Moon made 1-of-2 technical free throws to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead and the ball out of bounds before the clock even started. But the Cougars didn’t let the early adversity distract them in their season opener. They played a solid game for three quarters before Neuqua Valley surged away in the final quarter for a 62-47 triumph in the opening-round game of the York Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Grayslake North guard Maggie Fish splits three Mundelein defenders, including Taylor Lintner, right, at Mundelein on Friday.

    Milestone night for Detweiler, Grayslake N.

    Kendall Detweiler became Grayslake North's all-time leading scorer in the Knights' victory over Mundelein on Friday.

    Michigan State’s Adreian Payne blocks a shot by Virginia Tech’s Joey Van Zegeren during the second half of a Coaches vs. Cancer Classic game on Friday in New York.

    No. 1 Michigan St. pounds Virginia Tech 96-77

    Adreian Payne had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling had 13 points and seven assists, and top-ranked Michigan State beat Virginia Tech 96-77 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.


    Wolves’ five-game winning streak snapped in shootout

    The Chicago Wolves fell 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals in an Amtrak Rivalry shootout Friday night at the Bradley Center, snapping their five-game winning streak.In the shootout, Wolves goaltender Jake Allen (8-3-2, 29 saves) and Magnus Helberg (29 saves) of the Admirals each turned away 4 straight attempts after allowing first-round goals from Ty Rattie of Chicago (9-6-0-2) and Mathieu Tousignant of Milwaukee (9-4-3-1). Austin Watson broke the tie in the sixth round to give the Admirals the victory.Cody Beach and Pat Cannone scored for the Wolves in regulation.


    Portland St. beats Loyola in 67-63 comeback

    Aaron Moore scored 20 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead Portland State to a 67-63 comeback win over Loyola Chicago on Friday night.


    Will, Prospect find a way at York

    The Dick Campbell gymnasium at York High School will always be a special memory for Taylor Will. It’s the gym where she played her first varsity girls basketball tournament and everyone took notice of a promising freshman. Now a junior, Will was back in the gym for the third straight year in the same York Thanksgiving tourney. The two-time all-area guard scored a game-high 20 points to help lead Prospect to a 54-40 season-opening victory over the host Dukes.

    Illinois’ Jon Ekey puts up a three-point basket past Chicago State’s Matt Ross during the second half of Friday’s game in Champaign.

    Ekey leads Illinois past Chicago State 77-53

    Jon Ekey scored 19 points for the second consecutive game to lead Illinois to an easy 77-53 win over Chicago State on Friday. The 6-foot-7 forward went 5 of 8 from the three-point stripe, and almost single-handedly carried the Illini (5-0) in the game’s final minutes. Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice each added 12 points. Center Nnanna Egwu grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds.

    Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb, right, celebrates with teammates after Northwestern defeated IUPUI 63-61 on Friday in Evanston.

    Cobb’s runner lifts Northwestern past IUPUI 63-61

    JerShon Cobb hit a running pull-up in the lane with 2.3 seconds left to give Northwestern a 63-61 comeback victory over IUPUI Friday night.

    Emily Eshoo moves towards the net during the Rockford Auburn at Benet girls basketball game Friday.

    Benet goes on a fun run

    Benet’s Kathleen Doyle said the Redwings’ 15-3 run in the third quarter against Rockford’s Auburn High School, which led to the team’s 67-45 win over the Knights on Friday night in Lisle, was all about looking out for each other.


    Notre Dame bounces back against Santa Clara

    Jerian Grant led four players in double figures with 20 points to help Notre Dame bounce back from a rare November home loss by beating Santa Clara 84-69 Friday night at Purcell Pavilion.


    Arizona State cruises past Bradley 70-58

    Jordan Bachynski had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Arizona State past Bradley 70-58 Friday night.

    Boxers Manny Pacquiao, center left, and Brandon Rios pose for photos during the weigh-in for their welterweight fight at the Venetian Macao in Macau.

    Rios camp confident against Pacquiao ahead of bout

    Robert Garcia, the trainer of Brandon Rios, said Friday that Manny Pacquiao is showing signs of coming to the end of his career and vulnerable in the WBO international welterweight title fight.

    The NFL on Friday suspended umpire Roy Ellison for one game without pay for making “a profane and derogatory statement” to a Washington player last Sunday.

    Umpire suspended for cursing at Washington player

    ASHBURN, Va. — An NFL game official was suspended Friday for one game without pay for making “a profane and derogatory statement” to a Washington player, an incident that has led to a call for NFL players to stop using the N-word on the field and in the locker room.The league announced Friday that umpire Roy Ellison will not work an NFL game this weekend as punishment for words directed at left tackle Trent Williams late in the second quarter of Washington’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The National Football League Referees Association issued a statement Friday evening saying that it will file a grievance, that the suspension was a rush to judgment without hearing Ellison’s side of the story.Williams said he was called vulgar names — although not the N-word — by Ellison and did nothing to provoke it. A replay from the second quarter shows Ellison gesturing at Williams while walking backward just before a snap, with Williams, quarterback Robert Griffin III and tight end Niles Paul turning to look back at the umpire. Coach Mike Shanahan was among those who supported Williams, saying: “You just can’t use that type of language to get your point across.”But John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, group that includes minority coaches and officials, said his organization spoke to game officials who said that Ellison was responding after Williams directed the N-word at Ellison. Both Williams and Ellison are black. The incident, coming in the wake of allegations involving racially charged texts allegedly sent by Richie Incognito to a Miami Dolphins teammate, led the alliance to issue a statement imploring all NFL players to stop using the racial slur.“I think that we all understand clearly that in terms of supporting Roy, we’re not in any way condoning his reaction to what happened,” Wooten told The Associated Press. “There’s no question in our mind what provoked all of this, that there was a disrespectful communication going on between Trent and an Eagle player. They were using the N-word along with all other type of profanity, and the N-word is what caused Roy to say, `Hey, you need to be more respectful.”’Wooten, 76, said Williams then directed the profanity at Ellison.“There is no question in my mind that Trent said this to Roy, and I don’t question that,” said Wooten, who noted that he has not spoken to Ellison directly. “And that’s what, with Incognito and all this stuff and the N-word and how it’s used in the locker room, that caused us to say, `Hey, let’s put an end to this.”’Wooten, who played nine seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Washington, said Ellison should have thrown a flag on Williams instead of escalating the exchange. In announcing the suspension, the NFL said that “game officials are expected to avoid personal confrontations with players and be respectful of players and coaches at all times.” Michael Arnold, NFLRA legal counsel, said Ellison is an accomplished 11-year veteran who is highly respected.“The NFL imposed its judgment upon him without consideration of all the facts,” Arnold said. “The decision was arbitrary and unjustified and will be challenged with an immediate grievance.”Jim Quirk, NFLRA executive director, said the “NFL’s decision to suspend Mr. Ellison creates a double standard for what is acceptable on field conduct.” He and Arnold cited the league’s decision to take no action against Williams.“The League insists that officials are held to a `high standard’ but others involved in the game are held to no standard,” Quick added. “Apparently the NFL accepts and condones a culture where players, coaches and teams can use racial slurs and profanity toward each other and at officials.

    Michigan forward Glenn Robinson dunks during Friday’s game against Florida State in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    No. 14 Michigan overcomes Florida St. in OT

    Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as No. 14 Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State 82-80 Friday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Emma Benoit scored 16 points and Sara Finn added 10 Friday as the Hampshire girls basketball team rolled over Alden-Hebron 60-29 Friday in the semifinals of the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament. The Whip-Purs outscored Hebron 34-13 in the first half and never looked back.

    Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell had 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting in Friday’s loss to UConn.

    No. 18 UConn holds off Indiana 59-58

    The Hoosiers battled through foul trouble, tough defense, missed shots and a great game by Huskies senior guard Shabazz Napier but came up short in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

    Iowa forward Aaron White, left, grabs a rebound over teammate Adam Woodbury, right, and Penn guard Tony Hicks during the second half of Friday’s game in Iowa City.

    Iowa rolls past Penn 86-55

    Jarrod Uthoff scored a season-high 19 points — none bigger than a highlight dunk in the first half — as Iowa beat Penn 86-55 on Friday night to improve to 5-0.


    UC Davis defeats SIU-E 80-75

    Josh Ritchart scored the last four points of the game, hitting a pair of free throws and a jumper as UC Davis fended off Southern Illinois Edwardsville 80-75 at the Portland State Tournament on Friday night.

    Streamwood’s Kiana Jeremiah (24) makes a move to the basket against McHenry Friday.

    Streamwood falls to McHenry

    The Streamwood girls basketball team was on the verge of opening up a double-digit lead on McHenry in the game’s first six minutes Friday night. And then a complete 180 occurred at The Swamp in Crystal Lake, as the next 26 minutes for Streamwood were a different story. The Sabres were the ones starring at a double-digit deficit instead of the ones commanding it. McHenry changed to a zone defense, caught fire on the offensive end and the Sabres couldn’t keep up defensively in McHenry’s 60-28 thumping at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted by Crystal Lake South.


    Burlington Central routs Crystal Lake Central

    Burlington Central girls basketball coach Mark Smith was quite happy to see the difference between his team’s first and second games of the season. A 43-point victory usually pleases coaches. The Rockets shot over 55 percent and held Crystal Lake Central to just 9 points in the final three quarters to beat the Tigers, 59-16, in Pool A play of the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Sam Andrews

    Sam Andrews joins 1,000 club as Huntley moves to 3-0

    Before long, coaches and players — and sports writers, for that matter — are going to grow out of putting the same theme on every game. But until that happens, the emphasis on basketball officials enforcing the “hands off” crackdown is dictating the first week of the girls’ season. It did again on Friday, but Huntley was able to adjust and withstand first-half foul trouble, and St. Viator suffered through a horrific shooting night as the Red Raiders moved to 3-0 on the season with a 60-48 win at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament in Carpentersville. In the process, Huntley senior Sam Andrews eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She becomes the third Huntley girl to score more than 1,000 points, following Sam Mader and Meghan Staley-Gamble.


    Rosary’s balance sinks Reed-Custer

    A one-player team is always going to have a hard time trying to beat a balanced five-man attack, which Reed-Custer found out Friday night against Rosary in the IMSA/Aurora Christian Hoops Happenings Tournament. Comet senior Caitlyn Welch put on a dazzling show, scoring inside and outside on a wide variety of impressive moves. She scored 17 straight points for her team at one point and ended with 29, but the Royals countered with three players in double figures for a 59-41 victory.

    Wheaton North’s Emari Jones fights for a rebound in the first quarter on Friday, November 22.

    Wheaton North comes from behind to beat St. Charles North

    Wheaton North found itself down 11 at one point to St. Charles North, a team under a new coach and a new up-tempo style of play. Falcons coach Dave Eaton called time out with 2:17 left in the first half after a jumper from the wing by North Stars junior Nichole Davidson gave her team a 31-20 lead. After the pep talk Wheaton North managed to cut the deficit to 6 at halftime and outscored its opponent 25-17 in the third quarter, leading to a 67-62 victory in the season opener for both teams at the York Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.

    The Cardinals’ David Freese hits a solo home run off Texas pitcher Mark Lowe in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

    Cardinals trade Freese to Angels in 4-player swap

    Former World Series MVP David Freese was traded from his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal Friday that reunites Albert Pujols with a pair of ex-teammates.

    The hardcover book on the championship season is available at all Chicago Blackhawks stores and blackhawksstore.com

    Inside the Blackhawks with 'One Goal II' excerpts

    Here are some excerpts from the new Blackhawks book 'One Goal II' that looks back at the team's championship run as they captured their second Stanley Cup in three years.

    The Bulls' Jimmy Butler is sidelined with an injury to his right great toe, which Mike Spellman finds educational.

    Sacred Heart-Griffin stands tall helping Washington

    How can you not root for Washington Community High School when it takes on Sacred Heart-Griffin in a state semifinal football game this weekend? You can't. But the same could be said for SHG,if just for the sportsmanship and class those folks have exhibited in what has been such a trying week.

    Stevenson’s Jason Vravick celebrates a second-quarter interception during last Saturday’s Class 8A playoff game against Barrington.

    Scouting Lake County football playoff games

    Previewing Lake County's Class 8A and Class 7A football semifinals

    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia and Jack Breshears embrace on the field as the seconds tick down in their victory over Lake Forest in the Class 6A quarterfinals last week.

    Scouting Batavia at Rockford Boylan football
    Preview of the Class 6A semifinal matchup between Batavia and Rockford Boylan.


    All big league ballparks to screen fans in 2014

    Baseball fans should expect to go through a metal detector to see their favorite team play in 2014. Major League Baseball security director John Skinner said on Friday that all 30 teams are expected to screen all fans entering their ballparks next season. Some aspects of the screening will be left to individual teams, but the commissioner’s office is planning to recommend walk-through metal detectors, he said.

    Josh McCown celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Matt Forte during the second half of the Bears win against the Ravens. McCown appears to be peaking at 34, but coach Marc Trestman says all QBs have their own journeys.

    For Trestman and QBs, it’s all about the journey

    Josh McCown appears to be peaking at age 34, which is somewhat old for a football player or most professional athletes, but Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman has seen stranger things in his 30 years of coaching quarterbacks. Bob LeGere has more in today's Bears notebook.

    Northwestern women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown has done a lot of raise awareness of autism. Every year he raises support at one of Northwestern’s basketball games, and this time they’ll play DePaul on Dec. 1 to support the Autism Speaks organization.

    NU basketball gives voice to autism awareness

    The upcoming DePaul at Northwestern women's basketball game (Dec. 1) will not only showcase some of the best former high school stars from the area, it also will be promoting a good cause, autism awareness.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester runs off the file Thursday after the last preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Hester enjoying his return to DB school

    Return specialist Devin Hester practiced with the defensive backs all week, but it was more for entertainment value than a potential switch back to cornerback, where he began his Bears career as a rookie back in 2006.

    Dennis Rodman poses during a promotional event to pitch a vodka brand after a launch party Thursday in Chicago.

    Rodman ready to bring his game back to North Korea

    Dennis Rodman is preparing to thrill North Korean fans during an exhibition basketball tour there late next month. Though he ducked questions about whether his Christmastime visit would be used for propaganda purposes by Kim Jong Un, Rodman said he’ll be accompanied on the trip by a dozen or so former NBA players. But he refused to name names.

    After sitting out most of last season, Northwestern guard/forward Drew Crawford, right, is getting his all-around game back on track. The fifth-year senior from Naperville is leading the Wildcats in scoring.

    Northwestern’s Crawford passionate about his return

    After playing in just 10 games before having season-ending shoulder surgery last season, Naperville Central high school product Drew Crawford is happy to be back playing guard for the Northwestern basketball team.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase loses his helmet after being sacked during the second half of last Saturday’s home loss to Ohio State.

    Illinois vs. Purdue — someone has to win

    The Boilermakers haven’t won since the season-opener. The Fighting Illini have lost six straight games in the Big Ten. Somebody’s lengthy losing streak will come to an end on Saturday when the Illini (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten) visit the Boilermakers (1-9, 0-6) for Purdue’s Senior Day.

    Nebraska’s Benny Parker drives the ball up the court against UAB’s Chad Frazier in the first half Friday at the Charleston Classic tournament in Charleston, S.C..

    Nebraska falls to UAB, 97-84

    Chad Frazier scored 32 points and UAB bounced back from a double-overtime defeat to No. 19 New Mexico with an 87-74 victory over Nebraska at the Charleston Classic on Friday.

    Alex Rodriguez arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York on Tuesday for his grievance hearing.

    A-Rod decision expected in January

    Now the waiting begins for Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball. A-Rod’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension ended Thursday when both sides rested their cases, a day after the New York Yankees third baseman angrily walked out and decided not to testify in his own defense. The sides set a schedule to file briefs by Dec. 11 and reply briefs by Dec. 21, which will close the record and submit the matter to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

    Tennessee women’s basketball coach emeritus Pat Summitt, center, looks at the statue unveiled in her honor on Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. With Summitt are, from left, her daughter-in-law, AnDe Summitt, her son, Tyler Summitt, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, and director of athletics Dave Hart.

    Tennessee unveils campus statue honoring Summitt

    Pat Summitt wears a smile rather than her famous stare in a bronze statue of the former Lady Vols coach that was unveiled Friday on Tennessee’s campus. The statue was revealed at a dedication ceremony for the Pat Summitt Plaza to honor the coach who led Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances. About 1,000 fans and dozens of former Lady Vols got their first look at the sculpture Friday.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller tries to avoid Illinois defensive back V’Angelo Bentley during the first half of last Saturday’s game in Champaign, Ill.

    Buckeyes will take on Hoosiers and history Saturday

    The Buckeyes carry a 22-game winning streak into their one-sided series against Indiana — the longest active major-college streak. On top of that, however, if the Buckeyes win they’ll eclipse the school record set by the 1967-69 Ohio State teams.

    Iowa tight end Jake Duzey runs in for a touchdown during a Nov. 9 win over Purdue.

    Iowa gets another crack at Michigan

    Perhaps the lowest point of Iowa’s disastrous 2012 season came at Michigan, where the Wolverines handed the Hawkeyes their biggest loss in five years. Iowa gets another shot at Michigan on Saturday, a chance to show the rest of the Big Ten how far it has come in 12 months.

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook throws in the first half of last Saturday’s road win against Nebraska.

    Michigan St. comes to Evanston with big goal in sight

    A spot in the Big Ten championship game. A possible trip to the Rose Bowl. It’s all in sight for No. 13 Michigan State, as long as the Spartans don’t stumble down the stretch. Northwestern, meanwhile, has lost six games in a row, many in heartbreaking fashion.

    Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, right, pushes Indiana’s Michael Hunter away during the first half of last Saturday’s game in Madison.

    Rare hype surrounds Wisconsin-Minnesota game

    One of the nation’s longest-running rivalries hasn’t been a real rivalry for quite a while. Wisconsin has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, keeping Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for what seems like an eternity to Golden Gophers fans. But there’s a little different feeling surrounding the latest meeting.

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones runs in for a touchdown in the Nov. 9 loss to Pitt.

    BYU looks to turn tables on Irish

    Last season’s 17-14 loss to Notre Dame sticks with BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall. “I don’t remember many games, but I remember that one,” Mendenhall said. “That’s why I’m looking forward to going back.” That’s a common theme among the last three opponents for Notre Dame this season. They all believe they could have or should have beaten the Fighting Irish last year.

    Former Boston Red Sox player Bill Mueller, who played on the Red Sox 2004 World Series winning team and won a 2003 batting title, will join the Cubs as a hitting coach next season.

    Renteria’s coaching staff nearly complete for Cubs

    The Cubs retained Chris Bosio as their pitching coach and Lester Strode as bullpen coach Friday as they hired several new coaches and did some organizational shuffling. Former Cubs third baseman Bill Mueller was named hitting coach, and Brandon Hyde moves from player development to bench coach.


    Elgin Academy sponsoring tornado relief drive

    The Elgin Academy varsity girls basketball team is sponsoring a tornado relief donation drive running now through Tuesday, Nov. 26.


    Boys basketball: Scouting Carmel

    Here's what to expect from Carmel's boys basketball team this season.

    Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, right, is hoping to return to action, possibly by the end of the month.

    Should Bulls trade Rose for a No. 1 pick?

    Just as several other NBA players have done so, Kobe Bryant is coming back in less than a year from a serious injury while Derrick Rose is still rusty from sitting out more than a year after his knee injury. Should the Bulls think about trading Rose for a No. 1 pick at the end of the year?

    Mae Elizabeth Gimre of West Chicago looks to block Lauren Porcelli of Downers Grove during the Downers Grove North at West Chicago girls basketball game Thursday.

    Downers Grove North excited about win over West Chicago

    Downers Grove North center Peyton Winters apologized for using the word “excited” in too many of her comments following Thursday’s game at West Chicago.But you couldn’t blame the 6-foot-2 Winters and her teammates for being excited that the new season is here and that the Trojans opened their new campaign in impressive fashion in a 67-28 defeat of the Wildcats (0-2).

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) prepares to stop Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Brees throws 2 TDs, Saints beat Falcons 17-13

    The New Orleans Saints had to grind one out to avoid an upset at the hands of their biggest rival. Drew Brees put up just enough points, and the defense took care of the rest.Brees threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham and a 1-yarder to Benjamin Waton as the Saints overcame a lackluster offensive showing to beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-13 Thursday night.


    Dahlstrom (27 points) leads Grayslake Central

    Morgan Dahlstrom scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, as Grayslake Central’s girls basketball team opened the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving tournament with a 53-44 win over Westinghouse on Thursday night.

    Wisconsin’s Ben Brust scores during the second half of Thursday’s home game against Bowling Green.

    No. 12 Wisconsin beats Bowling Green 88-64

    Ben Brust scored 19 points to lead six Wisconsin players in double figures as the No. 12 Badgers beat Bowling Green 88-64 on Thursday night.

    Marquette’s Jamil Wilson dives over New Hampshire’s Jacoby Armstrong for a loose ball during the second half of Thursday’s game in Milwaukee.

    No. 25 Marquette holds off New Hampshire 58-53

    Chris Otule and Todd Mayo each scored 16 points to help No. 25 Marquette withstand a scare from New Hampshire in a 58-53 victory Thursday night.


    People walk by damaged vehicles and road Friday following a pipeline explosion in Qingdao in east China’s Shandong province

    Oil pipeline blasts in eastern China kill 44

    The explosions ripped slabs of pavement and online photos showed bodies, overturned vehicles and shattered windows in nearby buildings. Black smoke rose above gigantic fuel silos and darkened much of the sky over a bay area.

    The College of DuPage’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve a contract amendment with Sodexo, the company that manages its food service, that includes plans for a Chick-fil-A inside the cafeteria. The restaurant would take the place of Grill 155.

    Despite concerns, COD makes room for Chick-fil-A

    Despite objections from several students and concerns from some trustees, Chick-fil-A could be serving food by January on the College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus. The school’s board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve a contract amendment that includes it. “While those issues were raised, we were left with the idea that Sodexo had values that were the same as COD," a VP said.

    American Airline planes sit at a gate at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport.

    Lawmakers urge bidding for gates in airline merger

    The settlement was widely viewed as likely to benefit Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways, two self-avowed low-cost carriers that have indicated interest in getting some of the American and US Airways landing rights at Reagan National.

    A golden eagle flies over a wind turbine on Duke energy’s top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo.

    Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

    In 2009, Exxon Mobil pleaded guilty and paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states. The BP oil company was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds during the 2010 Gulf oil spill. And PacifiCorp, which operates coal plants, paid more than $10.5 million in 2009 for electrocuting 232 eagles along power lines and at its substations.

    A forklift operator moves a stack of Diageo Plc’s Smirnoff brand vodka in a distribution warehouse in Bolingbrook.

    Illinois unemployment falls to 8.9 percent

    Illinois’ unemployment rate eased down two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent last month after adding the most jobs in September and October than in any two-month period since May 2010. But Illinois’ jobless rate remained among the highest nationwide.

    CNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo broadcasts Friday on her last day for the channel, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Bartiromo is leaving the business news channel when her contract ends Nov. 24, concluding 20 years with CNBC.

    S&P 500 closes above 1,800 for first time

    On Friday, health care stocks led the market’s rise. Biotechnology company Biogen Idec surged on reports that it won market exclusivity for its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug in Europe. The company’s stock jumped $33.19, or 13 percent, to $285.62.

    Julian Persin, owner of Persin & Persin jewelry store in Antioch, is closing the business he’s run for nearly 30 years.

    Historic Antioch jewelry store Persin & Persin closing

    An Antioch jewelry store that dates back to 1904 is closing. Julian Persin, owner of Persin & Persin, has decided to leave the business that's a family name. “It’s bittersweet,” owner Julian Persin said Friday. “When people come in and tell you from their hearts how they feel, it’s very humbling. It’s very moving.”

    Associated Press Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One at a Best Buy on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Evanston. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

    To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox?

    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft’s portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company’s fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.


    Web inventor: Surveillance threatens democracy

    The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says a growing tide of surveillance is threatening democracy’s future.

    He was a bank boss, but had no apparent banking experience. He was a Methodist minister, but got busted for allegedly buying cocaine and downloading porn at work. The spectacular downfall of Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Britain’s Co-operative Bank, was a tale made for the tabloids.

    Vice chairman? Downfall of ex-bank boss grips UK

    He was a bank boss, but had no apparent banking experience. He was a Methodist minister, but got busted for allegedly buying cocaine and downloading porn at work. The spectacular downfall of Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Britain’s Co-operative Bank, was a tale made for the tabloids.

    Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout.

    White House urging Democrats to focus on economy

    Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout. The White House is deploying Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members across the country, drawing attention to improvements in the still sluggish economic recovery and detailing the costs of last month’s partial government shutdown.

    Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time “to review our outdated and restrictive rules.”

    Loud cellphone talkers next bane of air travelers?

    Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time “to review our outdated and restrictive rules.” But for many passengers, that would mean the elimination of one of the last sanctuaries from our hyper-connected world.

    U.S. job openings and overall hiring both rose to five-year highs in September, signaling improvement in the job market.

    U.S. job openings, overall hiring reach 5-year highs

    U.S. job openings and overall hiring both rose to five-year highs in September, signaling improvement in the job market. The Labor Department says job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million. That’s the most since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Thomas Rowen, vice-president of Fifth Third Bank in Chicago speaks during a Business Ledger Newsmakers Forum at Meridian Banquets on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Rolling Meadows.

    Business experts eye what’s in store for 2014

    A group of local experts predicted what's in store for business next year during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers Forum: Business Outlook 2014, held at the Meridian Banquet and Conference Center in Rolling Meadows.

Life & Entertainment


    Night life events: Friday dancing at the Ranch
    Cadillac Ranch hosts Friday-night line dancing lessons and live music; Barbakoa offers a new drink menu; sing your heart out at Claddagh’s karaoke night.

    Diogo Morgado plays Jesus in the film “The Bible. A 16-city music tour begins next March following the nationwide theatrical release of “The Bible” companion film “Son of God.”

    Burnett, Downey take ‘The Bible’ music on the road

    Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” franchise continues to grow in unexpected ways. Up next? A 16-city music tour featuring some of today’s most popular Christian acts.

    In the new movie “Delivery Man,” Vince Vaughn plays a sperm donor who learns he’s fathered more than 500 kids.

    Vince Vaughn focusing on family-friendly fare

    In the new movie “Delivery Man,” Vince Vaughn plays a sperm donor who learns he’s fathered more than 500 kids. In the past, that kind of scenario might have been the set up for a film with adult humor, given the actor’s portfolio. But “Delivery Man” is decidedly family-friendly fare, and reflects the stage of life where the 43-year-old married father of two finds himself these days.


    Seeing green over mortgages

    For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it’s the ultimate “green” goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when they underwrite and set the fees for mortgages. Appraisers should also recognize the added value.


    Children providing in-home care for parents may qualify for government aid

    People who are caregivers for their ailing folks sometimes are eligible for pay or other types of financial help from a variety of sources.

    Buddy (Will Blum) hugs his reluctant father, Walter (Larry Cahn), in “Elf The Musical,” making its Chicago debut at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 15.

    Northwestern grad buddies up to dad role in ‘Elf’

    Larry Cahn, an actor with several early career connections to the Chicago area, returns to town in the Windy City debut of "Elf The Musical" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 15.

    In Detroit in the summer of 1967, Lank (Kamal Angelo Bolden, second from left) and Chelle (Tyla Abercrumbie, right) prepare to open their after-hours, basement club with help from friends Bunny (Coco Elysses, left) and Sly (Kelvin Roston Jr., second from right) in Northlight Theatre’s Midwest premiere of “Detroit ‘67” by Dominique Morisseau.

    Earnest ‘Detroit ‘67’ examines origins of city’s downfall

    There’s no hiding Detroit’s scars. They’re evidenced in abandoned houses, darkened streets and decaying factories. But the roots of the downward spiral date back decades earlier to July 1967, when Detroit police raided an after-hours drinking club in an African-American neighborhood.

    "The Wolf of Wall Street"

    Cinematic stockings runneth over in holiday film season

    Time again to prepare for the annual ritual of Hollywood studios donning Santa suits, visiting our local theaters and stocking their stockings with plenty of Oscar bait. Here’s the official 34th Daily Herald holiday movie preview filled with every major movie scheduled for release at press time. The good news? You don’t need 3-D glasses to get the multi-dimensional effect of this section.

    Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor in “Doctor Who,” which is turning 50 this weekend. The BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 23, 1963 but is now one of its biggest hits and major exports.

    BBC plans birthday bash as ‘Doctor Who’ turns 50

    “Doctor Who” is turning 50. So what do you get a time-traveling, galaxy-hopping hero who has everything? Plenty of new space on the airwaves. The BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 23, 1963, but is now one of its biggest hits and major exports. A 75-minute anniversary episode will be shown simultaneously Saturday in almost 80 countries, and there are 3-D screenings in movie theaters around the world.

    Brande Bradshaw thinks her cava-poo Bridgette, who just turned 6-months-old, is the perfect dog. The breed is the newest and latest in the decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth and perfect pet accessory.

    New find in search for puppy face that never fades

    Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face. Enter the “cava-poo-chon.” The breed is the newest and latest in the decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth and perfect pet accessory.


    What’s new
    The holiday theater season kicks into high gear this week with American Blues Theater's radion play version of "It's a Wonderful Life;" Quest Theatre's "A Christmas Wish," about Dasher's attempts to rejoin the reindeer team; Theater Wit's annual production of "The Santaland Diaries;" and "The Christmas Schooner," a musical inspired by the real life story of the Christmas tree ship.


    Theater events: Alphabet Soup addresses bullying in family-friendly musical
    Steel Beam Theatre presents the holiday version of the popular "Nunsense" series; Elgin Cultural Commission celebrates the arts; and Alphabet Soup presents an anti-bullying musical in Naperville, this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Every apron tells a story. Despite the nostalgia of wearing an old apron, crafters still enjoy hand-making their own.

    This Thanksgiving, try a handmade apron

    Every apron tells a story, according to EllynAnne Geisel, who collects vintage aprons and sews her own. Yet despite the nostalgic appeal of old aprons, many crafters still enjoy making their own. Some are elaborate, with ruffles and embellishments, while other are simple and can be made quickly — perhaps in time for Thanksgiving.

    To ensure the outdoor living space of his mountain house stays warm and welcoming during the colder months, designer Brian Patrick Flynn chose woven blend upholstery for his seating, a wool and acrylic blend indoor-outdoor area rug, and throw pillows and blankets to keep guests feeling cozy.

    Simple steps to a home both cozy, cost-efficient

    As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, we fight back: We crank up the heat in our homes and turn on lights earlier and earlier. And yet we also want to keep our heating and electric bills as low as we can. Can you keep your home warm and inviting all winter while still conserving energy?

    Able to tackle dramatic and comedy roles with ease, Jennifer Lawrence says her continued universal success wasn’t by design.

    Lawrence is Hollywood’s modern everywoman

    It’s not always easy being an Oscar-winner. When Jennifer Lawrence returned to the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” after winning the best-actress Academy Award for last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” she was treated to a round of applause. Then the teasing began. "... Anytime I mess up my lines, Woody (Harrelson) is like, ‘Ya better give that Oscar back!’” she said.

    A dish of trout rundown comes with Bahamian style curry at La Merenda in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. La Merenda is a tapas bar where farmers and artisanal food producers vie to get on the menu.

    Go for the food: Walker’s Point in Milwaukee

    Drive south from downtown Milwaukee into the Walker’s Point neighborhood and the dimly lit streets and empty buildings will make you feel like you should keep going. Don’t. Park, get out and enjoy some of the best farm-to-table food in a city that prides itself on being the heart of America’s Dairyland. Your first stop should be La Merenda, a tapas bar where farmers and artisanal food producers vie to get on the menu.


    Who should pay for home inspector’s damage?

    Q. I am a Realtor and am having a problem with damage done during a home inspection. The inspector was testing the whirlpool tub in the master bathroom and forgot to turn it off. The water level was too low because of a leak, and this caused the pump motor to burn out.


    If your dishwasher’s not up to par, try these easy tips
    Dishwashers are supposed to wash your dishes, right? Well, if your dishwasher requires you to wash your dishes before ever putting them into it, then it’s not doing its job very well. Sometimes just changing detergents can help. But most of the time, a good cleaning is all it really needs. Here are some tricks and tips you can try to make your dishwashing experience a little better.


    President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Editorial: What have you done for your country?

    John F. Kennedy's most famous quote still is relevant to all Americans 50 years after his death, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    First time seeing a grown man cry
    JFK/A Palatine letter to the editor: The English Department secretary came into the room and told us that the president had died. Dr. Goldberg, put his book on the desk and started to cry. It was the first time that I had ever seen an adult man cry! I was 21 years old. He took off his glasses and cried. He just raised his arm and waved us out of the room.


    Two ‘surreal’ events in teacher’s life
    JFK/An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: But, at that moment I thought back to all my elementary school teachers and how they tried to remain strong for all of us


    Dallas office workers got last glimpse of him
    JFK/A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was living and working in Dallas in 1963, and in my downtown office that day the two office girls, Ruth and Gayla, asked to leave to go see the president. I said go. About 20 minutes later I heard cheering and got up to look down about a half block away to see JFK and Jackie go by in an open limousine.


    Power of television was made evident
    JFK/An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I have come to realize the power of television to unite, to show us images that can incite, that may shape our opinions and not just present the news.


    Attendance actually dropping in Dist. 204
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Indian Prairie School District 204’s recently released enrollment report reveals that just one year after graduating its first senior class from the Metea Valley, the third high school, District 204’s total high school enrollment declined by 80 students. Yes, it’s rather shocking considering all the cries of overcrowding we heard back in 2006 when the district claimed enrollment was going to skyrocket.


    Give pols Medicare, Social Security
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I read with great interest the Daily Herald article of Nov. 8 concerning the IRS sending out $4 billion in fraudulent tax returns; 655 refunds to Lithuania to a single address and 343 to a single address in Shanghai, China. Now wouldn’t you think that they would have a sophisticated enough program to red flag something like that?


    ‘I’m sorry’ better than ‘buck stops here’
    A Huntlery letter to the editor: I see the latest words of inspiraton from the current president are “I’m sorry.” I remember when it was said better by a previous president: “The buck stops here.”


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