Daily Archive : Wednesday June 11, 2014



    St. Charles man must pay victim in child porn case

    A St. Charles man will have to pay $5,000 in restitution to a person depicted in child pornography he downloaded, a Kane County judge ruled Wednesday.


    Our view
    Parents need to be vigilant and prepared for uncomfortable talks when it comes to their kids’ online lives.

    A downed power line caused rush hour traffic delays Wednesday near route 59 and Interstate 88.

    Naperville’s Route 59 and Diehl reopened

    The intersection of Rt. 59 and Diehl Road was closed for more than eight hours Wednesday as crews cleaned up an earlier accident. Naperville officials were warning drivers to avoid the area of Route 59 and Diehl Road after a dump truck pulled down overhead cable lines.


    Illiana highway ruling slowed by wildlife concerns

    Federal approval for the Illiana Expressway toll road has been delayed by concerns from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partly over how the project might affect endangered species, an Indiana Department of Transportation project manager said.

    Eric Galarza Jr.

    No verdict yet on who shot Elgin 5-year-old

    After more than six hours of deliberations, jurors did not reach a verdict in the trial of an Elgin man charged with the shooting death of 5-year-old Eric Galarza Jr. Cook County Judge Bridget Hughes sent the jury home about 11 p.m. They will return to the Rolling Meadows courthouse at 10 a.m. Thursday to resume deliberations.


    Two seriously hurt in Randall Road crash

    Randall Road re-opened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday between Sullivan Road and Sequoia Drive after being closed for several hours as Aurora police investigated a head-on crash that sent both drivers to the hospital, authorities said. Police said the crash involved a car and minivan and the force of the impact caused the minivan to roll over.

    Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of 353 Brittany Court in Geneva is arrested Wednesday on charges of armed robbery and retail theft. Officers from St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and Sugar Grove all were at the building at Ashford at Geneva Apartment Homes looking for two robbery suspects.

    Woman, juvenile charged in Batavia armed robbery

    A Geneva woman and St. Charles juvenile have been charged with armed robbery and retail theft, accused of taking a television at knife point from a Batavia Walmart. Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of 353 Brittany Court in Geneva is charged with armed robbery and retail theft. The unidentified 17-year-old male juvenile from St. Charles is charged with armed robbery, robbery and retail theft.


    Still no decision by Elgin liquor commission on Gasthaus bar

    Attorneys’ tempers flared Wednesday before the Elgin’s liquor control commission ran out of time — for the third time since April — to make a decision regarding a downtown bar accused of liquor license violations. The city alleges the Gasthaus Zur Linde operated as a nightclub without serving food in March 2013, which exceeds the scope of its liquor license, and served...

    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for 2013-14 school year.

    State education board recognizes best suburban teachers

    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.


    What should you do if confronted with a gunman?

    When a gunman menaced a small Seattle college, a student pepper-sprayed the attacker, ending his rampage. Police say his actions probably saved lives.When an armed couple who had already killed two police officers entered a Las Vegas Wal-Mart, a shopper with a concealed weapon tried to confront them and got killed. Police say he died “trying to protect others.”

    The emerald ash borer has been striking Barrington especially hard this year.

    Barrington ‘finally seeing the effects’ of emerald ash borer

    According to Barrington’s top administrator, the village is “finally seeing the effects” of the emerald ash borer that has been killing suburban trees for nearly a decade. Village Manager Jeff Lawler said work crews this year have been marking and cutting down more sick ash trees than any time in the past.

    Derrick Smith

    Lawmaker convicted of bribery loses seat

    A lawmaker convicted of taking a $7,000 bribe has officially lost his seat in the Illinois House. Democratic committeemen from Derrick Smith’s district in Chicago are expected to appoint someone to fill the vacancy in coming weeks.


    Former CTA workers accused of faking children’s deaths

    Prosecutors say two former Chicago Transit Authority workers are accused of faking their children’s deaths and stealing coworkers’ identities to obtain retirement funds.

    House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Wheaton, front, will try to move up on the GOP leadership team after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, facing the camera, lost his primary race Tuesday.

    Roskam would run to move up in wake of Cantor’s loss

    Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton would run to move up a spot in the House Republican leadership team if there’s an opening in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss Tuesday, sources close to him say. Roskam, Republicans’ chief deputy whip and No. 4 on the GOP power ladder, would run for the whip job if Cantor left his post in the coming days...


    Arlington Hts. $4.5 million surplus goes to roads, trees, flooding

    Arlington Heights ended the 2014 fiscal year April 30 with a $4.5 million surplus thanks to several one-time revenues and savings, funds officials decided this week to split four ways. Village trustees voted Monday to dedicate $600,000 of the surplus to emerald ash borer remediation, $1 million to flood relief efforts, $1.4 million to the fleet fund and $1.2 million for capital projects,...

    Rollins Road will be closed from Hainesville Road to Route 83 in Round Lake Beach for about three days beginning Friday.

    Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach to close for three days

    Rollins Road from Hainesville Road to Route 83 in Round Lake Beach will be closed for three days beginning Friday for a signficant step in the massive project. A milestone will be reached in the next few weeks as railroad tracks will be installed on a new bridge and Rollins will be built beneath to connect with a much larger intersection at Route 83.

    Deputies discovered this 13-inch alligator when they enforced an eviction order Wednesday morning on the South Side of Chicago.

    Sheriff’s deputies find alligator during eviction

    The Cook County sheriff’s office reported finding an alligator in a Chicago apartment while enforcing an eviction order Wednesday morning on the South Side.

    Hector Picaso

    Wadsworth man guilty of molesting Lambs Farm resident

    A Wadsworth man was found guilty Wednesday of molesting a woman with Down syndrome while he served as her supervisor at Lambs Farm in Green Oaks. Hector Picaso, 62, of the 13000 block of Douglas Court, can be sentenced up to 37 years in prison for molesting the then-36-year-old victim on four occasions in 2012.


    Household chemical waste event:

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County hosts a household chemical waste collection on Saturday, June 14.


    Foglia YMCA family run:

    Foglia Family YMCA in Lake Zurich hosts its third annual 5K/10K and kids race on Saturday, June 21, to benefit its scholarship program.


    Dead trucker identified:

    The truck driver who died after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday in Long Grove was identified as 51-year-old Brian Pierce of Milwaukee, the Lake County coroner’s office said.

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District has started its annual monitoring of mosquitoes. Seasonal entomologist Andres Ortega adds a buffering solution to a collection of Culex mosquitoes taken from throughout DuPage. Culex mosquitoes can transmit the West Nile virus to humans.

    DuPage begins monitoring for West Nile virus

    DuPage County Forest Preserve District has launched its 12th season of monitoring and managing mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. “Our program is designed to support public health,” said Tom Velat, the district’s insect ecologist. The district coordinates its efforts with state and county health departments.

    Officials say they’re confident 99 percent of construction on the new dog park coming to Melas Park in Mount Prospect will be complete in time for a June 21 grand opening. The park is a joint project between the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect park districts.

    Excitement high over Canine Commons dog park

    Canine Commons, the dog park being built at Melas Park in Mount Prospect, will have its grand opening on June 21. Interest in the new doggie area is high, as evidenced by the fact that the 500 memberships offered sold out in weeks. The project is a joint effort between the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect park districts.


    GOP wants more time for redistricting signatures

    Top Illinois Republicans are requesting that the State Board of Elections grant an extension to a group gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. Hagel faced angry lawmakers as the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

    In Hill testimony, Hagel defends Bergdahl trade

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered an aggressive defense Wednesday of the secret prisoner exchange of five Taliban detainees for a U.S. soldier, telling Congress that the risks were too great and the situation too uncertain for the administration to tell lawmakers about the plan.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., delivers a concession speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost in the GOP primary to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat.

    Tea party candidates try to build on Cantor loss

    Conservative insurgents rallied Wednesday to capitalize on the downfall of their party's House majority leader, whose loss to a tea party-backed challenger put the differences dividing Republicans back at the forefront of this year's midterm elections.

    Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser, right, talks with Veterans Crisis Command Center volunteer Chuck Lewis, left, while he waits for an appointment Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at American Legion Post 1 in Phoenix.

    Senate backs bill to improve health care for vets

    The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records and inappropriate scheduling practices.

    Patricia Wernet

    Lombard District 44 picks two interim superintendents

    Two retired superintendents have been chosen to temporarily fill the shoes of Lombard Elementary District 44’s James Blanche, who is retiring June 30. Kenneth Cull, former superintendent of Itasca School District 10, and Patricia Wernet, former superintendent of Lisle Community Unit School District 202, will each serve as interim superintendents in District 44 for half of the 2014-15...


    Ogden traffic signals getting hardware upgrade in Naperville

    Traffic signals at three intersections along Ogden Avenue in Naperville are scheduled to stop functioning temporarily next week while some of their hardware is upgraded. Intersections where Ogden meets North Aurora Road and Raymond Drive, where it intersects with River Road, and where it hits Naper Boulevard/Naperville Road are included in the project that aims to upgrade traffic signals along...

    Fred Heid, chief executive officer of Community Unit District 300, is leading an effort to name the $3.9 million administration building now under construction in Algonquin.

    District 300 exploring name for administration building

    How does “The Nike Building” sound for the new administration building now under construction in Community Unit District 300? That, along with “Fred’s Place” and “Chuck’s Place” were among names officials jokingly suggested Monday night for the $3.9 million building in Algonquin.

    Recent Fremd High School graduates, Frank Kranz, left, and Tom Mayer finished 31st the national Ford/AAA Autoskills Competition Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan.

    No win, but much gained by Fremd grads at auto skills competition

    A car can’t go anywhere without fuel. Fremd High School graduates Frank Kranz and Tom Mayer know that to be true after one mechanical mishap dropped them to 31st place in this week’s the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition at Ford Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.


    Glen Ellyn picks new energy supplier

    Glen Ellyn residents will get a new energy supplier starting in August--at around a 50 percent price hike. The village board decided this week to work with FirstEnergy to provide residents and small businesses an alternative electricity supply to ComEd.


    Bartlett launches first citizens’ police academy July 30

    Bartlett police are launching their first citizens’ academy for residents to learn more about the department. The free, 10-week program will cover firearms training, mock traffic stops, first aid, evidence processing and other interactive exercises.

    Rosemont Public Safety Department Chief Don Stephens III, left, swears in Deputy Chiefs Kevin Kukulka and John Aichinger at Wednesday’s village board meeting.

    Rosemont Public Safety Department deputy chiefs sworn in

    Two deputy chiefs promoted within Rosemont’s public safety department have been formally sworn in.

    Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June. 11, 2014. The Iraqi government has tightened its security measures after a stunning assault that exposed Iraq’s eroding central authority, al-Qaida-inspired militants overran much of Mosul on Tuesday, seizing government buildings, pushing out security forces and capturing military vehicles as thousands of residents fled the Iraqi second-largest city.

    Analysis: Attacks show emboldened militants
    It has been a week of stunning advances by Islamic militants across a belt from Iraq to Pakistan. In Iraq, jihadi fighters rampaged through the country’s second-largest city and swept further south in their drive to establish an extremist enclave stretching into Syria. Pakistan’s largest airport was paralyzed and rocked by explosions as gunmen stormed it in a dramatic show of...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jose A. Valdes, 18, of Carpentersville, was charged Tuesday with possession of a controlled substance and retail theft, according to court records. He is accused of taking merchandise, valued at less than $300, from Wal-Mart on the 600 block of Dundee Avenue in East Dundee. He also possessed less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

    Mark Beeson

    Island Lake boat fees could increase

    Boaters who enjoy Island Lake’s namesake waterway may soon have to pay more for the privilege, under a proposal being considered by the village board.

    San Sandberg of Geneva, a Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Top 10 finalist from 2013, is one of 20 finalists kicking off this year's competition with a performance before a panel of judges and a live audience June 22.

    20 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Twenty finalists have been chosen to compete in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, a summer-long talent competition with performers vying for prizes including a vacation trip for two, a slot as an opening act for a major headliner and professional talent mentoring. The Top 20 were drawn from nearly 100 contestants who auditioned last week at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, which is a...

    Fencing around the 50-foot Black Hawk statue at Lowden State Park protects visitors in case more parts fall off.

    Harsh winter damages historic Black Hawk statue

    The brutal winter was rough on the more than century-old Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. Large pieces of the statue’s concrete surface have dislodged, and chunks of its arms have fallen.


    Quinn signs early education law

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan into law that guarantees a higher percentage of state grant money be set aside for early education. The state’s $300 million Early Education Block Grant program is geared toward children up to age 5.


    Mt. Prospect holds fire, police fundraiser

    Mount Prospect police and fire departments will team with Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 80 E. Northwest Hwy., on Monday, June 16, to raise funds for public safety education and activities. Oberweis customers who present a coupon at the store will have up to 30 percent of their purchases donated by Oberweis.


    Chicago, CUB seek investigation of electric market

    The Citizens Utility Board and the city of Chicago are asking the Illinois Commerce Commission to investigate whether alternative electricity suppliers are misleading consumers into paying too much.

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was treated last week for partially clocked arteries.

    Chicago police chief appears at ceremony

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has made his first public appearance since he was hospitalized and treated for blocked arteries.

    A former Cook County jail inmate alleges he and others were subjected to cruel and unusual jail conditions as they were “herded from holding pen to holding pen.”

    Former Cook County jail inmate sues over conditions

    A former Cook County jail inmate has filed a lawsuit alleging that for much of the time he was locked up he was denied, food, water and was forced to sleep on the floor.

    Glen Ellyn has hired a Florida-based company to temporarily manage the Village Links golf course.

    Glen Ellyn hires firm to temporarily manage Village Links

    The Glen Ellyn village board has hired a Florida-based firm to temporarily manage the Village Links of Glen Ellyn golf course. The contract, which is not to exceed $64,000, will allow Golfmak Inc. to oversee both the course and the Reserve 22 restaurant and banquet facility.


    52 Wisconsin counties now issuing gay marriage licenses

    A survey of all 72 Wisconsin counties by The Associated Press on Wednesday found that only 20 counties were still denying same-sex couples who wished to get a marriage license after a federal court judge last week struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.


    Hanover Park police investigate shooting

    Hanover Park police are investigating a shooting Tuesday night that left no one injured, authorities said. Shots were fired at a home on the 1300 block of Kingsbury Drive near Ranger Park about 10:40 p.m., police said.

    Officials say House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post this summer after losing a primary election Tuesday night in a major upset.

    Cantor announces plans to resign leadership post

    House Republican Leader Eric Cantor says he is resigning his leadership post at the end of next month. The majority leader is stepping down in the aftermath of his defeat in a primary election to a tea-party backed rival in Virginia.


    After the honeymoon, marriage can be challenging

    Marriage takes work after the honeymoon is over.

    Sean Adams of Hanover Park, Vernon Davis of Streamwood and Armond Mayberry of Hanover Park make up Mysterious Krew.

    Images: Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent: Top 20
    The top 20 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent in 2014 have been announced. The finalists are set to compete at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22.


    Congregation Beth Judea presents Outstanding Service awards

    Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, will be honoring the following congregants for service above and beyond in helping to make Congregation Beth Judea a warm and welcoming place for its members.

    Alex Caputo-Pearl, president elect of the United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA, takes questions on the Vergara v. California lawsuit verdict in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

    California teacher tenure ruling may fuel debate

    A first-of-its-kind court ruling that concluded California’s union-backed teacher tenure, layoff and dismissal laws infringe on students’ rights to an equal public education adds fire to a debate over whether the job protections afforded professional educators are partly to blame for what ails the nation’s schools, experts said.

    Samantha Barbash, center, was arrested after being accused of leading a crew of New York City strippers who scammed wealthy men by drugging them and running up extravagant bills at topless clubs while they were in a daze, according to authorities.

    Feds: NYC strippers drugged, stole from rich men

    A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with illegal synthetic drugs, then driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it, authorities said Wednesday.

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday allowed on-site cremations at village funeral homes with a special-use permit in response to a request for a change in the zoning code from Jim Ahlgrim, co-owner of Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Schaumburg to permit cremations at funeral homes

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday allowed on-site cremations at funeral homes in the village providing they apply for and receive a special-use permit. The change in the zoning code came at the request of Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, which saw cremations exceed half of all its funeral services in the past year.

    “It just seems to have fallen down the list of priorities,” Trustee Bill Cannon said of plans to create a sprawling youth complex on this land, a project outlined in the village's new strategic plan.

    Hanover Park sees potential in youth sports complex

    As part of its new strategic plan, Hanover Park continues to see opportunities in a youth sports complex on Barrington Road. But two years after the village took over the site, officials say funding poses the biggest obstacle to a major project and even cosmetic upgrades like new lighting. "It's a work in progess," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

    For two consecutive years, Glenbard East choir director Brandon Catt, center, has been nominated for the Music Educator Award given by the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy. He recently met with students Frank Cesario, Luke Young and Rachel Callaly.

    Dist. 87 teacher in running for Music Educator award

    For Brandon Catt, Glenbard East High School's director of choirs, teaching students involves more than just making them better musicians. “It's been really fun working with those kids and getting them to move along not only in their musical journey, but in their individual growth as people,” he said. His approach seems to be working.


    Highlights of House, Senate veterans bills

    A comparison of House and Senate legislation aimed at improving medical care for Department of Veterans Affairs patients


    Sprinkler system helps contain Lombard warehouse fire

    A sprinkler system helped knock down a fire that caused roughly $10,000 damage early Wednesday morning at a manufacturing building on the 1100 block of North Garfield Street in Lombard, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the fire, which began around 3:50 a.m. at the metal fabricating company on the village’s far north side, Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell said.


    Indiana day care death ruled accidental hanging

    A coroner says a 5-year-old boy died from an accidental hanging at a northern Indiana day care. LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says Amareon Williams of Michigan City died from asphyxiation caused by a rope that was tied to a piece of playground equipment.


    Wisconsin attorney says gay marriage licenses are valid

    A county clerk and an attorney say gay marriage licenses issued by county clerks are legal even if the state Vital Records Office is not processing them. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said Wednesday that a couple is married as soon as a license is issued and a ceremony is held. He says filing the license with the state is essentially a redundancy, as the record is also available at the county.


    Obama’s Homeland Security chief to visit Illinois

    President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security chief will visit Illinois Friday as part of the administration’s immigration reform push. A news release from the Department of Homeland Security says Secretary Jeh Johnson will conduct site visits to review facilities run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


    Tax exemption could help Illinois tornado victims

    A tax exemption that the Illinois Legislature passed in 2012 is expected to benefit the victims of last fall’s tornadoes in the city of Washington. Tazewell County’s Chief Assessment Officer Gary Twist says the General Assembly created the tax exemption after tornadoes hit Harrisburg in 2012.

    Former NFL player Cpl. Pat Tillman was serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment when he was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. The military said officers knew within hours that his death was from friendly fire but violated regulations by not telling Tillman’s family or the public for five weeks.

    Risk of friendly fire long an element of war

    The deaths of five Americans killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan stand as a fresh reminder of the dangers of friendly fire, an element of war that is older than the nation.

    HiIlary Rodham Clinton listens before signing a copy of her new book for a wheelchair-bound woman Tuesday at Barnes and Noble bookstore in New York.

    Clinton speaks about ‘Hard Choices’ in Chicago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has told a crowd in Chicago that leadership requires “an endless set of tough calls.” The potential 2016 presidential candidate spoke Tuesday evening at a meeting of the Food Marketing Institute and the United Fresh Produce Association.


    2 dead in Mokena house fire

    Authorities in Mokena say two people are dead after a house fire. Frankfort Fire District officials say firefighters pulled the victims from the south-suburban home early Wednesday. Assistant Fire Chief Bob Wilson says emergency crews responded after receiving a call that someone may be trapped inside the home.


    Dawn Patrol: Cantor’s loss Roskam’s gain? Hillary Clinton in town

    Hillary Clinton returns to local roots for book tour. What does Cantor's loss mean for Peter Roskam? Mokena family remembers soldier killed by friendly fire. Naperville looks to extend fire training to other departments. Elk Grove District 59 students getting computers and tablets. Laptops stolen from Barrington school.

    Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan recently had its largest graduating class in the school’s 10-year history, with 83 percent of the students who started as freshmen graduating.

    Cristo Rey St. Martin graduation celebrates ‘firsts’

    As 60 students marched down the aisle to receive their high school diplomas, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan celebrated several “firsts.”

    This football stadium built over two years at a cost of about $10,000 was among the Lego creations on display at the 2009 Brickworld, which was held in Wheeling.

    Brickworld coming to Schaumburg this weekend

    Brickworld Chicago 2014 is coming to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center this weekend. The event founded in 2007 and held at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling until it moved to Schaumburg last year, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1551 North Thoreau Drive.

    Olympic swimmer Dara Torres meets with swimmers before taking laps with them while visiting Stevenson High School Tuesday night to talk about the dangers of bacterial meningitis.

    Ex-Olympian swims with suburban kids at Stevenson

    Six years have passed since swimming legend Dara Torres last competed in the Olympics, but the California native showed she’s still in fine form Tuesday when she joined a group of young suburban swimmers at Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School. “It’s a lot of fun,” Torres said of the meet-and-greets. “Some of the shy ones are so cute.”

    The Rolling Meadows City Council Tuesday approved a frozen dessert and coffee spot for the former Ray’s Auto on Kirchoff Road in the city’s downtown.

    Rolling Meadows approves frozen dessert cafe

    Downtown Rolling Meadows will get a frozen dessert and coffee cafe, according to a plan approved Tuesday by the city council. Craig Carlson of Arlington Heights plans to build a drive-through cafe at 3001 Kirchoff Road by remodeling a vacant building that was formerly Ray’s Auto. His first retail endeavor will be on the southwest corner of Kirchoff and Meadow Drive, across the street from...

    This screen shot shows 11 Main’s homepage. The new e-commerce site is hoping to bring Main Street to the Web with an invite-only online marketplace that focuses on small-business retailers.

    Alibaba’s U.S. debut to showcase small business

    China’s largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers. Industry watchers will be paying close attention since 11 Main is owned by Alibaba, the e-commerce giant in China that filed for an initial public offering in the U.S. in May.

    A southbound Canadian National train crosses the Metra/Union Pacific Notrthwest line at Deval tower in Des Plaines.

    Company denies it’s blocking Illinois rail deal

    Canadian National Railway Co. says it’s willing to resume negotiations with Illinois on using its track to restore passenger service between Chicago and Dubuque, Iowa. Last week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin accused the company of blocking the plan with unreasonable capital demands, as well as ignoring safety and congestion complaints along a major freight corridor outside Chicago.

    Allison McLean

    Libertyville pageants to be held June 12

    The Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Libertyville Pageant will be June 12.

    The rain continues to fall hard in the northern suburbs, causing some flooded streets and slow commute times.

    Heavy rain causing flooded streets in northern suburbs

    Heavy rain is falling in Lake County and northern Cook County, causing some slick roads and slow travel times. The rain is expected to move on later this afternoon.

    Abra Keup adds syrup to her Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at the 103rd annual Swedish Day midsummer festival in Geneva’s Good Templar Park. The festival returns Sunday, June 15.

    Traditions run deep at Swedish Day

    It claims to be the oldest festival in the Midwest and, at 104 years and counting, its traditions run deep. Swedish Day returns to Geneva's Good Templar Park on Sunday, June 15.


    Batavia won’t charge for helping residents who fall

    Every time somebody calls the Batavia Fire Department to help lift someone who has fallen, the fire department sends a fire engine and three firefighters. It did that at least 153 times in 2013 to people living in single-family houses and apartments. Each time, the resident paid no fee for the help getting back into their bed or chair. That will continue, even if firefighters are called to the...

    Sophomore Max Kachinske throws his leftovers in the compost bin in the cafeteria at Kaufman Hall at North Central College in Naperville. Students have been composting there for three years.

    Composting gains steam in suburban schools, homes

    Across the suburbs, food scrap composting is beginning to take hold at institutions and households that want to go beyond recycling, divert more matter away from landfills and ultimately take another step toward true sustainability. "It's like where recycling was 20 years ago," said Karen Rozmus, who oversees a 2-year-old residential pilot program in Oak Park.

    Moore Toys & Gadgets opened May 31 at 107 E. Front St. in downtown Wheaton.

    New businesses coming to downtown Wheaton
    As the city council starts discussions about how to continue improving downtown Wheaton with the implementation of a 20-year strategic plan, new businesses are continuing to open in town. Moore Toys & Gadgets opened May 31 at 107 E. Front St. A Subway and flower shop are set to open on the street later this summer. NEXT Yoga and Armand's Pizzeria will both in late June at 120 E. Liberty St. and...

    A rendering of what Liberty Street in Wheaton could look like once revitalization plans are complete. The Wheaton City Council started discussing the implementation of the city’s downtown strategic and streetscape plan Monday.

    Wheaton council discusses future of downtown

    Prioritizing work and determining funding sources is already proving challenging for Wheaton City Council members as they begin moving forward with the implementation of a Downtown Strategic and Streetscape Plan. “We don’t want to put all the burden on downtown, as a far of financing it,” said Councilman John Prendiville. “Some of it definitely should be because...

    Eric Faler, left, and Sherri Warren appear in the Elgin Theatre Company production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a comedy by Neil Simon.

    Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ comes to Elgin

    Eric Faler is a 17-year-old high school graduate. He shaves his face. He is old enough to drive. He will be heading off to college in the fall. But starting Friday, June 13, Faler will revert to his 15-year-old self to play Eugene Jerome in the Elgin Theatre Company’s production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”



    Nationals crack Cain early, beat Giants 6-2

    Jayson Werth hit his first homer in almost a month and drove in three runs, and the Washington Nationals capitalized on Matt Cain’s erratic start to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.


    A’s avoid sweep with 7-1 win over Angels

    Stephen Vogt hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Jered Weaver, and the Oakland Athletics increased their AL West lead over the Los Angeles Angels to 3 1/2 games with a 7-1 victory Wednesday night.


    Timbers rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

    Pa Modou Kah scored in stoppage time and the Portland Timbers rallied for a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Wednesday night in the last scheduled game before Major League Soccer takes a break for the World Cup.


    Tanaka strikes out 11, wins 10th as Yanks top Mariners

    Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 and became the second pitcher in the majors with 10 wins, throwing a complete game Wednesday night as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2.

    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of Wednesday night’s 8-2 victory over the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Big series or not, White Sox are winning

    The White Sox inched a little closer to the first-place Tigers with an 8-2 win Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox have won two straight vs. Detroit and are 2.5 games off the pace in the AL Central.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen talks to the media after NFL football practice Wednesday in Lake Forest, Ill.. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    QB Clausen eager to learn with Bears

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen has a lot of catching up to do as he tries to grasp enough of the Bears' complicated offense to compete for a backup spot behind starter Jay Cutler.


    White Sox GM Hahn happy with draft

    The White Sox are still negotiating with Carlos Rodon, but they have signed 28 picks from last week's draft, including Nos. 2-10. July 18 is the deadline to sign Rodon, a star left-hander from North Carolina State.

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria has seen his offense provide more support lately for his starting pitchers.

    Cubs finally making something out of quality starts

    If there's a positive sign for the Cubs besides the hitting of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, it's that their starting pitchers are being rewarded for quality starts. The Cubs are 16-16 when they get a quality start. That didn't apply Wednesday night as Jason Hammel had a rare rough outing, giving up 11 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Pirates.

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) hits a two-run home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

    McCutchen homers and Pirates beat Cubs 4-2

    Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at soggy PNC Park on Wednesday night.


    Chen, Orioles beat slumping Red Sox 6-0

    Wei-Yin Chen allowed four hits over seven innings, Chris Davis homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 6-0 Wednesday night at soggy Camden Yards.


    Matzek shines in debut as Rockies beat Braves 8-2

    Tyler Matzek pitched two-hit ball for the first seven innings of his major league debut before faltering in the eighth, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night.

    Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago.

    Abreu, Danks and White Sox top Verlander, Tigers

    Jose Abreu hit an early homer off Justin Verlander, then singled to start a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that sent John Danks and the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night.

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), at right, and left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) react after Pouliot scored a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period Wednesday of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final in New York. The Rangers eked out a 2-1 victory.

    Rangers beat Kings 2-1, stay alive in Cup finals

    The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored as the Rangers managed to keep the Los Angeles Kings at bay in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

    Larry Friedrichs is through as Stevenson’s softball head coach after 27 seasons and 515 victories.

    Friedrich’s 27-year run at Stevenson is over

    Today is Larry Friedrichs’ last official day of teaching at Stevenson. That was expected for the high school’s retiring assistant director of special education. Two weeks ago marked Friedrichs’ last day of coaching Stevenson’s softball team. That was not expected. “My position was posted (Tuesday),” Friedrichs said. Which means after 27 seasons and 515 wins as head coach, Friedrichs is out.


    Darvish, Texas deny Miami bid for interleague mark

    Yu Darvish pitched his first complete game in the majors, Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double and the Texas Rangers denied Miami’s bid for a record interleague winning streak, beating the Marlins 6-0 Wednesday night.


    Keuchel, Carter lead Astros over Diamondbacks 5-1

    Chris Carter homered twice, Dallas Keuchel pitched eight strong innings and the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Wednesday night.


    Royals use 4 sacrifice flies to beat Indians 4-1

    Yordano Ventura dominated the Indians for seven stingy innings, and the Kansas City Royals scored all of their runs on sacrifice flies in a 4-1 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday.


    Lucroy, Peralta help Brewers beat Mets 3-1

    Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning to send the Milwaukee Brewers past the slumping New York Mets 3-1 Wednesday night.


    Rays end 31-inning scoring drought, beat Cards 6-3

    Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped a club-record 31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.


    Cueto fans 12 in 6 innings, Reds beat Dodgers 5-0

    Johnny Cueto matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce — the missing core of Cincinnati’s batting order much of the season — each drove in runs Wednesday night, leading the Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.


    Brignac’s HR in 9th lifts Phils over Padres

    Reid Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.


    Twins beat Blue Jays 7-2, Hughes gets win

    Minnesota’s Phil Hughes pitched seven shutout innings to win in Toronto for the first time in almost three years, Kendrys Morales got three more hits and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 7-2.


    Larkins helps Fever beat Storm 76-68

    Erlana Larkins scored 17 points and Natasha Howard and Shavonte Zellous each added 13 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Seattle Storm 76-68 on Wednesday night.


    Silva scores 3 goals, United beats Impact 4-2

    Luis Silva scored three first-half goals and D.C. United beat the Montreal Impact 4-2 on Wednesday night to take lead in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.

    In this June 4 photo, Joao Paulo, 16, plays ball in a street decorated for the upcoming World Cup in the Ceilandia suburb of Brasilia, Brazil. The international soccer tournament is set to begin next week.

    Things to watch for in World Cup

    For the next month, starting Thursday, the World Cup will be hard to avoid on traditional and social media. You can try to run and hide from it, or you can give it a try. Presenting a quick primer for soccer newbies, so you can sound like a soccer lifer, too.

    A United States flag owned by Jaime Oquendo of Houston hangs from a railing as a Brazil flag waves in the background as Oquendo watches the U.S. men’s soccer team Wednesday during a training session at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. will play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup.

    At least World Cup worth a watch

    The World Cup is about to begin again. Even if the United States’ bracket is being called the “Group of Death” because it includes Portugal, Germany and Ghana, the pageantry, the rituals, the fans’ costumes, the quality of play and the high stakes might make up for it.

    Ronnie Brewer

    Brewer pleads not guilty to DUI

    Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills. Prosecutors allege that his blood-alcohol nearly twice the legal limit.


    Gulf states prosper from wildlife tourism

    Florida’s 23 coastal counties host more than 16,000 wildlife tourism-related businesses. State and local governments generate nearly $1 billion in tax revenue from tourism, a sum that could pay salaries of over 16,000 nurses. More than 7.6 million wildlife tourists visit Florida every year. The wildlife tourism industry in the Gulf of Mexico states is a $19 billion industry and generates 2.6 million jobs.


    Put the scale aside and enjoy the action

    Length and weight are certainly valid methods of measurement when it comes to a fishing outing, but so is learning to simply enjoy the moment and the variety of an extended bite.

    Workers clean the stairs at Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    All right on the night? World Cup stadium a worry

    The biggest question for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup isn’t whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd.

    Lions tight end Tony Scheffler is brought down by Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs during the second quarter the Sept. 29 game in Detroit last season.

    Concussions push former Lions TE to retire

    Tony Scheffler told The Associated Press on Wednesday he made the choice to retire because he had three concussions over the past four years.

    In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to seel the team he has owned for 33 years to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Now his wife Shelly wants a court decide whether she’s the sole trustee and can go ahead with sale without her husband’s support.

    Trial will weigh if Sterling was properly ousted

    A trial will be held next month to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife’s planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team. An attorney for Shelly Sterling went to probate court Wednesday to request a trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    ESPN has hired Landon Donovan to offer commentary on the U.S. soccer team he was cut from just before the World Cup.

    ESPN hires Donovan as World Cup analyst

    Landon Donovan made his debut during ESPN’s two-hour World Cup preview show Wednesday. The all-time American leader in goals and assists, Donovan was dropped from the U.S. roster last month in a highly debated move by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, watches as players stretch during basketball practice Wednesday at the NBA Finals in Miami. The Spurs lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the best-of-seven games series.

    Spurs prep, Heat to make fixes before Game 4

    The San Antonio Spurs, who didn’t think they played that well in the first two games, have shown that not even the respected Miami Heat defense can stop them when they execute the way they did Tuesday. The bigger concerns belong to the Heat, whose defense was also sliced up by the Spurs in the fourth quarter of Game 1. So Spoelstra gathered his team to look at the painful tape of Tuesday’s performance.

    Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson runs past Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley and into the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Roberson is leaving Indiana and will transfer to another school.

    Indiana QB to transfer

    Quarterback Tre Roberson appeared to be Indiana’s quarterback of the future after becoming the first true freshman to start for the Hoosiers. But in 2012, the sophomore broke his lower left leg, and he wound up splitting the quarterback duties with Nate Sudfeld most of last season.

    Jason Mallard disqualified himself for what may — or may not — have been a rules violation during U.S. Open qualifying.

    Golfer DQs himself from U.S. Open to clear conscience

    Jason Millard packed his bags, tossed his clubs in the car, and headed off to Pinehurst No. 2 to play in his first major championship. It should’ve been the thrill of a lifetime. Instead, he turned the car around.

    New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26), left, collides with Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) in the second period Monday during Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final in New York.

    Kings look to finish off Rangers in finals sweep

    The Los Angeles Kings know they are heading home after Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. They don’t want to bring the New York Rangers along for the ride. One day before their first chance at their second Stanley Cup title in three years, the Kings harkened back to a pair of series — one this year when they rallied from a 3-0 hole to eliminate San Jose in the first round, and the 2012 finals when New Jersey won two straight to force Game 6.


    Cubs agree to 4-year deal with Class AA Smokies

    The Chicago Cubs and Tennessee Smokies reached an agreement to keep the Cubs Class AA affiliate in Kodak, Tenn., through 2018, club officials announced Wednesday.

    Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, right, will report for work this weekend with the Cubs' Class A team in Boise. Schwarber signed with the Cubs Wednesday after they drafted him in the first round.

    Cubs sign first-round pick Schwarber

    The Cubs did not waste any time in getting first-round draft pick Kyle Schwarber into their organization. HYPERLINK "http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/kyle_schwarber_779966.html"Schwarber, the fourth overall selection in last week’s MLB draft, has signed a minor league contract, team officials announced Wednesday.


    Mike North video: Beating the Hawks means Kings could sweep the Rangers
    Mike North thought the Chicago Blackhawks were the best team in hockey this year, so when the Los Angeles Kings won the series 4-3, it looked like there was no hope for the New York Rangers.



    City, CUB request ICC probe

    The city of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board on Wednesday requested an Illinois Commerce Commission probe of the electric market prompted by reports of confusing offers from alternative suppliers, misleading pitches and prices up to six times higher than the utility rate.


    Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

    Corn grows in a field near DePue, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The nation’s wheat crop is smaller than earlier was predicted due to drought, but corn and soybean crop expectations have changed little in the last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

    USDA: Drought cuts wheat crop; corn, soybeans good

    The nation’s wheat crop is smaller than earlier was predicted due to drought, but corn and soybean crop expectations have changed little in the last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.Agency reports show farmers producing 1.38 billion bushels of winter wheat, down 2 percent from a month ago and 10 percent from last year. Hard red winter wheat, the type often used to make bread, is down 3 percent from last month’s estimate to 720 million bushels.“Severe drought conditions in the Southern Plains had a dramatic impact on the winter wheat crop, with poor fields in Oklahoma and Texas being baled for hay or otherwise abandoned,” the USDA said in its crop production report. “Late-month precipitation was beneficial to this area but likely too late to revive drought-stricken wheat.”Kansas also has been hard hit by drought, and the government now estimates the Kansas crop at 243.6 million bushels, down from 260.4 million bushels forecast a month ago.Farmers are expected to produce a record 13.9 billion bushels of corn and 3.6 billion bushels of soybeans, both estimates unchanged from the previous month.A cool, wet start to spring delayed corn and soybean planting, but weather improved in the second week of May and the USDA said the corn conditions are now the best in four years for the 18 states that grow most of the nation’s crop. They include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.Pockets of bad weather have frustrated some farmers.“We’re not too happy with the way this year has been,” said Bernie Roberts, who operates a corn, soybean and pig farm with brothers Burt and Jeff near Corning in southwest Iowa. “We had just over 6 inches of rain in the last week. It was the third rain where we had 3 inches or more this spring.”Farmers in western Iowa and Nebraska have also seen crop damage from hail and wind. Roberts said his farm lost 60 acres of soybeans to hail a week ago.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade. Barra will appear on June 18 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee, the panel announced Wednesday. Also testifying will be former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, above, who last week issued a report on GM’s delayed recall of 2.6 million small cars equipped with the switches.

    GM CEO Barra, chief investigator to testify

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.Barra will appear on June 18 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee, the panel announced Wednesday.


    Brazil, other markets are no longer ‘Fragile Five’

    Soccer fans will focus on Brazil and the start of the World Cup Thursday, but investors have been entranced by that nation’s stock market for months. Brazil has company. From Sao Paulo to Mumbai, investors are regaining their faith in emerging markets this year.

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 9, 2014. U.S. stocks fluctuated, after equity benchmarks climbed to records last week, as Family Dollar Stores Inc. rallied while Merck & Co. slipped amid deals activity. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

    Stocks fall back as World Bank cuts growth outlook
    The stock market fell back from record levels Wednesday because of a weaker forecast for global growth and concerns about airline profits.Delta Air Lines and other carriers fell after Germany’s Lufthansa warned of smaller profits. Boeing slid after analysts said that most of the good news about the plane maker was already priced into the stock.

    This June 4, 2014 photo shows the interior of attorney Tim Nelson's home at the newly built Portland townhouse development in Phoenix. Americans like Nelson increasingly say they prefer to live near the centers of cities and towns, where commutes tend to be easier and culture, restaurants and entertainment close by. It marks a pronounced shift away from the yearning for open suburban space that drove U.S. home construction for decades. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Many seek new homes near cities but are priced out
    WASHINGTON — City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.“I like the views,” said Nelson, 50. “My commute is almost nonexistent.”Nelson has plenty of company.Americans increasingly say they prefer to live near the centers of cities and towns, where commutes are typically shorter and culture, restaurants and entertainment close by. It marks a shift away from the yearning for open suburban space that drove U.S. home construction for decades.But it carries a costly trade-off: Land in many cities has surged in price. And fewer Americans can now afford newly built homes in the walkable neighborhoods they desire.The average price of a newly built home nationwide has reached $320,100 — a 20.5 percent jump since 2012 began. That puts a typical new home out of reach for two-thirds of Americans, according to government data.Yet many builders have made a calculated bet: Better to sell fewer new homes at higher prices than build more and charge less.Their calculation is partly a consequence of the growing wealth gap in the United States. Average inflation-adjusted income has declined 9 percent for the bottom 40 percent of households since 2007, while incomes for the top 5 percent exceed where they were when the recession began that year, according to the Census Bureau.Buyers have historically paid about 15 percent more for a new home than for an existing one, a premium that’s reached 40 percent today, according to the real estate data firm Zillow. An average new home costs about six times the median U.S. household income. Historically, Americans have bought homes worth about three times their income.The high prices and sparse construction are no help for a still-subpar U.S. economy. With new-home sales well below their historical average, construction firms need fewer workers. The economy remains 1.49 million construction jobs shy of its total in December 2007, when the Great Recession began.After 60 years of migrating to car-dominated suburbs, polls show more Americans want out of long commutes in favor of neighborhoods where jobs and stores are nearby.Stuck with pay that’s barely budging, many face a tough choice: Keep renting. Pile up huge mortgage debt to buy a home near their job. Or buy a cheaper home that requires a lengthy commute.“Middle-class Americans are (being) squeezed out,” said John McIlwain, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute.Low mortgage rates have eased some of the pain from rising prices. But the desire to live near town centers on costlier land could depress home ownership rates to as low as 60 percent, McIlwain estimates. That would be down from 65 percent today and 69 percent during the housing bubble.About 40 percent of Americans still live in a suburb “where most people drive to most places,” according to a new poll by the American Planning Association, a trade group for community planners. But just 7 percent say they hope to stay in car-dominated neighborhoods. Those findings mesh with a March report on the preferences of millennials by Nielsen Holdings.The construction business thrived for decades by bulldozing cheap farmland into suburban networks of streets and houses. But as farmland grew costlier, land prices in cities and towns with attractive amenities soared, says Christopher Leinberger, a professor at George Washington University and an industry strategist.

    It was assumed the prospect of a new “LittleBigPlanet” was a long shot. That made the revelation of “LBP 3” coming to PlayStation 4 later this year with playable sidekicks a bombshell.

    Despite more leaks and teases, E3 still surprises

    The jaws aren’t dropping at E3. Traditionally, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the place where video game publishers reveal their biggest and boldest creations. That’s changed in recent years as leaks about upcoming titles have spread across the Internet. Can game makers still astonish?

    Baig on the left and with Congressman Bill Foster and Ausaf Sayeed, counsel general of India, cutting the ribbon.

    Bristol Court reopens as Bristol Palace

    An institution in Mount Prospect has returned - with a new name and new ownership. The Bristol Palace banquet facility, at 828 E. Rand Road, fills the void created in March, when the Bristol Court Banquet Hall closed. A grand opening was held Saturday, June 7, by owner Sam Baig.

    Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.

    Google buying satellite company Skybox for $500 million

    Google Inc. said it’s acquiring satellite company Skybox Imaging Inc. for $500 million as it works to bolster its mapping services and improve Internet access. Skybox has designed satellites to capture images and deliver them to customers with details down to less than a meter.

    Aging cheese on wood boards is a common practice among artisan cheesemakers at home and overseas. Now, some in the industry are worried regulators may crack down on it.

    Cheese world fears crackdown on wood boards

    Aging cheese on wood boards is a common practice among artisan cheesemakers at home and overseas. Now, some in the industry are worried regulators may crack down on it. The Food and Drug Administration notes that wood shelves and boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized, and as such, do not conform to a particular regulation regarding plant equipment and utensils.

    The creation of a full-text searchable database of millions of books is a fair use of copyrighted works, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying it also is permissible to distribute the books in alternative forms to people with reading disabilities.

    Court: Searchable books database is ‘fair use’

    The creation of a full-text searchable database of millions of books is a fair use of copyrighted works, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying it also is permissible to distribute the books in alternative forms to people with reading disabilities.

    Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans in Washington. Insurers want to change President Barack Obama’s health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage.

    Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans.

    Bottles of George Dickel Tennessee whiskey in a liquor store in Nashville, Tenn. Alcohol regulators ended their investigation into whether George Dickel, a subsidiary of liquor giant Diageo, violated state laws by storing whiskey in neighboring Kentucky.

    Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey

    To many, Tennessee means whiskey. But inside the state, the question is: What does Tennessee whiskey mean? A battle between two worldwide liquor companies — owners of rival brands Jack Daniel’s and smaller rival George Dickel — is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style.

    An Airbus A350 MSN3 aircraft on the tarmac at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in Toulouse, France. Boeing competitor Airbus said Emirates canceled its entire order for A350 wide-body aircraft, dealing a blow to the program that’s months away from commercial entry.

    Airbus loses major order as emirates scraps purchase of A350 jet

    Airbus Group NV said Emirates canceled its entire order for A350 wide-body aircraft, dealing a blow to the program that’s months away from commercial entry.Emirates, the biggest customer of Airbus A380 superjumbos, will drop its planned purchase of 50 A350-900 airliners and 20 of the larger -1000 variant, Airbus said in a statement today. The decision follows on-going discussions with the airline in light of their fleet requirement review, Airbus said.Emirates had topped up its order book for the larger A380 just last year, adding 50 more superjumbos to become by far the aircraft’s largest operator. At the same time, the Dubai-based carrier had purchased Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s upcoming 777X, which competes with the A350 program. Emirates President Tim Clark had long been a critic particularly of the A350-1000, saying the aircraft didn’t yet meet his specifications.“Airbus is very confident in its A350 XWB program,” the Toulouse, France-based manufacturer said in the release. “Half a year before entry into service, the A350 XWB order book stands at a healthy 742 firm orders.”The A350 will enter commercial service with Qatar Airways Ltd. The airliner comes in three sizes and competes both with the Boeing 777 and the smaller 787 Dreamliner. Airbus has won by far the most orders for the mid-sized version. Emirates had originally announced its urchase in 2007.To contact the reporter on this story: Benedikt Kammel in Berlin at bkammelbloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammelbloomberg.net

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    Dessert gets the same treatment as the nachos at Taco in a Bag at the food court in Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

    'Food Court Wars' winners have flavor in the Bag

    Nacho lovers in the know gravitate to Taco in a Bag in West Dundee's Spring Hill Mall food court — and not just for the meat-and-cheese-topped chips. The spot sprang from Food Network's “Food Court Wars” reality TV competition, and owner-operators Tim “Gravy” Brown of Chicago and Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti of Barrington won one year's free rent after beating another contestant team from Highland Park.

    Damage caused by the emerald ash borer infestation is becoming very visible in the Chicago area.

    Save ash trees or replace them?

    Damage caused by the emerald ash borer infestation is becoming very visible in the Chicago area, with many dead and dying trees in home gardens and woodlands and along roadsides.

    Shannon Wittel of Palatine practices a backhand punch during a women’s self-defense class at J.P. Wood Martial Arts America in Palatine.

    Dad puts self-defense on daughter’s college checklist

    Before sending his daughter off to college, John Delapa of Hoffman Estates equipped her with everything she needed -- including the skills to defend herself against any potential mugging, date rape or other crime she might encounter.

    A live-action film called “Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” will film this summer and air on Lifetime this holiday season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Grumpy Cat to star in (terrible!) holiday film

    Look for Grumpy Cat on Lifetime to herald in the worst Christmas ever. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Internet sensation with the wobbly walk, big blue eyes and frowny face will play a chronically overlooked pet-store cat. The twist, according to the cable network, is the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her.

    Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill star in “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to their 2012 film “21 Jump Street.” The film hits U.S. movie theaters Friday.

    Tatum, Hill talk comic chemistry, '22 Jump'

    The comic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill began with an intentionally bad idea. Hill called up Tatum: “So I have this probably terrible idea, but I want to see if you're interested,” he said. Adapting the 1980s TV show “21 Jump Street” was the pitch, and Tatum couldn't resist Hill's anti-sell. The movie, a sendup of TV show adaptations while at the same time being one, was a hit. Now, Hill and Tatum are back this Friday with “22 Jump Street,” directed (like the first) by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the maestros of turning shallow conceits (“The Lego Movie”) into self-reflexive satire.

    Jeff Meyer is the new executive chef at Atwater’s at the Harrington Inn and Spa in Geneva.

    Dining events: New chef at Atwater’s
    Atwater’s at the Harrington Inn in Geneva names a new head chef; Barbakoa celebrates fathers with a prix-fixe dinner; Olive Garden brings back the 2-for-$25 summer special.


    Mentor gives back to help others with disabilities

    If we are truly lucky, our children will cross paths with people who can share their experiences. I am grateful for those who have come into the lives of my children and have taken on the role of mentor, whether intentional or otherwise. Each offers something in their own unique way.


    Organization: Some rules to live by

    Crumbs underfoot put this mom over the edge. Ushering her three kids through various stages of messiness gives her the foundation for some basic guidelines to encourage your kids to clean up and stay organized.

    Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who recently won the French Open tennis tournament, will launch a new perfume with Avon Luck.

    Sharapova signs with Avon for new fragrance

    New French Open champion Maria Sharapova has something else to celebrate: a new fragrance. Avon Luck will be launched in Europe in September and then will be rolled out in North America and Asia after that.

    Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, on Wednesday announced plans for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network is set to launch in September and will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet.

    Paula Deen launching digital network

    Celebrity cook Paula Deen is going digital. Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, on Wednesday announced plans for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network is set to launch in September and will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet.


    Dad returns from college trip with travel bug

    This winter, my son Dan and I took a trip to the University of Alabama, where he is going to attend college in the fall. He had several orientation sessions without my participation, and when he came out of each one, he said, “Dad, they made fun of my accent.”

    Cucumber-ranch dressing perks up a protein-packed farro and vegetable salad.

    Farro, edamame add protein to summery salad

    Farro, an ancient and nutritious form of whole wheat from Italy, boasts a pleasingly nutty taste and a slightly chewy texture. It’s not as popular here as it should be because too many home cooks think it is complicated and/or time consuming to make. Sara Moulton shows us how to use it in a summery salad.

    Homemade cucumber ranch dressing lends bright flavor to a farro and vegetable salad.

    Farro and Vegetable Salad with Cucumber Ranch Dressing
    Farro and vegetable salad with cucumber ranch dressing is packed with protein. Serve as main course or side dish.

    “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient” by Michael Ruhlman

    Angel Food Cake with Berry Compote
    Angel Food with Berry Compote comes from Michael Rhulman's new book about eggs.

    Sue Cortesi’s rich lamb and sausage bolognese won her a trip to California wine country as the winner of Kenwood Vineyard’s Perfect Pasta Pairings recipe contest.

    Moroccan Style Lamb Bolognese with Chickpeas over Whole Wheat Pasta
    Moroccan Lamb Bolognese won a national cooking contest and got Sue Cortesi of Mount Prospect a trip to Kenwood Vineyards in California.


    Caramel Pecan Frosting
    Nutty Caramel Frosting is perfect for German Chocolate Cake.


    German Chocolate Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting
    Annie Overboe's German Chocolate Cake will make Dad's day.

    The small flowers of Lemon Gem marigold, a different species from common marigolds, stare out like stars from a backdrop of ferny foliage.

    Lemon Gem marigold offers unusual foliage, flowers

    Marigold is among the most widely planted and, hence, mundane of flowers. Yet I enjoy them as an essential part of summer with their yolk-like blooms and pungent foliage. For those who are bored by marigolds, as well as those who love them, let me introduce Lemon Gem and its kin.

    Kellie Cundiff, left, Brittany Stock and Carol Rose star in “Sisters of Swing,” a Fox Valley Repertory tribute to the Andrews Sisters.

    Andrews Sisters tributes boogie onto local stages

    Break out your bugles: World War II may be long over, but sisters who brought Boogie Woogie to the troops are back. More than 45 years after the Andrews Sisters last performed onstage together, two local shows pay tribute to the famous trio. In St. Charles, Fox Valley Repertory's “Sisters of Swing” takes audiences through the family trials and familiar tunes of the Andrews Sisters' lives, while Theo Ubique's cabaret tribute in Chicago has the feel of a tour.

    Eight of several thousand unearthed Terra Cotta Warrior statues, created to guard the tomb of China’s first emporer, are on display through November at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

    See Chinese warriors, endangered orangutans in Indy

    If Indianapolis has never made your list of must-visit places, it’s time to rewrite the list. The Indiana state capital has undergone a renaissance with plenty of attractions worth a visit. But this year, there are two new reasons to visit Indy: ancient relics from China and eight charming orangutans.


    4 important summer travel tips

    Few things are as all-American as a family summer vacation. With school ending and summer (finally) here, follow these family travel tips to help make sure your vacation memories are good ones.

    Joe Henry’s lyrics read like literature on “Invisible Hour.”

    Joe Henry weighs risks and rewards of love

    Joe Henry has produced artists ranging from Aaron Neville and Billy Bragg to Me’Shell Ndegeocello and Bonnie Raitt. Yet when he makes his own albums, they sound like no one else. “Invisible Hour” is an enchanting 60 minutes of music packaged in 11 songs that reveal their charms slowly.

    The ghost of Detective Ronan O’Connor returns to find his killer in “Murdered.”

    ‘Murdered’ spins a spirited mystery

    Death is rarely permanent in video games. That’s not the case for Detective Ronan O’Connor, who’s dead from the very start of “Murdered: Soul Suspect.” But Ronan still has things to do, so his ghost rises from his still-bleeding corpse and gets back to work. First on the agenda: figure out the identity of the Bell Killer, the serial murderer who took Ronan down.

    South American spirits and cocktails, such as Pisco Porton, from left, Leblon special reserve, a cachaca mojito made with Leblon cachaca, Leblon cachaca, Control original pisco premium and a pisco sour, are becoming more popular in the U.S.

    Toast soccer with South American spirits

    Soccer’s big moment starts this week as the best players on the planet meet in Brazil for the World Cup. And if you happen to be among the millions following along at home, why not toast your favorite team with a dash of South American spirit? Once fairly obscure, Brazilian cachaca and pisco, made in Chile and Peru, are on the rise in the United States.


    Caramely, nutty frosting tops Dad’s Day cake

    They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. After years of baking for the men in my life, I can attest to the truth behind this adage. When it comes to the sweet side of the meal, I’ve found that men generally choose pies, cookies and brownies over cakes and elaborate desserts. There remains, however, one exception to this rule: German Chocolate Cake. It’s not the cake that hooks them, but the caramel nut frosting.

    Veggie Bump is powder made from a variety of quick-frozen vegetables and spices.

    From the Food Editor: Cooking demos, veggies and beer

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey is excited to kickoff a series of special guest demonstrations this summer at "Marcel’s Culinary Experience in Glen Ellyn. Jill Fource, owner of the kitchenware store and cooking school, got the idea to give her regular staff a well-deserved summer vacation by asking those in its culinary community if they wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the stove. Daily Herald 2011 Cook of the Week Challenge winner Penny Kazmier is also on the summer schedule.

    Prosciutto steps in for bacon in these trimmed down, guy-friendly jalapeño poppers.

    Just for Dad, a healthy take on jalapeño poppers

    Standard jalapeno poppers are thumb-sized hot peppers stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, then breaded and deep-fried. Yummy, but most home cooks aren’t too excited for the mess or health benefits of deep-frying. So Sara Moulton crafted a version that delivers guy gratification and will keep Dad around for a while.

    Prosciutto steps in for bacon in these trimmed down, guy-friendly jalapeño poppers.

    Baked Prosciutto-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
    Baked Proscuitto-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, a lighter version of a bar favorite, are sure to please dad.

    “All Day and a Night” by Alafair Burke may just be the best yet in the Ellie Hatcher series.

    Alafair Burke’s latest is one of her best

    Alafair Burke tells a compelling tale that combines a police procedural and a legal thriller in “All Day and a Night.” Anthony Amaro, convicted of killing six women 18 years ago, has always claimed he is innocent and that he was coerced to confess. Now the murder of a psychotherapist puts his convictions in doubt. NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are assigned to give the case a fresh eye in this page-turner.

    Brad Paisley recently performed at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

    Brad Paisley on patriotism: Support our soldiers

    While it’s true patriotism means different things to different people in the U.S., Brad Paisley thinks we can all agree on one aspect: Military personnel should be treated with respect. Paisley says it’s a topic he spends time thinking about and wrote a new song, “American Flag on the Moon,” that deals with the topic of patriotism for the new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.”


    Mauer: New book details versatility, uses for eggs
    It’s so tempting to write that Michael Ruhlman’s newest book “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient,” (Little Brown, 2014) is egg-actly the book you need. Cute. A quick Internet trip yielded at least nine cookbooks (not including Ruhlman’s) devoted to, as the American Egg Board frequently sings, “the “incredible, edible egg.” And, although seemingly simple — it’s just a yolk and a white — an egg can be made and used in more ways than you think. Consider the possibility of using the following as a guide to quiz your kids on a long road trip this summer: How many ways can eggs be cooked? Here’s your answer sheet: According to Ruhlman’s flow chart included with his new book, first break down how an egg can be cooked into two categories; whole and separated. The “whole” category is then broken down into two subcategories: “Cooked in Shell” and “Cooked out of Shell.” Cooking an egg in the shell yields hard cooked, soft cooked, mollet (a non-molten center, but not hard boiled) and sous vide (translation: “under vacuum” — food cooked in water at precise, at below-boiling temperatures). You already know that hard-boiled eggs can be used for making egg salad, deviled eggs, or sliced or chopped for a salad garnish. Soft cooked eggs make a dandy day-starter with whole-wheat toast, as well as a now ubiquitous topping for “all in” hamburgers. Ruhlman coats peeled mollet cooked eggs with panko bread crumbs and deep-fries them then surrounds them with an asparagus sauce and serves sous vide eggs with ramen, miso broth and shiitake mushrooms.Out of the shell eggs can be: fried (gently, aggressively or deep), or baked (coddled or shirred) or poached (in liquid or in a bag) or cooked blended (fried or baked with dry heat, poached with wet heat). Blended out-of-the-shell eggs can be used for an egg wash, a binder (as in meat balls or meatloaf), in custard, and as an enricher (I used egg yolks in my not-so-lean mashed potatoes a few decades ago). Yolks can be used alone as a garnish (think crumbled hard-boiled yolks), as an enricher (Caesar dressing), or as a key ingredient (how would we make mayonnaise without it?). Hard to imagine how pasta carbonara, hollandaise or Bearnaise sauces would hang together without egg yolks.Let’s not ignore egg whites. Egg whites can bind a roulade together, just as they can a panna cotta. A consommé (a strongly flavored clear soup) wouldn’t be crystal clear without the use of egg whites. Eggnog would be just … well … nog. Where would a cheesecake or chocolate cake or pound cake be without the wonder of whole eggs giving each a substantial body, as well as lift assistance? My buttermilk pancakes wouldn’t be nearly as light if I didn’t whip the egg whites and fold them in. I almost forgot pasta. Even something as mundane as a tuna noodle casserole wouldn’t be as delicious without the enhancement of egg noodles; real egg noodles. And, of course, where would quiche be if not for eggs? Michael Ruhlman’s new cookbook is a wonder. The sensational pictures sprinkled throughout his book were shot by his wife, Donna Turner Ruhlman. While you won’t find nutritional information for any of the recipes you will find extensive head notes. These are not recipes to use for weight loss or control, but recipes to savor and learn from. This also is not a book for kitchen beginners, although newbies could find this book’s information giving their learning curve a boost and many of the recipes certainly are approachable.Like his classic angel food cake. Served with sweet berry sauce this is the perfect recipe to take for a test drive. Give it a try.


    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Forest Preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns makes her way across Butterfield Road in Warrenville recently as part of her two-day bike ride around DuPage County to raise awareness the county’s extensive trail system.

    Editorial: Creating a bike culture in the suburbs

    Many suburbs are implementing projects to improve bike use, efforts that should be encouraged, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    James Nowlan

    Steps to a stronger Illinois economy

    Guest columnists James P. Nowlan and J. Thomas Johnson: The Illinois economy has been struggling. In January 2014 the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, second highest in the nation. From our employment peak in November 2000, Illinois lost 656,000 jobs and has regained only 257,000. What can be done about our parlous situation?


    The changing faces of war

    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am into my summer routine, which means I drive to a weekend house, and as I do so, I listen to a book on tape. For the moment, it’s Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting “Unbroken,” the story of Louis Zamperini’s ordeal during World War II. He was a bombardier, and after his plane went down in the Pacific, he spent 47 days on a decaying raft, fighting off sharks with his fists, and then survived three years of inhumane imprisonment by the Japanese. His and the lives of other POWs were saved by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cruelty had met its match.


    Instead of prisoners, let’s swap presidents
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Like many Americans, I question the logic of trading five terrorists for one captive in Afghanistan. I suggest an exchange that does make sense. Let us trade President Obama for President Karzai. Granted, Mr. Karzai is a dishonest, incompetent and weak leader with a penchant for undermining his allies and kowtowing to his enemies. An even exchange so far.


    Selfless acts define these two war forces
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: What is important to us from the past? The last Navajo code talker of World War II died — front page news? No. Should it have been. They earned that spot for the commitment and selfless acts they gave for their country.


    Trusting president getting harder to do
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: On May 21 we were again asked by our president, Barack Obama, to believe he will take action on the VA scandal. He stated be will hold people guilty of ”cooking the books” accountable. “Period.”


    Proof that people are born gay or straight
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Sexuality is not a choice. So if you fear that marriage equality will influence young straight people to become gay, I am living proof that it is an impossibility. The more people who get married, the stronger the institution of marriage will become.


    Fracking a threat to humans, animals
    A lenview letter to the editor: Illinois has too many major problems and should not allow dangerous fracking. In other areas fracking has caused water and land pollution that direly imperils the health of humans.


    Look to nearby states on income tax
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Not sure why our news people do not break out facts about the Illinois income tax and how it compares to surrounding states. At least I have not seen anything so I did some research on Google.


    Bring back Garry Meier, WGN
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: WGN-AM720 radio is receiving many negative comments and a backlash of angry listeners, due to the abrupt removal of their successful drive time host, Garry Meier, and his placement, without warning, to WGN-FM.


    Fond memories of Elk Grove bakery
    A Georgetown, Texas, letter to the editor: What wonderful memories I have of shopping for bakery goods at your business, Ken Jarosch. From 1981 until I moved to Georgetown, Texas in 1999, I drove by your bakery every day on my way from Mount Prospect to my job in Itasca.


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