Daily Archive : Friday November 29, 2013



    Wauconda board meets:

    Wauconda trustees will gather Tuesday to discuss several key issues, including delaying zoning rules for medical marijuana businesses and a proposed noise ordinance.

    Wildlife biologist and interpretive naturalist Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery shows identifying marks on a male, left, and female red finch during a presentation Saturday at the Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park. McGrath grew up watching birds in Sleepy Hollow.

    Attracting feathered friends to your backyard bird feeders

    As a youth growing up in Sleepy Hollow, Jim McGrath would watch the birds visiting the feeders in his family’s yard. He went on to become a wildlife biologist and interpretive naturalist and founded Nature Discovery. On Saturday, McGrath brought his experience to the Elgin Public Museum, giving a presentation titled “Ultimate Winter Bird Feeding Station” to 15 serious bird enthusiasts who wanted...

    Helicopter crash Friday at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow. The police helicopter crashed late Friday night into the roof of the popular pub, leaving the building littered with debris and emergency crews scrambling to the scene.

    8 dead in police helicopter crash onto Glasgow pub

    Scottish authorities raised the death toll to eight people Saturday in the crash of a police helicopter into a crowded Glasgow pub, stressing that a rescue and recovery operation is ongoing and it is unclear what they will find when the aircraft's wreckage is moved.

    Craig McCould leads the Tunes of Glory during the Wheaton Lighted Holiday Parade on Friday.

    Lighted parade welcomes holiday season in Wheaton

    The Christmas season officially arrived in downtown Wheaton Friday night with the city’s Lighted Holiday Parade featuring storybook and cartoon characters, city officials and, yes, an appearance by Santa Claus. The parade helped launch the city’s annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration that will continue with activities through much of December.

    Amanda Vallejera, of the combined St. Charles North High School and St. Charles East choirs, belts out a Christmas tune.

    St. Charles lights up the downtown to start holiday season

    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina illuminated the holiday lights on the First Street Plaza for the first time Friday evening, signaling the official start of the city’s holiday season. Chorales from St. Charles East and North high schools sang holiday songs and Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance. The lights and songs were just the beginning.

    Matthew Schaffer

    Wheeling rape conviction overturned

    The Illinois Appellate Court has overturned the conviction of a 35-year-old man convicted of breaking into a Wheeling condominium and raping a woman in 2010. Matthew Schaffer had been sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2011. But on Wednesday, the appeals court, by a unanimous decision, sent the matter back to circuit court for another trial, Schaffer’s attorney, Ralph Meczyk, confirmed Friday...


    House catches fire in Streamwood

    Improper disposal of smoking materials caused a house fire Friday night in Streamwood.

    Having their picture taken by the Arlington Heights Christmas tree is a tradition for Dave Bixby and daughters, Ania, 6, and Karen, 9, of Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Heights’ holiday lights spring to life

    North School Park in Arlington Heights sprang merrily to life Friday afternoon, as tens of thousands of twinkling lights marked the start of the holiday season. Bundled up against the cold, families gathered in the park to take part in the traditional celebration, watching as Mayor Tom Hayes presided over his first village tree lighting.

    Santa arrived at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Friday just in time to find out what Alexa Neis, 7, and her brother Evan, 4, wanted for Christmas.

    Santa hears wish lists in Schaumburg

    Having previously made his Woodfield Mall debut, Santa Claus rode a fire truck over to the Prairie Center for the Arts on Friday night for Schaumburg’s tree-lighting event. The village’s elected officials served as Santa’s opening act, leading attendees in singing carols. After the tree was lit, children met with Santa in the Prairie Center’s Maggie Atcher Theatre.

    Sabrina O’Dowd, from left, Kaila Husk, Angelica Torres, Shiloh Lampkin and other members of the Round Lake High School group Mental Notes use their phones to light their music books as they sing Christmas songs during Round Lake Beach’s tree-lighting event on Friday night.

    Merry and bright in Round Lake Beach

    The village of Round Lake Beach kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree-lighting event on Friday at the village hall at 1937 N. Municipal Way. Santa arrived on a fire truck, and the tree was lit on the lawn of the municipal complex.


    Fire does $5,000 worth of damages to Glen Ellyn home

    A small attic fire did $5,000 worth of damages to a house in Glen Ellyn Friday.


    Metra train kills pedestrian near Fort Sheridan

    Two people were hit by Metra trains Friday night, one of them fatally, in separate incidents on different lines. The fatality was north of the Fort Sheridan station, while a less serious accident occured in Downers Grove.


    Boy hit by float during Crystal Lake holiday parade

    An 8-year-old boy was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a float during the annual Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Crystal Lake.

    Fireworks capped off Elk Grove Village’s tree-lighting ceremony on Friday night.

    Elk Grove Village welcomes the holiday season

    Elk Grove Village’s annual tree-lighting ceremony welcomed in the winter holiday season Friday night, as Mayor Craig Johnson and former Elk Grove Township Supervisor Nanci Vanderweel threw the switch to activate more than 250,000 lights.

    State lawmakers will meet Tuesday in Springfield to likely consider a new package of pension benefit cuts.

    Details emerging on proposed pension deal

    Details released Friday on the latest pension proposal in Springfield indicate the size of teachers’ and state workers’ yearly pension increases will depend on how long they worked, and the retirement age will go up for most current workers under 45.


    Only 40% of assets needed for pensions in Illinois

    Illinois’ five pension systems had 40 percent of the assets needed to cover obligations in fiscal 2011, the lowest ratio among states, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That has led to repeated credit downgrades for the lowest-rated U.S. state.

    The band room in Stevenson High School’s west building could be renovated as part of a $9.7 million project being considered for summer 2014. Here, Emmy Award-winning Chicago composer Gary Fry works with students during a recent visit.

    Stevenson classrooms, labs could get facelift in 2014

    Stevenson High School officials are developing a $9.7 million renovation plan for summer 2014. The project wouldn’t add any new buildings to the already sprawling Lincolnshire campus. Instead, existing educational space and amenities would be modernized or repaired.


    Police officer dragged by car while pursuing suspects

    One man has been charged with attempted murder after a Romeoville police officer was dragged by a car as Thanksgiving shoplifting suspects fled.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Between 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and 8 a.m. Nov. 27, three vehicles were burglarized in the 1800 block of East Fabyan Parkway. The burglars broke windows on two of them to enter, and a trunk lock on the third. A Kenwood stereo power amplifier, a Kenwood stereo receiver, $120, two pairs of shoes, two bed covers, a touch-screen stereo receiver and a car stereo were stolen.


    Antioch man accused of lying about shooting

    An Antioch man is facing felony charges after police say he shot himself in the arm and then lied about it.


    Topless barber charged, but not for nudity

    A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn’t cutting hair without a top. It’s cutting hair without a license.

    Steve Landman poses with one of his collectible comic books, a vanity license plate with the name of a childhood superhero on it, and a poster of the same superhero, Dr. Fate, at his home in Kildeer. Landman is selling hundreds of his comic books in an online auction that could bring in over $750,000 for his family and, more importantly, raise awareness about the disease that is robbing him of his mobility and profession.

    Facing tough foe, Kildeer man turns to comics collection

    It could be a plot from a classic comic book: A mild-mannered boy with the good Spidey sense to treat his comics like priceless manuscripts grows into a man who must use the valuable collection to fight his greatest foe, a rare disease threatening to rob him of his ability to walk. Fact is, for Kildeer resident Steve Landman, it’s a real-life predicament.

    Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services, addresses delegates to the American Legion Convention in Philadelphia.

    Kirk seeks medal for WWII-era spies

    The men and women who spied on Germany and Japan for the U.S. during World War II parachuted behind enemy lines, led guerrilla raids, invented special equipment such as scuba gear and established a counterintelligence network that endured into the Cold War. Now, the spy organization that later became the Central Intelligence Agency is being proposed to receive the highest civilian honor bestowed...


    Pickup truck falls into sinkhole in Chicago

    A sinkhole that formed on Chicago’s South Side swallowed a pickup truck Thursday evening, temporarily trapping one person inside.


    Fire hits portable classroom at Naperville school

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that did more than $100,000 damage Friday to a portable classroom at Naperville’s Scott Elementary School. Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges said the portable classroom houses Safe N’ Sound, a YMCA program that provides after-school care for youngsters. He said the fire will not disrupt regular classes at the school.


    12-year-old dies in underage joy ride crash

    Authorities in the South suburbs say a 12-year-old boy was killed when an underage driver with a car full of children slammed the vehicle into a tree. The victim’s mother, Regina Anderson, told WBBM-TV she hopes other children learn from her son’s death.

    Kurt Kojzarek

    Two more seek re-election to Kane posts

    Two more people have filed for the March primary for Kane County offices.

    The Naperville Public Library received a five-star rating from the Index of Public Library Service published in “Library Journal” for the sixth year in a row. The index evaluated libraries based on circulation and visit statistics, program attendance and computer use per capita.

    Sixth straight five-star rating for Naperville library

    The Naperville Public Library again is among the top such facilities in the country, based on national ratings released this month. The library system received a five-star rating for the sixth straight year from the Index of Public Library Service published in “Library Journal,” which evaluates circulation statistics, number of visits, program attendance and public computer use per capita.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A vandal spray painted an offensive word Nov. 25 or 26 on a village tree on the 1100 block of South Appletree Lane in Bartlett.

    This undated image released by Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium shows a vampire killing kit from India.

    Is there a vampire killer on your gift list?

    Or the thoughtful gift-giver might prefer a taxidermy Albino giraffe. The price tag is about $1.7 million. Gift-wrapping is not included.


    Schaumburg Boomers seeking on-field emcee

    The Schaumburg Boomers professional baseball team is seeking a fun, outgoing and energetic individual to serve as on-field emcee during the 2014 season.

    The Official White House Christmas Tree arrives Friday outside the North Portico of the White House? in Washington.

    First lady welcomes White House Christmas tree

    Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and the family’s two dogs have accepted an 18-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir as the official White House Christmas tree.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Friday with individuals who are taking part in Fast for Families on the National Mall in Washington.

    Obama visits activists fasting for immigration

    President Barack Obama has visited the activists who are fasting to protest House inaction on immigration legislation. On the day after Thanksgiving Obama stopped by a white tent on the National Mall where some activists have shunned all food except water for the past 18 days. A top labor organizer is among them.

    Police respond to a call Thursday at Kohl’s department store on Thanksgiving in Romeoville.

    Driver shot dragging Romeoville police officer

    Another police officer fired at the 52-year-old driver, who remained hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his arm following the Thursday night incident at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville, the Romeoville Police Department said in a statement.

    In a composite image provided by NASA, Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured at 9:51 a.m. on Thursday. The sun was imaged by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and an image from ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the solar atmosphere, the corona. Scientists are studying spacecraft images to find out whether a small part ISON survived its close encounter with the sun.

    Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

    A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a silver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.

    Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 school buses will soon be equipped with more than just stop signs - they’ll have cameras that shoot photos of vehicles that illegally pass.

    Pass a stopped school bus at your peril in Prospect Heights

    Prospect Heights and Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 will partner to put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. A new law legalizes the use of cameras on school buses, just as red-light cameras are used at traffic signals.

    Santa will be the main attraction at the end of the Little Friends Parade of Lights on Sunday in downtown Naperville. The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Main and Water streets, where it walks north on Main, then west on Van Buren Avenue before turning north on Eagle Street and ending at Naper Elementary School.

    ‘Spectacular’ Parade of Lights moves to Sunday in Naperville

    The Little Friends Parade of Lights will delight downtown Naperville visitors with what organizers call a “visually spectacular” display of floats and marching units at a different time than in years past — Sunday evening. “This is one of those last things that is left that makes people feel like they’re in a small hometown community where everyone is coming out for...

    Carl Lane, a 20-year-old College of DuPage student who works at the Glen Ellyn YMCA, jogs with Mandi Leicht of Glen Ellyn. Lane helped Leicht run her first 5K.

    YMCA co-worker helps Glen Ellyn woman conquer the 5K

    When Mandi Leicht, a mother of three kids, thinks of Carl Lane it gives her hope for the future. “He’s not your normal 20-year-old,” Mandi said. “He is kind, compassionate, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink — he’s just a good boy. I love him to pieces.”

    Kline Creek Farm will celebrate Victorian holiday traditions with a series of programs in December.

    Father Christmas visiting Kline Creek Farm

    Father Christmas will be the star of the show when Kline Creek Farm celebrates Victorian holiday traditions in early December.

    Artist Erik Thvedt of Top Notch Tattoos in Elgin works on the outline of a koi fish for Kyle Richardson of Bartlett. It’s Richardson’s first tattoo in 20 years so he didn’t mind waiting the six months for an appointment with Thvedt.

    Moving Picture: Elgin tattoo artist tells visual stories

    Artist Erik Thvedt of West Dundee never set out to create tattoos for a living. But a snowboarding accident when he was younger, combined with a lifelong love of drawing, merged to create a passion for him that has evolved over the past decade. “People come in and give you all the trust in the world to let you create what they’re going to show people as a representation of who they are and...

    Bruno De La Cruz

    Elgin man’s 9th DUI gets him 7 years in prison

    A 36-year-old Elgin man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to his ninth DUI, according to court records. Bruno Delacruz was arrested in February in Elgin after a single vehicle crash. He can have his sentenced cut in half for good behavior.

    The Hoffman Estates Pop Warner football Junior PeeWees practice Tuesday in preparation for the regional championships Friday.

    3 Hoffman Estates Pop Warner teams trying for nationals

    Excitement is running high in Hoffman Estates' Redhawk Nation. Three of its Pop Warner football teams are headed to regional championships on Friday. At stake is the chance to advance to the national championships at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. “I've been dreaming of this for so many years,” says Austin Coalson of Schaumburg, quarterback for the...


    Naperville doubling funding for social service programs

    Naperville is doubling the amount of grant money it will make available next year to fund programs that address heroin abuse and suicide prevention. When the city’s new fiscal year begins on May 1, a portion of the $500,000 it is making available will be on its way to organizations such as KidsMatter, the Edward Foundation, 360 Youth Services and the Robert Crown Center for Health Education to...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 23-year-old Elk Grove Village woman was arrested Nov. 12 at Kohl’s, 1500 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect and charged with felony retail theft. Reports said a security agent saw her remove price tags from clothes, shoes, cosmetics and a wallet; value was estimated at $516. Officers found the items in her purse and hidden in her pants, reports said. They also found items she told the officers...

    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Suburban GOP group endorses every governor hopeful

    The Barrington Township Republican Organization's leaders recently got together to endorse candidates. But when committeeman Gene Dawson sent over the endorsements for the highly watched governor's race, it said: “All candidates.” Dawson said the group couldn't come to a consensus on someone to pick.


    Elgin kicks off comprehensive plan process

    Elgin officials hope residents and business people in town will participate in the creation of the city’s new comprehensive plan, a process that started last week and is expected to last at least a year. Consultants from Chicago-based Houseal Lavigne Associates kicked off the “Envision Elgin” planning process by conducting 20 to 30 interviews with individuals and groups, launching online surveys,...

    Customers pick up shopping carts containing Element Electronics 50-inch light-emitting diode (LED) high definition televisions at a Target Corp. store opening ahead of Black Friday in Chicago.

    Black Friday kicks off shopping season<

    Ready. Set. Shop! And with that, the holiday shopping season is underway. More than a dozen retailers opened early on Thanksgiving Day and will keep rolling right through Black Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.

    Buddy, a 40-pound, 5-year-old, male pug/boxer mix is looking for a forever home.

    Don’t forget about your dog when baking holiday goodies

    Happy December. This is one of the best times of the year with the holiday season under way. Hanukkah has started. Christmas is on its way. Holiday celebrations are being planned. Decorations are going up. People are out shopping. Family traditions are being observed.

    Dexter reunited with his National Guard owner Jacob Montgomery.

    Puppy emerges from Illiois tornado rubble after 9 days

    A dog and his owner have been reunited after the animal was found under a pile of rubble more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city.


    Dawn patrol: Shoppers hit suburban stores early; Elgin murder charges filed

    Gray Thursday and Black Friday shoppers head to the stores. Suburbanites celebrate Thanksgiving. Elgin murder charges filed. Car crashes into building in Arlington Heights. Bears getting ready for Sunday. High school football championships kick off today.

    Cadets from the Fox Valley Composite Squadron, shown here displaying their larger paper airplane designs, on Sunday will attempt to break the world record for the highest paper airplane flight.

    Fox Valley group goes for world-record paper airplane flight

    Come Sunday morning, Colin Sullivan and the rest of a collection of aerospace enthusiasts could set a Guinness World Record with help from a simple device people have toyed with for centuries. A paper airplane. Only this one will take flight a little higher than most. Sullivan and the Fox Valley Composite Squadron, the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol — the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air...

    Pat Quinn

    GOP governor candidates mostly quiet on pensions

    While an agreement on a pension reform deal comes as a boost to Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election, most Republicans seeking his job are hedging their reactions to navigate politically tricky waters. Although all four GOP candidates are running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, only one has announced his support for the plan embraced by Quinn and other top Democrats. And that Republican,...

    Lexi Umbarger clutches a teddy bear Wednesday during a candlelight vigil in Parsons, Kan., for Cami Umbarger and her three young children Hollie, Jaxon and Averie, who were found murdered in their Parsons home.

    Man arrested in deaths of Kansas mother, 3 children

    A man suspected in the deaths of a young mother and her three children is being held on $5 million bail after police captured him walking outside in frigid temperatures and wearing sodden clothes in a southeastern Kansas city.

    In a Palatine backyard, 15-month-old Zachary Jackson stands below a group of geraniums with petals from the flower in his hand in August.

    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 November 25th.



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


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


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


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


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

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp beats Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during a shootout Friday in Dallas.

    Where there’s a will, Hawks find a way

    It was only fitting that Ben Smith’s goal in the 11th round of the shootout won the game for the Blackhawks. On a night when the fourth line of Marcus Kruger, Smith and Brandon Bollig helped turn around the game in the third period with their hard work, the Hawks rallied again to beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Friday. Smith’s goal made a winner out of goalie Corey Crawford, who stopped 10 of the 11 Stars he faced in the shootout.


    Lake Zurich bears down against Marmion

    Mike Travlos scored 21 points, and Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team improved to 3-1 with a 79-63 win over Marmion Academy at West Chicago on on Saturday. The Bears led 25-10 after the first quarter, 45-26 at halftime and 63-44 after three quarters.


    St. Charles N. wins 1st game

    Sam Novak drained a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to give St. Charles North its first win of the year, 55-54 over York Friday at the York Tournament.


    Walker shoots West Aurora past Rock Island

    Jontrell Walker scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter leading West Aurora to a 64-62 win over host Rock Island Friday night in the Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament.

    St. Charles East's Mick Vyzral, 11, goes strong to the hoop past St. Joe's Joffery Brown.

    St. Joe tips St. Charles East in OT

    St. Charles East had St. Joseph on the ropes the entire game. Between its torrid shooting in the opening quarter to Dom Adduci slashing at will, the Saints led for virtually the entire game. But the Chargers also seemed to have an answer at critical moments. Cole Gentry converted a pair of foul shots with 79 seconds remaining in the final quarter of the last game of the Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament Friday night in St. Charles. Neither team would score in regulation again, and St. Joseph had the upper-hand for much of the overtime period. Gentry forced a final tie with his only field goal of the game, but the Chargers advanced to the championship game — against St. Charles North — via the free-throw line. St. Joseph (3-0) converted 8 of 10 from the line in overtime to escape with a 71-68 victory.


    Wauconda pushes aside Richmond-Burton

    Richmond-Burton’s boys basketball team delivered the first push. Joe St. Pierre, the Rockets’ 6-foot-8, thickly built freshman, provided a sample of his strength and athleticism early in Friday night’s tournament game against Wauconda at Richmond-Burton. St. Pierre made a steal at center court, crashing into the scorers table and moving it backward in the process. Richmond-Burton pushed again in the fourth quarter behind thrilling sophomore Sam Kaufman. But Wauconda pushed last. The Bulldogs scored the game’s final eight points to pull out a 60-52 win over the host school.


    Class 4A Rochester wins fourth straight title

    Since preseason summer workers, Rochester coach Derek Leonard and the Rockets had a single-minded goal — become the first Illinois public school to win four state titles in a row. On Friday night, it was mission accomplished.

    Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice looks for an opening against IPFW’s Luis Jacobo during the first half of Friday’s game at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Illini hold off pesky IPFW

    Rayvonte Rice scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams added 15, including 12 in the second half, as Illinois held off feisty Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for a 57-55 win on Friday. Joseph Bertrand added 11 points for the Illinois (7-0). The first half was a nightmare for the Illini, who turned the ball over 11 times and trailed 35-27 at the break.


    Grayslake Central hangs on to beat Elgin

    It may take some time before Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team gets the hang of closing out victories. Holding a 14-point lead with a little more than five minutes to play Friday night wasn’t familiar territory for the Rams after a 5-win season. But they survived some tense moments in the final half-minute to finish Buffalo Grove’s Bison Classic with a 3-1 record after a 61-57 victory over Elgin.


    BG breezes in preparation for tough test vs. Stevenson

    Buffalo Grove declared itself prepared for today’s game against state-ranked Stevenson with its 63-26 homecourt win Friday over Christian Liberty Academy. Are the Bison (2-1) truly ready and able? They’ll find out at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they tangle with Jalen Brunson, Conner Cashaw and Co. for the Bison Classic championship. In the meantime, they got their shooting touch and confidence back in steadily pulling away from the game but outmanned Chargers (0-3).


    Fremd defeats Lake Park for tourney championship

    Fremd sophomore Patrick Benka already knew as a spectator that anything can happen in the championship game of Fenton’s Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Colin Bonnett of Benet takes a shot during the Hoops for Healing boys basketball championship game Saturday.

    Benet beats Naperville C. for Hoops for Healing title

    After the Benet boys basketball team beat Naperville Central 71-47 in the title game of the Oswego/Naperville North Hoops for Healing Tournament on Friday night in Oswego, talk was of progress.

    St. Charles North's Jake Ludwig, 2, splits Downers Grove South players TJ Clifford, 42, Javon Turner, 21, and Paul Engo III, 23, during the Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament Friday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North routs Downers South

    St. Charles North could get used to this. Until last year, the North Stars had never made the championship game of the Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Charles East. After a convincing 67-46 win over Downers Grove South Friday night, the North Stars are headed to the championship game for a second straight year.


    Niles North edges Palatine

    Palatine came close to advancing to the championship game of its own Ed Molitor Thanksgiving tournament. Instead, a 1-point loss to Niles North on Friday was the Pirates’ first defeat of the season and sends them into Saturday’s 3:15 p.m. third-place game against Deerfield on the final day of tournament play.


    Korff, Hersey in fine form

    Junior Annie Korff had her career game as the Hersey girls basketball team cruised to a 70-31 victory over Hoffman Estates on Friday night. The 5-foot-9 forward poured in 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as the Huskies improved to 4-0 in the Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving tournament. Korff’s 27 points were the most scored by any Huskie this season.


    Rockford Lutheran able to hold off Burlington Central

    To allow Rockford Lutheran’s talented, veteran lineup to run the floor freely is to court disaster, so Burlington Central boys basketball coach Brett Porto had another plan. His Rockets burned clock, patiently waiting 45 seconds or more per possession in the first half before seeking a high-percentage shot. The strategy limited Rockford Lutheran’s offensive opportunities and kept Central in the game throughout, however, the Crusaders simply had too many weapons to guard and escaped with a 55-48 victory at the Sycamore Thanksgiving Tournament.


    CL South likes the setting, outcome against Grayslake N.

    Newcomers to the Johnsburg/Richmond-Burton tournament, Crystal Lake South’s boys basketball team is loving the hospitality. “Phenomenal,” Gators coach Matt LePage said of Richmond-Burton’s splashy new gym, which includes an electronic backboard with a shot clock, albeit superfluous, and game clock above it. Crystal Lake South is pretty thrilled with its 3-0 start, too, although LePage stressed after his team’s 80-43 rout of Grayslake North on Friday night that it has to get better.


    Cuevas, Gillespie help Warren hustle past Lakes

    Shooting a pretty 3-ball isn’t all Eric Gillespie and Dominic Cuevas can do. After draining three 3-pointers each Friday night in the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament, the two Warren guards proved that they can also do the dirty work. Clinging to a 1-point lead, Warren had to defend one last offensive possession by Lakes. The Eagles came out of a timeout with 11 seconds to operate. But Gillespie and Cuevas certainly didn’t make it easy. “Eric made a big deflection and Dominic made a huge dive for a loose ball,” said Warren coach Ryan Webber, recounting the final play. As the ball rolled around and got shoved further from the basket, time ran out and Warren escaped with a 47-46 win. Lakes never even got a shot up.


    Wolves score early, often to rout IceHogs

    The Chicago Wolves reeled off 3 goals in the opening 10 minutes and powered to a 7-1 Illinois Lottery Cup triumph over Rockford on Friday night at Allstate Arena.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 65, Downers Grove North 48: Ryan DiCanio scored 21 points and Justin Busch added 10 as the Hawks (3-0) advanced to the championship game of the Wheaton Academy tournament. Bartlett will play the host school at 3:45 p.m. today for the title. Kevin Wantroba added 9 points for Bartlett in Friday’s win.Elk Grove 94, South Elgin 86: Matt Smith scored 25 points and Darius Wells added 18 but South Elgin (2-2) came up short in the third-place game at the Fenton tournament. Matt McClure added 11 points for the Storm.Dundee-Crown 57, Newark 52: Zach Pochop had 11 points, while Mike Dunner and Nick Munson added 10 each to lead the Chargers (1-2) at the Sycamore tournament.Harvest Christian 59, Alden-Hebron 43: John Vislisel had 24 points and Noah Fox added 14 to lead the Lions to a win at the Westminster Christian tournament.Huntley 66, Antioch 43: Zach Gorney had 19 points and Riley Wicks added 17 as the Red Raiders (1-2) notched a win at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Crystal Lake Central. Wheaton Academy 84, Streamwood 41: Zach Harris and Jacob Siewert had 9 points each to lead Streamwood (0-3) at the Wheaton Academy tournament.

    Barrington center Zach Bart pulls in an offensive rebound against Mundelein defender Sam Nelson in tournament play Friday at Mundelein.

    Madrzyk, Bart set winning example for Barrington

    Before the season started, Barrington coach Bryan Tucker knew seniors Zach Bart and Austin Madrzyk would be important pieces for this Broncos team. “With so many new guys and guys with inexperience, Austin and Zach are our veteran guys from last year and we will need them,” Tucker said. Friday night at the Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament against the host Mustangs, the two Bronco seniors did their part — and then some. Madrzyk and Bart combined for 50 points to help lead Barrington to a 91-80 win over Mundelein.


    Hampshire picks up first win

    A sequence by 6-foot-2 junior forward Matt Bridges epitomized the Hampshire boys basketball team’s relentless rebounding effort in Friday’s 61-40 victory over Sandwich at the Sycamore Thanksgiving Tournament.


    St. Patrick zones out Hersey

    Hersey traveled to Chicago’s St. Patrick High School on Friday night hoping to pickup third-place honors in the Kurland/Schnurr Thanksgiving Tournament. The Huskies’ opponent had other ideas. Hersey had difficulties with the Shamrocks’ 2-3 zone defense and fell 66-48 to end the week at 2-2.


    St. Edward nails down win over Westminster

    The game didn’t get within three possessions in the fourth quarter Friday night, but there were plenty of tense moments. St. Edward led by as many as 21 before seeing Westminster Christian get within nine multiple times in the fourth quarter. The Warriors just couldn’t get any closer until the final minute as the Green Wave beat Westminster, 62-55, to win Pool A and advance to the championship game of the 7th annual Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Classic.


    Prospect finds a way, sinks St. Viator

    Prospect survived a stretch late in the game without top scorer Bobby Frasco, then found a way to pull out a 61-58 victory over host St. Viator on Friday before a near-capacity crowd at the Joe Majkowski Invitational.


    Marian C. beats Cary-Grove at buzzer

    Ben Schnepf was in the right place at the right time. Schnepf’s tip-in as time expired gave Marian Central an exhilarating 57-55 win over Cary-Grove in third round action of the Hoops for Healing boys basketball tournament held at Woodstock North Friday afternoon.

    Melinda Franke of Wheaton Warrenville South takes a shot during the Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Montini girls basketball game at the Schaumburg tournament Saturday.

    Victory over Montini a milestone for WW South

    Rob Kroehnke called Friday afternoon’s 48-43 victory the best regular-season triumph in his 13 seasons as Wheaton Warrenville South’s girls basketball coach.


    Maine West heats up, outruns Corliss

    Maine West shook off a cold-shooting first half and took control of its third-round game in the Warrior Classic boys basketball tournament Friday. Rather than engage in a perimeter contest with Corliss, the Warriors (2-1) changed their approach in the third quarter. They led 24-22 at halftime, but neither team showed much consistency on offense. Defensively, Maine West limited the Trojans to just 7 points in the third quarter, and offensively, they turned loose the fast break that led to 26 points and a 50-29 lead after three. Maine West’s second-half revival led to a 66-39 victory.

    Naperville Central girls basketball coach Andy Nussbaum, left, presents Bartlett coach Denise Sarna the game ball Saturday after Sarna’s Hawks beat Oswego East 52-49 in the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament. The win was the 300th of Sarna’s career.

    Win No. 300 for Bartlett’s Sarna

    Bartlett’s girls basketball team did what young teams tend to do Friday afternoon and in the process they almost made their coach wait another day to reach a career milestone. The Hawks jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead then had to hang on the end to beat Oswego East, 52-49, at the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament in Naperville. The victory gave Bartlett coach Denise Sarna her 300th career win, 280 of them coming as the only head coach the Bartlett program has had since the program began 16 years ago.


    Fremd back on top at Fenton

    The Fremd boys basketball team found itself in a familiar situation Friday night — in the championship game at the Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament at Fenton High School. The Vikings (4-0) were about able to duplicate the outcome of the 2011 title game, with a 57-38 win over Lake Park — the same team they defeated two years ago. The win Friday night erased the sour taste the Vikings had from last season’s tourney finale loss to Proviso West.

    Iowa’s Adam Woodbury, center, drives for a layup against UTEP’s Hooper Vint, left, and C.J. Cooper during the second half Friday in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Iowa won 89-53.

    No. 23 Iowa cruises past UTEP, 89-53

    Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 — including the first dunk of the senior forward’s collegiate career — and the Hawkeyes rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso 89-53 on Friday night.

    Penn State guard Tim Frazier drives against St. John’s forward Jakarr Sampson in overtime Friday during the Barclays Center Classic in New York.

    Penn State outlasts St John’s in OT

    Tim Frazier scored six of his game-high 29 points in overtime to lead Penn State to an 89-82 win over St. John’s in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic Friday night.


    Stillman Valley wins Class 3A title in OT

    Senior fullback Zac Hare ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns, the last coming in overtime — topped off by his two-point conversion — to lift Stillman Valley to a 43-41 win over St. Joseph-Ogden in Friday’s Illinois Class 3A championship game.

    The loss ended Fresno State's chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

    Fresno State loss may have implications for NIU

    David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Derek Carr and San Jose ended No. 16 Fresno State's run toward a possible BCS bowl with a 62-52 victory Friday. The loss ended Fresno State's chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.


    Blackhawks game day



    Butler can’t wait to come back

    Jimmy Butler needs more time to recover from a turf toe injury on his right foot, but he was happy to see his teammates againt Friday after staying home during the first leg of the circus trip.


    Durr, Conant dial up a victory

    Conant’s girls basketball team did not take well to its loss two days earlier to Prospect in the third round of the York Thanksgiving tournament. So the Cougars went out Friday looking for redemption. They found it against Wheaton North in Friday’s fourth round with a 60-38 win, their first of the season. The Cougars were dialed in from the outside, connecting on eight 3-pointers, seven in the first half when they cruised to a 41-30 lead at the break. Dee Dee Durr played one of her best games, scoring a career-high 22 points with three 3-pointers.

    Round Lake’s Austin Soto drives to the basket only to have his shot blocked by a pair of Larkin defenders, including Christian Negron (11), during Friday’s game at Woodstock North High School.

    Balanced Larkin handles Round Lake

    Quality depth. Check Balanced Scoring. Check Solid defense. Check. You get the picture. Larkin’s boys basketball team was clicking in all facets of the game in posting an impressive 74-50 win over Round Lake in third round action of the Hoops for Healing Tournament held at Woodstock North Friday afternoon.

    Dylan Thompson listens to the coach during Montini football practice on Wednesday in Lombard.

    Scouting the Class 5A football championship game
    A preview of the Class 5A state championship football game between Montini and Sacred Heart-Griffin

    Grayslake Central’s Carson Sparkman, left, and Barrington’s Cassidy Goldsmith dive to the floor for a loose ball during the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving tournament Friday.

    Calmly, Barrington holds off Grayslake Central

    Staying composed and hitting free throws were key for Barrington’s girls basketball team on Friday afternoon. Balanced scoring was also a plus, as the Fillies had three players score in double-figures — Megan Talbot (16 points and 6 rebounds), Angie Kirchoff (15 and 8 boards) and Bailee McDonald 11 (points). It all added up to nice Barrington victory, as the Fillies got past a stingy Grayslake Central team 56-49 at the Bison Classic in Buffalo Grove. The Fillies (4-0) made 18 of their 21 free throws.


    Prospect hangs around, hangs loss on Neuqua Valley

    Going up against state-ranked Neuqua Valley, Prospect’s girls basketball team wouldn’t go away in the fourth-round game of the York Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday. When it was over, the Knights went away with one of their most impressive wins in school history, 54-52, and a 4-0 record in the six-team tourney that concludes today. “This was our goal,” said Knights senior forward Catherine Sherwood (17 points, 5 rebounds). “We knew they were ranked and we wanted to show everyone that we were a good team, too, and we should be in the rankings, too.”


    Marmion, Libertyville take the lead at Barrington

    Marmion and Libertyville both sent a big group through to Saturday's semifinals of Barrington's Moore-Prettyman wrestling tournament, which means Day 2 will have plenty of excitment for those programs.

    Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross drives the lane against North Florida during the second half of Friday’s game in Columbus, Ohio.

    No. 7 Buckeyes rout N. Florida, 99-64

    LaQuinton Ross broke out of a frigid shooting spell by scoring 17 points Friday night and No. 7 Ohio State rode a 19-point first-half run to a 99-64 victory over North Florida.


    Scouting the Class 7A football championship game

    Here's what to expect from Saturday's Class 7A championship game between Lake Zurich (12-1) and Mt. Carmel (12-1).

    St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy, right, runs for a 35-yard gain as Chicago Bears linebacker James Anderson (50) pursues during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Trust a must for defense to succeed

    Discipline and trust are two lessons that defensive coaches have had to work overtime to teach, as the unit has become younger and less experienced through the attrition caused by an epidemic of injuries.

    Don’t tell coach Tom Thibodeau that the Bulls should pack it in to receive a high pick in the NBA draft. “You never know how things unfold,” Thibodeau said.

    Thibs will stick to his plan

    The Bulls were back at the Berto Center on Friday for the first time since Nov. 19. During the road trip, they lost Derrick Rose to another knee injury. While the prognosis for the season seems blea, coach Tom Thibodeau made his case for why the Bulls should continue to give their best effort.


    Buford, Stevenson come up big against Schaumburg

    After five tough games at Schaumburg’s Thanksgiving tournament, Stevenson’s girls basketball team seems to have found its go-to-player. Stevenson junior Taylor Buford may not dunk the ball just, yet but she does plenty of other things for the 3-2 Patriots. Like take the ball to the hoop, and rebound. On Friday afternoon, she had a double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds) as the Pats clinched a winning record in this competitive tournament by topping the host Saxons 62-54.

    Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. dribbles up court against Coppin State guard Daquan Brickhouse, right, during the second half of Friday’s game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    No. 22 Michigan rolls over Coppin St.

    With leading scorer Nik Stauskas out, No. 22 Michigan was looking for an offensive spark against Coppin State. Freshman Zak Irvin admirably filled the role. The 6-foot-6 Irvin came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points in a 87-45 win Friday.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer celebrates as time runs off the clock in a 26-21 win over Michigan last year in Columbus, Ohio. It has already been a successful season for No. 3 Ohio State, but as the Buckeyes know, no season is a success if they lose to the Wolverines.

    No. 3 Ohio State aiming to avoid upset at Michigan

    Ohio State has put itself in a position to possibly play in the BCS championship. The third-ranked Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) are undefeated and heavily favored to stay that way after playing slumping archrival Michigan (7-4, 3-4) on Saturday at the Big House.

    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling throws a pass in the first half of last Saturday’s home loss to Illinois. The Boilermakers haven’t had a winless Big Ten season since 1993 and are trying to avoid a 10th consecutive loss.

    Bucket remains final item on Purdue, Indiana lists

    Since 1997, Indiana is a dismal 3-13 in the Old Oaken Bucket Game against Purdue. But the Boilermakers this season have struggled to score, struggled to run the ball, struggled to stop opponents and struggled to find playmakers.

    Michigan State tight end Josiah Price (82) celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammate wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) during the second half of last Saturday’s road win over Northwestern.

    Michigan State hopes to finish regular season in style

    Michigan State (10-1, 7-0) can wrap up an unbeaten home season — for the third time in four years — with a victory on Saturday over Minnesota.

    Wisconsin running back James White celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of last Saturday’s road win over Minnesota.

    Wisconsin seeks BCS boost against Penn St.

    Wisconsin can sniff another big bowl game, sitting just one spot from the top 14 berth in the BCS standings needed to qualify for an at-large spot.

    Marquette forward Juan Anderson, center, passes the ball away from George Washington forwards Nemanja Mikic, left, and Isaiah Armwood on Friday at the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif. Marquette won 76-60.

    Marquette downs George Washington 76-60

    Davante Gardner scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead No. 25 Marquette to a 76-60 victory over George Washington University on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy.

    Huskie Stadium at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb will host the eight IHSA state football championship games for the first time this weekend.

    IHSA, NIU excited about state final weekend

    Marty Hickman has heard the speculation as long as he has been executive director of the Illinois High School Association: move the football state finals closer to the state’s largest population center and watch attendance rise. That long-held theory gets put to the test Friday and Saturday when Northern Illinois University hosts eight IHSA state championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb for the first time.


    Catching up with a long list of college achievers

    Let’s give thanks this week to a bunch of area graduates doing well in college ...

    Tri-Valley running back Caleb Wilson *45) is congratulated by tight end Derek Wegman (9) and running back Braden Herman after scoring against Lena-Winslow during the first half of the IHSA Class 1A championship high school football game Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

    Will fans pack stands in DeKalb?

    Quick favor to ask...could someone please remind me to drive to DeKalb instead of Champaign on Saturday? It’s again time for eight football champions to be crowned, but for the first time in 30 years the games take place well within driving distance of eight million people. How many will show up this weekend? Eyes on Five takes a look at that and some other tidbits as we say goodbye to football season for another year.

    Nic Weishar of Marist,left, and Dillon Grooss go up for a pass during the Marist at Naperville Central football Class 8A semifinal Saturday.

    Scouting the Class 8A football championship game
    Scouting the Class 8A state title football game: Naperville Central vs. Loyola

    After 15 years in the majors, former Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly has decided to retire. He began and ended his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Injuries force ex-Cub Lilly to retire after 15 seasons

    Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching — if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list. Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back.


    Newman Catholic Central wins Class 2A title

    Jake Snow ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns, leading Newman Central Catholic to a 40-13 win over Staunton for the Comets’ fifth state title in their program’s history.

    Lindsey Vonn makes a training run down a Super-G course, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Vail, Colo. Vonn was back on the snow for a second day after she partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee during a training mishap in Copper Mountain nine days ago. Although she's skipping the races in Beaver Creek this weekend, the 29-year-old Vonn hasn't ruled out a return to competition in Lake Louise, Alberta, next week. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Happy with rehab, Vonn trains, eyes Canada return

    Lindsey Vonn is energized by her progress in recovering from a knee injury and might be in the starting gate next week in Canada.Vonn spoke with The Associated Press on Friday after three early super-G training runs. This was her first big test since she crashed during training at Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase looks to pass against Purdue in the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Illinois won 20-16. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Illini, Wildcats playing for trophy, pride

    Northwestern started the season with Big Ten-title ambitions and spent time this fall in Top 25. Illinois spent the last three months trying to show some kind of progress, anything better that the two wins it had in 2012. Each has four wins and is assured of a losing season as the Illini host the Wildcats on Saturday. The finale means something different for each.

    The Bears’ Devin Hester tries to get past Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Bush on a punt return in the Nov. 4 game. Back in May, Hester raced a cheetah for a documentary.

    Hester’s race against cheetah airs tonight

    National Geographic has pitted two of the fastest football players against cheetahs from Busch Gardens in Tampa to see who could cross the finish line first for a documentary.

    Washington State center Jordan Railey, right, puts up a shot in front of Purdue center A.J. Hammons on Friday at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

    Washington State takes down Purdue

    DaVonte Lacy scored 16 points, Royce Woolridge had 14, and Washington State beat Purdue 69-54 in the Old Spice Classic consolation round on Friday.

    Michigan State’s Keith Appling puts up a driving shot against Mount St. Mary’s Taylor Danaher, left, during the first half of Friday’s game in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 1. Michigan State drubs Mount St. Mary’s, 98-65

    With Friday’s victory, Michigan State has won 74 straight games against unranked nonconference opponents at home. The next measuring stick for top-ranked Spartans is No. 16 North Carolina on Wednesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Iowa defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat (90), flanked by teammates Dominic Alvis (79) and Carl Davis (71), hoists the Heroes Trophy after a win over Nebraska on Friday in Lincoln.

    Iowa tops Nebraska 38-17 for 8th win

    Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory on Friday. The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third TD after the failed fake punt.

    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, left, is 57-24 in six seasons with the Cornhuskers, but his contract runs through the 2017 season, and it would cost the university more than $7.6 million to fire him.

    Nebraska coach not worried about getting fired

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Bo Pelini says he hasn’t been told if he’ll return for a seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and that he isn’t spending any time worrying about it.After the Cornhuskers’ 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday, Pelini told reporters, “If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I’ve done.”Though Pelini is 57-24 at Nebraska, his performance has been heavily scrutinized in the wake of bad losses to UCLA and Minnesota. The question is whether first-year athletic director Shawn Eichorst believes Pelini is moving the program in the right direction. The Huskers haven’t won a conference championship since 1999, and they were eliminated from the Big Ten Legends Division race two weeks ago.


    Lena-Winslow wins Class 1A football title

    Tyler Oakley called it the best he’s ever played defensively, and Lena-Winslow has a new state championship trophy largely because of it.


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


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

    @Casption credit:Associated Press Playing just 17 minutes per game, point guard Nate Robinson is giving Denver's offense a lift off the bench and averaging about 9 points per game.

    Bulls clearly miss Nate Robinson’s spark

    Last year’s excellent play of Nate Robinson gave him an opportunity to leave, but the stripped down Chicago bulls could really use his talent right now.


    Cally Parkinson, right, of Long Grove relaxes after bargain hunting on Black Friday with her daughter, Charlotte, of Chicago and her niece, K.C. Steussy, who lives outside Indianapolis, Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Oh, the Black Friday bargains suburban shoppers found

    Suburban shoppers didn't necessarily hit the stores on Black Friday with a plan, and they stumbled upon good deals anyway. “We don’t coupon or look for deals,” said Cally Parkinson of Long Grove. “It’s sort of a fun thing to do. I didn’t come to buy a 50-percent-off scarf, but the sign was in the store.”

    A bottle of Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash in Louisville, Ky.

    Limited whiskey sells for nearly $4,000 per bottle

    Michter’s Distillery LLC's product will reach shelves Monday in select liquor stores, restaurants, bars or hotels in such places as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aspen, Colo., Chicago, Palm Beach, Fla., Houston and Boston. The company produced a scant 273 bottles of the blend of whiskeys, some aged up to 30 years, and all are spoken for, its top executive said.

    Associated Press/Oct. 16, 2003 Billionaire philanthropist Peter B. Lewis addresses the Cuyahoga Community College scholarship luncheon in Cleveland. Lewis, who died Saturday, pumped millions into Democratic causes, practically invented the marijuana legalization movement, and was known to call out institutions he cared about when he believed they had gone astray.

    Efforts to relax marijuana laws lose benefactor

    Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws:“Frustratingly, Peter Lewis really was the sole funder for so many entities,” he said. “Now we’re going to find out whether, when the funder’s no longer there, is this really a movement?”

    Spring Hill Mall, which straddles Carpentersville and West Dundee, recently added Wi-Fi and 32 tablets with Internet access. A mall official said the new elements are part of ongoing efforts to get shoppers to spend more time at Spring Hill Mall.

    Spring Hill Mall debuts tablet workstations

    In hopes of drawing people to Spring Hill Mall for reasons beyond shopping, mall leaders recently installed free Wi-Fi as well as 32 tablets with Internet access. “The new tablets are part of our ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance the shopping experience by adding amenities we believe will encourage shoppers to spend more time at the mall,” General Manager Amy Prew said in a statement.

    Employees stock Furby dolls behind a register Thursday at the Times Square Toys R’ Us. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year’s biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving this year. Investors watched for early trends in holiday sales.

    S&P 500 gains for 8th straight week

    Investors watched for early trends in holiday sales as the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, got underway. Retailers were one of two industry groups in the S&P 500 to rise.


    Seasonal jobs give Ala. residents needed income
    Austin Luginbill saw the holidays approaching and knew he needed to find a job.With bills and shopping costs sure to mount, time was of the essence. “I definitely needed something when I left (my previous job), because in today’s economy, you can’t afford to be unemployed for any length of time,” said Luginbill, 26, a Slocomb resident.


    Abbott recalls blood glucose test strips

    Abbott Laboratories is recalling some of its FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite blood glucose test strips because they could produce incorrect readings.

    Laura Ferris

    Wauconda Area Chamber names executive director

    The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce has named Laura Ferris as the Chamber’s new Executive Director.

    “Grand Theft Auto V.”

    Gift Guide: 10 games to make any player happy

    A video game store can be daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking for. It’s not easy to tell the winners from the losers, and sales clerks typically make the same salary whether they sell you a gem or a stinker. (“Farming Simulator,” anyone?) So when you head to the mall, take this list. These are some of the best games of 2013.

Life & Entertainment

    The GoPro digital camera mounted on a ski helmet is a hot item on ski slopes and other settings. Helmet cams have become so ubiquitous that they are “almost the norm” at Steamboat Ski & Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Helmet cam craze: Skiers record their own runs

    Hey, mom, did you see that cool jump? That explosion of powder? How I squeezed between those trees? There are moments on the slopes when skiers wish all eyes were on them. But here’s the next best thing: helmet cameras, which enable skiers to photograph and videotape their own descents, jumps and tracks to show off later.

    Getting up early on Black Friday for a little shopping? It seems a lot of consumers are using these sales and retail events to treat themselves to a new little something.

    No need to wrap: Some 'gifts' headed straight home

    Getting up early on Black Friday for a little shopping? Doing your part on Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday, too? It's all in the name of gift-giving — or at least the guise of it. It seems a lot of consumers are using these sales and retail events to treat themselves to a new little something.

    Lou Waldmeir taps a beer at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville.

    Solemn Oath showcases its brews in Naperville taproom

    Since opening in May 2012, Solemn Oath Brewery has been distributing its beers to restaurants and bars throughout the Chicago area. But if you want to get the brews straight from the source, you should head to their taproom — at 1661 Quincy Ave. in Naperville — where you can enjoy some suds within sight of where they were made.


    Dann & Raymond talk Sean Connery

    Join Dann Gire and film historian Raymond Benson as Dann & Raymond's Movie Club presents “Connery. Sean Connery: A Life in the Movies” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Clips from the James Bond movies (of course!), plus “Marnie,” “The Hill,” “Zardoz,” “The Untouchables,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and many more. It's free!

    “In Utero”

    Add some of these boxed sets for that music lover on your shopping list

    Whether those on your shopping list have musical tastes that lean toward the Fab Four or Ella Fitzgerald, there's a box set out there that they'd love to find under the tree.


    Music notes: Local metal rockers Broken Hope play Metro
    Broken Hope, the death-metal band led by North Barrington resident Jeremy Wagner, plays a local show this weekend in support of the group's well-received new album, "Omen of Disease."


    Theater events: Fortune Feimster comes to Rosemont’s Zanies

    "Chelsea Lately" regular Fortune Feimster headlines Zanies, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" opens at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Remy Bumppo revives the British mystery "An Inspector Calls" this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Frank Darabont, left, directs his cast on the set of “Mob City,” premiering Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TNT.

    ‘Shawshank’ director comes back to TV

    Frank Darabont, the writer/director who made his name with three big-screen Stephen King adaptations, returns to television next week, two years after being ousted as showrunner of AMC’s wildly popular “The Walking Dead.”

    A gardener spreads leaves beneath a row of dwarf apple trees, where a leafy mulch keeps weeds from growing and stealing nutrients and water from small trees.

    As a general rule, leave the leaves

    If you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground. These were bags left curbside for me by neighbors near and far. Dried, dead leaves contain stored energy. Put them on or in the soil, and they release their energy to support the growth and activity of fungi, earthworms and other soil organisms.

    Andrew Behling, left, plays Dasher the reindeer in Quest Theatre Ensemble's “The People's Christmas Wish.”

    Suburban theater artists share their thoughts on holiday shows

    Suburban residents are among many Chicago-area theater artists making audiences merry this holiday season in shows ranging from traditional versions of Charles Dickens' signature Christmas tale, to stage adaptations of hit holiday movies and TV shows, to adults-only satires to new, family-friendly works. Among them is a young actress from Arlington Heights making her Goodman Theatre debut, a Bloomingdale youth minister helming his first holiday show, and a Wheaton native starring as a displaced reindeer in a free-admission production.

    A doctor examines Samantha (Najarra Townsend) to determine what kind of sexually transmitted disease she might have "Contracted."

    ‘Contracted’ certainly shocks, but feels unfinished

    Eric England’s “Contracted” is an independent horror tale with enough physically gross shocks to gratify fans of transformational horror (thanks to Mayera Abeita’s superb makeup effects), but the entire movie feels like Act One in a regular feature film. You'll want much more at the end, but not in a good way.

    “Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can’t Live Without,” by Julie Klam, believes middle ground is possible.

    Kids behaving badly — other people’s kids, that is

    He’s the toddler who always bites. She’s the 6-year-old drama queen prone to “it’s mine” fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your lenient big sister. Julie Klam, a Manhattan mom and author of the new book “Friendkeeping,” believes middle ground is possible. “Do the best you can to see them without their children, but when they are around, take the anthropologist’s point of view: ‘Hmm, that’s interesting that the kid is standing on a table throwing cheese at the wall,’ instead of getting wound up in it,” she said.

    When choosing a Christmas tree, select a fresh one so it will retain its needles as long as possible. Trees that were cut many weeks or even months ago will drop their needles shortly after being brought indoors.

    Look for sap when choosing a fresh tree

    When choosing a Christmas tree, select a fresh one so it will retain its needles as long as possible. Trees that were cut many weeks or even months ago will drop their needles shortly after being brought indoors.


    Seller worried about ungrounded outlets

    Q. Our home was built in 1971. When we bought the home, it had two-prong outlets. A family member changed these to three-prong outlets so that we could plug in our appliances, but we found out there are no ground wires in the outlet boxes.Do you think we’ll have to rewire the house to provide grounding?


    Preparing your carpet for holiday guests

    If you are expecting guests for the holidays, then you should be preparing your home. A lot of people take this time to replace worn or stained carpet. But if you are on a budget, try some or all of these tips and tricks for getting out the spots and making your carpets look presentable again.


    Homeowners can give thanks for a do-nothing Congress

    The federal government is stuck, which might be good news for people who own a house and depend on their tax breaks to get by.


    Foreclosure laws greatly impact speed of housing recovery

    Why have many of the local housing markets that were hit hardest during the bust — especially in California — bounced back so vigorously and quickly, with prices close to or exceeding where they were in 2005 and 2006?

    Apple Country Estates is a neighborhood of 82 homes just off Gossell Road inn Wauconda.

    Neighborhood profile focuses on Apple Country Estates

    About 25 years ago, Harry Wieder and his late wife Dorothy took their kids for a country drive out to the Wauconda Apple Orchard, where they went on hayrides and bought apples. the Wieders moved out to Apple Country Estates 15 years later, right next to land the apple orchard had occupied.


    Daily Herald file photo Gift buying will always be part of the holidays, but there are other, perhaps more important, ways of giving to others.

    Editorial: Giving more than presents this season
    There are important ways to give to others this season beyond the packages we wrap, a Daily Herald editorial reminds us.

    Kim Clarke Maisch

    Small businesses keep communities strong

    Guest columnist Kim Clarke Maisch: Show your faith in America by starting your holiday gift-buying in a small business and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday.


    Find the waste, fraud in food stamps program
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In preparation for the 2012 presidential election, 5.7 million people were added to the food stamp program, and it is hard to believe that every one of them was given a thorough “needs” test to determine eligibility.


    Execs rigging system to boost the wealthy?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Walmart has reportedly posted signs asking employees to donate food items for other employees who are in need. The sad truth is that many of Walmart’s employees earn such low wages that they need aid.


    Benefits 1 percent, offends 50 percent
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Illinois lawmakers continue to disappoint. With mounting debt, unfunded pensions, credit rating downgrades, which they have neither the will or negotiating skills to deal with, they have managed instead to put all their efforts into passing a bill, Senate Bill 10, legalizing same sex marriage, that benefits a mere 1 to 2 percent of the population of this state, while it offends the moral and religious beliefs of probably half of that population.


    Gay marriage, cure to all state’s ills
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: I have to admit, the politicians in Illinois sure know how to fix the state’s ills; legalize homosexual marriage. The worst credit rating of all the states; under control, we have legal homosexual marriage. Out of control spending; no problem, we have legal homosexual marriage.


    Media, do your job for a change
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Some 40 years ago an unprecedented media feeding frenzy brought down a sitting president amid allegations of political dirty tricks and a high level cover-up. Watergate reigns as the quintessential high-water mark for liberal/progressive media prowess, investigative reporting’s finest hour crowning Woodward and Bernstein with journalistic sainthood.


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