Daily Archive : Monday November 25, 2013


    Dashawna Conley

    Aurora online prostitution sting nets three

    Three women were charged with solicitation of a sex act during a sting staged Thursday by Aurora police. According to police, the women were charged after an undercover male police officer responded to advertisements on websites known to advertise illegal sexual services and was offered sexual acts for money.

    General manager Stephen McCulley, right, at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center looks forward to hosting 10 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Training Station for Thanksgiving Day. The sailors will be fed dinner and lighter fare prepared under the direction of executive chef Christopher Solare, and have use of this Presidential Suite during their stay.

    Sailors in for presidential treatment at Gurnee hotel on Thanksgiving
    Some Great Lakes Naval Station sailors will get to relax in what'll become their own 1,600-square-foot pad for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day. Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center will feed the 10 sailors at a Thanksgiving buffet and provide them use of the Presidential Suite.

    Bartlett High School put teacher English teacher Gary Lorber on administrative leave Monday; he said it was because of his stance on the school district's new grading policy.

    Bartlett HS teacher: Leave was for his stance on grading scale

    A Bartlett High School teacher who was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation Monday says he was told he can go back to school and teach on Tuesday. English teacher Gary Lorber said he was taken by surprise Monday morning when an administrator told him he was being put on leave and then was asked to leave the school.

    Robert Maday

    Bank robber who launched suburban manhunt gets 30 more years

    Robert Maday, who escaped from custody and went on a two-day crime spree across the Northwest suburbs in 2009, was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. The sentence, for a series of six bank robberies across the suburbs and an attempted seventh bank robbery in late 2008, comes on top of an earlier 43-year sentence for crimes he committed while on the lam and makes it likely that Maday will...

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and candidate for governor, was among those filing petitions Monday in Springfield.

    State candidates make it official as petition filing opens

    After months of candidates annoucing — and withdrawing — their plans to run for office, hopefuls began turning in thousands of petition signatures today to get on the March 18 primary ballot. It could be an active primary season locally with every Republican ticket for governor having suburban ties, the leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate coming from the Chicago area, crowded...


    AIDS Day events:

    The Lake County Health Department is collaborating with several local partners to provide an event on World AIDS Day — Sunday, Dec. 1 — that encourages people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


    Elgin man died of strangulation

    An autopsy determined an Elgin man found Sunday in his home died of strangulation.

    Snow is falling in the Northwest suburbs, causing traffic to back up on I-90 near Arlington Heights.

    Snow causes slick roads, visibility problems

    Snow flurries are falling across the suburbs this afternoon, snarling mid-day traffic. The National Weather Service said currently reporting snow in our entire coverage. We are expected to get between one-half inch to one-inch in most areas around Chicago. In addition, temperatures will hover at about 32 degrees and be breezy throughout the afternoon.


    It’s easy to be proud to be a Batavian this weekend

    This weekend, Batavia residents have two opportunities to show community support. On Saturday, Nov. 30, we can make the trip to DeKalb to support our football team. On Sunday, Dec. 1, we can head to the Celebration of Lights in downtown Batavia and support our musicians.

    DuPage County Board hopeful Paula McGowen of Glen Ellyn, center, arrived at 5:15 a.m. Monday to be the first person in line to file for the March 18 primary election. A self-described “early bird,” she arrived 45 minutes before the doors opened at 6 a.m. even though she couldn’t file until 8 a.m.

    DuPage County Board hopeful beats the crowd

    Paula McGowen is an early riser who’s eager to challenge an incumbent DuPage County Board member in the Republican primary. So while she didn’t have to be at the county election commission until 8 a.m. Monday to file for the March 18 primary, McGowen showed up around 5:15 a.m. “I just get up very early,” said McGowen, who is running against District 4 county board member Grant Eckhoff.

    From left, Pat Boelter, chief marketing officer of Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago with Joe and Laurie Kane, owners of Treetime Christmas Creations.

    Treetime, Goodwill team up to share the merry
    More than 900 Christmas trees were donated to Goodwill on Friday as part of a unique program hosted by Treetime Christmas Creations of Lake Barrington.

    William LeFew

    McHenry County primary will not include 3 incumbents

    Three longtime McHenry County officials are not seeking re-election, which gives voters a chance to put someone new in their places. At the same time, just two county board seats were being contested in the Republican primary at the time of the Monday morning filings, officials said.

    Republican Bill Lenert of Sugar Grove is a candidate for Kane County Board District 5.

    Filing starts for primaries for Kane County positions

    A longtime friend of Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is challenging board member Melisa Taylor, a supporter of Lauzen, for her District 5 seat in the March primary. Taylor thinks it is because she has questioned some of Lauzen's moves during his first year in office.

    Jereme Richmond

    Former Lake County basketball star gets 3 years in prison

    Former Lake County high school basketball star Jereme Richmond, 21, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for threatening his probation officer after a dispute over a court-ordered drug test.

    Benjamin J. Black

    Lawsuit filed in crash that killed Sycamore boy

    The family of an 11-year-old Sycamore boy who died in a February crash is seeking damages from the drunken driver who hit the car the boy was riding in. Relatives of Matthew Ranken filed the lawsuit in Kane County this month, seeking unspecified damages from Benjamin J. Black, 29, of Sycamore. He was charged with aggravated DUI several months after the Feb. 28 crash when heroin was found in his...

    Assistant Principals Lisa Smith, left, and Julie Klopke unveil the Blue Ribbon Monday, which was awarded to St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights during an assembly.

    Arlington Heights school celebrates national honor

    St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights celebrates receiving a Blue Ribbon for excellence from the U.S. Deparment of Education with an assembly Monday afternoon.


    Report: Crime decreases in downtown Naperville

    Downtown Naperville has seen 11 percent less criminal activity in the first 10 months of this year than it did in the same period last year, according to statistics police released Monday. New police enforcement strategies implemented last October and the development of a best practices manual for safety at downtown restaurants and bars helped create the decrease, police and city officials said.

    Jed Stone

    Waukegan Housing Authority accused in bedbug lawsuit

    Waukegan's public housing authority is accused in a federal lawsuit of being responsible for bedbugs infesting some residents' homes. In the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, it’s alleged more than half of the 155-unit Harry Poe Manor in downtown Waukegan is infested with bedbugs.

    Mason Barnett, 6, dresses as a Christmas tree as children sing “Oh Tannenbaum” during Monday’s production of “Holidays Around the World” at the Lake Villa District Library. Children participated by wearing costumes, dancing and singing as they learned about holiday traditions from various countries.

    Children in Lake Villa learn about other countries’ holidays

    Jubilant children joined in with actors in the production of “Holidays Around the World” Monday at the Lake Villa District Library, as they dressed in costumes, danced and sang familiar holiday songs.


    Nativity scene display:

    The Ela Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring a Nativity scene from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at its office, 95 E. Main St., Lake Zurich.


    Lake Forest train victim identified:

    The man killed Saturday when his car was struck by a train in Lake Forest was identified Monday as Victor B. Tsirline, 35, of Lincolnshire, according to Lake County Coroner Thomas A. Rudd.

    Brian Cunningham was promoted Monday to Deputy Chief of Investigations for the Naperville Police Department. He and five others received promotions during a ceremony in the city council chambers as part of police Chief Robert Marshall’s restructuring of the department.

    Six Naperville cops receive promotions

    Six Naperville police officers were promoted Monday during a ceremony in the city council chambers elevating one to the rank of deputy chief, two to commander and three to sergeant. Investigations Cmdr. Brian Cunningham was promoted to deputy chief of investigations; Sgts. Jason Arres and Louis Cammiso were promoted to commander; and Matthew Egan, James Sakelakos and Derek Zook became sergeants.

    Lake County Board member Mary Ross Cunningham of Waukegan celebrates being the first candidate in line Monday.

    Candidate filing begins in Lake County, some showdowns already shaping up

    Lake County Board member Mary Ross Cunningham was the first candidate in line when County Clerk Willard Helander opened her office’s doors Monday morning, officially launching the start of the 2014 campaign season.

    Enrique Ruiz

    Sheriff: Missing Aurora man might have fled to escape sex charges

    A missing 85-year-old Aurora man may have fled to Mexico to avoid charges he sexually assaulted a minor, authorities said Monday. Enrique Ruiz was free on bail from a 2011 arrest. He is set to go on trial Dec. 9 on predatory criminal sexual assault charges from June 2004.


    Lawmakers look to sanctions if Iran deal falters

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are making contingency plans for what happens if — or when — the nuclear accord with Iran falls apart.


    Easing of Iran sanctions could start in December

    BRUSSELS — European Union sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, officials said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping deal that gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the core components of its uranium program.

    This Nov. 23, 2103 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the State Dining Room at the White House about the nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. For President Barack Obama, the deal to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program could pave the way for one of his biggest foreign policy victories and steady his flailing presidency. But the venture is rife with risk, including possibly miscalculating Iranís intentions and straining already tense relationships with Congress and Middle Eastern allies.

    Obama pushes back against critics of Iran deal

    WASHINGTON — Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran’s disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States “cannot close the door on diplomacy.”


    Yale campus safe after apparent hoax

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Police have not found a gunman at Yale University and are leaning toward a call warning of an armed man heading to shoot up the school being a hoax, as a lockdown was lifted for most of the Ivy League campus Monday.“New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman.

    Chef Jean Banchet

    Memorial being planned for Le Francais founder

    Jean Banchet, the French-born chef who many credit with bringing fine dining to the Chicago area, died Sunday in his Florida home. He was 72. Banchet, who opened Le Francais in Wheeling in 1973, had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer just three weeks ago, said Doris Banchet, his wife of nearly 50 years. “He touched a lot of people, not just in the culinary world,” Doris...


    Filing opens for Cook County offices, board

    The Cook County election season kicked off today with a familiar tradition — candidates lined up in the pre-dawn cold in downtown Chicago to try to secure a top spot on the ballot.


    Report: Newtown shooter obsessed with Columbine

    HARTFORD, Conn. — A report on the Newtown school shooting says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime.


    Tymoshenko on hunger strike to push for EU deal

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has declared a hunger strike to press the government to sign a landmark deal with the European Union.Tymoshenko’s lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, announced the decision Monday at a protest against the government’s move to shelve the association and trade deal with the EU and forge closer ties with Russian instead.

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi raise their hands with four raised fingers that became a symbol for the supporters during a rally in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday banned public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior government approval, imposing hefty fines and prison terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests roiling the country.

    Egypt officials defend law restricting protests

    CAIRO — Egyptian government officials on Monday defended a new law that sharply restricts the right to protest as needed to bring security, trying to counter a storm of criticism from allies and opponents alike who say the rules stifle freedom of expression and endanger the country’s democratic transition.

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine takes a question at a news conference where he announced indictments against four additional people in relation to the 2012 rape of a high school student on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. The charges against Superintendent Mike McVey include felony counts of obstructing justice, DeWine said. An elementary school principal, Lynnett Gorman, 40, and a strength coach, Seth Fluharty, 26, are charged with failing to report possible child abuse. A former volunteer coach, Matthew Bellardine, 26, faces several misdemeanor charges, including making false statements and contributing to underage alcohol consumption.

    School superintendent charged in Ohio rape case inquiry

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players, the state’s attorney general said Monday.

    In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 file photo, a Shiite fighter clashes with members of the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army rebel in the town of Hatita, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria. Syria’s government and opposition will hold their first peace talks on Jan. 22 in Geneva, in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the United Nations announces.

    UN: Syrian government, opposition to meet

    GENEVA — Syria’s government and opposition will meet for the first time in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the United Nations said Monday.

    The boarded up window of the residence, where two suspects allegedly held three women against their will, in Brixton, London, Monday Nov. 25, 2013 .British police investigating a slavery case involving three female victims say they are investigating 13 London addresses linked to the two suspects. Police said Monday that inquiries into the new addresses followed an extensive search of an apartment in the Brixton neighborhood of south London.

    U.K. police expand search in slavery case

    LONDON — British police investigating a slavery case involving three female victims say they are investigating 13 London addresses linked to the two suspects.Police said Monday that inquiries into the new addresses followed an extensive search of an apartment in the Brixton neighborhood of south London.


    New Mexico man convicted in doctor’s death

    GALLUP, N.M. — A jury on Monday convicted a 20-year-old New Mexico man of second-degree murder for beating a Farmington doctor to death with a pool cue and hiding his body in a wood pile.Jurors returned the verdict against John Mayes after deliberating a total of 10 hours since Friday, the Farmington Daily Times reported.


    Separate attacks in Iraq kill 24

    BAGHDAD — A double bombing at a market and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 24 on Monday, officials said. Twin explosions went off shortly after sunset at the entrance of an outdoor market in downtown Baghdad, killing 13 shoppers and wounding 35 others, police officials said.

    This undated handout photo provided by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows Cheryl LaFleur. President Barack Obama has named LaFleur, a former utility executive as acting chairwoman of the FERC. LaFleur, who has served on the commission since 2010, replaces Jon Wellinghoff, who stepped down Sunday.

    Obama names LaFleur acting chair of energy panel

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has named a former utility executive as acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


    Yemen: Airstrikes kill 12 al-Qaida suspects

    SANAA, Yemen — The Yemeni Interior Ministry says government airstrikes have killed 12 suspected al-Qaida militants in the country’s south. The statement Monday said the militants were killed in a strike this week in Abyan province that left their vehicle burned to a shell. The statement didn’t specify the day of the attack.


    Driver with untied bikini top cleared in crash

    NEW YORK — An appeals court has cleared a driver in a fatal crash after agreeing she faced an “unforeseen emergency” when a back-seat passenger untied her bikini top.Brittany Lahm of Manhattan briefly took her hands off the wheel when her bikini top came off while she was driving on the New York Thruway in July 2008, the Daily News reported.

    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia sprints down the field in the second quarter of Saturday’s Class 6A semifinal game Saturday in Rockford. He scored three times and finished with 184 yards on 41 carries.

    Batavia High gets ready for title football game

    Batavia High School is gearing up this week for its Class 6A state championship football game Saturday in DeKalb. There will be a pratice open to the public, a meet-the-players session, and some fun with Batavia Youth Football on Thanksgiving Day.

    Charlie Trotter

    Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from stroke

    A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke. Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina says in a statement Monday that tests showed the 54-year-old died from a stroked related to high blood pressure.

    Matthew W. Spencer

    Westmont man faces child porn charges after undercover probe

    A 23-year-old Westmont man was charged with child pornography possession after an undercover investigation by DuPage County authorities, police said Monday. Matthew W. Spencer was arrested Thursday on six counts of felony child pornography possession. He also was charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Mark Oelerich

    Trial delayed for Mundelein man in fatal crash

    The trial for a Mundelein man charged with killing a Round Lake Beach mother during a traffic crash last Thanksgiving has been delayed again. Mark Oelerich, 22, was scheduled to go to trial Jan. 10, but the trial was pushed back after defense attorney Elliot Pinsel requested more time for a court-appointed psychiatrist to interview Oelerich.

    Judy Pappas, principal of St. James School in Arlington Heights, thanks members of the school following the surprise of her nomination for a national award

    St. James principal nominated for prestigious national Catholic educators award

    The Archdiocese of Chicago could nominate only one principal out of 250 for a national award, and it turned to Judy Pappas, a 37-year veteran in Catholic education and presently the principal of St. James Catholic School in Arlington Heights. Pappas learned of her nomination during an all-school Mass on Friday. “I’m stunned,” she said. "Just to be nominated is a blessing for the whole school.”

    Roughly 7,700 turkey trotters will head toward the finish line at Naperville Central High School on Thursday morning in the 16th annual Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K.

    Turkey trot tradition lets Naperville runners ‘eat later’

    The Turkey Trot tradition continues this Thanksgiving in Naperville as the annual 5K sponsored by the Naperville Noon Lions gets ready to run for its 16th year. “It is a fun way to start Thanksgiving day and get a little exercise in a very scenic course in central downtown,” Race Director and Lions Club member Donna Kearney said. “It’s very much a family event — you...

    Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos

    Don’t let the Grinch steal Thanksgiving

    Former Daily Herald columnist Rev. Greg Asimikoupolos shares some thoughts on Thanksgiving and how we've got to guard against too much materialism.


    Plenty to give thanks for this year and always

    Our Stephanie Penick says there's plenty to be thankful for this year ... and always.

    The new outdoor patio stage is one of the many aspects of the $35 million renovation of the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    College of DuPage's renovated McAninch center almost ready

    The finishing touches are being put on a 14-month, $35 million renovation at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center that marks the biggest improvement project in the facility's 25-year history. More than 1.5 million people have viewed live performances at the MAC since the “community jewel” opened in 1986, officials say, but never before has the facility undergone such a...

    Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford, right, testifies to the RTA in July with his lawyer present, while former Chairman Brad O'Halloran (first row, far left) listens.

    Former Metra chair's bank link led to ethics inquiry

    So much of the Metra scandal has dwelt on outside political meddling. But when and if two state inspectors general release investigations, conflict of interest questions involving two former agency leaders may surface. Alex Clifford testified publicly that when Metra was considering expanding its pool of banks, ex-Chairman Brad O'Halloran exerted pressure to include Wintrust Corp. on the short...


    Dawn Patrol: Primary election filing starts; local Rhodes Scholar named

    Filing period begins today for March primary election. Naperville man charged in Chicago murder. Police seek help locating 85-year-old Aurora-area man. Oak Brook resident named a Rhodes Scholar. Different faith groups gather in Aurora to say thanks. Bears drop sloppy game in St. Louis. NIU reaches 14th in BCS standings.

    Taylor Swift poses backstage with the awards for favorite album — country for “Red,” favorite female artist — pop/rock, favorite female artist — country, and artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Weekend in Review: Charges in McDonald’s shooting; AMA awards
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Shooter gets life for Wheaton volleyball star's death; businessman has big plans for historic Anvil Club; suburban Vulcan prsopers in 'A Kling-on Christmas Carol';Oak Brook man named Rhodes Scholar; AMAs are good to Swift, Timberlake; Bulls lose Rose and a game to the Clippers; Bears lose to Rams

    Kevin Clifford, left, and Ryan Minick of Naperville Central celebrate the game-winning touchdown against Marist Saturday night in the Class 8A semifinals. The Redhawks’ 27-21 win advanced the team to the state championship game against Loyola Academy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Huskie stadium in DeKalb.

    Prep football recap: 4 teams advance to state finals

    And then there were four. Montini, Batavia, Lake Zurich and Naperville Central will represent the area in IHSA state football championship games Nov. 39-30 at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium.

    Ray Diehl, director of engineering at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, says the geothermal system is high-maintenance but has yielded savings close to $1 million annually.

    Sherman Hospital’s new geothermal system is paying off

    Before Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin opened its new facility in December 2009, officials estimated its geothermal heating and cooling system would save $1 million a year in energy costs. Those predictions have proved to be accurate. “It’s a completely different technology to maintain it. Some people are just hesitant to adopt that,” Warren Lloyd, vice president and...

    Reading Specialist Sylvia Chidley works with students Eloise Nelson, left, and Olivia Martelon at Roslyn Road Elementary School in Barrington. The school is one of three from Northwest Cook County to win a National Blue Ribbon Award this year.

    Three Northwest suburban schools receive Blue Ribbons

    Three schools in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County are celebrating their receiving of Bue Ribbon awards: St. Peter Lutheran in Arlington Heights, Roslyn Road Elementary in Barrington, and Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove. “When parents reinforce our messages at home, learning really takes off. It’s special to be a part of,” said Paul Kirk, principal of Roslyn Road...


    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, congratulates tight end Vernon Davis on his touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against Washington in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.

    Kaepernick, 49ers dominate Washington

    LANDOVER, Md. — Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions Monday night as the San Francisco 49ers broke a two-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over Washington.Kaepernick outperformed Robert Griffin III in the first matchup of two of the game’s young, agile quarterbacks, both of whom have struggled this season after breakout years in 2012.Kaepernick threw two touchdowns to Anquan Boldin and one to Vernon Davis. Boldin finished with 94 yards on five catches.The 49ers improved to 7-4, tied for second with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.Griffin was 17 for 27 for 127 yards and threw one interception for the Redskins. He was sacked four times.Washington fell to 3-8.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) is one of 17 seniors making a final appearance Tuesday at Huskie Stadium. NIU has won 25 straight home games in DeKalb.

    Unbeaten Huskies shrug off BCS questions

    Northern Illinois is a 35-point favorite Tuesday night against Western Michigan (1-10, 1-6 MAC) but Huskies coach Rod Carey won’t let anyone take the week off. A victory would give the Huskies (11-0, 7-0) their first unbeaten regular season since reaching major college status in 1969, and it would extend the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 26.


    Addison Trail can’t stop Konchar, West Chicago

    Addison Trail threw a myriad of defensive looks at West Chicago’s John Konchar in Monday’s first round of the Wildcat Turkey Classic. The Blazers tried everything from a 1-3-1 zone, man to man, full-court pressure and a variety of different defenders to contain West Chicago’s 20-points-a-game scorer from last season.


    Noda keys Grant; Borcia leads Libertyville

    Boys basketballGrant 76, Harlem 68: Ryan Noda stuffed the stat sheet for Grant. He finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the Bulldogs to a season-opening victory.Libertyville 91, Maine West 69: Joe Borcia had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Libertyville.Vernon Hills 59, Maine East 54: Robbie Nardini led Vernon Hills with 18 points.Wauconda 64, Grayslake North 48: Ricky Sidlowski had 11 points and 15 rebounds as Wauconda got the win. Teammate Ben Carlson added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.


    Smith paces Vernon Hills victory

    Girls basketballVernon Hills 48, Lake Forest Academy 39: In the Cougar Classic, Sydney Smith rolled up 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead Vernon Hills. In the third quarter, Smith hit all three of her 3-pointers.Bogan 65, Warren 52: In the New Trier Thanksgiving tournament, Bogan used tough defense and 17 steals to get a win over Warren. Kristin O’Brien led Warren with 16 points while teammate Hailey Leinart chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds.Cary-Grove 55, Lakes 33: Ellie Haviland had 14 points to lead Lakes, which was down 19-2 by the end of the first quarter.


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


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


    Fremd’s Glassmann, Wheeling’s Stephani come up big on opening night

    Fremd senior guard Riley Glassmann scored a career-best 30 points to help Fremd’s boys basketball team start its season strong with a 61-38 victory over Chicago Mather in tournament play Monday at Fenton, while Wheeling's Jeremy Stephani had 39, including nine 3's, in a 74-68 double OT loss to Leyden at Ridgewood.

    St. Louis Rams running back Benny Cunningham heads to the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Sunday against a Bears defense that allowed 258 yards rushing.

    Just no defense for Bears vs. rush

    At its current pace, this year's Bears defense could go down as the worst in franchise history in points and total yards allowed. The run defense is also one of the worst in Bears history.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose is out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Rose was hurt Friday night at Portland.

    DRose out for season: Is that it for this Bulls team?
    Derrick Rose had surgery to repair torn medial meniscus cartilage in his right knee Monday and was declared out for the season. The Bulls might be able to challenge for a low playoff spot without him, but why bother?

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates his goal against the Oilers in the first period of Monday ngiht’s 5-1 victory at Edmonton.

    Oilers no problem this time for Blackhawks

    Edmonton’s Rexall Place has been a house of horrors for the Blackhawks recently.That wasn’t the case on Monday night, however, as the Hawks jumped on the Oilers early and went on to dump them 5-1 for their third straight win on the circus road trip.

    The Bulls’ Luol Deng drives to the basket as Utah’s Derrick Favors defends in the first quarter Monday night.

    Bulls’ losing streak continues against lowly Jazz

    The nature of Monday’s Bulls-Utah game in Salt Lake City changed significantly with Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury. Both teams may now be headed for the draft lottery and Utah pulled out an 89-83 win in overtime.


    Palatine closes out Waubonsie Valley

    Basketball is a game of runs. Palatine head coach Eric Millstone and Waubonsie Valley’s Chaz Taft would agree. In a contest that went back and forth, Palatine came through with the biggest surge to beat the Warriors 66-56 in the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Tournament Monday night at Palatine.


    South Elgin scores 94 on Fenton in Petersen’s debut

    Last season Matt McClure and the South Elgin boys basketball team posted their first of only five victories by edging Fenton 46-45. When the teams met Monday in the season opener and first round of Fenton’s 28th annual Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament, the Storm had 55 points by halftime. “It’s a huge difference, just the offense that we’re running, the tempo we’re trying to play,” McClure said. “It’s fun playing (this way).” South Elgin unveiled its high-energy offense under new coach Matt Petersen, and they achieved a single-game school record for points in a 94-43 victory.


    Sluggish start sinks Mundelein

    If first-year Mundelein coach Corey Knigge could somehow bottle up the final five minutes of the Mustangs’ season opener against Lake Forest Academy on Monday night, he would gladly do so, and reserve some for when the Mustangs need it most. Unfortunately for Knigge, his Mustangs couldn’t find that same rhythm and intensity in the first 27 minutes of the contest. Mundelein, which opened its season Monday night as hosts of the Mustang Thanksgiving Tournament, found itself in a double-digit hole to start the fourth quarter and even a wild rally in the final five minutes couldn’t rescue the Mustangs as they fell to the Caxys 76-70.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin 60, Marengo 52: Victoria Patterson scored 21 points to lead the Royals (1-2) to their first win of the season at the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament. Alyssa McGhee added 10 points for Larkin, which led 30-18 at halftime. Shawndre’a Hill and Rachel Martinez each had 8 points.

    Buffalo Grove’s Andrew Apel drives around Elgin’s Lavion Baldwin during a Bison Classic tournament game at Buffalo Grove on Monday evening.

    Buffalo Grove shows strong bond, tops Elgin

    At Buffalo Grove this season, it’s all about family. The basketball family, that is, and it’s looking pretty tightly knit after Monday night’s 57-49 win over Elgin in the first round of the Bison Classic at BG. A lineup short on height and the experience it usually takes to close out games battled through all that successfully. BG held off Elgin’s second-half surge, hit its free throws and the boards and played tough defense down the stretch to win Keith Peterson’s first game as head coach.


    St. Charles East runs by East Aurora

    Dom Adduci has a way of easing his nerves. Adduci scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to help lift St. Charles East’s basketball team to a convincing 79-64 season-opening victory over East Aurora Monday night on the first night of the 55th annual Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament in St. Charles.


    Geneva pulls away from Glenbard North

    Geneva never trailed Monday night in Lombard, but Glenbard North was seemingly always within range. But Michaela Loebel, Janie McCloughan, Madeline Dunn and Sidney Santos all scored in the last minute-plus in second-night action of the Rachel Back Tournament at Glenbard East. The Vikings’ 8-point burst to close out the third doubled their lead over Glenbard North entering the final period. The Geneva bench completed the 62-35 girls basketball triumph with solid play in the final quarter.


    Mac Irvin Classic at Larkin has top lineup

    Larkin on Monday announced the lineup for the first Mac Irvin Diabetes Awareness Classic, a 5-game event to be held at the high school on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event is named in honor of Mac Irvin, a Chicago AAU pioneer who passed away in December 2011, due to complications from diabetes. Irvin was the father-in-law of Whitney Young girls basketball coach Corry Irvin, who is Larkin boys coach Deryn Carter’s sister. Proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. The lineup includes a matchup of two of the top girls basketball teams in the state as well as four boys games featuring three of the top-10 teams in the Daily Herald’s coverage area.


    Larkin gets going in time for easy win

    Defending champion Larkin got off to a slow start in its season opener against Belvidere at the 14th Annual Hoops for Healing Tournament at Woodstock Monday, but the Royals soon showed the form expected of the No. 2-ranked team in the Daily Herald’s preseason Top 20 poll and pulled away for a 59-32 victory.


    Aurora Central drops opener

    Plainfield North picked up an 87-58 victory over Aurora Central Catholic Monday in Joliet.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 55, Woodstock North 45: Jason Gregoire scored 18 points to lead the Trojans to a season-opening win in the Hoops For Healing Tournament in Woodstock.


    Big 2nd half lifts West Aurora

    West Aurora outscored Oswego 37-24 in the second half Monday to erase an 8-point halftime deficit and win 57-52.

    Naperville North’s Jayson Winick works to take a shot past Benet’s Daniel Roemer during in boys basketball in Naperville Sunday.

    Benet steadies itself in 2nd half, beats Naperville North

    A tough environment and a tough pressing defense caused some troubles for Benet on Monday night, but only for one half. The Redwings, breaking in some new varsity starters in their season opener at the Oswego/Naperville North Hoops For Healing tournament, trailed the host Huskies 29-28 at the half before using a big second half to prevail 70-56. Benet’s defense picked up after the intermission and the team also handled Naperville North’s full-court press much better, allowing the visitors to take control with an 18-8 third quarter.


    St. Viator turns up the heat

    St. Viator senior Ore Arogundade finished with a game-high 22 points and had 4 steals and a block as well to help the Lions past Walther Christian Academy 82-48 in season-opening tournament play at St. Viator on Monday.


    Naperville Central turns to seniors to defeat Metea Valley

    Most of the Naperville Central players who saw action in Monday’s 56-51 season-opening win over Metea Valley during the opening day of competition at the Hoops for Healing Tournament in Oswego, were seniors. Coach Pete Kramer expects those seniors to play big roles this season, and some came through big time against the Mustangs.

    Grayslake Central’s Michael Benko, right, tries to stop Stevenson’s Brandon Hwang during a Bison Classic tournament play at Buffalo Grove on Monday evening.

    Stevenson impresses in opener

    It’s only the first game of the boys basketball season but Stevenson has already served notice that it will be a force on the heels of last season’s state runner-up finish. The Patriots, with returning starters Matt Morrissey and Cameron Green not in uniform yet since football season for them ended on Saturday, put together a dominant performance in the Bison Classic at Buffalo Grove, defeating Grayslake Central 74-29. Heavily recruited point guard Jalen Brunson and fellow junior Connor Cashaw each scored 16 points for the Patriots, and freshman Justin Smith came off the bench to score 11.


    Quite a start for Gillespie, Warren

    Eric Gillespie’s first varsity start Monday night will be one to remember. A career-high 37 points, that’s hard to forget. He also dropped in three straight 3-point baskets in a 15-point fourth quarter to propel Warren past Barrington 63-54 in the opening game of the boys Thanksgiving tournament at Mundelein High School. Warren played without starter Adrian Deere because of knee injury.


    Balanced Glenbard South wins rivalry game

    Glenbard South junior guard Ivana Markovic liked the way her team started Monday’s girls basketball game against cross-town rival Glenbard West. She wasn’t alone. The Raiders got off to their best start of the season in their second game at Glenbard East’s Rachel Bach Tournament, cruising to a 49-24 victory in Lombard.

    With all-star guard Derrick Rose again gone for the rest of the season, there really might not be a fair plan for those many Bulls season-ticket holders.

    Bulls about to go where Cubs find themselves

    It sounds like a good idea for the Bulls to tank the season, gut the roster and rebuild around a rebuilt Derrick Rose over the next few years. At least it sounds good unless you're a Cubs' season-ticket holder who is going through that with that team.


    Prospect turns it on against Conant

    Prospect flipped the switch and powered past Conant 59-39 in the boys basketball season opener for both teams at the Joe Majkowski Thanksgiving tournament at St. Viator in Arlington Heights. “You practice those first two weeks, always hoping they are prepared to come out prepared to deal with the ups and downs,” Prospect coach John Camardella said. “For us to come out like and come back from being down is very gratifying.”


    Hampshire runs out of time vs. Jefferson

    Hampshire’s boys basketball team kept things competitive against Rockford Jefferson, but the young Whip-Purs just made too many mistakes to keep up with the J-Hawks, who ran away with a 67-62 victory in the opening game of the Leland G. Strombom tournament at Sycamore Monday night. Ryan Cork did his best to keep the Whip-Purs in the game with 24 points and 5 rebounds in the season opener for both teams.


    Collins will take record-breaking career to St. Xavier

    She is already the all-time leading rebounder in Maine West girls basketball history with nearly 1,000. And if Brittany Collins keeps scoring the way she has started the 2013-14 season, she will become the school’s all-time leading scorer. After a 36-point outburst against Harlan on Saturday, Collins has 1,487 points in her four seasons under Hall of fame coach Derril Kipp. That puts her third on West’s all-time list behind 2005 graduate Megan Edwards (1,648) and 1982 grad Donna Logisz (1,520). You can bet Saint Xavier coach Bob Hallberg is eagerly awaiting Collins’ arrival on campus. The 6-foot senior forward recently made her verbal commitment to play at the Chicago school which has advanced to the NAIA national tournament each of the last 11 seasons.


    Carmel shuts down Egekeze, Huntley

    Carmel Catholic boys basketball coach Tim Bowen had a simple defensive strategy. Bowen wanted to limit Huntley senior center Amanze Egekeze’s touches and shot attempts. Mission accomplished. Egekeze connected on 4-of-9 shots in scoring 8 points, all in the first half, as Carmel’s defense was key in a 46-35 win over the Red Raiders in first round action of the Coaches vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tournament held at Prairie Ridge High School Monday night.

    Geneva’s Nate Navigato tries to block Marmion’s Alex Kirtley’s scoop shot Monday at the Wildcat Turkey Classic in West Chicago.

    Geneva holds off Marmion

    When it comes to getting the basketball season started with a bang, Geneva and Marmion know how to do it right. A year after Nate Navigato hit a buzzer-beater to give the Vikings the win in his first varsity game, Geneva overcame the Cadets’ 7-0 start, a double technical in the fourth quarter and watched as Marmion nearly erased a 14-point third-quarter deficit before holding on for a 65-60 victory.


    St. Edward cruises past Harvest Christian

    The St. Edward boys basketball team got to play the up-tempo game offensively it wants to in the season opener Monday. But being able to play tough man-to-man defense and pressing will be a work in progress as the Green Wave adjusts to the new rules. St. Edward didn’t need to worry about the pressure too much Monday as it cruised to a 74-48 victory over Harvest Christian in the opening game of the 7th annual Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Classic.

    After stellar efforts against Ball State and Toledo, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch still just might get that invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

    NIU busts through as Lynch’s stock rises

    A surprising jump in the BCS standings not only boosted NIU’s chances of busting through again, but it also means Jordan Lynch has a better shot at a Heisman invite.


    Stevenson’s Radtke makes MAC all-frosh team

    Jenna Radtke finished her high school career with Daily Herald all-area recognition, putting down 319 kills and 114 solo blocks as a senior for Stevenson girls volleyball coach Tim Crow. She has started her college career earning more recognition. The native of Buffalo Grove, who did not begin playing volleyball until her sophomore year of high school, has been selected to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team along with teammate Mary Grace Kelly.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Batavia's Michael Moffatt, left, congratulates Jordan Zwart (hidden) as he bumps with Alec Berry after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Class 6A semifinal game on Saturday, November 23.

    Weather, Boylan no match for Batavia

    When Batavia tight end Noah Frazier throws a block to help clear holes for Anthony Scaccia or give time for Micah Coffey to throw, it’s easy for the junior to find motivation. That motivation is one of his teammates who isn’t able to throw a block — fellow junior Mitchell Krusz who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 8 against St. Charles North. “Our line has been working hard all year, but when Mitchell went down, we want to do it for him, he’s always the motivation,” Frazier said. “(Offensive line) Coach PJ (White) is always on us to have the perfect game. We still haven’t had that but we’re getting close.” The group that includes Jack Breshears, Zach Tate, Connor McKeehan, Patrick Gamble and Max Heidgen certainly were clicking Saturday when Batavia ran for 211 yards and outgained Rockford Boylan 405-167 in a dominating 38-6 victory in the Class 6A semifinals.


    Game video: Prospect vs. Conant boys basketball
    Prospect takes on Conant in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Schaumburg vs. St. Joe’s boys basketball
    Schaumburg takes on St. Joseph in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Warren vs. Barrington boys basketball
    Warren takes on Barrington in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Metea Valley vs. Naperville Central boys basketball
    Naperville Central takes on Metea Valley in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Charles East vs. East Aurora boys basketball
    St. Charles East takes on East Aurora in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


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


    In Brazil, the Game of Soccer Is Too Big To Fail: Raul Gallegos c.2013 Bloomberg View

    Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- To understand Brazil’s economic woes, one should consider how politics has ruined the country's most venerated sport.It's no secret that the economics of the Brazilian soccer world are dysfunctional. For the most part, teams are poorly run, member-controlled organizations with histories of financial mismanagement, run by overpaid managers with little accountability. For years, soccer clubs stopped paying taxes and evaded social security obligations. And the government often rescued them from financial failure -- as it may be about to do again.According to an October piece in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Brazil's soccer clubs have run up a 4.8 billion reais ($2.1 billion) tab with the federal government. Approximately 36 percent of the total debt owed by clubs is due in the short term, according to an Oct. 25 analysis by consulting firm Pluri Consultoria. Soccer teams are heavily leveraged, and their profitability (the average profitability of the top 25 teams is 0.7 percent of annual sales) is almost nonexistent. “It is possible to say, with no shadow of a doubt, that soccer clubs would not be standing” if they operated as companies, Pluri warned.As Vilson Ribeiro de Andrade, president of the Coritiba Foot Ball Club -- a debtor -- said in the Folha article, the government’s bill is “virtually unrecoverable.” This is not flattering for a country that boasts five FIFA World Cup titles and is set to host the event next year.And so, legislators are considering a controversial new proposal that would absolve the game’s worst tax cheats. The disarmingly named “Program for the Strengthening of Olympic Sports” law proposal would apparently wipe out about 90 percent of the clubs’ fiscal debts and allow teams as long as 20 years to pay off the remainder of what they owe. In exchange, soccer clubs would be obligated to help train Olympic athletes.Letting clubs off so easily does not sit well with some. In an editorial Monday, Folha demanded that the teams should at least agree to adopt standard business-management practices and make officials accountable for mismanagement in exchange for debt forgiveness. “The debts are not responsible for causing the administrative negligence of the clubs -- but the other way around," the editorial said.Henrique Alves, president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, gave a rather weak excuse for the proposed bailout last week: “Soccer, especially, is a source of happiness, socialization and integration of the Brazilian family.” Alves’s transparent move to rescue the sector suggests that Brazil’s soccer teams have also mastered the game of politics.In a soccer-obsessed nation, politicians fear losing voters if they push teams to own up to their fiscal mistakes. Squeezing clubs financially could hurt their ability to hire talent and weaken their performance. This could prove unpopular with Brazil’s poor, for whom soccer is not just entertainment, but also a means of upward social mobility for talented players from the slums. Teams understand this political reality and have long taken advantage of it.This partly explains why having the state lend a hand to troubled teams is a Brazilian tradition. In 2008, Brazil’s government introduced Timemania (Team Mania), a lottery game that includes 80 teams and is meant to generate enough proceeds to help pay what clubs owe the government. In addition, Brazil has led three refinancing programs for financially strapped clubs over the past 15 years. The bill under consideration by legislators is the latest version of a recurring story.



    Oil prices drop after Iran nuclear deal

    Oil prices sank Monday as a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers made it more likely that the sanctions choking Iranian oil exports will eventually be lifted. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was down $2.53 at $108.52 a barrel at midafternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the ICE futures exchange in London.

    Robert Oswald, right, works with fellow traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks end mixed on quiet day

    NEW YORK — The stock market paused Monday, ending on a mixed note, after a string of records in recent weeks.Investors had little company-specific news to digest, although the U.S. and other world powers reached a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, an event that pushed down oil prices and energy stocks.The slow day represented a pause in the market’s strong run-up, capped by another milestone on Friday, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 1,800 for the first time.Stocks have soared this year as a combination of solid corporate earnings, a strengthening economy and easy-money policies from the Federal Reserve have drawn investors to stocks. Stocks have also gained because they offer an attractive alternative to bonds, where interest rates remain close to all-time lows.Despite light trade, Monday did feature another market milestone. The Nasdaq rose as high as 4,007.09, a level it hasn’t seen since Sept. 7, 2000, during the dot-com bubble. The index ended up 2.92 points, or 0.1 percent, at 3,994.57.The Dow Jones industrial average rose eight points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,072.54. Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,802.48.The biggest drags on the S&P 500 were energy stocks. Sunday’s deal with Iran was the first significant progress in years to curtail that country’s nuclear ambitions. It could reduce the risk of conflict, improve trade and boost global oil supplies by making it easier for Iran to sell its crude onto the global market. That could increase global supply and push oil prices lower in the long-term.Oil fell 75 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $94.09. Energy companies Halliburton, Transocean and Schlumberger all fell 2 percent or more.Even with Monday’s decline, S&P 500 has risen seven straight weeks and is up 26 percent in 2013, its best performance in 15 years. However, an increasing number of investors believe that stocks have run their course for 2013 and stocks are due for a pullback soon. “I would like to see this market take a breather,” said Jim Lauder, a fund manager for Wells Fargo Advantage Dow Jones Target Date Funds.While the Nasdaq is flirting with territory it hasn’t seen in 13 years, the index is still down roughly 25 percent from its all-time high of 5,048.62 that it set on March 10, 2000. The index, although still technology heavy, is dominated by highly-profitable companies like Apple, Google and Amazon. Trading was light Monday and is expected to remain limited all week. Stock and bond markets are closed Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will close early. Approximately 2.98 billion shares traded hands Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, below the 3.35 billion that is typically traded on an average day.Investors will focus on Black Friday, when the holiday shopping season officially starts. Due to the lateness of Thanksgiving, the Christmas shopping season is a week shorter than usual, and that could affect the amount of shopping people can do. An increasing number of retailers are opening up on Thanksgiving to draw in customers.In other news, shares of Wal-Mart rose 62 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $80.43 after the company announced its CEO was stepping down. Alcoa climbed 35 cents, or 4 percent, to $9.59 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the company to “buy” from “neutral,” citing potential growth in its aluminum products business.


    Contracts to buy U.S. homes fall for 5th month

    WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases and the 16-day partial government shutdown held back sales.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dipped 0.6 percent to 102.1. That’s the lowest level since December. September’s reading was revised slightly higher to 102.7. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The drop suggests final sales will remain weak in the coming months.The Realtors’ group said the shutdown prevented the IRS from verifying incomes, a critical part of the mortgage-approval process. The group said that 17 percent of Realtors reported delays.Sales may rebound a bit in November as purchases delayed by the shutdown are completed. But sales are not expected to pick up much after that.“The recovery in home sales has clearly at least stalled,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist with High Frequency Economics, a forecasting firm. “With other data showing the recovery in the labor market still on track, and confidence moving up again, we expect home sales to start trending up again in coming months.” A limited supply of homes has pushed up prices in the past year. Prices of existing homes jumped 12 percent in September from the previous year, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic.Signed contracts fell sharply in the West, where investors have snapped up foreclosed homes and bid up prices in the past year. Signed contracts also slipped in the South, another area hit hard during the crisis.But contracts rose last month in the Northeast and Midwest. Mortgage rates have eased but remain nearly a point higher than they were in the spring. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage fell to 4.22 percent last week from 4.35 percent the week before. That’s down from a peak in August of nearly 4.6 percent and still low by historical standards. Last week, the Realtors said sales of existing homes fell 3.2 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million, down from a pace of 5.29 million in September and the slowest since June. Sales at an annual rate of about 5.5 million are consistent with a healthy market.Sales should rise about 10 percent this year to 5.1 million, the Realtors’ group predicts. About 4.67 million homes were sold in 2012. But it expects sales will be roughly flat next year.

    This photo provided by Reebok shows workout gear, sweat socks and shorts by Reebok. Workout clothes, long relegated to the far end of the closet, are fast becoming a basic wardrobe staple. Everything from neon bras to CrossFit knee socks are becoming hip to wear outside the gym. Spending on activewear is outpacing general spending on clothing: the figure jumped 7 percent between 2013 and 2012 to $31.61 billion, while total clothing spending rose just 2 percent to $200.78 billion.

    Fit chic: Gym clothes became fashionable

    NEW YORK — So long, dingy sweatpants.Workout clothes for women, once relegated to the back of the closet, are moving to the front of the fashion scene.Yoga pants are the new jeans, neon sports bras have become the “it” accessory and long athletic socks are hipper than high heels.“I’ve actually had more excitement buying workout gear than normal jeans and dresses,” says Amanda Kleinhenz, 27, who wears workout gear both in and outside of the gym in Cleveland. “I want to look good.”Blame it on the push by many Americans toward a more active lifestyle. Or call it an extension of the nation’s fascination with fashion. Either way, these days jogging suits are just as likely to be seen on a runway in New York as a treadmill in Texas.In fact, sales of workout gear are growing faster than sales of everyday clothing — by a lot. Spending on workout clothes jumped 7 percent to $31.6 billion during the 12-month period that ended in August from the same period a year ago. That compares with a 1 percent rise in spending for other clothing to about $169.2 billion.But these aren’t cheap cotton T-shirts and spandex jumpsuits. Top designers like Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang all rolled out fitness chic clothing lines, with everything from $50 leggings to $125 zip-front hoodies and $225 long john sweatpants. And big nationwide retailers like Gap, Forever 21, Victoria Secret and Macy’s have fitness lines, too.“Active has become an important part of what customers are wearing,” says Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer at Macy’s, which is expanding its active wear label to 400 stores from 160. “Sometimes it’s for athletic endeavors. Sometimes it’s just to run errands.”This is the latest evolution in fitness fashion. Sweatpants and tees were the hallmark of athletic clothing for decades. That changed with the invention of spandex in 1959, then again with the aerobics craze of the 1980s when tights, leotards, legwarmers and nylon track suits became popular.Athletic gear giants like Nike, Reebok and Adidas were popular for years as synthetic material like Gore Tex and Lyrcra gained popularity because of their performance qualities. Then, in the late 1990s, it became cool to wear workout clothes everywhere after the Lululemon athletic chain opened and gained a loyal following of fitness enthusiasts willing to shell out $100 for yoga pants. Annie Georgia Greenberg, a New York editor for style blog Refinery29, says she noticed the trend at the New York Fashion week in September as more people were choosing shoes like the neon Nike Free Flyknit over designer pumps. Greenberg herself paired a “Gold’s Gym” t-shirt and Adidas Samba sneakers with a two-piece bejeweled suit — something she wouldn’t have done a couple years ago.“It is almost cooler to be comfortable and athletic and feel like yourself than to be overly glam,” Greenberg says.Fitness chic also sends a message to others that you are living a healthy lifestyle, says Noreen Naroo, senior creative director for apparel at fitness brand Under Armour. Recently, Naroo did a mile run at her daughter’s elementary school with leggings, a sports bra, t-shirt and sneakers. She changed from her sneakers into boots to go to work.“This is exactly what women are doing — running between work and play,” Naroo says.Nike says that’s one reason its women’s business has added $1 billion in revenue since fiscal 2010 to reach $4 billion in fiscal 2013. It’s been fueled in part by demand for fashionable workout gear like its leggings with compression technology that is made to be flattering. Another hit has been its “tights of the moment,” limited edition running tights with geometric or neon prints.


    Illinois’ past-due bills climb once more

    Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the backlog has grown to about $8.8 billion. The state’s balance of unpaid bills was shrinking in the spring, thanks to an influx of tax revenue.

    Adriane Johnson, owner of Populus XP LLC in Riverwoods

    People drive HR firm’s buisness, owner’s enjoyment
    Populus XP is a boutique HR consulting firm that provides customized services to help our clients effectively manage their investment in people. We talk with the owner.


    Three-year old startup results in multifaceted existence

    Whether the intent is to supplement income from a vulnerable job or assert more control over an individual destiny, more of us are thinking about starting a business. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall explores the topic.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO Mike Duke answers a question during a panel discussion at the Wal-Mart U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Orlando, Fla. WalMart announced Monday Duke is stepping down from those posts. The world’s biggest retailer named Doug McMillon as his successor. The 63-year-old Duke will stay on as chairman.

    Wal-Mart CEO steps down; McMillon is successor

    Wal-Mart Stores CEO and President Mike Duke plans to step down Feb. 1. The company says Doug McMillon, head of international operations, will succeed him. Duke, 63, who had been with Wal-Mart since 1995, had been at the helm since February 2009. Duke will stay on as chairman. .

    George Cary speaks at his home with his daughters Heather Andrus, 33, middle, of Howell, Mich., and Jill Bloser, 43, right, of Charleston, S.C., in Howell, Mich. Cary, whose wife’s death was linked to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis, said that he, too, was treated with steroids that may have been contaminated.

    Meningitis victims hope for Mass. criminal charges

    Dirk Thompson III doesn’t hold out much hope that he and the 750 other victims in a nationwide meningitis outbreak will ever see much, if any, compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids. He hopes to find justice another way if criminal charges are brought against the principals of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made the steroid injections blamed for the fungal meningitis outbreak.

    Inmates listen as Andrew Kaplan, a product marketing manager at Linkedin, leads a session of The Last Mile at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.

    Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros

    The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled “prisoner” and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet.

Life & Entertainment

    Mark Hall of Casting Crowns comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14.

    Casting Crowns to play Sears Centre
    The Christian contemporary band Casting Crowns is bringing its Thrive Tour featuring guests Laura Story and For King and Country to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday, March 14. General public ticket sales are available at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

    The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series will return to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12.

    Ride ’em: Bull riders return to Rosemont
    The Professional Bull Riders brings its Built Ford Tough Series to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12.

    In “Delivery Man,” Vince Vaughn plays a sperm donor who learns he’s fathered more than 500 kids. Enough “donor babies” are coming of age now to prompt public interest in their experiences, evident in both “Delivery Man” and in “Generation Cryo,” an MTV series that follows a woman’s effort to discover half siblings through a registry and, ultimately, track down the donor who gave her life.

    MTV series focuses on lives of sperm donor kids

    Breeanna Speicher’s curiosity about her background led her to a family she never knew she had and inspired a new MTV series that stretches the very concept of family. The 18-year-old college student from Reno, Nev., is the daughter of two women who conceived her with a sperm donation. She’s the central figure in “Generation Cryo,” which follows her effort to track down the donor who gave her life. The first of six episodes debuts at 9 p.m. Monday.

    Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company as it tries to expand its audience and sell more advertising.

    Katie Couric to anchor news program for Yahoo

    Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company as it tries to expand its audience and sell more advertising. Monday’s announcement confirms recent published reports that Couric would diversify into online video programming after spending decades in broadcast television as a talk-show host and news anchor.

    Pistachio-studded apple cranberry sauce goes well with turkey and latkes.

    A sauce that’s a bit Thanksgiving, a bit Hanukkah

    To blend Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, start with the fruit, because cooked fruit enjoys starring roles in both holidays. For Hanukkah, there often is applesauce, a sweet and refreshing counterpoint to savory, crispy potato latkes. And for Thanksgiving, a dinner spread is incomplete without a sweet and tart cranberry sauce — even if it’s from a can.

    Pistachio-studded apple cranberry sauce goes well with turkey and latkes.

    Skillet Apple-Cranberry Sauce with Pistachios
    Skilled Apple Cranberry Sauce

    Latke crusted turkey cutlet is served with Meyer lemon applesauce.

    Thanksgiving and Hanukkah — together at the table

    It’s a meeting of holidays so rare it might not happen again in our life times. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah — the Jewish Festival of Lights — fall on the same day this year, creating what many celebrants have dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.” And it’s opened up a whole new world of culinary opportunities.

    A once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah inspired kosher baker Paula Shoyer to create cranberry-filled Thanksgiving babka. See this recipe online at dailyherald.com/life/food.

    Thanksgiving Babka
    ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon warm water4½ teaspoons (2 envelopes) active dry yeast¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar2½ cups flour, plus more for dusting½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract½ teaspoon ground cinnamonDash salt4 tablespoons (½ stick) dairy-free margarine, at a cool room temperature, plus more for the pan¼ cup canola oil2 large eggsFilling½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice¼ cup granulated sugar6 ounces fresh cranberries½ cup dried cranberries3 tablespoons apricot preserves½ teaspoon finely grated zest and 1 tablespoon fresh juice from ½ large orange¼ teaspoon ground allspice8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine, at room temperature for 30 minutes¾ cup packed light brown sugarFor the dough: Combine the ¼ cup of warm water, the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, until it bubbles and thickens.Add the remaining ¼ cup of granulated sugar, the flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, margarine, oil, 1 of the eggs and 1 egg white; reserve the remaining yolk for brushing, covered, in the refrigerator. Beat on low speed until well incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap, place near or on a warm stove top and let the dough rise for 1 hour.Meanwhile, make the filling: Combine the cranberry juice, sugar and the fresh and dried cranberries in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture bubbles and the fresh cranberries start to pop. All of the sugar might not dissolve; that’s OK. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.Stir in the apricot preserves, orange zest, fresh orange juice and allspice. Scoop the filling into a bowl and let it cool, uncovered, until ready to use.While the cranberries are cooking, combine the margarine and light brown sugar in a medium bowl and beat until creamy. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature.Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 11- or 12-inch loaf pan with margarine. Sprinkle a little flour on a large sheet of parchment paper.Divide the dough in half. Roll each piece of dough into a 12-by-14-inch rectangle on the parchment paper so that a long side is facing you. Lift the dough a few times to facilitate rolling, and sprinkle additional flour if the rolling pin sticks to the dough.Spread half of the margarine-brown sugar mixture all the way to the edges. Scoop up half of the cranberry filling and dump it onto the dough. Use a flexible spatula to spread the cranberry filling all over the sugar filling. Fold the right and left sides 1 inch in toward the center, then roll up tightly from bottom to top. Repeat for the second piece of dough.When you have 2 rolls, twist them around each other, trying to keep the seams on the bottom. Tuck the ends of the dough underneath, then transfer the twisted dough to the loaf plan. Combine the reserved egg yolk with the remaining teaspoon of water and brush the top of the dough with the mixture. Bake 50-55 minutes or until browned.Let the babka rest for 15 minutes before serving, or cool completely before storing.Serves 12 to 15.Cook’s notes: You’ll need an 11- or 12-inch loaf pan; we found one at Ikea and some disposable aluminum ones at party supply stores. The dough needs to rest a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes. The filling can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The babka can be covered at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.Nutrition values per serving (assumes 15): 300 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated), 42 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g sugar, 4 g protein, 30 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium.Pastry chef Paula Shoyer for The Washington Post


    Pastrami-wrapped Fried Turkey with Horseradish Pickled Onions
    Pickled Onions1 cup red wine vinegar½ cup sugar2 tablespoons pickling spice2 tablespoons kosher salt½ cup prepared horseradish2 medium red onions, thinly sliced Turkey3 pounds turkey tenderloins8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami2 eggs2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1½ cups matzo mealVegetable oil, for fryingIn a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, salt and horseradish. Bring to a boil, then add the onions. Return to a boil, cover and remove from the heat. Let sit until cool. The onions can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.Wrap each turkey tenderloin in several slices of pastrami, securing them with wooden skewers as needed.In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard and flour. In a second bowl, spread the matzo meal. One at a time, roll each tenderloin in the egg mixture to coat evenly. Transfer to the matzo meal and roll to coat. The tenderloins can be prepared in this manner up to several hours ahead of time, then covered and refrigerated.When ready to cook, heat the oven to 350 degrees.In a large, deep saute pan, heat ½ inch of oil until it sizzles when a matzo crumb is dropped into it. One at a time, fry each tenderloin for 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown all over. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, then repeat with the remaining tenderloins.When all of the tenderloins are fried, place them in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they reach 165 degrees at the center. Serve with the pickled onions on the side.Serves 12.Nutrition values per serving: 270 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 35 g protein, 90 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium.Alison Ladman for The Associated Press


    Latke-Crusted Turkey Cutlets


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    Pumpkin Honey Doughnuts
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    Thanksgivukah Stuffed Doughnut Holes
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    1962 Ford Thunderbird

    Used Thunderbird was never abused

    Art Kastl’s father longed to walk into a dealership and drive away in a new car. Because money was tight in 1966, the Darien man's dad was very happy to come home with this used but pristine 1962 Ford Thunderbird.

    Teacher Sarah Starnes of Naperville demonstrates one of the aerial yoga poses.

    Students soar with high-flying aerial workout

    The students are lying snug in their black hammocks, swaying slightly as the aerial yoga class winds down in Buffalo Grove. Bulging a bit at the bottom with a person inside, the aerial silks as they hang from the ceiling look a bit like pods in a science fiction movie, says Nickie Silk, group exercise director at Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Parkway in Buffalo Grove. Sky Fitness began offering aerial yoga in April. The classes have been a hit, Silk says.


    Don’t deny yourself holiday treats, just show restraint

    In this Best of Lean and Lovin' it column Don Mauer outlines ways to trim calories from the Thanksgiving feast and shares a divine way to use leftover turkey.

    Ron Nunes of Elk Grove Village works with Operation BBQ Relief in downstate Washington after a powerful tornado ravaged the town.

    From the Food Editor: Giving thanks for helping hands and pumpkin pie Blizzards

    This Thanksgiving Food Editor Deborah Pankey is thankful for people like Ron Nunes and Dave Raymond who drop what they're doing and feed people affected by natural disasters, like the recent tornadoes in downstate Washington. Within hours of learning that a tornado leveled downstate Washington, Nunes, of Elk Grove Village, and Dave Raymond, of Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce, had picked up supplies and were steering the Operation BBQ Relief truck toward the devastated town.

    Joe Moninski looks at entertaining as a creative outlet. He recently created a menu that included Kale Holiday Salad with Asian Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, clockwise from bottom left, Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet and White Maple Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans with Sesame & Red Pepper, and Seared Scallops with Grand Marnier Sauce.

    Love of experimenting leads cook on lifetime of discovery in the kitchen

    Cook of the Week Joe Moninski initially was disappointed when he didn’t make it past the first round of competition of 2012’s Cook of the Week Challenge, he still enjoyed the experience, especially getting to experiment with one of his secret ingredients — tofu. “I like to research an ingredient, find out where it comes from, how it’s made, how to use it,” says Joe, of Arlington Heights.

    Joe Moninski serves seared scallops on a bed of clementine slices and drizzles them with Grand Marnier sauce.

    Seared Scallops with Grand Marnier Sauce
    Seared Scallops with Grand Marnier Sauce: Joe Moninski


    Aunt Letha’s Turkey Divan
    Turkey Divan: Lean and Lovin it

    Pistachio-studded apple cranberry sauce goes well with turkey and latkes.

    Skillet Apple-Cranberry Sauce with Pistachios
    Skilled Apple Cranberry Sauce

    Flannery O’Connor’s “A Prayer Journal” is a moving glimpse of a young writer seeking to balance her art with her faith.

    Flannery O’Connor prayer journal published

    Flannery O’Connor’s “A Prayer Journal” is a moving glimpse of a young writer seeking to balance her art with her faith. In 1946, O’Connor began writing the prayers in a common black-and-white schoolbook, when she was 21 and studying in Iowa. At the time she was just beginning to perfect her craft, but the journal shows the same sense of humor, tragedy and suffering that would distinguish her later American masterpieces.

    Brandi Glanville released a book earlier this year called “Drinking & Tweeting” about the breakup of her marriage, and the ups-and-downs of divorce quickly became a best seller.

    Brandi Glanville finds success after scorn

    Brandi Glanville caught the public eye when her divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian became tabloid fodder, but she’s held people’s interest with her role on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Her best-selling memoir, “Drinking & Tweeting: and other Brandi Blunders,” published earlier this year, tells of the breakup of her marriage and the ups and downs of divorce.

    Don’t let the fruit on top of calorie-dense foods fool you into eating more of the dessert.

    Your health: Fruit topping doesn’t make treats healthier
    Topping that calorie-dense cake or ice cream with a bit of fruit may deceive you into eating more of the treat, according to the November issue of Men’s Health magazine. A study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology reports that people underestimate the calories in unhealthy food if it’s adorned with a healthy topping.

    More than 12 million people make doctors’ visits for a sore throat every year.

    Strep scorecard might help tell if you need a doctor

    Debating whether to seek a strep test for that sore throat? One day there could be an app for that: Researchers are developing a home scorecard that aims to prevent thousands of unnecessary trips to the doctor for this common complaint.


    Where to go for aerial yoga
    Where to goSky Fitness Yogawww.sky-fitness.com/(847) 229-02921501 Busch Parkway, Buffalo GroveCost for one class: $10/members, $20/nonmembersSchedule: Beginner aerial from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, expanding aerial from 8-9 p.m. TuesdaysReservations suggested, walk-ins accepted as space is availableFlying Buddha Fitnessflyingbuddhafitness.com/ (630) 335-44291213 Butterfield Road, WheatonCost for one class: $25Schedule: On Mondays, kids aerial from 4-5 p.m., aerial for all 5:30-6:30 p.m., aerial basics 7-8 p.m.; on Tuesdays, aerial basics from 9:15-10:15 a.m., aerial expanding from 6:45-7:45 p.m.; on Wednesdays, kids aerial from 4-5 p.m., aerial expanding from 7-8 p.m.; on Thursdays aerial basics from 10:45-11:45 a.m., aerial restorative from 1-2 p.m., teen aerial from 4-5 p.m., on Saturdays aerial basics from 9:15-10:15 a.m. (check website for any changes to schedule)Walk-ins not accepted, register onlineWild Roots Yogawww.wildrootsyoga.com/Teacher Jessi Rae teaches aerial yoga at three locations in McHenry CountySchedule: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Summers Academy of Dance, 5186 Northwest Hwy. #115, Crystal Lake; 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at 2 The Core Bodywork, 81 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake; and 11 a.m. Fridays at Focus Martial Arts and Fitness, 9342 Virginia Road, Lake in the HillsCost for one class: $30Preregistration required. Call (847) 220-2421 or email Jessi Rae at dancerjessirae@gmail.com

    Wickets Bar & Grill in Schaumburg offers beer specials for Black Wednesday.

    Suburban bars welcome crowds on Black Wednesday

    Dubbed Black Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a big bar occasion. But increasingly suburban bars are adding extra incentives to bring in crowds looking to relax with friends before sitting down with family the next day.



    Don’t buy into the eight-hour diet
    Letter to the editor: Garry Hickerson of Elk Grove Village argues that the "Eight-hour diet" is not a good idea, as fasting in inherently a dangerous practice.


    Time is now for immigration reform
    A letter to the editor: I am writing in support of comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. The time for this reform is now.


    Think out of the box when choosing gifts
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that is being produced at the expense of American labor.


    Effects of food-stamp cutbacks reach far
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A short time ago there was a cutback in food stamps for the needy who are at the poverty level. It has an effect on the small store owners and wholesalers who redeem the food stamps


    Roskam’s approach to immigration solid
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: On a recent Saturday I heard Congressman Peter Roskam speak on a variety of topics including immigration reform. His approach was to address immigration problems with small, targeted pieces of legislation rather than a one-size-fits-all large law that those in Congress don’t read or fully understand.


    Keep prescription drugs out of reach
    Letter to the editor: "Prescription drugs can be even more dangerous than illegal drugs when they’re used for unintended needs and when used by the wrong hands, writes Conant senior Shailly Brahmakshatriya.


    ‘The law should not be above the law’
    Letter to the editor: Jeff Laing of Rolling has some questions for the South Barrington Police Department after seeing a South Barrington patrol car pull someone over in Rolling Meadows.


    Mt. Prospect Park District should rethink golf course rehab
    Letter to the editor: Thomas Braun thinks a major renovation at the Mount Prospect Golf Course will be bad for the golfers and bad for the neighbors. "Change on the course should be transitional and planned out over a number of years," he writes.


    Health care law reins in the insurers
    An Arlington Heigths letter to the editor: The individual states are charged with regulating the insurance industry. If they had done their job and prevented all of these exclusions, we wouldn’t be arguing about a “website response time.”


    Just don’t shop on Thanksgiving Day
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Sadly, we are witnessing the sanctity of Thanksgiving Day slipping away. A day once reserved for the farmer and city dweller alike to celebrate a successfully completed harvest is being interrupted by the mad dash for Christmas Shopping.


    Thanksgiving shopping? Appalling.
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I have been reading and hearing about some stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Whatever happened to “traditional” Thanksgiving where the family gathers together from near and far, enjoys catching up family news and celebrating thankfulness that they are together to enjoy a sumptuous meal?


    Say thanks to school board members
    A Kaneland letter to the editor: When it comes to pitching in to lend a hand, school board members are some of the most selfless volunteers around. They serve without expectation of pay for a time-consuming job.


    Health care changes driven by politics?
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The presidential favoritism merry-go-round keeps on turning Obamacare waiver favors for “friends of the President.” This time it is the $63 fee per head.


    Obama has never worked with GOP
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Obama has never worked with Republicans and my observation is he never will. The health care problem could have had some fixes without the government trying to run health care.


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    The dogs just won’t eat ObamacareAs I watch the final stages of the Obamacare rollout I am reminded of an old story.A dog food company rolled out a new brand. After three months, sales were abysmal. The CEO called his executives into the conference room and said “Our R&D people spent months developing this product. We hired a top notch advertising firm and spent millions on TV and print ads. We spent even more money on in store promotions including introductory discount coupons. Now I review the sales reports and find we are no where close to our projections. What in the world is going on?”The room was silent. Not one executive could answer the CEO’s question. In disgust, he adjourned the meeting and retired to his office. As he sat down at his desk his secretary entered the room and asked him if something was wrong. He told her about the poor sales and his failed effort to get an explanation from his executive team.His secretary, not normally one to offer any form of advice to her boss felt compelled to say “Sir, I think I know why the sales are so bad.” Curious, he asked her to give him her opinion. Without hesitation she said “The dogs won’t eat it.”I give you Obamacare.David CarrellCampton HillsIt’s a good time to donate to WDSRAThis is the time of year when everyone is thinking of friends, family, and holiday celebrations. I hope that in the spirit of giving, you will also consider making a charitable contribution this holiday season.As a member of the WDSRA Foundation Board for many years, I am asking friends, families, and supporters of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association to keep WDSRA close to their hearts this holiday season. WDSRA provides quality community-based recreational programs and services to so many families right here in our community.For a person with disabilities, special recreation can provide fundamental benefits that most of us take for granted. At WDSRA, children and adults have a special place where everyone is welcomed and a disability doesn’t define them. I have seen lifelong friendships develop and strong community connections formed. Families feel secure in knowing that their loved one is in good hands with staff that understands the challenges they wrestle with on a daily basis.WDSRA’s Annual Appeal Campaign is going on right now. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, a national movement started last year to remind us that the holidays is the time to think about giving, WDSRA has been presented with a wonderful opportunity. We have been blessed with a generous offer from the Coleman Foundation in that they will match contributions to WDSRA, dollar-for-dollar, made online on Dec. 3 up to the first $20,000.Will you make a contribution? To be a part of Giving Tuesday, simply make a donation online at www.wdsra.com on Dec. 3. Donations can also be made anytime through the year.Thank you for keeping WDSRA in your thoughts during this holiday season.Elden BrauerHuntleyWDSRA Foundation Board, ChairmanWho gave president power to change law?After reading the article “What Obama’s changes mean to health care law,” I have a question.By what authority can a president change a law?Helen FioresiLake in the Hills


    Legion post grateful for all the support
    Letter to the editor: Don Meseth, commander of American Legion Post 36 in Des Plaines says businesses and citizens gave from the heart recently to help local veterans.


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